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Michael M Farag, Nevine S Abd El Malak, Soad A Yehia
The aim of this study was to develop a novel buccal bi-layered chronopatch capable of eliciting pulsatile release pattern of drugs treating diseases with circadian rhythm related manifestation. Zaleplon (ZLP) was used as a model drug intended to induce sleep and to treat middle of night insomnia. The chronopatch was prepared adopting double casting technique. The first layer was composed of a controlled release patch containing ZLP-Precirol melt granules intended to release ZLP in a sustained manner to maintain sleep and to prevent early morning awakening...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
B B Li, Y Cai, Y Z Pan, M Li, Y Fang, T Tian, X M Yan
Objective: To evaluate the association between corneal biomechanical parameters and visual field (VF) progression in normal tension glaucoma (NTG) using the Corvis-ST device, and to evaluate the ability of corneal biomechanical parameters to predict the VF progression. Methods: Corneal biomechanical parameters of newly diagnosed NTG patients were obtained using Corvis-ST in the baseline follow-up visit. The VF progression was defined as a 4-point increase in the Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study (AGIS) score compared to the baseline in three consecutive follow-up visits (per 3-6 months)...
March 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Bieke Vanslembrouck, Anna Kremer, Benjamin Pavie, Frans van Roy, Saskia Lippens, Jolanda van Hengel
The intercalated disc (ID) contains different kinds of intercellular junctions: gap junctions (GJs), desmosomes and areae compositae, essential for adhesion and communication between adjacent cardiomyocytes. The junctions can be identified based on their morphology when imaged using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), however, only with very limited information in the z-dimension. The application of volume EM techniques can give insight into the three-dimensional (3-D) organization of complex biological structures...
March 5, 2018: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
C-H Wang, S Wang, B Zhang, X-Y Zhang, X-J Tong, H-M Peng, X-Z Han, C Liu
The temporomandibular joint disk (TMJD) lacks blood vessels and is characterized by slow self-repair. Qualitative lesions in TMJD are difficult to repair. In this study, electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds were used to reconstruct temporomandibular joint discs by tissue engineering. Rabbit temporomandibular joint disc cells (TMJDCs) and rabbit synovium-derived mesenchymal stem cells (SMSCs) were co-cultured in 1:1 ratios. Cell sheets were induced by ascorbic acid incubated with electrospun PLGA scaffolds for 14 days in the presence (10 ng/ml in culture medium) or absence of TGF-β3...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
X Y Cui, D Tong, X Z Wang, Z J Shen
OBJECTIVE: Three kinds of zirconia specimens were made respectively by milling of the prisintered blocks and by three dimensional (3D) gel deposition for in vitro evaluation of their optical translucency under three different thicknesses and their color masking effect on discolored teeth. The study aims for establishing the principle for guiding the materials selection in clinical practice. METHODS: Ninety A2-colored zirconia disc specimens with diameter of 14 mm were prepared and were divided into three groups (n=30)...
February 18, 2018: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Ali Ghasemzadeh, Hawa Z E Jaafar, Mohamad Fhaizal Mohamad Bukhori, Mohd Hafizad Rahmat, Asmah Rahmat
BACKGROUND: Parkia speciosa seeds are a common ingredient in Malay cuisine with traditional interest because of its medicinal importance and content of health-promoting phytochemicals. This study evaluated the phytochemical constituents and biological activities (antioxidant and antibacterial activities) of Parkia speciosa Hassk seeds collected from three different regions of Malaysia (Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Johor). Phytochemical constituents (total flavonoid and total phenolic) were measured using the spectrophotometric method, and individual flavonoids and phenolic acids were identified using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography...
February 7, 2018: Chemistry Central Journal
Hossam M Abdallah, Hani Z Asfour, Ali M El-Halawany, Mahmoud A Elfaky
This study was performed to assess the potential β-lactamase inhibitory properties of nineteen crude Saudi plant extracts belonging to eight families against extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESβL) strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae and other medically important pathogens. A total of 276 microbial isolates of pathogenic bacteria were used in this study; only 15 of them showed decreased sensitivity to one or several of ceftazidime, aztreonam, cefotaxime or ceftriaxone, which are deemed to be possible producers of ESβL...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sofia Caria, Charlene M Magtoto, Tinaz Samiei, Marta Portela, Krystle Y B Lim, Jing Yuan How, Bryce Z Stewart, Patrick O Humbert, Helena E Richardson, Marc Kvansakul
Epithelial cell polarity is controlled by components of the Scribble polarity module, and its regulation is critical for tissue architecture and cell proliferation and cell migration. In Drosophila melanogaster, the adaptor protein Guk-holder (Gukh) binds to the Scribbled (Scrib) and Discs Large (Dlg) components of the Scribble polarity module and plays an important role in the formation of neuromuscular junctions. However, Gukhs role in epithelial tissue formation and the molecular basis for the Scrib-Gukh interaction remain to be defined...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Chao Yuan, Luqiao Pu, Zhiliang He, Jian Wang
The present study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cyclic stretch-induced apoptosis in human intervertebral disc cartilage endplate-derived stem cells (CESCs). CESCs were stretched by the Flexercell-4000™ Tension Plus system, the effect on cell viability was measured by a Cell Counting Kit-8 assay, while cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry. Western blot analysis was used to evaluate the expression of B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2)/adenovirus E1B 19 kDa interacting protein 3 (BNIP3), Bcl-2, Bcl-2 homologous antagonist killer (Bak), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), Bcl extra large (Bcl-xl) and the activity of caspase-3, while Z-VAD-FMK was used to inhibit caspase-3...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Eberhard Lurz, Hiten Patel, Richard G Frimpong, Amanda Ricciuto, Mohit Kehar, Paul W Wales, Alexander J Towbin, Govind B Chavhan, Binita M Kamath, Vicky L Ng
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia, reflected by decreased psoas muscle surface area (PMSA), has been identified as a novel and independent predictor of wait-list mortality and outcomes in adult liver transplantation (LT). We hypothesized that children with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) would have smaller PMSA than healthy controls. METHODS: Computer tomography images of children (ages 0 to 18 years) listed for LT in 2015 and a control group comprised 2:1 age- and gender-matched healthy pediatric trauma victims were reviewed...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Yong Chan Kim, Ji-Sun Moon, Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Chan Kee Park
For over a century, tilted disc syndrome (TDS) has been defined vaguely. The lack of consensus of the terminology arises from the lack of understanding of the pathogenesis of this condition. Also, myopic discs with temporal crescents or peripapillary atrophy (PPA) are histologically indistinguishable from TDS. Therefore, we examined the morphological background of the extreme ONH appearances such as the myopic tilted disc and the TDS by analyzing the posterior segment of the eye from a three-dimensional (3D) perspective...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Andrew R Bond, Dominga Iacobazzi, Safa Abdul-Ghani, Mohammed Ghorbel, Kate Heesom, Mariangela Wilson, Christopher Gillett, Sarah J George, Massimo Caputo, Saadeh Suleiman, Robert M R Tulloh
Background: The right ventricle (RV) is not designed to sustain high pressure leading to failure. There are no current medications to help RV contraction, so further information is required on adaption of the RV to such hypertension. Methods: The Right Ventricle in Children (RVENCH) study assessed infants with congenital heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery with hypertensive RV. Clinical and echocardiographic data were recorded, and samples of RV were taken from matched infants, analysed for proteomics and compared between pathologies and with clinical and echocardiographic outcome data...
2018: Open Heart
M Z Kanaan, A R Lorenzi, N Thampy, R Pandit, Margaret Dayan
A 75-year-old hypertensive female with stable idiopathic intermediate uveitis presented with bilateral sequential optic neuropathy with optic disc swelling. The optic neuropathy in the first affected eye (right) was thought to be due to non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION). Asymptomatic left optic disc swelling was found at routine review 2 months later, and a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) was sought. Temporal artery duplex ultrasound showed the "halo sign," but a subsequent temporal artery biopsy showed light-chain (AL) amyloidosis with no signs of giant cell arteritis...
December 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
Burak Yilmaz, Gülce Alp, Jeremy Seidt, William M Johnston, Roger Vitter, Edwin A McGlumphy
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The load-to-fracture performance of computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD-CAM) high-density polymer (HDP) materials in cantilevers is unknown. PURPOSE: The purposes of this in vitro study were to evaluate the load-to-fracture performance of CAD-CAM-fabricated HDPs and to compare that with performance of autopolymerized and injection-molded acrylic resins. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Specimens from 8 different brands of CAD-CAM HDPs, including Brylic Solid (BS); Brylic Gradient (BG); AnaxCAD Temp EZ (AE); AnaxCAD Temp Plus (AP); Zirkonzahn Temp Basic (Z); GDS Tempo-CAD (GD); Polident (Po); Merz M-PM-Disc (MAT); an autopolymerized acrylic resin, Imident (Conv) and an injection-molded acrylic resin, SR-IvoBase High Impact (Inj) were evaluated for load-to-fracture analysis (n=5)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Maryam A Z El-Attar, Rasha Y Elbayaa, Omaima G Shaaban, Nargues S Habib, Abeer E Abdel Wahab, Ibrahim A Abdelwahab, Soad A M El-Hawash
Development of new antimicrobial agents is a good solution to overcome drug-resistance problems. From this perspective, new quinoxaline derivatives bearing various bioactive heterocyclic moieties (thiadiazoles, oxadiazoles, pyrazoles and thiazoles) were designed and synthesized. The newly synthesized compounds were evaluated for their in vitro antibacterial activity against nine bacterial human pathogenic strains using the disc diffusion assay. In general, most of the synthesized compounds exhibited good antibacterial activities...
December 5, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
Jiehui Huang, Chao Qian, Hongjie Xu, Yanjie Huang
The main objective of the current study was to investigate the chemical composition of the essential oil of Artemisia asiatica together with investigating the antibacterial effects it exerts on several common respiratory infection causing bacteria including Haemophilus influenzae. Its mechanism of action was studied using various state-of-the-art assays like scanning electron microscopy, DNA, RNA and protein leakage assays, growth curve assays etc. The essential oil was extracted from the leaves of A. asiatica by supercritical CO2 fluid extraction technology...
January 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Mathilde R Rivaud, Esperanza Agullo-Pascual, Xianming Lin, Alejandra Leo-Macias, Mingliang Zhang, Eli Rothenberg, Connie R Bezzina, Mario Delmar, Carol Ann Remme
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sodium channel (NaV1.5) dysfunction contributes to arrhythmogenesis during pathophysiological conditions. Nav1.5 localizes to distinct subcellular microdomains within the cardiomyocyte, where it associates with region-specific proteins, yielding complexes whose function is location specific. We herein investigated sodium channel remodeling within distinct cardiomyocyte microdomains during heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mice were subjected to 6 weeks of transverse aortic constriction (TAC; n=32) to induce heart failure...
December 8, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
Willemijn van Eldik, Brigit den Adel, Jantine Monshouwer-Kloots, Daniela Salvatori, Saskia Maas, Ingeborg van der Made, Esther E Creemers, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey, Nicky Boontje, Jolanda van der Velden, Paul Steendijk, Christine Mummery, Robert Passier, Abdelaziz Beqqali
AIMS: The Z-disc is a crucial structure of the sarcomere and is implicated in mechanosensation/transduction. Dysregulation of Z-disc proteins often result in cardiomyopathy. We have previously shown that the Z-disc protein Cytoskeletal Heart-enriched Actin-associated Protein (CHAP) is essential for cardiac and skeletal muscle development. Furthermore, the CHAP gene has been associated with atrial fibrillation in humans. Here, we studied the misregulated expression of CHAP isoforms in heart disease...
2017: PloS One
Guillermo Pradíes, Laura Godoy-Ruiz, Mutlu Özcan, Isabel Moreno-Hay, Francisco Martínez-Rus
PURPOSE: To compare the surface roughness and biaxial flexural strength of dental ceramics obtained after chairside surface modification by mechanical polishing procedures, versus laboratory reglazing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Discs (16 × 1.5 ± 1.6 mm) (N = 90) of various framework-veneering combinations were fabricated: D/FC: lithium disilicate/feldspathic ceramic; Z/AL: zirconium dioxide/aluminous ceramic; N/FC: noble alloy/feldspathic ceramic; N/FF: noble alloy feldspathic with fluorapatite; B/FC: base alloy/feldspathic ceramic; B/FF: base alloy/feldspathic ceramic with fluorapatite...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
Shahar Frenkel, Gal Goshen, Lu Leach, Jacob Pe'er, Michael Mimouni, Eytan Z Blumenthal
The purpose of this study was to describe the distribution of Muller cell within the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) in human eyes. Eleven unpaired normal postmortem eyes were recruited into this study. Each eye was sectioned using the "umbrella technique" to obtain a concentric peripapillary ring centered on the optic disc, with a diameter of 3.0 mm. Immunohistochemistry with anti- CRALBP stained Muller cell within each ring. The RNFL thickness measurements around the peripapillary ring were: 262...
January 2018: Experimental Eye Research
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