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Diego Villar, Duncan T Odom
The molecular mechanisms underpinning vertebrate body plan evolution are beginning to be unravelled. In this issue of Cell, Kvon et al. spectacularly demonstrate how transplanting snake-specific genetic changes found uniquely in serpent enhancers leads to limb loss in mice.
October 20, 2016: Cell
Geeta Shroff, Dipin Thakur, Varun Dhingra, Deepak Singh Baroli, Deepanshu Khatri, Rahul Dev Gautam
BACKGROUND: The major complication faced by patients with chronic static spinal cord injury (SCI) is the loss of mobilization. With the aim to rehabilitate SCI patients, physiotherapy is performed worldwide. However, it only helps the patients to live with their disabilities. An interdisciplinary management involving human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy along with physiotherapy as a supportive therapy offers regenerative treatment of the patients with SCI. MAIN BODY: The present study focuses on the role of physiotherapy in the mobilization of patients with SCI (paraplegic 136; tetraplegics 90) undergoing hESC therapy...
December 2016: Clinical and Translational Medicine
Y H Kou, B G Jiang
Peripheral nerve defects are still a major challenge in clinical practice, and the most commonly used method of treatment for peripheral nerve defects is nerve transplantation, which has certain limitations and shortcomings, so new repair methods and techniques are needed. The peripheral nerve is elongated in limb lengthening surgery without injury, from which we got inspirations and proposed a new method to repair peripheral nerve defects: peripheral nerve elongation. The peripheral nerve could beelongated by a certain percent, but the physiological change and the maximum elongation range were still unknown...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Afshar Zomorrodi, Shakeri Abolhassan, Abbas Jabbari, Sahar Zomorrodi, Monazzah Farzin Sheikh
Renal transplantation is the best treatment for end-stage renal disease. Vascular complications of renal transplantation can be hazardous. Bleeding from the anastomotic site in external iliac artery is a nightmare for kidney transplant surgeons. Ligation of the external iliac artery might possibly lead to the loss of the lower limbs. We present two cases of postallograft nephrectomy bleeding, in which the external iliac artery was ligated without consequent ischemia.
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Benedetta Mazzanti, Serena Urbani, Simone Dal Pozzo, Paola Bufano, Lara Ballerini, Alessia Gelli, Irene Sodi, Irene Donnini, Massimo Di Gioia, Stefano Guidi, Julien Camisani, Riccardo Saccardi
BACKGROUND: Clinical grade processing of harvested bone marrow is required in various clinical situations, particularly in the management of ABO mismatching in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and in regenerative medicine. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report a single-centre experience using a fully automated, clinical grade, closed system (Sepax, Biosafe, Switzerland). From 2003 to 2015, 125 procedures were performed in our laboratory, including buffy-coat production for HSCT (n=58), regenerative medicine in an orthopaedic setting (n=54) and density-gradient separation in a trial for treatment of critical limb ischaemia (n=13)...
September 27, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Yong-Seok Han, Jun Hee Lee, Yeo Min Yoon, Chul Won Yun, Hyunjin Noh, Sang Hun Lee
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are 'adult' multipotent cells that promote regeneration of injured tissues in vivo. However, differences in oxygenation levels between normoxic culture conditions (21% oxygen) and both the MSC niche (2-8% oxygen) and ischemic injury-induced oxidative stress conditions in vivo have resulted in low efficacy of MSC therapies in both pre-clinical and clinical studies. To address this issue, we examined the effectiveness of hypoxia preconditioning (2% oxygen) for enhancing the bioactivity and tissue-regenerative potential of adipose-derived MSCs...
October 6, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Louise M Fuller, Brenda Button, Ben Tarrant, Ranjana Steward, Lisa Bennett, Greg Snell, Anne E Holland
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the effects of a supervised longer (14 week) versus shorter duration, (7 week) rehabilitation program after lung transplantation (LTX). DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial SETTING: Post lung transplantation patients were randomised to either a shorter rehabilitation program (7 weeks) or a longer program (14 weeks) in an outpatient rehabilitation gym setting. PARTICIPANTS: Post lung transplantation patients aged 18 years or older who had undergone either single (SLTX) or bilateral lung (BSLTX) transplantation...
September 30, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Claudia Cruz Villagrán, Jim Schumacher, Robert Donnell, Madhu S Dhar
Transplantation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) to sites of experimentally created nerve injury in laboratory animals has shown promising results in restoring nerve function. This approach for nerve regeneration has not been reported in horses. In this study, we first evaluated the in vitro ability of equine bone marrow-derived MSCs (EBM-MSCs) to trans-differentiate into Schwann-like cells and subsequently tested the MSCs in vivo for their potential to regenerate a transected nerve after implantation. The EBM-MSCs from three equine donors were differentiated into SCLs for 7 days, in vitro, in the presence of specialized differentiation medium and evaluated for morphological characteristics, by using confocal microscopy, and for protein characteristics, by using selected Schwann cell markers (GFAP and S100b)...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Xueling Kang, Xiangxiang Wei, Xinhong Wang, Li Jiang, Cong Niu, Jianyi Zhang, Sifeng Chen, Dan Meng
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have a crucial role in stem-cell differentiation; however, the mechanisms by which ROS regulate the differentiation of stem cells into endothelial cells (ECs) are unknown. Here, we determine the role of ROS produced by NADPH oxidase 2 (Nox2) in the endothelial-lineage specification of mouse induced-pluripotent stem cells (miPSCs). When wild-type (WT) and Nox2-knockout (Nox2(-/-)) miPSCs were differentiated into ECs (miPSC-ECs), the expression of endothelial markers, arterial endothelial markers, pro-angiogenic cytokines, and Notch pathway components was suppressed in the Nox2(-/-) cells but increased in both WT and Nox2(-/-) miPSCs when Nox2 expression was upregulated...
2016: Scientific Reports
Antonio Perez-Aytes, Purificacion Marin-Reina, Virginia Boso, Ana Ledo, John C Carey, Maximo Vento
Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is probably the most common employed immunosuppressant drug in recipients of solid organ transplant and in many autoimmune diseases. In vitro studies, a significant number of single clinical observations and a recent study from a group of different European teratogen information services, have provided very consistent data supporting the existence of a specific MMF embryopathy. The typical malformative pattern of MMF embryopathy includes external ear anomalies ranging from hypoplastic pinna (microtia) to complete absence of pinna (anotia); cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, and ocular anomalies as iris or chorioretinal coloboma and anophthalmia/microphthalmia...
September 14, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
R I Khabazov, A V Chupin, R V Kolosov, S V Deriabin
Endovascular repair of the abdominal aorta is a method of choice in pronounced concomitant pathology and high risk of open surgical treatment. The article deals with a clinical case report of successful surgical management of a patient with an infrarenal aortic aneurysm, transplanted kidney, chronic renal insufficiency, secondary diabetes mellitus, multifocal atherosclerosis with predominant involvement of coronary arteries and lower-limb arteries, in whom open surgical treatment was associated with high risk...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
Jeffrey M Gaudet, Amanda M Hamilton, Yuanxin Chen, Matthew S Fox, Paula J Foster
PURPOSE: Cellular MRI) was used to detect implanted human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and the resulting macrophage infiltration that occurs in response to xenotransplantation. METHODS: Human mesenchymal stem cells were prelabeled with a fluorine-19 ((19) F) agent prior to implantation, allowing for their visualization and quantification over time. Following implantation of 1 × 10(6) (19) F-labeled hMSCs into the mouse hind limb, longitudinal imaging was performed to monitor the stem cell graft...
September 9, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Hythem M Nawaytou, Putri Yubbu, Andrea E Montero, Deipanjan Nandi, Matthew J O'Connor, Robert E Shaddy, Anirban Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) dysfunction after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) is multifactorial and can be an indicator of graft rejection or coronary artery vasculopathy. Analysis of rotational mechanics may help in the early diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction. Studies describing the left ventricular rotational strain in children after OHT are lacking. It is important to establish the baseline rotational mechanics in pediatric OHT to pursue further studies in this population...
September 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Philippe Garrigue, Guillaume Hache, Youssef Bennis, Pauline Brige, Jimmy Stalin, Lionel Pellegrini, Lionel Velly, Francesca Orlandi, Elena Castaldi, Françoise Dignat-George, Florence Sabatier, Benjamin Guillet
BACKGROUND: endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are promising candidates for cell therapy of ischemic diseases, as less than 10% of patients suffering from an ischemic stroke are eligible for thrombolysis. We previously reported that erythropoietin priming of ECFCs increased their in vitro and in vivo angiogenic properties in mice with hind limb ischemia. OBJECTIVE: the present study aimed to evaluate whether priming of ECFCs with erythropoietin could enhance their homing into the ischemic site after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) followed by reperfusion in rats and potentiate their protective or regenerative effects on brain-blood barrier disruption (BBBd), cerebral apoptosis and cerebral blood flow (CBF) by Single Photon Emission/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Sa-Hyeok Hong, Seok-Chan Eun
As reconstructive transplantation is gaining popularity as a viable alternative for upper limb amputees, it is becoming increasingly important for plastic surgeons to renew surgical skills and knowledge of this area. Forelimb allotransplantation research has been performed previously in rodent and swine models. However, preclinical canine forelimb allotransplantation studies are lacking in the literature. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the surgical skills necessary to successfully perform forelimb transplantation in canines as a means to prepare for clinical application...
2016: BioMed Research International
Stefanie Desmet, Liesbeth Smets, Katrien Lagrou, Inge Derdelinckx, Jeroen Neyt, Johan Maertens, Raf Sciot, Philip Demaerel, Bert Bammens
Cladophialophora bantiana is a neurotropic dematiaceous fungus which rarely causes disseminated disease. We report a case of proven C. bantiana osteomyelitis in a renal transplant recipient, complicated with probable cerebral disease. Stable disease was reached after combined antifungal therapies, immune enhancement and amputation of the infected lower limb.
June 2016: Medical Mycology Case Reports
Z Jiyad, P O'Rourke, H P Soyer, A C Green
BACKGROUND: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and intraepidermal carcinoma (IEC) commonly arise in actinically damaged skin. OBJECTIVE: To identify clinical features of actinic change that correlate with an increased risk of SCC or IEC in the short-medium term as guidance for prioritising field treatment. METHODS: In a nested case-control study, cases were renal transplant recipients (RTRs) who developed an incident SCC or IEC within 18 months following baseline examination and photography...
September 1, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Saúl Pampa-Saico, Sara Jiménez-Alvaro, Fernando Caravaca-Fontán, Ana Fernández-Rodríguez, Maite Rivera-Gorrín, Juan Sánchez, Antonio Chinchilla, Roberto Marcén
Aortobifemoral bypass (ABFB) thrombosis is not uncommon, and when the artery of a renal graft is implanted on a bypass the risk of graft loss is high. We report the case of a 48-year-old woman with a previous history of ABFB under antiplatelet therapy and a kidney allograft implanted on the vascular prosthesis, who presented with acute limb ischemia and severe renal impairment. Imaging techniques revealed a complete thrombosis of the proximal left arm of the ABFB. However, a faint retrograde flow over the graft was observed thanks to the recanalization of distal left bypass by collateral native arteries...
2016: Case Reports in Transplantation
Adam B Cook, Ashley W Seifert
Epimorphic regeneration proceeds with or without formation of a blastema, as observed for the limb and skin, respectively. Inhibition of epimorphic regeneration provides a means to interrogate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate it. In this study, we show that exposing amputated limbs to beryllium nitrate disrupts blastema formation and causes severe patterning defects in limb regeneration. In contrast, exposing full-thickness skin wounds to beryllium only causes a delay in skin regeneration...
October 1, 2016: Development
C Anton Fries, Carole Y Villamaria, Jerry R Spencer, Rory F Rickard, Vijay S Gorantla, Michael R Davis
BACKGROUND: The restoration of complex tissue deficits with vascularized composite allotransplantation is a paradigm shift in reconstructive surgery. Clinical adoption of vascularized composite allotransplantation is limited by the need for systemic immunosuppression, with associated morbidity and mortality. Small-animal models lack the biological fidelity and preclinical relevance to enable translation of immunologic insights to humans. Large-animal models have been described; however, limitations persist, including the inability of heterotopic models to evaluate functional nerve regeneration, and the sensitivity of primates to toxicity of immunosuppressive drugs...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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