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L Wang, R Cheaito, J L Braun, A Giri, P E Hopkins
The thermoreflectance-based techniques time- and frequency-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR and FDTR, respectively) have emerged as robust platforms to measure the thermophysical properties of a wide array of systems on varying length scales. Routine in the implementation of these techniques is the application of a thin metal film on the surface of the sample of interest to serve as an opto-thermal transducer ensuring the measured modulated reflectivity is dominated by the change in thermoreflectance of the sample...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Shobha Sharma, Aditya Gupta, Debdas Dhabal, Hemant K Kashyap
In the present molecular dynamics study, we investigate the effects of increasing pressure on the structural morphology of trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium bromide (P666,14(+)/Br(-)) and trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium dicyanamide (P666,14(+)/DCA(-)) ionic liquids (ILs). Special attention was paid to how charge and polarity orderings, which are present in the microscopic structure of these ILs at ambient conditions, respond to very high external pressure. The simulated X-ray scattering structure functions, S(q)s, of the two systems reveal that both the characteristic orderings show appreciable responsiveness towards the applied pressure change...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Adam Z Blatt, Sabina Pathan, Viviana P Ferreira
The complement alternative pathway is a powerful arm of the innate immune system that enhances diverse inflammatory responses in the human host. Key to the effects of the alternative pathway is properdin, a serum glycoprotein that can both initiate and positively regulate alternative pathway activity. Properdin is produced by many different leukocyte subsets and circulates as cyclic oligomers of monomeric subunits. While the formation of non-physiological aggregates in purified properdin preparations and the presence of potential properdin inhibitors in serum have complicated studies of its function, properdin has, regardless, emerged as a key player in various inflammatory disease models...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Daniel Ricklin, Edimara S Reis, Dimitrios C Mastellos, Piet Gros, John D Lambris
As a preformed defense system, complement faces a delicate challenge in providing an immediate, forceful response to pathogens even at first encounter, while sparing host cells in the process. For this purpose, it engages a tightly regulated network of plasma proteins, cell surface receptors, and regulators. Complement component C3 plays a particularly versatile role in this process by keeping the cascade alert, acting as a point of convergence of activation pathways, fueling the amplification of the complement response, exerting direct effector functions, and helping to coordinate downstream immune responses...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Pedro Berraondo, Luna Minute, Daniel Ajona, Leticia Corrales, Ignacio Melero, Ruben Pio
Chronic inflammation in the tumor microenvironment and evasion of the antitumor effector immune response are two of the emerging hallmarks required for oncogenesis and cancer progression. The innate immune system not only plays a critical role in perpetuating these tumor-promoting hallmarks but also in developing antitumor adaptive immune responses. Thus, understanding the dual role of the innate system in cancer immunology is required for the design of combined immunotherapy strategies able to tackle established tumors...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Kristina N Ekdahl, Yuji Teramura, Osama A Hamad, Sana Asif, Claudia Duehrkop, Karin Fromell, Elisabet Gustafson, Jaan Hong, Huda Kozarcanin, Peetra U Magnusson, Markus Huber-Lang, Peter Garred, Bo Nilsson
Innate immunity is fundamental to our defense against microorganisms. Physiologically, the intravascular innate immune system acts as a purging system that identifies and removes foreign substances leading to thromboinflammatory responses, tissue remodeling, and repair. It is also a key contributor to the adverse effects observed in many diseases and therapies involving biomaterials and therapeutic cells/organs. The intravascular innate immune system consists of the cascade systems of the blood (the complement, contact, coagulation, and fibrinolytic systems), the blood cells (polymorphonuclear cells, monocytes, platelets), and the endothelial cell lining of the vessels...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
József Dobó, Gábor Pál, László Cervenak, Péter Gál
Mannose-binding lectin (MBL)-associated serine proteases (MASPs) are the enzymatic constituents of the lectin pathway of the complement system. They are complexed with large pattern recognition molecules (PRMs) such as MBL, other collectins, and ficolins. The main function of two of the three MASPs has crystallized lately: MASP-1 autoactivates first, then it activates MASP-2, and finally both participate in the formation of the C4b2a convertase. In addition to this, both enzymes are involved in several other processes which are subject to intense research nowadays...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Erik A Martens, Christian Bick, Mark J Panaggio
The simplest network of coupled phase-oscillators exhibiting chimera states is given by two populations with disparate intra- and inter-population coupling strengths. We explore the effects of heterogeneous coupling phase-lags between the two populations. Such heterogeneity arises naturally in various settings, for example, as an approximation to transmission delays, excitatory-inhibitory interactions, or as amplitude and phase responses of oscillators with electrical or mechanical coupling. We find that breaking the phase-lag symmetry results in a variety of states with uniform and non-uniform synchronization, including in-phase and anti-phase synchrony, full incoherence (splay state), chimera states with phase separation of 0 or π between populations, and states where both populations remain desynchronized...
September 2016: Chaos
Alexander G Raufi, Shruti Scott, Omar Darwish, Kevin Harley, Kanwarpal Kahlon, Sheetal Desai, Yuxin Lu, Minh-Ha Tran
Among the spectrum of disease manifestations associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis is particularly concerning due to the potential for renal failure. This autoimmune attack may not, however, be limited to the kidney and is increasingly being recognized as a trigger for atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS). Atypical HUS falls under the spectrum of the thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) - a group of disorders characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and end organ damage...
September 28, 2016: Hematology Reports
Clara Abraham, Parambir S Dulai, Séverine Vermeire, William J Sandborn
Insights into the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have provided important information for the development of therapeutics. Levels of interleukin 23 (IL23) and T-helper (Th) 17 cell pathway molecules are elevated in inflamed intestinal tissues of patients with IBD. Loss of function variants of the interleukin 23 receptor gene (IL23R) protect against IBD, and in animals, blocking IL23 reduces severity of colitis. These findings indicated that the IL23 and Th17 cell pathways might be promising targets for treatment of IBD...
October 22, 2016: Gastroenterology
Roberta Cirincione, Federica Maria Di Maggio, Giusi Irma Forte, Luigi Minafra, Valentina Bravatà, Laura Castiglia, Vincenzo Cavalieri, Giovanni Borasi, Giorgio Russo, Domenico Lio, Cristina Messa, Maria Carla Gilardi, Francesco Paolo Cammarata
In recent years, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has emerged as a new and promising non-invasive and non-ionizing ablative technique for the treatment of localized solid tumors. Extensive pre-clinical and clinical studies have evidenced that, in addition to direct destruction of the primary tumor, HIFU-thermoablation may elicit long-term systemic host anti-tumor immunity. In particular, an important consequence of HIFU treatment includes the release of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), the secretion of immuno-suppressing factors by cancer cells and the induction of cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity...
October 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Amanda Sparkes, Patrick De Baetselier, Kim Roelants, Carl De Trez, Stefan Magez, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Geert Raes, Richard Bucala, Benoît Stijlemans
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) was first described as a cytokine 50 years ago, and emerged in mammals as a pleiotropic protein with pro-inflammatory, chemotactic, and growth-promoting activities. In addition, MIF has gained substantial attention as a pivotal upstream mediator of innate and adaptive immune responses and with pathologic roles in several diseases. Of less importance in mammals is an intrinsic but non-physiologic enzymatic activity that points to MIF's evolution from an ancient defense molecule...
October 12, 2016: Immunobiology
Paula Ferrada, Rao R Ivatury, David A Spain, Kimberly A Davis, Michel Aboutanos, John J Fildes, Thomas M Scalea
INTRODUCTION: Acute Care Surgery (ACS), Trauma and Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowships graduate fellows deemed qualified to perform complex cases immediately upon graduation. We hypothesize international fellow rotations (IFR) can be a resource to supplement operative case exposure METHODS: A survey was sent to all program directors of ACS and SCC fellowships via email. Data was captured and analyzed using the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) tool. RESULTS: The survey was sent to 113 program directors (PDs) with a response rate of 42%...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Mohammad Abu-Hishmeh, Alamgir Sattar, Fnu Zarlasht, Mohamed Ramadan, Aisha Abdel-Rahman, Shante Hinson, Caroline Hwang
BACKGROUND Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is one of the thrombotic microangiopathic (TMA) syndromes, caused by severely reduced activity of the vWF-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that affects various organs in the body, including the hematopoietic system. SLE can present with TMA, and differentiating between SLE and TTP in those cases can be very challenging, particularly in patients with no prior history of SLE. Furthermore, an association between these 2 diseases has been described in the literature, with most of the TTP cases occurring after the diagnosis of SLE...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Cristina Prat, Alicia Lacoma
BACKGROUND: Acute and chronic respiratory tract infections are a common cause of inappropriate antimicrobial prescription. Antimicrobial therapy leads to the development of resistance and the emergence of opportunistic pathogens that substitute the indigenous microbiota. METHODS: This review explores the major challenges and lines of research to adequately establish the clinical role of bacteria and the indications for antimicrobial treatment, and reviews novel therapeutic approaches...
October 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Atila Kara, Sakir Akin, Dinis Dos Reis Miranda, Ard Struijs, Kadir Caliskan, Robert J van Thiel, Eric A Dubois, Wouter de Wilde, Felix Zijlstra, Diederik Gommers, Can Ince
BACKGROUND: Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is an effective technique for providing emergency mechanical circulatory support for patients with cardiogenic shock. VA-ECMO enables a rapid restoration of global systemic organ perfusion, but it has not been found to always show a parallel improvement in the microcirculation. We hypothesized in this study that the response of the microcirculation to the initiation of VA-ECMO might identify patients with increased chances of intensive care unit (ICU) survival...
October 25, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
F G Benson, A Musekiwa, L Blumberg, L C Rispel
BACKGROUND: An effective and efficient notifiable diseases surveillance system (NDSS) is essential for a rapid response to disease outbreaks, and the identification of priority diseases that may cause national, regional or public health emergencies of international concern (PHEICs). Regular assessments of country-based surveillance system are needed to enable countries to respond to outbreaks before they become PHEICs. As part of a broader evaluation of the NDSS in South Africa, the aim of the study was to determine the perceptions of key stakeholders on the national NDSS attributes of acceptability, flexibility, simplicity, timeliness and usefulness...
October 25, 2016: BMC Public Health
Brian E Lacy, Michael D Crowell, Carole Mathis, David Bauer, Leslie J Heinberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Gastroparesis (GP) patients suffer from recurrent symptoms of nausea, vomiting, early satiety, and abdominal pain. The impact of GP on quality of life (QoL), health care utilization and daily activities is not well understood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Part 1: 398 adult patients (≥18 y) with documented GP (symptoms >6 mo) were surveyed to assess QoL and pain using the Short Form 36 and McGill pain questionnaires. Part 2: 491 adult GP patients were surveyed to evaluate employment status, work and daily activities, medication use, physician visits, diagnostic testing, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations related to their GP symptoms...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Johan U Lind, Travis A Busbee, Alexander D Valentine, Francesco S Pasqualini, Hongyan Yuan, Moran Yadid, Sung-Jin Park, Arda Kotikian, Alexander P Nesmith, Patrick H Campbell, Joost J Vlassak, Jennifer A Lewis, Kevin K Parker
Biomedical research has relied on animal studies and conventional cell cultures for decades. Recently, microphysiological systems (MPS), also known as organs-on-chips, that recapitulate the structure and function of native tissues in vitro, have emerged as a promising alternative. However, current MPS typically lack integrated sensors and their fabrication requires multi-step lithographic processes. Here, we introduce a facile route for fabricating a new class of instrumented cardiac microphysiological devices via multimaterial three-dimensional (3D) printing...
October 24, 2016: Nature Materials
Ursula N Broder, Tina Jaeger, Urs Jenal
Virulence of pathogenic bacteria is a tightly controlled process to facilitate invasion and survival in host tissues. Although pathways controlling virulence have been defined in detail, signals modulating these processes are poorly understood. The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes acute and chronic infections in humans. Disease progression is typically associated with a loss of acute virulence and the emergence of biofilms and chronic behaviour. The acute-to-chronic switch is governed by the global Gac/Rsm pathway...
October 24, 2016: Nature Microbiology
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