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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525549/the-change-in-circulating-galectin-3-predicts-absence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-thoracoscopic-surgical-ablation
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Wouter R Berger, Benoît Jagu, Nicoline W E van den Berg, Dean R P P Chan Pin Yin, Jan P van Straalen, Onno J de Boer, Antoine H G Driessen, Jolien Neefs, Sébastien P J Krul, WimJan P van Boven, Allard C van der Wal, Joris R de Groot
Aims: Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is an important mediator of cardiac fibrosis, particularly in heart failure. Increased Gal-3 concentration (Gal-3), associated with increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), may reflect atrial fibrotic remodelling underlying AF progression. We aimed to investigate whether the change in serum Gal-3 reflects alterations of the arrhythmogenic atrial substrate following thoracoscopic AF surgery, and predicts absence of AF. Methods and results: Consecutive patients undergoing thoracoscopic AF surgery were included...
May 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524028/-efficacy-of-20-albumin-infusion-on-coagulation-and-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-rabbits-with-ards
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Ling Yao, Bo Liu, Feng Shen
OBJECTIVE: To observe the efficacy of 20% albumin infusion on coagulation and pulmonary fibrosis in rabbits with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) induced by two-hit of intravenous infusion of oleid acid (OA) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: Forty healthy adult male rabbits were randomly divided into five groups, namely sham group, model group, albumin group (20% albumin), saline group (0.9% sodium chloride injection) and Ringer group (lactate Ringer solution), with 8 rabbits in each group...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523312/an-evaluation-of-a-collagen-based-material-osseointegration
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Horia Octavian Manolea, Monica Mihaela CrăiŢoiu, LaurenŢiu Mogoantă, Ionela Teodora Dascălu, Alina Iren Moraru, Doriana Agop Forna, Răzvan MercuŢ
The aim of this study is to evaluate the osseointegration of a collagen-based material Alveoprotect, suitable for socket preservations, while preserving the vestibular bone lamella. This material is intended to be used in the field of implantology for smaller bone defects. Thus, 3-mm diameter experimental cavities were carried out on the calvaria and maxilla of 18 laboratory Wistar rats. The cavities were augmented with the collagen fleece Alveoprotect or left unaugmented as a control group and half of the laboratory animals were sacrificed after two months, and the other half after four months in order to evaluate in vivo the way in which the inserted material is osseointegrated...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513064/autofluorescence-of-collagen-fibres-in-scar
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H L Zhao, C P Zhang, H Zhu, Y F Jiang, X B Fu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Autofluorescence has become an important factor associated with diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. METHODS: Full thickness skin grafts and scar biopsies were obtained from five volunteers. The normal skin or scar tissue paraffin-wax sections were stained with HE and the autofluorescence of collagen fibres was viewed under fluorescence microscopy. RESULTS: In normal skin, the autofluorescence was showed in dermis, specifically in collagen fibres...
May 17, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503442/clinical-outcomes-at-one-year-following-keratoconus-treatment-with-accelerated-transepithelial-cross-linking
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Alberto Artola, David P Piñero, Pedro Ruiz-Fortes, Roberto Soto-Negro, Rafael J Pérez-Cambrodí
This study evaluated the clinical outcomes in keratoconus corneas following accelerated transepithelial corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) (Avedro KXL(®) system, Waltham, MA, USA) over one year of follow-up. The mean depth of the demarcation line measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT) was 205.19 µm. One month after surgery, a non-statistically significant change was noted in sphere (P=0.18) and in spherical equivalent (P=0.17), whereas a significant improvement was observed in corrected distance visual acuity (P=0...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503188/impact-of-8-week-linoleic-acid-intake-in-soy-oil-on-lp-pla2-activity-in-healthy-adults
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Minkyung Kim, Minjoo Kim, Ayoung Lee, Hye Jin Yoo, Jung Soo Her, Sun Ha Jee, Jong Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: No intervention follow-up study has examined the association between plasma n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). We aimed to determine whether the administration of linoleic acid (LA, 18:2n-6) in soy oil affected Lp-PLA2 activity in healthy adults. METHODS: Self-reported healthy participants (n = 150) were randomly assigned to three groups: a low LA group, in which 10 mL soy oil was replaced with one apple; a medium LA group, in which the typical food intake was maintained; and a high LA group, in which 1/3 cup of cooked refined rice was replaced with 9...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494752/mda-met-conditioned-medium-augments-the-chemoattractant-dependent-migration-of-mda-met-cells-towards-hfob-conditioned-medium-and-increases-collagenase-activity
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Karis Chin-Quee, Henry J Donahue
BACKGROUND: Metastasis of breast cancer displays site-specificity towards bone. Recently, studies have emerged indicating that primary tumors may remotely influence creation of a pre-metastatic niche. In this study, we used human fetal osteoblastic cells and MDA-MET, a metastatic and preferentially bone homing derivative of the breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231. We examined 1) whether secreted factors from MDA-MET cells increase generation of chemoattractants by human foetal osteoblastic cells 2) whether MDA-MET cells were responsive to these chemoattractants and 3) the identity of these chemoattractants...
May 11, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493530/m2-macrophages-induce-emt-through-the-tgf-%C3%AE-smad2-signaling-pathway
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Liangying Zhu, Xiao Fu, Xiang Chen, Xiaodong Han, Ping Dong
IPF is characterized by fibroblast accumulation, collagen deposition and ECM remodeling, with myofibroblasts believed to be the effector cell type. Myofibroblasts develop due to EMT of lung alveolar epithelial cells, which can be induced by TGF-β. M2 macrophages, a macrophage subpopulation, secrete large amounts of TGF-β. To clarify the relationship between IPF, EMT, TGF-β and M2 macrophages, a bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis mouse model was used. Seventeen days after mice were treated with bleomycin, the successful establishment of a pulmonary fibrosis model was confirmed by HE stain and Masson's trichrome stain...
May 11, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492699/lipopolysaccharide-as-trigger-of-platelet-aggregation-via-eicosanoid-over-production
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Cristina Nocella, Roberto Carnevale, Simona Bartimoccia, Marta Novo, Roberto Cangemi, Daniele Pastori, Camilla Calvieri, Pasquale Pignatelli, Francesco Violi
The effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on platelet aggregation is still controversial. We performed in vitro and ex vivo studies in controls and in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) to assess the effect of LPS on platelet activation (PA). LPS (15-100 pg/ml) significantly increased PA only if combined with sub-threshold concentrations (STC) of collagen or ADP; this effect was associated with increased platelet H2O2 production, Nox2 activation, PLA2 phosphorylation, thromboxane (Tx)A2 and 8-iso-PGF2α-III, and was inhibited by aspirin, TxA2 receptor antagonist or by Toll-like receptor 4 blocking peptide (TLR4bp)...
May 11, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492484/the-potential-of-triterpenoids-from-loquat-leaves-eriobotrya-japonica-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-skin-disorder
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Hui Tan, Tamrakar Sonam, Kuniyoshi Shimizu
The leaves of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) possess high medicinal value and have been used as traditional medicines. However, there are no evidence-based studies on the skin-care effects of E. japonica leaves. To explore new biological activities of E. japonica leaves against skin disorder and to gain a better understanding of the chemical components associated with bioactivities, we evaluated 18 triterpenoids from E. japonica leaves on anti-melanogenesis, anti-acne, anti-allergy and anti-aging activities. Our results revealed that eight compounds showed anti-melanogenesis activity, of which ursolic acid (1) and maslinic acid (7) were the most potent with the similar selective index to that of arbutin...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488312/immune-modulator-therapy-for-microscopic-colitis-in-a-case-series-of-73-patients
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T G Cotter, A K Kamboj, S B Hicks, W J Tremaine, E V Loftus, D S Pardi
BACKGROUND: Microscopic colitis (MC) is a common cause of chronic diarrhoea. Various treatment options have been described, but there are limited data describing outcomes of corticosteroid-sparing treatments. AIM: To evaluate the outcomes of patients with active MC treated with immune modulators. METHODS: All patients seen at Mayo Clinic, Rochester between January 1, 1997 and November 30, 2016 with a histological diagnosis of MC were identified...
May 10, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480978/lumbar-multifidus-muscle-degenerates-in-individuals-with-chronic-degenerative-lumbar-spine-pathology
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Bahar Shahidi, James C Hubbard, Michael C Gibbons, Severin Ruoss, Vinko Zlomislic, R Todd Allen, Steven R Garfin, Samuel R Ward
Histological and cell-level changes in the lumbar musculature in individuals with chronic lumbar spine degenerative conditions are not well characterized. Although prior literature supports evidence of changes in fiber type and size, little information exists describing the tissue quality and biology of pathological features of muscle in this population. The purpose of this study was to quantify multifidus tissue composition and structure, inflammation, vascularity, and degeneration in individuals with chronic degenerative lumbar spine pathology...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471382/decrease-of-mir-195-promotes-chondrocytes-proliferation-and-maintenance-of-chondrogenic-phenotype-via-targeting-fgf-18-pathway
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Yong Wang, Tao Yang, Yadong Liu, Wei Zhao, Zhen Zhang, Ming Lu, Weiguo Zhang
Slow growth and rapid loss of chondrogenic phenotypes are the major problems affecting chronic cartilage lesions. The role of microRNA-195 (miR-195) and its detailed working mechanism in the fore-mentioned process remains unknown. Fibroblastic growth factor 18 (FGF-18) plays a key role in cartilage homeostasis; whether miR-195 could regulate FGF-18 and its downstream signal pathway in chondrocyte proliferation and maintenance of chondrogenic phenotypes still remains unclear. The present research shows elevated miR-195 but depressed FGF-18 expressed in joint fluid specimens of 20 patients with chronic cartilage lesions and in CH1M and CH3M chondrocytes when compared with that in joint fluid specimens without cartilage lesions and in CH1W and CH2W chondrocytes, respectively...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466969/microscopic-anatomy-of-the-visceral-fasciae
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Carla Stecco, Maria Martina Sfriso, Andrea Porzionato, Anna Rambaldo, Giovanna Albertin, Veronica Macchi, Raffaele De Caro
The term 'visceral fascia' is a general term used to describe the fascia lying immediately beneath the mesothelium of the serosa, together with that immediately surrounding the viscera, but there are many types of visceral fasciae. The aim of this paper was to identify the features they have in common and their specialisations. The visceral fascia of the abdomen (corresponding to the connective tissue lying immediately beneath the mesothelium of the parietal peritoneum), thorax (corresponding to the connective tissue lying immediately beneath the mesothelium of the parietal pleura), lung (corresponding to the connective tissue under the mesothelium of the visceral pleura), liver (corresponding to the connective tissue under the mesothelium of the visceral peritoneum), kidney (corresponding to the Gerota fascia), the oesophagus (corresponding to its adventitia) and heart (corresponding to the fibrous layer of the pericardial sac) from eight fresh cadavers were sampled and analysed with histological and immunohistochemical stains to evaluate collagen and elastic components and innervation...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462193/surgical-management-of-idiopathic-bone-cavity-case-series-of-consecutive-27-patients
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Myoung-Sang You, Dong-Young Kim, Kang-Min Ahn
OBJECTIVES: Idiopathic bone cavity (IBC) is an uncommon intra-osseous cavity of unknown etiology. Clinical features of IBC are not well known and treatment modalities of IBC are controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics of 27 IBC patients who underwent surgical exploration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 27 consecutive patients who underwent surgery due to a jaw bone cavity from April 2006 to February 2016 were included in this study...
April 2017: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461739/efficacy-of-transepithelial-corneal-collagen-crosslinking-for-keratoconus-12-month-follow-up
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Mohamed A Heikal, Tarek Tawfik Soliman, Ayser Fayed, Abdelmonem M Hamed
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of transepithelial corneal collagen crosslinking (TE-CXL) in patients with progressive keratoconus. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a prospective interventional consecutive study carried out on 30 eyes of 18 patients with progressive keratoconus who underwent TE-CLX using both ParaCel™ (riboflavin 0.25%, hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, NaCl, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [EDTA], Tris, and benzalkonium chloride) and vibeX-Xtra (riboflavin 0...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459816/isotopic-reconstruction-of-the-weaning-process-in-the-archaeological-population-of-can%C3%A3-mar-abajo-cuba-a-bayesian-probability-mixing-model-approach
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Yadira Chinique de Armas, Mirjana Roksandic, Dejana Nikitović, Roberto Rodríguez Suárez, David Smith, Nadine Kanik, Dailys García Jordá, William M Buhay
The general lack of well-preserved juvenile skeletal remains from Caribbean archaeological sites has, in the past, prevented evaluations of juvenile dietary changes. Canímar Abajo (Cuba), with a large number of well-preserved juvenile and adult skeletal remains, provided a unique opportunity to fully assess juvenile paleodiets from an ancient Caribbean population. Ages for the start and the end of weaning and possible food sources used for weaning were inferred by combining the results of two Bayesian probability models that help to reduce some of the uncertainties inherent to bone collagen isotope based paleodiet reconstructions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458336/alfacalcidol-increases-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-ibandronate-on-bone-mineral-density-in-japanese-women-with-primary-osteoporosis
#18
Yukio Nakamura, Takako Suzuki, Mikio Kamimura, Shota Ikegami, Shigeharu Uchiyama, Hiroyuki Kato
Bisphosphonates (BPs) increase bone mineral density (BMD) through the inhibition of osteoclast activity. Among BPs, ibandronate (IBN) is a strong inhibitor of bone resorption. However, the effects of a vitamin D analogue, alfacalcidol (ALF), on IBN treatment for osteoporosis is unknown. Fifty-three treatment-naïve post-menopausal women with primary osteoporosis were recruited and divided into IBN-treatment group (IBN group) and IBN with ALF group (IBN/ALF group). IBN (1.0 mg) was intravenously injected once a month, with or without oral ALF (1...
April 2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442143/polypropylene-mesh-seeded-with-fibroblasts-a-new-approach-for-the-repair-of-abdominal-wall-defects-in-rats
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A Mohsina, Naveen Kumar, A K Sharma, Sameer Shrivastava, Dayamon D Mathew, V Remya, Sonal, S K Maiti, Kiranjeet Singh, K P Singh
PURPOSE: The purpose of study was to develop bioengineered scaffolds by seeding primary mouse embryo fibroblast cells (p-MEF) on polypropylene mesh and to test its efficacy for the repair of abdominal wall defects in rats. METHODS: The study was conducted on 18 clinically healthy adult Wistar rats of either sex. The animals were randomly divided into two equal groups having nine animals in each group. In both the groups a 20mm×20mm size full thickness muscle defect was created under xylazine and ketamine anesthesia in the mid-ventral abdominal wall...
April 17, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436697/liver-track-embolization-after-islet-cell-transplant-comparison-of-two-techniques
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Ron C Gaba, Kenji R Kobayashi, James T Bui, R Peter Lokken, Andrew J Lipnik, Charles E Ray, Jose Oberholzer
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of microfibrillar collagen paste with those of gelatin sponge for liver track embolization after islet cell transplants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a single-institution, retrospective study, 37 patients underwent 66 islet cell transplants from January 2005 through October 2015. Transplants were performed with 6-French transhepatic access, systemic anticoagulation, pretransplant and posttransplant portal venous pressure measurement, and image-guided liver track embolization with gelatin sponge (2005-2011) or microfibrillar collagen paste (2012-2015)...
May 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
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