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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437000/magnetically-guided-capsule-endoscopy
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Naveen Shamsudhin, Vladimir I Zverev, Henrik Keller, Salvador Pane, Peter W Egolf, Bradley J Nelson, Alexander M Tishin
Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is a powerful tool for medical screening and diagnosis, where a small capsule is swallowed and moved by means of natural peristalsis and gravity through the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The camera-integrated capsule allows for visualization of the small intestine, a region which was previously inaccessible to classical flexible endoscopy. As a diagnostic tool, it allows to localize the sources of bleedings in the middle-part of the gastrointestinal tract and to identify diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease), Polyposis-Syndrome and tumors...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436954/optimized-expression-based-microdissection-of-formalin-fixed-lung-cancer-tissue
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Markus Grafen, Thurid R Hofmann, Andreas H Scheel, Julia Beck, Alexander Emmert, Stefan Küffer, Bernhard C Danner, Ekkehard Schütz, Reinhardt Büttner, Andreas Ostendorf, Philipp Ströbel, Hanibal Bohnenberger
Analysis of specific DNA alterations in precision medicine of tumors is crucially important for molecular targeted treatments. Lung cancer is a prototypic example and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. One major technical problem of detecting DNA alterations in tissue samples is cellular heterogeneity, that is, mixture of tumor and normal cells. Microdissection is an important tool to enrich tumor cells from heterogeneous tissue samples. However, conventional laser capture microdissection has several disadvantages like user-dependent selection of regions of interest (ROI), high costs for dissection systems and long processing times...
April 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436338/the-effect-of-boswellia-serrata-resin-diet-supplementation-on-production-hematological-biochemical-and-immunological-parameters-in-broiler-chickens
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A R M Al-Yasiry, B Kiczorowska, W Samolińska, E Kowalczuk-Vasilev, D Kowalczyk-Pecka
Boswellia serrata resin (BSR), exhibiting a variety of therapeutic properties, is applied in Asian traditional medicine. These properties can be used in poultry production as well. Application of the resin as a phytobiotic in broiler chicken rearing can increase the productivity and improve meat quality. However, the optimum and maximum levels of BSR in broiler diets need to be assessed. The study determined the effect of different levels of supplementation of BSR (directly derived, unprocessed) in diets for broiler chickens on the production traits, selected slaughter analysis parameters, nutrient digestibility and selected hematological, biochemical and immunological parameters...
April 24, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435157/the-systemic-nature-of-ckd
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REVIEW
Carmine Zoccali, Raymond Vanholder, Ziad A Massy, Alberto Ortiz, Pantelis Sarafidis, Friedo W Dekker, Danilo Fliser, Denis Fouque, Gunnar H Heine, Kitty J Jager, Mehmet Kanbay, Francesca Mallamaci, Gianfranco Parati, Patrick Rossignol, Andrzej Wiecek, Gerard London
The accurate definition and staging of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the major achievements of modern nephrology. Intensive research is now being undertaken to unravel the risk factors and pathophysiologic underpinnings of this disease. In particular, the relationships between the kidney and other organs have been comprehensively investigated in experimental and clinical studies in the last two decades. Owing to technological and analytical limitations, these links have been studied with a reductionist approach focusing on two organs at a time, such as the heart and the kidney or the bone and the kidney...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435109/visible-light-inactivation-of-e-coli-cytotoxicity-and-ros-determination-of-biochemically-capped-gold-nanoparticles
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Faheem Ullah Khan, Yongmei Chen, Naeem Ullah Khan, Aftab Ahmad, Kamran Tahir, Zia UlHaq Khan, Arif Ullah Khan, Shifa Ullah Khan, Muslim Raza, Pingyu Wan
The formation of metal nanoparticles is one of the most vast and intensifying research areas in favor of prospective applications for the advancement of new technologies. It is a well-founded, significant feature of green chemistry that making marvelous interconnection between nano-biotechnology and microbial biotechnology. In the present research, the aqueous extract of medicinally important plant Coptis Chinensis (in Chinese called "gold thread") was applied for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs)...
April 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434113/precision-knockdown-of-egfr-gene-expression-using-radio-frequency-electromagnetic-energy
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Ilya V Ulasov, Haidn Foster, Mike Butters, Jae-Geun Yoon, Tomoko Ozawa, Theodore Nicolaides, Xavier Figueroa, Parvinder Hothi, Michael Prados, John Butters, Charles Cobbs
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the radio frequency energy (RFE) range can affect cells at the molecular level. Here we report a technology that can record the specific RFE signal of a given molecule, in this case the siRNA of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). We demonstrate that cells exposed to this EGFR siRNA RFE signal have a 30-70% reduction of EGFR mRNA expression and ~60% reduction in EGFR protein expression vs. control treated cells. Specificity for EGFR siRNA effect was confirmed via RNA microarray and antibody dot blot array...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425452/estimating-the-irreversible-pressure-drop-across-a-stenosis-by-quantifying-turbulence-production-using-4d-flow-mri
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Hojin Ha, Jonas Lantz, Magnus Ziegler, Belen Casas, Matts Karlsson, Petter Dyverfeldt, Tino Ebbers
The pressure drop across a stenotic vessel is an important parameter in medicine, providing a commonly used and intuitive metric for evaluating the severity of the stenosis. However, non-invasive estimation of the pressure drop under pathological conditions has remained difficult. This study demonstrates a novel method to quantify the irreversible pressure drop across a stenosis using 4D Flow MRI by calculating the total turbulence production of the flow. Simulation MRI acquisitions showed that the energy lost to turbulence production can be accurately quantified with 4D Flow MRI within a range of practical spatial resolutions (1-3 mm; regression slope = 0...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417080/applying-a-systems-approach-to-thyroid-physiology-looking-at-the-whole-with-a-mitochondrial-perspective-instead-of-judging-single-tsh-values-or-why-we-should-know-more-about-mitochondria-to-understand-metabolism
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REVIEW
Roy Moncayo, Helga Moncayo
Classical thinking in endocrine physiology squeezes our diagnostic handling into a simple negative feedback mechanism with a controller and a controlled variable. In the case of the thyroid this is reduced to TSH and fT3 and fT4, respectively. The setting of this tight notion has no free space for any additions. In this paper we want to challenge this model of limited application by proposing a construct based on a systems approach departing from two basic considerations. In first place since the majority of cases of thyroid disease develop and appear during life it has to be considered as an acquired condition...
June 2017: BBA Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415405/incorporation-of-glass-reinforced-hydroxyapatite-microparticles-into-poly-lactic-acid-electrospun-fibre-mats-for-biomedical-applications
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Daniel Santos, Cristina O Correia, Dina M Silva, Pedro S Gomes, Maria H Fernandes, José D Santos, Vitor Sencadas
Tissue engineering is constantly evolving towards novel materials that mimic the properties of the replaced injured tissue or organ. A hybrid electrospun membrane of electroactive poly(l-acid lactic) (PLLA) polymer with glass reinforced hydroxyapatite (Bonelike®) microparticles placed among the polymer fibres in a morphology like "islands in the sea" was processed. The incorporation of 60 to 80wt% Bonelike® bone grafts granules with ≤150μm into the polymer solution lead to an amorphous polymeric fibre membranes, and a decrease of the average polymer fibre diameter from 550±150nm for neat PLA down to 440±170nm for the hybrid composite...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414112/binding-of-erucic-acid-with-human-serum-albumin-using-a-spectroscopic-and-molecular-docking-study
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Gulam Rabbani, Mohammad Hassan Baig, Arif Tasleem Jan, Eun Ju Lee, Mohsin Vahid Khan, Masihuz Zaman, Abd-ElAziem Farouk Gad, Rizwan Hasan Khan, Inho Choi
Erucic acid (EA) is one of the key fatty acids usually found in canola oil, mustard oil and rapeseed oil. Consumption of EA in primates was found to cause myocardial lipidosis and cardiac steatosis. To have an insight of the effect of EA in humans, we performed in vitro interaction studies of EA with the primary plasma protein, human serum albumin (HSA). Spectroscopic (UV-vis and fluorescence) analysis of the EA-HSA interaction revealed a static mode of quenching, with binding constant Kb ∼10(4) reflecting high affinity of EA for HSA...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412214/chinese-medicine-bu-fei-decoction-attenuates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-via-inhibition-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Xi-Ran He, Shu-Yan Han, Xiao-Hong Li, Wen-Xian Zheng, Li-Na Pang, Shan-Tong Jiang, Ping-Ping Li
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Traditional Chinese medicine Bu-Fei decoction (BFD) has been utilized to treat patients with Qi deficiency for decades, with the advantages of invigorating vital energy, clearing heat-toxin and moistening lung, etc. According to previous clinical experience and trials, BFD has been found to indeed improve life quality of lung cancer patients and prolong survival time. Nevertheless, little is known on its potential mechanisms so far. Being regarded as a pivotal cytokine in the tumor microenvironment, transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) stands out as a robust regulator of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), which is closely linked to tumor progression...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411477/comparative-surface-energetic-study-of-matrigel-%C3%A2-and-collagen-i-interactions-with-endothelial-cells
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Michael J Hill, Debanjan Sarkar
Understanding of the surface energetic aspects of the spontaneously deposited proteins on biomaterial surfaces and how this influences cell adhesion and differentiation is an area of regenerative medicine that has not received adequate attention. Current controversies surround the role of the biomaterial substratum surface chemistry, the range of influence of said substratum, and the effects of different surface energy components of the protein interface. Endothelial cells (ECs) are a highly important cell type for regenerative medicine applications, such as tissue engineering, and In-vivo they interact with collagen I based stromal tissue and basement membranes producing different behavioral outcomes...
April 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409344/tissue-specific-functions-of-p53-during-kidney-development
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Zubaida Saifudeen
p53 is best identified as a tumor suppressor for its transcriptional control of genes involved in cell cycle progression and apoptosis. Beyond its irrefutable involvement in restraining unchecked cell proliferation, research over the past several years has indicated a requirement for p53 function in sustaining normal development. Here I summarize the role of p53 in embryonic development, with a focus on knowledge gained from p53 loss and overexpression during kidney development. In contrast to its classical role in suppressing proliferative pathways, p53 positively regulates nephron progenitor cell (NPC) renewal...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408939/the-immune-effects-of-an-african-traditional-energy-tonic-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models
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Mlungisi Ngcobo, Nceba Gqaleni, Vinny Naidoo, Protus Cele
Most of the African traditional medicines (ATM) are formulated as energy tonics to boost and maintain immune defences. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the immune effects of a traditional energy tonic using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), THP-1 monocytes, and bacteria infected rats. When tested in mitogen and peptidoglycan stimulated PBMCs, this energy tonic showed minimal cytotoxicity, while in acute toxicity studies in rats it did not exhibit any significant toxicity at doses up to 2000 mg/mL/kg...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398905/an-integrated-model-of-scintillator-reflector-properties-for-advanced-simulations-of-optical-transport
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Emilie Roncali, Mariele Stockhoff, Simon Cherry
Accurately modeling the light transport in scintillation detectors is essential to design new detectors for nuclear medicine or high energy physics. Optical models implemented in software such as Geant4 and GATE suffer from important limitations that we addressed by implementing a new approach in which the crystal reflectance was computed from 3D surface measurements. The reflectance was saved in a look-up-table (LUT) then used in Monte Carlo simulation to determine the fate of optical photons. Our previous work using this approach demonstrated excellent agreement with experimental characterization of crystal light output in a limited configuration, i...
April 11, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394083/bone-volume-to-total-volume-ratio-measured-in-trabecular-bone-by-single-sided-nmr-devices
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Leonardo Brizi, Marco Barbieri, Fabio Baruffaldi, Villiam Bortolotti, Chiara Fersini, Huabing Liu, Marcel Nogueira d'Eurydice, Sergei Obruchkov, Fangrong Zong, Petrik Galvosas, Paola Fantazzini
PURPOSE: Reduced bone strength is associated with a loss of bone mass, usually evaluated by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, although it is known that the bone microstructure also affects the bone strength. Here, a method is proposed to measure (in laboratory) the bone volume-to-total volume ratio by single-sided NMR scanners, which is related to the microstructure of the trabecular bone. METHODS: Three single-sided scanners were used on animal bone samples. These low-field, mobile, low-cost devices are able to detect the NMR signal, regardless of the sample sizes, without the use of ionizing radiations, with the further advantage of signal localization offered by their intrinsic magnetic field gradients...
April 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393677/in-silico-high-throughput-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study-to-identify-inhibitor-for-adeabc-efflux-pump-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
#17
Privita Verma, Monalisa Tiwari, Vishvanath Tiwari
Emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii has caused significant health problems and is responsible for high morbidity and mortality. Overexpression of AdeABC efflux system is one of the major mechanisms. In this study, we have focused on overcoming the drug resistance by identifying inhibitors that can effectively bind and inhibit integral membrane protein, AdeB of this efflux pump. We performed homology modeling to generate structure of AdeB using MODELLER v9.16 followed by model refinement using 3D-Refine tool and validated using PSVS, ProsaWeb, ERRAT etc...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390769/vascular-applications-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging
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REVIEW
Kunal S Mehta, Jake J Lee, Ashraf A Taha, Efthymios Avgerinos, Rabih A Chaer
OBJECTIVE: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) imaging is a powerful noninvasive modality offering numerous potential diagnostic and therapeutic applications in vascular medicine. CEUS imaging uses microbubble contrast agents composed of an encapsulating shell surrounding a gaseous core. These microbubbles act as nearly perfect intravascular reflectors of ultrasound energy and may be used to enhance the overall contrast and quality of ultrasound images. The purpose of this narrative review is to survey the current literature regarding CEUS imaging and discuss its diagnostic and therapeutic roles in current vascular and selected nonvascular applications...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389343/small-world-human-brain-networks-perspectives-and-challenges
#19
REVIEW
Xuhong Liao, Athanasios V Vasilakos, Yong He
Modelling the human brain as a complex network has provided a powerful mathematical framework to characterize the structural and functional architectures of the brain. In the past decade, the combination of non-invasive neuroimaging techniques and graph theoretical approaches enable us to map human structural and functional connectivity patterns (i.e., connectome) at the macroscopic level. One of the most influential findings is that human brain networks exhibit prominent small-world organization. Such a network architecture in the human brain facilitates efficient information segregation and integration at low wiring and energy costs, which presumably results from natural selection under the pressure of a cost-efficiency balance...
April 5, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388376/how-much-and-what-type-of-protein-should-a-critically-ill-patient-receive
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Juan B Ochoa Gautier, Robert G Martindale, Saúl J Rugeles, Ryan T Hurt, Beth Taylor, Daren K Heyland, Stephen A McClave
Protein loss, manifested as loss of muscle mass, is observed universally in all critically ill patients. Depletion of muscle mass is associated with impaired function and poor outcomes. In extreme cases, protein malnutrition is manifested by respiratory failure, lack of wound healing, and immune dysfunction. Protecting muscle loss focused initially on meeting energy requirements. The assumption was that protein was being used (through oxidation) as an energy source. In healthy individuals, small amounts of glucose (approximately 400 calories) protect muscle loss and decrease amino acid oxidation (protein-sparing effect of glucose)...
April 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
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