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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052842/shear-stress-upregulates-regeneration-related-immediate-early-genes-in-liver-progenitors-in-3d-ecm-like-microenvironments
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Kenichiro Nishii, Erik Brodin, Taylor Renshaw, Rachael Weesner, Emma Moran, Shay Soker, Jessica L Sparks
The role of fluid stresses in activating the hepatic stem/progenitor cell regenerative response is not well understood. This study hypothesized that immediate early genes (IEGs) with known links to liver regeneration will be upregulated in liver progenitor cells (LPCs) exposed to in vitro shear stresses on the order of those produced from elevated interstitial flow after partial hepatectomy. The objectives were: (1) to develop a shear flow chamber for application of fluid stress to LPCs in 3D culture; and (2) to determine the effects of fluid stress on IEG expression in LPCs...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052613/dynorphin-counteracts-orexin-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-thalamus-cellular-and-behavioral-evidence
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Alessandra Matzeu, Marsida Kallupi, Olivier George, Paul Schweitzer, Rémi Martin-Fardon
The orexin (Orx) system plays a critical role in drug addiction and reward-related behaviors. The dynorphin (Dyn) system promotes depressive-like behavior and plays a key role in the aversive effects of stress. Orx and Dyn are co-released and have opposing functions in reward and motivation in the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Previous studies suggested that OrxA transmission in the posterior paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus (pPVT) participates in cocaine-seeking behavior. This study determined whether Orx and Dyn interact in the pPVT...
October 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023796/hemodynamic-parameters-and-baroreflex-sensitivity-during-head-up-tilt-test-in-patients-with-neurally-mediated-syncope
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Sung Ho Lee, Ji Hyun Yang, Hye Ran Yim, Jungwae Park, Seung-Jung Park, Kyoung-Min Park, Young Keun On, June Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate differences in hemodynamic parameters and the role of baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) in patients with a history of neurally mediated syncope (NMS) compared with a control group. METHODS: Hemodynamic parameters and BRS were continuously measured non-invasively using a Finometer at rest and during passive head-up tilt test (HUT) in patients with a history of NMS (n = 55) and a control group (n = 77). The tilting period was divided into pretest (resting supine position), initial (first 3 minutes of tilting), last (last 3 minutes of tilting), and recovery (3 minutes after tilting was complete) periods...
October 10, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983180/positive-solutions-of-fractional-integral-equations-by-the-technique-of-measure-of-noncompactness
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Hemant Kumar Nashine, Reza Arab, Ravi P Agarwal, Manuel De la Sen
In the present study, we work on the problem of the existence of positive solutions of fractional integral equations by means of measures of noncompactness in association with Darbo's fixed point theorem. To achieve the goal, we first establish new fixed point theorems using a new contractive condition of the measure of noncompactness in Banach spaces. By doing this we generalize Darbo's fixed point theorem along with some recent results of (Aghajani et al. (J. Comput. Appl. Math. 260:67-77, 2014)), (Aghajani et al...
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979628/determination-in-vivo-viability-of-a-transfused-platelet-product-by-corrected-count-increment-and-percentage-platelet-response
#5
Nancy Wanjiru Thuku, Kibet Shikuku, Amos Mbugua
INTRODUCTION: For many years, platelet concentrates have been used for the prevention as well as treatment of bleeding disorders, especially in those patients with haematological problems involving platelet disorders as well as refractoriness, In addition, platelet concentrates (PCs) have been widely used to support patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation or who are receiving myelotoxic treatments. The aim of this study was to determine the quality of platelet concentrates by assessing platelet counts, volume, pH changes, swirling, residue of the red blood cells and white blood cell counts...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975714/comparing-the-performance-of-three-panels-rules-of-blood-smear-review-criteria-on-an-italian-multicenter-evaluation
#6
S Pipitone, L Germagnoli, G Da Rin, A Di Fabio, A Fanelli, F Fiorini, S Francione, A Marini, A Papa, A Benegiamo, T Lari, F Siviero, M Lorubbio, M Borin, M Seghezzi, M L Ciardelli, F Dima, M Gioia, S Buoro
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to compare the diagnostic accuracy of blood smear review criteria, by means of three different panel rules, those proposed by: the International Consensus Group for Hematology [41-ICGH rules], the Italian Survey [IS rules] and the Working Group on Hematology-SIBioC (WGH) consensus rules (WGH rules). METHODS: This study is based on 2707 peripheral blood (PB) samples referred for routine hematological testing to the WGH-associated laboratories displaced all over the Italian territory...
October 3, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949623/global-method-for-electron-correlation
#7
Mario Piris
The current work presents a new single-reference method for capturing at the same time the static and dynamic electron correlation. The starting point is a determinant wave function formed with natural orbitals obtained from a new interacting-pair model. The latter leads to a natural orbital functional (NOF) capable of recovering the complete intrapair, but only the static interpair correlation. Using the solution of the NOF, two new energy functionals are defined for both dynamic (E^{dyn}) and static (E^{sta}) correlation...
August 11, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938829/point-to-set-dynamic-length-scale-in-binary-lennard-jones-glass-formers
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Baicheng Mei, Zhenhua Wang, Yuyuan Lu, Hongfei Li, Lijia An
Our recent molecular dynamics simulation results of binary particle glass-former systems demonstrated that the non-monotonic temperature T-dependence of the point-to-set dynamic length scale ξc(dyn) in harmonic (HM) systems is not an intrinsic property of bulk liquids but originates from wall effects. We would expect our results to apply equally to other simple models, such as Lennard-Jones (LJ) systems. However, Hocky et al. presented a monotonic T-dependent ξc(dyn) in a LJ system. Therefore, the present work employs molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the T-dependent behavior of ξc(dyn) in the LJ system employed by Hocky et al...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919201/macitentan-for-the-treatment-of-inoperable-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-merit-1-results-from-the-multicentre-phase-2-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Gérald Simonneau, Andrea M D'Armini, Peter Fedullo, Luke S Howard, Xavier Jaïs, David P Jenkins, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Michael M Madani, Nicolas Martin, Eckhard Mayer, Kelly Papadakis, Dominik Richard, Nick H Kim
BACKGROUND: Macitentan is beneficial for long-term treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. The microvasculopathy of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and pulmonary arterial hypertension are similar. METHODS: The phase 2, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled MERIT-1 trial assessed macitentan in 80 patients with CTEPH adjudicated as inoperable. Patients identified as WHO functional class II-IV with a pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) of at least 400 dyn·s/cm(5) and a walk distance of 150-450 m in 6 min were randomly assigned (1:1), via an interactive voice/web response system, to receive oral macitentan (10 mg once a day) or placebo...
October 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889107/respite-switching-to-riociguat-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-patients-with-inadequate-response-to-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors
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Marius M Hoeper, Gérald Simonneau, Paul A Corris, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, James R Klinger, David Langleben, Robert Naeije, Pavel Jansa, Stephan Rosenkranz, Laura Scelsi, Ekkehard Grünig, Carmine Dario Vizza, MiKyung Chang, Pablo Colorado, Christian Meier, Dennis Busse, Raymond L Benza
A proportion of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients do not reach treatment goals with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5i). RESPITE investigated the safety, feasibility and benefit of switching from PDE5i to riociguat in these patients.RESPITE was a 24-week, open-label, multicentre, uncontrolled study. Patients in World Health Organization (WHO) functional class (FC) III, with 6-min walking distance (6MWD) 165-440 m, cardiac index <3.0 L·min(-1)·m(-2) and pulmonary vascular resistance >400 dyn·s·cm(-5) underwent a 1-3 day PDE5i treatment-free period before receiving riociguat adjusted up to 2...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879169/herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-neuronal-infection-perturbs-golgi-apparatus-integrity-through-activation-of-src-tyrosine-kinase-and-dyn-2-gtpase
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Carolina Martin, Luis Leyton, Melissa Hott, Yennyfer Arancibia, Carlos Spichiger, Mark A McNiven, Felipe A Court, Margarita I Concha, Patricia V Burgos, Carola Otth
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is a ubiquitous pathogen that establishes a latent persistent neuronal infection in humans. The pathogenic effects of repeated viral reactivation in infected neurons are still unknown. Several studies have reported that during HSV-1 epithelial infection, the virus could modulate diverse cell signaling pathways remodeling the Golgi apparatus (GA) membranes, but the molecular mechanisms implicated, and the functional consequences to neurons is currently unknown. Here we report that infection of primary neuronal cultures with HSV-1 triggers Src tyrosine kinase activation and subsequent phosphorylation of Dynamin 2 GTPase, two players with a role in GA integrity maintenance...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872540/effects-on-pulmonary-vascular-mechanics-of-two-different-lung-protective-ventilation-strategies-in-an-experimental-model-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Arnoldo Santos, Eva Gomez-Peñalver, M Ignacio Monge-Garcia, Jaime Retamal, João Batista Borges, Gerardo Tusman, Goran Hedenstierna, Anders Larsson, Fernando Suarez-Sipmann
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of two lung-protective ventilation strategies on pulmonary vascular mechanics in early acute respiratory distress syndrome. DESIGN: Experimental study. SETTING: University animal research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Twelve pigs (30.8 ± 2.5 kg). INTERVENTIONS: Acute respiratory distress syndrome was induced by repeated lung lavages and injurious mechanical ventilation...
November 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836435/controlling-molecular-weight-of-hyaluronic-acid-conjugated-on-amine-rich-surface-toward-better-multifunctional-biomaterials-for-cardiovascular-implants
#13
Jingan Li, Feng Wu, Kun Zhang, Zikun He, Dan Zou, Xiao Luo, Yonghong Fan, Ping Yang, Ansha Zhao, Nan Huang
The molecular weights (MWs) of hyaluronic acid (HA) in extracellular matrix secreted from both vascular endothelial cells (VECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) play crucial roles in the cardiovascular physiology, as HA with appropriate MW influences important pathways of cardiovascular homeostasis, inhibits VSMC synthetic phenotype change and proliferation, inhibits platelet activation and aggregation, promotes endothelial monolayer repair and functionalization, and prevents inflammation and atherosclerosis...
September 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831730/re-examining-the-procedure-for-simulating-polymer-tg-using-molecular-dynamics
#14
Chaofu Wu
In this work, the poly(ethylene oxide) bulk as one example has been iteratively heated and cooled back using MD simulations to examine the effects of thermal history on the resulting Tg. It is demonstrated that, after the system is equilibrated once at the high temperatures, the simulated Tg does not exhibit a systematical shift with the thermal history, and the averaged Tg compares well with that for the single procedure, that is, adequately equilibrating at the highest temperature and cooling with the same rate to the lowest temperature...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821572/rolling-neutrophils-form-tethers-and-slings-under-physiologic-conditions-in-vivo
#15
Alex Marki, Konrad Buscher, Zbigniew Mikulski, Axel Pries, Klaus Ley
Human and mouse neutrophils are known to form tethers when rolling on selectins in vitro. Tethers are ∼0.2 μm thin, ∼5-10 μm-long structures behind rolling cells that can swing around to form slings that serve as self-adhesive substrates. Here, we developed a mouse intravital imaging method, where the neutrophil surface is labeled by injecting fluorescently labeled mAb to Ly-6G. Venules in the cremaster muscle of live mice were imaged at a high frame rate using a confocal microscope equipped with a fast resonant scanner...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815701/lincrna-dyn-lrb2-2-upregulates-cholesterol-efflux-by-decreasing-tlr2-expression-in-macrophages
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Yongqiang Li, Shuxin Shen, Shoukun Ding, Lixia Wang
OBJECTIVE: This study is designed to determine whether lincRNA-DYNLRB2-2 could promote cholesterol efflux through regulating the expression of TLR2. METHODS: THP-1 and RAW264.7 cells were incubated with oxLDL for 48 h to induce the formation of foam cells, and ORO staining was performed and intracellular cholesterol contents were measured by HPLC assay. qRT-PCR and Western blotting were performed to detect mRNA and protein expression levels, respectively. Lentiviral vector LV-DYNLRB2-2 and lincRNA-DYNLRB2-2 siRNA was constructed to explore its potential role...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802836/neocortical-prodynorphin-expression-is-transiently-increased-with-learning-implications-for-time-and-learning-dependent-neocortical-kappa-opioid-receptor-activation
#17
Ryan Loh, Sean Collins, Roberto Galvez
There are several lines of evidence that indicate a prominent role for the opioid system in the acquisition and consolidation of learned associations. Specifically, kappa opioid receptor (KOR) modulation has been demonstrated to alter various behavioral tasks including whisker trace eyeblink conditioning (WTEB). WTEB is an associative conditioning paradigm in which a neutral conditioned stimulus (CS; Whisker stimulation) is paired following a short stimulus free trace interval with a salient unconditioned stimulus that elicits a blink response (US; Eye shock)...
August 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800500/sb223412-a-neurokinin-3-receptor-selective-antagonist-suppresses-testosterone-secretion-in-male-guinea-pigs
#18
Sho Nakamura, Yoshiko Ito, Koki Yamamoto, Chudai Takahashi, Mingdao Dai, Miyu Tanahashi, Yoshihisa Uenoyama, Hiroko Tsukamura, Shinya Oishi, Kei-Ichiro Maeda, Fuko Matsuda
Guinea pigs are important zoo animals and have been recommended for animal-assisted activities or therapy, however there are problems concerning testosterone inducing aggressive or sexual behaviors in male guinea pigs. Testicular testosterone secretion is regulated by pulsatile gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH)/luteinizing hormone (LH) release in mammals. The mechanism generating GnRH/LH pulses is thought to be governed by kisspeptin neurons, which coexpress neurokinin B (NKB) and dynorphin A (Dyn), in the arcuate nucleus (ARC)...
July 31, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790546/effect-of-cigarette-smoking-on-haematological-parameters-in-healthy-population
#19
Maja Malenica, Besim Prnjavorac, Tamer Bego, Tanja Dujic, Sabina Semiz, Selma Skrbo, Amar Gusic, Ajla Hadzic, Adlija Causevic
OBJECTIVE: Tobacco cigarette smoking is one of the major leading causes of death throughout the world. Smoking has both acute and chronic effect on haematological parameters. The aim of the present study was to assess the extent of adverse effects of cigarette smoking on biochemical characteristics in healthy smokers. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: One hundred and fifty six subjects participated in this study, 56 smokers and 100 non-smokers. The smokers were regularly consuming 10-20 cigarettes per day for at least 3 years...
April 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764399/fire-ice-water-and-dirt-a-simple-climate-model
#20
John Kroll
A simple paleoclimate model was developed as a modeling exercise. The model is a lumped parameter system consisting of an ocean (water), land (dirt), glacier, and sea ice (ice) and driven by the sun (fire). In comparison with other such models, its uniqueness lies in its relative simplicity yet yielding good results. For nominal values of parameters, the system is very sensitive to small changes in the parameters, yielding equilibrium, steady oscillations, and catastrophes such as freezing or boiling oceans...
July 2017: Chaos
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