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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448591/strain-based-diffusion-solver-for-realistic-representation-of-diffusion-front-in-physical-reactions
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Jong-Hyun Kim, Jung Lee
When simulating fluids, such as water or fire, interacting with solids, it is a challenging problem to represent details of diffusion front in physical reaction. Previous approaches commonly use isotropic or anisotropic diffusion to model the transport of a quantity through a medium or long interface. We have identified unrealistic monotonous patterns with previous approaches and therefore, propose to extend these approaches by integrating the deformation of the material with the diffusion process. Specifically, stretching deformation represented by strain is incorporated in a divergence-constrained diffusion model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448043/challenges-in-rheological-characterization-of-highly-concentrated-suspensions-a-case-study-for-screen-printing-silver-pastes
#2
Ceren Yüce, Norbert Willenbacher
A comprehensive rheological characterization of highly concentrated suspensions or pastes is mandatory for a targeted product development meeting the manifold requirements during processing and application of such complex fluids. In this investigation, measuring protocols for a conclusive assessment of different process relevant rheological parameters have been evaluated. This includes the determination of yield stress, viscosity, wall slip velocity, structural recovery after large deformation and elongation at break as well as tensile force during filament stretching...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447368/optimization-of-aqueous-extraction-and-biological-activity-of-harpagophytum-procumbens-root-on-ex-vivo-rat-colon-inflammatory-model
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Marcello Locatelli, Claudio Ferrante, Simone Carradori, Daniela Secci, Lidia Leporini, Annalisa Chiavaroli, Sheila Leone, Lucia Recinella, Giustino Orlando, Sara Martinotti, Luigi Brunetti, Michele Vacca, Luigi Menghini
Harpagophytum procumbens has a long story of use for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Considering both the antiinflammatory effects of H. procumbens in multiple tissues and the stability of harpagoside in artificial intestinal fluid, the aim of the present study was to explore the possible protective role of a microwave-assisted aqueous Harpagophytum extract (1-1000 μg/mL) on mouse myoblast C2C12 and human colorectal adenocarcinoma HCT116 cell lines, and isolated rat colon specimens challenged with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a validated ex vivo model of acute ulcerative colitis...
April 26, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445126/clinical-features-and-surgical-treatment-of-sacral-schwannomas
#4
Weibo Pan, Zhan Wang, Nong Lin, Xin Huang, Meng Liu, Xiaobo Yan, Zhaoming Ye
BACKGROUND: Sacral schwannoma is relatively rare and both the early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of sacral schwannomas are equally very challenging. METHODS: 11 sacral schwannoma cases operated at the Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, from 2012 to 2016, were investigated retrospectively and 10 were followed up. All patients were assessed with X-ray, CT and MRI, and underwent an intralesional excision. RESULTS: One patient was male, nine were female and the average age was 48 (ranging between 31 and 63)...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443922/friction-lubrication-and-in-situ-mechanics-of-poroelastic-cellulose-hydrogels
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G K Dolan, G E Yakubov, M R Bonilla, P Lopez-Sanchez, J R Stokes
The tribology between biphasic materials is challenging to predict and interpret due to the interrelationship between mechanical properties, microstructure and movement of the fluid phase contained within. A new approach is presented to deconvolute these effects for cellulose hydrogels, which have a fibrous network that is akin to the microstructure of articular cartilage and plant cell walls. This is achieved by developing a tribo-rheological technique that uniquely incorporates in situ mechanical characterisation (compression-relaxation and small amplitude oscillatory shear) immediately prior to measuring the tribological response between pairs of hydrogels...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443285/high-grade-gliomas-exhibit-higher-peritumoral-fractional-anisotropy-and-lower-mean-diffusivity-than-intracranial-metastases
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Kevin S Holly, Benjamin J Barker, Derrick Murcia, Rebekah Bennett, Piyush Kalakoti, Christina Ledbetter, Eduardo Gonzalez-Toledo, Anil Nanda, Hai Sun
Differentiating high-grade gliomas and intracranial metastases through non-invasive imaging has been challenging. Here, we retrospectively compared both intratumoral and peritumoral fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) measurements between high-grade gliomas and metastases. Two methods were utilized to select peritumoral region of interest (ROI). The first method utilized the manual placement of four ROIs adjacent to the lesion. The second method utilized a semiautomated and proprietary MATLAB script to generate an ROI encompassing the entire tumor...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442725/physical-links-defining-and-detecting-inter-chain-entanglement
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Michele Caraglio, Cristian Micheletti, Enzo Orlandini
Fluctuating filaments, from densely-packed biopolymers to defect lines in structured fluids, are prone to become interlaced and form intricate architectures. Understanding the ensuing mechanical and relaxation properties depends critically on being able to capture such entanglement in quantitative terms. So far, this has been an elusive challenge. Here we introduce the first general characterization of non-ephemeral forms of entanglement in linear curves by introducing novel descriptors that extend topological measures of linking from close to open curves...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441952/management-of-suspected-primary-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-pregnant-women-in-norway-twenty-years-of-experience-of-amniocentesis-in-a-low-prevalence-population
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Gry Findal, Anne Helbig, Guttorm Haugen, Pål A Jenum, Babill Stray-Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Primary infection with Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy may pose a threat to the fetus. Women infected prior to conception are unlikely to transmit the parasite to the fetus. If maternal serology indicates a possible primary infection, amniocentesis for toxoplasma PCR analysis is performed and antiparasitic treatment given. However, discriminating between primary and latent infection is challenging and unnecessary amniocenteses may occur. Procedure-related fetal loss after amniocentesis is of concern...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441064/bacillus-calmette-guerin-alleviates-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-by-preventing-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Xinrui Tian, Xinli Tian, Rujie Huo, Qin Chang, Guoping Zheng, Yan Du, Yan Chen, Bo Niu
Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a potent agent for the prevention of tuberculosis. Current studies have regarded BCG as an immunomodulator. However, there is little information on whether it can be used to inhibit airway inflammation and airway remodeling caused by asthma. Therefore, in this study, we investigate the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in airway inflammation and airway remodeling as well as the possible therapeutic mechanism of BCG for the treatment of asthma. Wistar rats were sensitized and challenged by ovalbumin for 2 weeks or 8 weeks...
April 25, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440659/alleviation-of-multiple-asthmatic-pathologic-features-with-orally-available-and-subtype-selective-gabaa-receptor-modulators
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Gloria S Forkuo, Amanda N Nieman, Nina Y Yuan, Revathi Kodali, Olivia B Yu, Nicolas M Zahn, Rajwana Jahan, Guanguan Li, Michael Rajesh Stephen, Margaret L Guthrie, Michael M Poe, Benjamin D Hartzler, Ted William Harris, Gene T Yocum, Charles W Emala, Douglas A Steeber, Douglas C Stafford, James M Cook, Leggy A Arnold
We describe pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of two novel oral drug candidates for asthma. Phenolic α4β3γ2 GABAAR selective compound 1 and acidic α5β3γ2 selective GABAAR positive allosteric modulator compound 2 relaxed airway smooth muscle ex vivo and attenuated airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in a murine model of asthma. Importantly, compound 2 relaxed acetylcholine contracted human tracheal airway smooth muscle strips. Oral treatment of compound 1 and 2 decreased eosinophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in ovalbumin sensitized and challenged mice, thus exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440478/overexpression-of-secretory-phospholipase-a2-iia-supports-cancer-stem-cell-phenotype-via-her-erbb-elicited-signaling-in-lung-and-prostate-cancer-cells
#11
Shan Lu, Zhongyun Dong
Resistance to conventional chemotherapies remains a significant clinical challenge in treatment of cancer. The cancer stem cells (CSCs) have properties necessary for tumor initiation, resistance to therapy, and progression. HER/ERBB‑elicited signaling supports CSC properties. Our previous studies revealed that secretory phospholipase A2 group IIa (sPLA2‑IIa) is overexpressed in both prostate and lung cancer cells, leading to an aberrant high level in the interstitial fluid, i.e., tumor microenvironment and blood...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440247/circulating-biomarkers-in-glaucoma-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-diabetic-retinopathy
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Madhu Nath, Nabanita Halder, Thirumurthy Velpandian
Biomarkers to predict the altering physiological conditions over the period leading toward the ocular disorders are of major importance in therapeutics. Isolation and validation of the biomarkers specific to ocular diseases are a challenging task. Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease of the eye where the correlation of biomarkers in circulating fluid may be made specific for the eye. However, conditions such as wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (DR), circulating biomarkers might be having some degree of overlap with other conditions like cancer where a common factor such as angiogenesis is involved...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440237/new-criteria-to-differentiate-between-mucinous-cystic-neoplasm-and-serous-cystic-neoplasm-in-pancreas-by-endoscopic-ultrasound-a-preliminarily-confirmed-outcome-of-41-patients
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Wengang Zhang, Enqiang Linghu, Ningli Chai, Huikai Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The ability to distinguish between mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN) and serous cystic neoplasm (SCN) in the pancreas preoperatively by endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) remains a clinical challenge. To address this problem, we have developed new criteria using EUS findings and cyst fluid carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in the clinic. In this study, the validity and reliability of these criteria were assessed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between April of 2015 and May of 2016, a total of 59 patients with pancreatic cystic neoplasms underwent EUS and ultimately received surgery in our hospital...
March 2017: Endoscopic Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439942/assessment-of-motion-of-colonic-contents-in-the-human-colon-using-mri-tagging
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S E Pritchard, J Paul, G Major, L Marciani, P A Gowland, R C Spiller, C L Hoad
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported a non-invasive, semi-automated technique to assess motility of the wall of the ascending colon (AC) using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This study investigated the feasibility of using a tagged MRI technique to visualize and assess the degree of flow within the human ascending colon in healthy subjects and those suffering from constipation. METHODS: An open-labeled study of 11 subjects with constipation and 11 subjects without bowel disorders was performed...
April 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439935/neonatal-immune-challenge-followed-by-adult-immune-challenge-induces-epigenetic-susceptibility-to-aggravated-visceral-hypersensitivity
#15
J E Aguirre, J H Winston, S K Sarna
BACKGROUND: Abdominal pain is one of the major symptoms of inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The inflammatory mediators released by colon inflammation are known to sensitize the afferent neurons, which is one of the contributors to abdominal pain. However, not all IBD patients have abdominal pain, and some patients report abdominal pain during remission, suggesting contributions of other pathological factors to abdominal pain in IBD. Epidemiological studies found early-life gastrointestinal infections a risk factor for IBD symptoms and adult-life gastrointestinal infections may trigger the onset of IBD...
April 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439219/the-utility-of-csf-for-the-diagnosis-of-primary-and-secondary-monoamine-neurotransmitter-deficiencies
#16
A B Burlina, A Celato, G Polo, C Edini, A P Burlina
Biogenic amine defects constitute a complex and expanding group of neurotransmitter disorders affecting cognitive, motor and autonomic system development, mostly in the pediatric age. In recent years different enzymatic defects have been identified impairing the tetrahydrobiopterin cofactor pathway and/or biogenic amine synthesis, catabolism and transport, with subsequent new disease entities described. The lumbar puncture, with subsequent withdrawal of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), remains a key step in the diagnostic procedure...
March 2017: EJIFCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438974/b-anthracis-edema-toxin-increases-fractional-free-water-and-sodium-reabsorption-in-an-isolated-perfused-rat-kidney-model
#17
Dharmvir S Jaswal, Xizhong Cui, Parizad Torabi-Parizi, Lernik Ohanjanian, Hannish Sampath-Kumar, Yvonne Fitz, Yan Li, Wanying Xu, Peter Q Eichacker
Introduction:B. anthracis edema toxin (ET) consists of protective antigen (PA), necessary for host cell toxin uptake, and edema factor (EF), the toxic moiety which increases host cell cAMP. Since vasopressin stimulates renal water and sodium reabsorption via increased tubular cell cAMP, we hypothesized ET would also. To test this hypothesis, we employed an isolated perfused rat kidney model. Methods and Results: Kidneys were isolated and perfused with modified Krebs-Henseleit. Perfusate and urine samples were obtained at baseline and every 10 minutes over 150 minutes following addition to the perfusate of challenges with or without treatments...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
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/28436969/associations-between-levels-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-and-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome-after-allogeneic-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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S Weischendorff, K Kielsen, H Sengeløv, K Jordan, C H Nielsen, A E Pedersen, L P Ryder, A Juul, K G Müller
Allogeneic myeloablative haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is challenged by severe adverse events, as cytotoxic effects of the conditioning may result in systemic inflammation, leaky epithelial barriers and organ toxicities, contributing to treatment-related morbidity and mortality. We hypothesised that insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a mediator of growth and proliferation of various tissues, may attenuate chemotherapy-induced tissue damage after HSCT. We prospectively measured plasma levels of IGF-1 and its binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) in 41 patients undergoing myeloablative HSCT...
April 24, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435220/formulation-release-characteristics-and-bioavailability-study-of-gastroretentive-floating-matrix-tablet-and-floating-raft-system-of-mebeverine-hcl
#20
Mohamed A El Nabarawi, Mahmoud H Teaima, Rehab A Abd El-Monem, Nagla A El Nabarawy, Dalia A Gaber
To prolong the residence time of dosage forms within the gastrointestinal tract until all drug is released at the desired rate is one of the real challenges for oral controlled-release drug delivery systems. This study was designed to develop a controlled-release floating matrix tablet and floating raft system of Mebeverine HCl (MbH) and evaluate different excipients for their floating behavior and in vitro controlled-release profiles. Oral pharmacokinetics of the optimum matrix tablet, raft system formula, and marketed Duspatalin(®) 200 mg retard as reference were studied in beagle dogs...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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