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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353040/eupatilin-an-activator-of-ppar%C3%AE-inhibits-the-development-of-oxazolone-induced-atopic-dermatitis-symptoms-in-balb-c-mice
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Yujung Jung, Jin-Chul Kim, No-June Park, Sim-Kyu Bong, Sullim Lee, Hyun Jegal, Li Tai Jin, Sang Moo Kim, Yong Kee Kim, Su-Nam Kim
Eupatilin (5,7-dihydroxy-3',4',6-trimethoxyflavone) is the main lipophilic flavonoid obtained from the Artemisia species. Eupatilin has been reported to have anti-apoptotic, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. Previously, we found that eupatilin increases transcriptional activity and expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) in a keratinocyte cell line and acts as an agonist of PPARα. PPARα agonists ameliorate atopic dermatitis (AD) and restore the skin barrier function...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352936/freeze-dried-chitosan-acetate-dressings-with-glycosaminoglycans-and-traxenamic-acid
#2
Francesca Saporito, Giuseppina Sandri, Silvia Rossi, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Federica Riva, Lorenzo Malavasi, Carla Caramella, Franca Ferrari
Bleeding control plays an important role to increase survival in the early phase after a traumatic event. The aim of present work was the development of hemostatic sponge-like dressings based on chitosan, in association with glycosaminoglycans (GAG) (chondroitin sulfate or hyaluronic acid) and the improvement of their hemostatic performance by loading tranexamic acid (TA). The dressings were prepared by lyophilizazion and were characterized for mechanical, hydration, bioadhesion properties and morphology. Moreover, FTIR analysis was performed to understand the interactions between the different polyelectrolytes present in the dressings...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352906/preparation-of-composite-hydroxybutyl-chitosan-sponge-and-its-role-in-promoting-wound-healing
#3
Shihao Hu, Shichao Bi, Dong Yan, Zhongzheng Zhou, Guohui Sun, Xiaojie Cheng, Xiguang Chen
In this work, a composite sponge was produced by physically mixing hydroxybutyl chitosan with chitosan to form a porous spongy material through vacuum freeze-drying. Hydrophilic and macroporous composite hydroxybutyl chitosan sponge was developed via the incorporation of chitosan into hydroxybutyl chitosan. The composite sponge showed higher porosity (about 85%), greater water absorption (about 25 times), better softness and lower blood-clotting index (BCI) than those of chitosan sponge and hydroxybutyl chitosan sponge...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352892/synergistic-effect-of-carbon-nanotubes-and-graphene-for-high-performance-cellulose-acetate-membranes-in-biomedical-applications
#4
Mariana Ioniță, Livia Elena Crică, Stefan Ioan Voicu, Sorina Dinescu, Florin Miculescu, Marieta Costache, Horia Iovu
Comparative evaluation of innovative combinations of three types of carbon nanomaterial (CNM) highlighted membranes with important potential for biomedical applications. Non-solvent induced phase separation coupled with ultrasound technique was used to generate membranes comprised of (i) cellulose acetate/ammonia functionalized carbon nanotubes (CA/CNT), (ii) cellulose acetate/ammonia functionalized graphene oxide (CA/GO), and (iii) cellulose acetate/CNT-GO. Structural, topographical and thermal features as well as water and ethanol permeation, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and haemoglobin (Hb) rejection were evaluated...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352809/a-novel-plec-nonsense-homozygous-mutation-c-7159g%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-p-glu2387-causes-epidermolysis-bullosa-simplex-with-muscular-dystrophy-and-diffuse-alopecia-a-case-report
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Zoe Argyropoulou, Lu Liu, Linda Ozoemena, Claudia C Branco, Raquel Senra, Ângela Reis-Rego, Luisa Mota-Vieira
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex with muscular dystrophy (EBS-MD; OMIM #226670) is an autosomal recessive disease, characterized mainly by skin blistering at birth or shortly thereafter, progressive muscle weakness, and rarely by alopecia. EBS-MD is caused by mutations in the PLEC gene (OMIM *601282), which encodes plectin, a structural protein expressed in several tissues, including epithelia and muscle. We describe a patient affected with EBS-MD and diffuse alopecia in which we identified a novel pathogenic mutation by PCR amplification of all coding exons and exon-intron boundaries of PLEC gene, followed by bidirectional Sanger sequencing...
January 20, 2018: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352748/use-of-e-learning-in-clinical-clerkships-effects-on-acquisition-of-dermatological-knowledge-and-learning-processes
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Frederike Fransen, Herm Martens, Ivo Nagtzaam, Sylvia Heeneman
Objectives: To obtain a deeper understanding of how the e-learning program, Education in Dermatology (ED), affects the acquisition of dermatological knowledge and the underlying learning processes of medical students in their clinical phase. Methods: The study used a mixed method design with a convergent parallel collection of data. Medical students (n=62) from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) were randomized to either a conventional teaching group (control group n=30) or conventional teaching plus the e-learning program (application on smartphone) group (e-learning group n=32)...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352630/surgical-damage-to-the-lymphatic-system-promotes-tumor-growth-via-impaired-adaptive-immune-response
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Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Naoko Okiyama, Rei Watanabe, Ryota Tanaka, Yosuke Ishitsuka, Hideaki Tahara, Manabu Fujimoto
BACKGROUND: Both lymph nodes (LNs) and lymphatic channels from primary sites to regional LNs are critical for initiation of adaptive immunity. However, as LNs are common metastatic sites in skin cancers, LN biopsies or dissections are frequently performed. In addition, reconstructive skin flaps after tumor resection may damage lymphatic flow from primary sites to regional LNs. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to investigate the effect on tumor progression by such surgeries...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352512/trpv1-antagonists-that-cause-hypothermia-instead-of-hyperthermia-in-rodents-compounds-pharmacological-profiles-in-vivo-targets-thermoeffectors-recruited-and-implications-for-drug-development
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Andras Garami, Eszter Pakai, Heath A McDonald, Regina M Reilly, Arthur Gomtsyan, Joshua J Corrigan, Erika Pinter, Dawn X D Zhu, Sonya G Lehto, Narender R Gavva, Philip R Kym, Andrej A Romanovsky
AIM: Thermoregulatory side effects hinder the development of transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV1) antagonists as new painkillers. While many antagonists cause hyperthermia, a well-studied effect, some cause hypothermia. The mechanisms of this hypothermia are unknown and were studied herein. METHODS: Two hypothermia-inducing TRPV1 antagonists, the newly synthesized A-1165901 and the known AMG7905, were used in physiological experiments in rats and mice...
January 20, 2018: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352433/development-and-clinical-application-of-vertebral-metrics-using-a-stereo-vision-system-to-assess-the-spine
#9
Ana Teresa Gabriel, Cláudia Quaresma, Mário Forjaz Secca, Pedro Vieira
The biomechanical changes in the spinal column are considered to be the main responsible for rachialgia. Although radiological techniques use ionizing radiation, they are the most applied tools to assess the biomechanics of the spine. To face this problem, non-invasive techniques must be developed. Vertebral Metrics is an ionizing radiation-free instrument designed to detect the 3D position of each vertebrae in a standing position. Using a stereo vision system combined with low intensity UV light, recognition is achieved with software capable of distinguishing fluorescent marks...
January 20, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352264/cell-autonomous-role-of-iaspp-deficiency-in-causing-cardiocutaneous-disorders
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Zinaida Dedeić, Gopinath Sutendra, Ying Hu, Kathryn Chung, Elizabeth A Slee, Michael J White, Felix Y Zhou, Robert D Goldin, David J P Ferguson, Debra McAndrew, Jurgen E Schneider, Xin Lu
Desmosome components are frequently mutated in cardiac and cutaneous disorders in animals and humans and enhanced inflammation is a common feature of these diseases. Previous studies showed that inhibitor of Apoptosis Stimulating p53 Protein (iASPP) regulates desmosome integrity at cell-cell junctions and transcription in the nucleus, and its deficiency causes cardiocutaneous disorder in mice, cattle, and humans. As iASPP is a ubiquitously expressed shuttling protein with multiple functions, a key question is whether the observed cardiocutaneous phenotypes are caused by loss of a cell autonomous role of iASPP in cardiomyocytes and keratinocytes specifically or by a loss of iASPP in other cell types such as immune cells...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352222/artificial-chameleon-skin-that-controls-spectral-radiation-development-of-chameleon-cool-coating-c3
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Hiroki Gonome, Masashi Nakamura, Junnosuke Okajima, Shigenao Maruyama
Chameleons have a diagnostic thermal protection that enables them to live under various conditions. Our developed special radiative control therefore is inspired by the chameleon thermal protection ability by imitating its two superposed layers as two pigment particles in one coating layer. One particle imitates a chameleon superficial surface for color control (visible light), and another particle imitates a deep surface to reflect solar irradiation, especially in the near-infrared region. Optical modeling allows us to optimally design the particle size and volume fraction...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351933/vanadium-allergy-following-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Fidel Peat, Ross Coomber, Adnan Rana, Alastair Vince
Allergic reactions to metals following joint arthroplasty represent a rare and poorly understood phenomenon. Much is still unknown regarding the natural history of this complication, and how it can best be prevented and managed. We present a case of a 68-year-old woman who underwent a left total knee arthroplasty for treatment of osteoarthritis. After an initial uneventful postoperative course, she developed a troublesome erythematous rash both around the incision site and over her trunk. Blood testing revealed no evidence of infection and clinically her prosthesis was functioning well...
January 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351622/antimicrobial-peptide-resistance-mechanism-contributes-to-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
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Gordon Y C Cheung, Emilie L Fisher, Joshua W McCausland, Justin Choi, John W M Collins, Seth W Dickey, Michael Otto
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) constitute an important part of innate host defense. Possibly limiting the therapeutic potential of AMPs is the fact that bacteria have developed AMP resistance mechanisms during their co-evolution with humans. However, there is no direct evidence that AMP resistance per se is important during an infection. Here we show that the Staphylococcus aureus Pmt ABC transporter defends the bacteria from killing by important human AMPs and elimination by human neutrophils. By showing that Pmt contributes to virulence during skin infection in an AMP-dependent manner, we provide evidence that AMP resistance plays a key role in bacterial infection...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351308/skin-transcriptome-reveals-the-dynamic-changes-in-the-wnt-pathway-during-integument-morphogenesis-of-chick-embryos
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Husile Gong, Hong Wang, YueXing Wang, Xue Bai, Bin Liu, JinFeng He, JiangHong Wu, WangMei Qi, WenGuang Zhang
Avian species have a unique integument covered with feathers. Skin morphogenesis is a successive and complex process. To date, most studies have focused on a single developmental point or stage. Fewer studies have focused on whole transcriptomes based on the time-course of embryo integument development. To analyze the global changes in gene expression profiles, we sequenced the transcriptome of chicken embryo skin samples from day 6 to day 21 of incubation and identified 5830 differentially expressed genes (DEGs)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350880/temporal-and-spatial-quantification-of-pain-related-small-fiber-functionality-assessed-using-laser-speckle-contrast-analysis-lasca
#15
Isin Unal-Cevik
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to establish a practical method for assessing pain symptomatology and develop criteria for quantifying small fiber functions, using LASCA. METHODS: Axon flare responses, which reflect small fiber functions, were induced either by histamine or capsaicin applied to the volar surface of the skin of the left forearm. To inhibit small fiber function, local anesthetic cream was applied to the skin of right forearm. The effects on pain symptomatology (severity/timing) and axon flare responses (temporal/spatial characteristics) were measured using LASCA...
January 19, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350788/reliability-and-validity-of-the-atopic-dermatitis-symptom-score
#16
Ji Young Lee, Minji Kim, Hea-Kyoung Yang, Hyun Mi Kim, Joongbum Cho, Young-Min Kim, In Seok Lim, Hae-Kwan Cheong, Hye Seung Kim, Insuk Sohn, Jihyun Kim, Kangmo Ahn
BACKGROUND: We have developed the Atopic Dermatitis Symptom Score (ADSS) by which patients or parents can easily assess and record AD symptoms on a daily basis in a smartphone application. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the ADSS. METHODS: We enrolled 307 children and adolescents with AD. Parents or caregivers were asked to record daily symptoms of the patients (itching, sleep disturbance, erythema, dryness, oozing, and oedema) using a scale of 0 to 4...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350608/acute-transverse-myelitis-following-scrub-typhus-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Hyun-Seung Ryu, Bong Ju Moon, Jae-Young Park, Sang-Deok Kim, Seung-Kwon Seo, Jung-Kil Lee
Context Scrub typhus is an acute febrile disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. The disease can usually involve the lungs, heart, liver, spleen and brain through hematogenous dissemination. However, very rarely, acute transverse myelitis in the spinal cord develops from scrub typhus. We present a case of acute transverse myelitis following scrub typhus with a review of the literature. Findings A 66-year-old male visited a hospital for general myalgia, mild headache, and fever in October. He was noted to have thick, black papule skin on his abdomen, which was highly suggestive of scrub typhus...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350602/a-novel-approach-to-32-channel-peripheral-nervous-system-myelin-imaging-in-vivo-with-single-axon-resolution
#18
Joey Grochmal, Wulin Teo, Hardeep Gambhir, Ranjan Kumar, Jo Anne Stratton, Raveena Dhaliwal, Craig Brideau, Jeff Biernaskie, Peter K Stys, Rajiv Midha
OBJECTIVE Intravital spectral imaging of the large, deeply situated nerves in the rat peripheral nervous system (PNS) has not been well described. Here, the authors have developed a highly stable platform for performing imaging of the tibial nerve in live rodents, thus allowing the capture of high-resolution, high-magnification spectral images requiring long acquisition times. By further exploiting the qualities of the topically applied myelin dye Nile red, this technique is capable of visualizing the detailed microenvironment of peripheral nerve demyelination injury and recovery, while allowing us to obtain images of exogenous Schwann cell myelination in a living animal...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349894/assessment-of-the-potential-of-temporin-peptides-from-the-frog-rana-temporaria-ranidae-as-anti-diabetic-agents
#19
Vishal Musale, Bruno Casciaro, Maria Luisa Mangoni, Yasser H A Abdel-Wahab, Peter R Flatt, J Michael Conlon
Temporin A (FLPLIGRVLSGIL-NH2 ), temporin F (FLPLIGKVLSGIL-NH2 ), and temporin G (FFPVIGRILNGIL-NH2 ), first identified in skin secretions of the frog Rana temporaria, produced concentration-dependent stimulation of insulin release from BRIN-BD11 rat clonal β-cells at concentrations ≥1 nM, without cytotoxicity at concentrations up to 3 μM. Temporin A was the most effective. The mechanism of insulinotropic action did not involve an increase in intracellular Ca2+ concentrations. Temporins B, C, E, H, and K were either inactive or only weakly active...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349693/anti-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-dermatological-complications-in-a-large-cohort-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients
#20
P Andrade, S Lopes, R Gaspar, A Nunes, S Magina, G Macedo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The broader use of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been associated with a high rate of adverse reactions. Dermatological complications are among the most common adverse events. We assessed the incidence, risk factors, management, and outcome of anti-TNF-induced dermatological complications in a large cohort of IBD patients. METHODS: This was an observational retrospective study at a single tertiary referral center...
January 18, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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