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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527189/patient-specific-3-d-modeling-of-blood-flow-in-a-multi-stenosed-left-coronary-artery
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Sarfaraz Kamangar, Irfan Anjum Badruddin, N Ameer Ahamad, Manzoor Elahi M Soudagar, Kalimuthu Govindaraju, N Nik-Ghazali, N J Salman Ahmed, T M Yunus Khan
The current study investigates the effect of multi stenosis on the hemodynamic parameters such as wall pressure, velocity and wall shear stress in the realistic left coronary artery. Patients CT scan image data of normal and diseased left coronary artery was chosen for the reconstruction of 3D coronary artery models. The diseased 3D model of left coronary artery shows a narrowing of more than 70% and 80% of area stenosis (AS) at the left main stem (LMS) and left circumflex (LCX) respectively. The results show that the decrease in pressure was found downstream to the stenosis as compared to the coronary artery without stenosis...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525819/combination-of-flow-and-micropattern-alignment-affecting-flow-resistant-endothelial-cell-adhesion
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Xianghui Gong, Jie Yao, Hongping He, Xixi Zhao, Xiaoyi Liu, Feng Zhao, Yan Sun, Yubo Fan
Assuring cell adhesion to an underlying biomaterial surface under blood flow is vital to functional vascular grafts design. In vivo endothelial cells (ECs) are located under the microenvironment of both surface topography of the basement membrane and the mechanical loading resulting from blood flow. Both topographical and mechanical factors should thus be considered when designing vascular grafts to enhance the flow-resistant EC adhesion. This study aims to investigate effects of integrating biomaterial surface topography and flow on EC adhesion, which was a deficit in previous studies...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524252/in-vivo-noninvasive-analysis-of-graphene-nanomaterial-pharmacokinetics-using-photoacoustic-flow-cytometry
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Dmitry A Nedosekin, Jacqueline Nolan, Chengzhong Cai, Shawn E Bourdo, Zeid Nima, Alexandru S Biris, Vladimir P Zharov
Graphene-based nanomaterials (GBNs) are quickly revolutionizing modern electronics, energy generation and storage, clothing and biomedical devices. Due to GBN's variety of physical and chemical parameters that define their toxicity and their aggregation in suspension, interpreting its toxicology without accurate information on graphene's distribution and behavior in live organisms is challenging. In this work, we present a laser-based optical detection methodology for noninvasive detection and pharmacokinetics analysis of GBNs directly in blood flow in mice using in vivo photoacoustic (PA) flow cytometry (PAFC)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521764/barrier-dysfunction-or-drainage-reduction-differentiating-causes-of-csf-protein-increase
#4
Mahdi Asgari, Diane A de Zélicourt, Vartan Kurtcuoglu
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) protein analysis is an important element in the diagnostic chain for various central nervous system (CNS) pathologies. Among multiple existing approaches to interpreting measured protein levels, the Reiber diagram is particularly robust with respect to physiologic inter-individual variability, as it uses multiple subject-specific anchoring values. Beyond reliable identification of abnormal protein levels, the Reiber diagram has the potential to elucidate their pathophysiologic origin...
May 18, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516571/fsoca-induced-switchable-footpad-skin-optical-clearing-window-for-blood-flow-and-cell-imaging-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Rui Shi, Wei Feng, Chao Zhang, Zhihong Zhang, Dan Zhu
The mouse footpad for its feature of hairlessness provides an available window for imaging vascular and cellular structure and function in vivo. Unfortunately, the strong scattering of its skin limits the penetration of light and reduces the imaging contrast and depth. Herein, an innovative footpad skin optical clearing agent (FSOCA) was developed to make the footpad skin transparent quickly by topical application. The results demonstrate that FSOCA treatment not only allowed the cutaneous blood vessels and blood flow distribution to be monitored by laser speckle contrast imaging technique with higher contrast, but also permitted the fluorescent cells to be imaged by laser scanning confocal microscopy with higher fluorescence signal intensity and larger imaging depth...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513775/adiponectin-inhibits-oxidization-induced-differentiation-of-t-helper-cells-through-inhibiting-costimulatory-cd40-and-cd80
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Y Xiao, T Deng, Z Shang, D Wang
Adiponectin is a multifunctional adipokine that has several oligomeric forms in the blood stream, which broadly regulates innate and acquired immunity. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to observe the differentiation of T helper (Th) cells and expression of costimulatory signaling molecules affected by adiponectin. The mRNA and protein expression levels of adiponectin and its receptors in oxidized low density lipoprotein cholesterol-treated endothelial cells were assayed by real time PCR and immunofluorescence...
May 15, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506222/computational-fluid-dynamics-study-of-intra-arterial-chemotherapy-for-oral-cancer
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Hiroaki Kitajima, Marie Oshima, Toshinori Iwai, Yoshihito Ohhara, Yasuharu Yajima, Kenji Mitsudo, Iwai Tohnai
BACKGROUND: Intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) for oral cancer can deliver a higher concentration of anticancer agent into a tumor-feeding artery than intravenous systemic chemotherapy. However, distribution of anticancer agent into several branches of the external carotid artery (ECA) in IAC has not demonstrated sufficient treatment efficacy. To improve the effectiveness of IAC, the flow distribution of anticancer agent into the branches of the ECA in several IAC methods was investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)...
May 15, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499813/red-blood-cell-aggregate-flux-in-a-bifurcating-microchannel
#8
E Kaliviotis, D Pasias, J M Sherwood, S Balabani
Red blood cell aggregation plays a key role in microcirculatory flows, however, little is known about the transport characteristics of red blood cell aggregates in branching geometries. This work reports on the fluxes of red blood cell aggregates of various sizes in a T-shaped microchannel, aiming to clarify the effects of different flow conditions in the outlet branches of the channel. Image analysis techniques, were utilised, and moderately aggregating human red blood cell suspensions were tested in symmetric (∼50-50%) and asymmetric flow splits through the two outlet (daughter) branches...
May 9, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499654/hybrid-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-using-avalon-elite-double-lumen-cannula-ensures-adequate-heart-brain-oxygen-supply
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Ju Zhao, Dongfang Wang, Cherry Ballard-Croft, Jingkun Wang, Po-Lin Hsu, Matthew Bacchetta, Joseph B Zwischenberger
BACKGROUND: Differential hypoxia exists in peripheral venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients with compromised lungs, causing hypoxic damage to heart or brain. We proposed an Avalon Elite (Maquet, Rastatt, Germany) double lumen cannula-based hybrid ECMO to add a venovenous (VV) blood flow into the pulmonary circulation onto the existing VA ECMO circuit to increase oxygen saturation in the left ventricle and ascending aorta, mitigating heart/brain hypoxia...
May 9, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499275/effects-of-microrna-126-on-cell-proliferation-apoptosis-and-tumor-angiogenesis-via-the-down-regulating-erk-signaling-pathway-by-targeting-egfl7-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Cheng Gong, Jing Fang, Guang Li, Han-Han Liu, Zhi-Su Liu
This study intends to explore the effects of microRNA-126 (miR-126) on cell proliferation, apoptosis, and tumor angiogenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by regulating epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (EGFL7) through extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling. HCC tissues and adjacent normal tissues were obtained from 184 HCC patients. HCC cells were separately transfected with recombinant plasmids. Western blotting and qRT-PCR were applied to detect miR-126 and EGFL7, ERK, Fas/FasL, Bcl-2, Caspase mRNA and protein levels...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488727/differences-in-sodium-fluoride-18-uptake-in-the-normal-skeleton-depending-on-the-location-and-characteristics-of-the-bone
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Shintaro Nawata, Tomohiro Kaneta, Matsuyoshi Ogawa, Yoshinobu Ishiwata, Naomi Kobayashi, Ayako Shishikura-Hino, Keisuke Yoshida, Yutaka Inaba, Tomoyuki Saito, Tomio Inoue
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the normal distribution of sodium fluoride-18 (NaF-18) and to clarify the differences in uptake according to location and the type of the bone using positron emission tomography (PET) / computed tomography (CT). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed NaF-18 PET/CT images from 30 patients with hip joint disorders. PET/CT scans were performed 40 min after injection of approximately 185 MBq of NaF-18. To evaluate the relationship between the distribution of NaF-18 uptake and bone density, we compared the maximum standardised uptake values (SUVmax) on PET and the Hounsfield Units (HUs) on CT of the lumbar vertebra, ilium, and proximal and distal femurs...
May 10, 2017: Nuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487567/a-robust-in-vitro-model-for-trans-lymphatic-endothelial-migration
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Yanbao Xiong, C Colin Brinkman, Konrad S Famulski, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Colin J Lord, Keli L Hippen, Bruce R Blazar, Jonathan S Bromberg
Trans-endothelial migration (TEM) is essential for leukocyte circulation. While much is known about trans-blood endothelial migration, far less is known about trans-lymphatic endothelial migration. We established an in vitro system to evaluate lymphatic TEM for various cell types across primary mouse and human lymphatic endothelial cells (LEC), and validated the model for the murine LEC cell line SVEC4-10. T cells exhibited enhanced unidirectional migration from the basal (abluminal) to the apical (luminal) surface across LEC, whereas for blood endothelial cells (BEC) they migrated similarly in both directions...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486051/characterization-of-differences-in-functional-connectivity-associated-with-close-range-blast-exposure
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Meghan Robinson, Dustin Clark, William Milberg, Regina McGlinchey, David Salat
Despite the prevalence of blast injuries in recent overseas conflicts, our knowledge of their impact on neural health is lacking. We have recently published work demonstrating differences in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) connectivity that were specific to close-range blast exposure (CBE), as opposed to other prevalent military-related factors. Here, we replicate this finding in an independent sample of 135 Veterans, again finding that CBE, regardless of concussion, is predictive of persistent changes in brain physiology...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484682/vitamin-c-transporters-in-cancer-current-understanding-and-gaps-in-knowledge
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REVIEW
Christina Wohlrab, Elisabeth Phillips, Gabi U Dachs
Sufficient uptake and whole body distribution of vitamin C (ascorbate) is essential for many biochemical processes, including some that are vital for tumor growth and spread. Uptake of ascorbate into cancer cells is modulated by availability, tumor blood flow, tissue diffusion parameters, and ascorbate transport proteins. Uptake into cells is mediated by two families of transport proteins, namely, the solute carrier gene family 23, consisting of sodium-dependent vitamin C transporters (SVCTs) 1 and 2, and the SLC2 family of glucose transporters (GLUTs)...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484576/influence-of-geometric-changes-in-the-thoracic-aorta-due-to-arterial-switch-operations-on-the-wall-shear-stress-distribution
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Tomohiro Fukui, Hiroaki Asama, Manabu Kimura, Toshiyuki Itoi, Koji Morinishi
BACKGROUND: The transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is one of the most severe congenital heart diseases. The arterial switch operation (ASO) is the preferred procedure to treat TGA. Although numerous reports have shown good results after ASOs, some patients suffer from circulatory system problems following the procedure. One reason for problems post-ASO is the local changes in the curvature and torsion of the thoracic aorta. OBJECTIVE: The influence of these geometric changes on the blood flow field needs to be investigated in detail to consider possible cardiovascular problems after an ASO...
2017: Open Biomedical Engineering Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483152/blood-stasis-on-transcatheter-valve-leaflets-and-implications-for-valve-in-valve-leaflet-thrombosis
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Koohyar Vahidkhah, Shahnaz Javani, Mostafa Abbasi, Peyman N Azadani, Anwar Tandar, Danny Dvir, Ali N Azadani
BACKGROUND: Leaflet thrombosis after valve-in-valve (ViV) procedure has been increasingly recognized. This study aimed to investigate the flow dynamics aspect of leaflet thrombosis by quantifying the blood stasis on the noncoronary and coronary leaflets of a surgical aortic valve (SAV) and a transcatheter aortic valve (TAV) in a ViV setting. METHODS: Two computational models, representing a SAV and a TAV in ViV setting, were developed in a patient-specific geometry...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481786/optimal-brain-99mtc-ethyl-cysteinate-dimer-spect-imaging-and-analysis-to-detect-misery-perfusion-on-15o-pet-imaging-in-patients-with-chronic-occlusive-disease-of-unilateral-major-cerebral-artery
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Yoshiyasu Matsumoto, Kohki Oikawa, Jun-Ichi Nomura, Daigo Kojima, Sotaro Oshida, Masakazu Kobayashi, Kazunori Terasaki, Yoshitaka Kubo, Kuniaki Ogasawara
PURPOSE: Misery perfusion is defined as marginally sufficient cerebral blood supply relative to cerebral metabolic demand. The aim of the present study was to determine the optimal brain Tc-ethyl cysteinate dimer (ECD) SPECT imaging and analysis to detect misery perfusion on O PET imaging in patients with chronic occlusive disease of unilateral internal carotid or middle cerebral artery (MCA). METHODS: For 97 patients, cerebral blood flow, cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen, and oxygen extraction fraction were measured using O PET; Tc-ECD SPECT was performed using dynamic scanning with a scan duration of 10 minutes each for 50 minutes after tracer administration...
May 6, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481466/investigation-of-mthfr-gene-c677t-polymorphism-in-cardiac%C3%A2-syndrome-x-patients
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Cemre Kandaz, Burak Önal, Deniz Özen, Bülent Demir, A Gökhan Akkan, Sibel Özyazgan
BACKGROUND: Definition of Cardiac Syndrome X (CSX) refers to groups of patients with positive exercise stress test and normal epicardial coronary arteries on coronary angiography accompanied by chest pain. Although the etiology of CSX is not completely understood, there is a common consensus that its pathophysiology may be associated with endothelial dysfunction resulting in impaired coronary flow. Some polymorphisms observed on the MTHFR gene cause inactivation of the MTHFR enzyme, leading to hyperhomocysteinemia and homocysteinuria, which are prominent risk factors of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480180/streamline-flow-of-the-portal-vein-affects-the-lobar-distribution-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-and-has-a-clinical-impact-on-survival
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Jinsoo Rhu, Jin Seok Heo, Seong Ho Choi, Dong Wook Choi, Jong Man Kim, Jae-Won Joh, Choon Hyuck David Kwon
PURPOSE: It is believed that blood from the superior mesenteric vein and splenic vein mixes incompletely in the portal vein and maintains a streamline flow influencing its anatomic distribution. Although several experimental studies have demonstrated the existence of streamlining, clinical studies have shown conflicting results. We investigated whether streamlining of portal vein affects the lobar distribution of colorectal liver metastases and estimated its impact on survival. METHODS: Data of patients who underwent hepatectomy for colorectal liver metastases were retrospectively collected...
May 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478918/backflow-free-catheters-for-efficient-and-safe-convection-enhanced-delivery-of-therapeutics
#20
Eric Lueshen, Kevin Tangen, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas Linninger
Convection-enhanced delivery (CED) is an invasive drug delivery technique used to target specific regions of the brain for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases while bypassing the blood-brain barrier. In order to prevent the possibility of backflow, low volumetric flow rates are applied which limit the achievable drug distribution volumes from CED. This can render CED treatment ineffective since a small convective flow produces narrow drug distribution inside the treatment region. Novel catheter designs and CED protocols are needed to improve the drug distribution inside the treatment region...
May 3, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
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