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Luis Alarcon-Martinez, Sinem Yilmaz-Ozcan, Muge Yemisci, Jesse Schallek, Kıvılcım Kılıç, Alp Can, Adriana Di Polo, Turgay Dalkara
Recent evidence suggests that capillary pericytes are contractile and play a crucial role in the regulation of microcirculation. However, failure to detect components of the contractile apparatus in capillary pericytes, most notably α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), has questioned these findings. Using strategies that allow rapid filamentous-actin (F-actin) fixation (i.e. snap freeze fixation with methanol at -20°C) or prevent F-actin depolymerization (i.e. with F-actin stabilizing agents), we demonstrate that pericytes on mouse retinal capillaries, including those in intermediate and deeper plexus, express α-SMA...
March 21, 2018: ELife
Elisabetta Zanatta, Franco Schiavon, Franco Cozzi
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March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Julia Nemiroff, David Sarraf, Juan Pablo Davila, Damien Rodger
PURPOSE: To present the multimodal retinal imaging findings, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography, of an atypical case of acute macular neuroretinopathy (AMN). METHODS: The multimodal retinal imaging findings, including structural OCT and OCT angiography, of an atypical case of AMN are presented. RESULTS: A 23-year old woman, with a history of an unrelenting sinusitis treated with prednisone therapy and decongestants, presented with an acute scotoma of the right eye...
March 20, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Chung-Hsuan Huang, Satish Kumar
Transfer of liquid from one surface to another plays a vital role in printing processes. During liquid transfer, a liquid bridge is formed and subjected to substantial extension, but incomplete liquid transfer can produce defects that are detrimental to the operation of printed electronic devices. One strategy for minimizing these defects is to apply an electric field, a technique known as electrostatic assist (ESA). However, the physical mechanisms underlying ESA remain a mystery. To better understand these mechanisms, slender-jet models are developed for both perfect dielectric and leaky dielectric axisymmetric Newtonian liquid bridges with moving contact lines...
March 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Satyajit Patra, Christian Anders, Paul Hendrik Schummel, Roland Winter
Organisms are thriving in the deep sea at pressures of up to the 1 kbar level. To withstand such harsh conditions, they accumulate particular osmolyte mixtures to counteract the pressure stress imposed. We explored the combined effects of pressure and osmolyte mixtures known from deep sea organisms on the closed-to-open conformational transition of a DNA hairpin (Hp). To this end, single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) experiments were carried out in an optimized high-pressure capillary optical cell...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Andrea E Toth, Piotr Siupka, Thomas J P Augustine, Susanne T Venø, Louiza B Thomsen, Torben Moos, Hannes T Lohi, Peder Madsen, Karin Lykke-Hartmann, Morten S Nielsen
Receptor- and adsorptive-mediated transport through brain endothelial cells (BEC) of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) involves a complex array of subcellular vesicular structures, the endo-lysosomal system. It consists of several types of vesicles, such as early, recycling, and late endosomes, retromer-positive structures, and lysosomes. Since this system is important for receptor-mediated transcytosis of drugs across brain capillaries, our aim was to characterise the endo-lysosomal system in BEC with emphasis on their interactions with astrocytes...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Jun Min, Jinpei Wang, Weiwei Chen, Xiaoke Hu
Cupriavidus sp. strain CNP-8 isolated from a pesticide-contaminated soil was able to utilize 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol (2C4NP) as a sole source of carbon, nitrogen and energy, together with the release of nitrite and chloride ions. It could degrade 2C4NP at temperatures from 20 to 40 °C and at pH values from 5 to 10, and degrade 2C4NP as high as 1.6 mM. Kinetics assay showed that biodegradation of 2C4NP followed Haldane substrate inhibition model, with the maximum specific growth rate (μmax ) of 0.148/h, half saturation constant (Ks ) of 0...
March 20, 2018: AMB Express
Jean-David Fumet, Aurélie Bertaut, Leila Bengrine, Patricia Lapierre, Julie Vincent, François Ghiringhelli, Nicolas Falvo
Background: Bevacizumab is a recombinant humanized monoclonal immunoglobulin G1 antibody targeting VEGF-A. It is currently used with chemotherapy as the first- or second-line therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer. Previous studies have showed that anti-angiogenic agents decrease capillary density. We evaluated the link between decreased capillary density and the response to bevacizumab-based chemotherapy. Results: Overall, 43 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated with first-line bevacizumab-based chemotherapy were enrolled...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Feifei Z Williams, Atul Vats, Thomas Cash, James D Fortenberry
Respiratory failure associated with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been considered a contraindication for use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at many centers. We describe a child with neuroblastoma and hypoxemic respiratory failure following HSCT who was successfully managed with veno-venous (VV) ECMO. The patient was an 18-month-old female with high-risk neuroblastoma status post tumor resection, chemotherapy, autologous HSCT, and primary site radiation. On day 113 posttransplant while receiving maintenance immunotherapy, she had an acute respiratory decompensation because of rhinovirus, aspiration pneumonia, and capillary leak syndrome...
March 2018: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Kue-Young Kim, Junho Oh, Weon Shik Han, Kwon Gyu Park, Young Jae Shinn, Eungyu Park
Geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) is considered a viable strategy for significantly reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions into the atmosphere; however, understanding the flow mechanisms in various geological formations is essential for safe storage using this technique. This study presents, for the first time, a two-phase (CO2 and brine) flow visualization under reservoir conditions (10 MPa, 50 °C) for a highly heterogeneous conglomerate core obtained from a real CO2 storage site. Rock heterogeneity and the porosity variation characteristics were evaluated using X-ray computed tomography (CT)...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Karl-Anton Hiller, Wolfgang Buchalla, Isabel Grillmeier, Christina Neubauer, Gottfried Schmalz
This in vitro study evaluated the effect of toothpastes with different active ingredients on dentin permeability using an extended protocol including multiple applications and several thermal ageing cycles in the presence or absence of human saliva. The Null hypothesis was that dentin permeability of a hydroxyapatite containing toothpaste (BR), a potassium nitrate (SP) and an arginine and calcium carbonate (EH) containing toothpaste were similar. Dentin permeability was measured as hydraulic conductance using a commercially available capillary flow system (Flodec, Geneva) and results were expressed as % relative to matching controls...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Siqi Wang, Haiyuan Lu, Lamei Cheng
To compare the ability between bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) (BM-MSCs) and adipose-derived MSCs (AD-MSCs) or umbilical cord-derived MSCs (UC-MSCs) on promotion of vessels formation and vessels stabilization relevant to the functions of EPCs.
 Methods: In vitro, co-culture blood vessel test was performed to compare the angiogenic ability between BM-MSCs, AD-MSCs or UC-MSCs. In vivo, angiogenic assay dependent on basement membrane matrix Matrigel and immunohistochemistry were performed to compare the ability of vessels formation functions between BM-MSCs and AD-MSCs or UC-MSCs...
February 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Gaëlle Cheisson, Sophie Jacqueminet, Emmanuel Cosson, Carole Ichai, Anne-Marie Leguerrier, Bogdan Nicolescu-Catargi, Alexandre Ouattara, Igor Tauveron, Paul Valensi, Dan Benhamou
In diabetic patients undergoing surgery, we recommend assessing glycaemic control preoperatively by assessing glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels and recent capillary blood sugar (glucose) levels, and to adjust any treatments accordingly before surgery, paying particular attention to specific complications of diabetes. Gastroparesis creates a risk of stasis and aspiration of gastric content at induction of anaesthesia requiring the use of a rapid sequence induction technique. Cardiac involvement can be divided into several types...
March 17, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Agnes Bosch, Johannes B Scheppach, Joanna M Harazny, Ulrike Raff, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Roland E Schmieder, Markus P Schneider
RATIONALE: Premature cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In animal models CKD has been shown to cause renal and extrarenal vascular remodeling and capillary rarefaction, but data in humans with CKD are sparse. Retinal arteriolar wall-to-lumen ratio (WLR) is an established marker of early end-organ damage and there is evidence that arteriolar and capillary changes in the retinal circulation mirror those in the general and in particular the cerebrovascular microcirculation...
March 17, 2018: Microvascular Research
Vladimíra Datinská, Ivona Voráčová, Jan Berka, František Foret
Sample preparation plays an important role in the DNA analysis workflow. Real samples often include a complex matrix, such as blood and other bodily fluids, or exogenous impurities, e.g., from the scene of crime. Most of the common nucleic acids isolation techniques are based on extractions; however, isotachophoretic focusing has recently attracted some interest for its simplicity and potential for very high enrichment factors and ease of automation. Here, we report on the use of a commercial isotachophoretic instrument for optimization of DNA focusing and preparative fraction collection...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Paweł Mateusz Nowak, Michał Woźniakiewicz, Paweł Kościelniak
The use of migration times and peak areas referred to another sample component - internal standard, brings many benefits in improving reliability of capillary electrophoresis. However, it is quite commonly overlooked that despite relative migration time and peak area ratio are more stable than the absolute values upon alteration in the flow rate, some shift should always be expected. The present work offers a new look at this analytically-important issue. We have derived a simple model allowing to estimate the magnitude of error for the selected pair of molecules of known mobilities upon the given flow alteration...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Michele D'Alto, Yoshiki Motoji, Emanuele Romeo, Paola Argiento, Giovanni Maria Di Marco, Agostino Mattera Iacono, Antonello D'Andrea, Gaetano Rea, Paolo Golino, Robert Naeije
AIM: A fluid challenge with rapid saline infusion during right heart catheterization has been shown to be useful for the differential diagnosis between pre- and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic relevance of fluid challenge-induced changes in pulmonary hemodynamics in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: Overall, 118 PAH patients (mean age 57 ± 15 years, 80 female) underwent hemodynamic measurements before and after rapid saline infusion (7 mL/kg in 10 min) and were followed up for 19 ± 4 months...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Baixue Yang, Chen Wei, Yang Yang, Qifang Wang, Sanming Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate parameters about wettability, water absorption or swelling of excipients in forms of powders or dosage through various methods systematically and explore its correlation with tablet disintegration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The water penetration and swelling of powders with different proportions of excipients including microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), mannitol, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose (L-HPC), crospolyvinylpyrrolidone (PVPP), carboxymethyl starch sodium (CMS-Na), croscarmellose sodium (CCMC-Na) and magnesium stearate (MgSt) were determined by Washburn capillary rise...
March 20, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Alfonso Sforza, Maria V Carlino, Giovanni Albano, Maria I Arnone, Giuliano De Stefano, Andrea D'Amato, Federica De Pisapia, Giovanni De Simone, Costantino Mancusi
Reexpansion pulmonary edema (RPE) is an uncommon complication of thoracentesis or chest drainage. It occurs in the ipsilateral or contralateral lung. Causes, pathogenesis and therapy are not well understood especially for contralateral RPE. We describe a case of fatal contralateral RPE in a 59-years-old woman with right lung cancer underwent ultrasound-guided thoracentesis for massive pleural effusion and severe dyspnea. Pathogenesis of contralateral RPE is probably multifactorial and in this case is mostly due to the overperfusion of the healthy lung and consequent capillary damage...
March 19, 2018: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Olivier Castagna, Sébastien de Maistre, Bruno Schmid, Delphine Caudal, Jacques Regnard
In healthy divers, the occurrence of immersion pulmonary oedema (IPE) is commonly caused by contributory factors including strenuous exercise, cold water and negative-pressure breathing. Contrary to this established paradigm, this case reports on a 26-year-old, well-trained combat swimmer who succumbed to acute IPE during static immersion in temperate (21°C) water, while using a front-mounted counterlung rebreather. The incident occurred during repeated depth-controlled ascent practice at the French military diving school...
March 31, 2018: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
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