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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213468/microencapsulation-of-lefty-secreting-engineered-cells-for-pulmonary-fibrosis-therapy-in-mice
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Hongge Ma, Shupei Qiao, Zeli Wang, Shuai Geng, Yufang Zhao, Xiaolu Hou, Weiming Tian, Xiongbiao Chen, Lifen Yao
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease that causes unremitting deposition of extracellular matrix proteins, thus resulting in distortion of the pulmonary architecture and impaired gas exchange. Associated with high morbidity and mortality, IPF is generally refractory to current pharmacological therapies. Lefty A, a potent inhibitor of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling, has been shown to have promising antifibrotic ability in vitro for the treatment of renal fibrosis and other potential organ fibroses...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212817/in-vivo-toxicity-of-copper-oxide-lead-oxide-and-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-acting-in-different-combinations-and-its-attenuation-with-a-complex-of-innocuous-bio-protectors
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Ilzira A Minigalieva, Boris A Katsnelson, Vladimir G Panov, Larisa I Privalova, Anatoly N Varaksin, Vladimir B Gurvich, Marina P Sutunkova, Vladimir Ya Shur, Ekaterina V Shishkina, Irene E Valamina, Ilya V Zubarev, Oleg H Makeyev, Ekaterina Y Meshtcheryakova, Svetlana V Klinova
Stable suspensions of metal oxide nanoparticles (Me-NPs) obtained by laser ablation of 99.99% pure copper, zinc or lead under a layer of deionized water were used separately, in three binary combinations and a triple combination in two independent experiments on rats. In one of the experiments the rats were instilled with Me-NPs intratracheally (i.t.) (for performing a broncho-alveolar lavage in 24hrs to estimate the cytological and biochemical indices of the response of the lower airways), while in the other, Me-NPs were repeatedly injected intraperitoneally (i...
February 14, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212811/polymorphisms-of-blood-forms-and-in-vitro-metacyclogenesis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-ii-and-iv
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Camila Piva Abegg, Ana Paula de Abreu, Juliane Lopes da Silva, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Mônica Lúcia Gomes, Érika Cristina Ferreira, Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo
Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of American trypanosomiasis has broad biological and genetic diversity. Remaining to be studied are polymorphisms of the blood forms and metacyclogenesis of different T. cruzi discrete typing units (DTUs). Our goal was to evaluate the relationship between T. cruzi DTUs, the morphology of blood trypomastigotes, and in vitro metacyclogenesis. T. cruzi strains that pertained to DTUs TcI, TcII, and TcIV from different Brazilian states were used. Parameters that were related to the morphology of eight strains were assessed in thin blood smears that were obtained from mice that were inoculated with blood or culture forms, depending on strain...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212613/porphyromonas-gingivalis-can-invade-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells
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Chunling Pan, Junchao Liu, Hongyan Wang, Jia Song, Lisi Tan, Haijiao Zhao
BACKGROUND: Porphyromonas gingivalis is strongly associated with the development, progression, severity and recurrence of periodontitis. Periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) play an important role in the maintenance of periodontal tissue self-renewal and repair. The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of P. gingivalis to infect PDLSCs using an in vitro monolayer model. METHODS: We separated and cultured primary PDLSCs using the tissue block with limiting dilution method...
February 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212607/a-case-of-modular-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-depth-gradient-for-the-gorgonian-coral-antillogorgia-bipinnata-cnidaria-octocorallia
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Iván Calixto-Botía, Juan A Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Phenotypic plasticity, as a phenotypic response induced by the environment, has been proposed as a key factor in the evolutionary history of corals. A significant number of octocoral species show high phenotypic variation, exhibiting a strong overlap in intra- and inter-specific morphologic variation. This is the case of the gorgonian octocoral Antillogorgia bipinnata (Verrill 1864), which shows three polyphyletic morphotypes along a bathymetric gradient. This research tested the phenotypic plasticity of modular traits in A...
February 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212588/colorectal-polypectomy-and-endoscopic-mucosal-resection-emr-european-society-of-gastrointestinal-endoscopy-esge-clinical-guideline
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Monika Ferlitsch, Alan Moss, Cesare Hassan, Pradeep Bhandari, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Gregorios Paspatis, Rodrigo Jover, Cord Langner, Maxime Bronzwaer, Kumanan Nalankilli, Paul Fockens, Rawi Hazzan, Ian M Gralnek, Michael Gschwantler, Elisabeth Waldmann, Philip Jeschek, Daniela Penz, Denis Heresbach, Leon Moons, Arnaud Lemmers, Konstantina Paraskeva, Juergen Pohl, Thierry Ponchon, Jaroslaw Regula, Alessandro Repici, Matthew D Rutter, Nicholas G Burgess, Michael J Bourke
1 ESGE recommends cold snare polypectomy (CSP) as the preferred technique for removal of diminutive polyps (size ≤ 5 mm). This technique has high rates of complete resection, adequate tissue sampling for histology, and low complication rates. (High quality evidence, strong recommendation.) 2 ESGE suggests CSP for sessile polyps 6 - 9 mm in size because of its superior safety profile, although evidence comparing efficacy with hot snare polypectomy (HSP) is lacking. (Moderate quality evidence, weak recommendation...
February 17, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212155/molecular-markers-in-lung-cancer-role-of-ebus
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Semra Bilaçeroğlu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As demonstrated by the recent therapeutic advances in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a personalized approach can considerably reduce its mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: Molecular tests identifying genetic mutations in NSCLC have led to a shift towards more effective and personalized therapies targeted to these alterations. Adequate tissue is required for diagnosing, subcharacterizing, and genotyping NSCLC by morphological, immunohistochemical, and molecular techniques...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
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D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211217/breast-shape-ptosis-as-a-marker-of-a-woman-s-breast-attractiveness-and-age-evidence-from-poland-and-papua
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Agata Groyecka, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Michał Misiak, Maciej Karwowski, Piotr Sorokowski
OBJECTIVES: A women's breast is a sex-specific and aesthetic bodily attribute. It is suggested that breast morphology signals maturity, health, and fecundity. The perception of a woman's attractiveness and age depends on various cues, such as breast size or areola pigmentation. Conducted in Poland and Papua, the current study investigated how breast attractiveness, and the further estimate of a woman's age based on her breast's appearance, is affected by the occurrence of breast ptosis (ie, sagginess, droopiness)...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211157/unravelling-intravertebral-integration-modularity-and-disparity-in-felidae-mammalia
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Marcela Randau, Anjali Goswami
Morphological integration and modularity, which describe the relationships among morphological attributes and reflect genetic, developmental, and functional interactions, have been hypothesized to be major influences on trait responses to selection and thus morphological evolution. The mammalian presacral vertebral column shows little variation in vertebral count and therefore specialization for function occurs primarily through modification of vertebral shape. However, vertebral shape has been suggested to be under strong control from developmental canalization, although this has never been explicitly tested...
February 17, 2017: Evolution & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210802/poorly-differentiated-colorectal-neuroendocrine-tumour-ct-differentiation-from-well-differentiated-neuroendocrine-tumour-and-poorly-differentiated-adenocarcinomas
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Ji Hee Kang, Se Hyung Kim, Joon Koo Han
OBJECTIVE: The differentiation of poorly-differentiated neuroendocrine tumours (PD-NETs), well-differentiated NETs (WD-NETs), and adenocarcinomas (ADCs) is important due to different management options and prognoses. This study is to find the differential CT features of colorectal PD-NETs from WD-NETs and ADCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CT features of 25 colorectal WD-NETs, 36 PD-NETs, and 36 ADCs were retrospectively reviewed. Significant variables were assessed using univariate and multivariate analyses...
February 16, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210769/preprocedural-risk-assessment-prior-to-ppvi-with-cmr-and-cardiac-ct
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Ladonna Malone, Brian Fonseca, Thomas Fagan, Jane Gralla, Neil Wilson, Micheal DiMaria, Uyen Truong, Lorna P Browne
Percutaneous pulmonary valve intervention (PPVI) is a less invasive and less costly approach to pulmonary valve replacement compared with the surgical alternative. Potential complications of PPVI include coronary compression and pulmonary arterial injury/rupture. The purpose of this study was to characterize the morphological risk factors for PPVI complication with cardiac MRI and cardiac CTA. A retrospective review of 88 PPVI procedures was performed. 44 patients had preprocedural cardiac MRIs or CTAs available for review...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210753/puerarin-7-o-glucuronide-a-water-soluble-puerarin-metabolite-prevents-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-by-reducing-oxidative-stress
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Ning Hou, Bin Cai, Cai-Wen Ou, Zhen-Hui Zhang, Xia-Wen Liu, Mu Yuan, Gan-Jian Zhao, Shi-Ming Liu, Long-Gen Xiong, Jian-Dong Luo, Cheng-Feng Luo, Min-Sheng Chen
This study aimed to investigate the anti-oxidant and anti-hypertrophic effects of puerarin-7-O-glucuronide, a water-soluble puerarin metabolite. The anti-oxidant effects of puerarin-7-O-glucuronide were assessed by measurement of intracellular superoxide levels, total superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, total anti-oxidant capacity, and glutathione (GSH)/glutathione disulfide (GSSG) ratio in cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCMs) stimulated with the xanthine oxidase (XO)/xanthine (X) system or angiotensin II...
February 16, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210226/combination-of-collagen-based-scaffold-and-bioactive-factors-induces-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-chondrogenic-differentiation-in-vitro
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Giovanna Calabrese, Stefano Forte, Rosario Gulino, Francesco Cefalì, Elisa Figallo, Lucia Salvatorelli, Eugenia T Maniscalchi, Giuseppe Angelico, Rosalba Parenti, Massimo Gulisano, Lorenzo Memeo, Raffaella Giuffrida
Recently, multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have attracted much attention in the field of regenerative medicine due to their ability to give rise to different cell types, including chondrocytes. Damaged articular cartilage repair is one of the most challenging issues for regenerative medicine, due to the intrinsic limited capability of cartilage to heal because of its avascular nature. While surgical approaches like chondral autografts and allografts provide symptoms and function improvement only for a short period, MSC based stimulation therapies, like microfracture surgery or autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis demonstrate to be more effective...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209723/functional-metabolic-and-dynamic-mitochondrial-changes-in-the-rat-cirrhosis-hepatocellular-carcinoma-model-and-the-protective-effect-of-ifc-305
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Enrique Chavez, Maria Guadalupe Lozano-Rosas, Mariana Dominguez-Lopez, Gabriela Velasco-Loyden, Jesus Rafael Rodriguez-Aguilera, Concepcion Jose-Nunez, Marietta Tuena de Gomez-Puyou, Victoria Chagoya de Sanchez
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrion is an important metabolic and energetic organelle which regulates several cellular processes. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been related with liver diseases including hepatocellular carcinoma. As a result, the energetic demand is not properly supplied and mitochondrial morphologic changes has been observed resulting in an altered metabolism. We previously demonstrated the chemopreventive effect of the hepatoprotector IFC-305. AIM: In this work we aimed to evaluate the functional, metabolic, and dynamic mitochondrial alterations in the sequential model of cirrhosis-hepatocellular carcinoma induced by diethylnitrosamine in rats and the possible beneficial effect of IFC-305...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209493/quantitative-analysis-of-fetal-facial-morphology-using-3d-ultrasound-and-statistical-shape-modelling-a-feasibility-study
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Andrea Dall'Asta, Silvia Schievano, Jan L Bruse, Gowrishankar Paramasivam, Christine Tita Kaihura, David Dunaway, Christoph C Lees
BACKGROUND: The antenatal detection of facial dysmorphism using three-dimensional ultrasound may raise the suspicion of an underlying genetic conditions but infrequently leads to a definitive antenatal diagnosis. Despite advances in array and non invasive prenatal testing, not all genetic conditions can be ascertained from such testing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of quantitative assessment of fetal face features using prenatal three-dimensional ultrasound volumes and statistical shape modelling...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209364/variable-threshold-method-for-determining-the-boundaries-of-imaged-subvisible-particles
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R E Cavicchi, Cayla Collett, Srivalli Telikepalli, Zhishang Hu, Michael Carrier, Dean C Ripple
An accurate assessment of particle characteristics and concentrations in pharmaceutical products by flow imaging requires accurate particle sizing and morphological analysis. Analysis of images begins with the definition of particle boundaries. Commonly a single threshold defines the level for a pixel in the image to be included in the detection of particles, but depending on the threshold level, this results in either missing translucent particles or oversizing of less transparent particles due to the halos and gradients in intensity near the particle boundaries...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208792/an%C3%A2-exercise-only%C3%A2-intervention%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-obese%C3%A2-fathers%C3%A2-restores%C3%A2-glucose%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-insulin%C3%A2-regulation%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-conjunction%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-rescue%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-pancreatic%C3%A2-islet%C3%A2-cell%C3%A2-morphology%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-microrna%C3%A2-expression%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-male%C3%A2-offspring
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Nicole O McPherson, Michelle Lane, Lauren Sandeman, Julie A Owens, Tod Fullston
Paternal obesity programs metabolic syndrome in offspring. Low-impact exercise in obese  males improves the metabolic health of female offspring, however whether this occurred in male  offspring remained unknown. C57BL/6NHsd (Harlan) mice were fed a control diet (CD; 6% fat, n =  7) or a high-fat diet (HFD; 21% fat, n = 16) for 18 weeks. After 9 weeks, HFD-fed mice either remained  sedentary (HH, n = 8) or undertook low-moderate exercise (HE, n = 8) for another 9 weeks...
February 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
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Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207983/a-novel-flow-cytometric-application-discriminates-among-the-effects-of-chemical-inhibitors-on-various-phases-of-babesia-divergens-intraerythrocytic-cycle
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Jeny R Cursino-Santos, Manpreet Singh, Petra Pham, Cheryl A Lobo
Human babesiosis is a global emerging infectious disease caused by intraerythrocytic parasites of the genus Babesia. Its biology has remained largely unexplored due to a lack of critical tools and techniques required to define the various stages and phases of the parasite's cycle in its host RBC and the interplay between host and parasite. This article presents a powerful set of tools combining stage synchronization of the parasite with a platform that encompasses both a flow cytometric evaluation of the subpopulation structure of the parasite population together with a morphological assessment of the population parasites using light microscopy of conventional Giemsa stained smears...
February 16, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
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