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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930824/evaluating-the-morphology-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-a-transesophageal-echocardiographic-3-dimensional-printed-model
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Hongning Song, Qing Zhou, Lan Zhang, Qing Deng, Yijia Wang, Bo Hu, Tuantuan Tan, Jinling Chen, Yiteng Pan, Fazhi He
The novel 3-dimensional printing (3DP) technique has shown its ability to assist personalized cardiac intervention therapy. This study aimed to determine the feasibility of 3D-printed left atrial appendage (LAA) models based on 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE) data and their application value in treating LAA occlusions.Eighteen patients with transcatheter LAA occlusion, and preprocedure 3D TEE and cardiac computed tomography were enrolled. 3D TEE volumetric data of the LAA were acquired and postprocessed for 3DP...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930577/exosome-enrichment-by-ultracentrifugation-and-size-exclusion-chromatography
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Yong Qin Koh, Fatema B Almughlliq, Kanchan Vaswani, Hassendrini N Peiris, Murray D Mitchell
Exosomes are a subset of extracellular vesicles (EVs) that have important roles in intercellular communication. They contain and carry bioactive molecules within their membranes which are delivered to target cells. Reproducible isolation and enrichment of these exosomes will aid in evaluation of cellular communication. We present an approach that involved the pre-processing of plasma, combined with ultracentrifugation (UC) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to isolate EVs and subsequently enrich exosomes...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930545/classification-of-retinal-diseases-based-on-oct-images
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Nabila Eladawi, Mohammed M Elmogy, Mohammed Ghazal, Omar Helmy, Ahmed Aboelfetouh, Alaa Riad, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
Optical Coherence Topography (OCT) is an emerging biomedical imaging technology that offers non-invasive real-time, high-resolution imaging of highly scattering tissues. It is widely used in ophthalmology to perform diagnostic imaging on the structure of the anterior eye and the retina. Clinical studies are carried out to assess the application of OCT for some retinal diseases. OCT can provide means for early detection for various types of diseases because morphological changes often occur before the physical symptoms of these diseases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929621/new-integrated-approach-to-percutaneous-mitral-valvuloplasty-combining-wilkins-score-with-commissural-calcium-score-and-commissural-area-ratio
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Obul Reddy Gajjala, Rajasekhar Durgaprasad, Vanajakshamma Velam, Sridhar Babu Kayala, Latheef Kasala
BACKGROUND: Present echocardiographic scoring systems for percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty (PMV) have limitations, and no scoring system is significant determinant of procedural outcome. In this study, we assess the relationship between various echocardiographic parameters and scoring systems with immediate outcomes and test an integrated approach by combining Wilkins score with other parameters. METHODS: One hundred two patients who had undergone PMV were included in this prospective observational study...
September 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929382/serial-assessment-of-left-ventricular-morphology-and-function-in-a-rodent-model-of-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Vesselina Ferferieva, Nicholas D'Elia, Brecht Heyde, Petr Otahal, Frank Rademakers, Jan D'hooge
Left ventricular remodelling (LVr) occurs post myocardial infarction (MI), predisposing people to heart failure (HF). LV mechanics and morphology are important in this process. We hence sort to characterize LV mechanics and geometry in a post-MI rodent model. Thirty-two male Sprague-Dawley rats (150-200 g) sustained MI (n = 24) or sham (Sham; n = 8) surgery. In another six sham rats invasive blood pressure measurements were performed. Ultrasound imaging was done at baseline, and 1, 3, 7, 14, 30 and 60 days following surgery, and LV mechanics and morphology assessed...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929254/root-chemistry-and-soil-fauna-but-not-soil-abiotic-conditions-explain-the-effects-of-plant-diversity-on-root-decomposition
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Hongmei Chen, Natalie J Oram, Kathryn E Barry, Liesje Mommer, Jasper van Ruijven, Hans de Kroon, Anne Ebeling, Nico Eisenhauer, Christine Fischer, Gerd Gleixner, Arthur Gessler, Odette González Macé, Nina Hacker, Anke Hildebrandt, Markus Lange, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Stefan Scheu, Yvonne Oelmann, Cameron Wagg, Wolfgang Wilcke, Christian Wirth, Alexandra Weigelt
Plant diversity influences many ecosystem functions including root decomposition. However, due to the presence of multiple pathways via which plant diversity may affect root decomposition, our mechanistic understanding of their relationships is limited. In a grassland biodiversity experiment, we simultaneously assessed the effects of three pathways-root litter quality, soil biota, and soil abiotic conditions-on the relationships between plant diversity (in terms of species richness and the presence/absence of grasses and legumes) and root decomposition using structural equation modeling...
September 19, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929243/discrimination-between-benign-and-malignant-breast-lesions-using-volumetric-quantitative-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging
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Ziliang Cheng, Zhuo Wu, Guangzi Shi, Zhilong Yi, Mingwei Xie, Weike Zeng, Chao Song, Chushan Zheng, Jun Shen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic performance of volumetric quantitative dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (qDCE-MRI) in differentiation between malignant and benign breast lesions. METHODS: DCE-MRI was performed in 124 patients with 136 breast lesions. Quantitative pharmacokinetic parameters K(trans), Kep, Ve, Vp and semi-quantitative parameters TTP, MaxCon, MaxSlope, AUC were obtained by using a two-compartment extended Tofts model and three-dimensional volume of interest...
September 19, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928904/depletion-of-the-third-complement-component-ameliorates-age-dependent-oxidative-stress-and-positively-modulates-autophagic-activity-in-aged-retinas-in-a-mouse-model
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Dorota Rogińska, Miłosz P Kawa, Ewa Pius-Sadowska, Renata Lejkowska, Karolina Łuczkowska, Barbara Wiszniewska, Kai Kaarniranta, Jussi J Paterno, Christian A Schmidt, Bogusław Machaliński, Anna Machalińska
The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of complement component C3 global depletion on the biological structure and function of the aged retina. In vivo morphology (OCT), electrophysiological function (ERG), and the expression of selected oxidative stress-, apoptosis-, and autophagy-related proteins were assessed in retinas of 12-month-old C3-deficient and WT mice. Moreover, global gene expression in retinas was analyzed by RNA arrays. We found that the absence of active C3 was associated with (1) alleviation of the age-dependent decrease in retinal thickness and gradual deterioration of retinal bioelectrical function, (2) significantly higher levels of antioxidant enzymes (catalase and glutathione reductase) and the antiapoptotic survivin and Mcl-1/Bak dimer, (3) lower expression of the cellular oxidative stress marker-4HNE-and decreased activity of proapoptotic caspase-3, (4) ameliorated retinal autophagic activity with localization of ubiquitinated protein conjugates commonly along the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) layer, and (5) significantly increased expression of several gene sets associated with maintenance of the physiological functions of the neural retina...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928892/the-targeted-antitumor-effects-of-c-pc-cmc-cd59sp-nanoparticles-on-hela-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yujuan Wang, Liangqian Jiang, Qifeng Yin, Huihui Liu, Guoxiang Liu, Guoteng Zhu, Bing Li
The novel C-PC/CMC-CD59sp-NPs were made by carbocymethyl chitosan (CMC) loading C-phycocyanin (C-PC) with the lead of CD59 specific ligand peptide (CD59sp) for targeting, and the characteristics and targeted anti-tumor mechanism were explored in order to realize the targeted therapy of C-PC on the growth of HeLa cells both in vitro and vivo. The targeting nanoparticles were synthesized by ionic-gelation method, and the optimal condition was selected out by orthogonal analysis. The properties of nanoparticles were observed by laser particle analyzer and dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928669/nature-s-electric-potential-a-systematic-review-of-the-role-of-bioelectricity-in-wound-healing-and-regenerative-processes-in-animals-humans-and-plants
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REVIEW
Sheena E B Tyler
Natural endogenous voltage gradients not only predict and correlate with growth and development but also drive wound healing and regeneration processes. This review summarizes the existing literature for the nature, sources, and transmission of information-bearing bioelectric signals involved in controlling wound healing and regeneration in animals, humans, and plants. It emerges that some bioelectric characteristics occur ubiquitously in a range of animal and plant species. However, the limits of similarities are probed to give a realistic assessment of future areas to be explored...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928633/glutaminase-and-mmp-9-downregulation-in-cortex-and-hippocampus-of-lpa1-receptor-null-mice-correlate-with-altered-dendritic-spine-plasticity
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Ana Peñalver, José A Campos-Sandoval, Eduardo Blanco, Carolina Cardona, Laura Castilla, Mercedes Martín-Rufián, Guillermo Estivill-Torrús, Raquel Sánchez-Varo, Francisco J Alonso, Mercedes Pérez-Hernández, María I Colado, Antonia Gutiérrez, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca, Javier Márquez
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is an extracellular lipid mediator that regulates nervous system development and functions acting through G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Here we explore the crosstalk between LPA1 receptor and glutamatergic transmission by examining expression of glutaminase (GA) isoforms in different brain areas isolated from wild-type (WT) and KOLPA1 mice. Silencing of LPA1 receptor induced a severe down-regulation of Gls-encoded long glutaminase protein variant (KGA) (glutaminase gene encoding the kidney-type isoforms, GLS) protein expression in several brain regions, particularly in brain cortex and hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928502/accelerated-fermentation-of-idli-batter-using-eleusine-coracana-and-pennisetum-glaucum
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Ramachandran Chelliah, Sudha Rani Ramakrishnan, Divya Premkumar, Usha Antony
The present study focuses on reduction in fermentation time of idli batter and its enrichment with calcium and iron using finger millet and pearl millet. Fermentation time decreased from 12 to 6 h with addition of finger millet and to 8 h with pearl millet. Rate of fermentation, bulk density, viscosity, microbial changes and particle morphology were assessed in the batter; nutritional quality, sensory, phytochemicals and internal characteristics of idli were investigated. The color and texture characteristics of both batter and idli were evaluated...
August 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928437/as1411-aptamer-anionic-linear-globular-dendrimer-g2-iohexol-selective-nano-theranostics
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Pardis Mohammadzadeh, Reza Ahangari Cohan, Seyedeh Masoumeh Ghoreishi, Ahmad Bitarafan-Rajabi, Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani
Molecular theranostics is of the utmost interest for diagnosis as well as treatment of different malignancies. In the present study, anionic linear globular dendrimer G2 is employed as a suitable carrier for delivery and AS1411 aptamer is exploited as the targeting agent to carry Iohexol specifically to the human breast cancer cells (MCF-7). Dendrimer G2 was prepared and conjugation of dendrimer and aptamer was carried out thereafter. Based on the data yielded by AFM, morphology of smooth and spherical non-targeted dendrimer changed to the rough aspherical shape when it conjugated...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928070/functional-and-morphological-assessment-of-left-anterior-descending-artery-in-patients-with-tako-tsubo-syndrome
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Gustavo Jiménez Brítez, Manel Sabaté, Carlos Robles, Pablo Elpidio García-Granja, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Salvatore Brugaletta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 17, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927979/enlarging-vascular-stents-after-pediatric-liver-transplantation
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Yi-Ting Yeh, Cheng-Yen Chen, Hsiou-Shan Tseng, Hsin-Kai Wang, Hsin-Lin Tsai, Niang-Cheng Lin, Chou-Fu Wei, Chinsu Liu
BACKGROUND: Endovascular intervention with stent placement to treat portal vein (PV) and hepatic vein (HV) stenosis after pediatric liver transplantation (LT) is still controversial in small children owing to the potential risk of functional stenosis after growth. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of stent placement in this population. METHODS: Between 2004 and 2016, 6 children (all <3 years) received HV (n = 2) and PV (n = 4) stents placement among 46 pediatric LT patients at our institution...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927842/synthesis-and-preparation-of-biodegradable-hybrid-dextran-hydrogel-incorporated-with-biodegradable-curcumin-nanomicelles-for-full-thickness-wound-healing
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Mona Alibolandi, Marzieh Mohammadi, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Khalil Abnous, Mohammad Ramezani
There is a clinical need for a novel, more efficient therapy for full thickness wound healing. In the current study, curcumin encapsulated PEG-PLA [poly(lactide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)] nanomicelles were incorporated into dextran hydrogel for a full thickness dermal wound healing application. To assess the application of the hydrogel as a therapeutic wound dressing, its morphology, swelling pattern, kinetics of degradation, and capacity to control curcumin release were evaluated. It was found that the prepared hybrid hydrogel had acceptable biocompatibility, incorporation capacity of curcumin nanomicelles, and mechanical properties...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927826/developmental-plasticity-and-stability-in-the-tracheal-networks-supplying-drosophila-flight-muscle-in-response-to-rearing-oxygen-level
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Jon F Harrison, James S Waters, Taylor A Biddulph, Aleksandra Kovacevic, C Jaco Klok, John J Socha
While it is clear that the insect tracheal system can respond in a compensatory manner to both hypoxia and hyperoxia, there is substantial variation in how different parts of the system respond. However, the response of tracheal structures, from the tracheoles to the largest tracheal trunks, have not been studied within one species. In this study, we examined the effect of larval/pupal rearing in hypoxia, normoxia, and hyperoxia (10, 21 or 40 kPa oxygen) on body size and the tracheal supply to the flight muscles of Drosophila melanogaster, using synchrotron radiation micro-computed tomography (SR-µCT) to assess flight muscle volumes and the major tracheal trunks, and confocal microscopy to assess the tracheoles...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927728/cryopreservation-of-human-whole-blood-allows-immunophenotyping-by-flow-cytometry-up-to-30days-after-cell-isolation
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R Madelaine Paredes, Douglas K Tadaki, Amanda Sooter, Fabia Gamboni, C D R Forest Sheppard
Immunophenotyping of whole blood (WB) by flow cytometry (FC) is used clinically to assess a patient's immune status and also in biomedical research. Current protocols recommend storage of immunolabeled samples at 4°C with FC analysis to be completed within seven days. This data acquisition window can be extended to up to one year post-labeling, but this requires cryopreservation of the samples at ultra-low temperatures (≤-80°C or in liquid nitrogen). In this study we optimized a standardized cryopreservation protocol to enable preservation of immunolabeled, human WB samples at -20°C for FC and tested its effectiveness after 0, 5, 15 or 30days...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927702/morphology-of-the-incisura-fibularis-at-the-distal-tibiofibular-syndesmosis-in-the-japanese-population
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Ichiro Tonogai, Daisuke Hamada, Koichi Sairyo
The morphology of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis can determine the pathology and mechanism of syndesmotic injury. The present study assessed measurements obtained from computed tomography (CT) images of the normal distal tibiofibular syndesmosis in Japanese subjects. CT scans of 120 right feet with a normal distal tibiofibular syndesmosis obtained from January 2009 to December 2016 were retrospectively assessed at the level 10 mm proximal to the tibial plafond. The incisura fibularis was considered concave when its depth was ≥4 mm and shallow when its depth was <4 mm...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927033/all-trans-retinoic-acid-enhances-temozolomide-induced-autophagy-in-human-glioma-cells-u251-via-targeting-keap1-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
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Lin Shi, Hongyuan Li, Yang Zhan
The present study evaluated the retinoic acid (RA) enhancement of temozolomide (TMZ) effects on the human glioma cells U251 and explored its underlying molecular mechanism. The cell growth was detected using the MTT assay and the cell cycle was assessed by flow cytometry. Cell apoptosis was analyzed by Annexin V/propidium iodide staining, and the cell morphology was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Additionally, reverse transcription-PCR and western blot analysis were applied to detect the mRNA and protein levels...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
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