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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723714/vent-incisions-to-facilitate-peripheral-unfolding-of-the-dmek-graft
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Christopher Liu, Alfonso Vasquez-Perez, Jordan Vassileff Chervenkoff, Venkata Avadhanam
PURPOSE: To present the results of 15 cases in which a modified technique of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) with vent incisions was used to assist unfolding of tight peripheral inward folds. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of 15 consecutive eyes that underwent a modified vent incision technique for DMEK. Six oblique, small-size (1 mm) vent incisions parallel to the limbus and 3.5 mm from the center were performed after descemetorhexis...
July 17, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723662/acetyl-lupeolic-acid-inhibits-akt-signaling-and-induces-apoptosis-in-chemoresistant-prostate-cancer-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#2
Claudia Schmidt, Cornelia Loos, Lu Jin, Michael Schmiech, Christoph Q Schmidt, Menna El Gaafary, Tatiana Syrovets, Thomas Simmet
The triterpenoid acetyl-lupeolic acid (ac-LA) isolated from the oleogum resin of Boswellia carterii reduced the viability of a panel of cancer cell lines more efficiently than lupeol. There was no detectable intracellular conversion of ac-LA to lupeol and vice versa. In contrast to docetaxel, ac-LA did not induce selection of treatment-resistant cancer cells. By various parameters including DNA fragmentation, ac-LA was shown to induce apoptosis in androgen-independent PC-3 cells, whereas in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, ac-LA led to cell accumulation in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle, but not to apoptosis...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719888/inhibition-of-single-routes-of-intracellular-signaling-is-not-sufficient-to-neutralize-the-biphasic-disturbance-of-a-retinal-endothelial-cell-barrier-induced-by-vegf-a165
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Heidrun L Deissler, Gerhard K Lang, Gabriele E Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hallmark of diabetic macular edema is the enhanced permeability of retinal endothelial cells (REC) induced by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A165), which acts through activating specific receptors. To improve the predictability of inhibitors' potentials to block harmful effects of VEGF-A165, we investigated if its signaling pathways triggered in REC are redundant. METHODS: Immortalized bovine REC monolayers were treated with inhibitors specific for various protein kinases in combination with VEGF-A165...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719152/a-first-in-human-phase-i-multicenter-open-label-dose-escalation-study-of-the-oral-raf-vegfr-2-inhibitor-raf265-in-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-melanoma-independent-from-braf-mutation-status
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Benjamin Izar, William Sharfman, F Stephen Hodi, Donald Lawrence, Keith T Flaherty, Ravi Amaravadi, Kevin B Kim, Igor Puzanov, Jeffrey Sosman, Reinhard Dummer, Simone M Goldinger, Lyhping Lam, Shefali Kakar, Zhongwen Tang, Oliver Krieter, David F McDermott, Michael B Atkins
To establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), dose-limiting toxicities (DLT), safety profile, and anti-tumor efficacy of RAF265. We conducted a multicenter, open-label, phase-I, dose-escalation trial of RAF265, an orally available RAF kinase/VEGFR-2 inhibitor, in patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma. Pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis, pharmacodynamics (PD) and tumor response assessment were conducted. We evaluated metabolic tumor response by 18[F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission tomography (FDG-PET), tissue biomarkers using immunohistochemistry (IHC), and modulators of angiogenesis...
July 18, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716564/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-the-cardiovascular-system
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Hui Gong, Xing Lu, Qiong Wang, Min Hu, Xiangyu Zhang
Endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a special type of epithelial to mesenchymal transition. It is a process that is characterized by the loss of features of endothelial cells and acquisition of specific markers of mesenchymal cells. A variety of stimuli, such as inflammation, growth factors, and hypoxia, regulate EndMT through various signaling pathways and intracellular transcription factors. It has been demonstrated that epigenetic modifications are also involved in this process. Recent studies have identified the essential role of EndMT in the cardiovascular system...
July 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714851/pdgfr%C3%AE-functions-in-endothelial-derived-cells-to-regulate-neural-crest-cells-and-development-of-the-great-arteries
#6
Haig Aghajanian, Young Kuk Cho, Nicholas W Rizer, Qiaohong Wang, Li Li, Karl Degenhardt, Rajan Jain
Originating as a single vessel emerging from the embryonic heart, the truncus arteriosus must septate and remodel into the aorta and pulmonary artery to support postnatal life. Defective remodeling or septation leads to abnormalities collectively known as conotruncal defects, which are associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Multiple populations of cells must interact to coordinate outflow tract remodeling, and cardiac neural crest has emerged as particularly important during this process. Abnormalities in cardiac neural crest have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple conotruncal defects, including persistent truncus arteriosus, double outlet right ventricle, and tetralogy of Fallot...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714237/effects-of-intracameral-ascorbic-acid-on-the-corneal-endothelium-of-dogs-undergoing-phacoemulsification
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Ivan R M Padua, Gisele P Valdetaro, Tiago B Lima, Karina K Kobashigawa, Paloma E S Silva, Marcela Aldrovani, Pedro P M Padua, Jose L Laus
OBJECTIVE: Cataracts are the most common ocular disorder in dogs. Phacoemulsification is the preferred treatment method among ophthalmologists, but the cellularity of the endothelium must be considered for its success, as endothelial lesions may produce permanent corneal decompensation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of intracameral ascorbic acid, a known antioxidant, on the corneal endothelium of dogs undergoing phacoemulsification. ANIMAL STUDIED: In all, 40 eyes from 20 dogs, males and females from 7 to 12 years of age, were assessed for mature cataracts...
July 17, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713958/lipo%C3%A2-prostaglandin-e1-modifies-cognitive-impairment-in-rats-with-vascular-cognitive-impairment-by-promoting-angiogenesis-via-the-vegf-vegfr-pathway
#8
Bohui Liu, Suping Zhang, Xifeng Xiong, Li Ling, Rui He, Muzhen Wang, Wanqing Deng, Zhihe Liu, Yi Li
The pathological mechanism of vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) involves ischemic lesions in the hippocampus. Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) serves roles in the promotion of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, angiogenesis and enhances blood flow to ischemic regions. However, the effect of PGE1 on cognitive function in VCI rats and the underlying mechanism are unknown. In the current study, learning and memory function in VCI rats treated by lipo‑PGE1 injection was assessed through Morris Water Maze test...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713655/differential-effect-of-platelet-endothelial-cell-adhesion-molecule-1-pecam-1-on-leukocyte-infiltration-during-contact-hypersensitivity-responses
#9
Merideth Early, William G Schroeder, Ranajana Unnithan, John M Gilchrist, William A Muller, Alan Schenkel
BACKGROUND: 2'-4' Dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) induced contact hypersensitivity is an established model of contact sensitivity and leukocyte migration. Platelet Endothelial Cell Adhesion Molecule-1 (PECAM-1) deficient mice were used to examine the role of PECAM-1 in the migration capacity of several different leukocyte populations after primary and secondary application. RESULTS: γδ T lymphocytes, granulocytes, and Natural Killer cells were most affected by PECAM-1 deficiency at the primary site of application...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711779/hyperactive-foxo1-results-in-lack-of-tip-stalk-identity-and-deficient-microvascular-regeneration-during-kidney-injury
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Lan T H Dang, Takahide Aburatani, Graham A Marsh, Bryce G Johnson, Stella Alimperti, Christine J Yoon, Angela Huang, Suzanne Szak, Naoki Nakagawa, Ivan Gomez, Shuyu Ren, Sarah K Read, Chris Sparages, Alfred C Aplin, Roberto F Nicosia, Chris Chen, Giovanni Ligresti, Jeremy S Duffield
Loss of the microvascular (MV) network results in tissue ischemia, loss of tissue function, and is a hallmark of chronic diseases. The incorporation of a functional vascular network with that of the host remains a challenge to utilizing engineered tissues in clinically relevant therapies. We showed that vascular-bed-specific endothelial cells (ECs) exhibit differing angiogenic capacities, with kidney microvascular endothelial cells (MVECs) being the most deficient, and sought to explore the underlying mechanism...
July 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710554/morphofunctional-changes-after-sleeve-gastrectomy-and-very-low-calorie-diet-in-an-animal-model-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Eider Talavera-Urquijo, Sarai Rodríguez-Navarro, Marc Beisani, Maria Teresa Salcedo-Allende, Aisha Chakkur, Marc Arús-Avilés, Manel Cremades, Salvador Augustin, María Martell, José M Balibrea
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent chronic liver disease and is found in 70% of obese people. The evidence available to date suggests that bariatric surgery could be an effective treatment by reducing weight and also by improving metabolic complications in the long term. This work aimed to compare, in a diet-induced NAFLD animal model, the effect of both sleeve gastrectomy (SG) and very-low calorie diet (VLCD). METHODS: Thirty-five Wistar rats were divided into control rats (n = 7) and obese rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD)...
July 15, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710479/endothelial-cells-by-inactivation-of-vhl-gene-direct-angiogenesis-not-vasculogenesis-via-twist1-accumulation-associated-with-hemangioblastoma-neovascularization
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Ying Wang, Dan-Qi Chen, Ming-Yu Chen, Kai-Yuan Ji, De-Xuan Ma, Liang-Fu Zhou
Inactivation of the VHL tumour suppressor gene is a highly frequent genetic event in the carcinogenesis of central nervous system-(CNS) hemangioblastomas (HBs). The patterning of the similar embryonic vasculogenesis is an increasing concern in HB-neovascularization, and the classic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated angiogenesis driven by VHL loss-of-function from human endothelium have been questioned. With this regard, we identify a distinct, VHL silencing-driven mechanism in which human vascular endothelial cells by means of increasing cell proliferation and decreasing cell apoptosis, is concomitant with facilitating accumulation of Twist1 protein in vascular endothelial cells in vitro...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707321/expansion-of-bcr-abl1-cells-requires-pak2-but-not-pak1
#13
Leo Edlinger, Angelika Berger-Becvar, Ingeborg Menzl, Gregor Hoermann, Georg Greiner, Eva Grundschober, Zsuzsanna Bago-Horvath, Wael Al-Zoughbi, Gerald Hoefler, Christine Brostjan, Lars Gille, Richard Moriggl, Andreas Spittler, Veronika Sexl, Andrea Hoelbl-Kovacic
The p21-activated kinases (PAKs) are key nodes in oncogenic signalling pathways controlling growth, survival, and motility of cancer cells. Their activity is increased in many human cancers and is associated with poor prognosis. To date, PAK deregulation has mainly been studied in solid tumours, where PAK1 and PAK4 are the main isoforms deregulated. We show that PAK1 and PAK2 are the critical isoforms in a BCR/ABL1(+) haematopoietic malignancy. In suspension, leukaemic cells deficient for PAK1 and PAK2 undergo apoptosis, while the loss of either protein is well tolerated...
July 14, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707255/comparative-clinical-study-of-whitestar-signature-phacoemulsification-system-with-standard-and-ellips-fx-handpieces
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Daniele Tognetto, Rossella D'Aloisio, Paolo Cecchini, Marta Di Nicola, Giuseppe Di Martino
PURPOSE: To compare the intraoperative parameters and postoperative outcomes using two different phaco handpieces with different energy delivery systems of the same phacoemulsification machine. METHODS: One hundred and sixty eyes of 160 cataract patients were randomly assigned to 2.40 mm phacoemulsification using the AMO WhiteStar Signature(®) phaco system with the standard phaco handpiece (Group 1) or the Ellips FX phaco handpiece (Group 2). According to the lens opacities classification system III, each group was divided into four subgroups of 20 patients each...
July 13, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706977/acute-rejection-after-kidney-transplantation-associates-with-circulating-micrornas-and-vascular-injury
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Roel Bijkerk, Barend W Florijn, Meriem Khairoun, Jacques M G J Duijs, Gurbey Ocak, Aiko P J de Vries, Alexander F Schaapherder, Marko J K Mallat, Johan W de Fijter, Ton J Rabelink, Anton Jan van Zonneveld, Marlies E J Reinders
BACKGROUND: Acute rejection (AR) of kidney transplants is associated with the loss of endothelial integrity, microvascular rarefaction and, ultimately, graft dysfunction. Circulating angiogenic microRNAs (miRNAs) may serve as markers for microvascular injury. Here, we investigated the short- and long-term effects of AR after kidney transplantation on systemic vascular injury and the associated circulating miRNA profile. METHODS: Systemic vascular injury was determined by measuring capillary tortuosity and density within the oral mucosa as well as by assessing circulating levels of angiopoietin-2/angiopoietin-1 ratio, vascular endothelial growth factor and soluble thrombomodulin...
July 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705792/deletion-of-fstl1-follistatin-like-1-from-the-endocardial-endothelial-lineage-causes-mitral-valve-disease
#16
Stuti Prakash, Luis J J Borreguero, Marc Sylva, Lorena Flores Ruiz, Fereshte Rezai, Quinn D Gunst, José-Luis de la Pompa, Jan M Ruijter, Maurice J B van den Hoff
OBJECTIVE: Fstl1 (Follistatin-like 1) is a secreted protein that is expressed in the atrioventricular valves throughout embryonic development, postnatal maturation, and adulthood. In this study, we investigated the loss of Fstl1 in the endocardium/endothelium and their derived cells. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We conditionally ablated Fstl1 from the endocardial lineage using a transgenic Tie2-Cre mouse model. These mice showed a sustained Bmp and Tgfβ signaling after birth...
July 13, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704713/cation-chelation-and-ph-induced-controlled-switching-of-the-non-fouling-properties-of-bacterial-crystalline-films
#17
Jagoba Iturri, Alberto Moreno-Cencerrado, José L Toca-Herrera
We report the controlled loss of the anti-fouling activity of the S-layer protein SbpA from Lysinibacillus sphaericus (CCM2177). This protein forms crystal-like films with square lattice (p4) via self-assembly on almost any type of surfaces. Such engineered bioinspired nanometric membranes are known by their excellent preventive performance under biological conditions. However, their exposure to certain treatments can lead to gradual degradation of the S-protein layer. In this work, two distinctive approaches are studied for understanding either specific or non-specific degradation of the film, by treatment with a chelating agent (EDTA), which interacts with inner Ca(2+) ions, or Citrate buffer (with pH<pI), respectively...
July 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702212/obesity-arterial-function-and-arterial-structure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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J Y A Ne, T Y Cai, D S Celermajer, I D Caterson, T Gill, C M Y Lee, M R Skilton
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is an established risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The mechanisms by which obesity affects cardiovascular risk have not been fully elucidated. This paper reports a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis on obesity and two key aspects of vascular health using gold-standard non-invasive measures - arterial endothelial function (brachial flow-mediated dilatation) and subclinical atherosclerosis (carotid intima-media thickness). METHODS: Electronic searches for 'Obesity and flow-mediated dilatation' and 'Obesity and intima-media thickness' were performed using Ovid Medline and Embase databases...
June 2017: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699895/a-role-for-brg1-in-the-regulation-of-genes-required-for-development-of-the-lymphatic-system
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Ajeet Pratap Singh, Julie Foley, Arpit Tandon, Dhiral Phadke, H Karimi Kinyamu, Trevor K Archer
Lymphatic vasculature is an important part of the cardiovascular system with multiple functions, including regulation of the return of interstitial fluid (lymph) to the bloodstream, immune responses, and fat absorption. Consequently, lymphatic vasculature defects are involved in many pathological processes, including tumor metastasis and lymphedema. BRG1 is an important player in the developmental window when the lymphatic system is initiated. In the current study, we used tamoxifen inducible Rosa26CreERT2-BRG1floxed/floxed mice that allowed temporal analysis of the impact of BRG1 inactivation in the embryo...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699677/metformin-ameliorates-bscb-disruption-by-inhibiting-neutrophil-infiltration-and-mmp-9-expression-but-not-direct-tj-proteins-expression-regulation
#20
Di Zhang, Qian Tang, Gang Zheng, Chenggui Wang, Yifei Zhou, Yaosen Wu, Jun Xuan, Naifeng Tian, Xiangyang Wang, Yan Wu, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB) disruption is a major process for the secondary injury of spinal cord injury (SCI) and is considered to be a therapeutic target for SCI. Previously, we demonstrated that metformin could improve functional recovery after SCI; however, the effect of metformin on BSCB is still unknown. In this study, we found that metformin could prevent the loss of tight junction (TJ) proteins at day 3 after SCI in vivo, but in vitro there was no significant difference of these proteins between control and metformin treatment in endothelial cells...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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