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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640578/the-insect-analogue-to-the-lotus-leaf-a-planthopper-wing-membrane-incorporating-a-low-adhesion-non-wetting-superhydrophobic-bactericidal-and-biocompatible-surface
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Gregory Shaun Watson, David W Green, Bronwen W Cribb, Christopher Leslie Brown, Christopher Merritt, Mark James Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Ming-Xia Sun, Alping Liang, Jolanta Anna Watson
Nature has produced many intriguing and spectacular surfaces at the micro and nanoscales. These small surface decorations act for a singular or, in most cases, a range of functions. The minute landscape found on the lotus leaf is one such example, displaying anti-wetting behaviour and low adhesion with foreign particulate matter. Indeed the lotus leaf has often been considered the 'benchmark' for such properties. One could expect that there are animal counterparts of this self-drying and self-cleaning surface system...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636187/dual-labeled-chemiluminescence-enzyme-immunoassay-for-simultaneous-measurement-of-total-prostate-specific-antigen-tpsa-and-free-prostate-specific-antigen-fpsa
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Lixia Zhao, Dan Wang, Gen Shi, Ling Lin
The specificity for early diagnostic of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is low because the current technology mostly allows the detection of only one biomarker at one time. In this work, a dual-labeled chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) for simultaneous measurement of total PSA (TPSA) and free PSA (FPSA) was proposed. Anti-PSA McAb (Mab1) was immobilized on a microplate as the solid phase, horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labeled anti-TPSA monoclonal antibody (McAb2) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)-labeled anti-FPSA McAb3 were used as detection antibodies...
June 21, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635610/chemical-components-antioxidant-potential-and-hepatoprotective-effects-of-artemisia-campestris-essential-oil-against-deltamethrin-induced-genotoxicity-and-oxidative-damage-in-rats
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Mongi Saoudi, Marwa Ncir, Manel Ben Ali, Malek Grati, Kamel Jamoussi, Noureddine Allouche, Abdelfattah El Feki
In the present study, we evaluated the antioxidant potential of Artemisia campestris essential oil (ACEO) and the possible protective effects against deltamethrin induced hepatic toxic effects. The ACEO showed radical scavenging activity with IC50 = 47.66 ± 2.51 µg/ml, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) potential (EC50 = 5.36 ± 0.77 µg/ml), superoxide scavenging activity (IC50 = 0.175 ± 0.007 µg/ml) and ˙OH scavenging activity (IC50 = 0.034 ± 0.007 µg/ml). The obtained results of phenolic profile demonstrated that phenolic compounds are the major contributor to the antioxidant activity of ACEO...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634845/histomorphometric-and-immunohistochemical-evaluation-of-collagen-containing-xenogeneic-bone-blocks-used-for-lateral-bone-augmentation-in-staged-implant-placement
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Alberto Ortiz-Vigón, Sergio Martinez-Villa, Iñaki Suarez, Fabio Vignoletti, Mariano Sanz
BACKGROUND: The osteoconductive properties of collagen containing xenogeneic bone blocks (CCXBB) remain unclear. The aim of this prospective single-arm clinical study was to assess the histological outcomes of CCXBB blocks used as bone replacement grafts for lateral bone augmentation procedures. METHODS: In 15 patients with severe horizontal alveolar ridge resorption, lateral augmentation procedures were performed using CCXBB as bone replacement grafts. Twenty-six weeks postoperatively, a re-entry procedure was performed to evaluate the bone width for adequate implant placement and two histological specimens were retrieved from each patient, one being processed for ground sectioning and the other for decalcified paraffin-included sections...
December 2017: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634433/the-draft-genome-of-the-non-host-associated-methanobrevibacter-arboriphilus-strain-dh1-encodes-a-large-repertoire-of-adhesin-like-proteins
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Anja Poehlein, Rolf Daniel, Henning Seedorf
Methanobrevibacter arboriphilus strain DH1 is an autotrophic methanogen that was isolated from the wetwood of methane-emitting trees. This species has been of considerable interest for its unusual oxygen tolerance and has been studied as a model organism for more than four decades. Strain DH1 is closely related to other host-associated Methanobrevibacter species from intestinal tracts of animals and the rumen, making this strain an interesting candidate for comparative analysis to identify factors important for colonizing intestinal environments...
2017: Archaea: An International Microbiological Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633616/sclerosing-stromal-tumor-mimicking-a-pregnancy-luteoma-case-report-of-a-diagnostically-challenging-entity-further-complicated-by-the-presence-of-metastatic-signet-ring-cell-carcinoma-from-the-stomach
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Meral Uner, Alp Usubutun
Sclerosing stromal tumors of the ovary are very rare. We report the case of a 29-year-old pregnant woman who presented with a history of preterm labor and gestational hypertension. A huge mass measuring 30 cm in greatest dimension was recognized on the right ovary during cesarean section. Signet ring cell infiltration was seen during intraoperative frozen section consultation. She underwent a right salpingo-oophorectomy, and the permanent diagnosis was sclerosing stromal tumor infiltrated by signet ring cells...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630863/the-effects-of-melatonin-on-elevated-liver-enzymes-during-statin-treatment
#7
Cezary Chojnacki, Aleksandra Błońska, Jan Chojnacki
Taking statins can cause increase in the level of aspartate and alanine aminotransferase. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of melatonin in counteracting the adverse hepatic events from statins. Methods. The research program included 60 patients (aged 47-65 years, 41 women and 19 men) with hyperlipidemia taking atorvastatin or rosuvastatin at a dose of 20-40 mg daily. The patients were randomly allocated in two groups. Group I (n = 30) was recommended to take the same statin at a standardized daily dose of 20 mg together with melatonin at a dose of 2 × 5 mg...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629564/computed-tomography-perfusion-imaging-for-monitoring-transarterial-chemoembolization-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
Herman P Marquez, Amar Karalli, Holger Haubenreisser, Rishi P Mathew, Hatem Alkadhi, Torkel B Brismar, Thomas Henzler, Michael A Fischer
PURPOSE: To prospectively monitor changes in tumor perfusion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in response to doxorubicin-eluted bead based transarterial chemoembolization (DEB-TACE) using perfusion-CT (P-CT). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 24 patients (54-79 years) undergoing P-CT before and shortly after DEB-TACE of HCC were prospectively included in this dual-center study. Two readers determined arterial-liver-perfusion (ALP, mL/min/100mL), portal-venous-perfusion (PLP, mL/min/100mL) and the hepatic-perfusion-index (HPI, %) by placing matched regions-of-interests within each HCC before and after DEB-TACE...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629212/a-study-of-the-modulating-action-of-quercetin-on-biochemical-and-histological-alterations-induced-by-lead-exposure-in-the-liver-and-kidney-of-rats
#9
Azza Sedky, Hany Elsawy
Lead is a highly toxic metal and a very potent poison. Lead poisoning is a serious condition but can be treated. Quercetin is a flavonoid with many beneficial uses. The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible modulating action of quercetin as a model of an antioxidant against the toxic effects of lead acetate on liver and kidneys of rats. Rats were randomly divided into four groups: (i) saline group (control); (ii) lead group received i.p. lead acetate (20 mg/kg b.w.); (iii) quercetin group received i...
June 30, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629115/osthole-enhances-osteogenesis-in-osteoblasts-by-elevating-transcription-factor-osterix-via-camp-creb-signaling-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#10
Zhong-Rong Zhang, Wing Nang Leung, Gang Li, Siu Kai Kong, Xiong Lu, Yin Mei Wong, Chun Wai Chan
Anabolic anti-osteoporotic agents are desirable for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. Osthole is a coumarin derivative extracted from the medicinal herbs Cnidium monnieri (L.) Cusson and Angelica pubescens Maxim.f. Osthole has been reported with osteogenic and anti-osteoporotic properties, whereas the underlying mechanism of its benefit still remains unclear. The objective of the present study was to investigate the osteopromotive action of osthole on mouse osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells and on mouse femoral fracture repair, and to explore the interaction between osthole-induced osteopromotive effect and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) elevating effect...
June 8, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629069/evaluation-of-electrospun-biomimetic-substrate-surface-decorated-with-nanohydroxyapatite-precipitation-for-osteoblasts-behavior
#11
Sai Zhang, Guojun Jiang, Molamma P Prabhakaran, Xiaohong Qin, Seeram Ramakrishna
To engineer bone tissue, it is crucial to design scaffolds with micro- and nano-sized architecture imitating approximate hierarchical structure of native bone, and afford desirable biological properties by introducing biocompatible polymers and bioceramics into the scaffolds. Here, a novel scaffold consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV)/polyaspartic acid (PAA) was fabricated by electrospinning and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) was deposited by calcium-phosphate dipping process for bone tissue regeneration...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629068/a-novel-alginate-encapsulated-system-to-study-biological-response-to-critical-sized-wear-particles-of-uhmwpe-loaded-with-alendronate-sodium
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Yumei Liu, Feng Shi, Lin Bo, Wei Zhi, Jie Weng, Shuxin Qu
The aim of this study was to develop a novel alginate-encapsulated system (Alg beads) to investigate the cell response to critical-sized wear particles of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene loaded with alendronate sodium (UHMWPE-ALN), one of the most effective drugs to treat bone resorption in clinic. The extrusion method was used to prepare Alg beads encapsulating rat calvarial osteoblasts (RCOs) and critical-sized UHMWPE-ALN wear particles with spherical morphology and uniform size. The morphology, permeability and stability of Alg beads were characterized...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629034/icariin-immobilized-electrospinning-poly-l-lactide-fibrous-membranes-via-polydopamine-adhesive-coating-with-enhanced-cytocompatibility-and-osteogenic-activity
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Hua Liu, Wenling Li, Binghong Luo, Xuexing Chen, Wei Wen, Changren Zhou
In this study, icariin (ICA), one of the main active ingredients of Herba Epimedii for osteogenesis, was applied to functionalize electrospinning poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) fibrous membrane via an intermediate layer of polydopamine (PDA) to obtain enhanced cytocompatibility and osteogenic activity. For this purpose, an array of PDA-coated PLLA fibrous membranes (PLLA-0.5PDA, PLLA-1PDA, PLLA-2PDA, PLLA-5PDA) and ICA-modified PLLA-2PDA fibrous membranes (PLLA-2PDA-10ICA, PLLA-2PDA-20ICA, PLLA-2PDA-40ICA) were successively prepared...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628787/biological-welfare-and-the-commons-a-natural-experiment-in-the-alps-1765-1845
#14
Trevor O'Grady, Claudio Tagliapietra
In the late 18th century hundreds self-governing alpine communities in Northern Italy came under the direct control of centralized states (Austria and France) at different times. We exploit the timing and location of these interventions in a difference-in-differences type design to investigate the effects of removing CPR (common-pool resources) institutions on biological welfare. We find a significant and persistent increase in infant mortality rates and a more modest decrease in birth rates as a result of state centralization...
June 6, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628652/microrna-433-3p-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-through-targeting-dkk1-expression
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Xiaolin Tang, Jiantao Lin, Guanhai Wang, Jianlin Lu
Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) is a powerful antagonist of canonical WNT signaling pathway, and is regarded as a biomarker for osteoporosis. Its expression is highly correlated with bone mass and osteoblasts maturation. In this study, mouse primary bone marrow cells and osteoblast cell lines were used. Luciferase reporter assay and western blotting methods were employed to validate if miRNA-433-3p epigenetically regulated DKK1 translation. Rat bone marrow derived osteoblasts were infected with lentivirus vector in which miR-433-3p was constructed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627868/alkaline-phosphatase-instructed-self-assembly-of-gadolinium-nanofibers-for-enhanced-t2-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-tumor
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Ling Dong, Junchao Qian, Zijuan Hai, Jinyong Xu, Wei Du, Kai Zhong, Gaolin Liang
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an important enzyme but using ALP-instructed self-assembly of gadolinium nanofibers for enhanced T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of tumor has not been reported. In this work, we rationally designed a hydrogelator Nap-FFFYp-EDA-DOTA(Gd) (1P) which, under the catalysis of ALP, was able to self-assemble into gadolinium nanofibers to form hydrogel Gel I for enhanced T2-weighted MR imaging of ALP activity in vitro and in tumor. T2 phantom MR imaging indicated that the transverse relaxivity (r2) value of Gel I was 33...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627188/effect-of-glutamine-on-liver-injuries-induced-by-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
#17
Renata Hartmann, Francielli Licks, Elizângela Gonçalves Schemitt, Josieli Raskopf Colares, Juliana Da Silva, Rosa Maria Moura, Gilmara Pandolfo Zabot, Henrique Sarubbi Fillmann, Norma Possa Marroni
INTRODUCTION: Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury may cause cell and tissue damage, reaching also other organs such as the liver. Because of the involvement of free radicals in I/R injury, treatment options with antioxidants have been studied and tested. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of glutamine (Gln) in the liver of animals with intestinal I/R injury. METHODS: We used 20 male Wistar rats divided into four groups: sham-operated (SO); glutamine + sham-operated (G+SO); intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R); glutamine + intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (G+I/R)...
June 5, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626252/amelioration-of-arsenic-induced-toxic-effects-in-mice-by-dietary-supplementation-of-syzygium-cumini-leaf-extract
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Milan Barai, Nazmul Ahsan, Nilanjana Paul, Khaled Hossain, Mohammad Abdur Rashid, Masashi Kato, Nobutaka Ohgami, Anwarul Azim Akhand
Arsenic created a serious public health problem in Bangladesh due to its presence in groundwater and dissemination of the toxic effects to millions of people. The scarcity of the treatment options to manage this affected population has made the situation much worse. To find a promising treatment option, this study was undertaken to examine the ameliorating roles of Syzygium cumini leaf extract (SLE) against arsenic-induced toxic effects in mice. Swiss albino mice were divided into four groups where 'control' group received pure water + normal feed, 'arsenic (As)' group received sodium arsenite (NaAsO2)-containing water (10 μg/g body weight/day) + normal feed, 'As+SLE' group received NaAsO2-containing water + feed supplemented with SLE (50 µg/g body weight/day) and finally the 'SLE' group received pure water + feed supplemented with SLE...
February 2017: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624869/incorporation-of-cerium-oxide-into-hydroxyapatite-coating-protects-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-against-h2o2-induced-inhibition-of-osteogenic-differentiation
#19
Kai Li, Qingyi Shen, Youtao Xie, Mingyu You, Liping Huang, Xuebin Zheng
Oxidative stress exerts a key influence in osteoporosis in part by inhibiting osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). With their unique antioxidant properties and reported biocompatibility, cerium oxide (CeO2) ceramics exhibit promising potential for the treatment of osteoporosis resulting from oxidative stress. In this study, protective effects of CeO2-incorporated hydroxyapatite coatings (HA-10Ce and HA-30Ce) on the viability and osteogenic differentiation of H2O2-treated BMSCs were examined...
June 17, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624848/-177-lu-psma-617-radioligand-therapy-and-outcome-in-patients-with-metastasized-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Axel Bräuer, Lena Sophie Grubert, Wolfgang Roll, Andres Jan Schrader, Michael Schäfers, Martin Bögemann, Kambiz Rahbar
PURPOSE: Radioligand therapies targeting prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) have been established for the treatment of metastasized castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in the last decade and show promising response rates and a favourable toxicity profile. The aim of this study was to evaluate the overall survival (OS) and to identify parameters predicting outcome in mCRPC patients treated with (177)Lu-PSMA-617. METHODS: Between December 2014 and January 2017, 59 consecutive patients (median age 72 years; interquartile range, (IQR, 66-76 years) with mCRPC, who had been treated with at least one next-generation antihormonal drug as well as chemotherapy, were included in this study...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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