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Vassilios Liakopoulos, Stefanos Roumeliotis, Xenia Gorny, Evangelia Dounousi, Peter R Mertens
Hemodialysis (HD) patients are at high risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events. In addition to traditional risk factors, excessive oxidative stress (OS) and chronic inflammation emerge as novel and major contributors to accelerated atherosclerosis and elevated mortality. OS is defined as the imbalance between antioxidant defense mechanisms and oxidant products, the latter overwhelming the former. OS appears in early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), advances along with worsening of renal failure, and is further exacerbated by the HD process per se...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Pramod C Mane, Ravindra D Chaudhari, Manish D Shinde, Deepali D Kadam, Chung Kil Song, Dinesh P Amalnerkar, Haiwon Lee
Dialyzed natural polymer, fibroin, from Bombyx mori was used to synthesize biocompatible silver and gold nanoparticles in-situ in dispersion form. The films of pure fibroin (PF), fibroin-silver nanocomposite (FSNC) and fibroin-gold nanocomposite (FGNC) were fabricated by drop casting method. The characterization of the resultant dispersion and films was performed by visual color change, UV-Vis spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The dispersions of PF, FSNC and FGNC were tested for antibacterial activity against E...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Faiza Saleem, Abdul Rauf Shakoori
The Cry (crystal) proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis are known to have toxicity against a variety of insects and have been exploited to control insect pests through transgenic plants and biopesticides. B. thuringiensis SBS BT-1 carrying the cry2 genes was isolated from soil samples in Pakistan. The 2-kb full length cry2Ac gene was cloned, sequenced, and submitted to the EMBL DNA database (Accession No. AM292031). For expression analysis, Escherichia coli DH5α was transformed with the fragment sub-cloned in pET22b expression vector using NdeI and HindIII restriction sites, and later confirmed by restriction endonuclease analysis...
November 3, 2017: Toxins
Beatriz Eugenia Fuentes-Castro, Juan Gerardo Reyes-García, María Teresa Valenzuela-Vargas, Federico Martínez-Gómez
BACKGROUND: Dialyzable leukocyte extracts (DLEs) contain molecules smaller than 10 kDa with biological activity in receptor organisms. Primarily, they participate in the regulation of the Th1 immune response, which is essential for the control of several intracellular infections, such as toxoplasmosis. This disease is associated with congenital infection, encephalitis or systemic infections in immunocompromised individuals. The clinical course of this infection fundamentally depends on a well-regulated immune response and timely treatment with the appropriate drugs...
November 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
David Fulker, Bogdan Ene-Iordache, Tracie J Barber
Arteriovenous fistulae are the preferred choice of vascular access in hemodialysis patients, however complications such as stenosis can lead to access failure or recirculation, which reduces dialysis efficiency. This study utilized computational fluid dynamics on a patient specific radio-cephalic fistula under hemodialysis treatment to determine the dynamics of access recirculation and identify the presence of disturbed flow. Metrics of transverse wall shear stress and oscillatory shear index were used to characterize the disturbed flow acting on the blood vessel wall, whilst a power spectral density analysis was used to calculate the any turbulence within the access...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Peter Kovermann, Margarita Hessel, Daniel Kortzak, Joanna C Jen, Johannes Koch, Christoph Fahlke, Tobias Freilinger
SLC1A3 encodes the glial glutamate transporter hEAAT1, which removes glutamate from the synaptic cleft via stoichiometrically coupled Na(+)-K(+)-H(+)-glutamate transport. In a young man with migraine with aura including hemiplegia, we identified a novel SLC1A3 mutation that predicts the substitution of a conserved threonine by proline at position 387 (T387P) in hEAAT1. To evaluate the functional effects of the novel variant, we expressed the wildtype or mutant hEAAT1 in mammalian cells and performed whole-cell patch clamp, fast substrate application, and biochemical analyses...
October 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sarah M Plucinsky, Kyle T Root, Kerney Jebrell Glover
The purification of membrane proteins can be challenging due to their low solubility in conventional detergents and/or chaotropic solutions. The introduction of fusion systems that promote the formation of inclusion bodies has facilitated the over-expression of membrane proteins. In this protocol, we describe the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as an aid in the purification of highly hydrophobic membrane proteins expressed as inclusion bodies. The advantage of utilizing PFOA is threefold: first, PFOA is able to reliably solubilize inclusion bodies, second, PFOA is compatible with nickel affinity chromatography, and third, PFOA can be efficiently dialyzed away to produce a detergent free sample...
October 21, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
Shiho Yamadera, Yuya Nakamura, Masahiro Inagaki, Isao Ohsawa, Hiromichi Gotoh, Yoshikazu Goto, Naoki Sato, Tatsunori Oguchi, Yurika Gomi, Mayumi Tsuji, Yuji Kiuchi, Shinichi Iwai
AIM: To examine the effects of vitamin E-coated dialyzer on oxidative stress in vitro. METHODS: A dialyzer with a synthetic polymer membrane (APS-11SA) and vitamin E-coated dialyzer (VPS-11SA) were connected to a blood tubing line, and U937 cells were circulated in the device. The circulating fluid was collected at 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cycles, which are estimated numbers of passes through the dialyzer. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, malondialdehyde (MDA), and Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) were quantified...
October 25, 2017: Blood Purification
Magdi El Sharkawy, Amr Mohab, Haitham Ezzat
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miRNA) 499 is an evolutionarily conserved muscle-specific miRNA that is encoded by an intron of the myh7 gene and is likely to play a role in myosin gene regulation. It has been shown to be involved in inhibiting apoptosis and myocardial infarction induced by ischemia and anoxia. It is unknown whether levels of miRNAs are affected in patients undergoing hemodialysis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess circulating levels of miRNA 499 in hemodialysis patients and whether the levels are affected by dialyzer membranes (high flux vs...
October 2017: Hemodialysis International
Akihiro C Yamashita, Takahisa Ono, Narumi Tomisawa
OBJECTIVE: Solute removal performance of the dialyzer is closely related to physicochemical structures of the membrane. The objective of this study is to devise a new in vitro evaluation technique to directly correlate the physicochemical structures of the membrane to the dialysis performance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Commercial 11 dialyzers with cellulose triacetate (CTA), ethylene vinylalcohol co-polymer (EVAL), asymmetry CTA (termed ATA), 4 polysulfone (PSf), polyether sulfone (PES), and 3 polyester polymer alloy (PEPA) membranes were employed for investigation...
October 2017: Hemodialysis International
Mugurel Apetrii, Adrian Covic, Ziad A Massy
Even though disorders of magnesium (Mg) balance are common in dialyzed patients, this cation is often neglected. Many factors interfere with serum magnesium including diet, medications (eg, antacids or phosphate binders), and the dialysis prescription. Mg supplementation may help reduce serum phosphate concentration, PTH, and interfere with vascular calcification and bone mineralization. It could also decrease the all-cause and cardiovascular mortalities, although the results of current studies are conflicting...
October 23, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
Vaibhav Maheshwari, Alhaji Cherif, Doris Fuertinger, Gudrun Schappacher-Tilp, Priscila Preciado, Stephan Thijssen, David A Bushinsky, Peter Kotanko
International guidelines for chronic hemodialysis patients suggest a dialysate calcium concentration between 1.25 and 1.5 mmol/L. However, it is not certain if these dialysate calcium levels result in net calcium transfer into the patient. With ubiquitous prevalence of vascular calcification in hemodialysis patients, it is pertinent to model the mass balance of calcium during dialysis. To this end, we developed a two compartmental patient model and spatiotemporal representation of dialyzer model to investigate and quantify the calcium mass balance during dialysis...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Julien Aniort, Laurent Chupin, Nicolae Cîndea
Calcium has two important roles in haemodialysis. It participates in the activation of blood coagulation and calcium intakes have a major impact on patient mineral and bone metabolism. The aim of this article is to propose a mathematical model for calcium ions concentration in a dialyzer during haemodialysis using a citrate dialysate. The model is composed of two elements. The first describes the flows of blood and dialysate in a dialyzer fibre. It was obtained by asymptotic analysis and takes into account the anisotropy of the fibres forming a dialyzer...
October 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
Eva Rodríguez García, Julio Pascual Santos
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October 11, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
Peter Kolbinger, Michael Gruber, Gabriel Roth, Bernhard M Graf, Karl-Peter Ittner
Candidemia is frequent in critically ill patients, especially in combination with an acute kidney injury (AKI). Echinocandins generally are recommended for therapy of such infections. Recent studies found no need for dosage adjustment in patients with end-stage renal disease receiving hemodialysis, or patients with AKI receiving continuous venovenous hemofiltration. The aim of this in vitro study was to examine the adsorption of anidulafungin to the surface of the hemofilter during continuous venovenous hemodialysis (CVVHD) and its effect on anidulafungin concentrations...
October 13, 2017: Artificial Organs
Yu Qin, Joanna Zajda, Elizabeth J Brisbois, Hang Ren, John M Toomasian, Terry C Major, Alvaro Rojas-Pena, Benjamin Carr, Thomas Johnson, Jonathan W Haft, Robert H Bartlett, Andrew P Hunt, Nicolai Lehnert, Mark E Meyerhoff
A new portable gas phase nitric oxide (NO) generator is described for potential applications in inhaled NO (INO) therapy and during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery. In this system, NO is produced at the surface of a large-area mesh working electrode by electrochemical reduction of nitrite ions in the presence of a soluble copper(II)-ligand electron transfer mediator complex. The NO generated is then transported into gas phase by either direct purging with nitrogen/air or via circulating the electrolyte/nitrite solution through a gas extraction silicone fiber-based membrane-dialyzer assembly...
November 6, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Sunny Eloot, Wim Van Biesen, Sanne Roels, Willem Delrue, Eva Schepers, Annemieke Dhondt, Raymond Vanholder, Griet Glorieux
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Numerous outcome studies and interventional trials in hemodialysis (HD) patients are based on uremic toxin concentrations determined at one single or a limited number of time points. The reliability of these studies however entirely depends on how representative these cross-sectional concentrations are. We therefore investigated the variability of predialysis concentrations of uremic toxins over time. METHODS: Prospectively collected predialysis serum samples of the midweek session of week 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12, and 16 were analyzed for a panel of uremic toxins in stable chronic HD patients (N = 18) while maintaining dialyzer type and dialysis mode during the study period...
2017: PloS One
Yohannes Nigatie
Nowadays, kidney failure is a problem of many peoples in the world. We know that the main function of kidney is maintaining the chemical quality of blood particularly removing urea through urine. But when they malfunction, the pathologic state known as uremia results in a condition in which the urea is retained in the body. Failure of the kidney results in building up of harmful wastes and excess fluids in the body. Kidney diseases (failures) can be due to infections, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and/or extensive use of medication...
2017: Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology
Th I Shaheen, Hossam E Emam
Cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) is a unique material obtained from naturally occurring cellulose fibers. Owing to their mechanical, optical, chemical, and rheological properties, CNC gained significant interest. Herein, we investigate the potential of commercially non-recyclable wood waste, in particular, sawdust as a new resource for CNC. Isolation of CNC from sawdust was conducted as per acid hydrolysis which induced by ultrasonication technique. Thus, sawdust after being alkali delignified prior sodium chlorite bleaching, was subjected to sulfuric acid with concentration of 65% (w/w) at 60(°)C for 60min...
October 6, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Annet Maathuis, Robert Havenaar, Tao He, Susann Bellmann
OBJECTIVE: To determine the kinetics of true ileal protein digestion and digestible indispensable amino acid score (DIAAS) of a goat milk based infant formula (GIF), a cow milk based infant formula (CIF) and human milk (HM). METHODS: The GIF, CIF and HM were investigated in an in vitro gastrointestinal model simulating infant conditions. Digested compounds were dialyzed from the intestinal compartment as bioaccessible fraction. Dialysate was collected in 15-60 min periods for 4 h...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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