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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095073/preclinical-and-potential-applications-of-common-western-herbal-supplements-as-complementary-treatment-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Luke A Morgan, Oliver Grundmann
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurological disorder with a complex pathological etiology, which is not fully understood. Progression of PD may be the result of a buildup of iron in the substantia nigra, microglia-mediated neuroinflammation, dysfunctional mitochondria, or abnormal protein handling. Dopamine is the main neurotransmitter affected, but as the disease progresses, a decrease in all the brain's biogenic amines occurs. Current medication used in the treatment of PD aims to prevent the breakdown of dopamine or increase dopaminergic neurotransmission in the central nervous system...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079779/pathologically-diagnosed-placenta-accreta-and-hemorrhagic-morbidity-in-a-subsequent-pregnancy
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Cassandra Roeca, Sarah E Little, Daniela A Carusi
OBJECTIVE: To identify the relationship between pathologically diagnosed placenta accreta and risk of major morbidity in a subsequent pregnancy. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients with pathologically diagnosed placenta accreta in an index pregnancy who returned with a subsequent pregnancy at our academic center from 2007 to 2015. Subsequent delivery outcomes included minor, major, or no morbidity. Minor morbidity included estimated blood loss 500-1,500 cc for vaginal and 1,000-1,500 cc for cesarean delivery, transfusion of one to three units of red cells, and minor surgical procedures...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073290/intra-and-interorgan-communication-in-the-cardiovascular-system-a-special-view-on-redox-regulation
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Axel Gödecke, Judith Haendeler
Intraorgan communication in the cardiovascular system is exerted by direct cell-cell contacts, but also by locally released factors, which modulate neighboring cells by paracrine signals (e.g. NO, vascular endothelial growth factor, adenosine, reactive oxygen species (ROS)). Moreover, cells in close proximity to the typical cardiovascular cells such as fibroblasts, red blood cells, as well as resident and invading immune cells must be considered in attempts to understand cardiovascular function in physiology and pathology...
January 10, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072844/exploring-the-possibility-of-cryopreservation-of-feline-and-canine-erythrocytes-by-rapid-freezing-with-penetrating-and-non-penetrating-cryoprotectants
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Denys Pogozhykh, Yuliya Pakhomova, Olga Pervushina, Nicola Hofmann, Birgit Glasmacher, Gennadiy Zhegunov
Efficient application of veterinary blood transfusion approaches for small companion animals requires readily available supply of the donor material. This can be achieved by developing of effective biobanking technologies allowing long-term storage of donor blood components via cryopreservation. Transfusion of an erythrocyte concentrate allows the successful correction of various hematological pathologies, severe bleeding, and etc. While in the past there were several approaches to cryopreserve red blood cells of dogs, to our knowledge there is virtually no data on cryopreservation of feline erythrocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070107/effects-of-reduced-food-intake-for-4-weeks-on-physiological-parameters-in-toxicity-studies-in-dogs
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Junya Morita, Tomoko Izumi, Bunichiro Ogawa, Yoshiki Ban, Hironori Takagi, Minoru Sasaki, Shunsuke Tsutsumi
This study sought to clarify the effects of reduced feeding on physiological parameters in dogs to enable appropriate evaluations of the safety and toxicity of test compounds. We measured alkaline phosphatase isozymes and the circulating blood volume, as well as clinical signs, body weight, hematology, blood chemistry, electrocardiography, organ weight, and histopathology, in male beagle dogs fed a diet consisting of 300 g/day or 150 g/day for 4 weeks. There were no abnormal clinical signs in any of the dogs...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062667/smn-deficiency-negatively-impacts-red-pulp-macrophages-and-spleen-development-in-mouse-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Marie-Therese Khairallah, Jacob Astroski, Sarah K Custer, Elliot J Androphy, Craig L Franklin, Christian L Lorson
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is the leading genetic cause of infantile death. It is caused by severe deficiency of the ubiquitously expressed Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein. SMA is characterized by α-lower motor neuron loss and muscle atrophy, however, there is a growing list of tissues impacted by SMN deficiency beyond motor neurons. The non-neuronal defects are observed in the most severe Type I SMA patients and most of the widely used SMA mouse models, however, as effective therapeutics are developed, it is unclear whether additional symptoms will be uncovered in longer lived patients...
January 5, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025506/fatty-acids-in-membranes-as-homeostatic-metabolic-and-nutritional-biomarkers-recent-advancements-in-analytics-and-diagnostics
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Carla Ferreri, Annalisa Masi, Anna Sansone, Giorgia Giacometti, Anna Vita Larocca, Georgia Menounou, Roberta Scanferlato, Silvia Tortorella, Domenico Rota, Marco Conti, Simone Deplano, Maria Louka, Anna Rosaria Maranini, Arianna Salati, Valentina Sunda, Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu
Fatty acids, as structural components of membranes and inflammation/anti-inflammatory mediators, have well-known protective and regulatory effects. They are studied as biomarkers of pathological conditions, as well as saturated and unsaturated hydrophobic moieties in membrane phospholipids that contribute to homeostasis and physiological functions. Lifestyle, nutrition, metabolism and stress-with an excess of radical and oxidative processes-cause fatty acid changes that are examined in the human body using blood lipids...
December 22, 2016: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991544/transcriptomic-profiling-of-microglia-reveals-signatures-of-cell-activation-and-immune-response-during-experimental-cerebral-malaria
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Barbara Capuccini, Jingwen Lin, Carlos Talavera-López, Shahid M Khan, Jan Sodenkamp, Roberta Spaccapelo, Jean Langhorne
Cerebral malaria is a pathology involving inflammation in the brain. There are many immune cell types activated during this process, but there is little information on the response of microglia, in this severe complication. We examined microglia by genome wide transcriptomic analysis in a model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM), in which C57BL/6 mice are infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA. Thousands of transcripts were differentially expressed in microglia at two different time points during infection...
December 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936946/study-of-the-effects-of-polymerized-porcine-hemoglobin-ppolyhb-in-an-acute-anemia-rat-model
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Huifang Liu, Chengbin Yan, Kunping Yan, Wenjin Zhu, Yuesheng Shen, Bo Yang, Chao Chen, Hongli Zhu
The objective of this study was to investigate the recovery ability of polymerized porcine hemoglobin (pPolyHb) in a rat model of acute anemia caused by normovolemic hemodilution (ANH). After the ANH procedure, rats were infused with either pPolyHb or red blood cells. The results showed pPolyHb could carry a sufficient amount of oxygen to the tissues to maintain normal aerobic metabolism and hemodynamic stability, without any significant toxic effects on renal and liver function according to pathological, and biochemical analysis...
December 9, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907215/cd8-t-cells-induce-fatal-brainstem-pathology-during-cerebral-malaria-via-luminal-antigen-specific-engagement-of-brain-vasculature
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Phillip A Swanson, Geoffrey T Hart, Matthew V Russo, Debasis Nayak, Takele Yazew, Mirna Peña, Shahid M Khan, Chris J Janse, Susan K Pierce, Dorian B McGavern
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a severe complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection that results in thousands of deaths each year, mostly in African children. The in vivo mechanisms underlying this fatal condition are not entirely understood. Using the animal model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM), we sought mechanistic insights into the pathogenesis of CM. Fatal disease was associated with alterations in tight junction proteins, vascular breakdown in the meninges / parenchyma, edema, and ultimately neuronal cell death in the brainstem, which is consistent with cerebral herniation as a cause of death...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881786/neuronal-dysfunction-in-ipsc-derived-medium-spiny-neurons-from-chorea-acanthocytosis-patients-is-reversed-by-src-kinase-inhibition-and-f-actin-stabilization
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Nancy Stanslowsky, Peter Reinhardt, Hannes Glass, Norman Kalmbach, Maximilian Naujock, Niko Hensel, Verena Lübben, Arun Pal, Anna Venneri, Francesca Lupo, Lucia De Franceschi, Peter Claus, Jared Sterneckert, Alexander Storch, Andreas Hermann, Florian Wegner
: Chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) is a fatal neurological disorder characterized by red blood cell acanthocytes and striatal neurodegeneration. Recently, severe cell membrane disturbances based on depolymerized cortical actin and an elevated Lyn kinase activity in erythrocytes from ChAc patients were identified. How this contributes to the mechanism of neurodegeneration is still unknown. To gain insight into the pathophysiology, we established a ChAc patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell model and an efficient differentiation protocol providing a large population of human striatal medium spiny neurons (MSNs), the main target of neurodegeneration in ChAc...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863252/the-allelic-landscape-of-human-blood-cell-trait-variation-and-links-to-common-complex-disease
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William J Astle, Heather Elding, Tao Jiang, Dave Allen, Dace Ruklisa, Alice L Mann, Daniel Mead, Heleen Bouman, Fernando Riveros-Mckay, Myrto A Kostadima, John J Lambourne, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Kate Downes, Kousik Kundu, Lorenzo Bomba, Kim Berentsen, John R Bradley, Louise C Daugherty, Olivier Delaneau, Kathleen Freson, Stephen F Garner, Luigi Grassi, Jose Guerrero, Matthias Haimel, Eva M Janssen-Megens, Anita Kaan, Mihir Kamat, Bowon Kim, Amit Mandoli, Jonathan Marchini, Joost H A Martens, Stuart Meacham, Karyn Megy, Jared O'Connell, Romina Petersen, Nilofar Sharifi, Simon M Sheard, James R Staley, Salih Tuna, Martijn van der Ent, Klaudia Walter, Shuang-Yin Wang, Eleanor Wheeler, Steven P Wilder, Valentina Iotchkova, Carmel Moore, Jennifer Sambrook, Hendrik G Stunnenberg, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Stephen Kaptoge, Taco W Kuijpers, Enrique Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau, David Juan, Daniel Rico, Alfonso Valencia, Lu Chen, Bing Ge, Louella Vasquez, Tony Kwan, Diego Garrido-Martín, Stephen Watt, Ying Yang, Roderic Guigo, Stephan Beck, Dirk S Paul, Tomi Pastinen, David Bujold, Guillaume Bourque, Mattia Frontini, John Danesh, David J Roberts, Willem H Ouwehand, Adam S Butterworth, Nicole Soranzo
Many common variants have been associated with hematological traits, but identification of causal genes and pathways has proven challenging. We performed a genome-wide association analysis in the UK Biobank and INTERVAL studies, testing 29.5 million genetic variants for association with 36 red cell, white cell, and platelet properties in 173,480 European-ancestry participants. This effort yielded hundreds of low frequency (<5%) and rare (<1%) variants with a strong impact on blood cell phenotypes. Our data highlight general properties of the allelic architecture of complex traits, including the proportion of the heritable component of each blood trait explained by the polygenic signal across different genome regulatory domains...
November 17, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856945/microfluidic-cartridges-for-automated-point-of-care-blood-cell-counting
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Suzanne Smith, Phophi Madzivhandila, René Sewart, Ureshnie Govender, Holger Becker, Pieter Roux, Kevin Land
Disposable, low-cost microfluidic cartridges for automated blood cell counting applications are presented in this article. The need for point-of-care medical diagnostic tools is evident, particularly in low-resource and rural settings, and a full blood count is often the first step in patient diagnosis. Total white and red blood cell counts have been implemented toward a full blood count, using microfluidic cartridges with automated sample introduction and processing steps for visual microscopy cell counting to be performed...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855523/immunomodulatory-and-cellular-anti-oxidant-activities-of-caffeic-ferulic-and-p-coumaric-phenolic-acids-a-structure-activity-relationship-study
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Soumaya Kilani-Jaziri, Imen Mokdad-Bzeouich, Mounira Krifa, Nouha Nasr, Kamel Ghedira, Leila Chekir-Ghedira
Many studies have been performed to assess the potential utility of natural products as immunomodulatory agents to enhance host responses and to reduce damage to the human body. To determine whether phenolic compounds (caffeic, ferulic, and p-coumaric acids) have immunomodulatory effects and clarify which types of immune effector cells are stimulated in vitro, we evaluated their effect on splenocyte proliferation and lysosomal enzyme activity. We also investigated the activity of natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL)...
November 18, 2016: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836986/targeting-thrombomodulin-to-circulating-red-blood-cells-augments-its-protective-effects-in-models-of-endotoxemia-and-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Ronald Carnemolla, Carlos H Villa, Colin F Greineder, Sergei Zaitsev, Kruti R Patel, M Anna Kowalska, Dmitriy N Atochin, Douglas B Cines, Don L Siegel, Charles T Esmon, Vladimir R Muzykantov
Endothelial thrombomodulin (TM) regulates coagulation and inflammation via several mechanisms, including production of activated protein C (APC). Recombinant APC and soluble fragments of TM (sTM) have been tested in settings associated with insufficiency of the endogenous TM/APC pathway, such as sepsis. We previously designed a fusion protein of TM [single-chain variable fragment antibody (scFv)/TM] targeted to red blood cells (RBCs) to improve pharmacokinetics and antithrombotic effects without increasing bleeding...
November 11, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834220/red-cells-dynamic-morphologies-govern-blood-shear-thinning-under-microcirculatory-flow-conditions
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Luca Lanotte, Johannes Mauer, Simon Mendez, Dmitry A Fedosov, Jean-Marc Fromental, Viviana Claveria, Franck Nicoud, Gerhard Gompper, Manouk Abkarian
Blood viscosity decreases with shear stress, a property essential for an efficient perfusion of the vascular tree. Shear thinning is intimately related to the dynamics and mutual interactions of RBCs, the major component of blood. Because of the lack of knowledge about the behavior of RBCs under physiological conditions, the link between RBC dynamics and blood rheology remains unsettled. We performed experiments and simulations in microcirculatory flow conditions of viscosity, shear rates, and volume fractions, and our study reveals rich RBC dynamics that govern shear thinning...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831646/mechanism-of-feedback-regulation-of-neutrophil-inflammation-in-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura
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J-J Wu, Y-T Zhu, Y-M Hu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the role of complement-neutrophil feedback regulation of inflammatory response in Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) through constructing an animal model of HSP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four SPF grade Japanese large-eared white rabbits were randomly divided into normal group and model group, 12 for each group. HSP model was constructed by challenging rabbits with gastric gavage of a decoction solution containing ginger, Piper longum L...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829387/relation-of-peritubular-capillary-features-to-class-of-lupus-nephritis
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Sirirat Anutrakulchai, Tanin Titipungul, Thanyaluk Pattay, Putachart Mesung, Anucha Puapairoj, Dhavee Sirivongs, Cholatip Pongsakul, Prasit Futrakul, Bandit Thinkhamrop, Richard J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Experimental studies have linked peritubular capillary (PTC) loss with progression of chronic kidney disease. Minimal information on PTC in lupus nephritis (LN) has been reported. We therefore evaluated the PTC area in different classes of LN and determined if specific clinical characteristics correlated with PTC changes. METHODS: Renal biopsies of 253 subjects with LN (categorized using the ISN/RPS 2003 classification) and 13 normal renal donors (the controls) were retrospectively evaluated for PTC morphology by staining for CD31 with immunohistochemistry method...
November 9, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807857/blood-products-use-in-france-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-survey
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Anne-Marie Fillet, Maxime Desmarets, Suzanne Assari, Jean-François Quaranta, Anne François, Aurore Pugin, Anne Schuhmacher, Bernard Lassale, Elisabeth Monnet, Philippe Cabre, Dominique Legrand, Delphine Binda, Rachid Djoudi
BACKGROUND: Blood products use has increased in France between 2000 and 2011. To understand the reasons for this increase, data about transfused patients and transfusion practices needed to be updated. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A nationwide cross-sectional survey was performed with health care establishments. Diagnoses and indication for the transfusion, pretransfusion laboratory results, and blood products used were collected during a randomly selected 24-hour period in 2011...
December 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774424/anti-arthritic-activity-of-a-classical-ayurvedic-formulation-vatari-guggulu-in-rats
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Madhavi G Patel, Kilambi Pundarikakshudu
In India, Vatari Guggulu has been traditionally used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The current study was undertaken to evaluate anti-arthritic activity of alcoholic extract of Vatari Guggulu in rats. Arthritis was induced by administration of formaldehyde (2%v/v) or Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) into the sub-plantar surface of left hind paw of the animals. The extract was administered to the rats by oral gavages in different doses. Joint swelling was measured in formaldehyde induced arthritis...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
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