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Raghavendra Gowda, Arati Sharma, Gavin P Robertson
Melanoma is a highly drug resistant cancer. To circumvent this problem, a class of synergistically acting drug combinations, which inhibit multiple key pathways in melanoma cells, could be used as one approach for long-term treatment of this deadly disease. A screen has been undertaken on cell lines to identify those that could be combined to synergistically kill melanoma cells. Plumbagin and Celecoxib are two agents that were identified to synergistically kill melanoma cells by inhibiting the COX-2 and STAT3 pathways, which are constitutively activated in up to 70% of melanomas...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Letters
Qian Lu, Jihong Wang, Junshu Jiang, Shengnan Wang, Qilan Jia, Yue Wang, Weiping Li, Qin Zhou, Li Lv, Qingwei Li
BACKGROUND: The RGD-toxin protein Lj-RGD3 is a naturally occurring 118 amino acid peptide that can be obtained from the salivary gland of the Lampetra japonica fish. This unique peptide contains 3 RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) motifs in its primary structure. Lj-RGD3 is available in recombinant form (rLj-RGD3) and can be produced in large quantities using DNA recombination techniques. The pharmacology of the three RGD motif-containing peptides has not been studied. This study investigated the protective effects of rLj-RGD3, a novel polypeptide, against ischemia/reperfusion-induced damage to the brain caused by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in a rat stroke model...
2016: PloS One
Walter H Reinhart
The hematocrit (Hct) determines the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, but also increases blood viscosity and thus flow resistance. From this dual role the concept of an optimum Hct for tissue oxygenation has been derived. Viscometric studies using the ratio Hct/blood viscosity at high shear rate showed an optimum Hct of 50-60% for red blood cell (RBC) suspensions in plasma. For the perfusion of an artificial microvascular network with 5-70μm channels the optimum Hct was 60-70% for high driving pressures. With lower shear rates or driving pressures the optimum Hct shifted towards lower values...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Carlota Saldanha
Nitric oxide (NO) produced by endothelial cells interacts with erythrocyte through band 3 protein, being scavenged by haemoglobin. A signal transduction mechanism involving protein Gi and protein band 3 stimulates erythrocyte NO efflux when acetylcholine (ACh) binds to erythrocyte membrane acetylcholinesterase. Binding of normal plasma fibrinogen (Fib) levels, to erythrocyte membrane CD47 decreases the NO efflux. When high Fib concentration and ACh were present the efflux of NO from erythrocytes was normalized...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Brun Jean-Frédéric, Varlet-Marie Emmanuelle, Fédou Christine, Raynaud de Mauverger Eric
Equations of blood viscosity provide a prediction of the 'optimal' hematocrit' (hct) as the hct resulting in the highest value of the bell-shaped curve of hematocrit/viscosity ratio h/η. We investigated if overweight and obesity have an influence on these parameters. We compared 32 normal weight subjects, 40 overweight (BMI 25-30) and 38 obese subjects. There was no difference in the theoretical curve of h/η. The actual h/η is the same in the 3 groups but is always higher than the theoretical h/η in all groups...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Yukio Ozaki, Shogo Tamura, Katsue Suzuki-Inoue
Platelets play a key role in the pathophysiological processes of hemostasis and thrombus formation. However, platelet functions beyond thrombosis and hemostasis have been increasingly identified in recent years. A large body of evidence now exists which suggests that platelets also play a key role in inflammation, immunity, malignancy, and furthermore in organ development and regeneration, such as the liver. We have recently identified CLEC-2 on the platelet membrane, which induces intracellular activation signals upon interaction of a snake venom, rhodocytin...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Anukul Ghimire, Mads Andersen, Lindsay M Burrowes, James Christopher Bouwmeester, Andrew D Grant, Israel Belenkie, Nowell M Fine, Barry A Borlaug, John V Tyberg
Using the reservoir-wave approach (RWA) we previously characterized pulmonary vasculature mechanics in a normal canine model. We found reflected backward-travelling waves that decrease pressure and increase flow in the proximal pulmonary artery (PA). These waves decrease right ventricular (RV) afterload and facilitate RV ejection. With pathological alterations to the pulmonary vasculature, these waves may change and impact RV performance. Our objective in this study was to characterize PA wave reflection and the alterations in RV performance in cardiac patients, using the RWA...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Montse Rigat, Airy Gras, Ugo D'Ambrosio, Teresa Garnatje, Montse Parada, Joan Vallès
BACKGROUND: Wild food plants (WFP) have always been consumed by humans, first as the main basis of their food and, since the origins of agriculture, as ingredients of normal diets or as an alternative during situations of scarcity. In contemporary industrialized societies their use is for the most part being abandoned, but they may still play an important role. With the purpose of advancing in the ethnobotanical knowledge of one region of the Catalan Pyrenees, the present study reports the findings of a research project conducted in the Ripollès district (Catalonia, Iberian Peninsula), concerning ethnobotanical knowledge and use of wild and semi-wild vascular plants as foods, along with minor crops...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Albino Carrizzo, Antonio Damato, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Antonia Falco, Alessandra Rosati, Mario Capunzo, Michele Madonna, Maria C Turco, James L Januzzi, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Carmine Vecchione
Bcl2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3), is constitutively expressed in a few normal cell types, including myocytes, peripheral nerves and in the brain, and is also expressed in certain tumors. To date, the main studies about the role of BAG3 are focused on its pro-survival effect in tumors through various mechanisms that vary according to cellular type. Recently, elevated concentrations of a soluble form of BAG3 were described in patients affected by advanced stage of heart failure (HF), identifying BAG3 as a potentially useful biomarker in monitoring HF progression...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Kamille Abdool, Karan Seegobin, Kanterpersad Ramcharan, Adrian Alexander, Leandra Julien-Legen, Stanley Lawrence Giddings, Samuel Aboh, Fidel Rampersad
We report a case of a 46-year-old man presenting with a progressive cognitive decline, ataxic gait, urinary incontinence for 4 months and neuroimaging consistent with normal pressure hydrocephalus. The atypical presentation of a progressively worsening dysphasia and a right hemiparesis dismissed as a vascular event 1 month earlier associated with normal pressure hydrocephalus prompted further investigations confirming neurosyphilis also manifesting as dementia paralytica. Treatment using consensus guidelines led to resumption of activities of daily living...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
Takumi Kageyama, Yuji Ogura, Ikuo Hyodo, Yasushi Yatabe, Norihito Soga
A 69-year-old man was referred to our hospital with the chief complaint of a painless right scrotal swelling gradually increasing in size during the past 10 years. Testicular tumor markers were within the normal range. Ultrasonography showed an intrascrotal homogeneous mass. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed an inguinal mass, which mainly consisted of fat signal area and partially well enhanced in vascular density. Pre-surgical diagnosis was liposarcoma of spermatic cord estimated by radiographic examination and resection of the right intrascrotal tumor with high inguinal orchitectomy was performed...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
Jason Gien, Nancy Tseng, Gregory J Seedorf, Katherine Kuhn, Steven H Abman
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the chronic lung disease associated with premature birth, characterized by impaired vascular and alveolar growth. In neonatal rats bleomycin decreases lung growth and causes pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is poorly responsive to nitric oxide. In the developing lung, through rho-kinase (ROCK) activation, ET-1 impairs endothelial cell function, however, whether ET-1-ROCK interactions contribute to impaired vascular and alveolar growth in experimental BPD is unknown. Neonatal rats were treated daily with intra-peritoneal bleomycin with and without selective ETA (BQ123/BQ610) and ETB (BQ788) receptor blockers, non-selective ET receptor blocker (ETRB) (bosentan) or fasudil (ROCK inhibitor)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Y H Shi, J H Zhao, J L Song, Y J Li, K Liang
Objective: To explore the clinical and perfusion weighted imaging (PWI) characteristics of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) in order to improve the early diagnosis rate. Methods: Clinical and imaging data of 46 patients with final diagnosis of MELAS treated in Henan Province People's Hospital from January 2012 to June 2016 were collected. Results: Patients presented with symptoms of epilepsy, hemiplegia, language disorders, and decreased visual acuity and so on...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Q F Liang, C Gao, H Liang, B Li, X H Du, Antoine Labbe
Objective: To observe the characteristics of pterygium with in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) and understand pterygium activity with the density of inflammatory cells, formation of new blood vessels, and the number of activated keratocytes within the stroma. Methods: A prospective case-controlled study. Thirty-six pterygia from 28 patients were analyzed in this study. A pterygium activity score was obtained by summing four scores of ocular discomfort, pterygium hyperemia, keratitis, and the presence of Fuchs patches...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Stela Vujosevic, Ferdinando Martini, Edoardo Midena
Type 3 neovascularization is considered to originate within the retina with subsequent expansion of the neovascular network into the subretinal space. Choroidal circulatory disturbances seem to have a role in Type 3 neovascularization development, but the exact pathophysiology is still under debate. Although eyes with Type 3 neovascularization usually have thinner choroid compared to normal eyes, the increased choroidal thickness associated with Type 3 neovascularization may be a prognostic factor for its recurrence...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Elif B Turkoglu, Sara E Lally, Carol L Shields
PURPOSE: To report a case of choroidal sarcoid granuloma simulating choroidal metastasis in a patient with prostate carcinoma. METHOD: Case report. RESULTS: A 66-year-old man was found to have an asymptomatic choroidal mass in his left eye. He had known history of pulmonary sarcoidosis without systemic involvement and prostate carcinoma without metastasis. On examination, visual acuity was 20/20 in each eye. Anterior segment was normal, without inflammatory sign in either eye...
October 18, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
R Askerov
High incidence of missed abortion induces to search for its causes. Apart from genetic and anatomic uterine factors, the state of the decidual endometrium and implantation zone of chorionic structures of the gestational sac are of particular interest. Direct visualization of the intact decidual endometrium is possible with embryoscopy, however, there is lack of presented data of normal and pathological signs of the endometrium during pregnancy. This paper describes the changes of the endometrium in missed abortion obtained by hysteroscopy in 160 women with nonprogressive pregnancy after ART protocols...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Hao-Lin Shen, Shu-Ping Yang, Kang-Jian Wang, Bei-Lei Huang, Wen-Bao Huang, Jin-Zhi Wu, Guo-Rong Lv
OBJECTIVE: Improvement in regional blood flow has been shown to ameliorate diabetic gastroparesis. We compared the gastric blood supply in diabetic patients with gastroparesis, with that in healthy subjects, by using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). METHODS: Thirty healthy subjects and forty patients with diabetic gastroparesis were enrolled. The CEUS parameters of greater curvatures of the antrum (GCOA) and lesser curvatures of antrum (LCOA), including peak intensity (PI) and the area under the curve (AUC), were compared between the two groups...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Fang Zhang, WenMing Hong, Yan Guo, QianYing Guo, XiaoPeng Hu
BACKGROUND: Microsurgery is a common treatment of brainstem tumors. However, misdirection, vascular damage, nerves injuries, paralysis, even death are all well-known complications, and the risk of adverse events is more likely in less experienced operators. This study was aimed to validate the accuracy of multimodal neuronavigation during microsurgery resection of brainstem tumors. METHODS: Ten patients with brainstem tumors underwent preoperative MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, computed tomography, three-dimensional print, and images loaded into the neuronavigation platform were used for its segmentation and preoperative planning...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Bowen Gao, Qingxiong Yu, Feng Xie, Lingling Sheng, Xiyuan Mao, Qingfeng Li, Hainan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Conventional reconstructive methods fail to achieve satisfactory results in total eyelid defect cases. Vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation might provide both good appearance and function for these patients. The structure of the eyelid is exceptional because it simultaneously consists of skin, connective tissue, the striated muscle, fiber structure, aponeuroses, and mucosa. Thus, before clinical application of eyelid allotransplantation, more experiments are needed to clarify the impact of ischemia, immunal suppressive agents, and deinnervation effects on these sophisticated structures...
October 13, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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