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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925633/shock-wave-enhances-angiogenesis-through-vegfr2-activation-and-recycling
#1
Tien-Hung Huang, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Yi-Ling Chen, Ching-Jen Wang, Tsung-Cheng Yin, Mel S Lee, Hon-Kan Yip
Although low-energy shock wave (SW) is adopted to treat ischemic diseases because of its pro-angiogenic properties, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. This study aimed at testing whether SW-induced angiogenesis may be through endothelial vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) signaling and trafficking. Phosphorylation of VEGFR2-Akt-eNOS axis and production of nitric oxide (NO) were determined in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) treated with SW. Carotid artery in ob/ob mice was treated with SW before evaluation with sprouting assay...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925582/remote-depth-based-lung-function-assessment
#2
Vahid Soleimani, Majid Mirmehdi, Dima Damen, James Dodd, Sion Hannuna, Charles Sharp, Massimo Camplani, Jason Viner
OBJECTIVE: We propose a remote, non-invasive approach to develop Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) using a depth sensor. METHOD: After generating a point cloud from scene depth values, we construct a 3D model of the subject's chest. Then, by estimating the chest volume variation throughout a sequence, we generate volume-time and flow-time data for two prevalent spirometry tests: Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) and Slow Vital Capacity (SVC). Tidal volume and main effort sections of volume-time data are analysed and calibrated separately to remove the effects of a subject's torso motion...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925269/lifecycle-exposure-of-fathead-minnows-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-the-%C3%AE-blocker-drug-propranolol
#3
Joanne L Parrott, Vimal K Balakrishnan
Propranolol is a human pharmaceutical β-blocker that has been detected in municipal wastewater effluents at ng/L to low µg/L. To assess the potential of this compound to affect fish, fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) were exposed for a lifecycle in a flow-through system to nominal propranolol concentrations of 0.87, 8.7, 87, 870 and 8,700 ng/L. Measured propranolol concentrations were below detection for the two lowest exposure concentrations, and were 76, 580, and 7,800 ng/L for the three highest exposure concentrations...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925228/a-mock-circulatory-system-incorporating-a-compliant-3d-printed-anatomical-model-to-investigate-pulmonary-hemodynamics
#4
Paul G M Knoops, Giovanni Biglino, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Linzhang Xu, Silvia Schievano, Ryo Torii
A realistic mock circulatory system (MCS) could be a valuable in vitro testbed to study human circulatory hemodynamics. The objective of this study was to design a MCS replicating the pulmonary arterial circulation, incorporating an anatomically representative arterial model suitable for testing clinically relevant scenarios. A second objective of the study was to ensure the system's compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional measurements. A latex pulmonary arterial model with two generations of bifurcations was manufactured starting from a 3D-printed mold reconstructed from patient data...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925007/viability-in-vitro-differentiation-and-molecular-characterization-of-equine-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-cryopreserved-in-serum-and-serum-free-medium
#5
B Merlo, S Pirondi, E Iacono, B Rossi, F Ricci, G Mari
BACKGROUND: The effect of freezing-thawing equine adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (eATMSCs) have been poorly investigated. OBJECTIVE: This study is to test the influence of cryopreservation solution and temperature when adding the cryoprotectant for freezing eATMSCs, and to investigate the effects of cryopreservation on their stemness features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four freezing protocols were evaluated. Viability and proliferation ability of cryopreserved cells were investigated by MTT assay...
July 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924945/a-low-balance-between-microparticles-expressing-tissue-factor-pathway-inhibitor-and-tissue-factor-is-associated-with-thrombosis-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-syndrome
#6
E Khan, N L Ambrose, J Ahnström, A P Kiprianos, M R Stanford, D Eleftheriou, P A Brogan, J C Mason, M Johns, M A Laffan, D O Haskard
Thrombosis is common in Behçet's Syndrome (BS), and there is a need for better biomarkers for risk assessment. As microparticles expressing Tissue Factor (TF) can contribute to thrombosis in preclinical models, we investigated whether plasma microparticles expressing Tissue Factor (TF) are increased in BS. We compared blood plasma from 72 healthy controls with that from 88 BS patients (21 with a history of thrombosis (Th+) and 67 without (Th-). Using flow cytometry, we found that the total plasma MP numbers were increased in BS compared to HC, as were MPs expressing TF and Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor (TFPI) (all p < 0...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923743/displacement-front-behavior-of-near-miscible-co2-flooding-in-decane-saturated-synthetic-sandstone-cores-revealed-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#7
Yu Liu, Ying Teng, Lanlan Jiang, Jiafei Zhao, Yi Zhang, Dayong Wang, Yongchen Song
It is of great importance to study the CO2-oil two-phase flow characteristic and displacement front behavior in porous media, for understanding the mechanisms of CO2 enhanced oil recovery. In this work, we carried out near miscible CO2 flooding experiments in decane saturated synthetic sandstone cores to investigate the displacement front characteristic by using magnetic resonance imaging technique. Experiments were done in three consolidated sandstone cores with the permeabilities ranging from 80 to 450mD...
December 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922890/tolerability-and-biological-effects-of-long-acting-octreotide-in-patients-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#8
Rajiv Malhotra, Keyur B Shah, Raveen Chawla, Sammy Pedram, Melissa C Smallfield, Anna G Priday, Christine T DeWilde, Donald F Brophy
Patients with implanted continuous, non-pulsatile, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have increased occurrence of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB). While the pathophysiology is multifactorial, there are few treatments beyond supportive care. Octreotide acetate is a somatostatin analog that reduces GIB in various patient populations. However, there are sparse case-series that suggest octreotide acetate may reduce GIB in LVAD patients. This 10 patient, 28-week Phase I study evaluated the safety and tolerability of octreotide acetate long-acting release (LAR) 20 mg depot injection every four weeks until week 16 following LVAD placement...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922883/infection-oxidative-stress-and-changes-in-circulating-regulatory-t-cells-of-heart-failure-patients-supported-by-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices
#9
Nandan K Mondal, Michael A Sobieski, Si M Pham, Bartley P Griffith, Steven C Koenig, Mark S Slaughter, Zhongjun J Wu
The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in oxidative stress (OS) and circulating regulatory T cells (Tregs) of the immune system in CF-VAD patients with or without infection. We recruited 16 CF-VAD patients (5 with infection and 11 without infection) and 7 healthy volunteers. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from lymphocytes, superoxide dismutase (SOD) in erythrocyte, total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) in plasma were measured. Circulating Tregs were evaluated by flow cytometry...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920902/insulator-quantum-hall-transitionin-monolayer-epitaxial-graphene
#10
Lung-I Huang, Yanfei Yang, Randolph E Elmquist, Shun-Tsung Lo, Fan-Hung Liu, Chi-Te Liang
We report on magneto-transport measurements on low-density, large-area monolayer epitaxial graphene devices grown on SiC. We observe temperature (T)-independent crossing points in the longitudinal resistivity ρxx, which are signatures of the insulator-quantum Hall (I-QH) transition, in all three devices. Upon converting the raw data into longitudinal and Hall conductivities σxx and σxy, in the most disordered device, we observed T-driven flow diagram approximated by the semi-circle law as well as the T-independent point in σxy near e(2)/h...
2016: RSC Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920531/in-vitro-evaluation-of-folic-acid-conjugated-redox-responsive-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-cisplatin
#11
Merlis P Alvarez-Berríos, Juan L Vivero-Escoto
The use of cisplatin(IV) prodrugs for the delivery of cisplatin have gained significant attention, because of their low toxicity and reactivity. Recent studies have shown that targeted cisplatin(IV)-prodrug nanoparticle-based delivery systems can improve the internalization of the cisplatin(IV) prodrug. We hypothesized that folic acid-conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) containing cisplatin(IV) prodrug could target cancer cells that overexpress the folate receptor and deliver the active cisplatin drug upon intracellular reduction...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920518/significant-lung-volume-reduction-with-endobronchial-valves-in-a-patient-despite-the-presence-of-microcollaterals-masked-by-low-flow-chartis-phenotype
#12
Yan Yin, Gang Hou, Felix J Herth, Xiao-Bo Wang, Qiu-Yue Wang, Jian Kang
Satisfactory functional outcomes following bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) using endobronchial valves (EBVs) depend on the absence of collateral ventilation (CV) between the target and adjunct lobes. The Chartis system has proven to be useful for determining whether CV is present or absent, but this system can also erroneously indicate the absence of CV, which can lead to BLVR failure. Here, we describe low-flow Chartis phenotype in the target lobe resulted in difficult judgment of existence of CV...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920431/cerebral-blood-flow-blood-supply-and-cognition-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Jacobus F A Jansen, Frank C G van Bussel, Harm J van de Haar, Matthias J P van Osch, Paul A M Hofman, Martin P J van Boxtel, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Miranda T Schram, Coen D A Stehouwer, Joachim E Wildberger, Walter H Backes
We investigated whether type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and the presence of cognitive impairment are associated with altered cerebral blood flow (CBF). Forty-one participants with and thirty-nine without T2DM underwent 3-Tesla MRI, including a quantitative technique measuring (macrovascular) blood flow in the internal carotid artery and an arterial spin labeling technique measuring (microvascular) perfusion in the grey matter (GM). Three analysis methods were used to quantify the CBF: a region of interest analysis, a voxel-based statistical parametric mapping technique, and a 'distributed deviating voxels' method...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919637/critical-hand-ischemia-treatment-via-orbital-atherectomy-a-single-center-observational-retrospective-analysis
#14
Abdul Bahro, Zsuzsanna Igyarto, Brad Martinsen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Critical hand ischemia (CHI) can be devastating and may result in amputation. Distal vessel calcification has been shown to be a major factor in causing CHI. Atherectomy in the upper extremities is not typically considered due to the small anatomy; however, the Diamondback 360° Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS) (Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.) can access treatment areas with a reference vessel diameter of 1.5mm. METHODS/MATERIALS: A retrospective, observational, single center (Merit Health Center, Jackson, MS) analysis of 11 CHI patients with calcific disease of the radial artery treated with orbital atherectomy (OAS) was completed...
October 29, 2016: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919559/effects-of-flow-regime-on-benthic-algae-and-macroinvertebrates-a-comparison-between-regulated-and-unregulated-rivers
#15
Susanne C Schneider, Zlatko Petrin
Natural fluctuations in flow are important for maintaining the ecological integrity of riverine ecosystems. However, the flow regime of many rivers has been modified. We assessed the impact of water chemistry, habitat and streamflow characteristics on macroinvertebrates and benthic algae, comparing 20 regulated with 20 unregulated sites. Flow regime, calculated from daily averaged discharge over the five years preceding sampling, was generally more stable at regulated sites, with higher relative discharges in winter, lower relative discharges in spring and smaller differences between upper and lower percentiles...
December 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919541/pesticides-drive-risk-of-micropollutants-in-wastewater-impacted-streams-during-low-flow-conditions
#16
Nicole A Munz, Francis J Burdon, Dick de Zwart, Marion Junghans, Laura Melo, Marta Reyes, Urs Schönenberger, Heinz P Singer, Barbara Spycher, Juliane Hollender, Christian Stamm
Micropollutants enter surface waters through various pathways, of which wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are a major source. The large diversity of micropollutants and their many modes of toxic action pose a challenge for assessing environmental risks. In this study, we investigated the potential impact of WWTPs on receiving ecosystems by describing concentration patterns of micropollutants, predicting acute risks for aquatic organisms and validating these results with macroinvertebrate biomonitoring data...
November 3, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919417/multidirectional-wss-disturbances-in-stenotic-turbulent-flows-a-pre-and-post-intervention-study-in-an-aortic-coarctation
#17
Magnus Andersson, Jonas Lantz, Tino Ebbers, Matts Karlsson
Wall shear stress (WSS) disturbances are commonly expressed at sites of abnormal flow obstructions and may play an essential role in the pathogenesis of various vascular diseases. In laminar flows these disturbances have recently been assessed by the transverse wall shear stress (transWSS), which accounts for the WSS multidirectionality. Site-specific estimations of WSS disturbances in pulsatile transitional and turbulent type of flows are more challenging due to continuous and unpredictable changes in WSS behavior...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918445/docetaxel-loaded-self-assembly-stearic-acid-modified-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-micelles-and-their-anticancer-effect-preparation-characterization-cellular-uptake-and-in-vitro-evaluation
#18
Qingxiang Guan, Dandan Sun, Guangyuan Zhang, Cheng Sun, Miao Wang, Danyang Ji, Wei Yang
Poorly soluble drugs have low bioavailability after oral administration, thereby hindering effective drug delivery. A novel drug-delivery system of docetaxel (DTX)-based stearic acid (SA)-modified Bletilla striata polysaccharides (BSPs) copolymers was successfully developed. Particle size, zeta potential, encapsulation efficiency (EE), and loading capacity (LC) were determined. The DTX release percentage in vitro was determined using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The hemolysis and in vitro anticancer activity were studied...
December 2, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917956/a-very-stable-high-throughput-taylor-cone-jet-in-electrohydrodynamics
#19
M R Morad, A Rajabi, M Razavi, S R Pejman Sereshkeh
A stable capillary liquid jet formed by an electric field is an important physical phenomenon for formation of controllable small droplets, power generation and chemical reactions, printing and patterning, and chemical-biological investigations. In electrohydrodynamics, the well-known Taylor cone-jet has a stability margin within a certain range of the liquid flow rate (Q) and the applied voltage (V). Here, we introduce a simple mechanism to greatly extend the Taylor cone-jet stability margin and produce a very high throughput...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917826/improved-radiation-dose-efficiency-in-solution-saxs-using-a-sheath-flow-sample-environment
#20
Nigel Kirby, Nathan Cowieson, Adrian M Hawley, Stephen T Mudie, Duncan J McGillivray, Michael Kusel, Vesna Samardzic-Boban, Timothy M Ryan
Radiation damage is a major limitation to synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering analysis of biomacromolecules. Flowing the sample during exposure helps to reduce the problem, but its effectiveness in the laminar-flow regime is limited by slow flow velocity at the walls of sample cells. To overcome this limitation, the coflow method was developed, where the sample flows through the centre of its cell surrounded by a flow of matched buffer. The method permits an order-of-magnitude increase of X-ray incident flux before sample damage, improves measurement statistics and maintains low sample concentration limits...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
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