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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925242/red-blood-cell-mechanical-fragility-test-for-clinical-research-applications
#1
Luke A Ziegler, Salim E Olia, Marina V Kameneva
Red blood cell (RBC) susceptibility to mechanically induced hemolysis, or RBC mechanical fragility (MF), is an important parameter in the characterization of erythrocyte membrane health. The rocker bead test (RBT) and associated calculated mechanical fragility index (MFI) is a simple method for the assessment of RBC MF. Requiring a minimum of 15.5 mL of blood and necessitating adjustment of hematocrit (Ht) to a "standard" value (40%), the current RBT is not suitable for use in most studies involving human subjects...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923144/folic-acid-grafted-bovine-serum-albumin-decorated-graphene-oxide-an-efficient-drug-carrier-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
#2
Naxin Ma, Jing Liu, Wenxiu He, Zhonghao Li, Yuxia Luan, Yunmei Song, Sanjay Garg
Targeting drug carrier systems based on graphene oxide (GO) are of great interest, since it can selectively deliver anticancer drugs to tumor cells, and enhance therapeutic activities with minimized side effects. However, direct grafting target molecules on GO usually results in aggregation of physiological fluid, limiting its biomedical applications. Here, we propose a new strategy to construct targeting GO drug carrier using folic acid grafted bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) as both the stabilizer and targeting agent...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919160/kr12-peptide-associated-with-cyclodextrin-antimicrobial-and-antitumor-activities
#3
Karina I R Teixeira, Maria E Cortés, Robson A S Santos, Fábio de Oliveira, Ruben D Sinisterra
The aim of this study was to determine the physical properties and antimicrobial and antiproliferative effects of the KR12 peptide complexed with 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (Hp-βCd) in vitro. The KR12:Hp-βCd composition was evaluated for particle size and its zeta (ζ)-potential in the presence and absence of cells. Antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, and Porphyromonas gingivalis for the peptide alone or associated was evaluated by minimal inhibitory concentration...
December 1, 2016: Biointerphases
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
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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/27917465/warm-reactive-immunoglobulin-g-autoantibodies-and-laboratory-testing-best-practices-review-of-the-literature-and-survey-of-current-practice
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Alyssa Ziman, Claudia Cohn, Patricia M Carey, Nancy M Dunbar, Mark K Fung, Andreas Greinacher, Simon Stanworth, Nancy M Heddle, Meghan Delaney
BACKGROUND: Warm-reactive autoantibodies (WAAs) are the most common cause of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) and can also be present without clinically significant hemolysis. WAAs complicate immunohematological testing, yet there is no commonly accepted approach to laboratory evaluation and red blood cell (RBC) selection. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We searched PubMed/Cochrane Central for articles that described testing methodology and blood selection for patients with WAAs...
December 4, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914214/antithrombin-improves-the-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-but-not-the-angiogenic-factors-in-extremely-growth-restricted-fetuses-at-28-weeks-of-gestation
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Midori Fujisaki, Ken Furuta, Masanao Ohhashi, Seishi Furukawa, Yuki Kodama, Yasuyuki Kawagoe, Hiroshi Sameshima, Tsuyomu Ikenoue
AIMS: Severe preterm fetal growth restriction (FGR) remote from term is problematic. We aimed to investigate the effect of maternally-administered antithrombin on maternal and neonatal outcomes. A prospective, one-arm, pilot study was performed in 14 women with severe FGR (≤5th centile) at <28 weeks of gestation, without hypertensive disorders. Maternal plasma concentrations of soluble Feline McDonough Sarcoma (FMS)-like trypsin kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) were measured and categorized into three groups: group 1; low sFlt-1 and high PlGF, group 2; moderate sFlt-1 and low PlGF, and group 3; high sFlt-1 and low PlGF...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913484/cold-agglutinin-disease
#7
Sigbjørn Berentsen
Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a well-defined clinicopathologic entity in which a specific, clonal lymphoproliferative B-cell bone marrow disorder results in autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The immune hemolysis is entirely complement-dependent, predominantly mediated by activation of the classical pathway and phagocytosis of erythrocytes opsonized with complement protein C3b. Typical clinical features in CAD have diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Pharmacologic treatment should be offered to patients with symptom-producing anemia or disabling circulatory symptoms...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913482/update-on-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria
#8
Charles J Parker
Once suspected, the diagnosis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is straightforward when flow cytometric analysis of the peripheral blood reveals a population of glycosyl phosphatidylinositol anchor protein-deficient cells. But PNH is clinically heterogeneous, with some patients having a disease process characterized by florid intravascular, complement-mediated hemolysis, whereas in others, bone marrow failure dominates the clinical picture with modest or even no evidence of hemolysis observed. The clinical heterogeneity is due to the close, though incompletely understood, relationship between PNH and immune-mediated bone marrow failure, and that PNH is an acquired, nonmalignant clonal disease of the hematopoietic stem cells...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913225/study-on-the-immunological-safety-of-universal-plasma-in-the-chinese-population-in-vitro
#9
Guanyi Chen, Liguo Zhu, Shufang Wang, Yuan Zhuang, Yang Yu, Deqing Wang
BACKGROUND: The prepared procedure for universal plasma in the Chinese population has been developed. However, the immunological safety with the level of antibodies, soluble immune complexes and complements is necessary to investigate. METHODS: The universal plasma was pooled at the optimal ratio of A:B:AB = 6:2.5:1.5 at 22 °C for 1 hour. The titer of IgM antibodies was detected by saline agglutination, and the titer of IgG antibodies was detected by a Polybrene test after IgM destroyed by 2-mereaptoethanol...
November 14, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907988/kr12-peptide-associated-with-cyclodextrin-antimicrobial-and-antitumor-activities
#10
Karina I R Teixeira, Maria E Cortés, Robson A S Santos, Flávio Oliveira, Ruben D Sinisterra
The aim of this study was to determine the physical properties and antimicrobial and antiproliferative effects of the KR12 peptide complexed with 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (Hp-βCd) in vitro. The KR12:Hp-βCd composition was evaluated for particle size and its zeta (ζ)-potential in the presence and absence of cells. Antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, and Porphyromonas gingivalis for the peptide alone or associated was evaluated by minimal inhibitory concentration...
December 1, 2016: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907185/antioxidant-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxic-properties-as-well-as-the-phenolic-content-of-the-extract-from-hancornia-speciosa-gomes
#11
Uilson P Santos, Jaqueline F Campos, Heron Fernandes V Torquato, Edgar Julian Paredes-Gamero, Carlos Alexandre Carollo, Leticia M Estevinho, Kely de Picoli Souza, Edson Lucas Dos Santos
Hancornia speciosa Gomes (Apocynaceae) is a fruit tree, popularly known as mangabeira, and it is widely distributed throughout Brazil. Several parts of the plant are used in folk medicine, and the leaf and bark extracts have anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties. In this study, we investigated the chemical composition of the ethanolic extract of Hancornia speciosa leaves (EEHS) and its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and cytotoxic activities as well as the mechanisms involved in cell death...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906107/previously-undiagnosed-hereditary-spherocytosis-in-a-patient-with-jaundice-and-pyelonephritis-a-case-report
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Yuki Tateno, Ryoji Suzuki, Yukihiro Kitamura
BACKGROUND: Hereditary spherocytosis is autosomal dominant inherited extravascular hemolytic disorder and is the commonest cause of inherited hemolysis in northern Europe and the United States. The classical clinical features of hereditary spherocytosis are anemia, jaundice, and splenomegaly. However, all of these classical features are not always revealed in the case of mild hemolysis or when hemolysis is well compensated. Patients with hereditary spherocytosis may remain undiagnosed for years if their hemolysis is mild...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904505/composition-and-biological-activities-of-the-aqueous-extracts-of-three-scleractinian-corals-from-the-mexican-caribbean-pseudodiploria-strigosa-porites-astreoides-and-siderastrea-siderea
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Alejandro García-Arredondo, Alejandra Rojas-Molina, César Ibarra-Alvarado, Fernando Lazcano-Pérez, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa, Judith Sánchez-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Scleractinian corals (stony corals) are the most abundant reef-forming cnidarians found in coral reefs throughout the world. Despite their abundance and ecological importance, information about the diversity of their toxins and their biological activities is very scarce. In this study, the chemical composition and the biological activities of the aqueous extracts of Pseudodiploria strigosa, Porites astreoides and Siderastrea siderea, three scleractinian corals from the Mexican Caribbean, have been assessed for the first time...
2016: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903603/multicenter-evaluation-of-a-modified-cefoxitin-disk-diffusion-method-and-pbp2a-testing-to-predict-meca-mediated-oxacillin-resistance-in-atypical-staphylococcus-aureus
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Shelley A Miller, James Karichu, Peggy Kohner, Nicolynn Cole, Janet A Hindler, Robin Patel, Sandra Richter, Romney M Humphries
Phenotypic variants of Staphylococcus aureus display small colony size, reduced pigment, hemolysis and/or coagulase activity are periodically isolated by the clinical laboratory. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of these isolates is complicated as many do not grow on routine AST media, including Mueller Hinton agar and cation-adjusted Mueller Hinton broth. This multi-center study evaluated cefoxitin disk diffusion for 37 isolates (156 readings) of atypical S. aureus with MHA supplemented with 5% sheep's blood (BMHA), using mecA PCR as the reference standard...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902241/description-of-lactobacillus-colini-sp-nov-isolated-from-northern-bobwhite-colinus-virginianus
#15
Michael Z Zhang, Ming Yang, Hongwen Su, Dale Rollins, Shuping Zhang
Biochemical and molecular studies were performed on five unknown bacterial strains isolated from the intestinal contents of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) collected from western Texas, USA. The strains were Gram-stain-positive, catalase-negative, non-spore-forming rods arranged in single cells, pairs or short chains. Colonies on Columbia blood agar are circular, flat, entire, approximately 0.5 - 1.5 mm in diameter and surrounded with a zone of alpha hemolysis at 48 h incubation at 37 °C. Colonies on MRS agar are umbonate with irregular edge, opaque and approximately 1 - 1...
October 28, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899152/the-anti-staphylococcus-aureus-activity-of-the-phenanthrene-fraction-from-fibrous-roots-of-bletilla-striata
#16
Jing-Jing Guo, Bin-Ling Dai, Ni-Pi Chen, Li-Xia Jin, Fu-Sheng Jiang, Zhi-Shan Ding, Chao-Dong Qian
BACKGROUND: Bletillae Rhizoma, the tuber of Bletilla striata, has been used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat infectious diseases. Chemical studies indicated that phenanthrene was one of the most important components of the herb, with a broad spectrum of antibiotic activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The objective of this study was to further characterize the antibacterial activity of the phenanthrene fraction from the fibrous root of the pseudobulb of B. striata. METHODS: The phenanthrene fraction (EF60) from the ethanol extract of fibrous roots of Bletilla striata pseudobulbs was isolated using polyamide column chromatography...
November 29, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895625/evaluation-of-virulence-factors-in-vitro-resistance-to-osmotic-stress-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-candida-tropicalis-isolated-from-the-coastal-environment-of-northeast-brazil
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Diana L Zuza-Alves, Sayama S T Q de Medeiros, Luanda B F C de Souza, Walicyranison P Silva-Rocha, Elaine C Francisco, Maria C B de Araújo, Reginaldo G Lima-Neto, Rejane P Neves, Analy S de Azevedo Melo, Guilherme M Chaves
Several studies have been developed regarding human health risks associated with the recreational use of beaches contaminated with domestic sewage. These wastes contain various micro-organisms, including Candida tropicalis. In this context, the objective of this study was to characterize C. tropicalis isolates from the sandy beach of Ponta Negra, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, regarding the expression of in vitro virulence factors, adaptation to osmotic stress and susceptibility to antifungal drugs. We analyzed 62 environmental isolates and observed a great variation among them for the various virulence factors evaluated...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891662/acute-mechanical-hemolysis-as-a-complication-of-extracorporeal-photopheresis-in-a-low-weight-child
#18
Robert A DeSimone, Sandeep N Wontakal, Alexander K Lyashchenko, Joseph Schwartz
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with high morbidity and mortality. Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) is an effective therapy for treating medication-refractory GVHD, however, there is scant evidence of whether ECP can be safely performed in patients weighing less than 15 kg. Here, we report the implementation of a successful protocol to perform ECP in a 21-month-old, 10.6 kg female with medication-refractory GVHD. Our initial ECP treatment resulted in significant hemolysis that was most likely mechanical...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889758/stimulation-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-rottlerin
#19
Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaà, Mustafa Almasry, Caterina Faggio, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The phytochemical polyphenol rottlerin is a potent activator of diverse Ca2+ -sensitive K+ channels. Those channels play a decisive role in the execution of eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Signaling involved in the stimulation of eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i) and ceramide. The present study explored, whether rottlerin induces eryptosis and, if so, to test for the involvement of Ca2+ entry and ceramide...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889072/if-euhydric-and-isotonic-do-not-work-what-are-acceptable-ph-and-osmolality-for-parenteral-drug-dosage-forms
#20
REVIEW
Dieter Roethlisberger, Hanns-Christian Mahler, Ulrike Altenburger, Astrid Pappenberger
Parenteral products should aim toward being isotonic and euhydric (physiological pH). Yet, due to other considerations, this goal is often not reasonable or doable. There are no clear allowable ranges related to pH and osmolality, and thus, the objective of this review was to provide a better understanding of acceptable formulation pH, buffer strength, and osmolality taking into account the administration route (i.e., intramuscular, intravenous, subcutaneous) and administration technique (i.e., bolus, push, infusion)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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