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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355087/fast-and-label-free-isolation-of-circulating-tumor-cells-from-blood-from-a-research-microfluidic-platform-to-an-automated-fluidic-instrument-vtx-1-liquid-biopsy-system
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Clementine A Lemaire, Sean Z Liu, Charles L Wilkerson, Vishnu C Ramani, Nasim A Barzanian, Kuo-Wei Huang, James Che, Michael W Chiu, Meghah Vuppalapaty, Adam M Dimmick, Dino Di Carlo, Michael L Kochersperger, Steve C Crouse, Stefanie S Jeffrey, Robert F Englert, Stephan Hengstler, Corinne Renier, Elodie Sollier-Christen
Tumor tissue biopsies are invasive, costly, and collect a limited cell population not completely reflective of patient cancer cell diversity. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) can be isolated from a simple blood draw and may be representative of the diverse biology from multiple tumor sites. The VTX-1 Liquid Biopsy System was designed to automate the isolation of clinically relevant CTC populations, making the CTCs available for easy analysis. We present here the transition from a cutting-edge microfluidic innovation in the lab to a commercial, automated system for isolating CTCs directly from whole blood...
February 2018: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352607/integrated-lung-tissue-mechanics-one-piece-at-a-time-computational-modeling-across-the-scales-of-biology
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Kelly S Burrowes, Amin Iravani, Wendy Kang
The lung is a delicately balanced and highly integrated mechanical system. Lung tissue is continuously exposed to the environment via the air we breathe, making it susceptible to damage. As a consequence, respiratory diseases present a huge burden on society and their prevalence continues to rise. Emergent function is produced not only by the sum of the function of its individual components but also by the complex feedback and interactions occurring across the biological scales - from genes to proteins, cells, tissue and whole organ - and back again...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352248/combined-use-of-epcam-and-fr%C3%AE-enables-the-high-efficiency-capture-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Luojun Chen, Min Peng, Na Li, Qibin Song, Yi Yao, Bin Xu, Huali Liu, Peng Ruan
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) provide a new approach for auxiliary diagnosis, therapeutic effect evaluation, and prognosis prediction for cancer patients. The epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM)-based separation method (CellSearch) showed good clinical use in multiple types of cancer. Nevertheless, some non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumor cells have a lower expression of EpCAM and are less frequently detected by CellSearch. Here, we present a highly sensitive immunomagnetic separation method to capture CTCs based on two cell surface markers for NSCLC, EpCAM and Folate receptor alpha (FRα)...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351567/whole-thorax-irradiation-of-non-human-primates-induces-persistent-nuclear-damage-and-gene-expression-changes-in-peripheral-blood-cells
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Shanaz A Ghandhi, Helen C Turner, Igor Shuryak, Gregory O Dugan, J Daniel Bourland, John D Olson, Janet A Tooze, Shad R Morton, Ines Batinic-Haberle, J Mark Cline, Sally A Amundson
We investigated the cytogenetic and gene expression responses of peripheral blood cells of non-human primates (NHP, Macaca mulatta) that were whole-thorax irradiated with a single dose of 10 Gy. In this model, partial irradiation of NHPs in the thoracic region (Whole Thorax Lung Irradiation, WTLI) allows the study of late radiation-induced lung injury, while avoiding acute radiation syndromes related to hematopoietic and gastrointestinal injury. A transient drop in circulating lymphocytes and platelets was seen by 9 days, followed by elevations in respiratory rate, circulating neutrophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes at 60-100 days, corresponding to computed tomography (CT) and histologic evidence of pneumonitis, and elective euthanasia of four animals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351457/important-role-of-endothelium-dependent-hyperpolarization-in-pulmonary-microcirculation-in-male-mice-implications-for-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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Shuhei Tanaka, Takashi Shiroto, Shigeo Godo, Hiroki Saito, Yosuke Ikumi, Akiyo Ito, Shoko Kajitani, Saori Sato, Hiroaki Shimokawa
Endothelium-dependent hyperpolarization (EDH) plays important roles in systemic circulation, whereas its role in pulmonary circulation remains largely unknown. Furthermore, the underlying mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension (PH) also remain to be elucidated. We thus aimed to elucidate the role of EDH in pulmonary circulation in general and in PH in particular. In isolated perfused lung using male wild-type mice, endothelium-dependent relaxations to bradykinin (BK) were significantly reduced in the presence of Nω-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA) by ~50% as compared with those in the presence of indomethacin, and the combination of apamin plus charybdotoxin abolished the residual relaxations, showing the comparable contributions of nitric oxide (NO) and EDH in pulmonary microcirculation under physiological conditions...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351444/activated-human-t-lymphocytes-inhibit-tgf%C3%AE-induced-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-differentiation-via-prostaglandins-d2-and-e2
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Shannon H Lacy, Amali P Epa, Stephen J Pollock, Collynn F Woeller, Thomas H Thatcher, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime
In pulmonary fibrosis (PF), fibroblasts and myofibroblasts proliferate and deposit excessive extracellular matrix in the interstitium, impairing normal lung function. As most forms of PF have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options, PF represents an urgent unmet need for novel, effective therapeutics. While the role of immune cells in lung fibrosis is unclear, recent studies suggest that T lymphocyte (T cell) activation may be impaired in PF patients. Further, we have previously shown that activated T cells can produce prostaglandins with anti-scarring potential...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351247/b-type-and-complex-a-b-type-epicatechin-trimers-isolated-from-litchi-pericarp-aqueous-extract-show-high-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activity
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Yihui Gong, Fang Fang, Xin Zhang, Bin Liu, Honghui Luo, Zhen Li, Xuelian Zhang, Zhaoqi Zhang, Xuequn Pang
Litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) fruit is known for its rich source of phenolics. Litchi pericarp contains high levels of epicatechin that may form oligomers of various lengths. Except for several A or B type epicatechin dimers, other soluble oligomers have rarely been identified in the pericarp. Here, bioassay-guided column fractionation was applied to isolate bioactive phenolics from aqueous pericarp extract. A fraction (S3) was obtained by two rounds of Sephadex LH-20 column chromatography, and showed higher antioxidant activity and inhibition on the proliferation of human lung cancer cells (A549) than Litchi anthocyanins...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351076/parasites-in-stray-dogs-from-italy-prevalence-risk-factors-and-management-concerns
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Claudio De Liberato, Federica Berrilli, Livio Odorizi, Roberto Scarcella, Marco Barni, Cristina Amoruso, Alessia Scarito, Margherita Montalbano Di Filippo, Andrea Carvelli, Francesca Iacoponi, Paola Scaramozzino
Parasites are among the most common pathogens recorded in dogs. High prevalence rates are usually reported in stray and shelter dogs, as these animals are less likely to be tested and treated. In this study a survey was carried out on intestinal and lung parasites of stray dogs at the moment of the admission in a shelter in Central Italy. In the period June 2014-June 2015, 262 individual faecal samples were examined. Twelve parasitic taxa were detected. Helminths were more prevalent than protozoa (61.8% and 25...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347883/pulmonary-laser-metastasectomy-by-1318-nm-neodymium-doped-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-a-retrospective-study-about-laser-metastasectomy-of-the-lung
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Calogero Porrello, Roberto Gullo, Antonino Vaglica, Gregorio Scerrino, Giuseppe Salamone, Leo Licari, Cristina Raspanti, Eliana Gulotta, Gaspare Gulotta, Gianfranco Cocorullo
BACKGROUND: The lungs are among the first organ affected by remote metastases from many primary tumors. The surgical resection of isolated pulmonary metastases represents an important and effective element of therapy. This is a retrospective study about our entire experience with pulmonary resection for metastatic cancer using 1318-nm neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum garnet laser. METHOD: In this single-institution study, we retrospectively analyzed a group of 209 patients previously treated for primary malignant solid tumors...
January 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346562/scaffold-free-trachea-regeneration-by-tissue-engineering-with-bio-3d-printing
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Daisuke Taniguchi, Keitaro Matsumoto, Tomoshi Tsuchiya, Ryusuke Machino, Yosuke Takeoka, Abdelmotagaly Elgalad, Kiyofumi Gunge, Katsunori Takagi, Yasuaki Taura, Go Hatachi, Naoto Matsuo, Naoya Yamasaki, Koichi Nakayama, Takeshi Nagayasu
OBJECTIVES: Currently, most of the artificial airway organs still require scaffolds; however, such scaffolds exhibit several limitations. Alternatively, the use of an autologous artificial trachea without foreign materials and immunosuppressants may solve these issues and constitute a preferred tool. The rationale of this study was to develop a new scaffold-free approach for an artificial trachea using bio-3D printing technology. Here, we assessed the circumferential tracheal replacement using scaffold-free trachea-like grafts generated from isolated cells in an inbred animal model...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346329/anti-phytopathogenic-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-crude-extracts-and-secondary-metabolites-of-marine-derived-fungi
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Dong-Lin Zhao, Dan Wang, Xue-Ying Tian, Fei Cao, Yi-Qiang Li, Cheng-Sheng Zhang
Thirty-one isolates belonging to eight genera in seven orders were identified from 141 strains that were isolated from several marine plants. Alternaria sp. and Fusarium sp. were found to be the predominant fungi. Evaluation of the anti-phytopathogenic bacterial and fungal activities, as well as the cytotoxicity of these 31 extracts, revealed that most of them displayed different levels of bioactivities. Due to their interesting bioactivities, two fungal strains-Fusarium equiseti (P18) and Alternaria sp. (P8)-were selected for chemical investigation and compounds 1-4 were obtained...
January 18, 2018: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345286/cyclooxygenase-2-expression-is-induced-by-celecoxib-treatment-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-is-transferred-to-neighbor-cells-via-exosomes
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Jayoung Kim, Seung-Woo Hong, Seonghan Kim, Daejin Kim, Dae Young Hur, Dong-Hoon Jin, Bomi Kim, Yeong Seok Kim
Lung cancer is one of most common types of cancer worldwide. Lung cancer results in a death higher rate each year compared to colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Celecoxib is a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX‑2), an enzyme of which the expression is induced by various stimuli, such as inflammation. In addition, celecoxib triggers COX-2 loading on exosomes. Exosomes are small vesicles composed of a lipid bilayer membrane and are found in most biological fluids, such as blood breast milk and urine...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345117/candida-auris-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-current-updates-on-an-emerging-multidrug-resistant-pathogen
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John Osei Sekyere
From 2009, Candida auris has emerged as a multidrug-resistant ascomycete yeast pathogen with the capacity for easy transmission between patients and hospitals, as well as persistence on environmental surfaces. Its association with high mortalities, breakthrough and persistent candidaemia, inconsistencies in susceptibility testing results, misidentification by available commercial identification systems and treatment failure, complicates its management and detection. Within the last nine years, C. auris has been increasingly reported from far-Eastern Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South and North America with substantial fatalities and misidentification...
January 18, 2018: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344809/regeneration-of-functional-alveoli-by-adult-human-sox9-airway-basal-cell-transplantation
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Qiwang Ma, Yu Ma, Xiaotian Dai, Tao Ren, Yingjie Fu, Wenbin Liu, Yufei Han, Yingchuan Wu, Yu Cheng, Ting Zhang, Wei Zuo
Irreversible destruction of bronchi and alveoli can lead to multiple incurable lung diseases. Identifying lung stem/progenitor cells with regenerative capacity and utilizing them to reconstruct functional tissue is one of the biggest hopes to reverse the damage and cure such diseases. Here we showed that a rare population of SOX9+ basal cells (BCs) located at airway epithelium rugae can regenerate adult human lung. Human SOX9+ BCs can be readily isolated by bronchoscopic brushing and indefinitely expanded in feeder-free condition...
January 17, 2018: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344803/toxoplasma-gondii-prevalence-and-characterization-of-new-genotypes-in-free-range-chickens-from-south-brazil
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Fernando Emmanuel Gonçalves Vieira, João Pedro Sasse, Ana Flávia Minutti, Ana Carolina Miura, Luiz Daniel de Barros, Sergio Tosi Cardim, Thais Agostinho Martins, Mércia de Seixas, Milton Issashi Yamamura, Chunlei Su, João Luis Garcia
Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular parasite that can infect all warm-blooded animals including humans. Recent studies showed that T. gondii strains from South America are genetically diverse. The present work aimed to determine T. gondii prevalence in free-ranging chicken in northwest Parana state in Brazil by two serological tests, to isolate the parasites from seropositive chickens and to genotype the isolates. Antibodies to T. gondii in 386 serum samples from 24 farms were investigated by immunofluorescence antibody assay (IFA) and modified agglutination test (MAT)...
January 18, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344123/ex-vivo-model-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-mouse-lung-epithelial-cells
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Taku Sato, Mami Morita, Ryota Tanaka, Yui Inoue, Miyuki Nomura, Yoshimi Sakamoto, Koh Miura, Shigemi Ito, Ikuro Sato, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Jiro Abe, Satomi Takahashi, Masaaki Kawai, Masami Sato, Yoshitaka Hippo, Hiroshi Shima, Yoshinori Okada, Nobuhiro Tanuma
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer mortality, however, efficient methods to culture, expand and transform lung epithelial (LE) cells have not been established. In the present study, an efficient ex vivo method was applied to recapitulate lung carcinogenesis using mouse LE cells. A Matrigel-assisted three-dimensional culture was used to isolate and selectively expand LE cells from mouse lungs. Purified LE cells were passaged and expanded for at least 2 to 3 months while maintaining epidermal growth factor-dependence...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343810/mitochondrial-dna-damage-and-subsequent-activation-of-z-dna-binding-protein-1-links-oxidative-stress-to-inflammation-in-epithelial-cells
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Bartosz Szczesny, Michela Marcatti, Akbar Ahmad, Mauro Montalbano, Attila Brunyánszki, Sofia-Iris Bibli, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Csaba Szabo
This report identifies mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) as a target and active mediator that links low-level oxidative stress to inflammatory response in pulmonary epithelial cells. Extrusion of mtDNA into the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid occurs as an early event in mice subjected to cigarette smoke injury, concomitantly with the depletion of mtDNA in the lung tissue. In cultured lung epithelial cells, prolonged, low-level oxidative stress damages the mtDNA, without any detectable damage to the nuclear DNA. In turn, cellular depletion of the mtDNA occurs, together with a transient remodeling of cellular bioenergetics and morphology - all without any detectable impairment in overall cell viability...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343574/novel-human-polyomavirus-non-coding-control-regions-differ-in-bi-directional-gene-expression-according-to-host-cell-large-t-antigen-expression-and-clinically-occurring-rearrangements
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Elvis T Ajuh, Zongsong Wu, Emma Kraus, Fabian H Weissbach, Tobias Bethge, Rainer Gosert, Nicole Fischer, Hans H Hirsch
Human polyomavirus (HPyV) DNA genomes contain three regions denoted early viral gene region (EVGR) encoding the regulatory T-antigens and one microRNA, late viral gene region (LVGR) encoding the structural Vp capsid proteins, and non-coding control region (NCCR). The NCCR harbours the origin of viral genome replication and bi-directional promoter/enhancer functions governing EVGR- and LVGR-expression on opposite DNA strands. Despite principle similarities, HPyV-NCCRs differ in length, sequence, and architecture...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343426/environmental-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-hominissuis-have-a-higher-probability-to-act-as-a-recipient-in-conjugation-than-clinical-strains
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Salma A Shoulah, Anna M Oschmann, Abdelfattah Selim, Torsten Semmler, Carsten Schwarz, Elisabeth Kamal, Faysal Hamouda, Elsayed Galila, Wilbert Bitter, Astrid Lewin
Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) is a widespread opportunistic pathogen that can be isolated from environment (dust, soil and water) and patients with lung or lymphnode infection. In our previous research we revealed the pronounced genetic diversity in MAH by identifying eight different types of a newly described genomic island. In order to identify mechanisms of such horizontal gene transfer we now analyzed the ability of 47 MAH isolates to inherit the conjugative plasmid pRAW from M. marinum. A higher percentage of environmental isolates (22...
January 14, 2018: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343421/frequency-of-small-colony-variants-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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Nuntra Suwantarat, Mayer Rubin, Latetia Bryan, Tsigereda Tekle, Michael P Boyle, Karen C Carroll, Mark T Jennings
BACKGROUND: Small-colony variants (SCVs) are a distinct phenotype of Staphylococcus aureus, known for their role in chronic, difficult to treat infections, including cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. The goal of this study was to characterize SCV MRSA infection in an adult and pediatric CF population and to identify antibiotic susceptibility patterns unique to SCV MRSA. METHODS: We recovered methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) from respiratory culture samples from CF patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital during a 6month study period...
December 2, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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