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Gazda L.S.,Rogosin Institute Xenia Division | Gazda L.S.,Rogosin Institute | Vinerean H.V.,Florida International University | Laramore M.A.,Rogosin Institute Xenia Division | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Diabetes Research | Year: 2014

The encapsulation of porcine islets is an attractive methodology for the treatment of Type I diabetes. In the current study, the use of pravastatin as a mild anti-inflammatory agent was investigated in pancreatectomized diabetic canines transplanted with porcine islets encapsulated in agarose-agarose macrobeads and given 80 mg/day of pravastatin (n = 3) while control animals did not receive pravastatin (n = 3). Control animals reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 18, 19, and 32. Pravastatin-treated animals reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 22, 27, and 50. Two animals from each group received a second macrobead implant: control animals remained insulin-free for 15 and 21 days (AUC = 3003 and 5078 mg/dL/24 hr days 1 to 15) and reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 62 and 131. Pravastatin treated animals remained insulin-free for 21 and 34 days (AUC = 1559 and 1903 mg/dL/24 hr days 1 to 15) and reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 38 and 192. Total incidence (83.3% versus 64.3%) and total severity (22.7 versus 18.3) of inflammation on tissue surfaces were higher in the control group at necropsy. These findings support pravastatin therapy in conjunction with the transplantation of encapsulated xenogeneic islets for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. © 2014 Lawrence S. Gazda et al.

Nassar G.M.,Cornell University | Glickman M.H.,Sentara Heart Hospital | Mclafferty R.B.,University of Illinois at Springfield | Kevin Croston J.,North Memorial Medical Center | And 6 more authors.
Seminars in Dialysis | Year: 2014

Venous stenosis and occlusion are a major cause of vascular access dysfunction and failure. The HeRO Graft bypasses occlusion and traverses stenosis with outflow directly into the central venous circulation. A randomized, multicenter study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the HeRO Graft relative to conventional AV grafts. The design was to enroll 143 patients in a 2:1 randomization ratio between HeRO and conventional AV control groups. Data on 72 subjects (52 HeRO Graft and 20 AV graft controls) were obtained. The HeRO Graft and control cohorts were comparable in baseline characteristics. Adequacy of dialysis, bacteremia rates, and adverse events were consistent between groups. Twelve month Kaplan-Meier estimates for primary and secondary patency rates were 34.8% and 67.6% in the HeRO Graft cohort, and 30.6% and 58.4% in the control cohort. There was no statistical difference in terms of patency between groups. The rates of intervention were 2.2/year for HeRO Graft and 1.6/year for the control (p = 0.100). Median days to loss of secondary patency was 238 for HeRO Graft versus 102 for the control (p = 0.032). The HeRO Graft appears to provide similar patency, adequacy of dialysis, and bacteremia rates to those of conventional AV grafts. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Sultan S.,University Hospital Galway | Kavanagh E.P.,Galway Clinic | Bonneau M.,National Institute of Agronomic Research | Kang C.,National Institute of Agronomic Research | And 2 more authors.
Vascular | Year: 2016

The multilayer flow modulator (MFM; Cardiatis, Isnes, Belgium) is a self-expandable mesh of braided cobalt alloy wires, used for treatment of aortic and peripheral aneurysms. To further improve our understanding of this novel technology, the endothelialization kinetics of the MFM was investigated and compared with those of two marketed single-layer stents. Five porcine animal models were used in which a total of 19 stents were implanted in the iliac and carotid arteries between one and five weeks before sacrifice. All 19 stents were successfully delivered. For all devices, nonsignificant signs of inflammation or thrombosis were noted, and there was no evidence of local intolerance. The MFM developed a thin layer of endothelial cells earlier and was associated with less neointimal development than the two single-layer stents. A differing phenomenon of integration was also revealed and hypothesized as endothelialization from adhesion of circulating endothelial progenitor cells, as well as adhesion from the arterial wall, and also by the differences in trauma exposed to the arterial wall. © 2015, The Author(s) 2015.

Purvinis G.,Battelle | Cameron B.D.,University of Toledo | Altrogge D.M.,NAMSA
Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology | Year: 2011

Background: Since 1990, there has been significant research devoted toward development of a noninvasive physiological glucose sensor. In this article, we report on the use of optical polarimetry for the noninvasive measurement of physiological glucose concentration in the anterior chamber of the eye of New Zealand white (NZW) rabbits. Method: Measurements were acquired using a custom-designed laser-based optical polarimetry system in a total of seven NZW rabbits anesthetized using an isoflurane-only anesthesia protocol. Aqueous humor-based polarimetric measurements were obtained by coupling light through the anterior chamber of the eye. Blood glucose levels were first stabilized and then altered with intravenous dextrose and insulin administration and measured every 3-5 min with a standard glucometer and intermittently with a YSI 2300 glucose analyzer. Acquired polarimetric glucose signals are calibrated to measured blood glucose concentration. Results: Based on a total of 41 data points, Clarke error grid analysis indicated 93% in zone A, 7% in zone B, and 0% in zones C and D, with reference concentrations between 93 and 521 mg/dl. Errors in prediction are shown to be related to gross movement of the rabbit during the procedures, incurring time-varying corneal birefringence effects that directly affect the measured polarimetric signal. These effects can be compensated for with appropriate design modifications. Conclusions: An optical polarimetry technique was used for in vivo physiological glucose monitoring. The technique demonstrated provides a basis for the development of a noninvasive polarimetric glucose monitor for home, personal, or hospital use. © Diabetes Technology Society.

Alves A.,University of Lyon | Gritsch K.,University of Lyon | Sirieix C.,NAMSA | Sirieix C.,Institute Superieur Dingenieurs Of Franche Comte | And 5 more authors.
Microscopy Research and Technique | Year: 2015

Previous articles have pointed out the presence of type III collagen within the extracellular structure of the parenchymatous organs. This study aimed to quantitatively characterize the collagen polymorphism at the capsule and parenchymal trabeculae of the largest lymphoid organ of the body i.e., the spleen, in mouse, rat, and rabbit models. Following a Picrosirius Red-Polarization procedure and computer assisted image analysis of paraffin sections, the results showed (1) a predominant and significantly higher amount of type III collagen in the trabeculae area compared to the capsule area in the three species, (2) no statistical difference among the three species concerning the parenchymal collagen polymorphism or the type I/type III collagen ratio, (3) a heterogeneous type I/type III collagen ratio varying from 0.86 (mouse) to 6.62 (rabbit) in the fibromuscular capsule region. A qualitative analysis corroborated these histomorphometric results. In conclusion, the spleen may be used as (1) a control tissue to qualitatively visualize type I and III collagen under polarization microscopy and to validate the quality of PSR staining (2) an aid to accurately calibrate the angle of polarization before quantitative measurements of type I and type III collagen. Among the studied species, the rabbit spleen appeared to be the most appropriate control tissue as it showed the highest amount of type I collagen in the capsule and a similarly high amount of type III collagen in the parenchymal trabeculae. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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