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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620965/determination-of-retinal-surface-area
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Manbir Nagra, Bernard Gilmartin, Ngoc Jade Thai, Nicola S Logan
Previous attempts at determining retinal surface area and surface area of the whole eye have been based upon mathematical calculations derived from retinal photographs, schematic eyes and retinal biopsies of donor eyes. 3-dimensional (3-D) ocular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows a more direct measurement, it can be used to image the eye in vivo, and there is no risk of tissue shrinkage. The primary purpose of this study is to compare, using T2-weighted 3D MRI, retinal surface areas for superior-temporal (ST), inferior-temporal (IT), superior-nasal (SN) and inferior-nasal (IN) retinal quadrants...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620932/fiber-type-composition-of-the-palmaris-brevis-muscle-implications-for-palmar-function
#2
Colin W Moore, Tyler S Beveridge, Charles L Rice
The palmaris brevis (PB) is a small muscle of variant morphology located on the ulnar aspect of the palm, superficial to the hypothenar eminence. Functionally, the PB has been proposed to protect the neurovasculature of the ulnar canal from compressive forces during repetitive or intermittent trauma associated with grasping. Although PB function has been inferred from cadaveric observations, it is unknown whether it has the contractile capacity and fatigue-resistance necessary to withstand these functional demands...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620929/cartilage-canals-in-the-distal-intermediate-ridge-of-the-tibia-of-fetuses-and-foals-are-surrounded-by-different-types-of-collagen
#3
Ingunn Risnes Hellings, Nils Ivar Dolvik, Stina Ekman, Kristin Olstad
Some epiphyseal growth cartilage canals are surrounded by a ring of hypereosinophilic matrix consisting of collagen type I. Absence of the collagen type I ring may predispose canal vessels to failure and osteochondrosis, which can lead to fragments in joints (osteochondrosis dissecans). It is not known whether the ring develops in response to programming or biomechanical force. The distribution that may reveal the function of the ring has only been described in the distal femur of a limited number of foals...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617981/what-is-the-variability-in-shoulder-axillae-and-waist-position-in-a-group-of-adolescents
#4
Adrian Gardner, Fiona Berryman, Paul Pynsent
The clinical assessment of scoliosis is based on the recognition of asymmetry. It is not clear what the degree of asymmetry is in a population without scoliosis, which could make the differentiation between abnormal and normal uncertain. This study defines the range of normality in certain parameters of torso shape that are also associated with the clinical assessment of scoliosis. This was done by analysing the surface topography of a group of 195 children serially measured over a 5-year period. The analysis considered both the spinal curvature and the relative position of shoulders, axillae and waist on each side...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614587/scholars-and-scientists-in-the-history-of-the-lymphatic-system
#5
REVIEW
Gianfranco Natale, Guido Bocci, Domenico Ribatti
The discovery of the lymphatic system has a long and fascinating history. The interest in anatomy and physiology of this system paralleled that of the blood cardiocirculatory system and has been maybe obscured by the latter. Paradoxically, if the closed blood system appeared open in Galen's anatomy and physiology, and took a very long time to be correctly described in terms of pulmonary and general circulation by ibn Al-Nafis/Michael Servetus/Realdo Colombo and William Harvey, respectively, the open lymphatic system was incorrectly described as a closed circuit connected with arteries and veins...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612467/the-effect-of-age-and-demographics-on-rib-shape
#6
Sven A Holcombe, Stewart C Wang, James B Grotberg
Elderly populations have a higher risk of rib fractures and other associated thoracic injuries than younger adults, and the changes in body morphology that occur with age are a potential cause of this increased risk. Rib centroidal path geometry for 20 627 ribs was extracted from computed tomography (CT) scans of 1042 live adult subjects, then fitted to a six-parameter mathematical model that accurately characterizes rib size and shape, and a three-parameter model of rib orientation within the body. Multivariable regression characterized the independent effect of age, height, weight, and sex on the rib shape and orientation across the adult population, and statistically significant effects were seen from all demographic factors (P < 0...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597918/inflammation-in-the-developing-rat-modulates-astroglial-reactivity-to-seizures-in-the-mature-brain
#7
Zuzanna Setkowicz, Emilia Kosonowska, Krzysztof Janeczko
Astrocytes participate in neuronal development and excitability, and produce factors enhancing or suppressing inflammatory processes occurring due to neurodegenerative diseases, such as epilepsy. Seizures, in turn, trigger the release of inflammatory mediators, causing structural and functional changes in the brain. Therefore, it appears reasonable to determine whether generalized inflammation at developmental periods can affect astrocyte reactivity to epileptic seizures occurring in the adult brain. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was injected in 6- or 30-day-old rats (P6 or P30, respectively)...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585258/masticatory-muscle-architecture-in-a-water-rat-from-australasia-murinae-hydromys-and-its-implication-for-the-evolution-of-carnivory-in-rodents
#8
P-H Fabre, A Herrel, Y Fitriana, L Meslin, L Hautier
Murines are well known for their generalist diet, but several of them display specializations towards a carnivorous diet such as the amphibious Indo-Pacific water-rats. Despite the fact that carnivory evolved repeatedly in this group, few studies have investigated associated changes in jaw muscle anatomy and biomechanics. Here, we describe the jaw muscles and cranial anatomy of a carnivorous water-rat, Hydromys chrysogaster. The architecture of the jaw musculature of six specimens captured both on Obi and Papua were studied and described using dissections...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585281/the-deep-fascia-and-retinacula-of-the-equine-forelimb-structure-and-innervation
#9
Aleksandra Skalec, Monika Egerbacher
Recent advances in human fascia research have shed new light on the role of the fascial network in movement perception and coordination, transmission of muscle force, and integrative function in body biomechanics. Evolutionary adaptations of equine musculoskeletal apparatus that assure effective terrestrial locomotion are employed in equestrianism, resulting in the wide variety of movements in performing horses, from sophisticated dressage to jumping and high-speed racing. The high importance of horse motion efficiency in the present-day equine industry indicates the significance of scientific knowledge of the structure and physiology of equine fasciae...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585249/closure-of-the-vertebral-canal-in-human-embryos-and-fetuses
#10
Hayelom K Mekonen, Jill P J M Hikspoors, Greet Mommen, Nutmethee Kruepunga, S Eleonore Köhler, Wouter H Lamers
The vertebral column is the paradigm of the metameric architecture of the vertebrate body. Because the number of somites is a convenient parameter to stage early human embryos, we explored whether the closure of the vertebral canal could be used similarly for staging embryos between 7 and 10 weeks of development. Human embryos (5-10 weeks of development) were visualized using Amira 3D(®) reconstruction and Cinema 4D(®) remodelling software. Vertebral bodies were identifiable as loose mesenchymal structures between the dense mesenchymal intervertebral discs up to 6 weeks and then differentiated into cartilaginous structures in the 7th week...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561274/statistical-shape-modelling-of-hip-and-lumbar-spine-morphology-and-their-relationship-in-the-mrc-national-survey-of-health-and-development
#11
Anastasia V Pavlova, Fiona R Saunders, Stella G Muthuri, Jennifer S Gregory, Rebecca J Barr, Kathryn R Martin, Rebecca J Hardy, Rachel Cooper, Judith E Adams, Diana Kuh, Richard M Aspden
The anatomical shape of bones and joints is important for their proper function but quantifying this, and detecting pathological variations, is difficult to do. Numerical descriptions would also enable correlations between joint shapes to be explored. Statistical shape modelling (SSM) is a method of image analysis employing pattern recognition statistics to describe and quantify such shapes from images; it uses principal components analysis to generate modes of variation describing each image in terms of a set of numerical scores after removing global size variation...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547827/digital-dissection-of-the-model-organism-xenopus-laevis-using-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography
#12
Laura B Porro, Christopher T Richards
The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is one of the most widely used model organisms in biological research. However, the most recent anatomical description of X. laevis was produced nearly a century ago. Compared with other anurans, pipid frogs - including X. laevis - exhibit numerous unusual morphological features; thus, anatomical descriptions of more 'typical' frogs do not detail many aspects of X. laevis skeletal and soft-tissue morphology. The relatively new method of using iodine-based agents to stain soft tissues prior to high-resolution X-ray imaging has several advantages over gross dissection, such as enabling dissection of very small and fragile specimens, and preserving the three-dimensional topology of anatomical structures...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547814/electrical-stimulation-structurally-affects-the-tissues-of-the-rectum-and-anus-of-nulliparous-rats
#13
Hugo Alves de Sousa, Maria da Glória da Silva, Keyla de Paula Barbosa, Leonora Maciel de Souza Vianna, Yolanda Galindo Pacheco, José Roberto Pimenta de Godoy, Selma Aparecida Souza Kuckelhaus
Considering that the muscles of the anus perform a critical role in maintaining continence, losses in their structure can negatively affect the physiological control of the intestinal contents. Anorectal electro-stimulation (ARES) has been reported to have a positive effect on the functionality of treated patients, but how ARES affects the structural tissues of the anorectal segment remains unknown. Because the study of how ARES structurally affects human tissues is not possible, this study aimed to clarify these effects in a murine model, which has a similar anorectal segment (structure and physiology) to humans...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543398/interdigital-tissue-remodelling-in-the-embryonic-limb-involves-dynamic-regulation-of-the-mirna-profiles
#14
Beatriz Garcia-Riart, Carlos I Lorda-Diez, Jessica C Marin-Llera, Juan A Garcia-Porrero, Juan M Hurle, Juan A Montero
Next-generation sequencing in combination with quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed a dynamic miRNA signature in the interdigital mesoderm of the chick embryonic hinlimb in the course of interdigit remodelling. During this period, 612 previously known chicken miRNAs (gga-miRNAs) and 401 non-identified sequences were expressed in the interdigital mesoderm. Thirty-six microRNAs, represented by more than 750 reads per million, displayed differential expression between stages HH29 (6 id) and HH32 (7...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542839/how-whales-used-to-filter-exceptionally-preserved-baleen-in-a-miocene-cetotheriid
#15
Felix G Marx, Alberto Collareta, Anna Gioncada, Klaas Post, Olivier Lambert, Elena Bonaccorsi, Mario Urbina, Giovanni Bianucci
Baleen is a comb-like structure that enables mysticete whales to bulk feed on vast quantities of small prey, and ultimately allowed them to become the largest animals on Earth. Because baleen rarely fossilises, extremely little is known about its evolution, structure and function outside the living families. Here we describe, for the first time, the exceptionally preserved baleen apparatus of an entirely extinct mysticete morphotype: the Late Miocene cetotheriid, Piscobalaena nana, from the Pisco Formation of Peru...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542788/saturated-salt-solution-a-further-step-to-a-formaldehyde-free-embalming-method-for-veterinary-gross-anatomy
#16
M Lombardero, M M Yllera, A Costa-E-Silva, M J Oliveira, P G Ferreira
In the field of veterinary anatomy, most of the specimens used in practical sessions are perfused with fixatives. Thus, they can be used for a longer time, reducing the number of animals for educational purposes. Formalin is the most commonly used fixative, consisting of a 37% formaldehyde solution. However, formaldehyde is a powerful irritant of the eyes and airways and is considered carcinogenic, causing nasopharyngeal cancer in exposed workers and professionals. In the present study, we explored an alternative method to avoid the use of formaldehyde in specimens used for gross anatomy practical sessions...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542781/morphological-variation-in-brain-through-domestication-of-fowl
#17
Soichiro Kawabe, Naoki Tsunekawa, Kohei Kudo, Chanin Tirawattanawanich, Fumihito Akishinonomiya, Hideki Endo
Great variations in the size, shape, color, feather structure and behavior are observed among fowl breeds. Because many types of domestic fowls have been bred for various purposes, they are ideal to assess the relationship between brain morphology and avian biology. However, little is known about changes in brain shape that may have occurred during fowl domestication. We analyzed the brains of red jungle fowl and domestic fowl to clarify differences in the brain shape between these breeds, as well as the shape changes associated with size enlargement using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542897/osteoarthritis-in-two-marine-mammals-and-22-land-mammals-learning-from-skeletal-remains
#18
Korakot Nganvongpanit, Ratsadakorn Soponteerakul, Piyatida Kaewkumpai, Veerasak Punyapornwithaya, Kittisak Buddhachat, Raksiri Nomsiri, Patcharaporn Kaewmong, Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, Rachanchai Chawangwongsanukun, Taweepoke Angkawanish, Chatchote Thitaram, Pasuk Mahakkanukrauh
The occurrence of osteoarthritis (OA) in marine mammals is still questionable. Here we investigated the prevalence of OA in marine (dolphin and dugong) and terrestrial mammals (Asian elephant, Asiatic buffalo, camel, cat, cattle, deer, dog, domestic goat, horse, human, hyena, impala, lion, Malayan tapir, Assam macaque, mule, pig, rabbit, red kangaroo, sheep, tiger and waterbuck). Skeletal remains obtained from five institutes were used as subjects; a total of 45 different parts (locations) of bones were observed for OA lesions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542878/foot-shape-in-arboreal-birds-two-morphological-patterns-for-the-same-pincer-like-tool
#19
Anick Abourachid, Anne-Claire Fabre, Raphaël Cornette, Elizabeth Höfling
The feet are the only contact between the body and the substrate in limbed animals and as such they provide a crucial interface between the animal and its environment. This is especially true for bipedal and arboreal species living in a complex three-dimensional environment that likely induces strong selection on foot morphology. In birds, foot morphology is highly variable, with different orientations of the toes, making it a good model for the study of the role of functional, developmental, and phylogenetic constraints in the evolution of phenotypic diversity...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523740/new-data-about-semicircular-canal-morphology-and-locomotion-in-modern-hominoids
#20
Anne Le Maître, Philipp Schuetz, Patrick Vignaud, Michel Brunet
The labyrinth has two functional parts: the cochlea for audition and the vestibular system for equilibrioception. In the latter, the semicircular ducts and the otolithic organs are sensitive to rotational and linear accelerations of the head, respectively. The labyrinthine morphology influences perception accuracy, hence the adaptation to a specific locomotor pattern. The aim of this study is to determine the relationship between locomotion and semicircular canal morphology using geometric morphometrics, and to explain these links with existing functional models...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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