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Achiya Zvi Amir, Gadi Horev, Joanne Yacobovich, Michael Bennett, Hannah Tamary
The congenital dyserythropoietic anemias (CDAs) are a group of rare genetic disorders characterized by ineffective erythropoiesis and the development of secondary hemochromatosis. Distal limb anomalies are a well-documented though rare feature of congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type I, that have not been reported so far in other types. We describe a patient with congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type II and four members of a family with clinical features of congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type III with distal limb anomalies...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
E Ylinen, L Salmela, J Peräsaari, T Jaatinen, A Tenca, O Vapalahti, M Färkkilä, H Jalanko, K-L Kolho
AIM: The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele and haplotype frequencies of the Finnish population are unique because of the restricted and homogenous gene population. There are no published data on HLA genotype associations in paediatric autoimmune liver diseases in Scandinavia. This study characterised the HLA genotypes of children with autoimmune liver or biliary disease in Finland. METHODS: The study cohort comprised 19 paediatric patients (13 female) aged 3-15 years treated for autoimmune liver or biliary disease at the Children's Hospital, Helsinki University Hospital, between 2000 and 2011 and followed up for 4...
October 19, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Rosemary Fama, Edith V Sullivan, Stephanie A Sassoon, Adolf Pfefferbaum, Natalie M Zahr
BACKGROUND: Executive functioning and episodic memory impairment occur in HIV infection (HIV) and chronic alcoholism (ALC). Comorbidity of these conditions (HIV + ALC) is prevalent and heightens risk of vulnerability to separate and compounded deficits. Age and disease-related variables can also serve as mediators of cognitive impairment and should be considered, given the extended longevity of HIV-infected individuals in this era of improved pharmacological therapy. METHODS: HIV, ALC, HIV + ALC, and normal controls (NC) were administered traditional and computerized tests of executive function and episodic memory...
October 19, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Gina J Ferris, Stephanie Fabbro, Alejandro Gru, Jessica Kaffenberger
We present an original case report of a 58-year-old man with a history of histiocytoid Sweet and myelodysplastic syndrome who presented with a new onset of tender plaques on his oral commissures. A biopsy revealed a dense dermal neutrophilic infiltrate, leukocytoclasis without frank vasculitis, and, most notably, the presence of many xanthomatized cells. Clinical presentation and histologic features were most consistent with an acute neutrophilic dermatosis, which we believe to be a xanthomized variant of Sweet syndrome...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Yasuhiro Nakamura, Takashi Fujino, Koji Nagata, Taichi Imamura, Yukiko Teramoto, Yuri Asami, Eiichi Arai, Akifumi Yamamoto
Granular cell tumors are uncommon neoplasms and a small number of these neoplasms have been reported as showing malignant behavior. Here, we report a rare case of a solitary granular cell tumor that exhibited atypical histology, including an extensive desmoplastic stroma, in a 69-year-old woman. The surgical specimen revealed localized areas of spindling cells, areas of cellular pleomorphism, and p53 overexpression. Based on previously published criteria, we classified this lesion as an atypical granular cell tumor...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Li Lu, Menglin Wu, Longhao Sun, Weidong Li, Weihua Fu, Xuening Zhang, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: In recent years, CD44 and CD133 have been identified as 2 common used cancer stem cell (CSC) markers in gastric cancer. However, the clinicopathological and prognostic value of these markers in gastric cancer remains controversial; moreover, there is lack of comparison of these 2 markers' roles in clinical applications. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to elucidate these markers' clinicopathological features and association with prognosis in patients with gastric cancer...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Debra W Yen, Dennis C Nguyen, Gary B Skolnick, Sybill D Naidoo, Kamlesh B Patel, Lynn Marty Grames, Albert S Woo
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of the levator musculature during cleft palate repair has been suggested to be important in long-term speech outcomes. In this study, we compare the need for postoperative speech therapy between 2 intravelar veloplasty techniques. METHODS: Chart review was performed for patients with nonsyndromic cleft palate who underwent either primary Kriens or overlapping intravelar veloplasty before 18 months of age. All subjects completed a follow-up visit at approximately 3 years of age...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Justin A Lemkul, Alexander D MacKerell
Mg2+ ions are important in biological systems, particularly in stabilizing compact RNA folds. Mg2+ is strongly polarizing, and representing its interactions in heterogeneous environments is a challenge for empirical force field development. To date, the most commonly used force fields in molecular dynamics simulations utilize a pairwise-additive approximation for electrostatic interactions, which cannot account for the significant polarization response in systems containing Mg2+. In the present work, we refine the interactions of Mg2+ with water, Cl- ions, and nucleic acid moieties using a polarizable force field based on the classical Drude oscillator model...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Anna Prigitano, Caterina Cavanna, Marco Passera, Cristina Ossi, Eugenio Sala, Gianluigi Lombardi, Anna Grancini, Concetta De Luca, Simone Bramati, Marina Gelmi, Milvana Tejada, Romualdo Grande, Claudio Farina, Fabiola Lallitto, Anna Maria Tortorano
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to monitor recent changes in the epidemiology of candidemia and in the antifungal susceptibility profiles of Candida isolates in one Italian region (Lombardy) in 2014-2015 in comparison with two other studies performed in the same area in 1997-1999 and in 2009. METHODS: A laboratory-based surveillance was conducted in 11 microbiology laboratories. Identification of Candida isolates from 868 episodes and antifungal susceptibility testing (YeastOne) was performed locally...
October 17, 2016: Infection
Ricarda A L Menke, Federica Agosta, Julian Grosskreutz, Massimo Filippi, Martin R Turner
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative, clinically heterogeneous syndrome pathologically overlapping with frontotemporal dementia. To date, therapeutic trials in animal models have not been able to predict treatment response in humans, and the revised ALS Functional Rating Scale, which is based on coarse disability measures, remains the gold-standard measure of disease progression. Advances in neuroimaging have enabled mapping of functional, structural, and molecular aspects of ALS pathology, and these objective measures may be uniquely sensitive to the detection of propagation of pathology in vivo...
October 17, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
J McDevitt, H Comber, P M Walsh
BACKGROUND: The location and staging of a colorectal cancer (CRC) determine prognosis and choice of treatment. We examined the sub-site, sex, and stage distribution for CRC in Ireland for patients diagnosed in the period immediately prior to the implementation of a national screening programme. METHODS: Incident cases of CRC were abstracted from the National Cancer Registry for the period 1994-2012 (n = 38,912). Incidence proportions and 3-year cancer-related survival were calculated...
October 18, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Ritch C Savin-Williams, Brian M Cash, Mark McCormack, Gerulf Rieger
This exploratory study assessed physiological, behavioral, and self-report measures of sexual and romantic indicators of sexual orientation identities among young men (mean age = 21.9 years) with predominant same-sex sexual and romantic interests: those who described themselves as bisexual leaning gay (n = 11), mostly gay (n = 17), and gay (n = 47). Although they were not significantly distinguishable based on physiological (pupil dilation) responses to nude stimuli, on behavioral and self-report measures a descending linear trend toward the less preferred sex (female) was significant regarding sexual attraction, fantasy, genital contact, infatuation, romantic relationship, sex appeal, and gazing time to the porn stimuli...
October 17, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
E Wardal, A Kuch, I Gawryszewska, D Żabicka, W Hryniewicz, E Sadowy
The objective of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial resistance, Tn1546 transposon variability and plasmid diversity among Polish vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) isolates of VanA phenotype in the context of their clonal structure. Two hundred sixteen clinical VREfm isolates collected between 1997 and 2010 were studied by antimicrobial susceptibility testing, MLST, MLVA and detection of IS16, esp Efm, pilA, intA and plasmid-specific genes by PCR. Tn1546 structure was revealed by overlapping PCR and sequencing...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Qian Wang, Renato Polimanti, Henry R Kranzler, Lindsay A Farrer, Hongyu Zhao, Joel Gelernter
Schizophrenia (SZ) and HIV infection are serious disorders with a complex phenotypic relationship. Observational studies have described their comorbidity; their genetic correlation is not well studied. We performed extensive analysis in search of common genetic factors for SZ and HIV, and their relationship with risky sexual behavior (RSB). Summary statistics from genome-wide association studies of HIV infection and schizophrenia were obtained and 2379 European Americans were genotyped and assessed for RSB score...
October 17, 2016: Human Genetics
Jun-Ichi Suto, Misaki Kojima
Inbred DDD/Sgn mice are heavier than inbred C57BL/6J mice. In the present study, we performed quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping for body weight using R/qtl in reciprocal F2 male populations between the two strains. We identified four significant QTL on Chrs 1, 2, 5, and 17 (proximal region). The DDD/Sgn allele was associated with increased body weight at QTL on Chrs 1 and 5, and the DDD/Sgn allele was associated with decreased body weight at QTL on Chrs 2 and 17. A multiple regression analysis indicated that the detected QTL explain 30...
October 17, 2016: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
J Wallenborn, C E Angermann
Heart failure and depression are widespread diseases and of particular clinical and economic relevance. Compared with the general population depression is up to 5‑times more common in patients with heart failure, with adverse effects on morbidity, mortality, quality of life and treatment costs. Depressive symptoms overlap with those of heart failure which renders diagnosis difficult. Simple screening tools, e. g. the two-item patient health questionnaire, help to recognize depression in the clinical routine...
October 17, 2016: Herz
Jiansong Zhang, Hui Guo, Hongfei Fu, Yanzhen Chang
Combining subspace correction method with least-squares finite element procedure, we construct a new overlapping domain decomposition parallel algorithm for solving the first-order time-dependent convection-diffusion system. This algorithm is fully parallel. We analyze the convergence of approximate solution, and study the dependence of the convergent rate on the spacial mesh size, time increment, iteration number and sub-domains overlapping degree. Both theoretical analysis and numerical results suggest that only one or two iterations are needed to reach to given accuracy at each time step...
2016: SpringerPlus
Maria Malm, Kirsi Tamminen, Timo Vesikari, Vesna Blazevic
Norovirus (NoV) is a leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in people of all ages worldwide. NoV-specific serum antibodies which block the binding of NoV virus-like particles (VLPs) to the cell receptors have been thoroughly investigated. In contrast, only a few publications are available on the NoV capsid VP1 protein-specific T cell responses in humans naturally infected with the virus. Freshly isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells of eight healthy adult human donors previously exposed to NoV were stimulated with purified VLPs derived from NoV GII...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Martin Kyncl, Martin Koci, Lea Ptackova, Ludmila Hornofova, Fabian Ondrej, Jiri Snajdauf, Marcela Pychova
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the accuracy of postnatal computed tomography (CT) imaging in the identification of congenital bronchopulmonary malformation (BPM) in comparison with histopathological analysis. METHODS: CT scans of prenatally diagnosed BPMs from 24 patients with available histology were analysed retrospectively. The CT images were reviewed blinded to histological findings by two radiologists. Specific diagnosis was assigned based on predetermined criteria...
October 17, 2016: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Keiko Shimojima, Yumiko Ondo, Mayumi Matsufuji, Nozomi Sano, Hisashi Tsuru, Tatsuki Oyoshi, Nayuta Higa, Hiroshi Tokimura, Kazunori Arita, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
A female patient presented with developmental delay, distinctive facial features, and congenital anomalies, including a heart defect and premature lambdoid synostosis. The patient showed a paternally inherited 16p13.11 microduplication and a de novo 19p13.3 microdeletion involving the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 2 gene (MAP2K2), in which mutations cause the cardio-facio-cutaneous (CFC) syndrome. Reports of patients with overlapping 19p13.3 microdeletions of this region describe similar clinical manifestations including distinctive facial features: prominent forehead, horizontal/down-slanting palpebral fissures, long midface, pointed chin/angular jaw, sparse eyebrows, and underdeveloped cheekbones...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
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