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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804659/fatal-systemic-vasoconstriction-in-a-case-of-metastatic-small-intestinal-net
#1
Stenzel Jochen, Noe Sebastian, Holzapfel Konstantin, Erlmeier Franziska, Eyer Florian
An increased release of serotonin secreted by ileal NETs is thought to be the major factor causing the carcinoid syndrome. However, in acutely arising carcinoid crisis also other vasoactive factors may lead to hazardous fluctuations in blood pressure and bronchial constriction. In rare cases, systemic vasoconstriction can be observed, probably caused by catecholamines or similar acting substances. Here, we report a fatal case of fulminant systemic vasoconstriction possibly caused by catecholamines in a patient with metastasized ileal NET...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803358/prospective-head-to-head-comparison-of-11-c-choline-pet-mr-and-11-c-choline-pet-ct-for-restaging-of-biochemical-recurrent-prostate-cancer
#2
Matthias Eiber, Isabel Rauscher, Michael Souvatzoglou, Tobias Maurer, Markus Schwaiger, Konstantin Holzapfel, Ambros J Beer
PURPOSE: Whole-body integrated (11)C-choline PET/MR might provide advantages compared to (11)C-choline PET/CT for restaging of prostate cancer (PC) due to the high soft-tissue contrast and the use of multiparametric MRI, especially for detection of local recurrence and bone metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-four patients with recurrent PC underwent a single-injection/dual-imaging protocol with contrast-enhanced PET/CT followed by fully diagnostic PET/MR...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799812/high-prevalence-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-patients-with-bone-tumors
#3
Konstantin Horas, Gerrit Maier, Franz Jakob, Uwe Maus, Andreas Kurth, Axel Jakuscheit, Maximilian Rudert, Boris Michael Holzapfel
The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with different types of bone tumors and to elucidate whether or not there are differences in prediagnostic vitamin D levels in patients with malignant compared to benign bone tumors. Prediagnostic serum 25(OH)D levels of 105 consecutive patients that presented with bone tumors and tumor-like lesions to two Orthopedic Level I University Centers in Germany between 2011 and 2016 were measured on admission. We found an alarming and widespread rate of vitamin D deficiency in patients with bone tumors...
August 11, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793225/multiscale-and-multiaxial-mechanics-of-vascular-smooth-muscle
#4
Sae-Ii Murtada, Jay D Humphrey, Gerhard A Holzapfel
Mathematical models can facilitate an integrative understanding of the complexity underlying biological structure and function, but they must be informed and validated by empirical data. Uniaxial contraction of an arterial ring is a well-used in vitro approach for studying characteristics of smooth muscle contractility even though this experimental arrangement does not mimic the in vivo vascular geometry or loading. In contrast, biaxial contraction of an inflated and axially extended excised vessel provides broader information, both passive and active, under more realistic conditions...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777710/step-count-accuracy-and-reliability-of-two-activity-tracking-devices-in-people-after-stroke
#5
Samuel D Schaffer, Simon D Holzapfel, George Fulk, Pamela Rogers Bosch
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The increasing popularity of activity tracking devices presents an opportunity to monitor physical activity in patients after stroke. We sought to determine the reliability and accuracy of the Garmin Vivofit and Fitbit Zip for adults after stroke. METHODS: Twenty-four participants with stroke-induced hemiparesis wore a Fitbit Zip on the nonparetic hip and Garmin Vivofits on both wrists during a 6-minute walk test to determine the accuracy of the devices against video-determined step counts...
August 4, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756040/viscoelastic-parameter-identification-of-human-brain-tissue
#6
S Budday, G Sommer, G A Holzapfel, P Steinmann, E Kuhl
Understanding the constitutive behavior of the human brain is critical to interpret the physical environment during neurodevelopment, neurosurgery, and neurodegeneration. A wide variety of constitutive models has been proposed to characterize the brain at different temporal and spatial scales. Yet, their model parameters are typically calibrated with a single loading mode and fail to predict the behavior under arbitrary loading conditions. Here we used a finite viscoelastic Ogden model with six material parameters-an elastic stiffness, two viscoelastic stiffnesses, a nonlinearity parameter, and two viscous time constants-to model the characteristic nonlinearity, conditioning, hysteresis and tension-compression asymmetry of the human brain...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755237/uncertainty-quantification-and-sensitivity-analysis-of-an-arterial-wall-mechanics-model-for-evaluation-of-vascular-drug-therapies
#7
Maarten H G Heusinkveld, Sjeng Quicken, Robert J Holtackers, Wouter Huberts, Koen D Reesink, Tammo Delhaas, Bart Spronck
Quantification of the uncertainty in constitutive model predictions describing arterial wall mechanics is vital towards non-invasive assessment of vascular drug therapies. Therefore, we perform uncertainty quantification to determine uncertainty in mechanical characteristics describing the vessel wall response upon loading. Furthermore, a global variance-based sensitivity analysis is performed to pinpoint measurements that are most rewarding to be measured more precisely. We used previously published carotid diameter-pressure and intima-media thickness (IMT) data (measured in triplicate), and Holzapfel-Gasser-Ogden models...
July 28, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753691/experimental-study-of-anisotropic-stress-strain-relationships-of-aortic-and-pulmonary-artery-homografts-and-synthetic-vascular-grafts
#8
Yueqian Jia, Yangyang Qiao, I Ricardo Argueta-Morales, Aung Maung, Jack Norfleet, Yuanli Bai, Eduardo Divo, Alain J Kassab, William M DeCampli
Homografts and synthetic grafts are used in surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD). Determining these materials' mechanical properties will aid in understanding tissue behavior when subjected to abnormal CHD hemodynamics. Homograft tissue samples from anterior/posterior aspects, of ascending/descending aorta (AA, DA), innominate artery (IA), left subclavian artery (LScA), left common carotid artery (LCCA), main/left/right pulmonary artery (MPA, LPA, RPA), and synthetic vascular grafts, were obtained in three orientations: circumferential, diagonal (45 deg relative to circumferential direction), and longitudinal...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733705/-unclear-right-atrial-tumor-in-a-40-year-old-patient-with-marfan-syndrome
#9
S Baarfuß, J Haimerl, B Zrenner, A Liebold, K Holzapfel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 21, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733037/efficient-probabilistic-finite-element-analysis-of-a-lumbar-motion-segment
#10
Dana J Coombs, Paul J Rullkoetter, Peter J Laz
Finite element models of the lumbar spine are useful in assessing biomechanics and performance of implants. Models are often developed using the anatomy of an individual subject. Average mechanical property values for the annulus and other soft tissue structures are typically utilized from the literature, as data for the same subject are not available. However, these properties can have significant variability. While probabilistic methods enable the impact of soft tissue property variability on spine mechanics to be assessed, they often require lengthy computation times...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727142/genomic-and-transcriptomic-heterogeneity-of-colorectal-tumors-arising-in-lynch-syndrome
#11
Hans Binder, Lydia Hopp, Michal R Schweiger, Steve Hoffmann, Frank Jühling, Martin Kerick, Bernd Timmermann, Susann Siebert, Christina Grimm, Lilit Nersisyan, Arsen Arakelyan, Maria Herberg, Peter Buske, Henry Loeffler-Wirth, Maciej Rosolowski, Christoph Engel, Jens Przybilla, Martin Peifer, Nicolaus Friedrichs, Gabriela Moeslein, Margarete Odenthal, Michelle Hussong, Sophia Peters, Stefanie Holzapfel, Jacob Nattermann, Robert Hueneburg, Wolff Schmiegel, Brigitte Royer-Pokora, Stefan Aretz, Michael Kloth, Matthias Kloor, Reinhard Buettner, Jörg Galle, Markus Loeffler
Colorectal cancer (CRC) arising in Lynch Syndrome (LS) comprises tumors with constitutional mutations in DNA mismatch-repair genes. Whole-genome and transcriptome studies of LS-CRC are still missing to address questions about similarities and differences of mutation and gene expression characteristics between LS-CRC and sporadic CRC, about the molecular heterogeneity of LS-CRC and about specific mechanisms of LS-CRC genesis linked to dysfunctional mismatch-repair in LS colonic mucosa and the possible role of immune editing...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725934/-scaffold-based-bone-tissue-engineering
#12
REVIEW
B M Holzapfel, M Rudert, D W Hutmacher
Tissue engineering provides the possibility of regenerating damaged or lost osseous structures without the need for permanent implants. Within this context, biodegradable and bioresorbable scaffolds can provide structural and biomechanical stability until the body's own tissue can take over their function. Additive biomanufacturing makes it possible to design the scaffold's architectural characteristics to specifically guide tissue formation and regeneration. Its nano-, micro-, and macro-architectural properties can be tailored to ensure vascularization, oxygenation, nutrient supply, waste exchange, and eventually ossification not only in its periphery but also in its center, which is not in direct contact with osteogenic elements of the surrounding healthy tissue...
August 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718975/pyrene-mo-shuffle-controlling-excited-state-and-redox-properties-by-changing-the-nature-of-the-frontier-orbitals
#13
Julia Merz, Julian Fink, Alexandra Friedrich, Ivo Krummenacher, Hamad Al Mamari, Sabine Lorenzen, Martin Hähnel, Antonius Eichhorn, Michael Moos, Marco Holzapfel, Holger Braunschweig, Christoph Lambert, Andreas Steffen, Lei Ji, Todd B Marder
We show that by judicious choice of substituents at the 2,7-positions of pyrene, the frontier orbital order of pyrene can be modified, giving enhanced control over the nature and properties of the photoexcited states and the redox potentials. Specifically, we introduced a julolidine-like moiety and Bmes2 (mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2) as very strong donor (D) and acceptor (A), respectively, giving 2,7-D-π-D- and unsymmetric 2,7-D-π-A-pyrene derivatives, in which the donor destabilizes the HOMO-1 and the acceptor stabilizes the LUMO+1 of the pyrene core...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692131/vitis-vinifera-root-and-leaf-metabolic-composition-during-fruit-maturation-implications-of-defoliation
#14
Gerhard C Rossouw, Beverley A Orchard, Katja Šuklje, Jason P Smith, Celia Barril, Alain Deloire, Bruno P Holzapfel
Grapevine (Vitis vinifera) roots and leaves represent major carbohydrate and nitrogen (N) sources, either as recent assimilates, or mobilized from labile or storage pools. This study examined the response of root and leaf primary metabolism following defoliation treatments applied to fruiting vines during ripening. The objective was to link alterations in root and leaf metabolism to carbohydrate and N source functioning under conditions of increased fruit sink demand. Potted grapevine leaf area was adjusted near the start of véraison to 25 primary leaves per vine compared to 100 leaves for the control...
July 10, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684572/complete-genome-sequence-of-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-bfe5264-isolated-from-maasai-traditional-fermented-milk
#15
Sang-Haeng Choi, Yosep Ji, Soyoung Park, Julius Mathara, Wilhelm Holzapfel, Jihee Kang
Here, we report the complete genome of Lactobacillus rhamnosus BFE5264, which was sequenced with the Pacific Biosciences RSII platform. The genome size is 3.01 Mb and includes 3,077 annotated coding sequences, including genes associated with the promotion of intestinal epithelial homeostasis through specific signaling pathways.
July 6, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670494/lycopene-reduces-ovarian-tumor-growth-and-intraperitoneal-metastatic-load
#16
Nina Pauline Holzapfel, Ali Shokoohmand, Ferdinand Wagner, Marietta Landgraf, Simon Champ, Boris Michael Holzapfel, Judith Ann Clements, Dietmar Werner Hutmacher, Daniela Loessner
Mutagens like oxidants cause lesions in the DNA of ovarian and fallopian tube epithelial cells, resulting in neoplastic transformation. Reduced exposure of surface epithelia to oxidative stress may prevent the onset or reduce the growth of ovarian cancer. Lycopene is well-known for its excellent antioxidant properties. In this study, the potential of lycopene in the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer was investigated using an intraperitoneal animal model. Lycopene prevention significantly reduced the metastatic load of ovarian cancer-bearing mice, whereas treatment of already established ovarian tumors with lycopene significantly diminished the tumor burden...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659895/autoinducer-2-quorum-sensing-influences-viability-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-under-osmotic-and-in-vitro-gastrointestinal-stress-conditions
#17
Hyunjoon Park, Kyuyeon Lee, Soyoung Yeo, Heuynkil Shin, Wilhelm H Holzapfel
Bacteria use autoinducer molecules to communicate both at intra-species and inter-species levels by quorum sensing. One such cell density-dependent signaling system is the luxS-mediated universal quorum sensing using autoinducer-2 (AI-2). Virulence of several pathogens is determined by an AI-2 system and is related to colonization and infection of the host. From this concept, numerous papers have suggested that AI-2 inhibition is an important strategy toward designing of new antimicrobial agents. However, recent studies indicate that the AI-2 system is also involved in adaptation and survival under environmental stress conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658600/rheological-characterization-of-human-brain-tissue
#18
S Budday, G Sommer, J Haybaeck, P Steinmann, G A Holzapfel, E Kuhl
The rheology of ultrasoft materials like the human brain is highly sensitive to regional and temporal variations and to the type of loading. While recent experiments have shaped our understanding of the time-independent, hyperelastic response of human brain tissue, its time-dependent behavior under various loading conditions remains insufficiently understood. Here we combine cyclic and relaxation testing under multiple loading conditions, shear, compression, and tension, to understand the rheology of four different regions of the human brain, the cortex, the basal ganglia, the corona radiata, and the corpus callosum...
June 26, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448500/genome-wide-physical-activity-interactions-in-adiposity-a-meta-analysis-of-200-452-adults
#19
Mariaelisa Graff, Robert A Scott, Anne E Justice, Kristin L Young, Mary F Feitosa, Llilda Barata, Thomas W Winkler, Audrey Y Chu, Anubha Mahajan, David Hadley, Luting Xue, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Marcel den Hoed, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Qibin Qi, Julius S Ngwa, Frida Renström, Lydia Quaye, John D Eicher, James E Hayes, Marilyn Cornelis, Zoltan Kutalik, Elise Lim, Jian'an Luan, Jennifer E Huffman, Weihua Zhang, Wei Zhao, Paula J Griffin, Toomas Haller, Shafqat Ahmad, Pedro M Marques-Vidal, Stephanie Bien, Loic Yengo, Alexander Teumer, Albert Vernon Smith, Meena Kumari, Marie Neergaard Harder, Johanne Marie Justesen, Marcus E Kleber, Mette Hollensted, Kurt Lohman, Natalia V Rivera, John B Whitfield, Jing Hua Zhao, Heather M Stringham, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Charlotte Huppertz, Gonneke Willemsen, Wouter J Peyrot, Ying Wu, Kati Kristiansson, Ayse Demirkan, Myriam Fornage, Maija Hassinen, Lawrence F Bielak, Gemma Cadby, Toshiko Tanaka, Reedik Mägi, Peter J van der Most, Anne U Jackson, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Veronique Vitart, Jonathan Marten, Pau Navarro, Claire Bellis, Dorota Pasko, Åsa Johansson, Søren Snitker, Yu-Ching Cheng, Joel Eriksson, Unhee Lim, Mette Aadahl, Linda S Adair, Najaf Amin, Beverley Balkau, Juha Auvinen, John Beilby, Richard N Bergman, Sven Bergmann, Alain G Bertoni, John Blangero, Amélie Bonnefond, Lori L Bonnycastle, Judith B Borja, Søren Brage, Fabio Busonero, Steve Buyske, Harry Campbell, Peter S Chines, Francis S Collins, Tanguy Corre, George Davey Smith, Graciela E Delgado, Nicole Dueker, Marcus Dörr, Tapani Ebeling, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Tõnu Esko, Jessica D Faul, Mao Fu, Kristine Færch, Christian Gieger, Sven Gläser, Jian Gong, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Harald Grallert, Tanja B Grammer, Niels Grarup, Gerard van Grootheest, Kennet Harald, Nicholas D Hastie, Aki S Havulinna, Dena Hernandez, Lucia Hindorff, Lynne J Hocking, Oddgeir L Holmens, Christina Holzapfel, Jouke Jan Hottenga, Jie Huang, Tao Huang, Jennie Hui, Cornelia Huth, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Alan L James, John-Olov Jansson, Min A Jhun, Markus Juonala, Leena Kinnunen, Heikki A Koistinen, Ivana Kolcic, Pirjo Komulainen, Johanna Kuusisto, Kirsti Kvaløy, Mika Kähönen, Timo A Lakka, Lenore J Launer, Benjamin Lehne, Cecilia M Lindgren, Mattias Lorentzon, Robert Luben, Michel Marre, Yuri Milaneschi, Keri L Monda, Grant W Montgomery, Marleen H M De Moor, Antonella Mulas, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, A W Musk, Reija Männikkö, Satu Männistö, Narisu Narisu, Matthias Nauck, Jennifer A Nettleton, Ilja M Nolte, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Matthias Olden, Ken K Ong, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Lavinia Paternoster, Jeremiah Perez, Markus Perola, Annette Peters, Ulrike Peters, Patricia A Peyser, Inga Prokopenko, Hannu Puolijoki, Olli T Raitakari, Tuomo Rankinen, Laura J Rasmussen-Torvik, Rajesh Rawal, Paul M Ridker, Lynda M Rose, Igor Rudan, Cinzia Sarti, Mark A Sarzynski, Kai Savonen, William R Scott, Serena Sanna, Alan R Shuldiner, Steve Sidney, Günther Silbernagel, Blair H Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Harold Snieder, Alena Stančáková, Barbara Sternfeld, Amy J Swift, Tuija Tammelin, Sian-Tsung Tan, Barbara Thorand, Dorothée Thuillier, Liesbeth Vandenput, Henrik Vestergaard, Jana V van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, Marie-Claude Vohl, Uwe Völker, Gérard Waeber, Mark Walker, Sarah Wild, Andrew Wong, Alan F Wright, M Carola Zillikens, Niha Zubair, Christopher A Haiman, Loic Lemarchand, Ulf Gyllensten, Claes Ohlsson, Albert Hofman, Fernando Rivadeneira, André G Uitterlinden, Louis Pérusse, James F Wilson, Caroline Hayward, Ozren Polasek, Francesco Cucca, Kristian Hveem, Catharina A Hartman, Anke Tönjes, Stefania Bandinelli, Lyle J Palmer, Sharon L R Kardia, Rainer Rauramaa, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Veikko Salomaa, Brenda W J H Penninx, Eco J C de Geus, Dorret I Boomsma, Terho Lehtimäki, Massimo Mangino, Markku Laakso, Claude Bouchard, Nicholas G Martin, Diana Kuh, Yongmei Liu, Allan Linneberg, Winfried März, Konstantin Strauch, Mika Kivimäki, Tamara B Harris, Vilmundur Gudnason, Henry Völzke, Lu Qi, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, John C Chambers, Jaspal S Kooner, Philippe Froguel, Charles Kooperberg, Peter Vollenweider, Göran Hallmans, Torben Hansen, Oluf Pedersen, Andres Metspalu, Nicholas J Wareham, Claudia Langenberg, David R Weir, David J Porteous, Eric Boerwinkle, Daniel I Chasman, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Inês Barroso, Mark I McCarthy, Timothy M Frayling, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Cornelia M van Duijn, Michael Boehnke, Iris M Heid, Karen L Mohlke, David P Strachan, Caroline S Fox, Ching-Ti Liu, Joel N Hirschhorn, Robert J Klein, Andrew D Johnson, Ingrid B Borecki, Paul W Franks, Kari E North, L Adrienne Cupples, Ruth J F Loos, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen
Physical activity (PA) may modify the genetic effects that give rise to increased risk of obesity. To identify adiposity loci whose effects are modified by PA, we performed genome-wide interaction meta-analyses of BMI and BMI-adjusted waist circumference and waist-hip ratio from up to 200,452 adults of European (n = 180,423) or other ancestry (n = 20,029). We standardized PA by categorizing it into a dichotomous variable where, on average, 23% of participants were categorized as inactive and 77% as physically active...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421372/vascular-development-of-the-grapevine-vitis-vinifera-l-inflorescence-rachis-in-response-to-flower-number-plant-growth-regulators-and-defoliation
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Aude M Gourieroux, Bruno P Holzapfel, Margaret E McCully, Geoffrey R Scollary, Suzy Y Rogiers
The grapevine inflorescence is a determinate panicle and as buds emerge, shoot, flower and rachis development occur simultaneously. The growth and architecture of the rachis is determined by genetic and environmental factors but here we examined the role of flower and leaf number as well as hormones on its elongation and vascular development. The consequences of rachis morphology and vascular area on berry size and composition were also assessed. One week prior to anthesis, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon field vines were exposed to manual flower removal, exogenous plant growth regulators or pre-bloom leaf removal...
September 2017: Journal of Plant Research
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