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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821089/preparation-and-evaluation-of-chitosan-alginate-porous-microspheres-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-composite-hemostatic-sponges
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Chao Wang, Wenfeng Luo, Puwang Li, Sidong Li, Ziming Yang, Zhang Hu, Yangyang Liu, Ningjian Ao
We prepared a novel hemostatic material using chitosan (CS), alginate, and Bletilla striata, which showed good biocompatibility and hemostatic properties. Alginate-calcium porous microspheres (Alg) were prepared by emulsification/cross-linking methods, and Bletilla striata polysaccharide (Bsp) was extracted from the tubers by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. To improve the water absorption and accelerate the blood coagulation, Alg and Bsp were mixed with chitosan solution to form CS/Alg and CS/Alg/Bsp composite sponges by lyophilization...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820864/diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-pathology-in-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbits-a-case-control-study
#2
Daowei Li, Xiaoming Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCI/R) injury and to explore its association with pathology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Japanese male long-eared rabbits were chosen and divided into 7 groups (8 rabbits in each group): control group (C group), sham-operation control group (S group), and 5 experimental groups (E-2 h group, E-24 h group, E-48 h group, E-7 d group, and E-14 d group). Tarlov scoring and immunohistochemical staining were used to assess hindlimb motor function and observe the expression of glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP), respectively...
August 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820756/telmesani-radiological-classification-of-the-location-of-the-vertical-segment-of-the-facial-nerve-impact-on-surgical-approach-in-cochlear-implant-surgery
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Laila Mohammed Telmesani, Mona Khalid Alrammah
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to establish a radiological classification of the location of the vertical segment of the facial nerve (VSFN) and to see if this has implications on the surgical technique needed to access the round window niche (RWN) in cochlear implant (CI) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Observational case series study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: One hundred twenty seven patients underwent CI surgery, and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of 140 temporal bones was studied...
August 17, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820285/oligometastatic-cancer-stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-for-patients-affected-by-isolated-body-metastasis
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Andrea Lancia, Gianluca Ingrosso, Alessandra Carosi, Luana Di Murro, Emilia Giudice, Sara Cicchetti, Pasquale Morelli, Daniela di Cristino, Claudia Bruni, Alessandra Murgia, Alessandro Cancelli, Irene Turturici, Anjali Iadevaia, Elisabetta Ponti, Riccardo Santoni
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the outcome of patients affected by a single isolated body metastasis treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seven-eight patients were treated with SBRT for isolated body metastasis. The most frequent primary tumor was prostate cancer (28.2%), followed by colorectal cancer (23.1%) and lung cancer (20.5%). Median age at diagnosis of oligometastatic disease was 70 years (range 47-88). Median Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) was 90 (range 70-100)...
August 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820079/validation-of-a-system-for-monitoring-individual-feeding-and-drinking-behaviour-and-intake-in-young-cattle
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B R Oliveira, M N Ribas, F S Machado, J A M Lima, L F L Cavalcanti, M L Chizzotti, S G Coelho
The objective of this study was to validate an electronic system for monitoring individual feeding and drinking behaviour and intake developed for young cattle housed in group. A total of 35 Holstein-Gyr crossbred heifers (BW: 180±52 kg; age: 121.5±32.5 days), fitted with an ear tag containing a unique passive transponder, were distributed in three groups of 12, 12 and 11 animals per period and had free access to 12 electronic feed bins and two electronic water bins (Intergado® Ltd). The dimensions of feed and water bins, as well as the sensors position were appropriate for young cattle...
August 18, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819115/genome-wide-identification-and-expression-profiling-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-auditory-and-vestibular-systems
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Kathy Ushakov, Tal Koffler-Brill, Aviv Rom, Kobi Perl, Igor Ulitsky, Karen B Avraham
Mammalian genomes encode multiple layers of regulation, including a class of RNA molecules known as long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). These are >200 nucleotides in length and similar to mRNAs, they are capped, polyadenylated, and spliced. In contrast to mRNAs, lncRNAs are less abundant and have higher tissue specificity, and have been linked to development, epigenetic processes, and disease. However, little is known about lncRNA function in the auditory and vestibular systems, or how they play a role in deafness and vestibular dysfunction...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819108/spag6-mutant-mice-have-defects-in-development-and-function-of-spiral-ganglion-neurons-apoptosis-and-higher-sensitivity-to-paclitaxel
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Xiaofei Li, Lei Xu, Gaoying Sun, Xianmin Wu, Xiaohui Bai, Jianfeng Li, Jerome F Strauss, Zhibing Zhang, Haibo Wang
Mammalian Sperm Associated Antigen 6 (SPAG6) is the orthologue of Chlamydomonas PF16, a protein localized in the axoneme central apparatus. Recent studies showed that Spag6 has a role in brain neuronal proliferation and differentiation. The mammalian spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) are specialzed bipolar neurons in the inner ear. However, the role of SPAG6 in SGN has not been elucidated. Therefore, We hypothesized that a Spag6 knockout would affect the development and function of SGNs. We utilized Spag6-deficient mice and SGN explants to define the role of SPAG6...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818455/adipose-derived-stromal-cells-enhance-auditory-neuron-survival-in-an-animal-model-of-sensory-hearing-loss
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Philipp Schendzielorz, Maike Vollmer, Kristen Rak, Armin Wiegner, Nashwa Nada, Katrin Radeloff, Rudolf Hagen, Andreas Radeloff
BACKGROUND: A cochlear implant (CI) is an electronic prosthesis that can partially restore speech perception capabilities. Optimum information transfer from the cochlea to the central auditory system requires a proper functioning auditory nerve (AN) that is electrically stimulated by the device. In deafness, the lack of neurotrophic support, normally provided by the sensory cells of the inner ear, however, leads to gradual degeneration of auditory neurons with undesirable consequences for CI performance...
August 14, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818391/role-of-capillary-pericytes-and-precapillary-arterioles-in-the-vascular-mechanism-of-betahistine-in-a-guinea-pig-inner-ear-model
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Mattis Bertlich, Friedrich Ihler, Bernhard G Weiss, Saskia Freytag, Michael Strupp, Mark Jakob, Martin Canis
AIMS: Betahistine is a histamine analogue that is used for the treatment of Menière's disease. Animal studies showed that it increases local blood flow in the stria vascularis. In terms of its mode of action, recent studies have prompted discussion of whether betahistine actively affects cochlear microcirculation by dilations of pericytes or of precapillary arterioles or by mere downstream effects. Hence, we investigated the effects of betahistine on cochlear capillary pericytes and precapillary arterioles...
August 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818308/a-honey-bee-can-threat-ear-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Ufuk Düzenli, Nazım Bozan, Abdurrahman Ayral, Abdülaziz Yalınkılıç, Ahmet Faruk Kıroğlu
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is an otologic emergency. Many etiological factors can lead to this pathology. Honey bee (Apis mellifera) sting may lead to local and systemic reactions due to sensitization of the patient. In this paper we described a sudden sensorineural hearing loss occurred after honey bee sting.
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818080/standardized-systemic-phenotypic-analysis-reveals-kidney-dysfunction-as-main-alteration-of-kctd1-i27n-mutant-mice
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Sudhir Kumar, Birgit Rathkolb, Sibylle Sabrautzki, Stefan Krebs, Elisabeth Kemter, Lore Becker, Johannes Beckers, Raffi Bekeredjian, Robert Brommage, Julia Calzada-Wack, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Marion Horsch, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Kristin Moreth, Frauke Neff, Jan Rozman, Helmut Fuchs, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Eckhard Wolf, Bernhard Aigner
BACKGROUND: Increased levels of blood plasma urea were used as phenotypic parameter for establishing novel mouse models for kidney diseases on the genetic background of C3H inbred mice in the phenotype-driven Munich ENU mouse mutagenesis project. The phenotypically dominant mutant line HST014 was established and further analyzed. METHODS: Analysis of the causative mutation as well as the standardized, systemic phenotypic analysis of the mutant line was carried out...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817653/perilymph-pharmacokinetics-of-marker-applied-through-a-cochlear-implant-in-guinea-pigs
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Alec Salt, Jared Hartsock, Ruth Gill, Daniel Smyth, Jonathon Kirk, Kristien Verhoeven
Patients undergoing cochlear implantation could benefit from a simultaneous application of drugs into the ear, helping preserve residual low-frequency hearing and afferent nerve fiber populations. One way to apply drugs is to incorporate a cannula into the implant, through which drug solution is driven. For such an approach, perilymph concentrations achieved and the distribution in the ear over time have not previously been documented. We used FITC-labeled dextran as a marker, delivering it into perilymph of guinea pigs at 10 or 100 nL/min though a cannula incorporated into a cochlear implant with the outlet in the mid basal turn...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817116/total-tanshinones-exhibits-anti-inflammatory-effects-through-blocking-tlr4-dimerization-via-the-myd88-pathway
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Hongwei Gao, Xin Liu, Wen Sun, Naixin Kang, Yanli Liu, Shilin Yang, Qiong-Ming Xu, Chunming Wang, Xiuping Chen
Tanshinones belong to a group of lipophilic constituents of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (Danshen), which is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. A deluge of studies demonstrated that tanshinones exert anti-inflammatory effects, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear to date. This study investigated the anti-inflammatory effects and mechanisms of total tanshinones (TTN). TTN suppressed the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and the secretion of TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β in RAW264...
August 17, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816699/ceruminous-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-external-auditory-canal
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Andrew E Ebelhar, Dava S West, Rony K Aouad
An adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) of the ceruminous glands is very rare; its diagnosis is most often challenging, and simple biopsies may be misleading. Our paper describes a case of a circumferential mass of the left ear canal that was initially reported as a basal cell carcinoma on biopsies in the clinic and on frozen sections intraoperatively. The final pathology was an AdCC of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory canal. Our case reflects the difficulty in the diagnosis of an AdCC of the ceruminous gland and the importance of keeping broad differential diagnoses in mind when counseling patients with masses in the ear canals until final pathology is obtained...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816695/audiological-and-radiological-characteristics-in-incomplete-partition-malformations
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Merve Özbal Batuk, Betül Çiçek Çınar, Burçe Özgen, Gonca Sennaroğlu, Levent Sennaroğlu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the audiological and radiological findings of patients with incomplete partition malformations (IPs) and analyze the relationship between the audiological and radiological findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 84 patients (168 ears) with IPs as follows: 26 patients with Type I;IP-I (41 ears), 54 patients with Type II;IP-II (108 ears), and 4 patients with Type III;IP-III (8 ears). Remaining 11 ears were diagnosed with other inner ear malformations...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816689/single-stage-canal-wall-down-mastoidectomy-with-reconstruction-of-the-canal-wall-5-years-experience-in-fayoum-province-egypt
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Mohamed Qotb, Tamer Fawzy, Waleed Ragab
OBJECTIVE: Removing the posterior canal wall or canal wall down mastoidectomy (CWDM) for the management of cholesteatoma remains controversial. We advocate partial removal of the posterior canal wall for complete eradication, followed by canal wall defect reconstruction to restore the normal anatomy and avoid the complications of CWDM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-four patients with cholesteatoma (71 ears) were included. This study was conducted between 2009 and 2012...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816002/maternal-body-mass-index-relation-with-infant-respiratory-symptoms-and-infections
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Ashley Rajappan, Anna Pearce, Hazel M Inskip, Janis Baird, Sarah R Crozier, Cyrus Cooper, Keith M Godfrey, Graham Roberts, Jane S A Lucas, Katharine C Pike
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity is increasingly prevalent in many westernized countries. Many studies report associations between maternal obesity and childhood wheeze or asthma but few have considered maternal obesity in relation to respiratory infections or symptoms other than wheeze during infancy. This study assesses the relationship between maternal BMI and reported wheeze, cough and respiratory infections during the first year of life. METHODS: In 2799 mother-child pairs, we examined the relations between maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and pregnancy weight gain and reported offspring wheeze, prolonged cough, lower respiratory tract infection, croup, and ear infection before age 1 year, along with reported diarrhea or vomiting...
August 16, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815893/the-facial-morphology-in-down-syndrome-a-3d-comparison-of-patients-with-and-without-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Yasas S N Jayaratne, Ibrahim Elsharkawi, Eric A Macklin, Lauren Voelz, Gil Weintraub, Dennis Rosen, Brian G Skotko
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs at a high prevalence in patients with Down syndrome (DS). A polysomnogram, which is often cumbersome and challenging, remains the gold standard method of diagnosing OSA. OSA in patients with DS is often attributed to skeletal and soft-tissue structural alterations that are characteristic of the DS phenotype; as such, we hypothesized that assessing anthropometric facial measurements may be predictive of OSA in patients with DS. We used the 3dMDface sterophotography system to capture and create 3D facial images, and we subsequently identified facial landmarks using a single, experienced investigator and utilizing proprietary software to calculate inter-landmark distances and angles...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815315/emerging-gene-therapies-for-genetic-hearing-loss
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REVIEW
Hena Ahmed, Olga Shubina-Oleinik, Jeffrey R Holt
Gene therapy, or the treatment of human disease using genetic material, for inner ear dysfunction is coming of age. Recent progress in developing gene therapy treatments for genetic hearing loss has demonstrated tantalizing proof-of-principle in animal models. While successful translation of this progress into treatments for humans awaits, there is growing interest from patients, scientists, clinicians, and industry. Nonetheless, it is clear that a number of hurdles remain, and expectations for total restoration of auditory function should remain tempered until these challenges have been overcome...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814279/musashi-1-is-the-candidate-of-the-regulator-of-hair-cell-progenitors-during-inner-ear-regeneration
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Takahiro Wakasaki, Hiroaki Niiro, Siamak Jabbarzadeh-Tabrizi, Mitsuru Ohashi, Takashi Kimitsuki, Takashi Nakagawa, Shizuo Komune, Koichi Akashi
BACKGROUND: Hair cell loss in the cochlea is caused by ototoxic drugs, aging, and environmental stresses and could potentially lead to devastating pathophysiological effects. In adult mammals, hair cell loss is irreversible and may result in hearing and balance deficits. In contrast, nonmammalian vertebrates, including birds, can regenerate hair cells through differentiation of supporting cells and restore inner ear function, suggesting that hair cell progenitors are present in the population of supporting cells...
August 16, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
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