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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733449/mitochondrial-function-in-engineered-cardiac-tissues-is-co-regulated-by-extracellular-matrix-elasticity-and-tissue-alignment
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Davi Marco Lyra-Leite, Allen Mariano Andres, Andrew Patrick Petersen, Nethika Ruvini Ariyasinghe, Nathan Cho, Jezell Athena Lee, Roberta A Gottlieb, Megan L McCain
Mitochondria in cardiac myocytes are critical for generating ATP to meet the high metabolic demands associated with sarcomere shortening. Distinct remodeling of mitochondrial structure and function occur in cardiac myocytes in both developmental and pathological settings. However, the factors that underlie these changes are poorly understood. Because remodeling of tissue architecture and extracellular matrix (ECM) elasticity are also hallmarks of ventricular development and disease, we hypothesize that these environmental factors regulate mitochondrial function in cardiac myocytes...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727859/space-flight-associated-neuro-ocular-syndrome
#2
Andrew G Lee, Thomas H Mader, C Robert Gibson, William Tarver
New and unique physiologic and pathologic systemic and neuro-ocular responses have been documented in astronauts during and after long-duration space flight. Although the precise cause remains unknown, space flight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS) has been adopted as an appropriate descriptive term. The Space Medicine Operations Division of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has documented the variable occurrence of SANS in astronauts returning from long-duration space flight on the International Space Station...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718168/higher-reoperation-rate-following-cervical-disc-replacement-in-a-retrospective-long-term-comparative-study-of-715-patients
#3
Martin Skeppholm, Thomas Henriques, Tycho Tullberg
PURPOSE: To evaluate rates of secondary surgical interventions in a cohort treated with fusion (ACDF), artificial disc replacement (ADR) or a posterior surgical procedure (PP) because of a cervical degenerative pathology. METHODS: 715 patients treated with any primary cervical surgical intervention between the years 2000 and 2010 were retrospectively evaluated regarding frequency of secondary surgery between the years 2000 and 2015, thus giving a follow-up time of minimum 5 years...
July 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717139/relationship-between-retinal-inner-nuclear-layer-thickness-and-severity-of-visual-field-loss-in-glaucoma
#4
Eun Kyoung Kim, Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Chan Kee Park
Glaucoma is a disease characterized by pathologic changes in inner retinal layers, which are comprised of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). As retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) cross over other retinal neurons that are connected by synapses, it is meaningful to investigate the outer retinal changes in glaucoma. We evaluated the association between thicknesses of segmented retinal layers in macular region and severity of visual field loss in open-angle glaucoma (OAG). This study involved 103 glaucomatous eyes. Retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), ganglion cell layer (GCL), inner plexiform layer (IPL), inner nuclear layer (INL), outer plexiform layer (OPL), and outer nuclear layer (ONL) thicknesses were measured at the macular level using the Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography with segmentation software...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714016/elastin%C3%A2-derived-peptides-are-involved-in-the-processes-of-human-temporomandibular-disorder-by-inducing-inflammatory-responses-in-synovial-cells
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Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Rei Jokaji, Mayuko Miyazawa-Hira, Shigeyuki Takatsuka, Akira Tanaka, Kazuhiro Ooi, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Shuichi Kawashiri
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a collection of clinical symptoms that involve masticatory muscles and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Common symptoms include limited jaw motion and joint sound/pain, along with TMJ disc displacement. TMD is frequently associated with synovitis, a chronic inflammation of the synovium. Fibroblast‑like synovial cells have been identified to produce several inflammatory mediators and may have an important role in the progression of TMJ inflammation. Degradation of the extracellular matrix molecule elastin may lead to the release of bioactive peptides...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713050/the-biomechanical-impact-of-the-facet-tropism-on-the-intervertebral-disc-and-facet-joints-in-the-cervical-spine
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Xin Rong, Beiyu Wang, Chen Ding, Yuxiao Deng, Hua Chen, Yang Meng, Weijie Yan, Hao Liu
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The facet tropism is defined as the angular difference between the left and right facet orientation. The facet tropism was suggested to be associated with the disc degeneration and facet degeneration in the lumbar spine. However, little is known about the relationship between the facet tropism and pathological changes in the cervical spine and the mechanism behind. PURPOSE: This study was conducted to investigate the biomechanical impact of the facet tropism on the intervertebral disc and facet joints...
July 13, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709837/what-are-the-possibilities-of-spontaneous-resorption-of-a-thoracic-disc-herniation-occupying-more-than-20-of-the-spinal-canal-in-the-asymptomatic-subject-comparative-study
#7
David Brauge, Rachid Madkouri, Robert Clément, Vincent Reina, Thomas Brauge, Stephan Gaillard
Thoracic disc herniation is a rare pathology for which surgical treatment is difficult. The discovery of asymptomatic or only slightly symptomatic lesions can be problematic, especially in cases of marked canal stenosis. The possibility of spontaneous resorption has been documented by a few case reports but there is no study on this subject. Our objective was to compare the clinical and radiological data for two groups of patients with significant thoracic herniation (occupying more than 20% of the spinal canal): one showing spontaneous resorption (group 1) and the other persistence of the lesion during follow up (group 2)...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706811/surgical-technique-for-arthroscopy-assisted-anatomical-reconstruction-of-acromioclavicular-and-coracoclavicular-ligaments-using-autologous-hamstring-graft-in-chronic-acromioclavicular-joint-dislocations
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Bancha Chernchujit, Prashant Parate
Injuries to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint are becoming common with contact sports and bike accidents. It is well known that in AC dislocations, the first structure to fail is the AC capsule followed by the trapezoid and conoid ligaments. The function of these ligaments must be restored to restore the anatomy and physiology of the AC joint to get the best results. Until now, no technique has emerged as the gold standard for restoration of the AC joint anatomy and function. In our technique, the stress is on recreating the anatomy to make it more individualized based on individual variations...
June 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694501/retinal-blood-flow-velocity-change-in-parafoveal-capillary-after-topical-tafluprost-treatment-in-eyes-with-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Yuto Iida, Tadamichi Akagi, Hideo Nakanishi, Hanako Ohashi Ikeda, Satoshi Morooka, Kenji Suda, Tomoko Hasegawa, Satoshi Yokota, Munemitsu Yoshikawa, Akihito Uji, Nagahisa Yoshimura
Although ocular circulation at the retina and optic disc is known to be associated with the pathology of glaucoma, direct measurement of blood flow velocity has been difficult to obtain. This prospective observational study enrolled 11 consecutive patients with treatment-naïve primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and 11 healthy subjects, and the effects of topical tafluprost treatment on ocular circulation were examined at baseline and at 1, 4, and 12 weeks after initiating treatment with topical tafluprost on POAG patients using multiple modalities, which include adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO)...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691531/survival-analysis-of-the-wallis-interspinous-spacer-used-as-an-augment-to-lumbar-decompression
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Jamie A Nicholson, Chloe E H Scott, Andrew D Duckworth, John G Burke, John N Alastair Gibson
OBJECT: The Wallis fixed interspinous spacer may augment traditional decompression in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. The aim of this study was to determine factors influencing survival of the Wallis interspinous spacer and to identify specific modes and predictors of failure. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 244 Wallis interspinous spacers implanted in 195 consecutive patients with a mean age of 56 years (range 21-87) to augment single or multi-level decompression...
July 8, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686126/impact-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-urodynamic-studies-on-the-management-of-sacrococcygeal-dimples
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Goichiro Tamura, Nobuhito Morota, Satoshi Ihara
OBJECTIVE Sacrococcygeal dimples in neonates and infants are of uncertain pathological import. Previously they were believed to be rarely associated with intraspinal anomalies. Recent studies using MRI, however, revealed that 6%-7% of pediatric cases of sacrococcygeal dimples were associated with anatomical tethered spinal cord (TSC). Because the prevalence of tethered cord syndrome is still unclear, there is no consensus among pediatric neurosurgeons on the management of children with sacrococcygeal dimples...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683479/-diagnostic-precision-of-the-confocal-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy-in-the-large-optic-disc-with-physiological-excavation-a-long-term-study
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Eva Charlotte Koch, Niklas Plange, Matthias Fuest, Hannah Schimitzek, David Kuerten
We repeatedly examined 17 subjects with presumed bilateral physiological excavation labeled as pathological and/or borderline via HRT to verify the diagnosis of physiological cupping or to monitor the long-term progression into normal tension glaucoma. Patients and Methods 17 Subjects with presumed bilateral physiological cupping and large optic discs were included in this long-term follow-up study. All subjects underwent regular detailed ophthalmologic examinations, including intraocular pressure measurement via Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT), retinal nerve fiber layer imaging via optical coherence tonometry (OCT) and visual field testing and optic disc imaging using the HRT...
July 6, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676980/clinical-and-radiological-outcome-at-10-years-of-follow-up-after-total-cervical-disc-replacement
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Christoph Mehren, Franziska Heider, Christoph J Siepe, Bernhard Zillner, Ralph Kothe, Andreas Korge, H Michael Mayer
PURPOSE: Previous studies have demonstrated that total cervical disc replacement (cTDR) represents a viable treatment alternative to the 'gold standard' anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for the treatment of well-defined cervical pathologies at short- and mid-term follow-up (FU). However, the implementation and acceptance of a non-fusion philosophy is closely associated with its avoidance of adjacent segment degeneration. Proof of the functional sustainability and clinical improvement of symptoms at long-term FU is still pending...
July 4, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676344/crispr-epigenome-editing-of-akap150-in-drg-neurons-abolishes-degenerative-ivd-induced-neuronal-activation
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Joshua D Stover, Niloofar Farhang, Kristofer C Berrett, Jason Gertz, Brandon Lawrence, Robby D Bowles
Back pain is a major contributor to disability and has significant socioeconomic impacts worldwide. The degenerative intervertebral disc (IVD) has been hypothesized to contribute to back pain, but a better understanding of the interactions between the degenerative IVD and nociceptive neurons innervating the disc and treatment strategies that directly target these interactions is needed to improve our understanding and treatment of back pain. We investigated degenerative IVD-induced changes to dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neuron activity and utilized CRISPR epigenome editing as a neuromodulation strategy...
July 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669725/mir-21-promotes-fibrosis-and-hypertrophy-of-ligamentum-flavum-in-lumbar-spinal-canal-stenosis-by-activating-il-6-expression
#15
Chao Sun, Jiwei Tian, Xinhui Liu, Guoping Guan
The molecular mechanism underlying the fibrosis of ligamentum flavum(LF) in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis(LSCS) remains unknown. MicroRNAs are reported to play important roles in regulating fibrosis in different organs. The present study aimed to identify fibrosis related miR-21 expression profile and investigate the pathological process of miR-21 in the fibrosis of LF hypertrophy and associated regulatory mechanisms. 15 patients with LSCS underwent surgical treatment were enrolled in this study...
June 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669721/initial-investigation-of-individual-and-combined-annulus-fibrosus-and-nucleus-pulposus-repair-ex-vivo
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Stephen R Sloan, Devis Galesso, Cynthia Secchieri, Connor Berlin, Roger Hartl, Lawrence J Bonassar
Novel tissue engineered and biomaterial approaches to treat intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration focus on single aspects of the progressive disease and hence are insufficient repair strategies. In this study, annulus fibrosus (AF) and nucleus pulposus (NP) biomaterial repair strategies were used individually and combined to treat IVD degeneration modeled in ex vivo rat-tail motion segments by annulotomy and nucleotomy. An injectable riboflavin cross-linked high-density collagen gel patched defects in the AF, while NP repair consisted of injections of a modified hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel...
June 29, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666254/the-pi3k-akt-pathway-a-critical-player-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#17
REVIEW
Zhi-Hua Ouyang, Wen-Jun Wang, Yi-Guo Yan, Bin Wang, Guo-Hua Lv
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is thought to be the primary cause of low back pain, a severe public health problem worldwide. Current therapy for IDD aims to alleviate the symptoms and does not target the underlying pathological alternations within the disc. Activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway protects against IDD, which is attributed to increase of ECM content, prevention of cell apoptosis, facilitation of cell proliferation, induction or prevention of cell autophagy, alleviation of oxidative damage, and adaptation of hypoxic microenvironment...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654981/optic-nerve-tilt-crescent-ovality-and-torsion-in-a-multi-ethnic-cohort-of-young-adults-with-and-without-myopia
#18
Wendy L Marsh-Tootle, Elise Harb, Wei Hou, Qinghua Zhang, Heather A Anderson, Katherine Weise, Thomas T Norton, Jane Gwiazda, Leslie Hyman
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to evaluate optic nerve head (ONH) characteristics in an ethnically diverse cohort of young U.S. adults. Methods: In this study, 409 myopes and 206 nonmyopes (median age 22 years) completed measures including biometry and spectral domain optical coherence tomography from enface (ovality and torsion) and cross-sectional (tilt and crescent width) scans. Associated factors were evaluated using multivariable models. Results: In myopic versus nonmyopic right eyes, median tilt (6...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653916/biological-activities-of-allium-sativum-and-zingiber-officinale-extracts-on-clinically-important-bacterial-pathogens-their-phytochemical-and-ft-ir-spectroscopic-analysis
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Uzma Azeem Awan, Shaukat Ali, Amna Mir Shahnawaz, Irsa Shafique, Atiya Zafar, Muhammad Abdul Rauf Khan, Tahseen Ghous, Azhar Saleem, Saiqa Andleeb
The spread of bacterial infectious diseases is a major public threat. Herbs and spices have offered an excellent, important and useful source of antimicrobial agents against many pathological infections. In the current study, the antimicrobial potency of fresh, naturally and commercial dried Allium sativum and Zingiber officinale extracts had been investigated against seven local clinical bacterial isolates such as Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Serratia marcesnces by the agar disc diffusion method...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638872/hemorheology-index-changes-in-a-rat-acute-blood-stasis-model-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Jun-Xiu Zhang, Yu Feng, Yin Zhang, Yi Liu, Shao-Dan Li, Ming-Hui Yang
BACKGROUND: Blood stasis has received increasing attention in research related to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative Chinese and Western medicine. More than 90% of research studies use hemorheology indexes to evaluate the establishment of animal blood stasis models rather than pathological methods, as hemorheology index evaluations of blood stasis were short of the consolidated standard. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of hemorheology indexes in rat models of acute blood stasis (ABS) based on studies in which the ABS model had been confirmed by pathological methods...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
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