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Binit Sureka, Aliza Mittal, Mahesh K Mittal, Kanhaiya Agarwal, Mukul Sinha, Brij Bhushan Thukral
Background: Accurate and detailed measurements of spinal canal diameter (SCD) and transverse foraminal morphometry are essential for understanding spinal column-related diseases and for surgical planning, especially for transpedicular screw fixation. This is especially because lateral cervical radiographs do not provide accurate measurements. Aim: This study was conducted to measure the dimensions of the transverse foramen sagittal and transverse diameters (SFD, TFD), SCD, and the distance of spinal canal from the transverse foramina (dSC-TF) at C1-C7 level in the Indian population...
March 2018: Neurology India
R Sheelakumari, C Kesavadas, V S Lekha, Sunitha Justus, P Sankara Sarma, Ramshekhar Menon
Context: Annually 10-12% of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are likely to progress to Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The morphometric profile in stable non-converters has not been adequately characterized. Aims: To determine the structural differences between amnestic MCI and early AD using volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its correlation with neuropsychological test performances. Settings and Design: This was a hospital-based case-control study...
March 2018: Neurology India
Michael B Wayson, Wesley E Bolch
Internal radiation dose estimates for diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures are typically calculated for a reference individual. Resultantly, there is uncertainty when determining the organ doses to patients who are not at 50th percentile on either height or weight. This study aims to better personalize internal radiation dose estimates for individual patients by modifying the dose estimates calculated for reference individuals based on easily obtainable morphometric characteristics of the patient. Phantoms of different sitting heights and waist circumferences were constructed based on computational reference phantoms for the newborn, 10-year-old, and adult...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Mario A Saporta, Renata de Moraes Maciel
The human skin is richly innervated by nerve fibers of different calibers and functions, including thickly myelinated large fibers that act as afferents for mechanoreceptors in the dermal papillae. Skin biopsies offer minimally invasive access to these myelinated fibers, in which each internode represents an individual myelinating Schwann cell. Using this approach, human myelinated nerve fibers can be analyzed by several methods, including immunostaining, morphometric and ultrastructural analysis, and molecular biology techniques...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sibel Türedi, Esin Yuluğ, Ahmet Alver, Akin Bodur, İmran İnce
The present study evaluated the neuroprotective and antioxidant effects of quercetin in a rat model of sciatic nerve crush injury using histopathological, morphometric and biochemical methods. A total of 48 male Sprague Dawley rats, aged 10-12 weeks old were randomly divided into eight groups, consisting of two sham groups (S-7, S-28), three quercetin-treated groups (Q-7, Q-28; 200 mg/kg/7 days), trauma (T-7, T-28; 1 min sciatic nerve crush injury) and three trauma+quercetin groups (T+Q-7, T+Q-28; trauma+quercetin 200 mg/kg/7 days)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hanyu Qian, Yunpeng Ding, Yangou Wu, Shengjiao Li
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of replanted rats' teeth that had been soaked in one of three modified Hank's balanced salt solutions (HBSSs) before replantation and after extended extra-oral dry time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Maxillary right incisors were extracted from 55 Wistar rats and kept dry for 30 or 60 min (n = 5 each). Afterwards, the pulp was extirpated and both the papilla and enamel organ were removed with a scalpel. Each group of teeth was soaked in one of three modified HBSSs or HBSS alone...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
A V Tereshchenko, Yu A Belyy, Yu A Sidorova, I G Trifanenkova, M S Tereshchenkova, Yu A Yudina
AIM: to develop the methodology of early primary vitrectomy for aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 10 preterm infants (20 eyes; gestational term - 26-30 weeks, post-conceptual age - 34-39 weeks) with severe forms of aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity (AP-ROP). All patients underwent a complex ophthalmic examination. Their results were compared with retrospective data of earlier treated AP-ROP patients (10 preterm infants, 20 eyes), in whom laser photocoagulation (LC) was done first (gestational period at the time of LC ranged from 26 to 30 weeks, post-conceptual age - from 34 to 39 weeks)...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Orhan Beger, Uğur Dinç, Burhan Beger, Deniz Uzmansel, Zeliha Kurtoğlu
PURPOSE: The main objective of this study is to showcase the growth dynamics of levator scapulae, rhomboid major, and rhomboid minor algebraically, to help plan surgeries on newborns and young infants. METHODS: Twenty-five formalin-fixed fetuses (11 male-14 female) with a mean gestational age of 21.80 ± 2.61 (range 18-27) weeks present in the inventory of Mersin University Faculty of Medicine Anatomy Department were dissected. Surface area of levator scapulae, rhomboid major, and rhomboid minor was calculated using digital image analysis software; width and length parameters were measured using digital calipers...
March 15, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Kristina Stanković, Brian G Booth, Femke Danckaers, Fien Burg, Philippe Vermaelen, Saartje Duerinck, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
Background: Foot morphology has received increasing attention from both biomechanics researches and footwear manufacturers. Usually, the morphology of the foot is quantified by 2D footprints. However, footprint quantification ignores the foot's vertical dimension and hence, does not allow accurate quantification of complex 3D foot shape. Methods: The shape variation of healthy 3D feet in a population of 31 adult women and 31 adult men who live in Belgium was studied using geometric morphometric methods...
2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
M Musy, K Flaherty, J Raspopovic, A Robert-Moreno, J Richtsmeier, J Sharpe
To determine the developmental stage of embryonic mice we apply a geometric morphometric approach to the changing shape of the mouse limb bud as it grows from embryonic day 10 to embryonic day 15 post conception. As the ontogenetic sequence results in the de novo emergence of shape features not present in the early stages, we have created a standard ontogenetic trajectory for limb bud development - a quantitative characterization of shape change during limb morphogenesis. This trajectory of form as a function of time also gives us the reverse function: the ability to infer developmental stage from form, with a typical uncertainty of 2 hours...
March 14, 2018: Development
Marjorie da Silva, Fernando Barbosa Noll, Adriana C Morales-Corrêa E Castro
Swarm-founding wasps are endemic and common representatives of neotropical fauna and compose an interesting social tribe of vespids, presenting both complex social characteristics and uncommon traits for a eusocial group, such as the absence of castes with distinct morphology. The paper wasp Protonectarina sylveirae (Saussure) presents a broad distribution from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, occurring widespread in the Atlantic rainforest and arboreal Caatinga, being absent in the Amazon region. Given the peculiar distribution among swarm-founding wasps, an integrative approach to reconstruct the evolutionary history of P...
2018: PloS One
Laurie G Sherlock, Ashley Trumpie, Laura Hernandez-Lagunas, Sarah McKenna, Susan Fisher, Russell Bowler, Clyde J Wright, Cassidy Delaney, Eva Nozik-Grayck
BACKGROUND: A naturally occurring single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), (R213 G), in extracellular superoxide dismutase (SOD3), decreases SOD3 matrix binding affinity. Humans and mature mice expressing the R213 G SNP exhibit increased cardiovascular disease but decreased lung disease. The impact of this SNP on the neonatal lung at baseline or with injury is unknown. METHODS: Wild type and homozygous R213 G mice were injected with intraperitoneal bleomycin or phosphate buffered saline (PBS) three times weekly for three weeks and tissue harvested at 22 days of life...
March 14, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Hellen Cs Römkens, Henny Jm Beckers, Jan Sag Schouten, Tos Tjm Berendschot, Carroll Ab Webers
Purpose: The aim of this study is to generate reference values for anterior chamber morphometrics to facilitate the interpretation of anterior chamber images acquired with swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) in a Caucasian population. Materials and methods: Non-glaucomatous Caucasian subjects, who were newly referred to the outpatient department of the University Eye Clinic Maastricht UMC+, were asked to undergo anterior segment assessment with SS-OCT imaging prior to routine eye examination (including visual acuity and refractive error measurements, Goldmann applanation tonometry, slit lamp examination and funduscopy)...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
Konstantinos Natsis, Maria Piagkou, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Trifon Totlis, Nikolaos Anastasopoulos, Jannis Constantinidis
PURPOSE: The current study investigated the incidence, morphology and morphometry of the ossified ligaments expanding between petrous bone and posterior clinoid processes and in between the anterior, middle and posterior clinoid processes. Side symmetry, gender dimorphism and age influence were also studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 123 adult Greek dry skulls were observed. RESULTS: A caroticoclinoid bar (CCB) was found in 60.2%. Partial CCBs appeared more commonly (36...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Rampalli Viswa Chandra, Neeraja Suvvari, Aileni Amarender Reddy
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to clinically and radiographically compare the trephine core procedure and the bone-added osteotome sinus floor elevation technique in the augmentation of the sinus floor. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single site in each subject requiring sinus augmentation where the residual bone height was ~4 mm was randomly allocated to either the trephine core procedure or the bone-added osteotome sinus floor elevation technique. Measures of bone fill and bone height were also acquired through scans from cone beam computed tomography obtained before the sinus augmentation procedure (baseline) and before implant placement at approximately 6 months postoperatively...
March 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Peter Stoustrup, Christian Kerting Iversen, Kasper Dahl Kristensen, Cory M Resnick, Carlalberta Verna, Sven Erik Nørholt, Shelly Abramowicz, Annelise Küseler, Paolo Maria Cattaneo, Troels Herlin, Thomas Klit Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: Patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and involvement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) often experience abnormal facial growth. Three-dimensional (3D) assessment of dentofacial growth deviation has become more common with advancement and commercialization of imaging technologies. However, no standardized guidelines exist for interpretation of 3D imaging in patients with JIA. The aim of this study was to propose and validate morphometric measures for the 3D radiographic assessment of dentofacial growth deviation in patients with JIA to enhance: 1) Description of dentofacial growth deviation; 2) Treatment planning; 3) Longitudinal follow-up...
2018: PloS One
Jens Wollebaek, Jan Heggenes, Knut H Roed
Ecotype variation in species exhibiting different life history strategies may reflect heritable adaptations to optimize reproductive success, and potential for speciation. Traditionally, ecotypes have, however, been defined by morphometrics and life history characteristics, which may be confounded with individual plasticity. Here, we use the widely distributed and polytypic freshwater fish species brown trout ( Salmo trutta ) as a model to study piscivorous life history and its genetic characteristics in environmentally contrasting habitats; a large lake ecosystem with one major large and stable tributary, and several small tributaries...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Grigorii Markevich, Evgeny Esin, Liudmila Anisimova
The study examines the basic morphological and ecological features of Dolly Varden from Lake Kronotskoe (Russia, Kamchatka). Seven valid morphs different in head proportions, feeding, timing, and place of spawning have been determined in this ecosystem. The basic morphometric characteristics clearly separate Lake Kronotskoe morphs from each other, as well as from its potential ancestor (Dolly Varden). According to CVA analysis, the most notable morphological characteristics determining the mouth position are the length of a lower jaw and rostrum...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
DeAnna E Beasley, Clint A Penick, Nana S Boateng, Holly L Menninger, Robert R Dunn
Many ectotherms show a decrease in body size with increasing latitude due to changes in climate, a pattern termed converse Bergmann's rule. Urban conditions-particularly warmer temperatures and fragmented landscapes-may impose stresses on development that could disrupt these body size patterns. To test the impact of urbanization on development and latitudinal trends in body size, we launched a citizen science project to collect periodical cicadas ( Magicicada septendecim ) from across their latitudinal range during the 2013 emergence of Brood II...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Kenji Sakamoto, Taishi Suzuki, Kosuke Takahashi, Takumi Koguchi, Tasuku Hirayama, Asami Mori, Tsutomu Nakahara, Hideko Nagasawa, Kunio Ishii
Excitoneurotoxicity is regarded as one of the mechanisms of the death of retinal ganglion cells induced by retinal central artery occlusion and glaucoma. Oxidative stress is at least in part involved in excitoneurotoxicity. Fenton reaction, which is catalyzed by Fe2+ , is known to cause formation of hydroxyl radical, one of reactive oxygen species, suggesting that chelation of iron may be protective against excitoneurotoxicity. In the present study, we histologically evaluated whether zinc-deferoxamine (Zn-DFO) and deferasirox (DFX), common iron-chelating agents, were protective against N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced retinal injury in the rat in vivo...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
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