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Pu Liu, Chao Zhang, Jin-Qi Ma, Li-Yuan Zhang, Bo Yang, Xin-Yu Tang, Ling Huang, Xin-Tong Zhou, Kun Lu, Jia-Na Li
Cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenases (CKXs) play a critical role in the irreversible degradation of cytokinins, thereby regulating plant growth and development. Brassica napus is one of the most widely cultivated oilseed crops worldwide. With the completion of whole-genome sequencing of B. napus , genome-wide identification and expression analysis of the BnCKX gene family has become technically feasible. In this study, we identified 23 BnCKX genes and analyzed their phylogenetic relationships, gene structures, conserved motifs, protein subcellular localizations, and other properties...
March 16, 2018: Genes
James C Jackson, Dariush Mozaffarian, Amy J Graves, Nancy J Brown, Roberto Marchioli, Amy L Kiehl, E Wesley Ely
Background: Cognitive decline has been reported following cardiac surgery, leading to great interest in interventions to minimize its occurrence. Long-chain n-3 (ω-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been associated with less cognitive decline in observational studies, yet no trials have tested the effects of n-3 PUFAs on cognitive decline after surgery. Objective: We sought to determine whether perioperative n-3 PUFA supplementation reduces postoperative cognitive decline in patients postcardiac surgery...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Mohamed A Mohamed, Rohit Abraham, Tareq I Maraqa, Samir Elian
Aortic dissection is a rare and fatal complication of cocaine-induced hypertension. The injury mechanism is through shear stress that penetrates the intimal vessel layer, allowing blood flow to separate intimal and medial layers. Due to its scarcity and the paucity of related literature, our knowledge of this condition is limited. We present a rare case of a cocaine-induced aortic dissection, which extended continuously from the aortic root to the common iliacs, along with a literature review of similar cases...
January 12, 2018: Curēus
Yoshitaka Shimizu, Takahito Okazaki, Tomoaki Hamana, Masahiro Irifune
Treatment of pseudoaneurysms in the internal carotid artery (ICA) is associated with a high risk of cerebral infarction; therefore, vessel ligation for hemostasis must be avoided. A 66-year-old man had intraoral hemorrhaging. At the time of the initial examination, computed tomography angiography showed jaw plate displacement near the ICA. A more detailed image was obtained using digital-subtraction angiography. After evaluation of the image, a pseudoaneurysm was diagnosed. Six days later, there were concerns about aspiration and airway obstruction; therefore, tracheostomy was performed...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Mustafa Kupeli, Resit Dogan Koseoglu
Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNC) is a rare and aggressive cancer accounting for 3% of all lung cancers. A small percentage of LCNC called combined LCNC, can be seen in combinations with other lung tumor types. Multimodal therapy is proposed for this type of tumor but there is no any significant therapy since it is very rare tumor. This patient was a 66-year male and a heavy smoker with no symptoms of lung disease. Computed tomography core biopsy showed suspected adenocarcinoma. Right lower lobectomy was performed with mediastinal lymph node dissection via mini thoracotomy...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Arata Takahashi, Hiraku Kumamaru, Ai Tomotaki, Goki Matsumura, Eriko Fukuchi, Yasutaka Hirata, Arata Murakami, Hideki Hashimoto, Minoru Ono, Hiroaki Miyata
BACKGROUND: Japan Congenital Cardiovascluar Surgical Database (JCCVSD) is a nationwide registry whose data are used for health quality assessment and clinical research in Japan. We evaluated the completeness of case registration and the accuracy of recorded data components including postprocedural mortality and complications in the database via on-site data adjudication. METHODS: We validated the records from JCCVSD 2010 to 2012 containing congenital cardiovascular surgery data performed in 111 facilities throughout Japan...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Chen Chen, Wenzhong Hu, Ruidong Zhang, Aili Jiang, Chenghui Liu
BACKGROUND: Effect of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) on inhibiting surface whitening of fresh-cut carrots was investigated. Whitening index, H2 O2 and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents, the activities of catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), glutathione reductase (GR), phenylalanine ammonialyase (PAL), polyphenol oxidase (PPO) and peroxidase (POD) and antioxidant capacities were evaluated. RESULTS: H2 S treatment significantly inhibited the surface whitening of fresh-cut carrots (P < 0...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Emanuela Traini, Rocco Bellantone, Serena Elisa Tempera, Salvatore Russo, Carmela De Crea, Celestino Pio Lombardi, Marco Raffaelli
PURPOSE: Indications and advantages of parathyroidectomy in patients with normocalcemic primary hyperparathyroidism (NHPT) are still matter of debate. We aimed to compare clinical presentation and surgical outcome between normocalcemic and hypercalcemic forms in a consecutive series of patients who underwent parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism. METHODS: Data of 731 consecutive patients were reviewed and retrospectively compared according to normocalcemic (group A) and hypercalcemic (group B) phenotypes...
March 14, 2018: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Cuimei Zhang, Shangli Shi
Drought severely limits global plant distribution and agricultural production. Elucidating the physiological and molecular mechanisms governing alfalfa stress responses will contribute to the improvement of drought tolerance in leguminous crops. In this study, the physiological and proteomic responses of two alfalfa ( Medicago sativa L.) varieties contrasting in drought tolerance, Longzhong (drought-tolerant) and Gannong No. 3 (drought-sensitive), were comparatively assayed when seedlings were exposed to -1...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Nitin Agarwal, Georgios A Zenonos, Prateek Agarwal, Frank J Walch, Eileen Roach, Sandra J Stokes, Robert M Friedlander, Peter C Gerszten
BACKGROUND: Pharmacological prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the neurosurgical population is still a matter of debate, as the risk-to-benefit ratio is not well defined. OBJECTIVE: To further evaluate the risk-to-benefit ratio of VTE prophylaxis (VTEP) for all neurosurgical procedures. METHODS: A prospective evaluation was performed after the initiation of a VTEP protocol for 11 436 patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures over 24 mo...
March 9, 2018: Neurosurgery
Sayaka Suzuki, Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Mizuo Ando, Tatsuya Yamasoba
BACKGROUND: Data have been limited on donor-site mechanical bowel obstruction after pharyngolaryngectomy with free jejunum graft reconstruction. METHODS: Using a nationwide Japanese inpatient database, we extracted data on patients who underwent pharyngolaryngectomy for hypopharyngeal cancer between July 2007 and March 2014. A Cox proportional hazard model was used to determine the association between background characteristics and the occurrence of mechanical bowel obstruction...
March 14, 2018: Head & Neck
Balázs Bánky, Miklós Lakatos, Krisztina Varga, Edit Hansági, Éva Horváth, Géza Járay
INTRODUCTION: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme has been described and practiced for twenty years in the perioperative management of colorectal patients. ERAS is a complex, evidence based strategy which proved to be extremely effective when linked to laparoscopy in reducing morbidity, length of hospital stay, as well as reducing cost of colorectal service. AIMS: We gradually adapted elements of ERAS protocol along with laparoscopy in the colorectal surgical treatment at a county hospital from 2013...
March 2018: Magyar Sebészet
Carllini Barroso Vicentini, Juliana Cama Ramacciato, Francisco Carlos Groppo, Rubens Gonçalves Teixeira, Rogério Heládio Lopes Motta
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to compare two therapeutic protocols of dexamethasone for the prevention of postoperative swelling, pain, and other complications after the extraction of impacted third molars, in a prospective, randomized, crossover, double-blinded clinical trial. METHODS: Fifty patients with symmetrical impaction of third molars were randomly assigned to two different protocols of dexamethasone for each side. Patients underwent two sessions performed at a 21-day interval...
March 13, 2018: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Andrew T Koogler, Michael Kushelev
A 76-year-old male presented for reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) in the beach chair position. A preoperative interscalene nerve catheter was placed under direct ultrasound-guidance utilizing a posterior in-plane approach. On POD 2, the catheter was removed. Three weeks postoperatively, the patient reported worsening dyspnea with a subsequent chest X-ray demonstrating an elevated right hemidiaphragm. Pulmonary function testing revealed worsening deficit from presurgical values consistent with phrenic nerve palsy...
2018: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Shunta Hori, Mitsuru Tomizawa, Fumisato Maesaka, Takuya Owari, Yosuke Morizawa, Yasushi Nakai, Makito Miyake, Tatsuo Yoneda, Nobumichi Tanaka, Katsunori Yoshida, Kiyohide Fujimoto
BACKGROUND: Page kidney phenomenon is caused by strong renal parenchymal compression and leads to renal hypoperfusion and microvascular ischemia, resulting in renal dysfunction and hypertension. Although the development of Page kidney phenomenon in allograft is rare, most of its cases are induced by allograft biopsy or trauma. We observed a case of Page kidney phenomenon that was induced by unusual causes immediately after kidney transplantation. CASE PRESENTATION: A 66-year-old man, whose wife donated a kidney, underwent ABO-compatible living kidney transplantation...
March 13, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Alauddin Kochai, Meric Enercan, Sinan Kahraman, Cagatay Ozturk, Azmi Hamzaoglu
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to compare the efficacy of the mechanical aspiration technique just prior to cement application in the standard vertebroplasty (VP). METHODS: Forty patients were included in the study. In group A, mechanical aspiration of the cavity was done just before the cement injection and in group B aspiration of vertebral body did not perform, VP was done with the same size cannula, same injection force, same injection speed and same cement viscosity...
January 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Shuwei Zhang, Chun Yang, Emmanuel Idehen, Shi Lei, Lishuang Lv, Shengmin Sang
Black tea consumption has been associated with many health benefits including the prevention of cancer and heart disease. However, the chemical composition of black tea has not been fully explored. Most studies have examined different interactions between the four major tea catechins, and few studies have examined the interaction between catechins and other components in tea. In the present study, we tested our hypothesis that the ortho-dihydroxyl structure of chlorogenic acid (CGA) could react with the vic-trihydroxy structure of (-)-epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) and (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC) to generate theaflavin-type of compounds during black tea fermentation...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Matthew A Dorweiler, Michael A Boin, Andrew W Froehle, Matthew W Lawless, Jedediah H May
The use of tranexamic acid (TXA) in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has become common practice. Recent literature has demonstrated a reduction in postoperative knee swelling and drain output while using TXA. Our purpose is to analyze the range of motion (ROM) following TKA in patients who received TXA compared with a control group. We hypothesize that patients treated with TXA will have improved early postoperative ROM when compared with controls. A retrospective chart review was performed for patients who underwent TKA from 2010 to 2012 performed by a single orthopaedic surgeon...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Takahiro Tadokoro, Manabu Kakinohana, Michael Navarro, Motoaki Goya, Yuichiro Odo
BACKGROUND: Insufficient fixation of an epidural catheter may result in migration of the catheter and eventual catheter failure. However, the best fixation method remains to be established. Aron Alpha A (2-ethyl cyanoacrylate) adhesive is approved for clinical use and can be used for surgical adhesion to both skin and blood vessels. We hypothesized that the addition of Aron Alpha A adhesive to film dressing would result in consistent and dependable catheter fixation. METHODS: In this study, 58 women who were scheduled for cesarean delivery under spinal and epidural anesthesia were recruited...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Jordano Salamanca, Brígida Souza, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona
BACKGROUND: Whether tactics to manipulate natural enemies in agro-ecosystems enhance their ecosystem function and services remains debatable. We conducted field experiments in 2015-2016 to test the hypothesis that attraction of natural enemies to herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs), alone or in combination with companion plants, increases crop productivity. Our treatments consisted of bean plants either alone or baited with methyl salicylate (MeSA; an HIPV), or combined with coriander (a companion plant), or with both MeSA and coriander...
March 12, 2018: Pest Management Science
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