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Yanqin Lu, Yanzhou Wang, Frank Rauch, Hu Li, Yao Zhang, Naixiang Zhai, Jian Zhang, Xiuzhi Ren, Jinxiang Han
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) are rare genetic disorders that are typically inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Few cases of OI/EDS overlap syndrome have been documented. Described here is a 30-year-old Chinese male with OI type III and EDS. Sequencing of genomic DNA revealed a heterozygous COL1A1 mutation (c.671G>A, p.Gly224Asp) that affected the N-anchor domain of the alpha 1 chain of collagen type I. Ultrastructural analysis of a skin biopsy specimen revealed thin collagen fibers with irregular alignment of collagen fibers...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Barbara Diana, Valentino Zurloni, Massimiliano Elia, Cesare Cavalera, Olivia Realdon, Gudberg K Jonsson, M Teresa Anguera
Deception has evolved to become a fundamental aspect of human interaction. Despite the prolonged efforts in many disciplines, there has been no definite finding of a univocally "deceptive" signal. This work proposes an approach to deception detection combining cognitive load manipulation and T-pattern methodology with the objective of: (a) testing the efficacy of dual task-procedure in enhancing differences between truth tellers and liars in a low-stakes situation; (b) exploring the efficacy of T-pattern methodology in discriminating truthful reports from deceitful ones in a low-stakes situation; (c) setting the experimental design and procedure for following research...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Ciro A Vasquez, John Thompson, A Samy Youssef
BACKGROUND: Skull base surgeons have adopted splitting the tentorium in order to expand the exposure, minimize brain retraction and combine the supra and infratentorial compartments for resection of large skull base lesions. OBJECTIVE: To describe stepwise techniques for splitting the tentorium to access deeply located skull base lesions and morphometrically assess the gained exposure. METHODS: Surgical exposure was performed through a transylvian, subtemporal, posterior transpetrosal and combined posterior supra/infratentorial - trans-sinus approach...
March 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Lau Kia Kian, Mohammad Jawaid, Hidayah Ariffin, Zoheb Karim
Roselle fiber is a renewable and sustainable agricultural waste enriched with cellulose polysaccharides. The isolation of Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) from roselle-derived microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) is an alternative approach to recover the agricultural roselle plant residue. In the present study, acid hydrolysis with different reaction time was carried out to degrade the roselle-derived MCC to form NCC. The characterizations of isolated NCC were conducted through Fourier Transform Infrared Ray (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Paola Spitalieri, Rosa V Talarico, Silvia Caioli, Michela Murdocca, Annalucia Serafino, Marco Girasole, Simone Dinarelli, Giovanni Longo, Sabina Pucci, Annalisa Botta, Giuseppe Novelli, Cristina Zona, Ruggiero Mango, Federica Sangiuolo
Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a multisystemic disease, autosomal dominant, caused by a CTG repeat expansion in DMPK gene. We assessed the appropriateness of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (CMs) as a model to recapitulate some aspects of the pathogenetic mechanism involving cardiac manifestations in DM1 patients. Once obtained in vitro, CMs have been characterized for their morphology and their functionality. CMs DM1 show intranuclear foci and transcript markers abnormally spliced respect to WT ones, as well as several irregularities in nuclear morphology, probably caused by an unbalanced lamin A/C ratio...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Virendra N Sehgal, Navjeeven Singh, Sonal Sharma, Jolly Rohatgi, Rakesh Oberai, Kingshuk Chatterjee
An 11-year-old girl presented with an insidiously evolving, reddish-brown, small, hard, elevated lesion, occupying the midsection of her face, which had been present since early childhood. There were also a few small white spots over the trunk. There was no history of seizures or visual deficit, and no burning on exposure to sunlight. There were no known congenital defect noted at birth, and her parents were nonconsanguineous. There was no significant family history. There were numerous 2- to 4-mm reddish-brown papules located symmetrically on the nose, nasolabial folds, and cheeks (Figure 1A)...
2018: Skinmed
L Chen, W Yue, X Y Xie, X Y Zhang, Y Lyu, D Q Liu, J F Xi, M Y Qu, Z Fan, F Fang, X T Pei
Objective: To observe the effect of poloxamer 188 (P188) on megakaryocyte cultivation and induction from cord blood mononuclear cells in order to obtain more megakaryocyte progenitor cells (MPC). Methods: The cord blood mononuclear cells were isolated and inoculated in cell culture bag or cell culture flask respectively. The WIGGENS shaker and cell culture bags were used to mimick WAVE Bioreactor for three-dimensional (3D) cell culture, and the P188 was added to induction medium, The cells were detected for morphology, surface marker, viability, and number on day 14...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Zhejun Wang, Ya Shen, Markus Haapasalo
INTRODUCTION: Conventional endodontic treatment includes instrumentation of the canals in most cases to size #25/.06 or larger, which changes the original canal wall anatomy. In recent years, energy-driven equipment, such as photon-induced photoacoustic streaming (Fotona LLC, Dallas, TX) and a multisonic GentleWave system (Sonendo Inc, Laguna Hills, CA), have been introduced to facilitate cleaning of minimally instrumented canals or even uninstrumented canals. The purpose of this study was to examine root canal wall anatomy in premolar teeth cleaned by a noninstrumentation method after #10 K-file patency examination...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Endodontics
Ulla Kärkkäinen, Linda Mustelin, Anu Raevuori, Jaakko Kaprio, Anna Keski-Rahkonen
OBJECTIVES: To assess factors associated with successful weight maintenance over ten years in a prospective general population sample of young adults. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Our study comprised 2452 women and 2227 men born in 1975-1979 (mean age at baseline 24 years, attrition 27.1%). Weight maintenance was defined as weight maintained within ±5% of baseline body mass index (BMI). We examined the role of various sociodemographic and lifestyle factors in successful weight maintenance...
March 7, 2018: Eating Behaviors
Muhammad Naveed, Lei Han, Ghulam Jilany Khan, Sufia Yasmeen, Reyaj Mikrani, Muhammad Abbas, Li Cunyu, Zhou Xiaohui
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a complicated pathophysiological syndrome, leading cause of hospitalization as well as mortalities in developed countries wherein an irregular function of the heart leads to the insufficient blood supply to the body organs. It is an accumulative slackening of various complications including myocardial infarction (MI), coronary heart disease (CAD), hypertension, valvular heart disease (VHD) and cardiomyopathy; its hallmarks include hypertrophy, increased interstitial fibrosis and loss of myocytes...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Thomas Magee
OBJECTIVE: Post-operative shoulder patients are often difficult to image due to scar tissue, metallic artifact, and residual irregularity of anatomic structures. The purpose of this study was to assess MR versus MR arthrography versus CT arthrography in the post-operative shoulder. Also, we assessed whether injecting CT contrast in addition to MR contrast during arthrography improved patient care. METHODS AND MATERIALS: One hundred consecutive post-operative conventional shoulder MR and MR arthrography exams performed on the same patients were reviewed retrospectively by two musculoskeletal radiologists...
March 17, 2018: Skeletal Radiology
Yara Rafaella Ribeiro Santos Rezende, Juliete Pedreira Nogueira, Narendra Narain
The acerola pulp and residue extracts were microencapsulated by spray and freeze-drying, using gum arabic and maltodextrin as encapsulating agents. Total anthocyanins, carotenoids (CA), ascorbic acid (AA), phenolic compounds (PC), total flavonoids, antioxidant activity, color, moisture, water activity, solubility, hygroscopicity and microstructure of the powders were analyzed. The acerola residue extract had higher concentrations of bioactive compounds (except for AA) and lower antioxidant activity. The microencapsulated powders by spray and freeze-drying showed good physico-chemical properties...
July 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Antonio De Leo, Margherita Nannini, Giulia Dondi, Donatella Santini, Milena Urbini, Elisa Gruppioni, Pierandrea De Iaco, Anna Myriam Perrone, Maria Abbondanza Pantaleo
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and liver and peritoneum are the main sites of recurrence. Ovarian metastases from GIST are very rare. CASE PRESENTATION: A 50 years-old woman was found to have a pelvic mass on transvaginal ultrasound (TV-US) and computed tomography (CT)-scan, considered as a right ovarian mass. The patient underwent surgical abdominal exploration that showed an ileal mass, a normal right ovary and an irregular and vascularized surface of the left ovary...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cancer
X Bai, B Tie, J-H Schmitt, D Aubry
The correlation between ultrasonic wave propagation and polycrystalline microstructures has significant implications in nondestructive evaluation. An original numerical approach using the finite element method to quantify in both time and frequency domains the ultrasonic noise scattering due to the elastic heterogeneity of polycrystalline microstructures is presented. Based on the reciprocity theorem, it allows the scattering evaluation using mechanical data recorded only on the boundary of polycrystal instead of within its volume and is applicable to any polycrystalline aggregate regardless of its crystallographic or morphological characteristics...
February 14, 2018: Ultrasonics
Emanuel Rivera-Rosado, David Beaton-Comulada, Eric Hernandez-Ortiz, Pablo V Marrero-Ortiz
Fibrous dysplasia is a benign developmental disorder of bone in which fibrous connective tissue containing abnormal bone with irregular trabeculae replaces normal cancellous bone. It may affect 1 (monostotic) or multiple bones (polyostotic). Polyostotic disease is the less common of the 2, occurring in only 20 to 25% of fibrous dysplasia patients and tending to affect those who are younger than 10 years of age; patients having this form tend to experience bone enlargement beyond normal skeletal maturation, which can cause pain, progressive damage, and increased risk of pathological fracture...
March 2018: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
Gennaro Ilardi, Daniela Russo, Silvia Varricchio, Giovanni Salzano, Giovanni Dell'Aversana Orabona, Virginia Napolitano, Rosa Maria Di Crescenzo, Alessandra Borzillo, Francesco Martino, Francesco Merolla, Massimo Mascolo, Stefania Staibano
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can play a causative role in the development of sinonasal tract malignancies. In fact, HPV may be the most significant causative agent implicated in sinonasal tumorigenesis and is implicated in as many as 21% of sinonasal carcinomas. To date, there are no definitive, reliable and cost-effective, diagnostic tests approved by the FDA for the unequivocal determination of HPV status in head and neck cancers. We followed an exhaustive algorithm to correctly test HPV infection, including a sequential approach with p16INK4a IHC, viral DNA genotyping and in situ hybridization for E6/E7 mRNA...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Catherine Kim, Vanita R Aroda, Ronald B Goldberg, Naji Younes, Sharon L Edelstein, MaryLou Carrion-Petersen, David A Ehrmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Stavroula A Paschou, Panagiotis Anagnostis, Dimitrios G Goulis, Gerasimos Siasos, Andromachi Vryonidou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Brooke W Longbottom, Stefan A F Bon
Microspheres with catalytic caps have become a popular model system for studying self-propelled colloids. Existing experimental studies involve predominantly "smooth" particle surfaces. In this study we determine the effect of irregular surface deformations on the propulsive mechanism with a particular focus on speed. The particle surfaces of polymer microspheres were deformed prior to depositing a layer of platinum which resulted in the formation of nanoscopic pillars of catalyst. Self-propulsion was induced upon exposure of the micromotors to hydrogen peroxide, whilst they were dispersed in water...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rafael García Carretero, Maria Garrido-Ollero, Ana Martinez-Alvarez, Ana Cadenas-Vara
Chronic leg ulcers can have a major impact on the quality of life of patients. These wounds can be complex and hard to heal, as several factors may affect the outcome. Underlying conditions, bacterial growth and excess moisture may prevent wounds from healing. We describe the case of a patient with known chronic venous disease, who was admitted to our hospital for several complex, irregular and infected chronic venous ulcers in his lower legs. The management was frustrating for several months, until we began to use methacrylate powder dressing for his hard-to-heal wounds...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
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