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Amanda T Whitaker, James Kasser, Young-Jo Kim
RATIONALE: The sciatic nerve runs a predictable course combining L4-S3 nerve roots through the true pelvis and under the greater sciatic notch. There are reports of bony protuberances from the sacrum and ilium in cases of spinal dysraphism; however advanced imaging, treatment, or outcomes are not described. There are no cases with associated fibular hemimelia in the current literature. PATIENT CONCERNS: This is a 4-year-old girl with tethered cord, acetabular dysplasia with hip subluxation, congenital short femur, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) deficiency, and fibular hemimelia with her sciatic nerve coursing through the ilium...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Claire Joachim, Laurène Mazeau
Modern law is composed dominantly of new fields of complex legislations such as biotechnologies laws, environmental laws or intellectual property. But a particular legal area stigmatizes more than the others this increasing complexity: the water protection laws.Due to its origins deeply established in the European culture, but also due to ethical, political, economical and social issues, water protection laws appear to be the typical representation of links between risk and complexity. The European water protection law is deeply complex on two scales...
October 13, 2017: Journal International de Bioéthique et D'éthique des Sciences
Miltos K Lazarides, Christos Argyriou, Andreas Koutsoumpelis, Efstratios I Georgakarakos, George S Georgiadis
Thigh arteriovenous grafts are required in a number of patients with exhausted upper extremity veins and comprise 1%-5% of the total access procedures performed. Alternative autogenous lower extremity options are the rarely used sapheno-tibial arteriovenous fistulae, the saphenous vein transpositions, and the femoral vein transpositions. The latter have proven to be the most durable lower limb access procedures, with low infection rates and their primary patency rates ranged from 74% up to 87% at 2 years...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Andreas Domröse, Robin Weihmann, Stephan Thies, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Thomas Drepper, Anita Loeschcke
Microbial secondary metabolites represent a rich source of valuable compounds with a variety of applications in medicine or agriculture. Effective exploitation of this wealth of chemicals requires the functional expression of the respective biosynthetic genes in amenable heterologous hosts. We have previously established the TREX system which facilitates the transfer, integration and expression of biosynthetic gene clusters in various bacterial hosts. Here, we describe the yTREX system, a new tool adapted for one-step yeast recombinational cloning of gene clusters...
December 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
Anna Rubio-Cosials, Eike C Schulz, Lotte Lambertsen, Georgy Smyshlyaev, Carlos Rojas-Cordova, Kristoffer Forslund, Ezgi Karaca, Aleksandra Bebel, Peer Bork, Orsolya Barabas
Conjugative transposition drives the emergence of multidrug resistance in diverse bacterial pathogens, yet the mechanisms are poorly characterized. The Tn1549 conjugative transposon propagates resistance to the antibiotic vancomycin used for severe drug-resistant infections. Here, we present four high-resolution structures of the conserved Y-transposase of Tn1549 complexed with circular transposon DNA intermediates. The structures reveal individual transposition steps and explain how specific DNA distortion and cleavage mechanisms enable DNA strand exchange with an absolute minimum homology requirement...
March 2, 2018: Cell
Louis F Dell'Osso, Richard W Hertle, Jonathan B Jacobs
PURPOSE: To describe the effects of extraocular muscle extirpation performed after previous eye muscle surgery in a 20-year-old woman with infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS) for whom we have 19 years of follow-up data. METHODS: Clinical examinations were performed. Eye movement data analysis was carried out using the eXpanded Nystagmus Acuity Function (NAFX) and longest foveation domain (LFD). RESULTS: The patient re-presented to the authors at age 20, 2 years after bilateral anterior myectomy of the horizontal rectus muscles, bilateral anterior nasal transposition of the inferior oblique muscle, and bilateral superior oblique recessions...
March 13, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Peggy Stolt-Bergner, Christian Benda, Tim Bergbrede, Hüseyin Besir, Patrick H N Celie, Cindy Chang, David Drechsel, Ariane Fischer, Arie Geerlof, Barbara Giabbai, Joop van den Heuvel, Georg Huber, Wolfgang Knecht, Anita Lehner, Regis Lemaitre, Kristina Nordén, Gwynn Pardee, Ines Racke, Kim Remans, Astrid Sander, Judith Scholz, Magda Stadnik, Paola Storici, Daniel Weinbruch, Isabel Zaror, Linda H L Lua, Sabine Suppmann
Baculovirus-insect cell expression system has become one of the most widely used eukaryotic expression systems for heterologous protein production in many laboratories. The availability of robust insect cell lines, serum-free media, a range of vectors and commercially-packaged kits have supported the demand for maximizing the exploitation of the baculovirus-insect cell expression system. Naturally, this resulted in varied strategies adopted by different laboratories to optimize protein production. Most laboratories have preference in using either the E...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Structural Biology
Michael L O'Byrne, Michael G McBride, Stephen Paridon, Elizabeth Goldmuntz
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with increased lifelong morbidity and reduced life span and is increasingly prevalent in the congenital heart disease population. Habitual exercise is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle and primary prevention of obesity in the general population. The association between habitual activity and body mass index (BMI) has not been studied in children with congenital heart disease. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of two previously collected cohorts was performed, including participants 8 to 18 years old with tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries, and single ventricle heart disease after a Fontan operation...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Cathy Liu, Jade Lodge, Christopher Flatley, Alexander Gooi, Cameron Ward, Karen Eagleson, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: To determine obstetric, intrapartum and perinatal outcomes for pregnancies with isolated fetal congenital heart defects (CHD). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of women that delivered an infant with an isolated major CHD between January 2010 and April 2017 at a major Australian perinatal centre. The study cohort was compared with a cohort of women with infants without CHD. Cardiac abnormalities were broadly subdivided into the following five categories using the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) as a guide - transposition of the great arteries (TGA), septal defects, right heart lesions (RHL), left heart lesions (LHL) and "other"...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Anthony H Chau, Haidar Abdul-Muhsin, Xin Peng, Victor J Davila, Erik P Castle, Samuel R Money
Renal nutcracker syndrome is an anatomic anomaly characterized by the compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and the aorta or between the aorta and the vertebral body. Diagnosis is often challenging. Common presenting symptoms include hematuria, abdominal pain, and pelvic congestion. Several open and endovascular techniques have been described to treat this syndrome. We report a novel surgical technique with robotic-assisted left renal vein transposition to treat a 19-year-old woman with renal nutcracker syndrome...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Qinghai Peng, Shi Zeng, Qichang Zhou, Wen Deng, Tao Wang, Ya Tan, Yushan Liu
To observe Doppler changes in the three main cerebral arteries in fetuses with congenital heart defects (CHDs). The pulsatility index (PI) values of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA), middle cerebral artery (MCA), and posterior cerebral artery (PCA) were prospectively compared in 78 CHD fetuses and 78 normal control fetuses. Correlations between the cerebral artery PIs and the neurodevelopment scores (psychomotor development index [PDI] and mental development index [MDI]) were assessed. The MCA-PI was decreased significantly in fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sara Silva Pereira, Andrew P Jackson
BACKGROUND: Trypanosomatid parasites such as Trypanosoma spp. and Leishmania spp. are a major source of infectious disease in humans and domestic animals worldwide. Fundamental to the host-parasite interactions of these potent pathogens are their cell surfaces, which are highly decorated with glycosylated proteins and other macromolecules. Trypanosomatid genomes contain large multi-copy gene families encoding UDP-dependent glycosyltransferases (UGTs), the primary role of which is cell-surface decoration...
March 14, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Sang Ki Lee, Gyu Sang Lee, Won Sik Choy
PURPOSE: This study aimed to retrospectively analyze the clinical results of anterior submuscular transposition of the ulnar nerve using a flexor-pronator V-Y lengthening technique in patients with severe cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2007 to May 2015, 36 patients with grade III CTS based on McGowan's classification were enrolled. All patients were treated with anterior submuscular transposition of the ulnar nerve using a flexor-pronator V-Y lengthening technique...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Nellie Della Schiava, Matthieu Arsicot, Tarek Boudjelit, Cécile Chambrier, Alessia Moia, Jordane Herail, Gaetane Roquet, Meryl Favier de Lachomette, Patrick Feugier, Antoine Millon, Patrick Lermusiaux
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March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Ryan R Birks, Michael P Kowaleski
OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this study is to compare the load at failure and mode of failure between (1) tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) and combined TPLO and tibial tuberosity transposition (TPLO-TTT) (Phase I) and (2) TPLO-TTT and tibial tuberosity transposition (TTT) (Phase II). METHODS:  Seven pairs of cadaveric tibiae were tested in each of the Phase I (TPLO vs. TPLO-TTT) and Phase II (TPLO-TTT vs. TTT) experiments. One limb of each pair was randomly assigned to one of two groups for each experimental phase...
February 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Santiago Celaya González, Daniel Rábago Gómez, Ismael Fuente Merino, Luis Quindós López, Núria Bon Carreras, María Trinidad Valero Castell, José Luis Gutierrez Villanueva, Carlos Sainz Fernández
Radon-222, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, responsible together with its progeny of around 50% of the average effective dose received by the population, has not been regulated by law until the recent Directive 2013/51 /Euratom. Its transposition into Spanish legislation was made in the recent RD 314/2016, which sets at limit value of 500 Bq l-1 for radon-222 in water for human consumption. Intercomparison exercises, such as those carried out by IPROMA SL and the Laboratory of Environmental Radioactivity of the Cantabria University (LARUC) in November 2015 and December 2016, represent the most useful tool available for detecting problems and taking corrective actions necessary for an efficient measurement by part of the laboratories...
March 9, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Talha Maqbool, Adam Binhammer, Paul Binhammer, Oleh M Antonyshyn
PURPOSE: Titanium mesh is used to reconstruct the neurocranium in cranioplasties. Though it is generally well-tolerated, erosion of the overlying soft tissue with exposure of the implant is a complication that adversely affects patient outcomes. The purpose of this study is to investigate potential risk factors for titanium mesh exposure. METHODS: This study comprises all consecutive patients who underwent titanium mesh cranioplasty between January 2000 and July 2016...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Silvia G V Alvarez, Angela McBrien
The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a crucial part of the fetal circulation, both in the normal fetus and in critical congenital heart disease (CHD). It allows shunting between the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In physiological prenatal conditions, the DA lets the majority of right ventricular output bypass the fluid-filled, high-resistance lungs. The DA can cause hemodynamic compromise in the fetus and neonate when constricted or absent (in isolation or in patients with CHD) and may lead to pre- or postnatal sequelae within other systems when forming part of a vascular ring...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Frederik Helsen, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Béatrice Santens, Mathias Claeys, Guido Claessen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Roselien Buys, Marc Gewillig, Els Troost, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Piet Claus, Jan Bogaert, Werner Budts
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the relationship between right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction at rest and reduced exercise capacity in patients with a systemic RV (sRV). METHODS: All patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or complete TGA after atrial switch (TGA-Mustard/Senning) followed in our institution between July 2011 and September 2017 who underwent cardiac imaging within a six-month time period of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were analyzed...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Weijie Chen, Zenan Xia, Wei Liu, Xiaodong He, Weimin Zhang
PURPOSES: Our aim was to investigate the effects of selective celiac branch vagotomy on food intake and glycemic control after ileal transposition (IT) and the possible roles of the vagus on the improvement of diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty non-obese rats with diabetes underwent either IT, IT + celiac branch vagotomy (ITV), sham IT (SI), or sham IT + celiac branch vagotomy (SIV). They were pair fed, and the food intake, body weight, fasting plasma glucose, and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) level were monitored...
March 10, 2018: Obesity Surgery
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