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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343367/magnetic-resonance-imaging-features-of-leukoaraiosis-in-elderly-dogs
#1
Elena Scarpante, Giunio Bruto Cherubini, Alberta de Stefani, Olivier Taeymans
Leukoaraiosis is a descriptive term used to designate bilateral, symmetrical, white matter lesions identified in brains of elderly human patients. These lesions are isointense to normal in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) T1-weighted pulse sequences, non-contrast enhancing, and hyperintense in T2-weighted and FLAIR pulse sequences. Pathophysiologic mechanisms for leukoaraiosis remain incompletely understood; however, an ischemic origin is currently being favored. Age-related changes, such as brain atrophy, ventricular enlargement, and well-demarcated sulci, have also been previously described in dogs over 9 years of age...
March 26, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343362/climate-controls-over-ecosystem-metabolism-insights-from-a-fifteen-year-inductive-artificial-neural-network-synthesis-for-a-subalpine-forest
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REVIEW
Loren P Albert, Trevor F Keenan, Sean P Burns, Travis E Huxman, Russell K Monson
Eddy covariance (EC) datasets have provided insight into climate determinants of net ecosystem productivity (NEP) and evapotranspiration (ET) in natural ecosystems for decades, but most EC studies were published in serial fashion such that one study's result became the following study's hypothesis. This approach reflects the hypothetico-deductive process by focusing on previously derived hypotheses. A synthesis of this type of sequential inference reiterates subjective biases and may amplify past assumptions about the role, and relative importance, of controls over ecosystem metabolism...
March 25, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343361/genetic-dissociation-of-morphine-analgesia-from-hyperalgesia-in-mice
#3
Gina F Marrone, Valerie Le Rouzic, Andras Varadi, Jin Xu, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha, Susruta Majumdar, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
RATIONALE: Morphine is the prototypic mu opioid, producing its analgesic actions through traditional 7 transmembrane domain (7TM) G-protein-coupled receptors generated by the mu opioid receptor gene (Oprm1). However, the Oprm1 gene undergoes extensive alternative splicing to yield three structurally distinct sets of splice variants. In addition to the full-length 7TM receptors, it produces a set of truncated variants comprised of only 6 transmembrane domains (6TM). OBJECTIVES: This study explored the relative contributions of 7TM and 6TM variants in a range of morphine actions...
March 25, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343309/breast-cancer-detection-and-tumor-characteristics-in-brca1-and-brca2-mutation-carriers
#4
Julia Krammer, Katja Pinker-Domenig, Mark E Robson, Mithat Gönen, Blanca Bernard-Davila, Elizabeth A Morris, Debra A Mangino, Maxine S Jochelson
PURPOSE: To describe imaging findings, detection rates, and tumor characteristics of breast cancers in a large series of patients with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations to potentially streamline screening strategies. METHODS: An IRB-approved, HIPAA-compliant retrospective analysis of 496 BRCA mutation carriers diagnosed with breast carcinoma from 1999 to 2013 was performed. Institutional database and electronic medical records were reviewed for mammography and MRI imaging...
March 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343240/childhood-angular-kyphosis-a-plea-for-involvement-of-the-pediatric-neurosurgeon
#5
E Cornips, S Koudijs, J Vles, L van Rhijn
INTRODUCTION: Childhood angular kyphosis is rare, as most children are affected by a mixed kyphotic and scoliotic deformity. Published series involving a mix of kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis, pediatric and adult, congenital and acquired cases are almost exclusively authored by orthopedic surgeons, suggesting that (pediatric) neurosurgeons are not involved. CASE SERIES: We present five cases that illustrate the spectrum of angular kyphosis, and these were treated by a multidisciplinary team including child neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, and pediatric neurosurgeon as complementary partners...
March 25, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343231/segmental-testicular-infarction-case-series-and-literature-review-of-a-rare-diagnosis-in-men-with-acute-testicular-pain
#6
Simone Ernst, Matthias Saar, Horst Brenneis, Reinhard Kubale, Stefan Ueberdiek, Carsten-Henning Ohlmann, Michael Stoeckle, Julia Heinzelbecker
The incidence of segmental testicular infarction (STI) is very low. Such a disorder most often affects young men. The most common symptom is sudden testicular pain. We report 6 cases of men diagnosed with STI. Clinical examination, blood test, urine analysis, and ultrasound examination with colour Doppler were performed. Furthermore, tissue sonoelastography or MRI was performed in selected patients. All men underwent surgical exploration. In all but one man, the affected testis was preserved. Although STI is a rare condition, it should be taken into account if testicular pain prior to suspicious ultrasound imaging occurs...
March 24, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343134/exfoliated-graphene-nanosheets-ph-sensitive-drug-carrier-and-anti-cancer-activity
#7
Nisha Tyagi, Nour F Attia, Kurt E Geckeler
A straightforward and facile method for the exfoliation of graphene sheets using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles of an average size of 42nm was developed and their dual role as pH-sensitive drug carrier and anti-cancer agent was evaluated. The cytotoxic impact of the exfoliated nanosheets (GRP-PVP-NP) was examined on various cells (HCT-116, HeLa, SCC-9, NIH-3T3 and HEK-293cells) by a series of assays. Their cytotoxic nature was attributed to affecting the mitochondrial enzyme activity, proliferation capability, and the formation of tight junctions in cancer cells...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342950/progression-of-unresected-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasms-of-the-pancreas-to-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
Sang Hyun Choi, Seong Ho Park, Kyung Won Kim, Ja Youn Lee, Sang Soo Lee
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is not clear how best to manage patients with low-risk intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) of the pancreas, because little is known about IPMN progression to cancer. We sought to determine the cumulative incidence of development of pancreatic cancer in persons with unresected IPMNs (particularly low-risk IPMNs). METHODS: We performed a systematic search of the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases, through November 31, 2016, for studies reporting the cumulative incidence of pancreatic cancer in patients with unresected IPMNs, or studies that provided data in sufficient detail for us to calculate cumulative incidence values...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342944/the-anti-inflammatory-mechanism-of-antidepressants-ssris-snris
#9
REVIEW
Piotr Gałecki, Joanna Mossakowska-Wójcik, Monika Talarowska
The cytokine theory of depression no longer brings about any doubts. Experiments and research studies conducted in the last ten years have confirmed that both physical and psychological (emotional) stress increases the likelihood of occurrence of mental disorders (including depressive disorders) owing to the action of a series of hormonal and biochemical mechanisms. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) as well as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are some of the most commonly applied drugs in the world during pharmacotherapy of recurrent depressive disorder...
March 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342932/changes-in-hba2-and-hbf-in-alpha-thalassemia-carriers-with-klf1-mutation
#10
Stefania Satta, Maria Elisabetta Paglietti, Maria Carla Sollaino, Susanna Barella, Paolo Moi, Maria Franca Desogus, Franca Rosa Demartis, Laura Manunza, Raffaella Origa
α-thalassemia carriers are common in Mediterranean regions, particularly in the Sardinian population. Their haematological phenotype is characterized by reduced MCV and/or MCH with normal or slightly reduced HbA2 levels and normal HbF. Krüppel-like factor 1 (KLF1) is a pleiotropic erythroid transcription factor that is essential for haematopoiesis. Mutations in the KLF1 gene trigger a series of benign human red blood phenotypes, such as an increase in HbA2 and HBF. Recently, it has been found that KLF1 mutations were a frequent cause of borderline HbA2 levels in a group of Sardinian subjects...
March 18, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342923/giant-intracranial-aneurysms-surgical-treatment-and-risk-factors-analysis
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Long Xu, Xiaofeng Deng, Shuo Wang, Yong Cao, Yuanli Zhao, Dong Zhang, Yan Zhang, Rong Wang, Wei Qi, Jizong Zhao
OBJECTIVE: The surgical treatment of giant intracranial aneurysms (GIAs; diameter≥25mm) is challenging. The objective of this paper is to study the clinical outcome of GIAs treated with different surgical modalities and to analyze the factors affecting prognosis. METHODS: A consecutive series of 204 patients with GIAs who received surgical treatment in our department from 1995 to 2008 were analyzed retrospectively. The clinical outcome was evaluated with the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS)...
March 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342806/molecular-regulation-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-cardiac-disease
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REVIEW
Jinliang Nan, Wei Zhu, M S Rahman, Mingfei Liu, Dan Li, Shengan Su, Na Zhang, Xinyang Hu, Hong Yu, Mahesh P Gupta, Jian''an Wang
Mitochondrial homeostasis is critical for keeping functional heart in response to metabolic or environmental stresses. Mitochondrial fission and fusion (mitochondrial dynamics) play essential roles in maintaining mitochondrial homeostasis, defects in mitochondrial dynamics lead to cardiac diseases such as ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), heart failure and diabetic cardiomyopathy. Mitochondrial dynamics is determined by mitochondrial fission and fusion proteins, including OPA1, mitofusins and Drp1. These proteins are tightly regulated by a series of signaling pathways through different aspects such as transcription, post translation modifications (PTMs) and proteasome-dependent protein degradation...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342757/role-of-enzymatic-free-radical-scavengers-in-management-of-oxidative-stress-and-autoimmune-disorders
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REVIEW
Shikha Srivastava, Deependra Singh, Satish Patel, Manju R Singh
Autoimmune disorders are distinct with over production and accumulation of free radicals due to its undisclosed genesis. The cause of numerous disorders as cancer, arthritis, psoriasis, diabetes, alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's, respiratory distress syndrome, colitis, crohn's, pulmonary fibrosis, obesity and ageing have been associated with immune dysfunction and oxidative stress. In an oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species generally provoke the series of oxidation at cellular level. The buildup of free radicals in turn triggers various inflammatory cells causing release of various inflammatory interleukins, cytokines, chemokines, and tumor necrosis factors which mediate signal transduction and transcription pathways as nuclear factor- kappa B (NF-κB), signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1α) and nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342749/characterizing-the-differential-roles-of-striatal-5-ht1a-auto-and-hetero-receptors-in-the-reduction-of-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia
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Samantha M Meadows, Nicole Chambers, Melissa M Conti, Sharon C Bossert, Crystal Tasber, Eitan Sheena, Mark Varney, Adrian Newman-Tancredi, Christopher Bishop
l-DOPA remains the benchmark treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) motor symptoms, but chronic use leads to l-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID). The serotonin (5-HT) system has been established as a key modulator of LID and 5-HT1A receptors (5-HT1AR) stimulation has been shown to convey anti-dyskinetic effects. However, 5-HT1AR agonists often compromise clinical efficacy or display intrinsic side effects and their site(s) of actions remain debatable. Recently, highly selective G-protein biased 5-HT1AR agonists, F13714 and F15599, were shown to potently target 5-HT1A auto- or hetero-receptors, respectively...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342692/novel-pyrazolo-1-5-a-pyridines-as-orally-active-ep1-receptor-antagonists-synthesis-structure-activity-relationship-studies-and-biological-evaluation
#15
Kentaro Umei, Yosuke Nishigaya, Atsushi Kondo, Kazuya Tatani, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Yasushi Kohno, Shigeki Seto
Novel pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated as orally active EP1 antagonists for the treatment of overactive bladder. Matched molecular pair analysis (MMPA) allowed the design of a new series of pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine derivatives 4-6. Structure-activity relationships (SAR) studies of 4-6 were performed, leading to identification of the nanomolar-level EP1 antagonist 4c, which exhibited good pharmacological effect through intraduodenal (id) administration in a 17-phenyltrinor prostaglandin E2-induced bladder contraction model in rats...
March 14, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342691/indenocinnoline-derivatives-as-g-quadruplex-binders-topoisomerase-ii%C3%AE-inhibitors-and-antiproliferative-agents
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Grigoris Zoidis, Alice Sosic, Silvia Da Ros, Barbara Gatto, Claudia Sissi, Fausta Palluotto, Angelo Carotti, Marco Catto
DNA intercalating agents are a consolidated therapeutic option in the treatment of tumor diseases. Starting from previous findings in the antiproliferative efficacy of a series of indeno[1,2-c]cinnoline-11-one derivatives, we performed a suitable decoration of this scaffold by means of a simple and straightforward chemistry, aiming to a) enlarge the planar core to a pentacyclic benzo[h]indeno[1,2-c]cinnoline-13-one and b) introduce a basic head tethered through a simple polymethylene chain. In fluorescence melting and fluorescence intercalator displacement assays, these new compounds displayed fair to very good intercalating properties on different nucleic acid strands, with preference for G-quadruplex sequences...
March 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342659/urologic-oncologic-surveyrobotic-level-iii-inferior-vena-cava-tumor-thrombectomy-initial-series-gill-is-metcalfe-c-abreu-a-duddalwar-v-chopra-s-cunningham-m-thangathurai-d-ukimura-o-satkunasivam-r-hung-a-papalia-r-aron-m-desai-m-gallucci-m-j-urol-2015-oct-194
#17
Max Meng
PURPOSE: Level III inferior vena cava tumor thrombectomy for renal cancer is one of the most challenging open urologic surgeries. We present the initial series of completely intracorporeal robotic level III inferior vena cava tumor thrombectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine patients underwent robotic level III inferior vena cava thrombectomy and 7 patients underwent level II thrombectomy. The entire operation (high intrahepatic inferior vena cava control, caval exclusion, tumor thrombectomy, inferior vena cava repair, radical nephrectomy, and retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy) was performed exclusively robotically...
March 22, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342579/magnetic-mini-mover-procedure-for-pectus-excavatum-iv-fda-sponsored-multicenter-trial
#18
Claire E Graves, Shinjiro Hirose, Gary W Raff, Corey W Iqbal, Jill Imamura-Ching, Darrell Christensen, Richard Fechter, Dillon Kwiat, Michael R Harrison
PURPOSE: The Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure (3MP) is a minimally invasive treatment for prepubertal patients with pectus excavatum. This multicenter trial sought to supplement safety and efficacy data from an earlier pilot trial. METHODS: Fifteen patients with pectus excavatum had a titanium-enclosed magnet implanted on the sternum. Externally, patients wore a custom-fitted magnetic brace. Patients were monitored closely for safety. Efficacy was determined by the Haller Index (HI) and satisfaction surveys...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342545/distal-tibial-nonunion-using-a-contralateral-anterior-l-shaped-locking-compression-plate-through-a-posterior-lateral-approach-a-retrospective-case-series
#19
Chuanlu Lin, Lixiang Lin, Lutchooman Vinesh, Xiwen Shao, Xiaolang Lu, Jianjun Hong
BACKGROUND: Distal tibial nonunion is usually due to severe open distal tibial fractures with high energy injury. The best surgical treatment is not well established because of the poor soft tissue condition. We retrospectively analyzed a series of patients with distal tibial nonunion after severe open distal tibial fractures; our purpose was to introduce a treatment using a contralateral anterior L-shaped locking compression plate through a posterior-lateral approach with Iliac crest bone graft and evaluate the outcomes of patients...
March 19, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342422/synergistic-desalination-of-potash-brine-impacted-groundwater-using-a-dual-adsorbent
#20
Nick P Gibb, James J Dynes, Wonjae Chang
The impact of saline mining effluent has been a significant environmental concern. Natural and modified clay-mineral adsorbents have been receiving increasing attention for salinity reduction of brine-impacted water, especially for natural resource extraction sites and surrounding environments. In this study, a dual-adsorbent treatment based on the sequential application of calcined layered double hydroxide (CLDH) and acid-treated zeolite was developed, evaluated and characterized for the desalination of potash brine-impacted groundwater...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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