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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343260/urethral-lumen-occlusion-by-artificial-sphincteric-devices-a-computational-biomechanics-approach
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Arturo Nicola Natali, Emanuele Luigi Carniel, Chiara Giulia Fontanella, Silvia Todros, Giulia Maria De Benedictis, Maria Angela Cerruto, Walter Artibani
The action induced by artificial sphincteric devices to provide urinary continence is related to the problem of evaluating the interaction between the occlusive cuff and the urethral duct. The intensity and distribution of the force induced within the region of application determine a different occlusion process and potential degradation of the urethral tissue, mostly at the borders of the cuff. This problem is generally considered in the light of clinical and surgical operational experience, while a valid cooperation is established with biomechanical competences by means of experimental and numerical investigation...
March 25, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343156/ectopic-acth-producing-large-cell-neuroendocrine-pancoast-tumour-presenting-as-horner-syndrome
#2
Rajanshu Verma, Alexandra Lambert, Harold H Katz, Scott J Benson
We present an interesting case where a patient is presented with a droopy left eyelid (as part of Horner syndrome) and Cushingoid features which were a result of a Pancoast tumour (apical lung tumour in superior pulmonary sulcus) involving the left lung. This tumour was secreting ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), a paraneoplastic endocrine phenomenon, which resulted in Cushing syndrome symptomatology. Though most ectopic ACTH-producing lung cancers are either small cell or carcinoid tumours, this was in fact a large cell neuroendocrine cancer (LCNEC)...
March 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343069/linc00152-promotes-cancer-progression-in-hepatitis-b-virus-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Xin Deng, Xiao Fang Zhao, Xing Qiu Liang, Ran Chen, Yi Feng Pan, Jian Liang
BACKGROUND: The X protein (HBx) plays as a key role in hepatocarcinogenesis associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. The study aimed to figure out the role of Linc00152 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the association between the expression levels of Linc00152 and HBx. METHODS: QRT-PCR assays were applied to analyzed the expression levels of Linc00152 and HBx. Kaplan-Meier survival curve was performed to identify the association between LINC00152 and the over survival time (OS) in HCC patients...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342883/kinetic-and-mechanistic-study-of-the-ph-dependent-activation-epoxidation-of-prodrug-treosulfan-including-the-reaction-inhibition-in-a-borate-buffer
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Michał Romański, Whitney Ratajczak, Franciszek Główka
A prodrug treosulfan (T) undergoes a pH-dependent activation to epoxide derivatives. The process seems to involve an intramolecular Williamson reaction (IWR) but clear kinetic evidence is lacking. Moreover, a cis-diol system present in the T structure is expected to promote complexation with boric acid. As a result, the prodrug epoxidation would be inhibited, however this phenomenon has not been investigated. In this paper, the effect of pH on the kinetics of T conversion to its monoepoxide was studied from a mechanistic point of view...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342735/inhibition-of-effector-antigen-specific-t-cells-by-intradermal-administration-of-heme-oxygenase-1-inducers
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Thomas Simon, Julien Pogu, Séverine Rémy, Frédéric Brau, Sylvie Pogu, Maud Maquigneau, Jean-François Fonteneau, Nicolas Poirier, Bernard Vanhove, Gilles Blancho, Eliane Piaggio, Ignacio Anegon, Philippe Blancou
Developing protocols aimed at inhibiting effector T cells would be key for the treatment of T cell-dependent autoimmune diseases including type 1 autoimmune diabetes (T1D) and multiple sclerosis (MS). While heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) inducers are clinically approved drugs for non-immune-related diseases, they do have immunosuppressive properties when administered systemically in rodents. Here we show that HO-1 inducers inhibit antigen-specific effector T cells when injected intradermally together with the T cell cognate antigens in mice...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342593/taxocoenosis-of-epibenthic-dinoflagellates-in-the-coastal-waters-of-the-northern-yucatan-peninsula-before-and-after-the-harmful-algal-bloom-event-in-2011-2012
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Ana C Aguilar-Trujillo, Yuri B Okolodkov, Jorge A Herrera-Silveira, Fany Del C Merino-Virgilio, Citlalli Galicia-García
Eutrophication causes the major impact in the coastal waters of the state of Yucatan. In general, loss of water quality and biological communities and massive development of toxic microorganisms are some of the consequences of this phenomenon. To reveal changes in species composition and cell abundance of the taxocoenosis of epibenthic dinoflagellates before and after a harmful algal bloom event in the water column that lasted about 150days (August-December 2011) in the Dzilam - San Crisanto area (northern Yucatan Peninsula, southeastern Gulf of Mexico) were the main objectives of the present study...
March 22, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342428/revealing-the-influence-of-glucocorticoid-treatment-on-the-excretion-of-anabolic-androgenic-steroids-in-horses-through-in-vitro-digestive-simulations-and-an-in-vivo-case-study
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Anneleen Decloedt, Sander Damen, Lynn Vanhaecke
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are strictly forbidden in equine sports because of their stimulating effect on muscle growth and performance. Nevertheless, low levels of AAS have been found in some horses, untreated with AAS. Glucocorticoids (GC), used as an anti-inflammatory therapy and structurally related to AAS, might play a role in this phenomenon. In order to unravel this possible correlation the influence of glucocorticoid treatment on the excretion of AAS was studied both in vivo and in vitro. In vivo effects were investigated by analysing urine samples collected from a gelding treated with betamethasone...
February 24, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342407/music-and-natural-sounds-in-an-auditory-steady-state-response-based-brain-computer-interface-to-increase-user-acceptance
#8
Jeong Heo, Hyun Jae Baek, Seunghyeok Hong, Min Hye Chang, Jeong Su Lee, Kwang Suk Park
Patients with total locked-in syndrome are conscious; however, they cannot express themselves because most of their voluntary muscles are paralyzed, and many of these patients have lost their eyesight. To improve the quality of life of these patients, there is an increasing need for communication-supporting technologies that leverage the remaining senses of the patient along with physiological signals. The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) is an electro-physiologic response to auditory stimulation that is amplitude-modulated by a specific frequency...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340490/a-novel-method-of-neo-osseous-flap-prefabrication-induction-of-free-calvarial-periosteum-with-bioactive-glass
#9
Ali Aliyev, Omer Ekin, Ozan Bitik, Gokhan Tuncbilek
Background Reconstruction of craniofacial bone defects is a primary focus of craniofacial surgery. Although autogenous bone grafts remain as the gold standard, alloplastic materials have also gained widespread popularity due to their off-the-shelf availability, ease of use, and durability. In addition to replacing the missing bone, some of these alloplastic materials have also been found to induce new bone formation. Objectives In this study, the phenomenon of neo-osseous induction with bioactive glass was investigated for different implant-soft tissue configurations...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340441/type-d-personality-stress-coping-strategies-and-self-efficacy-as-predictors-of-facebook-intrusion
#10
Agata Błachnio, Aneta Przepiorka, Stanisław Jerzy Czuczwar
Recently, Facebook has become one of the most popular social networking sites. People use it more and more often. A number of studies have recently addressed the issue of excessive Facebook use, showing this phenomenon to be a spreading problem. The main aim of the present study was to examine whether Type D personality, self-efficacy and coping strategies are related to Facebook intrusion. The participants were 882 students of Polish universities, all of them Facebook users (72% women, mean age: 22.25 years, SD =2...
March 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340370/validation-of-comet-assay-in-oregon-r-and-wild-type-strains-of-drosophila-melanogaster-exposed-to-a-natural-radioactive-environment-in-brazilian-semiarid-region
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Cícero Jorge Verçosa, Aroldo Vieira de Moraes Filho, Ícaro Fillipe de Araújo Castro, Robson Gomes Dos Santos, Kenya Silva Cunha, Daniela de Melo E Silva, Ana Cristina Lauer Garcia, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Viviane Souza do Amaral, Claudia Rohde
Natural radiation of geological origin is a common phenomenon in Brazil, a country where radioactive agents such as uranium may be often found. As an unstable atom, uranium undergoes radioactive decay with the generation of a series of decay by-products, including radon, which may be highly genotoxic and trigger several pathological processes, among which cancer. Because it is a gas, radon may move freely between cracks and gaps in the ground, seeping upwards into the buildings and in the environment. In this study, two Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (Diptera, Drosophilidae) strains called Oregon-R and Wild (collected in a non-radioactive environment) were exposed to atmospheric radiation in the Lajes Pintadas city, in the semiarid zone of northeastern Brazil...
March 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339786/modelling-original-antigenic-sin-in-dengue-viral-infection
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Ryan Nikin-Beers, Stanca M Ciupe
Cross-reactive T cell responses induced by a primary dengue virus infection may contribute to increased disease severity following heterologous infections with a different virus serotype in a phenomenon known as the original antigenic sin. In this study, we developed and analyzed in-host models of T cell responses to primary and secondary dengue virus infections that considered the effect of T cell cross-reactivity in disease enhancement. We fitted the models to published patient data and showed that the overall infected cell killing is similar in dengue heterologous infections, resulting in dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever...
February 27, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339713/evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-intermittent-mechanical-pressure-with-short-loading-duration-new-type-of-intermittent-force-for-orthodontic-treatment
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Kento Shoman, Yoshiaki Sato, Eisuke Nishikawa, Yuusuke Kudo, Takaaki Yamamoto, Junichiro Iida
Background: Since it is difficult to precisely control the magnitude of force in orthodontic practice, controlling the duration of force is expected to prevent tissue damage. The use of an actuator as an appliance for intermittent force application is a possible solution for controlling the duration. However, effectiveness of an actuator for controlling the duration is still not clear. Aim: To determine whether a short loading duration of intermittent force has the potential to maintain a sound condition of the capillaries and induce dilation of capillaries, which is a requisite phenomenon for orthodontic tooth movement...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339567/role-of-biomechanical-forces-in-hyperfiltration-mediated-glomerular-injury-in-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract
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Tarak Srivastava, Ganesh Thiagarajan, Uri S Alon, Ram Sharma, Ashraf El-Meanawy, Ellen T McCarthy, Virginia J Savin, Mukut Sharma
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) including solitary kidney constitute the main cause of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Children born with CAKUT develop signs of CKD only during adolescence and do not respond to renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockers. Early cellular changes underlying CKD progression to end-stage renal disease by early adulthood are not well understood. The mechanism of maladaptive hyperfiltration that occurs from loss of functional nephrons, including solitary kidney, is not clear...
January 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339443/clinical-outcome-of-augmentation-enterocystoplasty-for-patients-with-ketamine-induced-cystitis
#15
Yu Khun Lee, Jia-Fong Jhang, Hann-Chorng Kuo
BACKGROUND: Ketamine abuse has become a global phenomenon in recent years. Ketamine-induced cystitis (KC) is a new clinical syndrome which can result in severely inflamed bladder and intractable bladder pain. Currently there is no guideline for managing patients with KC. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the clinical outcome of patients with KC managed with augmentation enterocystoplasty (AE). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective interventional study. SETTING: A tertiary teaching hospital, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339252/helical-floquet-channels-in-1d-lattices
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Jan Carl Budich, Ying Hu, Peter Zoller
We show how dispersionless channels exhibiting perfect spin-momentum locking can arise in a 1D lattice model. While such spectra are forbidden by fermion doubling in static 1D systems, here we demonstrate their appearance in the stroboscopic dynamics of a periodically driven system. Remarkably, this phenomenon does not rely on any adiabatic assumptions, in contrast to the well known Thouless pump and related models of adiabatic spin pumps. The proposed setup is shown to be experimentally feasible with state-of-the-art techniques used to control ultracold alkaline earth atoms in optical lattices...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339235/cross-interaction-drives-stratification-in-drying-film-of-binary-colloidal-mixtures
#17
Jiajia Zhou, Ying Jiang, Masao Doi
When a liquid film of a colloidal solution consisting of particles of different sizes is dried on a substrate, the colloids often stratify, where smaller colloids are laid upon larger colloids. This phenomenon is counterintuitive because larger colloids which have a smaller diffusion constant, are expected to remain near the surface during the drying process, leaving a layer of larger colloids on top of smaller colloids. Here we show that the phenomenon is caused by the interaction between the colloids, and can be explained by a diffusion model accounting for the interaction between the colloids...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339224/optical-manipulation-of-a-magnon-photon-hybrid-system
#18
C Braggio, G Carugno, M Guarise, A Ortolan, G Ruoso
We demonstrate an all-optical method for manipulating the magnetization in a 1-mm yttrium-iron-garnet (YIG) sphere placed in a ∼0.17  T uniform magnetic field. A harmonic of the frequency comb delivered by a multi-GHz infrared laser source is tuned to the Larmor frequency of the YIG sphere to drive magnetization oscillations, which in turn give rise to a radiation field used to thoroughly investigate the phenomenon. The radiation damping issue that occurs at high frequency and in the presence of highly magnetizated materials has been overcome by exploiting the magnon-photon strong coupling regime in microwave cavities...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339208/doubly-resonant-photonic-antenna-for-single-infrared-quantum-dot-imaging-at-telecommunication-wavelengths
#19
Zhihua Xie, Yannick Lefier, Miguel Angel Suarez, Mathieu Mivelle, Roland Salut, Jean-Marc Merolla, Thierry Grosjean
Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have drawn strong interest in the past for their high prospects in scientific, medical, and industrial applications. However, the full characterization of these quantum emitters is currently restricted to the visible wavelengths, and it remains a key challenge to optically probe single CQDs operating in the infrared spectral domain, which is targeted by a growing number of applications. Here, we report the first experimental detection and imaging at room temperature of single infrared CQDs operating at telecommunication wavelengths...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339205/ultrafast-non-f%C3%A3-rster-intramolecular-donor-acceptor-excitation-energy-transfer
#20
Stavros Athanasopoulos, Laura Alfonso Hernández, David Beljonne, Sebastian Fernandez-Alberti, Sergei Tretiak
Ultrafast intramolecular electronic energy transfer in a conjugated donor-acceptor system is simulated using non-adiabatic excited-state molecular dynamics. After initial site selective photoexcitation of the donor, transition density localization is monitored throughout the S2→S1 internal conversion process revealing an efficient unidirectional donor→acceptor energy transfer process. Detailed analysis of the excited state trajectories uncovers several salient features of the energy transfer dynamics. While a weak temperature dependence is observed during the entire electronic energy relaxation, an ultrafast initially temperature independent process allows the molecular system to approach the S2-S1 potential energy crossing seam within the first ten femtoseconds...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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