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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136277/homozygous-xylt2-variants-as-a-cause-of-spondyloocular-syndrome
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M Umair, G Eckstein, G Rudolph, T Strom, E Graf, D Hendig, J Hoover, J Alanay, T Meitinger, H Schmidt, W Ahmad
Spondyloocular syndrome (SOS) is a rare autosomal recessive skeletal disorder. Two recent studies have shown that it is the result of biallelic sequence variants in the XYLT2 gene with pleiotropic effects in multiple organs including retina, heart muscle, inner ear, cartilage, and bone. The XYLT2 gene encodes xylosyltransferase 2, which catalyzes the transfer of xylose (monosaccharide) to the core protein of proteoglycans (PG) leading to initiating the process of proteoglycan assembly. SOS was originally characterized in two families A and B of Iraqi and Turkish origin, respectively...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132787/distal-biceps-brachii-tendon-transfer-for-re-establishing-extrinsic-finger-function-feasibility-study-in-cadavers
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Matthew D Welsch, Alexander D Mih, Brock D Reiter, Gregory A Merrell
PURPOSE: To determine the anatomic feasibility of transferring the biceps brachii tendon into either the extensor digitorum communis (EDC) or flexor digitorum profundus (FDP), determine the excursion imparted to EDC and FDP tendons after transfer, and compare the work capacity of the cadaver biceps to previously published data on the biceps as well as the recipient muscles by calculating the physiologic cross-sectional area (PCSA). METHODS: Four fresh-frozen cadaver shoulder-elbow-wrist specimens were used to measure tendon excursion that can be obtained with transfer of the distal biceps tendon into either the EDC or FDP...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126605/a-novel-patterned-magnetic-micropillar-array-substrate-for-analysis-of-cellular-mechanical-responses
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Kazuaki Nagayama, Takuya Inoue, Yasuhiro Hamada, Takeo Matsumoto
Traction forces generated at cellular focal adhesions (FAs) play an essential role in regulating various cellular functions. These forces (1-100 nN) can be measured by observing the local displacement of a flexible substrate upon which cells have been plated. Approaches employing this method include using microfabricated arrays of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) micropillars that bend by cellular traction forces. A tool capable of applying a force to FAs independently, by actively moving the micropillars, should become a powerful tool to delineate the cellular mechanotransduction mechanisms...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125661/eyelid-reanimation-using-crossface-nerve-graft-relationship-between-surgical-outcome-and-preoperative-paralysis-duration
#4
Masayuki Okochi, Hiromi Okochi, Emiko Asai, Takao Sakaba, Kazuki Ueda
BACKGROUND: To reanimate the mimetic muscles, crossface nerve graft (CFNG) is an effective surgical option. However, muscle atrophy after facial paralysis may influence the surgical result. We analyzed the relationship between surgical result and preoperative paralysis duration. METHODS: We performed CFNG on 15 patients. The sural nerve was transferred between the affected and nonaffected sides of the zygomatic branch. Eyelid function and eyelid lid were evaluated using the modified House-Brackmann scale...
November 10, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125190/lambert-eaton-myasthenic-syndrome-mouse-passive-transfer-model-illuminates-disease-pathology-and-facilitates-testing-therapeutic-leads
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Stephen D Meriney, Tyler B Tarr, Kristine S Ojala, Man Wu, Yizhi Li, David Lacomis, Adolfo Garcia-Ocaña, Mary Liang, Guillermo Valdomir, Peter Wipf
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is an autoimmune disorder caused by antibodies directed against the voltage-gated calcium channels that provide the calcium ion flux that triggers acetylcholine release at the neuromuscular junction. To study the pathophysiology of LEMS and test candidate therapeutic strategies, a passive-transfer animal model has been developed in mice, which can be created by daily intraperitoneal injections of LEMS patient serum or IgG into mice for 2-4 weeks. Results from studies of the mouse neuromuscular junction have revealed that each synapse has hundreds of transmitter release sites but that the probability for release at each one is likely to be low...
November 10, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125188/the-mouse-passive-transfer-model-of-musk-myasthenia-gravis-disrupted-musk-signaling-causes-synapse-failure
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REVIEW
Nazanin Ghazanfari, Sofie Trajanovska, Marco Morsch, Simon X Liang, Stephen W Reddel, William D Phillips
While the majority of myasthenia gravis patients express antibodies targeting the acetylcholine receptor, the second most common cohort instead displays autoantibodies against muscle-specific kinase (MuSK). MuSK is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase found in the postsynaptic membrane of the neuromuscular junction. During development, MuSK serves as a signaling hub, coordinating the alignment of the pre- and postsynaptic components of the synapse. Adult mice that received repeated daily injections of IgG from anti-MuSK(+) myasthenia gravis patients developed muscle weakness, associated with neuromuscular transmission failure...
November 10, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122888/tnf-stimulated-gene-6-promotes-formation-of-hyaluronan-inter-%C3%AE-inhibitor-heavy-chain-complexes-necessary-for-ozone-induced-airway-hyperresponsiveness
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Vandy P Stober, Collin G Johnson, Alana Majors, Mark E Lauer, Valbona Cali, Ronald J Midura, Hans-Georg Wisniewski, Mark A Aronica, Stavros Garantziotis
Exposure to pollutants, such as ozone, exacerbates airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness (AHR). TNF-stimulated gene 6 (TSG-6) is required to transfer inter-α-inhibitor heavy chains (HC) to hyaluronan (HA), facilitating HA receptors binding. TSG-6 is necessary for AHR in allergic asthma, because it facilitates the development of a pathological HA-HC matrix. However, the role of TSG-6 in acute airway inflammation is not well understood. Here, we hypothesized that TSG-6 is essential for the development of HA- and ozone-induced AHR...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122817/apo-a-i-apolipoprotein-a-i-vascular-gene-therapy-provides-durable-protection-against-atherosclerosis-in-hyperlipidemic-rabbits
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Bradley K Wacker, Nagadhara Dronadula, Lianxiang Bi, Alexis Stamatikos, David A Dichek
OBJECTIVE: Gene therapy that expresses apo A-I (apolipoprotein A-I) from vascular wall cells has promise for preventing and reversing atherosclerosis. Previously, we reported that transduction of carotid artery endothelial cells with a helper-dependent adenoviral (HDAd) vector expressing apo A-I reduced early (4 weeks) fatty streak development in fat-fed rabbits. Here, we tested whether the same HDAd could provide long-term protection against development of more complex lesions. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Fat-fed rabbits (n=25) underwent bilateral carotid artery gene transfer, with their left and right common carotids randomized to receive either a control vector (HDAdNull) or an apo A-I-expressing vector (HDAdApoAI)...
November 9, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121011/assisted-reproductive-technologies-to-prevent-human-mitochondrial-disease-transmission
#9
Andy Greenfield, Peter Braude, Frances Flinter, Robin Lovell-Badge, Caroline Ogilvie, Anthony C F Perry
Mitochondria are essential cytoplasmic organelles that generate energy (ATP) by oxidative phosphorylation and mediate key cellular processes such as apoptosis. They are maternally inherited and in humans contain a 16,569-base-pair circular genome (mtDNA) encoding 37 genes required for oxidative phosphorylation. Mutations in mtDNA cause a range of pathologies, commonly affecting energy-demanding tissues such as muscle and brain. Because mitochondrial diseases are incurable, attention has focused on limiting the inheritance of pathogenic mtDNA by mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT)...
November 9, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119684/use-dependent-directional-bias-does-not-transfer-to-the-untrained-limb-during-bimanual-contractions
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Welber Marinovic, Melinda Homan, Timothy J Carroll
Skills learned through practice with one limb can often be transferred to the untrained limb. In the present report, we sought to determine whether movement direction biases, acquired through repeated movement with one limb, transfer to the untrained limb. In order to do so, we asked participants to perform synchronised bilateral contractions of muscles in both wrists, followed by the unilateral contraction of muscles in one wrist. In four experiments, we manipulated the position of the unilateral target to create use-dependent directional biases; changed the direction of the cursor in relation to the wrist movement to control for attentional biases; and sought to induce directional biases with both right and left unilateral movements...
November 9, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117932/patient-transfers-and-risk-of-back-injury-protocol-for-a-prospective-cohort-study-with-technical-measurements-of-exposure
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Jonas Vinstrup, Pascal Madeleine, Markus Due Jakobsen, Kenneth Jay, Lars Louis Andersen
BACKGROUND: More than one third of nurses experience musculoskeletal pain several times during a normal work week. Consistent use of assistive devices during patient transfers is associated with a lower risk of occupational back injuries and low back pain (LBP). While uncertainties exist regarding which type of assistive devices most efficiently prevent LBP, exposure assessments using technological advancements allow for quantification of muscle load and body positions during common work tasks...
November 8, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115184/evaluation-of-augmented-reality-feedback-in-surgical-training-environment
#12
Mohsen Zahiri, Carl A Nelson, Dmitry Oleynikov, Ka-Chun Siu
Providing computer-based laparoscopic surgical training has several advantages that enhance the training process. Self-evaluation and real-time performance feedback are 2 of these advantages, which avoid dependency of trainees on expert feedback. The goal of this study was to investigate the use of a visual time indicator as real-time feedback correlated with the laparoscopic surgical training. Twenty novices participated in this study working with (and without) different presentations of time indicators. They performed a standard peg transfer task, and their completion times and muscle activity were recorded and compared...
November 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114531/effects-of-a-short-term-detraining-period-on-muscle-functionality-and-cognition-of-strength-trained-older-women-a-preliminary-report
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Hélio José Coelho, Bruno Rodrigues, Ivan de Oliveira Gonçalves, Marco Carlos Uchida
The present study aimed to investigate the impact of a 1-month detraining composed by Christmas and New Year's Day in the functional and cognitive parameters of 12 older women who had previously participated in 22-week moderate intensity strength training program (ST; n=6) or remained performing their regular habits of life during all study period, without engaging in physical exercise programs (CG; n=6). Transfer capacity (i.e., Timed Up and Go [TUG]) and executive function (i.e., TUG with a cognitive task) were increased in the ST group after the intervention...
October 2017: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114033/na-leak-with-gating-pore-properties-in-hypokalemic-periodic-paralysis-v876e-mutant-muscle-ca-channel
#14
Clarisse Fuster, Jimmy Perrot, Christine Berthier, Vincent Jacquemond, Pierre Charnet, Bruno Allard
Type 1 hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoPP1) is a poorly understood genetic neuromuscular disease characterized by episodic attacks of paralysis associated with low blood K(+) The vast majority of HypoPP1 mutations involve the replacement of an arginine by a neutral residue in one of the S4 segments of the α1 subunit of the skeletal muscle voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel, which is thought to generate a pathogenic gating pore current. The V876E HypoPP1 mutation has the peculiarity of being located in the S3 segment of domain III, rather than an S4 segment, raising the question of whether such a mutation induces a gating pore current...
November 7, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108083/-pedicled-omentum-flaps-in-the-management-of-deep-sternal-wound-infections
#15
Nick Spindler, Christian Etz, Martin Misfeld, Christoph Josten, Michael Borger, Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, Stefan Langer
Aim Coverage of a deep sternal wound infection with a greater omentum flap. Due to a persistent infection caused by an infected aortic prosthesis, the primarily performed reconstruction with a latissimus dorsi flap had to be revised, and an alternative solution had to be found. Indication A deep sternal wound infection is a rare but devastating complication following median sternotomy. If the commonly used muscle flap is not sufficient and artificial material is still present in the wound, for instant drivelines or a vascular prosthesis, the greater omentum flap is a useful option due to its immunologic capacity...
November 6, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107928/the-influence-of-eye-movements-on-the-development-of-a-movement-sequence-representation-during-observational-and-physical-practice
#16
Matthias Massing, Yannick Blandin, Stefan Panzer
An experiment was conducted to examine the development of a movement sequence representation and the role of eye-movements during observational and physical practice. The task was to reproduce a 1300ms spatial-temporal pattern of a sequence of elbow flexions and extensions. An inter-manual transfer design with a retention and two effector transfer tests (contralateral limb) was used. The mirror transfer test required the same pattern of homologous muscle activation and a sequence of joint angles as experienced during the acquisition phase, and the non-mirror transfer test required the same visual-spatial pattern as performed or observed during acquisition...
November 3, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107658/physiological-characterization-and-regulation-of-the-contractile-properties-of-the-mosquito-ventral-diverticulum-crop
#17
Travis L Calkins, Andrew DeLaat, Peter M Piermarini
In adult dipteran insects (flies), the crop is a diverticulum of the esophagus that serves as a food storage organ. The crop pumps stored contents into the alimentary canal for digestion and absorption. The pumping is mediated by peristaltic contractions of the crop musculature. In adult female mosquitoes, the crop (ventral diverticulum) selectively stores sugar solutions (e.g., nectar); proteinaceous blood meals by-pass the crop and are transferred directly to the midgut for digestion. The mechanisms that regulate crop contractions have never been investigated in mosquitoes...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104786/non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-are-epicrises-the-bermuda-triangle-of-information-transfer
#18
Steffen Lebentrau, Matthias May, Anne-Kathrin Wick, Michael Roiner, Marcella Mathew, Christian Gilfrich, Martin Schostak
Introduction: The aim of the study was to collect information regarding the quality of communication of risk-determining factors or risk profile, and the guideline conformity of recommendations for adjuvant treatment in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) between clinical and ambulatory urologists. Material and methods: At three German urological clinics during the period between 2012-2014, epicrises of 1,033 NMIBC-patients were retrospectively summarised to 505 tumour episodes (tumour resection including any re-resections) and analysed regarding the endpoints 1) risk profile is explicitly named or recorded risk factors are sufficient for the determination of risk profile, and 2) guideline conformity of treatment recommendation...
2017: Central European Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104497/adenovirus-mediated-gene-transfer-of-microrna-21-sponge-inhibits-neointimal-hyperplasia-in-rat-vein-grafts
#19
Xiao-Wen Wang, Cheng Zhang, Kai-Chuen Lee, Xiang-Jun He, Zhi-Qian Lu, Chun Huang, Qing-Chen Wu
Background: Vein graft failure due to neointimal hyperplasia remains an important and unresolved complication of cardiovascular surgery. microRNA-21 (miR-21) plays a major role in regulating vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and phenotype transformation. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine whether adenovirus-mediated miR-21 sponge gene therapy was able to inhibit neointimal hyperplasia in rat vein grafts. Methods: Adenovirus-mediated miR-21 sponge was used to inhibit VSMC proliferation in vitro and neointimal formation in vivo...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104312/influence-of-sample-preparation-on-estuarine-macrofauna-stable-isotope-signatures-in-the-context-of-contaminant-bioaccumulation-studies
#20
Amanda N Curtis, Deenie M Bugge, Kate L Buckman, Xiahong Feng, Anthony Faiia, Celia Y Chen
The ratios of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen provide important information on food sources of aquatic organisms and trophic structure of aquatic food webs. For many studies, trophic position and food source are linked to bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of contaminants from prey to predators. In these cases, it is useful to use measurements on whole organisms to make direct comparisons of contaminant bioaccumulation and food web attributes. There is a great deal of variation in methods used for stable isotope analysis, particularly in the selection of tissue type and sample preparation prior to stable isotope analysis...
August 2017: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
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