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Peter Mancuso, Jeffrey L Curtis, Christine M Freeman, Marc Peters-Golden, Jason B Weinberg, Martin G Myers
Leptin is a pleiotropic hormone produced by white adipose tissue that regulates appetite and many physiologic functions including the immune response to infection. Genetic leptin deficiency in humans and mice impairs host defenses against respiratory tract infections. Since leptin deficiency is associated with obesity and other metabolic abnormalities, we generated mice that lack the leptin receptor (LepRb) in cells of the myeloid linage (LysM-LepRb-KO) to evaluate its impact in lean metabolically normal mice in a murine model of pneumococcal pneumonia...
March 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
T Mondal
The static and dynamic aspects of the T2 ⊗ (e + t2) Jahn-Teller coupling effects in the X[combining tilde]2T2 electronic state of the AlH4 radical are investigated theoretically by probing the first photodetachment spectrum of AlH4-. Associated potential energy surfaces up to two-dimensional space of nuclear coordinates are established from extensive electronic structure calculations and nuclear dynamics calculations are done on them via wave packet propagation including the nonadiabatic coupling of the three electronic sheets...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sergei N Drachev, Tormod Brenn, Tordis A Trovik
The objective was to assess the prevalence of and factors associated with dental anxiety (DA) in medical and dental students in North-West Russia. This cross-sectional study included 422 medical and 285 dental undergraduate Russian students aged 18-25 years from the Northern State Medical University in Arkhangelsk. Corah's Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS) was applied to measure DA. Information on socio-demographic and socioeconomic factors, oral health behaviour and general and oral health was obtained from a structured, self-administered questionnaire...
December 2018: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
Julio Flecha-Lescún, Begoña Calvo, Jesús Zurita, Miguel Ángel Ariza-Gracia
Keratoconus is an idiopathic, non-inflammatory and degenerative corneal disease characterised by a loss of the organisation in the corneal collagen fibrils. As a result, keratoconic corneas present a localised thinning and conical protrusion with irregular astigmatism and high myopia that worsen visual acuity. Intracorneal ring segments (ICRSs) are used in clinic to regularise the corneal surface and to prevent the disease from progressing. Unfortunately, the post-surgical effect of the ICRS is not explicitly accounted beforehand...
March 21, 2018: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Mohammadali Hassani, Ebrahim Jafarzadehpur, Ali Mirzajani, AbbasAli Yekta, Mehdi Khabazkhoob
Purpose: To compare the visual acuity outcome of the ClearKone SynergEyes™ hybrid contact lens and Boston XO rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens in patients with keratoconus. Methods: Twenty-eight eyes with keratoconus participated in this study. The visual acuity was examined once with the RGP lens and once with the ClearKone SynergEyes™ hybrid contact lens. Results: The mean corneal keratometry, the mean lens back optic zone radius, and the mean vault was 7...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Soheila Asgari, Hassan Hashemi
Purpose: To determine topographic and aberrometric changes after accelerated cross-linking (ACXL; 18 mW/cm2 for 5 min) as measured with OPD Scan III (Nidek Inc., Tokyo, Japan) and their repeatability in patients with mild and moderate keratoconus (KCN). Methods: In this prospective study, 25 eyes with mild KCN [Ksteep = 47.24 ± 3.11 diopter (D)] and 20 moderate cases (Ksteep = 52.86 ± 4.39 D) were examined under mesopic conditions (20 lux) twice, 30-45 min apart, at baseline and 6 and 12 months afterwards...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
John S M Chang
Background: Astigmatic keratotomy (AK) remains an accessible means to correct surgically induced or naturally occurring astigmatism. The advantages of femtosecond laser-assisted astigmatic keratotomy (FSAK) over conventional methods have been recognized recently. Main text: This review evaluates the efficacy, complications, and different methods of FSAK for correction of astigmatism in native eyes and those that underwent previous penetrating keratoplasty (PKP)...
2018: Eye and Vision (London, England)
Raúl O Saucedo-Alderete, Joseph D Eifert, Renee R Boyer, Robert C Williams, Gregory E Welbaum
Since the surfaces of cantaloupes are highly rough or irregular, bacteria can easily attach and become difficult to remove. Appropriate postharvest washing and sanitizing procedures can help control Salmonella and other pathogens on cantaloupe or other melons during postharvest operations. Delmopinol hydrochloride (delmopinol) is a cationic surfactant that is effective for treating and preventing gingivitis and periodontitis. The application of delmopinol to two cantaloupe cultivars was evaluated for reducing the level of inoculated Salmonella ...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Krish Patel, Amee Patel, David Hawes, Janki Shah, Krishna Shah
Gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota are known to play paramount role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Innovative sequencing methods have radically expanded our ability to analyze the intestinal microbiome. However, alterations of the GI microbiome in IBD have not yet been fully evaluated. Irregular colonization of the gut has been implicated in chronic intestinal inflammation. Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a procedure which aims to restore microbial disturbances to the individual's gut microbiome...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
T Nimmy John, Subha D Puthankattil, Ramshekhar Menon
Alzheimer's disease (AD), a cognitive disability is analysed using a long range dependence parameter, hurst exponent (HE), calculated based on the time domain analysis of the measured electrical activity of brain. The electroencephalogram (EEG) signals of controls and mild cognitive impairment (MCI)-AD patients are evaluated under normal resting and mental arithmetic conditions. Simultaneous low pass filtering and total variation denoising algorithm is employed for preprocessing. Larger values of HE observed in the right hemisphere of the brain for AD patients indicated a decrease in irregularity of the EEG signal under cognitive task conditions...
April 2018: Cognitive Neurodynamics
Michael Bitterlich, Philipp Franken, Jan Graefe
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) proliferate in soils and are known to affect soil structure. Although their contribution to structure is extensively investigated, the consequences of those processes for soil water extractability and transport has, so far, gained surprisingly little attention. Therefore we asked, whether AMF can affect water retention and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity under exclusion of root ingrowth, in order to minimize plant driven effects. We carried out experiments with tomato inoculated with Rhizoglomus irregulare in a soil substrate with sand and vermiculite that created variation in colonization by mixed pots with wild type (WT) plants and mycorrhiza resistant (RMC) mutants...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dan Wang, Yang Xiang, Ming Wu, Keng Shen, Jiaxin Yang, Huifang Huang, Tong Ren
Objectives: We aimed to demonstrate the clinical characteristics and risk factors associated with recurrence of adult granulosa cell tumor (AGCT), as well as the pregnancy and long-term outcomes among patients in a single institution in China. Patients and methods: We reviewed 141 patients with AGCT in Peking Union Medical College Hospital between January 1983 and September 2015. Results: The mean patient age was 45.1 years (16-78 years), and the mean tumor size was 8...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Neha Chopra Narang, Preeti Diwaker, Salil Narang, Vasantha Kumar Venugopal
Low-grade central osteosarcoma (LGCO) is a rare subtype of osteosarcoma, constituting < 2% of all osteosarcomas. If not treated appropriately, the tumor can recur with higher-grade disease. We report two cases of low-grade central osteosarcoma with unusual morphologic features and belonging to different age groups. Both presented with pain and swelling in the lower end of femur. Radiologically, both the lesions revealed a large mass with irregular borders and soft tissue invasion. One patient underwent above-knee amputation and wide local excision of tumor was done in the other patient...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Stuti Astir, Daraius Shroff, Charu Gupta, Cyrus Shroff
Large traumatic macular holes (TMHs) tend to be irregular and have a variable predictability. The inverted flap technique makes use of remnants of internal limiting membrane (ILM) at the periphery of the MH. The peeled-off ILM contains Müller cell fragments which can induce gliosis and help in closure of MH. We operated on a case of large TMH (~899 μ minimum linear diameter) with choroidal rupture and subretinal hemorrhage in a young female with the inverted flap technique of ILM peeling and observed successful closure of the MH...
January 2018: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
Raj Nath Makroo, Saroj Rajput, Soma Agarwal, Mohit Chowdhry, Bindu Prakash, Prashant Karna
BACKGROUND: Alloantibodies may be detected in blood donors who have either been transfused previously or female donors with previous obstetric events. These antibodies can occasionally cause severe transfusion reaction, if a large amount of plasma or whole blood is transfused, as in massive transfusions and pediatric patients. AIMS: The present study aims to assess the prevalence of red cell antibodies in healthy blood donors at a tertiary care hospital-based blood bank in India...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Yoshinori Sanuki, Shinjo Sonoda, Yoshitaka Muraoka, Akiyoshi Shimizu, Megumi Kitagawa, Hironori Takami, Reo Anai, Tetsu Miyamoto, Yasushi Oginosawa, Yuki Tsuda, Masaru Araki, Yutaka Otsuji
Previous optical coherence tomography (OCT) study reported that irregular protrusion (IP) post drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation was an independent predictor of clinical outcome; however, the relationship between IP and the presence of subsequent in-stent neoatherosclerosis remains unclear. This study aimed to assess the relationship between IP and in-stent neoatheroscrerosis formation using OCT. We evaluated 83 patients (101 lesions) who underwent second-generation DES implantation and 8-month follow-up (8M-FU) using OCT...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Akihiko Tamura, Mitsuhiko Funakoshi, Naw Awn J-P, Kichinori Hasegawa, Atsushi Ishimine, Akio Koike, Noriyuki Tannai, Masami Fujii, Makoto Hattori, Harukazu Hirano, Kenji Nakamura, Masanobu Funakoshi, Kazuhiko Satomi, Yoshihito Yamashita, Yasuma Fukuchi, Narufumi Suganuma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the extent of asbestos exposure among patients with primary lung cancer in Japan. METHODS: A retrospective estimation of potential asbestos-exposed individuals, as determined by the presence of pleural plaques identified on chest computed tomography (CT), was conducted on 885 pathologically confirmed primary lung cancer patients (mean age 71.3 years, 641 males). All patients were diagnosed at 29 hospitals across Japan between 2006 and 2007...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
H T Gu, J Y Zhou, T Wu, J Y Zhou
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and prognosis of patients with pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (PSC). Methods: The study retrospectively reviewed the clinical, radiological, pathological characteristics and prognosis of 76 patients with PSC who were treated in the First Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Zhejiang University from January 2011 to December 2016. Gender, age, smoking history, tumor location, tumor size, lymph node metastasis, distant metastasis, TNM staging and treatment methods were analyzed to determine the factors affecting the prognosis of PSC patients...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
B Piyumi Wijesirigunawardana, B Gayani K Perera
The present study focused on using microencapsulation technique to develop an antioxidant and antibacterial active smart cotton fabric using encapsulated lime oil (LO). LO microcapsules were prepared via the complex coacervation method using chitosan and gum arabic wall materials. UV-Visible and FTIR spectrometry verified the successful encapsulation of LO. The synthesized LO microcapsules were irregular in shape and differed in size between 15-160 μm according to the optical and SEM images. The loading of the microcapsules was found to be 2943 ± 128 μL/g with a loading efficiency of 82 ± 4%...
March 2018: Acta Chimica Slovenica
Wan-Lin Zhang, Shuang Ma, Rachel Jug, Fan Li, Endi Wang, Huan-Yu Zhao, Hong-Tao Xu, Lin Cai, Cheng-Qian Yu, Shuai Shen, Lian-He Yang
RATIONALE: Primary testicular natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma is an extremely rare and highly aggressive lymphoid malignancy. At present, only 20 cases have been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 32-year-old Chinese man complained of discomfort and swelling of his right testicle for 3 months. Physical examination revealed a 10 × 10 × 9.5 cm mass on the right side of the scrotum area. DIAGNOSES: Pathologic evaluation showed effacement of normal testicular parenchymal architecture by small-to-medium-sized lymphoid cells with irregular nuclear profiles, and immunohistochemical studies positively expressed CD2, CD56, cytoplasmic CD3, granzyme B, perforin, and TIA-1...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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