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Young Joon Choi, Si Yoon Park, Ikhyun Jun, Moonjung Choi, Kyoung Yul Seo, Eung Kweon Kim, Tae-Im Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate perioperative dry eye (DE) syndrome and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) parameters associated with persistent DE symptoms after cataract surgery. METHODS: We enrolled patients who underwent uncomplicated cataract surgery without previous ocular comorbidities and previous use of ophthalmic treatment except for artificial tears at a single tertiary hospital. Lipid layer thickness, meibomian gland (MG) dropout, tear breakup time, Oxford staining score, lid margin abnormality, meibum quality, meibum expressibility, MG orifice obstruction, MGD stage, Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), and Schirmer test score were prospectively assessed in order at baseline and 1 and 3 months postoperative...
March 14, 2018: Cornea
Khaled Alkhalifah, Ajit Brindhaban
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of exposure factors used in digital screening mammography on images quality of different breast compositions. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A digital mammographic unit, with Tungsten (W) as target, Rhodium (Rh) and Silver (Ag) as filters and amorphous selenium (a-Se) detectors, was used to image Computerized Imaging Reference Systems (CIRS) Model 12A phantoms of thickness 4, 5 and 6 cm. Images of each phantom were obtained using target-filter combinations of W/Rh and W/Ag, at 28, 30, and 32 kVp...
March 7, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Yong-Hao Li, Xiao-Yue Zhang, Fei Zhang, Liang-Cai Peng, Da-Bing Zhang, Akihiko Kondo, Feng-Wu Bai, Xin-Qing Zhao
Background: Cellulolytic enzymes produced by Trichoderma reesei are widely studied for biomass bioconversion, and enzymatic components vary depending on different inducers. In our previous studies, a mixture of glucose and disaccharide (MGD) was developed and used to induce cellulase production. However, the enzymatic profile induced by MGD is still not defined, and further optimization of the enzyme cocktail is also required for efficient ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Liming Yan, Yuanbo Qi, Xiaofang Huang, Caiting Yu, Lan Lan, Xiangyang Guo, Zihe Rao, Junjie Hu, Zhiyong Lou
Fusion of the outer mitochondrial membrane is mediated by the dynamin-like GTPase mitofusin (MFN). Here, we determined the structure of the minimal GTPase domain (MGD) of human MFN1 in complex with GDP-BeF3 - . The MGD folds into a canonical GTPase fold with an associating four-helix bundle, HB1, and forms a dimer. A potassium ion in the catalytic core engages GDP and BeF3 - (GDP-BeF3 - ). Enzymatic analysis has confirmed that efficient GTP hydrolysis by MFN1 requires potassium. Compared to previously reported MGD structures, the HB1 structure undergoes a major conformational change relative to the GTPase domains, as they move from pointing in opposite directions to point in the same direction, suggesting that a swing of the four-helix bundle can pull tethered membranes closer to achieve fusion...
February 26, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Joana Rocha, Milène Nitenberg, Agnès Girard-Egrot, Juliette Jouhet, Eric Maréchal, Maryse A Block, Christelle Breton
A unique feature of chloroplasts is their high content of the galactolipids monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) and digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG), which constitute up to 80% of their lipids. These galactolipids are synthesized in the chloroplast envelope membrane through the concerted action of galactosyltransferases, the so-called 'MGDG synthases (MGDs)' and 'DGDG synthases (DGDs),' which use uridine diphosphate (UDP)-galactose as donor. In Arabidopsis leaves, under standard conditions, the enzymes MGD1 and DGD1 provide the bulk of galactolipids, necessary for the massive expansion of thylakoid membranes...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chi Hoang Viet Vu, Motoko Kawashima, Masakazu Yamada, Kazuhisa Suwaki, Miki Uchino, Chika Shigeyasu, Yoshimune Hiratsuka, Norihiko Yokoi, Kazuo Tsubota
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and friction-related disease (FRD) on the severity of dry eye disease (DED). DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. PARTICIPANTS: This study enrolled 449 patients with DED (63 men and 386 women; mean age, 62.6±15.7 years [range, 21-90 years]) for analysis. METHODS: Subjective symptoms, the ocular surface, tear function, and the presence of MGD and FRD (superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis, conjunctivochalasis, and lid wiper epitheliopathy) were investigated...
February 16, 2018: Ophthalmology
Wenjing Wang, Rui Qiu, Li Ren, Zechen Feng, Zhen Wu, Chunyan Li, Yantao Niu, Junli Li
Not only the mean glandular dose (MGD) but also the glandular dose distribution is important in describing the radiation exposure to breast in mammography. For a more precise knowledge of the absorbed dose distribution in the breast, experimental measurements with thermoluminescence dosemeter and Monte Carlo simulations with Geant4 were performed in this study. The experimental measurements with homogeneous physical breast phantoms were used to validate Monte Carlo simulations of homogeneous mathematical breast models undergoing mammography...
February 9, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Christian Fedon, Luigi Rigon, Fulvia Arfelli, Diego Dreossi, Elisa Quai, Maura Tonutti, Giuliana Tromba, Maria Assunta Cova, Renata Longo
Two dosimetric quantities [mean glandular dose (MGD) and entrance surface air kerma (ESAK)] and the diagnostic performance of phase-contrast mammography with synchrotron radiation (MSR) are compared to conventional digital mammography (DM). Seventy-one patients (age range, 41 to 82 years) underwent MSR after a DM examination if questionable or suspicious breast abnormalities were not clarified by ultrasonography. The MGD and the ESAK delivered in both examinations were evaluated and compared. Two on-site radiologists rated the images in consensus according to the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System assessment categories, which were then correlated with the final diagnoses by means of statistical generalized linear models (GLMs)...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
W J Song, X M Yan
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a broad spectrum incoherent light which is produced by high-output xenon lamp. Since the invention of the first-generation IPL in 1994, IPL technology has been developing rapidly and extensively utilized in multiple fields relevant to dermatology across the world. In 2004, the fourth-generation IPL system was introduced with the optimal pulse technology (OPT) and has soon been used for cosmetic purposes all over the world. In 2002, Dr. Toyos found that the meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dye eye disease (DED)symptoms of the rosacea patients who received IPL treatment have been improving significantly, therefore he started to explore the application of IPL system to treatment of dry eye disease...
February 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Sarah Cashman, Xin Ma, Janet Mosley, Jay Garland, Brian Crone, Xiaobo Xue
This study calculated the energy and greenhouse gas life cycle and cost profiles of transitional aerobic membrane bioreactors (AeMBR) and anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBR). Membrane bioreactors (MBR) represent a promising technology for decentralized wastewater treatment and can produce recycled water to displace potable water. Energy recovery is possible with methane generated from AnMBRs. Scenarios for these technologies were investigated for different scale systems serving various population densities under a number of climate conditions with multiple methane recovery options...
January 12, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Moayyad E Suleiman, Patrick C Brennan, Ernest Ekpo, Peter Kench, Mark F McEntee
OBJECTIVE: This work proposes the use of mammographic breast density (MBD) to estimate actual glandular dose (AGD), and assesses how AGD compares to mean glandular dose (MGD) estimated using Dance et al method. METHODS: A retrospective sample of anonymised mammograms (52,405) was retrieved from a central database. Technical parameters and patient characteristics were exported from the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) header using third party software...
February 13, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Caroline A Blackie, Christy A Coleman, Kelly K Nichols, Lyndon Jones, Peter Q Chen, Ron Melton, David L Kading, Leslie E O'Dell, Sruthi Srinivasan
Purpose: To evaluate the effect of a single vectored thermal pulsation (VTP) treatment in contact lens wearers with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dry eye symptoms. Methods: The prospective, nonsignificant risk, open-label, randomized, multi-center clinical trial included 55 soft contact lens (SCL) wearers with MGD and evaporative dry eye. Subjects were randomized to the single VTP treatment group or an untreated control. The controls received a crossover VTP treatment at 3 months (crossover treatment group)...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
Kerry B Hagen, Raman Bedi, Caroline A Blackie, Kellie J Christenson-Akagi
Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of a single bilateral 12-minute vectored thermal pulsation (VTP) procedure versus daily oral doxycycline for 3 months for moderate-to-severe meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Methods: This prospective, randomized, parallel-group, single-masked study included 28 subjects who received either a single-dose VTP or 3 months of doxycycline treatment. At baseline and 3 months post treatment, all subjects were evaluated for the following: dry eye symptoms with a standard dry eye questionnaire (the Standard Patient Evaluation for Eye Dryness [SPEED]), meibomian gland (MG) function by counting the number of glands yielding liquid secretion with the MG evaluator (MGE), tear breakup time (TBUT) and corneal and conjunctival staining...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
Andreas Kiriakopoulos, Athanasios Petralias, Dimitrios Linos
BACKGROUND: Normocalcemic (NCpHPT) and normohormonal (NHpHPT) variants have been recognized primary hyperparathyroidism entities that pose serious challenges. We sought to define the differences among them in a series of surgically treated patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2011 and 2015, 149 patients were enrolled into three groups: CpHPT (Ca > 10.2 mg/dL, PTH > 65 pg/mL), NCpHPT (normal Ca, PTH > 65 pg/mL) and NHpHPT (Ca > 10.2 mg/dL, normal PTH)...
February 1, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Cláudia Sá Dos Reis, Mário João Fartaria, João H Garcia Alves, Ana Pascoal
To characterise the mean glandular dose (MGD) in a sample of healthcare providers for digital mammography in Portugal. To compare the achieved values with European references. The MGD was measured on a poly-methyl-methacrylate phantom (45 mm) for each system using dosimeters. In addition, MGD was estimated using exposure settings collected from mammography exams in clinical context. Data were collected from 25 computed-radiography systems (CR) and 13 integrated digital (DR). For both measurements (phantom and clinical exposures), the average MGD for CR was higher compared to the DR...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Jillian F Ziemanski, Lynn R Wolters, Lisa Jones-Jordan, Jason J Nichols, Kelly K Nichols
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between omega-3 (n-3) and omega-6 (n-6) fatty acids with dry eye disease (DED) and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) DESIGN: Cross-sectional study METHODS: Postmenopausal women (n=439) underwent a clinical evaluation and completed the Vio Food Frequency Questionnaire to estimate their dietary intake of n-3s and n-6s. Subjects were categorized into two binary classifications based upon whether or not they had (1) DED and (2) MGD. Mean intake of dietary fatty acids were compared with two-sample t-tests...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Paul Kaufmann, Benjamin R Duffus, Biljana Mitrova, Chantal Iobbi-Nivol, Christian Teutloff, Manfred Nimtz, Lothar Jänsch, Ulla Wollenberger, Silke Leimkühler
The well-studied enterobacterium Escherichia coli present in the human gut is able to reduce TMAO to trimethylamine (TMA) during anaerobic respiration. The TMAO reductase TorA is a monomeric, bis-molybdopterin guanine dinucleotide (bis-MGD) cofactor-containing enzyme belonging to the dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) reductase family of molybdoenzymes. We report on a system for the in vitro reconstitution of TorA with molybdenum cofactors (Moco) from different sources. Higher TMAO reductase activities for TorA were obtained when using Moco-sources containing a sulfido ligand at the molybdenum atom...
January 15, 2018: Biochemistry
Michihiro Osumi, Masahiko Sumitani, Yuko Otake, Shu Morioka
Pain-related fear can exacerbate physical disability and pathological pain in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) patients. We conducted a kinematic analysis of grasping movements with a pediatric patient suffering from CRPS in an upper limb to investigate how pain-related fear affects motor control. Using a three-dimensional measurement system, we recorded the patient's movement while grasping three vertical bars of different diameters (thin, middle, thick) with the affected and intact hands. We analyzed the maximum grasp distance between the thumb and the index finger (MGD), the peak velocity of the grasp movement (PV), and the time required for the finger opening phase (TOP) and closing phase (TCP)...
January 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Giuseppe Giannaccare, Luca Vigo, Marco Pellegrini, Stefano Sebastiani, Francesco Carones
PURPOSE: To analyze diagnostic performance of an ocular surface workup based on automated noninvasive measurements in the diagnosis of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). METHODS: Two hundred ninety-eight eyes of 149 patients with MGD and 54 eyes of 27 control patients were analyzed. Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), noninvasive breakup time (BUT), lipid layer thickness, meibomian gland loss, and tear osmolarity were calculated. The correlations among variables in the MGD group were analyzed...
January 3, 2018: Cornea
Javier Soria, Arantxa Acera, Jesús Merayo-LLoves, Juan A Durán, Nerea González, Sandra Rodriguez, Nikitas Bistolas, Soeren Schumacher, Frank F Bier, Harald Peter, Walter Stöcklein, Tatiana Suárez
We analyzed the tear film proteome of patients with dry eye (DE), meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and normal volunteers (CT). Tear samples were collected from 70 individuals. Of these, 37 samples were analyzed using spectral-counting-based LC-MS/MS label-free quantitation, and 33 samples were evaluated in the validation of candidate biomarkers employing customized antibody microarray assays. Comparative analysis of tear protein profiles revealed differences in the expression levels of 26 proteins, including protein S100A6, annexin A1, cystatin-S, thioredoxin, phospholipase A2, antileukoproteinase, and lactoperoxidase...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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