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Wendy Ming, Dimitrios J Palidis, Miriam Spering, Martin J McKeown
Purpose: Visual impairments are frequent in Parkinson's disease (PD) and impact normal functioning in daily activities. Visual contrast sensitivity is a powerful nonmotor sign for discriminating PD patients from controls. However, it is usually assessed with static visual stimuli. Here we examined the interaction between perception and eye movements in static and dynamic contrast sensitivity tasks in a cohort of mildly impaired, early-stage PD patients. Methods: Patients (n = 13) and healthy age-matched controls (n = 12) viewed stimuli of various spatial frequencies (0-8 cyc/deg) and speeds (0°/s, 10°/s, 30°/s) on a computer monitor...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Raquel Matoso Silva, Filomena Adega, Helena J Kjöllerström, Kim Labuschagne, Antoinette Kotze, Carlos Fernandes, Raquel Chaves, Maria do Mar Oom
Genets (Genetta) are a genus of African mammalian carnivorans with 14 currently recognized species, although taxonomic uncertainties remain, particularly regarding the number of species within the large-spotted genet complex. This study presents the first banded karyotype and molecular cytogenetic analysis of a genetically identified panther genet, Genetta maculata, the most common and widespread taxon of the large-spotted genet complex, with a wide distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. Sampled in Gauteng Province, South Africa, it could be assigned to the subspecies G...
October 27, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Rama I Mahran, Magda M Hagras, Duxin Sun, Dean E Brenner
Cancer is still a major cause of death all over the world. Its incidence and prevalence are increasing drastically. Cancer treatment imposes high socioeconomic burden with little impact especially on aggressive types of cancer. Reversing or delaying carcinogenesis "cancer chemoprevention" by purified or extracted natural products is a cost-effective alternative. Curcumin is widely available, inexpensive spice that has been used in ancient folk medicine for millennia, especially in India. Curcumin has the pharmacological properties that slow or reverse cellular proliferation and enhance apoptosis and differentiation associated with a diverse array of molecular effects...
October 25, 2016: AAPS Journal
Kaname Miyashita, Kei Fujii, Kenichi Taguchi, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Mitsuaki A Yoshida, Yasunobu Abe, Jun Okamura, Shinya Oda, Naokuni Uike
PURPOSE: Microsatellite instability (MSI) has been a long-standing biomarker candidate for drug resistance in tumour cells. Despite numerous clinical studies, the data in the literature are not conclusive. The complexity of the MSI phenomenon in some malignancies may, at least partly, account for the discrepancy. In addition, methodological problems are also pointed out in the assay techniques. We previously established a unique fluorescent technique in which the major methodological problems in conventional assays are overcome...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
B Hohendorff, J Franke, C K Spies, L P Müller, C Ries
OBJECTIVE: Arthrodesis of the proximal interphalangeal joint of fingers in a functional and pain-free position. INDICATIONS: Primary and secondary osteoarthritis, traumatic joint destruction, posttraumatic malposition, instability, joint destruction due to infection, irreparable extensor and/or flexor tendon lesion, recurrent flexion deformity in Dupuytren's disease, arthritis (e. g., rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis), failed resection arthroplasty, failed prosthesis, congenital disorder (e...
October 25, 2016: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
Sébastien Pesenti, Benjamin Blondel, Gregory Armaganian, Sébastien Parratte, Gérard Bollini, Franck Launay, Jean-Luc Jouve
Patellofemoral instability in children requires surgery when recurrent dislocation occurs. The aim of this study is to report the 5-year clinical and radiographic outcomes following lateral wedge augmentation trochleoplasty of the femoral trochlea. This is a review of 23 (mean age: 12.5 years) patients who underwent surgery for recurrent patellar dislocations related to a flat trochlea. In every case, a lateral wedge augmentation trochleoplasty was performed with preservation of the growth plate. This surgery was consistently associated with a soft tissue procedure...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Qingguo Yang, Dongbing Liu, Jian Mu, Xianbin Huang, Jiakun Dan, Xudong Xie, Wu Deng, Shuping Feng, Meng Wang, Yan Ye, Qixian Peng, Zeren Li
The x-ray backlighting systems, including a 1.865 keV (Si Heα line) spherically bent crystal imaging system and an ∼8.3 keV (Cu Heα line) point-projection imaging system, newly fielded on the Primary Test Stand facility are introduced and its preliminary experimental results in radiography of the aluminium (Al) liners with seeded sinusoidal perturbations are presented. The x-ray backlighter source is created using a 1 TW, 1 kJ Nd: glass high power laser, kilo-joule laser system, recently constructed at China Academy of Engineering Physics...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Tomohiro Mizuno, Koso Egi, Kenji Sakai, Keiji Oi, Tsuyoshi Hachimaru, Tohru Makita, Kiyotoshi Oishi, Hirokuni Arai
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is difficult because of circulatory deterioration during displacement of the heart. At our institution, we performed minimally circulatory-assisted on-pump beating coronary artery bypass grafting (MICAB) in these patients. During MICAB, support flow was controlled at a minimal level to maintain a systemic blood pressure of approximately 100 mm Hg and a pulmonary arterial systolic pressure of <30 mm Hg, providing optimal pulsatile circulation for end-organ perfusion and prevention of heart congestion...
October 26, 2016: Artificial Organs
Barbara Bernardim, Pedro M S D Cal, Maria J Matos, Bruno L Oliveira, Nuria Martínez-Sáez, Inês S Albuquerque, Elizabeth Perkins, Francisco Corzana, Antonio C B Burtoloso, Gonzalo Jiménez-Osés, Gonçalo J L Bernardes
Maleimides remain the reagents of choice for the preparation of therapeutic and imaging protein conjugates despite the known instability of the resulting products that undergo thiol-exchange reactions in vivo. Here we present the rational design of carbonylacrylic reagents for chemoselective cysteine bioconjugation. These reagents undergo rapid thiol Michael-addition under biocompatible conditions in stoichiometric amounts. When using carbonylacrylic reagents equipped with PEG or fluorophore moieties, this method enables access to protein and antibody conjugates precisely modified at pre-determined sites...
October 26, 2016: Nature Communications
Mengying Wu, Zhuojia Lin, Xiaonan Li, Xiaoru Xin, Jiahui An, Qidi Zheng, Yuxin Yang, Dongdong Lu
The dysregulation of lncRNAs has increasingly been linked to many human diseases, especially in cancers. Our results demonstrate HULC, MALAT1 and TRF2 are highly expressed in human hepatocellular carcinoma tissues, and HULC plus MALAT1 overexpression drastically promotes the growth of liver cancer stem cells. Mechanistically, both HULC and MALAT1 overexpression enhanced RNA polII, P300, CREPT to load on the promoter region of telomere repeat-binding factor 2(TRF2), triggering the overexpression, phosphorylation and SUMOylation of TRF2...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
J Roger, L Mathieu, F Mottier, F Vigouroux, F Chauvin, F Rongiéras
The authors report and discuss the management of a 25-year-old male patient with a trapeziometacarpal joint dislocation complicated by a trapezium fracture. This injury combination is rare with only reported 15 cases. After closed reduction resulted in dorsal instability, anatomical reduction of the trapezium fracture and internal screw fixation were performed using an open approach. This fixation stabilized the joint but was fragile due to the small fragment size. For this reason, ligament reconstruction using half of the flexor carpi radialis tendon was added...
September 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
F Jacquot, D Zbili, J-M Feron, A Sautet, L Doursounian, A-C Masquelet
Posterior Hill-Sachs humeral defects are present in 80% to 100% of cases of anterior shoulder dislocation and are a factor in recurrent instability. Several techniques have been described to fill the defect and avoid recurrence. We developed a percutaneous technique to fill the newly created defect in which a percutaneous balloon, analogous to the one used in vertebral kyphoplasty, is used to reduce the defect, which is then filled with calcium phosphate cement. One patient with an acute anterior dislocation of the shoulder with no previous history was treated using this method...
September 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
R Mugnai, N Della Rosa, L Tarallo
Injuries to the scapholunate interosseous ligament (SLIL) are the most common cause of carpal instability. A SLIL injury typically follows a fall on an outstretched hand, with the wrist in hyperextension, ulnar deviation and intercarpal supination. We hypothesize that repetitive axial loading on the wrist in hyperextension, during the reception and digging motions of volleyball, can lead to functional overloading of the SLIL. To identify patients and to determine the clinical history and surgical treatment performed, we analyzed hospital records, X-rays, electronic databases containing all the operations performed, and image files (including before and after surgery and follow-up)...
October 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Shihao Dong, Jingsong Chen
Serrated polyposis syndrome (SPS) is closely associated with the initiation and development of colorectal cancer (CRC), however, there is few research on SPS in China. Serrated polyps can be divided into hyperplastic polyps, sessile serrated polyps and traditional serrated polyps. The diagnosis standard of SPS is as following: (1) There are at least 5 serrated lesions in proximal colon, and diameter of more than 2 lesions is >10 mm; (2) The patient has one serrated polyp with family history of SPS; (3) More than 20 serrated polyps can be found in the entire large bowel...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Roberta Cirincione, Federica Maria Di Maggio, Giusi Irma Forte, Luigi Minafra, Valentina Bravatà, Laura Castiglia, Vincenzo Cavalieri, Giovanni Borasi, Giorgio Russo, Domenico Lio, Cristina Messa, Maria Carla Gilardi, Francesco Paolo Cammarata
In recent years, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has emerged as a new and promising non-invasive and non-ionizing ablative technique for the treatment of localized solid tumors. Extensive pre-clinical and clinical studies have evidenced that, in addition to direct destruction of the primary tumor, HIFU-thermoablation may elicit long-term systemic host anti-tumor immunity. In particular, an important consequence of HIFU treatment includes the release of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), the secretion of immuno-suppressing factors by cancer cells and the induction of cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity...
October 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Emilie M Flament, Keith R Berend, Jason M Hurst, Michael J Morris, Joanne B Adams, Adolph V Lombardi
BACKGROUND: In past decades, polyethylene wear was a major cause of failure in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Polyethylene for use in arthroplasty has been vastly improved in recent years, with improved materials as well as manufacturing and sterilization processes. Testing has shown that infusion of vitamin E prevents oxidative degradation of polyethylene without remelting, allowing the material to maintain mechanical properties and wear resistance over time. The purpose of this study is to review the early result of patients undergoing primary TKA with vitamin E antioxidant-infused polyethylene inserts...
October 26, 2016: Surgical Technology International
Pawel Kuklik, Benjamin Schäffer, Boris A Hoffmann, Anand N Ganesan, Doreen Schreiber, Julia M Moser, Ruken Ö Akbulak, Arian Sultan, Daniel Steven, Bart Maesen, Ulrich Schotten, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems
BACKGROUND: Electrogram-based identification of the regions maintaining persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a subject of ongoing debate. Here, we explore the concept of local electrical dyssynchrony to identify AF drivers. METHODS AND RESULTS: Local electrical dyssynchrony was calculated using mean phase coherence. High-density epicardial mapping along with mathematical model were used to explore the link between local dyssynchrony and properties of wave conduction...
2016: PloS One
Samuel L Esarey, Joel C Holland, Bart M Bartlett
We analyze the stability of the non-heme water oxidation catalyst (WOC), Fe(bpmcn)Cl2 toward oxygen and illumination under nonaqueous and acidic conditions. Fe(bpmcn)Cl2 has been previously used as a C-H activation catalyst, a homogeneous WOC, and as a cocatalyst anchored to WO3 for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. This paper reports that the ligand dissociates at pH 1 with a rate constant k = 19.8(2) × 10(-3) min(-1), resulting in loss of catalytic activity. The combination of UV-vis experiments, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry confirm free bpmcn and Fe(2+) present in solution under acidic conditions...
October 25, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Han Wang, Huiqin Gao, Tianyu Jiao, Zhongli Luo
Postural instability and gait disturbance (PIGD) are common symptoms in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). The deep-brain stimulation (DBS) of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) shows a promising effect on PIGD. However, the quantitative effects of PPN DBS for PD, especially for PIGD, and the efficacy of PPN DBS combined with levodopa are controversial and ambiguous to clinical practice. We carried out a meta-analysis of original researches on PPN to PIGD/PD from the electronic databases MEDLINE and EMBASE...
October 24, 2016: Neuroreport
Takayuki Nagasawa, Tamotsu Sugai, Tadahiro Shoji, Wataru Habano, Toru Sugiyama
OBJECTIVE: Endometrial adenocarcinomas are characterized by the presence of many single tumor glands in which multiple genetic changes have accumulated. To elucidate the differences in molecular abnormalities among single tumor glands, individual tumor glands were analyzed and microsatellite alterations (loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and microsatellite instability [MSI]) were examined using the crypt isolation method in glands from each tumor from patients with endometrial carcinoma. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with endometrial adenocarcinoma who underwent surgery were included in this study...
November 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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