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Julia Nemiroff, David Sarraf, Juan Pablo Davila, Damien Rodger
PURPOSE: To present the multimodal retinal imaging findings, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography, of an atypical case of acute macular neuroretinopathy (AMN). METHODS: The multimodal retinal imaging findings, including structural OCT and OCT angiography, of an atypical case of AMN are presented. RESULTS: A 23-year old woman, with a history of an unrelenting sinusitis treated with prednisone therapy and decongestants, presented with an acute scotoma of the right eye...
March 20, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Nicola Montalbetti, James G Rooney, Allison L Marciszyn, Marcelo D Carattino
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are trimeric proton-activated cation selective neuronal channels that are considered to play important roles in mechanosensation and nociception. Here we investigated the role of ASIC3, a subunit primarily expressed in sensory neurons, in bladder sensory signaling and function. We found that extracellular acidification evokes a transient increase in current, consistent with the kinetics of activation and desensitization of ASICs, in ~ 25% of the bladder sensory neurons harvested from both wild type (WT) and ASIC3 knockout (KO) mice...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Hamed Nosrati, Maral Adibtabar, Ali Sharafi, Hossein Danafar, Manjili Hamidreza Kheiri
Denderimer-modified magnetic nanoparticles are a promising drug delivery nanosystem which can improve the therapeutic efficacy of chemotherapy drugs and also can be beneficial as MR images contrast agent. The present study introduces the preparation and characterization of the potential therapeutic efficiency of CUR loaded denderimer modified citric acid coated Fe3 O4 NPs. Polyamidoamine (PAMAM (G5 )) was used to encapsulate citric acid coated Fe3 O4 nanoparticles. The successful preparation of CUR-loaded nanocarriers were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques...
March 21, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Tsunehiko Konomi, Kota Suda, Satoko Matsumoto, Miki Komatsu, Masahiko Takahata, Norimasa Iwasaki, Akio Minami
Introduction: We present an unusual case of traumatic occult lateral mass fracture of the cervical spine with unilateral occlusion of the vertebral artery (VA), that was missed by plain X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but identified by computed tomography (CT) after suspecting high-energy trauma as the underlying cause. Case presentation: A 67-year-old male was injured in a car accident and came to our institute on foot 4 days after injury with complaints of neck pain and numbness in the right hand...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Liselotte Coorevits, Ans Traen, Luk Bingé, Jo Van Dorpe, Marleen Praet, Jerina Boelens, Elizaveta Padalko
OBJECTIVES: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a global cause of acute illness. Early detection plays a crucial role in interrupting transmission and preventing complications. However, the accessibility of STI testing is curbed by the lack of an overall preferred sample type. By means of a prospective study in female sex workers (FSW), we compared the sensitivity of samples from different anatomical sites in detecting Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis, Mycoplasma genitalium and human papillomavirus...
March 17, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Matthew A Morgan, Nicholas Papanicolaou
PURPOSE: This article reviews current prostatectomy techniques and then techniques for fluoroscopic voiding cystourethrography (VCUG) evaluation of the prostate and bladder after prostatectomy. Both normal post-prostatectomy appearances and complications will be reviewed. CONCLUSION: VCUG is a useful evaluation for both common and uncommon post-prostatectomy complications and appropriate interpretation of the VCUG complications is important to aid the urologist's clinical decision making...
March 19, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Sheela Swamy, William Barcella, Maria De Iorio, Kiren Gill, Rajvinder Khasriya, Anthony S Kupelian, Jennifer L Rohn, James Malone-Lee
PURPOSE: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) may be associated with chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) undetected by routine diagnostic tests. Antimicrobial therapy might confer benefit for these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over 10 years, we treated patients with chronic LUTS. Pyuria was adopted as the principal biomarker of infection. Urinary leucocyte counts were recorded from microscopy of fresh midstream urine (MSU) samples. Antibiotics were prescribed and the prescription adjusted to achieve a measurable clinical response and a reduction in pyuria...
March 20, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Süleyman Cinar, Claus Czeslik
We compare the binding of an inhibitor with that of a natural peptide to Ca2+ saturated calmodulin (holo-CaM). As inhibitor we have chosen trifluoperazine (TFP) that is inducing a huge conformational change of holo-CaM from the open dumbbell-shaped to the closed globular conformation upon binding. On the other hand, melittin is used as model peptide, which is a well-known natural binding partner of holo-CaM. The experiments are carried out as a function of pressure to reveal the contribution of volume or packing effects to the stability of the calmodulin-ligand complexes...
March 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yuuki Hata, Toshiki Sawada, Takamasa Sakai, Takeshi Serizawa
The dispersion stabilization of colloidal particles and subsequent construction of functional materials are of great interest in areas ranging from colloid chemistry to materials science. A promising strategy is the spatial immobilization of colloidal particles within gel scaffolds. However, conventional gels readily deform and even collapse when changes in environmental conditions occur. Herein, we describe the enzyme-catalyzed bottom-up synthesis of mechanically and physicochemically stable nanoribbon network hydrogels composed of crystalline cellulose oligomers in which cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as model colloidal particles are immobilized spatially...
March 19, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Madeleine S Durkee, Landon D Nash, Fatemeh Nooshabadi, Jeffrey D Cirillo, Duncan J Maitland, Kristen C Maitland
The rapid development of new optical imaging techniques is dependent on the availability of low-cost, customizable, and easily reproducible standards. By replicating the imaging environment, costly animal experiments to validate a technique may be circumvented. Predicting and optimizing the performance of in vivo and ex vivo imaging techniques requires testing on samples that are optically similar to tissues of interest. Tissue-mimicking optical phantoms provide a standard for evaluation, characterization, or calibration of an optical system...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Céline Vernet, Claire Philippat, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Sarah Lyon-Caen, Valérie Siroux, Enrique F Schisterman, Rémy Slama
BACKGROUND: Toxicology studies have shown adverse effects of developmental exposure to industrial phenols. Evaluation in humans is challenged by potentially marked within-subject variability of phenol biomarkers in pregnant women, which is poorly characterized. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to characterize within-day, between-day, and between-week variability of phenol urinary biomarker concentrations during pregnancy. METHODS: In eight French pregnant women, we collected all urine voids over a 1-wk period (average, 60 samples per week per woman) at three occasions (15±2, 24±2, and 32±1 gestational weeks) in 2012-2013...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
Zhenshan Shi, Yiqiong Deng, Xiumei Li, Yueming Li, Dairong Cao, Vikash Sahadeo Coossa
Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor-mixed connective tissue (PMT-MCT) is rare and usually benign and slow-growing. The majority of these tumors is associated with sporadic tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) or rickets, affect middle-aged individuals and are located in the extremities. Previous imaging studies often focused on seeking the causative tumors of TIO, not on the radiological features of these tumors, especially magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features. PMT-MCT remains a largely misdiagnosed, ignored or unknown entity by most radiologists and clinicians...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Toscane C Noordhoff, Jan Groen, Jeroen R Scheepe, Bertil F M Blok
CONTEXT: Surgical treatment of anatomic bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) may be indicated in males with neurogenic bladder dysfunction. A bothersome complication after surgery is urinary incontinence. OBJECTIVE: To identify the optimal practice in the surgical treatment of anatomic BOO in males with neurogenic bladder dysfunction, due to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, spinal cord injury (SCI), spina bifida, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA). EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) statement...
March 15, 2018: European Urology Focus
Florian Friedmacher, Eric Colhoun, Prem Puri
PURPOSE: Endoscopic injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic is widely acknowledged as first-line treatment of lower grade vesicoureteral reflux. Our objective was to demonstrate its long-term efficacy and safety in eradicating high-grade reflux. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight-hundred-fifty-one children (518 girls, 333 boys), median age 2.3 years (2 months-13.7 years), underwent endoscopic correction of high-grade vesicoureteral reflux using dextranomer/hyaluronic acid...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Urology
B Rabischong, R Botchorishvili, N Bourdel, S Curinier, S Campagne-Loiseau, J L Pouly, M Canis
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility and functional urinary and digestive results of nerve sparing techniques in endometriosis surgery. METHODS: A research on the medline/pubmed database using specific keywords (nerve sparing, endometriosis, pelvic nerves) identified 7 publications among about 50 whose purpose was to describe the feasibility, the techniques and the functional results of nerve preservation in this indication. Among them there are: 2 uncontrolled retrospective studies, 3 prospective non-randomized studies, a meta-analysis and a review of the literature...
March 15, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Bridget Linehan Logan, Lynn Foster-Johnson, Eleni Zotos
BACKGROUND: A collection of studies have demonstrated that approximately one-third of female nulliparous athletes experience urinary incontinence during their athletic activities. Contributing factors of incontinence that have thus far been the focus of study include type of sport, duration and intensity of athletic activity, use of hormonal contraception, and weight. There has, as yet, been a notable underemphasis on several other factors which influence incontinence, including bowel pattern, urinary habits, and menstrual status...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Roberto Raga, Alberto Pivato, Maria Cristina Lavagnolo, Laura Megido, Raffaello Cossu
In this study, a top cover system is investigated as a control for emissions during the aftercare of new landfills and for old landfills where biogas energy production might not be profitable. Different materials were studied as landfill cover system in lab-scale columns: mechanical-biological pretreated municipal solid waste (MBP); mechanical-biological pretreated biowaste (PB); fine (PBSf ) and coarse (PBSc ) mechanical-biological pretreated mixtures of biowaste and sewage sludge, and natural soil (NS). The effectiveness of these materials in removing methane and sulphur compounds from a gas stream was tested, even coupled with activated carbon membranes...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Y Deng, X Gan, D Chen, H L Huang, J S Yuan, J M Qiu, S Q Hu, J W Hu, J W Wang
Granulosa cells (GCs) are essential components of follicles and are involved in regulating the process of follicles development. However, comparative studies on GCs isolated from different staged follicles have not been conducted in goose. The aim of the present study was to identify the growth characteristics of goose GCs from pre-hierarchical (6-10 mm) and hierarchical (F4-F2, F1) follicles. Our results showed that the three cohorts of cells had different tolerance to collagenase and had noticeable morphological differences...
March 15, 2018: Bioscience Reports
M J Young, M Elmussareh, T Morrison, J R Wilson
Introduction Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is considered the gold standard surgical treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The number of TURPs performed has declined significantly over the last three decades owing to pharmaceutical therapy. TURP data from a single institution for the years 1990, 2000 and 2010 were compared to assess the difference in performance. Methods A retrospective analysis was undertaken of all patients who underwent TURP between January and December 2010...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Kenneth W DeFontes, Joshua Vaughn, Jeremy Smith, Eric M Bluman
Talar body osteonecrosis can be a devastating, painful condition that is difficult to manage surgically when conservative treatments have failed. With early disease, nonoperative treatments can prolong the need for operative correction in the young patient. Later stage disease with extensive involvement may require a tibiotalocalcaneal (TTC) arthrodesis to retain functionality of the limb. This situation frequently requires a structural bone graft. Using the technique described in this article, the void resulting from collapse of the talar body is filled with talar allograft, which offers a more anatomic and structurally rigid construct than previously described methods using an allograft femoral head...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
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