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Mohammad Naderan, Mohammad Taher Rajabi, Parviz Zarrinbakhsh, Mahgol Farjadnia
PURPOSE: To compare the ophthalmic parameters and the severity of keratoconus (KC) in pediatrics and adults at the time of initial diagnosis in an Iranian population. METHODS: KC was diagnosed via slit-lamp examination and Pentacam imaging. In a retrospective observational study, consecutive patients were divided into two groups of pediatrics (<18 years old) and adults (>18 years old). Topographic, keratometric, and tomographic parameters, and severity of KC at the time of diagnosis were compared in both groups...
October 25, 2016: International Ophthalmology
E Dundar, P Boulet, C Wexler, L Firlej, Ph Llewellyn, B Kuchta
The melting transition of methane adsorbed in nanopores has been studied and compared in two types of structures: carbon slits pores and square shaped channels. We show that the nano-confinement not only modifies the temperatures of phase transformation but also induces strong space heterogeneity of the adsorbate. We emphasize the role of the structural heterogeneity on the mechanism of melting: in nanometric pores, each adsorbed layer exhibits different mechanisms of structural transformation and the notion of a unique transition temperature is not well defined...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Maria V Cicinelli, Adriano Carnevali, Alessandro Rabiolo, Lea Querques, Ilaria Zucchiatti, Vincenzo Scorcia, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques
PURPOSE: To describe macular-foveal capillaries (MFC) by means of optical coherence tomography angiography and to identify the clinical spectrum of this angiographic feature. METHODS: Patients with MFC presenting at the Medical Retina & Imaging Unit of the Department of Ophthalmology, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan were recruited. Patients underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination that included slit-lamp examination, fundus examination, measurement of best-corrected visual acuity, fundus autofluorescence, and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (Spectralis HRA + OCT; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany)...
July 12, 2016: Retina
Carlos Oliva, Alessia Soldano, Natalia Mora, Natalie De Geest, Annelies Claeys, Maria-Luise Erfurth, Jimena Sierralta, Ariane Ramaekers, Dan Dascenco, Radoslaw K Ejsmont, Dietmar Schmucker, Natalia Sanchez-Soriano, Bassem A Hassan
The axonal wiring molecule Slit and its Round-About (Robo) receptors are conserved regulators of nerve cord patterning. Robo receptors also contribute to wiring brain circuits. Whether molecular mechanisms regulating these signals are modified to fit more complex brain wiring processes is unclear. We investigated the role of Slit and Robo receptors in wiring Drosophila higher-order brain circuits and identified differences in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Robo/Slit function. First, we find that signaling by Robo receptors in the brain is regulated by the Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase RPTP69d...
October 24, 2016: Developmental Cell
M Priegnitz, S Barczyk, L Nenoff, C Golnik, I Keitz, T Werner, S Mein, J Smeets, F Vander Stappen, G Janssens, L Hotoiu, F Fiedler, D Prieels, W Enghardt, G Pausch, C Richter
Prompt γ-ray imaging with a knife-edge shaped slit camera provides the possibility of verifying proton beam range in tumor therapy. Dedicated experiments regarding the characterization of the camera system have been performed previously. Now, we aim at implementing the prototype into clinical application of monitoring patient treatments. Focused on this goal of translation into clinical operation, we systematically addressed remaining challenges and questions. We developed a robust energy calibration routine and corresponding quality assurance protocols...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Mohammad Pakravan, Mohammad Ali Javadi, Shahin Yazdani, Elham Ghahari, Zohreh Behroozi, Reza Soleimanizad, Sasan Moghimi, Naveed Nilforoushan, Reza Zarei, Yadollah Eslami, Mahmood Ghassami, Hossein Ziaei, Marzieh Katibeh, Hanif Tabesh, Mehdi Yaseri
PURPOSE: To determine the distribution of intraocular pressure (IOP), central corneal thickness (CCT) and vertical cup-to-disc ratio (VCDR) in the healthy Iranian population. METHODS: This population-based, epidemiologic study evaluated Iranian aged 40-80 years, residing in Yazd, Iran, in 2010-2011. Eligible subjects were selected by cluster random sampling. Each participant underwent an interview and ophthalmologic examination including slit lamp examination, Goldmann applanation tonometry, binocular optic disc evaluation, stereoscopic fundus photography, ultrasonic pachymetry and visual field testing...
October 25, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Vassilios Atsaves, Maria G Detsika, Elpida Poulaki, Hara Gakiopoulou, Elias A Lianos
Although the protective role of HO-1 induction in various forms of kidney disease is well established, mechanisms other than heme catabolism to biliverdin, bilirubin and carbon monoxide have recently been identified. Unraveling these mechanisms requires the generation of appropriate animal models. The present study describes the generation of a HO-1 deficient Hmox1 (-/-) rat model and characterizes its renal and extrarenal phenotype. Hmox1 (-/-) rats had growth retardation and splenomegaly compared to their Hmox1 (+/+) littermates...
October 24, 2016: Transgenic Research
Chen-Wei Pan, Deng-Juan Qian, Hong-Peng Sun, Qinghua Ma, Yong Xu, E Song
Purpose. To determine the prevalence, causes, and associations of visual impairment (VI) among participants aged 60 years or older in a rural community in China. Methods. A community-based survey was undertaken in a rural town located in Eastern China and 4579 people aged 60 years or older participated in the study. Presenting visual acuity was assessed using a Snellen chart with tumbling-E optotypes and anterior segment was examined using a slit-lamp. VI was defined as presenting VA <6/18 and it included moderate VI (<6/18 to 6/60) and blindness (<6/60)...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Sunil Rajoriya, Swapnil Bargole, Virendra Kumar Saharan
In the present study, decolorization and mineralization of a cationic dye, Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G), has been carried out using hydrodynamic cavitation (HC). Two cavitating devices such as slit and circular venturi were used to generate cavitation in HC reactor. The process parameters such as initial dye concentration, solution pH, operating inlet pressure, and cavitation number were investigated in detail to evaluate their effects on the decolorization efficiency of Rh6G. Decolorization of Rh6G was marginally higher in the case of slit venturi as compared to circular venturi...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ewa Langwinska-Wosko, Marta Skowronska, Tomasz Kmiec, Anna Czlonkowska
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial membrane protein-associated neurodegeneration (MPAN) is an neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) subtype with mutation of C19orf12. Optic atrophy is one of the core symptoms in almost all MPAN cases, but the detailed ophthalmologic features of MPAN patients have not yet been described. METHODS: All consecutive symptomatic, gene proven MPAN patients underwent a detailed ophthalmological examination: best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), slit lamp examination, dilated fundus examination, tonometry, optical coherent tomography (OCT) and electrophysiological examinations...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Brielle Bjorke, Farnaz Shoja-Taheri, Minkyung Kim, G Eric Robinson, Tatiana Fontelonga, Kyung-Tai Kim, Mi-Ryoung Song, Grant S Mastick
BACKGROUND: Oculomotor neurons develop initially like typical motor neurons, projecting axons out of the ventral midbrain to their ipsilateral targets, the extraocular muscles. However, in all vertebrates, after the oculomotor nerve (nIII) has reached the extraocular muscle primordia, the cell bodies that innervate the superior rectus migrate to join the contralateral nucleus. This motor neuron migration represents a unique strategy to form a contralateral motor projection. Whether migration is guided by diffusible cues remains unknown...
October 22, 2016: Neural Development
Hanna R Goldberg, Lisa Allen, Sari Kives
BACKGROUND: Fetiform teratoma, a highly differentiated mature cystic teratoma resembling a fetus, is rare and typically found in the ovaries of women of reproductive age. This report describes the youngest case of ovarian fetiform teratoma. CASE: A 7-year-old female presented with acute abdominal pain. Radiological examinations revealed a 5.2 cm ovarian complex cystic mass with fetal-like components in favour of fetus-in-fetu (FIF) and teratoma. Following surgical removal, the mass resembled a fetus consisting of a head, two eye slits, two small upper limb projections, and hair...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Gil Henkin, Daniel Berard, Francis Stabile, Marjan Shayegan, Jason S Leith, Sabrina R Leslie
We present a dynamically adjustable nanofluidic platform for formatting the conformations of and visualizing the interaction kinetics between biomolecules in solution, offering new time resolution and control of the reaction processes. This platform extends Convex Lens-induced Confinement (CLiC), a technique for imaging molecules under confinement, by introducing a system for in-situ modification of the chemical environment; this system uses a deep microchannel to diffusively exchange reagents within the nanoscale imaging region, whose height is fixed by a nanopost array...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Margherita Bassu, Peter Holik, Sam Schmitz, Siegfried Steltenkamp, Thomas P Burg
Nanofluidic devices exhibit unique, tunable transport properties that may lead to breakthroughs in molecular separations and sensing. However, the throughput of these devices is orders of magnitude too small for the processing of macroscopic samples. Here we overcome this problem by combining two technological innovations. First, nanofluidic channels are made as vertical slits connecting the two sides of a silicon nitride membrane. Arbitrary arrays of such nanoslits down to 15 nm wide with <6 Å uniformity were made by merging the idea of templating with chemical mechanical polishing to create a scalable, nanolithography-free wafer level process...
October 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Qing Yu, Weimin Ye, Tom Powers
Gracilacus wuae n. sp. from soil associated with cow parsnip in Ontario, Canada is described and illustrated. Morphologically, females have a long stylet ranging from 80 to 93 µm long, the lip region not offset from the body contour, without lateral lips but with large and flat submedian lobes, the mouth opening slit-like elongated laterally and surrounded by lateral flaps, the excretory pore is anterior to the knobs of the stylet; males without stylet and the pharynx degenerated. The fourth-stage juveniles lack a stylet, the pharynx degenerated, and can be differentiated into preadult females and males based on the position of the genital primordia...
September 2016: Journal of Nematology
K B Michel, P Aerts, S Van Wassenbergh
Few vertebrates capture prey in both the aquatic and the terrestrial environment due to the conflicting biophysical demands of feeding in water versus air. The Atlantic mudskipper (Periophthalmus barbarus) is known to be proficient at feeding in the terrestrial environment and feeds predominately in this environment. Given the considerable forward flow of water observed during the mouth opening phase to assist with feeding on land, the mudskipper must alter the function of its feeding system to feed successfully in water...
October 7, 2016: Biology Open
Suruchi Garg
CONTEXT: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is finding importance in aesthetic medicine. AIM: The objective of this study was to study efficacy of PRP therapy in follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It is a single-blind, prospective randomised study on 40 FUE hair transplant subjects, allocated in two groups (PRP and non-PRP) alternately. PRP was injected intra-operatively immediately after creating slits over the recipient area in PRP group; and normal saline in non-PRP group...
July 2016: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
J J Huang, Q F Liang, B Li
The diagnosis of keratoconjunctival tumors were mainly relied on the examination of the slit lamp microscope and histopathology till now. Making an accurate diagnosis to ocular surface tumor in time was very important for deciding the treatment method and evaluating the prognosis. In recent years, in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) has been used in ophthalmic clinical diagnosis as a new evaluation method. It was easy to detect cytological characteristics of ocular surface diseases safely in vivo. More and more researches results have shown that IVCM could provide powerful supports to the diagnosis and management of keratoconjunctival tumors, especially for the pigmented tumors and ocular surface squamous neoplasia...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Q F Liang, C Gao, H Liang, B Li, X H Du, Antoine Labbe
Objective: To observe the characteristics of pterygium with in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) and understand pterygium activity with the density of inflammatory cells, formation of new blood vessels, and the number of activated keratocytes within the stroma. Methods: A prospective case-controlled study. Thirty-six pterygia from 28 patients were analyzed in this study. A pterygium activity score was obtained by summing four scores of ocular discomfort, pterygium hyperemia, keratitis, and the presence of Fuchs patches...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Yafei Qi, Xiaoyuan Ma, Gang Li, Xiangxing Ma, Qing Wang, Dexin Yu
AIMS: Conventional computed tomography (CT) approaches provides limited visualization of the entire endoluminal changes of aortic dissection (AD), which is essential for its treatment. As an important supplement, three-dimensional CT virtual intravascular endoscopy (VIE) can show relevant details. This study aims to determine the value of VIE in displaying the entry tear and intimal flap of AD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Among 127 consecutive symptomatic patients with suspected AD who underwent CT angiography (CTA), 84 subjects were confirmed to have AD and were included in the study...
2016: PloS One
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