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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101347/clinical-presentation-and-management-of-uveal-melanoma
#1
Abelardo Rodríguez, Alfonso Dueñas-Gonzalez, Sarai Delgado-Pelayo
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults. The majority of the patients are Caucasian (97.8%) and aged 50-80 years. Choroidal melanoma is the predominant type (86.3%). The clinical presentation may range from no symptoms over various types of visual disturbances to visual loss. Examination includes slit-lamp biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy and diagnostic testing, such as B-scan ultrasonography. A number of patients with posterior UM are treated with plaque radiation therapy or enucleation...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100257/food-specific-sublingual-immunotherapy-is-well-tolerated-and-safe-in-healthy-dogs-a-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#2
E Maina, M Pelst, M Hesta, E Cox
BACKGROUND: Food allergies are increasing in prevalence but no treatment strategies are currently available to cure dogs with food allergy. Over the past decade, experimental food allergen-specific sublingual immunotherapy (FA-SLIT) has emerged as a potential treatment for food allergies in human medicine. However, FA-SLIT has not been investigated in dogs. Therefore, the objective of this study was to prospectively evaluate the safety, tolerability and dispenser sterility of FA-SLIT in healthy dogs before testing it in food allergic dogs...
January 18, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096261/tuning-collective-cell-migration-by-cell-cell-junction-regulation
#3
Peter Friedl, Roberto Mayor
Collective cell migration critically depends on cell-cell interactions coupled to a dynamic actin cytoskeleton. Important cell-cell adhesion receptor systems implicated in controlling collective movements include cadherins, immunoglobulin superfamily members (L1CAM, NCAM, ALCAM), Ephrin/Eph receptors, Slit/Robo, connexins and integrins, and an adaptive array of intracellular adapter and signaling proteins. Depending on molecular composition and signaling context, cell-cell junctions adapt their shape and stability, and this gradual junction plasticity enables different types of collective cell movements such as epithelial sheet and cluster migration, branching morphogenesis and sprouting, collective network migration, as well as coordinated individual-cell migration and streaming...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095089/comparative-data-on-sd-oct-for-a-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-and-retinal-macular-thickness-in-a-large-cohort-with-marfan-syndrome
#4
WanWan Xu, Sudhi P Kurup, Amani A Fawzi, Mary K Durbin, Irene H Maumenee, Marilyn B Mets
PURPOSE: To report the distribution of macular and optic nerve topography in the eyes of individuals with Marfan syndrome aged 8-56 years using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). METHODS: Thirty-three patients with Marfan syndrome underwent a full eye examination including slit-lamp biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, and axial length measurement; and SD-OCT measurements of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macular thickness. RESULTS: For patients between the ages of 8 and 12 years, the average RNFL thickness is 98 ± 9 μm, the vertical cup to disc (C:D) ratio is 0...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089553/plastic-debris-straps-on-threatened-blue-shark-prionace-glauca
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Ana I Colmenero, Claudio Barría, Elisabetta Broglio, Salvador García-Barcelona
Juveniles of blue shark Prionace glauca caught in pelagic longlines targeting tuna and swordfish in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea were found entangled with plastic straps around their gill region. The plastic debris were identified as strapping bands and caused several degrees of injuries on the dorsal musculature and pectoral fins. They were also obstructing the gill slits probably causing breathing issues. These records were uploaded in the web site seawatchers.org, and highlight the potential of citizen science in revealing the occurrence of such problems which could help to measure the effects of plastic debris on marine life...
January 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089285/thick-keratoconic-cornea-associated-with-posterior-polymorphous-corneal-dystrophy
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K Zaarour, E Slim, J Antoun, N Waked
INTRODUCTION: We herein report a case of bilateral unusually thick non-edematous keratoconic corneas with associated endothelial features of posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy (PPCD). CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 27-year-old myopic woman who presented for refractive surgery. Slit lamp exam showed bilateral corneal protrusion with diffuse deep stromal and endothelial vesicular opacities and small paracentral bands. Topography showed generalized advanced corneal steepening in both eyes with increased anterior and posterior central corneal elevations in comparison to the best fit sphere...
January 12, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089075/conjunctival-impression-cytology-evaluation-of-patients-with-dry-eye-disease-using-scleral-contact-lenses
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Sarah La Porta Weber, Rossen Mihaylov Hazarbassanov, Alex Nasaré, José Álvaro Pereira Gomes, Ana Luisa Hofling-Lima
PURPOSE: To evaluate conjunctival impression cytology and HLADR expression changes after wearing scleral contact lenses (ScCLs) for moderate to severe dry eye disease (DED). DESIGN: Prospective interventional case series. METHODS: Forty-one eyes from 25 patients with moderate to severe DED were evaluated for Esclera ScCL treatment. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and slit-lamp findings were assessed. Impression cytology specimens were obtained from DED patients at the baseline and after wearing ScCLs for 12 months...
January 6, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088808/shunt-surgery-in-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-aided-by-electromagnetic-navigation
#8
Elvis J Hermann, Manolis Polemikos, Hans E Heissler, Joachim K Krauss
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is characterized by increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure and normal or slit ventricles. Lumboperitoneal shunting had been favored by many investigators for CSF diversion in IIH for decades; however, it has been associated with various side effects. Because of the small ventricular size adequate positioning of a ventricular catheter is challenging. OBJECTIVES: Here, we investigated the usefulness of electromagnetic (EM)-guided ventricular catheter placement for ventriculoperitoneal shunting in IIH...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088706/topological-imaging-in-bounded-elastic-media
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Emma Lubeigt, Serge Mensah, Sandrine Rakotonarivo, Jean-François Chaix, François Baqué, Gilles Gobillot
Detecting, imaging and sizing defects in a bounded elastic medium is still a difficult task, especially when access is complex. Adjoint methods simplify the task as they take advantage of prior information such as the geometry and material properties. However, they still reveal a number of important limitations. Artifacts observed on the conventional topological energy image result from wave interactions with the boundaries of the inspected medium. The paper describes a method for addressing these artifacts, which involves forward and adjoint fields specified in terms of the boundary conditions...
January 4, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087655/hagfish-houdinis-biomechanics-and-behavior-of-squeezing-through-small-openings
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Calli R Freedman, Douglas S Fudge
Hagfishes are able to squeeze through small openings to gain entry to crevices, burrows, hagfish traps, and carcasses, but little is known about how they do this, or what the limits of this ability are. The purpose of this study was to describe this ability, and to investigate possible mechanisms by which it is accomplished. We investigated the hypothesis that the passive movement of blood within a hagfish's flaccid subcutaneous sinus allows it to squeeze through narrow apertures that it would not be able to if it were turgid...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081383/inhibiting-effect-of-lithium-chloride-on-endotoxin-induced-uveitis-in-rats
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Shuo Yang, Shuo Yu, Xinli Liu, Jinyi Yu, Xiaosheng Zhang, Hong Lu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of lithium chloride in endotoxin-induced uveitis. METHODS: A total of 200 Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: a control group; EIU group; LiCl-treated control group; and LiCl-treated lipopolysaccharide group. Clinical score, slit-lamp photography, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining were used to determine the degree of inflammatory reaction. Level of glycogen synthase kinase3-beta and nuclear factor-kappa B p65 in iris-ciliary body was examined by western blot and RT-PCR...
January 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074538/ultrasound-biomicroscopy-and-tonometry-in-ophthalmologically-normal-pigeon-eyes
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Sangwan Park, Seonmi Kang, Jaegook Lim, Eunjin Park, Taekjin Nam, Seowoo Jeong, Kangmoon Seo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and tonometry in pigeons and to provide biometric reference ranges for normal pigeon eyes. ANIMALS STUDIED: Ten pigeons (Columba livia var. domestica) with ophthalmologically normal eyes. PROCEDURES: Ophthalmic examinations, including slit-lamp biomicroscopy and tonometry, were performed to confirm that the eyes were normal. UBM was then performed on the left eye. On each obtained image, the ciliary cleft (CC) length, CC width, and CC area, and iridocorneal angle (ICA) were measured...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070824/tolerability-of-an-immunologically-enhanced-subcutaneous-immunotherapy-preparation-in-patients-treated-with-concomitant-allergy-immunotherapy-a-non-interventional-observational-study
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Rainer Reiber, Hendrik Wolf, Jörg Schnitker, Eike Wüstenberg
BACKGROUND: For causal treatment by allergy immunotherapy (AIT) a single or few allergen products for the clinically most relevant allergens are applied to treat multiple allergies, but few data on the tolerability of multiple AIT applications are available. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to investigate safety and tolerability in patients treated by subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) and concomitant SCIT or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) products. METHODS: In a non-interventional, observational study in Germany treatment of patients with a primary SCIT and concomitant AIT (SCIT or SLIT) was documented during the first 4 months of treatment...
January 9, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068446/change-of-capsulotomy-over-1-year-in-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery-and-its-impact-on-visual-quality
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Christophe Panthier, Florent Costantini, Jean Claude Rigal-Sastourné, Antoine Brézin, Chadi Mehanna, Mikael Guedj, Dominique Monnet
PURPOSE: To compare the shape of the capsulotomy, its change, and its impact on visual quality over 1 year using the femtosecond laser system from the manual technique. METHODS: In this two-center cross-sectional study from May 2012 to June 2013, each patient had femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in one eye (FLACS group) and conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery in the other eye (CPCS group). An evaluation of the capsulotomy was performed using retroillumination slit-lamp photographs at 7 days, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065340/enhancing-allergen-presentation-platforms-for-sublingual-immunotherapy
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P Moingeon, V Lombardi, V Baron-Bodo, L Mascarell
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) relies on high doses of allergens to treat patients with type I allergies. Although SLIT is commonly performed without any adjuvant or delivery system, allergen(s) could be further formulated with allergen-presentation platforms to better target oral dendritic cells eliciting regulatory immune responses. Improving the availability of allergens to the immune system should enhance SLIT efficacy, while allowing to decrease allergen dosing. Herein, we present an overview of adjuvants and vector systems that have been, or could be, considered as candidate allergen-presentation platforms for the sublingual route...
January 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065336/sublingual-immunotherapy-dosing-regimens-what-is-ideal
#16
Jay J Jin, James T Li, Ludger Klimek, Oliver Pfaar
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is a treatment for allergic respiratory diseases that has demonstrated efficacy and safety. Several formulations of SLIT are now available worldwide for treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR). Grass tablets containing 15 to 25 μg of group 5 major allergen reduced combined AR symptoms and medication use by 23% to 41% in 3 treatment years and 2 follow-up years. Ragweed pollen tablets (12 μg of Ambrosia artemisiifolia 1) and liquid extracts (50 μg of Ambrosia artemisiifolia 1) reduced combined AR symptoms and medication use by 26% and 43%, respectively...
January 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063043/subcutaneous-and-sublingual-immunotherapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-allergic-asthma
#17
Laura Hesse, Martijn C Nawijn
Allergic asthma, caused by inhaled allergens such as house dust mite or grass pollen, is characterized by reversible airway obstruction, associated with an eosinophilic inflammation of the airways, as well as airway hyper responsiveness and remodeling. The inhaled allergens trigger a type-2 inflammatory response with involvement of innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) and Th2 cells, resulting in high production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Consequently, renewed allergen exposure results in a classic allergic response with a distinct early and late phase, both resulting in bronchoconstriction and shortness of breath...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062426/tuberculous-scleral-abscess-with-choroidal-detachment
#18
Swapnil Madhukar Parchand, Aswanthi Sadesh Kumar, Subashini Kaliaperumal, Renuka Srinivasan
We present a case of ocular tuberculosis (TB) presenting as scleral abscess with choroidal detachment. A 60-year-old woman presented with intense pain, redness, watering and decreased vision in the right eye (RE) for 1 week duration. Slit lamp examination of RE revealed diffuse scleritis with two pus-pointing areas in the supero-temporal quadrant suggesting scleral abscess. Fundus examination of the RE showed choroidal detachment in the temporal and inferior quadrant. Left eye examination was unremarkable...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061513/angiopoietin-2-blockade-promotes-survival-of-corneal-transplants
#19
Liwei Zhang, Guangyu Li, Roberto Sessa, Gyeong Jin Kang, Meng Shi, Shaokui Ge, Anna Jiang Gong, Ying Wen, Sudhakar Chintharlapalli, Lu Chen
Purpose: Corneal transplantation remains the last hope for vision restoration, and lymphangiogenesis (LG) is a primary mediator of transplant rejection. This study was to investigate the specific role of angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) in transplantation-associated LG and graft rejection. Methods: Orthotopic corneal transplantation was performed between fully mismatched C57BL/6 (donor) and BALB/c (recipient) mice to assess the effects of Ang-2 blockade via neutralizing antibody...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060551/scleritis-associated-with-sapho-syndrome-a-case-report
#20
Rie Tanaka, Keiichi Sakurai, Toshikatsu Kaburaki
A 31-year-old woman developed bilateral painful red eyes. A slit-lamp examination revealed anterior diffuse scleritis. She had been diagnosed with palmoplantar pustulosis 2 years before. Further evaluation revealed hyperostosis of the sacroiliac joint and inflammation of the bilateral sternoclavicular joints and right sternocostal joint. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with SAPHO syndrome by rheumatologists after excluding other causative diseases. Scleritis associated with SAPHO syndrome is relatively uncommon...
January 6, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
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