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Heather N Jacobs, Sona Rathod, Matthew Wolf, Jennifer H Elisseeff
Micronized porcine urinary bladder matrix (UBM) is an extracellular matrix biomaterial that has immunomodulatory and pro-regenerative properties. The objective of this study was to assess the ability of UBM to alter disease progression in a mouse model of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA). Ten-week-old wild-type C57BL/6 male mice underwent anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT) to induce OA. Two weeks after ACLT, UBM (50 mg/mL) or saline was injected into the mouse joint. At 4 and 8 weeks post-ACLT, cartilage integrity was assessed using OARSI scoring of histology, pain was evaluated, and joints were harvested for quantitative RT-PCR analysis of cartilage-specific and inflammatory gene expression...
October 24, 2016: AAPS Journal
Yanin Suwan, Sunpong Jiamsawad, Wasu Supakontanasan, Chaiwat Teekhasaenee
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the mechanisms of acute angle-closure (AAC) other than the pupillary block using ultrasound biomicroscopy DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. PARTICIPANTS: All patients who were diagnosed with AAC in Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, between June 2011 and February 2015 were enrolled. METHODS: 72 patients who were diagnosed with AAC underwent a detailed ocular examination. The diagnosed mechanism of AAC was confirmed by UBM and ocular biometry...
October 22, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Arun D Singh, William J Dupps, Charles V Biscotti, John H Suh, Kira L Lathrop, John P Nairn, Helen Shih
PURPOSE: To report the outcome after limbal stem cell preservation during proton beam irradiation for diffuse iris melanoma. METHODS: This is a single-case report of diffuse iris melanoma that was managed with proton beam radiation (53 Gy), wherein preemptively harvested superior and inferior limbal stem cells before radiation were replaced after irradiation. Regeneration of the palisades of Vogt and the limbal stem cells was documented by an optical coherence tomography-based imaging protocol...
October 14, 2016: Cornea
Yair Rubinstein, Chen Weiner, Adi Einan-Lifshitz, Noa Chetrit, Nadav Shoshany, David Zadok, Isaac Avni, Eran Pras
PURPOSE: This study reports the presentation of 2 families with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD). The aim of this study was to show whether ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) can, based on posterior changes of the cornea in MCD, assist in the choice of surgery, either anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) or penetrating keratoplasty (PK), compared with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and Scheimpflug. METHODS: Six patients with MCD were examined for their best-corrected visual acuity, slit-lamp, OCT, UBM, and Scheimpflug findings...
October 14, 2016: Cornea
M Martinson, N Martinson
OBJECTIVE: To compare the relative product cost and clinical outcomes of four skin substitutes used as adjunctive treatments for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHOD: Medicare claims data from 2011 to 2014 were used to identify beneficiaries with diabetes and foot ulcers. Patients treated with one of four types of skin substitute (Apligraf, Dermagraft, OASIS, and MatriStem) were identified. The skin substitutes were compared on episode length; amputation rate; skin substitute utilisation; and skin substitute costs...
October 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Ahmed Mohamed Kamal Elshafei, Mahmoud Mohamed Genaidy, Hossam Mohamed Moharram
Purpose. To evaluate the anterior segment, the anatomical position of the implantable collamer lenses (ICL), and its relationship to adjacent ocular structures using Ultrasound Biomicroscopy (UBM). Methods. In a prospective study, 142 myopic eyes of 93 patients implanted with Visian ICL were subjected to UBM examination between March 2010 and January 2015. The relative position of ICL to the adjacent structure and the overall iris configuration were evaluated. The machine calibers were used to measure the minimum central distance between the ICL and anterior lens capsule (vault) and the vertical central distance between the corneal endothelium and the ICL (E-ICL)...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Jacob B Gross, Garvin H Davis, Nicholas P Bell, Robert M Feldman, Lauren S Blieden
PURPOSE: To describe a new surgical technique to effectively close large (>180 degrees) cyclodialysis clefts. METHODS: Our method involves the use of procedures commonly associated with repair of retinal detachment and complex cataract extraction: phacoemulsification with placement of a capsular tension ring followed by pars plana vitrectomy and gas tamponade with light cryotherapy. We also used anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a noninvasive mechanism to determine the extent of the clefts and compared those results with ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and gonioscopy...
September 13, 2016: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Mónica Alejandra Herrera, María Rosende, Marco Aurélio Zezzi Arruda, Manuel Miró
In-vitro physiologically relevant gastrointestinal extraction based on the validated Unified BARGE Method (UBM) is in this work hyphenated to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry in a batch-flow configuration for real-time monitoring of oral bioaccessibility assays with high temporal resolution. A fully automated flow analyzer is designed to foster in-line filtration of gastrointestinal extracts at predefined times (≤15 min) followed by on-line multi-elemental analysis of bioaccessible micro-nutrients, viz...
October 5, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Sujata Subbiah, Philip A Thomas, C A Nelson Jesudasan
PURPOSE: To compare data on anatomical and biometric parameters, and their combination, obtained by using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and A-scan in eyes with phacomorphic glaucoma (PG) and eyes with mature cataract and to determine differences that may predispose to development of PG. METHODS: Eighty patients (80 eyes) were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Anterior chamber parameters, namely anterior chamber depth (ACD), angle-opening distance (AOD), iris-lens contact distance (ILCD), and trabecular-ciliary process distance (TCPD), among other parameters, were assessed by UBM (35 MHz), while axial length (AL) and lenticular thickness (LT) were determined by A-scan biometry...
September 13, 2016: International Ophthalmology
A Costa, J D Naranjo, N J Turner, I T Swinehart, B D Kolich, S A Shaffiey, R Londono, T J Keane, J E Reing, S A Johnson, S F Badylak
The use of synthetic surgical mesh materials has been shown to decrease the incidence of hernia recurrence, but can be associated with undesirable effects such as infection, chronic discomfort, and adhesion to viscera. Surgical meshes composed of extracellular matrix (i.e., biologically-derived mesh) are an alternative to synthetic meshes and can reduce some of these undesirable effects but are less frequently used due to greater cost and perceived inadequate strength as the mesh material degrades and is replaced by host tissue...
November 2016: Biomaterials
Jenna L Dziki, Derek S Wang, Catalina Pineda, Brian M Sicari, Theresa Rausch, Stephen F Badylak
The host response to biomaterials is a critical determinant of their success or failure in tissue-repair applications. Macrophages are among the first responders in the host response to biomaterials and have been shown to be predictors of downstream tissue remodeling events. Biomaterials composed of mammalian extracellular matrix (ECM) in particular, have been shown to promote distinctive and constructive remodeling outcomes when compared to their synthetic counterparts, a property that has been largely attributed to their ability to modulate the host macrophage response...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Heba A El Gendy, Hossam Eldin Khalil, Hazem Effat Haroun, Mohamed Wagieh El Deeb
Purpose. To evaluate the short-term postoperative outcomes in endoscopic-assisted sclera fixation intraocular lens (IOL) for the management of secondary aphakia in children. Methods. This is a prospective study, whereas 40 aphakic eyes with absence of a good capsular support were implanted by endoscopy-assisted sclera fixation technique. Results. No major intraoperative complications were recorded. All cases were followed up for 6 months. Only transient ocular hypertension occurred in 10 (25%) eyes. Lens decentration and/or tilting were clinically detected in 2 eyes (5%)...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Ahmed M Abdelrahman, Hala M El Cheweikh, Dina Ms El-Fayoumi, Riham Shm Allam
PURPOSE: To describe a new ultrasound biomicroscopic (UBM) sign seen in patients who underwent deep sclerectomy (DS) as a surgical procedure for the management of uncontrolled primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). The presence of this sign in ultrasound biomicroscopy is suggested to be an indicator of successful surgery. We would like to name this sign as the "dolphin head sign." DESIGN: Prospective interventional study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-eight eyes of 17 patients with POAG underwent DS with intraoperative mitomycin C (MMC) 0...
May 2016: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
Jaume Català-Mora, Daniel Cuadras, Jesús Díaz-Cascajosa, Marta Castany-Aregall, Joan Prat-Bartomeu, José García-Arumí
PURPOSE: To report the feasibility and long-term safety of lensectomy and iris-claw intraocular lens (IOL) implantation to treat children with severe ectopia lentis in a paediatric tertiary hospital. METHODS: Prospective cohort study of 21 eyes from 12 patients with severe ectopia lentis and visual acuity <20/63. All eyes underwent 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy, lensectomy, iridectomy and Artisan IOL implantation in the anterior chamber with iris-claw enclavation via pars plana...
August 18, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Hesam Farsaie Alaie, Lina Abou-Abbas, Chakib Tadj
Traditional studies of infant cry signals focus more on non-pathology-based classification of infants. In this paper, we introduce a noninvasive health care system that performs acoustic analysis of unclean noisy infant cry signals to extract and measure certain cry characteristics quantitatively and classify healthy and sick newborn infants according to only their cries. In the conduct of this newborn cry-based diagnostic system, the dynamic MFCC features along with static Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) are selected and extracted for both expiratory and inspiratory cry vocalizations to produce a discriminative and informative feature vector...
March 2016: Speech Communication
Yong-Hao Gu, Gen-Jie Ke, Lin Wang, Qi-Hong Gu, En-Liang Zhou, Hong-Biao Pan, Shi-Ying Wang
AIM: To comprehensively analyze the risk factors of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) associated with choroidal detachment (CD). METHODS: A total of 265 eyes of 265 consecutive cases of RRD were retrospectively analyzed. All patients had systemic and ophthalmologic examination. CD was diagnosed by indirect ophthalmoscopy, B-scan ultrasonography, and ultrasound biomicroscope (UBM). Each parameter was compared between patients of RRD and rhegmatogenous retinal detachment associated with choroidal detachment (RRDCD)...
2016: International Journal of Ophthalmology
David A Hollander, Mark E Pennesi, Jorge A Alvarado
Plateau iris configuration describes an anatomic abnormality in which large or anteriorly positioned pars plicata push the iris root forward, thereby narrowing the anterior chamber angle. Plateau iris syndrome (PIS) is diagnosed if the angle remains occludable, either spontaneously or pharmacologically, after iridotomy. PIS has traditionally been treated with chronic pilocarpine or laser peripheral iridoplasty. A series of 9 eyes of 6 patients with PIS, diagnosed by dark room provocative testing and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) following iridotomy, underwent cataract extraction and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP)...
July 27, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Qian-Yin Zheng, Wen Xu, Guan-Lu Liang, Jing Wu, Jun-Ting Shi
PURPOSE: To investigate the correlation between the preoperative biometric parameters of the anterior segment and the vault after implantable Collamer lens (ICL) implantation via this retrospective study. DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study. METHODS: A total of 78 eyes from 41 patients who underwent ICL implantation surgery were included in this study. Preoperative biometric parameters, including white-to-white (WTW) diameter, central corneal thickness, keratometer, pupil diameter, anterior chamber depth, sulcus-to-sulcus diameter, anterior chamber area (ACA) and central curvature radius of the anterior surface of the lens (Lenscur), were measured...
2016: Ophthalmic Research
Marcus D Wilson, Samir Benlekbir, Amélie Fradet-Turcotte, Alana Sherker, Jean-Philippe Julien, Andrea McEwan, Sylvie M Noordermeer, Frank Sicheri, John L Rubinstein, Daniel Durocher
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) elicit a histone modification cascade that controls DNA repair. This pathway involves the sequential ubiquitination of histones H1 and H2A by the E3 ubiquitin ligases RNF8 and RNF168, respectively. RNF168 ubiquitinates H2A on lysine 13 and lysine 15 (refs 7, 8) (yielding H2AK13ub and H2AK15ub, respectively), an event that triggers the recruitment of 53BP1 (also known as TP53BP1) to chromatin flanking DSBs. 53BP1 binds specifically to H2AK15ub-containing nucleosomes through a peptide segment termed the ubiquitination-dependent recruitment motif (UDR), which requires the simultaneous engagement of histone H4 lysine 20 dimethylation (H4K20me2) by its tandem Tudor domain...
August 4, 2016: Nature
Erkan Ünsal, Kadir Eltutar, İlkay Kilic Muftuoglu
PURPOSE: To evaluate morphologic changes in the anterior segment using ultrasound biomicroscopic imaging (UBM) after phacoemulsification and foldable intraocular lens implantation (IOL). METHODS: Thirty-six patients with a mean age of 68.68 ± 8.44 years (range 51-89) who had phacoemulsification and foldable IOL implantation were included in this prospective study. Several anterior segment parameters including aqueous depth (AQD), trabecular meshwork-iris angle (TIA), ciliary body thickness (CBT), sclera thickness (ST), trabecular meshwork-ciliary process distance (T-CPD), iris-ciliary processes distance (I-CPD), and iris thickness (IT) were measured using UBM preoperatively and at postoperative month 2...
June 27, 2016: European Journal of Ophthalmology
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