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Vitor Castania, Ana Carolina Issy, João Walter Silveira, Frederico Rogério Ferreira, Simoneide S Titze-de-Almeida, Fernando F B Resende, Nádia Rubia Ferreira, Ricardo Titze-de-Almeida, Helton L A Defino, Elaine Del Bel
Intervertebral disk degeneration is a progressive and debilitating disease with multifactorial causes. Nitric oxide (NO) might contribute to the cell death pathway. We evaluated the presence of the constitutive form of the neuronal NOS (nNOS) in both health and degenerated intervertebral disk through qPCR and immunohistochemistry. We also analyzed the potential role of nNOS modulation in the tail needle puncture model of intervertebral disk degeneration. Male Wistar rats were submitted to percutaneous disk puncture with a 21-gauge needle of coccygeal vertebras...
October 19, 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
Mhamad Faour, Joshua T Anderson, Arnold R Haas, Rick Percy, Stephen T Woods, Uri M Ahn, Nicholas U Ahn
The use of opioids among patients with workers' compensation claims is associated with tremendous costs, especially for patients who undergo spinal surgery. This study compared return-to-work rates after single-level cervical fusion for degenerative disk disease between patients who received opioids before surgery and patients who underwent fusion with no previous opioid use. All study subjects qualified for workers' compensation benefits for injuries sustained at work between 1993 and 2011. The study population included 281 subjects who underwent single-level cervical fusion for degenerative disk disease with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, and Current Procedural Terminology code algorithms...
October 18, 2016: Orthopedics
Yu Ding, Di-Ke Ruan, Qing He, Li Sheng Hou, Jian Ning Lin, Hong Peng Cui
STUDY DESIGN: The clinical and radiologic data of total disk allografting (TDA) cases were collected and analyzed to explore the correlation between neurological function improvements and imaging changes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the medium-term and long-term outcome and radiographic character after TDA, and, furthermore, to explore the significance of the changes of imaging signs after the transplantation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal fusion may result in the adjacent segment degeneration...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Daniel A Hernandez, Christina M Bennett, Lyubov Dunina-Barkovskaya, Tatjana Wedig, Yassemi Capetanaki, Harald Herrmann, Gloria M Conover
In the hearts of patients bearing nebulette mutations, a severe general disorganization in cardiomyocytes of the extrasarcomeric desmin intermediate filament system is frequently observed. However, the molecular and functional relationship between the desmin cytoskeleton and nebulette-containing sarcomeres is still unclear. Here we report a high-affinity in vitro interaction between nebulette and desmin filaments. A major interaction site has been mapped to the desmin α-helical rod domain indicating that the filament core is directly involved in the binding of nebulette...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Anja Tschugg, Michael Diepers, Simone Steinert, Felix Michnacs, Sebastian Quirbach, Martin Strowitzki, Hans Jörg Meisel, Claudius Thomé
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October 8, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Yong-Hyun Hwang, Hee-Chun Lee, Jae-Hoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: To examine the technical feasibility of percutaneous endoscopic pediculectomy using a lateral approach and to evaluate its use for decompression and examination of the thoracic and lumbar spinal canals in small dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. ANIMALS: Clinically normal adult dogs (n=10). METHODS: After optimizing the technique in cadavers, percutaneous endoscopic pediculectomy was performed using a lateral approach to the thoracic (T12) or lumbar (L2) vertebrae in 5 dogs each...
October 6, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Tao Li, Tao Liu, Zhensong Jiang, Xingang Cui, Jianmin Sun
The present study examined the histopathological and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of pyogenic, brucella and tuberculous spondylitis (PS, BS and TS, respectively). A total of 22 PS, 20 BS and 20 TS patients were included in the study. Histopathological examination was used to assess the lesion structure and composition, and the MRI observation identified the lesion location and signal features. The following histopathological and MRI features were identified significantly more in patients with PS than in patients with BS and TS: Predominant neutrophil infiltration, abnormal intervertebral disk signal, lesions on the ventral and lateral sides of the vertebral bodies, and thick and irregular abscess walls...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Tat Cheung Cheng, Chuan Hong, Ildikó V Akey, Shujun Yuan, Christopher W Akey
In response to cell death signals, an active apoptosome is assembled from Apaf-1 and procaspase-9 (pc-9). Here we report a near atomic structure of the active human apoptosome determined by cryo-electron microscopy. The resulting model gives insights into cytochrome c binding, nucleotide exchange and conformational changes that drive assembly. During activation an acentric disk is formed on the central hub of the apoptosome. This disk contains four Apaf-1/pc-9 CARD pairs arranged in a shallow spiral with the fourth pc-9 CARD at lower occupancy...
October 4, 2016: ELife
Suryapratap Singh
Baastrup's disease is an uncommon entity in the elderly spine and it is very rare in the pediatric age group. There are only few case reports in the literature containing Baastrup's disease in pediatric spine. Baastrup's disease is also known as kissing spine because the posterior spinous processes touch or "kiss" one another, characterized by enlarged posterior spinous projections with normal neuroforamina and normal spinal disk height. There are various pathological and etiological hypotheses behind Baastrup's disease...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
W S Nambei, E P Gamba, E Gbangbangai, R M Ouambita, Z Dalengat-Vogbia, R Nana, O Senzongo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify the serogroup and serotypes causing bacterial meningitidis and to determine their prevalence in Bangui, Central African Republic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients with suspected meningitis were collected and tested with cell counts, Gram staining, cultures, the latex agglutination test (LAT), and real-time PCR that used specific primers and probes for S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, and H...
August 1, 2016: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
Peter T McCunniff, Hojun Yoo, Charles Yu, Navkirat S Bajwa, Jason O Toy, Uri M Ahn, Nicholas Ahn
This study examined the effect of bilateral and unilateral L5 pars defects on the degree of disk degeneration at the L5-S1 level in cadaveric specimens. An observational study was performed of 690 cadaveric specimens selected at random. These specimens represent individuals who died between 1893 and 1938. The study included 558 male and 132 female cadavers. Of the 120 specimens with L5 spondylolysis, 95 cases were bilateral and 25 were unilateral. The remaining 544 specimens were used as the control cohort...
September 29, 2016: Orthopedics
Roberta Rosas Petrocinio, Elga Dias Gomes
BACKGROUND: High altitude retinopathy (HAR) includes a number of diseases related to high altitude such as acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). High altitude retinopathy is mainly characterized by retinal hemorrhages, usually sparing the macular region, a condition specifically known as high altitude retinal hemorrhages (HARH). The pathogenesis of HARH is unclear. Many studies show that lack of oxygen causes an inadequate autoregulation of retinal circulation, causing vascular incompetence...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
David C Noriega, Francisco Ardura, Ruben Hernández-Ramajo, Miguel Angel Martín-Ferrero, Israel Sánchez-Lite, Borja Toribio, Mercedes Alberca, Veronica García, José Maria Moraleda, Ana Sánchez, Javier García-Sancho
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease often causes severe low-back pain, a public health problem with huge economic and life quality impact. Chronic cases often require surgery, which may lead to biomechanical problems and accelerated degeneration of the adjacent segments. Autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) treatments have shown feasibility, safety and strong indications of clinical efficacy. We present here a randomized, controlled trial using allogeneic MSC, which are logistically more convenient than autologous cells...
September 21, 2016: Transplantation
Abigail Shatkin-Margolis, Maqdooda Merchant, Rebecca U Margulies, Olga Ramm
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive approaches to sacrocolpopexy have transformed it into a primary procedure for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Certain modifications are commonly used to facilitate the laparoscopic approach, but have not yet been widely studied. In this study, we investigated the efficacy and safety of titanium surgical tacks for the attachment of mesh to the anterior longitudinal ligament in laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study involved all patients within 1 health care system who underwent laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy between January 2009 and December 2012...
September 21, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Jie Shi, Wen Zhang, Miao Tang, Richard J Caselli, Yalin Wang
Landmark curves were widely adopted in neuroimaging research for surface correspondence computation and quantified morphometry analysis. However, most of the landmark based morphometry studies only focused on landmark curve shape difference. Here we propose to compute a set of conformal invariant-based shape indices, which are associated with the landmark curve induced boundary lengths in the hyperbolic parameter domain. Such shape indices may be used to identify which surfaces are conformally equivalent and further quantitatively measure surface deformation...
September 6, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
D Avila-Smirnow, L Gueneau, S Batonnet-Pichon, F Delort, H-M Bécane, K Claeys, M Beuvin, B Goudeau, J-P Jais, I Nelson, P Richard, R Ben Yaou, N B Romero, K Wahbi, S Mathis, T Voit, D Furst, P van der Ven, R Gil, P Vicart, M Fardeau, G Bonne, A Behin
Myofibrillar myopathies (MFM) are mostly adult-onset diseases characterized by progressive morphological alterations of the muscle fibers beginning in the Z-disk and the presence of protein aggregates in the sarcoplasm. They are mostly caused by mutations in different genes that encode Z-disk proteins, including DES, CRYAB, LDB3, MYOT, FLNC and BAG3. A large family of French origin, presenting an autosomal dominant pattern, characterized by cardiac arrhythmia associated to late-onset muscle weakness, was evaluated to clarify clinical, morphological and genetic diagnosis...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Reid Hoshide, Erica Feldman, Anisha Narayan, William Taylor
BACKGROUND: The natural, inflammatory repair processes of an injured intervertebral degenerative disc can propagate further injury and destruction. While there are many different treatment modalities of the pain related to degenerative disc disease, none are actually reparative in nature. Treatment strategies to repair a degenerative disc without inducing a destructive inflammatory milieu have been elusive.  PURPOSE: The purpose of this experiment is to discover the feasibility of reconstructing an injured intervertebral disc using an injected, inert polymer as the foundation for endogenous collagen growth...
2016: Curēus
Elizabeth S B Barroqueiro, Dayanna S Prado, Priscila S Barcellos, Tonicley A Silva, Wanderson S Pereira, Lucilene A Silva, Márcia C G Maciel, Rodrigo B Barroqueiro, Flávia R F Nascimento, Azizedite G Gonçalves, Rosane N M Guerra
Attalea speciosa syn Orbignya phalerata Mart. (babassu) has been used in the treatment of inflammatory and infectious diseases. Aim of the study. To investigate the antimicrobial and immunological activity of babassu mesocarp extract (EE). Material and Methods. The in vitro antimicrobial activity was evaluated by disk diffusion assay and by determination of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) to Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Qian Chen, Lu Cao, Chong Bian, Hui-Ren Wang, Hong Lin, Xi-Lei Li, Yun-Qi Jiang, Jian Dong
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the relationships between degenerative spondylolisthesis in the fifth lumbar vertebra (L5-DS) and radiographic parameters and to further determine the radiographic predictors of the development of L5-DS. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis (DLS) is a common degenerative disease of the spine; however, the correlations between L5-DS and radiographic parameters remain controversial...
September 10, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Yunus Yilmaz, Zuhal Tekkanat Tazegun, Emsal Aydin, Mahmut Dulger
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common problem in infants and children, as well as adults. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the most common bacterial uropathogens, their susceptibility, and resistance to antibiotics in children with UTI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 7,365 urine samples sent from various departments to the Kars state hospital microbiology laboratory between January 2012 and May 2014...
June 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
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