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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931257/morphometric-analysis-of-the-middle-clinoid-process-using-maxillofacial-computed-tomography-scans
#1
Christopher Miller, Roukoz Chamoun, David Beahm
BACKGROUND: The interest in detailed anatomy of the sella and parasellar regions has resurged recently due to the wide clinical applications of the expanded endoscopic approaches to the skull base. The middle clinoid process (MCP) is a bony structure that can affect wide endoscopic exposure of the sella and parasellar region. OBJECTIVE: To study and analyze the anatomic variations of the MCP in the general population using computed tomography scans. METHODS: A total of 150 maxillofacial computed tomography scans were reviewed to characterize the MCP...
February 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931252/a-simplified-method-of-accurate-postprocessing-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-for-use-in-brain-tumor-resection
#2
Phillip A Bonney, Andrew K Conner, Lillian B Boettcher, Ahmed A Cheema, Chad A Glenn, Adam D Smitherman, Nathan A Pittman, Michael E Sughrue
BACKGROUND: Use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in brain tumor resection has been limited in part by a perceived difficulty in implementing the techniques into neurosurgical practice. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate a simple DTI postprocessing method performed without a neuroscientist and to share results in preserving patient function while aggressively resecting tumors. METHODS: DTI data are obtained in all patients with tumors located within presumed eloquent cortices...
February 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930992/a-cell-culture-model-of-resistance-arteries
#3
Lauren A Biwer, Christophe Lechauve, Sheri Vanhoose, Mitchell J Weiss, Brant E Isakson
The myoendothelial junction (MEJ), a unique signaling microdomain in small diameter resistance arteries, exhibits localization of specific proteins and signaling processes that can control vascular tone and blood pressure. As it is a projection from either the endothelial or smooth muscle cell, and due to its small size (on average, an area of ~1 µm(2)), the MEJ is difficult to study in isolation. However, we have developed a cell culture model called the vascular cell co-culture (VCCC) that allows for in vitro MEJ formation, endothelial cell polarization, and dissection of signaling proteins and processes in the vascular wall of resistance arteries...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930913/the-effect-of-lactoferrin-and-pepsin-treated-lactoferrin-on-iec-6-cell-damage-induced-by-clostridium-difficile-toxin-b
#4
Kosuke Otake, Norio Sato, Ayako Kitaguchi, Takayuki Irahara, Satoru Murata, Keiichiro Shiraga, Yuichi Ogawa, Takahiro K Fujiwara, Kaoru Koike, Hiroyuki Yokota
Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) have recently increased worldwide. Some CDI progress to fulminant and recurrent CDI and are associated with high mortality and morbidity. CD produces toxins A and B, which cause intestinal mucosal damage, although toxin B exhibits greater cytotoxicity. Pepsin-treated lactoferrin (PLF) is the decomposed product of lactoferrin (LF), a multifunctional glycoprotein with anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we investigate the effects of LF and PLF in toxin B-stimulated rat intestinal epithelial (IEC-6) cells...
September 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930435/new-triplet-sensitization-routes-for-photon-upconversion-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-molecules-inorganic-nanocrystals-and-singlet-to-triplet-absorption
#5
Nobuhiro Yanai, Nobuo Kimizuka
Photon upconversion based on triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) has attracted much interest because of its possible applications to renewable energy production and biological fields. In particular, the UC of near-infrared (NIR) light to visible (vis) light is imperative to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of single-junction photovoltaic cells, and the efficiency of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water can also be improved with the aid of vis-to-ultraviolet (UV) UC. However, both processes have met limitations in the wavelength range, efficiency, and sensitivity for weak incident light...
September 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929274/minimally-invasive-posterior-cervical-foraminotomy-for-treatment-of-radiculopathy-an-effective-time-tested-and-cost-efficient-motion-preservation-technique
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REVIEW
L Papavero, R Kothe
OBJECTIVE: To relieve foraminal root impingement due to lateral soft disc fragments, bony spurs, or other rarer causes. INDICATIONS: Soft disc fragment whose bulk is >2/3 lateral to the lateral border of the thecal sac. Intraforaminal dorsal bony narrowing of the root canal. Intraforaminal synovial cyst, extra/intradural tumor. CONTRAINDICATIONS: Paramedian and median soft/hard disc protrusions. Kyphosis of the index level. SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: Patient prone in reverse Trendelenburg position with the head fixed in a Mayfield clamp...
September 19, 2017: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929261/transplantation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-modulated-cx43-and-cx45-expression-in-rats-with-myocardial-infarction
#7
Jin-Yi Li, Hong-Hong Ke, Yan He, Li-Na Wen, Wei-Yan Xu, Zhi-Fu Wu, Yan-Mei Zhao, Guo-Qiang Zhong
At present, little is known about the influence of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation on connexin43 (Cx43) and connexin45 (Cx45) remodeling in the ischemic heart. In this study, we investigated the effect of MSC transplantation on Cx43 and Cx45 remodeling in the ischemic heart. Wistar rats were subjected to left anterior descending artery ligation to induce myocardial infarction (MI) and then randomly allocated to receive an intramyocardial injection of PBS (MI group) or 5-azacytidine-induced MSCs (MSCs group)...
September 19, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929130/cytoskeletal-stability-in-the-auditory-organ-in-vivo-rhoa-is-dispensable-for-wound-healing-but-essential-for-hair-cell-development
#8
Tommi Anttonen, Ilya Belevich, Maarja Laos, Anni Herranen, Eija Jokitalo, Cord Brakebusch, Ulla Pirvola
Wound healing in the inner ear sensory epithelia is performed by the apical domains of supporting cells (SCs). Junctional F-actin belts of SCs are thin during development but become exceptionally thick during maturation. The functional significance of the thick belts is not fully understood. We have studied the role of F-actin belts during wound healing in the developing and adult cochlea of mice in vivo. We show that the thick belts serve as intracellular scaffolds that preserve the positions of surviving cells in the cochlear sensory epithelium...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929086/role-of-two-cell-wall-amidases-in-septal-junction-and-nanopore-formation-in-the-multicellular-cyanobacterium-anabaena-sp-pcc-7120
#9
Jan Bornikoel, Alejandro Carrión, Qing Fan, Enrique Flores, Karl Forchhammer, Vicente Mariscal, Conrad W Mullineaux, Rebeca Perez, Nadine Silber, C Peter Wolk, Iris Maldener
Filamentous cyanobacteria have developed a strategy to perform incompatible processes in one filament by differentiating specialized cell types, N2-fixing heterocysts and CO2-fixing, photosynthetic, vegetative cells. These bacteria can be considered true multicellular organisms with cells exchanging metabolites and signaling molecules via septal junctions, involving the SepJ and FraCD proteins. Previously, it was shown that the cell wall lytic N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase, AmiC2, is essential for cell-cell communication in Nostoc punctiforme...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928959/cell-polarity-cell-adhesion-and-spermatogenesis-role-of-cytoskeletons
#10
REVIEW
Linxi Li, Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Tito Jesus, Elizabeth Tang, Nan Li, Qingquan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge, C Yan Cheng
In the rat testis, studies have shown that cell polarity, in particular spermatid polarity, to support spermatogenesis is conferred by the coordinated efforts of the Par-, Crumbs-, and Scribble-based polarity complexes in the seminiferous epithelium. Furthermore, planar cell polarity (PCP) is conferred by PCP proteins such as Van Gogh-like 2 (Vangl2) in the testis. On the other hand, cell junctions at the Sertoli cell-spermatid (steps 8-19) interface are exclusively supported by adhesion protein complexes (for example, α6β1-integrin-laminin-α3,β3,γ3 and nectin-3-afadin) at the actin-rich apical ectoplasmic specialization (ES) since the apical ES is the only anchoring device in step 8-19 spermatids...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928827/inhibition-of-c-myc-expression-accounts-for-an-increase-in-the-number-of-multinucleated-cells-in-human-cervical-epithelial-cells
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Feng Mei Cui, Xiu Jin Sun, Cheng Cheng Huang, Qiu Chen, Yong Ming He, Shi Meng Zhang, Hua Guan, Man Song, Ping Kun Zhou, Jun Hou
The present study aimed to explore the mechanisms by which c-Myc is involved in mitotic catastrophe. HeLa-630 is a cell line stably silenced for c-Myc expression that was established in the laboratory of the School of Radiation Medicine and Protection. Multinucleated cells were observed in this line, and gene expression analysis was utilized to examine differences in gene expression in these cells compared with in the control cells transfected with the control plasmid. Gene ontology analysis was performed for differentially expressed genes...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928643/how-situational-context-impacts-empathic-responses-and-brain-activation-patterns
#12
Yawei Cheng, Chenyi Chen, Jean Decety
Clinical empathy, which is defined as the ability to understand the patient's experience and feelings from the patient's perspective, is acknowledged to be an important aspect of quality healthcare. However, how work experience modulates the empathic responses and brain activation patterns in medical professions remains elusive. This fMRI study recruited one hundred female nurses, who varied the length of work experience, and examined how their neural response, functional connectivity, and subjective evaluations of valence and arousal to perceiving another individual in physical pain are modulated by the situational context in which they occur (i...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928617/flecainide-toxicity-in-a-preterm-neonate-with-permanent-junctional-reciprocating-tachycardia
#13
Balaganesh Karmegaraj, Danish Menon, Mukund A Prabhu, Balu Vaidyanathan
We report a case of flecainide toxicity in a premature neonate with permanent junctional reciprocating tachycardia which was managed successfully by reversal of the sodium blockade with intravenous sodium bicarbonate and supportive care. This report highlights the importance of strict supervision and monitoring while administering antiarrhythmic drugs in neonates and prompt institution of appropriate remedial action for treatment when toxicity is suspected.
September 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928541/morphological-and-functional-analyses-of-the-tight-junction-in-the-palatal-epithelium-of-mouse
#14
Noriko Shiotsu, Tadafumi Kawamoto, Mariko Kawai, Mika Ikegame, Yasuhiro Torii, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Toshio Yamamoto
Tight junction (TJ) is one of the cell-cell junctions and known to have the barrier and fence functions between adjacent cells in both simple and stratified epithelia. We examined the distribution pattern, constitutive proteins, and permeability of TJ in the stratified squamous epithelium of the palatal mucosa of mice. Ultrastructural observations based on the ultrathin section and freeze-fracture methods revealed that poorly developed TJs are located at the upper layer of the stratum granulosum. The positive immunofluorescence of occludin (OCD), claudin (CLD)-1 and -4 were localized among the upper layer of the stratum granulosum showing a dot-like distribution pattern...
August 25, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928237/microtubule-structures-underlying-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-support-peripheral-coupling-sites-to-regulate-smooth-muscle-contractility
#15
Harry A T Pritchard, Albert L Gonzales, Paulo W Pires, Bernard T Drumm, Eun A Ko, Kenton M Sanders, Grant W Hennig, Scott Earley
Junctional membrane complexes facilitate excitation-contraction coupling in skeletal and cardiac muscle cells by forming subcellular invaginations that maintain close (≤20 nm) proximity of ryanodine receptors (RyRs) on the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) with voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels in the plasma membrane. In fully differentiated smooth muscle cells, junctional membrane complexes occur as distributed sites of peripheral coupling. We investigated the role of the cytoskeleton in maintaining peripheral coupling and associated Ca(2+) signaling networks within native smooth muscle cells of mouse and rat cerebral arteries...
September 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928157/alteration-of-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway-in-rat-with-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-modified-electrophysiological-function-of-heart
#16
Shu-Jie Wu, Yue-Chun Li, Zhe-Wei Shi, Zhong-Hao Lin, Zhi-Heng Rao, Si-Chao Tai, Mao-Ping Chu, Lei Li, Jia-Feng Lin
BACKGROUND: With chronic ischemia after myocardial infarction, the resulting scar tissue result in electrical and structural remodeling vulnerable to an arrhythmogenic substrate. The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway elicited by vagal nerve via α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7-nAChR) can modulate local and systemic inflammatory responses. Here, we aimed to clarify a novel mechanism for the antiarrhythmogenic properties of vagal nerve during the ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928120/creation-of-a-claudin-2-binder-and-its-tight-junction-modulating-activity-in-a-human-intestinal-model
#17
Mutsumi Takigawa, Manami Iida, Shotaro Nagase, Hidehiko Suzuki, Akihiro Watari, Minoru Tada, Yoshiaki Okada, Takefumi Doi, Masayoshi Fukasawa, Kiyohito Yagi, Jun Kunisawa, Masuo Kondoh
Disruption of the gastrointestinal epithelial barrier is a hallmark of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). The transmembrane protein claudin 2 (CLDN2) is a component of epithelial tight junctions (TJs). In the intestines of patients with IBDs, the expression of the pore-forming TJ protein CLDN2 is upregulated. Although CLDN2 is involved in these leaky barriers, whether it can be a target to enhance TJ integrity is unknown because a CLDN2-specific inhibitor has not been developed. Here, we used DNA immunization to generate a monoclonal antibody (mAb) that recognized an extracellular loop of CLDN2...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928095/adam9-is-present-at-endothelial-cell-cell-junctions-and-regulates-monocyte-endothelial-transmigration
#18
William R English, Richard J Siviter, Martin Hansen, Gillian Murphy
We have found that A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase-9 (ADAM9) localises to cell-cell junctions with VE-Cadherin in confluent endothelial monolayers. Co-cultures of cells separately transfected with ADAM9-EGFP or ADAM9-HA showed expression is required in two adjacent cells for localisation to cell-cell junctions suggesting the ADAM9 ectodomain may self-associate. A direct interaction between ADAM9 ectodomains was confirmed using recombinant proteins and an ELISA based method. As the ADAM9 ectodomain can also exist as a soluble form physiologically, we examined if this could inhibit endothelial functions dependent on cell-cell junctions...
September 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928013/the-prognostic-relevance-of-parapyloric-lymph-node-metastasis-in-siewert-type-ii-iii-adenocarcinoma-of-the-esophagogastric-junction
#19
Jia-Bin Wang, Man-Qiang Lin, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jian-Xian Lin, Jun Lu, Qi-Yue Chen, Long-Long Cao, Mi Lin, Chao-Hui Zheng, Chang-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognosis of patients with Siewert type II/III adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG) with parapyloric lymph node (No. 5 and 6 lymph nodes, PLN) metastasis and to determine the need for PLN dissection for patients with type II/III AEG. METHODS: A total of 1008 patients with type II/III AEG who underwent a transabdominal total gastrectomy were enrolled. The long-term surgical outcome of PLN-positive patients and the therapeutic value of PLN dissection were analyzed...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927720/neuronal-defects-an-etiological-factor-in-congenital-pelviureteric-junction-obstruction
#20
Guo Yuan How, Kenneth Tou En Chang, Anette Sundfor Jacobsen, Te-Lu Yap, Caroline Choo Phaik Ong, Yee Low, John Carson Allen, Chik Hong Kuick, Malcolm Zhun Leong Lim, Narasimhan Kannan Laksmi
INTRODUCTION: Congenital pelviureteric junction obstruction (PUJO) is one of the most frequent causes of neonatal hydronephrosis. Obstruction at the PUJ has potential severe adverse outcomes, such as renal damage. While pyeloplasty has been established as the definitive treatment, the exact pathophysiology of congenital PUJO remains unknown. Recent research has proposed neuronal innervation defects as an etiological factor in congenital PUJO. We aim to study the expression of various neuronal markers in PUJO specimens compared with controls, and evaluate whether severity of renal disease or dysfunction pre-operatively is related to expression of neuronal markers in resected PUJO specimens...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
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