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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432926/tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-infects-human-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-without-compromising-blood-brain-barrier-integrity
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Martin Palus, Marie Vancova, Jana Sirmarova, Jana Elsterova, Jan Perner, Daniel Ruzek
Alteration of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a hallmark of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), a life-threating human viral neuroinfection. However, the mechanism of BBB breakdown during TBE, as well as TBE virus (TBEV) entry into the brain is unclear. Here, primary human microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs) were infected with TBEV to study interactions with the BBB. Although the number of infected cells was relatively low in culture (<5%), the infection was persistent with high TBEV yields (>10(6)pfu/ml)...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432875/one-step-surgical-correction-of-transverse-and-anteroposterior-maxillary-deficiencies-using-wire-fixation-a-new-approach-and-long-term-stability
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Max Domingues Pereira, Vivian Farfel, Gabriela Pereira Ribeiro Prado, Lydia Masako Ferreira
PURPOSE: To describe a retrospective assessment of the long-term stability of a new approach using wire fixation for 1-step surgical correction of transverse and anteroposterior maxillary deficiencies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The authors implemented a case series of 5 adult patients (3 men and 2 women; mean age, 31.4 yr) needing maxillary advancement less than 5 mm and had transverse maxillary deficiency greater than 7 mm who underwent total Le Fort I and median palatal suture osteotomies and had their maxilla advanced and stabilized bilaterally with stainless steel wire...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432520/unexpected-death-after-occipital-condylar-fracture
#3
Vincent J Bulthuis, E M J Cornips, J Dings, H van Santbrink, A A Postma
We present a rare fatal complication of an occipital condylar fracture. The patient was initially neurologically intact, but showed secondary clinical deterioration. Imaging revealed extensive extra-axial hemorrhage at the craniocervical junction and an acute obstructive hydrocephalus. MR imaging demonstrated a T2 hyperintens signal in both the lower brainstem and upper cervical spinal cord, likely caused by the extra-axial hemorrhage. As prognosis was estimated infaust, supportive treatment was discontinued and the patient died soon thereafter...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432503/high-voltage-zones-within-the-pulmonary-vein-antra-major-determinants-of-acute-pulmonary-vein-reconnections-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Koichi Nagashima, Ichiro Watanabe, Yasuo Okumura, Kazuki Iso, Keiko Takahashi, Ryuta Watanabe, Masaru Arai, Sayaka Kurokawa, Toshiko Nakai, Kimie Ohkubo, Shunichi Yoda, Atsushi Hirayama
PURPOSE: Recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is mainly due to PV reconnections. Patient-specific tissue characteristics that may contribute remain unidentified. This study aimed to assess the relationship between the bipolar electrogram voltage amplitudes recorded from the PV-left atrial (LA) junction and acute PV reconnection sites. METHODS: Three-dimensional LA voltage maps created before an extensive encircling PVI in 47 AF patients (31 men; mean age 62 ± 11 years) were examined for an association between the EGM voltage amplitude recorded from the PV-LA junction and acute post-PVI PV reconnections (spontaneous PV reconnections and/or ATP-provoked dormant PV conduction)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432467/renal-skin-syndromes
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Cristina Has, Yinghong He
Renal-skin syndroms are a group of genetic disorders with renal and cutaneous manifestations that target molecular components present in both organs. Inherited renal-skin syndromes are mainly associated with defects of cell-matrix adhesion. We provide a non-exhaustive overview of the main molecular players at cell-matrix adhesions in mouse models and in human genetic disorders affecting kidney and skin. Renal and urinary tract involvement is described in all four major epidermolysis bullosa types and, in particular, in junctional subtypes and in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa...
April 22, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432372/evaluation-of-the-auditory-pathway-in-traffic-policemen
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Vipul Indora, Farah Khaliq, Neelam Vaney
BACKGROUND: Traffic policemen working at heavy traffic junctions are continuously exposed to high level of noise and its health consequences. OBJECTIVE: To assess the hearing pathway in traffic policemen by means of brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA), mid-latency response (MLR), and slow vertex response (SVR). METHODS: In this observational comparative study, BERA, MLR, and SVR were tested in 35 male traffic policemen with field posting of more than 3 years...
April 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432352/low-cost-low-bias-and-low-input-rna-seq-with-high-experimental-verifiability-based-on-semiconductor-sequencing
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Zhibiao Mai, Chuanle Xiao, Jingjie Jin, Gong Zhang
Low-input RNA-seq is powerful to represent the gene expression profiles with limited number of cells, especially when single-cell variations are not the aim. However, pre-amplification-based and molecule index-based library construction methods boost bias or require higher throughput. Here we demonstrate a simple, low-cost, low-bias and low-input RNA-seq with ion torrent semiconductor sequencing (LIEA RNA-seq). We also developed highly accurate and error-tolerant spliced mapping algorithm FANSe2splice to accurately map the single-ended reads to the reference genome with better experimental verifiability than the previous spliced mappers...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432162/conventional-transanal-excision-for-a-very-low-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumour
#8
Georgios C Sotiropoulos, Paraskevas Stamopoulos, Stylianos Kykalos, Nikolaos Machairas
Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) represents a rare tumour entity, which has been more intensively investigated during the last decade. The rectum as the primary site of GIST is even uncommon. The space constraints in the pelvis renders optimal oncological surgery demanding and proximity of these lesions to the anal sphincter enhances the potential morbidity of any radical surgery. We herein report on a young patient with a >5 cm rectal GIST localised at 1 cm from the anorectal junction.
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432154/identification-of-the-septate-junction-protein-gliotactin-in-the-mosquito-aedes-aegypti-evidence-for-a-role-in-increased-paracellular-permeability-in-larvae
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Sima Jonusaite, Scott P Kelly, Andrew Donini
Septate junctions (SJs) regulate paracellular permeability across invertebrate epithelia. However, little is known about the function of SJ proteins in aquatic invertebrates. In this study, a role for the transmembrane SJ protein gliotactin (Gli) in the osmoregulatory strategies of larval mosquito (Aedes aegypti) was examined. Differences in gli transcript abundance were observed between the midgut, Malpighian tubules (MT), hindgut and anal papillae (AP) of A. aegypti, which are epithelia that participate in larval mosquito osmoregulation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431985/quercetin-interferes-with-the-fluid-volume-and-receptivity-development-of-the-uterus-in-rats-during-the-peri-implantation-period
#10
Huma Shahzad, Nelli Giribabu, Kamarulzaman Karim, Normadiah Kassim, Sekaran Muniandy, Kilari Eswar Kumar, Naguib Salleh
HYPOTHESIS: quercetin could induce changes to the fluid volume and receptivity development of the uterus during peri-implantation period. METHODS: Female rats were treated with quercetin (10, 25 and 50mg/kg/day) subcutaneously beginning from day-1 pregnancy. Uterus was harvested at day-4 (following three days quercetin treatment) for morphological, ultra-structural, protein and mRNA expressional changes and plasma sex-steroid levels analyses. In another cohort of rats, implantation rate was determined at day-6 (following five days quercetin treatment)...
April 18, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431964/microvillus-specific-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-sap-1-plays-a-role-in-regulating-the-intestinal-paracellular-transport-of-macromolecules
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Shingo Mori, Noriyasu Kamei, Yoji Murata, Kozo Takayama, Takashi Matozaki, Mariko Takeda-Morishita
The stomach cancer associated protein tyrosine phosphatase 1 (SAP-1) is a receptor-type protein tyrosine phosphatase that is specifically expressed on the apical membrane of the intestinal epithelium. SAP-1 is known to maintain the balance of phosphorylation of proteins together with protein kinases, however, its biological function and impact on pharmacokinetics in the intestine remain unclear. The present study, therefore, aimed to clarify the relationship between SAP-1 and the intestinal absorption behaviors of typical transporter substrates and macromolecules...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431588/chiva-a-prospective-study-of-a-vein-sparing-technique-for-the-management-of-varicose-vein-disease
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Marta Zmudzinski, Pierre Malo, Christine Hall, Allen Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Varicose vein disease (VVD) affects approximately one third of adults. Cure Conservatrice et Hémodynamique de l'Insuffisance Veineuse en Ambulatoire (CHIVA) is a minimally invasive, vein sparing technique that is emerging as an alternative to ablative techniques for treating VVD. METHODS: This prospective study assessed the rate of recurrence of venous reflux with CHIVA. We evaluated 150 primary procedures with clinical and duplex ultrasound examinations pre and post operatively...
April 4, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431249/macrophages-facilitate-electrical-conduction-in-the-heart
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Maarten Hulsmans, Sebastian Clauss, Ling Xiao, Aaron D Aguirre, Kevin R King, Alan Hanley, William J Hucker, Eike M Wülfers, Gunnar Seemann, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Yuan Sun, Andrej J Savol, Hendrik B Sager, Kory J Lavine, Gregory A Fishbein, Diane E Capen, Nicolas Da Silva, Lucile Miquerol, Hiroko Wakimoto, Christine E Seidman, Jonathan G Seidman, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Kamila Naxerova, Richard N Mitchell, Dennis Brown, Peter Libby, Ralph Weissleder, Filip K Swirski, Peter Kohl, Claudio Vinegoni, David J Milan, Patrick T Ellinor, Matthias Nahrendorf
Organ-specific functions of tissue-resident macrophages in the steady-state heart are unknown. Here, we show that cardiac macrophages facilitate electrical conduction through the distal atrioventricular node, where conducting cells densely intersperse with elongated macrophages expressing connexin 43. When coupled to spontaneously beating cardiomyocytes via connexin-43-containing gap junctions, cardiac macrophages have a negative resting membrane potential and depolarize in synchrony with cardiomyocytes. Conversely, macrophages render the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes more positive and, according to computational modeling, accelerate their repolarization...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430732/noninvasive-rcm-for-differentiation-of-melanotic-macules-from-melanocytic-lesions-blinded-evaluation-of-a-series-of-42-pigmented-macules
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Martin Laimer, Edith Arzberger, Clara-Anna Kirchner, Christine Prodinger, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess
BACKGROUND: Differentiation of melanotic macules from melanocytic lesions, most importantly of melanoma, is a common problem on clinical-dermoscopic examination. OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of noninvasive reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) in the differential diagnosis of melanotic macules and melanocytic lesions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Reflectance confocal microscopy images of 42 pigmented macules on mucocutaneous junctions of genitalia and lips, including 31 melanotic macules, 6 nevi, and 5 melanomas, were retrospectively and independently assessed in a blinded manner by one expert observer and 2 less experienced observers together...
April 19, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430706/rare-pleurostomophora-richardsiae-mass-causing-transient-nasolacrimal-duct-obstruction
#15
Md Shahid Alam, D Vaidehi, K Lily Therese, Mohammad Javed Ali
Transient nasolacrimal duct obstruction secondary to a mass lesion compressing the sac or sac-duct junction is rare. We report a case of a young female who presented to us with complaints of watering and a mass lesion in the lacrimal sac region. An organized perilacrimal mass filled with thick pultaceous material was noted during surgery. Following the drainage of the mass lesion, irrigation of the lacrimal system was freely patent. Microbiological examination and DNA sequencing targeting interspacer region was suggestive of Pleurostomophora richardsiae species...
April 20, 2017: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430185/phospholipase-c%C3%AE-1-regulates-p38-mapk-activity-and-skin-barrier-integrity
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Kaori Kanemaru, Yoshikazu Nakamura, Kengo Totoki, Takatsugu Fukuyama, Madoka Shoji, Hisae Kaneko, Kanako Shiratori, Atsuko Yoneda, Takafumi Inoue, Yoichiro Iwakura, Kenji Kabashima, Kiyoko Fukami
Keratinocytes undergo a unique type of programmed cell death known as cornification, which leads to the formation of the stratum corneum (SC), the main physical barrier of the epidermis. A defective epidermal barrier is a hallmark of the two most common inflammatory skin disorders, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms of skin barrier formation are not yet fully understood. Here, we showed that downregulation of phospholipase C (PLC) δ1, a Ca(2+)-mobilizing and phosphoinositide-metabolizing enzyme abundantly expressed in the epidermis, impairs the barrier functions of the SC...
April 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430121/synthesis-characterization-and-enhanced-sensing-properties-of-a-nio-zno-p-n-junctions-sensor-for-the-sf%C3%A2-decomposition-byproducts-so%C3%A2-so%C3%A2-f%C3%A2-and-sof%C3%A2
#17
Hongcheng Liu, Qu Zhou, Qingyan Zhang, Changxiang Hong, Lingna Xu, Lingfeng Jin, Weigen Chen
The detection of partial discharge and analysis of the composition and content of sulfur hexafluoride SF₆ gas components are important to evaluate the operating state and insulation level of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) equipment. This paper reported a novel sensing material made of pure ZnO and NiO-decorated ZnO nanoflowers which were synthesized by a facile and environment friendly hydrothermal process for the detection of SF₆ decomposition byproducts. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the prepared gas-sensitive materials...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430012/zo-1-expression-is-suppressed-by-gm-csf-via-mir-96-erg-in-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells
#18
Hu Zhang, Shuhong Zhang, Jilin Zhang, Dongxin Liu, Jiayi Wei, Wengang Fang, Weidong Zhao, Yuhua Chen, Deshu Shang
The level of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) increases in some disorders such as vascular dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis. We previously reported that in Alzheimer's disease patients, a high level of GM-CSF in the brain parenchyma downregulated expression of ZO-1, a blood-brain barrier tight junction protein, and facilitated the infiltration of peripheral monocytes across the blood-brain barrier. However, the molecular mechanism underlying regulation of ZO-1 expression by GM-CSF is unclear...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429925/robot-assisted-laparoendoscopic-single-site-versus-mini-laparoscopic-pyeloplasty-a-comparison-of-perioperative-functional-and-cosmetic-results
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Cristian Fiori, Riccardo Bertolo, Matteo Manfredi, Fabrizio Mele, Daniele Amparore, Giovanni Cattaneo, Ivano Morra, Roberto M Scarpa, Francesco Porpiglia
BACKGROUND: New approaches have been developed to further reduce the invasiveness of laparoscopic pyeloplasty (P) as treatment for uretero-pelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). Aim of the study was to compare perioperative, functional and cosmetic results of mini-laparoscopic (mL-P) versus robot-assisted laparoendoscopic single-site P (rLESS-P). METHODS: Since April 2009 to June 2010, 12 adult patients with primary UPJO, BMI<25 and no previous abdominal surgeries were enrolled undergoing mLP (3-mm instruments only)...
April 20, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429770/neurons-secrete-mir-132-containing-exosomes-to-regulate-brain-vascular-integrity
#20
Bing Xu, Yu Zhang, Xu-Fei Du, Jia Li, Hua-Xing Zi, Ji-Wen Bu, Yong Yan, Hua Han, Jiu-Lin Du
Vascular integrity helps maintain brain microenvironment homeostasis, which is critical for the normal development and function of the central nervous system. It is known that neural cells can regulate brain vascular integrity. However, due to the high complexity of neurovascular interactions involved, understanding of the neural regulation of brain vascular integrity is still rudimentary. Using intact zebrafish larvae and cultured rodent brain cells, we find that neurons transfer miR-132, a highly conserved and neuron-enriched microRNA, via secreting exosomes to endothelial cells (ECs) to maintain brain vascular integrity...
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
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