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Siying Ren, Yongfeng Luo, Hui Chen, David Warburton, Hilaire C Lam, Larry Wang, Ping Chen, Elizabeth P Henske, Wei Shi
The tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) proteins are critical negative regulators of the mTORC1 pathway. Germline mutations of TSC1 or TSC2 cause TSC, affecting multiple organs, including the kidney and lung, and causing substantial morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms of organ-specific disease in TSC remain incompletely understood, and the impact of TSC inactivation on mesenchymal lineage cells has not been specifically studied. We deleted Tsc2 specifically in mesoderm-derived mesenchymal cells of multiple organs in mice using the Dermo1-Cre driver...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Guanchao Yin, Min Song, Shengkai Duan, Phillip Manley, Dieter Greiner, Christian A Kaufmann, Martina Schmid
Ultrathin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) solar cells pose challenges of incomplete absorption and back contact recombination. In this work, we applied the simple collodial nanosphere lithography and fabricated 2D SiO2 nanomeshes (NMs), which simultaneously benefit ultrathin CIGSe solar cells electrically and optically. Electrically, the NMs are capable of passivating the back contact recombination, and increasing the minimum bandgap of absorbers. Optically, the parasitic absorption in Mo as a main optical loss is reduced...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Giovanni Milito, Giorgio Lisi, Elena Aronadio, Michela Campanelli, Dario Venditti, Simona Grande, Michele Grande
BACKGROUNDS: Hemorrhoidectomy is considered the gold standard and the most effective and definitive treatment for grades 3 or 4 haemorrhoids, and Milligan-Morgan's and Ferguson's procedures are the most widely used techniques throughout the world. The aim of the study is to present our surgical technique using LigasureTM vessel sealing, focus on technical aspects and surgical tricks showing our results with a huge number of patients and a long-term follow-up. METHODS: Between June 2001 and June 2014 at the University Hospital of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, 1000 patients were selected to underwent LigaSureTM hemorrhoidectomy for III and IV degree haemorrhoids...
October 21, 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Stefanie Bette, Jens Gempt, Thomas Huber, Claire Delbridge, Bernhard Meyer, Claus Zimmer, Jan S Kirschke, Tobias Boeckh-Behrens
OBJECTIVE Recent studies have indicated that a signal intensity increase of the fluid within the resection cavity on FLAIR images may predict tumor recurrence after glioma surgery. The aim of this study was to assess the increase in FLAIR signal intensity in a large patient cohort and in subgroups to assess its prognostic value for early tumor recurrence in glioma patients. METHODS A total of 212 patients (213 cases) who had undergone surgery for an intracranial glioma (WHO Grade IV [n = 103], WHO Grade III [n = 57], and WHO Grade II [n = 53]) were included in this retrospective study...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Gianluigi Franci, Federica Sarno, Angela Nebbioso, Lucia Altucci
Epigenetic modifications are functionally involved in gene expression regulation. In particular, histone posttranslational modifications play a crucial role in functional chromatin organization. Several drugs able to inhibit or stimulate some families of proteins involved in epigenetic histone regulation have been found, a number of which are FDA-approved for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or are in phase I/II/III clinical trials for solid tumors. Although some protein families, such as histone deacetylases and their inhibitors, are well characterized, our understanding of histone lysine demethylases is still incomplete...
October 21, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Gayathri Sivakumar, Marie-Louise Mares
How do patients respond when advice on health websites differs from advice given by a doctor? To test effects of advice concordance, 418 participants 25-80 years old were randomly assigned to read real websites that varied in quality of information about diabetes: high (medically accurate and complete), medium (accurate but incomplete), and low (inaccurate). The control group read travel sites. Participants then watched a video of a physician making treatment recommendations for a diabetic patient, and indicated how they would respond if they were the patient...
October 21, 2016: Health Communication
Samia A Hurst, Alex Mauron
Assisting suicide is legal in Switzerland if it is offered without selfish motive to a person with decision-making capacity. Although the 'Swiss model' for suicide assistance has been extensively described in the literature, the formally and informally protected liberties and claims of assistors and recipients of suicide assistance in Switzerland are incompletely captured in the literature. In this article, we describe the package of rights involved in the 'Swiss model' using the framework of Hohfeldian rights as modified by Wenar...
October 21, 2016: Bioethics
Marie Congiusta, Analia Veitz-Keenan
Data sourcesCochrane Oral Health group Trials Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, US National Institutes of Health Trials Register, WHO-Clinical Trials Registry Platform for ongoing trials.Study selectionOnly randomised and quasi-randomised studies were pursued. No restrictions were placed on language or date of publication. The primary outcome sought was treatment success (complete healing or incomplete healing), uncertain healing and failure after one year of treatment, between one and four years and more than four years after treatment...
September 2016: Evidence-based Dentistry
Takumi Takeuchi, Mami Hattori-Kato, Yumiko Okuno, Atsushi Kanatani, Masayoshi Zaitsu, Koji Mikami
Various conditions including distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA) can induce stone formation in the kidney. dRTA is characterized by an impairment of urine acidification in the distal nephron. dRTA is caused by variations in genes functioning in intercalated cells including SLC4A1/AE1/Band3 transcribing two kinds of mRNAs encoding the Cl(-)/HCO3(-) exchanger in erythrocytes and that expressed in α-intercalated cells (kAE1). With the acid-loading test, 25% of urolithiasis patients were diagnosed with incomplete dRTA...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Himanshu Chaudhary, Aditya Iyer, Vinod Subramaniam, Mireille M A E Claessens
Phospholipid vesicles are commonly used to get insight into the mechanism by which oligomers of amyloidogenic proteins damage membranes. Oligomers of the protein α-synuclein (αS) are thought to create pores in phospholipid vesicles containing a high amount of anionic phospholipids but fail to damage vesicle membranes at lower surface charge densities. The current understanding of how αS oligomers damage membranes is thus incomplete. This incomplete understanding may, in part, result from the choice of model membrane systems...
October 21, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
T Apaydin, H M Ozkaya, F E Keskin, O A Haliloglu, K Karababa, S Erdem, P Kadioglu
PURPOSE: To determine the differences in acromegaly diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up among Turkish endocrinologists, and to investigate how the published guidelines are applied in clinical practice. METHODS: The questionnaire was formatted as an electronic survey, conducted between November and December 2015, and sent weekly for 6 weeks via e-mail to 528 endocrinologists in Turkey. RESULTS: The questionnaire was answered by 37.4 % of endocrinologists...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Cosmo Godino, Antonio Colombo, Alberto Margonato
Heart rate is an established prognostic marker for longevity and is an important contributor in the pathophysiology of various cardiovascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease and heart failure. Most ischemic episodes are triggered by an increase in heart rate, which causes an imbalance between myocardial oxygen delivery and consumption. In addition, increased heart rate is a modifiable risk factor for chronic heart failure. Ivabradine, an inhibitor of If ion channels, is an approved second-line anti-ischemic drug for the treatment of angina...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Drug Investigation
Kenneth S Henry, Kristina S Abrams, Johanna Forst, Matthew J Mender, Erikson G Neilans, Fabio Idrobo, Laurel H Carney
Vowels make a strong contribution to speech perception under natural conditions. Vowels are encoded in the auditory nerve primarily through neural synchrony to temporal fine structure and to envelope fluctuations rather than through average discharge rate. Neural synchrony is thought to contribute less to vowel coding in central auditory nuclei, consistent with more limited synchronization to fine structure and the emergence of average-rate coding of envelope fluctuations. However, this hypothesis is largely unexplored, especially in background noise...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
A L Adams, F Xue, J Q Chantra, R M Dell, S M Ott, S Silverman, J C Giaconi, C Critchlow
: Using the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Task Force case definition for atypical femoral fractures, sensitivity and specificity of radiographic fracture characteristics were calculated. Fracture pattern was the most sensitive and specific characteristic. This suggests that some characteristics should be weighted more heavily when identifying these fractures. INTRODUCTION: To estimate the sensitivity and specificity of each radiographic criterion in the 2013 ASBMR atypical femoral fracture (AFF) case definition for distinguishing AFF from other subtrochanteric/diaphyseal fractures (non-AFF) among women enrolled in a large integrated health care organization...
October 21, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Carol H Miao
Current treatment of hemophilia A (HemA) patients with repeated infusions of factor VIII (FVIII; abbreviated as F8 in constructs) is costly, inconvenient, and incompletely effective. In addition, approximately 25 % of treated patients develop anti-factor VIII immune responses. Gene therapy that can achieve long-term phenotypic correction without the complication of anti-factor VIII antibody formation is highly desired. Lentiviral vector (LV)-mediated gene transfer into hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) results in stable integration of FVIII gene into the host genome, leading to persistent therapeutic effect...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Peter Mathijs van Brussel, Bas van den Bogaard, Barbara A de Weijer, Jasper Truijen, Paul Ct Krediet, Ignace M Janssen, Arnold van de Laar, Karin A Kaasjager, Eric Fliers, Johannes J Van Lieshout, Mireille Johanna Serlie, Bert-Jan H van den Born
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure (BP) decreases in the first weeks after Roux-and-Y gastric bypass surgery. Yet, the pathophysiology of the BP lowering effects observed after gastric bypass surgery are incompletely understood. METHODS: We evaluated BP, systemic hemodynamics and baroreflex sensitivity in 15 obese women (mean age 42±7 yrs, body mass index 45±6 kg/m(2)) two weeks before and six weeks following Roux-and-Y gastric bypass surgery. RESULTS: Six weeks after gastric bypass surgery mean body weight decreased by 13±5 kg (10%, p<0...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Xiaodong Huang, Tae Yun Kim, Gideon Koren, Bum-Rak Choi, Zhilin Qu
The occurrence of early afterdepolarizations (EADs) and increased dispersion of repolarization are two known factors for arrhythmogenesis in long QT syndrome. However, increased dispersion of repolarization tends to suppress EADs due to the source-sink effect, and thus how the two competing factors cause initiation of arrhythmias remains incompletely understood. Here we used optical mapping and computer simulation to investigate the mechanisms underlying spontaneous initiation of arrhythmias in type 2 long QT (LQT2) syndrome...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
M R Williams, T Nakatsuji, J A Sanford, A F Vrbanac, R L Gallo
Bacteria that reside on the skin can influence the behavior of the cutaneous immune system, but the mechanisms responsible for these effects are incompletely understood. Colonization of the skin by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is increased in atopic dermatitis (AD) and can result in increased severity of the disease. In this study we show that S. aureus stimulates human keratinocytes to increase their endogenous protease activity, including specific increases in trypsin activity. This increased protease activity coincided with increased expression of mRNA for kallikreins (KLKs), with KLK6, 13, and 14 showing the greatest induction after exposure to S...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
C Baeza, N Mottet, C Coppola, M Desmarets, R Ramanah, D Riethmuller
OBJECTIVE: To assess delivery mode, maternal morbidity including uterine rupture and scar dehiscence and neonatal outcome, during a pregnancy after a previous caesarean delivery before 32 weeks of amenorrhea. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was carried out at the Besançon University Hospital during an 8-year period. We identified 292 consecutive patients presenting a singleton pregnancy delivery before 32 weeks of amenorrhea. We analysed the next pregnancy...
October 17, 2016: Gynécologie, Obstétrique & Fertilité
E Matyja, W Grajkowska, K Stępień, E Naganska
Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are the most frequent primary astroglial tumours affecting children and adolescents. They occur sporadically or in association with a genetically determined syndrome - neurofibromatosis type 1. Classic PA usually manifests as a well-circumscribed, often cystic, slowly growing tumour, which corresponds to WHO grade I. The majority of pilocytic tumours arise along the neuraxis, predominantly in the cerebellum. They are associated with favourable long-term outcome or spontaneous regression, even after incomplete resection...
2016: Folia Neuropathologica
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