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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637295/inhibition-of-polyamine-synthesis-causes-entry-of-the-mouse-blastocyst-into-embryonic-diapause1
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Jane C Fenelon, Bruce D Murphy
Embryonic diapause is a common reproductive strategy amongst mammals, requiring an intimate cross-talk between the endometrium and the blastocyst. To date, the precise molecular signals responsible are unknown in the mouse or any other mammal. Previous studies in the mink implicate polyamines as major regulators of the control of diapause. In the mouse, inhibiting the rate-limiting enzyme of polyamine synthesis, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) during early pregnancy largely prevents implantation, but the fate of the non-implanted embryos is unknown...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637199/first-ex-vivo-and-preliminary-sheep-model-results-of-the-new-tribio-aortic-valve-bioprosthesis-in-small-aortic-annuli
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Sina Stock, Hans-Hinrich Sievers, Doreen Richardt, Michael Scharfschwerdt
OBJECTIVES: : Small aortic annuli are challenging in aortic valve replacement. Prosthesis-patient mismatch, accompanied by high transvalvular gradients and small orifice area, is an often faced problem impairing postoperative outcome. The new TRIBIO bioprosthesis aims to enable enhanced haemodynamics, being increasingly important with decreasing annular size. This study compares ex vivo hydrodynamics of TRIBIO with 2 established bioprostheses in small annuli at different stroke volumes, simulating 'rest' and 'exercise', and evaluates haemodynamics of TRIBIO in a sheep model...
June 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637120/is-tutobone-an-efficient-alternative-to-other-implants-used-in-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-surgeries
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Savithru Kumar Prakash, Nitin Mukerji, Fredrik Prem Nath
BACKGROUND: The graft site morbidity following iliac crest harvesting is significant. To overcome this, different bone substitutes like coral dowels, solvent dissolved bovine/human bone substitutes, and carbon fiber/titanium cages have been used. This study was undertaken to assess the postoperative radiological fusion rates and symptom relief in patients who had Tutobone used as an interbody spacer compared to autologous bone graft (ABG), cages, surgibone and coral dowels. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study...
March 6, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637045/effects-of-injection-of-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-agonists-into-the-nucleus-accumbens-on-naloxone-induced-morphine-withdrawal
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Betilay Topkara, Hasan R Yananli, Eren Sakallı, Mehluge Caferova
AIMS: This study was to investigate the effects of local administration of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonists into the nucleus accumbens (NAc) on naloxone-induced morphine withdrawal symptoms. METHODS: Bilateral guide cannulas were stereotaxically implanted in the shell or core regions of the NAc of Sprague-Dawley rats. After a recovery period, 3 morphine pellets, each consisting of 75 mg morphine base, were placed subcutaneously on the first and third days of the study with the rats under mild ether anaesthesia...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636893/controlled-release-from-aspirin-based-linear-biodegradable-poly-anhydride-esters-for-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Queeny Dasgupta, Sahitya Movva, Kaushik Chatterjee, Giridhar Madras
This work reports the synthesis of a novel, aspirin-loaded, linear poly (anhydride ester) and provides mechanistic insights into the release of aspirin from this polymer for anti-inflammatory activity. As compared to conventional drug delivery systems that rely on diffusion based release, incorporation of bioactives in the polymer backbone is challenging and high loading is difficult to achieve. In the present study, we exploit the pentafunctional sugar alcohol (xylitol) to provide sites for drug (aspirin) attachment at its non-terminal OH groups...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636658/efficacy-and-safety-of-ultrasound-guided-implantation-of-fiducial-markers-in-the-liver-for-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
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So Hyun Park, Hyung Jin Won, So Yeon Kim, Yong Moon Shin, Pyo Nyun Kim, Sang Min Yoon, Jin-Hong Park, Jong Hoon Kim
OBJECTIVE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for the treatment of a malignancy in the liver requires the perilesional implantation of fiducial markers for lesion detection. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound (US) -guided marker implantation for SBRT. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 299, US-guided, intrahepatic fiducial markers implanted in 101 patients between November 2013 and September 2014. SBRT-planning CT images were analyzed to determine the technical success of the implantation, the mean distance between the tumor margin and the marker, with the ideal location of fiducials defined as the distance between a marker and a tumor less than 3 cm and the distance between markers greater than 2 cm according to the tumor conspicuity seen on gray-scale US and the artifact obscuring tumor margins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636525/prognostic-significance-of-improvement-in-right-ventricular-systolic-function-during-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Frederik Helsen, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Mathias Claeys, Els Troost, Gábor Vörös, Rik Willems, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Werner Budts
Objectives There is conflicting evidence concerning the role of right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction in the long-term clinical outcome after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Therefore we aimed to assess evolution of RV systolic function during CRT, covariates associated with its improvement, and its impact on outcome. Methods and results All CRT device implantations (Jan 2009-Dec 2011) in our institution were reviewed. Records of 69 patients (25% female, mean age 62.8 ± 9.2 years, mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction 27 ± 8%) were analyzed...
March 31, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636512/isolated-mitral-valve-p3-prolapse-with-severe-regurgitation-transoesophageal-2d-3d-echo-guidance-in-transapical-artificial-neochordae-implantation-in-challenging-patient
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Katarzyna Kurnicka, Krzysztof Wrobel, Diana Zakarkaite, Andrzej Biederman, Piotr Pruszczyk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636475/surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-for-stenosis-of-tavi-device
#9
M Sooknunden, M A Radermecker, J O Defraigne, Vincent Tchana-Sato
We here report the case of a stenosis of the CoreValve(®) system due to reduced mobility of prosthesis cusps for which a surgical replacement of the aortic valve was proposed. The exact mechanism leading to this impaired mobility of the leaflets is yet to be determined. We also underline the fact a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) device can be replaced by a surgical replacement without excessive operative risks despite the patient being initially considered as high-risk.
March 1, 2017: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636438/oxidative-stress-mediated-by-nitrogen-at-elevated-pressure-inhibits-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-growth
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Stephen R Thom, Mark Ma, Veena M Bhopale, Cindy Zhou, Li Mao
Purpose/Aim: High pressures of gases such as nitrogen enhance production of singlet oxygen. Therefore, we hypothesized that growth of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) A549 cells and a human-derived NSCLC explant could be inhibited by an oxidative stress mechanism using high-pressure nitrogen. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Growth of human NSCLC explants and A549 cells in Matrigel were assessed after implantation into nude mice who were exposed to elevated pressures. RESULTS: Subcutaneous implant growth of NSCLC in nude mice was inhibited by a daily 78-minute protocol using nitrogen/oxygen breathing mixture such that at the maximum pressure of 2...
June 21, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636252/influence-of-analyzed-lubricant-volumes-on-the-amount-and-characteristics-of-generated-wear-particles-from-three-different-types-of-polyethylene-liner-materials
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Jana Markhoff, Carmen Zietz, Christian Fabry, Gerhard Fulda, Rainer Bader
The articulating components of artificial joints consist mainly of metals, ceramics, or polymers. Resulting abrasive wear particles can promote osteolysis and aseptic loosening of the endo-prosthetic implants. Ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene is the material used most for bearing couples in total hip replacement. In the present study, three types of polyethylene (PE) liners varying in material composition, i.e., (1) conventional PE (C-PE), (2) sequentially cross-linked PE (SX-PE), (3) cross-linked PE blended with vitamin E (EX-PE) articulating with two types of femoral heads were used...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636124/the-ips-scale-a-new-soft-tissue-assessment-scale-for-percutaneous-and-transcutaneous-implants-for-bone-conduction-devices
#12
Ivo J Kruyt, Rik C Nelissen, Martin L Johansson, Emmanuel A M Mylanus, Myrthe K S Hol
Percutaneous titanium implants for bone conduction devices (BCDs) have offered, since 1977, a solution for patients with hearing loss not treatable by conventional hearing aids, such as patients with chronic ear infections or microtia and/or ear canal atresia. Percutaneous implants imply a continuous breach in the mechanical defensive barrier of the skin. To compensate for this breach, immunological mechanisms in the subcutaneous tissue surrounding the implant become more active. This article is protected by copyright...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636098/repeated-procedures-at-the-generator-pocket-are-a-determinant-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-infection
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Eduardo Arana-Rueda, Alonso Pedrote, Manuel Frutos-López, Juan Acosta, Beatriz Jauregui, Lorena García-Riesco, Álvaro Arce-León, Federico Gómez-Pulido, Juan A Sánchez-Brotons, Encarnación Gutiérrez-Carretero, Arístides de Alarcón-González
BACKGROUND: Rates of cardiac-device infections have increased in recent years, but the current incidence and risk factors for infection in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are not well known. HYPOTHESIS: The increasing number of ICD infections is related to accumulated pocket manipulations over time. METHODS: This single-center, prospective study included patients that underwent ICD implantation from 2008 to 2015...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636088/multicompartment-drug-release-system-for-dynamic-modulation-of-tissue-responses
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Aaron H Morris, Rajwant S Mahal, Jillian Udell, Michelle Wu, Themis R Kyriakides
Pharmacological modulation of responses to injury is complicated by the need to deliver multiple drugs with spatiotemporal resolution. Here, a novel controlled delivery system containing three separate compartments with each releasing its contents over different timescales is fabricated. Core-shell electrospun fibers create two of the compartments in the system, while electrosprayed spheres create the third. Utility is demonstrated by targeting the foreign body response to implants because it is a dynamic process resulting in implant failure...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636055/effect-of-headless-compression-screw-on-construct-stability-for-centre-of-rotation-and-angulation-based-levelling-osteotomy-biomechanical-testing-in-flexion-and-torsion
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Michelle R Meyer, Mireya A Perez, Mohammad S Hossain, Edward B Silverman, Randall B Fitch, Ryan B Wicker
OBJECTIVE: To compare the biomechanical properties of bone and implant constructs when used for the centre of rotation and angulation (CORA) based levelling osteotomy, with and without implantation of a trans-osteotomy headless compression screw tested under three-point flexural and torsional forces; thereby determining the contribution of a trans-osteotomy headless compression screw with regards to stability of the construct. METHODS: Experimental biomechanical study utilizing 12 pairs of cadaveric canine tibias...
June 21, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636054/guidelines-for-surgical-approaches-for-minimally-invasive-plate-osteosynthesis-in-cats
#16
Philipp A Schmierer, Antonio Pozzi
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) is one of the most recent fixation techniques that embody the concept of biological osteosynthesis. Several studies evaluating MIPO in dogs have been published in the recent years. However, there are few clinical reports of MIPO in cats and no description of the surgical approaches. The purpose of our study was to describe the safe corridors for plate insertion in cats using the MIPO technique. METHODS: The surgical approaches for the humerus, radius-ulna, femur and tibia were developed after reviewing the described techniques and surgical approaches for MIPO in dogs, while considering any relevant anatomical difference between dogs and cats...
June 21, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635681/antimicrobial-activity-of-nitric-oxide-releasing-ti-6al-4v-metal-oxide
#17
Nina A Reger, Wilson S Meng, Ellen S Gawalt
Titanium and titanium alloy materials are commonly used in joint replacements, due to the high strength of the materials. Pathogenic microorganisms can easily adhere to the surface of the metal implant, leading to an increased potential for implant failure. The surface of a titanium-aluminum-vanadium (Ti-6Al-4V) metal oxide implant material was functionalized to deliver an small antibacterial molecule, nitric oxide. S-nitroso-penicillamine, a S-nitrosothiol nitric oxide donor, was covalently immobilized on the metal oxide surface using self-assembled monolayers...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635583/cigarette-smoke-is-associated-with-altered-expression-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-granulosa-cells-from-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
#18
Maria Cristina Budani, Erminia Carletti, Gian Mario Tiboni
This study was undertaken to evaluate whether cigarette smoke is associated with changes in the expression of antioxidant enzymes in granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF treatments. For this aim, the expression of three antioxidant enzymes (SOD1, SOD2 and catalase) in non-smokers (n = 20) and smokers (n = 20) was analyzed. There was a statistically significant overexpression of SOD2 and catalase mRNA levels in smokers in comparison with non-smokers. Cigarette smoking was associated with a lower fertilization rate, implantation rate and pregnancy rate in comparison with non-smokers...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635531/drug-exposure-in-early-pregnancy-might-be-related-to-the-effects-of-increased-maternal-progesterone-in-implantation-period
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Necip Girit, Ibrahim Tugrul, Buket Demirci, Ozlem Bozkurt, Turhan Dost, Mustafa Birincioglu, H Alper Tanriverdi
AIM: This short communication aims to evaluate the relation in between drug exposure time and early pregnancy regarding gestational weeks. METHODS: The study covers the referrals made to the Department of Pharmacology for a teratogenic consultation in a 3-year period. From the recordings of pregnant women, the last menstrual period and the starting date of medication were used to determine the time of prescription with regard to gestational weeks. RESULTS: In all of the three years, potentially teratogenic medication was prescribed more frequently in the 3rd, 4th and 5th gestational weeks (in between 15-35 days of pregnancy)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635507/cochlear-implant-effectiveness-in-postlingual-single-sided-deaf-individuals-what-s-the-point
#20
Mareike Finke, Hanna Bönitz, Björn Lyxell, Angelika Illg
OBJECTIVES: By extending the indication criteria for cochlear implants (CI), the population of CI candidates increased in age, as well as range and type of hearing loss. This qualitative study identified factors that contributed to seek CI treatment in single-sided deaf individuals and gained insights how single-sided deafness (SSD) and hearing with a CI affect their lives. DESIGN: An open-ended questionnaire and a standardised inventory (IOI-HA) were used. Qualitative data reflecting the reasons to seek CI treatment and the individual experiences after CI switch-on were collected...
March 5, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
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