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Carmine Di Rienzo, Paolo Annibale
The determination of the mode and rapidity of motion of individual molecules within a biological sample is becoming a more and more common analysis in biophysical investigations. Single molecule tracking (SMT) techniques allow reconstructing the trajectories of individual molecules within a movie, provided that the position from one frame to the other can be correctly linked. The outcomes, however, appear to depend on the specific method used, and most techniques display a limitation to capture fast modes of motion in a crowded environment...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Baldwin Yeung, Philip Chiu, Anthony Teoh, Linfu Zheng, Shannon Chan, Kelvin Lam, Raymond Tang, Enders K W Ng
Background and study aims: Submucosal tunnelling endoscopic resection (STER) is a novel endoscopic technique to remove submucosal tumour (SMT). We propose a novel, low cost simulator for training of techniques for STER. Patients and methods: The model consisted of an ex-planted porcine oesophagus, stomach and duodenum with marbles embedded surgically in the submucosal plane. Two expert endoscopists with experience in submucosal tunnelling and 5 board-certified endoscopists with no experience in submucosal tunnelling were recruited...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Santiago Fabián Moscoso Martínez, Vadim Zarubin, Geethapriya Rajasekaran Rathnakumar, Alireza Zarineh
Smooth muscle tumors (SMTs) of the pleura are exceptionally rare. At present and to the best of these authors' knowledge, there are only 17 cases reported in the literature. We describe a case of a 51-year-old woman who complained of left sided pleuritic chest pain. Further, computed tomography (CT) revealed a left sided localized pleural-based mass involving the 9th rib. She underwent an interventional radiology guided percutaneous core biopsy of the lesion, which disclosed a "Smooth Muscle Tumor of Undetermined Malignant Potential (SMT-UMP)...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
I Laranjinha, P Matias, C Jorge, R Birne, A Weigert, T Adragão, M Bruges, R A Cabrera, J Cassis, S Ramos, A Nogueira, J Godinho, H Messias, D Machado
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant (KT) recipients have a higher incidence of malignancy than the general population. Smooth muscle tumors (SMT), including leiomyosarcoma, are rare in kidney transplant recipients, and most cases are associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. CASE REPORT: A 57-year-old man received a deceased donor kidney transplant at the age of 53 years, with 5 human leukocyte antigen (HLA) mismatches. Before the transplantation, the patient was IgG positive for EBV viral capsid antigen (VCA), negative for IgM EBV VCA, and also negative for IgG EBV nuclear antigen (EBNA), suggesting a prior EBV infection...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Francia C Díaz, Esteban Sáez-González, Salvador Benlloch, Diego Álvarez-Sotomayor, Isabel Conde, Begoña Polo, María García, María Rodríguez, Martín Prieto
:  Background and aims. Steroid-related hepatotoxicity has become one of the most relevant causes of drug induced liver cholestasis. Some patients do not improve after standard medical treatment (SMT) and may therefore require other approaches, like extracorporeal liver support. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report four cases of patients with pruritus, abnormal liver function tests and biopsy-proven anabolic steroid-induced cholestasis who were unresponsive to SMT. They underwent treatment with albumin dialysis (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System -MARS®-)...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Zhong Wan, Jianlong Wang
The kinetics and catalytic mechanism of sulfamethazine (SMT) degradation using Fe3O4/Mn3O4 nanocomposite as catalysts in heterogeneous Fenton-like process were investigated. The degradation process of SMT conformed to first-order kinetic model. The apparent activation energy (E a ) of the process was calculated to be 40.5 kJ/mol. The reusability and stability of the catalysts were evaluated based on the results of the successive batch experiments. The intermediates were identified and quantified by ion chromatography (IC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chao Yu Zhen, Roubina Tatavosian, Thao Ngoc Huynh, Huy Nguyen Duc, Raibatak Das, Marko Kokotovic, Jonathan B Grimm, Luke D Lavis, Jun Lee, Frances J Mejia, Yang Li, Tingting Yao, Xiaojun Ren
The Polycomb PRC1 plays essential roles in development and disease pathogenesis. Targeting of PRC1 to chromatin is thought to be mediated by the Cbx family proteins (Cbx2/4/6/7/8) binding to histone H3 with a K27me3 modification (H3K27me3). Despite this prevailing view, the molecular mechanisms of targeting remain poorly understood. Here, by combining live-cell single-molecule tracking (SMT) and genetic engineering, we reveal that H3K27me3 contributes significantly to the targeting of Cbx7 and Cbx8 to chromatin, but less to Cbx2, Cbx4, and Cbx6...
October 10, 2016: ELife
Michele Maiers, Maria A Hondras, Stacie A Salsbury, Gert Bronfort, Roni Evans
BACKGROUND: Patient perceptions may influence the effectiveness and utilization of healthcare interventions, particularly for complex health conditions such as sciatica or back-related leg pain (BRLP). OBJECTIVES: To explore BRLP patients' perceptions of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and home exercise with advice (HEA). DESIGN: Qualitative study in a controlled clinical trial. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews conducted after 12 weeks of treatment asked participants about satisfaction with care and whether treatment was worthwhile...
September 23, 2016: Manual Therapy
Marc-Alexander Ohlow, Marcus Roos, Bernward Lauer, J Christoph Geller
The purpose of this study was to assess (1) the incidence of safety margin testing <10 J (SMT) and (2) the efficacy/safety of routinely adding a subcutaneous array (SQA) (Medtronic 6996SQ) for these patients. Patients with SMT smaller than a 10-J safety margin from maximum output were considered to have very high readings and underwent SQA insertion. These patients were compared with the rest of the patients who had acceptable SMT (≥10 J). A total of 616 patients underwent ICD implantation during the analysis period...
March 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Evangelos E Papalexakis, Christos Faloutsos, Tom M Mitchell, Partha Pratim Talukdar, Nicholas D Sidiropoulos, Brian Murphy
How can we correlate the neural activity in the human brain as it responds to typed words, with properties of these terms (like 'edible', 'fits in hand')? In short, we want to find latent variables, that jointly explain both the brain activity, as well as the behavioral responses. This is one of many settings of the Coupled Matrix-Tensor Factorization (CMTF) problem. Can we enhance any CMTF solver, so that it can operate on potentially very large datasets that may not fit in main memory? We introduce Turbo-SMT, a meta-method capable of doing exactly that: it boosts the performance of any CMTF algorithm, produces sparse and interpretable solutions, and parallelizes any CMTF algorithm, producing sparse and interpretable solutions (up to 65 fold)...
August 2016: Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
Liang Zhang, Chao Hua Yao
OBJECTIVE: Although tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is a well-known inflammatory cytokine in the pathological development of various human diseases, its physiological roles are not widely understood nor appreciated. The molecular mechanisms underlying spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) remain elusive. The relationship between TNF and SMT is unclear. Thus, we performed this literature review to better understand TNF physiology and its potential relationship with SMT, and we propose a novel mechanism by which SMT may achieve clinical benefits by using certain beneficial features of TNF...
September 2016: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
Cong Liu, Yen-Liang Liu, Evan P Perillo, Andrew K Dunn, Hsin-Chih Yeh
In the past two decades significant advances have been made in single-molecule detection, which enables the direct observation of single biomolecules at work in real time and under physiological conditions. In particular, the development of single-molecule tracking (SMT) microscopy allows us to monitor the motion paths of individual biomolecules in living systems, unveiling the localization dynamics and transport modalities of the biomolecules that support the development of life. Beyond the capabilities of traditional camera-based tracking techniques, state-of-the-art SMT microscopies developed in recent years can record fluorescence lifetime while tracking a single molecule in the 3D space...
July 2016: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Alessandro R Marcon, Philip Klostermann, Timothy Caulfield
BACKGROUND: Spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) is a popular though controversial practice. The debates surrounding efficacy and risk of SMT are only partially evident in popular discourse. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the presence of critiques and debates surrounding efficacy and risk of SMT on the social media platform Twitter. The study examines whether there is presence of debate and whether critical information is being widely disseminated. METHODS: An initial corpus of 31,339 tweets was compiled through Twitter's Search Application Programming Interface using the query terms "chiropractic," "chiropractor," and "spinal manipulation therapy...
2016: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Nitish Rai, Baljinder Singh, Akash Singh, Rajesh Vijayvergiya, Navneet Sharma, Ashish Bhalla, Virendra Singh
BACKGROUND: Splanchnic arterial vasodilatation and subsequent sodium and water retention play an important role in cirrhotic ascites. Midodrine and tolvaptan have been used separately in these patients. However, there are no reports on the use of combination of midodrine and tolvaptan in the control of ascites. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of midodrine, tolvaptan and their combination in control of refractory or recurrent ascites in cirrhotics. METHODS: Fifty cirrhotic patients with refractory or recurrent ascites were randomised to receive midodrine (n=13), tolvaptan (n=12) or both (n=13) plus standard medical therapy (SMT) or SMT alone (n=12)...
September 10, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Takahide Shinagawa, Soichiro Ishihara, Hiroaki Nozawa, Koji Murono, Takeshi Nishikawa, Kensuke Otani, Kazuhito Sasaki, Koji Yasuda, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Keisuke Hata, Kazushige Kawai, Hironori Yamaguchi, Akimasa Hayashi, Mariko Tanaka, Tetsuo Ushiku, Masashi Fukayama, Toshiaki Watanabe
Colorectal cancer resembling submucosal tumor (SMT) is very rare. We herein report two cases of small colon carcinoma resembling SMT (80-year-old female and 67-year-old male), which massively invaded into the submucosal layer and accompanied marked lymphatic invasion and lymph node metastasis. We also reviewed the reported cases of colorectal carcinoma resembling SMT (SMT-like group, n=70) and analyzed the clinicopathological characteristics of this group compared with typical colorectal carcinoma cases operated at our institution (control group, n=1723)...
September 2, 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Keiichiro Nakajo, Akimichi Chonan, Rumiko Tsuboi, Kousuke Nihei, Tomoyuki Iwaki, Hajime Yamaoka, Shun Sato, Tomomi Matsuda, Masato Nakahori, Mareyuki Endo
A 56-year-old woman who was found to have a submucosal tumor (SMT) of the stomach in a medical check-up was admitted to our hospital for a detailed investigation of the SMT. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed an SMT of 20mm at the anterior wall of the antrum of the stomach. Endoscopic ultrasonography showed a hyperechoic tumor in the fourth layer of the stomach wall. CT examination showed a strongly enhancing tumor on arterial phase images and persistent enhancement on portal venous phase images. Laparoscopy endoscopy cooperative surgery was performed with a diagnosis of SMT of the stomach highly suspicious of a glomus tumor...
September 2016: Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi, the Japanese Journal of Gastro-enterology
Mohit Kaushal, Parth S Shah, Arti D Shah, Stani A Francis, Nihar V Patel, Kavit K Kothari
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a global health issue with cigarette smoking being an important risk factor. COPD affects pulmonary blood vessels, right ventricle, as well as left ventricle leading to the development of pulmonary hypertension (PH), cor-pulmonale (COR-P), right and left ventricular dysfunction. Echocardiography provides a rapid, noninvasive, portable, and accurate method to evaluate cardiac functions. Early diagnoses and intervention for cardiac comorbidities would reduce mortalities...
July 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
E B de Sousa Fernandes Perna, E Papaseit, C Pérez-Mañá, J Mateus, E L Theunissen, Kpc Kuypers, R de la Torre, M Farré, J G Ramaekers
Recreational use of mephedrone, alone and in combination with alcohol, has increased over the past years. Pharmacological properties of mephedrone share similarities with methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), but its effect on neurocognitive function has not been well established in humans. The present study assessed the effect of mephedrone alone and after co-administration with alcohol on neurocognitive function. It was hypothesised that mephedrone would improve psychomotor performance but impair memory performance, when administered alone...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Moyu Dohi, Yasuyuki Gen, Mika Yoshioka
We report the case of a 55-year-old woman with a tumor in the greater curvature of the upper gastric body. The tumor was incidentally found on an upper gastrointestinal X-ray series performed during a routine medical examination. Whereas endoscopy revealed a gastric submucosal tumor (SMT), endoscopic ultrasonography demonstrated a heterogeneous tumor with small, cystic, hypoechoic spots originating from the second layer. The patient was clinically asymptomatic, with no contributory family history or abnormal laboratory data...
June 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Baptiste Bedessem, Stphanie Ruphy
In a previous paper recently published in this journal, we argue that the two main theories of carcinogenesis (SMT and TOFT) should be considered as compatible, at the metaphysical, epistemological and biological levels. In a reply to our contribution, Bizzarri and Cucina claim we are wrong since SMT and TOFT are opposite and incompatible paradigms. Here, we show that their arguments are not satisfactory. Indeed, the authors go through the same mistakes that we already addressed. In particular, they confuse reductionism, as an ontological frame, and genetic determinism, as a causal pathway...
August 17, 2016: Acta Biotheoretica
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