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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351683/novel-bilateral-extracavitary-approach-for-thoracolumbar-decompression
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Jeffrey P Mullin, Alvin Y Chan, Emily Bennett, Michael P Steinmetz
BACKGROUND: Bilateral extracavitary approach (BECA) is an option for decompression cases that require a more extended ventral approach. The clear advantage is increased accessibility to the most ventral aspects of the spine from a bilateral perspective. OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and efficacy of thoracic and thoracolumbar decompression and/or reconstruction from BECA. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed reviewing all patients who underwent BECA for thoracolumbar decompression from 2003 to 2012 at our institution...
February 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351673/the-barrow-neurological-institute-grading-scale-as-a-predictor-for-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-and-outcome-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-data-from-a-nationwide-patient-registry-swiss-sos
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Marian Christoph Neidert, Nicolai Maldaner, Martin Nikolaus Stienen, Michel Roethlisberger, Daniel W Zumofen, Donato D'Alonzo, Serge Marbacher, Rodolfo Maduri, Isabel Charlotte Hostettler, Bawarjan Schatlo, Michel M Schneider, Martin A Seule, Daniel Schöni, Johannes Goldberg, Christian Fung, Marta Arrighi, Daniele Valsecchi, Philippe Bijlenga, Karl Schaller, Oliver Bozinov, Luca Regli, Jan-Karl Burkhardt
BACKGROUND: The Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) scale is a novel quantitative scale measuring maximal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) thickness to predict delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). This scale could replace the Fisher score, which was traditionally used for DCI prediction. OBJECTIVE: To validate the BNI scale. METHODS: All patient data were obtained from the prospective aneurysmal SAH multicenter registry. In 1321 patients, demographic data, BNI scale, DCI, and modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score up to the 1-yr follow-up (1FU) were available for descriptive and univariate statistics...
January 17, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351671/a-novel-non-invasive-method-for-evaluating-electroencephalograms-on-laying-hens
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Krista N Eberle, Michael P Martin, Sanjay Shah, Ramon D Malheiros, Kimberly A Livingston, Kenneth E Anderson
The use of electroencephalograms (EEG) to study the avian brain relative to behavior was conducted as early as the 1960's. EEG readings, combined with visual cues, provide the ability to elucidate and correlate behaviors to neurological and physiological changes in a chicken. The use of EEG recordings in animal models require access to the brain to implant electrodes. Having the ability to observe EEG activity on sensible birds without surgical implantation could broaden the research in this area and give further insight related to the hen's state of awareness...
January 17, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351612/a-mutational-signature-associated-with-alcohol-consumption-and-prognostically-significantly-mutated-driver-genes-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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X C Li, M Y Wang, M Yang, H J Dai, B F Zhang, W Wang, X L Chu, X Wang, H Zheng, R F Niu, W Zhang, K X Chen
Background: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is often diagnosed at an advanced and incurable stage. Information on driver genes and prognosticators in ESCC remains incomplete. The objective was to elucidate significantly mutated genes (SMGs), mutational signatures, and prognosticators in ESCC. Patients and Methods: Three MutSig algorithms (i.e. MutSigCV, MutSigCL and MutSigFN) and "20/20+" ratio-metric were employed to identify SMGs. Nonnegative matrix factorization was used to decipher mutational signatures...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351600/gtc-how-to-maintain-huge-genotype-collections-in-a-compressed-form
#5
Agnieszka Danek, Sebastian Deorowicz
Motivation: Nowadays, genome sequencing is frequently used in many research centers. In projects, such as the Haplotype Reference Consortium or the Exome Aggregation Consortium, huge databases of genotypes in large populations are determined. Together with the increasing size of these collections, the need for fast and memory frugal ways of representation and searching in them becomes crucial. Results: We present GTC, a novel compressed data structure for representation of huge collections of genetic variation data...
January 16, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351582/sco2-mutations-cause-early-onset-axonal-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-associated-with-cellular-copper-deficiency
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Adriana P Rebelo, Dimah Saade, Claudia P Pereira, Amjad Farooq, Tyler C Huff, Lisa Abreu, Carlos T Moraes, Diana Mnatsakanova, Kathy Mathews, Hua Yang, Eric A Schon, Stephan Zuchner, Michael E Shy
Recessive mutations in the mitochondrial copper-binding protein SCO2, cytochrome c oxidase (COX) assembly protein, have been reported in several cases with fatal infantile cardioencephalomyopathy with COX deficiency. Significantly expanding the known phenotypic spectrum, we identified compound heterozygous variants in SCO2 in two unrelated patients with axonal polyneuropathy, also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4. Different from previously described cases, our patients developed predominantly motor neuropathy, they survived infancy, and they have not yet developed the cardiomyopathy that causes death in early infancy in reported patients...
January 16, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351578/circulating-tumor-dna-analyses-reveal-novel-resistance-mechanisms-to-cdk-inhibition-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
#7
Christopher Abbosh, Charles Swanton, Nicolai J Birkbak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351515/understanding-key-mechanisms-of-exercise-induced-cardiac-protection-to-mitigate-disease-current-knowledge-and-emerging-concepts
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Bianca C Bernardo, Jenny Y Y Ooi, Kate L Weeks, Natalie L Patterson, Julie R McMullen
The benefits of exercise on the heart are well recognized, and clinical studies have demonstrated that exercise is an intervention that can improve cardiac function in heart failure patients. This has led to significant research into understanding the key mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced cardiac protection. Here, we summarize molecular mechanisms that regulate exercise-induced cardiac myocyte growth and proliferation. We discuss in detail the effects of exercise on other cardiac cells, organelles, and systems that have received less or little attention and require further investigation...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351497/screen-targeting-lung-and-prostate-cancer-oncogene-identifies-novel-inhibitors-of-rgs17-and-problematic-chemical-substructures
#9
Christopher R Bodle, Josephine H Schamp, Joseph B O'Brien, Michael P Hayes, Meng Wu, Jonathan A Doorn, David L Roman
Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins temporally regulate heterotrimeric G protein signaling cascades elicited by G protein-coupled receptor activation and thus are essential for cell homeostasis. The dysregulation of RGS protein expression has been linked to several pathologies, spurring discovery efforts to identify small-molecule inhibitors of these proteins. Presented here are the results of a high-throughput screening (HTS) campaign targeting RGS17, an RGS protein reported to be inappropriately upregulated in several cancers...
January 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351482/suppression-of-gut-dysbiosis-reverses-western-diet-induced-vascular-dysfunction
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Micah L Battson, Dustin M Lee, Dillon K Jarrell, Shuofei Hou, Kayl E Ecton, Tiffany L Weir, Christopher L Gentile
OBJECTIVE: Vascular dysfunction represents a critical pre-clinical step in the development of cardiovascular disease. We examined the role of the gut microbiota in the development of obesity-related vascular dysfunction. Approach and Results. Male C57BL/6J mice were fed either a standard diet (SD) (n=12) or western diet (WD) (n=24) for 5m, after which time, WD mice were randomized to receive either un-supplemented drinking water or water containing a broad-spectrum antibiotic cocktail (WD+Abx) (n=12/group) for 2m...
December 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351479/using-2h-water-to-quantify-the-contribution-of-de-novo-palmitate-synthesis-in-plasma-enabling-back-to-back-studies
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Stephen F Previs, Kithsiri Herath, Andrea R Nawrocki, Carlos G Rodriguez, Deborah Slipetz, Sheo B Singh, Ling Kang, Gowri Bhat, Thomas P Roddy, Stacey Conarello, Jenna Terebetski, Mark D Erion, David E Kelley
An increased contribution of de novo lipogenesis (DNL) may play a role in cases of dyslipidemia and adipose accretion, this suggests that inhibition of fatty acid synthesis may affect clinical phenotypes. Since it is not clear whether modulation of one step in the lipogenic pathway is more important than another, the use of tracer methods can provide a deeper level of insight regarding the control of metabolic activity. Although [2H]water is generally considered a reliable tracer for quantifying DNL in vivo (it yields a homogenous and quantifiable precursor labeling), the relatively long half-life of body water is thought to limit the ability of performing repeat studies in the same subjects; this can create a bottleneck in the development and evaluation of novel therapeutics for inhibiting DNL...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351470/increased-pro-renin-receptor-expression-in-subfornical-organ-neurons-in-hypertensive-humans
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Silvana G Cooper, Darshan P Trivedi, Rieko Yamamoto, Caleb J Worker, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Jacob T Sorensen, Wei Yang, Zhenggang Xiong, Yumei Feng
The central nervous system plays an important role in essential hypertension in humans and in animal models of hypertension through modulation of sympathetic activity, and sodium and body fluid homeostasis. Data from animal models of hypertension suggest that the renin-angiotensin system in the subfornical organ (SFO) of the brain is critical for hypertension development. We recently reported that the brain (pro)renin receptor (PRR) is a novel component of the brain renin-angiotensin system and could be a key initiator of the pathogenesis of hypertension...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351464/vitamin-d-and-regulation-of-vascular-cell-function
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Nasim Jamali, Christine M Sorenson, Nader Sheibani
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to pathogenesis of many diseases including cardiovascular, cancer, and various eye diseases. In recent years, important roles for vitamin D in regulation of immune function, inflammation, angiogenesis, and aging have been demonstrated. Thus, vitamin D and its analogs have been evaluated for treatment of various types of cancer and chronic diseases. We previously showed that the active form of vitamin D (1, 25(OH)2D3) is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis. This activity is consistent with the important role proposed for vitamin D and its analogs in the mitigation of tumor growth through inhibition of angiogenesis...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351463/intermediary-metabolism-and-fatty-acid-oxidation-novel-targets-of-electron-transport-chain-driven-injury-during-ischemia-and-reperfusion
#14
Qun Chen, Masood S Younus, Jeremy Thompson, Ying Hu, John M Hollander, Edward J Lesnefsky
BACKGROUND: Cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (IR) damages the electron transport chain (ETC) causing mitochondrial and cardiomyocyte injury. Reversible blockade of the ETC at complex I during ischemia protects the ETC and decreases cardiac injury. In the present study, we used an unbiased proteomic approach to analyze the extent of ETC-driven mitochondrial injury during IR. METHODS: Isolated-perfused mouse (C57BL/6) hearts underwent 25 min global ischemia (37{degree sign}C) and 30 min reperfusion...
December 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351447/cigarette-smoke-dampens-anti-viral-signaling-in-small-airway-epithelial-cells-by-disrupting-tlr3-cleavage
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Parker F Duffney, Claire E McCarthy, Aitor Nogales, Thomas H Thatcher, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime
Cigarette smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for pulmonary viral infections, yet the mechanism responsible for this heightened susceptibility is not understood. To understand the effect of cigarette smoke on susceptibility to viral infection we used an air-liquid interface culture system, and exposed primary human small airway epithelial cells (SAEC) to whole cigarette smoke followed by treatment with the viral mimetic polyinosinic polycytidylic acid (poly I:C) or influenza A virus (IAV)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351444/activated-human-t-lymphocytes-inhibit-tgf%C3%AE-induced-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-differentiation-via-prostaglandins-d2-and-e2
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Shannon H Lacy, Amali P Epa, Stephen J Pollock, Collynn F Woeller, Thomas H Thatcher, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime
In pulmonary fibrosis (PF), fibroblasts and myofibroblasts proliferate and deposit excessive extracellular matrix in the interstitium, impairing normal lung function. As most forms of PF have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options, PF represents an urgent unmet need for novel, effective therapeutics. While the role of immune cells in lung fibrosis is unclear, recent studies suggest that T lymphocyte (T cell) activation may be impaired in PF patients. Further, we have previously shown that activated T cells can produce prostaglandins with anti-scarring potential...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351442/measurements-of-pulmonary-gas-exchange-efficiency-using-expired-gas-and-oximetry-results-in-normal-subjects
#17
John B West, Daniel L Wang, Gordon Kim Prisk
We are developing a novel, noninvasive method for measuring the efficiency of pulmonary gas exchange in patients with lung disease. The patient wears an oximeter, and we measure the partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide in inspired and expired gas using miniature analyzers. The arterial PO2 is then calculated from the oximeter reading and the oxygen dissociation curve, using the end-tidal PCO2 to allow for the Bohr effect. This calculation is only accurate when the oxygen saturation is below 94% and therefore these normal subjects breathed 12...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351433/%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivatives-attenuate-lps-mediated-acute-lung-injury-via-the-inhibition-of-neutrophil-platelet-interactions-and-net-release
#18
Yao-Wen Chang, Ching-Ping Tseng, Chih-Hsun Lee, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yu-Li Chen, Mei-Tzu Su, Kowit-Yu Chong, Ying-Wei Lan, Chin-Chung Wu, Kung-Ju Chen, Fen-Hua Lu, Hsiang-Ruei Liao, Chuen Hsueh, Pei-Wen Hsieh
Acute lung injury (ALI) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are high-mortality and life-threatening diseases that are associated with neutrophil activation and accumulation within lung tissue. Emerging evidence indicates that neutrophil-platelet aggregates (NPAs) at sites of injury increases acute inflammation and contributes to the development of ALI. Even though numerous studies have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI, there is still a lack of innovative and useful treatments that reduce mortality, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for novel treatment strategies...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351414/the-murine-choroid-plexus-epithelium-expresses-the-2cl-h-exchanger-clc-7-and-na-h-exchanger-nhe6-in-the-luminal-membrane-domain
#19
Helle H Damkier, Henriette L Christensen, Inga B Christensen, Qi Wu, Robert A Fenton, Jeppe Praetorius
The choroid plexus epithelium within the brain ventricles secretes the majority of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The luminal Na+,K+-ATPase acts in concert with a host of other transport proteins to mediate efficient fluid secretion across the epithelium. The CSF contains little protein buffer, but the pH value seems nonetheless maintained within narrow limits, even when faced with acid/base challenges. The involvement of choroid plexus acid/base transporters in CSF pH regulation is highlighted by the expression of several acid/base transporters in the epithelium...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351412/expression-of-ctgf-ccn2-in-response-to-lpa-is-stimulated-by-fibrotic-extracellular-matrix-via-the-integrin-fak-axis
#20
Camilo Riquelme-Guzman, Osvaldo Contreras, Enrique Brandan
Fibrosis is a common feature of several chronic diseases, and is characterized by exacerbated accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM). Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of this condition is crucial for designing efficient treatments for those pathologies. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) is a pleiotropic protein with strong pro-fibrotic activity. In this report, we present experimental evidence showing that ECM stimulates the synthesis of CTGF in response to lysophosphatidic acid (LPA)...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
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