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Jean-Michel Vandeweerd, Fanny Hontoir, Alexis De Knoop, Kathleen De Swert, Charles Nicaise
Phrenic motor neurons are cervical motor neurons originating from C3 to C6 levels in most mammalian species. Axonal projections converge into phrenic nerves innervating the respiratory diaphragm. In spinal cord slices, phrenic motor neurons cannot be identified from other motor neurons on morphological or biochemical criteria. We provide the description of procedures for visualizing phrenic motor neuron cell bodies in mice, following intrapleural injections of cholera toxin subunit beta (CTB) conjugated to a fluorophore...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Rajashri Abhay Kolte, Abhay Pandurang Kolte, Anushree Manohar Potey
Background: Osteoporosis is particularly high in females, the early identification of which remains a challenge. Panoramic radiographs are routinely advised to detect periodontal diseases and can be used to predict low bone mineral density (BMD). Hence, this investigation was aimed to identify the risk of osteoporosis in pre- and postmenopausal periodontally healthy and chronic periodontitis women with digital panoramic radiographs. Materials and Methods: The study population consisted of 120 patients equally divided as Group I - Premenopausal periodontally healthy, Group II - Premenopausal periodontitis, Group III - Postmenopausal periodontally healthy, and Group IV - Postmenopausal periodontitis...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Siyuan Luo, Maxime A Siegler, Elisabeth Bouwman
Four dimeric nickel(II) complexes [Ni2 Cl2 (BnC2 S)2 ] [ 1 ], [Ni2 Cl2 (BnC3 S)2 ] [ 2 ], [Ni2 (PyC2 S)2 ]Br2 [ 3 ]Br2 , and [Ni2 (PyC3 S)2 ]Br2 [ 4 ]Br2 of four different thiolate-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands were synthesized, and their structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. The four ligands differ by the alkyl chain length between the thiolate group and the benzimidazole nitrogen (two -C2 - or three -C3 - carbon atoms) and the second functionality at the NHC being a benzyl (Bn) or a pyridylmethyl (Py) group...
March 12, 2018: Organometallics
Ramya Vangipuram, Tiffany Hinojosa, Daniel J Lewis, Christopher Downing, Caleb Hixson, Julio César Salas-Alanis, Stephen K Tyring
A 75-year-old African-American man presented with a 3-year history of painless, fluid-filled blisters, for which his primary care physician had treated him with doxycycline, cephalexin, and topical corticosteroids, with no significant improvement. The blisters had ruptured spontaneously and healed with scarring. He denied antecedent trauma. His medical history was remarkable for insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, primary cutaneous melanoma status-post excision, and breast cancer status-post mastectomy and chemotherapy...
2018: Skinmed
Hironao Nakayama, Tomohisa Sakaue, Masashi Maekawa, Ayako Fujisaki, Shigeki Higashiyama
A disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM) family are crucial enzymes for ectodomain shedding of multiple substrates and are involved in diverse biologic and pathologic processes. However, the molecular mechanism underlying substrate selectivity of ADAMs is poorly understood. In this study, we observed that disruption of actin polymerization by pharmacological inhibitors, latrunculin A (LatA) and cytochalasin D (CyD), induced ectodomain shedding of epidermal growth factor (EGF) family ligands. Induced shedding activity by LatA or CyD was suppressed by a metalloprotease inhibitor KB-R7785, indicating that ADAMs-mediated shedding is tightly controlled by actin cytoskeleton...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Hsin-Chin Lin, Yu-Lin Tsai, Wen-Chung Tsai
Posttraumatic syringomyelia with an initial presentation of involuntary movement is rare. We describe a 25-year-old patient who sustained complete traumatic spinal cord injury at the thoracic level and presented with rhythmic neck muscle spasms and upper limb muscle myoclonic jerks 1 month after trauma. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed syrinx formation between C3 and T1. Lumbar-peritoneal shunt and decompression were performed. The symptoms completely disappeared after surgery. This report highlights that rhythmic neck muscle spasms and upper limb muscle myoclonic jerks can be the initial and only manifestations of syringomyelia...
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Vladimir S Shavva, Alexandra M Bogomolova, Alexander M Efremov, Alexander N Trofimov, Artemy A Nikitin, Anna V Babina, Ekaterina V Nekrasova, Ella B Dizhe, Galina N Oleinikova, Boris V Missyul, Sergey V Orlov
C3 is an acute phase protein, and thus its plasma concentration increases quickly and drastically during the onset of inflammation. Insulin plays a complex role in inflammation. Elevated level of plasma C3 was shown to correlate with heightened fasting insulin levels and insulin resistance and appears to be a risk factor for the cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. The main source of plasma C3 is liver. Nothing is known about effects of insulin on C3 gene expression and protein secretion by hepatocytes...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Cell Biology
Olga M Pavlova, Sergey O Ryabykh, Alexander V Burcev, Alexander V Gubin
STUDY DESIGN: Case series, level 4 of evidence. OBJECTIVES: To analyze clinical and radiological features of pathological atlantoaxial displacement (PAAD) in pediatric patients. To compose treatment algorithm for anomaly-related PAAD. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Criteria of different types of PAAD and treatment algorithms have been widely reported in the literature, but difficulty applicable in patients with odontoid abnormalities, C2-C3 block, spina bifida C1 and children...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Wenzhao Xing, Wei Lin, Jia Dai, Zhigang Kong, Yanfeng Wang, Lei Sun, Zhiguo Zhang, Liang Sun
BACKGROUND: Distal femur fractures are difficult to manage, and the selection of implant approach for internal fixation remains controversial. This study explores the clinical outcome of treating distal femoral fractures with a locking compression plate using a posteriolateral novel approach. METHODS: Twenty patients with distal femoral fractures were included in our study, and all patients underwent fixation of the fracture using a locking compression plate through a posterolateral approach...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Claudia Bello, Jianfei Bai, Bartosz K Zambron, Pilar Elías-Rodríguez, Consuelo Gajate, Inmaculada Robina, Irene Caffa, Michele Cea, Fabrizio Montecucco, Alessio Nencioni, Aimable Nahimana, Dominique Aubry, Caroline Breton, Michel A Duchosal, Faustino Mollinedo, Pierre Vogel
We have synthesized a wide array of structurally related amphiphilic compounds, containing a functionalized pyrrolidine polar group coupled to different ether-linked hydrocarbon chains, to generate novel structures with antitumor activity. These newly synthesized amphiphilic pyrrolidine-derived compounds were classified in three different sub-libraries regarding the number of hydroxyl groups substituting the pyrrolidine moiety at C3 and C4. Pyrrolidine compounds with one or none hydroxyl groups showed a potent cell killing activity against pancreatic cancer cells, but they lacked selectivity for tumor cells...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ivana Glavina Jelaš, Ivan Dević, Dalibor Karlović
BACKGROUND: the objective of this study was to examine the associations between Cloninger temperament and character dimensions with the DAT1 VNTR and COMT Val158Met polymorphisms. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on 101 subjects, consisting of students of the Police College in Zagreb and staff of the Sestre Milosrdnice University Hospital in Zagreb. The Cloninger Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) was used to test personality traits. RESULTS: A main effect of the DAT1 VNTR polymorphism was found on the subscale self-directedness - SD2 (F=5...
March 2018: Psychiatria Danubina
Wei Guan, Gaoge Sun, Lei Yin, Zhenghua Zhang, Shichao Tian
The oxidation of hypophosphite to phosphate is the key to recover the phosphorus resource from the hypophosphite wastewater. In the present work, Ti4 O7 /g-C3 N4 composites were synthesized at two different temperatures (100 and 160°C) and their performance on photocatalytic oxidation of hypophosphite under visible light irradiation and the corresponding mechanism were evaluated. A hydrolysis method using g-C3 N4 and Ti4 O7 was applied to synthesize the Ti4 O7 /g-C3 N4 composites with their hybrid structure and morphology confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS)...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Sanjay Tewari, George Renney, John Brewin, Kate Gardner, Fenella Kirkham, Baba Inusa, James E Barrett, Stephan Menzel, Swee Lay Thein, Malcolm Ward, David C Rees
Silent cerebral infarction is the commonest neurological abnormality in children with sickle cell anemia, affecting 30-40% 14 year olds. There are no known biomarkers to identify children with silent cerebral infarcts and the pathological basis is also unknown. We used an unbiased proteomic discovery approach to identify plasma proteins differing in concentration between children with and without silent cerebral infarcts. Clinical parameters and plasma samples were analysed from 51 children (mean age 11.8 years, range 6-18) with sickle cell anemia (HbSS)...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Duncan R Morhardt, Miriam Hadj-Moussa, He Chang, J Stuart Wolf, William W Roberts, John T Stoffel, Gary J Faerber, Anne P Cameron
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of clinical factors on outcomes in SCI patients undergoing ureteroscopy. Immobility, recurrent urinary tract infection, and lower urinary tract dysfunction contribute to renal stone formation in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Ureteroscopy is a commonly utilized treatment modality, however, surgical complication rates and outcomes have been poorly defined. Evidence guiding safe and effective treatment of stones in this cohort remains scarce. METHODS: Records were retrospectively reviewed for SCI patients who underwent ureteroscopy for kidney stones from 1996-2014 at a single institution...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Shuang-An Li, Wei-Dan Jiang, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Juan Yang, Xu Tang, He-Qun Shi, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary myo-inositol on the intestinal immune barrier function and related signaling pathway in young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 540 young grass carp (221.33 ± 0.84 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of myo-inositol (27.0, 137.9, 286.8, 438.6, 587.7 and 737.3 mg/kg) for 10 weeks. After the growth trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila. The results indicated that compared with the optimal dietary myo-inositol level, myo-inositol deficiency (27...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Mariola A Dietrich, Piotr Hliwa, Mikołaj Adamek, Dieter Steinhagen, Halina Karol, Andrzej Ciereszko
The environmental temperature affects plasma biochemical indicators, antioxidant status and hematological and immunological parameters in fish. So far, only single blood proteins have been identified in response to temperature changes. The aim of this study was to compare the proteome of carp blood plasma from males acclimated to warm (30 °C) and cold (10 °C) temperatures by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis followed by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry. A total of 47 spots were found to be differentially regulated by temperature (>1...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Miguel R Lugo, Bronwyn Lyons, Cristina Lento, Derek J Wilson, A Rod Merrill
Scabin is a mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase enzyme and is a putative virulence factor produced by the plant pathogen, Streptomyces scabies. Previously, crystal structures of Scabin were solved in the presence and absence of substrate analogues and inhibitors. Herein, experimental (hydrogen-deuterium exchange), simulated (molecular dynamics), and theoretical (Gaussian Network Modeling) approaches were systematically applied to study the dynamics of apo-Scabin in the context of a Scabin·NAD+·DNA model. MD simulations revealed that the apo-Scabin solution conformation correlates well with the X-ray crystal structure, beyond the conformation of the exposed, mobile regions...
2018: PloS One
Andreu Presa, Guillem Vázquez, Leoní A Barrios, Olivier Roubeau, Luís Korrodi-Gregório, Ricardo Pérez-Tomás, Patrick Gamez
The development of photoactivatable metal complexes with potential anticancer properties is a topical area of current investigation. Photoactivated chemotherapy using coordination compounds is typically based on photochemical processes occurring at the metal center. In the present study, an innovative approach is applied that takes advantage of the remarkable photochemical properties of diarylethenes. Following a proof-of-concept study with two complexes, namely, C1 and C2, a series of additional platinum(II) complexes from dithienylcyclopentene-based ligands was designed and prepared...
March 15, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Florian Glaus, Darija Dedic, Priyanka Tare, Valakunja Nagaraja, Liliana Rodrigues, Jose A Ainsa, Jens Kunze, Gisbert Schneider, Ruben C Hartkoorn, Stewart T Cole, Karl-Heinz Altmann
Described is the total synthesis of the myxobacterial natural product ripostatin B and of a small number of analogs. Ripostatin B is a polyketide-derived 14-membered macrolide that acts as an inhibitor of bacterial RNA-polymerase, but is mechanistically distinct from rifamycin-derived RNA-polymerase inhibitors that are in use for tuberculosis treatment. The macrolactone ring of ripostatin B features two stereocenters and a synthetically challenging doubly skipped triene motif, with one of the double bonds being in conjugation with the ester carbonyl...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Mario Novak, Vlasta Vyroubal, Željko Krnčević, Maja Petrinec, Rachel Howcroft, Ron Pinhasi, Mario Slaus
Childhood stress, using both subadult and adult remains from early mediaeval (8th -11th c. CE) sites on the eastern Adriatic coast is analysed in this report. A total of 242 individuals (83 subadults, 69 adult females, and 90 adult males) were assessed for the presence of linear enamel hypoplasia, cribra orbitalia, sub-periosteal new bone formation, and scurvy. In addition, the dietary profile of nine subadults was assessed by the analysis of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes from bulk collagen. Over three quarters of individuals with preserved permanent dentition (44/56 or 78...
March 14, 2018: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
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