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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
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Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100080/the-commercialization-of-genome-editing-technologies
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Katelyn Brinegar, Ali K Yetisen, Sun Choi, Emily Vallillo, Guillermo U Ruiz-Esparza, Anand M Prabhakar, Ali Khademhosseini, Seok-Hyun Yun
The emergence of new gene-editing technologies is profoundly transforming human therapeutics, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology. Advances in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) have created a fertile environment for mass-scale manufacturing of cost-effective products ranging from basic research to translational medicine. In our analyses, we evaluated the patent landscape of gene-editing technologies and found that in comparison to earlier gene-editing techniques, CRISPR has gained significant traction and this has established dominance...
January 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099734/tertiary-level-study-of-the-implementation-of-a-technique-checklist-for-cesarean-deliveries-at-a-university-hospital-in-uruguay
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Stephanie Viroga, Gerardo Vitureira, Santiago Artucio, Washington Lauría
OBJECTIVE: To assess the adherence of healthcare providers to cesarean-delivery techniques before and after the introduction of a technique checklist at a university hospital. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional cohort study included data from all cesarean deliveries at Gynecology Clinic B of the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, between January 1 and December 31, 2011. The data were grouped based on whether delivery occurred before or after the implementation of the checklist and were compared across a range of cesarean-delivery techniques...
February 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099316/pneumatic-vitreolysis-for-relief-of-vitreomacular-traction
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Clement K Chan, Jason N Crosson, Calvin E Mein, Noha Daher
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcome of perfluoropropane (C3F8) gas injection for symptomatic vitreomacular traction (VMT) with or without Stage 2 macular hole (MH). METHODS: A retrospective review of eyes with VMT treated with 0.3 mL of C3F8 gas was performed. Patients avoided the supine position until gas resolution. Patients with small MH maintained partial face-down positioning. RESULTS: Forty-nine consecutive patients (50 eyes) with symptomatic VMT underwent pneumatic vitreolysis between 2010 and 2016...
January 17, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098730/novel-classification-system-for-combined-hamartoma-of-the-retina-and-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Vaidehi S Dedania, Cem Ozgonul, David N Zacks, Cagri G Besirli
PURPOSE: To develop an anatomical classification scheme for combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and specify recommendations for follow-up interval. METHODS: Retrospective review of patients with combined hamartoma of the retina and RPE examined during a 7-year period (2008-2015). The clinical presentation, fundus examination, and optical coherence tomography were analyzed. RESULTS: Lesions were classified based on location, fundus features, and optical coherence tomography findings...
January 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098725/how-vitreomacular-interface-modifies-the-efficacy-of-anti-vegf-therapy-for-myopic-choroidal-neovascularization
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Pierluigi Iacono, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Lorenzo Iuliano, Francesco Bandello
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab in the treatment of myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV) complicated by vitreoretinal interface alterations. METHODS: Thirty-two patients affected by mCNV and concurrent vitreoretinal interface disorders, including macular epiretinal membrane (18 patients), lamellar macular hole (4 patients), full-thickness macular hole (1 patient), broad/focal vitreomacular traction (3 patients), broad/focal vitreomacular adhesion (4 patients), and myopic foveoschisis (2 patients), were enrolled in a prospective study...
January 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098306/effective-viscosity-and-dynamics-of-spreading-epithelia-a-solvable-model
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C Blanch-Mercader, R Vincent, E Bazellières, X Serra-Picamal, X Trepat, J Casademunt
Collective cell migration in spreading epithelia in controlled environments has become a landmark in our current understanding of fundamental biophysical processes in development, regeneration, wound healing or cancer. Epithelial monolayers are treated as thin layers of a viscous fluid that exert active traction forces on the substrate. The model is exactly solvable and shows a broad range of applicabilities for the quantitative analysis and interpretation of force microscopy data of monolayers from a variety of experiments and cell lines...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095361/axial-traction-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-of-the-glenohumeral-joint-in-healthy-volunteers-initial-experience
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Elisabeth R Garwood, Richard B Souza, Amy Zhang, Alan L Zhang, C Benjamin Ma, Thomas M Link, Daria Motamedi
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate technical feasibility and potential applications of glenohumeral (GH) joint axial traction magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eleven shoulders were imaged in neutral and with 4kg axial traction at 3T. Quantitative measurements were assessed. RESULTS: Axial traction was well tolerated. There was statistically significant widening of the superior GH joint space (p=0.002) and acromial angle (p=0...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095086/retinal-findings-and-a-novel-tinf2-mutation-in-revesz-syndrome-clinical-and-molecular-correlations-with-pediatric-retinal-vasculopathies
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Mrinali P Gupta, Katherine E Talcott, David Y Kim, Suneet Agarwal, Shizuo Mukai
BACKGROUND: Revesz syndrome is a telomere disorder in the dyskeratosis congenita (DKC) spectrum characterized by exudative retinopathy, bone marrow failure, neuroradiographic abnormalities, and integumentary findings. MATERIALS/METHODS: We report the ophthalmologic findings, documented by examinations under anesthesia with clinical photography and fluorescein angiography, as well as the systemic manifestations and genetic and molecular testing, in identical twins with Revesz syndrome, and compare and contrast these features to those of other pediatric retinal vasculopathies...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094390/simultaneous-measurement-of-the-young-s-modulus-and-the-poisson-ratio-of-thin-elastic-layers
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Wolfgang Gross, Holger Kress
The behavior of cells and tissue is greatly influenced by the mechanical properties of their environment. For studies on the interactions between cells and soft matrices, especially those applying traction force microscopy the characterization of the mechanical properties of thin substrate layers is essential. Various techniques to measure the elastic modulus are available. Methods to accurately measure the Poisson ratio of such substrates are rare and often imply either a combination of multiple techniques or additional equipment which is not needed for the actual biological studies...
January 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093615/the-open-abdomen-route-by-eurahs-introduction-of-the-data-set-and-initial-results-of-procedures-and-procedure-related-complications
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A Willms, F Muysoms, C Güsgen, R Schwab, J Lock, S Schaaf, C Germer, I Richardsen, U Dietz
INTRODUCTION: Open abdomen management has become a well-established strategy in the treatment of serious intra-abdominal pathologies. Key objectives are fistula prevention and high fascial closure rates. The current level of evidence on laparostoma is insufficient. This is due to the rareness of laparostomas, the heterogeneity of study cohorts, and broad diversity of techniques. Collecting data in a standardised, multicentre registry is necessary to draw up evidence-based guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In order to improve the level of evidence on laparostomy, CAMIN (surgical working group for military and emergency surgery) of DGAV (German Society for General and Visceral Surgery), initiated the implementation of a laparostomy registry...
January 16, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092313/surgical-management-of-tractional-retinoschisis-associated-with-vitreous-hemorrhage-in-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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Bozho Todorich, Aristomenis Thanos, Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Edward Korot, Michael T Trese, Kimberly A Drenser, Antonio Capone
PURPOSE: The tractional retinoschisis is a poorly understood, rare, and likely underappreciated entity in retinopathy of prematurity. The purpose of this article is to describe clinical findings and surgical management of tractional retinoschisis in retinopathy of prematurity, masquerading as Stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity retinal detachment. METHODS: A retrospective review of a single case with literature review and case discussion. RESULTS: In this report, we describe a child with retinopathy of prematurity and tractional schisis, who initially presented with vitreous hemorrhage and was effectively managed by vitrectomy and inner wall retinectomy...
January 13, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081352/removing-the-specimen-with-traction-during-robotic-radical-prostatectomy-does-not-cause-a-positive-surgical-margin
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Serkan Altınova, Abidin Egemen İşgören, Ziya Akbulut, Muhammet Fuat Özcan, Abdullah Erdem Canda, Ali Fuat Atmaca, Mevlana Derya Balbay
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to gauge whether removal of a specimen with traction during robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy causes a positive surgical margin or not. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and sixty-nine patients with localized prostate cancer who underwent robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy from 2009 to 2011 were included in the study. After dividing the patients into two groups, we recorded their characteristics and pre-op/post-op evaluations...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079613/centripetal-movement-of-the-capillaries-in-the-central-macular-region-after-internal-limiting-membrane-peeling
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Kazuyuki Kumagai, Masanori Hangai, Mariko Furukawa, Tetsuyuki Suetsugu, Nobuchika Ogino
PURPOSE: To report a case that showed centripetal movements of the capillaries in the central macular region after vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling. METHODS: A 57-year-old pseudophakic woman underwent successful vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling and air tamponade for a vitreomacular traction. Optical coherence tomography angiographic images of the 3 mm × 3 mm inner retinal vascular plexus were examined preoperatively and at 3 months postoperatively...
January 11, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078473/traumatic-atlantoaxial-rotatory-fixation-in-an-adult-patient
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María A García-Pallero, Cristina V Torres, Juan Delgado-Fernández, R G Sola
INTRODUCTION: Atlantoaxial rotational fixation (AARF) is a rare entity in adults, with only a few cases reported in the English literature and often associated with a traumatic mechanism. It is an underdiagnosed condition that must be taken into account in the initial assessment of all craniocervical trauma. Both diagnostic and therapeutic delay may be a potential cause of severe neurological damage or even death of the patient. The therapeutic management is controversial given the difficulty of achieving optimum stability and permanent reduction...
January 11, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077370/preoperative-aqueous-humour-flare-values-do-not-predict-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy-in-patients-with-rhegmatogenous-retinal-detachment
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Verena C Mulder, Jan Tode, Elon Hc van Dijk, Konstantine Purtskhvanidze, Johann Roider, Jan C van Meurs, Felix Treumer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) who develop postoperative proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) have been found to have higher preoperative laser flare values than patients with RRD who do not develop this complication. Measurement of laser flare has therefore been proposed as an objective, rapid and non-invasive method for identifying high-risk patients. The purpose of our study was to validate the use of preoperative flare values as a predictor of PVR risk in two additional patient cohorts, and to confirm the sensitivity and specificity of this method for identifying high-risk patients...
January 11, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074837/two-layer-elastographic-3-d-traction-force-microscopy
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Begoña Álvarez-González, Shun Zhang, Manuel Gómez-González, Ruedi Meili, Richard A Firtel, Juan C Lasheras, Juan C Del Álamo
Cellular traction force microscopy (TFM) requires knowledge of the mechanical properties of the substratum where the cells adhere to calculate cell-generated forces from measurements of substratum deformation. Polymer-based hydrogels are broadly used for TFM due to their linearly elastic behavior in the range of measured deformations. However, the calculated stresses, particularly their spatial patterns, can be highly sensitive to the substratum's Poisson's ratio. We present two-layer elastographic TFM (2LETFM), a method that allows for simultaneously measuring the Poisson's ratio of the substratum while also determining the cell-generated forces...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072550/rotational-advancement-in-cleft-nose-rhinoplasty-buccal-mucosal-grafts-serve-as-a-powerful-tool
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Andreas Kehrer, Tim H J Nijhuis, Pál Pesthy, Sten Willemsen, René Poublon, Jacques J J N M van der Meulen
OBJECTIVE:   Our aim was to analyze our technique of a modified rotational advancement in conjunction with buccal mucosal grafts (BMGs) in a subgroup of severe cleft cases. DESIGN:   A retrospective clinical and photographic evaluation was conducted. Columella angle (CA) and tip projection (TPR) served as instruments in a photometric analysis. SETTING:   Academic university hospital and specialized craniofacial cleft center. PATIENTS:   At the time of the secondary rhinoplasty, 61 cleft patients were included, all 17 years or older...
January 10, 2017: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065872/posterior-cervical-transfacet-fusion-with-facetal-spacer-for-the-treatment-of-single-level-cervical-radiculopathy-a-randomized-controlled-prospective-study
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Jacopo Lenzi, Antonio Nardone, Emiliano Passacantilli, Alessandro Caporlingua, Gennaro Lapadula, Federico Caporlingua
BACKGROUND: single level cervical radiculopathy may be treated conservatively with cervical tractions. Posterior cervical transfacet fusion with a facetal spacer is a viable option. The aim of the present study is to compare posterior cervical transfacet fusion to conservative physical treatment in single level cervical radiculopathy METHODS: 80 patients were randomized in 2 groups. A surgical group where patients were given posterior cervical transfacet fusion and a traction group where patients were treated conservatively with mechanical cervical tractions...
January 5, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064089/frontiers-of-high-throughput-metabolomics
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REVIEW
Mattia Zampieri, Karthik Sekar, Nicola Zamboni, Uwe Sauer
Large scale metabolomics studies are increasingly used to investigate genetically different individuals and time-dependent responses to environmental stimuli. New mass spectrometric approaches with at least an order of magnitude more rapid analysis of small molecules within the cell's metabolome are now paving the way towards true high-throughput metabolomics, opening new opportunities in systems biology, functional genomics, drug discovery, and personalized medicine. Here we discuss the impact and advantages of the progress made in profiling large cohorts and dynamic systems with high temporal resolution and automated sampling...
January 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
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