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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214512/dynamics-and-context-dependent-roles-of-dna-methylation
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REVIEW
Christina Ambrosi, Massimiliano Manzo, Tuncay Baubec
DNA methylation is one of the most extensively studied epigenetic marks. It is involved in transcriptional gene silencing, it plays important roles during mammalian development and its perturbation is often associated with human diseases. In mammalian genomes, DNA methylation is a prevalent modification that decorates the majority of cytosines. It is found at the promoters and enhancers of inactive genes, at repetitive elements and within transcribed gene bodies. Its presence at promoters is dynamically linked to gene activity, suggesting that it could directly influence gene expression patterns and cellular identity...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212443/recurrent-rearrangements-of-the-myb-sant-like-dna-binding-domain-containing-3-gene-msantd3-in-salivary-gland-acinic-cell-carcinoma
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Nicholas Barasch, Xue Gong, Kevin A Kwei, Sushama Varma, Jewison Biscocho, Kunbin Qu, Nan Xiao, Joseph S Lipsick, Robert J Pelham, Robert B West, Jonathan R Pollack
Pathogenic gene fusions have been identified in several histologic types of salivary gland neoplasia, but not previously in acinic cell carcinoma (AcCC). To discover novel gene fusions, we performed whole-transcriptome sequencing surveys of three AcCC archival cases. In one specimen we identified a novel HTN3-MSANTD3 gene fusion, and in another a novel PRB3-ZNF217 gene fusion. The structure of both fusions was consistent with the promoter of the 5' partner (HTN3 or PRB3), both highly expressed salivary gland genes, driving overexpression of full-length MSANTD3 or ZNF217...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211878/pre-descemets-endothelial-keratoplasty-the-pdek-clamp-for-successful-pdek
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H S Dua, D G Said
PurposeTo design and produce a clamp that enables good handling of donor sclera-corneal disks, allows air to be injected in the corneal stroma and consistently provides pre-Descemets endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK) tissue by creation of a type-1 big bubble (BB) avoiding a type-2BB by shutting the fenestrations in the periphery of the pre-Descemets layer and preventing escape of air.Patients and methodsA clamp with spring loaded handles attached to two rings of 9 mm diameter and 1 mm width with a side port for insertion of a needle for air injection was designed and produced...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210653/biologic-approaches-for-the-treatment-of-partial-tears-of-the-anterior-cruciate-ligament-a-current-concepts-review
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Ignacio Dallo, Jorge Chahla, Justin J Mitchell, Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, John A Feagin, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) has been established as the gold standard for treatment of complete ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in active, symptomatic individuals. In contrast, treatment of partial tears of the ACL remains controversial. Biologically augmented ACL-repair techniques are expanding in an attempt to regenerate and improve healing and outcomes of both the native ACL and the reconstructed graft tissue. PURPOSE: To review the biologic treatment options for partial tears of the ACL...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210551/factors-influencing-the-decision-to-pursue-immediate-breast-reconstruction-after-mastectomy-for-breast-cancer
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Mariska Weenk, Philipp Wunschel, Erwin Heine, Luc J Strobbe
BACKGROUND: Immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) after mastectomy has shown to be oncologically safe and to improve quality of life in breast cancer patients. However, most women undergoing mastectomy do not undergo IBR. In this study, we aim to identify breast surgeon-related factors in considering IBR and factors affecting patients' decision to choose for IBR. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the records of breast cancer patients who underwent mastectomy with or without IBR between 2010 and 2013...
February 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
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Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208578/role-of-cortico-cancellous-heterologous-bone-in-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cell-xeno-free-culture-studied-by-synchrotron-radiation-phase-contrast-microtomography
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Serena Mazzoni, Sara Mohammadi, Giuliana Tromba, Francesca Diomede, Adriano Piattelli, Oriana Trubiani, Alessandra Giuliani
This study was designed to quantitatively demonstrate via three-dimensional (3D) images, through the Synchrotron Radiation Phase-Contrast Microtomography (SR-PhC-MicroCT), the osteoinductive properties of a cortico-cancellous scaffold (Osteobiol Dual Block-DB) cultured with human Periodontal Ligament Stem Cells (hPDLSCs) in xeno-free media. In vitro cultures of hPDLSCs, obtained from alveolar crest and horizontal fibers of the periodontal ligament, were seeded onto DB scaffolds and cultured in xeno-free media for three weeks...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208060/rna-toxicity-and-foci-formation-in-microsatellite-expansion-diseases
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REVIEW
Nan Zhang, Tetsuo Ashizawa
More than 30 incurable neurological and neuromuscular diseases are caused by simple microsatellite expansions consisted of 3-6 nucleotides. These repeats can occur in non-coding regions and often result in a dominantly inherited disease phenotype that is characteristic of a toxic RNA gain-of-function. The expanded RNA adopts unusual secondary structures, sequesters various RNA binding proteins to form insoluble nuclear foci, and causes cellular defects at a multisystem level. Nuclear foci are dynamic in size, shape and colocalization of RNA binding proteins in different expansion diseases and tissue types...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207466/the-subunit-principle-in-scar-face-revision
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Ahmed Elshahat, Riham Lashin
Facial scaring is considered one of the most difficult cosmetic problems for any plastic surgeon to solve. The condition is more difficult if the direction of the scar is not parallel to relaxed skin tension lines. Attempts to manage this difficult situation included revisions using geometric designs, Z plasties or W plasties to camouflage the straight line visible scaring. The use of long-lasting resorbable sutures was tried too. Recently, the use of botulinum toxin during revision improved the results. Fractional CO2 lasers, microfat grafts, and platelet-rich plasma were added to the armamentarium...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207463/implantation-of-thickened-artificial-bone-for-reduction-of-dead-space-and-prevention-of-infection-between-implant-and-dura-in-secondary-reconstruction-of-the-skull
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Mine Ozaki, Keigo Narita, Masakazu Kurita, Yuki Iwashina, Akihiko Takushima, Kiyonori Harii
For the treatment of skull defect compensation after neurosurgery, a customized artificial bone is often employed owing to its toughness and the relative ease of producing cosmetically good result. However, implants are vulnerable to infection and removal of implant is sometimes necessary. Several other treatment options such as autologous bone graft or free flap are likely to be considered for the secondary reconstruction to avoid reinfection; however, reimplantation of artificial bone is beneficial for the patients, being not concerned with donor site morbidity...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206933/use-of-antibiotic-impregnated-absorbable-beads-and-tissue-coverage-of-complex-wounds
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Terris L White, Alfred T Culliford, Martin Zomaya, Gary Freed, Christopher P Demas
The treatment of complex wounds is commonplace for plastic surgeons. Standard management is debridement of infected and devitalized tissue and systemic antibiotic therapy. In cases where vital structures are exposed within the wound, coverage is obtained with the use of vascularized tissue using both muscle and fasciocutaneous flaps. The use of nondissolving polymethylmethacrylate and absorbable antibiotic-impregnated beads has been shown to deliver high concentrations of antibiotics with low systemic levels of the same antibiotic...
November 1, 2016: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205191/novel-and-expanded-oncology-drug-approvals-of-2016-part-1-new-options-in-solid-tumor-management
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REVIEW
Todd C Knepper, James Saller, Christine M Walko
The nonradiologic medical management of solid tumors has evolved from the use of traditional cytotoxic agents to modern targeted therapies, monoclonal antibodies, and immunotherapies. Advances in the understanding of cancer biology and therapeutic strategies have resulted in increasing numbers of new drug applications and approvals. Consequently, practicing oncologists need to learn how the newly available agents function and what toxicities to watch for, as well as ways to optimize the use of both new drugs and previously approved drugs with new indications...
February 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204936/impact-of-acellular-dermal-matrix-adm-use-under-mastectomy-flap-necrosis-on-perioperative-outcomes-of-prosthetic-breast-reconstruction
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So Young Kim, Sa Ik Bang
BACKGROUND: There is conflicting data on the potential necrotic complications of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) use in breast reconstruction, and most studies focus on mastectomy flap necrosis as an outcome measure associated with ADM use. The aim of this study was to examine cases with necrotic complications with and without the use of ADM and to investigate whether ADM affected perioperative outcomes in cases with necrotic complications. METHODS: Patients who experienced mastectomy flap necrosis following mastectomy with tissue expander placement between January 2009 and March 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
February 15, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204930/immediate-nipple-reconstruction-during-implant-based-breast-reconstruction
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Ki Yong Hong, Young-Eun Kim, Kyung Won Minn, Ung Sik Jin
BACKGROUND: Nipple reconstruction is usually performed as a separate procedure, several months after the primary breast reconstruction. This study compared the outcomes of immediate and delayed nipple reconstructions during implant-based breast reconstructions. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of patients who underwent nipple reconstruction, after implant-based breast reconstruction, between September 2014 and August 2015. The nipple was simultaneously reconstructed following tissue expander removal and implant placement...
February 15, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204808/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-enhances-the-osteogenic-differentiation-capacity-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-derived-from-human-bone-marrow-and-umbilical-cord
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Kulisara Marupanthorn, Chairat Tantrawatpan, Pakpoom Kheolamai, Duangrat Tantikanlayaporn, Sirikul Manochantr
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are multipotent cells that can give rise to different cell types of the mesodermal lineages. They are powerful sources for cell therapy in regenerative medicine as they can be isolated from various tissues, and can be expanded and induced to differentiate into multiple lineages. Recently, the umbilical cord has been suggested as an alternative source of MSCs. Although MSCs derived from the umbilical cord can be induced to differentiate into osteoblasts with a phenotypic similarity to that of bone marrow-derived MSCs, the differentiation ability is not consistent...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203509/the-breastrial-stage-ii-adm-breast-reconstruction-outcomes-from-definitive-reconstruction-to-3-months-postoperative
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Shaun D Mendenhall, Layla A Anderson, Jian Ying, Kenneth M Boucher, Leigh A Neumayer, Jayant P Agarwal
BACKGROUND: The Breast Reconstruction Evaluation of Acellular Dermal Matrix as a Sling Trial is a prospective randomized trial comparing outcomes of tissue expander breast reconstruction using either AlloDerm or DermaMatrix. The trial was divided into 3 outcome stages; this study reports stage II outcomes, which are those from the time of definitive reconstruction to 3 months postoperative. METHODS: A randomized trial was conducted to compare complication rates between AlloDerm and DermaMatrix groups...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202726/two-tonoplast-mate-proteins-function-as-turgor-regulating-chloride-channels-in-arabidopsis
#17
Haiwen Zhang, Fu-Geng Zhao, Ren-Jie Tang, Yuexuan Yu, Jiali Song, Yuan Wang, Legong Li, Sheng Luan
The central vacuole in a plant cell occupies the majority of the cellular volume and plays a key role in turgor regulation. The vacuolar membrane (tonoplast) contains a large number of transporters that mediate fluxes of solutes and water, thereby adjusting cell turgor in response to developmental and environmental signals. We report that two tonoplast Detoxification efflux carrier (DTX)/Multidrug and Toxic Compound Extrusion (MATE) transporters, DTX33 and DTX35, function as chloride channels essential for turgor regulation in Arabidopsis Ectopic expression of each transporter in Nicotiana benthamiana mesophyll cells elicited a large voltage-dependent inward chloride current across the tonoplast, showing that DTX33 and DTX35 each constitute a functional channel...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202576/differential-effect-of-brief-electrical-stimulation-on-voltage-gated-potassium-channels
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Morven Alison Cameron, Amr Al Abed, Yossi Buskila, Socrates Dokos, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley
Electrical stimulation of neuronal tissue is a promising strategy to treat a variety of neurological disorders. The mechanism of neuronal activation by external electrical stimulation is governed by voltage-gated ion channels. This stimulus, typically brief in nature, leads to membrane potential depolarization, which increases ion flow across the membrane by increasing the open probability of these voltage-gated channels. In spiking neurons, it is activation of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV-channels) that leads to action potential generation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202540/sorting-out-adipocyte-precursors-and-their-role-in-physiology-and-disease
#19
REVIEW
Chelsea Hepler, Lavanya Vishvanath, Rana K Gupta
The ability to maintain and expand the pool of adipocytes in adults is integral to the regulation of energy balance, tissue/stem cell homeostasis, and disease pathogenesis. For decades, our knowledge of adipocyte precursors has relied on cellular models. The identity of native adipocyte precursors has remained unclear. Recent studies have identified distinct adipocyte precursor populations that are physiologically regulated and contribute to the development, maintenance, and expansion of adipocyte pools in mice...
January 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202042/hoxc8-regulates-self-renewal-differentiation-and-transformation-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells
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Mansi Shah, Ryan Cardenas, Belinda Wang, Jenny Persson, Nigel P Mongan, Anna Grabowska, Cinzia Allegrucci
BACKGROUND: Homeobox genes are master regulators of cell fate during embryonic development and their expression is altered in cancer. By regulating the balance between cell proliferation and differentiation, they maintain homeostasis of normal tissues. Here, we screened the expression of homeobox genes in mammary stem cells to establish their role in stem cells transformation in breast cancer. METHODS: Using a Homeobox Genes PCR array, we screened 83 homeobox genes in normal cancer breast stem/progenitor cells isolated by flow cytometry...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer
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