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Christian Tröbinger, Christian J Wiedermann
OBJECTIVE: To describe the association of bodybuilding abdominal exercise with the development of superficial sclerosing thrombophlebitis of the anterolateral thoracoabdominal wall. DESIGN: A single case study. SETTING: University-affiliated regional community hospital. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 54-year-old man presented with an otherwise unremarkable past medical history 4 weeks after the start of left-sided chest discomfort...
September 4, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
M J Tao, W Al-Jundi, G Roche-Nagle
INTRODUCTION: Popliteal artery aneurysms (PAA) are the most prevalent form of peripheral arterial aneurysms. Greater saphenous vein grafts and endoaneurysmorrhaphy remains the mainstay therapy for open repair of PAA. True aneurysmal degeneration of lower extremity infrainguinal autologous vein grafts are relatively rare and its etiology is not completely understood. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 57-year-old man with recurrent autologous venous graft aneurysmal dilatations following a surgical popliteal artery aneurysm repair...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Eun-Hee Shin, Ji-Hun Shin, You-Won Lee, Seung-Ha Lee, Chun-Feng Xin
Due to mixed use of shrimp in foodstuffs, it is important to distinguish Fenneropenaeus chinensis from other shrimp species, such as Litopenaeus vannamei and Penaeus monodon. For this purpose, we have developed a multiplex PCR method to detect the simultaneous presence of all three species. Universal primers specific to the 16S ribosomal RNA subunit were used to sequence and ascertain the species in the samples. In this study, specific primers were designed to result in a unique PCR product size (143, 260, and 348 bp for L...
October 19, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
Pandeeswar Makam, Satyaprasad P Senanayak, Thimmaiah Govindaraju
Reliable and ultrasensitive detection of mercury ions is of paramount importance for toxicology assessment, environmental protection and human health. Herein, we present a novel optoelectronic approach based on nanoachitectonics of small molecule templated DNA system that consists of an adenine (A) conjugated small organic semiconductor (BNA) and deoxyribo-oligothymidine (dTn). This mutually templated dynamic chiral co-assembly system (BNAn-dTn) with tunable chiroptical, morphological and electrical properties is tapped in to enable ultra-sensitive and selective detection of inorganic and organometallic mercury in water...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sergio Prieto-González, Georgina Espígol-Frigolé, Ana García-Martínez, Marco A Alba, Itziar Tavera-Bahillo, José Hernández-Rodríguez, Arturo Renú, Rosa Gilabert, Francisco Lomeña, Maria C Cid
Various imaging modalities, including color duplex ultrasonography, CT angiography, magnetic resonance angiography, and PET, are emerging as important aids to the diagnosis, staging, evaluation of disease activity and response to treatment in systemic vasculitis. Although large-vessel vasculitis is the main target of imaging, refinement and increasing accuracy of imaging modalities are also providing useful information in the evaluation of medium-vessel and small-vessel vasculitis.
November 2016: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
Shunsuke Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Kabashima
In this study we investigate the resilience of duplex networked layers α and β coupled with antagonistic interlinks, each layer of which inhibits its counterpart at the microscopic level, changing the following factors: whether the influence of the initial failures in α remains [quenched (case Q)] or not [free (case F)]; the effect of intralayer degree-degree correlations in each layer and interlayer degree-degree correlations; and the type of the initial failures, such as random failures or targeted attacks (TAs)...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
David Dobnik, Dejan Štebih, Andrej Blejec, Dany Morisset, Jana Žel
The advantages of the digital PCR technology are already well documented until now. One way to achieve better cost efficiency of the technique is to use it in a multiplexing strategy. Droplet digital PCR platforms, which include two fluorescence filters, support at least duplex reactions and with some developments and optimization higher multiplexing is possible. The present study not only shows a development of multiplex assays in droplet digital PCR, but also presents a first thorough evaluation of several parameters in such multiplex digital PCR...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
A Nakajima, M Ishida, T Fujimori, Y Wakamoto, S Sawai
Studies of chemotactic cell migration rely heavily on various assay systems designed to evaluate the ability of cells to move in response to attractant molecules. In particular, the development of microfluidics-based devices in recent years has made it possible to spatially distribute attractant molecules in graded profiles that are sufficiently stable and precise to test theoretical predictions regarding the accuracy and efficiency of chemotaxis and the underlying mechanism of stimulus perception. However, because the gradient is fixed in a direction orthogonal to the laminar flow and thus the chamber geometry, conventional devices are limited for the study of cell re-orientation to gradients that move or change directions...
October 13, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Stefan Nydahl
Modern management of varicose veins Chronic venous disease is a common medical condition and occurs in about one-third of the adult population. Reflux, and to a much lesser extent obstruction of the superficial and deep venous systems, generates venous hypertension. The goal of the treatment is to reduce venous hypertension in order to prevent complications, progression of venous disease and to improve patients' quality of life. Today we have a wide spectrum of different treatment options at our disposal. Management is based upon accurate clinical diagnosis and duplex imaging...
October 4, 2016: Läkartidningen
Milan M Milutinović, Jovana V Bogojeski, Olivera Klisurić, Andreas Scheurer, Sofi K C Elmroth, Živadin D Bugarčić
A novel rhodium(iii) complex [Rh(III)(H2L(tBu))Cl3] (1) (H2L(tBu) = 2,6-bis(5-tert-butyl-1H-pyrazol-3-yl)pyridine) containing a pincer type, tridentate nitrogen-donor chelate system was synthesized. Single crystal X-ray structure analysis revealed that 1 crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pbcn with a = 20.7982(6), b = 10.8952(4), c = 10.9832(4) Å, V = 2488.80(15) Å(3), and eight molecules in the unit cell. The rhodium center in the complex [Rh(III)(H2L(tBu))Cl3] (1) is coordinated in a slightly distorted octahedral geometry by the tridentate N,N,N-donor and three chloro ligands, adopting a mer arrangement with an essentially planar ligand skeleton...
October 4, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Wenjuan Wang, Xiehuang Sheng, Shaolong Zhang, Fang Huang, Chuanzhi Sun, Jianbiao Liu, Dezhan Chen
The addition of the unnatural P:Z base pair to the four naturally occurring DNA bases expands the genetic alphabet and yields an artificially expanded genetic information system (AEGIS). Herein, the structural feature of oligonucleotides containing a novel unnatural P:Z base pair is characterized using both molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry. The results show that the incorporation of the novel artificial base pair (P:Z) preserves the global conformational feature of duplex DNA except for some local structures...
October 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
M K Arevalo, J C Prieto, N Cost, G Nuss, B J Brown, L A Baker
INTRODUCTION: Symptomatic pediatric ureterocele has diverse manifestations, making evidence-based management impractical. Thus, detailed visualization of ureterocele anatomy prior to first surgical incision is invaluable. Retrograde ureterocelogram (RUC) is a simple, underutilized radiologic technique that can be performed during cystoscopy. This study sought to determine whether RUC changes surgical management by more accurately depicting the complex ureteral and ureterocele anatomy, compared with renal ultrasound (US) and voiding cystourethrography (VCUG)...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
G Caja, E Díaz-Medina, A A K Salama, O A E Salama, M H El-Shafie, H A El-Metwaly, M Ayadi, R S Aljumaah, M A Alshaikh, M H Yahyahoui, M M Seddik, M Hammadi, T Khorchani, O Amann, S Cabrera
The camel industry uses traditional (i.e., iron brands and ear tags) and modern (i.e., microchips) identification (ID) systems without having performance results of reference. Previously iron-branded ( = 45; 1 yr) and microchipped ( = 59; 7 yr) camels showed problems of healing (8.6% of brands) and reading (only 42.9% of brands and 69.5% of microchips were readable), which made their use inadvisable. With the aim of proposing suitable ID systems for different farming conditions, an on-field study was performed using a total of 528 dromedaries at 4 different locations (Egypt, = 83; Spain, = 304; Saudi Arabia, = 90; and Tunisia, = 51)...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Alok Sharma, Kushaljit Singh Sodhi, Akshay Kumar Saxena, Anmol Bhatia, Prema Menon, Katragadda L N Rao, Niranjan Khandelwal
AIMS: To compare intravenous urography (IVU) and magnetic resonance urography (MRU) in the preoperative evaluation of pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (PUJO) in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 35 children up to 10 years of age in whom unilateral or bilateral PUJO were suspected on ultrasonography were enrolled in this prospective study. All children underwent IVU and MRU, and the findings were compared. RESULTS: Of the 70 kidneys evaluated, 14 (20%) were not visualized on IVU because of nonexcretion of contrast, whereas all the 70 (100%) kidneys were visualized on MRU...
October 2016: Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Yingying Wang, Li-Ping Jiang, Shiwei Zhou, Sai Bi, Jun-Jie Zhu
Due to the predictable conformation and programmable Watson-Crick base-pairing interactions, DNA has proven to be an attractive material to construct various nanostructures. Herein, we demonstrate a simple model of DNA polymerase-directed hairpin assembly (PDHA) to construct DNA nanoassemblies for versatile applications in biomedicine and biosensing. The system consists of only two hairpins, an initiator and a DNA polymerase. Upon addition of aptamer-linked initiator, the inert stems of the two hairpins are activated alternately under the direction of DNA polymerase, which thus grows into aptamer-tethered DNA nanoassemblies (AptNAs)...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jon H Monserud, Katherine M Macri, Daniel K Schwartz
DNA is increasingly used to engineer dynamic nanoscale circuits, structures, and motors, many of which rely on DNA strand-displacement reactions. The use of functional DNA sequences (e.g., aptamers, which bind to a wide range of ligands) in these reactions would potentially confer responsiveness on such devices, and integrate DNA computation with highly varied molecular stimuli. By using high-throughput single-molecule FRET methods, we compared the kinetics of a putative aptamer-ligand and aptamer-complement strand-displacement reaction...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Guma Abdeldaim, Erik Svensson, Jonas Blomberg, Björn Herrmann
A duplex real-time PCR based on the rnpB gene was developed for Mycobacterium spp. The assay was specific for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTB) and also detected all 19 tested species of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The assay was evaluated on 404 clinical samples: 290 respiratory samples and 114 from tissue and other non-respiratory body sites. M. tuberculosis was detected by culture in 40 samples and in 30 samples by the assay. The MTB assay showed a sensitivity similar to Roche Cobas Amplicor MTB-PCR (Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA, USA)...
November 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
Johannes Rübenthaler, Maximilian Reiser, Dirk-André Clevert
The use of ultrasonography and especially of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) in the diagnosis of vascular pathologies before and after interventions has significantly increased over the past years due to the broader availability of modern ultrasound systems with CEUS capabilities and more trained user experience in this imaging modality. For the preinterventional and postinterventional work-up of carotid diseases, duplex ultrasound as well as CEUS have been established as the standard-of-care examination procedures for diagnosis, evaluation, and follow-up...
October 2016: Ultrasonography
E Breard, A Garnier, P Despres, S Blaise Boisseau, L Comtet, C Viarouge, L Bakkali-Kassimi, P Pourquier, P Hudelet, D Vitour, S Rossi, G Belbis, C Sailleau, S Zientara
Bluetongue viruses (BTV) are arboviruses responsible for infections in ruminants. The confirmation of BTV infections is based on rapid serological tests such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) using the BTV viral protein 7 (VP7) as antigen. The determination of the BTV serotype by serological analyses could be only performed by neutralization tests (VNT) which are time-consuming and require BSL3 facilities. VP2 protein is considered the major serotype-defining protein of BTV. To improve the serological characterization of BTV infections, the recombinant VP7 and BTV serotype 8 (BTV-8) VP2 were synthesized using insect cells expression system...
September 25, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Yu-Fan Chen, Chia-Ying Lu, Yi-Chien Lin, Tai-Yuan Yu, Chun-Ping Chang, Jing-Ru Li, Hung-Wen Li, Jing-Jer Lin
Telomerase is the enzyme involved in extending telomeric DNA. Control of telomerase activity by modulating its access to chromosome ends is one of the most important fundamental mechanisms. This study established an in vitro yeast telomerase reconstitution system that resembles telomere replication in vivo. In this system, a tailed-duplex DNA formed by telomeric DNA was employed to mimic the structure of telomeres. The core catalytic components of telomerase Est2/Tlc1 RNA were used as the telomeric DNA extension machinery...
2016: Scientific Reports
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