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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731051/neurotropic-melanoma-an-analysis-of-the-clinicopathological-features-management-strategies-and-survival-outcomes-for-671-patients-treated-at-a-tertiary-referral-center
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Alexander H R Varey, Chris Goumas, Angela M Hong, Graham J Mann, Gerald B Fogarty, Jonathan R Stretch, Robyn P M Saw, Andrew J Spillane, Kerwin F Shannon, Kenneth J Lee, Michael J Quinn, John F Thompson, Richard A Scolyer
Neurotropic cutaneous melanoma is a rare melanoma subtype that invades nerves and is often associated with desmoplastic melanoma. Limited data suggest that it has a greater propensity to recur locally, but it is unknown whether its behavior differs from that of other melanoma subtypes, including desmoplastic melanoma. We investigated clinicopathological predictors of outcome in a cohort of 671 patients with neurotropic melanoma to develop evidence-based management recommendations. Patients with primary neurotropic melanoma diagnosed from 1985 to 2013 were identified from the Melanoma Institute Australia database, along with a control cohort of 718 non-neurotropic melanoma patients...
July 21, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728817/piezo2-in-cutaneous-and-proprioceptive-mechanotransduction-in-vertebrates
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E O Anderson, E R Schneider, S N Bagriantsev
Mechanosensitivity is a fundamental physiological capacity, which pertains to all life forms. Progress has been made with regard to understanding mechanosensitivity in bacteria, flies, and worms. In vertebrates, however, the molecular identity of mechanotransducers in somatic and neuronal cells has only started to appear. The Piezo family of mechanogated ion channels marks a pivotal milestone in understanding mechanosensitivity. Piezo1 and Piezo2 have now been shown to participate in a number of processes, ranging from arterial modeling to sensing muscle stretch...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723241/the-effects-of-stretch-activation-on-ionic-selectivity-of-the-trek-2-k2p-k-channel
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Ehsan Nematian-Ardestani, Viwan Jarerattanachat, Prafulla Aryal, Mark S P Sansom, Stephen J Tucker
The TREK-2 (KCNK10) K2P potassium channel can be regulated by variety of polymodal stimuli including pressure. In a recent study, we demonstrated that this mechanosensitive K(+) channel responds to changes in membrane tension by undergoing a major structural change from its 'down' state to the more expanded 'up' state conformation. These changes are mostly restricted to the lower part of the protein within the bilayer, but are allosterically coupled to the primary gating mechanism located within the selectivity filter...
July 19, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718090/a-large-retroperitoneal-lymphatic-malformation-successfully-treated-with-traditional-japanese-kampo-medicine-in-combination-with-surgery
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Toko Shinkai, Kouji Masumoto, Fumiko Chiba, Nao Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Current treatment options for lymphatic malformations (LMs) are multimodal. Recently, the effectiveness of treating LMs with Eppikajyutsuto (TJ-28) has been reported. TJ-28 is a kind of oral herbal medicine classified as the traditional Japanese Kampo medicine. CASE PRESENTATION: A 12-year-old girl was admitted to our hospital for intermittent upper abdominal pain. Radiological examinations revealed a large (9.5 × 5.8 × 10.0 cm) retroperitoneal LM, which was suspected to adhering and stretching both pancreas head and duodenum...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716516/hypertonia
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Sarah Helen Evans, Mark William Cameron, Justin Michael Burton
Hypertonia is the abnormal increase in muscle tone as a result of upper motor neuron lesions. There are three following clinical types: spasticity, dystonia, and rigidity. Management of hypertonia is individualized and should be directed by the patient and/or family׳s goals of care as well as the underlying cause of the hypertonia. Treatment options include stretching, strengthening, positioning, oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, phenol injections, as well as surgical procedures. Without effective management, hypertonia can result in muscle imbalance, abnormal movement patterns, pain, joint contracture, joint deformity, and ultimately negatively impact a patient׳s function...
July 14, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708657/reconstruction-of-facial-cervical-scars-with-pedicled-expanded-deltopectoral-flap
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Xianjie Ma, Yang Li, Weiyang Li, Chaohua Liu, Hengxin Liu, Ping Xue, Jiangbo Cui
The facial-cervical scars bring the suffering to the patients both physically and mentally. Choosing a proper donor soft tissue is always one of the critical issues, especially to Asian patients. Among the common used donor sites, the deltopectoral site was conceived as the most suitable donor tissue for the reconstruction in face and neck for its adjacent site and match in color and texture. There were 220 patients with facial-cervical scars reconstructed by the pedicled expanded deltopectoral flap between 2007 through 2015 in the authors' hospital...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708441/safe-monsplasty-technique
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Audrey Patoué, Antoine De Runz, Raphael Carloni, Sylvie Aillet, Eric Watier, Nicolas Bertheuil
INTRODUCTION: To improve their health and quality of life, obese patients undergo consultation after weight loss. In these patients, the sub-umbilical abdominal and pubic regions are often characterized by redundant skin, creating aesthetic and functional discomfort. Monsplasty is an important step in abdominoplasty or bodylift procedures. We report on an original technique used to correct deformity in the pubic region following weight loss. METHODS: All interventions were performed by the same surgeon between April and December 2015...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689239/structure-function-relationship-of-the-human-external-anal-sphincter
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Amanda M Stewart, Mark S Cook, Keisha Y Dyer, Marianna Alperin
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Obstetrical external anal sphincter (EAS) injury and subsequent dysfunction are leading risk factors for female fecal incontinence (FI). Limited knowledge of the EAS structure-function relationship hinders treatment optimization. We directly measured functionally relevant intrinsic parameters of human EAS and tested whether vaginal delivery alters the EAS structure-function relationship. METHODS: Major predictors of in vivo EAS function were compared between specimens procured from vaginally nulliparous (VN, n = 5) and vaginally parous (VP, n = 7) cadaveric donors: operational sarcomere length (Ls), which dictates force-length relationship; physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA), which determines isometric force-generating capacity; fiber length (Lfn), responsible for muscle excursion and contractile velocity; and muscle stiffness...
July 8, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673025/alignment-free-inference-of-hierarchical-and-reticulate-phylogenomic-relationships
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Guillaume Bernard, Cheong Xin Chan, Yao-Ban Chan, Xin-Yi Chua, Yingnan Cong, James M Hogan, Stefan R Maetschke, Mark A Ragan
We are amidst an ongoing flood of sequence data arising from the application of high-throughput technologies, and a concomitant fundamental revision in our understanding of how genomes evolve individually and within the biosphere. Workflows for phylogenomic inference must accommodate data that are not only much larger than before, but often more error prone and perhaps misassembled, or not assembled in the first place. Moreover, genomes of microbes, viruses and plasmids evolve not only by tree-like descent with modification but also by incorporating stretches of exogenous DNA...
June 30, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667588/post-injury-stretch-promotes-recovery-in-a-rat-model-of-muscle-damage-induced-by-lengthening-contractions
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Tomohiro Mori, Nobuhide Agata, Yuta Itoh, Masumi Inoue-Miyazu, Kazue Mizumura, Masahiro Sokabe, Toru Taguchi, Keisuke Kawakami
We investigated the cellular mechanisms and therapeutic effect of post-injury stretch on the recovery process from muscle injury induced by lengthening contractions (LC). One day after LC, a single 15-min bout of muscle stretch was applied at an intensity of 3 mNm. The maximal isometric torque was measured before and at 2-21 days after LC. The myofiber size was analyzed at 21 days after LC. Developmental myosin heavy chain-immunoreactive (dMHC-ir) cells, a marker of regenerating myofibers, were observed in the early recovery stage (2-5 days after LC)...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630259/triacylglycerol-mimetics-regulate-membrane-interactions-of-glycogen-branching-enzyme-implications-for-therapy
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Rafael Alvarez, Jesús Casas, David J López, Maitane Ibarguren, Ariadna Suari-Rivera, Silvia Terés, Francisca Guardiola-Serrano, Alexander Lossos, Xavier Busquets, Or Kakhlon, Pablo V Escribá
Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease (APBD) is a neurological disorder characterized by adult-onset neurogenic bladder, spasticity, weakness, and sensory loss. The disease is caused by aberrant glycogen branching enzyme (GBE1-Y329S) yielding less branched, globular and soluble glycogen which tends to aggregate. We explore here whether, despite being a soluble enzyme, GBE1 activity is regulated by protein-membrane interactions. Since soluble proteins can contact a wide variety of cell membranes, we investigated the interactions of purified wild-type and Y329S GBE1 proteins with different types of model membranes (liposomes)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628233/spatial-and-temporal-trends-of-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-in-fish-fillets-and-water-collected-from-pool-2-of-the-upper-mississippi-river
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John L Newsted, Ryan Holem, Cleston Lange, Mark Ellefson, Gary Hohenstein, William Reagen, Susan Wolf
In 2011, poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) were analyzed in surface water and fish fillet samples taken from Pool 2 of the Upper Mississippi River, a 33-mile stretch inclusive of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. Approximately 100 each of bluegill (BGS), freshwater drum (FWD), smallmouth bass (SMB), and white bass (WHB) were sampled within the study area. Surface water samples were also collected from each of the 10 sampling reaches established for the study. Water and fillet samples were analyzed for perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) (C4-C12), perfluorinated sulfonic acids (PFSAs) (C4, C6, and C8), and perfluorooctane sulfonamide (FOSA)...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612401/safety-and-effectiveness-of-collagenase-clostridium-histolyticum-cch-xiapex-%C3%A2-in-the-treatment-of-peyronie-s-disease-using-a-new-modified-shortened-protocol
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Amr Abdel Raheem, Marco Capece, Odunayo Kalejaiye, Tarek Abdel-Raheem, Marco Falcone, Mark Johnson, Oliver George Ralph, Giulio Garaffa, Andrew Nim Christopher, David John Ralph
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) (Xiapex(®) , Xiaflex(®) ) in the treatment of Peyronie's disease (PD) using a new modified treatment protocol which aims at reducing the number of injections needed and reducing patient visits, thus reducing the cost and duration of treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective study of 53 patients with PD who had treatment with CCH at a single center using a new modified protocol...
June 14, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593188/barrett-s-stem-cells-as-a-unique-and-targetable%C3%A2-entity
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Wa Xian, Frank McKeon
Although metaplasias have always attracted because of their strangeness, it is now clear they represent precursors for some of the most intractable human cancers. Despite this notoriety, they remain curiously understudied, and even their origins have been the subject of acrimonious debate stretching back to Virchow in the 19th century. Barrett's esophagus, with its high incidence, easy endoscopic access, and strong link to esophageal adenocarcinoma, would seem an ideal opportunity to address the origin problem...
July 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566495/hidden-role-of-intermolecular-proton-transfer-in-the-anomalously-diffuse-vibrational-spectrum-of-a-trapped-hydronium-ion
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Stephanie M Craig, Fabian S Menges, Chinh H Duong, Joanna K Denton, Lindsey R Madison, Anne B McCoy, Mark A Johnson
We report the vibrational spectra of the hydronium and methyl-ammonium ions captured in the C3v binding pocket of the 18-crown-6 ether ionophore. Although the NH stretching bands of the CH3NH3(+) ion are consistent with harmonic expectations, the OH stretching bands of H3O(+) are surprisingly broad, appearing as a diffuse background absorption with little intensity modulation over 800 cm(-1) with an onset ∼400 cm(-1) below the harmonic prediction. This structure persists even when only a single OH group is present in the HD2O(+) isotopologue, while the OD stretching region displays a regular progression involving a soft mode at about 85 cm(-1) These results are rationalized in a vibrationally adiabatic (VA) model in which the motion of the H3O(+) ion in the crown pocket is strongly coupled with its OH stretches...
June 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560300/striae-gravidarum-risk-factors-prevention-and-management
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B Farahnik, K Park, G Kroumpouzos, J Murase
BACKGROUND: Striae gravidarum (SG) are atrophic linear scars that represent one of the most common connective tissue changes during pregnancy. SG can cause emotional and psychological distress for many women. Research on risk factors, prevention, and management of SG has been often inconclusive. METHODS: We conducted a literature search using textbooks, PubMed, and Medline databases to assess research performed on the risk factors, prevention, and management of SG...
June 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532932/intereye-comparison-of-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery-capsulotomy-and-manual-capsulorhexis-edge%C3%A2-strength
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Thomas Chan, Ushasree Pattamatta, Mark Butlin, Kerrie Meades, Chandra Bala
PURPOSE: To compare the breaking force required to tear the explanted capsule after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in the worse eye and manual cataract surgery in the contralateral eye. SETTING: Personaleyes, Sydney, Australia. DESIGN: Prospective nonrandomized case study. METHOD: Patients with bilateral cataract had femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery with the Lensx laser in the eye with worse vision and manual cataract surgery in the contralateral eye...
April 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530836/nuclear-quantum-effects-in-water-reorientation-and-hydrogen-bond-dynamics
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David M Wilkins, David E Manolopoulos, Silvio Pipolo, Damien Laage, James T Hynes
We combine classical and ring polymer molecular dynamics simulations with the molecular jump model to provide a molecular description of the nuclear quantum effects (NQEs) on water reorientation and hydrogen-bond dynamics in liquid H2O and D2O. We show that while the net NQE is negligible in D2O, it leads to a ∼13% acceleration in H2O dynamics compared to a classical description. Large angular jumps-exchanging hydrogen-bond partners-are the dominant reorientation pathway (just as in a classical description); the faster reorientation dynamics arise from the increased jump rate constant...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527353/mechanical-behavior-of-the-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-assessed-by-biaxial-tests-in-the-rat-xenograft-model
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Louise Marais, Mustapha Zidi
This paper addresses the mechanical biaxial behavior of degraded arteries obtained by the rat xenograft model. For that, a pressure myograph was used to perform extension-inflation tests on abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Furthermore, residual stresses in the aneurismal wall were assessed by opening angle tests. Thus, the changes in mechanical behavior between native murine aortas, decellularized guinea pig aortas (the grafts) and degraded aortas (AAAs) were investigated. It was shown that decellularized and degraded aortas exhibited a different mechanical behavior than native murine aortas...
May 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525483/development-of-a-remodeled-caspar-retractor-and-its-application-in-the-measurement-of-distractive-resistance-in-an-in-vitro-anterior-cervical-distraction-model
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Junxiang Wen, Jianwei Xu, Lijun Li, Mingjie Yang, Jie Pan, Deyu Chen, Lianshun Jia, Jun Tan
STUDY DESIGN: In vitro biomechanical study of the cervical intervertebral distraction using a remodeled Caspar retractor. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the torques required for distraction to different heights in an in vitro C3-C4 anterior cervical distraction model using a remodeled Caspar retractor, focusing on the influence of the intervertebral disk, posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL), and ligamentum flavum (LF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: No previous studies have reported on the torques required for distraction to various heights or the factors resisting distraction in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
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