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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428070/no-production-and-potassium-channels-activation-induced-by-crotalus-durissus-cascavella-underlie-mesenteric-artery-relaxation
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S S Santos, R L C Jesus, L O Simões, W P Vasconcelos, I A Medeiros, R C Veras, L L Casais-E-Silva, D F Silva
Animal toxins are natural resources for pharmacological studies. The venom of Crotalus durissus cascavella (C.d. cascavella) may be a source in the bio-prospecting of new anti-hypertensive agents. The aim of this study was to investigate vascular effects of the venom of C.d. cascavella in normotensive rats. Studies were performed using isolated mesenteric artery segments and aortic endothelial cells. The cumulative administration of the venom of C.d. cascavella (0.001-30 μg/mL) on phenylephrine (Phe; 10 μM) pre-contracted rings induced a concentration-dependent vasorelaxation in the presence of vascular endothelium (Emax = 47...
April 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424075/computational-modeling-of-airway-instability-and-collapse-in-tracheomalacia
#2
Scott J Hollister, Maximilian P Hollister, Sebastian K Hollister
BACKGROUND: Tracheomalacia (TM) is a condition of excessive tracheal collapse during exhalation. Both acquired and congenital forms of TM are believed to result from morphological changes in cartilaginous, fibrous and/or smooth muscle tissues reducing airway mechanical properties to a degree that precipitates collapse. However, neither the specific amount of mechanical property reduction nor the malacic segment lengths leading to life threatening airway collapse in TM are known. Furthermore, the specific mechanism of collapse is still debated...
April 19, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419692/associating-liver-partition-and-portal-vein-ligation-for-staged-hepatectomy-after-pre-operative-chemotherapy
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Florian W R Vondran, Felix Oldhafer, Kristina I Ringe, Thomas C Wirth, Moritz Kleine, Mark D Jäger, Juergen Klempnauer, Hueseyin Bektas
BACKGROUND: Recently a procedure termed 'Associating Liver Partition and Portal vein ligation for Staged hepatectomy' (ALPPS) was developed to increase the resectability of marginally resectable or locally unresectable liver tumours. This study focused on the application of ALPPS in patients with advanced colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) and pre-operative chemotherapy, with the aim to investigate whether the latter still allows for sufficient hypertrophy of the future liver remnant (FLR) following the first step of ALPPS...
April 16, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418539/ophthalmic-manifestations-of-congenital-zika-syndrome-in-colombia-and-venezuela
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Juan B Yepez, Felipe A Murati, Michele Pettito, Carlos F Peñaranda, Jazmin de Yepez, Gladys Maestre, J Fernando Arevalo
Importance: The ocular manifestations and sequelae of Zika virus infection are not well known. Recently, the World Health Organization changed the declaration of Zika as a public health emergency and designated the viral outbreak and related microcephaly clusters as a long-term program of work. This change indicates the urgent need to evaluate and document ophthalmic manifestations in patients for timely management of this disease. In addition, confirmation whether the public health problem in Brazil extends to other regions in South America is needed...
April 13, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413261/sculpting-silica-colloids-by-etching-particles-with-nonuniform-compositions
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Fabian Hagemans, Wessel Vlug, Chiara Raffaelli, Alfons van Blaaderen, Arnout Imhof
We present the synthesis of new shapes of colloidal silica particles by manipulating their chemical composition and subsequent etching. Segments of silica rods, prepared by the ammonia catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) from polyvinylpyrrolidone loaded water droplets, were grown under different conditions. Upon decreasing temperature, delaying ethanol addition, or increasing monomer concentration, the rate of dissolution of the silica segment subsequently formed decreased...
April 11, 2017: Chemistry of Materials: a Publication of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412715/non-centralized-and-functionally-localized-nervous-system-of-ophiuroids-evidence-from-topical-anesthetic-experiments
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Yoshiya Matsuzaka, Eiki Sato, Takeshi Kano, Hitoshi Aonuma, Akio Ishiguro
Ophiuroids locomote along the seafloor by coordinated rhythmic movements of multi-segmented arms. The mechanisms by which such coordinated movements are achieved are a focus of interest from the standpoints of neurobiology and robotics, because ophiuroids appear to lack a central nervous system that could exert centralized control over five arms. To explore the underlying mechanism of arm coordination, we examined the effects of selective anesthesia to various parts of the body of ophiuroids on locomotion. We observed the following: (1) anesthesia of the circumoral nerve ring completely blocked the initiation of locomotion; however, initiation of single arm movement, such as occurs during the retrieval of food, was unaffected, indicating that the inability to initiate locomotion was not due to the spread of the anesthetic agent...
April 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400671/distraction-osteogenesis-using-combined-locking-plate-and-ilizarov-fixator-in-the-treatment-of-bone-defect-a-report-of-2-cases
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John Mukhopadhaya, Manish Raj
Distraction osteogenesis and bone transport has been used to reconstruct bone loss defect by allowing new bone to form in the gap. Plate-guided bone transport has been successfully described in literature to treat bone loss defect in the femur, tibia, and mandible. This study reports two cases of fracture of femur with segmental bone loss treated with locking plate fixation and bone transport with Ilizarov ring fixator. At the time of docking, when the transport segment is compressed with bone fragment, the bone fragment is fixed with additional locking or nonlocking screws through the plate...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393023/mathematical-analysis-of-corneal-remodelling-after-intracorneal-ring-surgery-in-keratoconus
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Elias F Jarade, Elise Slim, Carole Cherfan, Hala El Rami, Toufic Hassan, Elias Chelala
AIM: To represent mathematically the intersection between the ectatic corneal geometry and the plane of intracorneal ring implants (ICRS) in order to determine the corneal response to ICRS surgery in keratoconus (KC). Thereafter, to present the concept and early results of a newly derived topography-guided nomogram for ICRS surgery for the treatment of keratectasia. METHODS: The corneal rings plane intersection was modelled to a conic section. Ring effect was the result of: the ring size, position (steep vs flat), location (distance from the geometric centre of the cornea), and the discrepancy between the ring's curvature and the tunnel's curvature...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382276/prosthetic-grafting-and-arteriovenous-fistula-for-the-surgical-management-of-a-common-femoral-vein-injury-using-a-staged-approach
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Kuk Hui Son, So Young Lee, Jin Mo Kang, Chang Hu Choi, Kook Yang Park, Chul Hyun Park
A 27-year-old female patient was referred due to an edematous left lower extremity. Both saphenous veins had been ablated with an endovenous laser procedure used to treat varicose veins. Venography revealed that the left common femoral vein had been divided and that thrombosis was present at the site of division. No veins were available around the thighs. The patient was treated using a staged procedure. During the first stage, a ringed polytetrafluoroethylene graft was used to repair the common femoral vein, and an arteriovenous fistula was constructed from the femoral artery to the graft using a short segment of cephalic vein to increase graft patency...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374993/removable-backbone-modification-method-for-the-chemical-synthesis-of-membrane-proteins
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Jia-Bin Li, Shan Tang, Ji-Shen Zheng, Chang-Lin Tian, Lei Liu
Chemical synthesis can produce water-soluble globular proteins bearing specifically designed modifications. These synthetic molecules have been used to study the biological functions of proteins and to improve the pharmacological properties of protein drugs. However, the above advances notwithstanding, membrane proteins (MPs), which comprise 20-30% of all proteins in the proteomes of most eukaryotic cells, remain elusive with regard to chemical synthesis. This difficulty stems from the strong hydrophobic character of MPs, which can cause considerable handling issues during ligation, purification, and characterization steps...
April 4, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370213/left-ventricular-basal-inferior-pseudoaneurysm-and-left-atrial-dissection-after-myocardial-infarction-case-report
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Rui Azevedo Guerreiro, Kisa Congo, João Carvalho, João Pais, Diogo Brás, Bruno Piçarra, Agostinho Caeiro, José Aguiar
Left atrial dissection is a rare entity, mostly occurring after mitral valve surgery, with only a few cases described after myocardial infarction. The authors report a case of a 60-year-old man who presented with an inferior myocardial infarction, complicated with pseudoaneurysm of basal segment of left ventricular inferior wall, which expanded through the mitral ring to left atria, causing left atrial free wall dissection. The left ventriculo-atrial communication through the pseudoaneurysm caused major para-mitral regurgitation and the development of acute heart failure...
March 31, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366374/sequential-intrastromal-corneal-ring-segment-and-monofocal-intraocular-lens-implantation-for-keratoconus-and-cataract-long-term-follow-up
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José F Alfonso, Carlos Lisa, Luis Fernández-Vega Cueto, Arancha Poo-López, David Madrid-Costa, Luis Fernández-Vega
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy, safety, predictability, and stability of sequential Ferrara intrastromal corneal ring segment (ICRS) and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in patients with keratoconus and cataract. SETTING: Fernández-Vega Ophthalmological Institute, Oviedo, Spain. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: This study comprised patients with keratoconus and cataract who had ICRS implantation followed 6 months later by IOL implantation...
February 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358950/quantifying-fundus-autofluorescence-in-patients-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Kaspar Schuerch, Russell L Woods, Winston Lee, Tobias Duncker, François C Delori, Rando Allikmets, Stephen H Tsang, Janet R Sparrow
Purpose: Using quantitative fundus autofluorescence (qAF), we analyzed short-wavelength autofluorescent (SW-AF) rings in RP. Methods: Short-wavelength autofluorescent images (486 nm excitation) of 40 patients with RP (69 eyes) were acquired with a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope equipped with an internal fluorescent reference. Mean qAF was measured in eight preset segments (qAF8) and in region of interest (ROI)-qAF (200-700 μm) within and external to the borders of the rings at superior, temporal, and inferior sites relative to the ring...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358216/evaluation-of-the-safety-and-tolerability-of-conjunctival-ring-for-posterior-segment-of-the-eye
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Satoshi Kinoshita, Takeshi Ohguchi, Kousuke Noda, Miyuki Murata, Shin-Ichi Yasueda, Haruka Obata, Toru Matsunaga, Tsutomu Fukushima, Atsuhiro Kanda, Susumu Ishida
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and tolerability of conjunctival rings (CRs), a novel device for drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye. METHODS: In animal studies, CRs containing 5% dexamethasone sodium phosphate (DSP) or vehicle solution were placed on the right and left eyes of C57BL/6J mice, respectively. Contact lenses (CLs) containing vehicle solution were used as a control. Twenty-four hours after placement of the CRs, corneal fluorescein staining was graded based on the McDonald-Shadduck scoring system, ranging from 0 to 4...
March 30, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353664/modeling-and-density-estimation-of-an-urban-freeway-network-based-on-dynamic-graph-hybrid-automata
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Yangzhou Chen, Yuqi Guo, Ying Wang
In this paper, in order to describe complex network systems, we firstly propose a general modeling framework by combining a dynamic graph with hybrid automata and thus name it Dynamic Graph Hybrid Automata (DGHA). Then we apply this framework to model traffic flow over an urban freeway network by embedding the Cell Transmission Model (CTM) into the DGHA. With a modeling procedure, we adopt a dual digraph of road network structure to describe the road topology, use linear hybrid automata to describe multi-modes of dynamic densities in road segments and transform the nonlinear expressions of the transmitted traffic flow between two road segments into piecewise linear functions in terms of multi-mode switchings...
March 29, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341606/safety-and-efficacy-of-sequential-intracorneal-ring-segment-implantation-and-crosslinking-in-pediatric-keratoconus
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Youssef Abdelmassih, Sylvain El-Khoury, Ali Dirani, Rafic Antonios, Ali Fadlallah, Carole G Cherfan, Elias Chelala, Elias F Jarade
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and visual outcome of intracorneal ring segment (ICRS) implantation followed by crosslinking in pediatric keratoconus patients. DESIGN: Retrospective interventional case series METHODS: This retrospective study included pediatric patients (≤14 years) with keratoconus and poor corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) that underwent ICRS implantation and crosslinking (CXL). ICRS were inserted under topical anesthesia after creating a corneal tunnel with an Intralase femtosecond laser...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334577/on-the-achievable-field-sensitivity-of-a-segmented-annular-detector-for-differential-phase-contrast-measurements
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Felix Schwarzhuber, Peter Melzl, Josef Zweck
Differential phase contrast microscopy measures minute deflections of the electron probe due to electric and/or magnetic fields, using a position sensitive device. Although recently, pixelated detectors have become available which also serve as a position sensitive device, the most frequently used detector is a four-segmented annular semiconducting detector ring (or variations thereof), where the difference signals of opposing detector elements represent the components of the deflection vector. This deflection vector can be used directly to quantitatively determine the deflecting field, provided the specimen's thickness is known...
March 4, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333853/multimodal-imaging-in-vortex-vein-varices
#18
Chiara Veronese, Giovanni Staurenghi, Marco Pellegrini, Chiara Maiolo, Laura Primavera, Mariachiara Morara, Grayson W Armstrong, Antonio P Ciardella
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe the clinical presentation of vortex vein varices with multimodal imaging. METHODS: The authors carried out a retrospective case series of eight patients (7 female, 1 male) with an average age of 60.2 years (min 8, max 84, median 68.5) presenting with vortex vein varices. All patients were evaluated at the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy and at Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy...
March 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332088/simple-technique-of-repair-for-barlow-syndrome-with-posterior-resection-and-chordal-transfer-via-minimally-invasive-approach-primary-experience-in-a-consecutive-series-of-22-patients
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H Kamiya, Payam Akhyari, J-P Minol, A C Ites, T Weinreich, S Sixt, P Rellecke, U Boeken, A Albert, A Lichtenberg
OBJECTIVE: Current techniques for mitral valve repair (MVR) in Barlow's disease require high level of surgical expertise due to a complex anatomy. A novel and simple standardized technique that particularly considers the pathological changes of the mitral valve in Barlow's disease has been developed. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2013, 22 patients underwent minimally invasive MVR for Barlow's disease and severe mitral regurgitation (MR). A simple, standardized technique was applied, including resection of P2 segment of posterior mitral leaflet (PML) with preservation of the shortest chordae, transfer of the preserved chordae to A2, and implantation of a semi-rigid open ring...
March 22, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331890/predicting-and-replacing-the-pathological-gleason-grade-with-automated-gland-ring-morphometric-features-from-immunofluorescent-prostate-cancer-images
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Faisal M Khan, Richard Scott, Michael Donovan, Gerardo Fernandez
The Gleason grade is the most common architectural and morphological assessment of prostate cancer severity and prognosis. There have been numerous algorithms developed to approximate and duplicate the Gleason scoring system, mostly developed in standard H&E brightfield microscopy. Immunofluorescence (IF) image analysis of tissue pathology has recently been proven to be robust in developing prognostic assessments of disease, particularly in prostate cancer. We leverage a method of segmenting gland rings in IF images for predicting the pathological Gleason, both the clinical and the image specific grades, which may not necessarily be the same...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
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