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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632845/iris-malformation-and-anterior-segment-dysgenesis-in-mice-and-humans-with-a-mutation-in-pi-3-kinase
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Marie H Solheim, Allen C Clermont, Jonathon N Winnay, Erlend Hallstensen, Anders Molven, Pål R Njølstad, Eyvind Rødahl, C Ronald Kahn
Purpose: To determine the ocular consequences of a dominant-negative mutation in the p85α subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PIK3R1) using a knock-in mouse model of SHORT syndrome, a syndrome associated with short stature, lipodystrophy, diabetes, and Rieger anomaly in humans. Methods: We investigated knock-in mice heterozygous for the SHORT syndrome mutation changing arginine 649 to tryptophan in p85α (PIK3R1) using physical examination, optical coherence tomography (OCT), tonometry, and histopathologic sections from paraffin-embedded eyes, and compared the findings to similar investigations in two human subjects with SHORT syndrome heterozygous for the same mutation...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623470/reconstruction-of-aaos-type-iii-and-iv-acetabular-defects-with-the-ganz-reinforcement-ring-high-failure-in-pelvic-discontinuity
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Cynthia Hourscht, Mohammad K Abdelnasser, Sufian S Ahmad, Lukas Kraler, Marius J Keel, Klaus A Siebenrock, Frank M Klenke
BACKGROUND: Large acetabular defects and pelvic discontinuity represent complex problems in revision total hip arthroplasty. This study aimed to investigate whether reconstruction with the Ganz reinforcement ring would provide durable function in large acetabular defects. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 46 hips (45 patients, 19 male, 26 female, mean age 68 years) with AAOS type III and IV defects undergoing acetabular revision with the Ganz reinforcement ring were evaluated at a mean follow-up of 74 months (24-161 months)...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619543/circumferential-three-dimensional-printed-tracheal-grafts-research-model-feasibility-and-early-results
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Faiz Y Bhora, Erik E Lewis, Sadiq S Rehmani, Adil Ayub, Wissam Raad, Adnan M Al-Ayoubi, Robert S Lebovics
BACKGROUND: Methods for tracheal graft research have presented persistent challenges to investigators, and three-dimensional (3D)-printed biosynthetic grafts offer one potential development platform. We aimed to develop an efficient research platform for customizable circumferential 3D-printed tracheal grafts and evaluate feasibility and early structural integrity with a large-animal model. METHODS: Virtual 3D models of porcine subject tracheas were generated using preoperative computed tomography scans...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611586/the-distribution-of-charged-amino-acid-residues-and-the-ca-2-permeability-of-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-a-predictive-model
#4
Sergio Fucile
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are cation-selective ligand-gated ion channels exhibiting variable Ca(2+) permeability depending on their subunit composition. The Ca(2+) permeability is a crucial functional parameter to understand the physiological role of nAChRs, in particular considering their ability to modulate Ca(2+)-dependent processes such as neurotransmitter release. The rings of extracellular and intracellular charged amino acid residues adjacent to the pore-lining TM2 transmembrane segment have been shown to play a key role in the cation selectivity of these receptor channels, but to date a quantitative relationship between these structural determinants and the Ca(2+) permeability of nAChRs is lacking...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608030/intracorneal-ring-segment-depth-in-keratoconus-patients-a-long-term-follow-up-study
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Saied Shahhoseini, Hassan Hashemi, Soheila Asgari
PURPOSE: To compare the actual depth of the tunnel created with femtosecond laser for intracorneal ring segment (ICRS) implantation with the target depth in keratoconus patients. METHODS: In this mix design study, eligible keratoconus patients were identified through chart review. The inclusion criterion was a history of ICRS implantation with femtosecond laser more than 6 months prior to enrollment. Participants underwent anterior segment optical coherence tomography using Spectralis (Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany) for depth measurement defined as the distance from the anterior corneal surface to anterior rim of the ring...
June 12, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607613/complex-fractionated-atrial-electrograms-high-dominant-frequency-regions-and-left-atrial-voltages-during-sinus-rhythm-and-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Naoko Sasaki, Ichiro Watanabe, Yasuo Okumura, Koichi Nagashima, Rikitake Kogawa, Kazumasa Sonoda, Kazuki Iso, Keiko Takahashi, Masaru Arai, Ryuta Watanabe, Sayaka Kurokawa, Kimie Ohkubo, Toshiko Nakai, Atsushi Hirayama, Mizuki Nikaido
BACKGROUND: Ablation targeting complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) or high dominant frequency (DF) sites is generally effective for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). CFAEs and/or high DF sites may exist in low-voltage regions, which theoretically represent abnormal substrates. However, whether CFAEs or high DF sites reflect low voltage substrates during sinus rhythm (SR) is unknown. METHODS: Sixteen patients with AF (8 with paroxysmal AF; 8, persistent AF) underwent high-density mapping of the left atrium (LA) with a 3-dimensional electroanatomic mapping system before ablation...
June 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604983/visual-outcomes-of-the-second-eye-in-keratoconic-patients-who-have-a-corneal-graft-in-the-first-eye-analysis-at-12-years
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Anne-Sophie Gauthier, Marie Friot, Marc Puyraveau, Thibaud Garcin, Maher Saleh, Phillipe Gain, Bernard Delbosc
PURPOSE: To analyze demographic, clinical, and keratometric outcomes of the second eye in keratoconic patients when the first eye has already been grafted, initially and finally at 12 years. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of initial and 12 years visual and keratometric outcomes of the second eye in keratoconic patients when the first one has already been grafted. RESULTS: A total of 107 patients were included: 66 patients were analyzed at the beginning of the follow-up and at 12 years...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602088/extension-of-the-saft-vr-mie-eos-to-model-homonuclear-rings-and-its-parameterization-based-on-the-principle-of-corresponding-states
#8
Erich A Muller, Andrés Mejía
The statistical associating fluid theory of variable range employing a Mie potential (SAFT-VR-Mie) proposed by Lafitte et al. [J. Chem Phys. 2013, 139, 154504] is one of the latest versions of the SAFT family. This particular version has been shown to have a remarkable capability to connect experimental determinations, theoretical calculations and molecular simulations results. However, the theoretical development restricts the model to chains of beads connected in a linear fashion. In this work, the capabilities of the SAFT-VR Mie equation of state for modeling phase equilibria are extended for the case of planar ring compounds...
June 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576632/the-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-triazolopyrimidines-as-anti-tubercular-agents
#9
Edison S Zuniga, Aaron Korkegian, Steven Mullen, Erik J Hembre, Paul L Ornstein, Guillermo Cortez, Kallolmay Biswas, Naresh Kumar, Jeffrey Cramer, Thierry Masquelin, Philip A Hipskind, Joshua Odingo, Tanya Parish
We identified a di-substituted triazolopyrimidine with anti-tubercular activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Three segments of the scaffold were examined rationally to establish a structure-activity relationship with the goal of improving potency and maintaining good physicochemical properties. A number of compounds displayed sub-micromolar activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis with no cytotoxicity against eukaryotic cells. Non-substituted aromatic rings at C5 and a two-carbon chain connecting a terminal aromatic at C7 were preferred features; the presence of NH at C7 and a lack of substituent at C2 were essential for potency...
May 19, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576020/polymeric-micelles-self-assembled-from-amphiphilic-polymers-with-twin-disulfides-used-as-sirna-carriers-to-enhance-the-transfection
#10
Can Yang Zhang, Shiyuan Peng, Bin Zhao, Wenji Luo, Lijuan Zhang
The sequence-defined polycationic polymers with or without Cys-Arg-Cys motifs conjugated with targeting and shielding segments were synthesized as siRNA carriers via native chemical ligation (NCL) reaction. After purification, the structures and physicochemical characteristics were determined by a variety of experimental techniques. The particle size of siRNA/CRC-polymer polyplex was much smaller than that of polyplex without CRC motifs. The buffer capacity and siRNA binding ability of CRC motifs modified polymers were significantly improved, resulting from the twin disulfides and hexatomic ring formulation...
September 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573989/evaluation-of-kayser-fleischer-ring-in-wilson-disease-by-anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography
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Mittanamalli S Sridhar, Advithi Rangaraju, Kavitha Anbarasu, Sharat Putta Reddy, Sachin Daga, Sita Jayalakshmi, Bajibhi Shaik
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to present anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) as an alternative method of evaluating Kayser-Fleischer (KF) ring in Wilson disease (WD) not only by ophthalmologists but also by other clinicians dealing with WD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective case series of six WD patients with KF ring. Evaluation of KF ring was done by naked eye examination using torch light, slit lamp biomicroscopy (SL), and AS-OCT...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559482/a-screen-for-rfah-suppressors-reveals-a-key-role-for-a-connector-region-of-termination-factor-rho
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Kuang Hu, Irina Artsimovitch
RfaH activates horizontally acquired operons that encode lipopolysaccharide core components, pili, toxins, and capsules. Unlike its paralog NusG, which potentiates Rho-mediated silencing, RfaH strongly inhibits Rho. RfaH is recruited to its target operons via a network of contacts with an elongating RNA polymerase (RNAP) and a specific DNA element called ops to modify RNAP into a pause- and NusG-resistant state. rfaH null mutations confer hypersensitivity to antibiotics and detergents, altered susceptibility to bacteriophages, and defects in virulence...
May 30, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540007/anterior-chamber-depth-change-following-cataract-surgery-in-pseudoexfoliation-syndrome-a-preliminary-study
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Mohammad Reza Fallah Tafti, Hossein Abdollah Beiki, S Farzad Mohammadi, Golshan Latifi, Elham Ashrafi, Zahra Fallah Tafti
PURPOSE: To assess the pseudophakic anterior chamber depth (PP-ACD) or effective lens position (ELP) change after cataract surgery in patients with pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX). METHODS: Consecutive eyes with PEX and cataract underwent standard phacoemulsification and were implanted with single-piece acrylic posterior chamber intraocular lenses (IOLs). Eyes with severe PEX and with axial length (AL) greater than 24 mm or less than 22 mm were not included. Eyes with capsular complication or unstable bags that needed capsular tension ring insertion were excluded...
April 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539820/bifidobacterium-pseudocatenulatum-cect-7765-supplementation-restores-altered-vascular-function-in-an-experimental-model-of-obese-mice
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María D Mauricio, Eva Serna, María Leonor Fernández-Murga, Jesica Portero, Martín Aldasoro, Soraya L Valles, Yolanda Sanz, José M Vila
Aims.Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 improves metabolic and immunological altered functions in high fat fed mice, however little is known about the effects of potential probiotics on vascular reactivity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of a potential probiotic strain, Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765, on vascular response in obese mice. Methods. Aorta samples were obtained from mice, which were divided into three groups: a control group, receiving a standard diet; an obese group, receiving a high-fat diet; and an obese group receiving high-fat diet and a daily dose of B...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524376/fluorinated-peg-polypeptide-polyplex-micelles-have-good-serum-resistance-and-low-cytotoxicity-for-gene-delivery
#15
Ting Wu, Longhai Wang, Shenggang Ding, Yezi You
A novel PEGylation polypeptide, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-cysteine) (PEG-PLL-PCys) triblock copolymer is synthesized via the sequential ring-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides initiated by methoxypolyethylene glycol amine (mPEG-NH2 , Mw is 2 kDa). Subsequently, the obtained polypeptide is partially conjugated with fluorocarbon chains via disulfide exchange reaction. PLL segment can condense plasmid DNA through an electrostatic force to form a complex core, PEG segment surrounding the complex like a corona can prevent the complex from precipitation and reduce the adsorption of serum, while PCys segment with fluorocarbon can enhance the cellular uptake and the stability of the formed polyplex micelles in physiological conditions...
May 19, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499865/implication-of-altered-autonomic-control-for-orthostatic-tolerance-in-sci
#16
REVIEW
Jill Maria Wecht, William A Bauman
Neural output from the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) are integrated to appropriately control cardiovascular responses during routine activities of daily living including orthostatic positioning. Sympathetic control of the upper extremity vasculature and the heart arises from the thoracic cord between T1 and T5, whereas splanchnic bed and lower extremity vasculature receive sympathetic neural input from the lower cord between segments T5 and L2. Although the vasculature is not directly innervated by the parasympathetic nervous system, the SA node is innervated by post-ganglionic vagal nerve fibers via cranial nerve X...
May 3, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495542/endothelial-function-is-preserved-in-veins-harvested-by-either-endoscopic-or-surgical-techniques
#17
Adam R Wheeler, Daniel E Kendrick, Matt T Allemang, Andre F Gosling, Ann H Kim, Alfred Hausladen, Vikram S Kashyap
OBJECTIVES: Endoscopic vein harvest for lower extremity arterial bypass grafting has been questioned due to concern for endothelial damage during procurement. We sought to compare Nitric Oxide (NO)-mediated endothelial dependent relaxation (EDR) in vein segments harvested using open surgical (OH) versus endoscopic (EH) techniques. METHODS: Saphenous vein segments were harvested for lower extremity bypass, and a single, minimally handled section of saphenous vein, free of branches, was taken from the end of the graft...
May 8, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485593/structural-studies-of-hydrographenes
#18
Elena Vishnyakova, Gaowei Chen, Bruce E Brinson, Lawrence B Alemany, W Edward Billups
As a result of the unique physical and electrical properties, graphene continues to attract the interest of a large segment of the scientific community. Since graphene does not occur naturally, the ability to exfoliate and isolate individual layers of graphene from graphite is an important and challenging process. The interlayer cohesive energy of graphite that results from van der Waals attractions has been determined experimentally to be 61 meV per carbon atom (61 meV/C atom). This requires the development of a method to overcome the strong attractive forces associated with graphite...
May 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485078/tubular-open-porous-%C3%AE-tcp-plcl-scaffolds-as-guiding-structure-for-segmental-bone-defect-regeneration-in-a-novel-sheep-model
#19
Anne-Marie Pobloth, Hanna Schell, Ansgar Petersen, Katleen Beierlein, Christian Kleber, Katharina Schmidt-Bleek, Georg N Duda
Large segmental bone defect reconstruction with sufficient functional restoration is one of the most demanding challenges in orthopedic surgery. Available regenerative treatment options, as the vascularized bone graft transfer, the Masquelet technique or the Ilizarov distraction osteogenesis, are associated with specific indications and distinct limitations. As an alternative, a hollow cylindrical ceramic-polymer composite scaffold (beta-tricalcium phosphate and poly-lactid co-ε- caprolactone), facilitating a strong surface guiding effect for tissue ingrowth (group 1; n = 6) was investigated here...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482519/synthesis-of-star-like-hybrid-poss-pdmaema-b-pdla-8-copolymer-and-its-stereocomplex-properties-with-plla
#20
Xiaoshan Fan, Mengya Cao, Xing Zhang, Zibiao Li
Although poly(lactide) (PLA), when used as biomaterials, possesses many good properties, its high hydrophobicity and slow degradation may hinder its applications. In this work, a novel star-like oligomeric silsesquioxane-(poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(d-lactide))8 (POSS-(PDMAEMA-b-PDLA)8) was first synthesized through a three-step procedure that involves Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization of DMAEMA initiated by the macroinitiator POSS-8-CTA, and then conversion of the trithiocarbonated end groups on PDMAEMA arms into hydroxyl groups by a combination of aminolysis and Michael addition followed by controlled ring-opening polymerization of D-LA...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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