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Raquel Marin, Noemí Fabelo, Virginia Martín, Paula Garcia-Esparcia, Isidre Ferrer, David Quinto-Alemany, Mario Díaz
Lipid rafts are highly dynamic membrane microdomains intimately associated with cell signaling. Compelling evidence has demonstrated that alterations in lipid rafts are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer's disease, but at present, whether alterations in lipid raft microdomains occur in other types of dementia such dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) remains unknown. Our analyses reveal that lipid rafts from DLB exhibit aberrant lipid profiles including low levels of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (mainly docosahexaenoic acid), plasmalogens and cholesterol, and reduced unsaturation and peroxidability indexes...
September 6, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Suruchi Garg
CONTEXT: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is finding importance in aesthetic medicine. AIM: The objective of this study was to study efficacy of PRP therapy in follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It is a single-blind, prospective randomised study on 40 FUE hair transplant subjects, allocated in two groups (PRP and non-PRP) alternately. PRP was injected intra-operatively immediately after creating slits over the recipient area in PRP group; and normal saline in non-PRP group...
July 2016: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Takuya Takeichi, Kazumitsu Sugiura, Toshifumi Nomura, Taiko Sakamoto, Yasushi Ogawa, Naoki Oiso, Yuko Futei, Aki Fujisaki, Akiko Koizumi, Yumi Aoyama, Kimiko Nakajima, Yutaka Hatano, Kei Hayashi, Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto, Sakuhei Fujiwara, Shigetoshi Sano, Keiji Iwatsuki, Akira Kawada, Yasushi Suga, Hiroshi Shimizu, John A McGrath, Masashi Akiyama
Importance: We found CARD14 mutations (2 de novo novel mutations and another previously reported mutation) in 3 of 3 patients with pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) type V, but not in patients with PRP of other types. Our findings, combined with the published literature, suggest that type V PRP, both familial and sporadic, can be caused by CARD14 mutations. Detailed clinical observation revealed that all 3 patients displayed unique patchy macular brown hyperpigmentation. Objective: To further determine how often patients with PRP have pathogenic mutations in CARD14 and to elucidate which clinical subtype of PRP is caused by CARD14 mutations...
October 19, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Guillaume Van der Rest, Human Rezaei, Frédéric Halgand
Prion protein is involved in deadly neurodegenerative diseases. Its pathogenicity is linked to its structural conversion (α-helix to β-strand transition). However, recent studies suggest that prion protein can follow a plurality of conversion pathways, which hints towards different conformers that might coexist in solution. To gain insights on the plasticity of the ovine prion protein (PrP) monomer, wild type (A136, R154, Q171), mutants and deletions of ARQ were studied by traveling wave ion mobility experiments coupled to mass spectrometry...
October 18, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Timo Vesikari, Sven Arne Silfverdal, Emilia Jordanov, Emmanuel Feroldi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the immunogenicity and safety of a fully liquid, ready-to-use hexavalent DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP-T vaccine when administered in a 2+1 schedule at 3, 5, 11-12 months of age. METHODS: Phase III, randomized, active-controlled, observer-blind, multi-center study. Infants were randomized to receive DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP-T (N=275) or a licensed control hexavalent vaccine (DTaP-IPV-HB//PRP~T: N=275), both given in co-administration with Prevenar 13™ (PCV13). Serum was analyzed for immune responses to all vaccine antigens...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Hideo Masuki, Toshimitsu Okudera, Taisuke Watanebe, Masashi Suzuki, Kazuhiko Nishiyama, Hajime Okudera, Koh Nakata, Kohya Uematsu, Chen-Yao Su, Tomoyuki Kawase
BACKGROUND: The development of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) drastically simplified the preparation procedure of platelet-concentrated biomaterials, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and facilitated their clinical application. PRF's clinical effectiveness has often been demonstrated in pre-clinical and clinical studies; however, it is still controversial whether growth factors are significantly concentrated in PRF preparations to facilitate wound healing and tissue regeneration. To address this matter, we performed a comparative study of growth factor contents in PRP and its derivatives, such as advanced PRF (A-PRF) and concentrated growth factors (CGF)...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
Mito Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Kawase, Kazuhiro Okuda, Larry F Wolff, Hiromasa Yoshie
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derivative mainly composed of fibrin networks, has been increasingly demonstrated to be effective in wound healing in clinical and pre-clinical animal studies. However, there has still been a concern that major growth factors may significantly be loss from PRF during its preparation through the slow clotting process. To address this concern, we compared the angiogenic potential of PRF and PRP by standardization of procedures based on volume ratios...
December 2015: Int J Implant Dent
A Paganelli, S Ciardo, G Odorici, G Pellacani, A Conti
Pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) is a rare, chronic inflammatory skin disorder characterized by the presence of small follicular hyperkeratotic papules that coalesce into yellow-pink (salmon-colored) patches, usually beginning at the head and neck and often resulting in generalized erythroderma(1) . Other main clinical features are "islands" of sparing within the affected skin, palmoplantar keratoderma, nail dystrophy, oral involvement and eventually ectropion. The age of onset has a peak between 50 and 70 years but a juvenile presentation is not uncommon...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Matthias Schmitz, Maria Cramm, Franc Llorens, Dominik Müller-Cramm, Steven Collins, Ryuichiro Atarashi, Katsuya Satoh, Christina D Orrù, Bradley R Groveman, Saima Zafar, Walter J Schulz-Schaeffer, Byron Caughey, Inga Zerr
The development and adaption of in vitro misfolded protein amplification systems has been a major innovation in the detection of abnormally folded prion protein scrapie (PrP(Sc)) in human brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. Herein, we describe a fast and efficient protein amplification technique, real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC), for the detection of a PrP(Sc) seed in human brain and CSF. In contrast to other in vitro misfolded protein amplification assays-such as protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA)-which are based on sonication, the RT-QuIC technique is based on prion seed-induced misfolding and aggregation of recombinant prion protein substrate, accelerated by alternating cycles of shaking and rest in fluorescence plate readers...
November 2016: Nature Protocols
Christina B Reimer, Tilo Strobach, Torsten Schubert
Both visual attention and response selection are limited in capacity. In the present study, we investigated whether visual attention requires the same bottleneck mechanism as response selection in a dual-task of the Psychological Refractory Period (PRP) paradigm. The dual-task consisted of an auditory two-choice discrimination Task 1 and a conjunction search Task 2, which were presented at variable temporal intervals (stimulus onset asynchrony, SOA). In the conjunction search task, visual attention is required to select the items and to bind the item features resulting in a serial search process...
October 13, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Alana M Thackray, Olivier Andreoletti, Raymond Bujdoso
In pursuit of a tractable bioassay to assess blood prion infectivity we have generated PrP transgenic Drosophila , which show a neurotoxic phenotype in adulthood after exposure to exogenous prions at the larval stage. Here we determined the sensitivity of ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila to ovine prion infectivity by exposure of these flies to a dilution series of scrapie-infected sheep brain homogenate. Ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila showed a significant neurotoxic response to dilutions of 10-2 through to 10-10 of the original scrapie-infected sheep brain homogenate...
October 12, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Carlos Acosta-Olivo, Jorge Elizondo-Rodriguez, Ricardo Lopez-Cavazos, Felix Vilchez-Cavazos, Mario Simental-Mendia, Oscar Mendoza-Lemus
BACKGROUND: Many treatment options for plantar fasciitis currently exist, some with great success in pain relief. The objective of our study was to compare the use of intralesional steroids with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), using pain scales and functional evaluation, in patients with plantar fasciitis who did not respond to conservative treatment. METHODS: A controlled, randomized, blinded clinical assay was performed. Patients were assigned to one of the two groups by selecting a sealed envelope...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Carmen Pizzorni, Alberto Sulli, Vanessa Smith, Barbara Ruaro, Amelia Chiara Trombetta, Maurizio Cutolo, Sabrina Paolino
This study aimed to detect by nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) the presence of age-related capillary morphological patterns in a large cohort of subjects affected by primary Raynaud's phenomenon (PRP). NVC was performed in 877 patients affected by PRP, divided into three age groups: <35, 35-55 and >55 years. The following qualitative parameters were assessed and compared in the three groups of patients: apical dilations, irregular (non-homogeneous) dilations, venous branch dilations, microhaemorrhages, tortuosities and subpapillary venous plexus visibility...
October 8, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Gary W Moore, James C Maloney, Robert A Archer, Kerri L Brown, Katarzyna Mayger, Elaine S Bromidge, Mitra F Najafi
BACKGROUND: Autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is gaining increasing use as a wound healing promoter in a variety of clinical settings, including dentistry. Fresh PRP is often used, necessitating daily draws. The present study investigates the possibility of using stored PRP without having to freeze it by storing PRP under variable conditions and assessing growth factor release as a surrogate marker of continued viability. METHODS: Freshly drawn PRP was stored in oxygen permeable and non-oxygen permeable containers under conditions of constant agitation with or without added prostaglandin, intermittent agitation and no agitation, over an 8-day period...
October 8, 2016: British Journal of Biomedical Science
Susanne Niedermeyer, Martin Eiden, Pavlos Toumazos, Penelope Papasavva-Stylianou, Ioannis Ioannou, Theodoros Sklaviadis, Cynthia Panagiotidis, Jan Langeveld, Alex Bossers, Thorsten Kuczius, Martin Kaatz, Martin H Groschup, Christine Fast
Scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE's) affecting sheep and goats. Susceptibility of goats to scrapie is influenced by polymorphisms of the prion protein gene (PRNP) of the host. Five polymorphisms are associated with reduced susceptibility to TSE's. In the study presented here caprine samples from a scrapie eradication program on Cyprus were genotyped and further characterized using BioRad TeSeE rapid test, histological, immunohistochemical and biochemical methods...
October 6, 2016: Veterinary Research
Gülizar Demirok, Mehmet Fatih Kocamaz, Yasemin Topalak, Yeşim Altay, Burcu Tabakci, Ahmet Şengün
PURPOSE: To evaluate the changes in the macular ganglion cell complex (GCC) thickness and central macular thickness (CMT) as measured by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) post-argon laser panretinal photocoagulation (PRP). METHODS: The medical records of 25 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) who underwent PRP, 29 patients with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), and 29 patients with diabetes but without diabetic retinopathy (DR) were analyzed...
August 10, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Peter Rubak, Steen D Kristensen, Anne-Mette Hvas
Immature platelets may contain more platelet enzymes such as cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 than mature platelets. Patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) have a higher fraction of immature platelets and can therefore be utilized as a biological model for investigating COX-1 and COX-2 platelet expression. The aims were to develop flow cytometric assays for platelet COX-1 and COX-2 and to investigate the COX-1 and COX-2 platelet expression, platelet turnover, and platelet glycoproteins in ITP patients (n = 10) compared with healthy individuals (n = 30)...
October 7, 2016: Platelets
Peter A Starreveld, Wido La Heij
The picture-word interference (PWI) paradigm and the Stroop color-word interference task are often assumed to reflect the same underlying processes. On the basis of a PRP study, Dell'Acqua et al. (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14: 717-722, 2007) argued that this assumption is incorrect. In this article, we first discuss the definitions of Stroop- and picture-word interference. Next, we argue that both effects consist of at least four components that correspond to four characteristics of the distractor word: (1) response-set membership, (2) task relevance, (3) semantic relatedness, and (4) lexicality...
October 6, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Stefanie Hackl, Alanca Schmid, Christian F W Becker
The site-selective installation of lipid modifications on proteins is critically important in our understanding of how membrane association influences the biophysical properties of proteins as well as to study certain proteins in their native environment. Here, we describe the use of split inteins for the C-terminal attachment of lipid-modified peptides to virtually any protein of interest (POI) via protein trans-splicing (PTS). To achieve this, the protein of interest is expressed in fusion with the N-terminal split intein segment and the C-terminal split intein segment is prepared by solid phase peptide synthesis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Mubin Hosnuter, Cem Aslan, Daghan Isik, Gorkem Caliskan, Banu Arslan, Mustafa Durgun
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is increasingly being used in the treatment of chronic wounds, pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, and in cosmetic medicine; however, the preparation of platelet-rich plasma is both time-consuming and requires invasive intervention. Additional costs are introduced if special equipment is used during preparation. The aim of the present study is to test whether autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) preserves the feature of growth factor release when stored at -20 °C after preparation...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
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