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Luciano Rogério Braatz de Andrade, Roberto Fritsche Neto, Ítalo Stefanine Correia Granato, Gustavo César Sant'Ana, Pedro Patric Pinho Morais, Aluízio Borém
A few breeding companies dominate the maize (Zea mays L.) hybrid market in Brazil: Monsanto® (35%), DuPont Pioneer® (30%), Dow Agrosciences® (15%), Syngenta® (10%) and Helix Sementes (4%). Therefore, it is important to monitor the genetic diversity in commercial germplasms as breeding practices, registration and marketing of new cultivars can lead to a significant reduction of the genetic diversity. Reduced genetic variation may lead to crop vulnerabilities, food insecurity and limited genetic gains following selection...
2016: PloS One
Riccardo Gottardi, Uwe Hansen, Roberto Raiteri, Marko Loparic, Marcel Düggelin, Daniel Mathys, Niklaus F Friederich, Peter Bruckner, Martin Stolz
Cartilage matrix is a composite of discrete, but interacting suprastructures, i.e. cartilage fibers with microfibrillar or network-like aggregates and penetrating extrafibrillar proteoglycan matrix. The biomechanical function of the proteoglycan matrix and the collagen fibers are to absorb compressive and tensional loads, respectively. Here, we are focusing on the suprastructural organization of collagen fibrils and the degradation process of their hierarchical organized fiber architecture studied at high resolution at the authentic location within cartilage...
2016: PloS One
Lital Meir-Gruber, Yossi Manor, Shiraz Gefen-Halevi, Musa Y Hindiyeh, Fernando Mileguir, Roberto Azar, Gill Smollan, Natasha Belausov, Galia Rahav, Ari Shamiss, Ella Mendelson, Nathan Keller
The presence of pan-resistant bacteria worldwide possesses a threat to global health. It is difficult to evaluate the extent of carriage of resistant bacteria in the population. Sewage sampling is a possible way to monitor populations. We evaluated the presence of pan-resistant bacteria in Israeli sewage collected from all over Israel, by modifying the pour plate method for heterotrophic plate count technique using commercial selective agar plates. This method enables convenient and fast sewage sampling and detection...
2016: PloS One
Brett E Fortune, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Maria Ciarleglio, Yanhong Deng, Michael B Fallon, Samuel Sigal, Naga P Chalasani, Joseph K Lim, Adrian Reuben, Hugo E Vargas, Gary Abrams, Michele D Lewis, Tarek Hassanein, James F Trotter, Arun J Sanyal, Kimberly L Beavers, Daniel Ganger, Paul J Thuluvath, Norman D Grace, Roberto J Groszmann
GOALS/BACKGROUND: Data on acute variceal hemorrhage (AVH) in the United States is limited and the best method to stratify risk is not clear. Taking advantage of a prospective US cohort study, we aimed to (1) describe clinical outcomes of AVH and their predictors; (2) compare predictors of 6-week mortality. STUDY: Prospective 15-center US cohort of patients with cirrhosis presenting with endoscopically proven AVH, all of whom received antibiotics, vapreotide (a somatostain analog) infusion and endoscopic band ligation...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Simona Sobrero, Eva Pagano, Elisa Piovano, Lorenzo Bono, Manuela Ceccarelli, Anna Ferrero, Chiara Macchi, Marinella Mistrangelo, Silvia Patriarca, Elisa Tripodi, Roberto Zanetti, Oscar Bertetto, Giovannino Ciccone, Paolo Zola
BACKGROUND: In the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont, current statistics on hospitalizations show that surgical treatment for ovarian cancer (OC) is taking place in many small hospitals, as opposed to a more centralized approach. A population-based clinical audit was promoted to investigate whether OC is being managed according to clinical guidelines, identify determinants of lack of adherence to guidelines, and evaluate the association between adherence to guidelines and survival...
November 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Nicolas Roberto Robles, Carlos Calvo, Javier Sobrino, Eugenia Espinel, Rafael Esteban, Lourdes Mateos, Juan F Macias
OBJECTIVE: The RED LEVEL study (REnal Disease: LErcanidipine Valuable Effect on urine protein Losses) directly compares, in an explorative fashion, the effects of lercanidipine + enalapril and amlodipine + enalapril combinations on renal parameters in hypertensive subjects. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a 1 year, prospective, multi-center, randomized, open-label, blinded-endpoint (PROBE) study in hypertensive patients with albuminuria. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Renal function (albuminuria, serum creatinine, creatinine clearance, estimated glomerular filtration rate and proteinuria); blood pressure...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Stefania Oliva, Manuela Gambella, Milena Gilestro, Vittorio Emanuele Muccio, Francesca Gay, Daniela Drandi, Simone Ferrero, Roberto Passera, Chiara Pautasso, Annalisa Bernardini, Mariella Genuardi, Francesca Patriarca, Elona Saraci, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Norbert Pescosta, Anna Marina Liberati, Tommaso Caravita, Concetta Conticello, Alberto Rocci, Pellegrino Musto, Mario Boccadoro, Antonio Palumbo, Paola Omedè
We analyzed 50 patients who achieved at least a very good partial response in the RV-MM-EMN-441 study. Patients received consolidation with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) or cyclophosphamide-lenalidomide-dexamethasone (CRD), followed by Lenalidomide-based maintenance. We assessed minimal residual disease (MRD) by multi-parameter flow cytometry (MFC) and allelic-specific oligonucleotide real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (ASO-RQ-PCR) after consolidation, after 3 and 6 courses of maintenance, and thereafter every 6 months until progression...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Paulo Renato Marcelo Moscardi, Roberto Iglesias Lopes, Marcos Figueiredo Mello, Cristovao Machado Barbosa, Bruno Nicolino Cezarino, Lorena Marçalo Oliveira, Francisco Tibor Dénes, Miguel Srougi
INTRODUCTION: Horseshoe kidney occurs in 1 per 400-800 live births and are more frequently observed in males (M:F 2:1). Ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) is commonly associated with horseshoe kidneys. The variable blood supply, presence of the isthmus and high insertion of the ureter contribute to this problem. CASE REPORT: An asymptomatic 6 year-old boy presented with antenatal hydronephrosis. Ultrasonography and CT scan demonstrated left UPJO associated with a horseshoe kidney...
October 20, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Stefano Corbella, Roberto Weinstein, Luca Francetti, Silvio Taschieri, Massimo Del Fabbro
The aim of the present study was to systematically review the existing literature on periodontal regenerative procedures in individuals affected by aggressive periodontitis (AgP). An electronic and manual search was performed using an ad hoc prepared search string. All types of study designs were considered acceptable for inclusion. Data about treated patients, baseline clinical parameters, type of surgery, and outcomes were extracted and recorded. A narrative evaluation of the results was performed. After the article-selection process, a total of 22 full-texts were included in the qualitative synthesis...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
Massimo Cossu, Veronica Pelliccia, Francesca Gozzo, Giuseppe Casaceli, Stefano Francione, Lino Nobili, Roberto Mai, Laura Castana, Ivana Sartori, Francesco Cardinale, Giorgio Lo Russo, Laura Tassi
OBJECTIVE: The role of resective surgery in the treatment of polymicrogyria (PMG)-related focal epilepsy is uncertain. Our aim was to retrospectively evaluate the seizure outcome in a consecutive series of patients with PMG-related epilepsy who received, or did not receive, surgical treatment, and to outline the clinical characteristics of patients who underwent surgery. METHODS: We evaluated 64 patients with epilepsy associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-documented PMG...
October 25, 2016: Epilepsia
Rosa Maria Paragliola, Salvatore Maria Corsello, Roberto Salvatori
INTRODUCTION: Somatostatin (SST) receptor ligands (SRL), in particular those of first generation (Octreotide and Lanreotide), are widely used in medical treatment of acromegaly, but they assure biochemical control of disease (and the possibility of an improvement of clinical symptoms and tumor shrinkage), only in a subset of patients. DISCUSSION: The mechanisms underlying the so called "SRL resistance" are various and involve in particular SST receptor expression and molecular pathways of signal transduction...
October 24, 2016: Pituitary
Alberto Arezzo, Roberto Passera, Alberto Bullano, Yoav Mintz, Asaf Kedar, Luigi Boni, Elisa Cassinotti, Riccardo Rosati, Uberto Fumagalli Romario, Mario Sorrentino, Marco Brizzolari, Nicola Di Lorenzo, Achille Lucio Gaspari, Dario Andreone, Elena De Stefani, Giuseppe Navarra, Salvatore Lazzara, Maurizio Degiuli, Kirill Shishin, Igor Khatkov, Ivan Kazakov, Rudolf Schrittwieser, Thomas Carus, Alessio Corradi, Guenther Sitzman, Antonio Lacy, Selman Uranues, Amir Szold, Mario Morino
BACKGROUND: Single-port laparoscopic surgery as an alternative to conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy for benign disease has not yet been accepted as a standard procedure. The aim of the multi-port versus single-port cholecystectomy trial was to compare morbidity rates after single-access (SPC) and standard laparoscopy (MPC). METHODS: This non-inferiority phase 3 trial was conducted at 20 hospital surgical departments in six countries. At each centre, patients were randomly assigned to undergo either SPC or MPC...
October 24, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Federica Agosta, Roberto Gatti, Elisabetta Sarasso, Maria Antonietta Volonté, Elisa Canu, Alessandro Meani, Lidia Sarro, Massimiliano Copetti, Erik Cattrysse, Eric Kerckhofs, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Massimo Filippi
Gait disorders represent a therapeutic challenge in Parkinson's disease (PD). This study investigated the efficacy of 4-week action observation training (AOT) on disease severity, freezing of gait and motor abilities in PD, and evaluated treatment-related brain functional changes. 25 PD patients with freezing of gait were randomized into two groups: AOT (action observation combined with practicing the observed actions) and "Landscape" (same physical training combined with landscape-videos observation). At baseline and 4-week, patients underwent clinical evaluation and fMRI...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Roberto Burro
BACKGROUND: Several scientific psychologists consider the approach for the study of perceptive problems of the Experimental Phenomenology is problematic, namely that the phenomenological demonstrations are subjectively based and they do not produce quantifiable results. AIM: The aim of this study is to show that Experimental Phenomenology can lead to conclusions objective and quantifiable and propose a procedure allowing to obtain objective measuring using the Rasch mathematical model able to describe the experimental data gathered in Experimental Phenomenology procedures...
2016: SpringerPlus
Pengjun Xu, Roberto Feuda, Bin Lu, Haijun Xiao, Robert I Graham, Kongming Wu
BACKGROUND: Retrotransposed genes are different to other types of genes as they originate from a processed mRNA and are then inserted back into the genome. For a long time, the contribution of this mechanism to the origin of new genes, and hence to the evolutionary process, has been questioned as retrogenes usually lose their regulatory sequences upon insertion and generally decay into pseudogenes. In recent years, there is growing evidence, notably in mammals, that retrotransposition is an important process driving the origin of new genes, but the evidence in insects remains largely restricted to a few model species...
2016: Mobile DNA
Ursula David Alves, Agnaldo José Lopes, Maria Christina Paixão Maioli, Andrea Ribeiro Soares, Pedro Lopes de Melo, Roberto Mogami
OBJECTIVE: To describe and quantify the main changes seen on computed tomography of the chest in mildly symptomatic adult patients with sickle cell disease, as well as to evaluate the radiologist accuracy in determining the type of hemoglobinopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study involving 44 adult patients with sickle cell disease who underwent inspiration and expiration computed tomography of the chest. The frequency of tomography findings and the extent of involvement are reported...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Roberto Mogami, Telma Goldenberg, Patricia Gomes Cytrangulo de Marca, Fernanda Carvalho de Queiroz Mello, Agnaldo José Lopes
OBJECTIVE: To describe the main tomography findings in patients diagnosed with pulmonary infection caused by Mycobacterium kansasii. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study of computed tomography scans of 19 patients with pulmonary infection by M. kansasii. RESULTS: Of the 19 patients evaluated, 10 (52.6%) were male and 9 (47.4%) were female. The mean age of the patients was 58 years (range, 33-76 years). Computed tomography findings were as follows: architectural distortion, in 17 patients (89...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Joham Choque-Velasquez, Roberto Colasanti, George Fotakopoulos, Humberto Elera-Florez, Juha Hernesniemi
BACKGROUND: Multiple intracranial aneurysms treatment is particularly demanding, even more in a developing country where the access to specialized centers may be prevented by different factors. CASE DESCRIPTION: Herein, we report a challenging case regarding the single-stage surgical treatment of seven cerebral aneurysms in a 58-year-old woman from the northern Peruvian Andes. All the aneurysm were successfully and safely clipped through two lateral supraorbital craniotomies...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Kalpit Devani, Nirav Patil, Carlos Roberto Simons-Linares, Nilay Patel, Palashkumar Jaiswal, Pranav Patel, Samir Patel, Chirag Savani, Kamlesh Sajnani, Mark Young, Chakradhar Reddy
INTRODUCTION: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients with colon cancer. We assessed nationwide population-based trends in rates of hospitalization and mortality from VTE among patients with colon cancer to determine its impact. METHODS: We queried the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database entries from 2003 to 2011 to identify patients with colon cancer. Bivariate group comparisons between hospitalized patients with colon cancer with VTE to those without VTE were made...
September 20, 2016: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Roberto Sanz-Requena, Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Rosario Pérez-Martínez, Gracián García-Martí
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is to establish normality and tumor tissue ranges for perfusion parameters from dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MR of the peripheral prostate at 3T and to compare the diagnostic performance of quantitative and semi-quantitative parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients with prostate carcinomas (18 Gleason-6, 15 Gleason-7, and 3 Gleason-8) and 33 healthy subjects were included. Image analysis workflow comprised four steps: manual segmentation of whole prostate and lesions, series registration, voxelwise T1 mapping and calculation of pharmacokinetic and semi-quantitative parameters...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
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