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Jennifer C Pontré, John P Ryan, Andy Tan, Roger J Hart
BACKGROUND: Recurrent implantation failure (RIF) is repeated unsuccessful embryo transfers (ETs). AIMS: To identify predictive embryonic markers of implantation in RIF, following pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) of cleavage stage embryos, after accounting for male and female factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of RIF patients undergoing PGS after correction of modifiable causes. RESULTS: Eighty-four patients underwent 140 in vitro ferilisation cycles...
March 18, 2018: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Adam R Chin, Jin Gao, Yadong Wang, Juan M Taboas, Alejandro J Almarza
PURPOSE: Biodegradable polymeric scaffolds have been used for tissue engineering approaches and can be used to regenerate temporomandibular joint (TMJ) tissues. Synthetic acellular polymeric poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) scaffolds and natural scaffolds made from gelatin are polymeric scaffold sponges that could provide a substrate for cell infiltration and remodeling. The authors studied the regenerative potential of these 2 scaffolds in addition to a bioactive signal, magnesium (Mg), in a novel fibrocartilage defect model in the goat mandibular condylar cartilage (MCC)...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes, Irlan Almeida Freires, Richard Besingi, Sangeetha Purushotham, Champion Deivanayagam, L Jeannine Brady, Jacqueline Abranches, José A Lemos
Protein glycosylation has been described as the most abundant and complex post-translational modification occurring in nature. Recent studies have enhanced our view of how this modification occurs in bacteria highlighting the role of protein glycosylation in various processes such as biofilm formation, virulence and host-microbe interactions. We recently showed that the collagen- and laminin-binding adhesin Cnm of the dental pathogen Streptococcus mutans is post-translationally modified by the PgfS glycosyltransferase...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Zihao Wang, Yifan Ma, YanXiang Wang, Yutong Liu, Kai Chen, Zihan Wu, Shuang Yu, Yuan Yuan, Changsheng Liu
Poly (glycerol sebacate) (PGS), a tough elastomer, has been widely explored in tissue engineering due to the desirable mechanical properties and biocompatibility. However, the complex curing procedure (high temperature and vacuum) and limited hydrophilicity (∼90° of wetting angle) greatly impede its functionalities. To address these challenges, a urethane-based low-temperature setting, PEGylated PGS bioelastomer was developed with and without solvent. By simultaneously tailoring PEG and hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) contents, the elastomers X-P-mUs (X referred to the PEG content and m referred to HDI content) with a broad ranging mechanical properties and customized hydrophilicity were constructed...
March 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Yi Yan, Vitor Sencadas, Tiantian Jin, Xufeng Huang, Wilford Lie, Dongbin Wei, Zhengyi Jiang
Processing conditions deeply affect the mechanical, chemical and biological properties of elastomeric based nanocomposites. In this work, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were dispersed in poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) prepolymer, followed by curing under vacuum at 120 °C. It was observed an increase of the water contact angle with the amount of MWCNTs added, as well as the tensile strength and Young modulus, without compromising the elastomeric behaviour of the pristine PGS matrix. The cross-linking degree was determined by the Flory-Rehner swelling method and through the mechanical rubber elasticity model, and an increase of more than six-fold was observed, which demonstrates the chemical conjugation between the MWCNTs and the PGS polymer chains, resulting in stiff and elastomeric nanocomposites...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Daniel Zenteno, Aldo Bancalari, Ximena Navarro, Valentina Díaz, Iván Rodríguez-Núñez, Pablo Brockmann
INTRODUCTION: Night Continuous Saturometry (CSO2) is used in Neonatal Units to detect events of hypoxemia in Newborns (NB) with apnea episodes. Polygraphy (PG) has a larger number of measuring channels. Our goal was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of CSO2 compared to Polygra phy in NB with suspected sleep apneas. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Results of CSO2 and PG performed simultaneously in RN with suspected apneas were retrospectively analyzed over a three-year period...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Hsuan-Ming Huang, Chih-Chieh Liu, Meei-Ling Jan, Ming-Wei Lee
The Compton camera is an imaging device which has been proposed to detect prompt gammas (PGs) produced by proton-nuclear interactions within tissue during proton beam irradiation. Compton-based PG imaging has been developed to verify proton range because PG rays, particularly characteristic ones, have strong correlations with the distribution of the proton dose. However, accurate image reconstruction from characteristic PGs is challenging because the detector efficiency and resolution are generally low. Our previous study showed that point spread functions can be incorporated into the reconstruction process to improve image resolution...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Bing Han, Chibiao Ding, Lihua Zhong, Jiayin Liu, Xiaolan Qiu, Yuxin Hu, Bin Lei
The Gaofen-3 (GF-3) data processor was developed as a workstation-based GF-3 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data processing system. The processor consists of two vital subsystems of the GF-3 ground segment, which are referred to as data ingesting subsystem (DIS) and product generation subsystem (PGS). The primary purpose of DIS is to record and catalogue GF-3 raw data with a transferring format, and PGS is to produce slant range or geocoded imagery from the signal data. This paper presents a brief introduction of the GF-3 data processor, including descriptions of the system architecture, the processing algorithms and its output format...
March 10, 2018: Sensors
Semra Aktürk, Raikan Büyükavcı, Yüksel Ersoy
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to identify the effect on spasticity and walking of US-guided botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections administered to improve equinovarus walking pattern commonly observed in patients after stroke. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Twenty-three patients with post-stroke spastic equinovarus deformity were recruited. The US-guided BoNT-A injections were administered into the spastic muscles (including gastrocnemius; GK, soleus; S and tibialis posterior; TP) using a specific approach, and all of the patients were enrolled in rehabilitation programmes after the injections...
March 9, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Giuseppe Corona, Renato Cannizzaro, Gianmaria Miolo, Laura Caggiari, Mariangela De Zorzi, Ombretta Repetto, Agostino Steffan, Valli De Re
A positive family history is a strong and consistently reported risk factor for gastric cancer (GC). So far, it has been demonstrated that serum pepsinogens (PGs), and gastrin 17 (G17) are useful for screening individuals at elevated risk to develop atrophic gastritis but they are suboptimal biomarkers to screen individuals for GC. The main purpose of this study was to investigate serum metabolomic profiles to find additional biomarkers that could be integrated with serum PGs and G17 to improve the diagnosis of GC and the selection of first-degree relatives (FDR) at higher risk of GC development...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Lena Vogt, Liliana Liverani, Judith A Roether, Aldo R Boccaccini
For biomedical applications such as soft tissue engineering, plant proteins are becoming increasingly attractive. Zein, a class of prolamine proteins found in corn, offers excellent properties for application in the human body, but has inferior mechanical properties and lacks aqueous stability. In this study, electrospun scaffolds from neat zein and zein blended with prepolymer and mildly cross-linked poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) were fabricated. Less toxic solvents like acetic acid and ethanol were used. The morphological, physiochemical and degradation properties of the as-spun fiber mats were determined...
March 8, 2018: Nanomaterials
Devinder Arora, Jayesh Mudgal, Madhavan Nampoothiri, Sanchari Basu Mallik, Manas Kinra, Susan Hall, Shailendra Anoopkumar-Dukie, Gary D Grant, Chamallamudi Mallikarjuna Rao
Antipsychotic drugs are the mainstay of psychotic disorders. The 'typical' antipsychotic agents are commonly employed for the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, though at an expense of extrapyramidal side effects (EPS). In the present study, we employed haloperidol (HP)-induced catalepsy model in mice to evaluate the role of adenosine receptor antagonist and cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme inhibitor in the amelioration of EPS. HP produced a full blown catalepsy, akinesia and a significant impairment in locomotion and antioxidant status...
March 7, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Lívia Natália Sales Brito, Maria Manuela Rodrigues de Lemos Almeida, Lélia Batista de Souza, Pollianna Muniz Alves, Cassiano Francisco Weege Nonaka, Gustavo Pina Godoy
INTRODUCTION: Galectins play important roles in immunoinflammatory responses, but their participation in the development of periapical lesions remains unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the expressions of galectins-1, -3, and -7 in periapical lesions, correlating them with the intensity of the inflammatory infiltrate and the pattern of the cystic epithelium. METHODS: Twenty periapical granulomas (PGs), 20 radicular cysts (RCs), and 20 residual radicular cysts (RRCs) were submitted to immunohistochemistry using anti-galectin-1, -3, and -7 antibodies...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Endodontics
Maristela P Rangel, Vanessa K de Sá, Tabatha Prieto, João Roberto M Martins, Eloísa R Olivieri, Dirce Carraro, Teresa Takagaki, Vera Luiza Capelozzi
Matrix proteoglycans (PGs) have shown promise as biomarker in malignancies. We employed agarose gel eletrophoresis, quantitative real- time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry to evaluate the content of sulfated glicosaminoglycans (chondroitin sulfate and heparan sulfate) and expression of PG (biglycan, glypican, perlecan, syndecan e versican) in patient-matched normal and tumor tissues obtained from resected specimens of lung cancer. A significant increase of heparan sulfate (HS) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) concentrations was found in tumor tissue samples when compared to normal lung tissue samples...
March 3, 2018: Glycoconjugate Journal
Hoda Hatoum, Jennifer Dollery, Scott M Lilly, Juan A Crestanello, Lakshmi Prasad Dasi
BACKGROUND: This study aims to evaluate the effect of transcatheter aortic valve (TAV) implantation depth and rotation on pressure gradient (PG), leakage fractions (LF), leaflet shear stress and sinus washout in an effort to understand factors that may dictate optimal positioning for valve-in-valve (ViV) procedures. Sinus flow stasis is often associated with prosthetic leaflet thrombosis. While recent ViV in-vitro studies highlighted transcatheter aortic valve (TAV) supra-annular implantation potential benefits to minimize pressure gradients, the relationship between TAV depth and other determinates of valve function remains unknown...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Thomas N Wight
The content of proteoglycans (PGs) is low in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of vascular tissue, but increases dramatically in all phases of vascular disease. Early studies demonstrated that glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) including chondroitin sulfate (CS), dermatan sulfate (DS), keratan sulfate (KS) and heparan sulfate (HS) accumulate in vascular lesions in both humans and in animal models in areas of the vasculature that are susceptible to disease initiation (such as at branch points) and are frequently coincident with lipid deposits...
February 27, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Joel T Nigg, Hanna C Gustafsson, Sarah L Karalunas, Peter Ryabinin, Shannon K McWeeney, Stephen V Faraone, Michael A Mooney, Damien A Fair, Beth Wilmot
OBJECTIVE: Understanding the role of endophenotypes is essential for process models of psychopathology. This study examined which candidate cognitive endophenotypes statistically mediate common variant genetic risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHOD: A case-control design using community-recruited volunteer children 7 to 11 years of age (n = 656, n = 435 ADHD), of whom 514 were of homogenous European ancestry for the primary models (n = 337 ADHD, 177 non-ADHD)...
March 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dawn W Foster, Feifei Ye, Stephanie S O'Malley, Tammy Chung, Alison E Hipwell, Carolyn E Sartor
BACKGROUND: African American (AA) girls initiate alcohol use later and drink less than European American (EA) girls, potentially reflecting differences in the development of drinking behaviors. The current study examined alcohol-related cognitions: expectancies, attitudes, and intention to drink, as possible sources of variation by race in alcohol use. The aim of the current study was to characterize the nature and degree of association between these cognitions and use over time and by race in EA and AA girls...
February 27, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Shi-Hong Gu, Gen Li, Hsiao-Yen Hsieh, Pei-Ling Lin, Sheng Li
In this study, phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) by the prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) was investigated in prothoracic glands (PGs) of the silkworm, Bombyx mori . Results showed that JNK phosphorylation was stimulated by the PTTH in time- and dose-dependent manners. In vitro activation of JNK phosphorylation in PGs by the PTTH was also confirmed in an in vivo experiment, in which a PTTH injection greatly increased JNK phosphorylation in PGs of day-6 last instar larvae. JNK phosphorylation caused by PTTH stimulation was greatly inhibited by U73122, a potent and specific inhibitor of phospholipase C (PLC) and an increase in JNK phosphorylation was also detected when PGs were treated with agents (either A23187 or thapsigargin) that directly elevated the intracellular Ca2+ concentration, thereby indicating involvement of PLC and Ca2+ ...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Lauren Styan, Skyle Murphy, Aisling Fleury, Brian McGowan, Martin Wullschleger
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a perioperative geriatric service (PGS) in an acute surgical unit (ASU) on patient and organizational outcomes. METHODS: Single centre retrospective cohort study. Inclusion criteria were patients over the age of 65 admitted to the ASU between January and June 2014 (pre-PGS) and 2015 (post-PGS). Chart reviews were performed to identify outcomes of interest including in-hospital morbidity and mortality, length of stay (LOS), 30-day representation and mortality...
February 18, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
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