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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109797/evaluation-of-sleep-bruxism-with-a-novel-designed-occlusal-splint
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Kentaro Hirai, Tomoko Ikawa, Yuko Shigeta, Shuji Shigemoto, Takumi Ogawa
PURPOSE: This report presents our evaluation system that assesses sleep bruxism. The characteristics and fabrication process of our novel designed splint, and the analysis process of our system are presented. METHODS: The subjects were 17 volunteers. The splint was fabricated with a self-curing resin compounded with an amino-acid powder for easy wear on the semi-adjustable articulator, and adjusted for a full-balanced occlusion. An impression of the splint, located on the cast, was taken before and after it was worn...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108856/diagnosis-and-management-for-trigeminal-neuralgia-caused-solely-by-venous-compression
#2
Takuro Inoue, Hisao Hirai, Ayako Shima, Fumio Suzuki, Takanori Fukushima, Masayuki Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) caused solely by venous compression is uncommon. An appropriate vein management protocol for microvascular decompression (MVD) has not been established. We evaluated the management of veins for TN solely due to venous involvement. METHOD: We analyzed 31 patients with TN in whom only veins were manipulated during MVD. The culprit veins smaller in diameter than the vein of the cerebellopontine fissure (VCPF) were coagulated and divided in 20 patients (divided group), while transposition was performed for larger veins in the remaining 11 patients (non-divided group)...
January 20, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105341/changes-in-blood-concentrations-of-trace-metals-in-cancer-patients-receiving-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy
#3
Tsutomu Nakamura, Minoru Takahashi, Riho Niigata, Kazuhiko Yamashita, Manabu Kume, Midori Hirai, Hiroyuki Yasui
The administration of cisplatin (CDDP) may influence trace metal concentrations in body fluids. In order to test this hypothesis, the blood concentrations of trace metals were determined during the present study in eight Japanese esophageal and lung cancer patients receiving CDDP-based chemotherapy. The levels of manganese, iron (Fe), cobalt, copper, zinc (Zn), platinum and lead in the plasma were determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. In addition, the serum levels of Fe, transferrin and ferritin were evaluated...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103899/intraoperative-evaluation-using-mobile-computed-tomography-in-anterior-cervical-decompression-with-floating-method-for-massive-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
#4
Toshitaka Yoshii, Takashi Hirai, Tsuyoshi Yamada, Hiroyuki Inose, Tsuyoshi Kato, Kenichiro Sakai, Mitsuhiro Enomoto, Shigenori Kawabata, Yoshiyasu Arai, Atsushi Okawa
BACKGROUND: An anterior decompression and fusion (ADF) with the floating method is an effective procedure for treating ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL), allowing a direct decompressive effect on the spinal cord. However, the procedure is skill-intensive, particularly in cases of OPLL with a high canal-occupying ratio. In such cases, there are potential risks for insufficient decompression due to the incomplete floating of the OPLL. Here, we introduce an anterior decompression procedure for massive OPLL, using an intraoperative computed tomography (CT) with a mobile scanner gantry for the intraoperative evaluation of the decompression...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101758/applying-collaborative-learning-and-quality-improvement-to-public-health-lessons-from-the-collaborative-improvement-and-innovation-network-coiin-to-reduce-infant-mortality
#5
Reem M Ghandour, Katherine Flaherty, Ashley Hirai, Vanessa Lee, Deborah Klein Walker, Michael C Lu
OBJECTIVES: Infant mortality remains a significant public health problem in the U.S. The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) model is an innovative approach, using the science of quality improvement and collaborative learning, which was applied across 13 Southern states in Public Health Regions IV and VI to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. We provide an in-depth discussion of the history, development, implementation, and adaptation of the model based on the experience of the original CoIIN organizers and participants...
January 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099187/a-comparative-study-of-anterior-decompression-with-fusion-and-posterior-decompression-with-laminoplasty-for-the-treatment-of-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-patients-with-large-anterior-compression-of-the-spinal-cord
#6
Takashi Hirai, Toshitaka Yoshii, Yoshiyasu Arai, Kenichiro Sakai, Ichiro Torigoe, Hidetsugu Maehara, Masaki Tomori, Takashi Taniyama, Hirokazu Sato, Atsushi Okawa
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective observational single-center study. OBJECTIVES: To compare anterior decompression and fusion (ADF) and laminoplasty (LAMP) for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) patients with large anterior compression in terms of clinical and radiologic outcomes. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: We have reported that insufficient posterior decompression could be often seen after laminoplasty for CSM patients with preoperative anterior clearance of the spinal cord, defined as an interval <4 mm between the preoperative the modified K-line and anterior structure of the spinal canal at most compressive segment on sagittal T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094320/improved-motor-performance-in-patients-with-acute-stroke-using-the-optimal-individual-attentional-strategy
#7
Takeshi Sakurada, Takeshi Nakajima, Mitsuya Morita, Masahiro Hirai, Eiju Watanabe
It is believed that motor performance improves when individuals direct attention to movement outcome (external focus, EF) rather than to body movement itself (internal focus, IF). However, our previous study found that an optimal individual attentional strategy depended on motor imagery ability. We explored whether the individual motor imagery ability in stroke patients also affected the optimal attentional strategy for motor control. Individual motor imagery ability was determined as either kinesthetic- or visual-dominant by a questionnaire in 28 patients and 28 healthy-controls...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092063/appropriate-use-of-progesterone-to-prevent-preterm-birth-approaches-to-measurement-for-driving-improvement
#8
Priya Batra, Ashley Hirai, Sabrina Selk, Vanessa Lee, Michael Lu
Introduction Despite strong evidence supporting the benefit of 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P) in preventing recurrent preterm birth, this treatment still does not reach most eligible patients. This study sought to identify approaches to measuring the appropriate use of 17P, with the goal of helping health systems better monitor and improve the implementation of this intervention. Methods Semi-structured telephone interviews were used to gather data on measures for 17P use being developed and implemented by state team members participating in the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (IM CoIIN)-a national quality improvement initiative...
January 16, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088473/endothelium-adhesion-molecules-icam-1-icam-2-vcam-1-and-vla-4-expression-in-leprosy
#9
Juarez de Sousa, Tinara Leila Sousa Aarão, Jorge Rodrigues de Sousa, Kelly Emi Hirai, Luciana Mota Silva, Leonidas Braga Dias, Francisca Regina Oliveira Carneiro, Hellen Thais Fuzii, Juarez Antonio Simões Quaresma
Leprosy triggers a complex relationship between the pathogen and host immune response. Endothelium plays an important role in this immune response by directly influencing cell migration to infected tissues. The objective of this work is to investigate the possible role of endothelium in M. leprae infection, correlating the characteristics of endothelial markers with the expression pattern of cytokines. Thirty-six skin biopsy samples were cut into 5-μm thick sections and stained with hematoxylin-eosin and Ziehl-Neelsen for morphological analysis and then submitted to immunohistochemical analysis using monoclonal antibodies against ICAM-1, ICAM-2, VCAM-1, and VLA-4...
January 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077028/ferulic-acid-suppresses-expression-of-tryptophan-metabolic-key-enzyme-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-via-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38-mapk-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-microglial-cells
#10
Manami Koshiguchi, Hitoshi Komazaki, Shizuka Hirai, Yukari Egashira
Ferulic acid (FA) is a phenol compound found in plants that has anti-inflammatory properties. Indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) is a tryptophan catabolic enzyme induced in immune cells, including glial cells, during inflammation. Enhanced IDO expression leads to reduced tryptophan levels and increased levels of toxic metabolites, including quinolinic acid. Therefore, inhibition of IDO expression may be effective in suppressing progression of neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we examined the effect of FA in microglial cells on IDO expression levels and related inflammatory signal molecules...
January 12, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076561/visual-outcomes-after-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty-using-donor-corneas-without-removal-of-descemet-membrane-and-endothelium
#11
Tatiana Moura Bastos Prazeres, Rodrigo Muller, Tatiana Rayes, Flavio Eduardo Hirai, Luciene Barbosa de Sousa
Purpose: The optical quality of the interface after deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) using the big-bubble technique has been shown to be excellent, leading to results comparable to penetrating keratoplasty. However, there is little in the literature with respect to the controversy surrounding the preparation of the donor cornea. The purpose of this study was to evaluate visual acuity (VA) in patients with keratoconus who underwent DALK without removal of the donor graft endothelium...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073945/surgery-and-imatinib-therapy-for-liver-oligometastasis-of-gist-a-study-of-japanese-study-group-on-gist
#12
Tatsuo Kanda, Toru Masuzawa, Toshihiro Hirai, Osamu Ikawa, Akinori Takagane, Yasuhiro Hata, Hitoshi Ojima, Harutsugu Sodeyama, Izumi Mochizuki, Takashi Ishikawa, Tatsuo Kagimura, Toshirou Nishida
We conducted a multicenter prospective study to clarify the efficacy and safety of surgery and imatinib for liver oligometastasis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Eligible gastrointestinal stromal tumor patients were enrolled in the surgery trial or the imatinib trial. Primary endpoints were recurrence-free survival and progression-free survival, respectively. The trials were prematurely terminated due to amendment of guidelines for adjuvant imatinib therapy and low patient accrual. In the surgery trial, all the six patients showed hepatic recurrence: median recurrence-free survival was 145 days (range: 62-1366 days)...
January 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067668/adaptor-proteins-numb-and-numbl-promote-cell-cycle-withdrawal-by-targeting-erbb2-for-degradation
#13
Maretoshi Hirai, Yoh Arita, C Jane McGlade, Kuo-Fen Lee, Ju Chen, Sylvia M Evans
Failure of trabecular myocytes to undergo appropriate cell cycle withdrawal leads to ventricular noncompaction and heart failure. Signaling of growth factor receptor ERBB2 is critical for myocyte proliferation and trabeculation. However, the mechanisms underlying appropriate downregulation of trabecular ERBB2 signaling are little understood. Here, we have found that the endocytic adaptor proteins NUMB and NUMBL were required for downregulation of ERBB2 signaling in maturing trabeculae. Loss of NUMB and NUMBL resulted in a partial block of late endosome formation, resulting in sustained ERBB2 signaling and STAT5 activation...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064145/simultaneous-and-continuous-stabilization-of-as-and-pb-in-contaminated-solution-and-soil-by-a-ferrihydrite-gypsum-sorbent
#14
Kentaro Kameda, Yohey Hashimoto, Shan-Li Wang, Yasumasa Hirai, Hidetaka Miyahara
For the increasing need of stabilization both cationic and anionic metal(loid)s simultaneously, we newly developed a metal sorbent (FIXALL), consisting mainly of ferrihydrite and gypsum. The objectives of this study were to determine the molecular mechanisms of Pb and As stabilization in an aqueous system and to examine a simultaneous and long-term (up to 754days) effect on Pb and As stabilization in an anthropogenically contaminated soil using the FIXALL sorbent. When the solution contained a low concentration of Pb (5mgL(-1)), the mechanisms of Pb removal by FIXALL were based chiefly on the formation of inner-sphere surface complex with ferrihydrite...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063020/evaluation-of-amikacin-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-for-optimal-initial-dosing-regimen
#15
Hideo Kato, Mao Hagihara, Jun Hirai, Daisuke Sakanashi, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Yuka Yamagishi, Katsuhiko Matsuura, Hiroshige Mikamo
Amikacin has been one of the important antimicrobial agents against Gram-negative pathogens. However, there is discrepancy regarding the amikacin initial dosage, with some reports recently recommending ≥25 mg/kg and others the conventional dosage (15-20 mg/kg). Hence, we evaluated the optimal initial dosing regimen of amikacin. Pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters were estimated using a population PK analysis. The pharmacodynamic (PD) target was a ratio of ≥8 between the concentration achieved 1 h after beginning the infusion (C peak) and the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the liable bacteria...
January 6, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058585/detection-of-kras-mutations-in-plasma-dna-using-a-fully-automated-rapid-detection-system-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
#16
Kazuhisa Hosoya, Satoshi Matsusaka, Tomomi Kashiwada, Koichi Suzuki, Norio Ureshino, Akemi Sato, Yoshio Miki, Kazuki Kitera, Mitsuharu Hirai, Kiyohiko Hatake, Shinya Kimura, Naoko Sueoka-Aragane
KRAS mutations have been recognized as predictive markers of primary resistance to anti-EGFR-antibodies in colorectal cancer patients. In addition, newly detected KRAS mutations have been reported to be related with acquired resistance to chemotherapy containing anti-EGFR antibody. Considering this evidence, monitoring of KRAS mutations is indispensable for making treatment decisions, and the method should be non-invasive allowing repeated examinations. Recently, we established a novel automated sensitive detection system for KRAS mutations, named mutation-biased PCR quenching probe system (MBP-QP)...
January 5, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057922/membrane-translocation-of-t-snare-protein-syntaxin-4-abrogates-ground-state-pluripotency-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#17
Natsumi Hagiwara-Chatani, Kota Shirai, Takumi Kido, Tomoatsu Horigome, Akihiro Yasue, Naoki Adachi, Yohei Hirai
Embryonic stem (ES) and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are attractive tools for regenerative medicine therapies. However, aberrant cell populations that display flattened morphology and lose ground-state pluripotency often appear spontaneously, unless glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK1/2) are inactivated. Here, we show that membrane translocation of the t-SNARE protein syntaxin-4 possibly is involved in this phenomenon. We found that mouse ES cells cultured without GSK3β/MEK1/2 inhibitors (2i) spontaneously extrude syntaxin-4 at the cell surface and that artificial expression of cell surface syntaxin-4 induces appreciable morphological changes and mesodermal differentiation through dephosphorylation of Akt...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057059/invasive-pneumococcal-disease-caused-by-mucoid-serotype-3-streptococcus-pneumoniae-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Naomi Sugimoto, Yuka Yamagishi, Jun Hirai, Daisuke Sakanashi, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Hiroshige Mikamo
BACKGROUND: Among the different serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae, serotype 3 has received global attention. We report the fatal case of a 76-year-old Japanese man who had an invasive pneumococcal disease associated with pneumonia caused by serotype 3 S. pneumoniae. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient had a history of hypertension, laryngeal cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Following a cerebral arteriovenous malformation hemorrhage, he underwent surgery to remove the hematoma and began rehabilitation...
January 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052915/intracoronary-cardiac-progenitor-cells-in-single-ventricle-physiology-the-perseus-randomized-phase-2-trial
#19
Shuta Ishigami, Shinichi Ohtsuki, Takahiro Eitoku, Daiki Ousaka, Maiko Kondo, Yoshihiko Kurita, Kenta Hirai, Yosuke Fukushima, Kenji Baba, Takuya Goto, Naohiro Horio, Junko Kobayashi, Yosuke Kuroko, Yasuhiro Kotani, Sadahiko Arai, Tatsuo Iwasaki, Shuhei Sato, Shingo Kasahara, Shunji Sano, Hidemasa Oh
RATIONALE: Patients with single ventricle physiology are at high risk of mortality resulting from ventricular dysfunction. The preliminary results of the phase 1 trial showed cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs) may be effective against congenital heart failure. OBJECTIVE: To determine if intracoronary delivery of autologous CDCs improves cardiac function in patients with single ventricle physiology. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a phase 2 randomized controlled study to assign 41 patients in a 1:1 ratio who had single ventricle physiology undergoing staged-2 or -3 palliation to receive intracoronary infusion of CDCs 4 to 9 weeks after surgery or staged reconstruction alone (study A)...
January 4, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052259/conformational-freedom-of-the-lrp6-ectodomain-is-regulated-by-n-glycosylation-and-the-binding-of-the-wnt-antagonist-dkk1
#20
Kyoko Matoba, Emiko Mihara, Keiko Tamura-Kawakami, Naoyuki Miyazaki, Shintaro Maeda, Hidenori Hirai, Samuel Thompson, Kenji Iwasaki, Junichi Takagi
LDL-receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6) is a single-pass membrane glycoprotein with a large modular ectodomain and forms a higher order signaling platform upon binding Wnt ligands on the cell surface. Although multiple crystal structures are available for fragments of the LRP6 ectodomain, we lack a consensus view on the overall molecular architecture of the full-length LRP6 and its dynamic aspects. Here, we used negative-stain electron microscopy to probe conformational states of the entire ectodomain of LRP6 in solution and found that the four-module ectodomain undergoes a large bending motion hinged at the junction between the second and the third modules...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
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