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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455836/access-to-safe-abortion-in-uganda-leveraging-opportunities-through-the-harm-reduction-model
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Moses Mulumba, Charles Kiggundu, Jacqueline Nassimbwa, Noor Musisi Nakibuuka
Access to safe and legal abortion services is a far reach for women and girls in Uganda. Although unsafe abortion rates have fallen from 54 to 39 per 1000 women aged 15-45 years over a decade, absolute figures show a rise from 294 000 in 2003 to 314 000 women having unsafe abortions in 2013. Unfortunately, only 50% of the women who develop abortion complications are able to reach facilities for postabortion care. Despite the clinical evidence and the stories from undocumented cases, debate on access to safer and legal abortion is constricted, moralized, and stigmatized...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455286/ultrasound-biomicroscopy-validation-of-a-murine-model-of-cardiac-hypertrophic-preconditioning-comparison-with-a-hemodynamic-assessment
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Jiayuan Huang, Jian Wu, Shijun Wang, Jieyun You, Yong Ye, Zhiwen Ding, Fenghua Yang, Xingxu Wang, Junjie Guo, Leilei Ma, Jie Yuan, Yunli Shen, Xiangdong Yang, Aijun Sun, Hong Jiang, Liping Bu, Peter H Backx, Junbo Ge, Yunzeng Zou
In mice, myocardial hypertrophic preconditioning (HP), which is produced by the removal of short-term transverse aortic constriction (TAC), was recently reported to render the heart resistant to hypertrophic responses induced by subsequent re-constriction (Re-TAC). However, there is no efficient non-invasive method for ensuring that the repeated aortic manipulations were successfully performed. We previously demonstrated that ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) is a non-invasive and effective approach for predicting TAC success...
April 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453379/pseudoamniotic-band-syndrome-post-fetal-thoracoamniotic-shunting-for-bilateral-hydrothorax
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Michelle Han, Yalda Afshar, Andrew H Chon, Emily Scibetta, Rashmi Rao, Ramen H Chmait
INTRODUCTION: Pseudoamniotic band syndrome (PABS) occurs iatrogenically after fetal surgery or amniocentesis due to chorioamniotic membrane separation. Separation of the amnion from the chorion can expand to form fibrous amniotic bands that can envelope fetal limbs or the umbilical cord, with consequences ranging from limb constriction to fetal demise. CASE REPORT: We report a case of bilateral fetal pleural effusions at 27 weeks' gestation treated by bilateral thoracoamniotic shunts...
April 28, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451055/hierarchal-order-in-the-formation-of-chloroplast-division-machinery-in-the-red-alga-cyanidioschyzon-merolae
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Nobuko Sumiya, Shin-Ya Miyagishima
Chloroplasts have evolved from a cyanobacterial endosymbiont and multiply by dividing. Chloroplast division is performed by constriction of the ring-like protein complex (the PD machinery), which forms at the division site. The PD machinery is composed of cyanobacteria-descended components such as FtsZ and eukaryote-derived proteins such as the dynamin-related protein, DRP5B. In the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae, FtsZ ring formation on the stromal side precedes PDR1 and DRP5B ring formation on the cytosolic side...
2017: Communicative & Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450225/ablation-il-33-gene-exacerbate-myocardial-remodeling-in-mice-with-heart-failure-induced-by-mechanical-stress
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Punniyakoti T Veeraveedu, Shoji Sanada, Keiji Okuda, Hai Ying Fu, Takashi Matsuzaki, Ryo Araki, Masaki Yamato, Koubun Yasuda, Yasushi Sakata, Tomohiro Yoshimoto, Tetsuo Minamino
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: ST2 is one of the interleukin (IL)-1 receptor family member comprising of membrane-bound (ST2L) and soluble (sST2) isoforms. Clinical trials have revealed that serum sST2 levels predict outcome in patient with myocardial infarction or chronic heart failure (HF). Meanwhile, we and others have reported that ablation of ST2 caused exaggerated cardiac remodeling in both ischemic and non-ischemic HF. Here, we tested whether IL-33, the ligand for ST2, protects myocardium against HF induced by mechanical overload using ligand specific knockout (IL-33(-/-)) mice...
April 24, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449681/fin-modules-an-evolutionary-perspective-on-appendage-disparity-in-basal-vertebrates
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Olivier Larouche, Miriam L Zelditch, Richard Cloutier
BACKGROUND: Fishes are extremely speciose and also highly disparate in their fin configurations, more specifically in the number of fins present as well as their structure, shape, and size. How they achieved this remarkable disparity is difficult to explain in the absence of any comprehensive overview of the evolutionary history of fish appendages. Fin modularity could provide an explanation for both the observed disparity in fin configurations and the sequential appearance of new fins...
April 27, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448522/nestin-expression-is-upregulated-in-the-fibrotic-rat-heart-and-is-localized-in-collagen-expressing-mesenchymal-cells-and-interstitial-cd31-cells
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Vanessa Hertig, Kim Tardif, Marc Andre Meus, Natacha Duquette, Louis Villeneuve, Fanny Toussaint, Jonathan Ledoux, Angelino Calderone
Renal and lung fibrosis was characterized by the accumulation of collagen-immunoreactive mesenchymal cells expressing the intermediate filament protein nestin. The present study tested the hypothesis that nestin expression was increased in the hypertrophied/fibrotic left ventricle of suprarenal abdominal aorta constricted adult male Sprague-Dawley rats and induced in ventricular fibroblasts by pro-fibrotic peptide growth factors. Nestin protein levels were upregulated in the pressure-overloaded left ventricle and expression positively correlated with the rise of mean arterial pressure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448515/chronic-cocaine-induces-hif-vegf-pathway-activation-along-with-angiogenesis-in-the-brain
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Wei Yin, Kevin Clare, Qiujia Zhang, Nora D Volkow, Congwu Du
Cocaine induces vasoconstriction in cerebral vessels, which with repeated use can result in transient ischemic attacks and cerebral strokes. However, the neuroadaptations that follow cocaine's vasoconstricting effects are not well understood. Here, we investigated the effects of chronic cocaine exposure (2 and 4 weeks) on markers of vascular function and morphology in the rat brain. For this purpose we measured nitric oxide (NO) concentration in plasma, brain neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS or NOS1), HIF-1α, and VEGF expression in different brain regions, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446517/a-novel-%C3%AE-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-analogue-protects-against-end-organ-damage-in-experimental-hypertension-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-heart-failure
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Aisah A Aubdool, Pratish Thakore, Fulye Argunhan, Sarah-Jane Smillie, Moritz Schnelle, Salil Srivastava, Khadija M Alawi, Elena Wilde, Jennifer Mitchell, Keith Farrell-Dillon, Daniel A Richards, Giuseppe Maltese, Richard C Siow, Manasi Nandi, James E Clark, Ajay M Shah, Anette Sams, Susan D Brain
Background -Research into the therapeutic potential of α-calcitonin gene-related peptide (α-CGRP) has been limited due to its peptide nature and short half-life. Here, we evaluate whether a novel potent and long lasting (t½ ≥ 7h) acylated α-CGRP analogue (αAnalogue) could alleviate and reverse cardiovascular disease in two distinct murine models of hypertension and heart failure in vivoMethods -The ability of the αAnalogue to act selectively via the CGRP pathway was shown in skin using a CGRP receptor antagonist...
April 26, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446234/retinal-vessel-diameters-and-reactivity-in-diabetes-mellitus-and-or-cardiovascular-disease
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R Heitmar, G Y H Lip, R E Ryder, A D Blann
BACKGROUND: Retinal vessel calibre and vascular dilation/constriction in response to flicker light provocation may provide a measure distinguishing patients suffering from diabetes mellitus and/or cardiovascular disease. METHODS: One hundred and sixteen age and sex matched patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), cardiovascular disease (CVD) and both DM and CVD (DM + CVD) underwent systemic and intraocular pressure measurements. Retinal vessel calibres were assessed using a validated computer-based program to compute central retinal artery and vein equivalents (CRVE) from monochromatic retinal images...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446222/effect-of-quantity-and-intensity-of-pulsed-light-on%C3%A2-human-non-visual-physiological-responses
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Qianying Dai, Yuria Uchiyama, Soomin Lee, Yoshihiro Shimomura, Tetsuo Katsuura
BACKGROUND: Exposure to pulsed light results in non-visual physiological responses in humans. The present study aims to investigate whether such non-visual effects are influenced to a greater extent by the intensity of lighting or by the power (quantity) of lighting. METHODS: >Twelve healthy young male participants (23 ± 0.3 years, 21-24 age range) were recruited for the present study. Participants were exposed to light of varying levels of intensity and quantity whose frequency was held constant across the conditions, which consisted of exposure to blue (different intensity, constant quantity) and white (constant intensity, different quantity) LEDs...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445809/inhibition-of-14q32-microrna-mir-495-reduces-lesion-formation-intimal-hyperplasia-and-plasma-cholesterol-levels-in-experimental-restenosis
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Sabine M J Welten, Rob C M de Jong, Anouk Wezel, Margreet R de Vries, Martin C Boonstra, Laura Parma, J Wouter Jukema, Tetje C van der Sluis, Ramon Arens, Ilze Bot, Sudhir Agrawal, Paul H A Quax, A Yaël Nossent
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at investigating the role of 14q32 microRNAs in intimal hyperplasia and accelerated atherosclerosis; two major contributors to restenosis. Restenosis occurs regularly in patients treated for coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease. We have previously shown that inhibition of 14q32 microRNAs leads to increased post-ischemic neovascularization, and microRNA miR-494 also decreased atherosclerosis, while increasing plaque stability. We hypothesized that 14q32 microRNA inhibition has beneficial effects on intimal hyperplasia, as well as accelerated atherosclerosis...
April 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445778/the-impact-of-bilateral-vagotomy-on-the-physostigmine-induced-airway-constriction-in-ferrets
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Burim Neziri, Armond Daci, Shaip Krasniqi, Ramadan Sopi, Musa A Haxhiu
Vagal innervations have a great role in the respiratory function and are the main route of signal transmission from respiratory neural centers into the trachea and others conducting airways. We have investigated the role of central mechanisms related to vagal neural pathways and the cholinergic outflow in tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and lung mechanics parameters. Parameters of lung mechanics such as lung resistance (RL), dynamic compliance (Cdyn) and pressure in bypassed tracheal segment (Ptseg) were measured before and after vagotomy and asphyxia test...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445708/flow-cytometry-analysis-of-inflammatory-cells-isolated-from-the-sciatic-nerve-and-drg-after-chronic-constriction-injury-in-mice
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Liping Liu, Yan Yin, Fei Li, Charvi Malhotra, Jianguo Cheng
BACKGROUND: Cellular responses to nerve injury play a central role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. However, the analysis of site specific cellular responses to nerve injury and neuropathic pain is limited to immunohistochemistry staining with numerous limitations. NEW METHODS: We proposed to apply flow cytometry to overcome some of the limitations and developed two protocols for isolation of cells from small specimens of the sciatic nerve and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in mice...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445510/whole-genome-re-sequencing-to-identify-suppressor-mutations-of-mutant-and-foreign-escherichia-coli-ftsz
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Kiani A J Arkus Gardner, Masaki Osawa, Harold P Erickson
FtsZ is an essential protein for bacterial cell division, where it forms the cytoskeletal scaffold and may generate the constriction force. We have found previously that some mutant and foreign FtsZ that do not complement an ftsZ null can function for cell division in E. coli upon acquisition of a suppressor mutation somewhere in the genome. We have now identified, via whole genome re-sequencing, single nucleotide polymorphisms in 11 different suppressor strains. Most of the mutations are in genes of various metabolic pathways, which may modulate cell division indirectly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444019/non-surgical-treatment-of-transverse-deficiency-in-adults-using-microimplant-assisted-rapid-palatal-expansion-marpe
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Daniel Paludo Brunetto, Eduardo Franzzotti Sant'Anna, Andre Wilson Machado, Won Moon
INTRODUCTION: Maxillary transverse deficiency is a highly prevalent malocclusion present in all age groups, from primary to permanent dentition. If not treated on time, it can aggravate and evolve to a more complex malocclusion, hindering facial growth and development. Aside from the occlusal consequences, the deficiency can bring about serious respiratory problems as well, due to the consequent nasal constriction usually associated. In growing patients, this condition can be easily handled with a conventional rapid palatal expansion...
February 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440622/understanding-carbapenem-translocation-through-occd3-opdp-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Gowrishankar Soundararajan, Satya Prathyusha Bhamidimarri, Mathias Winterhalter
Pseudomonas aeruginosa utilizes a plethora of substrate specific channels for the uptake of small nutrients. OccD3 (OpdP or PA4501) is an OprD like arginine uptake channel of P. aeruginosa whose role has been implicated in carbapenem uptake. To understand the mechanism of selective permeation we reconstituted single OccD3 channels in planar lipid bilayer and characterized the interaction with Imipenem and Meropenem analyzing the ion current fluctuation in presence of substrates. We performed point mutations in the constriction region of OccD3 to understand the binding and translocation of antibiotic in OccD3...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439173/surgical-correction-of-brodie-bite-in-adults-a-novel-surgical-splint
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P Ratna, B Srinivasan, R Devaki Vijayalakshmi, C Ravanth Kumar
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of telescopic bite is a rare occurrence. Brodie bite malocclusions manifest with severe skeletal and dental transverse, sagittal and vertical problems. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A patient presenting with a telescopic bite and mandibular retrognathism was treated by orthognathic approach. A unique surgical splint was used as an aid in performing the maxillary constriction and segmental osteotomy. CONCLUSION: The telescopic bite was corrected successfully and occlusal rehabilitation was achieved...
June 2017: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438890/short-ftsz-filaments-can-drive-asymmetric-cell-envelope-constriction-at-the-onset-of-bacterial-cytokinesis
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Qing Yao, Andrew I Jewett, Yi-Wei Chang, Catherine M Oikonomou, Morgan Beeby, Cristina V Iancu, Ariane Briegel, Debnath Ghosal, Grant J Jensen
FtsZ, the bacterial homologue of eukaryotic tubulin, plays a central role in cell division in nearly all bacteria and many archaea. It forms filaments under the cytoplasmic membrane at the division site where, together with other proteins it recruits, it drives peptidoglycan synthesis and constricts the cell. Despite extensive study, the arrangement of FtsZ filaments and their role in division continue to be debated. Here, we apply electron cryotomography to image the native structure of intact dividing cells and show that constriction in a variety of Gram-negative bacterial cells, including Proteus mirabilis and Caulobacter crescentus, initiates asymmetrically, accompanied by asymmetric peptidoglycan incorporation and short FtsZ-like filament formation...
April 24, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437268/anisocoria-after-repair-of-blowout-fracture
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Kyung Ah Lee
Anisocoria may indicate a life-threatening neurosurgical emergency, unlike bilateral mydriasis. In patients with periorbital fracture, anisocoria can be caused by direct or indirect injury to the oculomotor nerve, excessive retraction of the orbital contents, or constriction of the muscles responsible for eyeball movement. Herein, the author reports a patient, 15-year-old boy, who developed anisocoria after an operation for a blowout fracture. The anisocoria was improved, self-limiting, and transient. The author has also reviewed the literature regarding anisocoria...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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