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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319875/electrophysiologic-features-of-ulnar-neuropathy-in-childhood-and-adolescence
#1
Ioannis Karakis, Wendy Liew, Heather Szelag Fournier, H Royden Jones, Basil T Darras, Peter B Kang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze patterns of nerve injury in pediatric ulnar neuropathy (PUN). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 49 children with PUN. RESULTS: Sensory loss in digit V was the prevailing complaint (89%). Predominant localization was at the elbow (55%). Diminished ulnar SNAP was the most common abnormality (71%) with median axon loss estimate (MAXE) of 62%. Dorsal ulnar cutaneous (DUC) sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) was reduced in 55% with MAXE of 43%...
February 20, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316157/-the-diagnostic-value-of-plasma-fibrin-related-markers-in-perioperation-of-femoral-fracture
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J Li, Z Chen, L H Zhang, Z L Li, D M Wu, S S Wang, L J Xu, H Xu, P F Tang, C B Wang
Objective: To investigate potential value of fibrin related markers in patients with femoral fracture during perioperative period. Methods: Ninety-five patients were enrolled, including 39 males with (53±24) years old and 56 females with (73±13) years old, of which 44 fracture on caput femoris, 34 collum femoris and 17 shaft of femur. Sampling on the day before operation and 1(st,) 3(rd,) 5(th) days after operation, fibrin monomer (FM), D-dimer(DD), fibrinogen degradation product (FDP) and other coagulation assays were detected by reagents from Stago...
March 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314239/likelihood-ratio-and-posterior-odds-in-forensic-genetics-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
#3
Amke Caliebe, Susan Walsh, Fan Liu, Manfred Kayser, Michael Krawczak
It has become widely accepted in forensics that, owing to a lack of sensible priors, the evidential value of matching DNA profiles in trace donor identification or kinship analysis is most sensibly communicated in the form of a likelihood ratio (LR). This restraint does not abate the fact that the posterior odds (PO) would be the preferred basis for returning a verdict. A completely different situation holds for Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP), which is aimed at predicting externally visible characteristics (EVCs) of a trace donor from DNA left behind at the crime scene...
March 6, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304077/alternative-electron-transport-mediated-by-flavodiiron-proteins-is-operational-in-organisms-from-cyanobacteria-up-to-gymnosperms
#4
Petr Ilík, Andrej Pavlovič, Roman Kouřil, Alessandro Alboresi, Tomas Morosinotto, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Eva-Mari Aro, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Toshiharu Shikanai
Photo-reduction of O2 to water mediated by flavodiiron proteins (FDPs) represents a safety valve for the photosynthetic electron transport chain in fluctuating light. So far, the FDP-mediated O2 photo-reduction has been evidenced only in cyanobacteria and the moss Physcomitrella; however, a recent phylogenetic analysis of transcriptomes of photosynthetic organisms has also revealed the presence of FDP genes in several nonflowering plant groups. What remains to be clarified is whether the FDP-dependent O2 photo-reduction is actually operational in these organisms...
March 17, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301683/how-to-treat-two-adjacent-missing-teeth-with-dental-implants-a-systematic-review-on-single-implant-supported-two-unit-cantilever-fdp-s-and-results-of-a-5-year-prospective-comparative-study-in-the-aesthetic-zone
#5
Wouter G Van Nimwegen, Gerry M Raghoebar, Nynke Tymstra, Arjan Vissink, Henny J A Meijer
AIM: To conduct a systematic review on the clinical outcome of single implant-supported two-unit cantilever FDP's and to conduct a 5-year prospective comparative pilot study of patients with a missing central and lateral upper incisor treated with either a single implant-supported two-unit cantilever FDP or two implants with solitary implant crowns in the aesthetic zone. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched (last search August 1, 2016) for eligible studies...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300174/ticks-elicit-variable-f%C3%A2-ibrinogenolytic-activities-upon-feeding-on-hosts-with-different-immune-backgrounds
#6
Ashish Vora, Vikas Taank, Sucharita M Dutta, John F Anderson, Durland Fish, Daniel E Sonenshine, John D Catravas, Hameeda Sultana, Girish Neelakanta
Ticks secrete several anti-hemostatic factors in their saliva to suppress the host innate and acquired immune defenses against infestations. Using Ixodes scapularis ticks and age-matched mice purchased from two independent commercial vendors with two different immune backgrounds as a model, we show that ticks fed on immunodeficient animals demonstrate decreased fibrinogenolytic activity in comparison to ticks fed on immunocompetent animals. Reduced levels of D-dimer (fibrin degradation product) were evident in ticks fed on immunodeficient animals in comparison to ticks fed on immunocompetent animals...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294491/an-efficient-chemoenzymatic-synthesis-of-dihydroartemisinic-aldehyde
#7
Melodi Demiray, Xiaoping Tang, Thomas Wirth, Juan A Faraldos, Rudolf K Allemann
Artemisinin from the plant Artemisia annua is the most potent pharmaceutical for the treatment of malaria. In the plant, the sesquiterpene cyclase amorphadiene synthase, a cytochrome-dependent CYP450, and an aldehyde reductase convert farnesyl diphosphate (FDP) into dihydroartemisinic aldehyde (DHAAl), which is a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of artemisinin and a semisynthetic precursor for its chemical synthesis. Here, we report a chemoenzymatic process that is able to deliver DHAAl using only the sesquiterpene synthase from a carefully designed hydroxylated FDP derivative...
March 13, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291703/fdp-fibrinogen-ratio-reflects-the-requirement-of-packed-red-blood-cell-transfusion-in-patients-with-blunt-trauma
#8
Shuichi Hagiwara, Makoto Aoki, Masato Murata, Minoru Kaneko, Yumi Ichikawa, Jun Nakajima, Yuta Isshiki, Yusuke Sawada, Jun'ichi Tamura, Kiyohiro Oshima
PURPOSE: To find factors that predict the requirement of packed red blood cells (pRBC) transfusion in patients with blunt trauma on arrival at the hospital. METHODS: We conducted blood tests in trauma patients whose trauma severity was suspected as being 3 and over in the Abbreviated Injury Scale. Patients were divided into the blood transfusion (BT) and control groups according to the requirement of pRBC transfusion within 24h after arrival. RESULTS: We analyzed 347 patients (BT group, n=14; control group, n=333)...
March 7, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290557/ectopic-expression-of-arabidopsis-fd-and-fd-paralogue-in-rice-results-in-dwarfism-with-size-reduction-of-spikelets
#9
Seonghoe Jang, Hsing-Yi Li, Mei-Lin Kuo
Key flowering genes, FD and FD PARALOGUE (FDP) encoding bZIP transcription factors that interact with a FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) in Arabidopsis were ectopically expressed in rice since we found AtFD and AtFDP also interact with HEADING DATE 3a (Hd3a) and RICE FLOWERING LOCUS T 1 (RFT1). Transgenic rice plants overexpressing AtFD and AtFDP caused reduction in plant height and spikelet size with decreased expression of genes involved in cell elongation without significant flowering time alteration in spite of increased expression of OsMADS14 and OsMADS15, rice homologues of APETALA1 (AP1) in the leaves...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289430/envenoming-by-viridovipera-stejnegeri-snake-a-patient-with-liver-cirrhosis-presenting-disruption-of-hemostatic-balance
#10
Chih-Ying Chien, Shu-Chen Liao, Chien-Hung Liao, Ting-Shuo Huang, Yu-Hsien Chen
BACKGROUND: In most cases of envenoming by the green habu Viridovipera stejnegeri in Taiwan coagulopathy is not observed. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we describe the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis who developed venom-induced consumptive coagulopathy after V. stejnegeri bite. Laboratory investigation revealed the following: prothrombin time > 100 s (international normalized ratio > 10), activated partial thromboplastin time > 100 s, fibrinogen < 50 mg/dL, and fibrin degradation product > 80 μg/mL...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287031/comparison-of-diverse-platelet-activation-markers-as-indicators-for-left-atrial-thrombus-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Daniel Tarnowski, David M Poitz, Lina Plichta, Felix M Heidrich, Stephan Wiedemann, Tobias Ruf, Johannes Mierke, Tobias Löhn, Stefanie Jellinghaus, Ruth H Strasser, Karim Ibrahim, Christian Pfluecke
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is well known for being a major risk factor of thromboembolic stroke. We could recently demonstrate an association of monocyte-platelet aggregates (MPAs) with the degree of thrombogenicity in patients with AF. This study investigated platelet activation markers, as potential biomarkers for the presence of left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with AF. One hundred and eight patients with symptomatic AF underwent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) before scheduled cardioversion or pulmonary vein isolation...
March 13, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283738/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-factor-xa-inhibitors-in-japanese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Hiromasa Katoh, Tsuyoshi Nozue, Ichiro Michishita
Activated factor-X (FXa) plays an important role not only in the coagulation cascade, but also in pro-inflammatory responses. However, few data exist regarding the anti-inflammatory effect of FXa inhibitors in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effects of FXa inhibitors in Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Eighty-three patients with NVAF were treated with FXa inhibitors from March 2013 to March 2015 at our institution...
March 10, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280039/pathway-specific-aggregate-biomarker-risk-score-is-associated-with-burden-of-coronary-artery-disease-and-predicts-near-term-risk-of-myocardial-infarction-and-death
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Nima Ghasemzedah, Salim S Hayek, Yi-An Ko, Danny J Eapen, Riyaz S Patel, Pankaj Manocha, Hatem Al Kassem, Mohamed Khayata, Emir Veledar, Dimitrios Kremastinos, Christian W Thorball, Tomasz Pielak, Sergey Sikora, A Maziar Zafari, Stamatios Lerakis, Laurence Sperling, Viola Vaccarino, Stephen E Epstein, Arshed A Quyyumi
BACKGROUND: Inflammation, coagulation, and cell stress contribute to atherosclerosis and its adverse events. A biomarker risk score (BRS) based on the circulating levels of biomarkers C-reactive protein, fibrin degradation products, and heat shock protein-70 representing these 3 pathways was a strong predictor of future outcomes. We investigated whether soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), a marker of immune activation, is predictive of outcomes independent of the aforementioned markers and whether its addition to a 3-BRS improves risk reclassification...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269756/preoperative-plasma-fibrinogen-but-not-d-dimer-might-represent-a-prognostic-factor-in-non-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-prospective-cohort-study
#14
Tingting Hong, Di Shen, Xiaoping Chen, Xiaohong Wu, Dong Hua
BACKGROUNDS: Cancer progression has been associated with host hemostasis system. Whether preoperative plasma hemostasis factors can predict survival in colorectal cancer is quite intriguing. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study to validate the prognostic significance of three hemostasis parameters - fibrinogen, fibrin degradation products (FDPs) and D-dimer - in non-metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with curative resection. RESULTS: All three parameters were positively correlated with C reactive protein (CRP) levels and Glasgow Prognostic scores (GPS)...
February 27, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262748/diagnostic-implication-of-fibrin-degradation-products-and-d-dimer-in-aortic-dissection
#15
Jian Dong, Xianli Duan, Rui Feng, Zhiqing Zhao, Xiang Feng, Qingsheng Lu, Qing Jing, Jian Zhou, Junmin Bao, Zaiping Jing
Fibrin degradation products (FDP) and D-dimer have been considered to be involved in many vascular diseases. In this study we aimed to explore the diagnostic implication of FDP and D-dimer in aortic dissection patients. 202 aortic dissection patients were collected as the case group, 150 patients with other cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction (MI, n = 45), pulmonary infarction (n = 51) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (n = 54) were collected as non-dissection group, and 27 healthy people were in the blank control group...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249790/free-functioning-gracilis-muscle-transfer-with-and-without-simultaneous-intercostal-nerve-transfer-to-musculocutaneous-nerve-for-restoration-of-elbow-flexion-after-traumatic-adult-brachial-pan-plexus-injury
#16
Andrés A Maldonado, Michelle F Kircher, Robert J Spinner, Allen T Bishop, Alexander Y Shin
PURPOSE: After complete 5-level root avulsion brachial plexus injury, the free-functioning muscle transfer (FFMT) and the intercostal nerve (ICN) to musculocutaneous nerve (MCN) transfer are 2 potential reconstructive options for restoration of elbow flexion. The aim of this study was to determine if the combination of the gracilis FFMT and the ICN to MCN transfer provides stronger elbow flexion compared with the gracilis FFMT alone. METHODS: Sixty-five patients who underwent the gracilis FFMT only (32 patients) or the gracilis FFMT in addition to the ICN to MCN transfer (33 patients) for elbow flexion after a pan-plexus injury were included...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228977/transient-hemi-lower-limb-ischemia-in-the-newborn-arterial-thrombosis-or-persistent-sciatic-artery
#17
Makiko Kirino, Masayuki Ochiai, Masako Ichiyama, Hirosuke Inoue, Takeshi Kusuda, Tadamune Kinjo, Masataka Ishimura, Shouichi Ohga
Neonatal thromboembolism occurs with various predispositions and triggers. Early diagnosis of the thrombosis is challenging and essential for the therapeutic interventions. We herein report two newborns who presented with transient hemi-lower limb ischemia due to (1) arterial thrombosis or (2) a persistent sciatic artery (PSA). The patient with arterial thrombosis showed elevations of fibrin degradation product and D-dimer and received antithrombin and heparin intravenously. The patient with PSA was immediately assessed by a contrast-enhanced computed tomography because of a transient ischemic episode with no evidence of hypercoagulability...
January 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213823/long-term-resistance-exercise-induced-muscular-hypertrophy-is-associated-with-autophagy-modulation-in-rats
#18
Insu Kwon, Yongchul Jang, Joon-Yong Cho, Young C Jang, Youngil Lee
Elevation of anabolism and concurrent suppression of catabolism are critical metabolic adaptations for muscular hypertrophy in response to resistance exercise (RE). Here, we investigated if RE-induced muscular hypertrophy is acquired by modulating a critical catabolic process autophagy. Male Wistar Hannover rats (14 weeks old) were randomly assigned to either sedentary control (SC, n = 10) or resistance exercise (RE, n = 10). RE elicited significant hypertrophy of flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) muscles in parallel with enhancement in anabolic signaling pathways (phosphorylation of AKT, mTOR, and p70S6K)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208883/fostering-educational-research-among-medical-teachers-evaluation-of-a-faculty-development-program-in-india
#19
Tripti K Srivastava, Lalitbhushan S Waghmare, Alka Rawekar, Ved Prakash Mishra
INTRODUCTION: Medical education can be enormously benefitted from research. Since clinicians/medical teachers are directly involved in teaching learning processes, they should participate in Educational Research (ER) practices to generate evidence and insights about teaching learning. Faculty Development Program (FDP) has a positive influence amongst health professionals and therefore can prove to be of consequence in instilling a strong educational research culture. AIM: Present study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of a Faculty Development Fellowship Program in Medical Education to foster educational research culture amongst medical teachers...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205464/a-new-classification-scheme-for-closed-avulsion-injuries-of-the-flexor-digitorum-profundus-tendon
#20
Mokhtar Abdul Azeem, Yousef Marwan, Ahmed El Morshidy, Ali Esmaeel, Yehia Zakaria
BACKGROUND: Closed avulsion injury of the flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) tendon is a relatively common condition of the hand. Its present classification system seems to be deficient in including all possible patterns of injury, leading to improper selection of the best treatment method for the injury. We aim to provide a new classification scheme for this injury. METHODS: We developed a new classification scheme based on the possible pattern of FDP tendon injury...
March 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
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