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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645204/when-homoplasy-is-not-homoplasy-dissecting-trait-evolution-by-contrasting-composite-and-reductive-coding
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Alejandro Torres-Montúfar, Thomas Borsch, Helga Ochoterena
The conceptualization and coding of characters is a difficult issue in phylogenetic systematics, no matter which inference method is used when reconstructing phylogenetic trees or if the characters are just mapped onto a specific tree. Complex characters are groups of features that can be divided into simpler hierarchical characters (reductive coding), although the implied hierarchical relational information may change depending on the type of coding (composite vs reductive). Up to now, there is no common agreement to either code characters as complex or simple...
June 22, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644897/trpa1-and-trpv1-contribute-to-propofol-mediated-antagonism-of-u46619-induced-constriction-in-murine-coronary-arteries
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Pritam Sinharoy, Ian N Bratz, Sayantani Sinha, Loral E Showalter, Spencer R Andrei, Derek S Damron
BACKGROUND: Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels have emerged as key components contributing to vasoreactivity. Propofol, an anesthetic is associated with adverse side effects including hypotension and acute pain upon infusion. Our objective was to determine the extent to which TRPA1 and/or TRPV1 ion channels are involved in mediating propofol-induced vasorelaxation of mouse coronary arterioles in vitro and elucidate the potential cellular signal transduction pathway by which this occurs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643474/long-term-failure-of-amplatzer-plugs-in-the-treatment-of-aortic-pathology
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Jeremy Song, Benjamin Ascherman, Kyle W Eudailey, Monir Mohar, Michael Argenziano, Hiroo Takayama, Isaac George
We present two cases of Amplatzer® device deployment that exhibited long-term failure necessitating surgical correction. The first case illustrates recanalization of a ruptured Valsalva aneurysm with worsening aortic insufficiency after percutaneous repair with the Amplatzer Vascular Plugs and Amplatzer duct occluder, while the second case illustrates recanalization after deployment of the Amplatzer septal occluder in a patient with a pseudoaneursym in a bovine aorta after type I aortic dissection repair. These two cases illustrate the potential long-term complications and limitations in durability with these devices...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641928/bmpr1a-is-a-major-type-1-bmp-receptor-for-bmp-smad-signaling-during-skull-development
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Haichun Pan, Honghao Zhang, Ponnu Abraham, Yoshihiro Komatsu, Karen Lyons, Vesa Kaartinen, Yuji Mishina
Craniosynostosis is caused by premature fusion of one or more sutures in an infant skull, resulting in abnormal facial features. The molecular and cellular mechanisms by which genetic mutations cause craniosynostosis are incompletely characterized, and many of the causative genes for diverse types of syndromic craniosynostosis have not yet been identified. We previously demonstrated that augmentation of BMP signaling mediated by a constitutively active BMP type IA receptor (ca-BmpR1A) in neural crest cells (ca1A hereafter) causes craniosynostosis and superimposition of heterozygous null mutation of Bmpr1a rescues premature suture fusion (ca1A;1aH hereafter)...
June 19, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641350/-laparoscopic-assisted-mobilisation-and-resection-of-a-sacrococcygeal-teratoma-altman-type-iii
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Jan Gödeke, Veronika Engel, Oliver Münsterer
Objective This video is a step-by-step illustration of the laparoscopic-assisted mobilisation and resection of a sacrococcygeal teratoma Altman type III. Indication Laparoscopic supralevatory tumour mobilisation is an established method in selected centres and can be the initial step in approaching sacrococcygeal teratomas with an intrapelvic portion, facilitating a complete (R0) resection. Method Laparoscopic surgery is performed in supine position with a 5 mm umbilical trocar, a 5 mm trocar in the right upper abdomen, and two 3 mm trocars in the left middle and lower abdomen...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641115/feature-integration-drives-probabilistic-behavior-in-the-drosophila-escape-response
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Catherine R von Reyn, Aljoscha Nern, W Ryan Williamson, Patrick Breads, Ming Wu, Shigehiro Namiki, Gwyneth M Card
Animals rely on dedicated sensory circuits to extract and encode environmental features. How individual neurons integrate and translate these features into behavioral responses remains a major question. Here, we identify a visual projection neuron type that conveys predator approach information to the Drosophila giant fiber (GF) escape circuit. Genetic removal of this input during looming stimuli reveals that it encodes angular expansion velocity, whereas other input cell type(s) encode angular size. Motor program selection and timing emerge from linear integration of these two features within the GF...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640659/phlda1-pleckstrin-homology-like-domain-family-a-member-1-knockdown-promotes-migration-and-invasion-of-mcf10a-breast-epithelial-cells
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Naieli Bonatto, Maria José Carlini, Simone Aparecida de Bessa Garcia, Maria Aparecida Nagai
PHLDA1 (pleckstrin homology-like domain, family A, member 1) is a multifunctional protein that plays distinct roles in several biological processes including cell death and therefore its altered expression has been identified in different types of cancer. Progressively loss of PHLDA1 was found in primary and metastatic melanoma while its overexpression was reported in intestinal and pancreatic tumors. Previous work from our group showed that negative expression of PHLDA1 protein was a strong predictor of poor prognosis for breast cancer disease...
June 22, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639567/spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-as-a-cause-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-young-female-population-a-single-center-study
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Pei-Na Meng, Chen Xu, Wei You, Zhi-Ming Wu, Du-Jiang Xie, Hang Zhang, Chang Pan, Fei Ye
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a nonatherosclerotic but a rare and extremely dangerous clinical entity, it has a high prevalence in young female population with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The previous reports were restricted to other countries' population, but rare in China. Hence, this study aimed to focus on the characteristics of SCAD as a cause of young female AMI population in Jiangsu, China. METHODS: This study enrolled young female AMI patients aged ≤50 years who underwent coronary angiography (CAG) and intracoronary imaging in our center between January 2013 and December 2016...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639060/surgical-options-in-benign-parotid-tumors-a-proposal-for-classification
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Miquel Quer, Vincent Vander Poorten, Robert P Takes, Carl E Silver, Carsten C Boedeker, Remco de Bree, Alessandra Rinaldo, Alvaro Sanabria, Ashok R Shaha, Albert Pujol, Peter Zbären, Alfio Ferlito
Different surgical options are currently available for treating benign tumors of the parotid gland, and the discussion on optimal treatment continues despite several meta-analyses. These options include more limited resections (extracapsular dissection, partial lateral parotidectomy) versus more extensive and traditional options (lateral parotid lobectomy, total parotidectomy). Different schools favor one option or another based on their experience, skills and tradition. This review provides a critical analysis of the literature regarding these options...
June 21, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637334/new-predictor-of-aortic-enlargement-in-uncomplicated-type-b-aortic-dissection-based-on-elliptic-fourier-analysis
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Hiroshi Sato, Toshiro Ito, Yosuke Kuroda, Hiroki Uchiyama, Toshitaka Watanabe, Naomi Yasuda, Junji Nakazawa, Ryo Harada, Nobuyoshi Kawaharada
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to re-examine the conventional predictive factors for dissected aortic enlargement, such as the aortic and false lumen diameter and to consider whether the morphological elements of the dissected aorta could be predictors by quantifying the 'shape' of the true lumen based on elliptic Fourier analysis. METHODS: A total of 80 patients with uncomplicated type B aortic dissection were included. The patients were divided into 'Enlargement group' and 'No Change group...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636739/a-comparison-of-tonsillar-surface-swabbing-fine-needle-aspiration-core-sampling-and-dissected-tonsillar-core-biopsy-culture-in-children-with-recurrent-tonsillitis
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Saurav Sarkar, Abheek Sil, Soma Sarkar, Biswajit Sikder
In recurrent tonsillitis, the pathogenic bacteria are harbored in the tonsil core, and therefore cultures of superficial swab samples are not particularly accurate in identifying specific types of core bacteria. On the other hand, the results of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cultures of core samples have been closely correlated with the findings of core cultures in excised tonsils, and both methods are far superior to surface swabbing. We conducted a prospective study to compare the accuracy of culture findings from tonsillar tissue obtained by surface swabbing, FNA sampling of the tonsil core in situ, and core sampling of the excised tonsil in children with recurrent tonsillitis...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634493/an-exceptional-case-of-intraparotid-plexiform-neurofibroma-originating-from-autonomic-fibers-of-the-auriculotemporal-nerve
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Sarantis Blioskas, Sotiris Sotiriou, Katerina Rizou, Triantafyllia Koletsa, Petros Karkos, Anna Kalogera-Fountzila, Konstantinos Markou
Plexiform neurofibromas are benign tumors that tend to occur in patients suffering from neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). This report addresses a rare case where the tumor affected the parotid gland, deriving almost exclusively from the peripheral portion of the facial nerve. A 6-year-old male was referred to us complaining about a gradually enlarging swelling over the right parotid area. Imaging localized the lesion to the superficial lobe of the parotid gland, suggesting a neurofibroma. Cosmetic disfigurement and a functional deficit led us to perform complete surgical resection...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634228/spatial-mapping-and-profiling-of-metabolite-distributions-during-germination
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Adam D Feenstra, Liza E Alexander, Zhihong Song, Andrew R Korte, Marna Yandeau-Nelson, Basil J Nikolau, Young-Jin Lee
Germination is a highly complex process by which seeds begin to develop and establish themselves as viable organisms. In this paper, we utilize a combination of GC-MS, LC-fluorescence, and mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) approaches to profile and visualize the metabolic distributions of germinating seeds from two different inbreds of maize seeds, B73 and Mo17. GC and LC analyses demonstrate that the two inbreds are highly differentiated in their metabolite profiles throughout the course of germination, especially with regard to amino acids, sugar alcohols, and small organic acids...
June 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633904/clinical-characteristics-of-type-a-acute-aortic-dissection-with-symptom-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Yuji Shono, Tomohiko Akahoshi, Satomi Mezuki, Kenta Momii, Noriyuki Kaku, Jun Maki, Kentaro Tokuda, Tetsuro Ago, Takanari Kitazono, Yoshihiko Maehara
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Accurate diagnosis of acute aortic dissection (AAD) is sometimes difficult because of accompanying central nervous system (CNS) symptoms. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics of Type A AAD (TAAAD) with CNS symptoms. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 8403 patients ambulanced to our emergency and critical care center between April 2009 and May 2014. RESULTS: We identified 59 TAAAD patients for the analysis (mean age, 67...
June 6, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633807/differential-induction-of-atf3-and-ho-1-in-myeloid-cells-and-keratinocytes-via-dimethylfumarate-or-cyclosporine-a
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Stefanie Müller, Nikola Smatlik, Marc Burian, Kamran Ghoreschi, Martin Röcken, Amir S Yazdi
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammatory skin diseases are characterized by controlled proliferation of keratinocytes. Here, activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) might play a fundamental role. In these inflammatory diseases, proliferation is controlled and only rarely leads to cancer development which can be supported by an inflammatory microenvironment. ATF3 is a dual function protein as it suppresses pro-inflammatory IL-6 and IL-8, but also acts as a pro-oncogenic factor by the suppression of p53...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633595/central-venous-catheter-insertion-into-the-false-lumen-of-a-complicated-aortic-dissection
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Ahmet Bas, Deniz Goksedef, Sedat G Kandemirli, Fatih Gulsen, Furuzan Numan
Thoracic endovascular repair is considered the first-line treatment in complicated acute type B dissection. Central venous catheters provide valuable vascular access during endovascular treatments. However, central venous catheters are not without complications. Herein, we report a case of central venous catheter insertion into the false lumen of a complicated acute type B aortic dissection by direct aortic puncture. The tip of the central venous catheter was in the false lumen. The central venous catheter was left in place initially and was removed after graft stent deployment...
January 1, 2017: Scottish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633385/timiner-ngs-data-mining-pipeline-for-cancer-immunology-and-immunotherapy
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Elias Tappeiner, Francesca Finotello, Pornpimol Charoentong, Clemens Mayer, Dietmar Rieder, Zlatko Trajanoski
Summary: Recently, a number of powerful computational tools for dissecting tumor-immune cell interactions from next-generation sequencing (NGS) data have been developed. However, the assembly of analytical pipelines and execution of multi-step workflows are laborious and involve a large number of intermediate steps with many dependencies and parameter settings. Here we present TIminer, an easy-to-use computational pipeline for mining tumor-immune cell interactions from NGS data. TIminer enables integrative immunogenomic analyses, including: human leukocyte antigens typing, neoantigen prediction, characterization of immune infiltrates, and quantification of tumor immunogenicity...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633257/takayasu-arteritis-mimicking-type-a-intramural-hematoma
#18
Salvatore Torre, Paola Caramaschi, Giuseppe Faggian, Giovanni Battista Luciani
Takayasu arteritis is a panarteritis of unknown etiology involving the aorta and its main branches, with higher prevalence in women and peak of incidence in the second and third decades of life. Up to 30% of patients have coronary lesions and aortic valve involvement. Presentation mimicking aortic dissection is quite rare. Here described is the case of a young patient, presenting with an acute coronary syndrome associated with severe aortic regurgitation, who underwent emergent surgery with the suspicion of acute aortic dissection...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631141/cell-labeling-with-magneto-endosymbionts-and-the-dissection-of-the-subcellular-location-fate-and-host-cell-interactions
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Kayla R Lee, Abdul Wakeel, Papia Chakraborty, Chandler S Foote, Lauren Kajiura, Joyce C Barrozo, Andrea C Chan, Alexey V Bazarov, Ryan Spitler, Peter M Kutny, Jim M Denegre, Rob A Taft, Joachim Seemann, Bradley W Rice, Christopher H Contag, Brian K Rutt, Caleb B Bell
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study are to characterize magneto-endosymbiont (ME) labeling of mammalian cells and to discern the subcellular fate of these living contrast agents. MEs are novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents that are being used for cell tracking studies. Understanding the fate of MEs in host cells is valuable for designing in vivo cell tracking experiments. PROCEDURES: The ME's surface epitopes, contrast-producing paramagnetic magnetosomal iron, and genome were studied using immunocytochemistry (ICC), Fe and MRI contrast measurements, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), respectively...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629690/axillary-lymph-node-sonographic-features-and-breast-tumor-characteristics-as-predictors-of-malignancy-a-nomogram-to-predict-risk
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Patricia Akissue de Camargo Teixeira, Luciano F Chala, Carlos Shimizu, José R Filassi, Jonathan Y Maesaka, Nestor de Barros
The purpose of this study was to build a mathematical model to predict the probability of axillary lymph node metastasis based on the ultrasonographic features of axillary lymph nodes and the tumor characteristics. We included 74 patients (75 axillae) with invasive breast cancer who underwent axillary ultrasonography ipsilateral to the tumor and fine-needle aspiration of one selected lymph node. Lymph node pathology results from sentinel lymph node biopsy or surgical dissection were correlated with lymph node ultrasonographic data and with the cytologic findings of fine-needle aspiration...
June 16, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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