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Huiping Zhang, Joel Gelernter
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Risk for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) is influenced by gene-environment interactions. Environmental factors can affect gene expression through epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation. This review outlines the findings regarding the association of DNA methylation and AUDs. METHODS: We searched PubMed (by April 2016) and identified 29 studies that examined the association of DNA methylation and AUDs. We also evaluated the methods used in these studies...
October 19, 2016: American Journal on Addictions
K L Ostrow, A L Bergner, J Blakeley, D G Evans, R Ferner, J M Friedman, G J Harris, J T Jordan, B Korf, S Langmead, G Leschziner, V Mautner, V L Merker, L Papi, S R Plotkin, J M Slopis, M J Smith, A Stemmer-Rachamimov, K Yohay, A J Belzberg
Schwannomatosis is a tumor suppressor syndrome that causes multiple tumors along peripheral nerves. Formal diagnostic criteria were first published in 2005. Variability in clinical presentation and a relative lack of awareness of the syndrome have contributed to difficulty recognizing affected individuals and accurately describing the natural history of the disorder. Many critical questions such as the mutations underlying schwannomatosis, genotype-phenotype correlations, inheritance patterns, pathologic diagnosis of schwannomatosis-associated schwannomas, tumor burden in schwannomatosis, the incidence of malignancy, and the effectiveness of current, or new treatments remain unanswered...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Zühtü Özbek, Hasan Emre Aydin, Atacan Emre Koçman, Emre Özkara, Erdem Söztutar, Ezgi Bektur, Murat Vural, Aydan Köse, Ali Arslantaş, Cengiz Bayçu
AIM: In this study, we investigated the effects of genistein in a rat model of sciatic nerve crush injury and complete sciatic nerve transection. The effects of genistein were compared with those of gabapentin, which is widely used in clinical practice for peripheral nerve injury. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-eight rats were randomly divided into six groups (n = 8 for all groups): group 1 (sham); group 2, sciatic nerve crush injury (control); group 3, sciatic nerve crush injury + genistein 20 mg/kg; group 4, sciatic nerve crush injury + gabapentin 90 mg/kg; group 5, sciatic nerve transection + genistein 20 mg/kg; group 6, sciatic nerve transection + gabapentin 90 mg/kg...
September 21, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Alondra Escudero-Castellanos, Blanca E Ocampo-García, Ma Victoria Domínguez-García, Jaime Flores-Estrada, Miriam V Flores-Merino
Hydrogels are suitable materials to promote cell proliferation and tissue support because of their hydrophilic nature, porous structure and sticky properties. However, hydrogel synthesis involves the addition of additives that can increase the risk of inducing cytotoxicity. Sterilization is a critical process for hydrogel clinical use as a proper scaffold for tissue engineering. In this study, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan (PEG-CH) and multi-arm PEG hydrogels were synthesized by free radical polymerization and sterilized by gamma irradiation or disinfected using 70 % ethanol...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Steven Wang, Jie Yan, Guangde Zhou, Rebecca Heintzelman, J Steve Hou
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are hematopoietic malignancies characterized by unchecked proliferation of differentiated myeloid cells. The most common BCR-ABL1-negative MPNs are polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and primary myelofibrosis. The discovery of JAK2 V617F mutation has improved our understanding of the molecular basis of MPN. The high frequency of JAK2 mutation in MPN makes JAK2 mutation testing an essential diagnostic tool and potential therapeutic target for MPN. Here, we present a rare case of a 34-year-old patient who was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with mutated NPM1...
2016: Case Reports in Hematology
Samuel Torres-Landa, Janette Furuzawa-Carballeda, Enrique Coss-Adame, Miguel A Valdovinos, Edgar Alejandro-Medrano, Bárbara Ramos-Ávalos, Braulio Martínez-Benítez, Gonzalo Torres-Villalobos
The aim of the study was to characterize the presence of diverse CD4 and CD8 T cell subsets and regulatory cells in peripheral blood and lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) from a young patient with BE/achalasia without treatment versus achalasia group. In order to characterize the circulating cells in this patient, a cytometric analysis was performed. LES tissue was evaluated by double-immunostaining procedure. Five healthy blood donors, 5 type achalasia patients, and 5 oesophagus tissue samples (gastrooesophageal junction) from transplant donors were included as control groups...
2016: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Y H Kou, B G Jiang
Peripheral nerve defects are still a major challenge in clinical practice, and the most commonly used method of treatment for peripheral nerve defects is nerve transplantation, which has certain limitations and shortcomings, so new repair methods and techniques are needed. The peripheral nerve is elongated in limb lengthening surgery without injury, from which we got inspirations and proposed a new method to repair peripheral nerve defects: peripheral nerve elongation. The peripheral nerve could beelongated by a certain percent, but the physiological change and the maximum elongation range were still unknown...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
A Carrard, M Elsayed, M Margineanu, B Boury-Jamot, L Fragnière, E M Meylan, J-M Petit, H Fiumelli, P J Magistretti, J-L Martin
In addition to its role as metabolic substrate that can sustain neuronal function and viability, emerging evidence supports a role for l-lactate as an intercellular signaling molecule involved in synaptic plasticity. Clinical and basic research studies have shown that major depression and chronic stress are associated with alterations in structural and functional plasticity. These findings led us to investigate the role of l-lactate as a potential novel antidepressant. Here we show that peripheral administration of l-lactate produces antidepressant-like effects in different animal models of depression that respond to acute and chronic antidepressant treatment...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Joseph M Czerniecki, Aaron P Turner, Rhonda M Williams, Mary Lou Thompson, Greg Landry, Kevin Hakimi, Rebecca Speckman, Daniel C Norvell
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was the development of AMPREDICT-Mobility, a tool to predict the probability of independence in either basic or advanced (iBASIC or iADVANCED) mobility 1 year after dysvascular major lower extremity amputation. METHODS: Two prospective cohort studies during consecutive 4-year periods (2005-2009 and 2010-2014) were conducted at seven medical centers. Multiple demographic and biopsychosocial predictors were collected in the periamputation period among individuals undergoing their first major amputation because of complications of peripheral arterial disease or diabetes...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Cheng-Wei Lin, Brend Ray-Sea Hsu, Jir-Shiong Tsai, Hui-Mei Yang, Jr-Rung Lin, Chia-Hung Lin, Chung-Huei Huang, Shih-Yuan Hung, Yu-Yao Huang
AIMS: To evaluate the effect of limb preservation status and body mass index (BMI) on the survival of patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHODS: A total of 1346 patients treated for limb-threatening DFUs at a major diabetic foot center in Taiwan from 2002 to 2009 were tracked until December 2012. The patients were classified into three groups: limb-preserved (n=858), minor lower-extremity amputation (LEA) (n=249), and major LEA (n=239). Clinical data during treatment were used for survival analysis...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Luca Padua, Daniele Coraci, Carmen Erra, Costanza Pazzaglia, Ilaria Paolasso, Claudia Loreti, Pietro Caliandro, Lisa D Hobson-Webb
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome worldwide. The clinical symptoms and physical examination findings in patients with this syndrome are recognised widely and various treatments exist, including non-surgical and surgical options. Despite these advantages, there is a paucity of evidence about the best approaches for assessment of carpal tunnel syndrome and to guide treatment decisions. More objective methods for assessment, including electrodiagnostic testing and nerve imaging, provide additional information about the extent of axonal involvement and structural change, but their exact benefit to patients is unknown...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Pedro David Carvalho, Cátia Duarte, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Luís Cunha-Miranda, Pedro Avila-Ribeiro, Helena Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Maria José Santos, Marcos Cerqueira, Margarida Mateus, Patrícia Nero, Ana Águeda, José António Pereira da Silva, Pedro Machado
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease with a broad clinical spectrum. PsA can affect the axial skeleton, peripheral joints, entheses, synovial sheaths of tendons, skin, nails and extra-articular organs. Tumour necrosis factor alpha blockers (TNF blockers) were a breakthrough development in the treatment of PsA. Identifying predictors of response to biological therapies in patients with PsA is of utmost importance, especially in view of the costs and potential side effects of these agents...
August 17, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Yuka Morita, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Shuji Izumi, Yamato Kubota, Shinsuke Ohshima, Arata Horii
OBJECTIVE: Otitis media (OM) with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (OMAAV) is a novel concept of ear disease that is characterized by progressive mixed or sensorineural hearing loss with occasional systemic involvement. Considering the accumulating knowledge about the characteristics of and treatment for auditory dysfunction in OMAAV, the objective of this study was to investigate the vestibular function and symptoms of patients with OMAAV. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review...
September 30, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Constantinos Miltiadous, Georgios K Dimitriadis, Pavlos Roditis, Christos Kosmas
Salvage high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) and autologous hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation represents a curative treatment option for patients with relapsed/refractory germ-cell tumors (GCTs). However, an appreciable proportion of these fail to mobilize adequate numbers of hematopoietic progenitors; thus, plerixafor is applied for that purpose. Limited data exist on remobilization of HSCs after previous autografting. Here, we report a unique case that had undergone successful previous tandem HDC for relapsed GCT, and 1 year later required remobilization of HSCs to support two further cycles of HDC after subsequent multiple relapses and refractoriness requiring various salvage regimens...
October 4, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
M Andriamamonjy, J-B Delmotte, F Savinelli, H Beaussier, F Coudore
INTRODUCTION: Oxaliplatin is a platinum derivate widely used in cancer treatment but producing dose-limiting peripheral neurotoxicity. Acute neuropathy is characterized by a transient cold-induced distal allodynia whereas chronic neuropathy leads to sensory loss. In order to design a method for quantitative assessment of oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy, we developed a study that aims to characterize the most appropriate skin area of the hand to perform sensory tests. METHODS: We included patients treated during at least 6 months with oxaliplatin...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Christophe Colas-Ribas, Isabelle Signolet, Samir Henni, Mathieu Feuillloy, Frédéric Gagnadoux, Pierre Abraham
The prevalence of pulmonary disease in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) has not been extensively studied. Recent evidence has shown that ∼20% of the patients have an atypical chest transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcpO2) pattern during exercise, which suggests walking-induced hypoxemia. The main objectives of this study were to: (1) describe in a retrospective way the characteristics of the patients suffering from claudication, who attended a treadmill testing in our laboratory, (2) assess the prevalence of known or unknown pulmonary disease...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yi-Ming Ren, Xi-Shan Wang, Zhi-Jian Wei, Bao-You Fan, Wei Lin, Xian-Hu Zhou, Shi-Qing Feng
BACKGROUND: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common peripheral nerve entrapment disease. Either surgical or conservative intervention for CTS patients is needed to choose. We conducted this systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the clinical efficacy, safety, and cost of surgical versus nonsurgical intervention. METHODS: The eligible studies were acquired from PubMed, Medline, Embase, Web of Science, Google, and Cochrane Library. The data were extracted by 2 of the coauthors independently and were analyzed by RevMan5...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jorida Fernandes, Sanjiv Kumar
Because of the rising prevalence of cancer, many individuals are living with the side effects of cancer and its treatment. One of the possible side effects is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). The purpose of the study was to examine the effect of lower limb closed kinematic chain exercises on balance in patients with CIPN. The study design was a single group pre-post experimental one. The study was conducted at a tertiary care cancer hospital. A total of 25 individuals with CIPN and aged 30 years and older were recruited using the Modified Total Neuropathy Score higher than 5...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
Harvey J Woehlck, Brent T Boettcher, Kathryn K Lauer, David C Cronin, Johnny C Hong, Michael A Zimmerman, Joohyun Kim, Motaz Selim
Systemic vasoplegia is common in patients undergoing liver transplantation. In this report, we present a case in which treatment with conventional vasopressors caused peripheral arterial spasm, rendering arterial blood pressure monitoring impossible. Administration of methylene blue resolved the vasospasm; however, concern for toxic dose requirements limited its use. Hydroxocobalamin administration resolved the vasospasm and increased blood pressure without the potential adverse effects seen with methylene blue...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Giovanni Ciancio, Manuela Ferracin, Elena Saccenti, Valentina Bagnari, Ilaria Farina, Federica Furini, Elisa Galuppi, Barbara Zagatti, Francesco Trotta, Massimo Negrini, Marcello Govoni
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the micro-RNA (miRNA) expression profile in patients with early psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in order to assess the role of miRNAs as potential PsA biomarkers. METHODS: The expression of 723 mature miRNAs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of early PsA patients in comparison with early-rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients and healthy controls (HC) was evaluated using a miRNA microarray. All patients had active disease and were naïve from treatment...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
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