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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430876/ift25-an-intraflagellar-transporter-protein-dispensable-for-ciliogenesis-in-somatic-cells-is-essential-for-sperm-flagella-formation
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Hong Liu, Wei Li, Yong Zhang, Zhengang Zhang, Xuejun Shang, Ling Zhang, Shiyang Zhang, Yanwei Li, Andres V Somoza, Brandon Delpi, George L Gerton, James A Foster, Rex A Hess, Gregory J Pazour, Zhibing Zhang
Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is a conserved mechanism essential for the assembly and maintenance of most eukaryotic cilia and flagella. However, IFT25, a component of the IFT complex is not required for the formation of cilia in somatic tissues. In mice, the gene is highly expressed in the testis, and its expression is up-regulated during the final phase when sperm flagella are formed. To investigate the role of IFT25 in sperm flagella formation, the gene was specifically disrupted in male germ cells. All homozygous knockout mice survived to adulthood and did not show any gross abnormalities...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429047/therapeutic-outcome-of-ct-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-in-patients-with-osteoid-osteoma
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Louis Lassalle, R Campagna, G Corcos, A Babinet, F Larousserie, J Stephanazzi, A Feydy
OBJECTIVE: To assess the long-term outcome of computed tomography-guided radiofrequency ablation (CT-guided RFA) in patients with suspected osteoid osteoma (OO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-center retrospective study. Patients with clinical suspicion and imaging diagnosis of osteoid osteoma were treated by CT-guided RFA using the same device with either a 7- or 10-mm active tip electrode. Specific precautions were applied in case of articular or spinal OO. Patients were contacted by phone to evaluate the long-term outcome in terms of pain, ability to perform daily activities (including sports), and long-term complications...
April 20, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428990/nanoscale-adhesion-and-sliding-on-biased-semiconductors
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A Mukherjee, A D Craciun, J L Gallani, M V Rastei
We present experimental and theoretical results on controlling nanoscale sliding friction and adhesion by electric fields on model contacts realized by bringing a conductive atomic force microscope tip into contact with the surface of a silicon-oxide/silicon wafer. We find that applying a bias voltage on silicon (or on the conductive tip) enables a noticeable control of the sliding forces. Two electrostatic interactions are identified as being relevant for the friction variation as a function of applied voltage...
April 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428914/development-and-validation-of-a-disease-specific-questionnaire-for-basal-joint-arthritis
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Peter C Noback, Joseph M Lombardi, Mani Seetharaman, Donald H Lee, Robert J Strauch, Melvin P Rosenwasser
Background The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) questionnaire is the most commonly used instrument to assess outcomes of basal joint arthritis (BJA). However, the DASH is subject to influence by the entire upper extremity. Purpose This study aims to develop and validate a disease-specific questionnaire for BJA that would be more sensitive to changes in thumb function and pain, and correlate better with objective and subjective metrics. Patients and Methods The thumb disability examination (TDX) was developed and 80 patients presenting with BJA at one of the two hospital-based hand clinics were enrolled in the validation study...
May 2017: Journal of Wrist Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427597/intentional-percutaneous-laceration-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-anterior-mitral-leaflet-to-prevent%C3%A2-outflow%C3%A2-obstruction-during-transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-first-in-human%C3%A2-experience
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Vasilis C Babaliaros, Adam B Greenbaum, Jaffar M Khan, Toby Rogers, Dee Dee Wang, Marvin H Eng, William W O'Neill, Gaetano Paone, Vinod H Thourani, Stamatios Lerakis, Dennis W Kim, Marcus Y Chen, Robert J Lederman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to use a new catheter technique to split the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML) and prevent iatrogenic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction immediately before transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). BACKGROUND: LVOT obstruction is a life-threatening complication of TMVR, caused by septal displacement of the AML. METHODS: The procedure was used in patients with severe mitral valve disease and prohibitive surgical risk...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423169/innate-immune-response-to-lipooligosaccharide-pivotal-regulator-of-the-pathobiology-of-invasive-neisseria-meningitidis-infections
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Constance M John, Nancy J Phillips, Daniel C Stein, Gary A Jarvis
Infections due to Neisseria meningitidis afflict more than one million people worldwide annually and cause death or disability in many survivors. The clinical course of invasive infections has been well studied, but our understanding of the cause of differences in patient outcomes has been limited because these are dependent on multiple factors including the response of the host, characteristics of the bacteria and interactions between the host and the bacteria. The meningococcus is a highly inflammatory organism, and the lipooligosaccharide (LOS) on the outer membrane is the most potent inflammatory molecule it expresses due to the interactions of the lipid A moiety of LOS with receptors of the innate immune system...
April 1, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420980/loss-of-melanopsin-expressing-ganglion-cell-subtypes-and-dendritic-degeneration-in-the-aging-human-retina
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Gema Esquiva, Pedro Lax, Juan J Pérez-Santonja, José M García-Fernández, Nicolás Cuenca
In mammals, melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells (mRGCs) are, among other things, involved in several non-image-forming visual functions, including light entrainment of circadian rhythms. Considering the profound impact of aging on visual function and ophthalmic diseases, here we evaluate changes in mRGCs throughout the life span in humans. In 24 post-mortem retinas from anonymous human donors aged 10-81 years, we assessed the distribution, number and morphology of mRGCs by immunostaining vertical retinal sections and whole-mount retinas with antibodies against melanopsin...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420694/caffeine-preferentially-protects-against-oxygen-induced-retinopathy
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Shuya Zhang, Rong Zhou, Bo Li, Haiyan Li, Yanyan Wang, Xuejiao Gu, Lingyun Tang, Cun Wang, Dingjuan Zhong, Yuanyuan Ge, Yuqing Huo, Jing Lin, Xiao-Ling Liu, Jiang-Fan Chen
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the leading cause of childhood blindness, but current anti-VEGF therapy is concerned with delayed retinal vasculature, eye, and brain development of preterm infants. The clinical observation of reduced ROP severity in premature infants after caffeine treatment for apnea suggests that caffeine may protect against ROP. Here, we demonstrate that caffeine did not interfere with normal retinal vascularization development but selectively protected against oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) in mice...
April 18, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420598/1-5-t-augmented-reality-navigated-interventional-mri-paravertebral-sympathetic-plexus-injections
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David R Marker, Paweena U Thainual, Tamas Ungi, Aaron J Flammang, Gabor Fichtinger, Iulian I Iordachita, John A Carrino, Jan Fritz
PURPOSE: The high contrast resolution and absent ionizing radiation of interventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be advantageous for paravertebral sympathetic nerve plexus injections. We assessed the feasibility and technical performance of MRI-guided paravertebral sympathetic injections utilizing augmented reality navigation and 1.5 T MRI scanner. METHODS: A total of 23 bilateral injections of the thoracic (8/23, 35%), lumbar (8/23, 35%) and hypogastric (7/23, 30%) paravertebral sympathetic plexus were prospectively planned in twelve human cadavers using a 1...
April 18, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419464/a-new-species-of-chrysobrycon-characiformes-characidae-stevardiinae-from-the-amazon-river-basin-in-colombia-with-a-new-diagnostic-characteristic-for-the-genus
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J A Vanegas-Ríos, A Urbano-Bonilla
Chrysobrycon mojicai sp. nov. is described from forest streams that are part of the Amazon River basin in Colombia. It is distinguished from all congeners by having most of the maxillary teeth with distal tips lateroventrally curved (v. teeth straight along their lengths) and a greater number of dentary teeth (20-27 v. 11-19, except in Chrysobrycon yoliae). The posterior margin of the ventral process of the quadrate does not reach the vertical through the posterior margin of the symplectic and these features differentiate C...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416831/-morphology-character-and-reduction-methods-of-sagittally-unstable-intertrochanteric-fractures
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S Zhang, J Y Zhang, D M Yang, M Yang, P X Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the morphology character of sagittally unstable intertrochanteric fractures and reduction methods. METHODS: A retrospective study was used to analyze the clinical data of sagittally unstable intertrochanteric fractures cases, which were treated with proximal femoral nail anti-rotation (PFNA) fixation from March 2009 to June 2016. In the study, 36 cases were followed up completely, in which 17 cases accepted open reduction, and the other 19 cases accepted minimally invasive reduction...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415776/targeting-protein-homeostasis-with-nelfinavir-salinomycin-dual-therapy-effectively-induces-death-of-mtorc1-hyperactive-cells
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Elaine A Dunlop, Charlotte E Johnson, Marie Wiltshire, Rachel J Errington, Andrew R Tee
Uncontrolled cell growth in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex occurs due to inappropriate activation of mechanistic (mammalian) target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). The current therapy, rapamycin, produced promising clinical trial results, but patient tumours regrow if treatment is discontinued, revealing rapamycin has cytostatic properties rather than a cytotoxic effect. Taking advantage of the enhanced levels of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress present in TSC2-null cells, we investigated drug combinations producing a cytotoxic response...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415309/laplacian-networks-growth-local-symmetry-and-shape-optimization
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O Devauchelle, P Szymczak, M Pecelerowicz, Y Cohen, H J Seybold, D H Rothman
Inspired by river networks and other structures formed by Laplacian growth, we use the Loewner equation to investigate the growth of a network of thin fingers in a diffusion field. We first review previous contributions to illustrate how this formalism reduces the network's expansion to three rules, which respectively govern the velocity, the direction, and the nucleation of its growing branches. This framework allows us to establish the mathematical equivalence between three formulations of the direction rule, namely geodesic growth, growth that maintains local symmetry, and growth that maximizes flux into tips for a given amount of growth...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414927/integration-of-free-hand-3d-ultrasound-and-mobile-c-arm-cone-beam-ct-feasibility-and-characterization-for-real-time-guidance-of-needle-insertion
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E Marinetto, A Uneri, T De Silva, S Reaungamornrat, W Zbijewski, A Sisniega, S Vogt, G Kleinszig, J Pascau, J H Siewerdsen
This work presents development of an integrated ultrasound (US)-cone-beam CT (CBCT) system for image-guided needle interventions, combining a low-cost ultrasound system (Interson VC 7.5MHz, Pleasanton, CA) with a mobile C-arm for fluoroscopy and CBCT via use of a surgical tracker. Imaging performance of the ultrasound system was characterized in terms of depth-dependent contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and spatial resolution. US-CBCT system was evaluated in phantom studies simulating three needle-based procedures: drug delivery, tumor ablation, and lumbar puncture...
April 3, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413903/digital-revascularization-and-replantation-using-the-wide-awake-hand-surgery-technique
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Jkf Wong, C H Lin, N J Chang, H C Chen, Y T Lin, C C Hsu
The use of local anaesthesia and adrenaline for hand surgery is gaining popularity; however, where vascularity is impaired, wide-awake surgery is considered a contraindication. We present our case series of five digital devascularizations and eight amputations that underwent surgery using the 'wide-awake' anaesthetic technique. A temporary digital tourniquet (< 20 min) was used in three cases to identify structures quickly. The anastomoses were performed under local anaesthesia without a tourniquet. All cases had successful re-establishment of blood flow with good perfusion to the digital tips; no cases were re-explored because of vascular crisis...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412980/arctic-systems-in-the-quaternary-ecological-collision-faunal-mosaics-and-the-consequences-of-a-wobbling-climate
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E P Hoberg, J A Cook, S J Agosta, W Boeger, K E Galbreath, S Laaksonen, S J Kutz, D R Brooks
Climate oscillations and episodic processes interact with evolution, ecology and biogeography to determine the structure and complex mosaic that is the biosphere. Parasites and parasite-host assemblages are key components in a general explanatory paradigm for global biodiversity. We explore faunal assembly in the context of Quaternary time frames of the past 2.6 million years, a period dominated by episodic shifts in climate. Climate drivers cross a continuum from geological to contemporary timescales and serve to determine the structure and distribution of complex biotas...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411713/cosmetic-sclerotherapy
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Jennifer J Watson, M Ashraf Mansour
Telangiectasias and spider veins are considered a common cosmetic concern for both women and men. Sclerotherapy is a frequently used, low-risk, and highly successful method to treat these venous problems. This article reviews the pathophysiology and diagnosis of telangiectasias and reticular veins as well as the currently available agents and techniques of sclerotherapy. The possible complications and adverse outcomes of sclerotherapy are described. Standard care and follow-up for patients after the procedure are outlined...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411223/modified-bacteriophage-s16-long-tail-fiber-proteins-for-rapid-and-specific-immobilization-and-detection-of-salmonella-cells
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Jenna M Denyes, Matthew Dunne, Stanislava Steiner, Maximilian Mittelviefhaus, Agnes Weiss, Herbert Schmidt, Jochen Klumpp, Martin J Loessner
Bacteriophage-based assays and biosensors rival traditional antibody-based immunoassays for detection of low-level Salmonella contaminations. In this study, we harnessed the binding specificity of the long tail fiber (LTF) from bacteriophage S16 as an affinity molecule for immobilization, enrichment, and detection of Salmonella We demonstrate that paramagnetic beads (MBs) coated with recombinant gp37-gp38 LTF complexes (LTF-MBs) are highly effective tools for rapid affinity magnetic separation and enrichment of Salmonella Within 45 minutes, the LTF-MBs consistently captured over 95% of Salmonella Typhimurium cells from suspensions containing 10-10(5) CFU...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408667/draft-genome-sequence-of-roseomonas-mucosa-strain-au37-isolated-from-a-peripheral-intravenous-catheter
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Md Abu Choudhury, Alexander M Wailan, Hanna E Sidjabat, Li Zhang, Nicole Marsh, Claire M Rickard, Mark R Davies, David J McMillan
Roseomonas mucosa is an opportunistic pathogen that causes infections in humans and is often associated with vascular catheter-related bacteremia. Here, we report the draft genome sequence of Roseomonas mucosa strain AU37, isolated from a peripheral intravenous catheter tip.
April 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408490/atomic-force-microscopy-of-virus-shells
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Francisco Moreno-Madrid, Natalia Martín-González, Aida Llauró, Alvaro Ortega-Esteban, Mercedes Hernando-Pérez, Trevor Douglas, Iwan A T Schaap, Pedro J de Pablo
Microscopes are used to characterize small objects with the help of probes that interact with the specimen, such as photons and electrons in optical and electron microscopies, respectively. In atomic force microscopy (AFM), the probe is a nanometric tip located at the end of a microcantilever which palpates the specimen under study just as a blind person manages a walking stick. In this way, AFM allows obtaining nanometric resolution images of individual protein shells, such as viruses, in a liquid milieu. Beyond imaging, AFM also enables not only the manipulation of single protein cages, but also the characterization of every physicochemical property capable of inducing any measurable mechanical perturbation to the microcantilever that holds the tip...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
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