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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338979/dysregulated-autophagy-in-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-due-to-pro209leu-mutation-in-bag3
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A Schänzer, S Rupp, S Gräf, D Zengeler, C Jux, H Akintürk, L Gulatz, N Mazhari, T Acker, R Van Coster, B K Garvalov, A Hahn
Myofibrillary myopathies (MFM) are hereditary myopathies histologically characterized by degeneration of myofibrils and aggregation of proteins in striated muscle. Cardiomyopathy is common in MFM but the pathophysiological mechanisms are not well understood. The BAG3-Pro209Leu mutation is associated with early onset MFM and severe restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM), often necessitating heart transplantation during childhood. We report on a young male patient with a BAG3-Pro209Leu mutation who underwent heart transplantation at eight years of age...
January 6, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335677/two-dimensional-imaging-and-modification-of-nanophotonic-resonator-modes-using-a-focused-ion-beam
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William R McGehee, Thomas Michels, Vladimir Aksyuk, Jabez J McClelland
High-resolution imaging of optical resonator modes is a key step in the development and characterization of nanophotonic devices. Many sub-wavelength mode-imaging techniques have been developed using optical and electron beam excitation-each with its own limitations in spectral and spatial resolution. Here, we report a 2D imaging technique using a pulsed, low-energy focused ion beam of Li+ to probe the near-surface fields inside photonic resonators. The ion beam locally modifies the resonator structure, causing temporally varying spectroscopic shifts of the resonator...
November 2017: Optica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315121/cervical-total-disk-arthroplasty
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Timothy T Roberts, Ryan J Filler, Jason W Savage, Edward C Benzel
In the United States, cervical total disk arthroplasty (TDA) is US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in both 1 and 2-level constructions for cervical disk disease resulting in myelopathy and/or radiculopathy. TDA designs vary in form, function, material composition, and even performance in vivo. However, the therapeutic goals are the same: to remove the painful degenerative/damaged elements of the intervertebral discoligamenous joint complex, to preserve or restore the natural range of spinal motion, and to mitigate stresses on adjacent spinal segments, thereby theoretically limiting adjacent segment disease (ASDis)...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315118/characteristics-of-cervical-spine-motion-in-different-types-of-cervical-alignment-kinematic-mri-study
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Kittipong Sessumpun, Permsak Paholpak, Kevork N Hindoyan, Koji Tamai, Thananit Sangkomkamhang, Zorica Buser, Jeffrey C Wang
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate how each type of sagittal cervical alignment affects the motion of the upper and subaxial cervical spine using kinematic magnetic resonance imaging. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The sagittal malalignment of the cervical spine from degeneration in the subaxial cervical spine reflects a disruption in the kinematic properties of the cervical spine and affects the motion of adjacent segments...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290065/pathophysiology-of-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-from-a-neuroinflammatory-and-neurotoxicity-perspective-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Karine Evangelho, Maria Mogilevskaya, Monica Losada-Barragan, Jeinny Karina Vargas-Sanchez
PURPOSE: Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in humans, affecting 2% of the population. This disorder can be classified into various types including primary, secondary, glaucoma with angle closure and with open angle. The prevalence of distinct types of glaucoma differs for each particular region of the world. One of the most common types of this disease is primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), which is a complex inherited disorder characterized by progressive retinal ganglion cell death, optic nerve head excavation and visual field loss...
December 30, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284234/chemometric-evaluation-of-concentrations-of-trace-elements-in-intervertebral-disc-tissue-in-patient-with-degenerative-disc-disease
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Łukasz Kubaszewski, Anetta Zioła-Frankowska, Zuzanna Gasik, Marcin Frankowski, Mikołaj Dąbrowski, Bartłomiej Molisak, Jacek Kaczmarczyk, Robert Gasik
BACKGROUND: The work is designed to uncover the pattern of mutual relation among trace elements and epidemiological data in the degenerated intervertebral disk tissue in humans. Hitherto the reason of the degenerative process is not fully understood. Trace elements are the basic components of the biological compound related both its metabolism as well as environmental exposure. The relation pattern among elements occurs gives new perspective in solving the cause of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We have analysed trace elements content in the 30 intervertebral disc from 22 patients with degenerative disc disease...
December 23, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204309/laser-application-in-neurosurgery
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REVIEW
Evgenii Belykh, Kaan Yagmurlu, Nikolay L Martirosyan, Ting Lei, Mohammadhassan Izadyyazdanabadi, Kashif M Malik, Vadim A Byvaltsev, Peter Nakaji, Mark C Preul
Background: Technological innovations based on light amplification created by stimulated emission of radiation (LASER) have been used extensively in the field of neurosurgery. Methods: We reviewed the medical literature to identify current laser-based technological applications for surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic uses in neurosurgery. Results: Surgical applications of laser technology reported in the literature include percutaneous laser ablation of brain tissue, the use of surgical lasers in open and endoscopic cranial surgeries, laser-assisted microanastomosis, and photodynamic therapy for brain tumors...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187309/a-finite-element-analysis-of-stress-distribution-and-disk-displacement-in-response-to-lumbar-rotation-manipulation-in-the-sitting-and-side-lying-positions
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Li Li, Tong Shen, Yi-Kai Li
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate stress distribution and disk displacement in healthy and degenerated intervertebral disks during simulated lumbar rotation manipulation (LRM) in the sitting and side-lying positions. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D) finite element models of healthy, mildly degenerated and moderately degenerated L4/5 spinal units were reconstructed. Lumbar rotation manipulation in the sitting and side-lying positions were simulated, and alterations in stress distribution and disk displacement in the lumbar disks were observed...
October 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183306/acdf-vs-tdr-for-patients-with-cervical-spondylosis-an-8%C3%A2-year-follow-up-study
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Bolong Zheng, Dingjun Hao, Hua Guo, Baorong He
BACKGROUND: ACDF has been considered as the gold standard in the treatment of single level cervical disk protrusion. However, it may cause adjacent level degeneration due to regional biomechanical changes. TDR has been applied with satisfactory results for over a decade, but there is no consensus if TDR is safer and more efficient than ACDF. The current study was carried out to compare the efficiency and safety of TDR and ACDF in the treatment of patients with single level cervical disk protrusion...
November 28, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080003/percutaneous-posterolateral-approach-for-the-simulation-of-a-far-lateral-disc-herniation-in-an-ovine-model
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Stefan Schwan, Christopher Ludtka, Ingo Wiesner, Andre Baerthel, Andrea Friedmann, Felix Göhre
PURPOSE: This work describes a minimally invasive damage model for ovine lumbar discs via partial nucleotomy using a posterolateral approach. METHODS: Two cadavers were dissected to analyze the percutaneous corridor. Subsequently, 28 ovine had their annulus fibrosus punctured via awl penetration under fluoroscopic control and nucleus pulposus tissue removed via rongeur. Efficacy was assessed by animal morbidity, ease of access to T12-S1 disc spaces, and production of a mechanical injury as verified by discography, radiography, and histology...
October 27, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074336/the-role-of-fenestration-in-management-of-type-i-thoracolumbar-disk-degeneration
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REVIEW
Nick D Jeffery, Paul M Freeman
Fenestration offers the advantages of prophylaxis without the need for specialized instrumentation and imaging. Currently there is a lack of equipoise regarding the efficacy of fenestration relative to decompression for treatment of acute canine intervertebral disk herniation; most veterinary spinal surgeons do not consider the 2 procedures equivalently efficacious. Therapeutic fenestration should perhaps be given greater consideration, especially if advanced imaging shows only mild to moderate spinal cord compression or there are restrictions on the duration of surgery, when it might be better to spend the time on fenestration rather than decompression...
October 23, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072013/-effects-of-chiropractics-on-intervertebral-disk-extracell-matrix-and-metabolic-enzymes-in-rats-with-cervical-spondylosis
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Li-Shan Huang, Ping-Ping Huang, Xiu-Bing Tong, Zhong-Li Li, Yan-Ping Fang, Jun Liao
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of chiropractics on intervertebral disk extracell matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, MMP-3, MMP-13, cellular collagen type Ⅱ (COL-Ⅱ), tissue inhibitor 1 of metalloproteinase (TIMP-1) and extracellular matrix (ECM) in the rats with cervical spondylosis, so as to explore its mechanism underlying improvement of cervical spondylosis. METHODS: A total of 40 SD rats were randomized into a sham group, a model group, a chiropractics group and a mobic group, 8 rats in each one...
August 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064547/comparison-of-type-i-collagens-and-mmp-2-proteins-in-young-and-old-mice-temporomandibular-joint
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M Demir, M Kemal Tumer, M Çiçek, M Uysal, A Yoldas, A Doganer
BACKGROUND: The effects of aging on the histopathological changes of Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the existence and age related alterations of immunochemical expressions of type I collagen and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) proteins was aimed to be displayed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 14 Balb/C type white mice (50-80g) were included. Groups were organized as Group I two month old young mice group (n=7) and Group II 18 month old mice group (n=7)...
October 24, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042528/-a-case-of-ruptured-anterior-communicating-artery-aneurysm-with-visual-field-defects-and-deteriorating-to-severe-vision-loss
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Kazuki Sakakura, Go Ikeda, Yasunobu Nakai, Noriyuki Watanabe, Masanari Shiigai, Kazuya Uemura, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Akira Matsumura
Although Terson's syndrome is a well-known cause of vision loss due to intracerebral aneurysm rupture, optic nerve neuropathy can also occur because of other causes. Here, we report such a case, i.e., a ruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm accompanied by vision loss and visual field disturbances due to a cause other than Terson's syndrome. A 47-year-old man presented with right superior altitudinal hemianopia. Computed tomography (CT) showed subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), and three-dimensional CT angiography revealed an anterior communicating artery aneurysm...
October 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041549/high-q-factor-with-the-excitation-of-anapole-modes-in-dielectric-split-nanodisk-arrays
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Shao-Ding Liu, Zhi-Xing Wang, Wen-Jie Wang, Jing-Dong Chen, Zhi-Hui Chen
The simultaneous realization of high Q-factor resonances and strong near-field enhancements around and inside of dielectric nanostructures is important for many applications in nanophotonics. However, the incident fields are often confined within dielectric nanoparticles, which results in poor optical interactions with external environment. Near-field enhancements can be extended outside of dielectric nanostructures with proper design, but the Q-factor is often reduced caused by additional radiation losses...
September 18, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924335/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-to-better-understand-glaucoma
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EDITORIAL
Gábor Holló
The term optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) comprises different OCT-based technologies which all allow noninvasive assessment of retinal perfusion, based on moving red blood cells. The main areas where OCTA is currently used are investigation of perfusion and vascular structure of the macular retina (e.g., in macular degenerations and diabetic macular diseases) and the disk and peripapillary retina (in glaucoma and other optic disk diseases). The current editorial provides a brief overview on the potential of OCTA and its use to measure perfusion in the peripapillary retina in glaucoma...
May 2017: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869295/the-clinical-potential-of-senolytic-drugs
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James L Kirkland, Tamara Tchkonia, Yi Zhu, Laura J Niedernhofer, Paul D Robbins
Senolytic drugs are agents that selectively induce apoptosis of senescent cells. These cells accumulate in many tissues with aging and at sites of pathology in multiple chronic diseases. In studies in animals, targeting senescent cells using genetic or pharmacological approaches delays, prevents, or alleviates multiple age-related phenotypes, chronic diseases, geriatric syndromes, and loss of physiological resilience. Among the chronic conditions successfully treated by depleting senescent cells in preclinical studies are frailty, cardiac dysfunction, vascular hyporeactivity and calcification, diabetes mellitus, liver steatosis, osteoporosis, vertebral disk degeneration, pulmonary fibrosis, and radiation-induced damage...
October 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846710/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-maps-in-the-assessment-of-surgical-patients-with-lumbar-spine-degeneration
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Evgenii Belykh, Andrey A Kalinin, Arpan A Patel, Eric J Miller, Michael A Bohl, Ivan A Stepanov, Liudmila A Bardonova, Talgat Kerimbaev, Anton O Asantsev, Morgan B Giers, Mark C Preul, Vadim A Byvaltsev
PURPOSE: To assess the utility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps for the assessment of patients with advanced degenerative lumbar spine disease and describe characteristic features of ADC maps in various degenerative lumbar spinal conditions. METHODS: T1-weighted, T2-weighted and diffusion weighted (DWI) MR images of 100 consecutive patients admitted to the spinal surgery service were assessed. ADC maps were generated from DWI images using Osyrix software...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840994/identification-of-the-prom1-mutation-p-r373c-in-a-korean-patient-with-autosomal-dominant-stargardt-like-macular-dystrophy
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Jong Min Kim, Chung Lee, Ga In Lee, Nayoung K D Kim, Chang Seok Ki, Woong Yang Park, Byoung Joon Kim, Sang Jin Kim
Stargardt-like macular dystrophy 4 (STGD4) is a rare macular dystrophy characterized by bull's eye atrophy of the macula and the underlying retinal pigment epithelium. Patients with STGD4 show decreased central vision, which often progresses to severe vision loss. The PROM1 gene encodes prominin-1, which is a 5-transmembrane glycoprotein also known as CD133 and is involved in photoreceptor disk morphogenesis. PROM1 mutations have been identified as genetic causes for STGD4 and other retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa...
November 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796075/muscle-gap-approach-under-a-minimally-invasive-channel-technique-for-treating-long-segmental-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-retrospective-study
#20
Yang Bin, Wang De Cheng, Wang Zong Wei, Li Hui
This study aimed to compare the efficacy of muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel surgical technique with the traditional median approach.In the Orthopedics Department of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital, Tongzhou District, Beijing, 68 cases of lumbar spinal canal stenosis underwent surgery using the muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel technique and a median approach between September 2013 and February 2016. Both approaches adopted lumbar spinal canal decompression, intervertebral disk removal, cage implantation, and pedicle screw fixation...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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