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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637270/in-planta-recapitulation-of-isoprene-synthases-evolution-from-ocimene-synthases
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Mingai Li, Jia Xu, Alberto Algarra Alarcon, Silvia Carlin, Enrico Barbaro, Luca Cappellin, Violeta Velikova, Urska Vrhovsek, Francesco Loreto, Claudio Varotto
Isoprene is the most abundant biogenic volatile hydrocarbon compound naturally emitted by plants and plays a major role in atmospheric chemistry. It has been proposed that isoprene synthases (IspS) may readily evolve from other terpene synthases, but this hypothesis has not been experimentally investigated.We isolated and functionally validated in Arabidopsis the first isoprene synthase gene, AdoIspS, from a monocotyledonous species (Arundo donax L., Poaceae). Phylogenetic reconstruction indicates that AdoIspS and dicots isoprene synthases most likely originated by parallel evolution from TPS-b monoterpene synthases...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637228/application-of-social-network-analysis-in-the-assessment-of-organization-infrastructure-for-service-delivery-a-three-district-case-study-from-post-conflict-northern-uganda
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Freddie Ssengooba, Vincent Kawooya, Justine Namakula, Suzanne Fustukian
In post-conflict settings, service coverage indices are unlikely to be sustained if health systems are built on weak and unstable inter-organization networks-here referred to as infrastructure. The objective of this study was to assess the inter-organization infrastructure that supports the provision of selected health services in the reconstruction phase after conflict in northern Uganda. Applied social network analysis was used to establish the structure, size and function among organizations supporting the provision of (1) HIV treatment, (2) maternal delivery services and (3) workforce strengthening...
June 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636790/controlling-reaction-selectivity-via-surface-termination-of-perovskite-catalysts
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Felipe Polo-Garzon, Shi-Ze Yang, Victor Fung, Guo Shiou Foo, Elizabeth Erin Bickel, Matthew F Chisholm, De-En Jiang, Zili Wu
Although perovskites have been widely used in catalysis, tuning their surface terminations to control reaction selectivities has not been well established. In this work, we employ multiple surface sensitive techniques to characterize the surface termination (one aspect of surface reconstruction) of SrTiO3 (STO) after thermal pretreatment (Sr-enrichment) and chemical etching (Ti-enrichment). We show, using the conversion of 2-propanol as a probe reaction, that the surface termination of STO can be controlled to greatly tune catalytic acid/base properties and consequently the reaction selectivities in a wide range, which are inaccessible using single metal oxides, either SrO or TiO2...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636528/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-energy-stores-for-jumping-in-planthoppers-and-froghoppers-from-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy
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Igor Siwanowicz, Malcolm Burrows
Jumping in planthopper and froghopper insects is propelled by a catapult-like mechanism requiring mechanical storage of energy and its quick release to accelerate the hind legs rapidly. To understand the functional biomechanics involved in these challenging movements, the internal skeleton, tendons and muscles involved were reconstructed in 3-D from confocal scans in unprecedented detail. Energy to power jumping was generated by slow contractions of hind leg depressor muscles and then stored by bending specialised elements of the thoracic skeleton that are composites of the rubbery protein resilin sandwiched between layers of harder cuticle with air-filled tunnels reducing mass...
June 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635567/management-of-neobladder-complications-endoscopy-comes-first
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Ahmed M Moeen, Ahmed S Safwat, Ahmad A Elderwy, Hosny M Behnsawy, Mahmoud M Osman, Diaa A Hameed
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report the functional outcome after endoscopic management of neobladder complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Out of 197 patients who underwent radical cystectomy and orthotopic ileal neobladder reconstruction between 2007 and 2013, 30 patients with delayed postoperative complications were enrolled in this study. Complications were in the form of: eight patients with outflow obstruction, 12 with ureteroenteric stricture, nine with neobladder calculi and one with an isolated recurrent papillary tumor inside the neobladder...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635515/an-effective-treatment-for-heart-failure-caused-by-valvular-heart-diseases-thoracic-sympathetic-block
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Dan Li, Wei Liu, Dan Ma, Fengxiang Yun, Shu Li, Fengqi Liu
BACKGROUND: The pilot study is designed to investigate the effect of continuous thoracic sympathetic block (TSB) on cardiac function, reconstruction, and hemodynamic parameters in patients with heart failure resulting from valvular heart disease. METHOD: The cardiac function parameters, including left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricle end-diastole diameter (LVEDD), fractional shortening (FS), and N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), were measured in 19 patients before and after TSB treatment...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634720/the-financial-impact-and-drivers-of-hospital-charges-in-contralateral-prophylactic-mastectomy-and-reconstruction-a-nationwide-inpatient-sample-hospital-analysis
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Alexandra Bucknor, Anmol Chattha, Klaas Ultee, Winona Wu, Parisa Kamali, Patrick Bletsis, Austin Chen, Bernard T Lee, Claire Cronin, Samuel J Lin
PURPOSE: Rates of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) have increased over the last decade; it is important for surgeons and hospital systems to understand the economic drivers of increased costs in these patients. This study aims to identify factors affecting charges in those undergoing CPM and reconstruction. METHODS: Analysis of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample was undertaken (2009-2012), identifying women aged ≥18 with unilateral breast cancer undergoing unilateral mastectomy with CPM and immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) (CPM group), in addition to unilateral mastectomy and IBR alone (UM group)...
June 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634340/dispersal-ability-determines-the-scaling-properties-of-species-abundance-distributions-a-case-study-using-arthropods-from-the-azores
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Luís Borda-de-Água, Robert J Whittaker, Pedro Cardoso, François Rigal, Ana M C Santos, Isabel R Amorim, Aristeidis Parmakelis, Kostas A Triantis, Henrique M Pereira, Paulo A V Borges
Species abundance distributions (SAD) are central to the description of diversity and have played a major role in the development of theories of biodiversity and biogeography. However, most work on species abundance distributions has focused on one single spatial scale. Here we used data on arthropods to test predictions obtained with computer simulations on whether dispersal ability influences the rate of change of SADs as a function of sample size. To characterize the change of the shape of the SADs we use the moments of the distributions: the skewness and the raw moments...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634279/in-frame-seven-amino-acid-duplication-in-aip-arose-over-the-last-3000-years-disrupts-protein-interaction-stability-and-is-associated-with-gigantism
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Roberto Salvatori, Serban Radian, Yoan Diekmann, Donato Iacovazzo, Alessia David, Plamena Grabovska, Giorgia Grassi, Anna-Marie Bussell, Karen Stals, Astrid Weber, Richard Quinton, Elizabeth Crowne, Valentina Corazzini, Louise A Metherell, Tara Kearney, Daniel Du Plessis, Ajay Sinha, Atik Baborie, Anne-LIse Locoq, Philippe Chanson, Olaf Ansorge, Sian Ellard, Peter J Trainer, David Balding, Mark Thomas, Marta Korbonits
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene are associated with pituitary adenoma, acromegaly and gigantism. Identical alleles in unrelated pedigrees could be inherited from a common ancestor or result from recurrent mutation events. DESIGN & METHODS: Observational, inferential and experimental study, including: AIP mutation testing; reconstruction of 14 AIP-region (8.3 Mbp) haplotypes; coalescent-based approximate Bayesian estimation of the time to most recent common ancestor (tMRCA) of the derived allele; forward population simulations to estimate current number of allele carriers; proposal of mutation mechanism; protein structure predictions; co-immunoprecipitation and cycloheximide chase experiments...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634148/iodine-and-freeze-drying-enhanced-high-resolution-microct-imaging-for-reconstructing-3d-intraneural-topography-of-human-peripheral-nerve-fascicles
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Liwei Yan, Yongze Guo, Jian Qi, Qingtang Zhu, Liqiang Gu, Canbin Zheng, Tao Lin, Yutong Yu, Zitao Zeng, Sha Yu, Shuang Zhu, Xiang Zhou, Xi Zhang, Yunfei Du, Zhi Yao, Yao Lu, Xiaolin Liu
BACKGROUND: The precise annotation and accurate identification of the topography of fascicles to the end organs are prerequisites for studying human peripheral nerves. NEW METHOD: In this study, we present a feasible imaging method that acquires 3D high-resolution (HR) topography of peripheral nerve fascicles using an iodine and freeze-drying (IFD) micro-computed tomography (microCT) method to greatly increase the contrast of fascicle images. RESULTS: The enhanced microCT imaging method can facilitate the reconstruction of high-contrast HR fascicle images, fascicle segmentation and extraction, feature analysis, and the tracing of fascicle topography to end organs, which define fascicle functions...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634096/reconstruction-of-disrupted-extensor-mechanism-after-total-knee-arthroplasty
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C T Lim, Derek F Amanatullah, James I Huddleston, Alex H S Harris, Katherine L Hwang, William J Maloney, Stuart B Goodman
BACKGROUND: Disruption of the extensor mechanism after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a debilitating complication that results in extension lag, limited range of motion, difficulty in walking, frequent falls, and chronic pain. This study presents the clinical and radiographic results of reconstruction after extensor mechanism disruption in TKA patients. METHODS: Consecutive patients with allograft reconstruction of extensor mechanism after TKA were identified retrospectively from an academic tertiary center for revision TKA...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633791/peroneus-tertius-tendon-tear-causing-lateral-ankle-pain-in-a-child
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Niall P McGoldrick, Diane Bergin, Stephen R Kearns
The peroneus tertius muscle arises in the anterior compartment of the leg and demonstrates significant morphologic variation. Its function is not yet clearly delineated. We present the case of a 12-year-old patient with an isolated tear of the peroneus tertius tendon that resulted in lateral based ankle pain. After surgical reconstruction, the patient's pain resolved, and he was able to return to his normal activities.
July 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633275/phrenic-nerve-reconstruction-and-bilateral-diaphragm-plication-after-lobectomy
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Shuichi Shinohara, Tetsu Yamada, Mitsuhiro Ueda, Hiroyoshi Ishinagi, Takahisa Matsuoka, Shinjiro Nagai, Katsunari Matsuoka, Yoshihiro Miyamoto
A 49-year-old man with left phrenic nerve paralysis caused by mediastinal tumor resection 28 years earlier was found to have a nodule in the right upper lobe. The right phrenic nerve was severed during right upper lobectomy but was reconstructed along with bilateral plication of the diaphragm. The patient was weaned from the ventilator during the daytime on postoperative day 13 and was discharged home on postoperative day 48. Three months postoperatively, chest fluoroscopic imaging showed recovery of movement of the right diaphragm...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633265/again-two-melodies-in-concert-transcatheter-double-valve-replacement-in-hedinger-syndrome
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Roberta De Rosa, Dietmar Schranz, Andreas M Zeiher, Stephan Fichtlscherer
Transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation is established as a valuable option to reconstruct failing right ventricular outflow tract function. Percutaneous tricuspid valve-in-valve or valve-in-ring reconstruction is even applied with increasing acceptance. A 46-year-old woman with a diagnosis of carcinoid-dependent right heart failure underwent surgical bioprosthetic tricuspid and pulmonary valve replacement. Almost 1 year later, she presented again with markedly dilatated and reduced right heart function caused by degeneration of both biologic valves...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632456/effect-of-carbon-dioxide-laser-on-increasing-vestibular-depth-in-cleft-lip-and-palate-patients
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Sogra Yassaei, Hossein Aghili, Alireza Navab Azam, Mahjobeh Gholdani Moghadam, Isa Safari
BACKGROUND: Shallow upper buccal sulcus deformity in cleft lip and palate patients is one of the common secondary deformities after primary cleft lip and palate repair; this deformity may prevent or complicate orthodontic and prosthodontic procedures causing aesthetic and functional problems. A number of methods are described to increase the anterior maxillary sulcus in these patients. PURPOSE: This study assessed the use of a carbon dioxide laser (CO2) to increase the sulcus depth...
June 20, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631733/plastid-thylakoid-architecture-optimizes-photosynthesis-in-diatoms
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Serena Flori, Pierre-Henri Jouneau, Benjamin Bailleul, Benoit Gallet, Leandro F Estrozi, Christine Moriscot, Olivier Bastien, Simona Eicke, Alexander Schober, Carolina Río Bártulos, Eric Maréchal, Peter G Kroth, Dimitris Petroutsos, Samuel Zeeman, Cécile Breyton, Guy Schoehn, Denis Falconet, Giovanni Finazzi
Photosynthesis is a unique process that allows independent colonization of the land by plants and of the oceans by phytoplankton. Although the photosynthesis process is well understood in plants, we are still unlocking the mechanisms evolved by phytoplankton to achieve extremely efficient photosynthesis. Here, we combine biochemical, structural and in vivo physiological studies to unravel the structure of the plastid in diatoms, prominent marine eukaryotes. Biochemical and immunolocalization analyses reveal segregation of photosynthetic complexes in the loosely stacked thylakoid membranes typical of diatoms...
June 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631281/detecting-large-scale-networks-in-the-human-brain-using-high-density-electroencephalography
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Quanying Liu, Seyedehrezvan Farahibozorg, Camillo Porcaro, Nicole Wenderoth, Dante Mantini
High-density electroencephalography (hdEEG) is an emerging brain imaging technique that can be used to investigate fast dynamics of electrical activity in the healthy and the diseased human brain. Its applications are however currently limited by a number of methodological issues, among which the difficulty in obtaining accurate source localizations. In particular, these issues have so far prevented EEG studies from reporting brain networks similar to those previously detected by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
June 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630754/nerve-injuries-of-the-upper-extremity-and-hand
#18
Lars B Dahlin, Mikael Wiberg
A nerve injury has a profound impact on the patient's daily life due to the impaired sensory and motor function, impaired dexterity, sensitivity to cold as well as eventual pain problems.To perform an appropriate treatment of nerve injuries, a correct diagnosis must be made, where the injury is properly classified, leading to an optimal surgical approach and technique, where timing of surgery is also important for the outcome.Knowledge about the nerve regeneration process, where delicate processes occur in neurons, non-neuronal cells (i...
May 2017: EFORT open reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629919/comparing-pulmonary-nodule-location-during-electromagnetic-bronchoscopy-with-predicted-location-based-on-two-virtual-airway-maps-at-different-phases-of-respiration
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Brian S Furukawa, Nicholas J Pastis, Nichole T Tanner, Alexander Chen, Gerard A Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) is guided-bronchoscopy to pulmonary nodules (PN) which relies on a pre-procedural chest CT to create a 3-dimensional (3-D) virtual airway map. The CT is traditionally done at a full inspiratory breath hold (INSP) but the procedure is performed while the patient tidal breaths, where lung volumes are closer to functional residual capacity. Movement of a PN from INSP to expiration (EXP) has been shown to average 17.6 mm. Therefore, the hypothesis of this study is that pre-procedural virtual maps built off a CT closer to physiological lung volumes during bronchoscopy may better represent the actual 3-D location of a PN...
June 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629558/is-there-a-trend-in-ct-scanning-scaphoid-nonunions-for-deformity-assessment-a-systematic-review
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Paul W L Ten Berg, Marieke G A de Roo, Mario Maas, Simon D Strackee
PURPOSE: The effect of scaphoid nonunion deformity on wrist function is uncertain due to the lack of reliable imaging tools. Advanced three-dimensional (3-D) computed tomography (CT)-based imaging techniques may improve deformity assessment by using a mirrored image of the contralateral intact wrist as anatomic reference. The implementation of such techniques depends on the extent to which conventional CT is currently used in standard practice. The purpose of this systematic review of medical literature was to analyze the trend in CT scanning scaphoid nonunions, either unilaterally or bilaterally...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
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