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Robin Bülow, Till Ittermann, Marcus Dörr, Axel Poesch, Sönke Langner, Henry Völzke, Norbert Hosten, Marc Dewey, Robin Bülow
OBJECTIVES: Reference ranges of left ventricular (LV) parameters from cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) were established to investigate the impact of ageing and hypertension as important determinants of cardiac structure and function. METHODS: One thousand five hundred twenty-five contrast-enhanced CMRs were conducted in the Study of Health in Pomerania. LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), end-systolic volume (LVESV), stroke volume (LVSV), ejection fraction (LVEF), and myocardial mass (LVMM) were determined using long- and short-axis steady-state free-precession sequences...
March 14, 2018: European Radiology
Dorothee Boehm, Konstantin Bergmeister, Emre Gazyakan, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Volker J Schmidt
AIMS: Reconstruction of breasts and chest wall deformities in female patients after severe burn injury is a challenge for reconstructive surgeons. In these patients, neither implant-based procedures nor standard free flaps are sometimes applicable because of limited skin quality and unavailability of donor sites at the abdomen, back, buttock, or medial thigh. METHODS: We present a case of a young female patient with a history of 80 % total body surface area burn after electric high-voltage injury...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Karolina Tokarczyk, Karina Kubiak-Ossowska, Barbara Jachimska, Paul A Mulheran
charged silica surface at pH7. We use fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) and steered MD (SMD) to probe the energy of adsorption, and the pathway for the surface diffusion of the protein and its associated activation energy. We find an adsorption energy ~ 1.2 eV, which implies that adsorption is irreversible even on an experimental timescales of hours. In contrast, the activation energy for surface diffusion is ~ 0.4 eV, so that it is observable on the MD simulation timescale of 100 ns. This analysis paves the way for a more detailed understanding of how a protein layer forms on biomaterial surfaces, even when the protein and surface share the same electrical polarity...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Dallan Dargan, Anirban Mandal, Kayvan Shokrollahi
INTRODUCTION: Rapid estimation of acute hand burns is important for communication, standardisation of assessment, rehabilitation and research. Use of an individual's own thumbprint area as a fraction of their total hand surface area was evaluated to assess potential utility in hand burn evaluation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten health professionals used an ink-covered dominant thumb pulp to cover the surfaces of their own non-dominant hand using the contralateral thumb...
March 10, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Xue-Jiao Ma, Yin-Juan Zhang, Cheng-Ming Zeng
Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), as an anionic surfactant, can induce protein conformational changes. Recent investigations demonstrated different effects of SDS on protein amyloid aggregation. In the present study, the effect of SDS on amyloid aggregation of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was evaluated. BSA transformed to β-sheet-rich amyloid aggregates upon incubation at pH 7.4 and 65°C, as demonstrated by thioflavin T fluorescence, circular dichroism, and transmission electron microscopy. SDS at submicellar concentrations inhibited BSA amyloid aggregation with IC50 of 47...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Zachary Hodosevich, Krista K Wheeler, Junxin Shi, Rebecca Coffey, J Kevin Bailey, Larry M Jones, Rajan K Thakkar, Renata B Fabia, Jonathan I Groner, Henry Xiang
Introduction: This study characterizes adult burn readmissions in the United States using a nationally representative hospital inpatient sample. Readmission rates, diagnoses, and risk factors are discussed. Methods: We analyzed the 2013 and 2014 Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD) for adult burn patients. The data were weighted to estimate national 30-day readmission rates. Principal readmission diagnoses were sorted into burn-specific or other readmission categories...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Sebastian Polak, Barbara Wiśniowska, Aleksander Mendyk, Adam Pacławski, Jakub Szlęk
Human heart electrophysiology is complex biological phenomenon, which is indirectly assessed by the measured ECG signal. ECG trace is further analyzed to derive interpretable surrogates including QT interval, QRS complex, PR interval, and T wave morphology. QT interval and its modification are the most commonly used surrogates of the drug triggered arrhythmia, but it is known that the QT interval itself is determined by other nondrug related parameters, physiological and pathological. In the current study, we used the computational intelligence algorithms to analyze correlations between various simulated physiological parameters and QT interval...
2018: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Robert B Hawkins, J Hunter Mehaffey, Eric J Charles, John A Kern, D Scott Lim, Nicholas R Teman, Gorav Ailawadi
BACKGROUND: Frailty is an important predictor of outcomes after cardiac surgery, but utility is limited by difficult assessment and quantification. We hypothesize that sarcopenia defined as psoas muscle cross-sectional area is a useful predictor of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) outcomes in moderate to high-risk patients. METHODS: Moderate to high-risk (predicted risk of mortality [PROM] >3%) patients who underwent SAVR with or without coronary bypass were extracted from an institutional database (2009-2016)...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Karel D Capek, Linda E Sousse, Gabriel Hundeshagen, Charles D Voigt, Oscar E Suman, Celeste C Finnerty, Kristofer Jennings, David N Herndon
BACKGROUND: The standard of burn treatment today reflects major advances. We sought to quantitate the impact of these advances on burn survival via age-stratified mortality ratios compared with other reported mortality analyses in burns. STUDY DESIGN: Age, percent of the total body surface area (TBSA) burned, presence of inhalation injury, length of stay, and survival status were recorded at admission and at discharge for all new burn admissions between 1989 and 2017...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Youmei Wang, Minghua Lu, Dianping Tang
A new photoluminescence (PL) enzyme immunoassay was designed for sensitive detection of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 ) via an innovative enzyme substrate, 6-aza-2-thiothymine-stabilized gold nanocluster (AAT-AuNC) with L-arginine. The enzyme substrate with strong PL intensity was formed through supramolecular host-guest assembly between guanidine group of L-arginine and AAT capped on the surface of AuNC. Upon arginase introduction, the captured L-arginine was hydrolyzed into ornithine and urea, thus resulting in the decreasing PL intensity...
March 5, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Chalathan Saengruengrit, Patcharee Ritprajak, Supason Wanichwecharungruang, Apoorva Sharma, Georgeta Salvan, Dietrich R T Zahn, Numpon Insin
Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) have received much attention in drug and biomolecule delivery systems. Here, we report a delivery system using the combination of a magnetic field and the relatively biocompatible composite particles of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) and SPIONs (SPION-PLGA particles) for protein delivery to bone-marrow derived primary dendritic cells (BM-DCs). SPIONs with the diameter of ∼10 nm were synthesized via thermal decomposition of iron(III) oleate. The SPIONs and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were encapsulated in PLGA particles of two different diameters, 300 and 500 nm...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Marco Scalese, Raffaele Giordano, Eliana Franchi, Nadia Assanta, Marco Marotta, Cecilia Viacava, Sabrina Molinaro, Giorgio Iervasi, Giuseppe Santoro, Martin Koestenberger
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in echocardiographic strain (ε) measurements for the assessment of ventricular myocardial function in children; however, pediatric nomograms remain limited. Our aim was to establish pediatric nomograms for the left ventricular (LV) and the right ventricular (RV) ε measured by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) in a large cohort of healthy children prospectively enrolled. METHODS: Echocardiographic measurements included STE LV longitudinal and circumferential and RV longitudinal global end-systolic ε...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Deidra C Crews, Tanushree Banerjee, Donald E Wesson, Hal Morgenstern, Rajiv Saran, Nilka Ríos Burrows, Desmond E Williams, Neil R Powe
BACKGROUND: Dietary acid load (DAL) contributes to the risk of CKD and CKD progression. We sought to determine the relation of DAL to racial/ethnic differences in the risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) among persons with CKD. METHODS: Among 1,123 non-Hispanic black (NHB) and non-Hispanic white (NHW) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III participants with estimated glomerular filtration rate 15-59 mL/min/1.73 m2, DAL was estimated using the Remer and Manz net acid excretion (NAEes) formula and 24-h dietary recall...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Pengfei Zhang, Lu Ma, Zhen Yang, Hailing Li, Zhonghong Gao
5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrinato iron(III) chloride (FeTPPS) is a water-soluble heme analog, which has been used as a scavenger of peroxynitrite in many studies. Similar to heme, it may also possess pseudo-peroxidase activity that could cause protein tyrosine nitration through the peroxidase-H2 O2 -NO2 - pathway. In this paper, we used western blotting and spectrophotometry analysis to study the capability of FeTPPS in catalyzing protein tyrosine nitration. Furthermore, the capability of FeTPPS in catalyzing protein nitration in tissue homogenate and cultured cells was also investigated...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
A D Rogers, M Saggaf, N Ziolkowski
BACKGROUND: Patients with extensive burn injuries are susceptible to a host of accompanying adverse effects should they develop perioperative hypothermia, which occurs in up to ¼ of all major burn cases. This quality improvement project aimed to reduce the incidence of perioperative hypothermia to below 10% of cases in patients with major burn (Total Body Surface Area [TBSA] >15%), within a one year period. METHODS: A baseline diagnostic phase was undertaken to provide a greater understanding of the incidence, natural history and risk factors of perioperative hypothermia...
March 7, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Yueping Zhu, Zhenqing Li, Ping Wang, Lisong Shen, Dawei Zhang, Yoshinori Yamaguchi
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is an effective tool for protein separation and analysis. Compared with capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE), non-gel sieving capillary electrophoresis (NGSCE) processes the superiority on operation, repeatability and automaticity. Herein, we investigated the effect of polymer molecular weight and concentration, electric field strength, and the effective length of the capillary on the separation performance of proteins, and find that (1) polymer with high molecular weight and concentration favors the separation of proteins, although concentrated polymer hinders its injection into the channel of the capillary due to its high viscosity...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Hari Rajagopal, Santosh C Uppu, Justin Weigand, Simon Lee, Ruchika Karnik, Helen Ko, Puneet Bhatla, James Nielsen, John Doucette, Ira Parness, Shubhika Srivastava
Right atrial (RA) size is a prognostic indicator for heart failure and cardiovascular death in adults. Data regarding use of RA area (RAA) by two-dimensional echocardiography as a surrogate for RA size and allometric modeling to define appropriate indexing of the RAA are lacking. Our objective was to validate RAA as a reliable measure of RA size and to define normal reference values by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a large population of healthy children and develop Z-scores using a validated allometric model for indexing RAA independent of age, sex, and body size...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Leo Nherera, Paul Trueman, Christopher Roberts, Leena Berg
INTRODUCTION: Burn injury is a common type of traumatic injury that causes considerable morbidity and mortality, resulting in about 30,000 admissions annually in specialist burn centers and costing around $1 billion per year in the United States. One percent silver sulfadiazine has been utilized widely in the management of burns and newer silver dressings are on the market, including nanocrystalline silver dressings, silver-impregnated hydrofiber dressings, and silver-impregnated foam dressings...
February 23, 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Raymond P Lorenzoni, Jaeun Choi, Nadine F Choueiter, Iona M Munjal, Chhavi Katyal, Kenan W D Stern
OBJECTIVE: Kawasaki disease is the primary cause of acquired pediatric heart disease in developed nations. Timely diagnosis of Kawasaki disease incorporates transthoracic echocardiography for visualization of the coronary arteries. Sedation improves this visualization, but not without risks and resource utilization. To identify potential sedation criteria for suspected Kawasaki disease, we analyzed factors associated with diagnostically inadequate initial transthoracic echocardiography performed without sedation...
March 9, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Dai Asada, Kenichi Okumura, Kazuyuki Ikeda, Toshiyuki Itoi
As the important role of longitudinal shortening in ventricular function has been well recognized over the past decade, evaluation of longitudinal systolic function of the left ventricle has become a subject of growing interest. Tissue motion annular displacement of the mitral valve (TMAD) is a new parameter of longitudinal systolic function. Although some studies have reported that this new parameter correlates with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in adults, little is known about TMAD in normal children...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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