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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149876/impact-of-donor-graft-quality-on-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty-dalk
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Friederike Schaub, Philip Enders, Werner Adler, Björn O Bachmann, Claus Cursiefen, Ludwig M Heindl
BACKGROUND: To evaluate main features of donor tissue that may influence clinical outcome or complication rate after deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK). METHODS: Donor tissue parameters of 84 consecutive corneal donor grafts used for big-bubble DALK surgery between June 2011 and December 2014 in 84 eyes of 84 patients with disorders of anterior corneal stroma were correlated to clinical outcome parameters of recipient eyes 12 months after surgery and 3 months after total suture removal...
November 17, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148148/an-integrative-translational-approach-to-study-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-position-paper-from-the-working-group-on-myocardial-function-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology
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REVIEW
Andre P Lourenço, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, Jean-Luc Balligand, Johann Bauersachs, Dana Dawson, Rudolf A de Boer, Leon J de Windt, Inês Falcão-Pires, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Stefan Franz, Mauro Giacca, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Emilio Hirsch, Christoph Maack, Manuel Mayr, Burkert Pieske, Thomas Thum, Carlo G Tocchetti, Dirk L Brutsaert, Stephane Heymans
As heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) rises to epidemic proportions, major steps in patient management and therapeutic development are badly needed. With the current position paper we seek to update our view on HFpEF as a highly complex systemic syndrome, from risk factors and mechanisms to long-term clinical manifestations. We will revise recent advances in animal model development, experimental set-ups and basic and translational science approaches to HFpEF research, highlighting their drawbacks and advantages...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146700/phenotypic-spectrum-of-children-with-nephronophthisis-and-related-ciliopathies
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Jens König, Birgitta Kranz, Sabine König, Karl Peter Schlingmann, Andrea Titieni, Burkhard Tönshoff, Sandra Habbig, Lars Pape, Karsten Häffner, Matthias Hansen, Anja Büscher, Martin Bald, Heiko Billing, Raphael Schild, Ulrike Walden, Tobias Hampel, Hagen Staude, Magdalena Riedl, Norbert Gretz, Martin Lablans, Carsten Bergmann, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Heymut Omran, Martin Konrad
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Genetic heterogeneity and phenotypic variability are major challenges in familial nephronophthisis and related ciliopathies. To date, mutations in 20 different genes (NPHP1 to -20) have been identified causing either isolated kidney disease or complex multiorgan disorders. In this study, we provide a comprehensive and detailed characterization of 152 children with a special focus on extrarenal organ involvement and the long-term development of ESRD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We established an online-based registry (www...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145092/ionic-liquid-solvent-bar-micro-extraction-of-cdcln-n-2-species-for-ultra-trace-cd-determination-in-seawater
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Belén Herce-Sesa, José A López-López, Carlos Moreno
Water analysis of trace metals has been benefited by recent studies on sample preparation by liquid micro-extraction. However, there are still limitations for its application to seawater, such as the need of additives to preserve the sample or the availability of chemical extractants for the selective extraction from highly saline samples. In this work, a three phase solvent bar micro-extraction (3SBME) system containing the ionic liquid trioctylmethylammonium chloride (Aliquat(®) 336) has been used for isolation and pre-concentration of Cd from seawater samples, due to its ability for ionic exchange of CdCln((n-2)-)...
November 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141539/comparative-selectively-targeted-anti-neoplastic-cytotoxicity-of-three-immunopharmaceuticals-with-covalently-bound-fludarabine-gemcitabine-and-dexamethasone-moieties-synthesized-utilizing-organic-chemistry-reactions-in-a-multi-phase-regimen
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Cody P Coyne, Lakshmi Narayanan
Background - Unintentional passive diffusion of conventional small molecular weight pharmaceuticals across intact membranes of normal healthy cells in tissues and organ systems induces sequelae that limit therapeutic dosage and duration of administration. Selective "targeted" delivery of pharmaceuticals is a molecular strategy that can potentially provide heightened margins-of-safety with greater potency and improved efficacy. Materials-and-Methods - Monophosphate analogs of fludarabine, gemcitabine, and dexamethasone were combined with a carbodiimide reagent in the presence of imidazole to produce reactive intermediates that were subsequently covalently bound to monoclonal anti-IGF-1R or anti-EGFR IgG-immunoglobulin...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141044/high-dimensional-linear-state-space-models-for-dynamic-microbial-interaction-networks
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Iris Chen, Yogeshwar D Kelkar, Yu Gu, Jie Zhou, Xing Qiu, Hulin Wu
Medical researchers are increasingly interested in knowing how the complex community of micro-organisms living on human body impacts human health. Key to this is to understand how the microbes interact with each other. Time-course studies on human microbiome indicate that the composition of microbiome changes over short time periods, primarily as a consequence of synergistic and antagonistic interactions of the members of the microbiome with each other and with the environment. Knowledge of the abundance of bacteria-which are the predominant members of the human microbiome-in such time-course studies along with appropriate mathematical models will allow us to identify key dynamic interaction networks within the microbiome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140820/renal-effects-of-cytokines-in-hypertension
#7
Yi Wen, Steven D Crowley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory cytokines contribute to the pathogenesis of hypertension through effects on renal blood flow and sodium handling. This review will update recent advances that explore the renal actions of immune cells and cytokines in the pathogenesis of hypertension. RECENT FINDINGS: Populations of cells from both the innate and adaptive immune systems contribute to hypertension by modulating functions of the vasculature and epithelial cells in the kidney...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138454/differences-in-mitochondrial-function-and-morphology-during-cooling-and-rewarming-between-hibernator-and-non-hibernator-derived-kidney-epithelial-cells
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Koen D W Hendriks, Eleonora Lupi, Maarten C Hardenberg, Femke Hoogstra-Berends, Leo E Deelman, Robert H Henning
Hibernators show superior resistance to ischemia and hypothermia, also outside the hibernation season. Therefore, hibernation is a promising strategy to decrease cellular damage in a variety of fields, such as organ transplantation. Here, we explored the role of mitochondria herein, by comparing epithelial cell lines from a hibernator (hamster kidney cells, HaK) and a non-hibernator (human embryonic kidney cells, HEK293) during cold preservation at 4 °C and rewarming. Cell survival (Neutral Red), ATP and MDA levels, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), mitochondrial morphology (using fluorescent probes) and metabolism (seahorse XF) were assessed...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138304/refactoring-the-genetic-code-for-increased-evolvability
#9
Gur Pines, James D Winkler, Assaf Pines, Ryan T Gill
The standard genetic code is robust to mutations during transcription and translation. Point mutations are likely to be synonymous or to preserve the chemical properties of the original amino acid. Saturation mutagenesis experiments suggest that in some cases the best-performing mutant requires replacement of more than a single nucleotide within a codon. These replacements are essentially inaccessible to common error-based laboratory engineering techniques that alter a single nucleotide per mutation event, due to the extreme rarity of adjacent mutations...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136796/a-multi-purpose-tool-for-food-inspection-simultaneous-determination-of-various-classes-of-preservatives-and-biogenic-amines-in-meat-and-fish-products-by-lc-ms
#10
Luciano Molognoni, Heitor Daguer, Leandro Antunes de Sá Ploêncio, Juliano De Dea Lindner
This paper describes an innovative fast and multipurpose method for the chemical inspection of meat and fish products by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Solid-liquid extraction and low temperature partitioning were applied to 17 analytes, which included large bacteriocins (3.5kDa) and small molecules (organic acids, heterocyclic compounds, polyene macrolides, alkyl esters of the p-hydroxybenzoic acid, aromatic, and aliphatic biogenic amines and polyamines). Chromatographic separation was achieved in 10min, using stationary phase of di-isopropyl-3-aminopropyl silane bound to hydroxylated silica...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136399/proteinaceous-sperm-motility-inhibitory-factor-from-the-female-indian-garden-lizard-calotes-versicolor
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Goutham Shankar, Shubhashree Uppangala, Satish K Adiga, Belinda Willard, Bhadravathi K C Sagar, Ruth S K Titus, Gopal K Marathe
Female sperm storage is an intriguing adaptation exhibited by a wide array of both vertebrates and invertebrates. The mechanisms underlying female sperm storage have remained elusive. Using the Indian garden lizard Calotes versicolor as a model organism, we investigated the role of low and high molecular weight factors in this phenomenon. Previously, we demonstrated three distinct phases of the reproductive cycle in this animal with live, motile spermatozoa recovered from the uterovaginal region during the reproductive phase...
November 15, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136348/outcomes-of-donation-after-circulatory-death-kidneys-undergoing-hypothermic-machine-perfusion-following-static-cold-storage-a-uk-population-based-cohort-study
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Kamlesh Patel, Jay Nath, James Hodson, Nick Inston, Andrew Ready
Evidence is currently lacking regarding the outcomes of kidneys undergoing Hypothermic Machine Perfusion (HMP) in the UK. Using the National Health Service Blood and Transplant database, the authors compared outcomes for recipients of single organ Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) kidneys preserved with HMP to those using only static cold storage (SCS). Between 2007 and 2015, HMP was used in 19.1% (864/4,529) of kidneys. Rates of delayed graft function (DGF) were significantly lower in organs preserved with HMP than for SCS (34...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136328/organ-preservation-in-rectal-cancer-a-synopsis-of-current-guidelines
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W A A Borstlap, S E van Oostendorp, C E L Klaver, D Hahnloser, C Cunningham, E Rullier, W A Bemelman, J B Tuynman, P J Tanis
BACKGROUND: The high morbidity associated with radical resection for rectal cancer is an incentive for surgeons to adopt strategies aimed at organ preservation, particularly for early disease. There are a number of different approaches to achieve this. In this study we have collated current national and international guidelines to produce a synopsis to support this changing practice. METHODS: The databases PubMed, Embase, Trip database, national guideline clearinghouse, BMJ Best practice were interrogated...
November 14, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136289/extraction-of-amino-acids-from-aerogel-for-analysis-by-capillary-electrophoresis-implications-for-a-mission-concept-to-enceladus-plume
#14
Maria F Mora, Steve M Jones, Jessica Creamer, Peter A Willis
Ocean worlds like Europa and Enceladus in the outer solar system are prime targets in the search for life beyond Earth. Enceladus is particularly interesting due to the presence of a water plume ejecting from the south polar region. The recent discovery of H2 in the plume, in addition to the presence of previously observed organic compounds, highlights the possibility of life in this moon. The plume provides materials from the underlying ocean that could be collected simply by flying through it. The presence of the plume means that material from the ocean is available for collection during a flyby, without the need for landing or complex sample handling operations such as scooping or drilling...
November 14, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134378/organ-preservation-in-rectal-cancer-after-chemoradiation-should-we-extend-the-observation-period-in-patients-with-a-clinical-near-complete-response
#15
Britt J P Hupkens, Monique Maas, Milou H Martens, Marit E van der Sande, Doenja M J Lambregts, Stéphanie O Breukink, Jarno Melenhorst, Janneke B Houwers, Christiaan Hoff, Meindert N Sosef, Jeroen W A Leijtens, Maaike Berbee, Regina G H Beets-Tan, Geerard L Beets
BACKGROUND: To assess whether extending the observation period in patients with a near clinical complete response (near cCR) after chemoradiation (CRT) leads to an impaired oncological outcome. METHODS: Patients who had a clinical complete response (cCR) 8-10 weeks after CRT restaging with magnetic resonance imaging and endoscopy were offered a watch-and-wait strategy (W&W1), while patients with a near cCR were offered to undergo local excision or a second restaging 6-12 weeks later...
November 13, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134243/-implants-for-genital-prolapse-pro-mesh-surgery
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REVIEW
J Neymeyer, D-E Moldovan, K Kornienko, K Miller, A Weichert
There has been an overall increase in pelvic organ prolapse due to demographic changes (increased life expectancy). Increasing sociocultural demands of women require treatments that are more effective with methods that are more successful. In the treatment of pelvic floor insufficiency and uterovaginal prolapse, pelvic floor reconstructions with mesh implants have proven to be superior to conventional methods such as the classic colporrhaphy, reconstructions with biomaterial, and native tissue repair in appropriately selected patients and when applying exact operation techniques, especially because of good long-term results and low recurrence rates...
November 13, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133450/resurrecting-ancestral-genes-in-bacteria-to-interpret-ancient-biosignatures
#17
Betul Kacar, Lionel Guy, Eric Smith, John Baross
Two datasets, the geologic record and the genetic content of extant organisms, provide complementary insights into the history of how key molecular components have shaped or driven global environmental and macroevolutionary trends. Changes in global physico-chemical modes over time are thought to be a consistent feature of this relationship between Earth and life, as life is thought to have been optimizing protein functions for the entirety of its approximately 3.8 billion years of history on the Earth. Organismal survival depends on how well critical genetic and metabolic components can adapt to their environments, reflecting an ability to optimize efficiently to changing conditions...
December 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133296/comparison-of-preservation-and-transportation-protocols-for-preloaded-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty
#18
Vito Romano, Mohit Parekh, Alessandro Ruzza, Colin E Willoughby, Stefano Ferrari, Diego Ponzin, Stephen B Kaye, Hannah J Levis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) preparation is technically demanding and is a limiting factor for uptake of this kind of surgery. Supply methods that simplify the procedure for surgeons are key to increasing uptake. This study compares two different shipping protocols for DMEK. METHODS: An 8.5 mm DMEK graft was punched, marked and loaded for transportation in two different conditions: (A) endothelium trifolded inwards in organ culture conditions (n=7) and (B) endothelium rolled outwards in hypothermic conditions (n=7)...
November 13, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131005/a-review-of-anesthetic-effects-on-renal-function-potential-organ-protection
#19
Negar Motayagheni, Sheshanna Phan, Crystal Eshraghi, Ala Nozari, Anthony Atala
BACKGROUND: Renal protection is a critical concept for anesthesiologists, nephrologists, and urologists, since anesthesia and renal function are highly interconnected and can potentially interfere with one another. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of anesthetic drugs and their effects on renal function remains fundamental to the success of renal surgeries, especially transplant procedures. Some experimental studies have shown that some anesthetics provide protection against renal ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury, but there is limited clinical evidence...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130363/antioxidant-role-of-autophagy-in-maintaining-the-integrity-of-glomerular-capillaries
#20
Jun Matsuda, Tomoko Namba, Yoshitsugu Takabatake, Tomonori Kimura, Atsushi Takahashi, Takeshi Yamamoto, Satoshi Minami, Shinsuke Sakai, Ryuta Fujimura, Jun-Ya Kaimori, Isao Matsui, Takayuki Hamano, Yoko Fukushima, Keiko Matsui, Tomoyoshi Soga, Yoshitaka Isaka
Autophagy is a lysosomal degradation system by which cytosolic materials and damaged organelles are broken down into basic components. To explore the physiological role of autophagy in glomerular endothelial cells (GEnCs), we compared the autophagic flux among cells in the kidney under starvation. Inhibition of autophagy by chloroquine administration significantly increased the number of autophagosomes or autolysosomes in GEnCs and proximal tubular cells, but not in podocytes, suggesting that the GEnCs exhibit substantial autophagic activity...
November 13, 2017: Autophagy
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