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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223327/restoration-of-motor-function-after-operative-reconstruction-of-the-acutely-transected-spinal-cord-in-the-canine-model
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Zehan Liu, Shuai Ren, Kuang Fu, Qiong Wu, Jun Wu, Liting Hou, Hong Pan, Linlin Sun, Jian Zhang, Bingjian Wang, Qing Miao, Guiyin Sun, Vincenzo Bonicalzi, Sergio Canavero, Xiaoping Ren
BACKGROUND: Cephalosomatic anastomosis or what has been called a "head transplantation" requires full reconnection of the respective transected ends of the spinal cords. The GEMINI spinal cord fusion protocol has been developed for this reason. Here, we report the first randomized, controlled study of the GEMINI protocol in large animals. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, controlled study of a complete transection of the spinal cord at the level of T10 in dogs at Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China...
December 6, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222690/risk-factor-of-contralateral-radiculopathy-following-microendoscopy-assisted-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion
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Yang Yang, Zhong-Yu Liu, Liang-Ming Zhang, Jian-Wen Dong, Pei-Gen Xie, Rui-Qiang Chen, Bu Yang, Chang Liu, Bin Liu, Li-Min Rong
PURPOSE: Microendoscopy-assisted minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) is an advantageous method for treating lumbar degenerative disease; however, some patients show contralateral radiculopathy postoperatively. This study aims to investigate its risk factor. METHODS: A total of 130 cases who underwent microendoscopy-assisted MIS-TLIF at L4-5 level were divided into symptomatic and asymptomatic groups according to the presence of postoperative contralateral radiculopathy...
December 8, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221804/the-impact-of-the-cd9-tetraspanin-on-lentivirus-infectivity-and-exosome-secretion
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Kai O Böker, Nicolas Lemus-Diaz, Rafael Rinaldi Ferreira, Lara Schiller, Stefan Schneider, Jens Gruber
Efficient transduction tools are a hallmark for both research and therapy development. Here, we introduce new insights into the generation of lentiviral vectors with improved performance by utilizing producer cells with increased production rates of extracellular vesicles through CD9 overexpression. Most human cells secrete small vesicles from their surface (microvesicles) or intraluminal endosome-derived membranes (exosomes). In particular, enhanced levels of the tetraspanin CD9 result in significantly increased numbers of extracellular vesicles with exosome-like features that were secreted from four different human cell lines...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220729/comparison-of-dynamic-cervical-implant-versus-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-for-the-treatment-of-single-level-cervical-degenerative-disc-disease-a-five-year-follow-up
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Ce Zhu, Xi Yang, Lei Wang, Bo-Wen Hu, Li-Min Liu, Lin-Nan Wang, Hao Liu, Yue-Ming Song
OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical and radiographic outcomes of dynamic cervical implant(DCI) with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion(ACDF) in the treatment of single-level cervical degenerative disc disease (CDDD) 5 years after surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-three patients with DCI were matched one-to-one with patients with ACDF based on age, gender, and operative segment in this retrospective study. All patients had been followed up for more than 5 years...
December 5, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219780/anatomical-and-technical-factors-associated-with-superior-facet-joint-violation-in-lumbar-fusion
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Alisson R Teles, Michael Paci, Gabriel Gutman, Fahad H Abduljabbar, Jean A Ouellet, Michael H Weber, Jeff D Golan
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the anatomical and surgical risk factors for screw-related facet joint violation at the superior level in lumbar fusion. METHODS The authors conducted a retrospective review of a consecutive series of posterior lumbar instrumented fusions performed by a single surgeon. Inclusion criteria were primary lumbar fusion of 1 or 2 levels for degenerative disorders. The following variables were analyzed as possible risk factors: surgical technique (percutaneous vs open screw placement), depth of surgical field, degree of anterior slippage of the superior level, pedicle and facet angle, and facet degeneration of the superior level...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219180/laminar-shear-stress-promotes-mitochondrial-homeostasis-in-endothelial-cells
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Li-Hong Wu, Hao-Chun Chang, Pei-Ching Ting, Danny Ling Wang
Vascular endothelial cells (ECs) are constantly subjected to flow-induced shear stress that is crucial for endothelial functions. Laminar shear stress (LSS) exerts atheroprotection to ECs. Mitochondrial homeostasis is essential for cellular survival. However, the effects of LSS on mitochondrial homeostasis in ECs remain unclear. Mitochondrial homeostasis in ECs exposed to LSS was examined. Cultured human umbilical vein ECs were subjected to LSS (12 dynes/cm2 ) generated by a parallel-plate flow chamber system...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218530/tracking-glut2-translocation-by-live-cell-imaging
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Sabina Tsytkin-Kirschenzweig, Merav Cohen, Yaakov Nahmias
The facilitative glucose transporter (GLUT) family plays a key role in metabolic homeostasis, controlling the absorption rates and rapid response to changing carbohydrate levels. The facilitative GLUT2 transporter is uniquely expressed in metabolic epithelial cells of the intestine, pancreas, liver, and kidney. GLUT2 dysfunction is associated with several pathologies, including Fanconi-Bickel syndrome, a glycogen storage disease, characterized by growth retardation and renal dysfunction. Interestingly, GLUT2 activity is modulated by its cellular localization...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217660/chimeric-pneumoviridae-fusion-proteins-as-immunogens-to-induce-cross-neutralizing-antibody-responses
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Eduardo Olmedillas, Olga Cano, Isidoro Martínez, Daniel Luque, María C Terrón, Jason S McLellan, José A Melero, Vicente Más
Human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) and human metapneumovirus (hMPV), two members of the Pneumoviridae family, account for the majority of severe lower respiratory tract infections worldwide in very young children. They are also a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly and immunocompromised adults. High levels of neutralizing antibodies, mostly directed against the viral fusion (F) glycoprotein, correlate with protection against either hRSV or hMPV However, no cross-neutralization is observed in polyclonal antibody responses raised after virus infection or immunization with purified F proteins...
December 7, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216691/lumbar-fusion-with-collagen-type-i-and-polyvinylpyrrolidone-in-combination-with-autograft-an-experimental-study-in-new-zealand-rabbits
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A Reyes-Sánchez, F Reyes-Tarrago, C García-Ramos, B Zárate-Kalfópulos, E Estrada-Villaseñor, A Alpizar-Aguirre
INTRODUCTION: Multiple strategies have been developed looking for upgrading the consolidation rate of spine arthrodesis with autolog bone graft, but no evidence exists that adhesion with Collagen type 1 and polyvinylpyrrolidone (FibroquelMR) have application on this field. OBJECTIVE: Determine if collagen type 1 + Polyvinylpyrrolidone are effective as bone enhancer in posterolateral arthrodesis on rabbits. METHOD: Posterolateral arthrodesis in 15 New Zealand rabbits on level L5-L6 using autolog bone graft in left side (control group) and autolog bone graft + 1 ml FibroquelMR (study group) in right side of arthrodesis...
July 2017: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216503/clinical-and-radiographic-comparison-of-cervical-disc-arthroplasty-with-prestige-lp-disc-and-anterior-cervical-fusion-a-minimum-6-year-follow-up-study
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Junfeng Zeng, Hao Liu, Beiyu Wang, Yuxiao Deng, Chen Ding, Hua Chen, Yi Yang, Ying Hong, Ning Ning
OBJECTIVES: To retrospectively compare the long-term clinical and radiographic outcomes of cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) with Prestige-LP Disc and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for single-level cervical degenerative disc disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety-eight patients (45 CDA and 53 ACDF) with a minimum 6-year follow-up were included. Clinical evaluations included Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA), visual analogue scale (VAS), and Neck Disability Index (NDI) scores...
December 4, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215502/functional-limitations-due-to-stiffness-after-long-level-spinal-instrumented-fusion-surgery-to-correct-lumbar-degenerative-flat-back
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Jeong-Hoon Choi, Jee-Soo Jang, Kyong-Suk Yoo, Jong-Mog Shin, Il-Tae Jang Md
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of functional limitations due to stiffness after long level spinal instrumented fusion surgery to correct lumbar degenerative flat back was performed OBJECTIVE.: To analysis the functional limitations in patients treated surgically for ALDFB with long level instrumented fusion to the sacrum or pelvis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Long level instrumented fusion for adult lumbar degenerative flat back (ALDFB) decreases back pain and spinal deformity...
December 5, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215070/evolutionary-analysis-of-mumps-viruses-of-genotype-f-collected-in-mainland-china-in-2001-2015
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Aili Cui, Pierre Rivailler, Zhen Zhu, Xiuying Deng, Ying Hu, Yan Wang, Fangcai Li, Zhaodan Sun, Jilan He, Yuan Si, Xiaoling Tian, Shujie Zhou, Yake Lei, Huanying Zheng, Paul A Rota, Wenbo Xu
Mumps incidence in mainland China remains at a high level. Genotype F has been the predominant genotype of mumps virus (MuV) in the last 20 years in mainland China. To better understand the genetic characteristics of MuV in China, the sequences of the Small Hydrophobic (SH), Hemagglutinin-Neuraminidase (HN) and Fusion (F) genes of MuVs of genotype F collected during 2001-2015 were determined. The evolutionary rates of the HN and F genes were similar (0.5 × 10-3 substitutions/site/year) whereas the SH gene evolutionary rate was three times faster...
December 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214215/genomic-and-transcriptomic-heterogeneity-in-metaplastic-carcinomas-of-the-breast
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Salvatore Piscuoglio, Charlotte K Y Ng, Felipe C Geyer, Kathleen A Burke, Catherine F Cowell, Luciano G Martelotto, Rachael Natrajan, Tatiana Popova, Christopher A Maher, Raymond S Lim, Ino de Bruijn, Odette Mariani, Larry Norton, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Britta Weigelt, Jorge S Reis-Filho
Metaplastic breast cancer (MBC) is a rare special histologic type of triple-negative breast cancer, characterized by the presence of neoplastic cells showing differentiation towards squamous epithelium and/or mesenchymal elements. Here we sought to define whether histologically distinct subgroups of MBCs would be underpinned by distinct genomic and/or transcriptomic alterations. Microarray-based copy number profiling identified limited but significant differences between the distinct MBC subtypes studied here, despite the limited sample size (n = 17)...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213241/interaction-of-purinergic-p2x4-and-p2x7-receptor-subunits
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Markus Schneider, Kirsten Prudic, Anja Pippel, Manuela Klapperstück, Ursula Braam, Christa E Müller, Günther Schmalzing, Fritz Markwardt
P2X4 and P2X7 are members of the P2X receptor family, comprising seven isoforms (P2X1-P2X7) that form homo- and heterotrimeric non-specific cation channels gated by extracellular ATP. P2X4 and P2X7 are widely coexpressed, particularly in secretory epithelial cells and immune and inflammatory cells, and regulate inflammation and nociception. Although functional heteromerization has been established for P2X2 and P2X3 subunits expressed in sensory neurons, there are contradictory reports regarding a functional interaction between P2X4 and P2X7 subunits...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212780/excitatory-gabaergic-action-and-increased-vasopressin-synthesis-in-hypothalamic-magnocellular-neurosecretory-cells-underlie-the-high-plasma-level-of-vasopressin-in-diabetic-rat
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Young-Beom Kim, Woong Bin Kim, Won Woo Jung, Xiangyan Jin, Yoon Sik Kim, Byoungjae Kim, Hee Chul Han, Gene D Block, Christopher S Colwell, Yang In Kim
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with increased plasma levels of arginine-vasopressin (AVP) which may aggravate hyperglycemia and nephropathy. However, the mechanisms by which DM may cause the increased AVP levels are not known. Electrophysiological recordings in the supraoptic nucleus (SON) slices from streptozotocin-induced DM model (STZ) rats and vehicle-treated control rats revealed that GABA functions generally as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the AVP neurons of STZ rats, whereas it evoked usually inhibitory responses in the cells of control animals...
December 6, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212544/plaque-volume-and-plaque-risk-profile-in-diabetic-vs-non-diabetic-patients-undergoing-lipid-lowering-therapy-a-study-based-on-3d-intravascular-ultrasound-and-virtual-histology
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Tomas Kovarnik, Zhi Chen, Gary S Mintz, Andreas Wahle, Kristyna Bayerova, Ales Kral, Martin Chval, Karel Kopriva, John Lopez, Milan Sonka, Ales Linhart
BACKGROUND: Coronary atherosclerosis progresses faster in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and causes higher morbidity and mortality in such patients compared to non-diabetics ones (non-DM). We quantify changes in plaque volume and plaque phenotype during lipid-lowering therapy in DM versus non-DM patients using advanced intracoronary imaging. METHODS: We analyzed data from 61 patients with stable angina pectoris included to the PREDICT trial searching for prediction of plaque changes during intensive lipid-lowering therapy (40 mg rosuvastatin daily)...
December 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211241/parenteral-adjuvant-potential-of-recombinant-b-subunit-of-escherichia-coli-heat-labile-enterotoxin
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Carlos Eduardo Pouey da Cunha, Clóvis Moreira, Andréa da Silva Ramos Rocha, Paula Fonseca Finger, Carolina Georg Magalhães, Marcos Roberto Alves Ferreira, Odir Antônio Dellagostin, Ângela Nunes Moreira, Fabricio Rochedo Conceição
BACKGROUND: The B subunit of Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin (LTB) is a potent mucosal immune adjuvant. However, there is little information about LTB's potential as a parenteral adjuvant. OBJECTIVES: We aimed at evaluating and better understanding rLTB's potential as a parenteral adjuvant using the fused R1 repeat of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae P97 adhesin as an antigen to characterise the humoral immune response induced by this construct and comparing it to that generated when aluminium hydroxide is used as adjuvant instead...
December 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211034/glucocorticoids-improve-myogenic-differentiation-in-vitro-by-suppressing-the-synthesis-of-versican-a-transitional-matrix-protein-overexpressed-in-dystrophic-skeletal-muscles
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Natasha McRae, Leonard Forgan, Bryony McNeill, Alex Addinsall, Daniel McCulloch, Chris Van der Poel, Nicole Stupka
In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a dysregulated extracellular matrix (ECM) directly exacerbates pathology. Glucocorticoids are beneficial therapeutics in DMD, and have pleiotropic effects on the composition and processing of ECM proteins in other biological contexts. The synthesis and remodelling of a transitional versican-rich matrix is necessary for myogenesis; whether glucocorticoids modulate this transitional matrix is not known. Here, versican expression and processing were examined in hindlimb and diaphragm muscles from mdx dystrophin-deficient mice and C57BL/10 wild type mice...
December 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211019/dual-regulation-of-the-small-rna-micc-and-the-quiescent-porin-ompn-in-response-to-antibiotic-stress-in-escherichia-coli
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Sushovan Dam, Jean-Marie Pagès, Muriel Masi
Antibiotic resistant Gram-negative bacteria are a serious threat for public health. The permeation of antibiotics through their outer membrane is largely dependent on porin, changes in which cause reduced drug uptake and efficacy. Escherichia coli produces two major porins, OmpF and OmpC. MicF and MicC are small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) that modulate the expression of OmpF and OmpC, respectively. In this work, we investigated factors that lead to increased production of MicC. micC promoter region was fused to lacZ, and the reporter plasmid was transformed into E...
December 6, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209565/tumor-targeted-costimulation-with-antibody-fusion-proteins-improves-bispecific-antibody-mediated-immune-response-in-presence-of-immunosuppressive-factors
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Sabrina Sapski, Nadine Beha, Roland Kontermann, Dafne Müller
Therapeutic strategies aiming for the induction of an effective immune response at the tumor site can be severely hampered by the encounter of an immunosuppressive microenvironment. We investigated here the potential of concerted costimulation by tumor-directed antibody-fusion proteins with B7.1, 4-1BBL and OX40L to enforce bispecific antibody-induced T cell stimulation in presence of recognized immunosuppressive factors including IL-10, TGF-β, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), PD-L1 and regulatory T cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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