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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221177/semirigid-waved-rod-system-for-the-treatment-of-the-degenerative-lumbar-diseases
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Lei Wang, Dasheng Lin, Weitao Zou, Hui Liu, Kejian Lian
BACKGROUND: The semirigid pedicle screw instrumentation has gained wide popularity in recent decennium in lumbar fusion surgery. However, few data were documented to compare the clinical efficacy between semirigid and traditional rigid pedicle screw systems. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 96 patients with degenerative lumbar diseases were selected to perform operations between 2008 and 2013. The patients were prospectively randomized into 2 groups: 50 patients were managed by semirigid waved rod systems and 46 patients were intervened by traditional rigid straight stiff rod systems...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220790/in-vivo-genome-editing-with-a-small-cas9-orthologue-derived-from-campylobacter-jejuni
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Eunji Kim, Taeyoung Koo, Sung Wook Park, Daesik Kim, Kyoungmi Kim, Hee-Yeon Cho, Dong Woo Song, Kyu Jun Lee, Min Hee Jung, Seokjoong Kim, Jin Hyoung Kim, Jeong Hun Kim, Jin-Soo Kim
Several CRISPR-Cas9 orthologues have been used for genome editing. Here, we present the smallest Cas9 orthologue characterized to date, derived from Campylobacter jejuni (CjCas9), for efficient genome editing in vivo. After determining protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM) sequences and optimizing single-guide RNA (sgRNA) length, we package the CjCas9 gene, its sgRNA sequence, and a marker gene in an all-in-one adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector and produce the resulting virus at a high titer. CjCas9 is highly specific, cleaving only a limited number of sites in the human or mouse genome...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214960/axonal-disruption-in-white-matter-underlying-cortical-sulcus-tau-pathology-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
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Laurena Holleran, Joong Hee Kim, Mihika Gangolli, Thor Stein, Victor Alvarez, Ann McKee, David L Brody
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disorder associated with repetitive traumatic brain injury. One of the primary defining neuropathological lesions in CTE, based on the first consensus conference, is the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau in gray matter sulcal depths. Post-mortem CTE studies have also reported myelin loss, axonal injury and white matter degeneration. Currently, the diagnosis of CTE is restricted to post-mortem neuropathological analysis. We hypothesized that high spatial resolution advanced diffusion MRI might be useful for detecting white matter microstructural changes directly adjacent to gray matter tau pathology...
February 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207762/minimally-invasive-procedure-reduces-adjacent-segment-degeneration-and-disease-new-benefit-based-global-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Chuan Li, Chun-Ming Huang, Cheng-Fan Zhong, Rong-Wei Liang, Shao-Jian Luo
OBJECTIVE: Adjacent segment pathology (ASP) is a common complication presenting in patients with axial pain and dysfunction, requiring treatment or follow-up surgery. However, whether minimally invasive surgery (MIS), including MIS transforaminal / posterior lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF/PLIF) decreases the incidence rate of ASP remains unknown. The aim of this meta-analysis was to compare the incidence rate of ASP in patients undergoing MIS versus open procedures. METHODS: This systematic review was undertaken by following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Statement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207654/long-term-clinical-outcomes-of-cervical-disc-arthroplasty-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Willa R Sasso, Joseph D Smucker, Maria P Sasso, Rick C Sasso
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, single-center, clinical trial. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively examine the 7- and 10-year outcomes of cervical arthroplasty to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Degeneration of the cervical discs causing radiculopathy is a frequent source of surgical intervention, commonly treated with ACDF. Positive clinical outcomes are associated with arthrodesis techniques, yet there remains a long-term concern for adjacent segment change...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203148/dopamine-d1-receptor-immunoreactivity-on-fine-processes-of-gfap-positive-astrocytes-in-the-substantia-nigra-pars-reticulata-of-adult-mouse
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Katsuhiro Nagatomo, Sechiko Suga, Masato Saitoh, Masahito Kogawa, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshio Yamamoto, Katsuya Yamada
Substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr), the major output nucleus of the basal ganglia, receives dopamine from dendrites extending from dopaminergic neurons of the adjacent nucleus pars compacta (SNc), which is known for its selective degeneration in Parkinson's disease. As a recipient for dendritically released dopamine, the dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) is a primary candidate due to its very dense immunoreactivity in the SNr. However, the precise location of D1R remains unclear at the cellular level in the SNr except for that reported on axons/axon terminals of presumably striatal GABAergic neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193137/risk-factors-for-adjacent-segment-degeneration-after-iliac-screw-fixation-in-lumbar-degenerative-kyphoscoliosis
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Sang-Il Kim, Kee-Yong Ha, Dong-Whan Suh, In-Soo Oh
PURPOSE: To analyze pre- and postoperative spinopelvic parameters and sagittal profiles in lumbar degenerative kyphoscoliosis (LDK) patients who underwent surgery using iliac screw (IS) and the incidence and risk factor of radiological adjacent segment degeneration (ASD). METHODS: A total of 32 patients, who had undergone surgical correction and lumbar/thoracolumbar fusion with pedicle screws and IS instrumentation for LDK with a minimum 2-year follow-up, were included...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186886/joint-segmentation-of-retinal-layers-and-focal-lesions-in-3d-oct-data-of-topologically-disrupted-retinas
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Jelena Novosel, Koenraad Vermeer, Jan H de Jong, Ziyuan Wang, Lucas Van Vliet
Accurate quantification of retinal structures in 3D optical coherence tomography data of eyes with pathologies provides clinically relevant information. We present an approach to jointly segment retinal layers and lesions in eyes with topology-disrupting retinal diseases by a loosely coupled level sets framework. In the new approach, lesions are modelled as an additional space-variant layer delineated by auxiliary interfaces. Furthermore, the segmentation of interfaces is steered by local differences in the signal between adjacent retinal layers thereby allowing the approach to handle local intensity variations...
February 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186866/toward-postgenomics-ophthalmology-a-proteomic-map-of-the-human-choroid-retinal-pigment-epithelium-tissue
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Manjunath Dammalli, Krishna R Murthy, Sneha M Pinto, Kalpana Babu Murthy, Raja Sekhar Nirujogi, Anil K Madugundu, Gourav Dey, Bipin Nair, Harsha Gowda, Thottethodi Subrahmanya Keshava Prasad
Ophthalmology and visual health research have received relatively limited attention from the personalized medicine community, but this trend is rapidly changing. Postgenomics technologies such as proteomics are being utilized to establish a baseline biological variation map of the human eye and related tissues. In this context, the choroid is the vascular layer situated between the outer sclera and the inner retina. The choroidal circulation serves the photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The RPE is a layer of cuboidal epithelial cells adjacent to the neurosensory retina and maintains the outer limit of the blood-retina barrier...
February 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184250/meiotic-outcome-in-two-carriers-of-y-autosome-reciprocal-translocations-selective-elimination-of-certain-segregants
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Harita Ghevaria, Roy Naja, Sioban SenGupta, Paul Serhal, Joy Delhanty
BACKGROUND: Reciprocal Y autosome translocations are rare but frequently associated with male infertility. We report on the meiotic outcome in embryos fathered by two males with the karyotypes 46,X,t(Y;4)(q12;p15.32) and 46,X,t(Y;16)(q12;q13). The two couples underwent preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) enabling determination of the segregation types that were compatible with fertilization and preimplantation embryo development. Both PGD and follow up analysis were carried out via fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) or array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) allowing the meiotic segregation types to be determined in a total of 27 embryos...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167117/protection-against-alcohol-induced-neuronal-and-cognitive-damage-by-the-ppar%C3%AE-receptor-agonist-pioglitazone
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Andrea Cippitelli, Esi Domi, Massimo Ubaldi, James C Douglas, Hong Wu Li, Gregory Demopulos, George Gaitanaris, Marisa Roberto, Paul D Drew, Cynthia J M Kane, Roberto Ciccocioppo
Binge alcohol drinking has emerged as a typical phenomenon in young people. This pattern of drinking, repeatedly leading to extremely high blood and brain alcohol levels and intoxication is associated with severe risks of neurodegeneration and cognitive damage. Mechanisms involved in excitotoxicity and neuroinflammation are pivotal elements in alcohol-induced neurotoxicity. Evidence has demonstrated that PPARγ receptor activation shows anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Here we examine whether treatment with the PPARγ agonist pioglitazone is beneficial in counteracting neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation and cognitive damage produced by binge alcohol intoxication...
February 3, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152249/feasibility-study-for-evaluating-early-lumbar-facet-joint-degeneration-using-axial-t1-%C3%AF-t2-and-t2-mapping-in-cartilage
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Jianzhong Hu, Yi Zhang, Chunyue Duan, Xianjing Peng, Ping Hu, Hongbin Lu
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of axial T2 , T2*, and T1 ρ mapping of lumbar facet joint (LFJ) cartilage for evaluation of early degeneration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined a total of 176 LFJs from 21 volunteers using axial T2 , T2*, and T1 ρ mapping with a 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. All LFJs were measured and grouped according to the presence of low back pain (LBP), the Weishaupt grading system, and the Pfirrmann grade of the adjacent intervertebral disk (IVD)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151909/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-adjacent-segment-disease-following-posterior-decompression-and-instrumented-fusion-for-degenerative-lumbar-disorders
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Hui Wang, Lei Ma, Dalong Yang, Tao Wang, Sen Liu, Sidong Yang, Wenyuan Ding
The purpose of this study was to explore incidence and risk factors of adjacent segment disease (ASD) following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar disorders, and hope to provide references in decision making and surgical planning for both spinal surgeon and surgically treated patients.By retrieving the medical records from January 2011 to December 2013 in our hospital, 237 patients were retrospectively reviewed. According to the occurrence of ASD at follow up, patients were divided into 2 groups: ASD and N-ASD group...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144734/rehydration-of-a-degenerated-disc-on-mri-synchronized-with-transition-of-modic-changes-following-stand-alone-xlif
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Kenichiro Kita, Toshinori Sakai, Mitsunobu Abe, Yoichiro Takata, Koichi Sairyo
Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration (LDD) is known to be associated with low back pain (LBP) and leads to degenerative lumbar disease. LDD is considered to be irreversible, and no truly effective treatment that suppresses LDD or regenerates the degenerated disc has been established thus far. Here, we report the case of a 42-year-old woman with a 10-year history of persistent LBP. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated degenerative changes (Pfirrmann classification: grade IV) in the L4-5 intervertebral disc with type I and III mixed Modic changes adjacent to the disc...
January 31, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142281/adjacent-level-arthroplasty-following-cervical-fusion
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Deshpande V Rajakumar, Akshay Hari, Murali Krishna, Subhas Konar, Ankit Sharma
OBJECTIVE Adjacent-level disc degeneration following cervical fusion has been well reported. This condition poses a major treatment dilemma when it becomes symptomatic. The potential application of cervical arthroplasty to preserve motion in the affected segment is not well documented, with few studies in the literature. The authors present their initial experience of analyzing clinical and radiological results in such patients who were treated with arthroplasty for new or persistent arm and/or neck symptoms related to neural compression due to adjacent-segment disease after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)...
February 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142256/multilevel-cervical-arthroplasty-current-evidence-a-systematic-review
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Andrei F Joaquim, K Daniel Riew
OBJECTIVE Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment modality for single-level cervical radiculopathy or myelopathy. Its advantages over an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) include motion preservation and decreased reoperations at the index and adjacent segments up to 7 years postoperatively. Considering the fact that many patients have multilevel cervical disc degeneration (CDD), the authors performed a systematic review of the clinical studies evaluating patients who underwent multilevel CDA (2 or more levels)...
February 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130167/congenital-cervical-fusion-as-a-risk-factor-for-development-of-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy
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Aria Nouri, Allan R Martin, Stefan F Lange, Mark Kotter, David J Mikulis, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Congenital fusion of cervical vertebrae, including Klippel-Feil Syndrome (KFS), is a suspected risk factor for development of degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM). We aimed to establish prevalence and degenerative patterns of congenital cervical fusion (CCF) among a global cohort of patients with DCM. METHODS: Data from three prospective DCM studies were merged, including clinical data for 813 patients and imaging for 592 patients. CCF was diagnosed by presence of fused cervical vertebrae without signs of degenerative fusion...
January 24, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128723/white-matter-pathology-in-sporadic-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-with-tdp-43-proteinopathy
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Richard A Armstrong
AIMS: To characterize white matter pathology in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) with TDP-43 proteinopathy (FTLD-TDP) and its relationship to gray matter pathology. MATERIAL: Fiber tracts from frontal and temporal lobes of 10 sporadic cases of FTLD and 8 controls. METHOD: Density and spatial patterns of vacuolation, glial cell nuclei, and glial inclusions (GI) were studied in 4 fiber tracts from each case. RESULTS: Densities of vacuoles but not glial cells were greater in FTLD-TDP than controls...
January 27, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124188/clinical-outcome-and-safety-study-of-a-newly-developed-instrumented-french-door-cervical-laminoplasty-technique
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Luigi Aurelio Nasto, Samiul Muquit, Ana Belen Perez-Romera, Hossein Mehdian
BACKGROUND: Standard laminectomy for treatment of cervical myelopathy is associated with secondary instability and kyphosis, while laminectomy combined with fusion puts adjacent segments at risk of degeneration. Single- and double-door laminoplasty techniques have been developed to overcome these limitations. More recently, complications related to bone graft dislodgment have fostered development of hardware-augmented laminoplasty techniques. The aim of this study is to review the clinical safety and effectiveness of a newly developed technique of instrumented French-door laminoplasty for treatment of cervical myelopathy...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124176/charcot-spinal-arthropathy-in-patients-with-congenital-insensitivity-to-pain-a-report-of-two-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
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Michael D Staudt, Christopher S Bailey, Fawaz Siddiqi
Charcot spine, or neuropathic spinal arthropathy, involves the progressive destruction of the spinal joint due to the lack of normal protective sensations and proprioception. A rare cause of Charcot spine is congenital insensitivity to pain, which is an absent or abnormal response to painful stimuli. There are few case reports describing this condition, and long-term follow-up data are limited. The presentation and treatment of two patients with Charcot spine secondary to congenital insensitivity to pain are described...
January 26, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
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