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Marina Obradov, Menno R Bénard, Michiel M A Janssen, Patricia G Anderson, Petra J C Heesterbeek, Maarten Spruit
Study Design A prospective cohort study. Objective Decompression and fusion of cervical vertebrae is a combined procedure that has a high success rate in relieving radicular symptoms and stabilizing or improving cervical myelopathy. However, fusion may lead to increased motion of the adjacent vertebrae and cervical deformity. Both have been postulated to lead to adjacent segment pathology (ASP). Kinematic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been increasingly used to evaluate range of motion (ROM) of the cervical spine and ASP...
November 2016: Global Spine Journal
Gregory I Bain, Simon B M MacLean, Wing-Lim Tse, Pak-Cheong Ho, David M Lichtman
The assessment and management of Kienböck Disease (KD) has always been a conundrum. The Lichtman classification has traditionally been used to guide treatment based on imaging. Arthroscopy provides a direct visualization of the articular surface, allows probing of the surfaces, and enables minimally invasive techniques to be performed. The Lichtman-Bain classification is a new classification that takes into account the osseous, vascular, and cartilage aspects of the lunate and the secondary effects on the wrist...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Martin Jopcik, Jana Moravcikova, Ildiko Matusikova, Miroslav Bauer, Miroslav Rajninec, Jana Libantova
Chitinase gene from the carnivorous plant, Drosera rotundifolia , was cloned and functionally characterised. Plant chitinases are believed to play an important role in the developmental and physiological processes and in responses to biotic and abiotic stress. In addition, there is growing evidence that carnivorous plants can use them to digest insect prey. In this study, a full-length genomic clone consisting of the 1665-bp chitinase gene (gDrChit) and adjacent promoter region of the 698 bp in length were isolated from Drosera rotundifolia L...
October 19, 2016: Planta
Pooria Hosseini, Colin Nnadi, Ľuboš Rehák, Martin Repko, Michael Grevitt, Ufuk Aydinli, Allen Carl, Jeff Pawelek, Dennis Crandall, Behrooz A Akbarnia
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter study. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the amount of motion present at instrumented but unfused segments and at motion segments adjacent to the instrumentation following application of a new posterior apical short-segment correction technique for correcting adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: High-density pedicle screw instrumentation and posterior arthrodesis of all instrumented levels is the most common surgical treatment for AIS stabilization...
October 15, 2016: Spine
Yu Ding, Di-Ke Ruan, Qing He, Li Sheng Hou, Jian Ning Lin, Hong Peng Cui
STUDY DESIGN: The clinical and radiologic data of total disk allografting (TDA) cases were collected and analyzed to explore the correlation between neurological function improvements and imaging changes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the medium-term and long-term outcome and radiographic character after TDA, and, furthermore, to explore the significance of the changes of imaging signs after the transplantation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal fusion may result in the adjacent segment degeneration...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Shiro Imagama, Noriaki Kawakami, Yuji Matsubara, Taichi Tsuji, Tetsuya Ohara, Yoshito Katayama, Naoki Ishiguro, Tokumi Kanemura
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) at 5 years after L4/5 posterior lumbar interbody fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation and L4/5 decompression surgery using plain radiographs, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with the evaluation of annual changes on MRI. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Methods of evaluation have been inconsistent among studies of ASD...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Shilpi Yadav, Jonathan K Williamson, Maria A Aronova, Andrew A Prince, Irina D Pokrovskaya, Richard D Leapman, Brian Storrie
Platelets are small, anucleate cell fragments that are central to hemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammation. They are derived from megakaryocytes from which they inherit their organelles. As platelets can synthesize proteins and contain many of the enzymes of the secretory pathway, one might expect all mature human platelets to contain a stacked Golgi apparatus, the central organelle of the secretory pathway. By thin section electron microscopy, stacked membranes resembling the stacked Golgi compartment in megakaryocytes and other nucleated cells can be detected in both proplatelets and platelets...
October 18, 2016: Platelets
Milka Vrecl, Vlasta Jenčič
The aim of this preliminary research was to establish if there are intersex occurrences in wild freshwater fish in Slovenian rivers and streams. In the first study we evaluated all fish species of both sexes obtained from the river Ljubljanica from its source to mouth. In the second study we focused on the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and brown trout (Salmo trutta m. fario) males from 30 rivers and streams in different parts of Slovenia. The male gonads were histologically assessed for the presence of oocytes to determine the frequency and degree of intersex...
September 1, 2016: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Chang-Qing Zhao, Wei Ding, Kai Zhang, Jie Zhao
BACKGROUND: Large lumbar or lumbosacral (LS) disc herniations usually expand from the paramedian space to the neuroforamen and compress both the transversing (lower) and the exiting (upper) nerve roots, thus leading to bi-radicular symptoms. Bi-radicular involvement is a statistically significant risk factor for poor outcome in patients presenting with far lateral or foraminal disc herniation after facet preserving microdecompression. There is evidence showing that patients suffering from large lumbar disc herniations treated with interbody fusion have significant superior results in comparison with those who received a simple discectomy...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Bing Lin, Xue-Bi Cai, Zhi-Li Zheng, Xiu-Feng Huang, Xiao-Ling Liu, Jia Qu, Zi-Bing Jin
Stargardt disease (STGD1) is a juvenile macular degeneration predominantly inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, characterized by decreased central vision in the first 2 decades of life. The condition has a genetic basis due to mutation in the ABCA4 gene, and arises from the deposition of lipofuscin-like substance in the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) with secondary photoreceptor cell death. In this study, we describe the clinical and genetic features of Stargardt patients from four unrelated Chinese cohorts...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
P Devic, L Gallay, N Streichenberger, P Petiot
Amongst the heterogeneous group of inflammatory myopathies, focal myositis (FM) stands as a rare and benign dysimmune disease. Although FM can be associated with root and/or nerve lesions, traumatic muscle lesions and autoimmune diseases, its triggering factors remain poorly understood. Defined as an isolated inflammatory pseudotumour usually restricted to one skeletal muscle, clinical presentation of FM is that of a rapidly growing solitary mass within a single muscle, usually in the lower limbs. Electromyography shows spontaneous activity associated with a myopathic pattern...
August 26, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Kae Sian Tay, Anupreet Bassi, William Yeo, Wai Mun Yue
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: There is no current literature comparing outcomes of patients with and without lumbar scoliosis having neurological symptoms undergoing Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS TLIF) technique. PURPOSE: To determine whether associated lumbar scoliosis will result in different clinical, radiological and operative outcomes in patients undergoing focal MISTLIF for neurogenic symptoms, without specific correction of the scoliosis...
October 7, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Bin Wu, Chunyang Meng, Haibin Wang, Cunling Jia, Yifeng Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Post-operation of cervical decompression fusion and internal fixation (CDF) accelerated adjacent segment disc degeneration (ASD). It is not clear that whether instability of one single segmental accelerates the degeneration of adjacent segment disc. This study aims to explore the effect of cervical instability on the change of morphology and biochemistry in adjective segment (above) in the L5/6 cervical instability rabbit models. METHODS: Thirty-two mature New Zealand white rabbits (3000±250g) were randomly divided into two groups, control group (n=8) and model group (n=24)...
October 4, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Raj D Rao, Donald R Gore, Shu-Jie Tang, Brandon J Rebholz, Narayan Yoganandan, Mei Wang
BACKGROUND: Adjacent segment degeneration frequently develops following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The objectives of the present study were to characterize the long-term evolution of degenerative radiographic changes at segments adjacent to anterior cervical fusion and to identify factors associated with the development of these changes, including the preoperative condition of the cervical spine and parameters related to arthrodeses. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-six patients who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for symptomatic cervical spondylosis or disc herniation were followed radiographically for a mean time of 12...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Jian Li, Laetitia Chauve, Grace Phelps, Renée M Brielmann, Richard I Morimoto
Heat-shock factor (HSF) is the master transcriptional regulator of the heat-shock response (HSR) and is essential for stress resilience. HSF is also required for metazoan development; however, its function and regulation in this process are poorly understood. Here, we characterize the genomic distribution and transcriptional activity of Caenorhabditis elegans HSF-1 during larval development and show that the developmental HSF-1 transcriptional program is distinct from the HSR. HSF-1 developmental activation requires binding of E2F/DP to a GC-rich motif that facilitates HSF-1 binding to a heat-shock element (HSE) that is degenerate from the consensus HSE sequence and adjacent to the E2F-binding site at promoters...
September 29, 2016: Genes & Development
Daniel Brian Scherman, Ralph J Mobbs, Kevin Phan
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March 2016: J Spine Surg
Nizar Algarni, Michael Grant, Laura M Epure, Omar Salem, Rakan Farouk Bokhari, John Antoniou, Fackson Mwale
Link N (DHLSDNYTLDHDRAIH), is a naturally occurring peptide that can stimulate matrix production in vitro, in vivo and in intact ex vivo human intervertebral discs (IVDs). We have recently discovered that annulus fibrosus cells (AF) cells have the ability to proteolytically process Link N resulting in a fragment spanning amino acid residues 1-8 short Link N (sLink N). Separately, we recently developed and validated a large animal disc organ culture model that maintains long-term cell viability while retaining the bony endplates and vertebral bone (vIVDs; IVD with intact vertebrae)...
September 27, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Carine Jaafar, Saad Omais, Sawsan Al Lafi, Nadim El Jamal, Mohammad Noubani, Larissa Skaf, Noël Ghanem
The Retinoblastoma protein, Rb, was shown to regulate distinct aspects of neurogenesis in the embryonic and adult brain besides its primary role in cell cycle control. It is still unknown, however, whether Rb is required for tissue morphogenesis and the establishment of synaptic connections between adjacent tissues during development. We have investigated here the role of Rb during development of the olfactory system (OS), which heavily relies on reciprocal interactions between the olfactory epithelium (OE) and the olfactory bulb (OB)...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
David C Noriega, Francisco Ardura, Ruben Hernández-Ramajo, Miguel Angel Martín-Ferrero, Israel Sánchez-Lite, Borja Toribio, Mercedes Alberca, Veronica García, José Maria Moraleda, Ana Sánchez, Javier García-Sancho
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease often causes severe low-back pain, a public health problem with huge economic and life quality impact. Chronic cases often require surgery, which may lead to biomechanical problems and accelerated degeneration of the adjacent segments. Autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) treatments have shown feasibility, safety and strong indications of clinical efficacy. We present here a randomized, controlled trial using allogeneic MSC, which are logistically more convenient than autologous cells...
September 21, 2016: Transplantation
Simon Jones, Hanna Ahonen, Lars Granlund, Tiina Arsiola, Jouni Taskinen
Two new species of Microsporidia were recognized in skeletal muscle of freshwater fishes from Finland. Myosporidium spraguei n. sp. from pike-perch Sander lucioperca occurred as mature spores within sporophorous vesicles (SPVs) within a xenoma. The ovoid spores were 3.8 µm long and 2.4 µm wide, based on transmission electron micrographs (TEM). The exospore and endospore were equally thick, the nucleus was monokaryotic and the polar filament was isofilar with 12 coils in a single rank, entirely adjacent to the prominent posterior vacuole...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Parasitology
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