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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937325/revascularization-of-the-upper-posterior-circulation-with-the-anterior-temporal-artery-an-anatomical-feasibility-study
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Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Michael T Lawton, Dylan Griswold, Pooneh Mokhtari, Andre Payman, Halima Tabani, Sonia Yousef, Arnau Benet
OBJECTIVE In various disease processes, including unclippable aneurysms, a bypass to the upper posterior circulation (UPC) including the superior cerebellar artery (SCA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA) may be needed. Various revascularization options exist, but the role of intracranial (IC) donors has not been scrutinized. The objective of this study was to evaluate the anatomical feasibility of utilizing the anterior temporal artery (ATA) for revascularization of the UPC. METHODS ATA-SCA and ATA-PCA bypasses were performed on 14 cadaver specimens...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935755/leptin-induces-sca-1-progenitor-cell-migration-enhancing-neointimal-lesions-in-vessel-injury-mouse-models
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Yao Xie, Claire M F Potter, Alexandra Le Bras, Witold N Nowak, Wenduo Gu, Shirin Issa Bhaloo, Zhongyi Zhang, Yanhua Hu, Li Zhang, Qingbo Xu
OBJECTIVE: Leptin is an adipokine initially thought to be a metabolic factor. Recent publications have shown its roles in inflammation and vascular disease, to which Sca-1(+) vascular progenitor cells within the vessel wall may contribute. We sought to elucidate the effects of leptin on Sca-1(+) progenitor cells migration and neointimal formation and to understand the underlying mechanisms. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Sca-1(+) progenitor cells from the vessel wall of Lepr(+/+) and Lepr(-/)(-) mice were cultured and purified...
September 21, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935639/isolation-and-characterization-of-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-cells-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Toshio Suzuki, Erica J Carrier, Megha A Talati, Anandharajan Rathinasabapathy, Xinping Chen, Rintaro Nishimura, Yuji Tada, Koichiro Tatsumi, James D West
Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a process in which endothelial cells lose polarity and cell-to-cell contacts, and undergo a dramatic remodeling of the cytoskeleton. It has been implicated in initiation and progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the characteristics of cells which have undergone EndMT-cells in vivo have not been reported and so remain unclear. To study this, sugen5416 and hypoxia (SuHx)-induced PAH was established in Cdh5-Cre / Gt(ROSA)26Sor(tm4(ACTB-tdTomato,-EGFP)Luo)/J double-transgenic mice, in which GFP was stably expressed in pan-endothelial cells...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932402/comparative-study-of-sickle-cell-anemia-and-hemoglobin-sc-disease-clinical-characterization-laboratory-biomarkers-and-genetic-profiles
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Milena Magalhães Aleluia, Teresa Cristina Cardoso Fonseca, Regiana Quinto Souza, Fábia Idalina Neves, Caroline Conceição da Guarda, Rayra Pereira Santiago, Bruna Laís Almeida Cunha, Camylla Villas Boas Figueiredo, Sânzio Silva Santana, Silvana Sousa da Paz, Júnia Raquel Dutra Ferreira, Bruno Antônio Veloso Cerqueira, Marilda de Souza Gonçalves
BACKGROUND: In this study, we evaluate the association of different clinical profiles, laboratory and genetic biomarkers in patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) and hemoglobin SC disease (HbSC) in attempt to characterize the sickle cell disease (SCD) genotypes. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study from 2013 to 2014 in 200 SCD individuals (141 with SCA; 59 with HbSC) and analyzed demographic data to characterize the study population. In addition, we determined the association of hematological, biochemical and genetic markers including the β(S)-globin gene haplotypes and the 3...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930183/substituting-sodium-hydrosulfite-with-sodium-metabisulfite-improves-long-term-stability-of-a-distributable-paper-based-test-kit-for-point-of-care-screening-for-sickle-cell-anemia
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Kian Torabian, Dalia Lezzar, Nathaniel Z Piety, Alex George, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a genetic blood disorder that is particularly lethal in early childhood. Universal newborn screening programs and subsequent early treatment are known to drastically reduce under-five SCA mortality. However, in resource-limited settings, cost and infrastructure constraints limit the effectiveness of laboratory-based SCA screening programs. To address this limitation our laboratory previously developed a low-cost, equipment-free, point-of-care, paper-based SCA test. Here, we improved the stability and performance of the test by replacing sodium hydrosulfite (HS), a key reducing agent in the hemoglobin solubility buffer which is not stable in aqueous solutions, with sodium metabisulfite (MS)...
September 20, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926839/visualization-of-culprit-perforators-in-anterolateral-pontine-infarction-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Sang Hun Lee, Seung Chai Jung, Dong Wha Kang, Sun U Kwon, Jong S Kim
BACKGROUND: The stroke mechanism for anterolateral pontine infarction (ALPI) is poorly understood. We aimed to investigate the perforator arteries relevant to ALPI using high-resolution MRI (HR-MRI). METHODS: Of 62 patients with ALPI who were admitted to the Asan Medical Center, 13 patients agreed to participate in this study. We used HR-MRI with a 3-Tesla scanner and assessed the perforating branches directly connected with the infarcted area. RESULTS: Perforating arteries penetrating ALPI were identified in all 13 patients...
September 19, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919259/ontogenic-identification-and-analysis-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-populations-during-mouse-limb-and-long-bone-development
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Gretel Nusspaumer, Sumit Jaiswal, Andrea Barbero, Robert Reinhardt, Dana Ishay Ronen, Alexander Haumer, Thomas Lufkin, Ivan Martin, Rolf Zeller
Bone-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) differentiate into multiple lineages including chondro- and osteogenic fates and function in establishing the hematopoietic compartment of the bone marrow. Here, we analyze the emergence of different MSC types during mouse limb and long bone development. In particular, PDGFRα(pos)SCA-1(pos) (PαS) cells and mouse skeletal stem cells (mSSCs) are detected within the PDGFRα(pos)CD51(pos) (PαCD51) mesenchymal progenitors, which are the most abundant progenitors in early limb buds and developing long bones until birth...
September 1, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913922/a-clinically-meaningful-fetal-hemoglobin-threshold-for-children-with-sickle-cell-anemia-during-hydroxyurea-therapy
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Jeremie H Estepp, Matthew P Smeltzer, Guolian Kang, Chen Li, Winfred C Wang, Christina Abrams, Banu Aygun, Russell E Ware, Kerri Nottage, Jane S Hankins
Hydroxyurea has proven clinical benefits and is recommended to be offered to all children with sickle cell anemia (SCA), but the optimal dosing regimen remains controversial. Induction of red blood cell fetal hemoglobin (HbF) by hydroxyurea appears to be dose-dependent. However, it is unknown whether maximizing HbF% improves clinical outcomes. HUSTLE (NCT00305175) is a prospective observational study with a primary goal of describing the long-term clinical effects of hydroxyurea escalated to maximal tolerated dose (MTD) in children with SCA...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913674/prognostic-significance-of-corticotroph-staining-in-radiosurgery-for-non-functioning-pituitary-adenomas-a-multicenter-study
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Or Cohen-Inbar, Zhiyuan Xu, Cheng-Chia Lee, Chin-Chun Wu, Tomáš Chytka, Danilo Silva, Mayur Sharma, Hesham Radwan, Inga S Grills, Brandon Nguyen, Zaid Siddiqui, David Mathieu, Christian Iorio-Morin, Amparo Wolf, Christopher P Cifarelli, Daniel T Cifarelli, L Dade Lunsford, Douglas Kondziolka, Jason P Sheehan
Silent corticotroph staining pituitary adenoma (SCA) represents an uncommon subset of Non-Functioning adenomas (NFAs), hypothesized to be more locally aggressive. In this retrospective multicenter study, we investigate the safety and effectiveness of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) in patients with SCA compared with other non-SCA NFA's. Eight centers participating in the International Gamma-Knife Research Foundation (IGKRF) contributed to this study. Outcomes of 50 patients with confirmed SCAs and 307 patients with confirmed non-SCA NFA's treated with SRS were evaluated...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911832/association-of-silent-infarcts-in-sickle-cell-anemia-with-decreased-annexin-a5-resistance
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Kerry A Morrone, Lydia H Pecker, Jacob Rand, Jennifer Davila, Suzette Oyeku, Jane A Little, Xue Xiaonan, Deepa Manwani
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is characterized by abnormally shaped, adhesive RBCs that interact with white blood cells and the endothelium, leading to chronic hemolysis, vasculopathy and a prothrombotic state. About 10% of subjects with a thrombotic event in the general population will have an associated antiphospholipid (aPL) antibody. One proposed mechanism for the thrombophilic nature of aPL antibodies is the disruption of the potent anticoagulant annexin A5 or Annexin A5 resistance (A5R)...
September 4, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910308/pulmonary-hypertension-among-5-to-18-year-old-children-with-sickle-cell-anaemia-in-nigeria
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Ogochukwu J Sokunbi, Ekanem N Ekure, Edamisan O Temiye, Roosevelt Anyanwu, Christy A N Okoromah
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PHT) is a significant cause of mortality in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Few studies on PHT in SCD have been carried out in children. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of PHT in children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA) and determine its clinical and laboratory correlates. METHODS: In this cross sectional study, evaluation involved obtaining bio-data, history and physical examination findings in 175 SCA subjects with haemoglobin genotype SS aged 5 to 18 years and 175 age and sex matched controls with haemoglobin genotype AA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905056/surface-alteration-of-calcite-interpreting-macroscopic-observations-by-means-of-afm
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Mariam Ali Al Mahri, Mashael Alshehhi, Tuza Olukan, Mijael Rodrigo Vargas, Annalisa Molini, Saeed Alhassan, Matteo Chiesa
Wettability has been recognized to play a fundamental role in the efficacy of water flooding processes of carbonate oil and gas reservoirs. However, the theoretical mechanism governing this process is still not entirely understood. This can be partly attributed to the absence of ad hoc tools and standardized sample-preparation methodologies for comprehensive transient characterization of the mineral surface. Here, we use atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the effect of different calcite sample-preparation methodologies in estimating the macroscopic water static contact angle (SCA)...
September 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900504/platelet-targeted-delivery-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-to-the-ischemic-heart-restores-cardiac-function-after-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Melanie Ziegler, Xiaowei Wang, Bock Lim, Ephraem Leitner, Franco Klingberg, Victoria Ching, Yu Yao, Dexing Huang, Xiao-Ming Gao, Helen Kiriazis, Xiao-Jun Du, Jody J Haigh, Alex Bobik, Christoph E Hagemeyer, Ingo Ahrens, Karlheinz Peter
One of the major hurdles in intravenous regenerative cell therapy is the low homing efficiency to the area where these cells are needed. To increase cell homing toward areas of myocardial damage, we developed a bispecific tandem single-chain antibody (Tand-scFvSca-1+GPIIb/IIIa) that binds with high affinity to activated platelets via the activated glycoprotein (GP)IIb/IIIa receptor, and to a subset of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) which express the stem cell antigen-1 (Sca-1) receptor. Methods: The Tand-scFvSca-1+GPIIb/IIIa was engineered, characterized and tested in a mouse model of ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury applying left coronary artery occlusion for 60 min...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898268/diet-of-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus-from-the-gulf-of-cadiz-insights-from-stomach-content-and-stable-isotope-analyses
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Joan Giménez, Ana Marçalo, Francisco Ramírez, Philippe Verborgh, Pauline Gauffier, Ruth Esteban, Lídia Nicolau, Enrique González-Ortegón, Francisco Baldó, César Vilas, José Vingada, Manuela G Forero, Renaud de Stephanis
The ecological role of species can vary among populations depending on local and regional differences in diet. This is particularly true for top predators such as the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), which exhibits a highly varied diet throughout its distribution range. Local dietary assessments are therefore critical to fully understand the role of this species within marine ecosystems, as well as its interaction with important ecosystem services such as fisheries. Here, we combined stomach content analyses (SCA) and stable isotope analyses (SIA) to describe bottlenose dolphins diet in the Gulf of Cadiz (North Atlantic Ocean)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895081/novel-de-novo-kcnd3-mutation-in-a-japanese-patient-with-intellectual-disability-cerebellar-ataxia-myoclonus-and-dystonia
#15
Masanori Kurihara, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Takuya Sasaki, Juuri Otsuka, Toshihiro Hayashi, Yasuo Terao, Takashi Matsukawa, Jun Mitsui, Juntaro Kaneko, Kazutoshi Nishiyama, Koichiro Doi, Jun Yoshimura, Shinichi Morishita, Jun Shimizu, Shoji Tsuji
Spinocerebellar ataxia 19/22 (SCA19/22) is a rare type of autosomal dominant SCA that was previously described in 11 families. We report the case of a 30-year-old Japanese man presenting with intellectual disability, early onset cerebellar ataxia, myoclonus, and dystonia without a family history. MRI showed cerebellar atrophy, and electroencephalograms showed paroxysmal sharp waves during hyperventilation and photic stimulation. Trio whole-exome sequencing analysis of DNA samples from the patient and his parents revealed a de novo novel missense mutation (c...
September 11, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892214/parental-decisions-following-prenatal-diagnosis-of-sex-chromosome-aneuploidy-in-hong-kong
#16
Po Lam So, Kwun Yue Yvonne Cheng, Kwan Yiu Cheuk, Wan Kam Chiu, Shui Lam Mak, Sau Lan Mok, Tsz Kin Lo, Wai Kuen Yung, Fai Man Lo, Hon Yin Brian Chung, Sik Yau Anita Kan, Chin Peng Lee, Hoi Yin Mary Tang
AIM: According to the published work, pregnancy termination rates due to prenatal diagnosis of fetal sex chromosome aneuploidies (SCA) vary widely. Some potentially modifiable and non-modifiable factors have been reported to be associated with parental decision. This study aimed to evaluate the rate of pregnancy termination for fetal SCA and the factors influencing parents' decisions in Hong Kong. METHODS: This was a 21-year retrospective cohort study of parents' decisions following prenatal diagnosis of SCA...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891545/protein-c-and-antithrombin-levels-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-anemia-in-ahmadu-bello-university-teaching-hospital-zaria-nigeria
#17
I U Kusfa, A I Mamman, S M Aminu, A Hassan, H M Muktar
BACKGROUND: Alterations in the components of hemostasis, namely platelet function, the procoagulant, anticoagulant, and the fibrinolytic systems, are observed in sickle cell anemia (SCA) and are in favor of a procoagulant phenotype. Therefore, study of protein C and antithrombin (AT) levels in patients with SCA in steady state may be used in the treatment and/or prevention of SCA-related thrombotic complications. We studied the changes of these naturally occurring anticoagulants in patients with SCA attending the sickle cell clinic in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria...
August 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888539/variation-in-type-ii-endometrial-cancer-risk-by-hispanic-subpopulation-an-exploratory-analysis
#18
Matthew Schlumbrecht, Jordan A Baeker Bispo, Raymond R Balise, Marilyn Huang, Brian Slomovitz, Erin Kobetz
BACKGROUND: Minorities have demonstrated an increased risk for type II endometrial cancers, but no data exists about risk among minority subpopulations. Our objective was to evaluate heterogeneity in risk of type II endometrial cancer (EC) histologies across race and Hispanic sub-groups using data from Florida's statewide cancer registry (FCDS). METHODS: FCDS contains data on N=26,416 women diagnosed with EC from 2004 to 2013. Our analysis included women ≥18years of age who were classified as non-Hispanic White (NHW), non-Hispanic Black (NHB) or belonged to one of five Hispanic sub-groups, and had a histology code consistent with type I or type II EC...
September 6, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887803/psychosis-in-spinocerebellar-ataxias-a-case-series-and-study-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-in-substantia-nigra
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Katherine W Turk, Margaret E Flanagan, Samuel Josephson, C Dirk Keene, Suman Jayadev, Thomas D Bird
Spinocerebellar ataxias are a genetically heterogeneous group of degenerative diseases typically characterized by progressive ataxia and to various degrees, neuropathy, amyotrophy, and ocular abnormalities. There is increasing evidence for non-motor manifestations associated with cerebellar syndromes including cognitive and psychiatric features. We studied a retrospective clinical case series of eight subjects with spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) 2, 3, 7, and 17, all displaying features of psychosis, and also measured tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) staining of the substantia nigra (SN) at autopsy, among four of the subjects...
September 8, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886060/benzene-exposure-is-associated-with-cardiovascular-disease-risk
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Wesley Abplanalp, Natasha DeJarnett, Daniel W Riggs, Daniel J Conklin, James P McCracken, Sanjay Srivastava, Zhengzhi Xie, Shesh Rai, Aruni Bhatnagar, Timothy E O'Toole
Benzene is a ubiquitous, volatile pollutant present at high concentrations in toxins (e.g. tobacco smoke) known to increase cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Despite its prevalence, the cardiovascular effects of benzene have rarely been studied. Hence, we examined whether exposure to benzene is associated with increased CVD risk. The effects of benzene exposure in mice were assessed by direct inhalation, while the effects of benzene exposure in humans was assessed in 210 individuals with mild to high CVD risk by measuring urinary levels of the benzene metabolite trans,trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA)...
2017: PloS One
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