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Vanessa E C Pourier, Gert J de Borst
OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes the available evidence and analyzes the current trends on treatments for carotid in-stent restenosis (ISR) after carotid artery stenting (CAS). METHODS: An update of a 2010 review of the literature (which included 20 articles) was conducted using PubMed and Embase. All studies published from inception until January 2016 reporting original data on ISR treatments were included. Treatment trends before and after 2005 were compared...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Ahmad Afzalinia, Abbas Mirzaie, Ahmad Nikseresht, Tahereh Musabeygi
In this work, ultrasound-assisted oxidative desulfurization (UAOD) of liquid fuels performed with a novel heterogeneous highly dispersed Keggin-type phosphotungstic acid (H3PW12O40, PTA) catalyst that encapsulated into an amino-functionalized MOF (TMU-17-NH2). The prepared composite exhibits high catalytic activity and reusability in oxidative desulfurization of model fuel. Ultrasound-assisted oxidative desulfurization (UAOD) is a new way to performed oxidation reaction of sulfur-contain compounds rapidly, economically, environment-friendly and safely, under mild conditions...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
A Kanashiro, J M Gaya, J Palou, L Gausa, H Villavicencio
OBJECTIVES: To review our experience in robot-assisted radical cystectomy, assessing the complications and oncological and functional results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2007 to 2014, we performed 67 robot-assisted radical cystectomies combined with lymphadenectomy in 61 cases. The operations were performed on 37 patients due to muscle-invasive tumours and on 30 due to high-risk nonmuscle-invasive tumours. Urinary diversion was conducted extracorporeally, using a Studer neobladder in 47 cases...
October 18, 2016: Actas Urologicas Españolas
F A K Mazari, J A Khan, N Samuel, G Smith, D Carradice, P C McCollum, I C Chetter
BACKGROUND: The aim was to compare the long-term outcomes of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), a supervised exercise programme (SEP) and combined treatment (PTA + SEP) in patients with intermittent claudication owing to femoropopliteal disease. METHODS: Patients recruited to an RCT comparing these treatments were invited for long-term follow-up from 2010 to 2011. Indicators of limb ischaemia were recorded (ankle : brachial pressure index (ABPI) and treadmill walking distances)...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Manish Mehta, Yi Zhou, Philip S K Paty, Medhi Teymouri, Kamran Jafree, Humayun Bakhtawar, Jeffrey Hnath, Paul Feustel
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of endovascular interventions for common femoral artery (CFA) occlusive disease. METHODS: Using a prospectively maintained multicenter database, we analyzed outcomes in 167 consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous CFA interventions for Rutherford class 3 to class 6 (R3-R6) disease. The standardized treatment approach included primary percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) only, atherectomy + PTA, and provisional stenting...
August 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Zahra Polat, Erdoğan Bulut, Ahmet Ataş
BACKGROUND: Spoken word recognition and speech perception tests in quiet are being used as a routine in assessment of the benefit which children and adult cochlear implant users receive from their devices. Cochlear implant users generally demonstrate high level performances in these test materials as they are able to achieve high level speech perception ability in quiet situations. Although these test materials provide valuable information regarding Cochlear Implant (CI) users' performances in optimal listening conditions, they do not give realistic information regarding performances in adverse listening conditions, which is the case in the everyday environment...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Golda Grinblat, Sampath Chandra Prasad, Gianluca Piras, Jingchun He, Abdelkader Taibah, Alessandra Russo, Mario Sanna
OBJECTIVE: 1) To describe the surgical technique of drill canaplasty for exostosis and osteoma and to evaluate our results. 2) To propose a new grading system for external auditory canal stenosis (EACS). 3) To review the recent literature. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review. SETTING: Quarternary referral center for Otology & Skull Base surgery. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two hundred seventeen patients (256 ears) with exostosis or osteoma were included in the study...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Jeong Wook Lee, Jongho Yi, Tae Yong Kim, Sol Choi, Jung Ho Ahn, Hyohak Song, Moon-Hee Lee, Sang Yup Lee
Succinic acid (SA) is a four carbon dicarboxylic acid of great industrial interest that can be produced by microbial fermentation. Here we report development of a high-yield homo-SA producing Mannheimia succiniciproducens strain by metabolic engineering. The PALFK strain (ldhA(-), pta(-), ackA(-), fruA(-)) was developed based on optimization of carbon flux towards SA production while minimizing byproducts formation through the integrated application of in silico genome-scale metabolic flux analysis, omics analyses, and reconstruction of central carbon metabolism...
October 13, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Naoto Kamiya, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Takahito Suyama, Masayuki Kobayashi, Satoshi Fukasawa, Nobuyuki Sekita, Kazuo Mikami, Naoki Nihei, Yukio Naya, Tomohiko Ichikawa
BACKGROUND: A retrospective, multi-institutional collaborative study was conducted to evaluate the impact of second transurethral resection (TUR) on the clinical outcome of non-muscle invasive high-grade bladder cancer and to identify predictors of invasion to the lamina propria (pT1) or deeper and residual tumor at the second TUR. METHODS: The clinical and pathological features of 198 patients with non-muscle invasive high-grade bladder cancer treated in five medical institutions from April 1990 to March 2013 were reviewed retrospectively...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
F Solmaz, D Akduman, M Haksever, E Gündoğdu, M Yanılmaz, A Mescioğlu
Cartilage is one of the most preferable grafts for tympanoplasty (TPL). The anatomical and audiological results and take rates of perichondrium attached cartilage island graft in tympanoplasty (PACIT) are presented herein. One hundred ninety four ears of 191 patients (108 male, 83 female) were evaluated retrospectively in terms of the type of surgery, graft take rate and hearing results. Type I, II, and III TPL were performed in 127 (65.46%), 45 (23.20%), and 22 (11.34%) ears, respectively. The overall mean preoperative pure tone average-air bone gaps (PTA-ABGs) for TPL types were 33...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Kateřina Vymazalová, Lenka Vargová, Tomáš Zikmund, Jozef Kaiser
The purpose of the study was to discover a way to study the internal structure and evolution of human embryos noninvasively. The human embryo was stained with phosphotungstic acid solution (PTA) in ethanol (EPTA) and scanned using a micro computed tomography (micro-CT) scanner. Using appropriate software, a three-dimensional image of the embryo was created, which could be further exploited. The methodology described could be used for the non-destructive examination of the internal structure of the human embryo, and the resulting data can be used as a resource for medical students, gynaecologists, and paediatricians...
October 11, 2016: Anatomical Science International
Daisuke Wajima, Shuta Aketa, Ichiro Nakagawa, Katsuya Masui, Taiji Yonezawa, Tomomi Enami, Fukuko Nishida, Hiroyuki Nakase
OBJECTIVE: Although short-term clinical outcomes after basilar artery stent placement have been reported previously, effectiveness of intracranial stenting for vertebro-basilar artery occlusion in acute phase of ischemic stroke is unclear. METHODS: We clinically investigated 8 patients with intracranial percutaneous trans-luminal angioplasty (PTA) or stenting as our protocol for symptomatic atherosclerotic vertebra-basilar artery occlusion (age range 54-80, mean 69±11 years; 6 male and 2 female) who were admitted to our hospital between August 2013 and December 2015...
October 8, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Davoud Koolivand, Nemat Sokhandan Bashir, Seyed Aliakbar Behjatnia, Raziallah Jafari Joozani
The genomic region of Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV) encoding the movement protein (MP) was cloned into pET21a and transformed into Escherichia coli strain BL21 (DE3) to express the protein. Induction was made with a wide range of isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) concentrations (1, 1.5, and 2 mM) each for duration of 4, 6, or 16 h. However, the highest expression level was achieved with 1 mM IPTG for 4 h. Identity of the expressed protein was confirmed by sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) followed by Western blotting...
October 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
Hironaga Akita, Nobutaka Nakashima, Tamotsu Hoshino
Pyruvate plays an essential role in the central carbon metabolism of multiple organisms and is used as a raw material in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical industries. To meet demand, large amounts of pyruvate are produced through fermentation processes. Here we describe a simple and efficient method for producing pyruvate in Escherichia coli. To stop carbon flux from pyruvate to fatty acids, the accBC genes, which encode the enzyme that catalyzes the first step of fatty acid biosynthesis and is essential for vegetative growth, were manipulated within the genome; its native promoter was replaced with the tetracycline (or doxycycline)-regulated promoter and the corresponding transcriptional regulator genes...
December 2016: AMB Express
Maria Guedes-Marques, Pedro A Maia, Fernando Neves, Aníbal Ferreira, João Cruz, Dulce Carvalho, Carlos Oliveira, Carlos Barreto, Telmo Carvalho, Pedro Ponce
BACKGROUND: Kidney Disease - Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) recommends post-percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) <30% residual stenosis (RS) and hemodynamic parameters improvement. Primary end point: how post-PTA access blood flow (ABF) improvement predicts vascular access (VA) outcome. Secondary: compare Doppler ultrasound (DU) and angiography diagnostic accuracy; determine how other factors predict outcome. METHODS: Eighty patients. DU evaluation performed pre- and post-PTA...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
Frederik Clauson-Kaas, Carmel Ramwell, Hans Chr B Hansen, Bjarne W Strobel
The bracken fern (Pteridium spp.) densely populates both open and woodland vegetation types around the globe. Bracken is toxic to livestock when consumed, and a group of potent illudane-type carcinogens have been identified, of which the compound ptaquiloside (PTA) is the most abundant. The highly water soluble PTA has been shown to be leachable from bracken fronds, and present in the soil and water below bracken stands. This has raised concerns over whether the compound might pose a risk to drinking water sources...
September 26, 2016: Water Research
I-Chih Chen, Chao-Chin Yu, Yi-Hsuan Wu, Ting-Hsing Chao
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), an inflammatory biomarker, has not been evaluated in patients who have advanced CKD with peripheral artery disease (PAD) undergoing percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), especially in Taiwan. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 148 advanced CKD (creatinine clearance rate ≤ 30 mL/min/1...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Teresa F Vaughan, John L Spencer
The synthesis and coordination behaviour of the pyridylphosphine ligand o-C6H4(CH2PPy2)2 (Py = 2-pyridyl) are reported. The phosphine selenide was synthesised and the (1)JPSe value of 738 Hz indicates the phosphorus atoms have a similar basicity to PPh3. The ligand reacts with platinum(ii) and palladium(ii) complexes to give simple diphosphine complexes of the type [MX2(PP)] (M = Pt, X = Cl, I, Me, Et; M = Pd, X = Cl, Me). When the ligand is reacted with chloromethyl(hexa-1,5-diene)platinum the [PtClMe(PP)] complex results, from which a series of unsymmetrical platinum complexes of the type [PtMeL(PP)](+) (L = PPh3, PTA, SEt2 and pyridine) can be made...
September 28, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Zohar Keidar, Elena Solomonov, Rachel Karry, Alex Frenkel, Ora Israel, Michal Mekel
PURPOSE: Minimally invasive surgery for parathyroid adenomas (PTA) requires precise identification and localization of the diseased gland prior to exploration for optimal surgical planning. The Perrier classification allows for accurate, reproducible, and reliable description of PTA location and communication of clinically significant information to surgeons. The current study compares the Perrier localization of PTA on [(99m)Tc]methoxyisobutylisonitrile ([(99m)Tc]MIBI) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/X-ray computed tomography (CT) with the results of surgery...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Ren-Jie Lu, Yan Zhang, Feng-Lei Tang, Zhong-Wei Zheng, Zheng-Da Fan, Shan-Mei Zhu, Xian-Feng Qian, Na-Na Liu
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed clinically because of diagnostic difficulties caused by lack of laboratory-specific serological markers. In this study, we comprehensively assessed the clinical characteristics, laboratory indices, hepatotoxic drugs, risk factors and outcomes concerning DILI, and explored the similarities in mechanisms between Chinese and Western drug-induced DILI. Patients with a first diagnosis of DILI and a Roussel Uclaf Causality Assessment Method (RUCAM) score >3 points were enrolled for systematic retrospective study...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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