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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807459/rapidly-progressive-atherosclerosis-after-domino-liver-transplantation-from-a-teenage-donor-with-homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Jessica R Golbus, Linda Farhat, Robert J Fontana, Melvyn Rubenfire
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by impaired clearance of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Given limitations in pharmacologic therapy and the significant morbidity and mortality associated with this disease, liver transplantation may be offered to select homozygous FH patients in childhood in an effort to slow progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. In rare cases, domino liver transplantation can be performed, transplanting the livers of patients with various metabolic disorders into elderly recipients whose projected survival precludes prolonged waiting on the transplant list...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792153/clinical-characteristics-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-in-korea-confirmed-by-genetic-analysis
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Heewon Hwang, Jung Hwan Lee, Young Chul Choi
The objective of this study was to review the clinical characteristics of patients with spinal muscular atrophy and to emphasize the importance of performing genetic mutational analysis at initial patient assessment. This is a single center oriented, retrospective, and descriptive study conducted in Seoul, South Korea. Genetic mutational analysis to detect the deletion of exon 7 of the SMN1 gene on chromosome 5q13 was performed by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification. Clinical features, electrodiagnostic study results, muscle biopsy results, and laboratory test results were reviewed from patient medical records...
September 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723302/why-use-group-visits-for-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-in-primary-care-a-patient-centered-qualitative-study
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Randi Sokol, Chiara Albanese, Deviney Chaponis, Jessica Early, George Maxted, Diana Morrill, Grace Poirier, Fran Puopolo, Zev Schuman-Olivier
BACKGROUND: Primary care providers are well positioned to respond to the opioid crisis by providing buprenorphine/naloxone (B/N) through shared medical appointments (SMA). While quantitative research has been previously conducted on SMAs with B/N, we conducted a qualitative assessment from the patients' point of view, considering whether and how group visits provide value for patients. METHODS: Twenty-five participants with opioid use disorder (OUD) who were enrolled in a weekly B/N group visit at a family medicine clinic participated in either of two one-hour-long focus groups, which were conducted as actual group visits...
July 19, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635954/phenotypic-extremes-of-bicd2-opathies-from-lethal-congenital-muscular-atrophy-with-arthrogryposis-to-asymptomatic-with-subclinical-features
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Markus Storbeck, Beate Horsberg Eriksen, Andreas Unger, Irmgard Hölker, Ingvild Aukrust, Lilian A Martínez-Carrera, Wolfgang A Linke, Andreas Ferbert, Raoul Heller, Matthias Vorgerd, Gunnar Houge, Brunhilde Wirth
Heterozygous variants in BICD cargo adapter 2 (BICD2) cause autosomal dominant spinal muscular atrophy, lower extremity-predominant 2 (SMALED2). The disease is usually characterized by a benign or slowly progressive, congenital or early onset muscle weakness and atrophy that mainly affects the lower extremities, although some affected individuals show involvement of the arms and the shoulder girdle. Here we report unusual extremes of BICD2-related diseases: A severe form of congenital muscular atrophy with arthrogryposis multiplex, respiratory insufficiency and lethality within four months...
September 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611571/exosomes-and-homeostatic-synaptic-plasticity-are-linked-to-each-other-and-to-huntington-s-parkinson-s-and-other-neurodegenerative-diseases-by-database-enabled-analyses-of-comprehensively-curated-datasets
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James K T Wang, Peter Langfelder, Steve Horvath, Michael J Palazzolo
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive and autosomal dominant neurodegeneration caused by CAG expansion in the huntingtin gene (HTT), but the pathophysiological mechanism of mutant HTT (mHTT) remains unclear. To study HD using systems biological methodologies on all published data, we undertook the first comprehensive curation of two key PubMed HD datasets: perturbation genes that impact mHTT-driven endpoints and therefore are putatively linked causally to pathogenic mechanisms, and the protein interactome of HTT that reflects its biology...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607608/clinical-features-pathological-findings-and-treatment-of-recurrent-dermatofibrosarcoma-protuberans
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Yanan Li, Chuan Wang, Bo Xiang, Siyuan Chen, Li Li, Yi Ji
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DESP) is a relatively rare and low-grade tumor of the skin and soft tissue. We review the clinical features, pathological findings and management of recurrent DESP with the aim to improve our understanding of this rare tumor. Fifty-seven patients were diagnosed with recurrent DFSP. The mean age at the presentation of DFSP was 30.9 years. The mean age at diagnosis of DFSP was 40.2 years. Chest wall was the dominant location. The histopathological diagnosis was ordinary DFSP (O-DFSP) in 46 cases and fibrosarcomatous DFSP (FS-DFSP) in 11 cases...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606400/autosomal-dominant-distal-myopathy-due-to-a-novel-acta1-mutation
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Teerin Liewluck, Eric J Sorenson, Magdalena A Walkiewicz, Kandelaria M Rumilla, Margherita Milone
Mutations in skeletal muscle α-actin 1-encoding gene (ACTA1) cause autosomal dominant or recessive myopathies with marked clinical and pathological heterogeneity. Patients typically develop generalized or limb-girdle pattern of weakness, but recently a family with scapuloperoneal myopathy was reported. We describe a father and 2 children with childhood-to-juvenile onset distal myopathy, carrying a novel dominant ACTA1 variant, c.757G>C (p.Gly253Arg). Father had delayed motor development and developed significant proximal weakness later in life; he was initially misdiagnosed as having spinal muscular atrophy based on electromyographic findings...
May 5, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594869/compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-glycyl-trna-synthetase-gars-cause-mitochondrial-respiratory-chain-dysfunction
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Michael Nafisinia, Lisa G Riley, Wendy A Gold, Kaustuv Bhattacharya, Carolyn R Broderick, David R Thorburn, Cas Simons, John Christodoulou
Glycyl-tRNA synthetase (GARS; OMIM 600287) is one of thirty-seven tRNA-synthetase genes that catalyses the synthesis of glycyl-tRNA, which is required to insert glycine into proteins within the cytosol and mitochondria. To date, eighteen mutations in GARS have been reported in patients with autosomal-dominant Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2D (CMT2D; OMIM 601472), and/or distal spinal muscular atrophy type V (dSMA-V; OMIM 600794). In this study, we report a patient with clinical and biochemical features suggestive of a mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) disorder including mild left ventricular posterior wall hypertrophy, exercise intolerance, and lactic acidosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554554/expanding-the-phenotypic-spectrum-associated-with-mutations-of-dync1h1
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Sarah J Beecroft, Catriona A McLean, Martin B Delatycki, Kurian Koshy, Eppie Yiu, Goknur Haliloglu, Diclehan Orhan, Phillipa J Lamont, Mark R Davis, Nigel G Laing, Gianina Ravenscroft
Autosomal dominant mutations of DYNC1H1 cause a range of neurogenetic diseases, including mental retardation with cortical malformations, hereditary spastic paraplegia and spinal muscular atrophy. Using SNP array, linkage analysis and next generation sequencing, we identified two families and one isolated proband sharing a known spinal muscular atrophy, lower extremity predominant (SMALED) causing mutation DYNC1H1 c.1792C>T, p.Arg598Cys, and another family harbouring a c.2327C>T, p.Pro776Leu mutation...
July 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553860/frontal-aslant-tract-projections-to-the-inferior-frontal-gyrus
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Tomasz Szmuda, Marianna Rogowska, Paweł Słoniewski, Ahmed Abuhaimed, Marta Szmuda, Janusz Springer, Agnieszka Sabisz, Jarosław Dzierżanowski, Anna Starzyńska, Tomasz Przewoźny, Andrzej Skorek
Frontal aslant tract (FAT) is a white matter bundle connecting the pre-supplementary motor area (pre-SMA) and the supplementary motor area (SMA) with the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG). The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the anatomical variability of FAT. Total number of fibers and the lateralisation index (LI) were calculated. We attempted to find factors contributing to the diversity of FAT regarding IFG terminations to the pars opercularis (IFG-Op) and to the pars triangularis (IFG-Tr). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of adult patients with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with total number of 98 hemispheres composed a cohort...
May 29, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551318/anatomical-and-functional-correlates-of-cortical-motor-threshold-of-the-dominant-hand
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Charlotte Rosso, Vincent Perlbarg, Romain Valabregue, Mickaël Obadia, Claire Kemlin-Méchin, Eric Moulton, Sara Leder, Sabine Meunier, Jean-Charles Lamy
BACKGROUND: Resting Motor threshold (rMT) provides information about cortical motor excitability. Interestingly, the influences of the structural or functional variability of the motor system on the rMT inter-individual variability have been poorly investigated. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate relationships between rMT and measures of brain structures and function of the motor system. The hypothesis is that cortical excitability not only depends on the primary motor cortex (M1) but also on the integration of information originating from its vicinity such as premotor (PMd and SMA) and post-central (S1) cortices...
May 17, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545163/coccygeal-body-revisited-an-immunohistochemical-study-using-donated-elderly-cadavers
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Zhe Wu Jin, Kwang Ho Cho, Hyung Suk Jang, Gen Murakami, Jose Francisco Rodríguez-Vázquez, Masahito Yamamoto, Shin-Ichi Abe
To describe the normal anatomy and histology of the adult coccygeal body (CB) and to discuss about the origin and function. Using immunohistochemistry, we examined 29 CBs found in 32 elderly donated cadavers without macroscopic pathology in the pelvis. The CB was usually located in or near the anococcygeal ligaments. It was almost always composed of multiple masses or nodules of round glomus cells (smooth muscle actin, or SMA++). However, the CB sometimes contained abundant dilated veins with scattered glomus cells...
May 25, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542189/mir-277-4989-regulate-transcriptional-landscape-during-juvenile-to-adult-transition-in-the-parasitic-helminth-schistosoma-mansoni
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Anna V Protasio, Stijn van Dongen, Julie Collins, Leonor Quintais, Diogo M Ribeiro, Florian Sessler, Martin Hunt, Gabriel Rinaldi, James J Collins, Anton J Enright, Matthew Berriman
Schistosomes are parasitic helminths that cause schistosomiasis, a disease affecting circa 200 million people, primarily in underprivileged regions of the world. Schistosoma mansoni is the most experimentally tractable schistosome species due to its ease of propagation in the laboratory and the high quality of its genome assembly and annotation. Although there is growing interest in microRNAs (miRNAs) in trematodes, little is known about the role these molecules play in the context of developmental processes...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532900/combinatorial-screening-of-3d-biomaterial-properties-that-promote-myofibrogenesis-for-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-based-heart-valve-tissue-engineering
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Jenna Usprech, David A Romero, Cristina H Amon, Craig A Simmons
The physical and chemical properties of a biomaterial integrate with soluble cues in the cell microenvironment to direct cell fate and function. Predictable biomaterial-based control of integrated cell responses has been investigated with two-dimensional (2D) screening platforms, but integrated responses in 3D have largely not been explored systematically. To address this need, we developed a screening platform using polyethylene glycol norbornene (PEG-NB) as a model biomaterial with which the polymer wt% (to control elastic modulus) and adhesion peptide types (RGD, DGEA, YIGSR) and densities could be controlled independently and combinatorially in arrays of 3D hydrogels...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529481/topical-ophthalmic-formulation-of-trichostatin-a-and-surr9-c84a-for-quick-recovery-post-alkali-burn-of-corneal-haze
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Kislay Roy, Chun Hei Antonio Cheung, Rupinder K Kanwar, Rajat Sandhir, Jagat R Kanwar
Alkali burn injury is a true ocular emergency of the conjunctiva and cornea that requires immediate precision. Lack of an immediate therapy can lead to a substantial damage in the ocular surface and anterior segment further causing visual impairment and disfigurement. We explored the regenerative capability of dominant negative survivin protein (SurR9-C84A) and histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin-A (TSA) in vivo, in a rat alkali burn model. A topical insult in rat eyes with NaOH led to degradation of the conjunctival and corneal epithelium...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525955/imaging-and-manipulating-energy-transfer-among-quantum-dots-at-individual-dot-resolution
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Duc Nguyen, Huy A Nguyen, Joseph W Lyding, Martin Gruebele
Many processes of interest in quantum dots involve charge or energy transfer from one dot to another. Energy transfer in films of quantum dots as well as between linked quantum dots has been demonstrated by luminescence shift, and the ultrafast time-dependence of energy transfer processes has been resolved. Bandgap variation among dots (energy disorder) and dot separation are known to play an important role in how energy diffuses. Thus, it would be very useful if energy transfer could be visualized directly on a dot-by-dot basis among small clusters or within films of quantum dots...
June 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507535/bioreactor-scalability-laboratory-scale-bioreactor-design-influences-performance-ecology-and-community-physiology-in-expanded-granular-sludge-bed-bioreactors
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Stephanie Connelly, Seung G Shin, Robert J Dillon, Umer Z Ijaz, Christopher Quince, William T Sloan, Gavin Collins
Studies investigating the feasibility of new, or improved, biotechnologies, such as wastewater treatment digesters, inevitably start with laboratory-scale trials. However, it is rarely determined whether laboratory-scale results reflect full-scale performance or microbial ecology. The Expanded Granular Sludge Bed (EGSB) bioreactor, which is a high-rate anaerobic digester configuration, was used as a model to address that knowledge gap in this study. Two laboratory-scale idealizations of the EGSB-a one-dimensional and a three- dimensional scale-down of a full-scale design-were built and operated in triplicate under near-identical conditions to a full-scale EGSB...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429670/expression-of-dominant-negative-k6w-ubiquitin-in-the-lens-epithelium-via-an-adenoviral-vector-delays-posterior-capsule-opacification-in-a-rabbit-model
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Xuan Bao, Min Hou, Ruiping Peng, Furong Luo, Mingxing Wu
PURPOSE: Ubiquitin is involved in cell proliferation and differentiation, and the objective of this study is to investigate the potential of dominant negative Ubiquitin (Ub) with a lysine to tryptophan mutation at the 6 position (K6W) through an adenoviral expression vector in the prevention of posterior capsule opacification (PCO) in a rabbit PCO model. METHODS: Recombinant dominant negative K6W-Ub adenovirus (RAd-K6W-Ub) with green fluorescent protein (RAd-K6W-Ub/GFP) and RAd-GFP viruses (control) were generated with QBI-HEK 293A cells...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402321/origin-of-high-strength-low-modulus-superelasticity-in-nanowire-shape-memory-alloy-composites
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Xudong Zhang, Hongxiang Zong, Lishan Cui, Xueling Fan, Xiangdong Ding, Jun Sun
An open question is the underlying mechanisms for a recent discovered nanocomposite, which composed of shape memory alloy (SMA) matrix with embedded metallic nanowires (NWs), demonstrating novel mechanical properties, such as large quasi-linear elastic strain, low Young's modulus and high yield strength. We use finite element simulations to investigate the interplay between the superelasticity of SMA matrix and the elastic-plastic deformation of embedded NWs. Our results show that stress transfer plays a dominated role in determining the quasi-linear behavior of the nanocomposite...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351971/trk-receptor-signaling-and-sensory-neuron-fate-are-perturbed-in-human-neuropathy-caused-by-gars-mutations
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James N Sleigh, John M Dawes, Steven J West, Na Wei, Emily L Spaulding, Adriana Gómez-Martín, Qian Zhang, Robert W Burgess, M Zameel Cader, Kevin Talbot, Xiang-Lei Yang, David L Bennett, Giampietro Schiavo
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2D (CMT2D) is a peripheral nerve disorder caused by dominant, toxic, gain-of-function mutations in the widely expressed, housekeeping gene, GARS The mechanisms underlying selective nerve pathology in CMT2D remain unresolved, as does the cause of the mild-to-moderate sensory involvement that distinguishes CMT2D from the allelic disorder distal spinal muscular atrophy type V. To elucidate the mechanism responsible for the underlying afferent nerve pathology, we examined the sensory nervous system of CMT2D mice...
April 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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