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Milena L Pachowsky, Arnd Kleyer, Lisa Wagner, Andreas Langenbach, David Simon, Rolf Janka, Matthias May, Goetz H Welsch
Objective A minimally invasive treatment of osteoporotic and nonosteoporotic thoracic and lumbar spine fractures is cement augmentation (kyphoplasty). Little is known about the impact on adjacent intervertebral discs. A quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach in addition to morphological MRI is desirable to evaluate changes in the intervertebral disc. Our study aims to evaluate the feasibility of T2 mapping for the detection of subtle changes in the intervertebral discs in spines after kyphoplasty...
March 1, 2018: Cartilage
Yi Shi, Yanhui Su, Joshua H Lipschutz, Glenn P Lobo
Cilia are highly-conserved organelles projecting from the cell surface of nearly every cell type in vertebrates. Ciliary proteins have essential functions in human physiology, particularly in signaling and organ development. As cilia are a component of almost all vertebrate cells, cilia dysfunction can manifest as a constellation of features that characteristically include, retinal degeneration, renal disease and cerebral anomalies. The terminology "Ciliopathies" refers to inherited human disorders caused by genetic mutations in ciliary genes, leading to cilia dysfunctions that form an important and ever expanding multi-organ disease spectrum...
December 2017: Clin Nephrol Res
Mayuko Motomura, Koichi Watanabe, Yoko Tabira, Joe Iwanaga, Wakako Matsuuchi, Daichi Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Saga, Koh-Ichi Yamaki
We encountered a case of duplicated right vertebral artery during an anatomical dissection course for medical students in 2015. Two vertebral arteries were found in the right neck of a 91-year-old female cadaver. The proximal leg of the arteries arose from the area between the right subclavian artery and the right common carotid artery that diverged from the brachiocephalic artery. The distal leg arose from the right subclavian artery as expected. The proximal leg entered the transverse foramen of the fourth cervical vertebra and the distal leg entered the transverse foramen of the sixth cervical vertebra...
March 16, 2018: Kurume Medical Journal
M Amine Amiche, Shahab Abtahi, Johanna H M Driessen, Peter Vestergaard, Frank de Vries, Suzanne M Cadarette, Andrea M Burden
We examined the effect of cumulative exposure to high doses of oral glucocorticoids on fracture risk. Compared to short-course users (daily dose ≥ 15 mg + cumulative < 1 g), heavy users (daily dose ≥ 15 mg + cumulative dose ≥ 1 g) had the highest risk of fracture. These patients should be monitored for fracture management strategies. PURPOSE: The effect of cumulative exposure to high daily doses of oral glucocorticoids on fracture risk remains debated. We therefore aimed to examine the hip fracture risk associated with short courses and heavy use of high-dosed oral glucocorticoids...
March 18, 2018: Archives of Osteoporosis
Ricardo Carrasco-Garcia, Patricia Barroso, Javier Perez-Olivares, Vidal Montoro, Joaquín Vicente
Understanding the role that facultative scavenger species may play in spreading infectious pathogens, and even becoming reservoirs for humans, domestic and wild ungulates or, on the contrary, preventing the spread of disease, requires a prior understanding of the pattern of carrion scavenging in specific scenarios. The objectives of this paper are (i) to describe the guild of vertebrate scavengers and (ii) to study the species-specific, habitat, and management-related factors involved in the usage of gut piles in South Central Spain (SCS), a tuberculosis (TB) endemic area...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Tao Yang, Fei Wang, Chaoshi Niu
The majority of spinal cavernous angiomas (CAs) originate from the vertebral bodies with or without epidural space extension. Solitary epidural CAs are rare. In the present study, we retrospectively reviewed the records of 12 patients who underwent microsurgery for solitary spinal epidural CAs. All patients had performed pre- and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging. The patients were 7 females and 5 males with the mean age of 52.1 years. Two tumors were located in the cervicothoracic spine, nine in the thoracic spine and one in the lumbar spine, respectively...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Marta Zamarbide, Adam W Oaks, Heather L Pond, Julia S Adelman, M Chiara Manzini
Hundreds of genes are mutated in non-syndromic intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with each gene often involved in only a handful of cases. Such heterogeneity can be daunting, but rare recessive loss of function (LOF) mutations can be a good starting point to provide insight into the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disease. Biallelic LOF mutations in the signaling scaffold CC2D1A cause a rare form of autosomal recessive ID, sometimes associated with ASD and seizures. In parallel, we recently reported that Cc2d1a -deficient mice present with cognitive and social deficits, hyperactivity and anxiety...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Tomoya Suzuki, Shogo Kaku, Kengo Nishimura, Akihiko Teshigawara, Yuichi Sasaki, Ken Aoki, Toshihide Tanaka, Kostadin Karagiozov, Yuichi Murayama
BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment of VA thrombosed giant aneurysms requires to achieve both obliteration of the parent artery to prevent bleeding and dome thrombectomy to relieve the brain stem from mass effect. To secure both proximal and distal control of complex VA aneurysms, contralateral approach to the aneurysm might be a useful alternative as previously described. We successfully treated a case of VA thrombosed giant aneurysm in a new original way by combining craniotomy (ipsilateral and contralateral) and endovascular technique...
March 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Ping Jin, Caiyun Lv, Shuangli Peng, Lu Cai, Jiu Zhu, Fei Ma
The COMMD (COpper Metabolism gene MURR1 Domain) gene family with ten members participates in various biological processes, such as the regulation of copper and sodium transport, NF-κB activity and cell cycle progression. However, studies on the COMMD gene family in amphioxus (Branchiostoma belcheri) are yet largely unknown. In this study, we have identified and characterized the ten COMMD family members from amphioxus (designated as AmphiCOMMDs). Firstly, we clone the full length of AmphiCOMMDs, and all AmphiCOMMD proteins contain the conserved COMM domain with two NES (Nuclear Export Signal) motifs...
March 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Juan C Santos, Rebecca D Tarvin, Lauren A O'Connell, David C Blackburn, Luis A Coloma
Symbionts (e.g., endoparasites and commensals) play an integral role in their host's ecology, yet in many cases their diversity is likely underestimated. Although endoparasites are traditionally characterized using morphology, sequences of conserved genes, and shotgun metagenomics, host transcriptomes constitute an underused resource to identify these organisms' diversity. By isolating non-host transcripts from host transcriptomes, individual host tissues can now simultaneously reveal their endoparasite species richness (i...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Yana Li, Shuna Sun, Zhiwen Ding, Chunjie Yang, Guoping Zhang, Qiu Jiang, Yunzeng Zou
Fibroblast growth factor binding proteins (FGFBPs) are a class of secreted proteoglycans that function as an extracellular chaperone for locally stored FGFs and enhance FGF signaling. To date, all three human FGFBP genes have been identified and one orthologue fgfbp1a has been studied in zebrafish embryos. Here, we described the cloning and expression patterns of four novel FGFBP orthologues in zebrafish, fgfbp1b, fgfbp2a, fgfbp2b, and fgfbp3. Quantitative PCR and whole-mount in situ hybridization results showed that all transcripts except fgfbp2a are initially expressed in a maternal manner...
March 15, 2018: Gene
Lysann Wagener, Maria Loconsole, Helen M Ditz, Andreas Nieder
Endowed with an elaborate cerebral cortex, humans and other primates can assess the number of items in a set, or numerosity, from birth on [1] and without being trained [2]. Whether spontaneous numerosity extraction is a unique feat of the mammalian cerebral cortex [3-7] or rather an adaptive property that can be found in differently designed and independently evolved neural substrates, such as the avian enbrain [8], is unknown. To address this question, we recorded single-cell activity from the nidopallium caudolaterale (NCL), a high-level avian association brain area [9-11], of numerically naive crows...
March 9, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Dmitry S Bogolyubov
The karyosphere, aka the karyosome, is a meiosis-specific structure that represents a "knot" of condensed chromosomes joined together in a limited volume of the oocyte nucleus. The karyosphere is an evolutionarily conserved but morphologically rather "multifaceted" structure. It forms at the diplotene stage of meiotic prophase in many animals, from hydra and Drosophila to human. Karyosphere formation is generally linked with transcriptional silencing of the genome. It is believed that karyosphere/karyosome is a prerequisite for proper completion of meiotic divisions and further development...
2018: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
Yiqiu Zhang, Beilei Li, Haojun Yu, Jun Hou, Hongcheng Shi
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that affects the spine, the sacroiliac joints, and sometimes the hips and shoulders. Andersson lesion (AL), was first described by Andersson in 1937 as a destructive vertebral body and discovertebral portion of the spine in AS. In this case, we report a 50 years old man with medical history of AS diagnosed AL by fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT).
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Connor M Pettem, Jennifer M Briens, David M Janz, Lynn P Weber
Selenium (Se) is considered an essential trace element, involved in important physiological and metabolic functions for all vertebrate species. Fish require dietary concentrations of 0.1-0.5 μg Se/g dry mass (d.m.) to maintain normal physiological and selenoprotein function, however concentrations exceeding 3 μg/g d.m. have been shown to cause toxicity. As Se is reported to have a narrow margin between essentiality and toxicity, there is growing concern surrounding the adverse effects of elevated Se exposure caused by anthropogenic activities...
March 8, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Tomoo Inoue, Yukoh Ohara, Tadaaki Niiro, Toshiki Endo, Teiji Tominaga, Jyun-Ichi Mizuno
BACKGROUND: Chondroma is a rare benign cartilaginous tumor that originates in chondrocytes and is commonly seen in the long bones; however, it infrequently occurs in the cervical spine. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: We report two patients with cervical periosteal chondroma that originated from the C2 vertebral body and C1 lamina as extramedullary tumors. The first patient was a 28-year-old man who presented with right upper extremity weakness and numbness. Cervical radiography revealed a bony tumor with evidence of severe spinal cord compression...
March 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Kunal C Shah, Akshay Gadia, Premik Nagad, Shekhar Bhojraj, Abhay Nene
Buckling collapse is the term typically used to describe severe kyphosis more than 100 degrees, characteristically seen in thoracolumbar tuberculosis. Neurofibromatosis is rarely associated with severe cervical kyphosis. Dystrophic changes in vertebra make surgical correction and fusion challenging. Single stage cervical osteotomies (pedicle subtraction osteotomy, vertebral column resection etc) are commonly done in cervico-thoracic junction. However it is technically challenging and associated with high risk of vertebral artery injury, neural injury etc when performed in higher cervical spine...
March 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Abdulrahman Masrani, Sebastian McWilliams, Sanjeev Bhalla, Pamela K Woodard
PURPOSE: To report the anatomical associations and radiological characteristics of Scimitar syndrome on CT and MR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of the medical records between February 2001 and February 2016 was performed. To identify patients, radiological reports were queried for "Scimitar" or "partial anomalous pulmonary venous return." Patients with radiological findings of Scimitar syndrome were included. Patients without cross-sectional imaging were excluded...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Jesse Taylor, Thomas Unsoeld, Harald Hutter
We have identified the transmembrane collagen, COL-99, in a genetic screen for novel genes involved in axon guidance in the nematode C. elegans. COL-99 is similar to transmembrane collagens type XIII, XXIII and XXV in vertebrates. col-99 mutants exhibit guidance defects in axons extending along the major longitudinal axon tracts, most prominently the left ventral nerve cord (VNC). COL-99 is expressed in the hypodermis during the time of axon outgrowth. We provide evidence that a furin cleavage site in COL-99 is essential for function, suggesting that COL-99 is released from the cells producing it...
March 15, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Raquel Xavier, Joana L Santos, Ana Veríssimo
Cartilaginous fishes are the oldest jawed vertebrates and are also reported to be the hosts of some of the most basal lineages of Cestoda and Aporocotylidae (Digenea) parasites. Recently a phylogenetic analysis of the coccidia (Apicomplexa) infecting marine vertebrates revealed that the lesser spotted dogfish harbours parasite lineages basal to Eimeria Schneider, 1875 and the group formed by Schellackia Reichenow, 1919, Lankesterella Ames, 1923, Caryospora Leger, 1904 and Isospora Schneider, 1881. In the present study we have found additional lineages of coccidian parasites infecting the cownose ray Rhinoptera bonasus Mitchill and the blue shark Prionace glauca Linnaeus...
March 16, 2018: Systematic Parasitology
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