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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921081/a-fungus-specific-protein-domain-is-essential-for-rasa-mediated-morphogenetic-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Qusai Al Abdallah, Tiffany S Norton, Amy M Hill, Lawrence L LeClaire, Jarrod R Fortwendel
Ras proteins function as conserved regulators of eukaryotic growth and differentiation and are essential signaling proteins orchestrating virulence in pathogenic fungi. Here, we report the identification of a novel N-terminal domain of the RasA protein in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. Whereas this domain is absent in Ras homologs of higher eukaryotes, the N-terminal extension is conserved among fungi and is characterized by a short string of two to eight amino acids terminating in an invariant arginine...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920646/successful-treatment-of-small-intestinal-bleeding-in-a-crohn-s-patient-with-noncirrhotic-portal-hypertension-by-transjugular-portosystemic-shunt-placement-and-infliximab-treatment
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Benjamin Heimgartner, Heather Dawson, Andrea De Gottardi, Reiner Wiest, Jan Hendrik Niess
Small intestinal bleeding in Crohn's disease patients with noncirrhotic portal hypertension and partial portal and superior mesenteric vein thrombosis is a life-threatening event. Here, a case is reported in which treatment with azathioprine may have resulted in nodular regenerative hyperplasia, portal hypertension and portal vein thrombosis. The 56-year-old patient with Crohn's disease developed nodular regenerative hyperplasia under treatment with azathioprine. He was admitted with severe bleeding. Gastroscopy showed small esophageal varices without bleeding stigmata...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916770/hemostasis-by-esophageal-stent-placement-for-management-of-esophageal-tumor-bleeding-a-case-report
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Yoshiaki Isono, Tomonori Saito, Tomomasa Tochio, Hiroaki Kumazawa, Hiroki Tanaka, Shimpei Matsusaki, Tomohiro Sase, Hiroshi Okano, Youichirou Baba, Katsumi Mukai
A 67-year-old male was diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer. A computed tomography scan showed multiple intra-abdominal lymphadenopathies. Because the tumor was thought to be unresectable, we initiated chemotherapy. Twelve months later, the patient was admitted to our hospital because of hematemesis. Gastroduodenoscopy revealed oozing bleeding from the esophageal tumor. Hemostasis was not achieved with conservative treatment, and frequent blood transfusions were required. Endoscopic hemostasis was difficult to achieve because of the malignant esophageal stenosis...
2016: Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi, the Japanese Journal of Gastro-enterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916042/-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-recurrent-hemarthrosis-after-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Y Li, H Tian, K Zhang
Recurrent hemarthrosis is a relatively rare complication after total knee arthroplasty with the incidence estimated between 0.3% and 1.6%. There are various causes of this complication which can be broadly divided into general and local reasons. If the blood coagulation function was normal, the most common reason of hemarthrosis is the impingement of proliferative synovium between the articulating components of the knee prosthesis. However, some causes are not well understood which make diagnosis and treatment more difficult...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912749/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-missense-fbn2-mutation-co-segregating-in-a-four-generation-chinese-family-with-congenital-contractural-arachnodactyly
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Xingping Guo, Chunying Song, Yaping Shi, Hongxia Li, Weijing Meng, Qinzhao Yuan, Jinjie Xue, Jun Xie, Yunxia Liang, Yanan Yuan, Baofeng Yu, Huaixiu Wang, Yun Chen, Lixin Qi, Xinmin Li
BACKGROUND: Congenital contractural arachnodactyly (CCA) is an autosomal dominant rare genetic disease, estimated to be less than 1 in 10,000 worldwide. People with this condition often have permanently bent joints (contractures), like bent fingers and toes (camptodactyly). CASE PRESENTATION: In this study, we investigated the genetic aetiology of CCA in a four-generation Chinese family. The blood samples were collected from 22 living members of the family in the Yangquan County, Shanxi Province, China...
December 3, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911895/dna-microarray-detection-of-18-important-human-blood-protozoan-species
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Mu-Xin Chen, Lin Ai, Jun-Hu Chen, Xin-Yu Feng, Shao-Hong Chen, Yu-Chun Cai, Yan Lu, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Jia-Xu Chen, Wei Hu
BACKGROUND: Accurate detection of blood protozoa from clinical samples is important for diagnosis, treatment and control of related diseases. In this preliminary study, a novel DNA microarray system was assessed for the detection of Plasmodium, Leishmania, Trypanosoma, Toxoplasma gondii and Babesia in humans, animals, and vectors, in comparison with microscopy and PCR data. Developing a rapid, simple, and convenient detection method for protozoan detection is an urgent need. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The microarray assay simultaneously identified 18 species of common blood protozoa based on the differences in respective target genes...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911818/planar-cell-polarity-signaling-in-the-uterus-directs-appropriate-positioning-of-the-crypt-for-embryo-implantation
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Jia Yuan, Jeeyeon Cha, Wenbo Deng, Amanda Bartos, Xiaofei Sun, Hsin-Yi Henry Ho, Jean-Paul Borg, Terry P Yamaguchi, Yingzi Yang, Sudhansu K Dey
Blastocyst implantation is a complex process requiring coordination of a dynamic sequence of embryo-uterine interactions. Blood vessels enter the uterus from the mesometrium, demarcating the uterus into mesometrial (M) and antimesometrial (AM) domains. Implantation occurs along the uterine longitudinal axis within specialized implantation chambers (crypts) that originate within the evaginations directed from the primary lumen toward the AM domain. The morphological orientation of crypts in rodent uteri was recognized more than a century ago, but the mechanism remained unknown...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911430/-clinical-presentations-of-herpes-zoster-ophthalmicus-diagnosis-and-therapy
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G M Chernakova, E A Kleshcheva, T B Semenova
: Approximately a quarter of the world's population at some point in life is at risk of developing shingles (Herpes Zoster). In 10-20% of cases the first branch of the trigeminal nerve gets involved (Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus, HZO). Ophthalmic complications of HZO are able to cause a significant reduction in visual function. AIM: To study and summarize clinical features of HZO (including the rate of complications and their nature) and to determine the relationship between clinical and laboratory data from these patients...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911427/-modern-approach-to-early-diagnosis-and-pathogenetic-treatment-of-diabetic-retinopathy
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I V Vorob'eva
AIM: To improve the approach to pathogenetic treatment of diabetic retinopathy (DR) through early diagnosis and a new method for predicting disease progression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study enrolled 330 type 2 diabetes patients with DR (660 eyes), of whom women constituted 64.6%, men - 35.4%. The mean patient age was 62.3±2.3 years. Three groups were formed: the controls - 30 healthy volunteers (60 eyes) and 30 type 2 diabetes patients without ocular involvement (DR 0, 60 eyes); group 1 - 30 type 2 diabetes patients with DR I but no diabetic macular edema (DR I without DME, 60 eyes) that were treated with calcium dobesilate; group 2 - 240 type 2 diabetes patients, who had diabetic retinopathy of different stages (DR I, II, or III with DME, 480 eyes) and received laser retinal photocoagulation (LRP)...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911066/-conservative-management-of-liver-trauma-and-its-complications-current-gold-standard
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R Gander, J A Molino, S Santiago, A Laín, G Guillén, C Giné, G Royo, S López, M Pérez, I Díez, S Cañadas, J Lloret, J Bueno
INTRODUCTION: The liver is the second most frequently involved organ in abdominal trauma in children. The aim of this study was to review the characteristics of liver traumas (LT) in children, its treatment and complications. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of patients with LT treated between 2010-2014. We analyzed data regarding diagnosis, conservative management (CM), complications and treatment. RESULTS: Twenty-four patients of LT with a mean age of 9...
January 25, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910226/successful-treatment-of-post-dural-puncture-headache-using-epidural-fibrin-glue-patch-after-persistent-failure-of-epidural-blood-patches
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Kevin Wong, Brian R Monroe
OBJECTIVES: Epidural blood patch is the gold standard for the treatment of post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) when conservative treatments have failed to provide any relief. However, alternative therapies are lacking when epidural blood patch persistently fails to improve symptoms. Failure to treat PDPH may lead to significant functional impairment of daily living. Alternative therapies should be sought to accelerate recovery from PDPH. CASE REPORT: This case describes a woman who developed PDPH secondary to accidental dural puncture during a spinal cord stimulator trial...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904584/effectiveness-and-relevant-factors-of-platelet-rich-plasma-treatment-in-managing-plantar-fasciitis-a-systematic-review
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Seet Khing Chiew, Thamil Selvee Ramasamy, Farahnaz Amini
BACKGROUND: Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a common foot complaint, affects both active sportsmen and physically inactive middle age group. It is believed that PF results from degenerative changes rather than inflammation. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been introduced as an alternative therapy for PF. This study is aimed to systematically review to the effectiveness and relevant factors of PRP treatment in managing PF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A search was conducted in electronic databases, including PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar using different keywords...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903760/interactions-between-intersubunit-transmembrane-domains-regulate-the-chaperone-dependent-degradation-of-an-oligomeric-membrane-protein
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Teresa M Buck, Alexa S Jordahl, Megan E Yates, Mike Preston, Emily Cook, Thomas R Kleyman, Jeffrey L Brodsky
The Epithelial Sodium Channel (ENaC) in kidney regulates blood pressure through control of sodium and volume homeostasis, and in lung ENaC regulates the volume of airway and alveolar fluids.  ENaC is a heterotrimer of homologous α-, β-, and γ-subunits, and assembles in the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) before it traffics and functions at the plasma membrane. Improperly folded or orphaned ENaC subunits are subject to ER quality control and targeted for ER associated degradation (ERAD). We previously established that a conserved, ER lumenal, molecular chaperone, Lhs1/GRP170, selects αENaC, but not β- or γENaC, for degradation when the ENaC subunits were individually expressed...
November 30, 2016: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902946/social-regulation-of-the-lymph-node-transcriptome-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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K Chun, J P Capitanio, D M Lamkin, E K Sloan, J M G Arevalo, S W Cole
Previous research has shown that adverse social conditions may promote a conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA) involving up-regulation of proinflammatory gene expression and down-regulation of Type I interferon anti-viral genes in circulating blood cells. However, the impact of social conditions on lymphoid tissue gene regulation remains largely unexplored. This project assessed how social instability in adult male rhesus macaques (N=10, 5 in unstable, and 5 in stable social conditions) might regulate gene expression within secondary lymphoid tissue (lymph nodes; LN)...
November 14, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902750/evaluation-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-cytokines-and-their-potential-role-in-the-development-of-ovarian-cancer
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Mahmood Rasool, Arif Malik, Muhammad Abdul Basit Ashraf, Gulshan Parveen, Shazia Iqbal, Irfan Ali, Mahmood Husain Qazi, Muhammad Asif, Kashif Kamran, Asim Iqbal, Saima Iram, Sami Ullah Khan, Mohammad Zahid Mustafa, Ahmad Zaheer, Rozeena Shaikh, Hani Choudhry, Mohammad Sarwar Jamal
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cause of deaths in the women among gynecological tumors. There are many growing evidences that stress and other behavioral factors may affect cancer progression and patient survival. The purpose of this study is to determine the key role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and cytokines in the aggregation and progression of ovarian cancer. METHODOLOGY: Stress variables (MDA, AGEs, AOPPs, NO), profile of antioxidants (SOD, Catalase, Vitamin E & A, GSH, GRx, GPx) and inflammatory biomarkers (MMP-9, MMP-2, MMP-11, IL-1α and TNF-α) were biochemically assessed from venous blood of fifty ovarian cancer patients and twenty healthy control subjects...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900328/blunt-traumatic-tension-chylothorax-case-report-and-mini-review-of-the-literature
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Kamal Idris, Michael Sebastian, Ashraf F Hefny, Navidul Haq Khan, Fikri M Abu-Zidan
Tension chylothorax following blunt thoracic trauma is an extremely rare condition. Here we report such a case and review its management. A 31-year-old man was involved in a road traffic collision. The car rolled over and the patient was ejected from the vehicle. On arrival at the Emergency Department the patient was conscious and haemodynamically stable. Clinical examination of the chest and abdomen was normal. The patient had sustained fractures of the sixth cervical vertebra and the tenth thoracic vertebra, left pleural effusion, haematoma around the descending aorta and fracture of the right clavicle...
November 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899759/perioperative-antihypertensive-treatment-in-patients-with-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#17
Jun Zheng, Hao Li, Sen Lin, Junpeng Ma, Rui Guo, Lu Ma, Yuan Fang, Meng Tian, Ming Liu, Chao You
BACKGROUND: Studies on antihypertensive treatment for surgical patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage are insufficient. This pilot study was conducted to investigate the safety of the perioperative intensive blood pressure lowering in surgical patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage. METHODS: This study was a prospective, parallel, randomized, assessor-blinded trial. Patients allocated to the intensive group received perioperative intensive antihypertensive treatment aiming to achieve a target systolic blood pressure between 120 and 140 mm Hg, whereas the patients in the conservative group received conservative treatment aiming to achieve a target systolic blood pressure between 140 and 180 mm Hg for 7 days...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894716/characterization-of-guinea-pig-t-cell-responses-elicited-after-ep-assisted-delivery-of-dna-vaccines-to-the-skin
#18
Katherine Schultheis, Hubert Schaefer, Bryan S Yung, Janet Oh, Karuppiah Muthumani, Laurent Humeau, Kate E Broderick, Trevor R F Smith
The skin is an ideal target tissue for vaccine delivery for a number of reasons. It is highly accessible, and most importantly, enriched in professional antigen presenting cells. Possessing strong similarities to human skin physiology and displaying a defined epidermis, the guinea pig is an appropriate model to study epidermal delivery of vaccine. However, whilst we have characterized the humoral responses in the guinea pig associated with skin vaccine protocols we have yet to investigate the T cell responses...
November 25, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894374/autologous-intratympanic-blood-patch-for-presumed-perilymphatic-fistulas
#19
P K Foster
OBJECTIVE: To assess an alternative to bed rest and surgery for suspected perilymphatic fistulas using intratympanic blood injections. METHOD: A review was conducted of patients' history, physical and audiometric data, before and after treatment by intratympanic blood injections performed from 2009 to 2015. RESULTS: Twelve ears were identified, with trauma associated with air travel, water sports or nose blowing. Ten of these cases had hearing loss, six had vestibular symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892990/zika-virus-what-the-otolaryngologist-should-know-a-review
#20
Demetri Arnaoutakis, Tapan Padhya
Importance: Initially discovered in 1947, Zika virus infection received little notoriety as a tropical disease until 2015 when an outbreak of microcephaly cases was reported in Brazil. Zika is a single-stranded RNA arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. The primary source of infection in humans stems from Aedes aegypti mosquito bites but can also occur through sexual, blood, and perinatal transmission. With expectations that 3 to 4 million people across the Americas will be infected over the next year, the World Health Organization has declared this event a Public Health Emergency of International Concern...
November 17, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
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