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Jole Mariella, Eleonora Iacono, Aliai Lanci, Barbara Merlo, Caterina Palermo, Lee Morris, Carolina Castagnetti
The umbilical cord (UC), the connection between mother and fetus via the umbilical vessels, carries nutrients and oxygenated blood to the fetus through the umbilical vein and removes deoxygenated blood and waste products via the umbilical arteries. It is designed to protect blood flow to the fetus during pregnancy. In equine medicine, only a few studies have described the UC, and most of these involved Thoroughbreds. The present study describes and compares the macroscopic features of the equine umbilical cord in three different breeds and in relation to the foal's gender...
March 7, 2018: Theriogenology
Tales Rocha de Moura, Sina Mozaffari-Jovin, Csaba Zoltán Kibédi Szabó, Jana Schmitzová, Olexandr Dybkov, Constantin Cretu, Michael Kachala, Dmitri Svergun, Henning Urlaub, Reinhard Lührmann, Vladimir Pena
Human nineteen complex (NTC) acts as a multimeric E3 ubiquitin ligase in DNA repair and splicing. The transfer of ubiquitin is mediated by Prp19-a homotetrameric component of NTC whose elongated coiled coils serve as an assembly axis for two other proteins called SPF27 and CDC5L. We find that Prp19 is inactive on its own and have elucidated the structural basis of its autoinhibition by crystallography and mutational analysis. Formation of the NTC core by stepwise assembly of SPF27, CDC5L, and PLRG1 onto the Prp19 tetramer enables ubiquitin ligation...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
Igor Filipčić, Ivona Šimunović Filipčić, Tomislav Gajšak, Željko Milovac, Strahimir Sučić, Ena Ivezić, Sandra Zečević Penić, Ivana Orgulan, Damir Šebo, Vjekoslav Jeleč, Žarko Bajić
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive technique with few side effects that has been reported to be effective in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). At present, no randomized controlled trials (RCT) have compared the efficacy and safety of rTMS delivered by the figure-8-coil and the H1-coil. We describe an industry-independent, randomized, controlled, single-blinded, single-center study protocol assessing the differences in efficacy and safety of rTMS for patients diagnosed with MDD with the H1-coil and figure-8-coil as an add-on to stable pharmacotherapy or pharmacotherapy alone...
March 2018: Psychiatria Danubina
Xiaodi Niu, Yawen Gao, Yiding Yu, Yanan Yang, Guizhen Wang, Lin Sun, Hongsu Wang
Previous studies found that the activity of Sortase A, a bacterial surface protein from Staphylococcus aureus, was inhibited by curcumin and its analogues. To explore this inhibitory mechanism, Sortase A and its inhibitors in complex systems were studied by molecular docking, molecular modelling, binding energy decomposition calculation, and steered molecular dynamics simulations. Energy decomposition analysis indicated that PRO-163, LEU-169, GLN-172, ILE-182, and ILE-199 are key residues in Sortase A-inhibitor complexes...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Lokesh K Narnoliya, Rajender S Sangwan, Sudhir P Singh
Rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.) is widely known as aromatic and medicinal herb, accumulating specialized metabolites of high economic importance, such as essential oils, ascorbic acid, and tartaric acid. Ascorbic acid and tartaric acid are multifunctional metabolites of human value to be used as vital antioxidants and flavor enhancing agents in food products. No information is available related to the structural and functional properties of the enzymes involved in ascorbic acid and tartaric acid biosynthesis in rose-scented geranium...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
F Cagnazzo, D Mantilla, A Rouchaud, W Brinjikji, P-H Lefevre, C Dargazanli, G Gascou, C Riquelme, P Perrini, D di Carlo, A Bonafe, V Costalat
BACKGROUND: The safety and efficacy of reconstructive and deconstructive endovascular treatments of very large/giant intracranial aneurysms are not completely clear. PURPOSE: Our aim was to compare treatment-related outcomes between these 2 techniques. DATA SOURCES: A systematic search of 3 data bases was performed for studies published from 1990 to 2017. STUDY SELECTION: We selected series of reconstructive and deconstructive treatments with >10 patients...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Jasmin L Whittaker, Rajkamal Balu, Robert Knott, Liliana de Campo, Jitendra P Mata, Christine Rehm, Anita J Hill, Naba K Dutta, Namita Roy Choudhury
Regenerated Bombyx mori silk fibroin (RSF) is a widely recognized protein for biomedical applications; however, their hierarchical gel structures are poorly understood. In this paper, the hierarchical structure of photocrosslinked RSF and RSF-based hybrid hydrogel systems: (i) RSF/Rec1-resilin and (ii) RSF/poly(N-vinylcaprolactam (PVCL) is reported for the first time using small-angle scattering (SAS) techniques. The structure of RSF in dilute to concentrated solution to fabricated hydrogels were characterized using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and ultra-small angle neutron scattering (USANS) techniques...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Muhammad AlMatter, Pervinder Bhogal, Marta Aguilar Pérez, Victoria Hellstern, Hansjörg Bäzner, Oliver Ganslandt, Hans Henkes
INTRODUCTION: The endovascular treatment (EVT) of ruptured cerebral aneurysms has been widely adopted after publication of the ISAT. In this study we sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the EVT for ruptured aneurysms based on 10-year series from a single centre with coil-first strategy. METHODS: All patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) treated between 2007 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed and divided according to initial treatment into an EVT and a microsurgical clipping (MSC) group...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
Hanfei Tang, Xiao Tang, Weiguo Fu, Jianjun Luo, Zhenyu Shi, Lixin Wang, Fei Liu, Daqiao Guo
OBJECTIVE: Coil embolization is one of the most common endovascular approaches to treatment of renal artery aneurysms (RAAs). The purpose of this retrospective study was to compare complications, mortality, and morbidity associated with sac packing, coil trapping, and inflow occlusion. METHODS: The records of all patients with RAAs treated with coil embolization at our center from June 2003 to May 2017 were retrospectively reviewed. Demographics of the patients, aneurysm characteristics, management strategies, perioperative and long-term outcomes, and complications were analyzed...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Ezio Lanza, Riccardo Muglia, Luigi Alessandro Solbiati, Marco Tramarin, Dario Poretti, Vittorio Pedicini
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to report the results of transarterial embolization (TAE) in the setting of postoperative bleeding after hip surgery. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 40 patients (male:female = 15:25, median age = 68 years) who underwent TAE from 2006 to 2016: 77.5% underwent total hip arthroplasty, 20% open reduction internal fixation, and 2.5% external fixation. Preangiographic multidetector computed tomography angiography was performed in 20 (49%) cases, and 9 of them showed arterial extravasation...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Burak Kurşun, Levent Uğur, Gökhan Keskin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Hemodynamic analyzes are used in the clinical investigation and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, the effect of bypass geometry on intracranial aneurysm hemodynamics was investigated numerically. Pressure, wall shear stress (WSS) and velocity distribution causing the aneurysm to grow and rupture were investigated and the best conditions were tried to be determined in case of bypassing between basilar (BA) and left/right posterior arteries (LPCA/RPCA) for different values of parameters...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Yoshitaka Shimizu, Takahito Okazaki, Tomoaki Hamana, Masahiro Irifune
Treatment of pseudoaneurysms in the internal carotid artery (ICA) is associated with a high risk of cerebral infarction; therefore, vessel ligation for hemostasis must be avoided. A 66-year-old man had intraoral hemorrhaging. At the time of the initial examination, computed tomography angiography showed jaw plate displacement near the ICA. A more detailed image was obtained using digital-subtraction angiography. After evaluation of the image, a pseudoaneurysm was diagnosed. Six days later, there were concerns about aspiration and airway obstruction; therefore, tracheostomy was performed...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Safdar Shah, Abeer Fatima, Muhammad Danial Ali Shah, Wajid Ali, Irfan Ahmed Gorya, Fawad Nasrullah
A renal artery pseudoaneurysm is a rare but important complication that can occur after renal trauma, renal biopsy, percutaneous nephrostomy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), and partial nephrectomy. The incidence of this potentially life-threatening complication is less than 1%, but is likely to increase with the increasing popularity of endoscopic renal procedures. We present a case of a 30-year female who underwent right PCNL for a right renal pelvic stone. Two weeks later, she presented with massive hematuria...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Hao Wang, Mingxia Zhang, Guoping Sun
This study aimed to elucidate the roles of long non-coding RNA Nuclear Paraspeckle Assembly Transcript 1 (NEAT1) in gastric cancer. The expression of NEAT1 in gastric cancer tissues and cells was determined. NEAT1 was then overexpressed and suppressed in BGC-823 cells in vitro to further explore the effects of NEAT1 on cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. In addition, the regulatory relationship among NEAT1, miR-335-5p and Rho Associated Coiled-Coil Containing Protein Kinase 1 (ROCK1) was investigated...
March 5, 2018: Die Pharmazie
Andrew J Olsen, Priya Katyal, Jennifer S Haghpanah, Matthew B Kubilius, Ruipeng Li, Nicole L Schnabel, Sean C O'Neill, Yao Wang, Min Dai, Navjot Singh, Raymond S Tu, Jin Kim Montclare
Recombinant methods have been used to engineer artificial protein triblock polymers comprised of two different self-assembling domains (SADs) bearing one elastin (E) flanked by two cartilage oligomeric matrix protein coiled-coil (C) domains to generate CEC. To understand how the two C domains improve small molecule recognition and the mechanical integrity of CEC, we have constructed CL44AECL44A, which bears an impaired CL44A domain that is unstructured as a negative control. The CEC triblock polymer demonstrates increased small molecule binding and ideal elastic behavior for hydrogel formation...
March 15, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Verónica M Negrón-Pérez, Luana Teixeira Rodrigues, Gisele Zoccal Mingoti, Peter J Hansen
Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinases (ROCK1 and ROCK2) are activated by binding to RHO GTPases and phosphorylate a variety of downstream targets including actinomyosin. In the mouse embryo, ROCK signaling acts to promote formation of trophectoderm (TE) and inhibit formation of the inner cell mass (ICM) by polarizing outer cells of the embryo to inactivate Hippo signaling (Kono et al., 2014; Mihajlović and Bruce, 2016). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Masashi Shimohira, Tatsuya Kawai, Takuya Hashizume, Masahiro Muto, Masanori Kitase, Yuta Shibamoto
The article "Usefulness of Hydrogel-Coated Coils in Embolization of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations," written by Masashi Shimohira, Tatsuya Kawai, Takuya Hashizume, Masahiro Muto, Masanori Kitase and Yuta Shibamoto, was originally published electronically on the publisher's Internet portal (currently SpringerLink) on January 17, 2018, without open access.
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Saroj R Tripathi, Paul Ben Ishai, Kodo Kawase
The applications of terahertz (THz) waves have been increasing rapidly in different fields such as information and communication technology, homeland security and biomedical engineering. However, study on the possible health implications due to various biological effects induced by THz waves is relatively scarce. Previously, it has been reported that the human sweat ducts play a significant role in the interaction of the THz wave with human skin due to its coiled structure. This structure imposes on them the electromagnetic character of a helical antenna...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Mazin Jouda, Robert Kamberger, Jochen Leupold, Nils Spengler, Jürgen Hennig, Oliver Gruschke, Jan G Korvink
High signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the NMR signal has always been a key target that drives massive research effort in many fields. Among several parameters, a high filling factor of the MR coil has proven to boost the SNR. In case of small-volume samples, a high filling factor and thus a high SNR can be achieved through miniaturizing the MR coil. However, under certain circumstances, this can be impractical. In this paper, we present an extensive theoretical and experimental investigation of the inductively coupled LC resonator and the magnetic Lenz lens as two candidate approaches that can enhance the SNR in such circumstances...
July 2017: Concepts in Magnetic Resonance. Part B, Magnetic Resonance Engineering
Kuo-Fu Tseng, Pan Wang, Yuh-Ru Julie Lee, Joel Bowen, Allison M Gicking, Lijun Guo, Bo Liu, Weihong Qiu
In animals and fungi, cytoplasmic dynein is a processive minus-end-directed motor that plays dominant roles in various intracellular processes. In contrast, land plants lack cytoplasmic dynein but contain many minus-end-directed kinesin-14s. No plant kinesin-14 is known to produce processive motility as a homodimer. OsKCH2 is a plant-specific kinesin-14 with an N-terminal actin-binding domain and a central motor domain flanked by two predicted coiled-coils (CC1 and CC2). Here, we show that OsKCH2 specifically decorates preprophase band microtubules in vivo and transports actin filaments along microtubules in vitro...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
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