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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515850/dissection-of-z-disc-myopalladin-gene-network-involved-in-the-development-of-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-using-system-genetics-approach
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Qingqing Gu, Uzmee Mendsaikhan, Zaza Khuchua, Byron C Jones, Lu Lu, Jeffrey A Towbin, Biao Xu, Enkhsaikhan Purevjav
AIM: To investigate the regulation of Myopalladin (Mypn) and identify its gene network involved in restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). METHODS: Gene expression values were measured in the heart of a large family of BXD recombinant inbred (RI) mice derived from C57BL/6J and DBA/2J. The proteomics data were collected from Mypn knock-in and knock-out mice. Expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) mapping methods and gene enrichment analysis were used to identify Mypn regulation, gene pathway and co-expression networks...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513514/efficacy-of-polishing-kits-on-the-surface-roughness-and-color-stability-of-different-composite-resins
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H Kocaagaoglu, T Aslan, A Gürbulak, H Albayrak, Z Taşdemir, H Gumus
OBJECTIVE: Different polishing kits may have different effects on the composite resin surfaces. The aim of this study was to evaluate the surface roughness and color stability of four different composites which was applied different polishing technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty specimens were made for each composite resin group (nanohybrid, GrandioSo-GS; nanohybrid, Clearfil Majesty Esthetic-CME; hybrid, Valux Plus-VP; micro-hybrid, Ruby Comp-RC; [15 mm in diameter and 2 mm height]), with the different monomer composition and particle size from a total of 120 specimens...
May 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510117/novex-3-the-tiny-titin-of-muscle
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Dalma Kellermayer, John E Smith, Henk Granzier
The giant multi-functional striated muscle protein titin is the third most abundant muscle protein after myosin and actin. Titin plays a pivotal role in myocardial passive stiffness, structural integrity and stress-initiated signaling pathways. The complete sequence of the human titin gene contains three isoform-specific mutually exclusive exons [termed novel exons (novex)] coding for the I-band sequence, named novex-1 (exon 45), novex-2 (exon 46) and novex-3 (exon 48). Transcripts containing either the novex-1 or novex-2 exons code for the novex-1 and novex-2 titin isoforms...
April 7, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499013/gantry-angulation-effects-on-ct-dose-along-the-z-axis-direction-in-head-examinations
#4
Masoumeh Parsi, Mehdi Sohrabi, Fereidoun Mianji, Reza Paydar
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of the gantry angulation on dose profiles along the z-axis, the CTDIW value and the CTDIW efficiency in the head examinations. A Monte Carlo simulation model of a GE LightSpeed 16-slice CT scanner was developed by a GATE toolkit. The CTDI100 in air at the isocenter and in a head dosimetry phantom were measured using a pencil ion chamber. Dose profiles were studied in the central and peripheral holes of the head phantom using thermoluminescence LiF disc dosemeters for gantry angulations of 0°, 10° and 20°...
May 12, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495754/phd3-is-a-transcriptional-coactivator-of-hif-1%C3%AE-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-independent-of-the-pkm2-jmjd5-axis
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Zachary R Schoepflin, Elizabeth S Silagi, Irving M Shapiro, Makarand V Risbud
The role of prolyl hydroxylase (PHD)-3 as a hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1α cofactor is controversial and remains unknown in skeletal tissues. We investigated whether PHD3 controls HIF-1 transcriptional activity in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells through the pyruvate kinase muscle (PKM)-2-Jumonji domain--containing protein (JMJD5) axis. PHD3(-/-) mice (12.5 mo old) showed increased incidence of intervertebral disc degeneration with a concomitant decrease in expression of the HIF-1α targets VEGF-A, glucose transporter-1, and lactate dehydrogenase A...
May 11, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482435/-expression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-a-degenerative-human-intervertebral-disc-model
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X F Wang, A P Zhang, Z Y Sun, C Liu, L H Kuang, J W Tian
Objective: To investigate the changes in the expression of NF-κB signaling pathway in human degenerative intervertebral discs. Methods: From October 2014 to March 2016, 55 nucleus pulposus of surgical patients with degenerative human intervertebral disc were collected for study in Department of Orthopedic Surgey, Hospital of Zaozhuang Mining Corporation, and Department of Orthopedics, Shanghai General Hospital Affiliated Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine.The collected nucleus pulposus tissues were divided into two groups: experimental group(30) and control group(25)...
May 9, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455287/desmin-loss-and-mitochondrial-damage-precede-left-ventricular-systolic-failure-in-volume-overload-heart-failure
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Jason Guichard, Michael Paul Rogowski, Giulio Agnetti, Lianwu Fu, Pamela Powell, Chih-Chang Wei, James F Collawn, Louis J Dell'Italia
BACKGROUND: Heart failure due to chronic volume overload (VO) in the rat and human is characterized by disorganization of cardiomyocyte desmin/mitochondrial network. Here we test the hypothesis that desmin breakdown is an early and continuous process throughout VO. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats had aortocaval fistula (ACF) or sham surgery for 24 hours, 4 weeks or 12 weeks (wk). Desmin/mitochondrial ultrastructure was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
April 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427137/-bibliometric-analysis-of-scientific-articles-on-epidemiological-study-of-burns-in-china
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W F Cheng, Z A Shen, D X Zhao, D W Li, Y R Shang
Objective: To analyze the current status of epidemiological study of burns in China, and to explore the related strategies. Methods: Retrospective or cross-sectional scientific articles in Chinese or English on epidemiological study of burns in China published from January 2005 to December 2015 were systemically retrieved from 4 databases. The databases include PubMed, Embase, China Biology Medicine disc, and Chinese Journals Full-text Database. From the results retrieved, data with regard to publication year, journal distribution, number of institutions participated in the study, affiliation of the first author and its location, and admission time span and age of patients in all the scientific articles were collected...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420175/a-new-input-device-for-spastics-based-on-strain-gauge
#9
Niels Buchhold, Christian Baumgartner
This article presents a new sensor for use by people with spastic disorders and similar conditions and enables them to steer and control medical devices such as electric powered wheelchairs. As spastic patients often suffer from cramping of their extremities, which can then no longer be controlled, using a standard joystick while operating a powered wheelchair can lead to dangerous situations. To prevent this, we designed a sensor based on strain gauges, which is shaped like a flat disc that can be operated using any body part...
April 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416834/-efficacy-of-transforaminal-endoscopic-nerve-root-decompression-in-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
#10
Z R Yu, C D Li, S N Zhu, H L Sun, Y Zhao, L T Qi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of transforaminal endoscopic nerve root decompression for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS). METHODS: From July 2011 to April 2016, 96 cases of single segment DLSS were involved. All the patients had unilateral lower extremity neurological symptoms, signs, neurogenic intermittent claudication of less than 500 m. Imaging examinations (CT or MRI) or diagnostic nerve root block confirmed single segment degeneration. The mean age was (71...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411110/impaired-wnt-signaling-and-the-spine-heterozygous-wnt1-mutation-causes-severe-age-related-spinal-pathology
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Riikka E Mäkitie, Tuukka Niinimäki, Miika T Nieminen, Camilla Schalin-Jäntti, Jaakko Niinimäki, Outi Mäkitie
BACKGROUND: WNT signaling plays a major role in bone and cartilage metabolism. Impaired WNT/β-catenin signaling leads to early-onset osteoporosis, but specific features in bone and other tissues remain inadequately characterized. We have identified two large Finnish families with early-onset osteoporosis due to a heterozygous WNT1 mutation c.652T>G, p.C218G. This study evaluated the impact of impaired WNT/β-catenin signaling on spinal structures. METHODS: Altogether 18 WNT1 mutation-positive (age range 11-76years, median 49years) and 14 mutation-negative subjects (10-77years, median 43years) underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine...
April 11, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380669/antibacterial-and-bioactive-coatings-on-titanium-implant-surfaces
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Anupama Kulkarni Aranya, Smruti Pushalkar, Minglei Zhao, Racquel Z LeGeros, Yu Zhang, Deepak Saxena
Various surface modifications have been tried for enhancing osseointegration of the dental implants like mechanical and/or chemical treatments and deposition of calcium phosphate coatings. The objective of this research was to develop calcium-phosphate based thin coatings with antibacterial and bioactive properties for potential application in dental implants. Titanium (Ti) discs were immersed in different calcifying solutions: CaP (positive control), F-CaP, Zn-CaP and FZn-CaP and incubated for 24 h. Negative control was uncoated Ti discs...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378073/kinematics-of-cervical-segments-c5-c6-in-axial-rotation-before-and-after-total-disc-arthroplasty
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Martin Michael Wachowski, Jan Weiland, Markus Wagner, Riccardo Gezzi, Dietmar Kubein-Meesenburg, Hans Nägerl
PURPOSE: The kinematical properties of C5/C6 segments in axial rotation are evaluated before and after total disc arthroplasty (TDA) with PRESTIGE(®)-and BRYAN(®) Cervical Disc (Medtronic) under flexion/extension as parameters and compared with those of C3/C4. METHODS: Eight human segments were stimulated by triangularly varying, axially directed torque (T z(t)) under compressing static axial preloads. Using a 6D-measuring device with high resolution, the response of segmental motion was characterized by the instantaneous helical axis (IHA)...
April 4, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355743/-topping-off-surgery-versus-double-segment-fusion-for-treatment-of-lumbar-degenerative-disease-with-mid-long-term-follow-up
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X L Chen, Y Hai, L Guan, Y Z Liu, J C Yang, Q J Su, N Kang, X L Meng, L Yang, Y Wang
Objective: To compare the mid-long term clinical effect of Topping-off surgery and lumbar fusion surgery for two-segmental lumbar degenerative disease. Methods: From March 2009 to March 2012, one hundred and twenty-six consecutive patients (Topping-off surgery and two-segment PLIF surgery) were studied in Orthopedics Department, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University.The VAS and ODI were used to assess clinical symptoms.All patients underwent flexion/extension radiographs examinations before surgery, 1, 2 years and last follow-up postoperatively...
March 21, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349680/expression-and-purification-of-zasp-subdomains-and-clinically-important-isoforms-high-affinity-binding-to-g-actin
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Norman R Watts, Xiaolei Zhuang, Joshua D Kaufman, Ira W Palmer, Altaira D Dearborn, Stephen Coscia, Yotam Blech-Hermoni, Caterina Alfano, Annalisa Pastore, Ami Mankodi, Paul T Wingfield
Z-disc-associated, alternatively spliced, PDZ motif-containing protein (ZASP) is a principal component of the sarcomere. The three prevalent isoforms of ZASP in skeletal muscle are generated by alternative splicing of exons 9 and 10. The long isoforms, either having (ZASP-L) or lacking exon 10 (ZASP-LΔex10), include an N-terminal PDZ domain, an actin-binding region (ABR) with a conserved motif (ZM), and three C-terminal LIM domains. The short isoform (ZASP-S) lacks the LIM domains. Mutations, A147T and A165V, within the ZM of ZASP-LΔex10 cause myofibrillar myopathy, but the mechanism is unknown...
April 11, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341635/sept7b-is-required-for-the-subcellular-organization-of-cardiomyocytes-and-cardiac-function-in-zebrafish
#16
Surjya Narayan Dash, Suneeta Narumanchi, Jere Paavola, Sanni Perttunen, Hong Wang, Päivi Lakkisto, Ilkka Tikkanen, Sanna Lehtonen
Myofibrils made up of actin and myosin and associated proteins generate the contractile force in muscle and consequently, mutations in these proteins may lead to heart failure. Septins are a conserved family of small GTPases that associate with actin filaments, microtubules and cellular membranes. Despite the importance of septins in cytoskeleton organization, their role in cardiomyocyte organization and function is poorly characterized. Here we show that septin 7 is expressed in both embryonic and adult zebrafish heart, and elucidate the physiological significance of sept7b, the zebrafish ortholog of human septin 7, in the heart in embryonic and larval zebrafish...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324165/lipid-phenol-and-carotenoid-changes-in-bianca-grapevine-leaves-after-mechanical-wounding-a-case-study
#17
Giulia Chitarrini, Luca Zulini, Domenico Masuero, Urska Vrhovsek
Metabolic changes can occur in plants in response to abiotic stress. Extensive use of leaf discs (mechanical wounding) in studies regarding the effect on the biochemical response of the grapevine to different types of biotic stress makes it necessary to understand metabolic perturbation after injury. In this study, we investigate how mechanical wounding can affect the metabolism of grapevine leaf tissue using Bianca variety as case study. Two sizes of leaf discs (1.1 and 2.8 cm in diameter) were excised from leaves, and phenol, lipid and carotenoid perturbation were investigated 0, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96 and 120 h post cutting...
March 21, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279050/-adaptive-remodeling-of-temporomandibular-joint-following-anterior-disc-displacement-and-treatment-decision-making
#18
Z Y Gu
Anterior disc displacement (ADD) of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the common oral diseases. The TMJ can be remodeled after disc displacement. The author's recent studies show that remodeled bilaminar zone is similar to the disc in composition and functions. The remodeled condyle can match the disc-like bilaminar zone. The new disc-condylar relationship can, to a certain extent, restore the function of the TMJ. Based on these studies, the author believes that the adaptive remodeling in TMJ has important guiding significance for clinical treatment and discusses the views of the treatment decision for various stages of temporomandibular disorders...
March 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270293/bone-marrow-imaging-by-third-generation-dual-source-dual-energy-ct-using-virtual-noncalcium-technique-for-assessment-of-diffuse-infiltrative-lesions-of-multiple-myeloma
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Qin Wang, Zhaoyong Sun, Shuo Li, Haibo Zhang, Jian Li, L U Zhang, Huadan Xue, Zhengyu Jin
Objective To evaluate the value of bone marrow imaging by third-generation dual-source dual-energy CT(DSDECT) using virtual noncalcium(VNCa) technique for the assessment of diffuse infiltrative lesions of multiple myeloma(MM). Methods From December 2015 to June 2016,31 patients with plasma disorders at our center were prospectively recruited and received whole-body imaging with third-generation DSDECT and MRI. CT numbers of vertebrae were measured on VNCa images as well as regular CT images. Correlation between VNCa CT numbers and MRI signal intensities of the vertebrae was evaluated...
February 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269794/myofibrillar-myopathies-new-perspectives-from-animal-models-to-potential-therapeutic-approaches
#20
Sabrina Batonnet-Pichon, Anthony Behin, Eva Cabet, Florence Delort, Patrick Vicart, Alain Lilienbaum
Myofibrillar myopathies (MFMs) are muscular disorders involving proteins that play a role in the structure, maintenance processes and protein quality control mechanisms closely related to the Z-disc in the muscular fibers. MFMs share common histological characteristics including progressive disorganization of the interfibrillar network and protein aggregation. Currently no treatment is available. In this review, we describe first clinical symptoms associated with mutations of the six genes (DES, CRYAB, MYOT, ZASP, FLNC and BAG3) primary involved in MFM and defining the origin of this pathology...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
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