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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816686/vestibular-response-to-electrical-stimulation-of-the-otolith-organs-implications-in-the-development-of-a-vestibular-implant-for-the-improvement-of-the-sensation-of-gravitoinertial-accelerations
#1
Angel Ramos de Miguel, Juan Carlos Falcon Gonzalez, Angel Ramos Macias
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation of the utricular and saccular portions of the vestibular nerve improves stability in patients suffering from vestibular dysfunction. The main objective of this study was to evaluate a new technique, vestibular response telemetry (VRT), for measuring the electrically evoked vestibular compound action potential (saccular and utricular) after stimulating the otolith organ (saccular and utricular) in adults. This study used evidence that the otolith organ can be electrically stimulated in order to develop a new vestibular implant design to improve the sensation of gravitoinertial acceleration...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815971/topographical-and-electrical-stimulation-of-neuronal-cells-through-microwrinkled-conducting-polymer-biointerfaces
#2
Alberto Bonisoli, Attilio Marino, Gianni Ciofani, Francesco Greco
The development of smart biointerfaces combining multiple functions is crucial for triggering a variety of cellular responses. In this work, wrinkled organic interfaces based on the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrene sulfonate) are developed with the aim to simultaneously convey electrical and topographical stimuli to cultured cells. The surface wrinkling of thin films on heat-shrink polymer sheets allows for rapid patterning of self-assembled anisotropic topographies characterized by micro/sub-microscale aligned wrinkles...
August 16, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815511/the-structure-forming-juncture-in-oxidative-protein-folding-what-happens-in-the-er
#3
Mahesh Narayan
The folding of disulfide bond containing proteins proceeds in a biphasic manner. Initially, cysteines are oxidized to form disulfide bonds. Structure is largely absent during this phase. Next, when a minimally correct number of native linkages of disulfide bonds have been acquired, the biopolymer conformationally folds into the native, or a native-like, state. Thus, at the end of this "oxidative folding" process, a stable and biologically active protein is formed. This review focuses on dissecting the "structure-forming step" in oxidative protein folding...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815162/clinical-application-of-ceramics-in-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-review-and-update
#4
REVIEW
Shayan Abdollah Zadegan, Aidin Abedi, Seyed Behnam Jazayeri, Hirbod Nasiri Bonaki, Alexander R Vaccaro, Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar
STUDY DESIGN: Narrative review. OBJECTIVES: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a reliable procedure, commonly used for cervical degenerative disc disease. For interbody fusions, autograft was the gold standard for decades; however, limited availability and donor site morbidities have led to a constant search for new materials. Clinically, it has been shown that calcium phosphate ceramics, including hydroxyapatite (HA) and tricalcium phosphate (TCP), are effective as osteoconductive materials and bone grafts...
June 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813367/electron-transfer-processes-occurring-on-platinum-neural-stimulating-electrodes-pulsing-experiments-for-cathodic-first-charge-balanced-biphasic-pulses-for-0-566%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-k%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-2-3-in-rat-subcutaneous-tissues
#5
Doe W Kumsa, Narendra Bhadra, Eric M Hudak, J Thomas Mortimer
OBJECTIVE: Our mission is twofold: (1) find a way to safely inject more charge through platinum electrodes than the Shannon limit (k  =  1.75) permits and (2) nurture an interest in the neural stimulation community to understand the electron transfer process occurring on neural stimulating electrodes. APPROACH: We report here on measurements of the electrode potential, performed on platinum neural stimulating electrodes in the subcutaneous space of an anesthetized rat under neural stimulation conditions...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812461/soft-tissue-perineurioma-in-a-child-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Mudher Al-Adnani
Soft tissue perineurioma is a rare benign peripheral nerve sheath tumor, especially in children. This manuscript presents an unusual case of soft tissue perineurioma in a 10-year-old boy with neurofibromatosis type 1. The patient presented with a lump in the region of the right breast. A subcutaneous, well circumscribed mass was removed. The cut surface was cream with a vaguely nodular appearance. Histology showed a spindle cell lesion with variable architecture and biphasic morphology. There was no nuclear atypia or pleomorphism...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811252/expression-of-alcam-cd166-and-pd-l1-cd274-independently-predicts-shorter-survival-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
#7
Shingo Inaguma, Jerzy Lasota, Zengfeng Wang, Piotr Czapiewski, Renata Langfort, Janusz Rys, Joanna Szpor, Piotr Waloszczyk, Krzysztof Okoń, Wojciech Biernat, Hiroshi Ikeda, David S Schrump, Raffit Hassan, Markku Miettinen
Diffuse malignant mesothelioma of the pleura is a highly aggressive tumor typically associated with short survival. ALCAM (CD166), a type I transmembrane protein, is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily. In normal cells, ALCAM regulates physiological processes such as angiogenesis and immune response. In cancer, it is associated with neoplastic progression, including invasion, migration, and metastasis. Furthermore, ALCAM is considered one of the cancer stem cell markers such as ALDH1 (ALDH1A1) and SALL4...
August 12, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808936/-envenomation-by-micrurus-psyches-in-french-guiana
#8
X Heckmann, C Marty, F Starace, J-D Louembé, S Larréché
We report here the first known envenomation by Micrurus psyches, the so-called Carib coral snake, which occurred on April 2016 in the surroundings of Saint- Laurent-du-Maroni, Western French Guiana. Besides local neurological symptoms, it featured unexpected electrocardiogram changes, which were emergence of a first-degree atrioventricular block and biphasic T waves, both transient. NewWorld elapid venoms were not known for being cardiotoxic so far. The possible reasons of this cardiac injury are discussed.
August 14, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808563/conceptualizing-ecosystem-tipping-points-within-a-physiological-framework
#9
Christopher D G Harley, Sean D Connell, Zoë A Doubleday, Brendan Kelaher, Bayden D Russell, Gianluca Sarà, Brian Helmuth
Connecting the nonlinear and often counterintuitive physiological effects of multiple environmental drivers to the emergent impacts on ecosystems is a fundamental challenge. Unfortunately, the disconnect between the way "stressors" (e.g., warming) is considered in organismal (physiological) and ecological (community) contexts continues to hamper progress. Environmental drivers typically elicit biphasic physiological responses, where performance declines at levels above and below some optimum. It is also well understood that species exhibit highly variable response surfaces to these changes so that the optimum level of any environmental driver can vary among interacting species...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808056/the-crystal-structure-of-full-length-sizzled-from-xenopus-laevis-yields-insights-into-wnt-antagonistic-function-of-secreted-frizzled-related-proteins
#10
Qixin Bu, Zhiqiang Li, Junying Zhang, Fei Xu, Jianmei Liu, Heli Liu
The Wnt signaling pathway is crucial to cell proliferation, differentiation and migration. The secreted frizzled-related proteins (sFRPs) represent the largest family of secreted Wnt inhibitors. However, their function in antagonizing Wnt signaling has remained somewhat controversial. Here we report the crystal structure of Sizzled from Xenopus laevis, the first full-length structure of an sFRP. Tethered by an inter-domain disulfide bond and a linker, the N-terminal CRD domain and the C-terminal NTR domain of Sizzled are arranged in a tandem fashion, with the NTR domain occluding the groove of CRD for Wnt accessibility...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806960/16-channel-biphasic-current-mode-programmable-charge-balanced-neural-stimulation
#11
Xiaoran Li, Shunan Zhong, James Morizio
BACKGROUND: Neural stimulation is an important method used to activate or inhibit action potentials of the neuronal anatomical targets found in the brain, central nerve and peripheral nerve. The neural stimulator system produces biphasic pulses that deliver balanced charge into tissue from single or multichannel electrodes. The timing and amplitude of these biphasic pulses are precisely controlled by the neural stimulator software or imbedded algorithms. Amplitude mismatch between the anodic current and cathodic current of the biphasic pulse will cause permanently damage for the neural tissues...
August 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803966/a-chimeric-prokaryotic-eukaryotic-pentameric-ligand-gated-ion-channel-reveals-interactions-between-the-extracellular-and-transmembrane-domains-shape-neurosteroid-modulation
#12
Borna Ghosh, Tzu-Wei Tsao, Cynthia Czajkowski
Pentameric ligand-gated ion channels (pLGICs) are the targets of several clinical and endogenous allosteric modulators including anesthetics and neurosteroids. Molecular mechanisms underlying allosteric drug modulation are poorly understood. Here, we constructed a chimeric pLGIC by fusing the extracellular domain (ECD) of the proton-activated, cation-selective bacterial channel GLIC to the transmembrane domain (TMD) of the human ρ1 chloride-selective GABAAR, and tested the hypothesis that drug actions are regulated locally in the domain that houses its binding site...
August 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802064/neurokinin-3-receptor-antagonism-decreases-gonadotropin-and-testosterone-secretion-in-healthy-men
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Karolina Skorupskaite, Jyothis T George, Johannes D Veldhuis, Robert P Millar, Richard A Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Patients with mutations of NKB and its receptor show hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism, but there is little evidence for the importance of this pathway in reproductive function in normal men, or its functional hierarchy with kisspeptin. DESIGN: An open label study wherein men (n=6) were administered the NK3R antagonist MLE4901 40mg orally twice a day for 7 days. Kisspeptin-10 (0.3 μg/kg iv bolus) was given before and on day 7 of NK3R antagonist treatment...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801594/deficiency-in-catechol-o-methyltransferase-is-linked-to-a-disruption-of-glucose-homeostasis-in-mice
#14
Megumi Kanasaki, Swayam Prakash Srivastava, Fan Yang, Ling Xu, Sumiyo Kudoh, Munehiro Kitada, Norikazu Ueki, Hyoh Kim, Jinpeng Li, Satoru Takeda, Keizo Kanasaki, Daisuke Koya
2-methoxyestradiol (2-ME), an estrogen metabolite generated via catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT), is multifunctional methoxy-catechol. Here, we report that COMT deficiency leads to glucose intolerance and 2-ME rescues COMT-deficient-associated metabolic defects. Liver COMT protein was suppressed in high fat diet (HFD)-fed or in pregnant mice. COMT suppression, by Ro41-0960 or siRNA, in HFD fed mice or in pregnant mice exacerbated glucose intolerance; 2-ME intervention ameliorated these defects. 2-ME effects on glucose tolerance were associated with AMPK phosphorylation in the liver and in islet cells...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800448/biphasic-to-monophasic-successive-co-assembly-approach-to-yolk-shell-structured-mesoporous-organosilica-nanoparticles
#15
Meng Dang, Zhaogang Teng, Xiaodan Su, Jun Tao, Qing Hao, Xiaobo Ma, Yunlei Zhang, Yanjiao Li, Ying Tian, Junjie Zhang, Guangming Lu, Lianhui Wang
In this work, we report a facile biphasic-to-monophasic successive co-assembly approach to synthesize yolk-shell structured mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (MONs). The yolk-shell structured MONs possess ethane-bridged frameworks, high surface area (1023m(2)g(-1)), radially oriented mesochannels (3.8nm), large pore volume (0.99cm(3)g(-1)), and tunable diameter (147-324nm) and shell thickness (23-53nm). The biphasic-to-monophasic successive co-assembly method is intrinsically simple and requires neither sacrificial templates nor multistep coating processes...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800040/effect-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-high-urinary-metanephrines
#16
Luisa Gilardini, Carolina Lombardi, Gabriella Redaelli, Paola Mattaliano, Paolo Fanari, Mauro Cornacchia, Massimo Scacchi, Stefania Mai, Patrizia Ferronato, Gianfranco Parati, Cecilia Invitti
OBJECTIVE: Some cases of pseudopheochromocytoma have been described among hypertensive patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study examined whether a pathological rise of urinary metanephrines is a common feature in hypertensive OSA patients and, in such a case, whether the ventilation treatment during sleep (continuous or biphasic positive airway pressure) may normalize high metanephrines levels. METHODS: Patients with endocrine diseases, drug abuse, therapy with TCA and cardiovascular events in the previous 6 months were excluded...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799044/ionic-liquid-liquid-chromatography-a-new-general-purpose-separation-methodology
#17
REVIEW
Leslie Brown, Martyn J Earle, Manuela A Gîlea, Natalia V Plechkova, Kenneth R Seddon
Ionic liquids can form biphasic solvent systems with many organic solvents and water, and these solvent systems can be used in liquid-liquid separations and countercurrent chromatography. The wide range of ionic liquids that can by synthesised, with specifically tailored properties, represents a new philosophy for the separation of organic, inorganic and bio-based materials. A customised countercurrent chromatograph has been designed and constructed specifically to allow the more viscous character of ionic liquid-based solvent systems to be used in a wide variety of separations (including transition metal salts, arenes, alkenes, alkanes, bio-oils and sugars)...
August 10, 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798533/a-spontaneous-myoepithelial-carcinoma-in-the-mammary-gland-of-an-aged-female-icr-cd-1-mouse
#18
Tsuyoshi Ito, Toshinori Yoshida, Katsumi Soma, Yoshitaka Katoh, Yuko Shimada, Aya Ohnuma-Koyama, Naofumi Takahashi, Yoshimasa Okazaki, Atsushi Shiga, Maki Kuwahara, Takanori Harada
We report a female Crlj:CD1(ICR) mouse with a spontaneous mammary gland tumor composed of biphasic tumor cells, i.e., epithelioid and spindle-shaped myoepithelial cells. Macroscopically, a subcutaneous mass, approximately 3 cm in diameter was found in the lumbodorsal region. Histopathologically, the epithelioid cells proliferated in an alveolar or nest-like growth pattern, occasionally forming glandular-like structures. On the other hand, the spindle-shaped cells proliferated in a sarcomatous pattern. Normal mammary gland was observed in the vicinity of the tumor...
July 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798481/red-660%C3%A2-nm-or-near-infrared-810%C3%A2-nm-photobiomodulation-stimulates-while-blue-415%C3%A2-nm-green-540%C3%A2-nm-light-inhibits-proliferation-in-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells
#19
Yuguang Wang, Ying-Ying Huang, Yong Wang, Peijun Lyu, Michael R Hamblin
We previously showed that blue (415 nm) and green (540 nm) wavelengths were more effective in stimulating osteoblast differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (hASC), compared to red (660 nm) and near-infrared (NIR, 810 nm). Intracellular calcium was higher after blue/green, and could be inhibited by the ion channel blocker, capsazepine. In the present study we asked what was the effect of these four wavelengths on proliferation of the hASC? When cultured in proliferation medium there was a clear difference between blue/green which inhibited proliferation and red/NIR which stimulated proliferation, all at 3 J/cm(2)...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797895/patterns-of-c-reactive-protein-ratio-predicts-outcomes-in-healthcare-associated-pneumonia-in-critically-ill-patients-with-cancer
#20
Ligia S C F Rabello, Pedro Póvoa, Jose R Lapa E Silva, Luciano C P Azevedo, Fernando Jose da Silva Ramos, Thiago Lisboa, Marcio Soares, Jorge I F Salluh
PURPOSE: Describe the patterns of C-reactive protein relative changes in response to antibiotic therapy in critically ill cancer patients with healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP) and its ability to predict outcome. METHODS: Secondary analysis of a prospective cohort of critically ill cancer patients with HCAP. CRP was sampled every other day from D0 to D6 of antibiotic therapy. Patients were classified according to an individual pattern of CRP-ratio response: fast - CRP at D4 of therapy was <0...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
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