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Victor Virlogeux, Pascale Berthillon, Isabelle Bordes, Sylvie Larrat, Stéphanie Crouy, Caroline Scholtès, Pierre Pradat, Marianne Maynard, Fabien Zoulim, Vincent Leroy, Isabelle Chemin, Christian Trépo, Marie-Anne Petit
INTRODUCTION: Presence of anti-E1E2 antibodies was previously associated with spontaneous cure of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and predictive before treatment of a sustained virological response (SVR) to bi- or tri-therapy in naïve or experienced patients, regardless of HCV genotype. We investigated the impact of anti-E1E2 seroprevalence at baseline on treatment response in patients receiving direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We screened anti-E1E2 antibodies by ELISA in serum samples collected at treatment initiation for two groups of patients: 59 with SVR at the end of DAA treatment and 44 relapsers after DAA treatment...
March 15, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Steven S Shin, Carola F van Eck, Carlos Uquillas
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate and compare the biomechanical strength of repair of the thumb ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) alone and repair augmented with suture tape. METHODS: Twelve fresh-frozen cadaveric specimens (6 matched pairs) had the UCL divided at its attachment on the base of the proximal phalanx and repaired with or without suture tape augmentation. A material testing machine was used to provide valgus stress at a rate of 0.1 mm/s until failure...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Ifaz T Haider, John Goldak, Hanspeter Frei
Nonlinear finite element (FE) modeling can be a powerful tool for studying femoral fracture. However, there remains little consensus in the literature regarding the choice of material model and failure criterion. Quasi-brittle models recently have been used with some success, but spurious mesh sensitivity remains a concern. The purpose of this study was to implement and validate a new model using a custom finite element designed to mitigate mesh sensitivity problems. Six specimen-specific FE models of the proximal femur were generated from quantitative tomographic (qCT) scans of cadaveric specimens...
March 15, 2018: Medical Engineering & Physics
Kevin Linka, Markus Hillgärtner, Mikhail Itskov
In recent experimental studies a possible damage mechanism of collagenous tissues mainly caused by fatigue was disclosed. In this contribution, a multi-scale constitutive model ranging from the tropocollagen (TC) molecule level up to bundles of collagen fibers is proposed and utilized to predict the elastic and inelastic long-term tissue response. Material failure of collagen fibrils is elucidated by a permanent opening of the triple helical collagen molecule conformation, triggered either by overstretching or reaction kinetics of non-covalent bonds...
March 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
J Tavakoli, J J Costi
While few studies have improved our understanding of composition and organization of elastic fibres in the inter-lamellar matrix (ILM), its clinical relevance is not fully understood. Moreover, no studies have measured the direct tensile and shear failure and viscoelastic properties of the ILM. Therefore, the aim of this study was, for the first time, to measure the viscoelastic and failure properties of the ILM in both the tension and shear directions of loading. Using an ovine model, isolated ILM samples were stretched to 40% of their initial length at three strain rates of 0...
March 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Yingrui Zhang, Alex Arenas, Osman Yağan
Robustness and cascading failures in interdependent systems has been an active research field in the past decade. However, most existing works use percolation-based models where only the largest component of each network remains functional throughout the cascade. Although suitable for communication networks, this assumption fails to capture the dependencies in systems carrying a flow (e.g., power systems, road transportation networks), where cascading failures are often triggered by redistribution of flows leading to overloading of lines...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Knut M Heidemann, Andrew O Sageman-Furnas, Abhinav Sharma, Florian Rehfeldt, Christoph F Schmidt, Max Wardetzky
Networks of elastic fibers are ubiquitous in biological systems and often provide mechanical stability to cells and tissues. Fiber-reinforced materials are also common in technology. An important characteristic of such materials is their resistance to failure under load. Rupture occurs when fibers break under excessive force and when that failure propagates. Therefore, it is crucial to understand force distributions. Force distributions within such networks are typically highly inhomogeneous and are not well understood...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Ran Chen, Ying Lu, Zhiyong Jiang, Yongfeng Men
The poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) sample was used to investigate the cavitation induced stress-whitening phenomenon during stretching at different temperatures via the ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering technique. Two modes of cavitation were found that mode I cavitation activated around yield point followed by mode II cavitation generated in highly oriented state. The critical strain for initiating the mode II cavitation increases with the increase of stretching temperature whereas the critical stress grew steadily in the lower temperature regime (30~60oC) and reached a plateau at 70oC...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Enrique Bernal, Jose Miguel Gómez, Inma Jarrín, Alfredo Cano, Angeles Muñoz, Antonia Alcaraz, Arkaitz Imaz, Jose Antonio Iribarren, María Rivero, Piedad Arazo, Félix Gutiérrez, CoRIS Study Group
BACKGROUND: The objetive was investigate the long-term impact of low level viremia (LLV) on all-cause mortality, AIDS and non-AIDS events (NAEs), and virological failure in patients receiving ART. METHODS: We analyzed ART-naïve adults from the cohort of the Spanish AIDS Research Network (CoRIS) who initiated ART from 2004 to 2015 and achieved plasma viral load (VL) below 50 copies/ml. LLV50-199 was defined as two consecutive VL between 50 and 199 copies/ml, and LLV200-499 as two consecutive VL between 50 and 499 copies/ml with at least one between 200 and 499 copies/ml...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Jong Pil Yoon, Chang-Hwa Lee, Jae Wook Jung, Hyun-Joo Lee, Yong-Soo Lee, Ja-Yeon Kim, Ga Young Park, Jin Hyun Choi, Seok Won Chung
BACKGROUND: The failure rate for healing after rotator cuff repair is relatively high. PURPOSE: To establish a system for sustained release of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) using an alginate scaffold and evaluate the effects of the sustained release of TGF-β1 on rotator cuff healing in a rabbit model. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Before the in vivo animal study, a standard MTS assay was performed to evaluate cell proliferation and metabolic activity on the alginate scaffold...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Bei Jia, Weihua Wu, Rui Huang, Guiyang Wang, Peixin Song, Yang Li, Yong Liu, Yali Xiong, Xiaomin Yan, Yingying Hao, Juan Xia, Zhaoping Zhang, Yuxin Chen, Chao Wu
BACKGROUND: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a life-threatening infectious disease identified in 2009. SFTS is mainly transmitted by contact with ticks or animals; however, sporadic reports suggested that SFTS could be transmitted among humans. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to comprehensively characterize clinical features and disease progression of SFTS acquired by human-to-human transmission. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study of 90 SFTS patients was performed in a tertiary hospital of Nanjing, China, from October 2010 to October 2016...
March 15, 2018: Infectious Diseases
Ye-Jin Lee, Sung Koo Han, Ju Hee Park, Jung Kyu Lee, Deog Keom Kim, Hee Soon Chung, Eun Young Heo
Background/Aims: Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and tuberculosis (TB) have increased morbidity and a high risk of treatment failure or recurrence. It is important to manage both diseases simultaneously. Among anti-diabetic drugs, metformin inhibits intracellular growth of mycobacteria. Therefore, we examined the effects of metformin on TB treatment, especially in patients with DM. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included patients with culture-positive pulmonary TB diagnosed between 2011 and 2012...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Turash Haque Pial, Tawfiqur Rakib, Satyajit Mojumder, Mohammad Motalab, M A Salam Akanda
The mechanical properties of indium phosphide (InP) nanowires are an emerging issue due to the promising applications of these nanowires in nanoelectromechanical and microelectromechanical devices. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations of zincblende (ZB) and wurtzite (WZ) crystal structured InP nanowires (NWs) are presented under uniaxial tension at varying sizes and temperatures. It is observed that the tensile strengths of both types of NWs show inverse relationships with temperature, but are independent of the size of the nanowires...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Joshua A Beckman, Meredith S Duncan, Charles W Alcorn, Kaku So-Armah, Adeel A Butt, Matthew B Goetz, Hilary A Tindle, Jason Sico, Russel P Tracy, Amy C Justice, Matthew S Freiberg
Background -The effect of HIV on the development of peripheral artery disease (PAD) remains unclear. We investigated whether HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of PAD after adjustment for traditional atherosclerotic risk factors in a large cohort of HIV infected (HIV+) and demographically similar HIV uninfected veterans. Methods -We studied participants in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study from April 1, 2003 through December 31, 2014. We excluded participants with known prior PAD or prevalent cardiovascular disease (myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure) and analyzed the effect of HIV status on the risk of incident PAD events after adjusting for demographics, PAD risk factors, substance use, CD4 cell count, HIV-1 RNA, and antiretroviral therapy...
March 13, 2018: Circulation
Florian Wagner, Rudolf Seemann, Mauro Marincola, Rolf Ewers
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to report on 1-year outcomes of fixed full-arch fiber-reinforced resin bridges on short implants in atrophic maxillary jaws. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was designed and patients with severely atrophic maxillas, corresponding to Cawood and Howell Classes V and VI, were included. Mesial and distal peri-implant bone levels were assessed on panoramic radiographs that were taken at the time of implant insertion (baseline) and during follow-up visits...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ryan R Birks, Michael P Kowaleski
OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this study is to compare the load at failure and mode of failure between (1) tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) and combined TPLO and tibial tuberosity transposition (TPLO-TTT) (Phase I) and (2) TPLO-TTT and tibial tuberosity transposition (TTT) (Phase II). METHODS:  Seven pairs of cadaveric tibiae were tested in each of the Phase I (TPLO vs. TPLO-TTT) and Phase II (TPLO-TTT vs. TTT) experiments. One limb of each pair was randomly assigned to one of two groups for each experimental phase...
February 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Raza M Alvi, Noor Tariq, Atul Malhotra, Magid Awadalla, Virginia Triant, Markella V Zanni, Tomas G Neilan
Background: Sleep apnea (SA) is common and has prognostic significance among broad groups of patients with heart failure (HF). Among persons living with HIV (PLHIV), both SA and HF are reported. However, there are no data characterizing the presence, associations and prognostic significance of SA among PLHIV with HF. Methods: We conducted a single center study of PLHIV admitted with HFrEF (LVEF of <50%) and analyzed the relationship of SA with 30-day HF hospital readmission rate, cardiovascular (CV) and all-cause mortality...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Kyle T Householder, Danielle M DiPerna, Eugene P Chung, Anne Rosa Luning, Duong T Nguyen, Sarah E Stabenfeldt, Shwetal Mehta, Rachael W Sirianni
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are known to be key enzymes in cancer development and progression through their modulation of chromatin structure and the expression and post-translational modification of numerous proteins. Aggressive dedifferentiated tumors, like glioblastoma, frequently overexpress HDACs, while HDAC inhibition can lead to cell cycle arrest, promote cellular differentiation and induce apoptosis. Although multiple HDAC inhibitors, such as quisinostat, are of interest in oncology due to their potent in vitro efficacy, their failure in the clinic as monotherapies against solid tumors has been attributed to poor delivery...
February 24, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Hyung-In Yoon, Paul J Sohn, Sharon Jin, Elani Hawazin, Sang J Lee
PURPOSE: To examine the fracture resistance of premolars restored with CAD/CAM lithium disilicate mesio-occlusal-distal (MOD) inlays and onlays of different cavity designs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two widths of occlusal isthmus (75%, 100% of intercuspal distance) and three designs of cuspal coverage (none, palatal, complete) were used for the preparation of MOD inlays and onlays in the extracted maxillary premolars. Sixty lithium disilicate restorations were milled and bonded into the cavities...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
Li Liu, Xuyan Zhang, Sizhou Feng
Epstein-Barr virus related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (EBV-PTLDs) are rare but potentially fatal complications of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), characterized by uncontrolled proliferation of EBV-infected lymphocytes. The most frequent risk factors include T cell depletion of graft, HLA mismatch, severe graft versus host disease (GVHD), EBV sero-mismatch (recipient-/donor+) and so on. EBV-PTLDs commonly manifest as fever and lymphadenopathy and may rapidly progress to multi-organ failure and even death...
March 9, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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