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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149696/clearance-of-plasmin-pn-1-complexes-by-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-human-aneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta
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Kamel Boukais, Luciano F Borges, Laurence Venisse, Ziad Touat, Déborah François, Véronique Arocas, Guillaume Jondeau, Paul Declerck, Marie-Christine Bouton, Jean-Baptiste Michel
Plasminogen is a circulating zymogen which enters the arterial wall by radial, transmural hydraulic conductance, where it is converted to plasmin by tissue plasminogen activator t-PA on an activation platform involving S100A4 on the vascular smooth muscle cell (vSMC) membrane. Plasmin is involved in the progression of human thoracic aneurysm of the ascending aorta (TAA). vSMCs protect the TAA wall from plasmin-induced proteolytic injury by expressing high levels of antiproteases. Protease nexin-1 (PN-1) is a tissue antiprotease belonging to the serpin superfamily, expressed in the vascular wall, and is able to form a covalent complex with plasmin...
October 24, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149570/seagrass-mediated-phosphorus-and-iron-solubilisation-in-tropical-sediments
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Kasper Elgetti Brodersen, Klaus Koren, Maria Mosshammer, Peter Ralph, Michael Kühl, Jakob Santner
Tropical seagrasses are nutrient limited owing to the strong phosphorus fixation capacity of carbonate-rich sediments, yet they form densely-vegetated, multi-species meadows in oligotrophic tropical waters. Using a novel combination of high-resolution, two-dimensional chemical imaging of O2, pH, iron, sulphide, calcium and phosphorus, we found that tropical seagrasses are able to mobilize the essential nutrients iron and phosphorus in their rhizosphere via multiple biogeochemical pathways. We show that tropical seagrasses mobilize phosphorus and iron within their rhizosphere via plant-induced local acidification, leading to dissolution of carbonates and release of phosphate, and via local stimulation of microbial sulphide production, causing reduction of insoluble Fe(III) oxyhydroxides to dissolved Fe(II) with concomitant phosphate release into the rhizosphere porewater...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
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G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148586/a-dynamic-ultrasound-simulation-of-a-pulsating-three-layered-cca-for-validation-of-2d-wall-motion-and-blood-velocity-estimation-algorithms
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Xiao Hu, Yufeng Zhang, Guanghui Cai, Kexin Zhang, Li Deng, Lian Gao, Suya Han, Jianhua Chen
PURPOSE: A dynamic ultrasound simulation model for the common carotid artery (CCA) with three arterial layers for validation of 2D wall motion and blood velocity estimation algorithms is proposed in present study. This model describes layers with not only characteristics of echo distributions conforming to clinical ones, but also varying thicknesses, axial and radial displacements with pulsatile blood pressure during a cardiac cycle. METHODS: The modeling process is as follows: first, a geometrical model according with the clinical structure size of a CCA is built based on the preset layer thicknesses and the diameter of lumen...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148122/altered-frontal-interhemispheric-and-fronto-limbic-structural-connectivity-in-unmedicated-adults-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Xiaofu He, Emily Steinberg, Mihaela Stefan, Martine Fontaine, H Blair Simpson, Rachel Marsh
BACKGROUND: Previous diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have primarily used voxel- or tract-based methods to assess white matter microstructure in medicated patients. This is the first probabilistic tractography study to assess the structural connectivity of all major white matter tracts in unmedicated adults with OCD without comorbid psychopathology. We hypothesized that OCD compared to healthy participants would show reduced integrity in frontal interhemispheric and fronto-limbic tracts...
November 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148062/flagellar-incorporation-of-proteins-follows-at-least-two-different-routes-in-trypanosomes
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Laetitia Vincensini, Thierry Blisnick, Eloïse Bertiaux, Sebastian Hutchinson, Christina Georgikou, Cher-Pheng Ooi, Philippe Bastin
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Eukaryotic cilia and flagella are sophisticated organelles composed of several hundreds of proteins that need to be incorporated at the right time and the right place during assembly. RESULTS: Two methods were used to investigate this process in the model protist Trypanosoma brucei: inducible expression of epitope-tagged labelled proteins and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) of fluorescent fusion proteins. This revealed that skeletal components of the radial spokes (RSP3), the central pair (PF16) and the outer dynein arms (DNAI1) are incorporated at the distal end of the growing flagellum...
November 16, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148009/preoperative-ultrasound-for-runoff-venous-decompression-of-peripheral-nerves-for-arteriovenous-access-related-pain-in-the-upper-limb
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Hiroaki Matsuda, Yoshinari Oka, Ryuichi Yoshida, Yuki Katsura, Hidemi Takeuchi, Yasuo Fujimoto, Shigeko Takatsu, Masashi Miyazaki
INTRODUCTION: Arteriovenous access (AVA)-related pain treated successfully with runoff-venous decompression of the causative nerve, following ultrasound (US)-assisted preoperative evaluation, has never been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57-year-old man suffering from constant exhausting pains along the outflow cephalic vein of the radiocephalic arteriovenous fistula at the wrist and the antecubital fossa, was treated surgically after the diagnosis of AVA-related pain derived from cephalic vein compression on two peripheral cutaneous nerves, the superficial radial nerve (SRN) and the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve (LACN)...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148008/supervised-preoperative-forearm-exercise-to-increase-blood-vessel-diameter-in-patients-requiring-an-arteriovenous-access-for-hemodialysis-rationale-and-design-of-the-pinch-trial
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Esther D Wilschut, Joris I Rotmans, Ernst Jan Bos, Daniëlle van Zoest, Daniël Eefting, Jaap F Hamming, Koen E A van der Bogt
BACKGROUND: Failure of maturation occurs in 30%-60% of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation for hemodialysis, with highest rates in distal radiocephalic fistulas. This is partly due to initial small blood vessel size with limited blood flow capacity. Forearm exercise has shown potential as stimulus for increasing blood vessel size in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and may promote maturation of AVFs in the upper limb when applied postoperatively. However, it is unknown if forearm exercise increases blood vessel size pre-operatively, which may contribute to more distal AVF creation and raise success rates of AVF surgery...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147646/creation-and-pilot-testing-of-cases-for-case-based-learning-a-pedagogical-approach-for-pathology-cancer-diagnosis
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Shahin Sayed, Susan C Lester, Michael Wilson, Daniel Berney, Ricard Masia, Zahir Moloo, Jennifer Stall, Alexia Eslan, Stephanie Ayers, Angela Mutuku, Jeannette Guarner
Background: Case-based learning (CBL) is an established pedagogical active learning method used in various disciplines and defined based on the field of study and type of case. The utility of CBL for teaching specific aspects of cancer diagnosis to practising pathologists has not been previously studied in sub-Saharan Africa. Objectives: We aimed to pilot test standardised cancer cases on a group of practising pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa to evaluate case content, clarity of questions and delivery of content...
2017: African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147635/global-and-targeted-pathway-impact-of-gliomas-on-white-matter-integrity-based-on-lobar-localization
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David R Ormond, Shawn D'Souza, John A Thompson
Primary brain tumors comprise 28% of all tumors and 80% of malignant tumors. Pathophysiology of high-grade gliomas includes significant distortion of white matter architecture, necrosis, the breakdown of the blood brain barrier, and increased intracranial pressure. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a diffusion weighted imaging technique, can be used to assess white matter architecture. Use of DTI as a non-invasive pathophysiological tool to analyze glioma impact on white matter microstructure has yet to be fully explored...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147132/numerical-investigation-of-pulse-wave-propagation-in-arteries-using-fluid-structure-interaction-capabilities
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Hisham Elkenani, Essam Al-Bahkali, Mhamed Souli
The aim of this study is to present a reliable computational scheme to serve in pulse wave velocity (PWV) assessment in large arteries. Clinicians considered it as an indication of human blood vessels' stiffness. The simulation of PWV was conducted using a 3D elastic tube representing an artery. The constitutive material model specific for vascular applications was applied to the tube material. The fluid was defined with an equation of state representing the blood material. The onset of a velocity pulse was applied at the tube inlet to produce wave propagation...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146614/heart-rate-reduction-improves-biventricular-function-and-interactions-in-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension
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Olga Gomez, Kenichi Okumura, Osami Honjo, Mei Sun, Ryo Ishii, Bart Bijens, Mark K Friedberg
OBJECTIVES: To investigate mechanisms of heart rate (HR) reduction on biventricular function and interactions in experimental pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: We compared cardiac-cycle mechanics and interventricular interactions in 15 sham, 8 monocrotaline-PAH, 9 PAH+carvedilol and 8 PAH+ivabradine rats. We used echocardiography to assess biventricular function, timing of cardiac- cycle events and septal position in PAH rats; and related HR reduction effect on biventricular function measured by echocardiography and conductance catheter...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146510/relative-contributions-of-the-midcarpal-and-radiocarpal-joints-to-dart-thrower-s-motion-at-the-wrist
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Patrick M Kane, Bryan G Vopat, P Kaveh Mansuripur, Michael P Gaspar, Scott W Wolfe, Joseph J Crisco, Christopher Got
PURPOSE: To identify the relative contributions of the radiocarpal (RC) and midcarpal (MC) joints to dart-thrower's motion (DTM) of the wrist. METHODS: Six cadaveric upper extremities were fixed to a custom-designed loading jig allowing for pure moment-rotation analysis in 24 different directions of wrist motion. Each specimen was tested in 3 states: intact, simulated radiocarpal fusion (sRCF) and simulated pancarpal fusion (sPCF). Moments of ± 1.5 Nm were applied at each of 24 directions for each state and the resulting wrist rotation recorded...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145968/effectiveness-of-a-step-by-step-oral-recount-before-a-practical-simulation-of-fracture-fixation
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Marcelo Abagge, Christiano Saliba Uliana, Sergei Taggesell Fischer, Kodi Edson Kojima
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a step-by-step oral recount by residents before the final execution of a practical exercise simulating a surgical fixation of a radial diaphyseal fracture. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 10 residents of orthopaedics and traumatology (four second- year and six first-year residents) divided into two groups with five residents each. All participants initially gathered in a room in which a video was presented demonstrating the practical exercise to be performed...
October 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145041/transradial-access-for-cerebrovascular-angiography-evaluation-of-palmar-collateral-circulation-with-hand-angiography-and-its-correlation-with-allen-test
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Woo-Keun Kwon, Wonki Yoon, Taek-Hyun Kwon, Jong Hyun Kim, Heung-Sub Jung, Jaegeun Ahn, Hanyong Huh, Choel Ji
OBJECTIVES: Transradial cerebral angiography (TRCA) has been introduced as an alternative technique for the transfemoral access, and its use is becoming more common in the field. In this study, we retrospectively analyzed a group of patients who received TRCA, and investigated peri-procedural measurements indicating actual hand circulation, and studied their correlation with the Allen test. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 168 patients whom underwent TRCA between 2015 July and 2016 July, were included in this study...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145015/glial-control-of-neurogenesis
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REVIEW
Sven Falk, Magdalena Götz
Glial cells are central components of all neurogenic niches in the embryonic as well as in the adult central nervous system. While neural stem cells (NSCs) themselves exhibit glial features the behavior of NSCs is also strongly influenced by niche glial cells. Recently, studies have begun to uncover a large variety of glial cell-extrinsic as well as intrinsic factors that play crucial roles in the control of NSCs and the regulation of the cellular output from the neurogenic niches. In this review, we focus on mechanisms underlying the formation of adult NSCs by embryonic radial glia cells, discuss the influence of niche glia cells on adult NSCs and examine how the neurogenic potential of glial cells is controlled...
November 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144538/control-of-hemorrhage-through-the-osteotomy-gap-during-tibial-plateau-leveling-osteotomy-9-cases
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Luis Matres-Lorenzo, Aidan McAlinden, Antoine Bernardé, Fabrice Bernard
OBJECTIVE: To describe a new technique to control intraoperative hemorrhage during tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) and report subsequent short-term and long-term complications. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. ANIMALS: Nine dogs with arterial hemorrhage during TPLO. METHODS: Medical records of dogs with hemorrhage controlled through the osteotomy gap of a TPLO were reviewed at 2 institutions over 8 years...
November 16, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144388/hyperspectral-image-enhancement-and-mixture-deep-learning-classification-of-corneal-epithelium-injuries
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Siti Salwa Md Noor, Kaleena Michael, Stephen Marshall, Jinchang Ren
In our preliminary study, the reflectance signatures obtained from hyperspectral imaging (HSI) of normal and abnormal corneal epithelium tissues of porcine show similar morphology with subtle differences. Here we present image enhancement algorithms that can be used to improve the interpretability of data into clinically relevant information to facilitate diagnostics. A total of 25 corneal epithelium images without the application of eye staining were used. Three image feature extraction approaches were applied for image classification: (i) image feature classification from histogram using a support vector machine with a Gaussian radial basis function (SVM-GRBF); (ii) physical image feature classification using deep-learning Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) only; and (iii) the combined classification of CNNs and SVM-Linear...
November 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143868/fishtail-deformity-of-the-distal-humerus-association-with-osteochondritis-dissecans-of-the-capitellum
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Stephen J Lehnert, Matthew R Wanner, Boaz Karmazyn
BACKGROUND: Fishtail deformity is a rare deformity of the humerus exhibiting concavity of the lateral trochlea, resulting in ulnotrochlear joint derangement. We wanted to share our experience that osteochondritis dissecans of the capitellum is a common associated complication. OBJECTIVE: To summarize imaging of fishtail deformity in children centered on complications of the radiocapitellar joint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the radiology information system, we identified all patients <18 years with the diagnosis of fishtail deformity...
November 16, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142255/a-nonredundant-role-for-the-trpm6-channel-in-neural-tube-closure
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Yuko Komiya, Zhiyong Bai, Na Cai, Liping Lou, Namariq Al-Saadi, Courtney Mezzacappa, Raymond Habas, Loren W Runnels
In humans, germline mutations in Trpm6 cause autosomal dominant hypomagnesemia with secondary hypocalcemia disorder. Loss of Trpm6 in mice also perturbs cellular magnesium homeostasis but additionally results in early embryonic lethality and neural tube closure defects. To define the mechanisms by which TRPM6 influences neural tube closure, we functionally characterized the role of TRPM6 during early embryogenesis in Xenopus laevis. The expression of Xenopus TRPM6 (XTRPM6) is elevated at the onset of gastrulation and is concentrated in the lateral mesoderm and ectoderm at the neurula stage...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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