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Laura Antonia Hruby, Anna Pittermann, Agnes Sturma, Oskar Christian Aszmann
BACKGROUND: Global brachial plexopathies cause major sensory and motor deficits in the affected arm and hand. Many patients report of psychosocial consequences including chronic pain, decreased self-sufficiency, and poor body image. Bionic reconstruction, which includes the amputation and prosthetic replacement of the functionless limb, has been shown to restore hand function in patients where classic reconstructions have failed. Patient selection and psychological evaluation before such a life-changing procedure are crucial for optimal functional outcomes...
2018: PloS One
G Liu, X Ke, Z-B Huang, L-C Wang, Z-N Huang, Y Guo, M Long, X-X Liao
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of final kissing balloon (FKB) inflation in one-stent techniques for bifurcation lesions is controversial. The goal of the present study was to investigate the impact of FKB on long-term clinical outcomes in one-stent strategies. METHODS: A literature search of the PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases was undertaken through August 2017. The primary outcome was major adverse cardiac events (MACE), defined as the composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and target lesion revascularization...
November 27, 2017: Herz
María Ordóñez-Robles, Fernando Santos-Beneit, Silvia M Albillos, Paloma Liras, Juan F Martín, Antonio Rodríguez-García
In this work, we identified glucose and glycerol as tacrolimus repressing carbon sources in the important species Streptomyces tsukubaensis. A genome-wide analysis of the transcriptomic response to glucose and glycerol additions was performed using microarray technology. The transcriptional time series obtained allowed us to compare the transcriptomic profiling of S. tsukubaensis growing under tacrolimus producing and non-producing conditions. The analysis revealed important and different metabolic changes after the additions and a lack of transcriptional activation of the fkb cluster...
October 5, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Mariana C Rossette, Débora C Moraes, Erika K Sacramento, Marco Aurélio Romano-Silva, Juliana L Carvalho, Dawidson A Gomes, Hanna Caldas, Eitan Friedman, Luciana Bastos-Rodrigues, Luiz De Marco
Angiogenesis is implicated in the development of a variety of pathological processes, most commonly cancer. It is essential for tumor growth and metastasis, making it an important cancer therapeutic target. Naturally occurring substances have led to the discovery of anticancer agents. Flavokawain B (FKB), a chalcone isolated from the root extracts of kava-kava plant, inhibits proliferation and causes apoptosis in vitro and in vivo of various cancer cell lines. The antimetastatic potential of FKB has also been suggested...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Peter Esser, Anja Mehnert, Christoffer Johansen, Beate Hornemann, Andreas Dietz, Jochen Ernst
OBJECTIVE: Since cancer-related stigmatization is prevalent but difficult to change, research on its impact on psychological burden and intervening variables is needed. Therefore, we investigated the effect of stigmatization on depressive symptomatology and whether body image mediates this relationship. METHODS: This bi-centric study assessed patients of four major tumor entities. We measured stigmatization (SIS-D), depressive symptomatology (PHQ-9) and body image (FKB-20)...
July 6, 2017: Psycho-oncology
Francois Derimay, Geraud Souteyrand, Pascal Motreff, Gilles Rioufol, Gerard Finet
AIMS: The rePOT (proximal optimizing technique) sequence proved significantly more effective than final kissing balloon (FKB) with two drug-eluting stents (DES) in a bench test. We sought to experimentally validate efficacy in a large range of latest-generation DESs. METHODS AND RESULTS: On left main fractal coronary bifurcation bench models, 5 samples of each of the 6 main latest-generation DESs (Coroflex Isar™, Orsiro™, Promus Premier™, Resolute Integrity™, Ultimaster™, Xience Xpedition™) were implanted on rePOT (initial POT, side-branch inflation, final POT)...
May 9, 2017: EuroIntervention
Henry Y Chen, Khalid Al-Saadon, Yves Louvard, Ghassan S Kassab
In-stent restenosis (ISR) and stent thrombosis remain clinically significant problems for bifurcations. Although the role of wall shear stress (WSS) has been well investigated, the role of circumferential wall stresses (CWS) has not been well studied in provisional stenting with and without final kissing balloon (FKB). We hypothesized that the perturbation of CWS at the SB in provisional stenting and balloon dilatation is an important factor in addition to WSS, and, hence, may affect restenosis rates (i.e., higher CWS correlates with higher restenosis)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
Alison McAfee, Troy F Collins, Lufiani L Madilao, Leonard J Foster
Hygienic behaviour (HB) is a social immunity trait in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) whereby workers detect, uncap and remove unhealthy brood, improving disease resistance in the colony. This is clearly economically valuable; however, the molecular mechanism behind it is not well understood. The freeze-killed brood (FKB) assay is the conventional method of HB selection, so we compared odour profiles of FKB and live brood to find candidate HB-inducing odours. Surprisingly, we found that significantly more brood pheromone (β-ocimene) was released from FKB...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Chia-Ting Chang, You-Cheng Hseu, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, Kai-Yuan Lin, Tzong-Der Way, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Jiuun-Wang Liao, Hsin-Ling Yang
Flavokawain B (FKB), a naturally occurring chalcone in kava extracts, has been reported to possess anticancer activity. However, the effect of FKB on gastric cancer remains unclear. We examined the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity and autophagy involvement of FKB and determined the underlying molecular mechanisms. FKB is potently cytotoxic to human gastric cancer cells (AGS/NCI-N87/KATO-III/TSGH9201) and mildly toxic towards normal (Hs738) cells and primary mouse hepatocytes. FKB-induced AGS cell death was characterized by autophagy, not apoptosis, as evidenced by increased LC3-II accumulation, GFP-LC3 puncta and acidic vesicular organelles (AVOs) formation, without resulting procaspase-3/PARP cleavage...
April 3, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
Lihua Dong, Yongjun Liu
Chorismatase is an important enzyme involved in Shikimate pathway, which catalyzes the conversion of chorismate into pyruvate and (dihydro)-benzoic acid derivatives. According to the outcomes of catalytic reactions, chorismatases can be divided into three subfamilies: CH-Fkbo, CH-Hyg5 and CH-XanB2. Recently, the crystal structures of CH-Fkbo and CH-Hyg5 from Streptomyces hygroscopicus have been successfully obtained, allowing us to perform QM/MM calculations to explore the reaction details. Our calculation results support the proposal that CH-Fkbo and CH-Hyg5 employ different catalytic mechanisms and gave the mechanistic details...
June 2017: Proteins
Benjamin Alleva, Nathan Balukoff, Amy Peiper, Sarit Smolikove
In meiotic prophase I, homologous chromosome pairing is promoted through chromosome movement mediated by nuclear envelope proteins, microtubules, and dynein. After proper homologue pairing has been established, the synaptonemal complex (SC) assembles along the paired homologues, stabilizing their interaction and allowing for crossing over to occur. Previous studies have shown that perturbing chromosome movement leads to pairing defects and SC polycomplex formation. We show that FKB-6 plays a role in SC assembly and is required for timely pairing and proper double-strand break repair kinetics...
February 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
Jung-Min Ahn, Pil Hyung Lee, Duk-Woo Park, Soo-Jin Kang, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Cheol Whan Lee, Seong-Wook Park, Seung-Jung Park
The role of final kissing balloon (FKB) inflation after simple crossover stenting in unprotected left main (LM) bifurcation stenosis remains unknown. From the Asan Medical Center-Left Main Revascularization (ASAN-MAIN) registry, 413 patients with LM bifurcation stenosis treated by simple crossover stenting with a drug-eluting stent were identified. After simple crossover stenting, FKB inflation was performed in 95 patients (FKB group) and 318 patients finished the procedure without FKB (no-FKB group). The primary end points of the 2-year incidence of major adverse cardiac events (death, myocardial infarction, and left main target lesion revascularization [LM-TLR]) were similar between the FKB and no-FKB groups (12...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
Swee Keong Yeap, Nadiah Abu, Nadeem Akthar, Wan Yong Ho, Huynh Ky, Sheau Wei Tan, Noorjahan Banu Alitheen, Tunku Kamarul
Flavokawain B (FKB) is known to possess promising anticancer abilities. This is demonstrated in various cancer cell lines including HeLa cells. Cervical cancer is among the most widely diagnosed cancer among women today. Though FKB has been shown to be effective in treating cancer cells, the exact molecular mechanism is still unknown. This study is aimed at understanding the effects of FKB on HeLa cells using a microarray-based mRNA expression profiling and proteome profiling of stress-related proteins. The results of this study suggest that FKB induced cell death through p21-mediated cell cycle arrest and activation of p38...
September 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
Christina Dimopoulou, Sarah M Leistner, Marcus Ising, Harald J Schneider, Jochen Schopohl, Sandra Rutz, Robert Kosilek, Richard Frohner, Gunter K Stalla, Caroline Sievers
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of acromegaly is delayed up to 10 years after disease onset despite obvious external/objective changes such as bone and soft tissue deformities. We hypothesized that a lack of subjective perception of the disease state, possibly mediated by psychiatric or cognitive alterations, might contribute to the delayed initiation of a diagnostic workup. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: We investigated perceived body image by standardized questionnaires (FKB-20: Fragebogen zum Körperbild; FBeK: Fragebogen zur Beurteilung des eigenen Körpers) in 81 acromegalic patients and contrasted them to (a) a clinical control group of 60 patients with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPA) who lack severe facial and physical alterations and (b) healthy controls...
2017: Neuroendocrinology
María Ordóñez-Robles, Antonio Rodríguez-García, Juan F Martín
Tacrolimus (FK506) is a 23-membered macrolide immunosuppressant used in current clinics. Understanding how the tacrolimus biosynthetic gene cluster is regulated is important to increase its industrial production. Here, we analysed the effect of the disruption of fkbN (encoding a LAL-type positive transcriptional regulator) on the whole transcriptome of the tacrolimus producer Streptomyces tsukubaensis using microarray technology. Transcription of fkbN in the wild type strain increases from 70 h of cultivation reaching a maximum at 89 h, prior to the onset of tacrolimus biosynthesis...
September 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Robert J Gil, Jacek Bil, Ricardo A Costa, Katarzyna E Gil, Dobrin Vassiliev
The aim of this study was to analyze the difference in neointima pattern assessed by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) between two dedicated bifurcation stents, BiOSS® Expert and BiOSS® LIM at 12-month follow-up. This manuscript reports IVUS findings obtained from the analysis of patients enrolled into first-in-man registries initially assessing the BiOSS Expert® (paclitaxel) and BiOSS LIM® (sirolimus) stents. Quantitative angiographic analysis was performed pre, post-stenting, and at follow-up. IVUS examination was performed at 12 months...
September 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Nadiah Abu, M Nadeem Akhtar, Swee Keong Yeap, Kian Lam Lim, Wan Yong Ho, Mohd Puad Abdullah, Chai Ling Ho, Abdul Rahman Omar, Jamil Ismail, Noorjahan Banu Alitheen
BACKGROUND: The kava-kava plant (Piper methysticum) is traditionally consumed by the pacific islanders and has been linked to be involved in several biological activities. Flavokawain B is a unique chalcone, which can be found in the roots of the kava-kava plant. In this study, the operational mechanism of the anti-cancer activity of a synthetic Flavokawain B (FKB) on two breast cancer cell lines, MCF-7 and MDA-MB231 was investigated. METHOD: Several in vitro assays were attempted such as MTT, flow cytometry of cell cycle analysis, annexin V analysis, and JC-1 analysis to detect apoptosis...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Keanu D Pinner, Christina T K Wales, Rachel A Gristock, Hoa T Vo, Nadine So, Aaron T Jacobs
Context Flavokawains are secondary metabolites from the kava plant (Piper methysticum Forst. f., Piperaceae) that have anticancer properties and demonstrated oral efficacy in murine cancer models. However, flavokawains also have suspected roles in rare cases of kava-induced hepatotoxicity. Objective To compare the toxicity flavokawains A and B (FKA, FKB) and monitor the resulting transcriptional responses and cellular adaptation in the human hepatocyte cell line, HepG2. Materials and methods HepG2 were treated with 2-100 μM FKA or FKB for 24-48 h...
September 2016: Pharmaceutical Biology
Martina Rudgalvyte, Juhani Peltonen, Merja Lakso, Richard Nass, Garry Wong
Manganese (Mn) is an essential nutrient; nonetheless, excessive amounts can accumulate in brain tissues causing manganism, a severe neurological condition. Previous studies have suggested oxidative stress, mitochondria dysfunction, and impaired metabolism pathways as routes for Mn toxicity. Here, we used the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to analyze gene expression changes after acute Mn exposure using RNA-Seq. L1 stage animals were exposed to 50 mM MnCl2 for 30 min and analyzed at L4. We identified 746 up- and 1828 downregulated genes (FDR corrected p < 0...
February 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Cheol Woong Yu, Jeong Hoon Yang, Young Bin Song, Joo-Yong Hahn, Seung-Hyuk Choi, Jin-Ho Choi, Hyun Jong Lee, Ju Hyeon Oh, Bon-Kwon Koo, Seung Woon Rha, Jin-Ok Jeong, Myung-Ho Jeong, Jung Han Yoon, Yangsoo Jang, Seung-Jea Tahk, Hyo-Soo Kim, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the impact of final kissing ballooning (FKB) after main vessel (MV) stenting on outcomes in patients with coronary bifurcation lesions after application of the 1-stent technique. BACKGROUND: Although FKB has been established as the standard method for bifurcation lesions treated with a 2-stent strategy, its efficacy in a 1-stent approach is highly controversial. METHODS: This study enrolled 1,901 patients with a bifurcation lesion with a side branch diameter ≥2...
August 24, 2015: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
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