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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922493/the-role-of-electrodiagnostic-testing-imaging-and-muscle-biopsy-in-the-investigation-of-muscle-disease
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Laura K Rosow, Anthony A Amato
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the roles of electrodiagnostic testing, imaging studies (MRI and ultrasound), and muscle biopsy in evaluating patients for possible muscle diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: In addition to electrodiagnostic testing and muscle biopsy, muscle imaging is increasingly being used in the evaluation of patients with suspected muscle disease. MRI and ultrasound can help identify patterns of muscle involvement that may narrow the differential diagnosis and guide further testing...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919073/mitochondrial-replacement-in-human-oocytes-carrying-pathogenic-mitochondrial-dna-mutations
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Eunju Kang, Jun Wu, Nuria Marti Gutierrez, Amy Koski, Rebecca Tippner-Hedges, Karen Agaronyan, Aida Platero-Luengo, Paloma Martinez-Redondo, Hong Ma, Yeonmi Lee, Tomonari Hayama, Crystal Van Dyken, Xinjian Wang, Shiyu Luo, Riffat Ahmed, Ying Li, Dongmei Ji, Refik Kayali, Cengiz Cinnioglu, Susan Olson, Jeffrey Jensen, David Battaglia, David Lee, Diana Wu, Taosheng Huang, Don P Wolf, Dmitry Temiakov, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Paula Amato, Shoukhrat Mitalipov
Maternally inherited mitochondrial (mt)DNA mutations can cause fatal or severely debilitating syndromes in children, with disease severity dependent on the specific gene mutation and the ratio of mutant to wild-type mtDNA (heteroplasmy) in each cell and tissue. Pathogenic mtDNA mutations are relatively common, with an estimated 778 affected children born each year in the United States. Mitochondrial replacement therapies or techniques (MRT) circumventing mother-to-child mtDNA disease transmission involve replacement of oocyte maternal mtDNA...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914024/laparoscopic-hepatectomy-for-hcc-in-elderly-patients-risks-and-feasibility
#3
Bruno Amato, Giovanni Aprea, Davide De Rosa, Marco Milone, Lorenza di Domenico, Maurizio Amato, Rita Compagna, Mario Santoro, Louis Banka Johnson, Alessandro Sanguinetti, Andrea Polistena, Nicola Avenia
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) appears to be safe and effective as open liver resection (OLR) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, studies comparing LLR with ORL in elderly patients are limited. The purpose of this study is to compare the clinical outcomes of LLR versus OLR for HCC in elderly patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was made comparing laparoscopic (n = 11) and open (n = 18) liver resections in elderly patients performed at the University of Naples "Federico II" between January 2010 and December 2014...
December 2, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905087/robot-assisted-surgery-in-elderly-and-very-elderly-population-our-experience-in-oncologic-and-general-surgery-with-literature-review
#4
Graziano Ceccarelli, Enrico Andolfi, Alessia Biancafarina, Aldo Rocca, Maurizio Amato, Marco Milone, Marta Scricciolo, Barbara Frezza, Egidio Miranda, Marco De Prizio, Andrea Fontani
BACKGROUND: Although there is no agreement on a definition of elderly, commonly an age cutoff of ≥65 or 75 years is used. Nowadays most of malignancies requiring surgical treatment are diagnosed in old population. Comorbidities and frailty represent well-known problems during and after surgery in elderly patients. Minimally invasive surgery offers earlier postoperative mobilization, less blood loss, lower morbidity as well as reduction in hospital stay and as such represents an interesting and validated option for elderly population...
November 30, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897275/an-ex-vivo-model-contributing-to-the-diagnosis-and-evaluation-of-new-drugs-in-cystic-fibrosis
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A M Di Lullo, M Scorza, F Amato, M Comegna, V Raia, L Maiuri, G Ilardi, E Cantone, G Castaldo, M Iengo
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene. About 2000 mutations have been described so far. We setup an ex vivo model of human nasal epithelial cells (HNECs) to study CF patients testing the effect of novel mutations and molecular therapies. We performed the sampling (by brushing), followed by culture and analysis of HNECs using a series of molecular techniques. We performed 50 brushings from CF patients and controls...
November 29, 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896225/the-urokinase-urokinase-receptor-system-in-mast-cells-effects-of-its-functional-interaction-with-fmlf-receptors
#6
Francesca Wanda Rossi, Nella Prevete, Felice Rivellese, Filomena Napolitano, Nunzia Montuori, Loredana Postiglione, Carmine Selleri, Amato de Paulis
Mast cell and basophils express the high affinity receptor for IgE (FcɛRI) and are primary effector cells of allergic disorders. The urokinase (uPA)-mediated plasminogen activation system is involved in physiological and pathological events based on cell migration and tissue remodelling, such as inflammation, wound healing, angiogenesis and metastasis. uPA is a serine protease that binds uPAR, a high affinity glycosyl-phosphatidyl-inositol (GPI)-anchored receptor. uPAR focuses uPA activity at the cell surface and activates intracellular signaling through lateral interactions with integrins, receptor tyrosine kinases and the G-protein-coupled family of fMLF chemotaxis receptors (FPRs)...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896223/urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-upar-as-a-new-therapeutic-target-in-cancer
#7
Nunzia Montuori, Ada Pesapane, Francesca W Rossi, Valentina Giudice, Amato De Paulis, Carmine Selleri, Pia Ragno
The urokinase (uPA)-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) is a GPI-anchored receptor that focuses urokinase (uPA) proteolytic activity on the cell surface. uPAR also regulates cell adhesion, migration and proliferation, protects from apoptosis and contributes to epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), independently of uPA enzymatic activity. Indeed, uPAR interacts with beta1, beta2 and beta3 integrins, thus regulating their activities. uPAR cross-talks with receptor tyrosine kinases through integrins and regulates cancer cell dormancy, proliferation and angiogenesis...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896222/67-kda-laminin-receptor-67lr-in-normal-and-neoplastic-hematopoietic-cells-is-its-targeting-a-feasible-approach
#8
Nunzia Montuori, Ada Pesapane, Valentina Giudice, Bianca Serio, Francesca W Rossi, Amato De Paulis, Carmine Selleri
The 67 kDa laminin receptor (67LR) is a non-integrin cell surface receptor for laminin (LM) that derives from a 37 kDa precursor (37LRP). 67LR expression is increased in neoplastic cells and correlates with an enhanced invasive and metastatic potentialin many human solid tumors, recommending this receptor as a new promising target for cancer therapy. This is supported by in vivo studies showing that 67LR downregulation reduces tumour cell proliferation and tumour formation by inducing apoptosis. 67LR association with the anti-apoptotic protein PED/PEA-15 activates a signal transduction pathway, leading to cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895274/disease-severity-prediction-by-spirometry-in-adults-with-visceral-leishmaniasis-from-minas-gerais-brazil
#9
Isabel A Maia, Frank S Bezerra, André Luis Pereira de Albuquerque, Heitor F Andrade, Valdir S Amato
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is associated with interstitial pneumonitis according to histology and radiology reports. However, studies to address the functional impact on respiratory function in patients are lacking. We assessed pulmonary function using noninvasive spirometry in a cross-sectional study of hospitalized adult VL patients from Minas Gerais, Brazil, without unrelated lung conditions or acute infections. Lung conditions were graded as normal, restrictive, obstructive, or mixed patterns, according to Brazilian consensus standards for spirometry...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893463/inhibition-of-the-gas6-axl-pathway-augments-the-efficacy-of-chemotherapies
#10
Mihalis S Kariolis, Yu Rebecca Miao, Anh Diep, Shannon E Nash, Monica M Olcina, Dadi Jiang, Douglas S Jones, Shiven Kapur, Irimpan I Mathews, Albert C Koong, Erinn B Rankin, Jennifer R Cochran, Amato J Giaccia
The AXL receptor and its activating ligand, growth arrest-specific 6 (GAS6), are important drivers of metastasis and therapeutic resistance in human cancers. Given the critical roles that GAS6 and AXL play in refractory disease, this signaling axis represents an attractive target for therapeutic intervention. However, the strong picomolar binding affinity between GAS6 and AXL and the promiscuity of small molecule inhibitors represent important challenges faced by current anti-AXL therapeutics. Here, we have addressed these obstacles by engineering a second-generation, high-affinity AXL decoy receptor with an apparent affinity of 93 femtomolar to GAS6...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889888/characteristics-of-ash-and-particle-emissions-during-bubbling-fluidised-bed-combustion-of-three-types-of-residual-forest-biomass
#11
João Peres Ribeiro, Estela Domingos Vicente, Célia Alves, Xavier Querol, Fulvio Amato, Luís A C Tarelho
Combustion of residual forest biomass (RFB) derived from eucalypt (Eucalyptus globulus), pine (Pinus pinaster) and golden wattle (Acacia longifolia) was evaluated in a pilot-scale bubbling fluidised bed reactor (BFBR). During the combustion experiments, monitoring of temperature, pressure and exhaust gas composition has been made. Ash samples were collected at several locations along the furnace and flue gas treatment devices (cyclone and bag filter) after each combustion experiment and were analysed for their unburnt carbon content and chemical composition...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888474/colorectal-surgery-in-elderly-patients-our-experience-with-davinci-xi%C3%A2-system
#12
A Oldani, P Bellora, M Monni, B Amato, S Gentilli
BACKGROUND: Robotic technology for colorectal surgery was introduced by Weber in 2002 to improve the benefits of the minimally invasive surgery already offered by the laparoscopic approach. AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility and the efficacy of the application of robotic surgery in elderly patients affected by colorectal diseases. METHODS: We reported the outcomes obtained during our first 50 colorectal robotic surgical performances with DaVinci Xi® System, and we compared the results assessed for patients younger or older than 70 years...
November 26, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888083/clinical-and-imaging-evaluation-of-the-transuncus-selective-amygdalo-hippocampectomy
#13
Enrico Ghizoni, Roger Matias, Stefan Lieber, Brunno Machado de Campos, Clarissa Lin Yasuda, João Paulo Sant Ana Santos de Souza, Pamela Castro Pereira, Augusto Amato, Andrei Fernandes Joaquim, Tátila Martins Lopes, Helder Tedeschi, Fernando Cendes
BACKGROUND: Various reports described the transuncus approach (TU) as a selective route to the amygdala and hippocampus, but this approach has not yet being submitted to a solid post operative imaging analysis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the anatomy, surgical technique, postoperative imaging analysis and outcome in a series of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients who underwent to selective amigdalo-hippocampectomy (SHA) via TU. METHODS: This is a prospective study of 25 consecutive patients who underwent to selective amigdalo-hippocampectomy through TU...
November 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878556/venous-anomalies-of-the-axilla-a-single-institution-experience
#14
Viviana Sollazzo, Gaetano Luglio, Emanuela Esposito, Rosa Di Micco, Mariano Cesare Giglio, Roberto Peltrini, Pietro Schettino, Bruno Amato, Giovanni Domenico De Palma, Gennaro Limite
AIM: Surgical treatment is still the cornerstone in the treatment of breast cancer, a very common neoplasia, particularly affecting the female elderly population. Axillary dissection is crucial in the treatment of some tumours, but variations in axillary vessels anatomy are poorly described in standard anatomy and surgical textbook. We aimed to describe anatomical variations in axillary vessels found in our institutional experience. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective 3-year study was conducted in our institution from January 2012 to December 2014...
November 22, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878555/laparoscopic-distal-pancreatectomy-in-elderly-patients-is-it-safe
#15
Giovanni Aprea, Davide De Rosa, Marco Milone, Aldo Rocca, Tommaso Bianco, Guido Massa, Rita Compagna, Louis Banka Johnson, Alessandro Sanguinetti, Andrea Polistena, Nicola Avenia, Bruno Amato
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) appears to be safe and effective as open distal pancreatectomy (ODP) for benign or borderline malignant lesion. However, studies comparing LDP with ODP in elderly patients are limited. The purpose of this study is to compare the clinical outcomes of these two several approaches in elderly patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was carried out by comparing laparoscopic (n = 7) and open (n = 15) distal pancreatectomy in elderly patients performed at the University of Naples "Federico II" and University of Perugia between January 2012 and December 2015...
November 22, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874851/reduced-dynamical-maps-in-the-presence-of-initial-correlations
#16
Bassano Vacchini, Giulio Amato
We introduce a framework for the construction of completely positive dynamical evolutions in the presence of system-environment initial correlations. The construction relies upon commutativity of the compatibility domain obtained by considering the marginals with respect to the environmental degrees of freedom of the considered class of correlated states, as well as basic properties of completely positive maps. Our approach allows to consider states that can have finite discord, though it does not include entangled states, and it explicitly shows the non-uniqueness of the completely positive extensions of the obtained dynamical map outside the compatibility domain...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866722/effectiveness-of-traffic-related-elements-in-tree-bark-and-pollen-abortion-rates-for-assessing-air-pollution-exposure-on-respiratory-mortality-rates
#17
Regiani Carvalho-Oliveira, Luís F Amato-Lourenço, Tiana C L Moreira, Douglas R Rocha Silva, Bruna D Vieira, Thais Mauad, Mitiko Saiki, Paulo H Nascimento Saldiva
The majority of epidemiological studies correlate the cardiorespiratory effects of air pollution exposure by considering the concentrations of pollutants measured from conventional monitoring networks. The conventional air quality monitoring methods are expensive, and their data are insufficient for providing good spatial resolution. We hypothesized that bioassays using plants could effectively determine pollutant gradients, thus helping to assess the risks associated with air pollution exposure. The study regions were determined from different prevalent respiratory death distributions in the Sao Paulo municipality...
November 17, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864876/kinase-gene-fusions-in-defined-subsets-of-melanoma
#18
Jacqueline Turner, Kasey Couts, Jamie Sheren, Siriwimon Saichaemchan, Witthawat Ariyawutyakorn, Izabela Avolio, Ethan Cabral, Magdelena Glogowska, Carol Amato, Steven Robinson, Jennifer Hintzsche, Allison Applegate, Eric Seelenfreund, Rita Gonzalez, Keith Wells, Stacey Bagby, John Tentler, Aik-Choon Tan, Joshua Wisell, Marileila Varella-Garcia, William Robinson
Genomic rearrangements resulting in activating kinase fusions have been increasingly described in a number of cancers including malignant melanoma, but their frequency in specific melanoma subtypes has not been reported. We used break-apart fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH) to identify genomic rearrangements in tissues from 59 patients with various types of malignant melanoma including acral lentiginous, mucosal, superficial spreading, and nodular. We identified four genomic rearrangements involving the genes BRAF, RET, and ROS1...
November 19, 2016: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863591/identifying-beliefs-about-smoking-in-patients-with-peripheral-vascular-disease
#19
Elizabeth Lopes-Costa, Elaine Amato-Vealey
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a chronic disabling illness that frequently results in the occlusion of arteries in lower limbs and may cause ischemia, gangrene, or infection. The single most significant factor contributing to both the onset and progression of PVD is smoking, which has addictive properties. Once smoking becomes a habitual behavior, combined with the atherosclerotic process, a disastrous pathway ensues. The aim of this project was to gain an understanding of the beliefs of patients with PVD who smoked...
December 2016: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856682/capturing-schizophrenia-like-prodromal-symptoms-in-a-spinocerebellar-ataxia-17-transgenic-rat
#20
Davide Amato, Fabio Canneva, Huu Phuc Nguyen, Peter Bauer, Olaf Riess, Stephan von Hörsten, Christian P Müller
RATIONALE: The polyglutamine disease spinocerebellar ataxia type 17 (SCA17) is a neurodegenerative disease leading to severe neurological symptoms during development. Additionally, patients affected by SCA17 display psychosis earlier than their motor disorders. OBJECTIVE: Here the putative psychotic phenotype and endophenotype of transgenic SCA17 rats was examined. METHODS: The expression of schizophrenia-like symptoms was evaluated over a longitudinal period before and after the onset of neurological symptoms in SCA17...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
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