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Jinwei Zhang, Geng Gao, Gulnaz Begum, Jinhua Wang, Arjun R Khanna, Boris E Shmukler, Gerrit M Daubner, Paola de Los Heros, Paul Davies, Joby Varghese, Mohammad Iqbal H Bhuiyan, Jinjing Duan, Jin Zhang, Daniel Duran, Seth L Alper, Dandan Sun, Stephen J Elledge, Dario R Alessi, Kristopher T Kahle
Cell volume homeostasis requires the dynamically regulated transport of ions across the plasmalemma. While the ensemble of ion transport proteins involved in cell volume regulation is well established, the molecular coordinators of their activities remain poorly characterized. We utilized a functional kinomics approach including a kinome-wide siRNA-phosphoproteomic screen, a high-content kinase inhibitor screen, and a kinase trapping-Orbitrap mass spectroscopy screen to systematically identify essential kinase regulators of KCC3 Thr(991)/Thr(1048) phosphorylation - a key signaling event in cell swelling-induced regulatory volume decrease (RVD)...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mohammad Naderan, Ali Jahanrad
PURPOSE: This study aimed at evaluating the effect of pregnancy on topographic, tomographic and biomechanical parameters of patients with keratoconus (KC) in comparison with non-pregnant patients with KC. METHOD: In a cohort study, patients with KC, whose disease was stable for at least 2 years, were evaluated before pregnancy, at their third trimester of pregnancy (34th week of pregnancy) and 6 months after pregnancy. As the control group, an equivalent number of age- and severity-matched non-pregnant female patients with KC were evaluated at the corresponding times...
October 26, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
James P Gaska, Steven T Wright, Marc D Winterbottom, Steven C Hadley
INTRODUCTION: Although there are numerous studies that demonstrate that color vision deficient (CVD) individuals perform less well than color vision normal (CVN) individuals in tasks that require discrimination or identification of colored stimuli, there remains a need to quantify the relationship between the type and severity of CVD and performance on operationally relevant tasks. METHODS: Participants were classified as CVN (N = 45) or CVD (N = 49) using the Rabin cone contrast test, which is the standard color vision screening test used by the United States Air Force...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Mohammad Pakravan, Mohammad Ali Javadi, Shahin Yazdani, Elham Ghahari, Zohreh Behroozi, Reza Soleimanizad, Sasan Moghimi, Naveed Nilforoushan, Reza Zarei, Yadollah Eslami, Mahmood Ghassami, Hossein Ziaei, Marzieh Katibeh, Hanif Tabesh, Mehdi Yaseri
PURPOSE: To determine the distribution of intraocular pressure (IOP), central corneal thickness (CCT) and vertical cup-to-disc ratio (VCDR) in the healthy Iranian population. METHODS: This population-based, epidemiologic study evaluated Iranian aged 40-80 years, residing in Yazd, Iran, in 2010-2011. Eligible subjects were selected by cluster random sampling. Each participant underwent an interview and ophthalmologic examination including slit lamp examination, Goldmann applanation tonometry, binocular optic disc evaluation, stereoscopic fundus photography, ultrasonic pachymetry and visual field testing...
October 25, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Thabo Lapp, Antonia Hildebrand, Daniel Böhringer, Paola Kammrath Betancor, Günther Schlunck, Thomas Reinhard
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of anterior segment spectral domain optic coherence tomography (ASOCT) as rejection readout in a keratoplasty mouse model and to compare ASOCT against the current standard (i.e., a clinical score system). Furthermore, to compare both approaches with respect to intra- and inter-individual observer variability and to calculate a critical point that distinguishes between rejection and non-rejection in ASOCT analysis. METHODS: Allogeneic penetrating keratoplasties (PKs) were performed using C3H/He donor mice and BALB/c recipient mice; syngeneic transplantations served as controls using BALB/c donors and recipients...
2016: Molecular Vision
Yunxiang Zang, Mingliang Jin, Huping Wang, Zhicheng Cui, Liangliang Kong, Caixuan Liu, Yao Cong
The eukaryotic chaperonin TRiC (or CCT) assists in the folding of 10% of cytosolic proteins. Here we present two cryo-EM structures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae TRiC in a newly identified nucleotide partially preloaded (NPP) state and in the ATP-bound state, at 4.7-Å and 4.6-Å resolution, respectively. Through inner-subunit eGFP tagging, we identified the subunit locations in open-state TRiC and found that the CCT2 subunit pair forms an unexpected Z shape. ATP binding induces a dramatic conformational change on the CCT2 side, thereby suggesting that CCT2 plays an essential role in TRiC allosteric cooperativity...
October 24, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
M Venkataravanappa, H Nagabhushana, B Daruka Prasad, G P Darshan, R B Basavaraj, G R Vijayakumar
A novel Sr2SiO4:Eu (1-5mol %) superstructures (SS) were synthesized using bio-sacrificial A.V. gel assisted ultrasound method. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the presence of both α and β phase formation. It was evident that the morphological growth was highly reliant on A.V. gel concentration, sonication time, pH and sonication power. The formation mechanisms for different hierarchical SS were proposed. From diffuse reflectance spectra, the energy band gap was estimated and found to be ∼4.70-5...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
V Saunier, A Robinet Perrin, C Costet, D Touboul
PURPOSE: To assess the reproducibility of single-pass cutting for preparation of ultra-thin (≤120μm) donor cornea grafts in Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). METHODS: All consecutive patients of DSAEK performed using the MORIA One Use microkeratome (MORIA, Antony, France) in between June 2014 and August 2015. Patient and donor central corneal thickness (CTT), microkeratome head, remaining stromal bed thickness (RSBT), number of cut and graft thickness at 1 month and 6 months postoperatively were recorded in this single-center prospective study...
October 18, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
Chelvin C A Sng, Marcus Ang, Keith Barton
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize the role of central corneal thickness (CCT) in the clinical management of a glaucoma patient. RECENT FINDINGS: The prognostic value of CCT is well recognized in patients with ocular hypertension. However, its predictive value in other glaucoma suspects and patients with established glaucoma is less certain. Tonometry artefacts can result from variations in CCT. However, an adequately validated correction algorithm for Goldmann applanation tonometry measurements does not exist...
October 19, 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Shannon Kelly, Keith Quirolo, Anne Marsh, Lynne Neumayr, Alicia Garcia, Brian Custer
BACKGROUND: Chronic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion therapy (CTT) is an integral component of the management of severe sickle cell disease (SCD) and can prevent complications, such as stroke. RBC units can be administered via simple transfusion or exchange transfusion, and erythrocytapheresis (automated RBC exchange transfusion [aRBX]), is increasingly used for CTT. Comparisons of simple and aRBX transfusions are limited, and the current scope of aRBX use is not known. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We administered a survey to define current transfusion practices for CTT and performed a review of the erythrocytapheresis literature...
October 19, 2016: Transfusion
Qing Wang, Wenwen Liu, Yili Wu, Yan Ma, Guiqiu Zhao
BACKGROUND: An investigation was carried out to find the distribution of central corneal thickness (CCT) and the association between CCT and ocular factors in a cohort of myopic Chinese adults who underwent laser refractive surgery. METHODS: Medical records of 1,190 subjects (754 males) aged from 18 to 44 years (21.5 ± 3.5 years for males and 24.9 ± 5.5 years for females) undergoing myopic refractive surgery were filtered and analysed. Each parameter was stratified by gender and eye, respectively...
October 18, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
Lia C H Fernald, Rose M C Kagawa, Heather A Knauer, Lourdes Schnaas, Armando Garcia Guerra, Lynnette M Neufeld
We examined effects on child development of a group-based parenting support program (Educación Inicial - EI) when combined with Mexico's conditional cash transfer (CCT) program (Prospera, originally Oportunidades and Progresa). This cluster-randomized trial included 204 communities (n = 1,113 children in final sample), stratified by community indigenous status, and assigned to receive either: (T0) CCT only; (T1) CCT plus availability of EI in the community; or (T2) T1 plus promotion of the EI program by the CCT program...
October 17, 2016: Developmental Psychology
Ludovico La Grutta, Marta Marasà, Patrizia Toia, Daniele Ajello, Domenico Albano, Erica Maffei, Emanuele Grassedonio, Giuseppina Novo, Massimo Galia, Giuseppe Caruso, Salvatore Novo, Filippo Cademartiri, Massimo Midiri
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare the atherosclerotic disease in the coronary and carotid arteries in patients who underwent non-invasive imaging for suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 107 patients (64 men, age 59 ± 12) with atypical chest pain underwent cardiac CT (CCT) and carotid ultrasound (US) on the same day. Severity (obstructive or not-obstructive disease), location, shape, and composition of atherosclerotic plaques in the two districts were evaluated...
October 13, 2016: La Radiologia Medica
Yingmiao Liu, Junzhi Wang, Chongmao Xu, Yong Chen, Junjie Yang, Dong Liu, Huanqing Niu, Yu Jiang, Sheng Yang, Hanjie Ying
Cytidine diphosphate choline (CDP-choline) has been applied for treating acute craniocerebral injury and allowing recovery of consciousness after brain surgery. In this study, an acetate kinase (ACK)/acetyl phosphate system was used to supply ATP and combined with Escherichia coli-overexpressed CMP kinase (CMK), NDP kinase (NDK), choline phosphate cytidylyltransferase (CCT), and choline kinase (CKI) to produce CDP-choline from CMP and choline chloride. Within 1 h, 49 mM CDP-choline was produced, for a molar yield of 89...
October 13, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ayako Moriya, Masaaki Yamamoto, Shunsuke Kobayashi, Tomoko Nagamine, Naomi Takeichi-Hattori, Mototsugu Nagao, Taro Harada, Kyoko Tanimura-Inagaki, Shiro Onozawa, Satoru Murata, Hideki Tamura, Izumi Fukuda, Shinichi Oikawa, Hitoshi Sugihara
The diagnostic steps for primary aldosteronism (PA) include case screening tests, confirmatory tests, and localization. The aim of this study was to identify useful confirmatory tests and their cut-off values for differentiating the subtype of primary aldosteronism, especially in unilateral PA, such as aldosterone-producing adenoma, and bilateral PA, such as idiopathic hyperaldosteronism. Seventy-six patients who underwent all four confirmatory tests, the captopril-challenge test (CCT), furosemide upright test (FUT), saline infusion test (SIT), and ACTH stimulation test (AST), and who were confirmed to have an aldosterone excess by adrenal venous sampling (AVS) were recruited...
October 1, 2016: Endocrine Journal
Tanya Rehman, Tim Battcock, David Black
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October 2016: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Remzi Karadag, Murat Unluzeybek, Ozgur Cakici, Ayse Yagmur Kanra, Huseyin Bayramlar
AIM: The aim of the study is to compare the measurements of central corneal thickness (CCT) performed by two examiners with four different methods at different times inter- and intra-individually. METHODS: Thirty healthy people were included in the study. In these measurements, an optical low-coherence reflectometry (OLCR), an optic coherence tomography (OCT), a specular microscopy (SM), and a corneal topography (CT) were used. Two examiners performed the measurements in a consecutive manner...
October 8, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Tim Hilgenfeld, Marcel Prager, Franz Sebastian Schwindling, Alexander Heil, Stefan Kuchenbecker, Peter Rammelsberg, Martin Bendszus, Sabine Heiland
PURPOSE: MRI allows radiation-free imaging of the head and neck area. However, implant-supported prostheses may severely impair image quality due to artefacts. Therefore, identification of preferable material compositions for implants and supported prostheses with little impact on MR image quality is mandatory. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Overall, one zirconia and four titanium dental implants were provided with different single crown materials: porcelain-fused-to-metal precious alloy (GP-T), porcelain-fused-to-metal non-precious alloy (CCT-T), porcelain-fused-to-zirconia (ZC-T) and monolithic zirconia (Z-T, Z-Z)...
2016: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Chao Wang, Panlai Li, Zhijun Wang, Yuansheng Sun, Jinge Cheng, Zhenling Li, Miaomiao Tian, Zhiping Yang
A series of Ca9-x-yCe(PO4)7:xEu(2+),yMn(2+) phosphors were synthesized by a high-temperature solid-state reaction method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD and EDX measurements, which showed that Eu(2+) and Mn(2+) could be efficiently doped into the host. Ce(3+) acts concurrently as activator and sensitizer in Ca9Ce(PO4)7, and the energy transfer mechanisms between Ce(3+)/Eu(2+) and Ce(3+)/Mn(2+) in Ca9Ce(PO4)7 were validated and proven to be a resonant type via dipole-quadrupole and dipole-dipole interactions, respectively...
October 6, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Teobald Kupka, Michal Stachów, Leszek Stobiński, Jakub Kaminský
Structural and selected Raman features of pristine single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCTNs) with diameters from 0.4 to 1.2 nm and total lengths up to 2.15 nm were studied using the density functional theory (DFT) at the UB3LYP/6-31G* level. Models of different lengths (1, 4, 6 and 10 adjacent bamboo-units) of zigzag (n, 0) SWCNTs, for n ranging from 5 to 15, were studied. Highly systematic changes of individual CC bond lengths and angles along the nanotube axis were observed and described for the longest models...
September 14, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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