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Afroditi Despina Lalou, Marek Czosnyka, Joseph Donnelly, John D Pickard, FMedSci, Eva Nabbanja, Nicole C Keong, Matthew Garnett, Zofia H Czosnyka
OBJECTIVE Normal pressure hydrocephalus is not simply the result of a disturbance in CSF circulation, but often includes cardiovascular comorbidity and abnormalities within the cerebral mantle. In this study, the authors have examined the relationship between the global autoregulation pressure reactivity index (PRx), the profile of disturbed CSF circulation and pressure-volume compensation, and their possible effects on outcome after surgery. METHODS The authors studied a cohort of 131 patients in whom a clinical suspicion of normal pressure hydrocephalus was investigated...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Gloria Huerta-Ángeles, Kateřina Knotková, Petr Knotek, Ondrej Židek, Martina Brandejsová, Marek Pokorný, Hana Vagnerová, Ipsita Roy, Vladimir Velebný
In this work, a hybrid copolymer consisting of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted to hyaluronic acid (HA) was synthesised and characterised. Once formed, the P(3HB)-g-HA copolymer was soluble in water allowing a green electrospinning process. The diameters of nanofibres can be tailored by simply varying the Mw of polymer. The optimization of the process allowed to produce fibres of average diameter in the range of 100-150 nm and low polydispersity. The hydrophobic modification has not only increased the fibre diameter, but also the obtained layers were homogenous...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Olga Gutkowska, Jacek Martynkiewicz, Marek Stępniewski, Jerzy Gosk
Brachial plexus injuries (BPIs) caused by shoulder dislocation usually have a transient character and tend to resolve spontaneously. However, in some patients the symptoms can persist and require operative intervention. This work aims to determine the risk factors for persistent BPIs resulting from shoulder dislocation. The study comprised 73 patients (58 men, 15 women; mean age: 50 years) treated operatively between the years 2000 and 2016 for persistent BPIs resulting from shoulder dislocation. Patient age, gender, type of initial trauma, number of affected nerves, presence of accompanying injuries, and time interval from dislocation to its reduction were analysed...
2018: BioMed Research International
Nadia Sawicka-Gutaj, Mirosław Andrusiewicz, Agata Czarnywojtek, Joanna Waligórska-Stachura, Maciej Biczysko, Jerzy Skrobisz, Jerzy Sowiński, Marek Ruchała
Purpose: Our aim was to analyze NAMPT expression in thyroid tissue derived from patients with Graves' disease with (GD) and without (GO) orbitopathy, patients with toxic nodular goiters (TNG) and thyroid cancers (TC), and healthy controls. Methods: 153 thyroid tissue samples of consecutive patients who underwent thyroidectomy were collected. Previous therapy with steroids was an exclusion criterion. We collected clinicopathological data of all subjects and we assessed NAMPT expression using qPCR...
2018: BioMed Research International
Ramūnas Aleksiejūnas, Žydrūnas Podlipskas, Saulius Nargelas, Arūnas Kadys, Marek Kolenda, Kazimieras Nomeika, Jūras Mickevičius, Gintautas Tamulaitis
Indium nitride has a good potential for infrared optoelectronics, yet it suffers from fast nonradiative recombination, the true origin of which has not been established with certainty. The diffusion length of free carriers at high densities is not well investigated either. Here, we study carrier recombination and diffusion using the light-induced transient grating technique in InN epilayers grown by pulsed MOCVD on c-plane sapphire. We show that direct Auger recombination governs the lifetime of carriers at densities above ~1018  cm-3 ...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marek Michalak, Paul W Armstrong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Marek Malik, A John Camm, Heikki Huikuri, Federico Lombardi, Georg Schmidt, Peter J Schwartz, Markus Zabel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Beata Bajorowicz, Marek P Kobylański, Anna Gołąbiewska, Joanna Nadolna, Adriana Zaleska-Medynska, Anna Malankowska
Quantum dot (QD)-decorated semiconductor micro- and nanoparticles are a new class of functional nanomaterials that have attracted considerable interest for their unique structural, optical and electronic properties that result from the large surface-to-volume ratio and the quantum confinement effect. In addition, because of QDs' excellent light-harvesting capacity, unique photoinduced electron transfer, and up-conversion behaviour, semiconductor nanoparticles decorated with quantum dots have been used widely in photocatalytic applications for the degradation of organic pollutants in both the gas and aqueous phases...
February 20, 2018: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
Ines Marek, Robert Becker, Fabian B Fahlbusch, Carlos Menendez-Castro, Wolfgang Rascher, Christoph Daniel, Gudrun Volkert, Andrea Hartner
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Healing of mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis involves degradation of excess extracellular matrix, resolution of hypercellularity by apoptosis and phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. Integrin receptors participate in the regulation of phagocytosis. In mice deficient for alpha8 integrin (Itga8-/-) healing of glomerulonephritis is delayed. As Itga8 is abundant in mesangial cells (MC) which are non-professional phagocytes, we hypothesized that Itga8 facilitates phagocytosis of apoptotic cells and matrix components by MC...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Irena Branyikova, Monika Filipenska, Katerina Urbanova, Marek C Ruzicka, Martin Pivokonsky, Tomas Branyik
Alkaline flocculation has been studied due to its potential as a low-cost harvesting method for microalgae. However, surface properties (zeta potential, contact angles) as inputs into physicochemical interaction models have not yet been applied systematically. In this work, forced alkaline flocculation of the freshwater microalgae Chlorella vulgaris induced by calcium phosphate precipitates was studied as a model system. Response surface methodology was used to quantify the effect of independent variables (concentration of Ca2+ (0...
March 6, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Dariusz Dziga, Anna Maksylewicz, Magdalena Maroszek, Sylwia Marek
Under some conditions the growth of toxic cyanobacteria must be controlled by treatment with algicidal compounds. Hydrogen peroxide has been proposed as an efficient and relatively safe chemical which can remove cyanobacteria from the environment selectively, without affecting other microorganisms. However, the uncontrolled release of secondary metabolites, including toxins may occur after such a treatment. Our proposal presented in this paper concerns fast biodegradation of microcystin released after cell lysis induced by hydrogen peroxide...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Krzysztof B Beć, Yusuke Morisawa, Kenta Kobashi, Justyna Grabska, Ichiro Tanabe, Erika Tanimura, Harumi Sato, Marek J Wójcik, Yukihiro Ozaki
We investigated the surface (<50 nm) of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and its nanocomposite with graphene by attenuated total reflection far- and deep-ultraviolet (ATR-FUV-DUV; 145-300 nm; 8.55-4.13 eV) spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations. The major absorption of polymers occurs in FUV and is related to Rydberg transitions. ATR-FUV-DUV spectroscopy allows for direct measurements of these transitions in the solid phase. Using ATR-FUV-DUV spectroscopy, periodic density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT), we explained the origins of the FUV-DUV absorption of PHB and provided insights into structural changes of PHB which occur upon formation of a graphene nanocomposite and upon heating of the pure polymer...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Giulio Calcagni, Giuseppe Limongelli, Angelo D'Ambrosio, Francesco Gesualdo, Maria Cristina Digilio, Anwar Baban, Sonia B Albanese, Paolo Versacci, Enrica De Luca, Giovanni B Ferrero, Giuseppina Baldassarre, Gabriella Agnoletti, Elena Banaudi, Jan Marek, Juan P Kaski, Giulia Tuo, Maria Giovanna Russo, Giuseppe Pacileo, Ornella Milanesi, Daniela Messina, Maurizio Marasini, Francesca Cairello, Roberto Formigari, Maurizio Brighenti, Bruno Dallapiccola, Marco Tartaglia, Bruno Marino
A comprehensive description of morbidity and mortality in patients affected by mutations in genes encoding for signal transducers of the RAS-MAPK cascade (RASopathies) was performed in our study recently published in the International Journal of Cardiology. Seven European cardiac centres participating to the CArdiac Rasopathy NETwork (CARNET), collaborated in this multicentric, observational, retrospective data analysis and collection. In this study, clinical records of 371 patients with confirmed molecular diagnosis of RASopathy were reviewed...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Jonathan C Ryan, Alun Hubbard, Marek Stibal, Tristram D Irvine-Fynn, Joseph Cook, Laurence C Smith, Karen Cameron, Jason Box
Albedo-a primary control on surface melt-varies considerably across the Greenland Ice Sheet yet the specific surface types that comprise its dark zone remain unquantified. Here we use UAV imagery to attribute seven distinct surface types to observed albedo along a 25 km transect dissecting the western, ablating sector of the ice sheet. Our results demonstrate that distributed surface impurities-an admixture of dust, black carbon and pigmented algae-explain 73% of the observed spatial variability in albedo and are responsible for the dark zone itself...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Joao Incio, Jennifer A Ligibel, Daniel T McManus, Priya Suboj, Keehoon Jung, Kosuke Kawaguchi, Matthias Pinter, Suboj Babykutty, Shan M Chin, Trupti D Vardam, Yuhui Huang, Nuh N Rahbari, Sylvie Roberge, Dannie Wang, Igor L Gomes-Santos, Stefan B Puchner, Christopher L Schlett, Udo Hoffmman, Marek Ancukiewicz, Sara M Tolaney, Ian E Krop, Dan G Duda, Yves Boucher, Dai Fukumura, Rakesh K Jain
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy has failed to improve survival in patients with breast cancer (BC). Potential mechanisms of resistance to anti-VEGF therapy include the up-regulation of alternative angiogenic and proinflammatory factors. Obesity is associated with hypoxic adipose tissues, including those in the breast, resulting in increased production of some of the aforementioned factors. Hence, we hypothesized that obesity could contribute to anti-VEGF therapy's lack of efficacy. We found that BC patients with obesity harbored increased systemic concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and/or fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2), and their tumor vasculature was less sensitive to anti-VEGF treatment...
March 14, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Pascal Desgranges, Hicham Kobeiter, Frederic Cochennec, Vania Tacher, Joseph Touma, Marek Majewski, Jean Marzelle, Éric Allaire, Jean-Pierre Becquemin
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), also called "silent killer" as they grow without symptoms until the final rupture, are the 3rd cause of cardiovascular deaths, after myocardial infarction and stroke. Surgery is the only efficient way of preventing aortic rupture. The initial technique, described by Charles Dubost in 1952 has evolved and results and provides fair long-term results: open repair (OR) is performed under general anesthesia, via a transperitoneal or a retroperitoneal approach. Laparoscopic repair aims to reduce the consequences of surgery, but its role is still debated due to limited experience and to variable results...
March 11, 2018: La Presse Médicale
Jeffrey Bruffaerts, Alexandre Vasseur, Sukhdev Singh, Ahmad Masarwa, Dorian Didier, Liron Oskar, Lionel Perrin, Odile Eisenstein, Ilan Marek
Several approaches using organozirconocene species for the remote cleavage of strained three-membered ring carbocycles are de-scribed. omega-Ene polysubstituted cyclopropanes, alkylidenecyclopropanes, omega-ene spiro[2.2]pentanes and omega-ene cyclopropyl methyl ethers were successfully transformed into stereodefined organometallic intermediates allowing an easy access to highly stereoen-riched acyclic scaffolds in good yields and in most cases excellent selectivities. DFT calculations and isotopic labeling experi-ments were performed to delineate the origin of the obtained chemo- and stereoselectivities, demonstrating the importance of microreversibility...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Agata Leońska-Duniec, Zbigniew Jastrzębski, Aleksandra Jażdżewska, Waldemar Moska, Ewelina Lulińska-Kuklik, Marek Sawczuk, Svetlana I Gubaydullina, Alsu T Shakirova, Pawel Cięszczyk, Adam Maszczyk, Ildus I Ahmetov
The effectiveness of physical exercise on fat loss and improvement of aerobic capacity varies considerably between individuals. A strong linkage exists between common allelic variants of the adrenergic receptor genes and weight gain, as well as changes in body composition. Therefore we aimed to check if body composition and metabolic variables were modulated by the ADRB2 (Gly16Arg and Glu27Gln), ADRB3 (Trp64Arg) and ADRA2A (rs553668 G/A) gene polymorphisms in 163 Polish sedentary women (age 19-24; body mass index (BMI) 21...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Marek Basler, Feng Shao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Tomasz Zbigniew Osmałek, Anna Froelich, Barbara Jadach, Marek Krakowski
Purpose Most of the studies concerning gellan have been focused on its application as a food ingredient, however, gellan is often considered as a candidate for the development of novel pharmaceutical formulations. Taking into account that gellan is ion-sensitive, it can be assumed that its initial mechanical properties can change upon contact with body secretions. Therefore, the aim of the work was to investigate the rheological properties of pure high-acyl gellan gum hydrogel (0.4%) and its mixtures with selected simulated body fluids...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
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