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Arash Momeni, Suhail K Kanchwala
BACKGROUND: Autologous breast reconstruction is associated with long-term patient satisfaction that is superior to implant-based approaches. Occasionally, however, patients who desire autologous reconstruction present with inadequate donor-site volume. A hybrid approach, combining free flap reconstruction with simultaneous implant placement, is a solution. We present our experience with the use of mesh for improved pocket control using this reconstructive modality. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database of patients undergoing autologous breast reconstruction was performed...
October 22, 2016: Microsurgery
Filip B J L Stillaert, Casper Sommeling, Salvatore D'Arpa, David Creytens, Koenraad Van Landuyt, Herman Depypere, Rudy Van den Broecke, Stan Monstrey, Phillip N Blondeel, Wayne A Morrison
BACKGROUND: Breast reconstruction involves the use of autologous tissues or implants. Occasionally, microsurgical reconstruction is not an option because of insufficient donor tissues. Fat grafting has become increasingly popular in breast surgery. The challenge with this technique is how to reconstruct a stable and living "scaffold" that resembles a breast. METHODS: Breast reconstruction (n = 7) was performed using intratissular expansion with serial deflation-lipofilling sessions...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Weidan Na, Qing Liu, Bowen Sui, Tianyu Hu, Xingguang Su
A novel and effective fluorescence strategy was developed for sensitive and selective detection of acid phosphatase (ACP). A förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor was established by attaching nile red (NR) to graphene quantum dots (GQDs) via lecithin/β-Cyclodextrin (lecithin/β-CD) complex as the linker. The introduction of lecithin/β-CD would brought GQDs-NR pair close enough through both electrostatic interaction and hydrophobic interaction, thereby making the FRET occur and thus resulting in the fluorescence quenching of GQDs (donor) and meanwhile the fluorescence enhancement of NR (acceptor)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Pavel Kubáň, Knut Fredrik Seip, Astrid Gjelstad, Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard
This work investigated selective micro-electromembrane extractions (μ-EMEs) of the colored indicators metanil yellow and congo red (visual proof-of-principle) and the small drug substances nortriptyline, papaverine, mianserin, and citalopram (model analytes) based on their acid-base strength. With two free liquid membranes (FLMs), the target analytes were extracted from aqueous donor solution, across FLM 1 (1-pentanol, 1-ethyl-2-nitrobenzene (ENB) or 4-nitrocumene (4-NC)), into aqueous acceptor solution 1, further across FLM 2 (1-pentanol, ENB or 4-NC), and finally into aqueous acceptor solution 2...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Margarida Ferreira-Teixeira, Daniela Paiva-Oliveira, Belmiro Parada, Vera Alves, Vitor Sousa, Obinna Chijioke, Christian Münz, Flávio Reis, Paulo Rodrigues-Santos, Célia Gomes
BACKGROUND: High-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) has a high risk of recurrence and progression to muscle-invasive forms, which seems to be largely related to the presence of tumorigenic stem-like cell populations that are refractory to conventional therapies. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Natural Killer (NK) cell-based adoptive immunotherapy against chemoresistant bladder cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) in a pre-clinical relevant model, using NK cells from healthy donors and NMIBC patients...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
Allegra T Aron, Morten O Loehr, Jana Bogena, Christopher J Chang
Iron is essential for sustaining life, as its ability to cycle between multiple oxidation states is critical for catalyzing chemical transformations in biological systems. However, without proper regulation, this same redox capacity can trigger oxidative stress events that contribute to aging along with diseases ranging from cancer to cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. Despite its importance, methods for monitoring biological iron bound weakly to cellular ligands-the labile iron pool-to generate a response that preserves spatial and temporal information remain limited, owing to the potent fluorescence quenching ability of iron...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hao Zhu, Jiangli Fan, Huiying Mu, Tao Zhu, Zhen Zhang, Jianjun Du, Xiaojun Peng
Polarity-sensitive fluorescent probes are powerful chemical tools for studying biomolecular structures and activities both in vitro and in vivo. However, the lack of "off-on" polarity-sensing probes has limited the accurate monitoring of biological processes that involve an increase in local hydrophilicity. Here, we design and synthesize a series of "off-on" polarity-sensitive fluorescent probes BP series consisting of the difluoroboron dippyomethene (BODIPY) fluorophore connected to a quaternary ammonium moiety via different carbon linkers...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Juan L Reig-Valiente, Juan Viruel, Ester Sales, Luis Marqués, Javier Terol, Marta Gut, Sophia Derdak, Manuel Talón, Concha Domingo
BACKGROUND: After its domestication, rice cultivation expanded from tropical regions towards northern latitudes with temperate climate in a progressive process to overcome limiting photoperiod and temperature conditions. This process has originated a wide range of diversity that can be regarded as a valuable resource for crop improvement. In general, current rice breeding programs have to deal with a lack of both germplasm accessions specifically adapted to local agro-environmental conditions and adapted donors carrying desired agronomical traits...
December 2016: Rice
Kran Suknuntha, Thanyatip Thita, Padma Priya Togarrati, Piyanee Ratanachamnong, Patompon Wongtrakoongate, Sirada Srihirun, Igor Slukvin, Suradej Hongeng
Wnt signaling pathway plays a major role in leukemogenesis of myeloid leukemia. Aberrancy in its regulation results in hyperactivity of the pathway contributing to leukemia propagation and maintenance. To investigate effects of Wnt pathway inhibition in leukemia, we used human leukemia cell lines (i.e., K562, HL60, THP1, and Jurkat) and several Wnt inhibitors, including XAV939, IWP2 and FH535. Our results showed that leukemia cell lines (>95 % cells) had increased endogenous levels of β-catenin as compared to mononuclear cells from healthy donors (0 %)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Carla Novais, Ana P Tedim, Val F Lanza, Ana R Freitas, Eduarda Silveira, Ricardo Escada, Adam P Roberts, Mohammed Al-Haroni, Fernando Baquero, Luísa Peixe, Teresa M Coque
Ampicillin resistance has greatly contributed to the recent dramatic increase of a cluster of human adapted Enterococcus faecium lineages (ST17, ST18, and ST78) in hospital-based infections. Changes in the chromosomal pbp5 gene have been associated with different levels of ampicillin susceptibility, leading to protein variants (designated as PBP5 C-types to keep the nomenclature used in previous works) with diverse degrees of reduction in penicillin affinity. Our goal was to use a comparative genomics approach to evaluate the relationship between the diversity of PBP5 among E...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
J Trent Magruder, Joshua C Grimm, Todd C Crawford, Ryan J Tedford, Stuart D Russell, Christopher M Sciortino, Glenn J R Whitman, Ashish S Shah
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to determine whether the choice of a HeartWare HVAD as opposed to a Heartmate II left ventricular assist device (HMII LVAD), impacts survival after heart transplantation after controlling for patient, donor, and center characteristics. METHODS: We queried the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database, which has recently made pretransplantation device duration available, for all adult patients undergoing bridge to transplantation (BTT) between January 2011 and March 2016...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Hans Pottel, Liesbeth Hoste, Eric Yayo, Pierre Delanaye
BACKGROUND: Normal kidney function or, more specifically, normal glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in men and women and its decline with age is still much debated today. The Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation has gender (and race) multiplication factors, accounts for a decline that starts at very young age and assumes that the mean GFR is as high as 120-130 ml/min/1.73 m2 from a young age. The full age spectrum (FAS) estimated mean GFR is about 107 ml/min/1...
October 21, 2016: Nephron
Qiang Xu, Yang Shi, Ting Yu, Xuewen Xu, Yali Yan, Xiaohua Qi, Xuehao Chen
Cucumber is an economically important vegetable crop worldwide. Powdery mildew (PM) is one of the most severe diseases that can affect cucumber crops. There have been several research efforts to isolate PM resistance genes for breeding PM-resistant cucumber. In the present study, we used a chromosome segment substitution line, SSL508-28, which carried PM resistance genes from the donor parent, JIN5-508, through twelve generations of backcrossing with a PM-susceptible inbred line, D8. We performed whole-genome resequencing of SSL508-28 and D8 to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and insertions and deletions (indels)...
2016: PloS One
Lakshmi Ganapathi, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Camille Kotton, Deepali Kumar, Shirish Huprikar, Marian G Michaels, Janet A Englund
BACKGROUND: Pediatric transplant infectious diseases (PTID) is emerging as an area of expertise within pediatric infectious diseases. Although guidelines for training in PTID have been published, no prior national survey has been conducted to identify trainee-described needs for instruction in PTID. METHODS: A survey was designed through collaboration between the American Society of Transplantation and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, to assess trainee exposure, self-knowledge, and self-competency in PTID...
October 19, 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
S S Zou, S Yang, Q Xiao, C Sun, K M Lu, W B Shi, Y Liu, J Qiu, Y Z Du, X F Chen
Objective: To study and analyze the transcript and expression pattern of SOX5 in human semen, thus to provide evidence for exploring the role of transcription factor SOX5 in the process of spermatogenesis in testis. Methods: A total of 61 semen samples and 3 blood samples (as controls) collected from healthy volunteer donors at Shanghai Human Sperm Bank in September 2015 were randomly selected. Expression of SOX5 in the semen samples was detected and quantified using agarose gel electrophoresis and real time-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) analysis...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Yen-Sook Jung, Jun-Seok Yeo, Nam-Koo Kim, Sehyun Lee, Dong-Yu Kim
We report the effect of binary additives on the fabrication of polymer solar cells (PSCs) based on a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) system. The combination of 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO), a high-boiling and selective solvent, for fullerene derivatives and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) precursor, a nonvolatile insulating additive, affords complementary functions on the effective modulation of BHJ morphology. It was found that DIO and PDMS precursor each play different roles on the control of BHJ morphology, and thus, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) can be further enhanced to 7...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Luis Schiper, Bluma Linkowski Faintuch, Roberto José da Silva Badaró, Erica Aparecida de Oliveira, Victor E Arana Chavez, Elisangela Chinen, Joel Faintuch
OBJECTIVES: Conventional imaging methods are excellent for the morphological characterization of the consequences of osteonecrosis; however, only specialized techniques have been considered useful for obtaining functional information. To explore the affinity of radiotracers for severely devascularized bone, a new mouse model of isolated femur implanted in a subcutaneous abdominal pocket was devised. To maintain animal mobility and longevity, the femur was harvested from syngeneic donors...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Henry Zakumumpa, Sara Bennett, Freddie Ssengooba
BACKGROUND: Uganda implemented a national ART scale-up program at public and private health facilities between 2004 and 2009. Little is known about how and why some health facilities have sustained ART programs and why others have not sustained these interventions. The objective of the study was to identify facilitators and barriers to the long-term sustainability of ART programs at six health facilities in Uganda which received donor support to commence ART between 2004 and 2009. METHODS: A case-study approach was adopted...
October 18, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Fernando Rotellar, Fernando Pardo, Alberto Benito, Gabriel Zozaya, Pablo Martí-Cruchaga, Francisco Hidalgo, Luis Lopez, Mercedes Iñarrairaegui, Bruno Sangro, Ignacio Herrero
BACKGROUND: The pure laparoscopic approach in right hepatectomy (LRH) for living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is a controversial issue. Some authors have reported the procedure to be feasible but surgical outcomes and impact on short and long-term morbidity rates are yet to be determined. The aim of this study is to present the results of a preliminary 5 consecutive cases series of LRH for LDLT and to compare it with a successive cohort of open right hepatectomies (ORH) for LDLT...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
Emanuele Nicastro, Sara Giovannozzi, Paola Stroppa, Anna Paola Callegaro, Alessandra Tebaldi, Claudio Farina, Michele Colledan, Lorenzo DʼAntiga
BACKGROUND: Most pediatric liver transplantation (LT) centers administer long courses of prophylaxis against Cytomegalovirus (CMV) without evidence of benefit and with significant drug exposure and costs. We aimed at evaluating overall outcomes, direct and putative indirect effects of CMV, possible impact of viremia and risk factors for CMV infection in pediatric LT recipients managed with ganciclovir-based preemptive therapy (PET). METHODS: The records of all the children who underwent LT between 2008 and 2014 were retrospectively analyzed...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
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