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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108144/postmortem-in-vitro-ethanol-production-it-could-be-more-common-than-we-think
#1
Maria José Quintas, Pedro Costa, Paula Melo, André Castro, João Miguel Franco, Helena M Teixeira
The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the most frequent determination in a Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. Despite its apparent simplicity, the results interpretation can be complex and always have relevant social and legal implications, particularly in postmortem analysis. In the present report we describe the case of a 55-year-old male with an apparent natural death by myocardial infarction, whose initial BAC was 0.18g/L but, in repeated determinations prompted by discrepancies observed in the first two, it rapidly increased to 0...
January 5, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107458/neuropilin-1-involvement-in-choroidal-and-retinal-neovascularisation
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Patricia Fernández-Robredo, Senthil Selvam, Michael B Powner, Dawn A Sim, Marcus Fruttiger
PURPOSE: Inhibiting VEGF is the gold standard treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also effective in preventing retinal oedema and neovascularisation (NV) in diabetic retinopathy (DR) and retinal vein occlusions (RVO). Neuropilin 1 (Nrp1) is a co-receptor for VEGF and many other growth factors, and therefore a possible alternative drug target in intra ocular neovascular disease. Here we assessed choroidal and retinal NV in an inducible, endothelial specific knock out model for Nrp1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107073/choroidal-vasculopathy-and-retinal-detachment-in-a-bald-eagle-haliaeetus-leucocephalus-with-lead-toxicosis
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Ramzi Eid, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Krista A Keller, K Tomo Wiggans, Christopher J Murphy, Elise E B LaDouceur, M Kevin Keel, Christopher M Reilly
A subadult male bald eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) was presented for severe depression and weakness. Physical examination findings included depressed mentation, dehydration, sternal recumbency, poor body condition, and bilateral, whole-head, horizontal nystagmus. A heavy-metal panel was performed, and blood lead levels were 6.1 ppm. Treatment for lead poisoning was initiated, including subcutaneous fluids and parenteral calcium-disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, ceftiofur, and meloxicam. Ophthalmic examination findings included absent menace response, absent dazzle reflex, slow and incomplete direct pupillary light reflex, mild anterior uveitis, incipient cataracts, multifocal retinal tears, and retinal separation in both eyes...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107070/tracheal-collapse-in-a-pekin-duck-anas-platyrhynchos-domestica
#4
Eugénie Henry-Guyot, Isabelle Langlois, Isabelle Lanthier, Dipl Acvp
A 5-year-old, 3.72-kg female Pekin duck ( Anas platyrhynchos domestica) was presented for acute respiratory distress, head shaking, and collapse. Similar spontaneously resolving episodes had previously occurred. Physical examination revealed severe inspiratory and expiratory dyspnea. Due to poor prognosis, euthanasia was elected. Postmortem examination revealed severe tracheal collapse involving the proximal trachea. The tracheal lumen was reduced in size by 75%. Histologic evaluation revealed ossification of the tracheal rings for approximately 60%-100% of their circumference...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106890/assessment-of-a-new-hydrophilic-acrylic-supplementary-iol-for-sulcus-fixation-in-pseudophakic-cadaver-eyes
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N Reiter, L Werner, J Guan, J Li, K T Tsaousis, N Mamalis, S Srinivasan
PurposeManagement of refractive errors after cataract surgery includes spectacles or contact lens, secondary laser vision correction, intraocular lens (IOL) exchange, or piggyback lens implantation. We evaluated for the first time a single-piece hydrophilic acrylic IOL designed for supplementary sulcus fixation in postmortem pseudophakic human eyes.MethodsPseudophakic human cadaver eyes were imaged by anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) to assess position of the primary IOL. Eyes were prepared as per the Miyake-Apple technique...
January 20, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106557/blunted-respiratory-responses-in%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-streptozotocin-induced-alzheimer-s-disease-rat-model
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Dalton L Ebel, Christopher G Torkilsen, Tim D Ostrowski
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is known for the progressive decline of cognition and memory. In addition to these disease-defining symptoms, impairment of respiratory function is frequently observed and often expressed by sleep-disordered breathing or reduced ability to adjust respiration when oxygen demand is elevated. The mechanisms for this are widely unknown. Postmortem analysis from the brainstem of AD patients reveals pathological alterations, including in nuclei responsible for respiratory control. In this study, we analyzed respiratory responses and morphological changes in brainstem nuclei following intracerebroventricular (ICV) injections of streptozotocin (STZ), a rat model commonly used to mimic sporadic AD...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105644/site-technique-and-time-related-aspects-of-the-postmortem-redistribution-of-diazepam-methadone-morphine-and-their-metabolites-interest-of-popliteal-vein-blood-sampling
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Eric Lemaire, Carl Schmidt, Nathalie Dubois, Raphael Denooz, Corinne Charlier, Philippe Boxho
Sampling site, technique, and time influence postmortem drug concentrations. In 57 cases, we studied drug concentration differences as follows: subclavian vein-dissection/clamping versus blind stick, femoral vein-dissection/clamping versus blind stick, right cardiac chamber, and popliteal vein-dissection and clamping only. Cases were distributed in group #1 (all cases with both techniques), group #2 (dissection/clamping), and group #3 (blind stick). Sampled drugs were diazepam, methadone, morphine, and their metabolites...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105632/the-micro-taphonomy-of-cold-differential-microcracking-in-response-to-experimental-cold-stresses
#8
Chantal Turpin
Cold is a central feature of environments at higher latitudes and elevations. Thus, cold-induced taphonomic changes are relevant in many forensic contexts. Fifty-two lamb bone segments were used to assess the impact of cold, freeze-thaw cycles, freeze-drying, and water immersion on microstructural cracking of bone in a series of controlled exposure experiments. For each bone segment, three thin sections were examined under a light microscope. Cold exposure caused taphonomic changes in the form of microscopic cracking...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103301/differences-in-beef-quality-between-angus-bos-taurus-taurus-and-nellore-bos-taurus-indicus-cattle-through-a-proteomic-and-phosphoproteomic-approach
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Rafael Torres de Souza Rodrigues, Mario Luiz Chizzotti, Camilo Elber Vital, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira, Edvaldo Barros, Karina Costa Busato, Rafael Aparecido Gomes, Márcio Machado Ladeira, Taiane da Silva Martins
Proteins are the major constituents of muscle and are key molecules regulating the metabolic changes during conversion of muscle to meat. Brazil is one of the largest exporters of beef and most Brazilian cattle are composed by zebu (Nellore) genotype. Bos indicus beef is generally leaner and tougher than Bos taurus such as Angus. The aim of this study was to compare the muscle proteomic and phosphoproteomic profile of Angus and Nellore. Seven animals of each breed previously subjected the same growth management were confined for 84 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103265/rabbit-model-of-human-gliomas-implications-for-intra-arterial-drug-delivery
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Huamin Qin, Miroslaw Janowski, Monica S Pearl, Izabela Malysz-Cymborska, Shen Li, Charles G Eberhart, Piotr Walczak
The prognosis for malignant brain tumors remains poor despite a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. This is partly due to the blood-brain barrier, a major obstacle that prevents therapeutic agents from effectively reaching the tumor. We have recently developed a method for precise and predictable opening of the blood-brain barrier via the intra-arterial administration of mannitol, a hyperosmolar agent, in a rabbit model, whose vascular anatomy facilitates the use of standard interventional neuroradiology techniques and devices...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099446/reconstruction-of-the-cortical-maps-of-the-tasmanian-tiger-and-comparison-to-the-tasmanian-devil
#11
Gregory S Berns, Ken W S Ashwell
The last known Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus)-aka the thylacine-died in 1936. Because its natural behavior was never scientifically documented, we are left to infer aspects of its behavior from museum specimens and historical recollections of bushmen. Recent advances in brain imaging have made it possible to scan postmortem specimens of a wide range of animals, even more than a decade old. Any thylacine brain, however, would be more than 100 years old. Here, we show that it is possible to reconstruct white matter tracts in two thylacine brains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097647/microbiota-composition-and-pulmonary-surfactant-protein-expression-as-markers-of-death-by-drowning
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So-Yeon Lee, Seung-Kyun Woo, So-Min Lee, Eun-Ju Ha, Kyoung-Hee Lim, Kyung-Hwa Choi, Young-Hee Roh, Yong-Bin Eom
Pathological diagnosis of drowning remains a challenge for forensic science, because of a lack of pathognomonic findings. We analyzed microbiota and surfactant protein in the lungs for a novel diagnosis of drowning. All rats were divided into drowning, postmortem submersion, and control groups. The water, lungs, closed organs (kidney and liver), and cardiac blood in rats were assayed by targeting 16S ribosomal RNA of Miseq sequencing. Lung samples were analyzed by immunohistochemical staining for surfactant protein A...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097188/the-migration-of-air-into-the-aorta-from-a-pneumothorax-in-a-patient-with-a-penetrating-injury-of-the-aorta
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Youichi Yanagawa, Akihiko Kondo, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Kei Jitsuiki, Takahito Miyake, Hiromichi Ohsaka, Manabu Sugita
A tree fell on the back of a 77-year-old male. A postmortem computed tomographic pan scan revealed systemic air embolism, multiple rib fractures with a penetrating injury to the aorta, pneumohemothorax, and air in the aorta. A massive amount of air entered the site of a penetrating injury of the aorta. This unique case adds one more cause to the list of documented etiologies of air in the aorta.
June 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096302/postmortem-and-toxicological-findings-in-a-series-of-furanylfentanyl-related-deaths
#14
Davide Guerrieri, Emma Rapp, Markus Roman, Henrik Druid, Robert Kronstrand
Over the course of 4 months in 2015 and 2016, a cluster of seven fatal intoxications involving the opioid-analogue furanylfentanyl occurred in Sweden; toxicological analysis showed presence of furanylfentanyl either as the only drug or in combination with other illicit substances. Previous publications have only reported non-lethal furanylfentanyl intoxications. In the cases presented here, furanylfentanyl intoxication-alone or in combination with other drugs-was determined to be the cause of death by the responsible pathologist...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091425/a-10-years-autopsy-based-study-of-maternal-mortality-in-lagos-state-university-teaching-hospital-lagos-nigeria
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F A Faduyile, S S Soyemi, F E Emiogun, J O Obafunwa
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and the site of the pregnancy. Nigeria is among the six countries that record over 50% of all maternal deaths in the world. There are few papers on autopsy based causes of maternal mortality. This paper is to present the causes of maternal mortality that had postmortem done in our center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a 10-year retrospective study of all maternal deaths seen in our center from January 01, 2005 to December 31, 2014...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090804/choline-acetyltransferase-may-contribute-to-the-risk-of-tourette-syndrome-combination-of-family-based-analysis-and-case-control-study
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Xiuling Yang, Wenmiao Liu, Mingji Yi, Ru Zhang, Yinglei Xu, Zuzhou Huang, Shiguo Liu, Tang Li
OBJECTIVES: Twin and family analyses have revealed a genetic contribution to Tourette syndrome and postmortem studies have raised the intriguing possibility of a reduction in cholinergic interneuronsin TS patients. METHODS: We selected five tag SNPs (rs100824791, rs12264845, rs1880676, rs3793790 and rs3793798) of Choline Acetyltransferase (CHAT) from the Han Chinese population Hapmap database. Genotyping was conducted on 401 TS nuclear family trios and 405 control subjects...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090645/neonatal-limb-amputation-an-unusual-form-of-postmortem-canine-predation
#17
Kimberley J Omond, Calle Winskog, Allan Cala, Roger W Byard
Cases of postmortem canine predation often involve elderly recluses and their dogs. The face, head, and genitalia are targeted. Two unusual cases of postmortem canine predation of abandoned newborns are described to demonstrate an unusual alternative pattern of mutilation related to the small size of the decedents, marked decomposition, and canine scavenging behavior. Both bodies were abandoned/concealed soon after birth and were subsequently disturbed by dogs. Both were markedly decomposed with absent arms...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089300/mitragynine-concentrations-in-two-fatalities
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Olwen Domingo, Gabriele Roider, Andreas Stöver, Matthias Graw, Frank Musshoff, Hans Sachs, Wolfgang Bicker
Two cases of fatalities are reported of which the recreational use of Mitragyna speciosa ("kratom") could be confirmed. One of these cases presents with one of the highest postmortem mitragynine concentrations published to date. Our results show that even extremely high mitragynine blood concentrations following the consumption of kratom do not necessarily have to be the direct cause of death in such fatalities as a result of an acute overdose. The two cases are compared with regard to the differences in mitragynine concentrations detected and the role of mitragynine in the death of the subjects...
December 23, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089245/diagnostic-accuracy-of-postmortem-imaging-vs-autopsy-a-systematic-review
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Anders Eriksson, Torfinn Gustafsson, Malin Höistad, Monica Hultcrantz, Stella Jacobson, Ingegerd Mejare, Anders Persson
Background Postmortem imaging has been used for more than a century as a complement to medico-legal autopsies. The technique has also emerged as a possible alternative to compensate for the continuous decline in the number of clinical autopsies. To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of postmortem imaging for various types of findings, we performed this systematic literature review. Data sources The literature search was performed in the databases PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library through January 7, 2015. Relevant publications were assessed for risk of bias using the QUADAS tool and were classified as low, moderate or high risk of bias according to pre-defined criteria...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087994/commentary-on-mauf-s-jentzsch-t-laberke-pj-thali-mj-bartsch-c-why-we-need-postmortem-analysis-of-cardiac-implantable-electronic-devices-j-forensic-sci-2016-61-4-988-92
#20
Ellen Moffatt, Zian H Tseng
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January 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
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