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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736885/cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-scalp-extending-to-the-skull-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#1
Marc Z Handler, David J Goldberg
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the scalp has increased prevalence in older patients and often presents later in life. Mohs micrographic surgery remains the most effective treatment in most cases. Delayed presentation may result in localized bony invasion or distant metastases. We present a case of an elderly woman presenting with extension of SCC into the parietal bone of the skull.
July 23, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733924/cellular-mechanosensitivity-to-substrate-stiffness-decreases-with-increasing-dissimilarity-to-cell-stiffness
#2
Tamer Abdalrahman, Laura Dubuis, Jason Green, Neil Davies, Thomas Franz
Computational modelling has received increasing attention to investigate multi-scale coupled problems in micro-heterogeneous biological structures such as cells. In the current study, we investigated for a single cell the effects of (1) different cell-substrate attachment (2) and different substrate modulus [Formula: see text] on intracellular deformations. A fibroblast was geometrically reconstructed from confocal micrographs. Finite element models of the cell on a planar substrate were developed. Intracellular deformations due to substrate stretch of [Formula: see text], were assessed for: (1) cell-substrate attachment implemented as full basal contact (FC) and 124 focal adhesions (FA), respectively, and [Formula: see text]140 KPa and (2) [Formula: see text], 140, 1000, and 10,000 KPa, respectively, and FA attachment...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732461/a-deep-convolutional-neural-network-approach-to-single-particle-recognition-in-cryo-electron-microscopy
#3
Yanan Zhu, Qi Ouyang, Youdong Mao
BACKGROUND: Single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has become a mainstream tool for the structural determination of biological macromolecular complexes. However, high-resolution cryo-EM reconstruction often requires hundreds of thousands of single-particle images. Particle extraction from experimental micrographs thus can be laborious and presents a major practical bottleneck in cryo-EM structural determination. Existing computational methods for particle picking often use low-resolution templates for particle matching, making them susceptible to reference-dependent bias...
July 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729613/effects-of-sintering-temperature-on-crystallization-and-fabrication-of-porous-bioactive-glass-scaffolds-for-bone-regeneration
#4
E P Erasmus, O T Johnson, I Sigalas, J Massera
In this work the sintering ability of borosilicate (S53B50), borophosphate (P40B10) and phosphate (Sr) bioactive glasses was investigated. The glass powders were crushed and sintered in air at a heating rate of 10 °C/min for 2 hours at sintering temperatures between 480 °C-600 °C. The aim was to define the optimum sintering temperature prior to glass crystallization. The density of the samples was found to decrease when the temperature was increased up to 580 °C; probably due to the inhibition of the viscous flow of the particles during sintering thereby reducing the densification of the material...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728328/reconstruction-of-large-facial-defects-via-excision-of-skin-cancer-using-two-or-more-regional-flaps
#5
Dong Min Lee, Yong Chan Bae, Su Bong Nam, Seong Hwan Bae, June Seok Choi
BACKGROUND: Free-flap surgery and skin grafting can be used to reconstruct large facial defects that may result after skin cancer removal by Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS). However, these two methods may produce low postsurgical patient satisfaction with aesthetics, and free-flap surgery may produce an undue burden for the majority of skin cancer patients, who are of advanced age. Hence, the authors examined outcomes of large facial defect reconstruction using multiple flaps. METHODS: Among patients undergoing MMS for skin cancer at Pusan National University Hospital between January 2013 and December 2015, we evaluated 7 patients (2 males, 5 females; average age, 73...
July 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722451/-basal-cell-carcinoma-and-the-modalities-of-its-therapy
#6
Petr Arenberger, Jiří Ettler
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) also known as basalioma or basal cell cancer, is the most common skin cancer. BCC has a very low metastatic risk. This tumor can cause significant disfigurement by invading surrounding tissues. It occurs mainly in fair-skinned patients with a family history of this cancer. Sunlight is a factor in about two-thirds of these cancers. Standard surgical excision is the treatment of choice. Mohs micrographic surgery is an outpatient or inpatient procedure in which the tumor is surgically excised and then immediately examined under a microscope...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720929/antioxidant-characteristics-of-extracts-of-hibiscus-sabdariffa-calyces-encapsulated-with-mesquite-gum
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C E Ochoa-Velasco, C Salazar-González, S Cid-Ortega, J A Guerrero-Beltrán
This study compared the stability of extracts of H. sabdariffa calyces microencapsulated with different concentrations of mesquite gum during storage. Dry Roselle calyces were mixed with 50:50 (v/v) ethanol:water solution to obtain 18°Bx concentrate. This Roselle extract concentrate was mixed with purified mesquite gum (100:1-100:5 v/w). The Roselle extract concentrate-gum (RECG) was spray dried at inlet and outlet temperatures of 180 ± 2 and 104 ± 2.3 °C, respectively, at an air flow rate of 38 m(3)/h...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720761/parylene-c-topographic-micropattern-as-a-template-for-patterning-pdms-and-polyacrylamide-hydrogel
#8
Ilaria Sanzari, Mauro Callisti, Antonio De Grazia, Daniel J Evans, Tomas Polcar, Themistoklis Prodromakis
Parylene C is a well-known polymer and it has been mainly employed as a protective layer for implantable electronics. In this paper, we propose a new approach to use Parylene C as a versatile template for patterning soft materials potentially applicable as scaffolds in cardiac tissue engineering (TE). Parylene C substrates were anisotropically patterned through standard lithographic process with hydrophilic channels separating raised hydrophobic strips. Ridges and grooves of the template are 10 µm width and depth ranging from 1 to 17 µm...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716758/oral-delivery-of-vancomycin-by-tetraether-lipid-liposomes
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Philipp Uhl, Silvia Pantze, Philip Storck, Johannes Parmentier, Dominik Witzigmann, Götz Hofhaus, Jörg Huwyler, Walter Mier, Gert Fricker
Despite the outstanding progress in modern medicine, the oral delivery of peptide drugs is limited until today due to their instability in the gastrointestinal tract and low mucosa penetration. To overcome these hurdles, liposomes containing the specific tetraether lipid GCTE (glycerylcaldityltetraether lipid) were examined. For this purpose, the glycopeptide antibiotic vancomycin was used as model substance and liposomes were prepared by DAC (dual assymetric centrifugation). These liposomes showed a size and polydispersity index comparable to standard liposomes...
July 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713406/ultrastructural-and-cytological-studies-on-mycosphaerella-pinodes-infection-of-the-model-legume-medicago-truncatula
#10
Tomoko Suzuki, Aya Maeda, Masaya Hirose, Yuki Ichinose, Tomonori Shiraishi, Kazuhiro Toyoda
Ascochyta (Mycosphaerella) blight on cultivated peas is primarily caused by infection through asexual spores (pycnospores) of Mycosphaerella pinodes (Berk. et Blox.) Vestergren [recently renamed Peyronellaea pinodes (Berk. & A. Bloxam) Aveskamp, Gruyter & Verkley]. Using a model pathosystem involving Medicago truncatula and Mycosphaerella pinodes strain OMP-1, we examined the histology and ultrastructure of early infection events and fungal development including penetration by appressoria, vegetative growth of infection hyphae, and host responses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710012/antibiofilm-activity-of-vetiveria-zizanioides-root-extract-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#11
Arunachalam Kannappan, Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Ramanathan Srinivasan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a leading human pathogen responsible for causing chronic clinical manifestation worldwide. In addition to antibiotic resistance genes viz. mecA and vanA, biofilm formation plays a prominent role in the pathogenicity of S. aureus by enhancing its resistance to existing antibiotics. Considering the role of folk medicinal plants in the betterment of human health from the waves of multidrug resistant bacterial infections, the present study was intended to explore the effect of Vetiveria zizanioides root on the biofilm formation of MRSA and its clinical counterparts...
July 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707326/perineural-invasion-present-exclusively-in-central-tissue-blocks-of-mohs-surgical-excisions-of-basal-cell-carcinoma
#12
Lauren Young, Dougal Coates, John Pagliaro, David Francis, Richard Williamson, Zoran Gaspar
Perineural invasion (PNI) may be present in basal cell carcinomas (BCC) treated with Mohs micrographic surgery. This single-centre, non-randomised, prospective study demonstrates the potential for PNI to exist exclusively within the central tissue blocks of Mohs specimens.
July 14, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706305/pressure-induced-crystallization-and-phase-transformation-of-para-xylene
#13
Yanzhi Bai, Zhenhai Yu, Ran Liu, Nana Li, Shuai Yan, Ke Yang, Bingbing Liu, Dongqing Wei, Lin Wang
Static pressure is an alternative method to chemical pressure for tuning the crystal structure, bonds, and physical properties of materials, and is a significant technique for the synthesis of novel materials and fundamental research. In this letter, we report the crystallization and phase transformation of p-xylene under high pressure. Our optical micrographic observations and the appearance of lattice modes in the Raman and infrared (IR) spectra indicated that p-xylene crystallizes at ∼0.1 GPa. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern at 0...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698478/antifungal-and-ichthyotoxic-sesquiterpenoids-from-santalum-album-heartwood
#14
Tae Hoon Kim, Tsutomu Hatano, Keinosuke Okamoto, Takashi Yoshida, Hiroshi Kanzaki, Michiko Arita, Hideyuki Ito
In our continuing study on a survey of biologically active natural products from heartwood of Santalum album (Southwest Indian origin), we newly found potent fish toxic activity of an n-hexane soluble extract upon primary screening using killifish (medaka) and characterized α-santalol and β-santalol as the active components. The toxicity (median tolerance limit (TLm) after 24 h at 1.9 ppm) of α-santalol was comparable with that of a positive control, inulavosin (TLm after 24 h at 1.3 ppm). These fish toxic compounds including inulavosin were also found to show a significant antifungal effect against a dermatophytic fungus, Trichophyton rubrum...
July 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688988/bactericidal-activity-of-self-assembled-palmitic-and-stearic-fatty-acid-crystals-on-highly-ordered-pyrolytic-graphite
#15
Elena P Ivanova, Song Ha Nguyen, Yachong Guo, Vladimir A Baulin, Hayden K Webb, Vi Khanh Truong, Jason V Wandiyanto, Christopher J Garvey, Peter J Mahon, David E Mainwaring, Russell J Crawford
The wings of insects such as cicadas and dragonflies have been found to exhibit nanostructure arrays that are assembled from fatty acids, and that physically interact with and significantly disrupt bacterial cell membranes. Such mechanobactericidal surfaces are of significant interest, as they can kill bacteria without the need for antibacterial chemicals. Here, we report on the bactericidal effect of two main lipid components of insect wings epicuticle, palmitic (C16) and stearic (C18) fatty acid films after re-crystallisation on the surface of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite...
July 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685596/amelanotic-lentigo-maligna-melanoma-mohs-surgery-as-the-definitive-treatment-of-an-invisible-tumour
#16
Marisa Grace Ponzo, Richard Ian Crawford, Irèn Kossintseva
Amelanotic lentigo maligna melanoma represents <2% of melanomas. Diagnosis is delayed owing to the lack of lesion pigmentation and advanced disease at presentation. Excision with appropriate margins is the treatment standard, but the starting point for such margins is often unclear. We describe 2 patients with amelanotic melanoma treated by Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) that would not have been cleared by wide local excision alone and provide an extensive review of the literature. Both patients presented with histologic diagnoses of malignant melanoma, one with a barely perceptible biopsy site scar on the left infraorbital cheek/lower eyelid (Breslow 1...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681210/sebaceous-carcinoma-a-review-of-the-scientific-literature
#17
REVIEW
Thomas Knackstedt, Faramarz H Samie
Sebaceous carcinoma is a rare and potentially aggressive cutaneous malignancy. Commonly reported in the periocular area and the head and neck region, sebaceous carcinoma can arise from any sebaceous gland in the skin. The clinical presentation may be nonspecific, and a biopsy is important to establish a diagnosis and to differentiate from mimickers including benign sebaceous neoplasms, other adnexal tumors, and basal cell carcinoma. A diagnosis of Muir Torre syndrome should be considered in patients presenting with a sebaceous neoplasm...
August 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681209/microcystic-adnexal-carcinoma-and-a-summary-of-other-rare-malignant-adnexal-tumours
#18
REVIEW
Arif Aslam
Microcystic adnexal carcinoma (MAC) is a rare, slow-growing, infiltrative malignant tumour most commonly found on the head and neck. It often presents as a solitary skin-coloured or yellow papule, plaque or nodule. Ultraviolet radiation, immunosuppression and ionising radiation are possible risk factors. Clinical and histological differential diagnoses include morpheaform basal cell carcinoma and desmoplastic trichoepithelioma. The diagnosis is usually made by skin biopsy, and the characteristic features are small keratin-filled cysts with nests and cords which resemble ductal structures...
August 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677851/rheology-and-microstructure-of-myofibrillar-protein-olive-oil-composite-gels-effect-of-different-non-meat-protein-as-emulsifier
#19
Mangang Wu, Litian Fei, Tao Zhuang, Shumin Lei, Qingfeng Ge, Hai Yu, Jiahao Wang, Yaosong Wang
BACKGROUND: Heat-induced composite gels were prepared with 20g/kg (2%) myofibrillar protein (MP) sol and 100g/kg (10%) olive oil pre-emulsified by MP or non-meat protein in 0.6 M NaCl, at pH 6.2. The effect of different non-meat protein (soy protein isolate, egg-white protein isolate and sodium caseinate) pre-emulsions on the rheological properties and microstructure of MP gel was evaluated. RESULTS: Adding emulsion enhanced the gel strength of MP gel except for the soy protein isolate (SPI) as emulsifier group, but all emulsion group markedly improved (P<0...
July 5, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676818/photosynthetic-properties-and-potentials-for-improvement-of-photosynthesis-in-pale-green-leaf-rice-under-high-light-conditions
#20
Junfei Gu, Zhenxiang Zhou, Zhikang Li, Ying Chen, Zhiqin Wang, Hao Zhang, Jianchang Yang
Light is the driving force of plant growth, providing the energy required for photosynthesis. However, photosynthesis is also vulnerable to light-induced damage caused by the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Plants have therefore evolved various protective mechanisms such as non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) to dissipate excessively absorbed solar energy as heat; however, photoinhibition and NPQ represent a significant loss in solar energy and photosynthetic efficiency, which lowers the yield potential in crops...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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