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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428345/proliferation-of-primary-human-hepatocytes-and-prevention-of-hepatitis-b-virus-reinfection-efficiently-deplete-nuclear-cccdna-in-vivo
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Lena Allweiss, Tassilo Volz, Katja Giersch, Janine Kah, Giuseppina Raffa, Joerg Petersen, Ansgar W Lohse, Concetta Beninati, Teresa Pollicino, Stephan Urban, Marc Lütgehetmann, Maura Dandri
OBJECTIVE: The stability of the covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in nuclei of non-dividing hepatocytes represents a key determinant of HBV persistence. Contrarily, studies with animal hepadnaviruses indicated that hepatocyte turnover can reduce cccDNA loads but knowledge on the proliferative capacity of HBV-infected primary human hepatocytes (PHHs) in vivo and the fate of cccDNA in dividing PHHs is still lacking. This study aimed to determine the impact of human hepatocyte division on cccDNA stability in vivo...
April 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426220/fluorescent-neuraminidase-assay-based-on-supramolecular-dye-capture-after-enzymatic-cleavage
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Wenqi Liu, César F A Gómez-Durán, Bradley D Smith
A conceptually new type of enzymatic cleavage assay is reported that utilizes in-situ supramolecular capture of the fluorescent product. A squaraine-derived substrate with large blocking groups at each end of its structure cannot be threaded by a tetralactam macrocycle until the blocking groups are removed by enzyme cleavage. A prototype design responds to viral neuraminidase, an indicator of influenza infection, and also measures susceptibility of the sample to neuraminidase inhibitor drugs. The substrate structure incorporates three key features; (a) a bis(4-amino-3-hydroxyphenyl)squaraine core with bright deep-red fluorescence and excellent photostability, (b) an N-methyl group at each end of the squaraine core that ensures fast macrocycle threading kinetics, and (c) sialic acid blocking groups that prevent macrocycle threading until they are removed by viral neuraminidase...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394862/the-facial-platysma-and-its-underappreciated-role-in-lower-face-dynamics-and-contour
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Ada R T de Almeida, Alessandra Romiti, Jean D A Carruthers
BACKGROUND: The platysma is a superficial muscle involved in important features of the aging neck. Vertical bands, horizontal lines, and loss of lower face contour are effectively treated with botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A). However, its pars facialis, mandibularis, and modiolaris have been underappreciated. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the role of BoNT-A treatment of the upper platysma and its impact on lower face dynamics and contour. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of cases treated by an injection pattern encompassing the facial platysma components, aiming to block the lower face as a whole complex...
April 6, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393447/anti-cd40-antibody-mediated-costimulation-blockade-promotes-long-term-survival-of-deep-lamellar-porcine-corneal-grafts-in-non-human-primates
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Jaeyoung Kim, Dong Hyun Kim, Hyuk Jin Choi, Hyun Ju Lee, Hee Jung Kang, Chung-Gyu Park, Eung-Soo Hwang, Mee Kum Kim, Won Ryang Wee
BACKGROUND: Corneal xenotransplantation is an effective solution for the shortage of human donor corneas, and the porcine cornea may be a suitable candidate for the donor cornea because of its optical similarity with humans. However, it is necessary to administer additional immunosuppressants to overcome antigenic differences. We aimed to investigate the feasibility of porcine corneas with anti-CD40 antibody-mediated costimulation blockade in a clinically applicable pig-to-non-human primate corneal xenotransplantation model...
April 10, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383293/peripheral-nerve-block-as-a-supplement-to-light-or-deep-general-anesthesia-in-elderly-patients-receiving-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Bin Mei, Hanning Zha, Xiaolong Lu, Xinqi Cheng, Shishou Cheng, Xuesheng Liu, Yuanhai Li, Erwei Gu
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve block combined with general anesthesia is a preferable anesthesia method for elderly patients receiving hip arthroplasty. The depth of sedation may influence patient recovery. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the influence of peripheral nerve blockade and different intraoperative sedation levels on the short-term recovery of elderly patients receiving total hip arthroplasty. METHODS: Patients aged 65 years and older undergoing total hip arthroplasty were randomized into three groups: a general anesthesia without lumbosacral plexus block group, and two general anesthesia plus lumbosacral plexus block groups, each with a different level of sedation (light or deep)...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379690/pegylated-anionic-magnetofluorescent-nanoassemblies-impact-of-their-interface-structure-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-contrast-and-cellular-uptake
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Camille Linot, Julien Poly, Joanna Boucard, Daniel Pouliquen, Steven Nedellec, Philippe Hulin, Nadège Marec, Paolo Arosio, Alessandro Lascialfari, Andrea Guerrini, Claudio Sangregorio, Marc Lecouvey, Lénaïc Lartigue, Christophe Blanquart, Eléna Ishow
Controlling the interactions of functional nanostructures with water and biological media represents high challenges in the field of bioimaging applications. Large contrast at low doses, high colloidal stability in physiological conditions, the absence of cell cytotoxicity, and efficient cell internalization represent strong additional needs. To achieve such requirements, we report on high-payload magnetofluorescent architectures made of a shell of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles tightly anchored around fluorescent organic nanoparticles...
April 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377709/the-role-of-architectural-and-learning-constraints-in-neural-network-models-a-case-study-on-visual-space-coding
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Alberto Testolin, Michele De Filippo De Grazia, Marco Zorzi
The recent "deep learning revolution" in artificial neural networks had strong impact and widespread deployment for engineering applications, but the use of deep learning for neurocomputational modeling has been so far limited. In this article we argue that unsupervised deep learning represents an important step forward for improving neurocomputational models of perception and cognition, because it emphasizes the role of generative learning as opposed to discriminative (supervised) learning. As a case study, we present a series of simulations investigating the emergence of neural coding of visual space for sensorimotor transformations...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374839/genetic-silencing-of-olivocerebellar-synapses-causes-dystonia-like-behaviour-in-mice
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Joshua J White, Roy V Sillitoe
Theories of cerebellar function place the inferior olive to cerebellum connection at the centre of motor behaviour. One possible implication of this is that disruption of olivocerebellar signalling could play a major role in initiating motor disease. To test this, we devised a mouse genetics approach to silence glutamatergic signalling only at olivocerebellar synapses. The resulting mice had a severe neurological condition that mimicked the early-onset twisting, stiff limbs and tremor that is observed in dystonia, a debilitating movement disease...
April 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373784/left-ventricular-noncompaction-a-rare-form-of-cardiomyopathy-revelation-modes-and-predictors-of-mortality-in-adults-through-23-cases
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Iliyasse Asfalou, Sanae Boulaamayl, Maha Raissouni, Najat Mouine, Mohamed Sabry, Jamal Kheyi, Nawal Doghmi, Aatif Benyass
OBJECTIVES: To describe modes of clinical presentation and echocardiographic, angiographic, and rhythmic features, and prognostic characteristics of left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) in North African adults, through one of the first series in Morocco. BACKGROUND: LVNC is a rare congenital disorder, described for the first time by Engberding in 1984. The suspected diagnosis in thromboembolic, hemodynamic, or rhythm events requires both echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)...
April 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367292/reversal-with-sugammadex-for-rocuronium-induced-deep-neuromuscular-block-after-pretreatment-of-magnesium-sulfate-in-rabbits
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Woon Seok Kang, Kyo Sang Kim, Shin Mi Song
BACKGROUND: Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) has been used in the treatment of pre-eclampsia, hypertension and arrhythmia. Magnesium enhances the neuromuscular block of rocuronium. This study has been conducted to evaluate the reversal efficacy of sugammadex from deep rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block (NMB) during consistent pretreatment of MgSO4 in rabbits. METHODS: Twenty-eight rabbits were randomly assigned to four groups, a control group or study groups (50% MgSO4 150-200 mg/kg and 25 mg/kg/h IV), and received rocuronium 0...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363480/targeted-release-budesonide-versus-placebo-in-patients-with-iga-nephropathy-nefigan-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2b-trial
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Bengt C Fellström, Jonathan Barratt, Heather Cook, Rosanna Coppo, John Feehally, Johan W de Fijter, Jürgen Floege, Gerd Hetzel, Alan G Jardine, Francesco Locatelli, Bart D Maes, Alex Mercer, Fernanda Ortiz, Manuel Praga, Søren S Sørensen, Vladimir Tesar, Lucia Del Vecchio
BACKGROUND: IgA nephropathy is thought to be associated with mucosal immune system dysfunction, which manifests as renal IgA deposition that leads to impairment and end-stage renal disease in 20-40% of patients within 10-20 years. In this trial (NEFIGAN) we aimed to assess safety and efficacy of a novel targeted-release formulation of budesonide (TRF-budesonide), designed to deliver the drug to the distal ileum in patients with IgA nephropathy. METHODS: We did a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2b trial, comprised of 6-month run-in, 9-month treatment, and 3-month follow-up phases at 62 nephrology clinics across ten European countries...
March 28, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357598/the-effect-of-er-yag-laser-irradiation-on-the-bond-stability-of-self-etch-adhesives-at-different-dentin-depths
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Muhammet Karadas, İpek Çağlar
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Er:YAG laser irradiation on the micro-shear bond strength of self-etch adhesives to the superficial dentin and the deep dentin before and after thermocycling. Superficial dentin and deep dentin surfaces were prepared by flattening of the occlusal surfaces of extracted human third molars. The deep or superficial dentin specimens were randomized into three groups according to the following surface treatments: group I (control group), group II (Er:YAG laser; 1...
March 30, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357555/morphological-study-and-relations-of-the-fascia-vasto-adductoria
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Eman Elazab Beheiry Elazab
The precise description of the fascia vasto-adductoria (FVA) has become an issue of great surgical and clinical importance. Neurovascular entrapment within the adductor canal (AC) may simulate many clinical conditions for cases presented with medial knee or leg pain and ischemic manifestations of the leg. The aim of the present work is to describe the morphological features of the FVA and to elucidate its neurovascular relations. Forty thigh specimens, pertaining to 15 embalmed and five fresh adult human cadavers, were dissected in pursuit of this aim...
March 29, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356143/reverse-pupillary-block-after-implantation-of-a-scleral-sutured-posterior-chamber-intraocular-lens-a-retrospective-open-study
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Seung Pil Bang, Choun-Ki Joo, Jong Hwa Jun
BACKGROUND: To report the clinical features of patients with reverse pupillary block (RPB) after scleral-sutured posterior chamber intraocular lens (PC IOL) implantation and biometric changes after laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI). METHODS: Eight patients attending our hospital's ophthalmology outpatient clinic, who developed RPB after implantation of a scleral-sutured PC IOL due to subluxation of the crystalline lens or IOL, were investigated in this retrospective, observational study...
March 29, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353578/rocuronium-induced-neuromuscular-block-and-sugammadex-in-pediatric-patient-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-case-report
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Ji Eun Kim, Hea Rim Chun
INTRODUCTION: Anesthetic management of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is complicated because these patients are more sensitive to nondepolarizing neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) and are vulnerable to postoperative complications, such as postoperative residual curarization and respiratory failure. Sugammadex is a new reversal agent for aminosteroidal NMBAs, but its safety in children is controversial. CLINICAL FEATURES: An 11-year-old boy with DMD underwent general anesthesia for a percutaneous nephrolithotomy...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346400/t-lymphocyte-homing-an-underappreciated-yet-critical-hurdle-for-successful-cancer-immunotherapy
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Robert Sackstein, Tobias Schatton, Steven R Barthel
Advances in cancer immunotherapy have offered new hope for patients with metastatic disease. This unfolding success story has been exemplified by a growing arsenal of novel immunotherapeutics, including blocking antibodies targeting immune checkpoint pathways, cancer vaccines, and adoptive cell therapy (ACT). Nonetheless, clinical benefit remains highly variable and patient-specific, in part, because all immunotherapeutic regimens vitally hinge on the capacity of endogenous and/or adoptively transferred T-effector (Teff) cells, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, to home efficiently into tumor target tissue...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345418/a-coaxial-dual-element-focused-ultrasound-probe-for-guidance-of-epidural-catheterization
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Guo-Chung Dong, Li-Chen Chiu, Chien-Kun Ting, Jia-Ruei Hsu, Chih-Chung Huang, Yin Chang, Gin-Shin Chen
Ultrasound guidance for epidural block has improved clinical blind-trial problems but the design of present ultrasonic probes poses operating difficulty of ultrasound-guided catheterization, increasing the failure rate. The purpose of this study was to develop a novel ultrasonic probe to avoid needle contact with vertebral bone during epidural catheterization. The probe has a central circular passage for needle insertion. Two focused annular transducers are deployed around the passage for on-axis guidance. A 17-gauge insulated Tuohy needle containing the self-developed fiber-optic-modified stylet was inserted into the back of the anesthetized pig, in the lumbar region under the guidance of our ultrasonic probe...
March 1, 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333011/utility-of-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-for-left-sided-breast-radiation-therapy-in-preventing-early-cardiac-perfusion-defects-a-prospective-study
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Timothy M Zagar, Orit Kaidar-Person, Xiaoli Tang, Ellen E Jones, Jason Matney, Shiva K Das, Rebecca L Green, Arif Sheikh, Amir H Khandani, William H McCartney, Jorge Daniel Oldan, Terence Z Wong, Lawrence B Marks
PURPOSE: To evaluate early cardiac single photon computed tomography (SPECT) findings after left breast/chest wall postoperative radiation therapy (RT) in the setting of deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We performed a prospective single-institution single-arm study of patients who were planned for tangential RT with DIBH to the left breast/chest wall (± internal mammary nodes). The DIBH was done by use of a controlled surface monitoring technique (AlignRT, Vision RT Ltd, London, UK)...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328326/interleukin-12-and-interleukin-23-blockade-in-leukocyte-adhesion-deficiency-type-1
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Niki M Moutsopoulos, Christa S Zerbe, Teresa Wild, Nicolas Dutzan, Laurie Brenchley, Giovanni DiPasquale, Gulbu Uzel, Karen C Axelrod, Andrea Lisco, Lucia D Notarangelo, George Hajishengallis, Luigi D Notarangelo, Steven M Holland
A patient with leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 (LAD1) had severe periodontitis and an intractable, deep, nonhealing sacral wound. We had previously found a dominant interleukin-23-interleukin-17 signature at inflamed sites in humans with LAD1 and in mouse models of the disorder. Blockade of this pathway in mouse models has resulted in resolution of the immunopathologic condition. We treated our patient with ustekinumab, an antibody that binds the p40 subunit of interleukin-23 and interleukin-12 and thereby blocks the activity of these cytokines, inhibiting interleukin-23-dependent production of interleukin-17...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326701/-morphological-features-and-analysis-of-the-nerve-fibers-in-the-periodontal-ligament-of-dogs
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Zeng Xiaohua, Cai Qiaoling, Gong Ping
OBJECTIVE: To identify the properties of nerve fibers of dogs by immunohistochemical staining method. METHODS: Intact bone blocks above the inferior alveolar nerve canal were cut from the medial of the second premolar to the distal of the third premolar of healthy adult Beagle dogs of 18 months, embedded to make hard tissue sections, stained with S100 and neurofilament protein (NFP) antibodies, and finally observed the nerve distribution under the microscope. RESULTS: The distribution of S100 positive tissue in the periodontal ligament of dogs showed the following patterns: bundles of densely gathered rings with different diameters, filaments accompanied by lumens, free endings and deep-dyeing oval lamellasome...
October 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
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