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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926862/vav-proteins-are-key-regulators-of-card9-signaling-for-innate-antifungal-immunity
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Susanne Roth, Hanna Bergmann, Martin Jaeger, Assa Yeroslaviz, Konstantin Neumann, Paul-Albert Koenig, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Lesley Vanes, Vinod Kumar, Melissa Johnson, Mauricio Menacho-Márquez, Bianca Habermann, Victor L Tybulewicz, Mihai Netea, Xosé R Bustelo, Jürgen Ruland
Fungal infections are major causes of morbidity and mortality, especially in immunocompromised individuals. The innate immune system senses fungal pathogens through Syk-coupled C-type lectin receptors (CLRs), which signal through the conserved immune adaptor Card9. Although Card9 is essential for antifungal defense, the mechanisms that couple CLR-proximal events to Card9 control are not well defined. Here, we identify Vav proteins as key activators of the Card9 pathway. Vav1, Vav2, and Vav3 cooperate downstream of Dectin-1, Dectin-2, and Mincle to engage Card9 for NF-κB control and proinflammatory gene transcription...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926852/polar-localization-of-the-serine-chemoreceptor-of-escherichia-coli-is-nucleoid-exclusion-dependent
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Ramakanth Neeli-Venkata, Sofia Startceva, Teppo Annila, Andre S Ribeiro
We studied whether nucleoid exclusion contributes to the segregation and retention of Tsr chemoreceptor clusters at the cell poles. Using live time-lapse, single-cell microscopy measurements, we show that the single-cell spatial distributions of Tsr clusters have heterogeneities and asymmetries that are consistent with nucleoid exclusion and cannot be explained by the diffusion-and-capture mechanism supported by Tol-Pal complexes at the poles. Also, in cells subjected to ampicillin, which enhances relative nucleoid lengths, Tsr clusters locate relatively closer to the cell extremities, whereas in anucleated cells (deletion mutants for mukB), the Tsr clusters are closer to midcell...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926760/epidermal-nerve-fiber-quantification-in-patients-with-erythromelalgia
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William G Mantyh, P James B Dyck, Peter J Dyck, Janean K Engelstad, William J Litchy, Paola Sandroni, Mark D P Davis
Importance: Erythromelalgia is a clinical diagnosis based on intermittent warmth, erythema, and pain in the distal extremities. One problem facing physicians is how to objectively test for this disease. Given that other painful conditions of the distal extremities (ie, neuropathy related to human immunodeficiency virus, diabetes, or Fabry disease) can be evaluated with a skin biopsy to visualize pathologically decreased densities of the small nerve fibers that innervate the epidermis, one hypothesis is that erythromelalgia could similarly be associated with a loss of epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD)...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926756/cutting-and-decellularization-of-multiple-corneal-stromal-lamellae-for-the-bioengineering-of-endothelial-grafts
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Zhiguo He, Fabien Forest, Aurélien Bernard, Anne-Sophie Gauthier, Romain Montard, Michel Peoc'h, Clotilde Jumelle, Emilie Courrier, Chantal Perrache, Philippe Gain, Gilles Thuret
Purpose: Engineered corneal endothelial grafts able to provide numerous functional endothelial cells for the restoration of corneal transparency would be a worthwhile way of replacing donor tissue, which is extremely scarce. The grafts are simply constructed: a biocompatible thin and transparent carrier colonized by a monolayer of cultured endothelial cells (ECs). Here we describe a process able to obtain appropriate carriers by recycling human corneas unsuitable for graft in their original state, but liable to provide multiple thin lamellae when cut with a femtosecond laser as used in refractive surgery...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926690/changes-of-blood-pressure-patterns-and-target-organ-damage-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-results-of-the-aprodite-2-study
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Ran-Hui Cha, Hajeong Lee, Jung Pyo Lee, Eunjeong Kang, Young Rim Song, Yon Su Kim, Sung Gyun Kim
OBJECTIVE: Blood pressure (BP) control is the most established practice for preventing the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). We examined the BP control and nocturnal dipping pattern changes in hypertensive patients with CKD and their effects on target organ damages. METHODS: We recruited 378 hypertensive CKD patients from four centers in Korea. The patients underwent clinic and ambulatory BP monitoring at the time of enrollment and 1 year later. RESULTS: The BP control states at the two time points were as follows: true controlled (16...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926687/an-initiative-to-standardize-the-identification-of-and-acute-response-to-postoperative-lower-extremity-neurological-deficits-effects-on-provider-knowledge-confidence-and-communication-skills
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Peter B Derman, Sravisht Iyer, Matthew Garner, Steven Orr, Karla J Felix, Allison Goldberg, Titilayo Ologhobo, Minlun Wu, Laura Robbins, Charles Cornell
BACKGROUND: Although relatively uncommon, neurological deficits following hip and knee arthroplasty can have permanent and debilitating consequences. This study was conducted to quantify the effectiveness of an educational curriculum aimed at standardizing the identification of and acute response to postoperative neurological deficits in the inpatient setting, specifically with respect to improvements in clinician knowledge, confidence levels, and communication skills. METHODS: A multidisciplinary committee at a single, high-volume academic institution created an algorithm delineating the appropriate clinical actions and escalation procedures in the setting of a postoperative neurological deficit for each clinical practitioner involved in care for patients who undergo arthroplasty...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926637/pigmentation-and-pregnancy-knowing-what-is-normal
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Amy Kalowitz Bieber, Kathryn J Martires, Jennifer A Stein, Jane M Grant-Kels, Marcia S Driscoll, Miriam Keltz Pomeranz
Changes in melanocytic nevi during pregnancy are frequently attributed to the new hormonal milieu and are dismissed without concern for malignancy. Recent studies suggest that pregnancy itself does not induce significant change in nevi, and delays in the assessment of changing moles may contribute to the often more advanced nature of melanomas diagnosed during or soon after pregnancy. Nevi on the breasts and abdomen can grow as a result of skin expansion, but studies have found no significant changes in nevi located in more stable areas such as the back or lower extremities...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926447/motivation-and-attention-following-hemispheric-stroke
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E Olgiati, C Russell, D Soto, P Malhotra
Spatial neglect (SN) is an extremely common disorder of attention; it is most frequently a consequence of stroke, especially to the right cerebral hemisphere. The current view of SN is that it is not a unitary deficit but a multicomponent syndrome. Crucially, it has been repeatedly shown that it has a considerable negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. Although a number of behavioral and pharmacological therapies have been developed, none of these appears to be applicable to all patients with SN or has proved unequivocally successful in clinical trials...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926366/analysis-of-pancreatic-cyst-fluid
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Saowanee Ngamruengphong, Anne Marie Lennon
Pancreatic cysts are extremely common, and are identified in between 2% to 13% on abdominal imaging studies. Most pancreatic cysts are pseudocysts, serous cystic neoplasms, mucinous cystic neoplasms, or intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. The management of pancreatic cysts depends on whether a cyst is benign, has malignant potential, or harbors high-grade dysplasia or invasive carcinoma. The diagnosis of pancreatic cysts, and assessment of risk of malignant transformation, incorporates clinical history, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), endoscopic ultrasound, and fine-needle aspiration of cyst fluid...
December 2016: Surgical Pathology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925755/collective-molecular-superrotation-a-model-for-extremely-flexible-molecules-applied-to-protonated-methane
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Hanno Schmiedt, Per Jensen, Stephan Schlemmer
The concept of molecular structure is traditionally considered to be virtually fundamental. However, it breaks down in extremely flexible molecules, whose dynamics are governed by large-amplitude motions. For the dynamics of molecules with free internal rotations, we therefore propose a five-dimensional rigid rotor model, with states characterized by two generalized angular momentum quantum numbers and a rotational constant B. The quantum numbers characterize a 5D angular-momentum vector, super-j, which describes collective rotations that involve both the internal and the overall rotation...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925752/emergent-structural-mechanisms-for-high-density-collective-motion-inspired-by-human-crowds
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Arianna Bottinelli, David T J Sumpter, Jesse L Silverberg
Collective motion of large human crowds often depends on their density. In extreme cases like heavy metal concerts and black Friday sales events, motion is dominated by physical interactions instead of conventional social norms. Here, we study an active matter model inspired by situations when large groups of people gather at a point of common interest. Our analysis takes an approach developed for jammed granular media and identifies Goldstone modes, soft spots, and stochastic resonance as structurally driven mechanisms for potentially dangerous emergent collective motion...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925640/diagnosis-and-management-of-distal-clavicle-osteolysis
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Steven F DeFroda, Christopher Nacca, Gregory R Waryasz, Brett D Owens
Distal clavicle osteolysis is an uncommon condition that most commonly affects weight lifters and other athletes who perform repetitive overhead activity. Although this condition most commonly presents in young active men, it is becoming increasing more common in women with the rise in popularity of body building and extreme athletics. Distal clavicle osteolysis can be debilitating, especially in those with rigorous training regimens, preventing exercise because of pain with activities such as bench presses and chest flies...
December 7, 2016: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925584/topological-analysis-and-gaussian-decision-tree-effective-representation-and-classification-of-biosignals-of-small-sample-size
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Zhifei Zhang, Yang Song, Haochen Cui, Jayne Wu, Fernando Schwartz, Hairong Qi
GOAL: Bucking the trend of big data, in microdevice engineering, small sample size is common, especially when the device is still at the proof-of-concept stage. The small sample size, small inter-class variation, and large intra-class variation, have brought biosignal analysis new challenges. Novel representation and classification approaches need to be developed to effectively recognize targets of interests with the absence of a large training set. METHODS: Moving away from the traditional signal analysis in the spatiotemporal domain, we exploit the biosignal representation in the topological domain that would reveal the intrinsic structure of point clouds generated from the biosignal...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925367/transient-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-transplantation-of-an-extremely-oversized-donor-heart-in-a-child-does-size-matter-a-case-report
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J Birnbaum, S M Ulrich, R Schramm, C Hagl, A Lehner, M Fischer, N A Haas, B Heineking
In pediatric heart transplantation, the size of the donor organ is an important criterion for organ allocation. Oversized donor hearts are often accepted with good results, but some complications in relation to a high donor-recipient ratio have been described. Our patient was transplanted for progressive heart failure in dilated cardiomyopathy. The donor-to-recipient weight ratio was 3 (donor weight 65 kg, recipient weight 22 kg). The intra-operative echocardiography before chest closure showed excellent cardiac function, no tricuspid valve regurgitation, and a normal central venous pressure...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925336/non-exponential-growth-of-mycobacterium-leprae-thai-53-strain-cultured-in-vitro
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Kazunobu Amako, Ken-Ichiro Iida, Mitsumasa Saito, Yoshitosi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Shin-Ichi Yoshida
To determine why cultivation of Mycobacterium leprae in vitro has not been successful, we attempted to culture this bacterium in media supplemented with a variety of biological materials. We observed a slight increase in the number of cells in medium supplemented with human blood plasma and an extract of nude mouse tissue after more than 3 months of cultivation at 30°C. To ascertain whether this increase was real growth, we analyzed the growth by droplet digital PCR. The analysis had the following two results: the slow increase in the copy number of cell-associated DNA and the release of a large amount of DNA into the culture medium from bacterial cells during cultivation...
December 7, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925304/dura-mater-graft-associated-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-with-30-year-incubation-period
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Masahiro Shijo, Hiroyuki Honda, Sachiko Koyama, Koji Ishitsuka, Koichiro Maeda, Junya Kuroda, Mitsugu Tanii, Takanari Kitazono, Toru Iwaki
Over 60% of all patients with dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (dCJD) have been diagnosed in Japan. The incubation period has ranged from 1 to 30 years and the age at onset from 15 to 80 years. Here, we report a 77-year-old male Japanese autopsied dCJD case with the longest incubation period so far in Japan. He received a cadaveric dural graft at the right cranial convexity following a craniotomy for meningioma at the age of 46. At 30 years post-dural graft placement, disorientation was observed as an initial symptom of dCJD...
December 7, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925209/dynamics-of-microbial-community-during-the-extremely-long-term-fermentation-process-of-a-traditional-soy-sauce
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Yang Yang, Yue Deng, Yulan Jin, Yanxi Liu, Baixue Xia, Qun Sun
BACKGROUND: Soy sauce produced by long-term natural fermentation is a traditional specialty in Asia, with a reputation for superior quality and rich flavor. In this study, both culture-dependent and independent approaches were used to investigate the microbial diversity and community dynamics during an extremely long-term (up to four years) natural fermentation of Xianshi Soy Sauce, a national intangible cultural heritage. RESULTS: Genera of Bacillus, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium were detected by both methods above...
December 7, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925198/cancer-cell-plasticity-rapid-reversal-of-chemosensitivity-and-expression-of-stemness-markers-in-lung-and-breast-cancer-tumorspheres
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Juan Sebastian Yakisich, Neelam Azad, Vivek Kaushik, Anand Krishnan V Iyer
In cancer cells, the reversible nature of the stemness status in terms of chemoresistance has been poorly characterized. In this study, we have simulated on cycle of environmental conditions to study such reversibility by first generating floating tumorspheres (FTs) from lung and breast cancer cells by culturing them in serum-free media without the addition of any external mitogenic stimulation, and subsequently (after two weeks) re-incubating them back in serum-containing media to simulate routine culture conditions (RCCs)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925158/mutations-in-dync2h1-the-cytoplasmic-dynein-2-heavy-chain-1-motor-protein-gene-cause-short-rib-polydactyly-type-i-saldino-noonan-type
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Nora Badiner, Stephanie Paige Taylor, Kimberly Forlenza, Ralph S Lachman, Michael Bamshad, Deborah Nickerson, Daniel H Cohn, Deborah Krakow
The short-rib polydactyly syndromes (SRPS) are autosomal recessively inherited, genetically heterogeneous skeletal ciliopathies. SRPS phenotypes were historically categorized as types I-IV, with type I first delineated by Saldino and Noonan in 1972. Characteristic findings among all forms of SRP include short horizontal ribs, short limbs and polydactyly. The SRP type I phenotype is characterized by a very small thorax, extreme micromelia, very short, poorly mineralized long bones, and multiple organ system anomalies...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925143/is-the-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-serum-concentration-a-good-marker-of-frailty
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T Krams, M Cesari, S Guyonnet, G Abellan Van Kan, C Cantet, B Vellas, Y Rolland
INTRODUCTION: The phenotype proposed by Fried and colleagues is a widely used operational definition of frailty defining such state of extreme vulnerability of older persons. Low serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25(OH)D) has been suggested as biomarker of frailty in literature. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. OBJECTIVES: To explore the association of 25(OH)D concentrations with the frailty phenotype and its criteria. METHODS: 321 subjects referred by their general practitioner to a geriatric frailty clinic were assessed between January 1, 2013 and September 23, 2013...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
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