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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458234/ultrasonographic-anatomy-of-reproductive-female-leopard-geckos-eublepharis-macularius
#1
Ophélie Cojean, Claire Vergneau-Grosset, Isabelle Masseau
Captive leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) often present to the exotic clinic for gastrointestinal impactions, follicular stasis, or dystocia. To our knowledge, normal ultrasonographic anatomy of these lizards has not been described. The objectives of this prospective, anatomic, analytical study were to develop ultrasound techniques for this species and to describe the normal sonographic anatomy of the head, coelomic cavity, and tail. Eleven, healthy, female leopard geckos were included. A linear array 13-18 MHz transducer was used...
February 19, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458066/volitional-voiding-of-the-bladder-following-spinal-cord-injury-validation-of-bilateral-lower-extremity-motor-function-as-a-key-predictor
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Christopher S Elliott, Kai B Dallas, Dimitar Zlatev, Craig V Comiter, James Crew, Kazuko Shem
INTRODUCTION: For many with spinal cord injury (SCI), a return of volitional bladder voiding is considered more important than regaining motor function. Recently a predictive model using only composite bilateral lower extremity motor (LEM) scores for levels L2-S1 (range 0-50) was put forth by the European Multicenter Spinal Cord Injury (EMSCI) study group that showed exceptional predictive power with an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.912. We sought to further validate the EMSCI model using a national SCI cohort...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457875/variations-of-the-circle-of-willis-at-the-end-of-the-human-embryonic-period
#3
Kana Furuichi, Aoi Ishikawa, Chigako Uwabe, Haruyuki Makishima, Shigehito Yamada, Tetsuya Takakuwa
Variations of the circle of Willis (CW) influence blood supply to the brain and adjacent structures in adults. We examined the formation of the CW in 20 human embryo samples at the end of the embryonic period using 3-D reconstructions of serial histological sections. The CW was closed in all samples, and did not form in a single plane, but was composed of multiple stair-like planes. The artery acutely curved at the caudal part of the CW, namely at the inlet of the basilar artery and bifurcation of the P1 segment of the posterior cerebral artery (PCA), reflecting flexure of the mesencephalon and diencephalon at this stage...
February 19, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457751/intra-and-inter-fraction-uncertainties-during-igrt-for-wilms-tumor
#4
Filipa Guerreiro, Enrica Seravalli, Geert O Janssens, Cees P van de Ven, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink, Bas W Raaymakers
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To assess intra- and inter-fraction motion uncertainties, due to displacements of the tumor bed (TB) and organs at risk (OAR), as well as intra- and inter-fraction patient set-up uncertainties, due to positioning variations, during image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) in children with Wilms' tumor. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four-dimensional computed tomography (4D-CT) and daily pre- and post-treatment cone-beam CT (CBCT)-scans of 15 patients (average 4, range 1-8 years) undergoing flank irradiation after nephrectomy were analyzed...
February 19, 2018: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457744/optimal-safe-implantation-corridors-in-feline-cervical-vertebrae-c2-t1-ct-study-in-16-domestic-shorthair-cats
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Irene Espadas, Thomas W Maddox, Felipe de Vicente
Objectives The objective of this study was to define safe corridors for the optimal placement of bicortical implants in the feline cervical spine (C2-T1) using CT. Methods CT images of feline cervical spines (n = 16) were reviewed retrospectively. Multiplanar reconstructions were used to define the optimal safe corridors. Safe corridors were defined by their angle of insertion, width and length. The insertion point within the vertebral body was also described. Vertebral measurements were compared between vertebrae using multilevel linear regression, and left and right measurements within vertebrae were compared with the paired samples Wilcoxon signed-rank test...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456655/effect-of-immune-tolerance-induced-by-immature-dendritic-cells-and-ctla4-ig-on-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-an-in-vivo-study
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Cuili Huang, Lidan Zhang, Fang Ling, Sijian Wen, Yanyan Luo, Hui Liu, Jingping Liu, Wenjun Zheng, Ming Liang, Jian Sun, You-Kun Lin
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-organ autoimmune disease in which tissue damage is caused by autoantibodies. The induction of specific immune tolerance, including the utilization of immune regulatory cells, may enhance the therapeutic effects of organ transplantation in patients with SLE. Furthermore, inhibiting immune responses has been reported to be an effective treatment for SLE. However, few studies have explored the association between an increased immune tolerance and a decreased immune response in SLE treatment...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456019/exosomes-serve-as-nanoparticles-to-deliver-anti-mir-214-to-reverse-chemoresistance-to-cisplatin-in-gastric-cancer
#7
Xinyi Wang, Haiyang Zhang, Ming Bai, Tao Ning, Shaohua Ge, Ting Deng, Rui Liu, Le Zhang, Guoguang Ying, Yi Ba
Chemoresistance is one of the causes of adverse effects in gastric cancer, including a poor response to cisplatin (DDP). Exosomes loaded with microRNA (miRNA), mRNA, and other non-coding RNAs could regulate drug resistance. Exo-anti-214 was extracted and verified. A Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) cell viability assay, flow cytometry, and transwell and immunofluorescence assays were performed to determine whether exo-anti-214 could sensitize cells to DDP in vitro. A combination of intravenously injected exo-anti-214 and intraperitoneal DDP was utilized in vivo...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454667/pten-expression-in-astrocytic-processes-after-spinal-cord-injury
#8
T V Povysheva, Y O Mukhamedshina, A A Rizvanov, Y A Chelyshev
The role of the Rho/ROCK/PTEN signaling pathway in the regulation of astrocyte function for consolidation/stabilization of the synapse has not been thoroughly studied. In this study, the expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) in GFAP-positive astrocytic processes in the ventral horns (VH) of the rat spinal cord has been evaluated in the normal condition and in a delayed period (30 days) after dosed contusion spinal cord injury (SCI) in caudal thoracic segments. In intact rats and at 30 days post-injury (dpi), semi-quantitative immunohistochemical analysis showed that there is approximately 2 folds less synaptophysin reactivity in the motoneuron perikarya than outside the perikarya, i...
February 15, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454160/vascular-parameters-continue-to-decrease-post-exposure-with-simultaneous-but-not-individual-exposure-to-bpa-and-hypoxia-in-zebrafish-larvae
#9
Alysha D Cypher, Bryce Fetterman, Brian Bagatto
How fish respond to hypoxia, a common stressor, can be altered by simultaneous exposure to pollutants like bisphenol A (BPA), a plasticizer. BPA is cardiotoxic and interferes with the hypoxia inducible factor pathway (HIF-1α), therefore disrupting the hypoxic response. Co-exposure to hypoxia and BPA also causes severe bradycardia and reduced cardiac output in zebrafish larvae. The purpose of this work was to determine how the cardiovascular effects of co-exposure vary with BPA concentration and persist beyond exposure...
February 14, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453976/cell-type-specific-expression-of-constitutively-active-rheb-promotes-regeneration-of-bulbospinal-respiratory-axons-following-cervical-sci
#10
Mark W Urban, Biswarup Ghosh, Laura R Strojny, Cole G Block, Sara M Blazejewski, Megan C Wright, George M Smith, Angelo C Lepore
Damage to respiratory neural circuitry and consequent loss of diaphragm function is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in individuals suffering from traumatic cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Repair of CNS axons after SCI remains a therapeutic challenge, despite current efforts. SCI disrupts inspiratory signals originating in the rostral ventral respiratory group (rVRG) of the medulla from their phrenic motor neuron (PhMN) targets, resulting in loss of diaphragm function. Using a rat model of cervical hemisection SCI, we aimed to restore rVRG-PhMN-diaphragm circuitry by stimulating regeneration of injured rVRG axons via targeted induction of Rheb (ras homolog enriched in brain), a signaling molecule that regulates neuronal-intrinsic axon growth potential...
February 14, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451884/a-damped-oscillator-imposes-temporal-order-on-posterior-gap-gene-expression-in-drosophila
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Berta Verd, Erik Clark, Karl R Wotton, Hilde Janssens, Eva Jiménez-Guri, Anton Crombach, Johannes Jaeger
Insects determine their body segments in two different ways. Short-germband insects, such as the flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, use a molecular clock to establish segments sequentially. In contrast, long-germband insects, such as the vinegar fly Drosophila melanogaster, determine all segments simultaneously through a hierarchical cascade of gene regulation. Gap genes constitute the first layer of the Drosophila segmentation gene hierarchy, downstream of maternal gradients such as that of Caudal (Cad). We use data-driven mathematical modelling and phase space analysis to show that shifting gap domains in the posterior half of the Drosophila embryo are an emergent property of a robust damped oscillator mechanism, suggesting that the regulatory dynamics underlying long- and short-germband segmentation are much more similar than previously thought...
February 16, 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451435/safe-insertion-of-s-2-alar-iliac-screws-radiological-comparison-between-2-insertion-points-using-computed-tomography-and-3d-analysis-software
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Kentaro Yamada, Yuichiro Abe, Shigenobu Satoh
OBJECTIVE S-2 alar iliac (S2AI) screws are commonly used as anchors for lumbosacral fixation. A serious potential complication of screw insertion is major vascular injury due to anterior or caudal screw deviation. To avoid screw deviation, the pelvic inlet view on intraoperative fluoroscopy images is recommended. However, there has been no detailed investigation of optimal fluoroscopic incline with the pelvic inlet view. The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety margins and to optimize fluoroscopic settings to avoid screw deviation with 2 reported insertion techniques using 3D analysis software and CT...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450565/tissue-distribution-of-gold-and-silver-after-subacute-intravenous-injection-of-co-administered-gold-and-silver-nanoparticles-of-similar-sizes
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Ji Hyun Lee, Jae Hyuck Sung, Hyun Ryol Ryu, Kyung Seuk Song, Nam Woong Song, Hyun Min Park, Beom Soo Shin, Kangho Ahn, Mary Gulumian, Elaine M Faustman, Il Je Yu
Gold (AuNPs, 12.8 nm) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs, 10 nm), mixed or separate, were injected into the caudal vein of male Sprague-Dawley rats for 4 weeks. The rats were allowed to recover for further 4 weeks to examine the differences in AuNP/AgNP tissue distribution and clearance. The size distribution of injected AuNPs and AgNPs were not statistically different. The dose groups (five males per group for the administration and three males for the recovery) consisted of seven divisions, i.e., control, AgNPs (with a low dose of 10 µg/kg/day, and, a high dose of 100 µg/kg/day), AuNPs (with a low dose of 10 µg/kg/day, and, a high dose of 100 µg/kg/day), as well as mixed AgNPs/AuNPs (with a low dose of 10/10 µg/kg/day, and a high dose of 100/100 µg/kg/day)...
February 15, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446467/morphological-integration-in-the-gorilla-chimpanzee-and-human-neck
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Mikel Arlegi, Aida Gómez-Robles, Asier Gómez-Olivencia
OBJECTIVES: Although integration studies are important to understand the evolution of organisms' traits across phylogenies, vertebral integration in primates is still largely unexplored. Here we describe and quantify patterns of morphological integration and modularity in the subaxial cervical vertebrae (C3-C7) in extant hominines incorporating the potential influence of size. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three-dimensional landmarks were digitized on 546 subaxial cervical vertebrae from 141 adult individuals of Gorilla gorilla, Pan troglodytes, and Homo sapiens...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446034/molecular-genetic-diversity-of-gongylonema-neoplasticum-fibiger-ditlevsen-1914-spirurida-gongylonematidae-from-rodents-in-southeast-asia
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Aogu Setsuda, Alexis Ribas, Kittipong Chaisiri, Serge Morand, Monidarin Chou, Fidelino Malbas, Muchammad Yunus, Hiroshi Sato
More than a dozen Gongylonema spp. (Spirurida: Spiruroidea: Gongylonematidae) have been described from a variety of rodent hosts worldwide. Gongylonema neoplasticum (Fibiger & Ditlevsen, 1914), which dwells in the gastric mucosa of rats such as Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout) and Rattus rattus (Linnaeus), is currently regarded as a cosmopolitan nematode in accordance with global dispersion of its definitive hosts beyond Asia. To facilitate the reliable specific differentiation of local rodent Gongylonema spp...
February 14, 2018: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445859/a-new-species-of-stilestrongylus-nematoda-heligmonellidae-from-the-atlantic-forest-of-misiones-argentina-parasitic-in-euryoryzomys-russatus-cricetidae-sigmodontinae
#16
Guillermo Panisse, María Celina Digiani
A new species of Heligmonellidae (Trichostrongylina, Heligmosomoidea), Stilestrongylus kaaguyporai n. sp. is described from the small intestine of Euryoryzomys russatus (Rodentia, Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae) from the Argentine Atlantic Forest, in the Misiones province. The new species was found at Campo Anexo Manuel Belgrano, Reserva de Vida Silvestre Urugua-í and Parque Provincial Urugua-í, with a prevalence of 73% in 15 hosts examined. Stilestrongylus includes 24 Neotropical species, all parasitic in rodents, mostly Sigmodontinae...
February 14, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445478/azygos-continuation-of-the-caudal-vena-cava-with-segmental-aneurysm-lung-lobe-torsion-and-pulmonary-thromboembolism-in-a-dog
#17
Ashley J Lockwood, Virginia B Sinnott-Stutzman, Pamela J Mouser, Steven L Tsai
This case highlights the management and diagnostic evaluation of a dog with two individually rare conditions (lung lobe torsion and vena cava aneurysm) that ultimately resulted in fatal pulmonary thromboembolism.
February 2018: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444424/activity-regulates-cell-death-within-cortical-interneurons-through-a-calcineurin-dependent-mechanism
#18
Rashi Priya, Mercedes Francisca Paredes, Theofanis Karayannis, Nusrath Yusuf, Xingchen Liu, Xavier Jaglin, Isabella Graef, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Gord Fishell
We demonstrate that cortical interneurons derived from ventral eminences, including the caudal ganglionic eminence, undergo programmed cell death. Moreover, with the exception of VIP interneurons, this occurs in a manner that is activity-dependent. In addition, we demonstrate that, within interneurons, Calcineurin, a calcium-dependent protein phosphatase, plays a critical role in sequentially linking activity to maturation (E15-P5) and survival (P5-P20). Specifically, embryonic inactivation of Calcineurin results in a failure of interneurons to morphologically mature and prevents them from undergoing apoptosis...
February 13, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443451/use-of-an-autologous-bony-crossbar-graft-for-the-management-of-caudal-septal-deviation-our-experience-in-twenty-two-patients
#19
Yi-Chan Lee, Li-Ang Lee, Wei-Chieh Chao, Cheng-Ming Luo, Yi-Hsuan Lee, Shih-Wei Yang
Septoplasty for a deviated caudal septum is a technique challenging surgery. The two goals of surgery are adequate correction of the deviated septum and maintenance of the nasal tip structural support. Use of an autologous bony crossbar graft to correct a deviate caudal septum offers the following advantages. No difficult drilling or suturing procedure is needed because the graft was kept in place by the elastic properties of the buttonhole cartilage incisions. Second, a simple endonasal approach is sufficient to expose the entire surgical field...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441573/widening-control-of-fin-inter-rays-in-zebrafish-and-inferences-about-actinopterygian-fins
#20
Carmen Murciano, Salvador Cazorla-Vázquez, Javier Gutiérrez, Juan Antonio Hijano, Josefa Ruiz-Sánchez, Laura Mesa-Almagro, Flores Martín-Reyes, Tahía Diana Fernández, Manuel Marí-Beffa
The amputation of a teleost fin rapidly triggers an intricate maze of hierarchically regulated signalling processes which ultimately reconstruct the diverse tissues of the appendage. Whereas the generation of the fin pattern along the proximodistal axis brings with it several well-known developmental regulators, the mechanisms by which the fin widens along its dorsoventral axis remain poorly understood. Utilizing the zebrafish as an experimental model of fin regeneration and studying more than 1000 actinopterygian species, we hypothesized a connection between specific inter-ray regulatory mechanisms and the morphological variability of inter-ray membranes found in nature...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Anatomy
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