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Matthias A König, Bronek M Boszczyk
OBJECTIVE: 360 degrees in-situ fusion for high-grade spondylolisthesis showed satisfying clinical long-term results. Combining anterior with posterior surgery increases fusion rates. Anteriorly inserted transvertebral HMA screws could be an alternative to strut graft constructs or cages, avoiding donor site complications. In addition, complete posterior muscle detachment is avoided and the injury risk of neural structures is minimized. This study investigates the use of HMA screws in this context...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Norbert Donhauser, Stefanie Heym, Andrea K Thoma-Kress
The Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-encoded accessory protein p8 is cleaved from the precursor protein p12 encoded by the HTLV-1 open reading frame I. Both p12 and p8 are thought to contribute to efficient viral persistence. Mechanistically, p8 induces T-cell conjugates and cellular conduits. The latter are considered to facilitate transfer of p8 to target cells and virus transmission. Transfer of p8 between p8-expressing T-cells and recipient cells has been analyzed by immunofluorescence and live imaging...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Hui Wang, Bin Fang, Lin Kong, Xiangzi Li, Zhijun Feng, Yunjun Wu, Kajsa Uvdal, Zhangjun Hu
A novel donor-π-acceptor-π-donor type (D-π-A-π-D') Schiff base derivative (L) has been designed and synthesized. The structure of L is confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis as well. The photophysical properties of compound L were comprehensively investigated by using both experimental and theoretical methods. The results indicate that L exhibits large Stokes shift and moderate two-photon action (2PA) cross-section in the near infrared (NIR) region. Furthermore, the confocal microscopy imaging study demonstrates that compound L could penetrate into cells and target the cellular mitochondria compartment...
March 13, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Ghaneh Fananapazir, Robert Benzl, Michael T Corwin, Ling-Xin Chen, Junichiro Sageshima, Susan L Stewart, Christoph Troppmann
Purpose To determine whether the predonation computed tomography (CT)-based volume of the future remnant kidney is predictive of postdonation renal function in living kidney donors. Materials and Methods This institutional review board-approved, retrospective, HIPAA-compliant study included 126 live kidney donors who had undergone predonation renal CT between January 2007 and December 2014 as well as 2-year postdonation measurement of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The whole kidney volume and cortical volume of the future remnant kidney were measured and standardized for body surface area (BSA)...
March 20, 2018: Radiology
Danielle Berglund, Varvara Kirchner, Timothy Pruett, Saumya Mangalick, Raja Kandaswamy, Oscar K Serrano, Bradley Benson, Steven Mongin, John Lake, Srinath Chinnakotla
BACKGROUND: Living liver donation is one of the most selfless and humane acts a person can perform. Few single-center reports have been published specifically evaluating complications and quality of life postdonation. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of outcomes of 176 living liver donors at our center to determine the incidence, type, and Clavien grade of complications, as well as long-term quality of life RESULTS: Of 176 living donors, 154 underwent right hepatectomy; 4, left-hepatectomy lobectomy; and 18, left lateral segmentectomy...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Musallam Abukhalil, Osama Mehjez, Mohammed Aladdam, Bettina Bottcher, Sobhi Skaik, Mohammed Matter
BACKGROUND: In 2013, al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, introduced an assessment programme for potential kidney donors on the basis of medical and radiological evaluation. The aims of this study and an associated clinical audit were to examine the final outcome of the potential live kidney donors assessment programme, to review the findings and determine the level of accuracy of the radiological evaluations, to assess the completeness and standard of radiological record keeping, and to evaluate adherence to guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Michael E Reschen, Andrea Mazzella, Edward Sharples
Background and aims: Dysfunction of a kidney transplant often requires histological sampling by percutaneous ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy. Transplant biopsy is more specialized than native kidney biopsy, the indications and complications are less well defined and in England are performed mainly by nephrologists. The aims of the study were to evaluate the adequacy and complication rate in living and deceased donor recipients according to training status of the nephrologist, assess the accuracy of physicians in predicting rejection, the threshold creatinine rise for biopsy, and the change in drug management post-biopsy...
April 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Mona Jasmine R Ahonen, Dakota J Suchyta, Huanyu Zhu, Mark H Schoenfisch
Low and high molecular weight alginate biopolymers were chemically modified to store and release potentially therapeutic levels of nitric oxide (NO). Carbodiimide chemistry was first used to modify carboxylic acid functional groups with a series of small molecule alkyl amines. The resulting secondary amines were subsequently converted to N-diazeniumdiolate NO donors via reaction with NO gas under basic conditions. NO donor-modified alginates stored between 0.4-0.6 µmol NO•mg-1. In aqueous solution, the NO-release kinetics was diverse (0...
March 19, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Deniz Gokengin, Cristiana Oprea, Josip Begovac, Andrzej Horban, Arzu Nazlı Zeka, Dalibor Sedlacek, Bayjanov Allabergan, Esmira A Almamedova, Tatevik Balayan, Denes Banhegyi, Pavlina Bukovinova, Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, Alymbaeva Damira, Edona Deva, Ivaylo Elenkov, Luljeta Gashi, Dafina Gexha-Bunjaku, Vesna Hadciosmanovic, Arjan Harxhi, Tiberiu Holban, Djorje Jevtovic, David Jilich, Justyna Kowalska, Djhamal Kuvatova, Natalya Ladnaia, Adkhamjon Mamatkulov, Aleksandra Marjanovic, Maria Nikolova, Mario Poljak, Kristi Rüütel, Azzaden Shunnar, Milena Stevanovic, Zhanna Trumova, Oleg Yurin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this survey was to describe the current status of HIV care in Central and Eastern European countries and to look at how close the region is to achieve the UNAIDS 2020 target of 90-90-90. METHODS: In 2014 data were collected from 24 Central and Eastern European countries by a 38-item questionnaire. RESULTS: All countries reported mandatory screening of blood and organ donors for HIV. Other groups who were subjected to targeted screening were people who inject drugs (PWID) (15/24; 62...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Yu Huang, Mitsuhisa Takatsuki, Akihiko Soyama, Masaaki Hidaka, Shinichiro Ono, Tomohiko Adachi, Takanobu Hara, Satomi Okada, Takashi Hamada, Susumu Eguchi
BACKGROUND Liver transplantation is indicated for patients with Wilson's disease (WD) who present either with acute liver failure or with end-stage liver disease and severe hepatic insufficiency as the first sign of disease. However, almost all reported cases have been treated with death donor liver transplantation. Here we report the case of a patient with WD associated with fulminant hepatic failure (WD-FHF) who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). CASE REPORT A 17-year-old female was diagnosed with WD-FHF based on high uric copper (10 603 μg/day, normal <100 μg/day), low serum ceruloplasmin (15 mg/dL, normal >20 mg/dL) and Kayser-Fleischer (K-F) corneal ring, and acute liver failure (ALF), acute renal failure (ARF) and grade 2 hepatic encephalopathy (HE)...
March 17, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Keri E Lunsford, Milind Javle, Kirk Heyne, Rachna T Shroff, Reham Abdel-Wahab, Nakul Gupta, Constance M Mobley, Ashish Saharia, David W Victor, Duc T Nguyen, Edward A Graviss, Ahmed O Kaseb, Robert S McFadden, Thomas A Aloia, Claudius Conrad, Xian C Li, Howard P Monsour, A Osama Gaber, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, R Mark Ghobrial
BACKGROUND: At present, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is a contraindication for liver transplantation. However, previous studies in this field did not preselect patients on the basis of chemosensitivity or disease trajectory after neoadjuvant therapy. Experience with hilar cholangiocarcinoma has indicated that neoadjuvant therapy followed by liver transplantation in patients without disease progression results in a long-term survival benefit. We aimed to establish the potential efficacy of liver transplantation in patients with biologically responsive intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma who have had sustained tumour stability or regression with neoadjuvant therapy...
March 13, 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Aneesh Srivastava, Anil Mani
Organ transplantation has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients all the world. The total organ donation shortage of the country can be met with if even 5 to 10% of the victims involved in fatal accidents serve as organ donors. The challenges include an interplay of sociocultural factors, beliefs and superstitions, lack of communication and organizational support, and negative views by the media. Several initiatives to encourage deceased organ donation include the Indian Network for Organ Sharing, a subdivision of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization, the Transplantation of Human Organ Act (THOA), as well as the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Rules...
March 2018: Neurology India
Verena M Throm, David Männle, Thomas Giese, Andrea S Bauer, Matthias M Gaida, Juergen Kopitz, Thomas Bruckner, Konstanze Plaschke, Svetlana P Grekova, Klaus Felix, Thilo Hackert, Nathalia A Giese, Oliver Strobel
Smoking is associated with increased risk and poorer prognosis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Nicotine acts through cholinergic nicotinic receptors, preferentially α7 (CHRNA7) that also binds the endogenous ligand SLURP1 (Secreted Ly-6/uPAR-Related Protein 1). The clinical significance of SLURP1 and its interaction with nicotine in PDAC are unclear. We detected similar levels of SLURP1 in sera from healthy donors and patients with chronic pancreatitis or PDAC; higher preoperative values were associated with significantly better survival in patients with resected tumors...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Xiaopeng Yang, Jae Do Yang, Hong Pil Hwang, Hee Chul Yu, Sungwoo Ahn, Bong-Wan Kim, Heecheon You
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The present study developed an effective surgical planning method consisting of a liver extraction stage, a vessel extraction stage, and a liver segment classification stage based on abdominal computerized tomography (CT) images. METHODS: An automatic seed point identification method, customized level set methods, and an automated thresholding method were applied in this study to extraction of the liver, portal vein (PV), and hepatic vein (HV) from CT images...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Xiaopeng Yang, Jae Do Yang, Hee Chul Yu, Younggeun Choi, Kwangho Yang, Tae Beom Lee, Hong Pil Hwang, Sungwoo Ahn, Heecheon You
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Manual tracing of the right and left liver lobes from computed tomography (CT) images for graft volumetry in preoperative surgery planning of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is common at most medical centers. This study aims to develop an automatic system with advanced image processing algorithms and user-friendly interfaces for liver graft volumetry and evaluate its accuracy and efficiency in comparison with a manual tracing method. METHODS: The proposed system provides a sequential procedure consisting of (1) liver segmentation, (2) blood vessel segmentation, and (3) virtual liver resection for liver graft volumetry...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Ibrahim Batal, Sumit Mohan, Sacha A De Serres, Elena-Rodica Vasilescu, Demetra Tsapepas, Russel J Crew, Shefali S Patel, Geo Serban, Kasi McCune, Syed A Husain, Jae-Hyung Chang, Jan M Herter, Govind Bhagat, Glen S Markowitz, Vivette D D'Agati, Mark A Hardy, Lloyd Ratner, Anil Chandraker
Ischemia-reperfusion injury increases allograft immunogenicity and enhances myeloid dendritic cell maturation and trafficking to recipient's secondary lymphoid tissue. Here, we used postreperfusion biopsies from patients who received kidney allografts from deceased donors between 2006 and 2009 to assess the impact of ischemia-reperfusion damage and myeloid dendritic cell density on subsequent allograft rejection episodes. Histologic changes of severe ischemia-reperfusion damage in postreperfusion biopsies were found to be associated with subsequent rejection episodes and suboptimal allograft survival...
March 13, 2018: Kidney International
Greg Moorlock, Heather Draper
In this article we explore some of the ethical dimensions of using social media to increase the number of living kidney donors. Social media provides a platform for changing non-identifiable 'statistical victims' into 'real people' with whom we can identify and feel empathy: the so-called 'identifiable victim effect', which prompts charitable action. We examine three approaches to promoting kidney donation using social media which could take advantages of the identifiable victim effect: (a) institutionally organized campaigns based on historical cases aimed at promoting non-directed altruistic donation; (b) personal case-based campaigns organized by individuals aimed at promoting themselves/or someone with whom they are in a relationship as a recipient of directed donation; (c) institutionally organized personal case-based campaigns aimed at promoting specific recipients for directed donation...
March 15, 2018: Bioethics
Louis M Katz, John J Donnelly, Christopher J Gresens, Jerry A Holmberg, James MacPherson, Peter J K Zacharias, Jean Stanley, Christine Bales
On March 24, 2017, more than 90 experts in blood safety and international development from blood centers, industry, government, and international and nongovernmental organizations gathered in Arlington, Virginia, for the Third International Blood Safety Forum, cosponsored by America's Blood Centers and Global Healing. This report summarizes presentations and major conclusions. The meeting explored ways to increase access to affordable, safe blood for low- and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs) in an era when funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund has been redirected from preventing the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to diagnosing and treating the 25 million-plus people living with HIV in LMICs...
March 14, 2018: Transfusion
Takahiro Onuma, Tamotsu Kamishima, Tsuyoshi Shimamura, Norio Kawamura, Kenichiro Yamashita, Kenneth Sutherland, Hiroshi Takeda
Background: The quantity and quality of skeletal muscle have been observed to be closely related with post-transplantation mortality in patients undergoing living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). However, the effect of LDLT on skeletal muscle has not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the change of trunk muscle mass and adiposity in recipients of LDLT. Methods: The study population included LDLT recipients at Hokkaido University Hospital who underwent pre- and post-operative computed tomography (CT) scans (31 recipients; 14 males, and 17 females)...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Lara Danziger-Isakov, William J Steinbach, Grant Paulsen, Flor M Munoz, Leigh R Sweet, Michael Green, Marian G Michaels, Janet A Englund, Alastair Murray, Natasha Halasa, Daniel E Dulek, Rebecca Pellett Madan, Betsy C Herold, Brian T Fisher
Background: Respiratory virus infection (RVI) in pediatric solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients poses a significant risk; however, the epidemiology and effects of an RVI after pediatric SOT in the era of current molecular diagnostic assays are unclear. Methods: A retrospective observational cohort of pediatric SOT recipients (January 2010 to June 2013) was assembled from 9 US pediatric transplant centers. Charts were reviewed for RVI events associated with hospitalization within 1 year after the transplant...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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