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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102813/intramedullary-amputation-neuroma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#1
Laura Stone McGuire, Mandana Behbahini, Sumit Das, David Loeffler, Peter Burger, Herbert Engelhard, Tibor Valyi-Nagy, Ankit Mehta
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Amputation neuromas consist of non-neoplastic collections of myelinated axons and Schwann cells and typically arise in injured peripheral nerves. Rarely, however, neuromas occur within the spinal cord. Intramedullary amputation neuromas have been described both with and without a history of trauma within the peripheral nervous system. We report a rare case of an isolated intramedullary spinal cord amputation neuroma. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: This 43-year-old man presented with progressive and severe gait deterioration for ~ 7 years...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102682/identification-of-serratane-synthase-gene-from-the-fern-lycopodium-clavatum
#2
Yusuke Saga, Takeshi Araki, Hiroshi Araya, Kazuki Saito, Mami Yamazaki, Hideyuki Suzuki, Tetsuo Kushiro
Ferns are known to produce onoceroids including onoceranes and serratanes having unusual structures among triterpenes. From the fern Lycopodium clavatum, a novel onoceroid synthase gene was cloned that showed high sequence identity with a previously identified α-onocerin synthase. Functional analysis by coexpression with pre-α-onocerin synthase in yeast led to the production of tohogenol and serratenediol. The result suggested that serratanes are directly biosynthesized from pre-α-onocerin and not from α-onocerin as previously assumed...
January 19, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102461/rnahelix-computational-modeling-of-nucleic-acid-structures-with-watson-crick-and-non-canonical-base-pairs
#3
Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Sukanya Halder, Sankar Basu, Debasish Mukherjee, Prasun Kumar, Manju Bansal
Comprehensive analyses of structural features of non-canonical base pairs within a nucleic acid double helix are limited by the availability of a small number of three dimensional structures. Therefore, a procedure for model building of double helices containing any given nucleotide sequence and base pairing information, either canonical or non-canonical, is seriously needed. Here we describe a program RNAHelix, which is an updated version of our widely used software, NUCGEN. The program can regenerate duplexes using the dinucleotide step and base pair orientation parameters for a given double helical DNA or RNA sequence with defined Watson-Crick or non-Watson-Crick base pairs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102374/ethane-c-h-bond-activation-on-the-fe-iv-oxo-species-in-a-zn-based-cluster-of-metal-organic-frameworks-a-density-functional-theory-study
#4
Sarawoot Impeng, Siwarut Siwaipram, Sareeya Bureekaew, Michael Probst
We first investigate the feasibility of designing a Fe-oxo complex for the activation of alkane C-H bonds by (a) incorporating an Fe ion into a Zn-based cluster derived from a metal-organic framework (MOF) and (b) creating the Fe-oxo complex via decomposition of N2O over a Fe(2+)-substituted Zn-based cluster (Fe-Zn3O(pyrazole)6). From the energy profile, it turns out that both steps should be feasible and that the resulting Fe-oxo complex is stable. In the main step, we then investigate the reactivity of this Fe-oxo cluster for the C-H bond cleavage of ethane by calculating the reaction energy profile and analyzing the electronic structure along the relevant steps...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101849/mechanistic-study-of-the-gas-phase-in-source-hofmann-elimination-of-doubly-quaternized-cinchona-alkaloid-based-phase-transfer-catalysts-by-electrospray-ionization-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#5
Rong-Sheng Yang, Huaming Sheng, Katrina W Lexa, Edward C Sherer, Li-Kang Zhang, Bangping Xiang, Roy Helmy, Bing Mao
An unusual in-source fragmentation pattern observed for 14 doubly quaternized cinchona alkaloid-based phase-transfer catalysts (PTC) was studied using (+)-ESI high resolution mass spectrometry. Loss of the substituted benzyl cation (R1 or R2) was found to be the major product ion [M(2+) - R1(+) or R2(+)](+) in MS spectra of all PTC compounds. A Hofmann elimination product ion [M - H](+) was also observed. Only a small amount of the doubly charged M(2+) ions were observed in the MS spectra, likely due to strong Columbic repulsion between the two quaternary ammonium cations in the gas phase...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101593/diffuse-phalangeal-signal-abnormality-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-phalangeal-microgeodic-disease
#6
Rupa Radhakrishnan, Kathleen H Emery, Arnold C Merrow
BACKGROUND: Phalangeal microgeodic disease is a rare and benign self-limited condition involving the phalanges, often in the setting of cold exposure, with characteristic MR imaging abnormalities. Radiographic case descriptions are predominantly from Asia and Europe, with only seven cases using MR to characterize phalangeal microgeodic disease. OBJECTIVE: In this study we describe the MR imaging appearance of unusual and striking phalangeal signal abnormality compatible with phalangeal microgeodic disease at our institution in North America...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101480/spectrum-of-cutaneous-adverse-reactions-to-levetiracetam-and-human-leukocyte-antigen-typing-in-north-indian-patients
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Bhargavi Ramanujam, Kavish Ihtisham, Gurvinder Kaur, Shivani Srivastava, Narinder Kumar Mehra, Neena Khanna, Mahip Singh, Manjari Tripathi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aromatic antiepileptic drugs are frequently implicated for cutaneous adverse drug reactions (cADRs); there are case-reports of even severe reactions like drug reaction eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) and Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS)-toxic epidermal necrolysis with Levetiracetam (LEV). Certain human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-alleles have strong association with cADRs due to specific drugs - HLA-B*15:02 and HLA-A*31:01 in Carbamazepine (CBZ)-related SJS in Han-Chinese and European populations, respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101187/severe-pneumonia-due-to-infection-with-candida-krusei-in-a-case-of-suspected-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Mingming Tan, Junwei Wang, Peiyang Hu, Bin Wang, Wanghua Xu, Jiao Chen
Candida krusei (C. krusei) pneumonia is a rare infection that is frequently associated with a poor outcome. The present study reports an unusual case of C. krusei pneumonia that was initially suspected to be a Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) case. A 64-year-old Saudi Arabian male patient was admitted to our hospital with complaints of cough and dyspnea that persisted for 6 days. The patient presented fever (oral temperature, 38.5°C) and slight tachypnea (25 respirations/min). A chest computerized tomography demonstrated unclear lung fields, diffuse pathological changes in the two lungs and multiple lymphadenectasis in the retrocaval and para-aortic arch area...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101039/multifocal-toric-intraocular-lens-for-traumatic-cataract-in-a-child
#9
Yanfeng Zeng, Licheng Fan, Peirong Lu
A child suffering from traumatic cataract and corneal astigmatism of 2.14 D had a phacoemulsification operation and implantation of a ReSTOR Toric intraocular lens (IOL) to correct the astigmatism. The primary outcome measurements were the uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), uncorrected near vision at 40 cm, intraocular pressure, spherical equivalent refraction, residual astigmatism, corneal astigmatism, presence of unusual optical phenomena, and use of spectacles. At 7 months postoperatively, UDVA was maintained between 16/20 and 24/20, near vision was between J1 and J3, residual spherical refraction was 0-0...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101029/ductal-adenocarcinoma-of-the-prostate-a-case-report
#10
Yutaro Hayashi, Takashi Kawahara, Hiromichi Iwashita, Kota Shimokihara, Sohgo Tsutsumi, Daiji Takamoto, Taku Mochizuki, Yusuke Hattori, Jun-Ichi Teranishi, Yasuhide Miyoshi, Yasushi Yumura, Masahiro Yao, Yoshiaki Inayama, Hiroji Uemura
Ductal adenocarcinoma is an unusual variant of adenocarcinoma of the prostate. A 73-year-old male was referred to our hospital for the further examination of an elevated prostate-specific antigen level of 23.4 ng/mL. Radical prostatectomy (RP) was performed based on the diagnosis obtained by a prostate needle biopsy. The RP specimen revealed ductal adenocarcinoma of the prostate with positive capsular penetration. We herein report a rare case of ductal adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100981/isolated-left-subclavian-artery-complete-atrioventricular-block-and-tricuspid-atresia-in-a-neonate
#11
Kanupriya Chaturvedi, Deepa Prasad, Ravi Ashwath, James P Strainic, Christopher S Snyder
Isolated left subclavian artery is one of the rarer aortic arch anomalies. It has been associated with other congenital heart diseases, typically tetralogy of Fallot, double-outlet right ventricle, and atrial and ventricular septal defects. Its significant clinical implications include a left-to-right shunt from the vertebrobasilar system, which causes pulmonary overcirculation and subclavian steal. We present an unusual case of a premature infant who was diagnosed prenatally with congenital complete atrioventricular block and tricuspid atresia and was found to have an isolated left subclavian artery postnatally...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100972/unrepaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-absent-pulmonary-valve-in-a-mildly-symptomatic-16-year-old-boy
#12
Diana E Drogalis-Kim, Brian L Reemtsen, Leigh Christopher Reardon
Absent pulmonary valve is a rare and severe variant seen in only 3% to 6% of patients with tetralogy of Fallot. Fetuses with this combined condition who survive through birth typically need intervention in infancy or early childhood because of respiratory distress, heart failure, or failure to thrive. We describe the unusual case of a mildly symptomatic 16-year-old boy with these conditions who underwent successful primary repair. Our search of the medical literature yielded fewer than 5 cases of tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve (or variants with an absent left pulmonary artery) and survival without repair into later adolescence or adulthood...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100951/an-unusual-cause-of-duodenal-obstruction-persimmon-phytobezoar
#13
Shengxian Fan, Jing Wang, Yousheng Li
Duodenal phytobezoar, an unusual cause of acute duodenal obstruction, is rarely seen. The most common cause of this type of bezoar is persimmon. It frequently arises from underlying gastrointestinal tract pathologies (gastric surgery, etc.). Here, we report the case of a 66-year-old man who had undergone distal gastrectomy with Billroth I reconstruction for gastric cancer and experienced severe epigastric discomfort, abdominal pain, and vomiting for a few days. The abdominal computed tomography scan showed a large-sized mass in the horizontal portion of the duodenum...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100885/quantitative-analysis-of-the-distribution-of-cis-eicosenoic-acid-positional-isomers-in-marine-fishes-from-the-indian-ocean
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Samanthika Senarath, Kazuaki Yoshinaga, Toshiharu Nagai, Akihiko Yoshida, Fumiaki Beppu, Chamila Jayasinghe, Chandravathany Devadawson, Naohiro Gotoh
This study investigated the occurrence and distribution of cis-eicosenoic acid (c-20:1) positional isomers in fishes from the Indian Ocean and compared to those from the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Lipids were extracted from the edible part of the fish and then methylated. The eicosenoic acid methyl ester fraction was separated from total fatty acid methyl esters by reversed-phase HPLC and quantitatively analyzed using a GC-FID fitted with the SLB-IL111 highly polar GC column. c14-20:1 was used as an internal standard...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100779/intramembrane-proteolysis-of-astrotactins
#15
Hao Chang, Philip M Smallwood, John Williams, Jeremy Nathans
Astrotactins are vertebrate-specific membrane proteins implicated in neuron-glia interactions during central nervous system development and in hair follicle polarity during skin development. By studying epitope-tagged derivatives of mouse Astrotactin2 (Astn2) produced in transfected cells, we determined that the amino- and carboxy-termini reside in the extracellular space and are initially linked by two transmembrane segments and a single cytoplasmic domain. We further show that Astn2 undergoes proteolytic cleavage in the second transmembrane domain (TM2) and that a disulfide bond holds the resulting two fragments together...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100778/structure-of-the-z-ring-associated-protein-zapd-bound-to-the-c-terminal-domain-of-the-tubulin-like-protein-ftsz-suggests-mechanism-of-z-ring-stabilization-through-ftsz-crosslinking
#16
Maria Schumacher, Kuo-Hsiang Huang, Wenjie Zeng, Anuradha Janakiraman
Cell division in most bacteria is mediated by the tubulin-like FtsZ protein, which polymerizes in a GTP-dependent manner to form the cytokinetic Z ring. A diverse repertoire of FtsZ binding proteins affect FtsZ localization and polymerization to ensure correct Z ring formation. Many of these proteins bind the C-terminal domain (CTD) of FtsZ, which serves as a hub for FtsZ regulation. FtsZ ring-associated proteins, ZapA-D (Zaps), are important FtsZ regulatory proteins that stabilize FtsZ assembly and enhance Z ring formation by increasing lateral assembly of FtsZ protofilaments, which then form the Z ring...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100618/influence-of-the-envelope-gp120-phe-43-cavity-on-hiv-1-sensitivity-to-adcc-responses
#17
Jérémie Prévost, Daria Zoubchenok, Jonathan Richard, Maxime Veillette, Beatriz Pacheco, Mathieu Coutu, Nathalie Brassard, Matthew S Parsons, Kiat Ruxrungtham, Torsak Bunupuradah, Sodsai Tovanabutra, Kwan-Ki Hwang, M Anthony Moody, Barton F Haynes, Mattia Bonsignori, Joseph Sodroski, Daniel E Kaufmann, George M Shaw, Agnès L Chenine, Andrés Finzi
: HIV-1-infected cells presenting envelope glycoproteins (Env) in the CD4-bound conformation on their surface are preferentially targeted by antibody-dependent cellular-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). HIV-1 has evolved sophisticated mechanisms to avoid exposure of Env ADCC epitopes by downregulating CD4 and by limiting the overall amount of Env on the cell surface. In HIV-1, substitution of large residues such as histidine or tryptophan for serine 375 (S375H/W) in the gp120 Phe 43 cavity, where Phe 43 of CD4 contacts gp120, results in the spontaneous sampling of an Env conformation closer to CD4-bound state...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100268/upper-lip-metastasis-of-sarcomatoid-carcinoma-of-the-lung-an-unusual-site-of-disease-a-case-report
#18
Tri Le, Melissa Mayer, Joseph Sailors, David E Gerber, John M Truelson
BACKGROUND: Lip metastases are rare clinical events that are frequently mistaken for other diagnoses. For sarcomatoid lung carcinoma, a rare histologic variant of non-small cell lung cancer, the incidence and pattern of cutaneous spread is poorly understood. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 79-year-old African American man with a rapidly progressive upper lip cutaneous lesion that provided the first evidence of distant metastatic spread of sarcomatoid lung carcinoma...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100223/surface-attachment-promoted-by-the-actomyosin-system-of-toxoplasma-gondii-is-important-for-efficient-gliding-motility-and-invasion
#19
Jamie A Whitelaw, Fernanda Latorre-Barragan, Simon Gras, Gurman S Pall, Jacqueline M Leung, Aoife Heaslip, Saskia Egarter, Nicole Andenmatten, Shane R Nelson, David M Warshaw, Gary E Ward, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: Apicomplexan parasites employ a unique form of movement, termed gliding motility, in order to invade the host cell. This movement depends on the parasite's actomyosin system, which is thought to generate the force during gliding. However, recent evidence questions the exact molecular role of this system, since mutants for core components of the gliding machinery, such as parasite actin or subunits of the MyoA-motor complex (the glideosome), remain motile and invasive, albeit at significantly reduced efficiencies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100185/an-improved-genome-assembly-uncovers-prolific-tandem-repeats-in-atlantic-cod
#20
Ole K Tørresen, Bastiaan Star, Sissel Jentoft, William B Reinar, Harald Grove, Jason R Miller, Brian P Walenz, James Knight, Jenny M Ekholm, Paul Peluso, Rolf B Edvardsen, Ave Tooming-Klunderud, Morten Skage, Sigbjørn Lien, Kjetill S Jakobsen, Alexander J Nederbragt
BACKGROUND: The first Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) genome assembly published in 2011 was one of the early genome assemblies exclusively based on high-throughput 454 pyrosequencing. Since then, rapid advances in sequencing technologies have led to a multitude of assemblies generated for complex genomes, although many of these are of a fragmented nature with a significant fraction of bases in gaps. The development of long-read sequencing and improved software now enable the generation of more contiguous genome assemblies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
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