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Sunil Nath
As the chief energy source of eukaryotic cells, it is important to determine the thermodynamic efficiency of ATP synthesis in oxidative phosphorylation (OX PHOS). Previous estimates of the thermodynamic efficiency of this vital process have ranged from Lehninger's original back-of-the-envelope calculation of 38% to the often quoted value of 55-60% in current textbooks of biochemistry, to high values of 90% from recent information theoretic considerations, and reports of realizations of close to ideal 100% efficiencies by single molecule experiments...
October 15, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
Gylynthia E Trotman, Helen Cheung, Eshetu A Tefera, Renuka Darolia, Veronica Gomez-Lobo
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To compare the rates of oophorectomy performed by pediatric surgeons for benign indications before and after the addition of a gynecologist to the surgical staff of a children's hospital. Study Design, Participants, Intervention and Outcome Measure: Retrospective chart review of patients ages 5-21 who underwent surgical management by pediatric surgeons for benign adnexal indications. Patient characteristics and clinical outcomes were recorded. Rates of oophorectomy for cases managed prior to the addition of a gynecologist (1998-2004) were compared to those managed after a gynecologist joined the surgical staff (2005-2013)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Britta Kristina Ischebeck, Jurryt de Vries, Jos N Van der Geest, Malou Janssen, Jan Paul Van Wingerden, Gert Jan Kleinrensink, Maarten A Frens
BACKGROUND: Many people with Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) report problems with vision, some of which may be due to impaired eye movements. Better understanding of such impaired eye movements could improve diagnostics and treatment strategies. This systematic review surveys the current evidence on changes in eye movements of patients with WAD and explains how the oculomotor system is tested. METHODS: Nine electronic data bases were searched for relevant articles from inception until September 2015...
October 21, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Ning-Jiu Zhao, Yu-Wei Wang, Qian Liu, Zi-Hong Lin, Ran Liang, Li-Min Fu, Xi-Cheng Ai, Zhishan Bo, Jian-Ping Zhang
A pair of 9-arylidene-9H-fluorene and benzothiadiazole based, low-bandgap copolymers differing merely in the para or meta substitution of alkoxy groups to the arylidene linkages, i.e. p-PAFDTBT and m-PAFDTBT respectively, were comparatively investigated by using morphological characterization, ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. Despite the subtle difference in the alkoxy substitution patterns, p-PAFDTBT molecules in photoactive films were shown to have a higher degree of crystallinity owing to the relatively less rotational torsion of the arylidene linkages...
October 21, 2016: Nanoscale
Pankaj Dangle, Cláudia Salgado, Miguel Reyes-Mugica, Francis Schneck, Michael Ost, Sunder Sims-Lucas
OBJECTIVE: To determine if vanishing testis could result from a fault in embryological development as a result of an arrest in endothelial cell migration rather than secondary to just a random physical torsion/twist. .A testicular nubbin or vanishing testis is considered to be secondary to a neonatal torsion and is usually associated with a hemosiderin deposit. METHODS: Cases of vanishing testis excision were compared with age-matched controls from cadaveric testes without known genitourinary pathology...
October 17, 2016: Urology
Prashant K Sharma, Tineke P Willems, Daan J Touw, Willem Woudstra, Michiel E Erasmus, Tjark Ebels
BACKGROUND: Three European centers have recently reported dramatic failures of the STRATOS titanium system, approved in Europe and the United States since 2007 and meant for pectus repair, without detailed exploration of its causes. METHODS: Failed implants (fractures or loosened crimp connectors) were surgically explanted from 12 patients and biopsies taken from surrounding discolored tissue. Detailed failure analysis was performed to find the cause of failures...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
David J Daegling, Kristian J Carlson, Paul Tafforeau, Darryl J de Ruiter, Lee R Berger
Fossils attributed to Australopithecus sediba are described as having phylogenetic affinities with early Homo to the exclusion of other South African australopiths. With respect to functional anatomy of mastication, one implication of this hypothesis is that A. sediba mandibles should exhibit absolutely and relatively reduced stiffness and strength in comparison to Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus jaws. Examination of cortical bone distribution in the MH 1 and MH 2 mandibles of A. sediba (evaluated against samples of Pan, early and modern Homo as well as A...
November 2016: Journal of Human Evolution
Chad S Cox, Summer J Decker, Mark Rolfe, Todd R Hazelton, Carlos A Rojas
Lobar torsion is well documented after pneumonectomy, but is very rare after lung transplant. To the best of our knowledge, this is the twelfth reported case of lobar torsion after lung transplant. In our case, bronchoscopies and chest radiographs were inconclusive; however, CT scan clearly demonstrated findings consistent with right middle lobe torsion. We review the literature and discuss the epidemiology, clinical presentation, imaging features, and treatment considerations for this condition. We also propose that if a clinical picture could be secondary to torsion and bronchoscopies and chest x ray are inconclusive that a CT scan should be obtained as soon as possible since early recognition increases the likelihood of being able to successfully detorse the lung and avoid lobectomy...
May 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Ying Wang, Andy Sischka, Volker Walhorn, Katja Tönsing, Dario Anselmetti
Fluorescent DNA dyes are broadly used in many biotechnological applications for detecting and imaging DNA in cells and gels. Their binding alters the structural and nanomechanical properties of DNA and affects the biological processes that are associated with it. Although interaction modes like intercalation and minor groove binding already have been identified, associated mechanic effects like local elongation, unwinding, and softening of the DNA often remain in question. We used magnetic tweezers to quantitatively investigate the impact of three DNA-binding dyes (YOYO-1, DAPI, and DRAQ5) in a concentration-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Mustafa Güneş, Mehmet Umul, Muammer Altok
Testicular torsion is a common important urological emergency. Testicles usually undergo various degrees of rotation in a medial (inward) direction. Manual detorsion is a critical maneuver, allowing to prevent testis viability in patients with delay to get into the operation room. Testis torsion rarely occurs in lateral direction. It is important for patients undergoing manual detorsion. Hereby, we present a case of atypical lateral (outward) torsion who performed preoperative manual derotation.
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Przemysław Bombiński, Stanisław Warchoł, Michał Brzewski, Zofia Majkowska, Teresa Dudek-Warchoł, Maria Żerańska, Małgorzata Panek, Magdalena Drop
BACKGROUND: Extravaginal testicular torsion (ETT), also called prenatal or perinatal, occurs prenatally and is present at birth or appears within the first month of life. It has different etiology than intravaginal torsion, which appears later in life. Testicular torsion must be taken into consideration in differential diagnosis of acute scrotum and should be confirmed or ruled out at first diagnostic step. Ultrasonography is a basic imaging modality, however diagnostic pitfalls are still possible...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
Shabnam Bhandari Grover, Nishith Kumar, Hemal Grover, Dinesh Kumar Taneja, Amit Katyan
BACKGROUND: Common etiologies of scrotal swelling in neonates include hydrocoele, inguinal hernia and testicular torsion; less common is epididymo-orchitis. Congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS), a rare entity, is known to present as progressive renal failure and its leading presentation with scrotal involvement has not been reported. MATERIAL/METHODS: We report a rare case of CNS with primary clinical presentation as scrotal cellulitis and epididymo-orchitis. In this neonate, scrotal and abdominal ultrasound examination was performed and the laboratory data were obtained...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
Vicky Dhooghe, David Reynders, Peter Cools
BACKGROUND: Omental torsion is a rare and very unusual cause of acute abdominal pain. If often mimics other acute pathologies and it is very difficult to diagnose preoperatively, which can lead to deterioration of the patient. It is seldom reported in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a well-documented case of a 67-year-old white woman who complained about abdominal pain, which was slowly increasing in severity. She had no previous abdominal interventions...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Hamid Karimi, Seyed-Abolhassan Emami, Mohammad-Kazem Olad-Gubad
BACKGROUND: Repair of total human ear loss or congenital lack of ears is one of the challenging issues in plastic and reconstructive surgery. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was 3D reconstruction of the human ear with cadaveric ear cartilages seeded with human mesenchymal stem cells. METHOD: We used cadaveric ear cartilages with preserved perichondrium. The samples were divided into 2 groups: group A (cartilage alone) and group B (cartilage seeded with a mixture of fibrin powder and mesenchymal stem cell [1,000,000 cells/cm] used and implanted in back of 10 athymic rats)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Youngkyo Kwun, Gyule Han, Yoon-Jung Choy, Jong Chul Han, Changwon Kee
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the optic disc characteristics associated with visual field (VF) progression in normal tension glaucoma (NTG) eyes with tilted optic discs. METHODS: Sixty-six eyes of 66 NTG patients with tilted optic disc were included in this cross-sectional study, who were examined by at least 5 Humphrey 30-2 VFs. Glaucomatous VF progression was evaluated using pointwise linear regression. Optic nerve heads were scanned with enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT), and evaluated for the focal lamina cribrosa (LC) defects and LC thicknesses...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
John Morellato, Hakim Louati, Andrew Bodrogi, Andrew Stewart, Steven Papp, Allan Liew, Wade Gofton
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: There have been no studies assessing the optimal biomechanical tension of suture button constructs. The purpose of this study was to assess optimal tensioning of suture button fixation and its ability to maintain reduction under loaded conditions using a stress computed tomography (CT) model. METHODS: Ten cadaveric lower limbs disarticulated at the knee were used. The limbs were placed in a modified ankle load frame that allowed for the application of sustained torsional axial, or combined torsional/axial loads...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Amir Rabani
The market for process instruments generally requires low cost devices that are robust, small in size, portable, and usable in-plant. Ultrasonic torsional guided wave sensors have received much attention by researchers for measurement of viscosity and/or density of fluids in recent years. The supporting electronic systems for these sensors providing many different settings of sine-wave signals are bulky and expensive. In contrast, a system based on bursts of square waves instead of sine waves would have a considerable advantage in that respect and could be built using simple integrated circuits at a cost that is orders of magnitude lower than for a windowed sine wave device...
October 12, 2016: Sensors
Darae Kim, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, In Jeong Cho, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Jong-Won Ha, Namsik Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to comprehensively assess mechanical adaptation of LV in subclinical patients with hypertension(HTN) using a layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography. DESIGN AND METHOD: Conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with 2D-layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography was performed on 218 HTN patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF > 50%). Endocardial, epicardial, and transmural global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strains (GCS), and peak LV torsion were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Krasimira Hristova, Rumen Marinov, Georgi Stamenov, Kristina Chacheva, Marina Michova, Sabina Persenska, Ani Racheva
OBJECTIVE: Normal pregnancy is associated with reversible changes in both systolic and diastolic mechanics, consistent with an increase in preload and decrease in afterload and systemic vascular resistance. The aim is to evaluate left ventricular (LV) twist and untwist mechanics in a population of pregnant women during differing stages of a healthy pregnancy. DESIGN AND METHOD: We included 22 pregnant patients, 10 with multiple pregnancy (mean age 36.5 ± 3 years) and 20 healthy non pregnant women (mean age 33 ± 4years)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Maryam Zangene, Atefeh Ashoori Barmchi, Mansour Rezaei, Firoozeh Veisi
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of serum Interleukin-6 (IL-6) as a predictive value to make decision for surgical interventions when ovarian torsion (OT) is suspected. This study was performed on 284 women with lower abdominal pain. IL-6 levels were compared between OT (n = 67, 23.6%) and control groups (n = 217, 76.4%). For the purpose of diagnosis of OT, sensitivity and specificity of IL-6 at the cut-off point of 9.6 pg/ml were 41.79 and 82.49%, respectively. Patients with ovarian masses on ultrasound and IL-6 >9...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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