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Danielle Oliveira Dos Anjos, Eliomara Sousa Sobral Alves, Vinicius Tomaz Gonçalves, Sheila Suarez Fontes, Mateus Lima Nogueira, Ana Márcia Suarez-Fontes, João Batista Neves da Costa, Fabricio Rios-Santos, Marcos André Vannier-Santos
Natural products comprise valuable sources for new antiparasitic drugs. Here we tested the effects of a novel β-lapachone derivative on Trypanosoma cruzi parasite survival and proliferation and used microscopy and cytometry techniques to approach the mechanism(s) underlying parasite death. The selectivity index determination indicate that the compound trypanocidal activity was over ten-fold more cytotoxic to epimastigotes than to macrophages or splenocytes. Scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that the R72 β-lapachone derivative affected the T...
October 12, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
BanuPriya Sridharan, Amy D Laflin, Michael A Holtz, Donna M Pacicca, Nicholas K Wischmeier, Michael S Detamore
To date, many osteochondral regenerative approaches have utilized varied combinations of biocompatible materials and cells to engineer cartilage. Even in cell-based approaches, to date, no study has utilized stem cell aggregates alone for regenerating articular cartilage. Thus, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of a novel stem cell-based aggregate approach in a fibrin carrier to regenerate osteochondral defects in the Sprague-Dawley rat trochlear groove model. Two different densities of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (rBMSC) aggregates were fabricated by the hanging drop technique...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Daniel Cherqui, Go Wakabayashi, David A Geller, Joseph F Buell, Ho-Seong Han, Olivier Soubrane, Nicholas O'Rourke
In this article, we present the rationale for creating a new society aiming at organizing laparoscopic liver surgery. It has been named International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS). Its main mission is to facilitate the diffusion and education of laparoscopic liver resection for meaningful improvements in patient care. This will include organization of a biannual congress dedicated to laparoscopic liver resection, coordination of international registries, helping in the education of surgeons wishing to learn these techniques including travel grants, provide a website serving as a forum supporting collaboration between surgeons interested in the advancement of laparoscopic liver resection techniques (http://www...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
Priscilla Hakime Scalize, Karina F Bombonato-Prado, Luiz Gustavo de Sousa, Adalberto Luiz Rosa, Marcio Mateus Beloti, Marisa Semprini, Rossano Gimenes, Adriana L G de Almeida, Fabíola Singaretti de Oliveira, Simone Cecilio Hallak Regalo, Selma Siessere
Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that impairs proper bone remodeling. Guided bone regeneration is a surgical technique that improves bone defect in a particular region through new bone formation, using barrier materials (e.g. membranes) to protect the space adjacent to the bone defect. The polytetrafluorethylene membrane is widely used in guided bone regeneration, however, new membranes are being investigated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of P(VDFTrFE)/BT [poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene)/barium titanate] membrane on in vivo bone formation...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Michael Buchfelder, Sven-Martin Schlaffer
PURPOSE: Surgical extraction of as much tumour mass as possible is considered the first step of treatment in acromegaly in many centers. In this article the potential benefits, disadvantages and limitations of operative acromegaly treatment are reviewed. METHODS: Pertinent literature was selected to provide a review covering current indications, techniques and results of operations for acromegaly. RESULTS: The rapid reduction of tumour volume is an asset of surgery...
October 21, 2016: Pituitary
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Many disciplines, from human genetics and oncology to plant breeding, microbiology and virology, commonly face the challenge of analyzing rapidly increasing numbers of genomes. In case of Homo sapiens, the number of sequenced genomes will approach hundreds of thousands in the next few years. Simply scaling up established bioinformatics pipelines will not be sufficient for leveraging the full potential of such rich genomic data sets. Instead, novel, qualitatively different computational methods and paradigms are needed...
October 21, 2016: Briefings in Bioinformatics
William R Pitchers, Savvas J Constantinou, Mauricio Losilla, Jason R Gallant
Electric fish have served as a model system in biology since the 18th century, providing deep insight into the nature of bioelectrogenesis, the molecular structure of the synapse, and brain circuitry underlying complex behavior. Neuroethologists have collected extensive phenotypic data that span biological levels of analysis from molecules to ecosystems. This phenotypic data, together with genomic resources obtained over the past decades, have motivated new and exciting hypotheses that position the weakly electric fish model to address fundamental 21(st) century biological questions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
Danielle L Brunjes, Adam Castano, Autumn Clemons, Jonah Rubin, Mathew S Maurer
Wild type transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTRwt), formerly called senile cardiac amyloidosis (SCA), is almost exclusively a disorder of older adults. As the population ages, the diagnosis of ATTRwt will increase making it the most common form of cardiac amyloidosis. An important precondition to reduce under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis is to maintain a high index of suspicion for cardiac amyloidosis. Several clues can be gleaned from the clinical history, physical exam, electrocardiogram and non-invasive imaging techniques...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Kazuo Saito, Hitoshi Kihara
STUDY DESIGN: A randomized clinical trial, with patients treated either by new 2-step orthosis or by the figure-eight-type orthosis with the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint extended. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To report on our new orthosis and to evaluate the treatment efficacy of using a 2-step orthosis for the treatment of a mallet finger of tendinous origin compared with a conventional orthosis. METHODS: Forty-four patients were randomized into the 2-step or conventional orthosis groups...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
J L Vilas, J Navas, J Gómez-Blanco, J M de la Rosa-Trevín, R Melero, I Peschiera, I Ferlenghi, J Cuenca, R Marabini, J M Carazo, J Vargas, C O S Sorzano
Random conical tilt (RCT) and orthogonal tilt reconstruction (OTR) are two remarkable methods for reconstructing the three-dimensional structure of macromolecules at low resolution. These techniques use two images at two different sample tilts. One of the most demanding steps in these methods at the image processing level is to identify corresponding particles on both micrographs, and manual or semiautomatic matching methods are usually used. Here we present an approach to solve this bottleneck with a fully automatic method for assigning particle tilt pairs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Structural Biology
Alexandre Pico-Blanco, Pablo Castelo-Baz, Leticia Caneiro-Queija, Antonio Liñares-González, Pablo Martin-Lancharro, Juan Blanco-Carrión
INTRODUCTION: Teeth affected by combined endodontic-periodontal lesions are usually considered by all prognosis classifications as hopeless teeth. The development of new biomaterials combined with modern endodontic and periodontal regeneration techniques may improve dental prognosis and maintain the affected teeth. Moreover, 1 of the replacement options for those teeth, dental implants, has shown an increasing number of biological and technical complications. METHODS: Five patients were included in this case series study...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
Cristiane I Cerceau, Luiz C A Barbosa, Elson S Alvarenga, Antonio G Ferreira, Sérgio S Thomasi
α-Bisabolol is a natural terpene produced by Eremanthus erythropappus and is widely used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimycotic properties. Due to these applications, a control of composition and authenticity of commercial oils rich in this terpene is required, resulting in a demand for new methodologies for quality control. In this work a rapid and efficient method for quantification of α-bisabolol in the essential oil of E. erythropappus (candeia) using (1)H NMR was developed, validated and compared to gas chromatography (GC) method...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jamshed Ali, Mustafa Tuzen, Tasneem G Kazi, Baki Hazer
The polymer, polystyrene polydimethyl siloxane was loaded into the micropipette tip of the syringe system as an adsorbent to developed miniaturized solid phase microextraction. Standard solutions of arsenate and arsenite were passed through the adsorbent loaded in micropipette tip to check the adsorption behaviors. It was observed that arsenate adsorbed on the polystyrene polydimethyl siloxane in the pH rang of 6-8, while arsenite was directly passed through the micropipette tip of syringe system. The adsorbed arsenate in micropipette tip of syringe system were eluted by 1...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
K Gabriela Mejía-Piña, Miguel Angel Huerta-Diaz, O González-Yajimovich
Handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometers (XRFs) represent a more practical, efficient and economic tool to determine the elemental composition of solid inorganic and organic samples than conventional analytical techniques. The objective of this work was to demonstrate that handheld XRFs could be a precise, accurate and reliable tool to analyze up to 27 different elements. This objective was accomplished through the optimization of an empirical calibration curve that, in addition to include certified reference materials (CRM), it also introduced new approaches, such as the use of solid CRM mixtures and combinations of organic and inorganic matrices...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ademar Wong, Tiago Almeida Silva, Fernando Campanhã Vicentini, Orlando Fatibello-Filho
New insights into the design of highly sensitive, carbon-based electrochemical sensors are presented in this work by exploring the interesting properties of graphene oxide (GO) and ionic liquids (ILs). An electrochemical sensor based on the carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with GO and IL was developed for the sensitive detection of ofloxacin using square-wave adsorptive anodic stripping voltammetry (SWAdASV). GO sheets were obtained from the acid treatment of graphene and characterized by scanning and transmission electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the electrochemical behavior of the modified GO-IL/CPE was explored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Hong-Xin Jiang, Zhen-Zhen Liang, Yan-Hong Ma, De-Ming Kong, Zhang-Yong Hong
Real-time PCR has revolutionized PCR from qualitative to quantitative. As an isothermal DNA amplification technique, rolling circular amplification (RCA) has been demonstrated to be a versatile tool in many fields. Development of a simple, highly sensitive, and specific strategy for real-time monitoring of RCA will increase its usefulness in many fields. The strategy reported here utilized the specific fluorescence response of thioflavin T (ThT) to G-quadruplexes formed by RCA products. Such a real-time monitoring strategy works well in both traditional RCA with linear amplification efficiency and modified RCA proceeded in an exponential manner, and can be readily performed in commercially available real-time PCR instruments, thereby achieving high-throughput detection and making the proposed technique more suitable for biosensing applications...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Philip Tack, Jan Victor, Paul Gemmel, Lieven Annemans
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) printing has numerous applications and has gained much interest in the medical world. The constantly improving quality of 3D-printing applications has contributed to their increased use on patients. This paper summarizes the literature on surgical 3D-printing applications used on patients, with a focus on reported clinical and economic outcomes. METHODS: Three major literature databases were screened for case series (more than three cases described in the same study) and trials of surgical applications of 3D printing in humans...
October 21, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Lukasz P Kozlowski
BACKGROUND: Accurate estimation of the isoelectric point (pI) based on the amino acid sequence is useful for many analytical biochemistry and proteomics techniques such as 2-D polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, or capillary isoelectric focusing used in combination with high-throughput mass spectrometry. Additionally, pI estimation can be helpful during protein crystallization trials. RESULTS: Here, I present the Isoelectric Point Calculator (IPC), a web service and a standalone program for the accurate estimation of protein and peptide pI using different sets of dissociation constant (pKa) values, including two new computationally optimized pKa sets...
October 21, 2016: Biology Direct
Birga Maier, Katrin Wagner, Steffen Behrens, Leonhard Bruch, Reinhard Busse, Dagmar Schmidt, Helmut Schühlen, Roland Thieme, Heinz Theres
BACKGROUND: Assessment of quality of care in patients with myocardial infarction (MI) should be based on data that effectively enable determination of quality. With the need to simplify measurement techniques, the question arises whether routine data can be used for this purpose. We therefore compared data from a German sickness fund (AOK) with data from the Berlin Myocardial Infarction Registry (BMIR). METHODS: We included patients hospitalised for treatment of MI in Berlin from 2009-2011...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
M Aurich, D Albrecht, P Angele, C Becher, S Fickert, J Fritz, P E Müller, P Niemeyer, M Pietschmann, G Spahn, M Walther
Background: Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the ankle are a common cause of ankle pain. Although the precise pathophysiology has not been fully elucidated, it can be assumed that a variety of factors are responsible, mainly including traumatic events such as ankle sprains. Advances in arthroscopy and imaging techniques, in particular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have improved the possibilities for the diagnosis of OCLs of the ankle. Moreover, these technologies aim at developing new classification systems and modern treatment strategies...
October 21, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
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