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  • Basilar artery  (1)
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  • 1
    Keywords: OPTIMIZATION ; RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; CELL ; COMBINATION ; VITRO ; GENE ; GENES ; BIOLOGY ; ASSAY ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; NETHERLANDS ; RECEPTORS ; ER ; signaling ; SCIENCE ; methods ; ANDROGEN RECEPTOR ; CHEMICALS ; ANTAGONISTS ; ANDROGEN ; androgens ; in vitro ; reporter gene assay ; RANGE ; ANDROGEN-RECEPTOR ; PANEL ; Prevalidation ; ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS ; REPORTER ; Hershberger assay ; Androgen reporter gene assay ; BIOASSAYS ; HUMAN CELL-LINE
    Abstract: To date there are no validated methods available to test androgenicity or antiandrogenicity in vitro. A problem with testing androgenicity using reporter genes is the possibility by other steroid receptors than androgen receptors to activate the same reporter gene, thereby lowering selectivity. To avoid this we have established a robust and very selective method, the AR CALUX reporter gene assay, to test androgenic and antiandrogenic activity of compounds in vitro. This assay uses a human U2-OS cell line stably transfected with the human androgen receptor and an androgen receptor responsive reporter gene. We optimized protocols to be used in combination with AR CALUX cells and carried out an in house prevalidation. In addition we successfully transferred this assay to another laboratory, leading to comparable test results with a panel of androgen receptor agonists and antagonists. The assay was able to readily rank a range of chemicals on the basis of their EC50 values. The CALUX assay was found to be selective for androgens and seemed not influenced by signaling through other steroid receptors.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20438827
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-1076
    Keywords: Key words Sacral dysgenesis ; Anal stenosis ; Currarino syndrome ; Chromosome
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Most cases of sacral dysgenesis are considered to be sporadic events. We present two families in whom the presence of associated clinical features prompted specific investigation of chromosome 7, leading to the identification of an underlying chromosome 7q deletion causing sacral dysgenesis. All affected individuals had microcephaly and developmental delay. Detailed cytogenetic studies confirmed that all three affected individuals had a deletion of chromosome 7q associated with their sacral dysgenesis, developmental delay and related problems. The three affected patients were studied clinically, radiologically and cytogenetically. Eleven unaffected individuals from the two families were also investigated by genetic studies, specifically evaluating chromosome 7. Conclusion It is important that detailed family history, evaluation of associated malformations and the overall clinical picture be considered in identifying the underlying diagnosis in cases of anal stenosis/sacral agenesis. The cases we present demonstrate the value of detailed chromosome studies in such situations.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1433-8491
    Keywords: Ultrasonic Doppler ; Vertebral artery ; Basilar artery ; Vertebro-basilar insufficiency
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary We have examined the vertebral and subclavian arteries in 1,205 patients using directional continuous-wave (c-w) Doppler sonography, and compared the sonographic findings with the results of unilateral or bilateral retrograde brachial arteriographies in the same patients. Doppler sonography revealed 33 false positives among 909 cases with normal angiographic findings. Some types of vertebral artery (VA) lesions allowed an excellent, others a fairly good differentiation by Doppler sonography: the complete subclavian steal syndrome with constant reversal of VA flow was reliably detected (16 cases). In the incomplete steal syndrome (5 cases) sonography was superior to angiography. Two bilateral distal VA occlusions and seven basilar artery occlusions — six in the proximal third and one in the rostral third — were detected sonographically; four basilar occlusions sparing the caudal third and one case exhibiting rete mirabile anastomoses were not identified by Doppler sonography. Our acoustically defined sonographic criteria did not permit an unequivocal assignment to an anatomical variant or a vascular lesion. The sensitivity in the detection of a severe stenosis at the VA origin amounted to 16 out of 31, and to 12 of 25 in cases with a proximal VA occlusion and reconstitution of the distal VA through cervical collaterals. Our results confirm that the conventional hand-held c-w Doppler sonography cannot replace angiography in the evaluation of vertebro-basilar insufficiency. It rather serves as an aid to the decision for or against angiography, and in the follow-up of angiographically proven lesions. However, several therapeutically important lesions are readily diagnosed by sonography.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-1238
    Keywords: Intensive care units ; Streptococcus ; Antibiotics ; Antibiotic resistance
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Objective The effect of selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) on Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)-acquired enterococcal infection and colonization was studied. Changes in the predominant species isolated and resistance patterns to antimicrobial agents were also studied. Design Three groups were investigated: historical control (HC), contemporaneous control (CC) and patients receiving SDD (topical polymyxin, amphoterecin B and tobramycin throughout ITU stay with intravenous ceftazidime for the first 3 days only). Setting Adult general ITU with 7 beds. Patients Patients with a nasogastric tube in situ and who were likely to remain in ITU for 48 h or longer were recruited. Results Enterococcal infections occured in 3 of 84 HC patients and 2 of 91 CC patients. There were no unit-acquired enterococcal infections in the SDD group. There were 140 episodes of enterococcal colonization occurring in 112 patients, with significantly more in the SDD and CC groups (p〈0.05. There were no significant differences in antibiotic sensitivities between the three groups.Enterococcus faecalis was the most frequently isolated species. Conclusion SDD does not predispose to enterococcal infection but does encourage colonization in patients receiving the regimen and other patients in ITU at the same. There is a complex interaction of factors which influence faecal flora and the likelihood of patients becoming colonized or infected with enterococci.
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