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   2017| September-October  | Volume 37 | Issue 5  
    Online since October 9, 2017

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A review of the current state of pannexin channels as they relate to the blood vessel wall
Brant E Isakson
September-October 2017, 37(5):179-185
Pannexin proteins comprise a family of channels whose sole function, to date, is the release of nucleotides (e.g., adenosine 5'-triphosphate [ATP] and uridine 5′-triphosphate [UTP]). With purinergic signaling being such a prevalent form of cellular communication, it is hard to image why a channel dedicated to the release of nucleotides has not been previously identified. However, with their topography and discovery being lumped with the gap junction field (i.e., connexin), they were thought for a long time to be more similar to connexin-based proteins. It is now known that there is a distinct difference between pannexins and connexins. Unlike connexin hemichannels (undocked gap junctions), pannexins can open under physiological Ca2+ levels. With their distribution being nearly ubiquitous across the vasculature and importance of purinergic signaling in the vasculature, it is easy to see why pannexin channels may be, especially, important. In this mini-review, we highlight what we know about the cell biology of pannexins, followed closely by what is known about pannexins in the vasculature in regards to its importance in vascular physiology.
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Immunoglobulin a in oral potentially malignant disorders and oral squamous cell carcinoma
Vidya Ajila, Veena Shetty, Subhas Babu, Shruthi Hegde, Shama Rao
September-October 2017, 37(5):195-200
Introduction: Oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) are malignancies which develop predominantly from preexisting potentially malignant disorders. Immunoglobulin A (IgA) in saliva and serum is responsible for local immune response. The present study evaluates the role of serum and salivary IgA in OSCC and oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs). Materials and Methods: Ninety individuals were recruited into the study in three groups of thirty each. The participants were categorized as control group, study Group I consisting of OPMDs, and study Group II consisting of OSCC. Serum and salivary IgA was analyzed using nephelometry. Results: Serum IgA showed statistically significant increase between controls and study Group II and between study Group I and study Group II (P < 0.05). Salivary IgA showed statistically significant difference between controls and study Group I and between controls and study Group II (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The results show increased serum IgA in OSCC group as compared to controls while salivary IgA increased in both OPMD and OSCC groups. Thus, the present study indicates a role for serum IgA in OSCC while salivary IgA has potential as a prognostic indicator in OPMDs and OSCCs.
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Bacterial flora of the migraine nose: Pilot case–control study of nasal bacteria in migraine headache
Sundarachary Nagarjunakonda, Sridhar Amalakanti, Aruna Siddabathuni, Neelima Pantagada
September-October 2017, 37(5):186-189
Background: In spite of being the oldest neurological disorder to be recorded in human history, the pathophysiology of migraine headache is not clear. In recent times, hereto unexplored mechanisms are being pursued to explain the disorder. Novel thinkers have ventured to associate migraine with chronic infection induced hypersensitivity. Infections such as Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydia have been found to be more common in migraine patients. We wanted to know whether there is any abnormal nasal bacterial colonization associated with migraine. Methods: As a single-blinded, cross-sectional, observational case–control pilot study in a tertiary government hospital neurology outpatient department in India, we analyzed the nasal bacterial flora of 27 migraine patients and ten relatives of these patients without migraine headache by nasal swab smear and culture. Results: The organisms detected in the participants were coagulase negative Staphylococcus and Staphylococcus aureus, Viridans streptococci, diphtheroids, micrococci, bacteroides, and Klebsiella by culture. Bacterial flora of the migraine patients was different from that of the controls, especially diphtheroids (migraine = 11% vs. control = 40%, P = 0.06) and micrococci (migraine = 30% versus control = 60%, P = 0.13) seem to be lower in migraineurs than in controls. Conclusions: From our pilot case–control study, although a small sample size of patients, migraineurs appear to have altered bacterial flora in their nose.
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Demyelinating polyneuropathy, dermatomyositis, and interstitial pneumonitis associated with autoantibody against melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5
Yu-Hsiang Chiu, Yu-Hsiu Chen, Chung-Hsing Chou, Hsiang-Cheng Chen, Chun-Chi Lu
September-October 2017, 37(5):211-214
Patients with serum anti-melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 autoantibodies (anti-MDA5) are related to amyopathic dermatomyositis, especially in Asians. Here, we present a 46-year-old woman who was diagnosed with anti-MDA5-mediated demyelinating polyneuropathy clinically mimicking dermatomyositis. She had rapid progression of interstitial pneumonitis complicated with Pneumocystis jirovecii and Aspergillus pneumonia with septic shock. It is rare that patients with anti-MDA5-positive dermatomyositis present as demyelinating polyneuropathy.
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A case report of mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung in an adolescent
Anirban Halder, Rituparna Biswas, Aloke Ghosh Dastidar, Tanmay Bapari
September-October 2017, 37(5):201-203
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung (MEC) is a tumor of low-malignant potential of bronchial gland origin. Low-grade MEC has a better prognosis than high-grade tumor, the later being similar to that of nonsmall cell lung carcinoma. We report a case of 14-year-old girl who presented with cough along with expectoration and dyspnea. Imaging studies revealed a mass involving the right upper lobe bronchus. Surgical resection was done and pathological examination revealed an intermediate-grade MEC with tumor-free margins. No adjuvant treatment was considered. The patient had no signs of tumor recurrence with 1-year follow-up.
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Bipartite patella associated with tophaceous invasion: A rare case report
Kuo-Chien Chang, Sin-Jhang Wang, Yuan-Ta Li, Chih-Chien Wang
September-October 2017, 37(5):204-206
We report the case of 32-year-old male who had a painful knee due to tophus formation in the interosseous area of the bipartite patella. There was neither a history of previous trauma to his patella nor a family history of gouty arthritis. Intraoperatively, we found chalky white-yellow material deposited at the bipartite space and it was curetted. The second part of the patella was fixed by a screw for functional preservation. In addition, hyperuricemia was also noted and controlled by uricosuric agents postoperatively. Gout should be included in the differential diagnosis of painful bipartite patella, and we suggest surgical intervention in combination with antihyperuricemic therapy for tophaceous deposits of the bipartite patella.
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Acute arterial thoracic outlet syndrome after intramedullary fixation for nonunion of a midshaft clavicular fracture
Jen-Ta Shih, Hsain-Chung Shen, Leou-Chyr Lin, Chih-Chien Wang
September-October 2017, 37(5):207-210
In this case report, we describe a rare clinical situation of acute arterial thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) after osteosynthesis, using an intramedullary Knowles pin, to treat nonunion of a midshaft clavicular fracture. Existing evidence was reviewed to appraise the relationship between TOS and nonunion of clavicular fractures, including the timing of the development of this complication, as well as to identify the relationship between surgical technique and choice of implant and the occurrence of TOS. Perioperative measures used to prevent TOS were identified.
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Content of markers of respiratory tract remodeling in exhaled breath condensate in children suffering from bronchial asthma
Olena Kostiuntynivna Koloskova, Tetiana Mykhailivna Bilous, Galyna Anatoliivna Bilyk, Tetiana Olexandrivna Lobanova, Mariana Viktorivna Dikal, Volodymyr Volodymyrovich Bilous
September-October 2017, 37(5):190-194
Background: This study investigated to detect the content of remodeling markers of the respiratory tract in the exhaled breath condensate (EBC) of children with bronchial asthma (BA). Materials and Methods: The study was in clinical groups of children with BA were formed on the indices in sputum supernatant: the Group I - “a high risk group” of bronchial remodeling (37 patients with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) more than 80 ng/ml, and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) more than 5.2 ng/ml), the Group II - “a moderate risk” of bronchial remodeling (41 patients with VEGF more than 80 ng/ml, and MMP-9 <5.2 ng/ml, or VEGF <80 ng/ml, and MMP-9 more than 5.2 ng/ml), the Group III - “a low risk” of bronchial remodeling (38 patients with VEGF did not achieve 80 ng/ml, and MMP-9 <5.2 ng/ml). Results: The results obtained enable to believe that in EBC of children with a high risk of bronchial remodeling was higher azoalbumin olysis (1.8 ml/h comparison of Group II - 1.5 ml/h, P = 0.038, and Group III - 1.4 ml/h, P = 0.007), high catalase activity (81.26 comparison of other group - 50.7, P = 0.06, and 47.07, P = 0.052 μmol/min/mg of protein). Furthermore, in the clinical Group I, the content of nitrogen monoxide metabolites (53.5 mcmol/L) comparison of Group II of children (48.7 mcmol/L, P = 0.28) and the Group III (41.7 mcmol/L, P = 0.085). Conclusions: In children with a “high risk” of respiratory tract remodeling more significant inflammatory process in the bronchi is found than in children with a “low risk.”
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