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The sheet width quantification method was applied to MR images of a hip joint 37, 38 to determine the thickness of hip joint cartilage. The original voxel dimensions were 0.62 x 0.62 x 1.5 (mm3). Sinc interpolation was applied along the -direction to make the voxel isotropic, and then further applied along all the three directions to make the resolution double. The resultant sampling pitch was 0.31 (mm) in all the three directions. The volume size used in the experiment was 256 x 256 x 100 (voxels) after interpolation. In the related work 10 , hip joint cartilages were assumed to be distributed on a sphere approximating the femoral head. The user needs to specify the center of the sphere, and the cartilage thickness is then estimated along radial directions from the specified center. The method applied here does not use the sphere assumption, and thus can potentially be applied to badly deformed hip joints as well as to articular cartilages of other joints.
A tulip anther enzyme, molecular weight 55000 and optimum pH 8.0 acts on p -coumaroyl CoA, feruloyl CoA and caffeoyl CoA to form naringenin, homoeriodictyol and eriodictyol respectively it is inhibited by CoA, flavanones and thiols. The preparation was claimed to be free from chalcone-flavanone isomerase activity the expected chalcone intermediates were not detected A3792 . A similar enzyme found in Haplopappus gracilis, optimum pH about 8 for p-coumaroyl CoA, and 6.5-7 for caffeoyl CoA was called flavanone synthase. The reaction was not stoichiometric, with small amounts of by-products such as benzalacetones being formed A3362 a similar series of reactions was found in Petroselinum crispum A2618 . These publications all come from early studies on the enzyme system, and despite the claims that chalcone-flavanone isomerase activity was
Although generally common and apparently able to survive in relatively small, fragmented forest patches, the courol is adversely affected by widespread land clearing. The subspecies gracilis is restricted to mountain slopes on Grand Comoro Island, and is estimated to number about 100 pairs. Deforestation poses a more serious threat to ground-rollers, with four species listed as Vulnerable. The long-tailed ground-roller has one of the most restricted ranges of all Madagascar birds. As a group, true rollers have fared well, and most remain common throughout all or part of their ranges. Only the azure roller (Eurystomus azureus) is considered Vulnerable because of loss of forest habitat within its restricted insular range. Since the 1960s, significant local declines of European rollers have occurred in central and eastern Europe, but the species remains numerous elsewhere, with counts made in the 1970s of an estimated two to three million overwintering birds in eastern Kenya.
Times ''myofilamentous masses''), form the major portion of the muscle cell. Archetypal tonic skeletal muscle, such as the frog sartorius, exhibits an extreme degree of regularity of its myofibrils, each of which is cylindrical, uniform in diameter, and closely aligned with its neighbors in terms of sarcomere register. The presence of uniform, small-diameter myofibrils is said to constitute a Fibrillenstruktur, whereas larger, amorphous masses of myofilaments are termed Felderstruktur. In the fast-beating hearts of such small mammals as shrew and mouse, the myofibrils of working cardiomyocytes tend to be of smaller diameters (i.e., more nearly a Fibrillenstruktur e.g., see Fig. 3) than those of cells in slower-beating hearts (e.g., dog, monkey), whose myofibrils are thicker and more variable in cross-sectional profile (Felderstruktur) (Figs. 4 and 5). An obvious consequence (or, perhaps, advantage) of having a contractile system of Fibrillenstruktur conformation is the conferral of a...
Euglenophytes are suitable for studying the effects of photosynthetic loss in unicellular organisms. Two of them, the photosynthetically active Euglena gracilis (Hallick et al. 1993) and the leuco-plast bearing and photosynthetically inactive Astasia longa (Gockel and Hachtel 2000), share many common features in their plastid genomes for example two tandemly arranged direct repeats (TR). On the other hand they differ in gene content, especially in genes encoding for components of the photosynthesis machinery, which have been lost in A. longa. Therefore, the situation seems very similar to that in parasitic land plants, in which loss of functions led to the loss of the corresponding genes. Thus, their plastid genomes are dynamic structures from which genes are simply eliminated when their encoded functions are no longer necessary. The deletion of all photo-synthetic genes led to the shrunken plastome of 73 kb in Astasia longa, which is only half the size of the Euglena gracilis...
Blood-stream parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which is closely related to the photosynthetically-active euglenophyte Euglena gracilis, possesses a gnd gene of cyanobacterial origin and might therefore be secondarily non-photosynthetic (Krepinsky et al. 2001 Martin and Borst 2003). In other studies, Andersson and Roger (2002) discovered that oomycetes and some heteroloboseid amoebo-flagellates harbor cyanobacterial gnd genes, too a lateral gene transfer event might explain these results. Alternatively, the gnd phylogeny could indicate that these organisms once harbored plas-tids of primary or secondary origin. If the latter is true, more genes of cyanobacterial origin should be found in ongoing genome projects.
Adaptation by acquisition of prokaryotic genes does not seem to be restricted to anaerobic protists within the eukaryotic domain. For example phy-logenomic analyses of apicomplexan genome sequences - extensively covered in Chapter 8, Huang and Kissinger, of this book - have shown that LGT plays a role in the genome evolution of these parasites, including modification of the metabolic repertoire (Huang et al. 2004 Striepen et al. 2004). Like apicomplexans, kinetoplastids are parasitic protists that have evolved from free-living ancestors. Indeed, a recent phylogenomic analysis of the three available kinetoplastid genomes - Trypanosoma brucei, Trypanosoma cruzi, and Leishmania major - identified almost 50 genes showing strong support for prokaryote-to-eukaryote transfers (El-Sayed et al. 2005). The gene encoding dihydroorotate dehydrogenase of Trypanosoma cruzi is one kinetoplastid gene with a prokaryotic origin that has been studied in more detail (Annoura et al. 2005). This enzyme is...
That the family's ability to make reasonable decisions is underestimated. Also, a physician's medical expertise is confused with moral expertise when in fact physicians have no special moral credentials. It is not clear that the court has special moral credentials either. Additionally, the problem with decision making by the court is that such a process is very costly, cumbersome, and slow and ignores the special moral relationship between the patient and the family. Detailed criticism of the medicalization and or judicialization of decision making is widespread in the literature (Beauchamp & Childress, 1994 Buchanan & Brock, 1989 Cranford & Doudera, 1984 Faden & Beauchamp, 1986 President's Commission, 1983 Sartorius, 1983).
The earliest known fossil of the Pedetidae was recorded from the early Miocene at Elizabethfeld in Namibia as Para-pedetes namaquensis while a larger form of the modern spring-hare (Megapedetes) appeared later in the Miocene in East Africa. The fossil record may be traced via the early Pliocene site at Taung (P. gracilis) in the northwestern Cape Province of South Africa (where notable australopithecine remains were discovered) to Pleistocene deposits in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (as Pedetes capensis).
For example, the addition of Ba2+ (0.5 mM) to frog sartorius muscle fibers, which have a high gCl gK ratio of about 4.0, has very little immediate effect. However, when the fibers are first equilibrated in Cl -free solution to reduce gCl to zero, Ba2+ produces a prompt depolarization, an increase in Rm , and automaticity. Another way to view this effect of Cl- is by Cole's (1968) parallel capacitance-inductance (CmLm) circuit for an excitable membrane that tends to oscillate spontaneously when the RCl shunt resistance (and RNa) is very high. The apparent inductance Lm arises because of the peculiar behavior of the K+ resistance, namely, anomalous rectification. The rapid turnoff of this inwardly rectifying K+ channel causes a very fast decrease in gK with depolarization.
These complaints likely reflect lesions of the myelinated posterior columns (fasciculi gracilis and cuneatus), rather than the spinothalamic tracts (36). In contrast, objective sensory signs of diminished pain and temperature sensation indicate involvement of the latter pathways. Vibratory sense impairment is extremely common and almost always precedes detectable abnormality of joint position sense. The author has observed subtle reduction in the ability to perceive a vibrating tuning fork in many mildly affected patients early in the course of the disease.
Previously this condition was known as congenital dislocation of the hip (CDH). However the correct term is developmental dysplasia of hip (DDH) because in many cases the condition is not present at birth but rather develops after birth. Secondly in a majority of cases there is no frank dislocation but a dysplasia (poorly developed acetabulum) leading to instability of the hip joint. This process covers a spectrum of conditions from acetab-ular dysplasia through to complete dislocation of the hip joint. Incidence has not declined (in the UK approximately 1.5 in 1000 live births) however, misdiagnoses have reduced with routine screening of infants using Barlow's and Ortolani's tests. CDH is thought to have a genetic predisposition, some geographical variation and joint laxity may be an aetiological factor. Girls are more commonly affected than boys and left side is more commonly affected than the right.
A controlled study by Zamboni et al.93 in 1996 evaluated in a microcirculation model on a rat gracilis muscle flap the HBO action on flap arterial neutrophil concentration and the relevant pulmonary neutrophil sequestration. Acquired results demonstrated that HBO significantly reduced concentration to sham levels without inducing pulmonary sequestration.
Further spread of disease extends above the renal vessels in the retroperitoneal and retrocrural spaces. Lymphatic spread may also extend to nodes lateral to the paracaval and para-aortic groups these nodes are are sometimes referred to as echelon nodes. The so-called echelon node on the right was first described by the anatomist Rouviere, in his elegant description of anatomic dissection.10 An echelon node on the left has also been described. With the knowledge derived from CT, it is now clear that these echelon nodes lie on the anterior surface of the iliopsoas and, although an unusual site of disease, may be a first site of relapse (Figure 6-4).11
Euglena gracilis g-tocopherol methyltransferase (c.f E.C. 18.104.22.168), molecular weight 150000 and optimum pH 7.5, incorporates a methyl group into both g-tocopherol and b-tocopherol, in both cases forming a-tocopherol G754 . 3-Octa- and 3-nonaprenyltoluquinols are formed in Euglena gracilis and sugar beet, with octaprenyl- and nonaprenyl pyrophosphates as co-substrates respectively g-tocopherol is another product A201, A1584, G754 . Plastoquinones, a- and g-tocopherol are formed in spinach and lettuce chloroplasts, with phytyltoluquinone as a possible intermediate A2522, D902 .
Some species of medusae (e.g., Gonionemus) can inflict severe stings on humans, as do some hydroid colonies such as the species of Millepora (fire corals) and some aglaopheniids. When present in swarms, even small medusae like those of Clytia can inflict slight stings on swimmers. The most important threat to human activities is the predation of some medusae (e.g., Aequorea victoria) and floating hydroids (e.g., Clytia gracilis) on the eggs and larvae of commercially exploited fish. This kind of predation can reduce the success of fish recruitment, reducing the yield of fisheries.
The end of the gonopodium has hooklike structures to facilitate the transfer of the spermatozeug-mata. It is not known how the bundles are transported to the tip of the gonopodium. Females can store sperm for extended periods of time. Some females are capable of superfetation, that is, they have the ability to carry more than one brood of embryos at different stages of development. There are two gestation extremes in type 1 the embryo is nourished by the yolk reserves laid down before fertilization ( lecithotrophy ) in type 2 the egg is very small, without much yolk, but the embryo is heavily nourished by maternal fluids transferred by a kind of placenta ( matrotrophy ). There are various intergrade levels of maternal nourishment, depending on the species. In Tomeurus gracilis, the egg is expelled, and development is external and dependent on the yolk reserve. This exceptional situation is, in reality, an extreme form of type 1 gestation. For the rest of the...
The respiratory diaphragm is the musculotendinous sheet separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities (Fig. 7). It is also considered the primary muscle of respiration. The diaphragm originates along the inferior border of the rib cage, the xiphoid process of the sternum, the posterior abdominal wall musculature, and the upper lumbar vertebra. The medial and lateral arcuate ligaments are thickenings of the investing fascia over the quadratus lumborum (lateral) and the psoas major (medial) muscles of the posterior abdominal wall that serve as attachments for the diaphragm (Fig. 7). The vertebral origins of the diaphragm are the right and left crura. The crura originate on the bodies of lumbar vertebrae 1-3, their intervertebral discs, and the anterior longitudinal ligament spanning these vertebrae.
Efficient phosphorus uptake has been found to be more closely related to the quantity of mycelium partitioned into the extraradical phase of the fungi (Abbott and Robson 1985 Morin et al. 1994). Jakobsen et al. (2001) reported that the phosphorus transport capacity of AM fungi is related not only to colonization rate, but also to the transport character of AM fungi themselves. The AM fungi cause few changes to root morphology, but the physiology of the host plant may change significantly. Tissue concentrations of growth-regulating compounds and other chemical constituents change, photosynthetis rates increase, and the partitioning of photosynthate to shoots and roots changes (Bethlenfalvay 1992). Allen et al. (1980) demonstrated differences in cytokinin content between Bouteloua gracilis plants with and without associated Glomus fasciculatus. They also reported quantitative and qualitative changes in GA-like substances in the leaves and roots of...
Chromosomes are processed such that rDNA genes are found on macronuclear chromosomes ranging from 8 to 15 kb and containing either a single or pair of rDNA clusters with no other genes (Prescott 1994). In fact, extrasomal processing and amplification of rDNAs occurs in diverse lineages of eukaryotes (i.e. Euglena gracilis, Dictyostelium discoideum, Entamoeba histolytica, Xenopus laevis embryos reviewed in Zufall et al. 2005). Perhaps the effect of this processing is to maintain high levels of homogeneous rDNAs that are necessary to meet the requirements of translation.
The final surgical options are reconstruction of the sphincter or permanent faecal diversion. An electronically stimulated gracilis muscle flap can be used to create a neosphincter around the anal canal and some centres implant artificial neosphincters. Both of these operations have been associated with implant-related infection and impaired evacuation.
The genitofemoral nerve arises from the first and second lumbar nerves and completes the innervation of the abdominal wall and groin areas. At first it passes obliquely forwards and downwards through the substance of the psoas major. It emerges from the muscle and crosses its anterior surface deep to the peritoneum, going behind, posterior to, the ureter. It divides a variable distance from the deep inguinal ring into a genital and a femoral branch. The genital branch, a mixed motor and sensory nerve, crosses the femoral vessels and enters the inguinal canal at or just medial to the deep ring. The nerve penetrates the fascia transversalis of the posterior wall of the inguinal ligament either through the deep ring or separately medially to the deep ring. The nerve traverses the inguinal canal lying between the spermatic cord above and the upturned edge of the inguinal ligament inferiorly the nerve is vulnerable to surgical trauma as it progresses along the floor of the canal (the...
Basically, the introduction of feral pigs allowed the golden eagle, a mainland species, to become established on the islands. Unlike bald eagles, golden eagles prey on island foxes. One study found that with 90 golden eagle predation, island fox numbers declined to zero. Released from competition with island foxes, island spotted skunk (Spilogale gracilis amphiala) populations also increase as an indirect consequence of feral pigs supporting golden eagle populations. In other words, feral pigs feed the golden eagles which eat the foxes which frees up space for the skunks.
Allopauropus gracilis (Hansen), showing the 3-branched antenna that is the most prominent feature of the subclass. (Photo by Ernest C. Bernard, University of Tennessee. Reproduced by permission.) Allopauropus gracilis (Hansen), showing the 3-branched antenna that is the most prominent feature of the subclass. (Photo by Ernest C. Bernard, University of Tennessee. Reproduced by permission.)
Entoprocts have been reported from tropical, temperate, and polar marine waters, and from shallow seashore to deep seas of more than 1,640 ft (500 m). One colonial species, Ur-natella gracilis, occurs worldwide in inland waters. Barentsia discreta bending. (Illustration by Emily Damstra) Urnatella gracilis bending. (Illustration by Emily Damstra) Barentsia discreta bending. (Illustration by Emily Damstra) Urnatella gracilis bending. (Illustration by Emily Damstra) 1. Freshwater colonial entoproct (Urnatella gracilis)-, 2. Solitary entoproct (Loxomitra kefersteinii) 3. Marine colonial entoproct (Barentsia discreta). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)
The range of movements of all extremity joints, as well as the cervical and lumbar spine, are observed with the deficits or asymmetries recorded. A therapist will often use a goniometer and or inclinometer to record exact range of motion (ROM). Precise measurements allow the clinician to establish a baseline to record improvement or disease progression. Flexibility is assessed with particular attention to large muscle groups such as the hamstrings, hip flexors, gastrocnemius-soleus complex, and the pelvic and shoulder girdle muscles (1).
Postural instability is created by a pattern of weakness, muscular tightness, and standing alignment changes that diminish the patient's ability to control their center of gravity during transfers and gait. A common presentation is that of a stooped forward posture of the upper body with tight anterior chest wall musculature and a crouched lower body posture. A series of stretching exercises designed to diminish kyphosis of the thoracic spine and increase flexibility in the pectoralis major and minor muscles can lead to improved upper body posture and upper limb function. In the lower aspect of the body, strengthening of the lumbar paraspinal musculature and stretching of the hamstring and hip flexor muscles can be used to improve posture. It is important not only to stretch the key muscles in patients with poor posture, but to also strengthen the appropriate muscles to achieve good biomechanical alignment. To improve muscle length, therapists use several techniques, including heat...
M. brevicaudata Species M. cowani M. dobsoni M. dryas M. gracilis M. longicaudata M. parvula M. principula M. pulla M. pusilla M. talazaci M. thomasi Micropotamogale Genus M. lamottei Species M. ruwenzorii Oryzorictes Genus O. hova Species O. talpoides O. tetradactylus Potamogale Genus P. velox Species Setifer Genus C. whitakeri C. wimmeri C. xantippe C. yankariensis C. zaphiri C. zarudnyi C. zimmeri C. zimmermanni Cryptotis Genus C. avia Species C. endersi C. goldmani C. goodwini C. gracilis C. hondurensis C. magna C. meridensis C. mexicana C. montivaga C. nigrescens C. parva C. squamipes U. andersoni Species U. gracilis U. investigator U. soricipes
Age-related muscle changes Both rats and mice show a decline in muscle mass during aging (Cartee, 1995). In rats this decline in muscle mass is due to both declines in muscle fiber number and fiber cross-sectional area. The declines in fiber number are less pronounced, but the declines in fiber cross-sectional areas are comparable to those seen in humans (Cartee, 1995). As seen in humans, the decline in fiber cross-sectional area is due predominantly to atrophy of type II muscle fibers. Interestingly, several muscles in the rat do not experience declines in muscle mass the adductor longus, epitrochlearis, and flexor digitorum longus. Both epitro-chlearis and flexor digitorum longus have a comparable number of type II fibers compared to the gastrocnemius muscle, roughly 75 , that undergoes significant atrophy during aging. The reason for these differential susceptibilities to the effects of age on muscle is not known, but provides the advantage of having internal aged controls that can...
Muscle strength was measured in terms of grip strength using a JAMAR hand-held dynamometer, knee extensor (quadriceps) using a Nicholas Manual Muscle Tester dynamometer, and hip flexor (iliopsoas) using a Nicholas Manual Muscle Tester dynamometer. Testing was performed by a trained nurse using a standardized protocol. Performance data was also collected on participants, including time required to complete a four-meter walking course and to stand from a chair with arms folded five times. Blood samples were collected from most participants.
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