The postoperative survey
was completed by 104 patients. Bladder spasm selleck inhibitor was the only category with less than 86% rate of positive quality of life response.
Conclusions: Vesicoureteral reflux is shown to have little effect on quality of life in pediatric patients. These validated surveys should be applied to compare the effect of different management options on quality of life.”
“Slowness in movement initiation is a cardinal feature of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that is still poorly understood and unsuccessfully alleviated by standard therapies. Here, we raise this major clinical issue within the framework of a novel theoretical model that allows a better understanding of the basic mechanisms involved in movement initiation. This model assumes that movement triggering is inhibited by default to prevent automatic responses to unpredictable events. We investigated
to which extent the top-down control necessary to release this locking state before initiating actions is impaired in PD and restored by standard therapies. We used a cue-target reaction time task to test both the ability to initiate fast responses to targets and the ability to refrain from reacting to cues. Fourteen patients with dopaminergic (DA) medication and 11 with subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation were tested on and off treatment, and Z-VAD-FMK nmr compared with 14 healthy controls. We found evidence that patients withdrawn from treatment have trouble voluntarily releasing proactive inhibitory control; while DA medication broadly reduces movement initiation latency, it does not reinstate a normal pattern of movement initiation; and stimulation of the STN specifically C188-9 in vivo re-establishes the efficiency of the top-down control of proactive inhibition. These results suggest that movement initiation disorders that resist DA medication are due to executive, not motor, dysfunctions. This conclusion is discussed with regard to the role the STN may play as an interface between non-DA executive and DA
motor systems in cortico-basal ganglia loops.”
“The resistance of malignant cells to chemotherapy calls for the development of novel anticancer drugs. TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a pro-apoptotic cytokine, which selectively induces apoptosis in malignant cells. We derived two TRAIL-resistant HL-60 subclones, HL-60/P1 and HL-60/P2, from a TRAIL-sensitive HL-60 acute promyelocytic leukemia cell line. To identify therapeutically exploitable “”weaknesses”" of the TRAIL-resistant leukemia cells that could be used as molecular targets for their elimination, we performed proteomic (2-DE) analysis and compared both TRAIL-resistant subclones with the original TRAIL-sensitive HL-60 cells. We identified over 40 differentially expressed proteins. To significantly narrow the lists of candidate proteins, we excluded proteins that are known to be often differentially expressed, regardless of experiment type and tissue (the so-called “”TOP15″” proteins).