Research Article
Volume 2 Issue 3 - 2015
Radiostereometric Analysis as a Need for Early Detection of Septic Loosening
Stefan Sesselmann1*, Tino Hausotte2, Martin Timmermann2, Gregor Liebsch3, Raimund Forst1, AndrejTrampuz4, Anne Jacobsen1
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany
2Institute of Manufacturing Metrology, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany
3PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH, Regensburg, Germany
4Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery, Charité, University Medicine, Berlin, Germany
*Corresponding Author: Stefan Sesselmann, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany.
Received: September 19, 2015; Published: October 03, 2015
Citation: Stefan Sesselmann., et al. “ Radiostereometric Analysis as a Need for Early Detection of Septic Loosening”. EC Orthopaedics 2.3 (2015): 89-96.
Abstract
The previous increase of joint replacement surgery will continue to rise in the next decades. Although joint replacements belong to the most successful surgeries, particularly those of the hip and knee joints, complications may occur. One of the most difficultto treat complications is the periprosthetic joint infection specially if it is caused by microorganisms embedded in biofilms. The fact that biofilms are involved in implants makes diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic joint infection demanding. Furthermore, scientific evidence for many diagnostic and therapeutic approachesis still missing. Diagnosis of infection involves clinical symptoms, laboratory parameters, histopathology, microbiology and imaging. Therapy, consisting of surgical treatment (prosthesis retention or exchange) and antimicrobial treatment, is complex and not always successful. A new approach for successful treatment of periprosthetic infection is being developed and investigated using radiostereometric analysis and new sensor techniques to detect biofilms on prosthesis surface earlier and in vivo, so that optimized antimicrobial therapy may be started before clinical symptoms appear.
Keywords: Arthroplasty; Radiostereometric analysis; Implant loosening, periprosthetic joint infection, optical biofilm characteristics; Oxygen consumption of biofilms
Abbreviations: CRP: C-reactive protein:; ESR: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate:; PJI: Periprosthetic joint infection;: RSA: Radiostereometric analysis
Introduction
In the past few years the number of primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasties increased in the western societies, and a further enormous increase is estimated in the next decades [1,2]. Hip and knee replacements belong to the most successful surgical procedures and implant-related problemsoccur in less than 10% of the patients[3]. One dreaded complication is implant loosening necessitating revision surgery, which has not only serious consequences for the patient and demands special treatment, but has also an enormous economic impact [4]. The Hip Society proposes implant loosening as one of 19 complications of total hip arthroplasty,and it is one of 22 complications of total knee arthroplasty according to the Knee Society [5,6] . According to the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register the most common reason for implant loosening after hip replacement is aseptic loosening (55,9%) followed by periprosthetic joint infection (12,3%) [7] . Although aseptic loosening is more common, periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is the most devastating complication of arthroplasty, often followed by revision surgery[3]. As the treatment of aseptic and septic implant failure differs completely, precise determination of the reason for loosening is crucial for the clinical outcome. Especially PJI has to be detected to avoid an early relapse of infection after revision surgery and the consequences involved [8,9] . But diagnosis and therapy of PJI, particularly of late chronic infections, are still challenging, not least because of biofilms that make both difficult[10] .
In this paper, we review the diagnostic procedures for PJI and the role of biofilms for diagnosis and treatment of PJI. Furthermore it should be argued, how radiostereometric analysis (RSA) as a screening method could assist with the diagnosis of not only aseptic but also septic implant loosening. Finally, we discuss the use of RSA in combination with modern techniques for in-vivo detection of biofilms, being under development, and how it may influence and improve the treatment algorithm of implant loosening.
Methodology
The literature research for the review about PJI includes the following search items: “periprosthetic joint infection”, “joint infection”, “prosthetic joint infection”, “infection”, “loosening of joint implant”, “implant loosening”, “biofilm”, “joint implant”, “micromotion”, “radiostereometric analysis”, “radiostereometry”. Different combinations of these items were used and filtered with Boolean operators.
Discussion
The development of PJI after primary arthroplasty is related to bacteria existing in biofilms [11]. There are three ways how bacteria can contaminate prosthesis: perioperative inoculation, haematogenous spread from a remote infectious focus or contiguous spread from an adjoining focus (e.g. tissue lesion). Perioperative infection usually results in early (<3 months after primary surgery) or delayed (3-24 months) infection onset depending on whether it is caused by highly or less virulent organisms. Late infection (>24 months) is rather a consequence of haematogenous spread [3]. Early infections and acute haematogenous infections, often caused by high virulent organisms, are usually easy to diagnose.The more common late chronic infections aredifficult to detect and rathercaused by less virulent microorganisms [10].
Biofilms
When bacteria attach to the prosthesis surface which offers an avascular area protecting from body’s defences, they form microcolonies and synthesize an extracellular matrix [11]. This is the beginning of the formation of a biofilm. Biofilms are complex three-dimensional structures which consist of microcolonies embedded in an intensely hydrated polymeric matrix. Bacteria at the surface are metabolically active whereas bacteria in the depth are inactive and grow slowly. Via interstitial voids (water channels resembling a simple circulatory system) the bacteria transpose nutrient and information in the form of signaling molecules. So they are able to react in a way called “quorum sensing”: all bacteria of a population activate the same pattern of gene expression as a collective reaction. For example, these signals can induce differentiation of the biofilm by activating the relevant genes. Besides, there are excellent conditions in biofilms for the exchange of extrachromosomal DNA, so-called plasmids, which probably allows exchange of resistance factors, too. Another important ability of bacteria in biofilms is probably the programmed cell death when cells are injured [12,13]. There are some reasons which could explain the increased resistance of bacteria in biofilms against antimicrobials:
  1. The extracellular matrix of the biofilm decelerates the saturation of antimicrobials through the biofilms.
  2. The slow growth or stationary (non-growing) state of microorganisms in biofilms reduces the uptake of antimicrobial agents.
  3. free floating subpopulations, actually susceptible to antibiotics, can develop phenotypical resistance [13].
Diagnosis
The diagnosis of PJI is difficult not only due to presence of biofilms. Constant joint pain, erythema, oedema, warmth and fever are not specific signs for PJI [11]. Furthermore aseptic and septic loosening of a joint implant sometimes can barely be differed, particularly in case of a low-grade infection when only continuous pain and early loosening occur or when clinical signs are completely missing[3]. Today PJI is typically diagnosed, if one of the following criteria is existent:
  1. A sinus tract communicating with the prosthesis.
  2. Purulence in the synovial fluid or around the prosthesis observed during surgery.
  3. Acute inflammation in histopathologic examination of periprosthetic tissue specimens.
  4. Inflammation in joint aspirates before surgery (knee prosthesis: leukocyte count > 1.7g/L or >65% neutrophils, hip prosthesis: leukocyte count > 4.2g/L or >80% neutrophils.
  5. Positive microbiology of joint aspirates, periprosthetic tissue specimens or sonication fluid culture[8,14,15].
The risk of infection after primary hip or shoulder arthroplasty is <1%, for knee replacement <2% and for elbow prosthesis it is < 9%, but it rises substantially up to 40% after revision arthroplasty. However, it is assumed that PJI is underdiagnosed because of undetected infections which are misdiagnosed as aseptic failures [3]. Probably the rates of septic loosening are higher because of low-grade infections which couldn’t be identified by common methods. Newer in vitro methods as e.g. sonication or molecular diagnostics facilitate the detection of infection because they are more sensitive[7,14,16].
Laboratory parameters
Blood leukocyte count and differential are not specific enough to differ between septic and aseptic prosthesis failure.C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) superiorly provide detection of PJI after hip and knee replacement. But as they are non-specific parameters of inflammation and cannot indicate the reason of an inflammation, postoperative increase can also result from other inflammatory illness [17]. In combination with clinical evaluation they show good sensitivity [18] . There is evidence that leukocyte count and differential of synovial fluid were able to detect a PJI in knee prosthesis of patients without inflammatory joint disease as they have a sensitivity of 94% and 97%, and specificity of 88% and 98%, respectively, for the cut-off values mentioned above[19].
Histopathology
In case of PJI the so-called periprosthetic membrane, a tissue layer between bone and prosthesis, shows a typical histological picture, especially distinguished by neutrophilic granulocytes [20] . Thus, histopathological analysis of periprosthetic tissue can detect inflammation which is defined as 1 to 10 or greater neutrophils per high-power field (sensitivity >80%, specificity >90%)[21]. It also allows differing between high-grade and low-grade infections which both show typical histological patterns [22] .
Imaging
Imaging in general can support the diagnosis of PJI but cannotsufficiently differ between infection and aseptic loosening. Plain radiographs may give notice to infection showing radiolucent lines (>2mm) or severe osteolysis in the first year after arthroplasty. But prosthesis migration and osteolysis also occur with aseptic implant loosening. Contrast arthrography can indicate implant loosening and abscesses. Nuclear medicine imaging techniques seem to be sensitive but not specific in detecting PJI. Whereas computed tomography (CT), compared to plain radiography, is superior in the delineation of joint space, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows soft tissue lesions in a higher resolution, but both are only conditionally applicable due to artefacts caused by interferences of metal implants [3,23].
Microbiology
Microbiological examinations can use three different specimens: Pre- or intraoperative specimens and removed implants. Preoperative specimens of wounds or sinus tracts can be used for culture, but they are often contaminated whereas cultures of aspirated synovial fluid are superior identifying the causative pathogen. Intraoperative specimens should consist of at least three periprosthetic tissue samples, swabs are obsolete due to low sensitivity. Cultures of periprosthetic tissue are often used as reference standard for diagnosis of PJI. Any antimicrobial therapy has to be interrupted 2 weeks before the specimens for culture are collected. Removed prosthesis also can be cultured in enrichment broth. Sonication of implants can improve the sensitivity of the culture [24,21].
As biofilms adhere strongly to the surfaces of prosthesis cultural isolation of bacterial cells can be difficult. Sonication of removed implants should expel the bacteria of the colonized surface to isolate them for subsequent microbiological cultures. Several surveys provide evidence for the increased sensitivity of sonication fluid cultures compared to periprosthetic tissue cultures. Sonication enhances the detection of pathogens and provides more rapid diagnoses [14,25,16,26].
There is some evidence that multiplex PCR of sonicate fluid can reliably detect pathogens of PJI, even in patients with prior antibiotic therapy when culture is difficult [9,27]. Ryu et al. expected PCR to be more rapid and more sensitive than microbiological cultures and to detect organisms that cannot be cultured. Especially, in cases when the prosthesis is received and sonication of implants is not possible, multiplex tissue PCR could be a promising alternative technique for PJI dianosis. However, it was found that multiplex tissue PCR is much less sensitive than tissue culture, synovial fluid culture, sonicate fluid culture, and sonicate fluid PCR, whereas specificity is similar. But the authors argue that biofilms and the bacteria therein grow at the prosthesis surface and are not evenly spread over the surrounding tissue so the small volume of tissue samples may have prevent the detection with tissue PCR. Further research on this issue is demanded [28]. Zegaer., et al. [18] found that the universal 16S rDNA PCR technique is not helpful to identify bacteria. Whereas it could detect DNA of bacteria in the samples with agreement with periprosthetic tissue culture, it failed to identify the DNA product after sequencing, perhaps because of the coexistence of other microorganisms in the sample. The specific PCR, too, showed discrepancies for sensitivity and specificity. Thus the authors explain that DNA PCR isn’t a reliable and appropriate method for diagnosing PJI but they suggest RNA PCR as a promising diagnostic tool.In contrast Suda., et al. [29] could provide evidence that 16S rDNA PCR of biofilms, scratched from prosthetic surfaces by surgical knife, could reliably identify the causative pathogen of PJI and detect additive pathogens. They state that this method should be part of an ideal standard algorithm for diagnosis of PJI because it is easy to realise and an useful addition to the standard diagnostic assessment of PJI. It can be supposed that the effect of PCR depends on the used sample (sonication fluid, tissue, biofilm) and the number of pathogens in a sample. Further research on these issues is needed.
Treatment
The treatment of PJI is still challenging due to difficult surgery, increasing development of resistances against antibiotics and, not least, the presence of biofilms in PJI. Biofilms built by bacteria causing PJI make an infection difficult to treat because the biofilm prevents a complete eradication. Time is a contributing factor for the building of a biofilm: the longer it has been grown the more difficult it is to eradicate [30].Thus, not only an appropriate surgical management is necessary but also an adequate antimicrobial regimen is absolutely required, to get a complete eradication of infection and therefore a pain-free, functional joint.
Surgical management
Surgical treatment of PJI includes the exchange of prosthesis either in a one- or two-stage exchange, debridement with retention of prosthesis, arthrodesis and amputation. Debridement with retention involves removal of all necrotic and infected tissue and bone, exchange of liners and joint lavage [21,30,31] . Early PJI can successfully be treated by surgical debridement, exchange of mobile parts, retention of prosthesis and biofilm-active antibiotics, function and quality of life after treatment are comparable to patients without PJI [32]. A recent study showed evidence that gram-negative bacilli PJI could successfully be treated with debridement and prosthesis retention in combination with an intravenous antibiotic therapy followed by an oral antibiotic regimen including fluoroquinolones assumed that organisms are susceptible to fluoroquinolones. Although in general only one debridement surgery is conducted the authors of this study propose that repeated debridements to eradicate biofilms are one reason for good outcomes in their study, but further research into this issue is demanded [33].
Exchange surgery contains resection of the infected prosthesis, debridement and re-implantation of a new prosthesis either during the same procedure (one-stage exchange) or delayed in a second surgery (two-stage exchange). In case of two-stage exchange, which is the traditional and most common treatment approach, in first surgery usually an antibiotic-loaded spacer is inserted[21,30]. Ilchmann., et al. [34] analyzed in a recently published observational cohort study data of 39 patients suitable for one-stage exchange and they report good outcomes for one-stage surgery in all patients. However, as there is still a lack of controlled trials surgical strategies differ between individual surgeons and centers. Trampuz and Zimmerli [24] propose a surgical treatment algorithm based on factors such as onset of infection, individual risk factors, type of pathogen or damaging of tissue. According to Zimmerli and Moser [35] all surgical procedures lead to a similarly good outcome (cure rates >80%), if the algorithms conditions are considered.
Medical treatment
Medical treatment is based on antibiotics effective against biofilm-building organisms. For example, the penetration of rifampicin, clindamycin, and macrolides is not affected by biofilms whatincreases susceptibility of bacteria embedded in biofilms [12]. Antibiotic regimen usually starts with intravenous beta-lactams, glycopetides, or daptomycin to decrease the bacterial load previous to oral therapy. Thus the emergence of resistance during initial therapy can be avoided [35]. Antimicrobial therapy without surgery is only reasonable when surgery is contraindicated for patients[21].
Evidence for antimicrobial effects of oral antibiotics is rare except of rifampicin. Rifampicin has a good antimicrobial effect against biofilm-forming staphylococci but it has absolutely to be combined with another antimicrobial to avoid the development of rifampicin-resistant staphylococci. Typically used in combination with rifampicin are fluoroquinolones particularly levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin [30,36] . For treatment of fluoroquinolone-resistant staphylococci daptomycin seems to be effective in combination with rifampicin[37]. For the eradication of gram-negative bacilli oral fluoroquinolones, particularly ciprofloxacin, show evidence. In case of Pseudomonas or Acinetobacter infections the concurrent treatment with anti-pseudomonas beta-lactams (such as piperacillin/tazobactam, meropenem or ceftazidim) seems to be useful to avoid the development of ciprofloxacin resistance.Only few data exist for treatment of PJI caused by enterococci or streptococci:There is some evidence for intravenous beta-lactams for susceptible strains and a combination of penicillin with ceftriaxone in event of enterococci has been successful in some patients. For penicillin-resistant enterococci intravenous vancomycin-therapy can be orally continued with linezolid. For streptococci, the combination of penicillin or amoxicillin and rifampicin is proposed, other experts suggested clindamycin [30]. Much more research is needed having regard to biofilm-active agents, optimal duration of antibiotic therapy, and treatment of uncommon microorganisms.
RSA as screening method for implant loosening
PJI involves implant loosening: An early infection causing inflammatory reaction and subsequent bone resorption reduces initial fixation and leads to long-term implant instability [38]. Furthermore, later infection can result in motion of initially stable implants [39]. Radiostereometric analysis (RSA),rather than conventional radiographs, can detect these migrations with a superior accuracy varying from 0.05 to 0.5mm for translational movements and from 0.15° to 1.15° for rotation[40]. RSA uses tantalum markers inserted into bone during joint replacement surgery as fixed points to which the relative motion of prosthesis will be calculated[41]. Currently, RSA is typically used for detection ofaseptic implant failure: RSA studies are conducted for evaluation of new joint implants, implant components and fixation techniques to get information about early micromotion which can predict implant failure [42-45]. RSA examinations over a relatively short period after surgery can predict the clinical outcome in the long term [46,47] . Furthermore, different types of implants can be compared by RSA concerning their stability [39,48]. Although RSA is currently not used to detect septic implant loosening, it could be a valuable support for detection as it is able to quantify elementary micromotions of implants.
Outlook
Future methods for in-vivo detection of PJI
It is worked on development of new methods for in-vivo detection of biofilms. One approach focuses on optical analysis of biofilms and the development of sensors which can detect different surfaces despite nearly similar indices of refraction. For pre-examinations, a model of an artificial biofilm would be established consisting of agarose beads before biofilms on removed implants would be analyzed. Different optical procedures as for example low-coherence interferometry and optical coherence tomography should help to identify typical characteristics of biofilms.
Another approach is based on oxygen consumption of biofilms due to its metabolic activity. A thin and flexible oxygen sensor foil consisting of an indicator dye doped polymer is exposed to a biofilm by an endoscope. The polymer of the sensor forms a porous structure which incorporates oxygen sensitive dyes and at the same time shows a high solubility to molecular oxygen resulting in an oxygen reservoir within the sensor foil. Covering the biofilm with the oxygen sensor foil forces the biofilm to consume the oxygen from the reservoir of the sensor and the oxygen sensitive dyes of the senor will directly report the oxygen decrease. So a decrease in sensor oxygen shows metabolic activity of microorganisms embedded in the biofilm. A similar method is used for measurement of perfusion in microvascular flaps [49]. The combination of both approaches should improve sensitivity and specificity.
Future directions
As mentioned above, septic loosening is a challenging complication in the field of arthroplasty as it is different to diagnose and treat and leads to immense discomfort for patients and surgeons. Septic implant failure is usually followed by extensive therapeutic procedures which cannot always succeed. Just like aseptic failure, septic loosening of joint implants starts with micromotions of prosthesis, potentially before clinical symptoms or changes in conventional radiographs occur. RSA is the gold standard for detection of these early migrations to diagnose aseptic loosening but it could also provide an indication for septic loosening as it detects the earliest motions. Obviously, a differentiation between aseptic and septic loosening by RSA is not possible. However, the future technology of biofilm sensors should enable the direct in-vivo detection of biofilms on implants via arthroscopy. A new approach to diagnosis and treatment of PJI may be imaginable from these developments: RSA as a routine follow-up examination after joint replacement surgery could detect micromotions. Arthroscopic use of new sensors could identify biofilms on prosthesis in vivo and, thus, could indicate whether micromotions are caused by septic or aseptic loosening. These findings determine the following therapy: In case of septic loosening the therapy is as mentioned above, with debridement or prosthesis exchange and antibiotic therapy. But the early detection of a biofilm indicating a PJI may be an advantage because, on the one hand, an early revision surgery would allow the preservation of bone and reduction of tissue damage, so revision surgery is facilitated. On the other hand, the biofilmmay notbe already mature, what it makes it easier to eradicate [10,50]. A complete eradication of biofilm in vivo, for example by future in vivo sonication, may enable rescue surgery receiving the original implant instead of prosthesis exchange. Of course, these are visions nowadays and processing of new methods and further research on this issue is not only necessary but also needs time. Nonetheless it could be the future of managing periprosthetic infections.
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EC Anaesthesia
Arrest Under Anesthesia - What was the Culprit? A Case Report.

PMID: 30264037 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6155992


EC Orthopaedics
Distraction Implantation. A New Technique in Total Joint Arthroplasty and Direct Skeletal Attachment.

PMID: 30198026 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6124505


EC Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine
Prevalence and factors associated with self-reported chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among adults aged 40-79: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2012.

PMID: 30294723 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6169793


EC Dental Science
Important Dental Fiber-Reinforced Composite Molding Compound Breakthroughs

PMID: 29285526 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5743211


EC Microbiology
Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites Among HIV Infected and HIV Uninfected Patients Treated at the 1o De Maio Health Centre in Maputo, Mozambique

PMID: 29911204 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5999047


EC Microbiology
Macrophages and the Viral Dissemination Super Highway

PMID: 26949751 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC4774560


EC Microbiology
The Microbiome, Antibiotics, and Health of the Pediatric Population.

PMID: 27390782 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC4933318


EC Microbiology
Reactive Oxygen Species in HIV Infection

PMID: 28580453 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5450819


EC Microbiology
A Review of the CD4 T Cell Contribution to Lung Infection, Inflammation and Repair with a Focus on Wheeze and Asthma in the Pediatric Population

PMID: 26280024 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC4533840


EC Neurology
Identifying Key Symptoms Differentiating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from Multiple Sclerosis

PMID: 28066845 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5214344


EC Pharmacology and Toxicology
Paradigm Shift is the Normal State of Pharmacology

PMID: 28936490 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5604476


EC Neurology
Examining those Meeting IOM Criteria Versus IOM Plus Fibromyalgia

PMID: 28713879 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5510658


EC Neurology
Unilateral Frontosphenoid Craniosynostosis: Case Report and a Review of the Literature

PMID: 28133641 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5267489


EC Ophthalmology
OCT-Angiography for Non-Invasive Monitoring of Neuronal and Vascular Structure in Mouse Retina: Implication for Characterization of Retinal Neurovascular Coupling

PMID: 29333536 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5766278


EC Neurology
Longer Duration of Downslope Treadmill Walking Induces Depression of H-Reflexes Measured during Standing and Walking.

PMID: 31032493 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6483108


EC Microbiology
Onchocerciasis in Mozambique: An Unknown Condition for Health Professionals.

PMID: 30957099 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6448571


EC Nutrition
Food Insecurity among Households with and without Podoconiosis in East and West Gojjam, Ethiopia.

PMID: 30101228 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6086333


EC Ophthalmology
REVIEW. +2 to +3 D. Reading Glasses to Prevent Myopia.

PMID: 31080964 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6508883


EC Gynaecology
Biomechanical Mapping of the Female Pelvic Floor: Uterine Prolapse Versus Normal Conditions.

PMID: 31093608 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6513001


EC Dental Science
Fiber-Reinforced Composites: A Breakthrough in Practical Clinical Applications with Advanced Wear Resistance for Dental Materials.

PMID: 31552397 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6758937


EC Microbiology
Neurocysticercosis in Child Bearing Women: An Overlooked Condition in Mozambique and a Potentially Missed Diagnosis in Women Presenting with Eclampsia.

PMID: 31681909 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6824723


EC Microbiology
Molecular Detection of Leptospira spp. in Rodents Trapped in the Mozambique Island City, Nampula Province, Mozambique.

PMID: 31681910 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6824726


EC Neurology
Endoplasmic Reticulum-Mitochondrial Cross-Talk in Neurodegenerative and Eye Diseases.

PMID: 31528859 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6746603


EC Psychology and Psychiatry
Can Chronic Consumption of Caffeine by Increasing D2/D3 Receptors Offer Benefit to Carriers of the DRD2 A1 Allele in Cocaine Abuse?

PMID: 31276119 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6604646


EC Anaesthesia
Real Time Locating Systems and sustainability of Perioperative Efficiency of Anesthesiologists.

PMID: 31406965 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6690616


EC Pharmacology and Toxicology
A Pilot STEM Curriculum Designed to Teach High School Students Concepts in Biochemical Engineering and Pharmacology.

PMID: 31517314 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6741290


EC Pharmacology and Toxicology
Toxic Mechanisms Underlying Motor Activity Changes Induced by a Mixture of Lead, Arsenic and Manganese.

PMID: 31633124 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6800226


EC Neurology
Research Volunteers' Attitudes Toward Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

PMID: 29662969 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC5898812


EC Pharmacology and Toxicology
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease.

PMID: 30215058 [PubMed]

PMCID: PMC6133268


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