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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344760/severe-pulmonary-hypertension-in-aging-female-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice-is-rescued-by-estrogen-replacement-therapy
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Soban Umar, Rod Partow-Navid, Gregoire Ruffenach, Andrea Iorga, Shayan Moazeni, Mansoureh Eghbali
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is a multifunctional protein, and its deficiency leads to the development of atherosclerosis in mice. Patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) have reduced expression of ApoE in lung tissue. ApoE is known to inhibit endothelial and smooth muscle cell proliferation and has anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet aggregation properties. Young ApoE-deficient mice have been shown to develop PH on high fat diet. The combined role of female sex and aging in the development of PH has not been investigated before...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343320/allergic-airway-inflammation-induces-migration-of-mast-cell-populations-into-the-mouse-airway
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David Schmit, Duc Dung Le, Sebastian Heck, Markus Bischoff, Thomas Tschernig, Christian Herr, Christoph Beisswenger, Peter Kobelt, Phillipp Moritz Lepper, Kian Fan Chung, Robert Bals, Quoc Thai Dinh
Mast cells (MCs) and airway nerves play an important role in allergic asthma. However, little is known about the MCs and their interaction with airway nerves during allergic airway inflammation. This study aims to investigate the distribution and proliferation of MC populations in different lung compartments, along with the association of mast cells with nerve endings, using a house dust mite (HDM) model for allergic airway inflammation. BALB/c mice were exposed to HDM extract intranasally (25 μg/50 μl) for 5 consecutive days a week over 7 weeks...
March 25, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342580/evidence-based-management-of-chylothorax-in-infants
#3
Joseph T Church, Alexis G Antunez, Ashley Dean, Niki Matusko, Kristopher B Deatrick, Mohammad A Attar, Samir K Gadepalli
PURPOSE: Management guidelines for infants with chylothorax lack substantial evidence. We sought to identify variables that impact outcomes in these patients in order to develop an evidence-based management algorithm. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all infants diagnosed with chylothorax from June 2005 to December 2014 at our institution. Data collected included demographics, chest tube output (CTO), medical and dietary interventions, surgical procedures, and absolute lymphocyte count (ALC)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342352/mechanochemical-mechanism-of-rapid-dechlorination-of-hexachlorobenzene
#4
Shanshan Deng, Shaoguo Kang, Nannan Feng, Jianxin Zhu, Bo Yu, Xiaofeng Xie, Jing Chen
Recent researches indicate that mechanochemical treatment (MCT) is a promising method to degrade the environmental hazards, especially in the area of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) disposal. However, the mechanochemical dechlorination mechanism of POPs still needs to be further verified. In this mechanochemical process, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) was chosen as a model pollutant with aluminum and alumina (Al+Al2O3) powders as the co-milling regents. Both of the intermediate analysis and quantum chemical calculations were adopted to elucidate the free radical dechlorination mechanism of HCB...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340591/altered-mtor-and-beclin-1-mediated-autophagic-activation-during-right-ventricular-remodeling-in-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
#5
Yan Deng, Weifeng Wu, Shenglan Guo, Yuming Chen, Chang Liu, Xingcui Gao, Bin Wei
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular structure and function is a major predictor of outcomes in pulmonary hypertension (PH), yet the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Growing evidence suggests the importance of autophagy in cardiac remodeling; however, its dynamics in the process of right ventricle(RV) remodeling in PH has not been fully explored. We sought to study the time course of cardiomyocyte autophagy in the RV in PH and determine whether mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and Beclin-1 hypoxia-related pro-autophagic pathways are underlying mechanisms...
March 24, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337949/efficacy-of-metacognitive-therapy-for-hypoactive-sexual-desire-disorder-among-iranian-couples
#6
Mohammad Arash Ramezani, Khodabakhsh Ahmadi, Mohammadali Besharat, Sima Noohi, Afagh Ghaemmaghami
OBJECTIVE: The aim of present study was to compare the efficacy of metacognitive therapy (MCT) against Masters-Johnson sex therapy (MJST) for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in Iranian couples. METHODS: A randomized treatment trial was conducted. Participants were recruited from the family counseling clinics in Tehran and Isfahan. All were suffering from HSDD as defined by DSM-IV-R criteria. They were assigned randomly to two groups that received 10 sessions of either MCT or MJST...
March 24, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337251/pentaerythritol-tetranitrate-in-vivo-treatment-improves-oxidative-stress-and-vascular-dysfunction-by-suppression-of-endothelin-1-signaling-in-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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Sebastian Steven, Matthias Oelze, Moritz Brandt, Elisabeth Ullmann, Swenja Kröller-Schön, Tjebo Heeren, Lan P Tran, Steffen Daub, Mobin Dib, Dirk Stalleicken, Philip Wenzel, Thomas Münzel, Andreas Daiber
Objective. Oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction contribute to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The role of the nitrovasodilator pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) on endothelial function and oxidative stress in PAH has not yet been defined. Methods and Results. PAH was induced by monocrotaline (MCT, i.v.) in Wistar rats. Low (30 mg/kg; MCT30), middle (40 mg/kg; MCT40), or high (60 mg/kg; MCT60) dose of MCT for 14, 28, and 42 d was used. MCT induced endothelial dysfunction, pulmonary vascular wall thickening, and fibrosis, as well as protein tyrosine nitration...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333041/characterization-of-176lu-background-in-lso-based-pet-scanners
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Maurizio Conti, Lars Eriksson, Harold Rothfuss, Therese Sjoeholm, David Townsend, Goeran Rosenqvist, Thomas Carlier
LSO and LYSO are today the most common scintillators used in positron emission tomography. Lutetium contains traces of 176Lu, a radioactive isotope that decays - with a cascade of  photons in coincidence. Therefore, Lutetium-based scintillators are characterized by a small natural radiation background. In this paper, we investigate and characterize the 176Lu radiation background via experiments performed on LSO-based PET scanners. LSO background was measured at different energy windows and different time coincidence windows, and by using shields to alter the original spectrum...
March 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332363/optimal-dose-and-timing-of-umbilical-stem-cells-treatment-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertensive-rats
#9
Hyeryon Lee, Kwan Chang Kim, Soo Jin Choi, Young Mi Hong
PURPOSE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a fatal disease which is characterized by an increase in pulmonary arterial pressure leading to increases in right ventricular afterload. Human umbilical cord blood derived-mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) administered via the jugular vein have been previously shown to improve PAH by reversal treatment. However, the effect of low dosage and transfusion timing of hUCB-MSCs on PAH has not yet been clearly established. Obviously, low dosage treatment can lead to a reduction in costs...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326742/comparative-assessment-of-calcitonin-stimulation-test-using-calcium-gluconate-and-pentagastrin-and-the-usefulness-of-procalcitonin-basic-and-post-stimulation-concentrations-in-the-diagnosis-of-patients-after-surgery-for-medullary
#10
Aldona Kowalska, Katarzyna Lizis-Kolus, Danuta Gąsior-Perczak, Iwona Palyga, Anna Słuszniak, Janusz Słuszniak, Grażyna Antczak, Paweł Lizis, Ryszard Mezyk, Stanislaw Gozdz
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare the calcitonin (CT) stimulation tests with tests of calcium gluconate (CaG) and pentagastrin (PG), their tolerance and usefulness of PCT in the patients' diagnosis with active Medullary thyroid cancer (MCT) after thyroidectomy. METHODS: CT was marked in serum by the immunosorbent sandwich test. PCT was marked by the immunosorbent sandwich test, with the final reading of fluorenscence. PG was given intravenously at a dose of 0...
December 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325622/the-effect-of-different-nasal-irrigation-solutions-following-septoplasty-and-concha-radiofrequency-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Hanifi Kurtaran, K Serife Ugur, Ceyda Sel Yilmaz, Mesut Kaya, Alper Yuksel, Nebil Ark, Mehmet Gunduz
INTRODUCTION: Nasal irrigation solutions are widely used following endonasal surgery. These irrigation solutions remove infective debris and crusts, reducing the probability of synechia formation, and accelerate mucosal healing. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of nasal irrigation solutions with different contents following septoplasty and concha radiofrequency. METHODS: The present study was a prospective, randomized, controlled simple blind study of 120 patients who underwent septoplasty and bilateral concha radiofrequency...
February 22, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325011/research-on-eeg-features-of-attended-unattended-vigilance
#12
Chang Sun, Runge Chen, Miao Tian, Xingwei An, Hongzhi Qi, Minpeng Xu, Xuemin Wang, Dong Ming, Peng Zhou
Vigilance refers to the brain alertness to objective things, including the concentration of attention and the capability to response emergencies. It is of great importance to study vigilance monitoring to avoid accidents caused by decrease of vigilance. In this study, traditional Mackworth Clock Test (MCT) was modified to induce decline of attended and unattended vigilance. We analyzed EEG features in different levels of attended vigilance and assessed unattended vigilance by amplitude of mismatch negative (MMN) which can be evoked by audio odd ball stimulations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296916/the-efficacy-and-toxicity-profile-of-metronomic-chemotherapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Yangyang Liu, Feifei Gu, Jinyan Liang, Xiaomeng Dai, Chao Wan, Xiaohua Hong, Kai Zhang, Li Liu
PURPOSE: The current meta-analysis aimed to summarize the available evidence for the efficacy and serious adverse events (AEs) associated with use of metronomic chemotherapy (MCT) in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). METHOD: Electronic databases (PubMed, EMBASE database, Web of Knowledge, and the Cochrane database) were systematically searched for articles related to the use of MCT in MBC patients. Eligible studies included clinical trials of MBC patients treated with MCT that presented sufficient data related to tumor response, progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and grade 3/4 AEs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292027/claudin-1-regulates-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-through-the-activation-of-erk1-2
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Xiandong Cheng, Yi Wang, Huilong Chen, Yongjian Xu, Weining Xiong, Tao Wang
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), a crucial inflammatory cytokine, is involved in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). TNF-α can induce claudin-1 (CLDN1) expression and CLDN1 has been reported to be associated with the regulation of cellular functions including cell proliferation, migration. Thus, we aimed to explore whether CLDN1 participated in the etiology of PAH. Our study showed that CLDN1 expression was markedly increased in the lungs of rats with monocrotaline(MCT)-induced PAH, especially in the pulmonary arterial smooth muscle sections...
March 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289722/assessment-of-ciliary-phenotype-in-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-by-micro-optical-coherence-tomography
#15
George M Solomon, Richard Francis, Kengyeh K Chu, Susan E Birket, George Gabriel, John E Trombley, Kristi L Lemke, Nikolai Klena, Brett Turner, Guillermo J Tearney, Cecilia W Lo, Steven M Rowe
Ciliary motion defects cause defective mucociliary transport (MCT) in primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). Current diagnostic tests do not assess how MCT is affected by perturbation of ciliary motion. In this study, we sought to use micro-optical coherence tomography (μOCT) to delineate the mechanistic basis of cilia motion defects of PCD genes by functional categorization of cilia motion. Tracheae from three PCD mouse models were analyzed using μOCT to characterize ciliary motion and measure MCT. We developed multiple measures of ciliary activity, integrated these measures, and quantified dyskinesia by the angular range of the cilia effective stroke (ARC)...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287603/shunt-surgery-right-heart-catheterization-and-vascular-morphometry-in-a-rat-model-for-flow-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#16
Diederik E van der Feen, Michel Weij, Annemieke Smit-van Oosten, Lysanne M Jorna, Quint A J Hagdorn, Beatrijs Bartelds, Rolf M F Berger
In this protocol, PAH is induced by combining a 60 mg/kg monocrotalin (MCT) injection with increased pulmonary blood flow through an aorto-caval shunt (MCT+Flow). The shunt is created by inserting an 18-G needle from the abdominal aorta into the adjacent caval vein. Increased pulmonary flow has been demonstrated as an essential trigger for a severe form of PAH with distinct phases of disease progression, characterized by early medial hypertrophy followed by neointimal lesions and the progressive occlusion of the small pulmonary vessels...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281854/capsaicin-pretreatment-reversed-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-by-alleviating-inflammation-via-p38mapk-pathway
#17
Ying Xu, Qin Gu, Chen Qu
Purpose/aim: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a lethal disease associated with pulmonary vascular remodeling as well as inflammation. As a kind of tachykinin secreted by nerves and inflammatory cells, substance P (SP) has been proved to be involved in the progression of PAH. Capsaicin can deplete substance P and provide benefits in PAH. However, the mechanism is still unclear. In this article, we aim to illustrate the possible mechanism involved in the process of capsaicin alleviating PAH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single injection of monocrotaline (MCT) to male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats was conducted to induce PAH...
March 10, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276002/different-cutoff-values-of-methacholine-bronchial-provocation-test-depending-on-age-in-children-with-asthma
#18
Eun Lee, Young-Ho Kim, Seungbong Han, Song-I Yang, Young-Ho Jung, Ju-Hee Seo, Hyo-Bin Kim, So Yeon Lee, Ji-Won Kwon, Soo-Jong Hong
BACKGROUND: Bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) is a fundamental pathophysiological characteristic of asthma. Although several factors such as airway caliber can affect BHR, no study has established age-dependent cutoff values of BHR to methacholine for the diagnosis of asthma in children. We investigated the cutoff values of the methacholine challenge test (MCT) in the diagnosis of asthma according to age. METHODS: A total of 2383 individuals aged from 6 to 15 years old were included in this study...
March 8, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275392/clinical-response-in-patients-with-ovarian-cancer-treated-with-metronomic-chemotherapy
#19
Herman Andrés Perroud, O Graciela Scharovsky, Viviana Rosa Rozados, Carlos María Alasino
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the leading cause of death from gynaecological cancer. It is extremely hard to diagnose in the early stages and around 70% of patients present with advanced disease. Metronomic chemotherapy (MCT) is described as the chronic administration of, generally low, equally spaced, doses of chemotherapeutic drugs with therapeutic efficacy and low toxicity. This is an effective and low-cost way to treat several types of tumours, including ovarian cancer. Here, we present six cases of advanced ovarian cancer treated with MCT with low doses of cyclophosphamide, which showed clinical response and stable disease...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274595/interdependence-of-thyroglobulin-processing-and-thyroid-hormone-export-in-the-mouse-thyroid-gland
#20
Jonas Weber, Joseph McInnes, Cise Kizilirmak, Maren Rehders, Maria Qatato, Eva K Wirth, Ulrich Schweizer, Francois Verrey, Heike Heuer, Klaudia Brix
Thyroid hormone (TH) target cells need to adopt mechanisms to maintain sufficient levels of TH to ensure regular functions. This includes thyroid epithelial cells, which generate TH in addition to being TH-responsive. However, the cellular and molecular pathways underlying thyroid auto-regulation are insufficiently understood. In order to investigate whether thyroglobulin processing and TH export are sensed by thyrocytes, we inactivated thyroglobulin-processing cathepsins and TH-exporting monocarboxylate transporters (Mct) in the mouse...
March 5, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
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