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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346477/disruption-of-sorcs2-reveals-differences-in-the-regulation-of-stereociliary-bundle-formation-between-hair-cell-types-in-the-inner-ear
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Andrew Forge, Ruth R Taylor, Sally J Dawson, Michael Lovett, Daniel J Jagger
Behavioural anomalies suggesting an inner ear disorder were observed in a colony of transgenic mice. Affected animals were profoundly deaf. Severe hair bundle defects were identified in all outer and inner hair cells (OHC, IHC) in the cochlea and in hair cells of vestibular macular organs, but hair cells in cristae were essentially unaffected. Evidence suggested the disorder was likely due to gene disruption by a randomly inserted transgene construct. Whole-genome sequencing identified interruption of the SorCS2 (Sortilin-related VPS-10 domain containing protein) locus...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346368/pathophysiological-significance-of-dermatan-sulfate-proteoglycans-revealed-by-human-genetic-disorders
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REVIEW
Shuji Mizumoto, Tomoki Kosho, Shuhei Yamada, Kazuyuki Sugahara
The indispensable roles of dermatan sulfate-proteoglycans (DS-PGs) have been demonstrated in various biological events including construction of the extracellular matrix and cell signaling through interactions with collagen and transforming growth factor-β, respectively. Defects in the core proteins of DS-PGs such as decorin and biglycan cause congenital stromal dystrophy of the cornea, spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia, and Meester-Loeys syndrome. Furthermore, mutations in human genes encoding the glycosyltransferases, epimerases, and sulfotransferases responsible for the biosynthesis of DS chains cause connective tissue disorders including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia with joint laxity characterized by skin hyperextensibility, joint hypermobility, and tissue fragility, and by severe skeletal disorders such as kyphoscoliosis, short trunk, dislocation, and joint laxity...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346232/the-future-is-now-neuroprotection-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
#3
Johanna C Moore, Jason A Bartos, Timothy R Matsuura, Demetris Yannopoulos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survival with favorable neurological function after cardiac arrest remains low. The purpose of this review is to identify recent advances that focus on neuroprotection during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple strategies have been shown to enhance neuroprotection during CPR. Brain perfusion during CPR is increased with therapies such as active compression decompression CPR and intrathoracic pressure regulation that improve cardiac preload and decrease intracranial pressure...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346224/mutant-%C3%AE-2-chimaerin-signals-via-bidirectional-ephrin-pathways-in-duane-retraction-syndrome
#4
Alicia A Nugent, Jong G Park, Yan Wei, Alan P Tenney, Nicole M Gilette, Michelle M DeLisle, Wai-Man Chan, Long Cheng, Elizabeth C Engle
Duane retraction syndrome (DRS) is the most common form of congenital paralytic strabismus in humans and can result from α2-chimaerin (CHN1) missense mutations. We report a knockin α2-chimaerin mouse (Chn1KI/KI) that models DRS. Whole embryo imaging of Chn1KI/KI mice revealed stalled abducens nerve growth and selective trochlear and first cervical spinal nerve guidance abnormalities. Stalled abducens nerve bundles did not reach the orbit, resulting in secondary aberrant misinnervation of the lateral rectus muscle by the oculomotor nerve...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344623/should-we-implant-a-permanent-pacemaker-in-patients-with-left-bundle-branch-block-and-pq-prolongation-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#5
Krzysztof Błaszyk, Anna Komosa, Marek Grygier, Anna Olasińska-Wiśniewska, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Maciej Lesiak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344321/broad-spectrum-antiviral-activity-for-paramyxoviruses-is-modulated-by-biophysical-properties-of-fusion-inhibitory-peptides
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Cyrille Mathieu, Marcelo T Augusto, Stefan Niewiesk, Branka Horvat, Laura M Palermo, Giuseppina Sanna, Silvia Madeddu, Devra Huey, Miguel A R B Castanho, Matteo Porotto, Nuno C Santos, Anne Moscona
Human paramyxoviruses include global causes of lower respiratory disease like the parainfluenza viruses, as well as agents of lethal encephalitis like Nipah virus. Infection is initiated by viral glycoprotein-mediated fusion between viral and host cell membranes. Paramyxovirus viral fusion proteins (F) insert into the target cell membrane, and form a transient intermediate that pulls the viral and cell membranes together as two heptad-repeat regions refold to form a six-helix bundle structure that can be specifically targeted by fusion-inhibitory peptides...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344217/left-ventricular-twist-was-decreased-in-isolated-left-bundle-branch-block-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#7
Sabiye Yılmaz, Harun Kılıc, Mustafa Tarık Ağac, Nurgül Keser, Efe Edem, Saadet Demirtaş, Mehmet Bülent Vatan, Ramazan Akdemir, Hüseyin Gündüz
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular (LV) rotation and twist play an important role in LV contraction and relaxation. Left bundle branch block (LBBB) deteriorates both diastolic and systolic functions. We evaluated the LV twist in patients with LBBB and preserved ejection fraction (EF) (>50%) to determine twist as a potential marker for subtle myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: This observational cross-sectional study included 34 LBBB patients with preserved EF who were free from ischemic and valvular disease (Group 1) and 36 healthy controls (Group 2)...
March 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343654/negative-concordant-t-waves-during-paced-ventricular-rhythm-an-honest-enemy-is-better-than-a-false-friend
#8
Irene di Matteo, Pasquale Crea
The ECG diagnosis of myocardial infarction and ischemia in pacemaker patients is often challenging. The three criteria, proposed by Sgarbossa et al. in 1996, useful to suspect myocardial ischaemia in patient with left bundle branch block were demonstrated to be valid also in pacemaker patients. In the last years, concordant negative T waves in patients with ventricular paced rhythm were linked to various expressions of acute myocardial injury. If available, comparison with previous ECG is crucial. Partial persistence of cardiac memory during fusion beats created an anomalous concordance between negative T waves and QRS axis and could induce erroneous suspicions...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343455/reducing-clostridium-difficile-in-the-inpatient-setting-a-systematic-review-of-the-adherence-to-and-effectiveness-of-c-difficile-prevention-bundles
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Anna K Barker, Caitlyn Ngam, Jackson S Musuuza, Valerie M Vaughn, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the most common infectious cause of nosocomial diarrhea, and its prevention is an urgent public health priority. However, reduction of CDI is challenging because of its complex pathogenesis, large reservoirs of colonized patients, and the persistence of infectious spores. The literature lacks high-quality evidence for evaluating interventions, and many hospitals have implemented bundled interventions to reduce CDI with variable results. Thus, we conducted a systematic review to examine the components of CDI bundles, their implementation processes, and their impact on CDI rates...
March 27, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343224/the-evidence-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-the-community-and-for-primary-care-interventions
#10
Lauren Emmett, James Tollitt, Sheila McCorkindale, Smeeta Sinha, Dimitrios Poulikakos
BACKGROUND: Almost two-thirds of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) damage their kidneys whilst in the community. This paper aims to review existing data on incidence, mortality, and morbidity of AKI within the community and explore the evidence base for primary care strategies aimed at reducing incidence and improving early detection and management of AKI. METHODS: A literature search was carried out using PubMed; key words including AKI, primary care, community acquired, and electronic alerts (e-alerts) were used to capture relevant data...
March 25, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342515/transluminal-balloon-angioplasty-bundling-for-2017
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EDITORIAL
Sean P Roddy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342207/genetic-effect-of-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism-on-the-structural-covariance-network-and-white-matter-integrity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#12
Yu-Tzu Chang, Shih-Wei Hsu, Shih-Jen Tsai, Ya-Ting Chang, Chi-Wei Huang, Mu-En Liu, Nai-Ching Chen, Wen-Neng Chang, Jung-Lung Hsu, Chen-Chang Lee, Chiung-Chih Chang
The 677 C to T transition in the MTHFR gene is a genetic determinant for hyperhomocysteinemia. We investigated whether this polymorphism modulates gray matter (GM) structural covariance networks independently of white-matter integrity in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). GM structural covariance networks were constructed by 3D T1-magnetic resonance imaging and seed-based analysis. The patients were divided into two genotype groups: C homozygotes (n = 73) and T carriers (n = 62). Using diffusion tensor imaging and white-matter parcellation, 11 fiber bundle integrities were compared between the two genotype groups...
March 25, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341872/childhood-adversity-associated-with-white-matter-alteration-in-the-corpus-callosum-corona-radiata-and-uncinate-fasciculus-of-psychiatrically-healthy-adults
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Simon McCarthy-Jones, Lena K L Oestreich, Amanda E Lyall, Zora Kikinis, Dominick T Newell, Peter Savadjiev, Martha E Shenton, Marek Kubicki, Ofer Pasternak, Thomas J Whitford
Diffusion tensor imaging studies report childhood adversity (CA) is associated with reduced fractional anisotropy (FA) in multiple white matter tracts in adults. Reduced FA may result from changes in tissue, suggesting myelin/axonal damage, and/or from increased levels of extracellular free-water, suggesting atrophy or neuroinflammation. Free-water imaging can separately identify FA in tissue (FAT) and the fractional volume of free-water (FW). We tested whether CA was associated with altered FA, FAT, and FW in seven white matter regions of interest (ROI), in which FA changes had been previously linked to CA (corona radiata, corpus callosum, fornix, cingulum bundle: hippocampal projection, inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus, superior longitudinal fasciculus, uncinate fasciculus)...
March 25, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341831/the-relationship-between-retinal-nerve-fibre-layer-thickness-profiles-and-corvisst-tonometry-measured-biomechanical-properties-in-young-healthy-subjects
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Masato Matsuura, Hiroshi Murata, Shunsuke Nakakura, Yoshitaka Nakao, Takehiro Yamashita, Kazunori Hirasawa, Yuri Fujino, Yoshiaki Kiuchi, Ryo Asaoka
We previously reported that a shallow circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (cpRNFL) peak angle as measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT) suggests the temporal retina is stretched around the optic disc from the papillo-macular bundle (Yamashita T et al. Investigative Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013). The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between CorvisST tonometry (CST) corneal measurements, axial length (AL) and the change in OCT-measured cpRNFL peak angle, in young healthy subjects...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341355/comparison-of-clinical-and-electrocardiographic-predictors-of-ischemic-and-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy-during-the-initial-evaluation-of-patients-with-reduced-%C3%A2-40-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Arvind R Devanabanda, George Zakhem, Sohah N Iqbal, William Slater, John T Coppola
Invasive coronary angiography is routinely performed during the initial evaluation of patients with suspected cardiomyopathy with reduced left ventricular function. Clinical and electrocardiographic (ECG) data may accurately predict ischemic cardiomyopathy (IC). Medical records of adults referred for coronary angiography for evaluation of left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with myocardial infarction (MI), previous coronary revascularization, cardiac surgery, or left-sided valvular disease were excluded...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341304/the-normal-variants-in-the-left-bundle-branch-system
#16
REVIEW
M V Elizari
This article reviewed the main anatomic and physiopathological aspects of the left bundle branch from its origin in the His bundle and its intraventricular distribution on the left endocardial surface. The results are based on the relevant literature and on personal observations executed on 206 hearts distributed as follows: 67 dogs, 60 humans, 45 sheep, 22 pigs, 10 cows, 2 monkeys, 1 guanaco, and 1 sea lion. The main anatomical features of the His-Purkinje conducting system may be summarized as follows: The bundle of His is composed by two segments: the penetrating and branching portions...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341280/cost-effectiveness-of-staphylococcus-aureus-decolonization-strategies-in-high-risk-total-joint-arthroplasty-patients
#17
Devin M Williams, Andy O Miller, Michael W Henry, Geoffrey H Westrich, Hassan M K Ghomrawi
BACKGROUND: The risk of prosthetic joint infection increases with Staphylococcus aureus colonization. The cost-effectiveness of decolonization is controversial. We evaluated cost-effectiveness decolonization protocols in high-risk arthroplasty patients. METHODS: An analytical model evaluated risk under 3 protocols: 4 swabs, 2 swabs, and nasal swab alone. These were compared to no-screening and universal decolonization strategies. Cost-effectiveness was evaluated from the hospital, patient, and societal perspective...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340894/wenckebach-pattern-in-right-bundle-branch-block-benign-or-not
#18
Weiting Huang, Paul Chun Yih Lim, Chi-Keong Ching
A Mobitz type I block (Wenckebach phenomenon) with narrow QRS complex is almost always due to a lesion in the AV node. In a type I block with wide QRS complex (>0.12sec), the block can be in the His-Purkinje system in 60-70% of the cases. Even though the progressive PR prolongation with every conducted beat suggests Wenckebach phenomenon, one needs to pay attention to the accompanying QRS complex. In the setting of persistent right bundle branch block, axis change of subsequent conducted beat before an unconducted p suggests alternating fascicular block, giving clue to unreliable infra-Hisian conduction; and in the setting of symptoms, a pacemaker should be implanted...
March 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340694/composition-and-organization-of-the-pancreatic-extracellular-matrix-by-combined-methods-of-immunohistochemistry-proteomics-and-scanning-electron-microscopy
#19
S Vigier, H Gagnon, K Bourgade, K Klarskov, T Fülöp, P Vermette
The epidemic expansion of diabetes is a major concern of public health. A promising treatment is the transplantation of islets of Langerhans isolated from the whole pancreas but the yields of islets isolation and the rates of successful engraftments still have to be improved to make this therapy effective. The extracellular matrix (ECM) of the pancreatic tissue is partially lost during the isolation process and a comprehensive knowledge of the pancreatic ECM composition and organization could identify targets to improve islets isolation and transplantation or highlight new therapeutics for pancreatic diseases...
January 2017: Current Research in Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340603/blunt-cardiac-injury-due-to-trauma-associated-with-snowboarding-a-case-report
#20
Fuminori Yamaji, Hideshi Okada, Yasuhiro Nakajima, Kodai Suzuki, Takahiro Yoshida, Yosuke Mizuno, Haruka Okamoto, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Taku Tanaka, Shiho Nakano, Sho Nachi, Tomoaki Doi, Keisuke Kumada, Shozo Yoshida, Narihiro Ishida, Katsuya Shimabukuro, Hiroaki Ushikoshi, Izumi Toyoda, Kiyoshi Doi, Shinji Ogura
BACKGROUND: Cardiac trauma is associated with a much higher mortality rate than injuries to other organ systems, even though cardiac trauma is identified in less than 10% of all trauma admissions. Here we report blunt trauma of the left atrium due to snowboarding trauma. CASE PRESENTATION: A 45-year-old Asian man collided with a tree while he was snowboarding and drinking. He lost consciousness temporarily. An air ambulance was requested and he was transported to an advanced critical care center...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
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