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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817785/diving-into-the-world-of-alcohol-teratogenesis-a-review-of-zebrafish-models-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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Yohaan Fernandes, Desirè M Buckley, Johann K Eberhart
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refer to the entire suite of deleterious outcomes resulting from embryonic alcohol exposure. Along with other reviews in this edition, we provide insight into how animal models, specifically the zebrafish; have informed our understanding of FASD. We first provide a brief introduction to FASD. We discuss the zebrafish as a model organism and its strengths for alcohol research. We detail how zebrafish has been used to model some of the major defects present in FASD. These include behavioral defects, such as social behavior as well as learning and memory, and structural defects, disrupting organs such as the brain, sensory organs, heart and craniofacial skeleton...
August 17, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817494/nocturnal-hypertension-and-right-heart-remodeling
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Marijana Tadic, Cesare Cuspidi, Vera Celic, Biljana Pencic-Popovic, Giuseppe Mancia
BACKGROUND: We sought to investigate right ventricular (RV) and right atrial mechanics in patients with daytime, night-time and daytime-night-time hypertension. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 256 untreated patients who underwent 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and complete echocardiographic examination including strain analysis. Night-time hypertension was defined as nocturnal SBP at least 120 mmHg and/or DBP at least 70 mmHg and daytime hypertension as SBP at least 135 mmHg and/or DBP at least 85 mmHg...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816160/the-impact-of-cardiac-radiation-dosimetry-on-survival-after-radiation-therapy-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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S Vivekanandan, D B Landau, N Counsell, D R Warren, A Khwanda, S D Rosen, E Parsons, Y Ngai, L Farrelly, L Hughes, M A Hawkins, J D Fenwick
PURPOSE: The heart receives high radiation doses during radiation therapy of advanced-stage lung cancer. We have explored associations between overall survival, cardiac radiation doses, and electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in patients treated in IDEAL-CRT, a trial of isotoxically escalated concurrent chemoradiation delivering tumor doses of 63 to 73 Gy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Dosimetric and survival data were analyzed for 78 patients. The whole heart, pericardium, AV node, and walls of left and right atria (LA/RA-Wall) and ventricles (LV/RV-Wall) were outlined on radiation therapy planning scans, and differential dose-volume histograms (dDVHs) were calculated...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814116/the-dark-side-of-the-ring-role-of-the-dna-sliding-surface-of-pcna
#4
Matteo De March, Alfredo De Biasio
The proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) sliding clamp lies at the heart of the accurate duplication of eukaryotic genomes. While the outer surface of the PCNA ring interacts with polymerases and other factors, the role of the inner wall facing the DNA is elusive. Recent evidence shows that conserved basic residues in the PCNA central channel create a specific surface that recognizes the DNA backbone and enables the clamp to slide by rotationally tracking the DNA helix. The sliding surface can be modulated (i) through lysine acetylation, which triggers PCNA degradation during nucleotide excision repair (NER) and stimulates repair by homologous recombination (HR) or (ii) through binding of the protein factor p15(PAF), which turns off DNA lesion bypass...
August 17, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812836/understanding-internal-accountability-in-nigeria-s-routine-immunization-system-perspectives-from-government-officials-at-the-national-state-and-local-levels
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Daniel J Erchick, Asha S George, Chukwunonso Umeh, Chizoba Wonodi
BACKGROUND: Routine immunization coverage in Nigeria has remained low, and studies have identified a lack of accountability as a barrier to high performance in the immunization system. Accountability lies at the heart of various health systems strengthening efforts recently launched in Nigeria, including those related to immunization. Our aim was to understand the views of health officials on the accountability challenges hindering immunization service delivery at various levels of government...
December 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812078/evolution-of-the-linear-band-dispersion-of-monolayer-and-bilayer-germanene-on-cu-111
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Fengping Li, Wei Wei, Xingshuai Lv, Baibiao Huang, Ying Dai
The structural and electronic properties of germanene are always strongly modulated by the hybridization effects with metal substrates. In order to see what will happen when a buffer layer is introduced in-between germanene and metal substrates, we study the structural and electronic properties of the recently synthesized monolayer and bilayer germanene on Cu(111) though first-principles calculations. Our results show that the monolayer germanene on Cu(111) displays a nearly flat configuration and interface states form between the Ge pz and Cu sp-like states, with the Ge π states maintaining the Dirac character...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810961/resuscitation-of-hypotensive-traumatic-brain-injured-animals-with-spray-dried-plasma-does-not-adversely-alter-physiology-and-improves-blood-brain-barrier-function
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Steven McDaniel, Stephanie Golla, Anthony N Moore, Joe DaCorta, Arthur Bode, Shibani Pati, Pramod K Dash, Jing Zhao
INTRODUCTION: According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the number of soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has risen dramatically over the past decade. Studies have shown that brain damage can be exacerbated if blood loss occurs (often occurring in polytrauma). As blood supply is critical for brain function and survival, TBI patients must be properly resuscitated to maintain blood volume, blood pressure, and cerebral perfusion...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810592/protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-on-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Jun-Biao Zhang, Chang-Lei Guo
The protective effect and the mechanism of estrogen receptor β (ERβ) on myocardial infarction (MI) in mice were explored. A total of 12 female Tg-ERβ transgenic mice and 12 non-transgenic littermate control (NLC) wild-type C57 mice were used for the present study. Both transgenic and wild-type mice had similar baseline data such as age, sex, and weight. The mouse model of MI was established by coronary artery ligation method, and the cardiac structure and function changes of the mouse were observed by ultrasonic echocardiography on days 1, 3 and 7 after the operation...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809041/complex-malformations-involving-the-fetal-body-wall-definition-and-classification-issues
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Julia Bijok, Diana Massalska, Anna Kucińska-Chahwan, Anna Posiewka, Alicja Ilnicka, Grzegorz Jakiel, Tomasz Roszkowski
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the sonographic features, cytogenetic results and pregnancy outcomes in complex malformations involving the body wall in a large cohort of fetuses with regard to different definitions proposed in the literature. METHOD: A retrospective study on 96 fetuses with complex malformations comprising ventral wall, craniofacial structures, limbs and umbilical cord that were evaluated between 1997 and 2015. RESULTS: The most common sonographic finding was an extensive ventral wall defect (95...
August 14, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808939/comparison-of-left-ventricular-shape-by-gated-spect-imaging-in-diabetic-and-nondiabetic-patients-with-normal-myocardial-perfusion-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Carmela Nappi, Valeria Gaudieri, Wanda Acampa, Roberta Assante, Emilia Zampella, Ciro Gabriele Mainolfi, Mario Petretta, Guido Germano, Alberto Cuocolo
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus induces structural and functional cardiac alterations that can result in heart failure. Left ventricular (LV) shape is a dynamic component of cardiac geometry influencing its contractile function. However, few data are available comparing LV shape index in diabetic and nondiabetic patients without overt coronary artery disease after balancing for coronary risk factors. METHODS: We studied 1168 patients with normal myocardial perfusion and normal LV ejection fraction on stress gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808498/functional-cellular-and-molecular-remodeling-of-the-heart-under-influence-of-oxidative-cigarette-tobacco-smoke
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REVIEW
Abdullah Kaplan, Emna Abidi, Rana Ghali, George W Booz, Firas Kobeissy, Fouad A Zouein
Passive and active chronic cigarette smoking (CS) remains an international epidemic and a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) development. CS-induced cardiac damage is divided into two major and interchangeable mechanisms: (1) direct adverse effects on the myocardium causing smoking cardiomyopathy and (2) indirect effects on the myocardium by fueling comorbidities such as atherosclerotic syndromes and hypertension that eventually damage and remodel the heart. To date, our understanding of cardiac remodeling following acute and chronic smoking exposure is not well elucidated...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808363/incidence-characteristics-and-survival-trend-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-following-in-hospital-compared-to-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-northern-jordan
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Liqaa A Raffee, Shaher M Samrah, Hani Najih Al Yousef, Mahmoud Abu Abeeleh, Khaled Z Alawneh
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the cornerstone intervention to optimize the survival rates. OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to determine and compare the incidence, characteristics, risk factors, and outcomes of CPR in a referral university hospital following in-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCAs) and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Northern Jordan. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study of adults referred to King Abdulla University Hospital who received CPR between January 2014 and January 2015...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807706/the-relationship-between-psychological-symptoms-and-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Himali Weerahandi, Nathan Goldstein, Laura P Gelfman, Ulrich Jorde, James N Kirkpatrick, Edith Meyerson, Judith Marble, Yoshifumi Naka, Sean Pinney, Mark S Slaughter, Emilia Bagiella, Deborah D Ascheim
CONTEXT: Ventricular assist devices (VADs) improve quality of life in advanced heart failure (HF) patients, but there are little data exploring psychological symptoms in this population. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the prevalence of psychiatric symptoms and disease over time in VAD patients. METHODS: This prospective multicenter cohort study enrolled patients immediately before or after VAD implant and followed them up to forty-eight weeks...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807522/orthostatic-hypotension-a-practical-approach-to-investigation-and-management
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Amy C Arnold, Satish R Raj
The maintenance of blood pressure upon the assumption of upright posture depends on rapid cardiovascular adaptations driven primarily by the autonomic nervous system. Failure of these compensatory mechanisms can result in orthostatic hypotension (OH), defined as sustained reduction in systolic blood pressure > 20 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure > 10 mm Hg within 3 minutes of standing or > 60° head-up tilt. OH is a common finding, particularly in elderly populations, associated with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality...
May 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807014/epigenetic-reprogramming-converts-human-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-functional-cardiomyocytes-by-differential-regulation-of-wnt-mediators
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G Bhuvanalakshmi, Frank Arfuso, Alan Prem Kumar, Arun Dharmarajan, Sudha Warrier
BACKGROUND: Lineage commitment of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to cardiac differentiation is controlled by transcription factors that are regulated by epigenetic events, mainly histone deacetylation and promoter DNA methylation. Here, we studied the differentiation of human Wharton's jelly MSCs (WJMSCs) into the cardiomyocyte lineage via epigenetic manipulations. METHODS: We introduced these changes using inhibitors of DNA methyl transferase and histone deacetylase, DC301, DC302, and DC303, in various combinations...
August 14, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807008/phenotypic-and-molecular-characterisation-of-cdk13-related-congenital-heart-defects-dysmorphic-facial-features-and-intellectual-developmental-disorders
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Bret L Bostwick, Scott McLean, Jennifer E Posey, Haley E Streff, Karen W Gripp, Alyssa Blesson, Nina Powell-Hamilton, Jessica Tusi, David A Stevenson, Ellyn Farrelly, Louanne Hudgins, Yaping Yang, Fan Xia, Xia Wang, Pengfei Liu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Marianne McGuire, Dorothy K Grange, Marisa V Andrews, Marybeth Hummel, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Elena Infante, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Karol Miszalski-Jamka, John L Jefferies, Jill A Rosenfeld, Lisa Emrick, Kimberly M Nugent, James R Lupski, John W Belmont, Brendan Lee, Seema R Lalani
BACKGROUND: De novo missense variants in CDK13 have been described as the cause of syndromic congenital heart defects in seven individuals ascertained from a large congenital cardiovascular malformations cohort. We aimed to further define the phenotypic and molecular spectrum of this newly described disorder. METHODS: To minimise ascertainment bias, we recruited nine additional individuals with CDK13 pathogenic variants from clinical and research exome laboratory sequencing cohorts...
August 14, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806738/partial-igf-1-deficiency-is-sufficient-to-reduce-heart-contractibility-angiotensin-ii-sensibility-and-alter-gene-expression-of-structural-and-functional-cardiac-proteins
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José Luis González-Guerra, Inma Castilla-Cortazar, Gabriel A Aguirre, Úrsula Muñoz, Irene Martín-Estal, Elena Ávila-Gallego, Miriam Granado, Juan E Puche, Ángel Luis García-Villalón
Circulating levels of IGF-1 may decrease under several circumstances like ageing, metabolic syndrome, and advanced cirrhosis. This reduction is associated with insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, progression to type 2 diabetes, and increased risk for cardiovascular diseases. However, underlying mechanisms between IGF-1 deficiency and cardiovascular disease remain elusive. The specific aim of the present work was to study whether the partial IGF-1 deficiency influences heart and/or coronary circulation, comparing vasoactive factors before and after of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806571/separation-and-characterization-of-allergic-polymerized-impurities-in-cephalosporins-by-2d-hpsec%C3%A3-lc-it-tof-ms
#18
Yu Xu, DanDan Wang, Lan Tang, Jian Wang
Eleven unknown allergic impurities in cefodizime, cefmenoxime and cefonicid were separated and characterized by a trap-free two-dimensional high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) and reversed phase liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) coupled to high resolution ion trap/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (2D-HPSEC×LC-IT-TOF MS) with positive and negative modes of electrospray ionization method. Separation and characterization the allergic polymerized impurities in β-lactam antibiotics were on the basis of column-switching technique which effectively combined the advantages of HPSEC and the ability of RP-HPLC to identify the special impurities...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806507/triboelectric-nanogenerator-enabled-body-sensor-network-for-self-powered-human-heart-rate-monitoring
#19
Zhiming Lin, Jun Chen, Xiaoshi Li, Zhihao Zhou, Keyu Meng, Wei Wei, Jin Yang, Zhong Lin Wang
Heart rate monitoring plays a critical role in personal healthcare management. A low-cost, non-invasive and user-friendly heart rate monitoring system is highly desirable. Here, a self-powered wireless Body Sensor Network (BSN) system is developed for heart rate monitoring via integration of a downy-structure based triboelectric nanogenerator (D-TENG), a power management circuit, a heart rate sensor, a signal processing unit and Bluetooth module for wireless data transmission. By converting the inertia energy of human walking into electric power, a maximum power of 2...
August 14, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805065/neurohormonal-modulation-for-treatment-of-cardiac-involvement-in-dystrophinopathies-and-mitochondrial-disease
#20
Alberto Aimo, Alberto Giannoni, Vincenzo Castiglione, Michelangelo Mancuso, Gabriele Siciliano, Massimo F Piepoli, Claudio Passino, Michele Emdin
Mutations in either the nuclear or the mitochondrial genome can lead to structural and functional changes within the skeletal muscles. These genetic skeletal myopathies are rare, although not infrequent when their cumulative incidence is considered. Dystrophinopathies (Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies) and mitochondrial disease are some of the most frequent clinical entities, and those developing heart failure more frequently. Neurohormonal antagonism represents the cornerstone of heart failure management, even though its role in the prevention and treatment of heart failure in patients with dystrophinopathies or mitochondrial disorders remains undefined...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
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