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David A Bushinsky, Patrick Rossignol, David M Spiegel, Wade W Benton, Jinwei Yuan, Geoffrey A Block, Christopher S Wilcox, Rajiv Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Persistent hyperkalemia (serum potassium (K) ≥5.5 mEq/l) is a common condition in hemodialysis (HD) patients, is associated with increased mortality, and treatment options are limited. The effect of patiromer, a gastrointestinal K binder, on serum K was examined in HD patients. METHODS: Six hyperkalemic HD patients (5 anuric) were admitted to clinical research units for 15 days (1 pretreatment week and 1 patiromer treatment week) and they received a controlled diet with identical meals on corresponding days of pretreatment and treatment weeks...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
Pendar Farahani
Evidence from literature illustrates that from a pathophysiological perspective, sulfonylureas (SU) may impact the heart three ways: directly by intrinsic properties from a pharmacological receptor perspective, indirectly by adverse effects related to hypoglycemia, and obesity. From a pharmacologlogical receptor perspective, SU can bind to ATP-sensitive potassium channels in cardiomyocytes. Channel binding by SU in cardiac tissue may prevent ischemia myocardial protective mechanisms. From a pathophysiological perspective, obesity is associated with cardiac issues such as pulmonary hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, arrhythmia, and atrial fibrillation...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Mohammad Abass Ahanger, R M Agarwal
Pot experiments were conducted to find out the effectivity of K on Triticum aestivum L cultivars. Polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) was used as an osmoticum to induce osmotic stress under sand culture setting up the water potential of external solution at -3 and -5 bars. In pots, plants were raised under restricted and normal irrigation and K was applied in varying doses (0, 20, 40, 60 kg ha(-1)) and estimation of different physiological and biochemical parameters was done at two developmental stages, i...
October 25, 2016: Protoplasma
V Tuka, M Matoulek, T Zelinka, J Rosa, O Petrák, O Mikeš, Z Krátká, B Štrauch, R Holaj, J Widimský
Hypokalaemia as a typical feature of primary aldosteronism (PA) is associated with muscle weakness and could contribute to lower cardiopulmonary fitness. The aim of this study was to describe cardiopulmonary fitness and exercise blood pressure and their determinants during a symptom-limited exercise stress test in patients with PA. We performed a cross-sectional study of patients with confirmed PA who were included before adrenal vein sampling on whom a symptom-limited exercise stress test with expired gas analysis was performed...
October 26, 2016: Physiological Research
M Koselski, A Olszewska, A Hordyjewska, T Małecka-Massalska, K Trebacz
Patch clamp recordings carried out in the inside-out configuration revealed activity of three kinds of channels: nonselective cation channels, small-conductance K(+) channels, and large-conductance anion channels. The nonselective cation channels did not distinguish between Na(+) and K(+). The unitary conductance of these channels reached 28 pS in a symmetrical concentration of 200 mM NaCl. A lower value of this parameter was recorded for the small-conductance K(+) channels and in a 50-fold gradient of K(+) (200 mM/4 mM) it reached 8 pS...
October 26, 2016: Physiological Research
Ning Luan, Wang Shen, Jie Liu, Bo Wen, Zhilong Lin, Shilong Yang, Ren Lai, Siqi Liu, Mingqiang Rong
Scorpion venom is deemed to contain many toxic peptides as an important source of natural compounds. Out of the two hundred proteins identified in Mesobuthus martensii (M. martensii), only a few peptide toxins have been found so far. Herein, a combinational approach based upon RNA sequencing and Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC MS/MS) was employed to explore the venom peptides in M. martensii. A total of 153 proteins were identified from the scorpion venom, 26 previously known and 127 newly identified...
October 5, 2016: Toxins
Dawei Su, Andrew McDonagh, Shi-Zhang Qiao, Guoxiu Wang
A potassium iron (II) hexacyanoferrate nanocube cathode material is reported, which operates with an aqueous electrolyte to deliver exceptionally high capacities (up to 120 mA h g(-1) ). The cathode material exhibits excellent structural integrity, leading to fast kinetics and highly reversible properties. All of the battery materials are safe, inexpensive, and provide superior high-rate, long-cycle-life electrochemical performance.
October 26, 2016: Advanced Materials
Snezana Maljevic, Sabina Vejzovic, Matthias K Bernhard, Astrid Bertsche, Sebastian Weise, Miriam Döcker, Holger Lerche, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager, Steffen Syrbe
Benign familial neonatal seizures (BFNS) present a rare familial epilepsy syndrome caused by genetic alterations in the voltage-gated potassium channels Kv7.2 and Kv7.3, encoded by KCNQ2 and KCNQ3. While most BFNS families carry alterations in KCNQ2, mutations in KCNQ3 appear to be less common. Here, we describe a family with 6 individuals presenting with neonatal focal and generalized seizures. Genetic testing revealed a novel KCNQ3 variant, c.835G>T, cosegregating with seizures in 4 tested individuals...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Marie Mitani, Munehiro Furuichi, Satoshi Narumi, Tomonobu Hasegawa, Motoko Chiga, Shinichi Uchida, Seiji Sato
Pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHA II) is a renal tubular disease that causes hyperkalemia, hypertension, and metabolic acidosis. Mutations in four genes (WNK4, WNK1, KLHL3, and CUL3) are known to cause PHA II. We report a patient with PHA II carrying a KLHL3 mutation, who also had congenital hypopituitarism. The patient, a 3-yr-old boy, experienced loss of consciousness at age 10 mo. He exhibited growth failure, hypertension, hyperkalemia, and metabolic acidosis. We diagnosed him as having PHA II because he had low plasma renin activity with normal plasma aldosterone level and a low transtubular potassium gradient...
October 2016: Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology: Case Reports and Clinical Investigations: Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
Anouar Ben Saad, Ilhem Rjeibi, Dalel Brahmi, Amani Smida, Sana Ncib, Nacim Zouari, Lazher Zourgui
Malva sylvestris has recently attracted special attention due to its potential activities in many chronic disorders. We aimed to assess the beneficial effects of Malva sylvestris extract against lithium carbonate induced renal damage in male Wistar rats. For this purpose, Malva sylvestris extract at a dose of 0.2g/kg was orally administrated, followed by 25mg/kg of lithium carbonate (intraperitoneal injection) for 30 days. Malva sylvestris extract was proved to contain large amounts of K(+), Na(+), Ca(++) and the existence of phenolic acids and flavonoids shown by the obtained HPLC-based analysis...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Seema Patel
Cardiac glycosides, the cardiotonic steroids such as digitalis have been in use as heart ailment remedy since ages. They manipulate the renin-angiotensin axis to improve cardiac output. However; their safety and efficacy have come under scrutiny in recent times, as poisoning and accidental mortalities have been observed. In order to better understand and exploit them as cardiac ionotropes, studies are being pursued using different cardiac glycosides such as digitoxin, digoxin, ouabain, oleandrin etc. Several cardiac glycosides as peruvoside have shown promise in cancer control, especially ovary cancer and leukemia...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Ryan A Devenyi, Francis A Ortega, Willemijn Groenendaal, Trine Krogh-Madsen, David J Christini, Eric A Sobie
Imbalances of ionic currents can destabilize the cardiac action potential and potentially trigger lethal cardiac arrhythmias. Here we combined mathematical modeling with information-rich dynamic-clamp experiments to elucidate regulation of action potential morphology in guinea pig ventricular myocytes. Parameter sensitivity analysis was used to predict how changes in ionic currents alter action potential duration, and these were tested experimentally using dynamic clamp, a technique that allows for multiple perturbations to be tested in each cell...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Qingping Zhang, Jiarui Li, Ying Zhao, Xinhua Bao, Liping Wei, Jiaping Wang
To investigate the genetic characteristics and clinical features of a cohort of Chinese patients with early-onset epileptic encephalopathies (EOEEs). Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS), focusing on 17 genes, was performed on 175 Chinese patients with EOEEs to screen gene mutations. The mutation rate was 32% (56/175). All mutations were de novo and heterozygous, including 41 novel and 15 reported mutations. Patients with cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) gene mutation accounted for the largest proportion-13...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Huiqiao Wang, Zhong Wang, Hongchun Huang, Jiajing Tan, Kun Xu
An efficient and practical (hetero)benzylic sp(3) C-H oxidation method has been developed. Notably, this user-friendly protocol employs inexpensive potassium tert-butoxide (KO(t)Bu) as a promoter and proceeds under mild conditions using oxygen as the oxidant. A large variety of oxidation products were prepared in good to excellent yields. The utility of this "green" methodology was further demonstrated by the scale-up preparation of a biologically valued molecule.
October 25, 2016: Organic Letters
Peifang Wang, Chuangfei Wu, Yong Guo, Chao Wang
Wheat straw-derived biochar (BC-4-700) with a large surface area (2263.10 m(2) g(-1)) has been synthesized using potassium hydroxide as an activating agent, and its sorption performance is evaluated by sorbing methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO). The sorption behaviours of both MO and MB by BC-4-700 all follow pseudo-second-order and Langmuir models, and the driving forces for the two sorptions are attributed to the pi-pi interaction. The largest sorption quantity for MO by BC-4-700 is 3.24 mmol g(-1), being 1...
October 25, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jiho Jang, Sangjun Park, Hye Jin Hur, Hyun-Ju Cho, Inhwa Hwang, Yun Pyo Kang, Isak Im, Hyunji Lee, Eunju Lee, Wonsuk Yang, Hoon-Chul Kang, Sung Won Kwon, Je-Wook Yu, Dong-Wook Kim
X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), caused by an ABCD1 mutation, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with the accumulation of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA). Cerebral inflammatory demyelination is the major feature of childhood cerebral ALD (CCALD), the most severe form of ALD, but its underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we identify the aberrant production of cholesterol 25-hydroxylase (CH25H) and 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) in the cellular context of CCALD based on the analysis of ALD patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells and ex vivo fibroblasts...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Aleksandar Ž Kostić, Lazar M Kaluđerović, Biljana P Dojčinović, Miroljub B Barać, Vojka B Babić, Marina P Mačukanović-Jocić
BACKGROUND: Bee pollen has already proved to be a good supplement rich in content of iron and zinc. Studies about application of flower pollen in food industry and medicine have been started. Bearing in mind prevalence of maize as crop culture its pollen will be easily available. The mineral composition of pollen of seven Serbian maize hybrids was analyzed in order to establish its nutritional value and benefits of its implementation in the human diet using ICP method. RESULTS: Presence of twenty four different macro- (nine) and micronutrients (fifteen) was detected...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Xi-Xun DU, Kang Qin, Qian Jiao, Jun-Xia Xie, Hong Jiang
ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP), as an inward rectifying potassium channel, are widely distributed in many types of tissues. KATP are activated by the depletion of ATP level and the increase in oxidative stress in cells. The activity of KATP couples cell metabolism with electrical activity and results in membrane hyperpolarization. KATP are ubiquitously distributed in the brain, including substantia nigra, hippocampus, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, dorsal nucleus of vagus and glial cells, and participate in neuronal excitability, mitochondria homeostasis and neurotransmitter release...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Allison C Sylvetsky, Rebecca J Brown, Jenny E Blau, Mary Walter, Kristina I Rother
BACKGROUND: Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS), especially in form of diet soda, have been linked to metabolic derangements (e.g. obesity and diabetes) in epidemiologic studies. We aimed to test acute metabolic effects of NNS in isolation (water or seltzer) and in diet sodas. METHODS: We conducted a four-period, cross-over study at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (Bethesda, Maryland). Thirty healthy adults consumed 355 mL water with 0 mg, 68 mg, 170 mg, and 250 mg sucralose, and 31 individuals consumed 355 mL caffeine-free Diet Rite Cola™, Diet Mountain Dew™ (18 mg sucralose, 18 mg acesulfame-potassium, 57 mg aspartame), and seltzer water with NNS (68 mg sucralose and 41 mg acesulfame-potassium, equivalent to Diet Rite Cola™) in randomized order, prior to oral glucose tolerance tests...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
C Parkinson, P Constantin, C Goyal, C Hall
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate whether addition of an octadecene/maleic anhydride copolymer (O/MA) to a potassium nitrate (KNO3) dentifrice could facilitate delivery of potassium to dentine and enhance its efficacy in dentine hypersensitivity relief. METHODS: This was a randomised, examiner-blind, controlled, parallel group study in 139 healthy subjects with at ≥2 sensitive teeth. Assessment of dentine hypersensitivity to tactile (Yeaple probe) and evaporative (air) stimuli (Schiff Sensitivity Scale, visual analogue scale [VAS]) was carried out at baseline and after 1, 2, 4 and 8 weeks twice daily treatment with an experimental 5% KNO3/3% O/MA dentifrice, a comparator 5% KNO3 dentifrice (active comparator), a 0% KNO3/3% O/MA dentifrice (placebo) and a regular fluoride dentifrice (negative control)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
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