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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213772/the-effect-of-purinergic-signaling-via-the-p2y11-receptor-on-vascular-function-in-a-rat-model-of-acute-inflammation
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Maria D Dănilă, Andreea Privistirescu, Oana M Duicu, Corina D Rațiu, Denis Angoulvant, Danina M Muntean, Adrian Sturza
There is a growing body of evidence pointing to the role of purinergic signaling in the development and progression of various conditions that have inflammation as a common pathogenetic denominator. The aim of the present study was to assess the involvement of P2Y11 purinergic receptors in the regulation of vascular function in aortic segments obtained using an experimental model of acute inflammation, the lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 8 mg/kg, i.p)-treated rats. Twelve hours after LPS administration, thoracic aortas were isolated and used for studies of vascular reactivity in the organ bath and for the measurement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, respectively...
February 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211883/the-inflammatory-state-provokes-sexual-dimorphism-in-left-ventricular-and-electrocardiographic-effects-of-chronic-cyclosporine-in-rats
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Hany M El-Bassossy, Zainy M Banjar, Mahmoud M El-Mas
Although cardiotoxicity has been recognized as an adverse effect of cyclosporine A (CSA), no information exists regarding sex specificity of CSA cardiotoxicity. We tested the hypothesis that left ventricular (LV) and electrocardiographic (ECG) effects of CSA and related inflammatory/histopathological derangements are sex related. CSA reduced the LV slope of end-systolic pressure volume relationship and increased isovolumic relaxation constant. These effects were more pronounced in male compared to female rats, suggesting LV systolic and diastolic dysfunction...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210939/deep-phenotyping-of-systemic-arterial-hemodynamics-in-hfpef-part-1-physiologic-and-technical-considerations
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REVIEW
Julio A Chirinos
A better understanding of the pathophysiology of heart failure with a preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF) is important. Detailed phenotyping of pulsatile hemodynamics has provided important insights into the pathophysiology of left ventricular remodeling and fibrosis, diastolic dysfunction, microvascular disease, and impaired oxygen delivery to peripheral skeletal muscle, all of which contribute to exercise intolerance, the cardinal feature of HFpEF. Furthermore, arterial pulsatile hemodynamic mechanisms likely contribute to the frequent presence of comorbidities, such as renal failure and dementia, in this population...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207762/minimally-invasive-procedure-reduces-adjacent-segment-degeneration-and-disease-new-benefit-based-global-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Chuan Li, Chun-Ming Huang, Cheng-Fan Zhong, Rong-Wei Liang, Shao-Jian Luo
OBJECTIVE: Adjacent segment pathology (ASP) is a common complication presenting in patients with axial pain and dysfunction, requiring treatment or follow-up surgery. However, whether minimally invasive surgery (MIS), including MIS transforaminal / posterior lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF/PLIF) decreases the incidence rate of ASP remains unknown. The aim of this meta-analysis was to compare the incidence rate of ASP in patients undergoing MIS versus open procedures. METHODS: This systematic review was undertaken by following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Statement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203565/tubular-dysfunction-mimicking-dent-s-disease-in-2-infants-born-with-extremely-low-birth-weight
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Midori Awazu, Mie Arai, Shoko Ohashi, Hirotaka Takahashi, Takashi Sekine, Kazushige Ikeda
Two preterm infants, with extremely low birth weight born at gestational weeks 24 and 25, showed generalized proximal tubular dysfunction during their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, including glucosuria, low molecular weight proteinuria, phosphaturia, uricosuria, enzymuria (elevated urine N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase), panaminoaciduria, and hypercalciuria, associated with renal calcification. Renal tubular acidosis was not present in either patient. DNA mutation analysis for Dent's disease, performed in patient 1, was negative...
January 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203465/st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-normal-coronary-arteries-after-consuming-energy-drinks
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S Michael Gharacholou, Nkechinyere Ijioma, Emma Banwart, Freddy Del Carpio Munoz
The use of energy drinks, which often contain stimulants, is common among young persons, yet there have been few reports of adverse cardiac events. We report the case of a 27-year-old man who was admitted to our facility with an acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the setting of using energy drinks. Angiography revealed no obstructive coronary disease. The patient had elevation of cardiac troponin. Noninvasive testing with echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated both abnormalities in resting wall motion at the anterior apex along with late gadolinium enhancement of the anterior wall, respectively...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194343/the-effect-of-a-condylar-repositioning-plate-on-condylar-position-and-relapse-in-two-jaw-surgery
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Gyu Sik Jung, Taek Kyun Kim, Jeong Woo Lee, Jung Dug Yang, Ho Yun Chung, Byung Chae Cho, Kang Young Choi
BACKGROUND: Numerous condylar repositioning methods have been reported. However, most of them are 2-dimensional or are complex procedures that require a longer operation time and a highly trained surgeon. This study aims to introduce a new technique using a condylar repositioning plate and a centric relation splint to achieve a centric relationship. METHODS: We evaluated 387 patients who had undergone surgery for skeletal jaw deformities. During the operation, a centric relation splint, intermediate splint, final centric occlusion splint, and condylar repositioning plate along with an L-type mini-plate for LeFort I osteotomy or a bicortical screw for bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy were utilized for rigid fixation...
January 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191460/assessment-of-influences-of-stenoses-in-right-carotid-artery-on-left-carotid-artery-using-wall-stress-marker
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Arindam Bit, Dushali Ghagare, Albert A Rizvanov, Himadri Chattopadhyay
Purpose. Atherosclerosis is a diseased condition of blood vessel. It causes partial blockage in lumen of vessel and affects hemodynamic of localized flowing blood. Complex geometries like region of bifurcation also affects hemodynamic to a larger extent. Complexity further increases in presence of stenoses at region of bifurcation. Such morphological change in vessel largely affects parent as well as corresponding sister and daughter vessels. In this paper, complexity in hemodynamic of blood in pair of carotid arteries (left and right carotid arteries) is evaluated in presence of stenoses at basilar segment of right artery in three-dimensional domain using reconstructed tomographic images of patient...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181466/microstructures-in-striato-thalamo-orbitofrontal-circuit-in-methamphetamine-users
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Yadi Li, Haibo Dong, Feng Li, Gaoyan Wang, Wenhua Zhou, Rongbin Yu, Lingjun Zhang
Background Striato-thalamo-orbitofrontal (STO) circuit plays a key role in the development of drug addiction. Few studies have investigated its microstructural abnormalities in methamphetamine (MA) users. Purpose To evaluate the microstructural changes and relevant clinical relevance of the STO circuit in MA users using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Material and Methods Twenty-eight MA users and 28 age-matched normal volunteers were enrolled. 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was employed to obtain structural T1-weighted (T1W) imaging and diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) data...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180074/regional-staging-of-white-matter-signal-abnormalities-in-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Emily R Lindemer, Douglas N Greve, Bruce R Fischl, Jean C Augustinack, David H Salat
White matter lesions, quantified as 'white matter signal abnormalities' (WMSA) on neuroimaging, are common incidental findings on brain images of older adults. This tissue damage is linked to cerebrovascular dysfunction and is associated with cognitive decline. The regional distribution of WMSA throughout the cerebral white matter has been described at a gross scale; however, to date no prior study has described regional patterns relative to cortical gyral landmarks which may be important for understanding functional impact...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174739/increased-mitochondrial-genetic-diversity-in-persons-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus
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David S Campo, Ha-Jung Roh, Brian L Pearlman, Daniel S Fierer, Sumathi Ramachandran, Gilberto Vaughan, Andrew Hinds, Zoya Dimitrova, Pavel Skums, Yury Khudyakov
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The host genetic environment contributes significantly to the outcomes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and therapy response, but little is known about any effects of HCV infection on the host beyond any changes related to adaptive immune responses. HCV persistence is associated strongly with mitochondrial dysfunction, with liver mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genetic diversity linked to disease progression. METHODS: We evaluated the genetic diversity of 2 mtDNA genomic regions (hypervariable segments 1 and 2) obtained from sera of 116 persons using next-generation sequencing...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165436/management-of-acute-spontaneous-thoracic-spinal-epidural-hematoma-causing-paraplegia
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Fahrudin Alić, Hakija Bečulić, Aldin Jusić, Rasim Skomorac, Mirza Moranjkić, Lejla Hrvat, Lejla Tandir
Aim To emphasize the importance of early recognition, diagnostic processing and emergent surgical treatment of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH). Methods A 39-year-old female presented with sudden onset of severe pain between the shoulder blades followed by paraparesis and alerted sensibility in the lower extremities. An hour later she developed paraplegia with sensory deficits below ThIV level, absence of patellar reflex, ankle jerk reflex and sphincter dysfunction. Results Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated acute extensive epidural mass of thoracic spinal segments (ThI-ThIII)...
February 1, 2017: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163347/biophysical-mechanism-of-transient-retinal-phototropism-in-rod-photoreceptors
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Xiaohui Zhao, Damber Thapa, Benquan Wang, Shaoyan Gai, Xincheng Yao
Oblique light stimulation evoked transient retinal phototropism (TRP) has been recently detected in frog and mouse retinas. High resolution microscopy of freshly isolated retinas indicated that the TRP is predominated by rod photoreceptors. Comparative confocal microscopy and optical coherence tomography (OCT) revealed that the TRP predominantly occurred from the photoreceptor outer segment (OS). However, biophysical mechanism of rod OS change is still unknown. In this study, frog retinal slices, which open a cross section of retinal photoreceptor and other functional layers, were used to test the effect of light stimulation on rod OS...
February 13, 2016: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162089/transient-left-atrial-dysfunction-is-a-feature-of-takotsubo-syndrome
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Thomas Stiermaier, Tobias Graf, Christian Möller, Charlotte Eitel, Jakob Ledwoch, Steffen Desch, Matthias Gutberlet, Gerhard Schuler, Holger Thiele, Ingo Eitel
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is characterized by a transient left and/or right ventricular dysfunction as a consequence of a distinctive pattern of regional wall motion abnormalities. However, a systematic evaluation of the left atrial (LA) function in patients with TTS is lacking. The aim of the present study was therefore to comprehensively assess LA performance indexes and function in patients with TTS. METHODS: We compared LA function assessed by volumetric indexes derived from fractional volume changes in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) between 125 TTS patients and 125 patients with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161015/-electrophysiological-testing-in-spinal-cord-tumors
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REVIEW
N André-Obadia, F Mauguière
Evoked potentials (EPs) are useful to evaluate the functional impairment of motor and somatosensory pathways in spinal cord tumors. Conduction through pyramidal tracts is evaluated by motor EPs (MEPs) elicited by transcranial stimulation, magnetic for awake patients or electric in the operating room. Somatosensory EPs (SEPs) and laser EPs (LEPs) are complementary procedures to explore conduction in dorsal columns and spinothalamic tracts, respectively. MEPs as well as SEPs show conduction abnormalities in about 60% of cases with a sensitivity that increases up to 70% when both procedures are carried out...
February 1, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157694/mathematics-anxiety-and-the-brain
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Ahmed A Moustafa, Richard Tindle, Zaheda Ansari, Margery J Doyle, Doaa H Hewedi, Abeer Eissa
Given that achievement in learning mathematics at school correlates with work and social achievements, it is important to understand the cognitive processes underlying abilities to learn mathematics efficiently as well as reasons underlying the occurrence of mathematics anxiety (i.e. feelings of tension and fear upon facing mathematical problems or numbers) among certain individuals. Over the last two decades, many studies have shown that learning mathematical and numerical concepts relies on many cognitive processes, including working memory, spatial skills, and linguistic abilities...
February 3, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157109/objective-colonic-dysfunction-is-far-more-prevalent-than-subjective-constipation-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-colon-transit-and-volume-study
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Karoline Knudsen, Tatyana D Fedorova, Anne C Bekker, Peter Iversen, Karen Østergaard, Klaus Krogh, Per Borghammer
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal function has received increased interest in the context of Parkinson's disease (PD). Constipation is among the most frequent non-motor symptoms, but our understanding of the underlying pathology is limited. Subjective constipation correlates poorly with objective markers. OBJECTIVE: The aims were to evaluate colonic transit time and volume in PD and to correlate these measures with subjective symptoms and gastric emptying. METHODS: Thirty-two PD patients and 26 controls were included...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155678/compression-distraction-reduction-surgical-verification-and-optimization-to-treat-the-basilar-invagination-and-atlantoaxial-dislocation-a-finite-element-analysis
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Xuefeng Bo, Weida Wang, Zan Chen, Zhicheng Liu
BACKGROUND: Basilar invagination (BI) combined with atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) leads to foramen magnum stenosis and medullary spinal cord compression, causing nerve dysfunction. The purpose of the surgery is to remove the bony compression at brainstem ventral side and fix the unstable spinal segment and make it fused stably. Occipital cervical internal fixation system that simultaneously reduces atlantoaxial horizontal and vertical dislocation are established. We propose here a new compression-distraction reduction (CDR) technique...
December 28, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155029/texture-features-of-periaqueductal-gray-in-the-patients-with-medication-overuse-headache
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Zhiye Chen, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengqi Liu, Shuangfeng Liu, Lin Ma, Shengyuan Yu
BACKGROUND: Periaqueductal gray (PAG) is the descending pain modulatory center, and PAG dysfunction had been recognized in migraine. Here we propose to investigate altered PAG texture features (quantitative approach for extracting texture descriptors for images) in the patients with medication-overuse headache (MOH) based on high resolution brain structural image to understand the MOH pathogenesis. METHODS: The brain structural images were obtained from 32 normal controls (NC) and 44 MOH patients on 3...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150284/renal-function-on-admission-affects-both-treatment-strategy-and-long-term-outcomes-of-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-from-polish-registry-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
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MIchal Hawranek, Marek Gierlotka, Mariusz Gąsior, Bartosz Hudzik, Piotr Desperak, Aneta Ciślak, Mateusz Tajstra, Tadeusz Osadnik, Piotr Rozentryt, Lech Poloński
BACKGROUND: Impairment of renal function (IRF) is an independent risk factor of myocardial infarction (MI). AIM: The aims of study was to determine if the presence of IRF affects the choice of treatment strategy in patients with MI, and if long-term mortality rates are influenced by the use of invasive strategy in patients with MI according to the grade of IRF. METHODS: Data from the PL-ACS Registry of 22,431 patients hospitalized for MI during 2007-2008 with an available estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) with 2009 Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) formula were included...
February 2, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
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