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Neivys García-Delgado, Myrian Velasco, Carmen Sánchez-Soto, Carlos Manlio Díaz-García, Marcia Hiriart
Pancreatic beta cells during the first month of development acquire functional maturity, allowing them to respond to variations in extracellular glucose concentration by secreting insulin. Changes in ionic channel activity are important for this maturation. Within the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC), the most studied channels are high-voltage-activated (HVA), principally L-type; while low-voltage-activated (LVA) channels have been poorly studied in native beta cells. We analyzed the changes in the expression and activity of VGCC during the postnatal development in rat beta cells...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Ana Laura Sanchez-Sandoval, Zazil Herrera Carrillo, Clara Estela Díaz Velásquez, Dulce María Delgadillo, Heriberto Manuel Rivera, Juan Carlos Gomora
Voltage-gated calcium channels contain four highly conserved transmembrane helices known as S4 segments that exhibit a positively charged residue every third position, and play the role of voltage sensing. Nonetheless, the activation range between high-voltage (HVA) and low-voltage (LVA) activated calcium channels is around 30-40 mV apart, despite the high level of amino acid similarity within their S4 segments. To investigate the contribution of S4 voltage sensors for the low-voltage activation characteristics of CaV3...
2018: PloS One
Nikolaos Lazaridis, Maria Piagkou, Marios Loukas, Evangelia-Theophano Piperaki, Trifon Totlis, Georgios Noussios, Konstantinos Natsis
Several congenital anomalies regarding the right (RVA) and left (LVA) vertebral artery have been described. The current paper aims to perform a systematic literature review of the variable vertebral artery (VA) origin from the aortic arch (AOA) and its branches. The incidence of these variants and the ensuing AOA branching pattern are highlighted. Atypical origin cases were found more commonly unilaterally, while LVA presented the majority of the aberrancies. The LVA emersion from the AOA (3.6%) and the RVA from the right common carotid artery (RCCA) (0...
February 19, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Clara Stegmann, Cosima Jahnke, Ingo Paetsch, Sebastian Hilbert, Arash Arya, Andreas Bollmann, Gerhard Hindricks, Philipp Sommer
Aims: Presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) is related to adverse cardiovascular outcome. Many patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF) undergo cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging prior to ablation. Since quantification of atrial fibrosis still lacks reproducibility, we sought to investigate risk factors for the presence of left ventricular (LV)-LGE and a possible correlation between ventricular fibrosis as defined by positive LGE and pathological atrial voltage maps evaluated by 3D mapping systems...
February 6, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Satomi Banno, Keiji Nishida, Takayuki Arazoe, Hitoshi Mitsunobu, Akihiko Kondo
In eukaryotes, the CRISPR-Cas9 system has now been widely used as a revolutionary genome engineering tool1, 2. However, in prokaryotes, the use of nuclease-mediated genome editing tools has been limited to negative selection for the already modified cells because of its lethality3, 4. Here, we report on deaminase-mediated targeted nucleotide editing (Target-AID) 5 adopted in Escherichia coli. Cytidine deaminase PmCDA1 fused to the nuclease-deficient CRISPR-Cas9 system achieved specific point mutagenesis at the target sites in E...
February 5, 2018: Nature Microbiology
Xiaohui Li, Menghui Liu, Yu Zhang, Ziqing Li, Dawei Wang, Xia Yan
BACKGROUND: Vertebrobasilar insufficiency vertebrobasilar (VBIV) is a serious nerve disease and many old people suffer from it. Acupuncture has been widely applied in the treatment of VBIV. However, to our knowledge, there has been no systematic review or meta-analysis of randomized controlled trails regarding the effectiveness of this treatment. Here, we provide a protocol to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for VBIV. METHODS: Relevant randomized controlled trials in 5 databases (EMBASE, PubMed, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials [Cochrane Library], Chinese Biomedical Literature Database [CBM], China National Knowledge Infrastructure [CNKI]) will be comprehensively searched by 2 researchers in December 2017...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Anouk J M Cornelissen, Jop Beugels, Lotte Ewalds, Esther M Heuts, Xavier H A Keuter, Andrzej Piatkowski, René R W J van der Hulst, Shan Shan Qiu Shao
BACKGROUND: Lymphedema affects ∼15% of all patients after breast cancer treatment. The aim of this review was to assess the clinical effects (improvement in arm circumference and quality of life) of lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) in treating breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL). METHODS AND RESULTS: A systematic literature search was conducted in Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library in July 2017, to identify all studies on LVA for the treatment of BCRL...
January 22, 2018: Lymphatic Research and Biology
Takumi Yamamoto, Mitsunaga Narushima, Isao Koshima
BACKGROUND: Lymphaticovenular anastomosis (LVA) has become one of the useful surgical treatments for compression-refractory lower extremity lymphedema (LEL). It is important to anastomose larger lymphatic vessels with abundant lymph flows in LVA surgery. This study aimed to clarify factors associated with lymphatic vessel diameter. METHODS: One hundred thirty-four LEL patients who underwent pre-operative indocyanine green (ICG) lymphography and LVA from June 2009 to August 2014 in a single institution were included in this retrospective observational study...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Makoto Mihara, Hisako Hara, Yoshihisa Kawakami, Han Peng Zhou, Shuichi Tange, Kazuki Kikuchi, Takuya Iida
BACKGROUND: Histological changes in the collecting lymphatics in patients with lymphedema are classified as Normal type, Ectasis type, Contraction type, and Sclerosis type (NECST) classification. In this study, we investigated the condition of the lymphatic vessels in different sites of the legs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively investigated the lymphatic vessels of patients with lymphedema who underwent lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) from August 8, 2014 to August 4, 2015 based on the NECST classification...
January 17, 2018: Lymphatic Research and Biology
Qin Gong, Xianjie Wen, Heng Li, Jian He, Yunhua Wang, Huiping Wu, Hanbing Wang, Xiaoping Wang
BACKGROUND: Neurotoxicity induced by the local anaesthetics has aroused concern. A previous study has shown that an overload of intracellular calcium was involved in the neurotoxic effect. Cav3.1 is one of the low-voltage-activated (LVA) calcium channels which play a key point to regulate the intracellular calcium ion level. This study aimed to investigate the changes of the Cav3.1 expression in the SH-SY5Y cells treated with lidocaine hydrochloride. METHODS: The SH-SY5Y cells were treated with different concentrations of lidocaine hydrochloride(1 mM, 5 mM and 10 mM, namely L1 group, L5 group and L10 group) and different exposure times (1 h,12 h and 24 h), respectively...
January 12, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
M Oeverhaus, H Hirche, J Esser, A Eckstein, B Schaperdoth-Gerlings
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Patients with irreversible visual impairment need individual visual rehabilitation to regain or improve reading ability and mobility. To analyze the prescription of low vision aids (LVA) and their relation to age, we performed a retrospective chart analysis of our specialized low vision outpatient clinic. METHODS: Patient charts of all patients who attended our low vision outpatient clinic from 2014-2016 were analyzed with respect to the diagnosis, visual acuity, magnification needs, age and prescribed or used LVA...
January 9, 2018: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
Zuoyan Wang, Lihui Ren, Na Liu, Jianjun Peng
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular aneurysm (LVA) relates to the worse prognosis of patients with myocardial infarction despite successful reperfusion treatment. There is no evidence of early detectable biomarkers to predict risk for the future development of LVA. The aim of our study was to investigate the possible predictive value of peri-procedural hematological parameters for the LVA. METHODS: A total of 281 patients with acute anterior ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) were enrolled...
January 9, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Aisling M O'Malley, Walid H El Kininy, Helina Debebe, Azreena B Burukan, Shane W Davy
AIM: The aim of this study is to investigate the incidence of variation in the branching pattern of aortic arch (AA) vessels in an Irish population. METHOD: A cadaveric study of 24 subjects was conducted. The vessels of the AA were identified, their branching patterns were noted and photographed and the following measurements were recorded: the angle of the AA to the coronal plane, the distance from the midline to the brachiocephalic trunk (BCT); the left common carotid artery (LCC) ; the left subclavian artery (LSC), the distance between the BCT and the right subclavian artery (RSC); the RSC and the right vertebral artery (RVA), and between the LSC and left vertebral artery (LVA)...
December 29, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takuya Iida, Takumi Yamamoto, Masachika Ikegami, Yusuke Shinoda, Sakae Tanaka, Hirotaka Kawano
CASE: Lymphedema and lymphorrhea are major causes of wound complications after the resection of soft-tissue sarcomas in the adductor compartment of the thigh. We report 2 cases of successful treatment of lymphedema and lymphorrhea, which had been refractory to nonoperative treatment, with use of lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) and intraoperative indocyanine green lymphography after the resection of a sarcoma in the adductor compartment. CONCLUSION: These 2 cases highlight that LVA can be a useful and minimally invasive alternative to myocutaneous flaps for the treatment of wound complications caused by lymphedema and lymphorrhea after surgery for soft-tissue sarcomas in the adductor compartment of the thigh...
October 2017: JBJS Case Connector
Dong Huang, Jing-Bo Li, Tarek Zghaib, Esra Gucuk Ipek, Muhammad Balouch, David D Spragg, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Harikrishna Tandri, Sunil K Sinha, Joseph E Marine, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian
BACKGROUND: The extent of left atrial (LA) baseline low-voltage areas (LVA-B), which may be a surrogate for fibrosis, is associated with recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. This study aimed to assess the relationship between the extent of LVA-B isolated by ablation (LVA-I) and AF recurrence. METHODS: The study cohort included 159 consecutive patients with drug-refractory AF who underwent an initial AF ablation with LA voltage mapping during sinus rhythm...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Philipp Attanasio, Daniel Qaiyumi, Robert Röhle, Alexander Wutzler, Erdal Safak, Bogdan Muntean, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Burkert Pieske, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: Left atrial scarring is recognised as a critical component in the maintenance of atrial fibrillation and is associated with the failure of interventional treatment. Diminished bipolar voltage (LV) has been proposed as a useful tool for left atrial scar quantification. We hypothesised that, due to its anatomic location, signals on the coronary sinus catheter might be used to predict the amount of left atrial low voltage. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 124 patients (42% women, average age 66 ± 9 years) were included...
December 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Simon Kircher, Arash Arya, David Altmann, Sascha Rolf, Andreas Bollmann, Philipp Sommer, Nikolaos Dagres, Sergio Richter, Ole-A Breithardt, Borislav Dinov, Daniela Husser, Charlotte Eitel, Thomas Gaspar, Christopher Piorkowski, Gerhard Hindricks
Aims: This randomized single-centre study sought to compare the efficacy and safety of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) plus voltage-guided ablation vs. PVI with or without linear ablation depending on the type of atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods and results: Overall, 124 ablation-naive patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF were randomized to PVI with (persistent AF) or without (paroxysmal AF) additional linear ablation (control group) vs. PVI plus ablation of low-voltage areas (LVAs) irrespective of AF type...
November 21, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Haran Burri, Hajo Müller, Richard Kobza, Christian Sticherling, Peter Ammann, Heiko Zerlik, Carine Stettler, Catherine Klersy, Frits Prinzen, Angelo Auricchio
AIMS: To compare cardiac function when pacing from the right or left ventricular apex in patients with preserved left ventricular systolic function, at 1-year follow-up. METHODS: Prospective, multicentre centre randomizing conventional right ventricular apical (RVA) versus left ventricular apical (LVA) pacing using a coronary sinus lead in patients requiring ventricular pacing for bradycardia. Follow-up was performed using 3D-echocardiography at 6 and 12 months...
October 27, 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Makoto Mihara, Hisako Hara, Yoshihisa Kawakami, Hang Peng Zhou, Shuichi Tange, Kazuki Kikuchi, Takuya Iida
BACKGROUND: The method of lymphatic venous anastomosis (LVA), including its indications or preoperative examinations, has not been established. The purpose of this study is to reveal the possible application of preoperative echography in surgical LVA outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective case-control study on patients with lower limb lymphedema who underwent LVA between August 15, 2013 and August 15, 2014. As a preoperative examination, we used venous echography to identify subcutaneous veins in the echo group, while we only used Accuvein visualizing system in the control group...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Xing-Hua Gui, Chao-Yang Ma, Lei Tang, Wen-Jun Wan, Yan-Fu Wang, Fen Xu, Shun-Yu Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical efficacy of modified acupuncture at Renying point (ST 9) for patients with cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type and its influence on velocity of cervical blood flow. METHODS: Fifty-nine cases of vertebral artery type cervical spondylosis were randomly divided into control group (n=30) and treatment group (n=29). Both groups were acupunctured at ST 9, with routine acupuncture technique used in the control group and modified technique in the treatment group, respectively...
April 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
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