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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612277/3-0%C3%A2-t-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-for-semi-quantitative-evaluation-of-coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Liang Yin, Hai-Yan Xu, Sui-Sheng Zheng, Ying Zhu, Jiang-Xi Xiao, Wei Zhou, Si-Si Yu, Liang-Geng Gong
This study aimed to assess coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) differences in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) first-pass perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement imaging. Forty-seven patients with HCM and twenty-one healthy volunteers underwent CMR at rest. Imaging protocols included short axis cine, first-pass myocardial perfusion, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Left ventricular end-diastolic wall thickness (EDTH), LGE, time to peak (Tpeak), maximal up-slope (Slopemax), and peak signal intensity (SIpeak) were assessed for each myocardial segment...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611589/mitochondrial-effects-of-pgc-1alpha-silencing-in-mpp-treated-human-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells
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Qinyong Ye, Chun Chen, Erwang Si, Yousheng Cai, Juhua Wang, Wanling Huang, Dongzhu Li, Yingqing Wang, Xiaochun Chen
The dopaminergic neuron degeneration and loss that occurs in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been tightly linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. Although the aged-related cause of the mitochondrial defect observed in PD patients remains unclear, nuclear genes are of potential importance to mitochondrial function. Human peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator-1alpha (PGC-1α) is a multi-functional transcription factor that tightly regulates mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative capacity. The goal of the present study was to explore the potential pathogenic effects of interference by the PGC-1α gene on N-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+))-induced SH-SY5Y cells...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605628/topiramate-associated-sexual-dysfunction-a-systematic-review
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Louis Wei-Hsi Chen, Melody Yun-Si Chen, Kuo-Yen Chen, Hung-Sheng Lin, Chia-Chang Chien, Hsin-Ling Yin
INTRODUCTION: Sexual pharmacotoxicity renders patients with epilepsy at a risk for sexual dysfunction (SD). This study is aimed to analyze the relationship between sexual function and topiramate to avoid topiramate-associated SD. METHODS: A systematic review following the PRISMA guidelines was performed to elucidate any SD occurrence in patients receiving topiramate. RESULTS: A total of 17 publications were reviewed. Based on limited polytherapy observational studies, the frequency of self-reported topiramate-associated SD, libido disorder, and orgasmic disorder in patients with polytherapy was 9...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600005/sacroiliac-fusion-another-magic-bullet-destined-for-disrepute
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Robert W Bina, R John Hurlbert
Pain related to joint dysfunction can be treated with joint fusion; this is a long-standing principle of musculoskeletal surgery. However, pain arising from the sacroiliac (SI) joint is difficult to diagnose. Several implant devices are available that promote fusion by simply crossing the joint space. Evidence establishing outcomes is misleading because of vague diagnostic criteria, flawed methodology, bias, and limited follow-up. Because of nonstandardized indications and historically inferior reconstruction techniques, SI joint fusion should be considered unproven...
July 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565798/pcsk9-regulates-apoptosis-in-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-a549-cells-via-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-mitochondrial-signaling-pathways
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Xiaohui Xu, Yushang Cui, Lei Cao, Ye Zhang, Yan Yin, Xue Hu
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a member of the subtilisin family of PCs that encodes a neural apoptosis-regulated convertase 1. However, the precise role of PCSK9 in lung cancer cell apoptosis has remained elusive. In the present study, A549 human lung adenocarcinoma cells were transfected with PCSK9 small interfering (si)RNA to investigate the underlying mechanisms of apoptosis. The results indicated that PCSK9 siRNA exhibited anti-tumor activity by inducing apoptosis as determined by a Cell Counting Kit-8 and Hoechst staining analysis...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560649/group-b-streptococcus-causes-severe-sepsis-in-term-neonates-8-years-experience-of-a-major-chinese-neonatal-unit
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Ying Dong, Si-Yuan Jiang, Qi Zhou, Yun Cao
BACKGROUND: In contrast to industrialized countries, the clinical characteristics of neonatal sepsis caused by Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are largely unexplored in China. METHODS: A retrospective case series study was performed at a high-capacity neonatal unit in Shanghai, China from January 2008 to December 2015. Clinical characteristics of neonates with culture-proven GBS sepsis and antibiotic susceptibility of isolated strains were analyzed. RESULTS: Forty-three term neonates were included during the study period...
May 9, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549710/complication-rates-observed-in-silicone-and-polyurethane-catheters-of-totally-implanted-central-venous-access-devices-implanted-in-the-upper-arm
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Jasmin D Busch, Maren Vens, Catherine Mahler, Jochen Herrmann, Gerhard Adam, Harald Ittrich
PURPOSE: To present frequency and types of complications related to silicone (SI) versus polyurethane (PUR) catheters of totally implanted venous access devices (TIVADs) placed in the upper arm. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cohort of 2,491 consecutive patients with TIVADs implanted between 2006 and 2015 was retrospectively analyzed. Complications were classified according to SIR guidelines. Pearson χ(2) test was used for categorical variables, and Student t test was used for continuous variables...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544341/synthesized-enone-fatty-acids-resembling-metabolites-from-gut-microbiota-suppress-macrophage-mediated-inflammation-in-adipocytes
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Ha-Eun Yang, Yongjia Li, Akira Nishimura, Huei-Fen Jheng, Ana Yuliana, Ryuji Kitano-Ohue, Wataru Nomura, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Chu-Sook Kim, Rina Yu, Nahoko Kitamura, Si-Bum Park, Shigenobu Kishino, Jun Ogawa, Teruo Kawada, Tsuyoshi Goto
SCOPE: Recent reports indicate that gut microbiota and their metabolite may regulate inflammatory conditions, including the chronic inflammation of obese adipose tissues, in the host. In this study, we investigated whether specific synthesized fatty acids, identical to the metabolites generated by gut microbiota, act as anti-inflammatory factors in inflammation-induced obesity. METHODS AND RESULTS: We first used lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages to examine the anti-inflammatory effect of fatty acids synthesized to resemble representative polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolites from gut microbiota...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544060/predictive-factors-upon-discontinuation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-for-long-term-chronic-dialysis-and-death-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients
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Tingting Yang, Si Sun, Liping Lin, Mei Han, Qiang Liu, Xiaoxi Zeng, Yuliang Zhao, Yupei Li, Baihai Su, Songmin Huang, Lichuan Yang
The specific timing for discontinuing renal replacement therapy (RRT) in acute kidney injury (AKI) patients is debatable. The predictive abilities of variables at the time of discontinuation of RRT for the long-term prognoses of patients have not been explored. This study aimed to explore the prognostic factors upon discontinuation of RRT for long-term chronic dialysis and death of patients with acute RRT-requiring AKI, thus improving decision making regarding the discontinuation of RRT and the follow-up of patients thereafter...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539629/early-onset-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-altered-corticopetal-cholinergic-network
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Injoong Kim, Na-Young Shin, Yunjin Bak, Phil Hyu Lee, Seung-Koo Lee, Soo Mee Lim
Degeneration of the substantia innominata (SI) is significantly correlated with cognitive performance in Parkinson's disease (PD). We examined functional and structural patterns of SI degeneration in drug-naïve PD patients according to the duration of parkinsonism before mild cognitive impairment (MCI) diagnosis. Twenty PD patients with a shorter duration (PD-MCI-SD, <1 year), 18 patients with a longer duration (PD-MCI-LD, ≥1 year), and 29 patients with intact cognition (PD-IC) were included. Seed-based resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) analysis using bilateral SI seed and region-of-interest-based volumetric analysis were performed...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536695/cardiac-protection-of-valsartan-on-juvenile-rats-with-heart-failure-by-inhibiting-activity-of-camkii-via-attenuating-phosphorylation
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Yao Wu, Feifei Si, Xiaojuan Ji, Kunfeng Jiang, Sijie Song, Qijian Yi
Background. This study was undertaken to determine relative contributions of phosphorylation and oxidation to the increased activity of calcium/calmodulin-stimulated protein kinase II (CaMKII) in juveniles with cardiac myocyte dysfunction due to increased pressure overload. Methods. Juvenile rats underwent abdominal aortic constriction to induce heart failure. Four weeks after surgery, rats were then randomly divided into two groups: one group given valsartan (HF + Val) and the other group given placebo (HF + PBO)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497385/associations-of-human-skeletal-muscle-fiber-type-and-insulin-sensitivity-blood-lipids-and-vascular-hemodynamics-in-a-cohort-of-premenopausal-women
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Gordon Fisher, Samuel T Windham, Perry Griffin, Jonathan L Warren, Barbara A Gower, Gary R Hunter
PURPOSE: Cardiometabolic disease remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed nations. Consequently, identifying and understanding factors associated with underlying pathophysiological processes leading to chronic cardio metabolic conditions is critical. Metabolic health, arterial elasticity, and insulin sensitivity (SI) may impact disease risk, and may be determined in part by myofiber type. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that type I myofiber composition would be associated with high SI, greater arterial elasticity, lower blood pressure, and blood lipids; whereas, type IIx myofibers would be associated with lower SI, lower arterial elasticity, higher blood pressure, blood lipids...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477083/peritoneal-dialysis-reduces-amyloid-beta-plasma-levels-in-humans-and-attenuates-alzheimer-associated-phenotypes-in-an-app-ps1-mouse-model
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Wang-Sheng Jin, Lin-Lin Shen, Xian-Le Bu, Wei-Wei Zhang, Si-Han Chen, Zhi-Lin Huang, Jia-Xiang Xiong, Chang-Yue Gao, Zhifang Dong, Ya-Ni He, Zhi-An Hu, Hua-Dong Zhou, Weihong Song, Xin-Fu Zhou, Yi-Zheng Wang, Yan-Jiang Wang
Clearance of amyloid-beta (Aβ) from the brain is an important therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Current studies mainly focus on the central approach of Aβ clearance by introducing therapeutic agents into the brain. In a previous study, we found that peripheral tissues and organs play important roles in clearing brain-derived Aβ, suggesting that the peripheral approach of removing Aβ from the blood may also be effective for AD therapy. Here, we investigated whether peritoneal dialysis, a clinically available therapeutic method for chronic kidney disease (CKD), reduces brain Aβ burden and attenuates AD-type pathologies and cognitive impairments...
May 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469105/long-term-levodopa-treatment-accelerates-the-circadian-rhythm-dysfunction-in-a-6-hydroxydopamine-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Si-Yue Li, Ya-Li Wang, Wen-Wen Liu, Dong-Jun Lyu, Fen Wang, Cheng-Jie Mao, Ya-Ping Yang, Li-Fang Hu, Chun-Feng Liu
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) patients with long-term levodopa (L-DOPA) treatment are suffering from severe circadian dysfunction. However, it is hard to distinguish that the circadian disturbance in patients is due to the disease progression itself, or is affected by L-DOPA replacement therapy. This study was to investigate the role of L-DOPA on the circadian dysfunction in a rat model of PD. METHODS: The rat model of PD was constructed by a bilateral striatal injection with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), followed by administration of saline or 25 mg/kg L-DOPA for 21 consecutive days...
May 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465683/chronic-administration-of-tadalafil-improves-the-symptoms-of-patients-with-amicrobic-magi-an-open-study
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Sandro La Vignera, Rosita A Condorelli, Laura M Mongioi, Aldo E Calogero
Aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of pharmacological treatment with Tadalafil 5 mg daily on symptoms and quality of sperm parameters in selected patients with amicrobic MAGI (male accessory gland inflammation). 120 patients with amicrobic MAGI (mean age 27.0 ± 6.0 years) with mild-moderate ED (erectile dysfunction) according to IIEF-5 (International Index of Erectile Function 5 Items) scores underwent pharmacological treatment with Tadalafil 5 mg daily for six months. Before and after treatment these patients were evaluated through IIEF-5, semen analysis (according to WHO Criteria, 2010), SI-MAGI (Structured Interview about Male Accessory Gland Inflammation), and ultrasound evaluation...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440501/transfer-of-cd11c-lamina-propria-mononuclear-phagocytes-from-post-infectious-irritable-bowel-syndrome-causes-mucosal-barrier-dysfunction-and-visceral-hypersensitivity-in-recipient-mice
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Ya-Jun Ren, Lei Zhang, Tao Bai, Hong-Lu Yu, Ying Li, Wei Qian, Si Jin, Zhi-Fan Xiong, Huan Wang, Xiao-Hua Hou
The role of low-grade inflammation in the development of post‑infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI‑IBS) has attracted increasing attention. Abnormal CD11c+ mononuclear phagocytes, such as dendritic cells (DCs), macrophages, and monocytes, are involved in the disruption of immune tolerance in organisms, which can lead to the development of chronic inflammatory diseases. The present study tested the hypothesis that CD11c+ lamina propria mononuclear phagocytes (CD11c+ LPMPs) contribute to increased mucosal permeability and visceral hypersensitivity in a PI‑IBS mouse model...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438530/ferulic-acid-attenuates-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-damage-caused-by-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-via-punctate-mitochondria-dependent-mitophagy
#17
Jun-Li Chen, Wen-Jun Duan, Si Luo, Shi Li, Xiao-Hui Ma, Bo-Nan Hou, Shu-Yi Cheng, Shu-Huan Fang, Qi Wang, Shui-Qing Huang, Yun-Bo Chen
Ferulic acid (FA) has an important effect on scavenging free radicals, which is related to the alleviation of various neurodegenerative diseases. However, there are few studies about its effects on vascular dementia. In this study, we demonstrated the effect of FA on oxidative damage of brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) which underwent oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) for 2 hours. Our data showed that FA significantly reversed the oxidative stress state of OGD-treated BMECs and reduced mitochondrial dysfunction...
April 21, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418497/course-of-sodium-iodate-induced-retinal-degeneration-in-albino-and-pigmented-mice
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Guy Chowers, Matan Cohen, Devora Marks-Ohana, Shelly Stika, Ayala Eijzenberg, Eyal Banin, Alexey Obolensky
Purpose: To characterize the course of sodium iodate (SI)-induced retinal degeneration in young adult albino and pigmented mice. Methods: Single intraperitoneal (IP) injections of SI (25, 50, and 100 mg/kg) were performed in 7- to 8-week-old BALB/c and C57Bl/6J mice. Retinal function and structure was assessed at baseline, 24 hours, 3 days, 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks postinjection by optokinetic tracking response, ERG, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and histologic and immunohistochemical techniques...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412142/early-enriched-physical-environment-reverses-impairments-of-the-hippocampus-but-not-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-socially-isolated-mice
#19
Min Cao, Tinglin Pu, Linmei Wang, Charles Marshall, Hongliang He, Gang Hu, Ming Xiao
Early social isolation (SI) produces a variety of emotional, behavioral and cognitive abnormalities. Conversely, environmental enrichment (EE), a complicated social and physical construct, offers beneficial effects on brain plasticity and development. However, whether or not exclusive physical EE is sufficient to reverse the adverse consequences of early SI remains unclear. Here we reported that 1month-old solitary mice housed in the EE for 8weeks corrected spatial cognitive dysfunction, but did not ameliorate social interaction deficits and increased anxiety-like behavior...
April 12, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402958/thalidomide-combined-with-thanscatheter-artierial-chemoembolzation-for-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
De-Dong Cao, Hui-Lin Xu, Liang Liu, Yong-Fa Zheng, Si-Fa Gao, Xi-Ming Xu, Wei Ge
OBJECTIVE: Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) and thalidomide have been used for treating primary hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC). This study aims to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of thalidomide and TACE in primary HCC. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials(RCTs) about efficacy and safety of thalidomide combined with TACE for primary HCC were identified from the Cochrane Library, Pubmed, Embase, CNKI, and Wan Fang until August, 2016. The retrieved trials were reviewed and the data were extracted by two reviewers, independently...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
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