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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29657212/mortality-in-the-elderly-with-acute-kidney-injury-in-an-internal-medicine-department-in-abidjan-cote-d-ivoire
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Hubert Kouamé Yao, Allah Yves Omer Binan, Serge-Didier Konan, Koffi Justin N'Da, Sery Patrick Diopoh
Acute kidney injury (AKI) in the elderly is characterized by high mortality. The objective of this study is to identify the causes of death in the elderly with AKI. This is a prospective cohort study with a descriptive purpose which was carried out during the period from January 2009 to December 2014 in the Department of Nephrology-Internal Medicine of Treichville University Hospital. The diagnosis of AKI was made on the basis of serum creatinine (SCr) values determined during hospitalization, according to KDIGO classification...
March 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29619337/prevalence-and-prognostic-significance-of-prolonged-qtc-interval-in-emergency-medical-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Chhagan Lal Birda, Susheel Kumar, Ashish Bhalla, Navneet Sharma, Savita Kumari
Introduction: QTc interval is affected by many factors and prolongation of same may have prognostic significance. A significant number of patients admitted in medical emergency are acutely ill, have multiple comorbidities and are on medications, all of these factors might affect QTc interval and prognosis. Materials and Methods: Single-center, prospective, observational study was carried out on 279 patients of different illnesses recruited from emergency medical services attached to the Department of Internal Medicine at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, a tertiary care hospital...
January 2018: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29601557/-the-diagnostic-algorithm-of-practice-in-pulmonary-and-extrapulmonary-sarcoidosis
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REVIEW
Anna Dubaniewicz
Sarcoidosis (SA) is a granulomatous multisystem disease of unknown ethiology. Pulmonary, lymphadenopathy, liver, spleen, skin, and bone sarcoidosis are more frequent but also SA of the heart, central nervous system, eye, and hypercalcemia with following kidney failure also occur. Sarcoidosis may co-exist with extrapulmonary forms, which may overtake or precede each other. SA may occur as acute or chronic with the possibility of complete remission in the early stages of disease. Due to frequent occurrence of asymptomatic SA in threatening vital organs a diagnostic algorithm of practice in pulmonary and extrapulmonary sarcoidosis has been proposed by the author of the article...
March 27, 2018: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29577579/hepatic-and-cardiac-beneficial-effects-of-a-long-acting-fc-apelin-fusion-protein-in-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Weimin Wang, Dongming Zhang, Rongze Yang, Wei Xia, Kun Qian, Zhengrong Shi, Robert Brown, Huifen Zhou, Yue Xi, Lin Shi, Ling Chen, Feng Xu, Xiaojian Sun, Dalong Zhu, Da-Wei Gong
BACKGROUND: Apelin is a peptide ligand of the G-protein-coupled receptor APJ and exhibits anti-diabetes and anti-heart failure activities. However, short serum half-life of the apelin peptide limits its potential clinical applications. This study aimed to develop a long-acting apelin analog. METHODS: To extend apelin's in vivo half-life, we made a recombinant protein by fusing the IgG Fc fragment to apelin-13 (Fc-apelin-13), conducted pharmacokinetics studies in mice, and determined in vitro biological activities in suppressing cyclic adenosine monophosphate and activating extracellular signal-regulated kinase signalling by reporter assays...
March 25, 2018: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29538209/the-safety-of-endothelin-receptor-antagonists-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-protocol-for-a-systemic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Zhi-Chun Gu, Yi-Jing Zhang, Mang-Mang Pan, Chi Zhang, Xiao-Yan Liu, An-Hua Wei, Ying-Jie Su
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease and ultimately leads to right heart failure. Endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs) have been demonstrated to significantly improve prognosis in PAH. However, ERAs-induced side effects can result in poor patient tolerance. Thus, we aim to evaluate current safety evidence of ERAs in PAH. METHODS: An electronic search will be performed for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that reported the interested safety data (abnormal liver function, peripheral edema, and anemia) of ERAs in PAH...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29483810/mitochondrial-stress-and-redox-failure-in-steroid-associated-osteonecrosis
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Masanobu Tsuchiya, Toru Ichiseki, Shusuke Ueda, Yoshimichi Ueda, Miyako Shimazaki, Ayumi Kaneuji, Norio Kawahara
The purpose of the role of antioxidant enzymes and mitochondria in the developmental mechanism of steroid-associated osteonecrosis in the femur. In the present study Japanese white rabbits (mean weight 3.5kg) were injected into the gluteus with methylprednisolone (MP) 20mg/kg, and killed after 3 days (MP3 group), 5 days (MP5 group), and 14 days (MP14 group) (n=3 each). As a Control group (C group) Japanese white rabbits not administered MP were used. In experiment 1, the expression of the antioxidant enzymes Superoxide dismutade (SOD) and catalase was compared in liver, kidney, heart, humerus, and femur in C group, and the presence/absence of mitochondria transcription factor A (TFAM) expression was determined by Western blotting (WB) and used to evaluate the number of mitochondria and their function...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470245/intra-aortic-balloon-pump-use-before-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-insights-from-the-intermacs-registry
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Adam D DeVore, Bradley G Hammill, Chetan B Patel, Manesh R Patel, Joseph G Rogers, Carmelo A Milano, Adrian F Hernandez
Use of durable, continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has expanded rapidly, although data are limited regarding optimization strategies before LVAD implantation. We examined current use of intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABPs) before LVAD implantation and compared outcomes of patients with IABP use to those without. We analyzed data from the Interagency Registry for Mechanical Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) on patients who underwent LVAD implantation between 2006 and 2014. We limited the analysis to patients with an admitting diagnosis of LVAD placement...
March 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455544/heart-failure-affects-liver-morphology-and-function-what-are-the-clinical-implications
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E Goncalvesova, M Kovacova
Liver dysfunction in heart failure is common and usually clinically significant, especially in patients with advanced or severe acute heart failure. Lesions are caused by an impaired hepatic circulation due to congestion and hypoperfusion. Congestive lesions are more common and typically manifested by painful hepatomegaly and increased direct bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase. The inferior vena cava and hepatic veins are usually dilated. Congestive lesions are characterized by dilatation of the central vein with fibrotic changes in the surrounding areas on histological examination...
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454750/a-newly-discovered-antifibrotic-pathway-regulated-by-two-fatty-acid-receptors-gpr40-and-gpr84
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Lyne Gagnon, Martin Leduc, Jean-Francois Thibodeau, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Brigitte Grouix, Francois Sarra-Bournet, William Gagnon, Kathy Hince, Mikaël Tremblay, Lilianne Geerts, Christopher R J Kennedy, Richard L Hébert, Alex Gutsol, Chet E Holterman, Eldjonai Kamto, Liette Gervais, Jugurtha Ouboudinar, Jonathan Richard, Alexandra Felton, Alexandre Laverdure, Jean-Christophe Simard, Sylvie Létourneau, Marie-Pier Cloutier, Francois A Leblond, Shaun D Abbott, Christopher Penney, Jean-Simon Duceppe, Boulos Zacharie, Jocelyn Dupuis, Angelino Calderone, Quang Trinh Nguyen, Raymond C Harris, Pierre Laurin
Numerous clinical conditions can lead to organ fibrosis and functional failure. There is a great need for therapies that could effectively target pathophysiological pathways involved in fibrosis. GPR40 and GPR84 are G protein-coupled receptors with free fatty acid ligands and are associated with metabolic and inflammatory disorders. Although GPR40 and GPR84 are involved in diverse physiological processes, no evidence has demonstrated the relevance of GPR40 and GPR84 in fibrosis pathways. Using PBI-4050 (3-pentylbenzeneacetic acid sodium salt), a synthetic analog of a medium-chain fatty acid that displays agonist and antagonist ligand affinity toward GPR40 and GPR84, respectively, we uncovered an antifibrotic pathway involving these receptors...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452367/variant-in-human-pofut1-reduces-enzymatic-activity-and-likely-causes-a-recessive-microcephaly-global-developmental-delay-with-cardiac-and-vascular-features
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Hideyuki Takeuchi, Derek Wong, Michael Schneider, Hudson H Freeze, Megumi Takeuchi, Steven J Berardinelli, Atsuko Ito, Hane Lee, Stanley F Nelson, Robert S Haltiwanger
Protein O-fucosyltransferase-1 (POFUT1) adds O-fucose monosaccharides to epidermal growth factor-like (EGF) repeats found on approximately 100 mammalian proteins, including Notch receptors. Haploinsufficiency of POFUT1 has been linked to adult-onset Dowling Degos Disease (DDD) with hyperpigmentation defects. Homozygous deletion of mouse Pofut1 results in embryonic lethality with severe Notch-like phenotypes including defects in somitogenesis, cardiogenesis, vasculogenesis, and neurogenesis, but the extent to which POFUT1 is required for normal human development is not yet understood...
February 14, 2018: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444597/an-experimental-model-for-hypertensive-crises-emergencies-long-term-high-fat-diet-followed-by-acute-vasoconstriction-stress-on-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Hong Liu, Wei-Wei Su, Chao-Feng Long, Wei-Jian Zhang, Pei-Bo Li, Zhong Wu, Yin-Yin Liao, Xuan Zeng, Tao-Bin Chen, Yu-Ying Zheng, Zeng-Hao Yan, Cong Bi, Hong-Liang Yao
Currently, the prevention and treatment of hypertensive crises especially when it occurs with serious adverse outcomes have led to worldwide controversy. Despite of clinical possibilities of multiple agents, clinical failures still occur frequently. Therefore, early evaluations and observations of different therapies on appropriate animals should be emphasized. In the present study, an animal model for hypertensive crises emergencies was firstly established and experimentally testified. Five-month-male spontaneously hypertensive rat was consecutively fed with 60%-Kcal fat diet for four, six, and eight weeks with body weight and blood pressure monitored every two weeks, and then followed by an acute vasoconstriction stress of 5-min ice-bath treatment in the 4-h time interval of two adrenaline injections (0...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442469/brain-death-associated-pathological-events-and-therapeutic-options
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REVIEW
Paweł Chudoba, Wojciech Krajewski, Joanna Wojciechowska, Dorota Kamińska
BACKGROUND: At present, organ transplantation is the most efficient treatment of end-stage failure of various organs, including the heart, lungs, pancreas, intestines, kidney, and liver. Despite the efforts to use organs from living donors or from donors after circulatory death, most of the organs are recovered from brain dead (BD) donors. METHODS: The Medline and Web of Science databases were searched without time limit on November 2015 using the terms "brain dead donor" and "deceased donor" in conjunction with "transplantation", "graft", "organ", "hemodynamic", "hormonal", or "management"...
December 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440374/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-pathophysiology-and-potential-metabolic-interventions-state-of-the-art-review
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REVIEW
Eylem Levelt, Gaurav Gulsin, Stefan Neubauer, Gerry P McCann
Heart failure is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes contributes to the development of heart failure through a variety of mechanisms, including disease-specific myocardial structural, functional and metabolic changes. This review will focus on the contemporary contributions of state of the art non-invasive technologies to our understanding of diabetic cardiomyopathy, including data on cardiac disease phenotype, cardiac energy metabolism and energetic deficiency, ectopic and visceral adiposity, diabetic liver disease, metabolic modulation strategies and cardiovascular outcomes with new classes of glucose-lowering therapies...
April 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433797/higher-transaminase-levels-in-the-postoperative-period-after-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-are-associated-with-worse-survival
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Eniko Holndonner-Kirst, Adam Nagy, Nikoletta Rahel Czobor, Levente Fazekas, Daniel Janos Lex, Balazs Sax, Istvan Hartyanszky, Bela Merkely, Janos Gal, Andrea Szekely
OBJECTIVE: Preoperative liver function in heart failure patients is associated with extensive functional, structural, and hemodynamic abnormalities. The authors hypothesized that perioperative liver dysfunction is associated with worse 2-year survival after orthotopic heart transplantation. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Single-center, university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 209 consecutive patients undergoing heart transplantation...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411334/regulation-and-bioactivity-of-the-ccn-family-of-genes-and-proteins-in-obesity-and-diabetes
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REVIEW
Stephen M Twigg
Across the years the CCNs have been increasingly implicated in the development of obesity, diabetes and its complications. Evidence for this is currently derived from their dysregulation in key metabolic pathological states in humans, animal and in vitro models, and also pre-clinical effects of their bioactivities. CCN2 is the best studied in this disease process and the other CCNs are yet to be better defined. Key steps where CCNs may play a pathogenic metabolic role include: (i) obesity and insulin resistance, where CCN2 inhibits fat cell differentiation in vitro and CCN3 may induce obesity and insulin resistance; (ii) elevated blood glucose levels to diabetes mellitus onset, where CCN2 may contribute to pancreatic beta cell and islet function; and (iii) in diabetes complications, such as nephropathy, retinopathy, liver disease (NAFLD/NASH), CVD and diabetes with heart failure...
March 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29399871/the-correlation-between-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-t2-and-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-people-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia
#16
Mozhgan Parsaee, Nehzat Akiash, Azita Azarkeivan, Zahra Alizadeh Sani, Ahmad Amin, Mahboubeh Pazoki, Niloufar Samiei, Mohammad Ali Jalili, Mohammad Hassan Adel, Nahid Rezaian
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the biggest cause of mortality and morbidity in people with thalassemia, and iron deposition in cardiac tissue impairs cardiovascular function. Therefore, early detection of cardiac involvement is important to improve the prognosis in these individuals. METHOD: Two- and three-dimensional echocardiography was performed to evaluate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular volumes and diameters, and global longitudinal strain (GLS) in 130 individuals with β-thalassemia using the speckle tracking method...
February 4, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361489/liver-stiffness-reflecting-right-sided-filling-pressure-can-predict-adverse-outcomes-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Tatsunori Taniguchi, Tomohito Ohtani, Hidetaka Kioka, Yasumasa Tsukamoto, Toshinari Onishi, Kei Nakamoto, Themistoklis Katsimichas, Kaoruko Sengoku, Misato Chimura, Haruko Hashimoto, Osamu Yamaguchi, Yoshiki Sawa, Yasushi Sakata
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate whether elevated liver stiffness (LS) values at discharge reflect residual liver congestion and are associated with worse outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND: Transient elastography is a newly developed, noninvasive method for assessing LS, which can be highly reflective of right-sided filling pressure associated with passive liver congestion in patients with HF. METHODS: LS values were determined for 171 hospitalized patients with HF before discharge using a Fibroscan device...
January 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359982/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-its-relationship-with-cardiac-iron-and-function-in-patients-with-transfusion-dependent-thalassemia-at-chiang-mai-university-hospital
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Prapai Dejkhamron, Karn Wejaphikul, Tuanjit Mahatumarat, Suchaya Silvilairat, Pimlak Charoenkwan, Suwit Saekho, Kevalee Unachak
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is common in patients with thalassemia. Vitamin D deficiency could be related to cardiac dysfunction. Increased parathyroid hormone (PTH) is also known to be associated with heart failure. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency and to explore the impact of Vitamin D deficiency on cardiac iron and function in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia. METHOD: A cross-sectional study in patients with Transfusion-dependent thalassemia was conducted...
January 23, 2018: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353241/inhibition-of-endothelial-notch-signaling-impairs-fatty-acid-transport-and-leads-to-metabolic-and-vascular-remodeling-of-the-adult-heart
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Markus Jabs, Adam J Rose, Lorenz H Lehmann, Jacqueline Taylor, Iris Moll, Tjeerd P Sijmonsma, Stefanie E Herberich, Sven W Sauer, Gernot Poschet, Giuseppina Federico, Carolin Mogler, Eva-Maria Weis, Hellmut G Augustin, Minhong Yan, Norbert Gretz, Roland M Schmid, Ralf H Adams, Hermann-Joseph Gröne, Rüdiger Hell, Jürgen G Okun, Johannes Backs, Peter P Nawroth, Stephan Herzig, Andreas Fischer
Background -Nutrients are transported through endothelial cells before being metabolized in muscle cells. However, little is known about the regulation of endothelial transport processes. Notch signaling is a critical regulator of metabolism and angiogenesis during development. Here, we studied how genetic and pharmacological manipulation of endothelial Notch signaling in adult mice affects endothelial fatty acid transport, cardiac angiogenesis, and heart function. Methods -Endothelial-specific Notch inhibition was achieved by conditional genetic inactivation of Rbp-jκ in adult mice to analyze fatty acid metabolism and heart function...
January 20, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350771/recombinant-relaxin-protects-liver-transplants-from-ischemia-damage-via-hepatocyte-glucocorticoid-receptor-from-bench-to-bedside
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Shoichi Kageyama, Kojiro Nakamura, Takehiro Fujii, Bibo Ke, Rebecca A Sosa, Elaine F Reed, Nakul Datta, Ali Zarrinpar, Ronald W Busuttil, Jerzy W Kupiec-Weglinski
Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) represents a major risk factor of early graft dysfunction and acute/chronic rejection as well as a key obstacle to expanding the donor pool in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Although glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling may enhance cytoprotective programs, clinical use of glucocorticoid is limited due to adverse effects, while clinical relevance of GR-facilitated cytoprotection in OLT remains unknown. We aimed to evaluate the significance of hepatic GR in clinical OLT and verify the impact of recombinant human relaxin (rhRLX), which may function as GR agonist in tissue/disease-specific manner...
January 19, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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