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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430108/a-network-physiology-approach-to-the-assessment-of-the-link-between-sinoatrial-and-ventricular-cardiac-controls
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Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Mathias Baumert
A network physiology approach to evaluate the strength of the directed interactions among cardiac controls at sinoatrial and ventricular levels and respiration (R) is proposed. The network is composed of three nodes (i.e. sinoatrial and ventricular cardiac controls and R) and their activity is exemplified by the variability of heart period (HP), the variability of the duration of the electrical activity of the heart approximated as the temporal distance between Q-wave onset and T-wave end or apex (i.e. QTe or QTa) and thoracic movements respectively...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429761/a-specific-nanobody-prevents-amyloidogenesis-of-d76n-%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-in-vitro-and-modifies-its-tissue-distribution-in-vivo
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Sara Raimondi, Riccardo Porcari, P Patrizia Mangione, Guglielmo Verona, Julien Marcoux, Sofia Giorgetti, Graham W Taylor, Stephan Ellmerich, Maurizio Ballico, Stefano Zanini, Els Pardon, Raya Al-Shawi, J Paul Simons, Alessandra Corazza, Federico Fogolari, Manuela Leri, Massimo Stefani, Monica Bucciantini, Julian D Gillmore, Philip N Hawkins, Maurizia Valli, Monica Stoppini, Carol V Robinson, Jan Steyaert, Gennaro Esposito, Vittorio Bellotti
Systemic amyloidosis is caused by misfolding and aggregation of globular proteins in vivo for which effective treatments are urgently needed. Inhibition of protein self-aggregation represents an attractive therapeutic strategy. Studies on the amyloidogenic variant of β2-microglobulin, D76N, causing hereditary systemic amyloidosis, have become particularly relevant since fibrils are formed in vitro in physiologically relevant conditions. Here we compare the potency of two previously described inhibitors of wild type β2-microglobulin fibrillogenesis, doxycycline and single domain antibodies (nanobodies)...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429371/design-of-a-short-non-uniform-acquisition-protocol-for-quantitative-analysis-in-dynamic-cardiac-spect-imaging-a-retrospective-123-i-mibg-animal-study
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Yunlong Zan, Yong Long, Kewei Chen, Biao Li, Qiu Huang, Grant T Gullberg
PURPOSE: Our previous works have found that quantitative analysis of (123) I-MIBG kinetics in the heart with dynamic single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) offers the potential to quantify the innervation integrity at an early stage of left ventricular hypertrophy. However, conventional protocols involving a long acquisition time for dynamic imaging reduce the animal survival rate and thus make longitudinal analysis difficult. The goal of this work was to develop a procedure to reduce the total acquisition time by selecting non-uniform acquisition times for projection views while maintaining the accuracy and precision of estimated physiologic parameters...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429185/high-content-assessment-of-cardiac-function-using-heart-on-a-chip-devices-as-drug-screening-model
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Genevieve Conant, Benjamin Fook Lun Lai, Rick Xing Ze Lu, Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Milica Radisic
Drug discovery and development continues to be a challenge to the pharmaceutical industry despite great advances in cell and molecular biology that allow for the design of better targeted therapeutics. Many potential drug compounds fail during the clinical trial due to inefficacy and toxicity that were not predicted during preclinical stages. The fundamental problem lies with the use of traditional drug screening models that still largely rely on the use of cell lines or animal cell monolayers, which leads to lack of predictive power of human tissue and organ response to the drug candidates...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428202/precision-physiology-and-rescue-of-brain-ion-channel-disorders
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REVIEW
Jeffrey Noebels
Ion channel genes, originally implicated in inherited excitability disorders of muscle and heart, have captured a major role in the molecular diagnosis of central nervous system disease. Their arrival is heralded by neurologists confounded by a broad phenotypic spectrum of early-onset epilepsy, autism, and cognitive impairment with few effective treatments. As detection of rare structural variants in channel subunit proteins becomes routine, it is apparent that primary sequence alone cannot reliably predict clinical severity or pinpoint a therapeutic solution...
April 20, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427997/distinct-sequences-and-post-translational-modifications-in-cardiac-atrial-and-ventricular-myosin-light-chains-revealed-by-top-down-mass-spectrometry
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Zachery R Gregorich, Wenxuan Cai, Ziqing Lin, Albert J Chen, Ying Peng, Takushi Kohmoto, Ying Ge
Myosin is the principal component of the thick filaments that, through interactions with the actin thin filaments, mediates force production during muscle contraction. Myosin is a hexamer, consisting of two heavy chains, each associated with an essential (ELC) and a regulatory (RLC) light chain, which bind the lever-arm of the heavy chain and play important modulatory roles in striated muscle contraction. Nevertheless, a comprehensive assessment of the sequences of the ELC and RLC isoforms, as well as their post-translational modifications, in the heart remains lacking...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427320/the-role-of-inelastic-deformations-in-the-mechanical-response-of-endovascular-shape-memory-alloy-devices
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Lorenza Petrini, Alessandro Bertini, Francesca Berti, Giancarlo Pennati, Francesco Migliavacca
Nickel-titanium alloys are commonly adopted for producing cardiovascular minimally invasive devices such as self-expandable stents, aortic valves and stent-grafts. These devices are subjected to cyclic loads (due to blood pulsatility, leg or heart movements), that can induce fatigue fracture, and may also be subjected to very large deformations (due to crimping procedure, a tortuous physiological path or overloads), that can induce material yield. Recently, the authors developed a new constitutive model that considers inelastic strains due to not-completed reverse phase transformation (not all the stress-induced martensite turns back to austenite) or/and plasticity and their accumulation during cyclic loads...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427138/-advances-in-the-research-of-treatment-of-burns-in-the-elderly
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Z Y Jiang, D H Min, G H Guo
With our country going into the aging society, burns in the elderly often occur. Studies have shown that the number of elderly burn patients has reached 13% to 20% of the total number of burn patients. As the sensory and cognitive functions are low, skin is thinning, the functions of heart, lung, and kidney are reduced, the immunity is impaired, and other physiological characteristics exist in the elderly, the wounds of elderly burn patients often heal slowly, and the mortality is high. At present, there is still a lack of enough attention to the elderly burn patients...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426559/ct-evidence-of-fluid-in-the-hernia-sac-predicts-surgical-site-infection-following-mesh-repair-of-acutely-incarcerated-ventral-and-groin-hernias
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Tyler J Loftus, Kristina L Go, Janeen R Jordan, Chasen A Croft, R Stephen Smith, Frederick A Moore, Philip A Efron, Alicia M Mohr, Scott C Brakenridge
BACKGROUND: Mesh placement during repair of acutely incarcerated ventral and groin hernias is associated with high rates of surgical site infection (SSI). The utility of preoperative CT in this setting is unclear. We hypothesized that CT evidence of bowel wall compromise would predict SSI while accounting for physiologic parameters. METHODS: We performed a four-year retrospective cohort analysis of 50 consecutive patients who underwent mesh repair of acutely incarcerated ventral or groin hernias...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425435/fret-biosensor-uncovers-camp-nano-domains-at-%C3%AE-adrenergic-targets-that-dictate-precise-tuning-of-cardiac-contractility
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Nicoletta C Surdo, Marco Berrera, Andreas Koschinski, Marcella Brescia, Matias R Machado, Carolyn Carr, Peter Wright, Julia Gorelik, Stefano Morotti, Eleonora Grandi, Donald M Bers, Sergio Pantano, Manuela Zaccolo
Compartmentalized cAMP/PKA signalling is now recognized as important for physiology and pathophysiology, yet a detailed understanding of the properties, regulation and function of local cAMP/PKA signals is lacking. Here we present a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based sensor, CUTie, which detects compartmentalized cAMP with unprecedented accuracy. CUTie, targeted to specific multiprotein complexes at discrete plasmalemmal, sarcoplasmic reticular and myofilament sites, reveals differential kinetics and amplitudes of localized cAMP signals...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425011/pregnancy-related-myocardial-infarction
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H Lameijer, M C Lont, H Buter, A J van Boven, P W Boonstra, P G Pieper
INTRODUCTION: The risk of acute myocardial infarction in young women is low, but increases during pregnancy due to the physiological changes in pregnancy, including hypercoagulability. Ischaemic heart disease during pregnancy is not only associated with increased maternal morbidity and mortality, but also with high neonatal complications. Advancing maternal age and other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases may further increase the risk of ischaemic heart disease in young women. METHODS: We searched the coronary angiography database of a Dutch teaching hospital to identify women with acute myocardial infarction who presented during pregnancy or postpartum between 2011 and 2013...
April 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424623/notch-signaling-in-ischemic-damage-and-fibrosis-evidence-and-clues-from-the-heart
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REVIEW
Silvia Nistri, Chiara Sassoli, Daniele Bani
Notch signaling is a major intercellular coordination mechanism highly conserved throughout evolution. In vertebrates, Notch signaling is physiologically involved in embryo development, including mesenchymal cell commitment, formation of heart tissues and angiogenesis. In post-natal life, Notch signaling is maintained as a key mechanism of cell-cell communication and its dysregulations have been found in pathological conditions such as ischemic and fibrotic diseases. In the heart, Notch takes part in the protective response to ischemia, being involved in pre- and post-conditioning, reduction of reperfusion-induced oxidative stress and myocardial damage, and cardiomyogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424575/contribution-of-autonomic-reflexes-to-the-hyperadrenergic-state-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Edgar Toschi-Dias, Maria Urbana P B Rondon, Chiara Cogliati, Nazareno Paolocci, Eleonora Tobaldini, Nicola Montano
Heart failure (HF) is a complex syndrome representing the clinical endpoint of many cardiovascular diseases of different etiology. Given its prevalence, incidence and social impact, a better understanding of HF pathophysiology is paramount to implement more effective anti-HF therapies. Based on left ventricle (LV) performance, HF is currently classified as follows: (1) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF); (2) with mid-range EF (HFmrEF); and (3) with preserved EF (HFpEF). A central tenet of HFrEF pathophysiology is adrenergic hyperactivity, featuring increased sympathetic nerve discharge and a progressive loss of rhythmical sympathetic oscillations...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424267/using-a-novel-data-resource-to-explore-heart-rate-during-mountain-and-road-running
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Andrew Best, Barry Braun
Online, accessible performance and heart rate data from running competitions are posted publicly or semi-publicly to social media. We tested the efficacy of one such data resource- Strava- as a tool in exercise physiology investigations by exploring heart rate differences in mountain racing and road racing running events. Heart rate and GPS pace data were gathered from Strava activities posted by 111 males aged 21-49, from two mountain races (Mt. Washington Road Race and Pike's Peak Ascent) and two road race distances (half marathon and marathon)...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422851/relation-between-serum-myokines-and-phase-ii-cardiac-rehabilitation
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Der-Sheng Han, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Tyng-Guey Wang, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Wei-Shiung Yang
Patients with coronary heart disease or acute myocardial infarction after cardiac catheterization with stenting referred for phase II cardiac rehabilitation (CR) were grouped according to their preference. Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) was used to determine oxygen uptake ((Equation is included in full-text article.)) at peak exercise and anaerobic threshold (AT). The control patients received counseling only while the experiment group received 36 sessions of CR in 3 to 6 months. Exercise physiology parameters and serum myokines (myostatin, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were measured pre- and postrehabilitation...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422539/the-effect-of-nitrate-supplementation-on-cycling-performance-in-the-heat-in-well-trained-cyclists
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Joseph A McQuillan, Julia R Casadio, Deborah K Dulson, Paul B Laursen, Andrew E Kilding
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of NO3(-) consumption on measures of perception, thermoregulation and cycling performance in hot conditions. METHODS: Using a randomised, double-blind, crossover-design, 8 well-trained cyclists (mean ± SD: age: 25 ± 8 y, V̇O2peak: 64 ± 5 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) performed 2 separate trials, in hot (35°C, 60% relative humidity) environments, having ingested either 140 ml NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice ~8 mmol NO3(-) (NIT), or placebo (PLA), daily for 3-days with a 7-day washout period separating trials...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421373/role-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-following-myocardial-infarction-and-ischemia-reperfusion
#17
REVIEW
S Ghaderi, N Alidadiani, N Dilaver, H R Heidari, R Parvizi, R Rahbarghazi, J Soleimani-Rad, B Baradaran
Glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK3β) is principally is a glycogen synthase phosphorylating enzyme that is well known for its role in muscle metabolism. GSK3β is a serine/threonine protein Kinase, which is responsible for several essential roles in mammalian cells. This enzyme is implicated in the pathophysiology of many conditions involved in homeostasis and cellular immigration. GSK3β is involved in several pathways leading to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease...
April 18, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420470/-explore-objective-clinical-variables-for-detecting-delirium-in-icu-patients-a-prospective-case-control-study
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Xiaojiang Liu, Jie Lyu, Youzhong An
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this case-control study is to explore clinical objective variables for diagnosing delirium of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: According to the method of prospective case-control study, critical adult postoperative patients who were transferred to ICU of Peking University People's Hospital from October 2015 to May 2016 and needed mechanical ventilation were included. After evaluating the Richmond agitation sedation scale score (RASS), the patients whose score were -2 or greater were sorted into two groups, delirium and non-delirium, according to the confusion assessment method for the ICU (CAM-ICU)...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419834/sex-differences-in-autonomic-response-and-situational-appraisal-of-a-competitive-situation-in-young-adults
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Diana Abad-Tortosa, Adrián Alacreu-Crespo, Raquel Costa, Alicia Salvador, Miguel Ángel Serrano
Competition is a social stressor capable of eliciting physiological responses modulated by the outcome. The main objective of this study was to analyze the psychophysiological changes associated with competition and its outcome in men and women, taking into account the role of situational appraisal. To this end, 112 young people (46 men and 66 women) participated in a laboratory task in a competitive or non-competitive condition, while Blood Pressure (BP), Heart Rate Variability (HRV), and Skin Conductance (SC) responses were measured...
April 15, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419567/cardiorespiratory-physiology-in-the-safe-passage-study-protocol-methods-and-normative-values-in-unexposed-infants
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Michael M Myers, Amy J Elliott, Hein J Odendaal, Larry Burd, Jyoti Angal, Coen Groenewald, J David Nugent, Joel S Yang, Joseph R Isler, Kim A Dukes, Fay Robinson, William P Fifer
AIM: The Safe Passage Study, conducted by the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth Network, is investigating contributions of prenatal alcohol exposure to fetal and infant demise. This current report presents physiological data from full term infants with no prenatal exposure to alcohol or maternal smoking. METHODS: Data are from 666 infants from the Northern Plains (North and South Dakota) and South Africa. A standardized protocol assessed cardiorespiratory function during baseline and head-up tilts shortly after birth and at 1 month of age...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
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