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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934253/xuezhikang-contributes-to-greater-triglyceride-reduction-than-simvastatin-in-hypertriglyceridemia-rats-by-up-regulating-apolipoprotein-a5-via-the-ppar%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Shui-Ping Zhao, Rong Li, Wen Dai, Bi-Lian Yu, Lu-Zhu Chen, Xian-Sheng Huang
Xuezhikang (XZK), an extract of Chinese red yeast rice, is recommended as an optimal choice for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) with markedly elevated triglyceride (TG) levels. This study was designed to compare the hypotriglyceridemic effects between XZK and simvastatin. The role of apolipoprotein A5 (apoA5), a key regulator of TG metabolism and a target gene of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα), was to be identified in XZK-related hypotriglyceridemic actions. For these goals, hypertriglyceridemia of rats was induced by a high-fructose diet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934226/pathological-alterations-in-liver-injury-following-congestive-heart-failure-induced-by-volume-overload-in-rats
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Mohammed Shaqura, Doaa M Mohamed, Noureddin B Aboryag, Lama Bedewi, Lukas Dehe, Sascha Treskatsch, Mehdi Shakibaei, Michael Schäfer, Shaaban A Mousa
Heart failure has emerged as a disease with significant public health implications. Following progression of heart failure, heart and liver dysfunction are frequently combined in hospitalized patients leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Here, we investigated the underlying pathological alterations in liver injury following heart failure. Heart failure was induced using a modified infrarenal aortocaval fistula (ACF) in male Wistar rats. Sham operated and ACF rats were compared for their morphometric and hemodynamic data, for histopathological and ultrastructural changes in the liver as well as differences in the expression of apoptotic factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917680/effusive-constrictive-pericarditis-after-pericardiocentesis-incidence-associated-findings-and-natural-history
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Kye Hun Kim, William R Miranda, Larry J Sinak, Faisal F Syed, Rowlens M Melduni, Raul E Espinosa, Garvan C Kane, Jae K Oh
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate the incidence, associated findings, and natural history of effusive-constrictive pericarditis (ECP) after pericardiocentesis. BACKGROUND: ECP is characterized by the coexistence of tense pericardial effusion and constriction of the heart by the visceral pericardium. Echocardiography is currently the main diagnostic tool in the assessment of pericardial disease, but limited data have been published on the incidence and prognosis of ECP diagnosed by echo-Doppler...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914852/-efficiency-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-virus-negative-and-virus-positive-patients-with-morphologically-verified-lymphocytic-myocarditis
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O V Blagova, A V Nedostup, E A Kogan, V A Sulimov
AIM: To evaluate the efficiency of immunosuppressive therapy (IST) in virus-negative (V-) and virus-positive (V+) patients with lymphocytic myocarditis (LM). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 60 patients (45 males) (mean age 46.7±11.8 years) with dilated cardiomyopathy (mean left ventricular (LV) end diastolic size (EDS) 6.7±0.7 cm; ejection fraction (EF) 26.2±9.1%) were examined. The diagnosis of active/borderline LM was verified by right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy in 38 patients, by intraoperative LV biopsy in 10, in the study of explanted hearts from 3 patients and at autopsy in 9...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875871/wheat-germ-supplementation-alleviates-insulin-resistance-and-cardiac-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-an-animal-model-of-diet-induced-obesity
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Babajide Ojo, Ashley J Simenson, Crystal O'Hara, Lei Wu, Xin Gou, Sandra K Peterson, Daniel Lin, Brenda J Smith, Edralin A Lucas
Obesity is strongly associated with insulin resistance (IR), along with mitochondrial dysfunction to metabolically active tissues and increased production of reactive O2 species (ROS). Foods rich in antioxidants such as wheat germ (WG), protect tissues from damage due to ROS and modulate some negative effects of obesity. This study examined the effects of WG supplementation on markers of IR, mitochondrial substrate metabolism and innate antioxidant markers in two metabolically active tissues (i.e. liver and heart) of C57BL/6 mice fed a high-fat-high-sucrose (HFS) diet...
August 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832798/avoiding-liver-injury-with-papaverine-and-ascorbic-acid-due-to-infrarenal-cross-clamping-an-experimental-study
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Serhat Huseyin, Orkut Guclu, Volkan Yüksel, Gulen Sezer Alptekin Erkul, Nuray Can, Fatma Nesrin Turan, Suat Canbaz
Objective: Ischemia-reperfusion injury after acute ischemia treatment is a serious condition with high mortality and morbidity. Ischemia-reperfusion injury may result in organ failure particularly in kidney, lung, liver, and heart. In our study, we investigated the effects of papaverine and vitamin C on ischemia-reperfusion injury developed in the rat liver after occlusion-reperfusion of rat aorta. Methods: 32 Sprague-Dawley female rats were randomized into four groups (n=8)...
May 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828899/computed-tomography-guided-percutaneous-microwave-ablation-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-challenging-locations-safety-and-efficacy-of-high-power-microwave-platforms
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D K Filippiadis, S Spiliopoulos, C Konstantos, L Reppas, A Kelekis, E Brountzos, N Kelekis
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical efficacy/safety of CT-guided percutaneous microwave ablation for HCC in challenging locations using high-power microwave platforms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted in 26 patients with 36 HCC tumorss in challenging locations (hepatic dome, subcapsular, close to the heart/diaphragm/hepatic hilum, exophytic) undergoing CT-guided percutaneous microwave ablation in a single centre since January 2011. Two different microwave platforms were used both operating at 2...
August 22, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804248/effect-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-by-combination-therapy-on-cardiovascular-system
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Reda Biomy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Abdelmonem, Hesham Abu-Elenin, George Ghaly
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Egypt is quite high, and the combined oral direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) may have impressive results. OBJECTIVE: To assess the cardiovascular effects of DAAs in patients with HCV. METHODS: A total of 170 patients with HCV were divided into 2 groups: first group (100 patients) received triple combination therapy (pegylated interferon alfa, sofosbuvir, and ribavirin, whereas the second group (70 patients) received dual combination therapy (sofosbuvir and simeprevir)...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801074/rational-heart-transplant-from-hepatitis-c-donor-new-antiviral-weapons-conquer-the-trojan
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Robert L Gottlieb, Teena Sam, Suzanne Y Wada, James F Trotter, Sumeet K Asrani, Brian Lima, Susan M Joseph, Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, Shelley A Hall
BACKGROUND: Donors with hepatitis C (HCV) viremia are rarely utilized for orthotopic heart transplantation (OHTx) due to post-transplant risks. New, highly effective HCV antivirals may alter the landscape. METHODS: An adult patient unsuitable for bridging mechanical support therapy accepted a heart transplant offer from a donor with HCV viremia. Upon daily logarithmic rise in HCV viral load and adequate titers to ensure successful genotyping, once daily sofosbuvir 400 mg / velpatasvir 100 mg (Epclusa) was initiated empirically pending HCV genotype (genotype 3a confirmed after initiation of therapy)...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793934/statin-therapy-causes-gut-dysbiosis-in-mice-through-a-pxr-dependent-mechanism
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Jose A Caparrós-Martín, Ricky R Lareu, Joshua P Ramsay, Jörg Peplies, F Jerry Reen, Henrietta A Headlam, Natalie C Ward, Kevin D Croft, Philip Newsholme, Jeffery D Hughes, Fergal O'Gara
BACKGROUND: Statins are a class of therapeutics used to regulate serum cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Although statins are highly effective in removing cholesterol from the blood, their consumption has been linked to potential adverse effects in some individuals. The most common events associated with statin intolerance are myopathy and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, the pathological mechanism through which statins cause these adverse effects is not well understood...
August 9, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775179/health-and-economic-benefits-of-reducing-sugar-intake-in-the-usa-including-effects-via-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-microsimulation-model
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Rick A Vreman, Alex J Goodell, Luis A Rodriguez, Travis C Porco, Robert H Lustig, James G Kahn
OBJECTIVES: Excessive consumption of added sugars in the human diet has been associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes (T2D), coronary heart disease (CHD) and other elements of the metabolic syndrome. Recent studies have shown that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a critical pathway to metabolic syndrome. This model assesses the health and economic benefits of interventions aimed at reducing intake of added sugars. METHODS: Using data from US National Health Surveys and current literature, we simulated an open cohort, for the period 2015-2035...
August 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760424/anthocyanins-in-chokeberry-and-purple-maize-attenuate-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-in-rats
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Maharshi Bhaswant, Siti Raihanah Shafie, Michael L Mathai, Peter Mouatt, Lindsay Brown
OBJECTIVE: Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables as functional foods leads to the reduction of signs of metabolic syndrome. The aim of this study was to measure and compare cardiovascular, liver, and metabolic parameters following chronic administration of the same dose of anthocyanins either from chokeberry (CB) or purple maize (PM) in rats with diet-induced metabolic syndrome. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were fed a maize starch (C) or high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet (H) and divided into six groups for 16 wk...
September 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734831/effects-of-all-oral-anti-viral-therapy-on-hvpg-and-systemic-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cirrhosis
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Sabela Lens, Edilmar Alvarado, Zoe Mariño, María-Carlota Londoño, Elba LLop, Javier Martinez, Jose Ignacio Fortea, Luís Ibañez, Xavier Ariza, Anna Baiges, Adolfo Gallego, Rafael Bañares, Angela Puente, Agustín Albillos, Jose Luís Calleja, Xavier Torras, Virginia Hernández-Gea, Jaume Bosch, Cándid Villanueva, Xavier Forns, Juan Carlos García-Pagán
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated cirrhosis and clinical significant portal hypertension (CSPH, hepatic venous pressure gradient [HVPG] 10 mmHg or greater), despite achieving sustained virological response (SVR) to therapy, remain at risk of liver decompensation. We investigated hemodynamic changes following SVR in patients with CSPH and whether liver stiffness measurements (LSMs) can rule out the presence of CSPH. METHODS: We performed a multicenter prospective study of 226 patients with HCV-associated cirrhosis and CSPH who had SVR to interferon-free therapy at 6 Liver Units in Spain...
July 19, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734790/organ-weights-and-histopathology-of-double-crested-cormorants-phalacrocorax-auritus-dosed-orally-or-dermally-with-artificially-weathered-mississippi-canyon-252-crude-oil
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Kendal E Harr, Drury R Reavill, Steven J Bursian, Dave Cacela, Fred L Cunningham, Karen M Dean, Brian S Dorr, Katie C Hanson-Dorr, Kate Healy, Katherine Horak, Jane E Link, Susan Shriner, Robert E Schmidt
A series of toxicity tests were conducted to assess the effects of low to moderate exposure to artificially weathered Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon 252 crude oil on representative avian species as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The present report summarizes effects of oral exposure (n=26) of double-crested cormorants (DCCO; Phalacrocorax auritus) to 5 or 10ml oil kg(-1) day(-1) for up to 21 days or dermal application (n=25) of 13ml oil to breast and back feathers every three days totaling 6 applications in 21 days on organ weights and histopathology...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706591/interferon-related-pericarditis-review
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Kazuaki Nishio, Tsutomu Arase, Hiroko Tada, Hideaki Tachibana
AIM: To conduct a review of "interferon related pericarditis". METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cinahl, and the Cochrane Database from the earliest available date through September 2016. A search strategy using the Medical Subject Headings and text keywords "interferon" and "pericarditis" were used. RESULTS: Nine case reports were eligible for the present study. Six of 8 cases were women and the mean age was 43.8 ± 13.8 years with chronic hepatitis C in 6 cases, malignant melanoma in 2 cases and chronic myelogenous leukemia in 1 case...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689586/cardiovascular-manifestations-of-hepatitis-c-virus
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REVIEW
Nicolas Goossens, Francesco Negro
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a prevalent condition associated with numerous extrahepatic manifestations. Epidemiologic studies have found that HCV is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, in particular with carotid atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular events, and coronary heart disease. The mechanisms involved encompass a chronic systemic inflammatory state, insulin resistance, and a potential, direct infection of the vascular endothelium. Sustained virologic response with interferon-based regimens is associated with reduced cardiovascular events, although this must be validated with newer direct-acting antivirals...
August 2017: Clinics in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688205/utilization-of-organs-from-donors-according-to-hepatitis-c-antibody-and-nucleic-acid-testing-status-time-for-change
#17
C E Kling, J D Perkins, C S Landis, A P Limaye, L Sibulesky
Previous studies have grouped all donors positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody (Ab). Only recently has donor HCV nucleic acid testing (NAT) become routine, and the impact of Ab and NAT status on organ utilization is unknown. Using the United Network for Organ Sharing database, we identified 9290 donors from 2015 to 2016 for whom both HCV Ab and NAT data were available and compared organ utilization by HCV status. Overall, 93.8% of donors were Ab negative and NAT negative (Ab-NAT-), 0.15% were Ab negative and NAT positive, 1...
June 8, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688027/pharmacokinetics-of-fentanyl-and-its-derivatives-in-children-a-comprehensive-review
#18
REVIEW
Victoria C Ziesenitz, Janelle D Vaughns, Gilbert Koch, Gerd Mikus, Johannes N van den Anker
Fentanyl and its derivatives sufentanil, alfentanil, and remifentanil are potent opioids. A comprehensive review of the use of fentanyl and its derivatives in the pediatric population was performed using the National Library of Medicine PubMed. Studies were included if they contained original pharmacokinetic parameters or models using established routes of administration in patients younger than 18 years of age. Of 372 retrieved articles, 44 eligible pharmacokinetic studies contained data of 821 patients younger than 18 years of age, including more than 46 preterm infants, 64 full-term neonates, 115 infants/toddlers, 188 children, and 28 adolescents...
July 7, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685242/an-investigation-of-protective-effects-of-litium-borate-on-blood-and-histopathological-parameters-in-acute-cadmium-induced-rats
#19
Serkan Yildirim, Fatih Caglar Celikezen, Gökhan Oto, Emin Sengul, Mehmet Bulduk, M Tasdemir, D Ali Cinar
This study was carried out to determine the protective effects of lithium borate (LTB) on blood parameters and histopathological findings in experimentally induced acute cadmium (Cd) toxicity in rats. Twenty-eight male Wistar albino rats were used, weighing 200-220 g, and they were randomly divided into four groups, including one control and the following three experimental groups: a Cd group (0.025 mmol/kg), a LTB group (15 mg/kg/day orally for 5 days), and a LTB + Cd group (15 mg/kg/day orally for 5 days and Cd 0...
July 7, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655430/deuterium-reinforced-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-protect-against-atherosclerosis-by-lowering-lipid-peroxidation-and-hypercholesterolemia
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Jimmy F P Berbée, Isabel M Mol, Ginger L Milne, Erik Pollock, Geerte Hoeke, Dieter Lütjohann, Claudia Monaco, Patrick C N Rensen, Lex H T van der Ploeg, Mikhail S Shchepinov
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Oxidative modification of lipoproteins is a crucial step in atherosclerosis development. Isotopic-reinforced polyunsaturated fatty acids (D-PUFAs) are more resistant to reactive oxygen species-initiated chain reaction of lipid peroxidation than regular hydrogenated (H-)PUFAs. We aimed at investigating the effect of D-PUFA treatment on lipid peroxidation, hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis development. METHODS: Transgenic APOE*3-Leiden...
June 21, 2017: Atherosclerosis
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