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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148067/should-theophylline-be-added-to-the-j-wave-syndrome-therapeutic-armamentarium
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EDITORIAL
Charles Antzelevitch, Sami Viskin
The substrate for both early repolarization syndrome (ERS) and Brugada syndrome (BrS), the so-called J wave syndromes, has been shown to develop as a consequence of genetic variants causing a loss of function of inward currents such sodium (INa ) and calcium (ICa ) channel currents or a gain of function in outward currents such as the transient outward current (Ito ). These changes in ion channel function result in an outward shift of the balance of currents active during the early phases of the epicardial action potential in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of the heart in the case BrS and in the inferior left ventricle in the case of ERS...
November 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137729/the-shear-wave-elastic-modulus-and-the-increased-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-kb-p65-and-cyclooxygenase-2-cox-2-expression-in-the-area-of-myofascial-trigger-points-activated-in-a-rat-model-by-blunt-trauma-to-the-vastus-medialis
#2
Hengyong Lv, Zhen Li, Tiantian Hu, Yuexiang Wang, Jinpeng Wu, Yingxin Li
We aimed to elucidate the increased inflammatory cytokines expression such as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB/p65), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) in the area of activated myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in a rat model by blunt trauma to the vastus medialis and to evaluate the feasibility of a quantitative analysis of muscle elastic modulus using shear wave elastography (SWE). Twelve 7-week-old male SD rats were divided into normal (NM, n = 6) and model groups (MO, n = 6)...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130676/-the-feasibility-of-ct-attenuation-value-to-predict-the-composition-of-upper-urinary-calculi-and-success-rate-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy
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Yu Fan, Zhen-Hua Liu, Qiang Wei, Zhuang Tang, Liang-Ren Liu, Bi-Hua Ren, Xiang Li, Yi-Ge Bao, Lu Yang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility of CT attenuation value (CTvalue) to predict the composition of upper urinary calculi and the number of shock waves (NSW) and success rate (SR) of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). METHODS: A total of 146 patients with upper urinary calculi treated by ESWL were included. CT scan was performed before ESWL. Upper urinary calculi with the maximum diameters of less than or equal to 2 cm were included. Infrared spectroscopy was used to analyze the composition of calculi...
September 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121655/experimental-blunt-chest-trauma-induced-myocardial-inflammation-and-alteration-of-gap-junction-protein-connexin-43
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Miriam Kalbitz, Elisa Maria Amann, Belinda Bosch, Annette Palmer, Anke Schultze, Jochen Pressmar, Birte Weber, Martin Wepler, Florian Gebhard, Hubert Schrezenmeier, Rolf Brenner, Markus Huber-Lang
OBJECTIVE: Severe blunt chest trauma in humans is associated with high mortality rates. Whereas lung tissue damage and lung inflammation after blunt chest trauma have extensively been investigated, the traumatic and posttraumatic effects on the heart remain poorly understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to define cardiac injury patterns in an experimental blunt chest trauma model in rats. METHODS: Experimental blunt chest trauma was induced by a blast wave in rats, with subsequent analysis of its effects on the heart...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117920/orbital-atherectomy-treatment-of-severely-calcified-native-coronary-lesions-in-patients-with-prior-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-acute-and-one-year-outcomes-from-the-orbit-ii-trial
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Michael S Lee, Bynthia M Anose, Brad J Martinsen, Arthur C Lee, Richard A Shlofmitz, Jeffrey W Chambers
AIMS: Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), with a history of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), may be at increased risk for mortality and repeat revascularization, compared with patients without prior CABG. In this post-hoc analysis of the ORBIT II trial, safety and efficacy of coronary orbital atherectomy (OA) to modify severe coronary artery calcium, prior to stent placement, was evaluated in subjects based on history of CABG. METHODS AND RESULTS: Comorbidities: diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and history of myocardial infarction (MI) were more prevalent in the CABG group...
November 5, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104543/simultaneous-quantification-of-spatially-discordant-alternans-in-voltage-and-intracellular-calcium-in-langendorff-perfused-rabbit-hearts-and-inconsistencies-with-models-of-cardiac-action-potentials-and-ca-transients
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Ilija Uzelac, Yanyan C Ji, Daniel Hornung, Johannes Schröder-Scheteling, Stefan Luther, Richard A Gray, Elizabeth M Cherry, Flavio H Fenton
Rationale: Discordant alternans, a phenomenon in which the action potential duration (APDs) and/or intracellular calcium transient durations (CaDs) in different spatial regions of cardiac tissue are out of phase, present a dynamical instability for complex spatial dispersion that can be associated with long-QT syndrome (LQTS) and the initiation of reentrant arrhythmias. Because the use of numerical simulations to investigate arrhythmic effects, such as acquired LQTS by drugs is beginning to be studied by the FDA, it is crucial to validate mathematical models that may be used during this process...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069033/postrenal-acute-kidney-injury-in-a-patient-with-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction-caused-by-urolithiasis-a-case-report
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Itsuro Kazama, Toshiyuki Nakajima
RATIONALE: In patients with bilateral ureteral obstruction, the serum creatinine levels are often elevated, sometimes causing postrenal acute kidney injury (AKI). In contrast, those with unilateral ureteral obstruction present normal serum creatinine levels, as long as their contralateral kidneys are preserved intact. However, the unilateral obstruction of the ureter could affect the renal function, as it humorally influences the renal hemodynamics. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 66-year-old man with a past medical history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus came to our outpatient clinic because of right abdominal dullness...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066561/concerted-interneuron-activity-in-the-cerebellar-molecular-layer-during-rhythmic-oromotor-behaviors
#8
G Astorga, D Li, L Therreau, M Kassa, A Marty, I Llano
Molecular layer interneurons (MLIs, stellate and basket cells) of the cerebellar cortex are linked together by chemical and electrical synapses and exert a potent feedforward inhibition on Purkinje cells. The functional role of MLIs during specific motor tasks is uncertain. Here we use two-photon imaging to study the patterns of activity of neighboring individual MLIs in the Crus II region of awake female mice during two types of oromotor activity, licking and bruxing, using specific expression of the genetically-encoded calcium indicator protein GCaMP6s...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049297/functional-connectivity-structure-of-cortical-calcium-dynamics-in-anesthetized-and-awake-mice
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Patrick W Wright, Lindsey M Brier, Adam Q Bauer, Grant A Baxter, Andrew W Kraft, Matthew D Reisman, Annie R Bice, Abraham Z Snyder, Jin-Moo Lee, Joseph P Culver
The interplay between hemodynamic-based markers of cortical activity (e.g. fMRI and optical intrinsic signal imaging), which are an indirect and relatively slow report of neural activity, and underlying synaptic electrical and metabolic activity through neurovascular coupling is a topic of ongoing research and debate. As application of resting state functional connectivity measures is extended further into topics such as brain development, aging and disease, the importance of understanding the fundamental physiological basis for functional connectivity will grow...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049166/safety-of-potassium-bearing-citrate-in-patients-with-renal-transplantation-a-case-report
#10
Lin Wang, Yinglin Cui, Jianwei Zhang, Qinsheng Zhang
RATIONALE: Urinary lithiasis is one of severe postoperative complications in patients undergoing renal transplantation, possibly leading to anuria, urinary infection, or even acute renal failure. Potassium sodium hydrogen citrate (PSHC), a potassium-bearing citrate, is commonly prescribed to prevent stone formation. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 25-year-old man (patient 1) and a 31-year-old man (patient 2) receiving renal transplantation for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) were enrolled in this study...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047553/laser-characteristics-of-nd-3-doped-calcium-barium-niobate-ferroelectric-crystal-at-1-06-and-1-34%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m
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Jinglong Lan, Xiaoxu Huang, Xiaofeng Guan, Bin Xu, Huiying Xu, Zhiping Cai, Xiaodong Xu, Dongzhen Li, Jun Xu
We report on diode-pumped Nd(3+)-doped calcium barium niobate ferroelectric crystal (Nd:CBN-28) lasers at 1.06 and 1.34 μm. The maximum output power of the 1.06 μm laser reaches 0.69 W in the continuous-wave regime, which is believed to be the highest output power with Nd:CBN-28 crystal to date. Using a chopper to modulate the pump, the highest output power further improves to 0.77 W. Passively Q-switched laser operation at 1.06 μm, using a Cr:YAG saturable absorber, is realized with a maximum average output power of 89 mW, a pulse width of 220 ns, and a pulse energy 10...
May 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046645/computational-cardiac-modeling-reveals-mechanisms-of-ventricular-arrhythmogenesis-in-long-qt-syndrome-type-8-cacna1c-r858h-mutation-linked-to-ventricular-fibrillation
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Jieyun Bai, Kuanquan Wang, Yashu Liu, Yacong Li, Cuiping Liang, Gongning Luo, Suyu Dong, Yongfeng Yuan, Henggui Zhang
Functional analysis of the L-type calcium channel has shown that the CACNA1C R858H mutation associated with severe QT interval prolongation may lead to ventricular fibrillation (VF). This study investigated multiple potential mechanisms by which the CACNA1C R858H mutation facilitates and perpetuates VF. The Ten Tusscher-Panfilov (TP06) human ventricular cell models incorporating the experimental data on the kinetic properties of L-type calcium channels were integrated into one-dimensional (1D) fiber, 2D sheet, and 3D ventricular models to investigate the pro-arrhythmic effects of CACNA1C mutations by quantifying changes in intracellular calcium handling, action potential profiles, action potential duration restitution (APDR) curves, dispersion of repolarization (DOR), QT interval and spiral wave dynamics...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045723/acute-administration-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induces-spontaneous-calcium-release-via-the-reactive-oxygen-species-pathway-in-atrial-myocytes
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Song Zuo, Lin-Ling Li, Yan-Fei Ruan, Le Jiang, Xin Li, Song-Nan Li, Song-Nan Wen, Rong Bai, Nian Liu, Xin Du, Jian-Zeng Dong, Chang-Sheng Ma
Aims: The arrhythmogenic mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) that are induced by acute inflammation, such as postoperative AF, are not well understood. We investigated the acute effects of tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) that mimic acute inflammation on Ca2+ handling in isolated atrial myocytes and its underlying mechanisms. Methods and results: Cytosol Ca2+ handling and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production were studied in freshly isolated atrial myocytes of wild-type mice that were exposed to TNF-α (0...
October 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030562/astrocyte-calcium-waves-propagate-proximally-by-gap-junction-and-distally-by-extracellular-diffusion-of-atp-released-from-volume-regulated-anion-channels
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Yuki Fujii, Shohei Maekawa, Mitsuhiro Morita
Wave-like propagation of [Ca(2+)]i increases is a remarkable intercellular communication characteristic in astrocyte networks, intercalating neural circuits and vasculature. Mechanically-induced [Ca(2+)]i increases and their subsequent propagation to neighboring astrocytes in culture is a classical model of astrocyte calcium wave and is known to be mediated by gap junction and extracellular ATP, but the role of each pathway remains unclear. Pharmacologic analysis of time-dependent distribution of [Ca(2+)]i revealed three distinct [Ca(2+)]i increases, the largest being in stimulated cells independent of extracellular Ca(2+) and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-induced Ca(2+) release...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030236/long-term-aerobic-exercise-in-calsequestrin2-knockout-mice-accentuates-vagal-antagonism-during-%C3%AE-adrenergic-stimulation-which-restricts-heart-rate-acceleration-and-paradoxically-increases-abnormal-ryanodine-receptor-calcium-leak-in-ventricular-myocytes
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Hsiang-Ting Ho, Senthil Thambidorai, Björn C Knollmann, George E Billman, Sandor Györke, Anuradha Kalyanasundaram
BACKGROUND: Long-term aerobic exercise alters autonomic balance, which may not be favorable in heart rate (HR)-dependent arrhythmic diseases including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) because of preexisting bradycardia and increased sensitivity to parasympathetic stimulation. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether long-term exercise-induced autonomic adaptations modify CPVT susceptibility. METHODS: We determined exercise-induced parasympathetic effects on HR, arrhythmia incidence, and intracellular sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) leak in atrial (ACM) and ventricular (VCM) cardiomyocytes, in exercised (EX) calsequestrin knockout (CASQ2(-/-)) mice, a model of CPVT...
October 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023402/comparison-of-the-percentage-of-voids-in-the-canal-filling-of-a-calcium-silicate-based-sealer-and-gutta-percha-cones-using-two-obturation-techniques
#16
Sohee Kim, Sunil Kim, Jeong-Won Park, Il-Young Jung, Su-Jung Shin
This study evaluated the root-filling quality of a calcium silicate-based sealer and gutta percha (GP) cones by measuring the percentage of voids. Twenty artificial molar teeth were divided into two groups: one obturated using the single-cone (SC) technique, and the other using the continuous wave (CW) technique. Obturation was performed with GP cones and Endoseal MTA (mineral trioxide aggregate, Maruchi, Wonju, Korea). Obturated teeth were scanned using microcomputed tomography, and the percentage of void volume was calculated in the apical and coronal areas...
October 12, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021844/intracoronary-acetylcholine-application-as-a-possible-probe-inducing-j-waves-in-patients-with-early-repolarization-syndrome
#17
REVIEW
Toru Maruyama, Kazumasa Fujita, Kei Irie, Shouhei Moriyama, Mitsuhiro Fukata
Acetylcholine is widely used for a diagnostic provocation test of coronary spasm in patients with vasospastic angina. Acetylcholine usually induces coronary vasodilatation mediated by muscarinic receptor activation, but sometimes it evokes vasoconstriction of coronary arteries where the endothelium is damaged. Early repolarization syndrome is characterized by a J wave observed at the end of the QRS complex in a surface electrocardiogram. The J wave is attributed to the transmural voltage gradient at the early repolarization phase across the ventricular wall, which stems mainly from prominent transient outward current in the epicardium, but not in the endocardium...
October 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016724/triggered-intracellular-calcium-waves-in-dog-and-human-left-atrial-myocytes-from-normal-and-failing-hearts
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Gary L Aistrup, Rishi Arora, Søren Grubb, Shin Yoo, Benjamin Toren, Manvinder Kumar, Aaron Kunamalla, William Marszalec, Tej Motiwala, Shannon Tai, Sean Yamakawa, Satya Yerrabolu, Francisco J Alvarado, Hector H Valdivia, Jonathan M Cordeiro, Yohannes Shiferaw, John Andrew Wasserstrom
Aims: Abnormal intracellular Ca2+ cycling contributes to triggered activity and arrhythmias in the heart. We investigated the properties and underlying mechanisms for systolic triggered Ca2+ waves in left atria from normal and failing dog hearts. Methods and results: Intracellular Ca2+ cycling was studied using confocal microscopy during rapid pacing of atrial myocytes (36 °C) isolated from normal and failing canine hearts (ventricular tachypacing model). In normal atrial myocytes (NAMs), Ca2+ waves developed during rapid pacing at rates ≥ 3...
November 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994159/calcium-and-electrical-dynamics-in-lymphatic-endothelium
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Erik J Behringer, Joshua P Scallan, Mohammad Jafarnejad, Jorge A Castorena-Gonzalez, Scott D Zawieja, James E Moore, Michael J Davis, Steven S Segal
Subsequent to a rise in intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+) ]i ), hyperpolarization of the endothelium coordinates vascular smooth muscle relaxation along resistance arteries during blood flow control. In the lymphatic vasculature, collecting vessels generate rapid contractions coordinated along lymphangions to propel lymph, but the underlying signalling pathways are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) exhibit Ca(2+) and electrical signalling properties that facilitate lymph propulsion...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981616/spreading-depression-promotes-astrocytic-calcium-oscillations-and-enhances-gliotransmission-to-hippocampal-neurons
#20
Dong Chuan Wu, Rita Yu-Tzu Chen, Ting-Chun Cheng, Yao-Chang Chiang, Mei-Lin Shen, Li-Ling Hsu, Ning Zhou
Spreading depression (SD) is a pathophysiological phenomenon characterized by propagating waves of profound neuronal and glial depolarization in central nervous system gray matter. Although SD is primarily mediated by neurons with a subsequent astrocytic response, it remains unclear how astrocytic activity is modulated after SD and how altered astrocyte signaling contribute to neuronal excitability. Here, we report that after the concurrent Ca2+ wave, SD enhanced astrocytic activity by promoting a secondary period of Ca2+ oscillations...
August 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
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