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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915452/chronic-enalapril-treatment-increases-transient-outward-potassium-current-in-cardiomyocytes-isolated-from-right-ventricle-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Luiz Fernando Rodrigues Junior, Ana Carolina de Azevedo Carvalho, Enildo Broetto Pimentel, José Geraldo Mill, José Hamilton Matheus Nascimento
It has been well established that chronic pressure overload resulting from hypertension leads to ventricular hypertrophy and electrophysiological remodeling. The transient outward potassium current (I to) reduction described in hypertensive animals delays ventricular repolarization, leading to complex ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death. Antihypertensive drugs, as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi), can restore I to and reduce the incidence of arrhythmic events. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the differential effects of long-term treatment with ACEi or direct-acting smooth muscle relaxant on the I to of left and right ventricle myocytes of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR)...
December 3, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913661/effects-of-exendin-4-on-the-intrarenal-renin-angiotensin-system-and-interstitial-fibrosis-in-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction-mice-exendin-4-and-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
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Ying Le, Zongji Zheng, Junyu Xue, Mengling Cheng, Meiping Guan, Yaoming Xue
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to investigate the renoprotecive effects of exendin-4 in a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and explore the putative mechanisms. METHODS: Male Balbc mice underwent sham operation or UUO surgery, and then received intraperitoneal injection of vehicle or exendin-4, respectively. After 14 days, mice were sacrificed and the left kidneys were collected and analyzed by histology, immunohistochemistry, Western blot, quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, radioimmunoassay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
October 2016: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913429/heritability-of-the-effective-connectivity-in-the-resting-state-default-mode-network
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Junhai Xu, Xuntao Yin, Haitao Ge, Yan Han, Zengchang Pang, Baolin Liu, Shuwei Liu, Karl Friston
The default mode network (DMN) is thought to reflect endogenous neural activity, which is considered as one of the most intriguing phenomena in cognitive neuroscience. Previous studies have found that key regions within the DMN are highly interconnected. Here, we characterized the genetic influences on causal or directed information flow within the DMN during the resting state. In this study, we recruited 46 pairs of twins and collected fMRI imaging data using a 3.0 T scanner. Dynamic causal modeling was conducted for each participant, and a structural equation model was used to calculate the heritability of DMN in terms of its effective connectivity...
November 23, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913306/effect-of-bradykinin-receptor-antagonism-on-ace-inhibitor-associated-angioedema
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Brittany T Straka, Claudia E Ramirez, James B Byrd, Elizabeth Stone, Alencia Woodard-Grice, Hui Nian, Chang Yu, Aleena Banerji, Nancy J Brown
BACKGROUND: The B2 receptor antagonist icatibant is approved for treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema. Icatibant has been reported to decrease time-to-resolution of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor-associated angioedema in one study of European patients. METHODS: Patients with ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema (defined as swelling of lips, tongue, pharynx or face during ACE inhibitor use and no swelling in the absence of ACE inhibitor use) were enrolled at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from October 2007 through September 2015 and at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912977/functional-outcomes-in-hirschsprung-disease-a-single-institution-s-12-year-experience
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Hemanshoo S Thakkar, Christopher Bassett, Andy Hsu, Riccardo Manuele, Dorothy Kufeji, Catherine A Richards, Meena Agrawal, Alireza S Keshtgar
AIMS: Hirschsprung disease (HD) is a chronic condition associated with long-term morbidity. We assessed the short and long-term functional outcomes of operated patients in a single institution over a 12-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all children operated for HD between 2002 and 2014. Postoperative functional outcomes were assessed using the Rintala Bowel Function Score (BFS, 0-20, 20=best score). We assessed hospital admissions, complications including Hirschsprung associated enterocolitis (HAEC) and the need for further surgical procedures...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912890/persistence-of-123-i-mibg-prognostic-capability-in-relation-to-medical-therapy-in-heart-failure-from-the-admire-hf-trial
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Ileana L Piña, Peter Carson, JoAnn Lindenfeld, W Tad Archambault, Arnold F Jacobson
(123)I-mIBG imaging has been evaluated to assess sympathetic function and prognosis in heart failure (HF). However, the effect of combined HF medical therapies on (123)I-mIBG uptake and its prognostic significance has not been previously examined. This analysis examined the relation between the intensity of guideline-directed HF medical therapy and global (123)I-mIBG cardiac uptake in the AdreView Myocardial Imaging for Risk Evaluation in Heart Failure (ADMIRE-HF) database. A second objective was to investigate whether this guideline-based therapy, measured by total medication doses, had the expected effect on outcome, that is, that patients with higher (123)I-mIBG cardiac uptake and more intensive medical therapy had the fewest outcome events...
October 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912184/substrate-dependent-modulation-of-butanol-to-ethanol-ratio-in-non-acetone-forming-clostridium-sporogenes-ncim-2918
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Mehak Kaushal, Saumya Ahlawat, Mayurketan Mukherjee, Muthusivaramapandian Muthuraj, Gargi Goswami, Debasish Das
Present study reports a non-acetone producing Clostridium sporogenes strain as a potential producer of liquid biofuels. Alcohol production was positively regulated by sorbitol and instant dry yeast as carbon and nitrogen sources respectively. Media optimization resulted in maximum butanol and ethanol titer (gL(-1)) of 12.1 and 7.9 respectively. Depending on the combination of carbon sources, the organism was found to manipulate its metabolism towards synthesis of either ethanol or butanol, thereby affecting the total alcohol titer...
November 16, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911415/extraction-of-plant-based-capsules-for-microencapsulation-applications
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Michael G Potroz, Raghavendra C Mundargi, Jae Hyeon Park, Ee-Lin Tan, Nam-Joon Cho
Microcapsules derived from plant-based spores or pollen provide a robust platform for a diverse range of microencapsulation applications. Sporopollenin exine capsules (SECs) are obtained when spores or pollen are processed so as to remove the internal sporoplasmic contents. The resulting hollow microcapsules exhibit a high degree of micromeritic uniformity and retain intricate microstructural features related to the particular plant species. Herein, we demonstrate a streamlined process for the production of SECs from Lycopodium clavatum spores and for the loading of hydrophilic compounds into these SECs...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910815/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluations-of-a-novel-post-electrospinning-treatment-to-improve-the-fibrous-structure-of-chitosan-membranes-for-guided-bone-regeneration
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Hengjie Su, Kwei-Yu Liu, Anastasios Karydis, Daniel G Abebe, Chaoxi Wu, Kenneth M Anderson, Najib Ghadri, Pradeep Adatrow, Tomoko Fujiwara, Joel D Bumgardner
Electrospun chitosan membranes have been investigated for guided bone regeneration but are susceptible to swelling, dissolution, and loss of biomimetic nanofiber structure due to residual acid salts. A novel process was investigated for acidic salt removal from chitosan electrospun in 70% trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) by treating with triethylamine (TEA)/acetone and di-tert-butyl dicarbonate (tBOC) instead of the common Na2CO3 treatment. TFA salt removal and nanofiber structure stabilization were confirmed by EDS, FTIR, (19)F NMR and electron microscopy before and after soaking in water...
December 2, 2016: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910781/inhibition-of-dimethylbenz-a-anthracene-dmba-croton-oil-induced-mouse-skin-tumorigenesis-by-gmelina-arborea-with-potential-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Lincy Lawrence, Seema Menon, Divya Menon K, Vipin P Sivaram, Jose Padikkala
In traditional Indian medicine, the plant Gmelina arborea Linn. (GA) is described to have the ability to relieve edema. The present study evaluates the anticancer property of GA stem bark against 7,12-dimethylbenz(a) anthracene (DMBA)-croton oil-induced skin tumorigenesis along with the evaluation of anti-inflammatory activity. The observed inhibition of inflammation in carrageenan-induced (41.8%) and formalin-induced (34.07%) models may be due to inhibition of prostaglandins (PGs). Skin papilloma was induced by a single topical application of DMBA (470 nmol/200 µL acetone), followed by repeated application of croton oil (1% in 200 µL acetone)...
2016: Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908822/how-admission-to-a-vascular-surgery-department-improves-medical-treatment-in-patients-with-lower-extremity-peripheral-arterial-disease
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M Thiney, N Della Schiava, P Feugier, P Lermusiaux, J Ninet, A Millon, A Long
OBJECTIVES: All patients with lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (LE-PAD) should benefit from recommended pharmacologic therapies including antiplatelet agents, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), and HMG-CoA-reductase inhibitors (statins). In the present study, this triple therapy was defined as the best medical treatment. This study was designed to determine the number of patients who received best medical treatment at admission and at discharge from a vascular surgery department...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908717/biological-properties-of-water-soluble-polysaccharides-and-hemicelluloses-from-almond-gum
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Fatma Bouaziz, Mohamed Koubaa, Rhoudha Ellouz Ghorbel, Semia Ellouz Chaabouni
The aim of this work was to investigate the biological activities of almond gum polysaccharides (AGP) and almond gum hemicelluloses (AGH). Almond gum was first fractionated into AGP and AGH using hot water and alkaline solution, respectively. The antioxidant activities of both extracted polymers revealed interesting free radical scavenging activities through DPPH test (IC50 AGP=4mg/mL, IC50 AGH=6mg/mL), 2,2'-azinobis[3-ethylbenzthiazoline]-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) radical scavenging activity test (% inhibition ABTS=40...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908347/prognostic-implications-of-changes-in-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Michael R Zile, Brian L Claggett, Margaret F Prescott, John J V McMurray, Milton Packer, Jean L Rouleau, Karl Swedberg, Akshay S Desai, Jianjian Gong, Victor C Shi, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: Natriuretic peptides (NP) have prognostic value in heart failure (HF), although the clinical importance of changes in NP from baseline is unclear. OBJECTIVES: The authors assessed whether a reduction in N-terminal pro-B-type NP (NT-proBNP) was associated with a decrease in HF hospitalization and cardiovascular mortality (primary endpoint) in patients with HF and reduced ejection fraction, whether treatment with sacubitril/valsartan reduced NT-proBNP below specific partition values more than enalapril, and whether the relationship between changes in NT-proBNP and changes in the primary endpoint were dependent on assigned treatment...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906856/radiation-exposure-and-lung-disease-in-today-s-nuclear-world
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Steven D Deas, Nikhil Huprikar, Andrew Skabelund
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ionizing radiation poses important health risks. The per capita annual dose rate has increased in the United States and there is increasing concern for the risks posed by low-dose occupational exposure among workers in nuclear industries and healthcare. Recent nuclear accidents and concern for terrorism have heightened concern for catastrophic, high-dose ionizing radiation exposure. This review will highlight recent research into the risks to lung health posed by ionizing radiation exposure and into potential treatments...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906842/spironolactone-and-the-risk-of-urinary-tract-cancer-in-patients-with-hypertension-a-nationwide-population-based-retrospective-case-control-study
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Ya-Wen Chuang, Mei-Ching Yu, Shih-Ting Huang, Cheng-Kuang Yang, Cheng-Hsu Chen, Ying-Chih Lo, Cheng-Li Lin, Kuo-Hsiung Shu, Tung-Min Yu, Chia-Hung Kao
AIM: This was a nationwide study by National Health Insurance Research Database to investigate the risk of urinary tract cancers (UTCs) for renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors including spironolactone. METHODS: A total of 32 167 UTC patients with hypertension were enrolled in the National Health Insurance program between 2005 and 2011. RESULTS: Among different subclasses of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors, the adjusted odds ratio (OR) for UTC risk was 1...
January 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905853/surprising-results-from-an-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-trial-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Karla V Ballman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905359/-clinical-and-neuropsychological-features-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-combination-with-cerebrovascular-disease
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N A Trusova, O S Levin, A V Arablinsky
AIM: To study clinical/neuropsychological and neuroimaging characteristics of Alzheimer's disease in the combination with cerebrovascular disease (CVD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ninety patients with dementia, including 35 patients with AD, 35 patients with mixed dementia (MD) and 20 patients with vascular dementia, were examined. The character of dementia was established according to NINCDS-ADRDA and NINDS-AIREN criteria. The neuropsychological battery included Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (ACE-R), Montreal Cognitive Assessment scale (MoCA), fluency test and the visual memory test (SCT)...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905355/-cerebral-microbleeds-in-cerebrovascular-and-neurodegenerative-diseases-with-cognitive-impairment
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T A Polyakova, O S Levin
AIM: To study a role of cerebral microbleeds (CMB) in the diagnosis of main cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative diseases with cognitive impairment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CMB were studied in 120 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and vascular dementia using 1.5T MRI in T2 * gradient echo. An impact of CMB on cognitive functions and the relationship with signs of vascular and neurodegenerative lesions of the brain were studied as well...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905115/treatment-for-hereditary-angioedema-with-normal-c1-inh-and-specific-mutations-in-the-f12-gene-hae-fxii
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K Bork, K Wulff, G Witzke, J Hardt
Hereditary angioedema with normal C1 esterase inhibitor and mutations in the F12 gene (HAE-FXII) is associated with skin swellings, abdominal pain attacks, and the risk of asphyxiation due to upper airway obstruction. It occurs nearly exclusively in women. We report our experience treating HAE-FXII with discontinuation of potential trigger factors and drug therapies. The study included 72 patients with HAE-FXII. Potential triggers included estrogen-containing oral contraceptives (eOC), hormonal replacement therapy, or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors...
November 6, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904945/-sarcoidosis-and-uveitis-an-update
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J G Garweg
Ocular involvement in sarcoidosis is present in up to one third of patients and is frequently manifested before the underlying systemic disease has been diagnosed. With a view to the therapeutic consequences an early diagnosis of the underlying disease is advantageous. In cases of visual loss early diagnostic measures include invasive procedures, such as ultrasound-guided bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy, if nodular conjunctival or cutaneous manifestations which would confirm the diagnosis are not present...
November 30, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
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