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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549783/irinotecan-temozolomide-with-temsirolimus-or-dinutuximab-in-children-with-refractory-or-relapsed-neuroblastoma-cog-anbl1221-an-open-label-randomised-phase-2-trial
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Rajen Mody, Arlene Naranjo, Collin Van Ryn, Alice L Yu, Wendy B London, Barry L Shulkin, Marguerite T Parisi, Sabah-E-Noor Servaes, Mitchell B Diccianni, Paul M Sondel, Julia G Bender, John M Maris, Julie R Park, Rochelle Bagatell
BACKGROUND: Outcomes for children with relapsed and refractory neuroblastoma are dismal. The combination of irinotecan and temozolomide has activity in these patients, and its acceptable toxicity profile makes it an excellent backbone for study of new agents. We aimed to test the addition of temsirolimus or dinutuximab to irinotecan-temozolomide in patients with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. METHODS: For this open-label, randomised, phase 2 selection design trial of the Children's Oncology Group (COG; ANBL1221), patients had to have histological verification of neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma at diagnosis or have tumour cells in bone marrow with increased urinary catecholamine concentrations at diagnosis...
May 23, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546851/monoamine-oxidases-oxidative-stress-and-altered-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-cardiac-ageing
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Damien Maggiorani, Nicola Manzella, Dale E Edmondson, Andrea Mattevi, Angelo Parini, Claudia Binda, Jeanne Mialet-Perez
The advances in healthcare over the past several decades have resulted in populations now living longer. With this increase in longevity, a wider prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is more common and known to be a major factor in rising healthcare costs. A wealth of scientific evidence has implicated cell senescence as an important component in the etiology of these age-dependent pathologies. A number of studies indicate that an excess of reactive oxygen species (ROS) contributes to trigger and accelerate the cardiac senescence processes, and a new role of monoamine oxidases, MAO-A and MAO-B, is emerging in this context...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542224/is-spaceflight-induced-immune-dysfunction-linked-to-systemic-changes-in-metabolism
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Michael J Pecaut, Xiao Wen Mao, Denise L Bellinger, Karen R Jonscher, Louis S Stodieck, Virginia L Ferguson, Ted A Bateman, Robert P Mohney, Daila S Gridley
The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on its final mission (STS-135) on July 8, 2011. After just under 13 days, the shuttle landed safely at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the last time. Female C57BL/6J mice flew as part of the Commercial Biomedical Testing Module-3 (CBTM-3) payload. Ground controls were maintained at the KSC facility. Subsets of these mice were made available to investigators as part of NASA's Bio-specimen Sharing Program (BSP). Our group characterized cell phenotype distributions and phagocytic function in the spleen, catecholamine and corticosterone levels in the adrenal glands, and transcriptomics/metabolomics in the liver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536868/caffeine-increases-the-velocity-of-rapid-eye-movements-in-unfatigued-humans
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Charlotte J W Connell, Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua, Robert F Hess, Nicholas Gant
BACKGROUND: Caffeine is a widely used dietary stimulant that can reverse the effects of fatigue on cognitive, motor and oculomotor function. However, few studies have examined the effect of caffeine on the oculomotor system when homeostasis has not been disrupted by physical fatigue. This study examined the influence of a moderate dose of caffeine on oculomotor control and visual perception in participants who were not fatigued. METHODS: Within a placebo-controlled crossover design, 13 healthy adults ingested caffeine (5 mg·kg(-1) body mass) and were tested over 3 h...
May 24, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533756/guinea-pig-oxygen-sensing-and-carotid-body-functional-properties
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Elvira Gonzalez-Obeso, Inmaculada Docio, Elena Olea, Angel Cogolludo, Ana Obeso, Asuncion Rocher, Angela Gomez-Niño
Mammals have developed different mechanisms to maintain oxygen supply to cells in response to hypoxia. One of those mechanisms, the carotid body (CB) chemoreceptors, is able to detect physiological hypoxia and generate homeostatic reflex responses, mainly ventilatory and cardiovascular. It has been reported that guinea pigs, originally from the Andes, have a reduced ventilatory response to hypoxia compared to other mammals, implying that CB are not completely functional, which has been related to genetically/epigenetically determined poor hypoxia-driven CB reflex...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531318/agrp-expressing-adrenal-chromaffin-cells-are-involved-in-the-sympathetic-response-to-fasting
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Rajesh Gupta, Yunbing Ma, Manqi Wang, Matthew D Whim
Fasting evokes a homeostatic response that maintains circulating levels of energy-rich metabolites and increases the drive to eat. Centrally this reflex activates a small population of hypothalamic neurons that are characterized by the expression of AgRP, a neuropeptide with an extremely restricted distribution. Apart from the hypothalamus the only other site with significant expression is the adrenal gland but there is disagreement about which cells synthesize AgRP. Using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and RT-PCR we show AgRP is present in the mouse adrenal medulla and is expressed by neuroendocrine chromaffin cells that also synthesize the catecholamines and neuropeptide Y...
May 22, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530215/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-after-intravenous-epinephrine-administration-following-cardiac-arrest-provoked-by-pneumoperitoneum-a-case-report
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Waldemar Elikowski, Malgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Jacek Karoń, Maria Mrozińska, Alina Baszko, Karolina Horbacka
In stress-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) high levels of catecholamines, including epinephrine, may be detected in blood. On the other hand, administration of exogenous epinephrine may occasionally result in TC. A CASE REPORT: The authors describe a case of a 58-year-old, otherwise healthy female, with TC which occurred after intravenous injection of 1 mg of epinephrine against cardiac arrest provoked by pneumoperitoneum performed before planned laparoscopic cholecystectomy. She was admitted 3 days earlier due to biliary colic following a dietary mistake...
April 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528983/glycocalyx-shedding-is-markedly-increased-during-the-acute-phase-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Thanh H Nguyen, Saifei Liu, Gao J Ong, Irene Stafford, Michael P Frenneaux, John D Horowitz
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and other forms of myocardial acute oxidative stress are associated with variable "shedding" of the endothelial glycocalyx (GCS) which can be quantitated ex vivo by release into plasma of glycocalyx components such as Syndecan-1 (SD-1). Previous studies have implicated release of both catecholamines and BNP as potential accentuating factors in GCS: since these are prominent aspects of the pathogenesis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC), we hypothesised that TTC is associated with increased GCS and the extent of GCS is predictable on the basis of NT-proBNP and catecholamine releases...
April 28, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528289/platelet-hyperactivation-apoptosis-and-hypercoagulability-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Samin Rezania, Michael A Puskarich, Daniela N Petrusca, Evandro M Neto-Neves, Matthew T Rondina, Jeffrey A Kline
Changes in systemic redox balance can alter platelet activation and aggregation. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a systematic inflammatory disease associated with mechanical shear stress, increased thrombin, catecholamines, serotonin and hemolysis, which cumulatively can hyperactivate platelets and accelerate their turnover. We tested the hypothesis that platelets from patients with moderately severe PE will show hyperstimulation and a pre-apoptotic phenotype associated with microparticles (MPs) in plasma...
May 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527122/effects-of-cigarette-smoke-exposure-during-suckling-on-food-intake-fat-mass-hormones-and-biochemical-profile-of-young-and-adult-female-rats
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Patricia Cristina Lisboa, Patricia Novaes Soares, Thamara Cherem Peixoto, Janaine Cavalcanti Carvalho, Camila Calvino, Vanessa Silva Tavares Rodrigues, Dayse Nascimento Bernardino, Viviane Younes-Rapozo, Alex Christian Manhães, Elaine de Oliveira, Egberto Gaspar de Moura
PURPOSE: Children from smoking mothers have a higher risk of developing obesity and associated comorbidities later in life. Different experimental models have been used to assess the mechanisms involved with this increased risk. Using a rat model of neonatal nicotine exposure via implantation of osmotic minipumps in lactating dams, we have previously shown marked sexual dimorphisms regarding metabolic and endocrine outcomes in the adult progeny. Considering that more than four thousand substances are found in tobacco smoke besides nicotine, we then studied a rat model of neonatal tobacco smoke exposure: adult male offspring had hyperphagia, obesity, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia, secondary hyperthyroidism and lower adrenal hormones...
May 19, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522796/effects-of-%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-and-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-comt-polymorphism-on-postoperative-outcome-in-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Stefan Dhein, Pascal M Dohmen, Matthias Sauer, Julia Tews, Johannes Weickmann, Anne-Kathrin Funkat, Martin Misfeld, Michael A Borger, Friedrich W Mohr
BACKGROUND There is a long-standing debate about the role of beta-adrenoceptor polymorphisms in the cardiovascular system. We wanted to elucidate whether β1-adrenoceptor-polymorphisms affects the postoperative catecholamine consumption and the length of intermediate care unit stay in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, and whether this might be enhanced or attenuated by catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) polymorphism. MATERIAL AND METHODS We included 116 patients (63±1.2 years; 34% females; 81±1 kg) undergoing cardiac surgery...
May 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522678/cigarette-smoking-associated-alterations-in-serotonin-adrenalin-signaling-pathways-of-platelets
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Curtis Lee Lowery, Clay Elliott, Anthonya Cooper, Coedy Hadden, Roberto N Sonon, Parastoo Azadi, D Keith Williams, James D Marsh, Donna S Woulfe, Fusun Kilic
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking plays a major role in cardiovascular diseases. The acute effects of cigarette smoking produce central nervous system-mediated activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The overactive sympathetic nervous system stimulates the secretion of serotonin (5-HT) and catecholamine into blood at supraphysiological levels. The correlation between these pathological conditions induced by smoking and the increased risk of thrombosis has not been thoroughly investigated...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522107/differences-in-neurohumoral-and-hemodynamic-response-to-prolonged-head-up-tilt-between-patients-with-high-and-normal-standing-norepinephrine-forms-of-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome
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Luka Crnošija, Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Mila Lovrić, Anamari Junaković, Vladimir Miletić, Rujana Šprljan Alfirev, Antun Pavelić, Ivan Adamec, Mario Habek
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the optimal timing for blood sample collection of catecholamines and the possible correlations between neurohumoral and hemodynamic responses to prolonged head-up tilt (HUT) in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). METHODS: Nineteen patients underwent a 30-minute, 70° HUT test. Blood samples (norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine and dopamine) were taken in the 10th minute of supine, and 10th, 20th and 30th minutes of HUT. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in the proportion of high and normal standing NE patients in the different time points...
May 11, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521609/adrenal-obliteration-by-balloon-occluded-retrograde-venous-ethanol-injection-in-a-swine-model
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Akitoshi Inoue, Shinichi Ohta, Norihisa Nitta, Shizuka Tsuboi, Akinaga Sonoda, Yuki Tomozawa, Shobu Watanabe, Kenichi Mukaisho, Kiyoshi Murata
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of adrenal obliteration by balloon-occluded retrograde venous ethanol injection. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We inserted a micro-balloon catheter into the left adrenal vein of six pigs and retrogradely injected absolute ethanol (0.06 ml/kg) under balloon occlusion. Two pigs were sacrificed on day 3, 7, and 14 after the procedure, respectively. We evaluated adrenal cortical and medullary hormones of the left renal vein, venograms, magnetic resonance imaging scans obtained before and after the procedure, autopsy and microscopic findings, and the weight of the bilateral adrenal glands...
May 19, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515323/%C3%AE-adrenergic-induction-of-lipolysis-in-hepatocytes-is-inhibited-by-ethanol-exposure
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Micah B Schott, Karuna Rasineni, Shaun G Weller, Ryan J Schulze, Arthur C Sletten, Carol A Casey, Mark A McNiven
In liver steatosis i.e., fatty liver), hepatocytes accumulate many large neutral lipid-storage organelles known as lipid droplets (LDs). LDs are important in the maintenance of energy homeostasis, but the signaling mechanisms that stimulate LD metabolism in hepatocytes are poorly defined. In adipocytes, catecholamines target the β-adrenergic (β-AR)/cAMP pathway to activate cytosolic lipases and induce their recruitment to the LD surface. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine whether hepatocytes, like adipocytes, also undergo cAMP-mediated lipolysis in response to β-AR stimulation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512254/catecholamines-facilitate-vegf-dependent-angiogenesis-via-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-induced-epac1-and-pka-activation
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Jaspal Garg, Yu-Xi Feng, Sepp R Jansen, Julian Friedrich, Frank Lezoualc'h, Martina Schmidt, Thomas Wieland
Chronic stress has been associated with the progression of cancer and antagonists for β-adrenoceptors (βAR) are regarded as therapeutic option. As they are also used to treat hemangiomas as well as retinopathy of prematurity, a role of endothelial β2AR in angiogenesis can be envisioned. We therefore investigated the role of β2AR-induced cAMP formation by analyzing the role of the cAMP effector molecules exchange factor directly activated by cAMP 1 (Epac1) and protein kinase A (PKA) in endothelial cells (EC)...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511858/reduced-myocardial-reserve-in-young-x-linked-muscular-dystrophy-mice-diagnosed-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis-combined-with%C3%A2-stress-echocardiography
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Zhenzhou Li, Ying Li, Li Zhang, Xiaoying Zhang, Rebecca Sullivan, Xiaojie Ai, Christopher Szeto, Angela Cai, Longjian Liu, Weidong Xiao, Quanshui Li, Shuping Ge, Xiongwen Chen
BACKGROUND: Early, sensitive, and reproducible evaluation of left ventricular function is imperative for the diagnosis of cardiac dysfunction in patients with Duchene muscular dystrophy. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that combining two-dimensional strain analysis with catecholamine stress could be a sensitive method for detecting early cardiac dysfunction. METHODS: Mdx (C57BL/10ScSn-Dmdmdx/J, a mouse model of DMD) and control (C57BL/10ScSn) mice were studied with conventional M-mode and high-frequency ultrasound-based two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography using long- and short-axis images of the left ventricle at baseline and after intraperitoneal isoprenaline (ISO) administration (2 μg/g body weight)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511811/autoimmune-voltage-gated-potassium-channelopathy-presenting-with-catecholamine-excess
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K Amy Stepp, Christin Folker, Marie Tanzer, Jennifer Hayman, Thomas Reynolds, Leah Mallory
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune voltage-gated potassium channelopathies have been associated with a range of neurological presenting symptoms, including central, peripheral, and autonomic dysfunction. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: We describe a 12-year-old boy who presented with nine months of pain, anxiety, and 30-pound weight loss. He was admitted for failure to thrive, then noted to be persistently hypertensive and tachycardic. Plasma metanephrines and urine metanephrines and catecholamines were elevated...
April 8, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505408/ion-mobility-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-and-isotope-scrambling-tools-to-aid-compound-identification-in-omics-mixtures
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Hossein Maleki, Megan M Maurer, Nima Ronaghi, Stephen J Valentine
Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), a widely used method for comparative 'omics analysis, experiences challenges with compound identification due to matrix effects, difficulty in separating isomer and isobaric ions, and long analysis times. Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) has proven to be useful in separating isomer and isobar ions, however IMS-MS suffers from decreased peak capacity duet to the correlation in ion size and mass. In proof-of-principle experiments, the use of gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) combined with IMS-MS/MS techniques is demonstrated to offer advantages for compound identification...
May 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504928/the-murine-catecholamine-methyltransferase-mtomt-is-essential-for-mechanotransduction-by-cochlear-hair-cells
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Christopher L Cunningham, Zizhen Wu, Aria Jafari, Bo Zhao, Kat Schrode, Sarah Harkins-Perry, Amanda Lauer, Ulrich Mueller
Hair cells of the cochlea are mechanosensors for the perception of sound. Mutations in the LRTOMT gene, which encodes a protein with homology to the catecholamine methyltransferase COMT that is linked to schizophrenia, cause deafness. Here we show that Tomt/Comt2, the murine ortholog of LRTOMT, has an unexpected function in the regulation of mechanotransduction by hair cells. The role of mTOMT in hair cells is independent of mTOMT methyltransferase function and mCOMT cannot substitute for mTOMT function. Instead, mTOMT binds to putative components of the mechanotransduction channel in hair cells and is essential for the transport of some of these components into the mechanically sensitive stereocilia of hair cells...
May 15, 2017: ELife
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