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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096417/phosphorylation-by-pkc-and-pka-regulate-the-kinase-activity-and-downstream-signaling-of-wnk4
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Maria Castañeda-Bueno, Juan Pablo Arroyo, Junhui Zhang, Jeremy Puthumana, Orlando Yarborough, Shigeru Shibata, Lorena Rojas-Vega, Gerardo Gamba, Jesse Rinehart, Richard P Lifton
With-no-lysine kinase 4 (WNK4) regulates electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure. WNK4 phosphorylates the kinases SPAK (Ste20-related proline alanine-rich kinase) and OSR1 (oxidative stress responsive kinase), which then phosphorylate and activate the renal Na-Cl cotransporter (NCC). WNK4 levels are regulated by binding to Kelch-like 3, targeting WNK4 for ubiquitylation and degradation. Phosphorylation of Kelch-like 3 by PKC or PKA downstream of AngII or vasopressin signaling, respectively, abrogates binding...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043677/pressure-volume-loop-derived-cardiac-indices-during-dobutamine-stress-a-step-towards-understanding-limitations-in-cardiac-output-in-children-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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James Wong, Kuberan Pushparajah, Adelaide de Vecchi, Bram Ruijsink, Gerald F Greil, Tarique Hussain, Reza Razavi
BACKGROUND: Children with a single systemic right ventricle, such as in hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), frequently experience reduced exercise capacity. Elucidating the causes could help with optimising treatment strategies. METHODS: Prospective data from 10 consecutive symptomatic patients with HLHS undergoing clinical cardiac magnetic resonance with catheterisation (XMR) were analysed. Mean age 8.6years (range 3.5-11.6years), mean time since Fontan completion 5...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029367/on-the-feasibility-to-conduct-gradient-liquid-chromatography-separations-in-narrow-bore-columns-at-pressures-up-to-2000bar
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Ruben De Pauw, Tim Swier, Bart Degreef, Gert Desmet, Ken Broeckhoven
The limits in operating pressures are extended for narrow-bore columns in gradient elution up to 2000bar. As the required pumps for these pressures are incompatible with common chromatographic solvents and are not suitable to apply a mobile phase composition gradient, a mobile phase delivery and injection system is described and experimentally validated which allows to use any possible chromatographic solvent in isocratic and gradient elution. The mobile phase delivery and injection system also allows to perform multiple separations without the need to depressurize the column...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026740/comparative-hemodynamic-effects-of-contemporary-percutaneous-mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-in-a-porcine-model-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Brian R Weil, Filip Konecny, Gen Suzuki, Vijay Iyer, John M Canty
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to directly compare the hemodynamic effects of 2 contemporary percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices in a porcine model of acute myocardial infarction. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous support devices offer the ability to unload the ischemic left ventricle, but the comparative hemodynamic effects of contemporary platforms are unclear. METHODS: Yorkshire swine (mean weight 76 ± 2 kg; n = 7) were instrumented with a left ventricular (LV) pressure-volume (PV) catheter and subjected to a 2-h coronary occlusion...
November 28, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008296/point-of-care-ultraportable-echocardiography-predicts-diuretic-response-in-patients-admitted-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Dena K Krishnan, Barbara Pawlaczyk, Peter A McCullough, Susan Enright, Arvind Kunadi, Thomas E Vanhecke
BACKGROUND: Routine management of patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) requires careful attentiveness to fluid status and diuretic treatment efficacy. New advances in ultrasound have made ultraportable echocardiography (UE) available to physicians for point-of-care use. The purpose of this study is to explore physiologic measures of intravascular fluid volume derived from UE and explore predictors of diuretic response in ADHF. METHODS: Various echocardiography imaging measurements, particularly diameter and collapse of inferior vena cava (IVC), were collected from 77 patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of ADHF...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003648/cardiac-structural-remodeling-in-hypertensive-cardiomyopathy
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Si-Jia Sun, Jia-Lu Yao, Lang-Biao Xu, Qing Rui, Nan-Nan Zhang, Min Chen, Yu-Feng Jiang, Hua-Jia Yang, Ya-Feng Zhou
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which is a primary driver of morbidity and mortality, accounts for approximately half of all heart failure cases. Therefore, it is essential to develop preclinical animal models for HFpEF pharmacological treatment strategies. We created a porcine model of severe hypertension and hyperlipidemia by using a combination of deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA, 100 mg kg(-1)), Western diet (WD) and angiotensin II infusion. Systolic blood pressure, echocardiography and invasive pressure-volume loop were assessed at baseline, 12 weeks and 18 weeks...
December 22, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000751/suppression-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-ameliorates-chronic-kidney-disease-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction
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Antoinette Bugyei-Twum, Armin Abadeh, Kerri Thai, Yanling Zhang, Melissa Mitchell, Golam Kabir, Kim A Connelly
Cardiac fibrosis is a common finding in patients with chronic kidney disease. Here, we investigate the cardio-renal effects of theracurmin, a novel formulation of the polyphenolic compound curcumin, in a rat model of chronic kidney disease. Briefly, Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized to undergo sham or subtotal nephrectomy (SNx) surgery. At 3 weeks post surgery, SNx animals were further randomized to received theracurmin via once daily oral gavage or vehicle for 5 consecutive weeks. At 8 weeks post surgery, cardiac function was assessed via echocardiography and pressure volume loop analysis, followed by LV and renal tissue collection for analysis...
December 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987598/role-of-vessel-to-prosthesis-size-mismatch-in-venous-valve-performance
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Wei-Hsin Tien, Xuefeng Zhao, Henry Y Chen, Zachary C Berwick, Joshua F Krieger, Sean Chambers, Dana Dabiri, Ghassan S Kassab
BACKGROUND: Efforts to treat chronic venous insufficiency have focused on the development of prosthetic venous valves. The role of prosthetic valve-to-vessel size matching has not been determined. The purpose of this investigation was to assess the effect of size mismatching on venous valve function and to establish a mismatch limit that affects valve hemodynamic performance and venous wall stress to improve future valve designs and implants. METHODS: Flow dynamics of prosthetic venous valves were studied in vitro using a pulse duplicator flow loop...
January 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987352/design-of-a-right-ventricular-mock-circulation-loop-as-a-test-bench-for-right-ventricular-assist-devices
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Indra Mueller, So-Hyun Jansen-Park, Michael Neidlin, Ulrich Steinseifer, Dirk Abel, Rüdiger Autschbach, Rolf Rossaint, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Simon Johannes Sonntag
Right heart failure (RHF), e.g. due to pulmonary hypertension (PH), is a serious health issue with growing occurrence and high mortality rate. Limited efficacy of medication in advanced stages of the disease constitutes the need for mechanical circulatory support of the right ventricle (RV). An essential contribution to the process of developing right ventricular assist devices (RVADs) is the in vitro test bench, which simulates the hemodynamic behavior of the native circulatory system. To model healthy and diseased arterial-pulmonary hemodynamics in adults (mild and severe PH and RHF), a right heart mock circulation loop (MCL) was developed...
December 17, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979981/effects-of-different-stresses-on-cardiac-autonomic-control-and-cardiovascular-coupling
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Lin Xie, Binbin Liu, Xiaoni Wang, Mengqi Mei, Mengjun Li, Xiaolin Yu, Jianbao Zhang
The objective of this study was to investigate the impacts of different stresses on time varying autonomic reactivity and cardiovascular coupling. In total, 25 male subjects were recruited. RR intervals (RRI), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP, DBP), stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO) and systemic vascular resistance (SVR) values were collected during rest, mental arithmetic task (MAT) and cold pressor test (CPT). Baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) was derived using the transfer function method. Continuous wavelet transform of RRI was used to describe the time variant patterns of autonomic neural activities...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978950/gene-therapy-with-angiotensin-1-9-preserves-left-ventricular-systolic-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Caroline Fattah, Katrin Nather, Charlotte S McCarroll, Maria P Hortigon-Vinagre, Victor Zamora, Monica Flores-Munoz, Lisa McArthur, Lorena Zentilin, Mauro Giacca, Rhian M Touyz, Godfrey L Smith, Christopher M Loughrey, Stuart A Nicklin
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-(1-9) [Ang-(1-9)] is a novel peptide of the counter-regulatory axis of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system previously demonstrated to have therapeutic potential in hypertensive cardiomyopathy when administered via osmotic mini-pump. Here, we investigate whether gene transfer of Ang-(1-9) is cardioprotective in a murine model of myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVES: The authors evaluated effects of Ang-(1-9) gene therapy on myocardial structural and functional remodeling post-infarction...
December 20, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916176/functional-assessment-and-transplantation-of-the-donor-heart-after-circulatory-death
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Simon J Messer, Richard G Axell, Simon Colah, Paul A White, Marian Ryan, Aravinda A Page, Barbora Parizkova, Kamen Valchanov, Christopher W White, Darren H Freed, Euan Ashley, John Dunning, Martin Goddard, Jayan Parameshwar, Christopher J Watson, Thomas Krieg, Ayyaz Ali, Steven Tsui, Stephen R Large
BACKGROUND: After a severe shortage of brain-dead donors, the demand for heart transplantation has never been greater. In an attempt to increase organ supply, abdominal and lung transplant programs have turned to the donation after circulatory-determined death (DCD) donor. However, because heart function cannot be assessed after circulatory death, DCD heart transplantation was deemed high risk and never adopted routinely. We report a novel method of functional assessment of the DCD heart resulting in a successful clinical program...
December 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913141/acute-lung-injury-and-persistent-small-airway-disease-in-a-rabbit-model-of-chlorine-inhalation
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Sadiatu Musah, Connie F Schlueter, David M Humphrey, Karen S Powell, Andrew M Roberts, Gary W Hoyle
Chlorine is a pulmonary toxicant to which humans can be exposed through accidents or intentional releases. Acute effects of chlorine inhalation in humans and animal models have been well characterized, but less is known about persistent effects of acute, high-level chlorine exposures. In particular, animal models that reproduce the long-term effects suggested to occur in humans are lacking. Here, we report the development of a rabbit model in which both acute and persistent effects of chlorine inhalation can be assessed...
January 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908351/pim1-kinase-overexpression-enhances-ckit-cardiac-stem-cell-cardiac-repair-following-myocardial-infarction-in-swine
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Shathiyah Kulandavelu, Vasileios Karantalis, Julia Fritsch, Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Viky Y Loescher, Frederic McCall, Bo Wang, Luiza Bagno, Samuel Golpanian, Ariel Wolf, Justin Grenet, Adam Williams, Aaron Kupin, Aaron Rosenfeld, Sadia Mohsin, Mark A Sussman, Azorides Morales, Wayne Balkan, Joshua M Hare
BACKGROUND: Pim1 kinase plays an important role in cell division, survival, and commitment of precursor cells towards a myocardial lineage, and overexpression of Pim1 in ckit(+) cardiac stem cells (CSCs) enhances their cardioreparative properties. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to validate the effect of Pim1-modified CSCs in a translationally relevant large animal preclinical model of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Human cardiac stem cells (hCSCs, n = 10), hckit(+) CSCs overexpressing Pim1 (Pim1(+); n = 9), or placebo (n = 10) were delivered by intramyocardial injection to immunosuppressed Yorkshire swine (n = 29) 2 weeks after MI...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902706/a-qualitative-study-of-medical-oncologists-experiences-of-their-profession-and-workforce-sustainability
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Alex Broom, W K Tim Wong, Emma Kirby, David Sibbritt, Deme Karikios, Rosemary Harrup, Zarnie Lwin
BACKGROUND: Medical oncology is a steadily evolving field of medical practice and professional pathway for doctors, offering value, opportunity and challenge to those who chose this medical specialty. This study examines the experiences of a group of Australian medical oncologists, with an emphasis on their professional practice, career experiences, and existing and emerging challenges across career stages. METHODS: In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 22 medical oncologists, including advanced trainees, early-career consultants and senior consultants, focusing on: professional values and experiences; career prospects and pathways; and, the nexus of the characteristics of the profession and delivery of care...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891285/complex-perineal-trauma-with-anorectal-avulsion
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Adelina Maria Cruceru, Ionut Negoi, Sorin Paun, Sorin Hostiuc, Ruxandra Irina Negoi, Mircea Beuran
Introduction. The objective of this case report is to illustrate a severe perineal impalement injury, associated with anorectal avulsion and hemorrhagic shock. Results. A 32-year-old male patient was referred to our hospital for an impalement perineal trauma, associated with complex pelvic fracture and massive perineal soft tissue destruction and anorectal avulsion. On arrival, the systolic blood pressure was 85 mm Hg and the hemoglobin was 7.1 g/dL. The patient was transported to the operating room, and perineal lavage, hemostasis, and repacking were performed...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890535/partial-hepatectomy-hemodynamics-changes-experimental-data-explained-by-closed-loop-lumped-modeling
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Chloe Audebert, Mohamed Bekheit, Petru Bucur, Eric Vibert, Irene E Vignon-Clementel
The liver function may be degraded after partial liver ablation surgery. Adverse liver hemodynamics have been shown to be associated to liver failure. The link between these hemodynamics changes and ablation size is however poorly understood. This article proposes to explain with a closed-loop lumped model the hemodynamics changes observed during twelve surgeries in pigs. The portal venous tree is modeled with a pressure-dependent variable resistor. The variables measured, before liver ablation, are used to tune the model parameters...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865733/systolic-and-diastolic-unloading-by-mechanical-support-of-the-acute-vs-the-chronic-pressure-overloaded-right-ventricle
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Tom Verbelen, Daniel Burkhoff, Keiichiro Kasama, Marion Delcroix, Filip Rega, Bart Meyns
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) mechanical support is well described in cases of sudden increase in RV afterload. In cases of chronic RV pressure overload (e.g., pulmonary arterial hypertension), it has rarely been described. METHODS: The pulmonary artery was banded in 18 sheep. In the acute group (n = 9), we immediately implanted a Synergy Pocket Micro-Pump. Blood was withdrawn from the right atrium to the pulmonary artery. In the chronic group (n = 9), this pump was implanted 8 weeks after banding...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855113/comparison-of-novel-physiological-load-adaptive-control-strategies-for-ventricular-assist-devices
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Moriz Habigt, Maike Ketelhut, Jonas Gesenhues, Frank Schrödel, Marc Hein, Mare Mechelinck, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Dirk Abel, Rolf Rossaint
Terminal heart failure (HF) is the most prevalent cause of death in the Western world and the implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has become the gold standard therapy today. Most of the actually implanted devices are driven at a constant speed (CS) regardless of the patient's physiological demand. A new physiological controller [power ratio (PR) controller], which keeps a constant ratio between LVAD power and left ventricular power, a previous concept [preload responsive speed (PRS) controller], which adds a variable LVAD power to reach a defined stroke work, and a CS controller were compared with an unimpaired ventricle in a full heart computer simulation model...
November 17, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830731/pore-structure-characterization-of-chang-7-tight-sandstone-using-micp-combined-with-n2ga-techniques-and-its-geological-control-factors
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Zhe Cao, Guangdi Liu, Hongbin Zhan, Chaozheng Li, Yuan You, Chengyu Yang, Hang Jiang
Understanding the pore networks of unconventional tight reservoirs such as tight sandstones and shales is crucial for extracting oil/gas from such reservoirs. Mercury injection capillary pressure (MICP) and N2 gas adsorption (N2GA) are performed to evaluate pore structure of Chang-7 tight sandstone. Thin section observation, scanning electron microscope, grain size analysis, mineral composition analysis, and porosity measurement are applied to investigate geological control factors of pore structure. Grain size is positively correlated with detrital mineral content and grain size standard deviation while negatively related to clay content...
November 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
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