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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109210/surgical-repair-of-moderate-ischemic-mitral-regurgitation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mahesh Anantha Narayanan, Saurabh Aggarwal, Yogesh N V Reddy, Venkata M Alla, Janani Baskaran, Arun Kanmanthareddy, Rakesh M Suri
Introduction Moderate mitral regurgitation (MR) of ischemic etiology has been associated with worse outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Studies comparing concomitant mitral valve replacement/repair (MVR/Re) with CABG and standalone CABG have reported conflicting results. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the published literature. Patients and Methods We searched using PubMed, Cochrane, EMBASE, CINAHL, and Google scholar databases from January 1960 to June 2016 for clinical trials comparing CABG to CABG + MVR/Re for moderate MR...
January 21, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109206/proposal-of-mucilaginibacter-galii-sp-nov-isolated-from-leaves-of-galium-album
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Ebru L Aydogan, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Gerald Moser, Christoph Müller, Peter Kämpfer, Stefanie P Glaeser
A pale pink pigmented, Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, non-spore forming bacterial strain, PP-F2F-G47T, was isolated from the phyllosphere of the herbaceous plant Galium album. Phylogenetic analysis based on nearly full-length 16S rRNA gene sequence showed highest sequence similarity to type strains of the species Mucilaginibacter daejeonensis (96.2 %), Mucilaginibacter dorajii (95.7 %), and Mucilaginibacter phyllosphaerae (95.5 %). 16S rRNA gene-sequence similarities to all other type strains were below 95...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109199/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-dermatology-the-skin-the-brain-and-the-invisible
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REVIEW
Simon M Mueller, Samuel Hogg, Jannis Mueller, Shane McKie, Peter Itin, Julia Reinhardt, Christopher E M Griffiths, C Elise Kleyn
The skin and brain have a close bi-directional anatomical and functional connection. Historically, the skin-brain axis and the brain-skin axis have been well described. However, brain function in this context has only recently been demystified with the introduction of functional neuroimaging in dermatology. Functional neuroimaging, especially functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), allows indirect visualisation of brain function. This review looks back to the beginnings of functional neuroimaging in dermatology, summarises the currently available dermatology-related fMRI-studies and discusses the potential future role of fMRI as a stratifying tool in clinical dermatology and in the development of novel therapies...
January 21, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109185/folding-of-intrinsically-disordered-plant-lea-proteins-is-driven-by-glycerol-induced-crowding-and-the-presence-of-membranes
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Anne Bremer, Martin Wolff, Anja Thalhammer, Dirk K Hincha
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are related to cellular dehydration tolerance. Most LEA proteins are predicted to have no stable secondary structure in solution, i.e. to be intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), but they may acquire α-helical structure upon drying. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana the LEA proteins COR15A and COR15B are highly induced upon cold treatment and are necessary for the plants to attain full freezing tolerance. Freezing leads to increased intracellular crowding due to dehydration by extracellular ice crystals...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109183/chloride-ion-transport-and-overexpression-of-tmem16a-in-a-guinea-pig-asthma-model
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Mitsuko Kondo, Mayoko Tsuji, Kaori Hara, Ken Arimura, Osamitsu Yagi, Etsuko Tagaya, Kiyoshi Takeyama, Jun Tamaoki
BACKGROUND: TMEM16A, a Ca-activated Cl channel, regulates various physiological functions such as mucin secretion. However, the role of TMEM16A in hypersecretion in asthma is not fully understood. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate Cl ion transport via TMEM16A and determine the localization of TMEM16A in a guinea pig asthma model. METHODS: Guinea pigs were sensitized with OVA ip. on Day 1 and Day 8. On Day 22, we assessed OVA challenge-induced Cl ion transport in the sensitized tracheas ex vivo in an Ussing chamber, compared with the non-sensitized tracheas...
January 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109174/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-nac-cooperates-with-sam37-to-mediate-early-stages-of-mitochondrial-protein-import
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J Carlos Ponce-Rojas, M Clara Avendaño-Monsalve, A Roberto Yañez-Falcón, Fabiola Jaimes-Miranda, Erika Garay, Francisco Torres-Quiroz, Alexander DeLuna, Soledad Funes
The mitochondrial proteome is mostly composed of nuclear-encoded proteins. Such polypeptides are synthesized with signals that guide their intracellular transport to the surface of the organelle and later within the different mitochondrial sub-compartments until they reach their functional destination. It has been suggested that NAC - a cytosolic chaperone which recognizes nascent chains on translationally active ribosomes - has a role in the import of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the NAC-mediated co-translational import are still not clear...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109162/odontoblastic-differentiation-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-from-healthy-and-carious-teeth-on-an-original-pcl-based-3d-scaffold
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A Louvrier, E Euvrard, L Nicod, G Rolin, F Gindraux, L Pazart, C Houdayer, P Y Risold, F Meyer, C Meyer
AIMS: To isolate and characterize Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSCs) obtained from carious and healthy mature teeth extracted when conservative treatment was not possible or for orthodontic reasons; to evaluate the ability of DPSCs to colonize, proliferate, and differentiate into functional odontoblast-like cells when cultured onto a polycaprolactone cone made by jet-spraying and prototyped into a design similar to a gutta-percha cone. METHODOLOGY: DPSCs were obtained from 9 carious and 12 healthy mature teeth...
January 21, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109159/activity-dependent-regulation-of-t-type-calcium-channels-by-submembrane-calcium-ions
#8
Magali Cazade, Isabelle Bidaud, Philippe Lory, Jean Chemin
Voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels are involved in numerous physiological functions and various mechanisms finely tune their activity, including the Ca(2+) ion itself. This is well exemplified by the Ca(2+)-dependent inactivation of L-type Ca(2+) channels, whose alteration contributes to the dramatic disease Timothy Syndrome. For T-type Ca(2+) channels, a long-held view is that they are not regulated by intracellular Ca(2+). Here we challenge this notion by using dedicated electrophysiological protocols on both native and expressed T-type Ca(2+) channels...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109158/using-the-volta-phase-plate-with-defocus-for-cryo-em-single-particle-analysis
#9
Radostin Danev, Dimitry Tegunov, Wolfgang Baumeister
Previously, we reported an in-focus data acquisition method for cryo-EM single particle analysis with the Volta phase plate (VPP) (Danev and Baumeister, 2016). Here, we extend the technique to include a small amount of defocus which enables contrast transfer function measurement and correction. This hybrid approach simplifies the experiment and increases the data acquisition speed. It also removes the resolution limit inherent to the in-focus method thus allowing 3D reconstructions with resolutions better than 3 Å...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109157/concerted-regulation-of-iswi-by-an-autoinhibitory-domain-and-the-h4-n-terminal-tail
#10
Johanna Ludwigsen, Sabrina Pfennig, Ashish K Singh, Christina Schindler, Nadine Harrer, Ignasi Forné, Martin Zacharias, Felix Mueller-Planitz
ISWI-family nucleosome remodeling enzymes need the histone H4 N-terminal tail to mobilize nucleosomes. Here we mapped the H4-tail binding pocket of ISWI. Surprisingly the binding site was adjacent to but not overlapping with the docking site of an auto-regulatory motif, AutoN, in the N-terminal region (NTR) of ISWI, indicating that AutoN does not act as a simple pseudosubstrate as suggested previously. Rather, AutoN cooperated with a hitherto uncharacterized motif, termed AcidicN, to confer H4-tail sensitivity and discriminate between DNA and nucleosomes...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109143/-decreased-number-and-immune-activity-of-splenic-t-lymphocytes-in-mice-exposed-to-hypoxia-at-high-altitude
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Xiaona Zhang, Jidong Li, Fangjie Hu, Shilan Gao, Xiaoyan Pu, Sheng Yong
Objective To explore the changes of splenic T lymphocyte subsets and functions in mice under high-altitude hypoxic conditions. Methods After mice were exposed to an altitude of 400 m, 2200 m and 4200 m for 30 days, ELISA was used to detect the concentrations of interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) in the cultured splenocyte supernatant; MTT assay was used to analyze the proliferation of splenic T lymphocytes; flow cytometry was performed to examine the alterations of splenic T lymphocyte subsets...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109138/adaptations-in-the-microarchitecture-and-load-distribution-of-maternal-cortical-and-trabecular-bone-in-response-to-multiple-reproductive-cycles-in-rats
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Chantal M J de Bakker, Allison R Altman-Singles, Yihan Li, Wei-Ju Tseng, Connie Li, X Sherry Liu
Pregnancy, lactation, and weaning result in dramatic changes in maternal calcium metabolism. In particular, the increased calcium demand during lactation causes a substantial degree of maternal bone loss. This reproductive bone loss has been suggested to be largely reversible, as multiple clinical studies have found that parity and lactation history have no adverse effect on post-menopausal fracture risk. However, the precise effects of pregnancy, lactation, and post-weaning recovery on maternal bone structure are not well understood...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109135/assessing-the-hydroxyl-radical-and-volatilization-roles-in-the-aquatic-fate-estimations-of-sulfur-heterocycles-dibenzothiophene-derivatives
#13
Parichehr Saranjampour, Kevin L Armbrust, Brian D Marx
Polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles (PASHs) and their alkyl derivatives can be released into aquatic systems via crude oil spills or via runoff from petroleum treated areas such as asphalt. Dibenzothiophene (DBT) and its derivatives, C1-DBT, C2-DBT, and C4-DBT were chosen as model compounds to investigate the relative impact of volatilization and hydroxyl radical degradation on estimates of their overall dissipation after entry into aquatic ecosystems as a function of depth using the Exposure Analysis Modeling System (EXAMS)...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109132/echocardiographic-assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-horses-and-in-horses-with-heart-disease-using-pulsed-wave-tissue-doppler-imaging
#14
T R Koenig, K J Mitchell, C C Schwarzwald
BACKGROUND: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is not well established in horses with heart disease. OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of pulsed-wave (PW) TDI for the assessment of LV function, establish reference intervals, investigate effects of mitral regurgitation (MR), aortic regurgitation (AR), and primary myocardial disease (MD), and provide proof of concept for the use of PW TDI in Warmblood horses with heart disease...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109131/changes-in-serum-creatinine-concentration-and-acute-kidney-injury-aki-grade-in-dogs-treated-with-hydroxyethyl-starch-130-0-4-from-2013-to-2015
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N E Sigrist, N Kälin, A Dreyfus
BACKGROUND: Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solutions may cause acute kidney injury (AKI) in humans. OBJECTIVE: To compare AKI grades in 94 dogs exposed and 90 dogs that were unexposed to 6% HES-130/0.4. ANIMALS: Dogs receiving 6% HES-130/0.4 (HES cohort) or crystalloids (unexposed cohort) between 2013 and 2015. METHODS: Historical cohort study. Diagnosis, total cumulative dose and total mL/kg of HES administered, time frame of HES administration and serum creatinine concentrations up to 90 days after initiation of HES treatment were retrospectively reviewed...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109129/vsl-3-probiotic-differently-influence-iec-6-intestinal-epithelial-cell-status-and-function
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REVIEW
Benedetta Cinque, Cristina La Torre, Francesca Lombardi, Paola Palumbo, Zoran Evtoski, Silvano Jr Santini, Stefano Falone, Annamaria Cimini, Fernanda Amicarelli, Maria Grazia Cifone
The data here reported introduce the wound-healing assay as a tool for testing probiotics aimed at protecting gastrointestinal mucosal surfaces and to verify the consistency of their manufacturing. At the scope, we compared the in vitro effects of two multi-strain high concentration formulations both commercialized under the same brand VSL#3 but sourced from different production sites (USA and Italy) on a non-transformed small-intestinal epithelial cell line, IEC-6. The effects on cellular morphology, viability, migration, and H2 O2 -induced damage, were assessed before and after the treatment with both VSL#3 formulations...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109125/evaluation-of-left-atrial-function-via-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-ectasia
#17
Hasan Aghajani, Mohsen Faal, Ali Hosseinsabet, Reza Mohseni-Badalabadi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is a segmental dilation of an epicardial coronary artery. Our aim was to evaluate the left atrial (LA) function in patients with CAE. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients with CAE and 33 subjects without significant coronary artery disease were included in our study. LA function was evaluated with two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). RESULTS: The systolic, early diastolic and late diastolic strains and strain rates were not statistically significantly different between the two groups...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109123/sodium-butyrate-protects-against-high-fat-diet-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-and-metabolic-disorders-in-type-ii-diabetic-mice
#18
Ling Zhang, Jianfeng Du, Naohiro Yano, Hao Wang, Yu Tina Zhao, Dubielecka-Szczerba Patricia, Shougang Zhuang, Eugene Y Chin, Gangjian Qin, Ting C Zhao
Histone deacetylases are recently identified to act as key regulators for cardiac pathophysiology and metabolic disorders. However, the function of histone deacetylase (HDAC) in controlling cardiac performance in type II diabetes and obesity remains unknown. Here we determine whether HDAC inhibition attenuates high fat diet (HFD)-induced cardiac dysfunction and improves metabolic features. Adult mice were fed with either HFD or standard chow food for 24 weeks. Starting at 12 weeks, mice were divided into four groups randomly, in which sodium butyrate (1%), a potent HDAC inhibitor, was provided to chow and HFD-fed mice in drinking water, respectively...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109119/serotonin-transporter-protects-the-placental-cells-against-apoptosis-in-caspase-3-independent-pathway
#19
Coedy Hadden, Tariq Fahmi, Anthonya Cooper, Alena V Savenka, Vladimir V Lupashin, Drucilla J Roberts, Luc Maroteaux, Sylvie Hauguel-de Mouzon, Fusun Kilic
Serotonin (5-HT) and its specific transporter, SERT play important roles in pregnancy. Using placentas dissected from 18d gestational SERT-knock out (KO), peripheral 5-HT (TPH1)-KO and wild-type (WT) mice, we explored the role of 5-HT and SERT in placental functions in detail. An abnormal thick band of fibrosis and necrosis under the giant cell layer in SERT-KO placentas appeared only moderately in TPH1-KO and minimally present in WT placentas. The majority of the changes were located at the junctional zone of the placentas in SERT...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109117/lipid-profiling-of-parkin-mutant-human-skin-fibroblasts
#20
Simona Lobasso, Paola Tanzarella, Daniele Vergara, Michele Maffia, Tiziana Cocco, Angela Corcelli
Parkin mutations are a major cause of early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). The impairment of protein quality control system together with defects in mitochondria and autophagy process are consequences of the lack of parkin, which leads to neurodegeneration. Little is known about the role of lipids in these alterations of cell functions. In the present study parkin-mutant human skin primary fibroblasts have been considered as cellular model of PD to investigate on possible lipid alterations associated with the lack of parkin protein...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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