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Jiyuan Zheng, Lai Wang, Di Yang, Jiadong Yu, Xiao Meng, Zhibiao Hao, Changzheng Sun, Bing Xiong, Yi Luo, Yanjun Han, Jian Wang, Hongtao Li, Mo Li, Qian Li
In ultra-high sensitive APDs, a vibrate of temperature might bring a fatal decline of the multiplication performance. Conventional method to realize a temperature-stable APD focuses on the optimization of device structure, which has limited effects. While in this paper, a solution by reducing the carrier scattering rate based on an GaN/AlN periodically-stacked structure (PSS) APD is brought out to improve temperature stability essentially. Transport property is systematically investigated. Compared with conventional GaN homojunction (HJ) APDs, electron suffers much less phonon scatterings before it achieves ionization threshold energy and more electrons occupy high energy states in PSS APD...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dapeng Jiang, Bingqiang Tang, Maosheng Xu, Houwei Lin, Longhu Jin, Lei He, Guofeng Xu, Xiaoliang Fang, Hongquan Geng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate changes in functional and morphological outcomes in children with prenatally diagnosed SFU grade 3-4 UPJO who underwent pyeloplasty at different ages. We also examined the effect of surgical wait time on recovery of renal function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients (age, 0-12 months) with prenatally diagnosed SFU grade 3-4 UPJO who underwent pyeloplasty in a single center between January 2013 and December 2015 were reviewed. 133 children were enrolled in this study...
October 17, 2016: Urology
Hao Xu, Manxi Zhao, Shenghui Liang, Quanshu Huang, Yunchuan Xiao, Liang Ye, Qinyi Wang, Longmei He, Lanxiang Ma, Hua Zhang, Li Zhang, Hui Jiang, Xiao Ke, Yuchun Gu
Puerarin, a known isoflavone, is commonly found as a Chinese herb medicine. It is widely used in China to treat cardiac diseases such as angina, cardiac infarction and arrhythmia. However, its cardioprotective mechanism remains unclear. In this study, puerarin significantly prolonged ventricular action potential duration (APD) with a dosage dependent manner in the micromolar range on isolated rat ventricular myocytes. However, submicromolar puerarin had no effect on resting membrane potential (RMP), action potential amplitude (APA) and maximal velocity of depolarization (Vmax) of action potential...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zhibin Wang, Xiao-Guang Luo, Chao Gao
In the clinic, the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) largely depends on clinicians' experience. When the diagnosis is made, approximately 80% of dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra (SN) have been lost. Additionally, it is rather challenging to differentiate PD from atypical parkinsonian disorders (APD). Clinially-available 3T conventional MRI contributes little to solve these problems. The pathologic alterations of parkinsonism show abnormal brain iron deposition, and therefore susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), which is sensitive to iron concentration, has been applied to find iron-related lesions for the diagnosis and differentiation of PD in recent decades...
2016: Translational Neurodegeneration
Tracy L Schumacher, Tracy L Burrows, Megan E Rollo, Neil J Spratt, Robin Callister, Clare E Collins
Dietary modifications can improve serum lipids and reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. However, attendance at multiple dietary consultations can be a barrier to achieving behaviour change. This study investigated the effectiveness of a brief dietetic intervention on CVD risk factors in hyperlipidaemic adults. Adults with total cholesterol ≥ 5.0 mmol/L or low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ≥ 4.0 mmol/L and not currently taking lipid-lowering medication were eligible for a minimum 6-week dietary intervention...
October 11, 2016: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Kyoko Nagao, Tammy Riegner, Jennifer Padilla, L Ashleigh Greenwood, Jessica Loson, Sarah Zavala, Thierry Morlet
BACKGROUND: Although auditory processing disorder (APD) is a widely recognized impairment, its prevalence and demographic characteristics are not precisely known in the pediatric population. PURPOSE: To examine the demographic characteristics of children diagnosed with APD at a tertiary health-care facility and the prevalence of pediatric APD. RESEARCH DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. STUDY SAMPLE: A total of 243 children (149 boys and 94 girls) who were referred to the Nemours Audiology Clinics in the Delaware Valley for an APD evaluation...
October 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Astrid Baljé, Anja Greeven, Anne van Giezen, Kees Korrelboom, Arnoud Arntz, Philip Spinhoven
BACKGROUND: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) with comorbid avoidant personality disorder (APD) has a high prevalence and is associated with serious psychosocial problems and high societal costs. When patients suffer from both SAD and APD, the Dutch multidisciplinary guidelines for personality disorders advise offering prolonged cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Recently there is increasing evidence for the effectiveness of schema therapy (ST) for personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder and cluster C personality disorders...
October 8, 2016: Trials
Mandy Rickard, Armando J Lorenzo, Luis H Braga
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential value of an objective assessment, renal parenchyma-to-hydronephrosis area ratio (PHAR), as an early predictor of surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Initial sagittal renal ultrasound images of patients prospectively entered into a prenatal hydronephrosis (PHN) database from January 2008-2016 with baseline SFU grades III and IV PHN, without vesicoureteral reflux, were evaluated using NIH-sponsored image-processing software. PHAR, APd, SFU grade and urinary tract dilation (UTD) risk categories were contrasted with nuclear scan data (differential renal function [DRF] and drainage time [t ½]), and analyzed for predictive value in determining the decision to proceed with surgery by drawing receiver operator characteristic curves...
October 3, 2016: Urology
Limin Hao, Oshrit Ben-David, Suzann M Babb, Anthony H Futerman, Bruce M Cohen, Edgar A Buttner
Defining the mechanisms of action of the anti-psychotic drug (APD), clozapine is of great importance, as clozapine is more effective and has therapeutic benefits in a broader range of psychiatric disorders than other APDs. Its range of actions have not been fully characterized. Exposure to APDs early in development causes dose-dependent developmental delay and lethality in C. elegans. A previous genome-wide RNAi screen for suppressors of clozapine-induced developmental delay and lethality revealed 40 candidate genes, including sms-1, which encodes a sphingomyelin synthase...
October 6, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ksenia Blinova, Jayna Stohlman, Jose Vicente, Dulciana Chan, Lars Johannesen, Maria P Hortigon-Vinagre, Victor Zamora, Godfrey Smith, William J Crumb, Li Pang, Beverly Lyn-Cook, James Ross, Mathew Brock, Stacie Chvatal, Daniel Millard, Loriano Galeotti, Norman Stockbridge, David G Strauss
BACKGROUND: Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CM) hold promise for assessment of drug-induced arrhythmias and are being considered for use under the Comprehensive in Vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied the effects of 26 drugs and 3 drug combinations on two commercially available iPSC-CM types using high-throughput voltage-sensitive dye (VSD) and microelectrode-array (MEA) assays being studied for the Comprehensive in Vitro Proarrhythmia Assessment (CiPA) initiative and compared the results to clinical QT prolongation and torsade de pointes (TdP) risk...
October 3, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Guillaume Bassil, Manuel Zarzoso, Sami F Noujaim
Variations in body mass impose constraints on the structure and function of mammalian species, including those of the cardiovascular system. Numerous biological processes, including cardiovascular parameters, have been shown to scale with body mass (BM) according to the law of allometric scaling: Y = Y =a∙BM(b) (Y, biological process; a, normalization constant; b, scaling exponent, which in many instances is a multiple of ¼). These parameters include heart and breathing rates, intervals and subintervals of the electrocardiogram (ECG), action potential duration (APD), metabolic rate, and temporal properties of ventricular fibrillation...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Abdullah K Al-Hwiesh, Ibrahiem S Abdul-Rahman, Abdul-Salam Noor, Mohammed A Nasr-El-Deen, Abdalla Abdelrahman, Tamer S El-Salamony, Fahd A Al-Muhanna, Khalid M Al-Otaibi, Nehad Al-Audah
♦ Objective: Metformin continues to be the safest and most widely used antidiabetic drug. In spite of its well-known benefits; metformin use in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is still restricted. Little has been reported about the effect of peritoneal dialysis (PD) on metformin clearance and the phantom of lactic acidosis deprives ESRD patients from metformin therapeutic advantages. Peritoneal dialysis is probably a safeguard against lactic acidosis, and it is likely that using this drug would be feasible in this group of patients...
September 28, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Jillian J Weeks, Lauren J Carlson, Hannah L Radabaugh, Patricia B de la Tremblaye, Corina O Bondi, Anthony E Kline
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)-induced agitation and aggression pose major obstacles to clinicians in the acute hospital and rehabilitation settings. Thus, management of these symptoms is crucial. Antipsychotic drugs (APDs) are a common treatment approach for alleviating these symptoms. However, previous preclinical TBI studies have indicated that daily and chronic administration of these drugs (e.g., haloperidol; HAL) can exacerbate cognitive and motor deficits. Quetiapine (QUE) is an atypical APD that differs from many typical APDs, such as HAL, in its relatively rapid dissociation from the D2 receptor...
September 21, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Jayson Hardcastle, Lisa Mills, Courtney S Malo, Fang Jin, Cheyne Kurokawa, Hirosha Geekiyanage, Mark Schroeder, Jann Sarkaria, Aaron J Johnson, Evanthia Galanis
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary malignant brain tumor and has a dismal prognosis. Measles virus (MV) therapy of GBM is a promising strategy due to preclinical efficacy, excellent clinical safety, and its ability to evoke antitumor pro-inflammatory responses. We hypothesized that combining anti- programmed cell death protein 1 (anti-PD-1) blockade and MV therapy can overcome immunosuppression and enhance immune effector cell responses against GBM, thus improving therapeutic outcome...
September 23, 2016: Neuro-oncology
Carlos Wiechers, Roberto Ramírez-Alarcón, Oscar R Muñiz-Sánchez, Pablo Daniel Yépiz, Alejandro Arredondo-Santos, Jorge G Hirsch, Alfred B U'Ren
We present a method designed to efficiently extract optical signals from InGaAs avalanche photodiodes (APDs) operated in gated mode. In particular, our method permits an estimation of the fraction of counts that actually results from the signal being measured, as opposed to being produced by noise mechanisms, specifically by afterpulsing. Our method in principle allows the use of InGaAs APDs at high detection efficiencies, with the full operation bandwidth, either with or without resorting to the application of a dead-time...
September 10, 2016: Applied Optics
Tatiana De Los Ríos, Juan Pérez-Martínez, Jose Portoles, Monika Lichodziejewska-Niemierko, Maite Rivera, Michał Nowicki, Andrzej Książek, Ana María Tato, Christine Bohnhorst, Mariano Feriani
Interference of conventional peritoneal dialysis fluids (cPDFs) with peritoneal membrane cell functions may be attributed to the dialysis fluid's low pH, high glucose concentration, and/or the presence of glucose degradation products (GDPs), the last of which leads to higher levels of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). It has been suggested that the peritoneal membrane might be better preserved by using biocompatible solutions, including cancer antigetn 125 (CA125). This prospective, open-label, multicentre, randomized, controlled, cross-over phase IV study compared the in vivo biocompatibility of a neutral-pH, low-GDP peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution (balance) with a cPDF in automated PD (APD) patients...
September 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Nico Hartmann, Steffen Pabel, Jonas Herting, Felix Schatter, André Renner, Jan Gummert, Hanna Schotola, Bernhard C Danner, Lars S Maier, Norbert Frey, Gerd Hasenfuss, Thomas H Fischer, Samuel Sossalla
BACKGROUND: Cardiac type 2 ryanodine receptors (RyR2s) play a pivotal role in cellular electrophysiology and contractility. Increased RyR2-mediated diastolic sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release is linked to heart failure (HF) and arrhythmias. Dantrolene, a drug used for the treatment of malignant hyperthermia, is known to stabilize RyRs in skeletal muscle. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of dantrolene on arrhythmogenic triggers and contractile function in human atrial fibrillation (AF) and HF cardiomyocytes (CM)...
September 17, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Kiyoshi Takasuna, Keiichi Asakura, Seiichi Araki, Hiroyuki Ando, Katsuyuki Kazusa, Takashi Kitaguchi, Takeshi Kunimatsu, Shinobu Suzuki, Norimasa Miyamoto
Recent increasing evidence suggests that the currently-used platforms in vitro IKr and APD, and/or in vivo QT assays are not fully predictive for TdP, and do not address potential arrhythmia (VT and/or VF) induced by diverse mechanisms of action. In addition, other cardiac safety liabilities such as functional dysfunction of excitation-contraction coupling (contractility) and structural damage (morphological damage to cardiomyocytes) are also major causes of drug attrition, but current in vitro assays do not cover all these liabilities...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Aleksandra Nikolić-Kokić, Ana Mijušković, Nikola Tatalović, Jelena Nestorov, Marko Miler, Zorana Oreščanin-Dušić, Milan Nikolić, Verica Milošević, Duško Blagojević, Mihajlo Spasić, Čedo Miljević
The use of atypical antipsychotic drugs (APD) was reported to be associated with adverse effects on the kidneys. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine whether APD exerted their adverse effects by interfering with the renal antioxidant defense system. Male 3-mo-old Wistar rats were treated for 28 d with ziprasidone (ZIP), clozapine (CLO), or sertindole (SER) using a daily dose recommended for antipsychotic drug therapy. The expression and activities of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) type 1 and type 2, catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR), and glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) activity were measured in the kidneys...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Adonis Sfera, Carolina Osorio, Luzmin Inderias, Michael Cummings
BACKGROUND: Exposed to antipsychotic drugs (APDs), older individuals with dementing illness are at risk of cerebrovascular adverse effects (CVAE), including sudden death. Transient microvascular dysfunctions are known to occur in younger persons exposed to APDs; however, they seldom progress to CVAE, suggesting that APDs alone are insufficient for engendering this untoward effect. It is, therefore, believed that a preexistent microvascular damage is necessary for CVAE to take place, but the exact nature of this lesion remains unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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