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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103138/discovery-of-a-novel-splice-variant-of-fcar-cd89-unravels-sequence-segments-necessary-for-efficient-secretion-a-story-of-bad-signal-peptides-and-good-ones-that-nevertheless-do-not-make-it
#1
Wai-Heng Lua, Wei-Li Ling, Chinh Tran-To Su, Joshua Yi Yeo, Chandra Shekhar Verma, Birgit Eisenhaber, Frank Eisenhaber, Samuel Ken-En Gan
The IgA receptor, Fcar (CD89) consists of five sequence segments: two segments (S1, S2) forming the potential signal peptide, two extracellular EC domains that include the IgA binding site, and the transmembrane and cytoplasmic tail (TM/C) region. Numerous Fcar splice variants have been reported with various combinations of the sequence segments mentioned above. Here, we report a novel splice variant termed variant APD isolated from a healthy volunteer that lacks only the IgA-binding EC1 domain. Despite possessing the complete signal peptide S1+S2, the variant APD is only found in the intracellular space whereas the wild-type variant 1 is efficiently secreted and variant 4 leaks to the extracellular space...
January 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094801/electronegative-ldl-mediated-cardiac-electrical-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#2
An-Sheng Lee, Wei-Yu Chen, Hua-Chen Chan, Ching-Hu Chung, Hsien-Yu Peng, Chia-Ming Chang, Ming-Jai Su, Chu-Huang Chen, Kuan-Cheng Chang
The mechanisms underlying chronic kidney disease (CKD)-associated higher risks for life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias remain poorly understood. In rats subjected to unilateral nephrectomy (UNx), we examined cardiac electrophysiological remodeling and relevant mechanisms predisposing to ventricular arrhythmias. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent UNx (n = 6) or sham (n = 6) operations. Eight weeks later, the UNx group had higher serum blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels and a longer electrocardiographic QTc interval than did the sham group...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091945/optimization-of-ingaas-inalas-avalanche-photodiodes
#3
Jun Chen, Zhengyu Zhang, Min Zhu, Jintong Xu, Xiangyang Li
In this paper, we report a two-dimensional (2D) simulation for InGaAs/InAlAs separate absorption, grading, charge, and multiplication avalanche photodiodes (SAGCM APDs) and study the effect of the charge layer and multiplication layer on the operating voltage ranges of APD. We find that with the increase of the thicknesses as well as the doping concentrations of the charge layer and the multiplication layer, the punchthrough voltage increases; with the increase of the doping concentrations of two layers and the thickness of the charge layer, the breakdown voltage decreases; with the increase of the thickness of the multiplication layer, the breakdown voltage first rapidly declines and then slightly rises...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090351/the-prevalence-and-practice-impact-of-weight-bias-amongst-australian-dietitians
#4
T M Diversi, R Hughes, K J Burke
OBJECTIVES: This study explored weight bias amongst Australian Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) and the effect of client weight status on dietetic practice. METHODS: Participants were 201 APDs, recruited using purposive sampling. A self-administered questionnaire, the fat phobia scale (FPS), was completed to assess explicit weight bias. Participants were then randomized to receive either a female within the healthy weight range or female with obesity, accompanied by an identical case study for a condition unrelated to weight...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087819/electrophysiologic-effects-of-the-ik1-inhibitor-pa-6-are-modulated-by-extracellular-potassium-in-isolated-guinea-pig-hearts
#5
Gregory S Hoeker, Mark A Skarsfeldt, Thomas Jespersen, Steven Poelzing
The pentamidine analog PA-6 was developed as a specific inward rectifier potassium current (IK1) antagonist, because established inhibitors either lack specificity or have side effects that prohibit their use in vivo. We previously demonstrated that BaCl2, an established IK1 inhibitor, could prolong action potential duration (APD) and increase cardiac conduction velocity (CV). However, few studies have addressed whether targeted IK1 inhibition similarly affects ventricular electrophysiology. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of PA-6 on cardiac repolarization and conduction in Langendorff-perfused guinea pig hearts...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072954/-clinical-and-immunological-analysis-of-patients-with-activated-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-%C3%AE-syndrome-resulting-from-pik3cd-mutation
#6
W J Tang, W Wang, Y Luo, Y P Wang, L Li, Y F An, L J Gou, M S Ma, T Y He, J Yang, X D Zhao, H M Song
Objective: To explore the clinical and immunological features, gene mutations, treatment and prognosis in patients with activated phosphoinositide 3-kinase δ syndrome (APDS) caused by PIK3CD gene heterozygous germline mutation. Method: The data of clinical, immunological phenotype, treatment, and prognosis of 15 patients with APDS, who visited Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, and Shenzhen Children's Hospital from June 2014 to November 2016, were collected and analyzed...
January 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062214/in-utero-exposure-to-atypical-antipsychotic-drug-risperidone-effects-on-fetal-neurotoxicity-in-hippocampal-region-and-cognitive-impairment-in-rat-offspring
#7
K P Singh, Manoj Kr Singh
Clinical studies indicate that about one-third of pregnant women with psychotic symptoms are exposed to either typical or atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs). Reports on prenatal subject/model are lacking hence, the present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of prenatal exposure to risperidone (RIS) on the fetal hippocampus, and their related functional changes in young rat offspring. In this study, pregnant Wistar rats were exposed to equivalent therapeutic doses of RIS at 0.8mg/kg, 1.0mg/kg, and 2...
January 4, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059947/sensitivity-of-computed-tomography-compared-with-that-of-magnetic-resonance-myelography-in-the-presurgical-diagnosis-of-foraminal-or-extraforaminal-entrapment-at-the-lumbosacral-junction
#8
Sung Ho Lee, Sang-Ho Lee, Soo-Beom Kim, Eun Soo Park, Soo-Nyung Kim, Ki-Hyoung Moon
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate and compare the sensitivities of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance myelography (MRM) in the presurgical diagnosis of foraminal or extraforaminal entrapment of the L5 nerve. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: CT is more clinically available than MRM. Foraminal or extraforaminal entrapment at the lumbosacral junction may cause L5 radiculopathy but is difficult to diagnose...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057773/inverse-remodelling-of-k2p3-1-k-channel-expression-and-action-potential-duration-in-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation-implications-for-patient-specific-antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy
#9
Constanze Schmidt, Felix Wiedmann, Xiao-Bo Zhou, Jordi Heijman, Niels Voigt, Antonius Ratte, Siegfried Lang, Stefan M Kallenberger, Chiara Campana, Alexander Weymann, Raffaele De Simone, Gabor Szabo, Arjang Ruhparwar, Klaus Kallenbach, Matthias Karck, Joachim R Ehrlich, István Baczkó, Martin Borggrefe, Ursula Ravens, Dobromir Dobrev, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) prevalence increases with advanced stages of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Remote proarrhythmic effects of ventricular dysfunction on atrial electrophysiology remain incompletely understood. We hypothesized that repolarizing K2P3.1 K(+ )channels, previously implicated in AF pathophysiology, may contribute to shaping the atrial action potential (AP), forming a specific electrical substrate with LV dysfunction that might represent a target for personalized antiarrhythmic therapy...
January 4, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056022/l-type-calcium-channel-inhibition-contributes-to-the-proarrhythmic-effects-of-aconitine-in-human-cardiomyocytes
#10
Jianjun Wu, Xiangchong Wang, Ying Ying Chung, Cai Hong Koh, Zhenfeng Liu, Huicai Guo, Qiang Yuan, Chuan Wang, Suwen Su, Heming Wei
Aconitine (ACO) is well-known for causing lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmias. While cardiac Na+ channel opening during repolarization has long been documented in animal cardiac myocytes, the cellular effects and mechanism of ACO in human remain unexplored. This study aimed to assess the proarrhythmic effects of ACO in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). ACO concentration-dependently (0.3 ~ 3.0 μM) shortened the action potentials (AP) durations (APD) in ventricular-like hiPSC-CMs by > 40% and induced delayed after-depolarization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054915/auditory-processing-disorder-as-the-sole-manifestation-of-a-cerebellopontine-and-internal-auditory-canal-lesion
#11
Vasiliki Vivian Iliadou, Nikos Eleftheriadis
BACKGROUND: Clinical importance of auditory processing disorder (APD) testing is often overlooked and regarded with skepticism given the challenging interpretation of results and the current growing debate of its nature and clinical entity. PURPOSE: Presentation of this case is highly educational as APD is the single clinical manifestation of a large cerebellopontine and internal auditory canal lesion. RESEARCH DESIGN: A case report. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: The patient underwent a standard audiological evaluation with normal results...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054696/unraveling-capillary-interaction-and-viscoelastic-response-in-atomic-force-microscopy-of-hydrated-collagen-fibrils
#12
Manuel R Uhlig, Robert Magerle
The mechanical properties of collagen fibrils depend on the amount and the distribution of water molecules within the fibrils. Here, we use atomic force microscopy (AFM) to study the effect of hydration on the viscoelastic properties of reconstituted type I collagen fibrils in air with controlled relative humidity. With the same AFM tip, we investigate the same area of a collagen fibril with two different force spectroscopy methods: force-distance (FD) and amplitude-phase-distance (APD) measurements. This allows us to separate the contributions of the fibril's viscoelastic response and the capillary force to the tip-sample interaction...
January 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051771/proarrhythmic-remodelling-of-the-right-ventricle-in-a-porcine-model-of-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#13
David Benoist, Virginie Dubes, François Roubertie, Stephen H Gilbert, Sabine Charron, Marion Constantin, Delphine Elbes, Delphine Vieillot, Bruno Quesson, Hubert Cochet, Michel Haïssaguerre, Caroline Rooryck, Pierre Bordachar, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Olivier Bernus
OBJECTIVE: The growing adult population with surgically corrected tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is at risk of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. We sought to investigate the contribution of right ventricular (RV) structural and electrophysiological remodelling to arrhythmia generation in a preclinical animal model of repaired TOF (rTOF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Pigs mimicking rTOF underwent cardiac MRI functional characterisation and presented with pulmonary regurgitation, RV hypertrophy, dilatation and dysfunction compared with Sham-operated animals (Sham)...
October 8, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050922/abdominal-paracentesis-drainage-improves-tolerance-of-enteral-nutrition-in-acute-pancreatitis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#14
Liang Hongyin, Huang Zhu, Wang Tao, Lin Ning, Liu Weihui, Cui Jianfeng, Yan Hongtao, Tang Lijun
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine whether abdominal paracentesis drainage (APD) could improve the administration of enteral nutrition (EN) in acute pancreatitis. METHODS: Between January 2015 and April 2016, a total of 161 acute pancreatitis patients were enrolled and randomly assigned to either the APD group or the non-APD group. Several indexes associated with the administration of EN, including the gastroparesis cardinal symptom index (GCSI), the incidence of gastrointestinal adverse events, and the clinical outcomes, were recorded...
January 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049825/tbx20-controls-the-expression-of-the-kcnh2-gene-and-of-herg-channels
#15
Ricardo Caballero, Raquel G Utrilla, Irene Amorós, Marcos Matamoros, Marta Pérez-Hernández, David Tinaquero, Silvia Alfayate, Paloma Nieto-Marín, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Qing-Hua Liu, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Todd Herron, Katherine F Campbell, David Filgueiras-Rama, Rafael Peinado, José L López-Sendón, José Jalife, Eva Delpón, Juan Tamargo
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) exhibits great phenotype variability among family members carrying the same mutation, which can be partially attributed to genetic factors. We functionally analyzed the KCNH2 (encoding for Kv11.1 or hERG channels) and TBX20 (encoding for the transcription factor Tbx20) variants found by next-generation sequencing in two siblings with LQTS in a Spanish family of African ancestry. Affected relatives harbor a heterozygous mutation in KCNH2 that encodes for p.T152HfsX180 Kv11.1 (hERG). This peptide, by itself, failed to generate any current when transfected into Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells but, surprisingly, exerted "chaperone-like" effects over native hERG channels in both CHO cells and mouse atrial-derived HL-1 cells...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042787/-predictive-factors-of-the-outcomes-of-prenatal-hydronephrosis
#16
Paolo Bragagnini, Blanca Estors, Reyes Delgado, Miguel Ángel Rihuete, Jesús Gracia
OBJECTIVES: To determine prenatal and postnatal independent predictors of poor outcome, spontaneous resolution, or the need for surgery in patients with prenatal hydronephrosis. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of patients with prenatal hydronephrosis. The renal pelvis APD was measured in the third prenatal trimester ultrasound, as well as in the first and second postnatal ultrasound. Other variables were taken into account, both prenatal and postnatal...
December 2016: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033679/peritoneal-dialysis-registry-with-2013-survey-report
#17
Ikuto Masakane, Takeshi Hasegawa, Satoshi Ogata, Naoki Kimata, Shigeru Nakai, Norio Hanafusa, Takayuki Hamano, Kenji Wakai, Atsushi Wada, Kosaku Nitta
Since 2009, the peritoneal dialysis (PD) registry has been carried out as part of the annual nationwide survey conducted by the Statistical Survey Committee of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy with the cooperation of the Japanese Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. In this study, the current status of PD patients is reported on the basis of the results of the survey conducted at the end of 2013. The subjects were PD patients who lived in Japan and participated in the 2013 survey. Descriptive analysis was performed for various items including the current status of the combined use of PD and another dialysis method such as hemodialysis (HD) or hemodiafiltration (HDF), the method of exchanging dialysate, the use of an automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) machine, and the incidences of peritonitis and catheter exit-site infection...
December 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012295/fitting-local-repolarization-parameters-in-cardiac-reaction-diffusion-models-in-the-presence-of-electrotonic-coupling
#18
Akshay Kota Aswath Kumar, Angelina Drahi, Vincent Jacquemet
BACKGROUND: Repolarization gradients contribute to arrhythmogenicity. In reaction-diffusion models of cardiac tissue, heterogeneities in action potential duration (APD) can be created by locally modifying an intrinsic membrane kinetics parameter. Electrotonic coupling, however, acts as a confounding factor that modulates APD dispersion. METHOD: We developed an algorithm based on a quasi-Newton method that iteratively adjusts the spatial distribution of a membrane parameter to reproduce a pre-defined target APD map in a coupled tissue...
December 18, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011703/optogenetic-termination-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-the-whole-heart-towards-biological-cardiac-rhythm-management
#19
Emile C A Nyns, Annemarie Kip, Cindy I Bart, Jaap J Plomp, Katja Zeppenfeld, Martin J Schalij, Antoine A F de Vries, Daniël A Pijnappels
AIMS: Current treatments of ventricular arrhythmias rely on modulation of cardiac electrical function through drugs, ablation or electroshocks, which are all non-biological and rather unspecific, irreversible or traumatizing interventions. Optogenetics, however, is a novel, biological technique allowing electrical modulation in a specific, reversible and trauma-free manner using light-gated ion channels. The aim of our study was to investigate optogenetic termination of ventricular arrhythmias in the whole heart...
December 23, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986658/kv%C3%AE-1-1-senses-pyridine-nucleotide-changes-in-the-mouse-heart-and-modulates-cardiac-electrical-activity
#20
Jared Tur, Kalyan C Chapalamadugu, Chris Katnik, Javier Cuevas, Aruni Bhatnagar, Srinivas M Tipparaju
The present study investigates the physiological role of Kvβ1 subunit for sensing pyridine nucleotide (NADH/NAD+) changes in the heart. We utilized Kvβ1.1 knockout or wild type mice and established that Kvβ1.1 preferentially binds with Kv4.2 and senses the pyridine nucleotide changes in the heart. The cellular action potential duration (APD) obtained from wild type cardiomyocytes showed longer APD's with lactate perfusion which increases intracellular NADH levels, while the APD's remained unaltered in the Kvβ1...
December 16, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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