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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821956/effects-of-ageing-on-pro-arrhythmic-ventricular-phenotypes-in-incrementally-paced-murine-pgc-1%C3%AE-hearts
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Shiraz Ahmad, Haseeb Valli, Charlotte E Edling, Andrew A Grace, Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Christopher L-H Huang
A range of chronic clinical conditions accompany cardiomyocyte energetic dysfunction and constitute independent risk factors for cardiac arrhythmia. We investigated pro-arrhythmic and arrhythmic phenotypes in energetically deficient C57BL mice with genetic ablation of the mitochondrial promoter peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1β (Pgc-1β), a known model of ventricular arrhythmia. Pro-arrhythmic and cellular action potential (AP) characteristics were compared in intact Langendorff-perfused hearts from young (12-16 week) and aged (> 52 week), wild-type (WT) and Pgc-1β (-/-) mice...
August 18, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817266/engineering-multifunctionality-in-hybrid-polyoxometalates-aromatic-sulfonium-octamolybdates-as-excellent-photochromic-materials-and-self-separating-catalysts-for-epoxidation
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Ashwani Kumar, Abhishek Kumar Gupta, Manisha Devi, Kenneth E Gonsalves, Chullikkattil P Pradeep
Engineering multifunctionality in hybrid polyoxometalates (hybrid POMs) is an interesting but scarcely explored topic. Herein, we set about engineering two important materials properties, viz., photochromism and self-separating catalysis, in a hybrid POM by modulating the counterion motif. A series of six aromatic sulfonium counterions have been developed on the basis of an aromatic sulfonium counterion motif that allows structural and electronic fine-tuning by changing substituents at multiple locations. Using the aromatic sulfonium counterions and sodium molybdate, six new aromatic sulfonium octamolybdate hybrids (1-6) having formulas (HPDS)4[Mo8O26] (1), (HMPDS)4[Mo8O26] (2), (MPDS)4[Mo8O26] (3), (APDS)4[Mo8O26] (4), (AMPDS)4[Mo8O26] (5), and (MAPDS)4[Mo8O26] (6) (where HPDS = (4-hydroxyphenyl)dimethylsulfonium, HMPDS = (4-hydroxy-2-methylphenyl)dimethylsulfonium, MPDS = (4-methoxyphenyl)dimethylsulfonium, APDS = (4-(allyloxy)phenyl)dimethylsulfonium, AMPDS = (4-(allyloxy)-2-methylphenyl)dimethylsulfonium and MAPDS = (4(methacryloyloxy)phenyl)dimethylsulfonium) have been synthesized, and their structures were confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction and ESI-MS analyses...
August 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815597/cardiac-action-potential-repolarization-re-visited-early-repolarization-shows-all-or-none-behaviour
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Beatriz Trenor, Karen Cardona, Javier Saiz, Denis Noble, Wayne Giles
In healthy mammalian hearts the action potential (AP) waveform initiates and modulates each contraction, or heartbeat. As a result, action potential height and duration are key physiological variables. In addition, rate-dependent changes in ventricular action potential duration (APD), and variations in APD at a fixed heart rate, are both reliable biomarkers of electrophysiological stability. Present guidelines for the likelihood that candidate drugs will increase arrhythmias rely on small changes in APD and Q-T intervals as criteria for Safety Pharmacology decisions...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812984/modelling-the-effects-of-quinidine-disopyramide-and-e-4031-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-3-in-the-human-ventricles
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Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is an inherited cardiac channelopathy, but at present little information is available on its pharmacological treatment. SQT3 variant (linked to the inward rectifier potassium current IK1) of SQTS, results from a gain-of-function mutation (Kir2.1 D172N) in the KCNJ2-encoded channels, which is associated with ventricular fibrillation (VF). Using biophysically-detailed human ventricular computer models, this study investigated the potential effects of quinidine, disopyramide, and E-4031 on SQT3...
August 16, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810895/understanding-the-cluster-randomised-crossover-design-a-graphical-illustraton-of-the-components-of-variation-and%C3%A2-a-sample-size%C3%A2-tutorial
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Sarah J Arnup, Joanne E McKenzie, Karla Hemming, David Pilcher, Andrew B Forbes
BACKGROUND: In a cluster randomised crossover (CRXO) design, a sequence of interventions is assigned to a group, or 'cluster' of individuals. Each cluster receives each intervention in a separate period of time, forming 'cluster-periods'. Sample size calculations for CRXO trials need to account for both the cluster randomisation and crossover aspects of the design. Formulae are available for the two-period, two-intervention, cross-sectional CRXO design, however implementation of these formulae is known to be suboptimal...
August 15, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804444/intrinsic-and-antipsychotic-drug-induced-metabolic-dysfunction-in-schizophrenia
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Zachary Freyberg, Despoina Aslanoglou, Ripal Shah, Jacob S Ballon
For decades, there have been observations demonstrating significant metabolic disturbances in people with schizophrenia including clinically relevant weight gain, hypertension, and disturbances in glucose and lipid homeostasis. Many of these findings pre-date the use of antipsychotic drugs (APDs) which on their own are also strongly associated with metabolic side effects. The combination of APD-induced metabolic changes and common adverse environmental factors associated with schizophrenia have made it difficult to determine the specific contributions of each to the overall metabolic picture...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795269/an-initial-differential-renal-function-between-35-and-40-has-greater-probability-of-leading-to-normal-after-pyeloplasty-in-patients-with-unilateral-pelvic-ureteric-junction-obstruction
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Guofeng Xu, Maosheng Xu, Jianqi Ma, Zhoutong Chen, Dapeng Jiang, Zhihua Hong, Houwei Lin, Xiaoliang Fang, Liguo Wang, Lei He, Hongquan Geng
PURPOSE: We compared the outcomes in patients who were <1 year old and had hydronephrosis with SFU grade 3-4 PUJ obstruction to observe the potential recovery of renal morphology and DRF after successful pyeloplasty. METHODS: All children younger than 1 year old with SFU grade 3-4 PUJ obstruction from January 2013 to June 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. A total of 92 children were grouped according to their DRF value at pyeloplasty as follows: DRF from 30 to ≤35% (group I) and DRF from 35 to ≤40% (group II)...
August 9, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793354/-central-auditory-processing-disorder-grand-rounds-multiple-cases-multiple-causes-multiple-outcomes
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Cynthia McCormick Richburg, Samuel R Atcherson, Ursula M Findlen, Sarah Wakefield, Natalie J Benafield
Purpose: The purpose of this article was to provide multiple examples of how (central) auditory processing disorder ([C]APD) is being evaluated and treated at various audiology clinics throughout the United States. Method: The authors present 5 cases highlighting the diagnosis and treatment of (C)APD in children and adults. Similarities and differences between these cases have been showcased through detailed histories, evaluation protocol, and treatment options...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782490/unmet-needs-in-schizophrenia
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Maurizio Pompili, Herbert Y Meltzer
The objectives of this article are to describe current trends in the treatment of schizophrenia and the most interesting new approaches to optimizing outcome and fostering the development of new schizophrenia treatments. RESULTS: Increasing utilization of diverse types of atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs), e.g. clozapine-type serotonin (5-HT)2A and weak dopamine (DA) D2 antagonist, amisulpride, a D2/D3/5-HT7 antagonist, and cariprazine, a D3 partial agonist with additional neurotransmitter targets, is occurring as their advantages in efficacy, especially for cognitive impairment and mood symptoms, and side effects is becoming appreciated...
August 3, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780600/the-anti-influenza-drug-oseltamivir-reduces-atrial-fibrillation-in-an-experimental-whole-heart-model
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Gerrit Frommeyer, André Mittelstedt, Julian Wolfes, Christian Ellermann, Simon Kochhäuser, Patrick Leitz, Dirk G Dechering, Lars Eckardt
Recent experimental studies suggested direct effects of the anti-influenza drug oseltamivir on cardiac electrophysiology. We therefore aimed at analyzing potential antiarrhythmic effects of oseltamivir on atrial fibrillation (AF) in an experimental whole-heart model. Twelve rabbit hearts were isolated and Langendorff perfused. Thereafter, hearts were paced at cycle lengths of 350, 250, and 200 ms in the atrium. A standardized protocol employing atrial burst pacing induced AF in 4 of 12 hearts under baseline conditions (33%, 11 episodes)...
August 6, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763460/inhibitory-effects-and-mechanism-of-dihydroberberine-on-herg-channels-expressed-in-hek293-cells
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Dahai Yu, Lin Lv, Li Fang, Bo Zhang, Junnan Wang, Ge Zhan, Lei Zhao, Xin Zhao, Baoxin Li
The human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) potassium channel conducts rapid delayed rectifier potassium currents (IKr) and contributes to phase III cardiac action potential repolarization. Drugs inhibit hERG channels by binding to aromatic residues in hERG helixes. Berberine (BBR) has multiple actions, and its hydrogenated derivative dihydroberberine (DHB) is a potential candidate for developing new drugs. Previous studies have demonstrated that BBR blocks hERG channels and prolongs action potential duration (APD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758583/new-trends-in-the-treatment-of-schizophrenia
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Herbert Y Meltzer
The objectives of this article are to describe current trends in the treatment of schizophrenia and the most interesting new approaches to optimizing outcome and fostering the development of new schizophrenia treatments. RESULTS: Increasing utilization of diverse types of atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs), e.g. clozapine-type serotonin (5-HT)2A and weak dopamine (DA) D2 antagonist, amisulpride, a D2/D3/5-HT7 antagonist, and cariprazine, a D3 partial agonist with additional neurotransmitter targets, is occurring as their advantages in efficacy, especially for cognitive impairment and mood symptoms, and side effects is becoming appreciated...
July 28, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756098/phenotypic-variability-in-lqt3-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-and-their-response-to-antiarrhythmic-pharmacologic-therapy-an-in-silico-approach
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Michelangelo Paci, Elisa Passini, Stefano Severi, Jari Hyttinen, Blanca Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are in vitro models with the clear advantages of their human origin and suitability for human disease investigations. However, limitations include their incomplete characterization and variability reported in different cell lines and laboratories. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate in silico ionic mechanisms potentially explaining the phenotypic variability of hiPSC-CMs in long QT syndrome type 3 (LQT3) and their response to antiarrhythmic drugs...
July 27, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754522/finding-patients-using-similarity-measures-in-a-rare-diseases-oriented-clinical-data-warehouse-dr-warehouse-and-the-needle-in-the-needle-stack
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Garcelon Nicolas, Neuraz Antoine, Benoit Vincent, Salomon Rémi, Kracker Sven, Suarez Felipe, Bahi-Buisson Nadia, Hadj-Rabia Smail, Fischer Alain, Munnich Arnold, Burgun Anita
OBJECTIVE: In the context of rare diseases, it may be helpful to detect patients with similar medical histories, diagnoses and outcomes from a large number of cases with automated methods. To reduce the time to find new cases, we developed a method to find similar patients given an index case leveraging data from the electronic health records. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used the clinical data warehouse of a children academic hospital in Paris, France (Necker-Enfants Malades), containing about 400,000 patients...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748880/incident-elderly-patients-on-peritoneal-dialysis-epidemiological-characteristics-and-modality-impact-on-survival-time
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Marcia R G Franco, Marcus G Bastos, Abdul R Qureshi, Alyne Schreider, Kleyton de Andrade Bastos, Jose C Divino-Filho, Natalia M S Fernandes
Aging of the population and the increased prevalence of diseases such as diabetes and arterial hypertension result in an increasing need of dialysis treatment. Herein we describe a cohort of elderly patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD) and assess the influence of the modality on the long-term survival. Out of a multicenter prospective cohort of 2,144 BRAZPD PD incident patients during a period from December 2004 to October 2007, 762 elderly adults, defined as patients ≥65-year-old, were eligible for the study, 413 started on automated PD (APD) and 349 on continuous ambulatory PD (CAPD)...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746810/beat-to-beat-variability-of-cardiac-action-potential-duration-underlying-mechanism-and-clinical-implications
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Péter P Nánási, János Magyar, András Varró, Balázs Ördög
Beat-to-beat variability of cardiac action potential duration (short term variability, SV) is a common feature of various cardiac preparations, including the human heart. Although it is believed to be one of the best arrhythmia predictors, the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood at present. The magnitude of SV is basically determined by the intensity of cell-to-cell coupling in multicellular preparations and by the duration of the action potential (APD). To compensate for the APD-dependent nature of SV, the concept of relative SV (RSV) has been introduced by normalizing the changes of SV to the concomitant changes in APD...
July 26, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745309/a-quantitative-and-efficient-approach-to-select-miru-vntr-loci-based-on-accumulation-of-the-percentage-differences-of-strains-for-discriminating-divergent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-sublineages
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Xin-Ling Pan, Chun-Lei Zhang, Chie Nakajima, Jin Fu, Chang-Xia Shao, Li-Na Zhao, Jia-Yi Cui, Na Jiao, Chang-Long Fan, Yasuhiko Suzuki, Toshio Hattori, Di Li, Hong Ling
Although several optimal mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units-variable number tandem repeat (MIRU-VNTR) loci have been suggested for genotyping homogenous Mycobacterium tuberculosis, including the Beijing genotype, a more efficient and convenient selection strategy for identifying optimal VNTR loci is needed. Here 281 M. tuberculosis isolates were analyzed. Beijing genotype and non-Beijing genotypes were identified, as well as Beijing sublineages, according to single nucleotide polymorphisms. A total of 22 MIRU-VNTR loci were used for genotyping...
July 26, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734073/differential-calcium-sensitivity-in-nav-1-5-mixed-syndrome-mutants
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Mena Abdelsayed, Alban-Elouen Baruteau, Karen Gibbs, Shubhayan Sanatani, Andrew D Krahn, Vincent Probst, Peter C Ruben
INTRODUCTION: Inherited arrhythmias may arise from mutations in the SCN5a gene, which encodes the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel, NaV 1.5. Mutants in NaV 1.5 result in Brugada Syndrome (BrS1), Long-QT Syndrome (LQT3), or mixed syndromes (an overlap of BrS1/LQT3). Exercise is a potential arrhythmogenic trigger in mixed syndromes. We sought to determine the effects of elevated cytosolic calcium, common during exercise, in mixed syndrome NaV 1.5 mutants. METHODS: We used whole-cell patch-clamp to assess the biophysical properties of NaV 1...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732740/exposure-survey-of-trends-in-occupational-practice-expo-s-t-o-p-2015-a-national-survey-of-sharps-injuries-and-mucocutaneous-blood-exposures-among-health-care-workers-in-us-hospitals
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T Grimmond, L Good
BACKGROUND: National blood exposure (BE) surveys are valuable to health care facilities striving to reduce percutaneous sharps injuries (SIs) or mucocutaneous (MC) exposures among their health care workers (HCWs). In the Exposure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice (EXPO-S.T.O.P.) 2015 we surveyed hospital BE incidence among members of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare. METHODS: A 23-item electronic survey requested 2015 data on total SI and MC; SI in nurses, doctors, and surgery; staffed beds; teaching status; full time equivalent staff (FTE), nurse FTE, average daily census (ADC), and adjusted patient days (APD)...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722644/children-diagnosed-with-auditory-processing-disorder-and-their-parents-a-qualitative-study-about-perceptions-of-living-with-apd
#20
Sarah Lawton, Suzanne C Purdy, Rose Thomas Kalathottukaren
BACKGROUND: Negative psychosocial consequences have been reported for children with auditory processing disorder (APD). The current literature surrounding APD does not sufficiently address the emotional and psychological consequences of living with the disorder. It is recommended that data be collected from multiple sources, including the child living with APD. Subjective reports of the perceptions of children with APD and their families have real-life validity and can inform clinical decisions and guide future research...
July 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
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