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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436840/a-parametric-computational-model-of-the-action-potential-of-pacemaker-cells
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Weiwei Ai, Nitish Patel, Partha Roop, Avinash Malik, Sidharta Andalam, Eugene Yip, Nathan Allen, Mark Trew
OBJECTIVE: A flexible, efficient and verifiable pacemaker cell model is essential to the design of real-time virtual hearts that can be used for closed-loop validation of cardiac devices. A new parametric model of pacemaker action potential is developed to address this need. METHODS: The action potential phases are modeled using hybrid automaton (HA) with one piecewise-linear continuous variable. The model can capture ratedependent dynamics, such as action potential duration (APD) restitution, conduction velocity (CV) restitution, and overdrive suppression by incorporating non-linear update functions...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431800/genetic-predictors-of-antipsychotic-response-to-lurasidone-identified-in-a-genome-wide-association-study-and-by-schizophrenia-risk-genes
#2
Jiang Li, Akane Yoshikawa, Mark D Brennan, Timothy L Ramsey, Herbert Y Meltzer
Biomarkers which predict response to atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs) increases their benefit/risk ratio. We sought to identify common variants in genes which predict response to lurasidone, an AAPD, by associating genome-wide association study (GWAS) data and changes (Δ) in Positive And Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) scores from two 6-week randomized, placebo-controlled trials of lurasidone in schizophrenia (SCZ) patients. We also included SCZ risk SNPs identified by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium using a polygenic risk analysis...
April 18, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428741/assessing-auditory-processing-deficits-in-tinnitus-and-hearing-impaired-patients-with-the-auditory-behavior-questionnaire
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Isabel Diges, Francisco Simón, Pedro Cobo
Background and Purpose: Auditory processing disorders (APD), tinnitus and hearing loss (HL) are typical issues reported by patients in audiologic clinics. These auditory impairments can be concomitant or mutually excluding. APD are not necessarily accompanied by significant HL, whereas many adults exhibit peripheral HL and typical cognitive deficits often associated with APD. Since HL, tinnitus and APD affects to several parts of the ascending auditory pathway from the periphery to the auditory cortex, there could be some interrelationship between them...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416190/flow-mediated-dilatation-and-progression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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R Lee, K Bellamkonda, A Jones, N Killough, F Woodgate, M Williams, I Cassimjee, A Handa
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Biomarker(s) for prediction of the future progression rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) may be useful to stratify the management of individual patients. AAAs are associated with features of systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Flow mediated dilatation (FMD) of the brachial artery is a recognised non-invasive measurement for endothelial function. We hypothesised that FMD is a potential biomarker of AAA progression and reflects the temporal changes of endothelial function during AAA progression...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414363/signal-restoration-method-for-restraining-the-range-walk-error-of-geiger-mode-avalanche-photodiode-lidar-in-acquiring-a-merged-three-dimensional-image
#5
Lu Xu, Yu Zhang, Yong Zhang, Long Wu, Chenghua Yang, Xu Yang, Zijing Zhang, Yuan Zhao
The fluctuation in the number of signal photoelectrons will cause a range walk error in a Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode (Gm-APD) lidar, which significantly depends on the target intensity. For a nanosecond-pulsed laser, the range walk error of traditional time-of-flight will cause deterioration. A new signal restoration method, based on the Poisson probability response model and the center-of-mass algorithm, is proposed to restrain the range walk error. We obtain a high-precision depth and intensity merged 3D image using this method...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414178/short-and-long-term-effects-of-risperidone-on-catalepsy-sensitisation-and-acquisition-of-conditioned-avoidance-response-adolescent-vs-adult-rats
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Aung Aung Kywe Moe, Gregory A Medely, Timothy Reeks, Thomas H J Burne, Darryl W Eyles
The effects of antipsychotic drugs (APDs) on the adolescent brain are poorly understood despite a dramatic increase in prescription of these drugs in adolescents over the past twenty years. Neuronal systems continue to be remodeled during adolescence. Therefore, when given in adolescence, antipsychotic drugs (APDs) have the potential to affect this remodeling. In this study we investigated the effects of chronic 22-day risperidone treatment (1.3mg/kg/day) in both adolescent and adult rats. We examined short- and long-term changes in behaviour (catalepsy, locomotion and conditioned avoidance response (CAR)), and dopaminergic and serotonergic neurochemistry in the striatum and the nucleus accumbens...
April 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414062/novel-pik3cd-mutations-affecting-n-terminal-residues-of-p110%C3%AE-cause-apds1-in-humans
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Andrew J Takeda, Yu Zhang, Gillian L Dornan, Braden D Siempelkamp, Meredith L Jenkins, Helen F Matthews, Joshua J McElwee, Weimin Bi, Filiz O Seeborg, Helen C Su, John E Burke, Carrie L Lucas
APDS is a newly described and prevalent primary immunodeficiency disease, and we now expand the list of mutation sites to include E81K and G124D of p110δ and uncover an intramolecular mechanism of activation that is inhibited by clinically relevant targeting of p110δ.
April 13, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413888/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-danish-test-battery-for-auditory-processing-disorder-in-children
#8
Ellen Raben Pedersen, Berit Dahl-Hansen, Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, Christian Brandt
OBJECTIVE: This study presents a Danish test battery for auditory processing disorder (APD). The tests were evaluated as to normative cut-off values (pass-fail criteria) and their test-retest reliability. DESIGN: The battery consists of four behavioural tests: the filtered words (FW) test, the dichotic digits (DD) test, the gap detection (GD) test and the binaural masking level difference (BMLD) test. The tests were evaluated through listening experiments on children with no known history of auditory problems...
April 15, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396172/role-of-suppression-of-the-inward-rectifier-current-ik1-on-terminal-action-potential-repolarization-in-the-failing-heart
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Michael G Klein, Matie Shou, Jayna Stohlman, Soroosh Sohljoo, Myles Haigney, Richard R Tidwell, Robert E Goldstein, Thomas P Flagg, Mark C Haigney
BACKGROUND: The failing heart exhibits an increased arrhythmia susceptibility that is often attributed to action potential (AP) prolongation due to significant ion channel remodeling. IK1 has been reported to be reduced, but its contribution to shaping the AP waveform and cell excitability in the failing heart remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To define the effect of IK1 suppression on the cardiac AP and excitability in the normal and failing heart. METHODS: We used electrophysiological and pharmacological approaches to investigate IK1 function in a swine tachy-pacing model of heart failure...
April 7, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388572/combination-gitr-targeting-pd-1-blockade-with-vaccination-drives-robust-antigen-specific-antitumor-immunity
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Daniel O Villarreal, Diana Chin, Melissa A Smith, Leopoldo L Luistro, Linda A Snyder
Tumor progression is facilitated immunologically by mechanisms that include low antigen expression, an absence of coimmunostimulatory signals, and the presence of regulatory T cells (Tregs), all of which act to suppress and restrict effector T cells in the tumor. It may be possible to overcome these conditions by a combination of modulatory immunotherapy agents and tumor-antigen targeting to activate and drive effective antitumor T cell responses. Here, we demonstrated that co-administration of aGITR and aPD-1 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) in combination with a peptide vaccine (Vax) in mice bearing established tumors significantly delayed tumor growth and induced complete regression in 50% of the mice...
March 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374413/beneficial-effects-of-leptin-treatment-in-a-setting-of-cardiac-dysfunction-induced-by-transverse-aortic-constriction-in-mouse
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Nieves Gómez-Hurtado, Alejandro Domínguez-Rodríguez, Philippe Mateo, Maria Fernandez-Velasco, Almudena Val-Blasco, Rafael Aizpún, Jessica Sabourin, Ana Maria Gómez, Jean-Pierre Benitah, Carmen Delgado
KEY POINTS: Leptin, is a 16 kDa pleiotropic peptide, primary secreted by adipocytes, but also produced by other tissues including the heart. Controversy exists regarding the adverse and beneficial effects of Leptin on the heart We analysed the effect of a non-hypertensive dose of leptin on cardiac function, [Ca(2+) ]i handling and cellular electrophysiology, which participate in the genesis of pump failure and related arrhythmias both in control mice and in mice subjected to chronic pressure-overload by transverse aorta constriction We find that Leptin activates mechanisms that contribute to cardiac dysfunction in physiological conditions...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373127/rp5063-an-atypical-antipsychotic-drug-with-a-unique-pharmacologic-profile-improves-declarative-memory-and-psychosis-in-mouse-models-of-schizophrenia
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Lakshmi Rajagopal, Sunoh Kwon, Mei Huang, Eric Michael, Laxminarayan Bhat, Marc Cantillon, Herbert Y Meltzer
Various types of atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs) modestly improve the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS). RP5063 is an AAPD with a diverse and unique pharmacology, including partial agonism at dopamine (DA) D2, D3, D4, serotonin (5-HT)1A, and 5-HT2A receptors (Rs), full agonism at α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh)R (nAChR), and antagonism at 5-HT2B, 5-HT6, and 5-HT7Rs. Most atypical APDs are 5-HT2A inverse agonists. The efficacy of RP5063 in mouse models of psychosis and episodic memory were studied...
March 31, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371959/ultrasonographic-evaluation-of-uterine-involution-in-the-early-puerperium
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Juliana Hocevar Kristoschek, Renato Augusto Moreira de Sá, Fernanda Campos da Silva, Guillermo Coca Vellarde
Purpose Our aim was to describe the changes observed by ultrasonography in uterine dimensions during the early puerperium among women who experienced an uncomplicated puerperium. Additionally, the influence of parity, mode of delivery, breastfeeding and birth weight on uterine involution was evaluated. Methods Ninety-one patients underwent an ultrasound examination on days 1 (D1), 2 (D2) and 7 (D7) of the postpartum period. The longitudinal, anteroposterior and transverse uterine diameters were measured, and the uterine volume was calculated by the formula: longitudinal diameter (LD) X anteroposterior diameter (APD) X transverse diameter (TD) X 0...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371805/restitution-slope-is-principally-determined-by-steady-state-action-potential-duration
#14
Michael J Shattock, Kyung Chan Park, Hsiang-Yu Yang, Angela Wc Lee, Steve Niederer, Kenneth T MacLeod, James Winter
AimsThe steepness of the action potential duration (APD) restitution curve and local tissue refractoriness are both thought to play important roles in arrhythmogenesis. Despite this, there has been little recognition of the apparent association between steady-state APD and the slope of the restitution curve. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that restitution slope is determined by APD and to examine the relationship between restitution slope, refractoriness and susceptibility to VF.Methods and ResultsExperiments were conducted in isolated hearts and ventricular myocytes from adult guinea pigs and rabbits...
March 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366347/sleep-disturbance-in-pediatric-patients-on-automated-peritoneal-dialysis
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Cláudia Gomes, Lia Oliveira, Rosário Ferreira, Carla Simão
OBJECTIVE: There are few reports describing sleep disturbance (SD) in children on automated peritoneal dialysis (APD), and they are mostly based on the application of questionnaires. As far as we know, only two studies used polysomnography (PSG), the gold standard for the diagnosis of SD. This is the first study assessing SD in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on APD in our country. METHODS: This was an observational and descriptive study. Children up to 18 years of age who had undergone APD for a minimum of three months were considered eligible...
April 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360783/the-relationship-between-aggression-and-serum-thyroid-hormone-level-in-individuals-diagnosed-with-antisocial-personality-disorder
#16
Alper Evrensel, Barış Önen Ünsalver, Aytekin Özşahin
INTRODUCTION: Aggression is one of the leading clinical characteristics of antisocial personality disorder (APD). Studies aiming to clarify and control the biological basis of aggression are ongoing. Thyroid hormones have been indicated to play a role in the development of aggression. The aim of this study was to examine the level of aggression and serum thyroid hormone in a sample of APD and to make contributions to this field with the current findings. METHODS: The sample consisted of 96 subjects with a diagnosis of APD and 97 subjects as a control group...
June 2016: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348100/effects-of-conversion-to-a-bicarbonate-lactate-buffered-neutral-ph-low-gdp-pd-regimen-in-prevalent-pd-a-2-year-randomized-clinical-trial
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Karima Farhat, Caroline Douma, Evelina Ferrantelli, Pieter M Ter Wee, Robert H Beelen, Frans J van Ittersum
♦ Background: The use of pH-neutral peritoneal dialysis (PD) fluids low in glucose degradation products (GDP) may better preserve the peritoneal membrane and have fewer systemic effects. The effects of conversion from conventional to neutral-pH, low-GDP PD fluids in prevalent patients are unclear. Few studies on the role of neutral-pH, low-GDP PD have studied residual renal function, ultrafiltration, peritonitis incidence and technique failure, transport characteristics, and local and systemic markers of inflammation in prevalent PD patients...
March 27, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347261/dopamine-d4-receptor-stimulation-contributes-to-novel-object-recognition-relevance-to-cognitive-impairment-in-schizophrenia
#18
Masanori Miyauchi, Nichole M Neugebauer, Herbert Y Meltzer
Several atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs) have high affinity for the dopamine (DA) D4 receptor, but the relevance to the efficacy for the treatment of cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS) is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of D4 receptor stimulation or blockade on novel object recognition (NOR) in normal rats and on the sub-chronic phencyclidine (PCP)-induced novel object recognition deficit. The effect of the D4 agonist, PD168077, and the D4 antagonist, L-745,870, were studied alone, and in combination with clozapine and lurasidone...
April 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346034/evidence-of-binaural-integration-benefits-following-aria-training-for-children-and-adolescents-diagnosed-with-amblyaudia
#19
Deborah Moncrieff, William Keith, Maria Abramson, Alicia Swann
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the efficacy of Auditory Rehabilitation for Interaural Asymmetry (ARIA) to improve dichotic listening scores in children and adolescents diagnosed with amblyaudia and other binaural integration deficits. DESIGN: The study is a field experiment without randomisation. STUDY: Participants placed into groups based on dichotic listening test scores received four sessions of ARIA training. Baseline scores were compared to performance during the final session of training and to scores obtained 2 or more months after completion of ARIA...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343398/an-anti-programmed-death-1-antibody-%C3%AE-pd-1-fusion-protein-that-self-assembles-into-a-multivalent-and-functional-%C3%AE-pd-1-nanoparticle
#20
Peng Zhao, Djordje Atanackovic, Shuyun Dong, Hideo Yagita, Xiao He, Mingnan Chen
Cancer immune checkpoint therapy has achieved remarkable clinical successes in various cancers. However, current immune checkpoint inhibitors block the checkpoint of not only the immune cells that are important to cancer therapy but also the immune cells that are irrelevant to the therapy. Such an indiscriminate blockade limits the efficacy and causes the autoimmune toxicity of the therapy. It might be beneficial to use a carrier to target immune checkpoint inhibitors to cancer-reactive immune cells. Here, we explore a method to load the inhibitors into carriers...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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