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March 2018: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Gregory D Bowden, Kirkwood M Land, Roberta M O'Connor, Heather M Fritz
The apicomplexan parasite Sarcocystis neurona is the primary etiologic agent of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a serious neurologic disease of horses. Many horses in the U.S. are at risk of developing EPM; approximately 50% of all horses in the U.S. have been exposed to S. neurona and treatments for EPM are 60-70% effective. Advancement of treatment requires new technology to identify new drugs for EPM. To address this critical need, we developed, validated, and implemented a high-throughput screen to test 725 FDA-approved compounds from the NIH clinical collections library for anti-S...
February 16, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Uma Mahesh R Avula, Jonathan J Hernandez, Masatoshi Yamazaki, Carmen R Valdivia, Antony Chu, Alvaro Rojas-Pena, Kuljeet Kaur, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, Justus M Anumonwo, Stanley Nattel, Héctor H Valdivia, Jérôme Kalifa
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms underlying spontaneous atrial fibrillation (AF) associated with atrial ischemia/infarction are incompletely elucidated. Here, we investigate the mechanisms underlying spontaneous AF in an ovine model of left atrial myocardial infarction (LAMI). METHODS AND RESULTS: LAMI was created by ligating the atrial branch of the left anterior descending coronary artery. ECG loop recorders were implanted to monitor AF episodes. In 7 sheep, dantrolene-a ryanodine receptor blocker-was administered in vivo during the 8-day observation period (LAMI-D, 2...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Takayuki Amano, Tatsuki Fukami, Takuo Ogiso, Daisuke Hirose, Jeffrey P Jones, Tsuyoshi Taniguchi, Miki Nakajima
Dantrolene is used for malignant hyperthermia during anesthesia, and it sometimes causes severe liver injury as a side effect. Dantrolene is metabolized to acetylaminodantrolene, which is formed via the reduction of dantrolene to aminodantrolene and subsequent acetylation. Formation of hydroxylamine during the metabolic process may be associated with liver injury. We identified the enzymes responsible for dantrolene metabolism in humans to elucidate the mechanism of liver injury. Dantrolene reductase activity was not detected in human liver microsomes, but it was detected in cytosol...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Rao Mukkavilli, Gajanan Jadhav, Subrahmanyam Vangala
BACKGROUND: Drug transporters function as gatekeepers and modulate drug access into the body and various tissues. Thus a thorough and precise understanding of transporter liability for compound uptake and efflux is critical during drug development. METHODS: In the present study, we assessed the apparent permeability (Papp) and compared the efflux ratio of various compounds in stably transfected Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCKII) cells overexpressing human P-gp (MDCKII-P-gp), human BCRP (MDCKII-BCRP), wild type (MDCKII-WT), and Caco-2 cell monolayers...
March 7, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
D Helf, D Schneiderbanger, C K Markus, S Johannsen, F Schuster
In a 59-year-old woman with a perforating eyeball injury to the right eye, the emergency physician induced a preclinical general anesthesia with propofol, fentanyl and the depolarizing muscle relaxant succinylcholine. Anesthesia was maintained using propofol and remifentanil infusion throughout the preoperative period and the subsequent surgical procedure. Postoperatively, isolated rhabdomyolysis with an increase in serum creatine kinase to >20,000 U/l was observed. The diagnosis of malignant hyperthermia (MH) susceptibility could be confirmed in the patient 4 months after the acute event by the in vitro contracture test and detection of the MH causative mutation p...
February 26, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
Patrycja Kaczara, Bartosz Proniewski, Christopher Lovejoy, Kamil Kuś, Roberto Motterlini, Andrey Y Abramov, Stefan Chlopicki
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) induce nitric oxide (NO) release (which requires NADPH), and Ca2+ -dependent signalling; however, their contribution in mediating endothelial responses is not clear. Here, we studied the effects of CO liberated from CORM-401 on NO production, calcium signalling and pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) activity in human endothelial cell line (EA.hy926). CORM-401 induced NO production and two types of calcium signalling: a peak-like calcium signal and a gradual increase in cytosolic calcium...
February 21, 2018: FEBS Journal
Dioneia Araldi, Eugen V Khomula, Luiz F Ferrari, Jon D Levine
Systemic fentanyl induces hyperalgesic priming, long-lasting neuroplasticity in nociceptor function characterized by prolongation of inflammatory mediator hyperalgesia. To evaluate priming at both nociceptor terminals, we studied, in male Sprague--Dawley rats, the effect of local administration of agents that reverse Type I (protein translation) or Type II (combination of Src and mitogen-activated protein kinase [MAPK]) priming. While at the central terminal, priming induced by systemic, intradermal or intrathecal fentanyl was reversed by the combination of Src and MAPK inhibitors, at the peripheral terminal it was reversed by the protein translation inhibitor...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Fernando Calado de Oliveira Camacho, Tânia Marina Lopes Amaral, Joana Irene de Barros Mourão
Schwartz-Jampel syndrome (SJS) is a rare genetic condition that is characterized by several musculoskeletal abnormalities, such as myotonia, joint contractures, and facial dysmorphisms. Patients with this syndrome can present an anesthetic challenge, due to an increased risk of developing malignant hyperthermia (MH) and the possibility of encountering a difficult airway. Several precautions must be taken when general anesthesia is required, such as the avoidance of potential triggers for MH, continuous core temperature, and end-tidal CO2 monitoring, assuring that dantrolene is readily available...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Shinichi Okuda, Yoko Sufu-Shimizu, Takayoshi Kato, Masakazu Fukuda, Shigehiko Nishimura, Tetsuro Oda, Shigeki Kobayashi, Takeshi Yamamoto, Sachio Morimoto, Masafumi Yano
AIMS: Cardiac Troponin T (TnT) mutation-linked familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (FHC) is known to cause sudden cardiac death at a young age. Here, we investigated the role of the Ca2+ release channel of the cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), ryanodine receptor (RyR2), in the pathogenic mechanism of lethal arrhythmia in FHC-related TnT-mutated transgenic mice (TG; TnT-delta160E). METHODS AND RESULTS: In TG cardiomyocytes, the Ca2+ spark frequency (SpF) was much higher than that in non-TG cardiomyocytes...
January 31, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mojtaba Keshavarz, Majid Reza Farrokhi, Atena Amiri
Purpose: Some reports have shown neuroprotective effects of caffeine in several neurodegenerative disorders. However, its mechanism of action is not completely clear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the interference of ryanodine, N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and adenosine modulators with the neuroprotective effects of caffeine against β-amyloid (Aβ) neurotoxicity in the SHSY5Y cells. Methods: The SHSY5Y cells were treated with Aβ23-35 (20µM) and/or caffeine (0.6 and 1mM), or both for 24 hours...
December 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Daphne Wy Li, Poh San Lai, Delice W Lee, Rita Yy Yong, Tat Leang Lee
INTRODUCTION: Sporadic clinical episodes of malignant hyperthermia (MH) that develop during general anaesthesia (GA) have been reported in Singapore. However, there is no published local report of a confirmed case of MH susceptibility (MHS) by skeletal muscle contracture tests and/or molecular tests. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We report 2 patients from an extended family who developed signs of clinical MH while under GA. The MH episodes were successfully treated with intravenous dantrolene sodium...
December 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Wout Füssenich, Sven Hirschfeld Araujo, Birgitt Kowald, Allard Hosman, Marc Auerswald, Roland Thietje
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, single centre cohort study. OBJECTIVES: To determine factors associated with ventilator weaning success and failure in patients with acute spinal cord injury (SCI); determine length of time and attempts required to wean from the ventilator successfully and determine the incidence of pneumonia. SETTING: BG Klinikum Hamburg, Level 1 trauma centre, SCI Department, Germany. METHODS: From 2010 until 2017, 165 consecutive patients with cervical SCI, initially dependent on a ventilator, were included and weaned discontinuously via tracheal cannula...
January 16, 2018: Spinal Cord
Gerrit Frommeyer, Julius Krawczyk, Christian Ellermann, Nils Bögeholz, Simon Kochhäuser, Dirk G Dechering, Michael Fehr, Lars Eckardt
AIMS: A significant antiarrhythmic potential of ryanodine receptor inhibition was reported in experimental studies. The aim of the present study was to assess potential antiarrhythmic effects of dantrolene in an experimental whole-heart model of drug-induced long-QT syndrome (LQTS). METHODS: In 12 isolated rabbit hearts long-QT-2-syndrome was simulated by infusion of erythromycin (300μM). 12 rabbit hearts were treated with veratridine (0.5μM) to mimic long-QT-3-syndrome...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Joshua P Whitt, Beth A McNally, Andrea L Meredith
Large conductance K+ (BK) channels are expressed widely in neurons, where their activation is regulated by membrane depolarization and intracellular Ca2+ (Ca2+i). To enable this regulation, BK channels functionally couple to both voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs) and channels mediating Ca2+ release from intracellular stores. However, the relationship between BK channels and their specific Ca2+ source for particular patterns of excitability is not well understood. In neurons within the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)-the brain's circadian clock-BK current, VGCC current, and Ca2+i are diurnally regulated, but paradoxically, BK current is greatest at night when VGCC current and Ca2+i are reduced...
December 13, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
Cheng-Wei Lu, Chi-Feng Hung, Wei-Horng Jean, Tzu-Yu Lin, Shu-Kuei Huang, Su-Jane Wang
Lycopene is a natural dietary carotenoid that was reported to exhibit a neuroprotective profile. Considering that excitotoxicity and cell death induced by glutamate are involved in many brain disorders, the effect of lycopene on glutamate release in rat cerebrocortical nerve terminals and the possible mechanism involved in such effect was investigated. We observed here that lycopene inhibited 4-aminopyridine (4-AP)-evoked glutamate release and intrasynaptosomal Ca2+ concentration elevation. The inhibitory effect of lycopene on 4-AP-evoked glutamate release was markedly reduced in the presence of the Cav 2...
December 7, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Yong Wang, Yun Shi, Huafeng Wei
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder and the most common cause of dementia among aged people whose population is rapidly increasing. AD not only seriously affects the patient's physical health and quality of life, but also adds a heavy burden to the patient's family and society. It is urgent to understand AD pathogenesis and develop the means of prevention and treatment. AD is a chronic devastating neurodegenerative disease without effective treatment. Current approaches for management focus on helping patients relieve or delay the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction...
August 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
Bernardo De Caro Martins, Bruno Benetti Junta Torres, Karen Maciel de Oliveira, Mario Sergio Lavor, Carla Maria Osório, Fabiola Bono Fukushima, Isabel Rodrigues Rosado, Eliane Gonçalves de Melo
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Damage to the spinal cord can result in irreversible impairment or complete loss of motor, sensory, and autonomic functions. Riluzole and dantrolene have been shown to provide neuroprotection by reducing neuronal apoptosis after brain and spinal cord injury (SCI) in several animal models of neurologic disorders. As these drugs protect the injured spinal cord through different mechanisms, we investigated the cumulative effects of riluzole and dantrolene. PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the neuroprotective efficacy of the combined administration of riluzole and dantrolene in experimental thoracic SCI...
November 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Renáta Šelešovská, Pavlína Martinková, Michaela Štěpánková, Tomáš Navrátil, Jaromíra Chýlková
Voltammetric behavior of muscle relaxant dantrolene sodium (DAN) was studied and the voltammetric methods for its determination using polished and mercury meniscus modified silver solid amalgam electrodes (p-AgSAE and m-AgSAE) as well as using bismuth film electrode (BiFE, ex situ plating on GCE) have been proposed. These working electrodes represent the most commonly used alternatives to mercury ones which come wrongfully into disfavor because of alleged toxicity of mercury. Within this work, the obtained results of DAN determination have been completed by corresponding statistical parameters and also some electrochemical characteristics of AgSAEs and BiFE were assessed, especially in comparison with the mercury electrodes...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Haseeb Valli, Shiraz Ahmad, Sujan Sriharan, Lydia D Dean, Andrew A Grace, Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Hugh R Matthews, Christopher L-H Huang
Acute RyR2 activation by exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) reversibly perturbs myocyte Ca2+ homeostasis, slows myocardial action potential conduction, and exerts pro-arrhythmic effects. Loose patch-clamp studies, preserving in vivo extracellular and intracellular conditions, investigated Na+ current in intact cardiomyocytes in murine atrial and ventricular preparations following Epac activation. Depolarising steps to varying test voltages activated typical voltage-dependent Na+ currents. Plots of peak current against depolarisation from resting potential gave pretreatment maximum atrial and ventricular currents of -20...
March 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
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