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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779297/cardiac-rhythm-management-devices
#1
Irene Stevenson, Alex Voskoboinik
BACKGROUND: The last decade has seen ongoing evolution and use of cardiac rhythm management devices, including pacemakers, cardiac resynchronisation therapy, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and loop recorders. General practitioners are increasingly involved in follow-up and management of patients with these devices. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of different cardiac rhythm management devices, including their role, implant procedure, post-procedural care, potential complications and follow‑up...
May 2018: Australian journal of general practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779256/hierarchical-bi2te3-nanostrings-green-synthesis-and-their-thermoelectric-properties
#2
Shuyan Song, Yu Liu, Qishun Wang, Jing Pan, Yabin Sun, Lingling Zhang
Bi2Te3 hierarchical nanostrings have been synthesized through a solvothermal approach with the assistance of sucrose. The hierarchical Bi2Te3 was supposed to be fabricated through a self-assembly process. Te nanorods first emerge with the reduction of TeO32- followed by heterogeneous nucleation of Bi2Te3 nanoplates on the surface and tips of Te nanorods. Te nanorods further transform into Bi2Te3 nanorods simultaneously with the nanoplates' growth leading to a hierarchical structure. Through controlling the reaction kinetics by adding different amount of ethylene glycol, the length of nanorods and the number of nanoplates could be tailored...
May 20, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779238/the-role-of-transbronchial-cryobiopsy-in-lung-transplantation
#3
M Angeles Montero, Javier de Gracia, Mario Culebras, Jacqueline Mugnier, Antonio Álvarez, Cristina Berastegui, Cristian Ortiz-Villalón
INTRODUCTION: Lung transplant monitoring is usually assessed by forceps transbronchial biopsies. These types of biopsies show limited reliability and high degree of variability due to insufficient material and compression artefact, which lead to misinterpretation and eventually mistreatment of the transplanted patients. The following study was undertaken to assess the diagnostic yield, histological quality and safety of cryobiopsy in comparison with conventional forceps biopsy for sampling lung tissue in transplant recipients...
May 19, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779233/long-term-high-intensity-sound-stimulation-inhibits-h-current-i-h-in-ca1-pyramidal-neurons
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A O S Cunha, C C Ceballos, J L de Deus, R M Leão
Afferent neurotransmission to hippocampal pyramidal cells can lead to long-term changes to their intrinsic membrane properties and affect many ion currents. One of the most plastic neuronal currents is the hyperpolarization activated cationic current (Ih ), which changes in CA1 pyramidal cells in response to many types of physiological and pathological processes, including auditory stimulation. Recently we demonstrated that long-term potentiation (LTP) in rat hippocampal Schaffer-CA1 synapses is depressed by high-intensity sound stimulation...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779229/codeinone-reductase-isoforms-with-differential-stability-efficiency-and-product-selectivity-in-opium-poppy
#5
Mehran Dastmalchi, Limei Chang, Miguel A Torres, Kenneth K S Ng, Peter J Facchini
Codeinone reductase (COR) catalyzes the reversible NADPH-dependent reduction of codeinone to codeine as the penultimate step of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). COR also irreversibly reduces neopinone, which forms by spontaneous isomerization in aqueous solution from codeinone, to neopine. In a parallel pathway involving 3-O-desmethylated analogs, COR converts morphinone to morphine, and neomorphinone to neomorphine. Similar to neopine, neomorphine formation by COR is irreversible...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779223/gene-editing-vectors-for-studying-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-cholinergic-transmission
#6
Can Peng, Yijin Yan, Veronica J Kim, Staci E Engle, Jennifer N Berry, J Michael McIntosh, Rachael L Neve, Ryan M Drenan
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), prototype members of the cys-loop ligand gated ion channel family, are key mediators of cholinergic transmission in the central nervous system. Despite their importance, technical gaps exist in our ability to dissect the function of individual subunits in the brain. To overcome these barriers, we designed CRISPR/Cas9 small guide RNA sequences (sgRNAs) for production of loss-of-function alleles in mouse nAChR genes. These sgRNAs were validated in vitro via deep sequencing...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779219/immunohistochemical-and-molecular-analysis-of-spitzoid-neoplasms-with-pulverocyte-subclones
#7
S M Amin, A M Haugh, J A Bubley, A E Verzì, E A Merkel, C Y Lee, V L Quan, E M Garfield, L M Sholl, B Zhang, P Gerami
BACKGROUND: Clonal naevi are characterized by a focal proliferation of pigmented melanocytes in an otherwise banal naevus. These subclones are often composed of aggregates of larger, epithelioid melanocytes with nuclear atypia and dusty-grey cytoplasmic pigmentation, which are referred to as 'pulverocytes', and this finding may lead to a misdiagnosis of malignant melanoma (MM). AIM: To characterize the significance of subclones of dusty-grey pigmented epithelioid melanocytes within spitzoid neoplasms...
May 20, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779209/gata3-hypermethylation-and-foxp3-hypomethylation-are-associated-with-sustained-protection-and-bystander-effect-following-epicutaneous-immunotherapy-in-peanut-sensitized-mice
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Lucie Mondoulet, Vincent Dioszeghy, Florence Busato, Camille Plaquet, Véronique Dhelft, Kevin Bethune, Laurence Leclere, Christian Daviaud, Mélanie Ligouis, Hugh Sampson, Christophe Dupont, Jörg Tost
BACKGROUND: Epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) is a promising method for treating food allergies. In animal models, EPIT induces sustained unresponsiveness and prevents further sensitization mediated by Tregs. Here, we elucidate the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effect of EPIT, by characterizing the kinetics of DNA methylation changes in sorted cells from spleen and blood and by evaluating its persistence and bystander effect compared to oral immunotherapy (OIT). METHODS: BALB/c mice orally sensitized to peanut proteins (PPE) were treated by EPIT using a PPE-patch or by PPE-OIT...
May 19, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779201/clinical-acceptability-of-trimetazidine-modified-release-80-mg-once-daily-versus-trimetazidine-modified-release-35-mg-twice-daily-in-stable-angina-pectoris
#9
Yuri M Pozdnyakov
INTRODUCTION: Trimetazidine (TMZ) is an anti-ischemic metabolic agent that has been shown to be efficacious in angina treatment, both in monotherapy and in combination. A new formulation of TMZ modified-release (MR) 80 mg was developed, which is to be taken once daily (od), instead of twice daily (bid) for the currently available TMZ MR 35 mg, with the aim of simplifying the medication regimen. METHODS: The present study was an international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group phase III study with a 12-week treatment period...
May 19, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779198/redeveloping-substance-abuse-treatment-for-military-personnel
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REVIEW
Christian Schrader, Antoinette Lenton, Peter Gertonson, Alexander Rahimi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the prevailing evidence surrounding treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), with specific focus on alcohol, tobacco, and prescription opiates, and how it informs guidelines for treating active duty military. We survey the evidence regarding preventive screening, treatment, and relapse prevention in substance misuse as it pertains to patient-centered care of the service member. RECENT FINDINGS: Holistic, patient-centered care with an emphasis on identifying maladaptive use or dependence prior to progression to chronic disease is now recognized as the evidenced approach to treating substance use disorders...
May 19, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779179/clinical-outcomes-of-complete-revascularization-using-either-angiography-guided-or-fractional-flow-reserve-guided-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-in-non-culprit-vessels-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-insights-from-a-study-based-on-a-systematic
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REVIEW
Alexandre Hideo-Kajita, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Kayode O Kuku, Solomon S Beyene, Viana Azizi, Yael F Meirovich, Gebremedhin D Melaku, Aaphtaab Dheendsa, Echo J Brathwaite, Sameer Desale, Mohammad Soud, Kazuhiro Dan, Yuichi Ozaki, Ron Waksman, Michael Lipinski
Current guidelines recommend that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) should be restricted to the culprit vessel in ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients with multi-vessel disease (MVD) and without cardiogenic shock. However, newer data suggests that performing complete revascularization (CR) in MVD patients may lead to better outcomes compared to intervention in the culprit vessel only. The aim of this meta-analysis is to examine the available data to determine if CR (using either angio- or fractional flow reserve guidance-FFR) following primary PCI in STEMI patients without cardiogenic shock impacts clinical outcomes...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779175/anthocyanins-improve-hippocampus-dependent-memory-function-and-prevent-neurodegeneration-via-jnk-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-signaling-in-lps-treated-adult-mice
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Muhammad Sohail Khan, Tahir Ali, Min Woo Kim, Myeung Hoon Jo, Jong Il Chung, Myeong Ok Kim
Microglia plays a critical role in the brain and protects neuronal cells from toxins. However, over-activation of microglia leads to deleterious effects. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) has been reported to affect neuronal cells via activation of microglia as well as directly to initiate neuroinflammation. In the present study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effect of anthocyanins against LPS-induced neurotoxicity in an animal model and in cell cultures. Intraperitoneal injections of LPS (250 μg/kg/day for 1 week) induce ROS production and promote neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration which ultimately leads to memory impairment...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779141/socioeconomic-factors-and-individual-lifestyles-influencing-the-incidence-of-patella-fractures-a-national-population-based-survey-in-china
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Yanbin Zhu, Song Liu, Wei Chen, Lin Wang, Xiaolin Zhang, Yingze Zhang
BACKGROUND: We aimed to do a national survey on the population-based incidence of patella fractures and related risk factors fracture in China. METHODS: All the data on patella fractures were available from the China National Fracture Survey (CNFS) between January and May in 2015. And in the CNFS, all eligible household members were selected from 24 urban cities and 24 rural counties of eight provinces of China, with stratified random sampling and the probability proportional to size method used...
May 19, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779116/a-holistic-approach-to-factors-affecting-depression-in-haemodialysis-patients
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REVIEW
Georgia Gerogianni, Anastasios Kouzoupis, Eirini Grapsa
Depression in dialysis populations is affected by co-morbid diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immune dysfunction, and it also includes high suicide risk and frequent hospitalizations. Depressive disorders have a close association with malnutrition and chronic inflammation, as well as with cognitive impairment. Impaired cognitive function may be manifested as low adherence to dialysis treatment, leading to malnutrition. Additionally, chronic pain and low quality of sleep lead to high rates of depressive symptoms in haemodialysis patients, while an untreated depression can cause sleep disturbances and increased mortality risk...
May 19, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779104/alternative-splicing-of-the-xmas-mrna-encoding-the-mrna-export-protein-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#15
D V Kopytova, Yu V Il'in, E N Nabirochkina
It is shown that Drosophila melanogaster has Xmas mRNA whose alternative splicing leads to the formation of three transcripts: Xmas, Xmas-2, and Xmas-1. As a result, three proteins are synthesized: Xmas, Xmas-2, and, presumably, Xmas-1. The size of the Xmas protein is close to the size of its homologue in humans. Adult flies contain large amounts of this protein, whereas in embryos it is absent.
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779079/preparation-and-adsorption-characteristics-for-heavy-metals-of-active-silicon-adsorbent-from-leaching-residue-of-lead-zinc-tailings
#16
Chang Lei, Bo Yan, Tao Chen, Xian-Ming Xiao
To comprehensively reuse the leaching residue obtained from lead-zinc tailings, an active silicon adsorbent (ASA) was prepared from leaching residue and studied as an adsorbent for copper(II), lead(II), zinc(II), and cadmium(II) in this paper. The ASA was prepared by roasting the leaching residue with either a Na2 CO3 /residue ratio of 0.6:1 at 700 °C for 1 h or a CaCO3 /residue ratio of 0.8:1 at 800 °C for 1 h. Under these conditions, the available SiO2 content of the ASA was more than 20%. The adsorption behaviors of the metal ions onto the ASA were investigated and the Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm models were used to analyze the adsorption isotherm...
May 19, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779054/dietary-modifications-and-lipid-accumulation-product-are-associated-with-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressures-in-the-women-s-health-trial-feasibility-study-in-minority-populations
#17
REVIEW
Alok Bhargava
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately 65% of adults over 60 years in the USA are hypertensive. Poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles are fueling the hypertension epidemic. The effects of higher intakes of fruits and vegetables and whole-grain products on systolic and diastolic blood pressures were analyzed using data at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months on 349 and 573 subjects, respectively, in the control and intervention groups of the Women's Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations...
May 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779043/glis1-3-transcription-factors-critical-roles-in-the-regulation-of-multiple-physiological-processes-and-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Anton M Jetten
Krüppel-like zinc finger proteins form one of the largest families of transcription factors. They function as key regulators of embryonic development and a wide range of other physiological processes, and are implicated in a variety of pathologies. GLI-similar 1-3 (GLIS1-3) constitute a subfamily of Krüppel-like zinc finger proteins that act either as activators or repressors of gene transcription. GLIS3 plays a critical role in the regulation of multiple biological processes and is a key regulator of pancreatic β cell generation and maturation, insulin gene expression, thyroid hormone biosynthesis, spermatogenesis, and the maintenance of normal kidney functions...
May 19, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779016/integrated-analysis-of-colorectal-cancer-microrna-datasets-identification-of-micrornas-associated-with-tumor-development
#19
Luca Falzone, Letizia Scola, Antonino Zanghì, Antonio Biondi, Antonio Di Cataldo, Massimo Libra, Saverio Candido
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Currently, no effective early diagnostic biomarkers are available for colorectal carcinoma. Therefore, there is a need to discover new molecules able to identify pre-cancerous lesions. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been associated with the onset of specific pathologies, thus the identification of miRNAs associated to colorectal cancer may be used to detect this pathology at early stages. On these bases, the expression levels of miRNAs were analyzed to compare the miRNAs expression levels of colorectal cancer samples and normal tissues in several miRNA datasets...
May 18, 2018: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779014/current-insights-on-use-of-growth-factors-as-therapy-for-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#20
Justin C Kennon, Mohamed E Awad, Norman Chutkan, John DeVine, Sadanand Fulzele
Chronic low back pain is a critical health problem and a leading cause of disability in aging populations. A major cause of low back pain is considered to be the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD). Recent advances in therapeutics, particularly cell and tissue engineering, offer potential methods for inhibiting or reversing IVD degeneration, which have previously been impossible. The use of growth factors is under serious consideration as a potential therapy to enhance IVD tissue regeneration. We reviewed the role of chosen prototypical growth factors and growth factor combinations that have the capacity to improve IVD restoration...
May 19, 2018: Biomolecular Concepts
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