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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430812/nacl-cotransporter-abundance-in-urinary-vesicles-is-increased-by-calcineurin-inhibitors-and-predicts-thiazide-sensitivity
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Omar A Z Tutakhel, Arthur D Moes, Marco A Valdez-Flores, Marleen L A Kortenoeven, Mathijs V D Vrie, Sabina Jeleń, Robert A Fenton, Robert Zietse, Joost G J Hoenderop, Ewout J Hoorn, Luuk Hilbrands, René J M Bindels
Animal studies have shown that the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) cyclosporine and tacrolimus can activate the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC). A common side effect of CNIs is hypertension. Renal salt transporters such as NCC are excreted in urinary extracellular vesicles (uEVs) after internalization into multivesicular bodies. Human studies indicate that CNIs also increase NCC abundance in uEVs, but results are conflicting and no relationship with NCC function has been shown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of CsA and Tac on the abundance of both total NCC (tNCC) and phosphorylated NCC at Thr60 phosphorylation site (pNCC) in uEVs, and assessed whether NCC abundance in uEVs predicts the blood pressure response to thiazide diuretics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414128/impaired-degradation-of-medullary-wnk4-in-the-kidneys-of-klhl2-knockout-mice
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Yuri Kasagi, Daiei Takahashi, Tomomi Aida, Hidenori Nishida, Naohiro Nomura, Moko Zeniya, Takayasu Mori, Emi Sasaki, Fumiaki Ando, Tatemitsu Rai, Shinichi Uchida, Eisei Sohara
Mutations in the with-no-lysine kinase 1 (WNK1), WNK4, Kelch-like 3 (KLHL3), and Cullin3 (CUL3) genes were identified as being responsible for hereditary hypertensive disease pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII). Normally, the KLHL3/CUL3 ubiquitin ligase complex degrades WNKs. In PHAII, the loss of interaction between KLHL3 and WNK4 increases levels of WNKs because of impaired ubiquitination, leading to abnormal over-activation of the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade in the kidney's distal convoluted tubules (DCT)...
April 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412471/surface-modification-of-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-for-oral-delivery-of-curcumin-improvement-of-bioavailability-through-enhanced-cellular-uptake-and-lymphatic-uptake
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Jong-Suep Baek, Cheong-Weon Cho
Curcumin has been reported to exhibit potent anticancer effects. However, poor solubility, bioavailability and stability of curcumin limit its in vivo efficacy for the cancer treatment. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) are a promising delivery system for the enhancement of bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs. However, burst release of drug from SLN in acidic environment limits its usage as oral delivery system. Hence, we prepared N-carboxymethyl chitosan (NCC) coated curcumin-loaded SLN (NCC-SLN) to inhibit the rapid release of curcumin in acidic environment and enhance the bioavailability...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412434/a-highly-predictive-risk-model-for-pacemaker-implantation-after-tavr
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Yoshio Maeno, Yigal Abramowitz, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Yoshio Kazuno, Shunsuke Kubo, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Geeteshwar Mangat, Kazuaki Okuyama, Mohammad Kashif, Tarun Chakravarty, Mamoo Nakamura, Wen Cheng, John Friedman, Daniel Berman, Raj R Makkar, Hasan Jilaihawi
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to develop a robust and definitive risk model for new permanent pacemaker implantation (PPMI) after SAPIEN 3 (third generation balloon expandable valve) (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, California) transcatheter aortic valve replacement (third generation balloon expandable valve TAVR), including calcification in the aortic-valvular complex (AVC). BACKGROUND: The association between calcium in the AVC and need for PPMI is poorly delineated after third generation balloon expandable valve TAVR...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410100/estimation-of-strain-elastography-from-ultrasound-radio-frequency-data-by-utilizing-analytic-gradient-of-the-similarity-metric
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Mona Omidyeganeh, Yiming Xiao, M Omair Ahmad, Hassan Rivaz
Most strain imaging techniques follow a pipeline strategy: in the first step tissue displacement is estimated from radio-frequency (RF) frames, and in the second step, a spatial derivative operation is applied. There are two main issues that arise from this framework. First, the gradient operation amplifies noise, and therefore, smoothing techniques have to be adopted. Second, strain estimation does not exploit the original RF data. It rather relies solely on the noisy displacement field. In this paper, a novel technique is proposed that utilizes both the displacement field and the RF frames to accurately obtain the strain estimates...
April 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407732/transcriptome-profiling-reveals-expression-signatures-of-cranial-neural-crest-cells-arising-from-different-axial-levels
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Rachael Lumb, Sam Buckberry, Genevieve Secker, David Lawrence, Quenten Schwarz
BACKGROUND: Cranial neural crest cells (NCCs) are a unique embryonic cell type which give rise to a diverse array of derivatives extending from neurons and glia through to bone and cartilage. Depending on their point of origin along the antero-posterior axis cranial NCCs are rapidly sorted into distinct migratory streams that give rise to axial specific structures. These migratory streams mirror the underlying segmentation of the brain with NCCs exiting the diencephalon and midbrain following distinct paths compared to those exiting the hindbrain rhombomeres (r)...
April 13, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402062/responsiveness-of-intraovarian-dog-follicles-in-vitro-to-epidermal-growth-factor-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-depends-on-ovarian-donor-age
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C Thongkittidilok, D E Wildt, N Songsasen
We investigated the influence of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on in vitro follicle development within ovarian cortices recovered from pre-pubertal (≤6 months) versus peri-pubertal dogs (≥10 months). Ovarian cortices were cultured for 3 or 7 days in EGF (0 or 10 ng/ml) and VEGF (0, 0.1 or 1 ng/ml) and subjected to histological and apoptosis analyses. Fresh cortices from the same dogs served as "non-cultured controls" (NCC) and were evaluated similarly. The response of ovarian follicles to growth factors differed between pre-pubertal versus peri-pubertal tissues...
April 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398911/increased-epicardial-fat-thickness-in-sudden-death-from-stable-coronary-artery-atherosclerosis
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Belinda Fuller, Jack Garland, Sravan Anne, Raymond Beh, Dennis McNevin, Rexson Tse
BACKGROUND: Sudden death from stable coronary artery atherosclerosis (SCAA) is well recognized. However, individuals can have ischemic heart disease or coronary artery atherosclerosis but die of noncardiac causes. Recently, it has been recognized that increased epicardial fat is detrimental to normal heart function. We hypothesize that individuals who die of SCAA have increased epicardial fat. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is an increase in epicardial fat in individuals who suddenly died of SCAA...
April 11, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397541/a-novel-patient-safety-event-reporting-tool-in-otolaryngology
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Peter M Vila, Sean Lewis, Gene Cunningham, Jean Brereton, Alexandra G Espinel, David W Roberson, Rahul K Shah
Objective To report the results of a preliminary analysis of a quality improvement initiative aimed to identify potential latent systems defects. Methods A pilot study of an anonymous, voluntary, event reporting system made available to all members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery was performed. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) index was used to classify error types. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize submissions to the database...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392004/-paradox-of-slow-frequencies-are-slow-frequencies-in-upper-cortical-layers-a-neural-predisposition-of-the-level-state-of-consciousness-npc
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Georg Northoff
Consciousness research has much focused on faster frequencies like alpha or gamma while neglecting the slower ones in the infraslow (0.001-0.1Hz) and slow (0.1-1Hz) frequency range. These slower frequency ranges have a "bad reputation" though; their increase in power can observed during the loss of consciousness as in sleep, anesthesia, and vegetative state. However, at the same time, slower frequencies have been conceived instrumental for consciousness. The present paper aims to resolve this paradox which I describe as "paradox of slow frequencies"...
April 5, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376856/the-causal-relationship-between-neurocysticercosis-infection-and-the-development-of-epilepsy-a-systematic-review
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Lucy B Gripper, Susan C Welburn
BACKGROUND: Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a parasitic infection of the human central nervous system, the most common form of which involves infection of the brain parenchyma with the larval form of the Taenia solium tapeworm. A causal relationship between such an NCC infection and the development of epilepsy in infected individuals is acknowledged, in part supported by high levels of comorbidity in endemic countries worldwide. METHODS: This study undertook a systematic review and critical analysis of the NCC-epilepsy relationship with the primary objective of quantifying the risk of developing epilepsy following NCC infection...
April 5, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369080/facial-shape-differences-between-rats-selected-for-tame-and-aggressive-behaviors
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Nandini Singh, Frank W Albert, Irina Plyusnina, Lyudmila Trut, Svante Pӓӓbo, Katerina Harvati
Domestication has been consistently accompanied by a suite of traits called the domestication syndrome. These include increased docility, changes in coat coloration, prolonged juvenile behaviors, modified function of adrenal glands and reduced craniofacial dimensions. Wilkins et al recently proposed that the mechanistic factor underlying traits that encompass the domestication syndrome was altered neural crest cell (NCC) development. NCC form the precursors to a large number of tissue types including pigment cells, adrenal glands, teeth and the bones of the face...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368546/natural-history-of-patients-with-perilesional-edema-around-taenia-solium-calcified-granulomas
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Theodore E Nash, JeanAnne M Ware, Siddhartha Mahanty
Background.: The transient development of perilesional edema (PE) around ≥1 calcification (defined as 1 episode) occurs in about 50% of the patients with recurrent seizures in calcified neurocysticercosis (NCC). We determined the long-term clinical and radiological course of persons undergoing PE episodes. Methods.: Twenty-one persons with NCC who experienced ≥1 PE episode were followed for a median of 10.6 years (range, 0.4-29.2 years). Clinical evaluations and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed at the time of suggestive symptoms and during routine follow-up...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365849/impairment-of-human-neural-crest-cell-migration-by-prolonged-exposure-to-interferon-beta
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Giorgia Pallocca, Johanna Nyffeler, Xenia Dolde, Marianna Grinberg, Gerhard Gstraunthaler, Tanja Waldmann, Jörg Rahnenführer, Agapios Sachinidis, Marcel Leist
Human cell-based toxicological assays have been used successfully to detect known toxicants, and to distinguish them from negative controls. However, there is at present little experience on how to deal with hits from screens of compounds with yet unknown hazard. As a case study to this issue, we characterized human interferon-beta (IFNβ) as potential developmental toxicant affecting neural crest cells (NCC). The protein was identified as a hit during a screen of clinically used drugs in the 'migration inhibition of neural crest' (MINC) assay...
April 1, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365586/enac-and-romk-activity-are-inhibited-in-the-dct2-cnt-of-tgwnk4-phaii-mice
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Chengbiao Zhang, Lijun Wang, Xiao-Tong Su, Junhui Zhang, Dao-Hong Lin, Wen-Hui Wang
Mice transgenic for genomic segments harboring PHAII (pseudohypoaldosteronism type II) mutant Wnk4 (with-No-Lysine kinase 4) (TgWnk4(PHAII)) have hyperkalemia which is currently believed to be the result of high activity of Na-Cl cotransporter (NCC). This leads to decreasing Na(+) delivery to the distal nephron segment including late distal convoluted tubule (DCT) and connecting tubule (CNT). Since epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) and renal outer medullary K(+) channel (ROMK or Kir4.1) are expressed in the late DCT and play an important role in mediating K(+) secretion, the aim of the present study is to test whether ROMK and ENaC activity in the DCT/CNT are also compromised in the mice expressing PHAII mutant Wnk4...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356292/responses-of-distal-nephron-na-transporters-to-acute-volume-depletion-and-hyperkalemia
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Gustavo Frindt, Lei Yang, Shinichi Uchida, Alan M Weinstein, Lawrence G Palmer
We assessed effects of acute volume reductions induced by administration of diuretics in rats. Direct block Na+ transport produced changes in urinary electrolyte excretion. Adaptations to these effects appeared as alterations in the expression of protein for the distal nephron Na+ transporters NCC and ENaC. Two hours after a single injection of furosemide (6 mg/kg) or hydrochlorothiazide (30 mg/kg) Na+ and K+ excretion increased but no changes in the content of activated forms of NCC (phosphorylated on residue T53) or ENaC (cleaved γ-subunit) were detected...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349968/neural-crest-cells-contribute-an-astrocyte-like-glial-population-to-the-spleen
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Amanda J Barlow-Anacker, Ming Fu, Christopher S Erickson, Federica Bertocchini, Ankush Gosain
Neural crest cells (NCC) are multi-potent cells of ectodermal origin that colonize diverse organs, including the gastrointestinal tract to form the enteric nervous system (ENS) and hematopoietic organs (bone marrow, thymus) where they participate in lymphocyte trafficking. Recent studies have implicated the spleen as an anatomic site for integration of inflammatory signals from the intestine with efferent neural inputs. We have previously observed alterations in splenic lymphocyte subsets in animals with defective migration of NCC that model Hirschsprung's disease, leading us to hypothesize that there may be a direct cellular contribution of NCC to the spleen...
March 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343456/implementation-of-neurocritical-care-is-associated-with-improved-outcomes-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Mypinder S Sekhon, Peter Gooderham, Brian Toyota, Navid Kherzi, Vivien Hu, Vinay K Dhingra, Morad S Hameed, Dean R Chittock, Donald E Griesdale
Background Traditionally, the delivery of dedicated neurocritical care (NCC) occurs in distinct NCC units and is associated with improved outcomes. Institution-specific logistical challenges pose barriers to the development of distinct NCC units; therefore, we developed a consultancy NCC service coupled with the implementation of invasive multimodal neuromonitoring, within a medical-surgical intensive care unit. Our objective was to evaluate the effect of a consultancy NCC program on neurologic outcomes in severe traumatic brain injury patients...
March 27, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341239/calcineurin-inhibitors-block-sodium-chloride-cotransporter-dephosphorylation-in-response-to%C3%A2-high-potassium-intake
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Wakana Shoda, Naohiro Nomura, Fumiaki Ando, Yutaro Mori, Takayasu Mori, Eisei Sohara, Tatemitsu Rai, Shinichi Uchida
Dietary potassium intake is inversely related to blood pressure and mortality. Moreover, the sodium-chloride cotransporter (NCC) plays an important role in blood pressure regulation and urinary potassium excretion in response to potassium intake. Previously, it was shown that NCC is activated by the WNK4-SPAK cascade and dephosphorylated by protein phosphatase. However, the mechanism of NCC regulation with acute potassium intake is still unclear. To identify the molecular mechanism of NCC regulation in response to potassium intake, we used adult C57BL/6 mice fed a 1...
February 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334780/eif4a3-deficient-human-ipscs-and-mouse-models-demonstrate-neural-crest-defects-that-underlie-richieri-costa-pereira-syndrome
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Emily E Miller, Gerson S Kobayashi, Camila M Musso, Miranda Allen, Felipe A A Ishiy, Luiz C de Caires Junior, Ernesto S G Guimarães, Karina Griesi-Oliveira, Roseli M Zechi-Ceide, Antonio Richieri-Costa, Debora R Bertola, Maria Rita Passos-Bueno, Debra L Silver
Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in the RNA binding protein EIF4A3 cause Richieri-Costa-Pereira syndrome (RCPS), an autosomal recessive condition mainly characterized by craniofacial and limb malformations. However, the pathogenic cellular mechanisms responsible for this syndrome are entirely unknown. Here we used two complementary approaches, patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and conditional Eif4a3 mouse models, to demonstrate that defective Neural Crest Cell (NCC) development explains RCPS craniofacial abnormalities...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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