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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102964/plasmonic-chirality-imprinting-on-nucleobase-displaying-supramolecular-nanohelices-by-metal-nucleobase-recognition
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Yiyang Lin, E Thomas Pashuck, Michael R Thomas, Nadav Amdursky, Shih-Ting Wang, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Supramolecular self-assembly is an important process that enables the conception of complex structures mimicking biological motifs. Herein, we constructed helical fibrils through chiral self-assembly of nucleobase-peptide conjugates (NPCs), where achiral nucleobases are helically displayed on the surface of fibrils, comparable to polymerized nucleic acids. Selective binding between DNA and the NPC fibrils was observed with fluorescence polarization. Taking advantage of metal-nucleobase recognition, we highlight the possibility of deposition/assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles onto the fibrillar constructs...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102864/transthyretin-v122i-pv142i-cardiac-amyloidosis-an-age-dependent-autosomal-dominant-cardiomyopathy-too-common-to-be-overlooked-as-a-cause-of-significant-heart-disease-in-elderly-african-americans
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Joel N Buxbaum, Frederick L Ruberg
Since the identification of a valine-to-isoleucine substitution at position 122 (TTR V122I; pV142I) in the transthyretin (TTR)-derived fibrils extracted from the heart of a patient with late-onset cardiac amyloidosis, it has become clear that the amyloidogenic mutation and the disease occur almost exclusively in individuals of identifiable African descent. In the United States, the amyloidogenic allele frequency is 0.0173 and is carried by 3.5% of community-dwelling African Americans. Genotyping across Africa indicates that the origin of the allele is in the West African countries that were the major source of the slave trade to North America...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102478/influence-of-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Rose Mary Ferreira Lisboa da Silva
BACKGROUND: Inflammation markers have been associated with cardiovascular diseases including atrial fibrillation. This arrhythmia is the most frequent, with an incidence of 38/1000 person-years. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aims of this study are to discuss the association between inflammation, atherosclerosis and atrial fibrillation and its clinical implications. Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease and inflammation is a triggering factor of atherosclerotic plaque rupture...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102321/the-chaperonin-cct-inhibits-assembly-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-by-a-specific-conformation-dependent-interaction
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Begoña Sot, Alejandra Rubio-Muñoz, Ahudrey Leal-Quintero, Javier Martínez-Sabando, Miguel Marcilla, Cintia Roodveldt, José M Valpuesta
The eukaryotic chaperonin CCT (chaperonin containing TCP-1) uses cavities built into its double-ring structure to encapsulate and to assist folding of a large subset of proteins. CCT can inhibit amyloid fibre assembly and toxicity of the polyQ extended mutant of huntingtin, the protein responsible for Huntington's disease. This raises the possibility that CCT modulates other amyloidopathies, a still-unaddressed question. We show here that CCT inhibits amyloid fibre assembly of α-synuclein A53T, one of the mutants responsible for Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101870/fibrillar-collagens
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Jordi Bella, David J S Hulmes
Fibrillar collagens (types I, II, III, V, XI, XXIV and XXVII) constitute a sub-group within the collagen family (of which there are 28 types in humans) whose functions are to provide three-dimensional frameworks for tissues and organs. These networks confer mechanical strength as well as signalling and organizing functions through binding to cellular receptors and other components of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here we describe the structure and assembly of fibrillar collagens, and their procollagen precursors, from the molecular to the tissue level...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100898/new-oral-anticoagulants-turkey-noac-turk-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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Servet Altay, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Hüseyin Altuğ Çakmak, Lütfü Aşkın, Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Feyzullah Beşli, Ömer Gedikli, Özge Özden Tok
OBJECTIVE: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are increasingly used both for prevention of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the current patterns of NOACs treatment in Turkey. Moreover, demographic and clinical parameters and bleeding and/or embolic events under NOACs treatment were analyzed. METHODS: The New Oral Anticoagulants-TURKey (NOAC-TURK) study was designed as a multicenter cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100428/heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-has-a-better-long-term-prognosis-than-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-old-patients-in-a-5-year-follow-up-retrospective-study
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Silvana Kontogeorgos, Erik Thunström, Magnus C Johansson, Michael Fu
BACKGROUND: The issue of whether prognosis is similar between heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remains unresolved. Because of the problem of inconsistency in the diagnostic criteria and because there is currently no lifesaving therapy available for HFpEF, it seems to be the right time to study the outcome of a clearly defined HFpEF compared with HFrEF in contemporary heart failure (HF) therapy. This study investigates 5-year-mortality and its prognostic factors in old patients with HFpEF compared with those with HFrEF...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100340/-outcome-comparison-of-different-therapy-procedures-in-surgical-high-risk-elderly-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
#8
Y Q Ye, Y T Wang, Z Li, M Y Wang, H Y Xu, W J Zhang, Q R Liu, G N Niu, Y J Wu
Objective: To compare the outcome of surgical high-risk elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis(SAS) treated by different therapy procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve implantation(TAVI), surgical aortic valve replacement(SAVR), and drug therapy. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 242 surgical high-risk elderly (age ≥65 years old) SAS patients hospitalized in Fuwai Hospital between September 2012 and June 2015. According to the treatment method, patients were divided into TAVI group (81 cases), SAVR group (59 cases) and drug therapy group (102 cases)...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100174/prediction-of-ineffective-elective-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-retrospective-multi-center-patient-cohort-study
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Tapio Hellman, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Tuija Vasankari, Ilpo Nuotio, Fausto Biancari, Aissa Bah, Juha Hartikainen, Marianne Mäkäräinen, K E Juhani Airaksinen
BACKGROUND: Elective cardioversion (ECV) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a standard procedure to restore sinus rhythm. However, predictors for ineffective ECV (failure of ECV or recurrence of AF within 30 days) are unknown. METHODS: We investigated 1998 ECVs performed for AF lasting >48 h in 1,342 patients in a retrospective multi-center study. Follow-up data were collected from 30 days after ECV. RESULTS: Median number of cardioversions was one per patient with a range of 1-10...
January 18, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099588/dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-safety-in-chagas-disease-patients
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Daniela do Carmo Rassi, Marcelo Luiz Campos Vieira, Rogerio Gomes Furtado, Fabio de Paula Turco, Luciano Henrique Melato, Viviane Tiemi Hotta, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira Nunes, Luiz Rassi, Salvador Rassi
Background: A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099179/traditional-sternotomy-versus-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-stratified-by-ejection-fraction
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Tom C Nguyen, Vinod H Thourani, Justin Q Pham, Yelin Zhao, Matthew D Terwelp, Prakash Balan, Daniel Ocazionez, Catalin Loghin, Richard W Smalling, Anthony L Estrera, Joseph Lamelas
OBJECTIVE: Low ejection fraction (EF < 40%) portends adverse outcomes in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. The role of traditional median sternotomy aortic valve replacement (SAVR) compared with minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) in this cohort remains incompletely understood. METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 1503 patients who underwent SAVR (n = 815) and MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 688) from 2011 to 2014 was performed...
January 17, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099159/reducing-false-arrhythmia-alarm-rates-using-robust-heart-rate-estimation-and-cost-sensitive-support-vector-machines
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Qiang Zhang, Xianxiang Chen, Zhen Fang, Qingyuan Zhan, Ting Yang, Shanhong Xia
To lessen the rate of false critical arrhythmia alarms, we used robust heart rate estimation and cost-sensitive support vector machines. The PhysioNet MIMIC II database and the 2015 PhysioNet/CinC Challenge public database were used as the training dataset; the 2015 Challenge hidden dataset was for testing. Each record had an alarm labeled with asystole, extreme bradycardia, extreme tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular flutter/fibrillation. Before alarm onsets, 300 s multimodal data was provided, including electrocardiogram, arterial blood pressure and/or photoplethysmogram...
January 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098506/capsicum-annuum-var-grossum-bell-pepper-inhibits-%C3%AE-secretase-activity-and-%C3%AE-amyloid1-40-aggregation
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Omodesola Oluwafisayo Ogunruku, Ganiyu Oboh, Sabina Passamonti, Federica Trammer, Aline Augusti Boligon
The deposition of amyloid protein as senile plaques is the major signature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is produced by the sequential cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein by secretases. Moreover, peppers are noted for their antiaging and cognitive enhancing properties. Thus, in this study, the effects of polyphenol-rich extracts from bell pepper on amyloid production and aggregation in vitro were investigated. Bell pepper (ripe and unripe) was extracted with methanol-1 N HCl (1:1 v/v). Thereafter, the inhibitory potentials of the extracts on β-secretase and β-amyloid1-40 aggregation were determined...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098204/strain-specific-fibril-propagation-by-an-a%C3%AE-dodecamer
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Dexter N Dean, Pradipta K Das, Pratip Rana, Franklin Burg, Yona Levites, Sarah E Morgan, Preetam Ghosh, Vijayaraghavan Rangachari
Low molecular weight oligomers of amyloid-β (Aβ) have emerged as the primary toxic agents in the etiology of Alzheimer disease (AD). Polymorphism observed within the aggregation end products of fibrils are known to arise due to microstructural differences among the oligomers. Diversity in aggregate morphology correlates with the differences in AD, cementing the idea that conformational strains of oligomers could be significant in phenotypic outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative to determine the ability of strains to faithfully propagate their structure...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098197/dantrolene-versus-amiodarone-for-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-randomized-double-blinded-experimental-study
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Thomas Wiesmann, Dennik Freitag, Wolfgang Dersch, Daphne Eschbach, Marc Irqsusi, Thorsten Steinfeldt, Hinnerk Wulf, Carsten Feldmann
Dantrolene was introduced for treatment of malignant hyperthermia. It also has antiarrhythmic properties and may thus be an alternative to amiodarone for the treatment of ventricular fibrillation (VF). Aim of this study was to compare the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) with dantrolene and amiodarone in a pig model of cardiac arrest. VF was induced in anesthetized pigs. After 8 min of untreated VF, chest compressions and ventilation were started and one of the drugs (amiodarone 5 mg kg(-1), dantrolene 2...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097868/development-of-phenothiazine-based-theranostic-compounds-that-act-both-as-inhibitors-of-%C3%AF-amyloid-aggregation-and-imaging-probes-for-amyloid-plaques-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Pascal Dao, Feifei Ye, Yan Liu, Zhiyun Du, Kun Zhang, Chang-Zhi Dong, Bernard Meunier, Huixiong Chen
Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is imperative in enabling the understanding and clinical treatment of this disorder, as well as in preventing its progression. Imaging agents specifically targeting Aβ plaques in the brain and the retina may lead to the early diagnosis of AD. Among them, near infrared fluorescent imaging has emerged as an attractive tool to noninvasively identify and monitor diseases during the preclinical and early stages. In the present study, we report the design, synthesis and evaluation of a series of new near-infrared fluorescent probes...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097689/investigating-magnetic-susceptibility-of-human-knee-joint-at-7-tesla
#17
Hongjiang Wei, Russell Dibb, Kyle Decker, Nian Wang, Yuyao Zhang, Xiaopeng Zong, Weili Lin, Daniel B Nissman, Chunlei Liu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the magnetic susceptibility properties of different anatomical structures within the knee joint using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). METHODS: A collagen tissue model was simulated and ex vivo animal cartilage experiments were conducted at 9.4 Tesla (T) to evaluate the B0 orientation-dependent magnetic susceptibility contrast observed in cartilage. Furthermore, nine volunteers (six healthy subjects without knee pain history and three patients with known knee injury, between 29 and 58 years old) were scanned using gradient-echo acquisitions on a high-field 7T MR scanner...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097467/strenuous-exercise-and-cardiovascular-disease-outcomes
#18
REVIEW
Jonathan H Kim, Aaron L Baggish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes several issues at the forefront of recent controversies involving the appropriate exercise dose including epidemiologic data describing mortality trends in those who engage in high levels of physical activity and recent observational data suggesting adverse cardiovascular outcomes among long-term endurance athletes. RECENT FINDINGS: The benefits of habitual and moderate levels of exercise on cardiovascular disease outcomes in the general population have been well established...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097334/the-role-of-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-devices-in-the-detection-and-treatment-of-subclinical-atrial-fibrillation-a-review
#19
Paul L Hess, Jeff S Healey, Christopher B Granger, Stuart J Connolly, Paul D Ziegler, John H Alexander, Peter R Kowey, Christian T Ruff, Greg Flaker, Jonathan L Halperin, Robert G Hart, Renato D Lopes
Importance: Subclinical atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk for stroke. Observations: Subclinical AF is asymptomatic, short in duration, and usually detected with long-term, continuous monitoring. Most prior studies have explored its consequences using cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Although current prevalence estimates are derived from study populations with prior CIEDs, 3 trials will assess the time to a first AF diagnosis among patients receiving a CIED for purposes of AF detection...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096996/recurrent-haemoptysis-as-a-symptom-of-severe-pulmonary-vein-stenosis-a-rare-complication-of-catheter-ablation-in-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Jan Romantowski, Krzysztof Kuziemski, Alicja Janowicz, Alicja Siemińska, Edyta Szurowska, Ewa Jassem
A pulmonary vein stenosis is a known adverse event of catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation. However, it should be considered due to high frequency of such procedures. Haemoptysis, a symptom of severe stenosis, is often misdiagnosed as other different diseases. We present a case report of a 52-year-old patient with recurrent haemoptysis, dyspnoea, and fatigue, which turned out to be complication after catheter ablation. Successful treatment with drug-eluting stent (DES) was implemented with vast clinical improvement and follow-up...
March 2017: Respirology Case Reports
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