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Kuan-Ho Lin, Chien-Liang Liu, Wei-Wen Kuo, Catherine Reena Paul, Wei-Kung Chen, Su-Ying Wen, Cecilia Hsuan Day, Hsi-Chin Wu, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Chih-Yang Huang
Cardiac trauma has been recognized as a complication associated with blunt chest trauma involving coronary artery injury, myocardium contusion and myocardial rupture. Secondary cardiac injuries after trauma supposed to be a critical factor in trauma patients, but the mechanism is not fully explored. Overproduction of TNF-alpha had been reported in multiple trauma animals, this induces oxidative stress resulting in cardiac apoptosis. Apoptosis gradually increases after trauma and reaches to a maximum level in 12 h time...
2016: PloS One
Rong Fu, Yinping Meng, Yihao Wang, Hui Liu, Yi Liu, Lijuan Li, Shaoxue Ding, Guojin Wang, Jia Song, Zonghong Shao
INTRODUCTION: Thrombosis is a dangerous complication of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and has a high mortality rate. However, the mechanism underlying the development of thrombosis in PNH remains unclear. To explore this, platelet function and serum complement activity were investigated in 14 patients with classical PNH, 11 with PNH aplastic anemia (AA) and 30 healthy controls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Serum concentrations of the terminal complement complex (sC5b-9) were determined by enzyme-linked immunofluorescence assay (ELISA), and the levels of C5b-9, CD61 and CD62p on platelet membranes were determined by flow cytometry...
July 22, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Kyle Mock, Jessica Keeley, Ashkan Moazzez, David S Plurad, Brant Putnam, Dennis Y Kim
The population of the United States is predicted to age dramatically over the next few decades; as such older patients will comprise an increasing proportion of the injured populations. Due to multiple comorbidities and frailty, the old and very old are at greater risk for mortality than younger patients. To identify predictors of inhospital mortality in these patients, we performed a retrospective cohort study at our Level 1 trauma center. Between April 2009 and October 2014, we identified 193 trauma patients aged 80 years and older admitted to the intensive care unit...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Naoto Fujii, Brendan D McNeely, Glen P Kenny
β-adrenergic receptor agonists such as isoproterenol can induce cutaneous vasodilatation and sweating in humans, however, the mechanisms underpinning this response remains unresolved. We evaluated the hypotheses that 1) nitric oxide synthase (NOS) contributes to β-adrenergic cutaneous vasodilatation, whereas cyclooxygenase (COX) limits the vasodilatation, and 2) COX contributes to β-adrenergic sweating. In 10 young males (25 ± 5 years), cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) and sweat rate were evaluated at four intradermal forearm skin sites infused with 1) lactated Ringer's (control), 2) 10 mm L -NNA, a non-specific NOS inhibitor, 3) 10 mM ketorolac, a non-specific COX inhibitor, or 4) a combination of L -NNA and ketorolac...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Changzheng Gao, Fen Wang, Zhiqiang Wang, Jing Zhang, Xiangjun Yang
The lactate signaling cascade has recently been linked to mitochondrial energy metabolism and cardiomyocyte apoptosis in several cardiovascular diseases. Asiatic acid (AA) exhibits a variety of pharmacological effects, including antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of AA against the lactate-induced apoptosis of cardiomyocytes, as well as its mechanisms of action. Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were pre-treated with 20 µM AA for 24 h, followed by exposure to 20 mM lactate for a further 24 h...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
J S Milligan-Saville, B M Graham
Fear extinction is the laboratory basis of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. Recent findings have revealed that estradiol is necessary to the consolidation of extinction memories in females. These findings are based on studies conducted using virgin rats and young women whose reproductive history is unknown. We hypothesized that motherhood, which results in extensive endocrinological, neurobiological and behavioral changes, may lead to alterations in fear extinction in females. We used a cross-species translational approach to investigate the impact of reproductive experience on fear extinction and fear relapse in female rats (n=116) and women (n=64)...
October 25, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
E Gregoraszczuk, M Slupecka, J Wolinski, A Hejmej, B Bilinska, E Fiedor, N Piwnicka, A Rak
This study investigated the effect of a high-fat (HF) diet on plasma adiponectin and steroid hormones levels, and the protein expression of adiponectin and its receptors, in the gonads and gonadal (periovarian and epididymal) white adipose tissue (WAT) of dams and their offspring. Female Wistar rats were fed a HF diet (30% fat) or a standard breeding (BD) diet (5% fat) during pregnancy and lactation. At 21 days of lactation, mothers and both sexes of prepubertal offspring were killed by decapitation. Plasma adiponectin, testosterone (T) and oestradiol (E2) levels were analyzed by ELISA...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Jack H Crawford, Matthew S Hull, Santiago Borasino, Brad L Steenwyk, Kristal M Hock, Kevin Wall, Jeffrey A Alten
BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may lead to adrenal insufficiency (AI). Emerging evidence supports association of AI with morbidity after cardiac surgery. AIMS: The aim of this study was to define AI incidence in neonates undergoing complex cardiac surgery with CPB and its association with intraoperative post-CPB outcomes. METHODS: Forty subjects enrolled in a prior randomized control trial who received preoperative methylprednisolone as part of our institutional neonatal bypass protocol were included...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Thomas Lange, Cheng-Wen Ko, Ping-Hong Lai, Michael Dacko, Shang-Yueh Tsai, Martin Buechert
Valine and lactate have been recognized as important metabolic markers to diagnose brain abscess by means of MRS. However, in vivo unambiguous detection and quantification is hampered by macromolecular contamination. In this work, MEGA-PRESS difference editing of valine and lactate is proposed. The method is validated in vitro and applied for quantitative in vivo experiments in one healthy subject and two brain abscess patients. It is demonstrated that with this technique the overlapping lipid signal can be reduced by more than an order of magnitude and thus the robustness of valine and lactate detection in vivo can be enhanced...
October 25, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Paula Honório de Melo Martimiano, André de Sa Braga Oliveira, Véronique Ferchaud-Roucher, Mikaël Croyal, Audrey Aguesse, Isabelle Grit, Khadija Ouguerram, Sandra Lopes de Souza, Bertrand Kaeffer, Francisco Bolaños-Jiménez
Early malnutrition is a risk factor for depression and schizophrenia. Since the offspring of malnourished dams exhibit increased brain levels of serotonin (5-HT), a tryptophan-derived neurotransmitter involved in the pathophysiology of these mental disorders, it is believed that the deleterious effects of early malnutrition on brain function are due in large part to altered serotoninergic neurotransmission resulting from impaired tryptophan (Trp) metabolism. However, tryptophan is also metabolized through the kynurenine (KYN) pathway yielding several neuroactive compounds including kynurenic (KA), Qinolinic (QA) and Xanthurenic (XA) acids...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Yuji Nadatani, Xiaofang Huo, Xi Zhang, Chunhua Yu, Edaire Cheng, Qiuyang Zhang, Kerry B Dunbar, Arianne Theiss, Thai H Pham, David H Wang, Toshio Watanabe, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Tetsuo Arakawa, Stuart J Spechler, Rhonda F Souza
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Microbial molecular products incite intestinal inflammation by activating Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and inflammasomes of the innate immune system. This system's contribution to esophageal inflammation is not known. Gram-negative bacteria, which dominate the esophageal microbiome in reflux esophagitis, produce lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a TLR4 ligand. TLR4 signaling produces pro-interleukin (IL)1β, pro-IL18, and NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3), which prime the NLRP3 inflammasome...
July 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Menghan Liu, Lake-Ee Quek, Ghazal Sultani, Nigel Turner
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a common malignancy with dismal prognosis. Metastatic spread and therapeutic resistance, the main causes of PDAC-related mortalities, are both partially underlined by the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of PDAC cells. While the role of Warburg metabolism has been recognized in supporting rapid cellular growth and proliferation in many cancer types, less is known about the metabolic changes occurring during EMT, particularly in the context of PDAC...
2016: Cancer & Metabolism
Weiwei Zhong, Christopher Mychal Johnson, Yang Wu, Ningren Cui, Hao Xing, Shuang Zhang, Chun Jiang
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused mostly by disruptions in the MECP2 gene. MECP2-null mice show imbalances in neuronal excitability and synaptic communications. Several previous studies indicate that augmenting synaptic GABA receptors (GABAARs) can alleviate RTT-like symptoms in mice. In addition to the synaptic GABAARs, there is a group of GABAARs found outside the synaptic cleft with the capability to produce sustained inhibition, which may be potential therapeutic targets for the control of neuronal excitability in RTT...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Masatake Nishiwaki, Hideharu Hagiya, Toru Kamiya
Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (KFD) is a benign cause of self-limiting subacute necrotizing lymphadenitis. KFD is rarely complicated with reactive hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), and the clinical features of the simultaneous occurrence of these conditions are uncertain. A 30-year-old Japanese man with a persistent fever and sore throat presented to our hospital for treatment. Laboratory analysis showed bicytopenia, and radiological studies showed systemic lymphadenopathy accompanied by splenomegaly. A bone marrow examination showed hemophagocytic macrophages, suggesting HLH...
October 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Piroze M Davierwala, Sergey Leontyev, Alexander Verevkin, Ardawan J Rastan, Matthias Mohr, Farhad Bakhtiary, Martin Misfeld, Friedrich W Mohr
BACKGROUND: Cardiogenic shock after acute myocardial infarction is an indication for emergent coronary artery bypass grafting in patients not amenable to percutaneous coronary intervention. Our study aimed to evaluate and identify risk factors for early and long-term outcomes in such patients. METHODS: A total of 508 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting for cardiogenic shock complicating acute myocardial infarction between January 2000 and June 2014 were divided into 3 time cohorts: 2000 to 2004 (n=204), 2005 to 2009 (n=166), and 2010 to 2014 (n=138)...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Yueyang Zhang, Jennifer R Loughery, Christopher J Martyniuk, James D Kieffer
The shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum LeSueur, 1818) is a vulnerable species that is found along the eastern coast of North America. Little is known about temperature tolerance in this species and with a rapidly changing global climate, it becomes increasingly important to define the thermal tolerance of this species to better predict population distribution. Using a modified critical thermal maximum test (CTMax), the objectives of this study were to determine the impact of heating rate (0.1, 0.2 and 0...
October 21, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
N Mottet, D Riethmuller
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the benefit/risk balance of way of birth according to fetal presentation, to assess monitoring during preterm labor, to discuss method of delivery and practice of delayed cord clamping in case of spontaneous preterm birth. METHODS: Bibliographic research from the Pubmed database and recommendations issued by the main scientific societies, and assignment of a level of evidence and a recommendation grade. RESULTS: In case of vertex presentation, no studies suggest that cesarean section improve neonatal outcome during spontaneous preterm birth (LE4)...
October 21, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
Bao-Ngoc Nguyen, Hassan Albadawi, Rahmi Oklu, Robert S Crawford, Mitchell P Fink, Richard P Cambria, Michael T Watkins
OBJECTIVE: Delayed paralysis is an unpredictable problem for patients undergoing complex repair of the thoracic/thoracoabdominal aorta. These experiments were designed to determine whether ethyl pyruvate (EP), a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent, might ameliorate delayed paralysis following thoracic aortic ischemia reperfusion (TAR). METHODS: C57BL6 mice were subjected to 5 minutes of thoracic aortic ischemia followed by reperfusion for up to 48 hours...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Leila Katirayi, Caspian Chouraya, Kwashie Kudiabor, Mohammed Ali Mahdi, Mary Pat Kieffer, Karen Marie Moland, Thorkild Tylleskar
BACKGROUND: Swaziland has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in sub-Saharan Africa, 26 % of the adult population is infected with HIV. The prevalence is highest among pregnant women, at 41.1 %. According to Swaziland's prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) guidelines, approximately 50 % of pregnant women are eligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) by CD4 criteria (<350 cells/ml). Studies have shown that most mother-to-child transmission and postnatal deaths occur among women who are eligible for ART...
October 24, 2016: BMC Public Health
Akihisa Okamoto, Masahiro Tanaka, Chisato Sumi, Kanako Oku, Munenori Kusunoki, Kenichiro Nishi, Yoshiyuki Matsuo, Keizo Takenaga, Koh Shingu, Kiichi Hirota
BACKGROUND: The local anesthetic lidocaine can affect intra- and extra-cellular signaling pathways in both neuronal and non-neuronal cells, resulting in long-term modulation of biological functions, including cell growth and death. Indeed, lidocaine was shown to induce necrosis and apoptosis in vitro. While several studies have suggested that lidocaine-induced apoptosis is mitochondrial pathway-dependent, it remains unclear whether reactive oxygen species (ROS) are involved in this process and whether the observed cell death can be prevented by antioxidant treatment...
October 24, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
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