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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648024/-comparison-on-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-different-occlusion-devices-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-patent-foramen-ovale
#1
W J Liu, Y S Zhang, G S Cheng, Y J Du, L He, X Y Wang, X M He
Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of Cardi-O-fix patent foramen ovale (PFO) occluder and Amplatzer PFO occluder for the treatment of patients with PFO. Methods: A total of 246 consecutive patients (105 males and 141 females) with PFO were prospectively enrolled from May 30, 2013 to March 30, 2015 in our hospital. PFO interventional closure was applied according to the anatomical structure of the disease and patients' wishes.Cardi-O-fix PFO occluder was used in 180 cases (COF group), Amplatzer PFO occluder was used in the remaining 66 cases (Amp group)...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647836/from-medicinal-plant-extracts-to-defined-chemical-compounds-targeting-the-histamine-h4-receptor-curcuma-longa-in-the-treatment-of-inflammation
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Annika Frank, Saleh Abu-Lafi, Azmi Adawi, Johannes S Schwed, Holger Stark, Anwar Rayan
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to evaluate the activity of seven medicinal, anti-inflammatory plants at the hH4R with focus on defined chemical compounds from Curcuma longa. MATERIALS: Activities were analyzed with membrane preparations from Sf9 cells, transiently expressing the hH4R, Gαi2 and Gβ1γ2 subunits. METHODS: From the methanolic extract of C. longa curcumin (1), demethoxycurcumin (2) and bis(4-hydroxy-cinnamoyl)methane (3) were isolated, purified with HPLC (elution-time 10...
June 24, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647731/recovery-of-vocal-fold-epithelium-after-acute-phonotrauma
#3
Bernard Rousseau, Tsuyoshi Kojima, Carolyn K Novaleski, Emily E Kimball, Carla V Valenzuela, Masanobu Mizuta, James J Daniero, C Gaelyn Garrett, M Preeti Sivasankar
We investigated the timeline of tissue repair of vocal fold epithelium after acute vibration exposure using an in vivo rabbit model. Sixty-five New Zealand white breeder rabbits were randomized to 120 min of modal- or raised-intensity phonation. After the larynges were harvested at 0, 4, 8, and 24 h, and at 3 and 7 days, the vocal fold tissue was evaluated using electron microscopy and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. There was an immediate decrease in the microprojection depth and height following raised-intensity phonation, paired with upregulation of cyclooxygenase-2...
June 24, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647723/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-high-impact-users-among-patients-with-cerebrovascular-conditions
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Ahsan Rao, Alice Jones, Alex Bottle, Ara Darzi, Paul Aylin
OBJECTIVE: To apply group-based trajectory modelling (GBTM) to the hospital administrative data to evaluate, model and visualise trends and changes in the frequency of long-term hospital care use of the subgroups of patients with cerebrovascular conditions. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of patients with cerebrovascular conditions. SETTINGS: Secondary care of all patients with cerebrovascular conditions admitted to English National Hospital Service hospitals...
June 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647688/antihypertensive-medication-adherence-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-among-older-adults-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Quanhe Yang, Anping Chang, Matthew D Ritchey, Fleetwood Loustalot
BACKGROUND: Antihypertension medication (antihypertensive) adherence lowers risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD); few studies have examined this association among older adults. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed this association among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 66 to 79 years who were newly diagnosed with hypertension and initiated on antihypertensives in 2008-2009 (n=155 597). We calculated proportion of days covered (PDC) during follow-up, using proportional subdistribution hazard models, to examine association between antihypertensive adherence and a composite CVD outcomes, including first incident of fatal/nonfatal acute myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease, stroke/transient ischemic attack, and heart failure...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647675/abstinence-from-prolonged-ethanol-exposure-affects-plasma-corticosterone-glucocorticoid-receptor-signaling-and-stress-related-behaviors
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Sucharita S Somkuwar, Leandro F Vendruscolo, McKenzie J Fannon, Brooke E Schmeichel, Tran Bao Nguyen, Jasmin Guevara, Harpreet Sidhu, Candice Contet, Eric P Zorrilla, Chitra D Mandyam
Alcohol dependence is linked to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Here, we investigated effects of repeated ethanol intoxication-withdrawal cycles (using chronic intermittent ethanol vapor inhalation; CIE) and abstinence from CIE on peak and nadir plasma corticosterone (CORT) levels. Irritability- and anxiety-like behaviors as well as glucocorticoid receptors (GR) in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) were assessed at various intervals (2h-28d) after cessation of CIE. Results show that peak CORT increased during CIE, transiently decreased during early abstinence (1-11d), and returned to pre-abstinence levels during protracted abstinence (17-27d)...
June 12, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647418/comparison-of-stroke-prediction-accuracy-of-abcd2-and-abcd3-i-in-patients-with-transient-ischemic-attack-a-meta-analysis
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Meng Zhao, Shuo Wang, Dong Zhang, Yan Zhang, Xiaofeng Deng, Jizong Zhao
BACKGROUND: A direct comparison of the stroke prediction utility of the ABCD2 and ABCD3-I scores has not been performed. Thus, we conducted a diagnostic meta-analysis and applied the results to a hypothetical cohort of 1000 patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) to assess the power of stroke prediction by ABCD2 and ABCD3-I scores. METHODS: Medline, PubMed, Embase, and manuscript references were searched to identify studies that directly compared the stroke predictive powers of ABCD2 and ABCD3-I scores...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647375/type-i-interferon-signalling-through-ifnar1-plays-a-deleterious-role-in-the-outcome-after-stroke
#8
Moses Zhang, Catherine E Downes, Connie H Y Wong, Kate M Brody, Pedro L Guio-Agulair, Jodee Gould, Robert Ates, Paul J Hertzog, Juliet M Taylor, Peter J Crack
Neuroinflammation contributes significantly to the pathophysiology of stroke. Here we test the hypothesis that the type I interferon receptor (IFNAR1) plays a critical role in neural injury after stroke by regulating the resultant pro-inflammatory environment. Wild-type and IFNAR1(-/-) primary murine neurons and glia were exposed to oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD) and cell viability was assessed. Transient cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury was induced by mid-cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in wild-type and IFNAR1(-/-) and IFNAR2(-/-) mice in vivo, and infarct size, and molecular parameters measured...
June 21, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647127/infrared-light-detection-by-the-haller-s-organ-of-adult-american-dog-ticks-dermacentor-variabilis-ixodida-ixodidae
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Robert D Mitchell, Jiwei Zhu, Ann L Carr, Anirudh Dhammi, Grayson Cave, Daniel E Sonenshine, R Michael Roe
The Haller's organ (HO), unique to ticks and mites, is found only on the first tarsus of the front pair of legs. The organ has an unusual morphology consisting of an anterior pit (AP) with protruding sensilla and a posterior capsule (Cp). The current thinking is that the HO's main function is chemosensation analogous to the insect antennae, but the functionality of its atypical structure (exclusive to the Acari) is unexplained. We provide the first evidence that the HO allows the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, to respond to infrared (IR) light...
June 13, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646935/five-year-results-of-the-prospective-randomized-controlled-prostatic-urethral-l-i-f-t-study
#10
Claus G Roehrborn, Jack Barkin, Steven N Gange, Neal D Shore, Jonathan L Giddens, Damien M Bolton, Barrett E Cowan, Anthony L Cantwell, Kevin T McVary, Alexis E Te, Shahram S Gholami, William G Moseley, Peter T Chin, William T Dowling, Sheldon J Freedman, Peter F Incze, K Scott Coffield, Sean Herron, Prem Rashid, Daniel B Rukstalis
INTRODUCTION: To report the five year results of a prospective, multi-center, randomized, blinded sham control trial of the Prostatic Urethral Lift (PUL) in men with bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: At 19 centers in North America and Australia, 206 subjects ≥ 50 years old with International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS ) > 12, peak flow rate (Qmax) ≤ 12 mL/s, and prostate volume 30 cc-80 cc were randomized 2:1 to the PUL procedure or blinded sham control...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646724/zinc-and-calcium-alter-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-respiration-ros-and-membrane-potential-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-liver-mitochondria
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Mahmoud S Sharaf, Don Stevens, Collins Kamunde
At excess levels, zinc (Zn) disrupts mitochondrial functional integrity and induces oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Although much is known about the modulation of Zn toxicity by calcium (Ca) in fish, their interactions at the mitochondrial level have scarcely been investigated. Here we assessed the individual and combined effects of Zn and Ca on the relationship between mitochondrial respiration, ROS and membrane potential (ΔΨmt) in rainbow trout liver mitochondria. We tested if cation uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a prerequisite for Zn- and/or Ca-induced alteration of mitochondrial function...
June 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646663/experimental-determination-of-the-absolute-infrared-absorption-intensities-of-formyl-radical-hco
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Sergey V Ryazantsev, Daniil A Tyurin, Vladimir I Feldman
Formyl radical HCO is an important reactive intermediate in combustion, atmospheric and extraterrestrial chemistry. Like in the case of other transients, the lack of knowledge of the absolute IR intensities limits the quantitative spectroscopic studies on this species. We report the first experimental determination of the absorption intensities for the fundamental vibrational bands of HCO. The measurements have been performed using matrix-isolation FTIR spectroscopy. Determination of the values was based on the repeated photodissociation and thermal recovery of the HCO radical using the known value of the absorption coefficient of CO...
June 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646661/congruent-bodily-arousal-promotes-the-constructive-recognition-of-emotional-words
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Anne Kever, Delphine Grynberg, Nicolas Vermeulen
Considerable research has shown that bodily states shape affect and cognition. Here, we examined whether transient states of bodily arousal influence the categorization speed of high arousal, low arousal, and neutral words. Participants realized two blocks of a constructive recognition task, once after a cycling session (increased arousal), and once after a relaxation session (reduced arousal). Results revealed overall faster response times for high arousal compared to low arousal words, and for positive compared to negative words...
June 21, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646558/neurology-concepts-young-women-and-ischemic-stroke-evaluation-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
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Bernard P Chang, Charles Wira, Joseph Miller, Murtaza Akhter, Bradley E Barth, Joshua Willey, Lauren Nentwich, Tracy Madsen
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. While the incidence of ischemic stroke is highest in older populations, incidence of ischemic stroke in adults has been rising particularly rapidly among young (e.g. premenopausal) women. The evaluation and timely diagnosis of ischemic stroke in young women presents a challenging situation in the emergency department, due to a range of sex-specific risk factors and to broad differentials. The goals of this concepts paper are to summarize existing knowledge regarding the evaluation and management of young women with ischemic stroke in the acute setting...
June 24, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646414/dynamic-meso-scale-anchorage-of-gpi-anchored-receptors-in-the-plasma-membrane-prion-protein-vs-thy1
#15
Yuri L Nemoto, Roger J Morris, Hiroko Hijikata, Taka A Tsunoyama, Akihiro C E Shibata, Rinshi S Kasai, Akihiro Kusumi, Takahiro K Fujiwara
The central mechanism for the transmission of the prion protein misfolding is the structural conversion of the normal cellular prion protein to the pathogenic misfolded prion protein, by the interaction with misfolded prion protein. This process might be enhanced due to the homo-dimerization/oligomerization of normal prion protein. However, the behaviors of normal prion protein in the plasma membrane have remained largely unknown. Here, using single fluorescent-molecule imaging, we found that both prion protein and Thy1, a control glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein, exhibited very similar intermittent transient immobilizations lasting for a few seconds within an area of 24...
June 24, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646330/-imaging-of-vessels-supplying-the-brain
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REVIEW
S M Schellong, N Abolmaali, B Voigts, C Stelzner
Nowadays, several technically validated modalities are available for imaging both the extracranial and intracranial segments of arteries supplying blood to the brain. In the acute stroke setting, computed tomography (CT) angiography is of utmost importance because it provides the key diagnostic criteria indicative for the use of catheter-based recanalization techniques. Ultrasound imaging of extracranial arteries is most suitable for detecting an underlying stenosis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) in patients with stroke, transient ischemic attacks (TIA), retinal vessel occlusion and amaurosis fugax...
June 23, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646272/rhesus-cochlear-and-vestibular-functions-are-preserved-after-inner-ear-injection-of-saline-volume-sufficient-for-gene-therapy-delivery
#17
Chenkai Dai, Mohamed Lehar, Daniel Q Sun, Lani Swarthout Rvt, John P Carey, Tim MacLachlan, Doug Brough, Hinrich Staecker, Alexandra M Della Santina, Timothy E Hullar, Charles C Della Santina
Sensorineural losses of hearing and vestibular sensation due to hair cell dysfunction are among the most common disabilities. Recent preclinical research demonstrates that treatment of the inner ear with a variety of compounds, including gene therapy agents, may elicit regeneration and/or repair of hair cells in animals exposed to ototoxic medications or other insults to the inner ear. Delivery of gene therapy may also offer a means for treatment of hereditary hearing loss. However, injection of a fluid volume sufficient to deliver an adequate dose of a pharmacologic agent could, in theory, cause inner ear trauma that compromises functional outcome...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646158/metabolic-recovery-of-lipodystrophy-liver-steatosis-and-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-proliferation-after-the-withdrawal-of-osi-906
#18
Kazuki Tajima, Jun Shirakawa, Yu Togashi, Shunsuke Yamazaki, Tomoko Okuyama, Mayu Kyohara, Hiromi Konishi, Yasuo Terauchi
Growth factor signaling via insulin receptor (IR) and IGF-1 receptor (IGF1R) plays several important roles in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. OSI-906 (linsitinib), an anti-tumor drug, is an orally bioavailable dual inhibitor of IR and IGF1R. To investigate the recovery from metabolic changes induced by the acute inhibition of IR and IGF1R in adult mice, mice were treated with OSI-906 or a vehicle for 7 days and the results were analyzed on the last day of injection (Day 7) or after 7 or 21 days of withdrawal (Day 14 or Day 28)...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646094/immune-mediated-effects-targeting-hepatitis-c-virus-in-a-syngeneic-replicon-cell-transplantation-mouse-model
#19
Sepideh Levander, Fredrik Holmström, Lars Frelin, Gustaf Ahlén, Daniel Rupp, Gang Long, Ralf Bartenschlager, Matti Sällberg
OBJECTIVE: HCV is characterised by its ability to establish chronic infection in hepatocytes and to replicate in the presence of an inflammation. We mimicked this situation in vivo in immune-competent mice by syngeneic transplantation of HCV replicon-containing mouse hepatoma cells. DESIGN: A total of 5 million H-2(b) positive Hep56.1D cells, carrying a subgenomic genotype (gt) 2a replicon (HCV replicon cells) or stably expressing comparable levels of the HCV NS3/4A protease/helicase complex (NS3/4A hepatoma cells), were injected subcutaneously into syngeneic H-2(b)-restricted mice...
June 23, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645743/role-of-trpc3-and-trpc6-channels-in-the-myocardial-response-to-stretch-linking-physiology-and-pathophysiology
#20
REVIEW
Yohei Yamaguchi, Gentaro Iribe, Motohiro Nishida, Keiji Naruse
Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels constitute a large family of versatile multi-signal transducers. In particular, TRP canonical (TRPC) channels are known as receptor-operated, non-selective cation channels. TRPC3 and TRPC6, two members in the TRPC family, are highly expressed in the heart, and participate in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure as a pathological response to chronic mechanical stress. In the pathological response, myocardial stretch increases intracellular Ca(2+) levels and activates nuclear factor of activated T cells to induce cardiac hypertrophy...
June 20, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
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