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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646522/pericarditis-during-infliximab-therapy-in-paediatric-ulcerative-colitis
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V Dipasquale, S M C Gramaglia, M A Catena, C Romano
WHAT IS KNOWN AND STUDY OBJECTIVE: Infliximab is a widely used drug for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This drug is known to rarely cause pericarditis in adult populations. CASE SUMMARY: This report details the case of a 14-year-old boy with ulcerative colitis who developed pericarditis after a second infliximab infusion. After discontinuation of therapy, the patient's symptoms were resolved. WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first reported paediatric case of pericarditis as a possible complication of infliximab therapy in IBD...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645929/biophysical-stimulation-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-engineering-of-functional-cardiac-tissues
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REVIEW
Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Robert A Civitarese, Milica Radisic
Engineering functional cardiac tissues remains an ongoing significant challenge due to the complexity of the native environment. However, our growing understanding of key parameters of the in vivo cardiac microenvironment and our ability to replicate those parameters in vitro are resulting in the development of increasingly sophisticated models of engineered cardiac tissues (ECT). This review examines some of the most relevant parameters that may be applied in culture leading to higher fidelity cardiac tissue models...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644875/estimation-of-the-optimal-dosing-regimen-of-escitalopram-in-dogs-a-dose-occupancy-study-with-11c-dasb
#3
Olivia Taylor, Nick Van Laeken, Ingeborgh Polis, Robrecht Dockx, Lise Vlerick, Andre Dobbeleir, Ingeborg Goethals, Jimmy Saunders, Nele Sadones, Chris Baeken, Filip De Vos, Kathelijne Peremans
Although the favourable characteristics of escitalopram as being the most selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and having an increased therapeutic efficacy via binding on an additional allosteric binding site of the serotonin transporter, its dosing regimen has not yet been optimized for its use in dogs. This study aimed to estimate the optimal dosing frequency and the required dose for achieving 80% occupancy of the serotonin transporters in the basal ganglia. The dosing frequency was investigated by determining the elimination half-life after a four day oral pre-treatment period with 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644395/optical-tracking-and-digital-quantification-of-beating-behavior-in-bioengineered-human-cardiac-organoids
#4
Mahesh Devarasetty, Steven Forsythe, Thomas D Shupe, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala, Aleksander Skardal
Organoid and organ-on-a-chip technologies are rapidly advancing towards deployment for drug and toxicology screening applications. Liver and cardiac toxicities account for the majority of drug candidate failures in human trials. Liver toxicity generally produces liver cell death, while cardiac toxicity causes adverse changes in heart beat kinetics. In traditional 2D cultures, beating kinetics can be measured by electrode arrays, but in some 3D constructs, quantifying beating kinetics can be more challenging...
June 23, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643999/dexmedetomidine-and-general-anesthesia-a-narrative-literature-review-of-its-major-indications-for-use-in-adults-undergoing-non-cardiac-surgery
#5
Arthur Davy, Julien Fessler, Marc Fischler, Morgan le Guen
BACKGROUND: In Europe, dexmedetomidine has marketing approval only for sedation in intensive care units. However, its use during general anesthesia has been widely reported. The aim of this narrative review is to draw a picture of potential indications in anesthesia. METHODS: We searched in MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using the keywords "Dexmedetomidine, Dexdor, Precedex and Dexdomitor". The research ended in December 2016...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643175/-clinical-aspects-of-treatment-with-amiodarone
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REVIEW
W Haverkamp, C Israel, A Parwani
Amiodarone has multiple and complex electrophysiological effects that render it a very effective antiarrhythmic drug for the treatment of both, supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. Proarrhythmic effects of amiodarone in patients with structural heart disease are rare. However, extracardiac adverse effects occurring in association with amiodarone treatment are frequent and feared. These adverse effects have usually been related to total amiodarone exposure (i. e., dose and duration of treatment)...
June 22, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642714/comparative-effectiveness-of-acupuncture-and-antiarrhythmic-drugs-for-the-prevention-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#7
Yanda Li, Hector Barajas-Martinez, Bo Li, Yonghong Gao, Zhenpeng Zhang, Hongcai Shang, Yanwei Xing, Dan Hu
Introduction and Objectives: This study was designed to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for arrhythmia compared to existing drug therapy. Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were identified through searches of the MEDLINE, CNKI, Embase, and Cochrane databases (1970 through 2016) and hand searches of cross-references from original articles and reviews. Clinical trials that randomized arrhythmia patients to acupuncture therapy vs. conventional drugs, sham acupuncture, or bed rest were included for analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641963/modulation-of-the-heart-s-electrical-properties-by-the-anticonvulsant-drug-retigabine
#8
Lena Rubi, Michael Kovar, Eva Zebedin-Brandl, Xaver Koenig, Manuel Dominguez-Rodriguez, Hannes Todt, Helmut Kubista, Stefan Boehm, Karlheinz Hilber
Retigabine, currently used as antiepileptic drug, has a wide range of potential medical uses. Administration of the drug in patients can lead to QT interval prolongation in the electrocardiogram and to cardiac arrhythmias in rare cases. This suggests that the drug may perturb the electrical properties of the heart, and the underlying mechanisms were investigated here. Effects of retigabine on currents through human cardiac ion channels, heterologously expressed in tsA-201 cells, were studied in whole-cell patch-clamp experiments...
June 19, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641892/fighting-fake-medicines-first-quality-evaluation-of-cardiac-drugs-in-africa
#9
Marie Antignac, Bara Ibrahima Diop, Diane Macquart de Terline, Melisande Bernard, Bernard Do, Stéphane Méo Ikama, Roland N'Guetta, Dadhi M Balde, Yessoufou Tchabi, Abdallahi Sidi Aly, Ibrahim Ali Toure, Patrick Zabsonre, Jean Marie F Damorou, Jean Laurent Takombe, Christine Fernandez, Muriel Tafflet, Jean Philippe Empana, Pierre François Plouin, Kumar Narayanan, Eloi Marijon, Xavier Jouven
BACKGROUND: The growing menace of poor quality and falsified drugs constitutes a major hazard, compromising healthcare and patient outcomes. Efforts to assess drug standards worldwide have almost exclusively focused on anti-microbial drugs; with no study to date on cardiovascular drugs. Our study aims to assess quality of seven routinely used cardiovascular medications (anticoagulants, antihypertensives and statins) in ten Sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS: Drugs were prospectively collected using standardized methods between 2012 and 2014 from licensed (random pharmacies) and unlicensed (street-markets) places of sale in Africa...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639987/antithrombotic-strategies-in-the-catheterization-laboratory-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-insights-from-the-employed-antithrombotic-therapies-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-hospitalized
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Leonardo De Luca, Giuseppe Musumeci, Sergio Leonardi, Lucio Gonzini, Claudio Cavallini, Paolo Calabrò, Ciro Mauro, Luisa Cacciavillani, Stefano Savonitto, Stefano De Servi
AIMS: In the last decades, several new therapies have emerged for the treatment of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). We sought to describe real-world patterns of use of antithrombotic treatments in the catheterization laboratory for ACS patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). METHODS: EmploYEd antithrombotic therapies in patients with acute coronary Syndromes HOspitalized in iTalian cardiac care units was a nationwide, prospective registry aimed to evaluate antithrombotic strategies employed in ACS patients in Italy...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639275/statin-regulated-erk5-stimulates-tight-junction-formation-and-reduces-permeability-in-human-cardiac-endothelial-cells
#11
Emma L Wilkinson, James E Sidaway, Michael J Cross
The MEKK3/MEK5/ERK5 signalling axis is required for cardiovascular development in vivo. We analysed the physiological role of ERK5 in cardiac endothelial cells and the consequence of activation of this kinase by the statin class of HMG Co-A reductase inhibitor drugs. We utilised human microvascular endothelial cells (HCMECs) and altered ERK5 expression using siRNA mediated gene silencing or overexpression of constitutively active MEK5 and ERK5 to reveal a role for ERK5 in regulating endothelial tight junction formation and cell permeability...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638259/global-alert-zika-virus-an-emerging-arbovirus
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REVIEW
Zulal Ozkurt, Esra Cinar Tanriverdi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus of the Flavivirus genus, and it has an envelope and a single RNA molecule. In early 2016, the World Health Organization declared ZIKV infection to be an emerging global health threat. The major transmission route of the virus to humans is Aedes mosquitoes. ZIKV can be transmitted between humans by transplacental, perinatal, and sexual routes and via blood and body fluids. ZIKV infection usually results in a mild and self-limiting disease with low-grade fever, conjunctivitis, and periorbital edema...
June 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637704/the-structure-function-remodeling-in-rabbit-hearts-of-myocardial-infarction
#13
Haotian Wu, Li Li, Pei Niu, Xu Huang, Jinyi Liu, Fengshun Zhang, Wenzeng Shen, Wenchang Tan, Yiling Wu, Yunlong Huo
Animal models are of importance to investigate basic mechanisms for ischemic heart failure (HF). The objective of the study was to create a rabbit model through multiple coronary artery ligations to investigate the postoperative structure-function remodeling of the left ventricle (LV) and coronary arterial trees. Here, we hypothesize that the interplay of the degenerated coronary vasculature and increased ventricle wall stress relevant to cardiac fibrosis in vicinity of myocardial infarction (MI) precipitates the incidence and progression of ischemic HF Echocardiographic measurements showed an approximately monotonic drop of fractional shortening and ejection fraction from 40% and 73% down to 28% and 58% as well as persistent enlargement of LV cavity and slight mitral regurgitation at postoperative 12 weeks...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637420/bioinformatics-insights-on-targets-receptors-of-amiodarone-in-human-and-acanthamoeba-castellanii
#14
Abdul Baig, Zohaib Rana, H R Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone is prescribed for certain cardiac arrhythmias in medical practice. The drug targets and inhibits voltage dependent sodium (Na+v), calcium (Ca+2v), potassium (K+v) channels, and enzymes like cytochrome P450 and oxidosqualene cyclase. Past studies have shown that amiodarone exerts anti-amoebic effects against Trypanosoma cruzi and Acanthamoeba castellanii. OBJECTIVES: The presence of aforementioned targets and the type of cell death induced by amiodarone in these pathogenic eukaryotes like Acanthamoeba castellanii remain to be verified...
June 21, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636634/cardiomyopathy-development-protection-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-successful-competition-for-major-dihydropyridines-common-metabolite-against-captopril
#15
Katarzyna A Mitręga, Adrianna M Spałek, Jerzy Nożyński, Maurycy Porc, Magdalena Stankiewicz, Tadeusz F Krzemiński
During the last 25 years angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors spectacularly conquered the field of cardiovascular diseases therapy. Nevertheless, lack of new studies concerning side effects associated with their chronic administration seems to be rather confusing. In our previous research, we proved that the main furnidipines' metabolite (M-2) possess multiple cardioprotective actions. Currently, we compared effects of post-infarction long-term oral treatment with M-2 and captopril on hemodynamic parameters and "ischemic cardiomyopathy" development in rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636290/sulforaphane-protection-against-the-development-of-doxorubicin-induced-chronic-heart-failure-is-associated-with-nrf2-upregulation
#16
Yang Bai, Qiang Chen, Yun-Peng Sun, Xuan Wang, Li Lv, Li-Ping Zhang, Jin-Sha Liu, Song Zhao, Xiao-Lu Wang
Doxorubicin (DOX) is an anthracycline anti-tumor drug. However, its clinical use is limited by dose-dependent cardiotoxicity, and even progresses to chronic heart failure (CHF). OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate whether the Nrf2 activator, sulforaphane (SFN), can prevent DOX-induced CHF. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats who received treatment for six weeks were divided into four groups (n=30 per group): control, SFN, DOX, and DOX plus SFN group. RESULTS: Results revealed that DOX induced progressive cardiac damage as indicated by increased cardiac injury markers, cardiac inflammation, fibrosis and oxidative stress...
June 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635324/gliptins-suppress-inflammatory-macrophage-activation-to-mitigate-inflammation-fibrosis-oxidative-stress-and-vascular-dysfunction-in-models-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-liver-fibrosis
#17
Xiaoyu Wang, Michael Hausding, Shih-Yen Weng, Yong Ook Kim, Sebastian Steven, Thomas Klein, Andreas Daiber, Detlef Schuppan
AIMS: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by steatosis, panlobular inflammation, liver fibrosis and increased cardiovascular mortality. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) are indirect glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists with antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activity, used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Their potential and underlying mechanisms to treat metabolic liver inflammation and fibrosis as well as the associated vascular dysfunction remain to be explored...
June 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634521/a-review-of-echocardiograms-in-hypertensive-patients-greater-than-60-years-in-a-community-based-family-medicine-program
#18
Shideh Doroudi, Michael D DeLisi, Vincent A DeBari
Background: Heart disease as a result of Hypertension is known to occur. Anatomical and functional changes of the heart can easily be detected by echocardiography, which is a safe and readily available study. Objectives: The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of common echocardiographic changes in chronic hypertensive patients and to compare these changes in male and female populations. Design/methods: The study was a community-based cross-sectional study, on 227 hypertensive patients, 60 years and older, seen in St...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634504/the-reemergence-of-eeg-reactivity-after-cardiac-arrest
#19
Joseph Zachariah, Alejandro A Rabinstein
Electroencephalogram (EEG) reactivity has been increasingly utilized in prognostication after cardiac arrest. Recent studies have demonstrated a false-positive rate of 0% in predicting poor outcome with a nonreactive EEG. The reemergence of reactivity after an initial nonreactive EEG has been noted in cases of drug intoxication, rewarming after hypothermia, and after discontinuing sedation. This is the first case describing the reemergence of EEG reactivity without the confounding factors listed above. We describe a case of resuscitated cardiac arrest with initial EEG demonstrating a lack of reactivity...
July 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634147/csahi-study-2-validation-of-multi-electrode-array-systems-mea60-2100-for-prediction-of-drug-induced-proarrhythmia-using-human-ips-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-assessment-of-reference-compounds-and-comparison-with-non-clinical-studies-and-clinical-information
#20
Yumiko Nozaki, Yayoi Honda, Hitoshi Watanabe, Shota Saiki, Kiyotaka Koyabu, Tetsuji Itoh, Chiho Nagasawa, Chiaki Nakamori, Chiaki Nakayama, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Shinobu Suzuki, Kohji Tanaka, Etsushi Takahashi, Kaori Miyamoto, Kaoru Morimura, Atsuhiro Yamanishi, Hiroko Endo, Junko Shinozaki, Hisashi Nogawa, Tadahiro Shinozawa, Fumiyo Saito, Takeshi Kunimatsu
With the aim of reconsidering ICH S7B and E14 guidelines, a new in vitro assay system has been subjected to worldwide validation to establish a better prediction platform for potential drug-induced QT prolongation and the consequent TdP in clinical practice. In Japan, CSAHi HEART team has been working on hiPS-CMs in the MEA (hiPS-CMs/MEA) under a standardized protocol and found no inter-facility or lot-to-lot variability for proarrhythmic risk assessment of 7 reference compounds. In this study, we evaluated the responses of hiPS-CMs/MEA to another 31 reference compounds associated with cardiac toxicities, and gene expression to further clarify the electrophysiological characteristics over the course of culture period...
June 17, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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