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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457878/genetic-determinants-of-heart-failure-facts-and-numbers
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EDITORIAL
Frauke S Czepluch, Bernd Wollnik, Gerd Hasenfuß
The relevance of gene mutations leading to heart diseases and hence heart failure has become evident. The risk for and the course of heart failure depends on genomic variants and mutations underlying the so-called genetic predisposition. Genetic contribution to heart failure is highly heterogenous and complex. For any patient with a likely inherited heart failure syndrome, genetic counselling is recommended and important. In the last few years, novel sequencing technologies (named next-generation sequencing - NGS) have dramatically improved the availability of molecular testing, the efficiency of genetic analyses, and moreover reduced the cost for genetic testing...
February 19, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457371/validation-of-a-blood-marker-for-plasma-volume-in-endurance-athletes-during-a-live-high-train-low-altitude-training-camp
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Louisa M Lobigs, Laura A Garvican-Lewis, Victor L Vuong, Nicolin Tee, Christopher J Gore, Peter Peeling, Brian Dawson, Yorck O Schumacher
Altitude is a confounding factor within the Athlete's Biological Passport (ABP) due, in part, to the plasma volume (PV) response to hypoxia. Here, a newly developed PV blood test is applied to assess the possible efficacy of reducing the influence of PV on the volumetric ABP markers; hemoglobin concentration ([Hb]) and the OFF-score. Endurance athletes (n=34) completed a 21 night simulated live high: train low protocol (14h.d-1 at 3000m). Bloods were collected twice pre-altitude, at days 3, 8 and 15 at altitude and 1, 7, 21 and 42 days post-altitude...
February 19, 2018: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457306/functional-characterization-of-collaterals-in-the-human-gingiva-by-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging
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Réka Fazekas, Eszter Molnár, Zsolt Lohinai, Elek Dinya, Zsuzsanna Tóth, Péter Windisch, János Vág
OBJECTIVES: The rate of blood flow between the various areas of the gingiva in resting position and under challenge is unknown. In the present study, the Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging (LSCI) method was used to map spatial and temporal changes in gingival blood flow after transient compression. METHODS: Horizontal, vertical and papilla base compressions were applied on the attached gingiva in 21 healthy patients (13 women, 8 men). LSCI was used to determine dynamic changes in regional blood flow during a five-second occlusion interval and subsequent reperfusion for twenty minutes...
February 19, 2018: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454893/deciphering-the-growth-pattern-and-phytohormonal-content-in-saskatoon-berry-amelanchier-alnifolia-in-response-to-in-vitro-cytokinin-application
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Mack Moyo, Adeyemi O Aremu, Lenka Plačková, Lucie Plíhalová, Aleš Pěnčík, Ondřej Novák, Jan Holub, Karel Doležal, Johannes Van Staden
Clonal propagation plays a critical integral role in the growth and success of a global multi-billion dollar horticulture industry through a constant supply of healthy stock plants. The supply chain depends on continuously improving the micropropagation process, thus, understanding the physiology of in vitro plants remains a core component. We evaluated the influence of exogenously applied cytokinins (CKs, N6 -benzyladenine = BA, isopentenyladenine = iP, meta-topolin = mT, 6-(3-hydroxybenzylamino)-9-(tetrahydropyran-2-yl)purine = mTTHP) in Murashige and Skoog (MS)-supplemented media on organogenic response and accumulation of endogenous CK and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) metabolites...
February 15, 2018: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453267/plant-microbe-and-abiotic-factors-influencing-salmonella-survival-and-growth-on-alfalfa-sprouts-and-swiss-chard-microgreens
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Elizabeth Reed, Christina M Ferreira, Rebecca Bell, Eric W Brown, Jie Zheng
Microgreens, like sprouts, are relatively fast growing, and generally consumed raw. Moreover, as observed in sprouts, microbial contamination from preharvest sources could also be present in the production of microgreens. In this study, two Salmonella enterica serovars (Hartford and Cubana) applied, at multiple inoculation levels, were evaluated for survival and growth on alfalfa sprouts and Swiss chard microgreens using the most probable number (MPN) method. Various abiotic factors were also examined for their effects on Salmonella survival and growth on sprouts and microgreens...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453264/bacterial-community-shift-and-coexisting-coexcluding-patterns-revealed-by-network-analysis-in-a-bioreduced-uranium-contaminated-site-after-reoxidation
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Bing Li, Wei-Min Wu, David B Watson, Erick Cardenas, Yuanqing Chao, D H Phillips, Tonia Mehlhorn, Kenneth Lowe, Shelly D Kelly, Pengsong Li, Huchun Tao, James M Tiedje, Craig S Criddle, Tong Zhang
A site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, has sediments that contain >3% iron oxides and is contaminated with uranium (U). The U(VI) was bioreduced to U(IV) and immobilized in situ through intermittent injections of ethanol. Then it was allowed to reoxidize via the invasion of low-pH (3.6-4.0), high-nitrate (up to 200 mM) groundwater back into the reduced zone for 1,383 days. To examine the biogeochemical response, high-throughput sequencing and network analysis were applied to characterize bacterial population shifts, as well as co-occurrence and co-exclusion patterns among microbial communities...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451642/damage-control-surgery-are-we-losing-control-over-indications
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Silvânia Klug Pimentel, Tulio Rucinski, Melina Paula DE Araújo Meskau, Guilherme Pasquini Cavassin, Nathan Harmuch Kohl
OBJECTIVE: to analyze the surgeons' subjective indications for damage control surgery, correlating with objective data about the patients' physiological state at the time the surgery was chosen. METHODS: we carried out a prospective study between January 2016 and February 2017, with 46 trauma victims who were submitted to damage control surgery. After each surgery, we applied a questionnaire to the attending surgeon, addressing the motivations for choosing the procedure...
2018: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451501/transitions-in-physiological-coupling-between-heartbeat-and-pulse-across-sleep-stages
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Qianli D Y Ma, Changjuan Ji, Huanhuan Xie, Kai Yin, Zhen Ma, Chunhua Bian
The aim of this study is to investigate the coupling behavior between heartbeat and pulse of blood flow at different sleep stages, and to explore the feasibility of using this coupling strength for automatic sleep staging.
 Approach: The electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) signals are recorded during sleep, and R-wave-to-R-wave intervals (RRI) and Pulse-to-Pulse intervals (PPI) are extracted respectively. The detrended cross-correlation analysis (DCCA) is applied to quantify long-range cross correlations between the RRIs and PPIs across sleep stages...
February 16, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451499/characterising-the-frequency-response-of-impedance-changes-during-evoked-physiological-activity-in-the-rat-brain
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Mayo Faulkner, Sana Hannan, Kirill Y Aristovich, James Avery, David S Holder
<i>Objective</i>. Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) can image impedance changes associated with evoked physiological activity in the cerebral cortex using an array of epicortical electrodes. An impedance change is observed as the externally applied current, normally confined to the extracellular space is admitted into the conducting intracellular space during neuronal depolarisation. The response is largest at DC and decreases at higher frequencies due to capacitative transfer of current across the membrane...
February 16, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451473/uremia-a-historical-reappraisal-of-what-happened
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Rajeev Raghavan, Garabed Eknoyan
Urea was identified as a urinary salt in 1662 and was the first organic bodily product to be synthesized in vitro in 1828. This heralded the end of an era that defined disease as an imbalance between vital life forces, and catalyzed the merging of organic chemical sciences into clinical medicine. The term urée (urea) was introduced in 1803, its accumulation in blood was dubbed urémie (uremia) in 1847, and the procedure for its removal from urine across semi-permeable membranes designated dialysis in 1861...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451035/revisiting-the-physiological-effects-of-methylene-blue-as-a-treatment-of-cyanide-intoxication
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Philippe Haouzi, Maxime Gueguinou, Takashi Sonobe, Annick Judenherc-Haouzi, Nicole Tubbs, Mohamed Trebak, Joseph Cheung, Frederic Bouillaud
BACKGROUND: Although methylene blue (MB) had long been proposed to counteract the effects of cyanide (CN) intoxication, research on its mechanisms of action and efficacy has been abandoned for decades. Recent studies on the benefits of MB in post-anoxic injuries have prompted us to reexamine the relevance of this historical observation. METHODS: Our study was performed in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats and on HEK293T epithelial cells. First, the effects and toxicity of MB (0-80 mg/kg) on circulation and metabolism were established in four urethane-anesthetized rats...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450932/cardiorespiratory-noise-correction-improves-the-asl-signal
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Mahlega S Hassanpour, Qingfei Luo, W Kyle Simmons, Justin S Feinstein, Martin P Paulus, Wen-Ming Luh, Jerzy Bodurka, Sahib S Khalsa
Cardiorespiratory fluctuations such as changes in heart rate or respiration volume influence the temporal dynamics of cerebral blood flow (CBF) measurements during arterial spin labeling (ASL) fMRI. This "physiological noise" can confound estimates of resting state network activity, and it may lower the signal-to-noise ratio of ASL during task-related experiments. In this study we examined several methods for minimizing the contributions of both synchronized and non-synchronized physiological noise in ASL measures of CBF, by combining the RETROICOR approach with different linear deconvolution models...
February 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449875/a-robust-vegetation-index-for-remotely-assessing-chlorophyll-content-of-dorsiventral-leaves-across-several-species-in-different-seasons
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Shan Lu, Fan Lu, Wenqiang You, Zheyi Wang, Yu Liu, Kenji Omasa
Background: Leaf chlorophyll content (LCC) provides valuable information about plant physiology. Most of the published chlorophyll vegetation indices at the leaf level have been based on the spectral characteristics of the adaxial leaf surface, thus, they are not appropriate for estimating LCC when both the adaxial and abaxial leaf surfaces influence the spectral reflectance. We attempted to address this challenge by measuring the spectral reflectance of the adaxial and abaxial leaf surfaces of several plant species at different growth stages using a portable field spectroradiometer...
2018: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448205/6-7-dimethoxy-1-2-3-4-tetrahydro-isoquinoline-3-carboxylic-acid-attenuates-colon-carcinogenesis-via-blockade-of-il-6-mediated-signals
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Priyanka Mishra, Vinit Raj, Archana S Bhadauria, Ashok K Singh, Amit Rai, Pranesh Kumar, Amit K Keshari, Arnab De, Amalesh Samanta, Umesh Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Biswanath Maity, Sneha Nath, Anand Prakash, Kausar M Ansari, Sudipta Saha
In this study, we investigated the in vivo antiproliferative activity of 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-isoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid (M1) in dimethylhydrazine (DMH) induced colorectal carcinoma (CRC) using albino Wistar rats. M1 was administered to DMH induced CRC rats at 10 and 25 mg/kg doses for 15 days. Various physiological, oxidative parameters, histopathology, ELISA, gene and protein expression studies were conducted to evaluate the anti-CRC potential of M1. The histopathology and biochemical tests indicated the protective action of M1 in DMH-induced colon cancer...
February 12, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448068/systems-immunology-allows-a-new-view-on-human-dendritic-cells
#15
REVIEW
Joachim L Schultze, Anna C Aschenbrenner
As the most important antigen-presenting cells, dendritic cells connect the innate and adaptive part of our immune system and play a pivotal role in our course of action against invading pathogens as well as during successful vaccination. Immunologists have therefore studied these cells in great detail using flow cytometry-based analyses, in vitro assays and in vivo models, both in murine models and in humans. Albeit, sophisticated, classical immunological, and molecular approaches were often unable to unequivocally determine the subpopulation structure of the dendritic cell lineage and not surprisingly, conflicting results about dendritic cell subsets co-existed throughout the last decades...
February 12, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447711/no-355-physiologic-basis-of-pain-in-labour-and-delivery-an-evidence-based-approach-to-its-management
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Julie Bonapace, Guy-Paul Gagné, Nils Chaillet, Raymonde Gagnon, Emmanuelle Hébert, Sarah Buckley
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence relating to nonpharmacological approaches in the management of pain during labour and delivery. To formulate recommendations for the usage of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. OPTIONS: Nonpharmacological methods available for pain management during labour and delivery exist. These should be included in the counselling and care of women. EVIDENCE: PubMed and Medline were searched for articles in French and English on subjects related to "breastfeeding," "pain," "epidural," "anaesthesia," "analgesia," "labour," "labor," and combined with "gate control theory," "alternative therapies," "massage," "position," "mobility," "TENS," "bathing," "DNIC," "acupuncture," "acupressure," "sterile water injection," "higher center," "control mind," "cognitive structuring," "holistic health," "complementary therapy(ies)," "breathing," "relaxation," "mental imagery," "visualization," "mind focusing," "hypnosis," "auto-hypnosis," "sophrology," "mind and body interventions," "music," "odors," "biofeedback," "Lamaze," "Bonapace," "prenatal training," "gymnastic," "chanting," "haptonomy," "environment," "transcutaneous electrical stimulus-stimulation," "antenatal education," "support," "continuous support," "psychosocial support," "psychosomatic medicine," "supportive care," "companion," "intrapartum care," "nurse," "midwife(ves)," "father," "doula," "caregiver," " hormones," "oxytocin," "endorphin," "prolactin," "catecholamine," "adrenaline," and "noradrenaline" from 1990 to December 2015...
February 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445534/delayed-sleep-wake-phase-disorder
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REVIEW
Alexander D Nesbitt
Delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD) is the most commonly encountered of the circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders (CRSDs), and is often confused with sleep initiation insomnia. It typically emerges in teenage years and persists into adulthood. In essence, people with the disorder have an abnormally delayed major sleep episode relative to the dark phase of the solar cycle, and hence great difficulty initiating sleep at an appropriately early time, and, as a knock-on effect, waking at a desirable time in the morning, leading to chronic, and often quite severe sleep restriction trying to conform to a 9 to 5 schedule...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445525/physiological-consequences-of-cpap-therapy-withdrawal-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-an-opportunity-for-an-efficient-experimental-model
#18
REVIEW
Esther I Schwarz, John R Stradling, Malcolm Kohler
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are time consuming, and their findings often inconclusive or limited due to suboptimal CPAP adherence in CPAP-naïve patients with OSA. Short-term CPAP withdrawal in patients with prior optimal CPAP adherence results in recurrence of OSA and its consequences. Thus, this experimental model serves as an efficient tool to investigate both the consequences of untreated OSA, and potential treatment alternatives to CPAP...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444844/the-stomatogastric-nervous-system-of-the-medicinal-leech-its-anatomy-physiology-and-associated-aminergic-neurons
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Karen A Mesce, Magda Alania, Quentin Gaudry, Joshua G Puhl
Blood feeding is an essential and signature activity of the medicinal leech species, Hirudo verbana Despite keen interest in understanding the neuronal substrates of this behavior, a major component of the nervous system associated with feeding has remained overlooked. In this study, for the first time, we report on the presence and characteristics of five stomatogastic ganglia (STGs) comprising the visceral stomatogastric nervous system (STN) of the leech. Although Hanke (1948) provided a brief report that a ring of three ganglia (not five) was associated with the cephalic ganglia, this information was never integrated into subsequent neurobiological studies of feeding...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444138/voxel-level-quantification-of-11c-curb-a-radioligand-for-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-using-high-resolution-positron-emission-tomography
#20
Pablo M Rusjan, Dunja Knezevic, Isabelle Boileau, Junchao Tong, Romina Mizrahi, Alan A Wilson, Sylvain Houle
[11C]CURB is a novel irreversible radioligand for imaging fatty acid amide hydrolase in the human brain. In the present work, we validate an algorithm for generating parametric map images of [11C]CURB acquired with a high resolution research tomograph (HRRT) scanner. This algorithm applies the basis function method on an irreversible two-tissue compartment model (k4 = 0) with arterial input function, i.e., BAFPIC. Monte Carlo simulations are employed to assess bias and variability of the binding macroparameters (Ki and λk3) as a function of the voxel noise level and the range of basis functions...
2018: PloS One
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