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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433660/redox-regulation-of-gasotransmission-in-the-vascular-system-a-focus-on-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Rajesh K Mistry, Alison C Brewer
Reactive oxygen species have emerged as key participants in a broad range of physiological and pathophysiological processes, not least within the vascular system. Diverse cellular functions which have been attributed to some of these pro-oxidants within the vasculature include the regulation of blood pressure, neovascularisation and vascular inflammation. We here highlight the emerging roles of the enzymatically-generated reaction oxygen species, O2(-) and H2O2, in the regulation of the functions of the gaseous signalling molecules: nitric oxide (NO), carbon monoxide (CO), and hydrogen sulphide (H2S)...
April 19, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432844/evaluating-new-hba1c-methods-for-adoption-by-the-ifcc-and-ngsp-reference-networks-using-international-quality-targets
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Erna Lenters-Westra, Emma English
BACKGROUND: As a reference laboratory for HbA1c, it is essential to have accurate and precise HbA1c methods covering a range of measurement principles. We report an evaluation of the Abbott Enzymatic (Architect c4000), Roche Gen.3 HbA1c (Cobas c513) and Tosoh G11 using different quality targets. METHODS: The effect of hemoglobin variants, other potential interferences and the performance in comparison to both the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) reference systems was assessed using certified evaluation protocols...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432761/protein-s-sulfhydration-by-hydrogen-sulfide-in-cardiovascular-system
#3
REVIEW
Guoliang Meng, Shuang Zhao, Liping Xie, Yi Han, Yong Ji
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S), independent on any specific transporters, plays a number of biological effects on cardiovascular systems. However, the detailed mechanism of H2 S is not yet clear until now. Recently, a novel post-translational modification induced by H2 S, named S-sulfhydration, has been proposed. S-sulfhydration is a chemical modification on specific cysteine residues of target proteins by H2 S. There are several methods for S-sulfhydration detection, such as modified biotin switch assay, maleimide assay with fluorescent thiol modifying regents, tag-switch method and mass spectrometry...
April 22, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432663/the-vascular-wall-a-plastic-hub-of-activity-in-cardiovascular-homeostasis-and-disease
#4
REVIEW
Cassandra P Awgulewitsch, Linh T Trinh, Antonis K Hatzopoulos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to summarize recent findings regarding the plasticity and fate switching among somatic and progenitor cells residing in the vascular wall of blood vessels in health and disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Cell lineage tracing methods have identified multiple origins of stem cells, macrophages, and matrix-producing cells that become mobilized after acute or chronic injury of cardiovascular tissues. These studies also revealed that in the disease environment, resident somatic cells become plastic, thereby changing their stereotypical identities to adopt proinflammatory and profibrotic phenotypes...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432604/phosphate-imbalance-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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REVIEW
E C Christopoulou, T D Filippatos, E Megapanou, M S Elisaf, G Liamis
Patients with heart failure often exhibit electrolyte abnormalities, such as hyponatremia or hypokalemia/hyperkalemia. Although not as common as the other electrolyte disturbances observed in patients with heart failure, phosphate imbalance is also of high importance in this population. The aim of this review is to present the mechanisms of low or high phosphate serum levels in patients with heart failure and its role in the pathogenesis and progression of heart dysfunction. Hypophosphatemia in patients with heart failure may be the result of co-existing electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities, pharmacological treatments, decreased intestinal absorption or secondary to sympathetic nervous system activation and co-morbidities, such as diabetes mellitus or heavy alcohol consumption...
April 22, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431638/triglycerides-revisited-to-the-serial
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Paulo Ricardo Nazário Viecili, Brenda da Silva, Gabriela E Hirsch, Fernando G Porto, Mariana M Parisi, Alison R Castanho, Michele Wender, Jonatas Z Klafke
This review discusses the role of triglycerides (TGs) in the normal cardiovascular system as well as in the development and clinical manifestation of cardiovascular diseases. Regulation of TGs at the enzymatic and genetic level, in addition to their possible relevance as preclinical and clinical biomarkers, is discussed, culminating with a description of available and emerging treatments. Due to the high complexity of the subject and the vast amount of material in the literature, the objective of this review was not to exhaust the subject, but rather to compile the information to facilitate and improve the understanding of those interested in this topic...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430359/sulfur-containing-gaseous-signal-molecules-ion-channels-and-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Wen Yu, Hongfang Jin, Chaoshu Tang, Junbao Du, Zhiren Zhang
Sulfur-containing gaseous signal molecules including hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) and sulfur dioxide (SO2 ) were previously recognized as toxic gases. However, extensive studies have revealed that they can be generated in the cardiovascular system via a sulfur-containing amino acid metabolic pathway, playing an important part in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. Ion channels are pore-forming membrane proteins present in the membrane of all biological cells; functions include establishing a resting membrane potential and controlling action potentials and other electrical signals by conducting ions across the cell membrane...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429244/fluctuating-asymmetry-of-meristic-traits-an-isofemale-line-analysis-in-an-invasive-drosophilid-zaprionus-indianus
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Lilian Madi-Ravazzi, Luis Fernando Segala, Vincent Debat, Jean R David
Metric (e.g., body size) and meristic (e.g., bristle number) traits are of general use in quantitative genetic studies, and the phenotypic variance is subdivided into a genetic and a non-genetic environmental component. The non-genetic variance may have two origins: a common garden effect between individuals and a developmental instability within the same individual. Developmental instability may be studied by considering the fluctuating asymmetry (FA) between the two sides of the body. The isofemale line technique is a convenient method for investigating the architecture of natural populations but has been rarely implemented for investigating FA...
April 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429125/low-plasma-homoarginine-concentration-is-associated-with-high-rates-of-all-cause-mortality-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Isidor Minović, Erik Hanff, Anne-Roos S Frenay, Martin H de Borst, Martin Feelisch, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Dimitrios Tsikas
In renal transplant recipients (RTR), we recently found that low urinary excretion of homoarginine (hArg) is associated with mortality and graft failure. However, it is not known whether such prospective associations also hold true for plasma concentrations of hArg. In the present study, we therefore determined plasma concentrations of hArg in the same cohort, i.e. in 687 RTR (functioning graft ≥1 year), and in 140 healthy donors, before and after kidney donation. Plasma hArg concentrations were significantly lower in RTR compared to healthy controls [1...
April 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428353/development-of-a-bnp1-32-immunoassay-that-does-not-cross-react-with-probnp
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Lynley K Lewis, Sara D Raudsepp, Tim G Yandle, Timothy C Prickett, A Mark Richards
BACKGROUND: Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentration reflects cardiac dysfunction and assists in determining the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure (HF). Current BNP assays overestimate circulating bioactive BNP1-32 concentrations as they also detect less active BNP metabolites and proBNP. A specific BNP1-32 assay with negligible cross-reactivity to proBNP and/or BNP metabolites may be advantageous. METHODS: We developed a Luminex-based specific BNP1-32 immunoassay and compared results obtained from 3 other BNP assays (a Luminex-based total-BNP assay, our BNP RIA, and the commercially available Abbott Architect BNP assay) in plasma from 42 patients with HF and 22 healthy controls...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427705/presence-of-central-veins-and-susceptibility-weighted-imaging-for-evaluating-lesions-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-leukoaraiosis
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Urška Lamot, Jernej Avsenik, Saša Šega, Katarina Šurlan Popovič
PURPOSE: The process of demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS) is reflected in lesions of the central nervous system (CNS), which are found in an abundance of different diseases and are frequently radiographically indistinguishable. Our aim was to determine whether the perivenous distribution of MS lesions identified on susceptibility weighted images (SWI) could be used as a specific radiographic sign for MS, and also to determine whether the visibility of the central vein (CV) is affected by the activity of MS lesions...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420000/-epicatechin-suppresses-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-via-the-activation-of-the-sp1-sirt1-signaling-pathway
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Zeng-Xiang Dong, Lin Wan, Ren-Jun Wang, Yuan-Qi Shi, Guang-Zhong Liu, Si-Jia Zheng, Hui-Ling Hou, Wei Han, Xin Hai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Flavonol (-)-epicatechin (EPI) is present in high amounts in cocoa and tea products, and has been shown to exert beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. However, the precise mechanism of EPI on cardiomyocyte hypertrophy has not yet been determined. In this study, we examined whether EPI could inhibit cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS: We utilised cultured neonatal mouse cardiomyocytes and mice for immunofluorescence, immunochemistry, qRT-PCR, and western blot analyses...
April 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419568/the-influence-of-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-on-gestational-age-at-time-of-abortion-for-aneuploidy
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Sarah C Lassey, Emily S Reiff, Lori Dobson, Bryann Bromley, Louise Wilkins-Haug, Deborah Bartz, Sarah E Little
OBJECTIVE: To compare the gestational age at termination for trisomy 13, 18, or 21 (aneuploidy) before and after the introduction of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). METHODS: A retrospective cohort of women undergoing termination for aneuploidy at two academic institutions and one private clinic. We compared two time periods: before and after the introduction of NIPT (2006-2011 and 2012-2014, respectively). Maternal demographics and clinical characteristics were abstracted from the medical record...
April 17, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418090/natural-mortality-and-cause-of-death-analysis-of-the-captive-chimpanzee-pan-troglodytes-a-35-year-review
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REVIEW
Hannah Laurence, Shyamesh Kumar, Michael A Owston, Robert E Lanford, Gene B Hubbard, Edward J Dick
We present the spontaneous causes of mortality for 137 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) over a 35-year period. A record review of the pathology database was performed and a primary cause of mortality was determined for each chimpanzee. The most common causes of mortality were as follows: cardiomyopathy (40% of all mortalities), stillbirth/abortion, acute myocardial necrosis, chimpanzee-induced trauma, amyloidosis, and pneumonia. Five morphologic diagnoses accounted for 61% of mortalities: cardiomyopathy, hemorrhage, acute myocardial necrosis, amyloidosis, and pneumonia...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417071/twenty-novel-mutations-in-bckdha-bckdhb-and-dbt-genes-in-a-cohort-of-52-saudi-arabian-patients-with-maple-syrup-urine-disease
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Faiqa Imtiaz, Abeer Al-Mostafa, Rabab Allam, Khushnooda Ramzan, Nada Al-Tassan, Asma I Tahir, Nouf S Al-Numair, Mohamed H Al-Hamed, Zuhair Al-Hassnan, Mohammad Al-Owain, Hamad Al-Zaidan, Mohammad Al-Amoudi, Alya Qari, Ameera Balobaid, Moeenaldeen Al-Sayed
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), an autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism due to defects in the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase (BCKD) complex, is commonly observed among other inherited metabolic disorders in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This report presents the results of mutation analysis of three of the four genes encoding the BCKD complex in 52 biochemically diagnosed MSUD patients originating from Saudi Arabia. The 25 mutations (20 novel) detected spanned across the entire coding regions of the BCKHDA, BCKDHB and DBT genes...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416885/effect-of-chitosan-treatment-on-strawberry-allergen-related-gene-expression-during-ripening-stages
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Milena Petriccione, Francesco Mastrobuoni, Luigi Zampella, Elvira Nobis, Giuseppe Capriolo, Marco Scortichini
The effectiveness of a chitosan coating treatment on the allergen-related genes expression of three strawberry cultivars (Fragaria × ananassa Duch., namely cvs. "Sabrina", "Candonga" and "Jonica") harvested at three ripening stages was evaluated. Fruits were treated with a 1% chitosan coating and stored at 20 °C for 48 h. Three genes, encoding Fra a1, Fra a3 and Fra a4 allergens, were evaluated by real-time qPCR. The transcript levels of several genes showed different patterns during ripening stages in strawberry cultivars but were up-regulated by chitosan treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416250/therapeutic-hypothermia-for-neonates-with-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
#17
REVIEW
Ming-Chou Chiang, Yuh-Jyh Jong, Chyi-Her Lin
Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is a recommended regimen for newborn infants who are at or near term with evolving moderate-to-severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). The Task Force of the Taiwan Child Neurology Society and the Taiwan Society of Neonatology held a joint meeting in 2015 to establish recommendations for using TH on newborn patients with HIE. Based on current evidence and experts' experiences, this review article summarizes the key points and recommendations regarding TH for newborns with HIE, including: (1) selection criteria for TH; (2) choices of method and equipment for TH; (3) TH prior to and during transport; (4) methods for temperature maintenance, monitoring, and rewarming; (5) systemic care of patients during TH, including the care of respiratory and cardiovascular systems, management of fluids, electrolytes, and nutrition, as well as sedation and drug metabolism; (6) monitoring and management of seizures; (7) neuroimaging, prognostic factors, and outcomes; and (8) adjuvant therapy for TH...
March 27, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416142/nanoparticle-mediated-drug-delivery-system-for-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
#18
REVIEW
Tetsuya Matoba, Jun-Ichiro Koga, Kaku Nakano, Kensuke Egashira, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
Administration of drugs and other therapeutic agents has been the central strategy of contemporary medicine for cardiovascular disease. The use of drug delivery systems (DDS) includes micelles, liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, dendrimers, carbon nanotubes, and crystalline metals. Nano-DDS modify in vivo drug kinetics, depending on (patho)physiological mechanisms such as retard excretion, vascular permeability, and incorporation by mononuclear phagocyte systems, which constitute the 'passive-targeting' property of nano-DDS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416017/patient-complexity-and-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-biliary-atresia-a-cross-sectional-analysis
#19
Guo Cheng, Patrick Ho-Yu Chung, Edwin Kin-Wai Chan, Man-Ting So, Pak-Chung Sham, Stacey S Cherny, Paul Kwong-Hang Tam, Maria-Mercè Garcia-Barceló
BACKGROUND: Biliary Atresia (BA) is rare and genetically complex, and the pathogenesis is elusive. The disease course is variable and can represent heterogeneity, which hinders effective disease management. Deciphering the BA phenotypic variance is a priority in clinics and can be achieved by the integrative analysis of genotype and phenotype. We aim to explore the BA phenotypic features and to delineate the source of its variance. METHODS: The study is a cross-sectional observational study collating with case/control association analysis...
April 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415958/glycyrrhizic-acid-exerts-anti-inflammatory-effect-to-improve-cerebral-vasospasm-secondary-to-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-a-rat-model
#20
Yi Li, Fengbin Sun, Zhaohui Jing, Xuhui Wang, Xuming Hua, Liang Wan
This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of glycyrrhizic acid (GA) on the cerebral vasospasm (CVS) in a rat subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) model and to explore the potential mechanism. A total of 44 healthy male rats were randomly assigned into 3 groups: control group (n = 12), SAH group (n = 16) and GA group (n = 16). No treatment was conducted in control group; in SAH group and GA group, experimental CVS was induced using a double-hemorrhage model and then rats were intraperitoneally injected with normal saline and GA at 10 mg/kg, respectively, once daily...
April 17, 2017: Neurological Research
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