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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140431/microvascular-adaptations-to-exercise-protective-effect-of-pgc-1-alpha
#1
Andrew O Kadlec, Chad Barnes, Matthew J Durand, David D Gutterman
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior and obesity are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Regular physical activity has independent protective effects on the cardiovascular system, but the mechanisms responsible remain elusive. Recent studies suggest that the protein peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α) participates in the response to exercise training. We hypothesized that the arterioles of athletes maintain dilation to flow despite combined inhibition of multiple vasodilators, but loss of PGC-1α renders these vessels susceptible to inhibition of a single vasodilator pathway...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138746/a-novel-encephalopathy-in-a-thiamine-deficient-dog-resembling-human-wernicke-s-disease-with-atypical-mri-pattern
#2
Floriana Gernone, Mario Ricciardi
Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin, which participates in several vital metabolic pathways involved in energy metabolism and neurotransmitter synthesis of mammals. In companion animals thiamine deficiency is classically associated with signs of diffuse encephalopathy and lesions on brainstem nuclei and mesencephalic colliculi evident on magnetic resonance imaging. This paper describes a novel clinical presentation in a thiamine-deficient dog showing multifocal, central and peripheral nervous and cardiovascular system alterations...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138472/functional-characterization-of-the-ucp1-associated-oxidative-phenotype-of-human-epicardial-adipose-tissue
#3
Kanta Chechi, Pierre Voisine, Patrick Mathieu, Mathieu Laplante, Sébastian Bonnet, Frédéric Picard, Philippe Joubert, Denis Richard
Brown fat presence and metabolic activity has been associated with lower body mass index, higher insulin sensitivity and better cardiometabolic profile in humans. We, and others, have previously reported the presence of Ucp1, a marker of brown adipocytes, in human epicardial adipose tissue (eAT). Characterization of the metabolic activity and associated physiological relevance of Ucp1 within eAT, however, is still awaited. Here, we validate the presence of Ucp1 within human eAT and its 'beige' nature. Using in-vitro analytical approaches, we further characterize its thermogenic potential and demonstrate that human eAT is capable of undergoing enhanced uncoupling respiration upon stimulation...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135035/analysis-and-measurement-of-serotonin
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András Seitz, Stelvio M Bandiera
Serotonin, also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine, is an important signaling molecule in the central and peripheral nervous systems of humans. Acting through several receptor types, it helps regulate the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system and brain. Serotonin signaling has also been implicated in the etiology of several diseases, including depression, anxiety disorders, hypertension and irritable bowel syndrome. The present review focuses on the chemical analysis of serotonin in biological fluids and biomatrices and traces the development and application of early methods based on UV absorbance or fluorescence to more widely-used current methods such as high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134982/electrocardiographic-and-blood-pressure-measurements-in-captive-african-lions-panthera-leo-immobilized-with-xylazine-ketamine-combination
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T O Omóbòwálé, P I Otuh, O A Adejumobi, J O Abiola, T Adebiyi, B N Ogunro, A O Adeogun
Electrocardiographic and blood pressure measurements are extremely valuable diagnostic tools in the evaluationof the cardiovascular system of living animals. In this study, 6-lead electrocardiograms were recorded from five male captiveAfrican lions (Panthera leo). Also, blood pressure measurements were recorded and compared from three different sites;fore limb, hind limb and the tail, were recorded. Immobilization was done with a combination of Ketamine Hydrochloride(10mg/kg) and Xylazine (3mg/kg). Measurements were recorded as mean ± standard deviation...
June 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134367/imaging-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-pregnancy-and-the-peripartum-period
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Theodore Pierce, Meline Hovnanian, Sandeep Hedgire, Brian Ghoshhajra
Cardiovascular disease is an important cause of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy and the postpartum period. During pregnancy, the cardiovascular system undergoes extensive hemodynamic, hormonal, and microstructural changes which may exacerbate a preexisting underlying cardiovascular condition or predispose to cardiovascular complications not typically seen in young healthy women. Such conditions include spontaneous coronary artery dissection, atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, and peripartum cardiomyopathy...
November 14, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133807/apelin-conformational-and-binding-equilibria-upon-micelle-interaction-primarily-depend-on-membrane-mimetic-headgroup
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Kyungsoo Shin, Muzaddid Sarker, Shuya K Huang, Jan K Rainey
Apelin is one of two peptide hormones that activate the apelin receptor (AR or APJ) to regulate the cardiovascular system, central nervous system, and adipoinsular axis. Here, we apply circular dichroism (CD) spectropolarimetry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to characterize the potential membrane binding by the two longest bioactive apelin isoforms, apelin-55 and -36, using membrane-mimetic dodecylphosphocholine (DPC), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and 1-palmitoyl-2-hydroxy-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-(1-glycerol)] (LPPG) micelles...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133170/hydronephrosis-and-crossing-vessels-in-children-optimization-of-diagnostic-therapeutic-pathway-and-analysis-of-color-doppler-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-urography-diagnostic-accuracy
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M C Y Wong, G Piaggio, M B Damasio, C Molinelli, S M Ferretti, A Pistorio, G Ghiggeri, M L Degl'Innocenti, A Canepa, V Incarbone, G Mattioli
INTRODUCTION: Ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) is one of the most frequent urological diseases affecting the pediatric population. It can be due to both intrinsic stenosis of the junction and extrinsic causes such as the presence of crossing vessels (CVs), which can be detected by color Doppler ultrasound (CD-US). Magnetic resonance urography (MRU) is a good alternative, but sedation and infusion of a contrast agent are required. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the diagnostic accuracy of CD-US and MRU in visualizing CVs in pediatric hydronephrosis, in order to decide the correct diagnostic pathway in the pre-operative phase...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133106/considerations-for-general-anaesthesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Daniel P Roberts, Simon J G Lewis
Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder in the elderly which when present has a significant influence on surgical management. These patients necessitate additional perioperative and anaesthetic considerations across disease specific domains as well as in relation to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. This brief review focuses on the factors which contribute to perioperative morbidity, including the use of medications that may exacerbate symptoms or adversely interact with treatments for Parkinson's disease...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131886/determinant-factors-for-arterial-hemodynamics-in-hypertension-theoretical-insights-from-a-computational-model-based-study
#10
Fuyou Liang, Debao Guan, Jordi Alastruey
Hypertension is a well-documented predictive factor for cardiovascular events. Clinical studies have extensively demonstrated the differential hemodynamic consequences of various anti-hypertensive drugs, but failed to clearly elucidate the underlying mechanisms due to the difficulty in performing a quantitative deterministic analysis based on clinical data that carry confounding information stemming from inter-patient differences and the nonlinearity of cardiovascular hemodynamics. In the present study, a multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system was developed to quantitatively investigate the relationships between hemodynamic variables and cardiovascular properties under hypertensive conditions, aiming to establish a theoretical basis for assisting in the interpretation of clinical observations or optimization of therapy...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130614/panax-notoginseng-saponins-attenuate-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-through-mitochondrial-pathway-in-natural-aging-rats
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Zhiyong Zhou, Jiao Wang, Yanan Song, Yumin He, Changcheng Zhang, Chaoqi Liu, Haixia Zhao, Yaoyan Dun, Ding Yuan, Ting Wang
Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS) have been widely used in the cardiovascular system for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in China. In this study, we investigated the anti-apoptotic effect of PNS on cardiomyocytes in the natural aging rat and explored the potential mechanisms regarding oxidative stress and mitochondrial function signaling pathways. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: adult control (3-month old), aging control (24-month old), and different doses of PNS-treated aging rat groups (10, 30, 60 mg/kg/day, orally)...
November 12, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129003/chelation-therapy-as-a-cardiovascular-therapeutic-strategy-the-rationale-and-the-data-in-review
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Roy O Mathew, Joshua Schulman-Marcus, Elizabeth L Nichols, Jonathan D Newman, Sripal Bangalore, Michael Farkouh, Mandeep S Sidhu
Chelation therapy, typically used to remove heavy metal toxins, has also been controversially used as a treatment for coronary artery disease. The first Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) aimed to provide evidence on chelation therapy's potential for benefit or harm. Although TACT had some significant results, the trial does not provide enough evidence to recommend routine chelation therapy and has limitations. The second TACT was recently funded reigniting a discussion about the value of chelation therapy, its efficacy, and allocation of research resources...
November 11, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128512/the-role-of-%C3%AE-ii-spectrin-in-cardiac-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Mohamed H Derbala, Aaron S Guo, Peter J Mohler, Sakima A Smith
Spectrins are large, flexible proteins comprised of α-β dimers that are connected head-to-head to form the canonical heterotetrameric spectrin structure. Spectrins were initially believed to be exclusively found in human erythrocytic membrane and are highly conserved among different species. βII spectrin, the most common isoform of non-erythrocytic spectrin, is found in all nucleated cells and forms larger macromolecular complexes with ankyrins and actins. Not only is βII spectrin a central cytoskeletal scaffolding protein involved in preserving cell structure but it has also emerged as a critical protein required for distinct physiologic functions such as posttranslational localization of crucial membrane proteins and signal transduction...
November 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128438/renin-angiotensin-system-blockers-and-statins-are-associated-with-lower-in-hospital-mortality-in-very-elderly-hypertensives
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Francesco Spannella, Federico Giulietti, Paolo Balietti, Guido Cocci, Laura Landi, Francesca Elena Lombardi, Elisabetta Borioni, Beatrice Bernardi, Giulia Rosettani, Valentina Bordoni, Riccardo Sarzani
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular diseases are mainly related to hypertension and dyslipidemia and increase with aging because of the larger time span for these risk factors to damage arterial blood vessels. The impact of cardiovascular drug therapy on outcomes in the very elderly hospitalized is still not well established. The aim of our study was to evaluate the associations between cardiovascular therapy and in-hospital mortality in very elderly hypertensives. DESIGN: Prospective observational study...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128401/h2s-protects-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammation-by-blocking-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-transactivation-in-endothelial-cells
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Caitlyn Bourque, Yanjie Zhang, Ming Fu, Mélanie Racine, Adam Greasley, Yanxi Pei, Lingyun Wu, Rui Wang, Guangdong Yang
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a novel gasotransmitter and acts as a multifunctional regulator in various cellular functions. Past studies have demonstrated a significant role of H2S and its generating enzyme cystathionine gamma-lyase (CSE) in the cardiovascular system. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a major pathogenic factor, is known to initiate the inflammatory immune response. The cross talk between LPS-induced inflammation and the CSE/H2S system in vascular cells has not yet been elucidated in detail. Here we showed that LPS decreased CSE mRNA and protein expression in human endothelial cells and blocked H2S production in mouse aorta tissues...
November 8, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125004/impact-of-the-automated-dose-dispensing-with-medication-review-on-geriatric-primary-care-patients-drug-use-in-finland-a-nationwide-cohort-study-with-matched-controls
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Juha Sinnemäki, Marja Airaksinen, Maria Valaste, Leena K Saastamoinen
OBJECTIVE: In an automated dose dispensing (ADD) service, medicines are dispensed in unit-dose bags according to administration times. When the service is initiated, the patient's medication list is reconciled and a prescription review is conducted. The service is expected to reduce drug use. The aim of this national controlled study was to investigate whether the ADD service with medication review reduces drug use among geriatric primary care patients. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: This is a nationwide cohort study with matched controls...
November 10, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124773/consumption-of-orange-fermented-beverage-improves-antioxidant-status-and-reduces-peroxidation-lipid-and-inflammatory-markers-in-healthy-humans
#17
Blanca Escudero-López, Ángeles Ortega, Isabel Cerrillo, María-Rosario Rodríguez-Griñolo, Rocío Muñoz-Hernández, Hada C Macher, Franz Martín, Dámaso Hornero-Méndez, Pedro Mena, Daniele Del Rio, María-Soledad Fernández-Pachón
BACKGROUND: Alcoholic fermentation of fruits has generated novel products with high concentrations of bioactive compounds and moderate alcohol content. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential effect on cardiovascular risk factors of the regular consumption by healthy humans of a beverage obtained by alcoholic fermentation and pasteurization of orange juice. RESULTS: Thirty healthy volunteers were enrolled in a randomized controlled study. The experimental group (n=15) drank 500 mL orange beverage (OB) day(-1) for 2 weeks (intervention phase), followed by a 3-week washout phase...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124703/vitamin-d-cardiovascular-disease-and-risk-factors
#18
Tea Skaaby, Betina H Thuesen, Allan Linneberg
Observational studies have suggested a possible protective role of vitamin D on the cardiovascular system. The available evidence does not support either cardiovascular benefits or harms of vitamin D supplementation. This chapter provides an overview and discussion of the current knowledge of vitamin D effects from a cardiovascular health perspective. It focuses on vitamin D in relation to cardiovascular disease, i.e. ischemic heart disease, and stroke; the traditional cardiovascular risk factors hypertension, abnormal blood lipids, obesity; and the emerging risk factors hyperparathyroidism, microalbuminuria, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123159/zinc-is-a-critical-regulator-of-placental-morphogenesis-and-maternal-hemodynamics-during-pregnancy-in-mice
#19
Rebecca L Wilson, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Zona Goh, Dale McAninch, Tanja Jankovic-Karasoulos, Gabriela E Leghi, Jessica A Phillips, Katrina Mirabito Colafella, Cuong Tran, Sean O'Leary, Sam Buckberry, Stephen Pederson, Sarah A Robertson, Tina Bianco-Miotto, Claire T Roberts
Zinc is an essential micronutrient in pregnancy and zinc deficiency impairs fetal growth. We used a mouse model of moderate zinc deficiency to investigate the physiological mechanisms by which zinc is important to placental morphogenesis and the maternal blood pressure changes during pregnancy. A 26% reduction in circulating zinc (P = 0.005) was exhibited in mice fed a moderately zinc-deficient diet. Zinc deficiency in pregnancy resulted in an 8% reduction in both near term fetal and placental weights (both P < 0...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122794/consensus-validation-of-the-posamino-potentially-serious-alcohol-medication-interactions-in-older-adults-criteria
#20
Alice E Holton, Paul J Gallagher, Cristín Ryan, Tom Fahey, Gráinne Cousins
OBJECTIVES: Older adults are particularly vulnerable to adverse effects from concurrent alcohol and medication use. However, there is limited evidence regarding the prevalence of these adverse outcomes among older adults, and there is a lack of consensus regarding what constitutes an alcohol-interactive medicine. The objective of this study was to develop an explicit list of potentially serious alcohol-medication interactions for use in older adults. DESIGN: Following a systematic review, review of drug compendia and clinical guidance documents, a two-round Delphi consensus method was conducted...
November 8, 2017: BMJ Open
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