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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786048/cardiac-hypertrophy-is-positively-regulated-by-microrna-24-in-ratsmicrorna-24
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Juan Gao, Min Zhu, Rui-Feng Liu, Jian-Shu Zhang, Ming Xu
Background: MicroRNA-24 (miR-24) plays an important role in heart failure by reducing the efficiency of myocardial excitation-contraction coupling. Prolonged cardiac hypertrophy may lead to heart failure, but little is known about the role of miR-24 in cardiac hypertrophy. This study aimed to preliminarily investigate the function of miR-24 and its mechanisms in cardiac hypertrophy. Methods: Twelve Sprague-Dawley rats with a body weight of 50 ± 5 g were recruited and randomly divided into two groups: a transverse aortic constriction (TAC) group and a sham surgery group...
June 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783282/sustained-conduction-of-vasomotor-responses-in-rat-mesenteric-arteries-in-a-two-compartment-in-vitro-setup
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Teresa Palao, Angela van Weert, Anne de Leeuw, Judith de Vos, Erik N T P Bakker, Ed van Bavel
AIM: Conduction of vasomotor responses may contribute to long-term regulation of resistance artery function and structure. Most previous studies have addressed conduction of vasoactivity only during very brief stimulations. We developed a novel setup that allows the local pharmacological stimulation of arteries in vitro for extended periods of time, and studied the conduction of vasomotor responses in rat mesenteric arteries under those conditions. METHODS: The new in vitro set up was based on the pressure myograph...
May 21, 2018: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782466/mucin-expression-in-colorectal-cancer-crc-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yaron Niv, Theodore Rokkas
BACKGROUND: A body of evidence has suggested that mucins play an important role in adhesion, invasion, and cancer metastasis. However, this evidence is scarce and sometimes confusing. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of available studies to better define the role of mucins in the behavior of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Medical literature was searched through November 30, 2017, using suitable keywords. Pooled estimates, that is, odd ratios (ORs), were obtained using fixed or random-effects models, as appropriate...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782006/neurovascular-network-explorer-2-0-a-simple-tool-for-exploring-and-sharing-a-database-of-optogenetically-evoked-vasomotion-in-mouse-cortex-in-vivo
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Hana Uhlirova, Peifang Tian, Kıvılcım Kılıç, Martin Thunemann, Vishnu B Sridhar, Radim Chmelik, Hauke Bartsch, Anders M Dale, Anna Devor, Payam A Saisan
The importance of sharing experimental data in neuroscience grows with the amount and complexity of data acquired and various techniques used to obtain and process these data. However, the majority of experimental data, especially from individual studies of regular-sized laboratories never reach wider research community. A graphical user interface (GUI) engine called Neurovascular Network Explorer 2.0 (NNE 2.0) has been created as a tool for simple and low-cost sharing and exploring of vascular imaging data...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780915/solitary-retinal-hemangioblastoma-findings-in-octa-pre-and-post-laser-therapy
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Brian W Chou, Peter L Nesper, Lee M Jampol, Rukhsana G Mirza
Purpose: To report optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) findings pre- and post-thermal laser therapy of a rare, asymptomatic, unilateral, isolated retinal hemangioblastoma. Observations: A 40-year-old asymptomatic Caucasian man was found to have an isolated, unilateral retinal hemangioblastoma after referral for possible retinal hole. Comparison of OCTAs pre- and post-thermal laser therapy demonstrated a significant reduction of blood flow toward and within the lesion, in addition to contraction of the lesion and constriction of the accompanying feeder vessels...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780738/effect-of-rapid-maxillary-expansion-on-glenoid-fossa-and-condyle-fossa-relationship-in-growing-patients-megp-study-protocol-for-a-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mona Sayegh Ghoussoub, Khaldoun Rifai, Robert Garcia, Ghassan Sleilaty
Aims and Objectives: Rapid maxillary expansion (RME) is an orthodontic nonsurgical procedure aiming at increasing the width of the maxilla by opening mainly the intermaxillary suture in patients presenting a transverse maxillary skeletal deficiency. The objectives of the current prospective controlled clinical and radiographic study are to evaluate the hypothesis that RME in growing patients will result in radiographic changes at the level of interglenoid fossa distance, condyle-fossa relationship, and nasal cavity widths compared to the group who received no treatment initially and served as untreated control...
March 2018: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780165/a-medial-prefrontal-cortex-nucleus-acumens-corticotropin-releasing-factor-circuitry-for-neuropathic-pain-increased-susceptibility-to-opioid-reward
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Yuanzhong Kai, Yanhua Li, Tingting Sun, Weiwei Yin, Yu Mao, Jie Li, Wen Xie, Shi Chen, Likui Wang, Juan Li, Zhi Zhang, Wenjuan Tao
Recent studies have shown that persistent pain facilitates the response to morphine reward. However, the circuit mechanism underlying this process remains ambiguous. In this study, using chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve in mice, we found that persistent neuropathic pain reduced the minimum number of morphine conditioning sessions required to induce conditioned place preference (CPP) behavior. This dose of morphine had no effect on the pain threshold. In the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which is involved in both pain and emotion processing, corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) expressing neuronal activity was increased in CCI mice...
May 21, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779940/encoding-of-articulatory-kinematic-trajectories-in-human-speech-sensorimotor-cortex
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Josh Chartier, Gopala K Anumanchipalli, Keith Johnson, Edward F Chang
When speaking, we dynamically coordinate movements of our jaw, tongue, lips, and larynx. To investigate the neural mechanisms underlying articulation, we used direct cortical recordings from human sensorimotor cortex while participants spoke natural sentences that included sounds spanning the entire English phonetic inventory. We used deep neural networks to infer speakers' articulator movements from produced speech acoustics. Individual electrodes encoded a diversity of articulatory kinematic trajectories (AKTs), each revealing coordinated articulator movements toward specific vocal tract shapes...
May 8, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779499/efficacy-of-artemisinin-naphthoquine-phosphate-against-schistosoma-haematobium-adult-flukes-dose-effect-relationship-and-tegumental-alterations
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S N El-Beshbishi, S El Bardicy, M Tadros, M Ayoub, A Taman
Schistosoma haematobium and Schistosoma mansoni infections have broadly overlapping geographical distributions. Praziquantel is the only treatment for human schistosomiasis, so drug tolerance and/or resistance are major concerns. Artemisinin-naphthoquine phosphate (CO-ArNp), an artemisinin-based combination therapy endorsed by the World Health Organization as a gold standard therapy for malaria, has also been identified as a promising treatment for S. mansoni. In this in vitro study, we tested the effect of 1-40 μg/ml CO-ArNp on S...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778969/social-support-under-siege-an-analysis-of-forced-migration-among-women-from-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Karin Wachter, Lauren E Gulbas
In 2016, researchers conducted a qualitative study in a mid-sized town in the United States to address gaps in research and practice related to psychosocial consequences of forced migration among women. The loss of social support and its impacts on the well-being of women are rarely addressed in refugee resettlement policy or practice overwhelmingly concerned with economic self-sufficiency. The study sought to develop theory to explain how women (n = 27) who migrated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo recreate social support post-resettlement in the United States...
May 3, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777668/anterior-pericardiectomy-for-post-infective-constrictive-pericarditis-intermediate-term-outcomes
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Anil Acharya, Raamesh Koirala, Nivesh Rajbhandari, Jyotindra Sharma, Bijoy Rajbanshi
BACKGROUND: Post tubercular constrictive pericarditis is prevalent pericardial disease in developing countries. Pericardiectomy is the treatment of choice but considered a procedure of high morbidity and mortality. METHODS: From January 2003 to December 2013 we performed 130 pericardiectomies. Mean age was 22.95±12.55 years with 92 (71%) males. All patients were symptomatic; 118 (91%) were in NYHA class III / IV. Almost all patients were diagnosed to be of tubercular origin; 14 (11 %) histopathologically proven, 77 (59%) with definitive history while 39 (30%) suspected to be of tubercular origin and 91 (70%) received prior antitubercular treatment...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777135/n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-subtype-2b-antagonist-ro-25-6981-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-by-inhibiting-postsynaptic-density-95-expression
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Ling-Er Huang, Shao-Hui Guo, Lalita Thitiseranee, Yan Yang, Yan-Feng Zhou, Yong-Xing Yao
Postsynaptic density-95 (PSD-95) is a synaptic scaffolding protein that plays a crucial role in the development of neuropathic pain. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. To address the role of PSD-95 in N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subtype 2B (NR2B) -mediated chronic pain, we investigated the relationship between PSD-95 activation and NR2B function in the spinal cord, by using a rat model of sciatic nerve chronic constriction injury (CCI). We demonstrate that the expression levels of total PSD-95 and cAMP response element binding protein (CREB), as well as phosphorylated NR2B, PSD-95, and CREB, in the spinal dorsal horn, and the interaction of NR2B with PSD-95 were increased in the CCI animals...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777040/obe022-an-oral-and-selective-prostaglandin-f2%C3%AE-receptor-antagonist-as-an-effective-and-safe-modality-for-the-treatment-of-preterm-labor
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Oliver Pohl, Andre Chollet, Sung Hye Kim, Lucia Riaposova, Francois Spezia, Frederic Gervais, Philippe Guillaume, Philippe Lluel, Murielle Meen, Frederique Lemaux, Vasso Terzidou, Phillip R Bennett, Jean-Pierre Gotteland
Preterm birth is the major challenge in obstetrics affecting ~10% of pregnancies. Pan-prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors (NSAID) prevent preterm labor and prolong pregnancy but raise concerns about fetal renal and cardiovascular safety. We conducted preclinical studies examining the tocolytic effect and fetal safety of the oral prodrug candidate OBE022 and its parent OBE002, both potent and highly selective antagonist of the contractile PGF2α prostaglandin receptor (FP). Efficacy of OBE022 and OBE002, alone and in combination with other tocolytics, was assessed in human tissues and pregnant animal models for inhibition of uterine contraction and delay of parturition...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776560/large-animal-model-of-acute-right-ventricular-failure-with-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Marcin Malinowski, Alistair G Proudfoot, Lenora Eberhart, Hans Schubert, Jeremy Wodarek, David Langholz, Manuel K Rausch, Tomasz A Timek
BACKGROUND: Functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) commonly arises secondary to conditions affecting the left heart and is associated with right ventricular dysfunction and tricuspid annular dilatation. We set out to establish an animal model of acute RV failure (RVF) with FTR resembling the clinical features. METHODS: Ten adult sheep had pressure sensors placed in the LV, RV, and right atrium while sonomicrometry crystals were implanted around tricuspid annulus and on the RV...
August 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775410/apelin-and-apj-orchestrate-complex-tissue-specific-control-of-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-and-contractility-in-the-hypertrophy-heart-failure-transition
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Victoria Nicole Parikh, Jing Liu, Ching Shang, Christopher Woods, Alex Chia Yu Chang, Mingming Zhao, David N Charo, Zachary Grunwald, Yong Huang, Kinya Seo, Philip S Tsao, Daniel Bernstein, Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, Thomas Quertermous, Euan A Ashley
The G protein coupled receptor APJ is a promising therapeutic target for heart failure. Constitutive deletion of APJ in the mouse is protective against the hypertrophy-heart failure transition via elimination of ligand-independent, β-arrestin dependent stretch transduction. However, the cellular origin of this stretch transduction and the details of its interaction with apelin signaling remain unknown. We generated mice with conditional elimination of APJ in the endothelium (APJendo-/- ) and myocardium (APJmyo-/- )...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773814/melanopsin-mediated-pupil-function-is-impaired-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Daniel S Joyce, Beatrix Feigl, Graham Kerr, Luisa Roeder, Andrew J Zele
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterised by non-motor symptoms including sleep and circadian disruption. Melanopsin-expressing intrinsically photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGC) transmit light signals to brain areas controlling circadian rhythms and the pupil light reflex. To determine if non-motor symptoms observed in PD are linked to ipRGC dysfunction, we evaluated melanopsin and rod/cone contributions to the pupil response in medicated participants with PD (n = 17) and controls (n = 12)...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773449/primary-bone-tumors-and-tumor-like-lesions-of-the-ulna
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Osman Emre Aycan, Sami Sökücü, Devrim Özer, Engin Çetinkaya, Yavuz Arıkan, Yavuz Selim Kabukçuoğlu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to discuss the diagnosis and surgical management and their results according to stage of primary bone tumors at ulna and to share our experience on this exceptional location for bone tumors. METHODS: We have retrospectively reviewed our clinics database and identified 23 cases (14 males and 9 females, mean age was 28.9 (range 4-77)) with primary bone tumors and tumor like lesion involvement of ulna. The patients were evaluated according to complaints, type and grade of tumor, treatment, recurrence and functional status...
May 14, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772440/inhibition-of-nogo-b-promotes-cardiac-hypertrophy-via-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#18
Junli Li, Wenchao Wu, Yanguo Xin, Mingyue Zhao, Xiaojing Liu
AIMS: Nogo-B is a key endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein that regulates ER stress signaling. However, its role in cardiac hypertrophy remains poorly understood. ER stress is interrelated with autophagy in the process of cardiac hypertrophy. Therefore, we aimed to test the hypothesis that both ER stress and autophagy signaling mediate the function of Nogo-B in cardiac hypertrophy. MAIN METHODS: Rat models of transverse aortic constriction (TAC), neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCMs) stimulated with norepinephrine (Ne) and primary cardiac fibroblasts treated with transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) were used in this study...
May 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771428/ampk-regulates-energy-metabolism-through-the-sirt1-signaling-pathway-to-improve-myocardial-hypertrophy
#19
H-W Dong, L-F Zhang, S-L Bao
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the correlations of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), Silence information regulator 1 (SIRT1) and energy metabolism with myocardial hypertrophy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Myocardial hypertrophy experimental model was established via transverse aortic constriction (TAC)-induced myocardial hypertrophy and phenylephrine (PE)-induced hypertrophic myocardial cell culture. After activation of AMPK, the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) expressions in myocardial tissue- and myocardial cell hypertrophy-related genes, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and β-myosin heavy chain (β-MHC), were detected...
May 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770227/severe-oesophageal-constriction-due-to-an-aberrant-right-subclavian-artery-with-kommerell-s-diverticulum-in-a-cat
#20
Ryohei Suzuki, Yohei Mochizuki, Hiroki Yoshimatsu, Ayaka Niina, Takahiro Teshima, Hirotaka Matsumoto, Hidekazu Koyama
Case summary: A 6-month-old female cat with a history of chronic regurgitation presented with weight loss. CT angiography (CTA) showed severe constriction of the oesophagus due to an aberrant right subclavian artery and Kommerell's diverticulum. The cat was surgically treated and remained clinically normal. More than 1 year after surgery, the general condition of the cat was stable and body weight had increased. Relevance and novel information: This case report describes the clinical findings and surgical management of a cat diagnosed with severe oesophageal constriction caused by an aberrant right subclavian artery with Kommerell's diverticulum (markedly dilated origin of the aberrant right subclavian artery), which are rare vascular anomalies in veterinary medicine and specifically in cats...
January 2018: JFMS Open Reports
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