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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343448/hemoadsorption-by-cytosorb-in-septic-patients-a-case-series
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Klaus Kogelmann, Dominik Jarczak, Morten Scheller, Matthias Drüner
BACKGROUND: Septic shock, defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection, is a highly lethal condition that causes substantial morbidity and mortality among critically ill patients. One of the hallmarks of sepsis is the excessive release of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators causing refractory hypotension, tissue damage, metabolic acidosis and ultimately multiple organ failure. In this context, cytokine reduction by hemoadsorption represents a new concept for blood purification, developed to attenuate the overwhelming systemic levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediators released in the early phase of sepsis...
March 27, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343139/oxytocin-in-corticosterone-induced-chronic-stress-model-focus-on-adrenal-gland-function
#2
Dušanka Stanić, Bosiljka Plećaš-Solarović, Duško Mirković, Predrag Jovanović, Slađana Dronjak, Bojan Marković, Tea Đorđević, Svetlana Ignjatović, Vesna Pešić
Chronic stress conditions can lead to considerable and extensible changes in physiological and psychological performances, and in emergence of risk for various somatic diseases. On the other hand, the neuropeptide oxytocin is reported to increase the resistance of the organism to stress and modulate activity of autonomic nervous system. Chronic corticosterone administration is used as a rat model for a state observed in terms of chronic stress exposure, when negative feedback mechanism of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activity is disrupted...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336343/viral-delivered-gene-therapy-to-treat-catecholamine-dependent-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-cpvt2-in-mouse-models
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Efrat Kurtzwald-Josefson, Dor Yadin, Shiraz Harun-Khun, Maayan Waldman, Dan Aravot, Asher Shainberg, Michael Eldar, Edith Hochhauser, Michael Arad
BACKGROUND: The recessive form of catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT2) is caused by mutations in cardiac calsequestrin (CASQ2), leading to protein defficiency. OBJECTIVE: To develop a viral-delivered gene therapy for CPVT2 and determine the relationship between CASQ2 expression and the antiarrhythmic efficacy in a murine model. METHODS: We used a murine model of CPVT2 caused by the D307H human mutation (CASQ2(D307H)) or CASQ2 knock-out (CASQ2(Δ/Δ))...
March 20, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332883/precision-medicine-an-update-on-genotype-biochemical-phenotype-relationships-in-pheochromocytoma-paraganglioma-patients
#4
Garima Gupta, Karel Pacak
Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors known to produce and secrete high levels of circulating catecholamines and their metabolites. The biochemical characteristics of these tumors can be used to divide them into three major phenotypes. The adrenergic phenotype comprises of tumors with predominant elevations in epinephrine and metanephrine levels whereas the noradrenergic phenotype is composed of tumors with predominant elevations in norepinephrine and normetanephrine levels. The dopaminergic phenotype is a third rare group composed of tumors mainly secreting dopamine and 3-methoxytyramine...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331462/a-case-of-malignant-pheochromocytoma-presenting-7-years-after-the-initial-surgery
#5
Larsa Al-Omaishi, Jonathan Babin, Ralph L Corsetti
BACKGROUND: Pheochromocytoma (PHEO) is a rare tumor of the adrenal medulla and sympathetic ganglion that produces the catecholamines norepinephrine and epinephrine. Traditionally, approximately 10% of PHEOs were thought to be malignant, but recent developments in PHEO research have noted that specific genetic mutations are associated with higher risk of metastatic spread. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 71-year-old female who presented with abdominal pain in September 2009 when she was 64 years old...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330965/greater-sympathoadrenal-activation-with-longer-pre-ventilation-intervals-after-immediate-cord-clamping-increases-hemodynamic-lability-at-birth-in-preterm-lambs
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Joseph J Smolich, Kelly R Kenna, Murray David Esler, Sarah E Phillips, Gavin W Lambert
This study tested the hypothesis that varying degrees of hemodynamic fluctuations seen after birth following immediate cord clamping were related to development of asphyxia with longer cord clamp-to-ventilation intervals, resulting in higher perinatal circulating levels of the catecholamines norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (Epi), and thus increased heart rate, blood pressures and cardiac contractility after birth. Anesthetized preterm fetal lambs were instrumented with 1) aortic (AoT) and pulmonary trunk (PT) micromanometers to obtain pressures and the maximal rate of pressure rise (dP/dtmax) as a surrogate measure of ventricular contractility, and 2) an AoT catheter to obtain samples for blood gas and catecholamine analyses...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328586/percutaneous-isolated-hepatic-perfusion-hemodynamic-monitoring-and-goal-directed-anesthetic-management-a-case-report
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Oscar Martin-Delgado, Miguel Rodriguez, Andres Lopez, Miguel A Reina, Emilio De Vicente, Yolanda Quijano, Antonio Echenagusia, Juan A Martinez
The percutaneous isolated hepatic perfusion utilizes a venovenous bypass to administer high-dose chemotherapy exclusively in the liver, getting depurated through a hemofilter before returning to the systemic circulation. The hepatic perfusion is managed under general anesthesia and invasive monitoring as a result of very abrupt changes in venous return and vascular resistances because of the isolation of the hepatic territory and absorption of circulating catecholamines by the hemofilter. We report a case in which we describe the technique, physiologic implications, anesthetic, and goal-directed hemodynamic management for this procedure...
March 15, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328262/haemodialysis-nutritional-disorders-and-hypoglycaemia-in-critical-care
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Jeiel Carlos Lamonica Crespo, Vanessa Rossato Gomes, Ricardo Luís Barbosa, Katia Grillo Padilha, Silvia Regina Secoli
This study aimed to determine hypoglycemia incidence and associated factors in critically ill patients. It looked at a retrospective cohort with 106 critically ill adult patients with 48 hours of glycaemic control and 72 hours of follow up. The dependent variable, hypoglycaemia (≤70 mg/dl), was assessed with respect to independent variables: age, diet, insulin, catecholamines, haemodialysis, nursing workload and the Simplified Acute Physiology Score. Statistical analysis was performed using Student's t-test, Fisher's exact test and logistic regression at 5% significance level...
March 9, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327598/global-dna-methylation-analysis-identifies-two-discrete-clusters-of-pheochromocytoma-with-distinct-genomic-and-genetic-alterations
#9
Samuel Backman, Rajani Maharjan, Alberto Falk-Delgado, Joakim Crona, Kenko Cupisti, Peter Stålberg, Per Hellman, Peyman Björklund
Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are rare and frequently heritable neural-crest derived tumours arising from the adrenal medulla or extra-adrenal chromaffin cells respectively. The majority of PPGL tumours are benign and do not recur with distant metastases. However, a sizeable fraction of these tumours secrete vasoactive catecholamines into the circulation causing a variety of symptoms including hypertension, palpitations and diaphoresis. The genetic landscape of PPGL has been well characterized and more than a dozen genes have been described as recurrently mutated...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325519/myocardial-contractile-reserve-predicts-left-ventricular-reverse-remodeling-and-cardiac-events-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Akihiro Hirashiki, Hideki Ishii, Takeo Ichii, Soichiro Aoki, Kenji Furusawa, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Fukaya, Akinori Sawamura, Kyosuke Takeshita, Yasuko K Bando, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Catecholamine sensitivity estimated using a dobutamine stress test (DST) is recognized as a measure of the beta-adrenergic myocardial contractile reserve, which is involved with left ventricular reverse remodeling (LV-RR). We investigated whether the prognostic ability of the DST for LV-RR could predict cardiac events. METHODS: There was a total of 192 enrolled patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM was defined as a LV ejection fraction (LV-EF) ≤45% and LV end-diastolic dimension (LVDd) ≥55mm...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325490/development-and-application-of-a-new-in-line-coupling-of-a-miniaturized-boronate-affinity-monolithic-column-with-capillary-zone-electrophoresis-for-the-selective-enrichment-and-analysis-of-cis-diol-containing-compounds
#11
Maria Betzabeth Espina-Benitez, Jérôme Randon, Claire Demesmay, Vincent Dugas
An integrated, miniaturized and fully automated system was developed for the analysis (preconcentration/purification, separation and detection) of cis-diol containing molecules in complex matrices. This innovative in-line coupling system was achieved via the in-situ and localized synthesis of a short segment of silica-based monolith at the inlet of a 75-μm inner diameter fused silica capillary. The monolithic segment was locally functionalized with an acrylamide derivative of phenylboronic acid by free radical photopolymerization within 10min of irradiation time...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322841/electrophysiological-properties-and-augmented-catecholamine-release-from-chromaffin-cells-of-wky-and-shr-rats-contributing-to-the-hypertension-development-elicited-by-chronic-etoh-consumption
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Guilherme Henrique Souza Bomfim, Iago Méndez-López, José Carlos Fernández-Morales, Juan Fernando Padín, Aron Jurkiewicz, Neide Hyppolito Jurkiewicz, Antonio García García
It is known that chronic ethanol (EtOH) consumption leads to hypertension development and has been associated with deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system. Whether this condition alters calcium (Ca(2+)) signaling and exocytosis in adrenal chromaffin cells (CCs) as the case is for genetic hypertension, is unknown. We explored this question in four randomized experimental groups, male Wistar Kyoto (WKY/EtOH) and Spontaneously Hypertensive (SHR/EtOH) rats were subjected to the intake of increasing EtOH concentrations (5-20%, for 30 days) and their respective controls (WKY/Control and SHR/Control) received water...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321067/the-histological-features-of-a-myocardial-biopsy-specimen-in-a-patient-in-the-acute-phase-of-reversible-catecholamine-induced-cardiomyopathy-due-to-pheochromocytoma
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Miyuki Miura, Hiroaki Kawano, Takeo Yoshida, Yuki Yamagata, Tomoo Nakata, Seiji Koga, Satoshi Ikeda, Kan Kageyama, Kuniko Abe, Koji Maemura
A 63-year-old Japanese woman with an adrenal tumor was transferred to our hospital due to cardiogenic shock. Right and left ventriculography showed severe hypokinesis of the middle segment and the apex in both ventricles, and an endomyocardial biopsy demonstrated a small number of necrotic myocytes and cellular infiltration. She was diagnosed with pheochromocytoma and quickly recovered after treatment with an α-blocker. The functional disability of both the right and left ventricles with less myocardial damage due to an excessive level of catecholamine seemed to be related to the early recovery the present patient with catecholamine-induced cardiomyopathy due to pheochromocytoma...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319311/zinc-regulates-chemical-transmitter-storage-in-nanometer-vesicles-and-exocytosis-dynamics-as-measured-by-amperometry
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Lin Ren, Masoumeh Dowlatshahi Pour, Soodabeh Majdi, Xianchan Li, Per Malmberg, Andrew G Ewing
We applied electrochemical techniques with nano-tip electrodes to show that micromolar concentrations of zinc not only trigger changes in the dynamics of exocytosis, but also vesicle content in a model cell line. The vesicle catecholamine content in PC12 cells is significantly decreased after 100 μm zinc treatment, but, catecholamine release during exocytosis remains nearly the same. This contrasts with the number of molecules stored in the exocytosis vesicles, which decreases, and we find that the amount of catecholamine released from zinc-treated cells reaches nearly 100 % content expelled...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318674/organ-donor-management-eight-common-recommendations-and-actions-that-deserve-reflection
#15
C Chamorro-Jambrina, M R Muñoz-Ramírez, J L Martínez-Melgar, M S Pérez-Cornejo
Despite major advances in our understanding of the physiopathology of brain death (BD), there are important controversies as to which protocol is the most appropriate for organ donor management. Many recent reviews on this subject offer recommendations that are sometimes contradictory and in some cases are not applied to other critically ill patients. This article offers a review of the publications (many of them recent) with an impact upon these controversial measures and which can help to confirm, refute or open new areas of research into the most appropriate measures for the management of organ donors in BD, and which should contribute to discard certain established recommendations based on preconceived ideas, that lead to actions lacking a physiopathological basis...
March 16, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314673/can-we-perform-rotational-atherectomy-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-substudy-from-the-ocean-tavi-registry
#16
Toru Naganuma, Hiroyoshi Kawamoto, Kensuke Takagi, Hiroto Yabushita, Satoru Mitomo, Yusuke Watanabe, Shinichi Shirai, Motoharu Araki, Norio Tada, Futoshi Yamanaka, Masanori Yamamoto, Hirokazu Onishi, Sunao Nakamura, Akihiro Higashimori, Minoru Tabata, Kazuki Mizutani, Hiroshi Ueno, Kentaro Hayashida
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to report the safety of coronary rotational atherectomy (RA) in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). RA in the clinical setting seems challenging because coronary slow flow leads to hemodynamic instability. METHODS: Between October 2013 and May 2016, 1401 patients in the Optimized transCathEter vAlvular iNtervention (OCEAN) registry in Japan underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The primary study endpoint was procedural success, defined as residual stenosis <20% with final Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction flow 3...
February 28, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314177/gintonin-attenuates-depressive-like-behaviors-associated-with-alcohol-withdrawal-in-mice
#17
Hyeon-Joong Kim, Sang-Deuk Park, Ra Mi Lee, Byung-Hwan Lee, Sun-Hye Choi, Sung-Hee Hwang, Hyewhon Rhim, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Seung-Yeol Nah
BACKGROUND: Panax ginseng Meyer extracts have been used to improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. However, little is known about the extracts' active ingredients and the molecular mechanisms underlying their reported anti-depressive effects. METHODS: Gintonin is an exogenous lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) receptor ligand isolated from P. ginseng. BON cells, an enterochromaffin cell line, and C57BL/6 mice were used to investigate whether gintonin stimulates serotonin release...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303919/eosinophils-are-key-regulators-of-perivascular-adipose-tissue-and-vascular-functionality
#18
Sarah B Withers, Ruth Forman, Selene Meza-Perez, Daniel Sorobetea, Kasia Sitnik, Thomas Hopwood, Catherine B Lawrence, William W Agace, Kathryn J Else, Anthony M Heagerty, Marcus Svensson-Frej, Sheena M Cruickshank
Obesity impairs the relaxant capacity of adipose tissue surrounding the vasculature (PVAT) and has been implicated in resultant obesity-related hypertension and impaired glucose intolerance. Resident immune cells are thought to regulate adipocyte activity. We investigated the role of eosinophils in mediating normal PVAT function. Healthy PVAT elicits an anti-contractile effect, which was lost in mice deficient in eosinophils, mimicking the obese phenotype, and was restored upon eosinophil reconstitution. Ex vivo studies demonstrated that the loss of PVAT function was due to reduced bioavailability of adiponectin and adipocyte-derived nitric oxide, which was restored after eosinophil reconstitution...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300536/hydroxylation-of-4-hydroxyphenylethylamine-derivatives-by-r263-variants-of-the-oxygenase-component-of-p-hydroxyphenylacetate-3-hydroxylase
#19
Pirom Chenprakhon, Taweesak Dhammaraj, Rattikan Chantiwas, Pimchai Chaiyen
p-hydroxyphenylacetate 3-hydroxylase from Acinetobacter baumannii catalyzes the hydroxylation of p-hydroxyphenylacetate (HPA) to yield 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetate (DHPA). In this study, we investigated whether variants of the oxygenase component (C2) could catalyze hydroxylation of 4-hydroxyphenylethylamines to synthesize catecholamine derivatives. Single turnover product analysis showed that the R263D variant can catalyze hydroxylation of tyramine to form dopamine with the highest yield (57%). The enzyme was also found to have dual substrate charge specificity because it can also maintain reasonable hydroxylation efficiency of HPA (86%)...
March 12, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299791/prospective-pilot-study-of-the-mastering-each-new-direction-psychosocial-family-systems-program-for-pediatric-chronic-illness
#20
Brian Distelberg, Daniel Tapanes, Natacha D Emerson, Whitney N Brown, Deepti Vaswani, Jackie Williams-Reade, Ara M Anspikian, Susanne Montgomery
Psychosocial interventions for pediatric chronic illness (CI) have been shown to support health management. Interventions that include a family systems approach offer potentially stronger and more sustainable improvements. This study explores the biopsychosocial benefits of a novel family systems psychosocial intervention (MEND: Mastering Each New Direction). Forty-five families participated in a 21-session intensive outpatient family systems-based program for pediatric CI. Within this single arm design, families were measured on five domains of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) self-report measures; Stress, Cognitive Functioning, Mental Health, Child HRQL, Family Functioning...
March 15, 2017: Family Process
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