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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352699/computed-tomography-ct-assessment-of-the-membranous-septal-anatomy-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-tavr-with-the-balloon-expandable-sapien-3-valve
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Brett A Oestreich, Mackenzie Mbai, Sergey Gurevich, Prabhjot S Nijjar, Selcuk Adabag, Stefan Bertog, Rosemary Kelly, Santiago Garcia
OBJECTIVES: The lower limit of the membranous septum (MS) is considered an anatomic landmark for the emergence of the Bundle of His into the left ventricle. Computed tomography (CT) assessment of MS anatomy may provide useful information about the risk of conduction abnormalities following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 102 consecutive patients undergoing TAVR with the Edwards Sapien 3 (S3) valve. Using pre-TAVR CT and post-procedure angiography we evaluated for the presence of calcium in the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT), calcium depth (CD), implantation depth (ID) and MS length...
December 27, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352593/pre-admission-proteinuria-impacts-risk-of-non-recovery-after-dialysis-requiring-acute-kidney%C3%A2-injury
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Benjamin J Lee, Alan S Go, Rishi Parikh, Thomas K Leong, Thida C Tan, Sophia Walia, Raymond K Hsu, Kathleen D Liu, Chi-Yuan Hsu
Renal recovery after dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury (AKI-D) is an important clinical and patient-centered outcome. Here we examined whether the pre-admission proteinuria level independently influences risk for non-recovery after AKI-D in a community-based population. All adult members of Kaiser Permanente Northern California who experienced AKI-D between January 1, 2009 and September 30, 2015 were included. Pre-admission proteinuria levels were determined by dipstick up to four years before the AKI-D hospitalization and the outcome was renal recovery (survival and dialysis-independence four weeks and more) at 90 days after initiation of renal replacement therapy...
January 9, 2018: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352588/pulmonary-reinterventions-after-complete-unifocalization-and-repair-in-infants-and-young-children-with-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-major-aortopulmonary-collaterals
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Holly Bauser-Heaton, Alejandro Borquez, Ritu Asija, Lisa Wise-Faberowski, Yulin Zhang, Laura Downey, Stanton B Perry, Andrew Koth, Lynn F Peng, Claudia A Algaze, Frank L Hanley, Doff B McElhinney
BACKGROUND: Our institutional approach to tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with major aortopulmonary collaterals (MAPCAs) emphasizes unifocalization and augmentation of the reconstructed pulmonary arterial (PA) circulation and complete intracardiac repair in infancy, usually in a single procedure. This approach yields a high rate of complete repair with excellent survival and low right ventricular (RV) pressure. However, little is known about remodeling of the unifocalized and reconstructed pulmonary circulation or about reinterventions on the reconstructed PAs or the RV outflow tract conduit...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352501/predictors-of-beef-calf-temperament-at-weaning-and-its-impact-on-temperament-at-breeding-and-reproductive-performance
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V R Kasimanickam, R L Abdel Aziz, H M Williams, R K Kasimanickam
Two experiments were conducted to determine (i) factors influencing calf temperament at weaning, (ii) association between heifer-calf temperament at weaning and temperament at breeding and (iii) effect of heifer-calf temperament on pregnancy rate per artificial insemination (P/AI). In experiment 1, beef cows and their calves (n = 285) from three farms were used. Sire docility estimated progeny difference (EPD) score, birth type (normal or assisted), calf gender, calf behaviour (during 1st 4 weeks) and calf health status (until weaning) were recorded...
January 19, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352455/clinical-features-in-a-series-of-258-japanese-pediatric-patients-with-thrombotic-microangiopathy
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Akira Ashida, Hideki Matsumura, Toshihiro Sawai, Rika Fujimaru, Yuko Fujii, Akihiko Shirasu, Hyogo Nakakura, Kazumoto Iijima
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) includes hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). This study examined the epidemiological characteristics of pediatric patients with TMA classified according to etiology. METHODS: The survey evaluated 258 Japanese pediatric patients diagnosed with TMA between 2012 and 2015. RESULTS: The primary diseases responsible for TMA were categorized as TTP (15 cases), Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli-associated HUS (STEC-HUS) (166 cases), atypical HUS (aHUS) (40 cases), and secondary TMA (27 cases)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352391/functional-recovery-by-application-of-human-dedifferentiated-fat-cells-on-cerebral-infarction-mice-model
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Tomoki Kakudo, Naotaka Kishimoto, Tomohiro Matsuyama, Yoshihiro Momota
Elderly people whose daily activities have declined due to a cerebrovascular disorder may suffer from dysphagia and may find oral hygiene difficult. Therefore, it is important to establish an effective therapy for the underlying cerebrovascular disorder. Dedifferentiated fat cells (DFAT) were obtained from mature adipocytes isolated from human buccal adipose pads in a ceiling culture. DFAT expressed the neural markers Nestin and SOX2. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that the cells had properties similar to mesenchymal stem cells...
January 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352365/-anesthesia-problem-cards-indispensable-yet-problematic-nationwide-survey-on-experiences-from-clinical-practice
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M Schieren, A Böhmer, W Golbeck, J Defosse, F Wappler, H E Marcus
BACKGROUND: Anesthetic procedures may lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications (e. g. difficult airway, allergic reactions, malignant hyperthermia). Most complications can be avoided in future anesthetic procedures with adequate preparation (e. g. awake intubation, trigger-free anesthesia). In Germany, anesthesia problem cards were introduced two decades ago to identify patients at risk and to increase patient safety by creating a standardized documentation system for anesthesia-related complications...
January 19, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352232/the-silent-healer-mir-205-5p-up-regulation-inhibits-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer-cells-by-indirectly-up-regulating-e-cadherin-expression
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Diana Gulei, Lorand Magdo, Ancuta Jurj, Lajos Raduly, Roxana Cojocneanu-Petric, Alin Moldovan, Cristian Moldovan, Adrian Florea, Sergiu Pasca, Laura-Ancuta Pop, Vlad Moisoiu, Liviuta Budisan, Cecilia Pop-Bica, Cristina Ciocan, Rares Buiga, Mihai-Stefan Muresan, Rares Stiufiuc, Calin Ionescu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
EMT represents the dominant program within advanced stages of colon cancer, where cells acquire migratory characteristics in order to invade secondary tissues and form metastasis. Where the majority of the therapeutic strategies are concentrated on the reduction of the tumor mass through different apoptotic mechanisms, the present study advocates an important role for miR-205-5p in impairment of colon cancer cells migration and restoration of the epithelial phenotype. Upon identification of a homogenous downregulated profile for miR-205-5p in colon adenocarcinoma patients, functional studies demonstrated that experimental upregulation of this sequence is able to significantly raise the levels of E-cadherin through direct inhibition of ZEB1...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352090/production-of-ophthalmic-acid-using-engineered-escherichia-coli
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Tomokazu Ito, Maiko Tokoro, Ran Hori, Hisashi Hemmi, Tohru Yoshimura
Ophthalmic acid (l-γ-glutamyl-l-2-aminobutyryl-glycine, OA) is an analog of glutathione (l-γ-glutamyl-l-cysteinyl-glycine, GSH) in which the cysteine moiety is replaced by l-2-aminobutyrate. OA is a useful peptide for the pharmaceutical and/or food industries. Herein, we report a method for the production of OA using engineered Escherichia coli cells. The yggS-deficient E. coli cells, which lack the highly conserved pyridoxal 5' -phosphate-binding protein YggS and naturally accumulate OA, were selected as the starting strain background...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352085/the-expression-of-bacteriocin-production-and-self-resistance-in-lactobacillus-brevis-174a-is-mediated-by-two-regulatory-proteins
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Masafumi Noda, Rumi Miyauchi, Narandalai Danshiitsoodol, Yasuyuki Matoba, Takanori Kumagai, Masanori Sugiyama
We have previously shown that a lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus (Lb.) brevis 174A isolated from a Citrus iyo fruit produces bacteriocin designated brevicin 174A, which is comprised of two antibacterial polypeptides (designated brevicin 174A-β and 174A-γ). We have also found a gene cluster, composed of eight open reading frames (ORFs), that contains genes for the biosynthesis of brevicin 174A, self-resistance to its own bacteriocin, and two transcriptional regulatory proteins.Some lactic acid bacterial strains have a system to start the production of bacteriocin at an adequate stage of the growth...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351870/de-novo-generation-in-an-in-vivo-rat-model-and-biomechanical-characterization-of-autologous-transplants-for-ligament-and-tendon-reconstruction
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Marc Soubeyrand, Elisabeth Laemmel, Nathalie Maurel, Amadou Diop, Thierry Lazure, Jacques Duranteau, Eric Vicaut
BACKGROUND: Surgical reconstruction of ligaments and tendons is frequently required in clinical practice. The commonly used autografts, allografts, or synthetic transplants present limitations in terms of availability, biocompatibility, cost, and mechanical properties that tissue bioengineering aims to overcome. It classically combines an exogenous extracellular matrix with cells, but this approach remains complex and expensive. Using a rat model, we tested a new bioengineering strategy for the in vivo and de novo generation of autologous grafts without the addition of extracellular matrix or cells, and analyzed their biomechanical and structural properties...
December 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351799/effect-of-the-replacement-of-dietary-vegetable-oils-with-a-low-dose-of-extravirgin-olive-oil-in-the-mediterranean-diet-on-cognitive-functions-in-the-elderly
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Elisa Mazza, Antonietta Fava, Yvelise Ferro, Stefania Rotundo, Stefano Romeo, Domenico Bosco, Arturo Pujia, Tiziana Montalcini
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have investigated the role of the monounsaturated fatty acid and other dietary factors in the prevention of cognitive decline but the short-term effect of a low dose of extravirgin olive oil on cognitive performances in the elderly have not still been investigated. Our aim was to investigate whether the replacement of all vegetable oils with a lower amount of extravirgin olive oil, in the contest of a Mediterranean Diet, would improve cognitive performances, among elderly Italian individuals...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351783/simple-citrate-anticoagulation-protocol-for-low-flux-haemodialysis
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Eng Kuang Lim, Ying-Ying T Seow, Shun E Chen, Gao Yang, Min Er Liaw, Shimi Isaac
BACKGROUND: For patients unable to receive heparin anticoagulation during haemodialysis, saline flushes to reduce circuit clotting are often the norm. Regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) although effective is not used by many centres including in Singapore. We wanted to demonstrate the superiority and safety of a simple regional citrate anticoagulation regime, compared to saline flushes, for heparin-free low flux haemodialysis. METHODS: This is a prospective, open label, cross over study on 25 sequential haemodialysis sessions for inpatients receiving heparin-free haemodialysis...
January 19, 2018: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351761/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-use-and-breast-cancer-survival-a-population-based-cohort-study
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John Busby, Ken Mills, Shu-Dong Zhang, Fabio Giuseppe Liberante, Chris R Cardwell
BACKGROUND: Nearly 50% of breast cancer patients suffer from depression or anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the first-line pharmacological treatment for depression, have been implicated in breast cancer development through increased prolactin levels and tamoxifen metabolism inhibition. Previous studies of breast cancer progression have focused on tamoxifen users, or have been limited by their small sample size and methodology. Therefore, we used UK population-based data to more robustly investigate the association between SSRI use and cancer-specific mortality...
January 19, 2018: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351673/the-barrow-neurological-institute-grading-scale-as-a-predictor-for-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-and-outcome-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-data-from-a-nationwide-patient-registry-swiss-sos
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Marian Christoph Neidert, Nicolai Maldaner, Martin Nikolaus Stienen, Michel Roethlisberger, Daniel W Zumofen, Donato D'Alonzo, Serge Marbacher, Rodolfo Maduri, Isabel Charlotte Hostettler, Bawarjan Schatlo, Michel M Schneider, Martin A Seule, Daniel Schöni, Johannes Goldberg, Christian Fung, Marta Arrighi, Daniele Valsecchi, Philippe Bijlenga, Karl Schaller, Oliver Bozinov, Luca Regli, Jan-Karl Burkhardt
BACKGROUND: The Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) scale is a novel quantitative scale measuring maximal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) thickness to predict delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). This scale could replace the Fisher score, which was traditionally used for DCI prediction. OBJECTIVE: To validate the BNI scale. METHODS: All patient data were obtained from the prospective aneurysmal SAH multicenter registry. In 1321 patients, demographic data, BNI scale, DCI, and modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score up to the 1-yr follow-up (1FU) were available for descriptive and univariate statistics...
January 17, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351640/emergency-fast-bentall-operation
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Eugenio Neri, Enrico Tucci, Giulio Tommasino, Luigi Muzzi
We herein report an emergency technique of composite Bentall operation using a fast release valve. The technique was successfully performed in 2 emergency cases after failed supracoronary ascending aortic replacement in acute Type A aortic dissection. The speed and ease of execution are the main advantages of the procedure.
January 16, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351635/reversibility-of-severe-mitral-valve-regurgitation-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-single-centre-observations-from-a-real-life-population-of-patients
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Monica Dobrovie, Ricardo A Spampinato, Elena Efimova, Jaqueline G da Rocha E Silva, Julia Fischer, Michael Kuehl, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Ann Belmans, Agnieszka Ciarka, Fernanda Bonamigo Thome, Valerie Schloma, Yaroslava Dmitrieva, Sven Lehmann, Jochen Hahn, Elfriede Strotdrees, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Jens Garbade, Anna L Meyer
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact of untreated preoperative severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) on outcomes after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: Of the 234 patients who received LVAD therapy in our centre during a 6-year period, we selected those who had echocardiographic images of good quality and excluded those who underwent mitral valve replacement prior to or mitral valve repair during LVAD placement. The 128 patients selected were divided into 2 groups: Group A with severe MR (n = 65) and Group B with none to moderate MR (n = 63, 28 with moderate MR)...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351596/freedom-solo%C3%A2-versus-trifecta%C3%A2-bioprostheses-clinical-and-haemodynamic-evaluation-after-propensity-score-matching
#18
Rui J Cerqueira, Renata Raimundo, Soraia Moreira, Francisca A Saraiva, Marta Andrade, Elson Salgueiro, Jorge Almeida, Mário Jorge Amorim, Paulo Pinho, André P Lourenço, Adelino Leite-Moreira
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to compare the stentless Freedom Solo® (FS) and the stented Trifecta® (TF) aortic bioprostheses with regard to haemodynamic profile, left ventricular mass regression and early and late postoperative outcomes and survival. METHODS: A longitudinal cohort study of consecutive patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (2009-16) with either the FS or TF at 1 centre was performed. Local databases and national records were queried...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351507/-i-smoke-like-this-to-suppress-these-issues-that-are-flaws-of-my-character-challenges-and-facilitators-of-cessation-among-smokers-with-bipolar-disorder
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Jaimee L Heffner, Noreen L Watson, Jennifer B McClure, Robert M Anthenelli, Sarah Hohl, Jonathan B Bricker
OBJECTIVE: Smokers with bipolar disorder (BD) have low rates of successful quitting, yet no prior studies have evaluated the process of quitting among these smokers in the context of a current quit attempt. To facilitate development of more effective interventions, we conducted a qualitative exploration of challenges and facilitators of quitting in an intervention study for smokers with BD. METHODS: Participants were adult daily smokers with BD (n = 10) who completed a 10-week smoking cessation intervention consisting of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and nicotine patch...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351386/protective-effect-of-c-peptide-on-experimentally-induced-diabetic-nephropathy-and-the-possible-link-between-c-peptide-and-nitric-oxide
#20
Eman A Elbassuoni, Neven M Aziz, Nashwa F El-Tahawy
Diabetic nephropathy one of the major microvascular diabetic complications. Besides hyperglycemia, other factors contribute to the development of diabetic complications as the proinsulin connecting peptide, C-peptide. We described the role of C-peptide replacement therapy on experimentally induced diabetic nephropathy, and its potential mechanisms of action by studying the role of Nitric oxide (NO) as a mediator of C-peptide effects by in vivo modulating its production by NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME)...
January 19, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
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