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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156723/effects-of-pharmacological-gap-junction-and-sodium-channel-blockade-on-s1s2-restitution-properties-in-langendorff-perfused-mouse-hearts
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Gary Tse, Tong Liu, Guangping Li, Wendy Keung, Jie Ming Yeo, Yin Wah Fiona Chan, Bryan P Yan, Yat Sun Chan, Sunny Hei Wong, Ronald A Li, Jichao Zhao, William K K Wu, Wing Tak Wong
Gap junctions and sodium channels are the major molecular determinants of normal and abnormal electrical conduction through the myocardium, however, their exact contributions to arrhythmogenesis are unclear. We examined conduction and recovery properties of regular (S1) and extrasystolic (S2) action potentials (APs), S1S2 restitution and ventricular arrhythmogenicity using the gap junction and sodium channel inhibitor heptanol (2 mM) in Langendorff-perfused mouse hearts (n=10). Monophasic action potential recordings obtained during S1S2 pacing showed that heptanol increased the proportion of hearts showing inducible ventricular tachycardia (0/10 vs...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156721/a-hemoglobin-based-oxygen-carrier-sensitized-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Xiang Qi, Bing L Wong, Sze Hang Lau, Kevin Tak-Pan Ng, Sui Yi Kwok, Chris Kin-Wai Sun, Fei Chuen Tzang, Yan Shao, Chang Xian Li, Wei Geng, Chang Chun Ling, Yuen Yuen Ma, Xiao Bing Liu, Hui Liu, Jiang Liu, Wai Ho Yeung, Chung Mau Lo, Kwan Man
Background and Objective: Our previous study showed that liver graft injury not only promotes tumor recurrence, but also induces chemoresistance in recurrent HCC after liver transplantation. Recently, we found that the hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier"YQ23" significantly ameliorates hepatic IR injury and prevent tumor recurrence. Here, we intended to explore the novel therapeutic strategy using oxygen carrier "YQ23"to sensitize chemotherapy in HCC. Methods: To investigate the role of YQ23 combined with Cisplatin, the proliferation of HCC cells was examined under combined treatment by MTT and colony formation...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154973/inhibition-of-bmp-signaling-overcomes-acquired-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Jinlong Yin, Ji-Eun Jung, Sun Il Choi, Sung Soo Kim, Young Taek Oh, Tae-Hoon Kim, Eunji Choi, Sun Joo Lee, Hana Kim, Eun Ok Kim, Yu Sun Lee, Hee Jin Chang, Joo Yong Park, Yeejeong Kim, Tak Yun, Kyun Heo, Youn-Jae Kim, Hyunggee Kim, Yun-Hee Kim, Jong Bae Park, Sung Weon Choi
Despite expressing high levels of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), a majority of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients show limited response to cetuximab and ultimately develop drug resistance. However, mechanism underlying cetuximab resistance in OSCC is not clearly understood. Here, using a mouse orthotopic xenograft model of OSCC, we show that BMP7-p-Smad1/5/8 signaling contributes to cetuximab resistance. Tumor cells isolated from the recurrent cetuximab-resistant xenograft models exhibited low EGFR expression but extremely high levels of phosphorylated Smad-1, -5, and -8 (p-Smad1/5/8)...
November 15, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154366/generalization-of-conditioned-auditory-fear-is-regulated-by-maternal-effects-on-ventral-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity
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Huy-Bin Nguyen, Carine Parent, Yiu Chung Tse, Tak Pan Wong, Michael J Meaney
Maternal care shapes individual differences in fear-associated neural circuitry. In rats, maternal licking and grooming (LG) in early life regulates ventral hippocampal (VH) function and plasticity in adulthood, but its consequent effect on the regulation of fear memories remains unknown. We report an effect of maternal care on generalization of learned fear, such that offspring of high LG mothers express generalized fear responses when confronted with neutral stimuli following auditory fear conditioning. These animals simultaneously display a reduction in the magnitude of VH-LTP expressed and reduced input-output transformation in Schaffer Collateral synapses...
November 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152090/gynostemma-pentaphyllum-saponins-attenuate-inflammation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-stat3-signaling
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Wing-Yan Wong, Magnolia Muk-Lan Lee, Brandon Dow Chan, Victor Wan-San Ma, Wenchun Zhang, Timothy Tak-Chun Yip, Wing-Tak Wong, William Chi-Shing Tai
Recent advances in the development of anti-inflammatory agents have improved their therapeutic outcome in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however, the presence of side effects and limited effectiveness hinder their widespread use. Therefore, novel compounds with strong anti-inflammatory efficacy are still required. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effect and potential mechanisms of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino saponins (GpS), a major component of the herbal medicine widely used in Asian countries...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151794/knowledge-and-practices-of-indian-dental-students-regarding-the-prescription-of-antibiotics-and-analgesics
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Astha Doshi, Kailash Asawa, Nagesh Bhat, Mridula Tak, Priyanjali Dutta, Tajinder Kumar Bansal, Ruchika Gupta
Background and aim: Making a diagnosis and prescribing medicine is the most important skill required by any doctor in the colleges, hospitals or clinical practice. Prescribing is the intervention that has the greatest influence on patients' health requiring complex series of sub-competencies like making a diagnosis, setting a therapeutic goal, choosing the approach, choosing the best drug, route and frequency of administration, duration of therapy, writing the prescription, patient information, monitoring drug effects and, lastly, review the prescription...
2017: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150694/inhibition-of-intimal-hyperplasia-in-murine-aortic-allografts-by-administration-of-a-small-molecule-tlr4-inhibitor-tak-242
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Chuangyan Wu, Xiangchao Ding, Cheng Zhou, Ping Ye, Yuan Sun, Jie Wu, Anchen Zhang, Xiaofan Huang, Lingyun Ren, Ke Wang, Peng Deng, Zhang Yue, Jiuling Chen, Sihua Wang, Jiahong Xia
Graft arteriosclerosis (GA) is the leading cause of late cardiac allograft dysfunction. The innate immune system plays a major role in GA, paprticularly Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling. Here we characterized the role of TLR4 and its antagonist TAK-242 in a mouse model of GA. BALB/c (H-2d) donor aortas were transplanted into C57BL/6 (H-2b) recipients, and the mice received intraperitoneal injection of 3 or 10 mg/kg of TAK-242 or vehicle every other day for 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks. With TAK-242 administration, intimal hyperplasia initially appeared at 2 weeks after transplantation, and TAK-242 postponed the progression of neointimal formation in allogeneic aortic grafts...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150444/toll-like-receptor-4-induced-ryanodine-receptor-2-oxidation-and-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca2-leakage-promote-cardiac-contractile-dysfunction-in-sepsis
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Jie Yang, Rui Zhang, Xin Jiang, Jingzhang Lv, Ying Li, Hongyu Ye, Wenjuan Liu, Gang Wang, Cuicui Zhang, Na Zheng, Ming Dong, Yan Wang, Peiya Chen, Kumar Santosh, Yong Jiang, Jie Liu
Studies suggest the potential role of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak in cardiac contractile dysfunction in sepsis. However, direct supporting evidence is lacking, and the mechanisms underlying this SR leak are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the changes in cardiac Ca2+ handling and contraction in LPS-treated rat cardiomyocytes and a mouse model of polymicrobial sepsis produced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). LPS decreased the systolic Ca2+ transient and myocyte contraction, as well as SR Ca2+ content...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147653/health-status-and-the-demand-for-healthcare-among-the-elderly-in-the-rural-quoc-oai-district-of-hanoi-in-vietnam
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Kyung-Sook Bang, Sunghee H Tak, Juhwan Oh, Jinseon Yi, Soo-Young Yu, Truong Quang Trung
Background: Vietnam is experiencing an unprecedented demographic transition. Its proportion of elderly people is growing rapidly. Objective: This study explored the health status and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of rural elderly Vietnamese and assessed their needs for healthcare services. Design: This study used a survey with stratified proportion sampling and quota assignment. In 2016, data was collected from 713 people in the rural Quoc-Oai district of Hanoi aged 60 or older...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146018/biological-treatments-in-giant-cell-arteritis-takayasu-arteritis
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Maxime Samson, Georgina Espígol-Frigolé, Nekane Terrades-García, Sergio Prieto-González, Marc Corbera-Bellalta, Roser Alba-Rovira, José Hernández-Rodríguez, Sylvain Audia, Bernard Bonnotte, Maria C Cid
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TAK) are the two main large vessel vasculitides. They share some similarities regarding their clinical, radiological and histological presentations but some pathogenic processes in GCA and TAK are activated differently, thus explaining their different sensitivity to biological therapies. The treatment of GCA and TAK essentially relies on glucocorticoids. However, thanks to major progress in our understanding of their pathogenesis, the role of biological therapies in the treatment of these two vasculitides is expanding, especially in relapsing or refractory diseases...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145973/tak-ing-aim-at-chemoresistance-the-emerging-role-of-map3k7-as-a-target-for-cancer-therapy
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Raffaela Santoro, Carmine Carbone, Geny Piro, Paul J Chiao, Davide Melisi
Cellular drug resistance remains the main obstacle to the clinical efficacy of cancer chemotherapy. Alterations in key pathways regulating cell cycle checkpoints, apoptosis and Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), such as the Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway, appear to be closely associated to cancer chemoresistance. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)- activated kinase 1 (TAK1, also known as MAP3K7) is a serine/threonine kinase in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP3K) family...
November 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145713/positron-emission-tomography-as-an-imaging-biomarker-in-a-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-of-patients-with-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Peter C Grayson, Sara Alehashemi, Armin A Bagheri, Ali Cahid Civelek, Thomas R Cupps, Mariana J Kaplan, Ashkan A Malayeri, Peter A Merkel, Elaine Novakovich, David A Bluemke, Mark A Ahlman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical value of (18) F-flurodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in a prospective cohort of patients with large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) and disease comparators. METHODS: Patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) were studied, along with a comparator group consisting of patients with hyperlipidemia, diseases that mimic LVV, and healthy controls. Participants underwent clinical evaluation and FDG-PET imaging, and patients with LVV underwent serial imaging at six-month intervals...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142134/tnf-mediated-survival-of-cd169-cells-promotes-immune-activation-during-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-infection
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Prashant V Shinde, Haifeng C Xu, Sathish Kumar Maney, Andreas Kloetgen, Sukumar Namineni, Yuan Zhuang, Nadine Honke, Namir Shaabani, Nicolas Bellora, Mareike Doerrenberg, Mirko Trilling, Vitaly I Pozdeev, Nico van Rooijen, Stefanie Scheu, Klaus Pfeffer, Paul R Crocker, Masato Tanaka, Sujitha Duggimpudi, Percy Knolle, Mathias Heikenwalder, Jürgen Ruland, Tak W Mak, Dirk Brenner, Aleksandra A Pandyra, Jessica I Hoell, Arndt Borkhardt, Dieter Häussinger, Karl S Lang, Philipp A Lang
Innate immune activation is essential to mount an effective antiviral response and to prime adaptive immunity. Although a crucial role of CD169(+) cells during vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infections is increasingly recognized, factors regulating CD169(+) cells during viral infections remain unclear. Here we show that tumor necrosis factor is produced by CD11b(+) Ly6C(+)Ly6G(+) cells following infection with VSV. The absence of TNF or TNF receptor 1 (TNFR1) resulted in reduced numbers of CD169(+) cells and in reduced IFN-I production during VSV infection, with a severe disease outcome...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141155/neutrophil-mediated-suppression-of-influenza-induced-pathology-requires-cd11b-cd18-mac-1
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Tamar Tak, Tomasz P Rygiel, Guruswamy Karnam, Okan W Bastian, Louis Boon, Marco Viveen, Frank E Coenjaerts, Linde Meyaard, Leo Koenderman, Janesh Pillay
Severe influenza virus infection can lead to life-threatening pathology through immune-mediated tissue damage. In various experimental models, this damage is dependent on T-cells. There is conflicting evidence regarding the role of neutrophils in influenza-mediated pathology. Neutrophils are often regarded as cells causing tissue damage, but in recent years it has become clear that a subset of human neutrophils is capable of suppressing T-cells, which is dependent on Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18). Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that immune suppression by neutrophils can reduce T-cell mediate pathology after influenza infection...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138274/five-year-effectiveness-of-the-multidisciplinary-risk-assessment-and-management-program-for-primary-care-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus%C3%A2-ramp-dm-on-dm-related-complications-and-health-service-uses-a-population-based-and-propensity-matched-cohort-study
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Eric Yuk Fai Wan, Colman Siu Cheung Fung, Fang Fang Jiao, Esther Yee Tak Yu, Weng Yee Chin, Daniel Yee Tak Fong, Carlos King Ho Wong, Anca Ka Chun Chan, Karina Hiu Yen Chan, Ruby Lai Ping Kwok, Cindy Lo Kuen Lam
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the 5-year effectiveness of a multidisciplinary Risk Assessment and Management Program for primary care patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (RAMP-DM)‎. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A 5-year prospective cohort study was conducted with 121,584 Chinese primary care patients with type 2 DM who were recruited between August 2009 and June 2011. Missing data were dealt with multiple imputations. After excluding patients with prior DM-related complications and one-to-one propensity score matching on all patient characteristics, 26,718 RAMP-DM participants and 26,718 matched usual-care patients were followed up for a median time of 4...
November 14, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135785/comparison-of-polar-m600-optical-heart-rate-and-ecg-heart-rate-during-exercise
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John F Horton, Pro Stergiou, Tak S Fung, Larry Katz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of the Polar M600 optical heart rate (OHR) sensor compared with ECG heart rate (HR) measurement during various physical activities. METHODS: Thirty-six subjects participated in a continuous 76-min testing session, which included rest, cycling warm-up, cycling intervals, circuit weight training, treadmill intervals, and recovery. HR was measured using a three-lead ECG configuration and a Polar M600 Sport Watch on the left wrist...
December 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134589/encapsulation-of-listeria-phage-a511-by-alginate-to-improve-its-thermal-stability
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Hanie Ahmadi, Qi Wang, Loong-Tak Lim, S Balamurugan
Microencapsulation is a versatile method for enhancing the stability of bacteriophages under harsh conditions, such as those which occur during thermal processing. For food applications, encapsulation in food-grade polymer matrices is desirable owing to their nontoxicity and low cost. Here, we describe the encapsulation of Listeria phage A511 using sodium alginate, gum arabic, and gelatin to maximize its viability during thermal processing.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131849/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-of-hiv-care-shows-a-clear-benefit-when-transmission-risk-is-considered-in-the-calculations-a-message-for-central-and-eastern-europe
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Justyna D Kowalska, Grzegorz Wójcik, Jakub Rutkowski, Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak, Ewa Siewaszewicz
BACKGROUND: HIV epidemic remains a major global health issue. Data from cost-effectiveness analyses base on CD4+ count and morbidity in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV infection. The approach adopted in these analyses includes many other factors, previously not investigated. Additionally, we evaluate the impact of sexual HIV transmission due to delayed cART on the cost-effectiveness of care. METHODS: A lifetime Markov model (1-month cycle) was developed to estimate the cost per quality adjusted life years (QALY) for a 1- and 3-year delay in starting cART (as compared to starting immediately at linkage to care) lifetime costs, clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129497/frailty-and-clinical-outcomes-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gary Tse, Mengqi Gong, Sunny Hei Wong, William K K Wu, George Bazoukis, Konstantinos Lampropoulos, Wing Tak Wong, Yunlong Xia, Martin C S Wong, Tong Liu, Jean Woo
BACKGROUND: Frailty has been identified as a risk factor for adverse clinical outcomes after cardiac intervention or surgery. However, whether it increases the risk of adverse outcomes in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy has been controversial. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the frailty measures and clinical outcomes of length of stay and mortality in this setting. METHODS: PubMed and Embase were searched until September 11, 2017, for studies evaluating the association between frailty and clinical outcomes in advanced heart failure patients undergoing LVAD implantation...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128685/unravelling-positive-aspects-of-caregiving-in-dementia-an-integrative-review-of-research-literature
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Doris S F Yu, Sheung-Tak Cheng, Jungfang Wang
BACKGROUND: Family caregiving is the crucial informal care resource to lessen the burdens associated with dementia. Research in this field has focused on reducing the caregiver's burden, but little attention has been given to promoting the positive aspects of caregiving. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic critical review of research on the nature of positive aspects of caregiving, and the factors predicting this phenomenon among family caregivers of dementia patients, with the ultimate purpose of gaining insights to explain how and why it emerges...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
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