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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435092/-terpinen-4-ol-changes-intracellular-ca-2-handling-and-induces-pacing-disturbance-in-rat-hearts
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Antonio Nei Santana Gondim, Aline Lara, Artur Santos-Miranda, Danilo Roman-Campos, Sandra Lauton-Santos, José Evaldo Rodrigues Menezes-Filho, Carla Maria Lins de Vasconcelos, Eduardo Antonio Conde-Garcia, Silvia Guatimosim, Jader S Cruz
(-)-Terpinen-4-ol is a naturally occurring plant monoterpene and has been shown to have a plethora of biological activities. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart, a key player in the control and maintenance of arterial blood pressure. The effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart were investigated using isolated left atrium isometric force measurements, in vivo electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings, patch clamp technique, and confocal microscopy. It was observed that (-)-terpinen-4-ol reduced contraction force in an isolated left atrium at millimolar concentrations...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432059/increased-amplitude-of-inward-rectifier-k-currents-with-advanced-age-in-smooth-muscle-cells-of-murine-superior-epigastric-arteries
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Sebastien Hayoz, Jessica Pettis, Vanessa Bradley, Steven S Segal, William F Jackson
Inward rectifier K(+) channels (KIR) may contribute to skeletal muscle blood flow regulation and adapt to advanced age. Using mouse abdominal wall superior epigastric arteries (SEAs) from either young (3-6 months) or old (24-26 months) male C57BL/6 mice, we investigated whether SEA smooth muscle cells (SMCs) express functional KIR, and how aging may affect KIR function. Freshly dissected SEAs were either enzymatically dissociated to isolate SMCs for electrophysiological recording (perforated patch) and mRNA expression, or used intact for pressure myography...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427417/novel-trigenic-cacna1c-des-mypn-mutations-in-a-family-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-early-repolarization-and-short-qt-syndrome
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Yanhong Chen, Hector Barajas-Martinez, Dongxiao Zhu, Xihui Wang, Chonghao Chen, Ruijuan Zhuang, Jingjing Shi, Xueming Wu, Yijia Tao, Weidong Jin, Xiaoyan Wang, Dan Hu
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients with early repolarization (ER) pattern are at higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia, yet the genetic background of this situation has not been well investigated. Here we report novel trigenic mutations detected in a Chinese family of obstructive HCM with ER and short QT syndrome (SQTS). METHODS: Proband and family members underwent detailed medical assessments. DNAs were extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes for genetic screening with next generation method...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414672/a-strong-and-fortuitous-case-of-dyspnea
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R Hammer, M Sciaudone
CASE: A 48 year-old man with no past medical history was sent to our emergency department (ED); from a primary care clinic for hypertensive urgency of 200/130. The man reported an intermittent non-productive cough of approximately one year's duration and worsening dyspnea on exertion and orthopnea over the last month with lower extremity swelling. Of note, he emigrated from Honduras twenty years ago. Blood pressure normalized with administration of Lasix in the ED. Physical exam revealed rales in lung bases bilaterally, jugular venous distension, lower extremity pitting edema with serpiginous patches of erythema and excoriation, and a cardiac gallop...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414665/a-case-of-early-neurosyphilis
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M Walker, R Wisler, J Simmons, A Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Neurosyphilis is an infection of the central nervous system by Treponema pallidum, which can occur after the initial syphilis infection. Although commonly associated with late stage disease, patients with early neurosyphilis may present with acute syphilitic meningitis, meningovascular syphilis, or uveitis. CASE: A 28 year old man with a past medical history of HIV (CD4 364);, and recent diagnosis of uveitis presented to the Emergency Department with a positive RPR result...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413196/the-molecular-cues-regulating-immune-cell-trafficking
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REVIEW
Akira Takeda, Naoko Sasaki, Masayuki Miyasaka
Lymphocyte recirculation between the blood and the lymphoid/non-lymphoid tissues is an essential homeostatic mechanism that regulates humoral and cellular immune responses in vivo. This system promotes the encounter of naïve T and B cells with their specific cognate antigen presented by dendritic cells, and with the regulatory cells with which they need to interact to initiate, maintain, and terminate immune responses. The constitutive lymphocyte trafficking is mediated by particular types of blood vessels, including the high endothelial venules (HEVs) in lymph nodes and Peyer's patches, and the flat-walled venules in non-lymphoid tissues including the skin...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409833/dietary-salt-blunts-vasodilation-by-stimulating-epithelial-sodium-channels-in-endothelial-cells-from-salt-sensitive-rats
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Zi-Rui Wang, Hui-Bin Liu, Ying-Ying Sun, Qing-Qing Hu, Yu-Xia Li, Wei-Wan Zheng, Chang-Jiang Yu, Xin-Yuan Li, Ming-Ming Wu, Bin-Lin Song, Jian-Jun Mu, Zu-Yi Yuan, Zhi-Ren Zhang, He-Ping Ma
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Our recent studies show that the reduced activity of epithelial sodium channels (ENaC) in endothelial cells accounts for the adaptation of vasculature to salt in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The present study examines a hypothesis that enhanced ENaC activity mediates the loss of vasorelaxation in Dahl salt-sensitive (SS) rats. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We used the cell-attached patch-clamp technique to record ENaC activity in split-open mesenteric arteries...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405912/continuous-transdermal-delivery-of-l-dopa-based-on-a-self-assembling-nanomicellar-system
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Amnon C Sintov, Haim V Levy, Igor Greenberg
PURPOSE: When levodopa (L-DOPA) is administered orally, it is eliminated from the body very quickly resulting in a series of sharp fluctuations in its blood concentrations. These frequent changes in blood levels are considered to be responsible for the development of late motor complications and dyskinesias, which are troubling clinical and treatment issues in Parkinson's disease. Transdermal drug delivery is a patient-compliant method for delivering therapeutics into the systemic circulation in a continuous and controlled manner...
April 12, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383416/comparison-of-cutting-and-pencil-point-spinal-needle-in-spinal-anesthesia-regarding-postdural-puncture-headache-a-meta-analysis
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Hong Xu, Yang Liu, WenYe Song, ShunLi Kan, FeiFei Liu, Di Zhang, GuangZhi Ning, ShiQing Feng
BACKGROUND: Postdural puncture headache (PDPH), mainly resulting from the loss of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), is a well-known iatrogenic complication of spinal anesthesia and diagnostic lumbar puncture. Spinal needles have been modified to minimize complications. Modifiable risk factors of PDPH mainly included needle size and needle shape. However, whether the incidence of PDPH is significantly different between cutting-point and pencil-point needles was controversial. Then we did a meta-analysis to assess the incidence of PDPH of cutting spinal needle and pencil-point spinal needle...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374010/following-eye-gaze-activates-a-patch-in-the-posterior-temporal-cortex-that-is-not-part-of-the-human-face-patch-system
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Kira Marquardt, Hamidreza Ramezanpour, Peter W Dicke, Peter Thier
Humans follow another person's eye gaze to objects of interest to the other, thereby establishing joint attention, a first step toward developing a theory of the other's mind. Previous functional MRI studies agree that a "gaze-following patch" (GFP) of cortex close to the posterior superior temporal sulcus (STS) is specifically implicated in eye gaze-following. The location of the GFP is in the vicinity of the posterior members of the core face-processing system that consists of distinct patches in ventral visual cortex, the STS, and frontal cortex, also involved in processing information on the eyes...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367283/postdural-puncture-headache
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REVIEW
Kyung-Hwa Kwak
Postdural puncture headache (PDPH) is a common complication after inadvertent dural puncture. Risks factors include female sex, young age, pregnancy, vaginal delivery, low body mass index, and being a non-smoker. Needle size, design, and the technique used also affect the risk. Because PDPH can be incapacitating, prompt diagnosis and treatment are mandatory. A diagnostic hallmark of PDPH is a postural headache that worsens with sitting or standing, and improves with lying down. Conservative therapies such as bed rest, hydration, and caffeine are commonly used as prophylaxis and treatment for this condition; however, no substantial evidence supports routine bed rest and aggressive hydration...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367148/reduction-of-t-helper-cell-responses-to-recall-antigen-mediated-by-codelivery-with-peptidoglycan-via-the-intestinal-nanomineral-antigen-pathway
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Rachel E Hewitt, Jack Robertson, Carolin T Haas, Laetitia C Pele, Jonathan J Powell
Naturally occurring intestinal nanomineral particles constituently form in the mammalian gut and trap luminal protein and microbial components. These cargo loaded nanominerals are actively scavenged by M cells of intestinal immune follicles, such as Peyer's patches and are passed to antigen-presenting cells. Using peripheral blood mononuclear cell populations as an in vitro model of nanomineral uptake and antigen presentation, we show that monocytes avidly phagocytose nanomineral particles bearing antigen and peptidoglycan (PGN), and that the presence of PGN within particles downregulates their cell surface MHC class II and upregulates programmed death receptor ligand 1...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366342/pharmacokinetics-of-rotigotine-transdermal-system-in-adolescents-with-idiopathic-restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-disease
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Jan-Peer Elshoff, John Hudson, Daniel L Picchietti, Keith Ridel, Arthur S Walters, Kimberly Doggett, Kimberly Moran, Marga Oortgiesen, Francisco Ramirez, Erwin Schollmayer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the pharmacokinetics (PK) of rotigotine transdermal system in adolescents with moderate-to-severe idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS). METHODS: This multicenter, open-label, dose-escalation study enrolled patients ≥13 to <18 years of age. Rotigotine transdermal patches were applied daily and up-titrated weekly: 0.5, 1, 2, 3 mg/24 h. Blood samples were collected on the final day of each dose step. Primary PK variables were the apparent total body clearance (CL/f; L/h) and volume of distribution at steady state (VSS/f; L) of unconjugated rotigotine for each dose step, calculated for the PK per-protocol set (PKPPS)...
April 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364968/-sphenopalatine-ganglion-block-for-postdural-puncture-headache-in-ambulatory-setting
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José Miguel Cardoso, Miguel Sá, Rita Graça, Hugo Reis, Liliana Almeida, Célia Pinheiro, Duarte Machado
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Postdural puncture headache (PDPH) is a common complication following subarachnoid blockade and its incidence varies with the size of the needle used and the needle design. Supportive therapy is the usual initial approach. Epidural blood patch (EBP) is the gold-standard when supportive therapy fails but has significant risks associated. Sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPGB) may be a safer alternative. CASE REPORT: We observed a 41 year-old female patient presenting with PDPH after a subarachnoid blockade a week before...
March 30, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364870/plasma-orexin-a-levels-in-recently-menopausal-women-during-and-3-years-following-use-of-hormone-therapy
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Dahima Cintron, John P Beckman, Kent R Bailey, Brian D Lahr, Muthuvel Jayachandran, Virginia M Miller
OBJECTIVE: Alterations in sleep quality and metabolism during menopause are improved by menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). The mechanisms mediating these effects remain unclear. Orexin A (OxA) is a neuro-peptide that regulates sleep/wakefulness, food intake and metabolism. This study examined changes in plasma OxA levels during and after treatment in women from the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS). METHODS: KEEPS randomized women within three years of menopause to: oral conjugated equine estrogen (o-CEE, 0...
May 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363328/cerebrospinal-fluid-cutaneous-fistula-following-obstetric-epidural-analgaesia-case-report
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J J Fedriani de Matos, A V Quintero Salvago, M D Gómez Cortés
Cutaneous fistula of cerebrospinal fluid is a rare complication of neuroaxial blockade. We report the case of a parturient in whom an epidural catheter was placed for labour analgesia and 12h after the catheter was removed, presented an abundant asymptomatic fluid leak from the puncture site, compatible in the cyto-chemical analysis with cerebrospinal fluid. She was treated with acetazolamide, compression of skin orifice of the fluid leakage, antibiotic prophylaxis, hydration and rest, and progressed satisfactorily without requiring blood patch...
March 28, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362957/low-pressure-hydrocephalus-in-children-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Zachary S Smalley, Garrett T Venable, Stephanie Einhaus, Paul Klimo
BACKGROUND: Low-pressure hydrocephalus (LPH) is a rare phenomenon characterized by a clinical picture consistent with elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) and ventricular enlargement, but also a well-functioning shunt and low or negative ICP. OBJECTIVE: To report our experience in evaluating this challenging problem. METHODS: Patients with LPH were identified from several sources, including institutional procedural databases and personal case logs...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361890/development-of-the-macaque-face-patch-system
#18
Margaret S Livingstone, Justin L Vincent, Michael J Arcaro, Krishna Srihasam, Peter F Schade, Tristram Savage
Face recognition is highly proficient in humans and other social primates; it emerges in infancy, but the development of the neural mechanisms supporting this behaviour is largely unknown. We use blood-volume functional MRI to monitor longitudinally the responsiveness to faces, scrambled faces, and objects in macaque inferotemporal cortex (IT) from 1 month to 2 years of age. During this time selective responsiveness to monkey faces emerges. Some functional organization is present at 1 month; face-selective patches emerge over the first year of development, and are remarkably stable once they emerge...
March 31, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358614/plasma-concentrations-of-fentanyl-achieved-with-transdermal-application-in-chickens
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Kristina M Delaski, Ronette Gehring, Brendan T Heffron, Adam Negrusz, Kathryn C Gamble
Providing appropriate analgesia is an important concern in any species. Fentanyl, a μ-receptor specific opioid, use is common in mammalian species but has been incompletely evaluated for this purpose in avian species. Transdermal fentanyl patches were applied to domestic chickens (n = 10) of varying breeds for 72 hours. Repeated blood samples were collected from the birds to assess time-concentration of fentanyl and norfentanyl in plasma, as assayed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, throughout patch application and for 48 hours after patch removal...
March 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357166/spontaneous-intracranial-hypotension-presenting-as-a-pseudo-chiari-1
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Ali S Haider, Suraj Sulhan, Ian T Watson, Dean Leonard, Eliel N Arrey, Umair Khan, Phu Nguyen, Kennith F Layton
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) is classified as a decrease in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure secondary to a CSF leakage and consequent descent of the brain into the foramen magnum. Diagnosing SIH can be difficult due to its overlapping findings with Arnold-Chiari type 1 Malformation (CM1) where the cerebellar tonsils herniate into the foramen magnum. The similarity of both conditions calls for a more reliable imaging technique to localize the CSF leak which could narrow the differential diagnosis and aid in choosing the correct treatment...
February 16, 2017: Curēus
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