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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920858/beware-of-positive-pressure-coronary-artery-air-embolism-following-percutaneous-lung-biopsy
#1
Dmitriy N Kazimirko, William B Beam, Khalid Saleh, Akash M Patel
Patients undergoing percutaneous lung biopsy are at risk of developing a systemic air embolism. Air embolism may manifest as a catastrophic iatrogenic event with ischemic insult to the end organs, with sites of least resistance such as coronary and cerebral circulation the most susceptible. We review the available literature and present a case of iatrogenic air embolism during computed tomography guided percutaenous lung biopsy under general anesthesia. Management, outcome, and periprocedural factors that may have contributed to the complication are discussed...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920343/epidermal-growth-factor-rescues-endothelial-dysfunction-in-primary-human-tissues-in-vitro
#2
Roxanne Hastie, Stephen Tong, Natalie J Hannan, Fiona Brownfoot, Ping Cannon, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, responsible for over 60 000 maternal deaths annually. Endothelial dysfunction is a central aspect to its pathophysiology, and currently, no medical therapeutic is available for its treatment. In this study, we aim to investigate the effect of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on endothelial dysfunction using primary human tissues. We performed a number of in vitro assays that mimic the vascular endothelial dysfunction that occurs in preeclampsia. Epidermal growth factor reduced the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, a marker of endothelial dysfunction, after insult with tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) or serum from women with preeclampsia...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919940/vitamin-d-and-myofibroblasts-in-fibrosis-and-cancer-at-cross-purposes-with-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling
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REVIEW
Shraga Shany, Ina Sigal-Batikoff, Sergio Lamprecht
The multifaceted involvement of the active vitamin D metabolite 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (henceforth referred to by the synonyms 1,25(OH)2D3, calcitriol or vitamin D) in blunting the growth of cancer cells is amply recognized. In this review we focused our attention on the cross-talk between 1,25 (OH)2D3 and the tumor microenvironment (TME), signaling out stromal cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), the most abundant TME population, as a target for calcitriol anticancer action. In view of the commonality of the phenotypic signature in myofibroblasts, resident in the cancer stroma and in non-neoplastic fibrotic loci, we examined modes of action of vitamin D in non-neoplastic chronic diseases and in cancer to assess mechanistic similarities and divergences...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918455/targeting-on-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-related-nitric-oxide-reactive-oxygen-species-imbalance-to-reprogram-the-development-of-hypertension
#4
REVIEW
You-Lin Tain, Chien-Ning Hsu
Adult-onset diseases, including hypertension, can originate from early life, known as the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD). Because the developing kidney is vulnerable to early-life insults, renal programming is considered key in the developmental programming of hypertension. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor, can regulate the NO-reactive oxygen species (ROS) balance, and is involved in the development of hypertension. Reprogramming interventions aimed at NO-ROS balance can be protective in both genetic and developmentally programmed hypertension...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918391/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-insult-to-acute-kidney-injury
#5
Dheeraj Goswami, Melania M Bembea
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917399/retinoids-and-retinal-diseases
#6
Philip D Kiser, Krzysztof Palczewski
Recent progress in molecular understanding of the retinoid cycle in mammalian retina stems from painstaking biochemical reconstitution studies supported by natural or engineered animal models with known genetic lesions and studies of humans with specific genetic blinding diseases. Structural and membrane biology have been used to detect critical retinal enzymes and proteins and their substrates and ligands, placing them in a cellular context. These studies have been supplemented by analytical chemistry methods that have identified small molecules by their spectral characteristics, often in conjunction with the evaluation of models of animal retinal disease...
October 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916896/the-impact-of-cxcr4-blockade-on-the-survival-of-rat-brain-cortical-neurons
#7
José Joaquín Merino, Alba Garcimartín, María Elvira López-Oliva, Juana Benedí, María Pilar González
BACKGROUND: Chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) plays a role in neuronal survival/cell repair and also contributes to the progression of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12) binds to CXCR4. In this study, we have investigated whether CXCR4 blockade by AMD3100 (a CXCR4 antagonist, member of bicyclam family) may affect neuronal survival in the absence of insult. Thus, we have measured the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), Bax and Bcl-2 protein translocation, and cytochrome c release in AMD3100-treated brain cortical neurons at 7 DIV (days in vitro)...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916756/-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-rtms-for-higher-brain-function-deficits
#8
Yukichi Inoue
The management of higher brain dysfunctions such as stroke-induced unilateral spatial neglect (USN) or aphasia is crucial because these dysfunctions have devastating neurological repercussions on the patients' daily life and quality of life. Impairment of the physiological interhemispheric rivalry is often the result of brain insults such as strokes or traumatic injuries, and it may lead to USN or aphasia. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a non-invasive brain stimulation method, is a promising tool for restoring the pathological imbalance in interhemispheric rivalry by either suppressing the hyperactivity of the unaffected hemisphere or facilitating hypoactivity in the affected hemisphere...
December 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915491/the-effects-of-changes-in-glutathione-levels-through-exogenous-agents-on-intracellular-cysteine-content-and-protein-adduct-formation-in-chronic-alcohol-treated-vl17a-cells
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Mathan Kumar S, Madhumitha Haridoss, Kavitha Swaminathan, Ramesh Kumar G, Dahn L Clemens, Aparajita Dey
Alcohol mediated liver injury is associated with changes in the level of the major cellular antioxidant glutathione (GSH). It is interesting to investigate if the changes in intracellular GSH level through exogenous agents affect the intracellular cysteine content and the protein adduct formation indicative of oxidative insult in chronic alcohol treated liver cells. In VL-17A cells treated with 2 mM N- acetyl cysteine (NAC) or 0.1 mM ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) plus 100 mM ethanol, an increase in cysteine concentration which was accompanied by decreases in hydroxynonenal (HNE) and glutathionylated protein adducts were observed...
December 4, 2016: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911871/inhibition-of-cancer-antioxidant-defense-by-natural-compounds
#10
Alicja Sznarkowska, Anna Kostecka, Katarzyna Meller, Krzysztof Piotr Bielawski
All classic, non-surgical anticancer approaches like chemotherapy, radiotherapy or photodynamic therapy kill cancer cells by inducing severe oxidative stress. Even tough chemo- and radiotherapy are still a gold standard in cancer treatment, the identification of non-toxic compounds that enhance their selectivity, would allow for lowering their doses, reduce side effects and risk of second cancers. Many natural products have the ability to sensitize cancer cells to oxidative stress induced by chemo- and radiotherapy by limiting antioxidant capacity of cancer cells...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909871/nap-interferes-with-hypoxia-inducible-factors-and-vegf-expression-in-retina-of-diabetic-rats
#11
Agata Grazia D'Amico, Grazia Maugeri, Claudio Bucolo, Salvatore Saccone, Concetta Federico, Sebastiano Cavallaro, Velia D'Agata
The retinal microvascular damage is a complication of diabetic retinopathy (DR). Hyperglycemia and hypoxia are responsible of aberrant vessel's proliferation. The cellular response to hypoxia is mediated through activation of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs). Among these, HIF-1α modulates expression of its target gene, VEGF, whose upregulation controls the angiogenic event during DR development. In a previous study, we have demonstrated that a small peptide, NAP, is able to protect retina from hyperglycemic insult...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909035/randomised-controlled-pilot-study-to-investigate-the-effectiveness-of-thoracic-epidural-and-paravertebral-blockade-in-reducing-chronic-post-thoracotomy-pain-topic-feasibility-study-protocol
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Joyce Yeung, Teresa Melody, Amy Kerr, Babu Naidu, Lee Middleton, Kostas Tryposkiadis, Jane Daniels, Fang Gao
INTRODUCTION: Open chest surgery (thoracotomy) is considered the most painful of surgical procedures. Forceful wound retraction, costochondral dislocation, posterior costovertebral ligament disruption, intercostal nerve trauma and wound movement during respiration combine to produce an acute, severe postoperative pain insult and persistent chronic pain many months after surgery is common. Three recent systematic reviews conclude that unilateral continuous paravertebral blockade (PVB) provides analgesia at least equivalent to thoracic epidural blockade (TEB) in the postoperative period, has a lower failure rate, and symptom relief that lasted months...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907175/p53-specifically-binds-triplex-dna-in-vitro-and-in-cells
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Marie Brázdová, Vlastimil Tichý, Robert Helma, Pavla Bažantová, Alena Polášková, Aneta Krejčí, Marek Petr, Lucie Navrátilová, Olga Tichá, Karel Nejedlý, Martin L Bennink, Vinod Subramaniam, Zuzana Bábková, Tomáš Martínek, Matej Lexa, Matej Adámik
Triplex DNA is implicated in a wide range of biological activities, including regulation of gene expression and genomic instability leading to cancer. The tumor suppressor p53 is a central regulator of cell fate in response to different type of insults. Sequence and structure specific modes of DNA recognition are core attributes of the p53 protein. The focus of this work is the structure-specific binding of p53 to DNA containing triplex-forming sequences in vitro and in cells and the effect on p53-driven transcription...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905299/lack-of-an-apparent-role-for-endothelin-1-in-the-prolonged-reduction-in-renal-perfusion-following-severe-unilateral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-the-mouse
#14
Erika I Boesen
Therapeutic approaches to block the progression from acute kidney injury to chronic kidney disease are currently lacking. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a powerful vasoconstrictor, induced by hypoxia, and previously implicated in renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. This study tested the hypothesis that blunting the vascular influence of ET-1, either through endothelin ETA receptor blockade (ABT-627) or vascular endothelial cell deletion of ET-1 (VEET KO), would improve recovery of renal perfusion and repair of injury following a severe ischemic insult in mice (45 min unilateral renal ischemia)...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904450/survival-of-patients-with-intermediate-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma-treated-with-superselective-transarterial-chemoembolization-using-doxorubicin-loaded-dc-bead-under-cone-beam-computed-tomography-control
#15
Peter Popovic, Borut Stabuc, Rado Jansa, Manca Garbajs
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate treatment response, adverse events and survival rates of patients with intermediate stage HCC treated with superselective doxorubicin-loaded DC Bead transarterial chemoembolization (DEBDOX) under cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) control. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between October 2010 and June 2012, 35 consecutive patients with intermediate stage HCC (32 male, 3 female; average age, 67.5 ± 7.8 years; 22 patients Child-Pugh class A, 8 class B, 5 without cirrhosis) were treated with DEBDOX TACE...
December 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903516/metabolic-abnormalities-and-obesity-s-impact-on-the-risk-for-developing-preeclampsia
#16
Frank T Spradley
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, is increasing as a major contributor to perinatal and long-term morbidity of mother and offspring. PE is thought to originate from ischemic insults in the placenta driving the release of pro-hypertensive anti-angiogenic (sFlt-1) and pro-inflammatory (TNFα) factors into the maternal circulation. While the increased incidence of PE is hypothesized to be largely due to the obesity pandemic, the mechanisms whereby obesity increases this risk are unknown...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899501/unraveling-fungal-radiation-resistance-regulatory-networks-through-the-genome-wide-transcriptome-and-genetic-analyses-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
#17
Kwang-Woo Jung, Dong-Hoon Yang, Min-Kyu Kim, Ho Seong Seo, Sangyong Lim, Yong-Sun Bahn
The basidiomycetous fungus Cryptococcus neoformans has been known to be highly radiation resistant and has been found in fatal radioactive environments such as the damaged nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the radiation resistance phenotype of C. neoformans, we identified genes affected by gamma radiation through genome-wide transcriptome analysis and characterized their functions. We found that genes involved in DNA damage repair systems were upregulated in response to gamma radiation...
November 29, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899287/pre-treatment-with-vinpocetine-protects-against-retinal-ischemia
#18
Lisa Nivison-Smith, Pauline Khoo, Monica L Acosta, Michael Kalloniatis
Vinpocetine has been shown to have beneficial effects for tissues of the central nervous system subjected to ischemia and other related metabolic insults. We recently showed vinpocetine promotes glucose availability, prevents unregulated cation channel permeability and regulates glial reactivity when present during retinal ischemia. Less is known however about the ability of vinpocetine to protect against future ischemic insults. This study explores the effect of vinpocetine when used as a pre-treatment in an ex vivo model for retinal ischemia using cation channel permeability of agmatine (AGB) combined with immunohistochemistry as a measure for cell functionality...
November 26, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897982/maternal-fructose-intake-affects-transcriptome-changes-and-programmed-hypertension-in-offspring-in-later-life
#19
REVIEW
You-Lin Tain, Julie Y H Chan, Chien-Ning Hsu
Hypertension originates from early-life insults by so-called "developmental origins of health and disease" (DOHaD). Studies performed in the previous few decades indicate that fructose consumption is associated with an increase in hypertension rate. It is emerging field that tends to unfold the nutrient-gene interactions of maternal high-fructose (HF) intake on the offspring which links renal programming to programmed hypertension. Reprogramming interventions counteract disturbed nutrient-gene interactions induced by maternal HF intake and exert protective effects against developmentally programmed hypertension...
November 25, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897111/aggressive-antioxidant-reductive-stress-impairs-brain-endothelial-cell-angiogenesis-and-blood-brain-barrier-function
#20
Shireen Mentor, David Fisher
Oxidative stress in the brain microvasculature is a common characteristic in models of cerebrovascular disease. Considering the effects of reactive oxygen species activity in vascular-derived insults, it is naturally prudent to hypothesize those interventions inhibiting reactive oxygen species activity, such as antioxidant supplementation, may be beneficial for cerebrovascular disease. Hyper doses of antioxidant supplements, and foods with high antioxidant concentrations, are commonly used as an ongoing remedial and 'over-the-counter' treatments for most seasonal ailments...
November 29, 2016: Current Neurovascular Research
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