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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937887/characteristics-and-associated-comorbidities-of-pediatric-dental-patients-treated-under-general-anesthesia
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Alexandra Delfiner, Aaron Myers, Christie Lumsden, Steve Chussid, Richard Yoon
OBJECTIVE: To describe characteristics and identify common comorbidities of children receiving dental treatment under general anesthesia at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. STUDY DESIGN: Electronic medical records of all children that received dental treatment under general anesthesia through the Division of Pediatric Dentistry from 2012-2014 were reviewed. Data describing patient characteristics (age, sex, race/ethnicity, insurance carrier, and American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status classification system), medical history, and justification for treatment were collected...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937406/tolerance-in-xenotransplantation
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Kazuhiko Yamada, Megan Sykes, David H Sachs
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes recent progress in tolerance-inducing strategies across xenogeneic immunological barriers as well as the potential benefit of a tolerance strategy for islets and kidney xenotransplantation. RECENT FINDINGS: Using advanced gene editing technologies, xenotransplantation from multitransgenic alpha-1,3-galactosyltransferase knockout pigs has demonstrated marked prolongation of renal xenograft survival, ranging from days to greater than several months for life-supporting kidneys, and more than 2 years in a heterotopic nonlife-supporting cardiac xenograft model...
September 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937235/heart-rate-variability-in-newborns
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K Javorka, Z Lehotska, M Kozar, Z Uhrikova, B Kolarovszki, M Javorka, M Zibolen
Heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) in newborns is influenced by genetic determinants, gestational and postnatal age, and other variables. Premature infants have a reduced HRV. In neonatal HRV evaluated by spectral analysis, a dominant activity can be found in low frequency (LF) band (combined parasympathetic and sympathetic component). During the first postnatal days the activity in the high frequency (HF) band (parasympathetic component) rises, together with an increase in LF band and total HRV...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936086/diabetes-mellitus-as-the-presenting-feature-of-friedreich-s-ataxia
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Meenal Garg, Shilpa D Kulkarni, Krishnakumar N Shah, Anaita Udwadia Hegde
Patients with Friedreich's ataxia (FA) are at an increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus and glucose intolerance. Diabetes usually develops many years after the initial presentation. We report an 8-year-old girl who initially presented with diabetic ketoacidosis and was treated as a case of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Around a year later, she developed gait problems and ataxia. Cardiac involvement was detected on echocardiography. Genetic testing confirmed the diagnosis of FA. FA should be a diagnostic consideration in children presenting with diabetes and neurological issues, even with early presentation of the former...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935882/clinical-and-radiological-diversity-in-genetically-confirmed-primary-familial-brain-calcification
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Shingo Koyama, Hidenori Sato, Ryota Kobayashi, Shinobu Kawakatsu, Masayuki Kurimura, Manabu Wada, Toru Kawanami, Takeo Kato
Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC) is a rare neuropsychiatric disorder with characteristic symmetrical brain calcifications. Patients with PFBC may have a variety of symptoms, although they also may be clinically asymptomatic. Parkinsonism is one of the most common movement disorders; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. This condition is typically transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion. To date, mutations in SLC20A2, PDGFRB, PDGFB, and XPR1 have been reported to cause PFBC. The aim of the study was to identify the genetic cause of brain calcification in probands from three PFBC families and in 8 sporadic patients and to perform clinical and radiological assessments focusing on parkinsonism in mutation carriers...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934587/aging-in-the-cardiovascular-system-lessons-from-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
#6
Magda R Hamczyk, Lara Del Campo, Vicente Andrés
Aging, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is becoming progressively more prevalent in our societies. A better understanding of how aging promotes CVD is therefore urgently needed to develop new strategies to reduce disease burden. Atherosclerosis and heart failure contribute significantly to age-associated CVD-related morbimortality. CVD and aging are both accelerated in patients suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic disorder caused by the prelamin A mutant progerin...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933368/biomarkers-and-imaging-findings-of-anderson-fabry-disease-what-we-know-now
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Idalina Beirão, Ana Cabrita, Márcia Torres, Fernando Silva, Patrício Aguiar, Francisco Laranjeira, Ana Marta Gomes
Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder, caused by deficiency or absence of the alpha-galactosidase A activity, with a consequent glycosphingolipid accumulation. Biomarkers and imaging findings may be useful for diagnosis, identification of an organ involvement, therapy monitoring and prognosis. The aim of this article is to review the current available literature on biomarkers and imaging findings of AFD patients. An extensive bibliographic review from PubMed, Medline and Clinical Key databases was performed by a group of experts from nephrology, neurology, genetics, cardiology and internal medicine, aiming for consensus...
June 11, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932552/chylothorax-after-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-complicates-short-term-but-not-long-term-outcomes-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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Nikoletta R Czobor, György Roth, Zsolt Prodán, Daniel J Lex, Erzsébet Sápi, László Ablonczy, Mihály Gergely, Edgar A Székely, János Gál, Andrea Székely
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of postoperative chylothorax in children with congenital heart disease is a rare and serious complication in cardiac intensive care units (ICUs). The aim of our study was to identify the perioperative characteristics, treatment options, resource utilization and long term complications of patients having chylothorax after a pediatric cardiac surgery. METHODS: Patients were retrospectively assessed for the presence of chylothorax between January 2002 and December 2012 in a tertiary national cardiac center...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931939/survival-and-prognostic-factors-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-meta-analysis
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Qun Liu, Diandian Li, Alan E Berger, Roger A Johns, Li Gao
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder but data on survival rates are still conflicting and have not so far been quantitatively reviewed. The aim of this study is to conduct a meta-analysis of cohort studies to assess pooled survival rates and prognostic factors for survival in patients with HCM. Nineteen studies were included representing 12,146 HCM patients. The pooled 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year survival rates were 98.0%, 94.3%, 82.2% and 75.0%, respectively. Among patients with HCM, age, NYHA functional class, family history of sudden death (FHSD), syncope, atrial fibrillation, non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (nsVT), maximum left ventricular wall thickness and obstruction were significant prognostic factors for cardiovascular death...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931339/limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2i-two-chinese-families-and-a-review-in-asian-patients
#10
Dan-Ni Wang, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Yu-Qing Chen, Guo-Rong Xu, Min-Ting Lin, Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (LGMD2I) is an autosomal recessive hereditary disorder caused by mutations in the fukutin-related protein (FKRP) gene. Although the features of the disorder in European patients have been summarized, Asian patients with LGMD2I have rarely been reported. Thus, the clinical differences in LGMD2I between Asian and European patients and the associated genetic changes remain unclear. METHODS: We reported detailed clinical data as well as results from muscle biopsy, muscle MRI and genetic analysis of the FKRP gene in two unrelated Chinese families with LGMD2I...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928055/electrophysiological-analyses-of-transgenic-mice-overexpressing-kcnj8-with-s422l-mutation-in-cardiomyocytes
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Yasuhiro Watanabe, Akio Matsumoto, Takashi Miki, Susumu Seino, Naohiko Anzai, Haruaki Nakaya
Genetic analysis of KCNJ8 has pointed a mutation (S422L) as a susceptible link to J wave syndrome (JWS). In vitro expression study indicated that the ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channel with the S422L mutation has the gain-of-function with reduced sensitivity to ATP. However, the electrophysiological impact of KCNJ8 has not been elucidated in vivo. Transgenic mouse strains overexpressing KCNJ8 S422L variant (TGmt) or WT (TGWT) in cardiomyocytes have been created to investigate the influence of KCNJ8 in cardiomyocytes and the JWS-related feature of the S422L variant on the cardiac electrophysiology...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927471/a-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-genetic-variant-is-associated-with-improved-ventricular-function-and-transplant-free-survival-after-surgery-for-non-syndromic-chd
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Constantine D Mavroudis, Daniel Seung Kim, Nancy Burnham, Alexandra H Morss, Jerry H Kim, Amber A Burt, David R Crosslin, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Elaine H Zackai, Meryl S Cohen, Susan C Nicolson, Thomas L Spray, Ian B Stanaway, Deborah A Nickerson, Mark W Russell, Hakon Hakonarson, Gail P Jarvik, J William Gaynor
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that the minor alleles of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) single-nucleotide polymorphism rs833069 and superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) single-nucleotide polymorphism rs2758331 are both associated with improved transplant-free survival after surgery for CHD in infants, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We hypothesised that one or both of these minor alleles are associated with better systemic ventricular function, resulting in improved survival...
September 20, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926002/polygenic-loading-for-major-depression-is-associated-with-specific-medical-comorbidity
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T H McCoy, V M Castro, L Snapper, K Hart, J L Januzzi, J C Huffman, R H Perlis
Major depressive disorder frequently co-occurs with medical disorders, raising the possibility of shared genetic liability. Recent identification of 15 novel genetic loci associated with depression allows direct investigation of this question. In cohorts of individuals participating in biobanks at two academic medical centers, we calculated polygenic loading for risk loci reported to be associated with depression. We then examined the association between such loading and 50 groups of clinical diagnoses, or topics, drawn from these patients' electronic health records, determined using a novel application of latent Dirichilet allocation...
September 19, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924605/pai-1-is-a-critical-regulator-of-fgf23-homeostasis
#15
Mesut Eren, Aaron T Place, Paul M Thomas, Panagiotis Flevaris, Toshio Miyata, Douglas E Vaughan
Elevated levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a bone-derived phosphaturic hormone, are associated with a number of pathologic conditions including chronic kidney disease, cardiac hypertrophy, and congestive heart failure. Currently, there are no specific treatments available to lower plasma FGF23 levels. We have recently reported that genetic plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) deficiency provided a significant reduction in circulating FGF23 levels while simultaneously prolonging the life span of Klotho-deficient mice...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923792/p2y2-nucleotide-receptor-prompts-human-cardiac-progenitor-cell-activation-by-modulating-hippo-signaling
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Farid G Khalafalla, Steven R Greene, Hashim Khan, Kelli Ilves, Megan M Monsanto, Roberto Alvarez, Monica Chavarria, Jonathan H Nguyen, Benjamin Norman, Walter P Dembitsky, Mark A Sussman
Rationale: Autologous stem cell therapy using human c-Kit(+) cardiac progenitor cells (hCPCs) is a promising therapeutic approach for treatment of heart failure (HF). However, hCPCs derived from aged HF patients with genetic predispositions and/or comorbidities of chronic diseases exhibit poor proliferative and migratory capabilities, which impairs overall reparative potential for injured myocardium. Therefore, empowering functionally compromised hCPCs with pro-regenerative molecules ex vivo is crucial for improving the therapeutic outcome in HF patients...
September 18, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921168/chromosomal-abnormalities-affect-the-surgical-outcome-in-infants-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-large-cohort-analysis
#17
Dala Zakaria, Xinyu Tang, Rupal Bhakta, Nahed O ElHassan, Parthak Prodhan
Patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) can have associated genetic abnormalities. This study evaluated the incidence of genetic abnormalities among infants with HLHS and the short-term outcomes of this population during the first hospitalization. This is a retrospective analysis of the multi-center Pediatric Heath Information System database of infants with HLHS who underwent Stage I Norwood, Hybrid, or heart transplant during their first hospitalization from 2004 through 2013. We compared clinical data between infants with and without genetic abnormality, among the three most common chromosomal abnormalities, and between survivors and non-survivors...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919378/sudden-death-mechanisms-in-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathies-insights-gleaned-from-clinical-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-trials
#18
Benjamin A Steinberg, Siva K Mulpuru, James C Fang, Bernard J Gersh
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) represents a major cause of death among patients with heart failure. While scar-based, macro-reentrant ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation (VT/VF) is the primary etiology for SCD among patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, a more diverse set of mechanisms and substrates are likely at play for the diverse group of patients characterized by non-ischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy (NICM). These causes may include scar-based re-entry, but also neurohormonal stimulation (sympathetic, parasympathetic, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone), inflammation, and non-arrhythmic processes occurring in the context of a genetic predisposition...
September 14, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919131/optogenetic-targeting-of-cardiac-myocytes-and-non-myocytes-tools-challenges-and-utility
#19
Callum M Johnston, Eva A Rog-Zielinska, Eike M Wülfers, Torsten Houwaart, Urszula Siedlecka, Thomas Knöpfel, Peter Kohl, Franziska Schneider-Warme
In optogenetics, light-activated proteins are used to monitor and modulate cellular behaviour with light. Combining genetic targeting of distinct cellular populations with defined patterns of optical stimulation enables one to study specific cell classes in complex biological tissues. In the current study we attempted to investigate the functional relevance of heterocellular electrotonic coupling in cardiac tissue in situ. In order to do that, we used a Cre-Lox approach to express the light-gated cation channel Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) specifically in either cardiac myocytes or non-myocytes...
September 15, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917829/a-chinese-boy-with-geleophysic-dysplasia-caused-by-compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-adamtsl2
#20
Li Dongxiao, Dong Hui, Zheng Hong, Song Jinqing, Li Xiyuan, Jin Ying, Liu Yupeng, Yang Yanling
Geleophysic dysplasia, belonging to the group of acromelic dysplasia, is a rare genetic disease. Two genes, FBN1 and ADAMTSL2, were known to be linked to this disorder. The disorder presents as extreme short stature, short limbs, small hands and feet, stubby fingers and toes, joint stiffness, toe walking, skin thickening, progressive cardiac valvular thickening and characteristic facial features, including a round face with full cheeks. Here, we report the first Chinese case with geleophysic dysplasia type 1 based on clinical and genetic features...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
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