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Richard Wainford, Kathryn Walsh
OBJECTIVE: These studies tested the hypothesis that the SNS release of norepinephrine modulates NCC activity via a WNK1 mechanism to contribute to the pathophysiology of salt-sensitive hypertension in rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats receiving a continuous s.c. saline or NE (600 ng/min) infusion or naïve Dahl Salt-Resistant (DSR) and Dahl Salt-Sensitive (DSS) rats were fed a 0.6% (NS) or 8% NaCl (HS) diet for 14 or 21 days respectively (N = 6/group)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
A Bayramoğlu, O Bektaş, M Yaman
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the SYNTAX (Synergy Between PCI With Taxus and Cardiac Surgery) score and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) measured with an invasive method and with speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE). METHODS: The study included 124 patients who underwent cardiac catheterization. LVEDP values and coronary images were obtained for all patients. SYNTAX scores were calculated and separated into three tertiles (SYNTAX = 0, SYNTAX < 22, and SYNTAX > 22)...
October 17, 2016: Herz
Fatih Sen, Ozcan Ozeke, Ozgur Kirbas, Cengiz Burak, Habibe Kafes, Bahar Tekin Tak, Umran Ozdamar, Kadir Ocak, Serkan Topaloglu, Dursun Aras
Prediction of left main coronary artery (LMCA) or equivalent disease is important with regard to selecting the appropriate treatment strategy. The classical electrocardiographic pattern of LMCA disease includes ST elevation (STE) in lead aVR in the presence of extensive ST depression (most prominent in leads I, II, and V4-6) with the STE in aVR≥V1. Patients with these findings may potentially require early coronary angiography and coronary bypass surgery; therefore selected patients with these findings on exercise testing might benefit from more urgent or expedited angiography...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Tian-Nyu Wang, Min Zhao
Laccases are green oxidases with a number of potential industrial applications. In this study, recombinant Bacillus subtilis CotA laccase was secreted by Escherichia coli via both the α-hemolysin secretion system and the YebF secretion system after microaerobic induction. Meanwhile, we discovered a much simpler approach for extracellular production of recombinant CotA laccase from E. coli, involving alternation of induction conditions to release recombinant CotA following intracellular expression. By optimizing the induction parameters, the extracellular yield of recombinant CotA laccase was improved from 157...
October 13, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Nathalie Behar, Bertrand Petit, Vincent Probst, Frederic Sacher, Gaelle Kervio, Jacques Mansourati, Paul Bru, Alfredo Hernandez, Philippe Mabo
AIM: Modulation of ST-segment elevation (STE) and tachyarrhythmic events by the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has been reported in patients with Brugada syndrome (BS). This study examined and compared the autonomic characteristics and STE in symptomatic vs. asymptomatic patients with BS. METHODS AND RESULT: We studied 40 symptomatic and 78 asymptomatic patients (mean age = 46.1 ± 13.7 years; 88 men) who underwent 24 h, 12-lead electrocardiograms, and exercise and a head-up tilt tests...
October 13, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Amir Hadi, Makan Pourmasoumi, Marzieh Kafeshani, Jahangir Karimian, Mohammad Reza Maracy, Mohammad Hasan Entezari
OBJECTIVE: Additional oxygen consumption during intense exercises may lead to oxidative stress and contribute to muscular fatigue. Green tea and sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.), which contain various flavonoids and polyphenols, have many healthful properties such as anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and heart protecting effects. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of green tea and sour tea supplementation on oxidative stress and muscle damage in soccer athletes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dietary Supplements
Daisuke Murai, Satoshi Yamada, Taichi Hayashi, Kazunori Okada, Hisao Nishino, Masahiro Nakabachi, Shinobu Yokoyama, Ayumu Abe, Ayako Ichikawa, Kota Ono, Sanae Kaga, Hiroyuki Iwano, Taisei Mikami, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
Whether and how left ventricular (LV) strain and strain rate correlate with wall stress is not known. Furthermore, it is not determined whether strain or strain rate is less dependent on the afterload. In 41 healthy young adults, LV global peak strain and systolic peak strain rate in the longitudinal direction (LS and LSR, respectively) and circumferential direction (CS and CSR, respectively) were measured layer-specifically using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) before and during a handgrip exercise...
October 12, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Chaofan Wang, Shuguang Han, Tongda Xu, Fengli Wang, Xiaoping Wang, Jing Chen, Chunfeng Hu, Dongye Li
The aim of this study was to explore the significance of delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) combined with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and low dose dobutamine stress echocardiography (LDDSE) to assess viable myocardium (VM) in the patients with old myocardial infarction (OMI) associated with congestive heart failure (CHF). Thirty five hospitalized OMI patients with regional wall motion abnormalities and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 50% were recruited based on routine echocardiography...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Guilad Friedemann, Yossi Leshem, Lior Kerem, Boaz Shacham, Avi Bar-Massada, Krystaal M McClain, Gil Bohrer, Ido Izhaki
Ecologically-similar species were found to develop specific strategies to partition their resources, leading to niche differentiation and divergence, in order to avoid interspecific competition. Our study determines multi-dimensional differentiation of two sympatric top-predators, long-legged buzzards (LLB) and short-toed eagles (STE), which recently became sympatric during their breeding season in the Judean Foothills, Israel. By combining information from comprehensive diet and movement analyses we found four dimensions of differentiation: (1) Geographic foraging area: LLB tended to forage relatively close to their nests (2...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dorian Cazau, Olivier Adam, Thierry Aubin, Jeffrey T Laitman, Joy S Reidenberg
Although mammalian vocalizations are predominantly harmonically structured, they can exhibit an acoustic complexity with nonlinear vocal sounds, including deterministic chaos and frequency jumps. Such sounds are normative events in mammalian vocalizations, and can be directly traceable to the nonlinear nature of vocal-fold dynamics underlying typical mammalian sound production. In this study, we give qualitative descriptions and quantitative analyses of nonlinearities in the song repertoire of humpback whales from the Ste Marie channel (Madagascar) to provide more insight into the potential communication functions and underlying production mechanisms of these features...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bernd Hewing, Anna Maria Dehn, Oliver Staeck, Fabian Knebel, Sebastian Spethmann, Karl Stangl, Gert Baumann, Henryk Dreger, Klemens Budde, Fabian Halleck
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac changes observed in chronic kidney disease patients are of multifactorial origin including chronic uremia, hemodynamics or inflammation. Restoration of renal function by kidney transplantation (KTX) may reverse cardiac changes. Novel echocardiographic methods such as speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allow early and sensitive detection of subtle changes of cardiac parameters. We evaluated changes of cardiac structure and function after KTX by advanced echocardiographic modalities...
October 10, 2016: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Maha A Al-Mohaissen, Ronald G Carere, G B John Mancini, Karin H Humphries, Beth A Whalen, Terry Lee, Frank X Scheuermeyer, Andrew P Ignaszewski
BACKGROUND: Markers of plaque destabilization and disruption may have a role in identifying non-STE- type 1 Myocardial Infarction in patients presenting with troponin elevation. We hypothesized that a plaque disruption index (PDI) derived from multiple biomarkers and measured within 24 hours from the first detectable troponin in patients with acute non-STE- type 1 MI (NSTEMI-A) will confirm the diagnosis and identify these patients with higher specificity when compared to individual markers and coronary angiography...
2016: PloS One
Wei Wei, Shaohua Shu, Wenjun Zhu, Ying Xiong, Fang Peng
Wolfiporia cocos is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees, and its dried sclerotium, known as Fuling in China, has been used as a traditional medicine in East Asian countries for centuries. Nearly 10% of the traditional Chinese medicinal preparations contain W. cocos. Currently, the commercial production of Fuling is limited because of the lack of pine-based substrate and paucity of knowledge about the sclerotial development of the fungus. Since protein kinase (PKs) play significant roles in the regulation of growth, development, reproduction, and environmental responses in filamentous fungi, the kinome of W...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jana A Hirsch, Meghan Winters, Philippa J Clarke, Nathalie Ste-Marie, Heather A McKay
Neighborhood built environments may play an important role in shaping mobility and subsequent health outcomes. However, little work includes broader mobility considerations such as cognitive ability to be mobile, social connections with community, or transportation choices. We used a population-based sample of Canadian middle aged and older adults (aged 45 and older) from the Canadian Community Health Survey-Healthy Aging (CCHS-HA, 2008-2009) to create a holistic mobility measure: Mobility over Varied Environments Scale (MOVES)...
October 1, 2016: Preventive Medicine
Thi Thanh Hanh Nguyen, Seong-Bo Kim, Nahyun M Kim, Choongil Kang, Byoungsang Chung, Jun-Seong Park, Doman Kim
Steviol is a diterpene isolated from the plant Stevia rebaudiana that has a potential role as an antihyperglycemic agent by stimulating insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells and also has significant potential to diminish the renal clearance of anionic drugs and their metabolites. In this study, the lacS gene, which encodes a thermostable β-glycosidase (SSbgly) enzyme from the extremely thermoacidophillic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus, was cloned and expressed in E. coli Rossetta BL21(DE3)pLyS using lactose as an inducer...
November 2016: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
Christian Cadeddu, Alessandra Piras, Mariele Dessì, Clelia Madeddu, Giovanni Mantovani, Mario Scartozzi, Andreas Hagendorff, Paolo Colonna, Giuseppe Mercuro
Trastuzumab (TZB) has been shown to be extremely effective in breast cancer patients over-expressing HER-2, but careful cardiac monitoring is required when TZB is administered with anthracyclines, since the combination can increase its toxicity. Myocardial deformation indexes associated with speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have proven to be very sensitive in identifying early myocardial dysfunction. An observational, prospective study was designed to assess TZB-induced cardiac damage using STE in patients with HER-2 positive breast cancer who had been sequentially treated with TZB following epirubicin (EPI)...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Zekun Cai, Jianwei Dai, Dan Wu, Jian Qiu, Jun Ma, Guoying Li, Wei Zhu, Hongqiang Lei, Wenhua Huang, Heye Zhang, Lin Xu
The aim of this study is to investigate the value of 3-dimensional global peak longitudinal strain (GPLS) derived from the 3-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) in the diagnosis of the complex non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) by comparing GPLS to the synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with taxus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) score.A total of 59 inpatients with NSTE-ACS in our hospital between October 2014 and January 2015 were enrolled into our study...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Srinidhi J Meera, Tomo Ando, Daniel Pu, Shivaprasad Manjappa, Cynthia C Taub
PURPOSE: The left ventricle (LV) undergoes physiologic remodeling in adaptation to the hemodynamic changes that occur in pregnancy. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel and reliable tool to evaluate subtle myocardial alterations that have been utilized to assess myocardial changes in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) but not in patients with gestational DM (GDM). We seek to evaluate changes in LV function using STE in patients with GDM compared with women with normal pregnancy...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Aroditis Konstantinos, Pikilidou Maria, Vourvouri Eleni, Hadjistavri Lina, Zebekakis Pantelis, Yovos John, Efthimiadis George, Karvounis Haralambos
Overproduction of thyroid hormones leads to structural as well as functional cardiac changes. Conventional echocardiography but also recently developed sophisticated two-dimensional echocardiography speckle (2D-STE) tracking allow elaborate evaluation of these changes. Our purpose was to investigate the effects of thyroid hormones overproduction on the heart in patients with Graves' disease and changes that occur after 6 months thyrostatic therapy. We conducted a prospective, case-control study of 6 months duration...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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