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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723635/meta-analysis-of-the-efficacy-of-treatments-for-newly-diagnosed-and-relapsed-refractory-multiple-myeloma-with-del-17p
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Jinghua Liu, Hui Yang, Xiaochan Liang, Yuxin Wang, Jian Hou, Yanqin Liu, Jigang Wang, Fan Zhou
We analyzed the treatment of newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (NDMM/RRMM) patients with del(17p). Thirteen prospective studies that evaluated 3,187 MM patients, including 685with del(17p), were included in our meta-analysis. The incidence of del(17p) in NDMM and RRMM patients was similar (13% vs. 14%, respectively, P = 0.64, I2 = 94%). The overall response rate (ORR) to new agents was 40.5% and 67.1%, respectively, in RRMM patients with or without del(17p) (P = 0.1, I2 = 63.9%). NDMM patients with del(17p) treated with PAD (bortezomib, adriamycin, and dexamethasone) induction therapy followed by bortezomib maintenance therapy had higher progression-free survival (PFS) (25...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722142/lactic-dehydrogenase-in-the-in-vitro-evaluation-of-hemolytic-properties-of-ventricular-assist-device
#2
Donghai Li, Qingyu Wu, Shuhong Liu, Yuanyuan Chen, Haosheng Chen, Yingmao Ruan, Yu Zhang
Ventricular assist devices (VADs) can effectively improve the survival rate of patients with end-stage heart failure, but the hemolytic complications induced by long-time VAD support have received wide attention recently. The conventional evaluation method of the hemolytic properties of VADs by the indicator of plasma free hemoglobin (PFH) concentration is used but not sensitive enough to meet the needs of the actual examinations. In this study, an experimental method was applied for the evaluation of the injuries and damages caused by VADs to erythrocytes by both indicators of PFH and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) in the in vitro hemolysis assay of VADs...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718516/control-of-the-fluid-viscosity-in-a-mock-circulation
#3
Stefan Boës, Gregor Ochsner, Raffael Amacher, Anastasios Petrou, Mirko Meboldt, Marianne Schmid Daners
A mock circulation allows the in vitro investigation, development, and testing of ventricular assist devices. An aqueous-glycerol solution is commonly used to mimic the viscosity of blood. Due to evaporation and temperature changes, the viscosity of the solution drifts from its initial value and therefore, deviates substantially from the targeted viscosity of blood. Additionally, the solution needs to be exchanged to account for changing viscosities when mimicking different hematocrits. This article presents a method to control the viscosity in a mock circulation...
July 17, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716615/development-of-a-protocol-for-successful-palliative-care-consultation-in-population-of-patients-receiving-mechanical-circulatory-support
#4
Shilpee Sinha, Carey Belcher, Alexia Torke, Joycelyn Howard, Marco Caccamo, James A Slaven, Irmina Gradus-Pizlo
BACKGROUND: In 2014, Joint Commission recommended palliative care (PC) engagement in ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation as destination therapy. Limited information is available on established PC protocols in the mechanical circulatory support (MCS) population. MEASURES: The goals of our PC consultation were to document advance care planning (ACP) discussions and designate a surrogate decision maker (SDM) prior to MCS implantation. A retrospective analysis compared the frequency of PC consults, ACP discussion, and SDM before and after protocol implementation...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715808/retinoic-acid-facilitates-toll-like-receptor-4-expression-to-improve-intestinal-barrier-function-through-retinoic-acid-receptor-beta
#5
Yingying Li, Yuan Gao, Ting Cui, Ting Yang, Lan Liu, Tingyu Li, Jie Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vitamin A (VA) protects the intestinal epithelial barrier by improving cell migration and proliferation. Our previous studies demonstrated that VA deficiency (VAD) during pregnancy suppresses the systemic and mucosal immune responses in the intestines of offspring and that VA supplementation (VAS) during early life can increase immune cell counts. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which VA regulates intestinal epithelial barrier function. METHODS: Caco-2 cells were treated with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) for 24 hours to determine the optimum ATRA concentration to which the cells in question respond...
July 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713983/malformin%C3%A2-a1-treatment-alters-invasive-and-oncogenic-phenotypes-of-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-stimulation-of-the-p38-signaling-pathway
#6
Sun-Young Park, Hyung-Hoon Oh, Young-Lan Park, Hyung-Min Yu, Dae-Seong Myung, Sung-Bum Cho, Wan-Sik Lee, Daeho Park, Young-Eun Joo
Malformin A1 (MA1), a cyclic pentapeptide isolated from Aspergillus niger, has been found to possess a range of bioactive properties including antibacterial activity. However, it is unclear whether MA1 exerts an anticancer effect or not. In this study, we conducted in vitro experiments to investigate its anticancer properties in human colorectal cancer cells. The effect of MA1 on human colorectal cancer cells, SW480 and DKO1, was examined by the WST-1 cell viability assay, inverted microscopy, 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine (BrdU) incorporation, flow cytometry, DNA fragmentation, wound healing, Transwell assays, and western blotting...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712955/clinical-impact-of-changes-in-hemodynamic-indices-of-contractile-function-during-treatment-of-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
#7
Kenneth C Bilchick, Eliany Mejia-Lopez, Peter McCullough, Khadijah Breathett, Jamie L Kennedy, Jose Tallaj, James Bergin, Salpy Pamboukian, Mohammad Abuannadi, Sula Mazimba
BACKGROUND: The objective was to determine the impact of improving right ventricular versus left ventricular stroke work indices (RVSWI v. LVSWI) during therapy for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Cox proportional hazards regression and logistic regression was used to analyze key factors associated with outcomes in 175 patients (age 56.7 ± 13.6 years, 29.1% female) with hemodynamic data from the Evaluation Study of Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Artery Catheterization Effectiveness (ESCAPE) trial...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711755/palliative-care-clinicians-caring-for-patients-before-and-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
#8
Sara E Wordingham, Colleen K McIlvennan, Timothy J Fendler, Amy L Behnken, Shannon M Dunlay, James N Kirkpatrick, Keith M Swetz
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an available treatment option for carefully-selected patients with advanced heart failure. Initially developed as a bridge to transplantation, LVADs are now also offered to patients ineligible for transplantation as destination therapy (DT). Individuals with a DT-LVAD will live the remainder of their lives with the device in place. While survival and quality of life improve with LVADs compared to medical therapy, complications persist including bleeding, infection, and stroke...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711647/surgical-training-improves-performance-in-minimally-invasive-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-without-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#9
Lu-Feng Zhang, Hai-Bo Feng, Zhi-Guo Yu, Shi Jing, Feng Wan
OBJECTIVE: We introduced a live animal model for training of minimally invasive implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) without cardiopulmonary bypass for operator's performance improvement. DESIGN: After watching a videotape of LVAD implantation on the beating heart through the cardiac apex, the surgical team performed implantation of LVADs into 5 pigs during 3 training sessions in a time series. The procedure success rate, operating time, and technical and global performances by self-evaluation and senior evaluation were compared among the sessions...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711453/a-roadmap-for-evaluating-the-use-and-value-of-durable-ventricular-assist-device-therapy
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EDITORIAL
Sarah T Ward, Qixing Liang, Francis D Pagani, Min Zhang, Robert L Kormos, Keith D Aaronson, Andrew D Althouse, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Donald S Likosky
Heart failure is a disease characterized by profound human suffering with limitations in survival despite treatment with guideline-directed medical therapies. Patients with heart failure frequently progress to advanced stages and often require cardiac transplantation or implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to extend survival and improve quality of life. As the number of suitable heart donors, number of experienced medical centers and patient comorbidities place restrictions on the feasibility of cardiac transplantation, implantation of LVADs has emerged as a more frequently applied treatment as either a bridge to transplantation or as permanent therapy...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710044/treatment-strategies-of-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-from-bilateral-vertebral-artery-dissection-a-case-report-and-literature-review-focusing-on-availability-of-stent-placement
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Yasuo Murai, Fumihiro Matano, Shoji Yokobori, Hidetaka Onda, Hiroyuki Yokota, Akio Morita
BACKGROUND: Bilateral vertebral artery dissection (VAD) may result in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). However, a variety of factors contribute to the difficulties with treating SAH. We report a case of bilateral VAD with SAH, as well as a literature review. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 32-year-old woman developed headache. Computed tomography (CT) demonstrated diffuse SAH, and 3-dimensional CT indicated bilateral VAD. Her left vertebral artery was severely stenosed and the basilar artery was retrogradely flowed via the posterior communicating artery...
July 11, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709930/particle-image-velocimetry-study-of-the-celiac-trunk-hemodynamic-induced-by-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Francesco Scardulla, Diego Bellavia, Leonardo D'Acquisto, Giuseppe M Raffa, Salvatore Pasta
Whereas left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is the gold-standard therapy for patients with heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding is one of the most common complications. LVAD implantation may remarkably impact aortic hemodynamics so that experimental and computational flow analyses can be used to study the disease mechanisms. Here we present an experimentally-calibrated computational model of the celiac trunk hemodynamic of a LVAD-supported patient who experienced bleeding after device implantation. Specifically, both particle image velocimetry (PIV) and echocardiography were used to measure and compare flow distributions in each branch of a phantom model of the patient abdominal aorta...
July 12, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708662/imaging-modalities-for-correct-positioning-of-percutaneous-right-ventricular-assist-device-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Mariya A Geube, Andrej Alfirevic, Michael Tong
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July 13, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708213/novel-use-of-low-dose-thalidomide-in-refractory-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-patients
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Benjamin J J Seng, Louis L Y Teo, Laura L Chan, David K L Sim, Ka L Kerk, Jia L Soon, Teing E Tan, Cumaraswamy Sivathasan, Choon P Lim
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) is a complication reported in patients post left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation that is associated with high mortality rates. Thalidomide is an anti-angiogenic compound that may offer a potential option for management of refractory LVAD-related GIB. METHODS: A single-center, retrospective review was conducted from January 2009 to October 2016 at a tertiary cardiology center. It included LVAD patients initiated on thalidomide for refractory GIB...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708210/particle-image-velocimetry-tests-on-pediatric-45-cc-and-30-cc-ventricle-assist-devices-effects-of-heart-rate-on-vad-operation
#15
Dariusz Witkowski, Damian Obidowski, Piotr Reorowicz, Daniel Jodko, Krzysztof Jozwik
BACKGROUND: This study investigated flow analysis inside pediatric ventricle assist devices (VADs) designed and manufactured at the Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development (FRK), Zabrze, Poland. The main goal of the experiment was to define the minimal heart rate admissible in clinical practice. METHODS: The flow was directed by mechanical, single-disc valves developed at the Lodz University of Technology, Institute of Turbomachinery in Lodz, Poland. VAD operation conditions under different heart rates were analyzed...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706970/reversibility-of-frailty-after-bridge-to-transplant-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-or-heart-transplantation
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Sunita R Jha, Malin K Hannu, Phillip J Newton, Kay Wilhelm, Christopher S Hayward, Andrew Jabbour, Eugene Kotlyar, Anne Keogh, Kumud Dhital, Emily Granger, Mark Connellan, Paul Jansz, Phillip M Spratt, Elyn Montgomery, Angela Smith, Michelle Harkess, Peta Tunicliff, Patricia M Davidson, Peter S Macdonald
BACKGROUND: We recently reported that frailty is independently predictive of increased mortality in patients with advanced heart failure referred for heart transplantation (HTx). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of frailty on short-term outcomes after bridge-to-transplant ventricular assist device (BTT-VAD) implantation and/or HTx and to determine if frailty is reversible after these procedures. METHODS: Between August 2013 and August 2016, 100 of 126 consecutive patients underwent frailty assessment using Fried's Frailty Phenotype before surgical intervention: 40 (21 nonfrail, 19 frail) BTT-VAD and 77 (60 nonfrail, 17 frail) HTx-including 17 of the 40 BTT-VAD supported patients...
July 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706587/management-of-ventricular-tachycardia-storm-in-patients-with-structural-heart-disease
#17
REVIEW
Daniele Muser, Pasquale Santangeli, Jackson J Liang
Electrical storm (ES) is a medical emergency characterized by repetitive episodes of sustained ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in a limited amount of time (at least 3 within a 24-h period) leading to repeated appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapies. The occurrence of ES represents a major turning point in the natural history of patients with structural heart disease being associated with poor short- and long-term survival particularly in those with compromised left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) that can develop hemodynamic decompensation and multi-organ failure...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705316/cell-specific-pathways-supporting-persistent-fibrosis-in-heart-failure
#18
Stephen D Farris, Creighton Don, Deri Helterline, Christopher Costa, Tabitha Plummer, Susanne Steffes, Claudius Mahr, Nahush A Mokadam, April Stempien-Otero
BACKGROUND: Only limited data exist describing the histologic and noncardiomyocyte function of human myocardium in end-stage heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to determine changes in noncardiomyocyte cellular activity in patients with end-stage HF after left ventricular assist device (LVAD)-induced remodeling to identify mechanisms impeding recovery. METHODS: Myocardium was obtained from subjects undergoing LVAD placement and/or heart transplantation...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703794/impaired-autophagosome-clearance-contributes-to-neuronal-death-in-a-piglet-model-of-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
#19
Derong Cui, Dawei Sun, Xintao Wang, Liye Yi, Ewa Kulikowicz, Michael Reyes, Junchao Zhu, Zeng-Jin Yang, Wei Jiang, Raymond C Koehler
To examine the temporal relationship of cortical autophagic flux with delayed neuronal cell death after hypoxia-ischemia (HI) in neonatal piglets. HI was produced with 45-min hypoxia and 7-min airway occlusion in 3-5-day-old piglets. Markers of autophagic, lysosomal and cell death signaling were studied via immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting, and histochemistry in piglet brains. In vitro, autophagy was impaired in cultured mouse cortical neurons treated with chloroquine with or without rapamycin for 1 d in the presence of Z-VAD-fmk, cyclosporine A, or vehicle control, and cell viability was assessed with the MTT assay...
July 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700660/cancer-selective-single-agent-chemoradiosensitising-gold-nanoparticles
#20
Sophie Grellet, Konstantina Tzelepi, Meike Roskamp, Phil Williams, Aquila Sharif, Richard Slade-Carter, Peter Goldie, Nicky Whilde, Małgorzata A Śmiałek, Nigel J Mason, Jon P Golding
Two nanometre gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), bearing sugar moieties and/or thiol-polyethylene glycol-amine (PEG-amine), were synthesised and evaluated for their in vitro toxicity and ability to radiosensitise cells with 220 kV and 6 MV X-rays, using four cell lines representing normal and cancerous skin and breast tissues. Acute 3 h exposure of cells to AuNPs, bearing PEG-amine only or a 50:50 ratio of alpha-galactose derivative and PEG-amine resulted in selective uptake and toxicity towards cancer cells at unprecedentedly low nanomolar concentrations...
2017: PloS One
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