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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235522/an-optogenetic-arrhythmia-model-to-study-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-mutations
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Elisabeth Fischer, Alexander Gottschalk, Christina Schüler
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a condition of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), induced by physical activity or stress. Mutations in ryanodine receptor 2 (RyR2), a Ca2+ release channel located in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), or calsequestrin 2 (CASQ2), a SR Ca2+ binding protein, are linked to CPVT. For specific drug development and to study distinct arrhythmias, simple models are required to implement and analyze such mutations. Here, we introduced CPVT inducing mutations into the pharynx of Caenorhabditis elegans, which we previously established as an optogenetically paced heart model...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235402/biofilm-related-disease
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Jose Luis Del Pozo
Biofilm formation represents a protected mode of growth that renders bacterial cells less susceptible to antimicrobials and to killing by host immune effector mechanisms and so enables the pathogens to survive in hostile environments and also to disperse and colonize new niches. Biofilm disease includes device-related infections, chronic infections in the absence of a foreign body, and even malfunction of medical devices. Areas covered: This review puts forward a new medical entity that represents a major public health issue, which we have named "biofilm-related disease"...
December 13, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234304/hypothesis-on-the-role-of-cryptochromes-in-inflammation-and-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-outcome
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Adriano Barreto Nogueira, Ariel Barreto Nogueira, José Carlos Esteves Veiga, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira
We have recently found that the temperature variability (TV) in the day-night cycle may predict the mean intracranial pressure in the following 24 h (ICP24) in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients under multimodality monitoring, sedation, and hypothermia (<35°C). Specifically, we found that ICP24 = 6 (4 - TV) mmHg. TV is the ratio between the coefficient of variation of temperature during the nocturnal and the preceding diurnal periods. This result suggests that the circadian clock reflects brain plasticity mechanisms and its malfunctioning leads to deterioration of the neurologic status...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234043/multipulse-sodium-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-multicompartment-quantification-proof-of-concept
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Alina Gilles, Armin M Nagel, Guillaume Madelin
We present a feasibility study of sodium quantification in a multicompartment model of the brain using sodium (23Na) magnetic resonance imaging. The proposed method is based on a multipulse sequence acquisition and simulation at 7 T, which allows to differentiate the 23Na signals emanating from three compartments in human brain in vivo: intracellular (compartment 1), extracellular (compartment 2), and cerebrospinal fluid (compartment 3). The intracellular sodium concentration C 1 and the volume fractions α 1, α 2, and α 3 of all respective three brain compartments can be estimated...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232174/analysis-of-reported-balloon-malfunctions-and-proposed-rescue-strategy-for-malfunction-during-airway-dilation
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E Brandon Strong, Derrick R Randall, Daniel J Cates, Peter C Belafsky
Objective The rate of balloon dilator failure is unknown, and a rescue strategy for device malfunction has not been established. The purposes of this investigation were to determine the approximate number of balloon failures in the gastrointestinal tract and airway, evaluate the parameters required to rupture balloon dilators, and develop a rescue strategy to efficiently reestablish airway patency. Study Design Retrospective cohort and basic medical research. Setting Academic tertiary care medical center. Subjects and Methods The Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience database was queried for adverse events associated with tracheal and esophageal dilators between January 1, 2014, and January 1, 2017...
December 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226531/pre-implant-left-ventricular-apex-position-predicts-risk-of-heartmate-ii-pump-thrombosis
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Leora T Yarboro, James Hunter Mehaffey, Robert B Hawkins, Irving L Kron, Gorav Ailawadi, John A Kern, Ravi K Ghanta
BACKGROUND: Thrombosis within a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a devastating complication that often necessitates device exchange. Few studies have evaluated the relationship between patient anatomy and pump thrombosis. We hypothesize that lateral displacement of the left ventricular (LV) apex increases risk for pump thrombosis. METHODS: All patients who underwent primary implantation of a HeartMate II (HM2) device (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) at a single center (2009-2015) were evaluated...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225119/d-chiro-inositol-enriched-fagopyrum-tataricum-l-gaench-extract-alleviates-mitochondrial-malfunction-and-inhibits-er-stress-jnk-associated-inflammation-in-the-endothelium
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Bobo Zhang, Caifeng Gao, Yunlong Li, Min Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tartary buckwheat is a food medicine dual-use crop with healing effects on cardiovascular diseases and type2 diabetes. It has been proposed that endothelial dysfunction is the initial lesion in these diseases and it's associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and inflammation. D-chiro-inositol (DCI) is a bioactive compound of Tartary buckwheat and is always deficit in type2 diabetes. However, it remains unknown whether DCI-enriched Tartary buckwheat extract can ameliorate mitochondrial dysfunction, ER stress and inflammation in the endothelium...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221655/impact-of-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-10-serum-levels-and-mrna-expression-level-on-polytrauma-patients
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Heber B Sapan, Idrus Paturusi, Andi Asadul Islam, Irawan Yusuf, Ilhamjaya Patellongi, Muhammmad Nasrum Massi, Aryono D Pusponegoro, Syafrie K Arief, Ibrahim Labeda, Leo Rendy, Mochammad Hatta
INTRODUCTION: Host response to polytrauma occasionally has unpredictable outcomes. Immune response is a major factor influencing patient's outcome. This study evaluated the interaction of two main cytokines in immune response after major trauma, specifically interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-10 (IL-10) in which their serum level comes from the mRNA expression of these cytokine genes and outcome of polytrauma patients. METHODS: This prospective multicenter trial held at four trauma centers enrolled 54 polytrauma patients [Injury Severity Score (ISS) ≥ 16]...
November 4, 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220503/downregulation-of-survivin-contributes-to-cell-cycle-arrest-during-postnatal-cardiac-development-in-a-severe-spinal-muscular-atrophy-mouse-model
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Lei Sheng, Bo Wan, Pengchao Feng, Junjie Sun, Frank Rigo, C Frank Bennett, Martin Akerman, Adrian R Krainer, Yimin Hua
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, characterized by progressive degeneration of spinal-cord motor neurons, leading to atrophy of skeletal muscles. However, accumulating evidence indicates that it is a multi-system disorder, particularly in its severe forms. Several studies delineated structural and functional cardiac abnormalities in SMA patients and mouse models, yet the abnormalities have been primarily attributed to autonomic dysfunction. Here, we show in a severe mouse model that its cardiomyocytes undergo G0/G1 cell-cycle arrest and enhanced apoptosis during postnatal development...
December 6, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218556/structural-characterization-of-highly-flexible-proteins-by-small-angle-scattering
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Tiago N Cordeiro, Fátima Herranz-Trillo, Annika Urbanek, Alejandro Estaña, Juan Cortés, Nathalie Sibille, Pau Bernadó
Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) are fundamental actors of biological processes. Their inherent plasticity facilitates very specialized tasks in cell regulation and signalling, and their malfunction is linked to severe pathologies. Understanding the functional role of disorder requires the structural characterization of IDPs and the complexes they form. Small-angle Scattering of X-rays (SAXS) and Neutrons (SANS) have notably contributed to this structural understanding. In this review we summarize the most relevant developments in the field of SAS studies of disordered proteins...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218503/differential-alterations-in-metabolism-and-proteolysis-related-proteins-in-human-parkinson-s-disease-substantia-nigra
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Edna Grünblatt, Josefine Ruder, Camelia Maria Monoranu, Peter Riederer, Moussa Bh Youdim, Silvia A Mandel
Parkinson's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease, with the majority of cases being sporadic or "idiopathic". The aetiology of the sporadic form is still unknown, but there is a broad consensus that Parkinson's disease involves multiple pathways. In previous human post-mortem studies investigating substantia nigra of parkinsonian subjects, gene expression alterations in various metabolic pathways including protein folding, trafficking, aggregation, ubiquitination and oxidative stress were found...
December 7, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216501/smart-coils-for-intracranial-aneurysm-embolization-initial-outcomes
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Adeel Ilyas, Thomas J Buell, Ching-Jen Chen, Dale Ding, Daniel M S Raper, Davis G Taylor, Jennifer D Sokolowski, Kenneth C Liu
OBJECTIVES: Endovascular technology for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms continues to rapidly evolve. The SMART coil (Penumbra Inc., Alameda, CA, USA) is a novel microcoil designed to enhance deliverability. The aim of this single-center, retrospective cohort study is to assess the initial outcomes after aneurysm embolization using SMART coils. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed consecutive patients with intracranial aneurysms who underwent endovascular embolization using SMART coils from June 2016 to January 2017...
December 2, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212345/a-pilot-investigation-of-an-ios-based-app-for-toilet-training-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Daniel W Mruzek, Stephen McAleavey, Whitney A Loring, Eric Butter, Tristram Smith, Erin McDonnell, Lynne Levato, Courtney Aponte, Rebekah P Travis, Rachel E Aiello, Cora M Taylor, Jonathan W Wilkins, Patricia Corbett-Dick, Dianne M Finkelstein, Alyssa M York, Katherine Zanibbi
We developed an iOS-based app with a transmitter/disposable sensor and corresponding manualized intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. The app signaled the onset of urination, time-stamped accidents for analysis, reminded parents to reinforce intervals of continence, provided a visual outlet for parents to communicate reinforcement, and afforded opportunity for timely feedback from clinicians. We compared this intervention with an intervention that uses standard behavioral treatment in a pilot randomized controlled trial of 33 children with autism spectrum disorder aged 3-6 years with urinary incontinence...
December 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212325/chronic-heat-stress-impairs-meat-quality-of-breast-muscle-in-broilers-through-affecting-redox-status-and-energy-substances-metabolism
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Zhuang Lu, Xiaofang He, Bingbing Ma, Lin Zhang, Jiaolong Li, Yun Jiang, Guanghong Zhou, Feng Gao
We investigated the molecular mechanisms of chronic heat stress impairing broilers breast meat quality. Broilers were assigned to three groups including normal control (NC) group, heat stress (HS) group and pair-fed (PF) group. After 7d of heat exposure (32°C), high temperature caused oxidative stress, and elevated the activity of citrate synthase (CS), mRNA expression of M-CPT1, and phosphorylation level of AMPKα, and reduced the mRNA expression of avUCP. After 14d of heat exposure, heat stress increased lightness and drip loss and decreased pH and shear force of breast meat...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211407/long-term-results-of-the-implantation-of-the-ams-800-artificial-sphincter-for-post-prostatectomy-incontinence-a-single-center-experience
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Carlos Alberto Ricetto Sacomani, Stênio de Cássio Zequi, Walter Henriques da Costa, Bruno Santos Benigno, Rodrigo Sousa Madeira Campos, Wilson Bachega, Gustavo Cardoso Guimarães
OBJECTIVES: Report the long-term outcomes of the AMS 800 artificial sphincer (AS) for the treatment post-prostatectomy incontinence (PPI) in a single center in Brazil. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical data from patients who underwent the procedure were retrieved from the medical records of individuals with more than 1 year of follow-up from May 2001 to January 2016. Continence status (number of pads that was used), complications (erosion or extrusion, urethral atrophy, and infection), malfunctions, and need for secondary implantation were evaluated...
December 7, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209342/physical-functional-and-genetic-interactions-between-the-beach-domain-protein-spirrig-and-lip5-and-skd1-and-its-role-in-endosomal-trafficking-to-the-vacuole-in-arabidopsis
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Alexandra Steffens, Marc Jakoby, Martin Hülskamp
Beige and Chediak Higashi (BEACH) domain-containing proteins (BDCPs) are facilitators of membrane-dependent cellular processes in eukaryotes. Mutations in BDCPs cause malfunctions of endosomal compartments in various cell types. Recently, the molecular analysis of the BDCP homolog gene SPIRRIG (SPI) has revealed a molecular function in P-bodies and the regulation of RNA stability. We therefore aimed to analyze, whether SPI has also a role in membrane-dependent processes. In this study, we show that SPI physically interacts with endosomal sorting complex required for transport associated ATPase Suppressor of K+-transport growth defect1 (SKD1) and its positive regulator, LYST Interacting Protein 5 (LIP5) and report genetic interactions between SPI and SKD1 and LIP5...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207698/protective-effects-of-ethanolic-extract-of-emblica-officinalis-amla-on-cardiovascular-pathophysiology-of-rats-fed-with-high-fat-diet
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Pallavi Shantkumar Kanthe, Bheemshetty S Patil, Shrilaxmi C Bagali, R Chandramouli Reddy, Manjunatha R Aithala, Kusal K Das
Introduction: Dietary high fat alters lipid profile and possibly induce sympatho-vagal imbalance. Emblica officinalis is found to be potential antioxidant and possibly counteract hyperlipidemia induced lipid peroxidation. Aim: To assess Ethanolic extract of Emblica Officinalis (EEO) as lipid lowering and cardiovascular protective agent against high dietary fat supplemented to experimental rats. Further to study a comparative analysis between EEO and atorvastatin on hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular integrity...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207666/integrative-analysis-to-identify-oncogenic-gene-expression-changes-associated-with-copy-number-variations-of-enhancer-in-ovarian-cancer
#18
Xiaoyan Li, Yining Liu, Jiachun Lu, Min Zhao
Enhancers are short regulatory regions (50-1500 bp) of DNA that control the tissue-specific activation of gene expression by long distance interaction with targeting gene regions. Recently, genome-wide identification of enhancers in diverse tissues and cell lines was achieved using high-throughput sequencing. Enhancers have been associated with malfunctions in cancer development resulting from point mutations in regulatory regions. However, the potential impact of copy number variations (CNVs) on enhancer regions is unknown...
October 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206200/l-glutamine-attenuates-apoptosis-induced-by-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-activating-the-ire1%C3%AE-xbp1-axis-in-ipec-j2-a-novel-mechanism-of-l-glutamine-in-promoting-intestinal-health
#19
Qian Jiang, Jiashun Chen, Shaojuan Liu, Gang Liu, Kang Yao, Yulong Yin
Intestinal absorption and barrier malfunctions are associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) in the intestine. We induced ERS by exposing the intestinal porcine epithelial cell line J2 (IPEC-J2) to tunicamycin (TUNI) to explore the potential of l-glutamine to reduce ERS-induced apoptosis. Our experiments demonstrated that exposing cells to TUNI results in spontaneous ERS and encourages the upregulation of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78). Prolonged TUNI-induced ERS was found to increase apoptosis mediated by C/enhancer binding protein homologous protein (CHOP), accompanied by GRP78 downregulation...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205928/recent-progress-in-micro-nanoreactors-toward-the-creation-of-artificial-organelles
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REVIEW
Maria Godoy-Gallardo, Maria J York-Duran, Leticia Hosta-Rigau
Artificial organelles created from a bottom up approach are a new type of engineered materials, which are not designed to be living but, instead, to mimic some specific functions inside cells. By doing so, artificial organelles are expected to become a powerful tool in biomedicine. They can act as nanoreactors to convert a prodrug into a drug inside the cells or as carriers encapsulating therapeutic enzymes to replace malfunctioning organelles in pathological conditions. For the design of artificial organelles, several requirements need to be fulfilled: a compartmentalized structure that can encapsulate the synthetic machinery to perform an enzymatic function, as well as a means to allow for communication between the interior of the artificial organelle and the external environment, so that substrates and products can diffuse in and out the carrier allowing for continuous enzymatic reactions...
December 4, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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