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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339758/safety-and-efficacy-of-the-new-bidirectional-rotational-evolution%C3%A2-mechanical-lead-extraction-sheath-results-from-a-multicentre-italian-registry
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Patrizio Mazzone, Federico Migliore, Emanuele Bertaglia, Domenico Facchin, Elisabetta Daleffe, Vittorio Calzolari, Martino Crosato, Francesco Melillo, Francesco Peruzza, Alessandra Marzi, Nicoleta Sora, Paolo Della Bella
Aims: The aim of this prospective multicentre study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of the new bidirectional rotational mechanical lead extraction (LE) sheath (Evolution RL, Cook Medical, USA) in chronically implanted leads (>1-year-old leads). Methods and results: Between September 2013 and June 2016, a total of 238 leads in 124 consecutive patients were removed by using the new Evolution RL rotational mechanical sheath. Indications for LE were cardiac device infection in 63 (50...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334334/p53-and-its-mutants-on-the-slippery-road-from-stemness-to-carcinogenesis
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Alina Molchadsky, Varda Rotter
Normal development, tissue homeostasis and regeneration following injury rely on the proper functions of wide repertoire of stem cells (SCs) persisting during embryonic period and throughout the adult life. Therefore, SCs employ robust mechanisms to preserve their genomic integrity and avoid heritage of mutations to their daughter cells. Importantly, propagation of SCs with faulty DNA as well as dedifferentiation of genomically altered somatic cells may result in derivation of cancer SCs, which are considered to be the driving force of the tumorigenic process...
March 15, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329060/first-series-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-exchanges-to-heartmate-3
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Jasmin S Hanke, Sebastian V Rojas, Günes Dogan, Christina Feldmann, Erik Beckmann, Ezin Deniz, Bettina Wiegmann, Jana-Elena Michaelis, L Christian Napp, Dominik Berliner, Malakh Shrestha, Johann Bauersachs, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
OBJECTIVES: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) exchange is becoming a standard surgical procedure. The exchange procedure is an opportunity to upgrade patients to a new generation pump that offers advanced reduction of adverse events or longer battery hours. METHODS: We performed an analysis of 6 consecutive patients who underwent LVAD exchange to HeartMate 3 either from a HeartWare or HeartMate (HM) II device. Minimally invasive operations were performed through a lateral thoracotomy...
March 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327899/thirty-day-readmission-rates-following-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery
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Ashwin G Ramayya, Kalil G Abdullah, Arka N Mallela, John T Pierce, Jayesh Thawani, Dmitry Petrov, Gordon H Baltuch
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has emerged as a safe and efficacious surgical intervention for several movement disorders; however, the 30-day all-cause readmission rate associated with this procedure has not previously been documented. OBJECT: To perform a retrospective cohort study to estimate the 30-day all-cause readmission rate associated with DBS. METHODS: We reviewed medical records of patients over the age of 18 who underwent DBS surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania between 2009 and 2014...
March 15, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324491/monitoring-mitophagy-during-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Nikolaos Charmpilas, Konstantinos Kounakis, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Mitochondria constitute the main energy-producing centers of eukaryotic cells. In addition, they are involved in several crucial cellular processes, such as lipid metabolism, calcium buffering, and apoptosis. As such, their malfunction can be detrimental for proper cellular physiology and homeostasis. Mitophagy is a mechanism that protects and maintains cellular function by sequestering harmful or dysfunctional mitochondria to lysosomes for degradation. In this report, we present experimental procedures for quantitative, in vivo monitoring of mitophagy events in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323456/stratosphere-conditions-inactivate-bacterial-endospores-from-a-mars-spacecraft-assembly-facility
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Christina L Khodadad, Gregory M Wong, Leandro M James, Prital J Thakrar, Michael A Lane, John A Catechis, David J Smith
Every spacecraft sent to Mars is allowed to land viable microbial bioburden, including hardy endospore-forming bacteria resistant to environmental extremes. Earth's stratosphere is severely cold, dry, irradiated, and oligotrophic; it can be used as a stand-in location for predicting how stowaway microbes might respond to the martian surface. We launched E-MIST, a high-altitude NASA balloon payload on 10 October 2015 carrying known quantities of viable Bacillus pumilus SAFR-032 (4.07 × 10(7) spores per sample), a radiation-tolerant strain collected from a spacecraft assembly facility...
March 21, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321183/early-events-in-retinal-degeneration-caused-by-rhodopsin-mutation-or-pigment-epithelium-malfunction-differences-and-similarities
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Johnny Di Pierdomenico, Diego García-Ayuso, Isabel Pinilla, Nicolás Cuenca, Manuel Vidal-Sanz, Marta Agudo-Barriuso, María P Villegas-Pérez
To study the course of photoreceptor cell death and macro and microglial reactivity in two rat models of retinal degeneration with different etiologies. Retinas from P23H-1 (rhodopsin mutation) and Royal College of Surgeon (RCS, pigment epithelium malfunction) rats and age-matched control animals (Sprague-Dawley and Pievald Viro Glaxo, respectively) were cross-sectioned at different postnatal ages (from P10 to P60) and rhodopsin, L/M- and S-opsin, ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1), glial fibrillary acid protein (GFAP), and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) proteins were immunodetected...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319520/infections-in-patients-with-a-total-artificial-heart-are-common-but-rarely-fatal
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Luis F Hidalgo, Keyur B Shah, Richard H Cooke, Daniel G Tang, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Howard A Cooper, Wilbert S Aronow
Patients who received a total artificial heart (TAH) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011 were identified from the VCU Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinical Database. Retrospective data extraction from the medical records was performed from the time of TAH implantation until heart transplantation or death. Infections were classified as confirmed or suspected. Twenty-seven men and 5 women, mean age 49.5 years (range 24 to 68 years) received a TAH. The mean duration of TAH support was 225 days (range 1 to 1334 days)...
March 17, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315458/cyperus-rotundus-l-extract-suppresses-rankl-induced-osteoclastogenesis-through-nfatc1-c-fos-downregulation-and-prevent-bone-loss-in-ovx-induced-osteoporosis-rat
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Chang-Jun Kum, Eun-Young Kim, Jae-Hyun Kim, Bina Lee, Ju-Hee Min, Jun Heo, Jong-Hyun Kim, Mijung Yeom, Youngjoo Sohn, Hyuk-Sang Jung
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cyperus Rotundus L. (CyR) has been widely used for the treatment of gynecologic disorder. Recent studies have reported that CyR can prevent the formation of cystic follicles and ovarian malfunction. However, the effects of CyR on osteoclastogenesis and postmenopausal osteoporosis remain unknown. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study was aimed to investigate the preventive effects of CyR on RANKL-induced osteoclast formation and ovariectomy (OVX)-induced bone loss...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303108/transcriptional-signature-of-an-altered-purine-metabolism-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-a-huntington-s-disease-mouse-model
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Michal Mielcarek, Ryszard T Smolenski, Mark Isalan
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder, caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the huntingtin protein (HTT). HD has a peripheral component to its pathology: skeletal muscles are severely affected, leading to atrophy, and malfunction in both pre-clinical and clinical settings. We previously used two symptomatic HD mouse models to demonstrate the impairment of the contractile characteristics of the hind limb muscles, which was accompanied by a significant loss of function of motor units...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302525/hydrocyclones-for-the-separation-of-impurities-in-pretreated-biowaste
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Anna Jank, Wolfgang Müller, Sebastian Waldhuber, Frédéric Gerke, Christian Ebner, Anke Bockreis
The aim of the mechanical pretreatment in case of anaerobic digestion of biowaste is to produce a substrate without impurities. To facilitate a failure free operation of the anaerobic digestion process even small impurities like stones or sand should be separated. As a result of an insufficient pretreatment or impurities separation, plant malfunctions, increased equipment wear or pipe clogging are reported. Apart from grit chambers or pulper systems, a hydrocyclone is a cost-efficient and space-saving option to remove impurities...
March 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300322/astroglia-as-a-cellular-target-for-neuroprotection-and-treatment-of-neuro-psychiatric-disorders
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Beihui Liu, Anja G Teschemacher, Sergey Kasparov
Astrocytes are key homeostatic cells of the central nervous system. They cooperate with neurons at several levels, including ion and water homeostasis, chemical signal transmission, blood flow regulation, immune and oxidative stress defense, supply of metabolites and neurogenesis. Astroglia is also important for viability and maturation of stem-cell derived neurons. Neurons critically depend on intrinsic protective and supportive properties of astrocytes. Conversely, all forms of pathogenic stimuli which disturb astrocytic functions compromise neuronal functionality and viability...
March 16, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294175/the-age-associated-loss-of-ischemic-preconditioning-in-the-kidney-is-accompanied-by-mitochondrial-dysfunction-increased-protein-acetylation-and-decreased-autophagy
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Stanislovas S Jankauskas, Irina B Pevzner, Nadezda V Andrianova, Ljubava D Zorova, Vasily A Popkov, Denis N Silachev, Nataliya G Kolosova, Egor Y Plotnikov, Dmitry B Zorov
In young rats, ischemic preconditioning (IPC), which consists of 4 cycles of ischemia and reperfusion alleviated kidney injury caused by 40-min ischemia. However,old rats lost their ability to protect the ischemic kidney by IPC. A similar aged phenotype was demonstrated in 6-month-old OXYS rats having signs of premature aging. In the kidney of old and OXYS rats, the levels of acetylated nuclear proteins were higher than in young rats, however, unlike in young rats, acetylation levels in old and OXYS rats were further increased after IPC...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293268/antihypertensive-and-antihypertrophic-effects-of-acupuncture-at-pc6-acupoints-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-and-the-underlying-mechanisms
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Juan-Juan Xin, Jun-Hong Gao, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Feng-Yan Lu, Yu-Xue Zhao, Xiang-Hong Jing, Xiao-Chun Yu
The aim of this work is to investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) at PC6 on the hypertension and myocardial hypertrophy in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Thirty SHRs were randomized into model, SHR + EA, and SHR + Sham EA group with WKY rats as normal control. EA was applied once a day in 8 consecutive weeks. The blood pressure (BP), cardiac function, and hypertrophy as well as the underlying mechanisms were investigated. After EA treatment, the enhanced BP in SHR + EA group was significantly lower compared to both the period before EA and model group...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291717/significance-of-stent-abutment-in-gastroduodenal-stent-placement-for-gastric-outlet-obstructions
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Jung-Hoon Park, Guk Bae Kim, Ho-Young Song, Min Tae Kim, Pyeong Hwa Kim, Kun Yung Kim, Jiaywei Tsauo, Do Hoon Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the frequency, severity, and clinical significance of stent abutment (SA) after gastroduodenal stent placement in patients with gastric outlet obstruction caused by unresectable gastric cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted in a single tertiary referral university hospital to identify the incidence and clinical significance of SA in 318 patients who underwent self-expandable metallic stent placement. SA was defined as abutment of the distal end of the stent to the duodenal wall and/or superior duodenal flexure...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291419/risk-of-failure-in-pediatric-ventriculoperitoneal-shunts-placed-after-abdominal-surgery
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Joshua D Burks, Andrew K Conner, Robert G Briggs, Chad A Glenn, Phillip A Bonney, Ahmed A Cheema, Sixia Chen, Naina L Gross, Timothy B Mapstone
OBJECTIVE Experience has led us to suspect an association between shunt malfunction and recent abdominal surgery, yet information about this potential relationship has not been explored in the literature. The authors compared shunt survival in patients who underwent abdominal surgery to shunt survival in our general pediatric shunt population to determine whether such a relationship exists. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective review of all cases in which pediatric patients underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt operations at their institution during a 7-year period...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291352/understanding-the-molecular-determinant-of-reversible-human-monoamine-oxidase-b-inhibitors-containing-2h-chromen-2-one-core-structure-based-and-ligand-based-derived-3-d-qsar-predictive-models
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Milan Mladenovic, Alexandros Patsilinakos, Adele Pirolli, Manuela Sabatino, Rino Ragno
Monoamine oxidase B (MAO B) catalyzes the oxidative deamination of aryalkylamines neurotransmitters with concomitant reduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide. Consequently, the enzyme's malfunction can induce oxidative damage to mitochondrial DNA and mediates development of Parkinson's disease. Thus, MAO B emerges as a promising target for developing pharmaceuticals potentially useful to treat this vicious neurodegenerative condition. Aiming to contribute to the development of drugs with the reversible mechanism of MAO B inhibition only, herein, an extended in silico-in vitro procedure for the selection of novel MAO B inhibitors is demonstrated, including: (1) definition of optimized and validated structure-based (SB) 3-D QSAR models derived from available co-crystallized inhibitor-MAO B complexes; (2) elaboration of structure-activity relationships (SAR) features for either irreversible or reversible MAO B inhibitors to characterize and improve coumarin-based inhibitor activity (Protein Data Bank ID: 2V61) as the most potent reversible lead compound; (3) definition of structure-based (SB) and ligand-based (LB) alignment rules assessments by which virtually any untested potential MAO B inhibitor might be evaluated; (4) predictive ability validation of the best 3-D QSAR model through SB/LB modeling of four coumarin-based external test sets (267 compounds); (5) design and SB/LB alignment of novel coumarin-based scaffolds experimentally validated through synthesis and biological evaluation in vitro...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287110/t-cells-and-autoimmune-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Abel Suárez-Fueyo, Sean J Bradley, David Klatzmann, George C Tsokos
Glomerulonephritis is traditionally considered to result from the invasion of the kidney by autoantibodies and immune complexes from the circulation or following their formation in situ, and by cells of the innate and the adaptive immune system. The inflammatory response leads to the proliferation and dysfunction of cells of the glomerulus, and invasion of the interstitial space with immune cells, resulting in tubular cell malfunction and fibrosis. T cells are critical drivers of autoimmunity and related organ damage, by supporting B-cell differentiation and antibody production or by directly promoting inflammation and cytotoxicity against kidney resident cells...
March 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286722/acute-neuropathic-orchalgia-and-scrotalgia-after-percutaneous-spinal-cord-stimulator-lead-placement-two-cases-with-an-unusual-complication
#19
Meng Huang, Virendra R Desai, David Ho, Richard K Simpson
Spinal cord stimulation is an effective adjunct to the treatment of a variety of chronic pain syndromes. Complications are relatively low in morbidity and are most often secondary to hardware malfunction/malposition. Infection and undesired dysesthesias represent only a minority of complications. Neuropathic orchalgia and scrotalgia after placement of epidural spinal cord stimulator is a previously unreported morbidity. While alarming, this condition is physiologically benign, causing no neurological or urological dysfunction...
January 30, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281117/game-based-training-improves-the-surgeon-s-situational-awareness-in-the-operation-room-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Maurits Graafland, Willem A Bemelman, Marlies P Schijven
BACKGROUND: Equipment-related malfunctions directly relate to one-fourth of the adverse events in the surgical theater. A serious game trains residents to recognize and respond to equipment problems in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). These include disturbed vision, gas transport, electrocautery, and pathophysiological disturbances. This randomized controlled trial explores whether game-based training improves surgical residents' response to equipment-related problems during surgery...
March 9, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
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