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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346695/contribution-of-small-conductance-k-channels-to-sinoatrial-node-pacemaker-activity-insights-from-atrial-specific-na-ca-2-exchange-knockout-mice
#1
Angelo G Torrente, Rui Zhang, Heidi Wang, Audrey Zaini, Brian Kim, Xin Yue, Kenneth D Philipson, Joshua I Goldhaber
Small conductance K(+) (SK) channels have been implicated as modulators of spontaneous depolarization and electrical conduction that may be involved in cardiac arrhythmia. However, neither their presence nor their contribution to sinoatrial node (SAN) pacemaker activity have been investigated. Using quantitative PCR (q-PCR), immunostaining and patch clamp recordings of membrane current and voltage, we identified all three SK isoforms (SK1, SK2 and SK3) in mouse SAN. Inhibition of SK channels with the specific blocker apamin prolonged action potentials (APs) in isolated SAN cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346642/nasal-oral-and-pharyngolaryngeal-manifestations-of-pemphigus-vulgaris-endoscopic-ororhinolaryngologic-examination
#2
Masafumi Ohki, Shigeru Kikuchi
Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune blistering disorder that involves the skin and mucous membranes. Few reports have described nasal and oropharyngolaryngeal lesions in pemphigus vulgaris using an endoscopic ororhinolaryngologic examination. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 11 patients with pemphigus vulgaris between 2001 and 2013 with respect to their symptoms, lesion sites, lesion features, and treatments received. All patients had undergone an endoscopic ororhinolaryngologic examination...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346390/the-effect-and-mechanism-of-transdermal-penetration-enhancement-of-fu-s-cupping-therapy-new-physical-penetration-technology-for-transdermal-administration-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-characteristics
#3
Wei-Jie Xie, Yong-Ping Zhang, Jian Xu, Xiao-Bo Sun, Fang-Fang Yang
BACKGROUND: In this paper, a new type of physical penetration technology for transdermal administration with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) characteristics is presented. Fu's cupping therapy (FCT), was established and studied using in vitro and in vivo experiments and the penetration effect and mechanism of FCT physical penetration technology was preliminarily discussed. METHODS: With 1-(4-chlorobenzoyl)-5-methoxy-2-methylindole-3-ylacetic acid (indomethacin, IM) as a model drug, the establishment of high, medium, and low references was completed for the chemical permeation system via in vitro transdermal tests...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346262/modeling-outcomes-modified-aortic-arch-advancement-for-neonatal-hypoplastic-arch
#4
Joseph R Nellis, Timothy K Chung, Nandita Agarwal, Jose E Torres, Sarah E Holgren, Madhavan L Raghavan, Joseph W Turek
OBJECTIVE: Numerous surgical approaches regarding aortic arch advancement for neonatal arch hypoplasia have been described. These repairs can be classified into two categories: those that incorporate a patch and those that do not. The decision between repairs remains largely experiential, rather than empirical, because of the limited number of reported outcomes. We report early outcomes from neonates undergoing modified aortic arch advancement with an anterior patch and our experience using computational fluid dynamic modeling to better understand the hemodynamic consequences associated with this repair...
March 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345391/a-retrospective-study-on-rapid-plasma-reagin-testing-in-patients-with-pityriasis-rosea
#5
Pierre Halteh, Shari R Lipner
Pityriasis rosea (PR) is an acute self-limited exanthem characterized by oval erythematous patches with scale and may be difficult to differentiate from secondary syphilis. A rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test can be used to rule in secondary syphilis with high sensitivity and specificity. A retrospective study was performed on patients at Weill Cornell Medicine, who were diagnosed with PR from 2000 to 2016 and also received RPR testing at the time of diagnosis. The objective was to assess the frequency of secondary syphilis when the initial clinical impression was PR...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345171/spatio-angular-consistent-construction-of-neonatal-diffusion-mri-atlases
#6
Behrouz Saghafi, Jaeil Kim, Geng Chen, Feng Shi, Weili Lin, Pew-Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen
Atlases constructed using diffusion-weighted imaging are important tools for studying human brain development. Atlas construction is in general a two-step process involving spatial registration and fusion of individual images. The focus of most studies so far has been on improving the accuracy of registration while image fusion is commonly performed using simple averaging, often resulting in fuzzy atlases. In this article, we propose a patch-based method for diffusion-weighted (DW) atlas construction. Unlike other atlases that are based on the diffusion tensor model, our atlas is model-free and generated directly from the diffusion-weighted images...
March 27, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345117/inwardly-rectifying-k-currents-in-cultured-oligodendrocytes-from-rat-optic-nerve-are-insensitive-to-ph
#7
Alberto Pérez-Samartín, Edith Garay, Juan Pablo H Moctezuma, Abraham Cisneros-Mejorado, María Victoria Sánchez-Gómez, Guadalupe Martel-Gallegos, Leticia Robles-Martínez, Manuel Canedo-Antelo, Carlos Matute, Rogelio O Arellano
Inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channel expression signals at an advanced stage of maturation during oligodendroglial differentiation. Knocking down their expression halts the generation of myelin and produces severe abnormalities in the central nervous system. Kir4.1 is the main subunit involved in the tetrameric structure of Kir channels in glial cells; however, the precise composition of Kir channels expressed in oligodendrocytes (OLs) remains partially unknown, as participation of other subunits has been proposed...
March 27, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345116/oligomeric-state-and-thermal-stability-of-apo-and-holo-human-ornithine-%C3%AE-aminotransferase
#8
Riccardo Montioli, Carlotta Zamparelli, Carla Borri Voltattorni, Barbara Cellini
Human ornithine δ-aminotransferase (hOAT) (EC 2.6.1.13) is a mitochondrial pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent aminotransferase whose deficit is associated with gyrate atrophy, a rare autosomal recessive disorder causing progressive blindness and chorioretinal degeneration. Here, both the apo- and holo-form of recombinant hOAT were characterized by means of spectroscopic, kinetic, chromatographic and computational techniques. The results indicate that apo and holo-hOAT (a) show a similar tertiary structure, even if apo displays a more pronounced exposure of hydrophobic patches, (b) exhibit a tetrameric structure with a tetramer-dimer equilibrium dissociation constant about fivefold higher for the apoform with respect to the holoform, and (c) have apparent Tm values of 46 and 67 °C, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345030/wearable-disposable-sweat-based-glucose-monitoring-device-with-multistage-transdermal-drug-delivery-module
#9
Hyunjae Lee, Changyeong Song, Yong Seok Hong, Min Sung Kim, Hye Rim Cho, Taegyu Kang, Kwangsoo Shin, Seung Hong Choi, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Electrochemical analysis of sweat using soft bioelectronics on human skin provides a new route for noninvasive glucose monitoring without painful blood collection. However, sweat-based glucose sensing still faces many challenges, such as difficulty in sweat collection, activity variation of glucose oxidase due to lactic acid secretion and ambient temperature changes, and delamination of the enzyme when exposed to mechanical friction and skin deformation. Precise point-of-care therapy in response to the measured glucose levels is still very challenging...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344860/il-32-induces-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-cd1c-dendritic-cells-and-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-cd163-macrophages-relevance-to-mycosis-fungoides-progression
#10
Hanako Ohmatsu, Daniel Humme, Juana Gonzalez, Nicholas Gulati, Markus Möbs, Wolfram Sterry, James G Krueger
Mycosis fungoides (MF) progresses from patch to tumor stage by expansion of malignant T-cells that fail to be controlled by protective immune mechanisms. In this study, we focused on IL-32, a cytokine, highly expressed in MF lesions. Depending on the other cytokines (IL-4, GM-CSF) present during in vitro culture of healthy volunteers' monocytes, IL-32 increased the maturation of CD11c(+) myeloid dendritic cells (mDC) and/or CD163(+) macrophages, but IL-32 alone showed a clear ability to promote dendritic cell (DC) differentiation from monocytes...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344611/percutaneous-pulmonary-valve-implantation-state-of-the-art-and-polish-experience
#11
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Elżbieta K Biernacka, Witold Rużyłło, Marcin Demkow
Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (PPVI) is a relatively new method of treating patients with right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) dysfunction after surgical repair of congenital heart disease. Since its introduction in 2000 by Bonhoeffer, more than ten thousand PPVI procedures have been performed worldwide. Indications for PPVI have been adapted from those accepted for surgical intervention. Two types of valves are being used: Melody Medtronic available in diameters 16 mm and 18 mm and the family of Edwards SAPIEN valves 23, 26 and 29...
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344083/cholesterol-modification-of-smoothened-is-required-for-hedgehog-signaling
#12
Xu Xiao, Jing-Jie Tang, Chao Peng, Yan Wang, Lin Fu, Zhi-Ping Qiu, Yue Xiong, Lian-Fang Yang, Hai-Wei Cui, Xiao-Long He, Lei Yin, Wei Qi, Catherine C L Wong, Yun Zhao, Bo-Liang Li, Wen-Wei Qiu, Bao-Liang Song
Hedgehog (Hh) has been known as the only cholesterol-modified morphogen playing pivotal roles in development and tumorigenesis. A major unsolved question is how Hh signaling regulates the activity of Smoothened (SMO). Here, we performed an unbiased biochemical screen and identified that SMO was covalently modified by cholesterol on the Asp95 (D95) residue through an ester bond. This modification was inhibited by Patched-1 (Ptch1) but enhanced by Hh. The SMO(D95N) mutation, which could not be cholesterol modified, was refractory to Hh-stimulated ciliary localization and failed to activate downstream signaling...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344072/osteopontin-metallothionen-i-ii-interactions-in-experimental-autoimmunune-encephalomyelitis
#13
Hrvoje Jakovac, Tanja Grubić Kezele, Sandra Šućurović, Biserka Mulac-Jeričević, Biserka Radošević-Stašić
Osteopontin (OPN), an extracellular matrix (ECM) glyco-phosphoprotein, plays an important role in autoimmune-mediated demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). As an integrin and CD44 binding protein it participates in bidirectional communication between the ECM and target cells and affects transduction pathways that maintain neuronal and immune cells homeostasis. Its biological activity is also heavily influenced by microenvironment, which stimulates the cleavage of OPN and changes its functions...
March 23, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344041/stat5-signaling-in-kisspeptin-cells-regulates-the-timing-of-puberty
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Marina Augusto Silveira, Isadora C Furigo, Thais T Zampieri, Tabata M Bohlen, Daniella G de Paula, Celso Rodrigues Franci, Jose Donato, Renata Frazao
Previous studies have shown that kisspeptin neurons are important mediators of prolactin's effects on reproduction. However, the cellular mechanisms recruited by prolactin to affect kisspeptin neurons remain unknown. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings of brain slices from kisspeptin reporter mice, we observed that 20% of kisspeptin neurons in the anteroventral periventricular nucleus was indirectly depolarized by prolactin via an unknown population of prolactin responsive neurons. This effect required the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase signaling pathway...
March 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344014/fabrication-of-coated-polymer-microneedles-for-transdermal-drug-delivery
#15
Yang Chen, Bo Zhi Chen, Qi Lei Wang, Xuan Jin, Xin Dong Guo
As an alternative to hypodermic needles, coated polymer microneedles (MNs) are able to deliver drugs to subcutaneous tissues after being inserted into the skin. The dip-coating process is a versatile, rapid fabricating method that can form coated MNs in a short time. However, it is still a challenge to fabricate coated MNs with homogeneous and precise drug doses in the dip-coating process. In this study, to fabricate coated polymer microneedles with controlled drug loading, an adjustable apparatus that can be lifted and lowered was designed to immerse a polylactic acid (PLA) MN patch in the coating solutions...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344013/a-self-adherent-bullet-shaped-microneedle-patch-for-controlled-transdermal-delivery-of-insulin
#16
Keum-Yong Seong, Min-Soo Seo, Dae Yeon Hwang, Eoin D O'Cearbhaill, Seamus Sreenan, Jeffrey M Karp, Seung Yun Yang
Proteins are important biologic therapeutics used for the treatment of various diseases. However, owing to low bioavailability and poor skin permeability, transdermal delivery of protein therapeutics poses a significant challenge. Here, we present a new approach for transdermal protein delivery using bullet-shaped double-layered microneedle (MN) arrays with water-swellable tips. This design enabled the MNs to mechanically interlock with soft tissues by selective distal swelling after skin insertion. Additionally, prolonged release of loaded proteins by passive diffusion through the swollen tips was obtained...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343842/cranial-nerve-palsy-following-central-neuraxial-block-in-obstetrics-a-review-of-the-literature-and-analysis-of-43-case-reports
#17
D J Chambers, K Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Cranial nerve palsy is a rarely reported complication of central neuraxial block in obstetrics. The aetiology is diverse and includes both decreased and increased intracranial pressure. METHODS: Medline, CINAHL, and EMBASE databases were searched to identify cases of cranial nerve palsy following obstetric central neuraxial block. Possible aetiology, clinical symptoms and signs, treatment, and time to resolution were assessed. RESULTS: Forty-one articles containing 43 case reports of cranial nerve palsy following obstetric central neuraxial block were identified...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343798/assessment-of-a-novel-transdermal-selective-%C3%AE-1-blocker-the-bisoprolol-patch-for-treating-frequent-premature-ventricular-contractions-in-patients-without-structural-heart-disease
#18
Masaya Shinohara, Tadashi Fujino, Hideki Koike, Ken Kitahara, Toshio Kinoshita, Hitomi Yuzawa, Takeya Suzuki, Shunji Fukunaga, Kenzaburo Kobayashi, Jiro Aoki, Kengo Tanabe, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: The autonomic nervous system involves the genesis of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). Previous studies demonstrated that heart rate (HR) dependency of idiopathic PVCs has different autonomic mechanisms. Recently, the bisoprolol patch, a novel transdermal β1-blocker formulation containing bisoprolol, became clinically available. We examined the efficacy of the bisoprolol patch for treating frequent PVCs in patients without structural heart disease (SHD) regarding the HR dependency of PVCs...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343583/indirect-hand-and-forearm-vasomotion-regional-variations-in-cutaneous-thermosensitivity-during-normothermia-and-mild-hyperthermia
#19
Catriona A Burdon, Kyoko Tagami, Joonhee Park, Joanne N Caldwell, Nigel A S Taylor
In this experiment, hand and forearm vasomotor activity was investigated during localised, but stable heating and cooling of the face, hand and thigh, under open-loop (clamped) conditions. It was hypothesised that facial stimulation would provoke the most potent vascular changes. Nine individuals participated in two normothermic trials (mean body temperature clamp: 36.6°C; water-perfused suit and climate chamber) and two mildly hyperthermic trials (37.9°C). Localised heating (+5°C) and cooling (-5°C) stimuli were applied to equal surface areas of the face, hand and thigh (perfusion patches: 15min), while contralateral forearm or hand blood flows (venous-occlusion plethysmography) were measured (separate trials)...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343377/protein-kinase-c-mediates-the-corticosterone-induced-sensitization-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-innervating-the-rat-stomach
#20
Meng Li, Lu Xue, Hong-Yan Zhu, Hongjun Wang, Xue Xu, Geping Wu, Guang-Yin Xu
Background/Aims: Gastric hypersensitivity contributes to abdominal pain in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD). Recent studies showed that hormones induced by stress are correlated with visceral hypersensitivity. However, the precise mechanisms underlying gastric hypersensitivity remain largely unknown. The aim of the present study was designed to investigate the roles of corticosterone (CORT) on excitability of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons innervating the stomach. Methods: DRG neurons innervating the stomach were labeled by DiI injection into the stomach wall...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
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