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C Helten, D Naguib, L Dannenberg, M Pöhl, A Ayhan, T Hohlfeld, B Levkau, M Kelm, T Zeus, A Polzin
BACKGROUND: High on-treatment platelet reactivity (HTPR) to antiplatelet medication leads to ischemic events, while low on-treatment platelet reactivity (LTPR) increases bleeding risk. However, various trials failed to demonstrate superiority of tailored antiplatelet regimes (ARCTIC, ANTARCTIC, Trigger-PCI, GRAVITAS). TROPICAL-ACS was the first study that proved benefit of tailoring antiplatelet medication according to platelet function analyzing. A potential reason may be that different platelet function assays were used in these trials...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Volker Schulze, Yingfeng Lin, Athanasios Karathanos, Maximilian Brockmeyer, Tobias Zeus, Amin Polzin, Stefan Perings, Malte Kelm, Georg Wolff
BACKGROUND: Previous randomized controlled trials (RCT) failed to demonstrate benefits of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure (PFO-C) over medical therapy (MT) for secondary prevention of cryptogenic ischemic stroke. Three recently published RCTs, however, turned out positive for PFO-C and warrant an updated meta-analysis. METHODS: Data from all available RCTs on PFO-C vs. MT for secondary prevention of cryptogenic ischemic stroke up until October 2017 were abstracted and analyzed in a comprehensive meta-analysis...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Antoinette Molinie, Geoffrey Bodenhausen
As a punishment for his trickery, King Sisyphus was made to endlessly roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. The maddening nature of the punishment was reserved for King Sisyphus due to his hubristic belief that his cleverness surpassed that of Zeus himself. Today's scientists also pay a heavy price for their hubris and narcissism. They try to trick the editors of a few 'top' journals by peppering their papers with glitter and 'bling-bling', making overblown promises, and giving minimal credit to their predecessors...
March 2018: Journal of Biosciences
Sabine Bleiziffer, Magdalena Erlebach, Matheus Simonato, Philippe Pibarot, John Webb, Lukas Capek, Stephan Windecker, Isaac George, Jan-Malte Sinning, Eric Horlick, Massimo Napodano, David M Holzhey, Petur Petursson, Alfredo Cerillo, Nikolaos Bonaros, Enrico Ferrari, Mauricio G Cohen, Giselle Baquero, Tara L Jones, Ankur Kalra, Michael J Reardon, Adnan Chhatriwalla, Vasco Gama Ribeiro, Sami Alnasser, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Christian Jörg Rustenbach, Joachim Schofer, Santiago Garcia, Tobias Zeus, Didier Champagnac, Raffi Bekeredjian, Ran Kornowski, Rüdiger Lange, Danny Dvir
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to analyse the incidence of prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) and elevated gradients after aortic valve in valve (ViV), and to evaluate predictors and associations with clinical outcomes of this adverse event. METHODS: A total of 910 aortic ViV patients were investigated. Elevated residual gradients were defined as ≥20 mm Hg. PPM was identified based on the indexed effective orifice area (EOA), measured by echocardiography, and patient body mass index (BMI)...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Katharina Hellhammer, Shazia Afzal, Renate Tigges, Maximilian Spieker, Tienush Rassaf, Tobias Zeus, Ralf Westenfeld, Malte Kelm, Patrick Horn
BACKGROUND: The safety and efficacy of deep sedation (DS) in MitraClip® procedures have been shown previously. However, clinical experience demonstrates that in some patients DS is difficult to achieve. We hypothesize that some patient characteristics can predict difficult DS. METHODS: We prospectively analysed 69 patients undergoing MitraClip® procedures using DS. Application of DS was graded as simple (group 1) or difficult (group 2) depending on a cumulative score based on one point for each of the following criteria: decrease in oxygen saturation, retention of carbon dioxide, disruptive body movements, and the need for catecholamines...
2018: PloS One
Verena Veulemans, Dagmar B Sötemann, Laura Kleinebrecht, Stefanie Keymel, Christian Jung, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Ralf Westenfeld
BACKGROUND: Although next-generation cardiac prostheses have shown favorable results in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), these have mostly been documented in intermediate-risk patients. Whether this could be translated to high-risk patients is not known. Hence, the safety and clinical performance of the new, repositionable CoreValve Evolut R-System (ERS) was evaluated by comparison with a non-repositionable CoreValve-System (CVS), in 96 high-risk/inoperable (HRI) patients...
July 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
Mohab Omer, Jan F A Hendrickx, Simon De Ridder, Alexander De Houwer, Rik Carette, Sofie De Cooman, Andre M De Wolf
Low fresh gas flows (FGFs) decrease the use of anesthetic gases, but increase CO2 absorbent usage. CO2 absorbent usage remains poorly quantified. The goal of this study is to determine canister life of 8 commercially available CO2 absorbent prepacks with the Zeus®. Pre-packed CO2 canisters of 8 different brands were tested in vitro: Amsorb Plus, Spherasorb, LoFloSorb, LithoLyme, SpiraLith, SpheraSorb, Drägersorb 800+, Drägersorb Free, and CO2ntrol. CO2 (160 mL min- 1) flowed into the tip of a 2 L breathing bag that was ventilated with a tidal volume of 500 mL, a respiratory rate of 10/min, and an I:E ratio of 1:1 using the controlled mechanical ventilation mode of the Zeus® (Dräger, Lubeck, Germany)...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Zeus A Antonello, Nancy Hsu, Manoj Bhasin, Giovanni Roti, Mukta Joshi, Paul Van Hummelen, Emily Ye, Agnes S Lo, S Ananth Karumanchi, Christine R Bryke, Carmelo Nucera
Purpose: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most frequent endocrine tumor. BRAFV600E represents the PTC hallmark and is targeted with selective inhibitors (e.g. vemurafenib). Although there have been promising results in clinical trials using these inhibitors, most patients develop resistance and progress. Tumor clonal diversity is proposed as one mechanism underlying drug resistance. Here we have investigated mechanisms of primary and secondary resistance to vemurafenib in BRAFWT/V600E -positive PTC patient-derived cells with P16-/- (CDKN2A-/- )...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Amin Polzin, Betül Knoop, Andreas Böhm, Lisa Dannenberg, Mark Zurek, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Bodo Levkau, Bernhard H Rauch
BACKGROUND: Aspirin plays a crucial role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. We previously described that aspirin has effects beyond inhibition of platelet aggregation, as it inhibited thrombin-mediated release of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) from human platelets. S1P is a bioactive lipid with important functions on inflammation and apoptosis. In endothelial cells (EC), S1P is a key regulator of cell migration. In this study, we aimed to analyze the effects of aspirin on platelet-induced EC migration...
2018: Pharmacology
Beth A McNally, Zeus D Pendon, Matthew C Trudeau
Voltage-activated human ether-á-go-go-related gene (hERG) potassium channels are critical for the repolarization of cardiac action potentials and tune-spike frequency adaptation in neurons. Two isoforms of mammalian ERG1 channel subunits, ERG1a and ERG1b, are the principal subunits that conduct the IKr current in the heart and are also broadly expressed in the nervous system. However, there is little direct evidence that ERG1a and ERG1b form heteromeric channels. Here, using electrophysiology, biochemistry, and fluorescence approaches, we systematically tested for direct interactions between hERG1a and hERG1b subunits...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Theresa Herbrand, Silke Eschenhagen, Tobias Zeus, Eva Kehmeier, Katharina Hellhammer, Verena Veulemans, Malte Kelm, Jan Balzer
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) has been shown to have acute effects on mitral valve geometry in patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). This study investigates the impact of MitraClip(®) therapy-induced annular remodeling on clinical outcome and mitral regurgitation in heart failure patients. METHODS: TMVR was performed successfully in 45 patients with FMR. In this study, mitral valve datasets were obtained before and directly after MitraClip(®) implantation using three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography, and were analyzed offline retrospectively using dedicated 3D reconstruction software...
September 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
Zeus A De Los Santos, Nicholas M Legaux, Christian Wolf
Three Cu(I) complexes derived from stereodynamic diphosphine ligands were synthesized and used for chirality sensing. The coordination of diamines and amino acids to these complexes generates distinct circular dichroism signals. The chiroptical sensor response allows determination of the absolute configuration and the enantiomeric excess of the analyte at low concentrations. This method is operationally simple, fast, and attractive for high-throughput sensing applications.
September 13, 2017: Chirality
Sarael Alcauter, Liliana García-Mondragón, Zeus Gracia-Tabuenca, Martha B Moreno, Juan J Ortiz, Fernando A Barrios
The current study investigated the neural basis of reading performance in 60 school-age Spanish-speaking children, aged 6 to 9years. By using a data-driven approach and an automated matching procedure, we identified a left-lateralized resting state network that included typical language regions (Wernicke's and Broca's regions), prefrontal cortex, pre- and post-central gyri, superior and middle temporal gyri, cerebellum, and subcortical regions, and explored its relevance for reading performance (accuracy, comprehension and speed)...
November 2017: Brain and Language
Jalisa H Ferguson, Zeus De Los Santos, Saroja N Devi, Stefan Kaluz, Erwin G Van Meir, Sarah K Zingales, Binghe Wang
While progress has been made in treating cancer, cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents are still the most widely used drugs and are associated with severe side-effects. Drugs that target unique molecular signalling pathways are needed for treating cancer with low or no intrinsic toxicity to normal cells. Our goal is to target hypoxic tumours and specifically the hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) pathway for the development of new cancer therapies. To this end, we have previously developed benzopyran-based HIF-1 inhibitors such as arylsulfonamide KCN1...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Amin Polzin, Kerstin Piayda, Petra Keul, Lisa Dannenberg, Annemarie Mohring, Markus Gräler, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Bodo Levkau
OBJECTIVE: Sphingosine-1-Phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive sphingolipid with important functions in immunity, inflammation and cardiovascular biology. S1P is associated with prevalence and severity of coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. However, its relevance in ischemic cardiomyopathy is unknown. We aimed to investigate associations of plasma S1P and other sphingolipids with the extent of heart failure in patients with ischemic heart disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: 74 patients with ischemic heart disease were investigated in this observational study...
September 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Ulf Landmesser, Boris Schmidt, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Simon Cheung Chi Lam, Jai-Wun Park, Giuseppe Tarantini, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Volker Geist, Paolo Della Bella, Antonio Colombo, Tobias Zeus, Heyder Omran, Christopher Piorkowski, Juha Lund, Claudio Tondo, David Hildick-Smith
AIMS: The global, prospective AMPLATZER Amulet observational study documents real-world periprocedural, transoesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) and clinical outcomes from left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) using the AMPLATZER Amulet device. The aim of this report is to describe the periprocedural and early clinical/TEE results from this study. METHODS AND RESULTS: This multicentre prospective real-world registry included 1,088 patients (75±8.5 years, 64.5% male, CHA2DS2-VASc: 4...
September 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
Annemarie Mohring, Kerstin Piayda, Lisa Dannenberg, Saif Zako, Theresa Schneider, Kirsten Bartkowski, Bodo Levkau, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Thomas Hohlfeld, Amin Polzin
Platelet inhibition by aspirin is indispensable in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, impaired aspirin antiplatelet effects (high on-treatment platelet reactivity [HTPR]) are frequent. This is associated with an enhanced risk of cardiovascular events. The current gold standard to evaluate platelet hyper-reactivity despite aspirin intake is the light-transmittance aggregometry (LTA). However, pharmacologically, the most specific test is the measurement of arachidonic acid (AA)-induced thromboxane (TX) B2 formation...
2017: Pharmacology
Zeus H Pinedo-Guerrero, Alma Delia Hernández-Fuentes, Hortensia Ortega-Ortiz, Adalberto Benavides-Mendoza, Gregorio Cadenas-Pliego, And Antonio Juárez-Maldonado
Peppers are consumed all over the world due to the flavor, aroma, and color that they add to food. Additionally, they play a role in human health, as they contain a high concentration of bioactive compounds and antioxidants. The treatments used were an absolute control, Cs-PVA, and four treatments with 0.02, 0.2, 2, and 10 mg (nCu) g(-1) (Cs-PVA). The application of Cu nanoparticles in chitosan-PVA hydrogels increases the content of capsaicin by up to 51% compared to the control. This application also increases the content of antioxidants ABTS [2,2'-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzothiazolin-6-sulfonic acid)] and DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl), total phenols and flavonoids (4%, 6...
June 2, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Gerardo E Rodea, Francisco X Montiel-Infante, Ariadnna Cruz-Córdova, Zeus Saldaña-Ahuactzi, Sara A Ochoa, Karina Espinosa-Mazariego, Rigoberto Hernández-Castro, Juan Xicohtencatl-Cortes
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a leading cause of diarrhea worldwide. Adhesion to the human intestinal tract is crucial for colonization. ETEC adhesive structures have been extensively studied; however, colonization dynamics remain uncharacterized. The aim of this study was to track bioluminescent ETEC during in vivo infection. The promoter region of dnaK was fused with the luc gene, resulting in the pRMkluc vector. E. coli K-12 and ETEC FMU073332 strains were electroporated with pRMkluc. E. coli K-12 pRMkluc was bioluminescent; in contrast, the E...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Jaroslaw Czubinski, Magdalena Montowska, Edward Pospiech, Eleonora Lampart-Szczapa
BACKGROUND: Proteins enzymatic digestion is a very complex process, during which some components are degraded, whereas others remain in an unchanged form. Moreover, enzymatic hydrolysis is one of the most popular methods used to reduce the allergenicity of food proteins. In the present study, the efficiency of enzymatic hydrolysis of lupin seed proteins was assessed by proteomic analysis as performed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) coupled with mass spectrometry identification...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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