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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634446/are-distal-and-proximal-visual-cues-equally-important-during-spatial-learning-in-mice-a-pilot-study-of-overshadowing-in-the-spatial-domain
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Marie Hébert, Jan Bulla, Denis Vivien, Véronique Agin
Animals use distal and proximal visual cues to accurately navigate in their environment, with the possibility of the occurrence of associative mechanisms such as cue competition as previously reported in honey-bees, rats, birds and humans. In this pilot study, we investigated one of the most common forms of cue competition, namely the overshadowing effect, between visual landmarks during spatial learning in mice. To this end, C57BL/6J × Sv129 mice were given a two-trial place recognition task in a T-maze, based on a novelty free-choice exploration paradigm previously developed to study spatial memory in rodents...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626989/electrical-isolation-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-maze-like-catheter-substrate-modification-a-reproducible-strategy-for-pulmonary-vein-isolation-non-responders
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Stefano Bordignon, Laura Perrotta, Daniela Dugo, Fabrizio Bologna, Takahiko Nagase, Alexander Fuernkranz, Kr Julian Chun, Boris Schmidt
INTRODUCTION: The ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) despite pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is controversial. Left atrial appendage isolation (LAAI) may contribute to improve outcome. We describe an ablation approach ("Maze-like"-LAAI) that (1) modifies the underlying LA substrate by linear ablation (2) eliminates the LAA as a putative AF trigger site and (3) incorporates an unambiguous procedural endpoint. The role of LAA closure (LAAC) after LAAI was investigated. METHODS: Patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias non-responsive to PVI underwent a LAAI ablation procedure...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602672/surgical-and-hybrid-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation
#3
REVIEW
Reece A Davies, Saurabh Kumar, Richard B Chard, Stuart P Thomas
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in humans and is known to be associated with an increased risk of stroke, dementia, heart failure and mortality. Non-pharmacological therapy with ablation using either surgical or percutaneous techniques is recommended in drug refractory AF. Early attempts to devise procedures to ablate AF and restore sinus rhythm culminated with the Cox-Maze procedure, the first truly successful procedure. Since then, ablation surgery has been conducted predominately as a concomitant procedure...
May 18, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593161/surgical-management-of-a-coronary-bronchial-artery-fistula-combined-with-myocardial-ischemia-revealed-by-13-n-ammonia-positron-emission-tomography
#4
Hang Jun Choi, Hwan Wook Kim, Do Yeon Kim, Kuk Bin Choi, Keon Hyon Jo
A 71-year-old male with known bronchiectasis and atrial fibrillation was admitted to Seoul St. Mary's Hospital with recurrent transient ischemic attack. Radiofrequency ablation was performed to resolve the patient's atrial fibrillation, but failed. However, a fistula between the left circumflex artery and the bilateral bronchial arteries was found on computed tomography. Fistula ligation and a left-side maze operation were planned due to his recurrent symptom of dizziness, and these procedures were successfully performed...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593152/treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-patients-with-the-cox-maze-procedure-concurrently-with-other-cardiac-operations
#5
Ja Hong Kuh, Joon Young Song, Tae Youn Kim, Jong Hun Kim, Jong Bum Choi
BACKGROUND: In elderly patients who have atrial fibrillation (AF), surgical ablation of the arrhythmia during cardiac surgery may be challenging. Despite the reported advantages of ablating AF with the Cox maze procedure (CMP), the addition of the CMP may complicate other cardiac operations. We evaluated the effect of the CMP in elderly patients concurrent with other cardiac operations. METHODS: From October 2007 to December 2015, we enrolled 27 patients aged >70 years who had AF and who underwent the CMP concurrently with other cardiac operations...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593151/the-absence-of-atrial-contraction-as-a-predictor-of-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-after-maze-procedure-with-cryoablation
#6
Chang-Seok Jeon, Man-Shik Shim, Seung-Jung Park, Dong Seop Jeong, Kyoung-Min Park, Young Keun On, June Soo Kim, Pyo Won Park
BACKGROUND: The absence of atrial contraction (AC) after the maze procedure has been reported to cause subsequent annular dilatation and to increase the risk of embolic stroke. We hypothesized that the lack of AC could increase the risk of permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation in patients undergoing the maze procedure. METHODS: In 376 consecutive patients who had undergone a cryo-maze procedure and combined valve operation, recovery of AC was assessed at baseline and at immediate (≤2 weeks), early (≤1 year, 4...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583297/the-cox-maze-iv-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation-is-equally-efficacious-in-patients-with-rheumatic-and-degenerative-mitral-valve-disease
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Jonathan E Labin, Nowrin Haque, Laurie A Sinn, Richard B Schuessler, Marc R Moon, Hersh S Maniar, Spencer J Melby, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the etiology of mitral valve disease (MVD), due to either rheumatic or degenerative pathology, influences long-term outcomes after the Cox-Maze IV procedure (CMPIV). METHODS: Between February 2001 and July 2015, 245 patients received a CMIV and concomitant mitral valve procedure. Patients were separated into 2 cohorts based on their etiology of MVD, degenerative (n = 153) and rheumatic (n = 92). Patients were followed prospectively (mean follow-up: 41 ± 37 months) for recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATAs)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577848/does-surgical-ablation-energy-source-affect-long-term-success-of-the-concomitant-cox-maze-procedure
#8
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Anthony J Rongione, Paul S Massimiano, Lisa M Fornaresio
BACKGROUND: The Cox maze (CM) procedure is routinely performed using surgical ablation technology. Reports are scarce on long-term outcomes of CM, especially for a large series of patients. This study examined the potential impact of surgical ablation energy source on safety and long-term efficacy of concomitant CM procedures. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 709 concomitant CM-treated patients operated on with cryothermal energy only (group 1; n = 386) or combination of cryothermal and bipolar radiofrequency (group 2; n = 323)...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574429/validation-of-acoustic-wave-induced-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#9
Sean Berman, Toni L Uhlendorf, David K Mills, Elliot B Lander, Mark H Berman, Randy W Cohen
BACKGROUND: This study looked to validate the acoustic wave technology of the Storz-D-Actor that inflicted a consistent closed-head, traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rats. We studied a range of single pulse pressures administered to the rats and observed the resulting decline in motor skills and memory. Histology was observed to measure and confirm the injury insult. METHODS: Four different acoustic wave pressures were studied using a single pulse: 0, 3.4, 4.2 and 5...
June 2, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549027/a-minimally-invasive-stand-alone-cox-maze-procedure-is-as-effective-as-median-sternotomy-approach
#10
Matthew R Schill, Laurie A Sinn, Jason W Greenberg, Matthew C Henn, Timothy S Lancaster, Richard B Schuessler, Hersh S Maniar, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: The Cox-Maze IV procedure has been shown to be an effective treatment for atrial fibrillation when performed concomitantly with other operations either via median sternotomy or right minithoracotomy. Few studies have compared these approaches in patients with lone atrial fibrillation. This study examined outcomes with sternotomy versus minithoracotomy in stand-alone Cox-Maze IV procedures at our institution. METHODS: Between 2002 and 2015, 195 patients underwent stand-alone biatrial Cox-Maze IV...
May 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536917/comparison-of-early-outcomes-of-surgical-ablation-procedures-for-atrial-fibrillation-concomitant-to-non-mitral-cardiac-surgery-a-japan-adult-cardiovascular-surgery-database-study
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Hideaki Takai, Hiroaki Miyata, Noboru Motomura, Kenichi Sasaki, Takashi Kunihara, Shinichi Takamoto
OBJECTIVE: Although the benefit of surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) performed concomitant to mitral valve surgery is established, whether that performed concomitant to non-mitral cardiac surgery is beneficial remains unclear. In non-mitral, non-left-atriotomy cardiac surgery, the optimal surgical approach for AF remains to be established. Therefore, using the Japan Adult Cardiovascular Surgery Database (JACVSD), we compared 2 surgical ablation procedures [the maze procedure and pulmonary vein isolation (PVI)] performed concomitant to non-mitral cardiac surgery...
May 23, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535866/comparing-phlebotomy-by-tail-tip-amputation-facial-vein-puncture-and-tail-vein-incision-in-c57bl-6-mice-by-using-physiologic-and-behavioral-metrics-of-pain-and-distress
#12
Elizabeth S Moore, Thomas A Cleland, Wendy O Williams, Christine M Peterson, Bhupinder Singh, Teresa L Southard, Bret Pasch, Rachael N Labitt, Erin K Daugherity
Tail tip amputation with minimal restraint is not widely used for mouse phlebotomy. In part, this infrequency may reflect policies influenced by tail tip amputation procedures for genotyping, which involve greater handling and tissue removal. To assess tail tip amputation with minimal restraint as a phlebotomy technique, we compared it with 2 more common methods: scruffing with facial vein puncture and lateral tail vein incision with minimal restraint. Blood glucose levels, audible and ultrasonic vocalizations, postphlebotomy activity and grooming behavior, open field and elevated plus maze behaviors, nest-building scores, and histologic changes at the phlebotomy site were evaluated...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527682/analyzing-the-experiences-of-adolescent-control-rats-effects-of-the-absence-of-physical-or-social-stimulation-on-anxiety-like-behaviour-are-dependent-on-the-test
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Namrata Joshi, Ronald A Leslie, Tara S Perrot
The present study was designed to systematically assess the control experience routinely used in our laboratory as part of studies on predator odour stress. Specifically, we examined effects of the physical and social components of this control experience on measures of anxiety-like behaviour in adolescent rats. Adolescent animals are at increased susceptibility to environmental perturbations and have been used for such studies much less often. Long-Evans rats of both sexes were subjected to physical stimulation (Exposed or Unexposed) and social stimulation (Single-Housed or Pair-Housed), resulting in four groups...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496076/-early-results-of-complex-fractionated-atrial-electrogram-mapping-guided-atrial-fibrillation-surgery
#14
Kazuaki Fukahara, Mari Sakai, Shigeki Yokoyama, Toshio Doi, Naoki Yoshimura
OBJECTIVE: Although the Cox-maze operation is the standard surgical procedure for permanent atrial fibrillation(AF), conversion to sinus rhythm is limited by patient characteristics, including the duration of AF, atrial size, and voltage of fibrillation waves. A surgical strategy based on structural alteration of the electrical substrates of AF is required to achieve better outcomes of AF surgery. Complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) plays an important role in the electrical substrate of AF...
May 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478700/safety-and-efficacy-evaluation-of-raav2tyf-pr1-7-hcnga3-vector-delivered-by-subretinal-injection-in-cnga3-mutant-achromatopsia-sheep
#15
Elisha Gootwine, Ron Ofri, Eyal Banin, Alexey Obolensky, Edward Averbukh, Raaya Ezra-Elia, Maya Ross, Hen Honig, Alexander Rosov, Esther Yamin, Guo-Jie Ye, David R Knop, Paulette M Robinson, Jeffrey D Chulay, Mark S Shearman
Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC) is developing a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector expressing the human CNGA3 gene designated AGTC-402 (rAAV2tYF-PR1.7-hCNGA3) for the treatment of achromatopsia, an inherited retinal disorder characterized by markedly reduced visual acuity, extreme light sensitivity, and absence of color discrimination. The results are herein reported of a study evaluating safety and efficacy of AGTC-402 in CNGA3-deficient sheep. Thirteen day-blind sheep divided into three groups of four or five animals each received a subretinal injection of an AAV vector expressing a CNGA3 gene in a volume of 500 μL in the right eye...
June 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453574/social-defeat-stress-causes-depression-like-behavior-with-metabolite-changes-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-rats
#16
Yi-Yun Liu, Xin-Yu Zhou, Li-Ning Yang, Hai-Yang Wang, Yu-Qing Zhang, Jun-Cai Pu, Lan-Xiang Liu, Si-Wen Gui, Li Zeng, Jian-Jun Chen, Chan-Juan Zhou, Peng Xie
Major depressive disorder is a serious mental disorder with high morbidity and mortality. The role of social stress in the development of depression remains unclear. Here, we used the social defeat stress paradigm to induce depression-like behavior in rats, then evaluated the behavior of the rats and measured metabolic changes in the prefrontal cortex using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Within the first week after the social defeat procedure, the sucrose preference test (SPT), open field test (OFT), elevated plus maze (EPM) and forced swim test (FST) were conducted to examine the depressive-like and anxiety-like behaviors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447764/sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-pregnant-rats-negatively-affects-nerve-function-in-offspring-potentially-via-inhibition-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#17
Yiyao Wang, Yu Li, Qunzhi Xing, Xuechan G Han, Xu Dong, Yiping Lu, Mintao Zhou
Due to the rapid development of medical technology used to perform intrauterine procedures during pregnancy, the number of patients receiving fetal surgery under general anesthesia is increasing. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of anesthetics on the offspring of rats, and to identify the potential mechanisms underlying these effects. On day 14 of pregnancy, Sprague‑Dawley rats were equally divided into the following 3 groups (n=9): Control group (n=3), 3% sevoflurane group (n=3) and 4% sevoflurane group (n=3)...
May 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432672/para-atrial-non-acute-mediastinal-hematoma-after-left-atrial-maze-procedure-mimicking-tumor-in-a-patient-with-treated-melanoma
#18
G Schaiberger, D Pucar, V Patel, B Bateson, H Williams, W Bates
INTRODUCTION: The Cox Maze III procedure is considered the gold standard open surgical procedure for management of atrial fibrillation. This article outlines a unique case of a para-atrial mediastinal hematoma following a bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial Maze procedure mimicking malignancy. REPORT: A 60-year-old male, with past history of melanoma, underwent bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial mini maze procedure with radiofrequency energy and exclusion of the left atrial appendage...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431906/transgenic-mice-with-increased-astrocyte-expression-of-ccl2-show-altered-behavioral-effects-of-alcohol
#19
Jennifer G Bray, Amanda J Roberts, Donna L Gruol
Emerging research provides strong evidence that activation of CNS glial cells occurs in neurological diseases and brain injury and results in elevated production of neuroimmune factors. These factors can contribute to pathophysiological processes that lead to altered CNS function. Recently, studies have also shown that both acute and chronic alcohol consumption can produce activation of CNS glial cells and the production of neuroimmune factors, particularly the chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2). The consequences of alcohol-induced increases in CCL2 levels in the CNS have yet to be fully elucidated...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425395/comparing-phlebotomy-by-tail-tip-amputation-facial-vein-puncture-and-tail-vein-incision-in-c57bl-6-mice-by-using-physiologic-and-behavioral-metrics-of-pain-and-distress
#20
Elizabeth S Moore Thomas A Cleland Wendy O Williams Christine M Peterson Bhupinder Singh Teresa L Southard Bret Pasch Rachael N Labitt And Erin K Daugherity
Tail tip amputation with minimal restraint is not widely used for mouse phlebotomy. In part, this infrequency may reflectpolicies influenced by tail tip amputation procedures for genotyping, which involve greater handling and tissue removal. Toassess tail tip amputation with minimal restraint as a phlebotomy technique, we compared it with 2 more common methods:scruffing with facial vein puncture and lateral tail vein incision with minimal restraint. Blood glucose levels, audible and ultrasonic vocalizations, postphlebotomy activity and grooming behavior, open field and elevated plus maze behaviors,nest-building scores, and histologic changes at the phlebotomy site were evaluated...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
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