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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303373/viral-mediated-overexpression-of-the-myelin-transcription-factor-1-myt1-in-the-dentate-gyrus-attenuates-anxiety-and-ethanol-related-behaviors-in-rats
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Amine Bahi, Jean-Luc Dreyer
RATIONALE: Myelin Transcription Factor 1 (MyT1), a member of the Zinc Finger gene family, plays a fundamental role in the nervous system. Recent research has suggested that this transcription factor is associated with the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders including addiction, schizophrenia, and depression. However, the role of MyT1 in anxiety- and ethanol-related behaviors is still unknown. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the effects of lentiviral-mediated overexpression of MyT1 in the dentate gyrus (DG) on anxiety- and ethanol-related behaviors in rats...
March 16, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291777/adolescent-but-not-adult-ethanol-binge-drinking-modulates-cocaine-withdrawal-symptoms-in-mice
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Juan Carlos Ledesma, Maria A Aguilar, Pablo Giménez-Gómez, José Miñarro, Marta Rodríguez-Arias
BACKGROUND: Ethanol (EtOH) binge drinking is an increasingly common behavior among teenagers that induces long-lasting neurobehavioral alterations in adulthood. An early history of EtOH abuse during adolescence is highly correlated with cocaine addiction in adulthood. Abstinence of cocaine abuse can cause psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, psychosis, depression, and cognitive impairments. This study assessed the consequences of adolescent exposure to EtOH on the behavioral alterations promoted by cocaine withdrawal in adulthood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287019/effect-of-prenatal-restraint-stress-and-morphine-co-administration-on-plasma-vasopressin-concentration-and-anxiety-behaviors-in-adult-rat-offspring
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Elnaz Nakhjiri, Ehsan Saboory, Shiva Roshan-Milani, Yousef Rasmi, Davod Khalafkhani
Stressful events and exposure to opiates during gestation have important effects on the later mental health of the offspring. Anxiety is among the most common mental disorders. The present study aimed to identify effects of prenatal restraint stress and morphine co-administration on plasma vasopressin concentration (PVC) and anxiety behaviors in rats. Pregnant rats were divided into four groups (n = 6, each): saline, morphine, stress+saline and stress+morphine treatment. The stress procedure consisted of restraint twice per day, two hours per session, for three consecutive days starting on day 15 of pregnancy...
March 12, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263537/chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-paradigm-in-male-wistar-rats-effect-on-anxiety-and-depressive-like-behavior
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Romana Koprdova, Eszter Bögi, Kristína Belovičová, Natália Sedláčková, Monika Okuliarová, Eduard Ujházy, Mojmír Mach
OBJECTIVES: There are several models of depression. Chronic unpredictable mild stress (CMS) appears to have the greatest validity, although it is often being criticized for low reliability. METHODS: Male Wistar/DV rats were used in this study to assess our modified 2-week model of CMS as a combination of psychosocial, physical and metabolic stressors and to compare the effect of acute administration of venlafaxine (VFX) and diazepam (DZP), either in stress or no stress conditions...
December 18, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262289/a-single-center-s-experience-with-pacemaker-implantation-after-the-cox-maze-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Rabia Ali, Graciela Pritchard, Deborah Lamont
OBJECTIVE: The Cox maze procedure (CM) is safe and effective for all atrial fibrillation (AF) types. A recent randomized trial found alarming rates of pacemaker implantation (PMI) during hospitalization after CM. The purpose of this study was to assess the rate of PMI and its impact on outcomes after CM. METHODS: Incidence of PMI was captured for all CM patients (2005-2015; N = 739). Data were collected prospectively. Multivariable logistic regression was conducted to determine risk factors for PMI...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262288/tricuspid-regurgitation-is-uncommon-after-mitral-valve-repair-for-degenerative-diseases
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Tirone E David, Carolyn M David, Chun-Po S Fan, Cedric Manlhiot
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence and effects of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) after surgery for mitral valve (MV) repair for mitral regurgitation (MR) due to degenerative disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined 1171 patients who had MV repair and were followed prospectively with periodical clinical and echocardiographic assessments during a mean of 9.1 ± 5.3 years. Patients' mean age was 58.2 ± 12.7 years, and 70.5% were men. Preoperatively, 44.6% were in functional classes III and IV, 20...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252439/informational-stress-as-a-depression-inducing-factor-experimental-study
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T Matitaishvili, T Domianidze, G Burdjanadze, D Nadareishvili, M Khananashvili
Chronic psychogenic stress represents the major initiating agent of psychoneural diseases including depression. We used informational stress model for the purpose of modelling chronic psychogenic stress and depression. The aim of the research was to study behavior of dominant and submissive rats at different stages of informational stress and during depression state. In order to study anxiety and depressive behavior of rats we used "forced swim", "elevated cross maze" and "open-field" tests. The obtained results showed that chronic stressing procedure performed on rats by using the mentioned "informational" stress model led to the development of depression both in dominant and submissive rats...
January 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242081/long-term-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-after-the-cox-maze-iii-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Anders Albåge, Ulrik Sartipy, Göran Kennebäck, Birgitta Johansson, Henrik Scherstén, Lena Jidéus
BACKGROUND: The long-term risk of stroke after surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation is not well known. We performed an observational cohort study with long follow-up after the "cut-and-sew" Cox-maze III procedure (CM-III), including left atrial appendage excision. The aim was to analyze the incidence of stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) and the association to preoperative CHA2DS2-VASc (age in years, sex, congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, stroke/TIA, thromboembolism history, vascular disease history, diabetes mellitus) score...
February 24, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225286/-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-means-of-the-atriclip-system
#9
Aleš Mokráček, Vojtěch Kurfirst, Alan Bulava, Jiří Haniš
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is related to a high risk of stroke. The main role in etiopathogenesis is played by the left atrial appendage (LAA). As many as 95 % of thrombi in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are located in the appendage. Prevention of stroke then consists in permanent anticoagulation which, however, has its limits and risks. An alternative method is the left atrial appendage occlusion. In our report, we would like to present a new possibility of the closure using the epicardial system AtriClip (AtriCure)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202350/chronic-social-instability-increases-anxiety-like-behavior-and-ethanol-preference-in-male-long-evans-rats
#10
Alyssa R Roeckner, Alexandra Bowling, Tracy R Butler
Chronic stress during adolescence is related to increased prevalence of anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorders in humans. This phenotype has been consistently recapitulated in animal models with male subjects, but models using female subjects are fewer. The aim of these studies was to test the hypothesis that chronic social instability (CSI) during adolescence engenders increased anxiety-like behavior, increased corticosterone, and greater ethanol intake and/or preference than control groups in male and female rats...
February 13, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187972/late-results-of-the-cox-maze-iv-procedure-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Matthew R Schill, Farah N Musharbash, Vivek Hansalia, Jason W Greenberg, Spencer J Melby, Hersh S Maniar, Laurie A Sinn, Richard B Schuessler, Marc R Moon, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: Most patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery do not receive concomitant ablation. This study reviewed outcomes of patients with AF undergoing Cox-maze IV (CMIV) procedure with radiofrequency and cryoablation and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at our institution. METHODS: Between the introduction of radiofrequency ablation in 2002 and 2015, 135 patients underwent left- or biatrial CMIV with CABG. Patients undergoing other cardiac procedures, except mitral valve repair, or who had emergent, reoperative, or off-pump procedures were excluded...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167117/protection-against-alcohol-induced-neuronal-and-cognitive-damage-by-the-ppar%C3%AE-receptor-agonist-pioglitazone
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Andrea Cippitelli, Esi Domi, Massimo Ubaldi, James C Douglas, Hong Wu Li, Gregory Demopulos, George Gaitanaris, Marisa Roberto, Paul D Drew, Cynthia J M Kane, Roberto Ciccocioppo
Binge alcohol drinking has emerged as a typical phenomenon in young people. This pattern of drinking, repeatedly leading to extremely high blood and brain alcohol levels and intoxication is associated with severe risks of neurodegeneration and cognitive damage. Mechanisms involved in excitotoxicity and neuroinflammation are pivotal elements in alcohol-induced neurotoxicity. Evidence has demonstrated that PPARγ receptor activation shows anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Here we examine whether treatment with the PPARγ agonist pioglitazone is beneficial in counteracting neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation and cognitive damage produced by binge alcohol intoxication...
February 3, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163037/laparoscopic-repair-of-an-intrapericardial-diaphragmatic-hernia-after-convergent-maze-procedure
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Andrew J Kaufman, Eugene T Kahn, Jonathan Villena-Vargas, Justin G Steele, Raja M Flores
The convergent maze procedure (CMP) is a new minimally invasive technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Recently, multiple groups have published excellent results and few adverse events with CMP. However we now report the second case of an intrapericardial diaphragmatic hernia with small-bowel obstruction that resulted from CMP. This complication was managed successfully by laparoscopic repair of the hernia utilizing a PTFE mesh closure with hepatic buttress achieving an excellent result...
February 2, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143767/striatal-dopamine-d1-receptor-suppression-impairs-reward-associative-learning
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Kerin K Higa, Jared W Young, Baohu Ji, David E Nichols, Mark A Geyer, Xianjin Zhou
Dopamine (DA) is required for reinforcement learning. Hence, disruptions in DA signaling may contribute to the learning deficits associated with psychiatric disorders. The DA D1 receptor (D1R) has been linked to learning and is a target for cognitive/motivational enhancement in patients with schizophrenia. Separating the striatal D1R contribution to learning vs. motivation, however, has been challenging. We suppressed striatal D1R expression in mice using a D1R-targeting short hairpin RNA (shRNA), delivered locally to the striatum via an adeno-associated virus (AAV)...
April 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135884/intranasal-administration-of-dopamine-attenuates-unconditioned-fear-in-that-it-reduces-restraint-induced-ultrasound-vocalizations-and-escape-from-bright-light
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Teddy Talbot, Claudia Mattern, Maria Angelica de Souza Silva, Marcus Lira Brandão
BACKGROUND: Although substantial evidence suggests that dopamine (DA) enhances conditioned fear responses, few studies have examined the role of DA in unconditioned fear states. Whereas DA does not cross the blood-brain barrier, intranasally-applied dopamine reaches the brain directly via the nose-brain pathways in rodents, providing an alternative means of targeting DA receptors. Intranasal dopamine (IN-DA) has been demonstrated to bind to DA transporters and to increase extracellular DA in the striatum as well as having memory-promoting effects in rats...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129318/initial-experience-with-minimally-invasive-surgical-exclusion-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-with-an-epicardial-clip
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Nathan E Smith, Jeevan Joseph, John Morgan, Saqib Masroor
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the primary cardiac abnormality associated with ischemic stroke. Atrial fibrillation affects 2.7 million people with a stroke rate of 3.5% per year. Most of the emboli in patients with nonvalvular AF originate in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Surgical exclusion of the LAA decreases the yearly risk of stroke to 0.7% when combined with a Maze procedure. Traditional oversewing the LAA from inside the left atrium is associated with a significant number of recanalizations of LAA...
January 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117775/assessing-spatial-learning-and-memory-in-small-squamate-reptiles
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Lara D LaDage, Tracie E Cobb Irvin, Victoria A Gould
Clinical research has leveraged a variety of paradigms to assess cognitive decline, commonly targeting spatial learning and memory abilities. However, interest in the cognitive processes of nonmodel species, typically within an ecological context, has also become an emerging field of study. In particular, interest in the cognitive processes in reptiles is growing although experimental studies on reptilian cognition are sparse. The few reptilian studies that have experimentally tested for spatial learning and memory have used rodent paradigms modified for use in reptiles...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114845/effects-of-perinatal-diet-and-prenatal-stress-on-the-behavioural-profile-of-aged-male-and-female-rats
#18
Xabier Bengoetxea, Laura Paternain, Eva Martisova, Fermin I Milagro, J Alfredo Martínez, Javier Campión, María J Ramírez
The present work studies whether chronic prenatal stress (PS) influences the long-term sex-dependent neuropsychological status of offspring and the effects of an early dietary intervention in the dam. In addition, dams were fed with either a high-fat sugar diet (HFSD) or methyl donor supplemented diet (MDSD). PS procedure did not affect body weight of the offspring. MDSD induced decreases in body weight both in male and female offspring (1 month) that were still present in aged rats. HFSD induced an increase in body weight both in male and female offspring that did not persist in aged rats...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087280/increased-homocysteine-levels-impair-reference-memory-and-reduce-cortical-levels-of-acetylcholine-in-a-mouse-model-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment
#19
Kevin Dam, Martina Füchtemeier, Tracy D Farr, Philipp Boehm-Sturm, Marco Foddis, Ulrich Dirnagl, Olga Malysheva, Marie A Caudill, Nafisa M Jadavji
Folates are B-vitamins that are vital for normal brain function. Deficiencies in folates either genetic (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, MTHFR) or dietary intake of folic acid result in elevated levels of homocysteine. Clinical studies have shown that elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) may be associated with the development of dementia, however this link remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of increased Hcy levels on a mouse model of vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) produced by chronic hypoperfusion...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070001/neuroimaging-biomarkers-predict-brain-structural-connectivity-change-in-a-mouse-model-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment
#20
Philipp Boehm-Sturm, Martina Füchtemeier, Marco Foddis, Susanne Mueller, Rebecca C Trueman, Marietta Zille, Jan Leo Rinnenthal, Theodore Kypraios, Laurence Shaw, Ulrich Dirnagl, Tracy D Farr
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chronic hypoperfusion in the mouse brain has been suggested to mimic aspects of vascular cognitive impairment, such as white matter damage. Although this model has attracted attention, our group has struggled to generate a reliable cognitive and pathological phenotype. This study aimed to identify neuroimaging biomarkers of brain pathology in aged, more severely hypoperfused mice. METHODS: We used magnetic resonance imaging to characterize brain degeneration in mice hypoperfused by refining the surgical procedure to use the smallest reported diameter microcoils (160 μm)...
February 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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