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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
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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...
January 11, 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
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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)...
January 9, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066862/impact-of-race-on-outcome-of-patients-undergoing-rhythm-control-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Asad F Durrani, Siva Soma, Andrew D Althouse, George Leef, Dingxin Qin, Samir Saba
Racial disparities between African American (AA) and White patients have been documented in cardiovascular disease. We investigated whether these disparities exist in patients undergoing rhythm control for atrial fibrillation (AF). 5873 AF patients (241 AA) were followed to the endpoint of death, stroke, or AF recurrence. Invasive procedures for AF rhythm control were examined in both racial groups. Over a mean follow-up time of 40 months, AA patients had a higher adjusted risk of death [HR 1.39, 95% CI 1...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057698/left-atrial-thrombus-discovered-post-intra-operative-maze-procedure-the-dilemma-of-thrombus-screening-before-the-percutaneous-pulmonary-vein-isolation
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Krystyna Majkut, Krittapoom Akrawinthawong, Sasan Ryan Raeissi, Scott Wayne Ferreira, Ali Akbar Mehdirad
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 5, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043900/assessment-of-mouse-cognitive-and-anxiety-like-behaviors-and-hippocampal-inflammation-following-a-repeated-and-intermittent-paradoxical-sleep-deprivation-procedure
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Mengmei Yin, Yali Chen, Hui Zheng, Tinglin Pu, Charles Marshall, Ting Wu, Ming Xiao
It has been reported that more than one fourth of the world's population suffers from sleep problems. However, there is not a stable and reliable animal model to mimic the persistent and periodic features of sleep disorders, and correspondingly, the feasibility and effectiveness of repeated behavioral tests remains to be determined. In the present study, we repetitively, and intermittently, treated mice with 3days and 7days of paradoxical sleep deprivation (SD), using the modified multiple small-platforms-over-water method for 3 months...
December 30, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027851/spatial-learning-deficits-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-and-without-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Christine B Schneider, Katharina Linse, Robby Schönfeld, Sebastian Brown, Rainer Koch, Heinz Reichmann, Bernd Leplow, Alexander Storch
BACKGROUND: Several MRI studies have demonstrated hippocampal atrophy in Parkinson's disease (PD), a structure considered a key element in spatial learning. Despite this, no study has been undertaken to investigate spatial navigation in PD using a virtual version of the Morris water maze, which is the gold standard for testing hippocampal function in rodents. METHODS: We studied 17 cognitively unimpaired PD patients, 12 PD patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and 15 controls in a virtual water maze procedure...
December 22, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009965/chordal-shortening-for-anterior-mitral-leaflet-prolapse-and-the-maze-procedure-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Jong Hun Kim, Kyung Hwa Kim, Jong Bum Choi, Ja Hong Kuh
Letter to the Editor We read with great interest the report by Inoue et al. (Cusp-level chordal shortening for non-rheumatic mitralanterior leaflet prolapse in a patient with persistent atrial fibrillation. J Heart Valve Dis 2015;24:586-589) that described their mitral valve repair technique for anterior leaflet prolapse (ALP) and perioperative adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy for preventing the recurrence of atrial fibrillation after the maze procedure. Latent recurrence of atrial fibrillation after the maze procedure is caused by many factors...
July 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007240/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-2017-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Vinay Badhwar, J Scott Rankin, Ralph J Damiano, A Marc Gillinov, Faisal G Bakaeen, James R Edgerton, Jonathan M Philpott, Patrick M McCarthy, Steven F Bolling, Harold G Roberts, Vinod H Thourani, Rakesh M Suri, Richard J Shemin, Scott Firestone, Niv Ad
Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) can be performed without additional risk of operative mortality or major morbidity, and is recommended at the time of concomitant mitral operations to restore sinus rhythm. (Class I, Level A) Surgical ablation for AF can be performed without additional operative risk of mortality or major morbidity, and is recommended at the time of concomitant isolated aortic valve replacement, isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and aortic valve replacement plus coronary artery bypass graft operations to restore sinus rhythm...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993691/effects-of-znso4-induced-peripheral-anosmia-on-zebrafish-behavior-and-physiology
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Murilo S Abreu, Ana C V V Giacomini, Rubens Rodriguez, Allan V Kalueff, Leonardo J G Barcellos
Olfaction plays a key role in modulating behavioral and physiological responses of various animal species, including fishes. Olfactory deficits can be induced in fish experimentally, and utilized to examine the role of olfaction in their normal and pathological behaviors. Here, we examine whether experimental anosmia, evoked by ZnSO4 in adult zebrafish can be associated with behavioral and/or physiological responses. We show that experimental ZnSO4-induced anosmia caused acute, but not prolonged, anxiogenic-like effects on zebrafish behavior tested in the novel tank test...
December 16, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981184/pioglitazone-a-ppar%C3%AE-agonist-rescues-depression-associated-with-obesity-using-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-model-in-experimental-mice
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Yeshwant Kurhe, Radhakrishnan Mahesh
Pioglitazone, a peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) agonist belonging to thiazolidinedione class, is mainly used in diabetes mellitus. Obese subjects are twice likely to become depressed than non-obese individuals. The biological mechanisms linking depression with obesity still remain poorly understood and there is immense need for better therapeutic intervention against such co-morbid disorders. The present study investigates the effect of pioglitazone on the chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) induced depression in obese mice by using behavioral tests and biochemical estimations...
June 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981180/enhancement-of-striatum-dependent-memory-by-conditioned-fear-is-mediated-by-beta-adrenergic-receptors-in-the-basolateral-amygdala
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Travis D Goode, Kah-Chung Leong, Jarid Goodman, Stephen Maren, Mark G Packard
Emotional arousal can have a profound impact on various learning and memory processes. For example, unconditioned emotional stimuli (e.g., predator odor or anxiogenic drugs) enhance dorsolateral striatum (DLS)-dependent habit memory. These effects critically depend on a modulatory role of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA). Recent work indicates that, like unconditioned emotional stimuli, exposure to an aversive conditioned stimulus (CS) (i.e., a tone previously paired with shock) can also enhance consolidation of DLS-dependent habit memory...
June 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966656/neonatal-repetitive-pain-in-rats-leads-to-impaired-spatial-learning-and-dysregulated-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-function-in-later-life
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Mengying Chen, Dongqing Xia, Cuiting Min, Xiaoke Zhao, Yinhua Chen, Li Liu, Xiaonan Li
Preterm birth is a major health issue. As part of their life-saving care, most preterm infants require hospitalization and are inevitably exposed to repetitive skin-breaking procedures. The long-term effects of neonatal repetitive pain on cognitive and emotional behaviors involving hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function in young and adult rats are unknown. From P8 to P85, mechanical hypersensitivity of the bilateral hindpaws was observed in the Needle group (P < 0.001). Compared with the Tactile group, the Needle group took longer to find the platform on P30 than on P29 (P = 0...
December 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919764/postoperative-atrial-tachycardias-after-mitral-valve-surgery-mechanisms-and-outcomes-of-catheter-ablation
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Andres Enriquez, Pasquale Santangeli, Erica Zado, Jackson Liang, Simon Castro, Fermin Garcia, Robert Schaller, Gregory Supple, David Frankel, David Callans, David Lin, Sanjay Dixit, Rajat Deo, Michael Riley, Francis Marchlinski
BACKGROUND: Atrial tachycardias (ATs) including atrial fibrillation are common arrhythmias occurring late after mitral valve (MV) surgery, and their management is challenging. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the electrophysiological mechanisms of ATs in patients with prior MV surgery and the long-term outcomes of catheter ablation. METHODS: We studied 67 consecutive patients (mean age 59.4 ± 10.6 years; 41 men) with prior MV surgery who presented with ATs postoperatively between 2007 and 2015...
December 3, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909520/surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-is-electrical-isolation-of-the-pulmonary-veins-a-must
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REVIEW
Bart Maesen Md PhD, Ines Van Loo Md, Laurent Pison Md PhD, Mark La Meir Md PhD
Ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a well-established treatment option for patients with symptomatic AF refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. The cornerstone of catheter ablation is electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins, since the pulmonary veins are the most common location for triggers of AF. Electrical reconnection of the pulmonary veins is associated with arrhythmia recurrence and therefore diminishes long-term success of catheter ablation of AF. Therefore, durable pulmonary vein isolation remains a condition sine qua non for catheter ablation of AF...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909513/assessment-of-sinoatrial-node-function-in-patients-with-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-maze-iii-procedure-combined-with-mitral-valve-operation
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Kulikov Aleksei A, Bokeria Leo A
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinoatrial node function after Maze III procedure combined with a mitral valve operation. METHODS: 100 patients were included in the research with persistent and long-standing persistent forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and need of operative treatment concerning valve disease. The following preoperative preparation methods were executed to all patients: Electrocardiogram in 12 standard assignments;Two-dimensional echocardiographic with assessment of systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle, size of the left atrium and grade of valve disease;Transesophageal echocardiography for exclusion of blood clots in the left atrium and left atrial appendage;Coronary angiography for exclusion of coronary heart disease;Computer tomography for examination of cardiac chambers and anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882447/neonatal-repeated-exposure-to-isoflurane-not-sevoflurane-in-mice-reversibly-impaired-spatial-cognition-at-juvenile-age
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Jianhui Liu, Yanhong Zhao, Junjun Yang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Wei Zhang, Peijun Wang
Inhalation anesthetics facilitate surgical procedures in millions of children each year. However, animal studies demonstrate that exposure to the inhalation anesthetic isoflurane may cause neuronal cell death in developing brains. The long-term cytotoxic effects of sevoflurane, the most popular pediatric anesthetic, have not been compared with isoflurane. Thus, this study was designed to compare the effects of equipotent doses of these two anesthetics on neonatal long-term neurotoxicity. Postnatal 7-day-old (P7) C57/BL male mice were exposed to 1...
November 24, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854045/development-of-the-maze-procedure-and-the-contribution-of-japanese-surgeons
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REVIEW
Shinya Takahashi, Taijiro Sueda
OBJECTIVE: The Cox-Maze procedure is the most popular surgical procedure in the world for eliminating atrial fibrillation (AF). Japanese surgeons performed and modified its procedure. This review describes the concept of the Maze procedure, modifications of the Maze procedure and findings related to the Maze procedure obtained by Japanese surgeons. METHODS: Original Cox-Maze procedures and modified Maze procedures developed by Japanese surgeons were reviewed chronologically...
November 16, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832044/early-results-of-the-modified-right-atrial-lesion-set-for-the-cox-cryomaze-procedure
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Faisal Habib Cheema, Muhammad Amir Younus, Osama T Siddiqui, Muhammad Jabran Younus, Muhammad Arif Mahmood, Mohammad Bin Pervez, Harold G Roberts
OBJECTIVE: The standard right atrial lesion (RAL) set, as originally outlined in the Cox-Maze III procedure, can be technically challenging when using a cryoprobe to create the lesions. We report our initial experience with an alternative set of RALs for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Between September 2011 and January 2015, a total of 112 patients underwent a CryoMaze procedure with biatrial lesions using argon-based cryoablation (cryoprobe temperature, -160°C)...
September 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789343/mitigating-effect-of-euk-207-on-radiation-induced-cognitive-impairments
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J Raber, M J Davis, T Pfankuch, R Rosenthal, S R Doctrow, J E Moulder
The brain could be exposed to irradiation as part of a nuclear accident, radiological terrorism (dirty bomb scenario) or a medical radiological procedure. In the context of accidents or terrorism, there is considerable interest in compounds that can mitigate radiation-induced injury when treatment is initiated a day or more after the radiation exposure. As it will be challenging to determine the radiation exposure an individual has received within a relatively short time frame, it is also critical that the mitigating agent does not negatively affect individuals, including emergency workers, who might be treated, but who were not exposed...
March 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772614/concomitant-maze-iv-ablation-procedure-performed-entirely-by-bipolar-clamp-through-right-lateral-minithoracotomy
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Ju Mei, Nan Ma, Zhaolei Jiang, Dongfang Zhao, Chunrong Bao, Fangbao Ding
Atrial fibrillation ablation with bipolar clamp has proved to be effective for patients with valvular atrial fibrillation. However, left pulmonary vein ablation with bipolar clamp through right minithoracotomy was considered difficult or impossible. In this report, we described a novel technique of performing concomitant Maze IV ablation procedure entirely by bipolar clamp through right minithoracotomy. Left pulmonary vein ablation with bipolar clamp was performed through an established channel and a natural space...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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