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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916640/clinical-profile-and-consequences-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Ethan J Rowin, Anais Hausvater, Mark S Link, Patrick Abt, William Gionfriddo, Wendy Wang, Hassan Rastegar, N A Mark Estes, Martin S Maron, Barry J Maron
Background -Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained arrhythmia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), is capable of producing symptoms that impact quality of life and is associated with risk for embolic stroke. However, the influence of AF on clinical course and outcome in HCM remains incompletely resolved. Methods -Records were accessed of 1558 consecutive patients followed at the Tufts Medical Center Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Institute for 4.8 ± 3.4 years, from 2004 to 2014. Results -Of the 1558 HCM patients, 304 (20%) had episodes of AF, of which 226 (74%) were confined to symptomatic paroxysmal AF (PAF; average 5 ± 5; range 1 to > 20), while 78 (26%) developed permanent AF, preceded by 7 ± 6 PAF episodes...
September 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914428/anhydroecgonine-methyl-ester-aeme-a-product-of-cocaine-pyrolysis-impairs-spatial-working-memory-and-induces-striatal-oxidative-stress-in-rats
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Elisa Fraga Gomes, Ingryd Fortes Souza Lipaus, Cleciane Waldetário Martins, Andrezza Menezes Araújo, Josidéia Barreto Mendonça, Fabrício Souza Pelição, Evandro Carlos Lebarch, Lívia Carla de Melo Rodrigues, Ester Miyuki Nakamura-Palacios
When burning crack cocaine, the pyrolysis of cocaine generates anhydroecgonine methyl ester (AEME). AEME has been shown to be highly neurotoxic but its effects on cognitive function and oxidative stress are still unknown. Thus, this study investigated the effects of AEME on spatial working memory and on parameters of oxidative stress in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum. First, 18 well-trained rats in 8-arm radial maze (8-RM) procedures received acute intracerebroventricular (icv) administration of AEME at doses of 10, 32, or 100 μg or saline (SAL) in a counterbalanced order and were tested 5 min later in 1-h delayed tasks in the 8-RM...
September 15, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911267/the-behavioral-and-molecular-evaluation-of-effects-of-social-instability-stress-as-a-model-of-stress-related-disorders-in-adult-female-rats
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Marta Maria Nowacka-Chmielewska, Daniela Kasprowska-Liśkiewicz, Jarosław Jerzy Barski, Ewa Obuchowicz, Andrzej Małecki
The study aimed to test the hypotheses that chronic social instability stress (CSIS) alters behavioral and physiological parameters and expression of selected genes important for stress response and social behaviors. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to the 4-week CSIS procedure, which involves unpredictable rotation between phases of isolation and overcrowding. Behavioral analyses (Experiment 1) were performed on the same rats before and after CSIS (n = 16) and physiological and biochemical measurements (Experiment 2) were made on further control (CON; n = 7) and stressed groups (CSIS; n = 8)...
September 15, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910862/effects-of-newly-synthesized-recombinant-human-amyloid-%C3%AE-complexes-and-poly-amyloid-%C3%AE-fibers-on-cell-apoptosis-and-cognitive-decline
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Soojin Park, Jae-Won Huh, Taekil Eom, Naeun Na, Youngjeon Lee, Ju-Sung Kim, Sun-Uk Kim, Insop Shim, Sang-Rae Lee, Ekyune Kim
The main pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease is the deposition of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) in the brain. Aβ has been widely used to mimic several aspects of Alzheimer's disease. However, several characteristics of amyloid-induced Alzheimer's disease pathology are not well established, especially in mice. The present study aimed to develop a new Alzheimer's disease model by investigating how amyloid beta can be effectively aggregated using prokaryotes and eukaryotes. To express the Aβ42 complex in HEK293 cells, we cloned the Aβ42 region repeatedly and incorporated the resulting construct into a eukaryotic expression vector...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888512/caring-for-a-child-with-an-obstetric-brachial-plexus-injury-a-metaphor-analysis
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Cheryl Tatano Beck
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the metaphors used by mothers to describe their experiences caring for their children with obstetric brachial plexus injuries. DESIGN AND METHODS: A secondary qualitative data analysis was conducted from the primary data set of a phenomenological study of mothers' experiences caring for their children with obstetric brachial plexus injuries. The type of secondary qualitative data analysis approach used was analytic expansion...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884427/effect-of-oleuropein-on-cognitive-deficits-and-changes-in-hippocampal-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-cytokine-expression-in-a-rat-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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Bombi Lee, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops after an individual has experienced a major trauma. This psychopathological response to traumatic stressors induces learning and memory deficits in rats. Oleuropein (OLE), a major compound in olive leaves, has been reported to possess several pharmacological properties, including anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and neuroprotective activities. However, the cognitive effects of OLE and its mechanism of action have remained unclear in PTSD...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844853/tolerance-to-rewarding-brain-electrical-stimulation-differential-effects-of-contingent-and-non-contingent-activation-of-parabrachial-complex-and-lateral-hypothalamus
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María M Hurtado, Amadeo Puerto
Electrical stimulation of the parabrachial complex and related insular cortex induces concurrent conditioned place preference (CPP) in a naloxone-dependent manner. Furthermore, repeated rewarding activation of these regions generates tolerance, i.e., a reduction of the reinforcing effect. This study examined the effects of contingent and non-contingent stimulation in a CPP task. In the former modality, the animals can voluntarily select areas of the maze and thereby determine whether or not they receive stimulation...
August 24, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842269/evidence-based-severity-assessment-impact-of-repeated-versus-single-open-field-testing-on-welfare-in-c57bl-6j-mice
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Carina Bodden, Sophie Siestrup, Rupert Palme, Sylvia Kaiser, Norbert Sachser, S Helene Richter
According to current guidelines on animal experiments, a prospective assessment of the severity of each procedure is mandatory. However, so far, the classification of procedures into different severity categories mainly relies on theoretic considerations, since it is not entirely clear which of the various procedures compromise the welfare of animals, or, to what extent. Against this background, a systematic empirical investigation of the impact of each procedure, including behavioral testing seems essential...
August 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831822/effect-of-zolpidem-on-functional-recovery-in-a-rat-model-of-ischemic-stroke
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Min-Kyun Oh, Kyung Jae Yoon, Yong-Taek Lee, Seoung Wan Chae, Hye Young Choi, Hee Suk Shin, Yun Hee Park, Se-Woong Chun, Young Sook Park
Objective To evaluate the effects of zolpidem on functional recovery in a rat model of acute ischemic stroke. Methods Following ischemic stroke procedures, 42 rats (six in each group) were randomly assigned to receive zolpidem (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 or 4.0 mg/kg) or normal saline administer intraperitoneally once daily for two weeks. Motor behavioural index (MBI) scores, radial 8-arm maze (RAM) test times and brain MRI scans were obtained 24 hours (Day 1) and two weeks (Day 14) post-procedure. Immunohistochemistry was performed on Day 14...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806788/chronic-unpredictable-stress-exacerbates-surgery-induced-sickness-behavior-and-neuroinflammatory-responses-via-glucocorticoids-secretion-in-adult-rats
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Na Wang, Hong Ma, Zhe Li, Yalei Gao, Xuezhao Cao, Yanhua Jiang, Yongjian Zhou, Sidan Liu
METHODS: Sprague-Dawley adult male rats (12-14 weeks old) were exposed to 14-day CUS and then subjected to partial hepatectomy 24 h after the last stress session. The rats were pretreated with an antagonist of the glucocorticoids (GCs) receptor RU486 (30 mg/kg, i.p.) 1 h prior to stress exposure. The behavioral changes were evaluated with open field test and elevated plus-maze test. The hippocampal cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-6 were measured on postoperative days 1, 3 and 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797677/emergence-of-atrioventricular-nodal-reentry-tachycardia-after-surgical-or-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-are-we-creating-the-arrhythmia-substrate
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Jorge Romero, Saurabh Kumar, Fujii Akira, David F Briceño, Usha B Tedrow, Laurence Epstein, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) is common in adults and often involves reentry through ≥2 atrioventricular nodal-atrial connections. Although AVNRT can be a trigger for atrial fibrillation (AF), we have observed new-onset AVNRT after AF ablation procedures. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether ablation involving the septum or proximal coronary sinus (CS) during AF ablation may create a substrate favorable for AVNRT...
August 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769783/age-and-chronicity-of-administration-dramatically-influenced-the-impact-of-low-dose-paraquat-exposure-on-behavior-and-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-activity
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Chris A Rudyk, Jessica McNeill, Natalie Prowse, Zach Dwyer, Kyle Farmer, Darcy Litteljohn, Warren Caldwell, Shawn Hayley
Little is known of the age-dependent and long-term consequences of low exposure levels of the herbicide and dopaminergic toxicant, paraquat. Thus, we assessed the dose-dependent effects of paraquat using a typical short-term (3 week) exposure procedure, followed by an assessment of the effects of chronic (16 weeks) exposure to a very low dose (1/10th of what previously induced dopaminergic neuronal damage). Short term paraquat treatment dose-dependently induced deficits in locomotion, sucrose preference and Y-maze performance...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756933/pericardial-herniation-of-small-bowel-post-minimally-invasive-hybrid-maze-of-atrial-fibrillation
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David A Farcy, Angelo Lapietra, Benjamin N Abo, Michael Dalley
BACKGROUND: Herniation of intraabdominal contents into the pericardial cavity is exceptionally rare, and when seen, it is most often the result of trauma, postsurgical complication, or genetic defect. There have been only a few case reports describing spontaneous bowel herniation into the pericardium in minimally invasive cardiac procedures like cardiac ablation, pacemaker placement, and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 65-year-old man who presented to an urgent care center complaining of abdominal and chest pain...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756201/multiple-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-rat-produces-persistent-pathological-alterations-in-the-brain
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Diane M Brooks, Sarjubhai A Patel, Eric D Wohlgehagen, Erin O Semmens, Alan Pearce, Edmond A Sorich, Thomas F Rau
Multiple mild traumatic brain injury (mmTBI), in certain cases, produces persistent symptoms. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these symptoms remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate extended pathological changes in the rat brain following mmTBI. Using the lateral fluid percussion (LFP) technique we exposed adult male Wistar rats to a mild TBI (mTBI) once a week for four weeks and compared them to surgical shams. At 90days following the last TBI or sham procedure the animals were cognitively tested in the Morris Water Maze (MWM), euthanized, and the brains removed for immunohistochemistry...
July 27, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750215/binge-pattern-cocaine-administration-causes-long-lasting-behavioral-hyperarousal-but-does-not-enhance-vulnerability-to-single-prolonged-stress-in-rats
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Michael J Lisieski, Shane A Perrine
Cocaine use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) commonly co-occur. This could be due to vulnerability to post-traumatic symptoms conferred by previous exposure to cocaine. Therefore, we combined chronic binge-pattern cocaine with a model of psychological trauma (single prolonged stress) to determine whether the behavioral effects of psychological trauma are enhanced in cocaine-sensitized individuals. Adult male Sprague Dawley rats received 14 days of cocaine (15mg/kg/injection) or saline in a binge pattern (3 injections per day, 1h apart)...
July 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740625/pulmonary-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-corrected-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Fotios M Mitropoulos, Meletios A Kanakis, Christos Ntellos, Constantinos Loukas, Periklis Davlouros, Theophili Kousi, Andrew C Chatzis
Introduction: Development of pulmonary insufficiency in patients with surgically corrected tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) may lead to severe right heart failure with serious consequences. We herein present our experience with pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) in these patients. Methods: From 2005-2013, 99 consecutive patients (71 males/28 females, mean age 38±8 years), underwent PVR after 7 to 40 (mean 29 ± 8) years from the initial correction. Seventy nine of the symptomatic patients presented in NYHA II, 14 in III and 2 in IV...
2017: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738900/impact-of-ablation-duration-on-rhythm-outcome-after-concomitant-maze-procedure-using-cryoablation-in-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Dong Seop Jeong, Ji Hoon You, Chang-Seok Jeon, Pyo Won Park, Kiick Sung, Wook Sung Kim, Young Tak Lee
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of ablation duration during a maze procedure using a nitrous oxide-based cryosurgical system. METHODS: From May 2001 to December 2006, 256 consecutive patients who underwent a concomitant maze procedure using nitrous oxide-based cryoablation for chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) during cardiac surgery were enrolled. The ablation duration for each lesion was between 120 s at -60 °C in 140 patients (control group) and 160 s in 116 patients (long duration group)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725993/are-young-children-able-to-learn-exploratory-strategies-by-observation
#18
Francesca Foti, Domenico Martone, Stefania Orrù, Simone Montuori, Esther Imperlini, Pasqualina Buono, Laura Petrosini, Laura Mandolesi
New competencies may be learned through active experience (experiential learning or learning by doing) or observation of others' experiences (learning by observation). Observing another person performing a complex action facilitates the observer's acquisition of the same action. The present research is aimed at analyzing if the observation of specific explorative strategies adopted in a constrained environment, such as the Radial Arm Maze (RAM), could help young children to explore the maze and to build a cognitive spatial map of the explored environment...
July 20, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706476/long-term-sex-dependent-vulnerability-to-metabolic-challenges-in-prenatally-stressed-rats
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Pamela Panetta, Alessandra Berry, Veronica Bellisario, Sara Capoccia, Carla Raggi, Alessia Luoni, Linda Longo, Marco A Riva, Francesca Cirulli
Prenatal stress (PNS) might affect the developmental programming of adult chronic diseases such as metabolic and mood disorders. The molecular mechanisms underlying such regulations may rely upon long-term changes in stress-responsive effectors such as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) that can affect neuronal plasticity underlying mood disorders and may also play a role in metabolic regulation. Based upon previous data, we hypothesized that PNS might lead to greater vulnerability to an obesogenic challenge experienced at adulthood...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678926/late-results-of-cox-maze-iii-procedure-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-associated-with-structural-heart-disease
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Gustavo Gir Gomes, Wagner Luis Gali, Alvaro Valentim Lima Sarabanda, Claudio Ribeiro da Cunha, Iruena Moraes Kessler, Fernando Antibas Atik
Background: Cox-Maze III procedure is one of the surgical techniques used in the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Objectives: To determine late results of Cox-Maze III in terms of maintenance of sinus rhythm, and mortality and stroke rates. Methods: Between January 2006 and January 2013, 93 patients were submitted to the cut-and-sew Cox-Maze III procedure in combination with structural heart disease repair. Heart rhythm was determined by 24-hour Holter monitoring...
July 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
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