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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532240/ventricular-assist-devices-for-the-failing-univentricular-circulation
#1
Edward Buratto, William Y Shi, Xin Tao Ye, Igor E Konstantinov
Improved survival following single ventricle palliation has led to a large population of patients with a Fontan circulation, many of whom will eventually develop Fontan failure. Many of these patients will require heart transplantation. However, more than half of these patients have Fontan failure despite preserved ventricular function. Increasing experience with ventricular assist devices (VAD) in children has paved the way for VAD support in those with failing univentricular circulation. Areas covered: The use of VADs to support the failing univentricular circulation is a relatively new concept...
May 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532183/treatment-options-and-considerations-for-hypertensive-patients-to-prevent-dementia
#2
Intza Hernandorena, Emmanuelle Duron, Jean Sebastien Vidal, Olivier Hanon
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a worldwide health concern, which leads to loss of autonomy. To date no curative treatment is available so focus on modifiable risk factors is of particular interest. Hypertension, particularly midlife high blood pressure, has been associated with an increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia including vascular dementia (Vad) and Alzheimer Disease (AD). In this context, antihypertensive treatments might have a preventive effect. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between antihypertensive therapy and cognitive decline or dementia...
May 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530132/development-of-a-high-fidelity-pressurized-porcine-beating-heart-simulator-for-cardiac-surgery-training
#3
Igo B Ribeiro, Janet M C Ngu, Gurinder Gill, Fraser D Rubens
BACKGROUND: Development of a high-fidelity cardiac surgery simulator (CSS) requires integration of a heart model with a mock cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit that can provide feedback to mimic the pathophysiology of cardiac surgery. However, the cost of commercially available simulators precludes regular use. We describe steps in the construction of a high-fidelity CSS that integrates a pulsatile paracorporeal ventricular-assist device (Pulse-VAD) and a commercially available CPB simulator...
May 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529408/wind-dispersal-results-in-a-gradient-of-dispersal-limitation-and-environmental-match-among-discrete-aquatic-habitats
#4
Zsófia Horváth, Csaba F Vad, Robert Ptacnik
Directional dispersal by wind and other dispersal agents may generate spatial patterns in passively dispersing metacommunities which cannot be detected by classical eigenvector methods based on Euclidean distances. We analysed zooplankton communities (Rotifera, Cladocera, Copepoda) in a cluster of soda pans distributed over a short spatial scale of 18 km and tested explicitly for directional signals in their spatial configuration. The study area is exposed to a prevailing northwestern wind direction. By applying asymmetric eigenvector maps (AEM), we were able to identify corresponding directionality in the spatial structure of communities...
August 2016: Ecography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529346/wartime-scars-or-reservoirs-of-biodiversity-the-value-of-bomb-crater-ponds-in-aquatic-conservation
#5
Csaba F Vad, Attila L Péntek, Nastasia J Cozma, Angéla Földi, Adrienn Tóth, Bence Tóth, NóraA Böde, Arnold Móra, Robert Ptacnik, Éva Ács, Katalin Zsuga, Zsófia Horváth
Considering the ongoing loss of aquatic habitats, anthropogenic ponds are gaining importance as substitute habitats. It is therefore important to assess their functioning in comparison to their natural precursors. Here we assess the biodiversity value of sodic bomb crater ponds by comparing their gamma diversity to that of natural reference habitats, astatic soda pans, and assess their importance on the landscape level by studying alpha and beta diversity. We studied aquatic organisms ranging from algae to vertebrates in a dense cluster of 54 sodic bomb crater ponds in Central Europe...
May 2017: Biological Conservation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521469/licochalcone-e-induces-caspase-dependent-death-of-human-pharyngeal-squamous-carcinoma-cells-through-the-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-apoptotic-signaling-pathways
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Sang-Joun Yu, In-A Cho, Kyeong-Rok Kang, Yi-Ra Jung, Seung Sik Cho, Goo Yoon, Ji-Su Oh, Jae-Seek You, Yo-Seob Seo, Gyeong-Je Lee, Sook-Young Lee, Do Kyung Kim, Chun Sung Kim, Su-Gwan Kim, Mi-Ae Jeong, Jae-Sung Kim
The aim of the present study was to investigate licochalcone-E (Lico-E)-induced apoptosis and the associated apoptotic signaling pathway in FaDu cells, a human pharyngeal squamous carcinoma cell line. Treatment with Lico-E exhibited significant cytotoxicity on FaDu cells in a concentration-dependent manner. The IC50 value of Lico-E in FaDu cells was ~50 µM. Treatment with Lico-E increased the number of dead FaDu cells. Furthermore, chromatin condensation, which is associated with apoptotic cell death, was observed in FaDu cells treated with Lico-E for 24 h...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509675/acute-and-long-term-effects-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-support-on-right-ventricular-function-in-children-with-pediatric-pulsatile-ventricular-assist-devices
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Roberta Iacobelli, Arianna Di Molfetta, Gianluca Brancaccio, Sergio Filippelli, Stefano Morelli, Benedetta Natali, Alessandra Toscano, Fabrizio Drago, Antonio Amodeo
Right ventricular failure (RVF) is a significant issue when considering left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation in pediatrics. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of LVAD on right ventricular (RV) function in children. We retrospectively reviewed clinical and echocardiographic data of children who underwent Berlin Heart EXCOR LVAD focusing on RV function before and after implantation (1, 3, and 6 month follow-up). An isolated LVAD was used in 27 patients. Median age was 11 months (interquartile range [IQR]: 5-24 months), with a median weight of 6...
May 12, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509611/efficacy-of-high-resolution-cone-beam-ct-in-the-evaluation-of-perforators-in-vertebral-artery-dissection
#8
Kenji Shimada, Michihiro Tanaka, Keisuke Kadooka, Hiromu Hadeishi
Introduction A major complication of internal coil trapping for vertebral artery dissection (VAD) is medullary infarction associated with perforator occlusion. Currently, higher spatial resolution imaging can be obtained with high-resolution cone-beam computed tomography (VASO CT), and the efficacy of perforator visualization adjacent to VAD was examined. Methods Eight patients who underwent internal coil trapping or stent-supported coil embolization underwent VASO CT to evaluate perforators around VAD. Visualization of perforators was compared with conventional digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and three-dimensional rotational angiography (3D-RA)...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495516/7-o-geranylquercetin-induced-autophagy-contributes-to-apoptosis-via-ros-generation-in-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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En-Xia Wang, Bo-Yang Zou, Lei Shi, Lin-Ying Du, Yan-Yan Zhu, Ya-Meng Jiang, Xiao-Dong Ma, Xiao-Hui Kang, Chang-Yuan Wang, Yu-Hong Zhen, Li-Dan Sun
AIMS: To investigate the antitumor effects of 7-O-geranylquercetin (GQ), a novel O-alkylated derivative of quercetin, against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines A549 and NCI-H1975 and the corresponding mechanisms. MAIN METHODS: Cell viability was assessed using MTT assay. The expression of proteins involved in apoptosis and autophagy was measured using western blotting. Besides, apoptosis was determined with DAPI staining, Annexin V-PI staining and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) assay, and autophagy was observed with TEM assay...
May 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495065/the-miniaturized-pediatric-continuous-flow-device-preclinical-assessment-in-the-chronic-sheep-model
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Iki Adachi, Sarah Burki, David Horne, Gil G Costas, Taylor Spangler, Robert Jarvik, John Teal, J Timothy Baldwin, Kurt Dasse, M Patricia Massicotte, Jeff Conger, William E Cohn, Charles D Fraser
BACKGROUND: The Infant Jarvik 2015 is an implantable axial-flow ventricular assist device (VAD) that has undergone the major evolutionary design modifications to improve hemocompatibility. This study was conducted in anticipation of data submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to obtain Investigational Device Exemption approval. METHODS: The VAD was implanted via a left thoracotomy in Barbado sheep (n = 10, 26 (19-34] kg). Anticoagulation was maintained with coumadin, with a target international normalized ratio of greater than the individual sheep's baseline values...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492415/anticoagulation-control-in-patients-with-ventricular-assist-devices
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Amelia K Boehme, Salpy V Pamboukian, James F George, T Mark Beasley, James K Kirklin, Jose Tallaj, Chrisly Dillon, Emily B Levitan, Russell Griffin, Gerald McGwin, William B Hillegass, Nita A Limdi
Anticoagulation control has been associated with risk of thromboembolism and hemorrhage. Herein, we explore the relationship between anticoagulation control achieved in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients and evaluate the association with risk of thromboembolism and hemorrhage. Patients (19 years old or older) with a continuous flow LVAD placed from 2006 to 2012. Proportion of time spent in target range (PTTR) for international normalized ratio (INR) was estimated with target range of 2.0-3.0. Proportion of time spent in target range was categorized into PTTR > 60%, PTTR ≥ 50 < 60%, and PTTR < 50%...
May 9, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490314/pain-experience-in-dementia-subtypes-a-systematic-review
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Tarik T Binnekade, Janime Van Kooten, Frank Lobbezoo, Didi Rhebergen, J C Van der Wouden, Martin Smalbrugge, Erik J A Scherder
Recently, the number of studies focusing on pain in dementia has increased considerably. Still, little attention has been paid to the influence of the neuropathology of different dementia subtypes on pain experience. In 2003, a review identified several studies that indicated a relation between dementia subtype and pain experience. Now, ten years later, an update is warranted. We conducted a systematic review to identify studies that assessed pain experience and dementia subtypes by searching PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and Cochrane Library...
2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488842/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-heart-failure-patients-after-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-and-heart-transplantation
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Anindita Chowdhury, Reeba Mathew, Richard J Castriotta
Chronic heart failure (CHF) represents a major health and economic burden and is associated with high rates of hospital admission, morbidity, mortality and decreased quality-adjusted life years. New advances in the treatment of CHF such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplantation have helped improve outcomes. Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is highly prevalent in CHF patients and the associated morbidity makes it essential for physicians to be more cognizant about its existence, interaction and need for treatment...
May 8, 2017: Panminerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488003/daily-transient-discontinuation-of-extracorporeal-lvad-to-prevent-thromboembolism-of-mechanical-aortic-valve-prosthesis
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Takamichi Inoue, Tadashi Kitamura, Shinzo Torii, Mitsuhiro Hirata, Toshiaki Mishima, Koichi Sughimoto, Hirotoki Ohkubo, Kensuke Kobayashi, Mamika Motokawa, Miyuki Shibata, Takuya Matsushiro, Yuta Tsuchida, Yurie Miyata, Minoru Ono, Kagami Miyaji
Patients with mechanical aortic valves are generally contraindicated for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion because the prosthetic valve often becomes fixed in closed position. A 41-year-old woman with mechanical aortic valve prosthesis experienced sudden chest pain and developed cardiogenic shock. A paracorporeal pulsatile LVAD and a monopivot centrifugal pump as a right VAD (RVAD) were implanted. The mechanical aortic valve was intentionally left in place. Soon after the operation, LVAD support was discontinued daily for few seconds to allow the mechanical aortic valve to open and to avoid thrombus formation...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487980/combination-of-bortezomib-and-daunorubicin-in-the-induction-of-apoptosis-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Xin Du, Jia Tong, Hongying Lu, Cong He, Shenghong Du, Peimin Jia, Weili Zhao, Hanzhang Xu, Junmin Li, Zhixiang Shen, Yingli Wu, Jianhua Tong, Li Zhou
Despite advances in the treatment of T‑cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T‑ALL), the outcome of T‑ALL treatment remains unsatisfactory, therefore, more effective treatment is urgently required. The present study examined the cytotoxicities of bortezomib in combination with daunorubicin against human Jurkat and Molt‑4 T‑ALL cells and primary T‑ALL cells. Compared with treatment alone, co‑exposure of cells to bortezomib and daunorubicin resulted in a significant increase in cell death in the Jurkat cells, as evidenced by the increased percentage of Annexin V‑positive cells, the formation of apoptotic bodies...
May 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486624/ventricular-assist-device-support-in-patients-with-single-ventricles-the-melbourne-experience%C3%A2
#16
Chin L Poh, Roberto Chiletti, Diana Zannino, Christian Brizard, Igor E Konstantinov, Stephen Horton, Johnny Millar, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVES: The capacity and limitations of ventricular assist device (VAD) support in single-ventricle physiology remains poorly understood. We aimed to review our experience in the use of VAD support in the single-ventricle circulation to determine its feasibility in this population. METHODS: We reviewed our experience with VAD support in patients with single ventricles over the past 25 years. Fifty-seven patients received 64 runs of VAD support between 1990 and 2015 at a median age of 13 days [interquartile range (IQR) 4...
May 8, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484458/use-of-lentiviral-particles-as-a-cell-membrane-based-mfasl-delivery-system-for-in-vivo-treatment-of-inflammatory-arthritis
#17
José M Rodríguez-Frade, Anabel Guedán, Pilar Lucas, Laura Martínez-Muñoz, Ricardo Villares, Gabriel Criado, Dimitri Balomenos, Hugh T Reyburn, Mario Mellado
During budding, lentiviral particles (LVP) incorporate cell membrane proteins in the viral envelope. We explored the possibility of harnessing this process to generate LVP-expressing membrane proteins of therapeutic interest and studied the potential of these tools to treat different pathologies. Fas-mediated apoptosis is central to the maintenance of T cell homeostasis and prevention of autoimmune processes. We prepared LVP that express murine FasL on their surface. Our data indicate that mFasL-bearing LVP induce caspase 3 and 9 processing, cytochrome C release, and significantly more cell death than control LVP in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466458/rip1-dependent-reactive-oxygen-species-production-executes-artesunate-induced-cell-death-in-renal-carcinoma-caki-cells
#18
Anil Kumar Chauhan, Kyoung-Jin Min, Taeg Kyu Kwon
Artesunate is a well-known anti-malarial drug originated from artemisinin as a Chinese herb and has been reported to have anti-cancer potential in many cancer cells. In the present study, we examined the efficacy of artesunate against the renal carcinoma Caki cells and explored its mechanism of cytotoxicity. A steep decline in cell viability within 18 h was recorded upon artesunate exposure, but pretreatment of z-VAD-FMK had no effect on the loss of the cell viability by artesunate. On the other hand, necrostatin-1 pretreatment and knockdown of RIP-1 significantly reduced the cytotoxicity of artesunate against Caki cell...
May 2, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464033/ectopic-overexpression-of-laptm5-results-in-lysosomal-targeting-and-induces-mcl-1-down-regulation-bak-activation-and-mitochondria-dependent-apoptosis-in-human-hela-cells
#19
Do Youn Jun, Hyejin Kim, Won Young Jang, Ji Young Lee, Kiyoshi Fukui, Young Ho Kim
Human lysosomal-associated protein multispanning membrane 5 (LAPTM5) was identified by an ordered differential display-polymerase chain reaction (ODD-PCR) as an up-regulated cDNA fragment during 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate (TPA)-induced differentiation of U937 cells into monocytes/macrophages. After TPA-treatment, the levels of LAPTM5 mRNA and protein increased and reached a maximum at 18-36 h. In healthy human tissues, LAPTM5 mRNA was expressed at high levels in hematopoietic cells and tissues, at low levels in the lung and fetal liver, and was not detected in other non-hematopoietic tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461834/vertebral-artery-dissection-a-contemporary-perspective
#20
Tiu Cristina, Terecoasa Elena, Grecu Nicolae, Nistor Raluca, Frangu Smaranda, Antochi Florina
Arterial dissections are among the most frequent causes of stroke in young adults. Usually they are associated with trauma, but as the modern imaging tools are evolving, more dissections are being diagnosed and more etiologies are being described. Vertebral artery dissections (VADs) have the distinct particularity that they can cause ischemic stroke (in the brainstem, cerebellum or even the spinal cord), but also subarachnoid hemorrhage, when the dissection occurs in the intracranial segment of the vertebral artery...
June 2016: Mædica
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