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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778746/betulinic-acid-a-natural-pde-inhibitor-restores-hippocampal-camp-cgmp-and-bdnf-improve-cerebral-blood-flow-and-recover-memory-deficits-in-permanent-bccao-induced-vascular-dementia-in-rats
#1
Madhu Kaundal, Saima Zameer, Abul Kalam Najmi, Suhel Parvez, Mohd Akhtar
Vascular dementia (VaD) is the second most common form of senile dementia, embraces memory deficits, neuroinflammation, executive function damage, mood and behavioral changes and abnormal cerebral blood flow. The purpose of the study was to explore the therapeutic potential of betulinic acid in bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) induced VaDin experimental rats.VaD was induced by BCCAO in rats and betulinic acid (10 and 15mg/kg/day po) was administered 1 week after surgery. The cerebral blood pressure of the animal was recorded before and after the treatment using Laser Doppler flow meter...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778631/staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infection-in-patients-with-ventricular-assist-devices-management-and-outcome-in-a-prospective-bicenter-cohort
#2
Insa Joost, Wolfgang Bothe, Christine Pausch, Achim Kaasch, Berit Lange, Gabriele Peyerl-Hoffmann, Greta Flüh, Matthias Müller, Christian Schneider, Harald Seifert, Winfried V Kern, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Siegbert Rieg
OBJECTIVES: Ventricular assist devices (VAD) are increasingly implanted in patients with terminal heart failure. Here we describe the clinical course, management and outcome of VAD patients with S. aureus bloodstream infection (SAB). METHODS: We conducted a post hoc analysis of data from 1073 patients who had been prospectively enrolled in two consecutive SAB bicenter cohort studies. Patients with VAD in situ at the onset of SAB were identified. Follow-up of patients was at least 90 days...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776850/what-is-the-best-protocol-to-cryopreserve-immature-mouse-testicular-cell-suspensions
#3
Jaime Onofre, Katrien Faes, Prashant Kadam, Elena Vicini, Ans M M van Pelt, Ellen Goossens
RESEARCH QUESTION: From a clinical perspective, which parameters grant optimal cryopreservation of mouse testicular cell suspensions? DESIGN: We studied the effect of different cryopreservation rates, the addition of sugars, different vessels and the addition of an apoptotic inhibitor on the efficiency of testicular cell suspension cryopreservation. After thawing and warming, testicular cell suspensions were transplanted to recipient mice for further functional assay...
April 27, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775413/human-cerebral-collateral-arteriole-function-in-normal-cognition-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-subjects
#4
Raymond Q Migrino, Seth Truran, Nina Karamanova, Geidy Serrano, Calvin Madrigal, Hannah A Davies, Jillian Madine, Peter Reaven, Thomas G Beach
Clinical and preclinical studies suggest a link between cardiovascular disease and dementia disorders but the role of collateral brain circulation in cognitive dysfunction remains unknown. We aim to test the hypothesis that leptomeningeal arteriole (LMA) function and response to metabolic stressors differ among dementia, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and normal cognition (CN) subjects. Following rapid autopsy, LMA were isolated from CN (N=10), MCI (N=12) or dementia subjects (N=42, Alzheimer's disease [AD], vascular dementia [VaD], or Other Dementia) and endothelial and smooth muscle-dependent function were measured at baseline and following exposure to β-amyloid (Aβ42 2 μM), palmitic acid (PA 150 μM) or medin (5μM) and compared...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774392/cost-effectiveness-of-ventricular-assist-device-destination-therapy-for-advanced-heart-failure-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#5
Defne A Magnetta, JaHyun Kang, Peter D Wearden, Kenneth J Smith, Brian Feingold
Destination ventricular assist device therapy (DT-VAD) is well accepted in select adults with medically refractory heart failure (HF) who are not transplant candidates; however, its use in younger patients with progressive diseases is unclear. We sought to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of DT-VAD in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients with advanced HF. We created a Markov-state transition model (5-year horizon) to compare survival, costs, and quality of life (QOL) between medical management and DT-VAD in DMD with advanced HF...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773887/varacin-1-a-novel-analog-of-varacin-c-induces-p53-independent-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells-through-ros-mediated-reduction-of-xiap
#6
Jing Zhou, Wen-Li Li, Zi-Xuan Wang, Nai-Yuan Chen, Yue Tang, Xiao-Xiao Hu, Jing-Huan Deng, Yixin Lu, Guo-Dong Lu
Varacin C is a promising anticancer agent and possesses acid-promoted and photo-induced DNA-damaging activities. In this study, we synthesized an analog varacin-1 (VCA-1) and examined its anticancer potentials. The results demonstrated that VCA-1 caused dose-dependent apoptotic cell death in cancer cells. Note that this action is independent of p53 status, because VCA-1 induced similar levels of apoptosis in two different panels of cell lines (HCT116 p53- wild-type vs. HCT116 p53-knockout colon cancer cells, and p53-expressing U2OS vs...
May 17, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770297/current-status-and-future-perspectives-of-the-pumpkin-trial
#7
REVIEW
Iki Adachi
Similar to the adult experience, the use of continuous-flow ventricular assist devices (VADs) has been increasing in the pediatric population. According to the PediMACS registry, continuous-flow VAD currently accounts for >60% of the durable device implantations in the U.S. Nonetheless, the continuous-flow VADs currently in use are designed for adults; this inevitably causes the patient-device size mismatch issue, especially when applied for small children. Pulsatile VADs, therefore, represent the only practical option for this group of patients despite the known risk profile of pulsatile VADs...
April 2018: Translational Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762502/molecular-mechanisms-of-apoptosis-in-heparg-cell-line-induced-by-polyphyllin-vi-via-the-fas-death-pathway-and-mitochondrial-dependent-pathway
#8
Yi Liu, Xiaoxv Dong, Wenping Wang, Longtai You, Xingbin Yin, Chunjing Yang, Na Sai, Xin Leng, Jian Ni
Polyphyllin VI, which is an active saponin, is mainly isolated from traditional medicinal plant Paris polyphylla , which causes liver damage in rats. In the present study, we aimed to explore the potential cytotoxicity of polyphyllin VI on the growth of HepaRG cells and to determine the molecular mechanism. The results revealed that polyphyllin VI changed cell morphology and induced apoptosis in HepaRG cells. Flow cytometric assay displayed that polyphyllin VI promoted the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), depolarized the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), and induced S phase cell cycle arrest by decreasing the expression of cyclin A2 and CDK2, while significantly increasing the expression of p21 protein...
May 15, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762230/outcomes-after-infections-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#9
Sharon Chen, Ryan S Cantor, Scott Auerbach, Kurt Schumacher, Christopher S Almond, Pirooz Eghtesady, Juan Alejos, Bibhuti B Das, Borah J Hong, Robert Jaquiss, James K Kirklin, Aamir Jeewa
Infections in adult ventricular assist device patients increase subsequent mortality and stroke risk. Less is known about outcomes after infections in younger patients, where diabetes and obesity, risk factors associated with poor outcomes, are less prevalent. The purpose of this study was to examine outcomes after infections in adolescents and young adults with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (VAD) bridged to transplant. From Pediatric Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support and Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Support registries, we identified patients aged 12-29 years with continuous-flow VADs implanted as bridged to transplant from September 2012 to March 2016...
May 11, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761606/euthanasia-and-surgeons-an-overview-of-the-victorian-voluntary-assisted-dying-act-2017-and-its-relevance-to-surgical-practice-in-australia
#10
REVIEW
Christian Beardsley, Kilian Brown, Charbel Sandroussi
Surgeons play a significant role in the treatment of patients with many types of cancer, including the management of advanced and recurrent disease after long periods of apparent remission. The recently introduced Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act represents a shift in paradigm in Australian medical practice. To be eligible for VAD, the new legislation requires patient assessment by a physician with at least 5 years post-fellowship experience and relevant expertise in the patient's condition. Given many specialist surgeons' experience in managing advanced and often incurable malignancy, it is likely that many will receive referrals for assessment for VAD...
May 14, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760660/ophiopogonin-d-a-natural-product-from-radix-ophiopogonis-induces-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-ripk1-dependent-and-caspase-independent-apoptotic-death-in-androgen-independent-human-prostate-cancer-cells
#11
Zongliang Lu, He Wang, Mingxing Zhu, Wei Song, Jiajia Wang, Changpeng Wu, Ya Kong, Jing Guo, Na Li, Jie Liu, Yanwu Li, Hongxia Xu
Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anticancer effects of Ophiopogonin D' (OPD', a natural product extracted from a traditional Chinese medicine ( Radix Ophiopogonis ) against androgen-independent prostate cancer cells and to explore the underlying molecular mechanism(s) of action. Methods: The CCK-8 assay was used to assess the viability of prostate cancer cells. The cell morphology was examined by an ultrastructural analysis via transmission electron microscopy. Cells in apoptosis (early and late stages) were detected using an Annexin V-FITC/propidium iodide kit with a FACSCaliber flow cytometer...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757910/ishlt-primary-graft-dysfunction-incidence-risk-factors-and-outcome-a-uk-national-study
#12
Sanjeet Singh Avtaar Singh, Nicholas R Banner, Sally Rushton, Andre R Simon, Colin Berry, Nawwar Al-Attar
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation (HTx) remains the most effective long-term treatment for advanced heart failure. Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) continues to be a potentially life-threatening early complication. In 2014, a consensus statement released by ISHLT established diagnostic criteria for PGD. We studied the incidence of PGD across the UK. METHODS: We analysed the medical records of all adult patients who underwent heart transplantation between October 2012-October 2015 in the 6 UK heart transplant centers Preoperative donor and recipient characteristics, intraoperative details and posttransplant complications were compared between the PGD and non PGD groups using the ISHLT definition...
May 1, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757498/clinical-determinants-of-successful-weaning-from-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-patients-with-fulminant-myocarditis
#13
Manabu Matsumoto, Yasuhide Asaumi, Yuichi Nakamura, Takeshi Nakatani, Toshiyuki Nagai, Tomoaki Kanaya, Shoji Kawakami, Satoshi Honda, Yu Kataoka, Seiko Nakajima, Osamu Seguchi, Masanobu Yanase, Kunihiro Nishimura, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Kengo Kusano, Toshihisa Anzai, Teruo Noguchi, Tomoyuki Fujita, Junjiro Kobayashi, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Hiroaki Shimokawa, Satoshi Yasuda
AIMS: Patients with fulminant myocarditis (FM) often present with cardiogenic shock and require mechanical circulatory support, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation. This study sought to clarify the determinants of successful weaning from ECMO in FM patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 37 consecutive FM patients supported by ECMO as the initial form of mechanical circulatory support between January 1995 and December 2014 in our hospital...
May 14, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756978/comparative-study-of-the-nutritional-status-of-vitamin-a-in-pregnant-women-and-in-women-who-became-pregnant-or-did-not-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
#14
Sabrina Cruz, Suzana Machado, Suelem Cruz, Sílvia Pereira, Carlos Saboya, Andréa Ramalho
INTRODUCTION: the changes in digestive physiology after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), as well as pregnancy, maximizes the risk of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and both can result in harm to the mother and child health. OBJECTIVE: to compare the nutritional status of vitamin A among women who became pregnant or did not after RYGB and in pregnant women who did not undergo surgery, and to assess the impact of VAD on the mother and child health. METHODS: this is a cross-sectional study of the analytical type...
January 18, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752919/first-use-of-heartmate-3-tm-in-a-failing-fontan-circulation
#15
Angela Lorts, Chet Villa, Kyle W Riggs, John Broderick, David Ls Morales
The failing Fontan circulation can be challenging to support with ventricular assist devices (VAD) mostly due to the variety of causes of failure, some of which cannot be addressed by VAD therapy alone. A new VAD, the HeartMate 3TM , was recently approved for use in adults in the United States and is now widely available with excellent survival in two-ventricle patients. We report the first successful implantation of the HeartMate 3 in a 22-year-old male with a failing Fontan circulation and the possible benefits it may have in supporting this ever-growing population of young adults with single ventricles...
May 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751506/neurocognitive-disorders-and-dehydration-in-older-patients-clinical-experience-supports-the-hydromolecular-hypothesis-of-dementia
#16
Michele Lauriola, Antonio Mangiacotti, Grazia D'Onofrio, Leandro Cascavilla, Francesco Paris, Giulia Paroni, Davide Seripa, Antonio Greco, Daniele Sancarlo
Abnormalities of water homeostasis can be early expressions of neuronal dysfunction, brain atrophy, chronic cerebrovasculopathy and neurodegenerative disease. The aim of this study was to analyze the serum osmolality of subjects with cognitive impairment. One thousand and ninety-one consecutive patients attending the Alzheimer’s Evaluation Unit were evaluated with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), 21-Item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-21), Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Instrumental-ADL (IADL), Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA), Exton-Smith Scale (ESS), and Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS)...
May 3, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750405/heartmate-3-implantation-via-left-antero-lateral-thoracotomy-to-avoid-resternotomy-in-high-risk-patients
#17
Raymond Pfister, Piergiorgio Tozzi, Roger Hullin, Patrick Yerly, Fritz-Patrick Jahns, René Prêtre, Matthias Kirsch
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are currently the best alternative to cardiac transplantation for patients with end-stage heart failure (HF) as a bridge to transplant or to decision, or as destination therapy. Full median sternotomy or minimally invasive techniques are the more standard approaches used at present.  LVADs are usually implanted between the left ventricle apex and the ascending aorta. An implantation through a left thoracotomy with an outflow graft connected to the descending aorta is much less performed nowadays due to the longer times to extubation, higher incidence of postoperative pain, and poorer hemodynamics in the ascending aorta, which may lead to thrombosis...
April 25, 2018: Multimedia Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery: MMCTS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749552/genome%C3%A2-wide-dna-methylation-profiling-in-a-rat-model-with-vascular-dementia
#18
Jong-Min Park, Yoon Ju Kim, Min Kyung Song, Jae-Min Lee, Youn-Jung Kim
Vascular dementia (VaD), the second most prevalent type of dementia, is caused by reduced blood supply to the brain that results in cognitive impairment. Despite the efforts of numerous studies, the pathological mechanisms behind VaD remain unclear. The aim of the present study was to identify candidate genes that undergo changes in hippocampal DNA methylation owing to VaD. A genome‑wide DNA methylation analysis was performed, using methylated DNA‑binding domain sequencing. VaD model rats with cognitive impairment induced by bilateral common carotid artery occlusion were confirmed using the radial arm maze test...
May 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749500/vacquinol%C3%A2-1-induces-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell
#19
Shu-Lan Sun, Xiaoxi Li, Nan Su, Shi Chen, Xiaoxin Gao, Guirong Zhang, Haozhe Piao
Vacquinol‑1 (Vacq), a quinolone derivative, has recently been reported to display potent antitumor effects in glioblastomas by inducing cellular massive vacuolization and cell death. However, whether Vacq induces cytotoxicities in other types of cancers, and the potential underlying mechanism, remain to be investigated. In the present study, it was revealed that Vacq suppressed cell growth and colony formation in the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines BEL7402 and Huh7. In addition, treatment with Vacq increased the number of early and late apoptotic cells as assessed by flow cytometry with fluorescein isothiocyanate‑conjugated Annexin V and propidium iodide double staining...
May 3, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749435/spag6-silencing-induces-apoptosis-in-the-myelodysplastic-syndrome-cell-line-skm%C3%A2-1-via-the-pten-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Jiaxiu Yin, Xinxin Li, Zaili Zhang, Xiaohua Luo, Li Wang, Lin Liu
Apoptosis is a multi-step mechanism of cell self‑destruction for maintaining cellular homeostatic balance. Accumulating evidence indicates that abnormal apoptosis promotes the evolution and progression of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). As a novel cancer-testis antigen, sperm‑associated antigen 6 (SPAG6) has been reported to regulate apoptosis through the tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand signaling pathway in the MDS cell line SKM‑1. However, the mechanism of the intrinsic cell death pathway for apoptosis induction by SPAG6 silencing is unclear...
May 2, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
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