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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933639/assessment-of-left-atrial-volume-and-function-by-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-obese-patients
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Julide Yagmur, Mehmet Cansel, Ertugrul Kurtoglu, Siho Hidayet, Nusret Acıkgoz, Necip Ermis, Fatma Ozyalin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left atrial (LA) volume and functions in obese subjects using real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) and also the relationship between LA mechanical functions and N-terminal pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (NT-proANP). METHODS: This study included 40 obese (26 females and 14 males, mean age 51.9 years) and 40 normal weight subjects (23 females and 16 males, mean age 53.5 years) with normal coronary angiograms. All the study participants underwent RT3DE to assess LA volume and mechanical function...
December 9, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933606/relaxin-like-peptides-in-male-reproduction-a-human-perspective
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REVIEW
Richard Ivell, Alexander I Agoulnik, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
The relaxin family of peptide hormones and their cognate G-protein coupled receptors are becoming physiologically well characterized in the cardiovascular system and particularly in female reproductive processes. Much less is known about the physiology and pharmacology of these peptides in male reproduction, particularly as regards the human. H2-relaxin is involved in prostate function and growth, while INSL3 is a major product of the testicular Leydig cells and in the adult appears to modulate steroidogenesis and germ cell survival...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933492/comparative-analysis-of-speech-impairment-and-upper-limb-motor-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Jan Rusz, Tereza Tykalová, Radim Krupička, Kateřina Zárubová, Michal Novotný, Robert Jech, Zoltán Szabó, Evžen Růžička
It is currently unknown whether speech and limb motor effectors in Parkinson's disease (PD) are controlled by similar underlying brain processes. Based on computerized objective analysis, the aim of this study was to evaluate potential correlation between speech and mechanical tests of upper limb motor function. Speech and upper limb motor tests were performed in 22 PD patients and 22 healthy controls. Quantitative acoustic analyses of eight key speech dimensions of hypokinetic dysarthria, including quality of voice, sequential motion rates, consonant articulation, vowel articulation, average loudness, loudness variability, pitch variability, and number of pauses, were performed...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933393/prevalence-and-prognostic-impact-of-left-sided-valve-thickening-in-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
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Dania Mohty, Sarah Pradel, Julien Magne, Bahaa Fadel, Cyrille Boulogne, Vincent Petitalot, Safaa Raboukhi, Nicole Darodes, Thibaud Damy, Victor Aboyans, Arnaud Jaccard
BACKGROUND: Left heart valve thickening (LVT) was described in patients with light-chain amyloidosis (AL). This phenomenon reflects likely infiltration of the valve by amyloid proteins. However, the prevalence of LVT and its prognostic value have not been investigated in patients with AL. METHODS AND RESULTS: Comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography was performed at baseline in 150 patients [median age 68 (33-87) years; 59% male] with confirmed AL. The presence of abnormal mitral and/or aortic valve thickening (>3 mm) was assessed in all included patients...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933333/discriminatory-ability-of-simple-ogtt-based-beta-cell-function-indices-for-prediction-of-prediabetes-and-type-2-diabetes-the-codam-study
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Louise J C J den Biggelaar, Simone J S Sep, Simone J P M Eussen, Andrea Mari, Ele Ferrannini, Marleen M J van Greevenbroek, Carla J H van der Kallen, Casper G Schalkwijk, Coen D A Stehouwer, Pieter C Dagnelie
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The hyperglycaemic clamp technique and the frequently sampled IVGTT are unsuitable techniques to assess beta cell function (BCF) in large cohorts. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the discriminatory ability of simple OGTT-based BCF indices for prediction of prediabetes (meaning impaired fasting glucose and/or impaired glucose tolerance) and type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Glucose metabolism status was assessed by 2 h 75 g OGTT at baseline (n = 476, mean age 59...
December 8, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933182/angiopoietin-like-protein-4-and-cardiovascular-function-in-copd
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B Waschki, A M Kirsten, O Holz, T Meyer, R Lichtinghagen, K F Rabe, H Magnussen, T Welte, H Watz, S Janciauskiene
INTRODUCTION: The coexistence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is frequent and might be inter-related through inflammation-related processes reflected by specific markers. Here, we studied angiopoietin-like protein 4 (ANGPTL4), an upcoming cardiovascular marker, in stable COPD, and its relationship to cardiovascular function with respect to well-known CVD risk factors. METHODS: In a prospective COPD cohort study, we investigated serum ANGPTL4 levels, vascular status (ankle-brachial index (ABI)) and cardiac function (N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP)) as well as airflow limitation, objectively measured physical activity, the metabolic syndrome, high-sensitive C reactive protein (hs-CRP) and other CVD risk factors at 2 time points...
2016: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933159/functional-brain-alterations-in-anorexia-nervosa-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Tone Seim Fuglset, Nils Inge Landrø, Deborah Lynn Reas, Øyvind Rø
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging allows for the identification of brain abnormalities and alterations that are associated with anorexia nervosa (AN). We performed a scoping review to map out the extent and nature of recent research activity on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in individuals diagnosed with, or recovered from, AN (AN-REC). MAIN TEXT: A literature search of PubMed, Psychinfo and Embase was conducted using the search terms "anorexia nervosa" AND "functional magnetic resonance imaging...
2016: Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932978/gender-specific-re-organization-of-resting-state-networks-in-older-age
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Aimée Goldstone, Stephen D Mayhew, Izabela Przezdzik, Rebecca S Wilson, Joanne R Hale, Andrew P Bagshaw
Advancing age is commonly associated with changes in both brain structure and function. Recently, the suggestion that alterations in brain connectivity may drive disruption in cognitive abilities with age has been investigated. However, the interaction between the effects of age and gender on the re-organization of resting-state networks is not fully understood. This study sought to investigate the effect of both age and gender on intra- and inter-network functional connectivity (FC) and the extent to which resting-state network (RSN) node definition may alter with older age...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932791/migration-and-invasion-of-drug-resistant-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells-are-dependent-on-mitochondrial-activity
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Ji Hoon Jeon, Dong Keon Kim, Youngmi Shin, Hee Yeon Kim, Bomin Song, Eun Young Lee, Jong Kwang Kim, Hye Jin You, Heesun Cheong, Dong Hoon Shin, Seong-Tae Kim, Jae-Ho Cheong, Soo Youl Kim, Hyonchol Jang
A small proportion of cancer cells have stem-cell-like properties, are resistant to standard therapy and are associated with a poor prognosis. The metabolism of such drug-resistant cells differs from that of nearby non-resistant cells. In this study, the metabolism of drug-resistant lung adenocarcinoma cells was investigated. The expression of genes associated with oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondrial membrane was negatively correlated with the prognosis of lung adenocarcinoma. Because the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) reflects the functional status of mitochondria and metastasis is the principal cause of death due to cancer, the relationship between MMP and metastasis was evaluated...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932481/modeling-monogenic-human-nephrotic-syndrome-in-the-drosophila-garland-cell-nephrocyte
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Tobias Hermle, Daniela A Braun, Martin Helmstädter, Tobias B Huber, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome is characterized by podocyte dysfunction. Drosophila garland cell nephrocytes are podocyte-like cells and thus provide a potential in vivo model in which to study the pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome. However, relevant pathomechanisms of nephrotic syndrome have not been studied in nephrocytes. Here, we discovered that two Drosophila slit diaphragm proteins, orthologs of the human genes encoding nephrin and nephrin-like protein 1, colocalize within a fingerprint-like staining pattern that correlates with ultrastructural morphology...
December 8, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932033/cellular-analysis-of-trophoblast-and-placenta
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Frances Wong, Brian J Cox
The placenta is composed of two lineages: the trophoblast and mesoderm. While morphological assessment of the placenta has highlighted major cell types and developmental structures, the human placenta is relatively unexplained on a molecular level. Current molecular analysis of the placenta has largely been confined to assessing whole organs that include both cell lineages and their differentiated progeny. This has confounded our understanding of the processes of placental development and function for two reasons...
November 30, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931797/erbb2-is-essential-for-the-growth-of-chemically-induced-skin-tumors-in-mice
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Maik Dahlhoff, Sukalp Muzumdar, Matthias Schäfer, Marlon R Schneider
While the epidermal growth factor receptor has established roles in skin carcinogenesis, inflammation, and wound healing, the functions of the structurally related receptor ERBB2 in this tissue remain poorly explored. To assess the functions of ERBB2 in skin homeostasis, tumorigenesis, and wound healing we employed keratin 5-directed, cre recombinase-mediated targeting of Erbb2 alleles in mice. Erbb2(del) mice, lacking ERBB2 specifically in keratinocytes, showed no noticeable spontaneous skin abnormalities...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931265/increased-caspase-6-activity-in-the-human-anterior-olfactory-nuclei-of-the-olfactory-bulb-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment
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Benedicte Foveau, Steffen Albrecht, David A Bennett, José A Correa, Andrea C LeBlanc
Abnormally elevated hippocampal Caspase-6 (Casp6) activity is intimately associated with age-related cognitive impairment in humans and in mice. In humans, these high levels of Casp6 activity are initially localized in the entorhinal cortex, the area of the brain first affected by the formation of neurofibrillary tangles, according to Braak staging. The reason for the high vulnerability of entorhinal cortex neurons to neurofibrillary tangle pathology and Casp6 activity is unknown. Casp6 activity is involved in axonal degeneration, therefore, one possibility to explain increased vulnerability of the entorhinal cortex neurons would be that the afferent neurons of the olfactory bulb, some of which project their axons to the entorhinal cortex, are equally degenerating...
December 8, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931258/htra-mediated-e-cadherin-cleavage-is-limited-to-degp-and-degq-homologs-expressed-by-gram-negative-pathogens
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Carmen M Abfalter, Maria Schubert, Camilla Götz, Thomas P Schmidt, Gernot Posselt, Silja Wessler
BACKGROUND: The serine proteases HtrA/DegP secreted by the human gastrointestinal pathogens Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni) cleave the mammalian cell adhesion protein E-cadherin to open intercellular adhesions. A wide range of bacteria also expresses the HtrA/DegP homologs DegQ and/or DegS, which significantly differ in structure and function. METHODS: E-cadherin shedding was investigated in infection experiments with the Gram-negative pathogens H...
December 8, 2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930727/airway-microbiota-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-from-clinically-well-infants-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Theresa A Laguna, Brandie D Wagner, Cynthia B Williams, Mark J Stevens, Charles E Robertson, Cole W Welchlin, Catherine E Moen, Edith T Zemanick, Jonathan K Harris
BACKGROUND: Upper airway cultures guide the identification and treatment of lung pathogens in infants with cystic fibrosis (CF); however, this may not fully reflect the spectrum of bacteria present in the lower airway. Our objectives were to characterize the airway microbiota using bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from asymptomatic CF infants during the first year of life and to investigate the relationship between BALF microbiota, standard culture and clinical characteristics. METHODS: BALF, nasopharyngeal (NP) culture and infant pulmonary function testing data were collected at 6 months and one year of age during periods of clinical stability from infants diagnosed with CF by newborn screening...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930678/structural-differences-in-insular-cortex-reflect-vicarious-injustice-sensitivity
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Thomas Baumgartner, Anne Saulin, Grit Hein, Daria Knoch
Sensitivity to injustice inflicted on others is a strong motivator of human social behavior. There are, however, enormous individual differences in vicarious injustice sensitivity. Some people are strongly affected when witnessing injustice, while others barely notice it, but the factors behind this heterogeneity are poorly understood. Here we examine the neuroanatomical basis of these differences using voxel-based morphometry and Freesurfer image analysis suite. Whole brain corrected analyses show that a person's propensity to be vicariously affected by injustice to others is reflected by the gray matter volume and thickness of the bilateral mid insular cortex...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930515/usefulness-of-the-maximum-rate-of-pressure-rise-in-the-central-and-peripheral-arteries-after-weaning-from-cardiopulmonary-bypass-in-pediatric-congenital-heart-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
#17
Jung-Won Kim, Ji-Yeon Bang, Chun Soo Park, Mijeung Gwak, Won-Jung Shin, Gyu-Sam Hwang
The maximum rate of pressure rise (dP/dtmax) in radial artery has been proposed as a noninvasive surrogate of aortic dp/dtmax, reflecting left ventricular (LV) contractility in children. The aim of this study was to investigate relationship between aortic and radial dp/dtmax at weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and usefulness of these indices for estimating postoperative outcomes in pediatric congenital heart surgery.Aortic and radial arterial pressure waveforms were analyzed simultaneously during weaning from CPB in 29 congenital heart surgery...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930353/bimodal-pattern-of-coronary-microvascular-involvement-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Murat Sezer, Mehmet Kocaaga, Emre Aslanger, Adem Atici, Ahmet Demirkiran, Zehra Bugra, Sabahattin Umman, Berrin Umman
BACKGROUND: The contribution of functionally disturbed coronary autoregulation and structurally impaired microvascular vasodilatory function to reduced coronary flow velocity reserve, reflecting impaired coronary microcirculation in diabetes mellitus (DM), has not been clearly elucidated. The objective of this study was to identify the mechanism of coronary microvascular impairment in DM in relation to duration of disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Coronary flow velocities in the anterior descending coronary artery were assessed by transthoracic echocardiography following angiography revealing normal epicardial coronary arteries in 55 diabetic and 47 nondiabetic patients...
November 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930340/powerdress-and-hda9-interact-and-promote-histone-h3-deacetylation-at-specific-genomic-sites-in-arabidopsis
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Yun Ju Kim, Ruozhong Wang, Lei Gao, Dongming Li, Chi Xu, Hyunggon Mang, Jien Jeon, Xiangsong Chen, Xuehua Zhong, June M Kwak, Beixin Mo, Langtao Xiao, Xuemei Chen
Histone acetylation is a major epigenetic control mechanism that is tightly linked to the promotion of gene expression. Histone acetylation levels are balanced through the opposing activities of histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). Arabidopsis HDAC genes (AtHDACs) compose a large gene family, and distinct phenotypes among AtHDAC mutants reflect the functional specificity of individual AtHDACs However, the mechanisms underlying this functional diversity are largely unknown. Here, we show that POWERDRESS (PWR), a SANT (SWI3/DAD2/N-CoR/TFIII-B) domain protein, interacts with HDA9 and promotes histone H3 deacetylation, possibly by facilitating HDA9 function at target regions...
December 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929388/derivation-of-the-cram%C3%A3-r-rao-bound-in-the-gnss-reflectometry-context-for-static-ground-based-receivers-in-scenarios-with-coherent-reflection
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Miguel Angel Ribot, Cyril Botteron, Pierre-André Farine
The use of the reflected Global Navigation Satellite Systems' (GNSS) signals in Earth observation applications, referred to as GNSS reflectometry (GNSS-R), has been already studied for more than two decades. However, the estimation precision that can be achieved by GNSS-R sensors in some particular scenarios is still not fully understood yet. In an effort to partially fill this gap, in this paper, we compute the Cramér-Rao bound (CRB) for the specific case of static ground-based GNSS-R receivers and scenarios where the coherent component of the reflected signal is dominant...
December 5, 2016: Sensors
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