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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637196/chronological-change-of-right-ventricle-by-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-in-mice
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Hyung-Ju Cho, Woon Heo, Jung Woo Han, Yong Hyuk Lee, Jin Myung Park, Min Jung Kang, Joo-Heon Yoon, Min Goo Lee, Chang-Hoon Kim, Joo Young Kim
Study Objective: No studies have investigated sequential changes in the heart on MRI, along with observation of functional lung phenotypes and genetics, over the duration of chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH). We investigated chronological changes in heart and lung phenotypes after CIH using a mouse model to provide new insights into the pathophysiology of sleep apnea-induced cardiovascular disease. Methods: C57BL/6J adult male mice were randomized to 4 weeks or 8 weeks of CIH...
June 20, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636929/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-alteration-of-dorsal-and-rostral-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-a-resting-fmri-study
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Zongfeng Zhang, Qing Fan, Yajing Zhu, Ling Tan, Yongjun Chen, Rui Gao, Haiyin Zhang, Yao Li, Zeping Xiao
Cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) circuit has been implicated in OCD pathophysiology by converging neuroimaging findings. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), as an important part within CSTC circuit, plays a critical role in OCD etiology. The ACC can be divided into dorsal and rostral parts anatomically, which are involved in cognitive process and emotional function, respectively. However, the diverse function of intrinsic signals from dorsal and rostral ACC regions remains unclear in OCD study. In this work, we applied resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technology to investigate and differentiate the functional connectivity (FC) characteristics between dACC and rACC in unmedicated OCD patients...
June 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636737/is-there-an-association-between-migraine-and-allergic-rhinitis
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Işıl Adadan Güvenç, Mustafa Acar, Nuray Bayar Muluk, Nagehan Erdogmus Kucukcan, Cemal Cingi
We conducted a prospective study to evaluate nasal signs and symptoms and to perform allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing to investigate the relationship between migraine and allergic rhinitis. Our study group consisted of 40 patients diagnosed with migraine-22 men and 18 women, aged 21 to 38 years (mean: 25.7). We compared their findings with a control group of 40 healthy adults-15 men and 25 women, aged 19 to 36 years (mean: 25.1). Allergen-specific IgE measurements were obtained with six groups of allergens: fungi, grass pollens, tree pollens, wild herbs, house dust mite 1, and house dust mite 2...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636668/microbiota-in-anorexia-nervosa-the-triangle-between-bacterial-species-metabolites-and-psychological-tests
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Francesca Borgo, Alessandra Riva, Alberto Benetti, Maria Cristina Casiraghi, Sara Bertelli, Stefania Garbossa, Simona Anselmetti, Silvio Scarone, Antonio E Pontiroli, Giulia Morace, Elisa Borghi
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disease with devastating physical consequences, with a pathophysiological mechanism still to be elucidated. Metagenomic studies on anorexia nervosa have revealed profound gut microbiome perturbations as a possible environmental factor involved in the disease. In this study we performed a comprehensive analysis integrating data on gut microbiota with clinical, anthropometric and psychological traits to gain new insight in the pathophysiology of AN. Fifteen AN women were compared with fifteen age-, sex- and ethnicity-matched healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636484/bezlotoxumab-anti-toxin-b-monoclonal-antibody-to-prevent-recurrence-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Javier A Villafuerte Gálvez, Ciarán P Kelly
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the most common nosocomial infection in the U.S. 25% of CDI patients go on to develop recurrent CDI (rCDI) following current standard of care (SOC) therapy, leading to morbidity, mortality and economic loss. The first passive immunotherapy drug targeting C.difficile toxin B (bezlotoxumab) has been approved recently by the FDA and EMA for prevention of rCDI. Areas covered: A body of key studies was selected and reviewed by the authors. The unmet needs in CDI care were ascertained with emphasis in rCDI, including the epidemiology, pathophysiology and current management...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636269/commentary-on-r-d-trends-away-from-general-medicine-cardiovascular-drugs-can-the-fda-help-reverse-the-trend
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R J Meyer
In the latter part of the 20th century, drug development in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) was a paragon of "modern" therapeutics, bringing about a substantial number of effective, well-tolerated agents targeting some of the most prevalent diseases of the Western world. These drugs were often examples of rational drug development targeting specific pathophysiologic pathways previously elucidated through basic research (e.g., targeting of the renin-angiotensin system or the cholesterol synthesis pathway). The widespread adoption of these ground-breaking medications in practice and into medical guidelines undoubtedly played a role in the fall of morbidity and mortality from CVD in the United States in recent decades...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635909/-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-concurrent-with-metabolic-syndrome-pathophysiological-and-clinical-features
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A V Budnevsky, E S Ovsyannikov, N B Labzhania
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) still remains a serious public health problem, which is a common cause of disability and death in the able-bodied population. Furthermore, the number of patients with metabolic syndrome (MS) is steadily increasing worldwide. Recently, there is also an increase in the number of patients with COPD concurrent with MS, which is a mutually confounding risk factor for concomitant cardiovascular disease and adversely affects prognosis in these patients. Systemic subclinical inflammation is a common link between COPD and the components of MS...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635907/-the-problem-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-in-asthmatic-patients
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E G Sheludko, D E Naumov, Yu M Perelman, V P Kolosov
Asthma and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) are one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases. These have common risk factors that include obesity, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and impaired nasal breathing (allergic rhinitis, sinusitis). At the same time, experimental evidence demonstrates common pathophysiological mechanisms of these diseases, such as involvement in the process of the respiratory tract, a systemic inflammatory response, and implementation of neuromechanical reflexes...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635877/-a-neuropathic-component-of-lumboischialgia-mechanisms-of-development-and-treatment-approaches
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M V Churyukanov, G E Shevtsova, O I Zagorulko
Low back pain (LBP) is accompanied by the development of pain syndrome that spreads into the leg in 25-57% of patients. This is an important factor predicting the risk of transition of pain from acute to chronic and is an indirect indicator of disease severity. It is often impossible to specify the primary mechanism facilitated pain irradiation in lumboischialgia because many structures can cause analogous symptoms. Mechanisms of development of LBP are represented by nociceptive, neuropathic and psychogenic components...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635540/reduced-serum-vgf-levels-were-reversed-by-antidepressant-treatment-in-depressed-patients
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Haitang Jiang, Suzhen Chen, Na Lu, Yingying Yue, Yingying Yin, Yuqun Zhang, Wenhao Jiang, Jinfeng Liang, Yonggui Yuan
OBJECTIVES: VGF, a non-acronymic neuropeptide, is important in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD) and in the functioning and efficacy of some antidepressant drugs. In this study we assessed whether serum VGF levels change in MDD patients and if antidepressant treatments can restore these changes. METHODS: We measured serum VGF concentrations using sandwich ELISA in drug-free MDD patients before treatment began (n = 26) and at 8 weeks after antidepressant treatment (n = 26) with escitalopram and duloxetine, two common antidepressants...
September 22, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635413/the-high-responder-a-review-of-pathophysiology-and-outcomes-during-ivf-treatment
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Mariano Mascarenhas, Adam H Balen
This review attempts to summarize the known literature on high responders to ovarian stimulation during assisted reproductive techniques (ART). Response to gonadotrophins is subject to significant interindividual and intercycle variation, thus carrying a risk of high response or poor response to ovarian stimulation regimens. The main risk for high responders is the development of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which is associated with significant morbidity. Hence, the definition of high responders in the literature has primarily focussed on risk factors for OHSS...
February 28, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635329/lead-induces-siberian-tiger-fibroblast-apoptosis-by-interfering-with-intracellular-homeostasis
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Zheng Liu, Hui Wang, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Minghai Zhang, Xuesong Guo, Weijun Guan
Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635203/post-pneumonectomy-and-post-lobectomy-syndromes-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Grigoris Stratakos, Vlassis Vitsas, Nikos Koufos, Charalambos Zissis, Philip Emmanouil, Nikos Koulouris
The post-pneumonectomy syndrome is a rare complication consisting of rotation and herniation of the mediastinal structures, the remaining lung and the respective bronchi, into the contralateral hemithorax. This situation may produce symptomatic airway obstruction and varies in its presentation and severity. We describe one case of right and one of left pneumonectomy syndrome as well as one case of post-lobectomy syndrome. We review the literature on the pathophysiology, the clinical, radiological and bronchoscopic characteristics of this rare entity and discuss all available therapeutic alternatives...
May 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634854/micrornas-associated-with-inflammation-in-shoulder-tendinopathy-and-glenohumeral-arthritis
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Finosh G Thankam, Chandra S Boosani, Matthew F Dilisio, Devendra K Agrawal
Inflammation is associated with glenohumeral arthritis and rotator cuff tendon tears. Epigenetically, miRNAs tightly regulate various genes involved in the inflammatory response. Alterations in the expression profile of miRNAs and the elucidation of their target genes with respect to the pathophysiology could improve the understanding of their regulatory role and therapeutic potential. Here, we screened key miRNAs that mediate inflammation and linked with JAK2/STAT3 pathway with respect to the coincidence of glenohumeral arthritis in patients suffering from rotator cuff injury (RCI)...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634578/neonatal-venous-thromboembolism
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REVIEW
Kristina M Haley
Neonates are the pediatric population at highest risk for development of venous thromboembolism (VTE), and the incidence of VTE in the neonatal population is increasing. This is especially true in the critically ill population. Several large studies indicate that the incidence of neonatal VTE is up almost threefold in the last two decades. Central lines, fluid fluctuations, sepsis, liver dysfunction, and inflammation contribute to the risk profile for VTE development in ill neonates. In addition, the neonatal hemostatic system is different from that of older children and adults...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634552/inherited-paediatric-motor-neuron-disorders-beyond-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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REVIEW
Hooi Ling Teoh, Kate Carey, Hugo Sampaio, David Mowat, Tony Roscioli, Michelle Farrar
Paediatric motor neuron diseases encompass a group of neurodegenerative diseases characterised by the onset of muscle weakness and atrophy before the age of 18 years, attributable to motor neuron loss across various neuronal networks in the brain and spinal cord. While the genetic underpinnings are diverse, advances in next generation sequencing have transformed diagnostic paradigms. This has reinforced the clinical phenotyping and molecular genetic expertise required to navigate the complexities of such diagnoses...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634466/abnormal-temporal-coupling-of-tactile-perception-and-motor-action-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Antonella Conte, Daniele Belvisi, Matteo Tartaglia, Francesca Natalia Cortese, Viola Baione, Emanuele Battista, Xiao Y Zhu, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli
Evidence shows altered somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) in Parkinson's disease in comparison to normal subjects. In healthy subjects, movement execution modulates STDT values through mechanisms of sensory gating. We investigated whether STDT modulation during movement execution in patients with Parkinson's disease differs from that in healthy subjects. In 24 patients with Parkinson's disease and 20 healthy subjects, we tested STDT at baseline and during index finger abductions (at movement onset "0", 100, and 200 ms thereafter)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634454/the-structure-and-function-of-the-na-k-atpase-isoforms-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Michael V Clausen, Florian Hilbers, Hanne Poulsen
The sodium and potassium gradients across the plasma membrane are used by animal cells for numerous processes, and the range of demands requires that the responsible ion pump, the Na,K-ATPase, can be fine-tuned to the different cellular needs. Therefore, several isoforms are expressed of each of the three subunits that make a Na,K-ATPase, the alpha, beta and FXYD subunits. This review summarizes the various roles and expression patterns of the Na,K-ATPase subunit isoforms and maps the sequence variations to compare the differences structurally...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634419/elevated-plasma-levels-of-sil-2r-in-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-a-pathogenic-role-for-t-lymphocytes
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Krishna D Bharwani, Maaike Dirckx, Dirk L Stronks, Willem A Dik, Marco W J Schreurs, Frank J P M Huygen
The immune system has long been thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). However, not much is known about the role of the immune system and specifically T-cells in the onset and maintenance of this disease. In this study, we aimed to evaluate T-cell activity in CRPS by comparing blood soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) levels between CRPS patients and healthy controls. CRPS patients had statistically significant elevated levels of sIL-2R as compared to healthy controls (median sIL-2R levels: 4151 pg/ml (Q3 - Q1 = 5731 pg/ml - 3546 pg/ml) versus 1907 pg/ml (Q3 - Q1: 2206 pg/ml - 1374 pg/ml), p < 0...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
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