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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540569/altered-purinergic-signaling-in-uridine-adenosine-tetraphosphate-induced-coronary-relaxation-in-swine-with-metabolic-derangement
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Zhichao Zhou, Oana Sorop, Vincent J de Beer, Ilkka Heinonen, Caroline Cheng, A H Jan Danser, Dirk J Duncker, Daphne Merkus
We previously demonstrated that uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up4A) induces potent and partially endothelium-dependent relaxation in the healthy porcine coronary microvasculature. We subsequently showed that Up4A-induced porcine coronary relaxation was impaired via downregulation of P1 receptors after myocardial infarction. In view of the deleterious effect of metabolic derangement on vascular function, we hypothesized that the coronary vasodilator response to Up4A is impaired in metabolic derangement, and that the involvement of purinergic receptor subtypes and endothelium-derived vasoactive factors (EDVFs) is altered...
May 24, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535578/coasting-withholding-gonadotrophins-for-preventing-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome
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REVIEW
Arianna D'Angelo, Nazar N Amso, Rudaina Hassan
BACKGROUND: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an iatrogenic and potentially life threatening condition resulting from excessive ovarian stimulation. Reported incidence of moderate to severe OHSS ranges from 0.6% to 5% of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. The factors contributing to OHSS have not been completely explained. The release of vasoactive substances secreted by the ovaries under human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) stimulation may play a key role in triggering this syndrome...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535202/clinical-implications-of-hypothermic-ventricular-fibrillation-versus-beating-heart-technique-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-for-pulmonary-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#3
Ji-Hyun Lee, Ji-Eun Lee, Jungho Shin, In-Kyung Song, Hee-Soo Kim, Chong-Sung Kim, Woong-Han Kim, Jin-Tae Kim
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the effects of hypothermic ventricular fibrillation and beating-heart techniques during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) on postoperative outcomes after simple pulmonary valve replacement in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of 47 patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot at a single institution, who received pulmonary valve replacement under the ventricular fibrillation or beating-heart technique without cardioplegic cardiac arrest during CPB between January 2005 and April 2015...
May 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532398/clinical-outcomes-of-linezolid-and-vancomycin-in-patients-with-nosocomial-pneumonia-caused-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-stratified-by-baseline-renal-function-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Ping Liu, Blair Capitano, Amy Stein, Ali A El-Solh
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study is to assess whether baseline renal function impacts treatment outcomes of linezolid and vancomycin (with a dose-optimized regimen) for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of data generated from a prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial (NCT 00084266). The analysis included 405 patients with culture-proven MRSA pneumonia. Baseline renal function was stratified based on creatinine clearance...
May 22, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529530/chai-qin-cheng-qi-decoction-and-carbachol-improve-intestinal-motility-by-regulating-protein-kinase-c-mediated-ca-2-release-in-colonic-smooth-muscle-cells-in-rats-with-acute-necrotising-pancreatitis
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Chen-Long Zhang, Zi-Qi Lin, Rui-Jie Luo, Xiao-Xin Zhang, Jia Guo, Wei Wu, Na Shi, Li-Hui Deng, Wei-Wei Chen, Xiao-Ying Zhang, Shameena Bharucha, Wei Huang, Robert Sutton, John A Windsor, Ping Xue, Qing Xia
Chai-Qin-Cheng-Qi decoction (CQCQD) improves intestinal motility in acute pancreatitis (AP), but the mechanism(s) require elucidation. We investigated the effects of CQCQD and carbachol, a prokinetic agent, on colonic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in L-arginine-induced necrotising AP model in rats. In treatment groups, intragastric CQCQD (20 g/kg, 2 hourly × 3 doses) or intraperitoneal carbachol (60 μg/kg) was given 24 hours after induction of AP. Both CQCQD and carbachol decreased the severity of pancreatic and colonic histopathology (all P < 0...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523130/the-development-of-uniportal-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-from-diagnosis-to-lobectomy
#7
Alexandre de Oliveira, Thais Amarante P P Couto
BACKGROUND: The use of uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been increasing worldwide. Our main goal was to describe the evolution of uniportal surgery in the biggest private hospital in Latin America that is located in São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS: This descriptive and retrospective study included patients who underwent uniportal VATS in the thoracic surgical department of Beneficencia Portuguesa Hospital, after being referred to our team to undergo the aforementioned procedure within the period from February 2012 to March 2016...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518133/an-evaluation-of-hydrocortisone-dosing-for-neonatal-refractory-hypotension
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E S Peeples
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare blood pressure, vasoactive medication requirements and adverse outcomes after administration of high- versus low-dose hydrocortisone (HC) in preterm infants. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective analysis of 106 infants ⩽28 weeks gestational age with hypotension requiring vasoactive infusions and high-dose (4 mg kg(-1) per day, n=50), low-dose (1 to 3 mg kg(-1) per day, n=20) or no HC (n=36) from 2011 to 2015...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507519/vasorelaxing-action-of-the-kynurenine-metabolite-xanthurenic-acid-the-missing-link-in-endotoxin-induced-hypotension
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Francesco Fazio, Albino Carrizzo, Luana Lionetto, Antonio Damato, Luca Capocci, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Michele Madonna, Maurizio Simmaco, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Carmine Vecchione
The kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism is activated by pro-inflammatory cytokines. L-kynurenine, an upstream metabolite of the pathway, acts as a putative endothelium-derived relaxing factor, and has been hypothesized to play a causative role in the pathophysiology of inflammation-induced hypotension. Here, we show that xanthurenic acid (XA), the transamination product of 3-hydroxykynurenine, is more efficacious than L-kynurenine in causing relaxation of a resistance artery, but fails to relax pre-contracted aortic rings...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506493/strategies-for-investigating-the-maternal-fetal-interface-in-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy-what-can-we-learn-about-pathology
#10
Judith E Cartwright, Guy StJ Whitley
The pathologies of the pregnancy complications pre-eclampsia (PE) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are established in the first trimester of human pregnancy. In a normal pregnancy, decidual spiral arteries are transformed into wide diameter, non-vasoactive vessels capable of meeting the increased demands of the developing fetus for nutrients and oxygen. Disruption of this transformation is associated with PE and FGR. Very little is known of how these first trimester changes are regulated normally and even less is known about how they are compromised in complicated pregnancies...
May 6, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503900/effects-of-in-ovo-feeding-of-l-arginine-on-the-development-of-digestive-organs-intestinal-function-and-post-hatch-performance-of-broiler-embryos-and-hatchlings
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T Gao, M M Zhao, Y J Li, L Zhang, J L Li, L L Yu, F Gao, G H Zhou
This study was to investigate the effects of in ovo feeding (IOF) L-arginine (Arg) solution on the development of digestive organs, the duodenal mucosa of broiler embryos and hatchlings, and the growth performance of chicks during the first week post-hatch. A total of 720 fertilized eggs with similar weight were randomly allocated to three groups, consisting of eight replicates of 30 eggs each. Three treatments were arranged as non-injected control, diluent-injected (0.75% NaCl solution) group and Arg solution-injected group containing 1% Arg, dissolved in diluent...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502744/effect-of-high-dose-sodium-selenite-in-cardiac-surgery-patients-a%C3%A2-randomized-controlled-bi-center-trial
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Tanja Schmidt, Hans Pargger, Esther Seeberger, Friedemann Eckhart, Stefanie von Felten, Christoph Haberthür
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cardiac surgery is accompanied by oxidative stress and systemic inflammatory response, which may be associated with organ dysfunction and increased mortality. Selenium and selenoenzymes are important constituents of anti-oxidative defense. We hypothesized that high-dose sodium selenite supplementation can attenuate the postoperative inflammation and might, therefore, improve clinical outcome. METHODS: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, bi-center study on 411 adult patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery...
May 2, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500299/visual-processing-mode-switching-regulated-by-vip-cells
#13
Jung Hoon Lee, Stefan Mihalas
The responses of neurons in mouse primary visual cortex (V1) to visual stimuli depend on behavioral states. Specifically, surround suppression is reduced during locomotion. Although locomotion-induced vasoactive intestinal polypeptide positive (VIP) interneuron depolarization can account for the reduction of surround suppression, the functions of VIP cell depolarization are not fully understood. Here we utilize a firing rate model and a computational model to elucidate the potential functions of VIP cell depolarization during locomotion...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499411/paraneoplastic-acral-vascular-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-melanoma-under-immune-checkpoint-blockade
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Thilo Gambichler, Stefanie Strutzmann, Andrea Tannapfel, Laura Susok
BACKGROUND: Paraneoplastic acral vascular syndrome (PAVS) is a rare phenomenon which is observed in patients with adenocarcinomas and other malignancies. Various potential pathogenic mechanisms such as tumour invasion of sympathetic nerves, hyperviscosity, hypercoagulability, vasoactive tumour-secreted substances, and immunological mechanisms have been suggested. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 60-year-old Caucasian male attended our hospital with a bulky lymph node mass in the right axilla...
May 12, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494541/-new-therapeutic-paradigm-and-concepts-for-patients-with-cirrhotic-refractory-ascites
#15
S Z Wang, H G Ding
The activation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-vasopressin system is a key factor in the formation of ascites due to splanchnic vasodilation in cirrhosis. In theory, aldosterone antagonists, contraction of blood vessels, vasopressin V2 receptor, and angiotensin receptor antagonists are important targets for the prevention and treatment of cirrhotic ascites. The 15%-20% of patients with cirrhotic ascites that show no response to at least one week's treatment with potent diuretics (spironolactone 160 mg/d combined with furosemide 80 mg/d) are considered to have refractory ascites...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492561/-sacubitril-valsartan-a-new-and-effective-treatment-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
#16
Michele Senni, Bruno Trimarco, Michele Emdin, Luciano De Biase
Despite significant therapeutic advances, patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remain at high risk for heart failure progression and death. The PARADIGM-HF study, the largest outcome trial in HFrEF, has shown improved cardiovascular outcomes with sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®, Novartis), previously known as LCZ696, compared with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy, possibly leading us to a new era for heart failure treatment. Sacubitril/valsartan represents a first-in-class drug acting through inhibition of angiotensin receptor and neprilysin, thus modulating the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and vasoactive substances such as natriuretic peptides...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490016/backup-mechanisms-maintain-pacap-vip-induced-arterial-relaxations-in-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-deficient-mice
#17
Ivan Ivic, Balazs D Fulop, Tamas Juhasz, Dora Reglodi, Gabor Toth, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Andrea Tamas, Akos Koller
BACKGROUND: Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a multifunctional neuropeptide in the VIP/secretin/glucagon peptide superfamily. Two active forms, PACAP1-38 and PACAP1-27, act through G protein-coupled receptors, the PAC1 and VPAC1/2 receptors. Effects of PACAP include potent vasomotor activity. Vasomotor activity and organ-specific vasomotor effects of PACAP-deficient mice have not yet been investigated; thus, the assessment of its physiological importance in vasomotor functions is still missing...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487644/a-computational-analysis-of-the-function-of-three-inhibitory-cell-types-in-contextual-visual-processing
#18
Jung H Lee, Christof Koch, Stefan Mihalas
Most cortical inhibitory cell types exclusively express one of three genes, parvalbumin, somatostatin and 5HT3a. We conjecture that these three inhibitory neuron types possess distinct roles in visual contextual processing based on two observations. First, they have distinctive synaptic sources and targets over different spatial extents and from different areas. Second, the visual responses of cortical neurons are affected not only by local cues, but also by visual context. We use modeling to relate structural information to function in primary visual cortex (V1) of the mouse, and investigate their role in contextual visual processing...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487635/vpac-receptor-subtypes-tune-purinergic-neuron-to-glia-communication-in-the-murine-submucosal-plexus
#19
Candice Fung, Werend Boesmans, Carla Cirillo, Jaime P P Foong, Joel C Bornstein, Pieter Vanden Berghe
The enteric nervous system (ENS) situated within the gastrointestinal tract comprises an intricate network of neurons and glia which together regulate intestinal function. The exact neuro-glial circuitry and the signaling molecules involved are yet to be fully elucidated. Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is one of the main neurotransmitters in the gut, and is important for regulating intestinal secretion and motility. However, the role of VIP and its VPAC receptors within the enteric circuitry is not well understood...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487157/cerebrovascular-reactivity-measured-by-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-during-breath-hold-challenge-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Adam L Urback, Bradley J MacIntosh, Benjamin I Goldstein
Cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) is the cerebral hemodynamic response to a vasoactive substance. Breath-hold (BH) induced CVR has the advantage of being non-invasive and easy to implement during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We systematically reviewed the literature regarding MRI measurement of BH induced CVR. The literature was searched using MEDLINE with the search terms breath-hold; and MRI or cerebrovascular reactivity. The search yielded 2244 results and 54 articles were included. Between-group comparisons have found that CVR was higher among healthy controls than patients with various pathologies (e...
May 6, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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