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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543854/endocardial-fibroelastosis-is-secondary-to-hemodynamic-alterations-in-the-chick-embryonic-model-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Zivorad Pesevski, Alena Kvasilova, Tereza Stopkova, Ondrej Nanka, Eliska Drobna Krejci, Christine Buffinton, Radka Kockova, Adam Eckhardt, David Sedmera
BACKGROUND: Endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) is a diffuse thickening of the ventricular endocardium, causing myocardial dysfunction and presenting as unexplained heart failure in infants and children. One of the postulated causes is persistent and increased wall tension in the ventricles. RESULTS: To examine whether reduced ventricular pressure in a chick model of hypoplastic left heart syndrome induced by left atrial ligation (LAL) at ED4 is associated with EFE at later stages, myocardial fibrosis was evaluated by histology and immunoconfocal microscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) at ED12...
May 20, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543844/death-and-liver-transplantation-within-two-years-of-onset-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
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Paul H Hayashi, Don Rockey, Robert J Fontana, Hans L Tillmann, Neil Kaplowitz, Huiman Barnhart, Jiezhan Gu, Naga P Chalasani, K Rajender Reddy, Averell H Sherker, Jay H Hoofnagle
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is an important cause of death and indication for liver transplantation (fatality). The role of DILI in these fatalities ispoorly characterized particularly when fatalities occur > 26 weeks after DILI onset. We analyzed patients in the U.S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network prospective study having a fatal outcome within 2 years of onset. Each case was reviewed by 8 Network investigators and categorized as DILI having a primary, contributory or no role in the fatality...
May 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543399/baroreceptor-stimulation-in-a-patient-with-preexisting-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
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Kay F Weipert, Jens Andrick, Ritvan Chasan, Christopher Gemein, Astrid Most, Christian W Hamm, Damir Erkapic, Joern Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Many patients with severe heart failure (HF) have an indication for baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) and an ICD. Concerns about device-device interactions were addressed in a study with small sample size that concluded combined BAT and ICD therapy is safe. There are no published data, however, concerning device-device interactions between BAT and a subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD). Since BAT frequently interferes with surface ECG recordings there are doubts about compatibility of BAT and S-ICD devices...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543286/impact-of-treatment-crossovers-on-clinical-outcomes-in-the-rate-and-rhythm-control-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation-insights-from-the-affirm-atrial-fibrillation-follow-up-investigation-of-rhythm-management-trial
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Abhishek Maan, Zheng Zhang, Ziling Qin, Yanbing Wang, Samuel Dudley, Kaustubh Dabhadakar, Marwan Refaat, Moussa Mansour, Jeremy N Ruskin, E Kevin Heist
We investigated the rates and reasons for crossover to alternative treatment strategies and its impact on mortality in patients who were enrolled in the AFFIRM trial. Over a mean follow-up period of 3.5 years, 842 patients underwent crossover to the alternative treatment arms in AFFIRM. The rate of crossover from rhythm to rate control (594/2033, 29.2%) was more frequent than the rate of crossover from rate to rhythm control (248/2027, 12.2%, p < 0.0001). The leading reasons for crossover from rhythm to rate control were failure to achieve or maintain sinus rhythm (272/594, 45...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543265/stricter-criteria-for-left-bundle-branch-block-diagnosis-do-not-improve-response-to-crt
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Emanuele Bertaglia, Federico Migliore, Anna Baritussio, Antonio De Simone, Albino Reggiani, Domenico Pecora, Antonio D'Onofrio, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Gianluca Savarese, Attilio Pierantozzi, Biondino Marenna, Franco Ruffa, Monica Campari, Maurizio Malacrida, Giuseppe Stabile
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has proved to be effective in patients with heart failure and left bundle branch block (LBBB). Recently, new ECG criteria have been proposed for the diagnosis of LBBB. These criteria are stricter than the current American Heart Association (AHA) criteria. We assessed the rate of echocardiographic response to CRT in patients with traditional LBBB versus patients who met the new criteria (strict LBBB). METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing CRT were enrolled in the CRT MORE registry...
May 23, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543100/syndecan-1-limits-the-progression-of-liver-injury-and-promotes-liver-repair-in-acetaminophen-induced-liver-injury
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Eon Jeong Nam, Kazutaka Hayashida, Rafael S Aquino, John R Couchman, Rosemary A Kozar, Jian Liu, Pyong Woo Park
Accidental or intentional misuse of acetaminophen (APAP) is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the Western world. While mechanisms that trigger APAP-induced liver injury are well known, those that halt the progression of APAP liver disease and facilitate liver recovery are less understood. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) bind to and regulate various tissue injury factors through their heparan sulfate (HS) chains, but the importance of HSPGs in liver injury in vivo remains unknown. Here, we examined the role of syndecan-1, the major cell surface HSPG of hepatocytes, in APAP-induced liver injury...
May 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542880/suicidal-death-of-erythrocytes-in-cancer-and-its-chemotherapy-a-potential-target-in-the-treatment-of-tumor-associated-anemia
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Elisabeth Lang, Rosi Bissinger, Syed M Qadri, Florian Lang
In analogy to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling. Eryptotic erythrocytes are rapidly cleared from circulating blood and may adhere to the vascular wall. Stimulation of eryptosis thus impairs microcirculation and leads to anemia as soon as the loss of erythrocytes cannot be fully compensated by enhanced erythropoiesis. Signaling stimulating eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca(2+) -activity, ceramide, caspases, calpain, p38-kinase, protein-kinase C, Janus-activated kinase 3, casein-kinase 1α, and cyclin-dependent kinase 4...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542793/the-genetic-factors-contributing-to-the-development-of-wilm-s-tumor-and-their-clinical-utility-in-its-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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Afsane Bahrami, Marjan Joodi, Mina Maftooh, Gordon A Ferns, Mehrdad Ahmadi, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Amir Avan
Mutations in the Wilm's tumor 1 (WT1) gene are associated with a wide spectrum of renal manifestations, ultimately leading to end-stage kidney failure. There is an inadequate understanding of the molecular functions of WT1 in renal development, and this has limited the potential for therapeutic interventions in WT1-related diseases. In this review we discuss the existing data on the genetic and epigenetic abnormalities that have been described in WTs and their potential utility as biomarkers for risk stratification, prediction and prognosis in patients withWTs...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542596/progressive-mitochondrial-protein-lysine-acetylation-and-heart-failure-in-a-model-of-friedreich-s-ataxia-cardiomyopathy
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Amanda R Stram, Gregory R Wagner, Brian D Fogler, P Melanie Pride, Matthew D Hirschey, R Mark Payne
INTRODUCTION: The childhood heart disease of Friedreich's Ataxia (FRDA) is characterized by hypertrophy and failure. It is caused by loss of frataxin (FXN), a mitochondrial protein involved in energy homeostasis. FRDA model hearts have increased mitochondrial protein acetylation and impaired sirtuin 3 (SIRT3) deacetylase activity. Protein acetylation is an important regulator of cardiac metabolism and loss of SIRT3 increases susceptibility of the heart to stress-induced cardiac hypertrophy and ischemic injury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542524/ectopically-expressed-slc34a2a-sense-antisense-transcripts-cause-a-cerebellar-phenotype-in-zebrafish-embryos-depending-on-rna-complementarity-and-dicer
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Monica J Piatek, Victoria Henderson, Amy Fearn, Bill Chaudhry, Andreas Werner
Natural antisense transcripts (NATs) are complementary to protein coding genes and potentially regulate their expression. Despite widespread occurrence of NATs in the genomes of higher eukaryotes, their biological role and mechanism of action is poorly understood. Zebrafish embryos offer a unique model system to study sense-antisense transcript interplay at whole organism level. Here, we investigate putative antisense transcript-mediated mechanisms by ectopically co-expressing the complementary transcripts during early zebrafish development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542244/a-quantitative-label-free-analysis-of-the-extracellular-proteome-of-human-supraspinatus-tendon-reveals-damage-to-the-pericellular-and-elastic-fibre-niches-in-torn-and-aged-tissue
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Osnat Hakimi, Nicola Ternette, Richard Murphy, Benedikt M Kessler, Andrew Carr
Tears of the human supraspinatus tendon are common and often cause painful and debilitating loss of function. Progressive failure of the tendon leading to structural abnormality and tearing is accompanied by numerous cellular and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) changes in the tendon tissue. This proteomics study aimed to compare torn and aged rotator cuff tissue to young and healthy tissue, and provide the first ECM inventory of human supraspinatus tendon generated using label-free quantitative LC-MS/MS. Employing two digestion protocols (trypsin and elastase), we analysed grain-sized tendon supraspinatus biopsies from older patients with torn tendons and from healthy, young controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541599/improvement-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-and-left-heart-morphology-in-young-women-with-morbid-obesity-six-months-after-bariatric-surgery
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Katarzyna Kurnicka, Justyna Domienik-Karłowicz, Barbara Lichodziejewska, Maksymilian Bielecki, Marta Kozłowska, Sylwia Goliszek, Olga Dzikowska-Diduch, Wojciech Lisik, Maciej Kosieradzki, Piotr Pruszczyk
BACKGROUND: Obesity contributes to left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and may lead to diastolic heart failure. Weight loss (WL) after bariatric surgery (BS) may influence LV morphology and function. Using echocardiography, this study assessed the effect of WL on LV diastolic function (LVDF) and LV and left atrium (LA) morphology 6 months after BS in young women with morbid obesity. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in 60 women with BMI ≥ 40kg/m², aged 37...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541499/hypertension-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-executive-summary-of-a-consensus-document-from-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-ehra-and-esc-council-on-hypertension-endorsed-by-the-heart-rhythm-society-hrs-asia-pacific-heart-rhythm-society-aphrs-and-sociedad-latinoamericana
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Gregory Y H Lip, Antonio Coca, Thomas Kahan, Giuseppe Boriani, Antonis S Manolis, Michael Hecht Olsen, Ali Oto, Tatjana S Potpara, Jan Steffel, Francisco Marín, Márcio Jansen de Oliveira Figueiredo, Giovanni de Simone, Wendy S Tzou, Chern En Chiang, Bryan Williams
Hypertension (HTN) is a common cardiovascular risk factor leading to heart failure (HF), coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, peripheral artery disease and chronic renal failure. Hypertensive heart disease can manifest as many types of cardiac arrhythmias, most commonly being atrial fibrillation (AF). Both supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias may occur in HTN patients, especially in those with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), CAD or HF. In addition, high doses of thiazide diuretics commonly used to treat hypertension, may result in electrolyte abnormalities (eg...
May 25, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541178/simulated-mortality-we-can-do-more
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Andrew T Goldberg, Benjamin J Heller, Jesse Hochkeppel, Adam I Levine, Samuel Demaria
High-fidelity simulation (HFS) is a relatively new teaching modality, which is gaining widespread acceptance in medical education. To date, dozens of studies have proven the usefulness of HFS in improving student, resident, and attending physician performance, with similar results in the allied health fields. Although many studies have analyzed the utility of simulation, few have investigated why it works. A recent study illustrated that permissive failure, leading to simulated mortality, is one HFS method that can improve long-term performance...
July 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540840/living-donor-kidney-transplant-in-a-patient-with-type-b-mayer-rokitansky-k%C3%A3-ster-hauser-syndrome-reconstructed-vagina-and-abnormal-pelvic-vessels-a-case-report
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Mariarosaria Campise, Mariano Ferraresso, Evaldo Favi, Claudio Beretta, Caterina Colico, Piergiorgio Messa
Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome is a rare disorder consisting of vaginal aplasia and other müllerian duct abnormalities. Urinary tract malfor-mations possibly leading to renal failure are also common. For these patients, kidney transplant remains the best option. However, aberrant anatomy and scarring from previous operations may actually preclude successful implantation of the graft. In this setting, careful pretransplant evaluation with high-resolution imaging studies and multidisciplinary planning are mandatory...
May 22, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540478/immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-induced-colitis-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Caroline Prieux-Klotz, Marie Dior, Diane Damotte, Johann Dreanic, Bertrand Brieau, Catherine Brezault, Vered Abitbol, Stanislas Chaussade, Romain Coriat
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are monoclonal antibodies indicated for an increasing number of malignant diseases. These agents can cause specific side effects, which need to be anticipated while clear patterns of management need to be established. Immune checkpoint inhibitor-mediated gastrointestinal side effects, including diarrhea and colitis, occur in up to 30% of patients. Severe colitis can lead to severe dehydration or intestinal perforation. Endoscopic lesions and histopathological features of immune checkpoint inhibitor-induced colitis are similar to an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flare...
May 24, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540202/role-of-imaging-in-the-evaluation-of-renal-dysfunction-in-heart-failure-patients
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REVIEW
Dario Grande, Paola Terlizzese, Massimo Iacoviello
Heart failure and kidney disease share common pathophysiological pathways which can lead to mutual dysfunction, known as cardiorenal syndrome. In heart failure patients, renal impairment is related to hemodynamic and non-hemodynamic factors. Both decreased renal blood flow and renal venous congestion due to heart failure could lead to impaired renal function. Kidney disease and worsening renal function are independently associated with poor prognosis in heart failure patients, both in acute and chronic clinical settings...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540200/targeting-cannabinoid-signaling-for-peritoneal-dialysis-induced-oxidative-stress-and-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Chih-Yu Yang, Yat-Pang Chau, Ann Chen, Oscar Kuang-Sheng Lee, Der-Cherng Tarng, An-Hang Yang
Long-term exposure to bioincompatible peritoneal dialysis (PD) solutions frequently results in peritoneal fibrosis and ultrafiltration failure, which limits the life-long use of and leads to the cessation of PD therapy. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the pathogenesis of peritoneal fibrosis in order to design therapeutic strategies to prevent its occurrence. Peritoneal fibrosis is associated with a chronic inflammatory status as well as an elevated oxidative stress (OS) status. Beyond uremia per se, OS also results from chronic exposure to high glucose load, glucose degradation products, advanced glycation end products, and hypertonic stress...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540187/case-report-of-treatment-experience-with-idursulfase-beta-hunterase-in-an-adolescent-patient-with-mps-ii
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Lock-Hock Ngu, Winnie Ong Peitee, Huey Yin Leong, Hui Bein Chew
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) II or Hunter syndrome is a chronic, progressive, multi-systemic illness associated with significant morbidity and early mortality. Available evidence in Asian populations shows that Hunter syndrome has a mean age of onset of 2 to 5 years and a life expectancy of 13 years in more severely affected individuals, with respiratory failure reported as the leading cause of death. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with idursulfase (Elaprase, Shire Pharmaceuticals) and idursulfase beta (Hunterase, Green Cross Corp) are the only approved treatment for patients with MPS II...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539246/consideration-of-alternative-causes-of-lactic-acidosis-thiamine-deficiency-in-malignancy
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Ryan K Dean, Rogin Subedi, Dalvir Gill, Amitpal Nat
Lactic acidosis is a common metabolic acidosis characterized by increased serum lactate and is usually associated with a decreased blood pH. Lactic acidosis has many different causes but has been differentiated into type A, hypoxic causes, and type B, non-hypoxic causes. Tissue hypoxia, type A, is the most common cause, usually secondary to processes such as sepsis and multi-organ failure. Type A must be differentiated from type B in the correct clinical setting as treatments are vastly different. Type B causes may include drug side-effects, toxins, enzymatic defects, inherited or acquired, any of which may lead to overproduction or underutilization of lactate...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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