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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303869/-5-year-surgical-results-in-patients-with-chronic-postembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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A M Chernyavsky, A G Edemsky, M A Chernyavsky, A R Tarkova, E N Kliver, S N Ivanov
AIM: To evaluate 5-year results of surgical treatment of patients with chronic postembolic pulmonary hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 170 patients with chronic postembolic pulmonary hypertension underwent pulmonary thrombendarterectomy. Mean age was 48±21.5 years. The operation was carried out using standard technique with hypothermia and circulatory arrest. We have analyzed clinical and functional status of 47 patients (23 males) prior to surgery and in long-term postoperative period (5-6 years)...
2017: Khirurgiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297918/energy-partition-scale-by-scale-in-magnetic-archimedes-coriolis-weak-wave-turbulence
#2
A Salhi, F S Baklouti, F Godeferd, T Lehner, C Cambon
Magnetic Archimedes Coriolis (MAC) waves are omnipresent in several geophysical and astrophysical flows such as the solar tachocline. In the present study, we use linear spectral theory (LST) and investigate the energy partition, scale by scale, in MAC weak wave turbulence for a Boussinesq fluid. At the scale k^{-1}, the maximal frequencies of magnetic (Alfvén) waves, gravity (Archimedes) waves, and inertial (Coriolis) waves are, respectively, V_{A}k,N, and f. By using the induction potential scalar, which is a Lagrangian invariant for a diffusionless Boussinesq fluid [Salhi et al...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285332/the-role-of-l-arginine-l-homoarginine-nitric-oxide-pathway-for-aortic-distensibility-and-intima-media-thickness-in-stroke-patients
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Arash Haghikia, Georgi Radoslavov Yanchev, Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Erik Hanff, Nils Bledau, Christian Widera, Kristina Sonnenschein, Aiden Haghikia, Karin Weissenborn, Johann Bauersachs, Udo Bavendiek, Dimitrios Tsikas
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and L-homoarginine (hArg) are L-arginine (Arg) metabolites derived from different pathways. Protein arginine N-methyltransferase (PRMT) and subsequent proteolysis of proteins containing methylarginine residues release ADMA. Arginine:glycine amidinotransferase (AGAT) converts Arg to hArg and guanidinoacetate (GAA). While high concentrations of ADMA and low concentrations of hArg in the blood have been established as cardiovascular risk markers, the cardiovascular relevance of GAA is still unexplored...
March 11, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242307/molecular-identification-of-the-dyn-kor-system-and-its-potential-role-in-the-reproductive-axis-of-goldfish
#4
Yali Liu, Shuisheng Li, Qing Wang, Yu Chen, Xin Qi, Yun Liu, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin, Yong Zhang
To ascertain the significance of the dynorphin/kappa-opioid receptor (Dyn/Kor) system in fish reproduction, prodynorphin (pdyn) cDNA was cloned from goldfish. Two Dyn peptides (DynA and DynB) are present in the goldfish prodynorphin precursor. Both DynA and DynB are biologically active as they are able to functionally interact with the goldfish Kor expressed in cultured eukaryotic cells to suppress forskolin-induced CRE promoter activity. RT-PCR analysis showed that pdyn is widely expressed in brain regions, with the highest expression in hypothalamus...
February 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219695/inhibitory-effects-of-dynorphin-3-14-on-the-lipopolysaccharide-induced-toll-like-receptor-4-signalling-pathway
#5
Siti Sarah Fazalul Rahiman, Michael Morgan, Paul Gray, Paul Nicholas Shaw, Peter John Cabot
Dynorphin 1-17 (DYN 1-17) is biotransformed rapidly to a range of fragments in rodent inflamed tissue with dynorphin 3-14 (DYN 3-14) being the most stable and prevalent. DYN 1-17 has been shown previously to be involved in the regulation of inflammatory response following tissue injury, in which the biotransformation fragments of DYN 1-17 may possess similar features. This study investigated the effects of DYN 3-14 on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nuclear factor-kappaB/p65 (NF-κB/p65) nuclear translocation and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in differentiated THP-1 cells...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218209/clinical-study-of-acute-vasoreactivity-testing-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
#6
Qi-Xia Xu, Yuan-Hua Yang, Jie Geng, Zhen-Guo Zhai, Juan-Ni Gong, Ji-Feng Li, Xiao Tang, Chen Wang
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of acute vasoreactivity testing (AVT) in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) remains unclear. We analyzed changes in hemodynamics and oxygenation dynamics indices after AVT in patients with CTEPH using patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) as controls. METHODS: We analyzed retrospectively the results of AVT in 80 patients with PAH and 175 patients with CTEPH registered in the research database of Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital between October 2005 and August 2014...
February 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191820/vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-glycocalyx-mediates-shear-stress-induced-contractile-responses-via-a-rho-kinase-rock-myosin-light-chain-phosphatase-mlcp-pathway
#7
Hongyan Kang, Jiajia Liu, Anqiang Sun, Xiao Liu, Yubo Fan, Xiaoyan Deng
The vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are exposed to interstitial flow induced shear stress that may be sensed by the surface glycocalyx, a surface layer composed primarily of proteoglycans and glycoproteins, to mediate cell contraction during the myogenic response. We, therefore, attempted to elucidate the signal pathway of the glycocalyx mechanotransduction in shear stress regulated SMC contraction. Human umbilical vein SMCs (HUVSMCs) deprived of serum for 3-4 days were exposed to a step increase (0 to 20 dyn/cm(2)) in shear stress in a parallel plate flow chamber, and reduction in the cell area was quantified as contraction...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191479/erratum-ultrafast-demagnetization-by-hot-electrons-diffusion-or-super-diffusion-struct-dyn-3-055101-2016
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G Salvatella, R Gort, K Bühlmann, S Däster, A Vaterlaus, Y Acremann
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1063/1.4964892.].
January 2017: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178514/projection-target-defined-effects-of-orexin-and-dynorphin-on-vta-dopamine-neurons
#9
Corey Baimel, Benjamin K Lau, Min Qiao, Stephanie L Borgland
Circuit-specific signaling of ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons drives different aspects of motivated behavior, but the neuromodulatory control of these circuits is unclear. We tested the actions of co-expressed lateral hypothalamic peptides, orexin A (oxA) and dynorphin (dyn), on projection-target-defined dopamine neurons in mice. We determined that VTA dopamine neurons that project to the nucleus accumbens lateral shell (lAcbSh), medial shell (mAcbSh), and basolateral amygdala (BLA) are largely non-overlapping cell populations with different electrophysiological properties...
February 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151494/relationship-between-maternal-hemodynamics-and-plasma-natriuretic-peptide-concentrations-during-pregnancy-complicated-by-preeclampsia-and-fetal-growth-restriction
#10
S R Giannubilo, A Pasculli, E Tidu, A Biagini, V Boscarato, A Ciavattini
OBJECTIVE: A proper maternal cardiovascular adaptation to the pregnancy plays a key role for promoting an adequate uteroplacental perfusion, for ensuring normal fetal development and for preventing gestational hypertensive complications such as preeclampsia. This study aims to evaluate hemodynamic measurements obtained by noninvasive methods among preclamptic women with and without fetal growth restriction (FGR) and the relationship with plasma levels of natriuretic peptides. STUDY DESIGN: The study compared 98 pregnant women (n=48 with preeclampsia; n=50 normotensive pregnant women) and 50 nonpregnant normotensive control subjects undergoing anultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM) and plasma assessment of atrial N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114900/the-reverse-remodeling-of-the-aorta-in-patients-after-renal-transplantation-the-value-of-aortic-stiffness-index-prospective-echocardiographic-study
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Tomasz Zapolski, Jacek Furmaga, Andrzej Jaroszyński, Anna Wysocka, Sławomir Rudzki, Andrzej P Wysokiński
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is regarded as a combination of two major separate diseases: atherosis and sclerosis. Sclerotic component depends on deterioration of elastic properties of the aortic wall and is called aortic stiffness. The most valuable, non-invasive method of aortic stiffness assessment is echocardiography, which allows to calculate the aortic stiffness index (ASI). ASI is an independent predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in different groups of patients...
January 23, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108832/beat-by-beat-assessment-of-cardiac-afterload-using-descending-aortic-velocity-pressure-loop-during-general-anesthesia-a-pilot-study
#12
Fabrice Vallée, Arthur Le Gall, Jona Joachim, Olivier Passouant, Joaquim Matéo, Arnaud Mari, Sandrine Millasseau, Alexandre Mebazaa, Etienne Gayat
Continuous cardiac afterload evaluation could represent a useful tool during general anesthesia (GA) to titrate vasopressor effect. Using beat to beat descending aortic pressure(P)/flow velocity(U) loop obtained from esophageal Doppler and femoral pressure signals might allow to track afterload changes. Methods We defined three angles characterizing the PU loop (alpha, beta and Global After-Load Angle (GALA)). Augmentation index (AIx) and total arterial compliance (Ctot) were measured via radial tonometry. Peripheral Vascular Resistances (PVR) were also calculated...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100643/fluid-shear-stress-increases-transepithelial-transport-of-ca2-in-ciliated-distal-convoluted-and-connecting-tubule-cells
#13
Sami G Mohammed, Francisco J Arjona, Femke Latta, René J M Bindels, Ronald Roepman, Joost G J Hoenderop
In kidney, transcellular transport of Ca(2+) is mediated by transient receptor potential vanilloid 5 and Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger 1 proteins in distal convoluted and connecting tubules (DCT and CNT, respectively). It is not yet understood how DCT/CNT cells can adapt to differences in tubular flow rate and, consequently, Ca(2+) load. This study aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which DCT/CNT cells sense fluid dynamics to control transepithelial Ca(2+) reabsorption and whether their primary cilia play an active role in this process...
January 18, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057053/a-pig-model-of-acute-right-ventricular-afterload-increase-by-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
#14
Kathrine Knai, Nils Kristian Skjaervold
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to construct a non-invasive model for acute right ventricular afterload increase by hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction. Intact animal models are vital to improving our understanding of the pathophysiology of acute right ventricular failure. Acute right ventricular failure is caused by increased afterload of the right ventricle by chronic or acute pulmonary hypertension combined with regionally or globally reduced right ventricular contractile capacity...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045414/evaluation-of-left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-atrial-conduction-abnormalities-in-patients-with-isolated-bicuspid-aortic-valve
#15
Arif Arısoy, Kadriye Memiç, Selami Demirelli, Kayıhan Karaman, Fatih Altunkaş, Metin Karayakalı, Yusuf Karavelioğlu, Ataç Çelik
OBJECTIVE: Present study is an evaluation of left atrial (LA) mechanical and conduction function in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) without significant valve dysfunction, and an investigation of relationship between LA function and aortic elasticity. METHODS: Study population consisted of 34 isolated BAV patients (mean age: 34±13 years) and 29 healthy, age- and sex-matched volunteers (mean age: 30±10 years). LA volume was measured using biplane area-length method and LA active and passive emptying volume and fraction was calculated...
December 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011757/haemodynamic-effects-of-riociguat-in-inoperable-recurrent-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
#16
Nick H Kim, Andrea M D'Armini, Friedrich Grimminger, Ekkehard Grünig, Marius M Hoeper, Pavel Jansa, Eckhard Mayer, Claus Neurohr, Gérald Simonneau, Adam Torbicki, Chen Wang, Arno Fritsch, Neil Davie, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani
OBJECTIVE: We compared the haemodynamic effects of riociguat in patients with inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) or persistent/recurrent CTEPH after pulmonary endarterectomy in the Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Soluble Guanylate Cyclase-Stimulator Trial 1 study. METHODS: Patients with inoperable or persistent/recurrent CTEPH (n=261; mean± SD age 59±14 years; 66% women) were randomised to riociguat (up to 2.5 mg three times daily) or placebo...
December 23, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011582/fluid-shear-stress-induces-upregulation-of-cox-2-and-pgi2-release-in-endothelial-cells-via-a-pathway-involving-pecam-1-pi3k-fak-and-p38
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Sparkle Russell-Puleri, Nathaniel G Dela Paz, Diana Adams, Mitali Chattopadhyay, Limary Cancel, Eno Ebong, A Wayne Orr, John A Frangos, John M Tarbell
Vascular endothelial cells play an important role in the regulation of vascular function in response to mechanical stimuli in both healthy and diseased states. Prostaglandin I2 (PGI2) is an important antiatherogenic prostanoid and vasodilator produced in endothelial cells through the action of the cyclooxygenase (COX) isoenzymes COX-1 and COX-2. However, the mechanisms involved in sustained, shear-induced production of COX-2 and PGI2 have not been elucidated but are determined in the present study. We used cultured endothelial cells exposed to steady fluid shear stress (FSS) of 10 dyn/cm(2) for 5 h to examine shear stress-induced induction of COX-2/PGI2 Our results demonstrate the relationship between the mechanosensor platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) and the intracellular mechanoresponsive molecules phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), focal adhesion kinase (FAK), and mitogen-activated protein kinase p38 in the FSS induction of COX-2 expression and PGI2 release...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000882/modulation-of-low-shear-stress%C3%A2-induced-enos-multi%C3%A2-site-phosphorylation-and-nitric-oxide-production-via-protein-kinase-and-erk1-2-signaling
#18
Xiangquan Kong, Xinliang Qu, Bing Li, Zhimei Wang, Yuelin Chao, Xiaomin Jiang, Wen Wu, Shao-Liang Chen
Physiological shear stress has been demonstrated to serve an atheroprotective function by stimulating endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) multi‑site phosphorylation. Low shear stress (LSS) serves an atheroprone role by increasing endothelial cell apoptosis and inflammation. The present study assessed whether LSS inhibited nitric oxide (NO) production in human umbilical vein endothelial cells by modulating eNOS phosphorylation and potential signaling pathways. A parallel flow chamber imposed with 2 dyn/cm2 shear stress on endothelial cells was used...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997251/changes-of-respiratory-mechanics-in-copd-patients-from-stable-state-to-acute-exacerbations-with-respiratory-failure
#19
Piero Ceriana, Michele Vitacca, Annalisa Carlucci, Mara Paneroni, Lara Pisani, Stefano Nava
Symptoms, clinical course, functional and biological data during an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (EXCOPD) have been investigated, but data on physiological changes of respiratory mechanics during a severe exacerbation with respiratory acidosis requiring noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIMV) are scant. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes of respiratory mechanics in COPD patients comparing data observed during EXCOPD with those observed during stable state in the recovery phase...
December 20, 2016: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989838/opioid-gene-expression-changes-and-post-translational-histone-modifications-at-promoter-regions-in-the-rat-nucleus-accumbens-after-acute-and-repeated-3-4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine-mdma-exposure
#20
Francesca Felicia Caputi, Martina Palmisano, Lucia Carboni, Sanzio Candeletti, Patrizia Romualdi
The recreational drug of abuse 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) has been shown to produce neurotoxic damage and long-lasting changes in several brain areas. In addition to the involvement of serotoninergic and dopaminergic systems, little information exists about the contribution of nociceptin/orphaninFQ (N/OFQ)-NOP and dynorphin (DYN)-KOP systems in neuronal adaptations evoked by MDMA. Here we investigated the behavioral and molecular effects induced by acute (8mg/kg) or repeated (8mg/kg twice daily for seven days) MDMA exposure...
December 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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