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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057053/a-pig-model-of-acute-right-ventricular-afterload-increase-by-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
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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
#2
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
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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 Melissa 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 anti-atherogenic prostanoid and vasodilator produced in endothelial cells through the action of cyclooxygenase 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/cm2 for 5-hrs to examine shear stress induced induction of COX-2/PGI2Our results demonstrate the relationship between mechanosensor platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) and intracellular mechano-responsive 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...
December 23, 2016: 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
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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...
December 20, 2016: 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
#6
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
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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...
October 29, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987334/echocardiography-findings-in-a-case-with-ballantyne-syndrome
#8
Yutaro Suzuki, Mie Yamamura, Keisuke Kikuchi, Rifumi Hattori, Takeshi Umazume, Hisanori Minakami
Marked fluid retention occurs in Ballantyne syndrome, but few reports are available on changes in cardiac morphology in this syndrome. A woman with generalized edema, dyspnea, fetal hydrops (skin edema and ascites), thickened placenta, and elevated plasma B-type natriuretic peptide level (344 pg/mL) was admitted to our hospital at gestational week (GW) 20(+3) . Blood pressure remained within the normal range. However, acute increases in left atrial volume index, pulmonary artery systolic pressure, and hyperdynamic left ventricular function (as evidenced by increased left ventricular ejection fraction to 74% with cardiac index of 5...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914851/dynapenia-and-metabolic-health-in-obese-and-nonobese-adults-aged-70%C3%A2-years-and-older-the-life-study
#9
Mylène Aubertin-Leheudre, Stephen Anton, Daniel P Beavers, Todd M Manini, Roger Fielding, Ann Newman, Tim Church, Stephen B Kritchevsky, David Conroy, Mary M McDermott, Anda Botoseneanu, Mary E Hauser, Marco Pahor
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between dynapenia and metabolic risk factors in obese and nonobese older adults. METHODS: A total of 1453 men and women (age ≥70 years) from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study were categorized as (1) nondynapenic/nonobese (NDYN-NO), (2) dynapenic/nonobese (DYN-NO), (3) nondynapenic/obese (NDYN-O), or (4) dynapenic/obese (DYN-O), based on muscle strength (Foundation for the National Institute of Health criteria) and body mass index...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905067/mathematical-model-of-bone-remodeling-captures-the-antiresorptive-and-anabolic-actions-of-various-therapies
#10
David S Ross, Khamir Mehta, Antonio Cabal
A better understanding of the molecular pathways regulating the bone remodeling process should help in the development of new antiresorptive regulators and anabolic regulators, that is, regulators of bone resorption and of bone formation. Understanding the mechanisms by which parathyroid hormone (PTH) influences bone formation and how it switches from anabolic to catabolic action is important for treating osteoporosis (Poole and Reeve in Curr Opin Pharmacol 5:612-617, 2005). In this paper we describe a mathematical model of bone remodeling that incorporates, extends, and integrates several models of particular aspects of this biochemical system (Cabal et al...
November 30, 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891289/nor-bni-antagonism-of-kappa-opioid-agonist-induced-reinstatement-of-ethanol-seeking-behavior
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Erin Harshberger, Emily A Gilson, Kelli Gillett, Jasmine H Stone, Laila El Amrani, Glenn R Valdez
Recent work suggests that the dynorphin (DYN)/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system may be a key mediator in the behavioral effects of alcohol. The objective of the present study was to examine the ability of the KOR antagonist norbinaltorphimine (nor-BNI) to attenuate relapse to ethanol seeking due to priming injections of the KOR agonist U50,488 at time points consistent with KOR selectivity. Male Wistar rats were trained to self-administer a 10% ethanol solution, and then responding was extinguished. Following extinction, rats were injected with U50,488 (0...
2016: Journal of Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887774/rationale-and-study-design-of-respite-an-open-label-phase-3b-study-of-riociguat-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-who-demonstrate-an-insufficient-response-to-treatment-with-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors
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Marius M Hoeper, James R Klinger, Raymond L Benza, Gerald Simonneau, David Langleben, Robert Naeije, Paul A Corris
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) who do not have an adequate response to therapy with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) may have insufficient synthesis of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). These patients may respond to a direct soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator such as riociguat. RESPITE (NCT02007629) was an open-label, multicenter, uncontrolled, single-arm phase 3b study of riociguat in patients with PAH who demonstrated an insufficient response to treatment with PDE-5i...
November 5, 2016: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884008/left-ventricular-plication-reduces-wall-stress-and-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-in-a-rat-model-of-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Hidetsugu Asai, Yasushige Shingu, Tomoji Yamakawa, Haruki Niwano, Satoru Wakasa, Tomonori Ooka, Hiroki Kato, Tsuyoshi Tachibana, Yoshiro Matsui
BACKGROUND: The indications of left-ventricular plication (LVP) are controversial, although several studies have reported favorable outcomes in heart failure patients. The aim of this study was to assess left-ventricular (LV) wall stress and myocardial remodeling after LVP in a rat model of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Sixteen rats underwent LVP by excluding the LV anterior wall scar 4 weeks after ligation of the left anterior descending artery. After 4 weeks, LV wall stress was assessed using transthoracic echocardiography and an LV catheter...
November 25, 2016: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872912/chirality-sensing-and-discrimination-of-lysine-derivatives-in-water-with-a-dyn-4-arene
#14
Laurent Vial, Melissa Dumartin, Marion Donnier-Maréchal, Florent Perret, Jean-Patrick Francoia, Julien Leclaire
The asymmetric deformation of a dyn[4]arene upon the binding of various lysine derivatives leads to distinct induced circular dichroism outputs in buffered water, which can be exploited not only for the determination of their enantiomeric excesses, but also for their classification by linear discriminant analysis.
December 6, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847162/patient-specific-computational-fluid-dynamics-assessment-of-aortic-hemodynamics-in-a-spectrum-of-aortic-valve-pathologies
#15
Pouya Youssefi, Alberto Gomez, Taigang He, Lisa Anderson, Nick Bunce, Rajan Sharma, C Alberto Figueroa, Marjan Jahangiri
OBJECTIVES: The complexity of aortic disease is not fully exposed by aortic dimensions alone, and morbidity or mortality can occur before intervention thresholds are met. Patient-specific computational fluid dynamics (CFD) were used to assess the effect of different aortic valve morphologies on velocity profiles, flow patterns, helicity, wall shear stress (WSS), and oscillatory shear index (OSI) in the thoracic aorta. METHODS: A total of 45 subjects were divided into 5 groups: volunteers, aortic regurgitation-tricuspid aortic valve (AR-TAV), aortic stenosis-tricuspid aortic valve (AS-TAV), aortic stenosis-bicuspid aortic valve right-left cusp fusion (BAV[RL]), and aortic stenosis-right-non cusp fusion (AS-BAV[RN])...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845924/temperature-dependent-heterogeneous-rotational-correlation-in-lipids
#16
Neda Dadashvand, Christina M Othon
Lipid structures exhibit complex and highly dynamic lateral structure; and changes in lipid density and fluidity are believed to play an essential role in membrane targeting and function. The dynamic structure of liquids on the molecular scale can exhibit complex transient density fluctuations. Here the lateral heterogeneity of lipid dynamics is explored in free standing lipid monolayers. As the temperature is lowered the probes exhibit increasingly broad and heterogeneous rotational correlation. This increase in heterogeneity appears to exhibit a critical onset, similar to those observed for glass forming fluids...
November 15, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836440/reticulocyte-hemoglobin-content-mchr-in-the-detection-of-iron-deficiency
#17
Eloísa Urrechaga Igartua, Johannes J M L Hoffmann, Silvia Izquierdo-Álvarez, Jesús F Escanero
BACKGROUND: Blood hemoglobin (Hb) concentration within the reference interval does not exclude iron deficiency (ID): individuals with normal stores lose iron during a long period before their Hb falls below of the level that is defined as anemia. The process entails a decrease of storage iron, shown by serum ferritin below reference range, followed by iron depletion, eventually leading to iron restricted erythropoiesis; consequence of an imbalance between erythropoietic iron requirements and too low supply is a reduction of Hb synthesis in reticulocytes...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822327/modulating-wall-shear-stress-gradient-via-equilateral-triangular-channel-for-in-situ-cellular-adhesion-assay
#18
Hyung Woo Kim, Seonjin Han, Wonkyoung Kim, Jiwon Lim, Dong Sung Kim
This study introduces an equilateral triangular channel (ETRIC), a novel microfluidic channel with an equilateral triangular cross-section, for cell adhesion assay by modulating the wall shear stress (WSS) gradient. The channel can generate a parabolic WSS gradient perpendicular to the flow direction at a single flow rate, and cell detachment can be in situ screened in response to spatially different levels of WSS. The existence of a simple form of exact solution for the velocity field inside the entire ETRIC region enables the easy design and modulation of the WSS levels at the bottom surface; therefore, the detachment of the cells can be investigated at the pre-defined observation window in real time...
September 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806729/hematological-reference-intervals-determination-in-adults-at-gondar-university-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
#19
Aregawi Yalew, Betelihem Terefe, Meseret Alem, Bamlaku Enawgaw
BACKGROUND: Hematological reference values are important for the clinical decisions in laboratory diagnosis and monitoring of patients. The correct interpretation of laboratory results depends entirely on the reference intervals that have been established for the locality. But, in sub-Saharan African countries particularly in Ethiopia, locally derived reference intervals were not established and they are forced to use intervals established from western population. Thus this study aimed to establish locally derived hematological reference values that could be used in Northwest Ethiopia...
November 2, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797517/structure-activity-relationships-of-des-arg-7-dynorphin-a-analogues-at-the-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor
#20
Cyf N Ramos-Colon, Yeon Sun Lee, Michael Remesic, Sara M Hall, Justin LaVigne, Peg Davis, Alexander J Sandweiss, Mary I McIntosh, Jessica Hanson, Tally M Largent-Milnes, Todd W Vanderah, John Streicher, Frank Porreca, Victor J Hruby
Dynorphin A (Dyn A) is an endogenous ligand for the opioid receptors with preference for the κ opioid receptor (KOR), and its structure-activity relationship (SAR) has been extensively studied at the KOR to develop selective potent agonists and antagonists. Numerous SAR studies have revealed that the Arg(7) residue is essential for KOR activity. In contrast, our systematic SAR studies on [des-Arg(7)]Dyn A analogues found that Arg(7) is not a key residue and even deletion of the residue does not affect biological activities at the KOR...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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