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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339908/obesity-associated-cardiac-pathogenesis-in-broiler-breeder-hens-pathological-adaption-of-cardiac-hypertrophy1-2
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C Y Chen, H Y Lin, Y W Chen, Y J Ko, Y J Liu, Y H Chen, R L Walzem, S E Chen
Broiler hens consuming feed to appetite (ad libitum; AL) show increased mortality. Feed restriction (R) typically improves reproductive performance and livability of hens. Rapidly growing broilers can exhibit increased mortality due to cardiac insufficiency but it is unknown whether the increased mortality of non-R broiler hens is also due to cardiac compromise. To assess cardiac growth and physiology in fully mature birds, 45-week-old hens were either continued on R rations or assigned to AL feeding for 7 or 21 days...
March 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339749/multi-generational-genome-wide-association-studies-identify-chromosomal-regions-associated-with-ascites-phenotype
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K J Tarrant, S Dey, R Kinney, N B Anthony, D D Rhoads
Ascites is a multi-faceted disease commonly observed in fast growing broilers, which is initiated when the body is insufficiently oxygenated. A series of events follow, including an increase in pulmonary artery pressure, right ventricle hypertrophy, and accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and pericardium. Advances in management practices along with improved selection programs have decreased ascites incidence in modern broilers. However, ascites syndrome remains an economically important disease throughout the world, causing estimated losses of $100 million per year...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339663/cardiac-involvement-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-31-consecutive-patients
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Grégory Pugnet, Hervé Gouya, Xavier Puéchal, Benjamin Terrier, André Kahan, Paul Legmann, Loïc Guillevin, Olivier Vignaux
Objectives.: Specific cardiac involvement in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is probably underestimated since many of these conditions are subclinical. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and patterns of cardiac abnormalities detected by cardiac MRI (CMRI) in patients with GPA. Methods.: Thirty-one consecutive patients with newly diagnosed or relapsing GPA underwent CMRI to assess morphological, functional, perfusion at rest and delayed enhancement abnormalities...
February 16, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338373/risk-of-major-cardiac-events-following-adjuvant-proton-versus-photon-radiation-therapy-for-patients-with-thymic-malignancies
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Jennifer Vogel, Liyong Lin, Charles B Simone, Abigail T Berman
BACKGROUND: While often managed with surgery alone, patients with thymic malignancies with high-risk features may benefit from adjuvant radiation therapy but are at risk for late toxicities. Previously, the risk of major cardiac events (MCEs) was reported to increase by 7% per one Gray (Gy) to the heart. In this study, we compare dose to organs at risk (OARs) with intensity-modulated (IMRT) versus proton beam therapy (PBT). We hypothesize a decrease risk of predicted MCEs with PBT. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients requiring adjuvant therapy for thymic malignancies were treated with double scattered proton beam therapy (DS-PBT)...
March 24, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337412/differential-involvement-of-corticospinal-tract-cst-fibers-in-umn-predominant-als-patients-with-or-without-cst-hyperintensity-a-diffusion-tensor-tractography-study
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Venkateswaran Rajagopalan, Erik P Pioro
Diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) depends on clinical evidence of combined upper motor neuron (UMN) and lower motor neuron (LMN) degeneration, although ALS patients can present with features predominantly of one or the other. Some UMN-predominant patients show hyperintense signal along the intracranial corticospinal tract (CST) on T2- and proton density (PD)-weighted images (ALS-CST +), and appear to have faster disease progression when compared to those without CST hyperintensity (ALS-CST -)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337219/neural-differentiation-in-hdac1-depleted-cells-is-accompanied-by-coilin-downregulation-and-the-accumulation-of-cajal-bodies-in-nucleoli
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Jana Krejčí, Soňa Legartová, Eva Bártová
Cajal bodies (CBs) are important compartments containing accumulated proteins that preferentially regulate RNA-related nuclear events, including splicing. Here, we studied the nuclear distribution pattern of CBs in neurogenesis. In adult brains, coilin was present at a high density, but CB formation was absent in the nuclei of the choroid plexus of the lateral ventricles. Cells of the adult hippocampus were characterized by a crescent-like morphology of coilin protein. We additionally observed a 70 kDa splice variant of coilin in adult mouse brains, which was different to embryonic brains and mouse pluripotent embryonic stem cells (mESCs), characterized by the 80 kDa standard variant of coilin...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337120/antidyskinetic-effects-of-mek-inhibitor-are-associated-with-multiple-neurochemical-alterations-in-the-striatum-of-hemiparkinsonian-rats
#8
Guiqin Chen, Shuke Nie, Chao Han, Kai Ma, Yan Xu, Zhentao Zhang, Stella M Papa, Xuebing Cao
L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID) represents one of the major problems of the long-term therapy of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Although, the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying LID are not completely understood, activation of the extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) is recognized to play a key role. ERK is phosphorylated by mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK), and thus MEK inhibitor can prevent ERK activation. Here the effect of the MEK inhibitor PD98059 on LID and the associated molecular changes were examined...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336114/paradoxical-aortic-stenosis-a-systematic-review
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Rita Cavaca, Rogério Teixeira, Maria João Vieira, Lino Gonçalves
Aortic stenosis (AS) is a complex systemic valvular and vascular disease with a high prevalence in developed countries. The new entity "paradoxical low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis" refers to cases in which patients have severe AS based on assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) (≤1 cm(2)) or indexed AVA (≤0.6 cm(2)/m(2)), but paradoxically have a low mean transvalvular gradient (<40 mmHg) and a low stroke volume index (≤35 ml/m(2)), despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (≥50%)...
March 20, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335795/gemella-morbillorum-endocarditis-of-pulmonary-valve-a-case-report
#10
Dan Li, Zhicheng Zhu, Xiaomei Zheng, Weitie Wang, Rihao Xu, Kexiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary valve infective endocarditis is a rare finding for endocarditis. Infective endocarditis caused by Gemella morbillorum remains a scanty occurrence. CASE PRESENTATION: This is a case reported of a 28-year-old Chinese male with endocarditis caused by pulmonary valve infection of Gemella morbillorum associated with congenital ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect and double-chambered right ventricle. The patient presented with fever, shortness of breath, progressively worsening exertional fatigue, dyspnea and weight loss for 3 months...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335735/population-diversity-of-the-genetically-determined-ttr-expression-in-human-tissues-and-its-implications-in-ttr-amyloidosis
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Andrea Iorio, Flavio De Angelis, Marco Di Girolamo, Marco Luigetti, Luca G Pradotto, Anna Mazzeo, Sabrina Frusconi, Filomena My, Dario Manfellotto, Maria Fuciarelli, Renato Polimanti
BACKGROUND: Transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis is a hereditary disease with a complex genotype-phenotype correlation. We conducted a literature survey to define the clinical landscape of TTR amyloidosis across populations worldwide. Then, we investigated whether the genetically determined TTR expression differs among human populations, contributing to the differences observed in patients. Polygenic scores for genetically determined TTR expression in 14 clinically relevant tissues were constructed using data from the GTEx (Genotype-Tissue Expression) project and tested in the samples from the 1,000 Genomes Project...
March 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333429/multimodality-imaging-to-plan-and-guide-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-interventions
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Edgard A Prihadi, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a highly prevalent valvular heart disease. The natural history of untreated significant TR portends an unfavourable outcome, but only a minority of patients is currently referred for surgical treatment. Organic TR (caused by primary abnormality of the leaflets) is relatively infrequent whereas secondary or functional TR (caused by dilatation of the tricuspid annulus, right ventricle [RV] and right atrium) is the predominant mechanism. The success of transcatheter therapies for left valvular heart disease over the last decade, has fuelled similar development of novel transcatheter devices for the treatment of TR...
March 23, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333388/central-regulation-of-glucose-homeostasis
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Alexander Tups, Jonas Benzler, Domenico Sergi, Sharon R Ladyman, Lynda M Williams
The ability of the brain to directly control glucose levels in the blood independently of its effects on food intake and body weight has been known ever since 1854 when Claude Bernard, a French physiologist, discovered that lesioning the floor of the fourth ventricle in rabbits led to a rise of sugar in the blood. Despite this outstanding discovery at that time, it took more than 140 years before progress started to be made in identifying the underlying mechanisms of brain-mediated control of glucose homeostasis...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333011/utility-of-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-for-left-sided-breast-radiation-therapy-in-preventing-early-cardiac-perfusion-defects-a-prospective-study
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Timothy M Zagar, Orit Kaidar-Person, Xiaoli Tang, Ellen E Jones, Jason Matney, Shiva K Das, Rebecca L Green, Arif Sheikh, Amir H Khandani, William H McCartney, Jorge Daniel Oldan, Terence Z Wong, Lawrence B Marks
PURPOSE: To evaluate early cardiac single photon computed tomography (SPECT) findings after left breast/chest wall postoperative radiation therapy (RT) in the setting of deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We performed a prospective single-institution single-arm study of patients who were planned for tangential RT with DIBH to the left breast/chest wall (± internal mammary nodes). The DIBH was done by use of a controlled surface monitoring technique (AlignRT, Vision RT Ltd, London, UK)...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332363/optimal-dose-and-timing-of-umbilical-stem-cells-treatment-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertensive-rats
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Hyeryon Lee, Kwan Chang Kim, Soo Jin Choi, Young Mi Hong
PURPOSE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a fatal disease which is characterized by an increase in pulmonary arterial pressure leading to increases in right ventricular afterload. Human umbilical cord blood derived-mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) administered via the jugular vein have been previously shown to improve PAH by reversal treatment. However, the effect of low dosage and transfusion timing of hUCB-MSCs on PAH has not yet been clearly established. Obviously, low dosage treatment can lead to a reduction in costs...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332154/altered-cerebrospinal-fluid-dynamics-in-neurofibromatosis-type-l-severe-arachnoid-thickening-in-patients-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-may-cause-abnormal-csf-dynamic
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Young Sill Kang, Eun-Kyung Park, Yong-Oock Kim, Ju-Seong Kim, Dong-Seok Kim, U W Thomale, Kyu-Won Shim
INTRODUCTION: The object of this study is to understand abnormal dynamic of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which may cause temporal lobe herniation and bulging of temporal fossa. METHODS: Four patients, three females and one male, with NF1 were studied retrospectively. They presented with a similar craniofacial deformity, which consisted of pulsatile exophthalmos, an enlarged bony orbit, dysplasia of the sphenoid wing with the presence of a herniation of the temporal lobe into the orbit, and a bulging temporal fossa...
March 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330969/influence-of-the-coronary-circulation-on-thermal-tolerance-and-cardiac-performance-during-warming-in-rainbow-trout
#17
Andreas Ekström, Michael Axelsson, Albin Gräns, Jeroen Brijs, Erik Sandblom
Thermal tolerance in fish may be related to an oxygen limitation of cardiac function. While the hearts of some fish species receive oxygenated blood via a coronary circulation, the influence of this oxygen supply on thermal tolerance and cardiac performance during warming remain unexplored. Here, we analyzed the effect in vivo of acute warming on coronary blood flow in adult sexually mature rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss), and the consequences of chronic coronary ligation on cardiac function and thermal tolerance in juvenile trout...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330950/pressure-overload-leads-to-an-increased-accumulation-and-activity-of-mast-cells-in-the-right-ventricle
#18
Himal Luitel, Akylbek Sydykov, Yves Schymura, Argen Mamazhakypov, Wiebke Janssen, Kabita Pradhan, Astrid Wietelmann, Djuro Kosanovic, Bhola Kumar Dahal, Norbert Weissmann, Werner Seeger, Friedrich Grimminger, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Ralph Theo Schermuly
Right ventricular (RV) remodeling represents a complex set of functional and structural adaptations in response to chronic pressure or volume overload due to various inborn defects or acquired diseases and is an important determinant of patient outcome. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. We investigated the time course of structural and functional changes in the RV in the murine model of pressure overload-induced RV hypertrophy in C57Bl/6J mice. Using magnetic resonance imaging, we assessed the changes of RV structure and function at different time points for a period of 21 days...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330845/transport-across-the-choroid-plexus-epithelium
#19
Jeppe Praetorius, Helle Hasager Damkier
The choroid plexus epithelium is a secretory epithelium par excellence. However, this is perhaps not the most prominent reason for the massive interest in this modest-sized tissue residing inside the brain ventricles. Most likely, the dominant reason for extensive studies of the choroid plexus is the identification of this epithelium as the source of the majority of intraventricular cerebrospinal fluid. This finding has direct relevance for studies of diseases and conditions with deranged central fluid volume or ionic balance...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330522/passive-range-of-motion-exercise-to-enhance-growth-in-infants-following-the-norwood-procedure-a-safety-and-feasibility-trial
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Linda M Lambert, Felicia L Trachtenberg, Victoria L Pemberton, Janine Wood, Shelley Andreas, Robin Schlosser, Teresa Barnard, Kaitlyn Daniels, Ann T Harrington, Nicholas Dagincourt, Thomas A Miller
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a passive range of motion exercise programme for infants with CHD. Study design This non-randomised pilot study enrolled 20 neonates following Stage I palliation for single-ventricle physiology. Trained physical therapists administered standardised 15-20-minute passive range of motion protocol, for up to 21 days or until hospital discharge. Safety assessments included vital signs measured before, during, and after the exercise as well as adverse events recorded through the pre-Stage II follow-up...
March 23, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
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