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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821171/noacs-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Paulus Kirchhof, Stefan Schroeder
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August 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821151/flexibility-of-backbone-fibrils-in-%C3%AE-chitin-crystals-with-different-degree-of-acetylation
#2
Zechuan Yu, Denvid Lau
Acetyl groups are backbone outreaches that enhance inter-fibril connection in chitin and chitosan fibril bundle. Removal of acetyl groups affects flexibility of chitosan fibril bundle, thereby affecting mechanical strength of chitosan-based products. Understandings of relationship between degree of acetylation and flexibility of chitin fibril bundle conduce to optimization of synthetic chitin materials. Here, the relationship is examined by performing molecular dynamics simulations. Coiling of chitin and chitosan fibril bundle with different degree of acetylation is observed and flexibility of fibrils is measured...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821123/interfacial-modification-on-polyhydroxyalkanoates-starch-blend-by-grafting-%C3%A2-in-situ
#3
Pengwu Xu, Qingtao Zeng, Ying Cao, Piming Ma, Weifu Dong, Mingqing Chen
The interfacial adhesion between polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and native starch is poor. To improve the interfacial adhesion, PHAs were in-situ grafted onto starch using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as a free radical initiator. The grafting reaction was carefully characterized and confirmed by gel analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The gel yield of the PHAs/starch/DCP blend increased with the DCP concentration up to 2wt%. Meanwhile, obvious plastic deformation (stretched fibrils) was observed at the interface in the PHAs/starch/DCP blend in comparison with complete interfacial debonding in the PHAs/starch physical blend...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821100/activation-of-tempo-by-clo2-for-oxidation-of-cellulose-by-hypochlorite-fundamental-and-practical-aspects-of-the-catalytic-system
#4
Timo Pääkkönen, Raili Pönni, Jinze Dou, Markus Nuopponen, Tapani Vuorinen
Bromide-free TEMPO-catalyzed oxidation of the primary alcohols by sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) does not proceed without a prior activation of the catalyst. Here were demonstrate an immediate in situ activation of the catalyst with an equimolar addition of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) relative to TEMPO. Sodium bromide (NaBr) had a similar role in activating the catalyst although NaBr was needed in excess and the activation took several minutes depending on the dosage of NaBr. The activation method, or the concentration of NaBr, did not affect the bulk oxidation rate...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821073/a-new-quality-index-for-benchmarking-of-different-cellulose-nanofibrils
#5
Johanna Desmaisons, Elisa Boutonnet, Martine Rueff, Alain Dufresne, Julien Bras
From a single plant source, a wide range of mechanically-deconstructed cellulose nanomaterials can be obtained due to the large number of possible combinations of pre-treatments, mechanical disintegration process, and post-treatments. It leads to the existence of a variety of cellulose nanofibrils with different shapes, morphologies, and properties on the market. The resulting material is actually a complex mixture of nanoscale particles, microfibrillated fibers, and residual fibers on the millimeter scale...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820981/risk-factors-for-postoperative-acute-mesenteric-ischemia-among-adult-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Qi-Wen Deng, Wen-Cheng Tan, Bing-Cheng Zhao, Wen-Tao Deng, Miao Xu, Wei-Feng Liu, Ke-Xuan Liu
PURPOSE: We aimed to seek risk factors for AMI among adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched electronic bibliographic databases for studies reporting risk factors for AMI among adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Pooled odds ratios (OR) and standard mean differences (SMD or MD) for risk factors between AMI and control group were estimated. RESULTS: 11 studies with 67,195 patients met the inclusion criteria...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820557/papillary-muscle-rupture-in-an-adolescent-with-no-coronary-lesions
#7
Tatjana Lejko Zupanc, Mateja Logar
A 21-year-old man with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome presented to the authors' hospital with ventricular fibrillation. Coronary angiography failed to demonstrate coronary stenosis, but temporary mechanical circulatory support resolved the ventricular fibrillation and the patient was extubated eight days later. On the next day, however, he had to be re-intubated with symptoms of congestive heart failure. Echocardiography revealed new severe mitral regurgitation and a mobile mass, while emergency surgery revealed a posteromedial papillary muscle rupture (PMR)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820546/initial-results-of-combined-mitraclip%C3%A3-%C3%A2-implantation-and-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
#8
Xavier Freixa, Rodrigo Estévez-Loureiro, Fernando Carrasco-Chinchilla, Dabit Arzamendi, Pilar Jiménez-Quevedo, Luis Nombela-Franco, Ignacio Cruz-González, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Manel Sabaté
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is present in 30-50% of patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve repair. The presence of a formal contraindication to oral anticoagulation is also very common in these patients. In this context, percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be a valid alternative for these patients. The study aim was to assess the feasibility, safety, and technical considerations of the combination of percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip system and LAAO...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820544/use-of-adjuncts-reduces-cardiopulmonary-bypass-time-during-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement
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Alice Wang, Sharon L McCartney, Judson B Williams, Asvin Ganapathi, Donald D Glower, Alina Nicoara, Jeffrey G Gaca
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) through a mini-thoracotomy is comparable to AVR through a sternotomy, but may have increased surgical times. The development of adjuncts such as the automatic knot fastener and percutaneous coronary sinus (CS) catheter may reduce this disadvantage. METHODS: A retrospective review conducted between 2002 and 2015 at a single institution revealed 78 patients who underwent MIAVR with adjuncts. The automatic knot fastener was used on all patients, and a successful CS catheter was placed and confirmed by echocardiography in 67 patients (86%)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820543/minimally-invasive-versus-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-a-propensity-matched-study
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Matthew D Terwelp, Vinod H Thourani, Yelin Zhao, Prakash Balan, Catalin Loghin, Daniel Ocazionez, Anthony Estrera, Carson T Hoffmann, Vasilis C Babaliaros, Joseph Lamelas, Tom C Nguyen
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of options exist for the treatment of severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. The study aim was to compare short-term outcomes in patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 2,571 patients undergoing SAVR (n = 842), MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 699) and TAVR (n = 1,030) between 2011 and 2014 was conducted...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820240/the-interaction-between-the-third-type-iii-domain-from-fibronectin-and-anastellin-involves-%C3%AE-strand-exchange
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Jessica M Stine, Gabriel J H Ahl, Casey Schlenker, Domnita-Valeria Rusnac, Klára Briknarová
Anastellin is a small recombinant fragment derived from the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin; it comprises the first type III (FN3) domain without the two N-terminal β-strands. It inhibits angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis in mouse models and requires endogenous fibronectin for its in vivo anti-angiogenic activity. It binds to fibronectin in vitro and converts the soluble protein to insoluble fibrils that structurally and functionally resemble fibronectin fibrils deposited in the extracellular matrix by cells...
August 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820069/apixaban-effective-and-safe-in-preventing-thromboembolic-events-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-renal-failure
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Francesca Cortese, Pietro Scicchitano, Michele Gesualdo, Gabriella Ricci, Santa Carbonara, Carlo Franchini, Brigida Immacolata Pia Schiavone, Filomena Corbo, Marco Matteo Ciccone
Thromboembolic events, principally stroke, represent among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality of subjects with atrial fibrillation, with an incidence about 5 times higher compared to healthy subjects. Chronic kidney disease, frequently associated with atrial fibrillation, determines itself a further increase of thromboembolic events, bleeding and mortality. In addition, the presence of renal failure complicates the pharmacological management of these patients, mainly due to the side effects of antiarrhythmic and anticoagulant drugs with renal excretion, due to their accumulation...
August 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820063/loss-in-toxic-function-of-aggregates-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-mutants-by-a-%C3%AE-synuclein-derived-peptide
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Soheila Mohammadi, Maryam Nikkhah, Saman Hosseinkhani
Parkinson's disease (PD) primarily results from a severe and selective damage of dopaminergic neurons. The neuropathological hallmark of the disease is the presence of inclusions known as Lewy bodies, that are enriched in α-Synuclein (αS) nanofibrils, within the surviving neurons. The inhibition of αS aggregation is considered as an efficient approach for preventing or treating PD. To date, several researchers have been focused on screening for the inhibitors that are able to block, slow down, or reverse αS aggregation, particularly at its early stages...
August 18, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818746/patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-coronary-artery-disease-double-trouble
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REVIEW
Ewelina Michniewicz, Elżbieta Mlodawska, Paulina Lopatowska, Anna Tomaszuk-Kazberuk, Jolanta Malyszko
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cardiovascular disease while atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Both diseases share associated risk factors - hypertension, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, obesity and smoking. Moreover, inflammation plays a causative role in both diseases. The prevalence of CAD in patients with AF is from 17% to 46.5% while the prevalence of AF among patients with CAD is low and it is estimated from 0.2% to 5%. AF is a well-established factor of poor short- and long-term prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is associated with a marked increase in overall mortality...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818408/serial-assessment-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-patients-undergoing-interventional-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage
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Blerim Luani, Thomas Rauwolf, Thomas Groscheck, Ivan Tanev, Joerg Herold, Berend Isermann, Alexander Schmeisser, Rüdiger C Braun-Dullaeus
BACKGROUND: Closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to prevent cardioembolic events is an alternative therapy to oral anticoagulation in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The LAA is an important source of natriuretic peptides and its exclusion from the circulation may alter the blood level of these hormones, thereby influencing their diagnostic value and clinical effects. METHODS: We aimed to prospectively assess potential changes in mid-regional pro A-type natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels six weeks and six months after interventional LAA closure using the Watchman device...
August 1, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818351/recent-trends-in-management-and-outcome-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Leonardo De Luca, Gianni Casella, Andrea Rubboli, Lucio Gonzini, Donata Lucci, Alessandro Boccanelli, Francesco Chiarella, Antonio Di Chiara, Stefano De Servi, Andrea Di Lenarda, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Stefano Savonitto
AIMS: To describe the clinical characteristics, contemporary trends of in-hospital management and outcome of patients admitted for an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with associated atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: We analyzed data from four Italian nationwide prospective registries, conducted between 2001 and 2014, including consecutive ACS patients. RESULTS: Out of 16,803 ACS patients, 1019 (6.1%) presented with concomitant AF: 668 with non-ST elevation (NSTE)-ACS and 351 with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818318/sex-and-gender-differences-in-thromboprophylactic-treatment-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-after-the-introduction-of-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants
#17
Desirée Loikas, Tomas Forslund, Björn Wettermark, Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, Paul Hjemdahl, Mia von Euler
To examine sex differences in thromboprophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation before and after the introduction of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants, we performed a cross-sectional registry study based on anonymized individual-level patient data of all individuals with a diagnosis of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision code I48) in the region of Stockholm, Sweden (2.2 million inhabitants), in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Thromboprophylaxis improved considerably during the period...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818314/comparison-of-disaggregative-effect-of-a-type-egcg-dimer-and-egcg-monomer-on-the-preformed-bovine-insulin-amyloid-fibrils
#18
Rong-Zu Nie, Wei Zhu, Jin-Ming Peng, Zhen-Zhen Ge, Chun-Mei Li
In the present study, the disruptive effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and A-type dimeric epigallocatechin-3-gallate (A-type EGCG dimer) on the preformed bovine insulin amyloid fibrils were studied by several biophysical methods including thioflavin-T (ThT) fluorescence assay, 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic (ANS) fluorescence assay, Congo red (CR) binding assay, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Bradford assay. Our results demonstrated that A-type EGCG dimer showed significantly more potential disaggregative effects on the bovine insulin amyloid fibrils than EGCG...
July 31, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818088/assessment-of-the-effect-of-left-atrial-cryoablation-enhanced-by-ganglionated-plexi-ablation-in-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-open-heart-surgery
#19
Jiří Bárta, Radim Brát
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to investigate, whether enhancement of left atrial cryoablation by ablation of the autonomic nervous system of left atrium leads to influencing the outcomes of surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with structural heart disease undergoing open-heart surgery. METHODS: The observed patient file consisted of 100 patients, who have undergone a combined open-heart surgery at our department between July 2012 and December 2014...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817771/ice-templated-and-cross-linked-amyloid-fibril-aerogel-scaffolds-for-cell-growth
#20
Gustav Nyström, Wye-Khay Fong, Raffaele Mezzenga
Amyloid fibrils prepared from β-lactoglobulin were used to form freeze-dried and cross-linked aerogels. By varying the fibril concentration and freezing gradient, it was possible to control the pore structure and elastic modulus of the aerogels over one order of magnitude from ~2 to ~200 kPa. Using butane tetracarboxylic acid as cross-linker these aerogels maintained their monolithic shape in aqueous conditions displaying elastic behavior and a modulus in the range of 4-40 kPa. When explored as scaffolds for cell growth, the amyloid fibril aerogels demonstrated biocompatibility and led to the successful penetration and permeation of two epithelial cell lines (Caco-2 and HT29) throughout the scaffold...
August 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
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