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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155072/a-protocol-to-study-ex-vivo-mouse-working-heart-at-human-like-heart-rate
#1
Han-Zhong Feng, Jian-Ping Jin
Genetically modified mice are widely used as experimental models to study human heart function and diseases. However, the fast rate of normal mouse heart at 400-600bpm limits its capacity of assessing kinetic parameters that are important for the physiology and pathophysiology of human heart that beats at a much slower rate (75-180bpm). To extend the value of mouse models, we established a protocol to study ex vivo mouse working hearts at a human-like heart rate. In the presence of 300μM lidocaine to lower pacemaker and conductive activities and prevent arrhythmia, a stable rate of 120-130bpm at 37°C is achieved for ex vivo mouse working hearts...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153916/a-case-with-cmtx1-disease-showing-transient-ischemic-attack-like-episodes
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Zehra Aktan, Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Pinar Tekturk, Engin Deniz, Bahar Koyuncu, Zuhal Yapici
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a hereditary neurologic disease which affects the sensorial and motor fibers of the peripheral nerves. CMTX1 is an X-linked dominantly inherited subtype of CMT and is caused by mutations in gap junction beta 1 gene (GJB1). A small proportion of GJB1 mutations are associated with recurrent central nervous system findings. We describe a 15-year-old male patient with CMTX1 who had stroke-like findings along with foot deformities and peripheral neuropathy. Strokes and stroke-like attacks are rarely seen in children and adolescents...
November 9, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141503/association-of-the-genetic-and-traditional-risk-factors-of-ischaemic-heart-disease-with-stemi-and-nstemi-development
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Diana Žaliaduonytė-Pekšienė, Vaiva Lesauskaitė, Rasa Liutkevičienė, Vytenis Tamakauskas, Vilius Kviesulaitis, Giedrė Šinkūnaitė-Maršalkienė, Sandrita Šimonytė, Simonita Mačiulskytė, Eglė Tamulevičiūtė-Prascienė, Olivija Gustienė, Abdonas Tamošiūnas, Remigijus Žaliūnas
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the influence of traditional risk factors of ischaemic heart disease and genetic factors to predict different types of acute coronary syndromes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five hundred and twenty-three patients with acute coronary syndromes (393 with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 130 with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)) comprised the study group. The control group consisted of 645 subjects free from symptoms of ischaemic heart disease and stroke...
October 2017: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141072/association-of-cetp-gene-variants-with-risk-for-vascular-and-nonvascular-diseases-among-chinese-adults
#4
Iona Y Millwood, Derrick A Bennett, Michael V Holmes, Ruth Boxall, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Ling Yang, Sam Sansome, Yiping Chen, Huaidong Du, Canqing Yu, Alex Hacker, Dermot F Reilly, Yunlong Tan, Michael R Hill, Junshi Chen, Richard Peto, Hongbing Shen, Rory Collins, Robert Clarke, Liming Li, Robin G Walters, Zhengming Chen
Importance: Increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol through pharmacologic inhibition of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) is a potentially important strategy for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Objective: To use genetic variants in the CETP gene to assess potential risks and benefits of lifelong lower CETP activity on CVD and other outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective biobank study included 151 217 individuals aged 30 to 79 years who were enrolled from 5 urban and 5 rural areas of China from June 25, 2004, through July 15, 2008...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138211/transcriptome-sequencing-of-the-naked-mole-rat-heterocephalus-glaber-and-identification-of-hypoxia-tolerance-genes
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Bang Xiao, Li Li, Chang Xu, Shanmin Zhao, Lifang Lin, Jishuai Cheng, Wenjing Yang, Wei Cong, Guanghan Kan, Shufang Cui
The naked mole rat (NMR; Heterocephalus glaber) is a small rodent species found in regions of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. It has a high tolerance for hypoxia and is thus, considered one of the most important natural models for studying hypoxia tolerance mechanisms. The various mechanisms underlying the NMR's hypoxia tolerance are beginning to be understood at different levels of organization, and next-generation sequencing methods promise to expand this understanding to the level of gene expression. In this study, we examined the sequence and transcript abundance data of the muscle transcriptome of NMRs exposed to hypoxia using the Illumina HiSeq 2500 system to clarify the possible genomic adaptive responses to the hypoxic underground surroundings...
November 14, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132836/prevalence-of-fabry-disease-in-young-patients-with-stroke-in-argentina
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Ricardo C Reisin, Julieta Mazziotti, Luciana León Cejas, Alberto Zinnerman, Pablo Bonardo, Manuel Fernández Pardal, Alejandra Martínez, Patricia Riccio, Sebastián Ameriso, Eduardo Bendersky, Pedro Nofal, Patricia Cairola, Lorena Jure, Andrea Sotelo, Paula Rozenfeld, Romina Ceci, Ignacio Casas-Parera, Analía Sánchez Luceros
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is an underdiagnosed cause of stroke in young adults, but the frequency of this association is largely unknown. We estimated the prevalence of FD in a nationwide cohort of young adults who had stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in Argentina. METHODS: This was a prospective, multicenter study of stroke and FD in young adults (18-55 years) conducted in Argentina between 2011 and 2015. Patients were enrolled if they had had a TIA or an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke within the previous 180 days...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123153/a-genome-wide-association-study-links-small-vessel-ischemic-stroke-to-autophagy
#7
Tsong-Hai Lee, Tai-Ming Ko, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Yeu-Jhy Chang, Liang-Suei Lu, Chien-Hung Chang, Kuo-Lun Huang, Ting-Yu Chang, Jiann-Der Lee, Ku-Chou Chang, Jen-Tsung Yang, Ming-Shien Wen, Chao-Yung Wang, Ying-Ting Chen, Tsai-Chuan Chen, Shu-Yu Chou, Ming-Ta Michael Lee, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) can serve as strong evidence in correlating biological pathways with human diseases. Although ischemic stroke has been found to be associated with many biological pathways, the genetic mechanism of ischemic stroke is still unclear. Here, we performed GWAS for a major subtype of stroke-small-vessel occlusion (SVO)-to identify potential genetic factors contributing to ischemic stroke. GWAS were conducted on 342 individuals with SVO stroke and 1,731 controls from a Han Chinese population residing in Taiwan...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117112/in-vivo-imaging-of-microglial-calcium-signaling-in-brain-inflammation-and-injury
#8
REVIEW
Petr Tvrdik, M Yashar S Kalani
Microglia, the innate immune sentinels of the central nervous system, are the most dynamic cells in the brain parenchyma. They are the first responders to insult and mediate neuroinflammation. Following cellular damage, microglia extend their processes towards the lesion, modify their morphology, release cytokines and other mediators, and eventually migrate towards the damaged area and remove cellular debris by phagocytosis. Intracellular Ca(2+) signaling plays important roles in many of these functions. However, Ca(2+) in microglia has not been systematically studied in vivo...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113388/association-of-mir-146a-mir-149-mir-196a2-mir-499-gene-polymorphisms-with-ischemic-stroke-in-a-chinese-people
#9
Hong-Cheng Luo, Qi-Sheng Luo, Chun-Fang Wang, Ming Lei, Bei-Lin Li, Ye-Sheng Wei
This study aimed to investigate genetic polymorphisms of miR-146a, miR-149, miR-196a2, and miR-499 and genetic susceptibility of ischemic stroke in the population of Guangxi in China. A case-control study was used to investigate miRNAs genetic polymorphisms in 298 patients with ischemic stroke and 303 healthy controls. Single-base extension polymerase chain reaction genotyping principle was used to detect genetic polymorphisms of miRNAs,and the relationship of genotype in each group and blood lipid was compared and analyzed...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111012/advancing-stroke-genomic-research-in-the-age-of-trans-omics-big-data-science-emerging-priorities-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Mayowa Owolabi, Emmanuel Peprah, Huichun Xu, Rufus Akinyemi, Hemant K Tiwari, Marguerite R Irvin, Kolawole Wasiu Wahab, Donna K Arnett, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: We systematically reviewed the genetic variants associated with stroke in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and examined the emerging priorities and opportunities for rapidly advancing stroke research in the era of Trans-Omics science. METHODS: Using the PRISMA guideline, we searched PubMed and NHGRI- EBI GWAS catalog for stroke studies from 2007 till May 2017. RESULTS: We included 31 studies. The major challenge is that the few validated variants could not account for the full genetic risk of stroke and have not been translated for clinical use...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108421/neonatal-arterial-ischemic-stroke-risk-related-to-family-history-maternal-diseases-and-genetic-thrombophilia
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Juan Arnaez, Gemma Arca, Ana Martín-Ancel, Thais Agut, Alfredo Garcia-Alix
The objective of this study was to evaluate the heritability of neonatal arterial ischemic stroke (NAIS) in relation to family history of thromboembolic event, maternal diseases, and thrombophilia in both parents ( F5G1691A, F2G20210A, and MTHFRC677 T mutations). Forty-two consecutive infants ≥36 weeks of gestation <28 days of life with acute symptomatic NAIS and their parents, as well as 129 controls, were prospectively recruited. Information on maternal data (age, body mass index, oral contraception, migraine, epilepsy, hypertension, and immune disease) and a 3-generation pedigree regarding myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, cerebrovascular event, and deep vein thrombosis were obtained...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103427/neuroinflammation-in-ischemic-pediatric-stroke
#12
Maja Steinlin
Over the last decades, the importance of inflammatory processes in pediatric stroke have become increasingly evident. Ischemia launches a cascade of events: activation and inhibition of inflammation by a large network of cytokines, adhesion and small molecules, protease, and chemokines. There are major differences in the neonatal brain compared to adult brain, but developmental trajectories of the process during childhood are not yet well known. In neonatal stroke ischemia is the leading pathophysiology, but infectious and inflammatory processes have a significant input into the course and degree of tissue damage...
August 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102976/giant-phaeochromocytoma-presenting-with-an-acute-stroke-reappraising-phaeochromocytoma-surveillance-for-the-neurofibromatosis-type-1-phakomatosis
#13
Yingshan Lee, Leon Yuan Rui Tan, Yong Howe Ho, Melvin Khee Shing Leow
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a multisystem genetic disorder associated with reduced lifespan attributed largely to malignancy and vascular causes. One of the tumours associated with NF1 is phaeochromocytoma. The phaeochromocytoma has earned the moniker, a 'great mimicker', due to its varied means of presentation. We present a patient with NF1 who was diagnosed with a giant 20 cm phaeochromocytoma after suffering from an ischaemic stroke. Current guidelines do not advocate surveillance of phaeochromocytoma in asymptomatic patients with NF1, unlike other genetic syndromes associated with phaeochromocytoma...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102662/rip1k-contributes-to-neuronal-and-astrocytic-cell-death-in-ischemic-stroke-via-activating-autophagic-lysosomal-pathway
#14
Yong Ni, Wei-Wei Gu, Zhi-He Liu, Yong-Ming Zhu, Jia-Guo Rong, Thomas A Kent, Min Li, Shi-Gang Qiao, Jian-Zhong An, Hui-Ling Zhang
Although the receptor-interacting protein 1 kinase (RIP1K)-regulated necroptosis can be evoked by cerebral ischemia, the effects of RIP1K in mediating neuronal and astrocytic cell death and the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. This study evaluates the contribution of RIP1K to ischemic stroke-induced neuronal and astrocytic cell death, and the activation of autophagic-lysosomal pathway. Using an in vitro oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in primary cultured neurons or astrocytes and a permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) model in rats or mice, we observed the role of RIP1K in the ischemic neuronal and astrocytic cell death and the underlying mechanisms by pharmacological or genetic inhibition of RIP1K...
November 8, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101611/pre-existing-small-vessel-disease-in-patients-with-acute-stroke-from-the-middle-east-southeast-asia-and-philippines
#15
Naveed Akhtar, Abdul Salam, Saadat Kamran, Atlantic D'Souza, Yahia Imam, Ahmed Own, Ahmed ElSotouhy, Surjith Vattoth, Paula Bourke, Zain Bhutta, Sujatha Joseph, Mark Santos, Rabia Ali Khan, Ashfaq Shuaib
Asymptomatic small vessel disease (SVD), including white matter hyperintensities (WMHIs), periventricular hyperintensities (PVHIs), silent stroke (SS), and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), increases the risk of stroke. There are limited studies of SVD in subjects from the Middle East and Southeast Asia (SA). All patients admitted to stroke service between 2014 and 2015 were reviewed for presence of "pre-existing" SVD. Stroke mimics with no previous history of stroke were used as controls. There were 1727 patients admitted with stroke...
November 3, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100429/association-study-of-igfbp1-and-igfbp3-polymorphisms-with-hypertension-and-cardio-cerebral-vascular-diseases-in-a-chinese-han-population
#16
Zhengmei Fang, Song Yang, Lijun Zhu, Ying Li, Yanchun Chen, Yuelong Jin, Xianghai Zhao, Hailong Zhao, Xiaotian Chen, Yanping Zhao, Chong Shen, Yingshui Yao
Previous studies have showed that insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis is involved in the development of hypertension. It is unclear whether genetic variants in the IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) contribute to the susceptibility to hypertension. Three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in IGFBP1 and four SNPs in IGFBP3 were selected for genotyping in 2,012 hypertension cases and 2,210 healthy controls and 4,128 subjects were followed up for a median of 5.01 years. Multiple logistic regression and Cox regression were performed to evaluate the association of these seven SNPs with hypertension and cardio-cerebral vascular disease (CCVD)...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097512/new-insights-into-cardiac-and-vascular-natriuretic-peptides-findings-from-young-adults-born-with-very-low-birth-weight
#17
Timothy C R Prickett, Brian A Darlow, Richard W Troughton, Vicky A Cameron, John M Elliott, Julia Martin, L John Horwood, Eric A Espiner
BACKGROUND: In community studies, plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is positively associated with cardiovascular disorders. Those born with very low birth weight (VLBW) have increased risk of metabolic and vascular disorders in later life, but plasma concentrations of natriuretic peptides have not been studied. The objectives here were to evaluate BNP and C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP)-a putative marker of vascular risk-in young adults born with VLBW. METHODS: In all, 220 VLBW cases and 97 matched controls were studied 28 years after birth during a 2-day period at 1 research center...
November 2, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091301/il-6-promoter-polymorphism-increased-risks-of-recurrent-stroke-in-the-young-patients-with-moderate-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
#18
Ou Minghui, Cuiping Yao, Xiaoping Ma, Xiangluan Xing, Wenting He, Huanmin Gao
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine with both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Increased serum IL-6 is associated with higher risk of cerebral vascular diseases, however, the circulating levels of IL-6 vary greatly between individuals for bioenvironmental or genetic interferes by IL-6 transcription therefore this study was to investigate if IL-6 promoter polymorphisms predict the recurrence of young stroke. 94 patients with moderate internal carotid artery stenosis and 94 healthy subjects were selected...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083341/a-case-of-refractary-epilepsy-and-related-pain-due-to-dysmenorrhea-solved-with-loading-dose-of-lacosamide-clinical-and-neurophysiological-correlates
#19
Nicolino Marchitto, Umberto Ceratti, Serenella Dalmaso, Gianfranco Raimondi
 In most cases, the etiology of epilepsy is unknown, although some individuals may develop epilepsy as a result of certain brain injuries, following a stroke, a brain tumor or because of drugs and alcohol. Even some rare genetic mutations may be related to the onset of the condition. Seizures are the result of excessive and abnormal activity of neurons in the cerebral cortex. In this case report we show a clinical case of refractory epilepsy due to pain related to uncontrolled dysmenorrhea. The patient, 43 yrs old, had a history of epilepsy of 20 years and ovarian cancer...
October 23, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075181/kca3-1-inhibition-switches-the-astrocyte-phenotype-during-astrogliosis-associated-with-ischemic-stroke-via-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-mapk-signaling-pathways
#20
Zhihua Yu, Mengni Yi, Tianjiao Wei, Xiaoling Gao, Hongzhuan Chen
Ischemic stroke is a devastating neurological disease that can initiate a phenotype switch in astrocytes. Reactive astrogliosis is a significant pathological feature of ischemic stroke and is accompanied by changes in gene expression, hypertrophied processes and proliferation. The intermediate-conductance Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel KCa3.1 has been shown to contribute to astrogliosis-induced neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We here present evidence, from both astrocytes subjected to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) and from the brains of mice subjected to permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO), that KCa3...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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