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Y Gao, Y C Liang, H B Yu, X L Yan, B G Xu, R Liu, N Wang, G Q Xu, Z L Wang
Objective: To investigate the heart rate control situation of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients who received cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) therapy, and to assess the heart rate control efficacy by optimized medication adjustment. Methods: We performed a perspective study in heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients who received CIED according to guideline recommendations, patients were enrolled from January 2012 to January 2017. Resting heart rate (RHR) recorded by electrocardiogram after 10 minutes' rest and medication usage within 1 month were recorded at baseline...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Zhenhua Miao, Linda S Ertl, Dale Newland, Bin Zhao, Yu Wang, Xiaoping Zang, James J Campbell, Xiaoli Liu, Ton Dang, Shichang Miao, Antoni Krasinski, Sreenivas Punna, Yibin Zeng, Jeffrey McMahon, Penglie Zhang, Israel F Charo, Thomas J Schall, Rajinder Singh
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) comprises a group of uncommon disorders that present with marked proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, progressive renal failure and characteristic glomerular lesions on histopathology. The current standard of care for patients with FSGS include immunosuppressive drugs such as glucocorticoids followed by calcineurin inhibitors, if needed for intolerance or inadequate response to glucocorticoids. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) blockers are also used to control proteinuria, an important signature of FSGS...
2018: PloS One
Jian Wang, Yuxin Wen, Guanggui Ding, Peikun Ding, Lu Zhang, Jing Liu, Tengfei Zhang, Lin Yang
Afatinib exhibits therapeutic efficacy for lung adenocarcinoma patients harboring HER2 exon 20 insertions. HER2 S310Y single site substitution was discovered in recent years and afatinib efficacy for adenocarcinoma patients harboring S310Y mutation has not been reported. We presented a case of a 41-year-old male patient with lung adenocarcinoma harboring the HER2 S310Y mutation obtained clinical response to the treatment of afatinib, an oral HER family blocker. After the treatment of afatinib, the patient achieved partial response (PR) in chest lesions and almost complete response (CR) in intracranial lesions...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Sidra Khalid, Murtaza Sundhu, Alinda Sarma, Bicky Thapa, Praful Maroo
Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a rare variant of HCM. We present the case of a 26-years-old female who was diagnosed with apical HCM. Her electrocardiogram showed the characteristic T-wave inversions in V2-V5 and her echocardiogram portrayed apical left ventricular hypertrophy. The diagnosis was confirmed with a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. She was treated with beta blockers. Our case emphasizes that apical HCM is a relatively benign disease. However, due to the emerging evidence of sudden cardiac deaths in these patients, the risk for sudden death needs to be evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Keshi Ma, Wenshuo Shi, Mengyue Xu, Jiaxi Liu, Feixiong Zhang
It remains unclear whether plant lncRNAs are responsive to Ca2+ -channel blocking. When using the Ca2+ -channel blocker, LaCl3 , to treat germinated wheat seeds for 24 h, we found that both root length and mitosis were inhibited in the LaCl3 -treated groups. The effect of the Ca2+ -channel blocker was verified in three ways: a [Ca2+ ]cyt decrease detected using Fluo-3/AM staining, a decrease in the Ca content measured using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and an inhibition of Ca2+ influx detected using Non-invasive Micro-test Technology...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chun-Kuei Su, Yi-Yin Chen, Chiu-Ming Ho
Nitric oxide (NO) is a diffusible gas and has multifarious effects on both pre- and postsynaptic events. As a consequence of complex excitatory and inhibitory integrations, NO effects on neuronal activities are heterogeneous. Using in vitro preparations of neonatal rats that retain the splanchnic sympathetic nerves and the thoracic spinal cord as an experimental model, we report here that either enhancement or attenuation of NO production in the neonatal rat spinal cords could increase, decrease, or not change the spontaneous firing behaviors recorded from splanchnic sympathetic single fibers...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Irena Svobodova, Anirban Bhattaracharya, Milorad Ivetic, Zdenka Bendova, Hana Zemkova
The circadian rhythms in physiological and behavioral functions are driven by a pacemaker located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The rhythms continue in constant darkness and depend on cell-cell communication between neurons and glia. The SCN astrocytes generate also a circadian rhythm in extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) accumulation, but molecular mechanisms that regulate ATP release are poorly understood. Here, we tested the hypothesis that ATP is released via the plasma membrane purinergic P2X7 receptors (P2X7Rs) and P2Y receptors (P2YRs) which have been previously shown to be expressed in the SCN tissue at transcriptional level...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Meeri Eeva-Liisa Mäkinen, Laura Ylä-Outinen, Susanna Narkilahti
The electrical activity of the brain arises from single neurons communicating with each other. However, how single neurons interact during early development to give rise to neural network activity remains poorly understood. We studied the emergence of synchronous neural activity in human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived neural networks simultaneously on a single-neuron level and network level. The contribution of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and gap junctions to the development of synchronous activity in hPSC-derived neural networks was studied with GABA agonist and antagonist and by blocking gap junctional communication, respectively...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Zhipeng Zhu, Hongmei Zhou, Yunjian Ni, Cheng Wu, Caijun Zhang, Xiaoyan Ling
Purpose: Cardiac surgery patients always present with atrial fibrillation (AF) after admission to the intensive care unit, leading to high mortality and lengthy hospitalization. Dexmedetomidine (DEX) is a popular medication used for sedation in the intensive care unit; however, whether it can reduce AF needs to be analyzed. Materials and methods: Three primary databases, Medline, Embase (Ovid SP) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), were searched...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Phillip J Tully, Ruth Peters, Karine Pérès, Kaarin J Anstey, Christophe Tzourio
BACKGROUND: Emerging genetic, ex-vivo, and clinical trial evidence indicates that calcium channel blockers (CCB) can improve mood and cognitive function. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) therapy augmented with CCB on depression and cognitive decline in an elderly population with hypertension. METHODS: Prospective study of 296 persons treated with SSRI and antihypertensive drugs. Baseline and two year clinic assessments were used to categorize participants as users of SSRI + CCB (n = 53) or users of SSRI + other antihypertensives (n = 243)...
March 21, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Miran Brvar, Ming Yin Chan, Andrew H Dawson, Richard R Ribchester, Michael Eddleston
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of acute organophosphorus or carbamate insecticide self-poisoning is often ineffective, with tens of thousands of deaths occurring every year. Researchers have recommended the addition of magnesium sulfate or calcium channel blocking drugs to standard care to reduce acetylcholine release at cholinergic synapses. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to review systematically the evidence from preclinical studies in animals exposed to organophosphorus or carbamate insecticides concerning the efficacy of magnesium sulfate and calcium channel blocking drugs as therapy compared with placebo in reducing mortality or clinical features of poisoning...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
Javier Jiménez-Candil, Ignasi Anguera, Olga Durán, Jesús Hernández, Javier Fernández-Portales, José Luis Moríñigo, Ana Martín, Paolo Dallaglio, Loreto Bravo, Andrea di Marco, Pedro Luis Sánchez
INTRODUCTION: Among implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patients, a substantial proportion of syncopes are due to fast ventricular tachycardias (FVTs). In the experimental models of ventricular tachycardias, the arterial vasoconstriction plays an important role in recovering the arterial pressure. Since beta-blockers increase vascular resistance, we hypothesized that beta-blockers could reduce the occurrence of syncope due to FVTs. Our objective was to determine the relationship between the beta-blocker therapy and the incidence of syncope in FVT (cycle length [CL] 250-320 ms) occurring in ICD patients...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Brandon K Martinez, C Michael White
OBJECTIVE: To review the role of inflammatory suppression in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) with a focus on the interleukin-1β blocker canakinumab. DATA SOURCES: An Ovid MEDLINE literature search (1946 to February 2018) was performed using search terms inflammation, ASCVD, atherosclerosis, C-reactive protein, canakinumab. Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: English-language studies assessing the impact of pharmacological agents, including canakinumab, on inflammation as measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and the association with reducing ASCVD events were evaluated...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Se Hee Min, Se Hong Kim, In Kyung Jeong, Ho Chan Cho, Jin Ok Jeong, Ju Hee Lee, Hyun Jae Kang, Hyo Soo Kim, Kyong Soo Park, Soo Lim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A relationship between renin-angiotensin system (RAS) components and metabolic syndrome (MetS) has been suggested, but not elucidated clearly. We examined the levels of RAS components in patients with and without MetS and their association with MetS in Korean population. METHODS: This study was approved by the review boards of the participating institutions and endorsed by the Korean Society of Lipid and Atherosclerosis. We screened 892 Koreans aged ≥20 years who underwent evaluation of hypertension, diabetes, or dyslipidemia at 6 tertiary hospitals in 2015-2016...
March 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
Badhma Valaiyapathi, David A Calhoun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will summarize recent developments in the research on the mineralocorticoid receptor and its impact on obstructive sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: Aldosterone excess plays an important role in the association between resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. The prevalence of obesity is increasing rapidly worldwide and is especially common among patients with obstructive sleep apnea, resistant hypertension, and metabolic syndrome, suggesting probable mechanistic links between these three conditions...
March 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
Jiao Li, Shu-Hong Li, Jun Wu, Richard D Weisel, Alina Yao, William L Stanford, Shi-Ming Liu, Ren-Ke Li
Background: To improve the regenerative capacity of aged individuals, we reconstituted bone marrow (BM) of aged mice with young Sca-1 cells, which repopulated cardiac progenitors and prevented cardiac dysfunction after a myocardial infarction (MI). However, the mechanisms involved were incompletely elucidated. This study aimed to investigate whether young, highly regenerative BM Sca-1 cells exert their cardio-protective effects on the aged heart through reactivation of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process...
2018: Theranostics
Jingjiang Pi, Jie Liu, Tao Zhuang, Lin Zhang, Huimin Sun, Xiaoli Chen, Qian Zhao, Yashu Kuang, Sheng Peng, Xiaohui Zhou, Zuoren Yu, Ting Tao, Brian Tomlinson, Paul Chan, Ying Tian, Huimin Fan, Zhongmin Liu, Xiangjian Zheng, Edward Morrisey, Yuzhen Zhang
Rationale: Angiogenesis is critical for embryonic development and microRNAs fine-tune this process, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Methods: Endothelial cell (EC) specific miR302-367 line was used as gain-of-function and anti-miRs as loss-of-function models to investigate the effects of miR302-367 on developmental angiogenesis with embryonic hindbrain vasculature as an in vivo model and fibrin gel beads and tube formation assay as in vitro models. Cell migration was evaluated by Boyden chamber and scratch wound healing assay and cell proliferation by cell count, MTT assay, Ki67 immunostaining and PI cell cycle analysis...
2018: Theranostics
Neivys García-Delgado, Myrian Velasco, Carmen Sánchez-Soto, Carlos Manlio Díaz-García, Marcia Hiriart
Pancreatic beta cells during the first month of development acquire functional maturity, allowing them to respond to variations in extracellular glucose concentration by secreting insulin. Changes in ionic channel activity are important for this maturation. Within the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC), the most studied channels are high-voltage-activated (HVA), principally L-type; while low-voltage-activated (LVA) channels have been poorly studied in native beta cells. We analyzed the changes in the expression and activity of VGCC during the postnatal development in rat beta cells...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Marine Paul, Wulfran Bougouin, Florence Dumas, Guillaume Geri, Benoit Champigneulle, Lucie Guillemet, Omar Ben Hadj Salem, Stéphane Legriel, Jean-Daniel Chiche, Julien Charpentier, Jean-Paul Mira, Claudio Sandroni, Alain Cariou
PURPOSE: Although guidelines on post-resuscitation care recommend the use of short-acting agents for sedation during targeted temperature management (TTM) after cardiac arrest (CA), the potential advantages of this strategy have not been clinically demonstrated. METHODS: We compared two sedation regimens (propofol-remifentanil, period P2, vs midazolam-fentanyl, period P1) among comatose TTM-treated CA survivors. Management protocol, apart from sedation and neuromuscular blockers use, did not change between the two periods...
March 16, 2018: Resuscitation
Vieux Momeme Mokoli, Ernest Kiswaya Sumaili, François Bompeka Lepira, Fiston Ikwa Ndol Mbutiwi, Jean Robert Rissassy Makulo, Justine Busanga Bukabau, Patrick Parmba Izeidi, Jeannine Losa Luse, Stéphane Kalambay Mukendi, Désiré Kulimba Mashinda, Nazaire Mangani Nseka
BACKGROUND: Decreased residual urine volume (RUV) is associated with higher mortality in hemodialysis (HD). However, few studies have examined RUV in patients on HD in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of RUV among incident hemodialysis patients in Kinshasa. METHODS: This historical cohort study enrolled 250 patients with ESRD undergoing hemodialysis between January 2007 and July 2013 in two hemodialysis centers in Kinshasa. RUV were collected over 24 h at the initiation of HD and 6 and 12 months later during the interdialytic period...
March 20, 2018: BMC Nephrology
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