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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642099/developmental-cardiovascular-physiology-of-the-olive-ridley-sea-turtle-lepidochelys-olivacea
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Dane Alan Crossley, Janna Lee Crossley, Camilla Smith, Martha Harfush, Hermilo Sánchez-Sánchez, Mónica Vanessa Garduño-Paz, José Fernando Méndez-Sánchez
Our understanding of reptilian cardiovascular development and regulation has increased substantially for two species the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) during the past two decades. However, what we know about cardiovascular maturation in many other species remains poorly understood or unknown. Embryonic sea turtles have been studied to understand the maturation of metabolic function, but these studies have not addressed the cardiovascular system...
June 19, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641581/thyrotoxic-and-pheochromocytoma-multisystem-crisis-a-case-report
#2
Kodai Suzuki, Takahito Miyake, Hideshi Okada, Fuminori Yamaji, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Tetsuya Fukuta, Ryu Yasuda, Yoshihito Tanaka, Haruka Okamoto, Sho Nachi, Tomoaki Doi, Takahiro Yoshida, Keisuke Kumada, Shozo Yoshida, Hiroaki Ushikoshi, Izumi Toyoda, Shinji Ogura
BACKGROUND: Thyrotoxic crisis and pheochromocytoma multisystem crisis are rare, life-threatening, emergency endocrine diseases with various clinical manifestations. Here we report a case of a patient who simultaneously developed thyrotoxic crisis and pheochromocytoma multisystem crisis and required intensive cardiovascular management. CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old Asian man experienced nausea and vomiting, and subsequently developed dyspnea and cold sweats while farming...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622599/adrenergic-regulation-of-cytoplasmic-structures-related-to-secretory-processes-in-pig-pinealocytes-an-ultrastructural-quantitative-study
#3
Barbara Przybylska-Gornowicz, Bogdan Lewczuk, Natalia Ziółkowska, Magdalena Prusik
Two structures, considered as secretory in nature, are present in the pinealocytes in of the domestic pig show the presence of two structures, which are considered as secretory in nature - the dense core vesicles (DCV) and the membrane bounded (dense) bodies (MBB). The latter are extremely numerous in pig pinealocytes (they occupy 6-20% of the cytoplasm), and the number of MBB changes under different physiological and experimental conditions. Norepinephrine is the main neurotransmitter that regulates the secretion of pineal melatonin...
June 9, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622331/in-silico-assessment-of-genetic-variation-in-kcna5-reveals-multiple-mechanisms-of-human-atrial-arrhythmogenesis
#4
Michael A Colman, Haibo Ni, Bo Liang, Nicole Schmitt, Henggui Zhang
A recent experimental study investigating patients with lone atrial fibrillation identified six novel mutations in the KCNA5 gene. The mutants exhibited both gain- and loss-of-function of the atrial specific ultra-rapid delayed rectifier K+ current, IKur. The aim of this study is to elucidate and quantify the functional impact of these KCNA5 mutations on atrial electrical activity. A multi-scale model of the human atria was updated to incorporate detailed experimental data on IKur from both wild-type and mutants...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611676/autonomic-modulation-in-patients-with-heart-failure-increases-beat-to-beat-variability-of-ventricular-action-potential-duration
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Bradley Porter, Martin J Bishop, Simon Claridge, Jonathan Behar, Benjamin J Sieniewicz, Jessica Webb, Justin Gould, Mark O'Neill, Christopher A Rinaldi, Reza Razavi, Jaswinder S Gill, Peter Taggart
Background: Exaggerated beat-to-beat variability of ventricular action potential duration (APD) is linked to arrhythmogenesis. Sympathetic stimulation has been shown to increase QT interval variability, but its effect on ventricular APD in humans has not been determined. Methods and Results: Eleven heart failure patients with implanted bi-ventricular pacing devices had activation-recovery intervals (ARI, surrogate for APD) recorded from LV epicardial electrodes under constant RV pacing. Sympathetic activity was increased using a standard autonomic challenge (Valsalva) and baroreceptor indices were applied to determine changes in sympathetic stimulation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599602/spinal-cord-injury-causes-systolic-dysfunction-and-cardiomyocyte-atrophy
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Jordan W Squair, Kathryn M DeVeau, Kathryn A Harman, Malihe-Sadat Poormasjedi-Meibod, Brian Hayes, Jie Liu, David S K Magnuson, Andrei V Krassioukov, Christopher R West
Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) have been shown to exhibit systolic, and to a lesser extent, diastolic cardiac dysfunction. However, previous reports of cardiac dysfunction in this population are confounded by the changing loading conditions after SCI and as such, whether cardiac dysfunction per se is present is still unknown. Therefore, our aim was to establish if load-independent cardiac dysfunction is present after SCI, to understand the functional cardiac response to SCI, and to explore the changes within the cellular milieu of the myocardium...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590038/effects-of-estrogen-and-cimicifuga-racemosa-on-the-cardiac-norepinephrine-pathway-of-ovariectomized-rats
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Yao Liu, Jing Zhang, Shuya Liu, Wenjuan Wang, Xing Chen, Hai Jiang, Junlei Li, Ke Wang, Wenpei Bai, Haicheng Zhang, Lihua Qin
This study aimed to investigate the effects of estrogen and Cimicifuga racemosa on the stellate ganglion, cardiac norepinephrine pathway, and Ca(2+) /calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK II). Forty adult female Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: SHAM, ovariectomized (OVX), ovariectomized with estrogen treatment (E2), and ovariectomized with Cimicifuga racemosa treatment (iCR). After 4 weeks of treatment, norepinephrine (NE) content was determined by high-performance liquid chromatography, and dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DBH) and norepinephrine transporter (NET) expression was detected by immunohistochemistry...
June 7, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577178/population-pharmacokinetic-analysis-of-bisoprolol-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Valentina N Nikolic, Slobodan M Jankovic, Marina Deljanin-Ilic, Sanja S Stojanovic, Miroslav Lj Nikolic, Slavoljub Zivanovic, Dragana Stokanovic, Tatjana Jevtovic-Stoimenov, Jasmina R Milovanovic
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Bisoprolol is a selective beta adrenergic antagonist commonly used in treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of our analysis was to estimate and identify different factors that could affect bisoprolol clearance (CL) and develop a population pharmacokinetic model in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Population pharmacokinetic analysis was performed by using sixty-six plasma concentrations from the same number of patients (mean age 60...
June 2, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572492/beta-1-versus-beta-2-adrenergic-control-of-coronary-blood-flow-during-isometric-handgrip-exercise-in-humans
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Stephan R Maman, Alvaro F Vargas, Tariq Ali Ahmad, Amanda J Miller, Zhaohui Gao, Urs A Leuenberger, David N Proctor, Matthew D Muller
During exercise, β-adrenergic receptors are activated throughout the body. In healthy humans, the net effect of β-adrenergic stimulation is an increase in coronary blood flow. However, the role of vascular β1 versus β2 receptors in coronary exercise hyperemia is not clear. In this study we simultaneously measured noninvasive indices of myocardial oxygen supply (i.e., blood velocity in the left anterior descending coronary artery; Doppler echocardiography) and demand (i.e., rate pressure product; RPP = heart rate x systolic blood pressure) and tested the hypothesis that β1 blockade with esmolol improves coronary exercise hyperemia compared to nonselective β-blockade with propranolol...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570310/terminal-maturation-of-orthochromatic-erythroblasts-is-impaired-in-burn-patients
#10
Shirin Hasan, Michael J Mosier, Peggie Conrad, Andrea Szilagyi, Richard L Gamelli, Kuzhali Muthumalaiappan
Mechanisms of erythropoietin (Epo)-resistant anemia in burn patients are poorly understood. We have recently found that administering a nonselective beta 1,2-adrenergic blocker propranolol (PR) was effective in reversing myelo-erythroid commitment through MafB regulation and increase megakaryocyte erythrocyte progenitors in burn patients' PBMC-derived ex vivo culture system. Having known that Epo-dependent proliferation of early erythroblasts is intact after burn injury, here we inquired whether or not Epo-independent maturation stage of erythropoiesis is affected by burn injury and the relative role of PR on late-stage erythropoiesis...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557859/beta-2-adrenergic-receptor-genotype-influences-power-output-in-healthy-subjects
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Eli F Kelley, Bruce D Johnson, Eric M Snyder
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of ADRB2 genotypes on muscle function (absolute power and relative power) in healthy subjects. We performed genotyping of the ADRB2 (amino acid 16) and high-intensity, steady-state exercise on 77 healthy subjects (AA = 18, AG = 25, GG = 34). There were no differences between genotype groups in age, height, weight, or BMI (age = 28.9 ± 5.7yrs, 27.9 ± 5.7yrs, 29.2 ± 5.9yrs, height = 170.7 ± 8.6cm, 174.9 ± 8.7cm, 173.4 ± 9.6cm, weight = 68.5 ± 13.0kg, 75...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531555/microbial-detoxification-of-carvedilol-a-%C3%AE-adrenergic-antagonist-by-the-filamentous-fungus-cunninghamella-echinulata
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Katarzyna Zawadzka, Przemysław Bernat, Aleksandra Felczak, Katarzyna Lisowska
Beta adrenergic antagonists like carvedilol are typical environmental pollutants detected in wastewater and surface water. Human metabolism of carvedilol is well investigated, while its environmental fates are still unknown. In recent years, there have been appearing reports on high toxicity of β-blockers toward aquatic organisms. In this paper the ability of the filamentous fungus C. echinulata to eliminate the β-blocker has been described for the first time. An 83% loss of carvedilol was observed after 120 h incubation of the tested fungus with the compound, where hydroxylated carvedilol metabolites were identified as the major biotransformation products...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523268/the-sedative-effect-of-propranolol-on-critically-ill-patients-a-case-series
#13
Junji Shiotsuka, Andrew Steel, James Downar
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have examined the effectiveness of alpha-2 adrenergic agonists for controlling delirium and agitation. Propranolol, a non-selective beta-adrenergic antagonist with good penetration of the blood-brain barrier, has not been investigated for this purpose. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all patients who were prescribed propranolol in our Medical Surgical ICU from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2013...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521892/achieving-a-maximally-tolerated-%C3%AE-blocker-dose-in-heart-failure-patients-is-there-room%C3%A2-for%C3%A2-improvement
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Ankeet S Bhatt, Adam D DeVore, Tracy A DeWald, Karl Swedberg, Robert J Mentz
Heart failure (HF) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Although initially thought to be harmful in HF, beta-adrenergic blockers (β-blockers) have consistently been shown to reduce mortality and HF hospitalization in chronic HF with reduced ejection fraction. Proposed mechanisms include neurohormonal blockade and heart rate reduction. A new therapeutic agent now exists to target further heart rate lowering in patients who have been stable on a "maximally tolerated β-blocker dose," but this definition and how to achieve it are incompletely understood...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520849/beta-blockers-and-improved-progression-free-survival-in-patients-with-advanced-her2-negative-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-analysis-of-the-rose-trio-012-study
#15
G Spera, R Fresco, H Fung, J R B Dyck, E Pituskin, I Paterson, J R Mackey
Background: Recent retrospective studies suggest that beta-adrenergic blocking drugs (BB) are associated with improved outcomes in people with a range of cancers. Although limited and discordant data suggest that BB may increase overall survival (OS) of patients with localized breast cancer (BC), there is no information on the effects of BB in women with advanced BC. Patients and Methods: To explore the association between BB use and BC outcomes, we retrospectively reviewed the ROSE/TRIO-012, a double-blinded, multinational phase III trial that randomized 1,144 patients with HER2-negative advanced BC to first-line docetaxel in combination with ramucirumab or placebo...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507838/recurrent-stress-cardiomyopathy-during-copd-exacerbation-are-beta-adrenergic-agonists-only-to-blame
#16
Ioanna Katsa, Panagiota Christia, Daniele Massera, Robert Faillace
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a variant of stress-induced cardiomyopathy, characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction that may be associated with emotional or physical triggers. We present the case of a 51-year-old Caucasian female with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who presented with syncope and was found to have her second lifetime episode of stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Eight months prior, she had been admitted with a COPD exacerbation and was found to have left ventricular (LV) dysfunction with ejection fraction (EF) of 22% attributed to TCM with subsequent normalization of her left ventricular function...
April 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498548/engineered-3d-cardiac-fibrotic-tissue-to-study-fibrotic-remodeling
#17
Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Su Ryon Shin, Janine C Deddens, Giuseppe Fratta, Serena Mandla, Iman K Yazdi, Gyan Prakash, Silvia Antona, Danilo Demarchi, Marc P Buijsrogge, Joost P G Sluijter, Jesper Hjortnaes, Ali Khademhosseini
Activation of cardiac fibroblasts into myofibroblasts is considered to play an essential role in cardiac remodeling and fibrosis. A limiting factor in studying this process is the spontaneous activation of cardiac fibroblasts when cultured on two-dimensional (2D) culture plates. In this study, a simplified three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel platform of contractile cardiac tissue, stimulated by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), is presented to recapitulate a fibrogenic microenvironment. It is hypothesized that the quiescent state of cardiac fibroblasts can be maintained by mimicking the mechanical stiffness of native heart tissue...
June 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495655/increased-sodium-calcium-exchanger-activity-enhances-beta-adrenergic-mediated-increase-in-heart-rate-whole-heart-study-in-a-homozygous-sodium-calcium-exchanger-overexpressor-mouse-model
#18
Sven Kaese, Nils Bögeholz, Paul Pauls, Dirk Dechering, Jan Olligs, Katharina Kölker, Sascha Badawi, Gerrit Frommeyer, Christian Pott, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: The cardiac sodium/calcium (Na(+)/Ca(2+)) exchanger (NCX) contributes to diastolic depolarization in cardiac pacemaker cells. Increased NCX activity has been found in heart failure and atrial fibrillation. The influence of increased NCX activity on resting heart rate, beta-adrenergic-mediated increase in heart rate, and cardiac conduction properties is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of NCX overexpression in a homozygous transgenic whole-heart mouse model (NCX-OE) on sinus and AV nodal function...
May 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490464/perioperative-cox-2-and-beta-adrenergic-blockade-improves-metastatic-biomarkers-in-breast-cancer-patients-in-a-phase-ii-randomized-trial
#19
Lee Shaashua, Maytal Shabat-Simon, Rita Haldar, Pini Matzner, Oded Zmora, Moshe Shabtai, Eran Sharon, Tanir Allweis, Iris Barshack, Lucile Hayman, Jesusa M G Arevalo, Jeffrey Ma, Maya Horowitz, Steve W Cole, Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu
<br /> <p>Translational studies suggest that excess perioperative release of catecholamines and prostaglandins may facilitate metastasis and reduce disease-free survival. This trial tested the combined perioperative blockade of these pathways in breast cancer patients.</p> <br />Experimental Design: <br /> <p>In a randomized placebo-controlled biomarker trial, 38 early-stage breast cancer patients received 11 days of perioperative treatment with a beta-adrenergic antagonist (propranolol) and a cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor (etodolac), beginning five days before surgery...
May 10, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488202/autonomic-control-of-body-temperature-and-blood-pressure-influences-of-female-sex-hormones
#20
REVIEW
Nisha Charkoudian, Emma C J Hart, Jill N Barnes, Michael J Joyner
Female reproductive hormones exert important non-reproductive influences on autonomic regulation of body temperature and blood pressure. Estradiol and progesterone influence thermoregulation both centrally and peripherally, where estradiol tends to promote heat dissipation, and progesterone tends to promote heat conservation and higher body temperatures. Changes in thermoregulation over the course of the menstrual cycle and with hot flashes at menopause are mediated by hormonal influences on neural control of skin blood flow and sweating...
May 9, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
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