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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725029/prominent-differences-in-left-ventricular-performance-and-myocardial-properties-between-right-ventricular-and-left-ventricular-based-pacing-modes-in-rats
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Wesam Mulla, Sharon Etzion, Sigal Elyagon, Roni Gillis, Michael Murninkas, Yuval Konstantino, Ingra Mannhardt, Thomas Eschenhagen, Noah Liel-Cohen, Yoram Etzion
Biventricular pacing is an important modality to improve left ventricular (LV) synchronization and long-term function. However, the biological effects of this treatment are far from being elucidated and existing animal models are limited and demanding. Recently, we introduced an implanted device for double-site epicardial pacing in rats and echocardiographically demonstrated favorable effects of LV and biventricular (LV-based) pacing modes typically observed in humans. Here, this new animal model was further characterized...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693729/sialic-acid-linkage-specific-permethylation-for-improved-profiling-of-protein-glycosylation-by-maldi-tof-ms
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Kuan Jiang, He Zhu, Lei Li, Yuxi Guo, Ebtesam Gashash, Cheng Ma, Xiaolin Sun, Jing Li, Lianwen Zhang, Peng George Wang
Protein glycosylation mediates a wide range of cellular processes, affecting development and disease in mammals. Deciphering the "glycocodes" requires rapid, sensitive and in-depth characterization of diverse glycan structures derived from biological samples. In this study, we described a two-step derivatization strategy termed linkage-specific sialic acid permethylation (SSAP) consisting of dimethylamination and permethylation for the improved profiling of glycosylation by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-fight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS)...
August 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669317/effect-of-piperine-on-the-bioavailability-and-pharmacokinetics-of-rosmarinic-acid-in-rat-plasma-using-uplc-ms-ms
#3
Jun-Hui Yang, Kun-Jun Mao, Ping Huang, Yin-Jun Ye, Hua-Shan Guo, Bao-Chang Cai
1. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of piperine (PP) on the pharmacokinetics of rosmarinic acid (RA) in rat plasma and to determine whether PP could enhance the oral bioavailability of RA via inhibition of its glucuronidation. 2. The pharmacokinetic profiles of RA between oral administration of RA (50 mg/kg) alone and in combination with different oral dose PP (20, 40, 60, and 80 mg/kg) to rats were investigated via a validated UPLC/MS/MS method. 3. The AUC and Cmax of RA were significantly increased in combination with different dose PP dose dependently, especially in the presence of 60 and 80 mg/kg PP (p < 0...
July 3, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660550/clinical-and-economic-evaluation-of-repository-corticotropin-injection-a-narrative-literature-review-of-treatment-efficacy-and-healthcare-resource-utilization-for-seven-key-indications
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REVIEW
Michael Philbin, John Niewoehner, George J Wan
INTRODUCTION: Repository corticotropin injection (RCI; H.P. Acthar(®) Gel; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hampton, NJ) is a highly purified, prolonged-release porcine preparation of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) analogue that is FDA-approved for treatment of 19 autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. The diverse physiological actions of RCI at the melanocortin receptors (MCRs) affect processes involved in inflammation, pigmentation, steroidogenesis, and immunomodulation. Although RCI has been approved to treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases for more than 60 years, recent progress in understanding both MCRs and the effects of RCI in modulating immune responses has led to increased interest in RCI as a therapeutic choice...
June 28, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636885/differential-changes-in-the-pharmacokinetics-of-statins-in-collagen-induced-arthritis-rats
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Chun-Han Lin, Ke-Wei Hsu, Chia-Hao Chen, Yow-Shieng Uang, Chun-Jung Lin
The elevated systemic levels of cytokines in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can change the expression of metabolic enzymes and transporters. Given that statins are lipid-lowering agents frequently used in RA patients with concurrent cardiovascular diseases, the objective of the present study was to investigate the impacts of RA on the pharmacokinetics of statins of different disposition properties in rats with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). The expression of metabolic enzymes and transporters in tissues of CIA rats were analyzed by RT-qPCR...
June 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636643/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-prevents-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-in-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-rat
#6
Koichi Himori, Daisuke Tatebayashi, Keita Kanzaki, Masanobu Wada, Håkan Westerblad, Johanna T Lanner, Takashi Yamada
Skeletal muscle weakness is a prominent feature in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study, we investigated whether neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) training protects against skeletal muscle dysfunction in rats with adjuvant-induced arthritis (AIA). AIA was produced by intraarticular injection of complete Freund's adjuvant into the knees of Wistar rats. For NMES training, dorsiflexor muscles were stimulated via a surface electrode (0.5 ms pulse, 50 Hz, 2 s on/4 s off). NMES training was performed every other day for three weeks and consisted of three sets produced at three min intervals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624334/seasonality-and-autoimmune-diseases-the-contribution-of-the-four-seasons-to-the-mosaic-of-autoimmunity
#7
REVIEW
Abdulla Watad, Shir Azrielant, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Kassem Sharif, Paula David, Itay Katz, Gali Aljadeff, Mariana Quaresma, Galya Tanay, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are a heterogeneous groups of diseases that occur as a results of loss of tolerance to self antigens. While the etiopathogeneis remain obscure, different environmental factors were suggested to have a role in the development of autoimmunity, including infections, low vitamin D levels, UV radiation, and melatonin. Interestingly, such factors possess seasonal variation patterns that could influence disease development, severity and progression. Vitamin D levels which reach a nadir during late winter and early spring is correlated with increased disease activity, clinical severity as well as relapse rates in several disease entities including multiple sclerosis (MS), non-cutaneous flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617360/-the-influence-of-solar-and-geomagnetic-activity-on-the-risk-of-multiple-sclerosis-results-of-correlation-and-regression-analysis
#8
N A Samoylova, G G Shkilnyuk, Z A Goncharova, I D Stolyarov
AIM: Multiple sclerosis (MS) develops as a result of an interaction between genetic and environmental factors, among them solar (SA) and geomagnetic activity (GMA) attract the particular attention. An impact of SA and GMA on intrauterine and postnatal period in MS was studied. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 358 patients with MS. Correlation (CA) and regression analysis (RA) were used to study the effects of SA and GMA during intrauterine period, the 1st year of life, a year of disease onset, a year before the onset...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595106/development-and-validation-of-a-bioanalytical-method-based-on-lc-ms-ms-analysis-for-the-quantitation-of-cigb-814-peptide-in-plasma-from-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Ania Cabrales-Rico, Yassel Ramos, Vladimir Besada, María Del Carmen Domínguez, Noraylis Lorenzo, Osmel García, Jorge Alexis, Dinhora Prada, Yusimí Reyes, Ana Marta López, Yordanka Masforrol, Hilda Garay, Luis Javier González
CIGB-814, originally named as E18-3 APL1 or APL1 in preclinical experiments, is a novel therapeutic peptide candidate for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It is an altered peptide ligand containing a novel CD4+ T-cell epitope of human heat shock protein 60 (83-109, MW 2988.38g/mol) with a mutation (D(100)→L) that increases its affinity for HLA-II type molecules associated to RA. A bioanalytical method, based on LC-MS/MS analysis, in the SRM mode was developed and fully validated to quantify this peptide in human plasma...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536997/plxna3-variant-rs5945430-is-associated-with-severe-clinical-course-in-male-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#10
Moaz Qureshi, Mohamed Hatem, Raed Alroughani, Sindhu P Jacob, Rabeah Abbas Al-Temaimi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibits sex bias in disease clinical course as male MS patients develop severe, progressive clinical course with accumulating disability. So far, no factors have been found associating with this sex bias in MS severity. We set out to determine the genetic factor contributing to MS male-specific progressive disease. This is an MS cross-sectional study involving 213 Kuwaiti MS patients recruited at Dasman Diabetes Institute. Exome sequencing was performed on 18 females and 8 male MS patients' genomic DNA...
May 23, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511921/myeloperoxidase-a-new-player-in-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Anna Strzepa, Kirkwood A Pritchard, Bonnie N Dittel
Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is the most toxic enzyme found in the azurophilic granules of neutrophils. MPO utilizes H2O2 to generate hypochlorous acid (HClO) and other reactive moieties, which kill pathogens during infections. In contrast, in the setting of sterile inflammation, MPO and MPO-derived oxidants are thought to be pathogenic, promoting inflammation and causing tissue damage. In contrast, evidence also exists that MPO can limit the extent of immune responses. Elevated MPO levels and activity are observed in a number of autoimmune diseases including in the central nervous system (CNS) of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the joints of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients...
July 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500368/advanced-myocardial-tissue-characterisation-by-a-multi-component-cmr-protocol-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Simon Greulich, Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Joerg Henes, Francesco Vecchio, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Francesco Romeo, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at increased risk of suffering from adverse cardiovascular events. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) mapping techniques might be appropriate tools to complement late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) for the assessment of myocardial involvement. This study aimed to perform advanced myocardial tissue characterisation in RA patients by a multicomponent CMR protocol. METHODS: 22 RA patients were prospectively enrolled and underwent CMR, including LGE and T1/T2 mapping sequences; 20 volunteers served as controls...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490617/systemic-inflammation-as-a-novel-qt-prolonging-risk-factor-in-patients-with-torsades-de-pointes
#13
Pietro Enea Lazzerini, Franco Laghi-Pasini, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Gabriella Morozzi, Sauro Lorenzini, Antonella Simpatico, Enrico Selvi, Maria Romana Bacarelli, Francesco Finizola, Francesca Vanni, Deana Lazaro, Ademuyiwa Aromolaran, Nabil El Sherif, Mohamed Boutjdir, Pier Leopoldo Capecchi
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence indicates systemic inflammation as a new potential cause of acquired long QT syndrome (LQTS), via cytokine-mediated changes in cardiomyocyte ion channels. Torsade de pointes (TdP) is a life-threatening polymorphic ventricular tachycardia occurring in patients with LQTS, usually when multiple QT-prolonging factors are simultaneously present. Since classical risk factors cannot fully explain TdP events in a number of patients, we hypothesised that systemic inflammation may represent a currently overlooked risk factor contributing to TdP development in the general population...
May 10, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485433/gas-phase-structure-of-1-8-bis-trimethylsilyl-ethynyl-anthracene-cog-wheel-type-vs-independent-internal-rotation-and-influence-of-dispersion-interactions
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Arseniy A Otlyotov, Jan-Hendrik Lamm, Sebastian Blomeyer, Norbert W Mitzel, Vladimir V Rybkin, Yuriy A Zhabanov, Natalya V Tverdova, Nina I Giricheva, Georgiy V Girichev
The gas-phase structure of 1,8-bis[(trimethylsilyl)ethynyl]anthracene (1,8-BTMSA) was determined by a combined gas electron diffraction (GED)/mass spectrometry (MS) experiment as well as by quantum-chemical calculations (QC). DFT and dispersion corrected DFT calculations (DFT-D3) predicted two slightly different structures for 1,8-BTMSA concerning the mutual orientation of the two -C-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C-SiMe3 units: away from one another or both bent to the same side. An attempt was made to distinguish these structures by GED structural analysis...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473668/molecular-breath-analysis-identifies-the-breathprint-of-renal-failure
#15
Sevag Demirjian, Kelly M Paschke, Xiaofeng Wang, David Grove, Robert J Heyka, Raed A Dweik
Many uremic solutes retained in chronic kidney disease are volatile, and can be detected by breath testing. We compared the exhaled breath of subjects with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to healthy volunteers to identify volatile compounds that can serve as a potential breathprint for renal failure. We analyzed the exhaled breath of 86 ESRD subjects and 25 healthy volunteers using selected-ion flow-tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS). Using a random forests classification model, we identified three known volatiles (2-propanol, ammonia, acetaldehyde) and two unknown volatiles ([Formula: see text] NO(+)76) that were highly significant for discriminating individuals with renal failure from individuals without renal failure (C statistic > 0...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461795/prolonged-sinus-pauses-upon-termination-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-abnormal-right-atrial-electrophysiologic-and-electroanatomic-findings
#16
Zhengyu Bao, Hongwu Chen, Bing Yang, Michael Shehata, Weizhu Ju, Fengxiang Zhang, Gang Yang, Kai Gu, Mingfang Li, Kejiang Cao, Xunzhang Wang, Minglong Chen
The efficacy of pulmonary vein antral isolation for patients with prolonged sinus pauses (PSP) on termination of atrial fibrillation has been reported. We studied the right atrial (RA) electrophysiologic and electroanatomic characteristics in such patients. Forty patients underwent electroanatomic mapping of the RA: 13 had PSP (group A), 13 had no PSP (group B), and 14 had paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (control group C). Group A had longer P-wave durations in lead II than did groups B and C (115.5 ± 15...
April 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439964/global-and-targeted-metabolomics-of-synovial-fluid-discovers-special-osteoarthritis-metabolites
#17
Kaidi Zheng, Shanmin Ni, Huaijun Chen, Shenmin Lou, Mengting Hu, Li Sun, Xinyu Yang
PURPOSE: To identify special metabolites in synovial fluid of osteoarthritis (OA) via a metabolomics approach. METHOD: Synovial fluid of 35 participants (25 OA patients and 10 controls) was detected by GC-TOF/MS and multivariate data analysis was applied to analyze correlation among the observations. Different metabolites were screened by VIP value (VIP > 1), student t test (p < 0.05), and fold change (fold > 1.5), and verified with the standard metabolites in the synovial fluid of 24 OA patients and 11 controls by LC/MS...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439957/prognostic-indicators-in-pediatric-clinically-isolated-syndrome
#18
MULTICENTER STUDY
Pietro Iaffaldano, Marta Simone, Giuseppe Lucisano, Angelo Ghezzi, Gabriella Coniglio, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Giuseppe Salemi, Francesco Patti, Alessandra Lugaresi, Guillermo Izquierdo, Roberto Bergamaschi, Jose Antonio Cabrera-Gomez, Carlo Pozzilli, Enrico Millefiorini, Raed Alroughani, Cavit Boz, Eugenio Pucci, Giovanni Bosco Zimatore, Patrizia Sola, Giacomo Lus, Davide Maimone, Carlo Avolio, Eleonora Cocco, Seyed Aidin Sajedi, Gianfranco Costantino, Pierre Duquette, Vahid Shaygannejad, Thor Petersen, Ricardo Fernández Bolaños, Damiano Paolicelli, Carla Tortorella, Tim Spelman, Lucia Margari, Maria Pia Amato, Giancarlo Comi, Helmut Butzkueven, Maria Trojano
OBJECTIVE: To assess prognostic factors for a second clinical attack and a first disability-worsening event in pediatric clinically isolated syndrome (pCIS) suggestive of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. METHODS: A cohort of 770 pCIS patients was followed up for at least 10 years. Cox proportional hazard models and Recursive Partitioning and Amalgamation (RECPAM) tree-regression were used to analyze data. RESULTS: In pCIS, female sex and a multifocal onset were risk factors for a second clinical attack (hazard ratio [HR], 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1...
May 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398552/carbamylated-albumin-is-one-of-the-target-antigens-of-anti-carbamylated-protein-antibodies
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Shuichiro Nakabo, Motomu Hashimoto, Shinji Ito, Moritoshi Furu, Hiromu Ito, Takao Fujii, Hajime Yoshifuji, Yoshitaka Imura, Ran Nakashima, Kosaku Murakami, Nobuo Kuramoto, Masao Tanaka, Junko Satoh, Akihito Ishigami, Satoshi Morita, Tsuneyo Mimori, Koichiro Ohmura
Objectives.: Anti-carbamylated protein (anti-CarP) antibodies are detected in RA patients. Fetal calf serum is used as an antigen source in anti-CarP ELISA, and the precise target antigens have not been found. We aimed to identify the target antigens of anti-CarP antibodies. Methods.: Western blotting of anti-CarP antibodies was conducted. Anti-carbamylated human albumin (CarALB) antibody was detected by in-house ELISA for 493 RA patients and 144 healthy controls (HCs)...
April 7, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397166/characterization-of-igg-glycosylation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-by-maldi-tof-ms-n-and-capillary-electrophoresis
#20
Chuncui Huang, Yaming Liu, Hongmei Wu, Dehui Sun, Yan Li
An analytical method based on the combination of multistage mass spectrometry (MS(n)) and capillary electrophoresis (CE) was developed for the analysis of immunoglobulin G (IgG) glycosylation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. It has been recently suggested that IgG glycosylation defect may be involved in RA immunopathogenesis. Complete characterization of glycans, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis, requires a combination of different techniques, and accurate, robust, sensitive, and high-throughput methodologies are important for analysis of clinical samples...
April 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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