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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351713/-living-with-localized-prostate-cancer-decision-making-and-coping-with-the-illness
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Friederike Kendel, Isabella Otto, Jennifer Engler, Mark Schrader, Christine Holmberg
BACKGROUND: Men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer must make a choice between treatment strategies that differ considerably in their side effects and have different long-term requirements for coping with the disease. The aim of this study was to describe how men perceive their treatment decision retrospectively and which coping strategies they use. MATERIAL & METHODS: Fifteen men (age mean=67.13±9.38 years) diagnosed with localized prostate cancer participated in three focus groups, grouped according to the treatment strategies radical prostatectomy, radiotherapy, and active surveillance...
January 19, 2018: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351627/repair-kinetics-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-and-incidence-of-apoptosis-in-mouse-neural-stem-progenitor-cells-and-their-differentiated-neurons-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation
#2
Hiroki Kashiwagi, Kazunori Shiraishi, Kenta Sakaguchi, Tomoya Nakahama, Seiji Kodama
Neuronal loss leads to neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. Because of their long lifespans, neurons are assumed to possess highly efficient DNA repair ability and to be able to protect themselves from deleterious DNA damage such as DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) produced by intrinsic and extrinsic sources. However, it remains largely unknown whether the DSB repair ability of neurons is more efficient compared with that of other cells. Here, we investigated the repair kinetics of X-ray-induced DSBs in mouse neural cells by scoring the number of phosphorylated 53BP1 foci post irradiation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351620/correlates-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-older-colorado-firefighters
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K Li, E Ochoa, T Lipsey, T Nelson
Background: It has been documented that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in on-duty firefighters and little is known about the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and 10-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Aims: To estimate the probability of 10-year ASCVD risk and its association with per cent body fat (%BF), metabolic syndrome (MetS) and physical fitness in Colorado firefighters. Methods: Ten-year ASCVD risk was calculated using the newly developed pooled cohort equations in firefighters...
January 17, 2018: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351598/smooth-muscle-cells-of-intracranial-vessels-from-development-to-disease
#4
Juhana Frösen, Anne Joutel
Cerebrovascular diseases that cause ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke with subsequent loss of life or functional capacity due to damage of the brain tissue are among the leading causes of human suffering and economic burden inflicted by diseases in the developed world. Diseases affecting intracranial vessels are significant contributors to ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVM), which are a collection of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries to veins, are the most common cause of intracranial hemorrhage in children and young adults...
January 16, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351564/steatosis-in-south-african-women-how-much-and-why
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Nitien H Naran, Mark Haagensen, Nigel J Crowther
BACKGROUND: Globally, steatosis is the commonest type of liver pathology and is closely associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Obesity is common in urban African females but no data is available on hepatic fat content in this population group when compared to other ethnic groups. The aim of this study was therefore to compare hepatic fat content in woman from different ethnic groups in South Africa and to characterise the principle determinants of liver fat. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A convenience sample of 106 (48 Indian, 29 African and 29 Caucasian) female volunteers aged 20-60 years and having no history of cardiometabolic disorders were recruited...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351547/mortality-and-continuity-of-care-definitions-matter-a-cohort-study-in-diabetics
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Angelika Geroldinger, Simone Katja Sauter, Georg Heinze, Gottfried Endel, Wolfgang Dorda, Georg Duftschmid
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that when investigating the relevance of continuity of care for patient outcomes, different definitions can lead to contradicting results. METHODS: We used claims data from the regional public health insurer of Lower Austria covering the period from 2008 to 2011. The study sample included subjects with repeated dispensings of anti-diabetic drugs. The continuity of care index was calculated firstly based on a patient's contacts with general practitioners (primary COCI) and secondly based on contacts at all medical disciplines (total COCI)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351518/-i-m-still-dad-the-impact-of-scleroderma-on-being-a-father
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Janet L Poole, Donna Haygood, Cindy Mendelson
The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of fathers with scleroderma. Ten fathers with scleroderma were interviewed by telephone. Interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Two key themes emerged related to the emotional impact of the illness and the day to day realities of the illness with the unpredictability and rareness of the illness leading to ongoing feelings of isolation and fear of mortality. The negative influences of being a father with scleroderma included the inability of the fathers to participate in physical activities with their children such as outdoor sports and throwing balls...
January 2018: Occupational Therapy in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351515/understanding-key-mechanisms-of-exercise-induced-cardiac-protection-to-mitigate-disease-current-knowledge-and-emerging-concepts
#8
Bianca C Bernardo, Jenny Y Y Ooi, Kate L Weeks, Natalie L Patterson, Julie R McMullen
The benefits of exercise on the heart are well recognized, and clinical studies have demonstrated that exercise is an intervention that can improve cardiac function in heart failure patients. This has led to significant research into understanding the key mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced cardiac protection. Here, we summarize molecular mechanisms that regulate exercise-induced cardiac myocyte growth and proliferation. We discuss in detail the effects of exercise on other cardiac cells, organelles, and systems that have received less or little attention and require further investigation...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351480/mechanistically-different-effects-of-fat-and-sugar-on-insulin-resistance-hypertension-and-gut-microbiota-in-rats
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Sara Ramos-Romero, Mercè Hereu, Lidia Atienza, Josefina Casas, Olga Jáuregui, Susana Amézqueta, Gabriel Dasilva, Isabel Medina, Maria Rosa Nogués, Marta Romeu, Josep Lluís Torres
Insulin resistance (IR) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) are the first manifestations of diet-induced metabolic alterations leading to type-2 diabetes, while hypertension is the deadliest risk factor of cardiovascular disease. The roles of dietary fat and fructose in the development of IR, IGT and hypertension are controversial. We tested the long-term effects of an excess of fat or sucrose (fructose/glucose) on healthy male Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rats. Fat affects IR and IGT earlier than fructose through low-grade systemic inflammation evidenced by liver inflammatory infiltration, increased levels of plasma interleukin-6, prostaglandin E2 and reduced levels of protective short-chain fatty acids without triggering hypertension...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351477/mathematical-analysis-of-circadian-disruption-and-metabolic-re-entrainment-of-hepatic-gluconeogenesis-the-intertwining-entraining-roles-of-light-and-feeding
#10
Seul-A Bae, Ioannis P Androulakis
The circadian rhythms influence the metabolic activity from molecular level to tissue, organ, and host level. Disruption of the circadian rhythms manifest to the host's health as metabolic syndromes including obesity, diabetes, and elevated plasma glucose, eventually leading to cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the mechanism behind the relationship between circadian rhythms and metabolism. To start answering this question, we propose a semi-mechanistic mathematical model to study the effect of circadian disruption on hepatic gluconeogenesis in humans...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351466/telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-protects-against-angiotensin-ii-induced-microvascular-endothelial-dysfunction
#11
Karima Ait-Aissa, Andrew O Kadlec, Joseph Hockenberry, David D Gutterman, Andreas M Beyer
A rise in reactive oxygen species (ROS) may contribute to cardiovascular disease by reducing nitric oxide (NO) levels, leading to loss of NO's vasodilator and anti-inflammatory effects. Although primarily studied in the larger conduit arteries, excess ROS release and a corresponding loss of NO also occurs in the smaller resistance arteries of the microcirculation, but underlying mechanisms and therapeutic targets have not been fully characterized. We examined whether either of the two subunits of telomerase, telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) or telomerase RNA component (TERC), affect microvascular ROS production and peak vasodilation at baseline and in response to in vivo administration to angiotensin II (ANG II)...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351456/guidelines-for-measuring-cardiac-physiology-in-mice
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Merry L Lindsey, Zamaneh Kassiri, Jitka Amira Ismail Virag, Lisandra E de Castro Bras, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death, and translational research is needed to better understand mechanisms whereby the left ventricle responds to injury. Mouse models of heart disease have provided valuable insights into mechanisms that occur during cardiac aging and in response to a variety of pathologies. Assessing cardiovascular physiological responses to injury or insult is an important and necessary component of this research. With increasing consideration for rigor and reproducibility, the goal of this guidelines review is to provide best practice information regarding how to accurately measure cardiac physiology in animal models...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351448/extracellular-oxidation-in-cystic-fibrosis-airway-epithelium-causes-enhanced-egfr-adam17-activity
#13
Marta Stolarczyk, Guido Veit, Andrea Schnur, Mieke Veltman, Gergely L Lukacs, Bob J Scholte
The EGFR/ADAM17 signaling pathway mediates the shedding of growth factors and secretion of cytokines, and is involved in chronic inflammation and tissue remodeling. Since these are hallmarks of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease, we hypothesized that CFTR deficiency enhances EGFR/ADAM17 activity in human bronchial epithelial cells. In CFBE41o- cells lacking functional CFTR (iCFTR-) cultured at air-liquid interface (ALI) we found enhanced ADAM17-mediated shedding of the EGFR ligand amphiregulin (AREG) compared to genetically identical cells with induced CFTR expression (iCFTR+)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351441/vx-809-vx-770-treatment-reduces-inflammatory-response-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-primary-differentiated-cystic-fibrosis-bronchial-epithelial-cells
#14
Manon Ruffin, Lucie Roussel, Émilie Maillé, Simon Rousseau, Emmanuelle Brochiero
Cystic fibrosis patients exhibit chronic P. aeruginosa respiratory infections and sustained pro-inflammatory state favoring lung tissue damage and remodeling, ultimately leading to respiratory failure. Loss of CFTR function is associated with MAPK hyper-activation and increased cytokines expression, such as the interleukin 8 (CXCL8). Recently, new therapeutic strategies directly targeting the basic CFTR defect have been developed and ORKAMBI (Vx-809/Vx-770 combination) is the only FDA-approved treatment for CF patients homozygous for the F508del mutation...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351440/jq1-is-a-potential-therapeutic-option-for-copd-patients-with-agrin-overexpression
#15
Zhen Xiao, Jing Shu, Feng Zhou, Yong Han
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the leading cause of morbidity and death worldwide. It is characterized by chronic pulmonary inflammation and obstructed airflow from the lungs. To date, there is no effective treatments for COPD. The activation of Agrin (AGRN) - YAP pathway can promote heart regeneration. Since Agrin can only induce mild cardiomyocyte (CM) proliferation compare to ERBB2 pathway activation, it might exert pleiotropic effects, such as mitigation of innate inflammation, immune response and fibrosis...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351437/metabolic-reprogramming-in-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-lung-diseases-including-bpd-copd-and-pulmonary-fibrosis
#16
Haifeng Zhao, Phyllis A Dennery, Hongwei Yao
The metabolism of nutrient substrates including glucose, glutamine and fatty acids provides acetyl-CoA for the tricarboxylic acid cycle to generate energy, and metabolites for the biosynthesis of biomolecules including nucleotides, proteins, and lipids. It has been shown that metabolism of glucose, fatty acid, and glutamine plays important roles in modulating cellular proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, autophagy, senescence, and inflammatory responses. All these cellular processes contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic lung diseases, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351435/effects-of-cigarette-smoke-on-pulmonary-endothelial-cells
#17
Qing Lu, Eric Gottlieb, Sharon Rounds
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US. Cardiovascular co-morbidities associated with both active and secondhand cigarette smoking indicate the vascular toxicity of smoke exposure. Growing evidence supports the injurious effect of cigarette smoke on pulmonary endothelial cells and the roles of endothelial cell injury in development of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), emphysema, and pulmonary hypertension. This review summarizes results from studies of humans, preclinical animal models, and cultured endothelial cells that document toxicities of cigarette smoke exposure on pulmonary endothelial cell functions, including barrier dysfunction, endothelial activation and inflammation, apoptosis, and vasoactive mediator production...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351423/role-of-trpv1-in-acupuncture-modulation-of-reflex-excitatory-cardiovascular-responses
#18
Zhi-Ling Guo, Liang-Wu Fu, Hou-Fen Su, Stephanie C Tjen-A-Looi, John C Longhurst
Acupuncture, including manual and electroacupuncture (MA and EA), at the P5-6 acupoints stimulates afferents in the median nerve (MN) to modulate sympathoexcitatory cardiovascular reflexes. Transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1 (TRPV1) is present in afferents distributed in the region of acupoints. However, contribution of TRPV1 to activation of sensory nerves by acupuncture, leading to modulation of pressor responses has not been studied. We hypothesized that TRPV1 participates in acupuncture's activation of sensory fibers and neurons to modulate pressor reflexes...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351422/body-mass-specific-na-k-atpase-activity-in-the-medullary-thick-ascending-limb-implications-for-species-dependent-urine-concentrating-mechanisms
#19
Mun Aw, Tamara M Armstrong, C Michele Nawata, Sarah N Bodine, Jeeeun J Oh, Guojun Wei, Kristen K Evans, Mohammad Shahidullah, Timo Rieg, Thomas L Pannabecker
In general, mammalian whole body mass-specific metabolic rate correlates positively with maximal urine concentration (Umax) irrespective of whether or not the species have adapted to arid or mesic habitat. Accordingly, we hypothesized that the thick ascending limb (TAL) of a rodent with markedly higher whole body mass-specific metabolism than rat exhibits a substantially higher TAL metabolic rate as estimated by Na+, K+-ATPase activity and Na+, K+-ATPase α1 gene and protein expression. The kangaroo rat inner stripe of the outer medulla exhibits significantly higher mean Na+, K+-ATPase activity (~70%) compared to 2 rat strains (Sprague-Dawley and Munich-Wistar), extending prior studies showing rat activity exceeds rabbit...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351419/maternal-nutrient-restriction-in-guinea-pigs-as-an-animal-model-for-studying-growth-restricted-offspring-with-post-natal-catch-up-growth
#20
Catherine L Nevin, Evan Formosa, Yohei Maki, Brad Matushewski, Timothy R H Regnault, Bryan S Richardson
We determined the impact of moderate maternal nutrient restriction (MNR) in guinea pigs with fetal growth restriction (FGR) on offspring body and organ weights, hypothesizing that FGR-MNR animals will show catch-up growth, but with organ-specific differences. Guinea pig sows were fed ad libitum (Control) or 70% of the control diet from 4 week`s pre-conception, switching to 90% at mid-pregnancy (MNR). Control newborns >95g (appropriate for gestational age or AGA, N=37) and MNR newborns <85g (FGR, N=37) were monitored until neonatal (~25 days) or adult (~110 days) necropsy...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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