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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214967/increased-atrial-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors-and-grk-2-gene-expression-can-play-a-fundamental-role-in-heart-failure-after-repair-of-congenital-heart-disease-with-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Marcela Silva Oliveira, Fabio Carmona, Walter V A Vicente, Paulo H Manso, Karina M Mata, Mara Rúbia Celes, Erica C Campos, Simone G Ramos
Surgeries to correct congenital heart diseases are increasing in Brazil and worldwide. However, even with the advances in surgical techniques and perfusion, some cases, especially the more complex ones, can develop heart failure and death. A retrospective study of patients who underwent surgery for correction of congenital heart diseases with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in a university tertiary-care hospital that died, showed infarction in different stages of evolution and scattered microcalcifications in the myocardium, even without coronary obstruction...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202542/m%C3%A3-ssbauer-spectra-of-mouse-hearts-reveal-age-dependent-changes-in-mitochondrial-and-ferritin-iron-levels
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Joshua D Wofford, Mrinmoy Chakrabarti, Paul Alan Lindahl
Cardiac function requires continuous high levels of energy, and so iron, a critical player in mitochondrial respiration, is an important component of the heart. Hearts from (57)Fe-enriched mice were evaluated by Mossbauer spectroscopy. Spectra consisted of a sextet and two quadrupole doublets. One doublet was due to residual blood while the other was due to [Fe4S4](2+) clusters and Fe(II) hemes, most of which were associated with mitochondrial respiration. The sextet was due to ferritin; there was no evidence of hemosiderin, a ferritin decomposition product...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199174/role-of-troponins-i-and-t-and-n-terminal-prohormone-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-monitoring-cardiac-safety-of-patients-with-early-stage-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-breast-cancer-receiving-trastuzumab-a-herceptin-adjuvant-study-cardiac
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Dimitrios Zardavas, Thomas M Suter, Dirk J Van Veldhuisen, Jutta Steinseifer, Johannes Noe, Sabine Lauer, Nedal Al-Sakaff, Martine J Piccart-Gebhart, Evandro de Azambuja
Purpose Women receiving trastuzumab with chemotherapy are at risk for trastuzumab-related cardiac dysfunction (TRCD). We explored the prognostic value of cardiac markers (troponins I and T, N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide [NT-proBNP]) to predict baseline susceptibility to develop TRCD. We examined whether development of cardiac end points or significant left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) drop was associated with markers' increases. Patients and Methods Cardiac marker assessments were coupled with LVEF measurements at different time points for 533 patients from the Herceptin Adjuvant (HERA) study who agreed to participate in this study...
October 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199114/curcumin-loaded-blood-stable-polymeric-micelles-for-enhancing-therapeutic-effect-on-erythroleukemia
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Feirong Gong, Dan Chen, Xin Teng, Junhua Ge, Xianfeng Ning, Ya-Ling Shen, Jian Li, Shanfeng Wang
Curcumin has high potential in suppressing many types of cancer and overcoming multi-drug resistance in a multi-faceted manner by targeting diverse molecular targets. However, the rather low systemic bioavailability resulted from its extremely low aqueous solubility and rapid metabolism and excretion in vivo has hampered its application in cancer therapy. With the primary aim to increase the aqueous solubility of curcumin while retaining its stability in the blood circulation before it accesses the tumor site, here we report preparation of curcumin-loaded N-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)-L-phenylalanine end-capped methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-PCL-Phe(Boc)) micelles with high stability both in vitro and in vivo and anti-tumor efficacy...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186000/monitoring-fetal-maturation-objectives-techniques-and-indices-of-autonomic-function
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Dirk Hoyer, Jan Zebrowski, Dirk Cysarz, Hernani Goncalves, Adelina Pytlik, Celia Amorim-Costa, Joao Bernardes, Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Otto Witte, Ekkehard Schleussner, Lisa Stroux, Christopher Redman, Antoniya Georgieva, Stephen Payne, Gari Clifford, Maria Signorini, Giovanni Magenes, Fernando Andreotti, Hagen Malberg, Sebastian Zaunseder, Igor Lakhno, Uwe Schneider
Monitoring the fetal behavior does not only have implications for acute care but also for identifying developmental disturbances that burden the entire later life. The concept, of "fetal programming", also known as "developmental origins of adult disease hypothesis", e.g. applies for cardiovascular, metabolic, hyperkinetic, cognitive disorders. Since the autonomic nervous system is involved in all of those systems, cardiac autonomic control may provide relevant functional diagnostic and prognostic information...
February 10, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179209/administration-of-anabolic-steroid-during-adolescence-induces-long-term-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-increases-susceptibility-to-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-adult-wistar-rats
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Fernando de Azevedo Cruz Seara, Raiana Andrade Quintanilha Barbosa, Dahienne Ferreira de Oliveira, Diorney Luiz Souza Gran da Silva, Adriana Bastos Carvalho, Andrea Claudia Freitas Ferreira, José Hamilton Matheus Nascimento, Emerson Lopes Olivares
Chronic administration of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) in adult rats results in cardiac hypertrophy and increased susceptibility to myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury. Molecular analyses demonstrated that hyperactivation of type 1 angiotensin II (AT1) receptor mediates cardiac hypertrophy induced by AAS and also induces down-regulation of myocardial ATP-sensitive potassium channel (KATP), resulting in loss of exercise-induced cardioprotection. Exposure to AAS during adolescence promoted long-term cardiovascular dysfunctions, such as dysautonomia...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178140/utility-of-duranta-a-wireless-patch-type-electrocardiographic-monitoring-system-developed-in-japan-in-detecting-covert-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-cryptogenic-stroke-a-case-report
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Hisanao Akiyama, Saki Nukui, Takashi Araga, Masashi Hoshino, Keita Tanaka, Satoru Kashima, Rie Sasaki, Kenji Uchino, Yasuhiro Hasegawa
RATIONALE: Subcutaneous implantable electrocardiographs are highly effective in detecting covert atrial fibrillation (AF) in cryptogenic stroke. However, these invasive devices are not indicated for all cryptogenic stroke patients, and noninvasive improvements over conventional Holter-type ambulatory electrocardiography are needed. We evaluated the clinical application and effectiveness of Duranta (ImageONE Co., Ltd.), a wireless patch-type electrocardiographic monitoring system developed in Japan for chronically ill patients or home-based patients at the end of life...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167558/pharmacokinetic-and-tissue-distribution-of-benznidazole-after-oral-administration-in-mice
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Luísa Perin, Rodrigo Moreira da Silva, Kátia da Silva Fonseca, Jamille Mirelle de Oliveira Cardoso, Fernando Augusto Siqueira Mathias, Levi Eduardo Soares Reis, Israel Molina, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, Paula Melo de Abreu Vieira, Cláudia Martins Carneiro
Specific chemotherapy using Benznidazole (BNZ) for Chagas disease during the chronic stage is controversial due to its limited efficacy and toxic effects. Although BNZ has been used to treat Chagas disease since the 1970s, few studies about the biodistribution of this drug exist. In this study, BNZ tissue biodistribution in a murine model and its pharmacokinetic profile in plasma were monitored. A bioanalytical high-performance liquid chromatography with an ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV) method was developed and validated according to the European Medicines Agency for quantification of BNZ in organs and plasma samples prepared by liquid-liquid extraction using ethyl acetate...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160751/pain-perception-in-patients-with-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-what-can-limbic-system-tell-us
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Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Alfredo Manuli, Antonino Leo, Rosaria De Luca, Viviana Lo Buono, Margherita Russo, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
OBJECTIVE: Although it is believed that patients with Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome (UWS) do not feel pain, recent neuroimaging and neurophysiologic studies have demonstrated some residual traces of nociceptive processing. METHODS: To confirm this growing evidence, we evaluated 21 patients suffering from chronic disorders of consciousness (DOC) (both UWS, n=11, and Minimally Conscious State - MCS -, n=10), using an Event-Related Potential (ERP) Low-Resolution Brain Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) approach, based on nociceptive repeated laser stimulation (RLS)...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157747/cardioembolic-stroke
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Cumara B O'Carroll, Kevin M Barrett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardioembolic stroke is common and disproportionately more disabling than nonembolic mechanisms of stroke. Its incidence is expected to rise because of the age-related incidence of atrial fibrillation and an aging population. This article summarizes the different causes of cardioembolism and outlines current management guidelines. RECENT FINDINGS: Since cardioembolic stroke is not a single disease entity, its diagnosis requires initial clinical suspicion and a comprehensive evaluation, including ECG, echocardiography, brain imaging, and cardiac monitoring...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156671/a-novel-risk-stratification-model-for-patients-with-brain-metastasis-incorporating-with-physiological-signals
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Tsung-Ying Ho, Eng-Yen Huang, Chong-Jong Wang
: 38 Background: Brain metastasis (BM) develops in 10%-40% of patients with malignancies. Survival expectancy is critical for choosing an optimal treatment for BM patients. Previous reports have proposed different risk stratification systems based on clinical and image-related factors. Heart rate variability (HRV), a physiological factor, has also been reported as a novel prognosticator for BM patients. In this study, we proposed a novel risk stratification model for BM patients by incorporating HRV signals...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153015/the-effects-of-short-term-high-fat-feeding-on-exercise-capacity-multi-tissue-transcriptome-changes-by-rna-sequencing-analysis
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Ya Xiao, Wanshan Wang, Liguo Chen, Jieyu Chen, Pingping Jiang, Xiuqiong Fu, Xiaoli Nie, Hiuyee Kwan, Yanyan Liu, Xiaoshan Zhao
BACKGROUND: The effects of short-term high fat diets on physiology are elusive and the molecular changes following fat overconsumption remain largely unknown. In this study, we aimed to evaluate exercise capacity in mice fed with a high fat diet (HFD) for 3 days and investigate the molecular mechanisms in the early response to high-fat feeding. METHODS: Exercise capacity was assessed by weight-loaded swimming test in mice fed a control diet (10 kcal% fat) or a HFD (60 kcal% fat) for 3 days...
February 2, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148729/psychiatric-disorders-in-adolescents-with-single-ventricle-congenital-heart-disease
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David R DeMaso, Johanna Calderon, George A Taylor, Jennifer E Holland, Christian Stopp, Matthew T White, David C Bellinger, Michael J Rivkin, David Wypij, Jane W Newburger
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Mental health outcomes for survivors of critical congenital heart disease (CHD) remain under-investigated. We sought to examine psychiatric disorders and psychosocial functioning in adolescents with single ventricle CHD and to explore whether patient-related risk factors predict dysfunction. METHODS: This cohort study recruited 156 adolescents with single ventricle CHD who underwent the Fontan procedure and 111 healthy referents. Participants underwent comprehensive psychiatric evaluation including a clinician-rated psychiatric interview and parent- and self-report ratings of anxiety, disruptive behavior, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and depressive symptoms...
February 1, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144589/estimation-of-photon-specific-absorbed-fractions-in-digimouse-voxel-phantom-using-monte-carlo-simulation-code-fluka
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A Sinha, H K Patni, B M Dixit, N K Painuly, N Singh
BACKGROUND: Most preclinical studies are carried out on mice. For internal dose assessment of a mouse, specific absorbed fraction (SAF) values play an important role. In most studies, SAF values are estimated using older standard human organ compositions and values for limited source target pairs. OBJECTIVE: SAF values for monoenergetic photons of energies 15, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 4000 keV were evaluated for the Digimouse voxel phantom incorporated in Monte Carlo code FLUKA...
December 2016: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143923/cerebral-microbleeds-as-predictors-of-mortality-the-framingham-heart-study
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José R Romero, Sarah R Preis, Alexa Beiser, Jayandra J Himali, Ashkan Shoamanesh, Philip A Wolf, Carlos S Kase, Vasan S Ramachandran, Charles DeCarli, Sudha Seshadri
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebral microbleeds (CMB) represent a common magnetic resonance imaging marker of cerebral small vessel disease, increasingly recognized as a subclinical marker of stroke and dementia risk. CMB detection may reflect the cumulative effect of vascular risk burden and be a marker of higher mortality. We investigated the relation of CMB to risk of death in community dwelling participants free of stroke and dementia. METHODS: We evaluated 1963 Framingham Original and Offspring Cohort participants (mean age 67 years; 54% women) with available brain magnetic resonance imaging and mortality data...
January 31, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140493/cerebral-high-intensity-transient-signals-during-pediatric-cardiac-catheterization-a-pilot-study-using-transcranial-doppler-ultrasonography
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Kerri L LaRovere, Kush Kapur, Doff B McElhinney, Alexander Razumovsky, Barry D Kussman
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebral emboli are one potential cause of acute brain injury in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) undergoing cardiac catheterization. In this pilot study using transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography, we sought to evaluate the incidence, burden, and circumstances of cerebral high-intensity transient signals (HITS), presumably representing emboli, during pediatric cardiac catheterization. METHODS: Emboli monitoring of the right middle cerebral artery was performed in five children...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138378/the-frequency-antifungal-susceptibility-and-enzymatic-profiles-of-candida-species-isolated-from-neutropenic-patients
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Maral Gharaghani, Ali Rezaei-Matehkolaei, Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi, Bijan Keikhaei
BACKGROUND: Neutropenia, as a predisposing factor for invasive candidiasis, is defined as a reduction in neutrophil count to less than 1500/mm(3). It is a common condition in patients with hematological malignancy and cytostatic chemotherapy. Extensive chemotherapy and prophylaxis with antifungals have increased the resistance of Candida isolates to antifungal drugs. Although, Candida albicans is the most common causative agent among neutropenic patients, there is an increasing rate of non-albicans species...
November 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123767/distinct-risk-factors-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-and-without-coronary-artery-disease-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-boreas-cag-registry-data
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Naoto Murakami, Masaya Tanno, Nobuaki Kokubu, Junichi Nishida, Nobutaka Nagano, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Hiroshi Akasaka, Takayuki Miki, Kazufumi Tsuchihashi, Tetsuji Miura
OBJECTIVE: Although risk factors of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the general population have been characterised, their impacts on patients with specific diseases are unclear. Our aim was to determine whether risk factors of AF are different in patients with and those without coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We enrolled 1871 consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography for evaluation of symptoms suggestive of CAD in the BOREAS-CAG Registry between August 2014 and January 2015...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119381/brain-emboli-after-left-ventricular-endocardial-ablation
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Isaac R Whitman, Rachel A Gladstone, Nitish Badhwar, Henry H Hsia, Byron Lee, S Andrew Josephson, Karl M Meisel, William P Dillon, Christopher Hess, Edward P Gerstenfeld, Gregory M Marcus
BACKGROUND: -Catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) and premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) is common. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is associated with a risk of cerebral emboli attributed to cardioversions and numerous ablation lesions in the low-flow left atrium, but cerebral embolic risk in ventricular ablation has not been evaluated. METHODS: -We enrolled 18 consecutive patients meeting study criteria scheduled for VT or PVC ablation over a 9-month period...
January 24, 2017: Circulation
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