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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726799/the-insular-cortex-dynamically-maps-changes-in-cardiorespiratory-interoception
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Mahlega S Hassanpour, W Kyle Simmons, Justin S Feinstein, Qingfei Luo, Rachel Lapidus, Jerzy Bodurka, Martin P Paulus, Sahib S Khalsa
Palpitations and dyspnea are fundamental to the human experience of panic anxiety, but it remains unclear how the brain dynamically represents changes in these interoceptive sensations. We used isoproterenol, a rapidly acting peripheral beta-adrenergic agonist similar to adrenaline, to induce sensations of palpitation and dyspnea in healthy individuals (n=23) during arterial spin labeling (ASL) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). We hypothesized that the right mid-insular cortex, a central recipient of viscerosensory input, would preferentially respond during the peak period of cardiorespiratory stimulation...
July 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724414/effects-of-feeding-drunken-horse-grass-infected-with-epichlo%C3%A3-gansuensis-endophyte-on-animal-performance-clinical-symptoms-and-physiological-parameters-in-sheep
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Ying Liang, Hucheng Wang, Chunjie Li, Zhibiao Nan, Fadi Li
BACKGROUND: Many reports showed that grass-endophyte symbiosis induced livestock poisoned. Yet, there is no study evaluating clinical symptoms and physiological parameters in sheep fed Epichloë gansuensis endophyte-infected grass. The objective of the present study was to investigate these indexes by feeding sheep with endophyte-infected A. inebrians (E+ Group) or endophyte-free A. inebrians (E- Group) drunken horse grass or alfalfa hay (Control Group). RESULTS: The Epichloë endophyte caused obvious toxicity symptoms in the sheep fed E+ A...
July 19, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719948/isolation-and-genotyping-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-brazilian-dogs
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Jamille Rodrigues da Silva, Bianca Mendes Maciel, Luana Karla Nogueira de Santana Souza Santos, Fábio Santos Carvalho, Daniele de Santana Rocha, Carlos Wilson Gomes Lopes, George Rêgo Albuquerque
Strains of Toxoplasma gondii in Brazil are highly genetically diverse compared to strains from North America and Europe. Dogs are epidemiologically important because they act as sentinels for T. gondii infections in humans and are good indicators of environmental contamination. The aim of this study was to isolate and genetically characterize T. gondii strains from tissues of naturally infected Brazilian dogs. For this study, 21 blood samples were collected from dogs at the Zoonosis Control Centers of Ilhéus and Itabuna cities, Bahia, Brazil...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719839/the-prognostic-value-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-bnp-in-non-cardiac-patients-with-sepsis-ultra-long-follow-up
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Johad Khoury, Majd Arow, Adi Elias, Badira F Makhoul, Gidon Berger, Marielle Kaplan, Tanya Mashiach, Reem Ismael-Badarneh, Doron Aronson, Zaher S Azzam
OBJECTIVES: Sepsis is a multifactorial syndrome with increasing incidence of morbidity and mortality. Identification of outcome predictors is therefore essential. Recently, elevated brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels have been observed in patients with septic shock. Little information is available concerning BNP levels in patients with critical illness, especially with sepsis. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the role of BNP as a biomarker for long-term mortality in patients with sepsis...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719009/diagnosis-of-chronic-heart-failure-by-the-soluble-suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-and-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide
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Xiao-Ling Jin, Ning Huang, Hui Shang, Ming-Cheng Zhou, Yi Hong, Wen-Zheng Cai, Jie Huang
OBJECTIVE: Our study was to explore the roles between serum soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) while evaluating ventricular function to properly diagnose chronic heart failure (CHF). METHODS: In total, 197 CHF patients were recruited and classified into ventricular function's II, III, and IV groups, and 106 healthy people into normal control group. To detect concentrations of Sst2 and NT-proBNP, ELISA and electro-chemiluminescence immuno assay were implemented...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715351/interacting-influences-of-gender-and-chronic-pain-status-on-parasympathetically-mediated-heart-rate-variability-in-adolescents-and-young-adults
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Lynn S Walker, Amanda L Stone, Craig A Smith, Stephen Bruehl, Judy Garber, Martina Puzanovova, André Diedrich
Considerable research links chronic pain to autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction, specifically low heart rate variability (HRV) mediated by reduced parasympathetic activity. However, little is known about factors that influence ANS function in chronic pain. The ANS is the primary pathway for brain-gut communication, making it of particular interest in gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, characterized by functional abdominal pain (FAP). We evaluated the relation of sex, pain severity, and psychological stress to ANS function in adolescents/young adults from a database of pediatric FAP and control participants enrolled 8 years earlier in a prospective study of pain...
August 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712998/brain-natriuretic-peptide-mediates-the-prognostic-role-of-renal-function-towards-10-year-cardiovascular-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-the-hhf-study-2006-2016
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Christina Chrysohoou, George Georgiopoulos, Hara Kosyfa, Ioanna Kotsopoulou Haritou, Matina Kouvari, Androniki Filippou, Stelios Iosifidis, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Panagiotis Aggelopoulos, Christos Pitsavos, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Risk stratification in chronic heart failure (HF) remains a challenge. Renal function and B-natriuretic peptide (BNP) might confer predictive value towards long-term mortality in HF patients after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: From May 2006 to March 2009, 1,000 consecutive patients who were hospitalized with ACS diagnosis were enrolled in the study. In 2016, the 10-year follow-up (2006-2016) was performed in 745 participants...
July 13, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710785/effect-of-thyroid-hormone-on-cardiac-function-following-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-in-piglets
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T K Susheel Kumar, Craig Mathis, Shyam Sathanandam, David Zurakowski, Saradha Subramanian, Jerry Allen, Michael Solimine, Lindsay Berrios, Scott Jackson, Mark Landers, Ryan Sullivan, Stacey Barnett, Mark Rayburn, Christopher Loftis, Lauren Price, James B Tansey, Deepthi Hoskoppal, Christopher Knott-Craig
Studies in adult HT have demonstrated improved cardiac function in the recipient following administration of T3 to the donor. The purpose of this experiment was to assess the effects of T3 on the function of the immature donor heart following HT in a piglet model. A total of 32 piglets were divided into 16 donors and 16 recipients. Following creation of brain death, half of the donor piglets were randomized to receive three doses of T3 (0.2 μg/kg) along with hydrocortisone (1 mg/kg). The donor hearts were then transplanted into the recipient piglets on CPB...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709149/uptake-of-psma-ligands-in-normal-tissues-is-dependent-on-tumor-load-in-patients-with-prostate-cancer
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Florian C Gaertner, Khalil Halabi, Hojjat Ahmadzadehfar, Stefan Kürpig, Elisabeth Eppard, Charalambos Kotsikopoulos, Nikolaos Liakos, Ralph A Bundschuh, Holger Strunk, Markus Essler
Radioligand therapy (RLT) with Lu-177-labeled PSMA-ligands is a new therapy option for prostate cancer. Biodistribution in normal tissues is of interest for therapy planning. We evaluated if the biodistribution of Ga-68-PSMA-11 is influenced by tumor load. RESULTS: In patients with high tumor load, SUVmean was reduced to 61.5% in the lacrimal glands, to 56.6% in the parotid glands, to 63.7% in the submandibular glands, to 61.3% in the sublingual glands and to 55.4% in the kidneys (p < 0...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705814/head-and-neck-mri-findings-in-charge-syndrome
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M J Hoch, S H Patel, D Jethanamest, W Win, G M Fatterpekar, J T Roland, M Hagiwara
Coloboma of the eye, Heart defects, Atresia of the choanae, Retardation of growth and/or development, Genital and/or urinary abnormalities, and Ear abnormalities and deafness (CHARGE) syndrome is a disorder with multiple congenital anomalies seen on imaging. A retrospective review of 10 patients with CHARGE syndrome who underwent MR imaging of the brain as part of a preoperative evaluation for cochlear implantation was conducted. Structural abnormalities of the entire MR imaging of the head were evaluated, including the auditory system, olfactory system, face, skull base, and central nervous system...
July 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690600/differential-growth-of-francisella-tularensis-which-alters-expression-of-virulence-factors-dominant-antigens-and-surface-carbohydrate-synthases-governs-the-apparent-virulence-of-ft-schus4-to-immunized-animals
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Kristen M Holland, Sarah J Rosa, Kolbrun Kristjansdottir, Donald Wolfgeher, Brian J Franz, Tiffany M Zarrella, Sudeep Kumar, Raju Sunagar, Anju Singh, Chandra S Bakshi, Prachi Namjoshi, Eileen M Barry, Timothy J Sellati, Stephen J Kron, Edmund J Gosselin, Douglas S Reed, Karsten R O Hazlett
The gram-negative bacterium Francisella tularensis (Ft) is both a potential biological weapon and a naturally occurring microbe that survives in arthropods, fresh water amoeba, and mammals with distinct phenotypes in various environments. Previously, we used a number of measurements to characterize Ft grown in Brain-Heart Infusion (BHI) broth as (1) more similar to infection-derived bacteria, and (2) slightly more virulent in naïve animals, compared to Ft grown in Mueller Hinton Broth (MHB). In these studies we observed that the free amino acids in MHB repress expression of select Ft virulence factors by an unknown mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688840/impact-of-clinical-exomes-in-neurodevelopmental-and-neurometabolic-disorders
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Christina Evers, Christian Staufner, Martin Granzow, Nagarajan Paramasivam, Katrin Hinderhofer, Lilian Kaufmann, Christine Fischer, Christian Thiel, Thomas Opladen, Urania Kotzaeridou, Stefan Wiemann, Matthias Schlesner, Roland Eils, Stefan Kölker, Claus R Bartram, Georg F Hoffmann, Ute Moog
Whole exome sequencing (WES) is well established in research and is now being introduced into clinically indicated diagnostics (so-called clinical exomes). We evaluated the diagnostic yield and clinical implications of WES in 72 patients from 60 families with undiagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), neurometabolic disorders, and dystonias. Pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants leading to a molecular diagnosis could be identified in 21 of the 60 families (overall 35%, in 36% of patients with NDD, in 43% of patients with neurometabolic disorders, in 25% of patients with dystonias)...
June 30, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685712/effects-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-shensong-yangxin-capsules-on-heart-rhythm-and-function-in-congestive-heart-failure-patients-with-frequent-ventricular-premature-complexes-a-randomized-double-blind-multicenter-clinical-trial
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Xi Wang, Dan Hu, Song Dang, He Huang, Cong-Xin Huang, Ming-Jie Yuan, Yan-Hong Tang, Qing-Shan Zheng, Fang Yin, Shu Zhang, Bo-Li Zhang, Run-Lin Gao
BACKGROUND: Pharmacological therapy for congestive heart failure (CHF) with ventricular arrhythmia is limited. In the study, our aim was to evaluate the effects of Chinese traditional medicine Shensong Yangxin capsules (SSYX) on heart rhythm and function in CHF patients with frequent ventricular premature complexes (VPCs). METHODS: This double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study randomized 465 CHF patients with frequent VPCs to the SSYX (n = 232) and placebo groups (n = 233) for 12 weeks of treatment...
July 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678536/toxicity-assessment-of-ferula-gummosa-administration-during-pregnancy-lactation-and-juvenile-period-in-rat
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Mohammad Mahdi Vahedi, Davood Mahdian, Amir Hossein Jafarian, Mehrdad Iranshahi, Mahdi Esmaeilizadeh, Ahmad Ghorbani
Ferula gummosa is widely used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. This work evaluated the safety of F. gummosa root in pregnancy, lactation, and juvenile periods. This study was performed in three parts: (1) pregnant rats were received diet containing 0 (control), 150 , or 700 mg/kg of F. gummosa root during pregnancy; (2) Lactating rats were treated with diet containing the root (0, 150, or 700 mg/kg) during lactation period; (3) juvenile rats were received 4 weeks diet containing the root (0, 150, or 700 mg/kg)...
July 5, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678239/quantitative-and-correlative-biodistribution-analysis-of-89-zr-labeled-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-intravenously-injected-into-tumor-bearing-mice
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Larissa Kramer, Gordon Winter, Benjamin Baur, Andrea J Kuntz, Thomas Kull, Christoph Solbach, Ambros J Beer, Mika Lindén
The biodistribution of (89)Zr-labeled mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) was evaluated in detail using a prostate cancer mouse model bearing LNCaP C4-2 and PC-3 tumor xenografts with focus on passive targeting. PEGylation of radiolabeled MSNs significantly improved the blood circulation times and radically enhanced the accumulation in tumors comparable to the accumulation levels previously reported for similar but actively targeted particles. The distribution of the passively targeted MSNs was related to the degree of vascularization of the tumors and did not follow the trends observed in vitro...
July 13, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673480/association-of-descending-thoracic-aortic-plaque-with-brain-atrophy-and-white-matter-hyperintensities-the-framingham-heart-study
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Hugo J Aparicio, Rodica E Petrea, Joseph M Massaro, Warren J Manning, Noriko Oyama-Manabe, Alexa S Beiser, Carlos S Kase, Ralph B D'Agostino, Philip A Wolf, Ramachandran S Vasan, Charles DeCarli, Christopher J O'Donnell, Sudha Seshadri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Aortic atherosclerosis is an aggregate marker of vascular risk factor exposure and has been associated with intracranial atherosclerosis and stroke. We hypothesized that atherosclerosis of the descending aorta (DAo) could be a risk marker for brain aging and injury. METHODS: We evaluated 1527 participants (mean age 59.9 years, 53.5% women) in the Framingham Offspring cohort who underwent both aortic and brain MRI. Participants were free of clinical stroke, dementia, or other neurological illness at the time of axial MRI of the thoracic and abdominal DAo and subsequent brain MRI...
June 23, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671567/evaluation-of-marine-microalga-diacronema-vlkianum-biomass-fatty-acid-assimilation-in-wistar-rats
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Cristina de Mello-Sampayo, Angela Paterna, Ambra Polizzi, Diana Duarte, Irineu Batista, Rui Pinto, Patrícia Gonçalves, Anabela Raymundo, Ana P Batista, Luísa Gouveia, Beatriz Silva-Lima, Narcisa M Bandarra
Diacronema vlkianum is a marine microalgae for which supposed health promoting effects have been claimed based on its phytochemical composition. The potential use of its biomass as health ingredient, including detox-shakes, and the lack of bioavailability studies were the main concerns. In order to evaluate the microalgae-biomass assimilation and its health-benefits, single-dose (CD1-mice) studies were followed by 66-days repeated-dose study in Wistar rats with the highest tested single-dose of microalgae equivalent to 101 mg/kg eicosapentaenoic acid + docosahexaenoic acid (EPA+DHA)...
July 1, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666992/oxygen-uptake-efficiency-slope-predicts-poor-outcome-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Yi Tang, Qin Luo, Zhihong Liu, Xiuping Ma, Zhihui Zhao, Zhiwei Huang, Liu Gao, Qi Jin, Changming Xiong, Xinhai Ni
BACKGROUND: Few published studies have evaluated the power of the oxygen uptake efficiency slope (OUES) to predict outcomes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), who typically die of right-sided heart failure. Our study sought to evaluate the power of OUES to predict clinical worsening and mortality in patients with IPAH. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with newly diagnosed IPAH who underwent symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing from November 11, 2010, to June 25, 2015, in our hospital were prospectively enrolled and followed for up to 66 months...
June 30, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663264/new-ultrasound-measurements-to-bridge-the-gap-between-prenatal-and-neonatal-brain-growth-assessment
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I V Koning, J A Roelants, I A L Groenenberg, M J Vermeulen, S P Willemsen, I K M Reiss, P P Govaert, R P M Steegers-Theunissen, J Dudink
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Most ultrasound markers for monitoring brain growth can only be used in either the prenatal or the postnatal period. We investigated whether corpus callosum length and corpus callosum-fastigium length could be used as markers for both prenatal and postnatal brain growth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3D ultrasound study embedded in the prospective Rotterdam Periconception Cohort was performed at 22, 26 and 32 weeks' gestational age in fetuses with fetal growth restriction, congenital heart defects, and controls...
June 29, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663254/blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-measures-associated-with-increased-risk-of-covert-brain-infarction-and-worsening-leukoaraiosis-in-older-adults
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Lester Y Leung, Traci M Bartz, Kenneth Rice, James Floyd, Bruce Psaty, Jose Gutierrez, W T Longstreth, Kenneth J Mukamal
OBJECTIVE: In people without previous stroke, covert findings on serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of incident brain infarcts and worsening leukoaraiosis are associated with increased risk for ischemic stroke and dementia. We evaluated whether various measures of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate are associated with these MRI findings. APPROACH AND RESULTS: In the CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study), a longitudinal cohort study of older adults, we used relative risk regression to assess the associations of mean, variability, and trend in systolic BP, diastolic BP, and heart rate measured at 4 annual clinic visits between 2 brain MRIs with incident covert brain infarction and worsening white matter grade (using a 10-point scale to characterize leukoaraiosis)...
June 29, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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