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Brain damage causes multiple changes in synaptic function and intrinsic properties of surviving neurons, leading to the development of chronic epilepsy. In the widely used pilocarpine-status epilepticus (SE) rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), a major alteration is the marked increase in the fraction of intrinsically bursting CA1 pyramidal cells.(More)
Small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK or K(Ca)2) channels are widely expressed in the CNS. In several types of neurons, these channels were shown to become activated during repetitive firing, causing early spike frequency adaptation. In CA1 pyramidal cells, SK channels in dendritic spines were shown to regulate synaptic transmission. However, the(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate initial and long term results of coronary perforation treatment with pericardial covered stent. BACKGROUND Iatrogenic coronary perforation is a rare life threatening complication of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) occurring in 0.1-0.8% of cases. Covered stents are the mainstay of therapy for coronary perforation. However,(More)
In principal brain neurons, activation of Ca(2+) channels during an action potential, or spike, causes Ca(2+) entry into the cytosol within a millisecond. This in turn causes rapid activation of large conductance Ca(2+)-gated channels, which enhances repolarization and abbreviates the spike. Here we describe another remarkable consequence of spike Ca(2+)(More)
AIMS Thyroid dysfunction is known to effect cardiac function and is a risk factor for developing heart failure (HF). Data regarding the clinical significance of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels alone as a predictor of outcome in patients with HF is sparse. We evaluated the significance of TSH on clinical outcome in a large cohort of patients with(More)
During postnatal development neurones display discharge behaviours that are not present in the adult, yet they are essential for the normal maturation of the nervous system. Neonatal CA1 pyramidal cells, like their adult counterparts, fire regularly, but excitatory GABAergic transmission drives them to generate spontaneous high-frequency bursts until(More)
BACKGROUND Temozolomide (TMZ) is an alkylating agent used for treatment of brain neoplasms and levetiracetam (LEV) is a commonly used antiepileptic. When administered separately each medication has few negative side effects impacting the liver. AIMS We sought to determine the risk of liver injury associated with the co-administration of TMZ and LEV. (More)
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been associated with liver cancer and cirrhosis, autoimmune disorders such as thyroiditis and mixed cryoglobulinema, and alterations in immune function and chronic inflammation, both implicated in B cell lymphoproliferative diseases that may progress to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). HCV bound to B cell surface(More)
BACKGROUND Presence of Q waves on the presenting electrocardiogram (ECG) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been associated with worse prognosis; however, whether the prognostic value of Q waves is influenced by baseline characteristics and/or rapidity of revascularization based on the guideline-based metric of(More)