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INTRODUCTION To study the possible anti-inflammatory effect of hydrogen-rich saline (H(2) saline) on rat hearts with regional myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (I/R). METHODS Sixty-six rats were equally randomized to three groups: sham-operated group, I/R group (control group) and I/R plus H(2) saline treatment group. Myocardial I/R was established by(More)
BACKGROUND Constrictive pericarditis is a rare and disabling disease that can result in chronic fibrous thickening of the pericardium. Prompt treatment of constrictive pericarditis is necessary to limit morbidity and mortality. METHODS We analyzed the clinical details of 51 constrictive pericarditis patients who underwent surgery from January 2005 to(More)
The protective effect of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury via anti-apoptotic signaling is well established, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Recently, miRNAs have been identified as important mediators of myocardial injury by regulating apoptosis-related genes. It was found in our previous preliminary(More)
Different from online shopping, in-store shopping has few ways to collect the customer behaviors before purchase. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of an on-site Customer Behavior IDentification system based on passive RFID tags, named CBID. By collecting and analyzing wireless signal features, CBID can detect and track tag movements(More)
AIMS Currently, myxoma is the most common type of primary cardiac tumor diagnosed. This article describes the experience over the past 16 years with cases of cardiac myxoma in Chinese patients and elucidated the differences between solid and papillary myxomas. METHODS The clinical details of 68 patients with cardiac myxomas who underwent surgery between(More)
Autophagy plays a significant role in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. So it is important to inhibit autophagy to protect cardiomyocytes besides anti-apoptosis. MiRNA has been demonstrated to protect cardiomyocytes against apoptosis during IR, while whether it has anti-autophagy effect has not been known. The aim of this study was to investigate(More)
Excessive autophagy aggravates myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been shown to possess a strong cardioprotective effect due to its anti-necrosis, anti-apoptosis, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Our previous study showed that H2S could also protect the myocardium against IR injury through its(More)
BACKGROUND We identified a gene (PRKAG2) that encodes the gamma-2 regulatory subunit of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) with a mutation (Arg302Gln) responsible for familial Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. The human phenotype consists of ventricular preexcitation, conduction abnormalities, and cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS AND RESULTS To elucidate(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to explore the use of dexmedetomidine as a safe and efficacious sedative agent in post-cardiac surgery patients. METHODS A systematic literature search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library and Science Citation Index until January 2012 and review of studies was conducted. Eligible studies were of randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Autophagy plays a significant role in myocardial ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been demonstrated to protect cardiomyocytes against IR injury, while whether it has anti-autophagy effect has not been known. The aim of this study was to investigate whether H2S regulates autophagy during IR injury and its possible(More)