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Late Enhancement

Savino Occhionorelli, Lucia Morganti, Lorenzo Cappellari, Rocco Stano, Dario Andreotti, Giorgio Vasquez
INTRODUCTION: Arterial pseudoaneurysm is a rare and life-threatening complication of pancreatitis, seen more often in chronic than in acute pancreatitis. It involves mostly the splenic artery, while only in 10% of the case it appears in pancreaticoduodenal and gastric artery. This case report described an asymptomatic pseudoaneurysm of the posterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery and of the right gastric artery, which occurred after 13days from the episode of acute pancreatitis and, then it was treated with vascular angioembolization...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Chunxiang Feng, Jinqian Hu, Chang Liu, Shiliang Liu, Guiying Liao, Linjie Song, Xiaoyong Zeng
The increased incidence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in postmenopausal women has been proposed to be associated with a reduction in the level of 17-β estradiol (E2). E2 has also been shown to enhance the multi-differentiation ability of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) in vitro. However, studies on the potential value of E2 for tissue engineering in SUI treatment are rare. In the present study, we successfully fabricated myogenically differentiated ASCs (MD-ASCs), which were seeded onto a Poly(l-lactide)/Poly(e-caprolactone) electrospinning nano-scaffold, and incorporated E2 into the system, with the aim of improving the proliferation and myogenic differentiation of ASCs...
2016: PloS One
Myriam Martin, Anna M Blom
Recognition and removal of apoptotic and necrotic cells must be efficient and highly controlled to avoid excessive inflammation and autoimmune responses to self. The complement system, a crucial part of innate immunity, plays an important role in this process. Thus, apoptotic and necrotic cells are recognized by complement initiators such as C1q, mannose binding lectin, ficolins, and properdin. This triggers complement activation and opsonization of cells with fragments of C3b, which enhances phagocytosis and thus ensures silent removal...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Yurena Vivas, Monica Díez-Hochleitner, Adriana Izquierdo-Lahuerta, Patricia Corrales, Daniel Horrillo, Ismael Velasco, Cristina Martínez-García, Mark Campbell, Julio Sevillano, Mercedes Ricote, Manuel Ros, Maria Pilar Ramos, Gema Medina-Gomez
Pregnancy requires the adaptation of maternal energy metabolism including expansion and functional modifications of adipose tissue. Insulin resistance (IR), predominantly during late gestation, is a physiological metabolic adaptation that serves to support the metabolic demands of fetal growth. The molecular mechanisms underlying these adaptations are not fully understood and may contribute to gestational diabetes mellitus. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) controls adipogenesis, glucose and lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine
Ya-Ting Tsai, Chao-Wei Huang, Hui-Yu Liu, Mei-Ching Huang, Ting-Pi Sun, Wen-Chien Chen, Chih-Yu Wu, Shih-Torng Ding, Hsien-Yeh Chen
The ability to induce osteointegration was introduced to a parylene-C surface via the simple and intuitive process of protein adsorption mediated by hydrophobic interactions. In this way, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2, fibronectin, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) could be immobilized on parylene-C surfaces. This approach alleviates concerns related to the use of potentially harmful substances in parylene-C modification processes. The adsorbed protein molecules were quantitatively characterized with respect to adsorption efficacy and binding affinity, and the important biological activities of the proteins were also examined using both early and late markers of osteogenetic activity, including alkaline phosphatase expression, calcium mineralization and marker gene expression...
October 26, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Yong-An Zhang, Yilun Du
BACKGROUND: Shanghai was considered to be a "capital of opium" in modern China, hence the history of opium in the city has received significant attention. In the Shanghai International Settlement, where Chinese and foreigners lived as neighbours, drugs were considered by the administration as both "trouble maker", and important financial resource. This paper explores how the Shanghai Municipal Council (SMC), the most senior governing body in the settlement, used its position to maximize political and economic profit from the trade and consumption of opium...
October 22, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
E Castaldi, G M Cicchini, L Cinelli, L Biagi, S Rizzo, M C Morrone
Retinal prosthesis technologies require that the visual system downstream of the retinal circuitry be capable of transmitting and elaborating visual signals. We studied the capability of plastic remodeling in late blind subjects implanted with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis with psychophysics and functional MRI (fMRI). After surgery, six out of seven retinitis pigmentosa (RP) blind subjects were able to detect high-contrast stimuli using the prosthetic implant. However, direction discrimination to contrast modulated stimuli remained at chance level in all of them...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
Yushi Luan, Jun Cui, Weichen Wang, Jun Meng
Late blight of tomato is caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans. In our previous work, we identified and characterized a miR1918 in P. infestans (pi-miR1918), and showed that its sequence is similar to the sequence of tomato miR1918 (sly-miR1918). In this study, we used Arabidopsis thaliana pre-miR159a as a backbone to synthesize pi-miR1918 via PCR and mutagenesis. The artificial pi-miR1918 was used to investigate the role of miR1918 in tomato-P. infestans interaction. Trangenic tomato plants that overexpressed the artificial pi-miR1918 displayed more serious disease symptoms than wild-type tomato plants after infection with P...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jiyang Jin, Min Chen, Yongjun Li, YaLing Wang, Shijun Zhang, Zhen Wang, Lin Wang, Shenghong Ju
We used a porcine model of acute myocardial infarction to study the signal evolution of ischemic myocardium on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images (DWI). Eight Chinese miniature pigs underwent percutaneous left anterior descending or left circumflex coronary artery occlusion for 90 minutes followed by reperfusion, which induced acute myocardial infarction. We used DWI preprocedurally and hourly for 4 hours postprocedurally. We acquired turbo inversion recovery magnitude T2-weighted images (TIRM T2WI) and late gadolinium enhancement images from the DWI slices...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Xiaofei Gao, Hsiang-Ying Lee, Edroaldo Lummertz da Rocha, Cheng Zhang, Yi-Fen Lu, Dandan Li, Yuxiong Feng, Jideofor Ezike, Russell R Elmes, M Inmaculada Barrasa, Patrick Cahan, Hu Li, George Q Daley, Harvey F Lodish
Burst-forming unit erythroid progenitors (BFU-Es) are so-named based on their ability to generate in methylcellulose culture large colonies of erythroid cells that consist of "bursts" of smaller erythroid colonies derived from the later CFU-E Epo- dependent progenitors. "Early" BFU-E cells forming large BFU-E colonies presumably have higher capacities for self-renewal than do "late" BFU-E forming small colonies but the mechanism underlying this heterogeneity remains unknown. We show that the type III transforming growth factor (TGF)-β receptor (TβRIII) is a marker that distinguishes "early" and "late" BFU-Es...
October 24, 2016: Blood
S Wagner, H Gufler, G Eichner, H Lanfermann
AIMS: To investigate if brain metastases and radiation injuries after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) have different signal intensity (SI) time courses up to 55 min after contrast agent application and if delayed contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contributes to improve diagnostic accuracy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four consecutive patients treated with SRS for cerebral metastases were prospectively enrolled in the study. T1-weighted images were acquired on a 3-Tesla MR unit at three time points, at 2 (TP1), 15 (TP2) and 55 (TP3) min after administering contrast agent...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Xin Tong, Feng Lin, Jiang Wu, Zhiming M Wang
Perovskite solar cells fabricated from organometal halide light harvesters have captured significant attention due to their tremendously low device costs as well as unprecedented rapid progress on power conversion efficiency (PCE). A certified PCE of 20.1% was achieved in late 2014 following the first study of long-term stable all-solid-state perovskite solar cell with a PCE of 9.7% in 2012, showing their promising potential towards future cost-effective and high performance solar cells. Here, notable achievements of primary device configuration involving perovskite layer, hole-transporting materials (HTMs) and electron-transporting materials (ETMs) are reviewed...
May 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Arash Haghikia, Philipp Röntgen, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Ralf Westenfeld, Philipp Ehlermann, Dominik Berliner, Edith Podewski, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Johann Bauersachs
AIMS: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a major cause of acute heart failure in the peripartum period and considered potentially life threatening. While many aspects of its clinical profiles have been frequently reported, functional analysis, in particular of the right ventricle, and tissue characterization by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging have been only sporadically described. The aim of the present study was to analyse pathological alterations and their prognostic relevance found in CMR imaging of patients newly diagnosed with PPCM...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Lynne E Angus, Tali Boritz, Emily Bryntwick, Naomi Carpenter, Christianne Macaulay, Jasmine Khattra
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies suggest that it is not simply the expression of emotion or emotional arousal in session that is important, but rather it is the reflective processing of emergent, adaptive emotions, arising in the context of personal storytelling and/or Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) interventions, that is associated with change. METHOD: To enhance narrative-emotion integration specifically in EFT, Angus and Greenberg originally identified a set of eight clinically derived narrative-emotion integration markers were originally identified for the implementation of process-guiding therapeutic responses...
October 24, 2016: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Elysia Poggi Davis, Kevin Head, Claudia Buss, Curt A Sandman
Glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans) are the end product of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis and are proposed as a key mechanism for programming fetal brain development. The present prospective longitudinal study evaluates the association between prenatal maternal cortisol concentrations and child neurodevelopment. Participants included a low risk sample of 91 mother-child pairs. Prenatal maternal plasma cortisol concentrations were measured at 19 and 31 gestational weeks. Brain development and cognitive functioning were assessed when children were 6-9 years of age...
October 15, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Tao Li, Xiufen Chen, Yajun Liu, Lulu Fan, Liqing Lin, Yu Xu, Sijia Chen, Jingwei Shao
Ursolic acid (UA) as a nature product exhibits good anti-cancer activity, low toxicity, and good liver protection features. However, the low-solubility and poor bioavailability restrict its further clinical application. To overcome this problem, a pH-sensitive prodrug delivery system (UA@MSN-UA) that incorporated acid-sensitive linkage between drug and silica-based mesoporous nanosphere (MSN) was successfully designed and synthesized. The physicochemical properties of the UA@MSN-UA nanoparticles were investigated for shape, particle size, zeta potential, nitrogen adsorption-desorption and infrared (IR) spectroscopy...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ananth Kidambi, Manish Motwani, Akhlaque Uddin, David P Ripley, Adam K McDiarmid, Peter P Swoboda, David A Broadbent, Tarique Al Musa, Bara Erhayiem, Joshua Leader, Pierre Croisille, Patrick Clarysse, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
OBJECTIVES: In the setting of reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the authors sought to compare prediction of contractile recovery by infarct extracellular volume (ECV), as measured by T1-mapping cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) transmural extent. BACKGROUND: The transmural extent of myocardial infarction as assessed by LGE CMR is a strong predictor of functional recovery, but accuracy of the technique may be reduced in AMI...
October 18, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Elias Paolo Casula, Mario Stampanoni Bassi, Maria Concetta Pellicciari, Viviana Ponzo, Domenica Veniero, Antonella Peppe, Livia Brusa, Paolo Stanzione, Carlo Caltagirone, Alessandro Stefani, Giacomo Koch
BACKGROUND: The effects of deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (DBS-STN) and L-dopa (LD) on cortical activity in Parkinson's disease (PD) are poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: By combining transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG) we explored the effects of STN-DBS, either alone or in combination with L-Dopa (LD), on TMS-evoked cortical activity in a sample of implanted PD patients. METHODS: PD patients were tested in three clinical conditions: i) LD therapy with STN-DBS turned on (ON/ON condition); ii) without LD therapy with STN-DBS turned on (OFF/ON condition); iii) without LD therapy with STN-DBS turned off (OFF/OFF condition)...
October 17, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Hulya Yalçin, Ines Valenta, Fatih Yalçin, Celia Corona-Villalobos, Nestor Vasquez, Joshua Ra, Nagehan Kucukler, Abdel Tahari, Iraklis Pozios, Yun Zhou, Martin Pomper, Theodore P Abraham, Thomas H Schindler, M Roselle Abraham
Vasodilator-induced transient left ventricular (LV) cavity dilation by positron emission tomography (PET) is common in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). Because most patients with PET-LV cavity dilation lack obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease, we hypothesized that vasodilator-induced subendocardial hypoperfusion resulting from microvascular dysfunction underlies this result. To test this hypothesis, we quantified myocardial blood flow (MBF) (subepicardial, subendocardial, and global MBF) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in 104 patients with HC without significant coronary artery disease, using (13)NH3-PET...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Nabia S Ikram, Judy Yee, Stefanie Weinstein, Benjamin M Yeh, Carlos U Corvera, Alexander Monto, Thomas A Hope
PURPOSE: To establish if triple-phase arterial imaging improves the detection of arterial phase hyperintense lesions based on arterial phase capture, motion artifact degradation, and lesion enhancement when compared to single-phase imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma were imaged at 3.0T. Seventy-three consecutive patients with a standard single-phase MRI and eighty-five consecutive patients were imaged using extracellular contrast with triple arterial phase MRI using three sequential accelerated acquisitions of 8 s...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
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