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Oana Mirea, Efstathios D Pagourelias, Jurgen Duchenne, Jan Bogaert, James D Thomas, Luigi P Badano, Jens-Uwe Voigt
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of vendor-specific and independent strain analysis tools to detect regional myocardial function abnormality in a clinical setting. BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography has been considered a promising tool for the quantitative assessment of regional myocardial function. However, the potential differences among speckle tracking software with regard to their accuracy in identifying regional abnormality has not been studied extensively...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528161/functional-implication-of-mitral-annular-disjunction-in-mitral-valve-prolapse-a-quantitative-dynamic-3d-echocardiographic%C3%A2-study
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Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Chun-Na Jin, Yiting Fan, Randolph H L Wong, Malcolm J Underwood, Song Wan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the hypothesis that mitral annular disjunction (MAD) is associated with abnormal annular dynamics due to decoupling of annular-ventricular function. BACKGROUND: MAD, defined as a separation between the atrial wall-mitral valve (MV) junction and left ventricular (LV) attachment, is a structural abnormality occurring in MV prolapse (MVP). Few data exist on the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of MAD and its functional implication...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527350/bi-dimensional-variational-mode-decomposition-of-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-data-a-clinical-approach-to-critical-limb-ischemia
#3
Anne Humeau-Heurtier, Pierre Abraham, Samir Henni
The number of patients suffering from peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) is growing worldwide. PAOD corresponds to an impairment of perfusion in the distal portion of some arteries that can generate critical limb ischemia. For some patients, the pathology leads to the necessity of amputation. PAOD may be diagnosed and studied with transcutaneous oxygen (tcpO2) measurements. However, the tcpO2 technique is a contact technique: probes have to be positioned on the limb, which may be impossible in case of ulcers and can lead to infection risks...
May 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526545/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-and-right-ventricular-function-a-combined-assessment-by-speckle-tracking-and-three-dimensional-echocardiography
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Agostino Buonauro, Maurizio Galderisi, Ciro Santoro, Angelo Canora, Maria Luisa Bocchino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Maria Lembo, Roberta Esposito, Sabrina Castaldo, Bruno Trimarco, Alessandro Sanduzzi
BACKGROUND: Little is known on right ventricular (RV) involvement in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This study aimed at evaluating early RV dysfunction by standard and advanced echocardiography in OSA. METHODS: Fifty-nine OSA patients without heart failure and 29 age-matched controls underwent standard, speckle tracking and real time 3D echocardiography of right ventricle. OSA patients performed lung function tests and overnight cardio-respiratory monitoring with evaluation of apnea-hypopnea index (AHI)...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523882/phacomatosis-pigmentokeratotica-a-mosaic-rasopathy-with-malignant-potential
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Amit Om, Sara S Cathey, Robert M Gathings, Michelle Hudspeth, Jennifer A Lee, Sean Marzolf, Lara Wine Lee
Phacomatosis pigmentokeratotica (PPK) is a rare epidermal nevus syndrome characterized by the co-occurrence of a nevus sebaceous arranged along the lines of Blaschko with a speckled lentiginous nevus (SLN). We report a novel KRAS mutation in a patient with a large nevus sebaceous and an SLN who subsequently developed a vaginal botryoid rhabdomyosarcoma, an association not previously reported in the literature. This case expands our knowledge of the genetic basis for phacomatosis, in which mutations in HRAS have been previously described, although this report provides evidence that activating mutations in KRAS or HRAS may cause PPK...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522757/functional-assessment-of-the-diaphragm-by-speckle-tracking-ultrasound-during-inspiratory-loading
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Eline Oppersma, Nima Hatam, Jonne Doorduin, Johannes G van der Hoeven, Gernot Marx, Andreas Goetzenich, Sebastian Fritsch, Leo M A Heunks, Christian S Bruells
BACKGROUND: Assessment of diaphragmatic effort is challenging especially in critically ill patients in the phase of weaning. Fractional thickening during inspiration assessed by ultrasound has been used to estimate diaphragm effort. It is unknown whether more sophisticated ultrasound techniques such as speckle tracking are superior in the quantification of inspiratory effort. This study evaluates the validity of speckle tracking ultrasound to quantify diaphragm contractility. METHODS: Thirteen healthy volunteers underwent a randomized stepwise threshold loading protocol of 0 to 50% of the maximal inspiratory pressure...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521821/intratumoral-and-peritumoral-radiomics-for-the-pretreatment-prediction-of-pathological-complete-response-to-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-based-on-breast-dce-mri
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Nathaniel M Braman, Maryam Etesami, Prateek Prasanna, Christina Dubchuk, Hannah Gilmore, Pallavi Tiwari, Donna Pletcha, Anant Madabhushi
BACKGROUND: In this study, we evaluated the ability of radiomic textural analysis of intratumoral and peritumoral regions on pretreatment breast cancer dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) to predict pathological complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). METHODS: A total of 117 patients who had received NAC were retrospectively analyzed. Within the intratumoral and peritumoral regions of T1-weighted contrast-enhanced MRI scans, a total of 99 radiomic textural features were computed at multiple phases...
May 18, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516571/fsoca-induced-switchable-footpad-skin-optical-clearing-window-for-blood-flow-and-cell-imaging-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Rui Shi, Wei Feng, Chao Zhang, Zhihong Zhang, Dan Zhu
The mouse footpad for its feature of hairlessness provides an available window for imaging vascular and cellular structure and function in vivo. Unfortunately, the strong scattering of its skin limits the penetration of light and reduces the imaging contrast and depth. Herein, an innovative footpad skin optical clearing agent (FSOCA) was developed to make the footpad skin transparent quickly by topical application. The results demonstrate that FSOCA treatment not only allowed the cutaneous blood vessels and blood flow distribution to be monitored by laser speckle contrast imaging technique with higher contrast, but also permitted the fluorescent cells to be imaged by laser scanning confocal microscopy with higher fluorescence signal intensity and larger imaging depth...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515855/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-to-assess-regional-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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María Cristina Saccheri, Tomás Francisco Cianciulli, Luis Alberto Morita, Ricardo José Méndez, Martín Alejandro Beck, Juan Enrique Guerra, Alberto Cozzarin, Luciana Jimena Puente, Lorena Romina Balletti, Jorge Alberto Lax
AIM: To explore regional systolic strain of midwall and endocardial segments using speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS: We prospectively assessed 20 patients (mean age 53 ± 16 years, range: 18-81 years, 10 were male), with apical HCM. We measured global longitudinal peak systolic strain (GLPSS) in the midwall and endocardium of the left ventricle. RESULTS: The diastolic thickness of the 4 apical segments was 16...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514784/effects-of-intensive-statin-therapy-on-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-and-abnormal-glucose-tolerance
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Søren Auscher, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Jacob Eifer Møller, Kristina Hoeg Vinther, Jess Lambrechtsen, Kenneth Egstrup
OBJECTIVES: Abnormal glucose tolerance in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with greater mortality and adverse cardiovascular effects. As statins possess a range of beneficial pleiotropic effects on the cardiovascular system, we sought to assess the cardioprotective effects of statins on left ventricular function in patients with AMI in relation to glycometabolic state. METHODS: In a prospective, randomized trial, 140 patients with AMI were randomized to intensive statin therapy receiving statin loading with 80 mg of rosuvastatin followed by 40 mg daily or standard statin therapy...
May 18, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514267/systolic-and-diastolic-lv-mechanics-during-and-following-resistance-exercise
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Eric J Stöhr, Mike Stembridge, Rob Shave, T Jake Samuel, Keeron Stone, Joseph I Esformes
PURPOSE: To improve the current understanding of the impact of resistance exercise on the heart, by examining the acute responses of left ventricular (LV) strain, twist and untwisting rate ('LV mechanics'). METHODS: LV echocardiographic images were recorded in systole and diastole before, during and immediately after (7-12 s) double leg press exercise at two intensities (30% and 60% of maximum strength, 1-repetition-maximum, 1RM). Speckle tracking analysis generated LV strain, twist and untwisting rate data...
May 16, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513231/left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-stiffness-in-patients-with-nondipper-hypertension-a-speckle-tracking-study
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Mehmet Demir, İbrahim Aktaş, Ahmet Yıldırım
BACKGROUND: Nondipper hypertension is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Speckle tracking echocardiography is a novel and promising tool for detecting early changes in left atrial (LA) myocardial dysfunction. Our aim was to evaluate the LA mechanical function and stiffness in nondipper hypertensive patients by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography strain parameters. METHOD: This study included 80 hypertensive patients. Hypertensive patients were divided into two groups: 50 dipper patients (29 male, mean age 51...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511861/speckle-tracking-layer-specific-analysis-of-myocardial-deformation-and-evaluation-of-scar-transmurality-in-chronic-ischemic-heart-disease
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Michela Tarascio, Laura Anna Leo, Catherine Klersy, Romina Murzilli, Tiziano Moccetti, Francesco Fulvio Faletra
BACKGROUND: Identification of the extent of scar transmurality in chronic ischemic heart disease is important because it correlates with viability. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate whether layer-specific two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography allows distinction of scar presence and transmurality. METHODS: A total of 70 subjects, 49 with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy and 21 healthy subjects, underwent two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and late gadolinium-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511859/reference-ranges-and-regional-patterns-of-left-ventricular-strain-and-strain-rate-using-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-a-healthy-middle-aged-black-and-white-population-the-cardia-study
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Henrique T Moreira, Chike C Nwabuo, Anderson C Armstrong, Satoru Kishi, Ola Gjesdal, Jared P Reis, Pamela J Schreiner, Kiang Liu, Cora E Lewis, Stephen Sidney, Samuel S Gidding, João A C Lima, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh
BACKGROUND: Strain and strain rate are sensitive markers of left ventricular (LV) myocardial function. The aim of this study was to assess reference ranges and regional patterns of LV strain and strain rate using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in a large population of black and white subjects. METHODS: This study involved a retrospective review of prospectively collected images in 557 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study who remained healthy at the year 25 examination...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511858/reduced-myocardial-reserve-in-young-x-linked-muscular-dystrophy-mice-diagnosed-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis-combined-with%C3%A2-stress-echocardiography
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Zhenzhou Li, Ying Li, Li Zhang, Xiaoying Zhang, Rebecca Sullivan, Xiaojie Ai, Christopher Szeto, Angela Cai, Longjian Liu, Weidong Xiao, Quanshui Li, Shuping Ge, Xiongwen Chen
BACKGROUND: Early, sensitive, and reproducible evaluation of left ventricular function is imperative for the diagnosis of cardiac dysfunction in patients with Duchene muscular dystrophy. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that combining two-dimensional strain analysis with catecholamine stress could be a sensitive method for detecting early cardiac dysfunction. METHODS: Mdx (C57BL/10ScSn-Dmdmdx/J, a mouse model of DMD) and control (C57BL/10ScSn) mice were studied with conventional M-mode and high-frequency ultrasound-based two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography using long- and short-axis images of the left ventricle at baseline and after intraperitoneal isoprenaline (ISO) administration (2 μg/g body weight)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509760/global-longitudinal-strain-predicts-outcome-after-mitraclip-implantation-for-secondary-mitral-regurgitation
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Rodolfo Citro, Cesare Baldi, Patrizio Lancellotti, Angelo Silverio, Gennaro Provenza, Michele Bellino, Michele R Di Muro, Generoso Mastrogiovanni, Roberta De Rosa, Gennaro Galasso, Eduardo Bossone, Pietro Giudice, Federico Piscione
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess preoperative determinants, prevalence, and prognostic impact of left ventricular (LV) reverse remodeling (LVRR) in patients with secondary mitral regurgitation (SMR), undergoing MitraClip implantation (MCi). METHODS: From March 2012 to January 2015, a total of 41 consecutive patients with moderate-to-severe SMR treated successfully with MCi were enrolled. All patients underwent clinical and echocardiographic follow-up after MCi...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504733/uncloaking-diffusive-light-invisibility-cloaks-by-speckle-analysis
#17
Andreas Niemeyer, Frederik Mayer, Andreas Naber, Milan Koirala, Alexey Yamilov, Martin Wegener
Within the range of validity of the stationary diffusion equation, an ideal diffusive-light invisibility cloak can make an arbitrary macroscopic object hidden inside of the cloak indistinguishable from the surroundings for all colors, polarizations, and directions of incident visible light. However, the diffusion equation for light is an approximation which becomes exact only in the limit of small coherence length. Thus, one expects that the cloak can be revealed by illumination with coherent light. The experiments presented here show that the cloaks are robust in the limit of large coherence length but can be revealed by analysis of the speckle patterns under illumination with partially coherent light...
May 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504693/cyclin-dependent-kinase-7-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-high-grade-glioma
#18
S A Greenall, Y C Lim, C B Mitchell, K S Ensbey, B W Stringer, A L Wilding, G M O'Neill, K L McDonald, D J Gough, B W Day, T G Johns
High-grade glioma (HGG) is an incurable brain cancer. The transcriptomes of cells within HGG tumors are highly heterogeneous. This renders the tumors unresponsive or able to adapt to therapeutics targeted at single pathways, thereby causing treatment failure. To overcome this, we focused on cyclin-dependent kinase 7 (CDK7), a ubiquitously expressed molecule involved in two major drivers of HGG pathogenesis: cell cycle progression and RNA polymerase-II-based transcription. We tested the activity of THZ1, an irreversible CDK7 inhibitor, on patient-derived primary HGG cell lines and ex vivo HGG patient tissue slices, using proliferation assays, microarray analysis, high-resolution respirometry, cell cycle analysis and in vivo tumor orthografts...
May 15, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502268/comparison-of-two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-echocardiographic-strain-in-children-with-chd
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Bethany L Wisotzkey, Brian D Soriano, Sujatha Buddhe
BACKGROUND: In CHD, three-dimensional strain analysis may overcome limitations of Doppler and two-dimensional strain of the left ventricle. The aims of this study were to evaluate feasibility and reproducibility of three-dimensional longitudinal, circumferential, and radial systolic strain by three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography compared with two-dimensional echocardiography. METHODS: Patients with CHD, biventricular circulation with a systemic left ventricle, and who had two- and three-dimensional imaging performed on the same day from 2010 to 2014 were included...
May 15, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500439/effect-of-basal-forebrain-stimulation-on-extracellular-acetylcholine-release-and-blood-flow-in-the-olfactory-bulb
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Sae Uchida, Fusako Kagitani
The olfactory bulb receives cholinergic basal forebrain input, as does the neocortex; however, the in vivo physiological functions regarding the release of extracellular acetylcholine and regulation of regional blood flow in the olfactory bulb are unclear. We used in vivo microdialysis to measure the extracellular acetylcholine levels in the olfactory bulb of urethane-anesthetized rats. Focal chemical stimulation by microinjection of L-glutamate into the horizontal limb of the diagonal band of Broca (HDB) in the basal forebrain, which is the main source of cholinergic input to the olfactory bulb, increased extracellular acetylcholine release in the ipsilateral olfactory bulb...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
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