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Thaís da Silva Ferreira, Priscila Mansur Leal, Vanessa Parada Antunes, Antonio Felipe Sanjuliani, Márcia Regina Simas Torres Klein
Recent studies suggest that supplemental Ca (SC) increases the risk of cardiovascular events, whereas dietary Ca (DC) decreases the risk of cardiovascular events. Although frequently consumed with meals, it remains unclear whether Ca can mitigate or aggravate the deleterious effects of a high-fat meal on cardiovascular risk factors. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of SC or DC on blood pressure (BP) and microvascular function (MVF) in the postprandial period in obese women challenged with a high-fat meal...
October 24, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
Attila Nemes, Tamás Forster
Echocardiographic assessment of the right atrium is a great challenge in present practice and only limited opportunities are available. Technical improvements in the last decades enable volumetric and functional analysis of the complex right atrial cardiac cyclic movements. The aim of the present review is to demonstrate the most recent three-dimensional and/or speckle tracking echocardiographic techniques over routine methodologies in the evaluation of the right atrium. Orv. Hetil., 2016, 157(43), 1698-1707...
October 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
Md Shifat-E Rabbi, Md Kamrul Hasan
Strain imaging though for solid lesions provides an effective way for determining their pathologic condition by displaying the tissue stiffness contrast, for fluid filled lesions such an imaging is yet an open problem. In this paper, we propose a novel speckle content based strain imaging technique for visualization and classification of fluid filled lesions in elastography after automatic identification of the presence of fluid filled lesions. Speckle content based strain, defined as a function of speckle density based on the relationship between strain and speckle density, gives an indirect strain value for fluid filled lesions...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasonics
Yasushi Wada, Tomomi Higashide, Atsushi Nagata, Kazuhisa Sugiyama
Purpose: To investigate longitudinal changes in mean blur rate (MBR) measured by laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) in the rat optic nerve head (ONH), and the reproducibility of MBR. Methods: Rats were dilated under general anesthesia. Intraocular pressure (IOP), blood pressure, ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), heart rate, and LSFG were measured 30 minutes later. Mean blur rate in the ONH was determined using LSFG-Micro and was subdivided into MBR of the total area (MA), vessel region (MV), and tissue region (MT)...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ryuya Hashimoto, Tetsuya Sugiyama, Makoto Ubuka, Takatoshi Maeno
PURPOSE: To investigate optic nerve head (ONH) blood flow changes resulting from intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation in subjects without systemic disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen eyes of 18 patients who underwent vitrectomy to treat an epiretinal membrane or macular hole at Toho University Sakura Medical Center were included. Following standard 25-gauge microincision vitreous surgery, mean blur rate (MBR) in tissue (MT), an index of ONH blood flow, was measured using laser speckle flowgraphy...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Alexander Dima, Vasilis Ntziachristos
We interrogated the application and imaging features obtained by non-invasive and handheld optoacoustic imaging of the thyroid in-vivo. Optoacoustics can offer complementary contrast to ultrasound, by resolving optical absorption-based and offering speckle-free imaging. In particular we inquired whether vascular structures could be better resolved using optoacoustics. For this reason we developed a compact handheld version of real-time multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) using a detector adapted to the dimensions and overall geometry of the human neck...
June 2016: Photoacoustics
Yingwang Gao, Jinfeng Geng, Xiuqin Rao, Yibin Ying
Skinning injury on potato tubers is a kind of superficial wound that is generally inflicted by mechanical forces during harvest and postharvest handling operations. Though skinning injury is pervasive and obstructive, its detection is very limited. This study attempted to identify injured skin using two CCD (Charge Coupled Device) sensor-based machine vision technologies, i.e., visible imaging and biospeckle imaging. The identification of skinning injury was realized via exploiting features extracted from varied ROIs (Region of Interests)...
October 18, 2016: Sensors
Chun Ma, Violetta Karwacki-Neisius, Haoran Tang, Wenjing Li, Zhennan Shi, Haolin Hu, Wenqi Xu, Zhentian Wang, Lingchun Kong, Ruitu Lv, Zheng Fan, Wenhao Zhou, Pengyuan Yang, Feizhen Wu, Jianbo Diao, Li Tan, Yujiang Geno Shi, Fei Lan, Yang Shi
Nono is a component of the para-speckle, which stores and processes RNA. Mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) lack para-speckles, leaving the function of Nono in mESCs unclear. Here, we find that Nono functions as a chromatin regulator cooperating with Erk to regulate mESC pluripotency. We report that Nono loss results in robust self-renewing mESCs with epigenomic and transcriptomic features resembling the 2i (GSK and Erk inhibitors)-induced "ground state." Erk interacts with and is required for Nono localization to a subset of bivalent genes that have high levels of poised RNA polymerase...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Peter Kruzliak, Alexander Berezin, Alexander Kremzer, Tatyana Samura, Roman Benacka, Ioana Mozos, Emmanuel Egom, Luis Rodrigo
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical stress and inflammatory biomarkers relate to global contractility dysfunction; however, adding these biomarkers into a risk model constructed on clinical data does not improve its prediction value in chronic heart failure (CHF). AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether biomarkers predict declining of left ventricular global contractility function in diabetic patients with ischemia-induced CHF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study retrospectively evolved 54 diabetic patients who had systolic or diastolic ischemia-induced CHF that was defined as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤45% or 46-55% respectively assessed by quantitative echocardiography and other conventional criteria according to current clinical guidelines...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Ross M Clark, Brittany Coffman, Paul G McGuire, Thomas R Howdieshell
BACKGROUND: Murine models of diabetes and obesity have provided insight into the pathogenesis of impaired epithelialization of excisional skin wounds. However, knowledge of postischemic myocutaneous revascularization in these models is limited. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A myocutaneous flap was created on the dorsum of wild type (C57BL/6), genetically obese and diabetic (ob/ob, db/db), complementary heterozygous (ob(+)/ob(-), db(+)/db(-)), and diet-induced obese (DIO) mice (n=48 total; five operative mice per strain and three unoperated mice per strain as controls)...
2016: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
Nikolaus Luft, Piotr A Wozniak, Gerold C Aschinger, Klemens Fondi, Ahmed M Bata, René M Werkmeister, Doreen Schmidl, Katarzyna J Witkowska, Matthias Bolz, Gerhard Garhöfer, Leopold Schmetterer
Purpose: This study evaluated the validity of retinal perfusion measurements using laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) by means of in vitro experiments and direct comparison with dual-beam Doppler optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) in a healthy Caucasian population. Methods: The flow velocity of scattering solution pumped through a glass capillary was measured at 17 different flow velocities (range, 0.5-47 mm/s) using LSFG. The flow within the glass capillary was produced by a computer-controlled infusion pump...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Yue Zhang, Huanxin Zou, Tiancheng Luo, Xianxiang Qin, Shilin Zhou, Kefeng Ji
The superpixel segmentation algorithm, as a preprocessing technique, should show good performance in fast segmentation speed, accurate boundary adherence and homogeneous regularity. A fast superpixel segmentation algorithm by iterative edge refinement (IER) works well on optical images. However, it may generate poor superpixels for Polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) images due to the influence of strong speckle noise and many small-sized or slim regions. To solve these problems, we utilized a fast revised Wishart distance instead of Euclidean distance in the local relabeling of unstable pixels, and initialized unstable pixels as all the pixels substituted for the initial grid edge pixels in the initialization step...
October 13, 2016: Sensors
Darae Kim, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, In Jeong Cho, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Jong-Won Ha, Namsik Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to comprehensively assess mechanical adaptation of LV in subclinical patients with hypertension(HTN) using a layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography. DESIGN AND METHOD: Conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with 2D-layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography was performed on 218 HTN patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF > 50%). Endocardial, epicardial, and transmural global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strains (GCS), and peak LV torsion were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Akinori Higaki, Masaki Mogi, Jun Iwanami, Li-Juan Min, Hirotomo Nakaoka, Bao-Shuai Shan, Masayoshi Kukida, Toshihiro Yamauchi, Takafumi Okura, Jitsuo Higaki, Masatsugu Horiuchi
OBJECTIVE: Classical renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is mainly known as angiotensin (Ang) converting enzyme (ACE)/Ang II/Ang type 1 (AT1) receptor axis which induces various organ damages including cognitive decline. On the other hand, ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis has been known to exert antagonistic actions against the classical RAS axis in cardiovascular system. However, the roles of ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis in cognitive function remain to be elucidated. Here, we examined possible roles of ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis in cognitive function in vascular dementia model...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Krasimira Hristova, Rumen Marinov, Georgi Stamenov, Kristina Chacheva, Marina Michova, Sabina Persenska, Ani Racheva
OBJECTIVE: Normal pregnancy is associated with reversible changes in both systolic and diastolic mechanics, consistent with an increase in preload and decrease in afterload and systemic vascular resistance. The aim is to evaluate left ventricular (LV) twist and untwist mechanics in a population of pregnant women during differing stages of a healthy pregnancy. DESIGN AND METHOD: We included 22 pregnant patients, 10 with multiple pregnancy (mean age 36.5 ± 3 years) and 20 healthy non pregnant women (mean age 33 ± 4years)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chang Wei-Ting, Chen Zhih-Cherng, Cheng Juei-Tang
OBJECTIVE: Despite the threatening risks of diabetes-induced cardiac fibrosis, less is known to whether diabetes causes an altered cardiac phenotype independent of coronary atherosclerosis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ) emerges as a versatile regulator of metabolic and inflammatory homeostasis. Potentially PPARδ may be a therapeutic target for diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effectiveness of Telmisartan, a unique angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) that increased the expression of PPARδ, in the improvement of left ventricular remodeling in both diabetic human and rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yang Li, You-Bin Deng, Xiao-Jun Bi, Ya-Ni Liu, Jun Zhang, Li Li, Bin Chen
This study evaluated the myocardial strain and aortic elasticity in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and then investigated the relation between them. Thirty-nine patients (30 males; mean age 44±19 years; range 6 to 75 years) with BAV were recruited as BAV group, and 29 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (21 males; mean age 42±11 years; range 20 to 71 years) served as control group. Aortic strain, distensibility and stiffness index were derived using M-mode echocardiography. Left ventricular global myocardial strain was acquired with speckle-tracking echocardiography...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
A Bayramoğlu, O Bektaş, M Yaman
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the SYNTAX (Synergy Between PCI With Taxus and Cardiac Surgery) score and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) measured with an invasive method and with speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE). METHODS: The study included 124 patients who underwent cardiac catheterization. LVEDP values and coronary images were obtained for all patients. SYNTAX scores were calculated and separated into three tertiles (SYNTAX = 0, SYNTAX < 22, and SYNTAX > 22)...
October 17, 2016: Herz
Fabiola Atzeni, Luigi Gianturco, Chiara Colombo, Cristian Ricci, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Maurizio Turiel
October 3, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
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