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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636457/notch-signaling-in-lung-diseases
#1
Jiehan Jiang, Kui Xiao, Ping Chen
NOTCH is a fundamental signaling system that regulates normal embryonic development and tissue homeostasis in adult life. NOTCH receptor is a single-pass transmembrane protein normally triggered via direct cell-to-cell contact, in which NOTCH ligands bind the extracellular domain of the receptor, inducing γ-secretase cleavage and release of intracellular domain. The intracellular domain binds to the transcriptional effector RBPJκ to activate transcription of target genes that regulate cell differentiation, patterning, and morphogenesis during embryonic development and adult life...
June 21, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632747/selective-cyclooxygenase-inhibition-by-sc-560-improves-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-in-cirrhotic-rats
#2
Ching-Chih Chang, Wen-Shin Lee, Hsian-Guey Hsieh, Chiao-Lin Chuang, Hui-Chun Huang, Fa-Yauh Lee, Shou-Dong Lee
OBJECTIVE: Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is characterized by hypoxia in patients with chronic liver disease. The mechanism of HPS includes pulmonary vasodilatation, inflammation, and angiogenesis. Prostaglandins synthesized by cyclooxygenases (COX) participate in vascular responsiveness, inflammation and angiogenesis, which can be modulated by COX inhibitors. We therefore evaluated the impact of COX inhibition in rats with common bile duct ligation (CBDL)-induced liver cirrhosis and HPS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632001/vasodilator-responsiveness-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-identifying-a-distinct-phenotype-with-distinct-physiology-and-distinct-prognosis
#3
David Langleben, Stylianos Orfanos
Within the cohort of patients suffering from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) is a group that responds dramatically (VR-PAH) to an acute vasodilator challenge and that has excellent long-term hemodynamic improvement and prognosis on high dose calcium channel blockers compared with vasodilator non-responders (VN-PAH). For the purposes of diagnosing VR-PAH, there is to date no test to replace the acute vasodilator challenge. However, recent studies have identified markers that may aid in the identification of VR-PAH, including peripheral blood lymphocyte RNA expression levels of desmogelin-2 and Ras homolog gene family member Q, and plasma levels of provirus integration site for Moloney murine leukemia virus...
June 20, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629920/pulmonary-hypertension-in-parenchymal-lung-diseases-any-future-for-new-therapies
#4
REVIEW
Sergio Harari, Davide Elia, Marc Humbert
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to chronic lung diseases is associated with a poor prognosis, regardless of the underlying respiratory condition. Updated PH guidelines recommend optimal treatment of the underlying lung disease, including long-term oxygen therapy, in patients with chronic hypoxaemia despite the lack of randomized controlled clinical trials supporting this statement. So far, randomized controlled trials on drugs approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have yielded discouraging results in both interstitial lung diseases (ILD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) with PH...
June 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628000/epigenetics-inflammation-and-metabolism-in-right-heart-failure-associated-with-pulmonary-hypertension
#5
Nolwenn Samson, Roxane Paulin
Right ventricular failure (RVF) is the most important prognostic factor for both morbidity and mortality in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but also occurs in numerous other common diseases and conditions, including left ventricle dysfunction. RVF remains understudied compared with left ventricular failure (LVF). However, right and left ventricles have many differences at the morphological level or the embryologic origin, and respond differently to pressure overload. Therefore, knowledge from the left ventricle cannot be extrapolated to the right ventricle...
June 19, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627661/altered-expression-of-ppar%C3%A2-%C3%AE-and-trpc-in-neonatal-rats-with-persistent-pulmonary-hypertension
#6
Yanna Du, Jianhua Fu, Li Yao, Lin Qiao, Na Liu, Yujiao Xing, Xindong Xue
Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is a life‑threatening disease that is commonly observed in the neonatal intensive care unit. PPHN is pathologically characterized by pulmonary vascular remodeling and, in particular, pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation. Decreased expression levels of peroxisome proliferator‑activated receptor γ (PPAR‑γ), which is a member of the nuclear receptor hormone superfamily, in combination with elevated expressions of transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 1 (TRPC1) and TRPC6 contributes to the PASMC proliferation and excessive pulmonary vascular remodeling in adult pulmonary hypertension (PH)...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627012/effect-of-betamethasone-on-fetal-pulmonary-and-umbilical-artery-doppler-velocimetry-and-relationship-with-respiratory-distress-syndrome-development
#7
Emre Sinan Güngör, Gülşah İlhan, Hüseyin Gültekin, Ali Galip Zebitay, Serdar Cömert, Fatma Ferda Verit
OBJECTIVES: Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. It is primarily a disease of premature neonates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of maternal betamethasone administration on the fetal pulmonary arteries (PAs) and umbilical arteries (UAs) and the correlation between RDS development and PA Doppler results. METHODS: Forty singleton pregnancies between 24 and 34 gestational weeks with a diagnosis of preterm birth were included prospectively...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626797/intrathoracic-fat-measurements-using-multidetector-computed-tomography-mdct-feasibility-and-reproducibility
#8
Jadranka Stojanovska, El-Sayed H Ibrahim, Aamer R Chughtai, Elizabeth A Jackson, Barry H Gross, Jon A Jacobson, Alexander Tsodikov, Brian Daneshvar, Benjamin D Long, Thomas L Chenevert, Ella A Kazerooni
Intrathoracic fat volume, more specifically, epicardial fat volume, is an emerging imaging biomarker of adverse cardiovascular events. The purpose of this work is to show the feasibility and reproducibility of intrathoracic fat volume measurement applied to contrast-enhanced multidetector computed tomography images. A retrospective cohort study of 62 subjects free of cardiovascular disease (55% females, age = 49 ± 11 years) conducted from 2008 to 2011 formed the study group. Intrathoracic fat volume was defined as all fat voxels measuring -50 to -250 Hounsfield Unit within the intrathoracic cavity from the level of the pulmonary artery bifurcation to the heart apex...
March 2017: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626080/cyp2c44-mediated-decrease-of-15-hete-exacerbates-pulmonary-hypertension
#9
Gábor Á Fülöp, Andriy Yabluchanskiy
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a progressive disease characterized by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance. According to latest estimations, a PH incidence accounts for 1% of total global population (up to 5 million people) and the median survival rate for patients diagnosed with PH is predicted at 2.8 years. Emerging evidence suggests an important role for cytochrome P450 in the development and progression of PH, as a newer member of cytochrome family Cyp2c44 has been recently implicated in mediating hypoxia-induced pulmonary artery remodeling...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625373/high-risk-echocardiographic-features-predict-mortality-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#10
Christopher Austin, Charles Burger, Garvan Kane, Robert Safford, Joseph Blackshear, Ryan Ung, Jordan Ray, Ali Alsaad, Khadija Alassas, Brian Shapiro
AIMS: Echocardiography is the most common imaging modality for assessment of the right ventricle in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Echocardiographic parameters were identified as independent risk factors for mortality in the Registry to Evaluate Early and Long-term PAH Disease Management (REVEAL) and other PAH cohorts. We sought to identify readily obtained echocardiographic features associated with PAH survival. METHODS AND RESULTS: Retrospective analysis of 175 patients with Group 1 was performed...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625277/the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-hemoptysis
#11
Harald Ittrich, Maximilian Bockhorn, Hans Klose, Marcel Simon
BACKGROUND: Hemoptysis, i.e., the expectoration of blood from the lower airways, has an annual incidence of approximately 0.1% in ambulatory patients and 0.2% in inpatients. It is a potentially life-threatening medical emergency and carries a high mortality. METHODS: This review article is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search in PubMed. RESULTS: Hemoptysis can be a sign of many different diseases. Its cause remains unknown in about half of all cases...
June 5, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624389/plasma-proteome-analysis-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-an-observational-cohort-study
#12
Christopher J Rhodes, John Wharton, Pavandeep Ghataorhe, Geoffrey Watson, Barbara Girerd, Luke S Howard, J Simon R Gibbs, Robin Condliffe, Charles A Elliot, David G Kiely, Gerald Simonneau, David Montani, Olivier Sitbon, Henning Gall, Ralph T Schermuly, H Ardeschir Ghofrani, Allan Lawrie, Marc Humbert, Martin R Wilkins
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic and heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension form a rare but molecularly heterogeneous disease group. We aimed to measure and validate differences in plasma concentrations of proteins that are associated with survival in patients with idiopathic or heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension to improve risk stratification. METHODS: In this observational cohort study, we enrolled patients with idiopathic or heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension from London (UK; cohorts 1 and 2), Giessen (Germany; cohort 3), and Paris (France; cohort 4)...
June 14, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624000/aneurysms-of-the-azygos-vein
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REVIEW
Maximilian Kreibich, Matthias Siepe, Jochen Grohmann, Gregor Pache, Friedhelm Beyersdorf
OBJECTIVE: Azygos vein aneurysms (AVAs) are uncommon and infrequently diagnosed. When confronted with a patient presenting with an AVA, physicians can rely on only a few case reports after an extensive literature search. To date, no guideline, no rule, and no review on the optimal treatment strategy for these patients exist. METHODS: A PubMed and MEDLINE database search for papers and case reports describing AVA was performed. Cases from our own institutions were also reviewed...
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623157/mortality-and-antipsychotic-drug-use-in-elderly-patients-with-parkinson-disease-in-nursing-homes
#14
Dao Thu Trang, Charlène Cool, Clarisse Laffon de Mazieres, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Olivier Rascol, Yves Rolland, Agnès Sommet
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate mortality rate in elderly and very elderly (≥85 years) residents with Parkinson disease (PD) in nursing homes (NHs) with and without antipsychotic drugs. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: All residents with PD from the 6275 NH residents participating in the Impact d'une démarche QUAlité sur l'évolution des pratiques et le déclin fonctionnel des Résidents en Etablissement d'hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes (IQUARE) study...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621582/assessment-of-pulmonary-arterial-compliance-evaluated-using-harmonic-oscillator-kinematics
#15
Yasunobu Hayabuchi, Akemi Ono, Yukako Homma, Shoji Kagami
We hypothesized that KPA, a harmonic oscillator kinematics-derived spring constant parameter of the pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) profile, reflects PA compliance in pediatric patients. In this prospective study of 33 children (age range = 0.5-20 years) with various cardiac diseases, we assessed the novel parameter designated as KPA calculated using the pressure phase plane and the equation KPA = (dP/dt_max)(2)/([Pmax - Pmin])/2)(2), where dP/dt_max is the peak derivative of PAP, and Pmax - Pmin is the difference between the minimum and maximum PAP...
June 16, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621512/endovascular-redo-aortic-surgery
#16
Jacob Budtz-Lilly, Kiattisak Hongku, Björn Sonesson, Nuno Dias, Tim Resch
Endovascular redo aortic operations are a challenging undertaking. Techniques for treatment date almost as far back as the original open repair itself. Risk factors for failure following aortic repair include larger AAA necks, severe neck angulation, as well as clinical variables such as age, family history, obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The armamentarium of endovascular treatments is vast and increasing. Aside from provisional embolization of endoleaks or deferment to open repair conversion, attention should be directed toward obtaining adequate proximal and distal sealing...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621173/evaluation-and-management-approaches-for-scleroderma-lung-disease
#17
Sara R Schoenfeld, Flavia V Castelino
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in systemic sclerosis (SSc). As symptoms are often under-reported in SSc, early screening of ILD and PAH is of paramount importance, and early treatment may be associated with better clinical outcomes. Serologies are particularly helpful in identifying patients at risk for pulmonary involvement. Pulmonary function testing, high-resolution computed tomography of the chest and echocardiography are important tools in the initial screening of these patients...
June 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620320/abnormal-haemodynamic-flow-patterns-in-bicuspid-pulmonary-valve-disease
#18
Malenka M Bissell, Margaret Loudon, Stefan Neubauer, Saul G Myerson
Abnormal flow patterns in the aortas of those with bicuspid aortic valves (BAVs) are increasingly recognized as important in the pathogenesis of aortic dilatation but pulmonary flow patterns in bicuspid pulmonary valves have not been studied. Bicuspid pulmonary valve disease is rare and a small numbers of case reports describe concomitant pulmonary artery dilation similar to the dilation of the ascending aorta, which is often seen in BAVs disease. We examined three cases of bicuspid pulmonary valve disease, 10 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with BAV disease but a tricuspid pulmonary valve...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619955/pulmonary-artery-to-aorta-ratio-and-risk-of-all-cause-mortality-in-the-general-population-the-rotterdam-study
#19
Natalie Terzikhan, Daniel Bos, Lies Lahousse, Lennard Wolff, Katia M C Verhamme, Maarten J G Leening, Janine F Felix, Henning Gall, Hossein A Ghofrani, Oscar H Franco, M Arfan Ikram, Bruno H Stricker, Aad van der Lugt, Guy Brusselle
A pulmonary artery to aorta ratio (PA:A) >1 is a proxy of pulmonary hypertension. It is not known whether this measure carries prognostic information in the general population and in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Between 2003 and 2006, 2197 participants from the population-based Rotterdam Study (mean±sd age 69.7±6.7 years; 51.3% female), underwent cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanning with PA:A quantification, defined as the ratio between the diameters of the pulmonary artery and the aorta...
June 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619598/incremental-prognostic-value-of-a-complex-left-ventricular-remodeling-classification-in-asymptomatic-for-heart-failure-hypertensive-patients
#20
Iacopo Fabiani, Nicola Riccardo Pugliese, Salvatore La Carrubba, Lorenzo Conte, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Colonna, Frank Benedetto, Enrico Calogero, Valentina Barletta, Scipione Carerj, Simona Buralli, Stefano Taddei, Maria Francesca Romano, Vitantonio Di Bello
We evaluated the prognostic impact of a complex remodeling classification (CRC) in asymptomatic patients with arterial hypertension (AH). We retrospectively included 749 hypertensive patients (female 325, 43.4% age 62 ± 11.3 years) in Stages A and B of heart failure. CRC was evaluated including indexed left ventricular mass, end-diastolic volume, and relative wall thickness. After 45-month follow-up, we considered a composite endpoint: total mortality, myocardial infarction, myocardial revascularization, cerebrovascular events, and acute pulmonary edema...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
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