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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645847/cardiovascular-morphometry-with-high-resolution-3d-magnetic-resonance-first-application-to-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction
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Diego Gallo, Orestis Vardoulis, Pierre Monney, Davide Piccini, Panagiotis Antiochos, Juerg Schwitter, Nikolaos Stergiopulos, Umberto Morbiducci
In this study, an image-based morphometry toolset quantifying geometric descriptors of the left ventricle, aorta and their coupling is applied to investigate whether morphological information can differentiate between subjects affected by diastolic dysfunction (patient group) and their age-matched controls (control group). The ventriculo-aortic region of 20 total participants (10 per group) were segmented from high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance images, from the left ventricle to the descending aorta. Each geometry was divided into segments in correspondence of anatomical landmarks...
June 21, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642993/impact-of-left-ventricular-longitudinal-functional-mechanics-on-the-progression-of-diastolic-function-in-diabetes-mellitus
#2
Yasuhide Mochizuki, Hidekazu Tanaka, Kensuke Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroyuki Shimoura, Junichi Ooka, Takuma Sawa, Yoshiki Motoji, Keiko Ryo-Koriyama, Yushi Hirota, Wataru Ogawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and longitudinal systolic dysfunction were identified in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). This study's aim was to investigate the impact of LV longitudinal systolic function on LV diastolic function in DM patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF). We studied 177 DM patients with preserved LVEF (all ≥50%), and 82 age-, gender- and LVEF-matched healthy volunteers as control. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) was defined as the average peak strain of 18 segments from standard apical views, GLS <18% as subclinical LV systolic dysfunction (LVSD), and LV dispersion as the standard deviation of time-to-peak strain from the same views...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640143/relationship-between-postural-instability-and-subcortical-volume-loss-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Young-Wook Lee, Hyung Lee, In-Sung Chung, Hyon-Ah Yi
The relationship between postural instability and subcortical structure in AD has received less attention. The aims of this study were to assess whether there are differences in the ability to control balance between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and controls, and to investigate the association between subcortical gray matter volumes and postural instability in AD.We enrolled 107 consecutive AD patients and 37 controls. All participants underwent detailed neuropsychological evaluations, T1-weighted MRI at 3 T, and posture assessment using computerized dynamic posturography...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630445/myocardial-deformation-in-cardiac-amyloid-light-chain-amyloidosis-assessed-with-3t-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking
#4
Rui Li, Zhi-Gang Yang, Hua-Yan Xu, Ke Shi, Xi Liu, Kai-Yue Diao, Ying-Kun Guo
Clinically, assessment of myocardial function is essential in patients with amyloid light-chain cardiac amyloidosis (AL-CA) to predict outcome and determine therapeutic approach. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)-derived feature tracking algorithm for assessing left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation in AL-CA, and to determine if these abnormal myocardial deformation parameters are correlated to impaired LV myocardial microvascular dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629852/bioelectronic-block-of-paravertebral-sympathetic-nerves-mitigates-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-arrhythmias
#5
Ray W Chui, Una Buckley, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tina Vrabec, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Jeffrey L Ardell
BACKGROUND: Autonomic dysfunction contributes to induction of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT). OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of charge-balanced direct current (CBDC), applied to the T1-T2 segment of the paravertebral sympathetic chain, on VT inducibility post-myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: In a porcine model, CBDC was applied in acute animals (n=7) to optimize stimulation parameters for sympathetic blockade and in chronic MI animals (n=7) to evaluate the potential for VTs...
June 16, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629718/changes-in-podocyte-trpc-channels-evoked-by-plasma-and-sera-from-patients-with-recurrent-fsgs-and-by-putative-glomerular-permeability-factors
#6
Eun Young Kim, Hila Roshanravan, Stuart E Dryer
Primary forms of focal and segmental glomeruloslerosis (FSGS) are driven by circulating factors that cause dysfunction or loss podocytes. Rare genetic forms of FSGS can be caused by mutations in TRPC6, which encodes a Ca(2+)-permeable cationic channel expressed in mesangial cells and podocytes; and NPHS2, which encodes podocin, a TRPC6-binding protein expressed in podocyte slit diaphragm domains. Here we observed that exposing immortalized mouse podocytes to serum or plasma from recurrent FSGS patients for 24h increased the steady-state cell-surface abundance of TRPC6, accompanied by an increase in currents through endogenous TRPC6 channels evoked by a hypoosmotic stretch stimulus...
June 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626601/long-term-efficacy-of-gmp-grade-xeno-free-hesc-derived-rpe-cells-following-transplantation
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Trevor J McGill, Osnat Bohana-Kashtan, Jonathan W Stoddard, Michael D Andrews, Neelay Pandit, Lior R Rosenberg-Belmaker, Ofer Wiser, Limor Matzrafi, Eyal Banin, Benjamin Reubinoff, Nir Netzer, Charles Irving
PURPOSE: Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) dysfunction underlies the retinal degenerative process in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and thus RPE cell replacement provides an optimal treatment target. We characterized longitudinally the efficacy of RPE cells derived under xeno-free conditions from clinical and xeno-free grade human embryonic stem cells (OpRegen) following transplantation into the subretinal space of Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats. METHODS: Postnatal (P) day 20 to 25 RCS rats (n = 242) received a single subretinal injection of 25,000 (low)-, 100,000 (mid)-, or 200,000 (high)-dose xeno-free RPE cells...
June 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625240/-dynamic-changes-of-complement-level-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-its-relationships-with-myocardial-injury
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Aihong Shao, Xin Qi, Qi Li, Wenjun Jia, Liping Wei, Wenguang Hou, Yanfang Qi, Yue Liu
OBJECTIVE: To study relationships between myocardial injury and the levels of serum complement C3, C4 and C5b-9 in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: A retrospectively analysis was conducted. 170 ACS patients [including 110 cases of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 60 cases of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS)] with ischemic chest pain or chest discomfort onset within the prior 12 hours admitted to the cardiology department of Tianjin Union Medicine Center from January 2014 to July 2016 were enrolled...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624398/prognostic-significance-of-remote-myocardium-alterations-assessed-by-quantitative-noncontrast-t1-mapping-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Sebastian J Reinstadler, Thomas Stiermaier, Johanna Liebetrau, Georg Fuernau, Charlotte Eitel, Suzanne de Waha, Steffen Desch, Jan-Christian Reil, Janine Pöss, Bernhard Metzler, Christian Lücke, Matthias Gutberlet, Gerhard Schuler, Holger Thiele, Ingo Eitel
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the prognostic significance of remote zone native T1 alterations for the prediction of clinical events in a population with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who were treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) and compared it with conventional markers of infarct severity. BACKGROUND: The exact role and incremental prognostic relevance of remote myocardium native T1 mapping alterations assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) after STEMI remains unclear...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615647/differential-synchrotron-x-ray-imaging-markers-based-on-the-renal-microvasculature-for-tubulointerstitial-lesions-and-glomerulopathy
#10
Yu-Chuan Lin, Yeukuang Hwu, Guo-Shu Huang, Michael Hsiao, Tsung-Tse Lee, Shun-Min Yang, Ting-Kuo Lee, Nan-Yow Chen, Sung-Sen Yang, Ann Chen, Shuk-Man Ka
High resolution synchrotron microtomography capable of revealing microvessels in three dimensional (3D) establishes distinct imaging markers of mouse kidney disease strongly associated to renal tubulointerstitial (TI) lesions and glomerulopathy. Two complementary mouse models of chronic kidney disease (CKD), unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), were used and five candidates of unique 3D imaging markers were identified. Our characterization to differentially reflect the altered microvasculature of renal TI lesions and/or glomerulopathy demonstrated these image features can be used to differentiate the disease status and the possible cause therefore qualified as image markers...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614766/simple-obesity-and-renal-function
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D Sikorska, M Grzymislawska, M Roszak, P Gulbicka, K Korybalska, J Witowski
Increasing evidence accumulate to suggest that obesity increases the risk of chronic kidney disease independently of dyslipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension. This so-called obesity-related glomerulopathy is characterized at early stages by glomerular hypertrophy with or without secondary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Since, however, kidney biopsies are usually not performed at this phase, an early diagnosis of the disease is often difficult. Here, we review new developments in the pathophysiology of obesity-associated kidney dysfunction and discuss the potential of appropriate monitoring of glomerular filtration rate and albuminuria for early detection of the disease...
April 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612277/3-0%C3%A2-t-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-for-semi-quantitative-evaluation-of-coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#12
Liang Yin, Hai-Yan Xu, Sui-Sheng Zheng, Ying Zhu, Jiang-Xi Xiao, Wei Zhou, Si-Si Yu, Liang-Geng Gong
This study aimed to assess coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) differences in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) first-pass perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement imaging. Forty-seven patients with HCM and twenty-one healthy volunteers underwent CMR at rest. Imaging protocols included short axis cine, first-pass myocardial perfusion, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Left ventricular end-diastolic wall thickness (EDTH), LGE, time to peak (Tpeak), maximal up-slope (Slopemax), and peak signal intensity (SIpeak) were assessed for each myocardial segment...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611124/endothelial-senescence-contributes-to-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-in-an-aging-mouse-model
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Andreas B Gevaert, Hadis Shakeri, Arthur J Leloup, Cor E Van Hove, Guido R Y De Meyer, Christiaan J Vrints, Katrien Lemmens, Emeline M Van Craenenbroeck
BACKGROUND: Because of global aging, the prevalence of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) continues to rise. Although HFpEF pathophysiology remains incompletely understood, endothelial inflammation is stated to play a central role. Cellular senescence is a process of cellular growth arrest linked with aging and inflammation. We used mice with accelerated aging to investigate the role of cellular senescence in HFpEF development. METHODS AND RESULTS: Senescence-accelerated mice (SAM, n=18) and control mice with normal senescence (n=15) were fed normal chow or a high-fat, high-salt diet (WD)...
June 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607564/subclinical-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome-a-case-control-study-using-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#14
Alireza Moaref, Majid Faraji, Maryam Tahamtan
BACKGROUND: The dramatic increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome is associated with more increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in this group. Some recent studies suggested that metabolic syndrome is associated with increased risk of subclinical left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction. In the present cross-sectional case-control study, the utility of two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) was examined to detect early LV systolic dysfunction in this population...
November 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606950/pathophysiology-of-takotsubo-syndrome
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Francesco Pelliccia, Juan Carlos Kaski, Filippo Crea, Paolo G Camici
Originally described by Japanese authors in the 1990s, Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) generally presents as an acute myocardial infarction characterized by severe left ventricular dysfunction. TTS, however, differs from an acute coronary syndrome because patients have generally a normal coronary angiogram and left ventricular dysfunction, which extends beyond the territory subtended by a single coronary artery and recovers within days or weeks. The prognosis was initially thought to be benign, but subsequent studies have demonstrated that both short-term mortality and long-term mortality are higher than previously recognized...
June 13, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604770/pervasive-antagonistic-interactions-among-hybrid-incompatibility-loci
#16
Rafael F Guerrero, Christopher D Muir, Sarah Josway, Leonie C Moyle
Species barriers, expressed as hybrid inviability and sterility, are often due to epistatic interactions between divergent loci from two lineages. Theoretical models indicate that the strength, direction, and complexity of these genetic interactions can strongly affect the expression of interspecific reproductive isolation and the rates at which new species evolve. Nonetheless, empirical analyses have not quantified the frequency with which loci are involved in interactions affecting hybrid fitness, and whether these loci predominantly interact synergistically or antagonistically, or preferentially involve loci that have strong individual effects on hybrid fitness...
June 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599831/alterations-in-cardiac-deformation-timing-of%C3%A2-contraction-and-relaxation-and-early-myocardial-fibrosis-accompany-the-apparent-recovery-of-acute-stress-induced-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-an-end-to-the-concept-of%C3%A2-transience
#17
Konstantin Schwarz, Trevor Ahearn, Janaki Srinivasan, Christopher J Neil, Caroline Scally, Amelia Rudd, Baljit Jagpal, Michael P Frenneaux, Cristina Pislaru, John D Horowitz, Dana K Dawson
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome is an increasingly recognized cause of chest pain and occasionally of cardiogenic shock. Despite rapid improvement of the left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction, recent registry data raise concerns about long-term prognosis. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that restoration of normal ejection fraction after acute takotsubo syndrome is not equivalent to full functional recovery. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with takotsubo syndrome (according to the Mayo Clinic criteria plus cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to exclude myocardial infarction) and 44 healthy control subjects of the same age, gender, and cardiovascular comorbidity distribution were prospectively recruited...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596957/heterogeneous-vascular-bed-responses-to-pulmonary-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticle-exposure
#18
Alaeddin B Abukabda, Phoebe A Stapleton, Carroll R McBride, Jinghai Yi, Timothy R Nurkiewicz
A growing body of research links engineered nanomaterial (ENM) exposure to adverse cardiovascular endpoints. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of ENM exposure on vascular reactivity in discrete segments so that we may determine the most sensitive levels of the vasculature where these negative cardiovascular effects are manifest. We hypothesized that acute nano-TiO2 exposure differentially affects reactivity with a more robust impairment in the microcirculation. Sprague-Dawley rats (8-10 weeks) were exposed to nano-TiO2via intratracheal instillation (20, 100, or 200 µg suspended per 250 µL of vehicle) 24 h prior to vascular assessments...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592727/temporal-sequential-pattern-of-right-ventricular-free-wall-contraction-in-normal-children
#19
Yasunobu Hayabuchi, Akemi Ono, Yukako Homma, Shoji Kagami
BACKGROUND: The temporal sequence of right ventricular (RV) deformation is related to RV dysfunction. The sequence of RV free wall contraction was investigated.Methods and Results:In this prospective study, strain profiles using speckle-tracking echocardiography and tissue Doppler-derived pulmonary and tricuspid annular motion were assessed in 60 normal children. Circumferential RV free wall strain of 3 individual segments (anterior, lateral, and inferior) was evaluated. Longitudinal strain was assessed in 3 individual segments (RV outflow tract [RVOT], apical, and RV inflow tract [RVIT])...
June 6, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591490/region-specific-atrophy-of-precentral-gyrus-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
Yuanyuan Qin, Shun Zhang, Rifeng Jiang, Fei Gao, Xiaoying Tang, Wenzhen Zhu
PURPOSE: To assess the region-specific atrophy of precentral gyrus (PrCG) and its correlation to clinical function score in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-eight patients with sporadic ALS and 28 healthy controls underwent high-resolution 3D T1-BRAVO magnetic resonance imaging at 3T. The bilateral PrCG segmentations were automatically obtained from a validated segmentation pipeline based on diffeomorphic multi-atlas likelihood fusion...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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