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Segmental dysfunction

George Inana, Christopher Murat, Weijun An, Xiang Yao, Ian R Harris, Jing Cao
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness among the elderly characterized by retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) degeneration with accumulation of abnormal intracellular deposits (lipofuscin) and photoreceptor death. RPE is vital for the retina and integrity of photoreceptors through its phagocytic function which is closely linked to formation of lipofuscin through daily phagocytosis of discarded photoreceptor outer segments (POS). Although phagocytosis has been implicated in AMD, it has not been directly shown to be altered in AMD...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Sigita Glaveckaite, Egle Uzdavinyte-Gateliene, Zaneta Petrulioniene, Darius Palionis, Nomeda Valeviciene, Gintaras Kalinauskas, Pranas Serpytis, Aleksandras Laucevicius
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate (i) the effectiveness of combined surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting with restrictive mitral valve annuloplasty) and (ii) the late gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance-based predictors of ischaemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) recurrence. METHODS: The prospective analysis included 40 patients with multivessel coronary artery disease, IMR >II° and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction undergoing combined surgery...
March 9, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Hui Huang, Georg Kuenze, Jarrod A Smith, Keenan C Taylor, Amanda M Duran, Arina Hadziselimovic, Jens Meiler, Carlos G Vanoye, Alfred L George, Charles R Sanders
Mutations that induce loss of function (LOF) or dysfunction of the human KCNQ1 channel are responsible for susceptibility to a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder, the congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS). Hundreds of KCNQ1 mutations have been identified, but the molecular mechanisms responsible for impaired function are poorly understood. We investigated the impact of 51 KCNQ1 variants with mutations located within the voltage sensor domain (VSD), with an emphasis on elucidating effects on cell surface expression, protein folding, and structure...
March 2018: Science Advances
M Bilgehan Pektas, Ozge Turan, Gozde Ozturk Bingol, Esra Sumlu, Gökhan Sadi, Fatma Akar
Transient elevations in blood glucose level may lead to changes in vascular function. Herein, we investigated the effects of high-glucose or high-fructose challenge as well as potential influence of juglone or resveratrol on vascular reactivity, Akt/eNOS and insulin signaling effectors in rat aorta. Aortic segments of rats were incubated with high-glucose (30 mM) or high-fructose (2 mM) in the absence and presence of juglone (5 μM) or resveratrol (10 μM). Acute high-glucose incubation markedly decreased acetylcholine-induced relaxation, which is further inhibited by juglone, but ameliorated by resveratrol...
March 10, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Dubravka Rajic, Ivica Jeremic, Sanja Stankovic, Olivera Djuric, Tatjana Zivanovic-Radnic, Igor Mrdovic, Predrag Mitrovic, Dragan Matic, Zorana Vasiljevic, Mihailo Matic, Milika Asanin
BACKGROUND: Despite successful primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), some patients develop left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) and acute heart failure (HF). Identifying patients with an increased risk of developing LVSD by means of biomarkers may help select patients requiring more aggressive therapy. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the levels of oxidative stress markers and development of LVSD and acute HF early after STEMI...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Szu-Ying Tsai, Shan-Ying Wang, Yu-Chien Shiau, Yen-Wen Wu
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an often under-diagnosed cause of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). It affects 1/500 of the population, is the most commonly inherited cardiovascular disorder, and can present in apical, concentric, or septal forms. Although most patients are asymptomatic, sudden cardiac death can be the initial presentation of HCM. By retrospectively enrolling patients suspected of having three different types of HCM in the absence of epicardial coronary stenosis, we aimed to examine systolic and diastolic dysfunction and perfusion abnormalities using both Doppler echocardiography and state-of-the-art gated single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with a cadmium-zinc-telluride camera and thallium-201...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
E Moya-Sánchez, A Medina-Benítez, V Medina-Salas, L Fernández-Navarro
Partial segmental thrombosis of the corpus cavernosum is an unusual clinical condition of unknown origin that mainly affects young males, whose characteristic presentation is the appearance of unexplained perineal pain associated with a palpable perineal mass. This entity consists of thrombosis in the perineal portion of the corpus cavernosum, usually unilateral and it is associated with underlying malignant pathologies and predisposing factors such as microtrauma. After the adequate adherence to conservative treatment, the appearance of complications such as erectile dysfunction is very uncommon...
March 5, 2018: Radiología
Ömer Özkan, Özlenen Özkan, Anı Çinpolat, Nasuh Utku Doğan, Gamze Bektaş, Kemal Dolay, Alihan Gürkan, Cumhur Arıcı, Selen Doğan
Although vaginal reconstructions with intestinal segments require particularly complex surgical procedures, this technique has become popular with respect to fairly good functional and esthetic outcomes. This study describes cases of vaginal reconstruction performed using a modified rectosigmoid colon held in an ischemic state in order to reduce secretion and denervated in order to prevent defecation problems. Vaginal reconstructions with rectosigmoid colon were performed on 43 patients. In this retrospective study, 34 patients had Müllerian agenesis, while nine had undergone male to female sex reassignment surgery in which adequate vaginal depth had not been achieved...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
José A B Araujo-Filho, Antonildes N Assuncao, Marcelo D Tavares de Melo, Loïc Bière, Camila R Lima, Roberto N Dantas, Cesar H Nomura, Vera M C Salemi, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Jose R Parga
Aims: From pathophysiological mechanisms to risk stratification and management, much debate and discussion persist regarding left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). This study aimed to characterize myocardial T1 mapping and extracellular volume (ECV) fraction by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), and investigate how these biomarkers relate to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and ventricular arrhythmias (VA) in LVNC. Methods and results: Patients with LVNC (n = 36) and healthy controls (n = 18) were enrolled to perform a CMR with T1 mapping...
March 6, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Li Wang, Min-Jie Lu, Lei Feng, Juan Wang, Wei Fang, Zuo-Xiang He, Ke-Fei Dou, Shi-Hua Zhao, Min-Fu Yang
BACKGROUND: The relationship between myocardial viability and angiographic collateral flow is not fully elucidated in ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) with coronary artery chronic total occlusion (CTO). We aimed to clarify the relationship between myocardial hibernation, myocardial scar, and angiographic collateral flow in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-one consecutive ICM patients with 122 CTOs and 652 dysfunctional segments within CTO territories were retrospectively analyzed...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Takeshi Yamamoto
High-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening disorder associated with high mortality and morbidity. Most deaths in patients with shock occur within the first few hours after presentation, and rapid diagnosis and treatment is therefore essential to save patients' lives. The main manifestations of major PE are acute right ventricular (RV) failure and hypoxia. RV pressure overload is predominantly related to the interaction between the mechanical pulmonary vascular obstruction and the underlying cardiopulmonary status...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Tomofumi Tani, Atsushi Takahashi, Taiji Nagaoka, Akitoshi Yoshida
Purpose: To evaluate the retinal microcirculation using a segmental-scanning Doppler optical coherence tomography (DOCT) flowmeter in a patient with Takayasu's arteritis (TA) with aortic valve regurgitation (AR). Observations: We measured the retinal blood velocity (V), retinal blood flow (RBF), and retinal blood velocity profiles (RBVP) of the major retinal arterioles using a DOCT flowmeter. The arteries were measured at the straight portion 1 disc diameter from the optic disc...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Miriam Zacchia, Giovanna Capolongo, Luca Rinaldi, Giovambattista Capasso
The thick ascending limb (TAL) of Henle's loop is a crucial segment for many tasks of the nephron. Indeed, the TAL is not only a mainstay for reabsorption of sodium (Na+ ), potassium (K+ ), and divalent cations such as calcium (Ca2+ ) and magnesium (Mg2+ ) from the luminal fluid, but also has an important role in urine concentration, overall acid-base homeostasis, and ammonia cycle. Transcellular Na+ transport along the TAL is a prerequisite for Na+ , K+ , Ca2+ , Mg2+ homeostasis, and water reabsorption, the latter through its contribution in the generation of the cortico-medullar osmotic gradient...
2018: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Antony Colombo, Menno Hoogland, Hélène Coqueugniot, Olivier Dutour, Andrea Waters-Rist
A 66 year-old woman with a disproportionate dwarfism and who bore seven children was discovered at the Middenbeemster archaeological site (The Netherlands). Three are perinates and show no macroscopic or radiological evidence for a FGFR3 mutation causing hypo-or achondroplasia. This mutation induces dysfunction of the growth cartilage, leading to abnormalities in the development of trabecular bone. Because the mutation is autosomal dominant, these perinates have a 50% risk of having been affected. This study determines whether trabecular bone microarchitecture (TBMA) analysis is useful for detecting genetic dwarfism...
March 2018: International Journal of Paleopathology
Qing-Mei Kong, Hong Qiao, Chao-Zhong Liu, Ping Zhang, Ke Li, Li Wang, Ji-Tao Li, Yun'Ai Su, Ke-Qing Li, Chao-Gan Yan, Philip B Mitchell, Tian-Mei Si
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence has implicated dysfunction of the thalamus and its projection cortical targets in depression. However, the anatomical specificity of thalamo-cortical connectivity in major depressive disorder (MDD) remains unknown due to the regional heterogeneity of the thalamus and limited methods to examine this. METHODS: Resting-state fMRI was collected on 70 MDD patients and 70 healthy controls. The thalamus was parcellated based on connectivity with six predefined cortical regions of interest (ROIs)...
February 28, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Gabriel Cara-Fuentes, Miguel A Lanaspa, Gabriela E Garcia, Mindy Banks, Eduardo H Garin, Richard J Johnson
Minimal Change Disease (MCD) is the most common type of nephrotic syndrome in children. The etiology has remained unknown, although it is commonly thought to be due to an unknown circulating factor that triggers podocyte dysfunction. To date, several changes in podocytes have been reported in MCD, of which one is the expression of CD80, also known as B7.1, which is a costimulatory molecule that is normally expressed on antigen -presenting cells. Some studies suggest that subjects with steroid-sensitive MCD may express CD80 in their podocytes during relapse and that this expression is associated with high urinary levels of CD80...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Takahide Ito, Kanako Akamatsu, Akira Ukimura, Tomohiro Fujisaka, Michishige Ozeki, Yumiko Kanzaki, Nobukazu Ishizaka
Objective Although life-threatening cardiac complications in influenza infection are rare, subclinical influenza-associated cardiac abnormalities may occur more frequently. We investigated the prevalence of subclinical cardiac findings. Methods After obtaining their written informed consent, 102 subjects were enrolled in the present study. The study subjects underwent a first set of examinations, which included electrocardiography (ECG), echocardiography, and the measurement of their cardiac enzyme levels. Those with one or more abnormal findings among these examinations were encouraged to undergo a repeat examination 2 weeks later...
February 28, 2018: Internal Medicine
Lu Yang, Guodong Ma, Tianyu Yu, Huikuan Gao, Yongliang Wang, Yongquan Wu
RATIONALE: Vasospastic angina is caused by sudden occlusive vasoconstriction of a segment of an epicardial artery, with transient ST-segment elevation on electrocardiography. Brugada Syndrome is an inherited arrhythmogenic cardiac disorder with a diagnostic electrocardiography characterized by coved-type ST-segment elevation in right precordial leads (V1-V3). Those two diseases usually have no correlation. In this report, we discuss an interesting case of a patient who was diagnosed as vasospastic angina according to his coronary angiography, but his electrocardiography showed a Brugada-like ST-segment elevation...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Zhongjie Fu, Zhongxiao Wang, Chi-Hsiu Liu, Yan Gong, Bertan Cakir, Raffael Liegl, Ye Sun, Steven S Meng, Samuel B Burnim, Ivana Arellano, Elizabeth Moran, Rubi Duran, Alexander Poblete, Steve S Cho, Saswata Talukdar, James D Akula, Ann Hellström, Lois E H Smith
Retinal neuronal abnormalities occur before vascular changes in diabetic retinopathy. Accumulating experimental evidence suggests that neurons control vascular pathology in diabetic and other neovascular retinal disease. Therefore, normalizing neuronal activity in diabetes may prevent vascular pathology. We investigated whether fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) prevented retinal neuronal dysfunction in insulin-deficient diabetic mice. We found that in diabetic neural retina, photoreceptor rather than inner retinal function was most affected and administration of the long-acting FGF21 analog, PF-05231023 restored the retinal neuronal functional deficits detected by electroretinography...
February 27, 2018: Diabetes
Marija Sajic, Keila Kazue Ida, Ryan Canning, Norman A Gregson, Michael R Duchen, Kenneth J Smith
BACKGROUND: Small-diameter, myelinated axons are selectively susceptible to dysfunction in several inflammatory PNS and CNS diseases, resulting in pain and degeneration, but the mechanism is not known. METHODS: We used in vivo confocal microscopy to compare the effects of inflammation in experimental autoimmune neuritis (EAN), a model of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), on mitochondrial function and transport in large- and small-diameter axons. We have compared mitochondrial function and transport in vivo in (i) healthy axons, (ii) axons affected by experimental autoimmune neuritis, and (iii) axons in which mitochondria were focally damaged by laser induced photo-toxicity...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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