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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338439/stereotactic-radiosurgery-in-the-treatment-of-parasellar-meningiomas-long-term-volumetric-evaluation
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Or Cohen-Inbar, Athreya Tata, Shayan Moosa, Cheng-Chia Lee, Jason P Sheehan
OBJECTIVE Parasellar meningiomas tend to invade the suprasellar, cavernous sinus, and petroclival regions, encroaching on adjacent neurovascular structures. As such, they prove difficult to safely and completely resect. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has played a central role in the treatment of parasellar meningiomas. Evaluation of tumor control rates at this location using simplified single-dimension measurements may prove misleading. The authors report the influence of SRS treatment parameters and the timing and volumetric changes of benign WHO Grade I parasellar meningiomas after SRS on long-term outcome...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337639/the-impact-of-mangiferin-from-belamcanda-chinensis-on-experimental-colitis-in-rats
#2
Marta Szandruk, Anna Merwid-Ląd, Adam Szeląg
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) [including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC)] constitutes an important clinical problem. The pathogenesis of IBD remains unclear. It is believed that immune dysfunction, inflammatory mediators and oxidative damage play crucial roles in development of IBD. The condition is clinically associated with symptoms ranging from mild to severe during relapses, depending on the affected segment of the gastrointestinal tract. Bloody diarrhea with mucus, abdominal pain, weight loss and anemia are initial symptoms of both CD and UC...
March 24, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337429/investigating-cardiac-motion-patterns-using-synthetic-high-resolution-3d-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-images-and-statistical-shape-analysis
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Benedetta Biffi, Jan L Bruse, Maria A Zuluaga, Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano
Diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction in congenital heart disease is more and more based on medical imaging, which allows investigation of abnormal cardiac morphology and correlated abnormal function. Although analysis of 2D images represents the clinical standard, novel tools performing automatic processing of 3D images are becoming available, providing more detailed and comprehensive information than simple 2D morphometry. Among these, statistical shape analysis (SSA) allows a consistent and quantitative description of a population of complex shapes, as a way to detect novel biomarkers, ultimately improving diagnosis and pathology understanding...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336424/the-impact-of-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-on-rpe-degeneration-in-non-neovascular-amd
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REVIEW
Sayantan Datta, Marisol Cano, Katayoon Ebrahimi, Lei Wang, James T Handa
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a highly specialized, unique epithelial cell that interacts with photoreceptors on its apical side and with Bruch's membrane and the choriocapillaris on its basal side. Due to vital functions that keep photoreceptors healthy, the RPE is essential for maintaining vision. With aging and the accumulated effects of environmental stresses, the RPE can become dysfunctional and die. This degeneration plays a central role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) pathobiology, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly in western societies...
March 20, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331554/altered-functional-resting-state-hypothalamic-connectivity-and-abnormal-pituitary-morphology-in-children-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Akvile Lukoshe, Suzanne E van Dijk, Gerbrich E van den Bosch, Aad van der Lugt, Tonya White, Anita C Hokken-Koelega
BACKGROUND: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by endocrine problems and hyperphagia, indicating hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction. However, few studies have explored the underlying neurobiology of the hypothalamus and its functional connectivity with other brain regions. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the anatomical differences of the hypothalamus, mammillary bodies, and pituitary gland as well as resting state functional connectivity of the hypothalamus in children with PWS...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331451/vanishing-bronchus-after-lung-transplantation-the-role-of-sequential-airway-dilatations
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Abdul Hamid Alraiyes, Hanine Inaty, Michael S Machuzak
BACKGROUND: Airway complications after lung transplant play an important role in patient survival. Early recognition and treatment of these complications are necessary to help ensure that patients who receive lung transplants have good outcomes. CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old female with a history of pulmonary venous occlusive disease presented to our hospital for a double-lung transplant. Her postoperative course was complicated by severe primary graft dysfunction...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329085/renal-sodium-avidity-in-heart-failure-from-pathophysiology-to-treatment-strategies
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Wilfried Mullens, Frederik Hendrik Verbrugge, Petra Nijst, Wai Hong Wilson Tang
Increased neurohumoral stimulation resulting in excessive sodium avidity and extracellular volume overload are hallmark features of decompensated heart failure. Especially in case of concomitant renal dysfunction, the kidneys often fail to elicit effective natriuresis. While assessment of renal function is generally performed by measuring serum creatinine-a surrogate for glomerular filtration-, this only represents part of the nephron's function. Alterations in tubular sodium handling are at least equally important in the development of volume overload and congestion...
February 23, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327640/compatibility-study-of-danggui-buxue-tang-on-chemical-ingredients-angiogenesis-and-endothelial-function
#8
Ping-Lan Lin, Zhi-Cheng Li, Rui-Fang Xie, You-Hua Wang, Xin Zhou
Danggui Buxue Tang (DBT) is a classic Chinese herbal formula which consists of Astragali mongholici Radix and Angelica sinensis Radix (ASR). For chemical ingredients, HPLC were performed. Results showed compared with single herbs, DBT decoction could promote the dissolution of ingredients such as ferulic acid and calycosin. Furthermore, when ratio of AMR to ASR was 5 to 1, synthetic score was the best. For angiogenesis, normal and injured zebrafish model were applied. Results showed DBT and its ingredients had angiogenesis effects on Sub Intestinal vessels (SIVs) of normal zebrafish...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322249/the-protective-effects-of-shikonin-on-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-are-mediated-by-the-activation-of-the-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Tong Liu, QingHui Zhang, Wenhui Mo, Qiang Yu, Shizan Xu, Jingjing Li, Sainan Li, Jiao Feng, Liwei Wu, Xiya Lu, Rong Zhang, Linqiang Li, Keran Cheng, Yuqing Zhou, Shunfeng Zhou, Rui Kong, Fan Wang, Weiqi Dai, Kan Chen, Yujing Xia, Jie Lu, Yingqun Zhou, Yan Zhao, Chuanyong Guo
Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, which can result in severe liver injury and dysfunction, occurs in a variety of conditions such as liver transplantation, shock, and trauma. Cell death in hepatic I/R injury has been linked to apoptosis and autophagy. Shikonin plays a significant protective role in ischemia/reperfusion injury. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of shikonin on hepatic I/R injury and explore the underlying mechanism. Mice were subjected to segmental (70%) hepatic warm ischemia to induce hepatic I/R injury...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317155/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-dipping-pattern-in-hypertensive-patients-on-the-left-ventricular-systolic-functions-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Hüseyin Göksülük, Ulvin Habibova, Aydan Ongun, Müge Akbulut, Nil Özyüncü, Türkan Seda Tan Kürklü, Cetin Erol
BACKGROUND: Nondipping blood pressure pattern carry a high risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications due to a higher cumulative pressure overload. We aimed to define the role of strain analysis for detecting subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction in recently diagnosed nondipper and dipper hypertensive patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. METHODS: Study population consisted of two groups of patients, Group 1: 45 dipper patients and Group 2: 43 nondipper patients...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317064/altered-synchrony-of-right-ventricular-contraction-in-borderline-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bouchra Lamia, Jean-François Muir, Luis-Carlos Molano, Catherine Viacroze, Jacques Benichou, Philippe Bonnet, Jean Quieffin, Antoine Cuvelier, Robert Naeije
Imaging studies have shown that pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with inhomogenous right ventricular (RV) regional contraction, or dyssynchrony, and that this is of prognostic relevance. This study aimed at the identification and functional significance of RV dyssynchrony in borderline PH defined by a mean pulmonary artery pressure between (mPAP) 20 and 25 mmHg. RV dyssynchrony was measured by 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography in 17 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), 13 patients with borderline PH and 14 controls...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302729/phagocytosis-dependent-ketogenesis-in-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Juan Reyes-Reveles, Anuradha Dhingra, Desiree Alexander, Alvina Bragin, Nancy J Philp, Kathleen Boesze-Battaglia
Daily, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) ingests a bolus of lipid and protein in the form of phagocytized photoreceptor outer segments (OS). The RPE like the liver expresses enzymes required for fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and ketogenesis. This suggests that these pathways play a role in the disposal of lipids from ingested OS as well as providing a mechanism for recycling metabolic intermediates back to the outer retina. In this study, we examined whether OS phagocytosis was linked to ketogenesis. We found increased levels of β-hydroxy-butyrate (β-HB) in the apical media following ingestion of OS by human fetal RPE and ARPE19 cells cultured on transwell inserts...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302245/amniotic-fluid-embolism
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Tayyab Mohyuddin, Shahbaz Sarwar, Dawar Ayyaz
We report a case of 34-year patient who had uncomplicated elective caesarean-section. Postoperatively, she developed sudden hypotension, bradycardia, dyspnea and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), all signs associated with amniotic fluid embolism (AFE). Echocardiogram showed signs of acutely increased right ventricular after load including McConell's sign, i.e. right ventricular dilatation, segmental hypokinesia (mid-right ventricular) and hypercontractile right ventricular apex and overall right ventricular dysfunction...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300333/psychological-stress-induced-colonic-barrier-dysfunction-role-of-immune-mediated-mechanisms
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P Hattay, D K Prusator, L Tran, B Greenwood-Van Meerveld
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) exhibit increases in gut permeability and alterations in tight junction (TJ) protein expression. Although psychological stress worsens IBS symptoms, the mechanisms by which stress enhances gut permeability and affects TJ protein expression remain to be determined. Here, we test the hypothesis that chronic intermittent psychological stress activates the release of proinflammatory cytokines to alter TJ proteins and promotes increased gut permeability...
March 16, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298190/serum-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-has-an-advantage-over-serum-cystatin-c-and-glomerular-filtration-rate-in-prediction-of-adverse-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Olga L Barbarash, Irina S Bykova, Vasiliy V Kashtalap, Mikhail V Zykov, Oksana N Hryachkova, Victoria V Kalaeva, Kristina S Shafranskaya, Victoria N Karetnikova, Anton G Kutikhin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess significance of serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (sNGAL) and cystatin C (sCC) in prediction of adverse cardiovascular outcome after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: We recruited 357 consecutive patients who were admitted to the hospital within 24 h after onset of STEMI. On the 1st and 12th-14th day after hospital admission, we measured levels of sNGAL and sCC. We also determined presence of renal dysfunction (RD), defined as glomerular filtration rate < 60 mL/min/1...
March 15, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296283/effects-of-transendocardial-cd34-cell-transplantation-on-diastolic-parameters-in-patients-with-nonischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Mojca Bervar, Mirta Kozelj, Gregor Poglajen, Matjaz Sever, Gregor Zemljic, Sabina Frljak, Marko Cukjati, Peter Cernelc, François Haddad, Bojan Vrtovec
We sought to evaluate the physiological background and the effects of CD34(+) cell transplantation on diastolic parameters in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy patients (DCM). We enrolled 38 DCM patients with NYHA class III and LVEF <40% who underwent transendocardial CD34(+) cell transplantation. Peripheral blood CD34(+) cells were mobilized by G-CSF, collected via apheresis, and injected transendocardially in the areas of myocardial hibernation. Patients were followed for 1 year. At baseline, estimated filling pressures were significantly elevated (E/e'≥15) in 18 patients (Group A), and moderately elevated (E/e'<15) in 20 patients (Group B)...
March 11, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289063/photoreceptor-cilia-and-retinal-ciliopathies
#17
Kinga M Bujakowska, Qin Liu, Eric A Pierce
Photoreceptors are sensory neurons designed to convert light stimuli into neurological responses. This process, called phototransduction, takes place in the outer segments (OS) of rod and cone photoreceptors. OS are specialized sensory cilia, with analogous structures to those present in other nonmotile cilia. Deficient morphogenesis and/or dysfunction of photoreceptor sensory cilia (PSC) caused by mutations in a variety of photoreceptor-specific and common cilia genes can lead to inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs)...
March 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284461/right-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-chagas-disease-defined-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-a-comparative-study-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#18
Henrique T Moreira, Gustavo J Volpe, José A Marin-Neto, Chike C Nwabuo, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Luis G Gali, Oswaldo C Almeida-Filho, Minna M D Romano, Antonio Pazin-Filho, Benedito C Maciel, João A C Lima, André Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease leads to biventricular heart failure, usually with prominent systemic congestion. Although echocardiography is widely used in clinical routine, the utility of echocardiographic parameters to detect right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction in patients with Chagas disease is unknown. We sought to study the diagnostic value of echocardiography, including speckle-tracking parameters, to distinguish individuals with RV systolic dysfunction from those with normal RV systolic function in Chagas disease using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) as the reference method...
March 8, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283581/mtcl1-plays-an-essential-role-in-maintaining-purkinje-neuron-axon-initial-segment
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Tomoko Satake, Kazunari Yamashita, Kenji Hayashi, Satoko Miyatake, Miwa Tamura-Nakano, Hiroshi Doi, Yasuhide Furuta, Go Shioi, Eriko Miura, Yukari H Takeo, Kunihiro Yoshida, Hiroyuki Yahikozawa, Naomichi Matsumoto, Michisuke Yuzaki, Atsushi Suzuki
The axon initial segment (AIS) is a specialized domain essential for neuronal function, the formation of which begins with localization of an ankyrin-G (AnkG) scaffold. However, the mechanism directing and maintaining AnkG localization is largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that in vivo knockdown of microtubule cross-linking factor 1 (MTCL1) in cerebellar Purkinje cells causes loss of axonal polarity coupled with AnkG mislocalization. MTCL1 lacking MT-stabilizing activity failed to restore these defects, and stable MT bundles spanning the AIS were disorganized in knockdown cells...
March 10, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283275/kidney-involvement-in-melas-syndrome-description-of-2-cases
#20
Pau Alcubilla-Prats, Manel Solé, Albert Botey, Josep Maria Grau, Glòria Garrabou, Esteban Poch
INTRODUCTION: MELAS syndrome -myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes- is a maternally-inherited mitochondrial cytopathy related to several mitochondrial DNA mutations, with the A3243G mutation in tRNA(Leu) gene being the most frequent of them. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Apart from its typical symptomatology, patients usually exhibit a maternally-inherited history of neurosensory deafness and insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)...
March 7, 2017: Medicina Clínica
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