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Vascular ring

Tonni Grube Andersen, Sadaf Naseer, Robertas Ursache, Brecht Wybouw, Wouter Smet, Bert De Rybel, Joop E M Vermeer, Niko Geldner
In vascular plants, the root endodermis surrounds the central vasculature as a protective sheath that is analogous to the polarized epithelium in animals, and contains ring-shaped Casparian strips that restrict diffusion. After an initial lag phase, individual endodermal cells suberize in an apparently random fashion to produce 'patchy' suberization that eventually generates a zone of continuous suberin deposition. Casparian strips and suberin lamellae affect paracellular and transcellular transport, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Vivek Krishna Pulakazhi Venu, Mahmoud Saifeddine, Koichiro Mihara, Mahmoud El-Daly, Darrell Belke, Jonathan L E Dean, Edward R O'Brien, Simon A Hirota, Morley D Hollenberg
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previously, we demonstrated that exogenous Heat Shock Protein 27 (HSP27/gene, HSPB1) treatment of human endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) increases the synthesis and secretion of VEGF, improves EPC-migration/re-endothelialization and decreases neo-intima formation, suggesting a role for HSPB1 in regulating EPC function. We hypothesized that HSPB1 could also affect mature endothelial cells (ECs) to alter EC-mediated vasoreactivity in vivo. Our work focused on eNOS/NO-dependent relaxation caused by acetylcholine and the coagulation pathway-activated receptor, proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR2)...
March 12, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Silvia G V Alvarez, Angela McBrien
The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a crucial part of the fetal circulation, both in the normal fetus and in critical congenital heart disease (CHD). It allows shunting between the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In physiological prenatal conditions, the DA lets the majority of right ventricular output bypass the fluid-filled, high-resistance lungs. The DA can cause hemodynamic compromise in the fetus and neonate when constricted or absent (in isolation or in patients with CHD) and may lead to pre- or postnatal sequelae within other systems when forming part of a vascular ring...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Fabian Plank, Christoph Beyer, Guy Friedrich, Markus Stühlinger, Florian Hintringer, Wolfgang Dichtl, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are associated with increased vascular calcification which may lead to an elevated cardiovascular risk. If the direct anticoagulants (DOACs) have similar negative vascular effects is unknown. We evaluated the influence of different anticoagulation strategies on coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: Overall 702 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent CTA for AF ablation planning were enrolled and stratified according to their anticoagulation into VKA, DOAC (all agents) and a control group without oral anticoagulation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Hussein Nassereddine, Nicolas Poté, Pasquale Tammaro, Anne Couvelard
Pulse (hyaline ring) granuloma, a rare entity first described in lung and oral cavity, has been reported under various names before the identification of hyaline rings as fragments of pulses (the edible seeds of legumes). Similar lesions were thereafter described in extra-oral localizations, mainly the gastrointestinal tract, or localizations having potential communication with the gastrointestinal tract. Recently, 2 reports described "spiral bodies" surrounded by foreign body-type multinucleated giant cell reaction in pulse granulomas, corresponding to remnant plant vascular structures (helical xylem elements)...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Olga Vladimirovna Ezhova, Vladimir Vasil'yevich Malakhov, Ekaterina Alekseevna Egorova
Studies of echinoid microscopic anatomy over the last two centuries have created a number of inaccuracies and mistakes that have accumulated in the descriptions of the intricate organization of the coelomic system of Echinoidea. To clarify the situation, we reconstructed the axial complex and radial complex of the echinoid Strongylocentrotus pallidus. The water ring is located between the perivisceral coelom and the perioral coelom. The oral haemal ring lies between the coelothelia of the water-vascular, perivisceral, and perioral rings...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Morphology
Umberto Capasso Palmiero, Lavinia Morosi, Ezia Bello, Marianna Ponzo, Roberta Frapolli, Cristina Matteo, Mariella Ferrari, Massimo Zucchetti, Lucia Minoli, Marcella De Maglie, Pierpaolo Romanelli, Massimo Morbidelli, Maurizio D'Incalci, Davide Moscatelli
The improvement of the pharmacological profile of lipophilic drug formulations is one of the main successes achieved using nanoparticles (NPs) in medicine. However, the complex synthesis procedure and numerous post-processing steps hamper the cost-effective use of these formulations. In this work, an approach which requires only a syringe to produce self-assembling biodegradable and biocompatible poly(caprolactone)-based NPs is developed. The effective synthesis of monodisperse NPs has been made possible by the optimization of the block copolymer synthesized via a combination of ring opening polymerization and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Ipsita Mohanty, Subas Chandra Parija, Sujit Suklabaidya, Satish Rattan
Extracellular pH is an important physiological determinant of vascular tone that is normally maintained within 7.35-7.45. Any change outside this range leads to severe pathological repercussions. We investigated the unknown effects of extracellular acidosis on relaxation in the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) of goat. SMA rings were employed to maintain isometric contractions at extracellular pH (pHo ) 7.4 and 6.8. We analyzed the effect of acidosis (pHo 6.8) compared to physiological pH (pHo 7.4) on three signaling mediators of endothelium-dependent hyperpolarization: nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin I2 (PGI2 ), and myoendothelial gap junctions (MEGJ)...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
R Espert, M Gadea, M Alino, J Oltra-Cucarella, C Perpina
INTRODUCTION: Moyamoya disease (MMD) is an occlusive cerebrovascular disease characterized by progressive stenosis or occlusion in the terminal portion of the bilateral internal carotid arteries, affecting both children and adults. AIM: To conduct a review and update on MMD from a clinical, neuroradiological, neuropsychological and genetic perspective. DEVELOPMENT: In this pathology, which occurs with ischemia or cerebral hemorrhage, an unusual compensatory vascular network (moyamoya vessels) develops at the base of the brain in the form of collateral channels...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Julia Wijkström, Channa Jayasumana, Rajeewa Dassanayake, Nalin Priyawardane, Nimali Godakanda, Sisira Siribaddana, Anneli Ring, Kjell Hultenby, Magnus Söderberg, Carl-Gustaf Elinder, Annika Wernerson
In Sri Lanka, an endemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) is affecting rural communities. The endemic has similarities with Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) in Central America, however it has not yet been clarified if the endemics are related diagnostic entities. We designed this study of kidney biopsies from patients with CKDu in Sri Lanka to compare with MeN morphology. Eleven patients with CKDu were recruited at the General Hospital, Polonnaruwa, using similar inclusion and exclusion criteria as our previous MeN studies...
2018: PloS One
Yuanman Yu, Rui Chen, Yi Sun, Yuanzhong Pan, Wei Tang, Shuang Zhang, Lingyan Cao, Yuan Yuan, Jing Wang, Changsheng Liu
Emerging evidence suggests that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is important in the treatment of various ischemic and cardiovascular diseases. However, it often suffers from high cost and easy deactivation with a short half-life. Here, we describe a synthetic 2-N, 6-O-sulfated chitosan (26SCS) with a high affinity to VEGF promoting the binding of the signaling protein to its VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2), activating receptor phosphorylation and pro-angiogenic related genes expression, and further stimulating downstream VEGF-dependent endothelial cell viability, migration, tube formation and rat aortic rings outgrowth...
March 1, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Amy L Dimachkieh, Allison Dobbie, Damon R Olson, Mark A Lovell, Jeremy D Prager
OBJECTIVE: To review tracheal paragangliomas and describe the clinical presentation, radiologic findings, operative management, and histologic findings of a pediatric patient who presented with stridor refractory to traditional asthma therapy. METHODS: Chart review of an 8-year-old male who presented to a tertiary care pediatric hospital and literature review of tracheal paragangliomas. RESULTS: We present the case of an 8-year-old male who presented with new-onset of wheezing and dyspnea on exertion...
April 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Shinsuke Kanekiyo, Shoichi Hazama, Hiroko Takenouchi, Masao Nakajima, Yoshitaro Shindo, Hiroto Matsui, Yukio Tokumitsu, Shinobu Tomochika, Ryouichi Tsunedomi, Yoshihiro Tokuhisa, Michihisa Iida, Kazuhiko Sakamoto, Nobuaki Suzuki, Shigeru Takeda, Shigeru Yamamoto, Shigefumi Yoshino, Kiyotaka Okuno, Keiko Udaka, Yutaka Kawakami, Satoko Matsueda, Kyogo Ito, Hiroaki Nagano
Cancer vaccines have been developed as a new therapeutic approach, however, their clinical benefit remains limited. We previously performed a phase II study for advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) using five human leukocyte antigen (HLA-A*24:02)-restricted peptides derived from kinase of the outer chloroplast membrane 1, translocase of outer mitochondrial membrane 34 (TOMM34), ring finger protein 43 (RNF43), vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (VEGFR1) and VEGFR2. In the present study the relationship between overall survival (OS) and several biomarkers, including cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) responses to these five peptides, was investigated...
March 1, 2018: Oncology Reports
Elizabeth L Evans, Kevin Cuthbertson, Naima Endesh, Baptiste Rode, Nicola M Blythe, Adam J Hyman, Sally J Hall, Hannah J Gaunt, Melanie J Ludlow, Richard Foster, David J Beech
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The mechanosensitive Piezo1 channel has important roles in vascular physiology and disease. Yoda1 is a small-molecule agonist but the pharmacology of these channels is otherwise limited. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Yoda1 analogues were generated by synthetic chemistry. Intracellular Ca2+ and Tl+ measurements were made in HEK 293 or CHO cell lines overexpressing channel subunits and in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) which natively express Piezo1...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Youfeng Yang, Yong Sun, Jianye Chen, Wayne E Bradley, Louis J Dell'Italia, Hui Wu, Yabing Chen
Vascular calcification is prevalent in patients with atherosclerosis, and oxidative stress promotes pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. We have previously reported that activation of AKT by oxidative stress induces vascular calcification. Using sodium dichloroacetate (DCA), a previously reported small molecule inhibitor of AKT, the present studies uncovered an AKT-independent mechanism in regulating vascular calcification. We found that DCA dose-dependently induced calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in vitro and aortic rings ex vivo...
February 21, 2018: Redox Biology
Nozlena Abdul Samad, Ahmad Bustamam Abdul, Heshu Sulaiman Rahman, Abdullah Rasedee, Tengku Azmi Tengku Ibrahim, Yeap Swee Keon
Context: Due to increase in the number of patients with impaired immunity, the incidence of liver cancer has increased considerably. Aims: The aim of this study is the investigation the in vitro anticancer effect of zerumbone (ZER) on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and Methods: The anticancer mechanism of ZER was determined by the rat aortic ring, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) proliferation, chorioallantoic membrane, cell migration, and proliferation inhibition assays...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Ziyad M Binsalamah, Charles D Fraser, Carlos M Mery
Pulmonary artery slings and vascular rings are very rare congenital anomalies. It is even rarer to have both anomalies in the same setting. We present a case of a toddler who was diagnosed with a left pulmonary artery sling and a vascular ring as part of the screening process for the VACTERL association - co-occurrence of vertebral, anorectal, cardiac, tracheoesophageal, renal, and limb malformations. He underwent a successful surgical repair via median sternotomy and on cardiopulmonary bypass with an uneventful postoperative course...
March 1, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
O K Uche, J O Ofeimun
The mechanism of kolaviron-induced vascular smooth muscles (VSMs) responses has not been fullycharacterised. The present study investigated the effect and mode of action of kolaviron a biflavanoid-complex and majorcomponent of Garcinia Kola-fraction on differential contractile responses to agonists-[phenylephrine (PHE) and histamine(HIST)] on VSMs of rabbit isolated aortic rings in K+-free physiological salt solution (KFPSS). Cumulative concentrationresponses to PHE and HIST were examined on 2 mm ring segments of the thoracic aortae which were suspended in 20 mlorgan baths containing physiological salt solution (PSS) for measurement of isometric contractions, at 370C and pH 7...
December 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Guo-Qiang Yuan, Song Gao, Yong-Jian Geng, Yao-Ping Tang, Min-Juan Zheng, Harnath S Shelat, Scott Collins, Han-Jing Wu, Yi-Ling Wu
Background: Our previous studies have shown that Tongxinluo (TXL), a compound Chinese medicine, can decrease myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, protect capillary endothelium function, and lessen cardiac ventricle reconstitution in animal models. The aim of this study was to illuminate whether TXL can improve hypercholesterolemia-impaired heart function by protecting artery endothelial function and increasing microvascular density (MVD) in heart. Furthermore, we will explore the underlying molecular mechanism of TXL cardiovascular protection...
March 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Ditte Marie Jensen, Daniel Vest Christophersen, Majid Sheykhzade, Gry Freja Skovsted, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Rasmus Münter, Martin Roursgaard, Steffen Loft, Peter Møller
BACKGROUND: Humans are continuously exposed to particles in the gastrointestinal tract. Exposure may occur directly through ingestion of particles via food or indirectly by removal of inhaled material from the airways by the mucociliary clearance system. We examined the effects of food-grade particle exposure on vasomotor function and systemic oxidative stress in an ex vivo study and intragastrically exposed rats. METHODS: In an ex vivo study, aorta rings from naïve Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed for 30 min to food-grade TiO2 (E171), benchmark TiO2 (Aeroxide P25), food-grade vegetable carbon (E153) or benchmark carbon black (Printex 90)...
February 26, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
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