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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332266/association-between-the-interferon-gamma-874-t-a-polymorphism-and-the-severity-of-valvular-damage-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Erhan Teker, A Basak Akadam-Teker, Oguz Ozturk, Allison Pinar Eronat, Kivanc Yalin, S Ebru Golcuk, Zehra Bugra
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays an important role in modulating almost all phases of the immune response and may be responsible for the increased valvular fibrosis and calcification in the pathogenesis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between the IFN-γ +874 T/A polymorphism and the severity of valvular damage in the Turkish population. The IFN-γ genotypes were determined in 152 RHD patients and 151 healthy controls by ARMS-PCR...
January 13, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331957/mitral-valve-anatomic-predictors-of-hemodynamic-success-with-transcatheter-mitral-valve-repair
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Jeremy J Thaden, Joseph F Malouf, Vuyisile T Nkomo, Sorin V Pislaru, David R Holmes, Guy S Reeder, Charanjit S Rihal, Mackram F Eleid
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is a heterogeneous disease. Determining which patients derive optimal outcomes from transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair (TMVR) remains challenging. We sought to determine whether baseline mitral valve anatomic characteristics are predictive of left atrial pressure (LAP) changes during TMVR with MitraClip. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients with severe mitral regurgitation undergoing TMVR (n=112) underwent continuous intraprocedural LAP monitoring and retrospective echocardiographic analysis for specific mitral anatomic characteristics...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331222/on-tubing-fluorescence-measurements-of-the-band-broadening-of-contemporary-injectors-in-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
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Ken Broeckhoven, Kim Vanderlinden, Davy Guillarme, Gert Desmet
We report on a detailed study of the injection contribution to band broadening in contemporary UHPLC-instruments, using either flow-through needle or fixed loop injection (full loop). Using on-tubing fluorescence measurements at the outlet of the injector valve, very localized and undisturbed measurements were obtained. Varying both the flow rate and the injected volume allowed to split the injection variance (σV2,inj) in a volumetric component (related to the amount injected) and a hydrodynamic component (related to the flow rate)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330651/3d-computed-tomography-to-compare-the-dimensions-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-normal-sinus-rhythm-and-those-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Maiko Hozawa, Yoshihiro Morino, Yuki Matsumoto, Ryoichi Tanaka, Kyohei Nagata, Akiko Kumagai, Atsushi Tashiro, Akio Doi, Kunihiro Yoshioka
Although paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is an important cause of cardioembolic stroke, in contrast to chronic AF patients, the anatomical features of the left atrial appendage (LAA) in PAF patients remain unknown. Here, we investigated differences in LAA structures in patients with PAF and those with normal sinus rhythms (NSR) using 3D-computed tomography (3D-CT), which allows us to visualize complicated LAA structures at high spatial resolution. Study subjects were 30 consecutive PAF and 30 NSR patients with complete enhanced cardiac 3D-CT images available...
January 12, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330589/impact-of-valve-less-vs-standard-insufflation-on-pneumoperitoneum-volume-inflammation-and-peritoneal-physiology-in-a-laparoscopic-sigmoid-resection-experimental-model
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Michele Diana, Eric Noll, Andras Legnèr, Seong-Ho Kong, Yu-Yin Liu, Luigi Schiraldi, Francesco Marchegiani, Jordan Bano, Bernard Geny, Anne-Laure Charles, Bernard Dallemagne, Véronique Lindner, Didier Mutter, Pierre Diemunsch, Jacques Marescaux
BACKGROUND: Standard insufflators compensate for intra-abdominal pressure variations with pressure spikes. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of a stable, low-pressure pneumoperitoneum induced by a valve-less insufflator, on working space, hemodynamics, inflammation, and peritoneal physiology, in a model of laparoscopic sigmoid resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve pigs (47 ± 3.3 kg) were equipped for invasive hemodynamic monitoring and randomly assigned to Standard (n = 6) vs...
January 12, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330181/a-novel-l-glutamate-exporter-of-corynebacterium-glutamicum
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Yu Wang, Guoqiang Cao, Deyu Xu, Liwen Fan, Xinyang Wu, Xiaomeng Ni, Shuxin Zhao, Ping Zheng, Jibin Sun, Yanhe Ma
Besides metabolic pathways and regulatory networks, transport systems are also pivotal for cellular metabolism and hyper-production of biochemicals using microbial cell factories. Identification and characterization of transporters are therefore of great significance for understanding and engineering of transport reactions. Herein, a novel l-glutamate exporter MscCG2 that extensively exists in Corynebacterium glutamicum strains but is distinct from the only known l-glutamate exporter MscCG was discovered in an industrial l-glutamate producing C...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330130/perioperative-electrophysiology-study-in-tetralogy-of-fallot-patients-undergoing-pulmonary-valve-replacement-will-identify-those-at-high-risk-for-subsequent-ventricular-tachycardia
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Amneet Sandhu, Emily Ruckdeschel, William H Sauer, Kathryn K Collins, Joseph Kay, Amber Khanna, James Jaggers, David Campbell, Max Mitchell, Duy T Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VAs) are the most common cause of death in patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), but predicting those at risk remains a challenge. Electrophysiological study (EPS) has been proposed to risk stratify TOF patients. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate a perioperative EPS-guided approach to risk stratify TOF patients undergoing PVR and guide concomitant cryoablation. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of TOF patients undergoing EPS at time of PVR from 2006-present was conducted at 2 centers...
January 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330034/successful-treatment-of-a-penicillin-intermediate-and-ceftriaxone-resistant-granulicatella-adiacens-presumed-prosthetic-valve-endocarditis-with-vancomycin
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Bruce M Jones, Roby M Hersey, Irwin J Trestman, Christopher M Bland
Advancements in rapid diagnostics have helped to identify nutritionally variant streptococci (NVS) as an increasing cause of infective endocarditis. This case report highlights the challenges in susceptibility testing and the importance of appropriate empiric treatment for Granulicatella adiacens, as well as considerations for future practice guideline recommendations. Guidelines for treatment of IE caused by NVS are currently limited to patients with native valve disease. We present a patient with presumed prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Granulicatella adiacens, with clinically relevant resistance to recommended first-line agents (penicillin and ceftriaxone), who was successfully treated with 8 weeks of intravenous (IV) vancomycin...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329990/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-morphologically-complex-root-aneurysms
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Markus Mach, Bernhard Winkler, David Santer, Harald Pisarik, Sandra Folkmann, Marieluise Harrer, Gabriel Weiss, Franz Veit, Christoph Adlbrecht, Andreas Strouhal, Georg Delle-Karth, Martin Grabenwöger
Performing transcatheter aortic valve implantation in the presence of aneurysmatic aortopathy is widely contraindicated; however, it needs to be taken into account as bailout strategy in selected patients. Deliberate preoperative assessing measurements become the crucial key element in this context. After meticulous valve selection, retrograde access is obtained via the right subclavian artery additionally serving as backup arterial cannulation site in case of conversion. TAVI is then performed via the transapical route...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329828/frequency-and-prognostic-significance-of-acute-kidney-recovery-in-patients-who-underwent-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Amir Azarbal, Kevin L Leadholm, Takamaru Ashikaga, Richard J Solomon, Harold L Dauerman
Acute kidney injury (AKI) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is associated with increased mortality. As significant hemodynamic improvement may occur with relief of aortic stenosis, we hypothesized that TAVI patients may demonstrate the opposite phenomena: acute kidney recovery (AKR). We studied the incidence and predictors of AKR in post-TAVI patients. A total of 366 consecutive patients underwent TAVI (January 2012 to January 2017) at a single center. We defined AKR as a 25% improvement in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) at 48 hours after TAVI...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329825/effectiveness-and-safety-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-patients-with-pure-aortic-regurgitation-and-advanced-heart-failure
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Gabriele Pesarini, Mattia Lunardi, Anna Piccoli, Leonardo Gottin, Daniele Prati, Valeria Ferrero, Roberto Scarsini, Aldo Milano, Alberto Forni, Giuseppe Faggian, Flavio Ribichini
Results of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for treatment of severe noncalcific isolated aortic regurgitation (AR) complicated by advanced heart failure or cardiogenic shock has been previously reported only in isolated case reports. Current self-expanding transcatheter aortic valves are designed to treat aortic valve stenosis, and have also been implanted in cases of severe AR due to degenerated bioprosthesis and in very few cases of native aortic valves. We report 13 consecutive inoperable patients with noncalcific, pure AR, and advanced heart failure treated with emergency percutaneous transfemoral implantation with self-expandable CoreValves at our institution between July 2012 and September 2017...
December 11, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329770/yield-of-family-screening-in-patients-with-isolated-bicuspid-aortic-valve-in-a-general-hospital
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Luc Cozijnsen, Hester J van der Zaag-Loonen, Richard L Braam, Mirjam Bakker-de Boo, Jan G Post, Berto J Bouma, Barbara J M Mulder
AIM: To determine the prevalence of unidentified bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) or aortic dilatation (>40mm) in first degree relatives (FDR) of patients with isolated BAV in a general hospital. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with isolated BAV received information advising cardiac screening of their FDR. Referred and screened were 134 FDR of 54 adult index patients with isolated BAV (median 2 per index patient). FDR's mean age was 49years (range 16-83years) and 41% were male...
December 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329764/-analysis-of-mortality-and-hospital-stay-in-cardiac-surgery-in-mexico-2015-data-from-the-national-cardiology-institute
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Alejandra Rodríguez-Hernández, Martha García-Torres, Eduardo Bucio Reta, Francisco Martín Baranda-Tovar
OBJECTIVE: To analyse hospital mortality in patients subjected to cardiac surgery in Mexico during the year 2015, and identify the mortality risks factors, and its correlation with days of hospital stay in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. METHOD: The database of Cardiovascular Intensive Care of the National Institute of Cardiology was examined for this cases and controls study that included only adult patients subjected to cardiac surgery during the year 2015...
January 9, 2018: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329731/multimodality-imaging-evaluation-before-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-incidence-of-contrast-medium-induced-acute-kidney-injury-risk-factors-and-prognosis
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C Schneider, A Brumberg, F C Roller, J Rixe, P Roth, G A Krombach
AIM: To evaluate the incidence, risk factors, and prognostic implications of contrast medium-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) evaluation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Datasets from 98 out of 207 consecutive patients referred for multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) for TAVI evaluation were eligible for evaluation and were analysed retrospectively. The incidence of CI-AKI was correlated to outcome and to potential risk factors: kidney function (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR]), heart failure, diabetes, amount of contrast medium, and duration of examination period...
January 10, 2018: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329389/in-vivo-daptomycin-efficacy-against-experimental-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-endocarditis
#15
Sophie Reissier, Azzam Saleh-Mghir, François Guerin, Laurent Massias, Idir Ghout, Clara Sinel, Vincent Cattoir, Anne-Claude Cremieux
Objectives: Daptomycin has become a first-line therapeutic option for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium infective endocarditis (IE). Although high doses (≥8 mg/kg) are often recommended, optimal doses, particularly for strains with MICs close to the susceptibility breakpoint (4 mg/L), are still debated. Methods: Daptomycin efficacy at doses equivalent to 8 mg/kg daptomycin (DAP8) and 12 mg/kg daptomycin (DAP12) in humans was evaluated in a rabbit model of aortic valve IE induced by 108 cfu of E...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329115/developing-a-mitral-valve-center-of-excellence
#16
Ahmed El-Eshmawi, Javier G Castillo, Gilbert H L Tang, David H Adams
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite the proven superiority of mitral repair over replacement for degenerative mitral disease, mitral valve replacement remains common. Guidelines now recommend referral of patients, particularly those whom are asymptomatic, to valve centers of excellence, although criteria that define such centers remain to be established. The purpose of this review is to define the structure of a mitral center of excellence and to review current clinical outcomes which are possible in such a center...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328973/feeding-inhibition-in-corbicula-fluminea-o-f-muller-1774-as-an-effect-criterion-to-pollutant-exposure-perspectives-for-ecotoxicity-screening-and-refinement-of-chemical-control
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Bruno Branco Castro, Carlos Silva, Inês Patrunilho Efe Macário, Bruno Oliveira, Fernando Gonçalves, Joana Luísa Pereira
Bivalves are commonly used in biomonitoring programs to track pollutants. Several features, including its filter-feeding abilities, cumulatively argue in favour of the use of the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) as a biosentinel and an ecotoxicological model. Filtration in bivalves is very sensitive to external stimuli and its control is dictated by regulation of the opening/closure of the valves, which may be used as an avoidance defence against contaminants. Here, we investigate the filter-feeding behaviour of the Asian clam as an endpoint for assessing exposure to pollutants, driven by two complementary goals: (i) to generate relevant and sensitive toxicological information based on the ability of C...
January 4, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328722/perfect-spin-filter-by-periodic-drive-of-a-ferromagnetic-quantum-barrier
#18
Daniel Thuberg, Enrique Muñoz, Sebastian Eggert, Sebastián A Reyes
We consider the problem of particle tunneling through a periodically driven ferromagnetic quantum barrier connected to two leads. The barrier is modeled by an impurity site representing a ferromagnetic layer or a quantum dot in a tight-binding Hamiltonian with a local magnetic field and an ac-driven potential, which is solved using the Floquet formalism. The repulsive interactions in the quantum barrier are also taken into account. Our results show that the time-periodic potential causes sharp resonances of perfect transmission and reflection, which can be tuned by the frequency, the driving strength, and the magnetic field...
December 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328006/parent-guardian-knowledge-regarding-implanted-shunt-type-setting-and-symptoms-of-malfunction-infection
#19
Laurie L Ackerman, Daniel H Fulkerson, Andrew Jea, Jodi L Smith
OBJECTIVE Patients with shunts often interact with providers distant from their primary hospital, making it important that the parent(s)/guardian(s) is well versed in the type of shunt implanted and symptoms of malfunction/infection. This is particularly important with magnetic-sensitive programmable valves, as the use of MRI becomes more prevalent. METHODS Over a 6-month period, primary caregivers of 148 consecutive patients who received shunts were prospectively administered questionnaires at clinic visits...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327671/tissue-engineered-heart-valves-a-call-for-mechanistic-studies
#20
Kevin Blum, Joseph Drews, Christopher K Breuer
Heart valve disease carries a substantial risk of morbidity and mortality. Outcomes are significantly improved by valve replacement, but currently-available mechanical and biological replacement valves are associated with complications of their own. Mechanical valves have a high rate of thromboembolism and require lifelong anticoagulation. Biological prosthetic valves have a much shorter lifespan, and are prone to tearing and degradation. Both types of valves lack the capacity for growth, making them particularly problematic in pediatric patients...
January 12, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
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