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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917338/six-different-extremely-calcified-lesions-of-the-brain-brain-stones
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Yurdal Gezercan, Vedat Acik, Gökhan Çavuş, Ali Ihsan Ökten, Emre Bilgin, Hakan Millet, Burak Olmaz
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to extend clinical documentation of cerebral calculi by reporting six cases of cerebral calculi with distinct etiologies and localizations. METHODS: We evaluated the age, sex distribution, presenting symptoms, neurological examination findings, pathology results, and location of the calcifications of six patients with intracranial calcifications. RESULTS: Three of the six patients with brain stones were female (50%), and three were male (50%)...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916732/ghrelin-improves-vascular-autophagy-in-rats-with-vascular-calcification
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Mingming Xu, Lin Liu, Chenfang Song, Wei Chen, Shuyan Gui
BACKGROUNDS: This study aimed to investigate whether ghrelin ameliorated vascular calcification (VC) through improving autophagy. METHODS: VC model was induced by nicotine plus vitamin D3 in rats and β-glycerophosphate in vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC). Calcium deposition was detected by von Kossa staining or alizarin red S staining. ALP activity was also detected. Western blot was used to assess the protein expression. RESULTS: Ghrelin treatment attenuated the elevation of calcium deposition and ALP activity in VC model both in vivo and in vitro...
December 1, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916655/allopurinol-as-a-therapeutic-option-in-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Osita N Okafor, K Farrington, Diana A Gorog
Epidemiological studies indicate that hyperuricaemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Alongside uric acid formation, increased xanthine oxidase activity also results in the formation of oxidative free radicals and superoxide particles. Oxidative stress significantly contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease, including endothelial cell dysfunction, atherosclerosis, vascular calcification and impaired myocardial energetics. Allopurinol, a competitive xanthine oxidase inhibitor, in addition to reducing serum uric acid levels, can act as a free radical scavenger...
December 1, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914706/vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease-different-bricks-in-the-wall
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REVIEW
Marc Vervloet, Mario Cozzolino
A high prevalence of vascular calcification (VC) and a high incidence of cardiovascular events are two key complications of chronic kidney disease. Since most observational studies found a positive association between these two complications, a causal relationship has been assumed. If so, this would render VC a target of therapy. Recent studies, however, suggested this assumption might be an oversimplification. The fundamental aspects of these recent studies are two-fold. The first novel insight is that VC is not a single entity...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914132/associations-between-soluble-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-srage-and-s100a12-en-rage-with-mortality-in-long-term-hemodialysis-patients
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Eul Sik Jung, Wookyung Chung, Ae Jin Kim, Han Ro, Jae Hyun Chang, Hyun Hee Lee, Ji Yong Jung
Hemodialysis (HD) patients experience vascular calcification, ultimately leading to high mortality rates. Previously, we reported associations between soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGEs) and extracellular newly identified RAGE-binding protein S100A12 (EN-RAGE) and vascular calcification. Here, we extended our observations, investigating whether these biomarkers may be useful for predicting cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in these subjects. Thus, we evaluated the relationship between sRAGE and S100A12 and mortality in long-term HD patients...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913900/bone-mineral-density-of-extremities-is-associated-with-coronary-calcification-and-biopsy-verified-vascular-calcification-in-living-donor-renal-transplant-recipients
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Zhimin Chen, Jia Sun, Mathias Haarhaus, Peter Barany, Lars Wennberg, Jonaz Ripsweden, Torkel B Brismar, Bengt Lindholm, Annika Wernerson, Magnus Söderberg, Peter Stenvinkel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBD) may lead to low bone mineral density (BMD) and vascular calcification (VC), but links to the latter are unclear. Here we investigated associations between BMD, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, and histological signs of VC in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing living-donor kidney transplantation (LD-Rtx). In 66 ESRD patients (median age 45 years, 68% males), BMD (by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DXA), CAC score (by computed tomography, CT; n = 54), and degree of VC score (graded by histological examination of epigastric artery specimens collected at LD-Rtx; n = 55) were assessed at the time of LD-Rtx...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908890/pathology-of-human-coronary-and-carotid-artery-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-calcification-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Kazuyuki Yahagi, Frank D Kolodgie, Christoph Lutter, Hiroyoshi Mori, Maria E Romero, Aloke V Finn, Renu Virmani
The continuing increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the general population is predicted to result in a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease. Although the mechanisms of diabetes mellitus-associated progression of atherosclerosis are not fully understood, at clinical and pathological levels, there is an appreciation of increased disease burden and higher levels of arterial calcification in these subjects. Plaques within the coronary arteries of patients with diabetes mellitus generally exhibit larger necrotic cores and significantly greater inflammation consisting mainly of macrophages and T lymphocytes relative to patients without diabetes mellitus...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904672/t3-inhibits-the-calcification-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-the-potential-mechanism
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Xiaodan Chang, Baohong Zhang, Li Lihua, Zhichun Feng
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the potential molecular mechanism underlying the T3 induced vascular calcification and phenotype transformation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). METHODS: Rat thoracic aortic smooth muscle cells (A7r5) were cultured in vitro and randomly assigned into normal control group, calcification group, T3 group and inhibitor group. RESULTS: When compared with normal control group, the osteocalcin content, ALP activity, Osterix and Runx2 mRNA expression and OPN protein expression increased significantly (P<0...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903543/the-denser-the-merrier-the-developing-story-of-vascular-calcification
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EDITORIAL
Márcio Sommer Bittencourt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903375/-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-effects-of-cd137-stimulation-on-vascular-calcification-in-high-fat-diet-fed-apoe-mice
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Y Chen, J C Yan, J Y Weng, Z Q Wang, C P Wang, C Shao
Objective: To investigate the effect and related mechanism of CD137 stimulation on aortic atherosclerotic plaque calcification in high fat diet fed ApoE(-/-) mice and on calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Methods: (1) ApoE(-/-) mice fed with high fat diet were randomly divided into 3 groups: CD137 activated group (treated by 200 μg CD137 agonist i. p. once per week for 6 weeks, n=5); CD137 inhibited group (anti-CD137 group: 200 μg anti-CD137 antibody + 200 μg CD137 agonist, i. p., once per week for 6 weeks, n=5) and control group (n=5)...
October 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903245/the-predictive-value-of-sonographic-images-of-follicular-lesions-a-comparison-with-nodules-unequivocal-in-fna-single-centre-prospective-study
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Dorota Słowińska-Klencka, Martyna Wojtaszek-Nowicka, Stanisław Sporny, Ewa Woźniak-Oseła, Bożena Popowicz, Mariusz Klencki
BACKGROUND: To determine the diagnostic efficacy of ultrasonographic malignancy risk features (UMRFs) in follicular lesions (FL) in a population with low risk of malignancy in FL and to compare it with a similar analysis in a group of patients with unequivocal cytology (UC): benign lesion (BL) or malignant neoplasm (MN). METHODS: Presence of UMRFs (hypoechogenicity, solid echostructure, taller-than-wide shape, pathological vascularization, irregular margins, microcalcifications and macrocalcifications) and their sets were assessed in 322 FL: 202 follicular lesions of undetermined significance (FLUS) and 120 suspicious for follicular neoplasm (SFN) and 300 nodules with UC: 200 BL and 100 MN, subsequently evaluated histopathologically...
December 1, 2016: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900962/association-of-conjunctival-and-corneal-calcification-with-vascular-calcification-among-hepatitis-c-seropositive-hemodialysis-patients
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Khaled AbouSeif, Dawlat Sany, Yasser Elshahawy, Ayman Seddik, Khedr Rahman, Moustapha Gaber
Disorders associated with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have been reported including cardiovascular, metabolic, and central nervous system diseases. Since chronic HCV infections may be curable, their identification as causal contributors to cardiovascular risk could offer new perspectives in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study is to investigate the association between HCV and aortic arch calcification (AAC) and corneal and conjunctival calcification (CCC) in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients; further, we assessed the correlation of CCC with vascular calcification...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896453/management-of-phosphorus-load-in-ckd-patients
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REVIEW
Yutaka Taketani, Fumihiko Koiwa, Keitaro Yokoyama
Disturbances in mineral and bone metabolism play a critical role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular complications in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The term "renal osteodystrophy" has recently been replaced with "CKD-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD)", which includes vascular calcification as well as bone abnormalities. In Japan, proportions of the aged and long-term dialysis patients are increasing which makes management of vascular calcification and parathyroid function increasingly more important...
November 28, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894392/-advances-in-the-research-on-effect-of-detecting-skin-perfusion-pressure-in-clinic
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X L Pan, C M Han
Skin perfusion pressure (SPP) is the perfusion pressure at the skin level, and it can serve as an index of microcirculation in skin and subcutaneous tissue. SPP can be measured simply, with less injury and high reproducibility in a short time, without interfering vascular calcification. It has been widely used in various fields, including evaluation of critical limb ischaemia and effect of vascular surgery, selection of proper level of amputation, and prediction of wound healing. So far, there is no relevant reports about the application of SPP in China...
November 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884120/removal-of-free-light-chains-in-hemodialysis-patients-without-multiple-myeloma-a-crossover-comparison-of-three-different-dialyzers
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Gabriele Donati, Maria Ilaria Moretti, Olga Baraldi, Alessandra Spazzoli, Irene Capelli, Giorgia Comai, Antonio Marchetti, Maria Sarma, Rita Mancini, Gaetano La Manna
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin light chains are classified as middle molecule uremic toxins able to interact with B lymphocyte membranes leading to the activation of transmembrane signaling. The ensuing impairment of neutrophil function can contribute to the chronic inflammation state of uremic patients, and the increased risk of bacterial infections or vascular calcifications. The aim of this crossover observational study was to assess the difference in free light chain removal by three different hemodialysis filters in patients not affected by multiple myeloma...
November 25, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881962/cigarette-smoking-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-vascular-inflammation-and-injury-are-attenuated-by-antioxidant-supplementation-in-an-animal-model
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Moustafa Al Hariri, Kazem Zibara, Wissam Farhat, Yasmine Hashem, Nadia Soudani, Farah Al Ibrahim, Eva Hamade, Asad Zeidan, Ahmad Husari, Firas Kobeissy
Background: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cigarette smoking remains a global health epidemic with associated detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system. In this work, we investigated the effects of cigarette smoke exposure on cardiovascular system in an animal model. The study then evaluated the effects of antioxidants (AO), represented by pomegranate juice, on cigarette smoke induced cardiovascular injury. This study aims at evaluating the effect of pomegranate juice supplementation on the cardiovascular system of an experimental rat model of smoke exposure...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880955/long-term-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockade-limits-hypertension-aortic-dysfunction-and-structural-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Omar Z Ameer, Mark Butlin, Elena Kaschina, Manuela Sommerfeld, Alberto P Avolio, Jacqueline K Phillips
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with large artery remodeling, endothelial dysfunction and calcification, with angiotensin II (Ang II) a known driver of these pathologies. We investigated long-term Ang II type 1 receptor inhibition with valsartan on aortic function and structure in the Lewis polycystic kidney (LPK) rat model of CKD. METHODS: Mixed sex LPK and Lewis control (total n = 28) treated (valsartan 60 mg/kg/day p.o. from 4 to 18 weeks) and vehicle groups were studied...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879949/single-center-experience-with-vascular-closure-devices-in-real-world-endovascular-peripheral-interventions
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Bruno Freitas, Sabine Steiner, Yvonne Bausback, Holger Staab, Daniela Branzan, Ursula Banning-Eichenseer, Andrej Schmidt, Dierk Scheinert
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of vascular closure devices(VCDs) in non-cardiac endovascular interventions. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of consecutive patients submitted to endovascular interventions, with deployment of 2327 vascular closure devices. Demographic, clinical/periprocedural, post-operative, complication and reintervention data were reviewed. RESULTS: 2107 patients (1409(66.9%) men) were included. Perclose ProGlide®(Abbott Vascular, CA,USA) was employed 1683 times(72...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878064/cavernous-hemangioma-of-the-rib-a-case-report
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Joon Young Park, Jin Gyoon Park, Seung Jin Lee
Hemangioma of the rib is a rare benign vascular tumor. Herein, we report a 63-year-old man presenting with hemangioma of the left sixth rib. An osteolytic eccentric expansive mass with calcification and focal cortical disruption was detected on chest computed tomography (CT). The mass showed low 2-deoxy-2-[18F]-fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) avidity on positron emission tomography. The patient underwent resection of the left sixth rib. Based on the histopathology findings, a diagnosis of cavernous hemangioma was made...
July 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876618/tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-ceramide-signaling-contributes-to-ox-ldl-induced-calcification-of-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Yan Song, Menglin Hou, Zhenlin Li, Chufan Luo, Jing-Song Ou, Huimin Yu, Jianyun Yan, Lihe Lu
Vascular calcification is a major feature of advanced atherosclerosis and highly associated with cardiovascular diseases. Oxidized low density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL) has been recognized as a critical risk factor for atherosclerosis and osteogenic differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Previous studies have demonstrated that toll like receptor 4 (TLR4) is highly expressed in atherosclerotic lesions and participates in the progression of atherosclerosis. However, the role of TLR4 in vascular calcification remains unknown...
November 19, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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