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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641819/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-of-carotid-vasa-vasorum-in-relation-to-coronary-and-cerebrovascular-events
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Juan Wang, Huijun Chen, Jie Sun, Daniel S Hippe, Huawei Zhang, Shengyuan Yu, Jianming Cai, Leixing Xie, Bao Cui, Chun Yuan, Xihai Zhao, Weimin Yuan, Hongbin Liu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI) provides a noninvasive approach to the functional status of carotid adventitial vasa vasorum. Contrast extravasation rate, or K(trans), derived from kinetic modeling of adventitial enhancement, has been correlated with plaque neovascularization and inflammation. This study sought to clarify the clinical implications of K(trans) by evaluating its relationship with documented cardiovascular events (CVE). METHODS: Seventy patients with carotid plaque at clinical ultrasound examination were recruited and imaged with a previously-described bright-blood DCE-MRI protocol (spatial resolution: 0...
June 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641244/computerized-lung-sound-screening-for-pediatric-auscultation-in-noisy-field-environments
#2
Dimitra Emmanouilidou, Eric D McCollum, Daniel E Park, Mounya Elhilali
GOAL: Chest auscultations offer a non-invasive and low-cost tool for monitoring lung disease. However, they present many shortcomings including inter-listener variability, subjectivity, and vulnerability to noise and distortions. The current work proposes a computer-aided approach to process lung signals acquired in the field under adverse noisy conditions, by improving the signal quality and offering automated iden- tification of abnormal auscultations indicative of respiratory pathologies...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639746/acute-changes-in-histopathology-and-intravascular-imaging-after-catheter-based-renal-denervation-in-a-porcine-model
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Atsushi Sakaoka, Akiyuki Takami, Yuji Onimura, Hitomi Hagiwara, Hisako Terao, Fumiaki Kumagai, Kiyoshi Matsumura
OBJECTIVES: We first aimed to identify the histopathological changes occurring immediately after renal denervation (RDN) with radiofrequency energy, and then to assess the feasibility of determining procedural success using currently available clinical intravascular imaging techniques. BACKGROUND: Catheter-based RDN has been used as an alternative therapy for hypertension. However, no practical endpoint to determine procedural success during treatment has been established...
June 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638687/aneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
Hector Corominas, Maria Tsokos, Martha Quezado, George C Tsokos
Cardiovascular manifestations in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are common, but aortic aneurysm formation is rare. We present a 63-year-old male SLE patient with a two-year history of skin lesions, leucopenia, pericarditis, mitral valve vegetations consistent with Liebman-Sacks endocarditis, and an aneurysm of the ascending aorta, which was successfully repaired surgically. Histologic examination of the aneurysm showed medial cystic degeneration, smooth muscle necrosis, and mild adventitial perivascular lymphocytic aggregates...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637136/virtual-environment-navigation-with-look-around-mode-to-explore-new-real-spaces-by-people-who-are-blind
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Orly Lahav, Hadas Gedalevitz, Steven Battersby, David Brown, Lindsay Evett, Patrick Merritt
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the ability of people who are blind to construct a mental map and perform orientation tasks in real space by using Nintendo Wii technologies to explore virtual environments. The participant explores new spaces through haptic and auditory feedback triggered by pointing or walking in the virtual environments and later constructs a mental map, which can be used to navigate in real space. METHODS: The study included 10 participants who were congenitally or adventitiously blind, divided into experimental and control groups...
February 10, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626366/current-developments-in-mobilization-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-and-their-interaction-with-niches-in-bone-marrow
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REVIEW
Rudolf Richter, Wolfgang Forssmann, Reinhard Henschler
The clinical application of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has evolved from a highly experimental stage in the 1980s to a currently clinically established treatment for more than 20,000 patients annually who suffer from hematological malignancies and other severe diseases. Studies in numerous murine models have demonstrated that HSPCs reside in distinct niches within the bone marrow environment. Whereas transplanted HSPCs travel through the bloodstream and home to sites of hematopoiesis, HSPCs can be mobilized from these niches into the blood either physiologically or induced by pharmaceutical drugs...
June 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623120/association-between-ischemic-stroke-and-erdheim-chester-disease-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Guillaume Fargeot, Sabrina Stefanizzi, Sebastien Depuydt, Frederic Klapczynski, Alain Ameri
Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare form of non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis characterized by a xanthogranulomatous infiltration of tissues by spumous histiocytes. Neurological involvement is frequent, but ischemic strokes have been exceptionally described. We report the case of a 68-year-old woman who presented with an acute ischemic stroke associated with a multisystemic disorder including insipidus diabetes, infiltration of the aorta and the carotid arteries, perirenal infiltration, aortitis, and lytic bone lesions...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619995/codependence-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-receptor-2-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-in-elastic-fiber-assembly-and-its-perturbation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Nancy F Tojais, Aiqin Cao, Ying-Ju Lai, Lingli Wang, Pin-I Chen, Miguel A Alejandre Alcazar, Vinicio de Jesus Perez, Rachel K Hopper, Christopher J Rhodes, Matthew A Bill, Lynn Y Sakai, Marlene Rabinovitch
OBJECTIVE: We determined in patients with pulmonary arterial (PA) hypertension (PAH) whether in addition to increased production of elastase by PA smooth muscle cells previously reported, PA elastic fibers are susceptible to degradation because of their abnormal assembly. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Fibrillin-1 and elastin are the major components of elastic fibers, and fibrillin-1 binds bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and the large latent complex of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGFβ1)...
June 15, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610289/updated-checklist-of-balearic-leaf-beetles-coleoptera-chrysomelidae
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Eduard Petitpierre, Antoni Sacarés, José A Jurado-Rivera
The first updated checklist of Balearic leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) since 1960 is presented here, evincing the presence of 118 species. This estimation is clearly lower than the 141 species reported in the only list available to date (Jolivet, 1953), and the dissimilarity is even more pronounced if we take into account that 22 new species have been added during this period. The possible explanations for these differences are discussed. The main island in the archipelago holds most of the species (Mallorca, 113 spp...
May 29, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609758/a-selection-guide-for-the-new-generation-6-dye-dna-profiling-systems
#10
Sze-Wah Lin, Christina Li, Stephen C Y Ip
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently expanded the CODIS core loci from the existing 13 to 20 as a new guideline, and laboratories from the US are required to comply with the new regulation before uploading or conducting identity search in the national database. The expanded CODIS format, which shares all the core loci commonly used in the European countries and the US, not only increases international compatibility, but also reduces the number of adventitious matches, and hence facilitates international law enforcement and counterterrorism endeavours...
June 3, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597370/micropropagation-of-ajuga-species-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Han Yong Park, Doo Hwan Kim, Iyyakkannu Sivanesan
The genus Ajuga L., belonging to Lamiaceae family, is widespread. The demand for Ajuga species has risen sharply because of their medicinal, ornamental, and pharmacological properties. These wide-ranging plants are being rapidly depleted due to over-collection for ornamental and medicinal purposes, as well as by habitat destruction and deforestation. Ajuga boninsimae, A. bracteosa, A. ciliate, A. genevensis, A. incisa, A. makinoi, A. multiflora, A. pyramidalis, A. shikotanensis, A. reptans, and A. vestita are categorized and protected as endangered plants...
June 8, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586427/benefits-of-flooding-induced-aquatic-adventitious-roots-depend-on-the-duration-of-submergence-linking-plant-performance-to-root-functioning
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Qian Zhang, Heidrun Huber, Simone J M Beljaars, Diana Birnbaum, Sander de Best, Hans de Kroon, Eric J W Visser
Background and Aims: Temporal flooding is a common environmental stress for terrestrial plants. Aquatic adventitious roots (aquatic roots) are commonly formed in flooding-tolerant plant species and are generally assumed to be beneficial for plant growth by supporting water and nutrient uptake during partial flooding. However, the actual contribution of these roots to plant performance under flooding has hardly been quantified. As the investment into aquatic root development in terms of carbohydrates may be costly, these costs may - depending on the specific environmental conditions - offset the beneficial effects of aquatic roots...
June 5, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581819/co-existence-of-gm-conventional-and-organic-crops-in-developing-countries-main-debates-and-concerns
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Hossein Azadi, Friedhelm Taube, Fatemeh Taheri
The co-existence approach of GM crops with conventional agriculture and organic farming as a feasible agricultural farming system has recently been placed in the center of hot debates at the EU-level and become a source of anxiety in developing countries. The main promises of this approach is to ensure "food security" and "food safety" on the one hand, and to avoid the adventitious presence of GM crops in conventional and organic farming on the other, as well as to present concerns in many debates on implementing the approach in developing countries...
June 5, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574108/comparative-in-vivo-analysis-of-the-role-of-the-adventitia-and-the-endothelium-on-arterial-mechanical-function-relevance-for-aortic-counterpulsation
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Daniel Bia, Yanina Zócalo, Sandra Wray, Edmundo I Cabrera-Fischer
PURPOSE: The comparative effect of the intimal and adventitial layers on arterial biomechanics control, in basal and altered conditions, remains to be elucidated. This study aimed (1) to characterize the arterial conduit (CF) and buffering (distensibility) function of the iliac arteries in in vivo animals, in which the intimal and adventitial layers were removed; (2) to determine the effects of intra-aortic ballon pumping (IABP) on simultaneously de-adventitialized (DA) and de-endothelialized (DE) iliac arteries before and after induced heart failure...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562688/smooth-muscle-cell-specific-notch1-haploinsufficiency-restricts-the-progression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-by-modulating-ctgf-expression
#15
Jaspreet Sachdeva, Advitiya Mahajan, Jeeyun Cheng, Jeremy T Baeten, Brenda Lilly, Helena Kuivaniemi, Chetan P Hans
AIMS: Infiltration of macrophages and apoptosis of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) promote the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Previously, we demonstrated that global Notch1 deficiency prevents the formation of AAA in a mouse model. Herein, we sought to explore the cell-specific roles of Notch1 in AAA development. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cell-specific Notch1 haploinsufficient mice, generated on Apoe-/- background using Cre-lox technology, were infused with angiotensin II (1000 ng/min/kg) for 28 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553309/the-tor-pathway-is-involved-in-adventitious-root-formation-in-arabidopsis-and-potato
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Kexuan Deng, Pan Dong, Wanjing Wang, Li Feng, Fangjie Xiong, Kai Wang, Shumin Zhang, Shun Feng, Bangjun Wang, Jiankui Zhang, Maozhi Ren
In the agriculture industry, adventitious root formation is a core issue of plants asexual propagation. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of adventitious root formation is far beyond understanding. In present study we found that target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling plays a key role in adventitious root formation in potato and Arabidopsis. The core components of TOR complex including TOR, RAPTOR, and LST8 are highly conserved in potato, but the seedlings of potato are insensitive to rapamycin, implying FK506 Binding Protein 12 KD (FKBP12) lost the function to bridge the interaction of rapamycin and TOR in potato...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552969/automatic-adventitious-respiratory-sound-analysis-a-systematic-review
#17
Renard Xaviero Adhi Pramono, Stuart Bowyer, Esther Rodriguez-Villegas
BACKGROUND: Automatic detection or classification of adventitious sounds is useful to assist physicians in diagnosing or monitoring diseases such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and pneumonia. While computerised respiratory sound analysis, specifically for the detection or classification of adventitious sounds, has recently been the focus of an increasing number of studies, a standardised approach and comparison has not been well established. OBJECTIVE: To provide a review of existing algorithms for the detection or classification of adventitious respiratory sounds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552602/classification-and-functional-characterization-of-vasa-vasorum-associated-perivascular-progenitor-cells-in-human-aorta
#18
Marie Billaud, Vera S Donnenberg, Bradley W Ellis, E Michael Meyer, Albert D Donnenberg, Jennifer C Hill, Tara D Richards, Thomas G Gleason, Julie A Phillippi
In the microcirculation, pericytes are believed to function as mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). We hypothesized that the vasa vasorum harbor progenitor cells within the adventitia of human aorta. Pericytes, endothelial progenitor cells, and other cell subpopulations were detected among freshly isolated adventitial cells using flow cytometry. Purified cultured pericytes were enriched for the MSC markers CD105 and CD73 and depleted of the endothelial markers von Willebrand factor and CD31. Cultured pericytes were capable of smooth muscle lineage progression including inducible expression of smooth muscle myosin heavy chain, calponin, and α-smooth muscle actin, and adopted a spindle shape...
May 17, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549249/cd146-mcam-in-human-cs-dlk1-cs-cd34-adipose-stromal-progenitor-cells
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Susanne Hörl, Asim Ejaz, Sebastian Ernst, Monika Mattesich, Andreas Kaiser, Brigitte Jenewein, Marit E Zwierzina, Sarina Hammerle, Carina Miggitsch, Maria C Mitterberger-Vogt, Claudia Krautgasser, Gerhard Pierer, Werner Zwerschke
To precisely characterize CD146 in adipose stromal/progenitor cells (ASCs) we sorted the stromal vascular faction (SVF) of human abdominal subcutaneous white adipose tissue (sWAT) according to cell surface (cs) expression of CD146, DLK1 and CD34. This test identified three main SVF cell populations: ~50% cs-DLK1(-)/cs-CD34(+)/cs-CD146(-) ASCs, ~7.5% cs-DLK1(+)/cs-CD34(dim/+)/cs-CD146(+) and ~7.5% cs-DLK1(+)/cs-CD34(dim/+)/cs-CD146(-) cells. All cells contained intracellular CD146. Whole mount fluorescent IHC staining of small vessels detected CD146(+) endothelial cells (CD31(+)/CD34(+)/CD146(+)) and pericytes (CD31(-)/CD34(-)/CD146(+) ASCs)...
May 17, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545250/endophytic-bacteria-isolated-from-panax-ginseng-improves-ginsenoside-accumulation-in-adventitious-ginseng-root-culture
#20
Xiaolin Song, Hao Wu, Zhenhao Yin, Meilan Lian, Chengri Yin
Ginsenoside is the most important secondary metabolite of ginseng. Natural sources of wild ginseng have been overexploited. Although root culture could reduce the length of the growth cycle of ginseng, the number of ginsenosides is fewer and their contents are lower in adventitious roots of ginseng than that in ginseng cultivated in the field. In this study, we investigated the effects of endophytic bacterial elicitors on biomass and ginsenoside production in adventitious roots cultures of Panax ginseng. Endophyte LB 5-3 as an elicitor could increase biomass and ginsenoside accumulation in ginseng adventitious root culture...
May 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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