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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727149/aortic-microcalcification-associates-with-elastin-fragmentation-in-marfan-syndrome
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Shaynah A Wanga, Stijntje Hibender, Yanto Ridwan, Cindy van Roomen, Mariska Vos, Ingeborg van der Made, Nicole van Vliet, Romy Franken, Luigi Amjg van Riel, Maarten Groenink, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara Jm Mulder, Carlie Jm de Vries, Jeroen Essers, Vivian de Waard
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a connective tissue disorder, in which aortic rupture is the major cause of death. MFS patients with an aortic diameter below the advised limit for prophylactic surgery (<5cm) may unexpectedly experience an aortic dissection or rupture, despite yearly monitoring. Hence, there is a clear need for improved prognostic markers to predict such aortic events. We hypothesize that elastin fragments play a causal role in aortic calcification in MFS and that microcalcification serves as a marker for aortic disease severity...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720499/coronary-artery-disease-associated-gene-phactr1-modulates-severity-of-vascular-calcification-in-vitro
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Redouane Aherrahrou, Zouhair Aherrahrou, Heribert Schunkert, Jeanette Erdmann
Calcification of vessels is strongly associated with atherosclerosis and leads to coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) revealed several genes that are associated with and contribute to CAD/MI as well as coronary artery calcification (CAC); however, the underlying mechanisms are unknown. PHACTR1, which encodes phosphatase and actin regulator 1, is among these risk genes. The aim of this study was to functionally test whether Phactr1 regulates calcification in vitro using murine embryonic stem cell (mESC)-derived smooth muscle cells (SMCs)...
July 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718912/survival-of-atherosclerotic-calcifications-in-skeletonized-material-forensic-and-pathological-implications
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Lucie Biehler-Gomez, Annalisa Cappella, Elisa Castoldi, Laurent Martrille, Cristina Cattaneo
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease creating calcifying plaques in the arterial walls. Because its paleopathological diagnosis remains little studied on skeletal remains, its impact on forensic and archeological data is completely underestimated. Here, 24 skeletal remains from the Milano Cemetery Skeletal Collection have been studied to evaluate the chance of atherosclerotic calcification survival, retrieval, and identification. Through direct comparison with a known autopsy collection and literature, the identification and categorization of several types of calcifications were performed...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717990/iron-based-phosphate-binders-a-paradigm-shift-in-the-treatment-of-hyperphosphatemic-anemic-ckd-patients
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REVIEW
Francesco Locatelli, Lucia Del Vecchio
The partial correction of anemia and the normalization of phosphate and blood pressure are the mainstay of treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Available anti-hypertensive drugs, erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) and iron supplements have resolved quite satisfactorily the goal of controlling hypertension and partially correcting anemia. Unfortunately, the treatment of hyperphosphatemia is still far from resolved. Phosphate binders have poor tolerability and/or limited efficacy, leading to the prescription of many tablets that achieve only a mild-to-moderate effect...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712720/manual-aspiration-thrombectomy-in-patients-with-acute-stroke-related-calcified-cerebral-emboli
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Esther Koh, Hyo Sung Kwak, Gyung-Ho Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of mechanical aspiration thrombectomy (MAT) in patients with acute ischemic stroke from calcified cerebral emboli. METHODS: Procedural results were reviewed for acute stroke patients with clinically neurological deficits who underwent recanalization from October 2012 through September 2015. Initial imaging studies and cerebral angiography were analyzed. RESULTS: Of the total number of patients with acute stroke, 5 patients were confirmed to have acute ischemic stroke by calcified cerebral emboli...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711495/evidence-for-constitutive-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-secretion-by-m1-macrophages-constitutive-auto-paracrine-osteogenic-signaling-by-bmp-2-in-m1-macrophages
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Prabhatchandra R Dube, Lutz Birnbaumer, Guillermo Vazquez
Mechanisms mediating vascular calcification recapitulate osteogenic processes encompassing bone formation and imply participation of bone related proteins such as bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2). Macrophages are amongst the cells that contribute to vascular ossification by releasing cytokines that induce an osteogenic program in vascular smooth muscle cells, and also by becoming themselves osteoclast-like cells. In inflammatory vascular disease, the macrophage population in the vascular wall is diverse, with the M1 or inflammatory, and the M2 or anti-inflammatory macrophage types being dominant...
July 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709592/vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease-here-to-stay
#7
Christina M Wyatt, Tilman B Drueke
Vascular calcification is common in patients with advanced kidney disease, and has been strongly linked to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the general population. Recent clinical and translational studies demonstrate that vascular calcification is also associated with cardiovascular morbidity in the setting of chronic kidney disease, and that once established, may persist even when kidney function is restored.
August 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706620/adams-oliver-syndrome-with-unusual-central-nervous-system-findings-and-an-extrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt
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Carlos Pérez-García, Yolanda Ruíz Martín, Alejandra Aguado Del Hoyo, Carlos Marín Rodríguez, Minia Campos Domínguez
We report a case of a premature neonate girl with scalp and skull defects and brachydactyly of the feet consistent with an Adams-Oliver syndrome (AOS). The patient had central nervous system abnormalities, such as periventricular calcifications, hypoplastic corpus callosum, and bilateral hemispheric corticosubcortical hemorrhagic lesions. A muscular ventricular septal defect and a portosystemic shunt were diagnosed. To our knowledge, this is the first report of congenital supratentorial grey-white matter junction lesions without dural sinus thrombosis in association with AOS...
June 26, 2017: Pediatric Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705824/carotid-plaque-morphology-and-ischemic-vascular-brain-disease-on-mri
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Q J A van den Bouwhuijsen, M W Vernooij, B F J Verhaaren, H A Vrooman, W J Niessen, G P Krestin, M A Ikram, O H Franco, A van der Lugt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vulnerable carotid plaque components are reported to increase the risk of cerebrovascular events. Yet, the relation between plaque composition and subclinical ischemic brain disease is not known. We studied, in the general population, the association between carotid atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and ischemic brain disease on MR imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 951 participants underwent both carotid MR imaging and brain MR imaging...
July 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703931/rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-trial-of-apixaban-vs-warfarin-to-evaluate-atherosclerotic-calcification-and-vulnerable-plaque-progression
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Kazuhiro Osawa, Rine Nakanishi, Theingi Tiffany Win, Dong Li, Sina Rahmani, Negin Nezarat, Nasim Sheidaee, Matthew J Budoff
Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are known to increase vascular calcification, suggesting increased cardiovascular disease events. Apixaban is an oral direct factor Xa inhibitor superior to warfarin at preventing stroke or systemic embolism and may stabilize coronary atherosclerosis. The potential benefits of avoiding VKA therapy and the favorable effects of factor Xa inhibitors could contribute to cardiovascular disease event reduction. We hypothesized that apixaban inhibits vascular calcification and coronary atherosclerosis progression compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703899/the-coronary-artery-calcification-score-and-common-iliac-artery-calcification-score-in-non-dialysis-ckd-patients
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Sonoo Mizuiri, Yoshiko Nishizawa, Kazuomi Yamashita, Kenji Mizuno, Masahiro Ishine, Doi Shigehiro, Takao Masaki, Shigemoto Kenichiro
AIM: Many studies have validated Agatston's coronary artery calcification score (CACS) for assessing vascular calcification (VC) in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. This study aimed to evaluate the CACS and common iliac artery calcification score (IACS) and to examine the variables related to each score. METHODS: The subjects were 145 non-dialysis CKD patients. The CACS and IACS were determined using the same thoracicoabdominal multi-detector computed tomography...
July 13, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701626/a-new-factor-for-vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease-computed-tomography-based-renal-parenchymal-volume
#12
Masato Nishimura
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July 12, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701312/inflammation-and-premature-aging-in-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Jeroen Kooman, Marijke Dekker, Len A Usvyat, Peter Kotanko, Frank Van der Sande, Casper G Schalkwijk, Paul G Shiels, Peter Stenvinkel
Systemic inflammation in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is an established risk factor for mortality and a catalyst for other complications which are related to a premature aging phenotype, including muscle wasting, vascular calcification and other forms of premature vascular disease, depression, osteoporosis and frailty. Uremic inflammation is also mechanistically related to mechanisms involved in the aging process, such as telomere shortening, mitochondrial dysfunction, and altered nutrient sensing, which can have direct effect on cellular and tissue function...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699181/predicting-in-a-predicament-stroke-and-hemorrhage-risk-prediction-in-dialysis-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Amber O Molnar, Manish M Sood
Whether to anticoagulate dialysis patients with atrial fibrillation is a common clinical dilemma with limited high-quality data to inform decision-making. While the efficacy and safety of anticoagulation for stroke prevention in dialysis patients with atrial fibrillation has long been debated and remains unclear, the more upstream issue of stroke risk assessment from atrial fibrillation has received relatively little attention. In the general population, a handful of risk scores to help predict stroke and hemorrhage risk in the setting of atrial fibrillation are widely validated and applied in clinical practice...
July 11, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698808/vitamins-k1-and-k2-the-emerging-group-of-vitamins-required-for-human-health
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REVIEW
Gerry Kurt Schwalfenberg
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence for the use of vitamin K supplementation in clinical conditions such as osteoporosis, vascular calcification, arthritis, cancer, renal calculi, diabetes, and warfarin therapy. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: PubMed was searched for articles on vitamin K (K1 and K2) along with books and conference proceedings and health conditions listed above. Level I and II evidence supports the use of vitamins K1 and K2 in osteoporosis and Level II evidence supports vitamin K2 in prevention of coronary calcification and cardiovascular disease...
2017: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698158/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-play-a-positive-role-in-bone-mineralization-of-osteoblasts-derived-from-diabetic-patients
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Na Song, Jiateng Zhong, Jinghang Zhang, Jian Yu, Jinsong Li, Jinbo Qi, Jun Yang, Yanyan Qiu, Wei Su, Zhiwei Feng, Haijun Wang
Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) is a multifunctional secreted protein which plays important role in anti-angiogenic, anti-tumorigenic, as well as involves in the metabolism and regeneration of bone. In this study, our aim is to investigate the role of PEDF in regulating mineralization of osteoblasts from diabetic patients (DP). We isolated and cultured osteoblasts derived from DP and non-diabetic patients (NDP), in order to analyze the variable differences via gene expression and calcification assay in vitro...
July 8, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691026/quercetin-attenuates-vascular-calcification-through-suppressed-oxidative-stress-in-adenine-induced-chronic-renal-failure-rats
#17
Xue-Ying Chang, Lei Cui, Xing-Zhi Wang, Lei Zhang, Dan Zhu, Xiao-Rong Zhou, Li-Rong Hao
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether quercetin could alleviate vascular calcification in experimental chronic renal failure rats induced by adenine. METHODS: 32 adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups fed normal diet, normal diet with quercetin supplementation (25 mg/kg·BW/d), 0.75% adenine diet, or adenine diet with quercetin supplementation. All rats were sacrificed after 6 weeks of intervention. Serum renal functions biomarkers and oxidative stress biomarkers were measured and status of vascular calcification in aorta was assessed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689947/a-novel-iliac-morphology-score-predicts-procedural-mortality-and-major-vascular-complications-in-transfemoral-aortic-valve-replacement
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Juliet Blakeslee-Carter, David Dexter, Paul Mahoney, Sadie Ahanchi, Samuel Steerman, Sebastian Larion, Brandon Cain, Jean Panneton
OBJECTIVES: Vascular complications remain a significant technical challenge for transfemoral TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement). The goal of this study was to develop a pre-operative tool for prediction of major vascular complications of TAVR. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of all patients who underwent transfemoral TAVR at a tertiary medical center from 2011-2015. Iliofemoral arterial measurements were obtained with CTA 3D reconstructions images and an Iliac Morphology Score (IMS) was created from these measurements...
July 6, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688892/vascular-ossification-pathology-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications
#19
Michael A Fuery, Lusha Liang, Frederick S Kaplan, Emile R Mohler
In recent years, the mechanisms and clinical significance of vascular calcification have been increasingly investigated. For over a century, however, pathologists have recognized that vascular calcification is a form of heterotopic ossification. In this review, we aim to describe the pathology and molecular processes of vascular ossification, to characterize its clinical significance and treatment options, and to elucidate areas that require further investigation. The molecular mechanisms of vascular ossification involve the activation of regulators including bone morphogenic proteins and chondrogenic transcription factors and the loss of mineralization inhibitors like fetuin-A and pyrophosphate...
July 5, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687561/impact-of-vascular-hemodynamics-on-aortic-stenosis-evaluation-new-insights-into-the-pathophysiology-of-normal-flow-small-aortic-valve-area-low-gradient-pattern
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Nancy Côté, Louis Simard, Anne-Sophie Zenses, Lionel Tastet, Mylène Shen, Marine Clisson, Marie-Annick Clavel
BACKGROUND: About 50% of normal-flow/low-gradient patients (ie, low mean gradient [MG] or peak aortic jet velocity and small aortic valve area) have severe aortic valve calcification as measured by computed tomography. However, they are considered to have moderate aortic stenosis (AS) in current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines. The objective was thus to evaluate the effect of hypertension and reduced arterial compliance (rAC) on MG and Vpeak measurements...
July 7, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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