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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055128/a-generalized-outflow-boundary-condition-impedance-model-for-non-invasive-prediction-of-ischemia-in-diseased-coronary-arteries
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Iyad A Fayssal, Fadl Moukalled, Samir Alam, Hussain Isma'eel
This paper reports on a new boundary condition formulation to model the total coronary myocardial flow and impedance characteristics of the myocardial vascular bed for any specific patient when considered for non-invasive diagnosis of fractional flow reserve (FFR). The developed boundary condition model inherits an implicit representation of the downstream truncated vascular bed and is based on integrating patient-specific physiologic parameters that can be non-invasively extracted for each patient to account for blood flow demand to the myocardium at rest and hyperemic conditions...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055086/acute-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-1-2-inhibition-improves-functional-recovery-and-vascular-changes-after-ischemic-stroke-in-rat-monitored-by-9-4-t-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Maryam Mostajeran, Friedrich Wetterling, Frank W Blixt, Lars Edvinsson, Saema Ansar
AIM: The aim was to evaluate the beneficial effect of early mitogen activated protein kinase (MEK)1/2 inhibition administered at a clinical relevant time-point using the transient middle cerebral artery occlusion model and a dedicated rodent magnetic resonance imaging system (9.4T) to monitor cerebrovascular changes non-invasively for two weeks. METHOD: Transient middle cerebral artery occlusion was induced in male rats for two hours followed by reperfusion. The specific MEK1/2 inhibitor U0126 was administered i...
October 21, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055073/ppnac1-a-main-regulator-of-phenylalanine-biosynthesis-and-utilization-in-maritime-pine
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Mª Belén Pascual, María-Teresa Llebrés, Blanca Craven-Bartle, Rafael A Cañas, Francisco M Cánovas, Concepción Ávila
The transcriptional regulation of phenylalanine metabolism is particularly important in conifers, long-lived species that use large amounts of carbon in wood. Here, we show that the Pinus pinaster transcription factor, PpNAC1, is a main regulator of phenylalanine biosynthesis and utilization. A phylogenetic analysis classified PpNAC1 in the NST proteins group, and was selected for functional characterization. PpNAC1 is predominantly expressed in the secondary xylem and compression wood of adult trees. Silencing of PpNAC1 in P...
October 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054860/post-prandial-hyperlipidaemia-results-in-systemic-nitrosative-stress-and-impaired-cerebrovascular-function-in-the-aged
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Christopher J Marley, Danielle Hodson, Julien V Brugniaux, Lewis Fall, Damian Miles Bailey
Post-prandial hyperlipidaemia (PPH) acutely impairs systemic vascular endothelial function, potentially attributable to a free radical-mediated reduction in vascular nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability (oxidative-nitrosative stress). However, it remains to be determined whether this extends to the cerebrovasculature. To examine this, 38 (19 young (≤ 35 years) and 19 aged (≥ 60 years)) healthy males were recruited. Cerebrovascular function (middle cerebral artery velocity, MCAv) and cerebrovascular reactivity to hypercapnea (CVRCO2Hyper) and hypocapnea (CVRCO2Hypo) were determined via trans-cranial Doppler ultrasound and capnography...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054389/optimizing-surgical-quality-datasets-to-care-for-older-adults-lessons-from-the-american-college-of-surgeons-nsqip-geriatric-surgery-pilot
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Julia R Berian, Lynn Zhou, Melissa A Hornor, Marcia M Russell, Mark E Cohen, Emily Finlayson, Clifford Y Ko, Thomas N Robinson, Ronnie A Rosenthal
BACKGROUND: Surgical quality datasets can be better tailored toward older adults. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot collected risk factors and outcomes in 4 geriatric-specific domains: cognition, decision-making, function, and mobility. This study evaluated the contributions of geriatric-specific factors to risk adjustment in modeling 30-day outcomes and geriatric-specific outcomes (postoperative delirium, new mobility aid use, functional decline, and pressure ulcers)...
September 28, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053877/trpv4-regulates-vascular-endothelial-permeability-during-colonic-inflammation-in-dextran-sulphate-sodium-induced-murine-colitis
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Kenjiro Matsumoto, Riho Yamaba, Ken Inoue, Daichi Utsumi, Takuya Tsukahara, Kikuko Amagase, Makoto Tominaga, Shinichi Kato
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a nonselective cation channel involved in physical sensing in various tissue types. The present study aimed to elucidate the function and expression of TRPV4 in colonic vascular endothelial cells during dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The role of TRPV4 in the progression of colonic inflammation was examined in the 2 % DSS-induced murine colitis model using immunohistochemical analysis, western blotting, and Evans blue dye extrusion assay...
October 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053782/seizure-onset-zone-localization-using-postictal-hypoperfusion-detected-by-arterial-spin-labelling-mri
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Ismael Gaxiola-Valdez, Shaily Singh, Tefani Perera, Sherry Sandy, Emmy Li, Paolo Federico
Neurological dysfunction following epileptic seizures is a well-recognized phenomenon. Several potential mechanisms have been suggested to explain postictal dysfunction, with alteration in cerebral blood flow being one possibility. These vascular disturbances may be long lasting and localized to brain areas involved in seizure generation and propagation, as supported by both animal and human studies. Therefore, measuring perfusion changes in the postictal period may help localize the seizure onset zone. Arterial spin labelling is a non-invasive, rapid and reproducible magnetic resonance imaging technique that measures cerebral perfusion...
September 28, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053761/the-transcription-factor-prdm16-marks-a-single-retinal-ganglion-cell-subtype-in-the-mouse-retina
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Sergio Groman-Lupa, Joseph Adewumi, Ko Uoon Park, Joseph A Brzezinski Iv
Purpose: Retinal ganglion cells (RGC) can be categorized into roughly 30 distinct subtypes. How these subtypes develop is poorly understood, in part because few unique subtype markers have been characterized. We tested whether the Prdm16 transcription factor is expressed by RGCs as a class or within particular ganglion cell subtypes. Methods: Embryonic and mature retinal sections and flatmount preparations were examined by immunohistochemistry for Prdm16 and several other cell type-specific markers...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053753/3d-morphological-analysis-of-the-mouse-cerebral-vasculature-comparison-of-in-vivo-and-ex-vivo-methods
#9
Joe Steinman, Margaret M Koletar, Bojana Stefanovic, John G Sled
Ex vivo 2-photon fluorescence microscopy (2PFM) with optical clearing enables vascular imaging deep into tissue. However, optical clearing may also produce spherical aberrations if the objective lens is not index-matched to the clearing material, while the perfusion, clearing, and fixation procedure may alter vascular morphology. We compared in vivo and ex vivo 2PFM in mice, focusing on apparent differences in microvascular signal and morphology. Following in vivo imaging, the mice (four total) were perfused with a fluorescent gel and their brains fructose-cleared...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053579/stem-cells-as-potential-candidates-for-psoriasis-cell-replacement-therapy
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Owczarczyk-Saczonek, Magdalena Krajewska-Włodarczyk, Anna Kruszewska, Waldemar Placek, Wojciech Maksymowicz, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Recent years have seen considerable progress in explaining the mechanisms of the pathogenesis of psoriasis, with a significant role played in it by the hyper-reactivity of Th1 and Th17 cells, Treg function disorder, as well as complex relationships between immune cells, keratinocytes, and vascular endothelium. The effect of stem cells in the epidermis and stem cells on T cells has been identified and the dysfunction of various types of stem cells may be a prime cause of dysregulation of the inflammatory response in psoriasis...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053152/heart-in-space-effect-of-the-extraterrestrial-environment-on-the-cardiovascular-system
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REVIEW
Richard L Hughson, Alexander Helm, Marco Durante
National space agencies and private corporations aim at an extended presence of humans in space in the medium to long term. Together with currently suboptimal technology, microgravity and cosmic rays raise health concerns about deep-space exploration missions. Both of these physical factors affect the cardiovascular system, whose gravity-dependence is pronounced. Heart and vascular function are, therefore, susceptible to substantial changes in weightlessness. The altered cardiovascular function in space causes physiological problems in the postflight period...
October 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052766/decreased-diabetes-risk-over-9%C3%A2-year-after-18-month-oral-l-arginine-treatment-in-middle-aged-subjects-with-impaired-glucose-tolerance-and-metabolic-syndrome-extension-evaluation-of-l-arginine-study
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Lucilla D Monti, Elena Galluccio, Valentina Villa, Barbara Fontana, Serena Spadoni, Pier Marco Piatti
PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine whether L-arginine supplementation lasting for 18 months maintained long-lasting effects on diabetes incidence, insulin secretion and sensitivity, oxidative stress, and endothelial function during 108 months among subjects at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. METHODS: One hundred and forty-four middle-aged subjects with impaired glucose tolerance and metabolic syndrome were randomized in 2006 to an L-arginine supplementation (6...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052380/-action-mechanism-of-total-flavonoids-of-hippophae-rhamnoides-in-treatment-of-myocardial-ischemia-based-on-network-pharmacology
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Zhi-Cheng Wei, Dong Tong, Juan Yang, Ke-Hui Zhao, Xian-Li Meng, Yi Zhang
In this study, a network pharmacological screening method was adopted to further study the active ingredients and action mechanism of total flavonoids of Hippophae rhamnoides(TFH) for the treatment of myocardial ischemia. Firstly TCMSP database and PubChem database were searched, and then the data were combined with oral bioavailability and drug analysis to screen flavonoids of H.rhamnoides compounds. Then predictive analysis was conducted for the 7 screened compounds by ChemMapper server.The obtained potential targets were imported into MAS 3...
April 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052367/decellularized-caprine-liver-extracellular-matrix-as-a-2d-substrate-coating-and-3d-hydrogel-platform-for-vascularized-liver-tissue-engineering
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Tarun Agarwal, Rajan Narayan, Somnath Maji, Sudip Kumar Ghosh, Tapas Kumar Maiti
Development of a vascularized liver tissue construct is a need of an hour to circumvent the current demand of liver transplantation in healthcare sector. An appropriate matrix must support liver cell viability, functionality, and development of microvasculature. With this perspective, here, we report the use of decellularized Caprine liver ECM (CLECM) derived hydrogel for tissue engineering applications. First, CLECM was used as a substrate coating material for 2D hepatocyte culture. HepG2 cells cultured on CLECM coated surface showed higher albumin, urea, glycogen and GAGs synthesis in comparison to collagen coated surface (taken as control for the study)...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051833/anatomical-and-functional-correlation-in-susac-syndrome-multimodal-imaging-assessment
#15
Alexandre G B Azevedo, Luiz H Lima, Léo Müller, Flávio Rezende Filho, Cláudio Zett, André Maia, Luiz Roisman
BACKGROUND: Susac's syndrome (SuS) is an uncommon disease characterized by retinal microangiopathy that may be assessed more accurately with optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), a new imaging technique which provides a retinal microvasculature map. The purpose of this case report is to describe the multimodal imaging findings of SuS correlating OCTA with functional tests. CASE PRESENTATION: Retrospective review of one case with clinical and imaging evidence of SuS...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051567/mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-enhance-engraftment-vasculogenic-and-pro-angiogenic-activities-of-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-in-immunocompetent-hosts
#16
Abbas Shafiee, Jatin Patel, James S Lee, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Nicholas M Fisk, Kiarash Khosrotehrani
The clinical use of endothelial colony forming cells (ECFC) is hampered by their restricted engraftment. We aimed to assess engraftment, vasculogenic and pro-angiogenic activities of ECFC in immunocompetent (C57BL/6: WT) or immunodeficient (rag1 (-/-) C57BL/6: Rag1) mice. In addition, the impact of host immune system was investigated where ECFC were co-implanted with mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) from adult bone marrow (AdBM-MSC), fetal bone marrow (fBM-MSC), fetal placental (fPL-MSC), or maternal placental (MPL-MSC)...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051139/mining-the-stiffness-sensitive-transcriptome-in-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-identifies-long-noncoding-rna-stiffness-regulators
#17
Christopher Yu, Tina Xu, Richard Assoian, Daniel J Rader
OBJECTIVE: Vascular extracellular matrix stiffening is a risk factor for aortic and coronary artery disease. How matrix stiffening regulates the transcriptome profile of human aortic and coronary vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is not well understood. Furthermore, the role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the cellular response to stiffening has never been explored. This study characterizes the stiffness-sensitive (SS) transcriptome of human aortic and coronary VSMCs and identifies potential key lncRNA regulators of stiffness-dependent VSMC functions...
October 19, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051050/intramuscular-hemangioma-of-the-hypothenar-eminence-a-case-report
#18
A Dahmam, G Meyer Zu Reckendorf
Intramuscular hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors. They develop in striated muscles. Various sites have been reported in the literature but only rarely in the hand. We report on a case of an intramuscular hemangioma located within the hypothenar eminence, diagnosed by a biopsy. Treatment options are limited in the hand as embolization may lead to a risk of digital ischemia and sclerotherapy may lead to recurrence. This type of infiltrating tumor is poorly structured within the muscle, thus simple removal is not an option...
October 16, 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051045/angiotensin-ii-regulates-%C3%AE-enac-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#19
Charles A Downs, Nicholle M Johnson, Camila Coca, My N Helms
The amiloride-sensitive epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) has been characterized in a variety of non-epithelial tissues. In the current study we sought to understand the effect of angiotensin II on δ ENaC function using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). The δ ENaC subunit is found in humans, but notably absent in rat and most mouse epithelial tissues. In this study we report the presence of δ ENaC in HUVECS with a half-life of ~80min and a change in δ ENaC abundance when HUVECs were treated with angiotensin II...
October 16, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050562/renal-sympathetic-denervation-protects%C3%A2-the-failing-heart-via-inhibition-of%C3%A2-neprilysin%C3%A2-activity-in-the-kidney
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David J Polhemus, Rishi K Trivedi, Juan Gao, Zhen Li, Amy L Scarborough, Traci T Goodchild, Kurt J Varner, Huijing Xia, Frank W Smart, Daniel R Kapusta, David J Lefer
BACKGROUND: Sustained sympathetic activation contributes to the progression of myocardial cell injury, cardiac fibrosis, and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the effects of radiofrequency renal nerve denervation (RF-RDN) on the pathobiology of HF and the interaction between the renal sympathetic nerves and natriuretic peptide (NP) metabolism. METHODS: Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) were subjected to 45 min of coronary artery ligation and reperfusion for 12 weeks...
October 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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