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Mohammed Badrul Amin, Naoyuki Miura, Mohammad Khaja Mafij Uddin, Mohammod Johirul Islam, Nobuaki Yoshida, Sachiko Iseki, Tsutomu Kume, Paul Trainor, Hirotomo Saitsu, Kazushi Aoto
Foxc2, a member of the winged helix transcription factor family, is essential for eye, calvarial bone, cardiovascular and kidney development in mice. Nevertheless, how Foxc2-expressing cells and their descendent cells contribute to the development of these tissues and organs has not been elucidated. Here, we generated a Foxc2 knock-in (Foxc2(CreERT2) ) mouse, in which administration of estrogen receptor antagonist tamoxifen induces nuclear translocation of Cre recombinase in Foxc2-expressing cells. By crossing with ROSA-LacZ reporter mice (Foxc2(CreERT2) ; R26R), the fate of Foxc2 positive (Foxc2(+) ) cells was analyzed through LacZ staining at various embryonic stages...
October 26, 2016: Congenital Anomalies
M Ploeg, V Saey, G van Loon, C Delesalle
The aorta can rupture at the aortic root or aortic arch. In most breeds, the aortic root is the likely site and rupture leads to aortocardiac fistula with communication between the aorta and the right atrium, right ventricle and/or the interventricular septum. There is a high prevalence of aortic rupture in young Friesian horses and rupture occurs at the aortic arch with pseudoaneurysm and potentially aortopulmonary fistulation. Echocardiographic and post-mortem techniques must be adapted to identify aortic arch rupture which is not generally identified with standard approaches...
October 26, 2016: Equine Veterinary Journal
Nidhi Sharma Dey, Parvathy Ramesh, Mayank Chugh, Sudip Mandal, Lolitika Mandal
Drosophila hematopoiesis bears striking resemblance with that of vertebrates, both in the context of distinct phases and the signaling molecules. Even though, there has been no evidence of Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in Drosophila, the larval lymph gland with its Hedgehog dependent progenitors served as an invertebrate model of progenitor biology. Employing lineage-tracing analyses, we have now identified Notch expressing HSCs in the first instar larval lymph gland. Our studies clearly establish the hierarchical relationship between Notch expressing HSCs and the previously described Domeless expressing progenitors...
October 26, 2016: ELife
O Šeda, F Liška, M Pravenec, Z Vernerová, L Kazdová, D Křenová, V Zídek, L Šedová, M Krupková, V Křen
We assessed the effect of the previously uncovered gap junction protein alpha 8 (Gja8) mutation present in spontaneously hypertensive rat - dominant cataract (SHR-Dca) strain on blood pressure, metabolic profile, and heart and renal transcriptomes. Adult, standard chow-fed male rats of SHR and SHR-Dca strains were used. We found a significant, consistent 10-15 mmHg decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures in SHR-Dca compared with SHR (P<0.01 and P<0.05, respectively; repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA))...
October 26, 2016: Physiological Research
J-J Liu, Y Lu, N-N Ping, X Li, Y-X Lin, C F Li
Oxidative stress plays an important role in pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling. The purpose of this study was to determine whether apocynin, a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase inhibitor, attenuates pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling in rats. After abdominal aorta constriction, the surviving rats were randomly divided into four groups: sham group, abdominal aorta constriction group, apocynin group, captopril group. Left ventricular pathological changes were studied using Masson's trichrome staining...
October 26, 2016: Physiological Research
Mathias S Æsøy, Stein-Erik H Solvang, Marit Grønning, Tiina Rekand
OBJECTIVES: Iatrogenic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) caused by invasive procedures or surgical interventions have previously been reported as case studies. The primary objective of this study was to investigate and analyze the incidence, etiology, and prognosis of iatrogenic SCI in Western Norway. METHODS: Medical records of all 183 patients admitted to the SCU between 01.01.2004 and 31.12.2013 were reviewed. Gender, age, diagnosis, iatrogenic medical procedure, symptoms and findings before and after injury, mechanism of injury, level of injury, and ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS) score prior iatrogenic SCI, at admittance and discharge were recorded, as were the length of the period prior to admittance and the length of stay...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
In-Soo Kim, Seong Jong Yun, Sun Hwa Lee, Dong Hyeon Kim, Hyeon Hwan Cho, Minji Kim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Nathália Azevedo Portilho, Priscila Tavares Guedes, B Anne Croy, Marcelo Pelajo-Machado
Previous studies have shown that human and mouse placentas have hematopoietic potential during mid-gestation. In this investigation, we used histological and immunohistological approaches to visualize hematopoietic cells in mouse placenta between 9.5 and 12.5 days of gestation (gd), identifying their topography and niche. Putative hematopoietic foci were present on 10.5 and 11.5 gd but not 9.5 or 12.5 gd and was restricted to the placental labyrinth. Two major niches each with distinctive hematopoietic cell clusters were present...
November 2016: Placenta
Trevor P E Williams, Scott Shaw, Adam Porter, Larry Berkwitt
OBJECTIVE: To review information regarding etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment options for aortic thrombotic disease in dogs. ETIOLOGY: Diseases resulting in hypercoagulable states can cause thrombus formation in the distal aorta, and account for the majority of cases of aortic thrombosis (ATh) in dogs, although a substantial number of cases have no identifiable underlying cause. Aortic thromboembolism (ATE) also occurs but appears to be much less frequently documented...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
S Cacanyiova, A Berenyiova, F Kristek, M Drobna, K Ondrias, M Grman
The aorta plays an important role in blood pressure control so the early determination of its vasoactive properties could predict pathological changes in hypertension. The aim of study was to compare vasoactive properties and geometry of thoracic aorta (TA) and the participation of two vasoactive transmitters, nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S), in TA tone regulation in young Wistar rats (WR) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Four-weeks-old WR and SHR were used. Systolic blood pressure (sBP) was measured by plethysmography...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Marco Astengo, Caroline Berntsson, Åse A Johnsson, Peter Eriksson, Mikael Dellborg
OBJECTIVE: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a common condition. Adult patients with newly diagnosed CoA and patients with recurring or residual CoA require evaluation of the severity of aortic obstruction. Cardiac catheterization is considered the gold standard for the evaluation of hemodynamically significant CoA. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the management of grown-up congenital heart disease (GUCH) include noninvasive criteria for identifying significant CoA...
October 25, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
Shui-Hua Yang, Xiao-Xian Tian, Yuan-Yuan Li, Zuo-Jian Yang
We report a case in which Berry syndrome is diagnosed by fetal echocardiography. Fetal echocardiography showed that the ascending aorta, main pulmonary artery, left pulmonary artery, and right pulmonary artery were presented as a vascular complexity in the three vessels and pulmonary arterial branches view.
October 2016: Echocardiography
Shohreh Maleki, Sanela Kjellqvist, Valentina Paloschi, Joelle Magné, Rui Miguel Mamede Branca, Lei Du, Kjell Hultenby, Johan Petrini, Jonas Fuxe, Janne Lehtiö, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Per Eriksson, Hanna M Björck
Individuals with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) are at significantly higher risk of developing aortic complications than individuals with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV) and defective signaling during the embryonic development and/or life time exposure to abnormal hemodynamic have been proposed as underlying factors. However, an explanation for the molecular mechanisms of aortopathy in BAV has not yet been provided. We combined proteomics, RNA analyses, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to identify molecular differences in samples of non-dilated ascending aortas from BAV (N = 62) and TAV (N = 54) patients...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bulent Ergin, Michal Heger, Asli Kandil, Cihan Demirci-Tansel, Can Ince
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is one of the main causes of acute kidney injury (AKI), which is characterized by sterile inflammation and oxidative stress. Immune cell activation can provoke overproduction of inflammatory mediators and reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to perturbation of the microcirculation and tissue oxygenation associated with local and remote tissue injury. This study investigated whether the clinically employed immunosuppressant mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was able to reduce I/R-induced renal oxygenation defects and oxidative stress by preventing sterile inflammation...
October 25, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Masih Tajdini, Akram Sardari, Seyed Khalil Forouzannia, Abdolvahab Baradaran, Seyed Mohammad Reza Hosseini, Seyed Ebrahim Kassaian
Interrupted aortic arch is a rare congenital abnormality with a high infancy mortality rate. The principal finding is loss of luminal continuity between the ascending and descending portions of the aorta. Because of the high mortality rate in infancy, interrupted aortic arch is very rare among adults. In this report, we describe the case of a 76-year-old woman with asymptomatic interrupted aortic arch, severe tricuspid regurgitation, and bicuspid aortic valve. To our knowledge, she is the oldest patient ever reported with this possibly unique combination of pathologic conditions...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Ahmet Dolapoglu, Kim I de la Cruz, Ourania Preventza, Joseph S Coselli
Dilation of the ascending aorta and aortic dissections are often seen in Marfan syndrome; however, true aneurysms of the subclavian and axillary arteries rarely seem to develop in patients who have this disease. We present the case of a 58-year-old man with Marfan syndrome who had undergone a Bentall procedure and thoracoabdominal aortic repair for an aortic dissection and who later developed multiple aneurysmal dilations of his right subclavian and axillary arteries. The aneurysms were successfully repaired by means of a surgical bypass technique in which a Dacron graft was placed between the carotid and brachial arteries...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Ângela Faistauer, Felipe Soares Torres, Carlo Sasso Faccin
We report a case of an uncommon thoracic aorta anomaly-right aortic arch with aberrant left innominate artery arising from Kommerell's diverticulum-that went undiagnosed until adulthood.
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Alex Aparecido Cantador, Daniel Emílio Dalledone Siqueira, Octavio Barcellos Jacobsen, Jamal Baracat, Ines Minniti Rodrigues Pereira, Fábio Hüsemann Menezes, Ana Terezinha Guillaumon
OBJECTIVE: To compare duplex ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) angiography in terms of their performance in detecting endoleaks, as well as in determining the diameter of the aneurysm sac, in the postoperative follow-up of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study involving 30 patients who had undergone endovascular repair of infrarenal aortoiliac aneurysms. Duplex ultrasound and CT angiography were performed simultaneously by independent radiologists...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Shotaro Higa, Tai Fuchigami, Nobuhiro Nagata
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 24, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
Jan L Bruse, Abbas Khushnood, Kristin McLeod, Giovanni Biglino, Maxime Sermesant, Xavier Pennec, Andrew M Taylor, Tain-Yen Hsia, Silvia Schievano
OBJECTIVES: Even after successful aortic coarctation repair, there remains a significant incidence of late systemic hypertension and other morbidities. Independently of residual obstruction, aortic arch morphology alone may affect cardiac function and outcome. We sought to uncover the relationship of arch 3-dimensional shape features with functional data obtained from cardiac magnetic resonance scans. METHODS: Three-dimensional aortic arch shape models of 53 patients (mean age, 22...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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