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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102592/six-uneventful-pregnancy-outcomes-in-an-extended-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-family
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Annette F Baas, Wilko Spiering, Frans L Moll, Lieve Page-Christiaens, Ingrid C M Beenakkers, Dennis Dooijes, Evert-Jan P A Vonken, Jasper J van der Smagt, Nine V Knoers, Steven V Koenen, Joost A van Herwaarden, Gertjan Tj Sieswerda
Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) is caused by heterozygous mutations in COL3A1 and is characterized by fragile vasculature and hollow organs, with a high risk of catastrophic events at a young age. During pregnancy and delivery, maternal mortality rates up until 25% have been reported. However, recent pedigree analysis reported a substantial lower pregnancy-related mortality rate of 4.9%. Here, we describe an extended vEDS family with multiple uneventful pregnancy outcomes. In the proband, a 37-year-old woman, DNA-analysis because of an asymptomatic iliac artery dissection revealed a pathogenic mutation in COL3A1 (c...
February 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102444/patients-with-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valve-exhibit-distinct-regional-microrna-signatures-in-mildly-dilated-ascending-aorta
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Sebastian Albinsson, Alessandro Della Corte, Azra Alajbegovic, Katarzyna K Krawczyk, Ciro Bancone, Umberto Galderisi, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Amalia Forte
MicroRNAs are able to modulate gene expression in a range of diseases. We focused on microRNAs as potential contributors to the pathogenesis of ascending aorta (AA) dilatation in patients with stenotic tricuspid (TAV) or bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Aortic specimens were collected from the 'concavity' and the 'convexity' of mildly dilated AAs and of normal AAs from heart transplant donors. Aortic RNA was analyzed through PCR arrays, profiling the expression of 84 microRNAs involved in cardiovascular disease...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102435/effects-of-tryptophan-containing-peptides-on-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-activity-and-vessel-tone-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo
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Sherif Khedr, Andreas Deussen, Irakli Kopaliani, Birgit Zatschler, Melanie Martin
PURPOSE: Over-activation of the renin-angiotensin axis and worsening of vascular function are critical contributors to the development of hypertension. Therefore, inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), a key factor of the renin-angiotensin axis, is a first line treatment of hypertension. Besides pharmaceutical ACE inhibitors, some natural peptides have been shown to exert ACE-inhibiting properties with antihypertensive effects and potentially beneficial effects on vascular function...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102102/impact-of-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-on-pulsatile-circumferential-and-longitudinal-strain-in-patients-with-aneurysm
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Foeke J H Nauta, Guido H W van Bogerijen, Chiara Trentin, Michele Conti, Ferdinando Auricchio, Frans L Moll, Joost A van Herwaarden, Santi Trimarchi
PURPOSE: To quantify both pulsatile longitudinal and circumferential aortic strains before and after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), potentially clarifying TEVAR-related complications. METHODS: This retrospective study assessed the impact of TEVAR on pulsatile aortic strains through custom developed software and cardiac-gated computed tomography imaging of 8 thoracic aneurysm patients (mean age 71.0±8.2 years; 6 men) performed before TEVAR and during follow-up (median 0...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101628/rho-kinase-inhibitor-fasudil-mitigates-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemia-and-vascular-damage
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Nibrass Taher Abdali, Awny H Yaseen, Eman Said, Tarek M Ibrahim
The current study was designed to investigate the potential beneficial therapeutic outcome of Rho kinase inhibitor (fasudil) against hypercholesterolemia-induced myocardial and vascular injury in rabbits together with diet modification. Sixteen male rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: normal control group which received standard rabbit chow, hypercholesterolemic control group, and treated groups which received cholesterol-rich rabbit chow (1.5% cholesterol) for 8 weeks. Treated groups received either fasudil (100 mg/kg/day) or rosuvastatin (2...
January 18, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101569/resveratrol-inhibits-adventitial-fibroblast-proliferation-and-induces-cell-apoptosis-through-the-sirt1-pathway
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Lin Ling, Shaohua Gu, Yan Cheng
Atherosclerosis is one of the most important causes of cardiovascular disease and studies have showed that adventitial fibroblasts, which are considered to be the most common cell type of the vascular adventitia, are involved in the development of early atherosclerotic plaques. Resveratrol is a plant polyphenolic compound confirmed to have anti‑atherosclerotic and cardioprotective effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of resveratrol on adventitial fibroblasts in vitro and to clarify the underlying mechanism...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101339/pre-treatment-with-simvastatin-prevents-the-induction-of-diet-induced-atherosclerosis-in-a-rabbit-model
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Nikolaos Oikonomidis, Nikolaos Kavantzas, Laskarina-Maria Korou, Panagiotis Konstantopoulos, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Evangelos Misiakos, Ioannis Rizos, Christos Verikokos, Despina N Perrea
The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential antiatherosclerotic activities of simvastatin in rabbits. Twenty-two, male, New Zealand rabbits were divided into the following groups: Control group (group C); cholesterol group (group A), in which the rabbits were fed a commercial rabbit chow supplemented with 0.5% w/w cholesterol for 8 weeks and then fed with normal chow for an additional 8 weeks; and a treatment group (group B), in which the rabbits initially received standard commercial rabbit chow along with being administered simvastatin for 8 weeks, following which they consumed a high-cholesterol diet for a further 8 weeks...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101179/study-of-the-functional-mechanisms-of-osteopontin-and-chemokine-like-factor-1-in-the-development-and-progression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-in-rats
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Jun Li, Xia Bao, Yongxin Li, Yuewei Wang, Zonggang Zhao, Xing Jin
The aim of the study was to investigate the functional mechanisms of osteopontin (Opn) and chemokine-like factor 1 (Cklf1) during the development and progression of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in rats. Healthy adult Sprague-Dawley rats (n=30) were randomly divided into the AAA, control and sham groups (10 rats/group) and experimental rat models of AAA were generated by enzyme perfusion in abdominal aorta for 30 min. The AAA formation was assessed by measuring the aortal diameter and hematoxylin and eosin staining as well as specific staining to detect the structural changes of the aorta and inflammatory cell infiltration...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101178/endothelium-dependent-vasodilation-effects-of-panax-notoginseng-and-its-main-components-are-mediated-by-nitric-oxide-and-cyclooxygenase-pathways
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Yanyan Wang, Yu Ren, Leilei Xing, Xiangdong Dai, Sheng Liu, Bin Yu, Yi Wang
Panax notoginseng, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The main bioactive components of this species are Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS). The present study aimed to investigate the effects of PNS and five of its main components (ginsenosides Rg1, Re, Rb1 and Rd, and notoginsenoside R1) on rat aorta rings pre-contracted with norepinephrine (NE) and to determine the underlying mechanism of action. Isolated aorta rings (with or without intact endothelium) from adult male Wistar rats were stimulated with NE to induce vasoconstriction, and subsequently treated with different concentrations of PNS and its five main components (Rg1, Re, Rb1, R1 and Rd) separately...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100966/total-arch-versus-hemiarch-replacement-for-type-a-acute-aortic-dissection-a-single-center-experience
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Antonio Lio, Francesca Nicolò, Emanuele Bovio, Andrea Serrao, Jacob Zeitani, Antonio Scafuri, Luigi Chiariello, Giovanni Ruvolo
We retrospectively evaluated early and intermediate outcomes of aortic arch surgery in patients with type A acute aortic dissection (AAD), investigating the effect of arch surgery extension on postoperative results. From January 2006 through July 2013, 201 patients with type A AAD underwent urgent corrective surgery at our institution. Of the 92 patients chosen for this study, 59 underwent hemiarch replacement (hemiarch group), and 33 underwent total arch replacement (total arch group) in conjunction with ascending aorta replacement...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100931/the-value-of-anterior-displacement-of-the-abdominal-aorta-in-diagnosing-neuroblastoma-in-children
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Jose Luiz de Oliveira Schiavon, Eliana Maria Monteiro Caran, Vicente Odone Filho, Henrique Manoel Lederman
OBJECTIVE: To determine the value of anterior displacement of the abdominal aorta, when present at any level or only at the level of the adrenal gland, contralateral to the mass, in diagnosing neuroblastoma on computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging in children up to 7 years of age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Imaging examinations of 66 patients were classified by consensus as for the presence of anterior aorta displacement and were compared with the pathology report...
November 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100216/antispasmodic-bronchodilator-vasorelaxant-and-cardiosuppressant-effects-of-buxus-papillosa
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Arif-Ullah Khan, Shamsher Ali, Anwarul-Hassan Gilani, Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary
BACKGROUND: The present research was carried out to investigate pharmacological properties of Buxus papillosa C.K. Schneid. (Buxaceae). METHODS: Buxus papillosa extracts of leaves (BpL), stem (BpS), roots (BpR) and BpL fractions: hexane (BpL-H), aqueous (BpL-A) also plant constituent, cyclomicrobuxine effect were studied in jejunum, atria, aorta and tracheal preparations from rabbit and guine-peg. RESULTS: Ca(++) antagonistic effect of BpS, BpR, BpL-H, BpL-A and cyclomicrobuxine were conclusively suggested, when spontaneous contractions of rabbit jejunal preparation was relaxed along with subsequent relaxation of potassium chloride (80 mM) induced contractions...
January 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100164/relation-between-arterial-stiffness-and-aerobic-capacity-importance-of-proximal-aortic-stiffness
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Tsubasa Tomoto, Seiji Maeda, Jun Sugawara
Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) has become a popular modality of arterial stiffness measurement. However, its projected arterial segment does not include the proximal aorta which plays important roles for attenuating cardiac pulsation and reducing afterload. We hypothesised that aerobic capacity would be more strongly associated with PWV including the proximal aorta than that omitting the proximal aorta. To test our hypothesis, we compared the association between aerobic capacity and arterial stiffness parameters omitting vs...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100158/double-inferior-vena-cava-ivc-with-intrahepatic-interruption-hemiazygos-vein-continuation-and-intrahepatic-venous-shunt
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Hilal Sahin, Yeliz Pekcevik, Ramazan Aslaner
The duplication of the inferior vena cava (IVC) is a rare congenital anomaly, which also has some variations regarding the complex embryological development of the IVC. In the typical form, infrarenal IVC segments are duplicated and the left IVC joins the left renal vein, which crosses anterior to the aorta in the normal fashion to join the right IVC. In variant forms, the interruption of the intrahepatic segment of the IVC, azygos or hemiazygos continuation, or retroaortic course of the renal vein may be seen...
January 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100057/wilkie%C3%A2-s-syndrome
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Carlos Oliva-Fonte, Cristina Fernández Rey, Javier Pereda Rodríguez, Ana María González-Fernández
We report the case of a 14 year-old woman, who presents epigastric abdominal pain, abundant vomits and an important abdominal distension. Previously, she presented similar episodes. She has not any significant prior medical history. CT is performed and the imaging findings are consistent with Wilkie´s syndrome. Wilkie´s syndrome is a rare condition, that results from a intestinal obstruction caused by third portion duodenal compression between the abdominal aorta and the superior mesenteric artery. When the angle between both structures diminishes and the distance between the SMA and the aorta decreases (the most diagnostic value), duodenal obstruction occurs...
January 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100055/superior-mesenteric-artery-syndrome-an-uncommon-cause-of-intestinal-obstruction
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José Barquín Yagüez, Pedro Abadía Barnó, Juan Carlos García Pérez
Superior mesenteric artery syndrome, also Wilkie's syndrome, is an uncommon cause of upper intestinal obstruction. It includes compression of the third duodenal portion by the aorta and the overlying superior mesenteric artery when the angle formed by these two structures becomes smaller. It may result from significant weight loss or abdominal trauma, or may have a congenital origin. Treatment for most cases is conservative.
January 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099082/therapeutics-targeting-drivers-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-acute-aortic-dissections-insights-from-predisposing-genes-and-mouse-models
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Dianna M Milewicz, Siddharth K Prakash, Francesco Ramirez
Thoracic aortic diseases, including aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factors for thoracic aortic disease include increased hemodynamic forces on the ascending aorta, typically due to poorly controlled hypertension, and heritable genetic variants. The altered genes predisposing to thoracic aortic disease either disrupt smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction or adherence to an impaired extracellular matrix, or decrease canonical transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098563/aortic-surgery-and-laparoscopy-still-a-future-in-the-endovascular-surgery-era
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Pierfrancesco Veroux, Vincenzo Ardita, Alessia Giaquinta, Alberto Davì, Giusi Basile, Massimiliano Veroux
: Laparoscopic surgery (LS) is the minimally invasive alternative to open surgery and endovascular approach for treating major aortic diseases. Only few reports in the literature describe the long-term outcomes of the laparoscopic approach for major vascular diseases. Furthermore, the widespread use of endovascular techniques has limited the use of LS to wellselected patients. This review evaluated the results of LS for aortic disease and compared the clinical outcomes of laparoscopic technique with those of open and endovascular surgery...
September 30, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098122/a-case-of-abdominal-aortic-thrombosis-associated-with-the-nephrotic-syndrome
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Jannet Labidi, Yosra Selmi, Yosra Ben Ariba, Zied Elloumi, Saleh Othmani
Thromboembolic disease is an important and frequent complication in patients with the nephrotic syndrome (NS), and the consequences are often severe. Usually, the venous system is affected. Arterial thrombosis has rarely been reported and occurs mainly in children. We report the case of a 27-year-old man with a history of NS due to focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis resistant to steroids and cyclosporine, admitted for bilateral pain in the calves. Aortogram revealed a suspended thrombus in the abdominal aorta just below the origin of the renal arteries with embolism into the left tibioperoneal trunk and the right anterior tibial artery...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097517/in-utero-exposure-of-hyperlipidemic-mice-to-diesel-exhaust-lack-of-effects-on-atherosclerosis-in-adult-offspring-fed-a-regular-chow-diet
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Jenna Harrigan, Divya Ravi, Jerry Ricks, Michael E Rosenfeld
Uterine stress is associated with an increased risk of later life metabolic diseases. In this study, we investigated the effect of diesel exhaust (DE) exposure in utero on adult susceptibility to atherosclerosis in genetically hyperlipidemic mice. Pregnant apolipoprotein E-deficient mice received either DE exposure (~250-300 μg/m(3) PM2.5 for 6 h/day, 5 days/week) or filtered air (FA) throughout gestation. Treatment effects on litter size and gender distribution were recorded. Plasma cholesterol and triglycerides were measured at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age...
January 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
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