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Corinna Schmitz, Heidi Noels, Omar El Bounkari, Eva Straussfeld, Remco T A Megens, Marieke Sternkopf, Setareh Alampour-Rajabi, Christine Krammer, Pathricia V Tilstam, Norbert Gerdes, Christina Bürger, Aphrodite Kapurniotu, Richard Bucala, Joachim Jankowski, Christian Weber, Jürgen Bernhagen
The inflammatory cytokine macrophage migration-inhibitory factor (MIF) promotes atherosclerosis via lesional monocyte and T-cell recruitment. B cells have emerged as important components in atherogenesis, but the interaction between MIF and B cells in atherogenesis is unknown. Here, we investigated the atherosclerotic phenotype of Mif-gene deletion in Apoe-/- mice. Apoe-/- Mif-/- mice on a Western-diet exhibited strongly reduced atherosclerotic lesions in brachiocephalic artery (BC) and abdominal aorta compared with controls...
March 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Ruwan Weerakkody, David Ross, David A Parry, Bulat Ziganshin, Jana Vandrovcova, Piyush Gampawar, Abdulshakur Abdullah, Jennifer Biggs, Julia Dumfarth, Yousef Ibrahim, Colin Bicknell, Mark Field, John Elefteriades, Nick Cheshire, Timothy J Aitman
PurposeThoracic aortic aneurysm/aortic dissection (TAAD) is a disorder with highly variable age of onset and phenotype. We sought to determine the prevalence of pathogenic variants in TAAD-associated genes in a mixed cohort of sporadic and familial TAAD patients and identify relevant genotype-phenotype relationships.MethodsWe used a targeted polymerase chain reaction and next-generation sequencing-based panel for genetic analysis of 15 TAAD-associated genes in 1,025 unrelated TAAD cases.ResultsWe identified 49 pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) variants in 47 cases (4...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
D J Murphy, A Aghayev, M L Steigner
Non-invasive cross-sectional imaging techniques play a crucial role in the assessment of the varied manifestations of vascular disease. Vascular imaging encompasses a wide variety of pathology. Designing vascular imaging protocols can be challenging owing to the non-uniform velocity of blood in the aorta, differences in cardiac output between patients, and the effect of different disease states on blood flow. In this review, we provide the rationale behind-and a practical guide to-designing and implementing straightforward vascular computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols...
March 14, 2018: Insights Into Imaging
Anthony H Chau, Haidar Abdul-Muhsin, Xin Peng, Victor J Davila, Erik P Castle, Samuel R Money
Renal nutcracker syndrome is an anatomic anomaly characterized by the compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and the aorta or between the aorta and the vertebral body. Diagnosis is often challenging. Common presenting symptoms include hematuria, abdominal pain, and pelvic congestion. Several open and endovascular techniques have been described to treat this syndrome. We report a novel surgical technique with robotic-assisted left renal vein transposition to treat a 19-year-old woman with renal nutcracker syndrome...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Jared T Feyko, Peter Zmijewski, Cara Lyle, Allison Wilson, Luke Marone
We describe a 36-year-old woman who presented to our facility after sustaining a gunshot wound to the epigastric region. The gunshot resulted in injury to the left lobe of the liver and the twelfth thoracic vertebral body as well as in a through-and-through injury to the abdominal aorta at the level of the celiac axis. The vascular injury was managed successfully by placement of a thoracic stent graft with coverage of the celiac axis. This case demonstrates the feasibility of managing this uncommon injury with endovascular techniques...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Joyce J Lu, Jason D Slaikeu, Peter Y Wong
Marfan syndrome is a well-described autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder with a constellation of anatomic characteristics including aortic degeneration as a result of the spontaneous mutation of the fibrillin gene, FBN1 . Whereas life-threatening dissection and ascending aneurysmal rupture have been thoroughly documented in the literature, aneurysms of the abdominal aorta and those present in the pediatric population have only rarely been reported. In this case report, we describe presentation, successful open surgical repair, and recovery of a pediatric Marfan syndrome patient with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Ivelise Regina Canito Brasil, Igor Farias de Araujo, Adriana Augusta Lopes de Araujo Lima, Ernesto Lima Araujo Melo, Ronaldo de Matos Esmeraldo
Objective: To describe the main anatomical variations of the celiac trunk and the hepatic artery at their origins. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective analysis of 100 consecutive computed tomography angiography studies of the abdomen performed during a one-year period. The findings were stratified according to classification systems devised by Sureka et al. and Michels. Results: The celiac trunk was "normal" (i.e., the hepatogastrosplenic trunk and superior mesenteric artery originating separately from the abdominal aorta) in 43 patients...
January 2018: Radiologia Brasileira
Laura Lopez-Sanz, Susana Bernal, Carlota Recio, Iolanda Lazaro, Ainhoa Oguiza, Ana Melgar, Luna Jimenez-Castilla, Jesus Egido, Carmen Gomez-Guerrero
Oxidative stress resulting from excessive production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) or impaired antioxidant defenses is closely related to the development of diabetic vascular complications, including nephropathy and atherosclerosis. Chronic activation of Janus kinase/Signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT) signaling pathway contributes to diabetic complications by inducing expression of genes involved in cell proliferation, fibrosis, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) family of endogenous JAK/STAT regulators is an attractive target for therapeutic intervention...
March 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Shunsuke Shiina, Ayaka Kanemura, Chihiro Suzuki, Fumiko Yamaki, Keisuke Obara, Daisuke Chino, Yoshio Tanaka
Object We identified the β-adrenoceptor (β-AR) subtypes responsible for the relaxant responses to adrenaline (AD) and noradrenaline (NA) in the rat thoracic aorta and examined the role of cAMP which is involved in these relaxant responses. Methods The effects of β-AR antagonists or the adenylyl cyclase inhibitor SQ 22,536 on AD- and NA-induced relaxant responses in phenylephrine-induced contraction and increases in cAMP levels were examined in isolated, endothelium-denuded rat thoracic aorta segments. Results AD-induced relaxation was completely suppressed by propranolol (10-7  M) or by ICI-118,551 (10-8  M) plus atenolol (10-6 M), and was also very strongly inhibited by ICI-118,551 (10-8  M) alone...
2018: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
Regan F Lyon, D Marc Northern
Use of Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) for control of non-compressible hemorrhage is a re-emerging technology that historically is employed by surgeons. We present a case in which REBOA was successfully placed by an emergency physician in a critical mass casualty patient awaiting transfer to the operating table. This case is an example in which emergency physicians, in collaboration with the surgeon, can utilize REBOA to temporize non-compressible hemorrhage when a surgeon is not immediately available...
February 13, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Andrea Agostinelli, Davide Carino, Bruno Borrello, Francesco Nicolini
The 2-stage elephant trunk procedure is widely used to treat extensive disease of the aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta. The 2nd stage of the procedure can be accomplished with both a standard surgical procedure and a retrograde transfemoral endovascular approach using the dangling graft as proximal landing zone. However, in some patients, severe disease of iliofemoral vessels can prevent standard retrograde thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). In such cases, an alternative route to gain endovascular access must be used...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Francesco Nappi, Antonio Nenna, Domenico Larobina, Angelo Rosario Carotenuto, Mohamed Jarraya, Cristiano Spadaccio, Massimiliano Fraldi, Massimo Chello, Christophe Acar, Thierry Carrel
OBJECTIVES: Reinforcements for the pulmonary autograft (PA) in the Ross operation have been introduced to avoid the drawback of conduit expansion and failure. With the aid of an in silico simulation, the biomechanical boundaries applied to a healthy PA during the operation were studied to tailor the best implant technique to prevent reoperation. METHODS: Follow-up echocardiograms of 66 Ross procedures were reviewed. Changes in the dimensions and geometry of reinforced and non-reinforced PAs were evaluated...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Lindsay L Juriga, David J Murray, John R Boulet, James J Fehr
BACKGROUND: Simulation is frequently used to recreate many of the crises encountered in patient care settings. Teams learn to manage these crises in an environment that maximizes their learning experiences and eliminates the potential for patient harm. By designing simulation scenarios that include conditions associated with diagnostic errors, teams can experience how their decisions can lead to errors. The purpose of this study was to assess how trauma teams (TrT) and pediatric rapid response teams (RRT) managed scenarios that included a diagnostic error...
November 27, 2017: Diagnosis
Xin Yang, Xiang-Chen Dai, Jie-Chang Zhu, Yu-Dong Luo, Hai-Lun Fan, Zhou Feng, Yi-Wei Zhang, Fan-Guo Hu
Despite being widely used for several years, the endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) of a thoracoabdominal aneurysm (TAAA) remains challenging, particularly the revascularization of the abdominal aortic visceral branches. A 66-year-old male was admitted to hospital with abdominal bloating and pain. Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) confirmed a Crawford type III TAAA from the distal descending aorta to the suprarenal abdominal aorta that involved the celiac axis, accompanied with an occlusion of the left subclavian artery...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
John H Harris, William H Harris, Sanjay Jain, A Y Ferguson, David A Hill, Amy M Trahan
PURPOSE: CTA is routinely ordered on level II blunt thoraco-abdominally injured patients for assessment of injury to the thoracic aorta. The vast majority of such assessments are negative. The question being asked is, Does the accurate interpretation of the three mediastinal signs permit reliable determination of which patients need CTA for aortic assessment? The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the role of three specifically selected mediastinal anatomic signs on the initial supine chest radiograph (CXR) of adult level II blunt thoraco-abdominally injured patients for the presence or absence of a mediastinal hematoma...
March 13, 2018: Emergency Radiology
Shinya Higuchi, Iwao Matsunaga, Kiyokazu Koga, Eiichi Teshima, Atsuhiro Nakashima, Ryuji Tominaga, Tsuyoshi Ito
In almost every type of artificial valve, structural failure has been described. We are reporting on a case of a sudden leaflet escape of an Edwards TEKNA mitral valve prosthesis 12 years after implantation. The patient had a sudden onset of dyspnea and severe pulmonary edema with subsequent cardiogenic shock. An emergency mitral replacement was successfully performed. A multi-detector computed tomography scanning and three-dimensional imaging showed two fragments that had embolized in the terminal aorta and the left common iliac artery...
March 13, 2018: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Y Y Go, P Lancellotti
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March 10, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Neil D Patel, Patrick M Sullivan, Cheryl M Takao, Sarah Badran, Joseph Ahdoot, Frank F Ing
BACKGROUND: One indication for intervention in coarctation of the aorta is a peak-to-peak gradient >20 mmHg. Gradients may be masked in patients under general anaesthesia and may be higher during exercise. Isoproterenol was given during cardiac catheterisation to simulate a more active physiologic state. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe the haemodynamic effects of isoproterenol in patients with coarctation and the impact of intervention on the elicited gradients...
March 14, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Hee Kyoung Joo, Sunga Choi, Yu Ran Lee, Eun Ok Lee, Myoung Soo Park, Kyu Been Park, Cuk-Seong Kim, Yong Pyo Lim, Jong-Tae Park, Byeong Hwa Jeon
Anthocyanins, the most prevalent flavonoids in red/purple fruits and vegetables, are known to improve immune responses and reduce chronic disease risks. In this study, the anti-inflammatory activities of an anthocyanin-rich extract from red Chinese cabbage (ArCC) were shown based on its inhibitory effects in cultured endothelial cells and hyperlipidemic apolipoprotein E -deficient mice. ArCC treatment suppressed monocyte adhesion to tumor necrosis factor-α-stimulated endothelial cells. This was validated by ArCC's ability to downregulate the expression and transcription of endothelial adhesion molecules, determined by immunoblot and luciferase promoter assays, respectively...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Katalin Szabó, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Nóra Lampé, Rita Kiss, Judit Remenyik, Georgina Pesti-Asbóth, Dániel Priksz, Zoltán Szilvássy, Béla Juhász
Fenugreek is a common herb possessing several bioactive components including diosgenin. Here, dietary fenugreek seed flour and diosgenin were evaluated on a model of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation by abdominal aortas isolated from rats receiving high-fat, high-sugar diet (HFHSD). 60 male Wistar rats were randomized into six groups: (i) negative control getting conventional rat feed regimen; (ii) positive control receiving HFHSD; (iii) a test group fed 2 g/kg bw/day fenugreek seed flour (containing 10 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin) + HFHSD; (iv) three test groups fed 1, 10 and 50 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin + HFHSD...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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