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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329690/tissue-myeloid-progenitors-differentiate-into-pericytes-through-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-developing-skin-vasculature
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Tomoko Yamazaki, Ani Nalbandian, Yutaka Uchida, Wenling Li, Thomas D Arnold, Yoshiaki Kubota, Seiji Yamamoto, Masatsugu Ema, Yoh-Suke Mukouyama
Mural cells (pericytes and vascular smooth muscle cells) are essential for the regulation of vascular networks and maintenance of vascular integrity, but their origins are diverse in different tissues and not known in the organs that arise from the ectoderm, such as skin. Here, we show that tissue-localized myeloid progenitors contribute to pericyte development in embryonic skin vasculature. A series of in vivo fate-mapping experiments indicates that tissue myeloid progenitors differentiate into pericytes...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329566/breast-nodularity-and-ulceration-diffuse-dermal-angiomatosis-a-corticosteroid-responsive-disease
#2
J D Ho, D Wolpowitz, T J Phillips
Diffuse dermal angiomatosis of the breast (DDAB) is an uncommon ulcerative angiomatosis, which occurs in middle aged women with large pendulous breasts, a history of cigarette smoking, and risk factors for atherosclerosis. Based on its rarity, no well-defined therapeutic regimen has been elucidated. We report a case of DDAB in a woman with no history of smoking or radiographic evidence of occluded vasculature who presented with ulceration and pain-associated breast nodularity. She had a complete reproducible response to oral corticosteroids...
November 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329261/effects-of-noise-on-vascular-function-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-mechanistic-insight-from-studies-in-mice
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Thomas Münzel, Andreas Daiber, Sebastian Steven, Lan P Tran, Elisabeth Ullmann, Sabine Kossmann, Frank P Schmidt, Matthias Oelze, Ning Xia, Huige Li, Antonio Pinto, Philipp Wild, Kai Pies, Erwin R Schmidt, Steffen Rapp, Swenja Kröller-Schön
Aims: Epidemiological studies indicate that traffic noise increases the incidence of coronary artery disease, hypertension and stroke. The underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Field studies with nighttime noise exposure demonstrate that aircraft noise leads to vascular dysfunction, which is markedly improved by vitamin C, suggesting a key role of oxidative stress in causing this phenomenon. Methods and results: We developed a novel animal model to study the vascular consequences of aircraft noise exposure...
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329054/whole-heart-detailed-and-quantitative-anatomy-myofibre-structure-and-vasculature-from-x-ray-phase-contrast-synchrotron-radiation-based-micro-computed-tomography
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Anna Gonzalez-Tendero, Chong Zhang, Vedrana Balicevic, Rubén Cárdenes, Sven Loncaric, Constantine Butakoff, Bruno Paun, Anne Bonnin, Patricia Garcia-Cañadilla, Emma Muñoz-Moreno, Eduard Gratacós, Fatima Crispi, Bart Bijnens
Background: While individual cardiac myocytes only have a limited ability to shorten, the heart efficiently pumps a large volume-fraction thanks to a cell organization in a complex 3D fibre structure. Subclinical subtle cardiac structural remodelling is often present before symptoms arise. Understanding and early detection of these subtle changes is crucial for diagnosis and prevention. Additionally, personalized computational modelling requires knowledge on the multi-scale structure of the whole heart and vessels...
March 15, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329009/the-expression-and-localization-of-rnase-and-rnase-inhibitor-in-blood-cells-and-vascular-endothelial-cells-in-homeostasis-of-the-vascular-system
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Ayaka Ohashi, Aya Murata, Yuichiro Cho, Shizuko Ichinose, Yuriko Sakamaki, Miwako Nishio, Osamu Hoshi, Silvia Fischer, Klaus T Preissner, Takatoshi Koyama
RNA may be released from vascular cells including endothelial cells in the event of injury and in vascular disease. Extracellular RNAs have been recognized as novel procoagulant and permeability-increasing factors. Extracellular RNA may function as inflammatory host alarm signals that serve to amplify the defense mechanism, but it may provide important links to thrombus formation. Extracellular RNA is degraded by RNase. We propose that RNase and its inhibitor RNase inhibitor (RI) act as modulators of homeostasis in the vasculature to control the functions of extracellular RNA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328505/blocked-elements-in-1-d-and-2-d-arrays-part-ii-compensation-methods-as-applied-to-large-coherent-apertures
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Marko Jakovljevic, Nick Bottenus, Lily Kuo, Shalki Kumar, Jeremy J Dahl, Gregg E Trahey
In Part I of the paper, we detected elements blocked by ribs during simulated and in vivo transcostal liver scans, and we turned those elements off to compensate for the loss in visibility of liver vasculature. Here, we apply blocked-element detection and adaptive compensation to large synthetic aperture data collected through rib samples ex vivo, in order to reduce near-field clutter and to recover lateral resolution. To construct large synthetic transmit and receive apertures, we collected the individual channel signals from a fully-sampled matrix array at multiple and know array locations across the tissue samples...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328504/blocked-elements-in-1-d-and-2-d-arrays-part-i-detection-and-basic-compensation-on-simulated-and-i-in-vivo-i-targets
#7
Marko Jakovljevic, Gianmarco Pinton, Jeremy J Dahl, Gregg Trahey
During a transcostal ultrasound scan, ribs and other highly attenuating and/or reflective tissue structures can block parts of the array. Blocked elements tend to limit the acoustic window and impede visualization of structures of interest. Here, we demonstrate a method to detect blocked elements and we measure the loss of image quality they introduce in simulation and in vivo. We utilize a fullwave simulation tool and a clinical ultrasound scanner to obtain element signals from fullysampled matrix arrays during simulated and in vivo transcostal liver scans, respectively...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328237/magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-prognostic-evaluation-of-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#8
Andrew J Swift, Dave Capener, Chris Johns, Neil Hamilton, Alex Rothman, Charlie Elliot, Robin Condliffe, Athanasios Charalampopoulos, Smitha Rajaram, Allan Lawrie, Michael J Campbell, Jim M Wild, David G Kiely
RATIONALE: Prognostication is important when counselling patients and defining treatment strategies in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). OBJECTIVE: To determine the value of MRI metrics for prediction of mortality in PAH. METHODS: Consecutive patients with PAH undergoing MRI were identified from the ASPIRE-Pulmonary-Hypertension-Registry. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: During the follow-up period of 42 (range 17-142) months 576 patients were studied and 221 (38%) died...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328191/enhancing-tumor-penetration-of-nanomedicines
#9
Qingxue Sun, Tarun Ojha, Fabian Kiessling, Twan Lammers, Yang Shi
Tumor-targeted nanomedicines have been extensively applied to alter the drawbacks and enhance the efficacy of chemotherapeutics. Despite the large number of preclinical nanomedicine studies showing initial success, their therapeutic benefit in the clinic has been rather modest, which is partially due to the inefficient tumor penetration caused by tumor microenvironment (high density of cells and extracellular matrix, increased interstitial fluid pressure). Furthermore, tumor penetration of nanomedicines is significantly influenced by physicochemical characteristics such as size, surface chemistry and shape...
March 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327102/higher-plasma-transforming-growth-factor-tgf-%C3%AE-is-associated-with-kidney-disease-in-older-community-dwelling-adults
#10
Tapan Mehta, Petra Buzkova, Jorge R Kizer, Luc Djousse, Michel Chonchol, Kenneth J Mukamal, Michael Shlipak, Joachim H Ix, Diana Jalal
BACKGROUND: TGF-β is induced in the vasculature with aging suggesting that high plasma TGF-β levels may be a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in older adults. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of the association between plasma TGF-β levels and CKD including data for 1722 older adults who had participated in the 1996/97 visit of the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). Prevalent CKD was defined as eGFR < 60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) or urinary albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) ≥30 mg/g...
March 21, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324157/water-fat-mri-in-a-hibernator-reveals-seasonal-growth-of-white-and-brown-adipose-tissue-without-cold-exposure
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Amanda MacCannell, Kevin Sinclair, Lannette Friesen-Waldner, Charles A McKenzie, James F Staples
Obligate hibernators, such as ground squirrels, display circannual patterns which persist even under constant laboratory conditions, suggesting that they are regulated by endogenous rhythms. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is important for thermogenesis during periodic arousals from hibernation when core body temperature rises spontaneously from 5 to 37 °C. In most small eutherians BAT growth requires several weeks of cold exposure. We hypothesized that in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), a hibernator, BAT growth is regulated, in part, by an endogenous rhythm and we predicted that this growth would precede the hibernation season without cold exposure...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323768/use-of-cardiovascular-age-for-assessing-risks-and-benefits-of-menopausal-hormone-therapy
#12
Richard J Santen
The Women's Health Initiative studies and others have suggested that menopausal hormone therapy may enhance the risk of new cardiovascular (CV) events in older women and diminish the development of coronary atherosclerosis in younger women. The underlying mechanisms to explain these findings are encapsulated in the term "Timing Hypothesis." Extensive pathophysiologic studies have provided mechanistic evidence for the dichotomous effects of estrogen on coronary artery vasculature. Early in the atherosclerotic disease process, estrogen exerts protective effects on the endothelium and retards plaque formation...
March 20, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323411/engineering-an-injectable-muscle-specific-microenvironment-for-improved-cell-delivery-using-a-nanofibrous-extracellular-matrix-hydrogel
#13
Nikhil Rao, Gillie Agmon, Matthew T Tierney, Jessica L Ungerleider, Rebecca L Braden, Alessandra Sacco, Karen L Christman
Injection of skeletal muscle progenitors has the potential to be a minimally invasive treatment for a number of diseases that negatively affect vasculature and skeletal muscle, including peripheral artery disease (PAD). However, success with this approach has been limited because of poor transplant cell survival. This is primarily attributed to cell death due to extensional flow through the needle, the harsh ischemic environment of the host tissue, a deleterious immune cell response, and a lack of biophysical cues supporting exogenous cell viability...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321468/hyperglycaemic-memory-affects-the-neurovascular-unit-of-the-retina-in-a-diabetic-mouse-model
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Patrick Friedrichs, Andrea Schlotterer, Carsten Sticht, Matthias Kolibabka, Paulus Wohlfart, Axel Dietrich, Thomas Linn, Grietje Molema, Hans-Peter Hammes
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to evaluate damage to the neurovascular unit in a mouse model of hyperglycaemic memory. METHODS: A streptozotocin-induced mouse model of diabetes (C57BL/6J background) received insulin-releasing pellets and pancreatic islet-cell transplantation. Damage to the neurovascular unit was studied by quantitative retinal morphometry for microvascular changes and microarray analysis, with subsequent functional annotation clustering, for changes of the retinal genome...
March 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320487/the-application-of-contrast-media-for-in-vivo-feature-enhancement-in-x-ray-computed-tomography-of-soil-grown-plant-roots
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Samuel D Keyes, Neil J Gostling, Jessica H Cheung, Tiina Roose, Ian Sinclair, Alan Marchant
The use of in vivo X-ray microcomputed tomography (μCT) to study plant root systems has become routine, but is often hampered by poor contrast between roots, soil, soil water, and soil organic matter. In clinical radiology, imaging of poorly contrasting regions is frequently aided by the use of radio-opaque contrast media. In this study, we present evidence for the utility of iodinated contrast media (ICM) in the study of plant root systems using μCT. Different dilutions of an ionic and nonionic ICM (Gastrografin 370 and Niopam 300) were perfused into the aerial vasculature of juvenile pea plants via a leaf flap (Pisum sativum)...
March 21, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320399/vasculogenic-mimicry-signaling-revisited-focus-on-non-vascular-ve-cadherin
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REVIEW
Daniel Delgado-Bellido, Santiago Serrano-Saenz, Mónica Fernández-Cortés, F Javier Oliver
Vasculogenic mimicry (VM) is a blood supply system independent of endothelial vessels in tumor cells from different origins. It reflects the plasticity of aggressive tumor cells that express vascular cell markers and line tumor vasculature. The presence of VM is associated with a high tumor grade, short survival, invasion and metastasis. Endothelial cells (ECs) express various members of the cadherin superfamily, in particular vascular endothelial (VE-) cadherin, which is the main adhesion receptor of endothelial adherent junctions...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319529/the-notch-signaling-system-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-reparative-angiogenesis-in-the-zone-of-stasis
#17
Ozan Luay Abbas, Orhan Özatik, Yunus Kasm Terzi, Fikriye Yasemin Özatik, Rukiye Nar, Gamze Turna
The Notch pathway ligand Delta-like 4 (Dll4) functions as an antiangiogenic factor, inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced angiogenesis. This function is documented in tumor and embryonic vasculature. However, its implication in burn wounds remains unexplored. Our objective was to explore the involvement of the Notch in the healing of zone of stasis burns. We hypothesized that anti-Dll4 therapy would prevent progressive necrosis in the stasis zone by promoting angiogenesis. Burns were created in 21 rats using the comb burn model...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318643/cxcl10-alters-the-tumour-immune-microenvironment-and-disease-progression-in-a-syngeneic-murine-model-of-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
#18
Katrina K Au, Nichole Peterson, Peter Truesdell, Gillian Reid-Schachter, Kasra Khalaj, Runhan Ren, Julie-Ann Francis, Charles H Graham, Andrew W Craig, Madhuri Koti
OBJECTIVE: We recently established that high STAT1 expression and associated T helper type I tumour immune microenvironment (TME) are prognostic and chemotherapy response predictive biomarkers in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC). STAT1 induced chemokine CXCL10 is key to the recruitment of lymphocytes in the TME and is significantly highly expressed in the tumours from patients with longer survival. In the current study we therefore aimed to elucidate the role CXCL10 in disease progression and tumour immune transcriptomic alterations using the ID8 syngeneic murine model of HGSC...
March 16, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318359/zika-virus-and-eye
#19
Rupesh Agrawal, Hnin Hnin Oo, Praveen Kumar Balne, Lisa Ng, Louis Tong, Yee Sin Leo
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, is the latest global health concern. Transmission is mainly via Aedes mosquitoes and the infection can be diagnosed on molecular or serologic testings. It typically causes a mild self-remitting illness of low-grade fever, maculopapular rash, and myalgia, but when severe, it is associated with neurological deficits and congenital structural defects. Ocular manifestations are usually mild like nonpurulent conjunctivitis in adults, though it may be linked to uveitis, maculopathy, and hypertensive iridocyclitis...
March 20, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317906/novel-hypophysiotropic-agrp2-neurons-and-pineal-cells-revealed-by-bac-transgenesis-in-zebrafish
#20
Inbal Shainer, Adi Buchshtab, Thomas A Hawkins, Stephen W Wilson, Roger D Cone, Yoav Gothilf
The neuropeptide agouti-related protein (AgRP) is expressed in the arcuate nucleus of the mammalian hypothalamus and plays a key role in regulating food consumption and energy homeostasis. Fish express two agrp genes in the brain: agrp1, considered functionally homologous with the mammalian AgRP, and agrp2. The role of agrp2 and its relationship to agrp1 are not fully understood. Utilizing BAC transgenesis, we generated transgenic zebrafish in which agrp1- and agrp2-expressing cells can be visualized and manipulated...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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