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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026747/acanthosis-nigricans-a-screening-test-for-insulin-resistance-an-important-risk-factor-for-diabetes-mellitus-type-2
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Meera Bhagyanathan, Deepak Dhayanithy, Vijayan Ampaya Parambath, R Bijayraj
BACKGROUND: Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is one of the signs suggestive of high insulin resistance (IR). IR is one of the mechanisms involved in pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus type-2 (DM Type-2). Thus, early detection of IR in children may allow us time to intervene well before the development of DM Type-2. In this study, 62% of children having AN had high IR. In children having both, AN and high body mass index (BMI), the incidence of IR was about 80%. This suggests that these easily detectable parameters alone can be useful in screening children at high risk of developing DM Type-2 in future...
January 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025901/effects-of-age-and-exercise-training-on-coronary-microvascular-smooth-muscle-phenotype-and-function
#2
Judy M Muller-Delp, Kazuki Hotta, Bei Chen, Bradley Jon Behnke, Joshua J Maraj, Michael D Delp, Tiffani R Lucero, Jeremy A Bramy, David B Alarcon, Hannah E Morgan, Morgan R Cowan, Anthony D Haynes
Coronary microvascular function and blood flow responses during acute exercise are impaired in the aged heart, but can be restored by exercise training. Coronary microvascular resistance is directly dependent on vascular smooth muscle function in coronary resistance arterioles; therefore, we hypothesized that age impairs contractile function and alters the phenotype of vascular smooth muscle in coronary arterioles. We further hypothesized that exercise training restores contractile function and reverses age-induced phenotypic alterations of arteriolar smooth muscle...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025706/no-augments-endothelial-reactivity-by-reducing-myoendothelial-calcium-signal-spreading-a-novel-role-for-cx37-connexin-37-and-shp-2
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Kristin Pogoda, Hanna Mannell, Stephanie Blodow, Holger Schneider, Kai Michael Schubert, Jiehua Qiu, Andreas Schmidt, Axel Imhof, Heike Beck, Laurentia Irina Tanase, Alexander Pfeifer, Ulrich Pohl, Petra Kameritsch
OBJECTIVE: Because of its strategic position between endothelial and smooth muscle cells in microvessels, Cx37 (Connexin 37) plays an important role in myoendothelial gap junctional intercellular communication. We have shown before that NO inhibits gap junctional intercellular communication through gap junctions containing Cx37. However, the underlying mechanism is not yet identified. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using channel-forming Cx37 mutants exhibiting partial deletions or amino acid exchanges in their C-terminal loops, we now show that the phosphorylation state of a tyrosine residue at position 332 (Y332) in the C terminus of Cx37 controls the gap junction-dependent spread of calcium signals...
October 12, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023711/alteration-of-sphingolipid-metabolism-as-a-putative-mechanism-underlying-lps-induced-bbb-disruption
#4
Rajkumar Vutukuri, Robert Brunkhorst, Roxane-Isabelle Kestner, Lena Hansen, Nerea Ferreiros Bouzas, Josef Pfeilschifter, Kavi Devraj, Waltraud Pfeilschifter
Septic encephalopathy with confusion and agitation occurs early during sepsis and contributes to the severity of the disease. A decrease of the sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) blood levels has been shown in patients and in animal models of sepsis. The lipid mediator S1P is known to be involved in endothelial barrier function in a context-dependent manner. We utilized LPS injected mice as a model for septic encephalopathy and first performed tracer permeability assays to assess the BBB breakdown in vivo. At time points corresponding to the BBB breakdown post LPS injection, we aimed to characterize the regulation of the sphingolipid signaling pathway at the blood-brain barrier (BBB) during sepsis...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990847/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-from-respiratory-events-to-coronary-microvascular-dysfunction
#5
Sofia Morra, François Roubille
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an emerging and independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases; coronary artery disease (CAD) is higher in OSA patients, even in the absence of other traditional cardiovascular risk factors. There is little evidence to show abnormalities in coronary blood flow (CBF) and disorders in coronary vascular resistance (CVR), occurring during the obstructive respiratory event, suggesting coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) as a potential mechanism of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) OSA-as a related consequence...
October 9, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984631/right-ventricular-perfusion-physiology-and-clinical-implications
#6
George J Crystal, Paul S Pagel
Regulation of blood flow to the right ventricle differs significantly from that to the left ventricle. The right ventricle develops a lower systolic pressure than the left ventricle, resulting in reduced extravascular compressive forces and myocardial oxygen demand. Right ventricular perfusion has eight major characteristics that distinguish it from left ventricular perfusion: (1) appreciable perfusion throughout the entire cardiac cycle; (2) reduced myocardial oxygen uptake, blood flow, and oxygen extraction; (3) an oxygen extraction reserve that can be recruited to at least partially offset a reduction in coronary blood flow; (4) less effective pressure-flow autoregulation; (5) the ability to downregulate its metabolic demand during coronary hypoperfusion and thereby maintain contractile function and energy stores; (6) a transmurally uniform reduction in myocardial perfusion in the presence of a hemodynamically significant epicardial coronary stenosis; (7) extensive collateral connections from the left coronary circulation; and (8) possible retrograde perfusion from the right ventricular cavity through the Thebesian veins...
October 4, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971322/the-diabetic-foot-as-a-proxy-for-cardiovascular-events-and-mortality-review
#7
REVIEW
Isa Dietrich, Gustavo Arruda Braga, Fernanda Gomes de Melo, Ana Carolina Calmon da Costa Silva Silva
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviewed very recent papers (2016) discussing or bringing clinical evidences of the possible common pathways leading to diabetic foot syndrome (DFS) and increased mortality rates. RECENT FINDINGS: Diabetic patients with diabetic foot syndrome have a mortality rate greater than twofold when compared with non-ulcerated diabetics. In addition, the 5-year mortality rate following amputation is estimated at 39-68%, a life expectancy comparable to aggressive types of cancer or advanced congestive heart failure...
October 2, 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965081/sirt1-sirt3-axis-regulates-human-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-in-response-to-ischemia
#8
Tao Chen, Shu-Hui Dai, Xia Li, Peng Luo, Jie Zhu, Yu-Hai Wang, Zhou Fei, Xiao-Fan Jiang
Sirtuin1 (Sirt1) and Sirtuin3 (Sirt3) are two well-characterized members of the silent information regulator 2 (Sir2) family of proteins. Both Sirt1 and Sirt3 have been shown to play vital roles in resistance to cellular stress, but the interaction between these two sirtuins has not been fully determined. In this study, we investigated the role of Sirt1-Sirt3 axis in blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability after ischemia in vitro. Human brain microvascular endothelial cells and astrocytes were co-cultured to model the BBB in vitro and oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) was performed to mimic ischemia...
September 22, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960887/activation-of-rar%C3%AE-rar%C3%AE-or-rxr%C3%AE-increases-barrier-tightness-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-brain-endothelial-cells
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Matthew J Stebbins, Ethan S Lippmann, Madeline G Faubion, Richard Daneman, Sean P Palecek, Eric V Shusta
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is critical to central nervous system (CNS) health. Brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) are often used as in vitro BBB models for studying BBB dysfunction and therapeutic screening applications. Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) can be differentiated to cells having key BMEC barrier and transporter properties, offering a renewable, scalable source of human BMECs. hPSC-derived BMECs have previously been shown to respond to all-trans retinoic acid (RA), and the goal of this study was to identify the stages at which differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) respond to activation of RA receptors (RARs) to impart BBB phenotypes...
September 28, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952230/how-can-we-effectively-address-the-paraneoplastic-dermatomyositis-diagnosis-risk-factors-and-treatment-options
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Ioannis Zerdes, Maria Tolia, Michail Nikolaou, Nikolaos Tsoukalas, Louloudenia Velentza, Jiannis Hajiioannou, Michail Mitsis, George Kyrgias
PURPOSE: Dermatomyositis (DM) represents an auto-immune inflammatory myopathy. In this review, we analyzed the incidence of DM as a clinical manifestation highlighting the peculiar clinical and treatment characteristics of this disease when occurring in the context of different malignancies. METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed based on database search in PubMed/Medline and included English articles until December 2016. RESULTS: In up to 20% of cases DM appears as a paraneoplastic syndrome associated with multiple malignancies such as ovarian, breast, prostate, lung, nasopharyngeal and colorectal cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphomas...
July 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943204/considerations-for-antibiotic-prophylaxis-in-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery
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Michael P Veve, Susan L Davis, Amy M Williams, John E McKinnon, Tamer A Ghanem
Peri/post-operative antibiotic prophylaxis (POABP) has become standard practice for preventing surgical site infections (SSI) in head and neck cancer patients undergoing microvascular reconstruction, but few data exist on optimal POABP regimens. Current surgical prophylaxis guideline recommendations fail to account for the complexity of microvascular reconstruction relative to other head and neck procedures, specifically regarding wound classification and antibiotic duration. Selection of POABP spectrum is also controversial, and must balance the choice between too narrow, risking subsequent infection, or too broad, and possible unwanted effects (e...
September 21, 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942003/inhalation-exposure-to-three-dimensional-printer-emissions-stimulates-acute-hypertension-and-microvascular-dysfunction
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A B Stefaniak, R F LeBouf, M G Duling, J Yi, A B Abukabda, C R McBride, T R Nurkiewicz
Fused deposition modeling (FDM™), or three-dimensional (3D) printing has become routine in industrial, occupational and domestic environments. We have recently reported that 3D printing emissions (3DPE) are complex mixtures, with a large ultrafine particulate matter component. Additionally, we and others have reported that inhalation of xenobiotic particles in this size range is associated with an array of cardiovascular dysfunctions. Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 3DPE aerosols via nose-only exposure for ~3h...
September 21, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939944/gestational-retinal-microvasculature-and-the-risk-of-5%C3%A2-year-postpartum-abnormal-glucose-metabolism
#13
Ling-Jun Li, Kok Hian Tan, Izzuddin M Aris, Yap Seng Chong, Seang Mei Saw, Peter Gluckman, Jie Jin Wang, Tien Yin Wong
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Changes in retinal microvasculature may reflect insulin resistance. We examined the association of changes in retinal microvasculature during pregnancy and risk of subsequent abnormal glucose metabolism in a cohort of mothers at baseline and 5 years postpartum. METHODS: Of the participants from the Singapore birth cohort (Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes [GUSTO]), 276 mothers attended both baseline (at 26-28 weeks of gestation) and follow-up (5 year postpartum) visits...
September 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938688/drag-reducing-polymers-decrease-hepatic-injury-and-metastases-after-liver-ischemia-reperfusion
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Samer Tohme, Marina V Kameneva, Hamza O Yazdani, Vikas Sud, Julie Goswami, Patricia Loughran, Hai Huang, Richard L Simmons, Allan Tsung
INTRODUCTION: Surgery, a crucial therapeutic modality in the treatment of solid tumors, can induce sterile inflammatory processes which can result in metastatic progression. Liver ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury, an inevitable consequence of hepatic resection of metastases, has been shown to foster hepatic capture of circulating cancer cells and accelerate metastatic growth. Efforts to reduce these negative consequences have not been thoroughly investigated. Drag reducing polymers (DRPs) are blood-soluble macromolecules that can, in nanomolar concentrations, increase tissue perfusion, decrease vascular resistance and decrease near-wall microvascular concentration of neutrophils and platelets thereby possibly reducing the inflammatory microenvironment...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938479/pulmonary-function-and-sleep-breathing-two-new-targets-for-type-2-diabetes-care
#15
Albert Lecube, Rafael Simó, Maria Pallayova, Naresh M Punjabi, Carolina López-Cano, Cecilia Turino, Cristina Hernández, Ferran Barbé
Population based studies showing the negative impact of type 2 diabetes (T2D) on lung function are overviewed. Among the well-recognized pathophysiological mechanisms, the metabolic pathways related to insulin resistance, low-grade chronic inflammation, leptin resistance, microvascular damage, and autonomic neuropathy are emphasized. Histopathological changes are exposed, and findings reported from experimental models are clearly differentiated from those described in humans. The accelerated decline in pulmonary function that appears in patients with cystic fibrosis with related abnormalities of glucose tolerance and diabetes is considered as an example to further investigate the relationship between T2D and the lung...
September 4, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923179/drugs-and-hyperglycemia-a-practical-guide
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REVIEW
Vandana Jain, Ronak Kumar Patel, Zaureen Kapadia, Sneha Galiveeti, Maryann Banerji, Lisel Hope
Drug-induced diabetes is one of the factors contributing to the increasing incidence of diabetes worldwide. This review considers the frequency, pathogenesis and treatment of drug-induced diabetes. Drugs that induce diabetes include hormonal therapy, especially glucocorticoids and androgen blockers, cardiovascular drugs, especially statins, beta-blockers and diuretics, antipsychotics, especially clozapine, olanzapine and quetiapine, antiretrovirals (protease inhibitors and non-reverse transcriptase inhibitors - NRTIs) and other drugs (mechanistic target of rapamycin inhibitors -mTORs, post organ transplantation drugs, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and interferon-alpha)...
October 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920099/fast-virtual-fractional-flow-reserve-based%C3%A2-upon-steady-state-computational-fluid-dynamics-analysis-results-from-the-virtu-fast-study
#17
Paul D Morris, Daniel Alejandro Silva Soto, Jeroen F A Feher, Dan Rafiroiu, Angela Lungu, Susheel Varma, Patricia V Lawford, D Rodney Hose, Julian P Gunn
Fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided percutaneous intervention is superior to standard assessment but remains underused. The authors have developed a novel "pseudotransient" analysis protocol for computing virtual fractional flow reserve (vFFR) based upon angiographic images and steady-state computational fluid dynamics. This protocol generates vFFR results in 189 s (cf >24 h for transient analysis) using a desktop PC, with <1% error relative to that of full-transient computational fluid dynamics analysis...
August 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905113/influence-of-increased-heart-rate-and-aortic-pressure-on-resting-indices-of-functional-coronary-stenosis-severity
#18
Lorena Casadonte, Bart-Jan Verhoeff, Jan J Piek, Ed VanBavel, Jos A E Spaan, Maria Siebes
Baseline assessment of functional stenosis severity has been proposed as a practical alternative to hyperemic indices. However, intact autoregulation mechanisms may affect intracoronary hemodynamics. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of changes in aortic pressure (Pa) and heart rate (HR) on baseline coronary hemodynamics and functional stenosis assessment. In 15 patients (55 ± 3% diameter stenosis) Pa, intracoronary pressure (Pd) and flow velocity were obtained at control, and during atrial pacing at 120 bpm, increased Pa (+30 mmHg) with intravenous phenylephrine (PE), and elevated Pa while pacing at sinus heart rate (PE + sHR)...
September 13, 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901449/fk506-suppresses-hypoxia%C3%A2-induced-inflammation-and-protects-tight-junction-function-via-the-can%C3%A2-nfatc1-signaling-pathway-in-retinal-microvascular-epithelial-cells
#19
Yaguang Hu, Boyu Yang, Yue Xu, Li Jiang, Ching-Kit Tsui, Xiaoling Liang
The present study aimed to identify whether FK506 suppresses hypoxia‑induced inflammation and protects tight junction function via the calcineurin‑nuclear factor of activated T‑cells 1 (CaN‑NFATc1) signaling pathway in mouse retinal microvascular endothelial cells (mRMECs). The mRMECs were treated with FK506 at different concentrations following the induction of hypoxia. Trans‑epithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and cell permeability were examined to measure the integrity of the tight junctions...
September 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899431/the-role-of-perfusion-and-diffusion-mri-in-the-assessment-of-patients-affected-by-probable-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-a-cohort-prospective-preliminary-study
#20
Francesco Tuniz, Maria Caterina Vescovi, Daniele Bagatto, Daniela Drigo, Maria Cristina De Colle, Marta Maieron, Miran Skrap
BACKGROUND: Invasive tests measuring resistance to cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) outflow and the effect of temporary drainage of CSF are used to select candidates affected by idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) for shunt surgery. Neither test, however, completely excludes patients from treatment. Perfusion and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are non-invasive techniques that might be of value in selecting patients for surgical treatment and understanding brain changes in iNPH patients...
September 12, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
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