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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228086/new-methods-to-study-the-microcirculation
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Damiano Rizzoni, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Carolina De Ciuceis, Francesco Semeraro, Marco Rizzoni, Franco Docchio
Essential hypertension is associated with structural alterations in the microvessels; in particular, an increase in the media thickness to internal lumen ratio of small resistance arteries (MLR) and a reduction in capillary density have been observed. The evaluation of the morphological characteristics of small resistance arteries in humans is challenging. The gold standard method is generally considered to be the measurement by wire or pressure micromyography of MLR of subcutaneous small vessels obtained by local biopsies...
December 7, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222132/invasive-assessment-of-the-coronary-microvasculature-the-index-of-microcirculatory-resistance
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REVIEW
William F Fearon, Yuhei Kobayashi
Traditionally, invasive coronary physiological assessment has focused on the epicardial coronary artery. More recently, appreciation of the importance of the coronary microvasculature in determining patient outcomes has grown. Several invasive modalities for interrogating microvascular function have been proposed. Angiographic techniques have been limited by their qualitative and subjective nature. Doppler wire-derived coronary flow reserve has been applied in research studies, but its clinical role has been limited by its lack of reproducibility, its lack of a clear normal value, and the fact that it is not specific for the microvasculature but interrogates the entire coronary circulation...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215470/invasive-assessment-of-microvascular-function-in-patients-with-valvular-heart-disease
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Takeshi Nishi, Hideki Kitahara, Saito Yuichi, Tomoko Nishi, Takashi Nakayama, Yoshihide Fujimoto, Goro Matsumiya, Yoshio Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate microvascular function in patients with valvular heart disease (VHD), which causes chronic left ventricular volume and/or pressure overload, therefore change in coronary microvascular hemodynamics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 30 patients with VHD considered for surgery (10 aortic stenosis, 12 aortic regurgitation, and eight mitral regurgitation) and 30 controls. Intracoronary physiological assessments were performed in the unobstructed left anterior descending artery using a pressure-temperature sensor guidewire at rest and hyperemia...
December 5, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211893/aldosterone-is-not-associated-with-metabolic-and-microvascular-insulin-sensitivity-in-abdominally-obese-men
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Monica T J Schütten, Yvo H A M Kusters, Alfons J H M Houben, Jean L J M Scheijen, Marjo P H van de Waarenburg, Casper G Schalkwijk, Peter J Joris, Jogchum Plat, Ronald P Mensink, Peter W de Leeuw, Coen D A Stehouwer
Context: Impaired insulin-mediated muscle microvascular recruitment (IMMR) in obese individuals may add to the development of metabolic insulin resistance and hypertension. Increased aldosterone levels have been linked to these obesity-related complications in severely to morbidly obese individuals, and have been found to interfere with microvascular function in experimental studies. Objectives: To investigate whether aldosterone levels are related to IMMR, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure in lean and moderately abdominally obese men, and to study the effect of weight loss on these variables...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211322/perivascular-adipose-tissue-and-the-dynamic-regulation-of-kv-7-and-kir-channels-implications-to-resistant-hypertension
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Maik Gollasch, Donald G Welsh, Rudolf Schubert
Resistant hypertension is defined as high blood pressure that remains uncontrolled despite treatment with at least three antihypertensive drugs at adequate doses. Resistant hypertension is an increasingly common clinical problem in older age, obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea, and chronic kidney disease. Although the direct vasodilator minoxidil was introduced in the early 1970s, only recently has this drug been shown to be particularly effective in a subgroup of patients with treatment-resistant or uncontrolled hypertension...
December 6, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209950/spect-myocardial-ischemia-in-the-absence-of-obstructive-cad-contribution-of-the-invasive-assessment-of-microvascular-dysfunction
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Loïc Djaïleb, Laurent Riou, Nicolas Piliero, Adrien Carabelli, Estelle Vautrin, Alexis Broisat, Julien Leenhardt, Jacques Machecourt, Daniel Fagret, Gerald Vanzetto, Gilles Barone-Rochette, Catherine Ghezzi
Coronary microvascular dysfunction has recently emerged as a major independent prognostic factor and can be invasively assessed by coronary flow reserve (CFR) and the index of microvascular resistance (IMR). The incremental prognostic value of myocardial ischemia from SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) over clinical characteristics, cardiac risk factors, and stress test data for the prediction of hard cardiac events (myocardial infarction and cardiac death) has been well demonstrated over the last two decades regardless of the absence or presence of epicardial CAD...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205328/quantitative-analysis-of-hepatic-macro-and-microvascular-alterations-during-cirrhogenesis-in-the%C3%A2-rat
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Geert Peeters, Charlotte Debbaut, Adrian Friebel, Pieter Cornillie, Winnok H De Vos, Kasper Favere, Ingrid Vander Elst, Tim Vandecasteele, Tim Johann, Luc Van Hoorebeke, Diethard Monbaliu, Dirk Drasdo, Stefan Hoehme, Wim Laleman, Patrick Segers
Cirrhosis represents the end-stage of any persistent chronically active liver disease. It is characterized by the complete replacement of normal liver tissue by fibrosis, regenerative nodules, and complete fibrotic vascularized septa. The resulting angioarchitectural distortion contributes to an increasing intrahepatic vascular resistance, impeding liver perfusion and leading to portal hypertension. To date, knowledge on the dynamically evolving pathological changes of the hepatic vasculature during cirrhogenesis remains limited...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202467/endothelial-chimerism-and-vascular-sequestration-protect-pancreatic-islet-grafts-from-antibody-mediated-rejection
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Chien-Chia Chen, Eric Pouliquen, Alexis Broisat, Francesco Andreata, Maud Racapé, Patrick Bruneval, Laurence Kessler, Mitra Ahmadi, Sandrine Bacot, Carole Saison-Delaplace, Marina Marcaud, Jean-Paul Duong Van Huyen, Alexandre Loupy, Jean Villard, Sandrine Demuylder-Mischler, Thierry Berney, Emmanuel Morelon, Meng-Kun Tsai, Marie-Nathalie Kolopp-Sarda, Alice Koenig, Virginie Mathias, Stéphanie Ducreux, Catherine Ghezzi, Valerie Dubois, Antonino Nicoletti, Thierry Defrance, Olivier Thaunat
Humoral rejection is the most common cause of solid organ transplant failure. Here, we evaluated a cohort of 49 patients who were successfully grafted with allogenic islets and determined that the appearance of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSAs) did not accelerate the rate of islet graft attrition, suggesting resistance to humoral rejection. Murine DSAs bound to allogeneic targets expressed by islet cells and induced their destruction in vitro; however, passive transfer of the same DSAs did not affect islet graft survival in murine models...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197931/effects-of-supervised-exercise-training-on-lower-limb-cutaneous-microvascular-reactivity-in-adults-with-venous-ulcers
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Garry A Tew, Anil Gumber, Emma McIntosh, Sue Kesterton, Brenda King, Jonathan A Michaels, Markos Klonizakis
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of a 12-week supervised exercise programme on lower-limb cutaneous microvascular reactivity in adults with venous leg ulceration. METHODS: Thirty-eight adults with unilateral venous ulceration who were being treated with lower-limb compression therapy (58% male; mean age 65 years; median ulcer size 5 cm2) were randomly allocated to exercise or control groups. Exercise participants (n = 18) were invited to attend thrice weekly sessions of lower-limb aerobic and resistance exercise for 12 weeks...
December 2, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196345/mitoprotection-attenuates-myocardial-vascular-impairment-in-porcine-metabolic-syndrome
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Fang Yuan, Ahmad F Hedayat, Christopher M Ferguson, Amir Lerman, Lilach O Lerman, Alfonso Eirin
INTRODUCTION: The metabolic syndrome (MetS) leads to cardiac vascular injury, which may reflect in increased retention of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC). Coronary endothelial cell (EC) mitochondria partly regulate vascular function and structure. We hypothesized that chronic mitoprotection would preserve EC mitochondria and attenuate coronary vascular injury and dysfunction in swine MetS. METHODS: Pigs were studied after 16 weeks of diet-induced MetS, MetS treated for the last 4 weeks with the mitochondria-targeted peptide elamipretide (ELAM, 0...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193492/perfusion-measures-for-symptom-severity-and-differential-outcome-of-revascularization-in-limb-ischemia-preliminary-results-with-arterial-spin-labeling-reactive-hyperemia
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Hou-Jen Chen, Trisha L Roy, Graham A Wright
BACKGROUND: Previously, a theoretical model based on microvascular physiology was established to facilitate the interpretation of calf perfusion dynamics recorded by arterial spin labeling (ASL). PURPOSE: To investigate the clinical relevance of novel perfusion indices by comparing them to the symptoms, response to revascularization, and short-term functional outcome in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). STUDY TYPE: Prospective cohort study...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192067/effect-of-myostatin-deletion-on-cardiac-and-microvascular-function
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Joshua T Butcher, M Irfan Ali, Merry W Ma, Cameron G McCarthy, Bianca N Islam, Lauren G Fox, James D Mintz, Sebastian Larion, David J Fulton, David W Stepp
The objective of this study is to test the hypothesis that increased muscle mass has positive effects on cardiovascular function. Specifically, we tested the hypothesis that increases in lean body mass caused by deletion of myostatin improves cardiac performance and vascular function. Echocardiography was used to quantify left ventricular function at baseline and after acute administration of propranolol and isoproterenol to assess β-adrenergic reactivity. Additionally, resistance vessels in several beds were removed, cannulated, pressurized to 60 mmHg and reactivity to vasoactive stimuli was assessed...
December 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189286/epidural-anesthesia-to-facilitate-organ-blood-flow-during-the-first-penile-transplantation-in-the-united-states-a-case-report
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Katarina J Ruscic, Grettel J Zamora-Berridi, Francis J McGovern, Curtis Cetrulo, Jonathan M Winograd, Kyle R Eberlin, Branko Bojovic, Dicken S Ko, T Anthony Anderson
Regional anesthesia has been used to help create local sympathectomy and improve blood flow in plastic surgery procedures involving tissue grafts and flaps. However, anesthetic techniques that reduce systemic vascular resistance must be used with caution in patients with aortic stenosis (AS). Combined neuraxial and general anesthesia with careful titration of the local anesthetic dose can be a safe approach for patients with AS undergoing microvascular procedures. We present the anesthetic management of the first North American penile transplant, on an obese patient with moderate AS...
November 16, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178290/microrna-21-contributes-to-reduced-microvascular-function-in-binge-drinking-young-adults
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Jing-Tan Bian, Mariann R Piano, Kumar U Kotlo, Abeer M Mahmoud, Shane A Phillips
BACKGROUND: Binge drinking is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease. MicroRNA-21 (miR21) is upregulated in the setting of excessive alcohol consumption and CV disease. Therefore, the goal of this study was to examine the vasodilatory responses to flow and acetylcholine in the absence and presence of an anti-miR21 inhibitor in the microcirculation of young adult repeated binge drinkers. METHODS: Gluteal subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies were obtained from young adults (18-30 yrs, n = 35 vessels from binge drinkers [BDs] and n = 28 vessels from abstainers)...
November 25, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169759/abnormal-coronary-vasoreactivity-in-transient-left-ventricular-apical-ballooning-tako-tsubo-syndrome
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Edoardo Verna, Stefano Provasoli, Sergio Ghiringhelli, Fabrizio Morandi, Jorge Salerno-Uriarte
BACKGROUND: The exact etiology and pathophysiologic mechanisms of tako-tsubo syndrome (TTS) remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: To further evaluate the abnormal coronary vasoreactivity and its possible anatomical substrate in TTS. METHODS: We studied 47 patients (46 women; age 67±12years) who underwent diagnostic cardiac catheterization and evaluation of coronary vasoreactivity by sequential acetylcholine (Ach), nitroglycerine and adenosine testing with angiographic and intracoronary pressure-Doppler flow monitoring...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167164/nrf2-prevents-hypertension-increased-adma-microvascular-oxidative-stress-and-dysfunction-in-mice-with-two-weeks-of-angiotensin-ii-infusion
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Cheng Wang, Zaiming Luo, Gabriella Carter, Anton Wellstein, Pedro A Jose, James Tomlinson, James Leiper, William J Welch, Christopher S Wilcox, Dan Wang
Nuclear factor erythyroid factor 2 (Nrf2) transcribes genes in cultured endothelial cells that reduce reactive oxygen species (ROS) and generate nitric oxide (NO) or metabolize asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) that inhibits NO synthase (NOS). Therefore, we undertook a functional study to test the hypothesis that activation of Nrf2 by tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) preserves microvascular endothelial function during oxidative stress. Wild-type CB57Bl/6 (wt), Nrf2 wt (+/+), or knockout (-/-) mice received vehicle (Veh) or tBHQ (0...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162432/renal-damage-in-the-metabolic-syndrome-metsx-disorders-implicated
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REVIEW
Trujillo Joyce, Chirino Yolanda Irasema, Martínez-Tagüeña Natalia, Pedraza-Chaverri Jose
The prevalence of metabolic syndrome is increasing worldwide and has become a risk factor for the development of chronic kidney disease. The complex linkage between metabolic syndrome and chronic kidney disease is under research and the factors involved beyond the biological pathogenesis include demographic, sociological and psychological factors that are related to the metabolic syndrome prevalence. The social context of disease causation is as relevant to today's clinical scientist and practitioner as biomarker-directed risk stratification and therapy...
November 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160087/glyoxalase-1-modulation-in-obesity-and-diabetes
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Naila Rabbani, Paul J Thornalley
SIGNIFICANCE: Obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus are increasing globally. There is also increasing associated complications, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and vascular complications of diabetes. There is currently no licensed treatment for NAFLD and no recent treatments for diabetic complications. New approaches are required, particularly addressing mechanism-based risk factors for health decline and disease progression. Recent advances: Dicarbonyl stress is the abnormal accumulation of reactive dicarbonyl metabolites such as methylglyoxal leading to cell and tissue dysfunction...
November 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154426/microvascular-dysfunction-and-cardiac-fibrosis-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-case-report
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Nikhil Narang, Diego Medvedofsky, Kathryn Dryer, Sanjiv J Shah, Charles J Davidson, Amit R Patel, John E A Blair
We report the case of a 55-year-old woman with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), who presented with hypertensive urgency and pulmonary oedema. The patient was medically optimized and underwent cardiac catheterization revealing pulmonary hypertension, elevated pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, normal cardiac index, and non-obstructive coronary disease. Invasive evaluation of coronary flow revealed blunted coronary flow reserve and increased index of microvascular resistance. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated reduced global myocardial perfusion and diffuse interstitial fibrosis...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149942/mechanisms-of-organ-dysfunction-in-sepsis
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REVIEW
Rachel Pool, Hernando Gomez, John A Kellum
Sepsis-associated organ dysfunction involves multiple responses to inflammation, including endothelial and microvascular dysfunction, immune and autonomic dysregulation, and cellular metabolic reprogramming. The effect of targeting these mechanistic pathways on short- and long-term outcomes depends highly on the timing of therapeutic intervention. Furthermore, there is a need to understand the adaptive or maladaptive character of these mechanisms, to discover phase-specific biomarkers to guide therapy, and to conceptualize these mechanisms in terms of resistance and tolerance...
January 2018: Critical Care Clinics
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