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Yuji Kanaoka, Takao Ohki, Koji Maeda, Takeshi Baba
PURPOSE: To evaluate risk factors for early (<30 days) type I endoleak following thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted of 439 consecutive patients (mean age 74.0±10.0 years; 333 men) who underwent TEVAR at a single center between June 2006 and June 2013. Pathologies included 237 aortic arch aneurysms and 202 descending thoracic aortic aneurysms (dTAA). Maximum TAA diameter was 63.6±13.7 mm. Among the distal aortic arch aneurysms, 124 required coverage of the left subclavian artery (LSA), while the remaining 113 arch aneurysms had debranching (n=40), the chimney technique (n=52), and a branched stent-graft (n=13)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Rongjie Zhang, Jian Zhou, Jiaxuan Feng, Zhiqing Zhao, Junjun Liu, Zhenjiang Li, Rui Feng, Zaiping Jing
BACKGROUND: How to choose the proximal landing zone in endovascular interventions for a patient with a patent retrograde false lumen in dissection of the ascending aorta and aortic arch remains unclear. This study sought to report the safety and efficiency of inducing thrombosis of the retrograde false lumen to enhance a proximal landing zone to treat retrograde type A aortic dissection. METHODS: This study included 9 patients with retrograde type A aortic dissection treated with a 2-stage operation strategy between January 2015 and January 2016...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Luca Falzone, Andrea Marconi, Carla Loreto, Sabrina Franco, Demetrios A Spandidos, Massimo Libra
It is well known that the occupational exposure to contaminants and carcinogens leads to the development of cancer in exposed workers. In the 18th century, Percivall Pott was the first to hypothesize that chronic exposure to dust in the London chimney sweeps was associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. Subsequently a growing body of evidence indicated that other physical factors were also responsible for oncogenic mutations. Over the past decades, many carcinogens have been found in the occupational environment and their presence is often associated with an increased incidence of cancer...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Simon P Overeem, Johannes T Boersen, Richte C L Schuurmann, Erik Groot Jebbink, Cornelis H Slump, Michel M P J Reijnen, Jean-Paul P M de Vries
OBJECTIVE: Gutters can be described as the loss of continuous apposition between the main body of the endograft, the chimney stent graft, and the aortic wall. Gutters have been associated with increased risk of type IA endoleaks and are considered to be the Achilles' heel of chimney endovascular aneurysm repair (ch-EVAR). However, there is no classification yet to classify and quantify gutter types after ch-EVAR. METHODS: Different gutter types can be distinguished by their morphologic appearance in two- and three-dimensional views and reconstructed slices perpendicular to the center lumen line...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Martijn L Dijkstra, Peter C J M Goverde, Andrew Holden, Clark J Zeebregts, Michel M P J Reijnen
PURPOSE: To show feasibility of the covered endovascular repair of the aortic bifurcation (CERAB) technique in conjunction with chimney grafts in aortic side branches for complex aortoiliac occlusive disease. METHODS: Two European centers and one facility located in New Zealand participated in a retrospective observational study that enrolled 14 consecutive patients (mean age 61.2±8.9 years; 11 men) treated with CERAB in conjunction with chimney graft(s) between December 2012 and May 2015...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
- Barkatullah, Muhammad Ibrar, Nazia Ikram, Abdur Rauf, Taibi Ben Hadda, Saud Bawazeer, Haroon Khan, Samreen Pervez
The current study was designed to assess the antinociceptive and skeleton muscle relaxant effect of leaves and barks of Buddleja asiatica in animal models. In acetic acid induced writhing test, pretreatment of ethanolic extract of leaves and barks evoked marked dose dependent antinociceptive effect with maximum of 70% and 67% pain relief at 300mg/kg i.p. respectively. In chimney test, the ethanolic extract of leaves and barks evoked maximum of 66.66% and 53.33% muscle relaxant effect after 90min of treatment at 300mg/kg i...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Teresa Bonacci, Pierpaolo Storino, Stefano Scalercio, Pietro Brandmayr
Many environmental and intrinsic factors (e.g. limited access to the body) can disrupt insect activity, causing a delay in the colonization of a corpse. These elements could hinder an accurate estimation of the minimum Post-mortem Interval (minPMI), raising questions about the limits of forensic entomology. Blow fly are considered mainly diurnal and relatively inactive at night, at extreme temperatures and in dark conditions. Data on their ability to lay eggs in darkness and in laboratory conditions are scarce...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Hayato Tanaka, Moriaki Yasuhara
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields are among the most extreme habitats on Earth. Major research interests in these ecosystems have focused on the anomalous macrofauna, which are nourished by chemoautotrophic bacterial endosymbionts. In contrast, the meiofauna is largely overlooked in this chemosynthetic environment. The present study describes a new species, Thomontocypris shimanagai sp. nov. (Crustacea: Ostracoda), which was collected from the surface of colonies of neoverrucid barnacles and paralvinellid worms on the chimneys at the Myojin-sho submarine caldera...
October 2016: Zoological Science
Jie Zhu, Alex Mogilner
Cell migration on a two-dimensional flat surface has been extensively studied and is generally characterized by a front-protrusion-rear-contraction process. In a three-dimensional (3D) environment, on the other hand, cells adopt multiple migration strategies depending on the cell type and the properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM). By using computer simulations, we find that these migration strategies can be classified by various spatial-temporal dynamics of actin protrusion, actin-myosin contraction and actin-ECM adhesion...
October 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Ana Isabel Azevedo, Pedro Braga, Alberto Rodrigues, Nuno Ferreira, Marlene Fonseca, Adelaide Dias, Vasco Gama Ribeiro
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is increasingly used in the treatment of acute type B aortic dissection. Type Ia endoleaks are a common complication of the procedure, but its clinical significance and the best treatment strategy remain poorly defined. We present a case of a type Ia endoleak following TEVAR in the treatment of acute type B aortic dissection. Chimney technique approach was used in an attempt to seal the endoleak. Although technical success was suboptimal, the patient remained clinically stable and event free...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Mirosław Zagaja, Marta Andres-Mach, Paweł Patrzylas, Daniel Pyrka, Monika Szpringer, Magdalena Florek-Łuszczki, Dorota Żółkowska, Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak, Jarogniew J Łuszczki
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of xanthotoxin (8-methoxypsoralen) on the protective action of 5 various second- and third-generation antiepileptic drugs (i.e., lacosamide, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, pregabalin and topiramate) in the mouse maximal electroshock-induced seizure model. Seizure activity was evoked in adult male albino Swiss mice by a current (25mA, 500V, 0.2s stimulus duration) delivered via auricular electrodes. Drug-related adverse effects were determined in the chimney, grip-strength and passive avoidance tests...
October 1, 2016: Fitoterapia
Kimihiro Igari, Toshifumi Kudo, Takahiro Toyofuku, Yoshinori Inoue
Juxtarenal aortic aneurysms (JRAAs) are challenging to treat by endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) procedures. The chimney technique with EVAR (Ch-EVAR) is one of the feasible and less invasive treatments for JRAAs. However, the main concern of Ch-EVAR is the potential risk of "gutters," which can lead to type Ia endoleak (EL). Most type Ia ELs after Ch-EVAR procedures occurred intraoperatively, and these ELs could be treated using an endovascular technique. However, late-onset type Ia ELs could be extremely rare, which might have a fear of conservative treatment...
2016: Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Zheng Li, Adwoa Commodore, Stella Hartinger, Michael Lewin, Andreas Sjödin, Erin Pittman, Debra Trinidad, Kendra Hubbard, Claudio F Lanata, Ana I Gil, Daniel Mäusezahl, Luke P Naeher
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution (HAP) from indoor biomass stoves contains harmful pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and is a leading risk factor for global disease burden. We used biomonitoring to assess HAP exposure and association with self-reported symptoms in 334 non-smoking Peruvian women to evaluate the efficacy of a stove intervention program. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study within the framework of a community randomized control trial...
September 24, 2016: Environment International
Yuji Kanaoka, Takao Ohki, Hirotsugu Ozawa
We report a case in which a stent graft and an Amplatzer® vascular plug (AVP) were effective for the treatment of chronic aneurysmal aortic dissection. The patient was a 52-year-old man. At 45 years of age, he developed acute aortic dissection, for which he underwent surgery four times with prosthetic graft replacement in the abdominal aorta, descending thoracic, ascending aorta (without neck branch reconstruction), and thoracoabdominal aorta with the reconstruction of the celiac, superior mesenteric and bilateral renal arteries...
September 23, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Nan Mei, Anne Postec, Christophe Monnin, Bernard Pelletier, Claude E Payri, Bénédicte Ménez, Eléonore Frouin, Bernard Ollivier, Gaël Erauso, Marianne Quéméneur
High amounts of hydrogen are emitted in the serpentinite-hosted hydrothermal field of the Prony Bay (PHF, New Caledonia), where high-pH (~11), low-temperature (< 40°C), and low-salinity fluids are discharged in both intertidal and shallow submarine environments. In this study, we investigated the diversity and distribution of potentially hydrogen-producing bacteria in Prony hyperalkaline springs by using metagenomic analyses and different PCR-amplified DNA sequencing methods. The retrieved sequences of hydA genes, encoding the catalytic subunit of [FeFe]-hydrogenases and, used as a molecular marker of hydrogen-producing bacteria, were mainly related to those of Firmicutes and clustered into two distinct groups depending on sampling locations...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
K Horigane, K Kihou, K Fujita, R Kajimoto, K Ikeuchi, S Ji, J Akimitsu, C H Lee
Understanding the overall features of magnetic excitation is essential for clarifying the mechanism of Cooper pair formation in iron-based superconductors. In particular, clarifying the relationship between magnetism and superconductivity is a central challenge because magnetism may play a key role in their exotic superconductivity. BaFe2As2 is one of ideal systems for such investigation because its superconductivity can be induced in several ways, allowing a comparative examination. Here we report a study on the spin fluctuations of the hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors Ba1-xKxFe2As2 (x = 0...
2016: Scientific Reports
Quirina M B de Ruiter, Johannes B Reitsma, Frans L Moll, Joost A van Herwaarden
PURPOSE: To investigate the total fluoroscopy time and radiation exposure dose during endovascular aortic repairs using mobile, fixed, or fixed C-arms with 3-dimensional image fusion (3D-IF). METHODS: A systematic search was performed to identify original articles reporting fluoroscopy time (FT) and the kerma area product (KAP) during endovascular aortic repairs. Data were grouped by noncomplex or complex (fenestrated, branched, or chimney) repairs and stratified by type of C-arm...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Bjørn O Steinsbu, Victoria Røyseth, Ingunn H Thorseth, Ida H Steen
A thermophilic, anaerobic, heterotrophic bacterium, designated 2PyrY55-1T, was isolated from the wall of an active hydrothermal white-smoker chimney in the Soria Moria vent field (71 °N) at the Mohns Ridge in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. Cells of the strain were Gram-negative, motile rods that possessed a polar flagellum and a sheath-like outer structure ('toga'). Growth was observed at 45-70 °C (optimum 65 °C), pH 5.0-7.5 (optimum pH 5.5) and in 1.5-5.5 % NaCl (optimum 2.5 %). The strain grew on pyruvate, complex proteinaceous substrates, and various sugars...
September 5, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Pierina Ielpo, Paola Fermo, Valeria Comite, Domenico Mastroianni, Gaetano Viviano, Franco Salerno, Gianni Tartari
During a sampling campaign, carried out during June 2012, inside some traditional households located in four villages (Phakding, Namche, Pangboche and Tukla) of Mt. Everest region in southern part of the central Himalaya (Nepal), particulate matter (PM) depositions and ashes have been collected. Moreover, outdoor PM depositions have also been analyzed. Chemical characterization of PM depositions and ashes for major ions, organic carbon, elemental carbon (EC), metal content and PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) allowed identifying, as major contributes to indoor PM, the following sources: biomass burning, cooking and chimney ashes...
August 31, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Christopher Wallis, Muriel Cerny, Eric Lacroux, Zéphirin Mouloungui
Two types of Animal Fatty Wastewater Sludges (AFWS 1 and 2) were analyzed and fully characterized to determine their suitability for conversion into biofuel. AFWS 1 was determined to be unsuitable as it contains 68.8wt.% water and only 32.3wt.% dry material, of which only around 80% is lipids to be converted. AFWS 2 has only 15.7wt.% water and 84.3wt.% dry material of which is assumed to 100% lipids as the protein and ash contents were determined to be negligible. The 4-dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA) catalyzed esterification of AFWS with 1-butanol was performed in a novel batch reactor fitted with a drying chimney for the "in situ" removal of water and optimized using a non-conventional Doehlert surface response methodology...
August 28, 2016: Waste Management
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