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Renee Wei-Yan Chow, Paola Lamperti, Emily Steed, Francesco Boselli, Julien Vermot
During embryogenesis, cells undergo dynamic changes in cell behavior, and deciphering the cellular logic behind these changes is a fundamental goal in the field of developmental biology. The discovery and development of photoconvertible proteins have greatly aided our understanding of these dynamic changes by providing a method to optically highlight cells and tissues. However, while photoconversion, time-lapse microscopy, and subsequent image analysis have proven to be very successful in uncovering cellular dynamics in organs such as the brain or the eye, this approach is generally not used in the developing heart due to challenges posed by the rapid movement of the heart during the cardiac cycle...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nathan Criem, An Zwijsen
Atrioventricular septal defects often result from impaired endocardial cushion development. Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) is a critical event in endocardial cushion development that initiates in the atrioventricular canal (AVC). In ex vivo EndoMT studies, mouse AVCs are flat-mounted on a collagen gel. In the explant outgrowths, the ratio of elongated spindle-like mesenchymal cells over cobblestone-shaped cells, generally considered as endothelial cells, reflects EndoMT. Using this method, several key signalling pathways have been attributed important functions during EndoMT...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lulu Yu, Mingyue Jiang, Pengpeng Qu, Zeni Wu, Peisong Sun, Mingrong Xi, Yu Qin, Xin Liu, Guangdong Liao, Xiaoqin Lei, Lixin Sun, Yongzhen Zhang, Zhifang Li, Wen Chen, You-Lin Qiao
HPV-16 and -18 account for about 80% of cervical cancers. We evaluated the performance of HPV-16/18 oncoprotein to predict precancer and cancer in corresponding tissue biopsy specimens. 1008 women attending cervical cancer screening program and 638 women referred to colposcopy with biopsy-confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse (CIN2+) from 4 hospitals were recruited (1646 in total). All women were tested OncoE6 (AVC), Liquid Based Cytology (Hologic) and cobas HPV test (Roche). Colposcopy was performed on women with any abnormal results...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Laura M Getz, Michael Kubovy
An audiovisual correspondence (AVC) refers to an observer's seemingly arbitrary yet consistent matching of sensory features across the two modalities; for example, between an auditory pitch and visual size. Research on AVCs has frequently used a speeded classification procedure in which participants are asked to rapidly classify an image when it is either accompanied by a congruent or an incongruent sound (or vice versa). When, as is typically the case, classification is faster in the presence of a congruent stimulus, researchers have inferred that the AVC is automatic and bottom-up...
February 24, 2018: Cognition
Jun-Bean Park, In-Chang Hwang, Whal Lee, Jung-Kyu Han, Chi-Hoon Kim, Seung-Pyo Lee, Han-Mo Yang, Eun-Ah Park, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Paul T L Chiam, Yong-Jin Kim, Bon-Kwon Koo, Dae-Won Sohn, Hyuk Ahn, Joon-Won Kang, Seung-Jung Park, Hyo-Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist regarding the impact of aortic valve calcification (AVC) eccentricity on the risk of paravalvular regurgitation (PVR) and response to balloon post-dilation (BPD) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We investigated the prognostic value of AVC eccentricity in predicting the risk of PVR and response to BPD in patients undergoing TAVR. METHODS: We analyzed 85 patients with severe aortic stenosis who underwent self-expandable TAVR (43 women; 77...
December 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Frank Janssen, Mohammed Awadallah, Awed Alhalabi, Barbara Körber, Reinhard Lang, Mateusz Scibor, René Handschu
OBJECTIVE: While telemedicine is in expanding use in acute stroke care, little is known about its use in general neurology, especially in acute care. We sought to investigate the feasibility and possible effects of a telemedicine device within the neurological back-up service of an acute care hospital. METHODS: In a 450 bed academic teaching hospital an experienced neurologist (EN) is on call to support the junior doctor at the hospital. Support was possible whether by standard telephone advice (TA) or by audiovisual consultations (AVC)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Shu Rong, Xin Qiu, Xiucai Jin, Minghua Shang, Yixin Huang, Zhihuan Tang, Weijie Yuan
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a common cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Aortic and mitral valve calcification (AVC and MVC, respectively) are critical indicators of CVD and all-cause mortality in CKD patients.We conducted a single center retrospective study of Chinese inpatients with CKD to identify risk factors associated with valve calcification (VC).Of 288 enrolled CKD patients, 22.9% had VC, all of which exhibited AVC, while 21.2% exhibited MVC. The VC group were significantly older than the non-VC group (70...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jeffrey P Jacobs, John E Mayer, Sara K Pasquali, Kevin D Hill, David M Overman, James D St Louis, S Ram Kumar, Carl L Backer, Charles D Fraser, James S Tweddell, Marshall L Jacobs
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database is a comprehensive clinical outcomes registry which captures almost all pediatric cardiac surgical operations in the United States. It is the platform for all activities of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons related to the analysis of outcomes and the improvement of quality in this subspecialty. This article summarizes current aggregate national outcomes in congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery and reviews related activities in the areas of quality measurement, performance improvement, and transparency...
January 11, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Julie Haesebaert, Norbert Nighoghossian, Catherine Mercier, Anne Termoz, Sylvie Porthault, Laurent Derex, Pierre-Yves Gueugniaud, Estelle Bravant, Muriel Rabilloud, Anne-Marie Schott
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A suboptimal number of ischemic stroke patients eligible for thrombolysis actually receive it, partly because of extended inhospital delays. We developed a comprehensive program designed for emergency unit staff and evaluated its effectiveness for reducing intrahospital times and improving access to thrombolysis. METHODS: We conducted a randomized stepped-wedge controlled trial in 18 emergency unit. The sequentially implemented training intervention, targeting emergency physicians and nurses, was based on specifically designed videos and interactive simulation workshops on intrahospital management optimization...
January 10, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Mengmeng Huang, Jingjing Jiao, Jun Wang, Zhidan Xia, Yu Zhang
Acrylamide (AA), an environmental pollutant, has been linked to neurotoxicity, genotoxicity and carcinogenicity. AA is widely used to synthesize polymers for industrial applications, is widely found in Western-style carbohydrate-rich foods and cigarette smoke, and can also be detected in human umbilical cord blood and breast milk. This is the first study that demonstrated the cardiac developmental toxicity of AA in zebrafish embryos. Post-fertilization exposure to AA caused a clearly deficient cardiovascular system with a shrunken heart and abortive morphogenesis and function...
March 2018: Environmental Pollution
Hongying Dai, Delwyn Catley
Multiple state attorneys generals have entered assurances of voluntary compliance (AVCs) with numerous national retail chains as an application of consumer protection laws to help prevent tobacco sales to minors. Little is known about the effectiveness of AVCs in reducing the violations of tobacco retailers for underage sales. We collected inspection data involving minors (n=53,832) on tobacco retailers in 2015 and 2016 from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance check database. Inspections on 13 national retail chains were classified into four categories: gas stations from oil companies, convenience stores, pharmacy stores, and supermarkets...
December 6, 2017: Preventive Medicine
Tiffany B Duong, Padmapriyadarshini Ravisankar, Yuntao Charlie Song, Jacob T Gafranek, Ariel B Rydeen, Tracy E Dohn, Lindsey A Barske, J Gage Crump, Joshua S Waxman
Determination of appropriate chamber size is critical for normal vertebrate heart development. Although Nr2f transcription factors promote atrial maintenance and differentiation, how they determine atrial size remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that zebrafish Nr2f1a is expressed in differentiating atrial cardiomyocytes. Zebrafish nr2f1a mutants have smaller atria due to a specific reduction in atrial cardiomyocyte (AC) number, suggesting it has similar requirements to Nr2f2 in mammals. Furthermore, the smaller atria in nr2f1a mutants are derived from distinct mechanisms that perturb AC differentiation at the chamber poles...
February 1, 2018: Developmental Biology
Frederique E C M Peeters, Steven J R Meex, Marc R Dweck, Elena Aikawa, Harry J G M Crijns, Leon J Schurgers, Bas L J H Kietselaer
Calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS) is common in the ageing population and set to become an increasing economic and health burden. Once present, it inevitably progresses and has a poor prognosis in symptomatic patients. No medical therapies are proven to be effective in holding or reducing disease progression. Therefore, aortic valve replacement remains the only available treatment option. Improved knowledge of the mechanisms underlying disease progression has provided us with insights that CAVS is not a passive disease...
November 10, 2017: European Heart Journal
Raahat Devender Singh, Naveen Aggarwal
Amidst the continual march of technology, we find ourselves relying on digital videos to proffer visual evidence in several highly sensitive areas such as journalism, politics, civil and criminal litigation, and military and intelligence operations. However, despite being an indispensable source of information with high evidentiary value, digital videos are also extremely vulnerable to conscious manipulations. Therefore, in a situation where dependence on video evidence is unavoidable, it becomes crucial to authenticate the contents of this evidence before accepting them as an accurate depiction of reality...
December 2017: Forensic Science International
Andrew D Wiens, Ann Johnson, Omer T Inan
In this paper we describe a new method to measure aortic valve opening (AVO) and closing (AVC) from cardiogenic limb vibrations (i.e., wearable ballistocardiogram [BCG] signals). AVO and AVC were detected for each heartbeat with accelerometers on the upper arm (A), wrist (W), and knee (K) of 22 subjects following isometric exercise. Exercise-induced changes were recorded with impedance cardiography. The method, Filter BCG, detects peaks in distal vibrations after filtering with individually-tuned bandpass filters...
March 1, 2017: IEEE Sensors Journal
Tomaz Podlesnikar, Edgard A Prihadi, Philippe J van Rosendael, E Mara Vollema, Frank van der Kley, Arend de Weger, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Franjo Naji, Zlatko Fras, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Accurate aortic annulus sizing is key for selection of appropriate transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) prosthesis size. The present study compared novel automated 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) software and multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) for aortic annulus sizing and investigated the influence of the quantity of aortic valve calcium (AVC) on the selection of TAVI prosthesis size. A total of 83 patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing TAVI were evaluated...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Jennifer Mancio, Paulo Fonseca, Bruno Figueiredo, Wilson Ferreira, Monica Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira, Pedro Braga, Alberto Rodrigues, Antonio Barros, Ines Falcao-Pires, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Vasco Gama Ribeiro, Nuno Bettencourt
BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that metabolic syndrome is associated with aortic valve calcification (AVC) and poor outcomes in aortic stenosis (AS). However, if these associations change and how body fat impacts the prognosis of patients in late stage of the disease have been not yet explored. AIMS: To determine the association of body mass index (BMI) and visceral fat with AVC and mortality after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: This was a prospective cohort of 170 severe AS patients referred to TAVR...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
Dong Chen, Hongzhi Xie, Shuyang Zhang, Weisheng Chen, Lixu Gu
Respiratory motion estimation plays a significant role in radiation therapy. Previous motion estimation approaches usually depended on 4DCT, which introduced extra radio dose for patients, and the local motion details were ignored in the statistical model. In this paper, we propose a novel estimation framework, which employs the Sparse Motion Field Presentation (SMFP) method to obtain a coarse motion estimation which preserves patient-specific respiratory motion details and an Adaptive Variable Coefficient (AVC) motion prior registration approach is applied for the accurate estimation...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Evgeny Bulat, Daniel A Maranho, Leslie A Kalish, Michael B Millis, Young-Jo Kim, Eduardo N Novais
BACKGROUND: The etiology of hip instability in Down syndrome is not completely understood. We investigated the morphology of the acetabulum and femur in patients with Down syndrome and compared measurements of the hips with those of matched controls. METHODS: Computed tomography (CT) images of the pelvis of 42 patients with Down syndrome and hip symptoms were compared with those of 42 age and sex-matched subjects without Down syndrome or history of hip disease who had undergone CT for abdominal pain...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Kevin P Cohoon, Michael H Criqui, Matthew J Budoff, Joao A Lima, Michael J Blaha, Paul A Decker, Ramon Durazo, Kiang Liu, Holly Kramer
Data are limited on whether valvular calcification is associated with aortic wall stiffness. We tested whether aortic valve calcification (AVC) and/or mitral valve calcification (MVC) is inversely associated with aortic distensibility (AD). Cross-sectional study conducted in a subset of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) included 3676 MESA participants aged 44 to 84 years with AD measured with magnetic resonance imaging and with AVC and MVC measured with noncontrast cardiac computed tomography scans...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
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