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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540215/myocardial-flow-reserve-mfr-with-positron-emission-tomography-pet-computed-tomography-ct-clinical-impact-in-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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REVIEW
Maria Cecilia Ziadi
In recent years, radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has emerged as a robust tool for the diagnosis, risk stratification and management of patients with known or established coronary artery disease (CAD). Cardiac PET/CT imaging affords key advantages compared to single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) that encompass: (I) improved diagnostic accuracy; (II) decreased radiation exposure due to the utilization of short-lived radiopharmaceuticals, and importantly; (III) the ability to quantify noninvasively myocardial blood flow (MBF) in absolute terms, that is in ml per minute per gram of tissue...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540214/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-in-women-with-nonobstructive-ischemic-heart-disease-as-assessed-by-positron-emission-tomography
#2
REVIEW
Roxana Campisi, Fernando D Marengo
Traditional approaches for risk assessment of ischemic heart disease (IHD) are based on the physiological consequences of an epicardial coronary stenosis. Of note, normal coronary arteries or nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common finding in women with signs and symptoms of ischemia. Therefore, assessment of risk based on a coronary stenosis approach may fail in women. Positron emission tomography (PET) quantifies absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF) which may help to elucidate other mechanisms involved such as endothelial dysfunction and alterations in the smooth muscle cell relaxation responsible for IHD in women...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536897/validation-of-myocardial-perfusion-quantification-by-dynamic-ct-in-an-ex-vivo-porcine-heart-model
#3
Gert Jan Pelgrim, Marco Das, Sjoerd van Tuijl, Marly van Assen, Frits W Prinzen, Marco Stijnen, Matthijs Oudkerk, Joachim E Wildberger, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
To test the accuracy of quantification of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using computed tomography (CT) in ex-vivo porcine models. Five isolated porcine hearts were perfused according to Langendorff. Hearts were perfused using retrograde flow through the aorta and blood flow, blood pressure and heart rate were monitored throughout the experiment. An inflatable cuff was placed around the circumflex (Cx) artery to create stenosis grades which were monitored using a pressure wire, analysing perfusion at several fractional flow reserve values of 1...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523283/variable-temporal-sampling-and-tube-current-modulation-for-myocardial-blood-flow-estimation-from-dose-reduced-dynamic-computed-tomography
#4
Dimple Modgil, Michael D Bindschadler, Adam M Alessio, Patrick J La Rivière
Quantification of myocardial blood flow (MBF) can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. However, there are no widely accepted clinical methods for estimating MBF. Dynamic cardiac perfusion computed tomography (CT) holds the promise of providing a quick and easy method to measure MBF quantitatively. However, the need for repeated scans can potentially result in a high patient radiation dose, limiting the clinical acceptance of this approach. In our previous work, we explored techniques to reduce the patient dose by either uniformly reducing the tube current or by uniformly reducing the number of temporal frames in the dynamic CT sequence...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516230/diverse-roles-of-dpb2-the-non-catalytic-subunit-of-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE%C2%B5
#5
REVIEW
Michał Dmowski, Iwona J Fijałkowska
Timely progression of living cells through the cell cycle is precisely regulated. This involves a series of phosphorylation events which are regulated by various cyclins, activated in coordination with the cell cycle progression. Phosphorylated proteins govern cell growth, division as well as duplication of the genetic material and transcriptional activation of genes involved in these processes. A subset of these tightly regulated genes, which depend on the MBF transcription factor and are mainly involved in DNA replication and cell division, is transiently activated at the transition from G1 to S phase...
May 17, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514327/postoperative-assessment-of-myocardial-function-and-microcirculation-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-by-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography
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Li Jiang, Hong Yao, Zhao-Guang Liang
BACKGROUND Postoperative myocardial function and microcirculation of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) was assessed by myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE). MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty-nine ACS patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were detected by MCE and two-dimensional ultrasonography before and a month later after PCI respectively. Their myocardial perfusion was evaluated by myocardial contrast score (MSC) and contrast score index (CSI); cross-sectional area of microvessel (A), average myocardial microvascular impairment (β), and myocardial blood flow (MBF) were analyzed by cardiac ultrasound quantitative analysis (CUSQ), and fractional flow reserve (FFR) change was observed...
May 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508271/optimization-of-temporal-sampling-for-82-rubidium-pet-myocardial-blood-flow-quantification
#7
Benjamin C Lee, Jonathan B Moody, Richard L Weinberg, James R Corbett, Edward P Ficaro, Venkatesh L Murthy
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal temporal sampling of left ventricular (LV) blood pool and tissue time-activity curves (TACs) may introduce bias and increased variability in estimates of myocardial blood flow (MBF) and flow reserve (MFR) from dynamic PET myocardial perfusion images. We aimed to optimize temporal sampling for estimation of MBF and MFR. METHODS: Twenty-four normal volunteers and 32 patients underwent dynamic stress/rest rubidium-82 chloride ((82)Rb) PET imaging...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505153/gene-duplication-and-co-evolution-of-g1-s-transcription-factor-specificity-in-fungi-are-essential-for-optimizing-cell-fitness
#8
Adi Hendler, Edgar M Medina, Anastasiya Kishkevich, Mehtap Abu-Qarn, Steffi Klier, Nicolas E Buchler, Robertus A M de Bruin, Amir Aharoni
Transcriptional regulatory networks play a central role in optimizing cell survival. How DNA binding domains and cis-regulatory DNA binding sequences have co-evolved to allow the expansion of transcriptional networks and how this contributes to cellular fitness remains unclear. Here we experimentally explore how the complex G1/S transcriptional network evolved in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by examining different chimeric transcription factor (TF) complexes. Over 200 G1/S genes are regulated by either one of the two TF complexes, SBF and MBF, which bind to specific DNA binding sequences, SCB and MCB, respectively...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504545/detection-of-hemodynamically-significant-coronary-artery-stenosis-with-ct-enhancement-ratio-a-validation-study-in-a-porcine-model
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Jun Chen, Yang Pu, Zhang Zhang, Xuefang Yu, Zhengwen Yang
OBJECTIVE: Although numerous techniques that are based on CT number analysis have been proposed, the assessment of hemodynamically significant coronary artery stenosis remains a great challenge. The purpose of this study is to validate use of the CT enhancement ratio in the detection of hemodynamically significant coronary artery stenosis in a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Experiments involving eight closed-chest swine were performed. A balloon catheter was placed into the left anterior descending coronary artery to simulate different degrees of luminal stenosis...
May 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501269/peak-enhancement-ratio-of-myocardium-to-aorta-for-identification-of-myocardial-ischemia-using-dynamic-myocardial-computed-tomography-perfusion-imaging
#10
Yuki Tanabe, Teruhito Kido, Akira Kurata, Takahiro Yokoi, Naoki Fukuyama, Teruyoshi Uetani, Hikaru Nishiyama, Naoto Kawaguchi, Enver Tahir, Masao Miyagawa, Teruhito Mochizuki
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of peak enhancement (PE) ratio of myocardium to aorta (PER) derived from stress dynamic computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) for the detection of myocardial ischemia assessed by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. METHODS: Forty-four patients who underwent stress dynamic CTP and MR imaging were retrospectively evaluated. From the time-attenuation curve, myocardial PE, PER, and myocardial blood flow (MBF) were calculated on a segment-based analysis...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465300/randomized-trial-comparing-the-effects-of-ticagrelor-versus-clopidogrel-on-myocardial-perfusion-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, Chad R R N Hunter, Kathryn J Ascah, Rob S B Beanlands, Girish Dwivedi, Robert A deKemp, Benjamin J W Chow, Terrence D Ruddy
BACKGROUND: Ticagrelor is a P2Y12 receptor inhibitor used in acute coronary syndromes to reduce platelet activity and to decrease thrombus formation. Ticagrelor is associated with a reduction in mortality incremental to that observed with clopidogrel, potentially related to its non-antiplatelet effects. Evidence from animal models indicates that ticagrelor potentiates adenosine-induced myocardial blood flow (MBF) increases. We investigated MBF at rest and during adenosine-induced hyperemia in patients with stable coronary artery disease treated with ticagrelor versus clopidogrel...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459157/infliximab-alleviates-the-mortality-mesenteric-hypoperfusion-aortic-dysfunction-and-multiple-organ-damage-in-septic-rats
#12
Erdem Kamil Ozer, Mustafa Tugrul Goktas, Ibrahim Kilinc, Aysun Toker, Hulagu Bariskaner, Ceyhan Ugurluoglu, Alper Bektas Iskit
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) is a pivotal mediator that triggers inflammatory process, oxidative stress and multiple organ injury in sepsis. We investigated the effects of infliximab on survival, mesenteric artery blood flow (MBF), vascular reactivity, oxidative and inflammatory injuries in cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) induced sepsis. Wistar rats were divided into Sham, CLP, Sham+infliximab, CLP+infliximab subgroups. 24 hours before the operations rats were injected intraperitoneally with infliximab (7 mg/kg) or vehicle (saline; 1 mL/kg)...
April 29, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442659/diagnostic-accuracy-of-endocardial-to-epicardial-myocardial-blood-flow-ratio-for-the-detection-of-significant-coronary-artery-disease-with-dynamic-myocardial-perfusion-dual-source-computed-tomography
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Yoshitaka Goto, Kakuya Kitagawa, Mio Uno, Shiro Nakamori, Tatsuro Ito, Naoki Nagasawa, Kaoru Dohi, Hajime Sakuma
BACKGROUND: Previous dynamic stress computed tomography perfusion (CTP) studies used absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF in mL/100 g/min) as a threshold to discriminate flow-limiting coronary artery disease (CAD), but absolute MBF can be vary because of multiple factors. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic performance of absolute MBF and the transmural perfusion ratio (TPR) for the detection of flow-limiting CAD, and to clarify the influence of CT delayed enhancement (CTDE) on the diagnostic performance of CTP...
April 25, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407326/maternal-lactocrine-programming-of-porcine-reproductive-tract-development
#14
REVIEW
Carol A Bagnell, Teh-Yuan Ho, Ashley F George, Anne A Wiley, Dori J Miller, Frank F Bartol
The lactocrine hypothesis for maternal programming of female reproductive tract development is based on the idea that non-nutritive, milk-borne bioactive factors (MbFs), delivered from mother to offspring during nursing, play a role in determining the trajectory of development with long-term consequences in the adult. Porcine female reproductive tract development is completed postnatally, and the period during which maternal support of neonatal growth derives exclusively from colostrum/milk defines a window of opportunity for lactocrine programming of reproductive tissues...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397180/measurement-of-mbf-by-pet-is-ready-for-prime-time-as-an-integral-part-of-clinical-reports-in-diagnosis-and-risk-assessment-of-patients-with-known-or-suspected-cad-for-prime-time-not-yet-need-impact-and-certainty
#15
Heinrich Schelbert
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379843/direct-parametric-reconstruction-in-dynamic-pet-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-vivo-studies
#16
Yoann Petibon, Yothin Rakvongthai, Georges El Fakhri, Jinsong Ouyang
Dynamic PET myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) used in conjunction with tracer kinetic modeling enables the quantification of absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF). However, MBF maps computed using the traditional indirect method (i.e. post-reconstruction voxel-wise fitting of kinetic model to PET time-activity-curves-TACs) suffer from poor signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Direct reconstruction of kinetic parameters from raw PET projection data has been shown to offer parametric images with higher SNR compared to the indirect method...
April 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369259/diagnostic-value-of-global-myocardial-perfusion-reserve-assessment-based-on-coronary-sinus-flow-measurements-using-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-addition-to-myocardial-stress-perfusion-imaging
#17
Zornitsa Shomanova, Anca Florian, Michael Bietenbeck, Johannes Waltenberger, Udo Sechtem, Ali Yilmaz
Aims: Myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR) is defined as the maximal possible increase in myocardial blood flow (MBF) above baseline conditions. Global MBF can be measured non-invasively by means of coronary sinus flow velocity encoded cine (VENC) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). We aimed to explore the relationship between global MBF/MPR and the extent and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients referred for CAD work-up by adenosine-stress CMR. Methods and results: Fifty-eight patients with suspected obstructive CAD underwent both adenosine-stress CMR and invasive coronary angiography...
March 23, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365789/single-scan-rest-stress-imaging-validation-in-a-porcine-model-with-18-f-flurpiridaz
#18
Nicolas J Guehl, Marc D Normandin, Dustin W Wooten, Guy Rozen, Arkadiusk Sitek, Jeremy Ruskin, Timothy M Shoup, Leon M Ptaszek, Georges El Fakhri, Nathaniel M Alpert
PURPOSE: (18)F-labeled myocardial flow agents are becoming available for clinical application but the ∼2 hour half-life of (18)F complicates their clinical application for rest-stress measurements. The goal of this work is to evaluate in a pig model a single-scan method which provides quantitative rest-stress blood flow in less than 15 minutes. METHODS: Single-scan rest-stress measurements were made using (18)F-Flurpiridaz. Nine scans were performed in healthy pigs and seven scans were performed in injured pigs...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359663/higher-maximal-occlusal-bite-force-in-endodontically-treated-teeth-versus-vital-contralateral-counterparts
#19
Lama Awawdeh, Khalid Hemaidat, Wael Al-Omari
INTRODUCTION: Decreased sensitivity to occlusal load could lead to a greater risk of damage to endodontically treated teeth. Therefore, this study aims to test whether root canal treatment reduces the sensitivity of the treated teeth to occlusal load. METHODS: This is a comparative cross-sectional study of 124 patients who received root canal treatment. Treated teeth were compared with vital teeth on the contralateral side. After interviews with participants, their maximal bite forces (MBFs) of their root canal-treated and contralateral untreated teeth were measured using a digital bite fork force transducer...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331178/habitat-filtering-and-exclusion-of-weak-competitors-jointly-explain-fern-species-assemblage-along-a-light-and-water-gradient
#20
Hui Zhang, Shidan Zhu, Robert John, Ronghua Li, Hui Liu, Qing Ye
Fern species are an important component of the diversity of forest plant communities, but very little is known about how fern communities assemble in different environments. In this study, we use multiple trait-based tests to examine the relationships between several key eco-physiological traits which are direct indicators of shade and drought tolerance, and the abundance of fern species in pine forest (PF), pine and mixed broad leaf forest (PMBF) and matured broad leaf forest (MBF) in southern China. These forests are characterized by decreasing light but increasing water availability during succession, and the fern communities correspondingly differ in species composition...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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