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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527400/effects-of-combretastatin-a-4-phosphate-on-canine-normal-and-tumor-tissue-derived-endothelial-cells
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Yusuke Izumi, Keisuke Aoshima, Yuki Hoshino, Satoshi Takagi
Combretastatin A-4 phosphate (CA4P) selectively blocks tumor blood flow. However, the detailed mechanisms through which CA4P specifically affects tumor blood vessels are not well understood. Recent reports revealed that tumor tissue-derived endothelial cells (TECs) have various specific features in comparison with normal tissue-derived endothelial cells (NECs). Thus, abnormalities in TECs may be involved in the selective vascular blockade mechanism of CA4P. In this study, we evaluated the effects of CA4P on canine NECs and TECs using confocal microscopy...
May 13, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525557/retinal-vascular-branching-in-healthy-and-diabetic-subjects
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Ting Luo, Thomas J Gast, Tyler J Vermeer, Stephen A Burns
Purpose: To measure the effect of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) on retinal branching. To compare vascular branching in healthy and diabetic subjects with established biophysical models. Methods: Vascular bifurcations in arteries and veins were imaged in 17 NPDR and 26 healthy subjects with the Indiana adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO). Vessel measurements were grouped according to parent vessel diameters into large (≤50 ∼ <100 μm) and small (≤20 ∼ <50 μm) sizes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525341/morphological-analysis-of-testicles-in-cats-with-disorders-of-sex-development
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S Dzimira, W Nizanski, J A Madej
Disorders of sex development (DSD) are rare in cats. They can be caused by chromosomal aberrations, gene mutations or other undefined factors. The aim of the present study was to compare the histological structure and immunohistochemical reactivity of testes in cats with DSD and in healthy cats. The research material consisted of the gonads of four cats - phenotypic males with an incorrect structure of the reproductive system. The control group consisted of the testes of four healthy cats - routinely castrated phenotypical males...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524833/promoting-vasa-vasorum-neovascularization-of-vein-grafts-extenuates-hypoxia-of-the-wall-and-its-subsequent-influence-on-intimal-hyperplasia
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Rong-Jiang Zou, Zheng-Hua Wang, Chen-Xi Wang, Song Xue
BACKGROUND: The autologous saphenous vein is the most common conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting, but the vein graft disease will occur. This study used Matrigel basement membrane matrix with many different growth factors to promote vasa vasorum neovascularization and extenuate the hypoxia to improve remodeling. METHODS: This study observed the hypoxia and thickness of the vein grafts at different times. Normal veins and vein grafts with 15 min of ischemia one day postoperatively were harvested in the neck of rabbits...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523429/kir-lilrb-and-their-ligands-genes-as-potential-biomarkers-in-recurrent-implantation-failure
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REVIEW
Izabela Nowak, Karolina Wilczyńska, Jacek R Wilczyński, Andrzej Malinowski, Paweł Radwan, Michał Radwan, Piotr Kuśnierczyk
Reproductive failure in humans is a very important social and economic problem, because nowadays women decide to conceive later in life and delay motherhood. Unfortunately, with increasing age they have less chance for natural fertilization and maintenance of pregnancy. Many of them need assisted reproductive technology. Approximately 10% of women after in vitro fertilization-embryo transfers experience recurrent implantation failure (RIF). Multiple factors may contribute to RIF, including oocyte and sperm quality, parental chromosomal anomalies, genetic or metabolic abnormalities of the embryo, poor uterine receptivity, immunological disturbances in the implantation site, and some gynecologic pathologies such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, hydrosalpinx and endometrial polyps...
May 18, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
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Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522972/recent-advances-in-the-study-of-bipolar-rod-shaped-microglia-and-their-roles-in-neurodegeneration
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Ngan Pan Bennett Au, Chi Him Eddie Ma
Microglia are the resident immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS) and they contribute to primary inflammatory responses following CNS injuries. The morphology of microglia is closely associated with their functional activities. Most previous research efforts have attempted to delineate the role of ramified and amoeboid microglia in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to ramified and amoeboid microglia, bipolar/rod-shaped microglia were first described by Franz Nissl in 1899 and their presence in the brain was closely associated with the pathology of infectious diseases and sleeping disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522939/identification-of-protein-targets-in-cerebral-endothelial-cells-for-brain-arteriovenous-malformation-avms-molecular-therapies
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Margaret Simonian, Rachel R Ogorzalek Loo, Nalaka Rannulu, Joseph A Loo, Mark P Molloy, Marcus A Stoodley
BACKGROUND: To develop a new molecular targeted treatment for brain (AVMs), identification of membrane proteins that are localised on the AVM endothelium is crucial. Current treatment methods are surgery and radiosurgery. However, complete occlusion post radiosurgery are achieved within 3 years, while patient remain at risk of haemorrhage. This study aims to identify potential protein targets in AVM endothelial cells that discriminate these vessels from normal vessels; these proteins targets will be investigated for the molecular therapy of brain AVMs to promote rapid thrombosis after radiosurgery...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522763/aortic-arch-compliance-and-idiopathic-unilateral-vocal-fold-paralysis
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Reza Behkam, Kara E Roberts, Andrew J Bierhals, M Eileen Jacobs, Julia D Edgar, Randal C Paniello, Gayle Woodson, Jonathan P Vande Geest, Julie M Barkmeier-Kraemer
Unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVP) occurs related to recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) impairment associated with impaired swallowing, voice production, and breathing functions. The majority of UVP cases occur subsequent to surgical intervention with approximately 12-42% having no known cause for the disease (i.e., idiopathic). Approximately 2/3 of those with UVP exhibit left-sided injury with the average onset at 50 years of age or older in those diagnosed as idiopathic. Given the association between the RLN and the subclavian and aortic arch vessels, we hypothesized that changes in vascular tissues would result in increased aortic compliance in idiopathic left-sided UVP patients compared to those without UVP...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520469/carotid-versus-coronary-atherosclerosis-burdens-in-acute-compared-with-chronic-symptomatic-coronary-artery-disease
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Stéphanie LeBlanc, Karine Bibeau, Olivier F Bertrand, Valérie Lévesque, Béatrice Deschênes St-Pierre, Philippe Pibarot, Jean-Pierre Després, Eric Larose
Prediction of coronary events remains elusive. Carotid atherosclerosis may be a surrogate for coronary risk, as carotid and coronary diseases occur simultaneously - albeit at times with a weak association - depending on clinical presentation. We investigated carotid and coronary atherosclerosis in men with new-onset unstable coronary artery disease (CAD) presenting with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) vs. long-standing severe chronic stable angina (CSA). Bilateral carotid artery and 3-vessel coronary artery atherosclerosis burdens were measured within 1 month, respectively, by 3D-volumetric carotid magnetic resonance imaging and coronary angiography-derived modified CASS-50 score...
May 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516983/nanoparticle-design-strategies-for-enhanced-anticancer-therapy-by-exploiting-the-tumour-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Yunlu Dai, Can Xu, Xiaolian Sun, Xiaoyuan Chen
Nanovehicles can efficiently carry and deliver anticancer agents to tumour sites. Compared with normal tissue, the tumour microenvironment has some unique properties, such as vascular abnormalities, hypoxia and acidic pH. There are many types of cells, including tumour cells, macrophages, immune and fibroblast cells, fed by defective blood vessels in the solid tumour. Exploiting the tumour microenvironment can benefit the design of nanoparticles for enhanced therapeutic effectiveness. In this review article, we summarized the recent progress in various nanoformulations for cancer therapy, with a special emphasis on tumour microenvironment stimuli-responsive ones...
May 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516467/lymph-vessel-thrombus-detection-in-cervical-lymphedema-a-case-series
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Georg Kunze, Martin Staritz
Although thrombosis in the terminal part of thoracic duct has been described in patients with head and neck cancer and upper vein thrombosis, normally medical imaging is not successful in depicting such lymphatic thrombosis. This case series is about three patients with acute onset of cervical lymphedema following minor trauma or exceptional physical strain. Using high-resolution ultrasound, it was possible to detect a thrombus formation in the terminal parts of the thoracic duct or the lymph duct. Within a few weeks all patients recovered without relapse for several years...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516043/quantification-of-regional-deformation-of-the-lungs-by-non-rigid-registration-of-three-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jiaxin Shao, Peng Hu
BACKGROUND: Assessment of lung function is vital for the diagnosis of a variety of pathological conditions. Research has been proposed to study pulmonary mechanics and kinematics using two-dimensional (2D) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This allows estimation of regional lung tissue mechanics but is limited to 2D information. An approach based on three-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced MR angiogram of pulmonary blood vessels and a non-rigid image registration technique is proposed for quantification of lung regional deformations, which can potentially be used for assessment of pulmonary parenchymal mechanics and regional ventilation for disease diagnosis without ionizing radiation...
April 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515369/effect-of-reverse-vessel-remodeling-on-regression-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-patients-treated-with-aggressive-lipid-and-blood-pressure-lowering-therapy%C3%A3-insight-from-million-study
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Tadatsugu Gamou, Kenji Sakata, Hayato Tada, Tetsuo Konno, Kenshi Hayashi, Hidekazu Ino, Masakazu Yamagishi, Masa-Aki Kawashiri
BACKGROUND: The MILLION study, a prospective randomized multicenter study, revealed that lipid and blood pressure (BP)-lowering therapy resulted in regression of coronary plaque as determined by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). In the present study we performed additional analysis to investigate the associated factors with regression of coronary plaque.Methods and Results:We investigated serial 3D IVUS images from 68 patients in the MILLION study. Standard IVUS parameters were assessed at both baseline and follow-up (18-24 months)...
May 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514684/cd4-t-cell-activation-and-vascular-normalization-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
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Michele De Palma, Rakesh K Jain
Normalization of tumor blood vessels enhances the infiltration and functions of T cells. Tian et al. (2017) report that effector CD4(+) T cells, in turn, support vascular normalization, highlighting intertwined roles for blood vessels and T cells in cancer.
May 16, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511237/performance-of-a-fully-disposable-digital-single-operator-cholangiopancreatoscope
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Raj J Shah, Isaac Raijman, Brian Brauer, Bora Gumustop, Douglas K Pleskow
Background and study aim Our aim was to evaluate the first use in humans of a new, single-use, digital, single-operator intraductal cholangiopancreatoscopy system (IDCP). Patients and methods Data were collected retrospectively from four US institutions between February 2015 and April 2015. The visual impression of neoplasia or benign findings with IDCP was determined by the performing endoscopist. High grade dysplasia, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm, neuroendocrine tumor, and malignancy were categorized as neoplasia...
May 16, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511155/-the-role-of-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-cardiovascular-risk-stratification
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Світлана Г Пузік
INTRODUCTION: The increase in cardiovascular diseases requires the search for ways to predict complications based on research additional to traditional risk factors, conduct a study of the formation mechanisms of these complications and to design new treatment strategies. AIM: To get an idea about the relationship between inflammation in the blood vessels, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular consequences based on the study of the role of biomarkers of inflammation...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508297/adaptation-to-stochastic-temporal-variations-in-intratumoral-blood-flow-the-warburg-effect-as-a-bet-hedging-strategy
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Curtis A Gravenmier, Miriam Siddique, Robert A Gatenby
While most cancers promote ingrowth of host blood vessels, the resulting vascular network usually fails to develop a mature organization, resulting in abnormal vascular dynamics with stochastic variations that include slowing, cessation, and even reversal of flow. Thus, substantial spatial and temporal variations in oxygen concentration are commonly observed in most cancers. Cancer cells, like all living systems, are subject to Darwinian dynamics such that their survival and proliferation are dependent on developing optimal phenotypic adaptations to local environmental conditions...
May 15, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508191/investigations-of-severity-level-measurements-for-diabetic-macular-oedema-using-machine-learning-algorithms
#19
S Murugeswari, R Sukanesh
BACKGROUND: The macula is an important part of the human visual system and is responsible for clear and colour vision. Macular oedema happens when fluid and protein deposit on or below the macula of the eye and cause the macula to thicken and swell. Normally, it occurs due to diabetes called diabetic macular oedema. Diabetic macular oedema (DME) is one of the main causes of visual impairment in patients. AIM: The aims of the present study are to detect and localize abnormalities in blood vessels with respect to macula in order to prevent vision loss for the diabetic patients...
May 15, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508064/fibulin-4-is-essential-for-maintaining-arterial-wall-integrity-in-conduit-but-not-muscular-arteries
#20
Carmen M Halabi, Thomas J Broekelmann, Michelle Lin, Vivian S Lee, Mon-Li Chu, Robert P Mecham
Homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in fibulin-4 (FBLN4) lead to autosomal recessive cutis laxa type 1B (ARCL1B), a multisystem disorder characterized by significant cardiovascular abnormalities, including abnormal elastin assembly, arterial tortuosity, and aortic aneurysms. We sought to determine the consequences of a human disease-causing mutation in FBLN4 (E57K) on the cardiovascular system and vascular elastic fibers in a mouse model of ARCL1B. Fbln4(E57K/E57K) mice were hypertensive and developed arterial elongation, tortuosity, and ascending aortic aneurysms...
May 2017: Science Advances
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