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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239757/predictive-factor-of-secondary-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-aortic-valve-replacement-for-aortic-stenosis-the-importance-of-myocardial-hypertrophy-and-diastolic-dysfunction
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Takashi Igarashi, Masahiro Tanji, Koki Takahashi, Keiichi Ishida, Satomi Sasaki, Hitoshi Yokoyama
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the predictors of secondary tricuspid regurgitation after aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis. METHODS: Seventy-one patients, who underwent aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis at our institute from January 2006 to July 2011, were divided into two groups: an STR group, which included 15 patients with moderate or greater than moderate secondary tricuspid regurgitation at a follow-up visit and a control group...
February 26, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235980/galectin-3-as-a-marker-for-clinical-prognosis-and-cardiac-remodeling-in-acute-heart-failure
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R I Lala, D Lungeanu, D Darabantiu, L Pilat, M Puschita
BACKGROUND: Galectin-3 has been reported as a mediator of heart failure (HF) development and progression. Most studies, however, have been conducted on patients with chronic HF rather than acute HF (AHF). The aim of this study was to confirm galectin-3 as a prognostic marker in subjects with AHF and to investigate its possible relationship with left ventricular (LV) remodeling. METHODS: A total of 69 patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of AHF were followed up for 18 months...
February 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223248/endoscopic-intradural-subtemporal-keyhole-approach-with-neuronavigational-assistance-to-the-suprasellar-petroclival-and-ventrolateral-brainstem-regions-an-anatomic-study
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Zhemin Ding, Qing Wang, Xiaojie Lu, Xinwei Qian
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of a purely endoscopic intradural approach to the suprasellar, petroclival and ventrolateral brainstem regions through a subtemporal keyhole and to assess the value of neuronavigational assistance in the Kawase approach. METHODS: Twenty endoscopic intradural subtemporal keyhole approaches were performed on 10 cadaveric heads. An intradural Kawase approach and a navigation-assisted intradural Kawase approach were then carried out on a random side of each specimen...
February 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220351/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-demonstrates-no-effect-of-active-acromegaly-on-left-ventricular-strain
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I C M Volschan, L Kasuki, C M S Silva, M L Alcantara, R M Saraiva, S S Xavier, M R Gadelha
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allows for the study of myocardial strain (ε), a marker of early and subclinical ventricular systolic dysfunction. Cardiac disease may be present in patients with acromegaly; however, STE has never been used to evaluate these patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain in patients with active acromegaly with normal LV systolic function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional clinical study...
February 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219672/changes-in-cardiovascular-function-based-on-adrenalin-and-norepinephrine-metabolism-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Hai Jiang, Wenpei Bai, Wenjuan Wang, Jing Zhang, Ke Wang, Yao Liu, Shuya Liu, Jing Jia, Lihua Qin
Menopause is a cardiovascular risk factor in women, and cardiovascular changes during perimenopause can increase the risk. We observed the influence of plasma adrenalin and norepinephrine and their metabolites on the cardiovascular system and the rectification effect of estrogen in ovariectomized rats. Fifty-four adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham (Sham), ovariectomized (OVX), or ovariectomized+estrogen treatment groups (OVX+E), with 18 rats in each. The Sham and OVX groups were given normal saline and the OVX+E group was given estradiol valerate beginning 2weeks after ovariectomy and continuing for 4weeks...
February 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218795/defensive-coping-and-essential-amino-acid-markers-as-possible-predictors-for-structural-vascular-disease-in-an-african-and-caucasian-male-cohort-the-sabpa-study
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Marisa Möller, Leoné Malan, Martin Magnusson, Carina M C Mels, Nico T Malan
Defensive coping (DefS), oxidative stress, inflammation, and related amino acids (phenylalanine [Phe] and tyrosine [Tyr]) have been implicated in cardiovascular disease. This study assessed whether inflammation, oxidative stress, changes in essential amino acids, and altered coping strategies are correlated with subclinical vascular changes in African (n = 82) and Caucasian (n = 100) men from the Sympathetic Activity and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Africans (SABPA) study. The Coping Strategy Indicator questionnaire identified DefS participants...
February 20, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214490/saphenous-vein-wall-thickness-in-age-and-venous-reflux-associated-remodeling-in-adults
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Nicos Labropoulos, Kelli Leilani Summers, Ignacio Escotto Sanchez, Joseph Raffetto
OBJECTIVE: This prospective study was designed to determine the great saphenous vein (GSV) wall thickness in age-related and venous reflux-associated remodeling. METHODS: GSV wall thickness was measured in the thigh and calf using a duplex ultrasound 17-MHz transducer. Interobserver and intraobserver variability studies were performed. Two healthy control groups, each with 10 individuals (20 limbs), were selected on the basis of age. Group 1 had a mean age of 21 years, and group 2 had a mean age of 64 years...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212534/association-between-echocardiographic-structural-parameters-and-body-weight-in-wistar-rats
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Silvio A Oliveira-Junior, Paula F Martinez, William Y C Fan, Bruno T Nakatani, Luana U Pagan, Carlos R Padovani, Antonio C Cicogna, Marina P Okoshi, Katashi Okoshi
BACKGROUND: The association between echocardiographic structural parameters and body weight (BW) during rat development has been poorly addressed. We evaluated echocardiographic variables: left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic (LVDD) and end-systolic (LVSD) diameters, LV diastolic posterior wall thickness (PWT), left atrial diameter (LA), and aortic diameter (AO) in function of BW during development.Results/Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats (n = 328, BW: 302-702 g) were retrospectively used to construct regression models and 95% confidence intervals relating to cardiac structural parameters and BW...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193831/%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-recognition-drives-th1-inflammation-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-patients-with-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Marisa Benagiano, Maria Gerosa, Jacopo Romagnoli, Michael Mahler, Maria O Borghi, Alessia Grassi, Chiara Della Bella, Giacomo Emmi, Amedeo Amedei, Elena Silvestri, Lorenzo Emmi, Domenico Prisco, Pier Luigi Meroni, Mario M D'Elios
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by recurrent arterial/venous thrombosis and miscarriages in the persistent presence of autoantibodies against phospholipid-binding proteins (aPLs), such as β2 glycoprotein I (β2GPI). In addition to the aPL thrombophilic effect, arterial thrombosis was related to accelerated atherosclerosis in animal models; however, contrasting findings were reported in primary APS patients with regard to the increased number of plaques or abnormal arterial wall thickness. We investigated the cytokine production induced by β2GPI in activated T cells that infiltrate in vivo atherosclerotic lesions of primary APS patients with atherothrombosis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193612/lack-of-phenotypic-differences-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-myh7-%C3%AE-myosin-heavy-chain-versus-mybpc3-myosin-binding-protein-c-related-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Adaya Weissler-Snir, Waseem Hindieh, Christiane Gruner, Dana Fourey, Evan Appelbaum, Ethan Rowin, Melanie Care, John R Lesser, Tammy S Haas, James E Udelson, Warren J Manning, Iacopo Olivotto, Benedetta Tomberli, Barry J Maron, Martin S Maron, Andrew M Crean, Harry Rakowski, Raymond H Chan
BACKGROUND: The 2 most commonly affected genes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are MYH7 (β-myosin heavy chain) and MYBPC3 (β-myosin-binding protein C). Phenotypic differences between patients with mutations in these 2 genes have been inconsistent. Scarce data exist on the genotype-phenotype association as assessed by tomographic imaging using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was performed on 358 consecutive genotyped hypertrophic cardiomyopathy probands at 5 tertiary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy centers...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188622/the-optic-nerve-superior-colliculus-visual-thalamus-and-primary-visual-cortex-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-mirounga-angustirostris-and-california-sea-lion-zalophus-californianus
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Emily C Turner, Eva K Sawyer, Jon H Kaas
The northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) and California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) are members of a diverse clade of carnivorous mammals known as pinnipeds. Pinnipeds are notable for their large, ape-sized brains, yet little is known about their central nervous system. Both the northern elephant seal and California sea lion spend most of their lives at sea, but each also spends time on land to breed and give birth. These unique coastal niches may be reflected in specific evolutionary adaptations to their sensory systems...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188386/improved-identifiability-of-myocardial-material-parameters-by-an-energy-based-cost-function
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Anastasia Nasopoulou, Anoop Shetty, Jack Lee, David Nordsletten, C Aldo Rinaldi, Pablo Lamata, Steven Niederer
Myocardial stiffness is a valuable clinical biomarker for the monitoring and stratification of heart failure (HF). Cardiac finite element models provide a biomechanical framework for the assessment of stiffness through the determination of the myocardial constitutive model parameters. The reported parameter intercorrelations in popular constitutive relations, however, obstruct the unique estimation of material parameters and limit the reliable translation of this stiffness metric to clinical practice. Focusing on the role of the cost function (CF) in parameter identifiability, we investigate the performance of a set of geometric indices (based on displacements, strains, cavity volume, wall thickness and apicobasal dimension of the ventricle) and a novel CF derived from energy conservation...
February 10, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185713/effects-of-pitavastatin-on-lipid-rich-carotid-plaques-studied-using-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Tao Feng, Xiaoxing Huang, Qundi Liang, Yun Liang, Yong Yuan, Li Feng, Wenjun Wu, Xuehong Xiao, Ying Han
PURPOSE: This study evaluates the effectiveness of pitavastatin in patients with atherosclerosis. METHODS: Sixty patients with atherosclerosis with lipid-rich carotid plaques were included and allocated into low-dose (2 mg/d) and high-dose (4 mg/d) pitavastatin groups with 48 weeks of treatment. Total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, triglycerides, apolipoprotein A1, apolipoprotein B, lipoprotein (a), and the inflammation-related factors interleukin 6, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and homocysteine were determined...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161182/differential-effects-of-monensin-and-a-blend-of-essential-oils-on-rumen-microbiota-composition-of-transition-dairy-cows
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M Schären, C Drong, K Kiri, S Riede, M Gardener, U Meyer, J Hummel, T Urich, G Breves, S Dänicke
In response to oral application, monensin alters the rumen microbiota, increasing ruminal propionate production and energy availability in the animal. Data from different studies indicate that the susceptibility of rumen bacteria to monensin is mainly cell-wall dependent but tracing its activity to specific microbial groups has been challenging. Several studies have shown a similar effect for essential oils but results are inconsistent. To investigate the influence of monensin and a blend of essential oils (BEO, containing thymol, guaiacol, eugenol, vanillin, salicylaldehyde, and limonene) on the rumen microbiome, rumen liquid samples were collected orally on d 56 postpartum from cows that had either received a monensin controlled-release capsule 3 wk antepartum, a diet containing a BEO from 3 wk antepartum onward, or a control diet (n = 12)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161057/extracellular-matrix-proteins-in-healthy-and-retained-placentas-comparing-hemochorial-and-synepitheliochorial-placentas
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M Franczyk, M Lopucki, N Stachowicz, D Morawska, M Kankofer
The placenta expresses structural and biologically active proteins. Their synthesis is mainly regulated by genomic or nongenomic signals and modulated by hormones. These protein profiles are altered during different stages of pregnancy. The biological properties of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins were defined and described in a number of tissues including placenta. These properties enable them to be the main players in the processes of attachment or invasion into the endometrium during initial placenta formation and its timely separation after delivery and detachment...
February 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159195/influence-of-left-ventricular-stroke-volume-on-incident-heart-failure-in-a-population-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-from-the-strong-heart-study
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Marina De Marco, Eva Gerdts, Costantino Mancusi, Mary J Roman, Mai Tone Lønnebakken, Elisa T Lee, Barbara V Howard, Richard B Devereux, Giovanni de Simone
At a given level of left ventricular (LV) systolic function, LV pump performance (assessed by stroke index [SVi]) may differ, depending on LV size. We evaluated whether low SVi may be considered a marker of risk for incident congestive heart failure (HF), independent of LV geometry and systolic function, assessed by ejection fraction (EF) or midwall fractional shortening (MFS), in a large population-based sample with normal EF. Clinical and echocardiographic data from the second Strong Heart Study (SHS) examination, including 2,885 American Indians (59 ± 8 years; 63% women) with normal EF (EF ≥51% in men and EF ≥55% in women) and without prevalent HF or significant valve disease, were analyzed...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154582/is-carotid-artery-ultrasound-still-useful-method-for-evaluation-of-atherosclerosis
#17
REVIEW
Gee-Hee Kim, Ho-Joong Youn
Carotid ultrasound is an imaging modality that allows non-invasive assessment of vascular anatomy and function. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) has been shown to predict cardiovascular (CV) risk in multiple large studies. However, in 2013, American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines designated that the carotid IMT as class III evidence level was not recommended for use in clinical practice as a routine measurement of risk assessment for a first atherosclerotic CV event. Following the announcement of this guideline, combined common carotid IMT and plaque, including plaque tissue characterization and plaque burden, using 3D ultrasound was reported to be better than either measurement alone in a variety of studies...
January 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144885/effects-of-obesity-on-protein-kinase-c-brain-creatine-kinase-transcription-and-autophagy-in-cochlea
#18
Juen-Haur Hwang
Diet-induced obesity (DIO) has been shown to exacerbate hearing degeneration via increased hypoxia, inflammatory responses, and cell loss via both caspase-dependent and caspase-independent apoptosis signaling pathways. This study aimed to investigate the effects of DIO on the mRNA expressions of protein kinase c-β (PKC-β), brain creatine kinase (CKB), transcription modification genes, and autophagy-related genes in the cochlea of CD/1 mice. Sixteen 4-week-old male CD/1 mice were randomly divided into 2 groups...
January 31, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130220/how-does-climate-influence-xylem-morphogenesis-over-the-growing-season-insights-from-long-term-intra-ring-anatomy-in-picea-abies
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Daniele Castagneri, Patrick Fonti, Georg von Arx, Marco Carrer
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: During the growing season, the cambium of conifer trees produces successive rows of xylem cells, the tracheids, that sequentially pass through the phases of enlargement and secondary wall thickening before dying and becoming functional. Climate variability can strongly influence the kinetics of morphogenetic processes, eventually affecting tracheid shape and size. This study investigates xylem anatomical structure in the stem of Picea abies to retrospectively infer how, in the long term, climate affects the processes of cell enlargement and wall thickening...
January 27, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129289/ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography-and-contrast-enhancement-effective-biomarkers-in-crohn-s-disease-strictures
#20
Cathy Lu, Xianyong Gui, Wenqian Chen, Tak Fung, Kerri Novak, Stephanie R Wilson
BACKGROUND: Inflammation, fibrosis, and muscular hypertrophy lead to thickened bowel in Crohn's disease forming strictures. Ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) measures bowel wall stiffness. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) uniquely detects bowel wall inflammation. We aim to correlate SWE of ileal Crohn's disease in vivo to CEUS peak enhancement and pathology grades of inflammation, fibrosis, and muscular hypertrophy. METHODS: In a prospective institutional review board-approved study, 105 consecutive ileal patients with Crohn's disease received ultrasound...
January 26, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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