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Arata Abe, Tetsuro Sekine, Yuki Sakamoto, Mina Harada-Abe, Ryo Takagi, Satoshi Suda, Kentaro Suzuki, Junya Aoki, Masami Yoneyama, Kazumi Kimura
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It is clinically important to evaluate time course changes in symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenotic plaques because of likely recurrence. The objective of this study is to determine whether contrast-enhanced high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a feasible method for this purpose. METHODS: Contrast-enhanced, high-resolution, 3D turbo spin-echo images with low refocusing flip angle control (3D LOWRAT) applied to 7 patients with symptomatic MCA stenosis were evaluated at the initial (1 month after stroke onset) and follow-up (7 months after stroke onset) stages, and statistical variables, including plaque-to-thalamus signal intensity ratio, degree of stenosis, and stroke recurrence obtained at the 2 stages, were compared...
2018: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
Yixi Chen, Jianping Cao, Qihui Zhao, Haiyong Luo, Yiguang Wang, Wenjian Dai
Myofibrillogenesis regulator-1 (MR-1) is a novel protein involved in cellular proliferation, migration, inflammatory reaction and signal transduction. However, little information is available on the relationship between MR-1 expression and the progression of atherosclerosis. Here we report atheroprotective effects of silencing MR-1 in a model of Ang II-accelerated atherosclerosis, characterized by suppression focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) signaling pathway, and atherosclerotic lesion macrophage content...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Corinna Storz, Susanne Rospleszcz, Roberto Lorbeer, Holger Hetterich, Sigrid D Auweter, Wieland Sommer, Jürgen Machann, Sergios Gatidis, Wolfgang Rathmann, Margit Heier, Birgit Linkohr, Christa Meisinger, Maximilian Reiser, Udo Hoffmann, Annette Peters, Christopher L Schlett, Fabian Bamberg
INTRODUCTION: Detailed mechanisms in the pathophysiology of diabetes disease are poorly understood, but structural alterations in various organ systems incur an elevated risk for cardiovascular events and adverse outcome. The aim of this study was to compare multiorgan subclinical disease phenotypes by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to study differences between subjects with prediabetes, diabetes, and normal controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects without prior cardiovascular disease were enrolled in a prospective case-control study and underwent multiorgan MR for the assessment of metabolic and arteriosclerotic alterations, including age-related white matter changes, hepatic proton density fat fraction, visceral adipose tissue volume, left ventricular remodeling index, carotid plaque, and late gadolinium enhancement...
February 28, 2018: Investigative Radiology
Charlotte Gary, Anne-Sophie Hérard, Zoé Hanss, Marc Dhenain
Accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides in the brain is a critical early event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder. There is increasing interest in measuring levels of plasma Aβ since this could help in diagnosis of brain pathology. However, the value of plasma Aβ in such a diagnosis is still controversial and factors modulating its levels are still poorly understood. The mouse lemur ( Microcebus murinus ) is a primate model of cerebral aging which can also present with amyloid plaques and whose Aβ is highly homologous to humans'...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Darren G Woodside, Eric A Tanifum, Ketan B Ghaghada, Ronald J Biediger, Amy R Caivano, Zbigniew A Starosolski, Sayadeth Khounlo, Saakshi Bhayana, Shahrzad Abbasi, John W Craft, David S Maxwell, Chandreshkumar Patel, Igor V Stupin, Deenadayalan Bakthavatsalam, Robert V Market, James T Willerson, Richard A F Dixon, Peter Vanderslice, Ananth V Annapragada
Inflammation drives the degradation of atherosclerotic plaque, yet there are no non-invasive techniques available for imaging overall inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques, especially in the coronary arteries. To address this, we have developed a clinically relevant system to image overall inflammatory cell burden in plaque. Here, we describe a targeted contrast agent (THI0567-targeted liposomal-Gd) that is suitable for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and binds with high affinity and selectivity to the integrin α4β1(very late antigen-4, VLA-4), a key integrin involved in recruiting inflammatory cells to atherosclerotic plaques...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Waleed Brinjikji, J Kevin DeMarco, Robert Shih, Giuseppe Lanzino, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Christopher A Hilditch, Patrick J Nicholson, John Huston
BACKGROUND: Carotid plaque imaging with MRI is becoming more commonplace, but practical challenges exist in performing plaque imaging with surface coils. PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic performance of a carotid plaque MRI protocol using a standard neurovascular coil (Neurovascular Coil Protocol) to a higher-resolution carotid plaque MRI using carotid surface coils (Surface Coil Protocol) in characterizing carotid plaque. STUDY TYPE: Prospective study comparing two MR techniques in plaque characterization...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
David S Hersh, Pavlos Anastasiadis, Ali Mohammadabadi, Ben A Nguyen, Sijia Guo, Jeffrey A Winkles, Anthony J Kim, Rao Gullapalli, Asaf Keller, Victor Frenkel, Graeme F Woodworth
Generating spatially controlled, non-destructive changes in the interstitial spaces of the brain has a host of potential clinical applications, including enhancing the delivery of therapeutics, modulating biological features within the tissue microenvironment, altering fluid and pressure dynamics, and increasing the clearance of toxins, such as plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Recently we demonstrated that ultrasound can non-destructively enlarge the interstitial spaces of the brain ex vivo. The goal of the current study was to determine whether these effects could be reproduced in the living brain using non-invasive, transcranial MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS)...
2018: PloS One
Matthias Nahrendorf, Katrien Vandoorne
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January 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Philipp Eisele, Kristina Szabo, Anne Ebert, Wolfgang Brueck, Michael Platten, Achim Gass
Objective: To investigate the spatiotemporal evolution of venous narrowing in newly developing MS lesions in a longitudinal MRI study including susceptibility-weighted images (SWIs). Methods: We retrospectively investigated serial MR examinations of 18 patients with MS acquired on a 3T MRI system including SWI for acute contrast-enhancing lesions with at least 1 MRI examination before contrast enhancement. The mean diameter of veins at the time point of contrast enhancement was compared with the mean diameter of veins before and after contrast enhancement...
March 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
S Toledano-Massiah, A Sayadi, R de Boer, J Gelderblom, R Mahdjoub, S Gerber, M Zuber, M Zins, J Hodel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The use of 3D FLAIR improves the detection of brain lesions in MS patients, but requires long acquisition times. Compressed sensing reduces acquisition time by using the sparsity of MR images to randomly undersample the k-space. Our aim was to compare the image quality and diagnostic performance of 3D-FLAIR with and without compressed sensing for the detection of multiple sclerosis lesions at 3T. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-three patients with relapsing-remitting MS underwent both conventional 3D-FLAIR and compressed sensing 3D-FLAIR on a 3T scanner (reduction in scan time 1 minute 25 seconds, 27%; compressed sensing factor of 1...
January 18, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Max L Senders, Xuchu Que, Young Seok Cho, Calvin Yeang, Hannah Groenen, Francois Fay, Claudia Calcagno, Anu E Meerwaldt, Simone Green, Phuong Miu, Mark E Lobatto, Thomas Reiner, Zahi A Fayad, Joseph L Witztum, Willem J M Mulder, Carlos Pérez-Medina, Sotirios Tsimikas
BACKGROUND: Oxidation-specific epitopes (OSEs) are proinflammatory, and elevated levels in plasma predict cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to develop novel positron emission tomography (PET) probes to noninvasively image OSE-rich lesions. METHODS: An antigen-binding fragment (Fab) antibody library was constructed from human fetal cord blood. After multiple rounds of screening against malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde (MAA) epitopes, the Fab LA25 containing minimal nontemplated insertions in the CDR3 region was identified and characterized...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
L Saba, C Yuan, T S Hatsukami, N Balu, Y Qiao, J K DeMarco, T Saam, A R Moody, D Li, C C Matouk, M H Johnson, H R Jäger, M Mossa-Basha, M E Kooi, Z Fan, D Saloner, M Wintermark, D J Mikulis, B A Wasserman
Identification of carotid artery atherosclerosis is conventionally based on measurements of luminal stenosis and surface irregularities using in vivo imaging techniques including sonography, CT and MR angiography, and digital subtraction angiography. However, histopathologic studies demonstrate considerable differences between plaques with identical degrees of stenosis and indicate that certain plaque features are associated with increased risk for ischemic events. The ability to look beyond the lumen using highly developed vessel wall imaging methods to identify plaque vulnerable to disruption has prompted an active debate as to whether a paradigm shift is needed to move away from relying on measurements of luminal stenosis for gauging the risk of ischemic injury...
February 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Renzo Guarnieri, Rolando Ceccarelli, John L Ricci, Tiziano Testori
INTRODUCTION: This article reports, after at least 10 years of follow-up, the comparative data of marginal bone loss (MBL) and periimplant soft tissue parameters, around implant with and without laser-microtextured (L) collar surface, previously reported at 3 years of follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty implants with L collar surface (test) were placed adjacent to 20 control implants with machined (M) collar surface in 15 partially edentulous patients, who were followed up for at least 10 years as part of a prospective longitudinal study...
February 2018: Implant Dentistry
Konstantin Bolwin, Björn Czekalla, Lynn J Frohwein, Florian Büther, Klaus P Schäfers
Patient motion during medical imaging using techniques such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), or single emission computed tomography (SPECT) is well known to degrade images, leading to blurring effects or severe artifacts. Motion correction methods try to overcome these degrading effects. However, they need to be validated under realistic conditions. In this work, a sophisticated anthropomorphic thorax phantom is presented that combines several aspects of a simulator for cardio-respiratory motion...
January 26, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Tao Su, Ya-Bin Wang, Dong Han, Jing Wang, Shun Qi, Lei Gao, Ya-Hui Shao, Hong-Yu Qiao, Jiang-Wei Chen, Shu-Hui Liang, Yong-Zhan Nie, Jia-Yi Li, Feng Cao
Background and Aims: Angiogenesis is an important pathological process during progression of plaque formation, which can result in plaque hemorrhage and vulnerability. This study aims to explore non-invasive imaging of angiogenesis in atherosclerotic plaque through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) by using GEBP11 peptide targeted magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis. Methods: The dual-modality imaging probe was constructed by coupling 2, 3-dimercaptosuccinnic acid-coated paramagnetic nanoparticles (DMSA-MNPs) and the PET68 Ga chelator 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N, N', N''-triacetic acid (NOTA) to GEBP11 peptide...
2017: Theranostics
Dirk Ziebolz, Sandra Klipp, Gerhard Schmalz, Jan Schmickler, Sven Rinke, Tanja Kottmann, Sylvia Fresmann, Johannes Einwag
PURPOSE: This randomized clinical multicenter study compared different professional preventive approaches on peri-implant inflammation under supportive implant therapy (SIT). METHODS: 105 participants (167 implants) were randomly allocated to four groups. All participants were under SIT with a 3-month recall interval. Plaque removal was performed by using manual curettes, a sonic-driven scaler, and a prophylaxis brush (Group A), supplemented by chlorhexidine (CHX) varnish on the implant surfaces (Group C) or by using manual curettes, air polishing with glycine powder, and a prophylaxis brush (Group B), supplemented by treatment with CHX varnish on the implant surfaces (Group D)...
August 2017: American Journal of Dentistry
Christine L Tardif, Gabriel A Devenyi, Robert S C Amaral, Sandra Pelleieux, Judes Poirier, Pedro Rosa-Neto, John Breitner, M Mallar Chakravarty
Neuropathological and in vivo brain imaging studies agree that the cornu ammonis 1 and subiculum subfields of the hippocampus are most vulnerable to atrophy in the prodromal phases of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, there has been limited investigation of the structural integrity of the components of the hippocampal circuit, including subfields and extra-hippocampal white matter structure, in relation to the progression of well-accepted cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers of AD, amyloid-β 1-42 (Aβ) and total-tau (tau)...
November 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
Gyung Ho Chung, Hyo Sung Kwak, Seung Bae Hwang, Sang Jae Noh
PURPOSE: Imaging the lipid-rich necrotic core (LRNC) is very important when evaluating the response of lipid-lowering therapy. The purpose of this study was to assess ex vivo LRNC of intracranial atherosclerosis using 3T MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-one atherosclerotic lesions from 17 specimens were analyzed (basilar artery=15, middle cerebral artery=16) using 3T MRI. Specimens were not chemically processed for imaging studies. Reconstructed MRI was matched with histologic sections at corresponding locations...
December 2017: European Journal of Radiology
Ying Cai, Le He, Chun Yuan, Huijun Chen, Qiang Zhang, Rui Li, Cheng Li, Xihai Zhao
PURPOSE: This study sought to investigate the characteristics of morphology, compositions and distribution of carotid atherosclerotic plaques in asymptomatic elderly population using three dimensional (3D) multicontrast magnetic resonance vessel wall imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 146 asymptomatic elderly subjects (≥60years) were recruited and underwent 3D multicontrast MR vessel wall imaging for bilateral carotid arteries on a 3.0T MR scanner. The presence of carotid atherosclerotic plaque was determined and the stenosis was measured...
November 2017: European Journal of Radiology
Alexander Z Copelan, Baljendra S Kapoor, Ali F AbuRahma, Thomas R Cain, Drew M Caplin, Khashayar Farsad, M-Grace Knuttinen, Margaret H Lee, Joseph J McBride, Jeet Minocha, Stephen P Reis, Paul J Rochon, Colette M Shaw, Jonathan M Lorenz
Iliac artery occlusive disease can present as a sudden-onset acute thrombotic or thromboembolic event or as a chronic progressive atherosclerotic process that presents as claudication progressing to rest pain. Depending on the clinical presentation, the diagnosis is usually confirmed through Doppler vascular ultrasound, CT angiography, or MR angiography; the choice of imaging is usually based on modality availability and the presence of patient comorbidities such as chronic kidney disease. The Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus II classification system is commonly used to describe the extent of the peripheral vascular disease...
November 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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