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Reo Ichinohasama, Koji M Nishiguchi, Kosuke Fujita, Naoko Aizawa, Takashi Inoue, Erika Sasaki, Hiroshi Kunikata, Toru Nakazawa
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to investigate the correlation between intraocular anti-retinal antibodies and clinical measurements in patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) and proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Aqueous humor and vitreous samples were collected from patients with RRD, PVR, and from control subjects with macular hole. The levels of total protein (TP), IgG, and anti-retinal antibodies were determined with a bicinchoninic acid assay, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and dot blot, respectively...
March 16, 2018: Current Eye Research
Aekaansh Verma, Mahdi Esmaily, Jessica Shang, Richard Figliola, Jeffrey A Feinstein, Tain-Yen Hsia, Alison L Marsden
BACKGROUND: First-stage single-ventricle palliation is challenging to manage, and significant interstage morbidity and mortality remain. Prior computational and in vitro studies of the assisted bidirectional Glenn (ABG), a novel first-stage procedure that has shown potential for early conversion to a more stable augmented Glenn physiology, demonstrated increased pulmonary flow and oxygen delivery while decreasing cardiac work, as compared to conventional stage-1 alternatives. This study aims to identify optimal shunt designs for the ABG to improve pulmonary flow while maintaining or decreasing superior vena caval (SVC) pressure...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Rebecca R Vanderpool, Robert Naeije
The diagnosis and evaluation of severity of pulmonary vascular disease rests on the invasive determination of a pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). It is often overlooked that PVR is linearly related to the viscosity of the blood, which in turn is curvilinearly related to hematocrit. We propose a correction diagram for patients with anemia or with polycythemia. Based on a distensibility model of the pulmonary circulation, we show that magnitude of hematocrit correction of PVR is increased in proportion to pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PAWP) and the measured levels of PVR or hematocrit, and decreased in case of preserved resistive vessel distensibility and absence of pulmonary hypertension...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Haiting Chen, Huifang Wang, Jianbin An, Qingli Shang, Jingxue Ma
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to explore the effects of plumbagin (PLB) on ARPE-19 cells and underlying mechanism. METHODS: Cultured ARPE-19 cells were treated with various concentrations (0, 5, 15, and 25 μM) of PLB for 24 h or with 15 μM PLB for 12, 24 and 48 h. Then cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay and DAPI staining, while apoptosis and cell cycle progression of ARPE cells were assessed by flow cytometric analysis. Furthermore, the level of main regulatory proteins was examinated by Western boltting and the expression of relative mRNA was tested by Real-Time PCR...
March 13, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
H Y Ruan, Y G Zhang, R Liu
Objective: To compare the acute hemodynamic effects of intravenous fasudil with different dosage on patients with congenital heart defects (CHD) and severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Methods: Sixty patients (37±17 years old) with CHD and PAH were consecutively enrolled. All patients underwent heart catheterization. The patients were randomly divided into two groups: the regular dosage group and the large dosage group. At initiation and 30 min after intravenous fasudil(30 mg and 60 mg respectively), the following hemodynamic parameters were measured and calculated: right atrial pressure(RAP), pulmonary arterypressure(PAP) , systemic artery pressure (SAP), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure(PCWP) , pulmonary vascular resistance(PVR) and systemic vascular resistance( SVR), cardiac index (CI) and artery oxygen saturation (SaO(2))...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Haiting Chen, Huifang Wang, Jianbin An, Qingli Shang, Jingxue Ma
BACKGROUND This study aimed to explore the effects of plumbagin (PLB) on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells and in proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) rabbit models. MATERIAL AND METHODS Rabbit RPE cells were exposed to various concentrations (0, 5, 15, and 25 µM) of PLB. Motility, migration, and invasion of PLB-treated cells were determined in vitro using Transwell chamber assays and scratch wound assays. The contractile ability was evaluated by cell contraction assay...
March 13, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Peng Zhang, Guannan Zhao, Liang Ji, Jinggang Yin, Lu Lu, Wei Li, Guomin Zhou, Edward Chaum, Junming Yue
Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is a common complication of open globe injury and the most common cause of failed retinal detachment surgery. The response by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells liberated into the vitreous includes proliferation and migration; most importantly, epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) of RPE plays a central role in the development and progress of PVR. For the first time, we show that knockdown of BIRC5, a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis family, using either lentiviral vector based CRISPR/Cas9 nickase gene editing or inhibition of survivin using the small-molecule inhibitor YM155, results in the suppression of EMT in RPE cells...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Daniel Constantin Brănişteanu, Andreea Moraru, Andrei Bîlha
The aim of the report was to evaluate anatomical results and intra and postoperative complications after silicone oil (SIO) removal. Methods: Retrospective, interventional study evaluating consecutive cases with ambulatory SIO removal after vitrectomy for complex retinal detachments. The anatomical result was the main followed parameter. Intra and postoperative complications and also intraocular pressure changes were evaluated. Cases were followed-up for at least 12 months. Results: A total of 98 consecutive cases were reviewed...
October 2017: Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology
Olga Frlic, Alenka Seliškar, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič, Rok Blagus, George Heigenhauser, Modest Vengust
General anesthesia (GA) can cause abnormal lung fluid redistribution. Pulmonary circulation transvascular fluid fluxes ( J VA ) are attributed to changes in hydrostatic forces and erythrocyte volume (EV) regulation. Despite the very low hydraulic conductance of pulmonary microvasculature it is possible that GA may affect hydrostatic forces through changes in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), and EV through alteration of erythrocyte transmembrane ion fluxes ( ion J VA ). Furosemide (Fur) was also used because of its potential to affect pulmonary hydrostatic forces and ion J VA ...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Julia Geynisman-Tan, Bhumy Dave-Heliker, Katarzyna Bochenska, Sarah Collins, Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, Margaret Mueller, Kimberly Kenton
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the expected duration of self-catheterization in women discharged home performing intermittent self-catheterization (ISC) after retropubic midurethral sling (RMUS). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of women who underwent an isolated RMUS by 3 providers between 2009 and 2014 at a single institution. A 300 mL retrograde-fill voiding trial (VT) was performed before discharge. Those who failed their VT (postvoid residual [PVR] >1/3 total bladder volume [TBV]) and could perform ISC are included in this analysis...
March 5, 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Andreas Krause, Jochen Zisowsky, Jasper Dingemanse
BACKGROUND: Macitentan is the first endothelin receptor antagonist with demonstrated efficacy on morbidity and mortality in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in the pivotal study SERAPHIN. METHODS: The pharmacokinetics (PK) of macitentan and its active metabolite, ACT-132577, were characterized in a population model. Efficacy and hemodynamics (pharmacodynamics, PD) were related to PK based on PK/PD modeling. RESULTS: Sex, age, and body weight influenced the PK to a statistically significant extent...
February 28, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lucia Maria Costa Monteiro, Glaura Nisya de Oliveira Cruz, Juliana Marin Fontes, Tania Regina Dias Saad Salles, Marcia Cristina Bastos Boechat, Ana Carolina Monteiro, Maria Elizabeth Lopes Moreira
INTRODUCTION: Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS) has been associated with microcephaly and other central nervous system abnormalities including areas that have been implicated in the control of the lower urinary tract. As such, this descriptive case series has aimed to investigate whether CZS is linked with neurogenic bladder. Identifying such an association is paramount in the effort to recognize CZS complications that have putative treatment options that could mitigate the impact of CZS in infected children...
2018: PloS One
Saturnino Napal Lecumberri, Iñigo Insausti Gorbea, Ana Sáez de Ocáriz García, Saioa Solchaga Álvarez, José Luis Cebrián Lostal, Raquel Monreal Beortegui, Pedro José Giral Villalta, Fermín Urtasun Grijalba
Background: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a prevalent disease associated with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). The standard of care for moderate-to-severe LUTS unresponsive to pharmacological treatment is the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). However, this intervention is not exempt from complications. Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) has been described as a new, effective and safe procedure for the treatment of LUTS secondary to BPH. To date, only one clinical trial has been published on the use of PAE for LUTS, but the study was methodologically flawed in terms of safety monitoring...
2018: Research and Reports in Urology
Jae Hoon Chung, Cheol Young Oh, Jae Heon Kim, U-Syn Ha, Tae Hyo Kim, Seung Hwan Lee, Jun Hyun Han, Jae Hyun Bae, In Ho Chang, Deok Hyun Han, Tag Keun Yoo, Jae Il Chung, Sae Woong Kim, Jina Jung, Yong-Il Kim, Seung Wook Lee
OBJECTIVE: To verify the efficacy and safety of tamsulosin 0.4 mg and tamsulosin 0.2 mg compared with those of placebo in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). METHODS: A total of 494 patients from multiple centers participated in this double-blind, randomized, phase 3 trial. The eligible patients were randomly assigned to the tamsulosin 0.4 mg group, tamsulosin 0.2 mg group, or placebo group...
February 28, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Fangzheng Chen, Heng Wang, Junjie Yan, Jiadan Lai, Shujing Cai, Linbo Yuan, Situo Zheng
Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) is a molecular chaperone which has a low content in cytoplasm under normal physiological conditions. A higher intracytoplasmic HSP70 level can be observed in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell (PASMC) in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and this up-regulation can promote pho-IκBα expression, which is an NF-κB signaling pathway inhibitor. NF-κB signaling pathway up-regulation can promote PASMC proliferation and pulmonary vascular remodeling in PAH, resulting in elevation of pulmonary pressure and the subsequent right heart failure caused by right ventricular hypertrophy...
February 23, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Libor Lunacek, Marcel Gärtner, Jan Krhut, David Mika, Radek Sykora, Peter Zvara
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The objective was to evaluate the intra-individual variability of uroflowmetry (UFM) in healthy control subjects and women suffering from stress, urge, and mixed urinary incontinence. METHODS: A total of 35 healthy controls (group A) and 105 women suffering from urinary incontinence were enrolled in the study. Thirty-five women suffered from stress urinary incontinence (group B), 35 women suffered from mixed urinary incontinence (group C), and 35 women with overactive bladder both dry and wet (group D)...
February 24, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Jasmine Tay, Lin Foo, Giulia Masini, Phillip R Bennett, Carmel M Mceniery, Ian B Wilkinson, Christoph C Lees
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pre-eclampsia (PE) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are considered to be placentally-mediated disorders. The clinical manifestations are widely held to relate to gestation age at onset with early- and late-onset PE considered to be phenotypically distinct. Recent studies have reported conflicting findings in relation to cardiovascular function, and in particular cardiac output, in PE and FGR. STUDY DESIGN: We investigated maternal cardiovascular function in relation to clinical subtype in 45 pathological pregnancies (14 'PE only', 16 'FGR only', 15 'PE and FGR') and compared these with 107 healthy person observations...
February 20, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Minoru Kobayashi, Yuumi Tokura, Tsunehito Kambara, Akinori Nukui, Takao Kamai
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to examine the clinical features and implications of a feeling of incomplete emptying despite little post-void residual (PVR), because it remains unclear why patients are bothered by such an undefined feeling. METHODS: Data were collected prospectively from 173 consecutive patients (135 men, 38 women) with a complaint of a feeling of incomplete emptying with PVR <50 mL at an initial visit. The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), quality of life (QoL) score, overactive bladder symptom score (OABSS), prostate volume, and PVR were determined...
February 22, 2018: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Tomohiro Matsuo, Yasuyoshi Miyata, Tatsufumi Nakamura, Katsuya Satoh, Hideki Sakai
OBJECTIVE: Mirabegron is widely considered as an effective and safe drug for patients with overactive bladder (OAB). However, there is no evidence regarding the efficacy of mirabegron in human T cell lymphotropic virus-1 (HTLV-1)-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) patients with OAB symptoms. The aim of the present study was to clarify the efficacy of mirabegron in HAM/TSP patients with OAB symptoms. METHODS: The present study evaluated the efficacy of mirabegron treatment (50 mg, once daily) in nineteen HAM/TSP patients with OAB symptoms by assessing subjective symptoms using the overactive bladder symptom score (OABSS) and International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) before and 12 weeks after administration...
February 22, 2018: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
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
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