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Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Arthur J H A Scholte, Spyridon Katsanos, Georgette E Hoogslag, Alexander R van Rosendael, Erik W van Zwet, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Two-dimensional echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is moderately correlated with infarct size and reflects the residual LV systolic function. This correlation may be influenced by the presence of myocardial ischemia. The present study investigated how myocardial ischemia modulates the correlation between LV GLS and infarct size determined with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients with first STEMI treated with primary coronary intervention...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Jeffrey A Walker
BACKGROUND: Self-contained tests estimate and test the association between a phenotype and mean expression level in a gene set defined a priori. Many self-contained gene set analysis methods have been developed but the performance of these methods for phenotypes that are continuous rather than discrete and with multiple nuisance covariates has not been well studied. Here, I use Monte Carlo simulation to evaluate the performance of both novel and previously published (and readily available via R) methods for inferring effects of a continuous predictor on mean expression in the presence of nuisance covariates...
2016: PeerJ
Laura Manthey, Richard L Jantz, Michael Bohnert, Katharina Jellinghaus
Crania are a reliable source for sex estimation in Euro-Americans, Europeans, and most other populations. Besides morphological assessments, the application of Fordisc® has become a useful tool within the last two decades, creating discriminant functions from morphometric data. Unfortunately, until now, white populations are mostly represented by measurements of American individuals. Therefore, classification rates are lower for European skulls than for Euro-Americans. The aim of this study was to show differences in sexual dimorphism between German and Euro-American crania...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Darae Kim, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, In Jeong Cho, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Jong-Won Ha, Namsik Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to comprehensively assess mechanical adaptation of LV in subclinical patients with hypertension(HTN) using a layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography. DESIGN AND METHOD: Conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with 2D-layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography was performed on 218 HTN patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF > 50%). Endocardial, epicardial, and transmural global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strains (GCS), and peak LV torsion were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Blazej Michalski, Przemyslaw Trzcinski, Karolina Kupczynska, Dawid Miskowiec, Lukasz Peczek, Barbara Nawrot, Piotr Lipiec, Jaroslaw D Kasprzak
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to assess the correlation of the selected biomarkers and collagen turn-over indices with advanced echocardiographic parameters among patients with preserved and reduced ejection fraction (EF). METHODS: We included 62 patients with the symptomatic heart failure. The patients were divided in to two groups according to the evaluated ejection fraction (EF - Simpson method): heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) group - 30 patients with low EF - 35-50% (16 male, mean age 54...
October 17, 2016: Cardiology Journal
E D'Elia, P Ferrero, C Vittori, A Calabrese, V Duino, S Perlini, M Senni
Athletes may have electrocardiogram (ECG) repolarization abnormalities during stress test suggestive for ischemia in the absence of ischemic coronary artery disease, often in a setting of myocardial septum hypertrophy. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) might be altered in these athletes compared to hypertensive patients with the same degree of septal thickness. About 735 consecutive athletes were screened for mandatory assessment of fitness to participate in competitive sports. At the stress test, 23 (19 M, 4 F) were found to have ECG repolarization abnormalities suggestive for ischemia in the presence of normal coronary vessels...
October 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Tomoko Negishi, Kazuaki Negishi, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Goo-Yeong Cho, Bogdan A Popescu, Dragos Vinereanu, Koji Kurosawa, Martin Penicka, Thomas H Marwick
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to show the degree to which experience and training affect the precision and validity of global longitudinal strain (GLS) measurement and to evaluate the variability of strain measurement after feedback. BACKGROUND: The application of GLS for the detection of subclinical dysfunction has been recommended in an expert consensus document and is being used with increasing frequency. The role of experience in the precision and validity of GLS measurement is unknown, as is the efficacy of training...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Sabha Bhatti, Srikanth Vallurupalli, Stephanie Ambach, Adam Magier, Evan Watts, Vien Truong, Abdul Hakeem, Wojciech Mazur
Cardiac MRI is frequently used in the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis. Feature tracking is a novel method of analyzing myocardial strain at the myocardial borders. We investigated myocardial deformation mechanics of both the right and left ventricles in patients with multiple myeloma with suspected cardiac amyloidosis. Comprehensive strain analysis was performed in 43 patients with multiple myeloma and suspected cardiac amyloidosis. MRI strain by feature tracking was measured using 2D cardiac performance analysis MR software (Tomtec, Germany)...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Agnieszka Krystyna Lech, Piotr Paweł Dobrowolski, Anna Klisiewicz, Piotr Hoffman
BACKGROUND: The management of patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis (ASAS) is still under discussion. Therefore, it is advisable to search for the parameters of early damage to left ventricular function. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess exercise-induced changes in left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) in ASAS. METHODS: The ASAS group consisted of 50 patients (26W/24M, aged 38.4±18.1) meeting the echocardiographic criteria of severe aortic stenosis (AVA<1cm², AVAI<0...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Gordon Muir, Jiri Klecka, Daniel J Culkin, Gabriel H Barusso, Jan Kums, Claus Brunken, Gregg Eure, Carlos Rioja Sanz, Fernando Gomez Sancha, Muharrem M Yildiz, Jean J DE LA Rosette
BACKGROUND: To compare baseline characteristics and outcomes of patients undergoing GreenLight laser vaporization (GL) or transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) in a real life setting. METHODS: In this prospective observational cohort, the Clinical Research Office of the Endourological Society (CROES) collected data of consecutive GL or TURP treated patients. Treatment involved one of three GL laser powers(80 W, 120 W or 180 W) based on availability in each participating centre, or TURP...
October 5, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Deyang Xu, Franziska S Hanschen, Katja Witzel, Sebastian J Nintemann, Hussam Hassan Nour-Eldin, Monika Schreiner, Barbara Ann Halkier
Casparian strip-generated apoplastic barriers not only control the radial flow of both water and ions but may also constitute a hindrance for the rhizosecretion of stele-synthesized phytochemicals. Here, we establish root-synthesized glucosinolates (GLS) are in Arabidopsis as a model to study the transport routes of plant-derived metabolites from the site of synthesis to the rhizosphere. Analysing the expression of GLS synthetic genes in the root indicate that the stele is the major site for the synthesis of aliphatic GLS, whereas indole GLS can be synthesized in both the stele and the cortex...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Christian Cadeddu, Alessandra Piras, Mariele Dessì, Clelia Madeddu, Giovanni Mantovani, Mario Scartozzi, Andreas Hagendorff, Paolo Colonna, Giuseppe Mercuro
Trastuzumab (TZB) has been shown to be extremely effective in breast cancer patients over-expressing HER-2, but careful cardiac monitoring is required when TZB is administered with anthracyclines, since the combination can increase its toxicity. Myocardial deformation indexes associated with speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have proven to be very sensitive in identifying early myocardial dysfunction. An observational, prospective study was designed to assess TZB-induced cardiac damage using STE in patients with HER-2 positive breast cancer who had been sequentially treated with TZB following epirubicin (EPI)...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Melissa Leung, Vincent W Wong, Ertugrul Durmush, Victoria Phan, Mikey Xie, Dominic Y Leung
AIMS: Weight loss in obese patients leads to improved left ventricular (LV) function. It is unclear whether improving glycaemic control has additional benefits to weight loss alone in patients with type 2 diabetes, or if benefits of weight loss are mediated through improving glycaemic control. This case-control study examined the incremental impact of these approaches on LV function. METHODS: Three groups of age, gender, and baseline HbA1c-matched patients with type 2 diabetes and suboptimal glycaemic control were followed-up for 12 months...
October 1, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
Ken-Ichi Amano, Mitsuhiro Iwaki, Kota Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Fukami, Naoya Nishi, Ohgi Takahashi, Tetsuo Sakka
Some colloidal suspensions contain two types of particles-small and large particles-to improve the lubricating ability, light absorptivity, and so forth. Structural and chemical analyses of such colloidal suspensions are often performed to understand their properties. In a structural analysis study, the observation of the number density distribution of small particles around a large particle (gLS) is difficult because these particles are randomly moving within the colloidal suspension by Brownian motion. We obtain gLS using the data from a line optical tweezer (LOT) that can measure the potential of mean force between two large colloidal particles (ΦLL)...
October 11, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Gillian Murtagh, Luke J Laffin, Kershaw V Patel, Amit V Patel, Catherine A Bonham, Zoe Yu, Karima Addetia, Nadia El-Hangouche, Francesco Maffesanti, Victor Mor-Avi, D Kyle Hogarth, Nadera J Sweiss, John F Beshai, Roberto M Lang, Amit R Patel
BACKGROUND: Cardiac infiltration is an important cause of death in sarcoidosis. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has limited sensitivity for the detection of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is used to diagnose CS but has limitations of cost and availability. We sought to determine whether TTE-derived global longitudinal strain (GLS) may be used to identify individuals with CS, despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and whether abnormal GLS is associated with major cardiovascular events (MCE)...
September 2016: Echocardiography
William Hollingworth, Mousumi Biswas, Rachel L Maishman, Mark J Dayer, Theresa McDonagh, Sarah Purdy, Barnaby C Reeves, Chris A Rogers, Rachael Williams, Maria Pufulete
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the economic impact of heart failure (HF) is vital in order to predict the cost-effectiveness of novel interventions. We estimate the health system costs of HF during the last five years of life. METHODS: We used linked primary care and mortality data accessed through the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) to identify 1555 adults in England who died with HF in 2012/13. We used CPRD and linked Hospital Episode Statistics to estimate the cost of medications, primary and hospital healthcare...
September 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Aline Cristina Velho, Mathias F Rockenbach, Pedro Mondino, Marciel J Stadnik
Apple bitter rot (ABR) and Glomerella leaf spot (GLS) can be caused by Colletotrichum fructicola. Although both diseases can occur simultaneously in orchards, some isolates show clear organ specialization. Thus, this work was aimed to compare microscopically the development of preinfective structures of ABR- and GLS isolates and their impact on the enzymatic oxidant defense system during the leaf infection process. On leaves, conidial germlings of GLS-isolate formed appressoria mostly sessile. In contrast, those of ABR-isolate were pedicellate and formed multiple melanized appressoria probably as a sign of unsuccessful infection attempts...
October 2016: Fungal Biology
Darae Kim, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, In Jeong Cho, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Jong-Won Ha, Namsik Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to comprehensively assess mechanical adaptation of LV in subclinical patients with hypertension(HTN) using a layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography. DESIGN AND METHOD: Conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with 2D-layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography was performed on 218 HTN patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF > 50%). Endocardial, epicardial, and transmural global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strains (GCS), and peak LV torsion were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sergio Barros-Gomes, Brittney Williams, Lara F Nhola, Martha Grogan, Joseph F Maalouf, Angela Dispenzieri, Patricia A Pellikka, Hector R Villarraga
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated whether 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) has incremental value for prognosis over traditional clinical, echocardiographic, and serological markers-with main focus on the current prognostic staging system-in light-chain (AL) amyloidosis patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. BACKGROUND: Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is the major determinant of outcome in AL amyloidosis. The current prognostic staging system is based primarily on serum levels of cardiac troponin T (cTnT), N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and free light chain differential (FLC-diff)...
September 8, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Shantanu P Sengupta, Manish Bansal, Leonard Hofstra, Partho P Sengupta, Jagat Narula
The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of pregnancy and labor on left ventricular (LV) myocardial mechanics using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). Pregnancy is characterized by profound hormonal and hemodynamic alterations that directly or indirectly influence cardiac structure and function. However, the impact of these changes on left ventricular (LV) myocardial contractile function has not been fully elucidated. In this prospective, longitudinal study, 35 pregnant women underwent serial clinical and echocardiographic evaluation during each trimester and at labor...
September 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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