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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548371/the-additional-utility-of-two-dimensional-strain-in-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease-presence-and-localization-in-patients-undergoing-dobutamine-stress-echocardiogram
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Alaa Roushdy, Yomna Abou El Seoud, Mohamed Abd Elrahman, Basem Wadeaa, Adel Eletriby, Zainab Abd El Salam
BACKGROUND: Dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) is a feasible and safe exercise-independent stress modality for diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD), but it is subjective, and operator dependant. Two-dimensional strain at peak stress could overcome these limitations and thus increase the accuracy of DSE. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a prospective observational study in which 80 patients underwent DSE, two-dimensional strain at peak stress, and coronary angiography...
May 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547838/more-efficient-parameter-estimates-for-factor-analysis-of-ordinal-variables-by-ridge-generalized-least-squares
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Ke-Hai Yuan, Ge Jiang, Ying Cheng
Data in psychology are often collected using Likert-type scales, and it has been shown that factor analysis of Likert-type data is better performed on the polychoric correlation matrix than on the product-moment covariance matrix, especially when the distributions of the observed variables are skewed. In theory, factor analysis of the polychoric correlation matrix is best conducted using generalized least squares with an asymptotically correct weight matrix (AGLS). However, simulation studies showed that both least squares (LS) and diagonally weighted least squares (DWLS) perform better than AGLS, and thus LS or DWLS is routinely used in practice...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545490/glutamate-signaling-through-the-nmda-receptor-reduces-the-expression-of-scleraxis-in-plantaris-tendon-derived-cells
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Christoph Spang, Ludvig J Backman, Sandrine Le Roux, Jialin Chen, Patrik Danielson
BACKGROUND: A body of evidence demonstrating changes to the glutaminergic system in tendinopathy has recently emerged. This hypothesis was further tested by studying the effects of glutamate on the tenocyte phenotype, and the impact of loading and exposure to glucocorticoids on the glutamate signaling machinery. METHODS: Plantaris tendon tissue and cultured plantaris tendon derived cells were immunohisto-/cytochemically stained for glutamate, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor 1 (NMDAR1) and vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGluT2)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543090/association-of-pulse-pressure-with-left-ventricular-geometry-and-function-in-elderly-nonhypertensive-patients-with-diabetes-a-3d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Qingqing Wang, Kaibin Tan, Hongmei Xia, Yunhua Gao
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to investigate and compare the left ventricular (LV) geometry and function in elderly nonhypertensive type 2 diabetic patients with normal (NPP, <60 mm Hg) and with high (HPP, ≥60 mmHg) 24-hour pulse pressure, and to explore the independent predictors of LV strain values in these patients. METHODS: A total of 76 elderly nonhypertensive type 2 diabetic patients with normal (≥55%) LV ejection fraction (LVEF) were included, 36 of whom had HPP...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538762/papillary-muscle-free-strain-in-patients-with-severe-degenerative-and-functional-mitral-regurgitation
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Alev Kılıcgedik, Gokhan Kahveci, Ahmet Seyfeddin Gurbuz, Can Yucel Karabay, Ahmet Guler, Suleyman Cagan Efe, Soe Moe Aung, Ugur Arslantas, Serdar Demir, Ibrahim Akin Izgi, Cevat Kirma
Fundamento: The role of papillary muscle function in severe mitral regurgitation with preserved and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and the method of choice to evaluate PM have still been the subjects of controversy. Objectives: To evaluate and compare papillary muscle function in and between patients with severe degenerative and functional mitral regurgitation by using the free strain method. Methods: 64 patients with severe mitral regurgitation - 39 patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR group) and 25 patients with severe functional mitral regurgitation (FMR group) - and 30 control subjects (control group) were included in the study...
April 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536004/multimodality-imaging-approach-in-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-myocarditis-with-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-mcpef-the-role-of-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Mario Kasner, Aleksandar Aleksandrov, Felicitas Escher, Nidal Al-Saadi, Markus Makowski, Frank Spillmann, Martin Genger, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Uwe Kühl, Burkert Pieske, Daniel A Morris, Michel Noutsias, Carsten Tschöpe
BACKGROUND: Up to one third of patients with chronic myocarditis (MC) have preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (MCpEF). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of adding 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) in the diagnosis of patients with MCpEF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed 67 patients with suspected MCpEF who underwent endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). Thirty-two patients with confirmed chronic myocardial inflammation by EMB served as study group (MCpEF) and the remaining patients (n=35) served as control group...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535580/gastroparesis-updates-on-pathogenesis-and-management
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Nanlong Liu, Thomas Abell
Gastroparesis (Gp) is a chronic disease that presents with clinical symptoms of early satiety, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Along with these symptoms, an objective finding of delayed gastric emptying, along with a documented absence of gastric outlet obstruction, are required for diagnosis. This article focuses on updates in the pathogenesis and management of Gp. Recent studies on full thickness biopsies of Gp patients have shed light on the complex interactions of the central, autonomic, and enteric nervous systems, which all play key roles in maintaining normal gut motility...
May 25, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535078/complementation-of-ctb7-in-the-maize-pathogen-cercospora-zeina-overcomes-the-lack-of-in-vitro-cercosporin-production
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Velushka Swart, Bridget Genevieve Crampton, John Ridenour, Burton Bluhm, Nicholas Olivier, Marion Meyer, Dave Kenneth Berger
Gray leaf spot (GLS), caused by the sibling species Cercospora zeina or Cercospora zeae-maydis, is cited as one of the most important diseases threatening global maize production. C. zeina fails to produce cercosporin in vitro, and in most cases causes large coalescing lesions during maize infection; a symptom generally absent from cercosporin-deficient mutants in other Cercospora spp. Here we describe the C. zeina cercosporin toxin biosynthetic gene cluster. The oxidoreductase gene CTB7 contained several insertions and deletions as compared to the C...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530402/spin-crossover-in-double-salts-containing-six-and-four-coordinate-cobalt-ii-ions
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Joanna Palion-Gazda, Barbara Machura, Rafal Kruszynski, Thais Grancha, Nicolás Moliner, Francesc Lloret, Miguel Julve
The preparation and spectroscopic and structural characterization of three cobalt(II) complexes of formulas [Co(tppz)2](dca)2 (1), [Co(tppz)2][Co(NCS)4]·MeOH (2), and [Co(tppz)2][Co(NCO)4]·2H2O (3) [tppz = 2,3,5,6-tetrakis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine and dca = dicyanamide] are reported here. Compounds 1-3 have in common the presence of the cationic [Co(tppz)2](2+) entity where each mer-tridentate tppz ligand coordinates to the cobalt(II) ion equatorially through two pyridyl donors and axially via the pyrazine, completing the six-coordination...
May 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530215/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-after-intravenous-epinephrine-administration-following-cardiac-arrest-provoked-by-pneumoperitoneum-a-case-report
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Waldemar Elikowski, Malgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Jacek Karoń, Maria Mrozińska, Alina Baszko, Karolina Horbacka
In stress-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) high levels of catecholamines, including epinephrine, may be detected in blood. On the other hand, administration of exogenous epinephrine may occasionally result in TC. A CASE REPORT: The authors describe a case of a 58-year-old, otherwise healthy female, with TC which occurred after intravenous injection of 1 mg of epinephrine against cardiac arrest provoked by pneumoperitoneum performed before planned laparoscopic cholecystectomy. She was admitted 3 days earlier due to biliary colic following a dietary mistake...
April 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528164/mri-derived-myocardial-strain-measures-in-normal-subjects
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Ha Q Vo, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the normal ranges of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based feature tracking (FT) and to identify sources of variations. Similar analyses were also performed for strain encoding, displacement encoding with stimulated echoes, and myocardial tagging. BACKGROUND: MRI-FT is a novel technique for quantification of myocardial deformation using MRI cine images. However, the reported 95% confidence intervals (CIs) from the 2 largest studies have no overlaps...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528147/variability-and-reproducibility-of-segmental%C3%A2-longitudinal-strain-measurement-a-report-from-the-eacvi-ase-strain-standardization-task%C3%A2-force
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Oana Mirea, Efstathios D Pagourelias, Jurgen Duchenne, Jan Bogaert, James D Thomas, Luigi P Badano, Jens-Uwe Voigt
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we compared left ventricular (LV) segmental strain measurements obtained with different ultrasound machines and post-processing software packages. BACKGROUND: Global longitudinal strain (GLS) has proven to be a reproducible and valuable tool in clinical practice. Data about the reproducibility and intervendor differences of segmental strain measurements, however, are missing. METHODS: We included 63 volunteers with cardiac magnetic resonance-proven infarct scar with segmental LV function ranging from normal to severely impaired...
May 12, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526545/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-and-right-ventricular-function-a-combined-assessment-by-speckle-tracking-and-three-dimensional-echocardiography
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Agostino Buonauro, Maurizio Galderisi, Ciro Santoro, Angelo Canora, Maria Luisa Bocchino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Maria Lembo, Roberta Esposito, Sabrina Castaldo, Bruno Trimarco, Alessandro Sanduzzi
BACKGROUND: Little is known on right ventricular (RV) involvement in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This study aimed at evaluating early RV dysfunction by standard and advanced echocardiography in OSA. METHODS: Fifty-nine OSA patients without heart failure and 29 age-matched controls underwent standard, speckle tracking and real time 3D echocardiography of right ventricle. OSA patients performed lung function tests and overnight cardio-respiratory monitoring with evaluation of apnea-hypopnea index (AHI)...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522974/low-dose-paclitaxel-inhibits-tumor-cell-growth-by-regulating-glutaminolysis-in-colorectal-carcinoma-cells
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Chaoxiang Lv, Hao Qu, Wanyun Zhu, Kaixiang Xu, Anyong Xu, Baoyu Jia, Yubo Qing, Honghui Li, Hong-Jiang Wei, Hong-Ye Zhao
Paclitaxel (PTX) is a natural alkaloid isolated from the bark of a tree, Taxus brevifolia, and is currently used to treat a variety of tumors. Recently, it has been found that low-dose PTX is a promising treatment for some cancers, presenting few side effects. However, antitumor mechanisms of low-dose PTX (<1 nM) have rarely been illuminated. Here we report a new antitumor mechanism of low-dose PTX in colorectal carcinoma cells. We treated colorectal carcinoma HCT116 cells with PTX at 0.1 and 0.3 nM for 0, 1, 2, or 3 days, and found that low-dose PTX inhibits cell growth without altering cell morphology and cell cycle...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516313/dynamic-changes-in-aortic-impedance-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-and-its-impact-on-exploratory-outcome
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Yukari Kobayashi, Juyong B Kim, Kegan J Moneghetti, Yuhei Kobayashi, Ran Zhang, Daniel A Brenner, Ryan O'Malley, Ingela Schnittger, Michael Fischbein, D Craig Miller, Alan C Yeung, David Liang, Francois Haddad, William F Fearon
Valvulo-arterial impedance (Zva) has been shown to predict worse outcome in medically managed aortic stenosis (AS) patients. We aimed to investigate the association between Zva and left ventricular (LV) adaptation and to explore the predictive value of Zva for cardiac functional recovery and outcome after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We prospectively enrolled 128 patients with AS who underwent TAVR. Zva was calculated as: (systolic blood pressure + mean transaortic gradient)/stroke volume index)...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509760/global-longitudinal-strain-predicts-outcome-after-mitraclip-implantation-for-secondary-mitral-regurgitation
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Rodolfo Citro, Cesare Baldi, Patrizio Lancellotti, Angelo Silverio, Gennaro Provenza, Michele Bellino, Michele R Di Muro, Generoso Mastrogiovanni, Roberta De Rosa, Gennaro Galasso, Eduardo Bossone, Pietro Giudice, Federico Piscione
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess preoperative determinants, prevalence, and prognostic impact of left ventricular (LV) reverse remodeling (LVRR) in patients with secondary mitral regurgitation (SMR), undergoing MitraClip implantation (MCi). METHODS: From March 2012 to January 2015, a total of 41 consecutive patients with moderate-to-severe SMR treated successfully with MCi were enrolled. All patients underwent clinical and echocardiographic follow-up after MCi...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500431/molecular-aspects-of-mers-cov
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REVIEW
Ali A Rabaan, Ali M Bazzi, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a betacoronavirus which can cause acute respiratory distress in humans and is associated with a relatively high mortality rate. Since it was first identified in a patient who died in a Jeddah hospital in 2012, the World Health Organization has been notified of 1735 laboratory-confirmed cases from 27 countries, including 628 deaths. Most cases have occurred in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoVancestors may be found in OldWorld bats of the Vespertilionidae family...
May 13, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494703/globule-leukocytes-and-other-mast-cells-in-the-mouse-intestine
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Peter Vogel, Laura Janke, David M Gravano, Meifen Lu, Deepali V Sawant, Dorothy Bush, Shuyu E, Dario A A Vignali, Asha Pillai, Jerold E Rehg
Only 2 major mast cell (MC) subtypes are commonly recognized in the mouse: the large connective tissue mast cells (CTMCs) and the mucosal mast cells (MMCs). Interepithelial mucosal inflammatory cells, most commonly identified as globule leukocytes (GLs), represent a third MC subtype in mice, which we term interepithelial mucosal mast cells (ieMMCs). This term clearly distinguishes ieMMCs from lamina proprial MMCs (lpMMCs) while clearly communicating their common MC lineage. Both lpMMCs and ieMMCs are rare in normal mouse intestinal mucosa, but increased numbers of ieMMCs are seen as part of type 2 immune responses to intestinal helminth infections and in food allergies...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493428/optical-thermal-and-mechanical-characterization-of-ga2-se3-added-gls-glass
#19
Andrea Ravagli, Christopher Craig, Ghada A Alzaidy, Paul Bastock, Daniel W Hewak
Gallium lanthanum sulfide glass (GLS) has been widely studied in the last 40 years for middle-infrared applications. In this work, the results of the substitution of selenium for sulphur in GLS glass are described. The samples are prepared via melt-quench method in an argon-purged atmosphere. A wide range of compositional substitutions are studied to define the glass-forming region of the modified material. The complete substitution of Ga2 S3 by Ga2 Se3 is achieved by involving new higher quenching rate techniques compared to those containing only sulfides...
May 11, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490765/effect-of-genomics-related-literacy-on-non-communicable-diseases
#20
Sho Nakamura, Hiroto Narimatsu, Kayoko Katayama, Ri Sho, Takashi Yoshioka, Akira Fukao, Takamasa Kayama
Recent progress in genomic research has raised expectations for the development of personalized preventive medicine, although genomics-related literacy of patients will be essential. Thus, enhancing genomics-related literacy is crucial, particularly for individuals with low genomics-related literacy because they might otherwise miss the opportunity to receive personalized preventive care. This should be especially emphasized when a lack of genomics-related literacy is associated with elevated disease risk, because patients could therefore be deprived of the added benefits of preventive interventions; however, whether such an association exists is unclear...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
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