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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543774/spectral-signal-density-of-carotid-plaque-using-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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Exequiel Reynoso, Gastón A Rodriguez-Granillo, Carlos Capunay, Alejandro Deviggiano, Francisco Meli, Patricia Carrascosa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Plaque characterization using virtual monochromatic imaging derived from dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography requires the determination of normal signal density values of each plaque component. We sought to explore the signal density values of carotid plaque components using dual-energy compared to conventional single-energy CT angiography (CTA), and to establish the energy level with the largest differences between plaque components. METHODS: The present prospective study involved consecutive patients referred for carotid artery evaluation by CTA...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543715/a-novel-nonframeshift-deletion-in-mvk-gene-responsible-for-disseminated-superficial-actinic-porokeratosis-in-one-chinese-family
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Chang-Xing Li, Si-Long Sun, Jing-Yao Liang, Yao-Qin Yuan, San-Quan Zhang, Ping-Jiao Chen, Kang Zeng, Xue-Feng Xie, Xi-Bao Zhang
Disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP), a genodermatosis transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait featuring disorder of keratinization, is characterized clinically by annular plaques with an atropic center and hyperkeratotic edges.(1-4) Recently, Zhang et al. (2) reported MVK mutations in 33% familiar and 16% sporadic patients with DSAP by exome sequencing. Here, we report a single novel mutation of MVK, p.Cys161_Arg176del, in a Chinese family suffering from DSAP. This article is protected by copyright...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540926/entorhinal-cortical-deep-brain-stimulation-rescues-memory-deficits-in-both-young-and-old-mice-genetically-engineered-to-model-alzheimer-s-disease
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Frances Xia, Adelaide Yiu, Scellig Sd Stone, Soojin Oh, Andres M Lozano, Sheena A Josselyn, Paul W Frankland
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive cognitive decline. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat a variety of brain disorders and shows promise in alleviating cognitive symptoms in some AD patients (Laxton et al., 2010). We previously showed that DBS of the entorhinal cortex (EC) enhances spatial memory formation in normal (wild-type) mice (Stone et al., 2011). Here we tested the effects of EC-DBS on the progressive cognitive deficits in a genetically-based mouse model of AD...
May 25, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540905/tuberous-sclerosis-complex-bourneville-pringle-disease-in-a-25-year-old-female-with-bilateral-renal-angiomyolipoma-and-secondary-hypertension
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Sahar El Aoud, Faten Frikha, Mouna Snoussi, Raida Ben Salah, Zouhir Bahloul
Tuberous sclerosis or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant inherited neurocutaneous disorder that variably affects the brain, skin, kidneys, heart, and other organs. It is characterized by skin and renal lesions in addition to central and peripheral nervous system tumors, with neurological and psychiatric findings. We report such a rare case of tuberous sclerosis in a 25-year-old female who presented with abdominal pain and hypertension. Physical examination showed dermatological signs that included hypopigmented maculae, shagreen plaque, angiofibromas on the centrofacial areas, periungual fibromas on toes, and molluscum pendulum around the neck...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540212/infarct-characterization-using-ct
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REVIEW
Ludovico La Grutta, Patrizia Toia, Erica Maffei, Filippo Cademartiri, Roberto Lagalla, Massimo Midiri
Myocardial infarction (MI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. The incidence is not expected to diminish, despite better prevention, diagnosis and treatment, because of the ageing population in industrialized countries and unhealthy lifestyles in developing countries. Nowadays it is highly requested an imaging tool able to evaluate MI and viability. Technology improvements determined an expansion of clinical indications from coronary plaque evaluation to functional applications (perfusion, ischemia and viability after MI) integrating additional phases and information in the mainstream examination...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538945/purpuric-drug-eruptions-caused-by-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitors-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-clinicopathologic-study-of-32-cases
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Yung-Tsu Cho, Kai-Lung Chen, Yi-Shuan Sheen, Che-Wen Yang, Jau-Yu Liau, Yu-Pin Cheng, Chia-Yu Chu
Importance: Purpuric skin lesions have only rarely been reported in patients receiving epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors. However, their clinical and histopathologic presentations have varied considerably. Objective: To characterize purpuric skin eruptions caused by epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective study enrolled 32 patients who presented to an integrated dermato-oncologic clinic in a tertiary referral medical center with purpuric skin lesions after using epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2015...
May 24, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538887/ductal-eccrine-carcinoma-of-the-axilla-a-diagnostic-pitfall
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Maria Helena Toda Sanches de Brito, Cecília Silva Nunes de Moura Dionísio, Joana Cintia Monteiro Ferreira, Maria Joaninha Madalena de Palma Mendonça da Costa Rosa, Fernando Petrucci Bernardo E Cunha, Maria Manuela Antunes Pecegueiro da Silva Garcia
Ductal eccrine carcinoma (DEC) is a rare sweat gland carcinoma with ductular differentiation. Clinically, it is characterized by a slowly growing, hardened plaque or nodule predominantly located on the head and neck. Histologically, DEC shares similar features to invasive breast carcinoma, thus causing great diagnostic challenges. We report a 69-year-old woman who presented with a hardened plaque on the axilla. A skin biopsy was performed and metastatic invasive breast carcinoma could not be ruled out. Complete excision and further workup were subsequently conducted, leading to the diagnosis of estrogen receptor positive DEC with associated axillary lymph node metastases...
March 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537861/use-of-an-oral-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-apremilast-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-severe-atopic-dermatitis-a-case-report
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Benjamin Farahnik, Kourosh Beroukhim, Mio Nakamura, Michael Abrouk, Tian Hao Zhu, Rasnik Singh, Kristina Lee, Tina Bhutani, John Koo, Wilson Liao
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common inflammatory dermatosis characterized by pruritus, erythema, induration, and lichenification. Current treatment options for generalized atopic dermatitis are limited and have potentially serious adverse effects, especially in patients with severe, chronic AD who frequently require systemic anti-inflammatory agents. Apremilast, an oral phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor, was FDA approved in September 2014 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. However, its upstream anti-inflammatory effects, ease of use as an oral agent, and mild side-effect profile make it an interesting treatment option for AD as well...
May 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537856/superficial-morphea-case-report-look-alikes-pathogenesis-and-treatment
#9
Jameson Loyal, Ivy I Norris, Elizabeth B Lester, Joseph C Pierson
Superficial morphea, a rare variant of morphea, is characterized by hypopigmented to hyperpigmented skin lesions located predominantly in a symmetric fashion at intertriginous sites. These patches and plaques typically lack the significant induration, contractures, and atrophy seen in other subtypes of morphea. Histologic examination is key for accurate diagnosis considering the number of similar conditions which may clinically mimic superficial morphea. Herein, we present a case of a 25-year-old woman who re-presented for consultation in our clinic after gradual progression of her skin lesions...
May 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537855/multifocal-primary-cutaneous-nodular-amyloidosis
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Martha Emily Matsumoto, Mary-Katharine Collins, Anastasios Raptis, Jaroslaw Jedrych, Timothy Patton
Nodular cutaneous amyloidosis (NCA), the least common form of primary cutaneous amyloidosis, is characterized clinically by waxy, purpuric plaques and nodules and histologically by amyloid deposits in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. We present a patient who developed multiple, non-contiguous NCA lesions over a three year period without evidence of systemic disease. We reviewed the literature and found few other cases of this unusual presentation.
May 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535056/solid-state-nmr-structure-based-inhibitor-design-to-achieve-selective-inhibition-of-the-parallel-in-register-%C3%AE-sheet-versus-antiparallel-iowa-mutant-%C3%AE-amyloid-fibrils
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Qinghui Cheng, Wei Qiang
Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) spectroscopy has been widely applied to characterize the high-resolution structures of β-amyloid (Aβ) fibrils. While these structures provide crucial molecular insights on the deposition of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's diseases (AD), ssNMR structures have been rarely used so far as basis for designing inhibitors. It remains a challenge because the ssNMR-based Aβ fibrils structures were usually obtained with sparsely-isotope-labeled peptides with limited experimental constraints, where the structural models, especially the side-chain coordinates showed restricted precision...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533411/bidirectional-regulation-of-a%C3%AE-levels-by-presenilin-1
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Victor Bustos, Maria V Pulina, Yildiz Kelahmetoglu, Subhash C Sinha, Fred S Gorelick, Marc Flajolet, Paul Greengard
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by accumulation of the β-amyloid peptide (Aβ), which is generated through sequential proteolysis of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), first by the action of β-secretase, generating the β-C-terminal fragment (βCTF), and then by the Presenilin 1 (PS1) enzyme in the γ-secretase complex, generating Aβ. γ-Secretase is an intramembranous protein complex composed of Aph1, Pen2, Nicastrin, and Presenilin 1. Although it has a central role in the pathogenesis of AD, knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate PS1 function is limited...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521932/discordance-between-fractional-flow-reserve-and-coronary-flow-reserve-insights-from-intracoronary-imaging-and-physiological%C3%A2-assessment
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Sung Gyun Ahn, Jon Suh, Olivia Y Hung, Hee Su Lee, Yasir H Bouchi, Wenjie Zeng, Rounak Gandhi, Parham Eshtehardi, Bill D Gogas, Habib Samady
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the epicardial and microvascular substrates associated with discordances between fractional flow reserve (FFR) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) values. BACKGROUND: Discordances between FFR and CFR remain poorly characterized. METHODS: FFR, hyperemic stenosis resistance (HSR), and intravascular ultrasound were performed as indexes of epicardial function and CFR and hyperemic microvascular resistance (HMR) as measures of microvascular function in 94 patients with moderate coronary stenosis...
May 22, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516841/us3-and-us9-proteins-contribute-to-the-stromal-invasion-of-bovine-herpesvirus-1-in-the-respiratory-mucosa
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Jing Zhao, Katrien C K Poelaert, Lennert Steukers, Herman W Favoreel, Yewei Li, Shafiqul I Chowdhury, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, Brigitte Caij, Hans J Nauwynck
Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) infection may lead to conjunctivitis, upper respiratory tract problems, pneumonia, genital disorders and abortion. BHV-1 is able to spread quickly in a plaque-wise manner and invade by breaching the basement membrane (BM) barrier in the respiratory mucosa. BHV-1 Us3, a serine/threonine kinase, induces a dramatic cytoskeletal reorganization and BHV-1 Us9, a tail-anchored membrane protein, is required for axonal transport of viruses in neurons. In this study, we investigated the role of Us3 and Us9 during BHV-1 infection in the respiratory mucosa...
May 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514646/heparin-removal-by-ecteola-cellulose-pre-treatment-enables-the-use-of-plasma-samples-for-accurate-measurement-of-anti-yellow-fever-virus-neutralizing-antibodies
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Ana Carolina Campi-Azevedo, Vanessa Peruhype-Magalhães, Jordana Grazziela Coelho-Dos-Reis, Christiane Costa-Pereira, Anna Yoshida Yamamura, Sheila Maria Barbosa de Lima, Marisol Simões, Fernanda Freire Campos Nunes, Aline de Castro Zacche Tonini, Elenice Moreira Lemos, Ricardo Cristiano Brum, Tatiana Guimarães de Noronha, Marcos da Silva Freire, Maria de Lourdes Sousa Maia, Luiz Antônio Bastos Camacho, Maria Rios, Caren Chancey, Alessandro Romano, Carla Magda Domingues, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho
Technological innovations in vaccinology have recently contributed to bring about novel insights for the vaccine-induced immune response. While the current protocols that use peripheral blood samples may provide abundant data, a range of distinct components of whole blood samples are required and the different anticoagulant systems employed may impair some properties of the biological sample and interfere with functional assays. Although the interference of heparin in functional assays for viral neutralizing antibodies such as the functional plaque-reduction neutralization test (PRNT), considered the gold-standard method to assess and monitor the protective immunity induced by the Yellow fever virus (YFV) vaccine, has been well characterized, the development of pre-analytical treatments is still required for the establishment of optimized protocols...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513988/aquagenic-cutaneous-disorders
#16
REVIEW
Fang Wang, Yu-Kun Zhao, Ze-Yu Luo, Qian Gao, Wei Wu, Rashmi Sarkar, Di-Qing Luo
Aquagenic cutaneous disorders, which include aquagenic urticaria, aquagenic pruritus, and aquagenic acrokeratoderma, are a group of rare diseases characterized by skin lesions or discomfort induced by brief contact with water. Aquagenic urticaria is characterized by pruritic wheals that occur at the sites of water contact, either immediately or within minutes, and disappear within 30-60 min after water removal. Aquagenic pruritus presents with severe pruritus or a stinging, tingling, or burning sensation without any visible skin changes...
May 17, 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511475/colour-doppler-evaluation-of-extracranial-carotid-artery-in-patients-presenting-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-and-correlation-with-various-risk-factors
#17
Samrin Haq, Manoj Mathur, Jasvir Singh, Navkiran Kaur, Raminderpal Singh Sibia, Rajesh Badhan
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is defined as an abrupt onset of neurologic deficit due to vascular cause. It is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity all over the world making early diagnosis and treatment inevitable. Lesions of extra cranial carotid arteries are implicated in majority of cases of acute ischemic stroke. Carotid Doppler is a non-invasive imaging technique, with sensitivity approaching that of angiography. Computed Tomography (CT) plays a major role to assess the site and nature of the lesion in patients with acute ischemic stroke...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511390/expression-of-angiogenic-factors-in-psoriasis-vulgaris
#18
Lakshna Sankar, Dhanalakshmi Arumugam, Sudha Boj, Priyanka Pradeep
INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by epidermal hyperproliferation, abnormal differentiation and inflammatory infiltration in the dermis. The dermal microvascular expansion associated with abnormal orientation and dilatation of capillaries in the biopsies of the psoriatic skin suggest that the disease is dependent on angiogenesis. AIM: To analyze and compare the immunohistochemical expression of angiogenic factors - Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), von Willebrand Factor (vWF) and CD 34 in skin biopsies of psoriasis cases with control skin samples; and to correlate the expression of angiogenic factors with Psoriasis Area and Severity Clinical Index (PASI SCORE)...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508216/rescue-of-sendai-virus-from-cloned-cdna
#19
Shringkhala Bajimaya, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Toru Takimoto
Sendai virus (SeV) is a non-segment negative-sense RNA virus that naturally infects and causes pneumonia in mice. As a prototypic member of the family Paramyxoviridae, SeV has been characterized well, and these studies revealed numerous traits of paramyxovirus biology. The reverse genetics system to rescue SeV was first established in 1995. The virus was rescued from a cloned cDNA that contains full genome sequence flanked by T7 promoter and hepatitis delta virus ribozyme. To rescue SeV, it is necessary to infect cells with a recombinant vaccinia virus vTF7...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507066/the-microbiome-of-site-specific-dental-plaque-of-children-with-different-caries-status
#20
Vincent P Richards, Andres J Alvarez, Amy R Luce, Molly Bedenbaugh, Mary Mitchell, Robert A Burne, Marcelle M Nascimento
The oral microbiota associated with the initiation and progression of dental caries has yet to be fully characterized. The Human Oral Microbe Identification using Next Generation Sequencing (HOMINGS) was used to analyze the microbiomes of site-specific supragingival dental plaques from children with different caries status. Fifty-five children (2-7 years) were assessed at baseline and 12-months, and grouped as: caries-free (CF), caries-active with enamel lesions (CAE), and caries-active with dentin carious lesions (CA)...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
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