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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079701/ex-vivo-assessment-of-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-by-grating-based-phase-contrast-computed-tomography-correlation-with-optical-coherence-tomography
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Christopher Habbel, Holger Hetterich, Marian Willner, Julia Herzen, Kristin Steigerwald, Sigrid Auweter, Ulrich Schüller, Jörg Hausleiter, Steffen Massberg, Maximilian Reiser, Franz Pfeiffer, Tobias Saam, Fabian Bamberg
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of grating-based phase-contrast computed tomography (gb-PCCT) to classify and quantify coronary vessel characteristics in comparison with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and histopathology in an ex vivo setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After excision from 5 heart specimens, 15 human coronary arteries underwent gb-PCCT examination using an experimental imaging setup consisting of a rotating molybdenum anode x-ray tube, a Talbot-Lau grating interferometer, and a single photon counting detector...
January 10, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078981/resilience-to-alzheimer-s-disease-the-role-of-physical-activity
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Pedrinolla Anna, Schena Federico, Venturelli Massimo
BACKGROUND: Although Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative pathology characterized by accumulation of β-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles at cerebral level, recent studies highlighted that AD might be the result of many altered physiological processes occurring at whole-organism level. The ability to adapt to stressors by "bending" but not "breaking" can be considered as "resilience". Individuals incline to withstand such pathophysiological challenges, can be considered more resilient than those that do not...
January 11, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075020/adenosine-receptors-regulate-gap-junction-coupling-of-the-human-cerebral-microvascular-endothelial-cells-hcmec-d3-by-ca-2-influx-through-cng-channels
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Almke Bader, Willem Bintig, Daniela Begandt, Anne Klett, Ina G Siller, Carola Gregor, Frank Schaarschmidt, Babette Weksler, Ignacio Romero, Pierre-Olivier Couraud, Stefan W Hell, Anaclet Ngezahayo
The human cerebral microvascular endothelial cell line hCMEC/D3 was used to characterize the physiological link between adenosine receptors and the gap junction coupling in endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier. Expressed adenosine receptor subtypes and connexin (Cx) isoforms were identified by RT-PCR. Scrape loading/dye transfer was used to evaluate the impact of the A2A and A2B adenosine receptor subtype agonist 2-phenylaminoadenosine (2-PAA) on the gap junction coupling. We found that 2-PAA stimulated cAMP synthesis and enhanced gap junction coupling in a concentration-dependent manner...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071741/loss-of-coupling-distinguishes-gjb1-mutations-associated-with-cns-manifestations-of-cmt1x-from-those-without-cns-manifestations
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Charles K Abrams, Mikhail Goman, Sarah Wong, Steven S Scherer, Kleopas A Kleopa, Alejandro Peinado, Mona M Freidin
CMT1X, an X-linked inherited neuropathy, is caused by mutations in GJB1, which codes for Cx32, a gap junction protein expressed by Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes. Many GJB1 mutations cause central nervous system (CNS) abnormality in males, including stable subclinical signs and, less often, short-duration episodes characterized by motor difficulties and altered consciousness. However, some mutations have no apparent CNS effects. What distinguishes mutations with and without CNS manifestations has been unclear...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071288/vulnerable-carotid-plaque-imaging-and-histopathology-without-a-dedicated-mri-receiver-coil
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Laura A Fitzpatrick, Nadav Berkovitz, Marlise P Dos Santos, Nevin Majeed, Rafael Glikstein, Santanu Chakraborty, John P Veinot, Grant Stotts, Alain Berthiaume, Robert Chatelain
Stroke is associated with vulnerable carotid artery plaques showing specific histopathologic features, namely a lipid-rich necrotic core, intraplaque hemorrhage, ulceration, and thin fibrous cap. While ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) can identify carotid plaques and determine the extent of stenosis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides further information regarding plaque composition and morphology. In this feasibility study, three patients with symptomatic, moderately stenosed plaques were imaged with CT angiography (CTA) and MRI (3T and 1...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067677/the-microbiome-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients
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Yudong Yin, Peter Hountras, Richard G Wunderink
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Discovery of a normal lung microbiome requires reassessment of our concepts of HAP/VAP pathogenesis and has important implications for clinical diagnosis and management. RECENT FINDINGS: Changes in the microbiome of dental plaque are associated with increased risk of HAP/VAP. A transition to a lung microbiome enriched with gut flora is found in ARDS with an increased inflammatory response in patients with this change in microbial flora. A characteristic microbiome pattern of higher amounts of bacterial DNA, lower community diversity, and greater relative abundance of a single species characterize pneumonia and occasionally identify bacteria not found in culture...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066812/the-denture-associated-oral-microbiome-in-health-and-stomatitis
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Baochen Shi, Tingxi Wu, Jeffrey McLean, Anna Edlund, Youngik Young, Xuesong He, Hongyang Lv, Xuedong Zhou, Wenyuan Shi, Huiying Li, Renate Lux
While investigation of the microbiome on natural oral surfaces has generated a wealth of information, few studies have examined the microbial communities colonizing dentures and their relationship to oral health. To address this knowledge gap, we characterized the bacterial community associated with dentures and remaining teeth in healthy individuals and patients with denture stomatitis. The microbiome compositions of matched denture and tooth plaque samples of 10 healthy individuals and 9 stomatitis patients were determined by 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064551/fd-oct-and-ivus-intravascular-imaging-modalities-in-peripheral-vasculature
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S Spiliopoulos, P Kitrou, K Katsanos, D Karnabatidis
Intra-Vascular Ultra-Sound (IVUS) and Frequency Domain-Optical Coherence Tomography (FD-OCT), in vivo, intra-vascular, imaging modalities, widely used in the field of coronary disease, have been recently implemented in peripheral endovascular procedures, for procedural assessment, plaque characterization and determination of predictors of treatment outcomes. Their unique characteristics have also been used in order to provide additional features and improve the performance of re-entry devices and atherotomes...
January 13, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060985/-febrile-ulceronecrotic-mucha-habermann-disease
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Javier Arellano Lorca, Ignacio Yáñez Silva, Felipe Soto Vilches, Andrea Luna Heine, Yamile Corredoira Salum
Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA), pityriasis lichenoides chronica (PLC) and febrile ulceronecrotic Mucha-Habermann disease (FUMHD) are considered different manifestations of the same disease. Febrile ulceronecrotic Mucha-Habermann disease is a rare, and potentially lethal illness which is characterized by fast progression of numerous papules that converge, ulcerate and form a plaque with a necrotic center, together with hemorrhagic vesicles and pustules that are associated with high fever and variable systemic symptoms...
September 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060291/optimization-of-a-quantitative-micro-neutralization-assay
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Yipu Lin, Yan Gu, John W McCauley
The micro-neutralization (MN) assay is a standard technique for measuring the infectivity of the influenza virus and the inhibition of virus replication. In this study, we present the protocol of an imaging-based MN assay to quantify the true antigenic relationships between viruses. Unlike typical plaque reduction assays that rely on visible plaques, this assay quantitates the entire infected cell population of each well. The protocol matches the virus type or subtype with the selection of cell lines to achieve maximum infectivity, which enhances sample contrast during imaging and image processing...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060116/angiokeratoma-of-tongue
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Satvinder S Bakshi
A 9 year old male presented with diffuse swelling on his tongue since childhood associated with intermittent bleeding. On examination there was multiple, sessile, firm, pinkish, erythematous, shiny papules on both dorsal and ventral surface of the tongue. Angiokeratomas are vascular malformations of capillaries characterized clinically by asymptomatic, solitary or multiple, keratotic papules or plaques, and histologically by benign vascular ectasia of the papillary dermis. Treatment usually consists of local excision and intralesional injection of steroids...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054501/modulation-in-the-conformational-and-stability-attributes-of-the-alzheimer-s-disease-associated-amyloid-beta-mutants-and-their-favorable-stabilization-by-curcumin-molecular-dynamics-simulation-analysis
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Manika Awasthi, Swati Singh, Veda P Pandey, Upendra N Dwivedi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive accumulation of amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides in brain. In the present study, two familial Aβ42 mutations, namely A2V (harmful) and A2T (protective) have been analyzed and compared with the wild-type (WT) by performing all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in the absence and presence of curcumin, a well known inhibitor of Aβ plaque formation. Mutant A2V was found to exhibit highest stability followed by WT and mutant A2T in the absence of curcumin...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052367/morphoea-with-prominent-plasma-cell-endoneuritis
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M Singh, N Farquharson, C Owen, A J Howat, S Singh, N Francis, E Calonje
Morphoea (localized scleroderma) is a cutaneous inflammatory condition characterized by the development of indurated and discoloured plaques. The histological features of morphoea typically include a superficial and deep perivascular and periadnexal chronic inflammatory infiltrate associated with variable degrees of dermal and/or subcutaneous sclerosis. The infiltrate is typically composed of lymphocytes, macrophages and conspicuous plasma cells. The early stages of morphoea may have a very prominent inflammatory infiltrate associated with subtle sclerosis...
January 4, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052152/types-of-myocardial-infarction-among-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-individuals-in-the-united-states
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Heidi M Crane, Pathmaja Paramsothy, Daniel R Drozd, Robin M Nance, J A Chris Delaney, Susan R Heckbert, Matthew J Budoff, Greer A Burkholder, James H Willig, Michael J Mugavero, William C Mathews, Paul K Crane, Richard D Moore, Joseph J Eron, Sonia Napravnik, Peter W Hunt, Elvin Geng, Priscilla Hsue, Carla Rodriguez, Inga Peter, Greg S Barnes, Justin McReynolds, William B Lober, Kristina Crothers, Mathew Feinstein, Carl Grunfeld, Michael S Saag, Mari M Kitahata
Importance: The Second Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction (MI) divides MIs into different types. Type 1 MIs result spontaneously from instability of atherosclerotic plaque, whereas type 2 MIs occur in the setting of a mismatch between oxygen demand and supply, as with severe hypotension. Type 2 MIs are uncommon in the general population, but their frequency in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals is unknown. Objectives: To characterize MIs, including type; identify causes of type 2 MIs; and compare demographic and clinical characteristics among HIV-infected individuals with type 1 vs type 2 MIs...
January 4, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050510/plasma-cell-gingivits-a-conflict-of-diagnosis
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Jammula Surya Prasanna, Divya Aishwarya Mutyap, Veerandranath Reddy Pantula, Shilpa Akula, Bhargavi Chinthapalli
Plasma Cell Gingivitis (PCG) is a rare condition of the gingiva which is benign in nature. In this condition there is enlargement of the marginal and attached gingiva. It is not only unaesthetic in appearance but also causes difficulty in speech and mastication. Hence, it creates an area for plaque accumulation because of which there is difficulty in carrying out the routine oral hygiene procedures. The aetiology is unknown and is thought to be a hypersensitive reaction to an allergen. This condition is characterized by massive infiltration of the plasma cells into the sub-epithelial connective tissue layers...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050487/safety-and-efficacy-of-itolizumab-in-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-a-case-series-of-20-patients
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Anchala Parthasaradhi
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, relapsing/remitting, immune-mediated skin disease that causes itchy skin with silvery scales. It is characterized by thickened red erythematous plaques covered with silvery scales. Biological therapies have been recently introduced for patients with psoriasis in India. The biological therapies contain protein biomolecules which can be employed to target specific immune or genetic mediator of a pathophysiological process. Here, we share our clinical experience of managing 20 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis by itolizumab a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048223/we-fg-207b-06-plaque-composition-measurement-with-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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C Wang, H Ding, S Malkasian, S Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of characterizing arterial plaque composition in terms of water, lipid and protein or calcium using dual energy computed tomography. Characterization of plaque composition can potentially help distinguish vulnerable from stable plaques. METHODS: Simulations studies were performed by the CT simulator based on ASTRA tomography toolbox. The beam energy for dual energy images was selected to be 80 kVp and 135 kVp. The radiation dose and energy spectrum for the CT simulator were carefully calibrated with respect to a 320-slice CT scanner...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043870/il-1-and-il-36-are-dominant-cytokines-in-generalized-pustular-psoriasis
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Andrew Johnston, Xianying Xing, Liza Wolterink, Drew H Barnes, ZhiQiang Yin, Laura Reingold, J Michelle Kahlenberg, Paul W Harms, Johann E Gudjonsson
BACKGROUND: Generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) is a rare, debilitating, and often life-threatening inflammatory disease characterized by episodic infiltration of neutrophils into the skin, pustule development, and systemic inflammation, which can manifest in the presence or absence of chronic plaque psoriasis (PV). Current treatments are unsatisfactory warranting a better understanding of GPP pathogenesis. OBJECTIVE: To understand better the disease mechanism of GPP to allow improved targeted therapies...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042018/pcr-activated-cell-sorting-as-a-general-cultivation-free-method-for-high-throughput-identification-and-enrichment-of-virus-hosts
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Shaun W Lim, Shea T Lance, Kenneth M Stedman, Adam R Abate
Characterizing virus-host relationships is critical for understanding the impact of a virus on an ecosystem, but is challenging with existing techniques, particularly for uncultivable species. We present a general, cultivation-free approach for identifying phage-associated bacterial cells. Using PCR-activated cell sorting, we interrogate millions of individual bacteria for the presence of specific phage nucleic acids. If the nucleic acids are present, the bacteria are recovered via sorting and their genomes analyzed...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039370/hippocampal-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-contributes-to-memory-impairment-and-is-consistent-with-spread-of-pathology
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David H Adamowicz, Subhojit Roy, David P Salmon, Douglas R Galasko, Lawrence A Hansen, Eliezer Masliah, Fred H Gage
: Despite considerable research to uncover them, the anatomic and neuropathologic correlates of memory impairment in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) remain unclear. While some studies have implicated Lewy bodies in the neocortex, others have pointed to α-synuclein pathology in the hippocampus. We systematically examined hippocampal Lewy pathology and its distribution in hippocampal subfields in 95 clinically and neuropathologically characterized human cases of DLB, finding that α-synuclein pathology was highest in two hippocampal-related subregions: the CA2 subfield and the entorhinal cortex (EC)...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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