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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912780/inflammatory-markers-for-arterial-stiffness-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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Ioana Mozos, Clemens Malainer, Jarosław Horbańczuk, Cristina Gug, Dana Stoian, Constantin Tudor Luca, Atanas G Atanasov
Arterial stiffness predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Inflammation plays a major role in large arteries stiffening, related to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, smooth muscle cell migration, vascular calcification, increased activity of metalloproteinases, extracellular matrix degradation, oxidative stress, elastolysis, and degradation of collagen. The present paper reviews main mechanisms explaining the crosstalk between inflammation and arterial stiffness and the most common inflammatory markers associated with increased arterial stiffness, considering the most recent clinical and experimental studies...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910688/aortic-fibromuscular-dysplasia-complicated-by-dissection-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Takashi Tasaki, Kazuhito Hatanaka, Mari Kirishima, Shun Ohnishi, Yuko Goto, Ikumi Kitazono, Tsubasa Hiraki, Sohsuke Yamada, Michiyo Higashi, Akihide Tanimoto
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an idiopathic, segmental, nonatherosclerotic, non-inflammatory vascular disease, which is often complicated by the occurrence of dissection. Although it is known to occur in all arteries, aortic involvement is relatively rare. To date, 33 cases of aortic FMD have been reported in available English literature, among which only three cases have been complicated by the occurrence of dissection. We describe the case of a 40-year-old woman diagnosed with aortic FMD complicated by the occurrence of a type A aortic dissection...
August 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904675/von-willebrand-s-disease-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Hanae Echahdi, Brahim El Hasbaoui, Mohamed El Khorassani, Aomar Agadr, Mohamed Khattab
Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is the most common human inherited bleeding disorder due to a defect of Von Willebrand Factor (VWF), which a glycoprotein crucial for platelet adhesion to the subendothelium after vascular injury. VWD include quantitative defects of VWF, either partial (type 1 with VWF levels < 50 IU/dL) or virtually total (type 3 with undetectable VWF levels) and also qualitative defects of VWF (type 2 variants with discrepant antigenic and functional VWF levels). The most bleeding forms of VWD usually do not concern type 1 patients with the mildest VWF defects (VWF levels between 30 and 50IU/dL)...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899695/preeclampsia-and-coronary-plaque-erosion-manifestations-of-endothelial-dysfunction-resulting-in-cardiovascular-events-in-women
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Saskia C A de Jager, John A L Meeuwsen, Freeke M van Pijpen, Gerbrand A Zoet, Arjan D Barendrecht, Arie Franx, Gerard Pasterkamp, Bas B van Rijn, Marie-José Goumans, Hester M den Ruijter
Atherosclerosis is the major underlying pathology of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The risk for CVD is increased in women with a history of preeclampsia. Multiple studies have indicated that accelerated atherosclerosis underlies this increased CVD risk. Furthermore, it has been suggested that endothelial dysfunction and inflammation play an important role in the increased CVD risk of women with preeclampsia. Rupture or erosion of atherosclerotic plaques can induce the formation of thrombi that underlie the onset of acute clinical CVD such as myocardial infarction and stroke...
September 9, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877715/exploring-efficacy-and-safety-of-oral-pirfenidone-for-progressive-non-ipf-lung-fibrosis-relief-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-parallel-group-multi-center-phase-ii-trial
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Jürgen Behr, Petra Neuser, Antje Prasse, Michael Kreuter, Klaus Rabe, Carmen Schade-Brittinger, Jasmin Wagner, Andreas Günther
BACKGROUND: Pirfenidone is currently approved in the EU for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and offers a beneficial risk-benefit profile. However, there are several other, progressive fibrotic lung diseases, in which conventional anti-inflammatory therapy is not sufficiently effective and antifibrotic therapies may offer a novel treatment option. METHODS/DESIGN: We designed a study protocol for inclusion of patients with progressive fibrotic lung disease despite conventional anti-inflammatory therapy (EudraCT 2014-000861-32)...
September 6, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875521/chronic-myocarditis-with-a-long-clinical-course-report-of-an-autopsy-case-of-probable-autoimmune-myocarditis
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Masayuki Shintaku, Koji Uchiyama, Yohei Kobayashi
The patient was a 54-year-old woman, who died of chronic cardiac insufficiency after a clinical course of 2 years and 4 months. She had complained of myalgia, muscle weakness, and blepharoptosis before the onset of cardiac symptoms, but there was no evidence of myasthenia gravis or collagen-vascular diseases. At autopsy, the heart (280 g) showed marked dilatation of the four chambers and thinning of the ventricular walls. Diffuse and intense lymphocytic infiltration and extensive fibrosis were noted, with the latter being accentuated in the subendocardial and subepicardial zones...
September 6, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873177/hypoxia-inducible-factor-dependent-expression-of-angiopoietin-like-4-by-conjunctival-epithelial-cells-promotes-the-angiogenic-phenotype-of-pterygia
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Qianli Meng, Yaowu Qin, Monika Deshpande, Fabiana Kashiwabuchi, Murilo Rodrigues, Qiaozhi Lu, Hui Ren, Jennifer H Elisseeff, Gregg L Semenza, Silvia V Montaner, Akrit Sodhi
Purpose: Disappointing results from clinical studies assessing the efficacy of therapies targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for the treatment of pterygia suggest that other angiogenic mediators may also play a role in its development. We therefore explore the relative contribution of VEGF, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α (the transcription factor that regulates VEGF expression in ocular neovascular disease), and a second HIF-regulated mediator, angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4), to the angiogenic phenotype of pterygia...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860977/damaged-neocortical-perineuronal-nets-due-to-experimental-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-mice-rats-and-sheep
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Wolfgang Härtig, Bianca Mages, Susanne Aleithe, Björn Nitzsche, Stephan Altmann, Henryk Barthel, Martin Krueger, Dominik Michalski
As part of the extracellular matrix (ECM), perineuronal nets (PNs) are polyanionic, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (CSPG)-rich coatings of certain neurons, known to be affected in various neural diseases. Although these structures are considered as important parts of the neurovascular unit (NVU), their role during evolution of acute ischemic stroke and subsequent tissue damage is poorly understood and only a few preclinical studies analyzed PNs after acute ischemic stroke. By employing three models of experimental focal cerebral ischemia, this study was focused on histopathological alterations of PNs and concomitant vascular, glial and neuronal changes according to the NVU concept...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857901/two-unique-cases-of-ciprofloxacin-associated-avulsion-of-ligament-and-tendon
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Jeffrey David Smith, Robert W Irwin, Erin T Wolff
Ciprofloxacin is recognized to have a deleterious relationship with tendons, particularly Achilles tendinopathy, which makes up most case reports. Tendinopathy seems to occur because of induction of collagen-degrading enzymes causing damage and ischemia of the poorly vascularized regions preventing repair. The focus on the relationship of ciprofloxacin and the Achilles tendon leaves patients on fluoroquinolones with non-Achilles tendinopathy symptoms at risk of misdiagnosis. There have not been any documented instances of ligament damage with ciprofloxacin administration in the literature, although ligament and tendon compositions are similar and should have similar susceptibility...
August 25, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841106/a-novel-index-for-quantifying-the-risk-of-early-complications-for-patients-undergoing-cervical-spine-surgeries
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Peter G Passias, Bassel G Diebo, Bryan J Marascalchi, Cyrus M Jalai, Samantha R Horn, Peter L Zhou, Karen Paltoo, Olivia J Bono, Nancy Worley, Gregory W Poorman, Vincent Challier, Anant Dixit, Carl Paulino, Virginie Lafage
OBJECTIVE It is becoming increasingly necessary for surgeons to provide evidence supporting cost-effectiveness of surgical treatment for cervical spine pathology. Anticipating surgical risk is critical in accurately evaluating the risk/benefit balance of such treatment. Determining the risk and cost-effectiveness of surgery, complications, revision procedures, and mortality rates are the most significant limitations. The purpose of this study was to determine independent risk factors for medical complications (MCs), surgical complications (SCs), revisions, and mortality rates following surgery for patients with cervical spine pathology...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839149/microstructure-based-constitutive-model-of-coronary-artery-with-active-smooth-muscle-contraction
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H Chen, G S Kassab
Currently, there is no full three-dimensional (3D) microstructural mechanical model of coronary artery based on measured microstructure including elastin, collagen and smooth muscle cells. Many structural models employ mean values of vessel microstructure, rather than continuous distributions of microstructure, to predict the mechanical properties of blood vessels. Although some models show good agreements on macroscopic vessel responses, they result in a lower elastin stiffness and earlier collagen recruitment...
August 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826890/galectin-3-mediates-pulmonary-vascular-remodeling-in-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Hui Luo, Bin Liu, Lin Zhao, Jingni He, Tangzhiming Li, Lihuang Zha, Xiaohui Li, Qiangqiang Qi, Yuwei Liu, Zaixin Yu
Pulmonary vascular adventitia serves as a key regulator of pulmonary vascular remodeling in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Excessive proliferation and differentiation of pulmonary adventitial fibroblasts (PAFs) are proven to be crucial in the pathogenesis of PAH. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is known as a key fibroblasts activating factor which is involved in the fibrogenesis of several diseases, such as pulmonary fibrosis, vascular fibrosis, and heart failure. Therefore, we seek to investigate the potential role of Gal-3 in regulating PAF cells in the pathogenesis of PAH...
July 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809956/natural-reversal-of-pulmonary-vascular-remodeling-and-right-ventricular-remodeling-in-su5416-hypoxia-treated-sprague-dawley-rats
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Makhosazane Zungu-Edmondson, Nataliia V Shults, Oleksiy Melnyk, Yuichiro J Suzuki
AIMS: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a lethal disease and improved therapeutic strategies are needed. Increased pulmonary arterial pressure, due to vasoconstriction and vascular remodeling, causes right ventricle (RV) failure and death in patients. The treatment of Sprague-Dawley rats with SU5416 injection and exposure to chronic hypoxia for three weeks followed by maintenance in normoxia promote progressive and severe PAH with pathologic features that resemble human PAH. At 5-17 weeks after the SU5416 injection, PAH is developed with pulmonary vascular remodeling as well as RV hypertrophy and fibrosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799316/mirror-aneurysm-with-right-frontal-ich-in-a-patient-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Vijay Sardana, Sumit Kamble, Sunil K Sharma, Dilip Maheshwari, Bharat Bhushan
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders that occur owing to the abnormalities in type 1 collagen, and is characterized by increased bone fragility and other extraskeletal manifestations. OI may be associated with vascular complications such as aortic and cervical artery dissection, carotid cavernous fistula, and coronary artery aneurysms but unlike other connective tissue diseases, the cerebrovascular system is less frequently involved. We report rare case of 50 year female patient who was diagnosed with OI following right frontal haemorrhage secondary to a ruptured middle cerebral artery mirror aneurysm...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799006/multiple-sclerosis-and-environmental-risk-factors-a-case-control-study-in-iran
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Maryam Abbasi, Seyed Massood Nabavi, Seyed Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Nikan Zerafat Jou, Iman Ansari, Vahid Shayegannejad, Seyed Ehsan Mohammadianinejad, Mahdi Farhoudi, Abbas Noorian, Nazanin Razazian, Mahmoud Abedini, Fardin Faraji
Studies have shown an increase in the incidence of MS in Iran. The aim of our study was to evaluate the relationship between environmental exposure and MS in Iran. This case-control study was conducted on 660 MS patients and 421 controls. Many environmental factors are compared between the two groups. Our findings demonstrated that prematurity ([OR = 4.99 (95% CI 1.34-18.68), P = 0.017]), history of measles and mumps ([OR = 1.60 (95% CI 1.05-2.45), P = 0.029; OR = 1.85 (95% CI 1.22-2.78), P = 0...
August 10, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793833/synergistic-therapeutic-effect-of-three-dimensional-stem-cell-clusters-and-angiopoietin-1-on-promoting-vascular-regeneration-in-ischemic-region
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Jungmi Kang, Jeong-Kee Yoon, Seung Ja Oh, Byung-Soo Kim, Sang-Heon Kim
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is an ischemic disease characterized by reduced blood flow to the legs, feet, and hands. Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are an attractive cell source to treat PAD in regenerative medicine. However, in clinical applications, the use of adult stem cells has several limitations, such as low cell viability and low therapeutic efficiency. In the present study, we described an innovative method of culturing three-dimensional stem cell clusters (AngioclusterTM, AC), demonstrated the potential for ACs to differentiate into vascular cells, and assessed the synergistic effects of ACs and angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) on angiogenesis in ischemic animal models...
August 10, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769083/human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-seeded-into-a-collagen-hydroxyapatite-scaffold-promote-bone-augmentation-after-implantation-in-the-mouse
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Giovanna Calabrese, Raffaella Giuffrida, Stefano Forte, Claudia Fabbi, Elisa Figallo, Lucia Salvatorelli, Lorenzo Memeo, Rosalba Parenti, Massimo Gulisano, Rosario Gulino
Traumatic injury or surgical excision of diseased bone tissue usually require the reconstruction of large bone defects unable to heal spontaneously, especially in older individuals. This is a big challenge requiring the development of biomaterials mimicking the bone structure and capable of inducing the right commitment of cells seeded within the scaffold. In particular, given their properties and large availability, the human adipose-derived stem cells are considered as the better candidate for autologous cell transplantation...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765945/platelet-rich-plasma-exhibits-beneficial-effects-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-mice-by-suppressing-inflammatory-factors
#18
Shichao Tong, Changqing Zhang, Ji Liu
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a multifunctional blood product containing highly concentrated platelets, and various cell growth factors which promote cell proliferation and differentiation. PRP exhibited benefits in injurious articular cartilage repair and the removal of inflammatory factors in clinical studies. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease manifesting primarily as inflammatory arthritis, which is associated with notable morbidity in humans. In the present study, the therapeutic effects and primary mechanism of PRP on a type II collagen‑induced arthritis (CIA) mouse model was investigated...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765881/identification-of-differentially-expressed-micrornas-in-knee-anterior-cruciate-ligament-tissues-surgically-removed-from-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Bin Li, Lunhao Bai, Peng Shen, Yue Sun, Zhizuo Chen, Yu Wen
The degradation of cruciate ligaments is frequently observed in degenerative joint diseases, such as osteo-arthritis (OA). The present study aimed to identify the differentially expressed microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) in knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tissues derived from patients with OA and in health subjects (non-OA). By using Affymetrix miRNA 4.0 microarrays, a total of 22 miRNAs (including let-7f-5p, miR-26b-5p and miR-146a-5p) were found to be upregulated, while 17 (including miR-18a-3p, miR-138-5p and miR-485-3p) were downregulated in the osteoarthritic ACL tissues (fold change ≥2, P-value <0...
July 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759425/managing-cutaneous-tuberculosis-a-case-report
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Bettina M Brown-Gallardo
Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a prevalent disease worldwide; an estimated one third of the world's population is infected and 2015 data from the World Health Organization show 10 million people had an active infection. Although TB often is cited as a disease that most commonly occurs in underdeveloped countries, the evolution of drug-resistant forms of TB and infection sensitivity of immunocompromised individuals have made this disease a focal point for indus- trialized countries as well. When TB is spread, it commonly affects the lungs, but it can infect any organ of the body...
July 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
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