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Santhiti Vadthanarat, Olivier Raspé, Saisamorn Lumyong
Rhodactina is a small sequestrate genus in Boletaceae with two described species, R. himalayensis and R. incarnata . Phylogenetic analyses of a three-gene dataset including atp 6, tef 1 and rpb 2 of Rhodactina species along with selected Boletaceae species showed that all Rhodactina species formed a monophyletic clade, sister to the genera Spongiforma and Borofutus in subfamily Leccinoideae with high support. All of the taxa in the clade have a similar chemical reaction in which basidiospores turn purplish, purplish red to violet or violet grey when in contact with potassium hydroxide...
2018: MycoKeys
Roman Piotrowski, Tomasz Imiela, Beata Zaborska, Tomasz Kryński, Piotr Kułakowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Kardiologia Polska
Joaquín Letelier, Elisa de la Calle-Mustienes, Joyce Pieretti, Silvia Naranjo, Ignacio Maeso, Tetsuya Nakamura, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Neil H Shubin, Igor Schneider, Juan Ramón Martinez-Morales, José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta
Despite their evolutionary, developmental and functional importance, the origin of vertebrate paired appendages remains uncertain. In mice, a single enhancer termed ZRS is solely responsible for Shh expression in limbs. Here, zebrafish and mouse transgenic assays trace the functional equivalence of ZRS across the gnathostome phylogeny. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated deletion of the medaka (Oryzias latipes) ZRS and enhancer assays identify the existence of ZRS shadow enhancers in both teleost and human genomes. Deletion of both ZRS and shadow ZRS abolishes shh expression and completely truncates pectoral fin formation...
March 19, 2018: Nature Genetics
Mohammed Saad, Ingo Eitel, Roland Richard Tilz, Holger Thiele
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 8, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Christophe O Chantre, Patrick H Campbell, Holly M Golecki, Adrian T Buganza, Andrew K Capulli, Leila F Deravi, Stephanie Dauth, Sean P Sheehy, Jeffrey A Paten, Karl Gledhill, Yanne S Doucet, Hasan E Abaci, Seungkuk Ahn, Benjamin D Pope, Jeffrey W Ruberti, Simon P Hoerstrup, Angela M Christiano, Kevin Kit Parker
Wounds in the fetus can heal without scarring. Consequently, biomaterials that attempt to recapitulate the biophysical and biochemical properties of fetal skin have emerged as promising pro-regenerative strategies. The extracellular matrix (ECM) protein fibronectin (Fn) in particular is believed to play a crucial role in directing this regenerative phenotype. Accordingly, Fn has been implicated in numerous wound healing studies, yet remains untested in its fibrillar conformation as found in fetal skin. Here, we show that high extensional (∼1...
March 5, 2018: Biomaterials
Kang An, Hang Yin, Ju Mei, Jiaquan Zhu, Min Tang
OBJECTIVES: We retrospectively analysed data from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Our purpose was to explore the atrial endocardial expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and thrombomodulin (TM) and their association with rhythm results after the procedure. METHODS: From January 2014 to May 2015, 60 patients underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Left atrial appendage samples were obtained during the procedure and immunohistochemistry for endocardial markers including vWF and TM was performed and semi-quantitatively graded...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cheng Jin, Jianjiang Feng, Lei Wang, Heng Yu, Jiang Liu, Jiwen Lu, Jie Zhou
In this paper, we present an approach for left atrial appendage (LAA) multi-phase fast segmentation and quantitative assisted diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) based on 4D-CT data. We take full advantage of the temporal dimension information to segment the living, flailed LAA based on a parametric max-flow method and graph-cut approach to build 3-D model of each phase. To assist the diagnosis of AF, we calculate the volumes of 3-D models, and then generate a "volume-phase" curve to calculate the important dynamic metrics: ejection fraction, filling flux, and emptying flux of the LAA's blood by volume...
March 9, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Jeffrey Hsu, Shamone Gore-Panter, Gregory Tchou, Laurie Castel, Beth Lovano, Christine S Moravec, Gosta B Pettersson, Eric E Roselli, A Marc Gillinov, Kenneth R McCurry, Nicholas G Smedira, John Barnard, David R Van Wagoner, Mina K Chung, Jonathan D Smith
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies have identified 23 loci for atrial fibrillation (AF), but the mechanisms responsible for these associations, as well as the causal genes and genetic variants, remain undefined. METHODS: To identify the effect of common genetic variants on gene expression that might explain the mechanisms linking genome-wide association loci with AF risk, we performed RNA sequencing of left atrial appendages from a biracial cohort of 265 subjects...
March 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
A A Yarovoy, O V Golubeva, S S Kleyankina, T V Yanchenko
Juvenile xanthogranuloma (JX) is a benign growth of fibrohistiocytoma range that mainly affects children. The most frequent localization of the tumor is skin integument. Non-cutaneous forms of JX are found in 5-10% of cases; they are manifested as deep lesions of soft tissues, involvement of various organs (oropharynx, lungs, liver, spleen, pericardium, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system, bone marrow) including the organ of vision. JX can develop in any part of the eye and its appendages. Taking into consideration how rare this pathology is, its diagnosis and treatment are complicated...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Emmanuel Teiger, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Pascal Defaye, Jean-Sylvain Hermida, Sélim Abbey, Didier Klug, Jean-Michel Juliard, Jean-Luc Pasquie, Gilles Rioufol, Antoine Lepillier, Meyer Elbaz, Jerome Horvilleur, Philippe Brenot, Bertrand Pierre, Philippe Le Corvoisier
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is an emerging option for patients with atrial fibrillation at high risk for cerebrovascular events. The multicenter FLAAC registry (French Nationwide Observational LAA Closure Registry) was established to assess LAA closure outcomes in everyday practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four hundred thirty-six patients referred from April 2013 to September 2015 to 33 French interventional cardiology centers for percutaneous LAA closure were included prospectively in the FLAAC registry...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Stephanie Donaldson, Theresa Canavan, Peter G Pavlidakey, Wendy C Cantrell, Boni E Elewski
Local adverse reactions to vaccination are typically mild and often quickly resolve. Vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum salts in combination with improper vaccination technique may result in severe local adverse reactions. As far as we know, there is only one prior case of frankly necrotic rapidly progressing vaccine site necrosis, which occurred in a pediatric patient.1 To our knowledge, this is the first adult case of vaccine site necrosis to be reported. The presumed etiology has been aluminum salt adjuvants and improper vaccination technique...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Vlad Ciobotaru, Nicolas Combes, Claire A Martin, Eloi Marijon, Eric Maupas, Augustin Bortone, Eric Bruguière, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Emmanuel Teiger, Pénélope Pujadas-Berthault, Julien Ternacle, Xavier Iriart
AIMS: To assess the predictive value of simulation based on 3D-printed models before left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) for peri-device leaks (PDL) and the impact on procedural outcomes compared to conventional imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: 76 patients referred for LAAO with double disc device underwent construction of a 3D-printed LA model using flexible photopolymer resin. An implant simulation was performed retrospectively in Group 1 (55 patients), blinded to implanted device size, and prospectively in Group 2 (21 patients)...
March 13, 2018: EuroIntervention
Vincenzo Vizzi, Maurizio Di Biasi, Giuseppe Alessandrino, Alessandro Colombo, Paolo Danna, Maurizio Viecca
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Mesut Ozturk, Serdar Aslan, Dilek Saglam, Tumay Bekci, Meltem Ceyhan Bilgici
Epiploic appendagitis, caused by inflammation of small adipose tissue on the colon wall, is a rare cause of acute abdominal pain in the pediatric population. It is nearly impossible to establish a specific diagnosis merely on the basis of clinical findings; thus, radiological evaluation is always necessary. In this report, we present the cases of three children with abdominal pain who were diagnosed with epiploic appendagitis. All cases were successfully treated with conservative management.
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Alessandro Satriano, Edward J Vigmond, David S Schwartzman, Elena S Di Martino
Mechanical stretch plays a major role in modulating atrial function, being responsible for beat-by-beat responses to changes in chamber preload, enabling a prompt regulation of cardiac function. Mechano-electric coupling (MEC) operates through many mechanisms and has many targets, making it experimentally difficult to isolate causes and effects especially under sinus conditions where effects are more transient and subtle. Therefore, modelling is a powerful tool to help understand the role of MEC with respect to the atrial electromechanical interaction...
February 21, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Yoshinari Enomoto, Go Hashimoto, Naohiko Sahara, Hikari Hashimoto, Hiroki Niikura, Keijiro Nakamura, Raisuke Iijima, Hidehiko Hara, Makoto Suzuki, Mahito Noro, Masao Moroi, Kaoru Sugi, Masato Nakamura
A 70-years-old male with a history of hypertension and drug resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) presented to our hospital for catheter ablation to his symptomatic AF. He had no prior surgical or percutaneous procedure to close or exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA). A transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to rule out intra-cardiac thrombus prior to the ablation procedure. Although the TEE imaging at multiple acquisition angles was obtained, the LAA could not be visualized and an absence of the LAA was suspected...
March 12, 2018: International Heart Journal
Fang Yu, Gerald B Kasting
A three-dimensional diffusion model with either hexagonal or cylindrical symmetry has been constructed to simulate desorption profiles of hydrophilic chemicals from the topmost layer of human skin (the stratum corneum) as measured in ex vivo studies. The tissue is pierced by skin appendages - sweat glands and hair follicles - which in this particular scenario are considered to be perfect sinks. Desorption profiles of nine test permeants covering a wide range of lipophilicity were analyzed. By optimizing transverse and lateral diffusion coefficients to match these profiles, it was found that the lateral diffusivity values exceeded the transverse values by average factors ranging from 45 (hexagon model) to 71 (cylinder model)...
March 8, 2018: Mathematical Biosciences
Apostolos Tzikas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Interventional Cardiology Clinics
Michael H Hoskins, Anshul M Patel, David B DeLurgio
The epidemic of atrial fibrillation (AF) requires a comprehensive management strategy that uses the full force of available data and technology, including anticoagulation, ablative therapy, and left atrial appendage occlusion. Patient-centered care with an emphasis on shared decision-making is particularly relevant to the authors' understanding of the complexity of AF and has helped them tailor therapy in this ever-growing patient population.
April 2018: Interventional Cardiology Clinics
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