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Andrea K Murray, Tonia L Moore, Elizabeth Wragg, Holly Ennis, Andy Vail, Graham Dinsdale, Lindsay Muir, Christopher E M Griffiths, Ariane L Herrick
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc)-related digital ulcers (DU) cause significant pain and disability and are often a primary endpoint in clinical trials. However, their pathophysiology has been little studied. The objectives of this prospective study were to determine whether laser Doppler imaging (LDI) and thermography can identify ischaemic components in both fingertip and extensor surface DU and assess ulcer healing. METHODS: Patients prospectively reported new DU over a year...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Tim B van der Houwen, P Martin van Hagen, Wilhemina M C Timmermans, Sophinus J W Bartol, King H Lam, Jasper H Kappen, Menno C van Zelm, Jan A M van Laar
OBJECTIVES: Behçet's disease (BD), an auto-inflammatory vasculitis with oro-genital ulcerations, skin lesions and uveitis, is regarded as T cell mediated. A successful trial with rituximab suggests an additive role for B cells in the pathogenesis. Therefore, we studied B cell abnormalities in BD patients and the effect of TNF-blocking therapy. METHODS: B cells in blood (n = 36) and tissue (n = 6) of BD patients were analysed with flow cytometry and/or immunohistochemistry and compared with healthy controls (n = 22)...
October 15, 2016: Rheumatology
Masaaki Murakami, Genichi Sakaguchi, Noriko Mori
OBJECTIVE: In patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity, we created arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) combined with brachial artery superficialization. With this procedure, the superficialized arteries are used as drawing routes and the AVFs as returning routes. This is a technical report about AVFs combined with brachial artery superficialization. METHODS: Twenty-four consecutive patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity who underwent AVFs with brachial artery superficialization were included in this single-center retrospective study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Frederic Pastouret, Lucia Cardozo, Jan Lamote, Ronald Buyl, Pierre Lievens
BACKGROUND A whole-body vibration technique delivered in a horizontal position through a massage mattress was introduced in 2007. The present study analyzed the effects of different exposure periods to these vibrations on microcirculation of mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS Different periods of vibrations (30Hz) were locally delivered in a horizontal position on the external abdominal skin in 3 randomized groups of mice (N=42). The 3 groups receiving vibrations were compared to an untreated control group (N=14). The 3 experimental groups received 3, 6, and 10 min of vibrations...
October 14, 2016: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
J Rothenberger, W Petersen, H E Schaller, M Held
A universal protocol determining the number of leeches and their application time does not exist. The aim of this study, therefore, is to quantify perfusion dynamics in venous congested tissues after leech application to get more detailed information about changes due to leech-induced skin microcirculation and to evaluate the usability of the O2C device in terms of determining the appropriate number of leeches and the duration of therapy. Twelve patients with the need for leech therapy participated in the study...
October 12, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Tomoko Nomura, Yasuko Yoshida-Amano, Kenichiro Yoshida, Akihiko Fujii, Masanori Tanahashi, Yoshinori Sugiyama, Kayoko Iwata, Takatoshi Murase
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have shown that a deterioration of skin properties, an impaired cutaneous microcirculation function and an imbalance of autonomic nervous activity are observed in smokers and in patients with diabetes mellitus or Raynaud's phenomenon. These observations suggest that skin properties are associated with cutaneous microcirculatory function and autonomic nervous activity in pathological conditions. However, there is no published evidence to support the concept that these two functions have any relationship with skin properties even in healthy subjects...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
Charlotte Iacobaeus, Ellika Andolf, Malin Thorsell, Katarina Bremme, Gun JÖrneskog, Eva Östlund, Thomas Kahan
OBJECTIVE: To examine alterations in maternal vascular structure and function during normal pregnancy. METHODS: We assessed brachial and central blood pressure, pulse wave velocity and augmentation index (by pulse wave analysis and applanation tonometry), common carotid artery structure (by ultrasonography), and endothelial function in the brachial artery (by post-ischemic hyperemia induced flow mediated vasodilation and glyceryl nitrate) and in the forearm skin microcirculation (by laser Doppler perfusion imaging during iontophoretic administration of acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside) in 52 healthy primiparous women at 14, 24 and 34 weeks of gestation, and nine months post partum...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sunkuk Kwon, Eva M Sevick-Muraca
A local anesthetic, lidocaine, is known to affect cutaneous blood flow when injected into the skin. However, it is unknown if dermal lymphatic function can also be affected. Therefore, we characterized lymphatic function in response to administration of lidocaine with and without epinephrine. Non-invasive near-infrared fluorescence imaging (NIRFI) with intradermal injection of indocyanine green (ICG) was used to characterize the lymphatic "pumping" function in mice after subcutaneous injection of 2 % lidocaine with and without 1:100,000 epinephrine or saline...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Eugene V Golanov, James M Shiflett, Gavin W Britz
Diving response (DR) is a powerful integrative response targeted toward survival of the hypoxic/anoxic conditions. Being present in all animals and humans, it allows to survive adverse conditions like diving. Earlier, we discovered that forehead stimulation affords neuroprotective effect, decreasing infarction volume triggered by permanent occlusion of the middle cerebral artery in rats. We hypothesized that cold stimulation of the forehead induces DR in rats, which, in turn, exerts neuroprotection. We compared autonomic [AP, heart rate (HR), cerebral blood flow (CBF)] and EEG responses to the known DR-triggering stimulus, ammonia stimulation of the nasal mucosa, cold stimulation of the forehead, and cold stimulation of the glabrous skin of the tail base in anesthetized rats...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Anikó Kapitány, Gabriella Béke, Georgina Nagy, Quang Minh Doan-Xuan, Zsolt Bacso, Krisztián Gáspár, Gábor Boros, Zsolt Dajnoki, Tamás Bíró, Éva Rajnavölgyi, Andrea Szegedi
Skin dendritic cells of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) are well characterized, but less is known about their peripheral blood precursors. The aim of this study was to investigate the phenotypic features and chemokine production of myeloid pre-dendritic cells of patients with AD ex vivo and after stimulation with Staphylococcus enterotoxin B and thymic stromal lymphopoietin, representing an AD-like microenvironment. The expression of cell surface markers was measured by flow cytometry, while chemokine production was monitored with chemokine antibody array and confirmed by enzyme-linked immunoassays...
October 4, 2016: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Yulian A Menyaev, Kai A Carey, Dmitry A Nedosekin, Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Ekaterina I Galanzha, Jason S Stumhofer, Vladimir P Zharov
In vivo photoacoustic flow cytometry (PAFC) has demonstrated potential for early diagnosis of deadly diseases through detection of rare circulating tumor cells, pathogens, and clots in nearly the entire blood volume. Before clinical application, this promising diagnostic platform requires verification and optimization using adequate preclinical models. We show here that this can be addressed by examination of large mouse blood vessels which are similar in size, depth and flow velocity to human vessels used in PAFC...
September 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
Mengyang Liu, Zhe Chen, Behrooz Zabihian, Christoph Sinz, Edward Zhang, Paul C Beard, Laurin Ginner, Erich Hoover, Micheal P Minneman, Rainer A Leitgeb, Harald Kittler, Wolfgang Drexler
Cutaneous blood flow accounts for approximately 5% of cardiac output in human and plays a key role in a number of a physiological and pathological processes. We show for the first time a multi-modal photoacoustic tomography (PAT), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography system with an articulated probe to extract human cutaneous vasculature in vivo in various skin regions. OCT angiography supplements the microvasculature which PAT alone is unable to provide. Co-registered volumes for vessel network is further embedded in the morphologic image provided by OCT...
September 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
Liubov E Amirova, Nastassia M Navasiolava, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Arnaud Beck, Elena S Tomilovskaya, Inessa B Kozlovzkaya, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud
PURPOSE: Walking is a complex locomotor process that involves both spinal cord reflexes and cortical integration of peripheral nerve input. Maintaining an upright body position requires not only neuromuscular activity but also cardiovascular regulation. We postulated that plantar mechanical stimulation might modulate autonomic nervous system activity and, thereby, impact blood pressure adaptation during standing. METHODS: Twelve healthy subjects underwent three randomly ordered 45-min 70°-saddle tilt tests while the plantar surfaces of the feet were stimulated using specially engineered Korvit boots in the following modes: (1) no stimulation, (2) disrupted stimulation, and (3) walking mode...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Fredrik Iredahl, Alexandra Högstedt, Joakim Henricson, Folke Sjöberg, Erik Tesselaar, Simon Farnebo
Insulin causes capillary recruitment in muscle and adipose tissue, but the metabolic and microvascular effects of insulin in the skin have not been studied in detail. The aim of this study was to measure glucose metabolism and microvascular blood flow in the skin during local insulin delivery and after an oral glucose load using intracutaneous microdialysis and laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI). Within 15 minutes of local insulin delivery, microvascular blood flow in the skin increased (urea clearance: p=0...
September 28, 2016: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
Melanie Wittwer, Yann York Chow, Gus Dekker, Vicki Clifton, Margaret Arstall
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia is a multisystem disorder characterised by endothelial and microvascular dysfunction that develops in ∼10% of pregnancies. This study will characterise skin microvascular reactivity using laser Doppler flowmetry in women with preeclampsia compared to matched controls during pregnancy and early postpartum. METHODS: Women were recruited and studied on the diagnosis of preeclampsia and followed up for 6-months during postpartum period. Controls were matched for age, gestation and comorbidities...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Ju-Chi Liu, Hsin Hsiu, Yi-Ping Hsu, Hung-Chi Tsai, Chung-Hsien Kuo
This study investigated microcirculatory-blood-flow responses in nude mice following the injection of CT26 tumor cells by analyzing the frequency content of skin blood-flow signals recorded on the skin surface. CT26 cells were injected subcutaneously (10^4/100 μl) into the right back flank of each 7-week-old mouse. Three-minute laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) signals were measured in 60 nude mice. The data sequences were obtained at 1, 2, and 3 weeks after injecting CT26 cells. Mouse tissue samples were cut into sections and examined microscopically to determine the condition of cancer metastasis...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Liffert Vogt
Excessive sodium intake is associated with both hypertension and an increased risk of cardiovascular events, presumably because of an increase in extracellular volume. The extent to which sodium intake affects extracellular volume and BP varies considerably among individuals, discriminating subjects who are salt-sensitive from those who are salt-resistant. Recent experiments have shown that, other than regulation by the kidney, sodium homeostasis is also regulated by negatively charged glycosaminoglycans in the skin interstitium, where sodium is bound to glycosaminoglycans without commensurate effects on extracellular volume...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yuan Zheng Zhang, Ying Li Li, Chao Yang, Shuo Fang, Hao Fan, Xin Xing
The objectives of the study were to introduce and investigate the reliability of a new flap for postauricular defects using the retroauricular artery perforator.Twenty auricles from 10 Asian human cadavers were dissected to examine the retroauricular perforator distribution and diameter. Fourteen patients with postauricular defects underwent reconstruction using the retroauricular artery perforator from 2013 to 2015. After locating the position of the perforator by ultrasound Doppler blood flow detection, a suitable flap was designed according to the defect's size, condition, and distance from the pedicle...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Øyvind H Sundby, Lars Øivind Høiseth, Iacob Mathiesen, Jørgen J Jørgensen, Harald Weedon-Fekjær, Jonny Hisdal
Intermittent negative pressure (INP) applied to the lower leg and foot may increase peripheral circulation. However, it is not clear how different patterns of INP affect macro- and microcirculation in the foot. The aim of this study was therefore to determine the effect of different patterns of negative pressure on foot perfusion in healthy volunteers. We hypothesized that short periods with INP would elicit an increase in foot perfusion compared to no negative pressure. In 23 healthy volunteers, we continuously recorded blood flow velocity in a distal foot artery, skin blood flow, heart rate, and blood pressure during application of different patterns of negative pressure (-40 mmHg) to the lower leg...
September 2016: Physiological Reports
Vasana Plakornkul, Manmas Vannabhum, Yadaridee Viravud, Jantima Roongruangchai, Pramook Mutirangura, Pravit Akarasereenont, Tawee Laohapand
BACKGROUND: Court-type Thai traditional massage (CTTM) has specific major signal points (MaSP) for treating musculoskeletal conditions. The objectives of this study are to investigate the anatomical surfaces and structures of MaSPs, and to examine blood flow (BF) and skin temperature (ST) changes after applying pressure on the MaSPs on neck, shoulder, and arm areas. METHODS: In the anatomical study, 83 cadavers were dissected and the anatomical surfaces and structures of the 15 MaSPs recorded...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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