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Shi-Mao Zhong, Yu-Hua Qin, Zuo-Cha Li, Ye-Sheng Wei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between atrial fibrillation (AF) and serum soluble CD163. METHODS: A total of 336 patients with heart valve disease were included in this study, including 167 with AF and 169 with sinus rhythm. The clinical data were compared between the two grops, and Logistic regression analysis was used to identify the risk factors associated with AF. RESULTS: The levels of total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-6 (IL - 6), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and left atrial diameter (LAD) all differed significantly between the two groups (P<0...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Ursula N Broder, Tina Jaeger, Urs Jenal
Virulence of pathogenic bacteria is a tightly controlled process to facilitate invasion and survival in host tissues. Although pathways controlling virulence have been defined in detail, signals modulating these processes are poorly understood. The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes acute and chronic infections in humans. Disease progression is typically associated with a loss of acute virulence and the emergence of biofilms and chronic behaviour. The acute-to-chronic switch is governed by the global Gac/Rsm pathway...
October 24, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Luisa De Gennaro, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Massimo Ruggiero, David Rutigliano, Nicola Locuratolo, Matteo Di Biase, Pasquale Caldarola
Right coronary artery (RCA) occlusion in inferior acute myocardial infarction is usually heralded by ST-elevation both in inferior and in right precordial leads. We report the case of a 68-year-old male, who presented marked ST-elevation in inferior leads, mirrored by ST-depression in anterior-septal and lateral leads. Right precordial lead electrocardiogram unexpectedly showed ST-depression V1R-V5R leads. Coronary angiography showed mid-left anterior descending (LAD) coronary near-complete occlusion with distal wrapping LAD...
October 23, 2016: Acta Clinica Belgica
Shu Jiang, Yulan Liu, Jing Wang, Yue Zhang, Yaocheng Rui, Yuefan Zhang, Tiejun Li
Monocyte locomotion inhibitory factor (MLIF), a heat-stable pentapeptide produced by Entamoeba histolytica, has anti-inflammatory function and protective effect on ischemic stroke. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MLIF on myocardial ischemia. The myocardial ischemia reperfusion (I/R) model was established by ligation of the left anterior descending branch (LAD) using 8-0 silk suture for 30min followed by 3h reperfusion in mice. After sacrifice, the serum concentrations of cardiac troponin I (cTnI), creatine kinase (CK), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as well as the heart infarct size were measured...
October 20, 2016: Life Sciences
Dana Marcus, Michal Lichtenstein, Natali Cohen, Rita Hadad, Tal Erlich-Hadad, Hagar Greif, Haya Lorberboum-Galski
Mitochondrial Targeting Sequences (MTSs) are responsible for trafficking nuclear-encoded proteins into mitochondria. Once entering the mitochondria, the MTS is recognized and cleaved off. Some MTSs are long and undergo two-step processing, as in the case of the human frataxin (FXN) protein (80aa), implicated in Friedreich's ataxia (FA). Therefore, we chose the FXN protein to examine whether nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins can efficiently be targeted via a heterologous MTS (hMTS) and deliver a functional protein into mitochondria...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Helle Precht, Pieter H Kitslaar, Alexander Broersen, Jouke Dijkstra, Oke Gerke, Jesper Thygesen, Kenneth Egstrup, Jess Lambrechtsen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to study the effect of iterative reconstruction (IR) software on quantitative plaque measurements in coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). METHODS: Thirty patients with a three clinical risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) had one CCTA performed. Images were reconstructed using FBP, 30% and 60% adaptive statistical IR (ASIR). Coronary plaque analysis was performed as per patient and per vessel (LM, LAD, CX and RCA) measurements...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Ladli Chatterjee, A A Bamanikar
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October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Satish Chirde
A 45 yrs male presented with angina. ECG showed transient CHB, T wave inversion in V3 to V6 and inferior leads. It was difficult to predict the culprit vessel based on ECG. Coronary angiography showed thrombotic lesions in LAD, LCX and OM which can potentially impact identification of culprit vessel and hence affect the management with primary PCI.
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Petar Duvnjak, Mario Laguna
The use of live attenuated intravesicular Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) therapy is a generally accepted safe and effective method for the treatment of superficial transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the bladder. Although rare, < 5% of patient's treated with intravesicular BCG therapy may develop potentially serious complications, including localized infections to the genitourinary tract, mycotic aneurysms and osteomyelitis. We present here a case of a 63-year-old male who developed left coronary and multiple peripheral M...
August 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Yang Sun, Dajun Zhao, Yang Yang, Chao Gao, Xing Zhang, Zhiqiang Ma, Shuai Jiang, Lin Zhao, Wenhao Chen, Kai Ren, Wei Yi, Feng Gao
The underlying mechanisms of cardioprotection of adiponectin (APN) against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury remain largely unknown. The present study aimed to investigate whether calreticulin (CRT) mediated APN's cardioprotection against I/R injury. We inhibited mice cardiac CRT expression via intra-myocardial injection of CRT SiRNA, performed transient LAD ligation, measured the cardiac function, apoptosis and oxidative stress to identify CRT's effects on cardioprotective actions of APN against I/R injury in vivo...
October 18, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Ning Ma, Xiao-Yan Wu, Chang-Sheng Ma, Nian Liu, Rong Bai, Xin Du, Yan-Fei Ruan, Jian-Zeng Dong
Catheter ablation has been recommended as a treatment option for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) patients complicated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). PAF patients with T2DM have a higher recurrence rate after catheter ablation. Prolongation of corrected QT (QTc) interval has been linked to poor outcomes in T2DM patients. Whether the abnormal QTc interval is associated with the ablation outcome in the PAF patients with T2DM remains unknown. In this study, 134 PAF patients with T2DM undergoing primary catheter ablation were retrospectively enrolled...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
P Meimoun, J Clerc, D Ardourel, U Djou, S Martis, T Botoro, F Elmkies, H Zemir, A Luycx-Bore, J Boulanger
To test the usefulness of non-invasive coronary flow reserve (CFR) by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography by comparison to invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (IFR), a new vasodilator-free index of coronary stenosis severity, in patients with left anterior descending artery (LAD) stenosis of intermediate severity (IS) and stable coronary artery disease. 94 consecutive patients (mean age 68 ± 10 years) with angiographic LAD stenosis of IS (50-70 % diameter stenosis), were prospectively studied...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Max O Krucoff, Steven Cook, Owoicho Adogwa, Jessica Moreno, Siyun Yang, Jichun Xie, Alexander O Firempong, Nandan Lad, Carlos A Bagley
OBJECT: To examine the role of race, gender, and socioeconomics on presentations and outcomes of adult Chiari 1 malformations. METHODS: The charts of 638 adult patients with Chiari 1 malformations were reviewed, and 287 patients were included. Race, gender, insurance status, symptoms, depth of cerebellar tonsillar herniation, and presence of syringomyelia were examined as covariates in multivariate logistic regression models to identify independent predictors of presentation and outcome...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Pankaj Aggarwal, Anil Bhan
Uniqueness of this case report is that though coronary cameral fistulas are itself rare, we closed fistula effectively in a different way. Since surgery was only good option available as patient had concomitant valvular disease, we closed distal end of fistula in PA and then took deep bites of suture in fistulous track itself. This approach closed fistula effectively and we had no need to dissect and ligate its origin from LAD which is more arduous and dangerous task.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
George Jose Valooran, Shiv Kumar Nair, Krishnan Chandrasekharan
The metabolically active endothelium of arterial grafts is reported to slow the atherosclerotic process in the distal coronary territories to which they are grafted with improved patency. The literature on arterial grafting causing proximal plaque regression is scant. We report here a case of proximal left anterior descending artery (LAD) plaque regression following distal arterial grafting with a left internal mammary arterial (LIMA) graft to LAD. This rarely documented regression resulted in "stringing" of the arterial graft, while there was a significant progression of atherosclerotic disease in the right coronary with patent venous graft and de novo lesion in circumflex territory necessitating percutaneous coronary intervention, in spite of aggressive medical therapy...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Pankaj Aggarwal, Pravin Saxena, Anil Bhan
Coronary artery stent infection has been reported with both bare metal stent and drug eluting stent and can present as mycotic coronary artery aneurysm, pseudoaneurysm, myocardial abscess, pericarditis or exudative effusion. Infection at the site of coronary stent implantation is rare and is believed to result typically from either direct stent contamination at the time of delivery or transient bacteraemia from access site. Introduction of drug-eluting stent (DES) has led to a marked reduction in the problem of in-stent restenosis across all patient subsets and lesions complexities...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Arun Gopi, Placid Sebastian, C D Ramakrishna
Isolated ventricular noncompaction (IVNC) is an unclassified cardiomyopathy characterized by prominent intraventricular trabeculations separated by deep intertrabecular recesses. Although microvascular dysfunction is known, myocardial infarction is rare and usually seen as a consequence of coincidental coronary artery disease. We report the case of a 19-year-old male patient who presented to us with symptoms and signs of heart failure. Echocardiography revealed IVNC with severe left ventricular dysfunction...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Adithya Udupa, B K Goyal, Sameer Pagad
Hyperdominant left anterior descending artery (LAD) is a rare coronary anomaly in which posterior descending artery arises from LAD instead of left circumflex or right coronary artery. Here we present a case of hyperdominant LAD presenting as acute myocardial infarction.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Mohammad Reza Karimlu, Aida Alavi-Moghaddam, Omid Rafizadeh, Arsalan Azizpour, Isa Khaheshi
Herein we report a case of extensive anterior myocardial infarction (MI) after bee sting, in 57-year-old man who had no known risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD).
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Ankit Mangla, Nikki Agarwal, Chou Carmel, Thomas Lad
Erlotinib is one of the most widely used tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting human epidermal growth factor receptor. Since its introduction, it has revolutionized the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Skin rashes and diarrhea are the most often reported side effects of erlotinib however it is also associated with interstitial pneumonitis or interstitial lung disease, which often turns out to be fatal complication of using this medicine. Though reported scarcely in the western world, the association of interstitial lung disease with epidermal growth factor receptor has attracted a lot of attention in the recent times...
September 5, 2016: Rare Tumors
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