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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911025/effect-of-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-positioning-a-patient-specific-numerical-model
#1
Matteo Bianchi, Gil Marom, Ram P Ghosh, Harold A Fernandez, James R Taylor, Marvin J Slepian, Danny Bluestein
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has emerged as a life-saving and effective alternative to surgical valve replacement in high-risk, elderly patients with severe calcific aortic stenosis. Despite its early promise, certain limitations and adverse events, such as suboptimal placement and valve migration, have been reported. In the present study, it was aimed to evaluate the effect of various TAVR deployment locations on the procedural outcome by assessing the risk for valve migration. The deployment of a balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN valve was simulated via finite element analysis in a patient-specific calcified aortic root, which was reconstructed from CT scans of a retrospective case of valve migration...
December 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899581/hmtdb-2016-data-update-a-better-performing-query-system-and-human-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroup-predictor
#2
Rosanna Clima, Roberto Preste, Claudia Calabrese, Maria Angela Diroma, Mariangela Santorsola, Gaetano Scioscia, Domenico Simone, Lishuang Shen, Giuseppe Gasparre, Marcella Attimonelli
The HmtDB resource hosts a database of human mitochondrial genome sequences from individuals with healthy and disease phenotypes. The database is intended to support both population geneticists as well as clinicians undertaking the task to assess the pathogenicity of specific mtDNA mutations. The wide application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has provided an enormous volume of high-resolution data at a low price, increasing the availability of human mitochondrial sequencing data, which called for a cogent and significant expansion of HmtDB data content that has more than tripled in the current release...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899140/transapical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-or-without-prior-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-operation
#3
Konstantinos V Voudris, S Chiu Wong, Ryan Kaple, Polydoros N Kampaktsis, Andreas R de Biasi, Jonathan S Weiss, Richard Devereux, Karl Krieger, Luke Kim, Rajesh V Swaminathan, Dmitriy N Feldman, Harsimran Singh, Nikolaos J Skubas, Robert M Minutello, Geoffrey Bergman, Arash Salemi
BACKGROUND: Transapical approach (TA) is an established access alternative to the transfemoral technique in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for treatment of symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. The impact of prior coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing TA-TAVR is not well defined. METHODS: A single center retrospective cohort analysis of 126 patients (male 41%, mean age 85.8 ± 6.1 years) who underwent TA balloon expandable TAVR (Edwards SAPIEN, SAPIEN XT or SAPIEN 3) was performed...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899128/european-real-world-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-implantation-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-european-national-registries
#4
REVIEW
G Krasopoulos, F Falconieri, U Benedetto, J Newton, R Sayeed, R Kharbanda, A Banning
OBJECTIVE: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been adopted rapidly in Europe. TAVI national registries can augment understanding of technologies and represent real-world experience, providing further clinical insights. We undertook a meta-analysis of published European national TAVI registries to assess current results following TAVI in Europe. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched. The review focused on the comparison of the following TAVI strategies: transfemoral (TF) and transapical (TA) SAPIEN and CoreValve implantation...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895778/regulatory-network-analysis-of-genes-and-micrornas-in-human-hepatoblastoma
#5
Jimin He, Xiaoxin Guo, Linlin Sun, Ning Wang, Jiwei Bao
Hepatoblastoma (HB) is a common type of primary tumor in children. Previous studies have examined the expression of genes, including transcription factors (TFs), target genes, host genes and microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) associated with HB. However, the regulatory pathways of miRNAs and genes remain unclear. In the present study, a novel perspective is proposed, which focuses on HB and the associated regulatory pathways, to construct three networks at various levels, including a differentially expressed network, an associated network and a global network...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894906/relationship-between-nr1i2-polymorphisms-and-inflammatory-bowel-disease-risk-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
Man-Yi Sun, Jing-Na Lin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Inconsistent results regarding an association between polymorphisms within the Homo sapiens nuclear receptor subfamily 1 group I member 2 (NR1I2) gene and susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have been reported. A systematic review and meta-analysis was thus undertaken to determine whether NR1I2 gene polymorphisms are associated with an increased risk of IBD. METHODS: Article retrieval was performed using on-line databases, such as PubMed, Embase, CENTRAL, and WOS...
November 25, 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894241/a-novel-relationship-for-schizophrenia-bipolar-and-major-depressive-disorder-part-6-a-hint-from-chromosome-6-high-density-association-screen
#7
X Chen, F Long, B Cai, X Chen, G Chen
Convergent evidence from genetics, symptomatology and psychopharmacology imply that there are intrinsic connections between schizophrenia (SCZ), bipolar disorder (BPD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), for example, any two or even three of these disorders could co-exist in some families. A total of 56.400 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) on chromosome 6 were genotyped by Affymetrix Genome-Wide Human SNP array 6.0 on 119 SCZ, 253 BPD (type-I), 177 MDD patients and 1000 controls. Associated SNP loci on chromosome 6 were comprehensively revealed and outstanding susceptibility genes were identified including JARID2 (Homo sapiens jumonji, AT rich interactive domain 2) which plays an essential role in embryonic development and neural tube fusion process...
November 28, 2016: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893824/analysis-of-synonymous-codon-usage-bias-of-zika-virus-and-its-adaption-to-the-hosts
#8
Hongju Wang, Siqing Liu, Bo Zhang, Wenqiang Wei
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus (arbovirus) in the family Flaviviridae, and the symptoms caused by ZIKV infection in humans include rash, fever, arthralgia, myalgia, asthenia and conjunctivitis. Codon usage bias analysis can reveal much about the molecular evolution and host adaption of ZIKV. To gain insight into the evolutionary characteristics of ZIKV, we performed a comprehensive analysis on the codon usage pattern in 46 ZIKV strains by calculating the effective number of codons (ENc), codon adaptation index (CAI), relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU), and other indicators...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892844/identification-of-b-cell-epitope-of-leishmania-donovani-and-its-application-in-diagnosis-of-visceral-leishmaniasis
#9
Fauzia Jamal, Manas Ranjan Dikhit, Manish K Singh, Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Pushpanjali, Amit K Dubey, Prakash Kumar, Shyam Narayan, Anil K Gupta, Krishna Pandey, V N R Das, Sanjiva Bimal, Pradeep Das, Shubhankar K Singh
Diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is often hindered by cross-reactions with antigens from other related parasite infections. This study aimed to develop an immunochromatographic test (ICT) which can detect the antigen present in circulating immune complexes (CICs) of VL patients using B cell epitope-specific antibodies. MS analysis of six immunoreactive 2DE spots revealed two epitopes i.e RFFVQGDGIGQHSLQEALERR (P1) and RRVAVLVLLDRL (P2) (From a hypothetical protein [Acc No: XP_003861458.1]). The epitope conservancy analysis suggested that the linear epitope (P1P2) is 97% to 100% conserved among Leishmania species and diverged from Homo sapiens (61% query coverage and 80% identity)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886245/early-evidence-of-stone-tool-use-in-bone-working-activities-at-qesem-cave-israel
#10
Andrea Zupancich, Stella Nunziante-Cesaro, Ruth Blasco, Jordi Rosell, Emanuela Cristiani, Flavia Venditti, Cristina Lemorini, Ran Barkai, Avi Gopher
For a long while, the controversy surrounding several bone tools coming from pre-Upper Palaeolithic contexts favoured the view of Homo sapiens as the only species of the genus Homo capable of modifying animal bones into specialised tools. However, evidence such as South African Early Stone Age modified bones, European Lower Palaeolithic flaked bone tools, along with Middle and Late Pleistocene bone retouchers, led to a re-evaluation of the conception of Homo sapiens as the exclusive manufacturer of specialised bone tools...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879476/interactive-cooperation-and-hierarchical-operation-of-microrna-and-transcription-factor-crosstalk-in-human-transcriptional-regulatory-network
#11
Esra Gov, Kazim Yalcin Arga
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression is an essential cellular process that is arranged by transcription factors (TFs), microRNAs (miRNA) and their target genes through a variety of mechanisms. Here, we set out to reconstruct a comprehensive transcriptional regulatory network of Homo sapiens consisting of experimentally verified regulatory information on miRNAs, TFs and their target genes. We have performed topological analyses to elucidate the transcriptional regulatory roles of miRNAs and TFs. When we thoroughly investigated the network motifs, different gene regulatory scenarios were observed; whereas, mutual TF-miRNA regulation (interactive cooperation) and hierarchical operation where miRNAs were the upstream regulators of TFs came into prominence...
December 2016: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876343/implications-of-the-idea-of-neurodiversity-for-understanding-the-origins-of-developmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Nobuo Masataka
Neurodiversity, a term initially used mostly by civil and human rights movements since the 1990s, refers to the notion that cognitive as well as emotional properties characteristic of developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are not necessarily deficits, but fall within normal behavioural variations exhibited by humans. The purpose of the present article is to examine the relevance of this notion to scientific research on ASD. On the assumption that one crucial survival advantage of intelligent activity is vigilance toward dangers in the external world, and such vigilance must work in the social domain as well as in the non-social domain, the author argues that the pattern of operation of an individual person's mind can be categorized according to the domain toward which that individual is more oriented...
November 9, 2016: Physics of Life Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870346/divided-zygomatic-bone-in-primates-with-implications-of-skull-morphology-and-biomechanics
#13
Qian Wang, Paul C Dechow
Typically the zygoma is a single bone in the facial skeleton whose shape uniquely copes with loads associated with mastication. Rarely but naturally, the zygoma is divided into two or more parts by supernumerary sutures. These extra intrazygomatic sutures are located at an area of critical morphological and biomechanical importance, yet their impacts have not been studied. In this study, the morphological and possible biomechanical consequences of the divided zygoma (DZ) were investigated in primates including rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), orangutans (Pongo abelii and P...
December 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870342/the-mobility-of-the-human-face-more-than-just-the-musculature
#14
Anne M Burrows, Carolyn R Rogers-Vizena, Ly Li, Bryan Mendelson
The human face has the greatest mobility and facial display repertoire among all primates. However, the variables that account for this are not clear. Humans and other anthropoids have remarkably similar mimetic musculature. This suggests that differences among the mimetic muscles alone may not account for the increased mobility and facial display repertoire seen in humans. Furthermore, anthropoids themselves outpace prosimians in these categories: humans > other anthropoids > prosimians. This study was undertaken to clarify the morphological underpinnings of the increased mobility and display repertoire of the human face by investigating the SMAS (the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system), a connective tissue layer enclosing the mimetic musculature located between the skin and deep fascia/periosteum...
December 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864470/percutaneous-pulmonary-valve-implantation-in-the-native-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-using-a-29-mm-edwards-sapien-3-valve
#15
Patcharapong Suntharos, Lourdes R Prieto
Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation is now an acceptable treatment option. The Edwards SAPIEN valve, intended for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, has been used in patients whose landing zone diameter is >22 to 24 mm which is not suitable for Melody valve. We report a patient in whom we successfully placed the latest generation, Edwards SAPIEN 3 (ES3) in the pulmonary position. However, because of the short covered portion of this valve, there was a significant paravalvular leak through the stent struts requiring implantation of a second ES3 valve...
November 18, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856487/repositionable-versus-balloon-expandable-devices-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-patients-with-aortic-stenosis
#16
Thomas Pilgrim, Stefan Stortecky, Fabian Nietlispach, Dik Heg, David Tueller, Stefan Toggweiler, Enrico Ferrari, Stéphane Noble, Francesco Maisano, Raban Jeger, Marco Roffi, Jürg Grünenfelder, Christoph Huber, Peter Wenaweser, Stephan Windecker
BACKGROUND: The safety and effectiveness of the fully repositionable LOTUS valve system as compared with the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN 3 prosthesis for the treatment of aortic stenosis has not been evaluated to date. METHODS AND RESULTS: All patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Edwards SAPIEN 3 or the LOTUS valve system were included into the Swiss Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Registry. An adjusted analysis was performed to compare the early clinical safety outcome according to the Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 definition...
November 17, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854317/modulating-the-gut-micro-environment-in-the-treatment-of-intestinal-parasites
#17
REVIEW
Luis Vitetta, Emma Tali Saltzman, Tessa Nikov, Isabelle Ibrahim, Sean Hall
The interactions of micro-organisms cohabitating with Homo sapiens spans millennia, with microbial communities living in a symbiotic relationship with the host. Interacting to regulate and maintain physiological functions and immunological tolerance, the microbial community is able to exert an influence on host health. An example of micro-organisms contributing to an intestinal disease state is exhibited by a biodiverse range of protozoan and bacterial species that damage the intestinal epithelia and are therefore implicated in the symptoms of diarrhea...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853608/fossil-skulls-reveal-that-blood-flow-rate-to-the-brain-increased-faster-than-brain-volume-during-human-evolution
#18
Roger S Seymour, Vanya Bosiocic, Edward P Snelling
The evolution of human cognition has been inferred from anthropological discoveries and estimates of brain size from fossil skulls. A more direct measure of cognition would be cerebral metabolic rate, which is proportional to cerebral blood flow rate (perfusion). The hominin cerebrum is supplied almost exclusively by the internal carotid arteries. The sizes of the foramina that transmitted these vessels in life can be measured in hominin fossil skulls and used to calculate cerebral perfusion rate. Perfusion in 11 species of hominin ancestors, from Australopithecus to archaic Homo sapiens, increases disproportionately when scaled against brain volume (the allometric exponent is 1...
August 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849158/neurological-injury-in-intermediate-risk-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#19
Jonathon P Fanning, Allan J Wesley, Darren L Walters, Eamonn M Eeles, Adrian G Barnett, David G Platts, Andrew J Clarke, Andrew A Wong, Wendy E Strugnell, Cliona O'Sullivan, Oystein Tronstad, John F Fraser
BACKGROUND: The application of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) to intermediate-risk patients is a controversial issue. Of concern, neurological injury in this group remains poorly defined. Among high-risk and inoperable patients, subclinical injury is reported on average in 75% undergoing the procedure. Although this attendant risk may be acceptable in higher-risk patients, it may not be so in those of lower risk. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty patients undergoing TAVI with the Edwards SAPIEN-XT(™) prosthesis were prospectively studied...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848007/transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-replacement-one-year-results-alternative-to-surgery-in-high-risk-patients
#20
João Mesquita, Rui Campante Teles, José Pedro Neves, João Abecasis, Pedro Carmo, João Brito, Miguel Abecasis, Manuel Sousa Almeida, Marisa Trabulo, Regina Ribeiras, Ricardo Seabra-Gomes, Miguel Mendes
Although rheumatic heart disease is becoming uncommon in industrialized countries, its global burden is still significant. We report the case of a 70-year-old male with rheumatic heart disease, who underwent 4 previous heart valve replacement surgeries, and presented to our hospital with refractory heart failure (NYHA functional class IV) due to severe stenosis of a previously implanted tricuspid bioprosthesis. The Heart Team deemed the patient as inoperable/high-risk for surgery. As an alternative, a transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-valve replacement was decided upon and later executed through the right femoral vein, with the insertion of an Edwards SAPIEN XT 29 no...
November 15, 2016: Heart and Vessels
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