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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332266/association-between-the-interferon-gamma-874-t-a-polymorphism-and-the-severity-of-valvular-damage-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Erhan Teker, A Basak Akadam-Teker, Oguz Ozturk, Allison Pinar Eronat, Kivanc Yalin, S Ebru Golcuk, Zehra Bugra
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays an important role in modulating almost all phases of the immune response and may be responsible for the increased valvular fibrosis and calcification in the pathogenesis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between the IFN-γ +874 T/A polymorphism and the severity of valvular damage in the Turkish population. The IFN-γ genotypes were determined in 152 RHD patients and 151 healthy controls by ARMS-PCR...
January 13, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331986/sex-differences-in-impact-of-coronary-artery-calcification-to-predict-coronary-artery-disease
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Yoko M Nakao, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Masahiro Higashi, Teruo Noguchi, Mitsuru Ohishi, Isao Kubota, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Yutaka Furukawa, Michihiro Yoshimura, Hideaki Morita, Kunihiro Nishimura, Akiko Kada, Yoichi Goto, Tomonori Okamura, Chuwa Tei, Hitonobu Tomoike, Hiroaki Naito, Satoshi Yasuda
OBJECTIVE: To assess sex-specific differences regarding use of conventional risks and coronary artery calcification (CAC) to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA). METHODS: The Nationwide Gender-specific Atherosclerosis Determinants Estimation and Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease Prospective Cohort study is a prospective, multicentre, nationwide cohort study. Candidates with suspected CAD aged 50-74 years enrolled from 2008 to 2012...
January 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331957/mitral-valve-anatomic-predictors-of-hemodynamic-success-with-transcatheter-mitral-valve-repair
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Jeremy J Thaden, Joseph F Malouf, Vuyisile T Nkomo, Sorin V Pislaru, David R Holmes, Guy S Reeder, Charanjit S Rihal, Mackram F Eleid
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is a heterogeneous disease. Determining which patients derive optimal outcomes from transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair (TMVR) remains challenging. We sought to determine whether baseline mitral valve anatomic characteristics are predictive of left atrial pressure (LAP) changes during TMVR with MitraClip. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients with severe mitral regurgitation undergoing TMVR (n=112) underwent continuous intraprocedural LAP monitoring and retrospective echocardiographic analysis for specific mitral anatomic characteristics...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331722/effect-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-serum-sclerostin-levels-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Ashok Kumar Yadav, Vivek Kumar, Debasish Banerjee, Krishan Lal Gupta, Vivekanand Jha
Vitamin D deficiency, cardiovascular disease and abnormal bone mineral metabolism are common in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Abnormal bone mineral metabolism has been linked to vascular calcification in CKD. Sclerostin has emerged as an important messenger in cross talk between bone-vascular axis. We analyzed sclerostin in subjects who participated in the randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial investigating the effect of cholecalciferol supplementation on vascular function in non-diabetic CKD stage G3-4 and vitamin D ≤20ng/ml [CTRI/2013/05/003648]...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330911/title-prognostic-significance-of-arterial-stiffness-and-osteoprotegerin-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Konstantinos Maniatis, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Eleni Kokkou, Vasiliki Tsigkou, Marina Zaromitidou, Alexis Antonopoulos, Manolis Vavuranakis, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness and vascular calcification significantly contribute to coronary atherosclerosis progression. The prognostic value of increased arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in subjects with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) after percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI) is currently under question. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We randomly enrolled 262 patients with stable CAD one month after successful PCI. Carotid femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) was measured as a well-established index of central aortic stiffness...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330517/iron-induced-calcification-in-human-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-interleukin-24-il-24-with-without-tnf-alpha
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Sayuri Kawada, Yasuyuki Nagasawa, Mutsuki Kawabe, Hideki Ohyama, Aritoshi Kida, Nahoko Kato-Kogoe, Masayoshi Nanami, Yukiko Hasuike, Takahiro Kuragano, Hiromitsu Kishimoto, Keiji Nakasho, Takeshi Nakanishi
In CKD patients, arteriosclerotic lesions, including calcification, can occur in vascular smooth muscle cells in a process called Moenckeberg's medial arteriosclerosis. Iron overload induces several complications, including the acceleration of arteriosclerosis. However, the relationship between Moenckeberg's arteriosclerosis in vascular smooth muscle cells and iron accumulation has remained unknown. We tested the accelerated effect of iron on calcification in cultured human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (HASMCs)...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330072/chronic-thigh-pain-in-a-young-adult-diagnosed-as-synovial-sarcoma-a-case-report
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Lauren A Chambers, John M Lesher
Synovial sarcoma is a slow growing, intermediate to high grade neoplasm with extensive metastatic potential. Accurate diagnosis of synovial sarcoma may pose a challenge to providers because of its indolent growth and variable presentation. The findings of a soft-tissue, periarticular mass with calcifications in a young patient are highly suggestive of synovial sarcoma. Although different imaging modalities can aid in the diagnosis of synovial sarcoma, diagnostic certainty is typically only confirmed by biopsy and histological analysis...
January 9, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327561/hostility-of-proximal-aortic-neck-anatomy-in-relation-to-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-size-and-its-impact-on-the-outcome-of-endovascular-repair-with-the-new-generation-endografts
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Christos Karathanos, Konstantinos Spanos, George Kouvelos, Athanasios Athanasoulas, Stylianos Koutsias, Miltiadis Matsagkas, Athanasios D Giannoukas
BACKGROUND: To assess the relation of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) diameter with the proximal neck anatomy (PNA) hostility and to evaluate its impact on the endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) outcomes with the use of newer generation endografts. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of single institution's recorded data from February 2009 to April 2016. Patients' characteristics, co-morbidities, aortic morphology, perioperative characteristics and outcomes were analyzed...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326526/localized-gingival-overgrowths-a-report-of-six-cases
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Sohini Banerjee, T K Pal
Localized gingival overgrowths are commonly encountered in our day-to-day clinical practice and often present a diagnostic dilemma to the clinicians. These lesions vary depending on the location, site, extent, histology, and/or etiopathology. Although most of the localized gingival enlargements represent the reactive lesion to plaque accumulation, the differential diagnosis ranges from peripheral fibroma to pyogenic granuloma to peripheral fibroma with ossification and/or calcification, peripheral giant cell granuloma, etc...
October 2017: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326493/renal-mitochondria-can-withstand-hypoxic-ischemic-injury-secondary-to-renal-failure-in-uremic-rats-pretreated-with-sodium-thiosulfate
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Dhivya Mohan, Eswari Dhivya Balasubramanian, Sriram Ravindran, Gino A Kurian
BACKGROUND: Sodium thiosulfate (STS) is a potent drug used to treat calcific uremic arteriopathy in dialysis patients and its mode of action is envisaged by calcium chelation and antioxidant potential. STS's action on mitochondrial dysfunction, one of the major players in the pathology of vascular calcification is yet to be explored. METHODS: Adenine (0.75%, 28 days)-treated vascular calcified rat kidney was used to isolate mitochondria, where the animal was administered with or without STS for 28 days...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325812/transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-in-mitral-annulus-calcification-the-art-of-computer-simulation
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Júlia Karády, Ioannis Ntalas, Bernard Prendergast, Christopher Blauth, Steven Niederer, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Ronak Rajani
There is considerable interest in transcatheter prosthetic valve treatment for mitral valve disease in high-risk individuals. Although the presence of mitral annular calcium (MAC) may provide an anchoring zone for such devices, results to date have been modest with reported technical failure rates approaching 30% in specialist centers. This in part relates to the risk of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and device dislodgment but also to the lack of specific imaging guidelines to plan for such procedures...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325642/nhlbi-working-group-recommendations-to-reduce-lipoprotein-a-mediated-risk%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-cardiovascular-disease-and-aortic%C3%A2-stenosis
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REVIEW
Sotirios Tsimikas, Sergio Fazio, Keith C Ferdinand, Henry N Ginsberg, Marlys L Koschinsky, Santica M Marcovina, Patrick M Moriarty, Daniel J Rader, Alan T Remaley, Gissette Reyes-Soffer, Raul D Santos, George Thanassoulis, Joseph L Witztum, Simhan Danthi, Michelle Olive, Lijuan Liu
Pathophysiological, epidemiological, and genetic studies provide strong evidence that lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a causal mediator of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD). Specific therapies to address Lp(a)-mediated CVD and CAVD are in clinical development. Due to knowledge gaps, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute organized a working group that identified challenges in fully understanding the role of Lp(a) in CVD/CAVD. These included the lack of research funding, inadequate experimental models, lack of globally standardized Lp(a) assays, and inadequate understanding of the mechanisms underlying current drug therapies on Lp(a) levels...
January 16, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325620/primary-familial-brain-calcifications
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Beatriz Quintáns, Joao Oliveira, María-Jesús Sobrido
Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC) is a neurodegenerative disease with characteristic calcium deposits in the basal ganglia and other brain regions. The disease usually presents as a combination of abnormal movements, cognitive and psychiatric manifestations, clinically indistinguishable from other adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. The differential diagnosis must be established with genetic and nongenetic disorders that can also lead to calcium deposits in encephalic structures. In the past years PFBC causal mutations have been discovered in genes related to calcium phosphate homeostasis (SLC20A2, XPR1) and in genes involved with endothelial function and integrity (PDGFB, PDGFRB)...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325551/relationship-between-cardiac-microvascular-dysfunction-measured-with-82rubidium-pet-and-albuminuria-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Louis Potier, Renata Chequer, Ronan Roussel, Kamel Mohammedi, Souad Sismail, Agnès Hartemann, Chloé Amouyal, Michel Marre, Dominique Le Guludec, Fabien Hyafil
BACKGROUND: Albuminuria is of one the strongest predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in diabetes. Diabetes is associated with cardiac microvascular dysfunction (CMD), a powerful, independent prognostic factor for cardiac mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between CMD and microvascular complications in patients without known CVD. METHODS: In this monocentric study, myocardial flow reserve (MFR) was measured with cardiac 82Rubidium positron emission tomography (Rb-PET) in 311 patients referred to nuclear medicine department of Bichat University Hospital for screening of coronary artery disease from 2012 to 2014...
January 11, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325369/-cd137-signaling-promotes-the-formation-of-plaque-calcification-via-inhibiting-the-fusion-of-autophagy-and-lysosomal-in-apo-e-mice
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X Y Li, R Chen, W Zhong, B Li, C Shao, Z Q Wang, J C Yan
Objective: To investigate whether CD137 signaling promoted the formation of atherosclerotic plaque calcification by inhibiting the fusion of autophagosome and lysosome. Methods: (1) In vivo, CD137 agonist antibody and anti-CD137 antibody were used to stimulate and inhibit the CD137 signaling, respectively. Fifteen Apo E(-/-) mice were randomly divided into three groups: control group (intraperitoneal injection of IgG2b 200 µg) , CD137 agonist group (intraperitoneal injection of CD137 agonist antibody 200 µg) , anti-CD137 group (pretreatment with 200 µg anti-CD137 antibody for 24 hours, then injection of CD137 agonist antibody) ...
December 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324473/chondromyxoid-fibroma-arising-in-craniofacial-sites-a-clinicopathologic-analysis-of-25-cases
#16
David M Meredith, Christopher D M Fletcher, Vickie Y Jo
Chondromyxoid fibroma (CMF) is a rare benign tumor, usually arising in the metaphysis of long bones in young adults. Occurrence in craniofacial bones presents a particular diagnostic challenge given its unusual location and resemblance to malignant mimics. We describe the clinicopathologic features of 25 cases of craniofacial CMF identified between 1999 and 2017. Patients were 14 men and 11 women, with median age of 44 years (range, 5 to 83 y). Sites of involvement were sphenoid (7), ethmoid (5), maxilla (3), occipital (2), nasal septum (2), palatine (2), temporal (2), orbit (1), and undisclosed skull (1)...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321430/new-onset-takayasu-s-arteritis-as-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Yusuke Ishiyama, Kazuo Eguchi, Katsuaki Yokota, Tomokazu Ikemoto, Kazuomi Kario
We herein report the case of a 25-year-old Japanese woman with left-main-trunk acute myocardial infarction (LMT-AMI). She had cardiogenic shock, so emergency percutaneous intervention was performed. Intravascular ultrasound of LMT-AMI showed that the three-layered structure of the intima, tunica media, and adventitia was not clearly visible, and the vessel was concentrically thickened; unstable plaque and calcification were not seen. AMI is rarely seen in young women, but Takayasu's arteritis is one major cause...
January 11, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321389/aortic-root-calcification-score-as-an-independent-factor-for-predicting-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#18
Hirofumi Okada, Hayato Tada, Kenshi Hayashi, Hiroki Kawashima, Tadanori Takata, Kenji Sakata, Atsushi Nohara, Hiroshi Mabuchi, Masakazu Yamagishi, Masa-Aki Kawashiri
AIM: The aims of this study were: 1) to determine whether the accumulation of aortic root calcification (ARC) assessed using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) can predict future cardiovascular events, and 2) to estimate the onset and progression of ARC in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). METHODS: One hundred thirteen consecutive Japanese patients with heterozygous FH (male=54, mean age=52.1±15.6 years, mean LDL-C=299.0±94.6 mg/dL), without known coronary artery disease, who underwent 64-detector row CCTA were retrospectively evaluated...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321296/substrate-growth-dynamics-and-biomineralization-of-an-ediacaran-encrusting-poriferan
#19
Rachel Wood, Amelia Penny
The ability to encrust in order to secure and maintain growth on a substrate is a key competitive innovation in benthic metazoans. Here we describe the substrate growth dynamics, mode of biomineralization and possible affinity of Namapoikia rietoogensis, a large (up to 1 m), robustly skeletal, and modular Ediacaran metazoan which encrusted the walls of synsedimentary fissures within microbial-metazoan reefs. Namapoikia formed laminar or domal morphologies with an internal structure of open tubules and transverse elements, and had a very plastic, non-deterministic growth form which could encrust both fully lithified surfaces as well as living microbial substrates, the latter via modified skeletal holdfasts...
January 10, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320323/multimodality-imaging-including-dual-energy-ct-in-the-evaluation-of-gallbladder-disease
#20
Lisa Ratanaprasatporn, Jennifer W Uyeda, Jeremy R Wortman, Ian Richardson, Aaron D Sodickson
Imaging of the gallbladder has a key role in the examination of patients with abdominal pain-especially pain localized to the right upper quadrant. Pathologic conditions that affect the gallbladder include cholelithiasis and associated complications such as acute and chronic cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis, gallstone pancreatitis, and cancer. Modalities used to image the gallbladder include ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and nuclear scintigraphy. US is the primary imaging modality used to evaluate entities suspected of being gallbladder disease, as it is both sensitive and specific for demonstrating gallstones, biliary duct dilatation, and inflammatory features...
January 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
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