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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346225/long-telomeres-protect-against-age-dependent-cardiac-disease-caused-by-notch1-haploinsufficiency
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Christina V Theodoris, Foteini Mourkioti, Yu Huang, Sanjeev S Ranade, Lei Liu, Helen M Blau, Deepak Srivastava
Diseases caused by gene haploinsufficiency in humans commonly lack a phenotype in mice that are heterozygous for the orthologous factor, impeding the study of complex phenotypes and critically limiting the discovery of therapeutics. Laboratory mice have longer telomeres relative to humans, potentially protecting against age-related disease caused by haploinsufficiency. Here, we demonstrate that telomere shortening in NOTCH1-haploinsufficient mice is sufficient to elicit age-dependent cardiovascular disease involving premature calcification of the aortic valve, a phenotype that closely mimics human disease caused by NOTCH1 haploinsufficiency...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345671/spatiotemporal-expression-of-osteopontin-in-the-striatum-of-rats-subjected-to-the-mitochondrial-toxin-3-nitropropionic-acid-correlates-with-microcalcification
#2
Tae-Ryong Riew, Hong Lim Kim, Xuyan Jin, Jeong-Heon Choi, Yoo-Jin Shin, Ji Soo Kim, Mun-Yong Lee
Our aim was to elucidate whether osteopontin (OPN) is involved in the onset of mineralisation and progression of extracellular calcification in striatal lesions due to mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid exposure. OPN expression had two different patterns when observed using light microscopy. It was either localised to the Golgi complex in brain macrophages or had a small granular pattern scattered in the affected striatum. OPN labelling tended to increase in number and size over a 2-week period following the lesion...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345597/post-traumatic-osteoarthritis-in-mice-following-mechanical-injury-to-the-synovial-joint
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Muhammad Farooq Rai, Xin Duan, James D Quirk, Nilsson Holguin, Eric J Schmidt, Nobuaki Chinzei, Matthew J Silva, Linda J Sandell
We investigated the spectrum of lesions characteristic of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) across the knee joint in response to mechanical injury. We hypothesized that alteration in knee joint stability in mice reproduces molecular and structural features of PTOA that would suggest potential therapeutic targets in humans. The right knees of eight-week old male mice from two recombinant inbred lines (LGXSM-6 and LGXSM-33) were subjected to axial tibial compression. Three separate loading magnitudes were applied: 6N, 9N, and 12N...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345316/the-implication-of-coronary-artery-calcium-testing-for-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-and-diabetes
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REVIEW
Ron Blankstein, Ankur Gupta, Jamal S Rana, Khurram Nasir
Over the last two decades coronary artery calcium (CAC) scanning has emerged as a quick, safe, and inexpensive method to detect the presence of coronary atherosclerosis. Data from multiple studies has shown that compared to individuals who do not have any coronary calcifications, those with severe calcifications (i.e., CAC score >300) have a 10-fold increase in their risk of coronary heart disease events and cardiovascular disease. Conversely, those that have a CAC of 0 have a very low event rate (~0.1%/year), with data that now extends to 15 years in some studies...
March 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345303/arterial-ageing-from-endothelial-dysfunction-to-vascular-calcification
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M Tesauro, A Mauriello, V Rovella, M Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, C Cardillo, G Melino, N Di Daniele
Complex structural and functional changes occur in the arterial system with advancing age. The aged artery is characterized by changes in microRNA expression patterns, autophagy, smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, and arterial calcification with progressively increased mechanical vessel rigidity and stiffness. With age the vascular smooth muscle cells modify their phenotype from contractile to 'synthetic' determining the development of intimal thickening as early as the second decade of life as an adaptive response to forces acting on the arterial wall...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344749/heavily-calcified-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-pathophysiology-and-implications-of-a-rare-clinicopathologic-entity
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Massimiliano Salati, Giulia Orsi, Luca Reggiani Bonetti, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Giuseppe Longo, Stefano Cascinu
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract, and are characterized by a broad spectrum of clinical, histological and molecular features at presentation. Although focal and scattered calcifications are not uncommon within the primary tumor mass, heavy calcification within a GIST is rarely described in the literature and the clinical-biological meaning of this feature remains unclear. Cases with such an atypical presentation are challenging and may be associated with diagnostic pitfalls...
March 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344685/focal-biliary-system-obstruction-and-atypical-liver-mass-intrabiliary-ruptured-cyst-hydatid-case-report
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Esra Ummuhan Mermi, Nurdan Fidan, Muammer Murat
BACKGROUND: Hydatid disease can involve any part of the body, but the liver is the most frequently affected organ. Intrabiliary rupture is one of the most serious complications of a hepatic hydatid cyst. Radiological findings, especially magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRI/MRCP), are helpful in the diagnosis of hydatid disease. CASE REPORT: We present a 48-year-old female patient with complaints of abdominal pain and jaundice...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344201/stenotic-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valves%C3%A3-micro-computed-tomography-and-biological-indices-of-calcification
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Piotr Mazur, Ewa Wypasek, Bogusław Gawęda, Dorota Sobczyk, Przemysław Kapusta, Joanna Natorska, Krzysztof Piotr Malinowski, Jacek Tarasiuk, Maciej Bochenek, Sebastian Wroński, Katarzyna Chmielewska, Bogusław Kapelak, Anetta Undas
BACKGROUND: Valve calcification is well estimated by ex-vivo micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). The objective of this study was to investigate the associations between micro-CT findings and biological indices of calcification in aortic stenosis (AS), as well as differences between bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and tricuspid aortic valve (TAV).Methods and Results:Aortic valves and plasma were obtained from patients undergoing valve surgery. Valves were dissected and underwent micro-CT, genetic analyses, and calcium content assessment...
March 24, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343309/breast-cancer-detection-and-tumor-characteristics-in-brca1-and-brca2-mutation-carriers
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Julia Krammer, Katja Pinker-Domenig, Mark E Robson, Mithat Gönen, Blanca Bernard-Davila, Elizabeth A Morris, Debra A Mangino, Maxine S Jochelson
PURPOSE: To describe imaging findings, detection rates, and tumor characteristics of breast cancers in a large series of patients with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations to potentially streamline screening strategies. METHODS: An IRB-approved, HIPAA-compliant retrospective analysis of 496 BRCA mutation carriers diagnosed with breast carcinoma from 1999 to 2013 was performed. Institutional database and electronic medical records were reviewed for mammography and MRI imaging...
March 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343213/gross-hematuria-is-more-common-in-male-and-older-patients-with-renal-tuberculosis-in-china-a-single-center-15-year-clinical-experience
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Yudong Cao, Yu Fan, Yuke Chen, Zheng Zhao, Yi Song, Cheng Shen, Xin Li, Haichao Huang, Wei Yu, Jie Jin
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the clinical features of renal tuberculosis and identify the age- and gender-related differences. METHODS: A total of 419 patients at the Peking University First Hospital from January 2000 to July 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Data on demographic characteristics, clinical presentation, complications, laboratory results, radiologic imaging, surgical procedures, and pathology features were collected and compared between genders and 3 different age groups (under 40 years, 41-60, years and over 60 years)...
March 25, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342871/oxidative-damage-induces-apoptosis-and-promotes-calcification-in-disc-cartilage-endplate-cell-through-ros-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-implications-for-disc-degeneration
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Yingchao Han, Xinhua Li, Meijun Yan, Mingjie Yang, Shanjin Wang, Jie Pan, Lili Jun, Jun Tan
Cartilage endplate (CEP) cell calcification and apoptosis play a vital role in the intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD). Oxidative stress is a key factor in inducing programmed cell death and cartilage calcification. However, the cell death and calcification of cartilage endplate cells under oxidative stress have never been described. The present study investigated the apoptosis and calcification in the cartilage endplate cell under oxidative stress induced by H2O2 to understand the underlying mechanism of IVDD...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342839/a-case-of-severely-calcified-neoatherosclerosis-after-paclitaxel-eluting-stent-implantation
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Kei Yamamoto, Kenichi Sakakura, Yousuke Taniguchi, Hiroshi Wada, Shin-Ichi Momomura, Hideo Fujita
A 79-year-old male who had a history of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) received coronary angiography (CAG), because of angina pectoris. CAG showed in-stent restenosis of the paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES). Since the devices could not pass the lesion, we performed rotational atherectomy. Although we could not identify the calcified lesion by the optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) findings because of strong attenuation, the intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) image showed the superficial calcification...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342703/intracranial-white-epidermoid-cyst-with-dystrophic-calcification-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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REVIEW
Krishnan Ravindran, Te Whiti Rogers, Tanya Yuen, Frank Gaillard
White epidermoids are a rare variant of an intracranial epidermoid cyst that do not exhibit typical 'near- cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)' CT density or MRI intensity. Here, the authors present the case of a 58year old man with an acute onset of aphasia and altered consciousness, due to a large heterogeneous cranial mass in the left frontal region with unusual signal intensity. Subsequent histopathological analysis identified the lesion as an epidermoid cyst.
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341428/renal-papillary-necrosis-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-how-to-recognize-this-forgotten-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Michaël M E L Henderickx, Tim Brits, Karen De Baets, Mattias Seghers, Philip Maes, Dominique Trouet, Stefan De Wachter, Gunter De Win
INTRODUCTION: Renal papillary necrosis is not commonly seen in daily practice, but can have severe consequences when it is not diagnosed in time. It is known to be associated with sickle cell hemoglobinopathies; however a wide range of etiologies are possible, and it is therefore not the first diagnosis clinicians consider in patients with sickle cell disease who present with hematuria. METHODS: A literature search was performed to summarize the current knowledge about renal papillary necrosis associated with sickle cell disease...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340679/insights-into-pathomechanisms-and-treatment-development-in-heritable-ectopic-mineralization-disorders-summary-of-the-pxe-international-biennial%C3%A2-research-symposium-2016
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Jouni Uitto, Qiaoli Li, Koen van de Wetering, András Váradi, Sharon F Terry
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum is a prototype of heritable ectopic mineralization disorders, with phenotypic overlap with generalized arterial calcification of infancy and arterial calcification due to CD73 deficiency. Recent observations have suggested that the reduced inorganic pyrophosphate/phosphate ratio is the cause of soft connective tissue mineralization in these disorders. PXE International, a patient advocacy organization, supports research in part by sponsoring biennial research symposia on these disorders; the latest meeting was held in September 2016 at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia...
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340470/calcifying-giant-cell-cardiomyopathy-a-possible-new-entity-images-in-cardiovascular-pathology
#16
Ke-Yong Wang, Sohsuke Yamada, Shohei Shimajiri, Ryuji Nakano, Naoki Yamashita, Tetsuya So, Akihide Tanimoto
We demonstrated an extremely unusual case of an 83-year-old male's sudden death secondary to characteristic myocardial necrosis and fibrosis with calcification and multinucleated giant cells infiltration, possibly due to sepsis and Stage IV pulmonary pleomorphic carcinoma-induced cachexia after postmortem study. We propose that this calcifying giant cell cardiomyopathy (CGC) would be a new entity especially from the pathological viewpoints and should be considered in the classification of noninfectious myocarditis...
March 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340240/osteonecrosis-splenic-calcification-sickle-cell-disease
#17
A K Pannu, A Lakshman, V Damaraju, S Jain, S C Varma
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a major public health problem. Approximately 300,000 children born annually with the disease. SCD is a chronic condition, and spleen and bone are two commonly affected organs. We recently had the opportunity of observing a girl with deformed femoral head and calcified lesions in spleen, who was initially diagnosed as disseminated tuberculosis, but later a diagnosis of SCD was made on detailed hematological investigations and advanced imaging techniques.
March 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340119/the-risk-of-nephrolithiasis-is-causally-related-to-inactive-matrix-gla-protein-a-marker-of-vitamin-k-status-a-mendelian-randomization-study-in-a-flemish-population
#18
Fang-Fei Wei, Lutgarde Thijs, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Lotte Jacobs, Wen-Yi Yang, Erika Salvi, Lorena Citterio, Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Nadja E A Drummen, Azusa Hara, Paolo Manunta, Yan Li, Peter Verhamme, Karel Allegaert, Daniele Cusi, Cees Vermeer, Jan A Staessen
Background.: Vitamin K (VK)-dependent γ-glutamate carboxylation and serine phosphorylation activate matrix Gla protein (MGP) to a potent locally acting inhibitor of calcification. Nephrolithiasis represents a process of unwanted calcification associated with substantial mortality and high recurrence rates. We hypothesized that the risk of nephrolithiasis increases with VK shortage, as exemplified by higher plasma levels of desphospho-uncarboxylated MGP (dp-ucMGP). Methods...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339752/testing-shoulder-pain-mapping
#19
Levent Bayam, Rajendra Arumilli, Ian Horsley, Fatma Bayam, Lee Herrington, Lennard Funk
Objective. : A previous study on shoulder pain mapping showed specific pain patterns for common shoulder disorders. This study aimed to test those patterns for accuracy, modify shoulder pain mapping as needed, and observe their reliability and validity. Methods. : This prospective study used a two-step process and was undertaken to determine its potential utility in daily practice. New shoulder pain patients marked their pain, its character and severity, on a custom-made mapping form...
February 22, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
#20
Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
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