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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152996/birth-defects-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection-in-mexico
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Silvina Noemí Contreras-Capetillo, Nina Valadéz-González, Pablo Manrique-Saide, Rafael Eduardo Carcaño-Castillo, Freddy Pacheco-Tugores, Hirian Alonso Moshe Barrera-Pérez, Doris Pinto-Escalante, Manuel Lliteras-Cardín, José Alfredo Hoil-Parra, José Luis Cáceres-Solís, Norma Pavía-Ruz
Part of the work agenda of international health authorities is to define the clinical spectrum of the congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) in different territories. We describe the clinical variability that gave rise to the suspicion of CZS in 3 newborn patients in the south of Mexico with active transmission of Zika. All of them presented Zika RNA by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and positive antibodies for IgM by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. None of the mothers tested positive for active viremia, only one mother had Zika-symptoms and titers of Zika-positive IgM...
November 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093223/identification-of-a-molecular-ph-sensor-in-coral
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Katie L Barott, Megan E Barron, Martin Tresguerres
Maintaining stable intracellular pH (pHi) is essential for homeostasis, and requires the ability to both sense pH changes that may result from internal and external sources, and to regulate downstream compensatory pH pathways. Here we identified the cAMP-producing enzyme soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC) as the first molecular pH sensor in corals. sAC protein was detected throughout coral tissues, including those involved in symbiosis and calcification. Application of a sAC-specific inhibitor caused significant and reversible pHi acidosis in isolated coral cells under both dark and light conditions, indicating sAC is essential for sensing and regulating pHi perturbations caused by respiration and photosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069247/reversal-of-uremic-tumoral-calcinosis-by-optimization-of-clinical-treatment-of-bone-and-mineral-metabolism-disorder
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Mariana Espiga Maioli, Vinicius Daher Alvares Delfino, Amanda Carolina Damasceno Zanuto Guerra, Luiz Fernando Kunii, Raquel Ferreira Nassar Frange
Tumoral calcinosis is an uncommon type of extraosseous calcification characterized by large rubbery or cystic masses containing calcium-phosphate deposits. The condition prevails in the periarticular tissue with preservation of osteoarticular structures. Elevated calcium-phosphorus products and severe secondary hyperparathyroidism are present in most patients with uremic tumoral calcionosis (UTC). Case report of an obese secondary to chronic glomerulonephritis, undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) reported the appearance of painless tumors in the medial surface of fifth finger and left arm...
April 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030945/adenine-induced-chronic-kidney-disease-in-rats
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REVIEW
Vishal Diwan, Lindsay Brown, Glenda C Gobe
Many animal models have been developed to study the causes and treatments of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in humans, an insidious disease resulting from kidney injury and characterised by persistent functional decline for more than 3 months, with or without evidence of structural deficit. The eventual outcome of CKD may be end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), where patients need dialysis or transplantation to survive. Cardiovascular disease is accelerated in patients with CKD and contributes to increased mortality, with the relationship between CKD and cardiovascular disease being bi-directional...
October 14, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026447/epigenome-alterations-in-aortic-valve-stenosis-and-its-related-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
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REVIEW
Igor Gošev, Martina Zeljko, Željko Đurić, Ivana Nikolić, Milorad Gošev, Sanja Ivčević, Dino Bešić, Zoran Legčević, Frane Paić
Aortic valve stenosis is the most common cardiac valve disease, and with current trends in the population demographics, its prevalence is likely to rise, thus posing a major health and economic burden facing the worldwide societies. Over the past decade, it has become more than clear that our traditional genetic views do not sufficiently explain the well-known link between AS, proatherogenic risk factors, flow-induced mechanical forces, and disease-prone environmental influences. Recent breakthroughs in the field of epigenetics offer us a new perspective on gene regulation, which has broadened our perspective on etiology of aortic stenosis and other aortic valve diseases...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016735/lncrna-tug1-sponges-mir-204-5p-to-promote-osteoblast-differentiation-through-upregulating-runx2-in-aortic-valve-calcification
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Cong Yu, Lifu Li, Fei Xie, Shichao Guo, Fayuan Liu, Nianguo Dong, Yongjun Wang
Aims: Emerging evidence indicates that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a vital role in cardiovascular physiology and pathology. Although the lncRNA TUG1 is implicated in atherosclerosis, its function in calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) remains unknown. Methods and Results: In this study, we found that TUG1 was highly expressed in human aortic valves and primary valve interstitial cells (VICs). Moreover, TUG1 knockdown induced inhibition of osteoblast differentiation in CAVD both in vitro and in vivo ...
September 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954852/vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-arterial-stiffening-relevance-in-development-aging-and-disease
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REVIEW
Patrick Lacolley, Véronique Regnault, Patrick Segers, Stéphane Laurent
The cushioning function of large arteries encompasses distension during systole and recoil during diastole which transforms pulsatile flow into a steady flow in the microcirculation. Arterial stiffness, the inverse of distensibility, has been implicated in various etiologies of chronic common and monogenic cardiovascular diseases and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. The first components that contribute to arterial stiffening are extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins that support the mechanical load, while the second important components are vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), which not only regulate actomyosin interactions for contraction but mediate also mechanotransduction in cell-ECM homeostasis...
October 1, 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912780/inflammatory-markers-for-arterial-stiffness-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ioana Mozos, Clemens Malainer, Jarosław Horbańczuk, Cristina Gug, Dana Stoian, Constantin Tudor Luca, Atanas G Atanasov
Arterial stiffness predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Inflammation plays a major role in large arteries stiffening, related to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, smooth muscle cell migration, vascular calcification, increased activity of metalloproteinases, extracellular matrix degradation, oxidative stress, elastolysis, and degradation of collagen. The present paper reviews main mechanisms explaining the crosstalk between inflammation and arterial stiffness and the most common inflammatory markers associated with increased arterial stiffness, considering the most recent clinical and experimental studies...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895061/valvular-heart-disease-in-women-differential-remodeling-and-response-to-new-therapies
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REVIEW
Jaya Chandrasekhar, George Dangas, Roxana Mehran
In the United States, valvular heart disease (VHD) has a prevalence of 2.5%, most commonly presenting as aortic stenosis (AS) or mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and increasingly observed to be of a degenerative etiology. Women frequently have latent symptoms despite significant disease, and it is therefore pertinent to consider both clinical symptoms and imaging findings for decision-making on treatment. Indeed, significant advances have been made in noninvasive imaging allowing for more accurate diagnosis and disease prognostication...
September 11, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856360/postpartum-treatment-of-metastatic-recurrent-giant-cell-tumor-of-capitate-bone-of-wrist
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Robert L Satcher, Vinod Ravi, Wei-Lien Wang, Scott Oates
Giant cell tumors (GCTs) are aggressive benign lesions that occur in the bone epiphysis. They are most often found in the long bones of the lower extremities. Wrist bone involvement is rare, capitate bone involvement exceedingly rare. Treatment in the wrist usually consists of excision, local adjuvant treatment, and cementing and/or bone grafting. GCTs also metastasize to the lungs; pulmonary lesions are excised and systemic therapy provided. We present the case of a 19-year-old woman with GCT of the capitate bone...
July 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851525/application-of-a-new-procedure-for-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-profiling-of-plasma-amino-acid-related-metabolites-and-untargeted-shotgun-proteomics-to-identify-mechanisms-and-biomarkers-of-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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Mariola Olkowicz, Janusz Debski, Patrycja Jablonska, Michal Dadlez, Ryszard T Smolenski
Calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAS) increasingly affects our ageing population, but the mechanisms of the disease and its biomarkers are not well established. Recently, plasma amino acid-related metabolite (AA) profiling has attracted attention in studies on pathology and development of biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases, but has not been studied in CAS. To evaluate the potential relationship between CAS and AA metabolome, a new ion-pairing reversed-phase liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (IP-RPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for simultaneous determination of 43 AAs in plasma of stenotic patients and age-matched control subjects...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843411/the-activin-receptor-is-stimulated-in-the-skeleton-vasculature-heart-and-kidney-during-chronic-kidney-disease
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Matthew J Williams, Toshifumi Sugatani, Olga A Agapova, Yifu Fang, Joseph P Gaut, Marie-Claude Faugere, Hartmut H Malluche, Keith A Hruska
We examined activin receptor type IIA (ActRIIA) activation in chronic kidney disease (CKD) by signal analysis and inhibition in mice with Alport syndrome using the ActRIIA ligand trap RAP-011 initiated in 75-day-old Alport mice. At 200 days of age, there was severe CKD and associated Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD), consisting of osteodystrophy, vascular calcification, cardiac hypertrophy, hyperphosphatemia, hyperparathyroidism, elevated FGF23, and reduced klotho. The CKD-induced bone resorption and osteoblast dysfunction was reversed, and bone formation was increased by RAP-011...
August 23, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792711/differential-expression-of-micrornas-in-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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Hai-Xia Xu, Yan Wang, Dong-Dong Zheng, Teng Wang, Min Pan, Jia-Hai Shi, Jian-Hua Zhu, Xiao-Fei Li
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis (CAS) is the most common heart valve disorder. To explore the underlying mechanisms, we investigated whether key microRNAs in calcified aortic valves are differentially expressed compared to those in the non-calcified valves. METHODS: Calcified aortic valves from patients with aortic stenosis and non-calcified aortic valves (control) from patients with aortic insufficiency (n = 8 per group) were obtained during cardiac valve replacement surgery...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765190/reversible-central-neural-hyperexcitability-an-electroencephalographic-clue-to-hypocalcaemia
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Bhagyadhan A Patel, Rahul T Chakor, Kaumil V Kothari, Swaleha Nadaf
A 23-year-old male patient presented with cognitive decline and seizures. Examination revealed Chvostek's and Trousseau's signs. Investigations revealed hypocalcaemia, hyperphosphatemia and normal intact parathyroid hormone levels. Imaging showed calcifications in bilateral basal ganglia, thalamus and dentate nuclei. Interictal electroencephalogram showed theta range slowing of background activity and bilateral temporo-occipital, irregular, sharp and slow wave discharges, which accentuated during hyperventilation, photic stimulation and eye closure...
August 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760336/dietary-magnesium-supplementation-prevents%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-reverses-vascular-and-soft-tissue%C3%A2-calcifications-in-uremic-rats
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Juan M Diaz-Tocados, Alan Peralta-Ramirez, María E Rodríguez-Ortiz, Ana I Raya, Ignacio Lopez, Carmen Pineda, Carmen Herencia, Addy Montes de Oca, Noemi Vergara, Sonja Steppan, M Victoria Pendon-Ruiz de Mier, Paula Buendía, Andrés Carmona, Julia Carracedo, Juan F Alcalá-Díaz, Joao Frazao, Julio M Martínez-Moreno, Antonio Canalejo, Arnold Felsenfeld, Mariano Rodriguez, Escolástico Aguilera-Tejero, Yolanda Almadén, Juan R Muñoz-Castañeda
Although magnesium has been shown to prevent vascular calcification in vitro, controlled in vivo studies in uremic animal models are limited. To determine whether dietary magnesium supplementation protects against the development of vascular calcification, 5/6 nephrectomized Wistar rats were fed diets with different magnesium content increasing from 0.1 to 1.1%. In one study we analyzed bone specimens from rats fed 0.1%, 0.3%, and 0.6% magnesium diets, and in another study we evaluated the effect of intraperitoneal magnesium on vascular calcification in 5/6 nephrectomized rats...
November 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743977/the-association-of-serum-adiponectin-with-abdominal-aortic-calcification-in-japanese-male-hemodialysis-patients-a-cross-sectional-observational-study
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Takeshi Sakura, Senji Okuno, Eriko Nishio, Kyoko Norimine, Eiji Ishimura, Tomoyuki Yamakawa, Shigeichi Shoji, Masaaki Inaba
The negative relation of serum adiponectin to atherosclerosis becomes a positive association in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We conducted a small-scale cross-sectional observational study, in 101 Japanese male hemodialysis patients, to examine the relationship of serum adiponectin and leptin to abdominal aortic calcification (AAC). The presence of AAC was evaluated from simple X-ray radiographs of the left lateral abdomen. Serum adiponectin was significantly higher in AAC-positive patients [18...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740581/the-parathyroid-gland-and-heart-disease
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Spandana J Brown, Mary D Ruppe, Laila S Tabatabai
The parathyroid glands are critical to maintaining calcium homeostasis through actions of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Recent clinical and molecular research has shown that direct and indirect actions of PTH also affect the heart and vasculature through downstream actions of G protein-coupled receptors in the myocardium and endothelial cells. Patients with disorders of the parathyroid gland have higher incidences of hypertension, arrhythmias, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and calcific disease which translate into increased cardiac morbidity and mortality...
April 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691026/quercetin-attenuates-vascular-calcification-through-suppressed-oxidative-stress-in-adenine-induced-chronic-renal-failure-rats
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Xue-Ying Chang, Lei Cui, Xing-Zhi Wang, Lei Zhang, Dan Zhu, Xiao-Rong Zhou, Li-Rong Hao
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether quercetin could alleviate vascular calcification in experimental chronic renal failure rats induced by adenine. METHODS: 32 adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups fed normal diet, normal diet with quercetin supplementation (25 mg/kg·BW/d), 0.75% adenine diet, or adenine diet with quercetin supplementation. All rats were sacrificed after 6 weeks of intervention. Serum renal functions biomarkers and oxidative stress biomarkers were measured and status of vascular calcification in aorta was assessed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683504/initial-experience-with-the-transapical-access-for-tevar
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Andreas H Mahnken, Marc Irqsusi, Walter Hundt, Rainer G Moosdorf
Background The endovascular approach has become a mainstay in the treatment of aortic aneurysms. While the transfemoral approach is most commonly used, it is often inaccessible due to a vascular pathology, such as occlusion, tortuosity or heavy calcifications. The transapical access provides an alternative approach. The goal of this study is to report the feasibility of the transapical approach for total endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TEVAR). Methods Three patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms with inaccessible femoral arteries underwent TEVAR via the transapical approach...
August 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642321/macrophage-heterogeneity-complicates-reversal-of-calcification-in-cardiovascular-tissues
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EDITORIAL
Maximillian A Rogers, Masanori Aikawa, Elena Aikawa
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June 23, 2017: Circulation Research
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