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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537876/activation-of-perk-branch-of-er-stress-mediates-homocysteine-induced-bkca%C3%A2-channel-dysfunction-in-coronary-artery-via-foxo3a-dependent-regulation-of-atrogin-1
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Wen-Tao Sun, Xiang-Chong Wang, Shiu-Kwong Mak, Guo-Wei He, Xiao-Cheng Liu, Malcolm John Underwood, Qin Yang
The molecular mechanism of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in vascular pathophysiology remains inadequately understood. We studied the role of ER stress in homocysteine-induced impairment of coronary dilator function, with uncovering the molecular basis of the effect of ER stress on smooth muscle large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BKCa) channels. The vasodilatory function of BKCa channels was studied in a myograph using endothelium-denuded porcine small coronary arteries. Primary cultured porcine coronary artery smooth muscle cells were used for mRNA and protein measurements and current recording of BKCa channels...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535618/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-in-tunisia
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I Ben Ghorbel, N Belfeki, N Baouendi, T Ben Salem, M H Houman
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is more frequent in Northern rather than Southern countries. Very few studies have been conducted in Africa. We have performed a retrospective descriptive study including clinical and laboratory profiles of 30 Tunisian GPA patients seen at the department of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital of la Rabta from 2000 to 2014. Mean age at initial GPA diagnosis was 46±12 years, and the average number of months between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis was 25. Seventeen (56%) were male, and 13 (44%) were female...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535525/expanded-hemodialysis-a-new-therapy-for-a-new-class-of-membranes
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Claudio Ronco, Gaetano La Manna
A wide spectrum of molecules is retained in end-stage kidney disease, normally defined as uremic toxins. These solutes have different molecular weights and radii. Current dialysis membranes and techniques only remove solutes in the range of 50-15,000 Da, with limited or no capability to remove solutes in the middle to high molecular weight range (up to 50,000 Da). Improved removal has been obtained with high cut-off (HCO) membranes, with albumin loss representing a limitation to their practical application...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534973/role-of-x%C3%A2-linked-inhibitor-of-apoptosis%C3%A2-associated-factor%C3%A2-1-in-vasculogenic-mimicry-in-ovarian-cancer
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Yunxia Wang, Peishu Liu, Xietong Wang, Hongluan Mao
X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis‑associated factor 1 (XAF1) was identified as a novel X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis (XIAP) binding partner that may reverse the anti‑apoptotic effect of XIAP. Previous studies have revealed that XAF1 serves an important role in cancer angiogenesis. Vasculogenic mimicry (VM) describes the formation of fluid‑conducting channels by highly invasive and genetically dysregulated tumor cells. VM is critical for tumor blood supply and is associated with aggressive actions and metastasis...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533972/characterisation-of-false-positive-observations-in-botanical-surveys
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Quentin J Groom, Sarah J Whild
Errors in botanical surveying are a common problem. The presence of a species is easily overlooked, leading to false-absences; while misidentifications and other mistakes lead to false-positive observations. While it is common knowledge that these errors occur, there are few data that can be used to quantify and describe these errors. Here we characterise false-positive errors for a controlled set of surveys conducted as part of a field identification test of botanical skill. Surveys were conducted at sites with a verified list of vascular plant species...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533861/-cutaneous-leukocytoclastic-vasculitis-about-85-cases
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Amina Aounallah, Aicha Arouss, Najet Ghariani, Wafa Saidi, Badreddine Sriha, Mohamed Denguezli, Colandane Belajouza, Rafia Nouira
Clinical manifestation, etiology and outcome of leukocytoclastic vasculitis are little studied. The aim of our study was to examine epidemiological, clinical etiological, and evolutionary characteristics of this entity. We conducted a cross-sectional data collection from medical records of 85 patients with leukocytoclastic vasculitis in the Department of Dermatology at the Farhat Hached University Hospital, Sousse between January 2000 and December 2013. Epidemiological, clinical, paraclinical, etiological data sheets had been completed for each patient...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532901/long-term-surveillance-of-zinc-implant-in-murine-artery-surprisingly-steady-biocorrosion-rate
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Adam Drelich, Shan Zhao, Roger J Guillory, Jaroslaw W Drelich, Jeremy Goldman
Metallic zinc implanted into the abdominal aorta of rats out to 6 months has been demonstrated to degrade while avoiding responses commonly associated with the restenosis of vascular implants. However, major questions remain regarding whether a zinc implant would ultimately passivate through the production of stable corrosion products or via a cell mediated fibrous encapsulation process that prevents the diffusion of critical reactants and products at the metal surface. Here, we have conducted clinically relevant long term in vivo studies in order to characterize late stage zinc implant biocorrosion behavior and products to address these critical questions...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532183/treatment-options-and-considerations-for-hypertensive-patients-to-prevent-dementia
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Intza Hernandorena, Emmanuelle Duron, Jean Sebastien Vidal, Olivier Hanon
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a worldwide health concern, which leads to loss of autonomy. To date no curative treatment is available so focus on modifiable risk factors is of particular interest. Hypertension, particularly midlife high blood pressure, has been associated with an increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia including vascular dementia (Vad) and Alzheimer Disease (AD). In this context, antihypertensive treatments might have a preventive effect. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between antihypertensive therapy and cognitive decline or dementia...
May 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532133/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-in-different-stages-of-breast-cancer
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Fezzeh Elyasinia, Mohammad Reza Keramati, Farham Ahmadi, Susan Rezaei, Mohammad Ashouri, Reza Parsaei, Maryam Yaghoubi, Fahimeh Elyasinia, Armita Aboutorabi, Ahmad Kaviani
Despite many advances in the treatment of breast cancer, it is still the second most common cause of death in women in the United States. It has been shown that inflammation plays a major role in the treatment of these cancers and inflammatory factors enhance tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and vascularization. In this study, we would like to analyze peripheral blood neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in breast cancer patients and its correlation with disease staging. This cross-sectional analytic study was conducted in Imam Hospital, affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences; a total of 195 female patients with breast cancer met the inclusion criteria...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531450/estimating-energy-expenditure-in-vascular-surgery-patients-are-predictive-equations-accurate-enough
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J Suen, J M Thomas, C L Delaney, J I Spark, M D Miller
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Malnutrition is prevalent in vascular surgical patients who commonly seek tertiary care at advanced stages of disease. Adjunct nutrition support is therefore pertinent to optimise patient outcomes. To negate consequences related to excessive or suboptimal dietary energy intake, it is essential to accurately determine energy expenditure and subsequent requirements. This study aims to compare resting energy expenditure (REE) measured by indirect calorimetry, a commonly used comparator, to REE estimated by predictive equations (Schofield, Harris-Benedict equations and Miller equation) to determine the most suitable equation for vascular surgery patients...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530646/the-relevance-of-the-age-of-transfused-blood-for-prognosis-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-tavi
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Katarzyna Czerwińska-Jelonkiewicz, Magdalena Łętowska, Adam Witkowski, Walerian Piotrowski, Marta Załęska-Kocięcka, Janina Stępińska
INTRODUCTION    Blood transfusion after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is frequently required due to the high vulnerability of TAVI population and procedure related bleeding.  OBJECTIVES    We quantified the impact of post-procedural blood transfusion and the age of transfused red blood cells (RBC) units on prognosis after TAVI.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    This was a single-center, observational analysis conducted between 2009-2014. The adopted end points were early and long-term mortality after TAVI...
May 22, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530480/ultrasonographic-and-histological-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-long-term-carotid-catheterization-on-cardiac-function-in-nmri-mice
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Anne C Teilmann, Morten B Thomsen, Elizabeth A Ihms, Nathan Pate, Jann Hau, Klas Abelson
Catheterization of laboratory mice is commonly performed in biomedical research to infuse substances and for blood sampling. One approach is to catheterize the right common carotid artery and advance the catheter until the tip is positioned in the aorta or the proximal brachiocephalic trunk. Owing to the small body size of the mouse, a catheter tends to occupy a great part of even the larger vessel lumens, and this may increase vascular resistance with potential pathophysiological impacts on the heart. The present study compared cardiac function of catheterized mice, with catheter tip placement in the brachiocephalic trunk, with sham-operated mice and non-operated control mice...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529623/high-expression-of-epha4-predicted-lesser-degree-of-tumor-regression-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer
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Ching-Yih Lin, Ying-En Lee, Yu-Feng Tian, Ding-Ping Sun, Ming-Jen Sheu, Chen-Yi Lin, Chien-Feng Li, Sung-Wei Lee, Li-Ching Lin, I-Wei Chang, Chieh-Tien Wang, Hong-Lin He
Background: Numerous transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase pathways have been found to play an important role in tumor progression in some cancers. This study was aimed to evaluate the clinical impact of Eph receptor A4 (EphA4) in patients with rectal cancer treated with neoadjuvant concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) combined with mesorectal excision, with special emphasis on tumor regression. Methods: Analysis of the publicly available expression profiling dataset of rectal cancer disclosed that EphA4 was the top-ranking, significantly upregulated, transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase pathway-associated gene in the non-responders to CCRT, compared with the responders...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529414/comparison-of-efficacy-of-autologous-platelet-rich-fibrin-versus-saline-dressing-in-chronic-venous-leg-ulcers-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Anirudh Somani, Reena Rai
BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulcer is a chronic condition, and various treatment modalities are available. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is one of the newer modalities and it contains fibroblast growth factor (GF), vascular endothelial GF, angiopoitin and platelet-derived GF which enhances the wound healing. Hence, we conducted a randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy of PRF versus saline dressing in chronic venous leg ulcers. AIM: This study aims to compare the efficacy of autologous PRF with saline dressing in patients with chronic venous leg ulcer and to compare the mean reduction in ulcer area at the end of 4 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528294/isoliquiritigenin-reduces-oxidative-damage-and-alleviates-mitochondrial-impairment-by-sirt1-activation-in-experimental-diabetic-neuropathy
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Veera Ganesh Yerra, Anil Kumar Kalvala, Ashutosh Kumar
Sirtuin (SIRT1) inactivation underlies the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and hyperglycaemia-associated vascular complications, but its role in diabetic neuropathy (DN) has not been yet explored. We have evaluated hyperglycaemia-induced alteration of SIRT1 signalling and the effect of isoliquiritigenin (ILQ) on SIRT1-directed AMP kinase (AMPK) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α) signalling in peripheral nerves of streptozotocin (STZ) (55 mg/kg, ip)-induced diabetic rats and in high glucose (30 mM)-exposed neuro2a (N2A) cells...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528258/epidemiology-and-management-of-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-experience-from-two-expert-centers
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Maria Anna Bazmpani, Alexandra Arvanitaki, Maria Toumpourleka, Georgia Pitsiou, Evaggelia Panagiotidou, Sophia Anastasia Mouratoglou, Georgios Sianos, Stavros Hadjimiltiades, Antonios Pitsis, Eckhard Mayer, Ioannis Stanopoulos, Haralambos Karvounis, George Giannakoulas
BACKGROUND: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare, distinct pulmonary vascular disease, and, therefore, there is lack of data regarding its clinical presentation, diagnosis and management at a national basis. Our objective was to describe the demographics and management of CTEPH patients in Northern Greece. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, observational study with a joint collaboration from two pulmonary hypertension expert centers in Greece and included patients diagnosed with CTEPH...
May 17, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528117/composite-elastomeric-polyurethane-scaffolds-incorporating-small-intestinal-submucosa-for-soft-tissue-engineering
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Lincui Da, Mei Gong, Anjing Chen, Yi Zhang, Yizhou Huang, Zhijun Guo, Shengfu Li, Jesse Li-Ling, Li Zhang, Huiqi Xie
Although soft tissue replacement has been clinically successful in many cases, the corresponding procedure has many limitations including the lack of resilience and mechanical integrity, significant donor-site morbidity, volume loss with time, and fibrous capsular contracture. These disadvantages can be alleviated by utilizing bio-absorbable scaffolds with high resilience and large strain, which are capable of stimulating natural tissue regeneration. Hence, the chemically crosslinked tridimensional scaffolds obtained by incorporating water-based polyurethane (PU) (which was synthesized from polytetramethylene ether glycol, isophorone diisocyanate, and 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl) butyric acid) into a bioactive extracellular matrix consisting of small intestinal submucosa (SIS) have been tested in this study to develop a new approach for soft tissue engineering...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527728/the-patient-s-experience-of-amputation-due-to-peripheral-arterial-disease
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Eva Torbjörnsson, Carin Ottosson, Lena Blomgren, Lennart Boström, Ann-Mari Fagerdahl
It is not uncommon that patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) need to undergo a lower limb amputation, with or without previous revascularization attempts. Despite that, the patient's experience of the amputation has been scarcely studied. The aim of this qualitative study was to describe the patient's experience of amputation due to PAD. Thirteen interviews were conducted with vascular patients who had undergone a lower limb amputation at tibia, knee, or femoral level. Data were analyzed with content analysis...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527110/a-review-of-the-hemodynamic-factors-believed-to-contribute-to-vascular-access-dysfunction
#19
Connor V Cunnane, Eoghan M Cunnane, Michael T Walsh
A vascular access (VA) is used to facilitate hemodialysis in patients that suffer from end-stage renal disease. However, they suffer from high failure rates due to non-maturation and venous stenosis, with intimal hyperplasia (IH) the underlying cause of both conditions. Abnormal hemodynamic profiles, which arise following VA creation, are believed to lead to the development of IH. However, the exact physiological response that initiates this process is unknown. This review evaluates the different hemodynamic parameters that are hypothesised to correlate with the development of IH...
May 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526782/acute-impact-of-drinking-coffee-on-the-cerebral-and-systemic-vasculature
#20
Takuro Washio, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Shigehiko Ogoh
Previous studies have suggested that the risk of ischemic stroke increases immediately after drinking coffee. Indeed, drinking coffee, that is, caffeine, acutely increases arterial stiffness as well as blood pressure and peripheral vascular resistance. On the other hand, it has been reported that arterial stiffening is associated with elevation in the pulsatility index (PI) of cerebral blood flow (CBF), which increases the risk of brain disease. However, the effect of drinking coffee on the PI of the CBF and its interaction with arterial stiffness remain unknown...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
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