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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550272/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-chronic-disease-of-the-21-st-century
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Metrakos Peter, Nilsson Tommy
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a spectrum of metabolic states ranging from simple steatosis to inflammation with associated fibrosis to cirrhosis. Though accumulation of hepatic fat is not associated with a significant increase in mortality rates, hepatic inflammation is, as this augments the risk of terminal liver disease, i.e., cirrhosis, hepatic decompensation (liver failure) and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Disease progression is usually slow, over a decade or more and, for the most part, remains asymptomatic...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549448/statistical-permutation-based-artery-mapping-spam-a-novel-approach-to-evaluate-imaging-signals-in-the-vessel-wall
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Robert Seifert, Aaron Scherzinger, Friedemann Kiefer, Sven Hermann, Xiaoyi Jiang, Michael A Schäfers
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. A prominent cause of cardiovascular events is atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammation of the arterial wall that leads to the formation of so called atherosclerotic plaques. There is a strong clinical need to develop new, non-invasive vascular imaging techniques in order to identify high-risk plaques, which might escape detection using conventional methods based on the assessment of the luminal narrowing. In this context, molecular imaging strategies based on fluorescent tracers and fluorescence reflectance imaging (FRI) seem well suited to assess molecular and cellular activity...
May 26, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528666/role-of-nonneuronal-trpv4-signaling-in-inflammatory-processes
#3
Pradeep Rajasekhar, Daniel P Poole, Nicholas A Veldhuis
Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels are important signaling components in nociceptive and inflammatory pathways. This is attributed to their ability to function as polymodal sensors of environmental stimuli (chemical and mechanical) and as effector molecules in receptor signaling pathways. TRP vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a nonselective cation channel that is activated by multiple endogenous stimuli including shear stress, membrane stretch, and arachidonic acid metabolites. TRPV4 contributes to many important physiological processes and dysregulation of its activity is associated with chronic conditions of metabolism, inflammation, peripheral neuropathies, musculoskeletal development, and cardiovascular regulation...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522312/intravascular-imaging-in-cardiovascular-ageing
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REVIEW
Christos V Bourantas, Tom Crake, Yao-Jun Zhang, Mick Ozkor, Javed Ahmed, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Patrick W Serruys
Ageing is related to complex molecular, inflammatory and biochemical changes that affect coronary pathology and often lead to coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events. Intravascular imaging is considered as the ideal technique to study coronary plaque morphology and assess its burden. Over the recent years several studies have been performed that investigated the association between pathophysiological mechanisms that promote vascular ageing and plaque morphology. In addition, several reports have compared plaque pathology in different age groups and a few studies included serial intravascular imaging to assess changes in the atheroma burden and compositional characteristics of the plaque...
May 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495844/molecular-imaging-of-postprandial-metabolism
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Vera B Schrauwen-Hinderling, Andre C Carpentier
Disordered postprandial metabolism of energy substrates is one of the main defining features of prediabetes and contributes to the development of several chronic diseases associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Postprandial energy metabolism has been studied using classical isotopic tracer approaches that are limited by the poor access to splanchnic metabolism and the highly dynamic and complex exchanges of energy substrates involving multiple organs and systems. Advances in non-invasive molecular imaging modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI/MRS) have recently allowed important advances in our understanding of postprandial energy metabolism in humans...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482694/new-data-on-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-and-acute-coronary-syndromes-the-promise-of-pcsk9-monoclonal-antibodies-in-the-light-of-recent-clinical-trials
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Katrina L Ellis, Jing Pang, Carl J Schultz, Gerald F Watts
Background Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterised by substantially elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Although affecting approximately one in 250 individuals worldwide, FH is currently underreported and a greater awareness of this condition is required. Opportunistic screening for FH in acute coronary syndrome patients offers utility for identifying previously undiagnosed individuals and for initiating treatment. Methods The purpose of this commentary is to provide a brief update on recent data investigating several key aspects of FH in patients with acute coronary syndromes, including prevalence, risk of coronary artery disease, molecular diagnosis, cardiac imaging, as well as the efficacy of PCSK9 inhibition...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471759/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 29, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453956/molecular-imaging-of-activated-platelets-via-antibody-targeted-ultra-small-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-displaying-unique-dual-mri-contrast
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Hang T Ta, Zhen Li, Christoph E Hagemeyer, Gary Cowin, Shaohua Zhang, Jathushan Palasubramaniam, Karen Alt, Xiaowei Wang, Karlheinz Peter, Andrew K Whittaker
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful and indispensable tool in medical research, clinical diagnosis, and patient care due to its high spatial resolution and non-limited penetration depth. The simultaneous use of positive and negative MRI imaging that employs the same contrast agents will significantly improve detection accuracy. Here we report the development of functional multimodal iron oxide nanoparticles for targeted MRI of atherothrombosis using a combination of chemical and biological conjugation techniques...
July 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446767/two-photon-autofluorescence-lifetime-imaging-of-human-skin-papillary-dermis-in-vivo-assessment-of-blood-capillaries-and-structural-proteins-localization
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Evgeny A Shirshin, Yury I Gurfinkel, Alexander V Priezzhev, Victor V Fadeev, Juergen Lademann, Maxim E Darvin
The papillary dermis of human skin is responsible for its biomechanical properties and for supply of epidermis with chemicals. Dermis is mainly composed of structural protein molecules, including collagen and elastin, and contains blood capillaries. Connective tissue diseases, as well as cardiovascular complications have manifestations on the molecular level in the papillary dermis (e.g. alteration of collagen I and III content) and in the capillary structure. In this paper we assessed the molecular structure of internal and external regions of skin capillaries using two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) of endogenous compounds...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#10
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
May 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413580/pet-imaging-and-its-application-in-cardiovascular-diseases
#11
Zheng Li, Anisha A Gupte, Anjun Zhang, Dale J Hamilton
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide and represent a great challenge for modern research and medicine. Despite advances in preventing and treating CVD over the decades, there remains an urgent need to develop sensitive and safe methods for early detection and personalized treatment. With refinements of molecular imaging technologies such as positron emission tomography (PET), noninvasive imaging of CVDs is experiencing impressive progress in both preclinical and clinical settings...
January 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404198/molecular-fluorescence-guided-surgery-of-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-of-colorectal-origin-a-single-centre-feasibility-study
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Niels J Harlaar, Marjory Koller, Steven J de Jongh, Barbara L van Leeuwen, Patrick H Hemmer, Schelto Kruijff, Robert J van Ginkel, Lukas B Been, Johannes S de Jong, Gursah Kats-Ugurlu, Matthijs D Linssen, Annelies Jorritsma-Smit, Marleen van Oosten, Wouter B Nagengast, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Gooitzen M van Dam
BACKGROUND: Optimum cytoreductive surgery combined with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is essential for the curative treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis of colorectal origin. At present, surgeons depend on visual inspection and palpation for tumour detection. Improved detection of tumour tissue using molecular fluorescence-guided surgery could not only help attain a complete cytoreduction of metastatic lesions, but might also prevent overtreatment by avoiding resection of benign lesions...
December 2016: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398124/from-molecular-mechanisms-to-clinical-management-of-antineoplastic-drug-induced-cardiovascular-toxicity-a-translational-overview
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Carlo Gabriele Tocchetti, Christian Cadeddu, Daniela Di Lisi, Saveria Femminò, Rosalinda Madonna, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Claudia Penna, Alessia Pepe, Paolo Spallarossa, Gilda Varricchi, Concetta Zito, Pasquale Pagliaro, Giuseppe Mercuro
Antineoplastic therapies have significantly improved the prognosis of oncology patients. However, these treatments can bring to a higher incidence of side-effects, including the worrying cardiovascular toxicity (CTX). Substantial evidence indicates multiple mechanisms of CTX, with redox mechanisms playing a key role. Recent data singled out mitochondria as key targets for antineoplastic drug-induced CTX; understanding the underlying mechanisms is, therefore, crucial for effective cardioprotection, without compromising the efficacy of anti-cancer treatments...
May 15, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382019/transcriptome-analysis-showed-a-differential-signature-between-invasive-and-non-invasive-corticotrophinomas
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Leonardo Jose Tadeu de Araújo, Antonio Marcondes Lerario, Margaret de Castro, Clarissa Silva Martins, Marcello Delano Bronstein, Marcio Carlos Machado, Ericka Barbosa Trarbach, Maria Candida Barisson Villares Fragoso
ACTH-dependent hypercortisolism caused by a pituitary adenoma [Cushing's disease (CD)] is the most common cause of endogenous Cushing's syndrome. CD is often associated with several morbidities, including hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis/bone fractures, secondary infections, and increased cardiovascular mortality. While the majority (≈80%) of the corticotrophinomas visible on pituitary magnetic resonance imaging are microadenomas (MICs, <10 mm of diameter), some tumors are macroadenomas (MACs, ≥10 mm) with increased growth potential and invasiveness, exceptionally exhibiting malignant demeanor...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362405/local-field-fluorescence-microscopy-imaging-cellular-signals-in-intact-hearts
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Yuriana Aguilar-Sanchez, Diego Fainstein, Rafael Mejia-Alvarez, Ariel L Escobar
In the heart, molecular signaling studies are usually performed in isolated myocytes. However, many pathological situations such as ischemia and arrhythmias can only be fully understood at the whole organ level. Here, we present the spectroscopic technique of local field fluorescence microscopy (LFFM) that allows the measurement of cellular signals in the intact heart. The technique is based on a combination of a Langendorff perfused heart and optical fibers to record fluorescent signals. LFFM has various applications in the field of cardiovascular physiology to study the heart under normal and pathological conditions...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351964/left-ventricular-remodeling-leads-to-heart-failure-in-mice-with-cardiac-specific-overexpression-of-vegf-b167-echocardiography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Line Lottonen-Raikaslehto, Riina Rissanen, Erika Gurzeler, Mari Merentie, Jenni Huusko, Jurgen E Schneider, Timo Liimatainen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
Cardiac-specific overexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-B167 is known to induce left ventricular hypertrophy due to altered lipid metabolism, in which ceramides accumulate to the heart and cause mitochondrial damage. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare different imaging methods to find the most sensitive way to diagnose at early stage the progressive left ventricular remodeling leading to heart failure. Echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging were compared for imaging the hearts of transgenic mice with cardiac-specific overexpression of VEGF-B167 and wild-type mice from 5 to 14 months of age at several time points...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349887/atherosclerotic-plaque-metabolism-in-high-cardiovascular-risk-subjects-a-subclinical-atherosclerosis-imaging-study-with-18-f-naf-pet-ct
#17
Manuel de Oliveira-Santos, Miguel Castelo-Branco, Rodolfo Silva, Andreia Gomes, Nuno Chichorro, Antero Abrunhosa, Paulo Donato, João Pedroso de Lima, Mariano Pego, Lino Gonçalves, Maria João Ferreira
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerotic plaque molecular imaging with (18)F-sodium fluoride (NaF) in positron emission tomography with computed tomography (PET-CT) provides potential discrimination between active unstable microcalcification and established dormant calcification. We aimed to study (18)F-NaF atherosclerotic plaque uptake in high cardiovascular (CV) risk participants and its associations with CV risk factors, coronary calcium score and thoracic fat volume. METHODS: High CV risk hypertensive individuals from a single centre were prospectively scanned with (18)F-NaF-PET-CT in the coronary, aortic and carotideal arteries...
May 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332132/redefining-the-role-of-biomarkers-in-heart-failure-trials-expert-consensus-document
#18
REVIEW
Frank Kramer, Hani N Sabbah, James J Januzzi, Faiez Zannad, J Peter van Tintelen, Erik B Schelbert, Raymond J Kim, Hendrik Milting, Richardus Vonk, Brien Neudeck, Richard Clark, Klaus Witte, Wilfried Dinh, Burkert Pieske, Javed Butler, Mihai Gheorghiade
Heart failure is a growing cardiovascular disease with significant epidemiological, clinical, and societal implications and represents a high unmet need. Strong efforts are currently underway by academic and industrial researchers to develop novel treatments for heart failure. Biomarkers play an important role in patient selection and monitoring in drug trials and in clinical management. The present review gives an overview of the role of available molecular, imaging, and device-derived digital biomarkers in heart failure drug development and highlights capabilities and limitations of biomarker use in this context...
May 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319050/extracellular-matrix-proteomics-identifies-molecular-signature-of-symptomatic-carotid-plaques
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Sarah R Langley, Karin Willeit, Athanasios Didangelos, Ljubica Perisic Matic, Philipp Skroblin, Javier Barallobre-Barreiro, Mariette Lengquist, Gregor Rungger, Alexander Kapustin, Ludmilla Kedenko, Chris Molenaar, Ruifang Lu, Temo Barwari, Gonca Suna, Xiaoke Yin, Bernhard Iglseder, Bernhard Paulweber, Peter Willeit, Joseph Shalhoub, Gerard Pasterkamp, Alun H Davies, Claudia Monaco, Ulf Hedin, Catherine M Shanahan, Johann Willeit, Stefan Kiechl, Manuel Mayr
BACKGROUND: The identification of patients with high-risk atherosclerotic plaques prior to the manifestation of clinical events remains challenging. Recent findings question histology- and imaging-based definitions of the "vulnerable plaque," necessitating an improved approach for predicting onset of symptoms. METHODS: We performed a proteomics comparison of the vascular extracellular matrix and associated molecules in human carotid endarterectomy specimens from 6 symptomatic versus 6 asymptomatic patients to identify a protein signature for high-risk atherosclerotic plaques...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317279/the-role-of-advanced-echocardiography-and-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-the-assessment-of-myocardial-function-in-marfan-syndrome-an-update
#20
REVIEW
Anatoli Kiotsekoglou, James C Moggridge, Anne H Child, Peter Rask
Cardiovascular assessment of patients with Marfan syndrome has normally focused on the aortic root and vascular manifestations of the disease due to the high risk of aortic dissection. Although primary myocardial impairment has long been suspected in these patients, the evidence has been controversial. Advanced echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging have proven to be effective, accurate, and more sensitive in the detection of subtle cardiac dysfunction. The application of these techniques to Marfan syndrome over the last 10 years has made significant progress in demonstrating the presence of primary myocardial impairment in these patients, but further work is still required to obtain confirmatory molecular, pathophysiological, and prognostic clinical data...
May 2017: Echocardiography
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