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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328067/a-physical-approach-to-model-occlusions-in-the-retinal-microvasculature
#1
O Fleck, T Savin
Blood occlusions in the retinal microvasculature contribute to the pathology of many disease states within the eye. These events can cause haemorrhaging and retinal detachment, leading to a loss of vision in the affected patient. Here, we present a physical approach to characterising the collective cell dynamics leading to plug formation, through the use of a bespoke microfluidic device, and through the derivation of a probabilistic model. Our microfluidic device is based on a filtration design that can tune the particle volume fraction of a flowing suspension within a conduit, with sizes similar to arterioles...
January 12, 2018: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327719/the-histomorphological-spectrum-of-restrictive-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction-and-implications-for-prognosis
#2
Jan H von der Thüsen, Elly Vandermeulen, Robin Vos, Birgit Weynand, Erik K Verbeken, Stijn E Verleden
Chronic lung allograft dysfunction continues to be the main contributor to poor long-term allograft survival after lung transplantation. The restrictive phenotype of chronic lung allograft dysfunction carries a particularly poor prognosis. Little is known about the pathogenetic mechanisms involved in restrictive chronic lung allograft dysfunction. In this study, we performed histomorphological and immunohistochemical analysis of restrictive chronic lung allograft dysfunction lungs. Explant lung tissue from 21 restrictive chronic lung allograft dysfunction patients was collected and histopathologic patterns of rejection, fibrosis and vascular changes were scored after routine histochemical stains and additional immunohistochemistry for endothelial markers and C4d...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325706/contrast-harmonic-eus-for-the-prediction-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-aggressiveness-with-videos
#3
Maxime Palazzo, Bertrand Napoléon, Rodica Gincul, Mathieu Pioche, Bertrand Pujol, Christine Lefort, Fabien Fumex, Vincent Hautefeuille, Monique Fabre, Jérome Cros, Michèle Felce, Anne Couvelard, Alain Sauvanet, Philippe Lévy, Philippe Ruszniewski, Laurent Palazzo
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Contrast-harmonic EUS (CH-EUS) has the ability to depict a tumor microvasculature. Decreased microvascular density has been identified as a factor associated with tumor aggressiveness. We aimed to study the accuracy of CH-EUS for the prediction of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) aggressiveness. METHODS: Between June 2009 and March 2015, all consecutive patients with histology-proven PNETs and CH-EUS examination were included. Nine endosonographers analyzed blindly all the videos...
January 8, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325551/relationship-between-cardiac-microvascular-dysfunction-measured-with-82rubidium-pet-and-albuminuria-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
#4
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/29324883/masp-1-of-the-complement-system-enhances-clot-formation-in-a-microvascular-whole-blood-flow-model
#5
Lorenz Jenny, József Dobó, Péter Gál, Gábor Pál, Wilbur A Lam, Verena Schroeder
The complement and coagulation systems closely interact with each other. These interactions are believed to contribute to the proinflammatory and prothrombotic environment involved in the development of thrombotic complications in many diseases. Complement MASP-1 (mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-1) activates coagulation factors and promotes clot formation. However, this was mainly shown in purified or plasma-based static systems. Here we describe the role of MASP-1 and complement activation in fibrin clot formation in a microvascular, whole blood flow model...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324784/multiscale-modelling-of-blood-flow-in-cerebral-microcirculation-details-at-capillary-scale-control-accuracy-at-the-level-of-the-cortex
#6
Myriam Peyrounette, Yohan Davit, Michel Quintard, Sylvie Lorthois
Aging or cerebral diseases may induce architectural modifications in human brain microvascular networks, such as capillary rarefaction. Such modifications limit blood and oxygen supply to the cortex, possibly resulting in energy failure and neuronal death. Modelling is key in understanding how these architectural modifications affect blood flow and mass transfers in such complex networks. However, the huge number of vessels in the human brain-tens of billions-prevents any modelling approach with an explicit architectural representation down to the scale of the capillaries...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323186/combination-of-high-fat-high-fructose-diet-and-low-dose-streptozotocin-to-model-long-term-type-2-diabetes-complications
#7
David André Barrière, Christophe Noll, Geneviève Roussy, Farah Lizotte, Anissa Kessai, Karyn Kirby, Karine Belleville, Nicolas Beaudet, Jean-Michel Longpré, André C Carpentier, Pedro Geraldes, Philippe Sarret
The epidemic of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is fueled by added fructose consumption. Here, we thus combined high-fat/high-fructose diet, with multiple low-dose injections of streptozotocin (HF/HF/Stz) to emulate the long-term complications of T2DM. HF/HF/Stz rats, monitored over 56 weeks, exhibited metabolic dysfunctions associated with the different stages of the T2DM disease progression in humans: an early prediabetic phase characterized by an hyperinsulinemic period with modest dysglycemia, followed by a late stage of T2DM with frank hyperglycemia, normalization of insulinemia, marked dyslipidemia, hepatic fibrosis and pancreatic β-cell failure...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322432/renal-histopathological-findings-of-retinal-vasculopathy-with-cerebral-leukodystrophy
#8
Yutaka Tsubata, Takashi Morita, Tetsuo Morioka, Taiji Sasagawa, Kouzo Ikarashi, Noriko Saito, Hisaki Shimada, Shigeru Miyazaki, Shinji Sakai, Hajime Tanaka, Rie Saito, Yasuko Toyoshima, Hiroaki Nozaki, Ichiei Narita
Retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy (RVCL) is a rare autosomal dominant systemic microvascular disease. Neurological disorders and visual disturbance are highlighted as manifestations of RVCL; however, there are few reports focused on nephropathy. Herein, we describe detailed renal histopathological findings in a daughter and father with RVCL, proven by TREX1 genetic analysis. A kidney biopsy of the daughter, 35-year-old with asymptomatic proteinuria, revealed unique and various glomerular changes...
January 10, 2018: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322004/thoughts-modulate-the-expression-of-inflammatory-genes-and-may-improve-the-coronary-blood-flow-in-patients-after-a-myocardial-infarction
#9
Carlo Dal Lin, Mariela Marinova, Giorgio Rubino, Elisabetta Gola, Alessandra Brocca, Giorgia Pantano, Laura Brugnolo, Cristiano Sarais, Umberto Cucchini, Biancarosa Volpe, Chiara Cavalli, Maura Bellio, Emilia Fiorello, Sofia Scali, Mario Plebani, Sabino Iliceto, Francesco Tona
Background: Mental stress is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Meditation and music listening are two techniques that are able to counteract it through the activation of specific brain areas, eliciting the so-called Relaxing Response (RR). Epidemiological evidence reveals that the RR practice has a beneficial prognostic impact on patients after myocardial infarction. We aimed to study the possible molecular mechanisms of RR underlying these findings. Methods: We enrolled 30 consecutive patients after myocardial infarction and 10 healthy controls...
January 2018: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321034/diagnostic-and-prognostic-utility-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-implications-for-clinical-trials
#10
Prathap Kanagala, Adrian S H Cheng, Anvesha Singh, John McAdam, Anna-Marie Marsh, Jayanth R Arnold, Iain B Squire, Leong L Ng, Gerry P McCann
BACKGROUND: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a poorly characterized condition. We aimed to phenotype patients with HFpEF using multiparametric stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and to assess the relationship to clinical outcomes. METHODS: One hundred and fifty four patients (51% male, mean age 72 ± 10 years) with a diagnosis of HFpEF underwent transthoracic echocardiography and CMR during a single study visit. The CMR protocol comprised cine, stress/rest perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement imaging on a 3T scanner...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320840/microvascular-damage-evaluation-in-systemic-sclerosis-the-role-of-nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-and-laser-techniques
#11
B Ruaro, A Sulli, V Smith, C Pizzorni, S Paolino, E Alessandri, M Cutolo
Microvascular damage and a decrease in peripheral blood perfusion are typical features of systemic sclerosis (SSc) with serious clinical implications, not only for a very early diagnosis, but also for disease progression. Nailfold videocapillaroscopy is a validated and safe imaging technique able to detect peripheral capillary morphology, as well as to classify and to score any nailfold abnormalities into different microangiopathy patterns. Capillaroscopic analysis is now included in the ACR/EULAR classification criteria for SSc...
December 21, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319463/guidelines-for-treatment-of-susac-syndrome-an-update
#12
Robert M Rennebohm, Negar Asdaghi, Sunil Srivastava, Elie Gertner
Susac syndrome is an immune-mediated, pauci-inflammatory, ischemia-producing, occlusive microvascular endotheliopathy/basement membranopathy that affects the brain, retina, and inner ear. Treatment of Susac syndrome is particularly challenging. The organs involved can easily become irreversibly damaged, and the window of opportunity to protect them is often short. Optimal outcome requires rapid and complete disease suppression. Adding to the challenge is the absence of objective biomarkers of disease activity and the great variability in presentation, timing and extent of peak severity, duration of peak severity, and natural disease course...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317987/delineation-of-epicardial-stenosis-in-patients-with-microvascular-disease-using-pressure-drop-coefficient-a-pilot-outcome-study
#13
Ullhas Udaya Hebbar, Mohamed A Effat, Srikara V Peelukhana, Imran Arif, Rupak K Banerjee
AIM: To investigate the patient-outcomes of newly developed pressure drop coefficient (CDP) in diagnosing epicardial stenosis (ES) in the presence of concomitant microvascular disease (MVD). METHODS: Patients from our clinical trial were divided into two subgroups with: (1) cut-off of coronary flow reserve (CFR) < 2.0; and (2) diabetes. First, correlations were performed for both subgroups between CDP and hyperemic microvascular resistance (HMR), a diagnostic parameter for assessing the severity of MVD...
December 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316137/have-we-really-demonstrated-the-cardiovascular-safety-of-antihyperglycemic-drugs-rethinking-the-concepts-of-macrovascular-and-microvascular-disease-in-type-2-diabetes
#14
REVIEW
Milton Packer
A primary goal of the treatment of type 2 mellitus is the prevention of morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular disease. However, antihyperglycemic drugs have the capacity to cause deleterious effects on the circulation, a risk that is not adequately reflected by the endpoints selected for emphasis in large-scale clinical trials that are designed to evaluate cardiovascular safety. The primary endpoint of the large-scale studies mandated by regulatory authorities focuses only on 3-4 events that depict only a limited view of the circulatory system...
January 5, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311754/correlation-between-cerebral-hemodynamic-and-perfusion-pressure-changes-in-non-human-primates
#15
A Ruesch, M A Smith, G Wollstein, I A Sigal, S Nelson, J M Kainerstorfer
The mechanism that maintains a stable blood flow in the brain despite changes in cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP), and therefore guaranties a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients to the neurons, is known as cerebral autoregulation (CA). In a certain range of CPP, blood flow is mediated by a vasomotor adjustment in vascular resistance through dilation of blood vessels. CA is known to be impaired in diseases like traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, stroke, hydrocephalus and others. If CA is impaired, blood flow and pressure changes are coupled and the oxygen supply might be unstable...
February 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311660/defining-phenotypes-in-diabetic-nephropathy-a-novel-approach-using-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-a-single-centre-cohort
#16
Rosa M Montero, Athula Herath, Ashfaq Qureshi, Ehsanollah Esfandiari, Charles D Pusey, Andrew H Frankel, Frederick W K Tam
The global increase in Diabetes Mellitus (DM) has led to an increase in DM-Chronic Kidney Disease (DM-CKD). In this cross-sectional observational study we aimed to define phenotypes for patients with DM-CKD that in future may be used to individualise treatment We report 4 DM-CKD phenotypes in 220 patients recruited from Imperial College NHS Trust clinics from 2004-2012. A robust principal component analysis (PCA) was used to statistically determine clusters with phenotypically different patients. 163 patients with complete data sets were analysed: 77 with CKD and 86 with DM-CKD...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307093/vasodilator-function-worsens-after-cessation-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-only-if-a-flare-occurs
#17
Gerard A Rongen, Iris van Ingen, Marc Kok, Harald Vonkeman, Matthijs Janssen, Tim L Jansen
Vasodilator function is reported to be reduced in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and is considered an early sign of vascular dysfunction, which is normalised by TNF inhibitors (TNFi). To optimise cost-effectiveness, tapering or interruption of TNFi therapy in established RA patients is advocated. We explored whether cessation of TNFi results in impaired vasodilator function and whether this relates to the development of a Disease Activity Score (DAS28)-based flare. Forty-one patients were assessed for eligibility as RA with at least 12 months of low disease activity (based on 28 joint counts); 35 enrolled into the randomised study: 8 were randomised to continue, 27 to stopping TNFi...
January 7, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305779/evidence-of-glucuronidation%C3%A2-of-the-glycation-product-lw-1-tentative-structure-and-implications-for-the-long-term-complications-of-diabetes
#18
David R Sell, Ina Nemet, Zhili Liang, Vincent M Monnier
LW-1 is a collagen-linked blue fluorophore whose skin levels increase with age, diabetes and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and correlate with the long-term progression of microvascular disease and indices of subclinical cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetes. The chemical structure of LW-1 is still elusive, but earlier NMR analyses showed it has a lysine residue in an aromatic ring coupled to a sugar molecule reminiscent of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). We hypothesized and demonstrate here that the unknown sugar is a N-linked glucuronic acid...
January 5, 2018: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305560/heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-controversies-challenges-and-future-directions
#19
REVIEW
Rosita Zakeri, Martin R Cowie
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) comprises almost half of the population burden of HF. Because HFpEF likely includes a range of cardiac and non-cardiac abnormalities, typically in elderly patients, obtaining an accurate diagnosis may be challenging, not least due to the existence of multiple HFpEF mimics and a newly identified subset of patients with HFpEF and normal plasma natriuretic peptide concentrations. The lack of effective treatment for these patients represents a major unmet clinical need...
January 5, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304076/serine-racemase-deletion-attenuates-neurodegeneration-and-microvascular-damage-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#20
Hironori Ozaki, Ran Inoue, Takako Matsushima, Masakiyo Sasahara, Atsushi Hayashi, Hisashi Mori
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of blindness. DR is recognized as a microvascular disease and inner retinal neurodegeneration. In the course of retinal neurodegeneration, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-mediated excitotoxicity is involved. Full activation of NMDAR requires binding of agonist glutamate and coagonist glycine or D-serine. D-Serine is produced from L-serine by serine racemase (SRR) and contributes to retinal neurodegeneration in rodent models of DR. However, the involvement of SRR in both neurodegeneration and microvascular damage in DR remains unclear...
2018: PloS One
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