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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346330/differentiation-of-impaired-from-preserved-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-fontan-circulation-using-real-time-phase-velocity-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Hermann Körperich, Katja Müller, Peter Barth, Jürgen Gieseke, Nikolaus Haas, Ingram Schulze-Neick, Wolfgang Burchert, Deniz Kececioglu, Kai T Laser
PURPOSE: Progressive impairment of hemodynamics in patients with Fontan circulation is common, multifactorial, and associated with decreased quality of life and increased morbidity. We sought to assess hemodynamic differences between patients with preserved (preserved Fontans) and those with impaired circulation (impaired Fontans) after pulmonary vasodilation using oxygen and under forced breathing conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Real-time phase-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance was performed using non-ECG triggered echo-planar imaging (temporal resolution=24 to 28 ms) in the ascending aorta (AAo) and superior vena cava (SVC)/inferior vena cava (IVC) on room air, after 100% oxygen inhalation (4 L/min; 10 min) and on forced breathing in 29 Fontan patients (17...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341702/nras-destines-tumor-cells-to-the-lungs
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Anastasios D Giannou, Antonia Marazioti, Nikolaos I Kanellakis, Ioanna Giopanou, Ioannis Lilis, Dimitra E Zazara, Giannoula Ntaliarda, Danai Kati, Vasileios Armenis, Georgia A Giotopoulou, Anthi C Krontira, Marina Lianou, Theodora Agalioti, Malamati Vreka, Maria Papageorgopoulou, Sotirios Fouzas, Dimitrios Kardamakis, Ioannis Psallidas, Magda Spella, Georgios T Stathopoulos
The lungs are frequently affected by cancer metastasis. Although NRAS mutations have been associated with metastatic potential, their exact role in lung homing is incompletely understood. We cross-examined the genotype of various tumor cells with their ability for automatic pulmonary dissemination, modulated NRAS expression using RNA interference and NRAS overexpression, identified NRAS signaling partners by microarray, and validated them using Cxcr1- and Cxcr2-deficient mice. Mouse models of spontaneous lung metastasis revealed that mutant or overexpressed NRAS promotes lung colonization by regulating interleukin-8-related chemokine expression, thereby initiating interactions between tumor cells, the pulmonary vasculature, and myeloid cells...
March 24, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337871/cytokine-modulation-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-undergoing-treatment-with-steroids-immunosuppressants-and-ifn-%C3%AE-1b
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S Marinari, V De Iuliis, V Dadorante, S Colella, A Marino, A Nunziata, V Flati, M Caruso, A Pennelli, F De Benedetto, S Matera, S Capodifoglio, S Martinotti, S Caputi, E Toniato
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease of unknown etiology and pathogenic mechanisms. From an etiopathogenic point of view, alveolar macrophages play a key role in accumulation of fibroblasts and deposition of collagen and extracellular matrix by releasing specific cytokines and inflammatory mediators. IPF seems to be also associated with circulating fibrocytes, which might be involved with an abnormal pulmonary vascular repair and remodeling. Based on its hypothesized pathologic mechanisms, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and immunosuppressive therapies are often used...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336678/neutrophils-regulate-the-lung-inflammatory-response-via-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-infiltration-in-an-experimental-mouse-model-of-human-metapneumovirus-infection
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Nagarjuna R Cheemarla, Ma Del Rocío Baños-Lara, Shan Naidu, Antonieta Guerrero-Plata
Neutrophils are the most abundant leukocytes in human circulation. They are the first immune cell population recruited to the sites of infection. However, the role of neutrophils to regulate host immune responses during respiratory viral infections is largely unknown. To elucidate the role of neutrophils in respiratory antiviral defense, we used an experimental mouse model of human metapneumovirus (HMPV) infection. HMPV, a member of the Paramyxoviridae family, is a leading respiratory pathogen causing severe symptoms, such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia, in young, elderly, and immunocompromised patients...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336536/the-effect-of-aging-and-cardiorespiratory-fitness-on-the-lung-diffusing-capacity-response-to-exercise-in-healthy-humans
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Kirsten E Coffman, Alex R Carlson, Andrew D Miller, Bruce D Johnson, Bryan Joseph Taylor
Aging is associated with deterioration in the structure and function of the pulmonary circulation. We characterized the lung diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO), alveolar-capillary membrane conductance (DmCO), and pulmonary-capillary blood volume (VC) response to discontinuous incremental exercise at 25, 50, 75, and 90% of peak work (Wpeak) in four groups: 1) Young [27 ± 3 y, maximal oxygen consumption (V̇O2max) 110 ± 18% age-predicted]; 2) Young Highly-Fit (27 ± 3 y, V̇O2max 147 ± 8% age-predicted); 3) Old (69 ± 5 y, V̇O2max 116 ± 13% age-predicted); and 4) Old Highly-Fit (65 ± 5 y, V̇O2max 162 ± 18% age-predicted)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331829/the-pulmonary-nodule-discovered-by-pneumonia-a-case-report
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Dong-Mei Yuan, Jian-Ya Zhang, Yan-Wen Yao, Hui-Ming Sun, Guan-Nan Wu, E-Hong Cao, Luca Bertolaccini, Tang-Feng Lv, Yong Song
The number of patients diagnosed with pulmonary nodules increased as more patients with high risk of lung cancer choose low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans for the screening of cancer. Clinicians might get two questions from the patients: what is the definite diagnosis of the nodule? What should we do? We have already got many guidelines trying to solve these problems. There are also several prediction models for pulmonary nodules. However, guidelines are not suitable for all types of patients, and the reality of patients is more complicated...
February 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331211/association-between-the-mif-173g-c-polymorphism-and-serum-mif-levels-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-meta-analysis
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Xiang Tong, Zhipeng Yan, Qilong Zhou, Sitong Liu, Jing Han, Yao Ma, Xue Yang, Hong Fan
Many studies have indicated that Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF)-173G/C gene polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). Additionally, some studies have suggested that there are higher levels of serum MIF in patients with PTB than the controls. However, the results of these studies were underpowered. The current study aimed to precisely evaluate the association between the MIF-173G/C polymorphism and serum MIF concentrations with PTB. Therefore, a systematic literature search was preformed to identify studies involving the indicated association...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330965/greater-sympathoadrenal-activation-with-longer-pre-ventilation-intervals-after-immediate-cord-clamping-increases-hemodynamic-lability-at-birth-in-preterm-lambs
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Joseph J Smolich, Kelly R Kenna, Murray David Esler, Sarah E Phillips, Gavin W Lambert
This study tested the hypothesis that varying degrees of hemodynamic fluctuations seen after birth following immediate cord clamping were related to development of asphyxia with longer cord clamp-to-ventilation intervals, resulting in higher perinatal circulating levels of the catecholamines norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (Epi), and thus increased heart rate, blood pressures and cardiac contractility after birth. Anesthetized preterm fetal lambs were instrumented with 1) aortic (AoT) and pulmonary trunk (PT) micromanometers to obtain pressures and the maximal rate of pressure rise (dP/dtmax) as a surrogate measure of ventricular contractility, and 2) an AoT catheter to obtain samples for blood gas and catecholamine analyses...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329262/diagnosis-and-management-of-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis-a-joint-consensus-document-from-the-european-society-of-cardiology-working-groups-of-aorta-and-peripheral-circulation-and-pulmonary-circulation-and-right-ventricular-function
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Lucia Mazzolai, Victor Aboyans, Walter Ageno, Giancarlo Agnelli, Adriano Alatri, Rupert Bauersachs, Marjolein P A Brekelmans, Harry R Büller, Antoine Elias, Dominique Farge, Stavros Konstantinides, Gualtiero Palareti, Paolo Prandoni, Marc Righini, Adam Torbicki, Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Marianne Brodmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328974/retinal-oximetry-measures-systemic-hypoxia-in-central-nervous-system-vessels-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Thorunn Scheving Eliasdottir, David Bragason, Sveinn Hakon Hardarson, Charles Vacchiano, Thorarinn Gislason, Jona Valgerdur Kristjansdottir, Gudrun Kristjansdottir, Einar Stefánsson
BACKGROUND: Determination of the blood oxyhemoglobin saturation in the retinal vessels of the eye can be achieved through spectrophotometric retinal oximetry which provides access to the state of oxyhemoglobin saturation in the central nervous system circulation. The purpose of this study was to test the capability of the Oxymap T1 oximeter to detect systemic hypoxemia and the effect of supplemental oxygen on retinal vessel oxyhemoglobin saturation. METHODS: Oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in retinal arterioles and venules was measured in 11 subjects with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on long term oxygen therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325006/a-simplified-state-space-model-of-biventricular-assist-device-cardiovascular-system-interaction
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Vivian C A Koh, Einly Lim, Boon Chiang Ng, Yong Kuen Ho, Nigel H Lovell
A simplified state-space model of biventricular assist device (BiVAD)-cardiovascular system (CVS) interaction is presented. The state-space equations includes a six-compartments CVS model incorporating the ventricles, the pulmonary and systemic circulations as well as the non-linear behavior of the valve flow, together with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) component. The left and right pump speeds serve as the input variables for the state-space model. The model is simulated with three operational modes, i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320472/increased-serum-levels-of-fractalkine-and-mobilisation-of-cd34-cd45-endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Audrey Benyamine, Jérémy Magalon, Sylvie Cointe, Romaric Lacroix, Laurent Arnaud, Nathalie Bardin, Pascal Rossi, Yves Francès, Fanny Bernard-Guervilly, Gilles Kaplanski, Jean-Robert Harlé, Pierre-Jean Weiller, Philippe Berbis, David Braunstein, Elisabeth Jouve, Nathalie Lesavre, Françoise Couranjou, Françoise Dignat-George, Florence Sabatier, Pascale Paul, Brigitte Granel
BACKGROUND: The disruption of endothelial homeostasis is a major determinant in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and is reflected by soluble and cellular markers of activation, injury and repair. We aimed to provide a combined assessment of endothelial markers to delineate specific profiles associated with SSc disease and its severity. METHODS: We conducted an observational, single-centre study comprising 45 patients with SSc and 41 healthy control subjects...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319522/a-numerical-simulation-comparing-a-cavopulmonary-assist-device-and-va-ecmo-for-failing-fontan-support
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Po-Lin Hsu, Dongfang Wang, Cherry Ballard-Croft, Dawei Xiao, Joseph B Zwischenberger
A cavopulmonary assist device (CPAD) has been developed for failing Fontan support. This CPAD pumps blood from superior/inferior vena cavae to pulmonary artery. In this study, we compared failing Fontan support with CPAD versus VA ECMO in silico. A numerical lumped-parameter circulatory system model was used to simulate Fontan circulation. Failing Fontan was simulated by increased pulmonary resistance. Central venous pressure (CVP), mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP), left atrial pressure (LAP), and univentricular outflow (CO) were simulated and compared to published clinical data...
March 17, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316123/the-msc-adhesion-cascade-insights-into-homing-and-transendothelial-migration
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Franziska Nitzsche, Claudia Müller, Barbara Lukomska, Jukka Jolkkonen, Alexander Deten, Johannes Boltze
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are promising candidates for adult cell therapies in regenerative medicine. To fully exert their potential, efficient homing and migration towards lesion sites plays an important role. Local transplantation deposits MSC in spatial proximity to the lesion, but often requires invasive procedures. Systemic administration routes are favored, but require the targeted extravasation of the circulating MSC at the site of injury. Transplanted MSC can indeed leave the blood flow and transmigrate through the endothelial barrier, and reach the lesion site...
March 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314809/goodpasture-s-disease-with-late-presentation-of-renal-abnormality-and-anti-gbm-autoantibody
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Emily Ann Boardman, Sameira Sohail, Rajesh Yadavilli
Goodpasture's disease without circulating autoantibodies is a rare presentation of a rare diagnosis. We present the case of a man aged 17 years who had 3 hospital admissions over a 2-month period with haemoptysis and shortness of breath. Throughout his first 2 admissions, his renal function was normal and anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies were negative. CT pulmonary angiogram during his second admission revealed florid and diffuse alveolar infiltrates. However, high-resolution CT chest performed 4 weeks later showed complete resolution of these changes...
March 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302670/modelling-pulmonary-microthrombosis-coupled-to-metastasis-distinct-effects-of-thrombogenesis-on-tumorigenesis
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Colin E Evans, Asis Palazon, Jingwei Sim, Petros A Tyrakis, Alice Prodger, Xiao Lu, Saria Chan, Pär-Ola Bendahl, Mattias Belting, Love Von Euler, Helene Rundqvist, Randall S Johnson, Cristina Branco
Thrombosis can cause localized ischemia and tissue hypoxia, and both of these are linked to cancer metastasis. Vascular micro-occlusion can occur as a result of arrest of circulating tumor cells in small capillaries, giving rise to microthrombotic events that affect flow, creating localized hypoxic regions. To better understand the association between metastasis and thrombotic events, we generated an experimental strategy whereby we model the effect of microvascular occlusion in metastatic efficiency, by using inert microbeads to obstruct lung microvasculature before, during and after intravenous tumor cell injection...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293753/cd16-positive-circulating-monocytes-and-fibrotic-manifestations-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Alain Lescoat, Valérie Lecureur, Mikael Roussel, Béatrice Ly Sunnaram, Alice Ballerie, Guillaume Coiffier, Stéphane Jouneau, Olivier Fardel, Thierry Fest, Patrick Jégo
The objective of this study is to assess the association of clinical manifestations of systemic sclerosis (SSc) with the absolute count of circulating blood monocyte subpopulations according to their membrane expression of CD16. Forty-eight consecutive patients fulfilling the 2013 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for SSc were included in this cross-sectional study. CD16+ monocyte absolute count was defined by flow cytometry and confronted to the clinical characteristics of SSc patients. Twenty-three healthy donors (HD) were randomly selected for comparison...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291826/endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-emphysema
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Margaret F Doyle, Russell P Tracy, Megha A Parikh, Eric A Hoffman, Daichi Shimbo, John H M Austin, Benjamin M Smith, Katja Hueper, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Joao Lima, Antoinette Gomes, Karol Watson, Steven Kawut, R Graham Barr
Endothelial injury is implicated in the pathogenesis of COPD and emphysema; however the role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), a marker of endothelial cell repair, and circulating endothelial cells (CECs), a marker of endothelial cell injury, in COPD and its subphenotypes is unresolved. We hypothesized that endothelial progenitor cell populations would be decreased in COPD and emphysema and that circulating endothelial cells would be increased. Associations with other subphenotypes were examined. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis COPD Study recruited smokers with COPD and controls age 50-79 years without clinical cardiovascular disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289017/activated-tafi-promotes-the-development-of-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-a-possible-novel-therapeutic-target
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Taijyu Satoh, Kimio Satoh, Nobuhiro Yaoita, Nobuhiro Kikuchi, Junichi Omura, Ryo Kurosawa, Kazuhiko Numano, Elias Al-Mamun, Mohammad Abdul Hai Siddique, Shinichiro Sunamura, Masamichi Nogi, Kota Suzuki, Satoshi Miyata, John Morser, Hiroaki Shimokawa
Rationale: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a fatal disease; however, its pathogenesis still remains to be elucidated. Thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) is synthesized by the liver and inhibits fibrinolysis. Plasma TAFI levels are significantly increased in chronic thromboembolic PH (CTEPH) patients. Objective: To determine the role of activated TAFI (TAFIa) in the development of CTEPH. Methods and Results: Immunostaining showed that TAFI and its binding partner thrombomodulin (TM) were highly expressed in the pulmonary arteries (PA) and thrombus in patients with CTEPH...
March 13, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288690/dirofilaria-immitis-in-pinnipeds-and-a%C3%A2-new-host-record
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Ana Margarida Alho, Inês Marcelino, Vito Colella, Carla Flanagan, Nuno Silva, Jorge Jesus Correia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Domenico Otranto, Luís Madeira de Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Dirofilaria immitis is a mosquito-borne pathogen that is spreading worldwide, and the associated infection (i.e. dirofilariosis) is becoming a threat to animals and humans living in endemic areas. Little is known about the occurrence and risk of infection of D. immitis in pinnipeds. Here we report dirofilariosis by D. immitis in several pinniped species kept in captivity in Portugal. METHODS: Animals were housed in an oceanographic park located in Algarve, southern Portugal, a geographical area endemic for canine dirofilariosis...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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