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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629561/multi-contrast-and-three-dimensional-assessment-of-the-aortic-wall-using-3t-mri
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Thomas Wehrum, Iulius Dragonu, Christoph Strecker, Jürgen Hennig, Andreas Harloff
OBJECTIVES: To develop a 3D-multi-contrast MRI protocol allowing for high resolution imaging of the wall and of atheroma in the thoracic aorta. METHODS: Eleven healthy volunteers and eleven acute stroke patients with aortic plaques detected by TEE underwent MRI at 3T. The MRI-protocol consisted of a T1w-bright-blood, a T2w- and a PDw-black-blood sequence (spatial resolution=1.15mm(3)). Image quality was assessed by two blinded investigators using a 3-point score and intra- and inter-rater agreement was tested...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617990/cell-specific-diversity-in-the-expression-and-organization-of-cytoplasmic-plaque-proteins-of-apical-junctions
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Ekaterina Vasileva, Sophie Sluysmans, Marie-Luce Bochaton-Piallat, Sandra Citi
Tight and adherens junctions play critical roles in the barrier, adhesion, and signaling functions of epithelial and endothelial cells. How the molecular organization of these junctions is tuned to the widely diverse physiological requirements of each tissue type is not well understood. Here, we address this question by examining the expression, localization, and interactions of major cytoplasmic plaque proteins of tight and adherens junctions in different cultured epithelial and endothelial cell lines. Immunoblotting and immunofluorescence analyses show that the expression profiles of cingulin, paracingulin, ZO-1, ZO-2, ZO-3, PLEKHA7, afadin, PDZD11, p120-catenin, and α-catenin, as well as the transmembrane junctional proteins occludin, E-cadherin, and VE-cadherin, are significantly diverse when comparing kidney cells (MDCK, mCCD), keratinocytes (HaCaT), lung carcinoma (A427, A549), and endothelium-derived cells (bEnd...
June 15, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594333/quantification-of-carotid-artery-plaque-stability-with-multiple-region-of-interest-based-ultrasound-strain-indices-and-relationship-with-cognition
#3
Nirvedh Meshram, Tomy Varghese, Carol Mitchell, Daren Jackson, Stephanie Wilbrand, Bruce Hermann, Robert Dempsey
Vulnerability and instability in carotid artery plaque has been assessed based on strain variations using noninvasive ultrasound imaging. We previously demonstrated that carotid plaques with higher strain indices in a region of interest (ROI) correlated to patients with lower cognition, probably due to cerebrovascular emboli arising from these unstable plaques. This work attempts to characterize the strain distribution throughout the entire plaque region instead of being restricted to a single localized ROI...
June 8, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592134/circulating-annexin-a5-levels-are-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-but-not-coronary-plaque-composition
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Mathias Burgmaier, Sebastian Reith, Leon Schurgers, Florian Kahles, Nikolaus Marx, Chris Reutelingsperger
BACKGROUND: Annexin A5 (anxA5) is involved in processes which are crucial in atherogenesis. However, anxA5's relationship with atherosclerotic lesion extension and plaque composition in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes remains unclear. Thus, we characterized the association between circulating anxA5 levels with atherosclerotic burden and coronary plaque composition in diabetes mellitus patients. METHODS: Intima-media thickness was determined in 96 diabetes mellitus patients with stable coronary artery disease...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587323/clinical-relevance-of-gemstone-spectral-ct-in-the-diagnosis-of-carotid-atherosclerosis
#5
Jing-Jian Wang, Shu-Jie Fan, Long-Long Wang, Yan-Zhong Gao, Xiao-Juan Liu
A variety of imaging methods can be used in the diagnosis of atherosclerotic plaques. In the present study, we investigated the morphology and composition of atherosclerotic plaque associated with ischemic cerebral infarction by comparing gemstone spectral computed tomography (GSCT) and traditional multi-slice CT (MSCT). In total, 200 patients were enrolled and divided into the experimental group (n=100), which underwent GSCT, and the control group (n=100), which underwent MSCT. All the cases were followed up to observe disease outcomes in patients with different atherosclerotic plaque types, and adverse events in carotid artery stenosis or cerebral infarction were recorded...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585093/serum-fatty-acid-profile-in-psoriasis-and-its-comorbidity
#6
Hanna Myśliwiec, Anna Baran, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Piotr Myśliwiec, Anna Justyna Milewska, Adrian Chabowski, Iwona Flisiak
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that is accompanied by metabolic disturbances and cardio-metabolic disorders. Fatty acids (FAs) might be a link between psoriasis and its comorbidity. The aim of the study was to evaluate serum concentrations of FAs and to investigate their association with the disease activity, markers of inflammation and possible involvement in psoriatic comorbidity: obesity, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. We measured 14 total serum fatty acids content and composition by gas-liquid chromatography and flame-ionization detector after direct in situ transesterification in 85 patients with exacerbated plaque psoriasis and in 32 healthy controls...
June 5, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562038/use-of-fe-impregnated-biochar-to-efficiently-sorb-chlorpyrifos-reduce-uptake-by-allium-fistulosum-l-and-enhance-microbial-community-diversity
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Xiao-Yan Tang, Wen-Da Huang, Jing-Jing Guo, Yang Yang, Ran Tao, Xu Feng
Fe-impregnated biochar was assessed as a method to remove the pesticide pollutant chlorpyrifos, utilizing biochar/FeOx composite synthesized via chemical coprecipitation of Fe(3+)/Fe(2+) onto Cyperus alternifolius biochar. Fe-impregnated biochar exhibited a higher sorption capacity than pristine biochar, resulting in more efficient removal of chlorpyrifos from water. Soil was dosed with pristine or Fe-impregnated biochar at 0.1 or 1.0% w/w, to evaluate chlorpyrifos uptake in Allium fistulosum L. (Welsh onion)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560157/optimized-classification-of-18-f-florbetaben-pet-scans-as-positive-and-negative-using-an-suvr-quantitative-approach-and-comparison-to-visual-assessment
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Santiago Bullich, John Seibyl, Ana M Catafau, Aleksandar Jovalekic, Norman Koglin, Henryk Barthel, Osama Sabri, Susan De Santi
INTRODUCTION: Standardized uptake value ratios (SUVRs) calculated from cerebral cortical areas can be used to categorize (18)F-Florbetaben (FBB) PET scans by applying appropriate cutoffs. The objective of this work was first to generate FBB SUVR cutoffs using visual assessment (VA) as standard of truth (SoT) for a number of reference regions (RR) (cerebellar gray matter (GCER), whole cerebellum (WCER), pons (PONS), and subcortical white matter (SWM)). Secondly, to validate the FBB PET scan categorization performed by SUVR cutoffs against the categorization made by post-mortem histopathological confirmation of the Aβ presence...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548625/acute-procedural-outcomes-of-orbital-atherectomy-for-the-treatment-of-common-femoral-artery-disease-sub-analysis-of-the-confirm-registries
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Michael S Lee, Daniel Heikali, Jihad Mustapha, George Adams, Ehtisham Mahmud
This analysis compared the angiographic outcomes of patients treated with orbital atherectomy for calcified common femoral artery (CFA) and superficial femoral artery (SFA) disease. The ideal revascularization strategy for CFA disease is unknown. Endarterectomy has been considered the standard of care for CFA disease for over 50 years. Endovascular intervention is becoming more commonly used to revascularize the CFA given the advances in technology and the less invasive nature of the procedure. Patient demographics, lesion characteristics, and procedure data for all CONFIRM patients with at least one CFA lesion location ( n=147 patients; n=200 lesions) were compared to patients with at least one SFA lesion location ( n=1508 patients; n=2367 lesions)...
May 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542444/regional-brain-amyloid-%C3%AE-accumulation-associates-with-domain-specific-cognitive-performance-in-parkinson-disease-without-dementia
#10
Rizwan S Akhtar, Sharon X Xie, Yin J Chen, Jacqueline Rick, Rachel G Gross, Ilya M Nasrallah, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Q Trojanowski, Alice S Chen-Plotkin, Howard I Hurtig, Andrew D Siderowf, Jacob G Dubroff, Daniel Weintraub
Parkinson disease patients develop clinically significant cognitive impairment at variable times over their disease course, which is often preceded by milder deficits in memory, visuo-spatial, and executive domains. The significance of amyloid-β accumulation to these problems is unclear. We hypothesized that amyloid-β PET imaging by 18F-florbetapir, a radiotracer that detects fibrillar amyloid-β plaque deposits, would identify subjects with global cognitive impairment or poor performance in individual cognitive domains in non-demented Parkinson disease patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531282/near-infrared-spectroscopy-derived-lipid-core-burden-index-predicts-adverse-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-during-long-term-follow-up
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Anne-Sophie Schuurman, Maxime Vroegindewey, Isabella Kardys, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Jin M Cheng, Sanneke de Boer, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Evelyn S Regar, Joost Daemen, Nicolas M van Mieghem, Patrick W Serruys, Eric Boersma, K Martijn Akkerhuis
Aims: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is able to quantify cholesterol within coronary arteries by the lipid core burden index (LCBI). We studied the prognostic value of NIRS-derived LCBI in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) for adverse cardiac outcome during long-term follow-up. Methods and results: During 2009-2013, NIRS was performed in a non-culprit artery of 275 patients undergoing coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or stable angina...
May 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530844/developing-a-new-generation-of-antimicrobial-and-bioactive-dental-resins
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L Cheng, K Zhang, N Zhang, M A S Melo, M D Weir, X D Zhou, Y X Bai, M A Reynolds, H H K Xu
Dental caries is prevalent, and secondary caries causes restoration failures. This article reviews recent studies on developing a new generation of bioactive resins with anticaries properties. Extensive effects were made to develop new antimicrobial composites, bonding agents, and other resins containing quaternary ammonium methacrylates to suppress plaque buildup and bacterial acid production. The effects of alkyl chain length and charge density and the antimicrobial mechanisms for chlorhexidine, nano-silver, quaternary ammonium methacrylates, and protein-repellent agents were discussed...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530322/-oro-dento-facial-manifestations-in-patients-with-familial-dysautonomia
#13
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Eliyahu Mass
The oro-dento-facial features and dysfunctions of children with hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type III (HSAN III), known as familial dysautonomia (FD) or Riley-Day syndrome, were first described in the scientific literature in 1949. They include: dental trauma, dental and soft tissue selfmutilation, normal dental age, normal sequence and timing of eruption and exfoliation of teeth, smaller tooth size, different and disproportional tooth components, normal alveolar bone height, small jaws, mild crowding and malocclusion...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522412/athero-inflammatory-nanotherapeutics-ferulic-acid-based-poly-anhydride-ester-nanoparticles-attenuate-foam-cell-formation-by-regulating-macrophage-lipogenesis-and-reactive-oxygen-species-generation
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Rebecca A Chmielowski, Dalia S Abdelhamid, Jonathan J Faig, Latrisha K Petersen, Carol R Gardner, Kathryn E Uhrich, Laurie B Joseph, Prabhas V Moghe
Enhanced bioactive anti-oxidant formulations are critical for treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis. A hallmark of early atherosclerosis is the uptake of oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) by macrophages, which results in foam cell and plaque formation in the arterial wall. The hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidative properties of polyphenol compounds make them attractive targets for treatment of atherosclerosis. However, high concentrations of antioxidants can reverse their anti-atheroprotective properties and cause oxidative stress within the artery...
May 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522312/intravascular-imaging-in-cardiovascular-ageing
#15
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/28521888/clinical-significance-of-lipid-rich-plaque%C3%A2-detected-by-optical-coherence%C3%A2-tomography-a%C3%A2-4-year-follow-up-study
#16
Lei Xing, Takumi Higuma, Zhao Wang, Aaron D Aguirre, Kyoichi Mizuno, Masamichi Takano, Harold L Dauerman, Seung-Jung Park, Yangsoo Jang, Chong-Jin Kim, Soo-Joong Kim, So-Yeon Choi, Tomonori Itoh, Shiro Uemura, Harry Lowe, Darren L Walters, Peter Barlis, Stephen Lee, Amir Lerman, Catalin Toma, Jack Wei Chieh Tan, Erika Yamamoto, Krzysztof Bryniarski, Jiannan Dai, Thomas Zanchin, Shaosong Zhang, Bo Yu, Hang Lee, James Fujimoto, Valentin Fuster, Ik-Kyung Jang
BACKGROUND: Lipid-rich plaque (LRP) is thought to be a precursor to cardiac events. However, its clinical significance in coronary arteries has never been systematically investigated. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the prevalence and clinical significance of LRP in the nonculprit region of the target vessel in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: The study included 1,474 patients from 20 sites across 6 countries undergoing PCI, who had optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the target vessel...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513246/molecular-composition-and-distribution-of-gap-junctions-in-the-sensory-epithelium-of-the-human-cochlea-a-super-resolution-structured-illumination-microscopy-sr-sim-study
#17
Wei Liu, Hao Li, Fredrik Edin, Johan Brännström, Rudolf Glueckert, Annelies Schrott-Fischer, Matyas Molnar, Dirk Pacholsky, Kristian Pfaller, Helge Rask-Andersen
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the GJB2 gene, which encodes the Connexin26 (Cx26) protein, are the most common cause of childhood hearing loss in American and European populations. The cochlea contains a gap junction (GJ) network in the sensory epithelium and two connective tissue networks in the lateral wall and spiral limbus. The syncytia contain the GJ proteins beta 2 (GJB2/Cx26) and beta 6 (GJB6/Cx30). Our knowledge of their expression in humans is insufficient due to the limited availability of tissue...
May 17, 2017: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508242/preclinical-study-of-a-cost-effective-photodynamic-therapy-protocol-for-treating-oral-candidoses
#18
Nathalia Ramos da Silva, Daniela Garcia Ribeiro, João Paulo Mardegan Issa, Karla Bonfá, Michelli Sobreiro Menezes, Viviane de Cássia Oliveira, Raphael Freitas de Souza
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment for oral candidoses. Its use as an alternative to antifungals prevents several adverse effects, including microbial resistance. However, most PDT protocols do not employ devices and consumables commonly available in dental practice, thus influencing treatment affordability. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of a PDT method based on light curing units' blue LEDs combined to a plaque-disclosing composition (5% erythrosine) against C. albicans in culture and in a murine model of oral candidosis...
May 15, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507066/the-microbiome-of-site-specific-dental-plaque-of-children-with-different-caries-status
#19
Vincent P Richards, Andres J Alvarez, Amy R Luce, Molly Bedenbaugh, Mary Mitchell, Robert A Burne, Marcelle M Nascimento
The oral microbiota associated with the initiation and progression of dental caries has yet to be fully characterized. The Human Oral Microbe Identification using Next Generation Sequencing (HOMINGS) was used to analyze the microbiomes of site-specific supragingival dental plaques from children with different caries status. Fifty-five children (2-7 years) were assessed at baseline and 12-months, and grouped as: caries-free (CF), caries-active with enamel lesions (CAE), and caries-active with dentin carious lesions (CA)...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506655/fiber-reinforced-composite-fixed-dental-prostheses-a-4-year-prospective-clinical-trial-evaluating-survival-quality-and-effects-on-surrounding-periodontal-tissues
#20
Diana Wolff, Theresa Wohlrab, Daniel Saure, Johannes Krisam, Cornelia Frese
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Although fiber-reinforced composite fixed dental prostheses (FRC FDPs) are a reliable treatment option for the restoration of single missing teeth, comparatively few prospective clinical trials (PCT) exist. PURPOSE: The purpose of this PCT was to evaluate the survival, quality outcome, and effect of FRC FDPs on periodontal health over 4 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-six consecutive patients (16 men, 10 women) receiving FRC FDPs with preimpregnated unidirectional fiber reinforcement were included in the trial...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
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