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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447667/tweak-blockade-decreases-atherosclerotic-lesion-size-and-progression-through-suppression-of-stat1-signaling-in-diabetic-mice
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Valvanera Fernández-Laso, Cristina Sastre, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, Jesús Egido, Jose L Martín-Ventura, Carmen Gómez-Guerrero, Luis M Blanco-Colio
Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK/Tnfsf12) is a cytokine implicated in different steps associated with vascular remodeling. However, the role of TWEAK under hyperglycemic conditions is currently unknown. Using two different approaches, genetic deletion of Tnfsf12 and treatment with a TWEAK blocking mAb, we have analyzed the effect of TWEAK inhibition on atherosclerotic plaque progression and stability in streptozotocin-induced diabetic ApoE deficient mice. Genetic inactivation of Tnfsf12 reduced atherosclerosis extension and severity in diabetic ApoE deficient mice...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445822/identification-of-the-inactivating-factors-and-mechanisms-exerted-on-ms2-coliphage-in-concentrated-synthetic-urine
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Wakana Oishi, Daisuke Sano, Loic Decrey, Syunsuke Kadoya, Tamar Kohn, Naoyuki Funamizu
Volume reduction (condensation) is a key for the practical usage of human urine as a fertilizer because it enables the saving of storage space and the reduction of transportation cost. However, concentrated urine may carry infectious disease risks resulting from human pathogens frequently present in excreta, though the survival of pathogens in concentrated urine is not well understood. In this study, the inactivation of MS2 coliphage, a surrogate for single-stranded RNA human enteric viruses, in concentrated synthetic urine was investigated...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441426/identification-of-genes-associated-with-dissociation-of-cognitive-performance-and-neuropathological-burden-multistep-analysis-of-genetic-epigenetic-and-transcriptional-data
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Charles C White, Hyun-Sik Yang, Lei Yu, Lori B Chibnik, Robert J Dawe, Jingyun Yang, Hans-Ulrich Klein, Daniel Felsky, Alfredo Ramos-Miguel, Konstantinos Arfanakis, William G Honer, Reisa A Sperling, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, Philip L De Jager
INTRODUCTION: The molecular underpinnings of the dissociation of cognitive performance and neuropathological burden are poorly understood, and there are currently no known genetic or epigenetic determinants of the dissociation. METHODS AND FINDINGS: "Residual cognition" was quantified by regressing out the effects of cerebral pathologies and demographic characteristics on global cognitive performance proximate to death. To identify genes influencing residual cognition, we leveraged neuropathological, genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional data available for deceased participants of the Religious Orders Study (n = 492) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (n = 487)...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434085/exploring-the-oral-microflora-of-preschool-children
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Wen Ren, Qun Zhang, Xuenan Liu, Shuguo Zheng, Lili Ma, Feng Chen, Tao Xu, Baohua Xu
The oral cavity is one of the most important and complicated habitats in our body and supports diverse microbial communities. In this study, we aimed to determine the bacterial diversity and composition of various oral micro-niches. Samples were collected from supragingival plaque, saliva, and tongue coating from 10 preschool children (30 samples total). 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing dataset generated 314,639 clean reads with an average of 10,488 ± 2,787 reads per sample. The phyla Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, and Fusobacteria were predominant, accounting for more than 90% of the total sequences...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427383/is-ischemia-the-only-factor-predicting-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-all-diabetes-mellitus-patients
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REVIEW
Mark W Kennedy, Enrico Fabris, Harry Suryapranata, Elvin Kedhi
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with an excess in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and is characterized by increased rates of coronary artery disease. Furthermore, once atherosclerosis is established, this is associated with an increased extent, complexity and a more rapid progression than seen in non-DM patients. Ischemia is the single most important predictor of future hard cardiac events and ischemia correction remains the cornerstone of current revascularization strategies. However recent data suggests that, in DM patients, coronary atherosclerosis despite the absence of ischemia, detected by either invasive or non-invasive methods, may not be associated with the same low risk of future cardiac events as seen in non-DM patients...
April 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412421/change-in-carotid-plaque-components-a-4-year-follow-up-study-with-serial-mr-imaging
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Laura Pletsch-Borba, Mariana Selwaness, Aad van der Lugt, Albert Hofman, Oscar H Franco, Meike W Vernooij
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to determine how carotid plaque components (e.g., intraplaque hemorrhage [IPH], calcification, lipid core) change over time and which cardiovascular risk factors are associated with the development of each component. BACKGROUND: Carotid atherosclerotic plaque components are important markers of plaque vulnerability. How these components change and which factors lead to the development and changes in the components remain unclear...
April 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411089/evidence-for-polymicrobial-communities-in-explanted-vascular-filters-and-atheroma-debris
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Jeremy E Ellis, Richard Heuser, Dara S Missan, Delyn Martinez, Avory Heningburg, Matthew Shabilla, Renata Schwartz, Stephen Fry
RATIONALE: Microbial communities have been implicated in a variety of disease processes and have been intermittently observed in arterial disease; however, no comprehensive unbiased community analysis has been performed. We hypothesize that complex microbial communities may be involved in chronic vascular diseases as well and may be effectively characterized by molecular assays. OBJECTIVE: The main objective is to survey vascular debris, atheroma, and vascular filters for polymicrobial communities consisting of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes, specifically eukaryotic microbes...
April 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408062/novel-method-for-vessel-cross-sectional-shear-wave-imaging
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Qiong He, Guo-Yang Li, Fu-Feng Lee, Qihao Zhang, Yanping Cao, Jianwen Luo
Many studies have investigated the applications of shear wave imaging (SWI) to vascular elastography, mainly on the longitudinal section of vessels. It is important to investigate SWI in the arterial cross section when evaluating anisotropy of the vessel wall or complete plaque composition. Here, we proposed a novel method based on the coordinate transformation and directional filter in the polar coordinate system to achieve vessel cross-sectional shear wave imaging. In particular, ultrasound radiofrequency data were transformed from the Cartesian to the polar coordinate system; the radial displacements were then estimated directly...
April 10, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397162/sustained-placental-growth-factor-2-treatment-does-not-aggravate-advanced-atherosclerosis-in-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Ming Wu, Peter Pokreisz, Melissa Swinnen, Ellen Caluwe, Hilde Gillijns, Nina Vanden Driessche, Andrea Casazza, Erik Verbeken, Desire Collen, Stefan Janssens
Angiogenic growth factor therapy for ischemic cardiovascular disease carries a risk of stimulating atherosclerotic plaque growth. We evaluated risk benefit ratio of sustained administration of recombinant human placental growth factor (rhPlGF)-2 in mice with advanced atherosclerosis and chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy. We maintained apolipoprotein E-deficient mice on a high cholesterol diet and induced myocardial infarction by transient ligation at 4 weeks. At 8 weeks, we assessed left ventricular (LV) function and randomized mice to receive rhPlGF-2 or vehicle (VEH) subcutaneously for 28 days...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393673/lower-extremity-revascularization-using-optical-coherence-tomography-guided-directional-atherectomy-final-results-of-the-evaluation-of-the-pantheris-optical-coherence-tomography-imaging-atherectomy-system-for-use-in-the-peripheral-vasculature-vision-study
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Arne G Schwindt, J Gray Bennett, William H Crowder, Suhail Dohad, Sean F Janzer, Jon C George, Barry Tedder, Thomas P Davis, Ian M Cawich, Roger S Gammon, Patrick E Muck, John P Pigott, Dwight A Dishmon, Lou A Lopez, Jaafer A Golzar, Jack R Chamberlin, Michael J Moulton, Ramzan M Zakir, Amir K Kaki, Gary J Fishbein, Huey B McDaniel, Ayala Hezi-Yamit, John B Simpson, Arjun Desai
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided atherectomy catheter in treating patients with symptomatic femoropopliteal disease. METHODS: The VISION trial ( ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01937351) was a single-arm, multicenter, global investigational device exemption study enrolling 158 subjects (mean age 67.2±10.5 years; 87 men) across 20 participating sites. In this cohort, 198 lesions were treated with an average length of 53±40 mm using the Pantheris catheter alone or Pantheris + adjunctive therapy...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392001/nakagami-m-parametric-imaging-for-atherosclerotic-plaque-characterization-using-the-coarse-to-fine-method
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Meng Han, Jinjin Wan, Yongfeng Zhao, Xiaodong Zhou, Mingxi Wan
The Nakagami model was used to analyze the statistical differences in ultrasound backscattered signals between different plaque types. To improve image resolution, Nakagami-m parametric imaging using the coarse-to-fine method based on the maximum likelihood estimation (CTF-BOW) was proposed for atherosclerotic plaque characterization. Simulation results confirmed that the CTF-BOW method significantly outperforms the sliding window method in precision, smoothness and resolution. Preliminary in vivo results (n = 45) indicated that the ranges of the m parameters for calcified, mixed and echolucent plaques are, respectively, 0...
April 6, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389123/circulating-gdf-15-levels-predict-future-secondary-manifestations-of-cardiovascular-disease-explicitly-in-women-but-not-men-with-atherosclerosis
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Aisha Gohar, Isabel Gonçalves, Joyce Vrijenhoek, Saskia Haitjema, Ian van Koeverden, Jan Nilsson, Gert J de Borst, Jean-Paul de Vries, Gerard Pasterkamp, Hester M den Ruijter, Harry Björkbacka, Saskia C A de Jager
BACKGROUND: Elevated serum levels of growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), is an established risk factor for a range of cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to evaluate the predictive value of plasma GDF-15 as a biomarker for secondary cardiovascular events (CVE) in patients with atherosclerosis undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Secondly, we determined whether plasma GDF-15 was associated with carotid plaque characteristics. METHODS: Circulating GDF-15 levels were determined by Luminex assay in a cohort of 1056 patients from the Athero-Express biobank...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387608/common-polymorphisms-in-the-ifi16-and-aim2-genes-are-associated-with-periodontal-disease
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Julie T Marchesan, Yizu Jiao, Kevin Moss, Kimon Divaris, William Seaman, Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, Shaoping Zhang, Ning Yu, Catharine Song, Sompop Bencharit, Ricardo Teles, Steven Offenbacher
BACKGROUND: We investigated the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) context of a previously identified periodontitis-associated locus and examined its association with microbial, biological and periodontal disease clinical parameters. METHODS: We annotated a 200Kb-spanning region of 1q12 previously highlighted in a genome-wide association scan among 4,910 European American individuals (SNP rs1633266). Two haplotype blocks were selected. We examined the association of these polymorphisms with data on microbial plaque composition, gingival crevicular fluid (GCF)-interleukin (IL)-1β levels and clinical parameters of periodontal disease...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383606/generalized-aggressive-periodontitis-microbiological-composition-and-clinical-parameters-in-non-surgical-therapy
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María M Usin, Sandra M Tabares, Julieta Menso, Estela R de Albera, Adela Sembaj
The aim of this study was to determine the variations in periodontal parameters and microbiological composition in periodontal pockets at the baseline and 3 and 6 months post treatmentin patients with Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis(GAP) undergoing non surgical periodontal treatment combined with chlorhexidine and systemic antibiotics. Medical and dental history was taken from 10 subjects, average age 30.6±2.7 years, diagnosed with GAP. A non surgical periodontal treatment combined with 0.12% chlorhexidine, 875 mg amoxicillin and 500 mg metronidazole every 12 hours for ten days was conducted...
December 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369125/relative-abundance-of-total-subgingival-plaque-specific-bacteria-in-salivary-microbiota-reflects-the-overall-periodontal-condition-in-patients-with-periodontitis
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Shinya Kageyama, Toru Takeshita, Mikari Asakawa, Yukie Shibata, Kenji Takeuchi, Wataru Yamanaka, Yoshihisa Yamashita
Increasing attention is being focused on evaluating the salivary microbiota as a promising method for monitoring oral health; however, its bacterial composition greatly differs from that of dental plaque microbiota, which is a dominant etiologic factor of oral diseases. This study evaluated the relative abundance of subgingival plaque-specific bacteria in the salivary microbiota and examined a relationship between the abundance and severity of periodontal condition in patients with periodontitis. Four samples (subgingival and supragingival plaques, saliva, and tongue coating) per each subject were collected from 14 patients with a broad range of severity of periodontitis before periodontal therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368084/neurovascular-ultrasound-in-emergency-settings-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-aspects
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REVIEW
T Santos, M Veloso, P Barros
INTRODUCTION: Neurovascular ultrasound is a non-invasive, portable and fast imaging method that, when performed by an experienced neurosonologist, offers reliable and reproducible information on the morphological and hemodynamic status of cervical and intracranial vessels. AIM: To review the available evidence regarding the use of this tool in the approach to acute stroke. DEVELOPMENT: Neurovascular ultrasound can be used in one of two ways: diagnostic and therapeutic...
April 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364193/radiofrequency-ablation-of-the-atherosclerotic-plaque-a-proof-of-concept-study-in-an-atherosclerotic-model
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Guilielmus H J M Ellenbroek, Gerardus P J van Hout, Saskia C A de Jager, Leo Timmers, Aryan Vink, Roel Goldschmeding, Petra van der Kraak, Gerard Pasterkamp, Imo E Hoefer, Petrus A Doevendans, Yolande Appelman
Increased plaque vascularization is causatively associated with the progression of unstable atherosclerotic vessel disease. We investigated the safety and efficacy of heat-generating radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in reducing the number of vessels in the plaque and adventitia and its effect on plaque size and composition. To this end, New Zealand White rabbits were fed a cholesterol-enriched diet and subjected to balloon denudation of the infrarenal aorta to induce atherosclerotic plaque formation. After 13 weeks, the proximal or distal half of the infrarenal aorta was exposed to transluminal RFA...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340693/protective-effects-of-bezafibrate-against-elaidic-acid-induced-accumulation-of-lipid-droplets-in-monocytic-cells
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S Haj Ahmed, W Kharroubi, A Zarrouk, F Brahmi, T Nury, G Lizard, M Hammami
Some factors related to diet, such as trans fatty acids (TFA), are known to be involved in the progression of atherosclerosis in humans. Thus, the aim of our study was (i) to evaluate the effects of three dietary free fatty acids (FFA) (elaidic (EA), oleic (OA) and palmitic acid (PA)) on U937 human monocytes, and (ii) to study the eventual benefits of bezafibrate (BZF), a pan-agonist for PPAR isoforms (α, γ and δ) in U937 cells treated with FFA. Morphologic and functional changes were investigated by microscopic and flow cytometric methods...
January 2017: Current Research in Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336779/validation-of-the-semi-quantitative-static-suvr-method-for-18-f-av45-pet-by-pharmacokinetic-modeling-with-an-arterial-input-function
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Julie Ottoy, Jeroen Verhaeghe, Ellis Niemantsverdriet, Leonie Wyffels, Charisse Somers, Ellen De Roeck, Hanne Struyfs, Femke Soetewey, Steven Deleye, Tobi Van den Bossche, Sara Van Mossevelde, Sarah Ceyssens, Jan Versijpt, Sigrid Stroobants, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Steven Staelens
Increased brain uptake of [(18)F]-AV45 visualized by PET is a key biomarker for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) is widely used for quantification, but is subject to variability based on choice of reference region and changes in cerebral blood flow. Here we validate the SUVR method against the gold standard volume of distribution (VT) to assess cross-sectional differences in plaque load. Methods: Dynamic 60-min [(18)F]-AV45 (291 ± 67 MBq) and 1-min [(15)O]-H2O (370 MBq) scans were obtained in 35 age-matched elderly subjects, including 10 probable AD dementia, 15 amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and 10 cognitively healthy controls (HC)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330670/layered-fibrotic-plaques-are-the-predominant-component-in-cardiac-allograft-vasculopathy-systematic-findings-and-risk-stratification-by-oct
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Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Hans Eiskjær, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Evald Høj Christiansen, Jouke Dijkstra, Trine Ørhøj Barkholt, Christian Juhl Terkelsen, Michael Maeng, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to characterize cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) phenotypes using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to evaluate the prognostic significance of OCT-determined CAV severity. BACKGROUND: Intravascular OCT enables in vivo characterization of CAV microstructure after heart transplantation. METHODS: Sixty-two patients undergoing heart transplantation were enrolled at routine angiography from September 2013 through October 2015 and prospectively followed until censoring on May 27, 2016...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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