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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815091/-spice-synthetic-marijuana-induced-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-case-series
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E Ul Haq, A Shafiq, A A Khan, A A Awan, S Ezad, W J Minteer, B Omar
Marijuana is the most widely abused "recreational" substance in the United States, with highest prevalence in young adults. It is reported to cause ischemic strokes, hepatitis, anxiety, and psychosis. Although it is associated with dose dependent tachycardia and can lead to coronary vasospasm, it has not been directly related to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Marijuana induced coronary vasospasm can result in endothelial denudation at the site of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque in response to hemodynamic stressors, potentially causing an AMI...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813450/oral-microbial-community-assembly-under-the-influence-of-periodontitis
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Hongju Chen, Shuting Peng, Lin Dai, Quan Zou, Bin Yi, Xianghong Yang, Zhanshan Sam Ma
Several ecological hypotheses (e.g., specific plaque, non-specific plaque and keystone pathogen) regarding the etiology of periodontitis have been proposed since the 1990s, most of which have been centered on the concept of dysbiosis associated with periodontitis. Nevertheless, none of the existing hypotheses have presented mechanistic interpretations on how and why dysbiosis actually occurs. Hubbell's neutral theory of biodiversity offers a powerful null model to test hypothesis regarding the mechanism of community assembly and diversity maintenance from the metagenomic sequencing data, which can help to understand the forces that shape the community dynamics such as dysbiosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808823/vessel-wall-characterization-using-quantitative-mri-what-s-in-a-number
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REVIEW
Bram F Coolen, Claudia Calcagno, Pim van Ooij, Zahi A Fayad, Gustav J Strijkers, Aart J Nederveen
The past decade has witnessed the rapid development of new MRI technology for vessel wall imaging. Today, with advances in MRI hardware and pulse sequences, quantitative MRI of the vessel wall represents a real alternative to conventional qualitative imaging, which is hindered by significant intra- and inter-observer variability. Quantitative MRI can measure several important morphological and functional characteristics of the vessel wall. This review provides a detailed introduction to novel quantitative MRI methods for measuring vessel wall dimensions, plaque composition and permeability, endothelial shear stress and wall stiffness...
August 14, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808698/subgingival-microbiome-of-gingivitis-in-chinese-undergraduates
#4
Ke Deng, Xiang Ying Ouyang, Yi Chu, Qian Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the microbiome composition of health and gingivitis in Chinese undergraduates with high-throughput sequencing. METHODS: Sequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons was performed with the MiSeq system to compare subgingival bacterial communities from 54 subjects with gingivitis and 12 periodontally healthy controls. RESULTS: A total of 1,967,372 sequences representing 14 phyla, 104 genera, and 96 species were detected. Analysis of similarities (Anosim) test and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) showed significantly different community profiles between the health control and the subjects with gingivitis...
2017: Chinese Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799447/a-higher-volume-of-fibrotic-tissue-on-virtual-histology-prior-to-coronary-stent-implantation-predisposes-to-more-pronounced-neointima-proliferation
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Steven Haine, Kristien Wouters, Hielko Miljoen, Tom Vandendriessche, Marc Claeys, Johan Bosmans, Christiaan Vrints
BACKGROUND: Since neointima smooth muscle cells (SMC) mainly originate from the vessel wall, we investigated whether atherosclerotic plaque composition influences subsequent in-stent neointima proliferation and restenosis. METHODS: We performed intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) with virtual histology in 98 patients prior to elective bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation in de novo coronary artery lesions. Virtual histology variables pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were related to in-stent neointima proliferation six months after implantation assessed as late luminal loss of 0...
August 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790123/prognostic-significance-of-nonobstructive-left-main-coronary-artery-disease-in-women-versus-men-long-term-outcomes-from-the-confirm-coronary-ct-angiography-evaluation-for-clinical-outcomes-an-international-multicenter-registry
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Joe X Xie, Parham Eshtehardi, Tina Varghese, Abhinav Goyal, Puja K Mehta, William Kang, Jonathon Leipsic, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, C Noel Bairey Merz, Daniel S Berman, Heidi Gransar, Matthew J Budoff, Stephan Achenbach, Tracy Q Callister, Hugo Marques, Ronen Rubinshtein, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Filippo Cademartiri, Erica Maffei, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Gilbert Raff, Martin Hadamitzky, Joerg Hausleiter, Gudrun Feuchtner, Philipp A Kaufmann, Todd C Villines, Benjamin J W Chow, James K Min, Leslee J Shaw
BACKGROUND: Patients with obstructive (≥50% stenosis) left main (LM) coronary artery disease (CAD) are at high risk for adverse events; prior studies have also documented worse outcomes among women than men with severe multivessel/LM CAD. However, the prognostic significance of nonobstructive (1%-49% stenosis) LM CAD, including sex-specific differences, has not been previously examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the long-term CONFIRM (Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation For Clinical Outcomes: An International Multicenter) registry, patients underwent elective coronary computed tomographic angiography for suspected CAD and were followed for 5 years...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780383/microbiome-of-peri-implantitis-affected-and-healthy-dental-sites-in-patients-with-a-history-of-chronic-periodontitis
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Danae Apatzidou, David F Lappin, Graham Hamilton, Christos A Papadopoulos, Antonis Konstantinidis, Marcello P Riggio
OBJECTIVE: To determine the composition of the microbiome of peri-implantitis sites and corresponding dental sites in subjects with a history of chronic periodontitis. DESIGN: Clinical and radiographic examination assessed the periodontal/peri-implant disease status. Plaque samples were collected from one diseased implant with peri-implantitis, functional for at least two years and healthy sites in ten non-smokers who had received periodontal treatment prior to implant placement...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780162/in-vitro-production-of-spodoptera-exigua-multiple-nucleopolyhedrovirus-with-enhanced-insecticidal-activity-using-a-genotypically-defined-virus-inoculum
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Khin Nyein Chan, Saengchai Akepratumchai, Phenjun Mekvichitsaeng, Kanokwan Poomputsa
Defective virus accumulations during baculovirus passages in insect cell culture are impediments to large scale baculovirus production. A genotypically defined virus inoculum comprises of stable genotypes was proposed for production of a Thailand isolated SeMNPV in Se-UCR1 insect cells. Targeted genotypes were from wild-type SeMNPV containing naturally mixed genotypes. Plaque assays, PCR screening and XbaI restriction analysis were employed for genotype purification, genotype selection and genome analysis, respectively...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774007/do-dental-resin-composites-accumulate-more-oral-biofilms-and-plaque-than-amalgam-and-glass-ionomer-materials
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Ning Zhang, Mary A S Melo, Michael D Weir, Mark A Reynolds, Yuxing Bai, Hockin H K Xu
A long-time drawback of dental composites is that they accumulate more biofilms and plaques than amalgam and glass ionomer restorative materials. It would be highly desirable to develop a new composite with reduced biofilm growth, while avoiding the non-esthetics of amalgam and low strength of glass ionomer. The objectives of this study were to: (1) develop a protein-repellent composite with reduced biofilms matching amalgam and glass ionomer for the first time; and (2) investigate their protein adsorption, biofilms, and mechanical properties...
November 1, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740183/design-and-validation-of-a-dna-microarray-for-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bacterial-communities-in-different-oral-samples-and-dental-implants
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Carola Parolin, Barbara Giordani, Rogers Alberto Ñahui Palomino, Elena Biagi, Marco Severgnini, Clarissa Consolandi, Giada Caredda, Stefano Storelli, Laura Strohmenger, Beatrice Vitali
The quali-quantitative characterization of the oral microbiota is crucial for an exhaustive knowledge of the oral ecology and the modifications of the microbial composition that occur during periodontal pathologies. In this study, we designed and validated a new phylogenetic DNA-microarray (OralArray) to quickly and reliably characterize the most representative bacterial groups that colonize the oral cavity. The OralArray is based on the Ligation Detection Reaction technology associated to Universal Arrays (LDR-UA), and includes 22 probe sets targeted to bacteria belonging to the phyla Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Fusobacteria, and Spirochaete...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739184/carotid-plaque-instability-is-not-related-to-quantity-but-to-elemental-composition-of-calcification
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S Bischetti, M Scimeca, E Bonanno, M Federici, L Anemona, R Menghini, S Casella, M Cardellini, A Ippoliti, A Mauriello
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent studies highlighted the role of calcification processes in the clinical progression of chronic cardiovascular diseases. In this study we investigated the relationship between the chemical composition of calcification and atherosclerotic plaque stability in carotid arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS: To this end, we characterized the calcification on 229 carotid plaques, by morphology, immunohistochemistry, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis...
May 31, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738590/extracellular-matrix-characterization-in-plaques-from-carotid-endarterectomy-by-a-proteomics-approach
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N Ucciferri, S Rocchiccioli, L Comelli, M Marconi, M Ferrari, G Pelosi, A Cecchettini
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is a fundamental component of multicellular organisms. Alteration of its structure and/or molecular composition are associated with several pathologies, among the others with atherosclerosis. To determine how the overall ECM architecture of a tissue as complex as the atheroma may change under varying pathological conditions constitutes a great technical challenge. This entails removing cell components and solubilisation of fibrillar proteins in order to allow enzymatic digestion and mass spectrometry analyses...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734911/plaque-rupture-in-coronary-atherosclerosis-is-associated-with-increased-plaque-structural-stress
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Charis Costopoulos, Yuan Huang, Adam J Brown, Patrick A Calvert, Stephen P Hoole, Nick E J West, Jonathan H Gillard, Zhongzhao Teng, Martin R Bennett
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of plaque structural stress (PSS) and the relationship between PSS and plaques with rupture. BACKGROUND: Plaque rupture is the most common cause of myocardial infarction, occurring particularly in higher risk lesions such as fibroatheromas. However, prospective intravascular ultrasound-virtual histology studies indicate that <10% higher risk plaques cause clinical events over 3 years, indicating that other factors also determine plaque rupture...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733727/low-density-lipoproteins-investigated-under-high-hydrostatic-pressure-by-elastic-incoherent-neutron-scattering
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J Peters, N Martinez, B Lehofer, R Prassl
Human low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a highly complex nano-particle built up of various lipid classes and a single large protein moiety (apoB-100) owning essential physiological functions in the human body. Besides its vital role as a supplier of cholesterol and fat for peripheral tissues and cells, it is also a known key player in the formation of atherosclerosis. Due to these important roles in physiology and pathology the elucidation of structural and dynamical details is of great interest. In the current study we drew a broader picture of LDL dynamics using elastic incoherent neutron scattering (EINS) as a function of specified temperature and pressure points...
July 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728140/effects-of-inorganic-arsenic-methylated-arsenicals-and-arsenobetaine-on-atherosclerosis-in-the-mouse-model-and-the-role-of-as3mt-mediated-methylation
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Luis Fernando Negro Silva, Maryse Lemaire, Catherine A Lemarié, Dany Plourde, Alicia M Bolt, Christopher Chiavatti, D Scott Bohle, Vesna Slavkovich, Joseph H Graziano, Stéphanie Lehoux, Koren K Mann
BACKGROUND: Arsenic is metabolized through a series of oxidative methylation reactions by arsenic (3) methyltransferase (As3MT) to yield methylated intermediates. Although arsenic exposure is known to increase the risk of atherosclerosis, the contribution of arsenic methylation and As3MT remains undefined. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to define whether methylated arsenic intermediates were proatherogenic and whether arsenic biotransformation by As3MT was required for arsenic-enhanced atherosclerosis...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726114/sex-related-differences-in-serum-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-screening-non-calcified-and-mixed-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaques-in-outpatients-with-chest-pain
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Chun Gu, Fang Wang, Zhihui Hou, Bin Lv, Yang Wang, Xiangfeng Cong, Xi Chen
The objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical feasibility of serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) for screening plaque composition as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in outpatients with chest pain,and the effects of sex on this feasibility. Eight hundred and sixty-two consecutive outpatients with chest pain were divided into three groups according to the results of CCTA: non-plaque (NP, n = 474), calcified plaques (CPs, n = 179), non-calcified and mixed plaques (NCPs and MPs, n = 209)...
July 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722196/safety-of-orbital-atherectomy-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Evan Shlofmitz, Perwaiz Meraj, Rajiv Jauhar, Sanjum S Sethi, Richard A Shlofmitz, Michael S Lee
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the angiographic and clinical outcomes in patients with severely calcified lesions and systolic dysfunction who underwent orbital atherectomy (OA). We hypothesized that OA would provide similar outcomes in patients with systolic dysfunction compared with patients with preserved systolic function. BACKGROUND: Systolic dysfunction is associated with an increased risk of adverse clinical events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718623/a-multimodal-spectroscopic-imaging-method-to-characterize-the-metal-and-macromolecular-content-of-proteinaceous-aggregates-amyloid-plaques
#18
Kelly L Summers, Nicholas Fimognari, Ashley Hollings, Mitchell Kiernan, Virginie Lam, Rebecca J Tidy, David Paterson, Mark J Tobin, Ryu Takechi, Graham N George, Ingrid J Pickering, John C Mamo, Hugh H Harris, Mark J Hackett
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major international health and economic concern. A key pathological feature of AD is so-called "amyloid-β-plaques", or "Aβ-plaques", which are deposits of aggregated protein, enriched with the Aβ fragment of amyloid precursor protein. Despite their name, the deposits are not pure Aβ and have a heterogeneous, chemically complex composition that can include multiple proteins, lipids, and metal ions (Fe, Cu, or Zn). Despite extensive research, it is still uncertain whether Aβ-plaques are a cause or a consequence of AD pathology...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712815/asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-is-associated-with-cognitive%C3%A2-impairment
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Brajesh K Lal, Moira C Dux, Siddhartha Sikdar, Carly Goldstein, Amir A Khan, John Yokemick, Limin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular risk factors (eg, hypertension, coronary artery disease) and stroke can lead to vascular cognitive impairment. The Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and Cognitive Function study evaluated the isolated impact of asymptomatic carotid stenosis (no prior ipsilateral or contralateral stroke or transient ischemic attack) on cognitive function. Cerebrovascular hemodynamic and carotid plaque characteristics were analyzed to elucidate potential mechanisms affecting cognition...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711401/performance-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-ultrasound-imaging-for-carotid-plaque-characterization-with-histologic-validation
#20
Tomasz J Czernuszewicz, Jonathon W Homeister, Melissa C Caughey, Yue Wang, Hongtu Zhu, Benjamin Y Huang, Ellie R Lee, Carlos A Zamora, Mark A Farber, Joseph J Fulton, Peter F Ford, William A Marston, Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, Timothy C Nichols, Caterina M Gallippi
OBJECTIVE: Stroke is commonly caused by thromboembolic events originating from ruptured carotid plaque with vulnerable composition. This study assessed the performance of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging, a noninvasive ultrasound elasticity imaging method, for delineating the composition of human carotid plaque in vivo with histologic validation. METHODS: Carotid ARFI images were captured before surgery in 25 patients undergoing clinically indicated carotid endarterectomy...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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