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A Tofiño-Rivera, M Ortega-Cuadros, D Galvis-Pareja, H Jiménez-Rios, L J Merini, M C Martínez-Pabón
BACKGROUND: Caries is a public health problem, given that it prevails in 60 to 90% of the school-age global population. Multiple factors interact in its etiology, among them dental plaque is necessary to have lactic acid producing microorganisms like Streptococcus from he Mutans group. Existing prevention and treatment measures are not totally effective and generate adverse effects, which is why it is necessary to search for complementary strategies for their management. AIM: The study sought to evaluate the eradication capacity of Streptococcus mutans biofilms and the toxicity on eukaryotic cells of Lippia alba and Cymbopogon citratus essential oils METHODOLOGY: Essential oils were extracted from plant material through steam distillation and then its chemical composition was determined...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Takao Sato, John Jose, Mohamed El-Mawardy, Dmitriy S Sulimov, Ralph Tölg, Gert Richardt, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab
This study investigated the predictors of acute recoil after implantation of everolimus-eluting BRS based on optical coherence tomography (OCT). Thirty-nine patients (56 scaffolds) were enrolled. Acute absolute recoil by quantitative coronary angiography was defined as the difference between the mean diameter of the last inflated balloon (X) and the mean lumen diameter of BRS immediately after balloon deflation (Y). Acute percent recoil was defined as (X - Y) × 100/X. Plaque eccentricity (PE) and plaque composition (PC) were assessed by OCT...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Nermina Buljubasic, K Martijn Akkerhuis, Jin M Cheng, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Sanneke P M de Boer, Evelyn Regar, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Patrick W J C Serruys, Eric Boersma, Isabella Kardys
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide additional insight into the role of fibrinogen in coronary artery disease by investigating the associations between plasma fibrinogen with both degree and composition of coronary atherosclerosis as determined by virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 581 patients undergoing coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or stable angina pectoris, preprocedural blood samples were drawn for fibrinogen, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 measurements, and virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound of a nonculprit coronary artery was performed...
October 14, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
Ludovico La Grutta, Marta Marasà, Patrizia Toia, Daniele Ajello, Domenico Albano, Erica Maffei, Emanuele Grassedonio, Giuseppina Novo, Massimo Galia, Giuseppe Caruso, Salvatore Novo, Filippo Cademartiri, Massimo Midiri
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare the atherosclerotic disease in the coronary and carotid arteries in patients who underwent non-invasive imaging for suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 107 patients (64 men, age 59 ± 12) with atypical chest pain underwent cardiac CT (CCT) and carotid ultrasound (US) on the same day. Severity (obstructive or not-obstructive disease), location, shape, and composition of atherosclerotic plaques in the two districts were evaluated...
October 13, 2016: La Radiologia Medica
Jing Han, Peng Wang, Shaohua Ge
The object of this study is to characterize the bacterial community of subgingival plaque of two subjects with generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAgP) pre- and post-treatment. We picked two patients with GAgP and used high-throughput 16S rDNA sequencing. V4 hypervariable region was picked for PCR amplification of subgingival samples. Then, the PCR products were sequenced through Illumina MiSeq platform. One month after therapy, both the clinical features and periodontal parameters improved obviously. Moreover, the composition and structure of subgingival bacterial community changed after initial periodontal therapy...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Zoe Herreras, Montserrat Cofán, Marta Catalan, Carlos Calvo, Montserrat Pinyol, Antonio J Amor, Rosa Gilabert, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila, Emilio Ortega
Consistent evidence supports the pro-atherogenic properties of dietary trans-fatty acids (TFAs). However, there are no clinical data on TFA intake and atheroma plaque. We cross sectionally investigated whether the proportion of total C18:1 TFA in red blood cells (RBCs), which mirrors dietary TFA intake, independently relates to carotid plaque prevalence in subjects with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus without prior cardiovascular disease (n=101, 56% men, mean age 61 years) and age- and sex-matched controls (n=96)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Daniel V Christophersen, Nicklas R Jacobsen, Maria H G Andersen, Shea P Connell, Kenneth K Barfod, Morten B Thomsen, Mark R Miller, Rodger Duffin, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Ulla Vogel, Håkan Wallin, Steffen Loft, Martin Roursgaard, Peter Møller
Exposure to high aspect ratio nanomaterials, such as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) may be associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis, pulmonary disease, and cancer. In the present study, we investigated the cardiovascular and pulmonary health effects of 10 weeks of repeated oral or pulmonary exposures to MWCNTs (4 or 40μg each week) in Apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice fed a Western-type diet. Intratracheal instillation of MWCNTs was associated with oxidative damage to DNA in lung tissue and elevated levels of lipid peroxidation products in plasma, whereas the exposure only caused a modest pulmonary inflammation in terms of increased numbers of lymphocytes in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid...
October 7, 2016: Toxicology
Mark W Kennedy, Enrico Fabris, Alexander J Ijsselmuiden, Holger Nef, Sebastian Reith, Javier Escaned, Fernando Alfonso, Niels van Royen, Wojtek Wojakowski, Adam Witkowski, Ciro Indolfi, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Harry Suryapranata, Elvin Kedhi
BACKGROUND: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a widely used tool for the identification of ischaemia-generating stenoses and to guide decisions on coronary revascularisation. However, the safety of FFR-based decisions in high-risk subsets, such as patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) or vulnerable stenoses presenting thin-cap fibro-atheroma (TCFA), is unknown. This study will examine the impact of optical coherence tomography (OCT) plaque morphological assessment and the identification of TCFA, in combination with FFR to better predict clinical outcomes in DM patients...
October 10, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Byalakere Rudraiah Chandra Shekar, Ramesh Nagarajappa, Rupal Singh, S Suma, Rupesh Thakur
BACKGROUND: The rise in disease incidence, increased resistance of pathogenic bacteria to currently used antibiotics and chemotherapeutics, opportunistic infections in immunocompromised individuals, and financial considerations in developing countries necessitates alternate preventive and treatment strategies for oral diseases. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to assess the antimicrobial efficacy of triple and quadruple combinations of Acacia nilotica (AN), Murraya koenigii (Linn...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Soo-Jin Kang, Hojin Ha, June-Goo Lee, Seung-Bong Han, Gary S Mintz, Jihoon Kweon, Mineok Chang, Jae-Hyung Roh, Pil Hyung Lee, Sung-Han Yoon, Jung-Min Ahn, Duk-Woo Park, Seung-Whan Lee, Cheol Whan Lee, Seong-Wook Park, Seung-Jung Park, Young-Hak Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed to determine whether finite element analysis (FEA)-derived plaque structural stress (PSS) analysis can predict serial changes in atheroma volume, type, and tissue composition within a fibroatheroma-containing target segment. METHODS: Overall, 210 patients (210 untreated coronary artery lesions) underwent serial (baseline and 12-month follow-up) grayscale- and virtual histology (VH)-intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Baseline PSS was assessed at the minimal lumen and at the maximum necrotic core (NC) sites...
September 30, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Jessica E Koopman, Michel A Hoogenkamp, Mark J Buijs, Bernd W Brandt, Bart J F Keijser, Wim Crielaard, Jacob M Ten Cate, Egija Zaura
OBJECTIVE: Bacterial metabolism of arginine in the oral cavity has a pH-raising and thus, potential anti-caries effect. However, the influence of arginine on the oral microbial ecosystem remains largely unresolved. DESIGN: In this pilot study, nine healthy individuals used toothpaste containing 8% arginine for eight weeks. Saliva was collected to determine arginolytic potential and sucrose metabolic activity at the Baseline, Week 4, Week 8 and after a two weeks Wash-out period...
September 26, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
J Garnier, J-M Garnier, C L Vieira, A Akerman, J Chmeleff, R I Ruiz, F Poitrasson
The iron isotope composition was used to investigate dissimilatory iron reduction (DIR) processes in an iron-rich waterlogged paddy soil, the iron uptake strategies of plants and its translocation in the different parts of the rice plant along its growth. Fe concentration and isotope composition (δ(56)Fe) in irrigation water, precipitates from irrigation water, soil, pore water solution at different depths under the surface water, iron plaque on rice roots, rice roots, stems, leaves and grains were measured...
September 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
José A Páramo, Fernando Civeira
As it is well-known, a thrombus evolving into a disrupted/eroded atherosclerotic plaque causes most acute coronary syndromes. Plaque stabilization via reduction of the lipid core and/or thickening of the fibrous cap is one of the possible mechanisms accounted for the clinical benefits displayed by different anti-atherosclerotic strategies. The concept of plaque stabilization was developed to explain how lipid-lowering agents could decrease adverse coronary events without substantial modifications of the atherosclerotic lesion ('angiographic paradox')...
September 27, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
Omid Dianat, Fatemeh Mashhadi Abas, Payam Paymanpour, Mohammad Jafar Eghbal, Sahar Haddadpour, Nazanin Bahrololumi
BACKGROUND/AIM: Different types of scaffolds have been suggested for endodontic repair procedures. The aim of this study was to compare the outcome of procedures using blood clot versus plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) scaffold in immature teeth with apical periodontitis in dogs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this in vivo animal study, 20 teeth (30 canals) with open apices were divided into two groups (n = 12): (1) blood clot and (2) PRGF. Two positive and negative control groups were also selected randomly...
September 30, 2016: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
Milos Brankovic, K Martijn Akkerhuis, Nermina Buljubasic, Jin M Cheng, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Evelyn Regar, Patrick W Serruys, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Eric Boersma, Isabella Kardys
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We investigated whether plasma cystatin C (CysC) and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) are associated with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-derived characteristics of coronary atherosclerosis and 1-year adverse coronary events in patients with normal and mildly-to-moderately impaired kidney function. METHODS: Between 2008 and 2011, virtual histology (VH)-IVUS of a non-culprit coronary artery was performed in 581 patients undergoing coronary angiography...
September 17, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Tomasz Roleder, Keyvan Karimi Galougahi, Chee Yang Chin, Navdeep K Bhatti, Emmanouil Brilakis, Tamim M Nazif, Ajay J Kirtane, Dimitri Karmpaliotis, Wojciech Wojakowski, Martin B Leon, Gary S Mintz, Akiko Maehara, Gregg W Stone, Ziad A Ali
AIMS: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been employed to assess the composition of the atherosclerotic plaques in native coronary arteries. However, little is known about the detection of neoatherosclerosis by NIRS in in-stent restenosis (ISR). The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between the distribution of lipid determined by NIRS and morphology of ISR on optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed both NIRS and OCT in 39 drug-eluting stents with ISR...
September 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Steven T W van Haelst, Saskia Haitjema, Jean-Paul P M de Vries, Frans L Moll, Gerard Pasterkamp, Hester M den Ruijter, Gert J de Borst
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and leads to worse clinical outcome compared with patients without DM. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of DM on iliofemoral artery plaque characteristics and to examine secondary clinical outcomes in patients with DM and PAD undergoing surgical revascularization. METHODS: We analyzed 198 patients with and 453 patients without DM from the Athero-Express biobank, a prospective ongoing biobank study, who underwent endarterectomy of the femoral or iliac artery between 2002 and 2013...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Zeynep B Gönen, Canay Yılmaz Asan, Osman Etöz, Alper Alkan
The World Health Organization has defined oral leukoplakia (OL) as "a white patch or plaque of the oral mucosa that cannot be characterized clinically or pathologically as any other disease". A 21-year-old male with OL presented with a bilateral burning sensation in the buccal mucosa. The patient had amalgam restorations, and an epicutaneous patch test indicated a positive response to amalgam. The amalgam restorations were therefore removed and the cavities were refilled with a composite resin restorative material...
2016: Journal of Oral Science
Zhongyi Chen, Irina Boldeanu, Simon Nepveu, Madeleine Durand, Anne S Chin, Claude Kauffmann, Samer Mansour, Gilles Soulez, Cécile Tremblay, Carl Chartrand-Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) allows the evaluation of coronary plaque volume and low attenuation (lipid-rich) component, for plaque vulnerability assessment. PURPOSE: To determine the effect of iterative reconstruction (IR) on coronary plaque volume and composition. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Consecutive patients without coronary artery disease were prospectively enrolled for 256-slice CT. Images were reconstructed with both filtered back projection (FBP) and a hybrid IR algorithm (iDose(4), Philips) levels 1, 3, 5, and 7...
September 19, 2016: Acta Radiologica
Prabhakar Rajiah, Mojgan Hojjati, Ziang Lu, Vijaya Kosaraju, Sasan Partovi, James K O'Donnell, Christopher Longenecker, Grace A McComsey, Jackelyn B Golden, Fuad Muakkassa, Scott Santilli, Thomas S McCormick, Kevin D Cooper, Neil J Korman
We report our initial experience of performing integrated PET/MR imaging of the carotid arteries in psoriatic patients. Eleven patients with psoriasis and ten controls underwent carotid PET/MRI. Following injection of the FDG tracer, 3d T1w gradient echo sequence (atMR) was obtained for attenuation correction of PET data. High resolution images of carotid artery were then obtained, including pre-and post-contrast T1-w, T2-w and proton-density images as well as TOF images followed by PET imaging of the torso...
2016: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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