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Vascular disease

Joong-Seok Kim, Si-Hoon Lee, Yoon-Sang Oh, Jeong-Wook Park, Jae-Young An, Hyun-Seok Choi, Kwang-Soo Lee
BACKGROUND: Pulse wave velocity is a marker of arterial stiffness and a surrogate marker of vascular damage. Autonomic abnormalities associated with blood pressure are relatively commonly observed in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare arterial stiffness between patients with PD and controls and investigate the associations between cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction and pulse wave velocity in PD. METHODS: One hundred twenty-five PD patients without diabetes mellitus were enrolled into this study, along with 22 age-matched controls...
October 27, 2016: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
Akiko Harada, Junji Uchino, Taishi Harada, Noriaki Nakagaki, Junko Hisasue, Masaki Fujita, Koichi Takayama
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) incidence is increasing drastically worldwide as an occupational disease resulting from asbestos exposure. However, no curative treatment for MM of advanced stage is available. Thus, new therapeutic approaches for MM are required. Because malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) cells spread along the pleural surface in most patients, MPM can be targeted using intrapleural therapeutic approaches. In this study, we investigated the effectiveness of the intrapleural instillation of a replication-competent adenovirus as an oncolytic agent against MPM...
October 26, 2016: Cancer Science
Hiroshi Kaji
Adipose tissue has recently been reevaluated as an endocrine organ, and adipose-tissue-derived endocrine factors are termed adipokines. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is the primary inhibitor of PAs, which convert plasminogen into plasmin, a critical protease involved in fibrinolysis. PAI-1 induces fibrinogenesis by suppressing intravascular and tissue fibrinolysis. Moreover, PAI-1 exerts various cellular effects independently of fibrinolysis. Although PAI-1 is expressed in various tissues, its expression is regulated by numerous growth factors, cytokines, and hormones in a paracrine and endocrine manner...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Manigandan Subramanyam Thyagarajan, Khalid Sharif
Space occupying liver lesions usually present with abdominal pain or abnormal physical findings, such as a palpable abdominal mass or distention. Liver lesions identified in children include benign and malignant neoplasms, inflammatory masses, cysts and metastatic lesions. Two-thirds of liver lesions in children are malignant. Hepatoblastoma accounts for two-thirds of malignant liver tumors in children. Benign lesions of the liver in children include vascular lesions, hamartomas, adenomas, and focal nodular hyperplasia...
October 25, 2016: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Yannis M Paulus, Akrit Sodhi
Recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the molecular pathophysiology of retinal vascular disease have allowed us to specifically target pathological angiogenesis while minimizing damage to the neurosensory retina. This is perhaps best exemplified by the development of therapies targeting the potent angiogenic growth factor and vascular permeability mediator, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Anti-VEGF therapies, initially introduced for the treatment of choroidal neovascularization in patients with age-related macular degeneration, have also had a dramatic impact on the management of retinal vascular disease and are currently an indispensable component for the treatment of macular edema in patients with diabetic eye disease and retinal vein occlusions...
October 26, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Emilie Boissier, Olivier Mir, Antoine Hollebecque, Hassan Izzedine, Stéphane Ederhy, Anas Gazzah, Rastislav Bahleda, Christophe Massard, Isabelle Macquin-Mavier, Christophe Tournigand, Jean-Philippe Spano, Jean-Charles Soria, Benoît Rousseau
Purpose Renal toxicities are common with angiogenesis multikinase inhibitors (AMKI), and can be limiting in phase I trials. Factors associated with such toxicities are poorly known. The aims of this exploratory study were to describe renovascular toxicities associated with AMKI, impact on drug development and to identify baseline parameters associated with the occurrence of renal toxicities in phase I trials. Methods Consecutive patients treated with AMKI in Gustave Roussy phase I unit between October 2005 and August 2013 were included...
October 25, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
Simran Chahal, Kanchan Vohra, Ashit Syngle
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and lower extremity amputation in patients with diabetes. Autonomic neuropathy is a risk factor for cardiovascular-related morbidity and mortality. Sudomotor dysfunction is well established in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and reflects small fibre neuropathy, cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy and peripheral sympathetic autonomic neuropathy. However, the relationship between sudomotor dysfunction and PAD remains unexplored...
October 25, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Yang Chen, Lei Wang, Ashley L Pitzer, Xiang Li, Pin-Lan Li, Yang Zhang
: Recent studies indicate that inflammasomes serve as intracellular machinery to initiate classical cytokine-mediated inflammatory responses and play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. However, whether or not the activation of endothelial inflammasomes directly causes cell dysfunction or tissue injury without recruitment of inflammatory cells is unknown. We explored the role of endothelial cell inflammasome activation in mediating tight junction disruption, a hallmark event of endothelial barrier dysfunction leading to endothelial hyperpermeability in diabetes...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Nick A van Alphen, Mohamed Morsy, Alexis T Laungani, Assaf Kadar, Andrew J Vercnocke, Nirusha Lachman, Erik L Ritman, Steven L Moran
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to use micro-computed tomography to demonstrate the intraosseous vascularity of the lunate within a three-dimensional orientation to identify areas of greatest perfusion and define vascular "safe zones" for surgical intervention. METHODS: Fourteen upper extremities were injected with a lead-based contrast agent. The lunates were harvested and scanned using a micro-computed tomography scanner. The intraosseous vascularity was incorporated into a three-dimensional image...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Adria Perez-Rovira, Wieying Kuo, Jens Petersen, Harm A W M Tiddens, Marleen de Bruijne
PURPOSE: Bronchiectasis and airway wall thickening are commonly assessed in computed tomography (CT) by comparing the airway size with the size of the accompanying artery. Thus, in order to automate the quantification of bronchiectasis and wall thickening following a similar principle, there is a need for methods that automatically segment the airway and vascular trees, measure their size, and pair each airway branch with its accompanying artery. METHODS: This paper combines and extends existing techniques to present a fully automated pipeline that, given a thoracic chest CT, segments, measures, and pairs airway branches with the accompanying artery, then quantifies airway wall thickening and bronchiectasis by measuring the wall-artery ratio (WAR) and lumen and outer wall airway-artery ratio (AAR)...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Aditya J Ullal, Daniel W Kaiser, Jun Fan, Susan Schmitt, Claire T Than, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Paul A Heidenreich, Jonathon P Piccini, Marco V Perez, Paul J Wang, Mintu P Turakhia
INTRODUCTION: Data regarding catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is limited. We therefore assessed the association of CKD with common safety and clinical outcomes in a nationwide sample of ablation recipients. METHODS: Using MarketScan(®) Commercial Claims and Medicare Supplemental Databases, we evaluated 30-day safety and 1-year clinical outcomes in patients who underwent a first AF ablation procedure between 2007-2011...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Lubka T Roumenina, Julie Rayes, Marie Frimat, Veronique Fremeaux-Bacchi
Endothelium is strategically located at the interface between blood and interstitial tissues, placing thus endothelial cell as a key player in vascular homeostasis. Endothelial cells are in a dynamic equilibrium with their environment and constitute concomitantly a source, a barrier, and a target of defensive mediators. This review will discuss the recent advances in our understanding of the complex crosstalk between the endothelium, the complement system and the hemostasis in health and in disease. The first part will provide a general introduction on endothelial cells heterogeneity and on the physiologic role of the complement and hemostatic systems...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Kai Wang, Feng Jin, Zhanpu Zhang, Xiaochuan Sun
BACKGROUND Specific T cell phenotype has been reported to potentially contribute to the development of angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced several vascular disorders. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is intimately associated with cardiovascular disease. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between T cell phenotypes and Ang II in T2DM patients combined with carotid atherosclerosis (CA). MATERIAL AND METHODS This study was performed on 50 patients with T2DM in our hospital. Based on the presence of CA, they were divided into CA group (presence of CA, n=30) or T2DM group (absence of CA, n=20)...
October 26, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Gabriela Berg, Verónica Miksztowicz, Celina Morales, Magalí Barchuk, Graciela López, Ricardo Póveda, Ricardo Gelpi, Laura Schreier, Miguel Rubio
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is a visceral adipose tissue (AT) surrounding and infiltrating myocardium and coronary arteries. Increased EAT may represent a chronic inflammatory injury and represent a link with coronary artery disease (CAD). Metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in expansion of AT. OBJECTIVE: to evaluate MMP-2 and -9 behavior in EAT from coronary artery disease patients. METHODS: In EAT and subcutaneous AT (SAT) from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG, n=30) or valve replacement (No CABG, n=18), MMP-2 and -9 activity and localization, inflammatory cells and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels were determined...
October 24, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
J Man, J C Hutchinson, A E Heazell, M Ashworth, I Jeffrey, N J Sebire
OBJECTIVES: Placental abnormalities are a common cause of death in stillbirth, ranking second only to unexplained deaths, though there is wide variation in the proportion attributed to placental disease. In clinical practice, interpretation of the significance of placental findings is difficult, since many placental features in stillbirths overlap with those in live births. Our aim was to examine objectively classified placental findings from a series of > 1000 autopsies following intrauterine death in order to evaluate the role of placental histological examination in determining the cause of death...
October 25, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Tareq Kass-Hout, Melanie Winningham, Omar Kass-Hout, Laura Henriquez, Frank Tong, Jacques Dion, Michael Cawley, Samir Belagaje, Michael Frankel, Aaron Anderson, Fadi Nahab
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are limited data on the optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy for secondary stroke prevention in patients with symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic disease. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting with high-grade (70-99%) symptomatic intracranial stenosis from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2013, and evaluated within 30 days of the index event were eligible for this analysis. All patients underwent treatment with aspirin plus clopidogrel for a target duration of 12 months along with aggressive medical management based on the Stenting and Aggressive Medical Management for Preventing Recurrent Stroke in Intracranial Stenosis (SAMMPRIS) protocol; all patients were given gastrointestinal prophylaxis for the duration of their aspirin and clopidogrel treatment...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Wei-Ming Li, Chun-Nung Huang, Hung-Lung Ke, Ching-Chia Li, Yu-Ching Wei, Hsin-Chih Yeh, Lin-Li Chang, Chun-Hsiung Huang, Peir-In Liang, Bi-Wen Yeh, Ti-Chun Chan, Chien-Feng Li, Wen-Jeng Wu
Urothelial carcinoma (UC) occurs in the upper urinary tract (UTUC) and the urinary bladder (UBUC). The molecular pathogenesis of UC has not been fully elucidated. Through data mining of a published transcriptome of UBUC (GSE31684), we identified Minichromosome Maintenance Complex Component 2 (MCM2) and MCM10 as the two most significantly upregulated genes in UC progression among the MCM gene family, the key factors for the initiation of DNA replication. To validate the clinical significance of MCM2 and MCM10, immunohistochemistry, evaluated by H-score, was used in a pilot study of 50 UTUC and 50 UBUC samples...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Dorothee Hartmann, Jan Fiedler, Kristina Sonnenschein, Annette Just, Angelika Pfanne, Karina Zimmer, Janet Remke, Ariana Foinquinos, Malte Butzlaff, Katharina Schimmel, Lars Maegdefessel, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Nico Lachmann, Andreas Schober, Natali Froese, Joerg Heineke, Johann Bauersachs, Sandor Batkai, Thomas Thum
BACKGROUND: -The transcription factor GATA2 orchestrates the expression of many endothelial-specific genes illustrating its crucial importance for endothelial cell function. The capacity of this transcription factor in orchestrating endothelial important microRNAs (miRNAs/miR) is unknown. METHODS: -Endothelial GATA2 was functionally analyzed in human endothelial cells in vitro. Endogenous siRNA-mediated knockdown and lentiviral-based overexpression were applied to decipher capacity of GATA2 in regulating cell viability and capillary formation...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Shin Il Kim, Jun Young Shin, Jin-Seok Park, Seok Jeong, Yong Sun Jeon, Moon Han Choi, Hyun Jong Choi, Jong Ho Moon, Jae Chul Hwang, Min Jae Yang, Byoung Moo Yoo, Jin Hong Kim, Hyun Woo Lee, Chang-Il Kwon, Don Haeng Lee
INTRODUCTION: Chemo-responsiveness in pancreatic cancer is known to be dependent on fibrosis and vascularity. The purpose of this study was to assess vascular enhancement in advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma with or without liver metastasis in computed tomography (CT) and to analyze the correlation between enhancement patterns and chemo-responsiveness. METHODS: Patients were assigned to either a responder group (partial response or stable disease) or a non-responder group (progressive disease) according to chemo-responsiveness assessed by CT before and after gemcitabine-based chemotherapy...
October 19, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Robert I Menzies, Frederick W Tam, Robert J Unwin, Matthew A Bailey
Nucleotides are key subunits for nucleic acids and provide energy for intracellular metabolism. They can also be released from cells to act physiologically as extracellular messengers or pathologically as danger signals. Extracellular nucleotides stimulate membrane receptors in the P2 and P1 family. P2X are ATP-activated cation channels; P2Y and P1 are G-protein coupled receptors activated by ATP, ADP, UTP, and UDP in the case of P2 or adenosine for P1. Renal P2 receptors influence both vascular contractility and tubular function...
October 22, 2016: Kidney International
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