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Hidenobu Hashimoto, Yoshimitsu Fukushima, Shin-Ichiro Kumita, Takeshi Tomiyama, Tomonari Kiriyama
Quantification of myocardial flow reserve (MFR) provides diagnostic value for detection of cardiovascular artery disease. However, the common calculation method for MFR requires dynamic acquisition and specific software. The study aimed to predict coronary artery disease by simpler calculation of myocardial count without the use of dynamic data from13 N-ammonia myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography (MP-PET). This study included 40 consecutive patients suspected of ischemic heart disease and 7 healthy controls (34 men and 13 women, 66 ± 12 years)...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Tomasz Krzywkowski, Malte Kühnemund, Di Wu, Mats Nilsson
Phi29 (Φ29) DNA polymerase is an enzyme commonly used in DNA amplification methods such as rolling circle amplification (RCA) and multiple strand displacement amplification (MDA), as well as in DNA sequencing methods such as single molecule real time (SMRT) sequencing. Here, we report the ability of phi29 DNA polymerase to amplify RNA-containing circular substrates during RCA. We found that circular substrates with single RNA substitutions are amplified at a similar amplification rate as non-chimeric DNA substrates, and that consecutive RNA pyrimidines were generally preferred over purines...
March 15, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Emrah Ermis, Serkan Kahraman, Hakan Ucar, Samir Allahverdiyev
Right coronary artery (RCA) originating from the left coronary system is a subtype of single coronary artery (SCA) anomaly, and the origin of RCA as a branch from the left anterior descending artery (LAD) is a very rare variant. A 55-year-old male who had a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) history was hospitalized due to acute coronary syndrome. Coronary angiography revealed an aberrant RCA originating from the mid-LAD as well as stent thrombosis. A successful PCI was performed and he was discharged from the hospital three days after the PCI...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Kordo Saeed, Christina Petridou, Hazel Gray, Matthew Dryden, Karen Davis-Blues, Sheryl Lucero, Natalie Parker, Taryn Keyser, Tanya Matthews, Nick Cortes, Stephen Kidd, Claire Thomas, Heather Peacock, Joanna Hornzee, Bruce Wake
Background: In Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in addition to an on-the-spot investigation into hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by the infection prevention team, a multidisciplinary team root cause analysis (MDT-RCA) forum has been developed. The MDT-RCA aims to deliver a more thorough investigation into individual cases and the recommendation of cases to the clinical commissioning groups (CCG) appeals panel against potential financial penalties (£10,000 per breached case)...
March 2018: Journal of Infection Prevention
Wen Chong Xin, Xiao Liang Shao, Yue Tao Wang, Jian Feng Wang, Xiao Song Wang, Ling Yang, Wei Yang, Fei Fei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether computed tomography attention correction (CTAC) has incremental diagnostic value for single photon emission tomography (SPET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) in Chinese patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This retrospective study consisted of 181 suspected CAD patients who underwent one-stop SPET examination by MPI combined with a CT scan. Two observers independently evaluated non-attenuation correction (NAC) and CTAC MPI images, and coronary angiography (CAG) results were used as reference standards...
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Jingguo Xu, Jia Guo, Sarah Wanjiku Mania, Yumeng Yang, Yimin Hu, Xuanxuan Li, Jiarong Qiu, Zhihong Xin
An ultra-sensitive aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of staphylococcus aureus was established by adopting the nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) and the rolling circle amplification (RCA) technologies. Aptamer-probe (AP), containing an aptamer and a probe sequence, was developed to act as the recognition unit of the biosensor, which was specifically bound to S. aureus. The probe was released from AP and initiated into the subsequent DNA amplification reactions where S. aureus was present, converting the detection of S...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Teruyo Nakatani, Tiffany Chen, Joshua Johnson, Jennifer J Westendorf, Nicola C Partridge
Histone deacetylase 4 (Hdac4) is known to control chondrocyte hypertrophy and bone formation. We have previously shown that parathyroid hormone (PTH) regulates many aspects of Hdac4 function in osteoblastic cells in vitro; however, in vivo confirmation was previously precluded by pre-weaning lethality of the Hdac4 deficient mice. To analyze the function of Hdac4 in bone in mature animals, we generated mice with osteoblast lineage-specific knockout of Hdac4 (Hdac4ob-/- ) by crossing transgenic mice expressing Cre recombinase under the control of a 2...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Jun Shiraishi, Nariko Koshi, Yuki Matsubara, Tetsuro Nishimura, Akira Shikuma, Keisuke Shoji, Daisuke Ito, Masayoshi Kimura, Eigo Kishita, Yusuke Nakagawa, Masayuki Hyogo, Takahisa Sawada
BACKGROUND: Experiences of rotational atherectomy (RA) followed by drug-coated balloon (DCB) dilation alone (RA/DCB) for de novo coronary artery lesion have been limited. CASE SERIES: Case 1 (65 year-old male) with silent myocardial ischemia and hemodialysis had old anterior myocardial infarction and intact LM/LCx, and underwent RA/DCB against a diffuse calcified lesion in the proximal LAD and a tandem lesion in the proximal RCA. Case 2 (88 year-old female) with post-infarction unstable angina had severe thrombocytopenia and anemia due to myelodysplastic syndrome (platelet 6000/μL, hemoglobin 8...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Kathryn A Taylor, David N Durrheim, Tony Merritt, Peter Massey, John Ferguson, Nick Ryan, Carolyn Hullick
Background: System factors in a regional Australian health district contributed to avoidable care deviations from invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) management guidelines. Traditional root cause analysis (RCA) is not well-suited to IMD, focusing on individual cases rather than system improvements. As IMD requires complex care across healthcare silos, it presents an opportunity to explore and address system-based patient safety issues. Context: Baseline assessment of IMD cases (2005-2006) identified inadequate triage, lack of senior clinician review, inconsistent vital sign recording and laboratory delays as common issues, resulting in antibiotic administration delays and inappropriate or premature discharge...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
Rachael Piltch-Loeb, John Kraemer, Christopher Nelson, Elena Savoia, David R Osborn, Michael A Stoto
To demonstrate how public health systems can use root-cause analysis (RCA) to improve learning from critical incidents, the research team utilized a facilitated look-back meeting to examine the public health systems' response to a Salmonella outbreak in the water supply in Alamosa, Colorado. We worked with public health, emergency management agencies, and other stakeholders to identify response challenges related to public health emergency preparedness capabilities, root causes, and lessons learned. The results demonstrate that RCA can help identify systems issues that, if addressed, can improve future responses...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
Juan Song, Fei Yin, Xia Li, Na Dong, Yingjie Zhu, Yanan Shao, Baoli Chen, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
We developed a novel approach to determine formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase (FPG) activity by taking advantage of target-induced self-primed rolling circle amplification (RCA) and magnetic nanoprobes. Herein, a unique nick (8-oxoguanine, 8-oxoG) was positioned in duplex DNA containing P-circle and P1 , which together serve as a FPG substrate, RCA template, and RCA primer probe. The presence of FPG specifically binds 8-oxoG and cleaves the P-circle into two parts, producing 5'-phosphoryl termini. A phosphodiester bond between the 5'-phosphoryl and 3'-hydroxyl termini was formed with the addition of T4 DNA ligase, producing an unnicked circular strand...
March 8, 2018: Analyst
Barış Akça, Nevzat Erdil, Mehmet Cengiz Colak, Olcay Murat Disli, Bektas Battaloglu, Cemil Colak
BACKGROUND:  We aimed to investigate the risk factors of post-coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) atrial fibrillation (AF) in male and female patients without any history of AF, to identify the sex-specific risk factors, and to examine the effect of sex-specific risk factors on the overall population. METHODS:  This retrospective study was conducted using the hospital database with 4,758 patients who underwent CABG surgery. Among them, 2,836 patients with complete data participated in this study...
March 6, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
M J Najafzadeh, V A Vicente, Peiying Feng, A Naseri, Jiufeng Sun, A Rezaei-Matehkolaei, G S de Hoog
The black yeast genus Exophiala includes numerous potential opportunistic species that potentially cause systematic and disseminated infections in immunocompetent individuals. Species causing systemic disease have ability to grow at 37-40 °C, while others consistently lack thermotolerance and are involved in diseases of cold-blooded, waterborne vertebrates and occasionally invertebrates. We explain a fast and sensitive assay for recognition and identification of waterborne Exophiala species without sequencing...
March 5, 2018: Mycopathologia
Grigoris V Karamasis, Andreas S Kalogeropoulos, Shah H Mohdnazri, Firas Al-Janabi, Rohan Jagathesan, Gerald J Clesham, Kare H Tang, Paul A Kelly, John R Davies, Thomas R Keeble
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of right atrial pressure (Pra) on non-CTO vessels FFR measurements in patients with a chronic total occlusion. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent PCI for a CTO of the right coronary artery (RCA) were included. Prior to RCA recanalization, FFR and FFRmyo were measured in non-CTO vessels. FFR was calculated using the Pd/Pa equation during maximum hyperaemia and also accounting for right atrial pressure (Pd-Pra/Pa-Pra)...
February 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Denis Agostini, Vincent Roule, Catherine Nganoa, Nathaniel Roth, Raphael Baavour, Jean-Jacques Parienti, Farzin Beygui, Alain Manrique
PURPOSE: We assessed the feasibility of myocardial blood flow (MBF) and flow reserve (MFR) estimation using dynamic SPECT with a novel CZT camera in patients with stable CAD, in comparison with15 O-water PET and fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: Thirty patients were prospectively included and underwent FFR measurements in the main coronary arteries (LAD, LCx, RCA). A stenosis ≥50% was considered obstructive and a FFR abnormal if ≤0.8. All patients underwent a dynamic rest/stress99m Tc-sestamibi CZT-SPECT and15 O-water PET for MBF and MFR calculation...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Wonhwi Na, Dongwoo Nam, Hoyoon Lee, Sehyun Shin
There has been an urgent need to quickly screen and isolate patients with viral infections from patients with similar symptoms at point-of-care. In this study, we introduce a new microfluidic method for detection of various viruses using rolling circle amplification (RCA) of pathogens on the surface of thousands of microbeads packed in microchannels. When a targeted pathogen meets the corresponding particular template, the DNAs are rapidly amplified into a specific dumbbell shape through the RCA process, forming a DNA hydrogel and blocking the flow path formed between the beads...
February 19, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Daniel R Obaid, Patrick A Calvert, Martin R Bennett, Nick E J West
A 45-year-old man presented after an episode of central chest pain. Catheter angiography revealed an aberrant circumflex artery and high-grade stenosis in the mid RCA and proximal CX arteries. Previous case series have suggested that the retroaortic portion of aberrant circumflex arteries may be particularly prone to the development of atherosclerosis.
March 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Osama Samara, Simon Davies
A 47-year-old patient with severe tricuspid and pulmonary regurgitation was electively admitted for surgical replacement of both valves. Post-op ECG changes suggested acute myocardial ischemia. Angiography revealed kinking in the distal RCA causing significant stenosis, which was treated by stenting.
March 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Dawit B Kidanemariam, Amit C Sukal, Kathy Crew, Grahame V H Jackson, Adane D Abraham, James L Dale, Robert M Harding, Anthony P James
The badnavirus taro bacilliform virus (TaBV) has been reported to infect taro (Colocasia esculenta L.) and other edible aroids in several South Pacific island countries, but there are no published reports from Australia. Using PCR and RCA, we identified and characterized an Australian TaBV isolate. A terminally redundant cloned copy of the TaBV genome was generated and shown to be infectious in taro following agro-inoculation. This is the first report of TaBV from Australia and also the first report of an infectious clone for this virus...
February 27, 2018: Archives of Virology
Danica Cvetković, Vladimir Živković, Slobodan Nikolić
A 75-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency room with chest pain and vomiting. An electrocardiogram and laboratory results were suggestive for myocardial infarction of the posterior cardiac wall. Echocardiography was indicative of aortic dissection, and a CT scan of the thoracic arteries showed a massive pulmonary thromboembolism and thrombotic occlusion of the right coronary artery (RCA). The woman died shortly after admission. Autopsy confirmed the presence of thromboemboli in the right pulmonary artery and its lobar branches...
February 27, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
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