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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331573/evolution-of-the-spatula-alcatraz-gene-lineage-and-expression-analyses-in-the-basal-eudicot-bocconia-frutescens-l-papaveraceae
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Cecilia Zumajo-Cardona, Barbara Ann Ambrose, Natalia Pabón-Mora
BACKGROUND: SPATULA (SPT) and ALCATRAZ (ALC) are recent paralogs that belong to the large bHLH transcription factor family. Orthologs of these genes have been found in all core eudicots, whereas pre-duplication genes, named paleoSPATULA/ALCATRAZ, have been found in basal eudicots, monocots, basal angiosperms and gymnosperms. Nevertheless, functional studies have only been performed in Arabidopsis thaliana, where SPT and ALC are partially redundant in carpel and valve margin development and ALC has a unique role in the dehiscence zone...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274243/presence-of-coxiella-burnetii-dna-in-inflamed-bovine-cardiac-valves
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Jørgen S Agerholm, Tim K Jensen, Jens F Agger, Marc Y Engelsma, Hendrik I J Roest
BACKGROUND: Bacterial endocarditis is a recognised disease in humans and animals. In humans, infection with Coxiella burnetii can cause endocarditis, but this has not been investigated thoroughly in animals. Endocarditis in cattle is a common post-mortem finding in abattoirs and studies have identified Trueperella pyogenes as a major cause. Despite exposure of cattle to C. burnetii, the significance of this particular bacterium for development and progression of endocarditis has not been studied in detail...
March 9, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238245/rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-collaboration-patterns-and-research-core-topics
#3
Alejandro Salinas, Gregorio González, Jose Manuel Ramos
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are important health problems in developing countries. The study aim was to provide a review and content analysis of the scientific literature on rheumatic fever and RHD over a 70-year period. METHODS: Medline was employed via the online PubMed service of the US National Library of Medicine, to search for all documents containing the MeSH terms 'rheumatic fever' or 'rheumatic heart disease' between January 1945 and December 2013...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219920/impact-of-coronary-artery-disease-severity-assessed-with-the-syntax-score-on-outcomes-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Jean-Michel Paradis, Jonathon M White, Philippe Généreux, Marina Urena, Darshan Doshi, Tamim Nazif, Rebecca Hahn, Isaac George, Omar Khalique, Kishore Harjai, Laura Lasalle, Benoit M Labbé, Robert DeLarochellière, Daniel Doyle, Éric Dumont, Siamak Mohammadi, Martin B Leon, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Susheel Kodali
BACKGROUND: The influence of coronary artery disease (CAD) on clinical and echocardiographic outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is still controversial. We sought to evaluate the impact of CAD severity as measured by the SYNTAX score (SS) on patients undergoing TAVR. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 377 patients who underwent TAVR in 2 high-volume centers in North America were included in our retrospective analysis. A blinded angiographic core laboratory calculated the SS on all available coronary angiograms with the use of quantitative coronary analysis...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177411/influence-of-controlled-drainage-and-liquid-dairy-manure-application-on-phosphorus-leaching-from-intact-soil-cores
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Eric O Young, Justin R Geibel, Donald S Ross
Controlled drainage can reduce nitrate export from tile drainage flow, but its impact on phosphorus (P) loss is largely unknown. We compared P leaching from soil cores treated as free drainage (FD) or controlled drainage (CD) before and after manure application. In August 2012, 16 intact cores (45 cm long, 15 cm diameter) were collected from a grass forage field () located in Chazy, NY, and modified for drainage control and sampling. In Experiment 1 (no manure), initial leachate was defined as FD, and leachate collected 21 d later (valves closed) was considered CD...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150295/impact-of-corevalve-size-selection-based-on-multi-slice-computer-tomography-on-paravalvular-leak-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Piotr Chodór, Krzysztof Wilczek, Roman Przybylski, Jan Głowacki, Tomasz Kukulski, Witold Streb, Tomasz Niklewski, Grzegorz Honisz, Przemysław Trzeciak, Tomasz Podolecki, Łukasz Włoch, Marian Zembala, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Paravalvular leak (PVL) has significant impact on long-term outcomes in patients after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This study sought to determine whether multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT)-guided valve selection reduces PVL after CoreValve implantation. METHODS: The analysis encompassed 69 patients implanted with CoreValve and were divided into two groups. In Group I (30 patients), valve selection was based on standard procedures, in Group II (39 pts), on MSCT measurements...
February 2, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
#7
MULTICENTER STUDY
Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078376/ipsilateral-dual-site-same-sitting-percutaneous-lung-biopsy-a-feasibility-study
#8
Joseph Barnett, Aniket N Tavare, Sajid Khan, Ashish Saini, Dean D Creer, Samanjit S Hare
PURPOSE: Patients with thoracic malignancies often have more than one site of pulmonary, nodal or pleural disease within one hemithorax. In addition, large heterogeneous lesions may comprise distinct, mixed pathological entities. Histological analysis of these lesions can alter tumour staging and treatment options. We investigated the feasibility, safety and benefit of performing image-guided percutaneous lung biopsy (PLB) of two lesions in the same hemithorax at a single sitting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten consecutive outpatients with two or more potential disease foci within the same hemithorax were analysed over a 15-month period...
January 11, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064153/comparison-of-valve-performance-of-the-mechanically-expanding-lotus-and-the-balloon-expanded-sapien3-transcatheter-heart-valves-an-observational-study-with-independent-core-laboratory-analysis
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Osama I I Soliman, Nahid El Faquir, Ben Ren, Ernest Spitzer, Lennart van Gils, Hans Jonker, Marcel L Geleijnse, Gerrit-Anne van Es, Jan G Tijssen, Nicolas M van Mieghem, Peter P T de Jaegere
AIMS: The Lotus and SAPIEN3 are second-generation transcatheter heart valves, which are designed to minimize paravalvular aortic regurgitation (PAR) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We sought to compare both devices for valve performance and with emphasis on PAR by independent core laboratory analysis. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 162 (79 Lotus and 83 SAPIEN3) consecutive patients (51% female, 80 ± 8 years, Logistic EuroSCORE 14.8 ± 9...
January 6, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028713/magnetically-controlled-endourethral-artificial-urinary-sphincter
#10
T Mazzocchi, Leonardo Ricotti, N Pinzi, A Menciassi
Urinary incontinence is a largely spread disfunction that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. At present, no technological solutions are able to restore continence in a minimally invasive and effective way. In this article the authors report the design, fabrication, and testing of a novel artificial endourethral urinary sphincter able to fully restore continence. The device can be inserted/retracted in a minimally invasive fashion without hospital admission, does not alter the body scheme and can be applied to both women and men...
December 27, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989885/transcaval-access-and-closure-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a%C3%A2-prospective-investigation
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Adam B Greenbaum, Vasilis C Babaliaros, Marcus Y Chen, Annette M Stine, Toby Rogers, William W O'Neill, Gaetano Paone, Vinod H Thourani, Kamran I Muhammad, Robert A Leonardi, Stephen Ramee, James F Troendle, Robert J Lederman
BACKGROUND: Transcaval access may enable fully percutaneous transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) without the hazards and discomfort of transthoracic (transapical or transaortic) access. OBJECTIVES: The authors performed a prospective, independently adjudicated, multicenter, single-arm trial of transcaval access for TAVR in patients who were ineligible for femoral artery access and had high or prohibitive risk of complications from transthoracic access...
February 7, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934611/a-multicentre-european-registry-to-evaluate-the-direct-flow-medical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-system-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Christoph K Naber, Stylianos A Pyxaras, Hüseyin Ince, Peter Frambach, Antonio Colombo, Christian Butter, Fernando Gatto, Ulrich Hink, Georg Nickenig, Giuseppe Bruschi, Guus Brueren, Didier Tchétché, Peter Den Heijer, Wolfgang Schillinger, Smita Scholtz, Jan Van der Heyden, Thierry Lefèvre, Martine Gilard, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Joachim Schofer, Dimitar Divchev, Helmut Baumgartner, Federico Asch, Daniel Wagner, Azeem Latib, Federico De Marco, Stephan Kische
AIMS: Our aim was to assess the clinical outcomes of the Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Valve System (DFM-TAVS), when used in routine clinical practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a prospective, open-label, multicentre, post-market registry of patients treated with DFM-TAVS according to approved commercial indications. Echocardiographic and angiographic data were evaluated by an independent core laboratory and adverse events were adjudicated and classified according to VARC-2 criteria by an independent clinical events committee...
December 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930602/an-early-canadian-experience-with-the-correx-automated-coring-and-apical-connector-device-for-aortic-valve-bypass
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Hussein A Al-Amodi, Christopher L Tarola, Hamad F Alhabib, Corey Adams, Linrui Ray Guo, Bob B Kiaii
OBJECTIVE: Aortic valve replacement is the standard of care for severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis (AS); however, anatomy or pre-existing comorbidities may preclude conventional or alternative transcatheter approaches. Aortic valve bypass (AVB) may be performed as a salvage procedure for the relief of symptomatic aortic stenosis in patients who are not suitable candidates for aortic valve replacement. METHODS: At our institution, seven patients underwent AVB using the Correx automated coring and apical connector system...
November 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892923/origin-and-function-of-stomata-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-patens
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Caspar C Chater, Robert S Caine, Marta Tomek, Simon Wallace, Yasuko Kamisugi, Andrew C Cuming, Daniel Lang, Cora A MacAlister, Stuart Casson, Dominique C Bergmann, Eva L Decker, Wolfgang Frank, Julie E Gray, Andrew Fleming, Ralf Reski, David J Beerling
Stomata are microscopic valves on plant surfaces that originated over 400 million years (Myr) ago and facilitated the greening of Earth's continents by permitting efficient shoot-atmosphere gas exchange and plant hydration(1). However, the core genetic machinery regulating stomatal development in non-vascular land plants is poorly understood(2-4) and their function has remained a matter of debate for a century(5). Here, we show that genes encoding the two basic helix-loop-helix proteins PpSMF1 (SPEECH, MUTE and FAMA-like) and PpSCREAM1 (SCRM1) in the moss Physcomitrella patens are orthologous to transcriptional regulators of stomatal development in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana and essential for stomata formation in moss...
November 28, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806099/plaque-vulnerability-as-assessed-by-radiofrequency-intravascular-ultrasound-in-patients-with-valvular-calcification
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Nagendra Boopathy Senguttuvan, Sharath Kumar, Wang-Soo Lee, Sundeep Mishra, Jun Hwan Cho, Jee Eun Kwon, Seong Hyeop Hyeon, Yun Sang Jeong, Hoyoun Won, Seung Yong Shin, Kwang Je Lee, Tae Ho Kim, Chee Jeong Kim, Sang-Wook Kim
BACKGROUND: Cardiac valvular calcification is associated with the overall coronary plaque burden and considered an independent cardiovascular risk and prognostic factor. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the presence of valvular calcification and plaque morphology and/or vulnerability. METHODS: Transthoracic echocardiography was used to assess valvular calcification in 280 patients with coronary artery disease who underwent radiofrequency intravascular ultrasound (Virtual Histology IVUS, VH-IVUS)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793402/one-year-outcomes-of-transcatheter-aortic%C3%A2-valve-implantation-using-the-direct%C3%A2-aortic%C3%A2-approach
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Giuseppe Bruschi, Marian Branny, Molly Schiltgen, Federica Ettori, Bertrand Marcheix, Hafid Amrane, Hasan Bushnaq, M Erwin S H Tan, Uday Trivedi, Piotr Branny, Silvio Klugmann, Giuseppe Coletti, Nicolas Dumonteil, Fabiano Porta, Anna Nordell, Neil Moat
BACKGROUND: The direct aortic (DA) approach allows for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with difficult peripheral vascular anatomy. The CoreValve ADVANCE Direct Aortic (ADVANCE DA) study was performed to assess the outcomes of DA TAVI with the CoreValve System (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN) in routine practice. METHODS: Patients were selected for the DA approach by local cardiac surgical teams, and TAVI was performed with patients under general anesthesia...
October 25, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782584/a-kind-of-fast-shutter-for-z-pinch-diagnosis-device
#17
Liangping Wang, Xinjun Zhang, Tieping Sun, Wentin Mao
A kind of fast shutter for protecting the diagnosis devices in Z pinch experiments is introduced in this paper. The shutter is composed of a pulling rod, a magnetic core, and a solenoid. Different from the traditional coils which were used at the voltage of 220 V, the solenoid we used must endure the high voltage of 5-10 kV and the deformation which maybe caused by the 5-10 T intense magnetic field. A creative configuration for the solenoid is developed including the winding guide, insulating sleeve, and stainless-steel sleeve...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776799/relation-between-clinical-best-practices-and-6-month-outcomes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-with-corevalve-from-the-advance-ii-study
#18
Jan-Malte Sinning, Anna Sonia Petronio, Nicolas Van Mieghem, Giulio Zucchelli, Georg Nickenig, Raffi Bekeredjian, Johan Bosmans, Francesco Bedogni, Marian Branny, Karl Stangl, Jan Kovac, Anna Nordell, Molly Schiltgen, Nicolo Piazza, Peter de Jaegere
Best practices for transcatheter aortic valve implantation with CoreValve include patient screening and valve size selection using multislice computed tomography, adherence to manufacturer recommendations for oversizing, control of implant depth to 6 mm or less, and management of conduction disturbances according to international guidelines. The ADVANCE II study implemented these strategies and demonstrated their relation to clinical outcomes. From October 2011 to April 2013, 200 patients with severe aortic stenosis were enrolled, and 194 were implanted...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761301/occult-primary-neuroendocrine-tumor-metastasis-to-the-breast-detected-on-screening-mammogram
#19
Fabiana Policeni, Brittany Pakalniskis, Limin Yang
Metastatic tumors are rare in the breast. Well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (WDNETs) are slow-growing neoplasms that arise from neuroendocrine cells, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract and bronchial tree. Metastatic WDNET to the breast is a rare entity. We present a case report of ileal WDNET metastatic to the breast which was initially identified as a small mass in the patient's left breast on screening mammography. Targeted ultrasound identified a suspicious mass, and ultrasound-guided percutaneous core biopsy was performed...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27577965/embolic-protection-in-patients-undergoing-transaortic-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-initial-experience-with-the-triguard-hdh-embolic-deflection-device
#20
Francisco Campelo-Parada, Ander Regueiro, Eric Dumont, Robert DeLarochellière, Jean-Michel Paradis, Siamak Mohammadi, Daniel Doyle, Josep Rodés-Cabau
BACKGROUND: Stroke remains one of the most worrisome complications following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This pilot study evaluates the safety, feasibility, and exploratory efficacy of the TriGuard HDH embolic deflection device (Keystone Heart Ltd., Caesarea, Israel) in patients undergoing transaortic TAVR. METHODS: A total of 10 patients (median age: 81 years, STS score: 9.6 ± 5.6%) undergoing transaortic TAVR were included. All 30-day events were recorded and defined according to Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 criteria...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
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