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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431866/circulating-micrornas-signature-correlates-with-positive-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-patients-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Audrey Courtois, Betty Nusgens, Nancy Garbacki, Roland Hustinx, Pierre Gomez, Jean-Olivier Defraigne, Alain C Colige, Natzi Sakalihasan
BACKGROUND: Prediction of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is a challenging issue. Small noncoding microRNAs (miRNAs) are potent regulators of gene expression and are considered as valuable circulating biomarkers. Recently, [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake detected by positron emission tomography (PET) in AAA was correlated with cellular and molecular alterations involved in wall instability and its potential rupture. Our study aimed at identifying circulating miRNAs correlated with a positive PET that could help discriminate patients at high risk of rupture...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431107/double-fixation-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-using-afx-body-and-endurant-proximal-aortic-cuff-mid-term-results
#2
Miltiadis I Matsagkas, George Kouvelos, Konstantinos Spanos, Athanasios Athanasoulas, Athanasios Giannoukas
Our goal was to evaluate the use of an AFX main body combined with an Endurant proximal aortic cuff to treat selected patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) associated with anatomical challenges, such as a small distal aortic diameter and a hostile aortic neck. A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from 2 vascular institutions identified 14 elective patients with an AAA (all men, 73.5 ± 5.1 years) treated with the AFX main body combined with an Endurant proximal aortic cuff...
April 17, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416191/assessment-of-international-outcomes-of-intact-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-over-9-years
#3
J Budtz-Lilly, M Venermo, S Debus, C-A Behrendt, M Altreuther, B Beiles, Z Szeberin, N Eldrup, G Danielsson, I Thomson, P Wigger, M Björck, I Loftus, K Mani
BACKGROUND: Case mix and outcomes of complex surgical procedures vary over time and between regions. This study analyses peri-operative mortality after intact abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair in 11 countries over 9 years. METHODS: Data on primary AAA repair from vascular surgery registries in 11 countries for the years 2005-2009 and 2010-2013 were analysed. Multivariate adjusted logistic regression analyses were carried out to adjust for variations in case mix...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416190/flow-mediated-dilatation-and-progression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#4
R Lee, K Bellamkonda, A Jones, N Killough, F Woodgate, M Williams, I Cassimjee, A Handa
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Biomarker(s) for prediction of the future progression rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) may be useful to stratify the management of individual patients. AAAs are associated with features of systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Flow mediated dilatation (FMD) of the brachial artery is a recognised non-invasive measurement for endothelial function. We hypothesised that FMD is a potential biomarker of AAA progression and reflects the temporal changes of endothelial function during AAA progression...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409004/effect-of-%C3%AE-blockade-on-lung-function-exercise-performance-and-dynamic-hyperinflation-in-people-with-arterial-vascular-disease-with-and-without-copd
#5
Angela Key, Matthew Parry, Malcolm A West, Rebecca Asher, Sandy Jack, Nick Duffy, Francesco Torella, Paul P Walker
INTRODUCTION: β Blockers are important treatment for ischaemic heart disease and heart failure; however, there has long been concern about their use in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to fear of symptomatic worsening of breathlessness. Despite growing evidence of safety and efficacy, they remain underused. We examined the effect of β-blockade on lung function, exercise performance and dynamic hyperinflation in a group of vascular surgical patients, a high proportion of who were expected to have COPD...
2017: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360209/preclinical-evaluation-of-rym1-a-novel-mmp-targeted-tracer-for-imaging-aneurysm
#6
Jakub Toczek, Yunpeng Ye, Kiran Gona, Hye-Yeong Kim, Jinah Han, Mahmoud Razavian, Reza Golestani, Jiasheng Zhang, Terence Wu, Jae-Joon Jung, Mehran Sadeghi
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a key role in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) development. Accordingly, MMP-targeted imaging provides important information regarding vessel wall biology in the course of aneurysm development. Given the small size of the vessel wall and its proximity with blood, molecular imaging of aneurysm optimally requires highly sensitive tracers with rapid blood clearance. To this end, we developed a novel hydrosoluble zwitterionic MMP inhibitor, RYM, based on which a pan-MMP tracer, RYM1, was designed...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352916/a-threonine-turnstile-defines-a-dynamic-amphiphilic-binding-motif-in-the-aaa-atpase-p97-allosteric-binding-site
#7
James C Burnett, Chaemin Lim, Brian D Peyser, Lalith P Samankumara, Marina Kovaliov, Raffaele Colombo, Stacie L Bulfer, Matthew G LaPorte, Ann R Hermone, Connor F McGrath, Michelle R Arkin, Rick Gussio, Donna M Huryn, Peter Wipf
The turnstile motion of two neighboring threonines sets up a dynamic side chain interplay that can accommodate both polar and apolar ligands in a small molecule allosteric protein binding site. A computational model based on SAR data and both X-ray and cryo-EM structures of the AAA ATPase p97 was used to analyze the effects of paired threonines at the inhibitor site. Specifically, the Thr side chain hydroxyl groups form a hydrogen bonding network that readily accommodates small, highly polar ligand substituents...
March 29, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297459/on-the-use-of-a-convolution-superposition-algorithm-for-plan-checking-in-lung-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
#8
Nicholas Hardcastle, Bradley M Oborn, Annette Haworth
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) aims to deliver a highly conformal ablative dose to a small target. Dosimetric verification of SBRT for lung tumors presents a challenge due to heterogeneities, moving targets, and small fields. Recent software (M3D) designed for dosimetric verification of lung SBRT treatment plans using an advanced convolution-superposition algorithm was evaluated. Ten lung SBRT patients covering a range of tumor volumes were selected. 3D CRT plans were created using the XiO treatment planning system (TPS) with the superposition algorithm...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297432/difference-in-dose-volumetric-data-between-the-analytical-anisotropic-algorithm-the-dose-to-medium-and-the-dose-to-water-reporting-modes-of-the-acuros-xb-for-lung-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
#9
Wambaka A Mampuya, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Yoshinori Hirose, Takashi Ishigaki, Takashi Mizowaki, Masahiro Hiraoka
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the difference in dose-volumetric data between the analytical anisotropic algorithms (AAA) and the two dose reporting modes of the Acuros XB, namely, the dose to water (AXB-Dw) and dose to medium (AXB-Dm) in lung stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Thirty-eight plans were generated using the AXB-Dm in Eclipse Treatment Planning System (TPS) and then recalculated with the AXB-Dw and AAA, using identical beam setup. A dose of 50 Gy in 4 fractions was prescribed to the isocenter and the planning target volume (PTV) D95%...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287739/the-application-of-metabolic-profiling-to-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-research
#10
Mahim Irfan Qureshi, Michele Greco, Panagiotis Andrea Vorkas, Elaine Holmes, Alun H Davies
Rationale Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a complex disease posing diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Metabonomics may aid in the diagnosis of AAA, determination of individualised risk, discovery of therapeutic targets, and improve understanding of pathogenesis. Objective To review the diversity and outcomes of existing AAA metabonomic research. Methods and Results A systematic review has been performed. Original research studies applying metabonomics to human aneurysmal disease were included. Seven relevant articles were identified: four studies were based on plasma/serum metabolite profiling, and three studies examined aneurysmal tissue...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280809/metal-organic-complex-functionalized-protein-nanopore-sensor-for-aromatic-amino-acids-chiral-recognition
#11
Yanli Guo, Aihua Niu, Feifei Jian, Ying Wang, Fujun Yao, Yongfeng Wei, Lei Tian, Xiaofeng Kang
Chiral recognition at single-molecule level for small active molecules is important, as exhibited by many nanostructures and molecular assemblies in biological systems, but it presents a significant challenge. We report a simple and rapid sensing strategy to discriminate all enantiomers of natural aromatic amino acids (AAA) using a metal-organic complex-functionalized protein nanopore, in which a chiral recognition element and a chiral recognition valve were equipped. A trifunctional molecule, heptakis-(6-deoxy-6-amino)-β-cyclodextrin (am7βCD), was non-covalently lodged within the nanopore of an α-hemolysin (αHL) mutant, (M113R)7-αHL...
March 10, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273341/still-equivalent-for-dose-calculation-in-the-monte-carlo-era-a-comparison-of-free-breathing-and-average-intensity-projection-ct-datasets-for-lung-sbrt-using-three-generations-of-dose-calculation-algorithms
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Kristina Zvolanek, Rongtao Ma, Christina Zhou, Xiaoying Liang, Shuo Wang, Vivek Verma, Xiaofeng Zhu, Qinghui Zhang, Joseph Driewer, Chi Lin, Weining Zhen, Andrew Wahl, Su-Min Zhou, Dandan Zheng
PURPOSE: Inhomogeneity dose modeling and respiratory motion description are two critical technical challenges for lung stereotactic body radiotherapy, an important treatment modality for small size primary and secondary lung tumors. Recent studies revealed lung density-dependent target dose differences between Monte Carlo (Type-C) algorithm and earlier algorithms. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the equivalence of the two most popular CT datasets for treatment planning, free breathing (FB) and average intensity projection (AIP) CTs, using Type-C algorithms, and comparing with two older generation algorithms (Type-A and Type-B)...
March 8, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238422/a-reduced-order-model-for-wall-shear-stress-in-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-by-proper-orthogonal-decomposition
#13
Gary Han Chang, Clemens M Schirmer, Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi
In this paper, we introduce a method to construct a Reduced-Order Model (ROM) to study the physiological flow and the Wall Shear Stress (WSS) conditions in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA). We start the process by running a training case using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations with time-varying flow parameters, such that these parameters cover the range of parameters that we would like to consider in our ROM. We use the inflow angle as the variable parameter in the current study. Then we use the snapshot Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) to construct the reduced-order bases, which are subsequently enhanced using a QR-factorization technique to satisfy the relevant fluid boundary conditions...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222596/stacking-dependent-electronic-structure-of-trilayer-graphene-resolved-by-nanospot-angle-resolved-photoemission-spectroscopy
#14
Changhua Bao, Wei Yao, Eryin Wang, Chaoyu Chen, José Avila, Maria C Asensio, Shuyun Zhou
The crystallographic stacking order in multilayer graphene plays an important role in determining its electronic structure. In trilayer graphene, rhombohedral stacking (ABC) is particularly intriguing, exhibiting a flat band with an electric-field tunable band gap. Such electronic structure is distinct from simple hexagonal stacking (AAA) or typical Bernal stacking (ABA) and is promising for nanoscale electronics and optoelectronics applications. So far clean experimental electronic spectra on the first two stackings are missing because the samples are usually too small in size (μm or nm scale) to be resolved by conventional angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES)...
March 8, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221665/totally-percutaneous-versus-surgical-cut-down-femoral-artery-access-for-elective-bifurcated-abdominal-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
#15
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Madelaine Gimzewska, Alexander Ir Jackson, Su Ern Yeoh, Mike Clarke
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are a vascular condition with significant risk attached, particularly if they rupture. It is, therefore, critical to identify and repair these as an elective procedure before they rupture and require emergency surgery. Repair has traditionally been an open surgical technique that required a large incision across the abdomen. Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs (EVARs) are now a common alternative. In this procedure, the common femoral artery is exposed via a cut-down approach and a graft introduced to the aneurysm in this way...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214511/identification-of-a-degradation-signal-sequence-within-substrates-of-the-mitochondrial-i-aaa-protease
#16
Anthony J Rampello, Steven E Glynn
The i-AAA protease is a component of the mitochondrial quality control machinery that regulates respiration, mitochondrial dynamics, and protein import. The protease is required to select specific substrates for degradation from among the diverse complement of proteins present in mitochondria, yet the rules that govern this selection are unclear. Here, we reconstruct the yeast i-AAA protease, Yme1p, to examine the in vitro degradation of two intermembrane space chaperone subunits, Tim9 and Tim10. Yme1p degrades Tim10 more rapidly than Tim9 despite high sequence and structural similarity, and loss of Tim10 is accelerated by the disruption of conserved disulfide bonds within the substrate...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193267/abdominal-ultrasound-scanning-versus-non-contrast-computed-tomography-as-screening-method-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-a-validation-study-from-the-randomized-dancavas-study
#17
Mads Liisberg, Axel C Diederichsen, Jes S Lindholt
BACKGROUND: Validating non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography (nCT) compared to ultrasound sonography (US) as screening method for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening. METHODS: Consecutively attending men (n = 566) from the pilot study of the randomized Danish CardioVascular Screening trial (DANCAVAS trial), underwent nCT and US examination. Diameters were measured in outer-to-outer fashion. Sensitivity and specificity were done testing each modality against each other as reference standard...
February 14, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163182/abdominal-pain-in-the-presence-of-small-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-if-in-doubt-cut-it-out
#18
Efstratios Georgakarakos, Nikolaos Schoretsanitis, Georgios Koufopoulos, Konstantinos Paulou, Miltos K Lazarides
Although small (<5 cm) abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) have been associated with symptoms and indication for intervention scarcely, the clinicians should never exclude such potential association especially in the absence of other overt pathological findings. In such cases, a surgical exploration with consequent intervention, if feasible, should be justified to prevent a detrimental evolution in a dubious scenario. In this article, we present 2 cases of patients with small AAA presenting with severe abdominal pain...
February 3, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144113/clinical-implications-of-eclipse-analytical-anisotropic-algorithm-and-acuros-xb-algorithm-for-the-treatment-of-lung-cancer
#19
Gangarapu Sri Krishna, Vuppu Srinivas, Palreddy Yadagiri Reddy
The aim of the present study was to investigate the dose-volume variations of planning target volume (PTV) and organs at risks (OARs) in 15 left lung cancer patients comparing analytical anisotropic algorithm (AAA) versus Acuros XB algorithm. Originally, all plans were created using AAA with a template of dose constraints and optimization parameters, and the patients were treated using intensity modulated radiotherapy. In addition, another set of plans was created by performing only dose calculations using Acuros algorithm without doing any reoptimization...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129470/the-water-channel-aqp1-is-expressed-in-human-atherosclerotic-vascular-lesions-and-aqp1-deficiency-augments-angiotensin-ii-induced-atherosclerosis-in-mice
#20
Pamela Wintmo, Søren H Johansen, Pernille B L Hansen, Jes S Lindholt, Sigitas Urbonavicius, Lars M Rasmussen, Peter Bie, Boye L Jensen, Jane Stubbe
AIM: The water channel aquaporin 1 (AQP1) promotes endothelial cell migration. It was hypothesized that AQP1 promotes neovascularization and growth of atherosclerotic plaques. METHODS: AQP1 immunoreactivity and protein abundance was examined in human and murine atherosclerotic lesions and aortic aneurysms. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) knockout (-/-) and AQP1-/-ApoE-/- were developed and fed western diet (WD) for 8 and 16 weeks to accelerate the atherosclerosis process...
January 27, 2017: Acta Physiologica
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