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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107665/a-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-conjugation-containing-soft-and-conductive-injectable-polymer-hydrogel-highly-efficiently-rebuilds-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Rui Bao, Baoyu Tan, Shuang Liang, Ning Zhang, Wei Wang, Wenguang Liu
Previous studies suggested that a stiffer hydrogel system exhibited a better performance to promote heart function after myocardial infarction (MI). However, the nature of myocardium, a tissue that alternately contracts and relaxes with electrical impulses, leads us to hypothesize that a soft and conductive hydrogel may be in favor of mechanical and electrical signals transmission to enhance heart function after MI. In this work, π-π conjugation interaction was first employed to produce a soft injectable hydrogel with conductive property...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107543/quantification-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-bleomycin-mouse-model-using-automated-histological-image-analysis
#2
Jean-Claude Gilhodes, Yvon Julé, Sebastian Kreuz, Birgit Stierstorfer, Detlef Stiller, Lutz Wollin
Current literature on pulmonary fibrosis induced in animal models highlights the need of an accurate, reliable and reproducible histological quantitative analysis. One of the major limits of histological scoring concerns the fact that it is observer-dependent and consequently subject to variability, which may preclude comparative studies between different laboratories. To achieve a reliable and observer-independent quantification of lung fibrosis we developed an automated software histological image analysis performed from digital image of entire lung sections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107455/staged-versus-one-time-complete-revascularization-with-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-stemi-patients-with-multivessel-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
Zhenwei Li, Yijiang Zhou, Qingqing Xu, Xiaomin Chen
INTRODUCTION: In patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the preferred intervention is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).Whether staged PCI (S-PCI) or one-time complete PCI (MV-PCI) is more beneficial and safer in terms of treating the non-culprit vessel during the primary PCI procedure is unclear. We performed a meta-analysis of all randomized and non-randomized controlled trials comparing S-PCI with MV-PCI in patients with acute STEMI and MVD. METHODS: Studies of STEMI with multivessel disease receiving primary PCI were searched in PUBMED, EMBASE and The Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials from January 2004 to December 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107389/effect-of-axial-eye-length-on-retinal-vessel-parameters-in-6-to-12-year-old-malay-girls
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Evelyn Li Min Tai, Ling-Jun Li, Wan Hitam Wan-Hazabbah, Tien-Yin Wong, Ismail Shatriah
PURPOSE: Retinal vessel analysis is affected by both systemic and ocular factors. Malays are the major ethnicity in South East Asia. Data on the retinal microvasculature in Malays is limited, especially among children. We aim to evaluate the influence of ocular biometry on retinal vessel parameters in young Malay girls. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, hospital-based study involving 86 Malay girls aged 6 to 12 years old in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2015-2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107310/the-renin-inhibitor-aliskiren-protects-rat-lungs-from-the-histopathologic-effects-of-fat-embolism
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Amanda N Fletcher, Agostino Molteni, Rakesh Ponnapureddy, Chirag Patel, Mark Pluym, Alan M Poisner
BACKGROUND: Fat embolism (FE) and the consequent FE syndrome occurring after trauma or surgery can lead to serious pulmonary injury, including ARDS and death. Current treatment of FE syndrome is limited to supportive therapy. We have shown in a rat model that the renin angiotensin system plays a significant role in the pathophysiology of FE because drugs interfering with the renin angiotensin system, captopril and losartan reduce the histopathologic pulmonary damage. The purpose of the current study was to determine if inhibition of renin by aliskiren, an FDA-approved drug for treating hypertension, would produce effective protection in the same model...
February 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106938/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-targeted-paclitaxel-loaded-liposome-microbubbles-and-inhibition-of-human-epidermoid-2-cell-proliferation
#6
Lian Zhou, Wenlong Luo
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays an important role in the formation of capillary blood vessels. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the inhibitory effect of VEGF-targeted paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded liposome microbubbles (VTPLLMs) on the proliferation of human epidermoid (Hep-2) laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). METHODS: Six groups were randomly divided. The inhibitory effects on Hep-2 proliferation were assessed by a methylthiazol tetrazolium (MTT) method...
January 20, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106936/whole-brain-vessel-wall-mri-a-parameter-tune-up-solution-to-improve-the-scan-efficiency-of-three-dimensional-variable-flip-angle-turbo-spin-echo
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Qi Yang, Zixin Deng, Xiaoming Bi, Shlee S Song, Konrad H Schlick, Nestor R Gonzalez, Debiao Li, Zhaoyang Fan
PURPOSE: To propose and evaluate a parameter tune-up solution to expedite a three-dimensional (3D) variable-flip-angle turbo spin-echo (TSE) sequence for whole-brain intracranial vessel wall (IVW) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Elliptical k-space sampling and prolonged echo train length (ETL), were used to expedite a 3D variable-flip-angle TSE-based sequence. To compensate for the potential loss in vessel wall signal, optimal combination of prescribed T2 and ETL was experimentally investigated on 22 healthy volunteers at 3 Tesla...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106731/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-promotes-endogenous-adaptive-response-in-rat-model-of-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion
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Ying Yang, Jieyang Ju, Min Deng, Jing Wang, Hui Liu, Li Xiong, Junjian Zhang
Hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α), a pivotal regulator of gene expression in response to hypoxia and ischemia, is now considered to regulate both pro-survival and pro-death responses depending on the duration and severity of the stress. We previously showed that chronic global cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) triggered long-lasting accumulation of HIF-1α protein in the hippocampus of rats. However, the role of the stabilized HIF-1α in CCH is obscure. Here, we knock down endogenous HIF-1α to determine whether and how HIF-1α affects the disease processes and phenotypes of CCH...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106708/subfoveal-choroidal-thickness-and-vascular-diameter-in-active-and-resolved-central-serous-chorioretinopathy
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Yoo-Ri Chung, Jong Wan Kim, Shin-Young Choi, Sung Wook Park, Jeong Hun Kim, Kihwang Lee
PURPOSE: To determine the subfoveal choroidal thickness and analyze Haller's layer, Sattler's layer, and large choroidal vessel diameter in eyes with active central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) and after resolution of CSC. METHODS: Ocular and clinical features of 32 eyes with CSC were analyzed retrospectively from October 2014 to September 2015. Subfoveal choroidal thickness and thicknesses of Haller's layer and Sattler's layer were measured in the active and resolved states...
January 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106702/capillary-hemangioma-of-the-tympanic-membrane-and-external-auditory-canal
#10
Seo Bin Kim, Hwan-Ho Lee
Hemangiomas are very common tumors characterized by large numbers of vessels filled with blood. Capillary hemangioma is the most common type of hemangioma, whereas capillary hemangiomas of the tympanic membrane and external auditory canal are extremely rare vascular tumors. Here, the authors present capillary hemangioma of the tympanic membrane and external auditory canal in a 54-year-old woman with right-sided aural fullness for 3 months. Under local anesthesia, the mass was resected by transcanal microscopic surgery...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106317/changes-in-vascular-reactivity-and-endothelial-ca-2-dynamics-with-chronic-low-flow
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Mark S Taylor, Chung-Sik Choi, Leith Bayazid, Katherine E Glosemeyer, Calvin C P Baker, David S Weber
Disruption of blood flow promotes endothelial dysfunction and predisposes vessels to remodeling and atherosclerosis. Recent findings suggest spatial and temporal tuning of local Ca(2+) signals along the endothelium is vital to vascular function. In the current study, we examined whether chronic flow disruption causes alteration of dynamic endothelial Ca(2+) signal patterning associated with changes in vascular structure and function. For these studies, we performed surgical partial-ligation (PL) of the left carotid arteries of mice to establish chronic low flow for 2 weeks; right carotid arteries remained open and served as controls (C)...
January 20, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106080/morphological-physiological-and-anatomical-traits-of-plant-functional-types-in-temperate-grasslands-along-a-large-scale-aridity-gradient-in-northeastern-china
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Chengyuan Guo, Linna Ma, Shan Yuan, Renzhong Wang
At the species level, plants can respond to climate changes by changing their leaf traits; however, there is scant information regarding the responses of morphological, physiological and anatomical traits of plant functional types (PFTs) to aridity. Herein, the leaf traits of five PFTs representing 17 plant species in temperate grasslands were examined along a large-scale aridity gradient in northeastern China. The results show that leaf thickness in shrubs, perennial grasses and forbs increased with heightened aridity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106069/identification-of-novel-cellular-clusters-define-a-specialized-area-in-the-cerebellar-periventricular-zone
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María Alejandra González-González, Gabriela B Gómez-González, Marymar Becerra-González, Ataúlfo Martínez-Torres
The periventricular zone of cerebellum is a germinative niche during the embryonic development, nevertheless its structural organization and functional implications in adult have not been widely studied. Here we disclose the presence of two novel clusters of cells in that area. The first one was named the subventricular cellular cluster (SVCC) and is composed of cells that express glial and neuronal markers. The second was named the ventromedial cord (VMC) and appears as a streak of biciliated cells with microvillosities facing the ventricle, that includes GFAP(+) and nestin(+) cells organized along the periventricular vasculature...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105600/approach-to-cto-intervention-overview-of-techniques
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Aris Karatasakis, Barbara Anna Danek, Dimitri Karmpaliotis, Khaldoon Alaswad, Minh Vo, Mauro Carlino, Mitul P Patel, Stéphane Rinfret, Emmanouil S Brilakis
Successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) has been associated with significant clinical benefits, but remains technically demanding. Failure to cross the CTO with a guidewire is the most common cause of CTO PCI failure. CTO crossing can be achieved in the antegrade or retrograde direction and can be accomplished by maintaining true lumen position throughout or via subintimal dissection/reentry techniques. A procedural plan should be created prior to the procedure through careful angiographic review of four key parameters: (a) morphology of the proximal occlusion cap; (b) length of the occlusion; (c) quality of the distal vessel and presence of bifurcation at the distal cap; and (d) suitability of collateral circulation for retrograde crossing...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105541/spatial-distribution-of-mast-cells-around-vessels-and-glands-in-human-gastric-carcinoma
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Diego Guidolin, Simona Ruggieri, Tiziana Annese, Cinzia Tortorella, Andrea Marzullo, Domenico Ribatti
The spatial distribution of mast cells inside the tumor stroma has been little investigated. In this study, we have evaluated tumor mast cells (MCs) distribution in gastric cancer through the analysis of the morphological features of the spatial patterns generated by these cells, including size, shape, and architecture of the cell pattern. The pattern of distribution of tryptase- and chymase-positive MCs around the blood vessels and gastric glands in human gastric adenocarcinoma samples was investigated by immunohistochemical techniques and by introducing a quantitative approach to characterize the spatial distribution of MCs...
January 19, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105461/the-hepatic-lymphatic-vascular-system-structure-function-markers-and-lymphangiogenesis
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REVIEW
Masatake Tanaka, Yasuko Iwakiri
The lymphatic vascular system has been minimally explored in the liver despite its essential functions including maintenance of tissue fluid homeostasis. The discovery of specific markers for lymphatic endothelial cells has advanced the study of lymphatics by methods including imaging, cell isolation, and transgenic animal models and has resulted in rapid progress in lymphatic vascular research during the last decade. These studies have yielded concrete evidence that lymphatic vessel dysfunction plays an important role in the pathogenesis of many diseases...
November 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105389/chemophototherapy-an-emerging-treatment-option-for-solid-tumors
#17
REVIEW
Dandan Luo, Kevin A Carter, Dyego Miranda, Jonathan F Lovell
Near infrared (NIR) light penetrates human tissues with limited depth, thereby providing a method to safely deliver non-ionizing radiation to well-defined target tissue volumes. Light-based therapies including photodynamic therapy (PDT) and laser-induced thermal therapy have been validated clinically for curative and palliative treatment of solid tumors. However, these monotherapies can suffer from incomplete tumor killing and have not displaced existing ablative modalities. The combination of phototherapy and chemotherapy (chemophototherapy, CPT), when carefully planned, has been shown to be an effective tumor treatment option preclinically and clinically...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105373/vascular-changes-on-fluorescein-angiography-of-premature-infants-with-low-risk-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity-after-high-oxygen-exposure
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Maria Ana Martinez-Castellanos, Raul Velez-Montoya, Kenneth Price, Andree Henaine-Berra, Gerardo García-Aguirre, Virgilio Morales-Canton, Linda Alejandra Cernichiaro-Espinosa
PURPOSE: To describe a wide array of peripheral vascular changes using fluorescein angiography in preterm neonates, without high risk characteristics for developing retinopathy of prematurity, that were exposed to high oxygen concentration. METHODS: Retrospective, two center, case series. Newborns at two different hospitals with ≥1500 g or gestational age of ≥32 weeks, fluorescein angiography performed, and with high oxygen exposure without adequate control were included...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105355/evaluation-of-prognostic-markers-for-patients-with-curatively-resected-thoracic-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Masahide Ikeguchi, Yusuke Kouno, Kyoichi Kihara, Kazunori Suzuki, Kanenori Endo, Seiichi Nakamura, Takashi Sawada, Tetsu Shimizu, Tomoyuki Matsunaga, Yoji Fukumoto, Hiroaki Saito
The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and prognostic nutritional index (PNI) are prognostic parameters for malignancies. Additionally, serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCC-Ag) and cytokeratin 19 fragments (CYFRA 21-1) are tumor markers for squamous cell carcinoma. In the present study, the prognostic importance of these markers in patients with resectable thoracic esophageal cancer was investigated. In this retrospective study, 84 enrolled patients diagnosed with resectable clinical stage I-III thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCs) underwent thoracic esophageal resection and three-field lymph node dissection at Tottori University Hospital between January 2007 and December 2013...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105226/expression-of-epidermal-growth-factor-like-domain-7-may-be-a-predictive-marker-of-the-effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-locally-advanced-uterine-cervical-cancer
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Makoto Yamauchi, Takeshi Fukuda, Takuma Wada, Masaru Kawanishi, Kenji Imai, Reiko Tasaka, Tomoyo Yasui, Toshiyuki Sumi
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) followed by hysterectomy may be effective for the treatment of locally advanced uterine cervical cancer and improve patient prognosis. It is important to identify markers that are able to predict whether NAC may be successful. Epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (EGFL7) regulates vascular sprouting in blood vessel formation. In numerous types of human cancer, EGFL7 is upregulated and inhibits endothelial cell adhesion molecules, decreasing vascular tightness and, thus, increasing vascular permeability...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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