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Small vascular disease

Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Alessandro Arrigo, Robert E MacLaren, Emanuela Aragona, Lisa Toto, Rodolfo Mastropasqua, Maria Pia Manitto, Francesco Bandello
PURPOSE: Choroideremia is a rare degenerative retinal disease that causes incurable blindness. It occurs as a result of the deficiency of the X-linked CHM gene, which encodes the Rab escort protein 1 (REP1). Gene therapy has been developed to treat CHM using adeno-associated viral vectors and is currently undergoing clinical trials. Expression of the CHM gene is ubiquitous throughout the retina, and it is therefore important to identify which retinal layers are affected in the disease process...
March 14, 2018: Retina
Hui Zhu, Zhixing Li, Jinglei Lv, Renliang Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) describes a syndrome of neuroimaging, pathological, and associated clinical features caused by small intracranial vascular lesions, which commonly coexists with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) and has been identified as a major cause of motor impairment over time. In this review, we aim to summarize the relationship between CSVD and LAA, and discuss the effects of CSVD on the clinical outcome of patients with ischemic stroke caused by LAA...
March 15, 2018: Neurological Research
D J Murphy, A Aghayev, M L Steigner
Non-invasive cross-sectional imaging techniques play a crucial role in the assessment of the varied manifestations of vascular disease. Vascular imaging encompasses a wide variety of pathology. Designing vascular imaging protocols can be challenging owing to the non-uniform velocity of blood in the aorta, differences in cardiac output between patients, and the effect of different disease states on blood flow. In this review, we provide the rationale behind-and a practical guide to-designing and implementing straightforward vascular computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols...
March 14, 2018: Insights Into Imaging
Yan Liang, Yang-Kun Chen, Vincent Chung-Tong Mok, De-Feng Wang, Gabor S Ungvari, Winnie Chiu-Wing Chu, Hee-Ju Kang, Wai-Kwong Tang
Objective: All types of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) markers including lacune, white matter hyperintensities (WMH), cerebral microbleeds, and perivascular spaces were found to be associated with poststroke depressive symptoms (PDS). This study explored whether the combination of the four markers constituting an overall SVD burden was associated with PDS. Methods: A cohort of 563 patients with acute ischemic stroke were followed over a 15-month period after the index stroke. A score of ≥7 on the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale was defined as clinically significant PDS...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Hiroaki Kuroda, Shnsuke Mori, Hirotaka Tanaka, Tatsuya Yoshida, Tetsuya Mizuno, Noriaki Sakakura, Yasushi Yatabe, Hiroshi Iwata, Yukinori Sakao
Background: We previously proposed measuring tumor size using mediastinal window setting on high-resolution computed tomography (CT) as a simple and useful modality for preoperative prognostication of small adenocarcinoma. Hence, the importance of tumor volume and positron emission tomography (PET) for preoperative prognostication of clinical stage IA (cIA) adenocarcinoma was studied. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively evaluated total 324 patients who underwent pulmonary resection of cIA adenocarcinoma between July 2008 and August 2015...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Rie Kanaoka, Hisae Iinuma, Hitoshi Dejima, Takashi Sakai, Hirofumi Uehara, Noriyuki Matsutani, Masafumi Kawamura
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to clarify the usefulness of plasma exosomal microRNA-451a (miR-451a) as a novel biomarker for the early prediction of recurrence and prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients after curative resection. METHODS: Before surgery, plasma samples were collected and exosomal microRNA (miRNA) levels were evaluated. We first profiled specific exosomal miRNAs related to recurrence in 6 NSCLC patients with stage IA cancer by miRNA microarray...
March 13, 2018: Oncology
Shinichiro Kamiya, Shingo Iwano, Hiroyasu Umakoshi, Rintaro Ito, Hironori Shimamoto, Shota Nakamura, Shinji Naganawa
Purpose To investigate the relationship between the postoperative prognosis of patients with part-solid non-small cell lung cancer and the solid component size acquired by using three-dimensional (3D) volumetry software on multidetector computed tomographic (CT) images. Materials and Methods A retrospective study by using preoperative multidetector CT data with 0.5-mm section thickness, clinical records, and pathologic reports of 96 patients with primary subsolid non-small cell lung cancer (47 men and 49 women; mean age ± standard deviation, 66 years ± 8) were reviewed...
March 14, 2018: Radiology
Isidro Machado, Carlos Santonja, Victoria Huerta, Julia Cruz, Celia Requena, Luis Requena, Antonio Llombart-Bosch
Neuroendocrine differentiation or aberrant expression of neuroendocrine markers is very uncommon in angiosarcomas (AS) and creates a challenging differential diagnosis with other superficial or soft tissue tumors. Herein, we report a new case of superficial AS presenting as a tumor lesion on the little finger of the right hand of a 52-year-old man. The tumor displayed CD56, chromogranin-A, and synaptophysin immunoreactivity. Tumor cells were positive for vascular markers (CD31, FLI1, ERG, D2-40, VE-cadherin, VEGR1,2, and 3), CD99, and EMA, but were negative for S100, CK (AE1/AE3), CK20, polyomavirus, and myogenic (desmin and myogenin) and melanocyte markers (melan-A and HMB45)...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
T Michael De Silva, Mary L Modrick, Fabrice Dabertrand, Frank M Faraci
Vascular aging fundamentally contributes to large and small vessel disease. Despite the importance of such changes for brain function, mechanisms that mediate such changes are poorly defined. We explored mechanisms that underlie changes with age, testing the hypothesis that ROCK (Rho kinase) plays an important role. In C57BL/6 mice, baseline diameters of isolated pressurized parenchymal arterioles were similar in adult (4-5 month) and old mice (22±1 month; ≈15±1 µm). Endothelium-dependent dilation was impaired in old mice compared with adults in a pathway-specific manner...
March 12, 2018: Hypertension
Jacek Staszewski, Renata Piusińska-Macoch, Ewa Skrobowska, Bogdan Brodacki, Katarzyna Macek, Adam Stępień
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of aspirin resistance (AR) in patients with symptomatic cerebrovascular disease is not well known. The aim of this single-center, prospective study was to examine the prevalence, risk factors and prognostic significance of AR in patients with different clinical manifestations of cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) over 24-month follow-up. METHODS: We studied 104 patients with MRI confirmed CSVD, including those with recent lacunar stroke (LS, n=49), vascular parkinsonism (VaP, n=16) and dementia (VaD, n=39)...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Chakradhari Inampudi, Emmanuel Akintoye, Tomo Ando, Alexandros Briasoulis
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) refers to narrowing of the peripheral arteries and atherosclerosis is the most important cause. In patients with PAD, revascularization is the preferred therapeutic strategy; nonetheless several patients are not deemed candidates for it due to advanced disease or several comorbidities. The main target of therapeutic angiogenesis is to promote development of new arterial vessels and improve perfusion of ischemic tissue. Angiogenic growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), administered intramuscularly or intra-arterially, have been shown to promote angiogenesis and development of collateral vasculature in preclinical studies...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Georgia Brown, Tilman Humpl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) complicates the course of many cardiovascular, pulmonary and other systemic diseases in children. The physiological sequelae (pulmonary hypertension and elevated pulmonary vascular resistance) can overwhelm the right ventricle and lead to circulatory collapse. Despite the common end-point, the preceding pathophysiology is complex and variable and requires a tailored approach to diagnosis and management. In this article, we will review the most recent evidence and explore an approach to current controversies in the diagnosis and management of common or challenging patient subgroups...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Shun Lu, Jianhua Chang, Xiaoqing Liu, Jianhua Shi, You Lu, Wei Li, Jin-Ji Yang, Jianying Zhou, Jie Wang, Tongtong An, Lei Yang, Zhe Liu, Xiangdong Zhou, Mo Chen, Ye Hua, Weiguo Su
Purpose Patients with advanced non‒small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who fail two lines of chemotherapy have unmet medical needs. The kinase inhibitor fruquintinib selectively targets vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and, hence, tumor angiogenesis and lymphogenesis. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter phase II trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of fruquintinib in patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC who experienced disease progression after second-line chemotherapy...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
M Gasser, M H Frank, A M Waaga-Gasser
Critical chronic ischemia in patients with underlying arterial occlusive disease requires vascular reconstructive surgery. The limited supply of suitable small-diameter autologous vascular grafts in many patients and obvious disadvantages of synthetic bypass material demand the development of clinically usable tissue-engineered blood vessel substitutes. Despite substantial progress in the field over the last two decades, their implementation into the clinical routine has been challenging. The limited replicative life span of human adult vascular cells and their slow rate of collagenous matrix production in vitro have posed important problems in the development of mechanically robust and biologically functional engineered grafts...
February 2018: Gefässchirurgie: Zeitschrift Für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie
Bian Liu, Kui Kai Lau, Linxin Li, Caroline Lovelock, Ming Liu, Wilhelm Kuker, Peter M Rothwell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It has been hypothesized that cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) and chronic renal impairment may be part of a multisystem small-vessel disorder, but their association may simply be as a result of shared risk factors (eg, hypertension) rather than to a systemic susceptibility to premature SVD. However, most previous studies were hospital based, most had inadequate adjustment for hypertension, many were confined to patients with lacunar stroke, and none stratified by age...
March 9, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Muhammad Febrian Rachmadi, Maria Del C Valdés-Hernández, Maria Leonora Fatimah Agan, Carol Di Perri, Taku Komura
We propose an adaptation of a convolutional neural network (CNN) scheme proposed for segmenting brain lesions with considerable mass-effect, to segment white matter hyperintensities (WMH) characteristic of brains with none or mild vascular pathology in routine clinical brain magnetic resonance images (MRI). This is a rather difficult segmentation problem because of the small area (i.e., volume) of the WMH and their similarity to non-pathological brain tissue. We investigate the effectiveness of the 2D CNN scheme by comparing its performance against those obtained from another deep learning approach: Deep Boltzmann Machine (DBM), two conventional machine learning approaches: Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Random Forest (RF), and a public toolbox: Lesion Segmentation Tool (LST), all reported to be useful for segmenting WMH in MRI...
February 17, 2018: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
Di Tang, Siyuan Chen, Ding Hou, Jingchen Gao, Li Jiang, Jie Shi, Qinge Liang, Deling Kong, Shufang Wang
As an effective clinic treatment for cardiovascular disease, vascular transplantation gains much acceptance recently. However, due to the acute thrombosis and intimal hyperplasia, long-term failure of synthetic grafts after implanted in small diameter blood vessel decelerates its commercial use. The continued acute inflammation and delayed endothelialization have been considered as fundamental reasons. To enhance the adhesion and organization of endothelial cells (ECs) and improve the vascular remodeling process, we have constructed a vascular graft based on electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) matrix, on which organoselenium-immobilized polyethyleneimine (SePEI) for in situ nitric oxide (NO) generation and hyaluronic acid (HA) grafted with poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) modified Tyr-Ile-Gly-Ser-Arg (YIGSR) for antifouling and EC adhesion were deposited through electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly...
March 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Filip Thieme, Jiri Fronek
INTRODUCTION: Polycystic liver disease is observed in 75-90% of patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). ADPKD has a high prevalence of 1/1000. Hepatomegaly severely reduces quality of life and liver transplantation seems to be method of choice for many patients. Because of the rarity of this disease and the small number of symptomatic patients with massive hepatomegaly indicated for the transplantation, there is no standard approach for explantation of the liver...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Farzin Fakhry, Hugo Jp Fokkenrood, Sandra Spronk, Joep Aw Teijink, Ellen V Rouwet, M G Myriam Hunink
BACKGROUND: Intermittent claudication (IC) is the classic symptomatic form of peripheral arterial disease affecting an estimated 4.5% of the general population aged 40 years and older. Patients with IC experience limitations in their ambulatory function resulting in functional disability and impaired quality of life (QoL). Endovascular revascularisation has been proposed as an effective treatment for patients with IC and is increasingly performed. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this systematic review is to summarise the (added) effects of endovascular revascularisation on functional performance and QoL in the management of IC...
March 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Xiaohuan Li, Yongxian Gui, Feifei Shen, Chun Ling Zhao, Yi Yang, Wenliang Han
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the clinical value of capsule endoscopy in the diagnosis of small intestine neoplastic lesions. Materials and Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted on the clinical data of 108 patients who underwent capsule endoscopic examination in the Endoscopy Center of Xinxiang Central Hospital from February 2010 to January 2014. The characteristics of different small bowel diseases were observed, and the prevalence rates of different small bowel lesions were calculated...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
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