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Cardiovascular Research

Juanjuan Zhao, Mathilda T M Mommersteeg
The Slit ligands and their Robo receptors are well-known for their roles during axon guidance in the central nervous system, but are still relatively unknown in the cardiac field. However, data from different animal models suggest a broad involvement of the pathway in many aspects of heart development, from cardiac cell migration and alignment, lumen formation, chamber formation, to the formation of the ventricular septum, semilunar and atrioventricular valves, caval veins and pericardium. Absence of one or more of the genes in the pathway results in defects ranging from bicuspid aortic valves to ventricular septal defects and abnormal venous connections to the heart...
March 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Hadis Shakeri, Andreas B Gevaert, Dorien M Schrijvers, Guido R Y De Meyer, Gilles W De Keulenaer, Pieter-Jan D F Guns, Katrien Lemmens, Vincent F Segers
Aims: Cardiovascular ageing is a key determinant of life expectancy. Cellular senescence, a state of irreversible cell cycle arrest, is an important contributor to ageing due to the accumulation of damaged cells. Targeting cellular senescence could prevent age-related cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of neuregulin-1 (NRG-1), an epidermal growth factor with cardioprotective and anti-atherosclerotic effects, on cellular senescence. Methods & results: Senescence was induced in cultured rat aortic endothelial cells (ECs) and aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) by 2 hours exposure to 30 µM hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
March 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Alice Giuliodori, Giorgia Beffagna, Giulia Marchetto, Chiara Fornetto, Francesco Vanzi, Stefano Toppo, Nicola Facchinello, Mattia Santimaria, Andrea Vettori, Stefania Rizzo, Mila Della Barbera, Kalliopi Pilichou, Francesco Argenton, Gaetano Thiene, Natascia Tiso, Cristina Basso
Aims: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is an inherited heart disease characterized by life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and fibro-fatty replacement of the myocardium. More than 60% of AC patients show pathogenic mutations in genes encoding for desmosomal proteins. By focusing our attention on the AC8 form, linked to the junctional protein Desmoplakin (DSP), we present here a zebrafish model of DSP deficiency, exploited to identify early changes of cell signalling in the cardiac region...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Marina Leone, Gentian Musa, Felix Benedikt Engel
Aims: After birth mammalian cardiomyocytes initiate a last cell cycle which results in binucleation due to cytokinesis failure. Despite its importance for cardiac regenerative therapies, this process is poorly understood. Here, we aimed at a better understanding of the difference between cardiomyocyte proliferation and binucleation, and providing a new tool to distinguish these two processes. Methods and Results: Monitoring of cell division by time-lapse imaging revealed that rat cardiomyocyte binucleation stems from a failure to properly ingress the cleavage furrow...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Lucio Barile, Elisabetta Cervio, Vincenzo Lionetti, Giuseppina Milano, Alessandra Ciullo, Vanessa Biemmi, Sara Bolis, Claudia Altomare, Marco Matteucci, Dario Disilvestre, Tudor Emanuel Fertig, Tiziano Torre, Stefanos Demertzis, Pierluigi Mauri, Tiziano Moccetti, Giuseppe Vassalli
Aims: Cell therapy trials using cardiac-resident progenitor cells (CPCs) and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells (BMCs) in patients after myocardial infarction have provided encouraging results. Exosomes, nanosized extracellular vesicles of endosomal origin, figure prominently in the bioactivities of these cells. However, a head-to-head comparison of exosomes from the two cell types has not been performed yet. Methods and Results: CPCs and BMCs were derived from cardiac atrial appendage specimens and sternal bone marrow, respectively, from patients (n=20; age, 69...
March 5, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Hannah J Whittington, Philip J Ostrowski, Debra J McAndrew, Fang Cao, Andrew Shaw, Thomas R Eykyn, Hannah Lake, Jack Tyler, Jurgen E Schneider, Stefan Neubauer, Sevasti Zervou, Craig A Lygate
Aims: Mitochondrial creatine kinase (MtCK) couples ATP production via oxidative phosphorylation to phosphocreatine in the cytosol, which acts as a mobile energy store available for regeneration of ATP at times of high demand. We hypothesised that elevating MtCK would be beneficial in ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. Methods and Results: Mice were created overexpressing the sarcomeric MtCK gene with αMHC promoter at the Rosa26 locus (MtCK-OE) and compared with wild-type (WT) littermates...
March 2, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Yongzheng Guo, Zhen Wang, Xinghua Qin, Jie Xu, Zuoxu Hou, Hongyan Yang, Xuechao Mao, Wenjuan Xing, Xiaoliang Li, Xing Zhang, Feng Gao
Aims: Heart failure is characterized by reduced fatty acid (FA) utilization associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. Recent evidence has shown that enhancing FA utilization may provide cardioprotection against heart failure. Our aim was to investigate the effects and the underlying mechanisms of cardiac FA utilization on cardiac function in response to pressure overload. Methods and Results: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was used in C57 mice to establish pressure overload-induced heart failure...
February 27, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Di Yang, ChenXi Xiao, Fen Long, ZhengHua Su, WanWan Jia, Ming Qin, MengWei Huang, WeiJun Wu, Rinkiko Suguro, XinHua Liu, YiZhun Zhu
Aims: Angiotensin II (Ang II) causes vascular inflammation, leading to vascular endothelial cell dysfunction, and is associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, interventions in inflammation may contribute to the reduction of cardiovascular diseases. Here, we aim to demonstrate that HDAC4, one of class IIa family histone deacetylases (HDACs) members, promotes autophagy-dependent vascular inflammation. Methods and results: By loss-of-function approaches, our study provides the first evidence that HDAC4 mediates Ang II-induced vascular inflammation in vitro and in vivo...
February 24, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Marianne Benn, Børge G Nordestgaard
The Mendelian randomization approach is an epidemiologic study design incorporating genetic information into traditional epidemiologic studies to infer causality of biomarkers, risk factors, or lifestyle factors on disease risk. Mendelian randomization studies often draw on novel information generated in genome-wide association studies on causal associations between genetic variants and a risk factor or lifestyle factor. Such information can then be used in a largely unconfounded study design free of reverse causation to understand if and how risk factors and lifestyle factors cause cardiovascular disease...
February 19, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
M Rech, A Barandiaran Aizpurua, V van Empel, M Van Bilsen, B Schroen
Half of all heart failure patients have preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Comorbidities associated with and contributing to HFpEF include obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Still, the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of HFpEF are unknown. A preliminary consensus proposes that the multi-morbidity triggers a state of systemic, chronic low-grade inflammation and microvascular dysfunction, causing reduced nitric oxide bioavailability to adjacent cardiomyocytes. As a result, the cardiomyocyte remodels its contractile elements and fails to relax properly, causing diastolic dysfunction and eventually HFpEF...
February 16, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
A J Unsworth, G D Flora, J M Gibbins
Nuclear receptors have the ability to elicit two different kinds of responses, genomic and non-genomic. While genomic responses control gene expression by influencing the rate of transcription, non-genomic effects occur rapidly and independently of transcriptional regulation. Due to their anucleate nature and mechanistically well-characterised and rapid responses, platelets provide a model system for the study of any non-genomic effects of the nuclear receptors. Several nuclear receptors have been found to be present in human platelets, and multiple nuclear receptor agonists have been shown to elicit anti-platelet effects by a variety of mechanisms...
February 14, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Franziska Schneider-Warme, Ursula Ravens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Jiangping Song, Xiao Chen, Liang Cheng, Man Rao, Kai Chen, Ningning Zhang, Jian Meng, Mengmeng Li, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Ping-Chang Yang
Background and aims: The aberrant immune responses play a critical role in the pathogenesis of myocarditis. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) has immune regulatory functions. This study aims to investigate the role of VDR in the restricting the immune inflammation in the heart. Methods: The human heart samples were obtained from the heart transplantation. T helper (Th)2 and Th1 responses in the heart tissue were characterized by histology and immune assay. VDR-/- mice and Rag2-/- mice were used in the experiments to test the role of VDR in the maintaining the homeostasis in the heart...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Zhong Chen, Na Xu, Danyang Chong, Shan Guan, Chen Jiang, Zhongzhou Yang, Chaojun Li
Aims: With the maturation of placenta, ventricular chamber maturation enhances cardiac contractile performance to adapt to the metabolic demand of growing embryo. The organization of cardiomyocytes is required for the morphological remodeling in ventricular chamber maturation. However, the mechanism governing the establishment of cardiac cytoarchitecture during ventricular chamber maturation is still poorly studied. Methods and results: Here, we found that the expression of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate synthase (Ggpps), which mediates protein geranylgeranylation, increased in the mouse heart after the onset of placental function...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Daniel S Gaul, Julien Weber, Lambertus J Van Tits, Susanna Sluka, Lisa Pasterk, Martin F Reiner, Natacha Calatayud, Christine Lohmann, Roland Klingenberg, Jürgen Pahla, Daria Vdovenko, Felix C Tanner, Giovanni G Camici, Urs Eriksson, Johan Auwerx, François Mach, Stephan Windecker, Nicolas Rodondi, Thomas F L Uuml Scher, Stephan Winnik, Christian M Matter
BACKGROUND: Sirtuin 3 (Sirt3) is a mitochondrial, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)-dependent deacetylase that reduces oxidative stress by activation of superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2). Oxidative stress enhances arterial thrombosis. This study investigated the effects of genetic Sirt3 deletion on arterial thrombosis in mice in an inflammatory setting and assessed the clinical relevance of these findings in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods and Results: Using a laser-induced carotid thrombosis model with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge, in vivo time to thrombotic occlusion in Sirt3-/- mice (n = 6) was reduced by half compared to Sirt3+/+ wildtype (WT, n = 8, p<0...
February 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
J-L Balligand, C Farah
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 9, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Sandra Frankenreiter, Dieter Groneberg, Anna Kuret, Thomas Krieg, Peter Ruth, Andreas Friebe, Robert Lukowski
Aims: It has been suggested that the nitric oxide-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC)/cGMP-dependent signaling pathway affords protection against cardiac damage during acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It is, however, not clear whether the NO-GC/cGMP system confers its favorable effects through a mechanism located in cardiomyocytes (CMs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the infarct-limiting effects of the endogenous NO-GC in CMs in vivo. Methods and Results: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury was evaluated in mice with a cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of NO-GC (CM NO-GC KO) and in control siblings (CM NO-GC CTR) subjected to an in vivo model of AMI...
February 9, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Dobromir Dobrev, Kristina Lorenz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
O Sorop, I Heinonen, M van Kranenburg, J van de Wouw, V J de Beer, T N Nguyen, Y Octavia, R W B van Duin, K Stam, R J van Geuns, P A Wielopolski, G P Krestin, A H van den Meiracker, R Verjans, M van Bilsen, A H J Danser, W J Paulus, C Cheng, W A Linke, J A Joles, M C Verhaar, J van der Velden, D Merkus, D J Duncker
Rationale: More than 50% of patients with heart failure have preserved ejection fraction characterized by diastolic dysfunction. The prevalance of diastolic dysfunction is higher in females and associates with multiple comorbidities such as hypertension (HT), obesity, hypercholesterolemia (HC) and diabetes mellitus (DM), although its pathophysiology remains incompletely understood. It has been proposed that the co-morbidities induce systemic inflammation, cardiac microvascular dysfunction and oxidative stress, leading to myocardial fibrosis, myocyte stiffening and ultimately, diastolic dysfunction...
February 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Erik Laurini, Valentina Martinelli, Thomas Lanzicher, Luca Puzzi, Daniele Borin, Suet Nee Chen, Carlin S Long, Patrice Lee, Luisa Mestroni, Matthew R G Taylor, Orfeo Sbaizero, Sabrina Pricl
Aims: Given the clinical impact of LMNA cardiomyopathies, understanding lamin function will fulfill a clinical need and will lead to advancement in the treatment of heart failure. A multidisciplinary approach combining cell biology, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and molecular modeling was used to analyze the biomechanical properties of human lamin A/C gene (LMNA) mutations (E161K, D192G, N195K) using an in vitro neonatal rat ventricular myocyte (NRVM) model. Methods and Results: The severity of biomechanical defects due to the three LMNA mutations correlated with the severity of the clinical phenotype...
February 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
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