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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512159/employing-extracellular-volume-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-measures-of-myocardial-fibrosis-to-foster-novel-therapeutics
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Erik B Schelbert, Hani N Sabbah, Javed Butler, Mihai Gheorghiade
Quantifying myocardial fibrosis (MF) with myocardial extracellular volume measures acquired during cardiovascular magnetic resonance promises to transform clinical care by advancing pathophysiologic understanding and fostering novel therapeutics. Extracellular volume quantifies MF by measuring the extracellular compartment depicted by the myocardial uptake of contrast relative to plasma. MF is a key domain of dysfunctional but viable myocardium among others (eg, microvascular dysfunction and cardiomyocyte/mitochondrial dysfunction)...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493201/nuclear-cardiology-practice-in-spain
#2
Amelia Jimenez-Heffernan, Santiago Aguade-Bruix, Irene Casans-Tormo
BACKGROUND: In Spain, nuclear cardiology (NC) procedures represent the second most frequently performed studies in nuclear medicine (NM) centers. METHODS: The NC Working Group of the Spanish Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging invited NM departments across the country to answer an online questionnaire regarding 2014 activity. RESULTS: Data on 40,161 patients from 42 centers were collected. The responding public centers served 39% of Spain´s population...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484805/-practical-guidelines-for-genetic-testing-in-cardiovascular-diseases
#3
W Reinhard, T Trenkwalder, H Schunkert
In the last decade, genetic testing for cardiovascular disorders has become more and more relevant. Progress in molecular genetics has led to new opportunities for diagnostics, improved risk prediction and could lead to novel therapeutic approaches. Genetic diagnostic testing is relevant for both confirming a diagnosis as well as deciding on therapeutic consequences, if applicable. Furthermore, predictive testing in family members for specific cardiovascular diseases is now a standard procedure in holistic patient management...
May 8, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451703/-inflammatory-cardiomyopathy-and-myocarditis
#4
B Maisch, A D Ristic, S Pankuweit
We describe diagnosis, differential diagnosis, multimodality imaging and medical and invasive diagnostic treatment in patients with inflammatory cardiomyopathy and myocarditis under etiological considerations in reference to a landmark position paper of the Working Group Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology together with recent developments in diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis of the symptomatic patient is the assessment of etiology of inflammatory cardiomyopathy, followed by the clinical presentation, course, treatment option and prognosis...
April 27, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405885/sudden-death-due-to-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-following-negative-stress-test-outcome-genetics-and-clinical-implications
#5
Cristian D'Ovidio, Aldo Carnevale, Vincenzo M Grassi, Enrica Rosato, Bernat Del Olmo, Monica Coll, Oscar Campuzano, Anna Iglesias, Ramon Brugada, Antonio Oliva
This paper discusses the case of a young boy who died suddenly during a football match. The victim's personal and family medical histories were negative for cardiac events. He had undergone a cardiological investigation some months before his death, enabling him to participate in competitive sports. Only post-mortem molecular analysis allowed for a clearer determination of the most plausible cause of death, which was identified as inherited arrhythmogenic heart disease, known as catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia...
April 13, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360086/potential-impact-and-study-considerations-of-metabolomics-in-cardiovascular-health-and-disease-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
#6
REVIEW
Susan Cheng, Svati H Shah, Elizabeth J Corwin, Oliver Fiehn, Robert L Fitzgerald, Robert E Gerszten, Thomas Illig, Eugene P Rhee, Pothur R Srinivas, Thomas J Wang, Mohit Jain
Through the measure of thousands of small-molecule metabolites in diverse biological systems, metabolomics now offers the potential for new insights into the factors that contribute to complex human diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Targeted metabolomics methods have already identified new molecular markers and metabolomic signatures of cardiovascular disease risk (including branched-chain amino acids, select unsaturated lipid species, and trimethylamine-N-oxide), thus in effect linking diverse exposures such as those from dietary intake and the microbiota with cardiometabolic traits...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316631/potential-impact-of-rapid-blood-culture-testing-for-gram-positive-bacteremia-in-japan-with-the-verigene-gram-positive-blood-culture-test
#7
Ken Kikuchi, Mari Matsuda, Shigekazu Iguchi, Tomonori Mizutani, Keiichi Hiramatsu, Michiru Tega-Ishii, Kaori Sansaka, Kenta Negishi, Kimie Shimada, Jun Umemura, Shigeyuki Notake, Hideji Yanagisawa, Hiroshi Takahashi, Reiko Yabusaki, Hideki Araoka, Akiko Yoneyama
Background. Early detection of Gram-positive bacteremia and timely appropriate antimicrobial therapy are required for decreasing patient mortality. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the performance of the Verigene Gram-positive blood culture assay (BC-GP) in two special healthcare settings and determine the potential impact of rapid blood culture testing for Gram-positive bacteremia within the Japanese healthcare delivery system. Furthermore, the study included simulated blood cultures, which included a library of well-characterized methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) isolates reflecting different geographical regions in Japan...
2017: Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315122/cardio-oncology-the-nuclear-option
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REVIEW
Jorge A Alvarez, Raymond R Russell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardio-oncology focuses increased effort to decrease cancer treatment-related cardiotoxicity while continuing to improve outcomes. We sought to synthesize the latest in nuclear cardiology as it pertains to the assessment of left ventricular function in preventative guidelines and comparison to other modalities, novel molecular markers of pre-clinical cardiotoxicity, and its role in cardiac amyloid diagnosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Planar ERNA (equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography) provides a reliable and proven means of monitoring and preventing anthracycline cardiotoxicity, and SPECT ERNA using solid-state gamma cameras may provide reproducible assessments of left ventricular function with reduced radiation exposure...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290871/-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-pcsk9-new-opportunities-of-lipid-lowering-therapy
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K S Astrakova, Yu I Ragino, E V Shakhtshneider, M I Voevoda
In the literature review covered issues opening protein-proprotein convertase, subtilisin/kexin-type9 (PCSK9), its modern terminology, the results of its biochemical, molecular and genetic studies, metabolic regulation, functions and clinical findings in the blood content ofPCSK9 in lipid disorders and clinical pharmacological studies of monoclonal antibodies to this protein for the correction of lipid metabolism of major interest for cardiology and lipidology.
September 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290807/-cardiooncology-current-aspects-of-prevention-of-anthracycline-toxicity
#10
Y A Vasyuk, E L Shkolnik, V V Nesterov, L D Shkolnik, G V Varlan
Anthracyclines including doxorubicin, epirubicin, daunorubicin, aclarubicin are extensively used as chemotherapeutic agents for treatment of hematological and other malignancies. In cancer therapy anthracyclines are often used in combinations with other chemotherapeutic drugs and agents for molecularly targeted therapy. Anthracyclines are effective and powerful antineoplastic drugs with wide spectrum of application but active use of preparations of this group is limited because of such side effects as cardiotoxicity, myelotoxicity, thromboembolism, alopecia, etc...
December 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286377/ischemia-reperfusion-injury-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-critical-issue-for-clinicians-and-forensic-pathologists
#11
REVIEW
Margherita Neri, Irene Riezzo, Natascha Pascale, Cristoforo Pomara, Emanuela Turillazzi
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Reperfusion strategies are the current standard therapy for AMI. However, they may result in paradoxical cardiomyocyte dysfunction, known as ischemic reperfusion injury (IRI). Different forms of IRI are recognized, of which only the first two are reversible: reperfusion-induced arrhythmias, myocardial stunning, microvascular obstruction, and lethal myocardial reperfusion injury. Sudden death is the most common pattern for ischemia-induced lethal ventricular arrhythmias during AMI...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283005/-comparison-of-maldi-tof-and-16s-rrna-methods-in-identification-of-viridans-group-streptococci
#12
Serap Süzük Yıldız, Banu Kaşkatepe, Salih Altınok, Mustafa Çetin, Alper Karagöz, Sümeyra Savaş
Accurate identification of viridans group streptococci (VGS) frequently encountered as a causative agent of infective endocarditis is always a challenge for the clinical microbiology laboratory. Clinical microbiology laboratories generally use semi automatic/full automatic systems, molecular methods and also conventional methods for the identification of these bacteria. There are recent published studies that have used MALDI-TOF (Matrix Assisted Laser Ionization Mass Spectrometry-Time of Flight) systems in the identification of VGS...
January 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258942/late-onset-of-neutral-lipid-storage-disease-due-to-novel-pnpla2-mutations-causing-total-loss-of-lipase-activity-in-a-patient-with-myopathy-and-slight-cardiac-involvement
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Sara Missaglia, Lorenzo Maggi, Marina Mora, Sara Gibertini, Flavia Blasevich, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Laura Moro, Denise Cassandrini, Filippo Maria Santorelli, Simonetta Gerevini, Daniela Tavian
Neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy (NLSDM) presents with skeletal muscle myopathy and severe dilated cardiomyopathy in nearly 40% of cases. NLSDM is caused by mutations in the PNPLA2 gene, which encodes the adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL). Here we report clinical and genetic findings of a patient carrying two novel PNPLA2 mutations (c.696+4A>G and c.553_565delGTCCCCCTTCTCG). She presented at age 39 with right upper limb abduction weakness slowly progressing over the years with asymmetric involvement of proximal upper and lower limb muscles...
May 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230815/conceptual-foundations-of-systems-biology-explaining-complex-cardiac-diseases
#14
REVIEW
George E Louridas, Katerina G Lourida
Systems biology is an important concept that connects molecular biology and genomics with computing science, mathematics and engineering. An endeavor is made in this paper to associate basic conceptual ideas of systems biology with clinical medicine. Complex cardiac diseases are clinical phenotypes generated by integration of genetic, molecular and environmental factors. Basic concepts of systems biology like network construction, modular thinking, biological constraints (downward biological direction) and emergence (upward biological direction) could be applied to clinical medicine...
February 21, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194727/review-of-cardiovascular-imaging-in-the-journal-of-nuclear-cardiology-in-2016-part-1-of-2-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance
#15
Wael AlJaroudi, Fadi G Hage
Several original articles and editorials have been published in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology last year. It has become a tradition at the beginning of each year to summarize some of these key articles (AlJaroudi and Hage in J Nucl Cardiol 22:507-512, 2015, 23:122-130, 2016; Hage and AlJaroudi in J Nucl Cardiol 22:714-719, 2015; 23:493-498, 2016). In this part one, we will discuss some of the progress made in patients with infiltrative disease, cardiomyopathies (non-ischemic, ischemic, and diabetic), hybrid and molecular imaging, using advancement in positron emission tomography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181471/phenotypic-variability-of-dystrophinopathy-symptomatic-female-carriers
#16
Ana Cotta, Julia Filardi Paim, Elmano Carvalho, Mônica Machado Navarro, Jaquelin Valicek, Antonio Lopes da-Cunha-Junior, Miriam Melo Menezes, Simone Vilela Nunes, Rafael Xavier-Neto, Eni Braga da Silveira, Cynthia Costa-E-Silva, Reinaldo Issao Takata, Antonio Pedro Vargas
BACKGROUND: Dystrophinopathies are X-linked muscular dystrophies characterized by pathogenic mutations in the dystrophin gene. Symptomatic dystrophinopathy female carriers may present with limb-girdle weakness. The diagnosis may be challenging in the absence of affected male relatives. We aimed to describe the phenotypic variability in a series of molecular-confirmed female dystrophinopathy patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of medical records from 1997 to 2015...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026995/scale-up-production-and-characterization-of-anti-human-cardiac-troponin-i-monoclonal-antibody-in-ascitic-fluid-of-balb-c-mice
#17
Asiabanha Rezaee Majid, Rasaee Mohammad Javad, Paknejad Malihe, Mohammadnejad Javad
The Human Cardiac Troponin I (hcTnI) is a 210 amino acid protein, 23 kDa in molecular weight. This biomarker is commonly used to diagnose myocardial infarction, micro injury, and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in patients referring to emergency departments. The American Heart Association (AHA) and European Society of Cardiology (ESC) proposed troponin I as the gold biomarker for early detection of heart attack, especially in myocardial infarction (MI). Therefore, developing monoclonal antibodies against this biomarker could help in for early detection of heart attack...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914009/serum-response-factor-srf-ablation-interferes-with-acute-stress-associated-immediate-and-long-term-coping-mechanisms
#18
Annemarie Zimprich, Gabi Mroz, Christopher Meyer Zu Reckendorf, Sofia Anastasiadou, Philip Förstner, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Lore Becker, Jan Rozman, Cornelia Prehn, Birgit Rathkolb, Kristin Moreth, Wolfgang Wurst, Thomas Klopstock, Martin Klingenspor, Jerzy Adamski, Eckhard Wolf, Raffi Bekeredjian, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Bernd Knöll
Stress experience modulates behavior, metabolism, and energy expenditure of organisms. One molecular hallmark of an acute stress response is a rapid induction of immediate early genes (IEGs) such as c-Fos and Egr family members. IEG transcription in neurons is mediated by the neuronal activity-driven gene regulator serum response factor (SRF). We show a first role of SRF in immediate and long-lasting acute restraint stress (AS) responses. For this, we employed a standardized mouse phenotyping protocol at the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) including behavioral, metabolic, and cardiologic tests as well as gene expression profiling to analyze the consequences of forebrain-specific SRF deletion in mice exposed to AS...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858404/advances-in-multimodal-molecular-imaging
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REVIEW
Luigi Auletta, Matteo Gramanzini, Sara Gargiulo, Sandra Albanese, Marco Salvatore, Adelaide Greco
Preclinical molecular imaging is an emerging field. Improving the ability of scientists to study the molecular basis of human pathology in animals is of the utmost importance for future advances in all fields of human medicine. Moreover, the possibility of developing new imaging techniques or of implementing old ones adapted to the clinic is a significant area. Cardiology, neurology, immunology and oncology have all been studied with preclinical molecular imaging. The functional techniques of photoacoustic imaging (PAI), fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT), positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in association with each other or with the anatomic reference provided by computed tomography (CT) as well as with anatomic and functional information provided by magnetic resonance (MR) have all been proficiently applied to animal models of human disease...
March 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830433/erratum-to-american-society-of-nuclear-cardiology-and-society-of-nuclear-medicine-and-molecular-imaging-joint-position-statement-on-the-clinical-indications-for-myocardial-perfusion-pet
#20
Timothy M Bateman, Vasken Dilsizian, Rob S Beanlands, E Gordon DePuey, Gary V Heller, David A Wolinsky
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February 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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