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#1
Jinjin Wu, Paolo Capelli, Julien Bouvier, Martyn Goulding, Silvia Arber, Gilles Fortin
Breathing in mammals relies on permanent rhythmic and bilaterally synchronized contractions of inspiratory pump muscles. These motor drives emerge from interactions between critical sets of brainstem neurons whose origins and synaptic ordered organization remain obscure. Here, we show, using a virus-based transsynaptic tracing strategy from the diaphragm muscle in the mouse, that the principal inspiratory premotor neurons share V0 identity with, and are connected by, neurons of the preBötzinger complex that paces inspiration...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894423/%C3%AE-adrenergic-inhibition-prevents-action-potential-and-calcium-handling-changes-during-regional-myocardial-ischemia
#2
Shannon R Murphy, Lianguo Wang, Zhen Wang, Philip Domondon, Di Lang, Beth A Habecker, Rachel C Myles, Crystal M Ripplinger
β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) blockers may be administered during acute myocardial infarction (MI), as they reduce energy demand through negative chronotropic and inotropic effects and prevent ischemia-induced arrhythmogenesis. However, the direct effects of β-AR blockers on ventricular electrophysiology and intracellular Ca(2+) handling during ischemia remain unknown. Using optical mapping of transmembrane potential (with RH237) and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) (with the low-affinity indicator Fluo-5N AM), the effects of 15 min of regional ischemia were assessed in isolated rabbit hearts (n = 19)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882166/social-determinants-of-common-metabolic-risk-factors-high-blood-pressure-high-blood-sugar-high-body-mass-index-and-high-waist-hip-ratio-of-major-non-communicable-diseases-in-south-asia-region-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Sudesh Raj Sharma, Shiva Raj Mishra, Kusum Wagle, Rachel Page, Anna Matheson, Danielle Lambrick, James Faulkner, David Lounsbury, Abhinav Vaidya
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of non-communicable diseases has been increasing at a greater pace in developing countries and, in particular, the South Asia region. Various behavioral, social and environmental factors present in this region perpetuate common metabolic risk factors of non-communicable diseases. This study will identify social determinants of common metabolic risk factors of major non-communicable diseases in the context of the South Asian region and map their causal pathway. METHODS: A systematic review of selected articles will be carried out following Cochrane guidelines...
September 7, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881765/mitral-isthmus-ablation-using-a-circular-mapping-catheter-positioned-in-the-left-atrial-appendage-as-a-reference-for-conduction-block
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Takahiko Nishiyama, Takehiro Kimura, Taishi Fujisawa, Kazuaki Nakajima, Akira Kunitomi, Shin Kashimura, Yoshinori Katsumata, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Keiichi Fukuda, Seiji Takatsuki
BACKGROUND: For perimitral atrial flutter (PMFL) developing after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), to create a complete conduction block at the mitral isthmus (MI) is mandatory to terminate it, however, it is still challenging. METHODS: This study consisted of 80 patients (74 male, 61 ± 8.1 years) undergoing MI ablation. After a circular mapping catheter was positioned at the neck of the left atrial appendage (LAA), the MI ablation was performed on the MI line just below the LAA neck targeting the earliest activation recording site of the LAA catheter during pacing from the coronary sinus (CS)...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875394/genomic-based-breeding-tools-for-tropical-maize-improvement
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REVIEW
Thammineni Chakradhar, Vemuri Hindu, Palakolanu Sudhakar Reddy
Maize has traditionally been the main staple diet in the Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and widely grown by millions of resource poor small scale farmers. Approximately, 35.4 million hectares are sown to tropical maize, constituting around 59% of the developing worlds. Tropical maize encounters tremendous challenges besides poor agro-climatic situations with average yields recorded <3 tones/hectare that is far less than the average of developed countries. On the contrary to poor yields, the demand for maize as food, feed, and fuel is continuously increasing in these regions...
September 5, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862942/physiological-assessment-of-ventricular-myocardial-voltage-using-omnipolar-electrograms
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Karl Magtibay, Stéphane Massé, John Asta, Marjan Kusha, Patrick F H Lai, Mohammed Ali Azam, Andreu Porta-Sanchez, Shouvik Haldar, Daniel Malebranche, Christopher Labos, D Curtis Deno, Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar
BACKGROUND: Characterization of myocardial health by bipolar electrograms are critical for ventricular tachycardia therapy. Dependence of bipolar electrograms on electrode orientation may reduce reliability of voltage assessment along the plane of arrhythmic myocardial substrate. Hence, we sought to evaluate voltage assessment from orientation-independent omnipolar electrograms. METHODS AND RESULTS: We mapped the ventricular epicardium of 5 isolated hearts from each species-healthy rabbits, healthy pigs, and diseased humans-under paced conditions...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858645/simulation-study-of-the-ionic-mechanisms-underlying-torsade-de-pointes-in-a-2d-cardiac-tissue
#7
Ponnuraj Kirthi Priya, M Ramasubba Reddy
BACKGROUND: To understand the ionic mechanism behind the genesis of Torsade de Pointes (TdP) occurring with long QT syndrome 2 (LQTS2) in a remodelled transmural tissue. METHODS: The TP06 model is used to simulate the electrical activity of cells in a 2D transmural ventricular model. LQTS2 is realised by reducing the potassium current (IKr) to 0.5 in each cell. Each cell of the tissue is remodelled by increasing the conductance of calcium current (GCaL). The above two factors make the cells prone to early after depolarizations (EADs) development...
August 24, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858619/the-spatiotemporal-organization-of-the-striatum-encodes-action-space
#8
Andreas Klaus, Gabriela J Martins, Vitor B Paixao, Pengcheng Zhou, Liam Paninski, Rui M Costa
Activity in striatal direct- and indirect-pathway spiny projection neurons (SPNs) is critical for proper movement. However, little is known about the spatiotemporal organization of this activity. We investigated the spatiotemporal organization of SPN ensemble activity in mice during self-paced, natural movements using microendoscopic imaging. Activity in both pathways showed predominantly local but also some long-range correlations. Using a novel approach to cluster and quantify behaviors based on continuous accelerometer and video data, we found that SPN ensembles active during specific actions were spatially closer and more correlated overall...
August 30, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846152/ablation-of-the-vanishing-pvc-facilitated-by-quantitative-morphology-matching-software
#9
Jeffrey P Moak, Kohei Sumihara, Jonathan Swink, Sridhar Hanumanthaiah, Charles I Berul
BACKGROUND: Ablation of cardiac arrhythmias in children and teenagers often necessitates the use of anesthesia, which can suppress ventricular arrhythmias (VA), making it difficult to map the site of origin using activation-time (AT). Pace-mapping a technique employed to assist with VA origin localization, depends on subjective comparison of paced and targeted QRS morphology. We assessed the utility of a quantitative approach to paced QRS to VA morphology matching using PaSo software (Carto 3, Biosense-Webster), to localize the VA site of origin...
August 28, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846147/cardiac-mapping-and-pulmonary-vein-isolation-using-a-novel-ablation-catheter-with-tip-mini-electrodes
#10
Florian Heringhaus, Tanja Lotz, Lena Loehr, Julia Gelep, Sebastian Lask, Kaffer Kara, Andreas Mügge, Alexander Wutzler
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a standard treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). Identification of gaps in the ablation line is difficult. Tip-ring electrograms from ablation catheters represent relative large areas of myocardial tissue. Recently, an ablation catheter with three mini-electrodes (ME) on the catheter tip with closer interelectrode spacing was introduced. The aim of our study was to evaluate the novel electrodes during PVI. METHODS: PVI was performed with an irrigated ablation catheter equipped with conventional electrodes and three additional radial tip electrodes...
August 28, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842915/roles-of-impaired-intracellular-calcium-cycling-in-arrhythmogenicity-of-diabetic-mouse-model
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Chung-Chuan Chou, Chien-Te Ho, Hui-Ling Lee, Yen Chu, Tzung-Hai Yen, Ming-Shien Wen, Shien-Fong Lin, Cheng-Hung Lee, Po-Cheng Chang
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is associated an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias (VA), but the underlying electrophysiological mechanisms are not fully explored. This study was aimed to test whether dynamic factors and Cai handling play roles in arrhythmogenesis of a diabetic animal model. METHODS: We used 26 db/db type 2 diabetes mice and 28 control mice in this study. VA inducibility was evaluated in vivo under isoflurane general anesthesia. The intracellular Ca(2+) (Cai ) and membrane voltage (Vm ) signals of the Langendorff-perfused mouse hearts were simultaneously recorded using the optical mapping technique...
August 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837652/an-infrared-optical-pacing-system-for-screening-cardiac-electrophysiology-in-human-cardiomyocytes
#12
Matthew T McPheeters, Yves T Wang, Andreas A Werdich, Michael W Jenkins, Kenneth R Laurita
Human cardiac myocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells (hCM) have invigorated interest in genetic disease mechanisms and cardiac safety testing; however, the technology to fully assess electrophysiological function in an assay that is amenable to high throughput screening has lagged. We describe a fully contactless system using optical pacing with an infrared (IR) laser and multi-site high fidelity fluorescence imaging to assess multiple electrophysiological parameters from hCM monolayers in a standard 96-well plate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811555/identification-of-novel-micrornas-in-the-sheep-heart-and-their-regulation-in-heart-failure
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Lee Lee Wong, Miriam T Rademaker, Eng Leng Saw, Kar Sheng Lew, Leigh J Ellmers, Christopher J Charles, Arthur Mark Richards, Peipei Wang
Study of microRNA (miRNAs) using sheep models is limited due to lack of miRNA information. We therefore investigated oar-miRNAs and their regulation in an ovine model of heart failure (HF). Left ventricular (LV) tissue was collected from normal (Cont), HF (LV pacing @ ~220bpm for 13-days) and HF-recovery sheep (HF-R, 26-days after pacing cessation). MiRNA expression was profiled using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and miRNA array, and validated by stem-loop qPCR. Detected sequences were mapped against the ovine genome (Oar v4...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801038/qrs-duration-reflects-underlying-changes-in-conduction-velocity-during-increased-intraventricular-pressure-and-heart-failure
#14
REVIEW
Jorge G Quintanilla, Javier Moreno, Tamara Archondo, José Manuel Alfonso-Almazán, José María Lillo-Castellano, Elena Usandizaga, María Jesús García-Torrent, Cruz Rodríguez-Bobada, Pablo González, Luis Borrego, Victoria Cañadas-Godoy, Juan J González-Ferrer, Nicasio Pérez-Castellano, Julián Pérez-Villacastín, David Filgueiras-Rama
Pressure overload and heart failure electrophysiological remodeling (HF-ER) in pigs are associated with decreased conduction velocity (CV) and dispersion of repolarization, which lead to higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia. This work aimed to establish the correlation between QRS complex duration and underlying changes in CV during increased intraventricular pressure (IVP) and/or HF-ER ex-vivo, and to determine whether QRS duration could be sensitive to an acute increase in left ventricular (LV) afterload in-vivo...
August 9, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800949/pulmonary-sinus-cusp-mapping-and-ablation-a-new-concept-and-approach-for-idiopathic-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-arrhythmias
#15
Jinlin Zhang, Cheng Tang, Yonghua Zhang, Xi Su
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) may originate from the pulmonary sinus cusps (PSCs) far more frequently than previously recognized. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess whether mapping and ablation in PSCs might be an appropriate first-choice treatment in unselected patients with idiopathic RVOT VAs. METHODS: Ninety consecutive patients with VAs of RVOT-type origin were prospectively enrolled at our institution between August 2015 and September 2016...
August 9, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800169/global-multielectrode-contact-mapping-plus-ablation-with-a-single-catheter-preclinical-and-preliminary-experience-in-humans-with-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Hans Kottkamp, Fabian Moser, Andreas Rieger, Doreen Schreiber, Christian Pönisch, Monica Trofin
INTRODUCTION: One question for the technological advancement of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is whether a creative new concept can combine and even improve the diagnostic mapping options of single-tip and basket catheters with the simplicity of the use of balloon catheters for ablation. Herein, we describe the first in-human experience with a single catheter offering such a complete solution. METHODS AND RESULTS: A new catheter (Globe(®) ) with a distal multielectrode array consisting of 16 ribs with 122 gold-plated electrodes was used...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762918/-noninvasive-electrophysiological-mapping-in-patients-with-complete-left-bundle-branch-block-and-different-modes-of-biventricular-pacing
#17
S V Zubarev, M P Chmelevsky, M A Budanova, M A Trukshina, T A Lyubimtseva, V K Lebedeva, D S Lebedev
OBJECTIVE: to investigate possibilities of noninvasive electrophysiological mapping (NEM) during biventricular (BiV) pacing and to compare the results with data of 12 lead ECG and tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 25 patients with complete left bundle branch block (LBBB) and implanted cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) system. Twenty-two patients were CRT responders, three other patients did not demonstrate a clear effect...
May 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756779/quality-improvement-primer-part-1-preparing-for-a-quality-improvement-project-in-the-emergency-department
#18
Lucas B Chartier, Amy H Y Cheng, Antonia S Stang, Samuel Vaillancourt
Emergency medicine (EM) providers work in a fast-paced and often hectic environment that has a high risk for patient safety incidents and gaps in the quality of care. These challenges have resulted in opportunities for frontline EM providers to play a role in quality improvement (QI) projects. QI has developed into a mature field with methodologies that can dramatically improve the odds of having a successful project with a sustainable impact. However, this expertise is not yet commonly taught during professional training...
July 31, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753023/transparent-and-highly-responsive-phototransistors-based-on-a-solution-processed-nanometers-thick-active-layer-embedding-a-high-mobility-electron-transporting-polymer-and-a-hole-trapping-molecule
#19
Lorenzo Caranzi, Giuseppina Pace, Mauro Sassi, Luca Beverina, Mario Caironi
Organic materials are suitable for light sensing devices showing unique features such as low cost, large area, and flexibility. Moreover, transparent photodetectors are interesting for smart interfaces, windows, and display-integrated electronics. The ease of depositing ultrathin organic films with simple techniques enables low light absorbing active layers, resulting in the realization of transparent devices. Here, we demonstrate a strategy to obtain high efficiency organic photodetectors and phototransistors based on transparent active layers with a visible transmittance higher than 90%...
August 30, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752324/effect-of-glucose-on-3d-cardiac-microtissues-derived-from%C3%A2-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#20
Michael Balistreri, Justin A Davis, Katherine F Campbell, André Monteiro Da Rocha, Marjorie C Treadwell, Todd J Herron
Maternal hyperglycemia is a risk factor for fetal cardiac anomalies. This study aimed to assess the effect of high glucose on human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte self-assembly into 3D microtissues and their calcium handling. Stem cells were differentiated to beating cardiomyocytes using established protocols. On the final day of the differentiation process, cells were treated with control media, 12 mM glucose, or 12 mM mannitol (an osmolality control). Once beating, the cardiac cells were dissociated with trypsin, collected, mixed with collagen, and plated into custom-made silicone micro molds in order to generate 3D cardiac microtissues...
July 27, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
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