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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151002/management-of-arrhythmia-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
#1
Martin Balik, Vojtech Matousek, Michal Maly, Tomas Brozek
The occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmias is associated with an unfavourable prognosis in septic shock. Available trials are difficult to apply in sepsis and septic shock patients due to included cohorts, control groups and because "one size does not fit all". The priorities in the critically ill are maintenance of a sinus rhythm and diastolic ventricular filling. The rate control modality should be reserved for chronic AF and in situations when a sinus rhythm is difficult to maintain due to extreme stress conditions resulting from a high dosage of vasoactive agents...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150941/micrornas-as-predictive-biomarkers-for-myocardial-injury-in-aged-mice-following-myocardial-infarction
#2
Natia Qipshidze Kelm, Kellianne M Piell, Eugenia Wang, Marsha P Cole
The occurrence of myocardial infarction (MI) increases appreciably with age. In the Framingham Heart Study, the incidence of MI more than doubles for men and increases more than 5-fold in women (ages 55 to 64 years compared to 85 to 94 years). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) quantitatively regulate their target's expression post-transcriptionally by either silencing action through binding at the 3'UTR domains or degrading the messages at their coding regions. In either case, these regulations affect the cardiac transcriptional output and cardiac function...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150791/16-channel-flexible-system-to-measure-electrophysiological-properties-of-bioengineered-hearts
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Betsy H Salazar, Kristopher A Hoffman, Anilkumar K Reddy, Sridhar Madala, Ravi K Birla
As tissue engineering continues to mature, it is necessary to develop new technologies that bring insight into current paradigms and guide improvements for future experiments. To this end, we have developed a system to characterize our bioartificial heart model and compare them to functional native structures. In the present study, the hearts of adult Sprague-Dawley were decellularized resulting in a natural three-dimensional cardiac scaffold. Neonatal rat primary cardiac cells were then cultured within a complex 3D fibrin gel, forming a 3-dimensional cardiac construct, which was sutured to the acellular scaffold and suspended in media for 24-48 h...
November 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149029/kappaphycus-alvarezii-as-a-food-supplement-prevents-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-in-rats
#4
Stephen Wanyonyi, Ryan du Preez, Lindsay Brown, Nicholas A Paul, Sunil K Panchal
The red seaweed, Kappaphycus alvarezii, was evaluated for its potential to prevent signs of metabolic syndrome through use as a whole food supplement. Major biochemical components of dried Kappaphycus are carrageenan (soluble fiber ~34.6%) and salt (predominantly potassium (K) 20%) with a low overall energy content for whole seaweed. Eight to nine week old male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups and fed for 8 weeks on a corn starch diet, a high-carbohydrate, high-fat (H) diet, alone or supplemented with a 5% (w/w) dried and milled Kappaphycus blended into the base diet...
November 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148430/low-dose-4d-cardiac-imaging-in-small-animals-using-dual-source-micro-ct
#5
Matthew Holbrook, Darin P Clark, Cristian T Badea
Micro-CT is widely used in preclinical studies, generating substantial interest in extending its capabilities in functional imaging applications such as blood perfusion and cardiac function. However, imaging cardiac structure and function in mice is challenging due to their small size and rapid heart rate. To overcome these challenges, we propose and compare improvements on two strategies for cardiac gating in dual-source, preclinical micro-CT: fast prospective gating (PG) and uncorrelated retrospective gating (RG)...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148301/provider-connectedness-to-other-providers-reduces-risk-of-readmission-after-hospitalization-for-heart-failure
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Alon Geva, Karen L Olson, Chunfu Liu, Kenneth D Mandl
Provider interactions other than explicit care coordination, which is challenging to measure, may influence practice and outcomes. We performed a network analysis using claims data from a commercial payor. Networks were identified based on provider pairs billing outpatient care for the same patient. We compared network variables among patients who had and did not have a 30-day readmission after hospitalization for heart failure. After adjusting for comorbidities, high median provider connectedness-normalized degree, which for each provider is the number of connections to other providers normalized to the number of providers in the region-was the network variable associated with reduced odds of readmission after heart failure hospitalization (odds ratio = 0...
July 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146505/muscarinic-receptor-oligomerization
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REVIEW
Sara Marsango, Richard J Ward, Elisa Alvarez-Curto, Graeme Milligan
G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been classically described as monomeric entities that function by binding in a 1:1 stoichiometric ratio to both ligand and downstream signalling proteins. However, in recent years, a growing numbers of studies have supported the hypothesis that these receptors can interact to form dimers and higher order oligomers although the molecular basis for these interactions, the overall quaternary arrangements and the functional importance of the GPCR oligomerization remain topics of intense speculation...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145709/defining-a-unified-vascular-phenotype-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Yannick Allanore, Oliver Distler, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Christopher P Denton
Microcirculation impairment and related vasculopathy is a hallmark of systemic sclerosis. Digital ulcers are second only to Raynaud's phenomenon as a vascular complication occurring in scleroderma patients. Digital ulcers are painful and generate disability. Furthermore, patients may develop recurrent digital ulcers and one may ask whether the outcomes of such patients might be different to those of unaffected ones. Recently several registries have provided relevant information about digital ulcers. Male sex and severe skin disease seem to be the main associated factors observed in several registries...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145303/epicardial-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-brugada-syndrome-with-electrical-storm-during-ventricular-fibrillation-a-case-report
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Shufen Jiang, Xiaomeng Yin, Chang Dong, Yunlong Xia, Jinqiu Liu
RATIONALE: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is characterized by ST segment elevation at the J point ≥2 mm in the right precordial electrocardiogram (ECG) leads, in the absence of structural heart disease, electrolyte disturbances, or ischemia. It is a well-described cause of sudden death in young patients, especially in the age of between 30 and 40 years old. Here, we reported an unusual case of electrical storm (ES) of ventricular fibrillation (VF) caused by BrS with complete right bundle-branch block (CRBBB) in a 75-year-old male patient...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144742/successful-identification-of-cardiac-troponin-calcium-sensitizers-using-a-combination-of-virtual-screening-and-roc-analysis-of-known-troponin-c-binders
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Melanie L Aprahamian, Svetlana B Tikunova, Morgan V Price, Andres F Cuesta, Jonathan P Davis, Steffen Lindert
Calcium-dependent cardiac muscle contraction is regulated by the protein complex troponin. Calcium binds to the N-terminal domain of troponin C (cNTnC) which initiates the process of contraction. Heart failure is a consequence of a disruption of this process. With the prevalence of this condition, a strong need exists to find novel compounds to increase the calcium sensitivity of cNTnC. Desirable are small chemical molecules that bind to the interface between cTnC and the cTnI switch peptide and exhibit calcium sensitizing properties by possibly stabilizing cTnC in an open conformation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143975/sustained-cardiac-programming-by-short-term-juvenile-exercise-training-in-male-rats
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Y Asif, M E Wlodek, M J Black, A P Russell, P F Soeding, G D Wadley
The aim of this study was to investigate if endurance training during juvenile life 'reprograms' the heart and leads to sustained improvements in the structure, function, and morphology of the adult heart. Male Wistar Kyoto rats were exercise trained 5 days/week for four weeks in either juvenile (5-9 weeks of age), adolescent (11-15 weeks of age) or adult life (20-24 weeks of age). Juvenile exercise training, when compared to 24 week old sedentary rats, led to sustained increases in left ventricle (LV) mass (+18%; P < 0...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143574/investigating-the-preventive-effects-of-baicalin-and-gallocatechin-aginst-glyoxal-induced-cystatin-aggregation
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Aamir Sohail, Waseem Feeroze Bhat, Mohammad Furkan, Aaliya Shah, Bilqees Bano
Several mammalian proteins form pathological deposits under nonphysiological conditions that are associated with many degenerative diseases. Protein aggregation is associated with aging, as well as a variety of diseases, including cystic fibrosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There is a lack of any potential anti-amyloidogenic agents and therapeutics till date. Polyphenols have been accredited with myriad biological effects. An analysis of the effects of natural agents like baicalin (BC) and gallocatechin (GC) on aggregation process can open new avenues for the treatment of protein misfolding diseases...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141880/divergent-respiratory-and-cardiovascular-responses-to-hypoxia-in-bar-headed-geese-and-andean-birds
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Sabine L Lague, Beverly Chua, Luis Alza, Graham R Scott, Peter B Frappell, Yang Zhong, Anthony P Farrell, Kevin G McCracken, Yuxiang Wang, William K Milsom
Many high-altitude vertebrates have evolved increased capacities in their oxygen transport cascade (ventilation, pulmonary diffusion, circulation and tissue diffusion), enhancing oxygen transfer from the atmosphere to mitochondria. However, the extent of interspecies variation in the control processes that dictate hypoxia responses remains largely unknown. We compared the metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to progressive decreases in inspired oxygen levels of bar-headed geese (Anser indicus), birds that biannually migrate across the Himalayan mountains, with those of Andean geese (Chloephaga melanoptera) and crested ducks (Lophonetta specularioides), lifelong residents of the high Andes...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141778/pathophysiology-and-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation-detected-after-ischemic-stroke-paradise-a-translational-integrated-and-transdisciplinary-approach
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Maryse Paquet, Joshua O Cerasuolo, Victoria Thorburn, Sebastian Fridman, Rasha Alsubaie, Renato D Lopes, Lauren E Cipriano, Paula Salamone, C W James Melling, Ali R Khan, Lucas Sedeño, Jiming Fang, Maria Drangova, Manuel Montero-Odasso, Jennifer Mandzia, Alexander V Khaw, Juan M Racosta, Justin Paturel, Lucy Samoilov, Devin Stirling, Brittany Balint, Victoria Jaremek, Marlys L Koschinsky, Michael B Boffa, Kelly Summers, Agustín Ibañez, Marko Mrkobrada, Gustavo Saposnik, Kurt Kimpinski, Shawn N Whitehead, Luciano A Sposato
BACKGROUND: It has been hypothesized that ischemic stroke can cause atrial fibrillation. By elucidating the mechanisms of neurogenically mediated paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, novel therapeutic strategies could be developed to prevent atrial fibrillation occurrence and perpetuation after stroke. This could result in fewer recurrent strokes and deaths, a reduction or delay in dementia onset, and in the lessening of the functional, structural, and metabolic consequences of atrial fibrillation on the heart...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141695/methylxanthines-induce-structural-and-functional-alterations-of-the-cardiac-system-in-zebrafish-embryos
#15
Ram Manohar Basnet, Daniela Zizioli, Michela Guarienti, Dario Finazzi, Maurizio Memo
BACKGROUND: Zebrafish embryos are emerging as a model for pharmacological and toxicological studies. We used zebrafish embryos to study the general toxicity and cardiovascular effects of eight methylxanthines: aminophylline, caffeine, diprophylline, doxofylline, etophylline, 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX), pentoxifylline and theophylline. METHODS: Microinjections of the eight methylxanthines were performed in 1-2 cell stage zebrafish embryos and the general toxicity and cardiovascular effects were analyzed at different time points...
November 15, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141175/sudden-cardiac-arrest-during-participation-in-competitive-sports
#16
Cameron H Landry, Katherine S Allan, Kim A Connelly, Kris Cunningham, Laurie J Morrison, Paul Dorian
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during participation in sports activities remains unknown. Preparticipation screening programs aimed at preventing sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities are thought to be able to identify at-risk athletes; however, the efficacy of these programs remains controversial. We sought to identify all sudden cardiac arrests that occurred during participation in sports activities within a specific region of Canada and to determine their causes...
November 16, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138508/fetal-cardiac-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-utero
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Jerome Chaptinel, Jerome Yerly, Yvan Mivelaz, Milan Prsa, Leonor Alamo, Yvan Vial, Gregoire Berchier, Chantal Rohner, François Gudinchet, Matthias Stuber
Fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) led to the emergence of 'cine MRI' techniques, which enable the visualization of the beating heart and the assessment of cardiac morphology and dynamics. However, established cine MRI methods are not suitable for fetal heart imaging in utero, where anatomical structures are considerably smaller and recording an electrocardiogram signal for synchronizing MRI data acquisition is difficult. Here we present a framework to overcome these challenges. We use methods for image acquisition and reconstruction that robustly produce images with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to detect the heart contractions of the fetus, enabling a retrospective gating of the images and thus the generation of images of the beating heart...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138229/genomic-structural-variations-lead-to-dysregulation-of-important-coding-and-non-coding-rna-species-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#18
Jan Haas, Stefan Mester, Alan Lai, Karen S Frese, Farbod Sedaghat-Hamedani, Elham Kayvanpour, Tobias Rausch, Rouven Nietsch, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Avisha Carstensen, Mirko Völkers, Carsten Dietrich, Dietmar Pils, Ali Amr, Daniel B Holzer, Diana Martins Bordalo, Daniel Oehler, Tanja Weis, Derliz Mereles, Sebastian Buss, Eva Riechert, Emil Wirsz, Maximilian Wuerstle, Jan O Korbel, Andreas Keller, Hugo A Katus, Andreas E Posch, Benjamin Meder
The transcriptome needs to be tightly regulated by mechanisms that include transcription factors, enhancers, and repressors as well as non-coding RNAs. Besides this dynamic regulation, a large part of phenotypic variability of eukaryotes is expressed through changes in gene transcription caused by genetic variation. In this study, we evaluate genome-wide structural genomic variants (SVs) and their association with gene expression in the human heart. We detected 3,898 individual SVs affecting all classes of gene transcripts (e...
November 14, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137108/tuberculosis-presenting-as-isolated-bronchonodal-fistula-in-a-patient-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-case-report
#19
Kyungsoo Bae, Kyung Nyeo Jeon, Ho Cheol Kim, Young Sun Suh, Gi Dong Lee, Ju-Young Kim, Dae Hyun Song
RATIONALE: Lymph node is a preferred site for extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In the thorax, mediastinal tuberculous lymph nodes can erode adjacent structures such as heart, aorta, and esophagus, forming fistula, and causing fatal consequences. However, tuberculous bronchonodal fistula as a complication of lymph node TB in adults is rarely known in terms of imaging or clinical findings. Here, a case of isolated tuberculous bronchonodal fistula appearing as the first presentation of TB in a 74-year-old male with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is reported...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137034/uniparental-disomy-and-prenatal-phenotype-two-case-reports-and-review
#20
Xiaofei Li, Yan Liu, Song Yue, Li Wang, Tiejuan Zhang, Cuixia Guo, Wenjie Hu, Karl-Oliver Kagan, Qingqing Wu
RATIONALE: Uniparental disomy (UPD) gives a description of the inheritance of both homologues of a chromosome pair from the same parent. The consequences of UPD depend on the specific chromosome/segment involved and its parental origin. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report prenatal phenotypes of 2 rare cases of UPD. DIAGNOSES: The prenatal phenotype of case 1 included sonographic markers such as enlarged nuchal translucency (NT), absent nasal bone, short femur and humerus length, and several structural malformations involving Dandy-Walker malformation and congenital heart defects...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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