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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087602/novel-application-of-3d-contrast-enhanced-cmr-to-define-fibrotic-structure-of-the-human-sinoatrial-node-in-vivo
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Thomas A Csepe, Jichao Zhao, Lidiya V Sul, Yufeng Wang, Brian J Hansen, Ning Li, Anthony J Ignozzi, Anna Bratasz, Kimerly A Powell, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen, John D Hummel, Orlando P Simonetti, Vadim V Fedorov
AIMS: The adult human sinoatrial node (SAN) has a specialized fibrotic intramural structure (35-55% fibrotic tissue) that provides mechanical and electrical protection from the surrounding atria. We hypothesize that late gadolinium-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) can be applied to define the fibrotic human SAN structure in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: LGE-CMR atrial scans of healthy volunteers (n olu, 23-52 y.o.) using a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system with a spatial resolution of 1...
January 13, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087180/a-comparison-of-hfref-vs-hfpef-s-clinical-workload-and-cost-in-the-first-year-following-hospitalization-and-enrollment-in-a-disease-management-program
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T M Murphy, D F Waterhouse, S James, C Casey, E Fitzgerald, E O'Connell, C Watson, J Gallagher, M Ledwidge, K McDonald
BACKGROUND: Admission with heart failure (HF) is a milestone in the progression of the disease, often resulting in higher intensity medical care and ensuing readmissions. Whilst there is evidence supporting enrolling patients in a heart failure disease management program (HF-DMP), not all reported HF-DMPs have systematically enrolled patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and there is a scarcity of literature differentiating costs based on HF-phenotype. METHODS: 1292 consenting, consecutive patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of HF were enrolled in a hospital based HF-DMP and categorized as HFpEF (EF≥45%) or HFrEF (EF<45%)...
December 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087179/value-of-serum-n-terminal-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-asymptomatic-structural-heart-disease-in-taiwanese-population-comparisons-with-current-esc-guidelines
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Ta-Chuan Hung, Kuang-Te Wang, Chun-Ho Yun, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Chia-Yuan Liu, Tung-Hsin Wu, Hiram G Bezerra, Hsiao-Yang Cheng, Chung-Lieh Hung, Hung-I Yeh
BACKGROUND: The relationship between N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structural or functional anomalies in pre-clinical, asymptomatic Asian populations has not been well identified. METHODS: From October 2005 to March 2008, we enrolled consecutive asymptomatic adults with preserved global left ventricular (LV) function (ejection fraction>50%) who underwent annual cardiovascular health survey. Circulating NT-proBNP was used to identify echo-defined cardiac structural/functional anomalies and compared to current recommended cut-off from the European Society of Heart Failure...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086863/exercise-mediated-protection-of-diabetic-heart-through-modulation-of-microrna-mediated-molecular-pathways
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Jason Kar Sheng Lew, James T Pearson, Daryl O Schwenke, Rajesh Katare
Hyperglycaemia, hypertension, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance collectively impact on the myocardium of people with diabetes, triggering molecular, structural and myocardial abnormalities. These have been suggested to aggravate oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, myocardial lipotoxicity and impaired myocardial substrate utilization. As a consequence, this leads to the development of a spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, which may include but not limited to coronary endothelial dysfunction, and left ventricular remodelling and dysfunction...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080965/feeling-learning-from-and-being-aware-of-inner-states-interoceptive-dimensions-in-neurodegeneration-and-stroke
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Indira García-Cordero, Lucas Sedeño, Laura de la Fuente, Andrea Slachevsky, Gonzalo Forno, Francisco Klein, Patricia Lillo, Jesica Ferrari, Clara Rodriguez, Julian Bustin, Teresa Torralva, Sandra Baez, Adrian Yoris, Sol Esteves, Margherita Melloni, Paula Salamone, David Huepe, Facundo Manes, Adolfo M García, Agustín Ibañez
Interoception is a complex process encompassing multiple dimensions, such as accuracy, learning and awareness. Here, we examined whether each of those dimensions relies on specialized neural regions distributed throughout the vast interoceptive network. To this end, we obtained relevant measures of cardiac interoception in healthy subjects and patients offering contrastive lesion models of neurodegeneration and focal brain damage: behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia (bvFTD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fronto-insular stroke...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080897/radiographic-cardiac-silhouette-measurement-in-captive-livingstone-s-fruit-bats-pteropus-livingstonii
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Katherine V R Dickson, Ceri W Twiston Davies, Andrew Routh, Rowena Killick, Alberto R Barbon
Cardiomyopathies have been increasingly noted in the captive population of Livingstone's fruit bat ( Pteropus livingstonii ). The aim of this study was to produce a set of repeatable quantitative reference measurements that could be used to assess the cardiac size during radiographic examination of this species. Ventro-dorsal and lateral radiographs (n = 129) from a total of 42 individual Livingstone's fruit bats were examined. The control group radiographs (n = 102) consisted of 34 healthy individuals. Radiographic measurements were taken of structures within the thorax and then converted into ratios...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078820/improvement-of-the-in-vivo-cellular-repopulation-of-decellularized-cardiovascular-tissues-by-a-detergent-free-non-proteolytic-actin-disassembling-regimen
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Alexander Assmann, Marc Struß, Franziska Schiffer, Friederike Heidelberg, Hiroshi Munakata, Elena V Timchenko, Pavel E Timchenko, Tim Kaufmann, Khon Huynh, Yukiharu Sugimura, Quentin Leidl, Antonio Pinto, Volker R Stoldt, Artur Lichtenberg, Payam Akhyari
Low immunogenicity and high repopulation capacity are crucial determinants for the functional and structural performance of acellular cardiovascular implants. The present study evaluates a detergent-free, non-proteolytic, actin-disassembling regimen (BIO) for decellularization of heart valve and vessel grafts, particularly focusing on their bio-functionality. Rat aortic conduits (rAoC; n = 89) and porcine aortic valve samples (n = 106) are decellularized using detergents (group DET) or the BIO regimen...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077437/sensitized-signalling-between-l-type-ca2-channels-and-ryanodine-receptors-in-the-absence-or-inhibition-of-fkbp12-6-in-cardiomyocytes
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Yan-Ting Zhao, Yun-Bo Guo, Lei Gu, Xue-Xin Fan, Hua-Qian Yang, Zheng Chen, Peng Zhou, Qi Yuan, Guang-Ju Ji, Shi-Qiang Wang
AIMS: The heart contraction is controlled by the Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+ )release (CICR) between L-type Ca(2+ )channels and ryanodine receptors (RyRs). The FK506-binding protein FKBP12.6 binds to RyR subunits, but its role in stabilizing RyR function has been debated for long. Recent reports of high-resolution RyR structure show that the HD2 domain that binds to the SPRY2 domain of neighbouring subunit in FKBP-bound RyR1 is detached and invisible in FKBP-null RyR2. The present study was to test the consequence of FKBP12...
January 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077320/serine-threonine-phosphatases-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Jordi Heijman, Shokoufeh Ghezelbash, Xander H T Wehrens, Dobromir Dobrev
Serine/threonine protein phosphatases control dephosphorylation of numerous cardiac proteins, including a variety of ion channels and calcium-handling proteins, thereby providing precise post-translational regulation of cardiac electrophysiology and function. Accordingly, dysfunction of this regulation can contribute to the initiation, maintenance and progression of cardiac arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and is characterized by electrical, autonomic, calcium-handling, contractile, and structural remodeling, which include, among other things, changes in the phosphorylation status of a wide range of proteins...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076798/neonatal-transplantation-confers-maturation-of-psc-derived-cardiomyocytes-conducive-to-modeling-cardiomyopathy
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Gun-Sik Cho, Dong I Lee, Emmanouil Tampakakis, Sean Murphy, Peter Andersen, Hideki Uosaki, Stephen Chelko, Khalid Chakir, Ingie Hong, Kinya Seo, Huei-Sheng Vincent Chen, Xiongwen Chen, Cristina Basso, Steven R Houser, Gordon F Tomaselli, Brian O'Rourke, Daniel P Judge, David A Kass, Chulan Kwon
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer unprecedented opportunities for disease modeling and personalized medicine. However, PSC-derived cells exhibit fetal-like characteristics and remain immature in a dish. This has emerged as a major obstacle for their application for late-onset diseases. We previously showed that there is a neonatal arrest of long-term cultured PSC-derived cardiomyocytes (PSC-CMs). Here, we demonstrate that PSC-CMs mature into adult CMs when transplanted into neonatal hearts. PSC-CMs became similar to adult CMs in morphology, structure, and function within a month of transplantation into rats...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074902/a-reduced-mechanical-model-for-camp-modulated-gating-in-hcn-channels
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Stephanie Weißgraeber, Andrea Saponaro, Gerhard Thiel, Kay Hamacher
We developed an in silico mechanical model to analyze the process of cAMP-induced conformational modulations in hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels, which conduct cations across the membrane of mammalian heart and brain cells. The structural analysis reveals a quaternary twist in the cytosolic parts of the four subunits in the channel tetramer. This motion augments the intrinsic dynamics of the very same protein structure. The pronounced differences between the cAMP bound and unbound form include a mutual interaction between the C-linker of the cyclic nucleotide binding domain (CNBD) and the linker between the S4 and S5 transmembrane domain of the channel...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074275/crossover-assessment-of-cardiolocomotor-synchronization-during-running
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Lucenildo Silva Cerqueira, Aluizio D'Affonsêca Netto, Roger Gomes Tavares Mello, Jurandir Nadal
PURPOSE: This study aimed at testing the hypothesis that positive cardiolocomotor coordination (CLC) measure occurs by chance during a running task where the heart rate (HR) is approximated to the step frequency (StepF). METHODS: The electrocardiogram and electromyogram from the right gastrocnemius lateralis muscle were continuously recorded from ten healthy young men running at a paced rhythm of 152 step/min, to monitor HR and StepF. CLC was evaluated by phase synchrograms and the index of conditional probability (iCP)...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073806/functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-caused-by-chronic-atrial-fibrillation-a-real-time-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Hiroto Utsunomiya, Yuji Itabashi, Hirotsugu Mihara, Javier Berdejo, Sayuki Kobayashi, Robert J Siegel, Takahiro Shiota
BACKGROUND: Functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) with a structurally normal tricuspid valve (TV) may occur secondary to chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the clinical and echocardiographic differences according to functional TR subtypes are unclear. Therefore, characterization of functional TR because of chronic AF (AF-TR) remains undetermined. METHODS AND RESULTS: To investigate the prevalence of AF-TR, 437 patients with moderate to severe TR underwent 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073805/sheet-like-remodeling-of-the-transverse-tubular-system-in-human-heart-failure-impairs-excitation-contraction-coupling-and-functional-recovery-by-mechanical-unloading
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Thomas Seidel, Sutip Navankasattusas, Azmi A Ahmad, Nikolaos A Diakos, Weining D Xu, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, Michael Bonios, Iosif Taleb, Dean Y Li, Craig H Selzman, Stavros G Drakos, Frank B Sachse
BACKGROUND: -Cardiac recovery in response to mechanical unloading by left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been demonstrated in subgroups of chronic heart failure (HF) patients. Hallmarks of HF are depletion and disorganization of the transverse tubular system (t-system) in cardiomyocytes. Here, we investigated remodeling of the t-system in human end-stage HF and its role in cardiac recovery. METHODS: -Left ventricular biopsies were obtained from 5 donors (CTRL) and 26 chronic HF patients undergoing implantation of LVADs...
January 10, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072727/association-between-arterial-stiffness-and-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-in-relation-to-gender-and-age
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Hack-Lyoung Kim, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Woo-Young Chung, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and subsequent overt heart failure are more prevalent in elderly women. Close interaction between arterial stiffness and LV morphology/function has been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is an age- and gender-dependent relationship between arterial stiffness and LV diastolic function. A total of 819 subjects (58.6 ± 13.3 years, 50.2% men) without structural heart disease (LV ejection fraction ≥50%) were retrospectively analyzed...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070903/myocardial-deformation-in-pediatric-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Francesco Borgia, Enrica Pezzullo, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Sara Cocozza, Roberto Della Casa, Giancarlo Parenti, Pietro Strisciuglio, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are inherited lysosomal storage disorders caused by deficiency of required glycosaminoglycans breakdown enzymes, inducing cardiac involvement. Little is known about myocardial deformation involvement in MPS. Our aim was to assess biventricular structure and function in asymptomatic children with MPS using standard echo Doppler and 2D speckle tracking (STE). METHODS: Fifteen MPS children (one type I, six type II, three type III A, one III B, three IV A, one VI), asymptomatic for cardiac symptoms, and 15 age and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echo Doppler and STE...
January 10, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070881/left-ventricular-function-after-takotsubo-is-not-fully-recovered-in-long-term-follow-up-a-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Radoslaw S Nowak, Marta Fijalkowska, Natasza Gilis-Malinowska, Milosz Jaguszewski, Rafal Galaska, Agnieszka Rojek, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Marcin Gruchala, Marcin Fijalkowski
BACKGROUND: Complete improvement of left ventricle (LV) systolic function is an essential feature of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC). It is suggested that 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D STE) can evaluate LV dysfunction more accurately than conventional echocardiography. Thus, the purpose of this research was to assertain whether LV function recovery is complete after the acute phase of TTC using 2D STE commencing 6 months after discharge. METHODS: Thirty patients (29 females, 67 ± 11 years) with an apical ballooning TTC pattern 225...
January 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069951/calsequestrin-depolymerizes-when-calcium-is-depleted-in-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-of-working-muscle
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Carlo Manno, Lourdes C Figueroa, Dirk Gillespie, Robert Fitts, ChulHee Kang, Clara Franzini-Armstrong, Eduardo Rios
Calsequestrin, the only known protein with cyclical storage and supply of calcium as main role, is proposed to have other functions, which remain unproven. Voluntary movement and the heart beat require this calcium flow to be massive and fast. How does calsequestrin do it? To bind large amounts of calcium in vitro, calsequestrin must polymerize and then depolymerize to release it. Does this rule apply inside the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) of a working cell? We answered using fluorescently tagged calsequestrin expressed in muscles of mice...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068236/cerebrovascular-diseases-in-childhood-cancer-survivors-role-of-the-radiation-dose-to-willis-circle-arteries
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Chiraz El-Fayech, Nadia Haddy, Rodrigue Sètchéou Allodji, Cristina Veres, Fara Diop, Amar Kahlouche, Damien Llanas, Angela Jackson, Carole Rubino, Catherine Guibout, Hélène Pacquement, Odile Oberlin, Cécile Thomas-Teinturier, Pierre-Yves Scarabin, Jean Chavaudra, Dimitry Lefkopoulos, Maurice Giroud, Yannick Bejot, Valérie Bernier, Christian Carrie, Ibrahima Diallo, Florent de Vathaire
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of radiation dose received to the circle of Willis (WC) during radiation therapy (RT) and of potential dose-response modifiers on the risk of stroke after treatment of childhood cancer. METHODS: We evaluated the risk factors for stroke in a cohort of 3172 5-year survivors of childhood cancer who were followed up for a median time of 26 years. Radiation doses to the WC and brain structures were estimated for each of the 2202 children who received RT...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067715/incidence-risk-factors-clinical-impact-and-management-of-bioprosthesis-structural-valve-degeneration
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Nancy Côté, Philippe Pibarot, Marie-Annick Clavel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Structural valve deterioration is the major cause of bioprosthesis failure and is increasing over time. We present an overview of incidence, mechanisms, predictors, clinical impact, and management of bioprosthetic valve structural degeneration. RECENT FINDINGS: Early degeneration caused by calcification and destruction of connective tissue of the prosthesis is controlled by multiple mechanisms, from mechanical stress to infiltration of lipids and inflammatory cells, and activation of the immune system...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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