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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432058/mk5-haplodefficiency-attenuates-hypertrophy-and-preserves-diastolic-function-during-remodeling-induced-by-chronic-pressure-overload-in-the-mouse-heart
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Sherin Nawaito, Dharmendra Dingar, Pramod Sahadevan, Bahira Hussein, Fatiha Sahmi, Yanfen Shi, Marc-Antoine Gillis, Matthias Gaestel, Jean-Claude Tardif, Bruce G Allen
MK5 is a protein serine and threonine kinase that is activated by p38 MAPK and the atypical MAPKs ERK3 and ERK4. The physiological function(s) of MK5 remain unknown. Herein we examine the effect of MK5 haplodeficiency on cardiac function and myocardial remodeling. At 12-weeks of age, MK5 haplodeficient mice (MK5(+/-)) were smaller than age-matched wild-type litter mates (MK5(+/+)), with similar diastolic function but reduced systolic function. Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was employed to induce a chronic pressure overload in twelve-week-old male MK5(+/-) and MK5(+/+) mice...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429125/low-plasma-homoarginine-concentration-is-associated-with-high-rates-of-all-cause-mortality-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#2
Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Isidor Minović, Erik Hanff, Anne-Roos S Frenay, Martin H de Borst, Martin Feelisch, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Dimitrios Tsikas
In renal transplant recipients (RTR), we recently found that low urinary excretion of homoarginine (hArg) is associated with mortality and graft failure. However, it is not known whether such prospective associations also hold true for plasma concentrations of hArg. In the present study, we therefore determined plasma concentrations of hArg in the same cohort, i.e. in 687 RTR (functioning graft ≥1 year), and in 140 healthy donors, before and after kidney donation. Plasma hArg concentrations were significantly lower in RTR compared to healthy controls [1...
April 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428488/improvement-in-exercise-capacity-by-exercise-training-associated-with-favorable-clinical-outcomes-in-advanced-heart-failure-with-high-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-level
#3
Michio Nakanishi, Kazuhiro Nakao, Leon Kumasaka, Tetsuo Arakawa, Shigefumi Fukui, Takahiro Ohara, Masanobu Yanase, Teruo Noguchi, Satoshi Yasuda, Yoichi Goto
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of exercise training (ET) programs and its relationship with long-term clinical outcomes in advanced heart failure (HF) patients with high levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) remain uncertain.Methods and Results:We studied 340 consecutive HF patients with ejection fraction (EF) <45% who completed a 3-month ET program. Patients with BNP ≥200 pg/mL (High-BNP, n=170) had more advanced HF characteristics, including lower EF (25.0±8.6% vs. 28.1±8...
April 20, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428353/development-of-a-bnp1-32-immunoassay-that-does-not-cross-react-with-probnp
#4
Lynley K Lewis, Sara D Raudsepp, Tim G Yandle, Timothy C Prickett, A Mark Richards
BACKGROUND: Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentration reflects cardiac dysfunction and assists in determining the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure (HF). Current BNP assays overestimate circulating bioactive BNP1-32 concentrations as they also detect less active BNP metabolites and proBNP. A specific BNP1-32 assay with negligible cross-reactivity to proBNP and/or BNP metabolites may be advantageous. METHODS: We developed a Luminex-based specific BNP1-32 immunoassay and compared results obtained from 3 other BNP assays (a Luminex-based total-BNP assay, our BNP RIA, and the commercially available Abbott Architect BNP assay) in plasma from 42 patients with HF and 22 healthy controls...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426781/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-tudca-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-remodeling-by-reducing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#5
Shilpa Rani, Pradeep Kumar Sreenivasaiah, Jin Ock Kim, Mi Young Lee, Wan Seok Kang, Yong Sook Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Woo Jin Park, Chunghee Cho, Do Han Kim
Pressure overload in the heart induces pathological hypertrophy and is associated with cardiac dysfunction. Apoptosis and fibrosis signaling initiated by the endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) is known to contribute to these maladaptive effects. The aim of this study was to investigate whether reduction of ERS by a known chemical chaperone, tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) can attenuate pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling in a mouse model of transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Oral administration of TUDCA at a dose of 300 mg/kg body weight (BW) in the TUDCA-TAC group reduced ERS markers (GRP78, p-PERK, and p-eIf2α), compared to the Vehicle (Veh)-TAC group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426429/a-candidate-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-reference-method-for-the-quantification-of-the-cardiac-marker-1-32-b-type-natriuretic-peptide
#6
Attila F Torma, Kate Groves, Sabine Biesenbruch, Chris Mussell, Alan Reid, Steve Ellison, Rainer Cramer, Milena Quaglia
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a 32 amino acid cardiac hormone routinely measured by immunoassays to diagnose heart failure. While it is reported that immunoassay results can vary up to 45%, no attempt of standardization and/or harmonization through the development of certified reference materials (CRMs) or reference measurement procedures (RMPs) has yet been carried out. METHODS: B-type natriuretic peptide primary calibrator was quantified traceably to the International System of Units (SI) by both amino acid analysis and tryptic digestion...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
#7
Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420000/-epicatechin-suppresses-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-via-the-activation-of-the-sp1-sirt1-signaling-pathway
#8
Zeng-Xiang Dong, Lin Wan, Ren-Jun Wang, Yuan-Qi Shi, Guang-Zhong Liu, Si-Jia Zheng, Hui-Ling Hou, Wei Han, Xin Hai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Flavonol (-)-epicatechin (EPI) is present in high amounts in cocoa and tea products, and has been shown to exert beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. However, the precise mechanism of EPI on cardiomyocyte hypertrophy has not yet been determined. In this study, we examined whether EPI could inhibit cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS: We utilised cultured neonatal mouse cardiomyocytes and mice for immunofluorescence, immunochemistry, qRT-PCR, and western blot analyses...
April 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418864/bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-overexpressing-mir-21-efficiently-repair-myocardial-damage-in-rats
#9
Yan-Ling Zeng, Hao Zheng, Qiu-Ru Chen, Xiao-Hong Yuan, Jin-Hua Ren, Xiao-Feng Luo, Ping Chen, Zhe-Yao Lin, Shao-Zhen Chen, Xue-Qiong Wu, Min Xiao, Yong-Quan Chen, Zhi-Zhe Chen, Jian-Da Hu, Ting Yang
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the ability of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) overexpressing microRNA-21 (miR-21) to repair cardiac damage induced by anthracyclines in rats. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats of 2~3 weeks old were selected to isolate and culture BMSCs. A lentivirus harboring pLVX-miR-21 was generated and transfected into rat BMSCs. The rats were assigned into an untreated negative control group, and groups injected with adriamycin alone or with adriamycin followed by BMSCs, pLVX-BMSCs or pLVX-miR-21-BMSCs (n = 10 each)...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417288/troponin-t-elevation-after-permanent-pacemaker-implantation
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Xueying Chen, Ziqing Yu, Jin Bai, Shulan Hu, Wei Wang, Shengmei Qin, Jingfeng Wang, Zhe Sun, Yangang Su, Junbo Ge
PURPOSE: The objective of the study is to study the incidence, significance, and factors associated with cardiac troponin T (CTNT) elevation after pacemaker implantation. METHODS: Three hundred seventy-four patients (104 single-chamber pacemakers or ICD, 243 dual-chamber pacemakers, and 27 cardiac resynchronization therapy/cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator) who had normal levels of CTNT at baseline and underwent implantation of a permanent pacemaker system were included in this study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416225/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-overexpression-ameliorates-hepatorenal-fibrocystic-disease-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-rat%C3%A2-model-of-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Sara J Holditch, Claire A Schreiber, Peter C Harris, Nicholas F LaRusso, Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Alessandro Cataliotti, Vicente E Torres, Yasuhiro Ikeda
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) involves progressive hepatorenal cyst expansion and fibrosis, frequently leading to end-stage renal disease. Increased vasopressin and cAMP signaling, dysregulated calcium homeostasis, and hypertension play major roles in PKD progression. The guanylyl cyclase A agonist, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), stimulates cGMP and shows anti-fibrotic, anti-hypertensive, and vasopressin-suppressive effects, potentially counteracting PKD pathogenesis. Here, we assessed the impacts of guanylyl cyclase A activation on PKD progression in a rat model of PKD...
April 14, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415932/the-effects-of-corrective-surgery-on-endothelial-biomarkers-and-anthropometric-data-in-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
#12
Hung-Tao Chung, Yu-Sheng Chang, Sui-Ling Liao, Shen-Hao Lai
Objective To investigate the influence of surgical correction on biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction in children with congenital heart disease and to evaluate anthropometric data. Methods Children with pulmonary hypertension (PH) or Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) who were scheduled for corrective surgery were enrolled in this prospective study. Age-matched healthy children were included as controls. Demographic, haemodynamic and cardiac ultrasonography data were collected. Blood samples were taken pre-surgery, 24-48 hours post-surgery and again 3-6 months later...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415034/validation-of-a-new-mortality-risk-prediction-model-for-people-65-years-and-older-in-northwest-russia-the-crystal-risk-score
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Anna Turusheva, Elena Frolova, Vaes Bert, Eralda Hegendoerfer, Jean-Marie Degryse
BACKGROUND: Prediction models help to make decisions about further management in clinical practice. This study aims to develop a mortality risk score based on previously identified risk predictors and to perform internal and external validations. METHODS: In a population-based prospective cohort study of 611 community-dwelling individuals aged 65+ in St. Petersburg (Russia), all-cause mortality risks over 2.5 years follow-up were determined based on the results obtained from anthropometry, medical history, physical performance tests, spirometry and laboratory tests...
March 29, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414664/gonococcal-endocarditis-the-gift-that-stops-giving-an-uncommon-presentation-of-a-common-disease
#14
G Olayemi, M Oferczak, A Elagizi, I El-Abbassi, M Eschete, J Crowe
INTRODUCTION: Gonorrhea is the 2nd most common sexually transmitted disease in the US with 800,000 cases of gonorrhea each year. Disseminated gonorrhea infection occurs in 0.5 percent - 3 percent of these patients and is more frequent in woman younger than 40 years of age. CASE: A 36 year old woman with a history of polysubstance abuse presented with 10 day history of feeling generally unwell. At presentation, vitals were remarkable for tachycardia and hypotension...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410843/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-does-not-prevent-heart-failure-in-experimental-hypertension
#15
H Hernán Gómez Llambí, G Cao, M Donato, D Suárez, G Ottaviano, A Müller, B Buchholz, R Gelpi, M Otero-Losada, J Milei
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) secondary to hypertension has been accepted to prevent heart failure (HF) while paradoxically increasing cardiovascular morbi-mortality. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether antihypertensive treatment inhibits LVH, restores beta-adrenergic response and affects myocardial oxidative metabolism. METHODS: Ninety spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were distributed into groups and treated (mg/kg, p.o...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410530/metformin-attenuated-endotoxin-induced-acute-myocarditis-via-activating-ampk
#16
Gang Liu, Kejia Wu, Li Zhang, Jie Dai, Wei Huang, Ling Lin, Pu Ge, Fuling Luo, Han Lei
Metformin is a widely used anti-diabetic drug and increasing evidence suggests that metformin have profound cardioprotective effects under both diabetic and non-diabetic situations. The protective benefits of metformin have been proved in diabetic patients with cardiovascular complications and in experimental animals with myocardial infarction and cardiac hypertrophy. In the present study, we found that treatment with metformin inhibited the cardiac expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) in endotoxin-challenged mice...
April 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408104/long-term-treatment-with-ivabradine-over-12months-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-in-clinical-practice-effect-on-symptoms-quality-of-life-and-hospitalizations
#17
C Zugck, S Störk, G Stöckl
BACKGROUND: Ivabradine is indicated to control heart rate in otherwise optimally treated patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and reduced ejection fraction. However, data on its effectiveness outside clinical trials and longer-term effects are scarce. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study involving 249 German resident cardiologists and analyzed the 1-year effectiveness and safety of ivabradine used in CHF outpatients. Data on symptoms, quality of life, and hospitalizations were collected...
April 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406043/cardioprotective-effect-of-magnetic-hydrogel-nanocomposite-loaded-n-%C3%AE-l-rhamnopyranosyl-vincosamide-isolated-from-moringa-oleifera-leaves-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-toxicity-in-rats-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
#18
Mostafa Cheraghi, Mehrdad Namdari, Hadis Daraee, Babak Negahdari, Hammed T Aiyelabegan
Cardioprotective effect of N, α-L-rhamnopyranosyl vincosamide (VR), isolated from the leaves of Moringa oleifera plant in doxorubicin-induced cardiac toxicity rats was evaluated. Twelve (12) rats were randomly selected into 3 groups; 2 rats received distilled water in the control group, 5 rats in group I received varying concentration of VR treatment, and group II containing 5 rats received varying concentration of VR-loaded magnetic hydrogel nanocomposite. Malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione peroxidase (GSH) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzymes activities level were analysed after two weeks...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401618/tailoring-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-therapy-in-heart-failure-patients-are-we-moving-towards-a-personalized-approach
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João Pedro Ferreira, Robert J Mentz, Anne Pizard, Bertram Pitt, Faiez Zannad
The aim of personalized medicine is to offer a tailored approach to each patient in order to provide the most effective therapy, while reducing risks and side effects. The use of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) has demonstrated major benefits in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), results with challenging inconsistencies in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), and 'neutral' preliminary results in acute heart failure. Data derived from landmark trials are generally applied in a 'one size fits all' manner and the development and implementation of more personalized MRA management would offer the potential to improve outcomes and reduce side effects...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400680/changes-in-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-related-hemodynamic-parameters-following-a-fluid-challenge-in-critically-ill-patients-with-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock
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Shahed Omar, Ahmad Ali, Yahya Atiya, Rudo Lufuno Mathivha, Joel M Dulhunty
CONTEXT: Severe sepsis or septic shock. AIMS: The aim of this study is to examine the effect of a fluid challenge on the B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the hemodynamic state. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This observational study was conducted in an intensivist-led academic, mixed medical-surgical Intensive Care Unit. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Focused transthoracic echocardiogram, plasma BNP, and hemodynamic measurements were recorded at baseline and following a 500 ml fluid challenge in thirty patients...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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