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Arnold Groehler, Stefan Kren, Qinglu Li, Maggie Robledo-Villafane, Joshua Schmidt, Mary Garry, Natalia Tretyakova
Myocardial infarction (MI) is a life-threatening condition that can occur when blood flow to the heart is interrupted due to a blockage in one or more of the coronary vessels. Current treatments of MI rapidly restore blood flow to the affected myocardium using thrombolytic agents or angioplasty. Adverse effects including inflammation, tissue necrosis, and ventricular dysfunction are, however, not uncommon following reperfusion therapy. These conditions are thought to be caused by a sudden influx of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to the affected myocardium...
March 11, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Hui Qu, Bao-Dong Xie, Jian Wu, Bo Lv, Jun-Bo Chuai, Jian-Zhong Li, Jun Cai, Hua Wu, Shu-Lin Jiang, Xiao-Ping Leng, Kai Kang
Background: Engineered heart tissues (EHTs) present a promising alternative to current materials for surgical ventricular restoration (SVR); however, the clinical application remains limited by inadequate vascularization postimplantation. Moreover, a suitable and economic animal model for primary screening is another important issue. Methods: Recently, we used 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide hydrochloride chemistry (EDC) to initiate a strengthened, cytokine-conjugated collagenous platform with a controlled degradation speed...
2018: Stem Cells International
Tian Li, Yafeng Shen, Li Su, Xiaoyan Fan, Fangxing Lin, Xuting Ye, Dianer Ding, Ying Tang, Yang Yongji, Changhai Lei, Shi Hu
Post-ischemic heart failure is a major cause of death worldwide. Reperfusion of infarcted heart tissue after myocardial infarction has been an important medical intervention to improve outcomes. However, disturbances in Ca2+ and redox homeostasis at the cellular level caused by ischemia/reperfusion remain major clinical challenges. In this study, we investigated the potential of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-9-mediated cardiac expression of a Type-2 ryanodine receptor (RyR2) degradation-associated gene, Presenilin 1 (PSEN1), to combat post-ischemic heart failure...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Drug Targeting
Nabham Rai, Swathi Veeroju, Yves Schymura, Wiebke Janssen, Astrid Wietelmann, Baktybek Kojonazarov, Norbert Weissmann, Johannes-Peter Stasch, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Werner Seeger, Ralph Theo Schermuly, Tatyana Novoyatleva
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disorder characterized by remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and a rise in right ventricular (RV) afterload. The increased RV afterload leads to right ventricular failure (RVF) which is the reason for the high morbidity and mortality in PAH patients. The objective was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and antiremodeling potential of the phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor sildenafil and the soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator riociguat in a model of pressure overload RV hypertrophy induced by pulmonary artery banding (PAB)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Ying-Ju Lai, I-Chen Chen, Hsin-Hsien Li, Chung-Chi Huang
Right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy is characterized by cardiac fibrosis due to endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) and increased collagen production in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients, but the mechanisms for restoring RV function are unclear. Prostanoid agonists are effective vasodilators for PAH treatment that bind selective prostanoid receptors to modulate vascular dilation. The importance of prostanoid signaling in the RV is not clear. We investigated the effects of the EP4-specific agonist L-902,688 on cardiac fibrosis and TGF-β-induced EndMT...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Andreas Entenmann, Susann Dittrich, Vera Hessling, Christian Niederwanger, Gerard Cortina, Miriam Michel
BACKGROUND: Junctional ectopic tachycardia is a serious complication of surgery for paediatric congenital heart disease. R-wave synchronized atrial (AVT) pacing, an innovative temporary pacing technique, restores atrioventricular synchrony in these patients. The method is highly effective but technically complex. A standardized training model exists for doctors but not for paediatric intensive care nurses. AIMS: This study seeks to evaluate whether a standardized programme involving simulation and vignettes increases knowledge of AVT pacing and accuracy of its documentation, as well as recognition and management of specific complications...
March 6, 2018: Nursing in Critical Care
Paul Wijnker, Vasco Sequeira, Diederik Kuster, Jolanda van der Velden
SIGNIFICANCE: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a cardiac genetic disease characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and myocardial disarray. Disease onset occurs between 20 and 50 years of age, thus affecting patients in the prime of their life. HCM is caused by mutations in sarcomere proteins, the contractile building blocks of the heart. Despite increased knowledge of causal mutations, the exact path from genetic defect leading to cardiomyopathy is complex and involves additional disease hits...
February 28, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Yuwen Wang, Yi Xu, Runmei Zou, Lijia Wu, Ping Liu, Hong Yang, Zhenwu Xie, Cheng Wang
BACKGROUND: The effect of levocarnitine supplementation has not been evaluated in children with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of oral levocarnitine supplementation in pediatric patients with DCM. METHODS: Twenty-nine children with DCM (17 male, 12 female, aged 1 month to 13 years) were divided into two groups according to a simple randomization: control group (n = 10) and experimental group (n = 19)...
February 21, 2018: Paediatric Drugs
Mohammad Kaif, Mazhar Husain, Bal Krishna Ojha
Objective Restoration of CSF flow and removal of Intraventricular Cystecercal Cyst is the main goal in treatment Hydrocephalus due Intraventricular Neurocysticercosis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the technique and outcome of Endoscopic management of Intraventricular Neurocysticercosis. Methods We retrospectively analysed the records of 30 consecutive patients of Intraventricular Intra third and fourth ventricle Neurocysticercosiswho underwent endoscopic management.The clinical profile of the patient were evaluated which included age, symptoms and signs...
January 22, 2018: Turkish Neurosurgery
Daniel J Flores, ThuyVy Duong, Luke O Brandenberger, Apratim Mitra, Aditya Shirali, John C Johnson, Danielle Springer, Audrey Noguchi, Zu-Xi Yu, Steven N Ebert, Andreas Ludwig, Bjorn C Knollmann, Mark D Levin, Karl Pfeifer
Cardiac calsequestrin (Casq2) associates with the Ryanodine Receptor 2 channel in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum to regulate Ca2+ release into the cytoplasm. Patients carrying mutations in CASQ2 display low resting heart rates under basal conditions and stress-induced polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). In this study we generate and characterize novel conditional deletion and conditional rescue mouse models to test the influence of developmental programs on the heart rate and CPVT phenotypes...
February 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Thomas Kampourakis, Saraswathi Ponnam, Malcolm Irving
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is frequently linked to mutations in the protein components of the myosin-containing thick filaments leading to contractile dysfunction and ultimately heart failure. However, the molecular structure-function relationships that underlie these pathological effects remain largely obscure. Here we chose an example mutation (R58Q) in the myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) that is associated with a severe HCM phenotype and combined the results from a wide range of in vitro and in situ structural and functional studies on isolated protein components, myofibrils and ventricular trabeculae to create an extensive map of structure-function relationships...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
J R Giudicessi, M J Ackerman, M Camilleri
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal sensorimotor dysfunction underlies a wide range of esophageal, gastric, and intestinal motility and functional disorders that collectively constitute nearly half of all referrals to gastroenterologists. As a result, substantial effort has been dedicated toward the development of prokinetic agents intended to augment or restore normal gastrointestinal motility. However, the use of several clinically efficacious gastroprokinetic agents, such as cisapride, domperidone, erythromycin, and tegaserod, is associated with unfavorable cardiovascular safety profiles, leading to restrictions in their use...
February 14, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Chandrashekhar E Deopujari, Vikram S Karmarkar, Nishit Shah, Ravindran Vashu, Rahul Patil, Chandan Mohanty, Salman Shaikh
INTRODUCTION: Craniopharyngiomas are dysontogenic tumors with benign histology but aggressive behavior. The surgical challenges posed by the tumor are well recognized. Neuroendoscopy has recently contributed to its surgical management. This study focuses on our experience in managing craniopharyngiomas in recent years, highlighting the role of combined endoscopic trans-ventricular and endonasal approach. CASE SERIES: Ninety-two patients have been treated for craniopharyngioma from 2000 to 2016 by the senior author...
February 12, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Rogério Faustino Ribeiro Junior, Erinne Rose Dabkowski, Kadambari Chandra Shekar, Kelly A O Connell, Peter A Hecker, Michael P Murphy
Heart failure remains a major public-health problem with an increase in the number of patients worsening from this disease. Despite current medical therapy, the condition still has a poor prognosis. Heart failure is complex but mitochondrial dysfunction seems to be an important target to improve cardiac function directly. Our goal was to analyze the effects of MitoQ (100 µM in drinking water) on the development and progression of heart failure induced by pressure overload after 14 weeks. The main findings are that pressure overload-induced heart failure in rats decreased cardiac function in vivo that was not altered by MitoQ...
February 1, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Joseph Y Cheung, JuFang Wang, Xue-Qian Zhang, Jianliang Song, Dhanendra Tomar, Muniswamy Madesh, Annick Judenherc-Haouzi, Philippe Haouzi
In adult left ventricular mouse myocytes, exposure to sodium cyanide (NaCN) in the presence of glucose dose-dependently reduced contraction amplitude, with ~80% of maximal inhibitory effect attained at 100 µM. NaCN (100 µM) exposure for 10 min. significantly decreased contraction and intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i)transient amplitudes, systolic but not diastolic [Ca2+]i, and maximal L-type Ca2+ current (ICa) amplitude: indicating acute alteration of [Ca2+]i homeostasis largely accounted for the observed excitation-contraction abnormalities...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Allison K Cabalka, Jeremy D Asnes, David T Balzer, John P Cheatham, Matthew J Gillespie, Thomas K Jones, Henri Justino, Dennis W Kim, Te-Hsin Lung, Daniel R Turner, Doff B McElhinney
BACKGROUND: Stented bioprosthetic valves (BPVs) are commonly used for surgical pulmonary valve (PV) replacement in postoperative congenital heart disease, but develop structural failure in a time-related fashion. The Melody transcatheter PV (TPV) (Medtronic, Minneapolis, Minn) has been used to treat BPV dysfunction, but there have been few studies in this population. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, multicenter study to evaluate Melody valve function in patients who underwent TPV replacement (TPVR) into a dysfunctional pulmonary BPV...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Refaat A Eid, Mahmoud A Alkhateeb, Samy Eleawa, Fahaid H Al-Hashem, Mubarak Al-Shraim, Attalla Farag El-Kott, Mohamed Samir Ahmed Zaki, Mohammad A Dallak, Hussain Aldera
The molecular mechanisms through which ghrelin exerts its cardioprotective effects during cardiac remodeling post-myocardial infarction (MI) are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the cardioprotection mechanisms are mediated by modulation of JAK/STAT signaling and what triggers this modulation. Rats were divided into six groups (n = 12/group): control, sham, sham + ghrelin (100 µg/kg, s.c., daily, starting 1 day post-MI), MI, MI+ ghrelin, and MI+ ghrelin+ AG490, a potent JAK2 inhibitor (5 mg/kg, i...
February 1, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
Hideyuki Hasebe
BACKGROUND Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and systolic heart failure, which can be treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) that includes an implantable cardiac device (ICD). However, in some patients, LBBB may vary with heart rate, and during episodes of AF in LBBB, aberrant ventricular conduction, or wide QRS complex tachycardia (Ashman beats) can occur. This report is a case of LBBB treated with pharmacologic CRT, without the use of an ICD. CASE REPORT A 68-year-old man presented with persistent AF and systolic heart failure...
February 2, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Bin Zhang, Xinsheng Wang, Chuzhong Li, Zhong Li
The postoperative ventricular adhesion after resection of CNS tumors may obstruct physiological CSF circulation and cause temporal horn entrapment. The surgical goal is to restore physiological flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The authors reviewed their database to report their experience with endoscopic fenestration for treating entrapped temporal horn caused by atrial adhesions. All endoscopic operations performed from February 2015 to December 2016 were reviewed. Three patients developed temporal horn entrapment after tumor resection...
January 22, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Gizem Kayki Mutlu, Ebru Arioglu Inan, Irem Karaomerlioglu, V Melih Altan, Nilgun Yersal, Petek Korkusuz, Marcella Rocchetti, Antonio Zaza
β3-Adrenoceptors (AR) stimulate cardiac Na+/K+ pump in healthy hearts. β3-ARs are upregulated by persistent sympathetic hyperactivity; however, their effect on Na+/K+ ATPase activity and ventricular function in this condition is still unknown. Here, we investigate preventive effects of additional β3-AR activation (BRL) on Na+/K+ ATPase activity and in vivo hemodynamics in a model of noradrenaline-induced hypertrophy. Rats received NA or NA plus simultaneously administered BRL in vivo infusion for 14 days; their cardiac function was investigated by left ventricular pressure-volume analysis...
January 23, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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