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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812215/proteomic-alterations-associated-with-biomechanical-dysfunction-are-early-processes-in-the-emilin1-deficient-mouse-model-of-aortic-valve-disease
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P M Angel, D A Narmoneva, M K Sewell-Loftin, C Munjal, L Dupuis, B J Landis, A Jegga, C B Kern, W D Merryman, H S Baldwin, G M Bressan, Robert B Hinton
Aortic valve (AV) disease involves stiffening of the AV cusp with progression characterized by inflammation, fibrosis, and calcification. Here, we examine the relationship between biomechanical valve function and proteomic changes before and after the development of AV pathology in the Emilin1-/- mouse model of latent AV disease. Biomechanical studies were performed to quantify tissue stiffness at the macro (micropipette) and micro (atomic force microscopy (AFM)) levels. Micropipette studies showed that the Emilin1-/- AV annulus and cusp regions demonstrated increased stiffness only after the onset of AV disease...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806998/first-report-of-sneathia-sanguinegens-together-with-mycoplasma-hominis-in-postpartum-prosthetic-valve-infective-endocarditis-a-case-report
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Iva Kotaskova, Petr Nemec, Martina Vanerkova, Barbora Malisova, Renata Tejkalova, Marek Orban, Vita Zampachova, Tomas Freiberger
BACKGROUND: The presence of more than one bacterial agent is relatively rare in infective endocarditis, although more common in prosthetic cases. Molecular diagnosis from a removed heart tissue is considered a quick and effective way to diagnose fastidious or intracellular agents. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe the case of postpartum polymicrobial prosthetic valve endocarditis in a young woman. Sneathia sanguinegens and Mycoplasma hominis were simultaneously detected from the heart valve sample using broad range 16S rRNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by sequencing while culture remained negative...
August 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806488/serotonergic-5-ht2b-receptors-in-mitral-valvulopathy-bone-marrow-mobilization-of-endothelial-progenitors
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Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Roland Lawson, Francine Côté, Claudia de Tapia, Sylvia Da Silva, Claudine Ebel, Béatrice Hechler, Christian Gachet, Jérome Guyonnet, Hélène Rouillard, Jordane Stoltz, Emily Quentin, Sophie Banas, François Daubeuf, Nelly Frossard, Bernard Gasser, Jean-Philippe Mazzucotelli, Olivier Hermine, Luc Maroteaux, Laurent Monassier
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is highly prevalent in industrialized countries. Chronic use of anorexigens, amphetamine or ergot derivatives targeting the serotonin system has been associated with valvular heart disease. PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Here, we investigated the contribution of serotonin receptors in a mouse model of valve degeneration induced by nordexfenfluramine, the main metabolite of the anorexigens dexfenfluramine and benfluorex. KEY RESULTS: Chronically activated 5-HT2B receptors by nordexfenfluramine in mice mimicked early steps of mitral valve remodelling attested by increased valve thickness, and cell density in a thick extracellular matrix...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805140/a-rat-model-for-the-in-vivo-assessment-of-biological-and-tissue-engineered-valvular-and-vascular-grafts
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Yukiharu Sugimura, Anna Kathrin Schmidt, Artur Lichtenberg, Alexander Assmann, Payam Akhyari
The demand for an improvement of the biocompatibility and durability of vascular and valvular implants requires translational animal models to study the in vivo fate of cardiovascular grafts. In the present article, a review on the development and application of a microsurgical rat model of infrarenal implantation of aortic grafts and aortic valved conduits is provided. By refinement of surgical techniques and inclusion of hemodynamic considerations, a functional model has been created, which provides a modular platform for the in vivo assessment of biological and tissue-engineered grafts...
August 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801075/doppler-assessment-of-diastolic-function-reflect-the-severity-of-injury-in-rats-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Pablo Sanchez, Jordan J Lancaster, Kyle Weigand, Saffie-Alrahman Ezz-Eldin Mohran, Steven Goldman, Elizabeth Juneman
OBJECTIVE: For chronic heart failure (CHF), more emphasis has been placed on evaluation of systolic as opposed to diastolic function. Within the study of diastology, measurements of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal myocardial relaxation have the most validation. Anterior wall radial myocardial tissue relaxation velocities along with mitral valve inflow (MVI) patterns are applicable diastolic parameters in the differentiation between moderate and severe disease in the ischemic rat model of CHF...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797681/extranodal-rosai-dorfman-disease-arising-in-the-heart-clinical-course-and-review-of-literature
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Amin Heidarian, Ayesha Anwar, M A Haseeb, Raavi Gupta
Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD), also known as sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, is a nonmalignant disease of unknown etiology. It may present as bilateral, massive, painless cervical lymphadenopathy; however, one third of the cases have extranodal involvement. Extranodal sites include soft tissue, skin, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, and central nervous system, with head and neck being the most common. Here we report a rare case of intracardiac RDD in a 46-year-old, African-American female who presented with worsening shortness of breath and fatigue for 7 weeks...
July 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794364/an-ineffective-differential-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-after-streptococcal-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection
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Tetsuya Suzuki, Momoko Mawatari, Toshihiko Iizuka, Tatsuya Amano, Satoshi Kutsuna, Yoshihiro Fujiya, Nozomi Takeshita, Kayoko Hayakawa, Norio Ohmagari
We herein report the case of a 68-year-old woman with a skin and soft tissue infection at her extremities. The blood culture results were positive for Streptococcus pyogenes, and we started treatment using ampicillin and clindamycin, although subsequent auscultation revealed a new-onset heart murmur. We therefore suspected rheumatic heart disease and infective endocarditis. The case met both the Jones criteria and the modified Duke criteria. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed vegetation on the aortic valve, although the pathological findings were also compatible with both rheumatic heart disease and infective endocarditis...
August 10, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790933/mechanisms-of-smooth-muscle-cell-differentiation-are-distinctly-altered-in-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-associated-with-bicuspid-or-tricuspid-aortic-valves
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Elena Ignatieva, Daria Kostina, Olga Irtyuga, Vladimir Uspensky, Alexey Golovkin, Natalia Gavriliuk, Olga Moiseeva, Anna Kostareva, Anna Malashicheva
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of thoracic aortic aneurysm are not clear and therapeutic approaches are mostly absent. Thoracic aortic aneurysm is associated with defective differentiation of smooth muscle cells (SMC) of aortic wall. Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) comparing to tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) significantly predisposes to a risk of thoracic aortic aneurysms. It has been suggested recently that BAV-associated aortopathies represent a separate pathology comparing to TAV-associated dilations. The only proven candidate gene that has been associated with BAV remains NOTCH1...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783560/a-study-of-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-in-aortic-heart-valves-using-a-novel-biaxial-stretch-bioreactor
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Ying Lei, Shirin Masjedi, Zannatul Ferdous
In aortic valves, biaxial cyclic stretch is known to modulate cell differentiation, extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis and organization. We designed a novel bioreactor that can apply independent and precise stretch along radial and circumferential directions in a tissue culture environment. While this bioreactor can be used for either native or engineered tissues, this study determined matrix remodeling and strain distribution of aortic cusps after culturing under biaxial stretch for 14 days. The contents of collagen and glycosaminoglycans were determined using standard biochemical assays and compared with fresh controls...
July 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782585/weaving-for-heart-valve-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
Albert Liberski, Nadia Ayad, Dorota Wojciechowska, Radoslaw Kot, Duy M P Vo, Dilibaier Aibibu, Gerald Hoffmann, Chokri Cherif, Katharina Grobelny-Mayer, Marek Snycerski, Helmut Goldmann
Weaving is a resourceful technology which offers a large selection of solutions that are readily adaptable for tissue engineering (TE) of artificial heart valves (HV). The different ways that the yarns are interlaced in this technique could be used to produce complex architectures, such as the three-layer architecture of the leaflets. Once the assembly is complete, growth of cells in the scaffold would occur in the orientation of the yarn, enabling the deposition of extra cellular matrixes proteins in an oriented manner...
August 3, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782083/current-challenges-in-translating-tissue-engineered-heart-valves
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REVIEW
O M J A Stassen, D E P Muylaert, C V C Bouten, J Hjortnaes
Heart valve disease is a major health burden, treated by either valve repair or valve replacement, depending on the affected valve. Nearly 300,000 valve replacements are performed worldwide per year. Valve replacement is lifesaving, but not without complications. The in situ tissue-engineered heart valve is a promising alternative to current treatments, but the translation of this novel technology to the clinic still faces several challenges. These challenges originate from the variety encountered in the patient population, the conversion of an implant into a living tissue, the highly mechanical nature of the heart valve, the complex homeostatic tissue that has to be reached at the end stage of the regenerating heart valve, and all the biomaterial properties that can be controlled to obtain this tissue...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780254/modeling-the-response-of-exogenously-crosslinked-tissue-to-cyclic-loading-the-effects-of-permanent-set
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Will Zhang, Michael S Sacks
Bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs), fabricated from exogenously crosslinked collagenous tissues, remain the most popular heart valve replacement design. However, the life span of BHVs remains limited to 10-15 years, in part because the mechanisms that underlie BHV failure remain poorly understood. Experimental evidence indicates that BHVs undergo significant changes in geometry with in vivo operation, which lead to stress concentrations that can have significant impact on structural damage. These changes do not appear to be due to plastic deformation, as the leaflets only deform in the elastic regime...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776326/a-comprehensive-pipeline-for-multi-resolution-modeling-of-the-mitral-valve-validation-computational-efficiency-and-predictive-capability
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Andrew Drach, Amir H Khalighi, Michael S Sacks
Multiple studies have demonstrated that the pathological geometries unique to each patient can affect the durability of mitral valve (MV) repairs. While computational modeling of the MV is a promising approach to improve the surgical outcomes, the complex MV geometry precludes use of simplified models. Moreover, the lack of complete in-vivo geometric information presents significant challenges in the development of patient-specific computational models. There is thus a need to determine the level of detail necessary for predictive MV models...
August 3, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773988/investigation-on-the-regional-loss-factor-and-its-anisotropy-for-aortic-aneurysms
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Nastaran Shahmansouri, Mohammed Alreshidan, Alexander Emmott, Kevin Lachapelle, Ismaïl El-Hamamsy, Raymond Cartier, Richard L Leask, Rosaire Mongrain
An aortic aneurysm is a lethal arterial disease that mainly occurs in the thoracic and abdominal regions of the aorta. Thoracic aortic aneurysms are prevalent in the root/ascending parts of the aorta and can lead to aortic rupture resulting in the sudden death of patients. Understanding the biomechanical and histopathological changes associated with ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms (ATAAs), this study investigates the mechanical properties of the aorta during strip-biaxial tensile cycles. The loss factor-defined as the ratio of dissipated energy to the energy absorbed during a tensile cycle-the incremental modulus, and their anisotropy indexes were compared with the media fiber compositions for aneurysmal (n = 26) and control (n = 4) human ascending aortas...
October 26, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764222/evaluation-of-myocardial-injury-using-standard-diagnostic-tools-and-tissue-doppler-imaging-in-blunt-trauma-chest
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Parshotam Lal Gautam, Neeru Luthra, Manpreet Kaur, Jaspal Singh, Gurpreet Singh Wander, Rohit Tandon, Namrata, Nikhil Gautam
INTRODUCTION: Myocardial contusion is an entity in chest trauma which is difficult to diagnose. Current practice relies more on cardiac-specific biochemical markers and standard echocardiography, but no gold standard test exists. The application of Tissue Doppler imaging is yet unexplored. AIM: The present study was designed to evaluate cardiac injury in patients with blunt trauma chest using conventional trans-thoracic echocardiography parameters and Tissue Doppler imaging...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764216/association-between-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction-and-unfavorable-prognostic-markers-in-patients-with-aortic-insufficiency
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Meliza Goi Roscani, Juliana da Cunha Duarte, Gustavo Nicolodi Augusto, Thaysa Rodrigues de Moraes Salgueiro, Mariana N Meireles, Juliana I F Gobbi, Katashi Okoshi, João Carlos Hueb
INTRODUCTION: The presence of symptoms, systolic dysfunction and Left Ventricle (LV) dilation are considered unfavourable prognostic markers in Aortic Valve Insufficiency (AVI). The role of diastolic dysfunction, which is considered unfavourable outcome marker in cardiac pathologies, is not well established in AVI. AIM: To evaluate if the presence of diastolic dysfunction may be associated with unfavourable prognostic markers in AVI patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional prospective study was performed on 22 patients with moderate or severe AVI...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763463/recellularization-of-a-novel-off-the-shelf-valve-following-xenogenic-implantation-into-the-right-ventricular-outflow-tract
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Ryan S Hennessy, Jason L Go, Rebecca R Hennessy, Brandon J Tefft, Soumen Jana, Nicholas J Stoyles, Mohammed A Al-Hijji, Jeremy J Thaden, Sorin V Pislaru, Robert D Simari, John M Stulak, Melissa D Young, Amir Lerman
Current research on valvular heart repair has focused on tissue-engineered heart valves (TEHV) because of its potential to grow similarly to native heart valves. Decellularized xenografts are a promising solution; however, host recellularization remains challenging. In this study, decellularized porcine aortic valves were implanted into the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of sheep to investigate recellularization potential. Porcine aortic valves, decellularized with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), were sterilized by supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and implanted into the RVOT of five juvenile polypay sheep for 5 months (n = 5)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759818/histological-topography-of-the-atrioventricular-node-and-its-extensions-in-relation-to-the-cardiothoracic-surgical-landmarks-in-normal-human-hearts
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Arpandeep Randhawa, Tulika Gupta, Anjali Aggarwal, Daisy Sahni, Rana Sandip Singh
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular (AV) nodal injury which results in cardiac conduction disorders is one of the potential complications of heart valve surgeries and radiofrequency catheter ablations. Understanding the topography of the AV conduction system in relation to the tricuspid and mitral valves will help in reducing these complications. METHODS: A tissue block of 3cmx4cm, which contain the AV node, bundle of His and the AV nodal extensions, was excised at the AV septal junction in 20 apparently normal human hearts...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759513/importance-of-early-detection-and-cardiovascular-surgical-intervention-in-marfan-syndrome
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Rita DelloStritto, Steve Branham, Christina Chemmachel, Jayna Patel, Dayna Skolkin, Salima Gilani, Klever Uleanya
Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder that affects multiple systems, including the skeletal, ligamentous, oculofacial, pulmonary, abdominal, neurological, and cardiovascular systems. Cardiovascular complications, which involve the aorta and aortic valve, contribute most significantly to patient morbidity and mortality. A literature review was conducted on pathophysiology of the disease and recommendations for early diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis largely relies on clinical features and a thorough history...
July 2017: Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758358/freeze-drying-as-a-novel-biofabrication-method-for-achieving-a-controlled-microarchitecture-within-large-complex-natural-biomaterial-scaffolds
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Claire M Brougham, Tanya J Levingstone, Nian Shen, Gerard M Cooney, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Thomas C Flanagan, Fergal J O'Brien
The biofabrication of large natural biomaterial scaffolds into complex 3D shapes which have a controlled microarchitecture remains a major challenge. Freeze-drying (or lyophilization) is a technique used to generate scaffolds in planar 3D geometries. Here we report the development of a new biofabrication process to form a collagen-based scaffold into a large, complex geometry which has a large height to width ratio, and a controlled porous microarchitecture. This biofabrication process is validated through the successful development of a heart valve shaped scaffold, fabricated from a collagen-glycosaminoglycan co-polymer...
July 31, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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