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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783118/placenta-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-their-exosomes-exert-therapeutic-effects-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Ariel Bier, Peter Berenstein, Noam Kronfeld, Daria Morgoulis, Amotz Ziv-Av, Hodaya Goldstein, Gila Kazimirsky, Simona Cazacu, Rinat Meir, Rachela Popovtzer, Amir Dori, Chaya Brodie
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a degenerative lethal, X-linked disease of skeletal and cardiac muscles caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Cell therapy using different cell types, including mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), has been considered as a potential approach for the treatment of DMD. MSCs can be obtained from autologous sources such as bone marrow and adipose tissues or from allogeneic placenta and umbilical cord. The safety and therapeutic impact of these cells has been demonstrated in pre-clinical and clinical studies and their functions are attributed to paracrine effects that are mediated by secreted cytokines and extracellular vesicles...
May 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781586/treatment-algorithms-for-systemic-sclerosis-according-to-experts
#2
Andreu Fernández-Codina, Kyle M Walker, Janet E Pope
INTRODUCTION: Treatment for many aspects of systemic sclerosis (SSc) lacks agreement. OBJECTIVES: To generate SSc treatment algorithms endorsed by high percentage of SSc experts. METHODS: Experts from the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium and the Canadian Scleroderma Research group (N=170) were asked whether they agreed with SSc algorithms (from 2012). Two consensus rounds refined agreement; 62 (36%), 54 (32%) and 48 (28%) experts completed surveys...
May 21, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777372/cardiac-surgery-2017-reviewed
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REVIEW
Torsten Doenst, Hristo Kirov, Alexandros Moschovas, David Gonzalez-Lopez, Rauf Safarov, Mahmoud Diab, Steffen Bargenda, Gloria Faerber
For the year 2017, more than 21,000 published references can be found in PubMed when entering the search term "cardiac surgery". This review focusses on conventional cardiac surgery, considering the new interventional techniques only if they were directly compared to classic techniques but also entails aspects of perioperative intensive care management. The publications last year provided a plethora of new and interesting information that helped to quantify classic surgical treatment effects and provided new guidelines for the management of structural heart disease, which made comparisons to interventional techniques easier...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776440/radiological-pleuroparenchymal-fibroelastosis-associated-to-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-a-case-report
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D Hassoun, S Dirou, P P Arrigoni, C Durant, M Hamidou, A Néel, C Agard
BACKGROUND: Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (PPFE) is a very rare interstitial lung disease (ILD) characterized by progressive fibrotic lesions of the visceral pleura and the sub-pleural parenchyma, affecting predominantly the upper lobes. PPFE may occur in different contextes like bone marrow or lung transplantations, but also in the context of telomeropathy with mutations of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), telomerase RNA component (TERC) or regulator of telomere elongation helicase 1 (RTEL1) genes...
May 18, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774076/the-human-somatostatin-receptor-type-2-as-an-imaging-and-suicide-reporter-gene-for-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-therapy-of-myocardial-infarction
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Katrien Neyrinck, Natacha Breuls, Bryan Holvoet, Wouter Oosterlinck, Esther Wolfs, Hubert Vanbilloen, Olivier Gheysens, Robin Duelen, Willy Gsell, Ivo Lambrichts, Uwe Himmelreich, Catherine M Verfaillie, Maurilio Sampaolesi, Christophe M Deroose
Rationale: Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are being investigated as a cell source for regenerative medicine since they provide an infinitive pool of cells that are able to differentiate towards every cell type of the body. One possible therapeutic application involves the use of these cells to treat myocardial infarction (MI), a condition where billions of cardiomyocytes (CMs) are lost. Although several protocols have been developed to differentiate PSCs towards CMs, none of these provide a completely pure population, thereby still posing a risk for neoplastic teratoma formation...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773485/pregnancy-after-heterotopic-heart-transplant-removal
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S Churchill, L de Lloyd, H C Francis, H Wallis
Heterotopic heart transplants were introduced in 1974. The technique allows the patient's native heart to be preserved in situ, alongside the transplanted heterotopic donor heart (Newcomb et al., 2004). We present the case of a nulliparous woman who underwent heterotopic heart transplant in infancy, and subsequent explantation of the donor heart eleven years later, when her native heart function recovered. In adulthood the patient attended pre-pregnancy counselling and was awaiting cardiac magnetic resonance imaging when she presented pregnant at 6 weeks-of-gestation...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770365/is-the-epicardial-left-ventricular-lead-implantation-an-alternative-approach-to-percutaneous-attempt-in-patients-with-steinert-disease-a-case-report
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Andrea Antonio Papa, Anna Rago, Roberta Petillo, Paola D'Ambrosio, Marianna Scutifero, Marisa DE Feo, Ciro Maiello, Alberto Palladino
Steinert's disease or Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an autosomal dominant multisystemic disorder characterized by myotonia, muscle and facial weakness, cataracts, cognitive, endocrine and gastrointestinal involvement, and cardiac conduction abnormalities. Although mild myocardial dysfunction may be detected in this syndrome with age, overt myocardial dysfunction with heart failure is not frequent. Cardiac resynchronization therapy is an effective treatment to improve morbidity and reduce mortality in patients with DM1 showing intra-ventricular conduction delay and/or congestive heart failure...
December 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770213/variable-phenotypic-presentations-of-renal-involvement-in-fabry-disease-a-case-series
#8
Sarah McCloskey, Paul Brennan, John A Sayer
Fabry disease is an X-linked genetic deficiency in the alpha-galactosidase enzyme resulting in intracellular accumulation of glycosphingolipids and multisystem organ dysfunction. Typically 50% of males and 20% of affected females have renal involvement, ranging from proteinuria or reduced renal function, renal parapelvic cysts and progressive renal disease ultimately requiring transplantation or dialysis. The phenotypic presentation of Fabry disease is incredibly varied and will even vary between family members with the same confirmed genetic mutation...
2018: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768493/remote-ischemic-preconditioning-stat3-dependently-ameliorates-pulmonary-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#9
Nanfu Luo, Jin Liu, Yan Chen, Huan Li, Zhaoyang Hu, Geoffrey W Abbott
The lungs are highly susceptible to injury, including ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Pulmonary I/R injury can occur when correcting conditions such as primary pulmonary hypertension, and is also relatively common after lung transplantation or other cardiothoracic surgery. Methods to reduce pulmonary I/R injury are urgently needed to improve outcomes following procedures such as lung transplantation. Remote liver ischemic preconditioning (RLIPC) is an effective cardioprotective measure, reducing damage caused by subsequent cardiac I/R injury, but little is known about its potential role in pulmonary protection...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768341/the-plethysmographic-variability-index-does-not-predict-fluid-responsiveness-estimated-by-esophageal-doppler-during-kidney-transplantation-a-controlled-study
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Morgan Le Guen, Arnaud Follin, Etienne Gayat, Marc Fischler
Research is ongoing to find a noninvasive method of monitoring, which can predict fluid responsiveness in patients undergoing kidney transplantation.To compare the responses to fluid challenges with the Pleth Variability Index, a noninvasive dynamic index derived from plethysmographic variability (Radical 7 pulse oximeter; Masimo Corporation, Irvine, CA), and the esophageal Doppler, the criterion standard.Observational study.University hospital; study from May 2011 and May 2012.Forty-eight patients with end-renal function were included and 44 analyzed...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767196/strategies-for-directing-cells-into-building-functional-hearts-and-parts
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REVIEW
Mahboubeh Jafarkhani, Zeinab Salehi, Reza Kowsari-Esfahan, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, M Rezaa Mohammadi, Jayakumar Rajadas, Masoud Mozafari
The increasing population of patients with heart disease and the limited availability of organs for transplantation have encouraged multiple strategies to fabricate healthy implantable cardiac tissues. One of the main challenges in cardiac tissue engineering is to direct cell behaviors to form functional three-dimensional (3D) biomimetic constructs. This article provides a brief review on various cell sources used in cardiac tissue engineering and highlights the effect of scaffold-based signals such as topographical and biochemical cues and stiffness...
May 16, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764969/cardiovascular-phenotype-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-heart-failure-induced-by-cancer-therapy
#12
Wilson Nadruz, Erin West, Morten Sengeløv, Gabriela L Grove, Mário Santos, John D Groarke, Daniel E Forman, Brian Claggett, Hicham Skali, Anju Nohria, Amil M Shah
OBJECTIVE: This study compared the clinical features, cardiac structure and function evaluated by echocardiography, cardiopulmonary response to exercise and long-term clinical outcomes between patients with heart failure (HF) induced by cancer therapy (CTHF) and heart failure not induced by cancer therapy (NCTHF). METHODS: We evaluated 75 patients with CTHF and 894 with NCTHF who underwent clinically indicated cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and followed these individuals for a median of 4...
May 15, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764898/clinical-presentation-and-outcome-in-a-contemporary-cohort-of-patients-with-acute-myocarditis-the-multicenter-lombardy-registry
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Enrico Ammirati, Manlio Cipriani, Claudio Moro, Claudia Raineri, Daniela Pini, Paola Sormani, Riccardo Mantovani, Marisa Varrenti, Patrizia Pedrotti, Cristina Conca, Antonio Mafrici, Aurelia Grosu, Daniele Briguglia, Silvia Guglielmetto, Giovanni Battista Perego, Stefania Colombo, Salvatore Ivan Caico, Cristina Giannattasio, Alberto Maestroni, Valentina Carubelli, Marco Metra, Carlo Lombardi, Jeness Campodonico, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Giovanni Peretto, Laura Scelsi, Annalisa Turco, Giuseppe Di Tano, Carlo Campana, Armando Belloni, Fabrizio Morandi, Andrea Mortara, Antonio Cirò, Michele Senni, Antonello Gavazzi, Maria Frigerio, Fabrizio Oliva, Paolo G Camici
Background -There is controversy regarding outcome of patients with acute myocarditis (AM), and lack of data on how patients admitted with suspected AM are managed. We report characteristics, in-hospital management and long-term outcome of patients with AM based on a retrospective multi-center registry from 19 Italian hospitals. Methods -A total of 684 patients with suspected AM and recent onset of symptoms (<30 days) were screened between May 2001 and February 2017. Patients >70 years and those older than 50 years without coronary angiography were excluded...
May 15, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764373/a-subclinical-high-tricuspid-regurgitation-pressure-gradient-independent-of-the-mean-pulmonary-artery-pressure-is-a-risk-factor-for-the-survival-after-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Yosuke Saragai, Akinobu Takaki, Yuzo Umeda, Takashi Matsusaki, Tetsuya Yasunaka, Atsushi Oyama, Ryuji Kaku, Kazufumi Nakamura, Ryuichi Yoshida, Daisuke Nobuoka, Takashi Kuise, Kosei Takagi, Takuya Adachi, Nozomu Wada, Yasuto Takeuchi, Kazuko Koike, Fusao Ikeda, Hideki Onishi, Hidenori Shiraha, Shinichiro Nakamura, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Hiroshi Ito, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, Takahito Yagi, Hiroyuki Okada
BACKGROUND: Portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) is characterized by pulmonary vasoconstriction, while hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is characterized by vasodilation. Definite POPH is a risk factor for the survival after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT), as the congestive pressure affects the grafted liver, while subclinical pulmonary hypertension (PH) has been acknowledged as a non-risk factor for deceased donor OLT. Given that PH measurement requires cardiac catheterization, the tricuspid regurgitation pressure gradient (TRPG) measured by echocardiography is used to screen for PH and congestive pressure to the liver...
May 15, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764117/risk-factor-analysis-for-secondary-malignancy-in-dexrazoxane-treated-pediatric-cancer-patients
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Hyery Kim, Hyoung Jin Kang, Kyung Duk Park, Kyung-Nam Koh, Ho Joon Im, Jong Jin Seo, Jae Wook Lee, Nack-Gyun Chung, Bin Cho, Hack Ki Kim, Jae Min Lee, Jeong Ok Hah, Jun Ah Lee, Young Ho Lee, Sang Kyu Park, Hee Jo Baek, Hoon Kook, Ji Yoon Kim, Heung Sik Kim, Hwang Min Kim, Hee Won Chueh, Meerim Park, Hoi Soo Yoon, Mee Jeong Lee, Hyoung Soo Choi, Hyo Seop Ahn, Yoshifumi Kawano, Ji Won Park, Seokyung Hahn, Hee Young Shin
Purpose: Dexrazoxane has been used as an effective cardioprotector against anthracycline cardiotoxicity. This study intended to analyze cardioprotective efficacy and secondary malignancy development, and elucidate risk factors for secondary malignancies in dexrazoxane-treated pediatric patients. Materials and Methods: Data was collected from 15 hospitals in Korea. Patients who received any anthracyclines, and completed treatment without stem cell transplantation were included...
May 14, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762702/christian-cabrol-md-a-tribute-to-pioneer-cardiac-surgeon-christian-cabrol-1-year-after-his-death-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-first-european-human-heart-transplantation-that-he-performed-in-1968
#16
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762251/prospective-assessment-of-adenovirus-infection-in-pediatric-kidney-transplant-recipients
#17
Rachel M Engen, Meei-Li Huang, Giulia E Park, Jodi M Smith, Ajit P Limaye
BACKGROUND: Adenovirus infection is associated with graft dysfunction and graft loss in pediatric cardiac, lung, and liver transplants in prior retrospective studies, but data in pediatric kidney transplant recipients is limited. METHODS: We conducted a prospective single-center cohort study of 75 consecutive pediatric kidney transplant recipients who underwent monthly screening for adenovirus viremia and symptom assessment for 2 years posttransplant. RESULTS: Adenovirus viremia was detected in 11 (14...
May 2, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760728/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-cultured-in-serum-from-heart-failure-patients-are-more-resistant-to-simulated-chronic-and-acute-stress
#18
Timo Z Nazari-Shafti, Zhiyi Xu, Andreas Matthäus Bader, Georg Henke, Kristin Klose, Volkmar Falk, Christof Stamm
Despite regulatory issues surrounding the use of animal-derived cell culture supplements, most clinical cardiac cell therapy trials using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) still rely on fetal bovine serum (FBS) for cell expansion before transplantation. We sought to investigate the effect of human serum from heart failure patients (HFS) on cord blood MSCs (CB-MSCs) during short-term culture under regular conditions and during simulated acute and chronic stress. Cell survival, proliferation, metabolic activity, and apoptosis were quantified, and gene expression profiles of selected apoptosis and cell cycle regulators were determined...
2018: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760372/a-review-of-induction-with-rabbit-antithymocyte-globulin-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
#19
Martin Schweiger, Andreas Zuckermann, Andres Beiras-Fernandez, Michael Berchtolld-Herz, Udo Boeken, Jens Garbade, Stephan Hirt, Manfred Richter, Arjang Ruhpawar, Jan Dieter Schmitto, Felix Schönrath, Rene Schramm, Uwe Schulz, Markus J Wilhelm, Markus J Barten
Pediatric heart transplantation (pHTx) represents only a small proportion of cardiac transplants. Due to these low numbers, clinical data relating to induction therapy in this special population are far less extensive than for adults. Induction is used more widely in pHTx than in adults, mainly because of early steroid withdrawal or complete steroid avoidance. Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is the most frequent choice for induction in pHTx, and rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG, Thymoglobulin®) (Sanofi Genzyme) is the most widely-used ATG preparation...
May 15, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759779/16-years-of-cardiac-resynchronization-pacing-among-congenital-heart-disease-patients-direct-contractility-dp-dt-max-screening-when-the-guidelines-do-not-apply
#20
Peter P Karpawich, Neha Bansal, Sharmeen Samuel, Yamuna Sanil, Kathleen Zelin
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to use direct cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)-paced contractility (dP/dt-max) response as a pre-implantation evaluation among patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) and follow clinical parameters and contractility indexes after CRT implantation. BACKGROUND: Patients with CHD often develop early heart failure with few therapeutic options, leading to heart transplantation (HT). Unfortunately, guidelines for CRT do not apply, and function evaluations by cardiac ultrasound are often inaccurate among CHD anatomies...
August 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
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