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Eli Muchtar, Daniele Derudas, Michelle Mauermann, Teerin Liewluck, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji K Kumar, David Dingli, Martha Q Lacy, Francis K Buadi, Suzanne R Hayman, Prashant Kapoor, Nelson Leung, Rajshekhar Chakraborty, Wilson Gonsalves, Stephen Russell, John A Lust, Yi Lin, Ronald S Go, Steven Zeldenrust, Robert A Kyle, S Vincent Rajkumar, Morie A Gertz
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the natural history of immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis-associated myopathy and to provide guidelines for recognition. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one patients with systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis and biopsy-confirmed muscle amyloid deposition diagnosed between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 2015, were included in this study. RESULTS: Common presenting symptoms were muscle weakness in 49 patients (96%), dysphagia in 23 (45%), myalgia in 17 (33%), macroglossia in 17 (33%), jaw claudication in 13 (25%), and hoarseness in 9 (18%)...
October 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Angela Dispenzieri, Giampaolo Merlini
Immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a rare, complex disease caused by misfolded free light chains produced by a usually small, indolent plasma cell clone. Effective treatments exist that can alter the natural history, provided that they are started before irreversible organ damage has occurred. The cornerstones of the management of AL amyloidosis are early diagnosis, accurate typing, appropriate risk-adapted therapy, tight follow-up, and effective supportive treatment. The suppression of the amyloidogenic light chains using the cardiac biomarkers as guide to choose chemotherapy is still the mainstay of therapy...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Francesca Lavatelli, Giampaolo Merlini
INTRODUCTION: More than ten distinct forms of amyloidoses that can involve the heart have been described, classified according to which protein originates the deposits. Cardiac amyloid infiltration translates into progressive and often life-threatening cardiomyopathy, but disease severity, prognosis and treatment drastically differ according to the amyloidosis type. The notion that protein misfolding and aggregation play a more general role in human cardiomyopathies has further raised attention towards the definition of the proteotoxicity mechanisms...
September 28, 2016: Expert Review of Proteomics
Björn Pilebro, Sandra Arvidsson, Per Lindqvist, Torbjörn Sundström, Per Westermark, Gunnar Antoni, Ole Suhr, Jens Sörensen
BACKGROUND: DPD scintigraphy has been advocated for imaging cardiac amyloid in ATTR amyloidosis. PET utilizing (11)C-Pittsburgh compound B (PIB) is the gold standard for imaging brain amyloid in Alzheimer's disease. PIB was recently shown to identify cardiac amyloidosis in both AL and ATTR amyloidosis. In the ATTR population, two types of amyloid fibrils exist, one containing fragmented and full-length TTR (type A) and the other only full-length TTR (type B). The aim of this study was to further evaluate PIB-PET in patients with hereditary ATTR amyloidosis...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Koki Takane, Yu Hasegawa, Lin Bowen, Takashi Yokoo, Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidences suggest that patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) show not only cognitive impairment but also physical disorder including cardiac dysfunction and sarcopenia. In this study, we investigated whether central angiotensin II, inducer of oxidative stress, led to the organ dysfunction in a mouse model of AD. DESIGN AND METHOD: 5XFAD which is an animal model of AD and C57BL/6 (WT) were each assigned to 1) normal saline and 2) angiotensin II (20 mg/kg/h) groups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ramdas G Pai, Padmini Varadarajan
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September 8, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Rodney H Falk, Kevin M Alexander, Ronglih Liao, Sharmila Dorbala
The amyloidoses are a group of protein-folding disorders in which ≥1 organ is infiltrated by proteinaceous deposits known as amyloid. The deposits are derived from 1 of several amyloidogenic precursor proteins, and the prognosis of the disease is determined both by the organ(s) involved and the type of amyloid. Amyloid involvement of the heart (cardiac amyloidosis) carries the worst prognosis of any involved organ, and light-chain (AL) amyloidosis is the most serious form of the disease. The last decade has seen considerable progress in understanding the amyloidoses...
September 20, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Yuichiro Kado, Masaru Obokata, Yasufumi Nagata, Tomoko Ishizu, Karima Addetia, Kazutaka Aonuma, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Roberto M Lang, Masaaki Takeuchi, Yutaka Otsuji
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that prognosis in patients with cardiac amyloidosis is closely coupled with amyloid burden in all four cardiac chambers. The goal was to evaluate longitudinal strain (LS) in each cardiac chamber and to determine whether LS in specific cardiac chambers is preferentially associated with prognosis over conventional two-dimensional echocardiographic parameters in patients with cardiac amyloidosis. METHODS: Patients with two phenotypes of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (cardiac amyloidosis in 55 patients and nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 40 patients) and 55 healthy subjects were retrospectively enrolled for the simultaneous assessment of LS of all four cardiac chambers in the apical four-chamber view...
September 7, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Tor S Clemmensen, Henning Mølgaard, Niels F Andersen, Steen Baerentzen, Jens Soerensen, Steen H Poulsen
The present case illustrates the diagnostic challenges in symptomatic patients with heart failure of unknown etiology. The patients were previously diagnosed with κ-light chain amyloidosis without cardiac involvement. Echocardiography showed heart failure with mildly reduced ejection fraction but no signs of amyloidosis. Coronary angiogram showed normal arteries and 11C-PIB positron emission tomography was negative for amyloid deposits. Exercise testing revealed severe heart failure and reduced coronary flow velocity reserve...
September 7, 2016: Echocardiography
Queenie Lo, Brian Haluska, Ee-May Chia, Ming-Wei Lin, David Richards, Thomas Marwick, Liza Thomas
BACKGROUND: Cardiac amyloidosis results in increased left ventricular (LV) wall thickness and diastolic dysfunction (DD). Strain measurements using velocity vector imaging (VVI) may further characterize myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: A total of 43 AL amyloidosis patients were compared to age-matched normals and hypertensive patients (HT). Subgroup analysis within the amyloid group was performed based on LV wall thickness (≤14 mm, >14 mm) and diastolic dysfunction (DD) (Group 1: normal and impaired relaxation, Group 2: pseudonormal, Group 3: restrictive)...
September 7, 2016: Echocardiography
Yutaka Tsukune, Yuriko Yahata, Makoto Sasaki, Makoto Hiki, Miyuki Tsutsui, Yasuharu Hamano, Seigo Itoh, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Tomotaka Dohi, Masaki Maruyama, Akihiko Gotoh, Norio Komatsu
Cardiac amyloid light-chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis) is a rare disease with a very poor prognosis, associated with plasma cell dyscrasias such as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and multiple myeloma. Though bortezomib-containing regimens have achieved high hematologic response rates, there are still few reports describing the outcomes of Japanese patients. Six patients with severe cardiac AL amyloidosis were treated with bortezomib-containing regimens. Involved free light chain (iFLC) decreased immediately in most of these cases...
August 2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
T Sahutoglu, K Atay, Y Caliskan, E Kara, H Yazici, A Turkmen
BACKGROUND: Amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis is a multisystemic, progressive, and severe disease. Renal involvement is a prominent feature of the disease, and the outcome of patients on dialysis is poor. We aimed to analyze the outcomes of kidney transplantation in patients with AA amyloidosis in comparison with chronic glomerulonephritis (CGN). METHODS: Charts of patients who underwent kidney transplantation between 1988 and 2012 were reviewed; 41 patients with AA amyloidosis were identified, and 41 age- and sex-matched control patients with chronic CGN were included...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
David L Narotsky, Adam Castano, Jonathan W Weinsaft, Sabahat Bokhari, Mathew S Maurer
Amyloidosis is caused by extracellular deposition of abnormal protein fibrils, resulting in destruction of tissue architecture and impairment of organ function. The most common forms of systemic amyloidosis are light-chain and transthyretin-related (ATTR). ATTR can result from an autosomal dominant hereditary transmission of mutated genes in the transthyretin or from a wild-type form of disease (ATTRwt), previously known as senile cardiac amyloidosis. With the aging of the worldwide population, ATTRwt will emerge as the most common type of cardiac amyloidosis that clinicians encounter...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Judith Bellapart, Catherine Abi-Fares, Kylie Cuthbertson, Kimble Dunster, Sara Diab, David G Platts, Christopher Raffel, Levon Gabrielian, Adrian Barnett, Jennifer Paratz, Rob Boots, John F Fraser
BACKGROUND: Cerebral microcirculation after head injury is heterogeneous and temporally variable. Regions at risk of infarction such as peri-contusional areas are vulnerable to anaemia. However, direct quantification of the cerebral microcirculation is clinically not feasible. This study describes a novel experimental head injury model correlating cerebral microcirculation with histopathology analysis. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that cerebral microcirculation at the ischaemic penumbrae is reduced over time when compared with non-injured regions...
August 26, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
Lei Zhao, Quan Fang
The heart, like any organ in the body, is susceptible to amyloid deposition. Although more than 30 types of protein can cause amyloidosis, only two types commonly deposit in the ventricular myocardium: amyloid light chain and amyloid transthyretin. Amyloid cardiomyopathy is usually a major determinant of patient outcomes, and the diagnosis of heart involvement can be often relatively under-diagnosed, owing to nonspecific presenting symptoms and signs at a subclinical stage. The diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis is usually performed by endomyocardial biopsy; however, the invasive nature and related high-risk complications restrict its wide use in clinical settings...
August 23, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
Xiang-Hua Huang, Zhi-Hong Liu
BACKGROUND: Amyloidosis includes a group of diseases characterized by the extracellular deposition of various fibrillary proteins that can autoaggregate in a highly abnormal fibrillary conformation. The amyloid precursor protein of systemic light-chain (AL) amyloidosis is comprised of monoclonal light chains that are due to plasma cell dyscrasia. The clinical presentation of patients with AL amyloidosis varies from patient to patient. Current treatment strategies target the clone in order to decrease the production of the pathologic light chains...
April 2016: Kidney Diseases
Thomas A Treibel, Marianna Fontana, Janet A Gilbertson, Silvia Castelletti, Steven K White, Paul R Scully, Neil Roberts, David F Hutt, Dorota M Rowczenio, Carol J Whelan, Michael A Ashworth, Julian D Gillmore, Philip N Hawkins, James C Moon
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis (cAS) affects 3% of individuals aged >75 years, leading to heart failure and death unless the valve is replaced. Wild-type transthyretin cardiac amyloid is also a disorder of ageing individuals. Prevalence and clinical significance of dual pathology are unknown. This study explored the prevalence of wild-type transthyretin amyloid in cAS by myocardial biopsy, its imaging phenotype and prognostic significance. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 146 patients with severe AS requiring surgical valve replacement underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance and intraoperative biopsies; 112 had cAS (75±6 years; 57% men)...
August 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Rajshekhar Chakraborty, Eli Muchtar, Morie A Gertz
The heart and the kidneys are the most commonly involved organs in systemic amyloidosis. Cardiac involvement is associated with an increased morbidity, treatment intolerance, and poorer overall survival. The most common types of amyloidosis that are associated with cardiac involvement include light chain (AL) amyloidosis and transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis (both mutant and wild type). The traditional first-line treatment for AL amyloidosis includes alkylator-based chemotherapy or high-dose melphalan followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT)...
August 6, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
Tatsuya Seki, Atsuo Hattori, Toshihito Yoshida
We report a case of hemodynamic deterioration after aortic valve replacement in a patient with mixed systemic amyloidosis. A 77-year-old male with severe aortic valve stenosis and 19 years hemodialysis underwent aortic valve replacement. Postoperatively, the patient died of hemodynamic deterioration. Autopsy findings showed massive, whole-body edema and mixed systemic amyloidosis (dialysis-related and AA amyloidosis). Clinical and autopsy findings implied that hemodynamic deterioration was caused by increased vascular permeability...
August 4, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Gianluca Di Bella, Fabio Minutoli, Paolo Piaggi, Matteo Casale, Anna Mazzeo, Concetta Zito, Giuseppe Oreto, Sergio Baldari, Giuseppe Vita, Alessandro Pingitore, Bijoy K Khandheria, Scipione Carerj
BACKGROUND: Management of cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is related to amyloid deposition. Our aim was to assess the effect of amyloid deposition on myocardial function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty-eight patients with transthyretin mutation and a group of 14 controls underwent echocardiography to quantify left ventricular (LV) dimensions, function, and global (G) longitudinal (L), radial (R) and circumferential (C) strain (S). (99m)Tc-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylic-acid-scintigraphy ((99m)Tc-DPD) was used to quantify CA...
August 25, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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