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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792828/recurrence-of-pericardial-mesothelioma-affecting-the-myocardium-after-pericardial-resection
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María Rodríguez, Hari R Mallidi, Annacarolina da Silva, Raphael Bueno
Primary pericardial mesothelioma represents less than 1% of all malignant mesotheliomas1 . These tumors are very rare, difficult to diagnose and with poor response to stablished treatments. Common clinical presentations include constrictive symptoms, cardiac tamponade and cardiac failure. Surgery can be curative in early stages and localized tumors and pericardiectomy and chemotherapy are often used as palliative approaches. Herein we present a case of a 54 years old female who has so far survived 4 years after a primary resection of a pericardial mesothelioma, and was referred with myocardial and aorto- pulmonary window recurrences for further treatment...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791855/myocardial-angiopoietin-1-controls-atrial-chamber-morphogenesis-by-spatiotemporal-degradation-of-cardiac-jelly
#2
Kyun Hoo Kim, Yoshikazu Nakaoka, Hellmut G Augustin, Gou Young Koh
The four-chamber structure of the mammalian heart is established during embryonic development. While key regulators for ventricular development are well studied, regulatory mechanisms for atrial chamber morphogenesis remain poorly understood. Here, we found that angiopoietin-1 (Angpt1), a vascular maturation factor, is highly and specifically expressed in atrial myocardium during heart development. Loss of myocardial Angpt1 in mouse embryo led to severe impairment in atrial chamber morphogenesis. We revealed that Angpt1 deficiency results in excessive deposition of cardiac jelly, which disturbs regulation of myocardial growth, thereby impairing maturation of atrial chambers...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791840/dynamic-cellular-integration-drives-functional-assembly-of-the-heart-s-pacemaker-complex
#3
Michael Bressan, Trevor Henley, Jonathan D Louie, Gary Liu, Danos Christodoulou, Xue Bai, Joan Taylor, Christine E Seidman, J G Seidman, Takashi Mikawa
Impulses generated by a multicellular, bioelectric signaling center termed the sinoatrial node (SAN) stimulate the rhythmic contraction of the heart. The SAN consists of a network of electrochemically oscillating pacemaker cells encased in a heterogeneous connective tissue microenvironment. Although the cellular composition of the SAN has been a point of interest for more than a century, the biological processes that drive the tissue-level assembly of the cells within the SAN are unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the SAN's structural features result from a developmental process during which mesenchymal cells derived from a multipotent progenitor structure, the proepicardium, integrate with and surround pacemaker myocardium...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791294/a-survey-of-parasite-lesions-in-wild-red-deer-cervus-elaphus-from-argentina
#4
Elizabeth Chang Reissig, Adriana R Massone, Beatriz Iovanitti, Eduardo J Gimeno, Francisco A Uzal
In Argentina there is little information about diseases that affect exotic ungulates and the health risks that they pose to native wildlife, livestock, and humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate the health status of red deer ( Cervus elaphus) in the Nahuel Huapi National Park and surrounding areas in Patagonia, Argentina. During three consecutive hunting seasons, necropsies were performed on 101 red deer, and tissues were examined histologically. The most common lesions were those associated with hepatic and pulmonary parasites...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787588/angiogenic-and-pleiotropic-effects-of-vegf165-and-hgf-combined-gene-therapy-in-a-rat-model-of-myocardial-infarction
#5
Pavel I Makarevich, Konstantin V Dergilev, Zoya I Tsokolaeva, Maria A Boldyreva, Evgeniy K Shevchenko, Evgeny V Gluhanyuk, Julia O Gallinger, Mikhail Yu Menshikov, Yelena V Parfyonova
Since development of plasmid gene therapy for therapeutic angiogenesis by J. Isner this approach was an attractive option for ischemic diseases affecting large cohorts of patients. However, first placebo-controlled clinical trials showed its limited efficacy questioning further advance to practice. Thus, combined methods using delivery of several angiogenic factors got into spotlight as a way to improve outcomes. This study provides experimental proof of concept for a combined approach using simultaneous delivery of VEGF165 and HGF genes to alleviate consequences of myocardial infarction (MI)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783202/feasibility-of-myocardial-pet-imaging-using-a-benzylguanidine-analog-meta-3-18-f-fluoropropyl-benzylguanidine-18-f-mfpbg
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Sang-Keun Woo, Byung Seok Moon, Bom Sahn Kim, Min Hwan Kim, Yong Jin Lee, Jae Ho Jung, Kyo Chul Lee, Youngho Seo, Wook Kim, Sang Moo Lim, Byung Chul Lee, Sang Eun Kim
INTRODUCTION: Global and regional sympathetic activity in the heart can be evaluated using [123 I]meta-iodobenzylguanidine ([123 I]mIBG) imaging. However, [123 I]mIBG is associated with low image spatial resolution and sensitivity in cardiac imaging. We investigated the capability of an F-18-labeled mIBG derivative, meta-(3-[18 F]fluoropropyl)benzylguanidine ([18 F]mFPBG), for identifying ischemic and viable myocardium in a rat model of myocardial infarction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ex vivo biodistribution and in vivo metabolic stability of [18 F]mFPBG were investigated in Sprague-Dawley rats...
May 3, 2018: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782860/tetramethylpyrazine-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cardiomyocyte-injury-via-improving-mitochondrial-function-mediated-by-14-3-3%C3%AE
#7
Bowei Huang, Jiegeng You, Yang Qiao, Zelong Wu, Dan Liu, Dong Yin, Huan He, Ming He
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is one of the many reasons that can cause myocardial injury. Our previous works have demonstrated that 14-3-3γ could protect myocardium against LPS-induced injury. Tetramethylpyrazine (TMP), an alkaloid found in Chinese herbs, exerts myocardial protection in many ways with multiple targets. We hypothesized that the cardioprotection of TMP against LPS-induced injury is attributed to upregulation of 14-3-3γ and improvement of mitochondrial function. To test the hypothesis, we investigated the effects of TMP on LPS-induced injury to cardiomyocytes by determining cell viability, LDH and caspase-3 activities, reactive oxygen species and MMP levels, mPTP openness, and apoptosis rate...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782653/data-driven-gating-in-pet-influence-of-respiratory-signal-noise-on-motion-resolution
#8
Florian Büther, Iris Ernst, Lynn Johann Frohwein, Joost Pouw, Klaus Peter Schäfers, Lars Stegger
PURPOSE: Data-driven gating (DDG) approaches for positron emission tomography (PET) are interesting alternatives to conventional hardware-based gating methods. In DDG, the measured PET data themselves are utilized to calculate a respiratory signal that is subsequently used for gating purposes. The success of gating is then highly dependent on the statistical quality of the PET data. In this study we investigate how this quality determines signal noise and thus motion resolution in clinical PET scans using a center-of-mass-based (COM) DDG approach, specifically with regard to motion management of target structures in future radiotherapy planning applications...
May 21, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782249/-transthyretin-amyloidosis-in-a-cohort-of-old-and-very-old-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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A A Poliakova, E N Semernin, M Y Sitnikova, K L Аvagyan, R V Grozov, S A Pyko, A N Krutikov, V G Davydova, K A Khmelnitskaya, M M Shavloskii, D E Korzhevskii, A Y Gudkova
BACKGROUND: Life-time diagnostics of wild type transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR(wt)-amyloidosis) is virtually absent, even though ATTR(wt)-amyloidosis is an underestimated cause for morbidity and mortality, particularly in the older age group. AIM: To study incidence, demographic characteristics, and morpho-functional features of ATTR(wt)-amyloidosis in patients with FC IV CHF and LV hypertrophy > 15 mm according to autopsy data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Postmortem reports were retrospectively analyzed for patients (n=141; 19 % males, 81 % females) of cardiology departments aged ≥69 with the underlying CHF syndrome...
2018: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779119/a-chemosensitizer-drug-disulfiram-prevents-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-and-oxidative-stress-in-rats
#10
Varsha K Sonawane, Umesh B Mahajan, Sachin D Shinde, Subhajit Chatterjee, Sandip S Chaudhari, Harshada A Bhangale, Shreesh Ojha, Sameer N Goyal, Chanakya N Kundu, Chandragouda R Patil
In the present study, the preventive effects of orally administered disulfiram (DS) against the doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cardiotoxicity were investigated in rats. DS was orally administered for 7 days at doses of 2, 10, and 50 mg/kg/day. DOX (30 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally administered on the 5th day of the initiation of DS treatment. Within 48 h of injection, DOX treatment significantly altered ECG, elevated the ST height, and increased the QT and QRS intervals. It reduced the cardiac levels of injury markers like creatine kinase isoenzyme-MB and lactate dehydrogenase...
May 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778854/proposed-stages-of-myocardial-phenotype-development-in-fabry-disease
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Sabrina Nordin, Rebecca Kozor, Katia Medina-Menacho, Amna Abdel-Gadir, Shanat Baig, Daniel M Sado, Ilaria Lobascio, Elaine Murphy, Robin H Lachmann, Atul Mehta, Nicola C Edwards, Uma Ramaswami, Richard P Steeds, Derralynn Hughes, James C Moon
OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to explore the Fabry myocardium in relation to storage, age, sex, structure, function, electrocardiogram changes, blood biomarkers, and inflammation/fibrosis. BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is a rare, x-linked lysosomal storage disorder. Mortality is mainly cardiovascular with men exhibiting cardiac symptoms earlier than women. By cardiovascular magnetic resonance, native T1 is low in FD because of sphingolipid accumulation. METHODS: A prospective, observational study of 182 FD (167 adults, 15 children; mean age 42 ± 17 years, 37% male) who underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance including native T1, late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), and extracellular volume fraction, 12-lead electrocardiogram, and blood biomarkers (troponin and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide)...
May 11, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777899/congenital-dyshormonogenic-hypothyroidism-with-goiter-caused-by-a-sodium-iodide-symporter-slc5a5-mutation-in-a-family-of-shih-tzu-dogs
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E A Soler Arias, V A Castillo, J D Garcia, J C Fyfe
An iodide transport defect (ITD) in the thyroid gland was determined to cause congenital dyshormonogenic hypothyroidism with goiter (CDHG) in 2 members of a family of Shih-Tzu dogs. Strikingly, both dogs were also diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at 24 and 1.5 mo of age. The only sign of hypothyroidism was a moderate growth delay in the adult dog. The ITD was recognized by the absence of uptake of technetium-99m in the salivary glands (sg) and goiter observed by scintigraphy. In the same scan, radiopharmaceutical uptake was found in the anterior mediastinum of both dogs and in the right axillary lymph node in the oldest dog...
April 24, 2018: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777508/endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-heart-failure-an-authentic-expectation-for-potential-future-use-and-a-lack-of-universal-definition
#13
REVIEW
Andie H Djohan, Ching-Hui Sia, Poay Sian Lee, Kian-Keong Poh
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a prevalent disease (especially among the elderly) with high mortality and morbidity rates. The pathological hallmark of CHF is a loss of cardiomyocytes leading to cardiac fibrosis and dysfunctional cardiac remodeling, which culminates in organ failure. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are bone marrow-derived cells that contribute to maintenance of the integrity of endothelial wall and protect ischemic myocardium through forming new blood vessels (vasculogenesis) or proliferation of pre-existing vasculature (angiogenesis)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776677/myotropic-activity-of-allatostatins-in-tenebrionid-beetles
#14
Jan Lubawy, Paweł Marciniak, Mariola Kuczer, Grzegorz Rosiński
Neuropeptides control the functioning of the nervous system of insects, and they are the most diverse signalling molecules in terms of structure and function. Allatostatins are pleiotropic neuropeptides that are considered potent myoinhibitors of muscle contractions in insects. We investigated the effects caused by three distinct allatostatins, Dippu-AST1 (LYDFGL-NH2 from Diploptera punctata), Grybi-MIP1 (GWQDLNGGW-NH2 from Gryllus bimaculatus) and Trica-ASTC (pESRYRQCYFNPISCF-OH from Tribolium castaneum) on contractile activity of the myocardium, oviduct and hindgut of two tenebrionid beetles, Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas atratus...
May 9, 2018: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775410/apelin-and-apj-orchestrate-complex-tissue-specific-control-of-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-and-contractility-in-the-hypertrophy-heart-failure-transition
#15
Victoria Nicole Parikh, Jing Liu, Ching Shang, Christopher Woods, Alex Chia Yu Chang, Mingming Zhao, David N Charo, Zachary Grunwald, Yong Huang, Kinya Seo, Philip S Tsao, Daniel Bernstein, Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, Thomas Quertermous, Euan A Ashley
The G protein coupled receptor APJ is a promising therapeutic target for heart failure. Constitutive deletion of APJ in the mouse is protective against the hypertrophy-heart failure transition via elimination of ligand-independent, β-arrestin dependent stretch transduction. However, the cellular origin of this stretch transduction and the details of its interaction with apelin signaling remain unknown. We generated mice with conditional elimination of APJ in the endothelium (APJendo-/- ) and myocardium (APJmyo-/- )...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774393/developmental-origin-of-the-cardiac-conduction-system-insight-from-lineage-tracing
#16
Rajiv A Mohan, Bastiaan J Boukens, Vincent M Christoffels
The components of the cardiac conduction system (CCS) generate and propagate the electrical impulse that initiates cardiac contraction. These interconnected components share properties, such as automaticity, that set them apart from the working myocardium of the atria and ventricles. A variety of tools and approaches have been used to define the CCS lineages. These include genetic labeling of cells expressing lineage markers and fate mapping of dye labeled cells, which we will discuss in this review. We conclude that there is not a single CCS lineage, but instead early cell fate decisions segregate the lineages of the CCS components while they remain interconnected...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773163/epicardial-adipose-tissue-may-mediate-deleterious-effects-of-obesity-and-inflammation-on-the-myocardium
#17
REVIEW
Milton Packer
Epicardial adipose tissue has unique properties that distinguish it from other depots of visceral fat. Rather than having distinct boundaries, the epicardium shares an unobstructed microcirculation with the underlying myocardium, and in healthy conditions, produces cytokines that nourish the heart. However, in chronic inflammatory disorders (especially those leading to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction), the epicardium becomes a site of deranged adipogenesis, leading to the secretion of proinflammatory adipokines that can cause atrial and ventricular fibrosis...
May 22, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773137/microsatellite-pattern-analysis-of-neospora-caninum-from-a-naturally-infected-goat-fetus
#18
Lucía María Campero, María Laura Gos, Dadin Prando Moore, Javier Regidor-Cerrillo, Juan Manuel Unzaga, Gastón Moré, Luis Miguel Ortega-Mora, María Cecilia Venturini
Neospora caninum is an apicomplexan protozoan responsible for abortion in ruminants. The present study aimed to diagnose an abortion from an Anglo Nubian goat from a dairy herd located in Buenos Aires province, Argentina. The goat delivered a fetus of approximately 3 months gestation that was studied by indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT), Immunoblot (IB), histopathology (HP), immunohistochemistry (IHC), and molecular assays (PCR, sequencing and microsatellite genotyping). Interferon gamma knock-out mice were inoculated with a pool of tissues for isolation attempts...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772738/angiogenesis-pet-tracer-uptake-68-ga-nodaga-e-crgdyk-%C3%A2-in-induced-myocardial-infarction-and-stromal-cell-treatment-in-minipigs
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Thomas Rasmussen, Bjarke Follin, Jens Kastrup, Malene Brandt-Larsen, Jacob Madsen, Thomas Emil Christensen, Morten Juhl, Smadar Cohen, Karsten Pharao Hammelev, Christian Holdflod Møller, Jens Peter Goetze, Philip Hasbak, Andreas Kjær
Angiogenesis is considered integral to the reparative process after ischemic injury. The αv β₃ integrin is a critical modulator of angiogenesis and highly expressed in activated endothelial cells. 68 Ga-NODAGA-E[(cRGDyK)]₂ (RGD) is a positron-emission-tomography (PET) ligand targeted towards αv β₃ integrin. The aim was to present data for the uptake of RGD and correlate it with histology and to further illustrate the differences in angiogenesis due to porcine adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cell (pASC) or saline treatment in minipigs after induction of myocardial infarction (MI)...
May 16, 2018: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772546/gpcr-autoantibodies-in-chronic-heart-failure
#20
Valerie Boivin-Jahns, Roland Jahns
Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a syndrome characterized by shortness of breath, fluid retention, and a progressive reduction in cardiac function. More than 60% of the cases are ischemic in origin (i.e., due to myo-cardial infarction) and about 30% are caused by non-ischemic myocardial damage (i.e., due to genetic or non-genetic causes like myocardial inflammation). Because of alterations in both cellular and humoral immunity patients with non-ischemic CHF often develop abnormal or misled immune responses, including cross-reacting antibodies and/or autoantibodies to various cardiac anti-gens...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
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