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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719552/immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-organ-transplant-patients
#1
Adam S Kittai, Hayden Oldham, Jeremy Cetnar, Matthew Taylor
Modulation of T-cell activity through blockade of coinhibitory molecules has revolutionized the treatment of various malignancies. Several immune checkpoint inhibitors are currently Food and Drug Administration approved which target various coinhibitory pathways including cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), programmed death 1 receptor (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1. Clinical trials that lead to the Food and Drug Administration approval of these agents often excluded patients with an organ transplant...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714947/long-term-systolic-function-in-children-and-young-adults-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
#2
S J Rotz, C E Dandoy, M D Taylor, S Jodele, J L Jefferies, A Lane, J A El-Bietar, A W Powell, S M Davies, T D Ryan
Congestive heart failure and subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) affect long-term survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Echocardiographic measurements of global longitudinal and circumferential strain have shown promise in identifying subclinical LVSD in cancer survivors. We analyzed echocardiograms in 95 children and young adults with malignancies or bone marrow failure syndromes performed before HSCT and 1-6 years after HSCT. We additionally measured the biomarkers soluble suppression of tumorigenicity-2 (sST-2) and cardiac troponin-I (cTn-I) in the same children through 49 days post HSCT...
July 17, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714796/effect-of-bariatric-surgery-on-heart-failure
#3
Marcela Rodriguez Flores, Carlos Aguilar Salinas, Marie-Eve Piché, Audrey Auclair, Paul Poirier
Obesity increases the risk of heart failure (HF), which continues to be a significant proportion of all cardiovascular diseases and affects increasingly younger populations. The cross-talk between adipose and the heart involves insulin resistance, adipokine signaling and inflammation, with the capacity of adipose tissue to mediate hemodynamic signals, promoting progressive cardiomyopathy. Areas covered: From a therapeutic perspective, there is not yet a single obesity-related pathway that when addressed, can ameliorate cardiomyopathy in obese patients and this is a matter of ongoing research...
July 17, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714645/-extra-renal-manifestations-of-the-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
#4
Aurélie Butscher, Olivier Phan, Olivier Bonny
Extra-renal complications of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) are often unrecognized. Liver cysts are usually benign, but may cause chronic pain, may interfere with nutrition and may necessitate partial liver resection or even liver transplant. Somatostatin analogs may be an alternative therapy. Cerebral aneurisms are rare, but devastating. They must be investigated in case of positive familial history. Cardiac valvulopathies will be searched for by echocardiography. Abdominal wall herniae are often identified during the physical exam in ADPKD patients...
February 22, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713918/endothelial-growth-medium-suppresses-apoptosis-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro-via-decrease-of-mir%C3%A2-29a
#5
Qianqian Wu, Tao Fang, Min Chen, Guoxian Qi
The administration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in cases of cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) has been associated with a significant reduction of myocardial cell death and an effective improvement in cardiac function. However, one major limiting factor in MSCs transplantation therapy is the low survival rate of the transplanted cells. The present study aimed to demonstrate that human amnion‑derived mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs) cultured with endothelial growth medium (EGM‑2) exhibited reduced apoptosis when exposed to serum‑free and hypoxic conditions; and that the expression of microRNA (miR)‑29a decreased significantly...
July 6, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711453/a-roadmap-for-evaluating-the-use-and-value-of-durable-ventricular-assist-device-therapy
#6
EDITORIAL
Sarah T Ward, Qixing Liang, Francis D Pagani, Min Zhang, Robert L Kormos, Keith D Aaronson, Andrew D Althouse, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Donald S Likosky
Heart failure is a disease characterized by profound human suffering with limitations in survival despite treatment with guideline-directed medical therapies. Patients with heart failure frequently progress to advanced stages and often require cardiac transplantation or implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to extend survival and improve quality of life. As the number of suitable heart donors, number of experienced medical centers and patient comorbidities place restrictions on the feasibility of cardiac transplantation, implantation of LVADs has emerged as a more frequently applied treatment as either a bridge to transplantation or as permanent therapy...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710827/comparison-of-non-coding-rnas-in-exosomes-and-functional-efficacy-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-versus-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Won Hee Lee, Wenyi Chen, Ning-Yi Shao, Dan Xiao, Xulei Qin, Natalie Baker, Hye Ryeong Michelle Bae, Praveen Shukla, Haodi Wu, Kazuki Kodo, Sang-Ging Ong, Joseph C Wu
BACKGROUND: Both human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (ESC-CMs) and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) can serve as unlimited cell sources for cardiac regenerative therapy. However, the functional equivalency between human ESC-CMs and iPSC-CMs for cardiac regenerative therapy has not been demonstrated. Here we performed a head-to-head comparison of ESC-CMs and iPSC-CMs in their ability to restore cardiac function in a rat myocardial infarction (MI) model as well as their exosomal secretome...
July 14, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710785/effect-of-thyroid-hormone-on-cardiac-function-following-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-in-piglets
#8
T K Susheel Kumar, Craig Mathis, Shyam Sathanandam, David Zurakowski, Saradha Subramanian, Jerry Allen, Michael Solimine, Lindsay Berrios, Scott Jackson, Mark Landers, Ryan Sullivan, Stacey Barnett, Mark Rayburn, Christopher Loftis, Lauren Price, James B Tansey, Deepthi Hoskoppal, Christopher Knott-Craig
Studies in adult HT have demonstrated improved cardiac function in the recipient following administration of T3 to the donor. The purpose of this experiment was to assess the effects of T3 on the function of the immature donor heart following HT in a piglet model. A total of 32 piglets were divided into 16 donors and 16 recipients. Following creation of brain death, half of the donor piglets were randomized to receive three doses of T3 (0.2 μg/kg) along with hydrocortisone (1 mg/kg). The donor hearts were then transplanted into the recipient piglets on CPB...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709866/mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-carried-in-svvyglr-modified-self-assembling-peptide-promoted-cardiac-repair-and-angiogenesis-after-myocardial-infarction
#9
Xi-Ren Gao, Hai-Jun Xu, Li-Fang Wang, Chong-Bin Liu, Feng Yu
The efficiency of stem cell therapy for myocardial infarction (MI) was very low due to the hostile microenvironment and poor blood perfusion. In this study, we designed a new self-assembling peptide through adding angiogenic polypeptide SVVYGLR to the carboxyl terminal of RADA16, and evaluated the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation carried in this designer self-assembling peptide (DSP) on MI. After the model of cell ischemia and hypoxia was established in vitro, cytoprotective effect of DSP on MSC was detected by AO/EB staining...
July 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709664/current-results-of-single-ventricle-palliation-of-patients-with-double-inlet-left-ventricle
#10
Bahaaldin Alsoufi, Courtney McCracken, Kirk Kanter, Subhadra Shashidharan, Brian Kogon
BACKGROUND: Double inlet left ventricle (DILV) is a heterogeneous single ventricle anomaly in which initial presentation, and consequently, timing and palliation mode vary based on morphology and degree of pulmonary or systemic outflow obstruction. Very few reports, mostly old, focused on palliation outcomes of DILV. We report current-era results and examine whether morphologic and subsequently surgical factors influence survival. METHODS: Fifty-eight infants with DILV underwent single ventricle palliation...
July 11, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708333/conversion-from-calcineurin-inhibitors-to-mtor-inhibitors-as-primary-immunosuppressive-drugs-in-pediatric-heart-transplantation
#11
Alfred Asante-Korang, Jennifer Carapellucci, Diane Krasnopero, Abigail Doyle, Brian Brown, Ernest Amankwah
There are only a few reports of successful use of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTORI) as primary immunosuppression in pediatric heart transplantation. Compared to calcineurin inhibitors, mTORI have less side effects, especially nephrotoxicity, infections and malignancies. A retrospective study was conducted at our institution of all 170 heart transplants from 1995-2015. Nineteen patients were switched from tacrolimus(n=15) or cyclosporin(n=4) to everolimus(n=4) or sirolimus(n=15) due to nephrotoxicity(n=5), malignancy(n=8), EBV viremia/reactive plasmacytic changes(n=5) and immune hemolytic anemia(n=1)...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707443/cardiac-transplant-vasculopathy
#12
EDITORIAL
Jonathan M Tobis
Transplant vasculopathy is a form of slowly progressive rejection. The interventional cardiologist plays an important role in maintaining survival of this precious commodity by performing PCI. Everolimus drug eluting stents are highly effective and have relatively low occurrence of in-stent restenosis, but transplant vasculopathy continues to progress in a diffuse pattern.
July 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706871/tricuspid-valve-regurgitation-after-heart-transplantation
#13
Murray H Kwon, Richard J Shemin
Tricuspid valve regurgitation (TVR) in the orthotopic heart transplant (OHT) recipient is quite common and has varied clinical sequelae. In its severest forms, it can lead to right-sided failure symptoms indistinguishable from that seen in native heart TVR disease. While certain implantation techniques are widely recognized to reduce the risk of TVR in the cardiac allograft, concomitant tricuspid annuloplasty, while having advocates, is not currently accepted as a routinely established adjunct. Decisions to surgically correct TVR in the OHT recipient must be made carefully, as certain clinical scenarios have high risk of failure...
May 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706864/surgical-outcomes-of-isolated-tricuspid-valve-procedures-repair-versus-replacement
#14
Julius I Ejiofor, Robert C Neely, Maroun Yammine, Siobhan McGurk, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Marzia Leacche, Lawrence H Cohn, Prem S Shekar
BACKGROUND: Isolated tricuspid valve (ITV) operations are infrequent and the decision to operate is controversial. We report a series of ITV operations to outline the current disease status requiring this uncommon procedure with an emphasis on the results of tricuspid valve repair (TVr) versus replacement (TVR). METHODS: Using our prospective cardiac surgery database, 57 patients who underwent ITV operations between 01/02-03/14 were identified. Median follow up time was 3...
May 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705554/atrial-function-atrial-volume-and-cardiovascular-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-a-study-of-cardiac-computed-tomography
#15
Laust Dupont, Simon Winther, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Peter Bomholt, Hans Erik Bøtker, Morten Bøttcher, Per Ivarsen, My Svensson
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Previous studies using 2-dimensional echocardiography show that left atrial end-diastolic volume (LAEDV) predicts cardiovascular outcomes and mortality in patients with CKD. However, contrast-enhanced cardiac CT may offers a more precise measure of atrial dimensions and function than 2-dimensional echocardiography and may provide improved predictionof patient outcome. AIM: The aim of the present study was to examine the association of LAEDV and left atrial ejection fraction (LAEF) assessed by CT with left ventricle end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), left ventricular mass, left ventricular ejection fraction and N-terminal plasma-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-PRO-BNP)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705316/cell-specific-pathways-supporting-persistent-fibrosis-in-heart-failure
#16
Stephen D Farris, Creighton Don, Deri Helterline, Christopher Costa, Tabitha Plummer, Susanne Steffes, Claudius Mahr, Nahush A Mokadam, April Stempien-Otero
BACKGROUND: Only limited data exist describing the histologic and noncardiomyocyte function of human myocardium in end-stage heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to determine changes in noncardiomyocyte cellular activity in patients with end-stage HF after left ventricular assist device (LVAD)-induced remodeling to identify mechanisms impeding recovery. METHODS: Myocardium was obtained from subjects undergoing LVAD placement and/or heart transplantation...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705053/cardiac-amyloidosis-pathogenesis-clinical-context-diagnosis-and-management-options
#17
Hassan Alkhawam, Darshan Patel, James Nguyen, Saumya Mariam Easaw, Mohammed Al-Sadawi, Umer Syed, Feras Zaiem, Maher Homsi, Timothy J Vittorio
Amyloidosis covers a group of disorders that can manifest in virtually any organ system in the body and is thought to be secondary to misfolding of extracellular proteins with subsequent deposition in tissues. The precursor protein that is produced in excess defines the specific amyloid type. This requires histopathological confirmation using Congo-red dye with its characteristic demonstration of green birefringence under cross-polarized light. There are three main types of amyloidosis associated with cardiac involvement: light-chain (AL), familial or senile (ATTR), and secondary (AA) amyloidosis...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704488/soluble-st2-does-not-change-cardiovascular-risk-prediction-compared-to-cardiac-troponin-t-in-kidney-transplant-candidates
#18
Mira T Keddis, Ziad El-Zoghby, Bruce Kaplan, Jeffrey W Meeusen, Leslie J Donato, Fernando G Cosio, D Eric Steidley
BACKGROUND: Solubility of Tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) is a novel biomarker that better stratifies risk of cardiovascular events (CVE) compared to cardiac troponin T(cTnT) in heart failure. We assessed the association of sST2 with the composite outcome of CVE and/or mortality compared to cTnT in kidney transplant candidates. METHODS: 200 kidney transplant candidates between 2010 and 2013 were included. Elevated sST2 was defined as ≥30ng/ml, cTnT≥0.01 ng/ml. RESULTS: Median age 53 (interquartile range (IQR) 42-61) years, 59...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704074/quantifying-the-relative-importance-to-patients-of-avoiding-symptoms-and-outcomes-of-heart-failure
#19
A Brett Hauber, Engels N Obi, Mark A Price, Diane Whalley, Chun-Lan Chang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate heart failure (HF) patients' disease knowledge and preferences for avoiding different disease outcomes. METHODS: An online survey was administered to 400 individuals with a self-reported diagnosis of HF to elicit relative importance weights (RIWs) for avoiding 11 potential HF symptoms and outcomes using best-worst scaling. The survey also included questions about individuals' HF knowledge, and demographic and disease-experience characteristics...
July 13, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703300/a-point-based-prediction-model-for-cardiovascular-risk-in-orthotopic-liver-transplantation-the-car-olt-score
#20
Lisa B VanWagner, Hongyan Ning, Maureen Whitsett, Josh Levitsky, Sarah Uttal, John T Wilkins, Michael M Abecassis, Daniela P Ladner, Anton I Skaro, Donald M Lloyd-Jones
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) complications are important causes of morbidity and mortality after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). There is currently no preoperative risk assessment tool that allows physicians to estimate the risk for CVD events following OLT. We sought to develop a point-based prediction model (risk score) for CVD complications after OLT, the CAR-OLT risk score, among a cohort of 1024 consecutive patients aged 18-75 years who underwent first OLT in a tertiary-care teaching hospital (2002-2011)...
July 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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