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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718893/association-between-maternal-vascular-murmur-and-the-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-with-abnormal-umbilical-artery-doppler-flow
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Diana Riknagel, Richard Farlie, Morten Hedegaard, Peter Humaidan, Johannes J Struijk
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between maternal vascular murmurs (MVMs) and fetal growth restriction (defined as small-for-gestational-age [SGA] fetus) and abnormal Doppler pulsatility index (PI) of the uterine and/or umbilical arteries. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of women aged 18 years or older with a singleton pregnancy at 28-34 weeks was conducted at Regional Hospital Viborg, Denmark, between May 1 and August 1, 2013. Ultrasound fetal biometry was performed and the Doppler PI of the umbilical and uterine arteries was determined...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716564/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-the-cardiovascular-system
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REVIEW
Hui Gong, Xing Lu, Qiong Wang, Min Hu, Xiangyu Zhang
Endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a special type of epithelial to mesenchymal transition. It is a process that is characterized by the loss of features of endothelial cells and acquisition of specific markers of mesenchymal cells. A variety of stimuli, such as inflammation, growth factors, and hypoxia, regulate EndMT through various signaling pathways and intracellular transcription factors. It has been demonstrated that epigenetic modifications are also involved in this process. Recent studies have identified the essential role of EndMT in the cardiovascular system...
July 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714932/thrombospondins-a-role-in-cardiovascular-disease
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Dimitry A Chistiakov, Alexandra A Melnichenko, Veronika A Myasoedova, Andrey V Grechko, Alexander N Orekhov
Thrombospondins (TSPs) represent extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins belonging to the TSP family that comprises five members. All TSPs have a complex multidomain structure that permits the interaction with various partners including other ECM proteins, cytokines, receptors, growth factors, etc. Among TSPs, TSP1, TSP2, and TSP4 are the most studied and functionally tested. TSP1 possesses anti-angiogenic activity and is able to activate transforming growth factor (TGF)-β, a potent profibrotic and anti-inflammatory factor...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676926/the-infant-with-aortic-arch-hypoplasia-and-small-left-heart-structures-echocardiographic-indices-of-mitral-and-aortic-hypoplasia-predicting-successful-biventricular-repair
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Jennifer M Plymale, Peter C Frommelt, Melodee Nugent, Pippa Simpson, James S Tweddell, Amanda J Shillingford
In infants with aortic arch hypoplasia and small left-sided cardiac structures, successful biventricular repair is dependent on the adequacy of the left-sided structures. Defining accurate thresholds of echocardiographic indices predictive of successful biventricular repair is paramount to achieving optimal outcomes. We sought to identify pre-operative echocardiographic indices of left heart size that predict intervention-free survival in infants with small left heart structures undergoing primary aortic arch repair to establish biventricular circulation (BVC)...
July 4, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674029/atla-mediates-extracellular-dna-release-that-contributes-to-streptococcus-mutans-biofilm-formation-in-an-experimental-infective-endocarditis-rat-model
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Chiau-Jing Jung, Ron-Bin Hsu, Chia-Tung Shun, Chih-Chieh Hsu, Jean-San Chia
Host factors, like platelets, have been shown to enhance biofilm formation of oral commensal streptococci, inducing infective endocarditis (IE), but how bacterial components contribute to biofilm formation in vivo is still not clear. We previously demonstrated that an isogenic mutant strain of Streptococcus mutans deficient in autolysin AtlA (ΔatlA) showed reduced ability to cause vegetation in a rat model of bacterial endocarditis. However, the role of AtlA in bacterial biofilm formation is unclear. Herein, confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis showed the extracellular DNA (eDNA) embedded inside S...
July 3, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644382/metal-ion-loaded-nanofibre-matrices-for-calcification-inhibition-in-polyurethane-implants
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Charanpreet Singh, Xungai Wang
Pathologic calcification leads to structural deterioration of implant materials via stiffening, stress cracking, and other structural disintegration mechanisms, and the effect can be critical for implants intended for long-term or permanent implantation. This study demonstrates the potential of using specific metal ions (MI)s for inhibiting pathological calcification in polyurethane (PU) implants. The hypothesis of using MIs as anti-calcification agents was based on the natural calcium-antagonist role of Mg(2+) ions in human body, and the anti-calcification effect of Fe(3+) ions in bio-prosthetic heart valves has previously been confirmed...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633268/surgical-interventional-hybrid-concept-in-a-newborn-with-borderline-left-heart
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Stefan Rupp, Josef Thul, Kerstin Gummel, Markus Khalil, Hakan Akintuerk, Dietmar Schranz
Through a series of complex surgical and interventional procedures including downsizing of an unrestricted atrial septal defect, aortic arch reconstruction, pulmonary artery banding, reversed Potts shunt, and Melody valve in a mitral position, biventricular conversion was successfully achieved in a patient with a distinct borderline left ventricle. By use of these interventional steps, flow-mediated and load-mediated growth of a small left ventricle was observed, highlighting the plasticity of hearts in growing children...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620766/phenotype-transformation-of-aortic-valve-interstitial-cells-due-to-applied-shear-stresses-within-a-microfluidic-chip
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Xinmei Wang, Joohyung Lee, Mir Ali, Jungkyu Kim, Carla M R Lacerda
Despite valvular heart diseases constituting a significant medical problem, the acquisition of information describing their pathophysiology remains difficult. Due to valvular size, role and location within the body, there is a need for in vitro systems that can recapitulate disease onset and progression. This study combines the development of an in vitro model and its application in the mechanical stimulation of valvular cell transformation. Specifically, porcine aortic valvular interstitial cells (PAVIC) were cultured on polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic devices with or without exposure to shear stresses...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612558/-significance-and-expressions-of-mmp-1-timp-1-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-in-valve-tissue-of-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Yi Yu, Zeng-Qi Li, Kun Chen, Ping Zhan, Jian Liao, Qin-Yun Ruan
OBJECTIVES: To explore expressions of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in valve tissue of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), and to analyzed their roles in RHD. METHODS: The expressions of MMP-1, TIMP-1 and TGF-β1 proteins and mRNAs were tested by Western blot and RT-PCR methods in valve tissues in participants with (experimental group, n=30) and without RHD (control group, n=15)...
January 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605496/validation-of-microbiological-testing-in-cardiovascular-tissue-banks-results-of-a-quality-round-trial
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Theo M M H de By, Carl McDonald, Susanne Süßner, Jill Davies, Wee Ling Heng, Ramadan Jashari, Ad J J C Bogers, Pieter Petit
OBJECTIVES: Surgeons needing human cardiovascular tissue for implantation in their patients are confronted with cardiovascular tissue banks that use different methods to identify and decontaminate micro-organisms. To elucidate these differences, we compared the quality of processing methods in 20 tissue banks and 1 reference laboratory. We did this to validate the results for accepting or rejecting tissue. We included the decontamination methods used and the influence of antibiotic cocktails and residues with results and controls...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594399/essential-but-partially-redundant-roles-for-pou4f1-brn-3a-and-pou4f2-brn-3b-transcription-factors-in-the-developing-heart
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Lauren J Maskell, Kashif Qamar, Aram A Babakr, Thomas A Hawkins, Richard J Heads, Vishwanie S Budhram-Mahadeo
Congenital heart defects contribute to embryonic or neonatal lethality but due to the complexity of cardiac development, the molecular changes associated with such defects are not fully understood. Here, we report that transcription factors (TFs) Brn-3a (POU4F1) and Brn-3b (POU4F2) are important for normal cardiac development. Brn-3a directly represses Brn-3b promoter in cardiomyocytes and consequently Brn-3a knockout (KO) mutant hearts express increased Brn-3b mRNA during mid-gestation, which is linked to hyperplastic growth associated with elevated cyclin D1, a known Brn-3b target gene...
June 8, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584461/infective-endocarditis-due-to-abiotrophia-defectiva-and-its-feared-complications-in-an-immunocompetent-person-rare-but-real
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Mohan Rudrappa, Laxmi Kokatnur
Abiotrophia defectiva is nutritional deficient streptococci that cannot be cultured on routine culture medias. Even though fastidious in growth requirement, it is a virulent bacterium preferentially affecting endovascular structures and is implicated in many culture-negative endocarditis cases. Unlike other organisms, it is known for heart valve destruction leading to heart failure and excessive embolization rates. It's inherent resistance to routinely used antibiotics also contributed to increased mortality and morbidity in affected individuals and warrants timely diagnosis and prompt treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567021/assessment-of-fetal-development-using-cardiac-valve-intervals
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Faezeh Marzbanrad, Ahsan H Khandoker, Yoshitaka Kimura, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Gari D Clifford
An automated method to assess the fetal physiological development is introduced which uses the component intervals between fetal cardiac valve timings and the Q-wave of fetal electrocardiogram (fECG). These intervals were estimated automatically from one-dimensional Doppler Ultrasound and noninvasive fECG. We hypothesize that the fetal growth can be estimated by the cardiac valve intervals. This hypothesis was evaluated by modeling the fetal development using the cardiac intervals and validating against the gold standard gestational age identified by Crown-Rump Length (CRL)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520542/hybrid-palliation-for-interrupted-aortic-arch-with-small-aortic-valve
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Yoshimasa Uno, Ayumu Masuoka, Kentarou Hotoda, Toshiyuki Katogi, Takaaki Suzuki
OBJECTIVES: Open heart surgery for interrupted aortic arch in the neonatal period is still a high-risk procedure related in part to patient factors such as low birth weight, other morphologic anomalies, and, especially, small aortic valve size. Recently, we performed hybrid palliation with bilateral pulmonary artery banding and ductal stenting as the first-stage palliation for such cases. In this study, the outcomes of this procedure were examined. METHODS: Six cases of interrupted aortic arch with a small aortic valve underwent the hybrid procedure in the neonatal period in our institute from 2010 to 2015 (mean age: 6...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520540/virtual-surgery-for-conduit-reconstruction-of-the-right-ventricular-outflow-tract
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Chin Siang Ong, Yue-Hin Loke, Justin Opfermann, Laura Olivieri, Luca Vricella, Axel Krieger, Narutoshi Hibino
PURPOSE: Virtual surgery involves the planning and simulation of surgical reconstruction using three-dimensional (3D) modeling based upon individual patient data, augmented by simulation of planned surgical alterations including implantation of devices or grafts. Here we describe a case in which virtual cardiac surgery aided us in determining the optimal conduit size to use for the reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract. DESCRIPTION: The patient is a young adolescent male with a history of tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, requiring right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) conduit replacement...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504231/poland-coronary-and-structural-heart-interventions-from-2010-to-2015
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Jacek Legutko, Zbigniew Siudak, Radosław Parma, Andrzej Ochała, Dariusz Dudek
For the last five years, invasive cardiology in Poland has developed extensively. Currently, 98% of the 161 Polish cathlabs operate in 24/7 mode, 37 of them supported by cardiac surgery departments on-site. A certification curriculum for interventional cardiology operators is supported by dedicated workshops and scientific meetings during national conferences. The rise in the number of coronary angiographies and PCIs was paralleled by an increased use of drug-eluting stents, bioresorbable vascular scaffolds and physiologic assessment of coronary arteries...
May 15, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483207/usefulness-of-preoperative-transforming-growth-factor-beta-to-predict-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-surgical-ventricular-septal-myectomy-in-patients-with-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#17
Ying Guo, Xi Wu, Xinxin Zheng, Jie Lu, Shuiyun Wang, Xiaohong Huang
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs frequently after cardiac surgery and contributes significantly to mortality. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) is associated with postoperative AF after coronary artery bypass grafting and valve surgery. We performed a prospective study to evaluate the role of TGF-β as a predictor of AF after myectomy. A total of 109 consecutive obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients without previous AF who underwent myectomy were identified. We measured plasma TGF-β levels before surgery, monitored heart rhythm until discharge, and followed patients for a mean of 36 ± 10 months...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464518/6q25-1-tab2-microdeletion-syndrome-congenital-heart-defects-and-cardiomyopathy
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Andrew Cheng, Mary Beth P Dinulos, Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, Jill Rosenfeld, McKenna Kyriss, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Hiba Risheg, Peter H Byers, Yajuan J Liu
Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most frequent type of congenital anomaly and are often associated with genetic and chromosomal syndromes. Haploinsufficiency of TAB2 (TGF-beta activated kinase 1/MAP3K7 binding protein 2) has been proposed to cause valvular and cardiac outflow tract structural abnormalities. In this study, we describe 13 newly identified individuals with microdeletions of chromosome 6q25.1 that involve TAB2. One of the patients in our study cohort has the smallest deletion yet reported, affecting only TAB2...
May 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433490/evaluating-health-of-emerging-economies-through-the-eyes-of-heart-valve-disease-in%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-transcatheter-era
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REVIEW
Sameer Arora, Cassandra J Ramm, Amol A Bahekar, John P Vavalle
China and India are the 2 fastest growing major world economies. However, they suffer from great differences in health policies, demographics, and rates of population growth. Whereas China has seen a steep decline in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and a rise in life expectancy, India continues to suffer from a significant burden of RHD due to insufficient distribution of economic prosperity to health care, denser population, and ineffective application of World Health Organization RHD prevention guidelines. As China faces the burden of the world's largest geriatric population, focus has shifted to calcific aortic stenosis for which it prepares by expansions in the field of transcatheter aortic valve replacement...
April 19, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377476/incidence-and-predictors-of-obstetric-and-fetal-complications-in-women-with-structural-heart-disease
#20
Iris M van Hagen, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Valentina Donvito, Csilla Liptai, Marielle Morissens, Daniel J Murphy, Laura Galian, Nooshin Mohd Bazargani, Jérôme Cornette, Roger Hall, Mark R Johnson
OBJECTIVE: Women with cardiac disease becoming pregnant have an increased risk of obstetric and fetal events. The aim of this study was to study the incidence of events, to validate the modified WHO (mWHO) risk classification and to search for event-specific predictors. METHODS: The Registry Of Pregnancy And Cardiac disease is a worldwide ongoing prospective registry that has enrolled 2742 pregnancies in women with known cardiac disease (mainly congenital and valvular disease) before pregnancy, from January 2008 up to April 2014...
April 4, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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