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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733311/regional-septal-hinge-point-injury-contributes-to-adverse-biventricular-interactions-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Eva Amalie Nielsen, Kenichi Okumura, Mei Sun, Vibeke E Hjortdal, Andrew N Redington, Mark K Friedberg
Death and morbidity in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are often due to right ventricular (RV) failure and associated left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. We investigated regional myocardial remodeling and function as the basis for adverse ventricular-ventricular interactions in experimental chronic RV pressure overload. Two distinct animal models were studied: A rabbit model of increased RV pressure-load through progressive pulmonary artery banding A rat model of monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731143/suppression-of-hepatic-dysfunction-in-tenascin%C3%A2-x%C3%A2-deficient-mice-fed-a-high%C3%A2-fat-diet
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Shinsaku Yamaguchi, Kohei Kawakami, Kazumi Satoh, Naoki Fukunaga, Kazuhito Akama, Ken-Ichi Matsumoto
Extracellular matrix glycoprotein tenascin‑X (TNX) is the largest member of the tenascin family. In the present study, the contribution of TNX to liver dysfunction was investigated by administration of high‑fat and high‑cholesterol diet with high levels of phosphorus and calcium (HFCD) to wild‑type (WT) and TNX‑knockout (KO) mice. After 16 weeks of HFCD administration, the ratio of liver weight to body weight was approximately 22% higher in the HFCD‑fed WT mice compared with the HFCD‑fed TNX‑KO mice, indicating hepatomegaly in HFCD‑fed WT mice...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726538/marked-bleeding-diathesis-in-patients-with-platelet-dysfunction-due-to-a-novel-mutation-in-rasgrp2-encoding-caldag-gefi-p-gly305asp
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Emilse Bermejo, Maria F Alberto, David S Paul, Aaron A Cook, Paquita Nurden, Analia Sanchez Luceros, Alan T Nurden, Wolfgang Bergmeier
Congenital platelet function disorders are often the result of defects in critical signal transduction pathways required for platelet adhesion and clot formation. Mutations affecting RASGRP2, the gene encoding the Rap GTPase activator, CalDAG-GEFI, give rise to a novel, and rare, group of platelet signal transduction abnormalities. We here report platelet function studies for two brothers (P1 and P2) expressing a novel variant of RASGRP2, CalDAG-GEFI(p.Gly305Asp). P1 and P2 have a lifelong history of bleeding with severe epistaxis successfully treated with platelet transfusions or rFVIIa...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707058/is-there-any-relationship-between-adipocytokines-and-angiogenesis-factors-to-address-endothelial-dysfunction-and-platelet-aggregation-in-untreated-patients-with-preeclampsia
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Zeynep B Güngör, Hakan Ekmekçi, Abdullah Tüten, Sait Toprak, Gülsel Ayaz, Oktay Çalışkan, Hüseyin Sönmez, Rıza Madazlı, Orkide Donma, Mine Kucur, Turgut Ulutin, Özlem Balcı Ekmekçi
PURPOSE: Preeclampsia is a multisystem disorder and its etiology remains still unclear. Recent hypotheses rely on imbalance between angiogenic and antiangiogenic factors and disruption of endothelial function of spiral arteries. In addition; increased VTE (venous thromboembolism) risk is still unclear in preeclampsia. Our aim was to investigate the relationship between endothelial dysfunction, adipocytokines, platelet function, and vasculogenesis in preeclampsia. METHODS: Plasma angiogenic (PlGF, VEGF), antiangiogenic factors (sflt-1, endoglin) with adipocytokines (leptin, adiponectin, ghrelin), endothelial dysfunction markers (vWF, NO), and platelet function markers (ADP and collagen induced platelet aggregation, P-selectin) were examined in 30 early-onset, 22 late-onset preeclampsia, and 27 healthy pregnants...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706558/qiliqiangxin-enhances-cardiac-glucose-metabolism-and-improves-diastolic-function-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#5
Jingfeng Wang, Zhiming Li, Yanyan Wang, Jingjing Zhang, Weipeng Zhao, Mingqiang Fu, Xueting Han, Jingmin Zhou, Junbo Ge
Cardiac diastolic dysfunction has emerged as a growing type of heart failure. The present study aims to explore whether Qiliqiangxin (QL) can benefit cardiac diastolic function in spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) through enhancement of cardiac glucose metabolism. Fifteen 12-month-old male SHRs were randomly divided into QL-treated, olmesartan-treated, and saline-treated groups. Age-matched WKY rats served as normal controls. Echocardiography and histological analysis were performed. Myocardial glucose uptake was determined by (18)F-FDG using small-animal PET imaging...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705316/cell-specific-pathways-supporting-persistent-fibrosis-in-heart-failure
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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/28704582/autosomal-dominant-form-of-type-iv-collagen-nephropathy-exists-among-patients-with-hereditary-nephritis-difficult-to-diagnose-clinicopathologically
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Aya Imafuku, Kandai Nozu, Naoki Sawa, Eiko Hasegawa, Rikako Hiramatsu, Masahiro Kawada, Junichi Hoshino, Kiho Tanaka, Yasuo Ishii, Kenmei Takaichi, Takeshi Fujii, Kenichi Ohashi, Kazumoto Iijima, Yoshifumi Ubara
AIM: Type IV collagen nephropathies include Alport Syndrome and thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN), which are caused by mutations in COL4A3/A4/A5 genes. Recently, the report of patients with heterozygous mutations in COL4A3/A4 have been increasing. The clinical course of these patients has a wide variety, and they are diagnosed as TBMN, autosomal dominant Alport syndrome (ADAS), or familial focal segmental glomerular sclerosis. However, diagnosis, frequency and clinicopathological manifestation of them remains unclear...
July 13, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701310/deletion-of-%C3%AE-1-integrin-in-collecting-duct-principal-cells-leads-to-tubular-injury-and-renal-medullary-fibrosis
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Fahmy A Mamuya, Dongping Xie, Lei Lei, Ming Huang, Kenji Tsuji, Diane E Capen, Baoxue Yang, Ralph Weissleder, Teodor G Păunescu, Hua Jenny Lu
The renal collecting duct (CD) contains two major cell types, intercalated (ICs) and principal cells (PCs). A previous report showed that deletion of β-1 integrin in the entire renal CD causes defective CD morphogenesis resulting in kidney dysfunction. However, subsequent deletion of β-1 integrin specifically in ICs, and PCs respectively did not cause any morphological defects in the CDs. The discrepancy between these studies prompts us to reinvestigate the role of β-1 integrin in CD cells, specifically in the PCs...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695302/argatroban-attenuates-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-in-rats-by-reducing-fibrosis-inflammation-apoptosis-and-protease-activated-receptor-expression
#9
Yogesh Bulani, Shyam Sunder Sharma
PURPOSE: Chronic diabetes is associated with cardiovascular dysfunctions. Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is one of the serious cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes. Despite significant efforts in understanding the pathophysiology of DCM, management of DCM is not adequate due to its complex pathophysiology. Recently, involvement of protease-activated receptors (PARs) has been postulated in cardiovascular diseases. These receptors are activated by thrombin, trypsin, or other serine proteases...
July 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690610/toll-like-receptor-4-inhibition-improves-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-health-in-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-rats
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Parmeshwar B Katare, Pankaj K Bagul, Amit K Dinda, Sanjay K Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Inflammation remains a crucial factor for progression of cardiac diseases and cardiac hypertrophy remains an important cause of cardiac failure over all age groups. As a key regulator of inflammation, toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) plays an important role in pathogenesis of cardiac diseases. Being an important regulator of innate immunity, the precise pathway of TLR4-mediated cardiac complications is yet to be established. Therefore, the primary objective of the present study was to find the role of TLR4 in cardiac hypertrophy and the molecular mechanism thereof...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684968/effects-of-total-flavone-from-rhododendron-simsii-planch-flower-on-postischemic-cardiac-dysfunction-and-cardiac-remodeling-in-rats
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Xinqi Cheng, Jie Zhang, Zhiwu Chen
This study investigated the effect of total flavone from Rhododendron simsii Planch. flower (TFR) on postischemic cardiac dysfunction and ventricular remodeling and was to test the hypothesis that TFR has an antiventricular remodeling effect through inhibition of urotensin-II receptor- (UTR-) mediated activation of RhoA-ROCK pathways. Twenty-four hours after ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized to receive 4-week treatment with saline (model group) or TFR...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677217/age-associated-intracellular-superoxide-dismutase-deficiency-potentiates-dermal-fibroblast-dysfunction-during-wound-healing
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Toshihiro Fujiwara, Teruyuki Dohi, Zeshaan N Maan, Kristine C Rustad, Sun Hyung Kwon, Jagannath Padmanabhan, Alexander J Whittam, Hirotaka Suga, Dominik Duscher, Melanie Rodrigues, Geoffrey C Gurtner
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) impair wound healing through destructive oxidation of intracellular proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Intracellular superoxide dismutase (SOD1) regulates ROS levels and plays a critical role in tissue homeostasis. Recent evidence suggests that age-associated wound healing impairments may partially result from decreased SOD1 expression. We investigated the mechanistic basis by which increased oxidative stress links to age-associated impaired wound healing. Fibroblasts were isolated from unwounded skin of young and aged mice, and myofibroblast differentiation was assessed by measuring α-smooth muscle actin and collagen gel contraction...
July 4, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674631/liver-stiffness-assessed-by-fibrosis-4-index-predicts-mortality-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Yu Sato, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yuki Kanno, Shunsuke Watanabe, Tetsuro Yokokawa, Satoshi Abe, Tomofumi Misaka, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takayoshi Yamaki, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Yasuchika Takeishi
OBJECTIVE: Liver dysfunction due to heart failure (HF) is known as congestive hepatopathy. It has recently been reported that liver stiffness assessed by transient elastography reflects increased central venous pressure. The Fibrosis-4 (FIB4) index (age (years) × aspartate aminotransferase (IU/L)/platelet count (10(9)/L) × square root of alanine aminotransferase (IU/L)) is expected to be useful for evaluating liver stiffness in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. We aimed to investigate the impact of the FIB4 index on HF prognosis, with consideration for liver fibrosis markers and underlying cardiac function...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672901/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-salmon-nasal-proteoglycan-on-biomarkers-for-cartilage-metabolism-in-individuals-with-knee-joint-discomfort-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-study
#14
Akihito Tomonaga, Tatsuji Takahashi, Yuka Tsuda Tanaka, Makoto Tsuboi, Kumie Ito, Isao Nagaoka
A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the chondroprotective action of salmon nasal cartilage proteoglycan on joint health. The effect of oral administration of proteoglycan (10 mg/day) on cartilage metabolism was evaluated in individuals with knee joint discomfort but without diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis. The average age of patients was 52.6±1.1 years old. The effect of proteoglycan was evaluated by analyzing markers for type II collagen degradation (C1,2C) and synthesis (PIICP), and the ratio of type II collagen degradation to synthesis...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668305/detrimental-role-of-lysyl-oxidase-in-cardiac-remodeling
#15
Elia C El Hajj, Milad C El Hajj, Van K Ninh, Jessica M Bradley, Mario A Claudino, Jason D Gardner
A key feature of heart failure is adverse extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling, which is associated with increases in the collagen cross-linking enzyme, lysyl oxidase (LOX). In this study, we assess the progression of cardiovascular remodeling from the compensatory to decompensatory phase, with a focus on the change in LOX expression and activity as it relates to alterations in ECM composition and changes in cardiac function. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were studied after 4, 14, or 21weeks of aortocaval fistula-induced volume overload (VO)...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666537/dermal-exposure-to-weathered-mc252-crude-oil-results-in-echocardiographically-identifiable-systolic-myocardial-dysfunction-in-double-crested-cormorants-phalacrocorax-auritus
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K E Harr, M Rishniw, T L Rupp, D Cacela, K M Dean, B S Dorr, K C Hanson-Dorr, K Healy, K Horak, J E Link, D Reavill, S J Bursian, F L Cunningham
During the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment, gross morphologic cardiac abnormalities, including softer, more distensible musculature, were noted upon gross necropsy in hearts from laughing gulls and double-crested cormorants exposed to weathered MC252 crude oil. A species specific, echocardiographic technique was developed for antemortem evaluation of function that was used to evaluate and better characterize cardiac dysfunction. Control (n=12) and treated (n=13) cormorant groups of similar sex-ratio and ages were dermally treated with approximately 13ml of water or weathered MC252 crude oil, respectively, every 3 days for 6 dosages...
June 27, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665886/ablation-of-toll-like-receptor-4-mitigates-central-blood-pressure-response-during-hyperhomocysteinemia
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Nevena Jeremic, Gregory J Weber, Anastasia Familtseva, Naira Metreveli, Suresh C Tyagi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to define the mechanisms of homocysteine-induced effects on the aortic wall that promote vascular remodeling and hypertension as well as explore the role of Toll-like receptor 4 in homocysteine-induced effects. METHOD: Five strains of mice were utilized in this study: C57BL/6J, C3H/HeOuJ, CBS+/-, C3H/HeJ and CBS+/-/C3H. Aorta, heart and blood were collected at the end of the experiments. Blood pressure (BP) was recorded using noninvasive tail cuff method...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665499/restoration-of-pharyngeal-dilator-muscle-force-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-mice-following-co-treatment-with-neutralising-il-6-receptor-antibodies-and-urocortin-2
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David P Burns, Jane Rowland, Leonie Canavan, Kevin H Murphy, Molly Brannock, Dervla O'Malley, Ken D O'Halloran, Deirdre Edge
The mdx mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) shows evidence of impaired pharyngeal dilator muscle function. We hypothesised that inflammatory and stress-related factors are implicated in airway dilator muscle dysfunction. Six week old mdx (n = 26) and wild-type (WT; n = 26) mice received either saline (0.9% w v(-1) ) or a co-administration of neutralising IL-6 receptor antibodies (xIL-6R; 0.2 mg kg(-1) ) and corticotrophin releasing factor receptor 2 agonist (Urocortin 2; 30 μg kg(-1) ) over 2 weeks...
June 30, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662545/defective-acid-hydrolase-secretion-in-runx1-haplodeficiency-evidence-for-a-global-platelet-secretory-defect
#19
A K Rao, M Poncz
BACKGROUND: RUNX1 haplodeficiency is associated with thrombocytopenia, platelet dysfunction and a predisposition to acute leukaemia. Platelets possess three distinct types of granules and secretory processes involving dense granules (DG), α-granules and vesicles or lysosomes containing acid hydrolases (AH). Dense granules and granule deficiencies have been reported in patients with RUNX1 mutations. Little is known regarding the secretion from AH-containing vesicles. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied two related patients with a RUNX1 mutation, easy bruising, and mild thrombocytopenia...
June 29, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657332/role-of-hypohalous-acids-in-basement-membrane-homeostasis
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Selene Colon, Patrick Page-McCaw, Gautam Bhave
SIGNIFICANCE: Basement membranes (BMs) are sheet-like structures of specialized extracellular matrix that underlie nearly all tissue cell layers including epithelial, endothelial, and muscle cells. BMs not only provide structural support, but are critical for the development, maintenance, and repair of organs. Animal heme peroxidases generate highly reactive hypohalous acids extracellularly and therefore target BMs for oxidative modification. Given the importance of BMs in tissue structure and function, hypohalous acid mediated oxidative modifications of BM proteins represent a key mechanism in normal development and pathogenesis of disease...
June 28, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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