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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731589/effects-of-nitric-oxide-on-large-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-currents-in-human-cardiac-fibroblasts-through-pka-and-pkg-related-pathways
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Hyemi Bae, Inja Lim
The human cardiac fibroblast (HCF) is the most abundant cell type in the myocardium, and HCFs play critical roles in maintaining normal cardiac function. However, unlike cardiomyocytes, the electrophysiology of HCFs is not well established. In the cardiovascular system, Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (KCa) channels have distinct physiological and pathological functions, and nitric oxide (NO) play key roles. In this study, we investigated the potential effects of NO on KCa channels in HCFs. We recorded strong oscillating, well-maintained outward K(+) currents without marked inactivation throughout the test pulse period and detected outward rectification in the I-V curve; these are all characteristics that are typical of KCa currents...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730832/liraglutide-preserves-intracellular-calcium-handling-in-isolated-murine-myocytes-exposed-to-oxidative-stress
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S Palee, S C Chattipakorn, N Chattipakorn
In ischemic/reperfusion (I/R) injured hearts, severe oxidative stress occurs and is associated with intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) overload. Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 (GLP-1) analogues have been shown to exert cardioprotection in I/R heart. However, there is little information regarding the effects of GLP-1 analogue on the intracellular Ca(2+) regulation in the presence of oxidative stress. Therefore, we investigated the effects of GLP-1 analogue, (liraglutide, 10 microM) applied before or after hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2), 50 microM) treatment on intracellular Ca(2+) regulation in isolated cardiomyocytes...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730707/establishment-and-characterization-of-a-novel-murine-model-of-pancreatic-cancer-cachexia
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Katherine A Michaelis, Xinxia Zhu, Kevin G Burfeind, Stephanie M Krasnow, Peter R Levasseur, Terry K Morgan, Daniel L Marks
BACKGROUND: Cachexia is a complex metabolic and behavioural syndrome lacking effective therapies. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most important conditions associated with cachexia, with >80% of PDAC patients suffering from the condition. To establish the cardinal features of a murine model of PDAC-associated cachexia, we characterized the effects of implanting a pancreatic tumour cell line from a syngeneic C57BL/6 KRAS(G12D) P53(R172H) Pdx-Cre(+/+) (KPC) mouse...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730459/fetal-programming-as-a-predictor-of-adult-health-or-disease-the-need-to-reevaluate-fetal-heart-function
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REVIEW
Joana O Miranda, Carla Ramalho, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, José Carlos Areias
Epidemiologic and experimental evidence suggests that adverse stimuli during critical periods in utero permanently alters organ structure and function and may have persistent consequences for the long-term health of the offspring. Fetal hypoxia, maternal malnutrition, or ventricular overloading are among the major adverse conditions that can compromise cardiovascular development in early life. With the heart as a central organ in fetal adaptive mechanisms, a deeper understanding of the fetal cardiovascular physiology and of the echocardiographic tools to assess both normal and stressed pregnancies would give precious information on fetal well-being and hopefully may help in early identification of special risk groups for cardiovascular diseases later in life...
July 20, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729944/the-impact-of-multiple-sclerosis-onset-symptom-on-cardiac-repolarization
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Alma Mikkola, Aku Ojanen, Juha E K Hartikainen, Anne M Remes, Sakari Simula
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis is associated with prolonged cardiac repolarization but the underlying physiology has remained unknown. In this study, we compared cardiac repolarization during the relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) disease course in patients with motor and sensory onset symptom. METHODS: Twenty-five RRMS patients with motor and 33 RRMS patients with sensory onset symptom having 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) recorded at the time of the first demyelinating event (ECG1) as well as at the later disease course (ECG2) were identified from the patient records...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726495/use-of-adeno-associated-virus-vector-for-cardiac-gene-delivery-in-large-animal-surgical-models-of-heart-failure
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Michael G Katz, Anthony S Fargnoli, Thomas Weber, Roger Hajjar, Charles Bridges
The advancement of gene-therapy-based approaches to treat heart disease represents a need for clinically-relevant animal models with characteristics equivalent to human pathologies. Rodent models of cardiac disease do not precisely reproduce heart failure phenotype and molecular defects. This has motivated researchers to use large animals whose heart size and physiological processes more similar and comparable to those of humans. Today, adeno-associated viruses (AAV)-based vectors are undoubtedly among the most promising DNA delivery vehicles...
July 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725529/recent-progress-on-piezoelectric-and-triboelectric-energy-harvesters-in-biomedical-systems
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REVIEW
Qiang Zheng, Bojing Shi, Zhou Li, Zhong Lin Wang
Implantable medical devices (IMDs) have become indispensable medical tools for improving the quality of life and prolonging the patient's lifespan. The minimization and extension of lifetime are main challenges for the development of IMDs. Current innovative research on this topic is focused on internal charging using the energy generated by the physiological environment or natural body activity. To harvest biomechanical energy efficiently, piezoelectric and triboelectric energy harvesters with sophisticated structural and material design have been developed...
July 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725206/physiological-signal-analysis-for-evaluating-flow-during-playing-of-computer-games-of-varying-difficulty
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Yu Tian, Yulong Bian, Piguo Han, Peng Wang, Fengqiang Gao, Yingmin Chen
Flow is the experience of effortless attention, reduced self-consciousness, and a deep sense of control that typically occurs during the optimal performance of challenging tasks. On the basis of the person-artifact-task model, we selected computer games (tasks) with varying levels of difficulty (difficult, medium, and easy) and shyness (personality) as flow precursors to study the physiological activity of users in a flow state. Cardiac and respiratory activity and mean changes in skin conductance (SC) were measured continuously while the participants (n = 40) played the games...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725199/heart-performance-determination-by-visualization-in-larval-fishes-influence-of-alternative-models-for-heart-shape-and-volume
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Prescilla Perrichon, Martin Grosell, Warren W Burggren
Understanding cardiac function in developing larval fishes is crucial for assessing their physiological condition and overall health. Cardiac output measurements in transparent fish larvae and other vertebrates have long been made by analyzing videos of the beating heart, and modeling this structure using a conventional simple prolate spheroid shape model. However, the larval fish heart changes shape during early development and subsequent maturation, but no consideration has been made of the effect of different heart geometries on cardiac output estimation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724493/oral-transmucosal-detomidine-gel-in-new-zealand-white-rabbits-oryctolagus-cuniculus
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Morika D Williams, C Tyler Long, Jessica R Durrant, Gabriel P McKeon, Heather R Shive, Emily H Griffith, Kristen M Messenger, Richard E Fish
Handling and restraining rabbits for routine procedures may be impossible without prior sedation, result in unnecessary stress or injury to the rabbit or handler, and increase experimental variability. Parenteral administration of sedatives can cause stress also, as well as localized pain and tissue damage, especially in fractious animals. Detomidine hydrochloride, an α2-adrenergic receptor agonist, is commercially available in an oral transmucosal (OTM) gel formulation that is FDA-approved for sedation and restraint in horses...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723304/the-quest-for-durable-lesions-in-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-technological-advances-in-radiofrequency-catheters-and-balloon-devices
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Tilman Maurer, Karl-Heinz Kuck
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and represents a growing clinical, social and economic challenge. Catheter ablation for symptomatic atrial fibrillation has evolved from an experimental procedure into a widespread therapy and offers a safe and effective treatment option. A prerequisite for durable PVI are transmural and contiguous circumferential lesions around the pulmonary veins. However, electrical reconnection of initially isolated pulmonary veins remains a primary concern and is a dominant factor for arrhythmia recurrence during long-term follow up...
July 19, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721832/biomarkers-associated-with-bleeding-risk-in-the-setting-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Skevos Sideris, Stefanos Archontakis, George Latsios, George Lazaros, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Manolis Vavuranakis, Charalampos Vlachopoulos, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Background Prevention of thromboembolic disease, mainly stroke, with oral anticoagulants remains a major therapeutic goal in patients with atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, despite the high efficacy, anticoagulant therapy is associated with a significant risk of, frequently catastrophic, hemorrhagic complications. Among different clinical and laboratory parameters related to an increased risk of bleeding, several biological markers have been recognized and various risk scores for bleeding have been developed...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721492/peristaltic-like-motion-of-the-human-fetal-right-ventricle-and-its-effects-on-fluid-dynamics-and-energy-dynamics
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Hadi Wiputra, Guat Ling Lim, Khong Chun Chua, R Nivetha, Sanah Merchant Soomar, Arijit Biwas, Citra Nurfarah Zaini Mattar, Hwa Liang Leo, Choon Hwai Yap
In both adult human and canine, the cardiac right ventricle (RV) is known to exhibit a peristaltic-like motion, where RV sinus (inflow region) contracts first and the infundibulum (outflow region) later, in a wave-like contraction motion. The delay in contraction between the sinus and infundibulum averaged at 15% of the cardiac cycle and was estimated to produce an intra-ventricular pressure difference of 15 mmHg. However, whether such a contractile motion occurs in human fetuses as well, its effects on hemodynamics remains unknown, and are the subject of the current study...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721155/clinical-importance-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue
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Eszter Nagy, Adam L Jermendy, Bela Merkely, Pal Maurovich-Horvat
Different visceral fat compartments have several systemic effects and may play a role in the development of both insulin resistance and cardiovascular diseases. In the last couple of years special attention has been paid to the epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), which can be quantified by non-invasive cardiac imaging techniques. The epicardial fat is a unique fat compartment between the myocardium and the visceral pericardium sharing a common embryologic origin with the visceral fat depot. Epicardial adipose tissue has several specific roles, and its local effects on cardiac function are incorporated in the complex pathomechanism of coronary artery disease...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721126/the-thyroid-gland-in-postmenopausal-women-physiology-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Małgorzata Gietka-Czernel
The incidence of most thyroid diseases: hypothyroidism, nodular goitre, and cancer is highest among postmenopausal and elderly women. The diagnosis of thyroid dysfunction in this group of patients is difficult because the symptoms can be nonspecific or common with menopausal and ageing complaints. In the interpretation of thyroid function tests the physiological changes in secretion and metabolism of thyrotropin (TSH) and thyroid hormones must be considered, as well as the influence of comorbidities. Unrecognised thyroid dysfunction leads to increased: cardiovascular risk, bone fractures, cognitive impairment, depression, and mortality...
June 2017: Przeglad Menopauzalny, Menopause Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718622/graphene-sheet-induced-global-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#16
Jiaxian Wang, Chang Cui, Haiyan Nan, Yuanfang Yu, Yini Xiao, Ellen Poon, Gang Yang, Xijie Wang, Chenchen Wang, Lingsong Li, Kenneth Richard Boheler, Xu Ma, Xin Cheng, Zhenhua Ni, Minglong Chen
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can proliferate infinitely. Their ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes provides abundant sources for disease modeling, drug screening and regenerative medicine. However, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) display a low degree of maturation and fetal-like properties. Current in vitro differentiation methods do not mimic the structural, mechanical, and physiological properties of the cardiogenesis niche. Recently, we present an efficient cardiac maturation platform that combines hiPSCs monolayer cardiac differentiation with graphene substrate which is a biocompatible and superconductive material...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717163/titin-mediated-thick-filament-activation-through-a-mechanosensing-mechanism-introduces-sarcomere-length-dependencies-in-mathematical-models-of-rat-trabecula-and-whole-ventricle
#17
Lorenzo Marcucci, Takumi Washio, Toshio Yanagida
Recent experimental evidence in skeletal muscle demonstrated the existence of a thick-filament mechanosensing mechanism, acting as a second regulatory system for muscle contraction, in addition to calcium-mediated thin filament regulation. These two systems cooperate to generate force, but the extent to which their interaction is relevant in physiologically contracting muscle was not yet assessed experimentally. Therefore, we included both regulatory mechanisms in a mathematical model of rat trabecula and whole ventricle...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716730/interaction-of-small-g-protein-signaling-modulator-3-with-connexin-43-contributes-to-myocardial-infarction-in-rat-hearts
#18
Chang Youn Lee, Jung-Won Choi, Sunhye Shin, Jiyun Lee, Hyang-Hee Seo, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Hyun-Chul Joo, Sang Woo Kim, Ki-Chul Hwang
Connexin 43 (Cx43), a ubiquitous connexin expressed in the heart and skin, is associated with a variety of hereditary conditions. Therefore, the characterization of Cx43-interacting proteins and their dynamics is important to understand not only the molecular mechanisms underlying pathological malfunction of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication but also to identify novel and unanticipated biological functions of Cx43. In the present study, we observed potential targets of Cx43 to determine new molecular functions in cardio-protection...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716666/mouse-cardiac-mitochondria-do-not-separate-in-subsarcolemmal-and-interfibrillar-subpopulations
#19
Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Sonja Esfeld, Holger Jastrow, Matthias Totzeck, Joachim Altschmied, Christine Goy, Judith Haendeler, Elke Winterhager, Tienush Rassaf
Cardiomyocytes consist of longitudinally oriented myofibril bundles with a misaligned composition caused by the uneven contours of the intercalated discs. The cytoplasmic space harbors the organelles, including mitochondria. This study investigated whether cardiomyocytes contain spatially and ultrastructurally discrete pools of mitochondria that can be separated for structurally and functionally appraisal in (patho)physiology. Transmission electron microscopy disclosed continuous transitions of mitochondria without attributable characteristics from beneath the sarcolemma directly into the barrier-free cytoplasmic space between myofibrils...
July 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716011/association-study-to-evaluate-tfpi-gene-in-cad-in-han-chinese
#20
Ying Zhao, Yanbo Yu, Maowei Shi, Xi Yang, Xueqi Li, Feng Jiang, Yundai Chen, Xiaoli Tian
BACKGROUND: Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is the main physiological inhibitor of TF-induced blood coagulation process, and may play essential roles in the pathogenesis of major adverse cardiac events. This study was designed to determine whether the variation of TFPI was related with coronary artery disease (CAD) in the Han Chinese populations. METHODS: A total of 1271 patients with coronary atherosclerosis and 1287 normal individuals from northern China were enrolled in the present study...
July 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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