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Stephen B Smith, Zhaobin Xu, Tatiana Novitskaya, Bo Zhang, Elena Chepurko, Xin-An Pu, Debra G Wheeler, Mark Ziolo, Richard J Gumina
AIMS: Prior work suggests that ischemic preconditioning increases the level of CD39 in the heart and contributes to cardiac protection. Therefore, we examined if targeted cardiac expression of CD39 protects against myocardial injury. MAIN METHODS: Mice with cardiac-specific expression of human CD39 (αMHC/hCD39-Tg) were generated, characterized and subjected to left coronary artery ischemia-reperfusion injury and infarct size at 24h following injury quantified. KEY FINDINGS: αMHC/hCD39-Tg mice have increased in cardiac ATPase and ADPase activity compared to WT littermates...
October 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Jin-Jer Chen, Wen-Rui Hao, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Ju-Chi Liu
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibrosis is the major pathophysiological process, contributing to the development of diastolic heart failure. We examine the role of macrophage-derived galectin-3 (gal-3) in cardiac fibrosis and diastolic function in response to transverse aortic constriction (TAC). DESIGN AND METHOD: wild-type (WT) and gal-3 knock-out (KO) mice subjected to TAC; immunohistochemistry for myocardial macrophage infiltration,gal-3,and CTGF (connective tissue growth factor) expression; picrosirius red stain for myocardial fibrosis; FACS flow- cytometry for defining the origin of myocardial macrophages...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lingran Kong, Chengchao Ruan, Pingjin Gao
OBJECTIVE: Inflammatory processes plays a pivotal role in pathogenesis of hypertension. Previous study have indicated that A2A receptor is closely related with immunogenic anti-inflammation process. The present study aimed to elucidate whether the activation of A2A receptor is involved in the regulation of hypertension-induced cardiovascular consequence via regulating immunoresponse. DESIGN AND METHOD: Deoxycorticosterone acetat (DOCA)-salt hypertensive mice were injected intraperitoneally with specific A2A receptor agonist (CGS21680) or antagonist (istradefylline) or PBS respectively...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Caojian Zuo
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibroblasts play a vital role in the progression of fibrotic cardiac remodeling in hypertensive and failing heart. Osteoglycin (OGN) is implicated as a key regulator of left ventricular mass. However, its precise molecular role in cardiac fibrosis remains unknown. This study aims to investigate the impact of OGN in hypertensive cardiac remodeling. DESIGN AND METHOD: OGN deficient mice and its wildtype (WT) littermates were subjected to either angiotensin II (Ang II) infusion or pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Qiongying Wang, Jeong Euy-Myoung, Hong Liu, Lianzhi Gu, Samuel C Dudley, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: The saponin Astragaloside IV (ASI) reportedly enhances endothelial NOS (eNOS) activity by increasing the scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and NO production. We hypothesized that oxidative stress may decrease eNOS phosphorylation and result in diastolic dysfunction in DOCA-salt mice, which could be reversed by ASI treatment. DESIGN AND METHOD: We used the deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt mouse model. The mice were divided into four groups; SHAM and DOCA control mice received sterile water, SHAM+ASI and DOCA+ASI received ASI treatment via an intraperitoneal injection of 0...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jian-Jun Wen, Xianxiu Wan, John Thacker, Nisha Jain Garg
BACKGROUND: Chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCM) caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection is prevalent in Latin America and recognized as an emerging infectious heart disease in the US. The NO-cGMP-PKG1α pathway maintains cardiac homeostasis and inotropy and may be disturbed due to phosphodiesterase (PDE5) mediated cGMP catabolism in CCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6 mice were infected with Tc, and at the end of acute parasitemia (i.e. 45 days post-infection), treated with sildenafil (SIL, 1 mg/kg) twice per week for 3 weeks...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Takashi Owada, Hiroyuki Yamauchi, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Shunsuke Miura, Hirofumi Machii, Yasuchika Takeishi
BACKGROUND: Senescence is a major factor that increases oxidative stress in mitochondria, which contributes toward the pathogenesis of heart disease. However, the effect of antioxidant therapy on cardiac mitochondria in aged-cardiac performance remains elusive. OBJECTIVES: We postulated that the mitochondrial targeting of superoxide scavenging would have benefits in the aged heart. METHODS AND RESULTS: Generation of superoxide in the mitochondria and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase activity increased in the heart of old mice compared with that in young mice...
October 12, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
Baoling Zhu, Kai Liu, Chengzhi Yang, Yuhui Qiao, Zijian Li
Cardiac remodeling is the pathological basis of various cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we found gender-related differences in β-adrenergic receptor (AR)-mediated pathological cardiac remodeling. Cardiac remodeling model was established by subcutaneous injection of isoprenaline (ISO) for 14 days. Heart rate (HR), mean arterial pressure (MAP), and echocardiography were obtained on 7th and 14th days during ISO administration. Myocardial cross-sectional area and the ratio of heart mass to tibia length (HM/TL) were detected to assess cardiac hypertrophy...
August 7, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Hui Wang, Yihua Bei, Peipei Huang, Qiulian Zhou, Jing Shi, Qi Sun, Jiuchang Zhong, Xinli Li, Xiangqing Kong, Junjie Xiao
Sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction represents a major cause of death in intensive care units. Dysregulated microRNAs (miR)-155 has been implicated in multiple cardiovascular diseases and miR-155 can be induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). However, the role of miR-155 in LPS-induced cardiac dysfunction is unclear. Septic cardiac dysfunction in mice was induced by intraperitoneal injection of LPS (5 mg/kg) and miR-155 was found to be significantly increased in heart challenged with LPS. Pharmacological inhibition of miR-155 using antagomiR improved cardiac function and suppressed cardiac apoptosis induced by LPS in mice as determined by echocardiography, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase nick-end labeling (TUNEL) assay, and Western blot for Bax and Bcl-2, while overexpression of miR-155 using agomiR had inverse effects...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Hao Wang, Xuming Sun, Jeff Chou, Marina Lin, Carlos M Ferrario, Gisele Zapata-Sudo, Leanne Groban
Activation of G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) by its agonist, G1, protects the heart from stressors such as pressure-overload, ischemia, a high-salt diet, estrogen loss, and aging, in various male and female animal models. Due to nonspecific effects of G1, the exact functions of cardiac GPER cannot be concluded from studies using systemic G1 administration. Moreover, global knockdown of GPER affects glucose homeostasis, blood pressure, and many other cardiovascular-related systems, thereby confounding interpretation of its direct cardiac actions...
October 8, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sophie Le Page, Marjorie Niro, Jérémy Fauconnier, Laura Cellier, Sophie Tamareille, Abdallah Gharib, Arnaud Chevrollier, Laurent Loufrani, Céline Grenier, Rima Kamel, Emmanuelle Sarzi, Alain Lacampagne, Michel Ovize, Daniel Henrion, Pascal Reynier, Guy Lenaers, Delphine Mirebeau-Prunier, Fabrice Prunier
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggests the involvement of mitochondrial dynamics in cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injuries. Whilst excessive mitochondrial fission has been described as detrimental, the role of fusion proteins in this context remains uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether Opa1 (protein involved in mitochondrial inner-membrane fusion) deficiency affects I/R injuries. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined mice exhibiting Opa1delTTAG mutations (Opa1+/-), showing 70% Opa1 protein expression in the myocardium as compared to their wild-type (WT) littermates...
2016: PloS One
Andrew Kohut, Nishi Patel, Harpreet Singh
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive high-resolution echocardiography to evaluate cardiovascular function of small animals is increasingly being used due to availability of genetically engineered murine models. Even though guidelines and standard values for humans were revised by the American Society of Echocardiography, evaluations on murine models are not performed according to any standard protocols. These limitations are preventing translation of preclinical evaluations to clinical meaningful conclusions...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Xiaohui Liu, Dongzhou Xu, Yuxin Wang, Ting Chen, Qi Wang, Jian Zhang, Tao You, Li Zhu
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardio-protective roles of glaucocalyxin A (GLA) in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury and to explore the underlying mechanism. MATERIAL AND METHODS Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion in wild-type C57BL/6J mice was induced by transient ligation of the left anterior descending artery. GLA or vehicle (solvent) was administrated intraperitoneally to the mice before reperfusion started. After 24 h of myocardial reperfusion, ischemic size was revealed by Evans blue/TTC staining...
October 7, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Hai-Feng Pei, Juan-Ni Hou, Fei-Peng Wei, Qiang Xue, Fan Zhang, Cheng-Fei Peng, Yi Yang, Yue Tian, Juan Feng, Jin Du, Lei He, Xiu-Chuan Li, Er-He Gao, De Li, Yong-Jian Yang
Mitochondrial dysfunction leads to reactive oxygen species (ROS) overload, exacerbating injury in myocardial infarction (MI). As a receptor for translocases in the outer mitochondrial membrane (Tom) complex, Tom70 has an unknown function in MI, including in melatonin-induced protection against MI injury. We delivered specific small interfering RNAs against Tom70 or lentivirus vectors carrying Tom70a sequences into the left ventricles of mice or to cultured neonatal murine ventricular myocytes (NMVMs). At 48 h post-transfection, the left anterior descending coronary arteries of mice were permanently ligated, while the NMVMs underwent continuous hypoxia...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
Jianqiang Hu, Lei Zhang, Yang Yang, Yanjie Guo, Yanhong Fan, Mingming Zhang, Wanrong Man, Erhe Gao, Wei Hu, Russel J Reiter, Haichang Wang, Dongdong Sun
Melatonin reportedly protects against several cardiovascular diseases including ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), atherosclerosis and hypertension. The present study investigated the effects and mechanisms of melatonin on cardiomyocyte autophagy, apoptosis and mitochondrial injury in the context of MI. We demonstrated that melatonin significantly alleviated cardiac dysfunction after MI. Four weeks after MI, echocardiography and Masson staining indicated that melatonin notably mitigated adverse left ventricle remodeling...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
Yuanyuan Hao, Qun Lu, Guodong Yang, Aiqun Ma
BACKGROUND: Myocardial remodeling and cardiac dysfunction prevention may represent a therapeutic approach to reduce mortality in patients with myocardial infarction (MI). We investigated the effects of Lin28a in experimental MI models, as well as the mechanisms underlying these effects. METHODS: Left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery ligation was used to construct an MI-induced injury model. Neonatal cardiomyocytes were isolated and cultured to investigate the mechanisms underlying the protective effects of Lin28a against MI-induced injury...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Carolina Soler-Botija, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Santiago Roura, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Isaac Perea-Gil, Benjamin Sanchez, Ramon Bragos, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Antoni Bayes-Genis
: : Cardiac cells are subjected to mechanical and electrical forces, which regulate gene expression and cellular function. Therefore, in vitro electromechanical stimuli could benefit further integration of therapeutic cells into the myocardium. Our goals were (a) to study the viability of a tissue-engineered construct with cardiac adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (cardiac ATDPCs) and (b) to examine the effect of electromechanically stimulated cardiac ATDPCs within a myocardial infarction (MI) model in mice for the first time...
September 29, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
He Ma, Xiaohui Wang, Tuanzhu Ha, Ming Gao, Li Liu, Ruitao Wang, Kaijiang Yu, John H Kalbfleisch, Race L Kao, David L Williams, Chuanfu Li
BACKGROUND:  This study examined the effect of miR-125b on sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction. METHODS:  Mouse hearts were transfected with lentivirus expressing miR-125b (LmiR-125b) seven days prior to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) induced sepsis. Cardiac function was examined by echocardiography before and 6 hours after CLP (n=6/group). Survival outcome was monitored following CLP sepsis (n=12/group). RESULTS:  LmiR-125b transfection significantly attenuated CLP sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Julius Bogomolovas, Jennifer R Fleming, Brian R Anderson, Rhys Williams, Stephan Lange, Bernd Simon, Muzamil M Khan, Rüdiger Rudolf, Barbara Franke, Belinda Bullard, Daniel J Rigden, Henk Granzier, Siegfried Labeit, Olga Mayans
Missense single-nucleotide polymorphisms (mSNPs) in titin are emerging as a main causative factor of heart failure. However, distinguishing between benign and disease-causing mSNPs is a substantial challenge. Here, we research the question of whether a single mSNP in a generic domain of titin can affect heart function as a whole and, if so, how. For this, we studied the mSNP T2850I, seemingly linked to arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). We used structural biology, computational simulations and transgenic muscle in vivo methods to track the effect of the mutation from the molecular to the organismal level...
September 2016: Open Biology
Ming Li, Thor Tejada, Jonathan P Lambert, Chad K Nicholson, Eiji Yahiro, Vats T Ambai, Syeda F Ali, Eddie W Bradley, Robert M Graham, Louis J Dell'Italia, John W Calvert, Nawazish Naqvi
Angiotensin II (Ang II) modulates blood pressure and atherosclerosis development through its vascular type-1 (AT1R) and type-2 (AT2R) receptors, which have opposing effects. AT2R activation produces hypotension, and is anti-atherogenic. Targeted overexpression of AT2Rs in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) indicates that these effects are due to increased nitric oxide (NO) generation. However, the role of endogenous VSMC AT2Rs in these events is unknown. Effect of 7-day low-dose Ang II-infusion (12 µg/kg/hr) on blood pressure was tested in 9-week-old apoE((-/-)) mice fed a low or high cholesterol diet (LCD or HCD, respectively)...
2016: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
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