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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732106/specific-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-ameliorates-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-remodeling-in-mice-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Yong-Hua Yang, Huan-Le Fang, Ming Zhao, Xiang-Lan Wei, Ning Zhang, Shun Wang, Yi Lu, Xiao-Jiang Yu, Lei Sun, Xi He, Dong-Ling Li, Jin-Jun Liu, Wei-Jin Zang
It is well-accepted that inflammation plays an important role in the development of cardiac remodeling and that therapeutic approaches targeting inflammation can inhibit cardiac remodeling. Although a large amount of evidence indicates that activation of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) causes an anti-inflammatory effect, the role of α7nAChR in cardiac remodeling and the underlying mechanism have not been established. To investigate the effect of the specific α7nAChR agonist, PNU282987, on cardiac remodeling induced by isoproterenol (ISO 60 mg/kg/d) in mice, the cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area (CSA) and collagen volume fraction were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and Masson staining, respectively...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731675/sustained-release-of-a-peptide-based-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-inhibitor-to-attenuate-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-and-improve-cardiac-function-following-myocardial-infarction
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Zhaobo Fan, Minghuan Fu, Zhaobin Xu, Bo Zhang, Zhihong Li, Haichang Li, Xinyu Zhou, Xuanyou Liu, Yunyan Duan, Pei-Hui Lin, Pu Duann, Xiaoyun Xie, Jianjie Ma, Zhenguo Liu, Jianjun Guan
Following myocardial infarction (MI), degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) by upregulated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) especially MMP-2 decreases tissue mechanical properties, leading to cardiac function deterioration. Attenuation of cardiac ECM degradation at the early stage of MI has the potential to preserve tissue mechanical properties, resulting in cardiac function increase. Yet the strategy for efficiently preventing cardiac ECM degradation remains to be established. Current preclinical approaches have shown limited efficacy due to low drug dosage allocated to the heart tissue, dose-limiting side effects, and cardiac fibrosis...
July 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728933/predictors-of-mortality-in-pulmonary-sarcoidosis
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Gamze Kirkil, Elyse E Lower, Robert P Baughman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prognostic strength of factors in predicting respiratory death in a large cohort of sarcoidosis patients with at least eight years' follow-up. METHODS: We collected age, sex, self-declared race, time of death, spirometry, diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide, chest x-ray stage, extent of fibrosis on high resolution computer tomography (HRCT), and presence of pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (PH). The gender, age, physiology (GAP) index and Walsh's criteria for high versus low risk were calculated...
July 17, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728146/chronic-kidney-disease-predicts-survival-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Kohei Ikezoe, Tomohiro Handa, Kiminobu Tanizawa, Hideki Yokoi, Takeshi Kubo, Kensaku Aihara, Akihiko Sokai, Yoshinari Nakatsuka, Seishu Hashimoto, Kiyoshi Uemasu, Susumu Sato, Shigeo Muro, Sonoko Nagai, Motoko Yanagita, Kazuo Chin, Toyohiro Hirai, Yoshio Taguchi, Michiaki Mishima
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases with age as with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). OBJECTIVES: We assessed the prevalence of CKD (stages 3-5) and investigated the relationship of CKD to clinical features and outcomes in patients with IPF. METHODS: This study comprised 123 patients with IPF; 61 subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which was reportedly associated with CKD, were also enrolled as a disease control...
July 21, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727756/dysregulation-of-micrornas-and-renin-angiotensin-system-in-high-salt-diet-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-in-uninephrectomized-rats
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Venkateswara Rao Amara, Sunil Kumar Surapaneni, Kulbhushan Tikoo
Uninephrectomy is not associated with major adverse events in cardiovascular and renal functions of live kidney donors. The effect of high salt diet on the quality of life of live kidney donors is largely unknown. Hence in this study, we aimed to determine the effect of high salt diet on the alterations of renin-angiotensin system and microRNAs leading to CV and renal dysfunction in uninephrectomized rats. In order to mimic clinical scenario, uninephrectomized male Sprague Dawley rats were fed initially with normal pellet diet for 12 weeks and then for 20 weeks with high salt (10% w/w NaCl) diet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725306/histology-and-glutamine-synthetase-immunoreactivity-in-liver-biopsies-from-patients-with-congestive-heart-failure
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Bela Horvath, Lei Zhu, Daniela Allende, Hao Xie, John Guirguis, Michael Cruise, Deepa T Patil, Robert O'Shea, John Rivas, Reyna Yordanka, Nan Lan, Xiuli Liu
BACKGROUND: Long-standing congestive heart failure can induce a constellation of histopathology changes in the liver that can range from mild sinusoidal dilation to advanced fibrosis and loss of normal perivenular expression of glutamine synthetase (GS). Liver biopsies might be performed to assess the perioperative risk of these patients or to determine the need of synchronous liver transplant. We aimed to assess interobserver agreement in recognizing these liver histologic features in patients undergoing evaluation for heart transplantation and to examine whether immunohistochemistry of GS will aid the diagnosis of cardiac hepatopathy (CH)...
June 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724792/pediatric-and-adult-dilated-cardiomyopathy-represent-distinct-pathological-entities
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Meghna D Patel, Jayaram Mohan, Caralin Schneider, Geetika Bajpai, Enkhsaikhan Purevjav, Charles E Canter, Jeffrey Towbin, Andrea Bredemeyer, Kory J Lavine
Pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common indication for heart transplantation in children. Despite similar genetic etiologies, medications routinely used in adult heart failure patients do not improve outcomes in the pediatric population. The mechanistic basis for these observations is unknown. We hypothesized that pediatric and adult DCM comprise distinct pathological entities, in that children do not undergo adverse remodeling, the target of adult heart failure therapies. To test this hypothesis, we examined LV specimens obtained from pediatric and adult donor controls and DCM patients...
July 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724751/tomo-seq-identifies-sox9-as-a-key-regulator-of-cardiac-fibrosis-during-ischemic-injury
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Grégory P A Lacraz, Jan Philipp Junker, Monika M Gladka, Bas Molenaar, Koen T Scholman, Marta Vigil-Garcia, Danielle Versteeg, Hesther de Ruiter, Marit W Vermunt, Menno P Creyghton, Manon M H Huibers, Nicolaas de Jonge, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Eva van Rooij
Background -Cardiac ischemic injury induces a pathological remodeling response, which can ultimately lead to heart failure. Detailed mechanistic insights into molecular signaling pathways relevant for different aspects of cardiac remodeling will support the identification of novel therapeutic targets. Methods -While genome-wide transcriptome analysis on diseased tissues has greatly advanced our understanding of the regulatory networks that drive pathological changes in the heart, this approach has been disadvantaged by the fact that the signals are derived from tissue homogenates...
July 19, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724653/haplodeficiency-of-ataxia-telangiectasia-mutated-accelerates-heart-failure-after-myocardial-infarction
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Lixin Jia, Wenmei Zhang, Youcai Ma, Boya Chen, Yan Liu, Chunmei Piao, Yuan Wang, Min Yang, Tingting Liu, Junmeng Zhang, Taotao Li, Shaoping Nie, Jie Du
BACKGROUND: Cell senescence is involved in the process of organ damage and repair; however, the underlying molecular mechanism needs to be further explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Senescence-related genes (ie, p21, p53, and ataxia telangiectasia mutated [ATM]) were shown to be elevated after myocardial infarction (MI) in both mouse and human hearts. Ten- to 12-week-old male wild-type littermates (ATM(+/+)) and ATM heterozygous mice (ATM(+/-)) were subjected to MI...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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/28724315/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-vs-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-differences-in-management
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Andrei D Margulescu, Lluis Mont Girbau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721450/smad3-and-bmal1-regulate-p21-and-s100a4-expression-in-myocardial-stromal-fibroblasts-via-tnf-%C3%AE
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Fuyuki Sato, Akira Kohsaka, Kana Takahashi, Saki Otao, Yusuke Kitada, Yoshiyuki Iwasaki, Yasuteru Muragaki
Bmal1, a clock gene, is associated with depression, hypertrophy, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Smad3, which is involved in the TGF-β signaling pathway, plays an important role in the regulation of tumor progression, fibrosis, obesity and diabetes. Our previous report showed that Smad3 has circadian expression in mouse livers. In the current study, we focused on the heart, especially on the myocardial stromal fibroblasts because the roles of Bmal1 and Smad3 in this tissue are poorly understood. Bmal1 and Smad3 have circadian expression in mouse hearts, and their circadian expression patterns were similar...
July 18, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720890/iron-overload-exacerbates-age-associated-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-a-mouse-model-of-hemochromatosis
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Abitha Sukumaran, JuOae Chang, Murui Han, Shrutika Mintri, Ban-An Khaw, Jonghan Kim
Cardiac damage associated with iron overload is the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with hereditary hemochromatosis, but the precise mechanisms leading to disease progression are largely unexplored. Here we investigated the effects of iron overload and age on cardiac hypertrophy using 1-, 5- and 12-month old Hfe-deficient mice, an animal model of hemochromatosis in humans. Cardiac iron levels increased progressively with age, which was exacerbated in Hfe-deficient mice. The heart/body weight ratios were greater in Hfe-deficient mice at 5- and 12-month old, compared with their age-matched wild-type controls...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716801/diabetes-mellitus-microalbuminuria-and-subclinical-cardiac-disease-identification-and-monitoring-of-individuals-at-risk-of-heart-failure
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Peter P Swoboda, Adam K McDiarmid, Bara Erhayiem, David P Ripley, Laura E Dobson, Pankaj Garg, Tarique A Musa, Klaus K Witte, Mark T Kearney, Julian H Barth, Ramzi Ajjan, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and elevated urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) have increased risk of heart failure. We hypothesized this was because of cardiac tissue changes rather than silent coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a case-controlled observational study 130 subjects including 50 ACR+ve diabetes mellitus patients with persistent microalbuminuria (ACR >2.5 mg/mol in males and >3.5 mg/mol in females, ≥2 measurements, no previous renin-angiotensin-aldosterone therapy, 50 ACR-ve diabetes mellitus patients and 30 controls underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance for investigation of myocardial fibrosis, ischemia and infarction, and echocardiography...
July 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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/28712539/chronic-treatment-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-increases-cardiac-fibrosis-in-young-rats-submitted-to-early-ovarian-failure
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Sabrina Graziani Veloso Dutra, Ana Carolina Sanches Felix, Ada Clarice Gastaldi, Tábata De Paula Facioli, Suenimeire Vieira, Hugo Celso Dutra De Souza
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether the treatment with enalapril maleate, combined with aerobic physical training, promotes positive effects on the autonomic balance, the morphology and the cardiac function in female rats submitted to early ovarian failure. METHODS: Thirty-five female Wistar rats, ovariectomized at 10weeks of age, were assigned into Ovariectomized rats (OVX) and Ovariectomized rats treated with enalapril maleate (OVX-EM, 10mg(-1)·kg(-1)·d(-1)) Each group was subdivided into sedentary and trained (aerobic swimming training for 10weeks)...
July 10, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709857/remodeling-of-the-transverse-tubular-system-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rabbit-correlates-with-local-fibrosis-a-potential-role-of-biomechanics
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REVIEW
T Seidel, A C Sankarankutty, F B Sachse
The transverse tubular system (t-system) of ventricular cardiomyocytes is essential for efficient excitation-contraction coupling. In cardiac diseases, such as heart failure, remodeling of the t-system contributes to reduced cardiac contractility. However, mechanisms of t-system remodeling are incompletely understood. Prior studies suggested an association with altered cardiac biomechanics and gene expression in disease. Since fibrosis may alter tissue biomechanics, we investigated the local microscopic association of t-system remodeling with fibrosis in a rabbit model of myocardial infarction (MI)...
July 11, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709692/ampk-orchestrates-an-elaborate-cascade-protecting-tissue-from-fibrosis-and-aging
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REVIEW
Shuai Jiang, Tian Li, Zhi Yang, Wei Yi, Shouyin Di, Yang Sun, Dongjin Wang, Yang Yang
Fibrosis is a common process characterized by excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation after inflammatory injury, which is also a crucial cause of aging. The process of fibrosis is involved in the pathogenesis of most diseases of the heart, liver, kidney, lung, and other organs/tissues. However, there are no effective therapies for this pathological alteration. Annually, fibrosis represents a huge financial burden for the USA and the world. 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a pivotal energy sensor that alleviates or delays the process of fibrogenesis...
July 11, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707755/non-invasive-detection-of-myocardial-fibrosis-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients-the-role-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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EDITORIAL
Jonathan H Soslow, Justin Godown
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707261/from-inflammation-to-fibrosis-molecular-and-cellular-mechanisms-of-myocardial-tissue-remodelling-and-perspectives-on-differential-treatment-opportunities
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REVIEW
Navin Suthahar, Wouter C Meijers, Herman H W Silljé, Rudolf A de Boer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we highlight the most important cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to cardiac inflammation and fibrosis. We also discuss the interplay between inflammation and fibrosis in various precursors of heart failure (HF) and how such mechanisms can contribute to myocardial tissue remodelling and development of HF. RECENT FINDINGS: Recently, many research articles attempt to elucidate different aspects of the interplay between inflammation and fibrosis...
July 13, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
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