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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821620/arjunolic-acid-a-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-regresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-non-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Trisha Bansal, Emeli Chatterjee, Jasdeep Singh, Arjun Ray, Bishwajit Kundu, V Thankamani, Shantanu Sengupta, Sagartirtha Sarkar
Cardiac hypertrophy and associated heart fibrosis remain a major cause of death worldwide. Phytochemicals have gained attention as alternative therapeutics for managing cardiovascular diseases. These include the extract from the plant Terminalia arjuna which is a popular cardioprotectant and may prevent or slow progression of pathological hypertrophy to heart failure. Here, we investigated the mode of action of a principal bioactive T. arjuna compound, arjunolic acid (AA) in ameliorating hemodynamic load-induced cardiac fibrosis and identified its intracellular target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820968/reduced-activin-receptor-like-kinase-1-activity-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-in-heart-failure
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Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Vikram Paruchuri, Mark J Aronovitz, Emily E Mackey, Lyanne Buiten, Jonathan Levine, Keshan Ughreja, Prerna Nepali, Robert M Blanton, S Paul Oh, Richard H Karas, Navin K Kapur
INTRODUCTION: Activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK1) mediates signaling via the transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFβ1), a pro-fibrogenic cytokine. No studies have defined a role for ALK1 in heart failure. HYPOTHESIS: We tested the hypothesis that reduced ALK1 expression promotes maladaptive cardiac remodeling in heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: In patients with advanced heart failure referred for left ventricular (LV) assist device implantation, LV Alk1 mRNA and protein levels were lower than control LV obtained from patients without heart failure...
July 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819685/cardiomyocyte-dimethylarginine-dimethylaminohydrolase-1-ddah1-plays-an-important-role-in-attenuating-ventricular-hypertrophy-and-dysfunction
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Xin Xu, Ping Zhang, Dongmin Kwak, John Fassett, Wenhui Yue, Dorothee Atzler, Xinli Hu, Xiaohong Liu, Huan Wang, Zhongbing Lu, Haipeng Guo, Edzard Schwedhelm, Rainer H Böger, Peijie Chen, Yingjie Chen
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthases that limits nitric oxide bioavailability. Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase-1 (DDAH1) exerts a critical role for ADMA degradation and plays an important role in NO signaling. In the heart, DDAH1 is observed in endothelial cells and in the sarcolemma of cardiomyocytes. While NO signaling is important for cardiac adaptation to stress, DDAH1 impact on cardiomyocyte homeostasis is not clear. Here we used the MerCreMer-LoxP model to specifically disrupt cardiomyocyte DDAH1 expression in adult mice to determine the physiological impact of cardiomyocyte DDAH1 under basal conditions and during hypertrophic stress imposed by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
August 17, 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818409/endomyocardial-fibrosis-a-rare-case-of-diastolic-heart-failure-in-a-european-caucasian-elderly-woman
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Luca Conte, Majlinda Fejzo, Andrea Rossi, Marco Zuin, Loris Roncon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 27, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818206/pharmacological-and-activated-fibroblast%C3%A2-targeting-of-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-grk2-after%C3%A2-myocardial-ischemia-attenuates-heart-failure-progression
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Joshua G Travers, Fadia A Kamal, Iñigo Valiente-Alandi, Michelle L Nieman, Michelle A Sargent, John N Lorenz, Jeffery D Molkentin, Burns C Blaxall
BACKGROUND: Cardiac fibroblasts are a critical cell population responsible for myocardial extracellular matrix homeostasis. Upon injury or pathological stimulation, these cells transform to an activated myofibroblast state and play a fundamental role in myocardial fibrosis and remodeling. Chronic sympathetic overstimulation, a hallmark of heart failure (HF), induces pathological signaling through G protein βγ (Gβγ) subunits and their interaction with G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2)...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817807/mir-21-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-after-myocardial-infarction-via-targeting-smad7
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Jinxia Yuan, Hongtao Chen, Dawei Ge, Yu Xu, Haihua Xu, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Yuhe Zhou, Jingdong Zhu, Ting Ge, Qun Chen, Yue Gao, Yanqing Wang, Xiaowei Li, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI) has been identified as an important factor in the deterioration of heart function. Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-21 plays an important role in various pathophysiological processes in the heart. However, the role of miR-21 in fibrosis regulation after MI remains unclear. METHODS: To induce cardiac infarction, the left anterior descending coronary artery was permanently ligated of mice...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813699/t1-and-t2-mapping-in-cardiology-mapping-the-obscure-object-of-desire
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Dimitris Apostolou, Panayiotis Argyriou, Stella Velitsista, Lilika Papa, Stelios Efentakis, Evangelos Vernardos, Mikela Kanoupaki, George Kanoupakis, Athanassios Manginas
The increasing use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is based on its capability to perform biventricular function assessment and tissue characterization without radiation and with high reproducibility. The use of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) gave the potential of non-invasive biopsy for fibrosis quantification. However, LGE is unable to detect diffuse myocardial disease. Native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) provide knowledge about pathologies affecting both the myocardium and interstitium that is otherwise difficult to identify...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810592/protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-on-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Jun-Biao Zhang, Chang-Lei Guo
The protective effect and the mechanism of estrogen receptor β (ERβ) on myocardial infarction (MI) in mice were explored. A total of 12 female Tg-ERβ transgenic mice and 12 non-transgenic littermate control (NLC) wild-type C57 mice were used for the present study. Both transgenic and wild-type mice had similar baseline data such as age, sex, and weight. The mouse model of MI was established by coronary artery ligation method, and the cardiac structure and function changes of the mouse were observed by ultrasonic echocardiography on days 1, 3 and 7 after the operation...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809397/fibroblasts-in-an-endocardial-fibroelastosis-disease-model-mainly-originate-from-mesenchymal-derivatives-of-epicardium
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Hui Zhang, Xiuzhen Huang, Kuo Liu, Juan Tang, Lingjuan He, Wenjuan Pu, Qiaozhen Liu, Yan Li, Xueying Tian, Yue Wang, Libo Zhang, Ying Yu, Hongyan Wang, Ronggui Hu, Fengchao Wang, Ting Chen, Qing-Dong Wang, Zengyong Qiao, Li Zhang, Kathy O Lui, Bin Zhou
Endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) refers to the thickening of the ventricular endocardium as a result of de novo deposition of subendocardial fibrous tissue layers during neonatal heart development. The origin of EFE fibroblasts is proposed to be postnatal endocardial cells that undergo an aberrant endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Genetic lineage tracing of endocardial cells with the inducible endocardial Cre line Npr3-CreER and the endothelial cell tracing line Cdh5-CreER on an EFE-like model did not reveal any contribution of neonatal endocardial cells to fibroblasts in the EFE-like tissues...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806738/partial-igf-1-deficiency-is-sufficient-to-reduce-heart-contractibility-angiotensin-ii-sensibility-and-alter-gene-expression-of-structural-and-functional-cardiac-proteins
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José Luis González-Guerra, Inma Castilla-Cortazar, Gabriel A Aguirre, Úrsula Muñoz, Irene Martín-Estal, Elena Ávila-Gallego, Miriam Granado, Juan E Puche, Ángel Luis García-Villalón
Circulating levels of IGF-1 may decrease under several circumstances like ageing, metabolic syndrome, and advanced cirrhosis. This reduction is associated with insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, progression to type 2 diabetes, and increased risk for cardiovascular diseases. However, underlying mechanisms between IGF-1 deficiency and cardiovascular disease remain elusive. The specific aim of the present work was to study whether the partial IGF-1 deficiency influences heart and/or coronary circulation, comparing vasoactive factors before and after of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805979/effects-of-mtor-inhibition-on-cardiac-and-adipose-tissue-pathology-and-glucose-metabolism-in-rats-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Ayako Uchinaka, Mamoru Yoneda, Yuichiro Yamada, Toyoaki Murohara, Kohzo Nagata
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a regulator of metabolism and is implicated in pathological conditions such as obesity and diabetes. We aimed to investigate the role of mTOR in obesity. A new animal model of metabolic syndrome (MetS), named DahlS.Z-Lepr(fa) /Lepr(fa) (DS/obese) rats was established previously in our laboratory. In this study, we used this model to evaluate the effects of mTOR inhibition on cardiac and adipose tissue pathology and glucose metabolism. DS/obese rats were treated with the mTOR inhibitor, everolimus, (0...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803513/mechanisms-of-unexpected-death-and-autopsy-findings-in-friedreich-ataxia
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Roger W Byard, John D Gilbert
A 36-year-old woman with a clinical history of Friedreich ataxia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was found unexpectedly dead at her home. The heart showed asymmetric left ventricular hypertrophy, with an interventricular septal thickness of 20-25 mm (the remainder of the left ventricular wall measured 15 mm). Histologically, both ventricles had irregular areas of marked myocyte hypertrophy with associated interstitial fibrosis and focal myofibre disarray. There was neuronal loss within the dentate nucleus of the cerebellum, with vacuolation and axonal loss in the dorsal columns and spinocerebellar tracts of the upper cervical spinal cord...
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803400/novel-biomarkers-for-the-risk-stratification-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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REVIEW
Jeremy Cypen, Tariq Ahmad, Jeffrey M Testani, Adam D DeVore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The use of biomarkers in heart failure (HF) is a rapidly changing field. The purpose of this review is to assess the current evidence of the use of biomarkers for risk stratification in patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). RECENT FINDINGS: Despite differences in pathophysiology between HF with reduced ejection fraction and HFpEF, traditional HF biomarkers such as brain natriuretic peptide and troponin retain prognostic value in most HFpEF-specific populations...
August 12, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803167/igg4-related-disease-a-new-etiology-underlying-diffuse-intracranial-dilating-vasculopathy
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Evan S Marlin, Davis Dornbos, Daniel S Ikeda, Norman L Lehman, Ciarán J Powers
BACKGROUND: Diffuse intracranial aneurysmal vasculopathy is a rare condition, previously described in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. IgG4 related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recognized inflammatory disease of systemic organs, leading to fibrosis of connective tissues. It has also been linked to inflammatory dilating aortic aneurysms, coronary vascular disease, hypophysitis, orbital pseudotumor and pachymeningitis. It has not yet been described as a cause of diffuse intracranial dilating vasculopathy...
August 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802623/an-analytical-model-which-determines-the-apparent-t1-for-modified-look-locker-inversion-recovery-analysis-of-the-longitudinal-relaxation-under-the-influence-of-discontinuous-balanced-classical-molli-and-spoiled-gradient-echo-readouts
#15
Thomas Kampf, Theresa Reiter, Wolfgang Rudolf Bauer
Quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shifts more and more into the focus of clinical research. Especially determination of relaxation times without/and with contrast agents becomes the foundation of tissue characterization, e.g. in cardiac MRI for myocardial fibrosis. Techniques which assess longitudinal relaxation times rely on repetitive application of readout modules, which are interrupted by free relaxation periods, e.g. the Modified Look-Locker Inversion Recovery = MOLLI sequence. These discontinuous sequences reveal an apparent relaxation time, and, by techniques extrapolated from continuous readout sequences, a putative real T1 is determined...
August 9, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801668/exercise-leads-to-unfavourable-cardiac-remodelling-and-enhanced-metabolic-homeostasis-in-obese-mice-with-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-autophagy-deficiency
#16
Zhen Yan, Ana Kronemberger, Jay Blomme, Jarrod A Call, Hannah M Caster, Renata O Pereira, Henan Zhao, Vitor U de Melo, Rhianna C Laker, Mei Zhang, Vitor A Lira
Autophagy is stimulated by exercise in several tissues; yet the role of skeletal and cardiac muscle-specific autophagy on the benefits of exercise training remains incompletely understood. Here, we determined the metabolic impact of exercise training in obese mice with cardiac and skeletal muscle disruption of the Autophagy related 7 gene (Atg7(h&mKO)). Muscle autophagy deficiency did not affect glucose clearance and exercise capacity in lean adult mice. High-fat diet in sedentary mice led to endoplasmic reticulum stress and aberrant mitochondrial protein expression in autophagy-deficient skeletal and cardiac muscles...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801204/improved-post-processing-strategy-for-molli-based-tissue-characterization-allows-application-in-patients-with-dyspnoe-and-impaired-left-ventricular-function
#17
Thomas Kampf, Wolfgang Rudolf Bauer, Theresa Reiter
Contrast and non-contrast MRI based characterization of myocardium by T1-mapping will be of paramount importance to obtain biomarkers, e.g. fibrosis, which determines the risk of heart failure patients. T1-mapping by the standard post-processing of the modified look-locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) lacks of accuracy when trying to reduce its duration, which on the other hand, is highly desirable in patients with heart failure. The recently suggested inversion group fitting (IGF) technique, which considers more parameters for fitting, has a superior accuracy for long T1 times despite a shorter duration...
August 8, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801055/therapy-with-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-or-conditioned-medium-reverse-cardiac-alterations-in-a-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-model
#18
P S Daltro, B C Barreto, P G Silva, P Chenaud Neto, P H F Sousa Filho, D Santana Neta, G B Carvalho, D N Silva, B D Paredes, A C de Alcantara, L A R Freitas, R D Couto, R R Santos, B S F Souza, M B P Soares, S G Macambira
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with numerous cardiac complications, including arrhythmias, cardiac fibrosis, remodeling and heart failure. Here we evaluated the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and their conditioned medium (CM) to treat cardiac complications in a mouse model of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity. METHODS: After obesity induction and HFD withdrawal, obese mice were treated with MSCs, CM or vehicle. Cardiac function was assessed using electrocardiography, echocardiography and treadmill test...
August 8, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800592/cx3cr1-knockout-aggravates-coxsackievirus-b3-induced-myocarditis
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Irene Müller, Kathleen Pappritz, Konstantinos Savvatis, Kerstin Puhl, Fengquan Dong, Muhammad El-Shafeey, Nazha Hamdani, Isabell Hamann, Michel Noutsias, Carmen Infante-Duarte, Wolfgang A Linke, Sophie Van Linthout, Carsten Tschöpe
Studies on inflammatory disorders elucidated the pivotal role of the CX3CL1/CX3CR1 axis with respect to the pathophysiology and diseases progression. Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3)-induced myocarditis is associated with severe cardiac inflammation, which may progress to heart failure. We therefore investigated the influence of CX3CR1 ablation in the model of acute myocarditis, which was induced by inoculation with 5x105 plaque forming units of CVB3 (Nancy strain) in either CX3CR1-/- or C57BL6/j (WT) mice. Seven days after infection, myocardial inflammation, remodeling, and titin expression and phosphorylation were examined by immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR and Pro-Q diamond stain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799249/opposing-effects-on-cardiac-function-by-calorie-restriction-in-different-aged-mice
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Yunlu Sheng, Shan Lv, Min Huang, Yifan Lv, Jing Yu, Juan Liu, Tingting Tang, Hanmei Qi, Wenjuan Di, Guoxian Ding
Calorie restriction (CR) increases average and maximum lifespan and exhibits an apparent beneficial impact on age-related diseases. Several studies have shown that CR initiated either in middle or old age could improve ischemic tolerance and rejuvenate the aging heart; however, the data are not uniform when initiated in young. The accurate time to initiate CR providing maximum benefits for cardiac remodeling and function during aging remains unclear. Thus, whether a similar degree of CR initiated in mice of different ages could exert a similar effect on myocardial protection was investigated in this study...
August 11, 2017: Aging Cell
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