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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091942/all-trans-retinoic-acid-supplementation-prevents-cardiac-fibrosis-and-cytokines-induced-by-methylglyoxal
#1
Umadevi Subramanian, Devipriya Nagarajan
Methylglyoxal (MG), a metabolic intermediate of glycolysis is a precursor for endogeneous production of advanced glycation end-products. The increased production of MG have negative influence over the structure and function of different biomolecules and thus plays an important role in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiac complications. Retinoic acid (RA), an active metabolite of vitamin A, has a major role in preventing cardiac remodeling and ventricular fibrosis. Hence, the objective of the present study was to determine whether rats administered with all-trans retinoic acid (RA) could attenuate MG induced pathological effects...
January 14, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091697/heat-shock-transcription-factor-1-protects-against-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-via-smad3
#2
Ning Zhou, Yong Ye, Xingxu Wang, Ben Ma, Jian Wu, Lei Li, Lin Wang, Dao Wen Wang, Yunzeng Zou
: Fibrotic cardiac muscle exhibits high stiffness and low compliance which are major risk factors of heart failure. Although heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) was identified as an intrinsic cardioprotective factor, the role that HSF1 plays in cardiac fibrosis remains unclear. Our study aims to investigate the role of HSF1 in pressure overload-induced cardiac fibrosis and the underlying mechanism. HSF1 phosphorylation was significantly downregulated in transverse aortic constriction (TAC)-treated mouse hearts and mechanically stretched cardiac fibroblasts (cFBs)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091615/pirfenidone-controls-the-feedback-loop-of-the-at1r-p38-mapk-renin-angiotensin-system-axis-by-regulating-liver-x-receptor-%C3%AE-in-myocardial-infarction-induced-cardiac-fibrosis
#3
Chunmei Li, Rui Han, Le Kang, Jianping Wang, Yonglin Gao, Yanshen Li, Jie He, Jingwei Tian
Pirfenidone (PFD), an anti-fibrotic small molecule drug, is used to treat fibrotic diseases, but its effects on myocardial infarction (MI)-induced cardiac fibrosis are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of PFD on MI-induced cardiac fibrosis and the possible underlying mechanisms in rats. After establishment of the model, animals were administered PFD by gavage for 4 weeks. During the development of MI-induced cardiac fibrosis, we found activation of a positive feedback loop between the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R)/phospho-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) pathway and renin-angiotensin system (RAS), which was accompanied by down-regulation of liver X receptor-α (LXR-α) expression...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091585/microrna-19b-is-a-potential-biomarker-of-increased-myocardial-collagen-cross-linking-in-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-and-heart-failure
#4
Javier Beaumont, Begoña López, Susana Ravassa, Nerea Hermida, Gorka San José, Idoia Gallego, Félix Valencia, Juan José Gómez-Doblas, Eduardo de Teresa, Javier Díez, Arantxa González
This study analyzed the potential associations of 7 myocardial fibrosis-related microRNAs with the quality of the collagen network (e.g., the degree of collagen fibril cross-linking or CCL) and the enzyme lysyl oxidase (LOX) responsible for CCL in 28 patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) of whom 46% had a diagnosis of chronic heart failure (HF). MicroRNA expression was analyzed in myocardial and blood samples. From the studied microRNAs only miR-19b presented a direct correlation (p < 0.05) between serum and myocardium...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089974/cardiopulmonary-disease-development-in-anti-rna-polymerase-iii-positive-systemic-sclerosis-comparative-analyses-from-an-unselected-prospective-patient-cohort
#5
Anna-Maria Hoffmann-Vold, Øyvind Midtvedt, Anders H Tennøe, Torhild Garen, May Brit Lund, Trond M Aaløkken, Arne K Andreassen, Fadi Elhage, Cathrine Brunborg, Eli Taraldsrud, Øyvind Molberg
OBJECTIVE: Extensive skin disease and renal crisis are hallmarks of anti-RNA polymerase III (RNAP)-positive systemic sclerosis (SSc), while lung and heart involvement data are conflicting. Here, the aims were to perform time-course analyses of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH) in the RNAP subset of a prospective unselected SSc cohort and to use the other autoantibody subsets as comparators. METHODS: The study cohort included 279 patients with SSc from the observational Oslo University Hospital cohort with complete data on (1) SSc-related autoantibodies, (2) paired, serial analyses of lung function and fibrosis by computed tomography, and (3) PH verified by right heart catheterization...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087602/novel-application-of-3d-contrast-enhanced-cmr-to-define-fibrotic-structure-of-the-human-sinoatrial-node-in-vivo
#6
Thomas A Csepe, Jichao Zhao, Lidiya V Sul, Yufeng Wang, Brian J Hansen, Ning Li, Anthony J Ignozzi, Anna Bratasz, Kimerly A Powell, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen, John D Hummel, Orlando P Simonetti, Vadim V Fedorov
AIMS: The adult human sinoatrial node (SAN) has a specialized fibrotic intramural structure (35-55% fibrotic tissue) that provides mechanical and electrical protection from the surrounding atria. We hypothesize that late gadolinium-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) can be applied to define the fibrotic human SAN structure in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: LGE-CMR atrial scans of healthy volunteers (n olu, 23-52 y.o.) using a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system with a spatial resolution of 1...
January 13, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087126/cardiac-lymphatics-a-new-avenue-for-therapeutics
#7
REVIEW
Taina Vuorio, Annakaisa Tirronen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
Recent progress in lymphatic vessel biology and in novel imaging techniques has established the importance of the lymphatic vasculature as part of the cardiovascular system. The lymphatic vessel network regulates many physiological processes important for heart function such as fluid balance, transport of extravasated proteins, and trafficking of immune cells. Therefore, lymphangiogenic therapy could be beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, for example by improving reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) from atherosclerotic lesions or by resolving edema and fibrosis after myocardial infarction...
January 10, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086951/sodium-glucose-transporter-2-sglt2-inhibition-with-empagliflozin-improves-cardiac-diastolic-function-in-a-female-rodent-model-of-diabetes
#8
Javad Habibi, Annayya R Aroor, James R Sowers, Guanghong Jia, Melvin R Hayden, Mona Garro, Brady Barron, Eric Mayoux, R Scott Rector, Adam Whaley-Connell, Vincent G DeMarco
Obese and diabetic individuals are at increased risk for impairments in diastolic relaxation and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The impairments in diastolic relaxation are especially pronounced in obese and diabetic women and predict future cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in this population. Recent clinical data suggest sodium glucose transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibition reduces CVD events in diabetic individuals, but the mechanisms of this CVD protection are unknown. To determine whether targeting SGLT2 improves diastolic relaxation, we utilized empagliflozin (EMPA) in female db/db mice...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086885/harnessing-the-early-post-injury-inflammatory-responses-for-cardiac-regeneration
#9
REVIEW
Bill Cheng, H C Chen, I W Chou, Tony W H Tang, Patrick C H Hsieh
Cardiac inflammation is considered by many as the main driving force in prolonging the pathological condition in the heart after myocardial infarction. Immediately after cardiac ischemic injury, neutrophils are the first innate immune cells recruited to the ischemic myocardium within the first 24 h. Once they have infiltrated the injured myocardium, neutrophils would then secret proteases that promote cardiac remodeling and chemokines that enhance the recruitment of monocytes from the spleen, in which the recruitment peaks at 72 h after myocardial infarction...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081170/an-alpha-1a-adrenergic-receptor-agonist-prevents-acute-doxorubicin-cardiomyopathy-in-male-mice
#10
Megan D Montgomery, Trevor Chan, Philip M Swigart, Bat-Erdene Myagmar, Rajesh Dash, Paul C Simpson
Alpha-1 adrenergic receptors mediate adaptive effects in the heart and cardiac myocytes, and a myocyte survival pathway involving the alpha-1A receptor subtype and ERK activation exists in vitro. However, data in vivo are limited. Here we tested A61603 (N-[5-(4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-2-hydroxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl]methanesulfonamide), a selective imidazoline agonist for the alpha-1A. A61603 was the most potent alpha-1-agonist in activating ERK in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes. A61603 activated ERK in adult mouse ventricular myocytes and protected the cells from death caused by the anthracycline doxorubicin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079844/serum-interleukin-6-in-systemic-sclerosis-and-its-correlation-with-disease-parameters-and-cardiopulmonary-involvement
#11
Rasha A Abdel-Magied, Shereen R Kamel, Azza Farag Said, Hazem M Ali, Ehab A Abdel Gawad, Mahmoud M Moussa
OBJECTIVE: To assess serum interleukin-6 (IL-6)level in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and its correlations with European Scleroderma Study Group activity score (EUSTAR), Scleroderma Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), disability index and cardiopulmonary involvement. METHODS: Twenty SSc patients and 10 matched healthy controls were included. Serum IL-6 was measured in patients and controls. Disease activity, status,and disability were assessed.Cardiopulmonary involvement was evaluated by pulmonary function tests (PFTs), six minute walk test, echocardiography, and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of chest...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079786/fatal-postoperative-systemic-pulmonary-hypertension-in-benfluorex-induced-valvular-heart-disease-surgery-a-case-report
#12
Christophe Baufreton, Patrick Bruneval, Marie-Christine Rousselet, Pierre-Vladimir Ennezat, Olivier Fouquet, Raphael Giraud, Carlo Banfi
RATIONALE: Drug-induced valvular heart disease (DI-VHD) remains an under-recognized entity. PATIENT CONCERNS: This report describes a heart valve replacement which was complicated by intractable systemic pulmonary arterial hypertension in a 61-year-old female with severe restrictive mitral and aortic disease. The diagnosis of valvular disease was preceded by a history of unexplained respiratory distress. The patient had been exposed to benfluorex for 6.5 years. DIAGNOSES: The diagnostic procedure documented specific drug-induced valvular fibrosis...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079145/galectin-3-as-a-marker-of-interstitial-atrial-remodelling-involved-in-atrial-fibrillation
#13
Diana Hernández-Romero, Juan Antonio Vílchez, Álvaro Lahoz, Ana I Romero-Aniorte, Eva Jover, Arcadio García-Alberola, Rubén Jara-Rubio, Carlos M Martínez, Mariano Valdés, Francisco Marín
Remodelling in the atria could appear as a result of hypertension, diabetes or ischaemic heart disease. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a mediator of profibrotic pathways and a potential biomarker of cardiac remodelling. We prospectively recruited consecutive patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. Preoperative Gal-3 levels were determined from serum samples, and the presence of fibrosis was assessed from atrial appendage tissue samples obtained during cardiac surgery. We included 100 patients with aortic valve or ischaemic heart diseases and 15 controls with permanent AF...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077318/alcohol-microbiome-life-style-influence-alcohol-and-non-alcoholic-organ-damage
#14
REVIEW
Manuela G Neuman, Samuel W French, Samir Zakhari, Stefen Malnick, Helmut K Seitz, Lawrence B Cohen, Mikko Salaspuro, Andreea Voinea Griffin, Andrei Barasch, Irina A Kirpich, Paul G Thomes, Laura W Schrum, Terrence M Donohue, Kusum Kharbanda, Marcus Cruz, Mihai Opris
This paper is based upon the "8th Charles Lieber's Satellite Symposium" organized by Manuela G. Neuman at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, onJune 25, 2016 at New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The integrative symposium investigated different aspects of alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD) as well as non-alcohol-induced liver disease (NAFLD) and possible repair. We revealedthe basic aspects of alcohol metabolism that may be responsible for the development of liver diseaseas well as the factors that determine the amount, frequency and which type of alcohol misuse leads to liver and gastrointestinal diseases...
January 7, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072629/the-key-clues-to-reach-the-diagnosis-of-loeffler-endomyocardial-fibrosis-associated-with-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#15
Enrico Ammirati, Domenico Sirico, Linda Brevetti, Laura Scudiero, Diana Artioli, Patrizia Pedrotti, Maria Frigerio
Loeffler endomyocardial fibrosis is a rare restrictive cardiomyopathy due to chronic eosinophilic exposure (Loeffler endomyocarditis). Loeffler endomyocarditis is associated with different eosinophilic disorders, including eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA). These images recapitulate all typical findings that can be observed in patients presenting with heart failure attributable to this specific cardiomyopathy associated with EGPA, a systemic medical condition that can be easily detectable just putting together different diagnostic elements...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068900/galectin-3-and-fibulin-1-in-systolic-heart-failure-relation-to-glucose-metabolism-and-left-ventricular-contractile-reserve
#16
Pernille Holmager, Michael Egstrup, Ida Gustafsson, Morten Schou, Jordi S Dahl, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Jacob E Møller, Christian Tuxen, Jens Faber, Caroline Kistorp
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) patients with diabetes (DM) have an adverse prognosis and reduced functional capacity, which could be associated with cardiac fibrosis, increased chamber stiffness and reduced left ventricular (LV) contractile reserve. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) and fibulin-1 are circulating biomarkers potentially reflecting cardiac fibrosis. We hypothesize that plasma levels of Gal-3 and fibulin-1 are elevated in HF patients with DM and are associated with reduced LV contractile reserve in these patients...
January 10, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068787/ventricular-endomyocardial-fibrosis-in-a-pregnant-female-with-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
#17
Zahra Mirfeizi, Bahram Memar, Hoorak PourZand, Mohammad Hadi Molseghi, Arash Rezaei Shahmirzadi, Nafiseh Abdolahi
A 32-year-old pregnant woman, diagnosed with Behçet's disease 6 months earlier, presented with recent mild hemoptysis and exertional dyspnea. Transthoracic echocardiography showed an enlarged dysfunctional right ventricle. A large hypoechoic triangular-shaped mass was seen attached to the inner right ventricular wall, filling the cavity. No change in the size of the mass was noted after anticoagulant administration, and right heart failure progressed. Surgery was performed to remove the mass and repair the tricuspid valve...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068633/polyphenol-rich-ethanolic-extract-from-boerhavia-diffusa-l-mitigates-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-fibrosis-in-rats
#18
Prathapan A, Mathews V Varghese, Abhilash S, Salin Raj P, Anil K Mathew, Anupama Nair, R Harikumaran Nair, Raghu K G
Boerhavia diffusa is a renowned edible medicinal plant extensively used against different ailments including heart diseases in the traditional system of medicine in several countries. The present study aims to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of ethanolic extract of Boerhavia diffusa (BDE) on cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) in male wistar rats and to identify the active components present in it. A substantial increase of hypertrophy markers such as cardiac mass index, concentration of ANP and BNP, cardiac injury markers like CK-MB, LDH and SGOT, has been observed in hypertrophied groups whereas BDE treatment attenuated these changes when compared to hypertrophied rats...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068381/impairment-of-excitation-contraction-coupling-in-right-ventricular-hypertrophied-muscle-with-fibrosis-induced-by-pulmonary-artery-banding
#19
Yoichiro Kusakari, Takashi Urashima, Daisuke Shimura, Erika Amemiya, Genki Miyasaka, Shunsuke Yokota, Yoshitaka Fujimoto, Toru Akaike, Takahiro Inoue, Susumu Minamisawa
Interstitial myocardial fibrosis is one of the factors responsible for dysfunction of the heart. However, how interstitial fibrosis affects cardiac function and excitation-contraction coupling (E-C coupling) has not yet been clarified. We developed an animal model of right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy with fibrosis by pulmonary artery (PA) banding in rats. Two, four, and six weeks after the PA-banding operation, the tension and intracellular Ca2+ concentration of RV papillary muscles were simultaneously measured (n = 33)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065931/intermedin-1-53-inhibits-myocardial-fibrosis-in-rats-by-down-regulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE
#20
Jian Fang, Jiangwei Luan, Gaohong Zhu, Chang Qi, Zhiyong Yang, Sheng Zhao, Bin Li, Xinzhong Zhang, Naipeng Guo, Xiaodong Li, Dandan Wang
BACKGROUND Myocardial fibrosis is the result of persistent anoxia and ischemic myocardial fibers caused by coronary atherosclerotic stenosis, which lead to heart failure, threatening the patient's life. This study aimed to explore the regulatory role of intermedin 1-53 (IMD1-53) in cardiac fibrosis using neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts and a myocardial infarction (MI) rat model both in vitro and in vivo. MATERIAL AND METHODS The Western blot method was used to detect the protein expression of collagen I and collagen III in myocardial fibroblasts...
January 9, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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