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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527921/drug-induced-fatal-arrhythmias-acquired-long-qt-and-brugada-syndromes
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REVIEW
Isik Turker, Tomohiko Ai, Hideki Itoh, Minoru Horie
Since the early 1990s, the concept of primary "inherited" arrhythmia syndromes or ion channelopathies has evolved rapidly as a result of revolutionary progresses made in molecular genetics. Alterations in genes coding for membrane proteins such as ion channels or their associated proteins responsible for the generation of cardiac action potentials (AP) have been shown to cause specific malfunctions which eventually lead to cardiac arrhythmias. These arrhythmic disorders include congenital long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, short QT syndrome, progressive cardiac conduction disease, etc...
May 17, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527782/protective-roles-of-bioactive-peptides-during-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-from-bench-to-bedside
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REVIEW
Dongdong Wu, Jun Wang, Honggang Wang, Ailing Ji, Yanzhang Li
Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is a well-known pathological condition which may lead to disability and mortality. I/R injury remains an unresolved and complicated situation in a number of clinical conditions, such as cardiac arrest with successful reanimation, as well as ischemic events in brain and heart. Peptides have many attractive advantages which make them suitable candidate drugs in treating I/R injury, such as low toxicity and immunogenicity, good solubility property, distinct tissue distribution pattern, and favorable pharmacokinetic profile...
May 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527076/the-role-of-visual-system-in-migraine
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Stefania Bianchi Marzoli, Alessandra Criscuoli
The visual system is involved in different ways in migraine. Visual auras are the most common form of migraine aura. It may consist of positive or negative visual symptoms and cortical spreading depression is felt to be the phenomenon that underlies it. Even in migraine without aura, vision it is not totally excluded given that one of the major criteria for the diagnosis of migraine is photophobia. In persistent visual aura, patients refer symptoms defined as visual snow and television static. In retinal migraine unilateral decreased vision or complete visual loss occurs...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526543/thyroid-hormone-biosynthesis-machinery-is-altered-in-the-ischemic-myocardium-an-epigenomic-study
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Carolina Gil-Cayuela, Esther Roselló-LLetí, Estefanía Tarazón, Ana Ortega, Juan Sandoval, Luis Martínez-Dolz, Juan Cinca, Esther Jorge, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Francisca Lago, Miguel Rivera, Manuel Portolés
BACKGROUND: Abnormal thyroid hormone (TH) metabolism is significantly associated with impaired left ventricular (LV) function and death. Although TH was traditionally thought to be produced exclusively by the thyroid gland, an increasing number of studies report TH production in other tissues. Based on these findings, we evaluated whether the genes required for TH biosynthesis are expressed in the human heart, and whether their expression is altered in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and is related to epigenetic variations...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526540/sodium-dependent-glucose-transporters-sglt-in-human-ischemic-heart-a-new-potential-pharmacological-target
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Alessandra Di Franco, Giulia Cantini, Alessia Tani, Raffaele Coppini, Sandra Zecchi-Orlandini, Laura Raimondi, Michaela Luconi, Edoardo Mannucci
BACKGROUND: Empagliflozin is reported to reduce cardiovascular mortality and the rate of hospitalization for heart failure in type 2 diabetic patients with prior cardiovascular events. The mechanisms underlying the cardiac effects of this sodium/glucose transporter 2 (SGT2) inhibitor have not yet been clarified, though a direct action of the drug on the cardiomyocytes could be hypothesized. The aim of the present study is to assess the relative expression of SGLT2 and SGLT1, the two most relevant members of the SGLT family being potentially responsive to empagliflozin, in normal, ischemic and hypertrophic human hearts...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525856/oleuropein-prevents-the-development-of-experimental-autoimmune-myocarditis-in-rats
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Jia-Ying Zhang, Zheng Yang, Kun Fang, Zhan-Li Shi, Dan-Hong Ren, Jing Sun
Oleuropein (OLE) is a natural secoiridoid that is derived from Olea europaea. OLE possesses cardioprotective effects in experimental models of hypertension, myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis and hyperlipidaemia. In the present study, the effects of OLE on experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) were evaluated. EAM in rats were induced by subcutaneous injections of porcine cardiac myosin. Cardiac function parameters, myocardial pathology, myocardial inflammatory cell infiltration and nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) expression were measured...
May 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525602/aloin-a-component-of-the-aloe-vera-plant-leaf-induces-pathological-changes-and-modulates-the-composition-of-microbiota-in-the-large-intestine-of-f344-n-male-rats
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Mary D Boudreau, Greg R Olson, Volodymyr P Tryndyak, Matthew S Bryant, Robert P Felton, Frederick A Beland
In a previous study, the oral administration of an Aloe vera whole leaf extract induced dose-related mucosal and goblet cell hyperplasia in the rat colon after 13-weeks and colon cancer after two years. The primary goal of this study was to determine whether or not the administration of aloin, a component of the Aloe vera plant leaf, would replicate the pathophysiological effects that were observed in rats in the previous study with an Aloe vera whole leaf extract. Groups of 10 male F344/N rats were administered aloin at 0, 6...
May 19, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521042/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-modelling-of-hlhs-underlines-the-contribution-of-dysfunctional-notch-signalling-to-impaired-cardiogenesis
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Chunbo Yang, Yaobo Xu, Min Yu, David Lee, Sameer Alharti, Nicola Hellen, Noor Ahmad Shaik, Babajan Banaganapalli, Hussein Ali Mohamoud Sheikh, Elango Ramu, Stefan Przyborski, Gennadiy Tenin, Simon Williams, John O'Sullivan, Osman O Al-Radi, Jameel Atta, Sian E Harding, Bernard Keavney, Majlinda Lako, Lyle Armstrong
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is among the most severe forms of congenital heart disease. Although the consensus view is that reduced flow through the left heart during development is a key factor in the development of the condition, the molecular mechanisms leading to hypoplasia of left heart structures are unknown. We have generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from five HLHS patients and two unaffected controls, differentiated these to cardiomyocytes and identified reproducible in vitro cellular and functional correlates of the HLHS phenotype...
May 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516275/the-role-of-cardiac-biomarkers-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Emily S Lau, Amy Sarma
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of pregnancy-associated mortality, with an increasingly complex pregnant population. While our understanding of CVD in pregnancy continues to evolve, there remains a need to develop widely accessible tools to follow pregnant women both with and without preexisting disease with respect to cardiovascular risk, particularly for those presenting with symptoms suggestive of cardiovascular pathology. Thus, research is emerging with respect to the potential role of novel and established cardiac biomarkers in diagnosing and following CVD in pregnancy...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515695/chronic-endurance-exercise-impairs-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-middle-aged-mice-with-impaired-nrf2-signaling
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Gobinath Shanmugam, Madhusudhanan Narasimhan, Robbie L Conley, Thiagarajan Sairam, Ashutosh Kumar, Ronald P Mason, Ramalingam Sankaran, John R Hoidal, Namakkal S Rajasekaran
Nuclear factor erythroid 2 related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling maintains the redox homeostasis and its activation is shown to suppress cardiac maladaptation. Earlier we reported that acute endurance exercise (2 days) evoked antioxidant cytoprotection in young WT animals but not in aged WT animals. However, the effect of repeated endurance exercise during biologic aging (WT) characterized by an inherent deterioration in Nrf2 signaling and pathological aging (pronounced oxidative susceptibility-Nrf2 absence) in the myocardium remains elusive...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515341/bet-bromodomain-inhibition-suppresses-innate-inflammatory-and-profibrotic-transcriptional-networks-in-heart-failure
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Qiming Duan, Sarah McMahon, Priti Anand, Hirsh Shah, Sean Thomas, Hazel T Salunga, Yu Huang, Rongli Zhang, Aarathi Sahadevan, Madeleine E Lemieux, Jonathan D Brown, Deepak Srivastava, James E Bradner, Timothy A McKinsey, Saptarsi M Haldar
Despite current standard of care, the average 5-year mortality after an initial diagnosis of heart failure (HF) is about 40%, reflecting an urgent need for new therapeutic approaches. Previous studies demonstrated that the epigenetic reader protein bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4), an emerging therapeutic target in cancer, functions as a critical coactivator of pathologic gene transactivation during cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. However, the therapeutic relevance of these findings to human disease remained unknown...
May 17, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513852/effect-of-pentoxifylline-in-ameliorating-myocardial-injury-in-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-thrombolytic-therapy-a-pilot-randomized-clinical-trial
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Hossein Namdar, Rasoul Zohori, Naser Aslanabadi, Taher Entezari-Maleki
Cell death following acute myocardial infarction (MI) is the hallmark pathology of cardiovascular disease, leading to considerable mortality and morbidity. Platelet and neutrophil activation and inflammatory cytokines, prominently TNF-α, play an important role in the development of cell death. Because pentoxifylline inhibits platelet and neutrophil activation and reduces TNF-α, this study was performed to assess the potential benefit of pentoxifylline in the reduction of myocardial injury following acute MI...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512310/fgf23-fgfr4-mediated-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-is-reversible
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Alexander Grabner, Karla Schramm, Neerupma Silswal, Matt Hendrix, Christopher Yanucil, Brian Czaya, Saurav Singh, Myles Wolf, Sven Hermann, Jörg Stypmann, Giovana Seno Di Marco, Marcus Brand, Michael J Wacker, Christian Faul
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 23 is a phosphaturic hormone that directly targets cardiac myocytes via FGF receptor (FGFR) 4 thereby inducing hypertrophic myocyte growth and the development of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in rodents. Serum FGF23 levels are highly elevated in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and it is likely that FGF23 directly contributes to the high rates of LVH and cardiac death in CKD. It is currently unknown if the cardiac effects of FGF23 are solely pathological, or if they potentially can be reversed...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512159/employing-extracellular-volume-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-measures-of-myocardial-fibrosis-to-foster-novel-therapeutics
#14
Erik B Schelbert, Hani N Sabbah, Javed Butler, Mihai Gheorghiade
Quantifying myocardial fibrosis (MF) with myocardial extracellular volume measures acquired during cardiovascular magnetic resonance promises to transform clinical care by advancing pathophysiologic understanding and fostering novel therapeutics. Extracellular volume quantifies MF by measuring the extracellular compartment depicted by the myocardial uptake of contrast relative to plasma. MF is a key domain of dysfunctional but viable myocardium among others (eg, microvascular dysfunction and cardiomyocyte/mitochondrial dysfunction)...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511954/high-intensity-interval-training-hiit-improves-resting-blood-pressure-metabolic-met-capacity-and-heart-rate-reserve-without-compromising-resting-myocardial-function-in-sedentary-aging-men
#15
Fergal M Grace, Peter Herbert, Adrian D Elliott, Jo Richards, Alexander Beaumont, Nicholas F Sculthorpe
BACKGROUND: This study examined the combination of pre-conditioning exercise with subsequent high intensity interval training (HIIT) on blood pressure, echocardiography, cardiac strain mechanics and maximal metabolic (MET) capacity in sedentary (SED) aging men compared with age matched masters athletes (LEX). METHODS: Using a STROBE compliant observational design, 39 aging male participants (SED; n=22, aged 62.7±5.2yrs) (LEX; n=17, aged=61.1±5.4yrs) were recruited to a study that necessitated three distinct assessment phases; enrolment (Phase A), following pre-conditioning exercise in SED (Phase B), then following 6weeks of HIIT performed once every five days by both groups before reassessment (Phase C)...
May 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510133/analysis-of-immune-biochemical-indicators-to-assess-the-risk-of-developing-cardiological-pathology
#16
V S Morozova, I A Moseikin, S N Petrochenko, M A Myagkova, L F Panchenko
Prognostic immuno-biochemical tests to assess the severity of the condition of patients with cardiac diseases were developed. A comparative analysis of clinical and laboratory blood parameters, which are used in practice for the diagnosis and prognosis of diseases, and an analysis of the content of natural antibodies (n-Abs) to β-endorphin, bradykinin, histamine, dopamine, and serotonin were performed. A significant correlation between the level of n-Abs, the main biochemical parameters, and the content of blood corpuscles was revealed...
March 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510119/genetic-epidemiology-of-titin-truncating-variants-in-the-etiology-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#17
REVIEW
Ali M Tabish, Valerio Azzimato, Aris Alexiadis, Byambajav Buyandelger, Ralph Knöll
Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome defined by the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body's metabolic demands. Major causes of HF are cardiomyopathies (diseases of the myocardium associated with mechanical and/or electrical dysfunction), among which the most common form is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM is defined by ventricular chamber enlargement and systolic dysfunction with normal left ventricular wall thickness, which leads to progressive HF. Over 60 genes are linked to the etiology of DCM...
May 5, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510118/tampering-with-springs-phosphorylation-of-titin-affecting-the-mechanical-function-of-cardiomyocytes
#18
REVIEW
Nazha Hamdani, Melissa Herwig, Wolfgang A Linke
Reversible post-translational modifications of various cardiac proteins regulate the mechanical properties of the cardiomyocytes and thus modulate the contractile performance of the heart. The giant protein titin forms a continuous filament network in the sarcomeres of striated muscle cells, where it determines passive tension development and modulates active contraction. These mechanical properties of titin are altered through post-translational modifications, particularly phosphorylation. Titin contains hundreds of potential phosphorylation sites, the functional relevance of which is only beginning to emerge...
April 10, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510085/cardiac-aging-and-heart-disease-in-humans
#19
REVIEW
Marja Steenman, Gilles Lande
The world population continues to grow older rapidly, mostly because of declining fertility and increasing longevity. Since age represents the largest risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the prevalence of these pathologies increases dramatically with increasing age. In order to improve patient care and prevention for age-related cardiac diseases, insight should be gained from the analysis of processes involved in and leading to cardiac aging. It is from this perspective that we provide here an overview of changes associated with age in the heart on four levels: functional, structural, cellular and molecular...
April 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507565/laparoscopic-and-open-liver-resection-a-literature-review-with-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Andrzej L Komorowski, Jerzy W Mituś, Wojciech M Wysocki, Małgorzata M Bała
INTRODUCTION: In recent years laparoscopic approach to liver resections has gained important attention from surgeons worldwide. The aim of this review was to compare the results of laparoscopic and open liver resections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We have performed a search in Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library databases. Studies comparing laparoscopic and open liver resections were included. RESULTS: No randomized clinical trial were identified...
April 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
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