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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938531/premature-senescence-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-and-atrial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Jun Xie, Yuhan Chen, Chuanxian Hu, Quanhua Pan, Bingjian Wang, Xueling Li, Jin Geng, Biao Xu
Premature senescence is associated with atrial fibrosis and has an antifibrotic effect in mice. However, the role of senescence in atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unclear. Here, we investigated the association of premature senescence with fibrosis and also determined the role of senescence in the recurrence of AF after surgery ablation. Western blot, Sirius red staining, SA-β-gal staining and immunohistochemistry were performed to detect the degree of atrial fibrosis ,the expression of TGF-β and collagens, and also the senescence markers in 72 tissue specimens of left atrial appendage in this study...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938309/successful-treatment-with-dabigatran-for-consumptive-coagulopathy-associated-with-extensive-vascular-malformations
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Atsushi Yasumoto, Ryohei Ishiura, Mitsunaga Narushima, Yutaka Yatomi
: Vascular malformation is occasionally complicated by consumptive coagulopathy, known as localized intravascular coagulopathy (LIC), which is characterized by a reduced fibrinogen level, an elevated D-dimer level and a normal platelet count. We report the case of a 17-year-old Japanese girl who presented with LIC secondary to extensive vascular malformations, whose condition had progressed to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). She suddenly presented with severe anaemia, despite the absence of obvious bleeding, and she began to require regular red blood cell (RBC) transfusions...
September 21, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938308/sensor-based-physiologic-control-strategy-for-biventricular-support-with-rotary-blood-pumps
#3
Yu Wang, Steven C Koenig, Zhongjun Wu, Mark S Slaughter, Guruprasad A Giridharan
Rotary biventricular assist devices (BiVAD) are becoming a clinically accepted treatment option for end-stage biventricular failure. To improve BiVAD efficacy and safety, we propose a control algorithm to achieve the clinical objectives of maintaining left-right-sided balance, restoring physiologic flows, and preventing ventricular suction. The control algorithm consists of two proportional-integral (PI) controllers for left and right ventricular assist devices (LVAD and RVAD) to maintain differential pump pressure across LVAD (ΔPL) and RVAD (ΔPR) to provide left-right balance and physiologic flow...
September 21, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938240/atrial-fibrillation-bleeding-and-coronary-intervention-current-recommendations
#4
Serdar Farhan, Roxana Mehran
The patient population with the need for oral anticoagulation to reduce stroke risk associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and dual antiplatelet therapy to prevent stent thrombosis and myocardial infarction after percutaneous coronary intervention is increasing. However, patients treated with a triple therapy consisting of oral anticoagulation, aspirin, and a P2Y12 inhibitor have been demonstrated to be at high bleeding risk. The best combination of these agents and the duration of the different therapies are still uncertain...
September 21, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938121/huntingtin-fibrils-poke-membranes
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Pedro Guedes-Dias, Erika L F Holzbaur
A hallmark of Huntington's disease is the presence of intracellular aggregates of mutant huntingtin, the pathological significance of which has long been debated. Using cryo-electron tomography, Bauerlein et al. reveal the fibrillary structure of huntingtin aggregates in situ and show that huntingtin fibrils interact with the endoplasmic reticulum, distorting its morphology and dynamics.
September 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937836/optimizing-a-3d-model-system-for-molecular-manipulation-of-tenogenesis
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Chun Chien, Brian Pryce, Sara F Tufa, Douglas R Keene, Alice H Huang
PURPOSE: Tendon injuries are clinically challenging due to poor healing. A better understanding of the molecular events that regulate tendon differentiation would improve current strategies for repair. The mouse model system has been instrumental to tendon studies and several key molecules were initially established in mouse. However, the study of gene function has been limited by the absence of a standard in vitro tendon system for efficiently testing multiple mutations, physical manipulations, and mis-expression...
September 22, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937655/why-are-functional-amyloids-non-toxic-in-humans
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REVIEW
Matthew P Jackson, Eric W Hewitt
Amyloids were first identified in association with amyloidoses, human diseases in which proteins and peptides misfold into amyloid fibrils. Subsequent studies have identified an array of functional amyloid fibrils that perform physiological roles in humans. Given the potential for the production of toxic species in amyloid assembly reactions, it is remarkable that cells can produce these functional amyloids without suffering any obvious ill effect. Although the precise mechanisms are unclear, there are a number of ways in which amyloid toxicity may be prevented...
September 22, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937634/the-physiological-and-pathological-implications-of-the-formation-of-hydrogels-with-a-specific-focus-on-amyloid-polypeptides
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REVIEW
Létitia Jean, Alex C Foley, David J T Vaux
Hydrogels are water-swollen and viscoelastic three-dimensional cross-linked polymeric network originating from monomer polymerisation. Hydrogel-forming polypeptides are widely found in nature and, at a cellular and organismal level, they provide a wide range of functions for the organism making them. Amyloid structures, arising from polypeptide aggregation, can be damaging or beneficial to different types of organisms. Although the best-known amyloids are those associated with human pathologies, this underlying structure is commonly used by higher eukaryotes to maintain normal cellular activities, and also by microbial communities to promote their survival and growth...
September 22, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937581/thrombosis-on-a-left-atrial-appendage-occluder-device-the-double-edged-sword-of-stroke-prevention-strategies-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Giuseppe Ciconte, Manuel Conti, Mario Baldi, Massimo Saviano, Gabriele Vicedomini, Carlo Pappone
: A huge thrombus, developing after percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion, has been successfully treated with dabigatran and aspirin as combination therapy.Although novel oral anticoagulants alone may be effective in thrombus dissolution, the association of an antiplatelet drug may safely enhance this process.
September 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937420/unexpected-left-atrial-thrombus-after-aortic-valve-replacement-and-left-atrial-ligation-with-atriclip-device-a-case-report
#10
Kinjal M Patel, Michael Rosenbloom, Muhammad Raza, Sean Stevens, Jonathan Rost, Ahmed Awad, Ronak G Desai
We report the unexpected transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) finding of a left atrial (LA) thrombus near the end of cardiopulmonary bypass and after deployment of an AtriClip (Atricure, Inc, Westchester, OH) in an 84-year-old man with atrial fibrillation and aortic stenosis undergoing aortic valve replacement and LA appendage ligation. TEE examination before cardiopulmonary bypass and deployment of the AtriClip had not shown a thrombus in the LA appendage. The heart was rearrested and thrombus was successfully removed through a left atriotomy...
September 20, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936878/digoxin-is-associated-with-increased-shock-events-and-electrical-storms-in-patients-with-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators
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George S Mina, Madan Acharya, Taylor Shepherd, George Gobrial, Michael Tekeste, Hussam Watti, Ruchi Bhandari, Aditya Saini, Pratap Reddy, Paari Dominic
AIM: Recently, digoxin use has been found to associate with higher mortality. Yet, potential mechanisms by which digoxin use increases mortality remain unclear. Increased arrhythmogenicity from digoxin use is one possibility. Thus, we aimed to evaluate the relation between digoxin and shock events in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of all patients with ICDs and at least 1 device interrogation at our institution between January 1, 2012, and January 1, 2015...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936615/procollagen-c-proteinase-enhancer-1-pcpe-1-functions-as-an-anti-angiogenic-factor-and-enhances-epithelial-recovery-in-injured-cornea
#12
Dawiyat Massoudi, Colin J Germer, Jeffrey M Glisch, Daniel S Greenspan
Procollagen C-proteinase enhancer 1 (PCPE-1) has been characterized as a protein capable of enhancing the activity of bone morphogenetic protein 1/tolloid-like proteinases in the biosynthetic processing of C-propeptides from procollagens I-III. This processing step is thought necessary to the formation of collagen I-III monomers capable of forming fibrils. Thus, PCPE-1 is predicted to play an important role in scarring, as scar tissue is predominantly composed of fibrillar collagen. Corneal scarring is of great clinical importance, as it leads to loss of visual acuity and, in severe cases, blindness...
September 21, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936458/the-surgical-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-concomitant-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-on-the-testing-grounds-of-cost-and-1-year-mortality
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EDITORIAL
Narendra Kumar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936235/health-literacy-and-atrial-fibrillation-relevance-and-future-directions-for-patient-centred-care
#14
Konstantinos N Aronis, Brittany Edgar, Wendy Lin, Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras Martins, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, Jared W Magnani
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia with significant clinical outcomes, and is associated with high medical and social costs. AF is complicated for patients because of its specialised terminology, long-term adherence, symptom monitoring, referral to specialty care, array of potential interventions and potential for adversity. Health literacy is a frequently under-recognised, yet fundamental, component towards successful care in AF. Health literacy is defined as the capacity to obtain, process and understand health information, and has had markedly limited study in AF...
2017: European Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935998/theory-of-amyloid-fibril-nucleation-from-folded-proteins
#15
Lingyun Zhang, Jeremy D Schmit
We present a theoretical model for the nucleation of amyloid fibrils. In our model we use helix-coil theory to describe the equilibrium between a soluble native state and an aggregation-prone unfolded state. We then extend the theory to include oligomers with β-sheet cores and calculate the free energy of these states using estimates for the energies of H-bonds, steric zipper interactions, and the conformational entropy cost of forming secondary structure. We find that states with fewer than ~10 β-strands are unstable relative to the dissociated state and three β-strands is the highest free energy state...
July 2017: Israel Journal of Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935953/very-low-density-lipoprotein-of-metabolic-syndrome-modulates-gap-junctions-and-slows-cardiac-conduction
#16
Hsiang-Chun Lee, Chih-Chieh Chen, Wei-Chung Tsai, Hsin-Ting Lin, Yi-Lin Shiao, Sheng-Hsiung Sheu, Bin-Nan Wu, Chu-Huang Chen, Wen-Ter Lai
Very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) is a hallmark of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and each manifestation of MetS is related to atrial fibrillation (AF) risks. Slowed atrial conduction is a mechanism of AF in MetS. We hypothesized that VLDL can modulate and reduce atrial gap junctions. VLDLs were separated from normal (Normal-VLDL) and MetS (MetS-VLDL) individuals. VLDLs (15 µg/g) and equivalent volumes of saline (CTL) were injected respectively to C57BL/6 mice for 6 weeks. Electrocardiograms demonstrated that MetS-VLDL induced prolongation of P wave (P = 0...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935868/importance-of-time-in-therapeutic-range-on-bleeding-risk-prediction-using-clinical-risk-scores-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#17
José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
Bleeding risk with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) is closely related to the quality of anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, reflected by time in therapeutic range (TTR). Here we compared the discrimination performance of different bleeding risk scores and investigated if adding TTR would improve their predictive value and clinical usefulness. We included 1361 AF patients stables on VKA for at least 6 months. Bleeding risk was assessed by the HAS-BLED, ATRIA, ORBIT and HEMORR2HAGES scores. Major bleeding events were recorded after a median of 6...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935705/a-tectorin-based-matrix-and-planar-cell-polarity-genes-are-required-for-normal-collagen-fibril-orientation-in-the-developing-tectorial-membrane
#18
Richard J Goodyear, Xiaowei Lu, Michael R Deans, Guy P Richardson
The tectorial membrane is an extracellular structure of the cochlea. It develops on the surface of an epithelium and contains collagen fibrils embedded in a tectorin-based matrix. The collagen fibrils are oriented radially with an apically-directed slant - a feature considered critical for hearing. To determine how this pattern is generated, collagen-fibril formation was examined in mice lacking a tectorin-based matrix, epithelial cilia, or the planar-cell-polarity genes Vangl2 and Ptk7 In wild-type mice, collagen-fibril bundles appear within a tectorin-based matrix at E15...
September 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935681/sex-differences-in-the-utilization-and-outcomes-of-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-for-severe-aortic-stenosis
#19
Zakeih Chaker, Vinay Badhwar, Fahad Alqahtani, Sami Aljohani, Chad J Zack, David R Holmes, Charanjit S Rihal, Mohamad Alkhouli
BACKGROUND: Studies assessing the differential impact of sex on outcomes of aortic valve replacement (AVR) yielded conflicting results. We sought to investigate sex-related differences in AVR utilization, patient risk profile, and in-hospital outcomes using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 166 809 patients (63% male and 37% female) who underwent AVR between 2003 and 2014 were identified, and 48.5% had a concomitant cardiac surgery procedure...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935464/effectiveness-and-safety-of-oral-anticoagulation-with-non-vitamin-k-antagonists-compared-to-well-managed-vitamin-k-antagonists-in-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study
#20
Gentian Denas, Nicola Gennaro, Eliana Ferroni, Ugo Fedeli, Mario Saugo, Giacomo Zoppellaro, Seena Padayattil Jose, Giorgio Costa, Maria Chiara Corti, Margherita Andretta, Vittorio Pengo
BACKGROUND: The global real-life impact of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) introduction in the healthcare system in a setting of well-managed vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy has not been specifically addressed. METHODS: We did a population-based retrospective cohort study in naïve patients initiating oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation in a region with a well-managed VKA therapy. NOAC and VKA cohorts were identified using Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) codes, while excluding other indications for anticoagulation therapy using ICD-9CM codes...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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