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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146733/effects-of-chronically-increased-vegf-a-on-the-aging-heart
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Alexander G Marneros
Whether approaches to chronically increase VEGF-A in the heart may have beneficial effects and prevent the development of heart failure, in part by improving cardiac perfusion, or whether this increase could have detrimental effects on cardiac performance in the aging heart, has not been tested yet. In this study, a genetic mouse model with a chronic increase in VEGF-A in the heart is shown to have increased cardiac angiogenesis and develop cardiac hypertrophy with enhanced basal cardiac performance with age progression...
November 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145451/stromal-interaction-molecule-1-haploinsufficiency-causes-maladaptive-response-to-pressure-overload
#2
Takayoshi Ohba, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Manabu Murakami, Kenji Iino, Takeshi Adachi, Yoshihiro Baba, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Kyoichi Ono, Hiroshi Ito
Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1), an endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ sensor, has been shown to control a Ca2+-dependent signal that promotes cardiac hypertrophy. However, whether STIM1 has adaptive role that helps to protect against cardiac overload stress remains unknown. We hypothesized that STIM1 deficiency causes a maladaptive response to pressure overload stress. We investigated STIM1 heterozygous KO (STIM1+/-) mice hearts, in which STIM1 protein levels decreased to 27% of wild-type (WT) with no compensatory increase in STIM2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141840/cerebral-oxygenation-measurements-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-fetuses-with-and-without-heart-defects
#3
Mette H Lauridsen, Niels Uldbjerg, Tine B Henriksen, Olav B Petersen, Brian Stausbøl-Grøn, Niels B Matthiesen, David A Peters, Steffen Ringgaard, Vibeke E Hjortdal
BACKGROUND: Children with major congenital heart defects are risking impaired cerebral growth, delayed cerebral maturation, and neurodevelopmental disorders. We aimed to compare the cerebral tissue oxygenation of fetuses with major heart defects to that of fetuses without heart defects as estimated by the magnetic resonance imaging modality T2*. T2* is low in areas with high concentrations of deoxyhemoglobin. METHODS AND RESULTS: At gestational age mean 32 weeks (early) and mean 37 weeks (late), we compared the fetal cerebral T2* in 28 fetuses without heart defects to that of 15 fetuses with major heart defects: transposition of the great arteries (n=7), coarctation of the aorta/hypoplastic aortic arch (n=5), tetralogy of Fallot (n=1), hypoplastic right heart (n=1), and common arterial trunk (n=1)...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141373/-a-concentration-response-observation-of-hydromorphone-combined-with-ropivacaine-in-labor-analgesia
#4
Y Y Lu, H Huang, W L Mao, R H Liu, M J Hu, L X Shao, M P Hu, J Li
Objective: To investigate the median effective dose (ED(50)) of hydromorphone and the appropriate concentration of ropivacaine combined with hydromorphone in epidural labor analgesia. Methods: One hundred and forty nulliparous women undergoing labor selected for delivery with epidural analgesia were enrolled in our hospital from January to June 2016. The first of top 50 women received 0.12% ropivacaine plus 20 μg/ml hydromorphone complex solution, then sequential women were used the modified sequential method to determine the ED(50) and ED(95) of hydromorphone...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141364/-effects-of-combination-therapy-with-aspirin-prednisone-and-elevit-in-patients-with-unexplained-recurrent-early-pregnancy-loss
#5
H Ou, Q Yu
Objective: To investigate the effect of triple therapy with aspirin, prednisone and Elevit in patients with unexplained recurrent early pregnancy loss. Methods: From January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016, a total of 353 women of childbearing age were enrolled in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, including blood, urine and vaginal swabs. One hundred and fifty-five patients were observed normal results of blood test, urine test and vaginal swabs. According to the treatment regimen, 155 patients were divided into two groups, 89 patients (57...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138508/fetal-cardiac-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-utero
#6
Jerome Chaptinel, Jerome Yerly, Yvan Mivelaz, Milan Prsa, Leonor Alamo, Yvan Vial, Gregoire Berchier, Chantal Rohner, François Gudinchet, Matthias Stuber
Fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) led to the emergence of 'cine MRI' techniques, which enable the visualization of the beating heart and the assessment of cardiac morphology and dynamics. However, established cine MRI methods are not suitable for fetal heart imaging in utero, where anatomical structures are considerably smaller and recording an electrocardiogram signal for synchronizing MRI data acquisition is difficult. Here we present a framework to overcome these challenges. We use methods for image acquisition and reconstruction that robustly produce images with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to detect the heart contractions of the fetus, enabling a retrospective gating of the images and thus the generation of images of the beating heart...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137478/effects-of-increased-myocardial-tissue-concentration-of-myristic-palmitic-and-palmitoleic-acids-on-the-course-of-cardiac-atrophy-of-the-failing-heart-unloaded-by-heterotopic-transplantation
#7
M Pokorný, I Mrázová, J Malý, J Pirk, I Netuka, Z Vaňourková, Š DoleŽelová, L Červenková, H Maxová, V Melenovský, J Šochman, J Sadowski, L Červenka
The present experiments were performed to evaluate if increased heart tissue concentration of fatty acids, specifically myristic, palmitic and palmitoleic acids that are believed to promote physiological heart growth, can attenuate the progression of unloading-induced cardiac atrophy in rats with healthy and failing hearts. Heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation (HT(x)) was used as a model for heart unloading. Cardiac atrophy was assessed from the ratio of the native- to-transplanted heart weight (HW)...
November 10, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136712/-long-term-outcome-and-prognostic-factors-in-pregnant-women-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Q T Ou, J K Lu, J Zhang, Y Chen, Q Li, J L Zhang
Objective: To investigate the perinatal outcome, risk factors and long-term outcome of pregnancy complicated with pulmonary arterial hypertension(PAH) and congenital heart diseases (CHD). Methods: Clinical data of 110 pregnant women who were diagnosed as PAH-CHD were retrospectively analyzed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Beijing Anzhen Hospital from 2004 to 2013. The survival and treatment status were followed up. Results: 110 subjects consisted of 11 mild PAH, 33 moderate and 66 severe ones...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132252/association-between-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-and-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-a-prospective-observational-cohort-study
#9
Alexis C Gimovsky, Brianne Whitney, Dennis Wood, Stuart Weiner
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the left myocardial performance index (MPI) changes in association with the fetal heart rate (FHR) tracing during labor. STUDY DESIGN: Women with term, singleton pregnancies, in labor were recruited to this prospective cohort study. PRIMARY OUTCOME: difference in left MPI between Category of fetal heart rate tracings. SECONDARY OUTCOMES: differences in left MPI by FHR characteristics. Participants underwent ultrasound examination, during which fetal MPI was measured...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128504/biophysical-comparison-of-sodium-currents-in-native-cardiac-myocytes-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#10
Robert J Goodrow, Suveer Desai, Jacqueline A Treat, Brian K Panama, Mayurika Desai, Vladislav V Nesterenko, Jonathan M Cordeiro
INTRODUCTION: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are used for safety pharmacology and to investigate genetic diseases affecting cardiac ion channels. It is unclear whether adult myocytes or hiPSC-CMs are the better platform for cardiac safety pharmacology. We examined the biophysical and molecular properties of INa in adult myocytes and hiPSC-CMs. METHODS: hiPSC-CMs were plated at low density. Atrial and ventricular cells were obtained from dog hearts...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122798/impact-of-prenatal-diagnosis-on-survival-of-newborns-with-four-congenital-heart-defects-a-prospective-population-based-cohort-study-in-france-the-epicard-study
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Babak Khoshnood, Nathalie Lelong, Lucile Houyel, Damien Bonnet, Morgane Ballon, Jean-Marie Jouannic, François Goffinet
OBJECTIVES: (1) Assess the population-level probability of prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly for four major congenital heart defects; (2) Examine, using population-based data, the relation between timing of (prenatal vs postnatal) diagnosis and risk of infant (ie, < 1 year) mortality for four major congenital heart defects (CHDs). DESIGN: Population-based cohort (the EPIdémiologie des CARDiopathies congénitales) study. SETTING: Greater Paris area (Paris and its surrounding suburbs)...
November 8, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118264/accumulation-of-5-oxoproline-in-myocardial-dysfunction-and-the-protective-effects-of-oplah
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Atze van der Pol, Andres Gil, Herman H W Silljé, Jasper Tromp, Ekaterina S Ovchinnikova, Inge Vreeswijk-Baudoin, Martijn Hoes, Ibrahim J Domian, Bart van de Sluis, Jan M van Deursen, Adriaan A Voors, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Wiek H van Gilst, Eugene Berezikov, Pim van der Harst, Rudolf A de Boer, Rainer Bischoff, Peter van der Meer
In response to heart failure (HF), the heart reacts by repressing adult genes and expressing fetal genes, thereby returning to a more fetal-like gene profile. To identify genes involved in this process, we carried out transcriptional analysis on murine hearts at different stages of development and on hearts from adult mice with HF. Our screen identified Oplah, encoding for 5-oxoprolinase, a member of the γ-glutamyl cycle that functions by scavenging 5-oxoproline. OPLAH depletion occurred as a result of cardiac injury, leading to elevated 5-oxoproline and oxidative stress, whereas OPLAH overexpression improved cardiac function after ischemic injury...
November 8, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116459/neonatal-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review
#13
REVIEW
Federica Vanoni, Sebastiano A G Lava, Emilio F Fossali, Riccardo Cavalli, Giacomo D Simonetti, Mario G Bianchetti, Marie-Ange Bozzini, Carlo Agostoni, Gregorio P Milani
Neonatal lupus erythematosus is an uncommon syndrome, which is caused by transplacental passage of maternal autoantibodies to Sjögren's syndrome A or B autoantigens. The clinical presentation includes distinctive cutaneous lesions resembling those seen in systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatobiliary disease, and cytopenias, which disappear with the clearance of maternal autoantibodies. The most severe presentation is a total atrioventricular heart block, which begins during the second trimester of gestation and is irreversible...
November 8, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113299/microrna-210-suppresses-glucocorticoid-receptor-expression-in-response-to-hypoxia-in-fetal-rat-cardiomyocytes
#14
Shannalee R Martinez, Qingyi Ma, Chiranjib Dasgupta, Xianmei Meng, Lubo Zhang
Hypoxia is a common intrauterine stressor, often resulting in intrauterine growth restriction and increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. The aim of this work was to test the hypothesis that microRNA-210 (miR-210) mediates the detrimental suppression of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in response to hypoxia in fetal rat cardiomyocytes. Cardiomyocytes isolated from gestational day 21 Sprague Dawley fetal rats showed increased miR-210 levels and reduced GR abundance after exposure to ex vivo hypoxia (1% O2)...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112650/maternal-pulse-pressure-and-the-risk-of-postepidural-complications-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Justin R Lappen, Stephen A Myers, Norman Bolen, Brian M Mercer, Edward K S Chien
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that increasing the intravenous fluid bolus volume at the time of epidural placement in women with narrow pulse pressure would reduce postepidural fetal heart rate (FHR) abnormalities, hypotension, and resuscitative obstetric interventions. METHODS: We performed a single-center randomized controlled trial. Eligible participants were normotensive with a nonanomalous singleton gestation at or after 35 weeks and with a narrow pulse pressure (less than 45 mm Hg) on admission...
November 3, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112643/assessment-of-fetal-congenital-heart-diseases-by-4-dimensional-ultrasound-using-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-pictorial-review
#16
Edward Araujo Júnior, Gabriele Tonni, Nathalie Jeanne Bravo-Valenzuela, Fabricio Da Silva Costa, Simon Meagher
The aim of this pictorial review is to describe the technical advances achieved through the application of 4-dimensional (4D) ultrasound using spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) over conventional 2-dimensional ultrasound in the prenatal detection of congenital heart disease (CHD). Spatiotemporal image correlation is a volume imaging technique that simplifies fetal heart studies while providing more diagnostic information than is typically available from traditional 2-dimensional studies. Four-dimensional software allows the study of cardiac anatomy and function during a single cardiac cycle and has greatly contributed to diagnostic enhancement of CHD...
November 6, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110745/an-unusual-course-of-anti-ro-antibody-mediated-fetal-complete-heart-block
#17
Claudia Renaud, Edgar Jaeggi, Varsha Thakur
Fetal hydrops is a serious complication of immune-mediated congenital complete atrioventricular block. We present the case of a fetus with severe hydrops and profound bradycardia and an unusual favourable outcome. This case enhances the importance of considering the contribution of ventricular ectopic beats to the cardiac output when counselling and predicting outcome of complete heart block.
November 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107716/pacsin-2-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-a-normal-cardiac-function-in-the-developing-mouse-heart
#18
Judith Semmler, Jan Kormann, Sureshkumar Perumal Srinivasan, Annette Köster, Daniel Sälzer, Michael Reppel, Jürgen Hescheler, Markus Plomann, Filomain Nguemo
The Pacsin proteins (Pacsin 1, 2 and 3) play an important role in intracellular trafficking and thereby signal transduction in many cells types. This study was designed to examine the role of Pacsin 2 in cardiac development and function. We investigated the development and electrophysiological properties of Pacsin 2 knockout (P2KO) hearts and single cardiomyocytes isolated from 11.5 and 15.5days old fetal mice. Immunofluorescence experiments confirmed the lack of Pacsin 2 protein expression in P2KO cardiac myocytes in comparison to wildtype (WT)...
October 28, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105382/hypoxia-from-placental-development-to-fetal-programming
#19
REVIEW
Lais Fajersztajn, Mariana Matera Veras
Hypoxia may influence normal and different pathological processes. Low oxygenation activates a variety of responses, many of them regulated by hypoxia-inducible factor 1 complex, which is mostly involved in cellular control of O2 consumption and delivery, inhibition of growth and development, and promotion of anaerobic metabolism. Hypoxia plays a significant physiological role in fetal development; it is involved in different embryonic processes, for example, placentation, angiogenesis, and hematopoiesis. More recently, fetal hypoxia has been associated directly or indirectly with fetal programming of heart, brain, and kidney function and metabolism in adulthood...
October 16, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105374/from-adult-finger-tapping-to-fetal-heart-beating-retracing-the-role-of-coordination-in-constituting-agency
#20
Alessandro Solfo, Cees van Leeuwen
Sense of agency can be defined as the self-awareness of bodily movement, whereas extended agency as the self-awareness of affecting, through movement, events concomitant with movement. As a distinctive manifestation of agency, we review Spizzo's effect. This effect arises when agents coordinate their rhythmic movements with visual pulses. Once coordination is established, agents feel controlling the onset or the offset of the pulses through their movements. Spizzo's effect, therefore, constitutes a manifest case of extended agency, in which agents are aware of controlling, through movement, the pulses temporally concomitant with movement...
November 3, 2017: Topics in Cognitive Science
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