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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433936/sustained-viral-gene-delivery-from-a-micro-fibrous-elastomeric-cardiac-patch-to-the-ischemic-rat-heart
#1
Xinzhu Gu, Yasumoto Matsumura, Ying Tang, Souvik Roy, Richard Hoff, Bing Wang, William R Wagner
Biodegradable and elastomeric patches have been applied to the surface of infarcted hearts as temporary mechanical supports to effectively alter adverse left ventricular remodeling processes. In this report, recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV), known for its persistent transgene expression and low pathogenicity, was incorporated into elastomeric polyester urethane urea (PEUU) and polyester ether urethane urea (PEEUU) and processed by electrospinning into two formats (solid fibers and core-sheath fibers) designed to influence the controlled release behavior...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430892/anti-arrhythmic-potential-of-the-late-sodium-current-inhibitor-gs-458967-in-murine-scn5a-1798insd-and-human-scn5a-1795insd-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Vincent Portero, Simona Casini, Maaike Hoekstra, Arie O Verkerk, Isabella Mengarelli, Luiz Belardinelli, Sridharan Rajamani, Arthur A M Wilde, Connie R Bezzina, Marieke W Veldkamp, Carol Ann Remme
AIM: Selective inhibition of cardiac late sodium current (INaL) is an emerging target in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. We investigated the electrophysiological effects of GS-458967 (GS967), a potent, selective inhibitor of INaL, in an overlap syndrome model of both gain and loss of sodium channel function, comprising cardiomyocytes derived from both human SCN5A-1795insD+/- induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC-CMs) and mice carrying the homologous mutation Scn5a-1798insD+/-...
April 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427417/novel-trigenic-cacna1c-des-mypn-mutations-in-a-family-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-early-repolarization-and-short-qt-syndrome
#3
Yanhong Chen, Hector Barajas-Martinez, Dongxiao Zhu, Xihui Wang, Chonghao Chen, Ruijuan Zhuang, Jingjing Shi, Xueming Wu, Yijia Tao, Weidong Jin, Xiaoyan Wang, Dan Hu
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients with early repolarization (ER) pattern are at higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia, yet the genetic background of this situation has not been well investigated. Here we report novel trigenic mutations detected in a Chinese family of obstructive HCM with ER and short QT syndrome (SQTS). METHODS: Proband and family members underwent detailed medical assessments. DNAs were extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes for genetic screening with next generation method...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415979/behavioral-activation-for-smoking-cessation-and-mood-management-following-a-cardiac-event-results-of-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Andrew M Busch, Erin M Tooley, Shira Dunsiger, Elizabeth A Chattillion, John Fani Srour, Sherry L Pagoto, Christopher W Kahler, Belinda Borrelli
BACKGROUND: Smoking cessation following hospitalization for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) significantly reduces subsequent mortality. Depressed mood is a major barrier to cessation post-ACS. Although existing counseling treatments address smoking and depression independently in ACS patients, no integrated treatment addresses both. We developed an integrated treatment combining gold standard cessation counseling with behavioral activation-based mood management; Behavioral Activation Treatment for Cardiac Smokers (BAT-CS)...
April 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414672/a-strong-and-fortuitous-case-of-dyspnea
#5
R Hammer, M Sciaudone
CASE: A 48 year-old man with no past medical history was sent to our emergency department (ED); from a primary care clinic for hypertensive urgency of 200/130. The man reported an intermittent non-productive cough of approximately one year's duration and worsening dyspnea on exertion and orthopnea over the last month with lower extremity swelling. Of note, he emigrated from Honduras twenty years ago. Blood pressure normalized with administration of Lasix in the ED. Physical exam revealed rales in lung bases bilaterally, jugular venous distension, lower extremity pitting edema with serpiginous patches of erythema and excoriation, and a cardiac gallop...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393175/trpm7-channels-mediate-the-functional-changes-in-cardiac-fibroblasts-induced-by-angiotensin-ii
#6
Sha Li, Mingjiang Li, Xin Yi, Furong Guo, Yanli Zhou, Suqin Chen, Xian Wu
Transient receptor potential melastatin 7 (TRPM7), a bifunctional channel protein owning both cation permeability and kinase activity, plays an important role in the pathophysiological process of many cell types, such as vascular smooth muscle cells, human glioma cells and mouse cortical astrocytes. However, whether TRPM7 channels play a key role in the functional change of cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) remains unknown. Using Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assay, immunofluorescence assay, western blot analysis, RT-qPCR, RNA interference (RNAi) and whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, the present study aimed to explore the role of TRPM7 channels in the proliferation, differentiation and collagen synthesis of CFs induced by Ang II...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391995/a-new-interaction-between-proximal-and-distal-c-terminus-of-cav1-2-channels
#7
Liting Lyu, Qinghua Gao, Jianjun Xu, Etsuko Minobe, Tong Zhu, Masaki Kameyama
Cardiac Cav1.2 channels, coupling membrane stimulation to intracellular Ca(2+) signaling, are regulated by multiple cytoplasmic factors, such as calmodulin (CaM), phosphorylation, Ca(2+), ATP and intramolecular fragments of the channel. The interaction between distal and proximal C-terminal regulatory domains (DCRD and PCRD) of Cav1.2 channel is suggested to inhibit the channel activity, while PKA-mediated phosphorylation facilitates Cav1.2 channel by releasing such an interaction. Here, we report that the interaction between the distal C-terminus (CT3) and the proximal C-terminus (CT1) are inhibited by CaM in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386394/surgical-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-case-series-highlighting-various-surgical-strategies
#8
Edvin Prifti, Massimo Bonacchi, Arben Baboci, Gabriele Giunti, Altin Veshti, Aurel Demiraj, Merita Zeka, Edlira Rruci, Ervin Bejko
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: The left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (LVP) is rare, the surgical experience is limited and its surgical treatment remains still a challenge with an elevated mortality. Herein, it is presented a retrospective analysis of our experience with acquired post infarct LVP over a10-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2006 through August 2016, a total of 13 patients underwent operation for post infarct pseudoaneurysm of the left ventricle...
April 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382270/delayed-left-atrial-perforation-associated-with-erosion-after-device-closure-of-an-atrial-septal-defect
#9
Ji Seong Kim, Sang Yoon Yeom, Sue Hyun Kim, Jae Woong Choi, Kyung Hwan Kim
A 43-year-old man who had had a history of atrial septal defect (ASD) device closure 31 months previously presented with abrupt chest and back pain along with progressive cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest. After resuscitation, he was diagnosed with cardiac tamponade. Diagnostic and therapeutic surgical exploration revealed left atrium (LA) perforation due to LA roof erosion from a deficient aortic rim. Device removal, primary repair of the LA perforation site, and ASD patch closure were performed successfully...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374413/beneficial-effects-of-leptin-treatment-in-a-setting-of-cardiac-dysfunction-induced-by-transverse-aortic-constriction-in-mouse
#10
Nieves Gómez-Hurtado, Alejandro Domínguez-Rodríguez, Philippe Mateo, Maria Fernandez-Velasco, Almudena Val-Blasco, Rafael Aizpún, Jessica Sabourin, Ana Maria Gómez, Jean-Pierre Benitah, Carmen Delgado
KEY POINTS: Leptin, is a 16 kDa pleiotropic peptide, primary secreted by adipocytes, but also produced by other tissues including the heart. Controversy exists regarding the adverse and beneficial effects of Leptin on the heart We analysed the effect of a non-hypertensive dose of leptin on cardiac function, [Ca(2+) ]i handling and cellular electrophysiology, which participate in the genesis of pump failure and related arrhythmias both in control mice and in mice subjected to chronic pressure-overload by transverse aorta constriction We find that Leptin activates mechanisms that contribute to cardiac dysfunction in physiological conditions...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373245/an-east-asian-common-variant-vinculin-p-asp841his-was-associated-with-sudden-unexplained-nocturnal-death-syndrome-in-the-chinese-han-population
#11
Jianding Cheng, John W Kyle, Di Lang, Brandi Wiedmeyer, Jian Guo, Kun Yin, Lei Huang, Ravi Vaidyanathan, Terry Su, Jonathan C Makielski
BACKGROUND: We have identified the cardiomyopathy-susceptibility gene vinculin (VCL) mutation M94I may account for a sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS) case. We addressed whether VCL common variant D841H is associated with SUNDS. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 8 of 120 SUNDS cases, we detected an East Asian common VCL variant p.Asp841His (D841H). Comparing the H841 allele frequency of the general population in the local database (15 of 1818) with SUNDS victims (10 of 240) gives an odds ratio for SUNDS of 5...
April 3, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372282/stem-cells-cardiac-patch-from-decellularized-umbilical-artery-improved-heart-function-after-myocardium-infarction
#12
Na Li, RanRan Huang, XiaoXia Zhang, Yi Xin, Jia Li, YiMin Huang, Wei Cui, Jean-Francois Stoltz, YuJie Zhou, QingYu Kong
The construction of the high biocompatible biomaterials pretreated with MSC offers a promising strategy to improve the effects of stem cell therapy for the myocardial infarction (MI). However, assembling vascularized three-dimensional (3-D) myocardial tissues remains an enormous challenge. In this study, we optimized the decellularization protocol with the umbilical artery to construct microporous 3-D scaffold which is suitable for the stem cells (SC) proliferation. The SD rats underwent proximal left coronary ligation and a 5-mm diameter microporous SC patch was implanted directly on the infarct area (SC patch group)...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370799/through-modulation-of-cardiac-ca-2-handling-ucp2-affects-cardiac-electrophysiology-and-influences-the-susceptibility-for-ca-2-mediated-arrhythmias
#13
Robert Larbig, Sara Reda, Vera Paar, Andrea Trost, Johannes Leitner, Stephanie Weichselbaumer, Karolina A Motloch, Bernhard Wernly, Andreas Arrer, Benjamin Strauss, Michael Lichtenauer, Herbert A Reitsamer, Lars Eckardt, Guiscard Seebohm, Uta C Hoppe, Lukas J Motloch
Introduction UCP2 belongs to a superfamily of mitochondrial ion transporters. Due to its beneficial influence on production of reactive oxygen species it is suggested to reduce cardiac ischemic reperfusion injury. Recent studies uncovered its ability to regulate mitochondrial Ca(2+) -uptake and therefore to influence cardiac cytosolic Ca(2+) -handling, indicating compensatory pathways to avoid toxic Ca(2+) -overload in UCP2 knock-out mice (UCP2(-/-) ). However, the specific mechanisms and their impact on cardiac electrophysiology remain speculative...
March 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363200/evolution-of-right-ventricular-size-over-time-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-repair-a-longitudinal-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-study
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Tobias Rutz, Fransis Ghandour, Christian Meierhofer, Susanne Naumann, Stefan Martinoff, Rüdiger Lange, Peter Ewert, Heiko C Stern, Sohrab Fratz
Aims: It is commonly believed that pulmonary regurgitation (PR) after surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) leads to progressive right ventricular (RV) enlargement. However, progressive RV dilatation has never clearly been documented in this patient population. Therefore, we studied the size of the RV over time in patients after surgical TOF repair. Methods and results: Fifty-one consecutive patients after surgical TOF repair underwent at least two cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) exams using a single CMR scanner...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346695/contribution-of-small-conductance-k-channels-to-sinoatrial-node-pacemaker-activity-insights-from-atrial-specific-na-ca-2-exchange-knockout-mice
#15
Angelo G Torrente, Rui Zhang, Heidi Wang, Audrey Zaini, Brian Kim, Xin Yue, Kenneth D Philipson, Joshua I Goldhaber
Small conductance K(+) (SK) channels have been implicated as modulators of spontaneous depolarization and electrical conduction that may be involved in cardiac arrhythmia. However, neither their presence nor their contribution to sinoatrial node (SAN) pacemaker activity have been investigated. Using quantitative PCR (q-PCR), immunostaining and patch clamp recordings of membrane current and voltage, we identified all three SK isoforms (SK1, SK2 and SK3) in mouse SAN. Inhibition of SK channels with the specific blocker apamin prolonged action potentials (APs) in isolated SAN cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346262/modeling-outcomes-modified-aortic-arch-advancement-for-neonatal-hypoplastic-arch
#16
Joseph R Nellis, Timothy K Chung, Nandita Agarwal, Jose E Torres, Sarah E Holgren, Madhavan L Raghavan, Joseph W Turek
OBJECTIVE: Numerous surgical approaches regarding aortic arch advancement for neonatal arch hypoplasia have been described. These repairs can be classified into two categories: those that incorporate a patch and those that do not. The decision between repairs remains largely experiential, rather than empirical, because of the limited number of reported outcomes. We report early outcomes from neonates undergoing modified aortic arch advancement with an anterior patch and our experience using computational fluid dynamic modeling to better understand the hemodynamic consequences associated with this repair...
March 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344083/cholesterol-modification-of-smoothened-is-required-for-hedgehog-signaling
#17
Xu Xiao, Jing-Jie Tang, Chao Peng, Yan Wang, Lin Fu, Zhi-Ping Qiu, Yue Xiong, Lian-Fang Yang, Hai-Wei Cui, Xiao-Long He, Lei Yin, Wei Qi, Catherine C L Wong, Yun Zhao, Bo-Liang Li, Wen-Wei Qiu, Bao-Liang Song
Hedgehog (Hh) has been known as the only cholesterol-modified morphogen playing pivotal roles in development and tumorigenesis. A major unsolved question is how Hh signaling regulates the activity of Smoothened (SMO). Here, we performed an unbiased biochemical screen and identified that SMO was covalently modified by cholesterol on the Asp95 (D95) residue through an ester bond. This modification was inhibited by Patched-1 (Ptch1) but enhanced by Hh. The SMO(D95N) mutation, which could not be cholesterol modified, was refractory to Hh-stimulated ciliary localization and failed to activate downstream signaling...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
#18
Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335261/nanomaterials-for-cardiac-myocyte-tissue-engineering
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Rodolfo Amezcua, Ajay Shirolkar, Carolyn Fraze, David A Stout
Since their synthesizing introduction to the research community, nanomaterials have infiltrated almost every corner of science and engineering. Over the last decade, one such field has begun to look at using nanomaterials for beneficial applications in tissue engineering, specifically, cardiac tissue engineering. During a myocardial infarction, part of the cardiac muscle, or myocardium, is deprived of blood. Therefore, the lack of oxygen destroys cardiomyocytes, leaving dead tissue and possibly resulting in the development of arrhythmia, ventricular remodeling, and eventual heart failure...
July 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335032/allele-specific-ablation-rescues-electrophysiological-abnormalities-in-a-human-ips-cell-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-with-a-calm2-mutation
#20
Yuta Yamamoto, Takeru Makiyama, Takeshi Harita, Kenichi Sasaki, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Mamoru Hayano, Suguru Nishiuchi, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Fumika Yokoi, Taisuke Ishikawa, Seiko Ohno, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Hideki Motomura, Yoshinori Yoshida, Minoru Horie, Naomasa Makita, Takeshi Kimura
Background: Calmodulin is a ubiquitous Ca 2+ sensor molecule encoded by three distinct calmodulin genes, CALM1-3 . Recently, mutations in CALM1-3 have been reported to be associated with severe early-onset long-QT syndrome (LQTS). However, the underlying mechanism through which heterozygous calmodulin mutations lead to severe LQTS remains unknown, particularly in human cardiomyocytes. Objectives: We aimed to establish an LQTS disease model associated with a CALM2 mutation (LQT15) using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and to assess mutant allele-specific ablation by genome editing for the treatment of LQT15...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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