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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734073/differential-calcium-sensitivity-in-nav-1-5-mixed-syndrome-mutants
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Mena Abdelsayed, Alban-Elouen Baruteau, Karen Gibbs, Shubhayan Sanatani, Andrew D Krahn, Vincent Probst, Peter C Ruben
INTRODUCTION: Inherited arrhythmias may arise from mutations in the SCN5a gene, which encodes the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel, NaV 1.5. Mutants in NaV 1.5 result in Brugada Syndrome (BrS1), Long-QT Syndrome (LQT3), or mixed syndromes (an overlap of BrS1/LQT3). Exercise is a potential arrhythmogenic trigger in mixed syndromes. We sought to determine the effects of elevated cytosolic calcium, common during exercise, in mixed syndrome NaV 1.5 mutants. METHODS: We used whole-cell patch-clamp to assess the biophysical properties of NaV 1...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730300/health-related-quality-of-life-in-paediatric-patients-with-congenital-heart-defects-association-with-the-type-of-heart-defect-and-the-surgical-technique
#2
A Heusch, H J Kahl, K O Hensel, G Calaminus
The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of a number of surgical interventions for a various congenital cardiac defects (CHDs) on self-reported HRQoL. METHODS: Patients who had received corrective surgery of several congenital heart defects (surgical VSD closure, Fallot, TGA after atrial or arterial switch or Fontan-type circulation for univentricular AV-connection) were interviewed in the office of their home peadiatric cardiologist. HRQoL in children along 7 dimensions was assessed using a standardised questionnaire (PEDQoL); information on the medical case history of each respondent was also collected...
July 20, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728923/ruptured-sinus-of-valsalva-aneurysm-causing-acute-right-heart-and-hepatorenal-failure-requiring-urgent-surgery
#3
Benjamin Swinson, Robert Grant, Ekta Paw, Raibhan Yadav, Anand Iyer
A sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is a rare cardiac anomaly that may be congenital or acquired. Very rarely, they present with acute symptoms as a result of rupture into the cardiac chamber. If left untreated, they almost always result in deteriorating cardiac function. We report a patient presenting with acute right heart failure and hepatorenal syndrome requiring urgent surgery and double patch repair.
May 29, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715377/creation-of-cardiac-tissue-exhibiting-mechanical-integration-of-spheroids-using-3d-bioprinting
#4
Chin Siang Ong, Takuma Fukunishi, Andrew Nashed, Adriana Blazeski, Huaitao Zhang, Samantha Hardy, Deborah DiSilvestre, Luca Vricella, John Conte, Leslie Tung, Gordon Tomaselli, Narutoshi Hibino
This protocol describes 3D bioprinting of cardiac tissue without the use of biomaterials, using only cells. Cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells and fibroblasts are first isolated, counted and mixed at desired cell ratios. They are co-cultured in individual wells in ultra-low attachment 96-well plates. Within 3 days, beating spheroids form. These spheroids are then picked up by a nozzle using vacuum suction and assembled on a needle array using a 3D bioprinter. The spheroids are then allowed to fuse on the needle array...
July 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715122/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-telephone-and-face-to-face-delivered-counseling-intervention-for-smoking-cessation-in-dutch-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Nadine Berndt, Lilian Lechner, Aart Mudde, Hein De Vries, Catherine Bolman
Intensive behavioral counseling interventions combined with nicotine replacement therapy have increased smoking abstinence rates in cardiac patients, but little is known about their feasibility when initiated upon hospital admission and continued post-discharge. The current study was an evaluation of the use, appreciation, and fidelity of two post-discharge counseling interventions designed for cardiac patients to quit smoking that differed in their delivery mode. In a controlled trial with cross-over randomization at the cardiac unit level, hospitalized smokers in eight cardiac units of eight Dutch hospitals were assigned either telephone counseling (n = 223) or nurse-administered face-to-face counseling (n = 157) using the Ask-Advise-Refer strategy...
July 17, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712813/factors-affecting-operative-time-and-outcome-of-carotid-endarterectomy-in-the-vascular-quality-initiative
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Jennifer L Perri, Brian W Nolan, Philip P Goodney, Randall R DeMartino, Benjamin S Brooke, Shipra Arya, Mark F Conrad, Jack L Cronenwett
OBJECTIVE: Prior studies have suggested a relationship between operative (Op) time and outcome after major vascular procedures. This study analyzed factors associated with Op time and outcome after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) registry. METHODS: Elective, primary CEAs without high anatomic risk or concomitant procedures from 2012 to 2015 in the VQI were analyzed (N = 26,327, performed by 1188 surgeons from 249 centers). Multivariable analysis was used to identify patient, procedure, and surgeon factors associated with Op time and major adverse events (MAEs), categorized as either technical (ipsilateral stroke, cranial nerve injury, reoperation) or cardiac (myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, dysrhythmia requiring treatment, surgical site infection, and death)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711067/pa-6-inhibits-inward-rectifier-currents-carried-by-v93i-and-d172n-gain-of-function-kir2-1-channels-but-increases-channel-protein-expression
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Yuan Ji, Marlieke G Veldhuis, Jantien Zandvoort, Fee L Romunde, Marien J C Houtman, Karen Duran, Gijs van Haaften, Eva-Maria Zangerl-Plessl, Hiroki Takanari, Anna Stary-Weinzinger, Marcel A G van der Heyden
BACKGROUND: The inward rectifier potassium current IK1 contributes to a stable resting membrane potential and phase 3 repolarization of the cardiac action potential. KCNJ2 gain-of-function mutations V93I and D172N associate with increased IK1, short QT syndrome type 3 and congenital atrial fibrillation. Pentamidine-Analogue 6 (PA-6) is an efficient (IC50 = 14 nM with inside-out patch clamp methodology) and specific IK1 inhibitor that interacts with the cytoplasmic pore region of the KIR2...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710467/human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes-cultured-in-3d-engineered-heart-tissue-show-physiological-upstroke-velocity-and-sodium-current-density
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Marc D Lemoine, Ingra Mannhardt, Kaja Breckwoldt, Maksymilian Prondzynski, Frederik Flenner, Bärbel Ulmer, Marc N Hirt, Christiane Neuber, András Horváth, Benjamin Kloth, Hermann Reichenspurner, Stephan Willems, Arne Hansen, Thomas Eschenhagen, Torsten Christ
Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CM) are a promising tool for drug testing and modelling genetic disorders. Abnormally low upstroke velocity is a current limitation. Here we investigated the use of 3D engineered heart tissue (EHT) as a culture method with greater resemblance to human heart tissue in comparison to standard technique of 2D monolayer (ML) format. INa was measured in ML or EHT using the standard patch-clamp technique. INa density was ~1.8 fold larger in EHT (-18...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698169/effectiveness-of-digital-medicines-to-improve-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-uncontrolled-hypertension-and-type-2-diabetes-prospective-open-label-cluster-randomized-pilot-clinical-trial
#9
Juan Frias, Naunihal Virdi, Praveen Raja, Yoona Kim, George Savage, Lars Osterberg
BACKGROUND: Hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus are major modifiable risk factors for cardiac, cerebrovascular, and kidney diseases. Reasons for poor disease control include nonadherence, lack of patient engagement, and therapeutic inertia. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the impact on clinic-measured blood pressure (BP) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) using a digital medicine offering (DMO) that measures medication ingestion adherence, physical activity, and rest using digital medicines (medication taken with ingestible sensor), wearable sensor patches, and a mobile device app...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683653/optimization-of-human-myocardium-decellularization-method-for-the-construction-of-implantable-patches
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Franca Di Meglio, Daria Nurzynska, Veronica Romano, Rita Miraglia, Immacolata Belviso, Anna Maria Sacco, Valeria Barbato, Mariagrazia Di Gennaro, Giuseppina Granato, Ciro Maiello, Stefania Montagnani, Clotilde Castaldo
Cardiac tissue engineering by the mean of synthetic or natural scaffolds combined with stem/progenitor cells is emerging as the response to the unsatisfactory outcome of approaches based solely on the injection of cells. Parenchymal and supporting cells are surrounded, in vivo, by specialized and tissue-specific microenvironment, consisting mainly of extracellular matrix (ECM) and soluble factors incorporated in the ECM. Since the naturally occurring extracellular matrix is the ideal platform for ensuring cell engraftment, survival, proliferation, and differentiation, the acellular native ECM appears by far the most promising and appealing substrate among all biomaterials tested so far...
July 6, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676704/biomaterial-free-three-dimensional-bioprinting-of-cardiac-tissue-using-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Chin Siang Ong, Takuma Fukunishi, Huaitao Zhang, Chen Yu Huang, Andrew Nashed, Adriana Blazeski, Deborah DiSilvestre, Luca Vricella, John Conte, Leslie Tung, Gordon F Tomaselli, Narutoshi Hibino
We have developed a novel method to deliver stem cells using 3D bioprinted cardiac patches, free of biomaterials. Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs), fibroblasts (FB) and endothelial cells (EC) were aggregated to create mixed cell spheroids. Cardiac patches were created from spheroids (CM:FB:EC = 70:15:15, 70:0:30, 45:40:15) using a 3D bioprinter. Cardiac patches were analyzed with light and video microscopy, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, cell viability assays and optical electrical mapping...
July 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673509/discovery-of-a-new-mexiletine-derived-agonist-of-the-herg-k-channel
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Roberta Gualdani, Maria Maddalena Cavalluzzi, Francesco Tadini-Buoninsegni, Giovanni Lentini
The human Ether-a-go-go Related Gene (hERG) potassium channel plays a central role in the rapid component (IKr) of cardiac action potential repolarization phase. A large number of structurally different compounds block hERG and cause a high risk of arrhythmias. Among the drugs that block hERG channel, a few compounds have been identified as hERG channel activators. Such compounds may be useful, at least in theory, for the treatment of long term QT syndrome. Here we describe a new activator of hERG channel, named MC450...
June 19, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669819/tissue-specific-requirements-for-wnt11-in-developing-outflow-tract-and-dorsal-mesenchymal-protrusion
#13
Patrick P van Vliet, Lizhu Lin, Cornelis J Boogerd, James F Martin, Gregor Andelfinger, Paul D Grossfeld, Sylvia M Evans
Correct cardiac development is essential for fetal and adult life. Disruptions in a variety of signaling pathways result in congenital heart defects, including outflow and inflow tract defects. We previously found that WNT11 regulates outflow tract development. However, tissue specific requirements for Wnt11 in this process remain unknown, and whether WNT11 is required for inflow tract development has not been addressed. Here we find that germline Wnt11 null mice also show hypoplasia of the dorsal mesenchymal protrusion (DMP), which is required for atrioventricular septation...
June 29, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668148/large-left-ventricular-aneurysm-and-multifocal-myocardial-involvement-in-a-patient-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Luca Olivotti, Deborah Cosmi, Annamaria Nicolino, Luigi Martinelli, Shahram Moshiri, Gian Battista Danzi
A 43-year-old man with systemic sclerosis and chest pain had negative T waves in precordial electrocardiographic leads. The echocardiogram showed a large left ventricular apical accessory chamber. The coronary arteries were normal. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a large fibrotic aneurysm and a small patch of midwall late enhancement in the septum. The aneurysm was surgically removed. At the 8-month follow-up, cardiac MRI showed the appearance of a new nodular lesion in the anterior wall, causing a localized wall motion abnormality...
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664892/potential-of-propagation-based-synchrotron-x-ray-phase-contrast-computed-tomography-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
#15
Mohammad Izadifar, Paul Babyn, Dean Chapman, Michael E Kelly, Xiongbiao Chen
Hydrogel-based cardiac tissue engineering offers great promise for myocardial infarction repair. The ability to visualize engineered systems in vivo in animal models is desired to monitor the performance of cardiac constructs. However, due to the low density and weak X-ray attenuation of hydrogels, conventional radiography and micro-computed tomography are unable to visualize the hydrogel cardiac constructs upon their implantation, thus limiting their use in animal systems. This paper presents a study on the optimization of synchrotron X-ray propagation-based phase-contrast imaging computed tomography (PCI-CT) for three-dimensional (3D) visualization and assessment of the hydrogel cardiac patches...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655649/interregional-electro-mechanical-heterogeneity-in-the-rabbit-myocardium
#16
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Franz F Dressler, Ilona Bodi, Marius Menza, Robin Moss, Heiko Bugger, Christoph Bode, Jan C Behrends, Gunnar Seemann, Katja E Odening
BACKGROUND: Increased electrical heterogeneity has been causatively linked to arrhythmic disorders, yet the knowledge about physiological heterogeneity remains incomplete. This study investigates regional electro-mechanical heterogeneities in rabbits, one of the key animal models for arrhythmic disorders. METHODS AND FINDINGS: 7 wild-type rabbits were examined by phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging in vivo to assess cardiac wall movement velocities. Using a novel data-processing algorithm regional contraction-like profiles were calculated...
June 24, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648667/simultaneous-recordings-of-intrinsic-cardiac-nerve-activities-and-skin-sympathetic-nerve-activities-from-human-patients-during-the-postoperative-period
#17
Mark J Shen, Arthur C Coffey, Susan Straka, David E Adams, David B Wagner, Richard J Kovacs, Michael Clark, Changyu Shen, Lan S Chen, Thomas H Everett, Shien-Fong Lin, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Intrinsic cardiac nerve activities (ICNA) and skin nerve activities (SKNA) are both associated with cardiac arrhythmias in dogs. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that ICNA and SKNA correlate with postoperative cardiac arrhythmias in humans. METHODS: Eleven patients (mean age 60 ± 13 years; 4 women) were enrolled in this study. Electrical signals were simultaneously recorded from electrocardiogram (ECG) patch electrodes on the chest wall and from 2 temporary pacing wires placed during open heart surgery on the left atrial epicardial fat pad...
June 23, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648537/outcome-of-surgical-repair-of-pulmonary-artery-aneurysms-a-single-center-experience-with-38-patients
#18
Janani S Reisenauer, Sameh M Said, Hartzell V Schaff, Heidi M Connolly, Joseph J Maleszewski, Joseph A Dearani
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery (PA) aneurysms are rare and have been reported only in case reports or small series. We reviewed our experience with surgical repair of PA aneurysms. METHODS: We reviewed all patients with a true PA aneurysm undergoing cardiac operations between 1995 and 2015. We excluded aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms related to right ventricular outflow tract patches or previous conduits. RESULTS: There were 38 patients (24 women [63%]; mean age, 46 ± 15 years), and 14 patients (37%) were asymptomatic...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641963/modulation-of-the-heart-s-electrical-properties-by-the-anticonvulsant-drug-retigabine
#19
Lena Rubi, Michael Kovar, Eva Zebedin-Brandl, Xaver Koenig, Manuel Dominguez-Rodriguez, Hannes Todt, Helmut Kubista, Stefan Boehm, Karlheinz Hilber
Retigabine, currently used as antiepileptic drug, has a wide range of potential medical uses. Administration of the drug in patients can lead to QT interval prolongation in the electrocardiogram and to cardiac arrhythmias in rare cases. This suggests that the drug may perturb the electrical properties of the heart, and the underlying mechanisms were investigated here. Effects of retigabine on currents through human cardiac ion channels, heterologously expressed in tsA-201 cells, were studied in whole-cell patch-clamp experiments...
August 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637782/the-brugada-syndrome-susceptibility-gene-hey2-modulates-cardiac-transmural-ion-channel-patterning-and-electrical-heterogeneity
#20
Christiaan C Veerman, Svitlana Podliesna, Rafik Tadros, Elisabeth M Lodder, Isabella Mengarelli, Berend de Jonge, Leander Beekman, Julien Barc, Ronald Wilders, Arthur A Wilde, Bastiaan J Boukens, Ruben Coronel, Arie Verkerk, Carol Ann Remme, Connie R Bezzina
Rationale: Genome-wide association studies previously identified an association of rs9388451 at chromosome 6q22.3 (near HEY2) with Brugada syndrome (BrS). The causal gene and underlying mechanism remain unresolved. Objective: We used an integrative approach entailing transcriptomic studies in human hearts and electrophysiological studies in Hey2 heterozygous knockout mice (Hey2(+/-) ) to dissect the underpinnings of the 6q22.31 association with BrS. Methods and Results: We queried expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) data acquired in 190 human left ventricular (LV) samples from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) consortium for cis-eQTL effects of rs9388451 which revealed an association between BrS risk allele dosage and HEY2 expression (β=+0...
June 21, 2017: Circulation Research
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