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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514017/isopimaric-acid-a-multi-targeting-ion-channel-modulator-reducing-excitability-and-arrhythmicity-in-a-spontaneously-beating-mouse-atrial-cell-line
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Sajjad Salari, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Johan Brask, Fredrik Elinder
AIM: Atrial fibrillation is the most common persistent cardiac arrhythmia, and it is not well controlled by present drugs. Because some resin acids open voltage-gated potassium channels and reduce neuronal excitability, we explored the effects of the resin acid isopimaric acid (IPA) on action potentials and ion currents in cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Spontaneously beating mouse atrial HL-1 cells were investigated with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. RESULTS: 1-25 μmol L(-1) IPA reduced the action potential frequency by up to 50%...
May 17, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513656/restoring-the-biophysical-properties-of-decellularized-patches-through-recellularization
#2
Gigi Chi Ting Au-Yeung, Udi Sarig, Hadar Sarig, Hanumakumar Bogireddi, Tomer Bronshtein, Limor Baruch, Avihai Spizzichino, Jacob Bortman, Boey Yin Chiang Freddy, Marcelle Machluf, Subbu S Venkatraman
Various extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds, isolated through decellularization, were suggested as ideal biomimetic materials for 'Functional tissue engineering' (FTE). The decellularization process comprises a compromise between damaging and preserving the ultrastructure and composition of ECM-previously shown to affect cell survival, proliferation, migration, organization, differentiation and maturation. Inversely, the effects of cells on the ECM constructs' biophysical properties, under physiological-like conditions, remain still largely unknown...
May 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506844/proarrhythmic-risk-assessment-using-conventional-and-new-in-vitro-assays
#3
Sonia Goineau, Vincent Castagné
Drug-induced QT prolongation is a major safety issue in the drug discovery process. This study was conducted to assess the electrophysiological responses of four substances using established preclinical assays usually used in regulatory studies (hERG channel or Purkinje fiber action potential) and a new assay (human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs)-field potential). After acute exposure, moxifloxacin and dofetilide concentration-dependently decreased IKr amplitude (IC50 values: 102 μM and 40 nM, respectively) and lengthened action potential (100 μM moxifloxacin: +23% and 10 nM dofetilide: +18%) and field potential (300 μM moxifloxacin: +76% and 10 nM dofetilide: +38%) durations...
May 12, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500173/tgf-%C3%AE-1-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-plays-a-pivotal-role-in-cardiac-myofibroblast-arrhythmogenicity
#4
Nicolò Salvarani, Ange Maguy, Stefano A De Simone, Michele Miragoli, Florian Jousset, Stephan Rohr
BACKGROUND: TGF-β1 (transforming growth factor-β1) importantly contributes to cardiac fibrosis by controlling differentiation, migration, and collagen secretion of cardiac myofibroblasts. It is still elusive, however, to which extent TGF-β1 alters the electrophysiological phenotype of myofibroblasts and cardiomyocytes and whether it affects proarrhythmic myofibroblast-cardiomyocyte crosstalk observed in vitro. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patch-clamp recordings of cultured neonatal rat ventricular myofibroblasts revealed that TGF-β1, applied for 24 to 48 hours at clinically relevant concentrations (≤2...
May 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496087/-rupture-of-an-aneurysm-of-the-right-sinus-of-valsalva-into-the-pericardium-report-of-a-case
#5
Satoshi Uesugi, Koji Kawahito, Hirotaka Sato, Akira Sugaya, Yoshio Misawa
A sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is an uncommon cardiac anomaly. The aneurysm usually ruptures into the cardiac cavity, and rupture into the pericardial cavity is unusual. A 69-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after collapse due to cardiac tamponade. Computed tomography revealed a ruptured right sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (5 cm) with massive pericardial effusion. The right coronary artery arose from the aneurysm. Severe aortic regurgitation due to the lack of coaptation of the valves was detected by echocardiography...
May 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495885/proteolytic-cleavage-of-the-hydrophobic-domain-in-the-cav%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-1-subunit-improves-assembly-and-activity-of-cardiac-cav1-2-channels
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Emilie Segura, Benoîte Bourdin, Marie-Philippe Tétreault, Julie Briot, Bruce G Allen, Gaétan Mayer, Lucie Parent
Voltage-gated L-type CaV1.2 channels in cardiomyocytes exist as heteromeric complexes with the pore-forming CaVα1, CaVβ, and CaVα2δ1 subunits. The full complement of subunits is required to reconstitute the native-like properties of L-type Ca(2+) currents but the molecular determinants responsible for the formation of the heteromeric complex are still being studied. Enzymatic treatment with PI-PLC, a phospholipase C specific for the cleavage of glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins, disrupted plasma membrane localization of the cardiac CaVα2δ1 prompting us to investigate deletions of its hydrophobic transmembrane domain...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495063/topical-amiodarone-during-cardiac-surgery-does-epicardial-application-of-amiodarone-prevent-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
#7
David Greenstein, Jordan Beau, Gary Gottlieb, Daniel Teller, Alexander Kulik
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common complication after cardiac surgery. Topical amiodarone on the epicardium may help prevent postoperative AF while avoiding the side effects of its systemic administration. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the all-comer strategy of epicardial amiodarone application for the prevention of postoperative AF. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was performed that evaluated the incidence of new-onset AF in a consecutive series of cardiac surgery patients who were treated with either no amiodarone (historical control, n = 100), epicardial application of amiodarone mixed in a topical hydrogel (n = 50), or epicardial application of an amiodarone-soaked sealant patch (n = 50)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494965/multiscale-determinants-of-delayed-afterdepolarization-amplitude-in-cardiac-tissue
#8
Christopher Y Ko, Michael B Liu, Zhen Song, Zhilin Qu, James N Weiss
Spontaneous calcium (Ca) waves in cardiac myocytes underlie delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs) that trigger cardiac arrhythmias. How these subcellular/cellular events overcome source-sink factors in cardiac tissue to generate DADs of sufficient amplitude to trigger action potentials is not fully understood. Here, we evaluate quantitatively how factors at the subcellular scale (number of Ca wave initiation sites), cellular scale (sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca load), and tissue scale (synchrony of Ca release in populations of myocytes) determine DAD features in cardiac tissue using a combined experimental and computational modeling approach...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493409/unruptured-sinus-of-valsalva-aneurysm-mimicking-as-right-atrial-tumor
#9
Roopali Khanna, Pujan Shah, Mousam Dey, Pravin K Goel, Puneet Goyal, Shantanu Pandey
Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is a rare congenital cardiac abnormality and is usually diagnosed when it ruptures. An asymptomatic 55-year-old male of unruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm of noncoronary cusp was on medical follow-up. At 2-year follow-up, there was thrombus formation in the aneurysm, mimicking right atrium tumor on 2D transthoracic echocardiography. Cardiac computed tomography showed filling defect in the aneurysm suggestive of thrombus. Considering the high risk of systemic emboli surgery was performed, and aneurysm was repaired with Dacron patch...
May 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492792/cervical-cannulation-for-surgical-repair-of-congenital-cardiac-defects-in-infants-and-small-children
#10
Pankaj Garg, Arvind Kumar Bishnoi, Ketav Lakhia, Parth Solanki, Jigar Surti, Komal Shah, Sanjay Patel
INTRODUCTION: The biggest challenge faced in minimally invasive pediatric cardiac surgery is cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass. Our technique and experience of cervical cannulation in infants and small children for repair of congenital cardiac defects is reported in this study. METHODS: From January 2013 to June 2015, 37 children (22 males) with mean age of 17.97±8.63 months and weight of 8.06±1.59 kg were operated on for congenital cardiac defects through right lateral thoracotomy...
March 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483598/the-mechano-sensitivity-of-cardiac-atp-sensitive-potassium-channels-is-mediated-by-intrinsic-mgatpase-activity
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Mohammad Fatehi, Christian J Carter, Nermeen Youssef, Alexander S Clanachan, Peter E Light
Cardiac ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channel activity plays an important cardio-protective role in regulating excitability in response to metabolic stress. Evidence suggests that these channels are also mechano-sensitive and therefore may couple KATP channel activity to increased cardiac workloads. However, the molecular mechanism that couples membrane stretch to channel activity is not currently known. We hypothesized that membrane stretch may alter the intrinsic MgATPase activity of the cardiac KATP channel resulting in increased channel activation...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480041/risk-of-qt-prolongation-and-torsade-de-pointes-associated-with-exposure-to-hydroxyzine-re-evaluation-of-an-established-drug
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Anne-Françoise Schlit, Annie Delaunois, Aurore Colomar, Branderley Claudio, Luca Cariolato, Rossen Boev, Jean-Pierre Valentin, Christopher Peters, Victor S Sloan, Jürgen W G Bentz
Several noncardiac drugs have been linked to cardiac safety concerns, highlighting the importance of post-marketing surveillance and continued evaluation of the benefit-risk of long-established drugs. Here, we examine the risk of QT prolongation and/or torsade de pointes (TdP) associated with the use of hydroxyzine, a first generation sedating antihistamine. We have used a combined methodological approach to re-evaluate the cardiac safety profile of hydroxyzine, including: (1) a full review of the sponsor pharmacovigilance safety database to examine real-world data on the risk of QT prolongation and/or TdP associated with hydroxyzine use and (2) nonclinical electrophysiological studies to examine concentration-dependent effects of hydroxyzine on a range of human cardiac ion channels...
June 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476925/detachable-glass-microelectrodes-for-recording-action-potentials-in-active-moving-organs
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Mladen Barbic, Angel Moreno, Timothy D Harris, Matthew W Kay
We describe new detachable floating glass micropipette electrode devices that provide targeted action potential recordings in active moving organs without requiring constant mechanical constraint or pharmacological inhibition of tissue motion. The technology is based on the concept of a glass micropipette electrode that is held firmly during cell targeting and intracellular insertion, after which a 100µg glass microelectrode, a "microdevice", is gently released to remain within the moving organ. The microdevices provide long-term recordings of action potentials, even during millimeter-scale movement of tissue in which the device is embedded...
May 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472842/diterpene-lipo-alkaloids-with-selective-activities-on-cardiac-k-channels
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Tivadar Kiss, Botond Borcsa, Péter Orvos, László Tálosi, Judit Hohmann, Dezső Csupor
Aconitum diterpene alkaloids are known for their remarkable toxicity, which is due to their effect on ion channels. Activation of voltage-gated Na(+) channels is the major cause of their cardiotoxicity, however, influence on K(+) channels may also play a role in the overall effect.Here we report the synthesis of a series of lipo-alkaloids, including four new compounds, based on the 14-benzoylaconine structure, which is the core of a vast number of diterpene alkaloids naturally occurring in Aconitum species...
May 4, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461805/repair-of-intrapericardial-diaphragmatic-hernia-during-aortic-surgery-in-a-78-year-old-woman
#15
Konstantinos Spiliotopoulos, Kim I de la Cruz, Georgios Gkotsis, Ourania Preventza, Joseph S Coselli
Intrapericardial diaphragmatic hernias are reported very rarely. Those of congenital origin are most often diagnosed in neonates, and those caused by indirect blunt trauma occur chiefly in adults. The latter type can be asymptomatic; however, the results of a computed tomographic scan can yield a definitive diagnosis. Once discovered, these hernias should be corrected to avoid severe sequelae such as bowel strangulation and necrosis, peritonitis, mediastinitis, and cardiac tamponade. We report the case of a 78-year-old woman who presented for elective ascending aortic aneurysm repair...
April 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459656/a-short-guide-to-electrophysiology-and-ion-channels
#16
Hussein Nori Rubaiy
The birth and discovery of electrophysiological science took place in the 18--th century laying the path for our understanding of nerve membrane ionic currents. The pore-forming proteins, ion channels, are involved and play critical roles in very important physiological and pathological processes, such as neuronal signaling and cardiac excitability, therefore, they serve as therapeutic drug targets. The study of physiological, pharmacological and biophysical properties of ion channels can be done by patch clamp, a gold standard and powerful electrophysiological technique...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458995/a-rare-case-of-unruptured-aneurysm-of-left-coronary-sinus-of-valsalva-accompanied-with-patent-foramen-ovale-and-atrial-fibrillation-detected-after-cardiac-etiology-stroke
#17
Wolfgang Hohenforst-Schmidt, Konstantinos Grapatsas, Paul Zarogoulidis, Vasileios Leivaditis, Christoforos Kotoulas, Periclis Tomos, Naim Benhassen, Zoi Tsilogianni, Efstratios Koletsis, Erich Haussmann, Rainer Haussmann, Haidong Huang, Christoforos Kosmidis, Bora Kosan, Manfred Dahm, Anil Sinha
We present a rare case of a 74 year old female with unruptured aneurysm of the left coronary sinus of Valsalva accompanied with patent foramen ovale and atrial fibrillation. This rare combination was detected during diagnostics for a cardiac etiology stroke. The left coronary sinus of Valsalva was reconstructed using an autologous pericardial patch, the left atrial appendage closed, left atrial ablation performed with cooled radiofrequency and the patent foramen ovale sutured directly. The patient was dismissed on the 12th postoperative day after having an uncomplicated postoperative course...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457965/calcium-dynamics-in-cardiac-excitatory-and-non-excitatory-cells-and-the-role-of-gap-junction
#18
Phonindra Nath Das, Parul Mehrotra, Aseem Mishra, Nandadulal Bairagi, Samrat Chatterjee
Calcium ions aid in the generation of action potential in myocytes and are responsible for the excitation-contraction coupling of heart. The heart muscle has specialized patches of cells, called excitatory cells (EC) such as the Sino-atrial node cells capable of auto-generation of action potential and cells which receive signals from the excitatory cells, called non-excitatory cells (NEC) such as cells of the ventricular and auricular walls. In order to understand cardiac calcium homeostasis, it is, therefore, important to study the calcium dynamics taking into account both types of cardiac cells...
April 27, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457478/mechanical-concepts-applied-in-congenital-heart-disease-and-cardiac-surgery
#19
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Rabin Gerrah, Stephen J Haller, Isaac George
All biological processes are governed by principles of physics that dictate the pathophysiology and even the treatment of congenital heart diseases. In this review, basic concepts such as flow, pressure, resistance, and velocity are introduced, followed by more complex laws that describe the relationship between these variables and the disease processes. Finally, physical phenomena such as turbulence, steal and runoff phenomenon, and energy loss are discussed. By application of these principles, one can accurately quantify modifications undertaken to treat diseases, for example, the size of a patch that augments a vessel and the angle of an anastomosis to allow a certain flow...
April 27, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441987/hypersensitivity-to-biomedical-implants-prevention-and-diagnosis
#20
Gregory A Rosner, Luz S Fonacier
BACKGROUND: There has been growing interest in the potential for adverse immunologic reactions to metals in biomedical devices and increasing referrals for the evaluation and management of metal hypersensitivity reactions reported in orthopedic, cardiac, gynecologic, and dental implant devices. However, there are few studies that give evidence-based recommendations on how to evaluate this issue in our practices. METHODS: We reviewed reasonable evidence and expert opinion on biomedical device hypersensitivity and published guidelines on pre- and postimplantation evaluation of delayed hypersensitivity reactions in patients suspected of possible metal hypersensitivity to biomedical devices...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
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