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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230646/effect-of-calcineurin-inhibitor-free-everolimus-based-immunosuppressive-regimen-on-albuminuria-and-glomerular-filtration-rate-after-heart-transplantation
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Lærke M Nelson, Arne K Andreassen, Bert Andersson, Einar Gude, Hans Eiskjær, Göran Rådegran, Göran Dellgren, Lars Gullestad, Finn Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Albuminuria in maintenance heart transplantation (HTx) is associated with poor renal response when switching to a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-lowered or free immunosuppressive regimen using everolimus (EVR), but the significance of albuminuria associated with EVR treatment after early CNI withdrawal in de novo HTx is unknown. METHODS: We tested if glomerular filtration rate (mGFR, measured by CrEDTA clearance) was associated with urine albumin/creatinine ratio (UACR) post-HTx in a subgroup of patients included in the SCHEDULE trial, where de novo HTx patients (n=115) were randomized to EVR with complete CNI elimination 7-11 weeks post-HTx or standard CNI immunosuppression...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229912/mid-diastolic-left-ventricular-volume-and-mass-normal-values-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Daniel Juneau, Fernanda Erthal, Owen Clarkin, Atif Alzahrani, Ali Alenazy, Alomgir Hossain, Joao R Inacio, Girish Dwivedi, Alexander J Dick, Frank J Rybicki, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: The adoption of prospectively ECG-triggered acquisition coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) has resulted in the inability to measure left ventricle (LV) end-diastolic volume and LV ejection fraction. However other prognostic measures such as LV mass and LV mid-diastolic volume (LVMDV) can still be assessed. The objective of this study is to establish normal reference values for LVMDV and LV mass. METHODS: Left ventricular mid-diastolic volumes and LV mass were prospectively measured in 2647 consecutive 'normal' patients undergoing prospectively ECG-triggered coronary CTA...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229427/stem-cell-exosomes-cell-freetherapy-for-organ-repair
#3
Mohsin Khan, Raj Kishore
Cardiovascular disease is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. The damaged cardiac tissue is unable to repair itself following injury warranting the development of alternate therapies. Cell therapy has emerged recently as a viable treatment option resulting in significant improvement in cardiac function. Nevertheless, donated stem cells are hard to find in the heart after transplantation leading to the hypothesis that release of extracellular factors by stem cells is primarily responsible for the beneficial effect of cell therapy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229422/therapeutic-application-of-adult-stem-cells-in-the-heart
#4
Taylor A Johnson, Dinender K Singla
Cell therapies have been explored as a potential treatment avenue to treat heart diseases, such as myocardial infarction, doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy, and heart failure. Embryonic and adult stem cells (ASCs) have been examined in animal and clinical settings. Unlike embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, ASCs do not pose a threat to form teratomas, nor do they have immune system concerns, making them ideal for therapeutic use in humans. In this review, we will investigate different characteristics and sources of adult stem cells and progenitor cells, as well as determine their efficacy in cell transplantation in experimental and clinical trials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228157/genetics-and-genomics-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-and-systolic-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Upasana Tayal, Sanjay Prasad, Stuart A Cook
Heart failure is a major health burden, affecting 40 million people globally. One of the main causes of systolic heart failure is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the leading global indication for heart transplantation. Our understanding of the genetic basis of both DCM and systolic heart failure has improved in recent years with the application of next-generation sequencing and genome-wide association studies (GWAS). This has enabled rapid sequencing at scale, leading to the discovery of many novel rare variants in DCM and of common variants in both systolic heart failure and DCM...
February 22, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227254/a-data-science-approach-for-quantifying-spatio-temporal-effects-to-graft-failures-in-organ-transplantation
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Diego Pinheiro, Farag Hamad, Martin Cadeiras, Ronaldo Menezes, Nezamoddin Nezamoddini-Kachouie, Diego Pinheiro, Farag Hamad, Martin Cadeiras, Ronaldo Menezes, Nezamoddin Nezamoddini-Kachouie, Farag Hamad, Martin Cadeiras, Diego Pinheiro, Ronaldo Menezes, Nezamoddin Nezamoddini-Kachouie
The transplantation of solid organs is one of the most important accomplishments of modern medicine. Yet, organ shortage is a major public health issue; 8,000 people died while waiting for an organ in 2014. Meanwhile, the allocation system currently implemented can lead to organs being discarded and the medical community still investigates factors that affects early graft failure such as distance and ischemic time. In this paper, we investigate early graft failure under a spatio-temporal perspective using a data science unified approach for all six organs that is based on complementary cumulative analysis of both distance and ischemic time...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227220/selection-of-an-optimal-feature-set-to-predict-heart-transplantation-outcomes
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Dennis Medved, Pierre Nugues, Johan Nilsson, Dennis Medved, Pierre Nugues, Johan Nilsson, Dennis Medved, Johan Nilsson, Pierre Nugues
Heart transplantation (HT) is a life saving procedure, but a limited donor supply forces the surgeons to prioritize the recipients. The understanding of factors that predict mortality could help the doctors with this task. The objective of this study is to find locally optimal feature sets to predict survival of HT patients for different time periods. To this end, we applied logistic regression together with a greedy forward and backward search. As data source, we used the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) registry, where we extracted adult patients (>17 years) from January 1997 to December 2008...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225292/-the-importance-of-evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-the-ventilation-ve-vco2-slope-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Filip Dosbaba, Petra Žurková, Ladislav Baťalík, Hana Dosbaba, Marián Felšőci, Robert Vysoký, Jindřich Špinar, Ondřej Ludka
Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) is accompanied by a whole range of symptoms, which significantly decrease the quality of life; these typically concern dyspnoea, fatigue and exercise intolerance. The objectification of the patients condition but must have an effective means of evaluation. One such resource is cardiopolmonary exercise (CPX) testing with it is functional parameters. CPX test with its functional parameters is one of such means. VO2peak is undoubtebly the parameter, which was used the most often in the past 25 years, however, it has many limitations...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224436/patients-60-years-of-age-and-older-should-have-the-same-chance-for-heart-transplantation-or-not
#9
Mahmoud H Alshirbini, Fei Xie, Nian-Guo Dong, Si Chen, Eman Borham
Heart transplantation is considered the best treatment modality for advanced heart disease. While old age has conventionally been considered a contraindication for heart transplantation due to the reported adverse effect of advanced age, however donor hearts' shortage continues to stimulate the discussion about the recipient's upper age limit. Our study was based on a retrospective analysis for the results of 52 (18%) patients aged 60 years and older undergoing heart transplantation between May 2008 and December 2015, and these patients were compared with 236 (82%) adult recipients who were younger than 60 years at the time of transplantation and during the same period...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224037/tooth-extraction-in-a-patient-after-autologous-skeletal-myoblast-sheet-transplantation-for-severe-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#10
Kohei Okuyama, Yuki Sakamoto, Tomofumi Naruse, Souichi Yanamoto, Masahiro Umeda
The authors describe the first case of tooth extraction in a patient treated with autologous skeletal myocardial sheet transplantation for severe dilated cardiomyopathy. This condition is associated with significant morbidity and mortality that may have identifiable causes or may be idiopathic or inherited. In addition to local disinfection, antimicrobial prophylaxis and continuous anticoagulant therapy during the perioperative period of tooth extraction were needed to prevent infective endocarditis and ensure the success of regenerative therapy of the heart...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223836/dyslipidemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-etiology-and-management
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REVIEW
Ivana Mikolasevic, Marta Žutelija, Vojko Mavrinac, Lidija Orlic
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including those with end-stage renal disease, treated with dialysis, or renal transplant recipients have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality. Dyslipidemia, often present in this patient population, is an important risk factor for CVD development. Specific quantitative and qualitative changes are seen at different stages of renal impairment and are associated with the degree of glomerular filtration rate declining. Patients with non-dialysis-dependent CKD have low high-density lipoproteins (HDL), normal or low total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, increased triglycerides as well as increased apolipoprotein B (apoB), lipoprotein(a) (Lp (a)), intermediate- and very-low-density lipoprotein (IDL, VLDL; "remnant particles"), and small dense LDL particles...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220747/three-cases-of-neurologic-syndrome-caused-by-donor-derived-microsporidiosis
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Rachel M Smith, Atis Muehlenbachs, Joanna Schaenmann, Sanjiv Baxi, Sophia Koo, Dianna Blau, Peter Chin-Hong, Anna R Thorner, Matthew J Kuehnert, Kristina Wheeler, Alexis Liakos, Jonathan W Jackson, Theresa Benedict, Alexandre J da Silva, Jana M Ritter, Dominique Rollin, Maureen Metcalfe, Cynthia S Goldsmith, Govinda S Visvesvara, Sridhar V Basavaraju, Sherif Zaki
In April 2014, a kidney transplant recipient in the United States experienced headache, diplopia, and confusion, followed by neurologic decline and death. An investigation to evaluate the possibility of donor-derived infection determined that 3 patients had received 4 organs (kidney, liver, heart/kidney) from the same donor. The liver recipient experienced tremor and gait instability; the heart/kidney and contralateral kidney recipients were hospitalized with encephalitis. None experienced gastrointestinal symptoms...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220144/results-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-children-affected-by-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Paolo Ciliberti, Domenico Mastrodicasa, Marcello Chinali, Gabriele Rinelli, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Carmela Napolitano, Benedetta Leonardi, Aurelio Secinaro
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the clinical value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), in children affected by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 15 patients (8 ± 6 years, 6 males) with diagnosis of DCM who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance since 2014. All scans were performed with a 1.5 T system (Aera, Siemens). Study protocol included cine steady-state free precession sequences, followed by administration of 0...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220117/the-tumorigenicity-of-multipotent-adult-germline-stem-cells-transplanted-into-the-heart-is-affected-by-natural-killer-cells-and-by-cyclosporine-a-independent-of-its-immunosuppressive-effects
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Daniela Hübscher, Diana Kaiser, Leslie Elsner, Sebastian Monecke, Ralf Dressel, Kaomei Guan
Transplantation of stem cells represents an upcoming therapy for many degenerative diseases. For clinical use, transplantation of pluripotent stem cell-derived cells should lead to integration of functional grafts without immune rejection or teratoma formation. Our previous studies showed that the risk of teratoma formation is highly influenced by the immune system of the recipients. In this study, we have observed a higher teratoma formation rate when undifferentiated so-called multipotent adult germline stem cells (maGSCs) were transplanted into the heart of T, B, and natural killer (NK) cell-deficient RAG2(-/-)γc(-/-) mice than in RAG2(-/-) mice, which still have NK cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219919/dickkopf-3-ablation-attenuates-the-development-of-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
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Wen-Lin Cheng, Yang Yang, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Junhong Guo, Jun Gong, Fu-Han Gong, Zhi-Gang She, Zan Huang, Hao Xia, Hongliang Li
BACKGROUND: Dickkopf-3 (DKK3) is a negative regulator of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, which is involved in inflammation. However, little is known about the relationship between DKK3 expression and the progression of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to define the role of DKK3 and its potential mechanism in the development of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Immunofluorescence analysis showed that DKK3 was strongly expressed in macrophages of atherosclerotic plaques from patients with coronary heart disease and in hyperlipidemic mice...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219597/combined-heart-and-kidney-transplantation-a-23-year-experience
#16
M Awad, L S C Czer, F Esmailian, S Jordan, M A De Robertis, J Mirocha, J Patel, D H Chang, M Kittleson, D Ramzy, F Arabia, J S Chung, J L Cohen, A Trento, J A Kobashigawa
BACKGROUND: We report clinical experience with combined heart and kidney transplantation (HKTx) over a 23-year time period. METHODS: From June 1992 to August 2015, we performed 83 combined HKTx procedures at our institution. We compared the more recent cohort of 53 HKTx recipients (group 2, March 2009 to August 2015) with the initial 30 previously reported HKTx recipients (group 1, June 1992 to February 2009). Pre-operative patient characteristics, peri-operative factors, and post-operative outcomes including survival were examined...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219596/impact-of-obesity-on-heart-and-lung-transplantation-does-pre-transplant-obesity-affect-outcomes
#17
S J Bozso, Je Nagendran, R S Gill, D H Freed, Ja Nagendran
Increasing prevalence of obesity has led to a rise in the number of prospective obese heart and lung transplant recipients. The optimal management strategy of obese patients with end-stage heart and lung failure remains controversial. This review article discusses and provides a summary of the literature surrounding the impact of obesity on outcomes in heart and lung transplantation. Studies on transplant obesity demonstrate controversy in terms of morbidity and mortality outcomes and obesity pre-transplantation...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219595/comparison-of-post-liver-transplantation-outcomes-in-portopulmonary-hypertension-and-pulmonary-venous-hypertension-a-single-center-experience
#18
P Rajaram, A Parekh, M Fisher, J Kempker, R Subramanian
BACKGROUND: In potential liver transplant candidates, pulmonary vascular diseases, including portopulmonary hypertension (PoPH) and pulmonary venous hypertension (PVH), can be associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although there are clear guidelines regarding management and transplant listing criteria for patients with PoPH, the listing criteria for PVH are not well defined. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe and compare the perioperative and postoperative morbidity and mortality associated with PoPH and PVH in patients undergoing liver transplantation...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219580/use-of-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-induction-therapy-in-cardiac-transplantation-a-review
#19
V Ruan, L S C Czer, M Awad, M Kittleson, J Patel, F Arabia, F Esmailian, D Ramzy, J Chung, M De Robertis, A Trento, J A Kobashigawa
The most common causes of death after heart transplantation (HTx) include acute rejection and multi-organ failure in the early period and malignancy and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in the late period. Polyclonal antibody preparations such as rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) may reduce early acute rejection and the later occurrence of CAV after HTx. ATG therapy depletes T cells, modulates adhesion and cell-signaling molecules, interferes with dendritic cell function, and induces B-cell apoptosis and regulatory and natural killer T-cell expansion...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219115/current-status-of-domino-heart-transplantation
#20
Yasuhiro Shudo, Michael Ma, Jack H Boyd, Yiping Joseph Woo
Domino heart transplant, wherein the explanted heart from the recipient of an en-bloc heart-lung is utilized for a second recipient, represents a unique surgical strategy for patients with end-stage heart failure. With a better understanding of the potential advantages and disadvantages of this procedure, its selective use in the current era can improve and maximize organ allocation in the United States. In this report, we reviewed the current status of domino heart transplantation.
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
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