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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109043/angiographic-assessment-of-aortic-regurgitation-by-video-densitometry-in-the-setting-of-tavi-echocardiographic-and-clinical-correlates
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Mohammad Abdelghani, Hiroki Tateishi, Yosuke Miyazaki, Rafael Cavalcante, Osama I I Soliman, Jan G Tijssen, Robbert J de Winter, Jan Baan, Yoshinobu Onuma, Carlos M Campos, Rogério S Leite, José A Mangione, Alexandre Abizaid, Pedro A Lemos, Fabio S de Brito, Patrick W Serruys
OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate a new angiographic method for aortic regurgitation (AR) severity assessment in the setting of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND: AR after TAVI is common but challenging to quantitate, especially in the cath-lab. METHODS: In 228 patients, AR was quantitated before and after TAVI by echocardiography and by video-densitometric analysis of aortograms. Contrast time-density curves for the aortic root (the reference region) and the left ventricular outflow tract, LVOT were generated...
January 21, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108860/early-cardioversion-in-atrial-fibrillation-earlier-is-better-but-not-always-and-maybe-not-immediately
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Paloma G Piña, Alexandru B Chicos
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in humans. One of its important features is the tendency to become more persistent over time, even in the absence of underlying progressive heart disease. Conversion and maintenance of sinus rhythm by pharmacological or electrical methods become increasingly difficult the longer the arrhythmia persists. Electrical, mechanical, structural, and autonomic remodeling processes have been implicated in the mechanisms of AF initiation, perpetuation, and progression...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107345/syk-regulates-neutrophilic-airway-hyper-responsiveness-in-a-chronic-mouse-model-of-allergic-airways-inflammation
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Sepehr Salehi, Xiaomin Wang, Stephen Juvet, Jeremy A Scott, Chung-Wai Chow
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by airways hyper-responsiveness (AHR), reversible airway obstruction, and airway inflammation and remodeling. We previously showed that Syk modulates methacholine-induced airways contractility in naïve mice and in mice with allergic airways inflammation. We hypothesize that Syk plays a role in the pathogenesis of AHR; this was evaluated in a chronic 8-week mouse model of house dust mite (HDM)-induced allergic airways inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106155/secreted-mir-27a-induced-by-cyclic-stretch-modulates-the-proliferation-of-endothelial-cells-in-hypertension-via-grk6
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Lu Wang, Han Bao, Kai-Xuan Wang, Ping Zhang, Qing-Ping Yao, Xiao-Hu Chen, Kai Huang, Ying-Xin Qi, Zong-Lai Jiang
Abnormal proliferation of endothelial cells (ECs) is important in vascular remodeling during hypertension, but the mechanisms are still unclear. In hypertensive rats caused by abdominal aortic coarctation, the expression of G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) in ECs at common carotid artery was repressed in vivo, and EC proliferation was increased. 15% cyclic stretch in vitro, which mimics the pathologically increased stretch in hypertension, repressed EC GRK6 expression via paracrine control by vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs)...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102317/time-resolved-neutron-scattering-provides-new-insight-into-protein-substrate-processing-by-a-aaa-unfoldase
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Ziad Ibrahim, Anne Martel, Martine Moulin, Henry S Kim, Michael Härtlein, Bruno Franzetti, Frank Gabel
We present a combination of small-angle neutron scattering, deuterium labelling and contrast variation, temperature activation and fluorescence spectroscopy as a novel approach to obtain time-resolved, structural data individually from macromolecular complexes and their substrates during active biochemical reactions. The approach allowed us to monitor the mechanical unfolding of a green fluorescent protein model substrate by the archaeal AAA+ PAN unfoldase on the sub-minute time scale. Concomitant with the unfolding of its substrate, the PAN complex underwent an energy-dependent transition from a relaxed to a contracted conformation, followed by a slower expansion to its initial state at the end of the reaction...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102059/v%C3%AE-1%C3%A2-%C2%BA-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-are-correlated-with-increasing-expression-of-eosinophil-cationic-protein-and-metalloproteinase-7-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps-inducing-the-formation-of-edema
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Luo Ying Yang, Xia Li, Wen Ting Li, Jian Cong Huang, Zhi Yuan Wang, Zi Zhen Huang, Li Hong Chang, Ge Hua Zhang
PURPOSE: We have found that expression of γδT cells is increased in pathological mucosa of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) compared with normal nasal mucosa. This increase is correlated with the infiltration of eosinophils in CRSwNP. Here, we investigated the expression of γδT cells, inflammation and tissue remodeling factors as well as their probable relationships in different types of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) in China. METHODS: A total of 76 surgical tissue samples that included 43 CRSwNP samples (15 eosinophilic and 28 non-eosinophilic), 17 CRS samples without nasal polyps (CRSsNP), and 16 controls were obtained...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100891/reverse-right-ventricular-remodeling-after-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-combination-therapy-of-targeted-medical-drugs
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Toshihiro Sarashina, Kazufumi Nakamura, Satoshi Akagi, Takahiro Oto, Hiroki Oe, Kentaro Ejiri, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Nishii, Hiromi Matsubara, Motomu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are currently treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs. Reverse right ventricular (RV) remodeling after lung transplantation (LTx) in patients with end-stage PAH despite combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs has not been fully elucidated.Methods and Results:A total of 136 patients, including 32 with PAH, underwent LTx from 1998 to 2014. We enrolled 12 consecutive patients with PAH treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs who underwent LTx and retrospectively analyzed the temporal and serial changes in hemodynamics and echocardiography before LTx and at 3 and 12 months after LTx...
January 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098811/aspalathin-protects-the-heart-against-hyperglycemia-induced-oxidative-damage-by-up-regulating-nrf2-expression
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Phiwayinkosi V Dludla, Christo J F Muller, Elizabeth Joubert, Johan Louw, M Faadiel Essop, Kwazi B Gabuza, Samira Ghoor, Barbara Huisamen, Rabia Johnson
Aspalathin (ASP) can protect H9c2 cardiomyocytes against high glucose (HG)-induced shifts in myocardial substrate preference, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. The protective mechanism of ASP remains unknown. However, as one of possible, it is well known that phytochemical flavonoids reduce oxidative stress via nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) activation resulting in up-regulation of antioxidant genes and enzymes. Therefore, we hypothesized that ASP protects the myocardium against HG- and hyperglycemia-induced oxidative damage by up-regulating Nrf2 expression in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and diabetic (db/db) mice, respectively...
January 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096288/mid-regional-pro-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-to-predict-clinical-course-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Mattia Arrigo, Quynh A Truong, Jackie Szymonifka, Mercedes Rivas-Lasarte, Heli Tolppanen, Malha Sadoune, Etienne Gayat, Alain Cohen-Solal, Frank Ruschitzka, James L Januzzi, Jagmeet P Singh, Alexandre Mebazaa
AIMS: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) induces reverse cardiac remodelling in heart failure (HF), but many patients receiving CRT remain non-responders. This study assessed the role of amino-terminal-pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), mid-regional-pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP), and mid-regional-pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) at the time of device implantation to predict favourable clinical course (CRT response and/or risk of MACE) in HF patients receiving CRT...
January 16, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096098/avoiding-untimely-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-implantation-by-intensified-heart-failure-therapy-optimization-supported-by-the-wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-the-prolong-study
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David Duncker, Thorben König, Stephan Hohmann, Johann Bauersachs, Christian Veltmann
BACKGROUND: Optimal timing of implantation of an implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (ICD) after newly diagnosed heart failure is unclear given that late reverse remodelling may occur. We aimed to analyze left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after diagnosis of an LVEF ≤35% during optimization of heart failure drug therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred fifty-six patients with newly diagnosed LVEF ≤35% receiving a wearable cardioverter/defibrillator (WCD) were analyzed...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094579/expression-profile-of-the-integrin-receptor-subunits-in-the-guinea-pig-sclera
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Kevin K Wang, Ravikanth Metlapally, Christine F Wildsoet
PURPOSE: The ocular dimensional changes in myopia reflect increased scleral remodeling, and in high myopia, loss of scleral integrity leads to biomechanical weakening and continued scleral creep. As integrins, a type of cell surface receptors, have been linked to scleral remodeling, they represent potential targets for myopia therapies. As a first step, this study aimed to characterize the integrin subunits at the messenger RNA level in the sclera of the guinea pig, a more recently added but increasingly used animal model for myopia research...
January 17, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094131/prognostic-significance-of-serial-high-sensitivity-troponin-i-measurements-following-acute-cardiac-decompensation-correlation-with-longer-term-clinical-outcomes-and-reverse-remodelling
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Julia Wallenborn, Almuth Marx, Stefan Störk, Gülmisal Güder, Susanne Brenner, Georg Ertl, Christiane E Angermann
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the correlation of levels of and changes in serial high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hsTnI) with subsequent clinical event rates and changes in cardiac morphology and function in patients hospitalized for acutely decompensated heart failure (ADHF). METHODS AND RESULTS: HsTnI levels were determined in 875 ADHF patients before discharge from hospital (baseline cohort) and clinical outcomes assessed after 180days. HsTnI was re-measured at 180days in 456/875 patients (follow-up cohort)...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090287/transcription-factors-transcriptional-coregulators-and-epigenetic-modulation-in-the-control-of-pulmonary-vascular-cell-phenotype-therapeutic-implications-for-pulmonary-hypertension-2015-grover-conference-series
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REVIEW
Soni S Pullamsetti, Frédéric Perros, Prakash Chelladurai, Jason Yuan, Kurt Stenmark
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complex and multifactorial disease involving genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors. Numerous stimuli and pathological conditions facilitate severe vascular remodeling in PH by activation of a complex cascade of signaling pathways involving vascular cell proliferation, differentiation, and inflammation. Multiple signaling cascades modulate the activity of certain sequence-specific DNA-binding transcription factors (TFs) and coregulators that are critical for the transcriptional regulation of gene expression that facilitates PH-associated vascular cell phenotypes, as demonstrated by several studies summarized in this review...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081038/impact-of-hiv-infection-and-antiretroviral-treatment-on-n-terminal-prohormone-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-as-surrogate-of-myocardial-function
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Christopher Schuster, Christina Binder, Robert Strassl, Maximilian C Aichelburg, Emma Blackwell, Noemi Pavo, Michael Ramharter, Martin Hülsmann, Katharina Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, Armin Rieger, Georg Goliasch
OBJECTIVE: Vasoactive cardiovascular hormones such as the N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) are produced upon ventricular stretch and play a central role in neurohumoral pathways of the heart regulating cardiovascular remodeling and volume homeostasis. The impact of HIV infection on these neurohumoral pathways of the heart and its potential reversibility by combinations of antiretroviral therapies remain unclear. METHODS: We assessed serum levels of NT-proBNP in 219 antiretroviral therapy-naïve HIV-infected patients with a normal cardiac and renal status at treatment initiation and after attainment of viremic control...
January 28, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077390/reversible-temperature-dependent-differences-in-brown-adipose-tissue-respiration-during-torpor-in-a-mammalian-hibernator
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Sarah Victoria McFarlane, Katherine E Mathers, James F Staples
While seasonal modifications of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in hibernators are well documented, we know little about functional regulation of BAT in different phases of hibernation. In the 13-lined ground squirrel, liver mitochondrial respiration is suppressed by up to 70% during torpor. This suppression is reversed during arousal an°°d interbout euthermia (IBE), and corresponds with patterns of maximal activities of electron transport system (ETS) enzymes. Uncoupling of BAT mitochondria is controlled by free-fatty acid release stimulated by sympathetic activation of adipocytes, so we hypothesized that further regulation at the level of the ETS would be of little advantage...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077319/role-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-axis-in-the-bleomycin-induced-lung-injury-in-rats
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Lakshmi Kanth Kotarkonda, Ritu Kulshrestha, Krishnan Ravi
BACKGROUND: Alveolar epithelial cell injury has been proposed as a causative factor for the onset and progression of pulmonary fibrosis. However, the role of type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECs) in the epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) is controversial. AIMS: The present study performed in rats instilled with bleomycin investigated a) the expressions of the insulin growth factor (IGF-1) and insulin growth factor binding protein 5 (IGFBP-5) and transforming growth factor (TGF-β1) in the type II AECs, b) the role of type II AECs in EMT and extracellular matrix (ECM) formation and, c) the effect of pioglitazone on all the above parameters...
January 7, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069536/m2-macrophages-infusion-ameliorates-obesity-and-insulin-resistance-by-remodeling-inflammatory-macrophages-homeostasis-in-obese-mice
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Qi Zhang, Haojie Hao, Zongyan Xie, Yu Cheng, Yaqi Yin, Min Xie, Hong Huang, Jieqing Gao, Hongyu Liu, Chuan Tong, Li Zang, Yiming Mu, Weidong Han
OBJECTIVE: The role of M2 macrophages infusion in dealing with obesity is still little known. In this study, the therapeutic effects of M2 macrophages infusion were investigated. METHODS: High fat diet (HFD) was used to induce obesity in C57BL/6N mice. 5 × 10(5) M2 macrophages, derived from the bone marrow, were injected into obese mice through the tail vein twice with an interval of one week. RESULTS: One week after the second injection, weight of inguinal adipose pad was significantly decreased...
January 6, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068512/modulation-of-intersectin-1s-lung-expression-induces-obliterative-remodeling-and-severe-plexiform-arteriopathy-in-the-murine-pulmonary-vascular-bed
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Monal Patel, Dan Predescu, Cristina Bardita, Jiwang Chen, Niranjan Jeganathan, Melanie Pritchard, Salvatore DiBartolo, Roberto Machado, Sanda Predescu
Murine models of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) that recapitulate the plexiform and obliterative arteriopathy seen in PAH patients and help in defining the molecular mechanisms involved are missing. Herein, we investigated whether intersectin-1s (ITSN) deficiency and prolonged lung expression of an ITSN fragment with endothelial cell (EC) proliferative potential (EHITSN), present in the lungs of PAH animal models and human patients, induce formation of plexiform/obliterative lesions and defined the molecular mechanisms involved...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067978/imaging-left-ventricular-mechanical-activation-in-heart-failure-patients-using-cine-dense-mri-validation-and-implications-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Daniel A Auger, Kenneth C Bilchick, Jorge A Gonzalez, Sophia X Cui, Jeffrey W Holmes, Christopher M Kramer, Michael Salerno, Frederick H Epstein
PURPOSE: To image late mechanical activation and identify effective left-ventricular (LV) pacing sites for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). There is variability in defining mechanical activation time, with some studies using the time to peak strain (TPS) and some using the time to the onset of circumferential shortening (TOS). We developed improved methods for imaging mechanical activation and evaluated them in heart failure (HF) patients undergoing CRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We applied active contours to cine displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE) strain images to detect TOS...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067255/serelaxin-treatment-reverses-vascular-dysfunction-and-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-a-mouse-model-of-type-1-diabetes
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Hooi Hooi Ng, Chen Huei Leo, Darnel Prakoso, Chengxue Qin, Rebecca H Ritchie, Laura J Parry
Serelaxin prevents endothelial dysfunction in the mouse aorta ex vivo and inhibits apoptosis in cardiomyocytes under acute hyperglycaemia. Less is known about the effects of serelaxin in an in vivo mouse model of diabetes. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated mice that serelaxin is able to reverse diabetes-induced vascular dysfunction and cardiac remodelling. Mice were divided into citrate buffer + placebo, STZ + placebo and STZ + serelaxin (0.5 mg/kg/d, 2 weeks) groups...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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