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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919363/thoracic-spinal-cord-and-cervical-vagosympathetic-neuromodulation-obtund-nodose-sensory-transduction-of-myocardial-ischemia
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Siamak Salavatian, Eric Beaumont, David Gibbons, Matthew Hammer, Donald B Hoover, J Andrew Armour, Jeffrey L Ardell
BACKGROUND: Autonomic regulation therapy involving either vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) or spinal cord stimulation (SCS) represents emerging bioelectronic therapies for heart disease. The objective of this study was to determine if VNS and/or SCS modulate primary cardiac afferent sensory transduction of the ischemic myocardium. METHODS: Using extracellular recordings in 19 anesthetized canines, of 88 neurons evaluated, 36 ventricular-related nodose ganglia sensory neurons were identified by their functional activity responses to epicardial touch, chemical activation of their sensory neurites (epicardial veratridine) and great vessel (descending aorta or inferior vena cava) occlusion...
August 18, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862330/defining-the-neural-fulcrum-for-chronic-vagus-nerve-stimulation-implications-for-integrated-cardiac-control
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Jeffrey L Ardell, Heath Nier, Mathew Hammer, E Marie Southerland, Christopher L Ardell, Eric Beaumont, Bruce H KenKnight, J Andrew Armour
BACKGROUND: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an emerging therapy for treatment of chronic heart failure and remains a standard of therapy in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy. OBJECTIVE: To characterize heart rate (HR) responses (HRR) during the active phase of chronic VNS over a wide range of stimulation parameters in order to define optimal protocols for bidirectional bioelectronic control of the heart. METHODS: In normal canines, bipolar electrodes were chronically implanted on the cervical vagosympathetic trunk bilaterally with anode cephalad to cathode (n = 8, "cardiac" configuration) or with electrode positions reversed (n = 8, "epilepsy" configuration)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851517/an-integrative-appraisal-of-mechano-electric-feedback-mechanisms-in-the-heart
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Viviane Timmermann, Lars A Dejgaard, Kristina H Haugaa, Andrew G Edwards, J Sundnes, Andrew D McCulloch, Samuel T Wall
Mechanically-induced alterations in cardiac electrophysiology are referred to as mechano-electric feedback (MEF), and play an important role in electrical regulation of cardiac performance. The influence of mechanical stress and strain on electrophysiology has been investigated at all levels, however the role of MEF in arrhythmia remains poorly understood. During the normal contraction of the heart, mechano-sensitive processes are an implicit component of cardiac activity. Under abnormal mechanical events, stretch-activated mechanisms may contribute to local or global changes in electrophysiology (EP)...
August 26, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833764/ganglionated-plexi-as-neuromodulation-targets-for-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Eue-Keun Choi, Ye Zhao, Thomas H Everett, Peng-Sheng Chen
The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the genesis of atrial fibrillation and is one of the candidate targets for atrial fibrillation therapy. This review focuses on the role of the autonomic nervous system in atrial fibrillation development and discusses the results of the ganglionated plexi catheter and surgical ablation in preclinical and clinical studies. The heart is innervated by the extrinsic and intrinsic autonomic nervous systems. The intrinsic autonomic nervous system consists of multiple ganglionated plexi and axons, which innervate the neighboring atrial myocardium and control their electrophysiological properties...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833735/renal-denervation-decreases-susceptibility-of-the-heart-to-ventricular-fibrillation-in-a-canine-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Xiaotie Tang, Lang Shi, Xuebin Cui, Yang Yu, Ting Qi, Cheng Chen, Xianglei Tang
Renal denervation (RDN) has been shown to have therapeutic values in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study aimed to investigate whether RDN could decrease susceptibility of the heart to ventricular fibrillation in a canine model of CKD. Twenty-one dogs were included in this study. CKD was produced by subtotal nephrectomy in sixteen dogs with RDN treatment (CKD + RDN group, N = 8) or sham RDN (CKD group, N = 8). Another 5 dogs underwent sham operation and sham RDN to serve as controls (CTR group)...
August 21, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830425/improved-yield-of-canine-islet-isolation-from-deceased-donors
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Stephen Harrington, S Janette Williams, Vern Otte, Sally Barchman, Cheryl Jones, Karthik Ramachandran, Lisa Stehno-Bittel
BACKGROUND: Canine diabetes is a strikingly prevalent and growing disease, and yet the standard treatment of a twice-daily insulin injection is both cumbersome to pet owners and only moderately effective. Islet transplantation has been performed with repeated success in canine research models, but has unfortunately not been made available to companion animals. Standard protocols for islet isolation, developed primarily for human islet transplantation, include beating-heart organ donation, vascular perfusion of preservation solutions, specialized equipment...
August 22, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826800/increased-inflammation-promotes-ventricular-arrhythmia-through-aggravating-left-stellate-ganglion-remodeling-in-a-canine-ischemia-model
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Menglong Wang, Shuyan Li, Xiaoya Zhou, Bing Huang, Liping Zhou, Xuefei Li, Guannan Meng, Shenxu Yuan, Yuhong Wang, Zhuo Wang, Songyun Wang, Lilei Yu, Hong Jiang
BACKGROUND: Increased inflammation was found in the left stellate ganglion (LSG) in patients with malignant ventricular arrhythmia (VA). However, the role of inflammation in LSG remodeling is unknown. This study aimed to investigate whether exogenous interleukin-1β (IL-1β) could aggravate VA through regulating LSG remodeling. METHODS: Twenty-four canines who received saline (Control, n=8), IL-1β injection into the LSG (n=8) or IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-Ra) pre-injection plus IL-1β injection (n=8) were included...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826266/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-feline-hyperthyroidism-in-south-africa
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Joanne L McLean, Remo G Lobetti, Carmel T Mooney, Peter N Thompson, Johan P Schoeman
Objectives Hyperthyroidism is a disorder of older cats that may have a geographical variation in prevalence. Prevalence studies have not yet been performed in South Africa, a geographical area where hyperthyroidism in cats has recently been observed and where, reportedly, the incidence appears to be increasing. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of feline hyperthyroidism in South Africa and to identify any potential risk factors. Further information on the worldwide prevalence and possible causative factors would increase our understanding of the aetiology of this disease and help identify any preventive measures...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804599/circulating-exosome-microrna-associated-with-heart-failure-secondary-to-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-in-a-naturally-occurring-canine-model
#9
Vicky K Yang, Kerry A Loughran, Dawn M Meola, Christine M Juhr, Kristen E Thane, Airiel M Davis, Andrew M Hoffman
Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is functionally and histologically identical to mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in humans. Currently, there are no medical treatments that can delay the progression of this valvular disease or associated cardiac remodelling. Therefore, there is a need to understand the molecular pathology associated with MMVD and MVP better, and thus identify potential therapeutic targets. Circulating exosomes contain small RNA, including miRNA, which reflect cell physiology and pathology...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798534/a-case-of-spontaneous-purulent-granulomatous-pericarditis-in-a-beagle
#10
Kyohei Kamio, Yutaka Nakanishi, Kenta Matsue, Minoru Sasaki
The present report describes a case of spontaneous purulent granulomatous pericarditis in a 16-month-old beagle. A gross necropsy revealed pericardial effusion and multiple nodules on the surface of the heart and around the aorta adjacent to the heart. The cut surface of these nodules was solid and white in color, containing partially yellowish white regions. Microscopically, granulomatous inflammation characterized by central necrotic cellular debris surrounded by neutrophils, macrophages, lymphocytes, plasma cells, fibroblasts and collagen fibers was observed in the epicardium...
July 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791606/vasovagal-tonus-index-vvti-as-an-indirect-assessment-of-remission-status-in-canine-multicentric-lymphoma-undergoing-multi-drug-chemotherapy
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Evi Pecceu, Brittainy Stebbing, Yolanda Martinez Pereira, Ian Handel, Geoff Culshaw, Hannah Hodgkiss-Geere, Jessica Lawrence
Vasovagal tonus index (VVTI) is an indirect measure of heart rate variability and may serve as a marker of disease severity. Higher heart rate variability has predicted lower tumour burden and improved survival in humans with various tumour types. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate VVTI as a biomarker of remission status in canine lymphoma. The primary hypothesis was that VVTI would be increased in dogs in remission compared to dogs out of remission. Twenty-seven dogs were prospectively enrolled if they had a diagnosis of intermediate to high-grade lymphoma and underwent multidrug chemotherapy...
August 8, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724487/effect-of-wearing-a-telemetry-jacket-on-behavioral-and-physiologic-parameters-of-dogs-in-the-open-field-test
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Richard E Fish, Melanie L Foster, Margaret E Gruen, Barbara L Sherman, Davidc C Dorman
Safety pharmacology studies in dogs often integrate behavioral assessments made using video recording with physiologic measurements collected by telemetry. However, whether merely wearing the telemetry vest affects canine behavior and other parameters has not been evaluated. This pilot study assessed the effect of a telemetry vest on behavioral and physiologic responses to an environmental stressor, the sounds of a thunderstorm, in Labrador retrievers. Dogs were assigned to one of 2 experimental groups (Vest and No-Vest, n = 8 dogs per group) by using a matched pairs design, with a previously determined, sound-associated anxiety score as the blocking variable...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721492/peristaltic-like-motion-of-the-human-fetal-right-ventricle-and-its-effects-on-fluid-dynamics-and-energy-dynamics
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Hadi Wiputra, Guat Ling Lim, Khong Chun Chua, R Nivetha, Sanah Merchant Soomar, Arijit Biwas, Citra Nurfarah Zaini Mattar, Hwa Liang Leo, Choon Hwai Yap
In both adult human and canine, the cardiac right ventricle (RV) is known to exhibit a peristaltic-like motion, where RV sinus (inflow region) contracts first and the infundibulum (outflow region) later, in a wave-like contraction motion. The delay in contraction between the sinus and infundibulum averaged at 15% of the cardiac cycle and was estimated to produce an intra-ventricular pressure difference of 15 mmHg. However, whether such a contractile motion occurs in human fetuses as well, its effects on hemodynamics remains unknown, and are the subject of the current study...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702876/cardiovascular-histopathology-of-a-11-year-old-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vii-demonstrates-fibrosis-macrophage-infiltration-and-arterial-luminal-stenosis
#14
Valerie Lew, Louis Pena, Robert Edwards, Raymond Y Wang
Mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII) is caused by β-glucuronidase deficiency, resulting in lysosomal accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and multisystemic disease. We present cardiovascular gross and histopathology findings from a 11-year-old MPS VII male, who expired after developing ventricular fibrillation following anesthesia induction. Gross anatomic observations were made at autopsy; postmortem formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples of the carotid artery, aorta, myocardium, and valves were sectioned and stained with hematoxylin-eosin, Verhoeff-Van Gieson, CD68, and trichrome stains...
July 13, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695406/quantification-of-intramyocardial-blood-volume-with-99m-tc-rbc-spect-ct-imaging-a-preclinical-study
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Hassan Mohy-Ud-Din, Nabil E Boutagy, John C Stendahl, Zhen W Zhuang, Albert J Sinusas, Chi Liu
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no established non-invasive imaging approach to directly evaluate myocardial microcirculatory function in order to diagnose microvascular disease independent of co-existing epicardial disease. In this work, we developed a methodological framework for quantification of intramyocardial blood volume (IMBV) as a novel index of microcirculatory function with SPECT/CT imaging of (99m)Tc-labeled red blood cells (RBCs). METHODS: Dual-gated myocardial SPECT/CT equilibrium imaging of (99m)Tc-RBCs was performed on twelve canines under resting conditions...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683998/biodegradable-vs-nonbiodegradable-cardiac-support-device-for-treating-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-in-a-canine-heart
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Mutsunori Kitahara, Shigeru Miyagawa, Satsuki Fukushima, Atsuhiro Saito, Ayumi Shintani, Toshiaki Akita, Yoshiki Sawa
Clinical studies of the efficacy of the nonbiodegradable CorCap device have shown inconsistent findings, at least in part, because of device-related impairment of diastolic cardiac function. We hypothesized that use of biodegradable material for the cardiac support device could contribute to an improvement in the diastolic function of the failing heart. Polyglycolic acid and polyethylene terephthalate were used to prepare biodegradable and nonbiodegradable cardiac support devices, respectively. Twelve-month-old beagles underwent anterior coronary artery ligation...
April 2017: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672964/the-effects-and-possible-mechanism-of-%C3%AE-2ar-gene-expression-in-cardiocytes-of-canines-with-heart-failure
#17
Haibin Gong, Yu San, Lei Wang, Qian Lv, Libin Chen
The objective of the present study was to observe the changes of β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) protein expression in a canine model of heart failure (HF), and the function of cardiocytes after transfection with Adv-β2AR. The canine model of chronic HF was induced by rapid right ventricular pacing and cardiocytes were isolated with collagenase II. Cardiocytes were transfected with Adv-β2AR to observe contractile function with a motion edge-detection system of single cells. Expression of β2AR protein in cardiocytes was measured by immunoblotting and the levels of intracellular cAMP were measured by ELISA...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669433/asymptomatic-canine-degenerative-valve-disease-current-and-future-therapies
#18
REVIEW
Sonya G Gordon, Ashley B Saunders, Sonya R Wesselowski
Degenerative valve disease (DVD) is the leading cause of heart disease and congestive heart failure (CHF) in the dog. The first published consensus statement provided guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of DVD. Although treatment was not recommended in stage B1 DVD, consensus was not reached regarding evidence-based recommendations for treatment of stage B2 DVD. This article addresses the impact of new evidence on historical recommendations for stage B DVD, and gives the reader a glimpse into possible future therapies...
June 29, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626939/technical-note-a-3-d-rendering-algorithm-for-electromechanical-wave-imaging-of-a-beating-heart
#19
Pierre Nauleau, Lea Melki, Elaine Wan, Elisa Konofagou
PURPOSE: Arrhythmias can be treated by ablating the heart tissue in the regions of abnormal contraction. The current clinical standard provides electroanatomic 3-D maps to visualize the electrical activation and locate the arrhythmogenic sources. However, the procedure is time-consuming and invasive. Electromechanical wave imaging is an ultrasound-based noninvasive technique that can provide 2-D maps of the electromechanical activation of the heart. In order to fully visualize the complex 3-D pattern of activation, several 2-D views are acquired and processed separately...
September 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622497/feline-panleukopenia-virus-is-not-associated-with-myocarditis-or-endomyocardial-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-in-cats
#20
Laura McEndaffer, Alex Molesan, Hollis Erb, Kathleen Kelly
Canine parvovirus-2 (CPV-2) is nearly indistinguishable from feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) and is a well-known cause of viral myocarditis in young puppies; however, it is not known whether either FPV or CPV-2 naturally infects feline cardiomyocytes and causes myocarditis. Endomyocarditis (EMC) and left ventricular endomyocardial fibrosis (LVEF), clinically known as "endomyocardial restrictive cardiomyopathy," are important feline heart diseases suspected to have an infectious etiology. A continuum is suggested with EMC representing the acute reaction to an unknown infectious agent and LVEF the chronic manifestation of repair...
July 2017: Veterinary Pathology
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