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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626939/technical-note-a-3-d-rendering-algorithm-for-electromechanical-wave-imaging-of-a-beating-heart
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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 elec-trical activation and locate the arrhythmogenic sources. However, the procedure is time-consuming and invasive. Electromechanical Wave Imaging is an ultrasound- based non-invasive 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 They are then manually registered with a 3-D rendering software to generate a pseudo-3-D map However, this last step is operator-dependent and time-consuming...
June 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622497/feline-panleukopenia-virus-is-not-associated-with-myocarditis-or-endomyocardial-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-in-cats
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617693/brukhonenko-s-autojector-the-first-apparatus-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass-and-extracorporeal-life-support
#3
Sergey P Glyantsev, Pavel M Bogopolsky, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili
Sergey Brukhonenko was a prominent Soviet physician-scientist who from 1922 to 1924 developed a methodology for perfusing a canine head and keeping it alive using the first extracorporeal life support device he created called "Autojector." From 1926 to 1927, in collaboration with surgeon Nikolay Terebinsky, he performed a series of perfusion experiments of the entire canine body using a more advanced model of Autojector. Subsequently, Brukhonenko concluded the possibility of extending this methodology to heart surgery...
June 13, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612155/the-role-of-spatial-organization-of-ca-2-release-sites-in-the-generation-of-arrhythmogenic-diastolic-ca-2-release-in-myocytes-from-failing-hearts
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Andriy E Belevych, Hsiang-Ting Ho, Ingrid M Bonilla, Radmila Terentyeva, Karsten E Schober, Dmitry Terentyev, Cynthia A Carnes, Sándor Györke
In heart failure (HF), dysregulated cardiac ryanodine receptors (RyR2) contribute to the generation of diastolic Ca(2+) waves (DCWs), thereby predisposing adrenergically stressed failing hearts to life-threatening arrhythmias. However, the specific cellular, subcellular, and molecular defects that account for cardiac arrhythmia in HF remain to be elucidated. Patch-clamp techniques and confocal Ca(2+) imaging were applied to study spatially defined Ca(2+) handling in ventricular myocytes isolated from normal (control) and failing canine hearts...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599668/measurement-of-creatine-kinase-and-aspartate-aminotransferase-in-saliva-of-dogs-a-pilot-study
#5
Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Tomas Barranco, Monica Rubio, Jose Maria Carrillo, Silvia Martinez-Subiela, Fernando Tecles, Juana Dolores Carrillo, José J Cerón
BACKGROUND: Muscle enzymes in saliva have been reported to be possible markers of heart and muscle damage in humans. The aim of this study was to assess if Creatine kinase (CK) and Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) activities could be measured in canine saliva, and to evaluate their possible changes in situations of muscle damage. RESULTS: The spectrophotometric assays for CK and AST measurement in saliva of dogs showed intra- and inter-assay imprecision lower than 1 and 16% and coefficients of correlation close to 1 in linearity under dilution tests...
June 9, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597987/trafficking-and-localization-to-the-plasma-membrane-of-nav-1-5-promoted-by-the-%C3%AE-2-subunit-is-defective-due-to-a-%C3%AE-2-mutation-associated-with-brugada-syndrome
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Gemma Dulsat, Sonia Palomeras, Eric Cortada, Helena Riuró, Ramon Brugada, Marcel Vergés
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Cardiac channelopathies arise by mutations in genes encoding ion channel subunits. One example is Brugada Syndrome (BrS), which causes arrhythmias and sudden death. BrS is often associated with mutations in SCN5A, encoding Nav 1.5, the α subunit of the major cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel. This channel forms a protein complex including one or two associated β subunits as well as other proteins. RESULTS: We analyzed regulation of Nav 1...
June 9, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580831/markers-of-oxidative-stress-in-dogs-with-heart-failure
#7
Barbara Verk, Alenka Nemec Svete, Janez Salobir, Vida Rezar, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič
We tested the hypothesis that indirect measures of oxidative stress (vitamin E, glutathione peroxidase, and malondialdehyde) differ in dogs in heart failure resulting from either myxomatous mitral valve disease or dilated cardiomyopathy. Dogs were classified according to the International Small Animal Cardiac Health Council (ISACHC) classification. Additionally, the effect of cardiac therapy on oxidative stress parameters and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in advanced stages of congestive heart failure was investigated...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578429/a-potential-role-of-esophageal-cancer-related-gene-4-for-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Li Huang, Hua Yu, Xinrong Fan, Xue Li, Liang Mao, Jun Cheng, Xiaorong Zeng, Xitong Dang
Epidemiological studies have shown a strong correlation between tumor and AF. However, the molecular link between tumor and AF remains unknown. ECRG4, a tumor suppressor gene that is expressed in the A-V node and in sporadic ventricular myocytes, inhibits tumorigenesis and monitors tissue homeostasis by functioning as a 'sentinel' molecule gauging inflammatory and cell proliferative responses. To explore the potential physiological function of Ecrg4 in heart, we evaluated its distribution in heart, analyzed its expression in patients with persistent AF and in a canine AF model, and dissected the molecular events downstream of Ecrg4...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576479/aldosterone-breakthrough-in-dogs-with-naturally-occurring-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease
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M K Ames, C E Atkins, A Eriksson, A M Hess
INTRODUCTION: Aldosterone breakthrough (ABT) is the condition in which angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and/or angiotensin receptor blockers fail to effectively suppress the activity of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system. The objective of this study was to determine if ABT occurs in dogs with naturally occurring myxomatous mitral valve disease receiving an ACEI, using the urine aldosterone to creatinine ratio (UAldo:C) as a measure of renin angiotensin aldosterone system activation...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574954/short-term-variability-of-repolarization-is-superior-to-other-repolarization-parameters-in-the-evaluation-of-diverse-antiarrhythmic-interventions-in-the-chronic-atrioventricular-block-dog
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Alexandre Bossu, Rosanne Varkevisser, Henriette D M Beekman, Marien J C Houtman, Marcel A G van der Heyden, Marc A Vos
Short-term variability (STV), to quantify beat-to-beat variability of repolarization, is a surrogate parameter that reliably identifies proarrhythmic risk in preclinical models. Examples include not only the use in the chronic atrioventricular block (CAVB) dog model whereby it was developed but also in vulnerable patients with heart failure or drug-induced long QT syndrome. In the CAVB dog model, STV can specifically distinguish between safe and unsafe drugs in proarrhythmic screening. Conversely, this dog model also offers the possibility to evaluate antiarrhythmic strategies in a setting of Torsades de Pointes (TdP) induction with a standard IKr inhibitor...
June 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570022/slow-antegrade-excitation-and-delayed-retrograde-activation-through-an-inexcitable-zone-a-basis-for-arrhythmia-formation-in-infarcted-myocardium-ex-vivo
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Eugene Patterson, Benjamin J Scherlag
INTRODUCTION: The electrophysiologic mechanism for rate-dependent PVBs associated with double potentials (DPs) was investigated in infarcted canine hearts using bipolar and intracellular microelectrode recordings. METHODS AND RESULTS: Dogs exhibiting rate-related ventricular ectopic beats (coupling interval, 390 ± 54 milliseconds) during sinus rhythm or atrial pacing were studied 4-5 days (N = 63) or 25 days (N = 16) following anterior descending coronary artery ligation...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554962/local-transmural-action-potential-gradients-are-absent-in-the-isolated-intact-dog-heart-but-present-in-the-corresponding-coronary-perfused-wedge
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Bastiaan J Boukens, Veronique M F Meijborg, Charly N Belterman, Tobias Opthof, Michiel J Janse, Richard B Schuessler, Ruben Coronel, Igor R Efimov
The left ventricular (LV) coronary-perfused canine wedge preparation is a model commonly used for studying cardiac repolarization. In wedge studies, transmembrane potentials typically are recorded; whereas, extracellular electrical recordings are commonly used in intact hearts. We compared electrically measured activation recovery interval (ARI) patterns in the intact heart with those recorded at the same location in the LV wedge preparation. We also compared electrically recorded and optically obtained ARIs in the LV wedge preparation...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550171/%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-stimulation-inhibits-proarrhythmic-alternans-in-post-infarction-border-zone-cardiomyocytes-a-computational-analysis
#13
Jakub Tomek, Blanca Rodriguez, Gil Bub, Jordi Heijman
The border zone (BZ) of viable myocardium adjacent to an infarct undergoes extensive autonomic and electrical remodelling and is prone to repolarisation alternans-induced cardiac arrhythmias. BZ remodelling processes may promote or inhibit calcium and/or repolarisation alternans and may differentially affect ventricular arrhythmogenesis. Here, we employed a detailed computational model of the canine ventricular cardiomyocyte to study the determinants of alternans in the BZ and their regulation by β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) stimulation...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534468/effect-of-wearing-a-telemetry-jacket-on-behavioral-and-physiologic-parameters-of-dogs-in-the-open%C3%A2-field-test
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Richard E Fish, Melanie L Foster, Margaret E Gruen, Barbara L Sherman, David C Dorman
Safety pharmacology studies in dogs often integrate behavioral assessments made using video recording with physiologicmeasurements collected by telemetry. However, whether merely wearing the telemetry vest affects canine behavior and otherparameters 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...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507167/early-activation-of-deleterious-molecular-pathways-in-the-kidney-in-experimental-heart-failure-with-atrial-remodeling
#15
Tomoko Ichiki, Brenda K Huntley, Gail J Harty, S Jeson Sangaralingham, John C Burnett
Heart failure (HF) is a major health problem with worsening outcomes when renal impairment is present. Therapeutics for early phase HF may be effective for cardiorenal protection, however the detailed characteristics of the kidney in early-stage HF (ES-HF), and therefore treatment for potential renal protection, are poorly defined. We sought to determine the gene and protein expression profiles of specific maladaptive pathways of ES-HF in the kidney and heart. Experimental canine ES-HF, characterized by de-novo HF with atrial remodeling but not ventricular fibrosis, was induced by right ventricular pacing for 10 days...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506910/omecamtiv-mecarbil-activates-ryanodine-receptors-from-canine-cardiac-but-not-skeletal-muscle
#16
Péter Nánási, Marta Gaburjakova, Jana Gaburjakova, János Almássy
Due to the limited results achieved in the clinical treatment of heart failure, a new inotropic strategy of myosin motor activation has been developed. The lead molecule of myosin activator agents is omecamtiv mecarbil, which binds directly to the heavy chain of the cardiac β-myosin and enhances cardiac contractility by lengthening the lifetime of the acto-myosin complex and increasing the number of the active force-generating cross-bridges. In the absence of relevant data, the effect of omecamtiv mecarbil on canine cardiac ryanodine receptors (RyR 2) has been investigated in the present study by measuring the electrical activity of single RyR 2 channels incorporated into planar lipid bilayer...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502873/synchronization-as-a-mechanism-for-low-energy-anti-fibrillation-pacing
#17
Yanyan Claire Ji, Ilija Uzelac, Niels Otani, Stefan Luther, Robert F Gilmour, Elizabeth M Cherry, Flavio H Fenton
BACKGROUND: Low-energy anti-fibrillation pacing (LEAP) has been suggested as an alternative treatment in symptomatic fibrillation patients. It significantly lowers the energy required compared with standard 1-shock defibrillation. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigated the mechanism of arrhythmia termination by LEAP and systematically analyzed the influence of shock period and timing on the success rate of LEAP. METHODS: We induced atrial and ventricular fibrillation in isolated canine hearts and applied LEAP and standard 1-shock defibrillation to terminate the arrhythmia...
May 11, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501556/behavioral-and-physiological-reactions-in-dogs-to-a-veterinary-examination-owner-dog-interactions-improve-canine-well-being
#18
Erika Csoltova, Michaël Martineau, Alain Boissy, Caroline Gilbert
In order to improve well-being of dogs during veterinary visits, we aimed to investigate the effect of human social interactions on behavior and physiology during routine examination. Firstly, we assessed the impact of a standardized veterinary examination on behavioral and physiological indicators of stress in dogs. Secondly, we examined whether the owner's tactile and verbal interactions with the dog influenced behavioral and physiological stress-associated parameters. A randomized within-subjects crossover design was used to examine behavior (n=33), rectal temperature (n=33), heart rate (HR) (n=18), maximal ocular surface temperature (max OST) (n=13) and salivary cortisol concentrations (n=10) in healthy privately owned pet dogs...
August 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500172/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-provide-in-vivo-biological-pacemaker-function
#19
Samuel Chauveau, Evgeny P Anyukhovsky, Meital Ben-Ari, Shulamit Naor, Ya-Ping Jiang, Peter Danilo, Tania Rahim, Stephanie Burke, Xiaoliang Qiu, Irina A Potapova, Sergey V Doronin, Peter R Brink, Ofer Binah, Ira S Cohen, Michael R Rosen
BACKGROUND: Although multiple approaches have been used to create biological pacemakers in animal models, induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) have not been investigated for this purpose. We now report pacemaker function of iPSC-CMs in a canine model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Embryoid bodies were derived from human keratinocytes, their action potential characteristics determined, and their gene expression profiles and markers of differentiation identified...
May 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478943/feasibility-safety-and-tolerance-of-subcutaneous-synthetic-canine-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-syncbnp-in-healthy-dogs-and-dogs-with-stage-b1-mitral-valve-disease
#20
M A Oyama, P F Solter, C L Thorn, J A Stern
INTRODUCTION: An important aspect of heart failure is the progressive ineffectiveness of the salutary natriuretic peptide system and its secondary messenger, 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). In humans with acute heart failure, administration of exogenous natriuretic peptide is associated with improvement in clinical signs and reduction of cardiac filling pressures. This study aimed to determine the feasibility, tolerance, and safety of subcutaneous (SC) synthetic canine B-type natriuretic peptide (syncBNP) administration in dogs...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
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