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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884747/novel-function-of-%C3%AE-1d-l-type-calcium-channel-in-the-atria
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Ujala Srivastava, Ademuyiwa S Aromolaran, Frank Fabris, Deana Lazaro, John Kassotis, Yongxia Qu, Mohamed Boutjdir
Ca entry through atrial L-type Calcium channels (α1C and α1D) play an important role in muscular contraction, regulation of gene expression, and release of hormones including atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). α1D Ca channel is exclusively expressed in atria, and has been shown to play a key role in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. Recent data have shown that the small conductance calcium-activated potassium channel, SK4 is also atrial specific and also contributes prominently to the secretion of ANP and BNP...
November 22, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882143/expression-of-connexin-43-ion-channels-and-ca-2-handling-proteins-in-rat-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes
#2
Yaqiong Xiao, Xue Cai, Andrew Atkinson, Sunil Jit Logantha, Mark Boyett, Halina Dobrzynski
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. AF is thought to be triggered by ectopic beats, originating primarily in the myocardial sleeves surrounding the pulmonary veins (PVs). The mechanisms underlying these cardiac arrhythmias remain unclear. To investigate this, frozen sections of heart and lung tissue from adult rats without arrhythmia were obtained in different planes, stained with Masson's trichrome, and immunolabeled for connexin 43 (Cx43), caveolin-3 (Cav3), hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4), Nav1...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870913/genomic-contributors-to-rhythm-outcome-of-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-pathway-enrichment-analysis-of-gwas-data
#3
Daniela Husser, Petra Büttner, Laura Ueberham, Borislav Dinov, Philipp Sommer, Arash Arya, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
BACKGROUND: Left atrial enlargement and persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) are well-known predictors for arrhythmia recurrence after AF catheter ablation (LRAF). In this study, by using pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS data, we tested the hypothesis that genetic pathways associated with these phenotypes are also associated with LRAF. METHODS: Samples from 660 patients with paroxysmal (n = 370) or persistent AF (n = 290) undergoing de-novo AF catheter ablation were genotyped for ~1,000,000 SNPs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857207/genomic-contributors-to-atrial-electroanatomical-remodeling-and-atrial-fibrillation-progression-pathway-enrichment-analysis-of-gwas-data
#4
Daniela Husser, Laura Ueberham, Borislav Dinov, Jedrzej Kosiuk, Jelena Kornej, Gerhard Hindricks, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Dan M Roden, Andreas Bollmann, Petra Büttner
In atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial diameter (LAD) and low voltage area (LVA) are intermediate phenotypes that are associated with AF type and progression. In this study, we tested the hypothesis, that these phenotypes share common, genetically-determined pathways using pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS data. Samples from 660 patients with paroxysmal (n = 370) or persistent AF (n = 290) were genotyped for ~1,000,000 SNPs. SNPs found significantly associated with LAD, LVA or AF type were used for gene-based association tests in a systematic biological Knowledge-based mining system for Genome-wide Genetic studies (KGG)...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836293/asymptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-implanted-pacemaker
#5
Michal Witkowski, Andrzej Bissinger, Tomasz Grycewicz, Andrzej Lubinski
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation is the most common chronic arrhythmia. Due to diagnostic difficulties, the exact prevalence of silent atrial fibrillation is not precisely defined. AIM: The main aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation and the relation between clinical status and presence of symptoms of atrial fibrillation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty patients with implanted pacemaker with atrial fibrillation recording function and diagnosed paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were enrolled to the study in order to detect episodes of atrial fibrillation...
November 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812293/atrial-electrophysiological-remodeling-and-fibrillation-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Sandeep V Pandit, Antony J Workman
Heart failure (HF) causes complex, chronic changes in atrial structure and function, which can cause substantial electrophysiological remodeling and predispose the individual to atrial fibrillation (AF). Pharmacological treatments for preventing AF in patients with HF are limited. Improved understanding of the atrial electrical and ionic/molecular mechanisms that promote AF in these patients could lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets. Animal models of HF have identified numerous changes in atrial ion currents, intracellular calcium handling, action potential waveform and conduction, as well as expression and signaling of associated proteins...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812021/mechanisms-of-arrhythmogenesis-related-to-calcium-driven-alternans-in-a-model-of-human-atrial-fibrillation
#7
Kelly C Chang, Natalia A Trayanova
The occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with progressive changes in the calcium handling system of atrial myocytes. Calcium cycling instability has been implicated as an underlying mechanism of electrical alternans observed in patients who experience AF. However, the extent to which calcium-induced alternation of electrical activity in the atria contributes to arrhythmogenesis is unknown. In this study, we investigated the effects of calcium-driven alternans (CDA) on arrhythmia susceptibility in a biophysically detailed, 3D computer model of the human atria representing electrical and structural remodeling secondary to chronic AF...
November 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794017/predictors-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#8
Oliver P Guttmann, Menelaos Pavlou, Constantinos O'Mahony, Lorenzo Monserrat, Aristides Anastasakis, Claudio Rapezzi, Elena Biagini, Juan Ramon Gimeno, Giuseppe Limongelli, Pablo Garcia-Pavia, William J McKenna, Rumana Z Omar, Perry M Elliott
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The primary aim of this study (HCM Risk-AF) was to determine the predictors of AF in a large multicentre cohort of patients with HCM. Exploratory analyses were performed to investigate the association between AF and survival and the efficacy of antiarrhythmic therapy in maintaining sinus rhythm (SR). METHODS: A retrospective, longitudinal cohort of patients recruited between 1986 and 2008 in seven centres was used to develop multivariable Cox regression models fitted with preselected predictors...
October 28, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753830/sy-03-3-overview-of-somatic-mutations-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-aldosterone-producing-adenoma-apa
#9
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742243/cardiac-calcifications-on-echocardiography-are-associated-with-mortality-and-stroke
#10
Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Shuchita Gupta, Abel Romero-Corral, Magdaléna Matejková, Toni De Venecia, Edinrin Obasare, Vikas Bhalla, Gregg S Pressman
BACKGROUND: Calcium deposits in the aortic valve and mitral annulus have been associated with cardiovascular events and mortality. However, there is no accepted standard method for scoring such cardiac calcifications, and most existing methods are simplistic. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a semiquantitative score, one that accounts for all visible calcium on echocardiography, could predict all-cause mortality and stroke in a graded fashion. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 443 unselected subjects derived from a general echocardiography database...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729264/prophylaxis-against-atrial-fibrillation-after-general-thoracic-surgery-trial-sequential-analysis-and-network-meta-analysis
#11
Bing-Cheng Zhao, Tong-Yi Huang, Qi-Wen Deng, Wei-Feng Liu, Jian Liu, Wen-Tao Deng, Ke-Xuan Liu, Cai Li
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation/flutter (POAF) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality after general thoracic surgery, but the need and the best agent for prophylaxis remains obscure. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed to identify randomized controlled trials that compared regimens for POAF prophylaxis after general thoracic surgery. Random-effects meta-analyses with trial sequential analyses were performed to compare the effects of medical prophylaxis versus placebo/usual care...
October 8, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713141/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-dysregulates-late-sodium-current-and-calcium-homeostasis-with-enhanced-arrhythmogenesis-in-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes
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Shih-Yu Huang, Yao-Chang Chen, Yu-Hsun Kao, Ming-Hsiung Hsieh, Yung-Kuo Lin, Cheng-Chih Chung, Ting-I Lee, Wen-Chin Tsai, Shih-Ann Chen, Yi-Jen Chen
Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), elevated in chronic renal failure, increases atrial arrhythmogenesis and dysregulates calcium homeostasis. Late sodium currents (INa-Late) critically induces ectopic activity of pulmoanry vein (the most important atrial fibrillation trigger). This study was to investigate whether FGF23 activates the INa-Late leading to calcium dysregulation and increases PV arrhythmogenesis. Patch clamp, western blot, and confocal microscopy were used to evaluate the electrical activities, calcium homeostasis, and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) in PV cardiomyocytes with or without FGF23 (0...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701486/relationship-between-vitamin-d-and-the-development-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-on-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery
#13
Levent Cerit, Hatice Kemal, Kamil Gulsen, Barcin Ozcem, Zeynep Cerit, Hamza Duygu
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many diverse cardiovascular disorders, such as hypertension, heart failure, stroke, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation. The relationship between Vitamin D and the development of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) has not been studied. Therefore, we assessed the relationship between Vitamin D and the development of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) after CABG. METHODS: Medical records of consecutive patients who underwent CABG surgery were retrospectively reviewed for the development of atrial fibrillation in the postoperative period...
August 2, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694110/left-ventricular-shape-predicts-different-types-of-cardiovascular-events-in-the-general-population
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Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Kihei Yoneyama, Ravi K Sharma, Yoshiaki Ohyama, Colin O Wu, Gregory L Burke, Steven Shea, Antoinette S Gomes, Alistair A Young, David A Bluemke, João Ac Lima
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether sphericity volume index (SVI), an indicator of left ventricular (LV) remodelling, predicts incident cardiovascular events (coronary heart disease, CHD; all cardiovascular disease, CVD; heart failure, HF; atrial fibrillation, AF) over 10 years of follow-up in a multiethnic population (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). METHODS: 5004 participants free of known CVD had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 2000-2002. Cine images were analysed to compute, [Formula: see text] equivalent to LV volume/volume of sphere with length of LV as the diameter...
September 30, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660282/cross-talk-between-macrophages-and-atrial-myocytes-in-atrial-fibrillation
#15
Zewei Sun, Dongchen Zhou, Xudong Xie, Shuai Wang, Zhen Wang, Wenting Zhao, Hongfei Xu, Liangrong Zheng
Increased macrophage accumulation occurs in the atria of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the phenotype and functions of the macrophages in AF remain unclear. We investigated the macrophage-atrial myocyte interaction in AF patients and found that the increased macrophages were mainly pro-inflammatory macrophages (iNOS(+), Arg1(-)). Tachypacing of HL-1 atrial myocytes also led to pro-inflammatory macrophage polarization. In addition, lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated pro-inflammatory macrophages-induced atrial electrical remodeling, evidenced by increased AF incidence and decreased atrial effective refractory period and L-type calcium currents (I Ca-L) in both canine and mouse AF models...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659287/emerging-role-of-ivabradine-for-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation
#16
REVIEW
Sarah L Turley, Kerry E Francis, Denise K Lowe, William D Cahoon
Control of ventricular rate is recommended for patients with paroxysmal, persistent, or permanent atrial fibrillation (AF). Existing rate-control options, including beta-blockers, nondihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, and digoxin, are limited by adverse hemodynamic effects and their ability to attain target heart rate (HR). Ivabradine, a novel HR-controlling agent, decreases HR through deceleration of conduction through If ('funny') channels, and is approved for HR reduction in heart failure patients with ejection fraction less than 35% and elevated HR, despite optimal pharmacological treatment...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642883/sy-03-3-overview-of-somatic-mutations-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-aldosterone-producing-adenoma-apa
#17
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600472/nkx2-5-carp-signaling-pathway-contributes-to-the-regulation-of-ion-channel-remodeling-induced-by-rapid-pacing-in-rat-atrial-myocytes
#18
Wei Wang, Yun Zhu, Jianguang Yi, Wei Cheng
Remodeling of atrial electrophysiology and structure is the primary feature of atrial fibrillation (AF). Evidence suggests that abnormalities in the expression levels of embryological cardiovascular development‑associated transcription factors, including Nkx2.5, are crucial for the development of AF. Rat atrial myocardial cells (AMCs) in culture dishes were placed in an electric field and stimulated. Transmission electron microscopy was used to observe the ultrastucture prior to and following rapid pacing...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585197/does-deficiency-of-vitamin-d-increase-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-surgery
#19
Sadık Volkan Emren, Mustafa Aldemir, Fatih Ada
BACKGROUND: Deficiency of vitamin D is known to be effective in the development of hypertension, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and stroke. Deficiency of vitamin D was also shown to be associated with new onset atrial fibrillation (AF) by activating the renin-angiotensin system. This study investigated whether or not levels of vitamin D are effective in the development of AF after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. METHODS: A total of 283 patients undergoing CABG were included in this study...
August 22, 2016: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27582060/pitx2-modulates-a-tbx5-dependent-gene-regulatory-network-to-maintain-atrial-rhythm
#20
Rangarajan D Nadadur, Michael T Broman, Bastiaan Boukens, Stefan R Mazurek, Xinan Yang, Malou van den Boogaard, Jenna Bekeny, Margaret Gadek, Tarsha Ward, Min Zhang, Yun Qiao, James F Martin, Christine E Seidman, Jon Seidman, Vincent Christoffels, Igor R Efimov, Elizabeth M McNally, Christopher R Weber, Ivan P Moskowitz
Cardiac rhythm is extremely robust, generating 2 billion contraction cycles during the average human life span. Transcriptional control of cardiac rhythm is poorly understood. We found that removal of the transcription factor gene Tbx5 from the adult mouse caused primary spontaneous and sustained atrial fibrillation (AF). Atrial cardiomyocytes from the Tbx5-mutant mice exhibited action potential abnormalities, including spontaneous depolarizations, which were rescued by chelating free calcium. We identified a multitiered transcriptional network that linked seven previously defined AF risk loci: TBX5 directly activated PITX2, and TBX5 and PITX2 antagonistically regulated membrane effector genes Scn5a, Gja1, Ryr2, Dsp, and Atp2a2 In addition, reduced Tbx5 dose by adult-specific haploinsufficiency caused decreased target gene expression, myocardial automaticity, and AF inducibility, which were all rescued by Pitx2 haploinsufficiency in mice...
August 31, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
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