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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546098/altered-long-non-coding-rna-expression-profile-in-rabbit-atria-with-atrial-fibrillation-tcons_00075467-modulates-atrial-electrical-remodeling-by-sponging-mir-328-to-regulate-cacna1c
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Zhan Li, Ximin Wang, Weizong Wang, Juanjuan Du, Jinqiu Wei, Yong Zhang, Jiangrong Wang, Yinglong Hou
Electrical remodeling has been reported to play a major role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been increasingly recognized as contributors to the pathology of heart diseases. However, the roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs in electrical remodeling during AF remain unknown. In this study, the lncRNA expression profiles of right atria were investigated in AF and non-AF rabbit models by using RNA sequencing technique and validated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546006/atrial-myofibroblast-activation-and-connective-tissue-formation-in-a-porcine-model-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-reduced-left-ventricular-function
#2
Patrick Lugenbiel, Fabian Wenz, Katharina Govorov, Pascal Syren, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with fibrosis that slows electrical conduction and causes perpetuation of the arrhythmia. The molecular characterization of AF pathophysiology may provide novel therapeutic options. This study was designed to elucidate profibrotic signaling and myofibroblast activation in a porcine model of atrial tachypacing-induced AF and reduced left ventricular function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten domestic pigs were randomized to sinus rhythm (SR) or AF groups...
May 22, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534025/atrial-fibrillation-dynamics-and-ionic-block-effects-in-six-heterogeneous-human-3d-virtual-atria-with-distinct-repolarization-dynamics
#3
Carlos Sánchez, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Esther Pueyo, Blanca Rodríguez
Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually manifests as reentrant circuits propagating through the whole atria creating chaotic activation patterns. Little is yet known about how differences in electrophysiological and ionic properties between patients modulate reentrant patterns in AF. The goal of this study is to quantify how variability in action potential duration (APD) at different stages of repolarization determines AF dynamics and their modulation by ionic block using a set of virtual whole-atria human models...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526353/stretch-activated-two-pore-domain-k2p-potassium-channels-in-the-heart-focus-on-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Constanze Schmidt, Felix Wiedmann, Stefan M Kallenberger, Antonius Ratte, Jan S Schulte, Beatrix Scholz, Frank Ulrich Müller, Niels Voigt, Maria-Patapia Zafeiriou, Joachim R Ehrlich, Ursula Tochtermann, Gábor Veres, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Karck, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
Two-pore-domain potassium (K2P) channels modulate cellular excitability. The significance of stretch-activated cardiac K2P channels (K2P2.1, TREK-1, KCNK2; K2P4.1, TRAAK, KCNK4; K2P10.1, TREK-2, KCNK10) in heart disease has not been elucidated in detail. The aim of this work was to assess expression and remodeling of mechanosensitive K2P channels in atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) patients in comparison to murine models. Cardiac K2P channel levels were quantified in atrial (A) and ventricular (V) tissue obtained from patients undergoing open heart surgery...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525549/the-change-in-circulating-galectin-3-predicts-absence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-thoracoscopic-surgical-ablation
#5
Wouter R Berger, Benoît Jagu, Nicoline W E van den Berg, Dean R P P Chan Pin Yin, Jan P van Straalen, Onno J de Boer, Antoine H G Driessen, Jolien Neefs, Sébastien P J Krul, WimJan P van Boven, Allard C van der Wal, Joris R de Groot
Aims: Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is an important mediator of cardiac fibrosis, particularly in heart failure. Increased Gal-3 concentration (Gal-3), associated with increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), may reflect atrial fibrotic remodelling underlying AF progression. We aimed to investigate whether the change in serum Gal-3 reflects alterations of the arrhythmogenic atrial substrate following thoracoscopic AF surgery, and predicts absence of AF. Methods and results: Consecutive patients undergoing thoracoscopic AF surgery were included...
May 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515003/reverse-atrial-electrical-remodeling-induced-by-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Bryce Alexander, Fariha Sadiq, Kousha Azimi, Benedict Glover, Pavel Antiperovitch, Wilma M Hopman, Zardasht Jaff, Adrian Baranchuk
PURPOSE: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been shown to improve left atrial function; however the effect on reverse electrical remodeling has been poorly evaluated. We hypothesized that CRT might induce reverse atrial electrical remodeling manifesting in the surface ECG as a shortening in P-wave duration. METHODS: Patients with CRT and more than 92% biventricular pacing at minimum follow-up of 1 year were included in the analysis. Those with prior history of atrial fibrillation (AF) were excluded...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510575/electro-mechanical-dynamics-of-spiral-waves-in-a-discrete-2d-model-of-human-atrial-tissue
#7
Paul Brocklehurst, Haibo Ni, Henggui Zhang, Jianqiao Ye
We investigate the effect of mechano-electrical feedback and atrial fibrillation induced electrical remodelling (AFER) of cellular ion channel properties on the dynamics of spiral waves in a discrete 2D model of human atrial tissue. The tissue electro-mechanics are modelled using the discrete element method (DEM). Millions of bonded DEM particles form a network of coupled atrial cells representing 2D cardiac tissue, allowing simulations of the dynamic behaviour of electrical excitation waves and mechanical contraction in the tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507060/alogliptin-a-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-alleviates-atrial-remodeling-and-improves-mitochondrial-function-and-biogenesis-in-diabetic-rabbits
#8
Xiaowei Zhang, Zhiwei Zhang, Yungang Zhao, Ning Jiang, Jiuchun Qiu, Yajuan Yang, Jian Li, Xue Liang, Xinghua Wang, Gary Tse, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence implicating atrial mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. In this study, we explored whether alogliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, can prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and atrial remodeling in a diabetic rabbit model. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 90 rabbits were randomized into 3 groups as follows: control group (n=30), alloxan-induced diabetes mellitus group (n=30), and alogliptin-treated (12...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506917/atrial-antitachycardia-pacing-and-atrial-remodeling-a-substudy-of-the-international-randomized-minerva-trial
#9
Giuseppe Boriani, Raymond Tukkie, Mauro Biffi, Lluis Mont, Renato Ricci, Helmut Pürerfellner, Giovanni Luca Botto, Antonis S Manolis, Maurizio Landolina, Michele Gulizia, J Harrison Hudnall, Lorenza Mangoni, Andrea Grammatico, Luigi Padeletti
BACKGROUND: Atrial tachycardia (AT) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are common in pacemaker patients and are associated with bad prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate atrial antitachycardia pacing impact on AT/AF induced atrial remodeling, measured by early recurrence of AT/AF (ERAF) and by change in left atrium diameter (LAD). To evaluate impact of AT/AF duration on ERAF incidence. METHODS: Pacemaker patients were randomized to dual-chamber pacing (Control DDDR-385 patients), managed ventricular pacing (MVP-398 patients) or atrial antitachycardia pacing plus MVP (DDDRP+MVP-383 patients)...
May 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501100/comparison-of-direct-current-synchronized-cardioversion-to-ibutilide-guided-catheter-ablation-for-long-term-sinus-rhythm-maintenance-after-isolated-pulmonary-vein-isolation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#10
Maojing Wang, Qing Zhao, Wei Ding, Shanglang Cai
Use of the antiarrhythmic ibutilide after isolated pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) might distinguish atrial remodeling severity and cases requiring further substrate modification, thereby improving efficacy of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment. Ninety-six consecutive patients with persistent AF were randomized after PVI to either direct current synchronized cardioversion (DCC group, n = 48) or 1 mg of intravenous ibutilide (ibutilide group, n = 48) followed by no further intervention if AF converted to sinus rhythm (SR) within 30 minutes (ibutilide conversion subgroup) or by complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) ablation until SR recovery or complete CFAE elimination (ibutilide nonconversion subgroup)...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498436/exposure-to-a-chronic-high-fat-diet-promotes-atrial-structure-and-gap-junction-remodeling-in-rats
#11
Tianyu Meng, Gong Cheng, Yuejiao Wei, Shuting Ma, Yongrong Jiang, Jine Wu, Xin Zhou, Chaofeng Sun
Obesity has been demonstrated to be linked to atrial fibrillation (AF) with atrial enlargement and tissue fibrosis. Long-term high calorie intake is the main reason for the prevalence of obesity. To investigate the possible causes of AF, such as chronic high-fat diet (HFD), and to identify the underlying mechanisms, the present study analyzed a variety of structural and gap junctional electrophysiological alterations in the atria of female rats fed an HFD. After consistent HFD feeding of female rats for 12 weeks, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Masson's staining, RT-qPCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence and TUNEL staining were performed...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494969/rate-dependent-role-of-ikur-in-human-atrial-repolarization-and-atrial-fibrillation-maintenance
#12
Martin Aguilar, Jianlin Feng, Edward Vigmond, Philippe Comtois, Stanley Nattel
The atrial-specific ultrarapid delayed rectifier K(+) current (IKur) inactivates slowly but completely at depolarized voltages. The consequences for IKur rate-dependence have not been analyzed in detail and currently available mathematical action-potential (AP) models do not take into account experimentally observed IKur inactivation dynamics. Here, we developed an updated formulation of IKur inactivation that accurately reproduces time-, voltage-, and frequency-dependent inactivation. We then modified the human atrial cardiomyocyte Courtemanche AP model to incorporate realistic IKur inactivation properties...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484965/the-protective-role-of-small-heat-shock-proteins-in-cardiac-diseases-key-role-in-atrial-fibrillation
#13
Xu Hu, Denise M S Van Marion, Marit Wiersma, Deli Zhang, Bianca J J M Brundel
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common tachyarrhythmia which is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. AF usually progresses from a self-terminating paroxysmal to persistent disease. It has been recognized that AF progression is driven by structural remodeling of cardiomyocytes, which results in electrical and contractile dysfunction of the atria. We recently showed that structural remodeling is rooted in derailment of proteostasis, i.e., homeostasis of protein production, function, and degradation...
May 8, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475580/neural-substrate-of-posterior-left-atrium-a-novel-modulation-for-inducibility-and-remodeling-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-canine
#14
Mu Qin, Li Li, Xu Liu, Tao Liu, Shao Bo Shi
BACKGROUND: The neural mechanism of posterior left atrium (PLA) for genesis of atrial fibrillation has not been completely elucidated. We sought to assess the contribution of PLA denervation on atrial fibrillation (AF) inducibility and atrial remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: After left thoracotomy in anesthetized dogs (n = 32), electrode catheters were attached to the PLA, left atrial roof, left pulmonary vein and left atrial appendage. Experiment 1 (n = 16): Vagal stimulation (VS group, n = 8) led to more pronounced ERP shortening in PLA than in other sites (CTL:71±7 ms vs VS: 52±6 ms, P<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464988/usefulness-of-collagen-carboxy-terminal-propeptide-and-telopeptide-to-predict-disturbances-of-long-term-mortality-in-patients-%C3%A2-60%C3%A2-years-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#15
Johan Löfsjögård, Thomas Kahan, Javier Díez, Begoña López, Arantxa González, Susana Ravassa, Märit Mejhert, Magnus Edner, Hans Persson
Disturbances of collagen metabolism may alter the myocardial collagen network and contribute to cardiac remodeling and prognosis in heart failure (HF). Collagen type I synthesis and degradation can be assessed indirectly by the circulating biomarkers carboxy-terminal propeptide (PICP) and carboxy-terminal telopeptide (CITP), respectively. We examined the associations between PICP and CITP and long-term mortality in patients with HF. The Optimizing Congestive Heart Failure Outpatient Clinic (OPTIMAL) project studied patients aged ≥60 years with New York Heart Association class II to IV and HF with reduced ejection fraction (EF) hospitalized with acute HF during 1996 to 1999...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457238/arrhythmias-in-patients-with-atrial-defects
#16
REVIEW
Tahmeed Contractor, Ravi Mandapati
Atrial arrhythmias are common in patients with atrial septal defects. A myriad of factors are responsible for these that include remodeling related to the defect and scar created by the repair or closure. An understanding of potential arrhythmias, along with entrainment and high-density activation mapping can result in accurate diagnosis and successful ablation. Atrial fibrillation is being seen increasingly after patent foramen ovale closure and may be the primary etiology of recurrent stroke in these patients...
June 2017: Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450367/atrial-fibrillation-epidemiology-pathophysiology-and-clinical-outcomes
#17
REVIEW
Laila Staerk, Jason A Sherer, Darae Ko, Emelia J Benjamin, Robert H Helm
The past 3 decades have been characterized by an exponential growth in knowledge and advances in the clinical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). It is now known that AF genesis requires a vulnerable atrial substrate and that the formation and composition of this substrate may vary depending on comorbid conditions, genetics, sex, and other factors. Population-based studies have identified numerous factors that modify the atrial substrate and increase AF susceptibility. To date, genetic studies have reported 17 independent signals for AF at 14 genomic regions...
April 28, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447159/catheter-ablation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-beneficial-effect-of-a%C3%A2-short-term-adjunctive-amiodarone-therapy-on-the-long-term-outcome
#18
Klaus Kettering, Felix Gramley
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has become the first line therapy in patients with symptomatic, recurrent, drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. Circumferential pulmonary vein ablation is still the standard approach in these patients. However, the results are not very favorable (especially in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation). Therefore, more complex ablation strategies and the usefulness of (short-term) adjunctive antiarrhythmic drug therapy are a matter of discussion. The aim of this study was to analyze whether short-term amiodarone therapy after catheter ablation (3 months) has a positive effect on the success rates after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation...
April 26, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444455/prevalence-predictors-and-prognostic-implications-of-residual-impairment-of-functional-capacity-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#19
Mohammad Abdelghani, Rafael Cavalcante, Yosuke Miyazaki, Robbert J de Winter, Rogério Sarmento-Leite, José A Mangione, Alexandre Abizaid, Pedro A Lemos, Patrick W Serruys, Fabio S de Brito
BACKGROUND: Patients with degenerative aortic stenosis (AS) referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) typically have advanced cardiac and vascular adverse remodeling and multiple comorbidities and, therefore, might not recover a normal functional capacity after valve replacement. We sought to investigate the prevalence, the predictors, and the prognostic impact of residual impairment of functional capacity after TAVI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Out of 790 patients undergoing TAVI with impaired functional capacity (NYHA II-IV) at baseline, NYHA functional class improved in 592 (86...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
#20
Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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