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Andrea B Agarwal, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Amy L Altick, David R Quilici, Dan Wen, L Alan Johnson, Christopher S von Bartheld
Purpose: To determine whether structural protein composition and expression of key regulatory genes are altered in strabismic human extraocular muscles. Methods: Samples from strabismic horizontal extraocular muscles were obtained during strabismus surgery and compared with normal muscles from organ donors. We used proteomics, standard and customized PCR arrays, and microarrays to identify changes in major structural proteins and changes in gene expression. We focused on muscle and connective tissue and its control by enzymes, growth factors, and cytokines...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Zhen Wang, Chao Yu, Xin-Hua Li, Bing-Qing Deng
BACKGROUND: There is limited information about oxidative stress and inflammation on the mortality of Chinese hemodialysis (HD) patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 177 HD patients and 35 healthy controls were enrolled. Their demographic information, clinical characteristics, oxidant and inflammation markers were compared. Multivariate Cox regression analysis was used to assess the risk factors for mortality. RESULTS: Twenty-seven (15...
October 21, 2016: Renal Failure
Wouter C Meijers, A Rogier van der Velde, Anneke C Muller Kobold, Janneke Dijck-Brouwer, Alan H Wu, Allan Jaffe, Rudolf A de Boer
AIMS: Biomarkers can be used for diagnosis, risk stratification, or management of patients with heart failure (HF). Knowledge about the biological variation is needed for proper interpretation of serial measurements. Therefore, we aimed to determine and compare the biological variation of a large panel of biomarkers in healthy subjects and in patients with chronic HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: The biological variability of established biomarkers [NT-proBNP and high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT)], novel biomarkers [galectin-3, suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (ST2), and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15)], and renal/neurohormonal biomarkers (aldosterone, phosphate, parathyroid hormone, plasma renin concentration, and creatinine) was determined in 28 healthy subjects and 83 HF patients, over a period of 4 months and 6 weeks, respectively...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Jessica Vanhaebost, Kewin Ducrot, Sébastien de Froidmont, Maria Pia Scarpelli, Coraline Egger, Pia Baumann, Gregory Schmit, Silke Grabherr, Cristian Palmiere
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess whether the identification of pathological myocardial enhancement at multiphase postmortem computed tomography angiography was correlated with increased levels of troponin T and I in postmortem serum from femoral blood as well as morphological findings of myocardial ischemia. We further aimed to investigate whether autopsy cases characterized by increased troponin T and I concentrations as well as morphological findings of myocardial ischemia were also characterized by pathological myocardial enhancement at multiphase postmortem computed tomography angiography...
October 20, 2016: La Radiologia Medica
Robert F Riley, Chadwick D Miller, Gregory B Russell, Erin N Harper, Brian C Hiestand, James W Hoekstra, Cedric W Lefebvre, Bret A Nicks, David M Cline, Kim L Askew, Simon A Mahler
INTRODUCTION: The HEART Pathway is a diagnostic protocol designed to identify low-risk patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain that are safe for early discharge. This protocol has been shown to significantly decrease health care resource utilization compared with usual care. However, the impact of the HEART Pathway on the cost of care has yet to be reported. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a cost analysis of patients enrolled in the HEART Pathway trial, which randomized participants to either usual care or the HEART Pathway protocol...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Yasuo Amano, Fumi Yanagisawa, Masaki Tachi, Hidenobu Hashimoto, Shogo Imai, Shinichiro Kumita
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of T2 mapping for detecting myocardial injuries in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS: Twenty-one HCM patients and 7 healthy volunteers were examined. The T2 values were measured at hyperintense areas (high-T2 areas) identified with T2 mapping, at late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) areas, and in nullified myocardium of the HCM patients. The associations between T2 values and laboratory data or LGE areas were assessed...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Michelle Ma Kip, Lotte Mg Steuten, Hendrik Koffijberg, Maarten J IJzerman, Ron Kusters
Early health technology assessment can provide insight in the potential cost-effectiveness of new tests to guide further development decisions. This can increase their potential benefit but often requires evidence which is lacking in early test development stages. Then, expert elicitation may be used to generate evidence on the impact of tests on patient management. This is illustrated in a case study on a new triple biomarker test (copeptin, heart-type fatty acid binding protein, and high-sensitivity troponin [HsTn]) at hospital admission...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Z Q Lu, Y Ren, X H Zhou, X F Yu, J Huang, D Y Yu, X X Wang, Y Z Wang
As meat quality is basically dependent on muscle fibre characteristics, it is important to know how muscle fibres are regulated and transformed. This study aimed to investigate the effect of maternal dietary supplementation on muscle fibre types using 3% saturated fatty acid (palmitic acid, PA) or 3% unsaturated fatty acid (linoleic acid, LA) from 80 days of gestation to the weaning of offspring (25 days post-natal). The results indicated that higher mRNA levels of MyHCI type genes were found in the soleus muscles of piglets that suckled from LA-supplemented sows than from PA-supplemented sows...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Evangelos Giannitsis, Hugo A Katus
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with high all-cause and PE-related mortality and requires individualized management. After confirmation of PE, a refined risk stratification is particularly warranted among normotensive patients. Previous prognostic models favored combinations of echocardiography or computed tomography suggestive of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction together with biomarkers of RV dysfunction (natriuretic peptides) or myocardial injury (cardiac troponins) to identify candidates for thrombolysis or embolectomy...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
Kai König, Katelyn J Guy, Claudia A Nold-Petry, Charles P Barfield, Geraldine Walsh, Sandra M Drew, Alex Veldman, Marcel F Nold, Dan M Casalaz
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is often complicated by pulmonary hypertension (PH). We investigated three biomarkers potentially suitable as screening markers for extremely preterm infants at risk of BPD-associated PH. In this prospective observational cohort study conducted in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit, 83 preterm infants with BPD born <28 weeks gestation and still inpatients at 36 weeks corrected age received an echocardiogram and blood tests of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), troponin I, and YKL-40...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Ahmad Separham, Samad Ghaffari, Hossein Najafi, Reza Ghaffari, Mojtaba Ziaee, Hossein Babaei
Allopurinol may have protective effects over ischemic reperfusion injury and reduce infarct size. In this randomized study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of allopurinol in patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing thrombolytic therapy. Overall, 140 patients with STEMI were randomly assigned to receive 400 mg of allopurinol or placebo before treating with streptokinase. Then, study group received 100 mg of allopurinol daily for 28 days and placebo group received placebo for the same period...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Yasmin Hakim, Anna Forbes, Momina Khan, Benjamin C Whitelaw
Chest pain with elevated serum troponin is a common clinical presentation and is normally managed as suspected myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We report a 49 year old man who presented with central chest pain sweating and breathlessness. He had a significantly elevated serum troponin I level and a subsequent angiogram showed near normal coronary arteries. He was subsequently investigated for fever and found to have a 3cm right sided adrenal mass consistent with a pheochromocytoma. After confirmation and appropriate blockade laparoscopic adrenalectomy was performed...
2016: Acute Medicine
Mohit Arora, Rekha S Patil
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: To study the cardiac manifestations of the dengue fever. METHODS: This one year descriptive study was undertaken at KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Belgaum under the Department of Medicine. A total of 120 patients with either dengue IgM or IgM and IgG were studied. The assessment of cardiac manifestations was done based on electrocardiogram, 2D echocardiography and cardiac enzymes. RESULTS: Of the 120 patients, 85 (70...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Sampath K Gollapudi, Murali Chandra
Many studies have demonstrated that depressed myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity is common to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in humans. However, it remains unclear whether a single determinant-such as myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity-is sufficient to characterize all cases of DCM because the severity of disease varies widely with a given mutation. Because dynamic features dominate in the heart muscle, alterations in dynamic contractile parameters may offer better insight on the molecular mechanisms that underlie disparate effects of DCM mutations on cardiac phenotypes...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Noemi Pavo, Raphael Wurm, Stephanie Neuhold, Christopher Adlbrecht, Greisa Vila, Guido Strunk, Martin Clodi, Michael Resl, Helmut Brath, Rudolf Prager, Anton Luger, Richard Pacher, Martin Hülsmann
BACKGROUND: Diabetes has been linked epidemiologically to increased cancer incidence and mortality. Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) is increased in patients with diabetes and has recently been linked to the occurrence of cancer. We investigated whether circulating GDF-15 concentrations can predict the incidence of malignant diseases in a diabetic patient cohort already facing increased risk for cancer. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled a total of 919 patients with type 2 diabetes and no history of malignant disease, who were clinically followed up for 60 months...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
Valentina Carubelli, Gad Cotter, Beth Davison, Jemal Gishe, Stefanie Senger, Ivano Bonadei, Elio Gorga, Valentina Lazzarini, Carlo Lombardi, Marco Metra
BACKGROUND: In-hospital worsening heart failure (WHF) is predictive of worse post-discharge outcomes and has been recently used as an endpoint in clinical trials in acute heart failure (AHF). METHODS: We described the clinical and prognostic significance of WHF in consecutive patients hospitalized for AHF at our institute. WHF was defined as worsening signs and symptoms of HF requiring treatment intensification. We compared WHF events by day 7 (early WHF) with WHF occurring at any time during admission...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Giuseppina Novo, Christian Cadeddu, Vincenzo Sucato, Pasquale Pagliaro, Silvio Romano, Carlo G Tocchetti, Concetta Zito, Luca Longobardo, Savina Nodari, Maria Penco
Early detection of anticancer drug-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) has been evaluated by most international scientific cardiology and oncology societies. High expectations have been placed on the use of specific biomarkers. In recent years, conventional biomarkers and molecules of more recent interest have been tested and compared in the context of anticancer drug-related CTX. Encouraging results were obtained from studies on molecules of myocardial damage, such as troponin and markers of myocardial wall stress, including circulating natriuretic peptides, as well as from the assessment of the products of inflammation or circulating levels of free radicals...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
John W Pickering, Jaimi H Greenslade, Louise Cullen, Dylan Flaws, William Parsonage, Sally Aldous, Peter George, Andrew Worster, Peter A Kavsak, Martin P Than
BACKGROUND: -The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) new guidelines to rule-in and rule-out acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the emergency department (ED) include a rapid assessment algorithm based on high-sensitivity cardiac troponin and sampling at zero and one hour. ED physicians require very high sensitivity to confidently rule-out AMI, while cardiologists aim to minimise false positive results. METHODS: -High-sensitivity troponin I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) assays were used to measure troponin concentrations in patients presenting with chest-pain symptoms and being investigated for possible acute coronary syndrome at hospitals in New Zealand, Australia and Canada...
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Allan S Jaffe, Harvey D White
High sensitivity cardiac troponin (hscTn) assays are used everywhere except in the United States.(1) One potential advantage of these assays is the ability to triage patients with possible ischemia more rapidly and, there is an understandable desire to find easy, facile algorithms to do this. This was the approach taken with hscTn in the evaluation of patients with possible acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using an algorithm developed by the Advantageous Predictors of Acute Coronary Syndromes Evaluation (APACE) trial...
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Nilson T Poppi, Luís H W Gowdak, Luciana O C Dourado, Eduardo L Adam, Thiago N P Leite, Bruno M Mioto, José E Krieger, Luiz A M César, Alexandre C Pereira
BACKGROUND: The predictors of cardiovascular events in patients with chronic refractory angina are limited. High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) assays are biomarkers that may be used to determine the prognosis of patients with stable coronary artery disease. HYPOTHESIS: Hs-cTnT is a predictor of death and nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with refractory angina. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 117 consecutive patients in this study...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
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