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Heart pathology

Oscar H L Bing
Ammonia plays a central role in the life and death of all living organisms and has been studied for over one hundred years. Ammonia is necessary for growth and development but it is toxic in excess and, as a result, differing methods of ammonia neutralization have evolved. Following physiological and pathological stress to the heart, tissue ammonia levels rise. Local ammonia neutralization may be inadequate and excess ammonia may exert its toxic effects. Phenylbutyrate (PBA), which is FDA approved for the treatment of elevated blood ammonia in urea cycle disorders, provides an accessory pathway for ammonia clearance...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Venkatraman Ravi, Aditi Jain, Faiz Ahamed, Nowrin Fathma, Perumal Arumugam Desingu, Nagalingam R Sundaresan
Heart is a dynamic organ that undergoes remodeling in response to both physiological and pathological stimuli. One of the fundamental cellular processes that facilitates changes in the size and shape of this muscular organ is the protein synthesis. Traditionally changes in cardiac protein synthesis levels were measured by radiolabeled tracers. However, these methods are often cumbersome and suffer from radioactive risk. Recently a nonradioactive method for detecting protein synthesis under in vitro conditions called the Surface Sensing of Translation (SUnSET) was described in cell lines of mouse dendrites and T cells...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Taishi Nakamura, Guangshuo Zhu, Mark J Ranek, Kristen Kokkonen-Simon, Manling Zhang, Grace E Kim, Kenichi Tsujita, David A Kass
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of sGC (soluble guanylate cyclase) or inhibition of PDE5 (phosphodiesterase type 5) activates PKG (protein kinase G)-1α to counteract cardiac hypertrophy and failure. PKG1α acts within localized intracellular domains; however, its oxidation at cysteine 42, linking homomonomers, alters this localization, impairing suppression of pathological cardiac stress. Because PDE5 and sGC reside in separate microdomains, we speculated that PKG1α oxidation might also differentially influence the effects from their pharmacological modulation...
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Shu Meng, Qilin Gu, Xiaojie Yang, Jie Lv, Iris Owusu, Gianfranco Matrone, Kaifu Chen, John P Cooke, Longhou Fang
Background -Angiogenesis is integral for embryogenesis, and targeting angiogenesis improves the outcome of many pathological conditions in patients. TBX20 is a crucial transcription factor for embryonic development, and its deficiency is associated with congenital heart disease. However, the role of TBX20 in angiogenesis has not been described. Methods -Loss- and gain-of-function approaches were used to explore the role of TBX20 in angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo Angiogenesis gene array was used to identify key downstream targets of TBX20...
March 15, 2018: Circulation
S Arques
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Conceptually, endothelial dysfunction, inflammatory status and oxidative stress are at the forefront in the onset and development of most cardiovascular diseases, particularly coronary artery disease and heart failure. Serum albumin, the most abundant plasma protein, has many physiological properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiplatelet aggregation activity. It also plays an essential role in the fluid exchange across the capillary membrane...
March 12, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Jaime Ibarrola, Rafael Sádaba, Amaia Garcia-Peña, Vanessa Arrieta, Ernesto Martinez-Martinez, Virginia Alvarez, Amaya Fernández-Celis, Alicia Gainza, Enrique Santamaría, Joaquin Fernández-Irigoyen, Victoria Cachofeiro, Renaud Fay, Patrick Rossignol, Natalia López-Andrés
AIMS: Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a β-galactoside-binding lectin involved in cardiac inflammation and fibrosis, could regulate oxidative stress, although the mechanisms have not been elucidated. We herein investigated the changes in oxidative stress-related mediators induced by Gal-3 in human cardiac fibroblasts and in pathological animal and human models of cardiac diseases. RESULTS: Using quantitative proteomics and immunodetection approaches, we have identified that Gal-3 down-regulated fumarate hydratase (FH) in human cardiac fibroblasts...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Swetha Sangomla, Mohd Aslam Saifi, Amit Khurana, Chandraiah Godugu
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most commonly used anticancer drugs but its use has been limited due to constraints of cardiotoxic side effects. The precise mechanism underlying cardiotoxicity is not yet fully understood but oxidative stress has been found to be a primary mechanism behind this. In addition, DOX induced cardiotoxicity also shows involvement of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6 and TNF-α. Since oxidative stress plays major role in DOX induced cardiotoxicity, different antioxidants have been tried to prevent cardiotoxicity of DOX...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Ni Zhu, Bing Yi, Zhifu Guo, Guanxin Zhang, Shengdong Huang, Yongwen Qin, Xianxian Zhao, Jianxin Sun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pim-1 is a serine/threonine kinase that is highly expressed in the heart, and exerts potent cardiac protective effects through enhancing survival, proliferation, and regeneration of cardiomyocytes. Its myocardial specific substrates, however, remain unknown. In the present study, we aim to investigate whether Pim-1 modulates myofilament activity through phosphorylation of cardiac troponin I (cTnI), a key component in regulating myofilament function in the heart. METHODS: Coimmunoprecipitation and immunofluorescent assays were employed to investigate the interaction of Pim-1 with cTnI in cardiomyocytes...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Jaime Fernández-Sarmiento, Joseph A Carcillo, Claudia M Salinas, Edgar F Galvis, Paula A López, Andrés Jagua-Gualdrón
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate adherence to the sepsis bundle before and after an educational strategy and its impact on hospital stay. DESIGN: A prospective, analytic, before-and-after study of children with severe sepsis and septic shock who presented to the emergency department. SETTING: Carried out from January to December 2014 in the emergency department of a quaternary care hospital. PATIENTS: Of a total of 19,836 children who presented to the emergency department, 4,383 had an infectious pathology, with 203 of these showing severe sepsis and septic shock (124 pre intervention, and 79 post intervention)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Irene Salamon, Gloria Saccani Jotti, Gianluigi Condorelli
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we summarize new knowledge on long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) linked to cardiovascular disease, in particular to heart failure. RECENT FINDINGS: LncRNAs are dysregulated in specific developmental and pathological conditions and regulate critical responses to stress. LncRNAs are being recognized as molecules regulating myocardial remodeling during disease, participating for instance in the regulation of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and function and fibroblast proliferation...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Sarosh Khan, Maria Ribeiro, Diogo Fernandes, Colin Reid
72 year old man with known systolic & diastolic heart failure presented with congestive cardiac failure symptoms over a period of 6 weeks. Successful resection of left upper lobe lung adenocarcinoma 4 years prior. Poor response to optimal medical therapy and IV diuresis. Repeat echocardiogram elicited rare images (Videos 1, 2 and 3) of a significant invasive pericardial tumour involving myocardium and endocardium (Figure 1). Comparative CT thorax images are also provided (Figure 2a & Figure 2b). The importance of cardiac silhouette evaluation on CXR's for interval change is highlighted with 6 month retrospective review in this case (Figure 3)...
March 14, 2018: Echo Research and Practice
Sarah A Aroner, Manja Koch, Kenneth J Mukamal, Jeremy D Furtado, James H Stein, Matthew C Tattersall, Robyn L McClelland, Majken K Jensen
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), a small proinflammatory protein present on 6% to 7% of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, defines a subspecies of HDL adversely associated with coronary heart disease in primarily white cohorts. In a multi-ethnic population free of clinical cardiovascular disease, we evaluated the relationship between apoC-III-defined HDL subspecies and subclinical markers of atherosclerotic pathology. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated cross-sectional associations between apolipoprotein A-I concentrations of apoC-III-defined HDL subspecies, measured via ELISA and imaging measures of subclinical atherosclerosis, among 4659 participants in the MESA (The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) at baseline (2000-2002)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Maria Luíza de Medeiros Rêgo, Daniel Aranha Rego Cabral, Eduardo Bodnariuc Fontes
Heart Failure is a clinical syndrome prevalent throughout the world and a major contribution to mortality of cardiac patients in Brazil. In addition, this pathology is strongly related to cerebral dysfunction, with a high prevalence of cognitive impairment. Many mechanisms may be related to cognitive loss, such as cerebral hypoperfusion, atrophy and loss of gray matter of the brain, and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The literature is clear regarding the benefits of aerobic physical activity in healthy populations in the modulation of the autonomic nervous system and in brain functions...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Peter Moritz Becher, Svenja Hinrichs, Nina Fluschnik, Jan K Hennigs, Karin Klingel, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann, Diana Lindner
Heart failure (HF) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the western world. Although optimal medical care and treatment is widely available, the prognosis of patients with HF is still poor. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are important compartments of the innate immunity. Current studies have identified TLRs as critical mediators in cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, we investigated the involvement of TLRs and interferon (IFN) regulatory factors (IRFs) in different experimental HF models including viral myocarditis, myocardial ischemia, diabetes mellitus, and cardiac hypertrophy...
2018: PloS One
Eva Karolina Harmel, Hermann Reichenspurner, Evaldas Girdauskas
OBJECTIVE: Mitral valve repair using an undersized complete annuloplasty ring in secondary mitral regurgitation with restricted leaflet motion during systole (Carpentier's surgical classification of mitral valve pathology: type IIIb) only inadequately addresses the underlying left ventricular disease. This may lead to an ongoing ventricular remodelling and progressive papillary muscle displacement with increasing leaflet tethering. Several subannular techniques have been proposed to counteract the reoccurrence of mitral regurgitation after mitral valve repair...
March 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Hua-Sheng Ding, Yan Huang, Zhen Chen, Yan-Hong Tang, Dan-Dan Wang, Di Fan, Cong-Xin Huang
Regulator of G-protein signalling 5 (RGS5) is, highly expressed in different cell types of the adult human heart, and it is a negative regulator of G protein-mediated signalling that inactivats Gα(q) and Gα(i) and thereby inhibits many signalling pathways. However, the critical role of RGS5 in the pathology of myocardial infarction (MI) remains unexplored. Here, an in vitro MI model, induced by the permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, was used with the isolated hearts of wild type (WT) and RGS5-knockout (KO) mice...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Meiling Yan, Kankai Chen, Li He, Shuai Li, Dong Huang, Jingbo Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hyperuricemia is associated with an increased risk for multiple cardiovascular diseases, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely elusive. Calpain-1 is a protease that is implicated in several pathological conditions that affect the heart. The aim of this current study was to test the effects of uric acid (UA) on cardiomyocyte survival and cardiac function and to investigate the role of calpain-1 in the UA-induced effects in the heart and their underlying mechanisms...
March 7, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Bozidarka L Zaric, Milan Obradovic, Vladan Bajic, Mohamed A Haidara, Milos Jovanovic, Esma R Isenovic
Homocysteine (Hcy) is thiol group containing the amino acid, which naturally occurs in all humans. Hcy is degraded in the body through two metabolic pathways, while a minor part is excreted through kidneys. The chemical reactions that are necessary for degradation of Hcy require the presence of the folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. Consequently, the level of the total Hcy in the serum is influenced by the presence or absence of these vitamins. An elevated level of the Hcy, hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and homocystinuria are connected with occlusive artery disease, especially in the brain, the heart, and the kidney, in addition to venous thrombosis, chronic renal failure, megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, pregnancy problems, and others...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Cheng Sun, Maria I Kontaridis
The heart is one of the first organs to form and function during embryonic development. It is comprised of multiple cell lineages, each integral for proper cardiac development, and include cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, epicardial cells and neural crest cells. The molecular mechanisms regulating cardiac development and morphogenesis are dependent on signaling crosstalk between multiple lineages through paracrine interactions, cell-ECM interactions, and cell-cell interactions, which together, help facilitate survival, growth, proliferation, differentiation and migration of cardiac tissue...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Physiology
Sebastian Polak, Barbara Wiśniowska, Aleksander Mendyk, Adam Pacławski, Jakub Szlęk
Human heart electrophysiology is complex biological phenomenon, which is indirectly assessed by the measured ECG signal. ECG trace is further analyzed to derive interpretable surrogates including QT interval, QRS complex, PR interval, and T wave morphology. QT interval and its modification are the most commonly used surrogates of the drug triggered arrhythmia, but it is known that the QT interval itself is determined by other nondrug related parameters, physiological and pathological. In the current study, we used the computational intelligence algorithms to analyze correlations between various simulated physiological parameters and QT interval...
2018: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
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