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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156642/is-the-benefit-risk-ratio-for-patients-with-transfusion-dependent-thalassemia-treated-by-unrelated-cord-blood-transplantation-favorable
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REVIEW
Tang-Her Jaing
Transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT) is an inherited disorder characterized by absent or defective production of α- or β-hemoglobin chains. If untreated, the disease invariably culminates in death in early infancy due to cardiac failure or overwhelming infection. Although there is clear evidence of good health-related quality of life and return to normal life style, the choice to undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains a challenge because of the potential risk of transplant-related mortality (TRM) in TDT...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156374/genetic-profiling-and-surface-proteome-analysis-of-human-atrial-stromal-cells-and-rat-ventricular-epicardium-derived-cells-reveals-novel-insights-into-their-cardiogenic-potential
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Sebastian Temme, Daniela Friebe, Timo Schmidt, Gereon Poschmann, Julia Hesse, Bodo Steckel, Kai Stühler, Meik Kunz, Thomas Dandekar, Zhaoping Ding, Payam Akhyari, Artur Lichtenberg, Jürgen Schrader
Epicardium-derived cells (EPDC) and atrial stromal cells (ASC) display cardio-regenerative potential, but the molecular details are still unexplored. Signals which induce activation, migration and differentiation of these cells are largely unknown. Here we have isolated rat ventricular EPDC and rat/human ASC and performed genetic and proteomic profiling. EPDC and ASC expressed epicardial/mesenchymal markers (WT-1, Tbx18, CD73, CD90, CD44, CD105), cardiac markers (Gata4, Tbx5, troponin T) and also contained phosphocreatine...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155816/liposomal-amphotericin-b-in-travelers-with-cutaneous-and-muco-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-not-a-panacea
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Romain Guery, Benoit Henry, Guillaume Martin-Blondel, Claire Rouzaud, Florence Cordoliani, Gundel Harms, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Françoise Foulet, Emmanuelle Bourrat, Michel Baccard, Gloria Morizot, Paul-Henri Consigny, Antoine Berry, Johannes Blum, Olivier Lortholary, Pierre Buffet
BACKGROUND: Complex cutaneous and muco-cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL and MCL) often requires systemic therapy. Liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) has a strong potential for a solid clinical benefit in this indication. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of data from a French centralized referral treatment program and from the "LeishMan" European consortium database. All patients with parasitologically proven CL or MCL who received at least one dose of L-AmB were included...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155790/a-mouse-5-6th-nephrectomy-model-that-induces-experimental-uremic-cardiomyopathy
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Xiaoliang Wang, Muhammad A Chaudhry, Ying Nie, Zijian Xie, Joseph I Shapiro, Jiang Liu
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a great risk factor for cardiovascular disease events and mortality, and progressively develops to the clinical phenotype called "uremic cardiomyopathy". We describe here an experimental CKD mouse model, named 5/6(th) partial nephrectomy (PNx) with pole ligation, which developed uremic cardiomyopathy at four weeks post-surgery. This PNx model was performed by a two-step surgery. In step-one surgery, both poles of the left kidney were ligated. In step-two surgery, which was performed 7 days after the step-one surgery, the right kidney was removed...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155718/the-murine-choline-deficient-ethionine-supplemented-cde-diet-model-of-chronic-liver-injury
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Jully Gogoi-Tiwari, Julia Köhn-Gaone, Corey Giles, Dirk Schmidt-Arras, Francis D Gratte, Caryn L Elsegood, Geoffrey W McCaughan, Grant A Ramm, John K Olynyk, Janina E E Tirnitz-Parker
Chronic liver diseases, such as viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, are characterized by continual inflammation, progressive destruction and regeneration of the hepatic parenchyma, liver progenitor cell proliferation, and fibrosis. The end-stage of every chronic liver disease is cirrhosis, a major risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. To study processes regulating disease initiation, establishment, and progression, several animal models are used in laboratories...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155436/enzyme-replacement-therapy-for-infantile-onset-pompe-disease
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REVIEW
Min Chen, Lingli Zhang, Shuyan Quan
BACKGROUND: Infantile-onset Pompe disease is a rare and progressive autosomal-recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA). Current treatment involves enzyme replacement therapy (with recombinant human alglucosidase alfa) and symptomatic therapies (e.g. to control secretions). Children who are cross-reactive immunological material (CRIM)-negative require immunomodulation prior to commencing enzyme replacement therapy.Enzyme replacement therapy was developed as the most promising therapeutic approach for Pompe disease; however, the evidence is lacking, especially regarding the optimal dose and dose frequency...
November 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155119/high-serum-bilirubin-is-associated-with-lower-prevalence-of-peripheral-arterial-disease-among-cardiac-patients
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Michishige Ozeki, Hideaki Morita, Masatoshi Miyamura, Tomohiro Fujisaka, Shu-Ichi Fujita, Takahide Ito, Kensaku Shibata, Suguru Tanaka, Koichi Sohmiya, Masaaki Hoshiga, Nobukazu Ishizaka
Several studies have shown that subjects with higher serum bilirubin may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disorders. We herein investigated whether serum bilirubin concentration is associated with lower extremity ischemia among cardiology patients. In total, 935 patients without a history of angioplasty or bypass surgery of the lower limb arteries and who had bilateral ankle-brachial index measurements were included in the study. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) was defined to be present when ABI of either or both sides was <0...
November 18, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155116/the-effect-of-steroids-on-complications-readmission-and-reoperation-after-posterior-lumbar-fusion
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Michael B Cloney, Roxanna M Garcia, Zachary A Smith, Nader S Dahdaleh
BACKGROUND DATA: The effects of chronic corticosteroid therapy on complications, readmission, and reoperation after posterior lumbar fusion (PLF) remains under-investigated and was examined to determine differences in outcomes. METHODS: We analyzed patients from 2006 to 2013 using the National Surgery Quality Improvement Program database (NSQIP) undergoing PLF. Patients taking steroids for a chronic condition were compared to those not taking steroids. Multivariable regression identified factors independently associated with complications, readmission, and reoperation...
November 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155072/a-protocol-to-study-ex-vivo-mouse-working-heart-at-human-like-heart-rate
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Han-Zhong Feng, Jian-Ping Jin
Genetically modified mice are widely used as experimental models to study human heart function and diseases. However, the fast rate of normal mouse heart at 400-600bpm limits its capacity of assessing kinetic parameters that are important for the physiology and pathophysiology of human heart that beats at a much slower rate (75-180bpm). To extend the value of mouse models, we established a protocol to study ex vivo mouse working hearts at a human-like heart rate. In the presence of 300μM lidocaine to lower pacemaker and conductive activities and prevent arrhythmia, a stable rate of 120-130bpm at 37°C is achieved for ex vivo mouse working hearts...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154888/activation-of-yap1-taz-signaling-in-ischemic-heart-disease-and-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#10
Ning Hou, Ying Wen, Xun Yuan, Haodong Xu, Xuejun Wang, Faqian Li, Bo Ye
Genetic manipulation of key components of the evolutionally conserved Hippo pathway has shown that the precise control of these signaling molecules is critical to cardiac development and response to stresses. However, how this pathway is involved in the progression of cardiac dysfunction in different heart diseases remains unclear. We investigated the expressional levels and subcellular localization of Yap1, Taz, and Tead1 and determined Hippo target gene expression in failing human hearts with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) and mouse desmin-related cardiomyopathy (DES)...
November 15, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154691/optimal-screening-methods-to-detect-cardiac-disorders-in-athletes-an-evidence-based-review
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Zachary K Winkelmann, Ashley K Crossway
Reference/Citation:  Harmon KG, Zigman M, Drezner JA. The effectiveness of screening history, physical exam, and ECG to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders in athletes: a systematic review/meta-analysis. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(3):329-338. CLINICAL QUESTION:   Which screening method should be considered best practice to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders during the preparticipation physical examination (PE) of athletes? DATA SOURCES:   The authors completed a comprehensive literature search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), and SPORTDiscus from January 1996 to November 2014...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154687/pyruvate-enhancement-of-cardiac-performance-cellular-mechanisms-and-clinical-application
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Robert T Mallet, Albert H Olivencia-Yurvati, Rolf Bünger
Cardiac contractile function is adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP)-intensive, and the myocardium's high demand for oxygen and energy substrates leaves it acutely vulnerable to interruptions in its blood supply. The myriad cardioprotective properties of the natural intermediary metabolite pyruvate make it a potentially powerful intervention against the complex injury cascade ignited by myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. A readily oxidized metabolic substrate, pyruvate augments myocardial free energy of ATP hydrolysis to a greater extent than the physiological fuels glucose, lactate and fatty acids, particularly when it is provided at supra-physiological plasma concentrations...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154475/identification-and-analysis-of-a-key-long-non-coding-rnas-lncrnas-associated-module-reveal-functional-lncrnas-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Jian Zhang, Chenchen Feng, Chao Song, Bo Ai, Xuefeng Bai, Yuejuan Liu, Xuecang Li, Jianmei Zhao, Shengshu Shi, Xin Chen, Xiaojie Su, Chunquan Li
Cardiac hypertrophy (CH) is a common disease that originates from long-term heart pressure overload and finally leads to heart failure. Recently, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have attracted attention because they have broad and crucial functions in regulating complex biological processes. Some studies had found that lncRNAs play vital roles in complex cardiovascular diseases. However, the function and mechanism of lncRNAs in CH have not been elucidated. In our study, to investigate the potential roles of lncRNAs in CH, the Cardiac Hypertrophy-associated LncRNAs-Protein coding genes Network (CHLPN) was constructed by integrating gene microarray re-annotation and subpathway enrichment analyses...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154461/patient-understanding-of-disease-and-the-use-and-outcome-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Shankar Baskar, John L Jefferies, Lisa Salberg, Philip R Khoury, David S Spar, Timothy K Knilans, Richard J Czosek
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young individuals. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are the primary therapy for sudden death prevention; however, are associated with both physical and psychological complications. We sought to determine factors associated with ICD understanding and patient satisfaction. This was a cross-sectional study, using patient/parent answered questionnaires distributed to patients enrolled in the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association...
November 20, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154433/cardiac-muscle-wasting-in-individuals-with-cancer-cachexia
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Anush Barkhudaryan, Nadja Scherbakov, Jochen Springer, Wolfram Doehner
AIMS: Cachexia is a severe complication of cancer that adversely affects the course of the disease and is associated with high rates of mortality. Patients with cancer manifest symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and impaired exercise tolerance, which are clinical signs of chronic heart failure. The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac muscle wasting in cancer individuals. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively analysed 177 individuals who died of cancer, including 58 lung, 60 pancreatic, and 59 gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, and 42 cancer-free controls who died of other, non-cardiovascular reasons...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154426/microvascular-dysfunction-and-cardiac-fibrosis-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-case-report
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Nikhil Narang, Diego Medvedofsky, Kathryn Dryer, Sanjiv J Shah, Charles J Davidson, Amit R Patel, John E A Blair
We report the case of a 55-year-old woman with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), who presented with hypertensive urgency and pulmonary oedema. The patient was medically optimized and underwent cardiac catheterization revealing pulmonary hypertension, elevated pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, normal cardiac index, and non-obstructive coronary disease. Invasive evaluation of coronary flow revealed blunted coronary flow reserve and increased index of microvascular resistance. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated reduced global myocardial perfusion and diffuse interstitial fibrosis...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154418/measuring-non-polyaminated-lipocalin-2-for-cardiometabolic-risk-assessment
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Kangmin Yang, Han-Bing Deng, Andy W C Man, Erfei Song, Jialiang Zhang, Cuiting Luo, Bernard M Y Cheung, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Pia Søndergaard Jensen, Akhmadjon Irmukhamedov, Atlanta G I M Elie, Paul M Vanhoutte, Aimin Xu, Jo G R De Mey, Yu Wang
AIMS: Lipocalin-2 is a pro-inflammatory molecule characterized by a highly diversified pattern of expression and structure-functional relationships. In vivo, this molecule exists as multiple variants due to post-translational modifications and/or protein-protein interactions. Lipocalin-2 is modified by polyamination, which enhances the clearance of this protein from the circulation and prevents its excessive accumulation in tissues. On the other hand, animal studies suggest that non-polyaminated lipocalin-2 (npLcn2) plays a causal role in the pathogenesis of obesity-associated medical complications...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153826/performance-evaluation-of-phase-angle-and-handgrip-strength-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Taís Kereski da Silva, Ingrid Dalira Schweigert Perry, Janete Salles Brauner, Orlando Carlos Belmonte Weber, Gabriela Corrêa Souza, Sílvia Regina Rios Vieira
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The phase angle (PA), derived from bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), has been interpreted as a cell membrane integrity indicator, while handgrip strength (HGS) has been used as a prognostic indicator in certain clinical situations, such as in cardiac, oncologic patients with renal disease, hemodialysis patients, HIV-positive patients, and liver disease patients. In addition to prognostic scores, body changes due to surgical procedures indicate the importance of measuring muscle function and cell integrity...
November 16, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153773/spectrum-and-outcome-of-patients-who-have-undergone-implantation-of-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-after-aborted-sudden-cardiac-arrest
#19
Fabrice Extramiana, Benjamin Stordeur, Vincent Furioli, Estelle Gandjbakhch, Nicolas Lellouche, Vincent Algalarrondo, Emilie Varlet, Anne Messali, Eloi Marijon, Antoine Leenhardt
Most of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) secondary prevention studies have been published 2 decades ago. We aimed to describe a contemporary cohort of patients who have undergone implantation of an ICD after an aborted-sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). We retrospectively evaluated consecutive patients referred to our centers between 2005 and 2013. Predictors of overall mortality or heart transplant were analyzed using Cox proportional hazards models. A total of 250 patients (76.4% male, 48.7 ± 16...
October 20, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153665/correlation-between-maternal-body-composition-and-haemodynamic-changes-in-pregnancy-different-profiles-for-different-hypertensive-disorders
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I Pisani, G M Tiralongo, D Lo Presti, G Gagliardi, D Farsetti, B Vasapollo, G P Novelli, A Andreoli, H Valensise
OBJECTIVES: To assess and correlate changes in body composition and haemodynamic function during pregnancy. To identify different haemodynamic profiles based on the onset of hypertensive diseases such as gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. METHODS: We enrolled 265 healthy, normotensive pregnant women throughout pregnancy (from 6+0 to 36+0weeks). They were subjected to assessment of body composition and haemodynamic function using non-invasive methods. We divided our population in three groups: group A with physiological pregnancy, group B with gestational hypertension and group C with preeclamptic patients...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
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