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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920832/risk-factors-for-amiodarone-induced-thyroid-dysfunction-in-japan
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Sayoko Kinoshita, Tomohiro Hayashi, Kyoichi Wada, Mikie Yamato, Takeshi Kuwahara, Toshihisa Anzai, Mai Fujimoto, Kouichi Hosomi, Mitsutaka Takada
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone is associated with a number of significant adverse effects, including elevated transaminase levels, pulmonary fibrosis, arrhythmia, and thyroid dysfunction. Although thyroid dysfunction is considered to be a common and potentially serious adverse effect of amiodarone therapy, the exact pathogenesis remains unknown because of its complex manifestations. Therefore, the prevalence of, and risk factors for, amiodarone-induced thyroid dysfunction in Japanese patients were investigated in the present study...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917779/low-pressure-sequential-compression-of-lower-limbs-enhances-forearm-skin-blood-flow
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Guy Amah, Sebastian Voicu, Philippe Bonnin, Nathalie Kubis
PURPOSE: We investigated whether forearm skin blood flow could be improved when a multilayer pulsatile inflatable suit was applied at a low pressure to the lower limbs and abdomen. We hypothesized that a non-invasive purely mechanical stimulation of the lower limbs could induce remote forearm blood flow modifications. METHODS: The pulsatile suit induced a sequential compartmentalized low compression (65 mmHg), which was synchronized with each diastole of the cardiac cycle with each phase evolving centripetally (lower limbs to abdomen)...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917279/minocycline-attenuates-cirrhotic-cardiomyopathy-and-portal-hypertension-in-a-rat-model-possible-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-pathway
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Seyyedeh Elaheh Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi Rezayat, Maliheh Nobakht, Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi, Iraj Yazdani, Amir Rashidian, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
OBJECTIVES: An increase in nitric oxide (NO) production has been reported in cirrhotic cardiomyopathy and, portal hypertension. Since minocycline has been shown to inhibit NO overproduction, we aimed to examine its role in a rat model of CCl4-induced cirrhotic cardiovascular complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Portal pressure and inotropic responsiveness of isolated papillary muscles to isoproterenol were measured in cirrhotic rats, following minocycline (50 mg/kg/day for 8 weeks) treatment...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914945/effects-of-zacopride-a-moderate-ik1-channel-agonist-on-triggered-arrhythmia-and-contractility-in-human-ventricular-myocardium
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Mohammad T Elnakish, Benjamin D Canan, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen
Ventricular tachycardia is the leading cause of sudden arrhythmic death in the U.S. Recently, the moderate IK1 channel activator, zacopride, was shown to suppress triggered ventricular tachycardia in rats. Nonetheless, concerns were raised about the possibility of pro-arrhythmic activity after IK1 channel stimulation based on the promising anti-arrhythmic strategy of IK1 blockade in other animal models. Therefore, the goal of the current study was to investigate the ex-vivo effects of zacopride on triggered arrhythmia and contractility in ventricular human myocardium in order to validate data that was solely obtained from animal models...
November 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909533/patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-drug-development-and-screening-in-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Ben Jehuda Ronen, Barad Lili
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), an inherited arrhythmia often leading to sudden cardiac death in children and young adults, is characterized by polymorphic/bidirectional ventricular tachycardia induced by adrenergic stimulation associated with emotionally stress or physical exercise. There are two forms of CPVT: 1. CPVT1 is caused by mutations in the RYR2 gene, encoding for ryanodine receptor type 2. CPVT1 is the most common form of CPVT in the population, and is inherited by a dominant mechanism...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909438/donor-specific-regulatory-t-cells-acquired-from-tolerant-mice-bearing-cardiac-allograft-promote-mixed-chimerism-and-prolong-intestinal-allograft-survival
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Xiao-Fei Shen, Jin-Peng Jiang, Jian-Jun Yang, Wei-Zhong Wang, Wen-Xian Guan, Jun-Feng Du
The induction of donor-specific transplant tolerance has always been a central problem for small bowel transplantation (SBT), which is thought to be the best therapy for end-stage bowel failure. With the development of new tolerance-inducing strategies, mixed chimerism induced by co-stimulation blockade has become most potent for tolerance of allografts, such as skin, kidney, and heart. However, a lack of clinically available co-stimulation blockers has hindered efficient application in humans. Furthermore, unlike those for other types of solid organ transplantation, strategies to induce robust mixed chimerism for intestinal allografts have not been fully developed...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908912/a-deep-proteome-analysis-identifies-the-complete-secretome-as-the-functional-unit-of-human-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Sudhish Sharma, Rachana Mishra, Grace E Bigham, Brody Wehman, Mohd M Khan, Huichun Xu, Progyaparamita Saha, Young Ah Goo, Srinivisa R Datla, Ling Chen, Mohan E Tulapurkar, Bradley S Taylor, Peixin Yang, Sotirios K Karathanasis, David R Goodlett, Sunjay Kaushal
RATIONALE: Cardiac progenitor cells are an attractive cell type for tissue regeneration but their mechanism for myocardial remodeling is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: This investigation determines how chronological age influences the phenotypic characteristics and the secretome of human cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs), as well as their potential to recover injured myocardium. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adult (aCPCs) and neonatal (nCPCs) cells were derived from patients more than 40 years or less than one month of age, respectively, and their functional potential was determined in a rodent myocardial infarction (MI) model...
December 1, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908579/transient-elastography-in-patients-with-implanted-cardiac-rhythm-devices
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Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Fabian Schoelzel, Sven Linzbach, Joerg Bojunga, Stefan Zeuzem, Florian Seeger
BACKGROUND: At present the use of transient elastography (TE) in patients with pacemaker (PM) or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) devices is not recommended, since the safety due to the electromagnet embarked in the vibrator for producing the shearwave has not been evaluated. However, no adverse events of sonographic examinations in this patient group have been reported. AIMS: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the safety of TE in patients with PM or ICD...
November 17, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907040/the-role-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-%C3%AE-adrenergic-signaling-in-cardiomyocytes-from-mice-with-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Monica Llano-Diez, Jon Sinclair, Takashi Yamada, Mei Zong, Jeremy Fauconnier, Shi-Jin Zhang, Abram Katz, Kent Jardemark, Håkan Westerblad, Daniel C Andersson, Johanna T Lanner
The metabolic syndrome is associated with prolonged stress and hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and afflicted subjects are prone to develop cardiovascular disease. Under normal conditions, the cardiomyocyte response to acute β-adrenergic stimulation partly depends on increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here we investigated the interplay between beta-adrenergic signaling, ROS and cardiac contractility using freshly isolated cardiomyocytes and whole hearts from two mouse models with the metabolic syndrome (high-fat diet and ob/ob mice)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906653/longer-left-ventricular-electric-delay-reduces-mitral-regurgitation-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-mechanistic-insights-from-the-smart-av-study-smartdelay-determined-av-optimization-a-comparison-to-other-av-delay-methods-used-in-cardiac-resynchronization
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Neal A Chatterjee, Michael R Gold, Alan D Waggoner, Michael H Picard, Kenneth M Stein, Yinghong Yu, Timothy E Meyer, Nicholas Wold, Kenneth A Ellenbogen, Jagmeet P Singh
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation (MR) is associated with worse survival in those undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Left ventricular (LV) lead position in CRT may ameliorate mechanisms of MR. We examine the association between a longer LV electric delay (QLV) at the LV stimulation site and MR reduction after CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS: QLV was assessed retrospectively in 426 patients enrolled in the SMART-AV study (SmartDelay Determined AV Optimization: A Comparison to Other AV Delay Methods Used in CRT)...
November 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906525/the-clinical-utility-of-qsm-disease-diagnosis-medical-management-and-surgical-planning
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REVIEW
Sarah Eskreis-Winkler, Yan Zhang, Jingwei Zhang, Zhe Liu, Alexey Dimov, Ajay Gupta, Yi Wang
Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is an MR technique that depicts and quantifies magnetic susceptibility sources. Mapping iron, the dominant susceptibility source in the brain, has many important clinical applications. Herein, we review QSM applications in the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of disease. To assist in early disease diagnosis, QSM can identify elevated iron levels in the motor cortex of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, in the substantia nigra of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, in the globus pallidus, putamen, and caudate of Huntington's disease patients, and in the basal ganglia of Wilson's disease patients...
December 1, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904680/enhancement-of-early-cardiac-differentiation-of-dedifferentiated-fat-cells-by-dimethyloxalylglycine-via-notch-signaling-pathway
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Fuhai Li, Zongzhuang Li, Zhi Jiang, Ye Tian, Zhi Wang, Wei Yi, Chenyun Zhang
Background: Hypoxia has been reported to possess the ability to induce mature lipid-filled adipocytes to differentiate into fibroblast-like multipotent dedifferentiated fat (DFAT) cells and stem cells such as iPSCs (interstitial pluripotent stem cells) and ESCs (embryonic stem cells) and then to differentiate into cardiomyocytes. However, the effect of hypoxia on cardiac differentiation of DFAT cells and its underlying molecular mechanism remains to be investigated. Objective: To investigate the role of hypoxia in early cardiac differentiation of DFAT cells and the underlying molecular mechanism...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903744/metallothionein-is-downstream-of-nrf2-and-partially-mediates-sulforaphane-prevention-of-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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Junlian Gu, Yanli Cheng, Hao Wu, Lili Kong, Shudong Wang, Zheng Xu, Zhiguo Zhang, Yi Tan, Bradley B Keller, Honglan Zhou, Yuehui Wang, Zhonggao Xu, Lu Cai
We have reported that sulforaphane prevented diabetic cardiomyopathy in both T1DM and T2DM animal models via the up-regulation of Nrf2 and metallothionein (MT). Here we tested whether sulforaphane protects the heart from T2DM directly through Nrf2, MT or both. Using Nrf2-knockout (KO), MT-KO, and wild-type mice T2DM was induced by feeding high-fat diet (HFD) for 3 months followed by a small dose of streptozotocin. Age-matched controls were given normal diet (ND). Both T2DM and control mice were then treated with or without sulforaphane for 4 months with continually feeding HFD or ND...
November 30, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903111/electric-stimulation-enhances-cardiac-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-myocardial-infarction-therapy
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Ruilian Ma, Jialiang Liang, Wei Huang, Linlin Guo, WenFeng Cai, Lei Wang, Christian Paul, Huang-Tian Yang, Ha Won Kim, Yigang Wang
AIM: Electrical stimulation (EleS) can promote cardiac differentiation, but the underlying mechanism is not well known. This study investigated the effect of EleS on cardiomyocyte (CM) differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and evaluated the therapeutic effects for the treatment of myocardial infarction (MI). RESULTS: Cardiac differentiation of hiPSCs was induced with EleS after embryoid body formation. Spontaneously beating hiPSCs were observed as early at 2 days when treated with EleS as compared to control treatment...
November 30, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899163/human-fetal-and-adult-epicardial-derived-cells-a-novel-model-to-study-their-activation
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Asja T Moerkamp, Kirsten Lodder, Tessa van Herwaarden, Esther Dronkers, Calinda K E Dingenouts, Fredrik C Tengström, Thomas J van Brakel, Marie-José Goumans, Anke M Smits
BACKGROUND: The epicardium, a cell layer covering the heart, plays an important role during cardiogenesis providing cardiovascular cell types and instructive signals, but becomes quiescent during adulthood. Upon cardiac injury the epicardium is activated, which includes induction of a developmental gene program, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and migration. However, the response of the adult epicardium is suboptimal compared to the active contribution of the fetal epicardium to heart development...
November 29, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895475/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-improves-the-qt-variability-index-and-autonomic-cardiac-control-in-healthy-subjects-older-than-60-years
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Gianfranco Piccirillo, Cristina Ottaviani, Claudia Fiorucci, Nicola Petrocchi, Federica Moscucci, Claudia Di Iorio, Fabiola Mastropietri, Ilaria Parrotta, Matteo Pascucci, Damiano Magrì
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive brain stimulation technique is an interesting tool to investigate the causal relation between cortical functioning and autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this report is to evaluate whether anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the temporal cortex influences short-period temporal ventricular repolarization dispersion and cardiovascular ANS control in elderly subjects. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In 50 healthy subjects (29 subjects younger than 60 years and 21 subjects older than 60 years) matched for gender, short-period RR and systolic blood pressure spectral variability, QT variability index (QTVI), and noninvasive hemodynamic data were obtained during anodal tDCS or sham stimulation...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890729/maturation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-hesc-cms-in-3d-collagen-matrix-effects-of-niche-cell-supplementation-and-mechanical-stimulation
#17
W Zhang, C W Kong, M H Tong, W H Chooi, N Huang, R A Li, B P Chan
: Cardiomyocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESC-CMs) are regarded as a promising source for regenerative medicine, drug testing and disease modeling. Nevertheless, cardiomyocytes are immature in terms of their contractile structure, metabolism and electrophysiological properties. Here, we fabricate cardiac muscle strips by encapsulating hESC-CMs in collagen-based biomaterials. Supplementation of niche cells at 3% to the number of hESC-CMs enhance the maturation of the hESC-CMs in 3D tissue matrix...
November 24, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889772/sonodynamic-therapy-inhibits-fibrogenesis-in-rat-cardiac-fibroblasts-induced-by-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Yuanyuan Guo, Zengxiang Dong, Yuanqi Shi, Wei Wang, Lu Wang, Jing Sun, Xin Sun, Zhen Tian, Jianting Yao, Zhitao Li, Jiali Cheng, Ye Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is a localized ultrasound-activated therapy for atherosclerosis when combined with a sonosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), but whether it can prevent cardiac fibrosis has not been studied. In the present study, we evaluated the effects SDT on fibrogenesis in rat cardiac fibroblasts. METHODS: The primary cardiac fibroblasts were isolated from rats, and induced to fibrogenesis with TGF-β1. With this in vitro model, we tested the preventive effects of SDT on fibrogenesis and further the underlying mechanism...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888715/making-a-case-for-controlled-organ-donation-after-cardiac-death-the-story-of-italy-s-first-experience
#19
Marco Vergano, Emma Magavern, Francesca Baroncelli, Valeria Frisenda, Alessia Fonsato, Diego Artusio, Carlo Alberto Castioni, Maria Elena De Piero, Massimo Abelli, Elena Ticozzelli, Sergio Livigni
Donation after circulatory death (DCD) is a valuable option for the procurement of organs for transplantation. In Italy, organ procurement after controlled DCD is legally and ethically conceivable within the current legislative framework. However, although formal impediments do not exist, the health care team is faced with many obstacles that may hinder the implementation of such programs. We report the case of Italy's first controlled DCD, specifically discussing the role of the patient's family in the shared decision-making process...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887774/rationale-and-study-design-of-respite-an-open-label-phase-3b-study-of-riociguat-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-who-demonstrate-an-insufficient-response-to-treatment-with-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors
#20
Marius M Hoeper, James R Klinger, Raymond L Benza, Gerald Simonneau, David Langleben, Robert Naeije, Paul A Corris
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) who do not have an adequate response to therapy with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) may have insufficient synthesis of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). These patients may respond to a direct soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator such as riociguat. RESPITE (NCT02007629) was an open-label, multicenter, uncontrolled, single-arm phase 3b study of riociguat in patients with PAH who demonstrated an insufficient response to treatment with PDE-5i...
November 5, 2016: Respiratory Medicine
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