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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922120/motion-estimation-in-echocardiography-using-sparse-representation-and-dictionary-learning
#1
Nora Ouzir, Adrian Basarab, Herve Liebgott, Brahim Harbaoui, Jean-Yves Tourneret
This paper introduces a new method for cardiac motion estimation in 2D ultrasound images. The motion estimation problem is formulated as an energy minimization, whose data fidelity term is built using the assumption that the images are corrupted by multiplicative Rayleigh noise. In addition to a classical spatial smoothness constraint, the proposed method exploits the sparse properties of the cardiac motion to regularize the solution via an appropriate dictionary learning step. The proposed method is evaluated on one dataset with available ground-truth, including four sequences of highly realistic simulations...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920815/preliminary-characterization-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-a-captive-population-of-banded-mongooses-mungos-mungo
#2
Javier López, Joanna Dukes-McEwan, Gabby Drake, Julian Chantrey
Between 2006 and 2015, a high incidence of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) was diagnosed in a captive population of banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) at Chester Zoo, United Kingdom. The aim of this study was to characterize DCM in these mongooses in order to raise awareness of this condition and help inform management and clinical decisions. Prospective clinical assessments, including echocardiography, radiography, and cardiac biomarkers, were carried out in four mongooses remaining in the collection. Radiographs from 15 mature mongooses were reviewed and cardiac size and metrics assessed...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920704/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-a-potential-mechanism-for-atherosclerosis-plaque-progression-and-destabilization
#3
Afang Li, Wenxi Peng, Xiaodan Xia, Rongqing Li, Yu Wang, Dangheng Wei
Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a cellular reprogramming mechanism by which endothelial cells acquire a mesenchymal phenotype. EndMT is associated with fibroproliferative diseases, such as cancer progression and metastasis and cardiac and kidney fibrosis, and this condition has been extensively investigated over the past decade. Recently, studies showed that EndMT contributes to the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic lesion and plaque destabilization. Unstable atherosclerotic plaque rupture and subsequent thrombosis are the main pathological causes of acute cardiovascular events...
September 18, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920634/outcomes-analysis-of-stent-graft-repair-for-thoracic-aorta-emergencies
#4
Mourad Boufi, Florent Vernet, Bianca Dona, Olivier Hartung, Anderson D Loundou, Martine Haccoun, Marc Leone, Yves S Alimi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify patient, pathology and procedure-related factors affecting perioperative and mid-term mortality of thoracic aorta emergencies. METHODS: Between 2007 and 2014, patients treated emergently with thoracic stent-graft were retrospectively reviewed. Variables analyzed were: age, renal insufficiency, shock, cardiac arrest, transfer status, pathology, debranching procedures, operation duration, vascular access and European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation (EuroSCORE)...
December 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920060/midkine-s-role-in-cardiac-pathology
#5
Kathleen C Woulfe, Carmen C Sucharov
Midkine (MDK) is a heparin-binding growth factor that is normally expressed in mid-gestational development mediating mesenchymal and epithelial interactions. As organisms age, expression of MDK diminishes; however, in adults, MDK expression is associated with acute and chronic pathologic conditions such as myocardial infarction and heart failure (HF). The role of MDK is not clear in cardiovascular disease and currently there is no consensus if it plays a beneficial or detrimental role in HF. The lack of clarity in the literature is exacerbated by differing roles that circulating and myocardial MDK play in signaling pathways in cardiomyocytes (some of which have yet to be elucidated)...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918029/activation-of-ampk-attenuated-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-cdk2-via-p21-p27-and-mir-29-family-pathways-in-rats
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Hanping Qi, Yan Liu, Shuzhi Li, Yunping Chen, Lei Li, Yonggang Cao, Mingyao E, Pilong Shi, Chao Song, Baiyan Li, Hongli Sun
Cardiac fibrosis is pathological damage associated with nearly all forms of heart disease. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an evolutionary conserved energy-sensing enzyme. Emerging evidences indicate that AMPK plays an important role in cardiac fibrosis and cell proliferation. However, less is known about the detailed mechanism of AMPK activation on cardiac fibrosis. In this study, we found the AMPK activation improved the impaired cardiac function of cardiac fibrosis rats and decreased interstitial fibrosis...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917314/evaluation-of-cardiopulmonary-and-inflammatory-markers-in-dogs-with-heartworm-infection-treated-using-the-slow-kill-method
#7
W-K Yoon, Y-W Kim, S-I Suh, C Hyun
This study evaluated the changes in the levels of cardiac, hemostatic, and inflammatory biomarkers in 12 dogs with different severities of heartworm infection treated using the slow kill protocol, consisting of 6-10μg/kg of ivermectin and 10mg/kg of doxycycline combination. The serum levels of cardiac troponin-I, D-dimer, C-reactive protein, and interleukin-6 were measured on the day of diagnosis (D0), after termination of doxycycline administration (D30), after termination of the slow kill treatment (D180), and 10 months after the initiation of therapy (D300)...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916243/feasibility-and-accuracy-of-automated-software-for-transthoracic-three-dimensional-left-ventricular-volume-and-function-analysis-comparisons-with-two-dimensional-echocardiography-three-dimensional-transthoracic-manual-method-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Gloria Tamborini, Concetta Piazzese, Roberto M Lang, Manuela Muratori, Elisa Chiorino, Massimo Mapelli, Laura Fusini, Sarah Ghulam Ali, Paola Gripari, Gianluca Pontone, Daniele Andreini, Mauro Pepi
BACKGROUND: Recently, a new automated software package (HeartModel) was developed to obtain three-dimensional (3D) left ventricular (LV) volumes using a model-based algorithm (MBA) with a "one-button" simple system and user-adjustable slider. The aims of this study were to verify the feasibility and accuracy of the MBA in comparison with other commonly used imaging techniques in a large unselected population, to evaluate possible accuracy improvements of free operator border adjustments or changes of the slider's default position, and to identify differences in method accuracy related to specific pathologies...
September 12, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915332/obesity-and-cardiometabolic-defects-in-heart-failure-pathology
#9
Ganesh V Halade, Vasundhara Kain
Obesity is a major global epidemic that sets the stage for diverse multiple pathologies, including cardiovascular disease. The obesity-related low-grade chronic inflamed milieu is more pronounced in aging and responsive to cardiac dysfunction in heart failure pathology. Metabolic dysregulation of obesity integrates with immune reservoir in spleen and kidney network. Therefore, an integrative systems biology approach is necessary to delay progressive cardiac alternations. The purpose of this comprehensive review is to largely discuss the impact of obesity on the cardiovascular pathobiology in the context of problems and challenges, with major emphasis on the diversified models, and to study cardiac remodeling in obesity...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912844/triptolide-inhibits-cd4-memory-t-cell-mediated-acute-rejection-and-prolongs-cardiac-allograft-survival-in-mice
#10
Shuiwei Qiu, Dingliang Lv
There have been numerous investigations into the immunosuppressive effects of triptolide; however, its inhibitory effects on memory T cells remain to be elucidated. Using a cluster of differentiation (CD)4(+) memory T-cell transfer model, the aim of the present study was to determine the inhibitory effects of triptolide on CD4(+) memory T cell-mediated acute rejection and to determine the potential underlying mechanisms. At 4 weeks after skin transplantation, mouse cervical heart transplantation was performed following the transfer of CD4(+) memory T cells...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912183/arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Domenico Corrado, Cristina Basso, Daniel P Judge
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder, predisposing to sudden cardiac death, particularly in young patients and athletes. Pathological features include loss of myocytes and fibrofatty replacement of right ventricular myocardium; biventricular involvement is often observed. It is a cell-to-cell junction cardiomyopathy, typically caused by genetically determined abnormalities of cardiac desmosomes, which leads to detachment of myocytes and alteration of intracellular signal transduction...
September 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912121/cortical-bone-stem-cell-therapy-preserves-cardiac-structure-and-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Thomas E Sharp, Giana J Schena, Alexander R Hoachlandr-Hobby, Timothy Starosta, Remus M Berretta, Markus Wallner, Giulia Borghetti, Polina Gross, Daohai Yu, Jaslyn Johnson, Eric A Feldsott, Danielle M Trappanese, Amir Toib, Joseph E Rabinowitz, Jon C George, Hajime Kubo, Sadia Mohsin, Steven R Houser
Rationale: Cortical bone stem cells (CBSCs) have been shown to reduce ventricular remodeling and improve cardiac function in a murine myocardial infarction (MI) model. These effects were superior to other stem cell types that have been used in recent early stage clinical trials. However, CBSC efficacy has not been tested in a preclinical large animal model using approaches that could be applied to patients. Objective: To determine if post-MI transendocardial injection of allogeneic CBSCs reduces pathological structural and functional remodeling and prevents the development of heart failure in a swine MI model...
September 14, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911177/deoxycorticosterone-salt-mediated-cardiac-inflammation-and-fibrosis-are-dependent-on-functional-clock-signaling-in-male-mice
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Elizabeth K Fletcher, James Morgan, David R Kennaway, Laura A Bienvenu, Amanda J Rickard, Lea M D Delbridge, Peter J Fuller, Colin D Clyne, Morag J Young
Activation of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) promotes inflammation, fibrosis, and hypertension. Clinical and experimental studies show that MR antagonists have significant therapeutic benefit for all-cause heart failure; however, blockade of renal MRs limits their widespread use. Identification of key downstream signaling mechanisms for the MR in the cardiovascular system may enable development of targeted MR antagonists with selectivity for pathological MR signaling and lower impact on physiological renal electrolyte handling...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910549/upregulation-of-%C3%AE-enolase-protects-cardiomyocytes-from-phenylephrine-induced-hypertrophy
#14
Si Gao, Xueping Liu, Lihua Wei, Jing Lu, Peiqing Liu
Cardiac hypertrophy often refers to the abnormal growth of heart muscle through a variety of factors. The mechanisms of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy have been extensively investigated using neonatal rat cardiomyocytes treated with phenylephrine. α-Enolase is a glycolytic enzyme with "multifunctional jobs" beyond its catalytic activity. Its possible contribution to cardiac dysfunction remains to be determined. The present study aimed to investigate the change of α-enolase during cardiac hypertrophy and explore its role in this pathological process...
September 14, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910144/ask1-inhibition-halts-disease-progression-in-preclinical-models-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#15
Grant R Budas, Mario Boehm, Baktybek Kojonazarov, Gayathri Viswanathan, Xia Tian, Swathi Veeroju, Tatyana Novoyatleva, Friedrich Grimminger, Ford Hinojosa-Kirschenbaum, Hossein A Ghofrani, Norbert Weissmann, Werner Seeger, John T Liles, Ralph T Schermuly
RATIONALE Progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is associated with pathologic remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and the right ventricle (RV). Oxidative stress drives the remodeling process through activation of mitogenactivated protein kinases (MAPKs) which stimulate apoptosis, inflammation and fibrosis. OBJECTIVES We investigated whether pharmacological inhibition of the redoxsensitive apical MAPK Apoptosis Signal-Regulating Kinase 1 (ASK1) can halt the progression of pulmonary vascular and RV remodeling...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905873/cardiovascular-effects-of-marijuana-and-synthetic-cannabinoids-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly
#16
REVIEW
Pal Pacher, Sabine Steffens, György Haskó, Thomas H Schindler, George Kunos
Dysregulation of the endogenous lipid mediators endocannabinoids and their G-protein-coupled cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1R and CB2R) has been implicated in a variety of cardiovascular pathologies. Activation of CB1R facilitates the development of cardiometabolic disease, whereas activation of CB2R (expressed primarily in immune cells) exerts anti-inflammatory effects. The psychoactive constituent of marijuana, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is an agonist of both CB1R and CB2R, and exerts its psychoactive and adverse cardiovascular effects through the activation of CB1R in the central nervous and cardiovascular systems...
September 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904726/radiographic-determination-of-cardiomegaly-using-cardiothoracic-ratio-and-transverse-cardiac-diameter-can-one-size-fit-all-part-one
#17
Edmund Kwadwo Kwakye Brakohiapa, Benard Ohene Botwe, Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie, Eric Kwesi Ofori, Jerry Coleman
INTRODUCTION: The cardio-thoracic ratio (CTR) and the transverse cardiac diameter (TCD) on Plain chest radiography are the two parameters commonly used to diagnose cardiomegaly and heart disease. A CTR of greater than 50% on a PA film is abnormal and normally indicates cardiac or pericardial disease condition, whiles an increase of TCD from 1.5 to 2cm on two consecutive radiographs, taken at short interval, suggests possible cardiac pathology. The aim was to determine the suitability of using the same TCD and CTR to detect cardiomegaly for all age groups and genders respectively...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901828/protein-kinase-c-enhances-plasma-membrane-expression-of-cardiac-l-type-calcium-channel-cav1-2
#18
Tal Keren Raifman, Prabodh Kumar, Hannelore Haase, Enno Klussmann, Nathan Dascal, Sharon Weiss
L-type-voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (L-VDCCs; CaV1.2, α1C), crucial in cardiovascular physiology and pathology, are modulated via activation of G-protein-coupled receptors and subsequently protein kinase C (PKC). Despite extensive study, key aspects of the mechanisms leading to PKC-induced Ca(2+) current increase are unresolved. A notable residue, Ser1928, located in the distal C-terminus (dCT) of α1C was shown to be phosphorylated by PKC. CaV1.2 undergoes posttranslational modifications yielding full-length and proteolytically cleaved CT-truncated forms...
September 13, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901253/bacterial-toxins-a-hope-towards-angiogenic-ailments
#19
Rekha Khandia, Ashok Kumar Munjal, Kuldeep Dhama, Yashpal Singh Malik
Angiogenesis is a vital physiological process essential for growth and maintenance of the body. It plays an important role during embryonic development and generally absent in adults with some exceptions like during wound repair and menstrual cycle in women. Excess as well as deficiency in angiogenesis, result in pathological conditions. It is a tightly regulated process; rely on cascade of several molecular signalling pathways involving many effectors like VEGF, FGF, PDGF, IGF etc. Excessive angiogenesis is associated with disorders like tumor, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic retinopathy, endometriosis, psoriasis, adiposity...
September 11, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901173/cyclin-d2-is-a-critical-mediator-of-exercise-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy
#20
Stephen W Luckey, Chris D Haines, John P Konhilas, Elizabeth D Luczak, Antke Messmer-Kratzsch, Leslie A Leinwand
A number of signaling pathways underlying pathological cardiac hypertrophy have been identified. However, few studies have probed the functional significance of these signaling pathways in the context of exercise or physiological pathways. Exercise studies were performed on females from six different genetic mouse models that have been shown to exhibit alterations in pathological cardiac adaptation and hypertrophy. These include mice expressing constitutively active glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3βS9A), an inhibitor of CaMK II (AC3-I), both GSK-3βS9A and AC3-I (GSK-3βS9A/AC3-I), constitutively active Akt (myrAkt), mice deficient in MAPK/ERK kinase kinase-1 (MEKK1(-/-)), and mice deficient in cyclin D2 (cyclin D2(-/-))...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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