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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733910/a-review-study-to-evaluate-holmium-yag-laser-lithotripsy-with-flexible-ureteroscopy-in-patients-on-ongoing-oral-anticoagulant-therapy
#2
Bulent Altay, Bulent Erkurt, Selami Albayrak
The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of flexible ureteroscopy (FURS) and holmium:YAG laser lithotripsy for the treatment of upper urinary tract stones in patients on active oral anticoagulants. The records of 1081 patients who underwent flexible ureteroscopic holmium:YAG (Ho:YAG) laser lithotripsy for upper ureteral and renal calculi from 1999 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 84 patients on continuous oral anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy (warfarin, aspirin, or clopidogrel) were identified...
July 22, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733782/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-an-overview-for-clinicians
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Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Roland Tilz, Tatjana S Potpara
Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently one of the most commonly performed electrophysiology procedures. Ablation of paroxysmal AF is based on the elimination of triggers by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), while different strategies for additional AF substrate modification on top of PVI have been proposed for ablation of persistent AF. Nowadays, various technologies for AF ablation are available. The radiofrequency point-by-point ablation navigated by electro-anatomical mapping system and cryo-balloon technology are comparable in terms of the efficacy and safety of the PVI procedure...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732246/inspiration-from-heart-development-biomimetic-development-of-functional-human-cardiac-organoids
#4
Dylan J Richards, Robert C Coyle, Yu Tan, Jia Jia, Kerri Wong, Katelynn Toomer, Donald R Menick, Ying Mei
Recent progress in human organoids has provided 3D tissue systems to model human development, diseases, as well as develop cell delivery systems for regenerative therapies. While direct differentiation of human embryoid bodies holds great promise for cardiac organoid production, intramyocardial cell organization during heart development provides biological foundation to fabricate human cardiac organoids with defined cell types. Inspired by the intramyocardial organization events in coronary vasculogenesis, where a diverse, yet defined, mixture of cardiac cell types self-organizes into functional myocardium in the absence of blood flow, we have developed a defined method to produce scaffold-free human cardiac organoids that structurally and functionally resembled the lumenized vascular network in the developing myocardium, supported hiPSC-CM development and possessed fundamental cardiac tissue-level functions...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731675/sustained-release-of-a-peptide-based-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-inhibitor-to-attenuate-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-and-improve-cardiac-function-following-myocardial-infarction
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Zhaobo Fan, Minghuan Fu, Zhaobin Xu, Bo Zhang, Zhihong Li, Haichang Li, Xinyu Zhou, Xuanyou Liu, Yunyan Duan, Pei-Hui Lin, Pu Duann, Xiaoyun Xie, Jianjie Ma, Zhenguo Liu, Jianjun Guan
Following myocardial infarction (MI), degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) by upregulated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) especially MMP-2 decreases tissue mechanical properties, leading to cardiac function deterioration. Attenuation of cardiac ECM degradation at the early stage of MI has the potential to preserve tissue mechanical properties, resulting in cardiac function increase. Yet the strategy for efficiently preventing cardiac ECM degradation remains to be established. Current preclinical approaches have shown limited efficacy due to low drug dosage allocated to the heart tissue, dose-limiting side effects, and cardiac fibrosis...
July 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730319/management-of-postoperative-junctional-ectopic-tachycardia-in-pediatric-patients-a-survey-of-30-centers-in-germany-austria-and-switzerland
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Andreas Entenmann, Miriam Michel, Ulrike Herberg, Nikolaus Haas, Matthias Kumpf, Matthias Gass, Friedemann Egender, Roman Gebauer
Postoperative junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) is a frequent complication after pediatric cardiac surgery. Current recommendations on how and when to treat JET are inconsistent. We evaluated the management strategies of postoperative JET in German-speaking countries. We sent an online survey to 30 centers of pediatric cardiology that perform surgery for congenital heart defects in Germany (24), Austria (4), and Switzerland (2). The survey asked 18 questions about how and in what treatment sequence postoperative JET was managed...
July 21, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729619/effects-of-4-1h-quinolinone-derivative-a-novel-non-nucleotide-allosteric-purinergic-p2y-2-agonist-on-cardiomyocytes-in-neonatal-rats
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Kensuke Sakuma, Hideyuki Nakagawa, Tatsuo Oikawa, Masakuni Noda, Shota Ikeda
Purinergic P2Y 2 receptors, G-protein coupled receptors that primarily couple with Gαq/11-proteins, are activated equipotently by adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) and uridine-5'-triphosphate. Evidence suggests that P2Y 2 agonists make potential drug candidates for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. However, selective non-nucleotide, small-molecule P2Y 2 agonists have yet to be developed. In this report, we discuss Compound 89, a novel non-nucleotide allosteric P2Y 2 agonist that was active in signal transduction and gene induction, and in our in vitro cardiac hypertrophy model...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729524/cardiac-arrest-following-drug-abuse-with-intravenous-tapentadol-case-report-and-literature-review
#8
Misbahuddin Khaja, George Lominadze, Konstantin Millerman
BACKGROUND Tapentadol is a centrally acting opioid analgesic, with a dual mode of action, as a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor and an agonist of the μ-opioid receptor (MOR). Tapentadol is used for the management of musculoskeletal pain, and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. CASE REPORT A 32-year-old woman attended hospital for evaluation of an intractable headache. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain were negative. She was found unresponsive in the bathroom on the day following hospital admission, and despite resuscitative measures, the patient died following cardiac arrest...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729154/tremelimumab-as-second-line-or-third-line-treatment-in-relapsed-malignant-mesothelioma-determine-a-multicentre-international-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2b-trial
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Michele Maio, Arnaud Scherpereel, Luana Calabrò, Joachim Aerts, Susana Cedres Perez, Alessandra Bearz, Kristiaan Nackaerts, Dean A Fennell, Dariusz Kowalski, Anne S Tsao, Paul Taylor, Federica Grosso, Scott J Antonia, Anna K Nowak, Maria Taboada, Martina Puglisi, Paul K Stockman, Hedy L Kindler
BACKGROUND: New therapeutic strategies for malignant mesothelioma are urgently needed. In the DETERMINE study, we investigated the effects of the cytotoxic-T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) monoclonal antibody tremelimumab in patients with previously treated advanced malignant mesothelioma. METHODS: DETERMINE was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2b trial done at 105 study centres across 19 countries in patients with unresectable pleural or peritoneal malignant mesothelioma who had progressed after one or two previous systemic treatments for advanced disease...
July 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727839/cardiac-autonomic-modulation-induced-by-doxorubicin-in-a-rodent-model-of-colorectal-cancer-and-the-influence-of-fullerenol-pretreatment
#10
Nejka Potočnik, Martina Perše, Anton Cerar, Rade Injac, Žarko Finderle
The very effective anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) is known to have cardiotoxic side effects, which could be accompanied by autonomic modulation. Autonomic disbalance might even be an initiating mechanism underlying DOX-induced cardiotoxicity and can be studied noninvasively by the analysis of heart rate variability (HRV). A number of strategies have been assessed to predict chemotherapy-induced cardiac dysfunction while HRV, a potential detecting tool, has not yet been tested. Thus, we aimed to determine the effect of DOX treatment on HRV in a rat model of colorectal cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727807/digoxin-reveals-a-functional-connection-between-hiv-1-integration-preference-and-t-cell-activation
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Alexander Zhyvoloup, Anat Melamed, Ian Anderson, Delphine Planas, Chen-Hsuin Lee, Janos Kriston-Vizi, Robin Ketteler, Andy Merritt, Jean-Pierre Routy, Petronela Ancuta, Charles R M Bangham, Ariberto Fassati
HIV-1 integrates more frequently into transcribed genes, however the biological significance of HIV-1 integration targeting has remained elusive. Using a selective high-throughput chemical screen, we discovered that the cardiac glycoside digoxin inhibits wild-type HIV-1 infection more potently than HIV-1 bearing a single point mutation (N74D) in the capsid protein. We confirmed that digoxin repressed viral gene expression by targeting the cellular Na+/K+ ATPase, but this did not explain its selectivity. Parallel RNAseq and integration mapping in infected cells demonstrated that digoxin inhibited expression of genes involved in T-cell activation and cell metabolism...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726654/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-amiodarone-and-carvedilol-combination-in-treatment-of-patients-with-severe-cardiac-rhythm-disorders
#12
E Tsetskhladze, I Khintibidze
Different arrhythmias are cause of sudden death in many patients with heart failure. Amiodarone is usually used for prevent this arrhythmias, but it is not drug of choice for treatment the patients with heart failure. We retrospectively analyzed 142 patients with moderate and severe heart failure and history of myocardial infarction. These patients have received amiodarone, carvedilol or combination of these two medications together with standard therapy. In our retrospective analysis, the combination therapy with Amiodarone and Carvedilol had highly significant decrease arrhythmic death compare with carvedilol and amiodarone groups...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725329/ticagrelor-associated-conduction-disorder-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
Mustafa Yurtdas, Mahmut Ozdemir
A 47-year-old female presented to emergency clinic due to non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). After receiving acetylsalicylic acid, a loading dose of ticagrelor 180 mg and intravenous unfractionated heparin, she underwent successful placement of drug eluting stent on the distal part of non-dominant left circumflex artery. The patient had no pre-existing atrioventricular (AV) block and did not use AV blocking agent. Approximately 10 h after taking a loading dose of ticagrelor, baseline normal rhythm degenerated to the first and then complete AV block, with mild dizziness...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724793/a-bag3-chaperone-complex-maintains-cardiomyocyte-function-during-proteotoxic-stress
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Luke M Judge, Juan A Perez-Bermejo, Annie Truong, Alexandre Js Ribeiro, Jennie C Yoo, Christina L Jensen, Mohammad A Mandegar, Nathaniel Huebsch, Robyn M Kaake, Po-Lin So, Deepak Srivastava, Beth L Pruitt, Nevan J Krogan, Bruce R Conklin
Molecular chaperones regulate quality control in the human proteome, pathways that have been implicated in many diseases, including heart failure. Mutations in the BAG3 gene, which encodes a co-chaperone protein, have been associated with heart failure due to both inherited and sporadic dilated cardiomyopathy. Familial BAG3 mutations are autosomal dominant and frequently cause truncation of the coding sequence, suggesting a heterozygous loss-of-function mechanism. However, heterozygous knockout of the murine BAG3 gene did not cause a detectable phenotype...
July 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724348/efficacy-and-safety-of-polymer-free-stent-versus-polymer-permanent-drug-eluting-stent-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-control-trials
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Kang Gao, Yiguang Sun, Ming Yang, Ling Han, Liwei Chen, Wenze Hu, Ping Chen, Xiaohong Li
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of polymer-free stent (PFS) versus permanent polymer drug-eluting stent (PPDES) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remain controversial. Our meta-analysis was undertaken to evaluate and compare the efficacy and safety of PFS with those of PPDES in patients undergoing PCI. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials.gov databases for randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
July 19, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724276/fatal-small-intestinal-ischemia-due-to-methamphetamine-intoxication-report-of-a-case-with-autopsy-results
#16
Hamid Attaran
Methamphetamine is one of the most common abused drugs, so its various effects on different body organs should be familiar to all physicians. Regarding its gastrointestinal sequels, there are few reports of ischemic colitis induced by its vasoconstrictive effects. This is the first report of isolated small intestinal infarction resulting in death following methamphetamine toxicity. A 40-year-old woman with a past history of medical treatment for obesity referred to hospital with severe chest and back pain, perspiration, nausea, agitation, high blood pressure, bradycardia and subsequent lethargy and vasomotor instability...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723813/effect-of-resistance-training-on-blood-pressure-and-autonomic-responses-in-treated-hypertensives
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Gabriela Alves Trevizani, Mariana Balbi Seixas, Paulo Roberto Benchimol-Barbosa, Jeferson Macedo Vianna, Lilian Pinto da Silva, Jurandir Nadal
This study evaluated the effect of resistance training (RT) on heart rate variability (HRV) and on blood pressure (BP) responses to acute and short-term exposure in treated hypertensive subjects. Twenty one men participated in the study, eight hypertensive under drug treatment regimen and achieving adequate blood pressure control prior to inclusion (HT) and thirteen normotensive (NT). The RT protocol consisted of 12 sessions with 8 exercises (leg extension, leg press, leg curl, bench press, seated row, triceps push-down, seated calf flexion and seated arm curl) performed for 2 sets of 15-20 repetitions with 50% of one repetition-maximum (1RM) with 2-minute rest intervals in between sets, 3x/week...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722611/phase-2a-open-label-4-escalating-dose-randomized-multicenter-study-evaluating-the-safety-and-activity-of-ferroquine-ssr97193-plus-artesunate-versus-amodiaquine-plus-artesunate-in-african-adult-men-with-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
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Christian Supan, Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma, Maryvonne Kombila, Carmen L Ospina Salazar, Jana Held, Bertrand Lell, Cathy Cantalloube, Elhadj Djeriou, Bernhards Ogutu, John Waitumbi, Nekoye Otsula, Duncan Apollo, Mark E Polhemus, Peter G Kremsner, Douglas S Walsh
Artemisinin-based combination therapies are recommended as first-line agents for treating uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Ferroquine, a 4-aminoquinolone, is a novel long-acting combination partner for fast-acting drugs like artesunate (AS). We did a small phase 2a, multicenter, open-label, safety-focused dose-ranging randomized study of ferroquine at three African hospitals: two Gabonese and one Kenyan. We recruited adult men with symptomatic uncomplicated P. falciparum monoinfection. Four escalating doses of ferroquine (100, 200, 400, and 600 mg) were assessed in sequence, versus an amodiaquine comparator...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722266/second-generation-drug-eluting-stents-versus-bare-metal-stents-for-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-of-the-proximal-left-anterior-descending-artery-an-analysis-of-the-basket-prove-i-and-ii-trials
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Fernanda Marinho Mangione, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Kotaro Nochioka, Tannas Jatene, Odilson Marcos Silvestre, Kim Wadt Hansen, Rikke Sørensen, Jan Skov Jensen, Peter Godsk Jorgensen, Raban Jeger, Christoph Kaiser, Matthias Pfisterer, Søren Galatius
OBJECTIVES: To compare mid-term outcomes between patients undergoing proximal left anterior descending artery (LAD) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with second generation drug-eluting stent (DES) or bare-metal stent (BMS). BACKGROUND: PCI with BMS and first-generation DES have shown to be safe options for the treatment of proximal LAD stenosis, however associated with considerable reintervention rates. Overall, second-generation DES has proven to be superior to BMS and first-generation DES, nevertheless, its effect for proximal LAD PCI has not previously been reported...
July 19, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722171/use-of-antibiotics-during-pregnancy-and-the-risk-of-major-congenital-malformations-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Flory T Muanda, Odile Sheehy, Anick Bérard
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have investigated the link between individual antibiotics and major congenital malformations (MCMs) including specific malformations owing to small sample size. We aimed to quantify the association between exposure to gestational antibiotic and the risk of MCMs. METHODS: Using the Quebec pregnancy cohort (1998 -2008), we included a total of 139,938 liveborn singleton alive whose mothers were covered by the «Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec" drug plan for at least 12 months before and during pregnancy...
July 19, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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