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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822966/inhibitory-actions-of-the-nrg-1-erbb4-pathway-in-macrophages-during-tissue-fibrosis-in-heart-skin-and-lung
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Zarha Vermeulen, Anne-Sophie Hervent, Lindsey Dugaucquier, Leni Vandekerckhove, Miche Rombouts, Matthias Beyens, Dorien M Schrijvers, Guido R Y De Meyer, Stuart Maudsley, Gilles W De Keulenaer, Vincent Fm Segers
The neuregulin-1 (NRG-1)/ErbB system is an endothelium-controlled paracrine system modulating cardiac performance and adaptation. Recent studies indicate that NRG-1 has anti-fibrotic effects in the left ventricle (LV), which were explained by direct actions on cardiac fibroblasts. However, the NRG-1/ErbB system also regulates the function of macrophages. In this study, we hypothesized that the anti-fibrotic effect of NRG-1 in the heart is at least partially mediated through inhibitory effects on macrophages...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822962/glucose-transporter-4-glut4-deficient-hearts-develop-maladaptive-hypertrophy-in-response-to-physiologic-or-pathologic-stresses
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Adam Raymond Wende, Jaetaek Kim, William Holland, Benjamin E Wayment, Brian T O'Neill, Joseph Tuinei, Manoja K Brahma, Mark E Pepin, Mark A McCrory, Ivan Luptak, Ganesh V Halade, Sheldon E Litwin, E Dale Abel
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy may be associated with reduced expression of the GLUT4 glucose transporter in contrast to exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy, where GLUT4 levels are increased. However, mice with cardiac specific deletion of GLUT4 (G4H-/-) have normal cardiac function in the unstressed state. This study tested the hypothesis that cardiac GLUT4 is required for myocardial adaptations to hemodynamic demands. G4H-/- and control littermates (Con) were subjected to either a pathological model of left ventricular pressure overload (transverse aortic constriction; TAC) or a physiological model of endurance exercise (swim training)...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822689/cholesterol-lowering-gene-therapy-counteracts-the-development-of-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-in-mice
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Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Ruhul Amin, Andrey Postnov, Mudit Mishra, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Olivier Gheysens, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
A causal role of hypercholesterolemia in non-ischemic heart failure has never been demonstrated. Adeno-associated viral serotype 8 (AAV8)-low-density lipoprotein receptor (AAV8-LDLr) gene transfer was performed in LDLr-deficient mice without and with pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). AAV8-LDLr gene therapy resulted in an 82.8% (p < 0.0001) reduction of plasma cholesterol compared with controls. Mortality rate was lower (p < 0.05) in AAV8-LDLr TAC mice compared with control TAC mice (hazard ratio for mortality 0...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822108/semi-quantitative-metabolic-values-on-fdg-pet-ct-including-extracardiac-sites-of-disease-as-a-predictor-of-treatment-course-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Mitsutomi Ishiyama, Laurie A Soine, Hubert J Vesselle
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with major adverse cardiac events including cardiac arrest, for which anti-inflammatory treatment is indicated. Oral corticosteroid is the mainstay among treatment options; however, adverse effects are a major concern with long-term use. It would be beneficial for providers to predict treatment response and prognosis for proper management strategy of sarcoidosis, though it remains challenging. Fluorine (F)-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography(PET)/computed tomography(CT) has an advantage over anatomical imaging in providing semi-quantitative functional parameters such as standard uptake value (SUV), metabolic volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), which are well-established biomarkers in oncology...
August 18, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821963/myocardial-regenerative-therapy-using-a-scaffold-free-skeletal-muscle-derived-cell-sheet-in-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-even-under-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-a-safety-and-feasibility-study
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Yasushi Yoshikawa, Shigeru Miyagawa, Koichi Toda, Atsuhiro Saito, Yasushi Sakata, Yoshiki Sawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Despite promising experimental results, clinically, intramyocardial myoblast injection failed to reverse remodeling and it induced arrhythmogenicity. In contrast, scaffold-free skeletal muscle-derived cell (SC) sheets attenuated cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmogenicity via paracrine effects. We report the first clinical trial of SC sheet implantation (SCSI) conducted in four patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) supported by a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)...
August 18, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820545/assessment-and-management-of-acute-severe-mitral-regurgitation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Ehud Raanani, Ram Sharony, Ludmila Tzatskin, Eli Peleg, Alex Blatt, Zvi Vered
BACKGROUND: Acute severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is a serious medical condition. Whilst clear guidelines exist regarding the management of chronic MR, acute severe MR is usually treated on an individual basis. Currently, few data exist regarding acute MR in the era of primary coronary interventions (PCI). The present study included patients admitted to the Department of Cardiology during recent years with acute severe MR of different etiologies, and an analysis of these data in the light of previous investigations...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820076/a-novel-danshensu-tetramethylpyrazine-conjugate-dt-018-provides-cardioprotection-by-preserving-mitochondrial-function-through-the-mef2d-pgc-1%C3%AE-pathway
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Xiaojing Zhang, Jingxiong Luo, Yali Huang, Huixing Deng, Huihui Hu, Pei Yu, Yewei Sun, Luchen Shan, Yuqiang Wang
In this work, we explored the protective effect of DT-018, a danshensu and tetramethylpyrazine conjugate, on mitochondrial injury induced by tert-butylhydroperoxide (t-BHP) and its possible mechanisms of action. DT-018 effectively quenched intracellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS), preserved the mitochondrial function, restored the intracellular level of ATP and augmented mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) while suppressed mitochondrial swelling in isolated myocardial mitochondria...
August 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819303/automated-segmentation-of-light-sheet-fluorescent-imaging-to-characterize-experimental-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-injury-and-repair
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René R Sevag Packard, Kyung In Baek, Tyler Beebe, Nelson Jen, Yichen Ding, Feng Shi, Peng Fei, Bong Jin Kang, Po-Heng Chen, Jonathan Gau, Michael Chen, Jonathan Y Tang, Yu-Huan Shih, Yonghe Ding, Debiao Li, Xiaolei Xu, Tzung K Hsiai
This study sought to develop an automated segmentation approach based on histogram analysis of raw axial images acquired by light-sheet fluorescent imaging (LSFI) to establish rapid reconstruction of the 3-D zebrafish cardiac architecture in response to doxorubicin-induced injury and repair. Input images underwent a 4-step automated image segmentation process consisting of stationary noise removal, histogram equalization, adaptive thresholding, and image fusion followed by 3-D reconstruction. We applied this method to 3-month old zebrafish injected intraperitoneally with doxorubicin followed by LSFI at 3, 30, and 60 days post-injection...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819266/amalaki-rasayana-a-traditional-indian-drug-enhances-cardiac-mitochondrial-and-contractile-functions-and-improves-cardiac-function-in-rats-with-hypertrophy
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Vikas Kumar, Kumar A Aneesh, K Kshemada, Kumar G S Ajith, Raj S S Binil, Neha Deora, G Sanjay, A Jaleel, T S Muraleedharan, E M Anandan, R S Mony, M S Valiathan, Kumar T R Santhosh, C C Kartha
We evaluated the cardioprotective effect of Amalaki Rasayana (AR), a rejuvenating Ayurvedic drug prepared from Phyllanthus emblica fruits in the reversal of remodeling changes in pressure overload left ventricular cardiac hypertrophy (LVH) and age-associated cardiac dysfunction in male Wistar rats. Six groups (aging groups) of 3 months old animals were given either AR or ghee and honey (GH) orally; seventh group was untreated. Ascending aorta was constricted using titanium clips in 3 months old rats (N = 24; AC groups) and after 6 months, AR or GH was given for further 12 months to two groups; one group was untreated...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819000/hypoxia-induced-myocardial-regeneration
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Wataru Kimura, Yuji Nakada, Hesham A Sadek
The underlying cause of systolic heart failure is the inability of the adult mammalian heart to regenerate damaged myocardium. In contrast, some vertebrate species and immature mammals are capable of full cardiac regeneration following multiple types of injury through cardiomyocyte proliferation. Little is known about what distinguishes proliferative cardiomyocytes from terminally differentiated, non-proliferative cardiomyocytes. Recently, several reports have suggested that oxygen metabolism and oxidative stress play a pivotal role in regulating the proliferative capacity of mammalian cardiomyocytes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818577/applications-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Omar Niss, Michael D Taylor
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has evolved from an effective research tool to a non-invasive clinical modality with versatile applications. The accuracy of volume measurements and functional assessment and the ability to identify unique myocardial tissue characteristics non-invasively are the primary advantages of CMR. The use of CMR in sickle cell disease (SCD) has been limited clinically to myocardial iron assessment. The use of other CMR applications to characterize the cardiac pathology in SCD is slowly emerging but remains limited to research level...
August 8, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818206/pharmacological-and-activated-fibroblast%C3%A2-targeting-of-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-grk2-after%C3%A2-myocardial-ischemia-attenuates-heart-failure-progression
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Joshua G Travers, Fadia A Kamal, Iñigo Valiente-Alandi, Michelle L Nieman, Michelle A Sargent, John N Lorenz, Jeffery D Molkentin, Burns C Blaxall
BACKGROUND: Cardiac fibroblasts are a critical cell population responsible for myocardial extracellular matrix homeostasis. Upon injury or pathological stimulation, these cells transform to an activated myofibroblast state and play a fundamental role in myocardial fibrosis and remodeling. Chronic sympathetic overstimulation, a hallmark of heart failure (HF), induces pathological signaling through G protein βγ (Gβγ) subunits and their interaction with G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2)...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818204/geometry-as-a-confounder-when-assessing-ventricular-systolic-function-comparison-between-ejection-fraction-and-strain
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Thomas M Stokke, Nina E Hasselberg, Marit K Smedsrud, Sebastian I Sarvari, Kristina H Haugaa, Otto A Smiseth, Thor Edvardsen, Espen W Remme
BACKGROUND: Preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and reduced myocardial strain are reported in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and more. OBJECTIVES: The authors performed a combined mathematical and echocardiographic study to understand the inconsistencies between EF and strains. METHODS: An analytical equation showing the relationship between EF and the 4 parameters, global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS), wall thickness, and short-axis diameter, was derived from an elliptical LV model...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818058/evaluation-of-therapy-management-and-outcome-in-takotsubo-syndrome
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Nadine Abanador-Kamper, Lars Kamper, Judith Wolfertz, Witali Pomjanski, Anamaria Wolf-Pütz, Melchior Seyfarth
BACKGROUND: To date there is no validated evidence for standardized treatment of patients with Takotsubo syndrome (TTS). Medication therapy after final TTS diagnosis remains unclear. Previous data on patient outcome is ambivalent. Aim of this study was to evaluate medication therapy in TTS and to analyze patient outcome. METHODS: Within an observational retrospective cohort study we analyzed our medical records and included 72 patients with TTS that underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) after a median of 2 days interquartile range (IQR 1-3...
August 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817807/mir-21-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-after-myocardial-infarction-via-targeting-smad7
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Jinxia Yuan, Hongtao Chen, Dawei Ge, Yu Xu, Haihua Xu, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Yuhe Zhou, Jingdong Zhu, Ting Ge, Qun Chen, Yue Gao, Yanqing Wang, Xiaowei Li, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI) has been identified as an important factor in the deterioration of heart function. Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-21 plays an important role in various pathophysiological processes in the heart. However, the role of miR-21 in fibrosis regulation after MI remains unclear. METHODS: To induce cardiac infarction, the left anterior descending coronary artery was permanently ligated of mice...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817623/metformin-attenuates-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-up-regulation-of-antioxidant-enzymes
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Xiaoling Wang, Lei Yang, Licheng Kang, Jing Li, Liang Yang, Jincai Zhang, Jie Liu, Mengmeng Zhu, Qiong Zhang, Yanna Shen, Zhi Qi
The objective was to examine the protective effect of metformin (Met) on myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury and whether the mechanism was related to the AMPK/ antioxidant enzymes signaling pathway. Rat Langendorff test and H2O2-treated rat cardiomyocytes (H9c2) were used in this study. Met treatment significantly improved left ventricular (LV) function, reduced infarct size and CK-MB release in comparison with IR group. Decreased TUNEL staining positive cells were also observed in IR+Met group ex vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817535/can-prasugrel-decrease-the-extent-of-periprocedural-myocardial-injury-during-elective-pci
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Mariusz Tomaniak, Łukasz Kołtowski, Janusz Kochman, Zenon Huczek, Adam Rdzanek, Arkadiusz Pietrasik, Aleksandra Gasecka, Sylwia Gajda, Grzegorz Opolski, Krzysztof J Filipiak
INTRODUCTION    Periprocedural myocardial injury may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. The evidence on safety and efficacy of more potent P2Y12 antagonists in reduction of periprocedural myocardial injury among patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) with inadequate response to clopidogrel is limited.  OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of prasugrel on the incidence of periprocedural myocardial injury among patients undergoing elective PCI with inadequate response to clopidogrel diagnosed by point-of-care genotyping and platelet function testing (PFT)...
August 17, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817483/time-course-study-on-left-ventricular-function-in-a-rabbit-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-with-morphine-preconditioning
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Baihua Zhao, Chengxiao Liu, Darong Pu, Shi Zeng, Xi Dai, Minghui Liu
AIMS: The study aimed to analyze the left ventricular longitudinal function in a rabbit model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion with morphine preconditioning through strain rate imaging and evaluate the effect of morphine preconditioning. METHODS: A myocardial ischemia-reperfusion model was induced by occlusion and recanalization of the coronary artery in forty male New Zealand white rabbits, which were divided into a sham group, morphine group, and vehicle control group...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816346/homocysteine-lowering-interventions-for-preventing-cardiovascular-events
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Arturo J Martí-Carvajal, Ivan Solà, Dimitrios Lathyris, Mark Dayer
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary artery disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, is a leading cause of death worldwide. Homocysteine is an amino acid with biological functions in methionine metabolism. A postulated risk factor for cardiovascular disease is an elevated circulating total homocysteine level. The impact of homocysteine-lowering interventions, given to patients in the form of vitamins B6, B9 or B12 supplements, on cardiovascular events has been investigated...
August 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815794/finding-the-candidate-sequence-variants-for-diagnosis-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-east-slovak-patients
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Michaela Zigova, Jarmila Bernasovska, Iveta Boronova, Marta Mydlarova Blascakova, Jan Kmec
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heterogeneous myocardial disease. Mutations appearing in several genes might be a potential cause of the disease. The aim of the study was to analyze selected exons of the sarcomeric and non-sarcomeric genes, with the purpose to identify potential candidate genetic variants and to understand etiopathogenetic mechanisms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in East Slovak patients. METHODS: This study recruited 23 unrelated patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, namely, 13 men and 10 women (mean age of 58...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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