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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211974/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-1-base-pair-novel-deletion-in-bcl2-associated-athanogene-3-bag3-gene-associated-with-severe-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm-requiring-heart-transplant-in-multiple-family-members
#1
Muhammad Arshad Rafiq, Ayeshah Chaudhry, Melanie Care, Danna A Spears, Chantal F Morel, Robert M Hamilton
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by dilation and impaired contraction of the left ventricle or both ventricles. Among hereditary DCM, the genetic causes are heterogeneous, and include mutations encoding cytoskeletal, nucleoskeletal, mitochondrial, and calcium-handling proteins. We report three severely affected males, in a four-generation pedigree, with DCM phenotype who underwent cardiac transplant. Cardiomegaly with marked biventricular dilation and fibrosis were noticeable histopathological findings...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203568/mirna-sequence-indicates-that-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-exosomes-have-similar-mechanism-to-enhance-cardiac-repair
#2
Lianbo Shao, Yu Zhang, Beibei Lan, Juanjuan Wang, Zhiwei Zhang, Lulu Zhang, Pengli Xiao, Qingyou Meng, Yong-Jian Geng, Xi-Yong Yu, Yangxin Li
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) repair infarcted heart through paracrine mechanism. We sought to compare the effectiveness of MSCs and MSC-derived exosomes (MSC-Exo) in repairing infarcted hearts and to identify how MSC-Exo mediated cardiac repair is regulated. In a rat myocardial infarction model, we found that MSC-Exo inhibited cardiac fibrosis, inflammation, and improved cardiac function. The beneficial effects of MSC-Exo were significantly superior compared to that of MSCs. To explore the potential mechanisms underlying MSC-Exo's effects, we performed several in vitro experiments and miRNA-sequence analysis...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202417/triptolide-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-myocardial-remodeling-in-mice-via-the-inhibition-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-expression
#3
Rujun Li, Kuiying Lu, Yao Wang, Mingxing Chen, Fengyu Zhang, Hui Sheng, Deshan Yao, Kaizheng Gong, Zhengang Zhang
Triptolide is the predominant active component of the Chinese herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) that has been widely used to treat several chronic inflammatory diseases due to its immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties. In the present study, we elucidated the cardioprotective effects of triptolide against cardiac dysfunction and myocardial remodeling in chronic pressure-overloaded hearts. Furthermore, the potential mechanisms of triptolide were investigated. For this purpose, C57/BL6 mice were anesthetized and subjected to transverse aortic constriction (TAC) or sham operation...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198439/miat-is-a-pro-fibrotic-long-non-coding-rna-governing-cardiac-fibrosis-in-post-infarct-myocardium
#4
Xuefeng Qu, Yue Du, You Shu, Ming Gao, Fei Sun, Shenjian Luo, Ti Yang, Linfeng Zhan, Yin Yuan, Wenfeng Chu, Zhenwei Pan, Zhiguo Wang, Baofeng Yang, Yanjie Lu
A long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), named myocardial infarction associated transcript (MIAT), has been documented to confer risk of myocardial infarction (MI). The aim of this study is to elucidate the pathophysiological role of MIAT in regulation of cardiac fibrosis. In a mouse model of MI, we found that MIAT was remarkably up-regulated, which was accompanied by cardiac interstitial fibrosis. MIAT up-regulation in MI was accompanied by deregulation of some fibrosis-related regulators: down-regulation of miR-24 and up-regulation of Furin and TGF-β1...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194437/mitochondrial-quality-control-dysregulation-in-conditional-ho-1-mice
#5
Hagir B Suliman, Jeffrey E Keenan, Claude A Piantadosi
The heme oxygenase-1 (Hmox1; HO-1) pathway was tested for defense of mitochondrial quality control in cardiomyocyte-specific Hmox1 KO mice (HO-1[CM](-/-)) exposed to oxidative stress (100% O2). After 48 hours of exposure, these mice showed persistent cardiac inflammation and oxidative tissue damage that caused sarcomeric disruption, cardiomyocyte death, left ventricular dysfunction, and cardiomyopathy, while control hearts showed minimal damage. After hyperoxia, HO-1(CM)(-/-) hearts showed suppression of the Pgc-1α/nuclear respiratory factor-1 (NRF-1) axis, swelling, low electron density mitochondria by electron microscopy (EM), increased cell death, and extensive collagen deposition...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193640/grk2-mediates-arginine-vasopressin-induced-il-6-production-via-nf-kb-signaling-in-neonatal-rat-cardiac-fibroblast
#6
Feifei Xu, Suzhen Sun, Xiaojun Wang, Eran Ni, Lingling Zhao, Weizhong Zhu
: Elevated interleukin 6(IL-6) levels in congestive heart failure are associated with myocardial damage during acute exacerbation and with chronic inflammation. Arginine vasopressin (AVP), a hormone released in response to cardiac stress, could be a factor of inflammation and fibrosis in the pathogenesis of heart failure. Recently, we have shown that AVP promotes the proliferation of neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts (NRCFs) through a V1Avasopressin receptor-mediated G protein-coupled receptor kinase2 (GRK2) signaling...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192475/adverse-cardiac-effects-of-exogenous-angiotensin-1-7-in-rats-with-subtotal-nephrectomy-are-prevented-by-ace-inhibition
#7
Louise M Burrell, Daniel Gayed, Karen Griggs, Sheila K Patel, Elena Velkoska
We previously reported that exogenous angiotensin (Ang) 1-7 has adverse cardiac effects in experimental kidney failure due to its action to increase cardiac angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity. This study investigated if the addition of an ACE inhibitor (ACEi) to Ang 1-7 infusion would unmask any beneficial effects of Ang 1-7 on the heart in experimental kidney failure. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent subtotal nephrectomy (STNx) and were treated with vehicle, the ACEi ramipril (oral 1mg/kg/day), Ang 1-7 (subcutaneous 24 μg/kg/h) or dual therapy (all groups, n = 12)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191909/the-influence-of-chemotherapy-on-the-right-ventricle-did-we-forget-something
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Marijana Tadic, Cesare Cuspidi, Dagmara Hering, Lucia Venneri, Oleksandr Danylenko
BACKGROUND: A large number of chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular complications were discovered in studies over the last several decades. The focus of the majority of these studies was left ventricular (LV) remodeling. The aim of this article was to provide a comprehensive overview of potential mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced right ventricular (RV) remodeling and summarize clinical studies on this topic. HYPOTHESIS: Chemotherapy induces RV structural, functional, and mechanical changes...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191775/noninvasive-assessment-of-an-engineered-bioactive-graft-in-myocardial-infarction-impact-on-cardiac-function-and-scar-healing
#9
Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Ramon Bragós, Carolina Soler-Botija, Idoia Díaz-Güemes, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Verónica Crisóstomo, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Paco Bogónez-Franco, Isaac Perea-Gil, Santiago Roura, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Cardiac tissue engineering, which combines cells and biomaterials, is promising for limiting the sequelae of myocardial infarction (MI). We assessed myocardial function and scar evolution after implanting an engineered bioactive impedance graft (EBIG) in a swine MI model. The EBIG comprises a scaffold of decellularized human pericardium, green fluorescent protein-labeled porcine adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (pATPCs), and a customized-design electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) monitoring system...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191635/the-role-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-cardiac-biology-classic-concepts-and-emerging-roles
#10
Alexios S Antonopoulos, Charalambos Antoniades
Classic concepts about the role of epicardial adipose tissue (EpAT) in heart physiology include its role in cardiac metabolism, the mechanical protection of coronaries, the innervation and possibly cryoprotection of the heart too. Nevertheless, recent evidence has revealed that epicardial adipose tissue regulates multiple aspects of cardiac biology including myocardial redox state, intracellular Ca(2+) cycling, the electrophysiological (EP) and contractile properties of cardiomyocytes, cardiac fibrosis as well as coronary atherosclerosis progression...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186704/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-modulate-monocytes-trafficking-in-coxsackievirus-b3-induced-myocarditis
#11
Kapka Miteva, Kathleen Pappritz, Muhammad El-Shafeey, Fengquan Dong, Jochen Ringe, Carsten Tschöpe, Sophie Van Linthout
Mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) application in Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3)-induced myocarditis reduces myocardial inflammation and fibrosis, exerts prominent extra-cardiac immunomodulation, and improves heart function. Although the abovementioned findings demonstrate the benefit of MSC application, the mechanism of the MSC immunomodulatory effects leading to a final cardioprotective outcome in viral myocarditis remains poorly understood. Monocytes are known to be a trigger of myocardial tissue inflammation. The present study aims at investigating the direct effect of MSC on the mobilization and trafficking of monocytes to the heart in CVB3-induced myocarditis...
January 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186692/targeted-genome-engineering-to-control-vegf-expression-in-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-potential-implications-for-the-treatment-of-myocardial-infarction
#12
Hyun-Min Cho, Pyung-Hwan Kim, Hyun-Kyung Chang, Yi-Ming Shen, Kwaku Bonsra, Byung-Jae Kang, Soo-Young Yum, Joo-Hyun Kim, So-Yeong Lee, Min-Cheol Choi, Hyongbum Henry Kim, Goo Jang, Je-Yoel Cho
Human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) exhibit potency for the regeneration of infarcted hearts. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is capable of inducing angiogenesis and can boost stem cell-based therapeutic effects. However, high levels of VEGF can cause abnormal blood vessel growth and hemangiomas. Thus, a controllable system to induce therapeutic levels of VEGF is required for cell therapy. We generated an inducible VEGF-secreting stem cell (VEGF/hUCB-MSC) that controls the expression of VEGF and tested the therapeutic efficacy in rat myocardial infarction (MI) model to apply functional stem cells to MI...
January 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
#13
Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185610/hydrogen-sulfide-reduces-recruitment-of-cd11b-gr-1-cells-in-mice-with-myocardial-infarction
#14
Ting Wu, Hua Li, Bing Wu, Lei Zhang, San-Wu Wu, Jia-Ning Wang, You-En Zhang
The present study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms by which hydrogen sulfide (H<sub>2</sub>S) attenuates left ventricular remodeling after MI. Myocardial infarction was created in mice by left coronary artery ligation. One group of mice received injections of the H<sub>2</sub>S donor sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH) immediately before and one hour after ligation, while the control group received saline alone. During both the subacute and chronic stages (1 and 4 weeks post-infarction, respectively), NaHS-treated mice demonstrated attenuation of cardiac dilation in the infarcted myocardium...
February 9, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183531/cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
#15
Mustafa Gerçek, Muhammed Gerçek, Sebastian Kant, Sakine Simsekyilmaz, Astrid Kassner, Hendrik Milting, Elisa A Liehn, Rudolf E Leube, Claudia A Krusche
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is a hereditary disease leading to sudden cardiac death or heart failure. AC pathology is characterized by cardiomyocyte loss and replacement fibrosis. Our goal was to determine whether cardiomyocytes respond to AC progression by pathological hypertrophy. To this end, we examined tissue samples from AC patients with end-stage heart failure and tissue samples that were collected at different disease stages from desmoglein 2-mutant mice, a well characterized AC model. We find that cardiomyocyte diameters are significantly increased in right ventricles of AC patients...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179611/asymptomatic-cocaine-abuse%C3%A3-myocardial-tissue-characterization-using-cardiac-biomarkers-and-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#16
Ulf K Radunski, Ulrike Fuger, Sebastian Bohnen, Gunnar K Lund, Christian Stehning, Tanja Zeller, Enver Tahir, Maxim Avanesov, Gerhard Adam, Stefan Blankenberg, Jens Reimer, Kai Muellerleile
BACKGROUND: Use of cocaine is widespread and associated with several cardiovascular diseases. Recent CMR studies indicate frequent myocardial scar/fibrosis in asymptomatic cocaine abusers (CA).Methods and Results:This study used a combination of advanced CMR tissue characterization techniques, including late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) for focal, and extracellular volume (ECV) imaging for diffuse myocardial injury/fibrosis, with circulating biomarkers for a comprehensive characterization of myocardial injury...
February 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176375/cryptotanshinone-inhibits-stat3-signaling-to-alleviate-cardiac-fibrosis-in-type-1-like-diabetic-rats
#17
Shih-Hsiang Lo, Chao-Tien Hsu, Ho-Shan Niu, Chiang-Shan Niu, Juei-Tang Cheng, Zhih-Cherng Chen
Cryptotanshinone is an active principal ingredient isolated from Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen), a medicinal plant used in China to treat cardiac disorders. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of cryptotanshinone on myocardial fibrosis in diabetic rats. In streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetic model hyperglycemic rats (STZ-treated rats), fasting blood glucose levels and heart weight/body weight ratio were markedly increased but both were not modified by cryptotanshinone. Additionally, cardiac performance in catheterized STZ-treated rats was improved...
February 8, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176247/apigenin-alleviates-stz-induced-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
#18
Huang-Jun Liu, Yun-Lin Fan, Hai-Han Liao, Yuan Liu, Si Chen, Zhen-Guo Ma, Ning Zhang, Zheng Yang, Wei Deng, Qi-Zhu Tang
Apigenin is an important component of fruits and vegetables in human daily diets. Several cellular and animal models have been performed to demonstrate its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory bioactivities. However, the cardioprotective effects of apigenin in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) remain unclear. In this study, we intended to explore the roles of apigenin in cardiac remodeling of DCM. Male C57BL/6 J mice were treated with streptozotocin (STZ, 50 mg/kg) for 5 consecutive days to induce DCM. The echocardiography and catheter-based measurements of hemodynamic parameters were performed to evaluate the cardiac function...
February 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176246/isorhamnetin-protects-against-cardiac-hypertrophy-through-blocking-pi3k-akt-pathway
#19
Lu Gao, Rui Yao, Yuzhou Liu, Zheng Wang, Zhen Huang, Binbin Du, Dianhong Zhang, Leiming Wu, Lili Xiao, Yanzhou Zhang
Isorhamnetin, a flavonoid compound extracted from the Chinese herb Hippophae rhamnoides L., is well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-adipogenic, anti-proliferative, and anti-tumor activities. However, the role of isorhamnetin in cardiac hypertrophy has not been reported. The aims of the present study were to find whether isorhamnetin could alleviate cardiac hypertrophy and to define the underlying molecular mechanisms. Here, we investigated the effects of isorhamnetin (100 mg/kg/day) on cardiac hypertrophy induced by aortic banding in mice...
February 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174241/development-of-a-human-cardiac-organoid-injury-model-reveals-innate-regenerative-potential
#20
Holly K Voges, Richard J Mills, David A Elliott, Robert G Parton, Enzo R Porrello, James E Hudson
The adult human heart possesses a limited regenerative potential following an ischemic event, and undergoes a number of pathological changes in response to injury. While cardiac regeneration has been documented in zebrafish and neonatal mouse hearts, it is currently unknown whether the immature human heart is capable of undergoing complete regeneration. Combined progress in pluripotent stem cell differentiation and tissue engineering has facilitated the development of human cardiac organoids (hCO), which resemble fetal heart tissue and can be used to address this important knowledge gap...
February 7, 2017: Development
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