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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644868/electrophysiological-alterations-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-coxsackievirus-b3-myocarditis
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Sven Kaese, Robert Larbig, Matthias Rohrbeck, Gerrit Frommeyer, Dirk Dechering, Jan Olligs, Sabine Schönhofer-Merl, Rainer Wessely, Karin Klingel, Guiscard Seebohm, Lars Eckardt
INTRODUCTION: Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is known to induce acute and chronic myocarditis. Most infections are clinically unapparent but some patients suffer from ventricular arrhythmias (VA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Studies showed that acute CVB3 infection may cause impaired function of cardiac ion channels, creating a proarrhythmic substrate. However, it is unknown whether low level CVB3+ expression in myocytes may cause altered cardiac electrophysiology leading to VA. METHODS: Cellular electrophysiology was used to analyze cellular action potentials (APs) and occurrence of afterdepolarizations from isolated cardiomyocytes of wildtype (WT) and transgenic CVB3ΔVP0 (CVB3+) mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642406/lnc-ing-fibroblasts-to-cardiac-fibrosis
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EDITORIAL
Caitlin Czajka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642329/experimental-and-computational-insight-into-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-paracrine-signaling-and-heterocellular-coupling-effects-on-cardiac-contractility-and-arrhythmogenicity
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Joshua Mayourian, Timothy J Cashman, Delaine K Ceholski, Bryce V Johnson, David Sachs, Deepak A Kaji, Susmita Sahoo, Joshua M Hare, Roger J Hajjar, Eric A Sobie, Kevin D Costa
Rationale: Myocardial delivery of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) is an emerging therapy for treating the failing heart. However, the relative effects of hMSC-mediated heterocellular coupling (HC) and paracrine signaling (PS) on human cardiac contractility and arrhythmogenicity remain unresolved. Objective: To better understand hMSC PS and HC effects on human cardiac contractility and arrhythmogenicity by integrating experimental and computational approaches. Methods and Results: : Extending our previous hMSC-cardiomyocyte HC computational model, we incorporated experimentally calibrated hMSC PS effects on cardiomyocyte L-type calcium channel/SERCA activity and cardiac tissue fibrosis...
June 22, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641979/sexual-dimorphism-in-the-fetal-cardiac-response-to-maternal-nutrient-restriction
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Sribalasubashini Muralimanoharan, Cun Li, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Cameron P Casey, Thomas O Metz, Peter W Nathanielsz, Alina Maloyan
Poor maternal nutrition causes intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR); however, its effects on fetal cardiac development are unclear. We have developed a baboon model of moderate maternal undernutrition, leading to IUGR. We hypothesized that IUGR affects fetal cardiac structure and metabolism. Six control pregnant baboons ate ad-libitum (CTRL)) or 70% CTRL from 0.16 of gestation (G). Fetuses were euthanized at C-section at 0.9G under general anesthesia. Male but not female IUGR fetuses showed left ventricular fibrosis inversely correlated with birth weight...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640453/corrigendum
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Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) was first recognized more than four decades ago and occurred independent of cardiovascular diseases or hypertension in both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients. The exact mechanisms underlying this disease remain incompletely understood. Several pathophysiological bases responsible for DCM have been proposed, including the presence of hyperglycemia, nonenzymatic glycosylation of large molecules (e.g., proteins), energy metabolic disturbance, mitochondrial damage and dysfunction, impaired calcium handling, reactive oxygen species formation, inflammation, cardiac cell death, and cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis, leading to impairment of cardiac contractile functions...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640451/cardiac-fibrosis-and-arrhythmogenesis
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My-Nhan Nguyen, Helen Kiriazis, Xiao-Ming Gao, Xiao-Jun Du
Myocardial injury, mechanical stress, neurohormonal activation, inflammation, and/or aging all lead to cardiac remodeling, which is responsible for cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmogenesis. Of the key histological components of cardiac remodeling, fibrosis either in the form of interstitial, patchy, or dense scars, constitutes a key histological substrate of arrhythmias. Here we discuss current research findings focusing on the role of fibrosis, in arrhythmogenesis. Numerous studies have convincingly shown that patchy or interstitial fibrosis interferes with myocardial electrophysiology by slowing down action potential propagation, initiating reentry, promoting after-depolarizations, and increasing ectopic automaticity...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639369/a-network-analysis-to-compare-biomarker-profiles-in-patients-with-and-without-diabetes-mellitus-in-acute-heart-failure
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Abhinav Sharma, Biniyam G Demissei, Jasper Tromp, Hans L Hillege, John G Cleland, Christopher M O'Connor, Marco Metra, Piotr Ponikowski, John R Teerlink, Beth A Davison, Michael M Givertz, Daniel M Bloomfield, Howard Dittrich, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Gad Cotter, Justin A Ezekowitz, Mohsin A F Khan, Adriaan A Voors
AIMS: It is unclear whether distinct pathophysiological processes are present among patients with acute heart failure (AHF), with and without diabetes. Network analysis of biomarkers may identify correlative associations that reflect different pathophysiological pathways. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed a panel of 48 circulating biomarkers measured within 24 h of admission for AHF in a subset of patients enrolled in the PROTECT trial. In patients with and without diabetes, we performed a network analysis to identify correlations between measured biomarkers...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639234/novel-biomarkers-of-subclinical-cardiac-dysfunction-in-the-general-population
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REVIEW
Kamal Shemisa, Anish Bhatt, Daniel Cheeran, Ian J Neeland
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recognition of subclinical myocardial dysfunction offers clinicians and patients an opportunity for early intervention and prevention of symptomatic cardiovascular disease. We review the data on novel biomarkers in subclinical heart disease in the general population with a focus on pathophysiology, recent observational or trial data, and potential applicability and pitfalls for clinical use. RECENT FINDINGS: High-sensitivity cardiac troponin and natriuretic peptide assays are powerful markers of subclinical cardiac disease...
June 21, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639003/the-crucial-role-of-activin-a-alk4-pathway-in-the-pathogenesis-of-ang-ii-induced-atrial-fibrosis-and-vulnerability-to-atrial-fibrillation
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Qian Wang, Ying Yu, Pengpai Zhang, Yihe Chen, Changyi Li, Jie Chen, Yuepeng Wang, Yigang Li
Atrial fibrosis, the hallmark of structural remodeling associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), is characterized by abnormal proliferation of atrial fibroblasts and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)/activin receptor-like kinase 5 (ALK5)/Smad2/3/4 pathway has been reported to be involved in the process. Recent studies have implicated both activin A and its specific downstream component activin receptor-like kinase 4 (ALK4) in stimulating fibrosis in non-cardiac organs...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638404/puerarin-protects-against-cardiac-fibrosis-associated-with-the-inhibition-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad2-mediated-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Ya-Ge Jin, Yuan Yuan, Qing-Qing Wu, Ning Zhang, Di Fan, Yan Che, Zhao-Peng Wang, Yang Xiao, Sha-Sha Wang, Qi-Zhu Tang
BACKGROUND: Puerarin is a kind of flavonoids and is extracted from Chinese herb Kudzu root. Puerarin is widely used as an adjuvant therapy in Chinese clinics. But little is known about its effects on regulating cardiac fibrosis. METHODS: Mice were subjected to transverse aorta constriction (TAC) for 8 weeks; meanwhile puerarin was given 1 week after TAC. Cardiac fibrosis was assessed by pathological staining. The mRNA and protein changes of CD31 and vimentin in both animal and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) models were detected...
2017: PPAR Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637928/the-long-noncoding-rna-wisper-controls-cardiac-fibrosis-and-remodeling
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Rudi Micheletti, Isabelle Plaisance, Brian J Abraham, Alexandre Sarre, Ching-Chia Ting, Michael Alexanian, Daniel Maric, Damien Maison, Mohamed Nemir, Richard A Young, Blanche Schroen, Arantxa González, Samir Ounzain, Thierry Pedrazzini
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as powerful regulators of cardiac development and disease. However, our understanding of the importance of these molecules in cardiac fibrosis is limited. Using an integrated genomic screen, we identified Wisper (Wisp2 super-enhancer-associated RNA) as a cardiac fibroblast-enriched lncRNA that regulates cardiac fibrosis after injury. Wisper expression was correlated with cardiac fibrosis both in a murine model of myocardial infarction (MI) and in heart tissue from human patients suffering from aortic stenosis...
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637706/endothelial-mineralocorticoid-receptor-contributes-to-systolic-dysfunction-induced-by-pressure-overload-without-modulating-cardiac-hypertrophy-or-inflammation
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Ane M Salvador, M Elizabeth Moss, Mark Aronovitz, Kathleen B Mueller, Robert M Blanton, Iris Z Jaffe, Pilar Alcaide
Heart Failure (HF) is associated with increased circulating levels of aldosterone and systemic inflammation. Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists block aldosterone action and decrease mortality in patients with congestive HF However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the therapeutic benefits of MR antagonists remain unclear. MR is expressed in all cell types in the heart, including the endothelial cells (EC), in which aldosterone induces the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1)...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637704/the-structure-function-remodeling-in-rabbit-hearts-of-myocardial-infarction
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Haotian Wu, Li Li, Pei Niu, Xu Huang, Jinyi Liu, Fengshun Zhang, Wenzeng Shen, Wenchang Tan, Yiling Wu, Yunlong Huo
Animal models are of importance to investigate basic mechanisms for ischemic heart failure (HF). The objective of the study was to create a rabbit model through multiple coronary artery ligations to investigate the postoperative structure-function remodeling of the left ventricle (LV) and coronary arterial trees. Here, we hypothesize that the interplay of the degenerated coronary vasculature and increased ventricle wall stress relevant to cardiac fibrosis in vicinity of myocardial infarction (MI) precipitates the incidence and progression of ischemic HF Echocardiographic measurements showed an approximately monotonic drop of fractional shortening and ejection fraction from 40% and 73% down to 28% and 58% as well as persistent enlargement of LV cavity and slight mitral regurgitation at postoperative 12 weeks...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636290/sulforaphane-protection-against-the-development-of-doxorubicin-induced-chronic-heart-failure-is-associated-with-nrf2-upregulation
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Yang Bai, Qiang Chen, Yun-Peng Sun, Xuan Wang, Li Lv, Li-Ping Zhang, Jin-Sha Liu, Song Zhao, Xiao-Lu Wang
Doxorubicin (DOX) is an anthracycline anti-tumor drug. However, its clinical use is limited by dose-dependent cardiotoxicity, and even progresses to chronic heart failure (CHF). OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate whether the Nrf2 activator, sulforaphane (SFN), can prevent DOX-induced CHF. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats who received treatment for six weeks were divided into four groups (n=30 per group): control, SFN, DOX, and DOX plus SFN group. RESULTS: Results revealed that DOX induced progressive cardiac damage as indicated by increased cardiac injury markers, cardiac inflammation, fibrosis and oxidative stress...
June 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635904/-myocardial-fibrosis-current-aspects-of-the-problem
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V N Karetnikova, V V Kashtalap, S N Kosareva, O L Barbarash
Fibrosis is one of the main components in the progression of most cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, by causing structural changes in the myocardium and vascular wall. The quantitative and qualitative characteristics of fibrosis of the myocardium are responsible for decreasing its elastic properties, developing diastolic dysfunction, impairing myocardial contractility, developing systolic dysfunction and cardiac arrhythmias, and worsening coronary blood flow in patients with heart failure of different etiologies...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635324/gliptins-suppress-inflammatory-macrophage-activation-to-mitigate-inflammation-fibrosis-oxidative-stress-and-vascular-dysfunction-in-models-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-liver-fibrosis
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Xiaoyu Wang, Michael Hausding, Shih-Yen Weng, Yong Ook Kim, Sebastian Steven, Thomas Klein, Andreas Daiber, Detlef Schuppan
AIMS: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by steatosis, panlobular inflammation, liver fibrosis and increased cardiovascular mortality. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) are indirect glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists with antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activity, used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Their potential and underlying mechanisms to treat metabolic liver inflammation and fibrosis as well as the associated vascular dysfunction remain to be explored...
June 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633090/pulmonary-and-cardiac-pathology-in-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
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REVIEW
Fábio A Nascimento, Zian H Tseng, Cristian Palmiere, Joseph J Maleszewski, Takayuki Shiomi, Aileen McCrillis, Orrin Devinsky
OBJECTIVE: To review studies on structural pulmonary and cardiac changes in SUDEP cases as well as studies showing pulmonary or cardiac structural changes in living epilepsy patients. METHODS: We conducted electronic literature searches using the PubMed database for articles published in English, regardless of publication year, that included data on cardiac and/or pulmonary structural abnormalities in SUDEP cases or in living epilepsy patients during the postictal period...
June 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632653/imaging-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-part-ii-advanced-cmr-techniques
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Anurag Sahu, Timothy C Slesnick
Because of great strides in medical care, survival into adulthood has become a common expectation in patients suffering from nearly all forms of congenital heart disease. As this aging population expands, the utilization of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in their care continues to grow. Magnetic resonance technology has developed exponentially over the last 2 decades, and several advanced techniques for imaging adults with congenital heart disease have moved from the purely research arena into routine clinical care...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631819/protective-effects-of-tannic-acid-on-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-underlying-mechanisms-in-rats
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Li Chu, Pinya Li, Tao Song, Xue Han, Xuan Zhang, Qiongtao Song, Tao Liu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Jianping Zhang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the cardioprotective effects and latent mechanism of tannic acid (TA) on cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS: Abdominal aortic banding (AAB) was used to induce pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy in male Wistar rats, sham-operated rats served as controls. AAB rats were treated with TA (20 and 40 mg/kg) or captoril. KEY FINDINGS: Abdominal aortic banding rats that received TA showed ameliorated pathological changes in cardiac morphology and coefficients, decreased cardiac hypertrophy and apoptosis, a reduction in over expressions of angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1 R), angiotensin type 2 receptor (AT2 R), phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) mRNA, and modified expression of matrix metal proteinase-9 (MMP-9) mRNA in AAB rat hearts...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630135/inhibition-of-the-cardiac-fibroblast-enriched-lncrna-meg3-prevents-cardiac-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction
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Maria-Teresa Piccoli, Shashi Gupta, Janika Viereck, Ariana Foinquinos, Sabine Samolovac, Freya Kramer, Ankita Garg, Janet Remke, Karina Zimmer, Sandor Batkai, Thomas Thum
Rationale: Cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) drive extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling following pressure overload, leading to fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction. Recent studies described the role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in cardiac pathologies. Nevertheless, detailed reports on lncRNAs regulating CF biology and describing their implication in cardiac remodeling are still missing. Objective: Here, we aimed at characterizing lncRNA expression in murine CFs following chronic pressure overload, in order to identify CF-enriched lncRNAs and investigate their function and contribution to cardiac fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: Circulation Research
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