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Fabiana de Salvi Guimarães, Wilson Max Almeida Monteiro de Moraes, Luis Henrique Marchesi Bozi, Pâmela R Souza, Ednei Luiz Antonio, Danilo Sales Bocalini, Paulo José Ferreira Tucci, Daniel Araki Ribeiro, Patricia Chakur Brum, Alessandra Medeiros
Dexamethasone is a potent and widely used anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drug. However, recent evidences suggest that dexamethasone cause pathologic cardiac remodeling, which later impairs cardiac function. The mechanism behind the cardiotoxic effect of dexamethasone is elusive. The present study aimed to verify if dexamethasone-induced cardiotoxicity would be associated with changes in the cardiac net balance of calcium handling protein and calcineurin signaling pathway activation. Wistar rats (~400 g) were treated with dexamethasone (35 µg/g) in drinking water for 15 days...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Gary Tse, Sheung Ting Wong, Vivian Tse, Yee Ting Lee, Hiu Yu Lin, Jie Ming Yeo
Pre-existing heterogeneities present in cardiac tissue are essential for maintaining the normal electrical and mechanical functions of the heart. Exacerbation of such heterogeneities or the emergence of dynamic factors can produce repolarization alternans, which are beat-to-beat alternations in the action potential time course. Traditionally, this was explained by restitution, but additional factors, such as cardiac memory, calcium handling dynamics, refractory period restitution, and mechano-electric feedback, are increasingly recognized as the underlying causes...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Alicja E Grzegorzewska, Mateusz Paciorkowski, Adrianna Mostowska, Bartosz Frycz, Wojciech Warchoł, Ireneusz Stolarek, Marek Figlerowicz, Paweł P Jagodziński
Nephrolithiasis, secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT), and cardiovascular complications are associated with disturbances in Ca handling and contribute to morbidity/mortality during haemodialysis (HD). Calcimimetics, activators of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), provide an effective means of reducing parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion in sHPT. Polymorphism in CaSR gene (CASR) influences Ca-related parameters, however it was not shown in HD patients for CASR rs7652589. The minor allele at this polymorphism modifies the binding sites of transcription factors and CaSR expression...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Richard Cv Tyser, Antonio Ma Miranda, Chiann-Mun Chen, Sean M Davidson, Shankar Srinivas, Paul R Riley
The mammalian heartbeat is thought to begin just prior to the linear heart tube stage of development. How the initial contractions are established and the downstream consequences of the earliest contractile function on cardiac differentiation and morphogenesis have not been described. Using high-resolution live imaging of mouse embryos, we observed randomly distributed spontaneous asynchronous Ca(2+)-oscillations (SACOs) in the forming cardiac crescent (stage E7.75) prior to overt beating. Nascent contraction initiated at around E8...
October 11, 2016: ELife
Nard G Janssen, Adrianus P de Ruiter, Wouter M M T van Hout, Vincent van Miegem, Debby Gawlitta, Florence Barrère-de Groot, Gert J Meijer, Antoine J W P Rosenberg, Ronald Koole
For the first time it was demonstrated that an osteoinductive calcium phosphate-based putty is effective in the restoration of complex maxillofacial defects. In these defects, adequate mechanical confinement by multiple bony walls and osteoconduction from multiple surfaces are usually lacking. This study compares the efficacy of a microstructured beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) putty with autologous bone for the repair of alveolar cleft defects. A total of 10 Dutch milk goats were operated on in a split-mouth study design in which two-wall bony alveolar clefts were created and successively repaired with autologous bone (the gold standard) at one side and β-TCP putty at the other...
October 10, 2016: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Shunsuke Aoi, Naoki Misumida, Blase Carabello, Maurice Rachko
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is an intriguing phenomenon characterized by transient and reversible left ventricular (LV) dysfunction despite angiographically unobstructed coronary arteries. The detailed pathophysiology of stunned, viable myocardium in TCM remains to be determined. Post-extrasystolic potentiation (PESP), the phenomenon of enhanced LV contractility following extrasystole, has been used to assess myocardial viability. METHODS: Utilizing a local database, we identified 74 cases that met the modified Mayo Clinic criteria for TCM between October 2004 and March 2016...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Anna Raffaello, Cristina Mammucari, Gaia Gherardi, Rosario Rizzuto
In recent years, rapid discoveries have been made relating to Ca(2+) handling at specific organelles that have important implications for whole-cell Ca(2+) homeostasis. In particular, the structures of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) channels revealed by electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM), continuous updates on the structure, regulation, and role of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) complex, and the analysis of lysosomal Ca(2+) signaling are milestones on the route towards a deeper comprehension of the complexity of global Ca(2+) signaling...
September 28, 2016: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Adam S Helms, Francisco J Alvarado, Jaime Yob, Vi T Tang, Francis Pagani, Mark W Russell, Héctor H Valdivia, Sharlene M Day
BACKGROUND: -Aberrant calcium signaling may contribute to arrhythmias and adverse remodeling in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Mutations in sarcomere genes may distinctly alter calcium handling pathways. METHODS: -We analyzed gene expression, protein levels, and functional assays for calcium regulatory pathways in human HCM surgical samples with (n=25) and without (n=10) sarcomere mutations compared with control hearts (n=8). RESULTS: -Gene expression and protein levels for calsequestrin, L-type calcium channel, sodium-calcium exchanger, phospholamban (PLN), calcineurin, and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II (CaMKII) were similar in HCM compared to controls...
September 29, 2016: Circulation
Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Carolina Soler-Botija, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Santiago Roura, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Isaac Perea-Gil, Benjamin Sanchez, Ramon Bragos, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Antoni Bayes-Genis
: : Cardiac cells are subjected to mechanical and electrical forces, which regulate gene expression and cellular function. Therefore, in vitro electromechanical stimuli could benefit further integration of therapeutic cells into the myocardium. Our goals were (a) to study the viability of a tissue-engineered construct with cardiac adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (cardiac ATDPCs) and (b) to examine the effect of electromechanically stimulated cardiac ATDPCs within a myocardial infarction (MI) model in mice for the first time...
September 29, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Julieta Diaz-Juarez, Jorge Suarez, Federico Cividini, Brian T Scott, Tanja Diemer, Anzhi Dai, Wolfgang H Dillmann
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is associated with metabolic changes including decreased glucose oxidation (Gox) and increased fatty acid oxidation (FAox), which result in cardiac energetic deficiency. Diabetic hyperglycemia is a pathophysiological mechanism that triggers multiple maladaptive phenomena. The mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is the channel responsible for Ca(2+) uptake in mitochondria and free mitochondrial calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]m) regulates mitochondrial metabolism. Experiments with cardiac myocytes (CM) exposed to simulated hyperglycemia revealed both reduced [Ca(2+)]m and MCU protein levels...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Marco Mele, Lars Rolighed, MarieLouise Jespersen, Lars Rejnmark, Peer Christiansen
INTRODUCTION: Cancer in the parathyroid gland is rare, but parathyroid cancer is occasionally seen in relation to genetic abnormalities. Due to a limited amount of evidence, the optimal handling of these cases is not clear. Furthermore, the presence of a malignant parathyroid tumor is rarely known at the time of the initial operation; therefore, re-operations are often necessary. The aim of this study was to present the case of a patient with a previously diagnosed jaw tumor and parathyroid carcinoma that presents as a recurrence of hyperparathyroid hypercalcemia...
April 2016: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Lan Guo, Jing Tian, Heng Du
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder, in which multiple risk factors converge. Despite the complexity of the etiology of the disease, synaptic failure is the pathological basis of cognitive impairment, the cardinal sign of AD. Decreased synaptic density, compromised synaptic transmission, and defected synaptic plasticity are hallmark synaptic pathologies accompanying AD. However, the mechanisms by which synapses are injured in AD-related conditions have not been fully elucidated yet...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
J S Chin, M B Thomas, M Locke, P M H Dummer
Objective To evaluate the management of deep carious lesions with vital pulp therapy in permanent teeth by dental practitioners within Wales.Design Postal questionnaire.Setting General practitioners (GDS), community (CDS) and hospital-based dentists (HDS) in Wales.Methods Community and hospital dental services with a remit for provision of restorative dentistry (CDS = 71; HDS = 46) and general dental practitioners (N = 510) were approached regarding their management of deep carious lesions with vital pulp therapy in permanent teeth...
September 23, 2016: British Dental Journal
Marisa Sepúlveda, Luis A Gonano, Manuel Viotti, Malena Morell, Paula Blanco, Micaela López Alarcón, Isalira Peroba Ramos, Adriana Bastos Carvalho, Emiliano Medei, Martín Vila Petroff
OBJECTIVES: Sepsis is associated with cardiac contractile dysfunction attributed to alterations in Ca handling. We examined the subcellular mechanisms involved in sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca loss that mediate altered Ca handling and contractile dysfunction associated with sepsis. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Research laboratory SUBJECTS:: Male wild type and transgenic mice INTERVENTIONS:: We induced sepsis in mice using the colon ascendens stent peritonitis model...
September 19, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Adonis Z Wu, Dongzhu Xu, Na Yang, Shien-Fong Lin, Peng-Sheng Chen, Steven E Cala, Zhenhui Chen
AIMS: Phospholamban (PLB) regulates the cardiac Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA2a) in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). However, the localization of PLB at subcellular sites outside the SR and possible contributions to Ca(2+) cycling remain unknown. We examined the intracellular distribution of PLB and tested whether a pool of PLB exists in the nuclear envelope (NE) that might regulate perinuclear/nuclear Ca(2+) (nCa(2+)) handling in cardiomyocytes (CMs). METHODS AND RESULTS: Using confocal immunofluorescence microscopy and immunoblot analyses of CMs and CM nuclei, we discovered that PLB was highly concentrated in NE...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Rodrigo A Quintanilla, Cheril Tapia, María José Pérez
Huntington disease (HD) is a devastating neurological disorder that affects the striatum and cortex of patients. HD patients develop progressive motor dysfunction and psychiatric disturbances with gradual dementia. HD is caused by a pathological expansion of CAG repeats in the huntingtin gene that codifies for a protein called huntingtin (Htt), which principal function is not completely understood. Accumulative evidence shows that this pathological expansion modifies Htt function affecting different neuronal targets, including mitochondrial function which is an important factor that contributes to HD...
September 13, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Carolin Zwadlo, Jürgen Borlak
Calcium channel blockers (CCB) differ in their effects on the cardiovascular system with diltiazem being less negatively ionotrop as compared to verapamil. Diltiazem is mainly used to treat supraventricular tachycardia, vasospastic angina and the Raynaud's syndrome. Little is known about the molecular effects of benzothiazepins on cardiac gene expression. We therefore investigated the effects of diltiazem on cardiac gene expression in normotensive and hypertensive rats with left ventricular hypertrophy and compared the results with our previous findings on verapamil and nifedipine...
September 6, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Sudhanshu Shekhar, Abhijit Roy, Daeho Hong, Prashant N Kumta
Nanostructured ceramic particles, particularly, nanoparticles of calcium phosphate (CaP) remain an attractive option among the various types of non-viral gene delivery vectors studied because of their safety, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and ease of handling as well as their adsorptive capacity for DNA. We have accordingly developed an enhanced version of nanostructured calcium phosphates (NanoCaPs), by substituting known amounts of silicate for phosphate in the hydroxyapatite (HA) lattice (NanoSiCaPs)...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Jaecheol Lee, Seung Min Jung, Antje D Ebert, Haodi Wu, Sebastian Diecke, Youngkyun Kim, Hyoju Yi, Sung-Hwan Park, Ji Hyeon Ju
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. This study aimed to generate and characterise cardiomyocytes from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) of RA patients. Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) from patients with RA and osteoarthritis (OA) were successfully reprogrammed into RA-iPSCs and OA-iPSCs, respectively. The pluripotency of iPSCs was confirmed by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and immunofluorescence staining. Established iPSCs were differentiated into cardiomyocytes using a small molecule-based monolayer differentiation protocol...
2016: Scientific Reports
Chiara Verdelli, Sabrina Corbetta
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is the third most common endocrine disease. Kidney is a target of both chronic elevated PTH and calcium in PHPT. The classic PHPT complications of symptomatic kidney stones and nephrocalcinosis have become rare and the PHPT current presentation is asymptomatic with uncertain and long lasting progression. Nonetheless, the routinely use of imaging and of biochemical determinations have revealed the frequent occurrence of asymptomatic kidney stones, hypercalciuria and reduced kidney function in asymptomatic PHPT patients...
September 6, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
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