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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454137/mechanisms-and-management-of-refractory-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-the-age-of-autonomic-modulation
#1
Jason S Bradfield, Olujimi A Ajijola, Marmar Vaseghi, Kalyanam Shivkumar
Ventricular arrhythmias are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an essential component of the management of these life-threatening arrhythmias. However, in many patients, despite medical and interventional therapy, VT recurs. Further, some VT substrates (mid-myocardial, left ventricular summit, intra-septal) are not easily targeted, due to limitations of currently available technology. In certain clinical settings, ventricular fibrillation (VF) episodes that have premature ventricular contraction (PVC) triggers can also be targeted with catheter ablation...
February 14, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453669/physical-training-and-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-heart-failure-patients
#2
Cesare de Gregorio
Regardless of advances in medical and interventional treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a limited number of patients attend a cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programme on a regular basis. Due to modern therapies more individuals will be surviving an acute cardiovascular event, but the expected burden of chronic heart failure will be increasing worldwide.However, both in high- and low-income countries, secondary prevention after an acute myocardial infarction or stroke has been implemented in less than a half of eligible patients...
February 17, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453394/experimental-modelling-of-cardiac-pressure-overload-hypertrophy-modified-technique-for-precise-reproducible-safe-and-easy-aortic-arch-banding-debanding-in-mice
#3
David Merino, Aritz Gil, Jenny Gómez, Luis Ruiz, Miguel Llano, Raquel García, María A Hurlé, J Francisco Nistal
Pressure overload left ventricular hypertrophy is a known precursor of heart failure with ominous prognosis. The development of experimental models that reproduce this phenomenon is instrumental for the advancement in our understanding of its pathophysiology. The gold standard of these models is the controlled constriction of the mid aortic arch in mice according to Rockman's technique (RT). We developed a modified technique that allows individualized and fully controlled constriction of the aorta, improves efficiency and generates a reproducible stenosis that is technically easy to perform and release...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452768/qualitative-study-of-challenges-of-caring-for-a-person-with-heart-failure
#4
Lauren R Bangerter, Joan M Griffin, Shannon M Dunlay
Heart failure (HF) is a chronic health condition that causes significant morbidity among older adults, many of whom receive support and care from an informal caregiver. Caregiving is a difficult role with many responsibilities and challenges. An in-depth understanding of these challenges is necessary to develop services, resources, and interventions for HF caregivers. The goal of this study was to qualitatively ascertain the most significant challenges facing HF caregivers. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 16 caregivers of a person with HF (PHF)...
February 14, 2018: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452403/mechanisms-controlling-nucleic-acid-sensing-toll-like-receptors
#5
Kensuke Miyake, Takuma Shibata, Umeharu Ohto, Toshiyuki Shimizu, Shin-Ichiroh Saitoh, Ryutaro Fukui, Yusuke Murakami
Nucleic acid (NA)-sensing Toll-like receptors (TLRs) respond to DNA/RNA derived from pathogens and dead cells. Structural studies have revealed a variety of molecular mechanisms by which TLRs sense NAs. Double-stranded RNA and single-stranded DNA directly bind to TLR3 and TLR9, respectively, whereas TLR7 and 8 bind to nucleosides and oligoribonucleotides derived from RNAs. Activation of ligand-bound TLRs is influenced by the functional status of TLRs. Proteolytic cleavage of NA-sensing TLRs enables ligand-dependent TLR dimerization...
February 14, 2018: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452273/3d-bioprinted-functional-and-contractile-cardiac-tissue-constructs
#6
Zhan Wang, Sang Jin Lee, Heng-Jie Cheng, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala
Bioengineering of a functional cardiac tissue composed of primary cardiomyocytes has great potential for myocardial regeneration and in vitro tissue modeling. However, its applications remain limited because the cardiac tissue is a highly organized structure with unique physiologic, biomechanical, and electrical properties. In this study, we undertook a proof-of-concept study to develop a contractile cardiac tissue with cellular organization, uniformity, and scalability by using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategy...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452157/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-mutation-r58q-in-the-myosin-regulatory-light-chain-perturbs-thick-filament-based-regulation-in-cardiac-muscle
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Thomas Kampourakis, Saraswathi Ponnam, Malcolm Irving
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is frequently linked to mutations in the protein components of the myosin-containing thick filaments leading to contractile dysfunction and ultimately heart failure. However, the molecular structure-function relationships that underlie these pathological effects remain largely obscure. Here we chose an example mutation (R58Q) in the myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) that is associated with a severe HCM phenotype and combined the results from a wide range of in vitro and in situ structural and functional studies on isolated protein components, myofibrils and ventricular trabeculae to create an extensive map of structure-function relationships...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450695/a-clinical-approach-to-arrhythmias-revisited-in-2018-from-ecg-over-noninvasive-and-invasive-electrophysiology-to-advanced-imaging
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L Jordaens
Understanding arrhythmias and their treatment is not always easy. The current straightforward approach with catheter ablation and device therapy is an amazing achievement, but does not make management of underlying or other cardiac disease and pharmacological therapy unnecessary. The goal of this paper is to describe how much of the knowledge of the 1980s and early 1990s can and should still be applied in the modern treatment of patients with arrhythmias. After an introduction, this review will focus on paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and a prototype of 'idiopathic' ventricular arrhythmias, two diseases with a striking similarity, and will discuss the arrhythmogenesis...
February 15, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449830/screening-for-ppar-non-agonist-ligands-followed-by-characterization-of-a-hit-am-879-with-additional-no-adipogenic-and-cdk5-mediated-phosphorylation-inhibition-properties
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Helder Veras Ribeiro Filho, Natália Bernardi Videira, Aline Villanova Bridi, Thais Helena Tittanegro, Fernanda Aparecida Helena Batista, José Geraldo de Carvalho Pereira, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Albane Le Maire, Ana Carolina Migliorini Figueira
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a member of a nuclear receptor superfamily and acts as a ligand-dependent transcription factor, playing key roles in maintenance of adipose tissue and in regulation of glucose and lipid homeostasis. This receptor is the target of thiazolidinediones, a class of antidiabetic drugs, which improve insulin sensitization and regulate glycemia in type 2 diabetes. Despite the beneficial effects of drugs, such as rosiglitazone and pioglitazone, their use is associated with several side effects, including weight gain, heart failure, and liver disease, since these drugs induce full activation of the receptor...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447958/serelaxin-as-a-novel-therapeutic-opposing-fibrosis-and-contraction-in-lung-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Maggie Lam, Simon G Royce, Chrishan S Samuel, Jane E Bourke
The most common therapies for asthma and other chronic lung diseases are anti-inflammatory agents and bronchodilators. While these drugs oppose disease symptoms, they do not reverse established structural changes in the airways and their therapeutic efficacy is reduced with increasing disease severity. The peptide hormone, relaxin, is a Relaxin Family Peptide Receptor 1 (RXFP1) receptor agonist with unique combined effects in the lung that differentiates it from these existing therapies. Relaxin has previously been reported to have cardioprotective effects in acute heart failure as well anti-fibrotic actions in several organs...
February 12, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447743/a-hybrid-model-for-advanced-structural-heart-disease-training-programs-the-attending-fellow-in-training-model
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EDITORIAL
Abdul Moiz Hafiz, Marie-France Poulin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444631/accumulation-of-laforin-and-other-related-proteins-in-canine-lafora-disease-with-epm2b-repeat-expansion
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James K Chambers, Atigan Thongtharb, Takanori Shiga, Daigo Azakami, Miyoko Saito, Masumi Sato, Motoji Morozumi, Hiroyuki Nakayama, Kazuyuki Uchida
Canine Lafora disease (LD) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder causing nonfatal structural epilepsy, mainly affecting miniature wirehaired dachshunds. Repeat expansion in the EPM2B gene causes a functional impairment of the ubiquitin ligase malin which regulates glycogen metabolism. Abnormally structured glycogen accumulates and develop polyglucosan bodies predominantly in the central nervous system. The authors performed a comprehensive clinical, genetic, and pathological study of 4 LD cases affecting miniature wirehaired dachshund dogs with EPM2B repeat expansions, with systemic distribution of polyglucosan bodies and accumulation of laforin and other functionally associated proteins in the polyglucosan bodies...
January 1, 2018: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444113/effects-of-protein-protein-interactions-and-ligand-binding-on-the-ion-permeation-in-kcnq1-potassium-channel
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Horia Jalily Hasani, Aravindhan Ganesan, Marawan Ahmed, Khaled H Barakat
The voltage-gated KCNQ1 potassium ion channel interacts with the type I transmembrane protein minK (KCNE1) to generate the slow delayed rectifier (IKs) current in the heart. Mutations in these transmembrane proteins have been linked with several heart-related issues, including long QT syndromes (LQTS), congenital atrial fibrillation, and short QT syndrome. Off-target interactions of several drugs with that of KCNQ1/KCNE1 ion channel complex have been known to cause fatal cardiac irregularities. Thus, KCNQ1/KCNE1 remains an important avenue for drug-design and discovery research...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442935/controlled-hydrothermal-synthesis-optical-and-magnetic-properties-of-monodisperse-leaf-like-ceo%C3%A2-nanosheets
#14
Xiaofei Niu, Xiuxiang Zhang, Yan Liu
The monodisperse leaf-like CeO2 nanosheets of about 40 nm in thickness have been successfully synthesized by a simple hydrothermal route. SEM, XRD, FT-IR, TG-DSC, XPS, Raman scattering, Photoluminescence (PL) spectra and M-H curves were employed to characterize the samples. The results showed that all the CeO2 samples had a cubic fluorite structure and there are Ce3+ ions and oxygen vacancies in the surface of samples. Based on the SEM patterns, a clear morphology transformation from leaf-like to heart-shaped, and then to triangular prism-like structure was observed...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441963/do-patients-with-diabetes-type-2-or-chronic-heart-failure-understand-a-medication-plan
#15
L Botermann, A Wachter, K Monzel, K Krueger, S Ewen, F Mahfoud, N Griese-Mammen, M Schulz, U Laufs
A standardized medication plan (MP) was recently enacted into German law (§ 31a SGB V). The purpose of our study was to assess if patients with chronic diseases requiring polymedication understand the standardized MP and can transfer the given information into practice. 100 patients who took at least five medicines regularly were prospectively included in a cross-sectional study: 50 patients with the primary diagnosis chronic heart failure (CHF), and 50 with diabetes mellitus type 2 (DMT2). We performed a structured test-scenario studying the handling of a provided MP then evaluated the execution of the information on the MP by filling pill boxes and requested patients' opinion...
December 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441747/the-complexity-of-pediatric-multifocal-atrial-tachycardia-and-its-prognostic-factors
#16
Seung Min Baek, Hyun Chung, Mi Kyoung Song, Eun Jung Bae, Gi Beom Kim, Chung Il Noh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Multifocal atrial tachycardia (MAT), in general, has a favorable outcome. However, there are insufficient data regarding MAT in a pediatric population. This study sought to determine the clinical course of MAT and identify potential prognostic factors. METHODS: The medical records of MAT patients from 1997-2015 were reviewed. The arrhythmia control rate and factors for unfavorable outcomes were assessed and compared to those in the literature...
February 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440728/highly-variable-contractile-performance-correlates-with-myocyte-content-in-trabeculae-from-failing-human-hearts
#17
Michelle L Munro, Xin Shen, Marie Ward, Peter N Ruygrok, David J Crossman, Christian Soeller
Heart failure (HF) is defined by compromised contractile function and is associated with changes in excitation-contraction (EC) coupling and cardiomyocyte organisation. Tissue level changes often include fibrosis, while changes within cardiomyocytes often affect structures critical to EC coupling, including the ryanodine receptor (RyR), the associated protein junctophilin-2 (JPH2) and the transverse tubular system architecture. Using a novel approach, we aimed to directly correlate the influence of structural alterations with force development in ventricular trabeculae from failing human hearts...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440374/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-pathophysiology-and-potential-metabolic-interventions
#18
Eylem Levelt, Gaurav S Gulsin, Stefan Neubauer, Gerry P McCann
Heart failure is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes contributes to the development of heart failure through a variety of mechanisms, including disease specific myocardial structural, functional and metabolic changes. This review will focus on the contemporary contributions of state of the art non-invasive technologies to our understanding of diabetic cardiomyopathy, including data on cardiac disease phenotype, cardiac energy metabolism and energetic deficiency, ectopic and visceral adiposity, diabetic liver disease, metabolic modulation strategies, and cardiovascular outcomes with new classes of glucose lowering therapies...
February 12, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440116/improving-interpretation-of-cardiac-phenotypes-and-enhancing-discovery-with-expanded-knowledge-in-the-gene-ontology
#19
Ruth C Lovering, Paola Roncaglia, Douglas G Howe, Stanley J F Laulederkind, Varsha K Khodiyar, Tanya Z Berardini, Susan Tweedie, Rebecca E Foulger, David Osumi-Sutherland, Nancy H Campbell, Rachael P Huntley, Philippa J Talmud, Judith A Blake, Ross Breckenridge, Paul R Riley, Pier D Lambiase, Perry M Elliott, Lucie Clapp, Andrew Tinker, David P Hill
BACKGROUND: A systems biology approach to cardiac physiology requires a comprehensive representation of how coordinated processes operate in the heart, as well as the ability to interpret relevant transcriptomic and proteomic experiments. The Gene Ontology (GO) Consortium provides structured, controlled vocabularies of biological terms that can be used to summarize and analyze functional knowledge for gene products. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we created a computational resource to facilitate genetic studies of cardiac physiology by integrating literature curation with attention to an improved and expanded ontological representation of heart processes in the Gene Ontology...
February 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439517/hyperglycemia-alters-the-structure-and-hemodynamics-of-the-developing-embryonic-heart
#20
Taylor B Lawson, Devon E Scott-Drechsel, Venkat Keshav Chivukula, Sandra Rugonyi, Kent L Thornburg, Monica T Hinds
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) represent the most common form of human birth defects; approximately one-third of heart defects involve malformations of the outflow tract (OFT). Maternal diabetes increases the risk of CHD by 3-5 fold. During heart organogenesis, little is known about the effects of hyperglycemia on hemodynamics, which are critical to normal heart development. Heart development prior to septation in the chick embryo was studied under hyperglycemic conditions. Sustained hyperglycemic conditions were induced, raising the average plasma glucose concentration from 70 mg/dL to 180 mg/dL, akin to the fasting plasma glucose of a patient with diabetes...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
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