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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432842/low-grade-inflammation-and-tryptophan-kynurenine-pathway-activation-are-associated-with-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism-the-epath-trial
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Nicolas Verheyen, Andreas Meinitzer, Martin Robert Grübler, Klemens Ablasser, Ewald Kolesnik, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer, Evgeny Belyavskiy, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher, Jakob Voelkl, Ioana Alesutan, Cristiana Catena, Leonardo Alberto Sechi, Helmut Brussee, Dirk von Lewinski, Winfried März, Burkert Pieske, Stefan Pilz, Andreas Tomaschitz
BACKGROUND: Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is associated with low-grade inflammation, left ventricular hypertrophy and increased cardiovascular mortality, but the association between inflammatory markers and parameters of adverse cardiac remodeling is unknown. We investigated the relationship between C-reactive protein (CRP), the essential amino acid tryptophan and its pro-inflammatory derivatives kynurenine and quinolinic acid (QUIN) with echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Cross-sectional baseline data from the "Eplerenone in Primary Hyperparathyroidism" trial were analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432557/proteomic-analysis-of-mitochondrial-proteins-in-the-guinea-pig-heart-following-long-term-normobaric-hyperoxia
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Lucia Lichardusova, Zuzana Tatarkova, Andrea Calkovska, Daniela Mokra, Ivan Engler, Peter Racay, Jan Lehotsky, Peter Kaplan
Normobaric hyperoxia is applied for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases and clinical conditions related to ischemia or hypoxia, but it can increase the risk of tissue damage and its efficiency is controversial. In the present study, we analyzed cardiac mitochondrial proteome derived from guinea pigs after 60 h exposure to 100% molecular oxygen (NBO) or O2 enriched with oxygen cation (NBO+). Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis followed by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry identified twenty-two different proteins (among them ten nonmitochondrial) that were overexpressed in NBO and/or NBO+ group...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431861/cardiac-computed-tomography-derived-myocardial-mass-at-risk-using-the-voronoi-based-segmentation-algorithm-a-histological-validation-study
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Seiko Ide, Satoru Sumitsuji, Osamu Yamaguchi, Yasushi Sakata
BACKGROUND: Myocardial mass at risk (MMAR) is an important predictor of adverse cardiac events in patients with ischemic heart disease. This study aims to validate the accuracy of MMAR calculated from cardiac computed tomography (CCT) data using the Voronoi-based segmentation algorithm in comparison with actual MMAR measured on ex-vivo swine hearts prepared by injecting a dye into the coronary arteries. METHODS: Fifteen extracted swine hearts had India ink injected into one of the major coronary arteries...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431722/rosai-dorfman-disease-of-right-atrium-mimicking-myxoma
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Surendra Nath Khanna, Krishna Subramony Iyer, Mathews Paul, S Radhakrishnan, Arun K Rathi
Rosai-Dorfman disease, or sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, is a rare multisystemic disorder that was first reported by Rosai and Dorfman in 1969. It is a distinct histioproliferative disorder due to overproduction of histiocytes, which accumulate in lymph nodes. The cardiac involvement of this disease is extremely rare, and until now, only 18 cases have been reported. We report the case of a 53-year-old woman with right atrial mass mimicking myxoma, which the histopathologic evaluation revealed to be Rosai-Dorfman disease of the right atrium...
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431059/cardiac-structural-and-functional-profile-of-patients-with-delayed-qrs-transition-zone-and-sudden-cardiac-death
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Aapo L Aro, Derek Phan, Carmen Teodorescu, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Kyndaron Reinier, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui, Heikki V Huikuri, Sumeet S Chugh
Aims: Delayed QRS transition zone in the precordial leads of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) has been recently associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We correlated echocardiographic findings with ECG and clinical characteristics to investigate how alterations in cardiac structure and function contribute to this risk marker. Methods and Results: From the ongoing population-based Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (catchment population ∼1 million), SCD cases with prior ECG available (n = 627) were compared with controls (n = 801)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429509/co2-permeability-and-carbonic-anhydrase-activity-of-rat-cardiomyocytes
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Mariela Arias-Hidalgo, Samer Al-Samir, Natalie Weber, Cornelia Geers-Knörr, Gerolf Gros, Volker Endeward
AIM: We determine here the CO2 permeability (PCO2 ) of plasma membranes of cardiomyocytes. These cells were chosen because heart possesses the highest rate of O2 -consumption/CO2 -production in the body. METHODS: Cardiomyocytes were isolated from rat hearts using the Langendorff technique. Cardiomyocyte suspensions exhibited a vitality of 2-14% and were studied by the previously described mass spectrometric (18) O-exchange-technique deriving PCO2 . We show by mass spectrometry and by carbonic anhydrase (CA)-staining that non-vital cardiomyocytes are free of CA and thus do not contribute to the mass spectrometric signal, which is determined exclusively by the fully functional vital cardiomyocytes...
April 20, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429348/diagnostic-value-of-copeptin-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
#7
M O Ay, A K Erenler, T Dogan, M Yetim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of copeptin in the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and to compare the diagnostic efficacy of copeptin with other cardiac markers. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 160 cases were enrolled in the study. All were over 18 years of age, and consisted of 54 non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI), 54 ST segment elevation MI (STEMI), and 52 healthy subjects (controls). Serum troponin-I, CK-MB mass, copeptin and CRP levels were measured in each of the cases, and were compared between the three groups for statistical differences...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429111/impact-of-serum-albumin-levels-on-long-term-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Hideki Wada, Tomotaka Dohi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Jun Shitara, Hirohisa Endo, Shinichiro Doi, Ryo Naito, Hirokazu Konishi, Shuta Tsuboi, Manabu Ogita, Takatoshi Kasai, Shinya Okazaki, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Hiroyuki Daida
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated an association between low serum albumin levels and both coronary artery disease (CAD) and mortality. However, the long-term clinical impact of low serum albumin level in patients with CAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not yet been fully investigated. We studied 2860 all-comer patients with CAD who underwent their first PCI and had data available for pre-procedural serum albumin between 2000 and 2011. Patients were assigned to tertiles based on pre-procedural albumin levels...
April 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428352/thrombin-mediated-degradation-of-human-cardiac-troponin-t
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Ivan A Katrukha, Alexander E Kogan, Alexandra V Vylegzhanina, Marina V Serebryakova, Ekaterina V Koshkina, Anastasia V Bereznikova, Alexey G Katrukha
BACKGROUND: Cardiac troponin T (cTnT) is an acknowledged biomarker of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) that is known to be prone to proteolytic degradation in serum. Such degradation is usually explained by the action of μ -calpain, although there could be other candidates for that role. In the current study, we explored the hypothesis that thrombin-mediated cTnT cleavage occurs as a result of the serum sample preparation. METHODS: cTnT degradation was studied by using immunoblotting and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427997/distinct-sequences-and-post-translational-modifications-in-cardiac-atrial-and-ventricular-myosin-light-chains-revealed-by-top-down-mass-spectrometry
#10
Zachery R Gregorich, Wenxuan Cai, Ziqing Lin, Albert J Chen, Ying Peng, Takushi Kohmoto, Ying Ge
Myosin is the principal component of the thick filaments that, through interactions with the actin thin filaments, mediates force production during muscle contraction. Myosin is a hexamer, consisting of two heavy chains, each associated with an essential (ELC) and a regulatory (RLC) light chain, which bind the lever-arm of the heavy chain and play important modulatory roles in striated muscle contraction. Nevertheless, a comprehensive assessment of the sequences of the ELC and RLC isoforms, as well as their post-translational modifications, in the heart remains lacking...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427873/risk-factors-for-hospital-admission-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Steven L Bokshan, Steven F DeFroda, Brett D Owens
PURPOSE: To determine patient and surgical risk factors for admission after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) database. METHODS: All instances of ACLR from 2005 to 2014 from the ACS NSQIP prospective database were analyzed. Both univariate analysis and binary logistic regression were performed to determine which patient demographics and medical comorbidities were associated with admission after surgery...
April 17, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427378/assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-children-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-a-case-control-study-in-cameroon
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J Tony Nengom, S Sap Ngo Um, D Chelo, R Mbono Betoko, J Boombhi, F Mouafo Tambo, A Chiabi, S Kingue, P Koki Ndombo
BACKGROUND: High level of androgens found in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) seems to have a deleterious effect on heart function. We therefore evaluate cardiac function of children with CAH in comparison with a healthy group. METHODS: We carried out a case-control study in the single endocrinology unit of the Mother and Child Center of Chantal Biya's Foundation. Cases were matched for age and genotypic sex to 2 healthy controls. We analyzed the ejection fraction (LVEF), fractional shortening and left ventricular mass; output and cardiac index; E and A waves velocities, E/A ratio and the mitral deceleration time and diameter of the left atrium; tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and pulmonary artery systolic pressure were also measured...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426429/a-candidate-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-reference-method-for-the-quantification-of-the-cardiac-marker-1-32-b-type-natriuretic-peptide
#13
Attila F Torma, Kate Groves, Sabine Biesenbruch, Chris Mussell, Alan Reid, Steve Ellison, Rainer Cramer, Milena Quaglia
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a 32 amino acid cardiac hormone routinely measured by immunoassays to diagnose heart failure. While it is reported that immunoassay results can vary up to 45%, no attempt of standardization and/or harmonization through the development of certified reference materials (CRMs) or reference measurement procedures (RMPs) has yet been carried out. METHODS: B-type natriuretic peptide primary calibrator was quantified traceably to the International System of Units (SI) by both amino acid analysis and tryptic digestion...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425102/fatal-overdose-of-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-acid-after-ingestion-of-1-4-butanediol
#14
Erwan Le Garff, Vadim Mesli, Raphael Cornez, Christophe Demarly, Gilles Tournel, Valery Hédouin
We report a case of fatal intoxication from 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD), which was ingested by a young and "naïve" gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) consumer during a party with the co-ingestion of alcohol, cannabis, and methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine. The following drug concentrations were found using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry on autopsy samples and on a cup and a glass found at the scene: 20,350 mg/L (bottle) for 1,4-BD; 1020 mg/L (femoral blood), 3380 mg/L (cardiac blood), 47,280 mg/L (gastric content), and 570 mg/L (vitreous humor) for GHB...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424504/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-erectile-dysfunction-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-on-conservative-treatment
#15
M R Costa, V C Ponciano, T R Costa, A M de Oliveira, C P Gomes, E C de Oliveira
Population with chronic kidney disease (CKD) has had many problems, and some of these have arisen from sexual disorders. The present study intends to determine the prevalence and the associated factors with erectile dysfunction (ED) among patients with CKD on conservative treatment (CKDCT). This transversal study was conducted from May 2013 to December 2015. The tools used were: medical records and the International Index of Erectile Function. Data were analyzed by univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423065/association-of-body-mass-index-with-clinical-outcomes-for-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-adult-patients-following-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
#16
Eunmi Gil, Soo Jin Na, Jeong-Am Ryu, Dae-Sang Lee, Chi Ryang Chung, Yang Hyun Cho, Kyeongman Jeon, Kiick Sung, Gee Young Suh, Jeong Hoon Yang
BACKGROUND: Obesity might be associated with disturbance of cannulation in situation of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). However, limited data are available on obesity in the setting of ECPR. Therefore, we investigated the association between body mass index (BMI) and clinical outcome in patients underwent ECPR. METHODS: From January 2004 to December 2013, in-hospital cardiac arrest patients who had ECPR were enrolled from a single-center registry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421812/the-frequency-of-incidental-findings-and-subsequent-evaluation-in-low-dose-ct-scans-for-lung-cancer-screening
#17
Lillie Morgan, Humberto Choi, Michal Reid, Ali Khawaja, Peter J Mazzone
RATIONALE: The USPSTF recommends lung cancer screening with low-dose chest CT scans (LDCT) for a well-defined high-risk population. Data on the frequency and impact of incidental findings on LDCT scans performed within a centralized lung cancer screening program has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have reported IFs in the setting of clinical trials. We present our findings in a real clinical setting where the decision to manage these findings may depend on factors that are not captured in a research trial such as disclosing IFs, patient preferences, severity of comorbidities, and physician expertise...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419746/factors-for-postoperative-complications-following-pressure-ulcer-operation-stepwise-multiple-logistic-regression-analysis
#18
Hyun Ho Han, Jun Gul Ko, Jong Won Rhie
Patients with pressure ulcers are generally older, have a long hospital stay and often have a variety of comorbidities. The decision to perform surgery for pressure ulcer management can be difficult because of concerns about the risk of postoperative complications. The aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between comorbid conditions and surgical outcomes in order to guide patient selection for pressure ulcer surgery. In 57 patients, data on age, defect size, operating time, hospital stay, body mass index, surgical site, mobility state, cardiac ischaemic history, diabetes, renal failure, ventilator dependency, tracheostomy state, use of haemodilution therapy and cancer were evaluated using stepwise multiple logistic regression analysis to determine the relationships between variables...
April 17, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419739/cardiac-troponin-t-and-fast-skeletal-muscle-denervation-in-ageing
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Zherong Xu, Xin Feng, Juan Dong, Zhong-Min Wang, Jingyun Lee, Cristina Furdui, Daniel Clark Files, Kristen M Beavers, Stephen Kritchevsky, Carolanne Milligan, Jian-Ping Jin, Osvaldo Delbono, Tan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ageing skeletal muscle undergoes chronic denervation, and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), the key structure that connects motor neuron nerves with muscle cells, shows increased defects with ageing. Previous studies in various species have shown that with ageing, type II fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibres show more atrophy and NMJ deterioration than type I slow-twitch fibres. However, how this process is regulated is largely unknown. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle fibre-type specific denervation at the NMJ could be critical to identifying novel treatments for sarcopenia...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419023/interrelations-of-epicardial-fat-volume-left-ventricular-t1-relaxation-times-and-myocardial-strain-in-hypertensive-patients-a-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-study
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Rami Homsi, Daniel Kuetting, Alois Sprinkart, Nina Steinfeld, Michael Meier-Schroers, Julian Luetkens, Jennifer Nadal, Darius Dabir, Stefan Fischer, Juergen Gieseke, Hans Schild, Daniel Thomas
PURPOSE: This cardiac magnetic resonance study was performed to assess myocardial fibrosis by evaluating T1-relaxation time (T1), to measure left ventricular (LV) strain, and to determine epicardial fat volume (EFV) in hypertensive patients with no history of cardiovascular (CV) events and to relate the results to the presence of coronary atherosclerotic artery disease (CAD) in these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 123 subjects were examined at 1.5 T...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
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