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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152921/proximity-to-pediatric-cardiac-surgical-care-among-adolescents-with-congenital-heart-defects-in-11-new-york-counties
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Kristin M Sommerhalter, Tabassum Z Insaf, Tugba Akkaya-Hocagil, Claire E McGarry, Sherry L Farr, Karrie F Downing, George K Lui, Ali N Zaidi, Alissa R Van Zutphen
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with congenital heart defects (CHDs) discontinue cardiac care in adolescence, putting them at risk of adverse health outcomes. Because geographic barriers may contribute to cessation of care, we sought to characterize geographic access to comprehensive cardiac care among adolescents with CHDs. METHODS: Using a population-based, 11-county surveillance system of CHDs in New York, we characterized proximity to the nearest pediatric cardiac surgical care center among adolescents aged 11 to 19 years with CHDs...
November 1, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152920/using-state-birth-defects-registries-to-evaluate-regional-critical-congenital-heart-disease-newborn-screening
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Amy Peterson Case, Stephanie D Miller, Monica R McClain
BACKGROUND: Most states have now passed legislation mandating pulse oximetry for all newborns, or have promulgated regulations or guidelines to encourage use of routine pulse oximetry. State-based birth defects registries may be well positioned to track and evaluate critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening coverage and outcomes. This purpose of this study was to determine: (1) the proportion of cases detected by screening, (2) health services use by children with CCHDs during the first year of life, and (3) mortality outcomes...
November 1, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150936/the-roles-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-tissue-development-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Maryam Majidinia, Javad Aghazadeh, Rana Jahanban-Esfahlani, Bahman Yousefi
Regenerative medicine is a translational field which combines tissue engineering and molecular biology to construct spare organs or help injured or defective tissues to regenerate or restore their normal functions. This is particularly important with specific organs such as heart, central nervous system, retina or limbs which possess very limited regenerative capacity. As such, regenerative medicine has received peculiar attention in the last decade. In this regard, Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway has been subject to intensive research, since it plays many essential roles in the regulation of the progenitor cell fate, developmental decisions, proliferation during embryonic development, and adult tissue homeostasis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149195/age-of-heart-disease-presentation-and-dysmorphic-nuclei-in-patients-with-lmna-mutations
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Jason Q Core, Mehrsa Mehrabi, Zachery R Robinson, Alexander R Ochs, Linda A McCarthy, Michael V Zaragoza, Anna Grosberg
Nuclear shape defects are a distinguishing characteristic in laminopathies, cancers, and other pathologies. Correlating these defects to the symptoms, mechanisms, and progression of disease requires unbiased, quantitative, and high-throughput means of quantifying nuclear morphology. To accomplish this, we developed a method of automatically segmenting fluorescently stained nuclei in 2D microscopy images and then classifying them as normal or dysmorphic based on three geometric features of the nucleus using a package of Matlab codes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147168/study-of-the-characteristics-of-pulmonary-trunk-in-pulmonary-hypertension-secondary-to-left-heart-disease-using-pressure-velocity-loops-pu-loops
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Shizuo Hanya, Kengo Yoshii, Motoaki Sugawara
Objectives: Although pulmonary hypertension (PH) caused by left heart disease (PH-LHD) is more common in PH, little is known about its properties of pulmonary artery (PA) in PH-LHD. The purpose of this study was to measure pulmonary regional pulse wave velocity (PWV) and to quantify the magnitude of reflected waves in patients with PH-LHD by the analysis of the pressure-velocity loops (PU-loop). Methods: High-fidelity PA pressure (Pm) and PA velocity (Vm) were measured in 11 subjects with PH-LHD (mean Pm>25 mmHg), 1 subject with atrial septal defect (ASD) without PH and 12 control subjects, using multisensor catheters...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146945/maraba-virus-vectored-cancer-vaccines-represent-a-safe-and-novel-therapeutic-option-for-cats
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Jeff Hummel, Dorothee Bienzle, Annette Morrison, Michelle Cieplak, Kyle Stephenson, Josepha DeLay, J Paul Woods, Brian D Lichty, Byram W Bridle
Direct killing of malignant cells combined with induction of tumour-specific immune responses makes oncolytic vaccines attractive for cancer therapy. We previously developed a heterologous cancer immunization strategy that utilized a replication-defective adenovirus-vectored primary vaccine encoding a tumour antigen followed by boosting with a replication-competent Maraba virus expressing the same antigen. To assess the safety of oncolytic Maraba virus-based booster vaccines and inform the design of clinical trials, we conducted translational studies in cats, which have immune systems that are similar to people and spontaneously develop cancers of comparable types and etiologies...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146485/in-frame-variants-in-flna-proximal-rod-1-domain-associate-with-a-predominant-cardiac-valvular-phenotype
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Luis Fernández, Jair Tenorio, Coral Polo-Vaquero, Elena Vallespín, María Palomares-Bralo, Sixto García-Miñaúr, Fernando Santos-Simarro, Pedro Arias, Hernán Carnicer, Silvina Giannivelli, Juan Medina, Rosa Pérez-Piaya, Jorge Solís, Mónica Rodríguez, Alexandra Villagrá, Laura Rodríguez, Julián Nevado, Víctor Martínez-Glez, Karen E Heath, Pablo Lapunzina
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: X-linked cardiac valvular dysplasia is a rare form of male-specific congenital heart defect mainly characterized by myxomatous degeneration of the atrioventricular valves with variable hemodynamic consequences. It is caused by genetic defects in FLNA-encoded filamin A, a widely expressed actin-binding protein that regulates cytoskeleton organization. Filamin A loss of function has also been associated with often concurring neurologic and connective tissue manifestations, with mutations in the first half of the Rod 1 domain apparently expressing the full cardiac phenotype...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145433/maternal-folic-acid-supplementation-and-dietary-folate-intake-and-congenital-heart-defects
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Baohong Mao, Jie Qiu, Nan Zhao, Yawen Shao, Wei Dai, Xiaochun He, Hongmei Cui, Xiaojuan Lin, Ling Lv, Zhongfeng Tang, Sijuan Xu, Huang Huang, Min Zhou, Xiaoying Xu, Weitao Qiu, Qing Liu, Yawei Zhang
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that folic acid supplementation before and/or during pregnancy could reduce the risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs). However, the results from limited epidemiologic studies have been inconclusive. We investigated the associations between maternal folic acid supplementation, dietary folate intake, and the risk of CHDs. METHODS: A birth cohort study was conducted in 2010-2012 at the Gansu Provincial Maternity & Child Care Hospital in Lanzhou, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145300/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-neonatal-screening-of-critical-congenital-heart-defects-in-china
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Ruoyan Gai Tobe, Gerard R Martin, Fuhai Li, Akinori Moriichi, Bin Wu, Rintaro Mori
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximetry screening is a highly accurate tool for the early detection of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in newborn infants. As the technique is simple, noninvasive, and inexpensive, it has potentially significant benefits for developing countries. The aim of this study is to provide information for future clinical and health policy decisions by assessing the cost-effectiveness of CCHD screening in China. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a cohort model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of screening all Chinese newborns annually using 3 possible screening options compared to no intervention: pulse oximetry alone, clinical assessment alone, and pulse oximetry as an adjunct to clinical assessment...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142765/duplication-of-19p13-3-in-11-year-old-male-patient-with-dysmorphic-features-and-intellectual-disability-a-review
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Irina Novikova, Paushpala Sen, Ann Manzardo, Merlin G Butler
We present a clinical report of an 11-year-old male patient with an interstitial duplication of 19p13.3 (829 kb in size) at genomic coordinates 3,804,495-4,033,722 bp (hg19) identified by chromosomal microarray analysis and review the literature from nine published reports adding knowledge regarding this chromosomal anomaly and clinical outcomes. The size of the duplication ranged from 0.83 to 8.9 Mb in the nine individuals. The young boy in our report was dysmorphic with microcephaly, abnormal craniofacial features, intellectual disability, aggression, and a heart murmur...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141989/analysis-of-copy-number-variants-on-chromosome-21-in-down-syndrome-associated-congenital-heart-defects
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Benjamin L Rambo-Martin, Jennifer G Mulle, David J Cutler, Lora J H Bean, Tracie C Rosser, Kenneth J Dooley, Clifford Cua, George Capone, Cheryl L Maslen, Roger H Reeves, Stephanie L Sherman, Michael E Zwick
One in five people with Down syndrome (DS) are born with an atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), an incidence 2,000 times higher than in the euploid population. The genetic loci that contribute to this risk are poorly understood. In this study, we tested two hypotheses: 1) individuals with DS carrying chromosome 21 copy number variants (CNVs) that interrupt exons may be protected from AVSD, because these CNVs return AVSD susceptibility loci back to disomy, and 2) individuals with DS carrying chromosome 21 genes spanned by microduplications are at greater risk for AVSD because these microduplications boost the dosage of AVSD susceptibility loci beyond a tolerable threshold...
November 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141840/cerebral-oxygenation-measurements-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-fetuses-with-and-without-heart-defects
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Mette H Lauridsen, Niels Uldbjerg, Tine B Henriksen, Olav B Petersen, Brian Stausbøl-Grøn, Niels B Matthiesen, David A Peters, Steffen Ringgaard, Vibeke E Hjortdal
BACKGROUND: Children with major congenital heart defects are risking impaired cerebral growth, delayed cerebral maturation, and neurodevelopmental disorders. We aimed to compare the cerebral tissue oxygenation of fetuses with major heart defects to that of fetuses without heart defects as estimated by the magnetic resonance imaging modality T2*. T2* is low in areas with high concentrations of deoxyhemoglobin. METHODS AND RESULTS: At gestational age mean 32 weeks (early) and mean 37 weeks (late), we compared the fetal cerebral T2* in 28 fetuses without heart defects to that of 15 fetuses with major heart defects: transposition of the great arteries (n=7), coarctation of the aorta/hypoplastic aortic arch (n=5), tetralogy of Fallot (n=1), hypoplastic right heart (n=1), and common arterial trunk (n=1)...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141329/-association-between-illness-and-mental-status-in-pregnant-women-and-birth-defects
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D D Zhao, Y X Dai, L Q Guo, R Liu, H L Wang, B B Mi, S N Dang, H Yan
Objective: To understand the prevalence of birth defects, related diseases and mental status of women during pregnancy in Shaanxi province and to analyse the major risk factors on birth defects and congenital heart disease. Possible association between maternal diseases or mental status and the risk of birth defects, was also explored. Methods: A cross-sectional design was used in this study and stratified multistage random sampling method was used. The whole survey was from Jury 2013 to November 2013. Logistic regression method was used to analyze the association between maternal diseases, mental status during pregnancy and birth defects...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138508/fetal-cardiac-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-utero
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Jerome Chaptinel, Jerome Yerly, Yvan Mivelaz, Milan Prsa, Leonor Alamo, Yvan Vial, Gregoire Berchier, Chantal Rohner, François Gudinchet, Matthias Stuber
Fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) led to the emergence of 'cine MRI' techniques, which enable the visualization of the beating heart and the assessment of cardiac morphology and dynamics. However, established cine MRI methods are not suitable for fetal heart imaging in utero, where anatomical structures are considerably smaller and recording an electrocardiogram signal for synchronizing MRI data acquisition is difficult. Here we present a framework to overcome these challenges. We use methods for image acquisition and reconstruction that robustly produce images with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to detect the heart contractions of the fetus, enabling a retrospective gating of the images and thus the generation of images of the beating heart...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137093/an-incidental-encounter-of-a-rare-high-take-off-right-coronary-artery-a-case-report
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Xicheng Deng, Peng Huang, Wenjuan Chen, Xiaohui Yang, Qianjun Liu, Yunbin Xiao, Cheng He
RATIONALE: High take-off of the coronary arteries is a rare cardiac anatomic anomaly, which may occur independently or with other congenital heart defects. In the clinical setting, it is noteworthy as a cause of sudden cardiac death. Further, it is vital to identify such anomalies to avoid intraoperative catastrophes in surgeries for congenital heart defects. PATIENT CONCERNS: A II/6 systolic heart murmur on physical examination was incidentally found in a 9-year-old boy; he was confirmed to have a secundum-type atrial septal defect on echocardiography...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137034/uniparental-disomy-and-prenatal-phenotype-two-case-reports-and-review
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Xiaofei Li, Yan Liu, Song Yue, Li Wang, Tiejuan Zhang, Cuixia Guo, Wenjie Hu, Karl-Oliver Kagan, Qingqing Wu
RATIONALE: Uniparental disomy (UPD) gives a description of the inheritance of both homologues of a chromosome pair from the same parent. The consequences of UPD depend on the specific chromosome/segment involved and its parental origin. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report prenatal phenotypes of 2 rare cases of UPD. DIAGNOSES: The prenatal phenotype of case 1 included sonographic markers such as enlarged nuchal translucency (NT), absent nasal bone, short femur and humerus length, and several structural malformations involving Dandy-Walker malformation and congenital heart defects...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136563/generation-of-human-ipsc-line-from-a-patient-with-laterality-defects-and-associated-congenital-heart-anomalies-carrying-a-dand5-missense-alteration
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Fernando Cristo, José M Inácio, Graça Rosas, Isabel Marques Carreira, Joana Barbosa Melo, Luís Pereira de Almeida, Patrícia Mendes, Duarte Saraiva Martins, José Maio, Rui Anjos, José A Belo
A human iPSC line was generated from exfoliated renal epithelial (ERE) cells of a patient affected with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and Laterality Defects carrying tshe variant p.R152H in the DAND5 gene. The transgene-free iPSCs were generated with the human OSKM transcription factor using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The established iPSC line had the specific heterozygous alteration, a stable karyotype, expressed pluripotency markers and generated embryoid bodies that can differentiate towards the three germ layers in vitro...
October 31, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136349/clinical-delineation-of-a-subtype-of-frontonasal-dysplasia-with-creased-nasal-ridge-and-upper-limb-anomalies-report-of-six-unrelated-patients
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Daphné Lehalle, Umut Altunoglu, Ange-Line Bruel, Eric Arnaud, Patricia Blanchet, Jong-Woo Choi, Julie Désir, Esra Kiliç, Damien Lederer, Lucile Pinson, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Amihood Singer, Julien Thevenon, Patrick Callier, Hulya Kayserili, Laurence Faivre
Frontonasal dysplasias are rare congenital malformations of frontonasal process-derived structures, characterized by median cleft, nasal anomalies, widely spaced eyes, and cranium bifidum occultum. Several entities of syndromic frontonasal dysplasia have been described, among which, to date, only a few have identified molecular bases. We clinically ascertained a cohort of 124 individuals referred for frontonasal dysplasia. We identified six individuals with a similar phenotype, including one discordant monozygous twin...
December 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136336/effect-of-polymorphisms-on-the-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-safety-of-sertraline-in-healthy-volunteers
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Miriam Saiz-Rodríguez, Carmen Belmonte, Manuel Román, Dolores Ochoa, Dora Koller, María Talegón, María C Ovejero-Benito, Rosario López-Rodríguez, Teresa Cabaleiro, Francisco Abad-Santos
Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) widely metabolized in the liver by cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. Besides, it is a P-glycoprotein substrate. Moreover, serotonin transporters and serotonin receptors are involved in its efficacy and safety. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of polymorphisms of metabolizing enzymes, transporters and receptors on the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and tolerability of sertraline in healthy volunteers. Forty-six healthy volunteers (24 men and 22 women) receiving a 100-mg single oral dose of sertraline were genotyped for 17 genetic variants of CYP enzymes (CYP2B6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6), ATP binding cassette subfamily B member 1 (ABCB1), Solute carrier family 6 member 4 (SLC6A4), 5-Hydroxytryptamine receptor 2A (HTR2A) and 5-Hydroxytryptamine receptor 2C (HTR2C) genes...
November 14, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134535/current-status-of-cardiovascular-surgery-in-japan-2013-and-2014-a%C3%A2-report-based-on-the-japan-cardiovascular-surgery-database-2-congenital-heart-surgery
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Yasutaka Hirata, Norimichi Hirahara, Arata Murakami, Noboru Motomura, Hiroaki Miyata, Shinichi Takamoto
OBJECTIVES: We analyzed the mortality and morbidity of congenital heart surgery in Japan using the Japan Cardiovascular Surgery Database (JCVSD). METHODS: Data regarding congenital heart surgery performed between January 2013 and December 2014 were obtained from JCVSD. The 20 most frequent procedures were selected and the mortality rates and major morbidities were analyzed. RESULTS: The mortality rates of atrial septal defect repair and ventricular septal defect repair were less than 1%, and the mortality rates of tetralogy of Fallot repair, complete atrioventricular septal defect repair, bidirectional Glenn, and total cavopulmonary connection were less than 2%...
November 13, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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