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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156537/ursolic-acid-ameliorates-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-rats
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Xu-Tao Wang, Yan Gong, Bin Zhou, Jun-Jie Yang, Yin Cheng, Jin-Guo Zhao, Min-You Qi
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a major and severe cardiovascular complication of diabetes mellitus. Ursolic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene compound widespread in fruits and plants, performs a variety of pharmacological activities including lowering blood glucose, anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation and anti-fibrosis. Our present study aimed to investigate the cardioprotective effects of ursolic acid on diabetic cardiomyopathy rats and uncover its underlying mechanism. Diabetes mellitus was induced by a single injection of STZ-only (40 mg/ kg, i...
November 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156097/4-aminopyridine-a-pan-kv-channel-inhibitor-that-enhances-kv7-4-currents-and-inhibits-noradrenaline-mediated-contraction-of-rat-mesenteric-small-arteries
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Makhala M Khammy, Sukhan Kim, Bo H Bentzen, Soojung Lee, Inyeoung Choi, Christian Aalkjaer, Thomas A Jepps
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Kv7.4 and Kv7.5 channels are regulators of vascular tone. 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) is considered a broad inhibitor of voltage-gated potassium (KV ) channels, with little inhibitory effect on Kv7 family members at millimolar concentrations. However, the effect of 4-AP on Kv7 channels has not been systematically studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the pharmacological activity of 4-AP on Kv7.4 and Kv7.5 channels and characterise the effect of 4-AP on rat resistance arteries...
November 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151278/tetrahydrobiopterin-bh4-targeting-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-as-a-potential-therapy-for-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bahaa N Francis, Maram Salameh, Rola Khamisy-Farah, Raymond Farah
PURPOSE: Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is complex disease which is associated with endothelial and cardiac dysfunction. Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 ) regulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) to produce nitric oxide rather than superoxide which maintains normal endothelial and cardiac function. This study explores the therapeutic potential of BH4 in experimental PH. METHODS: Monocrotaline-induced PH in rats and Hph-1 deficiency in mice were used for animal experiments...
November 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150591/cholesterol-depletion-does-not-alter-the-capacitance-or-ca-handling-of-the-surface-or-t-tubule-membranes-in-mouse-ventricular-myocytes
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Hanne C Gadeberg, Cherrie H T Kong, Simon M Bryant, Andrew F James, Clive H Orchard
Cholesterol is a key component of the cell plasma membrane. It has been suggested that the t-tubule membrane of cardiac ventricular myocytes is enriched in cholesterol and that this plays a role in determining t-tubule structure and function. We have used methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) to deplete cholesterol in intact and detubulated mouse ventricular myocytes to investigate the contribution of cholesterol to t-tubule structure, membrane capacitance, and the distribution of Ca flux pathways. Depletion of membrane cholesterol was confirmed using filipin; however, di-8-ANEPPS staining showed no differences in t-tubule structure following MβCD treatment...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150444/toll-like-receptor-4-induced-ryanodine-receptor-2-oxidation-and-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca2-leakage-promote-cardiac-contractile-dysfunction-in-sepsis
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Jie Yang, Rui Zhang, Xin Jiang, Jingzhang Lv, Ying Li, Hongyu Ye, Wenjuan Liu, Gang Wang, Cuicui Zhang, Na Zheng, Ming Dong, Yan Wang, Peiya Chen, Kumar Santosh, Yong Jiang, Jie Liu
Studies suggest the potential role of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak in cardiac contractile dysfunction in sepsis. However, direct supporting evidence is lacking, and the mechanisms underlying this SR leak are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the changes in cardiac Ca2+ handling and contraction in LPS-treated rat cardiomyocytes and a mouse model of polymicrobial sepsis produced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). LPS decreased the systolic Ca2+ transient and myocyte contraction, as well as SR Ca2+ content...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147923/anti-aminoacyl-trna-synthetase-related-myositis-and-dermatomyositis-clues-for-differential-diagnosis-on-muscle-biopsy
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Bruna Cerbelli, Annalinda Pisano, Serena Colafrancesco, Maria Gemma Pignataro, Marco Biffoni, Silvia Berni, Antonia De Luca, Valeria Riccieri, Roberta Priori, Guido Valesini, Giulia d'Amati, Carla Giordano
Anti-synthetase syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by autoantibodies toward amino acyl-tRNA synthetases (ARS), anti-Jo 1 being the most commonly detected. Muscle damage develops in up to 90% of ARS-positive patients, characterized by a necrotizing myositis restricted to the perifascicular region. This topographic distribution of muscle damage may lead to a misdiagnosis of dermatomyositis (DM) at muscle biopsy. We compared morphological, immunohistochemical, and histoenzymatic features of muscle from ARS-positive patients (n = 11) with those of DM (n = 7) providing clues for their differential diagnosis...
November 16, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147573/risk-factors-for-exertional-rhabdomyolysis-with-renal-stress
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Terje Apeland, Tore Danielsen, Eva M Staal, Anders Åsberg, Inga S Thorsen, Tom Ole Dalsrud, Stein Ørn
Background: Exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis denotes the exertional damage of myocytes with leakage of sarcoplasmic content into the circulation. The purpose of this study was to determine important risk factors for the development of exertional rhabdomyolysis in a temperate climate and to study the renal effects of myoglobinuria. Methods: A cluster of eight military recruits was admitted to hospital due to exertional rhabdomyolysis with myoglobinuria. The patients were treated according to current guidelines with isotonic saline and alkalinisation of the urine...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145393/estimating-the-probabilities-of-rare-arrhythmic-events-in-multiscale-computational-models-of-cardiac-cells-and-tissue
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Mark A Walker, Viatcheslav Gurev, John J Rice, Joseph L Greenstein, Raimond L Winslow
Ectopic heartbeats can trigger reentrant arrhythmias, leading to ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Such events have been attributed to perturbed Ca2+ handling in cardiac myocytes leading to spontaneous Ca2+ release and delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs). However, the ways in which perturbation of specific molecular mechanisms alters the probability of ectopic beats is not understood. We present a multiscale model of cardiac tissue incorporating a biophysically detailed three-dimensional model of the ventricular myocyte...
November 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144589/-sphingosine-1-phosphate-immobilized-on-nanotopographical-scaffolds-improve-myogenic-differentiation
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Min Suk Lee, Hee Seok Yang
The skeletal muscle consists of highly aligned dense cables of collagen fibers with nanometer feature size to support muscle fibers. The skeletal myocyte can be greatly affected to differentiate by their surrounding topographical structure. To improve myogenic differentiation, we fabricated cell culture platform that sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) which regulated myocyte behavior was immobilized on a biomimetic nanopatterned polyurethaneacrylate (PUA) substrate using 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) for providing topographical and biological cues synergistically...
November 16, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144179/effects-of-active-immunization-against-akirin2-on-muscle-fiber-type-composition-in-pigs
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Xiaoling Chen, Yafei Guo, Gang Jia, Hua Zhao, Guangmang Liu, Zhiqing Huang
The objective of this study was to investigate effects of active immunization against Akirin2 on muscle fiber-type composition in pigs. Here we showed that the titer of Akirin2 antibody in pigs immunized with porcine Akirin2 (pAkirin2) was significantly increased. Active immunization against pAkirin2 decreased succinic dehydrogenase and malate dehydrogenase activities and increased lactate dehydrogenase activity in the longissimus dorsi muscle of pigs. Active immunization against pAkirin2 significantly decreased MyHC I and MyHC IIa mRNA expressions and MyHC I protein expression and increased mRNA expressions of MyHC IIb as well as protein expressions of MyHC IIb and fast-MyHC...
November 16, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142394/antioxidant-phytochemicals-of-opuntia-ficus-indica-l-mill-cladodes-with-potential-anti-spasmodic-activity
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Francesco Lanuzza, Francesco Occhiuto, Maria Teresa Monforte, Maria Marcella Tripodo, Valeria D'Angelo, Enza Maria Galati
Background: Opuntia ficus-indica (OFI) (L.) Mill. (Cactaceae), a plant widespread in dry regions of the world, shows interesting biological activities (cicatrizant, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, and hypolipidemic) and is widely used in traditional medicine. Objectives: Phytochemical analysis and antispasmodic effect of wild OFI cladodes were carried out. Material and Methods: Polyphenols and Vitamin E occurrence, in antioxidant pool of OFI cladodes, were quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141899/atypical-g-protein-%C3%AE-5-promotes-cardiac-oxidative-stress-apoptosis-and-fibrotic-remodeling-in-response-to-multiple-cancer-chemotherapeutics
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Biswanath Maity, Sreemoyee Chakraborti, Arnab Pramanick, Sudipta Saha, Somnath Singha Roy, Arnab Ray Chaudhuri, Madhusudan Das, Sujoy Ghosh, Adele Stewart
The clinical use of multiple classes of cancer chemotherapeutics is limited by irreversible, dose-dependent, and sometimes life-threatening cardiotoxicity. We report here that, though distinct in their mechanisms of action, doxorubicin, paclitaxel, and 5-FU all induce rapid and robust upregulation of atypical G protein Gβ5 in the myocardium, correlating with oxidative stress, myocyte apoptosis, and the accumulation of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokines. In ventricular cardiac myocytes (VCM), Gβ5 deficiency provided substantial protection against the cytotoxic actions of chemotherapeutics, including reductions in oxidative stress and simultaneous attenuation of ROS-dependent activation of the ATM and CaMKII pro-apoptotic signaling cascades...
November 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141748/trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-induces-pannexin-1-channel-opening-in-cardiac-myocytes
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Iván Barría, Juan Güiza, Fredi Cifuentes, Pedro Zamorano, Juan C Sáez, Jorge González, José L Vega
Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas diseases, invades the cardiac tissue causing acute myocarditis and heart electrical disturbances. In T. cruzi invasion, the parasite induces [Ca(2+)]i transients in the host cells, an essential phenomenon for invasion. To date, knowledge on the mechanism that elicits transients of [Ca(2+)]i during the infection of cardiac myocytes has not been fully characterized. Pannexin1 (Panx1) channel are poorly selective channels found in all vertebrates that serve as a pathway for ATP release...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137484/the-role-of-endogenous-reactive-oxygen-species-in-cardiac-myocyte-autophagy
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J-P Wang, R-F Chi, J Liu, Y-Z Deng, X-B Han, F-Z Qin, B Li
Autophagy is implicated in the maintenance of cardiac homeostasis. Autophagy is activated in heart failure, in which reactive oxygen species (ROS) are increased. Exogenous ROS have been shown to induce cardiomyocyte autophagy alterations. However, little is known about the influences of physiological levels of endogenous ROS on cardiomyocyte autophagy. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that endogenous ROS in cardiomyocytes play an important role in inducing autophagy. Cultured H9C2 cardiomyocytes or Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with the antioxidant N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) or the superoxide dismutase mimic tempol under the basal or nutrient deprivation conditions...
November 10, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137481/effects-of-pioglitazone-on-ventricular-myocyte-shortening-and-ca-2-transport-in-the-goto-kakizaki-type-2-diabetic-rat
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K A Salem, V Sydorenko, M Qureshi, M Oz, F C Howarth
Pioglitazone (PIO) is a thiazolidindione antidiabetic agent which improves insulin sensitivity and reduces blood glucose in experimental animals and treated patients. At the cellular level the actions of PIO in diabetic heart are poorly understood. A previous study has demonstrated shortened action potential duration and inhibition of a variety of transmembrane currents including L-type Ca(2+) current in normal canine ventricular myocytes. The effects of PIO on shortening and calcium transport in ventricular myocytes from the Goto-Kakizaki (GK) type 2 diabetic rat have been investigated...
November 10, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136124/what-is-the-clinical-significance-of-ventricular-mural-antagonism
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Paul P Lunkenheimer, Peter Niederer, Robert S Stephenson, Klaus Redmann, Randas V Batista, Morten Smerup, Robert H Anderson
Recent morphological studies provide evidence that the ventricular walls are arranged as a 3D meshwork of aggregated cardiomyocyte chains, exhibiting marked local structural variations. In contrary to previous findings, up to two-fifths of the chains are found to have a partially transmural alignment, thus deviating from the prevailing tangential orientation. Upon contraction, they produce, in addition to a tangential force, a radial force component that counteracts ventricular constriction and aids widening of the ventricular cavity...
November 9, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135437/an-adaptation-of-astronomical-image-processing-enables-characterization-and-functional-3d-mapping-of-individual-sites-of-excitation-contraction-coupling-in-rat-cardiac-muscle
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Qinghai Tian, Lars Kaestner, Laura Schröder, Jia Guo, Peter Lipp
In beating cardiomyocytes, synchronized localized Ca(2+) transients from thousands of active excitation-contraction coupling sites (ECC couplons) comprising plasma and sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane calcium channels are important determinants of the heart's performance. Nevertheless, our knowledge about their properties is limited by the lack of appropriate experimental and analysis strategies. We designed CaCLEAN to untangle fundamental characteristics of ECC couplons by combining the astronomer's CLEAN algorithm with known properties of calcium diffusion...
November 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134152/the-role-of-mef2-transcription-factors-in-dehydration-and-anoxia-survival-in-rana-sylvatica-skeletal-muscle
#18
Myriam P Hoyeck, Hanane Hadj-Moussa, Kenneth B Storey
The wood frog (Rana sylvatica) can endure freezing of up to 65% of total body water during winter. When frozen, wood frogs enter a dormant state characterized by a cessation of vital functions (i.e., no heartbeat, blood circulation, breathing, brain activity, or movement). Wood frogs utilize various behavioural and biochemical adaptations to survive extreme freezing and component anoxia and dehydration stresses, including a global suppression of metabolic functions and gene expression. The stress-responsive myocyte enhancer factor-2 (MEF2) transcription factor family regulates the selective expression of genes involved in glucose transport, protein quality control, and phosphagen homeostasis...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131758/titin-gene-and-protein-functions-in-passive-and-active-muscle
#19
Wolfgang A Linke
The thin and thick filaments of muscle sarcomeres are interconnected by the giant protein titin, which is a scaffolding filament, signaling platform, and provider of passive tension and elasticity in myocytes. This review summarizes recent insight into the mechanisms behind how titin gene mutations cause hereditary cardiomyopathy and how titin protein is mechanically active in skeletal and cardiac myocytes. A main theme is the evolving role of titin as a modulator of contraction. Topics include strain-sensing via titin in the sarcomeric A-band as the basis for length-dependent activation, titin elastic recoil and refolding of titin domains as an energy source, and Ca(2+)-dependent stiffening of titin stretched during eccentric muscle contractions...
November 13, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131288/mechanisms-of-cardioembolic-stroke-revisited-atrial-cardiopathy
#20
Justyna Mączyńska, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska, Rafał Dąbrowski
There has been only moderate progress in our understanding of potential relation between atrial arrhythmia and stroke over years. Current approach is still based on a hypothesis that atrial contractile dysfunction due to fibrillation causes blood stasis, which accompanied by other factors acting together as Virchow's triad produces thrombus and embolism to the brain. In this review we would like to discuss a relatively new concept of atrial cardiopathy. It assumes that risk of thromboembolism is increased regardless of atrial rhythm, being largely driven by atrial tissue abnormalities, such as fibrosis, endothelial and myocytes dysfunction and atrial dilatation...
November 13, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
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