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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448010/murine-left-anterior-descending-lad-coronary-artery-ligation-an-improved-and-simplified-model-for-myocardial-infarction
#1
Karla Reichert, Bonnie Colantuono, Isabella McCormack, Fernanda Rodrigues, Vasile Pavlov, M Ruhul Abid
Ischemic heart disease (IHD), or acute coronary syndrome (ACS), is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. IHD is characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart, resulting in the loss of oxygen to and the ensuing necrosis of the heart muscle. The MI model has gained popularity for its use as a short-term ischemia-reperfusion model and a long-term permanent ligation model. Below, we describe a reliable method for the permanent ligation of the LAD. With mouse genetic engineering technology becoming more advanced, and with an increasing availability of quality murine surgical instruments, the mouse has become a popular model for MI surgeries...
April 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447104/bmp-type-ii-receptor-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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REVIEW
Mar Orriols, Maria Catalina Gomez-Puerto, Peter Ten Dijke
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic disease characterized by a progressive elevation in mean pulmonary arterial pressure. This occurs due to abnormal remodeling of small peripheral lung vasculature resulting in progressive occlusion of the artery lumen that eventually causes right heart failure and death. The most common cause of PAH is inactivating mutations in the gene encoding a bone morphogenetic protein type II receptor (BMPRII). Current therapeutic options for PAH are limited and focused mainly on reversal of pulmonary vasoconstriction and proliferation of vascular cells...
April 26, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446798/novel-missense-mutation-in-dll4-in-a-japanese-sporadic-case-of-adams-oliver-syndrome
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Miwako Nagasaka, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Hidehito Inagaki, Yuya Ouchi, Daisuke Kurokawa, Keiji Yamana, Risa Harada, Kandai Nozu, Yoshitada Sakai, Sushil K Mishra, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Ichiro Morikoka, Tatsushi Toda, Hiroki Kurahashi, Kazumoto Iijima
Adams-Oliver syndrome (AOS, OMIM; 100300) is a rare genetic disease characterized by aplasia cutis congenita, terminal transverse limb defects and cutis marmorata with vascular anomalies such as congenital heart defects. The etiology of this syndrome has remained largely unknown but defective Notch signaling during vascular formation has been suggested. Here we describe a sporadic Japanese newborn case with clinically diagnosed AOS. Trio whole-exome sequencing identified a de novo, novel, heterozygous missense mutation in the Delta-like 4 ligand gene (DLL4 c...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445457/the-mitochondrial-na-ca-2-exchanger-is-essential-for-ca-2-homeostasis-and-viability
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Timothy S Luongo, Jonathan P Lambert, Polina Gross, Mary Nwokedi, Alyssa A Lombardi, Santhanam Shanmughapriya, April C Carpenter, Devin Kolmetzky, Erhe Gao, Jop H van Berlo, Emily J Tsai, Jeffery D Molkentin, Xiongwen Chen, Muniswamy Madesh, Steven R Houser, John W Elrod
Mitochondrial calcium (mCa(2+)) has a central role in both metabolic regulation and cell death signalling, however its role in homeostatic function and disease is controversial. Slc8b1 encodes the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCLX), which is proposed to be the primary mechanism for mCa(2+) extrusion in excitable cells. Here we show that tamoxifen-induced deletion of Slc8b1 in adult mouse hearts causes sudden death, with less than 13% of affected mice surviving after 14 days. Lethality correlated with severe myocardial dysfunction and fulminant heart failure...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444135/prevalence-and-correlates-of-olfactory-dysfunction-in-old-age-a-population-based-study
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Janina Seubert, Erika J Laukka, Debora Rizzuto, Thomas Hummel, Laura Fratiglioni, Lars Bäckman, Maria Larsson
Background: Olfactory dysfunction (OD) in old age is associated with poor health outcomes. Interrelationships among different correlates of OD can offer insights into the underlying mechanisms, but to date remain understudied. Methods: Odor identification performance and self-reported olfactory functioning were studied in 2,234 people aged 60-90 years, who were free of neurodegenerative disease and enrolled in the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) study, Stockholm, Sweden...
April 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442525/korean-monozygotic-twins-with-lethal-acantholytic-epidermolysis-bullosa-caused-by-two-novel-dsp-mutations
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Se Jin Kim, Jung Min Ko, Seung Han Shin, Ee-Kyung Kim, Han-Suk Kim, Kyung-A Lee
Desmoplakin is an essential cytoplasmic plaque protein in desmosomes, and it is the major linker between intercellular junctions in the skin and heart. The role of desmoplakin is anchoring transmembrane cadherins to cytoplasmic intermediate filaments. The desmoplakin gene (DSP) is located on chromosome 6, and six common allelic disorders are associated with this gene, including autosomal-dominant or -recessive disorders that affect the skin, heart, hair, and nails. In particular, lethal acantholytic epidermolysis bullosa (LAEB) is an autosomal recessively inherited and extremely rare genetic skin disorder, and only three molecularly confirmed families with LAEB have been reported previously...
March 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441155/do-triglyceride-lowering-drugs-decrease-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease
#7
Kevin C Maki, Mary R Dicklin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the evidence supporting a relationship between lowering triglycerides (TGs) and TG-rich lipoprotein cholesterol (TGRL-C) levels and reduced atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) event risk. RECENT FINDINGS: Data from observational investigations, including studies of genetic variants, provide evidence consistent with a causal relationship between elevations in TG and TGRL-C and greater risk for ASCVD. Randomized controlled trial evidence of ASCVD risk reduction with therapies that substantially lower TG and TGRL-C is limited by the fact that no large-scale trial results have been published from a study that enrolled subjects selected specifically on the basis of TG or TGRL-C elevation, although three such trials are underway or in the planning stages...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440817/effects-of-dopamine-d2-d3-receptor-antagonism-on-human-planning-and-spatial-working-memory
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M Naef, U Müller, A Linssen, L Clark, T W Robbins, C Eisenegger
Psychopharmacological studies in humans suggest important roles for dopamine (DA) D2 receptors in human executive functions, such as cognitive planning and spatial working memory (SWM). However, studies that investigate an impairment of such functions using the selective DA D2/3 receptor antagonist sulpiride have yielded inconsistent results, perhaps because relatively low doses were used. We believe we report for the first time, the effects of a higher (800 mg p.o.) single dose of sulpiride as well as of genetic variation in the DA receptor D2 gene (DA receptor D2 Taq1A polymorphism), on planning and working memory...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440343/cyp3a4-genotype-is-associated-with-sildenafil-concentrations-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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S de Denus, J L Rouleau, D L Mann, G S Huggins, N L Pereira, S H Shah, T P Cappola, R Fouodjio, I Mongrain, M-P Dubé
Despite its established inter-individual variability, sildenafil has been the subject of only a few pharmacogenetic investigations, with limited data regarding the genetic modulators of its pharmacokinetics. We conducted a pharmacogenetic sub-study of patients randomized to sildenafil (n=85) in the RELAX trial, which investigated the impact of high-dose sildenafil in patients with heart failure with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF). In the overall population, the CYP3A4 inferred phenotype appeared associated with the dose-adjusted peak concentrations of sildenafil at week 12 and week 24 (adjusted P=0...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440247/circulating-biomarkers-in-glaucoma-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-diabetic-retinopathy
#10
Madhu Nath, Nabanita Halder, Thirumurthy Velpandian
Biomarkers to predict the altering physiological conditions over the period leading toward the ocular disorders are of major importance in therapeutics. Isolation and validation of the biomarkers specific to ocular diseases are a challenging task. Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease of the eye where the correlation of biomarkers in circulating fluid may be made specific for the eye. However, conditions such as wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (DR), circulating biomarkers might be having some degree of overlap with other conditions like cancer where a common factor such as angiogenesis is involved...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439972/mitochondrial-biogenesis-and-pgc-1%C3%AE-gene-expression-in-male-broilers-from-ascites-susceptible-and-resistant-lines
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N Khodambashi Emami, A Golian, M Danesh Mesgaran, N B Anthony, D D Rhoads
Ascites is a cardiovascular metabolic disease characterized by accumulation of fluid around the heart and in the abdominal cavity that eventually leads to death. This syndrome is the end-point result of a series of metabolic incidents that are generally caused by impaired oxygen availability. Mitochondria are the major sites of oxygen consumption, therefore major contributors to oxidative stress. Genetic, metabolic and dietary factors can influence variations in mitochondrial biogenesis (mitochondrial size, number and mass) that might have an effect on oxygen consumption and reactive oxygen species production...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439258/diabetic-cardiomyopathy-an-immunometabolic-perspective
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REVIEW
Paras K Mishra, Wei Ying, Shyam Sundar Nandi, Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Kaushik K Patel, Sushil K Mahata
The heart possesses a remarkable inherent capability to adapt itself to a wide array of genetic and extrinsic factors to maintain contractile function. Failure to sustain its compensatory responses results in cardiac dysfunction, leading to cardiomyopathy. Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy and reduced diastolic function, with or without concurrent systolic dysfunction in the absence of hypertension and coronary artery disease. Changes in substrate metabolism, oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, formation of extracellular matrix proteins, and advanced glycation end products constitute the early stage in DCM...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438747/low-ldl-cholesterol-pcsk9-and-hmgcr-genetic-variation-and-risk-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-parkinson-s-disease-mendelian-randomisation-study
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Marianne Benn, Børge G Nordestgaard, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen
Objective To test the hypothesis that low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol due to genetic variation in the genes responsible for LDL cholesterol metabolism and biosynthesis(PCSK9 and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR), respectively) is associated with a high risk of Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, any dementia, and Parkinson's disease in the general population.Design Mendelian randomisation study.Setting Copenhagen General Population Study and Copenhagen City Heart Study.Participants 111 194 individuals from the Danish general population...
April 24, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437377/microrna-21-is-required-for-local-and-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-in-multiple-organ-protection-against-sepsis
#14
Ping Jia, Xiaoli Wu, Yan Dai, Jie Teng, Yi Fang, Jiachang Hu, Jianzhou Zou, Mingyu Liang, Xiaoqiang Ding
OBJECTIVE: Sepsis, triggered by microbial infection, is a common and life-threatening systemic illness, often leads to impaired function of vital organs. Ischemic preconditioning induced by transient brief episodes of ischemia is a powerful innate mechanism of organ protection. We have reported that a 15-minute renal ischemic preconditioning substantially attenuated subsequent renal ischemia-reperfusion injury. Here, we investigate whether a brief ischemia and reperfusion in kidney can provide protection at local and remote sites against sepsis-induced organ injury, and whether this protection is microRNA-21 dependent...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437365/a-method-to-account-for-variation-in-congenital-heart-surgery-length-of-stay
#15
Andrew Brennan, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Jean Connor, Melvin Almodovar, James DiNardo, Puja Banka, Meena Nathan, Derek Mathieu, Aditya Kaza, John E Mayer, Lisa Bergersen
OBJECTIVES: We sought to develop a risk-adjustment methodology for length of stay in congenital heart surgery, as none exist. DESIGN: Prospective cohort analysis combined with previously obtained retrospective cohort analysis of a Department of Cardiovascular Surgery clinical database. PATIENTS: Patients discharged from Boston Children's Hospital between October 1, 2006, and May 31, 2014, that underwent a congenital heart surgery procedure(s) linked to one of 103 surgical procedure types...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436997/truncating-mutations-on-myofibrillar-myopathies-causing-genes-as-prevalent-molecular-explanations-on-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#16
Alexandre Janin, Karine N'Guyen, Gilbert Habib, Claire Dauphin, Valérie Chanavat, Patrice Bouvagnet, Romain Eschalier, Streichenberger Nathalie, Philippe Chevalier, Gilles Millat
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is one of the leading causes of heart failure with high morbidity and mortality. More than 40 genes have been reported to cause DCM. To provide new insights into the pathophysiology of dilated cardiomyopathy, a NGS workflow based on a panel of 48 cardiomyopathies-causing genes was used to analyze a cohort of 222 DCM patients. Truncating variants were detected on 63 unrelated DCM cases (28.4%). Most of them were identified, as expected, on TTN (29 DCM probands), but truncating variants were also identified on myofibrillar myopathies causing genes in 17 DCM patients (7...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436940/disruption-of-spatiotemporal-hypoxic-signaling-causes-congenital-heart-disease-in-mice
#17
Xuejun Yuan, Hui Qi, Xiang Li, Fan Wu, Jian Fang, Eva Bober, Gergana Dobreva, Yonggang Zhou, Thomas Braun
Congenital heart disease (CHD) represents the most prevalent inborn anomaly. Only a minority of CHD cases are attributed to genetic causes, suggesting a major role of environmental factors. Nonphysiological hypoxia during early pregnancy induces CHD, but the underlying reasons are unknown. Here, we have demonstrated that cells in the mouse heart tube are hypoxic, while cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) expressing islet 1 (ISL1) in the secondary heart field (SHF) are normoxic. In ISL1+ CPCs, induction of hypoxic responses caused CHD by repressing Isl1 and activating NK2 homeobox 5 (Nkx2...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436487/redefining-the-identity-of-cardiac-fibroblasts
#18
REVIEW
Michelle D Tallquist, Jeffery D Molkentin
Cardiac fibroblasts deposit and maintain extracellular matrix during organogenesis and under physiological conditions. In the adult heart, activated cardiac fibroblasts also participate in the healing response after acute myocardial infarction and during chronic disease states characterized by augmented interstitial fibrosis and ventricular remodelling. However, delineation of the characteristics, plasticity, and origins of cardiac fibroblasts is an area of ongoing investigation and controversy. A set of genetic mouse models has been developed that specifically addresses the nature of these cells, in terms of both their origins and their response during cardiac disease and ventricular remodelling...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436431/dna-single-strand-break-induced-dna-damage-response-causes-heart-failure
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Tomoaki Higo, Atsuhiko T Naito, Tomokazu Sumida, Masato Shibamoto, Katsuki Okada, Seitaro Nomura, Akito Nakagawa, Toshihiro Yamaguchi, Taku Sakai, Akihito Hashimoto, Yuki Kuramoto, Masamichi Ito, Shungo Hikoso, Hiroshi Akazawa, Jong-Kook Lee, Ichiro Shiojima, Peter J McKinnon, Yasushi Sakata, Issei Komuro
The DNA damage response (DDR) plays a pivotal role in maintaining genome integrity. DNA damage and DDR activation are observed in the failing heart, however, the type of DNA damage and its role in the pathogenesis of heart failure remain elusive. Here we show the critical role of DNA single-strand break (SSB) in the pathogenesis of pressure overload-induced heart failure. Accumulation of unrepaired SSB is observed in cardiomyocytes of the failing heart. Unrepaired SSB activates DDR and increases the expression of inflammatory cytokines through NF-κB signalling...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436429/human-fetal-heart-specific-coexpression-network-involves-congenital-heart-disease-defect-candidate-genes
#20
Bo Wang, Guoling You, Qihua Fu
Heart development is a complex process requiring dynamic transcriptional regulation. Disturbance of this process will lead to severe developmental defects such as congenital heart disease/defect (CHD). CHD is a group of complex disorder with high genetic heterogeneity, common pathways associated with CHD remains largely unknown. In the manuscript, we focused on the tissue specific genes in human fetal heart samples to explore such pathways. We used the RNA microarray dataset of human fetal tissues from ENCODE project to identify genes with heart tissue specific expression...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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