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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735461/pneumonia-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae-vaccine
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REVIEW
Gyu-Lee Kim, Seung-Han Seon, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lung, responsible for high morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microorganisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae, a gram-positive bacterium with over 90 serotypes, is the most common causative agent. Moreover, comorbid factors including heart failure, renal disease, and pulmonary disease could increase the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia. Since the advent of the pneumococcal vaccine in the 1980s, the incidence of pneumonia has decreased significantly...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735291/subclinical-atherosclerosis-cardiac-and-kidney-function-heart-failure-and-dementia-in-the-very-elderly
#3
Lewis H Kuller, Oscar L Lopez, John S Gottdiener, Dalane W Kitzman, James T Becker, Yuefang Chang, Anne B Newman
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) and dementia are major causes of disability and death among older individuals. Risk factors and biomarkers of HF may be determinants of dementia in the elderly. We evaluated the relationship between biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and HF and risk of dementia and death. Three hypotheses were tested: (1) higher levels of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, N-terminal of prohormone brain natriuretic peptide, and cystatin C predict risk of death, cardiovascular disease, HF, and dementia; (2) higher levels of cardiovascular disease biomarkers are associated with increased risk of HF and then secondary increased risk of dementia; and (3) risk of dementia is lower among participants with a combination of lower coronary artery calcium, atherosclerosis, and lower high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (myocardial injury)...
July 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735272/perceived-nicotine-content-of-reduced-nicotine-content-cigarettes-is-a-correlate-of-perceived-health-risks
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Lauren R Pacek, F Joseph McClernon, Rachel L Denlinger-Apte, Melissa Mercincavage, Andrew A Strasser, Sarah S Dermody, Ryan Vandrey, Tracy T Smith, Natalie Nardone, Dorothy K Hatsukami, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Rachel V Kozink, Eric C Donny
BACKGROUND: Reducing cigarette nicotine content may reduce smoking. Studies suggest that smokers believe that nicotine plays a role in smoking-related morbidity. This may lead smokers to assume that reduced nicotine means reduced risk, and attenuate potential positive effects on smoking behaviour. METHODS: Data came from a multisite randomised trial in which smokers were assigned to use cigarettes varying in nicotine content for 6 weeks. We evaluated associations between perceived and actual nicotine content with perceived health risks using linear regression, and associations between perceived nicotine content and perceived health risks with smoking outcomes using linear and logistic regression...
July 22, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735097/protecting-the-heart-through-mk2-modulation-toward-a-role-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-and-lipid-metabolism
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REVIEW
Matthieu Ruiz, Lise Coderre, Bruce Gordon Allen, Christine Des Rosiers
Various signaling pathways have been identified in the heart as important players during development, physiological adaptation or pathological processes. This includes the MAPK families, particularly p38MAPK, which is involved in several key cellular processes, including differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, inflammation, metabolism and survival. Disrupted p38MAPK signaling has been associated with several diseases, including cardiovascular diseases (CVD) as well as diabetes and its related complications...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735064/associations-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-with-cardiovascular-risk-and-%C3%AE-cell-function-in-patients-who-had-no-history-of-diabetes
#6
Jun-Sing Wang, Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu, Wen-Jane Lee, I-Te Lee, Shih-Yi Lin, Wen-Lieng Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Shing-Jong Lin
BACKGROUND: We investigated the associations of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21) with cardiovascular risk and β-cell function in patients who had no history of diabetes. METHODS: We enrolled 269 outpatients who had been referred for an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Plasma glucose, insulin, and FGF-21 were measured before and at 2h after the OGTT. β-cell function was assessed using the insulinogenic index, corrected for insulin resistance. Patients' 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD) risk was assessed using the Chinese Multi-provincial Cohort Study functions...
July 19, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735063/serum-uric-acid-as-a-simple-risk-factor-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-undergoing-valve-replacement-surgery
#7
Xue-Biao Wei, Lei Jiang, Yuan-Hui Liu, Du Feng, Peng-Cheng He, Jiyan Chen, Dan-Qing Yu, Ning Tan
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the relationship between admission serum uric acid (SUA) and in-hospital and one-year mortality after valve replacement surgery (VRS) for patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). METHODS: One-thousand five-hundred thirty-six consecutive patients with RHD undergoing VRS were divided into 4 groups based on the quartiles of SUA on admission. The association between SUA and adverse outcomes was analyzed. RESULTS: The in-hospital mortality (2...
July 19, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734926/derivation-and-evaluation-of-age-specific-multivariate-reference-regions-to-aid-in-identification-of-abnormal-filling-patterns-the-hunt-and-vamis-studies
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Jonas Selmeryd, Egil Henriksen, Håvard Dalen, Pär Hedberg
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to derive age-specific multivariate reference regions (MVRs) able to classify subjects into those having normal or abnormal filling patterns and to evaluate the prognostic impact of this classification. BACKGROUND: The integration of several parameters is necessary to diagnose disorders of left ventricular (LV) filling because no single measurement accurately describes the complexity of diastolic function. However, no generally accepted validated multiparametric algorithm currently exists...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734900/molecular-imaging-in-stem-cell-based-therapies-of-cardiac-diseases
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REVIEW
Xiang Li, Marcus Hacker
In the past 15years, despite regenerative medicine has shown great potential for cardiovascular diseases, the outcome and safety of stem cell transplantation has shown controversial results in the published literature. Medical imaging might be useful for monitoring and quantification transplanted cells within the heart and to serially characterize the effects of stem cell therapy of the myocardium. From the multiple available noninvasive imaging techniques, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear imaging by positron (PET) or single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT) are the most used clinical approaches to follow the fate of transplanted stem cells in vivo...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734877/enzymatic-and-free-radical-formation-of-cis-and-trans-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acids-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#10
Theresa Aliwarga, Brianne S Raccor, Rozenn N Lemaitre, Nona Sotoodehnia, Sina A Gharib, Libin Xu, Rheem A Totah
Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are metabolites of arachidonic acid (AA) oxidation that have important cardioprotective and signaling properties. AA is an ω -6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that is prone to autoxidation. Although hydroperoxides and isoprostanes are major autoxidation products of AA, EETs are also formed from the largely overlooked peroxyl radical addition mechanism. While autoxidation yields both cis- and trans-EETs, cytochrome P450 (CYP) epoxygenases have been shown to exclusively catalyze the formation of all regioisomer cis-EETs, on each of the double bonds...
July 19, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734850/progression-and-reversibility-of-stretch-induced-atrial-remodeling-characterization-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Shivshankar Thanigaimani, Emma McLennan, Dominik Linz, Rajiv Mahajan, Thomas A Agbaedeng, Geoffrey Lee, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders, Dennis H Lau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and across the developed nations, it contributes to increasing hospitalizations and healthcare burden. Several comorbidities and risk factors including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity are known to play an important role in the initiation and perpetuation of AF and atrial stretch or dilatation may play a central mechanistic role. The impact of atrial stretch in the development of AF can vary dependent on the underlying disease...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734819/the-prevalence-of-chronic-conditions-and-poor-health-among-people-with-and-without-vision-impairment-aged-%C3%A2-65-years-2010-2014
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John E Crews, Chiu-Fang Chou, Swathi Sekar, Jinan B Saaddine
PURPOSE: To examine the prevalence of 13 chronic conditions and fair/poor health among people aged ≥65 years in the U.S. with and without vision impairment. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study from the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey METHODS: We examined hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, weak/failing kidneys, diabetes, hepatitis, depression, and hearing impairment. We used logistic regression to show the association between vision impairment and chronic conditions and the association between vision impairment and poor health for those with chronic conditions...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734620/treatment-of-dogs-with-compensated-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-with-spironolactone-a-pilot-study
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M J Hezzell, A Boswood, J López-Alvarez, N Lötter, J Elliott
OBJECTIVES: Spironolactone improves outcome in dogs with advanced myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). Its efficacy in preclinical MMVD is unknown. The hypothesis was the administration of spironolactone to dogs with compensated MMVD demonstrating risk factors for poorer prognosis will decrease the rate of disease progression. The aim was to provide pilot data to evaluate preliminary effects and sample size calculation for a definitive clinical trial. ANIMALS: Twenty-five client-owned dogs with MMVD with at least one of the following; left atrial to aortic ratio (LA:Ao) ≥ 1...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734575/outcomes-associated-to-serum-phosphate-levels-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
#14
Hong Xu, Marie Evans, Alessandro Gasparini, Karolina Szummer, Jonas Spaak, Johan Ärnlöv, Bengt Lindholm, Tomas Jernberg, Juan Jesús Carrero
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association between phosphate and the risk of adverse clinical outcomes in patients with manifest cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Observational study of patients hospitalized during 2006-2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, because of suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The exposure was serum phosphate during the hospitalization. We modeled the association between phosphate and in-hospital death or in-hospital events (composite of myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, resuscitated cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation, or atrioventricular block) as well as the one-year post-discharge risk of death or cardiovascular event (composite of myocardial re-infarction, heart failure and stroke)...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734430/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-under-direct-visualization-in-homograft-valve-endocarditis
#15
Tarek Chami, Guilherme Attizzani, Benjamin Medalion, Salil V Deo
Prosthetic valve endocarditis is a very grave and often terminal disease. Surgical valve replacement remains the cornerstone treatment for this disease. However, it is often contraindicated. Herein, we describe the implantation under direct visualization of a self-expandable transcatheter heart valve in a prohibitive surgical risk patient with homograft aortic valve endocarditis.
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734244/renal-denervation-attenuates-hypertension-and-renal-dysfunction-in-a-model-of-cardiovascular-and-renal-disease-which-is-associated-with-reduced-nadph-and-xanthine-oxidase-activity
#16
Maria Peleli, Peter Flacker, Zhengbing Zhuge, Cristina Gomez, Craig E Wheelock, A Erik G Persson, Mattias Carlstrom
Oxidative stress is considered a central pathophysiological event in cardiovascular disease, including hypertension. Early age reduction in renal mass is associated with hypertension and oxidative stress in later life, which is aggravated by increased salt intake. The aim of the present study was to examine if renal sympathetic denervation can exert blood pressure lowering effects in uninephrectomized (UNX) rats (3-week old) fed with high salt (HS, 4%; w/w) diet for 4 weeks. Moreover, we investigated if renal denervation is associated with changes in NADPH and xanthine oxidase-derived reactive oxygen species...
July 5, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734077/integrative-studies-implicate-matrix-metalloproteinase-12-as-a-culprit-gene-for-large-artery-atherosclerotic-stroke
#17
Hovsep Mahdessian, Ljubica Perisic Matic, Mariette Lengquist, Karl Gertow, Bengt Sennblad, Damiano Baldassarre, Fabrizio Veglia, Steve E Humphries, Rainer Rauramaa, Ulf de Faire, Andries J Smit, Philippe Giral, Sudhir Kurl, Elmo Mannarino, Elena Tremoli, Anders Hamsten, Per Eriksson, Ulf Hedin, Anders Mälarstig
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke and coronary heart disease are important contributors to the global disease burden and share atherosclerosis as the main underlying cause. Recent evidence from a genome-wide association study (GWAS) suggested that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) near the MMP12 gene at chromosome 11q22.3 were associated with large-vessel ischemic stroke. Here we evaluated and extended these results by examining the relationship between MMP12 and atherosclerosis in clinical and experimental studies...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733923/cardiovascular-mechanics-in-the-early-stages-of-pulmonary-hypertension-a-computational-study
#18
Sebastián Acosta, Charles Puelz, Béatrice Rivière, Daniel J Penny, Ken M Brady, Craig G Rusin
We formulate and study a new mathematical model of pulmonary hypertension. Based on principles of fluid and elastic dynamics, we introduce a model that quantifies the stiffening of pulmonary vasculature (arteries and arterioles) to reproduce the hemodynamics of the pulmonary system, including physiologically consistent dependence between compliance and resistance. This pulmonary model is embedded in a closed-loop network of the major vessels in the body, approximated as one-dimensional elastic tubes, and zero-dimensional models for the heart and other organs...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733782/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-an-overview-for-clinicians
#19
REVIEW
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Roland Tilz, Tatjana S Potpara
Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently one of the most commonly performed electrophysiology procedures. Ablation of paroxysmal AF is based on the elimination of triggers by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), while different strategies for additional AF substrate modification on top of PVI have been proposed for ablation of persistent AF. Nowadays, various technologies for AF ablation are available. The radiofrequency point-by-point ablation navigated by electro-anatomical mapping system and cryo-balloon technology are comparable in terms of the efficacy and safety of the PVI procedure...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733764/cardiac-sympathetic-neuronal-damage-precedes-myocardial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-anderson-fabry-disease
#20
Massimo Imbriaco, Teresa Pellegrino, Valentina Piscopo, Mario Petretta, Andrea Ponsiglione, Carmela Nappi, Marta Puglia, Serena Dell'Aversana, Eleonora Riccio, Letizia Spinelli, Antonio Pisani, Alberto Cuocolo
PURPOSE: Cardiac sympathetic denervation may be detectable in patients with Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD), suggesting its usefulness for early detection of the disease. However, the relationship between sympathetic neuronal damage measured by (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) imaging with myocardial fibrosis on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is still unclear. METHODS: Cardiac sympathetic innervation was assessed by (123)I-MIBG single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in 25 patients with genetically proved AFD...
July 22, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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