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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821620/arjunolic-acid-a-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-regresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-non-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Trisha Bansal, Emeli Chatterjee, Jasdeep Singh, Arjun Ray, Bishwajit Kundu, V Thankamani, Shantanu Sengupta, Sagartirtha Sarkar
Cardiac hypertrophy and associated heart fibrosis remain a major cause of death worldwide. Phytochemicals have gained attention as alternative therapeutics for managing cardiovascular diseases. These include the extract from the plant Terminalia arjuna which is a popular cardioprotectant and may prevent or slow progression of pathological hypertrophy to heart failure. Here, we investigated the mode of action of a principal bioactive T. arjuna compound, arjunolic acid (AA) in ameliorating hemodynamic load-induced cardiac fibrosis and identified its intracellular target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820870/controversies-in-the-identification-and-management-of-acute-pulmonary-hypertension-in-preterm-neonates
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REVIEW
Regan E Giesinger, Kiran More, Jodie Odame, Amish Jain, Robert P Jankov, Patrick J McNamara
It is increasingly recognized that the abnormal physiologic consequences of pulmonary hypertension (PH) may contribute to poor cardiopulmonary health in premature babies. Conflicting literature has led to clinical uncertainty, pathological misinterpretation and variability in treatment approaches among practitioners. There are several disorders with overlapping and interrelated presentations and other disorders with a similar clinical phenotype but diverse pathophysiological contributors. In this review, we provide a diagnostic approach for acute HRF in the preterm neonate, outline the pathophysiological conditions that may present as acute PH and discuss the implications of high pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) on the cardiovascular system...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820493/marine-lipids-on-cardiovascular-diseases-and-other-chronic-diseases-induced-by-diet-an-insight-provided-by-proteomics-and-lipidomics
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Lucía Méndez, Gabriel Dasilva, Nùria Taltavull, Marta Romeu, Isabel Medina
Marine lipids, especially ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have largely been linked to prevention of diet-induced diseases. The anti-inflammatory and hypolipidemic properties of EPA and DHA supplementation have been well-described. However, there is still a significant lack of information about their particular mechanism of action. Furthermore, repeated meta-analyses have not shown conclusive results in support of their beneficial health effects...
August 18, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820474/significance-of-resveratrol-in-clinical-management-of-chronic-diseases
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REVIEW
Awais Wahab, Kuo Gao, Caixia Jia, Feilong Zhang, Guihua Tian, Ghulam Murtaza, Jianxin Chen
Resveratrol could be beneficial to health and provides protection against a wide array of pathologies and age-associated problems, as evident from preclinical studies. However, a comparison of animal and human studies reveals that this dietary polyphenol cannot protect against metabolic diseases and their associated complications. The clinical outcomes are affected by many factors such as sample size. This article not only presents a comprehensive review of the current advances concerning the dose, the extent of absorption, interaction and toxicity of resveratrol in human studies, but also describes its therapeutic effects against several chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and aging and the related diseases...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820329/sources-to-variability-in-circulating-human-mirna-signatures
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Andreas Keller, Trine Rounge, Christina Backes, Nicole Ludwig, Randi Gislefoss, Petra Leidinger, Hilde Langseth, Eckart Meese
An increasing number of studies propose circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) as biomarkers for a large number of human diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological pathologies and others. To further validate miRNA as biomarkers it is indispensable to understand the variability of circulating miRNAs in healthy individuals. We determined the longitudinal miRNomes of 90 serum samples from the Janus Serum Bank in Norway, which have been stored between 23 and 40 years at -25 degrees Celsius. We profiled three serum samples with microarrays for 30 individuals, each...
August 18, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818665/irf-5-accelerates-leukocyte-adhesion-to-endothelial-cells-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-regulating-the-transcription-of-vcam-1
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Hongbin Cai, Zhuhua Yao, Wenting Li
Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) has been implicated in many pathological conditions, including cardiovascular diseases. Adhesion of leukocytes to the surface of endothelial cells has been considered as one of the principle steps in the pathological cascade of inflammatory tissue damage during IRI. The role of the transcriptional factor interferon regulatory factor-5 (IRF-5) in endothelial physiology remains unknown. Here, we report that IRF-5 is expressed in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and is rapidly upregulated in response to IRI, mediated by the JAK2/STAT3 pathway...
August 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818577/applications-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Omar Niss, Michael D Taylor
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has evolved from an effective research tool to a non-invasive clinical modality with versatile applications. The accuracy of volume measurements and functional assessment and the ability to identify unique myocardial tissue characteristics non-invasively are the primary advantages of CMR. The use of CMR in sickle cell disease (SCD) has been limited clinically to myocardial iron assessment. The use of other CMR applications to characterize the cardiac pathology in SCD is slowly emerging but remains limited to research level...
August 8, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817123/evaluation-of-telomere-length-in-human-cardiac-tissues-using-cardiac-quantitative-fish
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Maryam Sharifi-Sanjani, Alan K Meeker, Foteini Mourkioti
Telomere length has been correlated with various diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The use of currently available telomere-length measurement techniques is often restricted by the requirement of a large amount of cells (Southern-based techniques) or the lack of information on individual cells or telomeres (PCR-based methods). Although several methods have been used to measure telomere length in tissues as a whole, the assessment of cell-type-specific telomere length provides valuable information on individual cell types...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814583/does-use-of-point-of-care-testing-improve-cost-effectiveness-of-the-nhs-health-check-programme-in-the-primary-care-setting-a-cost-minimisation-analysis
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Austen El-Osta, Maria Woringer, Elena Pizzo, Talitha Verhoef, Claire Dickie, Melody Z Ni, Jeremy R Huddy, Michael Soljak, George B Hanna, Azeem Majeed
OBJECTIVE: To determine if use of point of care testing (POCT) is less costly than laboratory testing to the National Health Service (NHS) in delivering the NHS Health Check (NHSHC) programme in the primary care setting. DESIGN: Observational study and theoretical mathematical model with microcosting approach. SETTING: We collected data on NHSHC delivered at nine general practices (seven using POCT; two not using POCT). PARTICIPANTS: We recruited nine general practices offering NHSHC and a pathology services laboratory in the same area...
August 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814167/cardio-cephalic-neural-crest-syndrome-a-novel-hypothesis-of-vascular-neurocristopathy
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M Komiyama
A novel hypothesis proposes that "cardio-cephalic neural crest (NC) syndrome," i.e. cephalic NC including cardiac NC, contributes to the concurrent occurrence of vascular diseases in the cardio- and cerebrovascular regions. NC is a transient structure present in early embryogenesis. Cephalic NC provides mesenchymal cells to the vascular media in these regions. Concurrent cardio- and cerebrovascular lesions have been reported in PHACE syndrome, ACTA2 mutation syndrome, and less frequently in the spontaneous occlusion of the circle of Willis (so-called moyamoya disease)...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813699/t1-and-t2-mapping-in-cardiology-mapping-the-obscure-object-of-desire
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Dimitris Apostolou, Panayiotis Argyriou, Stella Velitsista, Lilika Papa, Stelios Efentakis, Evangelos Vernardos, Mikela Kanoupaki, George Kanoupakis, Athanassios Manginas
The increasing use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is based on its capability to perform biventricular function assessment and tissue characterization without radiation and with high reproducibility. The use of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) gave the potential of non-invasive biopsy for fibrosis quantification. However, LGE is unable to detect diffuse myocardial disease. Native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) provide knowledge about pathologies affecting both the myocardium and interstitium that is otherwise difficult to identify...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812405/simple-screening-tools-predict-death-and-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-rheumatic-disease
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M Breunig, S Kleinert, S Lehmann, C Kneitz, M Feuchtenberger, H-P Tony, C E Angermann, G Ertl, S Störk
OBJECTIVES: Patients with rheumatic disease (RD) have an increased mortality risk compared with the general population, mainly due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). We aimed to identify patients at high risk of CVD and mortality by comparing three screening tools suitable for clinical practice. METHOD: In this prospective, single-centre study, consecutive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic autoimmune disease (SAI), or spondyloarthritides (SpA) including psoriatic arthritis underwent a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment...
August 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811706/therapeutic-potential-of-flavonoids-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Ali Salaritabar, Behrad Darvishi, Farzaneh Hadjiakhoondi, Azadeh Manayi, Antoni Sureda, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Leo R Fitzpatrick, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Anupam Bishayee
The inflammatory process plays a central role in the development and progression of numerous pathological situations, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disorders. IBDs involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal area and mainly comprise Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Both pathological situations usually involve recurring or bloody diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. There is at present no pharmacological cure for CD or UC...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811528/prenatal-hypoxia-leads-to-hypertension-renal-renin-angiotensin-system-activation-and-exacerbates-salt-induced-pathology-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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S L Walton, H Bielefeldt-Ohmann, R R Singh, J Li, T M Paravicini, M H Little, K M Moritz
Prenatal hypoxia is associated with growth restriction and adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Here, we describe renal and cardiovascular outcomes in ageing mouse offspring prenatally exposed to hypoxia (12% O2) from embryonic day 14.5 until birth. At 12 months of age, both male and female offspring exposed to prenatal hypoxia had elevated mean arterial pressure. Glomerular number was reduced by 25% in hypoxia-exposed male, but not female, offspring and this was associated with increased urinary albumin excretion, glomerular hypertrophy and renal fibrosis...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810184/design-and-evaluation-of-a-parametric-model-for-cardiac-sounds
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Roilhi F Ibarra-Hernández, Miguel A Alonso-Arévalo, Alejandro Cruz-Gutiérrez, Ana L Licona-Chávez, Salvador Villarreal-Reyes
Heart sound analysis plays an important role in the auscultative diagnosis process to detect the presence of cardiovascular diseases. In this paper we propose a novel parametric heart sound model that accurately represents normal and pathological cardiac audio signals, also known as phonocardiograms (PCG). The proposed model considers that the PCG signal is formed by the sum of two parts: one of them is deterministic and the other one is stochastic. The first part contains most of the acoustic energy. This part is modeled by the Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm, which performs an analysis-synthesis procedure to represent the PCG signal as a linear combination of elementary waveforms...
August 9, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809932/rem-sleep-deprivation-induces-endothelial-dysfunction-and-hypertension-in-middle-aged-rats-roles-of-the-enos-no-cgmp-pathway-and-supplementation-with-l-arginine
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Jiaye Jiang, Zhongyuan Gan, Yuan Li, Wenqi Zhao, Hanqing Li, Jian-Pu Zheng, Yan Ke
Sleep loss can induce or aggravate the development of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, the molecular mechanism underlying this phenomenon is poorly understood. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of REM sleep deprivation on blood pressure in rats and the underlying mechanisms of these effects. After Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to REM sleep deprivation for 5 days, their blood pressures and endothelial function were measured. In addition, one group of rats was given continuous access to L-arginine supplementation (2% in distilled water) for the 5 days before and the 5 days of REM sleep deprivation to reverse sleep deprivation-induced pathological changes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808796/structural-alteration-of-the-endothelial-glycocalyx-contribution-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton
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Weiqi Li, Wen Wang
The endothelial glycocalyx is a carbohydrate-protein layer that lines the luminal surface of the endothelium. It anchors to the cell membrane via its core proteins that share extended link to the actin cytoskeleton. It is widely accepted that those protein domains and the attached carbohydrates are susceptible to pathological changes. It is unclear, however, to what extent the actin cytoskeleton contributes to the glycocalyx stability. In this study, we investigate the role of the actin cytoskeleton in the maintenance of the glycocalyx under static and laminar flow conditions in vitro...
August 14, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807816/mtor-in-down-syndrome-role-in-a%C3%A3-and-tau-neuropathology-and-transition-to-alzheimer-disease-like-dementia
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REVIEW
Fabio Di Domenico, Antonella Tramutola, Cesira Foppoli, Elisabeth Head, Marzia Perluigi, D Allan Butterfield
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine protein kinase involved in the regulation of protein synthesis and degradation, longevity and cytoskeletal formation. The mTOR pathway represents a key growth and survival pathway involved in several diseases such as cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Numerous studies linked the alterations of mTOR pathway to age-dependent cognitive decline, pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (AD) and AD-like dementia in Down syndrome (DS)...
August 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807149/muscling-in-on-trp-channels-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-cardiomyocytes
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REVIEW
Lucía Alonso-Carbajo, Miklos Kecskes, Griet Jacobs, Andy Pironet, Ninda Syam, Karel Talavera, Rudi Vennekens
The human TRP protein family comprises a family of 27 cation channels with diverse permeation and gating properties. The common theme is that they are very important regulators of intracellular Ca(2+) signaling in diverse cell types, either by providing a Ca(2+) influx pathway, or by depolarising the membrane potential, which on one hand triggers the activation of voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels, and on the other limits the driving force for Ca(2+) entry. Here we focus on the role of these TRP channels in vascular smooth muscle and cardiac striated muscle...
September 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804855/human-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-versus-feline-cardiomyopathy-what-can-we-learn-from-both-veterinary-and-human-medicine
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REVIEW
Valentine Prat, Bertrand Rozec, Chantal Gauthier, Benjamin Lauzier
Cardiovascular affections are a growing health burden in human populations. Recent advances in cardiology have improved treatments and outcomes for myocardial infarction and arrhythmias, but other conditions still remain poorly understood. To date, the classical approach to study cardiovascular diseases involves rodent models, despite their strong differences with human cardiac physiology. In this context, this review will focus on the common traits between human and feline cardiac diseases, namely heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and feline cardiomyopathies, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
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