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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153738/pregnancy-outcomes-following-cardiac-transplantation
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Rohan D'Souza, Elisabeth Soete, Candice K Silversides, Nusrat Zaffar, Tim Van Mieghem, Johan Van Cleemput, Catriona Bhagra, Mathew Sermer, Heather Ross
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to report pregnancy outcomes in women following cardiac transplantation. METHODS: This was a descriptive retrospective cohort study of women with pregnancies following cardiac transplantation managed at two large tertiary centres in Canada and Belgium between 2001 and 2017. RESULTS: Sixteen women had 17 singleton pregnancies following cardiac transplantation. The mean maternal age was 28 ± 5.8, and the transplant-to-pregnancy interval was 7...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146733/effects-of-chronically-increased-vegf-a-on-the-aging-heart
#2
Alexander G Marneros
Whether approaches to chronically increase VEGF-A in the heart may have beneficial effects and prevent the development of heart failure, in part by improving cardiac perfusion, or whether this increase could have detrimental effects on cardiac performance in the aging heart, has not been tested yet. In this study, a genetic mouse model with a chronic increase in VEGF-A in the heart is shown to have increased cardiac angiogenesis and develop cardiac hypertrophy with enhanced basal cardiac performance with age progression...
November 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145451/stromal-interaction-molecule-1-haploinsufficiency-causes-maladaptive-response-to-pressure-overload
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Takayoshi Ohba, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Manabu Murakami, Kenji Iino, Takeshi Adachi, Yoshihiro Baba, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Kyoichi Ono, Hiroshi Ito
Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1), an endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ sensor, has been shown to control a Ca2+-dependent signal that promotes cardiac hypertrophy. However, whether STIM1 has adaptive role that helps to protect against cardiac overload stress remains unknown. We hypothesized that STIM1 deficiency causes a maladaptive response to pressure overload stress. We investigated STIM1 heterozygous KO (STIM1+/-) mice hearts, in which STIM1 protein levels decreased to 27% of wild-type (WT) with no compensatory increase in STIM2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145274/diagnosis-of-fetal-megacystis-with-chromosomal-abnormality-by-2d-prenatal-ultrasound-a-case-report
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Fuman She, Shengwen Dong, Bibo Yuan, Xiaoli Gao
RATIONALE: The pathogenesis of fetal megacystis is divided into obstructive and nonobstructive. Megacystis combined with chromosomal abnormalities is rare and most of the cases are nonobstructive. PATIENT CONCERNS: The fetus showed posterior urethral obstructive megacystis with features of bladder enlargement, "keyhole" feature, and thick bladder wall. DIAGNOSES: Here, we present a case of fetal megacystis diagnosed by ultrasound at pregnancy week 15+2 and with multisystem abnormalities...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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/29137478/effects-of-increased-myocardial-tissue-concentration-of-myristic-palmitic-and-palmitoleic-acids-on-the-course-of-cardiac-atrophy-of-the-failing-heart-unloaded-by-heterotopic-transplantation
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M Pokorný, I Mrázová, J Malý, J Pirk, I Netuka, Z Vaňourková, Š DoleŽelová, L Červenková, H Maxová, V Melenovský, J Šochman, J Sadowski, L Červenka
The present experiments were performed to evaluate if increased heart tissue concentration of fatty acids, specifically myristic, palmitic and palmitoleic acids that are believed to promote physiological heart growth, can attenuate the progression of unloading-induced cardiac atrophy in rats with healthy and failing hearts. Heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation (HT(x)) was used as a model for heart unloading. Cardiac atrophy was assessed from the ratio of the native- to-transplanted heart weight (HW)...
November 10, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136712/-long-term-outcome-and-prognostic-factors-in-pregnant-women-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Q T Ou, J K Lu, J Zhang, Y Chen, Q Li, J L Zhang
Objective: To investigate the perinatal outcome, risk factors and long-term outcome of pregnancy complicated with pulmonary arterial hypertension(PAH) and congenital heart diseases (CHD). Methods: Clinical data of 110 pregnant women who were diagnosed as PAH-CHD were retrospectively analyzed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Beijing Anzhen Hospital from 2004 to 2013. The survival and treatment status were followed up. Results: 110 subjects consisted of 11 mild PAH, 33 moderate and 66 severe ones...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130772/assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-using-the-myocardial-performance-index-in-term-fetuses-that-develop-intrapartum-compromise
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Amal A Alsolai, Larissa N Bligh, Ristan M Greer, Alexander Gooi, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the prelabour left ventricular myocardial Performance Index (LVMPI) and intrapartum fetal compromise (IFC) in low risk term pregnancies. METHODS: A blinded, prospective observational cohort study at the Mater Mother's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. A cohort of 284 women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies underwent fortnightly ultrasound from 36 weeks until delivery. The LVMPI was assessed by conventional Doppler ultrasound and correlated with intrapartum outcomes...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128504/biophysical-comparison-of-sodium-currents-in-native-cardiac-myocytes-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Robert J Goodrow, Suveer Desai, Jacqueline A Treat, Brian K Panama, Mayurika Desai, Vladislav V Nesterenko, Jonathan M Cordeiro
INTRODUCTION: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are used for safety pharmacology and to investigate genetic diseases affecting cardiac ion channels. It is unclear whether adult myocytes or hiPSC-CMs are the better platform for cardiac safety pharmacology. We examined the biophysical and molecular properties of INa in adult myocytes and hiPSC-CMs. METHODS: hiPSC-CMs were plated at low density. Atrial and ventricular cells were obtained from dog hearts...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120452/vascular-aging-and-cardiac-maladaptation-in-growth-restricted-preterm-infants
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A Sehgal, B J Allison, S M Gwini, S Menahem, S L Miller, G R Polglase
OBJECTIVE: To assess arterial morphology and mechanics in preterm infants with fetal growth restriction (FGR) compared with those appropriate for gestational age (AGA) in the early neonatal period. STUDY DESIGN: This observational study involved 20 preterm FGR infants (28 to 32 weeks) of gestational age (GA) and birth weight (BW) <10th centile and 20 preterm AGA infants. Vascular ultrasound was performed to measure aortic properties. RESULTS: GA and BW of FGR and AGA infants were 29...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118264/accumulation-of-5-oxoproline-in-myocardial-dysfunction-and-the-protective-effects-of-oplah
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Atze van der Pol, Andres Gil, Herman H W Silljé, Jasper Tromp, Ekaterina S Ovchinnikova, Inge Vreeswijk-Baudoin, Martijn Hoes, Ibrahim J Domian, Bart van de Sluis, Jan M van Deursen, Adriaan A Voors, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Wiek H van Gilst, Eugene Berezikov, Pim van der Harst, Rudolf A de Boer, Rainer Bischoff, Peter van der Meer
In response to heart failure (HF), the heart reacts by repressing adult genes and expressing fetal genes, thereby returning to a more fetal-like gene profile. To identify genes involved in this process, we carried out transcriptional analysis on murine hearts at different stages of development and on hearts from adult mice with HF. Our screen identified Oplah, encoding for 5-oxoprolinase, a member of the γ-glutamyl cycle that functions by scavenging 5-oxoproline. OPLAH depletion occurred as a result of cardiac injury, leading to elevated 5-oxoproline and oxidative stress, whereas OPLAH overexpression improved cardiac function after ischemic injury...
November 8, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117120/increased-serum-levels-of-fetal-tenascin-c-variants-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension-novel-biomarkers-reflecting-vascular-remodeling-and-right-ventricular-dysfunction
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Ilonka Rohm, Katja Grün, Linda Marleen Müller, Daniel Kretzschmar, Michael Fritzenwanger, Atilla Yilmaz, Alexander Lauten, Christian Jung, P Christian Schulze, Alexander Berndt, Marcus Franz
Pulmonary vascular remodeling is a pathophysiological feature that common to all classes of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular dysfunction, which is the major prognosis-limiting factor. Vascular, as well as cardiac tissue remodeling are associated with a re-expression of fetal variants of cellular adhesion proteins, including tenascin-C (Tn-C). We analyzed circulating levels of the fetal Tn-C splicing variants B⁺ and C⁺ Tn-C in serum of PH patients to evaluate their potential as novel biomarkers reflecting vascular remodeling and right ventricular dysfunction...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115693/effects-of-fetal-growth-restriction-and-preterm-birth-on-cardiac-morphology-and-function-during-infancy
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Emily Cohen, Christie Whatley, Flora Y Wong, Euan M Wallace, Joanne C Mockler, Alexsandria Odoi, Samantha Hollis, Rosemary S C Horne, Stephanie R Yiallourou
AIM: To investigate the effects of fetal growth restriction (FGR) and prematurity on cardiac morphology and function in infancy. We hypothesized that FGR and prematurity would both alter cardiac development. METHODS: Cardiac morphology and function were evaluated in 24 preterm FGR infants (p-FGR) and 23 preterm and 19 term appropriately-grown-for-gestational-age infants (p-AGA and t-AGA, respectively) by conventional echocardiography and Tissue Doppler Imaging. p-FGR and p-AGA infants were studied on postnatal Day One and all groups were studied at one and six months post-term age...
November 8, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115376/ccdc134-serves-a-crucial-role-in-embryonic-development
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Biaoyi Yu, Tianzhuo Zhang, Peng Xia, Xiaoting Gong, Xiaoyan Qiu, Jing Huang
Coiled-coil domain containing 134 (CCDC134), a characterized secreted protein, may serve as an immune cytokine and illustrates its potent antitumor effects by augmenting CD8+ T-cell-mediated immunity. Additionally, CCDC134 may also act as a novel regulator of human alteration/deficiency in activation 2a, and be involved in the p300-CBP-associated factor complex and affect its acetyltransferase activity. To clarify the biological and pathological function of CCDC134, the present study generated a viable and fertile Ccdc134fl/fl mouse strain that allowed temporal and spatial control of gene ablation...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114796/maternal-%C3%AE-blocker-use-and-fetal-cardiac-anomalies-reply
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Ming-Sum Lee, Lewei Duan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114787/maternal-%C3%AE-blocker-use-and-fetal-cardiac-anomalies
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Elif Keskin-Arslan, Ali Akoz, Yusuf-Cem Kaplan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112643/assessment-of-fetal-congenital-heart-diseases-by-4-dimensional-ultrasound-using-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-pictorial-review
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Edward Araujo Júnior, Gabriele Tonni, Nathalie Jeanne Bravo-Valenzuela, Fabricio Da Silva Costa, Simon Meagher
The aim of this pictorial review is to describe the technical advances achieved through the application of 4-dimensional (4D) ultrasound using spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) over conventional 2-dimensional ultrasound in the prenatal detection of congenital heart disease (CHD). Spatiotemporal image correlation is a volume imaging technique that simplifies fetal heart studies while providing more diagnostic information than is typically available from traditional 2-dimensional studies. Four-dimensional software allows the study of cardiac anatomy and function during a single cardiac cycle and has greatly contributed to diagnostic enhancement of CHD...
November 6, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110745/an-unusual-course-of-anti-ro-antibody-mediated-fetal-complete-heart-block
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Claudia Renaud, Edgar Jaeggi, Varsha Thakur
Fetal hydrops is a serious complication of immune-mediated congenital complete atrioventricular block. We present the case of a fetus with severe hydrops and profound bradycardia and an unusual favourable outcome. This case enhances the importance of considering the contribution of ventricular ectopic beats to the cardiac output when counselling and predicting outcome of complete heart block.
November 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107716/pacsin-2-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-a-normal-cardiac-function-in-the-developing-mouse-heart
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Judith Semmler, Jan Kormann, Sureshkumar Perumal Srinivasan, Annette Köster, Daniel Sälzer, Michael Reppel, Jürgen Hescheler, Markus Plomann, Filomain Nguemo
The Pacsin proteins (Pacsin 1, 2 and 3) play an important role in intracellular trafficking and thereby signal transduction in many cells types. This study was designed to examine the role of Pacsin 2 in cardiac development and function. We investigated the development and electrophysiological properties of Pacsin 2 knockout (P2KO) hearts and single cardiomyocytes isolated from 11.5 and 15.5days old fetal mice. Immunofluorescence experiments confirmed the lack of Pacsin 2 protein expression in P2KO cardiac myocytes in comparison to wildtype (WT)...
October 28, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102503/maternal-hemodynamics-a-method-to-classify-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy
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Enrico Ferrazzi, Tamara Stampalija, Lorenzo Monasta, Daniela Di Martino, Sharona Vonck, Wilfried Gyselaers
BACKGROUND: The classification of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy is based on the time at the onset of hypertension, proteinuria, and other associated complications. Maternal hemodynamic interrogation in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy considers not only the peripheral blood pressure but also the entire cardiovascular system, and it might help to classify the different clinical phenotypes of this syndrome. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine cardiovascular parameters in a cohort of patients affected by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy according to the clinical phenotypes that prioritize fetoplacental characteristics and not the time at onset of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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