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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550792/social-stress-contagion-in-rats-behavioural-autonomic-and-neuroendocrine-correlates
#1
Luca Carnevali, Nicola Montano, Rosario Statello, Gino Coudé, Federica Vacondio, Silvia Rivara, Pier Francesco Ferrari, Andrea Sgoifo
The negative emotional consequences associated with life stress exposure in an individual can affect the emotional state of social partners. In this study, we describe an experimental rat model of social stress contagion and its effects on social behaviour and cardiac autonomic and neuroendocrine functions. Adult male Wistar rats were pair-housed and one animal (designated as "demonstrator" (DEM)) was submitted to either social defeat stress (STR) by an aggressive male Wild-type rat in a separate room or just exposed to an unfamiliar empty cage (control condition, CTR), once a day for 4 consecutive days...
May 20, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550395/a-critical-role-for-il-21-receptor-signaling-in-the-coxsackievirus-b3-induced-myocarditis
#2
Fan Yang, Xiao-Mou Wei, Wen-Wu Liang, Wen-Hong Mo, Bao-Ping Tan, Hong Wang
To determine whether IL-21 receptor signaling plays a significant role in promoting Tfh cell-mediated cardiac injury in viral myocarditis (VMC), we compared IL-21R-deficient mice for some parameters of VMC. Balb/c and IL-21R(-/-) mice were infected with CVB3. Frequencies of splenic Tfh cells were determined by flow cytometric analysis, and productions of anti-adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT) autoantibodies were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. To determine the effects of IL-21R signal on the proliferation of B cells, lymphocytes from spleens of the IL-21R(-/-) and Balb/c mice infected by CVB3 were tagged with carboxyfluorescein succinimidyl ester (CFSE) and then were stimulated with lipopolysaccharides plus IL-21 or anti-IL-21 neutralizing antibody for 3 days...
May 26, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550361/prolyl-hydroxylase-inhibition-induces-sdf-1-associated-with-increased-cxcr4-cd11b-subpopulations-and-cardiac-repair
#3
Santhosh Kumar Ghadge, Moritz Messner, Thi Van Pham, Maximilian Doppelhammer, Andreas Petry, Agnes Görlach, Britta Husse, Wolfgang-Michael Franz, Marc-Michael Zaruba
SDF-1/CXCR4 activation facilitates myocardial repair. Therefore, we aimed to activate the HIF-1α target genes SDF-1 and CXCR4 by dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG)-induced prolyl-hydroxylase (PH) inhibition to augment CXCR4+ cell recruitment and myocardial repair. SDF-1 and CXCR4 expression was analyzed under normoxia and ischemia ± DMOG utilizing SDF-1-EGFP and CXCR4-EGFP reporter mice. In bone marrow and heart, CXCR4-EGFP was predominantly expressed in CD45+/CD11b+ leukocytes which significantly increased after myocardial ischemia...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550343/the-association-of-ambient-temperature-with-incidence-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-a-short-timescale
#4
Jayeun Kim, Ho Kim
The body response time and an association between the exposure to outdoor temperature and cardiac arrhythmia were not fully understood. Hence, we further investigated the association between ambient temperature and the exacerbations of arrhythmia symptoms on a short timescale using the emergency department (ED) visit data. We used a total of 17,088 arrhythmia-related ED visits in Seoul, from 2008 to 2011 and fitted the model adjusting for other meteorological variables and air pollutants under the case-crossover analysis with the same year-month time stratification...
May 27, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550304/electronic-supplementary-materialidentification-of-a-na-k-atpase-inhibition-independent-proarrhythmic-ionic-mechanisms-of-cardiac-glycosides
#5
Cai Hong Koh, Jianjun Wu, Ying Ying Chung, Zhenfeng Liu, Rong-Rong Zhang, Ketpin Chong, Vladimir Korzh, Sherwin Ting, Steve Oh, Winston Shim, Hai-Yan Tian, Heming Wei
The current study explored the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA) inhibition-independent proarrhythmic mechanisms of cardiac glycosides (CGs) which are well-known NKA inhibitors. With the cytosolic Ca(2+) chelated by EGTA and BAPTA or extracellular Ca(2+) replaced by Ba(2+), effects of bufadienolides (bufalin (BF) and cinobufagin (CBG)) and cardenolides (ouabain (Oua) and pecilocerin A (PEA)) on the L-type calcium current (I Ca,L) were recorded in heterologous expression Cav1.2-CHO cells and human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs)...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550195/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibition-stimulates-distal-tubular-natriuresis-and-increases-in-circulating-sdf-1%C3%AE-1-67-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#6
Julie A Lovshin, Harindra Rajasekeran, Yulyia Lytvyn, Leif E Lovblom, Shajiha Khan, Robel Alemu, Amy Locke, Vesta Lai, Huaibing He, Lucinda Hittle, Weixun Wang, Daniel J Drucker, David Z I Cherney
OBJECTIVE: Antihyperglycemic agents, such as empagliflozin, stimulate proximal tubular natriuresis and improve cardiovascular and renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Because dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are used in combination with sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, we examined whether and how sitagliptin modulates fractional sodium excretion and renal and systemic hemodynamic function. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied 32 patients with type 2 diabetes in a prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial...
May 26, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550180/a-novel-de-novo-mutation-in-prkag2-gene-infantile-onset-phenotype-and-signaling-pathway-involved
#7
Yanchun Xu, Alex Gray, David Grahame Hardie, Alper Uzun, Sunil Shaw, James F Padbury, Chanika Phornphutkul, Yi-Tang Tseng
PRKAG2 encodes the γ2-subunit isoform of the 5' AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a heterotrimeric enzyme with major roles in regulation of energy metabolism in response to cellular stress. Mutations in PRKAG2 have been implicated in a unique hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) characterized by cardiac glycogen overload, ventricular preexcitation and hypertrophy. We identified a novel, de novo PRKAG2 mutation (K475E) in a neonate with prenatal onset of HCM. We aimed to investigate the cellular impact, signaling pathways involved and therapeutic options for K475E mutation using cells stably expressing human wild type (WT) or the K475E mutant...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550178/severity-of-structural-and-functional-right-ventricular-remodeling-depends-on-training-load-in-an-experimental-model-of-endurance-exercise
#8
Maria Sanz-de la Garza, Cira Rubies, Montserrat Batlle, Bart Bijnens, Lluís Mont, Marta Sitges, Eduard Guasch
An arrhythmogenic right ventricle (RV) remodeling has been reported in response to regular training, but it remains unclear how exercise intensity affects the presence and extent of such remodeling. We aimed at assessing the relationship between RV remodeling and exercise load in a long-term endurance training model. Wistar rats were conditioned to run at moderate (MOD, 45 min, 30cm/s) or intense (INT, 60 min, 60cm/s) workloads for 16 weeks; sedentary rats (SED) served as controls. Cardiac remodeling was assessed with standard echocardiographic and tissue Doppler techniques, sensor-tip pressure catheters and pressure-volume loop analyses...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550174/variability-in-coronary-artery-anatomy-affects-consistency-of-cardiac-damage-following-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
#9
Jiqiu Chen, Delaine K Ceholski, Lifan Liang, Kenneth Fish, Roger J Hajjar
Low reliability and reproducibility in heart failure models are well established. The purpose of the present study is to explore factors that affect model consistency of myocardial infarction (MI) in mice. METHODS: MI was induced by left coronary artery (LCA) ligation. The coronary artery was casted with resin and visualized with fluorescent imaging ex vivo. LCA characteristics and MI size were analyzed individually in each animal, and MI size was correlated with left ventricular (LV) function by echocardiography...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550173/experimental-cardiac-radiation-exposure-induces-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#10
Hirofumi Saiki, Gilles Moulay, Adam J Guenzel, Weibin Liu, Teresa Decklever, Kelly Classic, Linh Pham, Horng H Chen, John C Burnett, Stephen J Russell, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer radiotherapy increases the risk of heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiomyocytes are highly radio-resistant but radiation specifically affects coronary microvascular endothelial cells with subsequent microvascular inflammation and rarefaction. The effects of radiation on left ventricular (LV) diastolic function are poorly characterized. We hypothesized that cardiac radiation exposure may result in diastolic dysfunction without reduced EF...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550172/myocardial-overexpression-of-timp3-following-myocardial-infarction-exerts-beneficial-effects-through-promoting-angiogenesis-and-suppressing-early-proteolysis
#11
Abhijit Takawale, Pu Zhang, Abul Azad, Wang Wang, Xiuhua Wang, Allan G Murray, Zamaneh Kassiri
Myocardial infarction (MI) results in loss of cardiomyocytes, adverse extracellular matrix (ECM) and structural remodeling, left ventricular (LV) dilation and dysfunction. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) inhibit matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), the main regulators of ECM turnover. TIMPs also have MMP-independent functions. TIMP3 levels are reduced in the heart within 24 hours of MI in mice. We investigated if overexpression of TIMP3 post-MI limits adverse remodeling, LV dilation and dysfunction...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550171/%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-stimulation-inhibits-proarrhythmic-alternans-in-post-infarction-border-zone-cardiomyocytes-a-computational-analysis
#12
Jakub Tomek, Blanca Rodriguez, Gil Bub, Jordi Heijman
The border zone (BZ) of viable myocardium adjacent to an infarct undergoes extensive autonomic and electrical remodelling and is prone to repolarisation alternans-induced cardiac arrhythmias. BZ remodelling processes may promote or inhibit calcium and/or repolarisation alternans and may differentially affect ventricular arrhythmogenesis. Here, we employed a detailed computational model of the canine ventricular cardiomyocyte to study the determinants of alternans in the BZ and their regulation by β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) stimulation...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550160/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-2-exacerbates-chronic-cardiac-dysfunction
#13
Takuma Tsuda, Mikito Takefuji, Nina Wettschureck, Kazuhiko Kotani, Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Harmandeep Kaur, Shunsuke Eguchi, Teruhiro Sakaguchi, Sohta Ishihama, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Kazumasa Unno, Kunihiro Matsushita, Shizukiyo Ishikawa, Stefan Offermanns, Toyoaki Murohara
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to effectively pump blood and maintain tissue perfusion. Despite numerous therapeutic advancements over previous decades, the prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure remains poor, emphasizing the need to identify additional pathophysiological factors. Here, we show that corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 2 (Crhr2) is a G protein-coupled receptor highly expressed in cardiomyocytes and continuous infusion of the Crhr2 agonist, urocortin 2 (Ucn2), reduced left ventricular ejection fraction in mice...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550095/small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-current-in-normal-rabbit-cardiac-purkinje-cells
#14
Thomas A Reher, Zhuo Wang, Chia-Hsiang Hsueh, Po-Cheng Chang, Zhenwei Pan, Mohineesh Kumar, Jheel Patel, Jian Tan, Changyu Shen, Zhenhui Chen, Michael C Fishbein, Michael Rubart, Penelope Boyden, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Purkinje cells (PCs) are important in cardiac arrhythmogenesis. Whether small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are present in PCs remains unclear. We tested the hypotheses that subtype 2 SK (SK2) channel proteins and apamin-sensitive SK currents are abundantly present in PCs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 25 normal rabbit ventricles, including 13 patch-clamp studies, 4 for Western blotting, and 8 for immunohistochemical staining...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550094/safety-of-outpatient-initiation-of-disopyramide-for-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-patients
#15
Arnon Adler, Dana Fourey, Adaya Weissler-Snir, Waseem Hindieh, Raymond H Chan, Michael H Gollob, Harry Rakowski
BACKGROUND: Disopyramide is effective in ameliorating symptoms in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; however, its potential for proarrhythmic effect has raised concerns about its use in the ambulatory setting. The risk of initiating disopyramide in this manner has never been evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS: All charts of patients seen in the outpatient hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinic between 2010 and 2014 were screened for initiation of disopyramide and data were extracted...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550088/cardiac-telomere-length-in-heart-development-function-and-disease
#16
Scott A Booth, Fadi J Charchar
Telomeres are repetitive nucleoprotein structures at chromosome ends and a decrease in the number of these repeats, known as a reduction in telomere length (TL), triggers cellular senescence and apoptosis. Heart disease, the worldwide leading cause of death, often results from the loss of cardiac cells which could be explained by decreases in TL. Due to the cell-specific regulation of TL, this review focuses on studies that have measured telomeres in heart cells and critically assesses the relationship between cardiac TL and heart function...
May 26, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550043/al-amyloidosis-patients-with-low-amyloidogenic-free-light-chain-levels-at-first-diagnosis-have-an-excellent-prognosis
#17
Tobias Dittrich, Tilmann Bochtler, Christoph Kimmich, Natalia Becker, Anna Jauch, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Anthony D Ho, Ute Hegenbart, Stefan O Schönland
The difference between involved minus uninvolved serum free light chains (dFLC) has been established as invaluable hematologic parameter in systemic light chain amyloidosis (AL). However, patients with initial dFLC below 50mg/L are currently deemed not evaluable for response to therapy. Therefore, we aimed to characterize this subgroup and to define novel hematologic response parameters. We retrospectively analyzed 783 AL patients newly diagnosed at our center between 2002 and 2016. Patients with dFLC<50 showed a smaller bone marrow plasmacytosis (7% vs...
May 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550039/a-phase-1-2-study-of-the-oral-proteasome-inhibitor-ixazomib-in-relapsed-or-refractory-light-chain-al-amyloidosis
#18
Vaishali Sanchorawala, Giovanni Palladini, Vishal Kukreti, Jeffrey A Zonder, Adam D Cohen, David C Seldin, Angela Dispenzieri, Arnaud Jaccard, Stefan O Schönland, Deborah Berg, Huyuan Yang, Neeraj Gupta, Ai-Min Hui, Raymond L Comenzo, Giampaolo Merlini
This phase 1/2 study assessed the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of the oral proteasome inhibitor (PI) ixazomib in patients with relapsed/refractory AL amyloidosis (RRAL). Ixazomib was administered to adult patients with RRAL after ≥1 prior line of therapy (including bortezomib) on days 1, 8, and 15 of 28-day cycles, for up to 12 cycles. Patients with less than partial response after 3 cycles received oral dexamethasone (40 mg, days 1-4) from cycle 4. A 3+3 dose-escalation phase was followed by 2 expansion cohorts (PI-naïve and PI-exposed patients) at the maximum tolerated dose (MTD)...
May 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549998/left-ventricular-lead-positioning-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-mission-accomplished
#19
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Uyên Châu Nguyên, Frits W Prinzen, Kevin Vernooy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549997/deep-sequencing-of-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-mitral-valve-regurgitation-shows-no-evidence-of-mosaicism-but-reveals-novel-rare-germline-variants
#20
Emilie Gregers, Gustav Ahlberg, Thea Christensen, Javad Jabbari, Kirstine O Larsen, Cecilie B Herfelt, Kristoffer M Henningsen, Laura Andreasen, Jens J Thiis, Jens Lund, Susanne Holme, Stig Haunsø, Bo H Bentzen, Nicole Schmitt, Jesper H Svendsen, Morten S Olesen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Valvular heart disease is a strong predictor, yet the underlying molecular mechanisms are unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the prevalence of somatic variants in AF candidate genes in an AF patient population undergoing surgery for mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) to determine whether these patients are genetically predisposed to AF. METHODS: DNA was extracted from blood and left atrial tissue from 44 AF patients with MVR...
May 23, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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