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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525549/the-change-in-circulating-galectin-3-predicts-absence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-thoracoscopic-surgical-ablation
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Wouter R Berger, Benoît Jagu, Nicoline W E van den Berg, Dean R P P Chan Pin Yin, Jan P van Straalen, Onno J de Boer, Antoine H G Driessen, Jolien Neefs, Sébastien P J Krul, WimJan P van Boven, Allard C van der Wal, Joris R de Groot
Aims: Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is an important mediator of cardiac fibrosis, particularly in heart failure. Increased Gal-3 concentration (Gal-3), associated with increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), may reflect atrial fibrotic remodelling underlying AF progression. We aimed to investigate whether the change in serum Gal-3 reflects alterations of the arrhythmogenic atrial substrate following thoracoscopic AF surgery, and predicts absence of AF. Methods and results: Consecutive patients undergoing thoracoscopic AF surgery were included...
May 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507568/effect-of-ramipril-hydrochlorothiazide-and-ramipril-canrenone-combination-on-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-in-hypertensive-type-2-diabetic-patients-with-and-without-cardiac-autonomic-neuropathy
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Daniele Bosone, Alfredo Costa, Natascia Ghiotto, Matteo Cotta Ramusino, Annalisa Zoppi, Angela D'Angelo, Roberto Fogari
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to compare the effect of ramipril/canrenone versus ramipril/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) combination on atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence in type 2 diabetic hypertensives with and without cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 289 hypertensive type 2 diabetic patients, 95 with CAN, in sinus rhythm but with at least two episodes of AF in the previous 6 months were randomized to ramipril 5 mg plus canrenone 50 mg (titrated to 10/100 mg) or to ramipril 5 mg plus HCTZ 12...
April 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507167/early-activation-of-deleterious-molecular-pathways-in-the-kidney-in-experimental-heart-failure-with-atrial-remodeling
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Tomoko Ichiki, Brenda K Huntley, Gail J Harty, S Jeson Sangaralingham, John C Burnett
Heart failure (HF) is a major health problem with worsening outcomes when renal impairment is present. Therapeutics for early phase HF may be effective for cardiorenal protection, however the detailed characteristics of the kidney in early-stage HF (ES-HF), and therefore treatment for potential renal protection, are poorly defined. We sought to determine the gene and protein expression profiles of specific maladaptive pathways of ES-HF in the kidney and heart. Experimental canine ES-HF, characterized by de-novo HF with atrial remodeling but not ventricular fibrosis, was induced by right ventricular pacing for 10 days...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507082/association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-sickle-cell-anemia
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Omar Niss, Robert Fleck, Fowe Makue, Tarek Alsaied, Payal Desai, Jeffrey A Towbin, Punam Malik, Michael D Taylor, Charles T Quinn
Sickle cell anemia (SCA)-related cardiomyopathy is characterized by diastolic dysfunction and hyperdynamic features. Diastolic dysfunction portends early mortality in SCA. Diastolic dysfunction is associated with microscopic myocardial fibrosis in SCA mice, but the cause of diastolic dysfunction in humans with SCA is unknown. We used cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) measurements of extracellular volume fraction (ECV) to discover and quantify diffuse myocardial fibrosis in 25 individuals with SCA (mean age 23±13 years), and determine the association between diffuse myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction...
May 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499193/stachydrine-ameliorates-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-fibrosis-by-suppressing-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-through-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak-stat-signaling-pathways-in-rats
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Lingling Zhao, Dawei Wu, Mengru Sang, Yiming Xu, Zhaoguo Liu, Qinan Wu
Cardiac hypertrophy (CH), as one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world, has become an independent and predictive risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events. However, progress in treatment remains sluggish in recent years. Therefore, compounds derived from non-toxic nature plants are urgently needed. Stachydrine (STA), which is isolated from Leonurus, has various activities, including resistance to cardiovascular disease, but little is known about its effect on CH or the mechanisms. We herein investigated the effect of STA on isoproterenol-induced CH and the underlying mechanisms...
May 9, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498436/exposure-to-a-chronic-high-fat-diet-promotes-atrial-structure-and-gap-junction-remodeling-in-rats
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Tianyu Meng, Gong Cheng, Yuejiao Wei, Shuting Ma, Yongrong Jiang, Jine Wu, Xin Zhou, Chaofeng Sun
Obesity has been demonstrated to be linked to atrial fibrillation (AF) with atrial enlargement and tissue fibrosis. Long-term high calorie intake is the main reason for the prevalence of obesity. To investigate the possible causes of AF, such as chronic high-fat diet (HFD), and to identify the underlying mechanisms, the present study analyzed a variety of structural and gap junctional electrophysiological alterations in the atria of female rats fed an HFD. After consistent HFD feeding of female rats for 12 weeks, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Masson's staining, RT-qPCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence and TUNEL staining were performed...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495464/microrna-21-via-dysregulation-of-ww-domain-containing-protein-1-regulate-atrial-fibrosis-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Hui Tao, Meng Zhang, Jing-Jing Yang, Kai-Hu Shi
BACKGROUND: microRNAs (miRs) have been reported to regulate cell biological functions. To explore the underlying mechanism of miR-21 involvement in patients with atrial fibrosis and atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: In total, 49 patients (24 AF, sinus rhythm 25) aged 33-68 years old, including heart valve replacement surgery and cardiac catheterization. The pathological changes and collagen depositions was analyzed by Masson's Trichrome Staining. miR-21, TGF-β1, Smad2, p-Smad2, WWP-1, collagen I and collagen III expression were analyzed by Western blotting, qRT-PCR, miR one step qRT-PCR, respectively...
March 12, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461149/rheumatoid-arthritis-with-severe-atrial-fibrosis-and-multiple-atrial-arrhythmias-chronic-atrial-myocarditis
#8
Óscar Alcalde, Sandra Cabrera Gómez, Ermengol Vallès Gras, Begoña Benito Villabriga, Flavio Zuccarino, Julio Martí-Almor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 28, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457700/human-connexin40-mutations-slow-conduction-and-increase-propensity-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Ajita Kanthan, Peter Fahmy, Renuka Rao, Jim Pouliopoulos, Ian E Alexander, Stuart P Thomas, Eddy Kizana
BACKGROUND: Patch clamping studies using non-cardiomyocytes revealed that the human connexin40 mutations P88S, G38D, and A96S are associated with reduced gap junction conductances compared to wild type connexin40 (wtCx40). Their effects within myocytes however are unclear. We aimed to characterise P88S, G38D, and A96S after expression in rat hearts and primary cardiomyocyte cultures. METHODS: Adult Sprague-Dawley rat atria were transduced with a lentivector containing a transgene encoding wtCx40, P88S, G38D, A96S, or eGFP (n=6 per transgene)...
March 21, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457186/heparin-augmentation-enhances-bioactive-properties-of-acellular-extracellular-matrix-scaffold
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Daniel Park, Holly Mewhort, Guoqi Teng, Darrell Belke, Jeannine Turnbull, Daniyil Svystonyuk, David Guzzardi, Sean Kang, Paul W M Fedak
Extracellular matrix (ECM) maintains a reservoir of bioactive growth factors and matricellular proteins that provide bioinductive effects on local cells that influence phenotype and behaviors. Bioactive acellular ECM scaffolds can be used therapeutically to stimulate adaptive tissue repair. Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) attenuates transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) mediated cardiac fibrosis. Heparin glycosaminoglycan can influence FGF-2 bioactivity and could be leveraged to enhance tissue engineering strategies...
April 29, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453224/a-reappraisal-of-the-mechanisms-underlying-the-cardiac-complications-of-sickle-cell-anemia
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REVIEW
Parul Rai, Omar Niss, Punam Malik
Anemia, hemolysis-driven vasculopathy, and intrinsic myocardial injury have been proposed as predisposing factors to cardiac disease in sickle cell anemia (SCA). The individual impact of these mechanisms on the cardiac features of SCA and the way they influence complications such as sudden death and dysrhythmias have been unclear. Recent findings of an acquired restrictive SCA-related cardiomyopathy, driven by myocardial fibrosis, may explain some of these cardiac features. Given the complexity of cardiac pathology in SCA, using additional parameters to tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity (left atrial volume, diastolic parameters, NT-proBNP) may improve the accuracy of noninvasive screening for cardiopulmonary complications in SCA...
April 28, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427903/atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-hypermethylation-in-human-left-atrium-and-treatment-with-decitabine-reduces-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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R Doñate Puertas, E Meugnier, C Romestaing, C Rey, E Morel, J Lachuer, N Gadot, A Scridon, C Julien, F Tronc, B Chapuis, C Valla, A Janin, L Pirola, A Méjat, S Rome, P Chevalier
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. As the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathology are largely unknown, this cardiac arrhythmia remains difficult to treat. To identify specific molecular actors involved in AF, we have performed a transcriptomic analysis on left atrium (LA) from patients with valvular heart disease with or without AF. We showed that 1627 genes had altered basal expression level in LA tissue of AF patients compared with the control group. The significantly enriched gene ontology biological process "anatomical structure morphogenesis" contained the highest number of genes in line with changes in structure that occur when the human heart remodels following AF development (ie, LA dilatation and interstitial fibrosis)...
March 30, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418895/gender-differences-in-fibrosis-remodeling-in-patients-with-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Zhi Li, Zengwei Wang, Zongtao Yin, Yuji Zhang, Xiaodong Xue, Jinsong Han, Yan Zhu, Jian Zhang, Maximilian Y Emmert, Huishan Wang
The success rate of catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation (AF) is known to be lower in females than in males. However, while the exact mechanism for this phenomenon remains to be elucidated, tissue fibrosis may play an important role in this regard. It has been shown that fibrosis promotes AF and its recurrence, thereby substantially reducing the efficacy of catheter ablation in AF patients. Thus, we hypothesized that fibrosis may contribute to gender differences in the outcomes of AF catheter ablation.Here we systematically assessed pulmonary vein sleeves obtained from 166 patients with and without long-standing persistent-AF (LSP-AF) in order to identify gender-specific mechanistic differences in fibrosis remodeling of AF patients...
March 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412087/pregestational-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-induces-cardiac%C3%A2-hypertrophy-in-the-murine-embryo-through-cardiac%C3%A2-remodeling-and-fibrosis
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Xue Lin, Penghua Yang, E Albert Reece, Peixin Yang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac hypertrophy is highly prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Experimental evidence has implied that pregnant women with type 2 diabetes mellitus and their children are at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Our previous mouse model study revealed that maternal type 2 diabetes mellitus induces structural heart defects in their offspring. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine whether maternal type 2 diabetes mellitus induces embryonic heart hypertrophy in a murine model of diabetic embryopathy...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402411/impact-of-acute-hypertension-transients-on-diastolic-function-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Candelas Pérez Del Villar, Konstantinos Savvatis, Begoña López, Mario Kasner, Pablo Martinez-Legazpi, Raquel Yotti, Arantxa González, Javier Díez, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Carsten Tschöpe, Javier Bermejo
Aim: To address the mechanisms responsible for the increase in LV filling pressures induced by acute hypertension transients in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Methods and results: Multiple-beat pressure-volume loops were recorded during inferior vena cava occlusion in 39 HFpEF patients and 20 controls during handgrip and atrial pacing. We measured the contribution of relaxation, elastic recoil, and stiffness to instantaneous diastolic pressure using a novel processing method...
April 11, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402037/atrial-electrophysiological-and-molecular-remodelling-induced-by-obstructive-sleep-apnoea
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Devika Channaveerappa, Jacob C Lux, Kelly L Wormwood, Timothy A Heintz, Meredith McLerie, Jacqueline A Treat, Hannah King, Donia Alnasser, Robert J Goodrow, Glenn Ballard, Robert Decker, Costel C Darie, Brian K Panama
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) affects 9-24% of the adult population. OSA is associated with atrial disease, including atrial enlargement, fibrosis and arrhythmias. Despite the link between OSA and cardiac disease, the molecular changes in the heart which occur with OSA remain elusive. To study OSA-induced cardiac changes, we utilized a recently developed rat model which closely recapitulates the characteristics of OSA. Male Sprague Dawley rats, aged 50-70 days, received surgically implanted tracheal balloons which were inflated to cause transient airway obstructions...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397812/upregulation-of-sestrins-protect-atriums-against-oxidative-damage-and-fibrosis-in-human-and-experimental-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Zengxiang Dong, Chaolan Lin, Yujiao Liu, Hongbo Jin, Hong Wu, Zhenjun Li, Liping Sun, Lu Zhang, Xi Hu, Yingying Wei, Chengcheng Wang, Wei Han
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is common in the elderly and Sestrins (Sesns) have been suggested to prevent age-related pathologies. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Sesns in AF. Clinical data were collected and a small sample of atrial appendage and atrium was obtained from patients undergoing valve repairment. The expression of Sesn1, Sesn2, and Sesn3 was significantly higher in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (PmAF) than that in sinus rhythm (SR), and further greater in the left atrium than the right in PmAF patients...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395012/extensive-atrial-fibrosis-assessed-by-late-gadolinium-enhancement-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-associated-with-advanced-interatrial-block-electrocardiogram-pattern
#18
Eva María Benito, Antonio Bayés De Luna, Adrian Baranchuk, Lluis Mont
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382425/characteristics-of-pr-interval-as-predictor-for-atrial-fibrillation-association-with-biomarkers-and-outcomes
#19
REVIEW
Katja Schumacher, Nikolaos Dagres, Gerhard Hindricks, Daniela Husser, Andreas Bollmann, Jelena Kornej
The PR interval may be considered as a simple and easily obtainable predictor for adverse events, including atrial fibrillation (AF), pacemaker implantation, and mortality. Interestingly, both high and low extremes of the PR duration are associated with AF risk. However, the results regarding PR prolongation as a risk factor for AF are inconsistent. Some studies have analyzed the impact of P duration (as a part of the PR interval) and demonstrated that the P-duration contributes to the length of PR interval and adverse outcomes...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381466/intracellular-angiotensin-ii-interacts-with-nuclear-angiotensin-receptors-in-cardiac-fibroblasts-and-regulates-rna-synthesis-cell-proliferation-and-collagen-secretion
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Artavazd Tadevosyan, Jiening Xiao, Sirirat Surinkaew, Patrice Naud, Clémence Merlen, Masahide Harada, Xiaoyan Qi, David Chatenet, Alain Fournier, Bruce G Allen, Stanley Nattel
BACKGROUND: Cardiac fibroblasts play important functional and pathophysiological roles. Intracellular ("intracrine") angiotensin-II (Ang-II) signaling regulates intercellular communication, excitability, and gene expression in cardiomyocytes; however, the existence and role of intracrine Ang-II signaling in cardiac fibroblasts is unstudied. Here, we evaluated the localization of Ang-II receptors on atrial fibroblast nuclei and associated intracrine effects of potential functional significance...
April 5, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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