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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098811/aspalathin-protects-the-heart-against-hyperglycemia-induced-oxidative-damage-by-up-regulating-nrf2-expression
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Phiwayinkosi V Dludla, Christo J F Muller, Elizabeth Joubert, Johan Louw, M Faadiel Essop, Kwazi B Gabuza, Samira Ghoor, Barbara Huisamen, Rabia Johnson
Aspalathin (ASP) can protect H9c2 cardiomyocytes against high glucose (HG)-induced shifts in myocardial substrate preference, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. The protective mechanism of ASP remains unknown. However, as one of possible, it is well known that phytochemical flavonoids reduce oxidative stress via nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) activation resulting in up-regulation of antioxidant genes and enzymes. Therefore, we hypothesized that ASP protects the myocardium against HG- and hyperglycemia-induced oxidative damage by up-regulating Nrf2 expression in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and diabetic (db/db) mice, respectively...
January 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098558/platelet-derived-growth-factor-pdgf-signaling-directs-cardiomyocyte-movement-toward-the-midline-during-heart-tube-assembly
#2
Joshua Bloomekatz, Reena Singh, Owen Wj Prall, Ariel C Dunn, Megan Vaughan, Chin-San Loo, Richard P Harvey, Deborah Yelon
Communication between neighboring tissues plays a central role in guiding organ morphogenesis. During heart tube assembly, interactions with the adjacent endoderm control the medial movement of cardiomyocytes, a process referred to as cardiac fusion. However, the molecular underpinnings of this endodermal-myocardial relationship remain unclear. Here, we show an essential role for platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (Pdgfra) in directing cardiac fusion. Mutation of pdgfra disrupts heart tube assembly in both zebrafish and mouse...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098429/natural-history-of-nonimmune-mediated-thrombocytopenia-and-acute-kidney-injury-in-pediatric-open-heart-surgery
#3
Shannon Tew, Manuel L Fontes, Nathaniel H Greene, Miklos D Kertai, George Ofori-Amanfo, Robert D B Jaquiss, Andrew J Lodge, Warwick A Ames, Hercilia Mayumi Homi, Kelly A Machovec, Edmund H Jooste
OBJECTIVE: Thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury (AKI) are common following pediatric cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). However, the relationship between postoperative nadir platelet counts and AKI has not been investigated in the pediatric population. Our objective was to investigate this relationship and examine independent predictors of AKI. DESIGN: After IRB approval, we performed a retrospective review of the institution's medical records and database...
January 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098356/mechano-chemo-transduction-in-cardiac-myocytes
#4
Ye Chen-Izu, Leighton T Izu
The heart has the ability to adjust to changing mechanical loads. The Frank-Starling law and the Anrep effect describe exquisite intrinsic mechanisms the heart has for autoregulating the force of contraction to maintain cardiac output under preload and afterload. Although these mechanisms have been known for more than a century, their cellular and molecular underpinnings are still debated. How does the cardiac myocyte sense a change in preload or afterload? How does the myocyte adjust its response to compensate for such changes? In cardiac myocytes Ca(2+) is a crucial regulator of contractile force and in this review we compare and contrast recent results from different labs that address two important questions...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098222/dose-dependency-and-reversibility-of-radiation-induced-injury-in-cardiac-explant-derived-cells-of-mice
#5
Lan Luo, Chen Yan, Yoshishige Urata, Al Shaimaa Hasan, Shinji Goto, Chang-Ying Guo, Shouhua Zhang, Tao-Sheng Li
We evaluated the dose-dependency and reversibility of radiation-induced injury in cardiac explant-derived cells (CDCs), a mixed cell population grown from heart tissues. Adult C57BL/6 mice were exposed to 0, 10, 50 and 250 mGy γ-rays for 7 days and atrial tissues were collected for experiments 24 hours after last exposure. The number of CDCs was significantly decreased by daily exposure to over 250 mGy. Interestingly, daily exposure to over 50 mGy significantly decreased the c-kit expression and telomerase activity, increased 53BP1 foci in the nuclei of CDCs...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098068/the-differential-diagnosis-of-dyspnea
#6
Dominik Berliner, Nils Schneider, Tobias Welte, Johann Bauersachs
BACKGROUND: Dyspnea is a common symptom affecting as many as 25% of patients seen in the ambulatory setting. It can arise from many different underlying conditions and is sometimes a manifestation of a life-threatening disease. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent articles retrieved by a selective search in PubMed, and on pertinent guidelines. RESULTS: The term dyspnea refers to a wide variety of subjective perceptions, some of which can be influenced by the patient's emotional state...
December 9, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097793/living-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-challenges-for-people-with-heart-failure
#7
Shadi Dehghanzadeh, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri, Shokoh Varaei, Jalal Kheirkhah
The number of people with heart failure requiring implantation of a cardiac resynchronization device is increasing in Iran. Although this intervention is an effective life-saving treatment, several challenges are associated with patients' lifestyle after insertion. This study identified the challenges and coping mechanisms of Iranians with heart failure living with cardiac resynchronization therapy. A qualitative approach using conventional content analysis was adopted. Seventeen people with heart failure and three nurses were recruited between December 2014 and November 2015 from a teaching hospital and a private clinic in Rasht, Iran...
January 18, 2017: Nursing & Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097776/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-deoxy-adp-pi-activation-of-pre-powerstroke-myosin
#8
Sarah G Nowakowski, Michael Regnier, Valerie Daggett
Myosin activation is a viable approach to treat systolic heart failure. We previously demonstrated that striated muscle myosin is a promiscuous ATPase that can use most nucleoside triphosphates as energy substrates for contraction. When 2-deoxy ATP (dATP) is used, it acts as a myosin activator, enhancing cross-bridge binding and cycling. In vivo, we have demonstrated that elevated dATP levels increase basal cardiac function and rescues function of infarcted rodent and pig hearts. Here we investigate the molecular mechanism underlying this physiological effect...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097735/autoimmune-enteropathy-and-hepatitis-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipient
#9
Kimberly Lewis, Ryan Butts, J Antonio Quiros, Michelle Hudspeth, Katherine Twombley, Andrew Savage, Sally Self, Ali Burnette, Shaoli Sun
AIE is a rare disorder in children that presents with severe diarrhea and malabsorption, caused by immune-mediated damage to intestinal mucosa. AIE is often associated with various syndromes of immunodeficiency including IPEX syndrome (immune dysregulation, polyendocrinopathy and enteropathy, X-linked). Dysfunctional T regulatory cells are the source of pathology in both IPEX syndrome and AIE as they are essential in maintaining tolerance to self-antigens and eliminating autoreactive B cells. This case report describes a 10-year-old cardiac transplant and total thymectomy patient on chronic immunosuppression with tacrolimus that presented with AIE and extraintestinal manifestations of cyclical hepatitis...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097609/a-case-of-a-quadricuspid-aortic-valve-identified-preoperatively-using-transthoracic-echocardiography
#10
Takanori Kono, Takeshi Oda, Keiichi Akaiwa, Katsuhiko Nakamura, Hiroyuki Tanaka
Quadricuspid aortic valve is an extremely rare congenital heart anomaly that often causes valve incompetence, requiring surgical intervention. Care must be taken to avoid surgical complications in patients with quadricuspid aortic valve; thus, preoperative diagnosis is important. A 76-year-old man presented with exertional dyspnea due to aortic regurgitation. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography revealed severe aortic regurgitation caused by quadricuspid aortic valve. To avoid interference with the cardiac conduction system, we performed aortic valve replacement using an ingenious technique, in which pledgeted sutures on the accessory leaflet were placed from outside the sinus of Valsalva to above the aortic annulus...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097518/beneficial-effects-of-ozone-therapy-on-oxidative-stress-cardiac-functions-and-clinical-findings-in-patients-with-heart-failure-reduced-ejection-fraction
#11
Mutlu Buyuklu, Fatih Mehmet Kandemir, Turan Set, Eftal Murat Bakırcı, Husnu Degirmenci, Hikmet Hamur, Ergun Topal, Sefa Kucukler, Kultigin Turkmen
The aim of study was to determine the effects of ozone therapy on the oxidative stress, cardiac functions and clinical findings in patients with heart failure reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). A total of 40 patients with New York Heart Association 2 and 3 HF with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <35%, and 40 subjects without HF as control group were included in the study. Patients with HFrEF were given additional ozone therapy of major and minor administrations along with conventional HF treatment for 5 weeks...
January 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097476/impact-of-an-exercise-training-program-on-cardiac-neuronal-function-in-heart-failure-patients-on-optimal-medical-therapy-a-randomized-iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine-scintigraphy-study
#12
Torstein Valborgland, Kjetil Isaksen, Peter Scott Munk, Zbigniew Piotr Grabowski, Alf Inge Larsen
BACKGROUND: The syndrome of heart failure (HF) is characterized by left ventricular dysfunction and a compensatory chronic over activation of the sympathetic nervous system. We wanted to investigate if the beneficial effects of exercise training (ET) in HF patients on optimal medical therapy (OMT) are associated with alterations in cardiac sympathetic activity. METHODS: Cardiac sympathetic activity was evaluated at baseline and after 12 weeks using metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy in 23 patients with stable HF participating in the SmartEx trial...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097372/the-role-of-neuropeptides-in-adverse-myocardial-remodeling-and-heart-failure
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Alexander Widiapradja, Prasad Chunduri, Scott P Levick
In addition to traditional neurotransmitters of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, the heart also contains numerous neuropeptides. These neuropeptides not only modulate the effects of neurotransmitters, but also have independent effects on cardiac function. While in most cases the physiological actions of these neuropeptides are well defined, their contributions to cardiac pathology are less appreciated. Some neuropeptides are cardioprotective, some promote adverse cardiac remodeling and heart failure, and in the case of others their functions are unclear...
January 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097232/vps34-regulates-myofibril-proteostasis-to-prevent-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#14
Hirotaka Kimura, Satoshi Eguchi, Junko Sasaki, Keiji Kuba, Hiroki Nakanishi, Shunsuke Takasuga, Masakazu Yamazaki, Akiteru Goto, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Hiroshi Itoh, Yumiko Imai, Akira Suzuki, Noboru Mizushima, Takehiko Sasaki
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common heart disease with a prevalence of 1 in 500 in the general population. Several mutations in genes encoding cardiac proteins have been found in HCM patients, but these changes do not predict occurrence or prognosis and the molecular mechanisms underlying HCM remain largely elusive. Here we show that cardiac expression of vacuolar protein sorting 34 (Vps34) is reduced in a subset of HCM patients. In a mouse model, muscle-specific loss of Vps34 led to HCM-like manifestations and sudden death...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097207/upper-arm-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#15
Lasya Gaur, Alexander Hanna, W Patricia Bandettini, Kenneth H Fischbeck, Andrew E Arai, Ami Mankodi
We analyzed quantitative maps of T1 and T2 relaxation times and muscle fat fraction measurements in magnetic resonance imaging of the upper arm skeletal muscles and heart in ambulatory boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and age-range-matched healthy volunteer boys. The cardiac-optimized sequences detected fatty infiltration and edema in the upper arm skeletal muscles but not the myocardium in these Duchenne muscular dystrophy boys who had normal ejection fraction. Imaging the heart and skeletal muscle using the same magnetic resonance imaging methods during a single scan may be useful in assessing relative disease status and therapeutic response in clinical trials of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
December 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097081/b-cell-lymphoma-in-the-tricuspid-valve
#16
Ali C Agha, Joseph Limback, Raul Loya, Ashley Ramirez, Michael Valente, Jeremy Burt
Lymphoma can involve any organ or tissue that contains lymphoid tissue and the heart is no exception. A few prior case reports have described lymphoma encasing a coronary artery or involving one or more cardiac valves. We present a rare case of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) involving the tricuspid valve and right coronary artery diagnosed on coronary CT angiography. The clinical and imaging characteristics of cardiac lymphoma are discussed.
December 16, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097005/the-cardioprotective-efficacy-of-tvp1022-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-cardiac-remodeling-in-rats
#17
Assaf Malka, Offir Ertracht, Noa Bachner-Hinenzon, Irina Reiter, Ofer Binah
Following acute myocardial infarction (MI), early and successful reperfusion is the most effective strategy for reducing infarct size and improving the clinical outcome. However, immediate restoration of blood flow to the ischemic zone results in myocardial damage, defined as "reperfusion-injury". Whereas we previously reported that TVP1022 (the S-isomer of rasagiline, FDA-approved anti-Parkinson drug) decreased infarct size 24 h post ischemia reperfusion (I/R) in rats, in this study we investigated the chronic cardioprotective efficacy of TVP1022 14 days post-I/R...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096865/cardiac-hydatid-cyst-without-liver-involvement-a-case-report
#18
Maryam Shojaeifard, Saeid Hosseini, Sarah Hosseini, Hamidreza Pouraliakbar, Hossein Dehghani, Feridoun Noohi
Hydatid disease is a rare parasitic disease, which mainly involves liver then lung tissues. Cardiac involvement is very rare, especially when there is not hepatic involvement. We describe a 47-year-old woman with a history of a lung hydatid cyst who was referred to Rajaei Heart Center, Tehran, Iran in 2012. Her chest computed tomographic scan showed a cardiac mass. Echocardiographic examination illustrated a large, well-defined heterogeneous mass (4.5 × 2.5 cm) in the roof of the right atrium with attachment to the crista terminalis without compressive effect on the inferior and superior venae cavae...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096837/sutureless-aortic-valve-and-mitral-valve-repair-in-redo-cases-really-an-off-label-approach
#19
Júlia Čanádyová, Aleš Mokráček, Vojtěch Kurfirst
Sutureless aortic valve replacement (AVR) was developed as an alternative treatment option to conventional open-heart surgery and transcatheter aortic valve implantation for "gray zone" patients. The need for concurrent mitral valve surgery is generally viewed as a contraindication to sutureless AVR. The purpose of this brief paper is to report our experiences with sutureless valves in patients after previous cardiac procedures with degenerated aortic bioprostheses and concomitant mitral valve disease.
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096832/perioperative-care-in-elderly-cardiac-surgery-patients
#20
Ewa Kucewicz-Czech, Katarzyna Kiecak, Ewa Urbańska, Tomasz Maciejewski, Robert Kaliś, Waldemar Pakosiewicz, Tadeusz Kołodziej, Piotr Knapik, Roman Przybylski, Marian Zembala
INTRODUCTION: Surgery is an extreme physiological stress for the elderly. Aging is inevitably associated with irreversible and progressive cellular degeneration. Patients above 75 years of age are characterized by impaired responses to operative stress and a very narrow safety margin. AIM: To evaluate perioperative complications in patients aged ≥ 75 years who underwent cardiac surgery in comparison to outcomes in younger patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted at the Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases in Zabrze in 2009-2014 after a standard of perioperative care in seniors was implemented to reduce complications, in particular to decrease the duration of mechanical ventilation and reduce postoperative delirium...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
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