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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649129/c33-s-a-novel-pde9a-inhibitor-protects-against-rat-cardiac-hypertrophy-through-upregulating-cgmp-signaling
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Pan-Xia Wang, Zhuo-Ming Li, Si-Dong Cai, Jing-Yan Li, Ping He, Yi Huang, Guo-Shuai Feng, Hai-Bin Luo, Shao-Rui Chen, Pei-Qing Liu
Phosphodiesterase-9A (PDE9A) expression is upregulated during cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Accumulating evidence suggests that PDE9A might be a promising therapeutic target for heart diseases. The present study sought to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of C33(S), a novel selective PDE9A inhibitor, on cardiac hypertrophy in vitro and in vivo. Treatment of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCMs) with PE (100 μmol/L) or ISO (1 μmol/L) induced cardiac hypertrophy characterized by significantly increased cell surface areas and increased expression of fetal genes (ANF and BNP)...
June 26, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646505/hypomethylation-and-decreased-expression-of-brg1-in-the-myocardium-of-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Yanyan Qian, Deyong Xiao, Xiao Guo, Hongbo Chen, Lili Hao, Xiaojing Ma, Guoying Huang, Duan Ma, Huijun Wang
BACKGROUND: BRG1, an ATPase subunit of the SWItch/Sucrose Non-Fermentable complex, is tightly associated with cardiac development. However, little is known about the association between the pathogenesis of CHD and BRG1. METHODS: The methylation of a BRG1 promoter and a novel CpG island in the second intron was analyzed in the myocardium of congenital heart disease (CHD) patients (n = 24) and normal controls (n = 11) using pyrosequencing and the MassARRAY platform...
June 24, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641753/cardiac-dysfunction-in-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-pathophysiology-clinical-assessment-and-management
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Neil Patel, Florian Kipfmueller
Cardiac dysfunction is an important consequence of pulmonary hypertension in congenital diaphragmatic hernia and a determinant of disease severity. Increased afterload leads to right ventricular dilatation and diastolic dysfunction. Septal displacement and dysfunction impair left ventricular function, which may also be compromised by fetal hypoplasia. Biventricular failure contributes to systemic hypotension and hypoperfusion. Early and regular echocardiographic assessment of cardiac function and pulmonary artery pressure can guide therapeutic decision-making, including choice and timing of pulmonary vasodilators, cardiotropes, ECMO, and surgery...
June 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641300/prenatal-diagnosis-of-dextrocardia-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-and-a-literature-review
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Lami Yeo, Suchaya Luewan, Dor Markush, Navleen Gill, Roberto Romero
Fetal dextrocardia is a type of cardiac malposition where the major axis from base to apex points to the right side. This condition is usually associated with a wide spectrum of complex cardiac defects. As a result, dextrocardia is conceptually difficult to understand and diagnose on prenatal ultrasound. The advantage of four-dimensional sonography with spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) is that this modality can facilitate fetal cardiac examination. A novel method known as fetal intelligent navigation echocardiography (FINE) allows automatic generation of nine standard fetal echocardiography views in normal hearts by applying intelligent navigation technology to STIC volume datasets...
June 23, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626076/cardiac-fibroblast-transcriptome-analyses-support-a-role-for-interferogenic-profibrotic-and-inflammatory-genes-in-anti-ssa-ro-associated-congenital-heart-block
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Robert M Clancy, Androo J Markham, Tanisha Jackson, Sara E Rasmussen, Miroslav Blumenberg, Jill P Buyon
The signature lesion of SSA/Ro autoantibody-associated congenital heart block (CHB) is fibrosis and a macrophage infiltrate, supporting an experimental focus on cues influencing the fibroblast component. The transcriptomes of human fetal cardiac fibroblasts were analyzed using two complementary approaches. Cardiac injury conditions were simulated in vitro by incubating human fetal cardiac fibroblasts with supernatants from macrophages transfected with the SSA/Ro-associated hY3. The top ten upregulated transcripts in the stimulated fibroblasts reflected a type I interferon (IFN) response (e...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614966/persistently-elevated-nuchal-translucency-and-the-fetal-heart
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Trisha V Vigneswaran, Tessa Homfray, Lindsey D Allan, John M Simpson, Vita Zidere
We describe the outcome of fifteen cases with an elevated nuchal translucency (NT) which persisted into the second trimester as nuchal edema (NE) > 6 mm whom underwent fetal echocardiography. Cases were identified following retrospective review of cardiac and genetic findings with NE. Minor congenital heart disease was identified in 3/15 by the second trimester. Agenesis of the ductus venosus was evident in four. Pulmonary valve stenosis was diagnosed in one fetus at the 20-week scan and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in one...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611934/etiology-and-perinatal-outcome-of-nonimmune-hydrops-fetalis-in-southern-china
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Sheng He, Linlin Wang, Pingshan Pan, Hongwei Wei, Dahua Meng, Juan Du, Xiaoxian Tian, Chenguang Zheng, Xiaoxia Qiu, Guoyang Luo
Objective  This study aims to analyze the etiology and perinatal outcome of nonimmune hydrops fetalis (NIHF) in Southern China. Methods  All cases with NIHF diagnosed antenatally from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2014 were identified and analyzed. Results  Total 482 cases of NIHF were identified during the study period. The most common cause of NIHF was hemoglobin (Hb) Bart's disease (61.8%), followed by chromosomal abnormalities (13.5%), idiopathic etiology (13.1%), cardiac abnormalities (6.4%), and others (5...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578168/neonatal-outcomes-in-fetuses-with-cardiac-anomalies-and-the-impact-of-delivery-route
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Laura I Parikh, Katherine L Grantz, Sara N Iqbal, Chun-Chih Huang, Helain J Landy, Melissa H Fries, Uma M Reddy
BACKGROUND: Congenital fetal cardiac anomalies compromise the most common group of fetal structural anomalies. Several previous reports analyzed all types of fetal cardiac anomalies together without individualized neonatal morbidity outcomes based on cardiac defect. Mode of delivery in cases of fetal cardiac anomalies varies greatly as optimal mode of delivery in these complex cases is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine rates of neonatal outcomes for fetal cardiac anomalies and examine the role of attempted route of delivery on neonatal morbidity...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574808/fetal-cardiac-us-techniques-and-normal-anatomy-correlated-with-adult-ct-and-mr-imaging
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Neel Patel, Evan Narasimhan, Anne Kennedy
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is an important cause of childhood mortality. Despite the widespread use of ultrasonography (US) as a screening tool, the prenatal detection rate is suboptimal. Improvement of the initial screening examination, which is performed in low-risk populations and often interpreted by community radiologists, targets a point in the screening process that is likely to have the largest population effect. If the goal of community-based screenings is to detect cases that may be abnormal and refer those to specialized centers for complete assessment, it is logical to use a checklist to confirm normal anatomy...
June 2, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571229/role-of-echocardiography-in-prenatal-screening-of-congenital-heart-diseases-and-its-correlation-with-postnatal-outcome
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Shivani Sharma, Navkiran Kaur, Khushpreet Kaur, Naveen Chandrashekhar Pawar
INTRODUCTION: Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are one of the most common forms of congenital anomalies. Fetal echocardiography performed during second trimester aims at early diagnosis of congenital heart disease which is instrumental in proper planning of delivery, perinatal care and counselling of parents. AIM: To evaluate the role of fetal echocardiography in prenatal screening of CHDs and to study the role of associated extracardiac anomalies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a hospital based prospective and correlative type of study, done over a period of one year...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555253/a-turkish-case-of-galactosialidosis-with-a-new-homozygous-mutation-in-ctsa-gene
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Ayşe Kartal, Kürşad Aydın
Galactosialidosis is an autosamal reressive lysosomal storage disease caused by a combined deficiency of lysosomal β-galactosidase and neuraminidase, due to a primary defect in protective protein/cathepsin A. Three subtypes are recognized: the early infantile type, the late infantile type, and the juvenile/adult type. We report here a female patient with early infantile galactosialidosis who was born at 35 weeks of gestation. After birth she remained at the neonatal intensive care unit. Physical examination revealed, coarse facial features, hepatomegaly, cardiac murmur and diffuse hypotonia...
May 30, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544620/phenotyping-cardiac-and-structural-birth-defects-in-fetal-and-newborn-mice
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Xiaoqin Liu, Andrew J Kim, William Reynolds, Yijen Wu, Cecilia W Lo
Mouse models are invaluable for investigating the developmental etiology and molecular pathogenesis of structural birth defects. While this has been deployed for studying a wide spectrum of birth defects, mice are particularly valuable for modeling congenital heart disease, given they have the same four-chamber cardiac anatomy as in humans. We have developed the use of noninvasive fetal ultrasound together with micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging for high throughput phenotyping of mice for congenital heart defects (CHD) and other developmental anomalies...
May 22, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539207/effect-of-maternal-age-and-cardiac-disease-severity-on-outcome-of-pregnancy-in-women-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Eva Furenäs, Peter Eriksson, Ulla-Britt Wennerholm, Mikael Dellborg
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing prevalence of women with congenital heart defects reaching childbearing age. In western countries women tend to give birth at a higher age compared to some decades ago. We evaluated the CARdiac disease in PREGnancy (CARPREG) and modified World Health Organization (mWHO) risk classifications for cardiac complications during pregnancies in women with congenital heart defects and analyzed the impact of age on risk of obstetric and fetal outcome. METHODS: A single-center observational study of cardiac, obstetric, and neonatal complications with data from cardiac and obstetric records of pregnancies in women with congenital heart disease...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529939/naturally-engineered-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes
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Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511860/first-trimester-fetal-echocardiography-identification-of-cardiac-structures-for-screening-from-6-to-13%C3%A2-weeks-gestational-age
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Darren Hutchinson, Angela McBrien, Lisa Howley, Yuka Yamamoto, Priya Sekar, Tarek Motan, Venu Jain, Winnie Savard, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: Early fetal echocardiography (FE), performed at 12 to 16 weeks' gestational age (GA), can be used to screen for fetal heart disease akin to that routinely performed in the second trimester. The efficacy of FE at earlier GAs has not been as well explored, particularly with recent advances in ultrasound technology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of early FE in assessing fetal heart structure, and the added benefit of color Doppler (CD), from as early as 6 weeks through to 13(+6) weeks' GA...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509990/transient-activation-of-reprogramming-transcription-factors-using-protein-transduction-facilitates-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-toward-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
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Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Hassan Rassouli, Hananeh Fonoudi, Mehdi Alikhani, Mahmood Talkhabi, Amir Darbandi-Azar, Shuibing Chen, Hossein Baharvand, Nasser Aghdami, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
Derivation of cardiomyocytes directly from patients' own fibroblasts could offer a new therapeutic approach for those with ischemic heart disease. An essential step toward clinical application is to establish safe conversion of human fibroblasts into a cardiac fate. Here we aimed to efficiently and safely generate cardiomyocytes from human fibroblasts by direct delivery of reprogramming recombinant cell permeant form of reprogramming proteins followed by cardio-inductive signals. Human fetal and adult fibroblasts were transiently exposed to transactivator of transcription-fused recombinant OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and c-MYC for 2 weeks and then were directly differentiated toward protein-induced cardiomyocyte-like cells (p-iCLCs) in a cardiac fate niche, carried out by treatment with a set of cardiogenic small molecules (sequential treatment of Chir, and IWP-2, SB431542 and purmorphamine)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498066/atrial-fibrillation-in-pregnancy-a-growing-challenge
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Vasiliki Katsi, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Maria Marketou, Dimitrios Oikonomou, Fragiskos Parthenakis, Thomas Makris, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, P Vardas, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes a relatively infrequent pregnancy complication, which may be a therapeutic Gordian knot. Indeed, sparse data exist regarding the prevalence, prognosis, and management of AF during pregnancy. In general, AF occurs as a benign, self-limited arrhythmia, but occasionally may have severe hemodynamic consequences in pregnant patients suffering from heart failure, congenital heart disease, or other comorbidities. Extra-cardiac causes of AF should always be meticulously excluded...
June 8, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479722/influence-of-capsaicin-on-inflammatory-cytokines-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-myoblast-cells-under-in-vitro-environment
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Ke Shang, Touseef Amna, Musarat Amina, Nawal M Al-Musayeib, Salem S Al-Deyab, Inho Hwang
BACKGROUND: ellular damage initiated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) is the main cause of numerous severe diseases and therefore for this reason, the natural antioxidants have note worthy significance in human health. Capsaicin possesses noteworthy analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also possesses healing effects for treatment of arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, gastric lesions, and cardiac excitability that is why it is incorporated in creams and gels. OBJECTIVE: The present study was carried out to estimate the in vitro antioxidant and ROS scavenging activities of capsaicin against muscle precursor cells...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464439/label-free-imaging-of-healthy-and-infarcted-fetal-sheep-hearts-by-two-photon-microscopy
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Alexandra Sorvina, Christie A Bader, Mitchell C Lock, Douglas A Brooks, Janna L Morrison, Sally E Plush
Coronary heart disease is one of the largest causes of death worldwide, making this a significant health care issue. A critical problem for the adult human heart is that it does not undergo effective repair in response to damage, leaving patients with a poor prognosis. Unlike the adult, fetal hearts have the ability to repair after myocardial damage. Using two-photon microscopy, we have visualised the morphological and metabolic changes following myocardial infarction in sheep fetuses, to characterise response to cardiac injury in a mammalian model...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455512/systematic-identification-and-characterization-of-cardiac-long-intergenic-noncoding-rnas-in-zebrafish
#20
Lei Wang, Xiao Ma, Xiaolei Xu, Yuji Zhang
Long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) are increasingly recognized as potential key regulators of heart development and related diseases, but their identities and functions remain elusive. In this study, we sought to identify and characterize the cardiac lincRNA transcriptome in the experimentally accessible zebrafish model by integrating bioinformatics analysis with experimental validation. By conducting genome-wide RNA sequencing profiling of zebrafish embryonic hearts, adult hearts, and adult muscle, we generated a high-confidence set of 813 cardiac lincRNA transcripts, 423 of which are novel...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
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