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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936050/gene-targeted-mice-with-the-human-troponin-t-r141w-mutation-develop-dilated-cardiomyopathy-with-calcium-desensitization
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Mohun Ramratnam, Guy Salama, Ravi K Sharma, David Wen Rui Wang, Stephen H Smith, Sanjay K Banerjee, Xueyin N Huang, Lindsey M Gifford, Michele L Pruce, Bethann E Gabris, Samir Saba, Sanjeev G Shroff, Ferhaan Ahmad
Most studies of the mechanisms leading to hereditary dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) have been performed in reconstituted in vitro systems. Genetically engineered murine models offer the opportunity to dissect these mechanisms in vivo. We generated a gene-targeted knock-in murine model of the autosomal dominant Arg141Trp (R141W) mutation in Tnnt2, which was first described in a human family with DCM. Mice heterozygous for the mutation (Tnnt2R141W/+) recapitulated the human phenotype, developing left ventricular dilation and reduced contractility...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935981/sympathetic-hyperactivity-increased-tyrosine-hydroxylase-and-exaggerated-corpus-cavernosum-relaxations-associated-with-oxidative-stress-plays-a-major-role-in-the-penis-dysfunction-in-townes-sickle-cell-mouse
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Fábio H Silva, Mário A Claudino, Fabiano B Calmasini, Eduardo C Alexandre, Carla Franco-Penteado, Arthur L Burnett, Edson Antunes, Fernando F Costa
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease patients display priapism that may progress to erectile dysfunction. However, little is known about the pathophysiological alterations of corpus cavernosum in sickle cell disease. OBJECTIVE: Thus, this study aimed to evaluate the functional and molecular alterations of sympathetic machinery and nitric oxide-cyclic guanosine monophosphate signaling pathway in Townes transgenic sickle cell disease mice. METHODS: Concentration-response curves to contractile (phenylephrine) and relaxant agents (acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside) were obtained in corpus cavernosum strips from sickle and C57BL/6 (control) mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935874/-ischaemic-postconditioning-of-the-heart-analysis-of-experimental-findings
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L N Maslov, A Yu Podoksenov, I G Khaliulin
The data of publications regarding the influence of experimental atherosclerosis on the infarct-limiting effect of ischaemic postconditioning (IPost) are controversial. The presented information is suggestive that ageing removes or attenuates the infarct-limiting effect of postconditioning but does not influence the antiarrhythmic effect of IPost. The majority of experimental data report that streptozotocin-induced diabetes removes the infarct-limiting effect of IPost. The data concerning type 2 diabetes mellitus are controversial: some authors state that such diabetes completely levels the cardioprotecting effect of IPost; others tell that it only attenuates but does not remove the infarct-limiting effect of IPost...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935599/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-functional-anatomy-of-the-superior-oblique-muscle-in-patients-with-primary-superior-oblique-overaction
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Q Gong, M Janowski, H Tang, Q Yang, H Wei, X Zhou, L Liu
PurposeTo quantitatively determine the size and contractility of the superior oblique (SO) muscle in primary SO overaction (PSOOA).Patients and methodsA prospective, observational study was conducted on 12 patients with PSOOA, and 10 healthy, orthotropic subjects. Sets of contiguous, 2 mm slice thickness, quasi-coronal magnetic resonance imaging were obtained during different gazes, giving pixel resolution of 0.391 mm. Cross-sectional areas of the SO muscles were determined in primary position, supraduction, and infraduction to evaluate size and contractility...
December 9, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934794/angiotensin-receptor-blockers-endothelial-dysfunction-possible-correlation-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Miroslav Radenkovic, Marko Stojanović, Ivana Milićević Nešić, Milica Prostran
The endothelium is one of the most important constituents of vascular homeostasis, which is achieved through continual and balanced production of different relaxing and contractile factors. When there is a pathological disturbance in release of these products, endothelial dysfunction (ED) will probably occur. ED is considered to be the initial step in the development of atherosclerosis. This pathological activation and inadequate functioning of endothelial cells was shown to be to some extent a reversible process, which all together resulted in increased interest in investigation of different beneficial treatment options...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933490/alterations-in-the-cerebral-microvascular-proteome-expression-profile-after-transient-global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rat
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Stine Spray, Sara E Johansson, Alistair V G Edwards, Martin R Larsen, Aneta Radziwon-Balicka, Gro K Povlsen, Lars Edvinsson
This study aimed at obtaining an in-depth mapping of expressional changes of the cerebral microvasculature after transient global cerebral ischemia (GCI) and the impact on these GCI-induced expressional changes of post-GCI treatment with a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK1/2) inhibitor. GCI was induced in male Wistar rats followed by treatment with either vehicle or the MEK1/2 inhibitor U0126 every 12 h post-GCI. Seventy-two hours after GCI or sham surgery, the cerebral microvasculature was isolated and the protein content analysed with state-of-the-art mass spectrometry...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932789/the-maintenance-ability-and-ca-2-availability-of-skeletal-muscle-are-enhanced-by-sildenafil
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Mei Huang, Keon Jin Lee, Kyung-Jin Kim, Mi Kyoung Ahn, Chung-Hyun Cho, Do Han Kim, Eun Hui Lee
Sildenafil relaxes vascular smooth muscle cells and is used to treat pulmonary artery hypertension as well as erectile dysfunction. However, the effectiveness of sildenafil on skeletal muscle and the benefit of its clinical use have been controversial, and most studies focus primarily on tissues and organs from disease models without cellular examination. Here, the effects of sildenafil on skeletal muscle at the cellular level were examined using mouse primary skeletal myoblasts (the proliferative form of skeletal muscle stem cells) and myotubes, along with single-cell Ca(2+) imaging experiments and cellular and biochemical studies...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931779/complement-and-sepsis-induced-heart-dysfunction
#8
Fatemeh Fattahi, Peter A Ward
It is well known that cardiac dysfunction develops during sepsis in both humans and in rodents (rats, mice). These defects appear to be reversible, since after "recovery" from sepsis, cardiac dysfunction disappears and the heart returns to its function that was present before the onset of sepsis. Our studies, using in vivo and in vitro models, have demonstrated that C5a and its receptors (C5aR1 and C5aR2) play key roles in cardiac dysfunction developing during sepsis. Use of a neutralizing antibody to C5a largely attenuates cardiac dysfunction and other adverse events developing during sepsis...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931190/daily-rhythmicity-of-clock-gene-transcript-levels-in-fast-and-slow-muscle-fibers-from-chinese-perch-siniperca-chuatsi
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Ping Wu, Yu-Long Li, Jia Cheng, Lin Chen, Xin Zhu, Zhi-Guo Feng, Jian-She Zhang, Wu-Ying Chu
BACKGROUND: Clock genes are considered to be the molecular core of biological clock in vertebrates and they are directly involved in the regulation of daily rhythms in vertebrate tissues such as skeletal muscles. Fish myotomes are composed of anatomically segregated fast and slow muscle fibers that possess different metabolic and contractile properties. To date, there is no report on the characterization of the circadian clock system components of slow muscles in fish. RESULTS: In the present study, the molecular clock components (clock, arntl1/2, cry1/2/3, cry-dash, npas2, nr1d1/2, per1/2/3, rorα and tim genes) and their daily transcription levels were characterized in slow and fast muscles of Chinese perch (Siniperca chuatsi)...
December 8, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930744/interactions-of-calcium-fluctuations-during-cardiomyocyte-contraction-with-real-time-camp-dynamics-detected-by-fret
#10
Julia U Sprenger, Nadja I Bork, Jonas Herting, Thomas H Fischer, Viacheslav O Nikolaev
Calcium (Ca2+) and 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) play a critical role for cardiac excitation-contraction-coupling. Both second messengers are known to interact with each other, for example via Ca2+-dependent modulation of phosphodiesterase 1 (PDE1) and adenylyl cyclase 5/6 (AC 5/6) activities, which is supposed to occur especially at the local level in distinct subcellular microdomains. Currently, many studies analyze global and local cAMP signaling and its regulation in resting cardiomyocytes devoid of electrical stimulation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930653/characterisation-of-development-and-electrophysiological-mechanisms-underlying-rhythmicity-of-the-avian-lymph-heart
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Sajjida Jaffer, Petr Valasek, Graham Luke, Munirah Batarfi, Benjamin Jason Whalley, Ketan Patel
Despite significant advances in tissue engineering such as the use of scaffolds, bioreactors and pluripotent stem cells, effective cardiac tissue engineering for therapeutic purposes has remained a largely intractable challenge. For this area to capitalise on such advances, a novel approach may be to unravel the physiological mechanisms underlying the development of tissues that exhibit rhythmic contraction yet do not originate from the cardiac lineage. Considerable attention has been focused on the physiology of the avian lymph heart, a discrete organ with skeletal muscle origins yet which displays pacemaker properties normally only found in the heart...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930515/usefulness-of-the-maximum-rate-of-pressure-rise-in-the-central-and-peripheral-arteries-after-weaning-from-cardiopulmonary-bypass-in-pediatric-congenital-heart-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
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Jung-Won Kim, Ji-Yeon Bang, Chun Soo Park, Mijeung Gwak, Won-Jung Shin, Gyu-Sam Hwang
The maximum rate of pressure rise (dP/dtmax) in radial artery has been proposed as a noninvasive surrogate of aortic dp/dtmax, reflecting left ventricular (LV) contractility in children. The aim of this study was to investigate relationship between aortic and radial dp/dtmax at weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and usefulness of these indices for estimating postoperative outcomes in pediatric congenital heart surgery.Aortic and radial arterial pressure waveforms were analyzed simultaneously during weaning from CPB in 29 congenital heart surgery...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927712/nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase-c-suppresses-camp-formation-in-human-heart-failure
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Issam H Abu-Taha, Jordi Heijman, Hans-Jörg Hippe, Nadine M Wolf, Ali El-Armouche, Viacheslav O Nikolaev, Marina Schäfer, Christina Würtz, Stefan Neef, Niels Voigt, István Baczkó, András Varró, Marion Müller, Benjamin Meder, Hugo A Katus, Katharina Spiger, Christiane Vettel, Lorenz H Lehmann, Johannes Backs, Edward Y Skolnik, Susanne Lutz, Dobromir Dobrev, Thomas Wieland
BACKGROUND: -Chronic heart failure (HF) is associated with altered signal transduction via β-adrenoceptors and G proteins, and with reduced cAMP formation. Nucleoside diphosphate kinases (NDPKs) are enriched at the plasma membrane of end-stage HF patients, but the functional consequences of this are largely unknown, particularly for NDPK-C. Here, we investigated the potential role of NDPK-C in cardiac cAMP formation and contractility. METHODS: -Real-time PCR, (Far) Western blot, immunoprecipitation, and immunocytochemistry were used to study the expression, interaction with G proteins, and localization of NDPKs...
December 7, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927548/spinal-deformities-in-pediatric-burn-patients
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Darrell L Moulton, David A Yngve, E Burke Evans
INTRODUCTION: Extensive third-degree burns in pediatric patients can be associated with the development of spinal deformities. METHODS: Forty pediatric burn patients with scoliosis and one with kyphosis were identified based on a retrospective review of patient records at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. RESULTS: Average age at time of burn was 7 years 4 months. Average age at follow-up was 11 years 10 months. Twenty-one patients had a thoracolumbar curve, with an average of 20 degrees...
March 2016: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927248/multipoint-pacing-versus-conventional-icd-in-patients-with-a-narrow-qrs-complex-mpp-narrow-qrs-trial-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Maurizio Gasparini, Paola Galimberti, Renato Bragato, Stefano Ghio, Claudia Raineri, Maurizio Landolina, Enrico Chieffo, Maurizio Lunati, Ederina Mulargia, Alessandro Proclemer, Domenico Facchin, Roberto Rordorf, Alessandro Vicentini, Lina Marcantoni, Francesco Zanon, Catherine Klersy
BACKGROUND: Despite an intensive search for predictors of the response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), the QRS duration remains the simplest and most robust predictor of a positive response. QRS duration of ≥ 130 ms is considered to be a prerequisite for CRT; however, some studies have shown that CRT may also be effective in heart failure (HF) patients with a narrow QRS (<130 ms). Since CRT can now be performed by pacing the left ventricle from multiple vectors via a single quadripolar lead, it is possible that multipoint pacing (MPP) might be effective in HF patients with a narrow QRS...
December 3, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926875/ship2-regulates-lumen-generation-cell-division-and-ciliogenesis-through-the-control-of-basolateral-to-apical-lumen-localization-of-aurora-a-and-hef-1
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Ola Hamze-Komaiha, Sokavuth Sarr, Yannick Arlot-Bonnemains, Didier Samuel, Ama Gassama-Diagne
Lumen formation during epithelial morphogenesis requires the creation of a luminal space at cell interfaces named apical membrane-initiation sites (AMISs). This is dependent upon integrated signaling from mechanical and biochemical cues, vesicle trafficking, cell division, and processes tightly coupled to ciliogenesis. Deciphering relationships between polarity determinants and lumen or cilia generation remains a fundamental issue. Here, we report that Src homology 2 domain-containing inositol 5-phosphatase 2 (SHIP2), a basolateral determinant of polarity, regulates RhoA-dependent actin contractility and cell division to form AMISs...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926871/in%C3%A2-vivo-visualization-of-cardiomyocyte-apicobasal-polarity-reveals-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-like-transition-during-cardiac-trabeculation
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Vanesa Jiménez-Amilburu, S Javad Rasouli, David W Staudt, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Ayano Chiba, Naoki Mochizuki, Didier Y R Stainier
Despite great strides in understanding cardiac trabeculation, many mechanistic aspects remain unclear. To elucidate how cardiomyocyte shape changes are regulated during this process, we engineered transgenes to label their apical and basolateral membranes. Using these tools, we observed that compact-layer cardiomyocytes are clearly polarized while delaminating cardiomyocytes have lost their polarity. The apical transgene also enabled the imaging of cardiomyocyte apical constriction in real time. Furthermore, we found that Neuregulin signaling and blood flow/cardiac contractility are required for cardiomyocyte apical constriction and depolarization...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925647/left-ventricular-function-assessed-by-one-point-carotid-wave-intensity-in-newly-diagnosed-untreated-hypertensive-patients
#18
Olga Vriz, Serena Favretto, Joanna Jaroch, Rychard Wojciech, Eduardo Bossone, Caterina Driussi, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Palatini, Krystyna Loboz-Grudzien
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether newly diagnosed untreated hypertensive patients show higher left ventricular (LV) contractility, as assessed by traditional echocardiographic indices and carotid wave intensity (WI) parameters, including amplitude of the peak during early (W1 ) and late systole (W2 ). METHODS: A total of 145 untreated hypertensive patients were compared with 145 age- and sex-matched normotensive subjects. They underwent comprehensive echocardiography and WI analysis...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924795/alisol-a-24-acetate-a-triterpenoid-derived-from-alisma-orientale-inhibits-ox-ldl-induced-phenotypic-transformation-and-migration-of-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-suppressing-erk1-2-signaling
#19
Xie-Hua Xue, Xiao-Mao Zhou, Wei Wei, Tong Chen, Qing-Ping Su, Jing Tao, Li-Dian Chen
Alisol A 24-acetate, a triterpenoid extracted from Alisma orientale, has shown antiatherosclerotic actions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the inhibition of alisol A 24-acetate on oxidized low-density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL)-induced phenotypic transformation and migration of rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), and to explore the underlying mechanisms. VSMCs were pretreated with alisol A 24-acetate and a specific extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) inhibitor, U0126, and then stimulated with 50 mg/l Ox-LDL in vitro...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924211/circulating-mir-126-and-mir-499-reflect-progression-of-cardiovascular-disease-correlations-with-uric-acid-and-ejection-fraction
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Masoud Khanaghaei, Fereshtah Tourkianvalashani, Seyedhossein Hekmatimoghaddam, Nasrin Ghasemi, Mahdi Rahaie, Vahid Khorramshahi, Akhtar Sheikhpour, Zahra Heydari, Fatemeh Pourrajab
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess plasma levels of endothelium- and heart-associated microRNAs (miRNAs) miR-126 and miR-499, respectively, using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. METHODS: A two-step analysis was conducted on 75 patients undergoing off-pomp coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Five biomarkers of inflammation and cardiac injury were assessed in addition to the above-mentioned miRNAs. RESULTS: Plasma concentrations of miRNAs were found to be significantly correlated with plasma levels of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) (miR-499, r 0...
January 2016: Heart International
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