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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922609/serum-proteomic-variability-associated-with-clinical-phenotype-in-familial-transthyretin-amyloidosis-attrm
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Gloria G Chan, Clarissa M Koch, Lawreen H Connors
Transthyretin (TTR), normally a plasma circulating protein, can become misfolded and aggregated, ultimately leading to extracellular deposition of amyloid fibrils usually targeted to heart or nerve tissues. Referred to as TTR-associated amyloidoses (ATTR), this group of diseases is frequently life threatening and fatal if untreated. ATTR, caused by amyloid-forming variant TTR proteins (ATTRm) which arise from point mutations in the TTR gene, were classically referred to as familial amyloid cardiomyopathy (FAC) or familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) reflecting the clinical phenotype...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922400/protein-folding-misfolding-and-aggregation-the-importance-of-two-electron-stabilizing-interactions
#2
Andrzej Stanisław Cieplak
Proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases are highly pleiomorphic and may adopt an all-α-helical fold in one environment, assemble into all-β-sheet or collapse into a coil in another, and rapidly polymerize in yet another one via divergent aggregation pathways that yield broad diversity of aggregates' morphology. A thorough understanding of this behaviour may be necessary to develop a treatment for Alzheimer's and related disorders. Unfortunately, our present comprehension of folding and misfolding is limited for want of a physicochemical theory of protein secondary and tertiary structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922154/atrial-fibrillation-is-independently-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-after-ischemic-stroke
#3
Russell Jude Chander, Levinia Lim, Sagarika Handa, Shaun Hiu, Angeline Choong, Xuling Lin, Rajinder Singh, Daniel Oh, Nagaendran Kandiah
BACKGROUND: While atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important risk factor for ischemic strokes and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Alzheimer's disease, the association between AF and post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI), and the factors mediating this association, is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of AF in PSCI, especially in relation to other markers of cerebrovascular disease. METHODS: 445 subjects with mild ischemic stroke without pre-stroke cognitive decline were assessed 3-6 months post-stroke for cognitive deficits...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921408/catheter-ablation-for-af-improves-global-thrombotic-profile-and-enhances-fibrinolysis
#4
Maria Niespialowska-Steuden, Vias Markides, Mohamed Farag, David Jones, Wajid Hussain, Tom Wong, Diana A Gorog
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are at increased risk of thrombotic events despite oral anticoagulation (OAC). Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) can restore and maintain sinus rhythm (SR) in patients with AF. To assess whether RFCA improves thrombotic status. 80 patients (71% male, 64 ± 12y) with recently diagnosed AF, on OAC and scheduled to undergo RFCA or DC cardioversion (DCCV) were recruited. Thrombotic status was assessed using the point-of-care global thrombosis test (GTT), before, and 4-6 weeks after DCCV and 3 months after RFCA...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921386/midterm-outcomes-of-two-staged-hybrid-ablation-of-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-using-the-versapolar-epicardial-surgical-device-and-subsequent-catheter-ablation
#5
Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, Dalibor Herman, Jana Zdarska, David Talavera, Anna Mala, Radka Prochazkova, Zbynek Straka
PURPOSE: Hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a promising treatment strategy for patients with non-paroxysmal AF, although, data regarding mid-term outcomes are limited. METHODS: Patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF were enrolled. Initially, a thoracoscopic, right-sided, epicardial ablation was performed, with a goal of creating a box lesion on the posterior wall of the left atrium; a novel versapolar radiofrequency (RF) catheter was used...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921057/dvt-prevention-in-stroke
#6
REVIEW
Christopher Goshgarian, Philip B Gorelick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients. We discuss use of oral anticoagulation and other interventions for the prevention of VTE. A new class of medications, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), have been successfully trialed for the prevention of VTE. We review the data and guidance statements for VTE prevention. RECENT FINDINGS: Warfarin and vitamin K antagonist drugs have been the mainstay of VTE prevention for decades...
September 18, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920684/stilbene-boronic-acids-form-a-covalent-bond-with-human-transthyretin-and-inhibit-its-aggregation
#7
Thomas P Smith, Ian W Windsor, Katrina T Forest, Ronald T Raines
Transthyretin (TTR) is a homotetrameric protein. Its dissociation into monomers leads to the formation of fibrils that underlie human amyloidogenic diseases. The binding of small molecules to the thyroxin-binding sites in TTR stabilizes the homotetramer and attenuates TTR amyloidosis. Herein, we report on boronic acid-substituted stilbenes that limit TTR amyloidosis in vitro. Assays of affinity for TTR and inhibition of its tendency to form fibrils were coupled with X-ray crystallographic analysis of nine TTR·ligand complexes...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919876/peptide-composition-of-stroke-causing-emboli-correlate-with-serum-markers-of-atherosclerosis-and-inflammation
#8
Neal M Rao, Joseph Capri, Whitaker Cohn, Maram Abdaljaleel, Lucas Restrepo, Jeffrey A Gornbein, William H Yong, David S Liebeskind, Julian P Whitelegge
INTRODUCTION: The specific protein composition of stroke-causing emboli is unknown. Because ischemic stroke has a varied etiology, it is possible that the composition of the thrombus from which an embolus originated will have distinctive molecular characteristics reflective of the underlying pathophysiology. We used mass spectrometry to evaluate the protein composition of retrieved emboli from patients with differing stroke etiologies and correlated the protein levels to serum predictors of atherosclerosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919580/concomitant-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-add-to-the-atrial-arrhythmogenic-phenotype-in-male-hypertensive-rats
#9
Mathias Hohl, Dennis H Lau, Andreas Müller, Adrian D Elliott, Benedikt Linz, Rajiv Mahajan, Jeroen M L Hendriks, Michael Böhm, Ulrich Schotten, Prashanthan Sanders, Dominik Linz
BACKGROUND: Besides hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome have recently emerged as risk factors for atrial fibrillation. This study sought to delineate the development of an arrhythmogenic substrate for atrial fibrillation in hypertension with and without concomitant obesity and metabolic syndrome. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared obese spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR-obese, n=7-10) with lean hypertensive controls (SHR-lean, n=7-10) and normotensive rats (n=7-10)...
September 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919529/acetylation-of-lysine-residues-in-apomyoglobin-structural-changes-amyloid-fibrillation-and-role-of-surface-charge
#10
Mehrnaz Azami-Movahed, Ali Akbar Meratan, Atiyeh Ghasemi, Azadeh Ebrahim-Habibi, Mohsen Nemat-Gorgani
Post-translational modifications play important roles in conformational properties and aggregation propensities of different peptides and proteins. In the present study, we have investigated the effects of acetylation of lysine residues on the structure and aggregation properties of apomyoglobin (apoMb).All of the 19 lysine residues were modified. Far-, near-UV CD, intrinsic and acrylamide quenching fluorescence studies indicated that acetylation significantly influences conformation of apoMb by altering both its secondary and tertiary structures...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919427/age-dependent-atrial-arrhythmic-phenotype-secondary-to-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-pgc-1%C3%AE-deficient-murine-hearts
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Haseeb Valli, Shiraz Ahmad, Karan Chadda, Ali Al-Hadithi, Andrew A Grace, Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Christopher L-H Huang
INTRODUCTION: Ageing and several age-related chronic conditions including obesity, insulin resistance and hypertension are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and represent independent risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Atrial arrhythmogenesis was investigated in Langendorff-perfused young (3-4 month) and aged (>12 month), wild type (WT) and peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-γ coactivator-1β deficient (Pgc-1β(-/-)) murine hearts modeling age-dependent chronic mitochondrial dysfunction during regular pacing and programmed electrical stimulation (PES)...
September 14, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919378/sudden-death-mechanisms-in-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathies-insights-gleaned-from-clinical-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-trials
#12
Benjamin A Steinberg, Siva K Mulpuru, James C Fang, Bernard J Gersh
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) represents a major cause of death among patients with heart failure. While scar-based, macro-reentrant ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation (VT/VF) is the primary etiology for SCD among patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, a more diverse set of mechanisms and substrates are likely at play for the diverse group of patients characterized by non-ischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy (NICM). These causes may include scar-based re-entry, but also neurohormonal stimulation (sympathetic, parasympathetic, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone), inflammation, and non-arrhythmic processes occurring in the context of a genetic predisposition...
September 14, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919314/24-hour-alberta-stroke-program-early-ct-score-assessment-in-post-stroke-spasticity-development-in-patients-with-a-first-documented-anterior-circulation-ischemic-stroke
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Ondrej Volny, Maria Justanova, Petra Cimflova, Linda Kasickova, Ivana Svobodova, Jan Muzik, Martin Bares
BACKGROUND: Neuroanatomic substrates responsible for development of post-stroke spasticity are still poorly understood. The study is focused on identification of brain regions within the territory of the middle cerebral artery associated with spasticity development. METHODS: This is a single-center prospective cohort study of first documented anterior circulation ischemic strokes with a neurologic deficit lasting >7 days (from March 2014 to September 2016, all patients are involved in a registry)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919290/utility-and-limitations-of-long-term-monitoring-of-atrial-fibrillation-using-an-implantable-loop-recorder
#14
Randall Lee, Suneet Mittal
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia diagnosed and treated in the world. The treatment of patients' symptoms as well as the prevention of stroke and heart failure is dependent on accurate detection and characterization of AF. A variety of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring techniques are being used for these purposes. However, these intermittent ECG monitoring techniques have been shown to under diagnose AF events, while having limited ability to characterize AF burden and density...
September 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919235/alzheimer-s-disease-like-paired-helical-filament-assembly-from-truncated-tau-protein-is-independent-of-disulphide-cross-linking
#15
Youssra K Al-Hilaly, Saskia J Pollack, Devkee Vadukul, Francesca Citossi, Janet E Rickard, Michael Simpson, John M D Storey, Charles R Harrington, Claude M Wischik, Louise C Serpell
Alzheimer's disease is characterised by the self-assembly of tau and amyloid β proteins into oligomers and fibrils. Tau protein assembles into paired helical filaments (PHFs) that constitute the neurofibrillary tangles observed in neuronal cell bodies in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The mechanism of initiation of tau assembly into PHFs is not well understood. Here we report that a truncated 95-amino acid tau fragment (corresponding to residues 297-391 of full-length tau) assembles into PHF-like fibrils in vitro without the need for other additives to initiate or template the process...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918897/colchicine-for-primary-prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-open-heart-surgery-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
Carsten Lennerz, Manish Barman, Mahmoud Tantawy, Mark Sopher, Peter Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation occurs frequently after open-heart surgery. It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays, and increased healthcare costs. Prophylactic administration of colchicine may mitigate post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF). METHODS: We searched PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov and CENTRAL databases to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that; (1) compared prophylactic use of colchicine to placebo, or usual care, in patients with sinus rhythm who underwent elective open-heart surgery and (2) reported POAF-incidence...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918444/left-atrial-volume-computed-by-3d-rotational-angiography-best-predicts-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-circumferential-pulmonary-vein-isolation
#17
Teresa Strisciuglio, Giuseppe Di Gioia, Sofia Chatzikyriakou, Etel Silva Garcia, Emanuele Barbato, Peter Geelen, Tom De Potter
Left atrium (LA) size is a well-studied predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Yet, there is still little agreement on the best imaging technique to size the LA, and on the most appropriate sizing parameter. Volumetric assessment of LA with three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA LA volume index) might be a valid alternative to the commonly used transthoracic echocardiography (TTE LA volume index). The aim of our study was to investigate whether LA volume by 3DRA at the time of PVI is able to predict the risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918306/smoking-and-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
#18
EDITORIAL
Ichiro Watanabe
Ahmed et al. showed that atrial fibrillation (AF) was identified in 9.5% in smokers vs 7.8% in non-smokers (p<0.001) and smoking was associated with a 15% increased risk of AF during 10 years follow up in 11,047 participants. However, heterogeneities in the association were observed among subgroups; the association was stronger in young compared to older participants and in those with prior cardiovascular disease compared to without cardiovascular disease, also the association was significant in blacks but not in whites [1]...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918203/short-term-effects-of-preoperative-beta-blocker-use-for-isolated-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Liangshan Wang, Hong Wang, Xiaotong Hou
OBJECTIVE: The use of preoperative beta-blockers has been used as a quality standard for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the benefits of beta-blockers use before CABG remain controversial. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the short-term effects of preoperative beta-blocker use for patients undergoing isolated CABG. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for English articles published from inception to August 16, 2016...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918091/opposed-effects-of-dityrosine-formation-in-soluble-and-aggregated-%C3%AE-synuclein-on-fibril-growth
#20
Michael M Wördehoff, Hamed Shaykhalishahi, Luca Groß, Lothar Gremer, Matthias Stoldt, Alexander K Buell, Dieter Willbold, Wolfgang Hoyer
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by aggregation of the protein α-synuclein (α-syn) in Lewy bodies, mitochondrial dysfunction, and increased oxidative stress in the substantia nigra. Oxidative stress leads to several modifications of biomolecules including dityrosine (DiY)-crosslinking in proteins, which has recently been detected in α-syn in Lewy bodies from PD patients. Here we report that α-syn is highly susceptible to UV-induced DiY formation...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
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