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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719387/pediatric-mitochondrial-diseases-and-the-heart
#1
Gregory M Enns
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mitochondrial disorders are an increasingly recognized cause of heart dysfunction, with the primary manifestations being cardiomyopathy and conduction defects. This review focuses on the complex genetics of mitochondrial disease and recently discovered conditions that affect mitochondrial function. RECENT FINDINGS: Next-generation sequencing techniques, especially whole-exome sequencing, have led to the discovery of a number of conditions that cause mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent cardiac abnormalities...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719009/diagnosis-of-chronic-heart-failure-by-the-soluble-suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-and-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide
#2
Xiao-Ling Jin, Ning Huang, Hui Shang, Ming-Cheng Zhou, Yi Hong, Wen-Zheng Cai, Jie Huang
OBJECTIVE: Our study was to explore the roles between serum soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) while evaluating ventricular function to properly diagnose chronic heart failure (CHF). METHODS: In total, 197 CHF patients were recruited and classified into ventricular function's II, III, and IV groups, and 106 healthy people into normal control group. To detect concentrations of Sst2 and NT-proBNP, ELISA and electro-chemiluminescence immuno assay were implemented...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718622/graphene-sheet-induced-global-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#3
Jiaxian Wang, Chang Cui, Haiyan Nan, Yuanfang Yu, Yini Xiao, Ellen Poon, Gang Yang, Xijie Wang, Chenchen Wang, Lingsong Li, Kenneth Richard Boheler, Xu Ma, Xin Cheng, Zhenhua Ni, Minglong Chen
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can proliferate infinitely. Their ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes provides abundant sources for disease modeling, drug screening and regenerative medicine. However, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) display a low degree of maturation and fetal-like properties. Current in vitro differentiation methods do not mimic the structural, mechanical, and physiological properties of the cardiogenesis niche. Recently, we present an efficient cardiac maturation platform that combines hiPSCs monolayer cardiac differentiation with graphene substrate which is a biocompatible and superconductive material...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717924/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-the-myosin-mesa-viewing-an-old-disease-in-a-new-light
#4
REVIEW
Darshan V Trivedi, Arjun S Adhikari, Saswata S Sarkar, Kathleen M Ruppel, James A Spudich
The sarcomere is an exquisitely designed apparatus that is capable of generating force, which in the case of the heart results in the pumping of blood throughout the body. At the molecular level, an ATP-dependent interaction of myosin with actin drives the contraction and force generation of the sarcomere. Over the past six decades, work on muscle has yielded tremendous insights into the workings of the sarcomeric system. We now stand on the cusp where the acquired knowledge of how the sarcomere contracts and how that contraction is regulated can be extended to an understanding of the molecular mechanisms of sarcomeric diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)...
July 17, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717174/over-expression-of-kdsoc1-gene-affected-plantlet-morphogenesis-in-kalanchoe-daigremontiana
#5
Chen Zhu, Li Wang, Jinhua Chen, Chenglan Liu, Huiming Zeng, Huafang Wang
Kalanchoe daigremontiana reproduces asexually by producing plantlets along the leaf margin. The aim of this study was to identify the function of the SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONSTANS 1 gene in Kalanchoe daigremontiana (KdSOC1) during plantlet morphogenesis. In this study, KdSOC1 gene expression was detected at stem cell niche during in vitro somatic embryogenesis and plantlet morphogenesis. Disrupting endogenous auxin transportation suppressed the KdSOC1 gene response. Knockdown of the KdSOC1 gene caused a defect in cotyledon formation during the early heart stage of somatic embryogenesis...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717008/the-cardiac-z-disc-protein-cefip-regulates-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-by-modulating-calcineurin-signaling
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Franziska Dierck, Christian Kuhn, Claudia Rohr, Susanne Hille, Julia Braune, Samuel Sossalla, Sibylle Molt, Peter F M van der Ven, Dieter O Fürst, Norbert Frey
The z-disc is a structural component at the lateral borders of the sarcomere and is important for mechanical stability and contractility of both cardiac and skeletal muscles. Of note, the sarcomeric z-disc also represents a nodal point in cardiomyocyte function and signaling. Mutations of numerous z-disc proteins are associated with cardiomyopathies and muscle diseases. To identify additional z-disc proteins that might contribute to cardiac disease, we employed an in silico screen for cardiac-enriched cDNAs...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716974/heart-failure-in-patients-with-kidney-disease
#7
REVIEW
Courtney Tuegel, Nisha Bansal
Heart failure (HF) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the population of CKD patients with concurrent HF continues to grow. The accurate diagnosis of HF is challenging in patients with CKD in part due to a lack of validated imaging and biomarkers specifically in this population. The pathophysiology between the heart and the kidneys is complex and bidirectional. Patients with CKD have greater prevalence of traditional HF risk factors as well as unique kidney-specific risk factors including malnutrition, acid-base alterations, uraemic toxins, bone mineral changes, anemia and myocardial stunning...
July 17, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716801/diabetes-mellitus-microalbuminuria-and-subclinical-cardiac-disease-identification-and-monitoring-of-individuals-at-risk-of-heart-failure
#8
Peter P Swoboda, Adam K McDiarmid, Bara Erhayiem, David P Ripley, Laura E Dobson, Pankaj Garg, Tarique A Musa, Klaus K Witte, Mark T Kearney, Julian H Barth, Ramzi Ajjan, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and elevated urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) have increased risk of heart failure. We hypothesized this was because of cardiac tissue changes rather than silent coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a case-controlled observational study 130 subjects including 50 ACR+ve diabetes mellitus patients with persistent microalbuminuria (ACR >2.5 mg/mol in males and >3.5 mg/mol in females, ≥2 measurements, no previous renin-angiotensin-aldosterone therapy, 50 ACR-ve diabetes mellitus patients and 30 controls underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance for investigation of myocardial fibrosis, ischemia and infarction, and echocardiography...
July 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716730/interaction-of-small-g-protein-signaling-modulator-3-with-connexin-43-contributes-to-myocardial-infarction-in-rat-hearts
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Chang Youn Lee, Jung-Won Choi, Sunhye Shin, Jiyun Lee, Hyang-Hee Seo, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Hyun-Chul Joo, Sang Woo Kim, Ki-Chul Hwang
Connexin 43 (Cx43), a ubiquitous connexin expressed in the heart and skin, is associated with a variety of hereditary conditions. Therefore, the characterization of Cx43-interacting proteins and their dynamics is important to understand not only the molecular mechanisms underlying pathological malfunction of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication but also to identify novel and unanticipated biological functions of Cx43. In the present study, we observed potential targets of Cx43 to determine new molecular functions in cardio-protection...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716688/influence-of-thoracic-fluid-compartments-on-pulmonary-congestion-in-chronic-heart-failure
#10
Steven C Chase, Bryan J Taylor, Troy J Cross, Kirsten E Coffman, Lyle J Olson, Bruce D Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary congestion is a common finding of heart failure (HF), but it remains unclear how pulmonary and heart blood volumes (Vp and Vh) and extravascular lung water (EVLW) change in stable HF and impact lung function. METHODS: Fourteen patients with HF (age: 68±11 y; LVEF: 33±8%) and 12 controls (age: 65±9 y) were recruited. A pulmonary function test, thoracic CT scan, and contrast perfusion scan were performed. From the thoracic scan, a histogram of CT attenuation of lung tissue was generated and skew, kurtosis, and full-width half-max were calculated as surrogates of EVLW...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716486/the-impact-of-a-peer-support-group-for-children-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-uganda
#11
Amy Scheel, Andrea Beaton, Emmy Okello, Chris T Longenecker, Isaac Omara Otim, Peter Lwabi, Craig Sable, Allison R Webel, Twalib Aliku
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of a peer-support group on knowledge, quality of life, and social support for children with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). METHODS: Children diagnosed with RHD and receiving 4-weekly injectable penicillin were invited to participate in a monthly support group for 6 months. Pre- and post-intervention assessments included a baseline RHD knowledge assessment, a measure of health related quality of life (HRQOL) (PedsQLTM4.0), and a measure of social support (Hawthorne Friendship Scale)...
July 11, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716430/non-invasive-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-function-with-real-time-3-d-echocardiography
#12
Ran Chen, Meihua Zhu, Kacie Amacher, Xia Wu, David J Sahn, Muhammad Ashraf
The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and feasibility of real-time 3-D echocardiography (3-DE) in assessing right ventricular (RV) systolic function. A latex balloon was inserted into the right ventricle of 20 freshly harvested pig hearts which were then passively driven by a pulsatile pump apparatus. The RV global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS), global area strain (GAS) and RV ejection fraction (RVEF), derived from 3-DE, as well as the RVEF obtained from 2-D echocardiography (2-DE) were quantified at different stroke volumes (30-70 mL) and compared with sonomicrometry data...
July 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715786/background-lead-and-mercury-exposures-psychological-and-behavioral-problems-in-children
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Brooks B Gump, Matthew J Dykas, James A MacKenzie, Amy K Dumas, Bryce Hruska, Craig K Ewart, Patrick J Parsons, Christopher D Palmer, Kestutis Bendinskas
BACKGROUND: The potential harm from exposure to nonessential metals, particularly mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb), has been the focus of research for years. Initial interest focused on relatively high exposures; however, recent evidence suggests that even background exposures might have adverse consequences for child development. Identifying the extent of these consequences is now a priority. METHODS: We assessed blood Pb and Hg levels in a biracial sample of 9-11 year-old children (N = 203)...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715410/cloning-of-hsp90-expression-and-localization-of-hsp70-90-in-different-tissues-including-lactating-non-lactating-yak-bos-grunniens-breast-tissue
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Penggang Liu, Sijiu Yu, Yan Cui, Junfeng He, Chuan Yu, Zexing Wen, Yangyang Pan, Kun Yang, Liangli Song, Xue Yang
The aim of this study is to investigate the expression and localization of HSP70/90 in different tissues and explore the regulation effects of HSP70/90 at lactation period of female yaks. HSP90 mRNA was cloned from the heart samples of female yaks, Quantitative real-time (qRT-PCR), Western blotting (WB), immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence assays were utilized to analyze the expressions of HSP70/90 mRNA and protein in different tissues. Sequence analysis showed that HSP90 is a conserved molecular chaperone of female yaks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715351/interacting-influences-of-gender-and-chronic-pain-status-on-parasympathetically-mediated-heart-rate-variability-in-adolescents-and-young-adults
#15
Lynn S Walker, Amanda L Stone, Craig A Smith, Stephen Bruehl, Judy Garber, Martina Puzanovova, André Diedrich
Considerable research links chronic pain to autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction, specifically low heart rate variability (HRV) mediated by reduced parasympathetic activity. However, little is known about factors that influence ANS function in chronic pain. The ANS is the primary pathway for brain-gut communication, making it of particular interest in gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, characterized by functional abdominal pain (FAP). We evaluated the relation of sex, pain severity, and psychological stress to ANS function in adolescents/young adults from a database of pediatric FAP and control participants enrolled 8 years earlier in a prospective study of pain...
August 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715153/automated-analysis-of-fetal-cardiac-function-using-color-tissue-doppler-imaging
#16
L Herling, J Johnson, K Ferm-Widlund, F Bergholm, P Lindgren, S-E Sonesson, G Acharya, M Westgren
OBJECTIVES: Our main objective was to evaluate the feasibility of an automated analysis of fetal myocardial velocity recordings obtained by color tissue Doppler imaging (cTDI). METHODS: This was a prospective cross-sectional observational study of 107 singleton pregnancies in ≥41 weeks of gestation. Myocardial velocity recordings were obtained by cTDI in a long-axis four-chamber view of the fetal heart. Regions of interest (ROI) were placed in the septum, right (RV) and left ventricular (LV) walls at the level of the atrioventricular plane (AV-plane)...
July 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715068/severe-mitral-regurgitation-is-associated-with-increased-copeptin-levels-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
#17
Alven Kılıcgedık, Elıf Eroglu, Gokhan Kahvecı, Khaganı Isgandarov, Emrah Acar, Semi Ozturk, Regayip Zehir, Seyhmus Kulahcıoglu, Cuneyt Toprak, Ali Yaman, Ibrahım Akın Izgı, Cevat Kirma
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The objective of this study was to assess the potential role of mitral regurgitation (MR) in the release of copeptin in HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFREF). METHODS: The study included 63 patients of whom 33 had functional mild MR (Group 1) and 30 had functional severe MR (Group 2).The functional classes of the groups were both NYHA Class III. Blood samples for the determination of plasma copeptin and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels were obtained at the same day with the echocardiographic examination...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715029/anisotropic-microfibrous-scaffolds-enhance-the-organization-and-function-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#18
Maureen Wanjare, Luqia Hou, Karina H Nakayama, Joseph J Kim, Nicholas P Mezak, Oscar J Abilez, Evangeline Tzatzalos, Joseph C Wu, Ngan F Huang
Engineering of myocardial tissue constructs is a promising approach for treatment of coronary heart disease. To engineer myocardial tissues that better mimic the highly ordered physiological arrangement and function of native cardiomyocytes, we generated electrospun microfibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds with either randomly oriented (14 μm fiber diameter) or parallel-aligned (7 μm fiber diameter) microfiber arrangement and co-seeded the scaffolds with human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iCMs) and endothelial cells (iECs) for up to 12 days after iCM seeding...
July 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714947/long-term-systolic-function-in-children-and-young-adults-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
#19
S J Rotz, C E Dandoy, M D Taylor, S Jodele, J L Jefferies, A Lane, J A El-Bietar, A W Powell, S M Davies, T D Ryan
Congestive heart failure and subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) affect long-term survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Echocardiographic measurements of global longitudinal and circumferential strain have shown promise in identifying subclinical LVSD in cancer survivors. We analyzed echocardiograms in 95 children and young adults with malignancies or bone marrow failure syndromes performed before HSCT and 1-6 years after HSCT. We additionally measured the biomarkers soluble suppression of tumorigenicity-2 (sST-2) and cardiac troponin-I (cTn-I) in the same children through 49 days post HSCT...
July 17, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714932/thrombospondins-a-role-in-cardiovascular-disease
#20
REVIEW
Dimitry A Chistiakov, Alexandra A Melnichenko, Veronika A Myasoedova, Andrey V Grechko, Alexander N Orekhov
Thrombospondins (TSPs) represent extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins belonging to the TSP family that comprises five members. All TSPs have a complex multidomain structure that permits the interaction with various partners including other ECM proteins, cytokines, receptors, growth factors, etc. Among TSPs, TSP1, TSP2, and TSP4 are the most studied and functionally tested. TSP1 possesses anti-angiogenic activity and is able to activate transforming growth factor (TGF)-β, a potent profibrotic and anti-inflammatory factor...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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