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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437860/chronic-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-by-urb597-produces-differential-effects-on-cardiac-performance-in-normotensive-and-hypertensive-rats
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Anna Pedzinska-Betiuk, Jolanta Weresa, Marek Toczek, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Irena Kasacka, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Barbara Malinowska
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitors are postulated to possess anti-hypertensive potential, because their acute injection decreases blood pressure (BP) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) partially through normalization of cardiac contractile function. Here, we examined whether the potential hypotensive effect of chronic FAAH inhibition by URB597 in hypertensive rats correlates with changes in cardiac performance. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Experiments were performed using perfused hearts and left atria isolated from 8-10 week old SHR, age-matched deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA-salt) rats and normotensive controls chronically treated with URB597 (1 mg kg(-1) ) or vehicle...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437859/multiple-sclerosis-broke-my-heart
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Géraldine Androdias, Emilien Bernard, Damien Biotti, Nicolas Collongues, Françoise Durand-Dubief, Julie Pique, Ingrid Sanchez, Clément Delmas, Jacques Ninet, Romain Marignier, Sandra Vukusic
We report 5 cases of acute heart failure (AHF) related to multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses. AHF was inaugural in 3 patients, always preceded or accompanied by signs of brainstem dysfunction; it was severe, requiring intensive care management. Echocardiography showed left ventricular hypokinesis. No other cause of AHF has been found. All patients showed a new medullary lesion on brain MRI. All had rapid and complete recovery of ventricular function after intravenous corticosteroids. We concluded to a takotsubo phenomenon...
April 24, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437675/whole-blood-sequencing-reveals-circulating-microrna-associations-with-high-risk-traits-in-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Alice Wang, Lydia Coulter Kwee, Elizabeth Grass, Megan L Neely, Simon G Gregory, Keith A A Fox, Paul W Armstrong, Harvey D White, E Magnus Ohman, Matthew T Roe, Svati H Shah, Mark Y Chan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although circulating microRNA (miRNAs) have emerged as biomarkers predicting mortality in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), more data are needed to understand these mechanisms. Mapping miRNAs to high-risk traits may identify miRNAs involved in pathways conferring risk for poor outcome in ACS. We aim to investigate the relationship between circulating miRNAs and high-risk traits in non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). METHODS: Whole-genome miRNA sequencing was performed on RNA extracted from whole blood of 199 patients with NSTE-ACS...
March 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437377/microrna-21-is-required-for-local-and-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-in-multiple-organ-protection-against-sepsis
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Ping Jia, Xiaoli Wu, Yan Dai, Jie Teng, Yi Fang, Jiachang Hu, Jianzhou Zou, Mingyu Liang, Xiaoqiang Ding
OBJECTIVE: Sepsis, triggered by microbial infection, is a common and life-threatening systemic illness, often leads to impaired function of vital organs. Ischemic preconditioning induced by transient brief episodes of ischemia is a powerful innate mechanism of organ protection. We have reported that a 15-minute renal ischemic preconditioning substantially attenuated subsequent renal ischemia-reperfusion injury. Here, we investigate whether a brief ischemia and reperfusion in kidney can provide protection at local and remote sites against sepsis-induced organ injury, and whether this protection is microRNA-21 dependent...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437342/left-ventricular-mechanics-assessed-by-2-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-children-and-adolescents-with-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Shujuan Li, Junlin Yang, Ling Zhu, Yunquan Li, Huimin Peng, Yuese Lin, Xuandi Li, Zifang Huang, Huishen Wang
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of data collected prospectively. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to assess the possible effects of idiopathic scoliosis on left ventricular (LV) myocardial performance in children and adolescent patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spine anomaly may impair cardiorespiratory function. It has been confirmed that respiratory function decreased in patients with scoliosis. However, limited study of the effect of scoliosis on heart function has been published, and no assessment of myocardial deformation of these patients has been reported to our knowledge...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437282/inhibition-of-mid-chain-hetes-protects-against-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Samya Elkhatali, Zaid H Maayah, Ahmed A El-Sherbeni, Osama H Elshenawy, Ghada Abdelhamid, Sherif M Shoieb, Ayman O S El-Kadi
Recent data demonstrated the role of CYP1B1 in cardiovascular disease. It was, therefore, necessary to examine whether the inhibition of CYP1B1 and hence inhibiting the formation of its metabolites, using 2,4,3',5'-tetramethoxystilbene (TMS), would have a cardioprotective effect against angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced cardiac hypertrophy. For this purpose, male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with Ang II with or without TMS (300 μg/kg every 3day3 i.p). Thereafter, cardiac hypertrophy and the formation of mid-chain HETEs and AA were assessed...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437281/cardioprotection-by-low-dose-of-estrogen-and-testosterone-at-the-physiological-ratio-on-ovx-rats-during-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Lu Fu, Yuyu Liu, Jiaxing Wang, Yu Sun, Lei Zhang, Ting Wu, Yiqian Li, Bin Wang, Shuting Huang, Huimin Bu, Hong Sun
Although estrogen and testosterone deficiency have often been associated with the development of cardiac diseases in postmenopausal women, the benefits of estrogen or testosterone therapy are controversial. Supplementation high dose of estrogen or testosterone alone has been associated with many side-effects, especially estrogen. This study was aimed to investigate whether supplementation of testosterone in combination with low-dose estrogen conferred stronger cardioprotective effects on ovariectomized rats subjected to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437062/molecular-arrangement-and-charge-transfer-in-c60-graphene-heterostructures
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Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, Elton J G Santos, Seita Onishi, Aiming Yan, Haider Imad Rasool, Salman Kahn, Yinchuan Lv, Drew Latzke, Jairo Velasco, Michael F Crommie, Matthew Sorensen, Kenneth Gotlieb, Chiu-Yun Lin, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Alessandra Lanzara, Alex Zettl
Charge transfer at the interface between dissimilar materials is at the heart of electronics and photovoltaics. Here we study the molecular orientation, electronic structure, and local charge transfer at the interface region of C60 deposited on graphene, with and without supporting substrates such as hexagonal boron nitride. We employ ab initio density functional theory with van der Waals (vdW) interactions, and experimentally characterize interface devices using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electronic transport...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436840/a-parametric-computational-model-of-the-action-potential-of-pacemaker-cells
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Weiwei Ai, Nitish Patel, Partha Roop, Avinash Malik, Sidharta Andalam, Eugene Yip, Nathan Allen, Mark Trew
OBJECTIVE: A flexible, efficient and verifiable pacemaker cell model is essential to the design of real-time virtual hearts that can be used for closed-loop validation of cardiac devices. A new parametric model of pacemaker action potential is developed to address this need. METHODS: The action potential phases are modeled using hybrid automaton (HA) with one piecewise-linear continuous variable. The model can capture ratedependent dynamics, such as action potential duration (APD) restitution, conduction velocity (CV) restitution, and overdrive suppression by incorporating non-linear update functions...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436723/asymptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease-can-limit-maximal-exercise-capacity-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-regardless-of-airflow-obstruction-and-lung-hyperinflation
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Ernesto Crisafulli, Chiara Scelfo, Panagiota Tzani, Marina Aiello, Giuseppina Bertorelli, Alfredo Chetta
Background Silent/asymptomatic peripheral artery disease may occur in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but it is poorly investigated. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients the impact of asymptomatic/silent peripheral artery disease on maximal exercise capacity; the secondary aim was to search for predictors of peripheral artery disease. Methods We prospectively enrolled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease outpatients. Data on anthropometric characteristics, lung function, cardiopulmonary exercise test and ankle-brachial index were recorded...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436722/exercise-training-improves-characteristics-of-exercise-oscillatory-ventilation-in-chronic-heart-failure
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Niki Panagopoulou, Eleftherios Karatzanos, Stavros Dimopoulos, Athanasios Tasoulis, Ioannis Tachliabouris, Styliani Vakrou, Antonios Sideris, Christina Gratziou, Serafim Nanas
Background Exercise oscillatory ventilation in chronic heart failure has been suggested as a factor related to adverse cardiac events, aggravated prognosis and higher mortality. Exercise training is well known to affect exercise capacity and mechanisms of pathophysiology beneficially in chronic heart failure. Little is known, however, about the exercise training effects on characteristics of exercise oscillatory ventilation in chronic heart failure patients. Design and methods Twenty (out of 38) stable chronic heart failure patients exhibited exercise oscillatory ventilation (age 54 ± 11 years, peak oxygen uptake 15...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436679/cited2-mutations-in-conserved-regions-contribute-to-conotruncal-heart-defects-in-chinese-children
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Bojian Li, Tian Pu, Yang Liu, Yuejuan Xu, Rang Xu
Conotruncal heart defects (CTDs) are severe malformations of outflow tract with heterogeneous morphology. Several missense variants of CITED2 have been identified to cause CTDs in recent researches. In this study, we screened the coding regions of CITED2 in 605 Chinese children with CTDs and found two possible pathogenic mutant sites: p.Q117L and p.T257A, both located in the conserved regions of CITED2. Then, we investigated the biological and functional alterations of them. Western blotting showed low level of protein expression of mutant Q117 and T257A compared with wild-type CITED2...
April 24, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436429/human-fetal-heart-specific-coexpression-network-involves-congenital-heart-disease-defect-candidate-genes
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Bo Wang, Guoling You, Qihua Fu
Heart development is a complex process requiring dynamic transcriptional regulation. Disturbance of this process will lead to severe developmental defects such as congenital heart disease/defect (CHD). CHD is a group of complex disorder with high genetic heterogeneity, common pathways associated with CHD remains largely unknown. In the manuscript, we focused on the tissue specific genes in human fetal heart samples to explore such pathways. We used the RNA microarray dataset of human fetal tissues from ENCODE project to identify genes with heart tissue specific expression...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436136/effects-of-ferric-carboxymaltose-on-hospitalisations-and-mortality-rates-in-iron-deficient-heart-failure-patients-an-individual-patient-data-meta-analysis
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Stefan D Anker, Bridget-Anne Kirwan, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Gerasimos Filippatos, Josep Comin-Colet, Frank Ruschitzka, Thomas F Lüscher, Gregory P Arutyunov, Michael Motro, Claudio Mori, Bernard Roubert, Stuart J Pocock, Piotr Ponikowski
AIMS: Iron deficiency (ID) is a common co-morbidity in patients with heart failure (HF) and has been suggested to be associated with poor prognosis. Recently completed double-blind randomised controlled trials (RCTs) studying HF patients with ID have shown improvements in functional capacity, symptoms and quality of life when treated with i.v. ferric carboxymaltose (FCM). This individual patient data meta-analysis investigates the effect of FCM vs. placebo on recurrent hospitalisations and mortality in HF patients with ID...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436092/effects-of-creatine-supplementation-on-cardiac-autonomic-functions-in-bodybuilders
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Kadir Uğur Mert, Serdar Ilgüy, Muhammet Dural, Gurbet Özge Mert, Engin Özakin
Bodybuilder-type workouts may affect heart rate variability (HRV), which has considerable potential to assess the role of autonomic nervous system (ANS). A scientifically designed approach is necessary for bodybuilders to achieve better results while protecting their health. In this study, we aimed to investigate HRV parameters in bodybuilders compared to healthy control subjects and effects of creatine supplementation. Total 48 male participants (16 controls, 16 supplement(-), 16 supplement(+) were evaluated in our study...
April 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436080/genotype-specific-pathogenic-effects-in-human-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ilse Ae Bollen, Maike Schuldt, Magdalena Harakalova, Aryan Vink, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jose R Pinto, Martina Krüger, Diederik Wd Kuster, Jolanda van der Velden
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can be caused by mutations in sarcomeric and non-sarcomeric genes. In this study we defined the pathogenic effects of three DCM causing mutations: the sarcomeric mutations in genes encoding cardiac troponin I (TNNI3p.98truncation ) and cardiac troponin T (TNNT2p.K217deletion ; also known as the K210del) and the non-sarcomeric gene mutation encoding lamin A/C (LMNAp.R331Q ). METHODS: We assessed sarcomeric protein expression and phosphorylation and contractile behaviour in single membrane-permeabilized cardiomyocytes in human left ventricular heart tissue...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436052/clustering-multiply-imputed-multivariate-high-dimensional-longitudinal-profiles
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Liesbeth Bruckers, Geert Molenberghs, Paul Dendale
In this paper, we propose a method to cluster multivariate functional data with missing observations. Analysis of functional data often encompasses dimension reduction techniques such as principal component analysis (PCA). These techniques require complete data matrices. In this paper, the data are completed by means of multiple imputation, and subsequently each imputed data set is submitted to a cluster procedure. The final partition of the data, summarizing the partitions obtained for the imputed data sets, is obtained by means of ensemble clustering...
April 24, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435986/asian-consortium-on-radiation-dose-of-pediatric-cardiac-ct-asci-redcard
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Peter K T Hui, Hyun Woo Goo, Jing Du, Janice J K Ip, Suzu Kanzaki, Young Jin Kim, Supika Kritsaneepaiboon, Oktavia Lilyasari, Suvipaporn Siripornpitak
BACKGROUND: With incremental utilization of pediatric cardiac CT in congenital heart disease, it is imperative to define its current radiation dose levels in clinical practice in order to help imagers optimize CT protocols, particularly in Asia and other developing countries where CT physicists are not readily available. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate current radiation dose levels and influencing factors in cardiac CT in children with congenital heart disease in Asia by conducting a retrospective multi-center, multi-vendor study...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435658/sex-differences-in-insular-cortex-gyri-responses-to-a-brief-static-handgrip-challenge
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Paul M Macey, Nicholas S Rieken, Jennifer A Ogren, Katherine E Macey, Rajesh Kumar, Ronald M Harper
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease varies between sexes, suggesting male-female autonomic control differences. Insular gyri help coordinate autonomic regulation and show a sex-dependent response to a sympathetic challenge. METHODS: We examined sex-related insular gyral responses to a short static handgrip exercise challenge eliciting parasympathetic withdrawal with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during four 16-s challenges (80% maximum strength) in 23 healthy females (age; mean ± std 50 ± 8 years) and 40 males (46 ± 9 years)...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435337/treatment-strategies-for-the-female-athlete-triad-in-the-adolescent-athlete-current-perspectives
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REVIEW
Jill Thein-Nissenbaum, Erin Hammer
Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, female sports participation has dramatically increased. The benefits of physical activity, including decreased risk for heart disease and diabetes as well as improved body image and self-esteem, far outweigh the risks. However, a select population of adolescent and young adult females may experience symptoms related to the female athlete triad (Triad), which refers to the interrelatedness of energy availability, menstrual function, and bone mineral density (BMD). These conditions often manifest clinically as disordered eating behaviors, menstrual irregularity, and stress fractures; an individual may suffer from 1 or all of the Triad components simultaneously...
2017: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
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