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Li Yi - - 2012
Length of stay (LOS) is one of the most important quantitative indexes that measures health service utilization within a hospital. Many studies have examined the association of three major stroke categories with LOS. Our aim is to investigate the differences of LOS among ischemic stroke subtypes, results from which are ...
Morris Valerie B - - 2011
SUMMARY The development of the coeloms is described in an echinoid with an abbreviated larval development and shows the early morphogenesis of the coeloms of the adult stage. The development is described from images obtained by laser scanning confocal microscopy. The development in Heliocidaris erythrogramma is asymmetric with a larger ...
Witman Sima - - 2011
In this study, a new computational method for modelling the contracting heart is described. Using this method, the cardiac wall is constructed from basic, repeating contractile units that represent individual myocardial units and collagen, each with its own set of parameters, including orientation, passive and active behaviour and stimulation propagation. ...
Semenov S - - 2011
Cerebral venous infarct is considered to be rare (0-5% of all strokes). In some cases venous infarcts with no specific signs on conventional CT or MR study are not diagnosed due to incomplete examination. A venous infarct more often (63%) than an arterial (15%) infarct is accompanied by hemorrhage (primary ...
Rathore Javed Akhter - - 2011
The stroke is third leading cause of death in world and 10% of patients with an acute ischemic stroke die within 30 days. Various clinical variables have been implicated as predictors of final outcome of acute stroke. The study was aimed to identify predictors of mortality after an acute stroke. ...
Swanson Julia C - - 2011
Anterior leaflet (AL) stiffening during isovolumic contraction (IVC) may aid mitral valve closure. We tested the hypothesis that AL stiffening requires atrial depolarization. Ten sheep had radioopaque-marker arrays implanted in the left ventricle, mitral annulus, AL, and papillary muscle tips. Four-dimensional marker coordinates (x, y, z, and t) were obtained ...
Evans Sylvia M SM Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 92093, USA. - - 2010
Like transcription factors, microRNAs are emerging as regulators of cell fate decisions. In this issue, Wang et al. (2010) identify a critical microRNA pathway under the control of Bmp signaling that promotes outflow tract myocardial differentiation from cardiac progenitors in vivo.
Nan Changlong - - 2010
Methionine sulfoxide reductase A (MsrA) is an enzyme that reverses oxidation of methionine in proteins. Using a MsrA gene knockout (MsrA(-/-)) mouse model, we have investigated the role of MsrA in the heart. Our data indicate that cellular contractility and cardiac function are not significantly changed in MsrA(-/-) mice if ...
Zu Lingyun L Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, - - 2011
Inactivation of phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN) decreases cardiac contractility under basal conditions and induces cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion injury. However, the pharmacological effect of PTEN inhibitors on cardiac contractility has not been studied before. In the present study, we investigated the hypothesis that PTEN inhibition decreases ...
Rowe Glenn C GC Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, - - 2010
The beating heart requires a constant flux of ATP to maintain contractile function, and there is increasing evidence that energetic defects contribute to the development of heart failure. The last 10 years have seen a resurgent interest in cardiac intermediary metabolism and a dramatic increase in our understanding of transcriptional ...
Gergs Ulrich - - 2012
Protein phosphatase 5 (PP5) a serine/threonine phosphatase is ubiquitously expressed in mammalian tissues including the heart, but its physiological role in the heart is still unknown. Therefore, we used a transgenic mouse model to get a first insight into the cardiac role of PP5. We generated transgenic mice with cardiac ...
Shanmugam Mayilvahanan - - 2011
Improving the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) function has clinical implications in treating heart failure. The present study aimed to determine the effect of constitutive activation of the SERCA pump on cardiac contractility in normal mice and during pressure-overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy. The SERCA pump was constitutively activated in both atrial ...
McKee Jeff - - 2010
Previously, it was observed that a nanosuspension formulation of itraconazole was more efficacious and yet less acutely toxic in rats as compared with the conventional solution formulation, SPORANOX (itraconazole) Injection. The present study compares the two formulations with respect to specifically myocardial contractility in conscious dogs. Motivation for doing so ...
Zhang Bingfang B Department of Geriatrics, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an 710032, - - 2010
Chronic alcohol intake leads to the development of alcoholic cardiomyopathy manifested by cardiac hypertrophy and contractile dysfunction. This study was designed to examine the effects of transgenic overexpression of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) on alcohol-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction. Wild-type FVB and cardiac-specific IGF-1 mice were placed on a 4% ...
Rohde David - - 2010
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, showing a dramatically growing prevalence. It is still associated with a poor clinical prognosis, indicating insufficient long-term treatment success of currently available therapeutic strategies. Investigations of the pathomechanisms underlying cardiovascular disorders uncovered the Ca(2+) binding protein S100A1 as a critical regulator ...
Shah Sanjiv J - - 2010
Although nesiritide is a potent vasodilator, studies using myocytes and isolated muscle strips have shown that recombinant B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP; nesiritide) decreases contractility. We sought to determine whether nesiritide decreases contractility in heart failure patients. Twenty-five heart failure patients underwent left heart catheterization (using a pressure-volume conductance catheter) and ...
Kirschbaum Sharon W - - 2010
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to quantify contractile reserve of chronic dysfunctional myocardium, in particular in segments with intermediate transmural extent of infarction (TEI), using low-dose dobutamine cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with a chronic total coronary occlusion (CTO). BACKGROUND: Recovery of dysfunctional segments with intermediate TEI after percutaneous coronary ...
Nowis Dominika - - 2010
Recent case reports provided alarming signals that treatment with bortezomib might be associated with cardiac events. In all reported cases, patients experiencing cardiac problems were previously or concomitantly treated with other chemotherapeutics including cardiotoxic anthracyclines. Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish which components of the therapeutic regimens contribute to cardiotoxicity. ...
Berthiaume Jessica M - - 2010
Impaired myocardial contractile function is a hallmark of heart failure (HF), which may present under resting conditions and/or during physiological stress. Previous studies have reported that high fat feeding in mild to moderate HF/left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is associated with improved contractile function at baseline. The goal of this study ...
Kushnir Alexander - - 2010
The force frequency relationship (FFR), first described by Bowditch 139 years ago as the observation that myocardial contractility increases proportionally with increasing heart rate, is an important mediator of enhanced cardiac output during exercise. Individuals with heart failure have defective positive FFR that impairs their cardiac function in response to ...
Lupia Enrico - - 2010
Thrombopoietin (TPO) is a humoral growth factor that has been shown to increase platelet activation in response to several agonists. Patients with sepsis have increased circulating TPO levels, which may enhance platelet activation, potentially participating to the pathogenesis of multi-organ failure. Aim of this study was to investigate whether TPO ...
Billman George E - - 2010
Since omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) can alter ventricular myocyte calcium handling, these fatty acids could adversely affect cardiac contractile function, particularly following myocardial infarction. Therefore, 4 wk after myocardial infarction, dogs were randomly assigned to either placebo (corn oil, 1 g/day, n = 16) or n-3 PUFAs supplement ...
Jin Guang - - 2010
Edema is an important part of the pathophysiology of stroke. However, it remains unclear how brain swelling may influence the progression and measurement of infarction after cerebral ischemia. Initial studies in a mouse model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion demonstrated that infarction grew from 24 to 72 h after stroke ...
de Tombe Pieter P PP Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL 60153, USA. - - 2010
The Frank-Starling law of the heart describes the interrelationship between end-diastolic volume and cardiac ejection volume, a regulatory system that operates on a beat-to-beat basis. The main cellular mechanism that underlies this phenomenon is an increase in the responsiveness of cardiac myofilaments to activating Ca(2+) ions at a longer sarcomere ...
Rolli Joelle - - 2010
Myocardial contractile failure in septic shock may develop following direct interactions, within the heart itself, between molecular motifs released by pathogens and their specific receptors, notably those belonging to the toll-like receptor (TLR) family. Here, we determined the ability of bacterial flagellin, the ligand of mammalian TLR5, to trigger myocardial ...
Guo Rui - - 2010
Binge alcohol drinking often triggers myocardial contractile dysfunction although the underlying mechanism is not fully clear. This study was designed to examine the impact of cardiac-specific overexpression of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) on ethanol-induced change in cardiac contractile function, intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis, insulin and AMP-dependent kinase (AMPK) signaling. ADH transgenic and ...
Boldt Andreas - - 2010
Ivabradine represents a novel heart-rate-lowering agent that acts on the sino-atrial node supposedly by selectively inhibiting the 'funny' current (I(f) current). In clinical studies, it was reported that ivabradine effectively reduced resting heart rate and was well tolerated. The aim of this study was to evaluate potential effects of ivabradine ...
Tirilomis Theodor - - 2010
Hemodynamic function may be depressed in the early postoperative stages after cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was the analysis of the myocardial contractility in neonates after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and mild hypothermia. Three indices of left ventricular myocardial contractile function (dP/dt, (dP/dt)/P, and wall thickening) were studied up ...
Jou Chuanchau J - - 2010
The zebrafish is an emerging model system for the study of cardiac electrophysiology and human arrhythmias. High resolution imaging techniques are powerful tools for the study of zebrafish cardiac electrophysiology, but these methods require the complete absence of cardiac contraction. Many pharmacological agents that uncouple cardiac contraction also markedly alter ...
Maillet Marjorie - - 2010
Calcineurin is a protein phosphatase that is uniquely regulated by sustained increases in intracellular Ca(2+) following signal transduction events. Calcineurin controls cellular proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and inducible gene expression following stress and neuroendocrine stimulation. In the adult heart, calcineurin regulates hypertrophic growth of cardiomyocytes in response to pathologic insults that ...
Marciniak Pawe? - - 2010
The semi-isolated heart bioassay was used to evaluate the effect of glycoalkaloids extracted from potato leaves on the heart contractile activity of three beetle species Zophobas atratus, Tenebrio molitor and Leptinotarsa decemlineata. The dose-response curves indicated species specific action of tested substances. Application of glycoalkaloids on the continuously perfused Z. ...
Lehnart Stephan E - - 2009
Heart failure (HF) is characterized by molecular and cellular defects which jointly contribute to decreased cardiac pump function. During the development of the initial cardiac damage which leads to HF, adaptive responses activate physiological countermeasures to overcome depressed cardiac function and to maintain blood supply to vital organs in demand ...
Horiguchi Hiroshi - - 2009
In this paper, we proposed to utilize a reconstructed cardiac tissue as microactuator with easy assembly. In a glucose solution, cardiomyocytes can contract autonomously using only chemical energy. However, a single cardiomyocyte is not enough to actuate a microrobot or a mechanical system. Though the output power will increase by ...
Pantos Constantinos - - 2010
Thyroid hormone (TH), apart from its "classical" actions on cardiac contractility and heart rhythm, appears to regulate various intracellular signalling pathways related to response to stress and cardiac remodelling. There is now accumulating experimental and clinical evidence showing a beneficial effect of TH on limiting myocardial ischaemic injury, preventing/reversing post ...
Shen Weiqun W NMR Laboratory for Physiological Chemistry, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. - - 2010
Myocardial [ATP] falls in the failing heart. One potential compensatory mechanism for maintaining a near normal free energy of ATP hydrolysis (DeltaG approximately (ATP)), despite a fall in [ATP], may be the reduction of myocardial creatine (Cr). To test this, we conducted a longitudinal study using transgenic mice overexpressing cardiac ...
Ma Heng - - 2010
1. Cisplatin is a potent chemotherapeutic agent with broad-spectrum antineoplastic activity against various types of tumours. However, a major factor limiting treatment with cisplatin is its acute and cumulative cardiotoxicity. The aim of the present study was to explore the effect of cisplatin on myocardial contractile function and the possible ...
Naiyanetr Phornphop - - 2010
BACKGROUND: The clinical application of rotary blood pumps (RBPs) for bridge-to-recovery and destination therapy has focused interest on the remaining contractile function of the heart and its course. This study reports a method to determine contractility that uses readily measured variables of the RBP. METHOD: The proposed index (I(Q)) is ...
Cz??bel Mikl??s - - 2009
The role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) in modulating myocardial contractility is still unclear, in part because of unknown, secondary effects of blocking NO release. We hypothesized that the nonspecific inhibition of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) enhances endothelin-1 (ET-1) effects, which can play a role in ET-A receptor-dependent myocardial contractile ...
Sharman James E - - 2009
Augmentation index (AIx), a correlate of mortality, is thought to be influenced by left ventricular contractility and wave reflections. However, the relationship of AIx with left ventricular contractility changes has never been assessed, and the wave reflection theory has recently been questioned. This study sought to examine arterial waveform changes ...
Nalivaiko Eugene E School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 2308, Australia. - - 2010
A great deal of knowledge exists regarding neural control of myocardial function in the rat. Most of the studies addressing this issue were conducted either under general anaesthesia or in isolated hearts in vitro. Our principal aim was to provide a detailed quantitative description of mechanisms controlling cardiac contractility in ...
Borlaug Barry A BA Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, - - 2009
We sought to compare left ventricular (LV) systolic stiffness and contractility in normal subjects, hypertensive patients without heart failure, and patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and to determine whether LV systolic stiffness or myocardial contractility is associated with the rate of mortality in patients with HFpEF. ...
Krasniqi A - - 2009
The toxic effect of alcohol on the heart was recognized long time ago. The aim of our study was to evaluate the cardiodepressive effect of alcohol in our in-patients and compare the obtained results with those in the literature. The study included 187 patients (184 men and 3 women) aged ...
Go Orson - - 2009
Myocardial stunning refers to contractile dysfunction that persists after an ischemic episode and restoration of coronary blood flow. In this article, 2 cases of myocardial stunning after electroconvulsive therapy in patients with an apparently normal heart are presented. The incidence of this condition is unknown. It is observed that this ...
Black Adam - - 2009
The search for a load-independent index of myocardial contractility has been a focus for nearly 100 years. Nearly all of the parameters developed have yielded insight into cardiac function but their clinical utility has been limited. A new index, dsigma*/dt (max), has been proposed to be useful in the clinic. ...
Hidalgo Rosa María Vivanco RM Servicio de Neurología, Unidad de Neurovascular, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, - - 2009
In patients with stroke, atrial fibrillation is an independent risk factor and indicates a poor prognosis. Cardiac monitoring is carried out for longer periods in stroke units. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency at which atrial fibrillation is detected in stroke units and the percentage of ...
Denk Katja - - 2009
OBJECTIVE: The present study was performed as an attempt to analyze the relationship between body weight and human myocardial performance. As overweight is frequently associated with hypertension, stenosis of epimyocardial coronary arteries and other factors that influence myocardial performance, the experimental model of isolated human atrial myocardium was selected. Atrial ...
Cerra M C - - 2009
Being the largest form of intravascular and tissue storage of nitric oxide (NO) and a signalling molecule itself, the nitrite anion (NO(2)(-)) has emerged as a key player in many biological processes. Since the heart is under an important NO-mediated autocrine-paracrine control, in mammals the cardiac effects of nitrite are ...
Pellegrino Daniela - - 2009
The ubiquitous anion nitrite (NO(2)(-)) has recently emerged as an endocrine storage form of nitric oxide (NO) and a signalling molecule that mediates a number of biological responses. Although the role of NO in regulating cardiac function has been investigated in depth, the physiological signalling effects of nitrite on cardiac ...
Meder Benjamin - - 2009
Although it is well known that mutations in the cardiac essential myosin light chain-1 (cmlc-1) gene can cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the precise in vivo structural and functional roles of cMLC-1 in the heart are only poorly understood. We have isolated the zebrafish mutant lazy susan (laz), which displays severely reduced ...
Quaile Michael P MP Department of Physiology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa, - - 2009
Urotensin-II (U-II) is an endogenous peptide upregulated in failing hearts. To date, insights into the myocardial actions of U-II have been obscured by its potent vasoconstrictor effects and interspecies differences in physiological responses to U-II. We examined the direct effects of exogenous U-II on in vitro contractility in nonfailing and ...
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