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Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae ; (6): 164-172, 2022.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-927861


Mechanical stimulus is critical to cardiovascular development during embryogenesis period.The mechanoreceptors of endocardial cells and cardiac myocytes may sense mechanical signals and initiate signal transduction that induce gene expression at a cellular level,and then translate molecular-level events into tissue-level deformations,thus guiding embryo development.This review summarizes the regulatory roles of mechanical signals in the early cardiac development including the formation of heart tube,looping,valve and septal morphogenesis,ventricular development and maturation.Further,we discuss the potential mechanical transduction mechanisms of platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1-vascular endothelial-cadherin-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 complex,primary cilia,ion channels,and other mechanical sensors that affect some cardiac malformations.

Animals , Humans , Heart/embryology , Mechanotransduction, Cellular , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/metabolism
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 53(9): e9693, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS, ColecionaSUS | ID: biblio-1132556


Ischemic heart disease (IHD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. C-type lectin domain family 3 member B (CLEC3B) is a C-type lectin superfamily member and is reported to promote tissue remodeling. The serum levels of CLEC3B are downregulated in patients with cardiovascular disease. However, the molecular mechanisms of CLEC3B in IHD is not well-characterized. Therefore, we overexpressed CLEC3B and silenced CLEC3B in H9c2 rat cardiomyocytes for the first time. We then constructed a model of IHD in vitro through culturing H9c2 cardiomyocytes in serum-free medium under oxygen-deficit conditions. Then, Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8), flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, and western blot assays were performed to investigate cell viability, apoptosis, and expression levels of CLEC3B, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), phosphorylated PI3K (p-PI3K), protein kinase B (Akt), phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt), and cleaved-caspase 3. We observed that the mRNA expression of CLEC3B was decreased in hypoxic H9c2 cardiomyocytes (P<0.05). Overexpression of CLEC3B increased cell viability (P<0.01), inhibited cell apoptosis (P<0.05), upregulated the levels of p-PI3K/PI3K and p-Akt/Akt (P<0.01 or P<0.05), and downregulated expression of cleaved-caspase 3 (P<0.001) in hypoxic H9c2 cardiomyocytes while silencing of CLEC3B caused the opposite results. Inhibition of the PI3K/Akt pathway reversed the protective effect of CLEC3B on hypoxic H9c2 cardiomyocytes. Our study demonstrated that CLEC3B alleviated the injury of hypoxic H9c2 cardiomyocytes via the PI3K/Akt pathway.

Humans , Animals , Rats , Apoptosis/physiology , Lectins, C-Type/metabolism , Signal Transduction , Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt/metabolism , Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase , Hypoxia
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 53(3): e8761, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1089339


Nitric oxide (NO) inhibition by high-dose NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) is associated with several detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system. However, low-dose L-NAME increases NO synthesis, which in turn induces physiological cardiovascular benefits, probably by activating a protective negative feedback mechanism. Aerobic exercise, likewise, improves several cardiovascular functions in healthy hearts, but its effects are not known when chronically associated with low-dose L-NAME. Thus, we tested whether the association between low-dose L-NAME administration and chronic aerobic exercise promotes beneficial effects to the cardiovascular system, evaluating the cardiac remodeling process. Male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to control (C), L-NAME (L), chronic aerobic exercise (Ex), and chronic aerobic exercise associated to L-NAME (ExL). Aerobic training was performed with progressive intensity for 12 weeks; L-NAME (1.5 mg·kg-1·day-1) was administered by orogastric gavage. Low-dose L-NAME alone did not change systolic blood pressure (SBP), but ExL significantly increased SBP at week 8 with normalization after 12 weeks. Furthermore, ExL promoted the elevation of left ventricle (LV) end-diastolic pressure without the presence of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Time to 50% shortening and relaxation were reduced in ExL, suggesting a cardiomyocyte contractile improvement. In addition, the time to 50% Ca2+ peak was increased without alterations in Ca2+ amplitude and time to 50% Ca2+ decay. In conclusion, the association of chronic aerobic exercise and low-dose L-NAME prevented cardiac pathological remodeling and induced cardiomyocyte contractile function improvement; however, it did not alter myocyte affinity and sensitivity to intracellular Ca2+ handling.

Animals , Male , Physical Conditioning, Animal/physiology , Calcium/analysis , Nitric Oxide Synthase/drug effects , NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester/pharmacology , Enzyme Inhibitors/pharmacology , Myocardial Contraction/drug effects , Body Weight/physiology , Rats, Wistar , Ventricular Pressure/drug effects , Nitric Oxide Synthase/metabolism , NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester/administration & dosage , Models, Animal , Myocytes, Cardiac/drug effects , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Enzyme Inhibitors/administration & dosage , Adiposity , Hemodynamics , Motor Activity/physiology , Myocardium/pathology
Int. j. cardiovasc. sci. (Impr.) ; 31(6): 610-618, nov.- dez. 2018. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-979902


Background: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) can cause damage to several physiological systems.Objectives: To compare and characterize the effects of aerobic exercise training (ET) performed by swimming with those of ET performed on a treadmill on the skeletal muscle and heart of rats with DM1. Methods: 41 male Wistar rats were randomized into four groups: nondiabetic control (CTR), diabetic control (DMC), diabetic trained on the treadmill (DMT), and diabetic trained by swimming (DMS). The trained groups performed aerobic exercise training for 8 weeks, 5 times a week, 60 min per day. Exercise tolerance, blood glucose, body weight, wet weight of the skeletal muscles and left ventricle (LV), muscle glycogen, cross-sectional area of skeletal muscles, and cross-sectional diameter and collagen volume fraction of the LV were evaluated.Results: The results were expressed as mean ± standard deviation of the mean and submitted to two-way ANOVA with post-hoc Bonferroni test. Aerobic ET protocols applied to animals with DM1, regardless of the ergometer, showed satisfactory results (p < 0.05) when compared to the control groups: improved exercise tolerance, increased glycogen content of the soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles and increased cross-sectional diameter of the left ventricular cardiomyocytes. In some variables, such as exercise tolerance and cross-sectional area of the soleus and EDL muscles, DMT showed better results than DMS (p < 0.05). On the other hand, DMS showed increased cross-sectional diameter of cardiomyocytes when compared with the DMT group. Conclusion: Both aerobic ET protocols offered benefits to animals with diabetes; however, due to the specific characteristics of each modality, different physiological adaptations were observed between the trained groups

Animals , Rats , Swimming , Exercise , Rats, Wistar , Diabetes Mellitus , Exercise Test , Body Weight , Data Interpretation, Statistical , Muscle, Skeletal , Guidelines as Topic , Models, Animal , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Glycemic Index , Physical Exertion
Rev. bras. anestesiol ; 68(6): 591-596, Nov.-Dec. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-977407


Abstract Introduction: Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury is a common pathophysiological process in liver surgery. Whether Propofol can reduce myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury induced by hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats, together with related mechanisms, still needs further studies. Objective: To investigate if propofol would protect the myocardial cells from apoptosis with hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury. Methods: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 18) were randomly allocated into three groups: Sham Group (Group S, n = 6), Hepatic Ischemia-reperfusion Injury Group (Group IR, n = 6) and Propofol Group (Group P, n = 6). Group S was only subjected to laparotomy. Group IR was attained by ischemia for 30 min and reperfusion for 4 h. Group P was subjected identical insult as in Group IR with the administration of propofol started 10 min before ischemia with 120−1, following by continuous infusion at 20−1.h−1. Cell apoptosis was examined by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling assay. Endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase2 (SERCA2) and cysteine-containing aspartic acid cleaved-caspase3 (cleaved-caspase3) were assayed by western blot and Altimeter polymerase chain reaction. Results: Apoptosis rate was increased, with mRNA and protein of SERCA2 down-regulated and cleaved-caspase3 up-regulated in Group IR compared with Group S (p < 0.01). Apoptosis rate was decreased, with mRNA and protein of SERCA2 up-regulated and cleaved-caspase3 down-regulated in Group P compared with Group IR (p < 0.01). Conclusions: Propofol can reduce hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury-induced myocardial cell apoptosis, meanwhile, can up-regulate mRNA and protein of SERCA2 in rats.

Resumo Introdução: A lesão hepática por isquemia-reperfusão é um processo fisiopatológico comum em cirurgias hepáticas. Mais estudos ainda são necessários para avaliar se o propofol pode reduzir a lesão de isquemia-reperfusão miocárdica induzida pela lesão de isquemia-reperfusão hepática em ratos, juntamente com os mecanismos que estão relacionados. Objetivo: Investigar se propofol protege as células do miocárdio da apoptose com a lesão hepática por isquemia-reperfusão. Métodos: Ratos machos da raça Sprague-Dawley (n = 18) foram alocados aleatoriamente em três grupos: Grupo Sham (Grupo S, n = 6), Grupo Lesão Hepática por Isquemia-reperfusão (Grupo IR, n = 6) e Grupo Propofol (Grupo P, n = 6). O Grupo S foi submetido apenas à laparotomia. O grupo IR foi submetido à isquemia por 30 min e reperfusão por 4 h. O grupo P foi submetido à mesma isquemia do grupo IR, com a administração de 120 de propofol iniciada 10min antes da isquemia, seguida de infusão contínua a 20 A apoptose celular foi examinada por meio do ensaio de marcação de terminações dUTP pela deoxinucleotidil transferase. Retículo endoplasmático Ca2+-ATPase2 (SERCA2) e caspase-3 do ácido aspártico contendo cisteína (caspase-3 clivada) foram avaliados com o ensaio western blot e reação em cadeia da polimerase. Resultados: A taxa de apoptose foi maior com mRNA e proteína de SERCA2 regulados para baixo e caspase-3 clivada suprarregulada no Grupo IR, em comparação com o Grupo S (p < 0,01). A taxa de apoptose foi menor com mRNA e proteína de SERCA2 suprarregulada e caspase-3 clivada sub-regulada no Grupo P, em comparação com o Grupo IR (p < 0,01). Conclusões: O propofol pode reduzir a apoptose de células miocárdicas induzida por lesão hepática por isquemia-reperfusão. Entretanto, pode suprarregular o mRNA e a proteína de SERCA2 em ratos.

Animals , Male , Rats , Reperfusion Injury/prevention & control , Propofol/administration & dosage , Apoptosis/drug effects , Anesthetics, Intravenous/administration & dosage , Myocytes, Cardiac/drug effects , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases/biosynthesis , Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases/drug effects , Liver/blood supply , Random Allocation , Propofol/pharmacology , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Anesthetics, Intravenous/pharmacology
Arq. bras. cardiol ; 111(2): 172-179, Aug. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-950219


Abstract Background: Regulation of intracellular calcium (Ca2+) in cardiomyocytes is altered by hypertension; and aerobic exercise brings benefits to hypertensive individuals. Objective: To verify the effects of aerobic exercise training on contractility and intracellular calcium (Ca2+) transients of cardiomyocytes and on the expression of microRNA 214 (miR-214) in the left ventricle of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Methods: SHR and normotensive Wistar rats of 16 weeks were divided into 4 groups -sedentary hypertensive (SH); trained hypertensive (TH); sedentary normotensive (SN); and trained normotensive (TN). Animals of the TH and TN groups were subjected to treadmill running program, 5 days/week, 1 hour/day at 60-70% of maximum running velocity for 8 weeks. We adopted a p ≤ 0.05 as significance level for all comparisons. Results: Exercise training reduced systolic arterial pressure in hypertensive rats. In normotensive rats, exercise training reduced the time to 50% cell relaxation and the time to peak contraction and increased the time to 50% decay of the intracellular Ca2+ transients. In SHR, exercise increased the amplitude and reduced the time to 50% decay of Ca2+ transients. Exercise training increased the expression of miR-214 in hypertensive rats only. Conclusion: The aerobic training applied in this study increased the availability of intracellular Ca2+ and accelerated the sequestration of these ions in left ventricular myocytes of hypertensive rats, despite increased expression of miR-214 and maintenance of cell contractility.

Resumo Fundamento: A regulação intracelular de cálcio (Ca2+) em cardiomiócitos é alterada pela hipertensão, e o exercício físico aeróbico traz benefícios para hipertensos. Objetivo: Verificar os efeitos do treinamento físico aeróbico sobre a contratilidade e a concentração intracelular de Ca2+ transitória em miócitos e a expressão do microRNA 214 no ventrículo esquerdo (VE) de ratos espontaneamente hipertensos (SHR). Métodos: SHR e ratos Wistar normotensos com 16 semanas de idade foram divididos em 4 grupos de 13 animais cada: hipertenso sedentário (HS); hipertenso treinado (HT); normotenso sedentário (NS); normotenso treinado (NT). Os animais dos grupos HT e NT foram submetidos a um programa de treinamento progressivo de corrida em esteira, 5 dias/semana, 1 hora/dia, em intensidade de 60-70% da velocidade máxima de corrida, durante 8 semanas. Adotou-se p ≤ 0,05 como nível de significância em todas as comparações. Resultados: O treinamento físico reduziu a pressão arterial sistólica nos animais hipertensos. Nos animais normotensos, o treinamento físico reduziu o tempo para 50% de relaxamento celular e o tempo para o pico de contração celular, mas aumentou o tempo para 50% de decaimento da concentração intracelular de Ca2+ transitória. Nos animais SHR, o treinamento físico aumentou a amplitude e reduziu o tempo para 50% de decaimento da concentração intracelular de Ca2+ transitória, sem alterar a contratilidade celular. O treinamento físico aumentou a expressão do miR-214 apenas nos animais hipertensos. Conclusão: O treinamento aeróbico utilizado aumenta a disponibilidade e acelera o sequestro de Ca2+ intracelular em miócitos do VE de ratos hipertensos, apesar do aumento da expressão de miR-214 e da manutenção da contratilidade celular.

Animals , Rats , Physical Conditioning, Animal/physiology , Blood Pressure/physiology , Calcium/metabolism , Myocytes, Cardiac/metabolism , Hypertension/metabolism , Myocardial Contraction/physiology , Rats, Inbred SHR , Calcium Signaling , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , MicroRNAs/metabolism , Hypertension/physiopathology
Rev. bras. cir. cardiovasc ; 33(3): 291-302, May-June 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-958412


Abstract The heat shock proteins are endogenous proteins with the ability to act as molecular chaperones. Methods that provide cell protection by way of some damage can positively influence the results of surgery. The present review summarizes current knowledge concerning the cardioprotective role of the heat shock proteins as occurs in heart damage, including relevant information about the stresses that regulate the expression of these proteins and their potential role as biomarkers of heart disease.

Humans , Myocardial Ischemia/metabolism , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Cardiac Surgical Procedures , Heat-Shock Proteins/physiology , Biomarkers/metabolism , Heat-Shock Proteins/analysis , Myocardium/metabolism , Myocardium/chemistry
Arq. bras. cardiol ; 110(3): 256-262, Mar. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-888032


Abstract Background: The lack of cardiac β1-adrenergic receptors (β1-AR) negatively affects the regulation of both cardiac inotropy and lusitropy, leading, in the long term, to heart failure (HF). Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (MCAE) is recommended as an adjunctive therapy for patients with HF. Objective: We tested the effects of MCAE on the contractile properties of left ventricular (LV) myocytes from β1 adrenergic receptor knockout (β1ARKO) mice. Methods: Four- to five-month-old male wild type (WT) and β1ARKO mice were divided into groups: WT control (WTc) and trained (WTt); and β1ARKO control (β1ARKOc) and trained (β1ARKOt). Animals from trained groups were submitted to a MCAE regimen (60 min/day; 60% of maximal speed, 5 days/week) on a treadmill, for 8 weeks. P ≤ 0.05 was considered significant in all comparisons. Results: The β1ARKO and exercised mice exhibited a higher (p < 0.05) running capacity than WT and sedentary ones, respectively. The β1ARKO mice showed higher body (BW), heart (HW) and left ventricle (LVW) weights, as well as the HW/BW and LVW/BW than WT mice. However, the MCAE did not affect these parameters. Left ventricular myocytes from β1ARKO mice showed increased (p < 0.05) amplitude and velocities of contraction and relaxation than those from WT. In addition, MCAE increased (p < 0.05) amplitude and velocities of contraction and relaxation in β1ARKO mice. Conclusion: MCAE improves myocyte contractility in the left ventricle of β1ARKO mice. This is evidence to support the therapeutic value of this type of exercise training in the treatment of heart diseases involving β1-AR desensitization or reduction.

Resumo Fundamento: A falta de receptores β1-adrenérgicos (β1-AR) cardíacos afeta negativamente a regulação de inotropismo e lusitropismo cardíacos, levando, no longo prazo, a insuficiência cardíaca (IC). Recomenda-se exercício aeróbico contínuo de intensidade moderada (EACM) como adjuvante no tratamento de pacientes com IC. Objetivo: Testar os efeitos do EACM nas propriedades contráteis de miócitos do ventrículo esquerdo (VE) de camundongos com nocaute para o receptor β1-adrenérgico (β1ARKO). Método: Camundongos machos com 4 a 5 meses de idade, wild-type (WT) e β1ARKO foram divididos em grupos: WT controle (WTc) e treinado (WTt); e β1ARKO controle (β1ARKOc) e treinado (β1ARKOt). Os grupos treinados foram submetidos a regime de EACM (60 min/dia; 60% da velocidade máxima, 5 dias/semana) em esteira rolante, por 8 semanas. Adotou-se P ≤ 0,05 como nível de significância em todas as comparações. Resultados: Os animais β1ARKO (β1ARKOc + β1ARKOt) correram uma distância maior do que os animais WT (WTc + WTt) (p < 0,05). Os camundongos β1ARKO apresentaram maiores pesos corporal (PC), do coração (PCo) e do ventrículo esquerdo (PVE), assim como PCo/PC e PVE/PC do que os camundongos WT. Entretanto, o EACM não afetou tais parâmetros. Os miócitos do VE de camundongos β1ARKO apresentaram maiores (p < 0,05) amplitude e velocidades de contração e relaxamento do que os dos camundongos WT. Além disso, o EACM aumentou (p < 0,05) a amplitude e as velocidades de contração e relaxamento nos camundongos β1ARKO. Conclusão: O EACM melhora a contratilidade do miócito do VE de camundongos β1ARKO. Tal achado confirma o valor terapêutico desse tipo de treinamento físico para o tratamento de doenças cardíacas envolvendo dessensibilização ou redução de β1-AR.

Animals , Male , Rats , Physical Conditioning, Animal/physiology , Physical Conditioning, Animal/methods , Ventricular Function, Left/physiology , Receptors, Adrenergic, beta-1/physiology , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Myocardial Contraction/physiology , Time Factors , Reproducibility of Results , Mice, Knockout , Exercise Test/methods , Exercise Therapy/methods , Heart Failure/physiopathology
Arq. bras. cardiol ; 107(3): 271-275, Sept. 2016. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-796038


Abstract Myocardial infarction is the most significant manifestation of ischemic heart disease and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Novel strategies targeting at regenerating the injured myocardium have been investigated, including gene therapy, cell therapy, and the use of growth factors. Growth factor therapy has aroused interest in cardiovascular medicine because of the regeneration mechanisms induced by these biomolecules, including angiogenesis, extracellular matrix remodeling, cardiomyocyte proliferation, stem-cell recruitment, and others. Together, these mechanisms promote myocardial repair and improvement of the cardiac function. This review aims to address the strategic role of growth factor therapy in cardiac regeneration, considering its innovative and multifactorial character in myocardial repair after ischemic injury. Different issues will be discussed, with emphasis on the regeneration mechanisms as a potential therapeutic resource mediated by growth factors, and the challenges to make these proteins therapeutically viable in the field of cardiology and regenerative medicine.

Resumo O infarto do miocárdio representa a manifestação mais significativa da cardiopatia isquêmica e está associado a elevada morbimortalidade. Novas estratégias vêm sendo investigadas com o intuito de regenerar o miocárdio lesionado, incluindo a terapia gênica, a terapia celular e a utilização de fatores de crescimento. A terapia com fatores de crescimento despertou interesse em medicina cardiovascular, devido aos mecanismos de regeneração induzidos por essas biomoléculas, incluindo angiogênese, remodelamento da matriz extracelular, proliferação de cardiomiócitos e recrutamento de células-tronco, dentre outros. Em conjunto, tais mecanismos promovem a reparação do miocárdio e a melhora da função cardíaca. Esta revisão pretende abordar o papel estratégico da terapia, com fatores de crescimento, para a regeneração cardíaca, considerando seu caráter inovador e multifatorial sobre o reparo do miocárdio após dano isquêmico. Diferentes questões serão discutidas, destacando-se os mecanismos de regeneração como recurso terapêutico potencial mediado por fatores de crescimento e os desafios para tornar essas proteínas terapeuticamente viáveis no âmbito da cardiologia e da medicina regenerativa.

Humans , Regeneration/physiology , Myocardial Ischemia/physiopathology , Myocardial Ischemia/therapy , Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins/therapeutic use , Regenerative Medicine/methods , Neovascularization, Physiologic/physiology , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Regenerative Medicine/trends , Heart/physiology
Cad. saúde pública ; 31(3): 586-596, 03/2015. tab
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: lil-744827


O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar fatores associados à utilização dos serviços odontológicos, públicos (básicos e especializados) e privados. Foi realizado inquérito populacional de base domiciliar em dois municípios da Bahia, Brasil. Informantes-chave forneceram dados socioeconômicos e de utilização dos serviços odontológicos (desfecho). A organização do serviço público odontológico local foi classificada em pior/melhor. Realizou-se regressão logística politômica uni e múltipla. Do total de 1.290 indivíduos, 38,76% usaram o serviço privado, 33,80% atenção básica e 17,29% atenção básica e o Centro de Especialidades Odontológicas (CEO). Um perfil de vulnerabilidade social foi associado ao uso do serviço público, quando comparado ao privado. Menor escolaridade (OR = 1,47; IC95%: 1,03-2,10) e pior organização do serviço (OR = 1,74; IC95%: 1,22-2,48) foram associados ao menor uso da rede de serviços atenção básica e CEO em comparação ao uso exclusivo da atenção básica. A desigualdade na utilização dos serviços odontológicos foi observada mesmo quando comparados grupos mais homogêneos, como os usuários dos serviços públicos.

The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with the use of primary and specialized public dental health services and private services. A population-based household survey was conducted in two cities of Bahia State, Brazil. Key informants provided data on socioeconomic variables and use of dental health services. Organization of the local public dental health service was ranked as worse versus better. Univariate and multivariate polytomous logistic regression was performed. Of the total of 1,290 individuals, 38.76% used private services, 33.80% used public primary care, and 17.29% used both primary care and the Center for Dental Specialties. Less use of both primary care and specialized public services was associated with lower education (OR = 1.47; 95%CI: 1.03-2.10) and worse organization of services (OR = 1.74; 95%CI: 1.22-2.48), when compared to the exclusive use of primary care. The study showed inequality in the use of dental services, even when comparing more homogeneous groups, namely users of public services.

El objetivo de este estudio fue identificar los factores asociados al uso de los servicios odontológicos (primarios y especializados) públicos y privados. Se realizó una encuesta poblacional en dos ciudades de Bahía, Brasil. Los informantes clave contestaron cuestiones socioeconómicas y de utilización de los servicios odontológicos (resultado). La organización de los servicios odontológicos públicos locales fue clasificada en peor/mejor. Se realizó regresión simple y múltiple con variable politómica. Del total de 1.290 personas, un 38,76% utilizaron el servicio privado, un 33,80% la atención primaria y un 17,29% atención primaria y el Centro de Especialidades Dentales (CED). Una menor escolaridad (OR = 1,47; IC95%: 1.03-2.10) y una peor organización de servicio (OR = 1,74; IC95%: 1,22-2,48) se asociaron con un menor uso de la red de servicios de atención primaria y CED, en comparación con el uso exclusivo de la atención primaria. La desigualdad en el uso de los servicios dentales se observó incluso cuando se comparan grupos más homogéneos, como usuarios de servicios públicos.

Animals , Rabbits , Action Potentials/physiology , Membrane Potentials/physiology , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Potassium/metabolism , Tacrolimus Binding Proteins/metabolism , Ventricular Function, Left/drug effects , Action Potentials/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Membrane Potentials/drug effects , Myocytes, Cardiac/drug effects , Up-Regulation/physiology
Einstein (Säo Paulo) ; 13(1): 89-95, Jan-Mar/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-745883


Objective Evaluate the effects of VEGF165 gene transfer in the process of remodeling of the extracellular matrix after an acute myocardial infarct. Methods Wistar rats were submitted to myocardial infarction, after the ligation of the left descending artery, and the left ventricle ejection fraction was used to classify the infarcts into large and small. The animals were divided into groups of ten, according to the size of infarcted area (large or small), and received or not VEGF165 treatment. Evaluation of different markers was performed using immunohistochemistry and digital quantification. The primary antibodies used in the analysis were anti-fibronectin, anti-vimentin, anti-CD44, anti-E-cadherin, anti-CD24, anti-alpha-1-actin, and anti-PCNA. The results were expressed as mean and standard error, and analyzed by ANOVA, considering statistically significant if p≤0.05. Results There was a significant increase in the expression of undifferentiated cell markers, such as fibronectin (protein present in the extracellular matrix) and CD44 (glycoprotein present in the endothelial cells). However, there was decreased expression of vimentin and PCNA, indicating a possible decrease in the process of cell proliferation after treatment with VEGF165. Markers of differentiated cells, E-cadherin (adhesion protein between myocardial cells), CD24 (protein present in the blood vessels), and alpha-1-actin (specific myocyte marker), showed higher expression in the groups submitted to gene therapy, compared to non-treated group. The value obtained by the relation between alpha-1-actin and vimentin was approximately three times higher in the groups treated with VEGF165, suggesting greater tissue differentiation. Conclusion The results demonstrated the important role of myocytes in the process of tissue remodeling, confirming that VEGF165 seems to provide a protective effect in the treatment of acute myocardial infarct. .

Objetivo Avaliar os efeitos da transferência gênica do VEGF165 no processo de remodelamento da matriz extracelular após infarto agudo do miocárdio. Métodos Ratos Wistar foram submetidos ao infarto do miocárdio por ligação da artéria coronária descendente esquerda, e a fração de ejeção de ventrículo esquerdo foi utilizada para classificar os infartos em grandes e pequenos. Os animais foram divididos em grupos de dez animais, de acordo com o tamanho do infarto (grande ou pequeno), e receberam ou não tratamento com o VEGF165. A avaliação dos diferentes marcadores foi realizada por imuno-histoquímica e quantificação digital. Os anticorpos primários utilizados foram antifibronectina, antivimentina, anti- CD44, anti-E-caderina, anti-CD24, anti-alfa-1-actina e anti-PCNA. Os resultados foram representados como média e erro padrão, e analisados por ANOVA, sendo considerado estatisticamente significativo se p≤0,05. Resultados Houve aumento significativo da expressão de marcadores de células indiferenciadas, como fibronectina (proteína presente na matriz extracelular) e CD44 (glicoproteína presente nas células endoteliais). Entretanto, houve diminuição da expressão de vimentina e PCNA, indicando possível diminuição do processo de proliferação celular após o tratamento com VEGF165. Os marcadores de células diferenciadas, E-caderina (proteína de adesão entre as células do miocárdio), CD24 (proteína presente nos vasos sanguíneos) e alfa-1-actina (marcador especifico de miócitos) também apresentaram maior expressão nos grupos submetidos à terapia gênica, comparativamente com o grupo não tratado. O valor obtido pela relação entre alfa-1-actina e vimentina foi aproximadamente três vezes maior nos grupos tratados com VEGF165, indicando maior diferenciação tecidual. Conclusão O papel dos miócitos se mostrou importante no processo de remodelamento tecidual, confirmando que o VEGF165 parece conferir um efeito protetor no tratamento do infarto agudo do miocárdio. .

Animals , Female , Extracellular Matrix/physiology , Gene Transfer Techniques , Myocardial Infarction/therapy , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/therapeutic use , Actins/analysis , /analysis , /analysis , Cadherins/analysis , Cell Proliferation/physiology , Disease Models, Animal , Fibronectins/analysis , Genetic Therapy/methods , Immunohistochemistry , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Rats, Wistar , Reproducibility of Results , Treatment Outcome , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/genetics , Vimentin/analysis
Arch. cardiol. Méx ; 84(2): 102-109, abr.-jun. 2014.
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: lil-732014


La proliferación de los miocitos que forman parte de los ventrículos cardíacos del mamífero adulto ha sido descartada por algunos investigadores con el argumento de que estas células están diferenciadas en forma terminal; sin embargo, este dogma ha sido puesto en duda a partir de los hallazgos de otros investigadores quienes han observado que estos miocitos pueden presentar los procesos necesarios para la proliferación, es decir síntesis de ADN, mitosis y citocinesis, cuando el miocardio se daña en forma experimental con estrategias de tipo farmacológico o quirúrgico, o debido a condiciones patológicas relacionadas con el sistema cardiovascular. Esta revisión integra algunos de los trabajos disponibles en la literatura que han evaluado la síntesis del ADN, mitosis y citocinesis en estas células, en el miocardio dañado, para saber si su proliferación puede ser considerada como un fenómeno factible. La revisión concluye con una reflexión sobre las perspectivas del conocimiento generado en esta área de estudio.

Proliferation of adult mammalian ventricular cardiomyocytes has been ruled out by some researchers, who have argued that these cells are terminally differentiated; however, this dogma has been rejected because other researchers have reported that these cells can present the processes necessary to proliferate, that is, DNA synthesis, mitosis and cytokinesis when the heart is damaged experimentally through pharmacological and surgical strategies or due to pathological conditions concerning the cardiovascular system. This review integrates some of the available works in the literature evaluating the DNA synthesis, mitosis and cytokinesis in these myocytes, when the myocardium is damaged, with the purpose of knowing if their proliferation can be considered as a feasible phenomenon. The review is concluded with a reflection about the perspectives of the knowledge generated in this area.

Adult , Animals , Dogs , Humans , Mice , Rats , Cell Proliferation , DNA , Heart Ventricles/cytology , Mitosis/physiology , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Bromodeoxyuridine/metabolism , Cell Differentiation , Cytokinesis , Myocytes, Cardiac/cytology , Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen/metabolism , RNA, Messenger/metabolism
Rev. bras. cir. cardiovasc ; 29(2): 202-213, Apr-Jun/2014. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-719407


Introduction: Most cardiomyocytes do not regenerate after myocardial infarction. Porcine small intestinal submucosa has been shown to be effective in tissue repair. Objective: To evaluate myocardial tissue regeneration and functional effects of SIS implantation in pigs after left ventriculotomy. Methods: Fifteen pigs were assigned to two groups: porcine small intestinal submucosa (SIS) (N=10) and control (N=5). The SIS group underwent a mini sternotomy, left ventriculotomy and placement of a SIS patch. The control group underwent a sham procedure. Echocardiography was performed before and 60 days after the surgical procedure. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin stain and markers for actin 1A4, anti sarcomeric actin, connexin43 and factor VIII. Results: Weight gain was similar in both groups. Echocardiography analysis revealed no difference between groups regarding end diastolic and systolic diameters and left ventricular ejection fraction, both pre (P=0.118, P=0.313, P=0.944) and post procedure (P=0.333, P=0.522, P=0.628). Both groups showed an increase in end diastolic (P<0,001 for both) and systolic diameter 60 days after surgery (P=0.005, SIS group and P=0.004, control group). New cardiomyocytes, blood vessels and inflammatory reactions were histologically identified in the SIS group. Conclusion: SIS implantation in pigs after left ventriculotomy was associated with angiomuscular regeneration and no damage in cardiac function. .

Introdução: A grande maioria dos cardiomiócitos não tem capacidade de regeneração após o infarto do miocárdio. A submucosa do intestino porcino tem-se mostrado eficiente como reparador tecidual. Objetivo: Analisar a capacidade de regeneração tecidual miocárdica e o efeito funcional do implante da submucosa do intestino porcino após ventriculotomia esquerda em porcos. Métodos: Quinze porcos foram separados em dois grupos: submucosa (N=10) e controle (N=5). Os animais do grupo submucosa foram submetidos a uma mini esternotomia inferior e ao implante da submucosa porcina na ventriculotomia esquerda. No grupo controle, foi realizada apenas a mini-esternotomia. Foi realizada análise ecocardiográfica no pré-operatório e 60 dias após o procedimento cirúrgico. A análise histológica foi feita com hematoxilina-eosila e marcadores para Actina 1A4, anti-actina sarcomérica, conexina43 e fator VIII. Resultados: O ganho de peso foi semelhante entre os grupos. Considerando a análise ecocardiográfica, não foi identificada diferença estatisticamente significativa entre os grupos com relação ao diâmetro sistólico final, diâmetro diastólico final e fração de ejeção ventricular esquerda, tanto no pré (P=0.118, P=0.313, P=0.944) quanto no pós-operatório (P=0.333, P=0.522, P=0.628). Ambos os grupos mostraram um aumento no diâmetro sistólico final (P=0.005, grupo submucosa e P=0.004, grupo controle) e diâmetro diastólico final (P<0,001 para ambos) 60 dias após a cirurgia. À histologia, identificou-se a presença de novos cardiomiócitos, fibras musculares lisas, vasos sanguíneos e reação inflamatória no grupo submucosa. Conclusão: O implante de submucosa intestinal porcina após ...

Animals , Heart/physiology , Intestine, Small , Intestinal Mucosa/transplantation , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Regeneration/physiology , Echocardiography , Heart Ventricles/surgery , Medical Illustration , Models, Animal , Myocardium , Myocardial Infarction/surgery , Random Allocation , Reproducibility of Results , Swine , Stroke Volume/physiology , Time Factors , Treatment Outcome
Journal of Forensic Medicine ; (6): 257-260, 2014.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-983913


OBJECTIVE@#To observe the effects of intermedin preconditioning on hypoxic injury in rat's cardiac myocytes and to provide the hypothetical mechanism of sudden cardiac death in the field of forensic pathology.@*METHODS@#The H9c2 cultured rat cardiac myocytes were randomly divided into control group, hypoxia group and IMD group. The myocardial cell viability, cellular ultrastructure, intracellular calcium concentration and apoptosis rate were determined by MTT assay, transmission electron microscopy, laser scanning confocal microscope and flow cytometry, respectively.@*RESULTS@#Compared with the control group, cell viability obviously decreased with inner ultrastructure injury in the hypoxia group (P<0.05), while cell viability significantly increased in the IMD group by reducing the hypoxia injury of cardiac myocytes (P<0.05). Compared with the control group, [Ca2+]i (fluorescence intensity) and apoptosis rate significantly increased in the hypoxia group, but decreased in the IMD group (P<0.05).@*CONCLUSION@#IMD increases the cell survival rate and decreases the cell apoptosis inhibited by intracellular calcium overload from hypoxia. This finding may reveal the mechanism of protective effects of myocardial hypoxia, and provide a scientific basis for the identification sudden cardiac death.

Animals , Rats , Apoptosis , Calcium , Cell Hypoxia , Cell Survival , Hypoxia , Myocardial Ischemia , Myocardium/cytology , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Clinics ; 68(4): 549-556, abr. 2013. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-674252


OBJECTIVES: The present study was performed to investigate 1) whether aerobic exercise training prior to myocardial infarction would prevent cardiac dysfunction and structural deterioration and 2) whether the potential cardiac benefits of aerobic exercise training would be associated with preserved morphological and contractile properties of cardiomyocytes in post-infarct remodeled myocardium. METHODS: Male Wistar rats underwent an aerobic exercise training protocol for eight weeks. The rats were then assigned to sham surgery (SHAM), sedentary lifestyle and myocardial infarction or exercise training and myocardial infarction groups and were evaluated 15 days after the surgery. Left ventricular tissue was analyzed histologically, and the contractile function of isolated myocytes was measured. Student's t-test was used to analyze infarct size and ventricular wall thickness, and the other parameters were analyzed by the Kruskal-Wallis test followed by Dunn's test or a one-way analysis of variance followed by Tukey's test (p<0.05). RESULTS: Myocardial infarctions in exercise-trained animals resulted in a smaller myocardial infarction extension, a thicker infarcted wall and less collagen accumulation as compared to myocardial infarctions in sedentary animals. Myocardial infarction-induced left ventricular dilation and cardiac dysfunction, as evaluated by +dP/dt and -dP/dt, were both prevented by previous aerobic exercise training. Moreover, aerobic exercise training preserved cardiac myocyte shortening, improved the maximum shortening and relengthening velocities in infarcted hearts and enhanced responsiveness to calcium. CONCLUSION: Previous aerobic exercise training attenuated the cardiac dysfunction and structural deterioration promoted by myocardial infarction, and such benefits were associated with preserved cardiomyocyte morphological and contractile properties. .

Animals , Male , Rats , Heart/physiopathology , Myocardial Infarction/physiopathology , Myocardial Infarction/prevention & control , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Physical Conditioning, Animal/physiology , Blood Pressure/physiology , Hemodynamics/physiology , Myocardial Contraction/physiology , Random Allocation , Rats, Wistar , Time Factors , Ventricular Function, Left/physiology
Arq. bras. cardiol ; 98(5): 431-436, maio 2012. tab
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: lil-643646


FUNDAMENTO: A capacidade aeróbica é fundamental para o desempenho físico, e a baixa capacidade aeróbica está relacionada ao desencadeamento de diversas doenças cardiovasculares. OBJETIVO: Comparar a contratilidade e a morfologia de cardiomiócitos isolados de ratos com baixo desempenho e desempenho padrão para o exercício físico. MÉTODOS: Ratos Wistar, com 10 semanas de idade, foram submetidos a um protocolo de corrida em esteira até a fadiga, e foram divididos em dois grupos: Baixo Desempenho (BD) e Desempenho Padrão (DP). Em seguida, após eutanásia, o coração foi removido rapidamente e, por meio de dissociação enzimática, os cardiomiócitos do ventrículo esquerdo foram isolados. O comprimento celular e dos sarcômeros e a largura dos cardiomiócitos foram medidos usando-se um sistema de detecção de bordas. Os cardiomiócitos isolados foram estimulados eletricamente a 1 e 3 Hz e a contração celular foi medida registrando-se a alteração do seu comprimento. RESULTADOS: O comprimento celular foi menor no grupo BD (157,2 ± 1,3µm; p < 0,05) em relação ao DP (161,4 ± 1,3 µm), sendo o mesmo resultado observado para o volume dos cardiomiócitos (BD, 25,5 ± 0,4 vs. DP, 26,8 ± 0,4 pL; p < 0,05). Os tempos para o pico de contração (BD, 116 ± 1 vs. DP, 111 ± 2ms) e para o relaxamento total (BD, 143 ± 3 vs. DP, 232 ± 3 ms) foram maiores no grupo BD. CONCLUSÃO: Conclui-se que os miócitos do ventrículo esquerdo dos animais de baixo desempenho para o exercício físico apresentam menores dimensões que os dos animais de desempenho padrão, além de apresentarem perdas na capacidade contrátil.

BACKGROUND: Aerobic capacity is essential to physical performance, and low aerobic capacity is related to the triggering of various cardiovascular diseases. OBJECTIVE: To compare the morphology and contractility of isolated rat cardiomyocytes with low performance and standard performance for exercise. METHODS: Wistar rats with 10 weeks of age underwent a protocol of treadmill running to fatigue, and were divided into two groups: Low Performance (LP) and Standard Performance (SP). Then, the animals were sacrificed, the heart was quickly removed and, by means of enzymatic dissociation, left ventricular cardiomyocytes were isolated. The cell and sarcomeres length and width of cardiomyocytes were measured using an edge detection system. The isolated cardiomyocytes were electrically stimulated at 1 and 3 Hz and cell contraction was measured by registering the change of their length. RESULTS: The cell length was shorter in the LP group (157.2 1.3µm; p < 0.05) compared to SP (161.4 1.3µm), and the same result was observed for the volume of cardiomyocytes (LP, 25.5 0.4. vs. SP, 26.8 ± 0.4 pL; p < 0.05). The time to peak contraction (LP, 116 1 vs. SP 111 2ms) and total relaxation (LP, 143 3 vs. SP 232 3ms) were higher in the LP group. CONCLUSION: We conclude that left ventricular myocytes of animals with low performance for exercise are smaller than animals with standard performance. In addition to that, they present losses in contractile capacity.

Animals , Male , Rats , Exercise Test , Myocardial Contraction/physiology , Myocardium/cytology , Myocytes, Cardiac/cytology , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Body Mass Index , Cell Size , Organ Size , Rats, Wistar , Time Factors , Ventricular Function, Left/physiology
Egyptian Journal of Histology [The]. 2012; 35 (1): 23-33
in English | IMEMR | ID: emr-126540


Increasing attention is being paid to the use of mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs] for treatment of human diseases such as myocardial infarction. To study the differentiation of the bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells [BM-MSCs] into cardiomyogenic cells using 5-azacytidine. Forty adult male albino rats were used in this study. BM-MSCs were isolated and cultured in a complete Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium containing 1% antibiotics and 10% fetal bovine serum [the control group]. Second passaged cells were treated with 10micro moI/I 5-azacytidine for 72h. Then, the medium was removed and kept in a 5-azacytidine-free medium for 4 weeks [the 5-azacytidine-treated group]. The adherent cells of both groups were examined using a phase-contrast microscope and a transmission electron microscope. Expressions of cytoskeleton protein desmin and cardiac muscle-specific cardiac troponin T were assessed by immunohistochemistry. BM-MSCs of the control group were spindled and star shaped with multiple processes and vesicular nuclei. After adding 5-azacytidine for 1 week, the cells showed multinucleation. On the second week, the cells formed stick-like structures. The cells showed extensive cytoplasmic striations in the third week. Finally, in the fourth week, the cells formed myotube-like structures. Immunohistochemical staining of cells of the 5-azacytidine-treated group revealed a positive immune reaction for desmin and cardiac troponin-T. Ultrastructural examination of the 5-azacytidine-treated group revealed that the cells were elongated with central oval large nuclei. The mitochondria were elongated with well developed cristae. There were abundant free ribosomes and extensive dilated rough endoplasmic reticulum. Myofibrils started to appear in the peripheral part of the cytoplasm and T-tubules appeared. MSCs can be differentiated in vitro by 5-azacytidine into cardiomyogenic cells, which are important for repairing infracted myocardium

Azacitidine , Cell Differentiation , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Mesenchymal Stem Cells/ultrastructure , Microscopy, Electron
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 44(11): 1118-1124, Nov. 2011. ilus
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-604270


The testicular feminized (Tfm) mouse carries a nonfunctional androgen receptor (AR) and reduced circulating testosterone levels. We used Tfm and castrated mice to determine whether testosterone modulates markers of aging in cardiomyocytes via its classic AR-dependent pathway or conversion to estradiol. Male littermates and Tfm mice were divided into 6 experimental groups. Castrated littermates (group 1) and sham-operated Tfm mice (group 2, N = 8 each) received testosterone. Sham-operated Tfm mice received testosterone in combination with the aromatase inhibitor anastrazole (group 3, N = 7). Castrated littermates (group 4) and sham-operated untreated Tfm mice (group 5) were used as controls (N = 8 and 7, respectively). An additional control group (group 6) consisted of age-matched non-castrated littermates (N = 8). Cardiomyocytes were isolated from the left ventricle, telomere length was measured by quantitative PCR and expression of p16INK4α, retinoblastoma (Rb) and p53 proteins was detected by Western blot 3 months after treatment. Compared with group 6, telomere length was short (P < 0.01) and expression of p16INK4α, Rb and p53 proteins was significantly (P < 0.05) up-regulated in groups 4 and 5. These changes were improved to nearly normal levels in groups 1 and 2 (telomere length = 0.78 ± 0.05 and 0.80 ± 0.08; p16INK4α = 0.13 ± 0.03 and 0.15 ± 0.04; Rb = 0.45 ± 0.05 and 0.39 ± 0.06; p53 = 0.16 ± 0.04 and 0.13 ± 0.03), but did not differ between these two groups. These improvements were partly inhibited in group 3 compared with group 2 (telomere length = 0.65 ± 0.08 vs 0.80 ± 0.08, P = 0.021; p16INK4α = 0.28 ± 0.05 vs 0.15 ± 0.04, P = 0.047; Rb = 0.60 ± 0.06 vs 0.39 ± 0.06, P < 0.01; p53 = 0.34 ± 0.06 vs 0.13 ± 0.03, P = 0.004). In conclusion, testosterone deficiency contributes to cardiomyocyte aging. Physiological testosterone can delay cardiomyocyte aging via an AR-independent pathway and in part by conversion to estradiol.

Animals , Male , Mice , Aging/metabolism , Cellular Senescence/physiology , Estradiol/metabolism , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Receptors, Androgen/metabolism , Testosterone/pharmacology , Aging/pathology , Biomarkers/analysis , /drug effects , Models, Animal , Orchiectomy , Random Allocation , Retinoblastoma Protein/metabolism , Telomere Shortening/drug effects , Testosterone/deficiency , /metabolism
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 44(9): 890-898, Sept. 2011. ilus
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-599672


Abstract Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the developed world and in developing countries. Acute mortality from acute myocardial infarction (MI) has decreased in the last decades. However, the incidence of heart failure (HF) in patients with healed infarcted areas is increasing. Therefore, HF prevention is a major challenge to the health system in order to reduce healthcare costs and to provide a better quality of life. Animal models of ischemia and infarction have been essential in providing precise information regarding cardiac remodeling. Several of these changes are maladaptive, and they progressively lead to ventricular dilatation and predispose to the development of arrhythmias, HF and death. These events depend on cell death due to necrosis and apoptosis and on activation of the inflammatory response soon after MI. Systemic and local neurohumoral activation has also been associated with maladaptive cardiac remodeling, predisposing to HF. In this review, we provide a timely description of the cardiovascular alterations that occur after MI at the cellular, neurohumoral and electrical level and discuss the repercussions of these alterations on electrical, mechanical and structural dysfunction of the heart. We also identify several areas where insufficient knowledge limits the adoption of better strategies to prevent HF development in chronically infarcted individuals.

Humans , Heart Failure/etiology , Heart/physiopathology , Myocardial Infarction/complications , Myocardial Ischemia/physiopathology , Adrenergic Neurons/physiology , Aldosterone/physiology , Angiotensins/metabolism , Apoptosis/physiology , Arrhythmias, Cardiac/etiology , Heart Failure/prevention & control , Inflammation Mediators/metabolism , Myocardial Ischemia/metabolism , Myocardium/metabolism , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Renin-Angiotensin System/physiology , Sympathetic Nervous System/physiology , Time Factors