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  • Moilanen, Anne-Mari; Rysa, Jaana; Serpi, Raisa; Mustonen, Erja; Szabo, Zoltan; Aro, Jani; Napankangas, Juha; Tenhunen, Olli; Sutinen, Meeri; Salo, Tuula; Ruskoaho, Heikki (2012)
  • Santos, Joao Manuel; Cervera-Carrascon, Victor; Havunen, Riikka; Zafar, Sadia; Siurala, Mikko; Sorsa, Suvi; Anttila, Marjukka; Kanerva, Anna; Hemminki, Akseli (2018)
    Lymphodepleting preconditioning with high-dose chemotherapy is commonly used to increase the clinical efficacy of adoptive T cell therapy (ACT) strategies, however, with severe toxicity for patients. Conversely, oncolytic adenoviruses are safe and, when engineered to express interleukin-2 (IL-2) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), they can achieve antitumor immunomodulatory effects similar to lymphodepletion. Therefore, we compare the safety and efficacy of such adenoviruses with a cyclophosphamide-and fludarabine- containing lymphodepleting regimen in the setting of ACT. Human adenovirus (Ad5/3-E2F-D24-hTNF-alpha-IRES-hIL-2; TILT-123) replication was studied using a Syrian hamster pancreatic tumor model (HapT1) infused with tumor- infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). Using the oncolytic virus instead of lymphodepletion resulted in superior efficacy and survival. Immune cells responsive to TNF-alpha IL-2 were studied using an immunocompetent mouse melanoma model (B16. OVA) infused with ovalbumin-specific T (OT-I) cells. Here, the adenovirus approach improved tumor control together with increased intratumoral Th1 cytokine levels and infiltration of CD8+ T cells and CD86+ dendritic cells. Similar to humans, lymphodepleting preconditioning caused severe cytopenias, systemic inflammation, and damage to vital organs. Toxicity was minimal in adenovirus- and OT-Itreated mice. These findings demonstrate that ACT can be effectively facilitated by cytokine-coding adenovirus without requiring lymphodepletion, a rationale being clinically investigated.
  • Kataja, Anu; Tarvasmäki, Tuukka; Lassus, Johan; Kober, Lars; Sionis, Alessandro; Spinar, Jindrich; Parissis, John; Carubelli, Valentina; Cardoso, Jose; Banaszewski, Marek; Marino, Rossella; Nieminen, Markku S.; Mebazaa, Alexandre; Harjola, Veli-Pekka (2018)
    Background: Altered mental status is among the signs of hypoperfusion in cardiogenic shock, the most severe form of acute heart failure. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of altered mental status, to identify factors associating with it, and to assess the prognostic significance of altered mental status in cardiogenic shock. Methods: Mental status was assessed at presentation of shock in 215 adult cardiogenic shock patients in a multinational, prospective, observational study. Clinical picture, biochemical variables, and short-term mortality were compared between patients presenting with altered and normal mental status. Results: Altered mental status was detected in 147 (68%) patients, whereas 68 (32%) patients had normal mental status. Patients with altered mental status were older (68 vs. 64 years, p=0.04) and more likely to have an acute coronary syndrome than those with normal mental status (85% vs. 74%, p=0.04). Altered mental status was associated with lower systolic blood pressure (76 vs. 80 mmHg, p=0.03) and lower arterial pH (7.27 vs. 7.35, p Conclusions: Altered mental status is a common clinical sign of systemic hypoperfusion in cardiogenic shock and is associated with poor outcome. It is also associated with several biochemical findings that reflect inadequate tissue perfusion, of which low arterial pH is independently associated with altered mental status.
  • Theelen, Thomas L.; Lappalainen, Jari P.; Sluimer, Judith C.; Gurzeler, Erika; Cleutjens, Jack P.; Gijbels, Marion J.; Biessen, Erik A. L.; Daemen, Mat J. A. P.; Alitalo, Kari; Yla-Herttuala, Seppo (2015)
    Objective: Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) blocking agents are currently undergoing clinical trials for use in cancer treatment. Ang-2 has also been associated with rupture-prone atherosclerotic plaques in humans, suggesting a role for Ang-2 in plaque stability. Despite the availability of Ang-2 blocking agents, their clinical use is still lacking. Our aim was to establish if Ang-2 has a role in atheroma development and in the transition of subclinical to clinically relevant atherosclerosis. We investigated the effect of antibody-mediated Ang-2 blockage on atherogenesis after in a mouse model of atherosclerosis. Methods: Hypercholesterolemic (low-density lipoprotein receptor(-/-) apolipoprotein B-100/100) mice were subjected to high-cholesterol diet for eight weeks, one group with and one group without Ang-2 blocking antibody treatment during weeks 4-8. To enhance plaque development, a peri-adventitial collar was placed around the carotid arteries at the start of antibody treatment. Aortic root, carotid arteries and brachiocephalic arteries were analyzed to evaluate the effect of Ang-2 blockage on atherosclerotic plaque size and stable plaque characteristics. Results: Anti-Ang-2 treatment reduced the size of fatty streaks in the brachiocephalic artery (-72%, p <0.05). In addition, antibody-mediated Ang-2 blockage reduced plasma triglycerides (-27%, p <0.05). In contrast, Ang-2 blockage did not have any effect on the size or composition (collagen content, macrophage percentage, adventitial microvessel density) of pre-existing plaques in the aortic root or collar-induced plaques in the carotid artery. Conclusions: Ang-2 blockage was beneficial as it decreased fatty streak formation and plasma triglyceride levels, but had no adverse effect on pre-existing atherosclerosis in hypercholesterolemic mice. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
  • Perjes, Abel; Skoumal, Reka; Tenhunen, Olli; Konyi, Attila; Simon, Mihaly; Horvath, Ivan G.; Kerkelä, Risto; Ruskoaho, Heikki; Szokodi, Istvan (2014)
  • Kinnunen, Sini Marketta; Tölli, Marja Anneli; Välimäki, Mika Juhani; Gao, Erhe; Szabo, Zoltan; Rysä, Jaana; Almeida Ferreira, Monica Patricia; J. Ohukainen, Pauli; Serpi, Raisa; Correia, Alexandra; Makila, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni Tapio; Almeida Santos, Helder; Ruskoaho, Heikki Juhani (2018)
    Transcription factors are fundamental regulators of gene transcription, and many diseases, such as heart diseases, are associated with deregulation of transcriptional networks. In the adult heart, zinc-finger transcription factor GATA4 is a critical regulator of cardiac repair and remodelling. Previous studies also suggest that NKX2-5 plays function role as a cofactor of GATA4. We have recently reported the identification of small molecules that either inhibit or enhance the GATA4–NKX2-5 transcriptional synergy. Here, we examined the cardiac actions of a potent inhibitor (3i-1000) of GATA4–NKX2-5 interaction in experimental models of myocardial ischemic injury and pressure overload. In mice after myocardial infarction, 3i-1000 significantly improved left ventricular ejection fraction and fractional shortening, and attenuated myocardial structural changes. The compound also improved cardiac function in an experimental model of angiotensin II -mediated hypertension in rats. Furthermore, the up-regulation of cardiac gene expression induced by myocardial infarction and ischemia reduced with treatment of 3i-1000 or when micro- and nanoparticles loaded with 3i-1000 were injected intramyocardially or intravenously, respectively. The compound inhibited stretch- and phenylephrine-induced hypertrophic response in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. These results indicate significant potential for small molecules targeting GATA4–NKX2-5 interaction to promote myocardial repair after myocardial infarction and other cardiac injuries.
  • Koivisto, Elina; Acosta, Alicia Jurado; Moilanen, Anne-Mari; Tokola, Heikki; Aro, Jani; Pennanen, Harri; Sakkinen, Hanna; Kaikkonen, Leena; Ruskoaho, Heikki; Rysa, Jaana (2014)
  • Jäntti, Toni; Segersvärd, Heli; Tolppanen, Heli; Tarvasmäki, Tuukka; Lassus, Johan; Devaux, Yvan; Vausort, Melanie; Pulkki, Kari; Sionis, Alessandro; Bayes-Genis, Antoni; Tikkanen, Ilkka; Lakkisto, Päivi; Harjola, Veli-Pekka (2019)
    Aims The role of microRNAs has not been studied in cardiogenic shock. We examined the potential role of miR-423-5p level to predict mortality and associations of miR-423-5p with prognostic markers in cardiogenic shock. Methods and results We conducted a prospective multinational observational study enrolling consecutive cardiogenic shock patients. Blood samples were available for 179 patients at baseline to determine levels of miR-423-5p and other biomarkers. Patients were treated according to local practice. Main outcome was 90 day all-cause mortality. Median miR-423-5p level was significantly higher in 90 day non-survivors [median 0.008 arbitrary units (AU) (interquartile range 0.003-0.017) vs. 0.004 AU (0.002-0.009), P = 0.003]. miR-423-5p level above median was associated with higher lactate (median 3.7 vs. 2.4 mmol/L, P = 0.001) and alanine aminotransferase levels (median 68 vs. 35 IU/L, P <0.001) as well as lower cardiac index (1.8 vs. 2.4, P = 0.04) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (56 vs. 70 mL/min/1.73 m(2), P = 0.002). In Cox regression analysis, miR-423-5p level above median was associated with 90 day all-cause mortality independently of established risk factors of cardiogenic shock [adjusted hazard ratio 1.9 (95% confidence interval 1.2-3.2), P = 0.01]. Conclusions In cardiogenic shock patients, above median level of miR-423-5p at baseline is associated with markers of hypoperfusion and seems to independently predict 90 day all-cause mortality.
  • Braun, Oscar Ö.; Nilsson, Johan; Gustafsson, Finn; Dellgren, Göran; Fiane, Arnt E.; Lemström, Karl; Hubbert, Laila; Hellgren, Laila; Lund, Lars H. (2019)
    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess complications and mortality and its predictors, with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) in the Nordic Countries. Design: This was a retrospective, international, multicenter cohort study. Results: Between 1993 and 2013, 442 surgically implanted long-term mechanical assist devices were used among 8 centers in the Nordic countries. Of those, 238 were CF-LVADs (HVAD or HeartMate II) implanted in patients >18 years with complete data. Postoperative complications and survival were compared and Cox proportion hazard regression analysis was used to identify predictors of mortality. The overall Kaplan-Meier survival rate was 75% at 1 year, 69% at 2 years and 63% at 3 years. A planned strategy of destination therapy had poorer survival compared to a strategy of bridge to transplantation or decision (2-year survival of 41% vs. 76%, p <.001). The most common complications were non-driveline infections (excluding sepsis) (44%), driveline infection (27%), need for continuous renal replacement therapy (25%) and right heart failure (24%). In a multivariate model age and left ventricular diastolic dimension was left as independent risk factors for mortality with a hazard ratio of 1.35 (95% confidence interval (CI) [1.01-1.80], p = .046) per 10 years and 0.88 (95% CI [0.72-0.99], p = .044) per 5 mm, respectively. Conclusion: Outcome with CF LVAD in the Nordic countries was comparable to other cohorts. Higher age and destination therapy require particularly stringent selection.
  • Ristagno, Giuseppe; Latini, Roberto; Plebani, Mario; Zaninotto, Martina; Vaahersalo, Jukka; Masson, Serge; Tiainen, Marjaana; Kurola, Jouni; Gaspari, Flavio; Milani, Valentina; Pettila, Ville; Skrifvars, Markus Benedikt; FINNRESUSCI Study Grp (2015)
    Introduction: We studied associations of the stress hormones copeptin and cortisol with outcome and organ dysfunction after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Methods: Plasma was obtained after consent from next of kin in the FINNRESUSCI study conducted in 21 Finnish intensive care units (ICUs) between 2010 and 2011. We measured plasma copeptin (pmol/L) and free cortisol (nmol/L) on ICU admission (245 patients) and at 48 hours (additional 33 patients). Organ dysfunction was categorised with 24-hour Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores. Twelve-month neurological outcome (available in 276 patients) was classified with cerebral performance categories (CPC) and dichotomised into good (CPC 1 or 2) or poor (CPC 3 to 5). Data are presented as medians and interquartile ranges (IQRs). A Mann-Whitney U test, multiple linear and logistic regression tests with odds ratios (ORs) 95% confidence intervals (CIs) and beta (B) values, repeated measure analysis of variance, and receiver operating characteristic curves with area under the curve (AUC) were performed. Results: Patients with a poor 12-month outcome had higher levels of admission copeptin (89, IQR 41 to 193 versus 51, IQR 29 to 111 pmol/L, P = 0.0014) and cortisol (728, IQR 522 to 1,017 versus 576, IQR 355 to 850 nmol/L, P = 0.0013). Copeptin levels fell between admission and 48 hours (P Conclusions: Admission copeptin and free cortisol were not of prognostic value regarding 12-month neurological outcome after OHCA. Higher admission copeptin and cortisol were associated with ICU death, and copeptin predicted subsequent organ dysfunction.
  • Tarvasmäki, Tuukka; Lassus, Johan; Varpula, Marjut; Sionis, Alessandro; Sund, Reijo; Kober, Lars; Spinar, Jindrich; Parissis, John; Banaszewski, Marek; Cardoso, Jose Silva; Carubelli, Valentina; Di Somma, Salvatore; Mebazaa, Alexandre; Harjola, Veli-Pekka; CardShock Study Investigators (2016)
    Background: Vasopressors and inotropes remain a cornerstone in stabilization of the severely impaired hemodynamics and cardiac output in cardiogenic shock (CS). The aim of this study was to analyze current real-life use of these medications, and their impact on outcome and on changes in cardiac and renal biomarkers over time in CS. Methods: The multinational CardShock study prospectively enrolled 219 patients with CS. The use of vasopressors and inotropes was analyzed in relation to the primary outcome, i.e., 90-day mortality, with propensity score methods in 216 patients with follow-up data available. Changes in cardiac and renal biomarkers over time until 96 hours from baseline were analyzed with linear mixed modeling. Results: Patients were 67 (SD 12) years old, 26 % were women, and 28 % had been resuscitated from cardiac arrest prior to inclusion. On average, systolic blood pressure was 78 (14) and mean arterial pressure 57 (11) mmHg at detection of shock. 90-day mortality was 41 %. Vasopressors and/or inotropes were administered to 94 % of patients and initiated principally within the first 24 hours. Noradrenaline and adrenaline were given to 75 % and 21 % of patients, and 30 % received several vasopressors. In multivariable logistic regression, only adrenaline (21 %) was independently associated with increased 90-day mortality (OR 5.2, 95 % CI 1.88, 14.7, p = 0.002). The result was independent of prior cardiac arrest (39 % of patients treated with adrenaline), and the association remained in propensity-score-adjusted analysis among vasopressor-treated patients (OR 3.0, 95 % CI 1.3, 7.2, p = 0.013); this was further confirmed by propensity-score-matched analysis. Adrenaline was also associated, independent of prior cardiac arrest, with marked worsening of cardiac and renal biomarkers during the first days. Dobutamine and levosimendan were the most commonly used inotropes (49 % and 24 %). There were no differences in mortality, whether noradrenaline was combined with dobutamine or levosimendan. Conclusion: Among vasopressors and inotropes, adrenaline was independently associated with 90-day mortality in CS. Moreover, adrenaline use was associated with marked worsening in cardiac and renal biomarkers. The combined use of noradrenaline with either dobutamine or levosimendan appeared prognostically similar.
  • Heiskanen, Jarkko S.; Ruohonen, Saku; Rovio, Suvi P.; Kytö, Ville; Kähönen, Mika; Lehtimäki, Terho; Viikari, Jorma S. A.; Juonala, Markus; Laitinen, Tomi; Tossavainen, Päivi; Jokinen, Eero; Hutri-Kähönen, Nina; Raitakari, Olli T. (2019)
    Decreased left ventricular (LV) diastolic function is associated with increased all-cause mortality and risk for a heart failure. The determinants of LV diastolic function have been mainly studied in elderly populations; however, the origin of LV heart failure may relate to the lifestyle factors acquired during the life course. Therefore, we examined biochemical, physiological, and lifestyle determinants of LV diastolic function in 34-49-year-old participants of the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (Young Finns Study). In 2011, clinical examination and echocardiography were performed for 1928 participants (880 men and 1048 women; aged 34-49 years). LV diastolic function was primarily defined using E/e-ratio (population mean 4.8, range 2.1-9.0). In a multivariate model, systolic blood pressure (P <0.005), female sex (P <0.005), age (P <0.005), waist circumference (P = 0.024), smoking (P = 0.028), serum alanine aminotransferase (P = 0.032) were directly associated with E/e-ratio, while an inverse association was found for height (P <0.005). Additionally, a higher E/e-ratio was found in participants with concentric hypertrophy compared to normal cardiac geometry (P <0.005). Other indicators of the LV diastolic function including E/A-ratio and left atrial volume index showed similarly strong associations with systolic blood pressure and age. In conclusion, we identified systolic blood pressure, waist circumference and smoking as modifiable determinants of the LV diastolic function in the 34-49-year-old participants of the Young Finns Study.
  • Karhu, S. Tuuli; Ruskoaho, Heikki; Talman, Virpi (2021)
    Cardiac fibrosis is characterized by accumulation and activation of fibroblasts and excessive production of extracellular matrix, which results in myocardial stiffening and eventually leads to heart failure. Although previous work suggests that protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms play a role in cardiac fibrosis and remodeling, the results are conflicting. Moreover, the potential of targeting PKC with pharmacological tools to inhibit pathologic fibrosis has not been fully evaluated. Here we investigated the effects of selected PKC agonists and inhibitors on cardiac fibroblast (CF) phenotype, proliferation, and gene expression using primary adult mouse CFs, which spontaneously transdifferentiate into myofibroblasts in culture. A 48-hour exposure to the potent PKC activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) at 10 nM concentration reduced the intensity of a-smooth muscle actin staining by 56% and periostin mRNA levels by 60% compared with control. The decreases were inhibited with the pan-PKC inhibitor Gö6983 and the inhibitor of classical PKC isoforms Gö6976, suggesting that classical PKCs regulate CF transdifferentiation. PMA also induced a 33% decrease in 5-bromo-2’-deoxyuridine–positive CFs, which was inhibited with Gö6983 but not with Gö6976, indicating that novel PKC isoforms (nPKCs) regulate CF proliferation. Moreover, PMA downregulated the expression of collagen-encoding genes Col1a1 and Col3a1 nPKC-dependently, showing that PKC activation attenuates matrix synthesis in CFs. The partial PKC agonist isophthalate derivative bis(1-ethylpentyl) 5-(hydroxymethyl)isophthalate induced parallel changes in phenotype, cell cycle activity, and gene expression. In conclusion, our results reveal distinct PKC-dependent regulation of CF transdifferentiation and proliferation and suggest that PKC agonists exhibit potential as an antifibrotic treatment.
  • Ferreira, Mónica P. A.; Talman, Virpi; Torrieri, Giulia; Liu, Dongfei; Marques, Gonçalo; Moslova, Karina; Liu, Zehua; Pinto, João F.; Hirvonen, Jouni; Ruskoaho, Heikki; Santos, Hélder A. (2018)
    The inability of the heart to recover from an ischemic insult leads to the formation of fibrotic scar tissue and heart failure. From the therapeutic strategies under investigation, cardiac regeneration holds the promise of restoring the full functionality of a damaged heart. Taking into consideration the presence of vast numbers of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts in the injured heart, direct fibroblast reprogramming into cardiomyocytes using small drug molecules is an attractive therapeutic option to replenish the lost cardiomyocytes. Here, a spermine-acetalated dextran-based functional nanoparticle is developed for pH-triggered drug delivery of two poorly water soluble small molecules, CHIR99021 and SB431542, both capable of increasing the efficiency of direct reprogramming of fibroblast into cardiomyocytes. Upon functionalization with polyethylene glycol and atrial natriuretic peptide, the biocompatibility of the nanosystem is improved, and the cellular interactions with the cardiac nonmyocytes are specifically augmented. The dual delivery of the compounds is verified in vitro, and the compounds exerted concomitantly anticipate biological effects by stabilizing β-catenin (CHIR99021) and by preventing translocation of Smad3 to the nucleus of (myo)fibroblasts (SB431542). These observations highlight the potential of this nanoparticle-based system toward improved drug delivery and efficient direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into cardiomyocyte-like cells, and thus, potential cardiac regeneration therapy.
  • Segersvard, Heli; Lakkisto, Paivi; Forsten, Hanna; Immonen, Katariina; Kosonen, Riikka; Palojoki, Eeva; Kankuri, Esko; Harjula, Ari; Laine, Mika; Tikkanen, Ilkka (2015)
  • Reinier, Kyndaron; Aro, Aapo L.; Uy-Evanado, Audrey; Rusinaru, Carmen; Chugh, Harpriya S.; Shiota, Takahiro; Jui, Jonathan; Chugh, Sumeet S. (2018)
    Background Early diagnosis and therapy improves outcomes in heart failure with severely reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF 35% to have >= 1 conventional ECG abnormality. In the subset without conventional ECG abnormalities, >= 4 abnormal ECG markers from the expanded panel were found in 12% vs. 1% of patients with LVEF 35%, respectively. In the validation population (n = 9,742), 44% with LVEF 35% had >= 1 conventional ECG abnormality. In patients without conventional ECG abnormalities (n = 7,601), 40% with LVEF 35% had >= 4 abnormal ECG markers from the expanded panel. Each additional abnormal ECG marker from the expanded panel (range 0 to >= 4) more than doubled the odds of LVEF
  • Kivelä, Riikka; Hemanthakumar, Karthik Amudhala; Vaparanta, Katri; Robciuc, Marius; Izumiya, Yasuhiro; Kidoya, Hiroyasu; Takakura, Nobuyuki; Peng, Xuyang; Sawyer, Douglas B.; Elenius, Klaus; Walsh, Kenneth; Alitalo, Kari (2019)
    Background: Heart failure, which is a major global health problem, is often preceded by pathological cardiac hypertrophy. The expansion of the cardiac vasculature, to maintain adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients, is a key determinant of whether the heart grows in a physiological compensated manner or a pathological decompensated manner. Bidirectional endothelial cell (EC)-cardiomyocyte (CMC) cross talk via cardiokine and angiocrine signaling plays an essential role in the regulation of cardiac growth and homeostasis. Currently, the mechanisms involved in the EC-CMC interaction are not fully understood, and very little is known about the EC-derived signals involved. Understanding how an excess of angiogenesis induces cardiac hypertrophy and how ECs regulate CMC homeostasis could provide novel therapeutic targets for heart failure. Methods: Genetic mouse models were used to delete vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors, adeno-associated viral vectors to transduce the myocardium, and pharmacological inhibitors to block VEGF and ErbB signaling in vivo. Cell culture experiments were used for mechanistic studies, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction, microarrays, ELISA, and immunohistochemistry were used to analyze the cardiac phenotypes. Results: Both EC deletion of VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-1 and adeno-associated viral vector-mediated delivery of the VEGFR1-specific ligands VEGF-B or placental growth factor into the myocardium increased the coronary vasculature and induced CMC hypertrophy in adult mice. The resulting cardiac hypertrophy was physiological, as indicated by preserved cardiac function and exercise capacity and lack of pathological gene activation. These changes were mediated by increased VEGF signaling via endothelial VEGFR2, because the effects of VEGF-B and placental growth factor on both angiogenesis and CMC growth were fully inhibited by treatment with antibodies blocking VEGFR2 or by endothelial deletion of VEGFR2. To identify activated pathways downstream of VEGFR2, whole-genome transcriptomics and secretome analyses were performed, and the Notch and ErbB pathways were shown to be involved in transducing signals for EC-CMC cross talk in response to angiogenesis. Pharmacological or genetic blocking of ErbB signaling also inhibited part of the VEGF-B-induced effects in the heart. Conclusions: This study reveals that cross talk between the EC VEGFR2 and CMC ErbB signaling pathways coordinates CMC hypertrophy with angiogenesis, contributing to physiological cardiac growth.
  • Xie, Yanbo; Lampinen, Milla; Takala, Juuso; Sikorski, Vilbert; Soliymani, Rabah; Tarkia, Miikka; Lalowski, Maciej; Mervaala, Eero; Kupari, Markku; Zheng, Zhe; Hu, Shengshou; Harjula, Ari; Kankuri, Esko (2020)
    BACKGROUND Ischemic heart disease remains the leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide despite improved possibilities in medical care. Alongside interventional therapies, such as coronary artery bypass grafting, adjuvant tissue-engineered and cell-based treatments can provide regenerative improvement. Unfortunately, most of these advanced approaches require multiple lengthy and costly preparation stages without delivering significant clinical benefits. METHODS We evaluated the effect of epicardially delivered minute pieces of atrial appendage tissue material, defined as atrial appendage micrografts (AAMs), in mouse myocardial infarction model. An extracellular matrix patch was used to cover and fix the AAMs onto the surface of the infarcted heart. RESULTS The matrix-covered AAMs salvaged the heart from infarction-induced loss of functional myocardium and attenuated scarring. Site-selective proteomics of injured ischemic and uninjured distal myocardium from AAMs-treated and untreated tissue sections revealed an increased expression of several cardiac regeneration-associated proteins (i.e. periostin, transglutaminases and glutathione peroxidases) as well as activation of pathways responsible for angio- and cardiogenesis in relation to AAMs therapy. CONCLUSIONS Epicardial delivery of AAMs encased in an extracellular matrix patch scaffold salvages functional cardiac tissue from ischemic injury and restricts fibrosis after myocardial infarction. Our results support the use of AAMs as tissue-based therapy adjuvants for salvaging the ischemic myocardium.
  • Peuhkuri, Katri; Vapaatalo, Heikki; Korpela, Riitta (2011)
  • Seidelmann, Sara B.; Feofanova, Elena; Yu, Bing; Franceschini, Nora; Claggett, Brian; Kuokkanen, Mikko; Puolijoki, Hannu; Ebeling, Tapani; Perola, Markus; Salomaa, Veikko; Shah, Amil; Coresh, Josef; Selvin, Elizabeth; MacRae, Calum A.; Cheng, Susan; Boerwinkle, Eric; Solomon, Scott D. (2018)
    BACKGROUND Loss-of-function mutations in the SGLT1 (sodium/glucose co-transporter-1) gene result in a rare glucose/galactose malabsorption disorder and neonatal death if untreated. In the general population, variants related to intestinal glucose absorption remain uncharacterized. OBJECTIVES The goat of this study was to identify functional SGLT1 gene variants and characterize their clinical consequences. METHODS Whole exome sequencing was performed in the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study participants enrolled from 4 U.S. communities. The association of functional, nonsynonymous substitutions in SGLT1 with 2-h oral glucose tolerance test results was determined. Variants related to impaired glucose tolerance were studied, and Mendelian randomization analysis of cardiometabotic outcomes was performed. RESULTS Among 5,687 European-American subjects (mean age 54 +/- 6 years; 47% mate), those who carried a haplotype of 3 missense mutations (frequency of 6.7%)-Asn51Ser, Ala411Thr, and His615Gln-had lower 2-h glucose and odds of impaired glucose tolerance than noncarriers (beta-coefficient: -8.0; 95% confidence interval [CI]: -12.7 to -3.3; OR: 0.71; 95% CI: 0.59 to 0.86, respectively). The association of the haplotype with oral glucose tolerance test results was consistent in a replication sample of 2,791 African-American subjects (beta = -16.3; 95% CI: -36.6 to 4.1; OR: 0.39; 95% CI: 0.17 to 0.91) and an external European-Finnish population sample of 6,784 subjects (beta = -3.2; 95% CI: -6.4 to 0.02; OR: 0.81; 95% CI: 0.68 to 0.98). Using a Mendelian randomization approach in the index cohort, the estimated 25-year effect of a reduction of 20 mg/dl in 2-h glucose via SGLT1 inhibition would be reduced prevalent obesity (OR: 0.43; 95% CI: 0.23 to 0.63), incident diabetes (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.58; 95% CI: 0.35 to 0.81), heart failure (HR: 0.53; 95% CI: 0.24 to 0.83), and death (HR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.42 to 0.90). CONCLUSIONS Functionally damaging missense variants in SGLT1 protect from diet-induced hyperglycemia in multiple populations. Reduced intestinal glucose uptake may protect from long-term cardiometabolic outcomes, providing support for therapies that target SGLT1 function to prevent and treat metabolic conditions. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier on behalf of the American College of Cardiology Foundation.