[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Enterococci are among the major pathogens implicated in cardiac infections and biofilm formation. E. faecalis has been shown to play an important role in infectious endocarditis. Several distinct mechanisms for biofilm formation have been identified in E. faecalis. Our group has previously characterized two distinct bacterial glucosyltransferases playing key roles in the production of the major cell wall glycolipids and leading to reduced biofilm production. To assess if this mechanism is involved in the pathogenesis of enterococcal endocarditis we compared the wild-type strain of E. faecalis 12030 with two mutants in gene EF2891 and EF2890 respectively in a rat model of infective endocarditis. The results showed less endocarditic lesions and reduced colony counts per vegetation in the two mutants. indicating that the modification of bacterial surface lipids results in significantly reduced virulence in infective endocarditis. These results underscore the important role of biofilm formation in the pathogenicity of enterococcal endocarditis and may indicate an interesting target for novel therapeutic strategies.
PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(3):e91863. · 3.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Cold Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury (CIRI) is regarded as the major cause of early graft dysfunction after cardiac transplantations and is associated with rejection episodes. Consequently, it is one of the main therapeutic targets in order to improve survival after heart transplantation. The aim of this study was to evaluate hemodynamic effects of milrinone and its influence on the markers of myocardial damage when used in a piglet working heart model with a cold ischemia-reperfusion setting.
Methods: Hearts of 18 piglets were examined in a homologous blood-perfused, working heart model to get baseline measurements. After hypothermic cardioplegic arrest and storage on ice for 60 minutes, the hearts received either milrinone or served as controls. All hearts were examined for 45 minutes in the working heart model. Hemodynamic parameter changes, h-FABP levels and myocardial oxygen consumption were assessed.
Results: Significant difference between the groups was observed in cardiac output (MIL +14% vs. CON -33%; p<0.05), coronary sinus blood flow (MIL +84% vs. CON +17%; p<0.05) and relaxation (MIL +5% vs. CON -22%; p<0.01). In addition, significantly higher h-FABP (heart fatty acid binding proteine) levels after cold ischemia were measured in CON group (CON: 18.75 ng/ml; MIL 6.29 ng/ml; p<0.01).
Conclusions: Milrinone has a positive effect on cardiac function after cardioplegic cardiac arrest with following cold-ischemia period in an isolated piglet heart model. Its use in a heart transplantation setting induces an improved hemodynamic performance and a better preservation from reperfusion injury.
Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases and Diagnosis. 09/2013; 1(5):124.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A driveline exit site infection is a serious and common complication in long-term left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. To reduce the incidence and severity of late driveline infections, we modified our surgical technique (double tunnel), and compared it to the conventional short and straight driveline tunnel technique (conventional). We analyzed 43 consecutive patients (37 HeartMate II; 6 Ventrassist) regarding late onset driveline exit site infections after using the surgical driveline tunnel technique after successful LVAD implantation. Of these 43 patients, 11 were treated with the conventional short and straight driveline tunnel technique (conventional), while 32 patients were treated with the modified long subfascial, C-shaped technique (double tunnel). We observed slightly fewer superficial driveline exit site infections in the double tunnel group, even though the difference was not statistically significant (0.638 vs. 1.148 infections/1,000 patient-days; P = 0.22). There were also insignificantly fewer surgical interventions because of exit site infections in the double tunnel group (0.159 vs. 0.581 revisions/1,000 patient-days; P = 0.18). The double tunnel technique offers more surgical options in the case of driveline exit site infections. Due to the long subfascial tunnel, the infected site can be separated from the new driveline exit site, and vacuum-assisted closure therapy can be applied to the infected area. In conclusion, we recommend using the double tunnel driveline technique because of the low infection rate and better treatment options in the case of driveline exit site infection.
Journal of Artificial Organs 10/2011; 15(1):44-8. · 1.41 Impact Factor