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Schmitt, B; Fedarava, K; Falkenberg, J; Rothaus, K; Bodhey, N K; Reischauer, C; Kozerke, S; Schnackenburg, B; Westermann, D; Lunkenheimer, P P; Anderson, R H; Berger, F; Kuehne, T (2009). Three-dimensional alignment of the aggregated myocytes in the normal and hypertrophic murine heart. Journal of Applied Physiology, 107(3):921-927.

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Several observations suggest that the transmission of myocardial forces is influenced in part by the spatial arrangement of the myocytes aggregated together within ventricular mass. Our aim was to assess, using diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI), any differences in the three-dimensional arrangement of these myocytes in the normal heart compared with the hypertrophic murine myocardium. We induced ventricular hypertrophy in seven mice by infusion of angiotensin II through a subcutaneous pump, with seven other mice serving as controls. DT-MRI of explanted hearts was performed at 3.0 Tesla. We used the primary eigenvector in each voxel to determine the three-dimensional orientation of aggregated myocytes in respect to their helical angles and their transmural courses (intruding angles). Compared with controls, the hypertrophic hearts showed significant increases in myocardial mass and the outer radius of the left ventricular chamber (P < 0.05). In both groups, a significant change was noted from positive intruding angles at the base to negative angles at the ventricular apex (P < 0.01). Compared with controls, the hypertrophied hearts had significantly larger intruding angles of the aggregated myocytes, notably in the apical and basal slices (P < 0.001). In both groups, the helical angles were greatest in midventricular sections, albeit with significantly smaller angles in the mice with hypertrophied myocardium (P < 0.01). The use of DT-MRI revealed significant differences in helix and intruding angles of the myocytes in the mice with hypertrophied myocardium.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:02 Dec 2009 15:36
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 16:25
Publisher:American Physiological Society
Additional Information:Inhalt ist nach 12 Monaten frei über HighWire Press
Publisher DOI:10.1152/japplphysiol.00275.2009

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