Zeev Perles

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OBJECTIVES We evaluated the role of Cypher/ZASP in the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) with or without isolated non-compaction of the left ventricular myocardium (INLVM). BACKGROUND Dilated cardiomyopathy, characterized by left ventricular dilation and systolic dysfunction with signs of heart failure, is genetically transmitted in 30% to 40%(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether acute left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) causes significantly higher elevation of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels than comparable chronic LVD. STUDY DESIGN Plasma levels of NT-proBNP were measured in 10 pediatric patients diagnosed with acute LVD, in 7 pediatric patients with stable chronic(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine whether plasma levels of amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (N-BNP) could differentiate between heart failure and lung disease among infants with acute respiratory distress. In addition, our aim was to determine whether plasma levels of N-BNP could be used to monitor the effects of treatment among(More)
BACKGROUND A fetus exposed to maternal anti-SSA/Ro or anti-SSB/La antibodies (or both) may develop complete atrioventricular block (AVB), which results in high prenatal and postnatal morbidity and mortality. Until recently, only high-grade AVB could be diagnosed in utero. The tissue velocity-based fetal kinetocardiogram (FKCG) enables accurate measurement(More)
AIM Determination of plasma levels of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (N-BNP) in infants and children with and without heart diseases. METHODS Plasma N-BNP was measured in 78 infants and children without heart disease and in 55 infants and children with heart disease causing volume and pressure overload. Heart diseases included chronic dilated(More)
A contralateral persistent superior vena cava (PSVC) can occur in a normal child or in association with congenital heart defects (CHDs). Its prevalence has been demonstrated in relatively small cohorts. We aim to assess the frequency of a PSVC in a large cohort of children with and without CHDs. To estimate its significance, we have searched for a PSVC in(More)
BACKGROUND Anthracyclines are widely used in the treatment of pediatric cancer but their use is associated with cardiotoxicity. The cardiotoxic effect may become clinically apparent many years after therapy, and no reliable method exists for early detection of cardiac damage while the patient is receiving the drug. The natriuretic peptides have been(More)
BACKGROUND Precise diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias in the fetus is crucial for a managed therapeutic approach. However, many technical, positional, and gestational age-related limitations may render conventional methods, such as M-mode and Doppler flow methodologies, or newer techniques, such as fetal electrocardiography or magnetocardiography, difficult(More)
BACKGROUND Laterality in the vertebrate embryo is determined by left-right asymmetric gene expression driven by the flow of extraembryonic fluid across the embryonic node. Defects in these processes cause heterotaxy, the abnormal formation and arrangement of visceral organs that can range from complete inversion of symmetry to the selective misarrangement(More)
BACKGROUND Heterozygous mutations in the FOXF1 transcription factor gene are implicated in alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACDMPV), a developmental disorder of the lungs classically presenting with pulmonary hypertension and early demise. Evidence has suggested haploinsufficiency and partial paternal imprinting. We present(More)