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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342751/reproducibility-of-four-frequently-used-local-heating-protocols-to-assess-cutaneous-microvascular-function
#1
Kirsty A Roberts, Thijs van Gent, Nicola D Hopkins, Helen Jones, Ellen A Dawson, Richard Draijer, Howard H Carter, Ceri L Atkinson, Daniel J Green, Dick H J Thijssen, David A Low
BACKGROUND: Skin microvascular responses to local heating are frequently used to assess microvascular function. Several local heating protocols have been developed, all varying slightly in execution. The aim of this study was to determine the inter-day reproducibility of the four most commonly used local heating protocols in healthy young subjects. METHODS: Fifteen, healthy males (28±5yrs, BMI 25±2kg/m(2)) attended two experimental trials 2-7days apart. During each trial, baseline and maximal thermally stimulated forearm skin responses were examined simultaneously at four sites on the dominant forearm using laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF)...
March 22, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300547/computer-aided-quantification-of-microvascular-networks-application-to-alterations-due-to-pathological-angiogenesis-in-the-hamster
#2
Carlos A Bulant, Pablo J Blanco, Lucas O Müller, Julio Scharfstein, Erik Svensjö
Angiogenesis is both a physiological and a pathological process of great complexity, which is difficult to measure objectively and automatically. The hamster cheek pouch (HCP) prepared for intravital-microscopy (IVM) has been used to characterize microvascular functions in many studies and was chosen to investigate microvascular characteristics observed in normal non-infected hamsters as compared to those HCPs parasitized by Trypanosoma cruzi. Images of HCPs captured at IVM were subjected to computer based measurements of angiogenesis and histamine-induced macromolecular (FITC-dextran) leakage with an image segmentation approach that has the capacity to discriminate between fluorescence emitted by macromolecular tracers inside the vasculature and in the extravascular space...
March 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286048/effect-of-age-on-cutaneous-vasomotor-responses-during-local-skin-heating
#3
Gary J Hodges, Matthew M Mallette, Garry A Tew, John M Saxton, James Moss, Alan D Ruddock, Markos Klonizakis
This study examined the effect of ageing on the low-frequency oscillations (vasomotion) of skin blood flow in response to local heating (LH). Skin blood flow was assessed by laser-Doppler flowmetry on the forearm at rest (33°C) and in response to LH of the skin to both 42°C and 44°C in 14 young (24±1years) and 14 older (64±1years) participants. Vasomotion was analyzed using a wavelet transform to investigate power of the frequency intervals associated with endothelial, neural, myogenic, respiratory, and cardiac activities of the laser-Doppler signal...
March 9, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283331/the-role-of-foxo1-in-interleukin-1%C3%AE-induced-autostimulation-in-retina-endothelial-cells-and-retinas-of-diabetic-rats
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Lina Wu, Feng Guo, Yang Wu, Qingzhu Wang, Xiaojun Ma, Yanyan Zhao, Guijun Qin
Diabetic retinopathy is a chronic, low-grade inflammatory disease. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of forkhead transcription factor O1 (FoxO1) expression on interleukin-1β (IL-1β)-induced autostimulation, both in vitro in human retina microvascular endothelial cells (HRMECs), and in vivo in retinas isolated from streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. High-glucose (HG) and recombinant IL-1β treatment were both shown to increase the expression of FoxO1 and IL-1β in HRMECs in a dose-dependent manner...
March 7, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274735/nailfold-capillaroscopy-in-diabetes-mellitus
#5
G Maldonado, R Guerrero, C Paredes, C Ríos
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is characterized by chronic hyperglycemia states and the development of specific microvascular disorders such as retinopathy and nephropathy. Conventional methods are used to study the vascular compromise of this entity, however, the use of capillaroscopy for the evaluation of capillary microarchitecture is not frequently used. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Observational and descriptive study of 65 patients with an established diagnosis of DM and a control group that underwent an initial capillaroscopy examination...
March 6, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228367/blockade-of-hmgb1-preserves-vascular-homeostasis-and-improves-blood-perfusion-in-rats-of-acute-limb-ischemia-reperfusion
#6
Yang Liu, Changyou Zhou, Jianjun Jiang, Qingbo Su, Xiangjiu Ding
Acute limb ischemia is one of the most common peripheral arterial disease, while surgical restoration of blood flow often results in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Our previous study revealed the inflammation intensity in arterial tissue, characterized by expression of high mobility group box protein 1 (HMGB1), was contrary to the fluctuation of hemodynamics in reperfusion limbs in a rat model. This study meant to clarify the role of HMGB1 during this process. Laser Doppler perfusion imaging evaluated limb hemodynamics in mean and max perfusion unit (PU)...
February 21, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209519/effect-of-crocetin-on-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-migration-induced-by-advanced-glycosylation-end-products
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Min Xiang, Runlin Yang, Yaqin Zhang, Pingping Wu, Lizhen Wang, Zhenyu Gao, Jianmei Wang
Crocetin is a major active constituent of Gardenia jasminoides J. Ellis, and can aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The effect and possible mechanism of crocetin on the migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) induced by advanced glycosylation end products (AGEs) were investigated. VSMCs were pre-incubated with or without crocetin and exposed to AGEs subsequently. The invasion of the cells was investigated using a 24-well Cell Invasion Chamber. The anti-proliferative activity of crocetin was evaluated by MTT assay and VSMCs cell-cycle distribution was examined by flow cytometry...
February 13, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189606/hydrodynamics-of-a-free-flowing-leukocyte-toward-the-endothelial-wall
#8
Ana Santos Silva-Herdade, Adélia Sequeira, Ângelo Calado, Carlota Saldanha, Oualid Kafi
Leukocyte recruitment is an essential stage of the inflammatory response and although the molecular mechanisms of this process are relatively well known, the influence of the hydrodynamic effects that govern the inflammatory response are still under study. In this paper we made use of the images and experimental parameters obtained by intravital microscopy in an in vivo animal model of inflammation to track the leukocytes trajectories and measure their velocities and diameters. Using a recent validated mathematical model describing the coupled deformation-flow of an individual leukocyte in a microchannel, numerical simulations of an individual and of two leukocytes under flow were performed...
February 9, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163035/intra-and-inter-observer-reliability-of-nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-a-possible-outcome-measure-for-systemic-sclerosis-related-microangiopathy
#9
Graham Dinsdale, Tonia Moore, Neil O'Leary, Philip Tresadern, Michael Berks, Christopher Roberts, Joanne Manning, John Allen, Marina Anderson, Maurizio Cutolo, Roger Hesselstrand, Kevin Howell, Carmen Pizzorni, Vanessa Smith, Alberto Sulli, Marie Wildt, Christopher Taylor, Andrea Murray, Ariane L Herrick
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to assess the reliability of nailfold capillary assessment in terms of image evaluability, image severity grade ('normal', 'early', 'active', 'late'), capillary density, capillary (apex) width, and presence of giant capillaries, and also to gain further insight into differences in these parameters between patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), patients with primary Raynaud's phenomenon (PRP) and healthy control subjects. METHODS: Videocapillaroscopy images (magnification 300×) were acquired from all 10 digits from 173 participants: 101 patients with SSc, 22 with PRP and 50 healthy controls...
February 2, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161429/mzd7349-peptide-conjugated-plga-nanoparticles-directed-against-vcam-1-for-targeted-delivery-of-simvastatin-to-restore-dysfunctional-huvecs
#10
Fatemeh Imanparast, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi, Akram Vatannejad, Maliheh Paknejad, Behnas Deiham, Farzad Kobarfard, Amir Amani, Mahmood Doosti
Endothelial dysfunction is initial and critical step of atherosclerosis. Impaired bioavailability of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is one of the main reasons of endothelial dysfunction. Improving bioavailability of eNOS by increasing its expression or activity using statins is an effective therapeutic strategy in restoring endothelial dysfunction. In this study, simvastatin (SIM) as a poorly water-soluble drug was loaded in poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (SIM-PLGA-NPs). NPs were then conjugated with mZD7349 peptide (mZD7349-SIM-PLGA-NPs) and directed against vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1)...
February 2, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111314/three-dimensional-flow-patterns-in-the-feto-placental-vasculature-system-of-the-mouse-placenta
#11
Alexander T Shannon, Parisa Mirbod
In this study, three-dimensional (3D) blood flow of the feto-placental vasculature system of the mouse placenta was investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods and finite element analysis. Micro-computerized tomography (micro-CT) images were used to acquire the 3D geometry of the feto-placental vasculature system, and image-processing software has been used to calculate the 3D morphology of the placenta. The flow was analyzed numerically and compared to the experimental data received from the same model...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108308/role-of-cyclooxygenase-in-the-vascular-response-to-locally-delivered-acetylcholine-in-caucasian-and-african-descent-individuals
#12
Matthew J Maley, James R House, Michael J Tipton, Clare M Eglin
INTRODUCTION: Individuals of African descent (AFD) are more susceptible to non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) compared with Caucasian individuals (CAU). Vasodilatation to acetylcholine (ACh) is lower in AFD compared with CAU in the non-glabrous foot and finger skin sites; the reason for this is unknown. Prostanoids are responsible, in part, for the vasodilator response to ACh, however it is not known whether the contribution differs between ethnicities. METHODS: 12 CAU and 12 AFD males received iontophoresis of ACh (1 w/v%) on non-glabrous foot and finger skin sites following placebo and then aspirin (600mg, single blinded)...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093233/changes-in-vascular-responsiveness-during-a-hyperglycemia-challenge-measured-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-vascular-occlusion-test
#13
Rogério Nogueira Soares, Raylene A Reimer, Juan Manuel Murias
BACKGROUND: Postprandial hyperglycemia is associated with impaired vascular responsiveness. Recent studies have established the use of a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-derived approach, combined with a vascular occlusion test (VOT), to examine vascular responsiveness within the microvasculature in normoglycemia. The aim of this study was to examine whether this NIRS-VOT technique could detect differences in vascular responsiveness following a hyperglycemic challenge. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fourteen young healthy individuals participated in the study...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089735/effects-of-simvastatin-on-cat-1-mediated-arginine-transport-and-no-level-under-high-glucose-conditions-in-conditionally-immortalized-rat-inner-blood-retinal-barrier-cell-lines-tr-ibrb
#14
Temdara Tun, Young-Sook Kang
OBJECTIVE: Hyperglycemia causes the breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier by impairing endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) function. Statins have many pleiotropic effects such as improving endothelial barrier permeability and increasing eNOS mRNA stability. The objective of this study was to determine effect of simvastatin on l-arginine transport and NO production under high-glucose conditions in conditionally immortalized rat retinal capillary endothelial cell line (TR-iBRB). METHODS: Changes in l-arginine transport uptake and, expression levels of cationic amino acid transporter 1 (CAT-1) and eNOS mRNA were investigated after pre-treatment with simvastatin and NOS inhibitors (l-NMMA and l-NAME) under high-glucose conditions using TR-iBRB, an in vitro model of iBRB...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077312/the-effect-of-calf-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-intermittent-pneumatic-compression-on-thigh-microcirculation
#15
Shayan Bahadori, Tikki Immins, Thomas W Wainwright
OBJECTIVE: This study compares the effectiveness of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) device and an intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) device on enhancing microcirculatory blood flow in the thigh of healthy individuals, when stimulation is carried out peripherally at the calf. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Blood microcirculation of ten healthy individuals was recorded using laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) technique. A region of interest (ROI) was marked on each participant thigh...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065673/spectral-analysis-of-reflex-cutaneous-vasodilatation-during-passive-heat-stress
#16
Matthew M Mallette, Gary J Hodges, Gregory W McGarr, David A Gabriel, Stephen S Cheung
Previous work has demonstrated that spectral analysis is a useful tool to non-invasively ascertain the mechanisms of control of the cutaneous circulation. The majority of work using spectral analysis has focused on local control mechanisms, with none examining reflex control. Skin blood flow was analysed using spectral analysis on the dorsal aspect of the forearm of 7 males and 7 females during passive heat stress, with mean forearm and local temperature at the site of measurement maintained at thermoneutral (33°C) to minimize the effect of local control mechanisms...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065672/monitoring-microvascular-perfusion-variations-with-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-using-a-view-based-temporal-template-method
#17
Mohammad Zaheer Ansari, Eun-Jeung Kang, Mioara D Manole, Jens P Dreier, Anne Humeau-Heurtier
PURPOSE: Laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) continues to gain an increased interest in clinical and research studies to monitor microvascular perfusion. Due to its high spatial and temporal resolutions, LSCI may lead to a large amount of data. The analysis of such data, as well as the determination of the regions where the perfusion varies, can become a lengthy and tedious task. We propose here to analyze if a view-based temporal template method, the motion history image (MHI) algorithm, may be of use in detecting the perfusion variations locations...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040437/cryptotanshinone-inhibits-vegf-induced-angiogenesis-by-targeting-the-vegfr2-signaling-pathway
#18
Xiaoming Xu, Li Wu, Xinbin Zhou, Nanyang Zhou, Qin Zhuang, Jinxiu Yang, Jin Dai, Haibing Wang, Shenjie Chen, Wei Mao
OBJECTIVE: Anti-angiogenesis has been proposed as an important strategy for angiogenesis-related diseases. Cryptotanshinone (CPT), an active component of Salvia miltiorrhiza, may be a potential inhibitor of angiogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying its anti-angiogenic activities remain poorly understood. This study is to investigate the effects of CPT on VEGF-induced angiogenesis and VEGFR2 signaling pathway in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). METHODS: HUVECs were treated with different concentration of CPT (5-20μmol/L) and the viability, endothelial cell migration, invasion, and tubular-like structure formation of HUVECs were detected by MTT, wound-healing migration, Transwell invasion and Matrigel tube formation assays, respectively...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027937/reduced-perfusion-in-systemic-sclerosis-digital-ulcers-both-fingertip-and-extensor-can-be-increased-by-topical-application-of-glyceryl-trinitrate
#19
M Hughes, T Moore, J Manning, J Wilkinson, G Dinsdale, C Roberts, A Murray, A L Herrick
OBJECTIVES: In patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), fingertip digital ulcers (DUs) are believed to be ischaemic, and extensor surface DUs a result of mechanical factors/microtrauma. Our aim was to assess blood flow response to topical glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) compared to placebo in SSc DUs, looking for differences in pathophysiology between fingertip and extensor lesions. METHOD: This was a double-blind, randomised, crossover, placebo-controlled study. Sixteen (6 fingertip, 10 extensor) DUs were each studied twice (one day apart): once with GTN and once with placebo ointment...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025064/effects-of-nuclear-factor-e2-related-factor-2-heme-oxygenase-1-on-splanchnic-hemodynamics-in-experimental-cirrhosis-with-portal-hypertension
#20
Jun Qin, Yue He, Ming Duan, Meng Luo
OBJECTIVE: We explored the effects of Nuclear Factor-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and Heme Oxygenase 1 (HO-1) on splanchnic hemodynamics in portal hypertensive rats. METHODS: Experimental cirrhosis with portal hypertension was induced by intraperitoneal injection of carbon tetrachloride. The expression of proteins was examined by immunoblotting. Hemodynamic studies were performed by radioactive microspheres. The vascular perfusion system was used to measure the contractile response of mesentery arterioles in rats...
May 2017: Microvascular Research
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