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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
January 19, 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
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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)...
January 17, 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
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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...
January 14, 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
#8
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...
January 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077312/the-effect-of-calf-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-intermittent-pneumatic-compression-on-thigh-microcirculation
#9
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...
January 8, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065673/spectral-analysis-of-reflex-cutaneous-vasodilatation-during-passive-heat-stress
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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...
January 5, 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
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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...
January 5, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040437/cryptotanshinone-inhibits-vegf-induced-angiogenesis-by-targeting-the-vegfr2-signaling-pathway
#12
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...
December 28, 2016: 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
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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...
December 24, 2016: 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
#14
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...
December 23, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012884/erythrocytes-properties-in-varicose-veins-patients
#15
L Gwozdzinski, A Pieniazek, J Bernasinska, M Grabowski, E Kowalczyk, K Gwozdzinski
Varicose veins (VV) are enlarged veins of the subcutaneous tissue, usually caused by faulty or damaged venous valves leading to impaired blood flow. Blood stasis, excessive clotting disorder and alterations in the vein walls are symptoms of Virchow's triad which may affect the morphotic elements of blood, including erythrocytes. The aim of this study was to investigate alterations in the properties of the erythrocytes taken from varicose veins in comparison to those from antecubital vein of patients with chronic venous disease...
December 21, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011052/characterizing-human-skin-blood-flow-regulation-in-response-to-different-local-skin-temperature-perturbations
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Y Wu, M D Nieuwenhoff, F J P M Huygen, F C T van der Helm, S Niehof, A C Schouten
Small nerve fibers regulate local skin blood flow in response to local thermal perturbations. Small nerve fiber function is difficult to assess with classical neurophysiological tests. In this study, a vasomotor response model in combination with a heating protocol was developed to quantitatively characterize the control mechanism of small nerve fibers in regulating skin blood flow in response to local thermal perturbation. The skin of healthy subjects' hand dorsum (n=8) was heated to 42°C with an infrared lamp, and then naturally cooled down...
December 21, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998712/impacts-of-femoral-artery-and-vein-excision-versus-femoral-artery-excision-on-the-hindlimb-ischemic-model-in-cd-1-mice
#17
Miao Chen, Huimin Fan, Benjamin T Ledford, Zayd Farah, Catherine Barron, Zhongmin Liu, Jia-Qiang He
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Although femoral artery ligation-induced ischemia is commonly used in C57BL/6 or Balb/c mice, direct comparisons between femoral artery/vein (FAV) versus femoral artery (FA) excisions have not been reported. The goal of the present study is to investigate the effects of FAV versus FA excisions on hindlimb models using adult CD-1 mice. METHODS: Two groups (n=10/group) of adult, mixed gender CD-1 mice were used to generate hindlimb ischemic models by excising either the FAV or FA...
December 18, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989404/nailfold-capillaroscopic-parameters-and-skin-telangiectasia-patterns-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#18
Carmen Pizzorni, Anna R Giampetruzzi, Chiara Mondino, Antonio Facchiano, Damiano Abeni, Sabrina Paolino, Barbara Ruaro, Vanessa Smith, Alberto Sulli, Maurizio Cutolo
OBJECTIVE: To correlate nailfold capillaroscopic parameters with the presence of skin telangiectases (TAs) in systemic sclerosis patients (SSc). METHODS: Thirty-three consecutive patients (28 women and 5 men, mean age 59±21years) affected by SSc according to the ACR/EULAR criteria, 30 with limited (lcSSc) and 3 with diffuse (dcSSc) skin disease, displaying the presence of skin TAs on face, hands, forearms, neck, and décolleté were recruited. Nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) was performed to classify the patients into one of the three main patterns of SSc microangiopathy ("early", "active", "late"), and to calculate the microangiopathy evolution score (MES)...
December 16, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988246/identification-of-neuronal-and-angiogenic-growth-factors-in-an-in-vitro-blood-brain-barrier-model-system-relevance-in-barrier-integrity-and-tight-junction-formation-and-complexity
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Christian Freese, Sanshiro Hanada, Petra Fallier-Becker, C James Kirkpatrick, Ronald E Unger
We previously demonstrated that the co-cultivation of endothelial cells with neural cells resulted in an improved integrity of the in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB), and that this model could be useful to evaluate the transport properties of potential central nervous system disease drugs through the microvascular brain endothelial. In this study we have used real-time PCR, fluorescent microscopy, protein arrays and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays to determine which neural- and endothelial cell-derived factors are produced in the co-culture and improve the integrity of the BBB...
December 15, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956355/expression-and-production-of-cardiac-angiogenic-mediators-depend-on-the-trypanosoma-cruzi-genetic-population-in-experimental-c57bl-6-mice-infection
#20
Deena Shrestha, Bijay Bajracharya, Guilherme Paula-Costa, Beatriz C Salles, Ana Luísa J Leite, Ana Paula J Menezes, Débora Ms Souza, Laser Am Oliveira, André Talvani
Mammalian cardiac cells are important targets to the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. The inflammatory reaction in the host aims at eliminating this parasite, can lead to cell destruction, fibrosis and hypoxia. Local hypoxia is well-defined stimulus to the production of angiogenesis mediators. Assuming that different genetic T. cruzi populations induce distinct inflammation and disease patterns, the current study aims to investigate whether the production of inflammatory and angiogenic mediators is a parasite strain-dependent condition...
December 9, 2016: Microvascular Research
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