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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334550/geraniol-promotes-functional-recovery-and-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
#1
Yan Lv, Liang Zhang, Na Li, Naiken Mai, Yu Zhang, Shuyi Pan
Geraniol, a plant derived monoterpene, has been extensively studied and showed a wide variety of beneficial effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of geraniol on functional recovery and neuropathic pain in rats with spinal cord injury (SCI). Rats received a clip-compression SCI and were treated with geraniol 6 hours following SCI. Treatment of SCI rats with geraniol markedly improved locomotor function, and reduced sensitivity to the mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia...
March 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329449/behavioural-and-neurochemical-effects-of-alpha-lipoic-acid-associated-with-omega-3-in-tardive-dyskinesia-induced-by-chronic-haloperidol-in-rats
#2
Dayane Pessoa Araújo, Thaisa Camboim, Ana Silva, Caio Fonseca, Rebeca Sousa, Mabson Barbosa, Lucidio Oliveira, José Cavalcanti, Eudes Lucena, Fausto Guzen
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is characterized by involuntary movements of the lower portion of the face being related to typical antipsychotic therapy. TD is associated with the oxidative imbalance in the basal ganglia. Lipoic acid (LA) and omega 3 (ω-3) are antioxidants acting as enzyme cofactors, regenerating antioxidant enzymes. This study aimed to investigate behavioral and neurochemical effects of supplementation with of LA (100mg/Kg) and ω-3 (1g/Kg) in the treatment of TD-induced by chronic use haloperidol (HAL) (1mg/Kg) in rats...
March 22, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317386/hepatoprotective-effect-of-blocking-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors-in-male-albino-rats-exposed-to-acute-and-repeated-restraint-stress
#3
Shaimaa Nasr Amin, Ahmed Amro El-Aidi, Maha Zickri, Laila Ahmed Rashed, Sherif Sabry Hassan
Stress affects multiple organs in the body in addition to the brain including the liver. We aimed to assess the effects of blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors by memantine on the liver in acute and repeated restraint stress. Forty two male albino rats divided into seven groups; control, Acute restraint stress (ARS), ARS+memantine, repeated restraint stress, repeated restraint +memantine and positive control groups. We measured serum iron, zinc, alanine transferase and Aspartame transferase, hepatic malondialdehyde, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), glutathione peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, metallothionein content, zinc transporter ZRT/IRT-like Protein 14 mRNA expression, hepcidin expression...
March 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301738/active-immunization-against-transforming-growth-factor-beta1-prevents-hepatic-fibrosis-in-a-rat-model-of-liver-disease
#4
Hong Ji, Gerald Y Minuk, Zhikang Peng, Yongping Chen, Chenwei Pan, Yuewen Gong
Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1) plays an important role in hepatic fibrogenesis. To document the effects of active immunization against TGF-β1 on hepatic fibrosis in an animal model of chronic liver disease. BALB/c mice were immunized against three different peptides of TGF-β1 ligated into hepatitis B virus core protein (HBVc). Titers of TGF-β1 antibodies were documented by enzyme linked immunoassays and antibody activity by cell membrane receptor binding and proliferation assays. The most immunogenic recombinant HBVc+TGF-β1 peptide (HBVc+C) then served as a vaccine in Sprague-Dawley rats with dimethylnitrosamine-induced chronic liver disease...
March 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301729/atorvastatin-can-ameliorate-left-atrial-stunning-induced-by-radiofrequency-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#5
Ruiqin Xie, Yingtao Yang, Wei Cui, Hongning Yin, Hongmei Zheng, Jidong Zhang, Ling You
The objective of this study was to study the functional changes of left atrium after radiofrequency ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation and the therapeutic effect of Atorvastatin. 58 patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation were randomly divided into non-Atorvastatin group and Atorvastatin group. Patients in Atorvastatin group were treated with Atorvastatin 20mg po per night in addition to the conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation; patients in non-Atorvastatin group received conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation only...
March 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281782/effects-of-lactulose-and-silymarin-on-liver-enzymes-in-cirrhotic-rats
#6
Mozhgan Ghobadi Pour, Naser Mirazi, Hojjatollah Alaei, Shirin Moradkhani, Ziba Rajaei, Alireza Monsef Esfahani
Silymarin, a mixture of antihepatotoxic flavonolignans used in the treatment of liver diseases, and lactulose, a nonabsorbable synthetic disaccharide, were investigated to analyze their probable synergic and healing effects in a hepatic cirrhotic rat model. Liver damage was induced by the administration and subsequent withdrawal of thioacetamide. The significant decrease in liver enzymes and malondialdehyde levels confirmed the curative effects of silymarin and lactulose. In the silymarin + lactulose group, liver enzyme and malondialdehyde levels were significantly reduced compared with those in the thioacetamide group...
March 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278384/characterization-of-endogenous-nitric-oxide-role-in-myogenic-vascular-oscillations-during-cooling-evoked-hemodynamic-perturbations-of-rats
#7
Yi-Hsien Lin, Yia-Ping Liu, Yu-Chieh Lin, Po-Lei Lee, Che-Se Tung
Rapid immersion of a rat's limbs into 4°C water, a model of cold stress (CS), can elicit hemodynamic perturbations (CEHP). We have reported that CEHP is highly relevant to the sympathetic activation and nitric oxide production. This study identifies the role of nitric oxide in CEHP. Conscious rats were pretreated with the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME alone or following the removal of sympathetic influences using hexamethonium or guanethidine, and then they were subjected to a 10-min CS trial. Hemodynamic indices were telemetrically monitored throughout the experiment...
March 9, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273426/a-primer-on-current-progress-in-cardiac-fibrosis
#8
Danah Al Hattab, Michael Paul Czubryt
Cardiac fibrosis is a significant global health problem that is closely associated with multiple forms of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction, dilated cardiomyopathy and diabetes. Fibrosis increases myocardial wall stiffness due to excessive extracellular matrix deposition, causing impaired systolic and diastolic function and facilitating arrhythmogenesis. As a result, patient morbidity and mortality are often dramatically elevated compared to those with cardiovascular disease but without overt fibrosis, demonstrating that fibrosis itself is both a pathologic response to existing disease and a significant risk factor for exacerbation of the underlying condition...
March 8, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263083/cannabinoid-signaling-in-health-and-disease
#9
Yan Lu, Hope D Anderson
Cannabis sativa has long been used for medicinal purposes. To improve safety and efficacy, compounds from C. sativa were purified or synthesized and named under an umbrella group as cannabinoids. Currently, several cannabinoids may be prescribed in Canada for a variety of indications such as nausea and pain. More recently, an increasing number of reports suggest other salutary effects associated with endogenous cannabinoid signaling including cardioprotection. The therapeutic potential of cannabinoids is therefore extended; however, evidence is limited and mechanisms remain unclear...
March 6, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249117/anti-inflammatory-and-neuroprotective-activity-of-boswellic-acids-in-rotenone-parkinsonian-rats
#10
Angie Ameen, Amany Elkazaz, Hala M F A Mohammad, Bassant Mohamed Barakat
There is evidence that inflammation and oxidative stress contribute to neurodegenerative changes observed in Parkinson's disease (PD). Unfortunately, there is a lack of curative treatments for this debilitating movement disorder. Boswellic acids (BAs) are pentacyclic triterpene molecules of plant origin and have been utilized for treating many inflammatory conditions. The current study was conducted to explore the role of BAs in protection from rotenone-induced experimental Parkinsonism. Twenty four rats were assigned as vehicle group, rotenone control group: rats received rotenone (1 mg/kg) every 48...
March 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238270/effects-of-trimetazidine-on-interleukin-2-and-interleukin-8-concentrations-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
#11
Aleksander Danikiewicz, Janusz Szkodziński, Bartosz Hudzik, Ilona Korzonek-Szlacheta, Mariusz Gasior, Barbara Zubelewicz-Szkodzińska
Trimetazidine (TMZ) exhibits metabolic and cardioprotective effects. The aim of this study was to access the effects of TMZ on IL-2 and IL-8 serum concentrations in 156 patients with stable coronary artery disease. They underwent treadmill exercise test (TET) before and after 3-month TMZ treatment. IL-2 and IL-8 concentrations were determined before and after each TET. Before treatment, TET didn't influence IL-2 concentrations, whereas IL-8 concentrations increased. TMZ treatment led to a decrease in IL-2 concentrations before TET, as well as it made the observed difference in IL-8 concentrations become statistically insignificant following the second TET...
February 26, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231436/myocardial-homing-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-following-intrapericardial-application-and-amplification-by-inflammation-an-experimental-pilot-study
#12
Nina Jung, Heinz Rupp, Rembert Koczulla, Claus Vogelmeier, Peter Alter
Recent studies demonstrated potential effects of stem cells on cardiac function in heart failure. However, influences of the technique of application remained undetermined. In the present study, the pericardial sac was used as depot for fluorescent-labeled mesenchymal stem cells in rats. To evaluate influences of inflammation on cell homing, a sterile pericarditis was induced by talc. It is shown that intrapericardial stem cells application is sufficient to provide myocardial penetration. The extent of homing was amplified by inflammation in a talc-induced pericarditis...
February 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226224/different-electrophysiological-effects-of-the-levo-and-dextrorotatory-isomers-of-mexiletine-in-isolated-rabbit-cardiac-muscle
#13
Zsolt Gurabi, Bence Patocskai, Balázs Györe, László Virág, Péter Mátyus, Julius Gy Papp, András Varró, Istvan Koncz
Racemic mexiletine is a widely used antiarrhythmic agent which blocks sodium channels. The effects of R-(-) and S-(+) mexiletine stereoisomers on maximum rate of depolarization (Vmax), conduction time and repolarization have not yet been investigated in isolated cardiac preparations. We studied the effect of the R-(-) and S-(+) mexiletine on rabbit cardiac action potential parameters by using the conventional microelectrode technique. Both enantiomers at 20 µM of therapeutically and experimentally relevant concentration, significantly depressed the Vmax at fast heart rates (BCLs 300 - 700 ms)...
February 22, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187269/excessive-consumption-of-fructose-causes-cardiometabolic-dysfunctions-through-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation
#14
Nathalia Bernardes, Prathapan Ayyappan, Katia De Angelis, Ashim Bagchi, Gauri Akolkar, Danielle da Silva Dias, Adriane Bello-Klein, Pawan K Singal
A rapid rise in obesity as well as physical inactivity in industrialized countries is associated with fructose consumption-mediated metabolic syndrome having a strong association with cardiovascular disease. Although insulin resistance is thought to be at the core, visceral obesity, hypertension and hypertriglyceridemia are also considered important components of this metabolic disorder. In addition, various other abnormalities such as inflammation, oxidative stress and elevated levels of uric acid are also part of this syndrome...
February 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187266/short-term-effects-of-troxerutin-vitamin-p4-on-muscle-fatigue-and-genes-expression-of-bcl-2-and-bax-in-the-hepatic-tissue-of-rats
#15
Mohammad Zamanian, Ali Shamsizadeh, Ali Esmaeili Nadimi, Mohammad R Hajizadeh, Fatemeh Allatavakoli, Mohammad R Rahmani, Ayat Kaeidi, Hamid R Safari Khalegh, Mohammad Allahtavakoli
In the current study, the effects of troxerutin (TXER) on muscle fatigue and genes expression of Bcl-2 and Bax in the hepatic tissue of rats was investigated. 40 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups and designated as control and TXER treatment at 75 (TXER75), 150 (TXER150), and 300 mg/kg/day (TXER300). The treated groups and control group received TXER and water orally for 7 days. After an exhaustive swimming test on the 7th day, all animals were sacrificed immediately and several biochemical parameters related to fatigue and genes expression of Bcl-2 and Bax in the hepatic tissue were measured...
February 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187265/gastroprotective-effects-of-montelukast-and-nigella-sativa-oil-against-corticosteroids-induced-gastric-damage-much-more-than-antiasthmatic-drugs
#16
Fatma Hassan Rizk, Marwa Awad Ibrahim, Marwa Abd-Elsalam, Nema Ali Soliman, Sherief Abd-Elsalam
Corticosteroids are used to treat variety of diseases like bronchial asthma. However, long term corticosteroids have a gastric ulcerogenic potential. Montelukast (MTK) and nigella sativa oil (NSO) are used in treatment of bronchial asthma. Previous studies showed that MTK and NSO had gastroprotective effects in other models of gastric ulcer. The present study assesses synergistic gastroprotective effects of both drugs in dexamethasone (DXM)-induced gastric damage. 50 male rats were divided into 5 groups; normal control (I), DXM group (II), MTK+DXM group (III), NSO+DXM group (IV), MTK+NSO+DXM group (V)...
February 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187263/tetrahydroxystilbene-glucoside-inhibits-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-and-apoptosis-in-a53t-%C3%AE-synuclein-transfected-cells-exposed-to-mpp-sup-sup
#17
Ruyi Zhang, Fangling Sun, Lan Zhang, Xuejing Sun, Lin Li
Increasing evidence has solidified the involvement of α-synuclein (α-Syn) and neurotoxins in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD), suggesting a combination of genetic and environmental influences. 2,3,5,4'-Tetrahydroxystilbene -2-O-β-D-glucoside (TSG) is one of the main active components extracted from Polygonum multiflorum. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of TSG on α-Syn aggregation, mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress and apoptosis in vitro. A53T mutant α-synuclein-transfected cells (A53T AS cells) plus MPP+<sup></sup> exposure were used as a complex cell model of PD...
February 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177662/esculetin-induces-apoptosis-of-smmc-7721-cells-through-igf-1-pi3k-akt-mediated-mitochondrial-pathways
#18
Juan Li, Shuang Li, Xiuli Wang, Hongxin Wang
Esculetin (6,7-dihydroxycoumarin) is a coumarin derivative extracted from natural plants and has been reported to have anti-cancer activity. However, the mechanism by which esculetin prevents human hepatic cancer cell growth is still largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect of esculetin on human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) SMMC-7721 cells and explored the cell signal mechanism. Our data indicated that esculetin induced apoptosis in SMMC-7721 cells, which were supported by DAPI staining and Annexin V/PI staining...
February 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177661/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-dabrafenib-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
In-Chul Lee, Jongdoo Kim, Jong-Sup Bae
The screening of bioactive compound libraries can be an effective approach for repositioning FDA-approved drugs or discovering new treatments for human diseases (drug repositioning). Drug repositioning refers to the development of existing drugs for new indications. Dabrafenib (DAB) is a B-Raf inhibitor and initially used for the treatment of metastatic melanoma therapy. Here, we tested the possible use of DAB in the treatment of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated vascular inflammatory responses. The anti-inflammatory activities of DAB were determined by measuring permeability, neutrophils adhesion and migration, and activation of pro-inflammatory proteins in LPS-activated human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and mice...
February 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177660/carvacrol-attenuates-cyclophosphamide-induced-oxidative-stress-in-rat-kidney
#20
Sibel Gunes, Adnan Ayhanci, Varol Sahinturk, Diler Us Altay, Ruhi Uyar
Cyclophosphamide (CP) is an antineoplastic drug inducing kidney damage via producing oxidative stress. Carvacrol (CAR) has antioxidative effect and we postulated that it can be protective against CP-induced nephrotoxicity. Six groups (n=7) of rats (control, 100 mg/kg CP, CP+5 and CP+10 mg/kg CAR and 5 and 10 mg/kg CAR) were injected intraperitoneally. Serum malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), creatinine (CRE), total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and total oxidant state (TOS) were measured, and oxidative stress indexes (OSI) were calculated...
February 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
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