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Chinese Journal of Physiology

Wen-Ching Huang, Wen-Chieh Chang, Yi-Ju Hsu, Chun-Feng Huang, Chi-Chang Huang, Cheng-Yan Kao, Che-Li Lin
Diabetes (one of non-communicable diseases) is serious due to its complications, such like, cardiovascular ailments, neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, wound gangrene and sexual impotence. Diabetes and associated chronic conditions are rapidly emerging as major health problems. In clinical, there were different drugs for diabetes treatment on different mechanisms. However, there were limited studies on the efficacy of electric stimulations on diabetes therapeutic application. In current study, we try to evaluate the effect of microcurrent electrical nerve stimulator (MENS) on diabetes modulation as an alternative medicine...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Mohammed A. Al-Omair, Azza Sedky, Awatef Ali, Hany Elsawy
Lead is one of the oldest environmental and occupational toxins. Health hazards from increased lead exposure as a result of industrial and environmental pollution are recognized. The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effects of quercetin as a model of an antioxidant drug against the toxic effects of lead acetate on the blood and the testis of rats. The lead concentrations were determined in blood and the testis. Testosterone (T), luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) were assessed in serum...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Shi-Jane Ting, Chih-Kuan Kao, Feng-Bin Wang
Sympathetic efferents regulate the “fight-or-flight” response and sympathetic and vagal fibers have been suggested to retrogradely and centrally spread pathogens associated with Parkinson’s disease. To examine the arrangement of the vagal and sympathetic motor fibers in the celiac ganglion (CG), gastrointestinal tract, and along the superior mesenteric artery and its sub-branches, we double-labeled the vagal efferents by injecting Dextran-Texas Red into the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus and the sympathetic postganglionics with tyrosine hydroxylase immunohistochemistry in male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 18)...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Jeng-Hsien Yeh, Chiang-Ting Chou, I-Shu Chen, Ti Lu, Ko-Long Lin, Chia-Cheng Yu, Wei-Zhe Liang, Hong-Tai Chang, Chun-Chi Kuo, Chin-Man Ho, Wen-Teng Chang, Pochuen Shieh, Chung-Ren Jan
Thymol is a phenolic compound that affects physiology in different cell models. However, whether thymol affects Ca²⁺ homeostasis in prostate cancer cells is unknown. The action of this compound on cytosolic Ca²⁺ concentrations ([Ca²⁺]i) and viability in PC3 human prostate cancer cells was explored. The results show that thymol at concentrations of 100-1500 μM caused [Ca²⁺]i rises in a concentration-dependent manner. Removal of extracellular Ca²⁺ reduced thymol’s effect by approximately 80%...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Chea-Ha Kim, Soo-Hyun Park, Yun-Beom Sim, Sung-Su Kim, Jun-Sub Jung, Naveen Sharma, Hong-Won Suh
Kainic acid (KA) is a well-known excitatory neurotoxic substance. In the present study, effects of KA-injected intraperitoneally (i.p.), intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) or intrathecally (i.t.) on the blood glucose level were investigated in ICR mice. We found that KA administered intraperitoneally (i.p.), intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) or intrathecally (i.t.) increased the blood glucose and corticosterone levels, suggesting that KA-induced hyperglycemia appeared to be due to increased blood corticosterone level...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Beat Knechtle, Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis, Matthias Alexander Zingg, Thomas Rosemann, Christoph Alexander Rüst
The age of the best marathon performance has been well investigated for flat city marathon running, but not for mountain marathon running. The aim of this study was to determine the age of the best mountain marathon performance and to compare to results of a flat city marathon. Race times and ages of finishers of a mountain marathon with 1,830 m of altitude change (Jungfrau Marathon, Switzerland) and two flat city marathons (Lausanne Marathon and Zurich Marathon, Switzerland) were analysed using linear, non-linear and mixed-effects regression analyses...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Zofia Goc, Waldemar Szaroma, Edyta Kapusta, Karol Dziubek
Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) is an antihypertensive drug with proven dose-dependent toxic effects attributed mainly to the production of cyanide but also excesive nitric oxide (NO) and derived reactive species. The present study evaluated whether melatonin administration would have time-dependent protective effect against SNP−induced toxicity. Male Swiss mice were used in this study. Control mice were treated with 0.9% NaCl; the second group was injected with 10 mg melatonin (MEL)/kg body weight (b.w.); the third group was given SNP at the dose of 3,6 mg/kg b...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Ming-Shu Chen, Chen-Mao Liao, Ming-Hsun Wu, Chih-Ming Lin
An adequate and continuous monitoring of operational variations can effectively reduce the uncertainty and enhance the quality of laboratory reports. This study applied the evaluation rule of the measurement system analysis (MSA) method to estimate the quality of work conducted in a biochemistry laboratory. Using the gauge repeatability & reproducibility (GR&R) approach, variations in quality control (QC) data among medical technicians in conducting measurements of five biochemical items, namely, serum glucose (GLU), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), uric acid (UA), sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl), were evaluated...
October 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Shih-Hsing Yang, Jau-Chen Lin, Shih-Chi Peng, Fang Jung, Guoo-Shyng Wang Hsu, Guey-Mei Jow
Despite mechanical ventilation being a very important life-saving intervention, ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) is related with inflammatory effects and causes high mortality. Our previous study demonstrated that the interleukin-33 (IL-33) cytokine pathway is a biomarker of VILI. The purpose of this study was to further explore the effects of hydrocortisone sodium succinate (HC) on pro-inflammatory IL-33 activation by VILI. The rats were intubated and received ventilation at 20 cmH₂O of inspiratory pressure (PC20) by a G5 ventilator for 4 h as a control group, and an intervention group received the same inspiratory pressure as well as treated with HC at 1 mg/kg at the third hour of ventilation (PC20+HC)...
October 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Beat Knechtle, Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis, Michael Stiefel, Thomas Rosemann, Christoph Alexander Rüst
The performance and sex differences of long-distance triathletes competing in 'Ironman Hawaii' are well investigated. However, less information is available with regards to triathlon races of the Ironman distance held under extreme environmental conditions (e.g. extreme cold) such as the 'Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon' which started in 2003. In 'Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon', athletes swim at a water temperature of ~13-15°C, cycle at temperatures of ~5-20°C and run at temperatures of ~12-28°C in the valley and of ~2-12°C at Mt...
October 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
He-Hsiung Cheng, Chiang-Ting Chou, Wei-Zhe Liang, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Hong-Tai Chang, Chun-Chi Kuo, I-S Chen, Ti Lu, C-C Yu, Fu-An Chen, Daih-Huang Kuo, Pochuen Shieh, Chung-Ren Jan
NPC15199 is a synthesized compound that inhibits inflammation in some models. However, whether NPC15199 affects Ca²⁺ homeostasis in human gastric cancer is unclear. This study examined the effect of NPC15199 on cytosolic free Ca²⁺ concentrations ([Ca²⁺]i) and viability in SCM1 human gastric cancer cells. The Ca²⁺-sensitive fluorescent dye fura-2 was used to measure [Ca²⁺]i. NPC15199 evoked [Ca²⁺]i rises concentration-dependently. The response was reduced by removing extracellular Ca²⁺. NPC15199-evoked Ca²⁺ entry was not inhibited by store-operated channel inhibitors (nifedipine, econazole and SKF96365) and protein kinase C (PKC) activator (phorbol 12-myristate 13 acetate, PMA), or PKC inhibitor (GF109203X)...
October 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Yen-Ting Lin, Chia-Hua Kuo, Yi-Ching Chen
There is little knowledge regarding the force production capacities of tug-of-war athletes, who undergo years of high-load strength training on handgrip muscles. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the force-grading strategies of tug-of-war athletes by examining force fluctuation properties at high exertion levels. Sixteen tug-of-war athletes and sixteen sedentary non-athletes performed sinusoidal handgrip grip at 50%-100% of maximal effort at 0.5 Hz under visual guidance. Force outputs of the designate task were recorded with a strain gauge...
October 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Beat Knechtle, Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis, Thomas Rosemann, Christoph Alexander Rüst
Performance trends in breaststroke swimmers competing at world class level in pool competitions are well investigated for elite swimmers, but not for age group swimmers. This study investigated trends in participation, performance and sex difference in performance in a total of 35,143 (16,160 women and 18,983 men) age group breaststroke swimmers aged 25-29 to 95-99 years competing in the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Masters Championships between 1986 and 2014. Trends in participation were analysed using linear regression analyses and trends in performance were investigated using mixed-effects regression analyses with sex, distance and calendar year as fixed variables...
October 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Pao-Hsuan Huang, Hsin-Yi Wang, Chen-Chuan Huang, Yueh-Tsung Lee, Chia-Herng Yue, Mei-Chih Chen, Ho Lin
Breast cancer is a hormone-related carcinoma and the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in women. Although Her-2, estrogen receptor (ER), and progesterone receptor (PR) are the major diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets to breast cancer, searching for additional molecular targets remains an important issue and one of the candidates is androgen receptor (AR). AR has been shown expressed in 70% breast cancer patients and connects to low recurrence and high survival rate. Our previous study demonstrates that Ser81 phosphorylation of AR in prostate cancer cells is critical for its protein stability modulated by human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (Her2)...
August 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Irina P Butkevich, Viktor A Mikhailenko, Elena A Vershinina, Anna Maria Aloisi
Neonatal pain and stress induce long-term changes in pain sensitivity. Therefore their interrelation is a topical subject of clinical and basic research. The present study investigated the effects of inflammatory peripheral pain and stress of maternal deprivation (MD)-isolation in 1-2- and 7-8-day-old Wistar rats (P1,2 and P7,8 respectively, ages comparable to preterm and full-term human babies) on basal pain and pain sensitivity in conditions of inflammatory pain (formalin test) during adolescence. The neonatal impacts were: pain (formalin injection, FOR in the paw), stress (a short 60-min MD), or pain+stress combination (FOR+MD), and appropriate controls...
August 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Yin-Pin Cheng, Chia-Ying Ke, Chih-Chieh Kuo, Yih-Jing Lee
Several retinal degenerative diseases cause vision loss and retinal cell death. Currently, people face prolonged exposure to digital screens, rendering vision protection from light exposure a critical topic. In this study, we designed a complex lutein formula (CLF) by combining several natural compounds: Calendula officinalis, Lycium barbarum, Vaccinium myrtillus, Cassia obtusifolia, and Rhodiola rosea. In addition, we evaluated the protective effects of the formula on retinal functions in an animal model for light-induced retinal degeneration...
August 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Peng Zhao, Hong-Xu Sun, Min Chu, Yi-Ping Hou
Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) selectively cleaves synaptosomal-associated protein of 25 kDa (SNAP-25) and results in inhibition of the fusion of synaptic vesicles containing neurotransmitters with the presynaptic membrane to undergo exocytosis and release. The aim of this study was to investigate whether BTX-A inhibited the pyloric smooth muscle contractility induced by acetylcholine (ACh) after BTX-A-mediated cleavage of SNAP-25 antagonized by toosendanin (TSN). Three groups of rat pyloric muscle strips were studied in vitro...
August 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Chung-Hsuan Hu, Chun-Hsu Yao, Tzu-Min Chan, Teng-Le Huang, Yang Sen, Chih-Yang Huang, Chien-Yi Ho
The incidence of osteoporosis has increased among the elderly population. Establishing a model of bone remodeling for screening new drugs is critical to identify safe and effective treatments for osteoporosis. In this study, we established a platform to investigate the therapeutic effects of collagenous peptides extracted from scales of two kinds of fish, namely, sparidae and chanos. These peptides were prepared using seven concentrations of collagenous peptide: 100, 80, 60, 40, 20, 10 and 1 mg/ml. Experimental results indicated that collagenous peptides promoted the proliferation of osteoblasts and inhibited the proliferation of mature osteoclasts; the effective concentration of collagenous peptide-sparidae was 10 mg/ml and that of collagenous peptide-chanos was 40 mg/ml...
August 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Na Li, Yue Guan, Li Zhang, Yanming Tian, Yi Zhang, Sheng Wang
Baroreflex function plays a critical role in the maintenance of cardiovascular homeostasis and is impaired in different types of hypertension in both human and animals. Chronic intermittent hypobaric hypoxia (CIHH) facilitates baroreflex in anesthetized rats. The aim of present study was to investigate the effect of CIHH on arterial blood pressure (ABP) and baroreflex function in renal vascular hypertension (RVH) rats. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: Sham-operated (SHAM), RVH, CIHH treatment (CIHH), and RVH plus CIHH (RVH+CIHH) groups...
August 31, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Daniela Chlíbková, Thomas Rosemann, Lenka Posch, Radek Matoušek, Beat Knechtle
The monitoring of body mass (BM), plasma sodium concentration ([Na⁺]) and urinary specific gravity (Usg) are commonly used to help detect and prevent over- or dehydration in endurance athletes. We investigated pre-and post-race hydration status in 113 amateur 24-h ultra-runners, 100-km ultra-runners, multi-stage mountain bikers and 24-h mountain bikers, which drank ad libitum without any intervention and compared results of hyponatremic and non-hyponatremic finishers. On average, pre-race plasma [Na⁺] and both pre- and post-race levels of Usg and BM were not significantly different between both groups...
June 30, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
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