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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205317/oxidative-stress-and-immunosenescence-in-spleen-of-obese-mice-can-be-reversed-by-2-hydroxyoleic-acid
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Alina Gheorghe, Fátima Pérez de Heredia, Caroline Hunsche, Noemí Redondo, Ligia Esperanza Díaz, Oskarina Hernández, Ascensión Marcos, Mónica De la Fuente
We aimed to investigate the effects of obesity on oxidative stress and leukocyte function in spleen of mice, and to assess whether supplementation with 2-hydroxyoleic acid (2-OHOA) or n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could reverse those effects. Female ICR/CD1 mice (8 weeks old, n = 24) received an obesogenic diet (22% fat for 4 weeks and 60% fat for 14 weeks). After 6 weeks, mice were split in three groups (n = 8/group): no supplementation, 2-OHOA supplementation (1500 mg kg(-1) ) and n-3 PUFA supplementation (EPA + DHA, 3000 mg kg(-1) diet)...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205264/the-influence-of-patellar-tendon-and-muscle-tendon-unit-stiffness-on-quadriceps-explosive-strength-in-man
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Garry J Massey, Thomas G Balshaw, Thomas M Maden-Wilkinson, Neale A Tillin, Jonathan P Folland
The influence of musculotendinous tissue stiffness on contractile rate of torque development (RTD) remains opaque. This study examined the relationships between both patellar tendon (PT) and vastus lateralis (VL) muscle-tendon unit (MTU) stiffness, and voluntary and evoked knee extension RTD. Fifty-two healthy untrained males completed duplicate laboratory sessions. Absolute and relative RTD was measured at 50 Nm/25%MVT increments from onset and sequentially during explosive voluntary and evoked octet (supramaximal stimulation: [8 pulses at 300 Hz]) isometric contractions...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194830/parasternal-intercostal-muscle-activity-during-methacholine-induced-bronchoconstriction
#3
Victoria MacBean, Claire L Pringle, Alan C Lunt, Keith D Sharp, Ashraf Ali, Anne Greenough, John Moxham, Gerrard F Rafferty
Neural respiratory drive, measured via the parasternal intercostal electromyogram (EMGpara), provides a non-invasive index of the load-capacity balance of the respiratory muscle pump. Previous studies in patients with obstructive lung disease have shown strong relationships between EMGpara and the extent of both airflow obstruction and hyperinflation. The relative influence of the two factors has not, however, been described. Airflow obstruction was induced via methacholine challenge testing in twenty-five adult humans...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194824/left-intraventricular-pressure-gradients-improvement-after-aortic-valve-replacement-in-aortic-stenosis-patients
#4
Miguel Guerra, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Rui Adão, Eulália Pereira, Manuela Vieira, André P Lourenço, Carmen Brás-Silva, Pedro Bastos, Luís Vouga, Adelino F Leite-Moreira
The present study was conducted to characterize left intraventicular pressure gradients, a marker of normal cardiac function, in patients with severe aortic stenosis, a condition which interferes with ventricular filling and emptying. In 10 patients (4 male; mean age 71.3 ± 4.8 years old) undergoing aortic valve replacement, 2 high-fidelity pressure catheters were inserted inside the left ventricle cavity through an apical puncture and positioned in the apex and outflow-tract below the aortic valve. Pressures were continuously acquired and gradients were calculated as apical minus outflow-tract pressure, before and immediately after aortic valve replacement...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192862/long-term-dietary-quercetin-enrichment-as-a-cardioprotective-countermeasure-in-mdx-mice
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Christopher Ballmann, Thomas Denney, Ronald J Beyers, Tiffany Quindry, Matthew Romero, Joshua T Selsby, John C Quindry
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) causes declines in cardiac health resulting in premature mortality. As a potential countermeasure, quercetin is a polyphenol possessing inherent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that activate proliferator-activated γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) increasing mitochondrial biogenesis protein abundance. We investigated the extent to which lifelong 0.2% dietary quercetin enrichment attenuates dystrophic cardiopathology in mdx mice. Dystrophic animals were fed quercetin or control diet for 12 months while control C57 mice were fed a control diet...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166612/acute-exercise-activates-p38-mapk-and-increases-the-expression-of-telomere-protective-genes-in-cardiac-muscle
#6
Andrew T Ludlow, Laila Gratidao, Lindsay W Ludlow, Espen E Spangenburg, Stephen M Roth
Age is the greatest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Telomere length is shorter in the hearts of aged mice compared to young mice, and short telomere length has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. One year of voluntary wheel running exercise attenuates the age-associated loss of telomere length and results in altered gene expression of telomere length maintaining and genome stabilizing proteins in heart tissue of mice. Understanding the early adaptive response of the heart to an endurance exercise bout is paramount to understanding the impact of endurance exercise on heart tissue and cells...
February 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155247/flow-mediated-dilation-assessment-in-the-superficial-femoral-artery-using-a-sustained-shear-stress-stimulus-via-calf-plantar-flexion-exercise
#7
T J King, S M Schmitter, K E Pyke
: The superficial femoral artery (SFA) is susceptible to vascular disease, and a technique to assess flow mediated dilation (FMD) in this vessel in response to a sustained shear stress stimulus could provide important information about endothelial function. PURPOSE: To establish the ability of a newly designed SFA leg exercise-FMD (LEX-FMD) technique to produce sustained elevations in shear rate which stimulate FMD, and to determine the repeat trial stability of the FMD response...
February 2, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150462/tongxinluo-exerts-protective-effects-via-anti-apoptotic-and-pro-autophagic-mechanisms-by-activating-ampk-pathway-in-infarcted-rat-hearts
#8
Qing Li, Na Li, He-He Cui, Xia-Qiu Tian, Chen Jin, Gui-Hao Chen, Yue-Jin Yang
Tongxinluo (TXL) has been demonstrated to have a protective role during ischemia/reperfusion after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but the long-term effects and the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. This study aimed to investigate whether TXL could have an effect on apoptosis or autophagy of cardiomyocytes through the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway. Male, Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 75) were randomly divided to sham, control, TXL (4 mg kg(-1)  d(-1) orally), compound C (intraperitoneal injection at 10 mg kg(-1)  d(-1) ), and TXL + compound C groups...
February 1, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139019/from-single-cells-single-columns-to-cortical-networks-dendritic-excitability-coincidence-detection-and-synaptic-transmission-in-brain-slices-and-brains
#9
Bert Sakmann
While patch pipettes were initially designed to record extracellularly elementary current events from muscle and neuron membrane, the whole-cell (eg Sakmann, 1992) and loose cell-attached recording configurations proved to be useful tools for examining signaling within and between nerve cells. In this Paton Lecture I will summarize first work on electrical signaling within single neurons, describing communication between its dendritic compartments, soma and nerve terminals via forward and backward propagating action potentials...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130844/effect-of-aging-on-hypoxic-exercise-cardiorespiratory-and-muscle-and-cerebral-oxygenation-responses-in-healthy-humans
#10
Lara Puthon, Pierre Bouzat, Paul Robach, Anne Favre-Juvin, Stéphane Doutreleau, Samuel Verges
This study assessed the effects of aging on cardiorespiratory and tissue oxygenation responses to hypoxia both at rest and during incremental maximal exercise. Sixteen young (20 - 30 years) and 15older (60 - 70 years) healthy subjects performed two maximal incremental cycling tests in normoxia and hypoxia (inspiratory oxygen fraction: 12%). Cardiorespiratory responses, prefrontal cortex and quadriceps tissue oxygenation (near infrared spectroscopy) were measured during exercise as well as during hypercapnia at rest...
January 28, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130860/post-prandial-adjustments-in-renal-phosphate-excretion-do-not-involve-a-gut-derived-phosphaturic-factor
#11
Grace J Lee, Lina Mossa-Al Hashimi, Edward S Debnam, Robert J Unwin, Joanne Marks
To date, the role of the small intestine in regulating post-prandial phosphate homeostasis has remained unclear and controversial. Previous studies have proposed the presence of a gut-derived phosphaturic factor that acts independently of changes in plasma phosphate concentration or parathyroid hormone (PTH) level; however, these early studies used duodenal luminal phosphate concentrations in the molar range and therefore the physiological relevance of this is uncertain. In the present study, we used both in vivo and in vitro approaches to investigate the presence of this putative 'intestinal phosphatonin'...
January 27, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120502/abnormal-oxygen-homeostasis-in-the-nucleus-tractus-solitarius-of-the-spontaneously-hypertensive-rat
#12
Patrick S Hosford, Julian Millar, Andrew G Ramage, Nephtali Marina
The effects of arterial hypertension on cerebral blood flow remain poorly understood. Hemodynamic responses within the somatosensory cortex have been shown to be impaired in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) model. However, it is unknown whether arterial hypertension affects oxygen homeostasis in vital brainstem areas that control cardiovascular reflexes. In this study, we assessed vagus nerve stimulation-induced changes in local tissue PO2 (Pt O2 ) in the caudal nucleus tractus solitarius (cNTS) of SHRs and normotensive Wistar rats...
January 25, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118678/effect-of-sex-on-the-acute-skeletal-muscle-response-to-sprint-interval-exercise
#13
Lauren E Skelly, Jenna B Gillen, Martin J MacInnis, Brian J Martin, Adeel Safdar, Mahmood Akhtar, Maureen J MacDonald, Mark A Tarnopolsky, Martin J Gibala
What is the central question of this study? Are there sex-based differences in the acute skeletal muscle response to sprint interval training (SIT)? What is the main finding and its importance? In response to a SIT protocol that involved three 20 s bouts of 'all-out' cycling, the expression of multiple genes associated with mitochondrial biogenesis, metabolic control and structural remodelling was largely similar between men and women matched for fitness. Our findings cannot explain previous reports of sex-based differences in the adaptive response to SIT and suggest that the mechanistic basis for these differences remains to be elucidated...
January 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087888/simulated-microgravity-decreases-circulating-iron-in-rats-role-of-inflammation-induced-hepcidin-upregulation
#14
Thibault Cavey, Nicolas Pierre, Kévin Nay, Coralie Allain, Martine Ropert, Olivier Loréal, Frédéric Derbré
During spaceflight, humans exposed to microgravity exhibit an increase of iron storage and a reduction of circulating iron. Such perturbations could promote oxidative stress and anemia in astronauts. The mechanism by which microgravity modulates iron metabolism is still unknown. Herein, we hypothesized that microgravity up-regulates hepcidin, a hormone produced by the liver that is the main controller of iron homeostasis. To test this hypothesis, rats were submitted to hindlimb unloading (HU), the reference model to mimic the effects of microgravity in rodents...
January 13, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078800/ghrelin-ameliorates-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-in-the-systemic-hypoxia
#15
Gisou Mohaddes, Jalal Abdolalizadeh, Shirin Babri, Fezzeh Hossienzadeh
The blood brain barrier (BBB), which serves to protect homeostasis of the central nervous system, is formed by tight junction proteins. Several studies have indicated that systemic hypoxia leads to cerebral edema through disruption of the tight junction proteins such as occludin and zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1). According to our previous studies ghrelin attenuates cerebral edema in the hypoxic brain. However, its mechanisms are not completely understood. The present study was aimed to determine the effect of ghrelin on occludin and Zo-1 in the hypoxic brain...
January 11, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074493/ampk-does-not-play-a-requisite-role-in-regulation-of-ppargc1a-gene-expression-via-the-alternative-promoter-in-endurance-trained-human-skeletal-muscle
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Daniil V Popov, Evgeny A Lysenko, Alexey D Butkov, Tatiana F Vepkhvadze, Dmitriy V Perfilov, Olga L Vinogradova
In human skeletal muscle, PGC-1α is constitutively expressed via the canonical promoter. By contrast, the expression of PGC-1α mRNA via the alternative promoter was found to be highly dependent on the intensity of exercise and to contribute largely to the post-exercise increase of total PGC-1α mRNA. This study investigated the role of AMPK in regulating PGC-1α gene expression via the alternative promoter through a cAMP responsive element-binding protein-1 (CREB1)-dependent mechanism in human skeletal muscle...
January 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070911/effects-of-exercise-training-on-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-skeletal-muscle-and-heart-of-rats-post-myocardial-infarction
#17
Heow Won Lee, Monir Ahmad, Hong-Wei Wang, Frans H H Leenen
Exercise training post myocardial infarction (MI) attenuates progressive left ventricle (LV) remodeling and dysfunction, but the peripheral stimuli induced by exercise which trigger these beneficial effects are still unclear. We investigated as possible mediators fibronectin type III domain-containing protein 5 (FNDC5) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the skeletal muscle and heart. Male Wistar rats underwent either sham surgery or ligation of left descending coronary artery, and surviving MI rats were allocated to either sedentary (Sed-MI) or exercise group (ExT-MI)...
January 9, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036151/network-properties-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-affect-intestinal-pacemaker-activity-and-motor-patterns-according-to-a-mathematical-model-of-weakly-coupled-oscillators
#18
Ruihan Wei, Sean P Parsons, Jan D Huizinga
What is the central question of this study? What are the effects of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) network perturbations on intestinal pacemaker activity and motor patterns? What is the main finding and its importance? Two-dimensional modelling of the ICC pacemaker activity according to a phase model of weakly coupled oscillators showed that network properties (coupling strength between oscillators, frequency gradient and frequency noise) strongly influence pacemaker network activity and subsequent motor patterns...
December 30, 2016: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008669/r-type-ca-2-channels-couple-to-inhibitory-neurotransmission-to-the-longitudinal-muscle-in-the-guinea-pig-ileum
#19
Eileen S Rodriguez-Tapia, Vinogran Naidoo, Matthew DeVries, Alberto Perez-Medina, James J Galligan
What is the central question of this study? Subtypes of enteric neurons are coded by the neurotransmitters they synthesize, but it is not known whether enteric neuron subtypes might also be coded by other proteins, including calcium channel subtypes controlling neurotransmitter release. What is the main finding and its importance? Our data indicate that guinea-pig ileum myenteric neuron subtypes may be coded by calcium channel subtypes. We found that R-type calcium channels are expressed by inhibitory but not excitatory longitudinal muscle motoneurons...
December 23, 2016: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004868/physiological-redox-signalling-and-regulation-of-ion-channels-implications-for-pulmonary-hypertension
#20
Jeremy P T Ward
Pulmonary hypertension is associated with oxidant stress and increased generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by NADPH oxidases (NOX), mitochondria and other sources. There is considerable evidence that these contribute to the aetiology via promotion of pulmonary vascular remodelling, endothelial dysfunction and enhanced vasoreactivity. However, it is now recognised that ROS act as important signalling mediators and second messengers under normal physiological conditions. Many ion channels and protein kinases critical to pulmonary vascular function are directly or indirectly affected by redox/ROS, including K(+) , Ca(2+) and nonselective cation channels and Rho kinase...
December 22, 2016: Experimental Physiology
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