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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497900/utility-and-reliability-of-non-invasive-muscle-function-tests-in-high-fat-fed-mice
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Sergio F Martinez-Huenchullan, Susan V McLennan, Linda A Ban, Marco Morsch, Stephen M Twigg, Charmaine S Tam
Non-invasive tests are commonly used for assessing muscle function in animal models. The value of these tests in obesity, a condition where muscle strength is reduced, is unclear. We investigated the utility of three non-invasive muscle function tests, namely grip strength (GS), hang wire (HW), and four-limb hanging (FLH) in C57BL/6 mice fed chow (n = 48) or high-fat diet (HFD, n = 48) for 20 weeks. Muscle function tests were performed at 5, 10, and 20 weeks. After 10 and 20 weeks, HFD mice had significantly reduced GS (10 weeks chow:1...
May 12, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489320/role-of-cyclooxygenase-in-the-vascular-responses-to-extremity-cooling-in-caucasian-and-african-males
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Matthew J Maley, James R House, Michael J Tipton, Clare M Eglin
African descent (AFD) individuals are more susceptible to non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) and experience an exaggerated cutaneous vasoconstrictor response to hand cooling compared with Caucasians (CAU). Using a placebo-controlled, crossover design, this study tested the hypothesis that cyclooxygenase (COX) may, in part, be responsible for the exaggerated vasoconstrictor response to local cooling in AFD. Twelve AFD and twelve CAU young healthy males completed foot cooling and hand cooling (separately, in 8°C water for 30 minutes) with spontaneous rewarming in 30°C air following placebo or aspirin (COX inhibition) treatment...
May 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488333/afferent-thermosensory-function-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-following-exercise-induced-increases-in-body-temperature
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Davide Filingeri, Georgia Chaseling, Phu Hoang, Michael Barnett, Scott L Davis, Ollie Jay
In multiple sclerosis (MS), increases in body temperature result in transient worsening of clinical symptoms (heat-sensitivity/Uhthoff's phenomenon). While the impact of heat-sensitivity on efferent physiological function has been investigated, the effects of heat stress on afferent sensory function in MS are unknown. Hence, we quantified afferent thermosensory function in MS following exercise-induced increases in body temperature with a novel quantitative sensory test. Eight relapsing-remitting MS patients (3M/5F; 51...
May 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477375/oral-l-tyrosine-supplementation-augments-the-vasoconstriction-response-to-whole-body-cooling-in-older-adults
#4
James A Lang, Kevin A Smaller
L-tyrosine is the primary substrate for noradrenaline biosynthesis within sympathetic axon terminals. Under stressful conditions requiring increased catecholamine production, axonal L-tyrosine concentration may limit the full expression of the sympathetic effector response and this may be particularly evident in older adults. We hypothesize that oral L-tyrosine supplementation will increase the sympathetic response to whole-body cooling and muscle metaboreflex activation. In a randomized, double-blind design, eleven young (Y = 24 ± 1 years) and eleven older (O = 68 ± 4 years) participants ingested either 150 mg kg(-1) of L-tyrosine or placebo prior to commencing 30 minutes of whole-body cooling to induce a gradual decline in skin temperature from 34 to 30...
May 5, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470945/mri-evaluation-of-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbit-model
#5
Liang Pan, Jie Chen, Wei Xing, Zhaoyu Xing, Jinggang Zhang, Yan Peng, Zhuoli Zhang
To evaluate the feasibility of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) as a tool to identify the changes in the renal outer medulla (OM) in a rabbit model of renal ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI). New Zealand rabbits were used in this study (control = 10 and IRI groups = 40). The rabbits in the IRI group were subjected to left renal artery clamping for 60 minutes. T2-weighted (T2WI) and SWI examinations were performed at 1 h, 12 h, 24 h and 48 h after reperfusion (each n = 10). After the examinations, nephrectomy was performed for histologic evaluation...
May 4, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449240/bmp-signaling-in-pulmonary-hypertension-advances-and-therapeutic-implications
#6
Kai Yang, Jian Wang, Wenju Lu
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-mediated signaling pathway plays critical roles in pulmonary hypertension (PH) development and progression. The typical BMP signaling mostly involve BMP ligands, specific transmembrane serine/threonine kinase receptors, cellular responsive kinases and secreted antagonists. As more and more studies have been conducted, the specific protective or pathogenic roles of these molecules within all these subgroups of BMP signaling have been continuously uncovered. Based on these evidences, specific strategies have been designed by targeting these factors as novel treatment approach against PH...
April 27, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439921/impact-of-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-and-intermittent-hypoxia-on-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-regulation
#7
Andrew E Beaudin, Xavier Waltz, Patrick J Hanly, Marc J Poulin
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, a consequence attributed in part to chronic intermittent hypoxia (IH) resulting from repetitive apnoeas during sleep. Although findings from experimental animal, and human, models have shown that IH is detrimental to vascular regulation, the severity of IH used in many of these animal studies (e.g. inspired fraction of oxygen (FI O2 ) = 2-3%; oxygen desaturation index (ODI) = 120 events h(-1) ) is considerably greater than that observed in the majority of patients with OSA...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436589/short-chain-fatty-acids-augment-rat-duodenal-mucosal-barrier-function
#8
Wan Salman Wan Saudi, Markus Sjöblom
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced by bacterial fermentation in the large intestine, particularly from diets containing fibres and carbohydrates. The small intestinal epithelium is exposed to SCFAs derived mainly from oral bacteria or food supplementation. Although luminal nutrients are important in regulation of intestinal functions the role of SCFAs in regulation of small intestinal mucosal barrier function and motility has not been fully described. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the effects of acetate and propionate on duodenal mucosal barrier function and motility...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436207/racial-differences-in-the-association-between-heart-rate-variability-and-left-ventricular-mass
#9
LaBarron K Hill, Lana L Watkins, Alan L Hinderliter, James A Blumenthal, Andrew Sherwood
PURPOSE: Increased left ventricular mass (LVM) is an early precursor of target organ damage due to hypertension. Diminished parasympathetic cardiac control has been linked to both hypertension onset and left ventricular impairment; however, emerging evidence suggests that this pattern may be different in African Americans. The present study sought to determine if race impacts the relationship between parasympathetic cardiac control and LVM. METHODS: LVM was assessed via echocardiography in a sample (N = 148) of African American and White adults (Mean age = 33...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436171/sex-and-regional-differences-in-rabbit-right-ventricular-l-type-calcium-current-levels-and-mathematical-modeling-of-arrhythmia-vulnerability
#10
Zane M Kalik, Joshua L Mike, Cassandra Slipski, Moriah Wright, Jozsi Z Jalics, Mark D Womble
Previous studies have shown that adult rabbit left ventricular myocytes exhibit sex and regional differences in L-type calcium current (ICa-L ) levels that contribute to increased susceptibility to arrhythmogenic early afterdepolarizations (EADs). We used patch clamp recordings from isolated adult male and female rabbit right ventricular myocytes to determine apex-base differences in ICa-L density, and mathematical modeling to examine ICa-L contribution to EAD formation. Current density measured at 0 mV in female base myocytes was 67% higher than male base myocytes and 55% higher than female apex myocytes...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436159/the-mechanism-research-of-hypoxia-induced-increased-late-sodium-current-resulting-in-intracellular-ca-2-overload-in-ventricular-myocytes
#11
Chen Fu, Jie Hao, Mengliu Zeng, Yejia Song, Wanzhen Jiang, Peihua Zhang, Antao Luo, Zhenzhen Cao, Luiz Belardinelli, Jihua Ma
Hypoxia leads to augmentation of late sodium current (INa.L ) and cellular Na(+) loading, increased reverse Na(+) -Ca(2+) exchange current (reverse INCX ) and intracellular Ca(2+) loading in rabbit ventricular myocytes. The purpose of this study was to determine the intracellular signal transduction pathways involved in the modulation of INa.L during hypoxia in ventricular myocytes. Whole-cell and cell-attached patch clamp techniques were used to record INa.L , and the whole-cell mode was also used to record reverse INCX and to study intercellular signal transduction mechanisms that mediate the increased INa...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436061/resistance-exercise-reduces-memory-impairment-induced-by-monosodium-glutamate-in-male-and-female-rats
#12
Paulo Cesar Oliveira Araujo, Caroline Brandão Quines, Natália Silva Jardim, Marlon Regis Leite, Cristina Wayne Nogueira
NEW FINDINGS: Monosodium glutamate causes cognitive impairment. Resistance exercise is effective against monosodium glutamate induced memory impairment in male and female mice. ABSTRACT: Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer in diets, causes cognitive impairment in humans. Exercise has been reported to protect against impairment of memory in humans. This study investigated if resistance exercise improves the performance of male and female rats treated with MSG in tests of memory and motor coordination...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397383/passive-heat-stress-reduces-circulating-endothelial-and-platelet-microparticles
#13
Anthony R Bain, Philip N Ainslie, Tyler D Bammert, Jamie G Hijmans, Mypinder Sekhom, Ryan L Hoiland, Daniela Flück, Joseph Donnelly, Christopher A DeSouza
Interest in circulating endothelial- (EMPs) and platelet- (PMPs) derived microparticles has increased due to their potential pathogenic role in vascular disease and as biomarkers for vascular health. Hyperthermia is commonly associated with a proinflammatory stress, but may also provide vascular protection when the temperature elevation is non-pathological. Circulating microparticles may contribute to the cellular adjustments and resultant vascular impacts of hyperthermia. Here, we determined whether circulating concentrations of arterial EMPs and PMPs are altered by passive heat stress (+2°C esophageal temperature)...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397384/characteristics-and-effectiveness-of-vasodilatory-and-pressor-compensation-for-reduced-relaxation-time-during-rhythmic-forearm-contractions
#14
Robert F Bentley, Veronica J Poitras, Terrence Hong, Michael E Tschakovsky
During muscle contraction in rhythmic exercise muscle blood flow is significantly impeded by microvascular compression. The purpose of this study was to establish the nature and magnitude of vasodilatory and/or pressor compensatory responses during forearm exercise in the face of an increased duration of mechanical microvascular compression, and whether the effectiveness of such compensation was exercise intensity dependent. Seven healthy males (21.0 ± 1.8 yrs) completed progressive forearm exercise (24...
April 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393420/high-adventure-shunts-old-notions-of-pulmonary-vascular-control-during-hypoxic-exercise-contrasting-views-that-might-just-burst-your-bubble
#15
Ken D O'Halloran
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393459/lunhab-interactive-effects-of-a-10-day-sustained-exposure-to-hypoxia-and-bedrest-on-aerobic-exercise-capacity-in-male-lowlanders
#16
Michail E Keramidas, Igor B Mekjavic, Ola Eiken
The study examined the interactive effects of a 10-day exposure to hypoxia and bedrest on the whole body peak oxygen uptake (V˙O2 peak ) during maximal exercise, and on skeletal-muscle and cerebral oxygenation during submaximal exercise. Nine males underwent three 10-day confinements, in a Latin-square order: (i) a normoxic bedrest [NBR; partial pressure of inspired O2 (PI O2 ) = 134.2 ± 0.7 mmHg], (ii) a hypoxic bedrest (HBR; PI O2  = 102.9 ± 0.1 mmHg at day 1, 91.5 ± 1.2 mmHg at days 3-10), and (iii) a hypoxic ambulation (HAMB; PI O2 as in HBR)...
April 9, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390080/changes-in-acute-pulmonary-vascular-responsiveness-to-hypoxia-during-a-progressive-ascent-to-high-altitude-5-300%C3%A2-m
#17
Andrew M Luks, Denny Levett, Daniel S Martin, Christopher Goss, Kay Mitchell, Bernadette O Fernandez, Martin Feelisch, Michael P Grocott, Erik R Swenson
We sought to determine whether changes in pulmonary artery pressure responses to hypoxia suggestive of vascular remodeling occur during progressive exposure to high altitude and whether such alterations are related to changes in concentrations of circulating biomarkers with known or suspected actions on the pulmonary vasculature during ascent. We measured tricuspid valve transvalvular pressure gradients (TVPG) in healthy volunteers breathing air at sea level (London, UK) and under hypoxic conditions simulating the PI O2 at two locations in Nepal, Namche Bazaar (NB, elevation 3,500 m) and Everest Base Camp (EBC, elevation 5,300 m)...
April 8, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383821/h2-s-induced-gastric-fundus-smooth-muscle-tension-potentiation-is-mediated-by-the-pi3-k-akt-enos-pathway
#18
Xiang-Min Meng, Xu Huang, Hong-Li Lu, Chun-Mei Zhang, Young-Chul Kim, Jie Chen, Wen-Xie Xu
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) is considered a new gasotransmitter, along with NO and CO. It was recently confirmed that H2 S and NO play important roles in regulating gastrointestinal smooth muscle tension. The present study was designed to elucidate the interactions between H2 S and NO with respect to gastric fundus smooth muscle tension regulation using western blotting, physiology and electrochemistry techniques. Real-time H2 S and NO generation was detected in gastric smooth muscle tissue. NaHS, an H2 S donor, enhanced fundus smooth muscle tension, while SNP, an NO donor, decreased fundus smooth muscle tension in a dose-dependent manner...
April 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382753/designing-translationally-relevant-preclinical-studies-of-new-therapeutics
#19
Dominic J Wells
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382735/michael-j-rennie-a-perspective-on-a-scientist-whose-life-s-work-helped-sculpt-knowledge-about-the-regulation-of-the-musculoskeletal-system-by-nutrition-exercise-and-inactivity
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