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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330968/examination-of-carnitine-palmitoyl-transferase-1-abundance-in-white-adipose-tissue-implications-in-obesity-research
#1
Jaycob D Warfel, Bolormaa Vandanmagsar, Olga S Dubuisson, Sydney M Hodgeson, Carrie M Elks, Eric Ravussin, Randall L Mynatt
Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1 (CPT1) is essential for the transport of long chain fatty acids into the mitochondria for oxidation. Recently, it was reported that decreased CPT1b mRNA in adipose tissue was a contributing factor for obesity in rats. We therefore closely examined the expression level of Cpt1 in adipose tissue from mice, rats, and humans. Cpt1a is the predominate isoform in adipose tissue from all three species. Rat white adipose tissue has a moderate amount of Cpt1b mRNA, but it is very minor compared to Cpt1b expression in muscle...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330967/muscle-sympathetic-nerve-activity-response-to-heat-stress-is-attenuated-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients
#2
Jian Cui, John Boehmer, Cheryl A Blaha, Lawrence I Sinoway
Heat stress evokes significant increases in muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in healthy individuals. The MSNA response to heat stress in chronic heart failure (CHF) is unknown. We hypothesized that the MSNA response to heat stress is attenuated in CHF. Passive whole body heating was applied with water-perfused suits on 13 patients (61 ± 2 years) with stable class II-III CHF, 12 age-matched (62 ± 2 years) healthy subjects, and 14 young (24 ± 1 years) healthy subjects. Mild heating (i.e. increases in skin temperature ΔTsk ~2-4 °C, internal temperature ΔTcore <0...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330966/the-normal-increase-in-insulin-after-a-meal-may-be-required-to-prevent-postprandial-renal-sodium-and-volume-losses
#3
Debra L Irsik, Bonnie L Blazer-Yost, Alexander Staruschenko, Michael W Brands
Despite the effects of insulinopenia in type 1 diabetes and evidence that insulin stimulates multiple renal sodium transporters, it is not known whether normal variation in plasma insulin regulates sodium homeostasis physiologically. This study tested whether the normal postprandial increase in plasma insulin significantly attenuates renal sodium and volume losses. Rats were instrumented with chronic artery and vein catheters, housed in metabolic cages, and connected to hydraulic swivels. Measurements of urine volume and sodium excretion (UNaV) over 24 hrs and the 4-hr postprandial period were made in Control (C) rats and Insulin-Clamped (IC) rats in which the postprandial increase in insulin was prevented...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330965/greater-sympathoadrenal-activation-with-longer-pre-ventilation-intervals-after-immediate-cord-clamping-increases-hemodynamic-lability-at-birth-in-preterm-lambs
#4
Joseph J Smolich, Kelly R Kenna, Murray David Esler, Sarah E Phillips, Gavin W Lambert
This study tested the hypothesis that varying degrees of hemodynamic fluctuations seen after birth following immediate cord clamping were related to development of asphyxia with longer cord clamp-to-ventilation intervals, resulting in higher perinatal circulating levels of the catecholamines norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (Epi), and thus increased heart rate, blood pressures and cardiac contractility after birth. Anesthetized preterm fetal lambs were instrumented with 1) aortic (AoT) and pulmonary trunk (PT) micromanometers to obtain pressures and the maximal rate of pressure rise (dP/dtmax) as a surrogate measure of ventricular contractility, and 2) an AoT catheter to obtain samples for blood gas and catecholamine analyses...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330964/thermoregulatory-inversion-a-novel-thermoregulatory-paradigm
#5
Domenico Tupone, Georgina Cano, Shaun F Morrison
To maintain core body temperature in mammals, the normal CNS thermoregulatory reflex networks produce an increase in brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis in response to skin cooling, and an inhibition of the sympathetic outflow to BAT during skin rewarming. In contrast, these normal thermoregulatory reflexes appear to be inverted in hibernation/torpor: thermogenesis is inhibited during exposure to a cold environment, allowing dramatic reductions in core temperature and metabolism, and thermogenesis is activated during skin rewarming, contributing to a return of normal body temperature...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298332/impact-of-lifelong-exercise-training-on-endothelial-ischemia-reperfusion-and-ischemic-preconditioning-in-humans
#6
Martijn F H Maessen, Anke Ccm van Mil, Yaïra Straathof, Niels P Riksen, Gerard A P J M Rongen, Maria T E Hopman, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, Dick H J Thijssen
Reperfusion is essential for ischemic tissue survival, but causes additional damage to the endothelium (i.e. ischemia-reperfusion [IR] injury). Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) refers to short repetitive episodes of ischemia that can protect against IR. However, IPC efficacy attenuates with older age. Whether physical inactivity contributes to the attenuated efficacy of IPC to protect against IR injury in older humans is unclear. We tested the hypotheses that lifelong exercise training relates to 1) attenuated endothelial IR and 2) maintained IPC efficacy that protects veteran athletes against endothelial IR...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298331/expression-of-leptin-receptor-in-the-oviduct-of-chinese-brown-frog-rana-dybowskii
#7
Liqin Xi, Yuning Liu, Zeqi Tang, Xia Sheng, Haolin Zhang, Qiang Weng, Meiyu Xu
The oviduct of Chinese brown frog (Rana dybowskii) expands specifically during pre-hibernation instead of in the breeding period. In this study, we investigated the expression of leptin receptor (Ob-Rb) in Rana dybowskii oviduct during the breeding period and pre-hibernation. Histologically, the oviduct of Rana dybowskii consists of glandular cells, tubule lumen and epithelial cells. The oviductal weight and pipe diameter also revealed significant differences, which were higher in pre-hibernation than that of the breeding period...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274940/aortic-depressor-nerve-stimulation-does-not-impede-dynamic-characteristics-of-the-carotid-sinus-baroreflex-in-normotensive-or-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#8
Toru Kawada, Michael J Turner, Shuji Shimizu, Masafumi Fukumitsu, Atsunori Kamiya, Masaru Sugimachi
Recent clinical trials in patients with drug-resistant hypertension indicate that electrical activation of the carotid sinus baroreflex (baroreflex activation therapy) can reduce arterial pressure (AP) for more than a year. To examine whether the electrical stimulation from one baroreflex system impedes normal short-term AP regulation via another unstimulated baroreflex system, we electrically stimulated the left aortic depressor nerve (ADN) while estimating the dynamic characteristics of the carotid sinus baroreflex in anesthetized normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY, n=8) rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR, n=7)...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274939/long-term-hif-1%C3%AE-transcriptional-activation-is-essential-for-heat-acclimation-mediated-cross-tolerance-mitochondrial-target-genes
#9
Rivka Alexander-Shani, Ahmad Mreisat, Elia Smeir, Gary Gerstenblith, Michael D Stern, Michal Horowitz
An important adaptive feature of heat acclimation (AC) is the induction of cross-tolerance against novel stressors (HACT). Reprogramming of gene expression leading to enhanced innate cytoprotective features by attenuating damage and/or enhancing the response of "help" signals, plays a pivotal role. HIF-1α, constitutively upregulated by AC (1mo, 34°C), is a crucial transcription factor in this program, although its specific role is as yet unknown. By using a rat AC model we studied the impact of disrupting HIF-1α transcriptional activation [(HIF-1α:HIF-1β dimerization blockade by Acriflavine (4mg/kg b...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274938/sex-specific-differences-in-age-dependent-progression-of-aortic-dysfunction-and-related-cardiac-remodeling-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#10
Suzan Al-Gburi, Andreas Johannes Deussen, Roberta Galli, Michael H Muders, Birgit Zatschler, Anja Neisser, Bianca Müller, Irakli Kopaliani
Sex-specific differences in renin-angiotensin-system (RAS) and arterial pressure have been evidenced in many mammals including spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Although SHRs have been used extensively as a leading experimental model of hypertension, effects of sex-specific differences in RAS on aortic function and related cardiac remodeling during aging and hypertension have not been documented in detail. We examined structural and functional changes in aorta and heart of female and male SHRs at ages of 5, 14, 29 and 36-weeks...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254751/glycinergic-inhibition-of-bat-sympathetic-premotor-neurons-in-rostral-raphe-pallidus
#11
Ellen Paula Santos da Conceição, Christopher J Madden, Shaun F Morrison
The rostral raphe pallidus (rRPa) contains sympathetic premotor neurons controlling thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue (BAT). We sought to determine if a tonic activation of glycineA receptors (GlyAR) in the rRPa contributes to the inhibitory regulation of BAT SNA and of cardiovascular parameters in anesthetized rats. Nanoinjection of the GlyAR antagonist, strychnine (STR), into the rRPa of intact rats increased BAT sympathetic nerve activity (SNA, peak: +495%), BAT temperature (TBAT, +1.1 ºC), expired CO2, (+0...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254750/the-roles-of-kca-katp-and-kv-channels-in-regulating-cutaneous-vasodilation-and-sweating-during-exercise-in-the-heat
#12
Jeffrey C Louie, Naoto Fujii, Robert D Meade, Brendan D McNeely, Glen P Kenny
We recently showed the varying roles of Ca(2+)-activated (KCa), ATP-sensitive (KATP) and voltage-gated (KV) K(+) channels in regulating cholinergic cutaneous vasodilation and sweating in normothermic conditions. However, it is unclear whether the respective contributions of these K(+) channels remain intact during dynamic exercise in the heat. Eleven young (23±4 years) males completed a 30-min exercise bout at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production (400 W), followed by a 40-min recovery period in the heat (35°C, 20% relative humidity)...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254749/expression-and-localization-of-pannexin-1-and-calhm1-in-porcine-bladder-and-their-involvement-in-modulating-atp-release
#13
Hafiz Sana-Ur-Rehman, Irit Markus, Kate Hilda Moore, Kylie Jan Mansfield, Lu Liu
ATP release from urinary bladder is vital for afferent signaling. The aims of this study were to localize CALHM1 and pannexin-1 expression and to determine their involvement in mediating ATP release in the bladder. Gene expression by PCR and immunohistochemistry were performed in the porcine bladder. CALHM1 and pannexin-1 mediated ATP release in response to hypotonic solution (0.45% NaCl) induced stretch and extracellular Ca(2+) depletion ([Ca(2+)]0) was measured in isolated urothelial, suburothelial and detrusor muscle cells...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336553/tlr2-knockout-protects-against-diabetes-mediated-changes-in-cerebral-perfusion-and-cognitive-deficits
#14
Trevor Hardigan, Caterina Hernandez, Rebecca Ward, M Nasrul Hoda, Adviye Ergul
The risk of cognitive decline in diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) is significantly greater compared to normoglycemic patients, and the risk of developing dementia in diabetic patients is doubled. The etiology for this is likely multifactorial, but one mechanism that has gained increasing attention is decreased cerebral perfusion as a result of cerebrovascular dysfunction. The innate immune system has been shown to play a role in diabetic vascular complications, notably through Toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulated release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines that leads to vascular damage...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330969/influence-of-the-coronary-circulation-on-thermal-tolerance-and-cardiac-performance-during-warming-in-rainbow-trout
#15
Andreas Ekström, Michael Axelsson, Albin Gräns, Jeroen Brijs, Erik Sandblom
Thermal tolerance in fish may be related to an oxygen limitation of cardiac function. While the hearts of some fish species receive oxygenated blood via a coronary circulation, the influence of this oxygen supply on thermal tolerance and cardiac performance during warming remain unexplored. Here, we analyzed the effect in vivo of acute warming on coronary blood flow in adult sexually mature rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss), and the consequences of chronic coronary ligation on cardiac function and thermal tolerance in juvenile trout...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228419/seasonal-expressions-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-and-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-in-the-scented-gland-of-male-muskrat-ondatra-zibethicus
#16
Haolin Zhang, Fengwei Zhang, Manyu Zhu, Junjie Wang, Xia Sheng, Zhengrong Yuan, Yingying Han, Gen Watanabe, Kazuyoshi Taya, Qiang Weng
Accumulating evidence has shown that follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) may influence the functions of non-gonadal tissues, in addition to their classic target gonads. Our previous studies revealed that the scented glands of male muskrats expressed prolactin receptor, steroidogenic enzymes and inhibin/activin subunits. To further seek the evidence of the activities of pituitary gonadotropins in scented glands, we investigated the seasonal expression patterns of FSH receptor (FSHR) and LH/choriogonadotropin receptor (LHCGR)...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228418/folic-acid-supplementation-increases-cutaneous-vasodilator-sensitivity-to-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-older-adults
#17
Anna E Stanhewicz, Jody L Greaney, Lacy M Alexander, W Larry Kenney
During heat stress, blunted increases in skin sympathetic nervous system activity (SSNA) and reductions in end-organ vascular responsiveness contribute to the age-related reduction in reflex cutaneous vasodilation. In older adults, folic acid supplementation improves the cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) response to passive heating; however, the influence of folic acid supplementation on SSNA:CVC transduction is unknown. Fourteen older adults (66±1yrs, 8M/6F) ingested folic acid (5mg·day(-1)) or placebo for 6 weeks in a randomized, double-blind, crossover design...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228417/oxygen-sensitive-regulation-and-neuroprotective-effects-of-growth-hormone-dependent-growth-factors-during-early-postnatal-development
#18
Susan Jung, Gudrun Boie, Helmuth-Guenther Doerr, Regina Trollmann
Perinatal hypoxia severely disrupts metabolic and somatotrophic development, as well as cerebral maturational programs. Hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIF) represent the most important endogenous adaptive mechanisms to hypoxia, activating a broad spectrum of growth factors that contribute to cell survival and energy homeostasis. To analyse effects of systemic hypoxia and growth hormone (GH) therapy (rhGH) on HIF-dependent growth factors during early postnatal development, we compared protein (ELISA) and mRNA levels (quantitative RT PCR) of growth factors in plasma and brain between normoxic and hypoxic mice (8% O2, 6 h; postnatal day 7, P7) at P14...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228416/cough-and-expiration-reflexes-elicited-by-inhaled-irritant-gases-are-intensified-in-ovalbumin-sensitized-mice
#19
Cheng Zhang, Ruei-Lung Lin, Jeff Hong, Mehdi Khosravi, Lu-Yuan Lee
This study was designed to determine the effect of active sensitization with ovalbumin (Ova) on cough responses to inhaled irritant gases in mice. Conscious mice moved freely in a recording chamber while the pressure change in the chamber, audio and video signals of the mouse movements were recorded simultaneously to measure the frequencies of cough reflex (CR) and expiration reflex (ER). To further verify the accuracy of cough analysis, the intra-pleural pressure was also recorded by a telemetry sensor surgically implanted in the intra-pleural space in a subgroup of mice...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228415/reduced-skeletal-muscle-fiber-size-following-caloric-restriction-is-associated-with-calpain-mediated-proteolysis-and-attenuation-of-igf-1-signaling
#20
Yue Lu, Jennifer S Bradley, Sarah R McCoski, John M Gonzalez, Alan D Ealy, Sally E Johnson
Caloric restriction decreases skeletal muscle mass in mammals, principally due to a reduction in fiber size. The effect of suboptimal nutrient intake on skeletal muscle metabolic properties in neonatal calves was examined. The longissimus muscle (LM) was collected after 8 wks consuming a control (CON) or caloric restricted (CR) diet and muscle fiber size, gene expression and metabolic signal transduction activity was measured. Results revealed that CR animals had smaller (P < 0.05) LM fiber cross-sectional area than CON, as expected...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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