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Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical

Masaaki Nishihara, Ko Takesue, Yoshitaka Hirooka
OBJECTIVE: Sympathoexcitation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of hypertension in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) in the brain controls sympathetic outflow through γ-amino butyric acid (GABA)-ergic mechanisms. Renal denervation (RDN) exerts a long-term antihypertensive effect in hypertension with CKD; however, the effects of RDN on sympathetic nerve activity and GABA-ergic modulation in the PVN are not clear...
October 4, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Yimin Yao, Gerard Davis, Joanne C Harrison, Robert J Walker, Ivan A Sammut
Renal innervation operates in conjunction with the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) to control tubular reabsorption of sodium and water. This relationship remains unexplored in diabetic nephropathy. This study investigates the effects of acute RAS inhibition and chronic renal denervation on renal function in diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in mRen-2 rats prior to conducting chronic bilateral denervation in diabetic and normoglycaemic animals. At 12-weeks post-diabetic induction, renal haemodynamics and tubular handling of sodium and water were measured before and after acute captopril infusion...
October 3, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Susan W Wesmiller, Susan M Sereika, Catherine M Bender, Dana Bovbjerg, Gretchen Ahrendt, Marguerite Bonaventura, Yvette P Conley
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are two of the most frequent and distressing complications following surgical procedures, with as many as 80% of patients considered to be at risk. Despite recognition of well-established risk factors and the subsequent use of clinical guidelines, 20-30% of women do not respond to antiemetic protocols, indicating that there may be a genetic risk. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the incidence and explore the risk factors associated with PONV after surgery in women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer...
September 28, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Patricia Silveira, Camila Texidor-Frugoni, Gaby F Martínez, M Mónica Brauer
Endometriosis is a benign estrogen-dependent chronic gynecological disease characterized by the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterine cavity. In both women and experimental endometriotic rats, endometriosis lesions endow autonomic and sensory nerves, which are thought to contribute to the disease-associated pain. Some evidence indicates that the reinnervation of lesions is regulated by factors produced by the endometrial tissue as well as by environmental factors from the peritoneum. In this study, we examined the reinnervation of the rat endometrial tissue in an ectopic environment different from the peritoneum employing the anterior eye chamber model of experimental endometriosis...
September 23, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Vanessa S Goodwill, Christopher Terrill, Ian Hopewood, Arthur D Loewy, Mark M Knuepfer
In some patients, renal nerve denervation has been reported to be an effective treatment for essential hypertension. Considerable evidence suggests that afferent renal nerves (ARN) and sodium balance play important roles in the development and maintenance of high blood pressure. ARN are sensitive to sodium concentrations in the renal pelvis. To better understand the role of ARN, we infused isotonic or hypertonic NaCl (308 or 500mOsm) into the left renal pelvis of conscious rats for two 2hours while recording arterial pressure and heart rate...
September 22, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Zengbing Lu, Chi-Kong Yeung, Ge Lin, David T W Yew, P L R Andrews, John A Rudd
BACKGROUND: GLP-1 receptor agonists are utilised for the treatment of Type-2 diabetes but can be associated with undesirable effects of nausea and vomiting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the role of GLP-1 receptors in mechanisms of emesis, behaviours indicative of nausea (BIN) and food intake in the ferret. RESULTS: Exendin-4 (10 and 30nmol, i.c.v.) induced emesis, inhibited food intake, and increased the frequency of BIN. Increases in c-Fos in the brainstem, midbrain and forebrain occurred in animals exhibiting emesis; no activation of the brainstem occurred in animals not vomiting...
September 14, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Sara Persyn, Jane Eastham, Stefan De Wachter, James Gillespie
A growing body of work is describing the absence of a significant sympathetic innervation of the detrusor implying little sympathetic regulation of bladder contractility. However, low doses of adrenergic agonists are capable of relaxing the bladder smooth muscle. If these effects underpin a physiological response then the cellular nature and operation of this system are currently unknown. The present immunohistochemistry study was done to explore the existence of alternative adrenergic signaling elements in the rat bladder wall...
September 10, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
G F Martínez, P Bianchimano, M M Brauer
Estrogen inhibits the growth and causes the degeneration (pruning) of sympathetic nerves supplying the rat myometrium. Previous cryoculture studies evidenced that substrate-bound signals contribute to diminish the ability of the estrogenized myometrium to support sympathetic nerve growth. Using electron microscopy, here we examined neurite-substrate interactions in myometrial cryocultures, observing that neurites grew associated to collagen fibrils present in the surface of the underlying cryosection. In addition, we assessed quantitatively the effects of estrogen on myometrial collagen organization in situ, using ovariectomized rats treated with estrogen and immature females undergoing puberty...
September 10, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Janna Kaplan, Joel Ventura, Avijit Bakshi, Alberto Pieobon, James R Lackner, Paul DiZio
Our goal was to determine how sleep deprivation, nauseogenic motion, and a combination of motion and sleep deprivation affect cognitive vigilance, visual-spatial perception, motor learning and retention, and balance. We exposed four groups of subjects to different combinations of normal 8h sleep or 4h sleep for two nights combined with testing under stationary conditions or during 0.28Hz horizontal linear oscillation. On the two days following controlled sleep, all subjects underwent four test sessions per day that included evaluations of fatigue, motion sickness, vigilance, perceptual discrimination, perceptual learning, motor performance and learning, and balance...
August 31, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
James B Lucot
Doses of naloxone far below those which elicit emesis increase the sensitivity to motion sickness. In order to evaluate the possible interaction with broad spectrum antiemetics, low doses of naloxone were tested alone and in combination with 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamine)tetralin (DPAT), fentanyl and the NK1 antagonist CP-99994. A modified autonomic symptom rating scale was unaffected by any drug and thus considered of little value. Fentanyl and NK1 antagonists decreased the duration of the retch/vomit sequence...
August 30, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Heidi L Lujan, Joshua P Rivers, Stephen E DiCarlo
Mice may now be the preferred animal model for biomedical research due to its anatomical, physiological, and genetic similarity to humans. However, little is known about accentuated antagonism of chronotropic and dromotropic properties in conscious mice. Accordingly, we describe the complex and interacting influence of the autonomic nervous system on cardiac electrophysiology in conscious mice. Specifically, we report the effects of single and combined cardiac autonomic blockade on measurements of pulse interval (heart rate), atrio-ventricular interval, sinus node recovery time (SNRT), SNRT corrected for spontaneous sinus cycle, and Wenckebach cycle length in conscious mice free of the confounding influences of anesthetics and surgical trauma...
August 29, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Frank Cloutier, Tomas Kalincik, Jenny Lauschke, Gervase Tuxworth, Brenton Cavanagh, Adrian Meediniya, Alan Mackay-Sim, Pascal Carrive, Phil Waite
Autonomic dysreflexia is a common complication after high level spinal cord injury and can be life-threatening. We have previously shown that the acute transplantation of olfactory ensheathing cells into the lesion site of rats transected at the fourth thoracic spinal cord level reduced autonomic dysreflexia up to 8weeks after spinal cord injury. This beneficial effect was correlated with changes in the morphology of sympathetic preganglionic neurons despite the olfactory cells surviving no longer than 3weeks...
August 24, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Eric J Martin, Morgan E Hernandez, Linda F Hayward
This study tested the hypothesis that orexin plays a role in the elevated pressor response to acute stress in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR). The pressor response to air jet stress (AJS) (n=11/group) was 2.5 times greater in vehicle treated SHR versus Wistar (WIS) rats. Systemic delivery of 30mg/kg of the dual orexin receptor antagonist almorexant did not significantly change resting mean arterial pressure (MAP) but did attenuate the pressor response elicited by AJS to a greater extent in the SHR compared to the Wistar rats (~65% versus ~33% reduction respectively; n=6/group)...
August 22, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Sivasai Balivada, Hitesh N Pawar, Shawnee Montgomery, Michael J Kenney
Ghrelin influences immune system function and modulates the sympathetic nervous system; however, the contribution of ghrelin to neural-immune interactions is not well-established because the effect of ghrelin on splenic sympathetic nerve discharge (SND) is not known. This study tested the hypothesis that central ghrelin administration would inhibit splenic SND in anesthetized rats. Rats received intracerebroventricular (ICV) injections of ghrelin (1nmol/kg) or aCSF. Lumbar SND recordings provided a non-visceral nerve control...
August 19, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Sally E Tarbell, Amanda Millar, Mark Laudenslager, Claire Palmer, John E Fortunato
This study compared anxiety and physiological responses during the Trier Social Stress Test for Children (TSST-C) in adolescents. 38 subjects (26 females) were enrolled: 11 cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS), 11 anxiety, and 16 controls. Salivary cortisol, α-amylase and heart rate variability (HRV) were assessed during the TSST-C. Anxiety was measured by the Screen for Childhood Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED), Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule, and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAI-C)...
August 16, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Hong Zheng, Kaushik P Patel
The sympathetic nervous system has been identified as a major contributor to the pathophysiology of chronic heart failure (CHF) and other diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, both in experimental animal models and patients. The kidneys have a dense afferent sensory innervation positioning it to be the origin of multimodal input to the central nervous system. Afferent renal nerve (ARN) signals are centrally integrated, and their activation results in a general increase in sympathetic tone, which is directed toward the kidneys as well as other peripheral organs innervated by the sympathetic nerves...
August 6, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Hong Xu, Changle Liu, Shenqiang Rao, Luling He, Tengling Zhang, Shanshan Sun, Bing Wu, Lifang Zou, Shouyu Wang, Yun Xue, Tianyu Jia, Shanhong Zhao, Guilin Li, Shuangmei Liu, Guodong Li, Shangdong Liang
Diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy (DCAN) is a serious and common complication in diabetes mellitus (DM). Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), an important class of regulatory molecules in diverse biological processes, have attracted considerable interest in DCAN. Our previous study has indicated a lncRNA, NONRATT021972 (NONCODE ID), was enhanced in sympathetic neuronal-like PC12 cells in the setting of high glucose (HG) and high FFAs (HF); its silence was found to significantly alleviate HGHF-induced tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) release in PC12 cells...
August 5, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Murray Esler, Ling Guo
The rationale for the renal denervation treatment of severe, drug-resistant essential hypertension remains valid, but the field is now at a procedural watershed. With the commonly flawed procedures of the past, most notably in the Symplicity HTN-3 trial, which typically directed ablating energy into the proximal renal arteries, coupled with the absence of testing for achieved denervation, who could guess which of the past negative renal denervation trials, if any, are valid? But renal denervation procedures will now be different in two important ways...
August 3, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
William L Hasler, B U K Li, Kenneth L Koch, Henry P Parkman, Katja Kovacic, Richard W McCallum
Methods to characterize and quantify severity of chronic nausea and vomiting and to elucidate their underlying mechanisms have received significant attention for both adult and pediatric patients. Validated dyspepsia symptom surveys include measures of nausea and vomiting intensity in relation to other upper gut symptoms. Visual analog scales quantify nausea intensity in real-time in physiologic studies and have been employed as enrollment criteria in clinical trial settings. A new nausea and vomiting survey has been administered to gastroparesis patients to provide insight into timing, triggers, and autonomic and psychological correlates of these symptoms...
August 3, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Alicia M Schiller, Peter Ricci Pellegrino, Irving H Zucker
Tubuloglomerular feedback and the myogenic response are widely appreciated as important regulators of renal blood flow, but the role of the sympathetic nervous system in physiological renal blood flow control remains controversial. Where classic studies using static measures of renal blood flow failed, dynamic approaches have succeeded in demonstrating sympathetic control of renal blood flow under normal physiological conditions. This review focuses on transfer function analysis of renal pressure-flow, which leverages the physical relationship between blood pressure and flow to assess the underlying vascular control mechanisms...
August 3, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
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