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Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209424/changes-in-sympathetic-neurovascular-function-following-spinal-cord-injury
#1
Hussain Al Dera, James A Brock
The effects of spinal cord injury (SCI) on sympathetic neurovascular transmission have generally been ignored. This review describes changes in sympathetic nerve-mediated activation of arterial vessels to which ongoing sympathetic activity has been reduced or silenced following spinal cord transection in rats. In all vessels studied in rats, SCI markedly enhanced their contractile responses to nerve activity. However, the mechanisms that augment neurovascular transmission differ between the rat tail artery and mesenteric artery...
February 11, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202248/possible-role-of-adrenoceptors-in-the-hypothalamic-paraventricular-nucleus-in-corticotropin-releasing-factor-induced-sympatho-adrenomedullary-outflow-in-rats
#2
Shoshiro Okada, Naoko Yamaguchi
AIMS: A functional interaction between the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system and noradrenergic neurons in the brain has been suggested. In the present study, we investigated the interrelationship between the central CRF-induced elevation of plasma catecholamines and adrenoceptor activation in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) using urethane-anesthetized rats. MAIN METHODS: In rats under urethane anesthesia, a femoral venous line was inserted for infusion of saline, and a femoral arterial line was inserted for collecting blood samples...
February 9, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173996/perifornical-hypothalamic-pathway-to-the-adrenal-gland-role-for-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-glucose-counter-regulatory-response
#3
A Sabetghadam, W S Korim, A J M Verberne
Adrenaline is an important counter-regulatory hormone that helps restore glucose homeostasis during hypoglycaemia. However, the neurocircuitry that connects the brain glucose sensors and the adrenal sympathetic outflow to the chromaffin cells is poorly understood. We used electrical microstimulation of the perifornical hypothalamus (PeH) and the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) combined with adrenal sympathetic nerve activity (ASNA) recording to examine the relationship between the RVLM, the PeH and ASNA...
February 2, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161248/how-is-chronic-pain-related-to-sympathetic-dysfunction-and-autonomic-dysreflexia-following-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Edgar T Walters
Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) and neuropathic pain occur after severe injury to higher levels of the spinal cord. Mechanisms underlying these problems have rarely been integrated in proposed models of spinal cord injury (SCI). Several parallels suggest significant overlap of these mechanisms, although the relationships between sympathetic function (dysregulated in AD) and nociceptive function (dysregulated in neuropathic pain) are complex. One general mechanism likely to be shared is central sensitization - enhanced responsiveness and synaptic reorganization of spinal circuits that mediate sympathetic reflexes or that process and relay pain-related information to the brain...
January 27, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143710/hepatic-and-renal-mechanisms-underlying-the-osmopressor-response
#5
Tu H Mai, Emily M Garland, André Diedrich, David Robertson
Increased blood pressure (BP) is observed in patients with impaired baroreflexes after water drinking. The stimulus for this effect is low blood osmolality, and it has been termed the osmopressor response (OPR). The BP increase is associated with activation of the sympathetic nervous system and a requirement for transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) channels. However, the mechanisms underlying the OPR are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that hypotonicity is sensed in the portal area to initiate the OPR...
January 27, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143709/arterial-hypertension-in-migraine-role-of-familial-history-and-cardiovascular-phenotype
#6
Laura Babayan, Oleg V Mamontov, Alexander V Amelin, Mikhail Bogachev, Alexei A Kamshilin
Recent studies indicate that migraine is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, links between autonomic cardiovascular regulation, arterial hypertension (AH) and migraine are still little explored. In this study, we evaluated autonomic regulation in migraine patients with and without hypertension. We studied 104 patients with migraine, aged 34±10 y, including 28 with and 76 without hypertension (M+AH and M-AH groups, respectively). The control group consisted of 88 healthy volunteers matched by age and sex...
January 25, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126464/stimulation-of-renal-afferent-fibers-leads-to-activation-of-catecholaminergic-and-non-catecholaminergic-neurons-in-the-medulla-oblongata
#7
REVIEW
Erika E Nishi, Beatriz S Martins, Maycon I O Milanez, Nathalia R Lopes, Jose F de Melo, Roberto B Pontes, Adriana C Girardi, Ruy R Campos, Cássia T Bergamaschi
Presympathetic neurons in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) including the adrenergic cell groups play a major role in the modulation of several reflexes required for the control of sympathetic vasomotor tone and blood pressure (BP). Moreover, sympathetic vasomotor drive to the kidneys influence natriuresis and diuresis by inhibiting the cAMP/PKA pathway and redistributing the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger isoform 3 (NHE3) to the body of the microvilli in the proximal tubules. In this study we aimed to evaluate the effects of renal afferents stimulation on (1) the neurochemical phenotype of Fos expressing neurons in the medulla oblongata and (2) the level of abundance and phosphorylation of NHE3 in the renal cortex...
January 19, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131565/asymmetric-sympathetic-output-the-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-as-a-potential-link-between-emotional-stress-and-cardiac-arrhythmias
#8
Marco Antônio Peliky Fontes, Marcelo Limborço Filho, Natália L Santos Machado, Cristiane Amorim de Paula, Letícia M Souza Cordeiro, Carlos Henrique Xavier, Fernanda Ribeiro Marins, Luke Henderson, Vaughan G Macefield
The autonomic response to emotional stress, while involving several target organs, includes an important increase in sympathetic drive to the heart. There is ample evidence that cardiac sympathetic innervation is lateralized, and asymmetric autonomic output to the heart during stress is postulated to be a causal factor that precipitates cardiac arrhythmias. Recent animal studies provided a new picture of the central pathways involved in the cardiac sympathetic response evoked by emotional stress, pointing out a key role for the region of dorsomedial hypothalamus...
January 17, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126465/the-role-of-renal-sympathetic-nerves-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#9
REVIEW
Elisabeth Lambert, Markus Schlaich
Decreased blood flow supply to the kidneys known as renal ischemia/reperfusion is a common occurrence during various clinical and surgical settings. This remains highly concerning as it is a major cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). The kidneys have a rich supply of efferent and afferent sympathetic nerves playing a crucial physiological role in regulation of renal function. Studies in animal models of renal ischemia/reperfusion injury have indicated that very early during an ischemic event, the sympathetic nerves are activated and in concert with decreased nitric oxide availability, increased angiotensin II and several other molecules results in renal damage...
January 17, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057441/non-invasive-approach-for-the-assessment-of-sympathetic-baroreflex-function-a-feasibility-study
#10
Bartłomiej Paleczny, Agnieszka Siennicka, Piotr Ponikowski, Beata Ponikowska
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of sympathetic baroreflex (sBR) function in humans requires intra-neural recording of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) by microneurography. AIMS: We proposed noninvasive approach for the evaluation of sBR function by applying the threshold-analysis (traditionally, based on MSNA) to systemic vascular resistance (SVR) measurement by photoplethysmography. METHODS & RESULTS: In nine healthy subjects (5M; age: 25±5y), the threshold-analysis was calculated twice: using MSNA and SVR...
December 29, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043810/renal-sympathetic-nerve-blood-flow-and-epithelial-transport-responses-to-thermal-stress
#11
REVIEW
Thad E Wilson
Thermal stress is a profound sympathetic stress in humans; kidney responses involve altered renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA), renal blood flow, and renal epithelial transport. During mild cold stress, RSNA spectral power but not total activity is altered, renal blood flow is maintained or decreased, and epithelial transport is altered consistent with a sympathetic stress coupled with central volume loaded state. Hypothermia decreases RSNA, renal blood flow, and epithelial transport. During mild heat stress, RSNA is increased, renal blood flow is decreased, and epithelial transport is increased consistent with a sympathetic stress coupled with a central volume unloaded state...
December 24, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043809/physical-training-associated-with-enalapril-but-not-to-losartan-results-in-better-cardiovascular-autonomic-effects
#12
Karina Delgado Maida, Ada Clarice Gastaldi, Tabata de Paula Facioli, João Eduardo de Araújo, Hugo Celso Dutra de Souza
BACKGROUND: We investigated the cardiovascular autonomic effects of physical training associated with Enalapril or Losartan pharmacological treatments in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). METHODS: SHRs, 18weeks of age (N=48) was assigned to either sedentary (N=24) and trained (N=24; aerobic training by swimming for 10wk). Each group was subdivided in 3 subgroups (N=8) vehicle (control); Enalapril (10mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)); and Losartan (5mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)). All animals received a 10-week treatment in drinking water...
December 24, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065654/challenging-cardiac-function-post-spinal-cord-injury-with-dobutamine
#13
Kathryn M DeVeau, Emily K Martin, Nicholas T King, Alice Shum-Siu, Bradley B Keller, Christopher R West, David S K Magnuson
There is general consensus that spinal cord injuries (SCI) above T6 result in altered sympathetic control of the heart, which negatively influences cardiac structure and function. To by-pass disrupted circuitry and investigate cardiac responses under enhanced sympathetic activity we utilized dobutamine (DOB) stress echocardiography. Animals were divided into a T2, 25g-cm contusive SCI (SCI) or an uninjured control (CON) group. Echocardiography was performed pre-SCI and at 1, 2 and 6weeks post-SCI. Increasing doses of DOB (5, 10 & 20μg/min/kg) were infused intravenously pre-SCI and at 1 and 6weeks post-SCI...
December 23, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041987/retigabine-diminishes-the-effects-of-acetylcholine-adrenaline-and-adrenergic-agonists-on-the-spontaneous-activity-of-guinea-pig-smooth-muscle-strips-in-vitro
#14
Elisaveta Apostolova, Plamen Zagorchev, Vesela Kokova, Lyudmil Peychev
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of retigabine on the smooth muscle response to acetylcholine, adrenaline, α-and β-adrenoceptor agonists. METHODS: We studied the change in the spontaneous smooth muscle contraction of guinea pig gastric corpus strips before and after 20-min treatment with 2μM retigabine. We also evaluated the effect of retigabine on the smooth muscle response to 10μM acetylcholine, 1 and 10μM adrenaline, 1μM methoxamine, 0...
December 23, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010995/profiling-subjective-symptoms-and-autonomic-changes-associated-with-cybersickness
#15
Alireza Mazloumi Gavgani, Keith V Nesbitt, Karen L Blackmore, Eugene Nalivaiko
Our aim was to expand knowledge of cybersickness - a subtype of motion sickness provoked by immersion into a moving computer-generated virtual reality. Fourteen healthy subjects experienced a 15-min rollercoaster ride presented via a head-mounted display (Oculus Rift), for 3 consecutive days. Heart rate, respiration, finger and forehead skin conductance were measured during the experiment; this was complemented by a subjective nausea rating during the ride and by Motion Sickness Assessment Questionnaire before, immediately after and then 1, 2 and 3h post-ride...
December 18, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131564/role-of-renal-nerves-in-normal-and-pathophysiological-conditions
#16
EDITORIAL
Jacqueline K Phillips, Ruy R Campos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 13, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932204/total-renal-denervation-reduces-sympathoexcitation-to-different-target-organs-in-a-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#17
REVIEW
Glaucia L Veiga, Erika E Nishi, Heder F Estrela, Gisele S Lincevicius, Guiomar N Gomes, Alex Y Simões Sato, Ruy R Campos, Cássia T Bergamaschi
It is known that increased sympathetic nerve activity in chronic kidney disease (CKD) progressively worsens kidney function and hypertension. We tested the hypothesis that total renal denervation contributes to reduce sympathetic activation to different beds and improves renal function in 5/6 nephrectomy model of CKD in male Wistar rats. After eight weeks of 5/6 nephrectomy surgery there was an increase in mean arterial pressure (CKD 179±22mmHg, n=6 vs. control animals 108±9; p<0.05, n=6) with no changes in heart rate (HR)...
December 1, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932203/neural-connection-supporting-endogenous-5-hydroxytryptamine-influence-on-autonomic-activity-in-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#18
Hao-Qiang Zhang, Yong Zhang, Lin Liu, Jin-Lian Li, Ya-Cheng Lu, Ying-Ying Yu, Hui Li, Ting Zhang, Ying-Shing Chan, Fu-Xing Zhang, Yun-Qing Li
5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) transmission in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) enhances or suppresses signal outflow to influence emotion-/cognition-based function performances and, putatively, the autonomic responses. The top-down cortical modulation of autonomic activities may be mediated in part through projections from mPFC to brain stem dorsal vagal complex (DVC). The abundant and heterogeneous densities of 5-HT fibers across laminae in mPFC suggest serotonergic innervation of mPFC-DVC projection neurons whereby endogenous 5-HT acts to regulate autonomic activities...
December 1, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017263/effects-of-short-and-prolonged-transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-heart-rate-variability-in-healthy-subjects
#19
M De Couck, R Cserjesi, R Caers, W P Zijlstra, D Widjaja, N Wolf, O Luminet, J Ellrich, Y Gidron
The vagus nerve is strategically located in the body, and has multiple homeostatic and health-promoting effects. Low vagal activity predicts onset and progression of diseases. These are the reasons to activate this nerve. This study examined the effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (t-VNS) on a main index of vagal activity, namely heart rate variability (HRV). In Study 1, we compared short (10min) left versus right ear t-VNS versus sham (no stimulation) in a within-subjects experimental design...
November 30, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932205/cold-induced-sympathetic-tone-modifies-the-impact-of-endothelium-dependent-vasodilation-in-the-finger-pulp
#20
Tone Kristin Bergersen, Maria Skytioti, Maja Elstad
OBJECTIVE: In thermoneutral and cold subjects, the sympathetic nervous system regulates skin blood flow by adjusting frequency of the tonic vasoconstrictor impulses. However, the way these thermoregulatory impulses influence the vascular endothelium is not well known. We studied how the sympathetic nervous system influences endothelium-dependent vasodilation (EDV) caused by shear stress in skin containing arteriovenous anastomoses (AVAs) and arterioles in healthy subjects. METHODS: Thirteen healthy subjects were exposed to thermoneutral (29°C) and cold (22°C) ambient temperatures on separate days...
November 30, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
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