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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544484/neglected-issues-concerning-teaching-human-adrenal-steroidogenesis-in-popular-biochemistry-textbooks
#1
Zhiyong Han, Mark S Elliott
In the human body, the adrenal steroids collectively regulate a plethora of fundamental functions, including electrolyte and water balance, blood pressure, stress response, intermediary metabolism, inflammation, and immunity. Therefore, adrenal steroidogenesis is an important biochemistry topic for students to learn in order for them to understand health consequences caused by deficiencies of enzymes in the adrenal steroidogenic pathways. However, popular biochemistry textbooks contain insufficient information and may sometimes give students a misimpression about certain aspects of human adrenal steroidogenesis...
May 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543947/%C3%AE-1-adrenoceptor-but-not-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-subtype-regulates-heart-rate-in-type-2-diabetes-rats-in-vivo
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Rosalind F Cook, Carol T Bussey, Kimberley M Mellor, Patricia A Cragg, Regis R Lamberts
BACKGROUND: β-Adrenoceptor blockers are widely used to reduce heart rate, the strongest predictor of mortality in cardiac patients, but are less effective in diabetic patients. This study aimed to determine the specific β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor subtype contributions to chronotropic responses in type 2 diabetes in vivo, which are currently unknown. METHODS: Type 2 diabetic and non-diabetic rats were implanted with radio-telemeters to measure arterial blood pressure and derive heart rate under conscious conditions...
May 22, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541412/association-study-of-common-variants-in-pfn1-with-hypertension-in-a-han-chinese-population-a-case-control-study-and-a-follow-up-study
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Song Yang, Yanchun Chen, Chunlan Liu, Xianghai Zhao, Qian Zhuang, Junxiang Sun, Pengfei Wei, Hailong Zhao, Xiaotian Chen, Chong Shen
BACKGROUND: Animal researches reported that the dysfunction of profilin1 (PFN1) was involved in the physiological arterial stiffness and vascular remodeling linking to the etiology of hypertension (HT). This study mainly aims at evaluating the association of PFN1 and HT in a Han Chinese population. METHODS: A case-control study consisted of 2,012 HT cases and 2,210 controls was conducted and 2,116 participants from the healthy controls were further followed up for average 5...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540644/the-epigenetic-machinery-in-vascular-dysfunction-and-hypertension
#4
REVIEW
Emile Levy, Schohraya Spahis, Jean-Luc Bigras, Edgard Delvin, Jean-Michel Borys
Hypertension (HT) is among the major components of the metabolic syndrome, i.e., obesity, dyslipidemia, and hyperglycemia/insulin resistance. It represents a significant health problem with foremost risks for chronic cardiovascular disease and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Therefore, it is not surprising that this disorder constitutes a serious public health concern. Although multiple studies have stressed the multifactorial nature of HT, the pathogenesis remains largely unknown...
June 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540254/doppler-ultrasonography-of-the-pectinis-oculi-artery-in-harpy-eagles-harpia-harpyja
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Wanderlei de Moraes, Thiago A C Ferreira, André T Somma, Zalmir S Cubas, Bret A Moore, Fabiano Montiani-Ferreira
Twenty harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja) without systemic or ocular diseases were examined to measure blood velocity parameters of the pectinis oculi artery using Doppler ultrasonography. Pectinate artery resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI) were investigated using ocular Doppler ultrasonography. The mean RI and PI values across all eyes were 0.44±0.10 and 0.62±0.20 respectively. Low RI and PI values found in the harpy eagle´s pectinis oculi artery compared with the American pekin ducks one and other tissue suggest indeed a high metabolic activity in pecten oculi and corroborates the hypothesis of a nutritional function and/or intraocular pressure regulation...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537781/blood-pressure-lowering-effects-of-alacalase-hydrolyzed-camellia-seed-hull-in-vitro-and-in-spontaneous-hypertensive-rats
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Ho-Jeong Lim, Mi-So Kim, Da-Som Kim, Young Jun Kim, Jin Hyup Lee, Jeong Hoon Pan, Eui-Cheol Shin, Jae Kyeom Kim
High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for various diseases and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) plays a critical role in blood pressure regulation. In our study, the responsive surface methodology was adopted to establish optimal Alcalase-hydrolysis conditions of camellia seed hull against ACE activity. The optimum conditions are hydrolysis temperature of 50.98°C, enzyme/substrate ratio of 2.85%, and hydrolysis pH of 7.12. In an animal feeding study, spontaneously hypertensive rats were treated with either a low or high dose of hydrolyzed Camellia japonica seed cake over 5 weeks...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536427/role-of-foxo1-and-apoptosis-in-pulmonary-vascular-remolding-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Chaosheng Deng, Zhanghua Zhong, Dawen Wu, Yunfei Chen, Ningfang Lian, Haibo Ding, Qiaoxian Zhang, Qichang Lin, Shuang Wu
To explore the role of FoxO1 and apoptosis in a rat model of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Rats were randomly divided into a sham group (n = 45) and an experimental group (n = 45). Autologous blood clots were injected into rats three times to induce CTEPH. Rats were further divided into three subgroups: a 1-week subgroup (n = 15), a 2-week subgroup (n = 15), and a 4-week subgroup (n = 15). Mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) and histopathology were evaluated at each time point...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536207/impaired-cerebral-autoregulation-measurement-and-application-to-stroke
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REVIEW
Li Xiong, Xiuyun Liu, Ty Shang, Peter Smielewski, Joseph Donnelly, Zhen-Ni Guo, Yi Yang, Thomas Leung, Marek Czosnyka, Rong Zhang, Jia Liu, Ka Sing Wong
Cerebral autoregulation (CA) is a protective mechanism that maintains cerebral blood flow at a relatively constant level despite fluctuations of cerebral perfusion pressure or arterial blood pressure. It is a universal physiological mechanism that may involve myogenic, neural control as well as metabolic regulations of cerebral vasculature in response to changes in pressure or cerebral blood flow. Traditionally, CA has been represented by a sigmoid curve with a wide plateau between about 50 mm Hg and 170 mm Hg of steady-state changes in mean arterial pressure, defined as static CA...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536140/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-1-in-the-median-preoptic-nucleus-contributes-to-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-hypertension
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Katelynn E Faulk, T Prashant Nedungadi, J Thomas Cunningham
Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Chronic intermittent hypoxia is used to model the arterial hypoxemia seen in sleep apnea patients and is associated with increased sympathetic nerve activity and a sustained diurnal increase in blood pressure. The renin angiotensin system has been associated with hypertension seen in chronic intermittent hypoxia. Angiotensin converting enzyme 1, which cleaves angiotensin I to the active counterpart angiotensin II, is present within the central nervous system and has been shown to be regulated by AP-1 transcription factors, such as ΔFosB...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534088/the-ppar-gamma-binding-sequence-pal3-is-necessary-for-basal-but-dispensable-for-high-fat-diet-regulated-human-renin-expression-in-the-kidney
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Peter Lachmann, Jenny Selbmann, Linda Hickmann, Bernd Hohenstein, Christian Hugo, Vladimir T Todorov
We reported earlier that PPAR-gamma regulates renin transcription through a human-specific atypical binding sequence termed hRen-Pal3. Here we developed a mouse model to investigate the functional relevance of the hRen-Pal3 sequence in vivo since it might be responsible for the increased renin production in obesity and thus for the development of accompanying arterial hypertension. We used bacterial artificial chromosome construct and co-placement strategy to generate two transgenic mouse lines expressing the human renin gene from identical genomic locus without affecting the intrinsic mouse renin expression...
May 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533430/heme-thiolate-sulfenylation-of-human-cytochrome-p450-4a11-functions-as-a-redox-switch-for-catalytic-inhibition
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Matthew E Albertolle, Donghak Kim, Leslie D Nagy, Chul-Ho Yun, Ambra Pozzi, Uzen Savas, Eric F Johnson, F Peter Guengerich
Cytochrome P450 (P450, CYP) 4A11 is a human fatty acid ω-hydroxylase that catalyzes the oxidation of arachidonic acid to the eicosanoid 20- hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), which plays important roles in regulating blood pressure regulation. Variants of P450 4A11 have been associated with high blood pressure and resistance to anti-hypertensive drugs, and 20-HETE has both pro- and antihypertensive properties relating to increased vasoconstriction and natriuresis, respectively. These physiological activities are likely influenced by the redox environment, but the mechanisms are unclear...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533325/physiologic-regulation-of-heart-rate-and-blood-pressure-involves-connexin-36-containing-gap-junctions
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Varinder K Lall, Gareth Bruce, Larysa Voytenko, Mark Drinkhill, Kerstin Wellershaus, Klaus Willecke, Jim Deuchars, Susan A Deuchars
Chronically elevated sympathetic nervous activity underlies many cardiovascular diseases. Elucidating the mechanisms contributing to sympathetic nervous system output may reveal new avenues of treatment. The contribution of the gap junctional protein connexin 36 (Cx36) to the regulation of sympathetic activity and thus blood pressure and heart rate was determined using a mouse with specific genetic deletion of Cx36. Ablation of the Cx36 protein was confirmed in sympathetic preganglionic neurons of Cx36 knockout (KO) mice...
May 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533088/a-ubiquitin-proteasome-inhibitor-bortezomib-suppresses-the-expression-of-cyp11b2-a-key-enzyme-of-aldosterone-synthesis-as-revealed-by-chemical-screening
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Ryo Ito, Ikuko Sato, Tadayuki Tsujita, Atsushi Yokoyama, Akira Sugawara
CYP11B2 is a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of the mineralocorticoid aldosterone. CYP11B2 expression in the adrenal glands is controlled by the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), and plays an important role in the maintenance of electrolyte metabolism in higher organisms. Abnormal overexpression of CYP11B2 results in the disruption of mineral balance and can lead to hypertension. Though the molecular mechanism of the regulation of CYP11B2 expression has remained elusive, we hypothesize that compounds that prevent CYP11B2 expression could represent a novel class of antihypertensive drugs...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532218/flow-chamber-and-microfluidic-approaches-for-measuring-thrombus-formation-in-genetic-bleeding-disorders
#14
Rogier M Schoeman, Marcus Lehmann, Keith B Neeves
Platelet adhesion and aggregation, coagulation, fibrin formation, and fibrinolysis are regulated by the forces and flows imposed by blood at the site of a vascular injury. Flow chambers designed to observe these events are an indispensable part of doing hemostasis and thrombosis research, especially with human blood. Microfluidic methods have provided the flexibility to design flow chambers with complex geometries and features that more closely mimic the anatomy and physiology of blood vessels. Additionally, microfluidic systems with integrated optics and/or pressure sensors and on-board signal processing could transform what have been primarily research tools into clinical assays...
May 22, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531963/mir-19b-and-mir-16-cooperatively-signaling-target-the-regulator-adra1a-in-hypertensive-heart-disease
#15
Liping He, Congxin Huang
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive heart disease (HHD) is one of the most important causes of disease-related deaths worldwide and brings great painful for patients. In recent years, increasingly evidences support the role of miRNAs in various physiology processes and human diseases. In the present study, we investigated whether ADRA1A regulated by miR-19b and miR-16 was involved in the pathogenic mechanism of HHD. METHODS: HHD mice models were established with injection of Deoxycorticosterone acetate (Doca)...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529059/a-review-of-human-neuroimaging-investigations-involved-with-central-autonomic-regulation-of-baroreflex-mediated-cardiovascular-control
#16
Derek S Kimmerly
Effective regulation of central blood volume and arterial pressure is critical for optimal cardiovascular homeostasis. Inadequate regulation of mean arterial pressure has important pathophysiological implications including syncope, end organ damage, and stroke. Such regulation requires appropriate central integration of barosensory afferents and reflex autonomic control of the heart and blood vessels. The neural pathways involved with the baroreflex include brainstem nuclei that receive modulatory input from higher brain centres...
May 15, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528375/hypothalamic-signaling-in-body-fluid-homeostasis-and-hypertension
#17
REVIEW
Brian J Kinsman, Haley N Nation, Sean D Stocker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The central nervous system plays a pivotal role in the regulation of extracellular fluid volume and consequently arterial blood pressure. Key hypothalamic regions sense and integrate neurohumoral signals to subsequently alter intake (thirst and salt appetite) and output (renal excretion via neuroendocrine and autonomic function). Here, we review recent findings that provide new insight into such mechanisms that may represent new therapeutic targets. RECENT FINDINGS: Implementation of cutting edge neuroscience approaches such as opto- and chemogenetics highlight pivotal roles of circumventricular organs to impact body fluid homeostasis...
June 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527058/headache-and-arterial-hypertension
#18
Cinzia Finocchi, Davide Sassos
Elevated blood pressure (BP) and headache have long been linked in the medical literature. Headache associated with arterial hypertension is a main concern in emergency department. It is believed that headache may be a symptom attributed to arterial hypertension only if the BP values are very high or rise quickly. Many studies support the hypothesis that migraine patients have an increased risk of developing hypertension, while hypertensive subjects do not seem to have an increased risk of migraine or other types of headache...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527017/juxtaglomerular-cell-phenotypic-plasticity
#19
REVIEW
Alexandre Góes Martini, A H Jan Danser
Renin is the first and rate-limiting step of the renin-angiotensin system. The exclusive source of renin in the circulation are the juxtaglomerular cells of the kidney, which line the afferent arterioles at the entrance of the glomeruli. Normally, renin production by these cells suffices to maintain homeostasis. However, under chronic stimulation of renin release, for instance during a low-salt diet or antihypertensive therapy, cells that previously expressed renin during congenital life re-convert to a renin-producing cell phenotype, a phenomenon which is known as "recruitment"...
May 19, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525588/diving-and-long-term-cardiovascular-health
#20
K Åsmul, Å Irgens, M Grønning, A Møllerløkken
Background: Short-term cardiovascular effects from ambient pressure exposure are known. However, long-term cardiovascular effects from diving in humans have been less studied. Aims: To examine possible long-term cardiovascular health effects from occupational diving. Methods: We compared the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in former divers to non-divers. We obtained data on male former divers with a certificate valid for professional diving after 1980, from the Norwegian Diver 2011 project, and matched data on the general male population from the HUNT3 Survey...
May 19, 2017: Occupational Medicine
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