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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209896/hawkmoths-use-nectar-sugar-to-reduce-oxidative-damage-from-flight
#1
E Levin, G Lopez-Martinez, B Fane, G Davidowitz
Nectar-feeding animals have among the highest recorded metabolic rates. High aerobic performance is linked to oxidative damage in muscles. Antioxidants in nectar are scarce to nonexistent. We propose that nectarivores use nectar sugar to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the muscular demands of flight. We found that sugar-fed moths had lower oxidative damage to their flight muscle membranes than unfed moths. Using respirometry coupled with δ(13)C analyses, we showed that moths generate antioxidant potential by shunting nectar glucose to the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), resulting in a reduction in oxidative damage to the flight muscles...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209627/characterization-of-a-blood-spot-creatine-kinase-skeletal-muscle-isoform-immunoassay-for-high-throughput-newborn-screening-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#2
Stuart J Moat, Teemu Korpimäki, Petra Furu, Harri Hakala, Hanna Polari, Liisa Meriö, Pauliina Mäkinen, Ian Weeks
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive, lethal X-linked neuromuscular disorder with an average worldwide incidence of 1:5000. Blood spot creatine kinase (CK) enzyme assays previously used in newborn screening programs for DMD are nonspecific because measured CK enzyme activity is attributable to 3 isoenzyme forms of CK (CK-MM, CK-MB, and CK-BB) and it is the CK-MM isoform that is found predominantly in skeletal muscle. CK-MM is increased in boys with DMD owing to muscle damage...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192862/long-term-dietary-quercetin-enrichment-as-a-cardioprotective-countermeasure-in-mdx-mice
#3
Christopher Ballmann, Thomas Denney, Ronald J Beyers, Tiffany Quindry, Matthew Romero, Joshua T Selsby, John C Quindry
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) causes declines in cardiac health resulting in premature mortality. As a potential countermeasure, quercetin is a polyphenol possessing inherent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that activate proliferator-activated γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) increasing mitochondrial biogenesis protein abundance. We investigated the extent to which lifelong 0.2% dietary quercetin enrichment attenuates dystrophic cardiopathology in mdx mice. Dystrophic animals were fed quercetin or control diet for 12 months while control C57 mice were fed a control diet...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173645/-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-lama2-related-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-patients
#4
X P Liang, S Wang, W Zhang, Y Yuan, J Ding, X Z Chang, C J Wei, J Y Liu, H Xiong
Objective: To explore the injury pattern and features of peripheral nerve in congenital muscular dystrophy patients caused by LAMA2 gene mutation. Method: Seventeen patients genetically or molecular pathologically diagnosed as LAMA2-related congenital muscular dystrophy were recruited in Peking University First Hospital between 2002 and 2015. All the patients received nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and needle electromyography tests. Clinical and laboratory examination data of the patients was retrospectively analyzed...
February 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166932/hyaluronan-mediates-the-adhesion-of-porcine-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-to-poly-i-c-treated-intestinal-cells-and-modulates-their-cytokine-production
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María José Docampo, Jennifer Cabrera, Anna Bassols
Hyaluronan (HA), a major component of the extracellular matrix (ECM), has been increasingly recognized as a regulator of inflammation. Its role is complex since it has pro- and anti-inflammatory actions by modulating the expression of inflammatory genes, the recruitment of inflammatory cells and the production of inflammatory cytokines, but also by attenuating the course of inflammation and providing protection against tissue damage. Certain viruses and other inflammatory stimuli induce organization of HA into cable-like structures, which may be responsible for leukocyte recruitment and, on the other hand, low molecular weight fragments of HA have been shown to activate various inflammatory responses...
February 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163542/presumed-isotretinoin-induced-extraocular-myopathy
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Md Shahid Alam, Swati Agarwal
Isotretinoin a synthetic analogue of vitamin A is primarily used for cystic acne not responding to conventional treatment. Several ocular side effects including blurring of vision, decreased dark adaptation, corneal opacities and meibomian gland atrophy have been reported with prolonged use of isotretinoin. There have been reports of muscular damage caused by isotretinoin. Extra ocular myopathy as an adverse effect of long term used of isotretinoin has never been mentioned in literature. We report a case of a young male who presented to us with complaints of diplopia after using isotretinoin for a prolonged period...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163203/the-high-variability-of-the-chiasma-plantare-and-the-long-flexor-tendons-anatomical-aspects-of-tendon-transfer-in-foot-surgery
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Bettina Pretterklieber
As tendon transfer of the flexor hallucis longus (FHL) and the flexor digitorum longus (FDL) is an established procedure, exact knowledge of the formation of the chiasma plantare is of great interest. Although the quadratus plantae (QP) appears to play a major role, it has been rarely addressed in previous studies. The aim of the present study was to reinvestigate the formation of the chiasma plantare and the composition of the long flexor tendons in order to clarify the inexact and partly contradictory descriptions published from 1865 onward...
February 3, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159637/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-responses-elicited-in-hindlimb-muscles-as-an-assessment-of-synaptic-plasticity-in-spino-muscular-circuitry-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#8
Hayk A Petrosyan, Valentina Alessi, Sue A Sisto, Mark Kaufman, Victor L Arvanian
Electromagnetic stimulation applied at the cranial level, i.e. transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), is a technique for stimulation and neuromodulation used for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in clinical and research settings. Although recordings of TMS elicited motor-evoked potentials (MEP) are an essential diagnostic tool for spinal cord injured (SCI) patients, they are reliably recorded from arm, and not leg muscles. Mid-thoracic contusion is a common SCI that results in locomotor impairments predominantly in legs...
January 31, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154975/actn3-genotype-influences-exercise-induced-muscle-damage-during-a-marathon-competition
#9
Juan Del Coso, Marjorie Valero, Juan José Salinero, Beatriz Lara, Germán Díaz, César Gallo-Salazar, Diana Ruiz-Vicente, Francisco Areces, Carlos Puente, Juan Carlos Carril, Ramón Cacabelos
PURPOSE: Exercise-induced muscle damage has been identified as one of the main causes of the progressive decrease in running and muscular performance in marathoners. The aim of this investigation was to determine the influence of the ACTN3 genotype on exercise-induced muscle damage produced during a marathon. METHODS: Seventy-one experienced runners competed in a marathon race. Before and after the race, a sample of venous blood was obtained and maximal voluntary leg muscle power was measured during a countermovement jump...
February 2, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152217/advances-in-the-treatment-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-new-and-emerging-pharmacotherapies
#10
Andrea M Reinig, Sara Mirzaei, Daniel J Berlau
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic, neuromuscular disease that primarily affects young males. Patients with DMD are unable to produce dystrophin, a crucial protein found in myocytes, leading to a loss of muscle support and integrity. Corticosteroids are the standard supportive treatment for DMD; however, there is a high demand to expand the number of safe, effective pharmacological options. Recently there has been a surge of new therapeutics for DMD, offering hope to patients. A variety of these new medications, such as stop codon readthrough agents, exon-skipping agents, and utrophin modulators aim to replace dystrophin in myocytes...
February 2, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142089/effects-of-bioactive-extracellular-compounds-and-paralytic-shellfish-toxins-produced-by-alexandrium-minutum-on-growth-and-behaviour-of-juvenile-great-scallops-pecten-maximus
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Elodie Borcier, Romain Morvezen, Pierre Boudry, Philippe Miner, Grégory Charrier, Jean Laroche, Hélène Hegaret
Dinoflagellates of the genus Alexandrium are a major cause of harmful algal blooms (HABs) that have increasingly disrupted coastal ecosystems for the last several decades. Microalgae from the genus Alexandrium are known to produce paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) but also bioactive extracellular compounds (BEC) that can display cytotoxic, allelopathic, ichtyotoxic or haemolytic effects upon marine organisms. The objective of this experimental study was to assess the effects of PST and BEC produced by A. minutum upon juvenile great scallops Pecten maximus...
March 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139640/evidence-for-actn3-as-a-genetic-modifier-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#12
Marshall W Hogarth, Peter J Houweling, Kristen C Thomas, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Luca Bello, Elena Pegoraro, Eric P Hoffman, Stewart I Head, Kathryn N North
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by muscle degeneration and progressive weakness. There is considerable inter-patient variability in disease onset and progression, which can confound the results of clinical trials. Here we show that a common null polymorphism (R577X) in ACTN3 results in significantly reduced muscle strength and a longer 10 m walk test time in young, ambulant patients with DMD; both of which are primary outcome measures in clinical trials. We have developed a double knockout mouse model, which also shows reduced muscle strength, but is protected from stretch-induced eccentric damage with age...
January 31, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137585/saturation-of-serca-s-lipid-annulus-may-protect-against-its-thermal-inactivation
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Val Andrew Fajardo, Natalie Trojanowski, Laura M Castelli, Paula M Miotto, Foyinsola Amoye, Wendy E Ward, A Russell Tupling, Paul J LeBlanc
The sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) pumps are integral membrane proteins that catalyze the active transport of Ca(2+) into the sarcoplasmic reticulum, thereby eliciting muscle relaxation. SERCA pumps are highly susceptible to oxidative damage, and cytoprotection of SERCA dampens thermal inactivation and is a viable therapeutic strategy in combating diseases where SERCA activity is impaired, such as muscular dystrophy. Here, we sought to determine whether increasing the percent of saturated fatty acids (SFA) within SERCA's lipid annulus through diet could protect SERCA pumps from thermal inactivation...
January 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131694/neer-award-2016-reduced-muscle-degeneration-and-decreased-fatty-infiltration-after-rotator-cuff-tear-in-a-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-1-parp-1-knock-out-mouse-model
#14
Michael B Kuenzler, Katja Nuss, Agnieszka Karol, Michael O Schär, Michael Hottiger, Sumit Raniga, David Kenkel, Brigitte von Rechenberg, Matthias A Zumstein
BACKGROUND: Disturbed muscular architecture, atrophy, and fatty infiltration remain irreversible in chronic rotator cuff tears even after repair. Poly (adenosine 5'-diphosphate-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1) is a key regulator of inflammation, apoptosis, muscle atrophy, muscle regeneration, and adipocyte development. We hypothesized that the absence of PARP-1 would lead to a reduction in damage to the muscle subsequent to combined tenotomy and neurectomy in a PARP-1 knockout (KO) mouse model...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122635/comparative-analyses-of-muscle-mri-and-muscular-function-in-anti-synthetase-syndrome-patients-and-matched-controls-a-cross-sectional-study
#15
Helena Andersson, Eva Kirkhus, Torhild Garen, Ragnhild Walle-Hansen, Else Merckoll, Øyvind Molberg
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of thigh muscles is increasingly used to assess disease activity and damage extent in chronic myositis, but the validity of the findings is not clear. Here, the primary aim was to compare thigh MRI findings in patients having chronic myositis associated with anti-synthetase syndrome (ASS) and in matched healthy controls. METHODS: Cross-sectional analyses of thigh muscle MRI, muscular function and creatinine kinase (CK) were performed in 68 ASS patients (median disease duration 71 months) and 67 controls matched for age and gender...
January 25, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120512/ejaculation-does-not-contribute-to-the-stress-response-to%C3%A2-electroejaculation-in-sheep
#16
S Abril-Sánchez, A Freitas-de-Melo, J P Damián, J Giriboni, A Villagrá-García, R Ungerfeld
Electroejaculation procedures (EEPs) provoke stress; nevertheless, ejaculation produces physiological changes similar as those usually used to measure stress responses. The application of EEP to animals that cannot ejaculate-as ewes-may be useful to discriminate the responses induced by ejaculation from those provoked by EEP. The aim was to determine the stress response to EEP in rams and ewes. The EEPs were applied to 10 rams and 10 ewes during the non-breeding season, and the number of vocalizations, the heart rate, rectal temperature, serum cortisol concentration, biochemical and haematological parameters were measured...
January 25, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117338/beta-agonist-stimulation-ameliorates-the-phenotype-of-spinal-and-bulbar-muscular-atrophy-mice-and-patient-derived-myotubes
#17
Carmelo Milioto, Adriana Malena, Eleonora Maino, Maria J Polanco, Caterina Marchioretti, Doriana Borgia, Marcelo Gomes Pereira, Bert Blaauw, Andrew P Lieberman, Roberta Venturini, Mario Plebani, Fabio Sambataro, Lodovica Vergani, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù, Maria Pennuto
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a neuromuscular disease characterized by the loss of lower motor neurons. SBMA is caused by expansions of a polyglutamine tract in the gene coding for androgen receptor (AR). Expression of polyglutamine-expanded AR causes damage to motor neurons and skeletal muscle cells. Here we investigated the effect of β-agonist stimulation in SBMA myotube cells derived from mice and patients, and in knock-in mice. We show that treatment of myotubes expressing polyglutamine-expanded AR with the β-agonist clenbuterol increases their size...
January 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115638/secis-binding-protein-2-interacts-with-the-smn-complex-and-the-methylosome-for-selenoprotein-mrnp-assembly-and-translation
#18
Anne-Sophie Gribling-Burrer, Michael Leichter, Laurence Wurth, Alexandra Huttin, Florence Schlotter, Nathalie Troffer-Charlier, Vincent Cura, Martine Barkats, Jean Cavarelli, Séverine Massenet, Christine Allmang
Selenoprotein synthesis requires the co-translational recoding of a UGASec codon. This process involves an RNA structural element, called Selenocysteine Insertion Sequence (SECIS) and the SECIS binding protein 2 (SBP2). Several selenoprotein mRNAs undergo unusual cap hypermethylation by the trimethylguanosine synthase 1 (Tgs1), which is recruited by the ubiquitous Survival of MotoNeurons (SMN) protein. SMN, the protein involved in spinal muscular atrophy, is part of a chaperone complex that collaborates with the methylosome for RNP assembly...
January 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104750/gene-networks-in-skeletal-muscle-following-endurance-exercise-are-co-expressed-in-blood-neutrophils-and-linked-with-blood-inflammation-markers
#19
James A Broadbent, Dayle Sampson, Surendran Sabapathy, Luke J Haseler, Karl-Heinz Wagner, Andrew Cameron Bulmer, Jonathan M Peake, Oliver Neubauer
It remains incompletely understood whether there is an association between the transcriptome profiles of skeletal muscle and blood leukocytes in response to exercise or other physiological stressors. We have previously analyzed the changes in the muscle and blood neutrophil transcriptome in eight trained men before and 3 h, 48 h and 96 h after 2 h cycling and running. Because we collected muscle and blood in the same individuals and under the same conditions, we were able to directly compare gene expression between the muscle and blood neutrophils...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089792/pharmacological-inhibition-of-pkc%C3%AE-counteracts-muscle-disease-in-a-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#20
V Marrocco, P Fiore, A Benedetti, S Pisu, E Rizzuto, A Musarò, L Madaro, B Lozanoska-Ochser, M Bouché
: Inflammation plays a considerable role in the progression of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle disease caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. We previously showed that genetic ablation of Protein Kinase C θ (PKCθ) in mdx, the mouse model of DMD, improves muscle healing and regeneration, preventing massive inflammation. To establish whether pharmacological targeting of PKCθ in DMD can be proposed as a therapeutic option, in this study we treated young mdx mice with the PKCθ inhibitor Compound 20 (C20)...
January 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
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