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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813613/methacholine-challenge-comparison-of-airway-responsiveness-produced-by-a-vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-versus-a-jet-nebulizer
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Christianne M Blais, Donald W Cockcroft, Justine Veilleux, Marie-Ève Boulay, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Gail M Gauvreau, Tara X Scime, Richard M Watson, Paul M O'Byrne, Beth E Davis
BACKGROUND: The latest methacholine challenge testing (MCT) guidelines published by the European Respiratory Society recommend the characterization of nebulizers before their use in clinics and research. Such investigations are necessary for accurately determining the provocative dose of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1 (PD20) delivered by a given device. The standard English Wright (Wright) jet nebulizer recommended in the 1999 guidelines by the American Thoracic Society has become difficult to obtain and possesses some characteristics that complicate the calculation of dose delivery from this device (e...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811842/the-effect-of-three-different-exercise-training-modalities-on-cognitive-and-physical-function-in-a-healthy-older-population
#2
Carla Coetsee, Elmarie Terblanche
BACKGROUND: Older adults are encouraged to participate in regular physical activity to counter the age-related declines in physical and cognitive health. Literature on the effect of different exercise training modalities (aerobic vs resistance) on these health-related outcomes is not only sparse, but results are inconsistent. In general, it is believed that exercise has a positive effect on executive cognitive function, possibly because of the physiological adaptations through increases in fitness...
2017: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805903/chronic-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-increases-monocarboxylate-transporter-2-and-4-expression-in-skeletal-muscle
#3
E M England, H Shi, S K Matarneh, E M Oliver, E T Helm, T L Scheffler, E Puolanne, D E Gerrard
Acute activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) increases monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) expression in skeletal muscle. However, the impact of chronic activation of AMPK on MCT expression in skeletal muscle is unknown. To investigate, MCT1, MCT2, and MCT4 mRNA expression and protein abundance were measured in the longissimus lumborum (glycolytic), masseter (oxidative), and heart from wild-type (control) and AMPK γ3 pigs. The AMPK γ3 gain in function mutation results in AMPK being constitutively active in glycolytic skeletal muscle and increases energy producing pathways...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802793/pickering-emulsions-stabilized-by-biodegradable-block-copolymer-micelles-for-controlled-topical-drug-delivery
#4
Faiza Laredj-Bourezg, Marie-Alexandrine Bolzinger, Jocelyne Pelletier, Yves Chevalier
Surfactant-free biocompatible and biodegradable Pickering emulsions were investigated as vehicles for skin delivery of hydrophobic drugs. O/w emulsions of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil droplets loaded with all-trans retinol as a model hydrophobic drug were stabilized by block copolymer nanoparticles: either poly(lactide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-b-PEG) or poly(caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG). Those innovative emulsions were prepared using two different processes allowing drug loading either inside oil droplets or inside both oil droplets and non-adsorbed block copolymer nanoparticles...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794310/structured-mono-and-diacylglycerols-with-a-high-content-of-medium-chain-fatty-acids
#5
Alaina A Esperón-Rojas, R Baeza-Jiménez, Cynthia Cano-Sarmiento, Hugo S García
In the present work, direct enzyme-catalysed esterification of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) from three different sources (Medium chain triacylglycerols, MCT; saponified MCT and a mixture of free MCFA) was evaluated to obtain structured mono- and diacylglycerols. The esterifications were carried out mixing the different sources of MCFA with glycerol at two weight ratios (1:1 and 4:1, w/w), using three immobilized lipases: Novozym 435, Lipozyme RM IM and Lipozyme TL IM; different reaction times (t = 0, 15, 30, 60, 120 min); enzyme loadings (5, 10 or 15% with respect to the total weight of substrates)...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793822/dose-response-head-to-head-comparison-of-inodilators-dobutamine-milrinone-and-levosimendan-in-chronic-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension
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Marta Tavares-Silva, Mohamed Alaa, Sara Leite, José Oliveira-Pinto, Lucas Lopes, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, André P Lourenço
The choice of inodilator drug in the acute management of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) having right ventricular (RV) failure remains unsettled and challenging. Comprehensive experimental evaluations may provide further insight and fundamental translational research clues to support inodilator selection and clinical trial design. Our aim was to compare acute dose-response hemodynamic effects of inodilators dobutamine (DOB), milrinone (MIL), and levosimendan (LEV) in chronic experimental PH. Seven-week-old male Wistar rats were randomly injected with 60 mg·kg(-1) monocrotaline (MCT) or vehicle (Ctrl, n = 7) and underwent systemic and pulmonary artery (PA) pressure and RV pressure-volume (PV) hemodynamic evaluation under halogenate anesthesia 24 to 30 days after injection...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790891/adenosine-a1-receptor-antagonism-abolished-the-anti-seizure-effects-of-exogenous-ketone-supplementation-in-wistar-albino-glaxo-rijswijk-rats
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Zsolt Kovács, Dominic P D'Agostino, Arpád Dobolyi, Csilla Ari
The state of therapeutic ketosis can be achieved by using the ketogenic diet (KD) or exogenous ketone supplementation. It was suggested previously that the adenosinergic system may be involved in the mediating effect of KD on suppressing seizure activity in different types of epilepsies, likely by means of adenosine A1 receptors (A1Rs). Thus, we tested in the present study whether exogenous ketone supplements (ketone ester: KE, 2.5 g/kg/day; ketone salt/KS + medium chain triglyceride/MCT: KSMCT, 2.5 g/kg/day) applied sub-chronically (for 7 days) by intragastric gavage can modulate absence epileptic activity in genetically absence epileptic Wistar Albino Glaxo/Rijswijk (WAG/Rij) rats...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776262/visceral-adipose-tissue-derived-serine-protease-inhibitor-prevents-the-development-of-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats
#8
Yuzaburo Sakamoto, Satoshi Kameshima, Chiharu Kakuda, Yuta Okamura, Tomoko Kodama, Muneyoshi Okada, Hideyuki Yamawaki
Visceral adipose tissue-derived serine protease inhibitor (vaspin), a recently identified adipocytokine, inhibits inflammation, migration, and apoptosis of vascular cells. We have recently demonstrated that chronic administration of vaspin to spontaneously hypertensive rats partly prevents systemic hypertension through inhibiting inflammation and remodeling of vascular wall. Pulmonary arterial (PA) hypertension (PAH) is caused by PA remodeling, contractile dysfunction, and inflammatory responses. We tested the hypothesis that vaspin could prevent development of PAH in animal model...
August 3, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774842/bioinspired-butyrate-functionalized-nanovehicles-for-targeted-oral-delivery-of-biomacromolecular-drugs
#9
Lei Wu, Min Liu, Wei Shan, Xi Zhu, Lijia Li, Zhirong Zhang, Yuan Huang
Ligand-functionalization can increase the affinity of nanoparticles (NPs) with targeted cells. However, one major defect of ligands still exists in oral administration: limited receptor recognition. The hindrance of mucus network and deactivation of enzymes severely challenge the targeting efficiency of macromolecular ligands. Inspired by "molecular exchange" between intestinal microbiota and host cells, we anchored microbiota metabolite butyrate on classical "mucus-inert" polyethylene glycol (PEG) NPs. Butyrate has unique advantages of low molecule weight, high hydrophilicity and chemical stability...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767580/metastatic-cardiac-tumor-presenting-as-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-previously-healthy-woman-a-case-report
#10
Chi-Wen Cheng, Ning-I Yang, Koon-Kwan Ng, Wen-Jin Cherng
RATIONALE: Metastatic cardiac tumor (MCT) is rare in clinical practice. MCT presenting initially as atrial fibrillation (AF) is even rarer. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a 47-year-old woman with no previous medical history presented with intermittent palpitation for 3 days. DIAGNOSES: The electrocardiography showed AF with rapid ventricular rate. The transthoracic echocardiography showed a 4 × 4 cm mass occupying the left atrium (LA)...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767566/shi-style-cervical-manipulations-for-cervical-radiculopathy-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#11
Xue-Jun Cui, Min Yao, Xiu-Lan Ye, Ping Wang, Wei-Hong Zhong, Rui-Chun Zhang, Hui-Ying Li, Zhi-Jun Hu, Zhan-Ying Tang, Wei-Min Wang, Wei-Ping Qiao, Yue-Li Sun, Jun Li, Yang Gao, Qi Shi, Yongjun Wang
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of high-quality evidence supporting the use of manipulation therapy for patients with cervical radiculopathy (CR). This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of Shi-style cervical manipulations (SCMs) versus mechanical cervical traction (MCT) for CR. METHODS: This was a randomized, open-label, controlled trial carried out at 5 hospitals in patients with CR for at least 2 weeks and neck pain. The patients received 6 treatments of SCM (n = 179) or MCT (n = 180) over 2 weeks...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766903/multimodal-analysis-of-in-vivo-resorbable-cap-bone-substitutes-by-combining-histology-sem-and-microcomputed-tomography-data
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Ahmed Sweedy, Marc Bohner, Gamal Baroud
This study introduced and demonstrated a new method to investigate the repair process of bone defects using micro- and macroporous beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) substitutes. Specifically, the new method combined and aligned histology, SEM, and preimplantation microcomputed tomography (mCT) data to accurately characterize tissue phases found in biopsies, and thus better understand the bone repair process. The results included (a) the exact fraction of ceramic remnants (CR); (b) the fraction of ceramic resorbed and substituted by bone (CSB); and (c) the fraction of ceramic resorbed and not substituted by bone (CNSB)...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765927/a-decrease-in-ubiquitination-and-resulting-prolonged-life-span-of-kit-underlies-the-kit-overexpression-mediated-imatinib-resistance-of-kit-mutation-driven-canine-mast-cell-tumor-cells
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Masato Kobayashi, Shiori Kuroki, Sena Kurita, Ryo Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Tani, Kyoichi Tamura, Makoto Bonkobara
Overexpression of KIT is one of the mechanisms that contributes to imatinib resistance in KIT mutation-driven tumors. Here, the mechanism underlying this overexpression of KIT was investigated using an imatinib-sensitive canine mast cell tumor (MCT) line CoMS, which has an activating mutation in KIT exon 11. A KIT-overexpressing imatinib-resistant subline, rCoMS1, was generated from CoMS cells by their continuous exposure to increasing concentrations of imatinib. Neither a secondary mutation nor upregulated transcription of KIT was detected in rCoMS1 cells...
August 1, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763275/cytologic-comparison-of-the-percentage-of-mast-cells-in-lymph-node-aspirate-samples-from-clinically-normal-dogs-versus-dogs-with-allergic-dermatologic-disease-and-dogs-with-cutaneous-mast-cell-tumors
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Melanie L Mutz, Bonnie B Boudreaux, Angela Royal, Sandra Merchant, Cherie Pucheu-Haston, Emily H Griffith, Tracy L Gieger
OBJECTIVE To compare percentages of mast cells in lymph node (LN) aspirate samples from clinically normal dogs, dogs with allergic dermatologic disease (ADD), and dogs with cutaneous mast cell tumors (MCTs). DESIGN Prospective cross-sectional study. ANIMALS 20 healthy dogs (group 1), 20 dogs with ADD (group 2), and 20 dogs with an MCT on the head or limbs (group 3). PROCEDURES LN aspirate samples were obtained from easily accessible LNs in group 1, affected skin regions in group 2, and the likely draining LN or LNs of the MCT in group 3; the percentage of mast cells was manually determined for each LN...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758166/a-coconut-oil-rich-meal-does-not-enhance-thermogenesis-compared-to-corn-oil-in-a-randomized-trial-in-obese-adolescents
#15
Janna LaBarrie, Marie-Pierre St-Onge
BACKGROUND: Consumption of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in overweight adults increases thermogenesis and improves weight management. Coconut oil is a rich natural source of MCT, but its thermogenic effect is unknown. Our study evaluated the effects of a test oil enriched in coconut oil, on energy expenditure, satiety, and metabolic markers in a randomized, double blind, cross-over study. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Fifteen children, age 13-18 years, body mass index >85th percentile for age and sex, were enrolled...
2017: Insights Nutr Metab
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757567/arginase-inhibition-reverses-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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Christian Jung, Katja Grün, Stefan Betge, John Pernow, Malte Kelm, Johanna Muessig, Maryna Masyuk, Friedhelm Kuethe, Bernadin Ndongson-Dongmo, Reinhard Bauer, Alexander Lauten, P Christian Schulze, Alexander Berndt, Marcus Franz
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a heterogeneous disorder associated with a poor prognosis. Thus, the development of novel treatment strategies is of great interest. The enzyme arginase (Arg) is emerging as important player in PH development. The aim of the current study was to determine the expression of ArgI and ArgII as well as the effects of Arg inhibition in a rat model of PH. PH was induced in 35 Sprague-Dawley rats by monocrotaline (MCT, 60 mg/kg as single-dose). There were three experimental groups: sham-treated controls (control group, n = 11), MCT-induced PH (MCT group, n = 11) and MCT-induced PH treated with the Arg inhibitor Nω-hydroxy-nor-l-arginine (nor-NOHA; MCT/NorNoha group, n = 13)...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755990/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-mir-130a-modulation-in-lung-microvascular-cell-remodeling-implication-in-pulmonary-hypertension
#17
Li Li, Il-Kwon Kim, Valorie Chiasson, Piyali Chatterjee, Sudhiranjan Gupta
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive pulmonary vascular disease which is associated with pulmonary arterial endothelial cells (PAEC) dysfunction and pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells proliferation. Moreover, inflammation is contributing a critical role in EC dysfunction and remains elusive. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is a master transcriptional regulator in various cardiovascular pathologies; but, NF-κB's role in EC dysfunction in unknown. Our previous study using cardiac and lung specific IκBα mutant mice (3M and IKBM) showed that PAH induced right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) was prevented in monocrotaline (MCT) treated 3M and IKBM mice, compared to the wild-type mice...
July 26, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752076/molecular-machineries-of-ph-dysregulation-in-tumor-microenvironment-potential-targets-for-cancer-therapy
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Mohammad Reza Asgharzadeh, Jaleh Barar, Mohammad M Pourseif, Morteza Eskandani, Mojtaba Jafari Niya, Mohammad Reza Mashayekhi, Yadollah Omidi
Introduction: Cancer is an intricate disorder/dysfunction of cells that can be defined as a genetic heterogeneity in human disease. Therefore, it is characterized by several adaptive complex hallmarks. Among them, the pH dysregulation appears as a symbol of aberrant functions within the tumor microenvironment (TME). In comparison with normal tissues, in the solid tumors, we face with an irregular acidification and alkalinization of the extracellular and intracellular fluids. Methods: In this study, we comprehensively discussed the most recent reports on the hallmarks of solid tumors to provide deep insights upon the molecular machineries involved in the pH dysregulation of solid tumors and their impacts on the initiation and progression of cancer...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744903/activity-dependent-astrocyte-swelling-is-mediated-by-ph-regulating-mechanisms
#19
Brian Roland Larsen, Nanna MacAulay
During neuronal activity in the mammalian brain, the K(+) released into the synaptic space is initially buffered by the astrocytic compartment. In parallel, the extracellular space (ECS) shrinks, presumably due to astrocytic cell swelling. With the Na(+) /K(+) /2Cl(-) cotransporter and the Kir4.1/AQP4 complex not required for the astrocytic cell swelling in the hippocampus, the molecular mechanisms underlying the activity-dependent ECS shrinkage have remained unresolved. To identify these molecular mechanisms, we employed ion-sensitive microelectrodes to measure changes in ECS, [K(+) ]o and [H(+) ]o /pHo during electrical stimulation of rat hippocampal slices...
July 26, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738415/monocarboxylate-transporters-mediate-fluorescein-uptake-in-corneal-epithelial-cells
#20
Yi-Chen Sun, Hau-Min Liou, Po-Ting Yeh, Wei-Li Chen, Fung-Rong Hu
Purpose: To determine the presence of monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) in human and rabbit corneal epithelium and its role in transcellular fluorescein transportation in the cornea. Methods: The presence of MCTs in human and rabbit corneal epithelium was determined by RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. Intracellular fluorescein uptake experiment was performed using cultured human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs). The involvement of MCT in fluorescein uptake was determined by addition of MCT inhibitors to HCECs and acute dry eye model on New Zealand albino rabbits by spectrophotometry, corneal impression cytology, and external eye photographs...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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