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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528187/anticonvulsant-activity-of-pseudospondias-microcarpa-a-rich-engl-hydroethanolic-leaf-extract-in-mice-the-role-of-excitatory-inhibitory-neurotransmission-and-nitric-oxide-pathway
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Donatus W Adongo, Priscilla K Mante, Kennedy K E Kukuia, Robert P Biney, Eric Boakye-Gyasi, Charles K Benneh, Elvis O Ameyaw, Eric Woode
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pseudospondias microcarpa (A. Rich) Engl. is a plant used for managing various diseases including central nervous system disorders. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study explored the anticonvulsant activity of P. microcarpa hydroethanolic leaf extract (PME) as well as possible mechanism(s) of action in animal models. METHODS: Effects of PME was assessed in electroconvulsive (the maximal electroshock and 6-Hz seizures) and chemoconvulsive (pentylenetetrazole-, picrotoxin-, isoniazid-, 4-aminopyridine-, and strychnine-induced seizures) models of epilepsy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528109/the-hypoglycemic-effects-of-guava-leaf-psidium-guajava-l-extract-are-associated-with-improving-endothelial-dysfunction-in-mice-with-diet-induced-obesity
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Elixabet Díaz-de-Cerio, Alba Rodríguez-Nogales, Francesca Algieri, Miguel Romero, Vito Verardo, Antonio Segura-Carretero, Juan Duarte, Julio Galvez
Obesity is associated with a low-grade inflammatory status that affects vascular function. Previous studies have reported the beneficial effects of Psidium guajava L. (guava) on diabetes. Here we evaluate the how guava leaf extract at the dose of 5 mg/kg, affects vascular dysfunction in obese mice fed a high-fat diet for 7 weeks. Extract intake did not alter weight over time, although it reduced glycemia and insulin resistance, improving the serum lipid profile in obese mice. Additionally, guava leaf extract reversed the endothelial dysfunction found in obese mice in terms of endothelium- and NO (nitric oxide)-dependent vasodilatation induced by acetylcholine in aortic rings...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527876/short-term-exposure-of-erythropoietin-impairs-endothelial-function-through-inhibition-of-nitric-oxide-production-and-enos-mrna-expression-in-the-rat-pulmonary-artery
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Faheem Sultan, Thakur Uttam Singh, Tarun Kumar, Soya Rungsung, Dipankar Jyoti Rabha, Anamika Vishwakarma, Susanth V Sukumaran, Arunvikram Kandasamy, Subhashree Parida
BACKGROUND: Administration of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO) is often associated with systemic and pulmonary arterial hypertension in animals and human. The present study was conducted to determine whether one-week rEPO-treatment can produce any effect on pulmonary vasomotor function. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were injected with rEPO (400IU/kg sc) or saline every other day for one week. Tension, biochemical and Real-Time PCR experiments were conducted on left and right branches of pulmonary artery and main pulmonary artery isolated from the rats...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527839/modulation-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-14-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinase-3-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinase-4-and-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-the-development-of-periapical-lesions
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Lorena Teodoro de Castro Cassanta, Virmondes Rodrigues, Jose Roberto Violatti-Filho, Benedito Alves Teixeira Neto, Vinícius Marques Tavares, Eduarda Castelo Branco Araujo Bernal, Danila Malheiros Souza, Marcelo Sivieri Araujo, Sanivia Aparecida de Lima Pereira, Denise Bertulucci Rocha Rodrigues
INTRODUCTION: Periapical cysts and granulomas are chronic lesions caused by an inflammatory immune response against microbial challenge in the root canal. Different cell types, cytokines, and molecules have been associated with periapical lesion formation and expansion. Therefore, because of the chronic inflammatory state of these lesions, the aim of this study was to evaluate the in situ expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-14 and -19, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-3 and -4, CD68, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in periapical cysts and granulomas...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527680/sensitivity-of-salivary-hydrogen-sulfide-to-psychological-stress-and-its-association-with-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-affect
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Juliet L Kroll, Chelsey A Werchan, Audrey G Reeves, Kevin J Bruemmer, Alexander R Lippert, Thomas Ritz
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is the third gasotransmitter recently discovered after nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide. Both NO and H2S are involved in multiple physiological functions. Whereas NO has been shown to vary with psychological stress, the influence of stress on H2S and the relationship between H2S and NO are unknown. We therefore examined levels of salivary H2S and NO in response to a stressful final academic exam period. METHODS: Measurements of stress, negative affect, and fraction of exhaled NO (FENO), were obtained from students (N=16) and saliva was collected at three time points: low-stress period in the semester, early exam period, and late exam period...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527056/pathogenesis-of-chronic-cluster-headache-and-bouts-role-of-tryptamine-arginine-metabolism-and-%C3%AE-1-agonists
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G D'Andrea, G Bussone, P Di Fiore, F Perini, A Gucciardi, A Bolner, M Aguggia, G Saracco, E Galloni, G Giordano, A Leon
The aim of this study was to explore the possible role of tryptamine in the pathogenesis of chronic cluster headache along with that of adrenaline and noradrenaline (α-agonists) together with arginine metabolism in the origin of cluster bouts. Plasma levels of tyramine, tryptamine, serotonin, 5-hydroxyindolacetic acid, noradrenalin, adrenalin and the markers of arginine metabolism such as arginine, homoarginine, citrulline, ADMA and NMMA, were measured in 23 chronic cluster headache patients (10 chronic cluster ab initio and 13 transformed from episodic cluster) and 28 control subjects...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526925/polyphenolic-extract-attenuates-fatty-acid-induced-steatosis-and-oxidative-stress-in-hepatic-and-endothelial-cells
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Laura Vergani, Giulia Vecchione, Francesca Baldini, Elena Grasselli, Adriana Voci, Piero Portincasa, Pier Francesco Ferrari, Bahar Aliakbarian, Alessandro A Casazza, Patrizia Perego
PURPOSE: Phenolic compounds (PC) of virgin olive oil exert several biochemical and pharmacological beneficial effects. Some dietary PC seem to prevent/improve obesity and metabolic-related disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We investigated the possible effects of PC extracted from olive pomace (PEOP) and of the main single molecules present in the extract (tyrosol, apigenin, oleuropein, p-coumaric and caffeic acid) in protecting hepatocytes and endothelial cells against triglyceride accumulation and oxidative stress...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526852/health-benefit-of-vegetable-fruit-juice-based-diet-role-of-microbiome
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Susanne M Henning, Jieping Yang, Paul Shao, Ru-Po Lee, Jianjun Huang, Austin Ly, Mark Hsu, Qing-Yi Lu, Gail Thames, David Heber, Zhaoping Li
The gut microbiota is an important contributor to human health. Vegetable/fruit juices provide polyphenols, oligosaccharides, fiber and nitrate (beet juice), which may induce a prebiotic-like effect. Juice-based diets are becoming popular. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence of their health benefits. It was our hypothesis that changes in the intestinal microbiota induced by a juice-based diet play an important role in their health benefits. Twenty healthy adults consumed only vegetable/fruit juices for 3 days followed by 14 days of customary diet...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526706/cardiac-hyporesponsiveness-in-severe-sepsis-is-associated-with-nitric-oxide-dependent-activation-of-g-protein-receptor-kinase
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Daniela Dal-Secco, Silvia DalBó, Natalia E S Lautherbach, Fábio N Gava, Mara Rubia Nunes Celes, Patricia Oliveira Benedet, Adriana H Souza, Juliana Akinaga, Vanessa Lima, Katiussia P Silva, Luiz Ricardo A Kiguti, Marcos A Rossi, Isis do Carmo Kettelhut, André Sampaio Pupo, Fernando Queiroz Cunha, Jamil Assreuy
G protein-coupled receptor kinase isoform 2 (GRK2) has a critical role in physiological and pharmacological responses to endogenous and exogenous substances. Sepsis causes an important cardiovascular dysfunction in which nitric oxide (NO) has a relevant role. The present study aimed to assess the putative effect of inducible NO synthase (NOS-2)-derived NO on the activity of GRK2 in the context of septic cardiac dysfunction. C57BL/6 mice were submitted to severe septic injury by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526338/redox-signaling-in-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-induced-cardioprotection-evidences-and-mechanisms
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Lovedeep Singh, Puneet Kaur Randhawa, Nirmal Singh, Amteshwar Singh Jaggi
Reactive oxygen species are the reactive molecules that are derived from molecular oxygen and play an important role as redox signaling molecules to confer cardioprotection. Various scientists have demonstrated the key role of redox signaling in cardioprotection by showing a transient increase in their levels during remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) phase. The transient increase in reactive oxygen species levels during remote preconditioning phase may take place either through activation of KATP channels or through increased nitric oxide (NO) production...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526204/the-786-t-c-polymorphism-of-nos3-gene-is-a-susceptibility-marker-of-copd-among-tunisians-that-correlates-with-nitric-oxide-levels-and-airflow-obstruction
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Hela Ben Nasr, Sarra Bchir, Amel Ben Anes, Asma Amri, Yosra Sakhana, Mohamed Benzarti, Abdelhamid Garrouch, Zouhair Tabka, Karim Chahed
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to examine the role of G894T (rs1799983), -786T/C (rs3918161) and a 27 bp variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) 4B/4A of NOS3 gene on the risk and severity of COPD. METHODS: The study included 194 controls and 138 COPD patients. NOS3 G894T, -786T/C and 4B/4A variants were determined by PCR analysis based on the banding pattern on gel electrophoresis. Pulmonary function was evaluated using body plethysmography. The levels of nitric oxide, peroxynitrite and lipid peroxides (T-BARS) were determined using spectrophotometric methods...
May 16, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525935/design-synthesis-and-characterization-of-doped-titanium-oxide-nanomaterials-with-environmental-and-angiogenic-applications
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Susheel Kumar Nethi, Neeraja Aparna Anand P, Beatriz Rico-Oller, Antonio Rodríguez-Diéguez, Santiago Gómez-Ruiz, Chitta Ranjan Patra
Since the last decade, the metal composite nanostructures have evolved as promising candidates in regard to their wide applications in the fields of science and engineering. Recently, several investigators identified the titanium based nanomaterials as excellent agents for multifunctional environmental and biomedical applications. In this perspective, we have developed a series of zinc-doped (2 and 5%) titanium oxide-based nanomaterials using various reaction conditions and calcination temperatures (TZ1-TZ3: calcined at 500°C, TZ4-TZ6: calcined at 600°C and TZ7-TZ9: calcined at 700°C)...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525674/continuous-hemoadsorption-with-a-cytokine-adsorber-during-sepsis-a-review-of-the-literature
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Khosrow S Houschyar, Malcolm N Pyles, Susanne Rein, Ina Nietzschmann, Dominik Duscher, Zeshaan N Maan, Kristian Weissenberg, Hubertus M Philipps, Catharina Strauss, Beate Reichelt, Frank Siemers
Sepsis is a well-recognized healthcare issue worldwide, ultimately resulting in significant mortality, morbidity and resource utilization during and after critical illness. In its most severe form, sepsis causes multi-organ dysfunction that produces a state of critical illness characterized by severe immune dysfunction and catabolism. Sepsis induces the activation of complement factor via 3 pathways and the release of inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), resulting in a systemic inflammatory response...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524873/mesoporous-metallic-rhodium-nanoparticles
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Bo Jiang, Cuiling Li, Ömer Dag, Hideki Abe, Toshiaki Takei, Tsubasa Imai, Md Shahriar A Hossain, Md Tofazzal Islam, Kathleen Wood, Joel Henzie, Yusuke Yamauchi
Mesoporous noble metals are an emerging class of cutting-edge nanostructured catalysts due to their abundant exposed active sites and highly accessible surfaces. Although various noble metal (e.g. Pt, Pd and Au) structures have been synthesized by hard- and soft-templating methods, mesoporous rhodium (Rh) nanoparticles have never been generated via chemical reduction, in part due to the relatively high surface energy of rhodium (Rh) metal. Here we describe a simple, scalable route to generate mesoporous Rh by chemical reduction on polymeric micelle templates [poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-PMMA)]...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524738/selexipag-a-selective-prostacyclin-receptor-agonist-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-pharmacology-review
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Jesús Honorato Pérez
Pulmonary hypertension is defined by a mean pulmonary artery pressure ≥25 mm Hg at rest. Management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) includes specific drug therapy with calcium channel blockers in vasoreactive patients, or drugs approved for PAH in non-reactive patients that target the endothelin, nitric-oxide and prostacyclin pathways. Areas covered: The review covers receptor selectivity, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and adverse effects (AEs) of intravenous (IV) epoprostenol (synthetic prostacyclin); the prostacyclin analogs iloprost, beraprost, and treprostinil administered by IV, subcutaneous, inhaled or oral routes; and the oral selective prostacyclin receptor agonist selexipag...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524718/placental-protein-13-pp13-induced-vasodilation-of-resistance-arteries-from-pregnant-and-nonpregnant-rats-occurs-via-endothelial-signaling-pathways
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Tijana Drobnjak, Sveinbjörn Gizurarson, Natalia I Gokina, Hamutal Meiri, Maurizio Mandalá, Berthold Huppertz, George Osol
Placental protein 13 (PP13) induces hypotension in rats. This study aims to evaluate PP13 effects on isolated uterine arteries from nonpregnant and mid-pregnant rats. Vessels were isolated, cannulated, and pressurized to 50 mmHg within an arteriograph, preconstricted and exposed to increasing PP13 concentrations (10(-13)-10(-8) M). PP13 elicited 38-50% arterial vasodilation with half-maximum response (EC50) = 1 pM. The relaxation was mediated by activating the endothelial-signaling pathways of prostaglandin and nitric oxide (NO)...
May 19, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524604/prevalence-of-high-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-among-us-youth-with-asthma
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Duong T Nguyen, Brian K Kit, Debra Brody, Lara J Akinbami
BACKGROUND: High fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is an indicator of poor asthma control and has been proposed as a non-invasive assessment tool to guide asthma management. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to describe the prevalence of and factors associated with high FeNO among US youth with asthma. METHODS: Data from 716 children and adolescents with asthma ages 6-19 years who participated in the 2007-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were analyzed...
June 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524415/ndrg4-an-early-detection-marker-for-colorectal-cancer-is-specifically-expressed-in-enteric-neurons
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N Vaes, M H F M Lentjes, M J Gijbels, G Rademakers, K L Daenen, W Boesmans, K A D Wouters, A Geuzens, X Qu, H P J Steinbusch, B P F Rutten, S H Baldwin, K A Sharkey, R M W Hofstra, M van Engeland, P Vanden Berghe, V Melotte
BACKGROUND: Promoter methylation of N-myc Downstream-Regulated Gene 4 (NDRG4) in fecal DNA is an established early detection marker for colorectal cancer (CRC). Despite its connection to CRC, NDRG4 is predominantly studied in brain and heart, with little to no knowledge about its expression or role in other organs. In this study, we aimed to determine the whole-body expression of NDRG4, with a focus on the intestinal tract. METHODS: We investigated NDRG4 expression throughout the body by immunohistochemistry, Western Blotting and in situ mRNA hybridization using tissues from NDRG4 wild-type, heterozygous and knockout mice and humans...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524200/isolation-of-a-novel-bioactive-protein-from-an-edible-mushroom-pleurotus-eryngii-and-its-anti-inflammatory-potential
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Biao Yuan, Liyan Zhao, Kanyasiri Rakariyatham, Yanhui Han, Zili Gao, Benard Muinde Kimatu, Qiuhui Hu, Hang Xiao
Edible mushrooms are rich sources of bioactive components. In this study, a bioactive protein, PEP, was isolated from an edible mushroom, Pleurotus eryngii, through (NH4)2SO4 precipitation and ion-exchange chromatography. Proteomic analysis by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry showed that PEP was a novel protein with a molecular weight of 40 kDa. PEP exhibited anti-inflammatory effects in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages by inhibiting the overproduction of pro-inflammatory mediators including nitric oxide (NO), cytokine IL-1β and IL-6...
May 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524086/dietary-green-pea-protects-against-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice-challenged-with-high-fat-diet
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Shima Bibi, Luís Fernando de Sousa Moraes, Noelle Lebow, Mei-Jun Zhu
Obesity is a risk factor for developing inflammatory bowel disease. Pea is unique with its high content of dietary fiber, polyphenolics, and glycoproteins, all of which are known to be health beneficial. We aimed to investigate the impact of green pea (GP) supplementation on the susceptibility of high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. Six-week-old C57BL/6J female mice were fed a 45% HFD or HFD supplemented with 10% GP. After 7-week dietary supplementation, colitis was induced by adding 2...
May 18, 2017: Nutrients
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