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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630415/integrating-genome-and-transcriptome-profiling-for-elucidating-the-mechanism-of-muscle-growth-and-lipid-deposition-in-pekin-ducks
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Liyuan Wang, Xiangxiang Li, Jun Ma, Yawen Zhang, Hao Zhang
Muscle growth and lipid deposition are co-ordinately regulated processes. Cherry Valley Pekin duck is a lean-type duck breed with high growth rate, whereas the native Pekin duck of China has high lipid deposition. Phenotypic analysis showed that native Pekin ducks have smaller fibre diameter and larger density in the breast muscle at 3 weeks of age and higher intramuscular fat content at 6 weeks of age than those in Cherry Valley Pekin ducks. We detected 17 positively selected genes (PSGs) by comparing genes mainly involved with muscle organ development, muscle contraction, peroxisome proliferator activated receptor signalling pathway, and fatty acid metabolism...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589670/texture-analysis-of-ultrasound-images-is-a-sensitive-method-to-follow-up-muscle-damage-induced-by-eccentric-exercise
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Thiago Torres da Matta, Wagner Coelho de Albuquerque Pereira, Regis Radaelli, Ronei Silveira Pinto, Liliam Fernandes de Oliveira
The grey level of co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) is a texture analysis approach accounting for spatial distribution of the pixels from an image and can be a promising method for exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) studies. We followed up the time changes of two GLCM texture parameters and echo intensity (EI) on ultrasound images after eccentric contractions. Thirteen untrained women performed two sets of ten elbow flexions eccentric contractions. Ultrasound images were acquired at baseline and 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 96 h after exercise...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589390/-unloading-with-insoles-orthotics-and-braces-pre-operative-leg-axis-correction-or-independent-treatment
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M Kess, C Stärke, P Henle
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading joint disease. In most of the early stages it does not involve the whole knee joint. Often, symptoms only or mainly concern the medial compartment combined with a slight varus malalignment. OBJECTIVES: Do valgus braces or laterally wedged insoles influence biomechanics and thus improve pain and function in patients with medial OA? Does the OA grade, severity of malalignment or patient's body weight predict the efficacy of the above-mentioned conservative treatment options? MATERIALS AND METHODS: The current literature was reviewed in regard to biomechanical changes to joint loading and their correlation to clinical results...
June 6, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582894/a-study-on-trunk-muscle-activation-patterns-according-to-tilt-angle-during-whole-body-tilts
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Sun Hye Shin, Seung Rok Kang, Tae-Kyu Kwon, Changho Yu
BACKGROUND: Lower back pain has a lifetime prevalence of 80% for people in a modern society, and in recent years, spinal stabilization movement has been highlighted as a method to treat lower back pain and an unbalanced position. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to assess the trunk muscle activities in accordance with the tilt angles (10∘, 20∘, 30∘, 40∘) during trunk tilt exercises with a 3D dynamic exercise device. METHODS: Active tilt mode (a self-generated active movement in the angle and direction steered by the user) was used in this study...
May 19, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577906/dynamic-head-neck-stabilization-and-modulation-with-perturbation-bandwidth-investigated-using-a-multisegment-neuromuscular-model
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Riender Happee, Edo de Bruijn, Patrick A Forbes, Frans C T van der Helm
The human head-neck system requires continuous stabilization in the presence of gravity and trunk motion. We investigated contributions of the vestibulocollic reflex (VCR), the cervicocollic reflex (CCR), and neck muscle co-contraction to head-in-space and head-on-trunk stabilization, and investigated modulation of the stabilization strategy with the frequency content of trunk perturbations and the presence of visual feedback. We developed a multisegment cervical spine model where reflex gains (VCR and CCR) and neck muscle co-contraction were estimated by fitting the model to the response of young healthy subjects, seated and exposed to anterior-posterior trunk motion, with frequency content from 0...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577508/change-in-gait-after-high-tibial-osteotomy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Seung Hoon Lee, O-Sung Lee, Seow Hui Teo, Yong Seuk Lee
We conducted a meta-analysis to analyze how high tibial osteotomy (HTO) changes gait and focused on the following questions: (1) How does HTO change basic gait variables? (2) How does HTO change the gait variables in the knee joint? Twelve articles were included in the final analysis. A total of 383 knees was evaluated. There were 237 open wedge (OW) and 143 closed wedge (CW) HTOs. There were 4 level II studies and 8 level III studies. All studies included gait analysis and compared pre- and postoperative values...
May 26, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566174/role-of-the-other-babinski-sign-in-hyperkinetic-facial-disorders
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Sara Varanda, Sofia Rocha, Margarida Rodrigues, Álvaro Machado, Gisela Carneiro
BACKGROUND: The "other Babinski sign" consists in the co-contraction of the orbicularis and frontalis muscles, causing an eyebrow elevation during ipsilateral eye closure. It cannot be voluntarily reproduced. AIMS OF THE STUDY: To determine the utility of this sign in the differential diagnosis of hyperkinetic facial disorders. METHODS: The presence of the sign was assessed in consecutive patients with blepharospasm, primary hemifacial spasm or post-paralytic facial syndrome treated in a botulinum toxin outpatient clinic...
July 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555052/blackcurrant-alters-physiological-responses-and-femoral-artery-diameter-during-sustained-isometric-contraction
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Matthew David Cook, Stephen David Myers, Mandy Lucinda Gault, Mark Elisabeth Theodorus Willems
Blackcurrant is rich in anthocyanins that may affect exercise-induced physiological responses. We examined tissue oxygen saturation, muscle activity, cardiovascular responses and femoral artery diameter during a submaximal sustained isometric contraction. In a randomised, double-blind, crossover design, healthy men (n = 13, age: 25 ± 4 years, BMI: 25 ± 3 kg·m(-2), mean ± SD) ingested New Zealand blackcurrant (NZBC) extract (600 mg∙day(-1) CurraNZ™) or placebo (PL) for 7-days separated by 14-days washout...
May 29, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545905/resveratrol-alleviates-oxidative-damage-in-enteric-neurons-and-associated-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-caused-by-chemotherapeutic-agent-oxaliplatin
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Elizabeth L Donald, Lily Stojanovska, Vasso Apostolopoulos, Kulmira Nurgali
Oxaliplatin is a first-line chemotherapeutic agent used for the treatment of colorectal cancer. Its use is associated with severe gastrointestinal (GI) side-effects, associated with oxidative damage and neurotoxicity to the enteric neurons. Resveratrol is a potent anti-oxidant that has been shown to protect against oxidative damage and neurotoxicity in other neurons and could therefore prevent oxaliplatin-induced damage to enteric neurons. We determined whether co-administration of resveratrol with oxaliplatin alleviates enteric neuron toxicity and GI dysfunction in mice...
May 17, 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527223/muscle-co-contraction-patterns-in-robot-mediated-force-field-learning-to-guide-specific-muscle-group-training
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Sara Pizzamiglio, Adela Desowska, Pegah Shojaii, Myriam Taga, Duncan L Turner
BACKGROUND: Muscle co-contraction is a strategy of increasing movement accuracy and stability employed in dealing with perturbation of movement. It is often seen in neuropathological populations. The direction of movement influences the pattern of co-contraction, but not all movements are easily achievable for populations with motor deficits. Manipulating the direction of the force instead, may be a promising rehabilitation protocol to train movement with use of a co-contraction reduction strategy...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495800/mechanically-patterned-neuromuscular-junctions-in-a-dish-have-improved-functional-maturation
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Cassandra L Happe, Kevin P Tenerelli, Anastasia K Gromova, Frederic Kolb, Adam J Engler
Motor neuron (MN) diseases are progressive disorders resulting from degeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), which form the connection between MNs and muscle fibers. NMJ-in-a-dish models have been developed to examine human MN-associated dysfunction with disease; however such co-culture models have randomly oriented myotubes with immature synapses that contract asynchronously. Mechanically patterned (MP) extracellular matrix with alternating soft and stiff stripes improve current NMJ-in-a-dish models by inducing both mouse and human myoblast durotaxis to stripes where they aligned, differentiated, and fused into patterned myotubes...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476209/vacuum-level-effects-on-knee-contact-force-for-unilateral-transtibial-amputees-with-elevated-vacuum-suspension
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Hang Xu, Kasey Greenland, Donald Bloswick, Jie Zhao, Andrew Merryweather
The elevated vacuum suspension system (EVSS) has demonstrated unique health benefits for amputees, but the effect of vacuum pressure values on knee contact force (KCF) is still unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of vacuum levels on KCF for unilateral transtibial amputees (UTA) using the EVSS. Three-dimensional gait was modeled for 9 UTA with five vacuum levels (0-20inHg [67.73kPa], 5inHg [16.93kPa] increments) and 9 non-amputees based on kinematic and ground reaction force data...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446181/a-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-nmes-and-robot-hybrid-system-for-multi-joint-coordinated-upper-limb-rehabilitation-after-stroke
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Wei Rong, Waiming Li, Mankit Pang, Junyan Hu, Xijun Wei, Bibo Yang, Honwah Wai, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Xiaoling Hu
BACKGROUND: It is a challenge to reduce the muscular discoordination in the paretic upper limb after stroke in the traditional rehabilitation programs. METHOD: In this study, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and robot hybrid system was developed for multi-joint coordinated upper limb physical training. The system could assist the elbow, wrist and fingers to conduct arm reaching out, hand opening/grasping and arm withdrawing by tracking an indicative moving cursor on the screen of a computer, with the support from the joint motors and electrical stimulations on target muscles, under the voluntary intention control by electromyography (EMG)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444807/raf-kinase-inhibitor-protein-lessons-of-a-better-way-for-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-activation-in-the-heart
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Kristina Lorenz, Marsha Rich Rosner, Theresa Brand, Joachim P Schmitt
Stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors (βARs) provides the most efficient physiological mechanism to enhance contraction and relaxation of the heart. Activation of βARs allows rapid enhancement of myocardial function in order to fuel the muscles for running and fighting in a fight-or-flight response. Likewise, βARs become activated during cardiovascular disease in an attempt to counteract the restrictions of cardiac output. However, long-term stimulation of βARs increases the likelihood of cardiac arrhythmias, adverse ventricular remodelling, decline of cardiac performance and premature death, thereby limiting the use of βAR agonists in the treatment of heart failure...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433389/comparison-of-methodologies-to-assess-muscle-co-contraction-during-gait
#15
H Souissi, R Zory, J Bredin, P Gerus
The aim of this study was to compare co-contraction index (CCI) computed from muscle moments to different co-activation indexes (Co-Act) derived from EMG data at the ankle and the knee joint during gait. An EMG-driven model was used to estimate muscle moments during over-ground walking gait at a self-selected velocity from twelve healthy subjects. The CCI calculated from muscle moments was compared with three Co-Acts estimated from the normalized EMG data. The co-activation methods produced lower values than the CCI during the first double-support and the swing phase at the ankle joint and during the stance phase at the knee joint...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430879/role-of-phosphatase-and-tensin-homolog-pten-in-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
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Adrienn Krauszman, Tak Mak, Katalin Szaszi, Wolfgang M Kuebler
AIMS: Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) redistributes blood flow from poorly ventilated to better aerated areas in the lung, thereby optimizing ventilation-perfusion ratio (V/Q). Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) contraction in response to hypoxia is triggered by Ca2+ influx via transient receptor potential canonical 6 (TRPC6) cation channels that have translocated to caveolae in the plasma membrane. Since phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) was suggested to regulate TRPC6 in endothelial cells, we aimed to define its role in the hypoxic response of PASMCs and as a putative mediator of HPV...
April 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423914/current-views-on-neuropeptide-y-and-diabetes-related-atherosclerosis
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Wei-Wei Sun, Ping Zhu, Yan-Chuan Shi, Chen-Liang Zhang, Xu-Feng Huang, Shi-Yu Liang, Zhi-Yuan Song, Shu Lin
Diabetes-induced atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of diabetic patients. Neuronal regulation plays a critical role in glucose metabolism and cardiovascular function under physiological and pathological conditions, among which, neurotransmitter neuropeptide Y has been shown to be closely involved in these two processes. Elevated central neuropeptide Y level promotes food intake and reduces energy expenditure, thereby increasing adiposity. Neuropeptide Y is co-localized with noradrenaline in central and sympathetic nervous systems...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420971/dynamic-increase-in-corticomuscular-coherence-during-bilateral-cyclical-ankle-movements
#18
Takashi Yoshida, Kei Masani, Karl Zabjek, Robert Chen, Milos R Popovic
In humans, the midline primary motor cortex is active during walking. However, the exact role of such cortical participation is unknown. To delineate the role of the primary motor cortex in walking, we examined whether the primary motor cortex would activate leg muscles during movements that retained specific requirements of walking (i.e., locomotive actions). We recorded electroencephalographic and electromyographic signals from 15 healthy, young men while they sat and performed bilateral, cyclical ankle movements...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420761/in-situ-measurements-of-tensile-forces-in-the-tibialis-anterior-tendon-of-the-rat-in-concentric-isometric-and-resisted-co-contractions
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Martin Schmoll, Ewald Unger, Hazel Sutherland, Michael Haller, Manfred Bijak, Hermann Lanmüller, Jonathan C Jarvis
Tensile-force transmitted by the tibialis anterior (TA) tendon of 11 anesthetized adult male Wistar rats (body-mass: 360.6 ± 66.3 g) was measured in-situ within the intact biomechanical system of the hind-limb using a novel miniature in-line load-cell. The aim was to demonstrate the dependence of the loading-profile experienced by the muscle, on stimulation-frequency and the resistance to shortening in a group of control-animals. Data from these acute-experiments shows the type of loading achievable by means of implantable electrical stimulators activating agonists or agonist/antagonist groups of muscles during programmed resistance-training in freely moving healthy subjects...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412748/tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-2-akt-and-erk-signaling-pathways-contribute-to-the-switch-from-fibroblasts-to-cafs-by-progranulin-in-microenvironment-of-colorectal-cancer
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Linlin Wang, Dong Yang, Jing Tian, Aiqin Gao, Yihang Shen, Xia Ren, Xia Li, Guosheng Jiang, Taotao Dong
Cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are a crucial cellular component in tumor microenvironment and could promote tumor progression. CAFs are usually derived from resident fibroblasts, which undergoing an activated process stimulated by tumor cells. However, the agents and mechanism driving this switch have not yet been elucidated. Progranulin (PGRN), a well acknowledged secreted glycoprotein, could promote proliferation and angiogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells, and high expression of PGRN correlated with patient poor prognosis...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
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