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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798718/vestibular-modulation-of-sympathetic-nerve-activity-to-muscle-and-skin-in-humans
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REVIEW
Elie Hammam, Vaughan G Macefield
We review the existence of vestibulosympathetic reflexes in humans. While several methods to activate the human vestibular apparatus have been used, galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) is a means of selectively modulating vestibular afferent activity via electrodes over the mastoid processes, causing robust vestibular illusions of side-to-side movement. Sinusoidal GVS (sGVS) causes partial entrainment of sympathetic outflow to muscle and skin. Modulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) from vestibular inputs competes with baroreceptor inputs, with stronger temporal coupling to the vestibular stimulus being observed at frequencies remote from the cardiac frequency; "super entrainment" was observed in some individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767017/association-between-borderline-personality-features-and-temporal-summation-of-second-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dokyoung S You, Mary W Meagher
Individuals with greater borderline personality features may be vulnerable to chronic pain. Because pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience, affect dysregulation as the core personality feature may be linked to pain hypersensitivity. Studies have found that greater borderline features are associated with increased intensity in clinical and experimental pain, and that depression mediates this increase. The current study further examined the association between borderline features and heat pain sensitivity, the contribution of affect dysregulation and the other borderline personality factors (identity problems, negative relationships, self-harming/impulsivity) to the association, and depression as a mediator...
July 2017: Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765669/application-to-skin-physiology-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#3
Masato Ohmi
Background and aims: The sweat glands and peripheral vessels beneath the skin surface act as minute organs governed by the skin sympathetic nerves and have important physiological functions for body temperature control and nutrition support along with maintenance of a peripheral organization. Dynamics of the mental sweating of sweat glands and the peripheral vessels reflect the activity of a sympathetic nerve. The purpose of this paper is to study the dynamic observation and analysis of sweat glands and a peripheral vessels by optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
December 30, 2016: Laser Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747449/loss-of-cutaneous-large-and-small-fibers-in-naive-and-l-dopa-treated-pd-patients
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Maria Nolano, Vincenzo Provitera, Fiore Manganelli, Rosa Iodice, Annamaria Stancanelli, Giuseppe Caporaso, Annamaria Saltalamacchia, Francesca Califano, Bernardo Lanzillo, Marina Picillo, Paolo Barone, Lucio Santoro
OBJECTIVE: To study small and large fiber pathology in drug-naive and l-dopa-treated patients affected by Parkinson disease (PD) in early phases, before the occurrence of neuropathic electrophysiologic abnormalities. METHODS: We enrolled 85 patients with idiopathic PD (male/female 49/36, age 61.3 ± 9.7 years) without electrophysiologic signs of neuropathy, including 48 participants naive to l-dopa treatment. All patients underwent clinical, functional, and morphologic assessment of sensory and autonomic nerves through dedicated questionnaires, quantitative sensory testing, sympathetic skin response, dynamic sweat test, and punch biopsies from glabrous and hairy skin...
July 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742137/water-immersion-decreases-sympathetic-skin-response-during-color-word-stroop-test
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Daisuke Sato, Yudai Yamazaki, Akari Takahashi, Yoshihito Uetake, Saki Nakano, Kaho Iguchi, Yasuhiro Baba, Rio Nara, Yoshimitsu Shimoyama
Water immersion alters the autonomic nervous system (ANS) response in humans. The effect of water immersion on executive function and ANS responses related to executive function tasks was unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to determine whether water immersion alters ANS response during executive tasks. Fourteen healthy participants performed color-word-matching Stroop tasks before and after non-immersion and water immersion intervention for 15 min in separate sessions. The Stroop task-related skin conductance response (SCR) was measured during every task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728939/autonomic-dysreflexia-somatosympathetic-and-viscerosympathetic-vasoconstrictor-responses-to-innocuous-and-noxious-sensory-stimulation-below-lesion-in-human-spinal-cord-injury
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Rachael Brown, Alexander R Burton, Vaughan G Macefield
Autonomic dysreflexia is a dangerous elevation in blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), produced by a spinally-mediated reflex activation of sympathetic vasoconstrictor neurones supplying skeletal muscle and the gut. Current dogma states that, apart from visceral inputs - such as those originating from a distended bladder or impacted colon - autonomic dysreflexia is triggered by noxious inputs below the lesion. However, while selective stimulation of small-diameter afferents in muscle or skin evokes a sustained increase in muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure, and a transient increase in skin sympathetic nerve activity and decrease in skin blood flow in able-bodied subjects, such noxious inputs have no effects on blood pressure and skin blood flow in SCI individuals...
July 13, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701539/measuring-and-quantifying-skin-sympathetic-nervous-system-activity-in-humans
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Jody L Greaney, W Larry Kenney
Development of the technique of microneurography has substantially increased our understanding of the function of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) in health and in disease. The ability to directly record signals from peripheral autonomic nerves in conscious humans allows for qualitative and quantitative characterization of SNS responses to specific stimuli and over time. Further, distinct neural outflow to muscle (MSNA) and skin (SSNA) can be delineated. However, there are limitations and caveats to the use of microneurography, measurement criteria, and signal analysis and interpretation...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700538/autonomic-responses-to-tonic-pain-are-more-closely-related-to-stimulus-intensity-than-to-pain-intensity
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Moritz M Nickel, Elisabeth S May, Laura Tiemann, Martina Postorino, Son Ta Dinh, Markus Ploner
Pain serves the protection of the body by translating noxious stimulus information into a subjective percept and protective responses. Such protective responses rely on autonomic responses that allocate energy resources to protective functions. However, the precise relationship between objective stimulus intensity, subjective pain intensity, autonomic responses, and brain activity is not fully clear yet. Here, we addressed this question by continuously recording pain ratings, skin conductance, heart rate, and electroencephalography during tonic noxious heat stimulation of the hand in 39 healthy human subjects...
July 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691853/assessment-of-cardiac-autonomic-tone-following-long-sudarshan-kriya-yoga-in-art-of-living-practitioners
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Lakshmi Bhaskar, Chhaya Kharya, K K Deepak, Vinod Kochupillai
OBJECTIVE: The breathing processes are known to modulate cardiac autonomic tone and improve psychological status. We investigated cardiac autonomic tone following long Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) using heart rate variability (HRV) and skin conductance level (SCL). METHODS: Thirty healthy volunteers (age 28.3 ± 8.4 years; 23 M: 7 F) participated in the study. Electrocardiogram (ECG) and SCL were recorded for 5 min each, before and after long SKY. Long SKY is a combination of pranayama and cyclic rhythmic breathing and is performed by following the guided audio instructions...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680318/clinical-electrophysiological-and-serological-evaluation-of-patients-with-cramp-fasciculation-syndrome
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Mürüvvet Poyraz, Zeliha Matur, Fikret Aysal, Erdem Tüzün, Lütfü Hanoğlu, A Emre Öge
INTRODUCTION: Cramp-fasciculation syndrome (CFS) is a rare peripheral nerve hyperexcitability syndrome. There are only a few reports on clinical and serological profile of a CFS cohort that was followed up by a single outpatient clinic. METHODS: Clinical, electrophysiological, and serological features of 6 CFS patients (5 men, 1 woman; 27-65 years old) were investigated. RESULTS: All patients presented with cramps, fasciculations, muscle pain, and autonomic symptoms, and 2 also reported numbness and burning sensation in limbs, suggestive of neuropathic pain...
June 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676763/sleep-deprivation-in-young-and-healthy-subjects-is-more-sensitively-identified-by-higher-frequencies-of-electrodermal-activity-than-by-skin-conductance-level-evaluated-in-the-time-domain
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Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Jeffrey B Bolkhovsky, Natasa Reljin, Ki H Chon
We analyzed multiple measures of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) based on electrodermal activity (EDA) and heart rate variability (HRV) for young healthy subjects undergoing 24-h sleep deprivation. In this study, we have utilized the error awareness test (EAT) every 2 h (13 runs total), to evaluate the deterioration of performance. EAT consists of trials where the subject is presented words representing colors. Subjects are instructed to press a button ("Go" trials) or withhold the response if the word presented and the color of the word mismatch ("Stroop No-Go" trial), or the screen is repeated ("Repeat No-Go" trials)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675471/assessment-of-skin-conductance-in-african-american-and-non-african-american-participants-in-studies-of-conditioned-fear
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M Alexandra Kredlow, Suzanne L Pineles, Sabra S Inslicht, Marie-France Marin, Mohammed R Milad, Michael W Otto, Scott P Orr
Skin conductance (SC) is a psychophysiological measure of sympathetic nervous system activity that is commonly used in research to assess conditioned fear responses. A portion of individuals evidence very low or unmeasurable SC levels (SCL) and/or response (SCR) during fear conditioning, which precludes the use of their SC data. The reason that some individuals do not produce measurable SCL and/or SCR is not clear; some early research suggested that race may be an influencing factor. In the current article, archival data from five fear conditioning samples collected from four different laboratories were examined to explore SCL and SCR magnitude in African American (AA) and non-African American (non-AA) participants...
July 4, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671307/cutaneous-microvascular-perfusion-responses-to-insulin-iontophoresis-are-differentially-affected-by-insulin-resistance-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Michael F La Fountaine, Christopher M Cirnigliaro, Frank Azarello, Joshua C Hobson, Oriana Tascione, Kirsten N Swonger, Trevor Dyson-Hudson, William A Bauman
Endothelial-mediated mechanisms that regulate skin blood flow may play an integral role in optimizing skin perfusion in vascular beds with sympathetic nervous system vasomotor impairment, such as in spinal cord injury (SCI). Insulin is a vasoactive hormone and second messenger of nitric oxide that facilitates endothelial-mediated dilatation. The effects of insulin resistance (IR) on sublesional cutaneous perfusion responses to insulin provocation have yet to be described in persons with SCI. Persons with SCI and an able-bodied (AB) cohort were divided into subgroups based upon fasting plasma insulin (FPI) concentration cut-offs for IR (≥13...
July 3, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625784/heightened-sympathetic-arousal-is-demonstrated-by-skin-conductance-responsivity-to-auditory-stimuli-in-a-small-cohort-of-neonates-with-opiate-withdrawal
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Christiana N Oji-Mmuo, Fumiyuki Chin Gardner, Kim K Doheny
To determine the effects of auditory stimulus on skin conductance (SC) in infants with severe neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) that required morphine treatment (MT) compared with NAS infants that did not require morphine treatment (non-MT). We prospectively enrolled opiate-exposed term infants without polysubstance exposure. Skin conductance responses to an auditory stimulus (ringing a bell for 3s) near the time of discharge were obtained. Skin conductance was measured before, during, and after the stimulus...
June 15, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616394/new-method-of-sudomotor-function-measurement-to-detect-microvascular-disease-and-sweat-gland-nerve-or-unmyelinated-c-fiber-dysfunction-in-adults-with-retinopathy
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John E Lewis, Steven E Atlas, Ammar Rasul, Ashar Farooqi, Laura Lantigua, Oscar L Higuera, Andrea Fiallo, Lianette Laria, Renata Picciani, Ken Wals, Zohar Yehoshua, Armando Mendez, Janet Konefal, Sharon Goldberg, Judi Woolger
BACKGROUND: Diabetes-associated microvascular complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy often lead to end-organ and tissue damage. Impaired skin microcirculation often precedes the detection of other advanced diabetic complications. The ANS-1 system contains a redesigned sympathetic skin response (ANS-1 SSR) device that measures sudomotor function, a photoplethysmography sensor, and a blood pressure device to comprehensively assess cardiac autonomic neuropathy and endothelial dysfunction...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603514/cutaneous-autonomic-pilomotor-testing-to-unveil-the-role-of-neuropathy-progression-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-capture-pd-protocol-for-a-multicenter-study
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Timo Siepmann, Alexandra Pintér, Sylvia J Buchmann, Leonie Stibal, Martin Arndt, Anne Sophie Kubasch, Marie Luise Kubasch, Ana Isabel Penzlin, Elka Frenz, Wagner Zago, Tamás Horváth, Szabolcs Szatmári, Dániel Bereczki, Annamária Takáts, Tjalf Ziemssen, Axel Lipp, Roy Freeman, Heinz Reichmann, Kristian Barlinn, Ben Min-Woo Illigens
BACKGROUND: In Parkinson's disease (PD), alpha-synuclein accumulation in cutaneous autonomic pilomotor and sudomotor nerve fibers has been linked to autonomic nervous system disturbances even in the early stages of the disease. This study aims to assess the association between alpha-synuclein-mediated structural autonomic nerve fiber damage and function in PD, elucidate the role of neuropathy progression during the early disease stages, and test reproducibility and external validity of pilomotor function assessment using quantitative pilomotor axon-reflex test and sudomotor function via quantitative direct and indirect test of sudomotor function...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560724/the-time-course-of-pupil-dilation-evoked-by-visual-sexual-stimuli-exploring-the-underlying-ans-mechanisms
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Johannes B Finke, Christian E Deuter, Xenia Hengesch, Hartmut Schächinger
The early processing of visual sexual stimuli shows signs of automaticity. Moreover, there is evidence for sex-specific patterns in cognitive and physiological responding to erotica. However, little is known about the time course of rapid pupillary responses to sexual stimuli and their correspondence with other measures of autonomic activity in women and men. To study pupil dilation as an implicit measure of sexual arousal at various stages of picture processing, we presented 35 heterosexual participants with pictures showing either erotic couples or single (male/female) erotic nudes, contrasted with people involved in everyday situations...
May 31, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549566/asymmetrical-responses-of-skin-blood-flow-in-ischemic-hindlimbs-to-electrical-stimulation-of-the-unilateral-forelimb
#18
Chung-Shin Huang, Ya-Hui Sun, Yi-Ting Wang, Yu-Hung Pan, Shwu-Fen Wang, Yuan-Feen Tsai
The regulation of skin blood flow (SBF) is primarily mediated by the sympathetic nervous system, but the effects of electrical stimulation (ES) of one limb on SBF in the other limbs remain unknown. The present study investigated the effects of unilateral forelimb ES on SBF in the bilateral hindlimbs in anesthetized rats. Bilateral hindlimb ischemia was induced by tourniquet application for 60min. After reperfusion for 24h, ES (3 or 125Hz) was applied to the upper one-fourth of the triceps brachii muscle of the left or right forelimb for 30min...
May 23, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544033/impaired-neurovascular-reactivity-in-the-microvasculature-of-pregnant-women-with-preeclampsia
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Karine Ferreira Agra, Isabelle Eunice Albuquerque Pontes, José Roberto da Silva, José Natal Figueiroa, Geraldine F Clough, João Guilherme Bezerra Alves
Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with maternal vascular dysfunction, leading to serious cardiovascular risk both during and following pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: To assess microvascular reactivity in pregnant women with PE. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in 36 pregnant women with PE and 36 normotensive pregnant women (C) in the third trimester. Skin microvascular blood flow was measured using laser Doppler flowmetry at rest (RF), during the maximum hyperaemic response to brief arterial occlusion (MF) and during the sympathetically-mediated constrictor response to deep inspiratory breath hold (IBH)...
May 19, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537464/multi-domain-assessment-of-autonomic-function-in-spinal-cord-injury-using-a-modified-autonomic-reflex-screen
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Michael J Berger, Kurt Kimpinski, Katharine D Currie, Hirmand Nouraei, Mahsa Sadeghi, Andrei V Krassioukov
The aim of this study was to characterize autonomic lesions in participants with spinal cord injury (SCI; n = 10) using an autonomic reflex screen, incorporating sudomotor, cardiovagal, and sympathetic adrenergic tests, as well as hemodynamic responses to head-up tilt (HUT). Hemodynamic responses were compared to healthy controls (n = 20) and previously published normative cutoffs in order better identify autonomic impairments. Sympathetic skin responses (SSRs), heart rate response to deep breathing (HRDB), and heart rate and beat-to-beat blood pressure responses to Valsalva maneuver (VM) and HUT were measured...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
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