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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039411/nasal-trpa1-mediates-irritant-induced-bradypnea-in-mice
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Keiichi Inui, ChangPing Chen, Jordan L Pauli, Chiharu Kuroki, Shogo Tashiro, Yuichi Kanmura, Hideki Kashiwadani, Tomoyuki Kuwaki
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), a member of the TRP superfamily, exists in sensory neurons such as trigeminal neurons innervating the nasal cavity and vagal neurons innervating the trachea and the lung. Although TRPA1 has been proposed as an irritant receptor that, when stimulated, triggers bradypnea, precise locations of the receptors responsible have not been elucidated. Here, we examined the relative importance of TRPA1 located in the upper airway (nasal) and the lower airway (trachea/lungs) in urethane-anesthetized mice...
December 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035535/the-role-of-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-in-visceral-pain
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Kieran Rea, Siobhain M O'Mahony, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan
A growing body of preclinical and clinical evidence supports a relationship between the complexity and diversity of the microorganisms that inhabit our gut (human gastrointestinal microbiota) and health status. Under normal homeostatic conditions this microbial population helps maintain intestinal peristalsis, mucosal integrity, pH balance, immune priming and protection against invading pathogens. Furthermore, these microbes can influence centrally regulated emotional behaviour through mechanisms including microbially derived bioactive molecules (amino acid metabolites, short-chain fatty acids, neuropeptides and neurotransmitters), mucosal immune and enteroendocrine cell activation, as well as vagal nerve stimulation...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034706/vagal-and-recurrent-laryngeal-nerves-neuromonitoring-during-thyroidectomy-and-parathyroidectomy-a-prospective-study
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N Julien, E Ferrary, A Sokoloff, G Lamas, O Sterkers, D Bernadeschi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to stimulate the vagal and the recurrent laryngeal nerves during and after thyroidectomy or parathyroidectomy, to record muscle responses, interpret the electrophysiological modifications and identify prognostic factors for postoperative vocal fold mobility. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective study monitored 151 vagal nerves and 144 recurrent laryngeal nerves in 114 patients. Seven patients (14 vagal nerves) underwent continuous monitoring via an automatic periodic stimulation (APS(®)) electrode...
December 26, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032928/integrity-of-the-ganglionated-plexi-is-essential-to-parasympathetic-innervation-of-the-atrioventricular-node-by-the-right-vagus-nervez
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Olivier Xhaet, Luc DE Roy, Mariana Floria, Olivier Deceuninck, Dominique Blommaert, Fabien Dormal, Elisabeth Ballant, Mark LA Meir
INTRODUCTION: Radiofrequency isolation of pulmonary vein can be accompanied by transient sinus bradycardia or atrioventricular nodal (AVN) block, suggesting an influence on vagal cardiac innervation. However, the importance of the atrial fat pads in relation with the vagal innervation of AVN in humans remains largely unknown. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of ganglionated plexi (GP) in the innervation of the AVN by the right vagus nerve...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030918/to-treat-or-not-to-treat-drug-refractory-epilepsy-by-the-ketogenic-diet-that-is-the-question
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Marzena Ułamek-Kozioł, Ryszard Pluta, Anna Bogucka-Kocka, Stanisław J Czuczwar
Epilepsy is a serious neurologic disorder worldwide which affects about 1% of the population (ca. 50 million people), the highest prevalence occurring in both children and elderly. Apart from idiopathic forms, etiology of the disease involves multiple brain risk factors - the most frequent being cerebrovascular diseases, tumours and traumatic injuries. Several treatment options exist, including, for instance, pharmacotherapy, vagal nerve stimulation or epilepsy surgery. In spite of treatment, about 30% of patients with epilepsy still have seizures and become drug-refractory...
23, 2016: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017263/effects-of-short-and-prolonged-transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-heart-rate-variability-in-healthy-subjects
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M De Couck, R Cserjesi, R Caers, W P Zijlstra, D Widjaja, N Wolf, O Luminet, J Ellrich, Y Gidron
The vagus nerve is strategically located in the body, and has multiple homeostatic and health-promoting effects. Low vagal activity predicts onset and progression of diseases. These are the reasons to activate this nerve. This study examined the effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (t-VNS) on a main index of vagal activity, namely heart rate variability (HRV). In Study 1, we compared short (10min) left versus right ear t-VNS versus sham (no stimulation) in a within-subjects experimental design...
November 30, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979692/therapeutic-potential-and-limitations-of-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway-in-sepsis
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REVIEW
Alexandre Kanashiro, Fabiane Sônego, Raphael G Ferreira, Fernanda V S Castanheira, Caio A Leite, Vanessa F Borges, Daniele C Nascimento, David F Cólon, José Carlos Alves-Filho, Luis Ulloa, Fernando Q Cunha
Sepsis is one of the main causes of mortality in hospitalized patients. Despite the recent technical advances and the development of novel generation of antibiotics, severe sepsis remains a major clinical and scientific challenge in modern medicine. Unsuccessful efforts have been dedicated to the search of therapeutic options to treat the deleterious inflammatory components of sepsis. Recent findings on neuronal networks controlling immunity raised expectations for novel therapeutic strategies to promote the regulation of sterile inflammation, such as autoimmune diseases...
December 12, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974314/the-k%C3%A3-lliker-fuse-nuclei-regulate-respiratory-rhythm-variability-via-a-gain-control-mechanism
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Rishi R Dhingra, Mathias Dutschmann, Roberto Fernandez Galan, Thomas E Dick
Respiration varies from breath to breath. On the millisecond time scale of spiking, neuronal circuits exhibit variability due to the stochastic properties of ion channels and synapses. Does this fast, microscopic source of variability contribute to the slower, macroscopic variability of the respiratory period? To address this question, we modeled a stochastic oscillator with forcing; then, we tested its predictions experimentally for the respiratory rhythm generated by the in situ perfused preparation during vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)...
December 14, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973753/vagal-nerve-stimulation-modifies-neuronal-activity-and-the-proteome-of-excitatory-synapses-of-amygdala-piriform-cortex
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Georgia M Alexander, Yang Zhong Huang, Erik J Soderblom, Xiao-Ping He, Arthur M Moseley, James O McNamara
Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy(®) is a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved neurotherapeutic for medically refractory partial epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression. The molecular mechanisms underlying its beneficial effects are unclear. We hypothesized that one mechanism involves neuronal activity-dependent modifications of central nervous system excitatory synapses. To begin to test this hypothesis, we asked whether VNS modifies the activity of neurons in amygdala and hippocampus...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957782/transcutaneous-cervical-vagal-nerve-stimulation-modulates-cardiac-vagal-tone-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha
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C Brock, B Brock, Q Aziz, H J Møller, M Pfeiffer Jensen, A M Drewes, A D Farmer
The vagus nerve is a central component of cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathways. We sought to evaluate the effect of bilateral transcutaneous cervical vagal nerve stimulation (t-VNS) on validated parameters of autonomic tone and cytokines in 20 healthy subjects. 24 hours after t-VNS, there was an increase in cardiac vagal tone and a reduction in tumor necrosis factor-α in comparison to baseline. No change was seen in blood pressure, cardiac sympathetic index or other cytokines. These preliminary data suggest that t-VNS exerts an autonomic and a subtle antitumor necrosis factor-α effect, which warrants further evaluation in larger controlled studies...
December 12, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941177/effect-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-on-cancer-progression-depends-on-the-type-of-tumor-solid-are-more-affected-then-ascitic-tumors
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L Horvathova, B Mravec
OBJECTIVES: A number of recently published studies have shown that the sympathetic nervous system may influence cancer progression. There are, however, some ambiguities about the role of the parasympathetic nerves in the modulation of growth of different tumor types. Moreover, tumor models used for investigation of the autonomic neurotransmission role in the processes related to the cancer growth and progression are mainly of the solid nature. The knowledge about the nervous system involvement in the modulation of the development and progression of malignant ascites is only fragmental...
October 1, 2016: Endocrine Regulations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931947/transection-of-the-omohyoid-muscle-as-an-aid-during-vagal-nerve-stimulator-implantation
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June Yowtak, Patrick Jenkins, Cole Giller
BACKGROUND: Exposure of the carotid sheath during VNS implantation is usually straightforward, but can be difficult for patients with a large body habitus. In addition, the exposure must be done with care if the surgeon wishes to keep the vagus nerve in situ without using retractors that might impair access. OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of the omohyoid muscle as a landmark for the jugular vein, and to report how transection of the omohyoid can facilitate a rapid and wide exposure of the carotid sheath...
December 5, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898202/optimization-of-transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-using-functional-mri
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Natalia Yakunina, Sam Soo Kim, Eui-Cheol Nam
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an established therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy, depression, and a number of other disorders. Transcutaneous stimulation of the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (tVNS) has been considered as a non-invasive alternative. Several functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies on the effects of tVNS used different stimulation parameters and locations in the ear, which makes it difficult to determine the optimal tVNS methodology...
November 29, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878616/effectiveness-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-medication-resistant-epilepsy-comparison-between-patients-with-and-without-medication-changes
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María A García-Pallero, Eduardo García-Navarrete, Cristina V Torres, Jesús Pastor, Marta Navas, R G Sola
BACKGROUND: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) response is not immediate. A progressive decline in seizure frequency is usually found during a period of 12-18 months after implantation. During this time, the patient's medication is usually modified, which can create doubts about whether their clinical improvement is due to medication changes or to VNS itself. Our goal is to compare two groups of patients treated with VNS, with and without changes in their medication. METHODS: We prospectively analyze 85 patients who were treated with VNS in our hospital between 2005 and 2014...
January 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873376/extended-long-term-effects-of-cervical-vagal-nerve-stimulation-on-headache-intensity-frequency-and-affective-cognitive-headache-perception-in-drug-resistant-complex-partial-seizure-patients
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Bogdan Pintea, Kevin Hampel, Jan Boström, Rainer Surges, Hartmut Vatter, Ilana S Lendvai, Thomas M Kinfe
OBJECTIVES: Invasive vagal nerve stimulation (iVNS) is an established treatment option for drug-resistant focal seizures and has been assumed to diminish frequent co-incidental daily headache/migraine. However, long-term effects on cognitive/affective head pain perception, headache intensity/frequency are lacking. We therefore investigated potential iVNS-induced effects in patients with drug-resistant focal seizure and daily headache/migraine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A clinical database was used to select 325 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy treated by either iVNS plus best medical treatment (BMT) or BMT alone, compared to a healthy control group (HC)...
November 22, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863972/vagus-nerve-stimulator-related-speech-exercise-induced-cough
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Charlotte Dandurand, Pierre-Olivier Champagne, Karim Elayoubi, Alexander G Weil, Paul Lespérence, Alain Bouthillier
Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy is an effective adjunctive treatment for chronic or recurrent treatment resistant depression. Although considered a safe procedure, increasing output current can be associated with stimulation induced side effects. We report the first case of dry cough induced by speech and mild exercise, occurring in the off mode following implantation of a vagal nerve stimulator (VNSor). We discuss the possible pathophysiology and the potential treatment options of this rare complication...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852563/effects-of-electroacupuncture-at-st25-and-bl25-in-a-sennae-induced-rat-model-of-diarrhoea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Xianwei Zhu, Zhibin Liu, Wenmin Niu, Yuan Wang, Aimin Zhang, Hongyan Qu, Jing Zhou, Lu Bai, Yong Yang, Jie Li
BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) may have a role in the treatment of diarrhoea symptoms. Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is an important neurotransmitter and paracrine signalling molecule in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which initiates peristaltic, secretory, vasodilatory, vagal and nociceptive reflexes. In addition, according to the results of our previous report, EA stimulation mediates GI peristalsis by increasing expression of 5-HT and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH). AIM: To investigate the effect of EA at acupuncture points ST25 and BL25 in a rat model of diarrhoea...
November 15, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852001/reduced-epicardial-vagal-nerve-density-and-impaired-vagal-control-in-a-rat-myocardial-infarction-heart-failure-model
#18
Matthew S Delfiner, John Siano, Ying Li, Eduard I Dedkov, Youhua Zhang
BACKGROUND: Autonomic remodeling, characterized by sympathetic activation and vagal withdrawal, contributes to heart failure (HF) progression. However, the exact mechanism(s) responsible for vagal withdrawal in HF remain(s) unclear, and whether HF causes epicardial autonomic nerve remodeling is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Myocardial infarction (MI) was produced in 14 Sprague-Dawley rats, and 10 sham surgery rats served as the control. MI-HF was confirmed 2 months after the surgery by echocardiography and hemodynamic measurement...
January 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844147/acute-ivabradine-treatment-reduces-heart-rate-without-increasing-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility-irrespective-of-underlying-vagal-activity-in-dogs
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Kazunori Uemura, Masashi Inagaki, Can Zheng, Toru Kawada, Meihua Li, Masafumi Fukumitsu, Masaru Sugimachi
Ivabradine, a bradycardic agent, has been shown to stably reduce patient's heart rate (HR) in the setting of acute cardiac care. However, an association between atrial fibrillation (AF) risk and acute ivabradine treatment remains a controversial clinical issue, and has not been thoroughly investigated. Bradycardia and abnormal atrial refractoriness induced by ivabradine treatment may enhance vulnerability to AF induction, especially when vagal nerve is concurrently activated. We aimed to experimentally investigate the effects of acute ivabradine treatment with/without concurrent vagal activation on AF inducibility...
November 14, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816306/intravenous-electrical-vagal-nerve-stimulation-prior-to-coronary-reperfusion-in-a-canine-ischemia-reperfusion-model-markedly-reduces-infarct-size-and-prevents-subsequent-heart-failure
#20
Takahiro Arimura, Keita Saku, Takamori Kakino, Takuya Nishikawa, Takeshi Tohyama, Takafumi Sakamoto, Kazuo Sakamoto, Takuya Kishi, Tomomi Ide, Kenji Sunagawa
BACKGROUND: Reducing myocardial damage is a prerequisite to prevent chronic heart failure after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Although vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) has been repeatedly demonstrated to have potent anti-infarct effect, technical difficulties have precluded its clinical application. We developed a novel therapeutic strategy of intravenous VNS (iVNS) and examined whether iVNS administered prior to coronary reperfusion in a canine AMI model reduces infarct size and prevents heart failure...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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