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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400842/tongxinluo-regulates-expression-of-tight-junction-proteins-and-alleviates-endothelial-cell-monolayer-hyperpermeability-via-erk-1-2-signaling-pathway-in-oxidized-low-density-lipoprotein-induced-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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Chengcheng Chang, Hongli Liu, Cong Wei, Liping Chang, Junqing Liang, Hongying Bei, Hongrong Li, Shen Liu, Yiling Wu
Vascular hyperpermeability resulting from distortion of endothelial junctions is associated with a number of cardiovascular diseases. Endothelial tight junction regulates the paracellular permeability of macromolecules, a function of Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) monolayers that can be regulated by oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein (ox-LDL). However, the understanding of drug regulation of vascular hyperpermeability is so far limited. This study thus aimed to investigate the role of Tongxinluo (TXL) in the maintenance of the vascular endothelial paracellular permeability...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400371/retinal-microvascular-network-geometry-and-cognitive-abilities-in-community-dwelling-older-people-the-lothian-birth-cohort-1936-study
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Sarah McGrory, Adele M Taylor, Mirna Kirin, Janie Corley, Alison Pattie, Simon R Cox, Baljean Dhillon, Joanna M Wardlaw, Fergus N Doubal, John M Starr, Emanuele Trucco, Thomas J MacGillivray, Ian J Deary
AIM: To examine the relationship between retinal vascular morphology and cognitive abilities in a narrow-age cohort of community-dwelling older people. METHODS: Digital retinal images taken at age ∼73 years from 683 participants of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 (LBC1936) were analysed with Singapore I Vessel Assessment (SIVA) software. Multiple regression models were applied to determine cross-sectional associations between retinal vascular parameters and general cognitive ability (g), memory, processing speed, visuospatial ability, crystallised cognitive ability and change in IQ from childhood to older age...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398069/comparison-of-mucosal-markers-of-hiv-susceptibility-in-healthy-premenopausal-versus-postmenopausal-women
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Andrea Ries Thurman, Nazita Yousefieh, Neelima Chandra, Thomas Dudley Kimble, Susana Asin, Christiane Rollenhagen, Sharon Anderson, Betsy Herold, Jamie L Freiermuth, Brian S Starkman, Pedro Mesquita, Nicola Richardson-Harman, Tina Duong Cunningham, Sharon L Hillier, Lorna Rabe, Jill L Schwartz, Gustavo Doncel
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize cervicovaginal (CV) mucosal factors modulating susceptibility to HIV acquisition in healthy premenopausal (PRE) and postmenopausal (POST) women before and after treatment with estradiol. METHODS: We compared CV mucosal epithelial histology and immune cells, vaginal microbiota, antimicrobial activity of, and soluble mucosal protein concentrations in the CV fluid lavage (CVL), and p24 antigen production after ex vivo infection of ectocervical tissues with HIV-1BaL among PRE women (n = 20) in the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle and POST women (n = 17) at baseline and after approximately 1 month of treatment with 0...
April 11, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356735/inhibition-of-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-is-involved-in-silica-nanoparticles-induced-h9c2-cardiomyocytes-apoptosis-via-the-mitochondrial-pathway
#4
Zhong-Jun Du, Guan-Qun Cui, Juan Zhang, Xiao-Mei Liu, Zhi-Hu Zhang, Qiang Jia, Jack C Ng, Cheng Peng, Cun-Xiang Bo, Hua Shao
Gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) between cardiomyocytes is essential for synchronous heart contraction and relies on connexin-containing channels. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is a major component involved in GJIC in heart tissue, and its abnormal expression is closely associated with various cardiac diseases. Silica nanoparticles (SNPs) are known to induce cardiovascular toxicity. However, the mechanisms through which GJIC plays a role in cardiomyocytes apoptosis induced by SNPs remain unknown. The aim of the present study is to determine whether SNPs-decreased GJIC promotes apoptosis in rat cardiomyocytes cell line (H9c2 cells) via the mitochondrial pathway using CCK-8 Kit, scrape-loading dye transfer technique, Annexin V/PI double-staining assays, and Western blot analysis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349183/resveratrol-protects-the-loss-of-connexin-43-induced-by-ethanol-exposure-in-neonatal-mouse-cardiomyocytes
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Su Tu, Fu-Tao Cao, Xiao-Chun Fan, Cheng-Jian Yang
Excessive alcohol consumption provides risk to cardiomyopathy with unknown mechanisms. Resveratrol, a plant polyphenol, is widely reported for its cardiovascular benefits, while its effect on alcohol-induced impairments in cardiomyocytes largely remains unknown. Effects of resveratrol on the cardiomyocytes under ethanol insult were studied in vitro. Ethanol exposure in mouse neonatal cardiomyocytes increased cell death and induced a specific loss of tight junction protein, connexin 43. In spite of adverse effects at higher concentrations, resveratrol at 10 μM improved cell viability of cardiomyocytes in the presence of a deleterious dose of ethanol...
March 28, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338788/hypertension-and-atrial-fibrillation-an-intimate-association-of-epidemiology-pathophysiology-and-outcomes
#6
Mikhail S Dzeshka, Farhan Shahid, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent sustained arrhythmia found in clinical practice. AF rarely exists as a single entity but rather as part of a diverse clinical spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, related to structural and electrical remodeling within the left atrium, leading to AF onset, perpetuation, and progression. Due to the high overall prevalence within the AF population arterial hypertension plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of AF and its complications. Fibroblast proliferation, apoptosis of cardiomyocytes, gap junction remodeling, accumulation of collagen both in atrial and ventricular myocardium all accompany ageing-related structural remodeling with impact on electrical activity...
February 18, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337850/high-throughput-screening-of-vascular-endothelium-destructive-or-protective-microenvironments-cooperative-actions-of-extracellular-matrix-composition-stiffness-and-structure
#7
Yonghui Ding, Michael Floren, Wei Tan
Pathological modification of the subendothelial extracellular matrix (ECM) has closely been associated with endothelial activation and subsequent cardiovascular disease progression. To understand regulatory mechanisms of these matrix modifications, the majority of previous efforts have focused on the modulation of either chemical composition or matrix stiffness on 2D smooth surfaces without simultaneously probing their cooperative effects on endothelium function on in vivo like 3D fibrous matrices. To this end, a high-throughput, combinatorial microarray platform on 2D and 3D hydrogel settings to resemble the compositions, stiffness, and structure of healthy and diseased subendothelial ECM has been established, and further their respective and combined effects on endothelial attachment, proliferation, inflammation, and junctional integrity have been investigated...
March 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315297/paxillin-genes-and-actomyosin-contractility-regulate-myotome-morphogenesis-in-zebrafish
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Andrew E Jacob, Jeffrey D Amack, Christopher E Turner
Paxillin (Pxn) is a key adapter protein and signaling regulator at sites of cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesion. Here, we investigated the role of Pxn during vertebrate development using the zebrafish embryo as a model system. We have characterized two Pxn genes, pxna and pxnb, in zebrafish that are maternally supplied and expressed in multiple tissues. Gene editing and antisense gene knockdown approaches were used to uncover Pxn functions during zebrafish development. While mutation of either pxna or pxnb alone did not cause gross embryonic phenotypes, double mutants lacking maternally supplied pxna or pxnb displayed defects in cardiovascular, axial, and skeletal muscle development...
March 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295275/pannexin-hemichannels-a-novel-promising-therapy-target-for-oxidative-stress-related-diseases
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REVIEW
Jin Xu, Linxi Chen, Lanfang Li
Pannexins, which contain three subtypes: pannexin-1, pannexin-2 and pannexin-3, are vertebrate glycoproteins that form non-junctional plasma membrane intracellular hemichannels via oligomerization. Oxidative stress refers to an imbalance of the generation and elimination of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Studies have shown that elevated ROS levels are pivotal in the development of a variety of diseases. Recent studies indicate that the occurrence of these oxidative stress related diseases is associated with pannexin hemichannels...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283549/mild-hypothermia-preserves-myocardial-conduction-during-ischemia-by-maintaining-gap-junction-intracellular-communication-and-sodium-channel-function
#10
Michelle Mj Nassal, Xiaoping Wan, Zack Dale, Isabelle Deschenes, Lance D Wilson, Joseph Stephen Piktel
BACKGROUND: Acute cardiac ischemia induces conduction velocity (CV) slowing and conduction block, promoting reentrant arrhythmias leading to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Previously, we found that mild hypothermia (MH, 32°C) attenuates ischemia-induced conduction block and CV slowing in a canine model of early global ischemia. Acute ischemia impairs cellular excitability and the GJ protein connexin 43 (Cx43). We hypothesized that MH prevented ischemia-induced conduction block and CV slowing by preserving GJ expression and localization...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270596/cigarette-smoke-induced-urothelial-cell-damage-potential-role-of-platelet-activating-factor
#11
Shannon E Kispert, John Marentette, E Cristian Campian, T Scott Isbell, Hannah Kuenzel, Jane McHowat
Cigarette smoking is an environmental risk factor associated with a variety of pathologies including cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and cancer development. Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) is a chronic inflammatory bladder disease with multiple etiological contributors and risk factors associated with its development, including cigarette smoking. Previously, we determined that cigarette smoking was associated with bladder wall accumulation of platelet activating factor (PAF), a potent inflammatory mediator that facilitates transendothelial cell migration of inflammatory cells from the circulation...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269194/atrioventricular-junction-avj-motion-tracking-a-software-tool-with-itk-vtk-qt
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Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong
The quantitative measurement of the Atrioventricular Junction (AVJ) motion is an important index for ventricular functions of one cardiac cycle including systole and diastole. In this paper, a software tool that can conduct AVJ motion tracking from cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) images is presented by using Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and Qt. The software tool is written in C++ by using Visual Studio Community 2013 integrated development environment (IDE) containing both an editor and a Microsoft complier...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266824/cardiovascular-disease-update-bradyarrhythmias
#13
Craig Barstow, Johnathan D McDivitt
Bradyarrhythmia (bradycardia) is a heart rate lower than 60 beats/min. It can be due to sinus, atrial, or junctional bradycardia or to a problem with the conduction system (eg, an atrioventricular block). Asymptomatic bradycardia is common, especially among trained athletes or during sleep. Bradycardia symptoms can include syncope, dizziness, chest pain, dyspnea, or fatigue. It is important to determine during the evaluation if bradycardia is the cause of the patient's symptoms. In the acute setting, symptomatic patients should be treated with atropine...
March 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254885/neuropilin-1-binds-pdgf-d-and-is-a-co-receptor-in-pdgf-d-pdgfr%C3%AE-signaling
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Lars Muhl, Erika Bergsten Folestad, Hanna Gladh, Yixin Wang, Christine Moessinger, Lars Jakobsson, Ulf Eriksson
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-D is a PDGF receptor β (PDGFRβ)-specific ligand implicated in a number of pathological conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, but its biological function remains incompletely understood. In this study, we demonstrate that PDGF-D binds directly to neuropilin 1 (NRP1), in a manner that requires the PDGF-D C-terminal Arg residue. Stimulation with PDGF-D, but not PDGF-B, induced PDGFRβ-NRP1 complex formation in fibroblasts. Additionally, PDGF-D induced translocation of NRP1 to cell-cell junctions in endothelial cells, independently of PDGFRβ, altering the availability of NRP1 for VEGF-A-VEGFR2 signaling...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227424/atrioventricular-junction-avj-motion-tracking-a-software-tool-with-itk-vtk-qt
#15
Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong, Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong, Ru San Tan, Pengdong Xiao, Philip Wong, Hua Zou, Shuang Leng, Liang Zhong, Xiaodan Zhao
The quantitative measurement of the Atrioventricular Junction (AVJ) motion is an important index for ventricular functions of one cardiac cycle including systole and diastole. In this paper, a software tool that can conduct AVJ motion tracking from cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) images is presented by using Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and Qt. The software tool is written in C++ by using Visual Studio Community 2013 integrated development environment (IDE) containing both an editor and a Microsoft complier...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190758/intercellular-signalling-cross-talk-to-kill-to-heal-and-to-rejuvenate
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REVIEW
Egor Y Plotnikov, Denis N Silachev, Vasily A Popkov, Ljubava D Zorova, Irina B Pevzner, Savva D Zorov, Stanislovas S Jankauskas, Valentina A Babenko, Gennady T Sukhikh, Dmitry B Zorov
Intercellular cross-talk is a fundamental process for spreading cellular signals between neighbouring and distant cells to properly regulate their metabolism, to coordinate homeostasis, adaptation and survival as a functional tissue and organ. In this review, we take a close molecular view of the underpinning molecular mechanisms of such complex intercellular communications. There are several studied forms of cell-to-cell communications considered crucial for the maintenance of multicellular organisms. The most explored is paracrine signalling which is realised through the release of diffusible signalling factors (e...
January 23, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132853/research-opportunities-and-challenges-in-the-era-of-healthy-living-medicine-unlocking-the-potential
#17
REVIEW
Shane A Phillips, Sharon Martino, Ross Arena
Non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), obesity, cancer, pulmonary disease, and diabetes are a very high global health concern. The health costs of risk factors for CVD, such as hypertension (HTN), is mounting and are unrelenting. As an example, it is estimated that direct and indirect costs due to HTN amounted to $46.4 billion in 2011 and projections of six-fold increases by 2030; the importance of low-cost nonpharmacological interventions involving collaborative teams of health care professionals is at a critical junction...
January 26, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130419/the-retinoic-acid-receptor-related-orphan-receptor-%C3%AE-positively-regulates-tight-junction-protein-claudin-domain-containing-1-mrna-expression-in-human-brain-endothelial-cells
#18
Hiroshi Matsuoka, Akiho Shima, Arisa Uda, Hirotaka Ezaki, Akihiro Michihara
Members of the claudin family play important roles in the formation of tight junctions (TJs) in several tissues. Claudin domain containing 1 (CLDND1) is homologous to this family and localizes to TJs and the cytoplasm when exogenously expressed in cultured epithelial cell lines. Furthermore, serum antibody levels of CLDND1-derived peptides are elevated in patients with cerebral infection, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes mellitus as compared to healthy controls. However, CLDND1 transcriptional regulation remains poorly analyzed and most regional transcription factor binding sites remain to be defined...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108330/pleiotropic-responses-to-methionine-restriction
#19
Gene P Ables, Jay E Johnson
Methionine restriction (MR) extends lifespan across different species. The main responses of rodent models to MR are well-documented in adipose tissue (AT) and liver, which have reduced mass and improved insulin sensitivity, respectively. Recently, molecular mechanisms that improve healthspan have been identified in both organs during MR. In fat, MR induced a futile lipid cycle concomitant with beige AT accumulation, producing elevated energy expenditure. In liver, MR upregulated fibroblast growth factor 21 and improved glucose metabolism in aged mice and in response to a high-fat diet...
January 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108160/exposure-to-endosulfan-increases-endothelial-permeability-by-transcellular-and-paracellular-pathways-in-relation-to-cardiovascular-diseases
#20
Dan Xu, Tong Liu, Limei Lin, Shuai Li, Xiaoming Hang, Yeqing Sun
Exposure to environmental pollutants results in out-of-balance of vascular homeostasis. Endothelial dysfunction leads to a disruption of the endothelial permeability characteristics, associated with cardiovascular diseases. We previously reported that endosulfan could cause endothelial dysfunction, but the role of endosulfan in permeability of endothelial cells has been unexplored. To elucidate molecular mechanism of endosulfan-induced changes in endothelial permeability, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were exposed to endosulfan, followed by endothelial permeability analysis...
April 2017: Environmental Pollution
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