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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458187/mri-techniques-to-measure-arterial-and-venous-cerebral-blood-volume
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Jun Hua, Peiying Liu, Tae Kim, Manus Donahue, Swati Rane, J Jean Chen, Qin Qin, Seong-Gi Kim
The measurement of cerebral blood volume (CBV) has been the topic of numerous neuroimaging studies. To date, however, most in vivo imaging approaches can only measure CBV summed over all types of blood vessels, including arterial, capillary and venous vessels in the microvasculature (i.e. total CBV or CBVtot). As different types of blood vessels have intrinsically different anatomy, function and physiology, the ability to quantify CBV in different segments of the microvascular tree may furnish information that is not obtainable from CBVtot, and may provide a more sensitive and specific measure for the underlying physiology...
February 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458140/hyaluronan-in-adipogenesis-adipose-tissue-physiology-and-systemic-metabolism
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Yi Zhu, Ilja L Kruglikov, Yucel Akgul, Philipp E Scherer
Hyaluronic acid (HA, also known as hyaluronan), is a non-sulfated linear glycosaminoglycan polymer consisting of repeating disaccharide units of d-glucuronic acid and N-acetyl-d-glucosamine abundantly present in the extracellular matrix. The sizes of hyaluronic acid polymers range from 5000 to 20,000,000 Da in vivo, and the functions of HA are largely dictated by its size. Due to its high biocompatibility, HA has been commonly used as soft tissue filler as well as a major component of biomaterial scaffolds in tissue engineering...
February 16, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458107/wnt-receptor-signalling-in-lung-physiology-and-pathology
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REVIEW
Wioletta Skronska-Wasek, Reinoud Gosens, Melanie Königshoff, Hoeke Abele Baarsma
The WNT signalling cascades have emerged as critical regulators of a wide variety of biological aspects involved in lung development as well as in physiological and pathophysiological processes in the adult lung. WNTs (secreted glycoproteins) interact with various transmembrane receptors and co-receptors to activate signalling pathways that regulate transcriptional as well as non-transcriptional responses within cells. In physiological conditions, the majority of WNT receptors and co-receptors can be detected in the adult lung...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456842/hydrogen-sulfide-nitric-oxide-and-neurodegenerative-disorders
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REVIEW
Sandesh Panthi, Sumeet Manandhar, Kripa Gautam
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2 S) and Nitric Oxide (NO) have become recognized as important gaseous signaling molecules with enormous pharmacological effects, therapeutic value, and central physiological roles. NO is one of the most important regulators of the pathophysiological condition in central nervous system (CNS). It is critical in the various functioning of the brain; however, beyond certain concentration/level, it is toxic. H2 S was regarded as toxic gas with the smell like rotten egg. But, it is now regarded as emerging neuroprotectant and neuromodulator...
2018: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456523/g-protein-coupled-receptors-as-regulators-of-localized-translation-the-forgotten-pathway
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Aurélie Tréfier, Lucie P Pellissier, Astrid Musnier, Eric Reiter, Florian Guillou, Pascale Crépieux
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) exert their physiological function by transducing a complex signaling network that coordinates gene expression and dictates the phenotype of highly differentiated cells. Much is known about the gene networks they transcriptionally regulate upon ligand exposure in a process that takes hours before a new protein is synthesized. However, far less is known about GPCR impact on the translational machinery and subsequent mRNA translation, although this gene regulation level alters the cell phenotype in a strikingly different timescale...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455706/review-the-potential-of-seminal-fluid-mediated-paternal-maternal-communication-to-optimise-pregnancy-success
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J J Bromfield
Artificial insemination has been a landmark procedure in improving animal agriculture over the past 150 years. The utility of artificial insemination has facilitated a rapid improvement in animal genetics across agricultural species, leading to improvements of growth, health and productivity in poultry, swine, equine and cattle species. The utility of artificial insemination, as with all assisted reproductive technologies side-steps thousands of years of evolution that has led to the development of physiological systems to ensure the transmission of genetics from generation to generation...
February 19, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455667/role-of-non-receptor-tyrosine-kinases-in-hematological-malignances-and-its-targeting-by-natural-products
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Kodappully S Siveen, Kirti S Prabhu, Iman W Achkar, Shilpa Kuttikrishnan, Sunitha Shyam, Abdul Q Khan, Maysaloun Merhi, Said Dermime, Shahab Uddin
Tyrosine kinases belong to a family of enzymes that mediate the movement of the phosphate group to tyrosine residues of target protein, thus transmitting signals from the cell surface to cytoplasmic proteins and the nucleus to regulate physiological processes. Non-receptor tyrosine kinases (NRTK) are a sub-group of tyrosine kinases, which can relay intracellular signals originating from extracellular receptor. NRTKs can regulate a huge array of cellular functions such as cell survival, division/propagation and adhesion, gene expression, immune response, etc...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455648/mechanisms-of-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-activation-in-cancer
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Zhenfang Du, Christine M Lovly
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) play an important role in a variety of cellular processes including growth, motility, differentiation, and metabolism. As such, dysregulation of RTK signaling leads to an assortment of human diseases, most notably, cancers. Recent large-scale genomic studies have revealed the presence of various alterations in the genes encoding RTKs such as EGFR, HER2/ErbB2, and MET, amongst many others. Abnormal RTK activation in human cancers is mediated by four principal mechanisms: gain-of-function mutations, genomic amplification, chromosomal rearrangements, and / or autocrine activation...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455468/implications-of-macrophage-polarization-in-autoimmunity
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Samanta C Funes, Mariana Rios, Jorge Escobar-Vera, Alexis M Kalergis
Macrophages are extremely heterogeneous and plastic cells with an important role not only in physiological conditions, but also during inflammation (both for initiation and resolution). In the early 90s, two different phenotypes of macrophages were described: one of them called classically activated (or inflammatory) macrophages (M1) and the other alternatively activated (or wound-healing) macrophages (M2). Currently, it is known that functional polarization of macrophages only into two groups is an over simplified description of macrophage heterogeneity and plasticity, indeed, it is necessary to consider a continuum of functional states...
February 18, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455105/shedding-light-on-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-using-optogenetics-and-photopharmacology
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REVIEW
Cyril Goudet, Xavier Rovira, Amadeu Llebaria
Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are a family of G protein-coupled receptors activated by glutamate, the main excitatory neurotransmitter of the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are considered as potential therapeutic targets in many neurological diseases but a better understanding of their complex molecular dynamics and of their role in the normal and pathological functioning of the brain is still required. Manipulating mGluRs with high spatial and temporal precision holds great promise for deciphering their physiological and pathological functions...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454868/halophytic-herbs-of-the-mediterranean-basin-an-alternative-approach-to-health
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REVIEW
S A Petropoulos, A Karkanis, N Martins, I C F R Ferreira
Wild native species are usually grown under severe and stressful conditions, while a special category includes halophytic species that are tolerant to high salinity levels. Native halophytes are valuable sources of bioactive molecules whose content is higher in saline than normal conditions, since the adaptation to salinity mechanisms involve apart from changes in physiological functions the biosynthesis of protectant molecules. These compounds include secondary metabolites with several beneficial health effects which have been known since ancient times and used for medicinal purposes...
February 15, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454661/rethinking-phagocytes-clues-from-the-retina-and-testes
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REVIEW
Kristen K Penberthy, Jeffrey J Lysiak, Kodi S Ravichandran
Specialized phagocytes are a newly appreciated classification of phagocyte that currently encompasses Sertoli cells (SCs) of the testes and the retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) of the retina. While these cells support very different tissues, they have a striking degree of similarity both as phagocytes and in ways that go beyond cell clearance. The clearance of apoptotic germ cells, cell debris, and used photoreceptor outer segments are critical functions of these cells, and the unique nature of their clearance events make specialized phagocytes uniquely suited for studying the larger implications of cell clearance in vivo...
February 14, 2018: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454637/tools-to-study-pathogen-host-interactions-in-bats
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REVIEW
Arinjay Banerjee, Vikram Misra, Tony Schountz, Michelle L Baker
Bats are natural reservoirs for a variety of emerging viruses that cause significant disease in humans and domestic animals yet rarely cause clinical disease in bats. The co-evolutionary history of bats with viruses has been hypothesized to have shaped the bat-virus relationship, allowing both to exist in equilibrium. Progress in understanding bat-virus interactions and the isolation of bat-borne viruses has been accelerated in recent years by the development of susceptible bat cell lines. Viral sequences similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) have been detected in bats, and filoviruses such as Marburg virus have been isolated from bats, providing definitive evidence for the role of bats as the natural host reservoir...
February 15, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454583/post-operative-ventricular-flow-dynamics-following-atrioventricular-valve-surgical-and-device-therapies-a-review
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REVIEW
Yen Ngoc Nguyen, Munirah Ismail, Foad Kabinejadian, Edgar Lik Wui Tay, Hwa Liang Leo
Intra-ventricular flow dynamics has recently emerged as an important evaluation and diagnosis tool in different cardiovascular conditions. The formation of vortex pattern during the cardiac cycle has been suggested to play important epigenetic and energy-modulation roles in cardiac remodelling, adaptations and mal-adaptations. In this new perspective, flow alterations due to different cardiovascular procedures can affect the long-term outcome of those procedures. Especially, repairs and replacements performed on atrioventricular valves are likely to exert direct impact on intra-ventricular flow pattern...
February 14, 2018: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454441/the-hemodynamic-effects-of-pregnancy-on-the-lower-extremity-venous-system
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REVIEW
James Taylor, Caitlin W Hicks, Jennifer A Heller
OBJECTIVE: Pregnancy has significant effects on the lower extremity venous system. Increasing venous pressure and blood volume, in combination with reduced flow rates within the deep veins, predisposes pregnant women to both primary and secondary chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This review article highlights the specific physiologic and hemodynamic changes that occur during pregnancy and examines the nonpharmacologic, pharmacologic, and invasive interventions that are appropriate for both prophylaxis and treatment of CVI and venous thromboembolism (VTE)...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454381/human-cerebrovascular-function-in-health-and-disease-insights-from-integrative-approaches
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REVIEW
Erin D Ozturk, Can Ozan Tan
BACKGROUND: The marked increase in the size of the brain, and consequently, in neural processing capability, throughout human evolution is the basis of the higher cognitive function in humans. However, greater neural, and thus information processing capability, comes at a significant metabolic cost; despite its relatively small size, the modern human brain consumes almost a quarter of the glucose and oxygen supply in the human body. Fortunately, several vascular mechanisms ensure sufficient delivery of glucose and oxygen to the active neural tissue (neurovascular coupling), prompt removal of neural metabolic by-products (cerebral vasoreactivity), and constant global blood supply despite daily variations in perfusion pressure (cerebral autoregulation)...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454226/dysphagia-and-laryngeal-pathology-in-post-surgical-cardiothoracic-patients
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Anna Miles, Naomi McLellan, Rochelle Machan, David Vokes, Alexandra Hunting, Mary McFarlane, Jennifer Holmes, Kelly Lynn
PURPOSE: Cardiothoracic surgery is known to result in dysphagia and laryngeal injury. While prevalence has been explored, extent, trajectory and longevity of symptoms are poorly understood. This retrospective, observational study explored dysphagia and laryngeal injury in patients following cardiothoracic surgery referred for instrumental swallowing assessment. METHODS: Clinical notes and endoscopic recordings of 106 patients (age range 18-87yrs; mean 63yrs; SD 15yrs) (including 190 endoscopes) at one large tertiary centre were reviewed by two speech-language pathologists and a laryngologist...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454137/mechanisms-and-management-of-refractory-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-the-age-of-autonomic-modulation
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Jason S Bradfield, Olujimi A Ajijola, Marmar Vaseghi, Kalyanam Shivkumar
Ventricular arrhythmias are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an essential component of the management of these life-threatening arrhythmias. However, in many patients, despite medical and interventional therapy, VT recurs. Further, some VT substrates (mid-myocardial, left ventricular summit, intra-septal) are not easily targeted, due to limitations of currently available technology. In certain clinical settings, ventricular fibrillation (VF) episodes that have premature ventricular contraction (PVC) triggers can also be targeted with catheter ablation...
February 14, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453968/lipoprotein-lipase-biosynthesis-regulatory-factors-and-its-role-in-atherosclerosis-and-other-diseases
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REVIEW
Ping-Ping He, Ting Jiang, Xin-Ping OuYang, Ya-Qin Liang, Jie-Qiong Zou, Yan Wang, Qian-Qian Shen, Li Liao, Xi-Long Zheng
Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is a rate-limiting enzyme that catalyzes hydrolysis of the triglyceride (TG) core of circulating TG-rich lipoproteins including chylomicrons (CM), low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). A variety of parenchymal cells can synthesize and secrete LPL. Recent studies have demonstrated that complicated processes are involved in LPL biosynthesis, secretion and transport. The enzyme activity of LPL is regulated by many factors, such as apolipoproteins, angiopoietins, hormones and miRNAs...
February 14, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453542/mechanisms-underlying-neurotoxicity-of-silver-nanoparticles
#20
Lidia Strużyńska, Joanna Skalska
The potent antimicrobial properties of nanoparticulate silver (AgNPs) have led to broad interest in using them in a wide range of commercial and medical applications. Although numerous in vivo and in vitro studies have provided evidence of toxic effects, rapid commercialization of AgNP-based nanomaterials has advanced without characterization of their potential environmental and health hazards. There is evidence that AgNPs can be translocated from the blood to the brain, regardless the route of exposure, and accumulate in the brain over time...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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