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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156470/-functional-and-anatomic-outcomes-of-primary-and-secondary-internal-limiting-membrane-transplantation-in-large-and-persistent-macular-holes
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Jelka A Hess, Stephan Michels, Matthias D Becker
Background The gold standard therapy for full-thickness macular holes (FTMH) is vitrectomy (PPV) with peeling of the internal limiting membrane (ILM), gas tamponade of the vitreous cavity and postoperative face-down positioning. Nevertheless, eyes with large macular holes (> 400 µm) and surgical failures remain difficult to manage. Recently, ILM transplantation (ILM-TX) techniques were developed with acceptable results, advocating different mechanisms of hole closure: in such a setting, the ILM could serve as a scaffold for neuronal tissue in the pedicle ILM flap technique or the ILM could induce a contraction of the FTMH rims through shrinking of a folded ILM plug...
November 20, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156324/influence-of-post-stroke-spasticity-on-emg-force-coupling-and-force-steadiness-in-biceps-brachii
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Jennilee K Carlyle, George Mochizuki
BACKGROUND: Individuals with spasticity after stroke experience a decrease in force steadiness which can impact function. Alterations in the strength of EMG-force coupling may contribute to the reduction in force steadiness observed in spasticity. The aim was to determine the extent to which force steadiness and EMG-force coupling is affected by post-stroke spasticity. METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved individuals with upper limb spasticity after stroke...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156133/harnessing-sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-and-nanotopographical-cues-to-regulate-skeletal-muscle-maturation-and-vascularization
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Jonathan Hung Tsui, Kajohnkiart Janebodin, Nicholas Ieronimakis, David Michael Patrick Yama, Hee Seok Yang, Rakchanok Chavanachat, Aislinn L Hays, Haeshin Lee, Morayma Reyes, Deok-Ho Kim
Despite possessing substantial regenerative capacity, skeletal muscle can suffer from loss of function due to catastrophic traumatic injury or degenerative disease. In such cases, engineered tissue grafts hold the potential to restore function and improve patient quality of life. Requirements for successful integration of engineered tissue grafts with the host musculature include cell alignment that mimics host tissue architecture and directional functionality, as well as vascularization to ensure tissue survival...
November 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156097/4-aminopyridine-a-pan-kv-channel-inhibitor-that-enhances-kv7-4-currents-and-inhibits-noradrenaline-mediated-contraction-of-rat-mesenteric-small-arteries
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Makhala M Khammy, Sukhan Kim, Bo H Bentzen, Soojung Lee, Inyeoung Choi, Christian Aalkjaer, Thomas A Jepps
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Kv7.4 and Kv7.5 channels are regulators of vascular tone. 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) is considered a broad inhibitor of voltage-gated potassium (KV ) channels, with little inhibitory effect on Kv7 family members at millimolar concentrations. However, the effect of 4-AP on Kv7 channels has not been systematically studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the pharmacological activity of 4-AP on Kv7.4 and Kv7.5 channels and characterise the effect of 4-AP on rat resistance arteries...
November 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156093/functional-and-molecular-outcomes-of-the-human-masticatory-muscles
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Gaetano Isola, Giuseppe Anastasi, Giovanni Matarese, Ray C Williams, Giuseppina Cutroneo, Pietro Bracco, Maria Grazia Piancino
The masticatory muscles achieve a broad range of different activities such as chewing, sucking, swallowing and speech. In order to accomplish these duties, masticatory muscles have a unique and heterogeneous structure and fibre composition, enabling them to produce their strength and contraction speed largely dependent on their motor units and myosin proteins that can change in response to genetic and environmental factors. Human masticatory muscles express unique myosin isoforms, including a combination of thick fibers, expressing myosin light chains (MyLC) and myosin class I and II heavy chains (MyHC) -IIA, -IIX, α-cardiac, embryonic and neonatal and thin fibers, respectively...
November 20, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155821/progress-towards-a-leprosy-free-country-the-experience-of-oman
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Salah T Al Awaidy
INTRODUCTION: The World Health Organization (WHO) released the Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020 towards a leprosy-free world. The author described the progress made towards the elimination of leprosy and suggested recommendations for the acceleration towards a Leprosy-free country according to WHO laid out criterion. METHODOLOGY: Case record review of Leprosy patients managed between the years 1992 to 2015 were registered and analyzed. Data were collected from annual reports of the Ministry of Health including demographics, classification of leprosy new cases, relapse, childhood, grades of disability (GD) and multidrug therapy (MDT) completion rates...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155587/static-and-dynamic-electron-correlation-in-the-ligand-noninnocent-oxidation-of-nickel-dithiolates
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Anthony W Schlimgen, David A Mazziotti
Metal dithiolates have a wide range of applications from catalysis to molecular conductors with the ligands being the source of electrons during electrochemical oxidation in an effect known as ligand noninnocence. Recent large-scale variational two-electron reduced-density matrix (2-RDM) calculations of the vanadium oxo complex and manganese superoxide dismutase show that quantum entanglement stabilizes the addition of an electron to the ligands, providing a quantum mechanical explanation for ligand noninnocence...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155102/targeting-of-rac1-prevents-bronchoconstriction-and-airway-hyperresponsiveness
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Gwennan André-Grégoire, Florian Dilasser, Julie Chesné, Faouzi Braza, Antoine Magnan, Gervaise Loirand, Vincent Sauzeau
BACKGROUND: The molecular mechanisms responsible for airway smooth muscle cells (aSMC) contraction and proliferation in airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) associated with asthma are still largely unknown. The small GTPases of the Rho family (RhoA, Rac1 and Cdc42) play a central role in SMC functions including migration, proliferation and contraction. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to identify the role of Rac1 in aSMC contraction and to investigate its involvement in AHR associated with allergic asthma...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154916/acute-intravenous-exposure-to-silver-nanoparticles-during-pregnancy-induces-particle-size-and-vehicle-dependent-changes-in-vascular-tissue-contractility-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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A K Vidanapathirana, L C Thompson, M Herco, J Odom, S J Sumner, T R Fennell, J M Brown, C J Wingard
The use of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) raises safety concerns during susceptible life stages such as pregnancy. We hypothesized that acute intravenous exposure to AgNP during late stages of pregnancy will increase vascular tissue contractility, potentially contributing to alterations in fetal growth. Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to a single dose of PVP or Citrate stabilized 20 or 110nm AgNP (700μg/kg). Differential vascular responses and EC50 values were observed in myographic studies in uterine, mesenteric arteries and thoracic aortic segments, 24hours post-exposure...
November 14, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154805/the-effects-of-imaginary-voluntary-muscle-contraction-and-relaxation-on-cerebellar-brain-inhibition
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Hiroaki Tanaka, Akiyoshi Matsugi, Yohei Okada
The purpose of this study was to investigate cerebellar brain inhibition (CBI) of the contralateral primary motor cortex (M1) during imaginary muscle contraction (Contract-I) and relaxation (Relax-I) using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Twenty-nine healthy adults completed two experiments. Motor evoked potentials (MEPs) in the right first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle were induced by TMS over the left M1 and measured with or without TMS over the right cerebellum during Contract-I (first experiment) and Relax-I (second experiment) of the right FDI, and these were compared to the findings in a no-imagery (No-I) condition...
November 14, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154801/human-small-bowel-as-a-useful-tool-to-investigate-smooth-muscle-effects-of-potential-therapeutics-in-organophosphate-poisoning
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Katharina Marquart, Olga Prokopchuk, Franz Worek, Horst Thiermann, Marc E Martignoni, Timo Wille
Isolated organs proofed to be a robust tool to study effects of (potential) therapeutics in organophosphate poisoning. Small bowel samples have been successfully used to reveal smooth muscle relaxing effects. In the present study, the effects of obidoxime, TMB-4, HI-6 and MB 327 were investigated on human small bowel tissue and compared with rat data. Hereby, the substances were tested in at least seven different concentrations in the jejunum or ileum both pre-contracted with carbamoylcholine. Additionally, the cholinesterase activity of native tissue was determined...
November 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154430/lower-than-expected-burden-of-premature-ventricular-contractions-impairs-myocardial-function
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Øyvind H Lie, Jørg Saberniak, Lars A Dejgaard, Mathis K Stokke, Finn Hegbom, Ole-Gunnar Anfinsen, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
AIMS: We aimed to explore the burden of frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) associated with myocardial dysfunction in patients with outflow tract arrhythmia (OTA). We hypothesized that this threshold is lower than the previously suggested threshold of 24 000 PVCs/24 h (24%PVC) when systolic function is assessed by strain echocardiography. Furthermore, we aimed to characterize OTA patients with malignant arrhythmic events. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 52 patients referred for OTA ablation (46 ± 12 years, 58% female)...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154423/the-contractile-adaption-to-preload-depends-on-the-amount-of-afterload
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Hanna Schotola, Samuel T Sossalla, André Renner, Jan Gummert, Bernhard C Danner, Peter Schott, Karl Toischer
AIMS: The Frank-Starling mechanism (rapid response (RR)) and the secondary slow response (SR) are known to contribute to increases contractile performance. The contractility of the heart muscle is influenced by pre-load and after-load. Because of the effect of pre-load vs. after-load on these mechanisms in not completely understood, we studied the effect in isolated muscle strips. METHODS AND RESULTS: Progressive stretch lead to an increase in shortening/force development under isotonic (only pre-load) and isometric conditions (pre- and after-load)...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154407/exercise-dynamic-stability-under-unstable-conditions-increases-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-the-elderly
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Azza Hamed, Sebastian Bohm, Falk Mersmann, Adamantios Arampatzis
The purpose of the current study was to assess the effectiveness of a specific exercise intervention of mechanisms to control dynamic postural stability under unstable conditions in old adults. Forty-seven old adults (65-80 years) were assigned to two experimental groups (muscle strength group, n=15, perturbation-based group, n=16) and a control group (n=16). The strength group performed resistance exercises for legs and trunk muscles, while the perturbation-based group exercised mechanisms of dynamic stability under unstable conditions...
November 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153968/effect-of-contract-research-organization-bureaucracy-in-clinical-trial-management-a%C3%A2-model-from-lung-cancer
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Elisa Gobbini, Sara Pilotto, Giulia Pasello, Valentina Polo, Massimo Di Maio, Francesca Arizio, Domenico Galetta, Patrizia Petrillo, Rita Chiari, Roberta Matocci, Alessandro Di Costanzo, Teresa Severina Di Stefano, Massimo Aglietta, Celeste Cagnazzo, Isabella Sperduti, Emilio Bria, Silvia Novello
INTRODUCTION: Contract research organization (CRO) support is largely included in clinical trial management, although its effect in terms of time savings and benefit has not yet been quantified. We performed a retrospective multicenter analysis of lung cancer trials to explore differences in term of trial activation timelines and accrual for studies with and without CRO involvement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Results regarding study timelines from feasibility data to first patient enrollment were collected from 7 Italian thoracic oncology departments...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153889/3d-qsar-studies-on-indole-and-7-azoindole-derivatives-as-rock-2-inhibitors-an-integrative-computational-approach
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Santhosh Kumar Nagarajan, Sathya Babu, Honglae Sohn, Panneer Devaraju, Thirumurthy Madhavan
Rho Kinases (ROCK) has been found to regulate a wide range of fundamental cell functions such as contraction, motility, proliferation, and apoptosis. Recent experiments have defined new functions of ROCKs in cells, including centrosome positioning and cell-size regulation, which might contribute to various physiological and pathological states. In this study, we have performed pharmacophore modeling and 3D QSAR studies on a series of 36 indoles and 7-azoindoles derivatives as ROCK2 inhibitors to elucidate the structural variations with their inhibitory activities...
October 9, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153707/the-influence-of-muscle-activation-on-impact-dynamics-during-lateral-falls-on-the-hip
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Daniel R Martel, Iris C Levine, Steven P Pretty, Andrew C Laing
Muscle activation has been demonstrated to influence impact dynamics during scenarios including running, automotive impacts, and head impacts. This study investigated the effects of targeted muscle activation magnitude on impact dynamics during low energy falls on the hip with human volunteers. Fifteen university-aged participants (eight females, seven males) underwent 12 lateral pelvis release trials. Half of the trials were muscle-'relaxed'; in the remaining 'contracted' trials participants isometrically contracted their gluteus medius to 20-30% of maximal voluntary contraction before the drop was initiated onto a force plate...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153690/time-course-of-angiotensin-ii-dependent-vascular-and-metabolic-effects-of-preeclampsia
#18
Paula Rosas, Cecilia Tufiño, Ismael Bracho Valdes, Rosa A Bobadilla Lugo
Pregnancy is characterized by a blunted pressor response to angiotensin II that is progressively lost during preeclampsia complicated pregnancies. Renin angiotensin system (RAS) plays a pivotal role in cardiovascular and renal function but its role in normal and pathological pregnancy is far from being clarified. It is not as clear if hypertension and particularly pregnancy-induced hypertension as the initial event, can trigger some of the metabolic syndrome components, and if these changes are angiotensin II mediated...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153643/prevalence-and-predictive-factors-of-urinary-tract-infection-among-patients-with-stroke-a-meta-analysis
#19
Tianyuan Yan, Chenxia Liu, Yingxia Li, Wei Xiao, Yating Li, Shuhui Wang
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is thought to be a common complication of stroke and is regarded as a potential risk factor for poor stroke outcomes. However, there is a controversy among predictive factors of stroke-associated UTIs. We aim to estimate the prevalence and predisposing factors of UTIs among patients with stroke. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and Elsevier Science Direct were searched by 2 independent researchers. Sixteen studies with a total of 13,513 patients were included to evaluate the prevalence and predictive factors of stroke-associated UTIs published from the earliest records to March 10, 2017...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153146/li-l-lai-ey-luo-z-et%C3%A2-al-superoxide-and-hydrogen-peroxide-counterregulate-myogenic-contractions-in-renal-afferent-arterioles-from-a-mouse-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease-kidney-int-2017-92-625-633
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