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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431196/switch-to-abobotulinum-toxin-a-may-be-useful-in-the-treatment-of-neurogenic-detrusor-overactivity-when-intradetrusor-injections-of-onabotulinum-toxin-a-failed
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Florie Bottet, Benoit Peyronnet, Romain Boissier, Bénédicte Reiss, Jean G Previnaire, Andrea Manunta, Jacques Kerdraon, Alain Ruffion, Loïc Lenormand, Brigitte Perrouin Verbe, Sarah Gaillet, Xavier Gamé, Gilles Karsenty
AIMS: To assess the outcomes of switching to a different brand of botulinum toxin A (BTA, from Botox® to Dysport®) in case of failure of intradetrusor injections (IDI) of Botox® in the treatment of neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO). METHODS: The charts of all patients who underwent a switch to IDI of Dysport® after failure of an IDI of Botox® at six departments of neurourology were retrospectively reviewed. The main outcomes of interest were the bladder diary data and four urodynamic parameters: maximum cystometric capacity (MCC), maximum detrusor pressure (PDET max), and volume at first uninhibited detrusor contraction (UDC)...
April 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
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Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431063/left-ventricular-dysfunction-is-associated-with-frequent-premature-ventricular-complexes-and-asymptomatic-ventricular-tachycardia-in-children
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R A Bertels, L M Harteveld, L H Filippini, S A Clur, N A Blom
Aims: To assess the risk factors for left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in a paediatric population with idiopathic frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and asymptomatic ventricular tachycardias (VTs). Methods and Results: Paediatric patients with the diagnosis of idiopathic frequent PVCs and asymptomatic VTs were retrospectively evaluated. Frequent PVCs were defined as ≥5% on 24 h Holter recording. Left ventricular dysfunction was defined as a shortening fraction of ≤28%...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430879/role-of-phosphatase-and-tensin-homolog-pten-in-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
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Adrienn Krauszman, Tak Mak, Katalin Szaszi, Wolfgang M Kuebler
AIMS: Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) redistributes blood flow from poorly ventilated to better aerated areas in the lung, thereby optimizing ventilation-perfusion ratio (V/Q). Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) contraction in response to hypoxia is triggered by Ca2+ influx via transient receptor potential canonical 6 (TRPC6) cation channels that have translocated to caveolae in the plasma membrane. Since phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) was suggested to regulate TRPC6 in endothelial cells, we aimed to define its role in the hypoxic response of PASMCs and as a putative mediator of HPV...
April 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430866/maternal-high-sucrose-diets-altered-vascular-large-conductance-ca2-activated-k-channels-via-reactive-oxygen-species-in-offspring-rats%C3%A2
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Xueqin Feng, Xiuwen Zhou, Wenna Zhang, Xiang Li, Axin He, Bailin Liu, Ruixiu Shi, Lei Wu, Jue Wu, Di Zhu, Na Li, Miao Sun, Zhice Xu
Overnutrition during pregnancy could increase risks of cardiovascular diseases in late life. This study investigated whether and how reactive oxygen species (ROS) may influence functions of large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (BKCa) in the offspring exposed to prenatal high-sucrose (HS). We found that prenatal high-sucrose diets significantly increased phenylephrine (PE)-induced vessel contractions in mesenteric arteries of the adult offspring. Pretreatment with iberiotoxin (BKCa blocker, IBTX) significantly increased PE-mediated vascular contractions in the control, not in the HS group...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430615/a-novel-mechanism-of-angiotensin-ii-regulated-placental-vascular-tone-in-the-development-of-hypertension-in-preeclampsia
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Qinqin Gao, Jiaqi Tang, Na Li, Xiuwen Zhou, Yongmei Li, Yanping Liu, Jue Wu, Yuxian Yang, Ruixiu Shi, Axin He, Xiang Li, Yingying Zhang, Jie Chen, Lubo Zhang, Miao Sun, Zhice Xu
The present study tested the hypothesis that angiotensin II plays a role in the regulation of placental vascular tone, which contributes to hypertension in preeclampsia. Functional and molecular assays were performed in large and micro placental and non-placental vessels from humans and animals. In human placental vessels, angiotensin II induced vasoconstrictions in 78.7% vessels in 155 tests, as referenced to KCl-induced contractions. In contrast, phenylephrine only produced contractions in 3.0% of 133 tests...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430466/evidence-for-anomalous-dynamic-heterogeneities-in-isostatic-supercooled-liquids
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M Micoulaut, M Bauchy
Upon cooling, the dynamics of supercooled liquids exhibits a growing transient spatial distribution of relaxation times that is known as dynamic heterogeneities. The relationship between this now well-established crucial feature of the glass transition and some underlying liquid properties remains challenging and elusive in many respects. Here we report on computer simulations of liquids with a changing network structure (densified silicates), and show that there is a deep and important link between the mechanical nature characterized by topological constraints and the spatial extent of such fluctuations...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430357/reactive-oxygen-species-key-regulators-in-vascular-health-and-diseases
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Qishan Chen, Qiwen Wang, Jianhua Zhu, Qingzhong Xiao, Li Zhang
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a group of small reactive molecules that play critical roles in the regulation of various cell functions and biological processes. In the vascular system, physiological levels of ROS are essential for normal vascular functions including endothelial homeostasis and smooth muscle cell contraction. In contrast, uncontrolled overproduction of ROS resulted from imbalance of ROS generation and elimination, leads to the development of vascular diseases. Excessive ROS cause vascular cell damages, recruitment of inflammatory cells, lipid peroxidation, activation of metalloproteinases, and deposition of extracellular matrix, collectively leading to vascular remodeling...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429868/clarification-of-serotonin-induced-effects-in-peripheral-artery-disease-observed-through-the-femoral-artery-response-in-models-of-diabetes-and-vascular-occlusion-the-role-of-calcium-ions
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Marko Stojanović, Milica Prostran, Radmila Janković, Miroslav Radenković
Recent findings have demonstrated that serotonin is an important participant in the development and progression of peripheral artery diseases. Taking this into consideration, the goals of this study were to investigate the effects of serotonin on isolated Wistar rat femoral arteries in both healthy and diabetic animals, with and without artery occlusion, with a particular focus on determining the role of calcium in this process. Contraction experiments with serotonin on intact and denuded femoral artery rings, in the presence or absence of nifedipine and ouabain (both separately, or in combination), as well as Ca(2+) -free Krebs-Ringer bicarbonate solution were performed...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429848/stuck-in-fragments-population-genetics-of-the-endangered-collared-brown-lemur-eulemur-collaris-in-the-malagasy-littoral-forest
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Stefania Bertoncini, Jacopo D'Ercole, Francesca Brisighelli, Jean-Baptiste Ramanamanjato, Cristian Capelli, Sergio Tofanelli, Giuseppe Donati
OBJECTIVES: The Endangered collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) is the largest primate living in the littoral forest of southeastern Madagascar, a top priority habitat for biodiversity conservation on the island. Because this lemur is a key seed-disperser, an evaluation of the structure and connectivity of the populations surviving in the forest fragments is urgently needed to guide conservation plans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genetic variability at autosomal microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA was investigated in a total of 49 collared brown lemurs sampled by non-invasive methods in three littoral forest fragments and in the nearby lowland humid forest...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429529/impaired-left-atrial-function-predicts-inappropriate-shocks-in-primary-prevention-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-candidates
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Susumu Tao, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Luisa A Ciuffo, Kihei Yoneyama, Joao A C Lima, Terry F Frank, Robert G Weiss, Gordon F Tomaselli, Katherine C Wu
INTRODUCTION: Inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks, commonly caused by atrial fibrillation (AF), are associated with an increased mortality. Because impaired left atrial (LA) function predicts development of AF, we hypothesized that impaired LA function predicts inappropriate shocks beyond a history of AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively analyzed the association between LA function and incident inappropriate shocks in primary prevention ICD candidates...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429087/the-abdoman-an-artificial-abdominal-wall-simulator-for-biomechanical-studies-on-laparotomy-closure-techniques
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L F Kroese, J J Harlaar, C Ordrenneau, J Verhelst, G Guérin, F Turquier, R H M Goossens, G-J Kleinrensink, J Jeekel, J F Lange
PURPOSE: Incisional hernia remains a frequent complication after abdominal surgery associated with significant morbidity and high costs. Animal and clinical studies have exhibited some limitations. The purpose of this study was to develop an artificial human abdominal wall (AW) simulator in order to enable investigations on closure modalities. We hypothesized that a physical model of the human AW would give new insight into commonly used suture techniques representing a substantial complement or alternative to clinical and animal studies...
April 20, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428870/gene-expression-profiling-during-the-embryo-to-larva-transition-in-the-giant-red-sea-urchin-mesocentrotus-franciscanus
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Juan Diego Gaitán-Espitia, Gretchen E Hofmann
In echinoderms, major morphological transitions during early development are attributed to different genetic interactions and changes in global expression patterns that shape the regulatory program for the specification of embryonic territories. In order more thoroughly to understand these biological and molecular processes, we examined the transcriptome structure and expression profiles during the embryo-to-larva transition of a keystone species, the giant red sea urchin Mesocentrotus franciscanus. Using a de novo assembly approach, we obtained 176,885 transcripts from which 60,439 (34%) had significant alignments to known proteins...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428836/muscle-function-and-fatigability-of-trunk-flexors-in-males-and-females
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Rita E Deering, Jonathon W Senefeld, Tatyana Pashibin, Donald A Neumann, Sandra K Hunter
BACKGROUND: Optimal function of the abdominal muscles is necessary for several life functions including lifting and carrying tasks. Sex differences in strength and fatigability are established for many limb muscles and back extensor muscles, but it is unknown if sex differences exist for the abdominal muscles despite their functional importance. METHODS: Eighteen females (24.3 ± 4.8 years) and 15 males (24.1 ± 6.6 years) performed (1) isometric trunk flexion maximal voluntary contractions (MVCs) in a range of trunk positions to establish a torque-angle curve and (2) submaximal (50% MVC), intermittent isometric contraction (6 s on, 4 s off) until task failure to determine fatigability of the trunk flexor muscles...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428632/cyclophosphamide-induced-hcn1-channel-upregulation-in-interstitial-cajal-like-cells-leads-to-bladder-hyperactivity-in-mice
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Qian Liu, Zhou Long, Xingyou Dong, Teng Zhang, Jiang Zhao, Bishao Sun, Jingzhen Zhu, Jia Li, Qingqing Wang, Zhenxing Yang, Xiaoyan Hu, Longkun Li
Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are confirmed to be expressed in bladder interstitial Cajal-like cells (ICC-LCs), but little is known about their possible role in cystitis-associated bladder dysfunction. The present study aimed to determine the functional role of HCN channels in regulating bladder function under inflammatory conditions. Sixty female wild-type C57BL/6J mice and sixty female HCN1-knockout mice were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428622/inhibition-of-late-sodium-current-suppresses-calcium-related-ventricular-arrhythmias-by-reducing-the-phosphorylation-of-camk-ii-and-sodium-channel-expressions
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Xiao-Hong Wei, Shan-Dong Yu, Lu Ren, Si-Hui Huang, Qiao-Mei Yang, Ping Wang, Yan-Peng Chu, Wei Yang, Yan-Sheng Ding, Yong Huo, Lin Wu
Cardiac arrhythmias associated with intracellular calcium inhomeostasis are refractory to antiarrhythmic therapy. We hypothesized that late sodium current (I Na) contributed to the calcium-related arrhythmias. Monophasic action potential duration at 90% completion of repolarization (MAPD90) was significantly increased and ventricular arrhythmias were observed in hearts with increased intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) by using Bay K 8644, and the increase became greater in hearts treated with a combination of ATX-II and Bay K 8644 compared to Bay K 8644 alone...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428552/divergent-copies-of-the-large-inverted-repeat-in-the-chloroplast-genomes-of-ulvophycean-green-algae
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Monique Turmel, Christian Otis, Claude Lemieux
The chloroplast genomes of many algae and almost all land plants carry two identical copies of a large inverted repeat (IR) sequence that can pair for flip-flop recombination and undergo expansion/contraction. Although the IR has been lost multiple times during the evolution of the green algae, the underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown. A recent comparison of IR-lacking and IR-containing chloroplast genomes of chlorophytes from the Ulvophyceae (Ulotrichales) suggested that differential elimination of genes from the IR copies might lead to IR loss...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428257/the-size-speed-force-relationship-governs-migratory-cell-response-to-tumorigenic-factors
#18
Aldo Leal-Egaña, Gaelle Letort, Jean-Louis Martiel, Andreas Christ, Timothée Vignaud, Caroline Roelants, Odile Filhol, Manuel Théry
Tumor development progresses through a complex path of biomechanical changes leading first to cell growth and contraction followed by cell de-adhesion, scattering and invasion. Tumorigenic factors may act specifically on one of these steps or have wider spectrum of actions, leading to a variety of effects and thus sometimes to apparent contradictory outcomes. Here we used micropatterned lines of collagen type-I/fibronectin on deformable surfaces to standardize cell behavior and to measure simultaneously cell size, speed of motion and the magnitude of the associated traction forces at the level of a single cell...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428255/nucleosome-nucleosome-interactions-via-histone-tails-and-linker-dna-regulate-nuclear-rigidity
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Yuta Shimamoto, Sachiko Tamura, Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazuhiro Maeshima
Cells, as well as the nuclei inside them, experience significant mechanical stress in diverse biological processes including contraction, migration, and adhesion. The structural stability of nuclei must therefore be maintained in order to protect genome integrity. Despite extensive knowledge on nuclear architecture and components, however, the underlying physical and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. We addressed this in the present study by subjecting isolated human cell nuclei to microneedle-based quantitative micromanipulation with a series of biochemical perturbations of the chromatin...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428253/twitchin-kinase-inhibits-muscle-activity
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Yohei Matsunaga, Hyundoo Hwang, Barbara Franke, Rhys Williams, McKenna Penley, Hiroshi Qadota, Hong Yi, Levi T Morran, Hang Lu, Olga Mayans, Guy M Benian
Muscle sarcomeres contain giant polypeptides composed of multiple immunoglobulin and fibronectin domains and one or two protein kinase domains. Although binding partners for a number of this family's kinase domains have been identified, the catalytic necessity of these kinase domains remains unknown. In addition, various members of this kinase family are suspected pseudokinases with no, or little, activity. Here, we address catalytic necessity for the first time using the prototypic invertebrate representative twitchin (UNC-22) from C...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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