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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352769/resolvin-e1-resolvin-d1-and-resolvin-d2-inhibit-constriction-of-rat-thoracic-aorta-and-human-pulmonary-artery-induced-by-the-thromboxane-mimetic-u46619
#1
Melanie Jannaway, Christopher Torrens, Jane A Warner, Anthony P Sampson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Omega-6 fatty acid-derived lipid mediators such as prostanoids, thromboxane and leukotrienes have well-established roles in regulating both inflammation and smooth muscle contractility. Resolvins are derived from omega-3 fatty acids and have important roles in promoting the resolution of inflammation, but their activity on smooth muscle contractility is unknown. We investigated whether resolvin E1 (RvE1), resolvin D1 (RvD1) and resolvin D2 (RvD2) can modulate contractions of isolated segments of rat thoracic aorta (RTA) or human pulmonary artery (HPA) induced by the α1 -adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine or the stable thromboxane A2 mimetic U46619...
January 20, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351853/cardiac-biomarkers-as-sensitive-tools-to-evaluate-the-impact-of-xenobiotics-on-amphibians-the-effects-of-anionic-surfactant-linear-alkylbenzene-sulfonate-las
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Monica Jones-Costa, Lilian Franco-Belussi, Felipe Augusto Pinto Vidal, Nathália Penteado Gongora, Luciano Mendes Castanho, Cleoni Dos Santos Carvalho, Elaine Cristina Mathias Silva-Zacarin, Fabio Camargo Abdalla, Iolanda Cristina Silveira Duarte, Classius De Oliveira, Cristiane Ronchi de Oliveira, Raquel Fernanda Salla
Amphibian populations have been experiencing a drastic decline worldwide. Aquatic contaminants are among the main factors responsible for this decline, especially in the aquatic environment. The linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) is of particular concern, since it represents 84% of the anionic surfactants' trade. In Brazil, the maximal LAS concentration allowed in fresh waters is 0.5mgL-1, but its potential harmful effects in amphibians remain unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to analyze the effects of a sublethal concentration of LAS (0...
January 16, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351619/repairing-folding-defective-%C3%AE-sarcoglycan-mutants-by-cftr-correctors-a-potential-therapy-for-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2d
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Marcello Carotti, Justine Marsolier, Michela Soardi, Elisa Bianchini, Chiara Gomiero, Chiara Fecchio, Sara F Henriques, Romeo Betto, Roberta Sacchetto, Isabelle Richard, Dorianna Sandonà
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type 2D (LGMD2D) is a rare autosomal-recessive disease, affecting striated muscle, due to mutation of SGCA, the gene coding for α-sarcoglycan. Nowadays more than 50 different SGCA missense mutations have been reported. They are supposed to impact folding and trafficking of α-sarcoglycan because the defective polypeptide, although potentially functional, is recognized and disposed of by the quality control of the cell. The secondary reduction of α-sarcoglycan partners, β-, γ- and δ-sarcoglycan, disrupts a key membrane complex that, associated to dystrophin, contributes to assure sarcolemma stability during muscle contraction...
January 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351515/understanding-key-mechanisms-of-exercise-induced-cardiac-protection-to-mitigate-disease-current-knowledge-and-emerging-concepts
#4
Bianca C Bernardo, Jenny Y Y Ooi, Kate L Weeks, Natalie L Patterson, Julie R McMullen
The benefits of exercise on the heart are well recognized, and clinical studies have demonstrated that exercise is an intervention that can improve cardiac function in heart failure patients. This has led to significant research into understanding the key mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced cardiac protection. Here, we summarize molecular mechanisms that regulate exercise-induced cardiac myocyte growth and proliferation. We discuss in detail the effects of exercise on other cardiac cells, organelles, and systems that have received less or little attention and require further investigation...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351473/sympathetically-mediated-cardiac-responses-to-isolated-muscle-metaboreflex-activation-following-exercise-are-modulated-by-body-position-in-humans
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André L Teixeira, Mauricio Daher, Mayara Souza, Plinio Santos Ramos, James P Fisher, Lauro C Vianna
Isolated muscle metaboreflex activation with post-handgrip exercise ischemia (PEI) increases sympathetic nerve activity and partially maintains the exercise-induced increase in blood pressure, but a smaller heart rate (HR) response occurs. The cardiopulmonary baroreceptors, mechanically sensitive receptors that respond to changes in central blood volume and pressure, are strongly associated with changes in body position and upon activation elicit reflex sympathoinhibition. Here, we tested the hypothesis that postural changes modulate the sympathetically-mediated cardiac response to PEI in humans...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351462/maximal-strength-training-induced-improvements-in-forearm-work-efficiency-are-associated-with-reduced-blood-flow
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Ole Kristian Berg, Stian Kwak Nyberg, Tobias Midtvedt Windedal, Eivind Wang
Maximal strength training (MST) improves work efficiency. However, since blood flow is greatly dictated by muscle contractions in arms during exercise, and vascular conductance is lower, it has been indicated that arms rely more upon adapting oxygen extraction than legs in response to the enhanced work efficiency. Thus, to investigate if metabolic and vascular responses are arm-specific, we utilized Doppler-ultrasound and a catheter placed in the subclavian vein to measure blood flow and a-vO2diff during steady state work in seven young males (24{plus minus}3(SD) years) following six-weeks of handgrip MST...
December 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351458/differences-in-l-type-calcium-channel-activity-partially-underlie-the-regional-dichotomy-in-pumping-behavior-by-murine-peripheral-and-visceral-lymphatic-vessels
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Scott D Zawieja, Jorge A Castorena-Gonzalez, Joshua Scallan, Michael J Davis
We identified a regional dichotomy in murine lymphatic contractile function with regard to vessel location within either the periphery or visceral cavity. All vessels isolated from peripheral regions; cervical, popliteal, inguinal, axillary, and inter-nodal inguinal axillary (Ing-Ax) developed robust contractions with maximal ejection fractions (EFs) of 50-80% in our ex vivo isobaric myograph experiments. Conversely, vessels isolated from the visceral cavity (mesenteric, TD, and iliac) demonstrated maximal EFs below 15%...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351439/role-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-sulfide-quinone-oxoreductase-in-hydrogen-sulfide-induced-contraction-of-rat-pulmonary-arteries
#8
Jesus Prieto-Lloret, Vladimir A Snetkov, Yasin Shaifta, Inmaculada Docio, Michelle J Connolly, Charles E Mackay, Greg A Knock, Jeremy Pt Ward, Philip I Aaronson
Application of H2S ('sulfide') elicits a complex contraction in rat pulmonary arteries (PA) comprising a small transient contraction (phase 1; Ph1) followed by relaxation and then a second, larger, and more sustained contraction (phase 2; Ph2). We investigated the mechanisms causing this response using isometric myography in rat second order PA, with Na2S as a sulfide donor. Both phases of contraction to 1000μM Na2S were attenuated by the pan-PKC inhibitor Gö6983 (3μM) and by 50μM ryanodine; the Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine (1μM) was without effect...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351396/mechanisms-of-repetitive-retrograde-contractions-in-response-to-sustained-esophageal-distension-a-study-evaluating-patients-with-post-fundoplication-dysphagia
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Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Katherine Ritter, Zhiyue Lin, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Repetitive, retrograde contractions (RRCs) in response to sustained esophageal distension are a distinct contractility pattern observed with functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) panometry that are common in type III (spastic) achalasia. RRCs are hypothesized to be indicative of either impaired inhibitory innervation or esophageal outflow obstruction. We aimed to apply FLIP panometry to patients with post-fundoplication dysphagia (a model of esophageal obstruction) to explore mechanisms behind RRCs...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351276/static-length-changes-of-cochlear-outer-hair-cells-can-tune-low-frequency-hearing
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Nikola Ciganović, Rebecca L Warren, Batu Keçeli, Stefan Jacob, Anders Fridberger, Tobias Reichenbach
The cochlea not only transduces sound-induced vibration into neural spikes, it also amplifies weak sound to boost its detection. Actuators of this active process are sensory outer hair cells in the organ of Corti, whereas the inner hair cells transduce the resulting motion into electric signals that propagate via the auditory nerve to the brain. However, how the outer hair cells modulate the stimulus to the inner hair cells remains unclear. Here, we combine theoretical modeling and experimental measurements near the cochlear apex to study the way in which length changes of the outer hair cells deform the organ of Corti...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350794/the-role-of-electrodiagnosis-with-long-exercise-test-in-mcardle-disease
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Claudio Semplicini, Marianne Hézode-Arzel, Pascal Laforêt, Anthony Béhin, Sarah Leonard-Louis, Jean-Yves Hogrel, François Petit, Bruno Eymard, Tanya Stojkovic, Emmanuel Fournier
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated the role of an electrodiagnsotic provocative test (long exercise test, LET) in McArdle disease. METHODS: Twenty-five McArdle patients and two control groups underwent an electrodiagnsotic protocol with LET, consisting of recording the compound muscle action potential (CMAP) before and after 5 minutes of isometric contraction. RESULTS: LET disclosed a post-exercise decrease in CMAP amplitude in 23/25 McArdle patients...
January 19, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350744/preventing-mesh-pore-collapse-by-designing-mesh-pores-with-auxetic-geometries-a-comprehensive-evaluation-via-computational-modeling
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Katrina Knight, Pamela Moalli, Steven D Abramowitch
Pelvic organ prolapse meshes are exposed to predominately tensile loading conditions in vivo that can lead to pore collapse by 70-90%, decreasing overall porosity, and providing a plausible mechanism for the contraction/shrinkage of mesh observed following implantation. To prevent pore collapse, we proposed to design synthetic meshes with a macrostructure that results in auxetic behavior, the pores expand laterally, instead of contracting when loaded. Such behavior can be achieved with a range of auxetic structures/geometries...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350616/a-disassembly-driven-mechanism-explains-f-actin-mediated-chromosome-transport-in-starfish-oocytes
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Philippe Bun, Serge Dmitrieff, Julio M Belmonte, François J Nédélec, Péter Lénárt
While contraction of sarcomeric actomyosin assemblies is well understood, this is not the case for disordered networks of actin filaments (F-actin) driving diverse essential processes in animal cells. For example, at the onset of meiosis in starfish oocytes a contractile F-actin network forms in the nuclear region transporting embedded chromosomes to the assembling microtubule spindle. Here, we addressed the mechanism driving contraction of this 3D disordered F-actin network by comparing quantitative observations to computational models...
January 19, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350554/quadriceps-neuromuscular-function-and-jump-landing-sagittal-plane-knee-biomechanics-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Sarah H Ward, Troy Blackburn, Darin A Padua, Laura E Stanley, Matthew S Harkey, Brittney A Luc-Harkey, Brian G Pietrosimone
CONTEXT:   Aberrant biomechanics may affect force attenuation at the knee during dynamic activities, potentially increasing the risk of sustaining a knee injury or hastening the development of osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Impaired quadriceps neuromuscular function has been hypothesized to influence the development of aberrant biomechanics. OBJECTIVE:   To determine the association between quadriceps neuromuscular function (strength, voluntary activation, and spinal-reflex and corticomotor excitability) and sagittal-plane knee biomechanics during jump landings in individuals with ACLR...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350417/hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein-induces-dysfunction-of-liver-sinusoidal-endothelial-cell-by-down-regulation-of-silent-information-regulator-1
#15
Li-Jie Sun, Jian-Wu Yu, Yu-Guang Shi, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Meng-Ni Shu, Mo-Yang Chen
Objective Hepatic fibrosis is a frequent feature of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Some evidence has suggested the potential role of silent information regulator 1 (SIRT1) in organ fibrosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of HCV core protein on expression of SIRT1 of liver sinusoidal endothelial cell (LSEC) and function of LSEC. Methods LSECs were co-cultured with HepG2 cells or HepG2 cells expressing HCV core protein and LSECs cultured alone were used as controls. After co-culture, the activity and expression levels of mRNA and protein of SIRT1 in LSEC were detected by a SIRT1 fluorometric assay kit, real time-PCR (RT-PCR), Western blot, respectively...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350194/detection-rate-of-fetal-distress-using-contraction-dependent-fetal-heart-rate-variability-analysis
#16
Guy J J Warmerdam, Rik Vullings, Judith O E H Van Laar, M Beatrijs Van der Hout-Van der Jagt, Jan W M Bergmans, Lars Schmitt, S Guid Oei
Monitoring of the fetal condition during labor is currently performed by cardiotocography (CTG). Despite the use of CTG in clinical practice, CTG interpretation suffers from a high inter- and intra-observer variability and a low specificity. In addition to CTG, analysis of fetal heart rate variability (HRV) has been shown to provide information on fetal distress. However, fetal HRV can be strongly influenced by uterine contractions, particularly during the second stage of labor. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine if distinguishing contractions from rest periods can improve the detection rate of HRV features for fetal distress during the second stage of labor...
January 19, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349720/differential-effects-of-formal-and-informal-gambling-on-symptoms-of-problem-gambling-during-voluntary-self-exclusion
#17
Amanda V McCormick, Irwin M Cohen, Garth Davies
Voluntary self-exclusion (VSE) programs enable problem gamblers to engage in a break from casino-based gambling. The current study analyzed the effects of a VSE program in British Columbia, Canada on problem gambling symptoms and the comparative reductions in problem gambling symptoms when participants abstained from gambling, continued to participate in non-casino based gambling, or attempted to violate their exclusion contract. 269 participants completed two telephone interviews over a 6-month period. Participants were administered the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349560/effect-of-fibrillatory-wave-amplitude-on-coronary-blood-flow-as-assessed-by-thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction-frame-count-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Yoji Sumimoto, Satoshi Kurisu, Kazuhiro Hitta, Hiroki Ikenaga, Ken Ishibashi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yukiko Nakano, Yasuki Kihara
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, characterized by a lack of atrial contraction and an irregular ventricular rhythm. We assessed the effect of fibrillatory wave amplitude on coronary blood flow in patients with AF using the thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count. Sixty-one patients with AF persisting for longer than 30 days were included. For controls, 61 age- and sex-matched patients with sinus rhythm were selected. Coarse AF was defined as any fibrillatory wave ≥ 1 mm and fine AF as any fibrillatory wave < 1 mm...
January 18, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348551/designable-and-dynamic-single-walled-stiff-nanotubes-assembled-from-sequence-defined-peptoids
#19
Haibao Jin, Yan-Huai Ding, Mingming Wang, Yang Song, Zhihao Liao, Christina J Newcomb, Xuepeng Wu, Xian-Qiong Tang, Zheng Li, Yuehe Lin, Feng Yan, Tengyue Jian, Peng Mu, Chun-Long Chen
Despite recent advances in the assembly of organic nanotubes, conferral of sequence-defined engineering and dynamic response characteristics to the tubules remains a challenge. Here we report a new family of highly designable and dynamic nanotubes assembled from sequence-defined peptoids through a unique "rolling-up and closure of nanosheet" mechanism. During the assembly process, amorphous spherical particles of amphiphilic peptoid oligomers crystallize to form well-defined nanosheets before folding to form single-walled nanotubes...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348267/toll-like-receptor-9-dependent-ampk%C3%AE-activation-occurs-via-tak1-and-contributes-to-rhoa-rock-signaling-and-actin-polymerization-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#20
Cameron G McCarthy, Camilla Ferreira Wenceslau, Safia Ogbi, Theodora Szasz, R Clinton Webb
Traditionally, Toll-like receptor (TLR)9 signals through a MyD88-dependent cascade that results in pro-inflammatory gene transcription. Recently it was reported that TLR9 also participates in a stress tolerance signaling cascade in non-immune cells. In this non-canonical pathway, TLR9 binds to and inhibits sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2 (SERCA2), modulating intracellular calcium handling, and subsequently resulting in the activation of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)α. We have previously reported TLR9 causes increased contraction in isolated arteries; however, the mechanisms underlying this vascular dysfunction need to be further clarified...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
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