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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457680/chronic-lead-exposure-enhances-the-sympathoexcitatory-response-associated-with-p2x4-receptor-in-rat-stellate-ganglia
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Gaochun Zhu, Zhenying Chen, Bo Dai, Chaoran Zheng, Huaide Jiang, Yurong Xu, Xuan Sheng, Jingjing Guo, Yu Dan, Shangdong Liang, Guilin Li
Chronic lead exposure causes peripheral sympathetic nerve stimulation, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Purinergic receptors are involved in the sympathoexcitatory response induced by myocardial ischemia injury. However, whether P2X4 receptor participates in sympathoexcitatory response induced by chronic lead exposure and the possible mechanisms are still unknown. The aim of this study was to explore the change of the sympathoexcitatory response induced by chronic lead exposure via the P2X4 receptor in the stellate ganglion (SG)...
February 19, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456512/local-injections-of-superoxide-dismutase-attenuate-the-exercise-pressor-reflex-in-rats-with-femoral-artery-occlusion
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Jihong Xing, Jian Lu, Jiahao Liu, Jianhua Li
The exercise pressor reflex is amplified in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and in an experimental PAD model of rats induced by femoral artery occlusion. Heightened blood pressure worsens the restricted blood flow directed to the limbs in this disease. The purpose of this study was to determine the role played by muscle oxidative stress in regulating the augmented pressor response to static exercise in PAD. We hypothesized that limb ischemia impairs muscle superoxide dismutase (SOD) thereby leading to abnormal autonomic responsiveness observed in PAD animals, and a chronic compensation of SOD for anti-oxidation improves the exaggerated exercise pressor reflex...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454957/mixed-selectivity-encoding-and-action-selection-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-during-threat-assessment
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REVIEW
Itamar S Grunfeld, Ekaterina Likhtik
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) regulates expression of emotional behavior. The mPFC combines multivariate information from its inputs, and depending on the imminence of threat, activates downstream networks that either increase or decrease the expression of anxiety-related motor behavior and autonomic activation. Here, we selectively highlight how subcortical input to the mPFC from two example structures, the amygdala and ventral hippocampus, help shape mixed selectivity encoding and action selection during emotional processing...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450627/can-the-use-of-a-single-integrated-unitary-autonomic-index-provide-early-clues-for-eventual-eligibility-for-olympic-games
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Daniela Lucini, Roberto Sala, Antonio Spataro, Mara Malacarne, Manuela Benzi, Stefano Tamorri, Massimo Pagani
PURPOSE: Optimal autonomic regulation and stress resilience might be considered critical elements of athletic performance. We hypothesize that a novel unitary autonomic index for sports (ANSIs), together with a somatic stress related symptom score (4SQ) might help characterize athletes who were eventually selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Italian team (Rio +). METHODS: In this retrospective study we examined 778 athletes (age 24.4 ± 6.7 yrs) who underwent a planned yearly pre-participation screening...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449958/a-mobile-phone-based-program-to-promote-healthy-behaviors-among-adults-with-prediabetes-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Dina H Griauzde, Jeffrey T Kullgren, Brad Liestenfeltz, Caroline Richardson, Michele Heisler
Background: Rates of participation in Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) are low. This may be due, in part, to low levels of autonomous motivation (i.e., motivation that arises from internal sources and sustains healthy behaviors over time) to prevent type 2 diabetes (T2DM) among many individuals with prediabetes. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies that incorporate principles from the Self-Determination Theory offer an effective and scalable approach to increase autonomous motivation levels...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449571/an-in-silico-argument-for-mitochondrial-microrna-as-a-determinant-of-primary-non-function-in-liver-transplantation
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Shirin Elizabeth Khorsandi, Siamak Salehi, Miriam Cortes, Hector Vilca-Melendez, Krishna Menon, Parthi Srinivasan, Andreas Prachalias, Wayel Jassem, Nigel Heaton
Mitochondria have their own genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic machinery but are unable to be autonomous, needing both nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. The aim of this work was to use computational biology to explore the involvement of Mitochondrial microRNAs (MitomiRs) and their interactions with the mitochondrial proteome in a clinical model of primary non function (PNF) of the donor after cardiac death (DCD) liver. Archival array data on the differential expression of miRNA in DCD PNF was re-analyzed using a number of publically available computational algorithms...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449333/endothelial-cell-autonomous-role-of-akt1-regulation-of-vascular-tone-and-ischemia-induced-arteriogenesis
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Monica Y Lee, Ana Gamez-Mendez, Jiasheng Zhang, Zhenwu Zhuang, David J Vinyard, Jan Kraehling, Heino Velazquez, Gary W Brudvig, Themis R Kyriakides, Michael Simons, William C Sessa
OBJECTIVE: The importance of PI3K/Akt signaling in the vasculature has been demonstrated in several models, as global loss of Akt1 results in impaired postnatal ischemia- and VEGF-induced angiogenesis. The ubiquitous expression of Akt1, however, raises the possibility of cell-type-dependent Akt1-driven actions, thereby necessitating tissue-specific characterization. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Herein, we used an inducible, endothelial-specific Akt1-deleted adult mouse model (Akt1iECKO) to characterize the endothelial cell autonomous functions of Akt1 in the vascular system...
February 15, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448041/vip-changes-during-daytime-in-chicken-intrinsic-choroidal-neurons
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Bettina Hohberger, Carmen Jessberger, Matthias Zenkel, Alexandra Kaser-Eichberger, Antonio Bergua, Falk Schrödl, Winfried Neuhuber
PURPOSE: Ocular autonomic control is mediated by sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres. Their interactions are complemented by primary afferent nerve fibers of and intrinsic choroidal neurons (ICN). As the vasodilatative neuropeptide, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), is expressed in extrinsic and intrinsic ocular neurons, it is of special interest in ophthalmic research. Since circadian changes of ocular blood flow are known in humans and birds, this study aimed at investigating VIP expression at different daytimes in chicken choroid, the preferred model species in ICN research...
February 12, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440391/sirt2-deacetylase-represses-nfat-transcription-factor-to-maintain-cardiac-homeostasis
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Mohsen Sarikhani, Sangeeta Maity, Sneha Mishra, Aditi Jain, Ankit K Tamta, Venkatraman Ravi, Kondapalli M Spurthi, Perumal A Desingu, Danish Khan, Shweta Kumar, Swathi Rao, Meena Inbaraj, Pandit A Shriniwas, Nagalingam Ravi Sundaresan
Heart failure is an aging-associated disease, which is the leading cause of death world-wide. Sirtuin family members have been largely studied in the context of aging and aging-associated diseases. Sirtuin 2 (SIRT2) is a cytoplasmic protein in the family of sirtuins that are NAD+-dependent class III histone deacetylases. In this work, we studied the role of SIRT2 in regulating NFAT transcription factor and the development of cardiac hypertrophy. Confocal microscopy analysis indicated that SIRT2 is localized in the cytoplasm of cardiomyocytes and SIRT2 levels are reduced during pathological hypertrophy of the heart...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440224/competent-for-commitment-you-ve-got-to-have-heart
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REVIEW
Rajan Jain, Jonathan A Epstein
The mature heart is composed primarily of four different cell types: cardiac myocytes, endothelium, smooth muscle, and fibroblasts. These cell types derive from pluripotent progenitors that become progressively restricted with regard to lineage potential, giving rise to multipotent cardiac progenitor cells and, ultimately, the differentiated cell types of the heart. Recent studies have begun to shed light on the defining characteristics of the intermediary cell types that exist transiently during this developmental process and the extrinsic and cell-autonomous factors that influence cardiac lineage decisions and cellular competence...
January 1, 2018: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438845/-brain-over-body-a-study-on-the-willful-regulation-of-autonomic-function-during-cold-exposure
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Otto Muzik, Kaice T Reilly, Vaibhav A Diwadkar
The defense of body temperature against environmental thermal challenges is a core objective of homeostatic regulation governed by the autonomic nervous system. Autonomous mechanisms of thermoregulation are only weakly affected by top-down modulation, allowing only transient tolerance for extreme cold. There is however, anecdotal evidence of a unique set of individuals known for extreme cold tolerance. Here we present a case study of a 57-year old Dutch national, Wim Hof, the so-called "Iceman", with the ability to withstand frequent prolonged periods of extreme cold exposure based on the practice of a self-developed technique involving a combination of forced breathing, cold exposure and meditation (collectively referred to as the Wim Hof Method, henceforth "WHM")...
February 10, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436714/gch1-attenuates-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-remodeling-in-canines-with-atrial-tachypacing-via-tetrahydrobiopterin-pathway-regulated-by-microrna-206
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Jinqiu Wei, Yujiao Zhang, Zhan Li, Ximin Wang, Linlin Chen, Juanjuan Du, Jing Liu, Ju Liu, Yinglong Hou
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac autonomic nerve remodeling (ANR) is an important mechanism of atrial fibrillation (AF).GTP cyclohydrolase I (GTPCH-1), encoded by GCH1, is the rate-limiting enzyme in de novosynthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4), an essential cofactor for nitric oxide (NO) synthesis. Previous studies reported that increased BH4 and NO content negatively regulated nerve regeneration. This study investigated effects of GCH1on ANR via BH4 pathway, regulated by microRNA-206 (miR-206)...
February 13, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432445/promising-effects-of-xanthine-oxidase-inhibition-by-allopurinol-on-autonomic-heart-regulation-estimated-by-heart-rate-variability-hrv-analysis-in-rats-exposed-to-hypoxia-and-hyperoxia
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Stanisław Zajączkowski, Wiesław Ziółkowski, Piotr Badtke, Miłosz A Zajączkowski, Damian J Flis, Adam Figarski, Maria Smolińska-Bylańska, Tomasz H Wierzba
BACKGROUND: It has long been suggested that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a role in oxygen sensing via peripheral chemoreceptors, which would imply their involvement in chemoreflex activation and autonomic regulation of heart rate. We hypothesize that antioxidant affect neurogenic cardiovascular regulation through activation of chemoreflex which results in increased control of sympathetic mechanism regulating heart rhythm. Activity of xanthine oxidase (XO), which is among the major endogenous sources of ROS in the rat has been shown to increase during hypoxia promote oxidative stress...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432414/eat1-transcription-factor-a-non-cell-autonomous-regulator-of-pollen-production-activates-meiotic-small-rna-biogenesis-in-rice-anther-tapetum
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Seijiro Ono, Hua Liu, Katsutoshi Tsuda, Eigo Fukai, Keisuke Tanaka, Takuji Sasaki, Ken-Ichi Nonomura
The 24-nucleotides (nt) phased secondary small interfering RNA (phasiRNA) is a unique class of plant small RNAs abundantly expressed in monocot anthers at early meiosis. Previously, 44 intergenic regions were identified as the loci for longer precursor RNAs of 24-nt phasiRNAs (24-PHASs) in the rice genome. However, the regulatory mechanism that determines spatiotemporal expression of these RNAs has remained elusive. ETERNAL TAPETUM1 (EAT1) is a basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor indispensable for induction of programmed cell death (PCD) in postmeiotic anther tapetum, the somatic nursery for pollen production...
February 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429934/immune-or-genetic-mediated-disruption-of-caspr2-causes-pain-hypersensitivity-due-to-enhanced-primary-afferent-excitability
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John M Dawes, Greg A Weir, Steven J Middleton, Ryan Patel, Kim I Chisholm, Philippa Pettingill, Liam J Peck, Joseph Sheridan, Akila Shakir, Leslie Jacobson, Maria Gutierrez-Mecinas, Jorge Galino, Jan Walcher, Johannes Kühnemund, Hannah Kuehn, Maria D Sanna, Bethan Lang, Alex J Clark, Andreas C Themistocleous, Noboru Iwagaki, Steven J West, Karolina Werynska, Liam Carroll, Teodora Trendafilova, David A Menassa, Maria Pia Giannoccaro, Ester Coutinho, Ilaria Cervellini, Damini Tewari, Camilla Buckley, M Isabel Leite, Hendrik Wildner, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Elior Peles, Andrew J Todd, Stephen B McMahon, Anthony H Dickenson, Gary R Lewin, Angela Vincent, David L Bennett
Human autoantibodies to contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) are often associated with neuropathic pain, and CASPR2 mutations have been linked to autism spectrum disorders, in which sensory dysfunction is increasingly recognized. Human CASPR2 autoantibodies, when injected into mice, were peripherally restricted and resulted in mechanical pain-related hypersensitivity in the absence of neural injury. We therefore investigated the mechanism by which CASPR2 modulates nociceptive function. Mice lacking CASPR2 (Cntnap2-/-) demonstrated enhanced pain-related hypersensitivity to noxious mechanical stimuli, heat, and algogens...
February 1, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429634/central-leptin-and-autonomic-regulation-a-melanocortin-business
#16
Miguel López
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429615/sexually-dimorphic-unc-6-netrin-expression-controls-sex-specific-maintenance-of-synaptic-connectivity
#17
Peter Weinberg, Matthew Berkseth, David Zarkower, Oliver Hobert
Nervous systems display intriguing patterns of sexual dimorphisms across the animal kingdom, but the mechanisms that generate such dimorphisms remain poorly characterized. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a number of neurons present in both sexes are synaptically connected to one another in a sexually dimorphic manner as a result of sex-specific synaptic pruning and maintenance [1-3]. We define here a mechanism for the male-specific maintenance of the synaptic connections of the phasmid sensory neuron PHB and its male-specific target, the sex-shared AVG interneuron...
February 2, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429406/editorial-dose-dependent-zno-particle-induced-acute-phase-response-in-humans-warrants-re-evaluation-of-occupational-exposure-limits-for-metal-oxides
#18
EDITORIAL
Ulla Vogel, Flemming R Cassee
Epidemiological studies link inhalation of particles to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Inhaled particles may induce cardiovascular disease by several different mechanisms including translocation of particles to systemic circulation, activation of airway sensory nerves resulting in autonomic imbalance and particle-induced pulmonary inflammation and acute phase response.The acute phase response is the systemic response to acute and chronic inflammatory states caused by for example bacterial infection, virus infection, trauma and infarction...
February 12, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429076/cardiovascular-autonomic-dysfunction-link-between-multiple-sclerosis-osteoporosis-and-neurodegeneration
#19
REVIEW
Zohara Sternberg
The high prevalence of osteoporosis, observed in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, has been attributed to reduced mobility and or the use of disease-modifying drugs. However, MS-impaired cardiovascular autonomic nervous system (ANS) function has the potential of reducing bone mass density (BMD) by altering the expression and/or function of the neuronal, systemic, and local mediators of bone remodeling. This review describes the complex regulation of bone homeostasis with a focus on MS, providing evidence that ANS dysfunction and low BMD are intertwined with MS inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes, and with other MS-related morbidities, including depression, fatigue, and migraine...
February 10, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428463/cardiac-repolarization-evolves-differently-during-the-course-of-benign-and-disabling-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Alma Mikkola, Aku Ojanen, Juha Ek Hartikainen, Anne M Remes, Sakari Simula
BACKGROUND: Cardiac repolarization is modulated by the autonomic nervous system. Even though multiple sclerosis associates with prolonged cardiac repolarization the physiology responsible for the phenomenon remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To study in longitudinal setting whether the patients with confirmed benign and disabling outcome of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) differ in regard to changes of cardiac repolarization. METHODS: Total of 43 patients, 26% with benign (EDSS ≤2 at least 10y after onset symptom) and 74% with disabling (EDSS >2 at least 10y after onset symptom) RRMS, having 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) recorded at the time of onset symptom (ECG1) and for follow-up (ECG2), were studied...
February 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
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