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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906116/embracing-change-striated-for-smooth-muscle-replacement-in-esophagus-development
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REVIEW
Robert S Krauss, Daisuke Chihara, Anthony I Romer
The esophagus functions to transport food from the oropharyngeal region to the stomach via waves of peristalsis and transient relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter. The gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, is ensheathed by the muscularis externa (ME). However, while the ME of the gastrointestinal tract distal to the esophagus is exclusively smooth muscle, the esophageal ME of many vertebrate species comprises a variable amount of striated muscle. The esophageal ME is initially composed only of smooth muscle, but its developmental maturation involves proximal-to-distal replacement of smooth muscle with striated muscle...
August 8, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904817/transitional-vertebra-and-spina-bifida-occulta-related-with-chronic-low-back-pain-in-a-young-patient
#2
Maryam Kundi, Maham Habib, Sumbal Babar, Asif K Kundi, Salman Assad, Amjad Sheikh
Bertolotti's syndrome (BS) must be considered as a differential diagnosis in a young patient presenting with low back pain (LBP). We present a case of a 26-year-old male complaining of mild chronic LBP for six years, radiating to his left thigh for the past six months. He has been taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with skeletal muscle relaxants for pain relief. The X-ray and computed tomography (CT) imagings showed congenital enlargement of the left transverse process of the fifth lumbar (L5) vertebra forming pseudo-articulation with the sacrum and unilateral pars interarticularis defect at the L4 level on the left side, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904096/development-and-analysis-of-novel-therapeutic-targets-to-improve-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-function-in-type-2-diabetes
#3
Yukiko K Kaneko
 Pancreatic β-cell dysfunction is a major feature of type 2 diabetes. Therefore maintenance of β-cell function is essential to preventing the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the regulation of insulin secretion and β-cell survival, we particularly focused on the roles of gasotransmitters in pancreatic β-cells. Nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are recognized as toxic gases. However, they are also vital physiological and pathophysiological mediators in various cell types...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903229/an-overview-of-neolignans-of-the-genus-piper-l-isolation-methods-and-biological-activities
#4
Arthur Ladeira Macedo, Thais Carvalho Costa Dos Santos, Alessandra Leda Valverde, Davyson de Lima Moreira, Thatyana Rocha Alves Vasconcelos
The genus Piper L. has the shikimic acid pathway predominantly expressed, biosynthesizing many cinnamic acid derivatives (CAD). Neolignans comprise an important class of CAD that exhibit a wide range of pharmacological properties such as antibacterial, antitumor, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, smooth muscle relaxant, neuroprotective, antiprotozoal and against platelet aggregation factor. These substances have been extracted and isolated from Piper species using different technics. The present review aims to summarize extraction and isolation methods and biological activities of the different types of neolignans covering the period from 1968 to January 2016...
November 29, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900274/stochastic-resonance-whole-body-vibration-increases-perceived-muscle-relaxation-but-not-cardiovascular-activation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#5
Achim Elfering, Christian Burger, Volker Schade, Lorenz Radlinger
AIM: To investigate the acute effects of stochastic resonance whole body vibration (SR-WBV), including muscle relaxation and cardiovascular activation. METHODS: Sixty-four healthy students participated. The participants were randomly assigned to sham SR-WBV training at a low intensity (1.5 Hz) or a verum SR-WBV training at a higher intensity (5 Hz). Systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), heart rate (HR) and self-reported muscle relaxation were assessed before and immediately after SR-WBV...
November 18, 2016: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899300/role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-control-of-mouse-myometrium-contractility-during-the-menstrual-cycle
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Ester Pagano, Pierangelo Orlando, Stefania Finizio, Antonietta Rossi, Lorena Buono, Fabio Arturo Iannotti, Fabiana Piscitelli, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Francesca Borrelli
Cannabis and cannabinoids are known to affect female reproduction. However, the role of the endocannabinoid system in mouse uterine contractility in the dioestrus and oestrus phases has not been previously investigated. The present study aimed at filling this gap. Endocannabinoid (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol) levels were measured in mouse uterus at dioestrus and oestrus phases by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry; quantitative reverse transcription-PCR measured mRNA expression of cannabinoid receptors and enzymes involved in the metabolism of endocannabinoids...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898948/%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors-stimulation-relaxes-porcine-myometrium-in-the-peri-implantation-period
#7
W Markiewicz, J J Jaroszewski
These studies were to demonstrate whether the β-receptor is involved in regulating the contractility of the swine myometrium in the peri-implantation period and to compare a relaxing activity of selective β- and β-adrenergic agonists (salbutamol and BRL 37344, respectively). Myometrial strips were collected form the gilts ( = 8) on d 12 to 14 of pregnancy. Changes in the contractility of myometrial strips were assessed further to the administration of increasing concentrations of the agonists (10 to 10 ) with and without β-adrenergic receptor antagonists: butoxamine, propranolol, and bupranolol at 10 ...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896927/a-retrospective-review-of-anesthesia-and-perioperative-care-in-children-with-medium-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficiency
#8
Claire Allen, Russell Perkins, Bernd Schwahn
BACKGROUND: Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is the most common genetically determined disorder of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation. Decompensation can result in hypoglycemia, seizures, coma, and death but may be prevented by ensuring glycogen stores do not become depleted. Perioperative care is of interest as surgery, fasting, and infection may all trigger decompensation and the safety of anesthetic agents has been questioned. Current guidelines from the British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group advise on administering fluid containing 10% glucose during the perioperative period...
November 29, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895574/robot-assisted-rehabilitation-of-ankle-plantar-flexors-spasticity-a-3-month-study-with-proprioceptive-neuromuscular-facilitation
#9
Zhihao Zhou, Yao Sun, Ninghua Wang, Fan Gao, Kunlin Wei, Qining Wang
In this paper, we aim to investigate the effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)-based rehabilitation for ankle plantar flexors spasticity by using a Robotic Ankle-foot Rehabilitation System (RARS). A modified robot-assisted system was proposed, and seven poststroke patients with hemiplegic spastic ankles participated in a 3-month robotic PNF training. Their impaired sides were used as the experimental group, while their unimpaired sides as the control group. A robotic intervention for the experimental group started from a 2-min passive stretching to warming-up or relaxing the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles and also ended with the same one...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895572/plastic-changes-in-human-motor-cortical-output-induced-by-random-but-not-closed-loop-peripheral-stimulation-the-curse-of-causality
#10
Kenneth I Brown, Elizabeth R Williams, Felipe de Carvalho, Stuart N Baker
Previous work showed that repetitive peripheral nerve stimulation can induce plastic changes in motor cortical output. Triggering electrical stimulation of central structures from natural activity can also generate plasticity. In this study, we tested whether triggering peripheral nerve stimulation from muscle activity would likewise induce changes in motor output. We developed a wearable electronic device capable of recording electromyogram (EMG) and delivering electrical stimulation under closed-loop control...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893646/acute-right-heart-failure-after-hemorrhagic-shock-and-trauma-pneumonectomy-a-management-approach-a-blinded-randomized-controlled-animal-trial-using-inhaled-nitric-oxide
#11
Andrea L Lubitz, Lars O Sjoholm, Amy Goldberg, Abhijit Pathak, Thomas Santora, Thomas E Sharp, Markus Wallner, Remus M Berretta, Lauren A Poole, Jichuan Wu, Marla R Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy causes an acute increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The increase in PVR and right ventricular (RV) afterload leads to acute RV failure, thus reducing left ventricular (LV) preload and output. iNO lowers PVR by relaxing pulmonary arterial smooth muscle without remarkable systemic vascular effects. We hypothesized that with hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy, iNO can be used to decrease PVR and mitigate right heart failure. METHODS: A hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy model was developed using sheep...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893000/association-between-benzodiazepine-receptor-agonists-and-snoring-among-women-in-the-nurses-health-study
#12
Brian M Lin, Frank B Hu, Gary C Curhan
Importance: Snoring is highly prevalent among adults. The use of benzodiazepine receptor agonists is also common, with higher prevalence of use with more advanced age. Benzodiazepine receptor agonists cause muscle relaxation, which may affect muscle tone and airway dynamics and thereby increase snoring. Previous studies examining the association between use of benzodiazepine receptor agonists and snoring were underpowered to detect clinically meaningful differences or did not report the magnitude of association...
November 17, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891571/high-risk-medications-in-hospitalized-elderly-adults-are-we-making-it-easy-to-do-the-wrong-thing
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Nina L Blachman, Rosanne M Leipzig, Madhu Mazumdar, Jashvant Poeran
OBJECTIVES: To examine dosages of high-risk medications administered to elderly adults who fall in the hospital and to determine whether electronic default doses are appropriate for elderly adults. DESIGN: Retrospective. SETTING: Large urban academic hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older experiencing a fall. MEASUREMENTS: Prescribed daily dosages and use of high-risk medications (opiates, benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine-receptor agonists (BRAs), sleep medications, muscle relaxants, antipsychotics) administered within 24 hours before a fall were ascertained and compared with published recommended dosages for older adults and the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR) default doses for these drugs...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890023/progressive-muscle-relaxation-as-a-supportive-intervention-for-cancer-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy-a-systematic-review
#14
Panagiotis Pelekasis, Ifigeneia Matsouka, Anna Koumarianou
BACKGROUND: Many cancer patients use a wide variety of techniques to improve their physical and mental well-being, including relaxation therapy and, specifically, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). However, there is no strong evidence that supports the efficacy of this technique. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to review the evidence regarding the use of PMR as a supportive intervention for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapeutic treatment. METHOD: Six databases were electronically searched: AMED, the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Scopus, and the Web of Science...
November 28, 2016: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889489/the-drug-candidate-adx71441-is-a-novel-potent-and-selective-positive-allosteric-modulator-of-the-gabab-receptor-with-a-potential-for-treatment-of-anxiety-pain-and-spasticity
#15
Mikhail Kalinichev, Françoise Girard, Hasnaà Haddouk, Mélanie Rouillier, Eric Riguet, Isabelle Royer-Urios, Vincent Mutel, Robert Lütjens, Sonia Poli
Positive allosteric modulation of the GABAB receptor is a promising alternative to direct activation of the receptor as a therapeutic approach for treatment of addiction, chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, autism, Fragile X syndrome, and psychosis. Here we describe in vitro and in vivo characterization of a novel, potent and selective GABAB positive allosteric modulator (PAM) N-(5-(4-(4-chloro-3-fluorobenzyl)-6-methoxy-3,5-dioxo-4,5-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-2(3H)-yl)-2-fluorophenyl)acetamide (ADX71441). In vitro, Schild plot and reversibility tests at the target confirmed PAM properties of the compound...
November 23, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882916/spirometry-improvement-after-muscular-exercise-in-elite-swimmers
#16
Alessandro Rubini, Alex Rizzato, Simone Fava, Nicola Olivato, Devanand Mangar, Enrico M Camporesi, Gerardo Bosco
BACKGROUND: An increased sympathetic activity during muscular effort is a well established physiological response, whose intensity is known to increase with the muscular load. Spirometry was described to improve as an effect of swimming training in healthy and asthmatic subjects, suggesting a decrease in airway resistance The aim was to investigate the possible effect of muscular exercise (swimming) on spirometry, in particular searching for possible differences because of different swimming times...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882697/biomechanical-properties-of-an-implanted-engineered-tubular-gut-sphincter-complex
#17
Elie Zakhem, Mostafa El Bahrawy, Giuseppe Orlando, Khalil N Bitar
Neuromuscular diseases of the gut alter the normal motility patterns. Although surgical intervention remains the standard treatment, preservation of the sphincter attached to the rest of the gut is challenging. The present study aimed to evaluate a bioengineered gut-sphincter complex following its subcutaneous implantation for 4 weeks in rats. Engineered innervated human smooth muscle sheets and innervated human sphincters with a predefined alignment were placed around tubular scaffolds to create a gut-sphincter complex...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879676/calcium-dyshomeostasis-in-tubular-aggregate-myopathy
#18
REVIEW
Jong-Mok Lee, Satoru Noguchi
Calcium is a crucial mediator of cell signaling in skeletal muscles for basic cellular functions and specific functions, including contraction, fiber-type differentiation and energy production. The sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) is an organelle that provides a large supply of intracellular Ca(2+) in myofibers. Upon excitation, it releases Ca(2+) into the cytosol, inducing contraction of myofibrils. During relaxation, it takes up cytosolic Ca(2+) to terminate the contraction. During exercise, Ca(2+) is cycled between the cytosol and the SR through a system by which the Ca(2+) pool in the SR is restored by uptake of extracellular Ca(2+) via a specific channel on the plasma membrane...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879251/altered-smooth-muscle-cell-force-generation-as-a-driver-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-dissections
#19
REVIEW
Dianna M Milewicz, Kathleen M Trybus, Dongchuan Guo, H Lee Sweeney, Ellen Regalado, Kristine Kamm, James T Stull
The importance of maintaining contractile function in aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is evident by the fact that heterozygous mutations in the major structural proteins or kinases controlling contraction lead to the formation of aneurysms of the ascending thoracic aorta that predispose to life-threatening aortic dissections. Force generation by SMC requires ATP-dependent cyclic interactions between filaments composed of SMC-specific isoforms of α-actin (encoded by ACTA2) and myosin heavy chain (MYH11). ACTA2 and MYH11 mutations shown to disrupt this cyclic interaction predispose to thoracic aortic disease...
November 22, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879195/the-pharmacokinetic-comparison-and-bioequivalence-evaluation-of-two-10-mg-baclofen-formulations-in-healthy-male-subjects%C3%A2
#20
Sumin Yoon, SeungHwan Lee, Kyung-Sang Yu, Sung-Vin Yim, Bo-Hyung Kim
BACKGROUNDS: Baclofen is used as a skeletal muscle relaxant for multiple sclerosis patients. It depresses the transmission of monosynaptic and polysynaptic reflex by stimulating GABAβ (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetic characteristics of two 10-mg baclofen formulations and to assess bioequivalence. METHODS: A randomized, single-dose, two-period, two-sequence crossover study was conducted in healthy male subjects...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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