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Aleksandra Mazur, Anthony Guernec, Jacky Lautridou, Julie Dupas, Emmanuel Dugrenot, Marc Belhomme, Michael Theron, François Guerrero
Introduction: Commercial divers, high altitude pilots, and astronauts are exposed to some inherent risk of decompression sickness (DCS), though the mechanisms that trigger are still unclear. It has been previously showed that diving may induce increased levels of serum angiotensin converting enzyme. The renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) is one of the most important regulators of blood pressure and fluid volume. The purpose of the present study was to control the influence of angiotensin II on the appearance of DCS...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Fernando Pedro de Souza-Neto, Melissa Carvalho Santuchi, Mario de Morais E Silva, Maria José Campagnole-Santos, Rafaela Fernandes da Silva
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to summarize the current knowledge on the role of angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] and alamandine in experimental hypertension and atherosclerosis. RECENT FINDINGS: The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is a very complex system, composed of a cascade of enzymes, peptides, and receptors, known to be involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension and atherosclerosis. Ang-(1-7), identified and characterized in 1987, and alamandine, discovered 16 years after, are the newest two main effector molecules from the RAS, protecting the vascular system against hypertension and atherosclerosis...
March 14, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
Katalin Szabó, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Nóra Lampé, Rita Kiss, Judit Remenyik, Georgina Pesti-Asbóth, Dániel Priksz, Zoltán Szilvássy, Béla Juhász
Fenugreek is a common herb possessing several bioactive components including diosgenin. Here, dietary fenugreek seed flour and diosgenin were evaluated on a model of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation by abdominal aortas isolated from rats receiving high-fat, high-sugar diet (HFHSD). 60 male Wistar rats were randomized into six groups: (i) negative control getting conventional rat feed regimen; (ii) positive control receiving HFHSD; (iii) a test group fed 2 g/kg bw/day fenugreek seed flour (containing 10 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin) + HFHSD; (iv) three test groups fed 1, 10 and 50 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin + HFHSD...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Tianyi Qiu, Min Li, Miles A Tanner, Yan Yang, James R Sowers, Ronald J Korthuis, Michael A Hill
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of multiple subtypes of immune cells in perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) has been proposed to cause vascular inflammation and dysfunction in type 2 diabetes (T2DM). This study was designed to investigate specific roles for dendritic cells in PVAT in the development of vascular inflammation and impaired PVAT-mediated vasorelaxation in T2DM. METHODS AND RESULTS: Studies were performed using db/db mice (model of T2DM) and their Db heterozygote (DbHET), lean and normoglycemic controls...
March 9, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Lucía Isidoro, Mercedes Ferrer, Mercedes Perusquía
BACKGROUND: Testosterone, 5α- and 5β-dihydrotestosterone (-DHT) induce an acute in vitro vasorelaxation and in vivo vasodepressor, hypotensive and antihypertensive responses. Our aim was to study whether androgen-induced blood pressure (BP) reduction is involved with a blockade of Ca2+ influx through L-type voltage-operated calcium channels (L-VOCCs) and/or the signaling pathways of α1 -adrenoceptors to induce vasoconstriction, which are one of the major mechanisms of BP maintenance...
March 12, 2018: Endocrine Research
Ipsita Mohanty, Subas Chandra Parija, Sujit Suklabaidya, Satish Rattan
Extracellular pH is an important physiological determinant of vascular tone that is normally maintained within 7.35-7.45. Any change outside this range leads to severe pathological repercussions. We investigated the unknown effects of extracellular acidosis on relaxation in the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) of goat. SMA rings were employed to maintain isometric contractions at extracellular pH (pHo ) 7.4 and 6.8. We analyzed the effect of acidosis (pHo 6.8) compared to physiological pH (pHo 7.4) on three signaling mediators of endothelium-dependent hyperpolarization: nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin I2 (PGI2 ), and myoendothelial gap junctions (MEGJ)...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Fanfan Li, Mengzhou He, Meitao Yang, Yao Fan, Yun Chen, Xi Xia, Yin Xie, Dongrui Deng
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific, multi-system disorder and the leading cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in obstetrics worldwide. Excessive vasoconstriction and dysregulated coagulation function are closely associated with PE. Heat shock protein 20 (HSP20) is ubiquitously expressed under normal physiological conditions and has important roles in vascular dilatation and suppression of platelet aggregation. However, the role of HSP20 in the pathogenesis of PE remains unclear. In this study, we collected chorionic plate resistance arteries (CPAs) and serum from 118 healthy pregnant women and 80 women with PE and detected the levels of HSP20 and its phosphorylated form...
March 9, 2018: Frontiers of Medicine
Syed Fayaz Hashmp, Munavvar Z A Sattar, Hassaan A Rathore, Ashfaq Ahmadi, Edward J Johns
Until recently hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was the least appreciated of the three gasotransmitters but now recognized as 3Y gaseous mediator after nitric oxide(NO) and carbon monoxide (CO). H2S regulates a number of physiological processes like vasorelaxation, prevention of inflammation, leukocyte adhesion, anti-prolifera- tive effects, anti-thrombotic effects, resistance to oxidative stress and protection against ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI). However, considerable amount of research is still needed to evaluate the mechanisms involved in the therapeutic effects of H2S in IRI such as its effects on nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-KB) concentration and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression in renal IRI and ARF (acute renal failure)...
May 2017: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Carla Blum-Johnston, Richard B Thorpe, Chelsea Wee, Raechel Opsahl, Monica Romero, Samuel Murray, Alexander Brunelle, Quintin Blood, Rachael Wilson, Arlin B Blood, Lubo Zhang, Lawrence D Longo, William J Pearce, Sean M Wilson
Bradykinin-induced activation of the pulmonary endothelium triggers a rise in intracellular Ca2+ , which activates nitric oxide (NO)-dependent vasorelaxation. Chronic hypoxia is commonly associated with increased pulmonary vascular tone, which can cause pulmonary hypertension in responsive individuals. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that long-term high altitude hypoxia (LTH) diminishes bradykinin-induced Ca2+ signals and inhibits eNOS, PGI2 and BKCa channels in sheep, which are moderately responsive to LTH, resulting in decreased pulmonary arterial vasorelaxation...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Hongbo Zheng, Lin Li, Bin Sun, Yun Gao, Wei Song, Xiaoyu Zhao, Yanhui Gao, Zhiyu Xie, Nianzhao Zhang, Jianbo Ji, Huiqing Yuan, Hongxiang Lou
Based on perlolyrine (1), a natural alkaloid with weak PDE5 potency from the traditional Chinese aphrodisiac plant Tribulus terrestris L., a series α-substituted tetrahydro-β-carboline (THβC) derivatives were synthesized via T+ BF4- -mediated oxidative C-H functionalization of N-aryl THβCs with diverse potassium trifluoroborates. Following Winterfeldt oxidation afforded the corresponding furyl/thienyl pyrroloquinolones, of which 5-ethylthiophene/ethylfuran derivatives 20a-b were identified as the most potent and selective PDE5 inhibitors...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Rishi K Trivedi, David J Polhemus, Zhen Li, Daniel Yoo, Hiroshi Koiwaya, Amy Scarborough, Traci T Goodchild, David J Lefer
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data about the mechanisms by which sacubitril/valsartan (also known as LCZ696) improves outcomes in patients with heart failure. Specifically, the effects of sacubitril/valsartan on vascular function and NO bioavailability have not been investigated. We hypothesized that sacubitril/valsartan therapy increases circulating NO levels and improves vascular function in the setting of heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male spontaneously hypertensive rats underwent myocardial ischemia/reperfusion surgery to induce heart failure and were followed for up to 12 weeks with serial echocardiography...
March 3, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Sophie N Saxton, Katie E Ryding, Robert G Aldous, Sarah B Withers, Jacqueline Ohanian, Anthony M Heagerty
OBJECTIVE: Healthy perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) exerts an anticontractile effect on resistance arteries which is vital in regulating arterial tone. Activation of β3 -adrenoceptors by sympathetic nerve-derived NA (noradrenaline) may be implicated in this effect and may stimulate the release of the vasodilator adiponectin from adipocytes. Understanding the mechanisms responsible is vital for determining how PVAT may modify vascular resistance in vivo. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Electric field stimulation profiles of healthy C57BL/6J mouse mesenteric resistance arteries were characterized using wire myography...
March 1, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Nils J G Rorsman, Chau M Ta, Hannah Garnett, Pawel Swietach, Paolo Tammaro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Optogenetic control of electromechanical coupling in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is emerging as a powerful research tool with potential applications in drug discovery and therapeutics. However, the precise ionic mechanisms involved in this control remain unclear. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Cell imaging, patch-clamp electrophysiology, and muscle tension recordings were used to define these mechanisms over a wide range of light stimulations...
February 27, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Karla B Neves, Francisco J Rios, Lucas van der Mey, Rheure Alves-Lopes, Alan C Cameron, Massimo Volpe, Augusto C Montezano, Carmine Savoia, Rhian M Touyz
Although VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) inhibitors (VEGFIs), are effective anticancer therapies, they cause hypertension through unknown mechanisms. We questioned whether changes in vascular redox state may be important, because VEGF signaling involves nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species. Molecular mechanisms, including NOS, NADPH oxidase (Nox)-derived reactive oxygen species, antioxidant systems, and vasoconstrictor signaling pathways, were probed in human endothelial cells and vascular smooth muscle exposed to vatalanib, a VEGFI...
February 26, 2018: Hypertension
Ditte Marie Jensen, Daniel Vest Christophersen, Majid Sheykhzade, Gry Freja Skovsted, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Rasmus Münter, Martin Roursgaard, Steffen Loft, Peter Møller
BACKGROUND: Humans are continuously exposed to particles in the gastrointestinal tract. Exposure may occur directly through ingestion of particles via food or indirectly by removal of inhaled material from the airways by the mucociliary clearance system. We examined the effects of food-grade particle exposure on vasomotor function and systemic oxidative stress in an ex vivo study and intragastrically exposed rats. METHODS: In an ex vivo study, aorta rings from naïve Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed for 30 min to food-grade TiO2 (E171), benchmark TiO2 (Aeroxide P25), food-grade vegetable carbon (E153) or benchmark carbon black (Printex 90)...
February 26, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
M A Snider, D L Harmon, J L Klotz
Prior work using a contractility bioassay determined that the serotonin (5-HT) receptor subtype 5-HT2A is present in bovine lateral saphenous veins and plays a role in ergot alkaloid-induced vascular contraction in steers grazing endophyte-infected (Epichloë coenophiala) tall fescue (Lolium arundinaceum). Ergot alkaloids have also been shown to be vasoactive in bovine gut vasculature. To determine what 5-HT receptors are involved in vasoconstriction of gut vasculature, contractility of ruminal and mesenteric arteries and veins collected from cattle were evaluated in the presence of agonists selective for 5-HT1B (CP 93129) 5-HT1D (L-694, 247), 5-HT2A (TCB-2), 5-HT2B (BW 723C86), 5-HT4 (BIMU-8) and 5-HT7 (LP 44) receptors...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
You Kyoung Shin, Yu Shan Hsieh, Soonho Kwon, Hui Su Lee, Geun Hee Seol
Although stress is one of the risk factors of diabetes, few studies have assessed the effects of stress on diabetic rats. This study therefore analyzed differences in cardiovascular-related factors among control, non-stressed diabetic, and stressed diabetic rats, as well as assessed the effects of linalyl acetate (LA) on stressed diabetic rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to immobilization stress throughout the entire experimental period, and diabetes was induced on day 15 by a single injection of streptozotocin...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Nicola Wilck, Lajos Markó, András Balogh, Kristin Kräker, Florian Herse, Hendrik Bartolomaeus, István A Szijártó, Maik Gollasch, Nadine Reichhart, Olaf Strauss, Arnd Heuser, Damian Brockschnieder, Axel Kretschmer, Ralf Lesche, Florian Sohler, Johannes-Peter Stasch, Peter Sandner, Friedrich C Luft, Dominik N Müller, Ralf Dechend, Nadine Haase
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) can arise from cardiac and vascular remodeling processes following long-lasting hypertension. Efficacy of common HF therapeutics is unsatisfactory in HFpEF. Evidence suggests that stimulators of the nitric oxide-sensitive soluble guanylyl cyclase (NOsGC) could be of use here. We aimed to characterize the complex cardiovascular effects of NOsGC stimulation using NO-independent stimulator BAY 41-8543 in a double-transgenic rat (dTGR) model of HFpEF. We show a drastically improved survival rate of treated dTGR...
February 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Wachirawadee Malakul, Sirinat Pengnet, Chanon Kumchoom, Sakara Tunsophon
High fructose consumption is associated with metabolic disorders including hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, in addition to endothelial dysfunction. Naringin, a flavonoid present in citrus fruit, has been reported to exhibit lipid lowering, antioxidant, and cardiovascular protective properties. Therefore, the present study investigated the effect of naringin on fructose-induced endothelial dysfunction in rats and its underlying mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were given 10% fructose in drinking water for 12 weeks, whereas control rats were fed drinking water alone...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xiao-Dong Zhang, Chun-Xia He, Jun Cheng, Jing Wen, Peng-Yun Li, Na Wang, Guang Li, Xiao-Rong Zeng, Ji-Min Cao, Yan Yang
Background: We previously have proved that sodium tanshinone II-A sulfonate (DS-201), a derivative of traditional Chinese medicinal herb Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza), is an opener and vasodilator of BKCa channel in the vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Vascular tension is closely associated with Ca2+ dynamics and activation of BKCa channel may not be the sole mechanism for the relaxation of the vascular tension by DS-201. Therefore, we hypothesized that the vasorelaxing effect of DS-20 may be also related to Ca2+ channel and cytoplasmic Ca2+ level in the VSMCs...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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