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Caitlin Sedwick
New JGP study shows how calcium events drive long intestinal slow wave plateaus.
June 15, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614362/effect-of-pathological-heterogeneity-on-shear-wave-elasticity-imaging-in-the-staging-of-deep-venous-thrombosis
#2
Xiaona Liu, Na Li, Chaoyang Wen
BACKGROUND: We aimed to observe the relationship between the pathological components of a deep venous thrombus (DVT), which was divided into three parts, and the findings on quantitative ultrasonic shear wave elastography (SWE) to increase the accuracy of thrombus staging in a rabbit model. METHODS: A flow stenosis-induced vein thrombosis model was used, and the thrombus was divided into three parts (head, body and tail), which were associated with corresponding observation points...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611919/markers-of-arterial-stiffness-in-a-sample-of-lebanese-subjects-with-grade-i-essential-hypertension
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Samir Mallat, Abdo Jurjus, Tarek Bou Assi, Alice Jurjus, Ali Shams, Skye El Sayegh, Adel Berbari
OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness is becoming a major global condition associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems and death. Several markers have been linked to arterial stiffness. METHODS: To determine and evaluate these relations, anthropometric parameters (weight, height, and pulse rate), biochemical profile, and central and peripheral indices of arterial function were measured in 114 Lebanese subjects with Grade I essential hypertension. RESULTS: Age was associated with a higher pulse wave velocity (p = ...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609667/transcriptional-response-of-a-novel-hpcdpk1-kinase-gene-from-hippeastrum-x-hybr-to-wounding-and-fungal-infection
#4
Agnieszka Pawełek, Maria Duszyn, Brygida Świeżawska, Adriana Szmidt-Jaworska, Krzysztof Jaworski
Calcium dependent protein kinases (CDPK) are well established plant sensor and effectors for calcium ions and participate in regulation of multiple abiotic and biotic stress responses in plant cells. Here we present the identification and characterization of a new CDPK kinase gene from bulbous plant Hippeastrum x hybr. and examine the role of this kinase in stress responses leading to phytoalexin (PA) production in plant tissues. In the previous research, it was shown that Hippeastrum bulbs mechanically wounded or infected with Peyronellaea curtisii (=Phoma narcissi) are inducted to an antifungal red substance synthesis...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586374/nocturnal-leg-cramps-prevalence-and-associations-with-demographics-sleep-disturbance-symptoms-medical-conditions-and-cardiometabolic-risk-factors
#5
Michael A Grandner, John W Winkelman
BACKGROUND: Nocturnal leg cramps (NLC) are common and poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of NLC and associations with cardiometabolic, sleep, and behavioral risk factors in the US population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional epidemiology. PARTICIPANTS: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 waves. MAIN OUTCOME(S) AND MEASURE(S): NLC were assessed with, "In the past month, how often did you have leg cramps while trying to sleep?" Responses were categorized as None, Mild, or Moderate-Severe...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575719/fast-and-slow-ca-2-dependent-hyperpolarization-mechanisms-connect-membrane-potential-and-sleep-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Koji L Ode, Takahiro Katsumata, Daisuke Tone, Hiroki R Ueda
Several lines of evidence indicate that the sleep-wake state of cortical neurons is regulated not only through neuronal projections from the lower brain, but also through the cortical neurons' intrinsic ability to initiate a slow firing pattern related to the slow-wave oscillation observed in electroencephalography of the sleeping brain. Theoretical modeling and experiments with genetic and pharmacological perturbation suggest that ion channels and kinases acting downstream of calcium signaling regulate the cortical-membrane potential and sleep duration...
May 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573491/p2x7-receptor-large-pore-signaling-in-avian-m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cells
#7
Robson X Faria, Hercules R Freitas, Ricardo A M Reis
ATP is a pleiotropic molecule that promotes extra- and intracellular signaling to regulate numerous functions. This nucleotide activates purine and pyrimidine receptors at the plasma membrane, categorized as ionotropic P2X or G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) P2Y receptors. P2X are ligand-gated ion channel receptors, expressed in both retinal neurons and Müller cells leading to neuron-glia communication, calcium waves and neurovascular coupling. However, how P2X pore is formed upon ATP activation and how signaling pathways regulates the complex is still a matter of controversy...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566932/postural-changes-in-measures-of-arterial-stiffness-in-hypertensive-subjects-on-antihypertensive-drug-therapy-a-prospective-pilot-study
#8
Ashish Anil Sule, Du Qi Jun, Chin Yee Cheong
Prospective study with a controlled arm to know if there are variations of measures of arterial stiffness with posture in subjects with hypertension on antihypertensive medications. We studied postural variations of measures of arterial stiffness in 21 subjects with diagnosed hypertension on antihypertensive medications and compared them with 21 normotensive subjects. All subjects underwent pulse-wave analysis on SphygmoCor in the morning between 8 am to 10 am initially in supine and then in sitting position after 3 minutes...
June 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562422/serum-calcification-propensity-is-associated-with-renal-tissue-oxygenation-and-resistive-index-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension-or-chronic-kidney-disease
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Menno Pruijm, Yimin Lu, Fatma Megdiche, Maciej Piskunowicz, Bastien Milani, Matthias Stuber, Matthias Bachtler, Bruno Vogt, Michel Burnier, Andreas Pasch
BACKGROUND: Arterial calcifications increase arterial stiffness and are associated with a faster decline of kidney function in patients with arterial hypertension (AH) and/or chronic kidney disease (CKD). Yet the underlying mechanisms linking arterial calcifications, vascular stiffness and renal function decline are incompletely understood. A novel in-vitro blood test evaluates the propensity of patient's serum to prevent the formation of calcifications by measuring the maturation time of calciprotein particles (CPP) [transformation time of amorphous calcium phosphate-containing primary CPP to crystalline hydroxyapatite-containing secondary CPP (T50)]...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550081/randomized-controlled-trial-for-the-effect-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-vascular-stiffness-in-ckd
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Adeera Levin, Mila Tang, Taylor Perry, Nadia Zalunardo, Monica Beaulieu, Joshua A Dubland, Kelly Zerr, Ognjenka Djurdjev
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D is implicated in vascular health in CKD. This study compared placebo, calcifediol, and calcitriol treatment with changes in vascular stiffness, BP, proteinuria, mineral metabolism parameters, C-reactive protein, and fibroblast growth factor 23 in patients with stable CKD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a double-blind, randomized controlled trial in outpatient CKD clinics in Vancouver, Canada, from February of 2011 to August of 2014, enrolling 119 patients with an eGFR of 15-45 ml/min per 1...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538380/acute-effects-of-cinacalcet-on-arterial-stiffness-and-ventricular-function-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-double-blinded-crossover-study
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Aurélie Poulin, Pierre-Luc Bellemare, Catherine Fortier, Fabrice Mac-Way, Simon Desmeules, Karine Marquis, Valérie Gaudreault, Marcel Lebel, Mohsen Agharazii
BACKGROUND: Serum calcium concentration (Ca) plays an essential role in a vascular muscle tone and myocardial contractility. Previously, we showed that acutely lowering Ca by hemodialysis reduced arterial stiffness. Cinacalcet is a calcimimetic that lowers Ca and parathyroid hormone (PTH). The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute lowering of Ca by cinacalcet improves vascular stiffness and myocardial diastolic dysfunction. METHOD: This is a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled crossover study that included 21 adult patients with end-stage kidney disease undergoing chronic hemodialysis...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528728/spontaneous-calcium-waves-in-the-developing-enteric-nervous-system
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Marlene M Hao, Annette J Bergner, Caroline S Hirst, Lincon A Stamp, Franca Casagranda, Joel C Bornstein, Werend Boesmans, Pieter Vanden Berghe, Heather M Young
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is an extensive network of neurons in the gut wall that arises from neural crest-derived cells. Like other populations of neural crest cells, it is known that enteric neural crest-derived cells (ENCCs) influence the behaviour of each other and therefore must communicate. However, little is known about how ENCCs communicate with each other. In this study, we used Ca(2+) imaging to examine communication between ENCCs in the embryonic gut, using mice where ENCCs express a genetically-encoded calcium indicator...
May 18, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522367/qrs-t-wave-and-calcium-alternans-in-a-type-i-diabetic-mouse-model-for-spontaneous-postmyocardial-infarction-ventricular-tachycardia-a-mechanism-for-the-antiarrhythmic-effect-of-statins
#13
Hongwei Jin, Charles M Welzig, Mark Aronovitz, Farzad Noubary, Robert Blanton, Bo Wang, Mohammad Rajab, Alfred Albano, Mark S Link, Sami F Noujaim, Ho-Jin Park, Jonas B Galper
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sudden arrhythmic death is markedly increased in diabetics. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a mouse model for postmyocardial infarction (post-MI) ventricular tachycardia (VT) in the diabetic heart and determine the mechanism of an antiarrhythmic effect of statins. METHODS: ECG transmitters were implanted in wild-type (WT), placebo, and pravastatin-treated type I diabetic Akita mice. MIs were induced by coronary ligation, and Ca(2+) transients were studied by optical mapping, and Ca(2+) transients and sparks in left ventricular myocytes (VM) by the Ionoptix system and confocal microscopy...
May 15, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501727/methods-to-evaluate-arterial-structure-and-function-in-children-state-of-the-art-knowledge
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REVIEW
Piotr Skrzypczyk, Małgorzata Pańczyk-Tomaszewska
BACKGROUND: With increasing rates of hypertension, obesity, and diabetes in the pediatric population, wide available, and reproducible methods are necessary to evaluate arterial structure and function in children and adolescents. METHODS: MEDLINE/Pubmed was searched for articles published in years 2012-2017 on methodology of, current knowledge on, and limitations of the most commonly used methods to evaluate central, proximal and coronary arteries, as well as endothelial function in pediatric patients...
May 11, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494967/visualizing-calcium-flux-in-freely-moving-nematode-embryos
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Evan L Ardiel, Abhishek Kumar, Joseph Marbach, Ryan Christensen, Rishi Gupta, William Duncan, Jonathan S Daniels, Nico Stuurman, Daniel Colón-Ramos, Hari Shroff
The lack of physiological recordings from Caenorhabditis elegans embryos stands in stark contrast to the comprehensive anatomical and gene expression datasets already available. Using light-sheet fluorescence microscopy to address the challenges associated with functional imaging at this developmental stage, we recorded calcium dynamics in muscles and neurons and developed analysis strategies to relate activity and movement. In muscles, we found that the initiation of twitching was associated with a spreading calcium wave in a dorsal muscle bundle...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494965/multiscale-determinants-of-delayed-afterdepolarization-amplitude-in-cardiac-tissue
#16
Christopher Y Ko, Michael B Liu, Zhen Song, Zhilin Qu, James N Weiss
Spontaneous calcium (Ca) waves in cardiac myocytes underlie delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs) that trigger cardiac arrhythmias. How these subcellular/cellular events overcome source-sink factors in cardiac tissue to generate DADs of sufficient amplitude to trigger action potentials is not fully understood. Here, we evaluate quantitatively how factors at the subcellular scale (number of Ca wave initiation sites), cellular scale (sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca load), and tissue scale (synchrony of Ca release in populations of myocytes) determine DAD features in cardiac tissue using a combined experimental and computational modeling approach...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486797/synthesis-and-properties-of-the-la1%C3%A2-%C3%A2-x%C3%A2-%C3%A2-y-eu-y-ca-x-vo4-0%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-x-y%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-0-2-compounds
#17
O V Chukova, S G Nedilko, A A Slepets, S A Nedilko, T A Voitenko
The La1 - x Ca x VO4 and La1 - x - y Eu y Ca x VO4 (0 ≤ x, y ≤ 0.2) micro/nanosized powders were prepared by aqueous nitrate-citrate sol-gel synthesis. Phase composition of the sample depends on the x and y values. The La0.9Ca0.1VO4 is crystallized in monoclinic structure up to the x = 0.1. The La0.9Eu0.05Ca0.05VO4 sample was also attributed to the monoclinic structure. Increasing concentration of europium and calcium ions in La1 - x - yEu y Ca x VO4 solid solutions leads to the change of the crystal structure, and subsequently, stabilization of the tetragonal phase takes place...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486172/synergistic-effect-of-low-k-and-d-vitamin-status-on-arterial-stiffness-in-a-general-population
#18
Otto Mayer, Jitka Seidlerová, Peter Wohlfahrt, Jan Filipovský, Renata Cífková, Václava Černá, Alena Kučerová, Martin Pešta, Radka Fuchsová, Ondřej Topolčan, Kelly M C Jardon, Nadja E A Drummen, Cees Vermeer
Both vitamins K and D are nutrients with pleiotropic functions in human tissues. The metabolic role of these vitamins overlaps considerably in calcium homeostasis. We analyzed their potential synergetic effect on arterial stiffness. In a cross-sectional study, we analyzed aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV) in 1023 subjects from the Czech post-MONICA study. Desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix γ-carboxyglutamate protein (dp-ucMGP), a biomarker of vitamin K status, was measured by sandwich ELISA and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OH-D3) by a commercial immunochemical assay...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458279/regulatory-mechanism-of-mast-cell-activation-by-zinc-signaling
#19
Keigo Nishida, Ryota Uchida
 Mast cells are hematopoietic-lineage cells that participate in immunoglobulin E (IgE)-associated immune responses, including allergic reactions and parasite resistance. Recent studies have shown that zinc (Zn) ion can behave as an intracellular signaling molecule and that Zn is involved in mast cell activation. We demonstrated that mast cells stimulated through the high-affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) rapidly release intracellular Zn from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and we named this phenomenon the "Zn wave"...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456163/varieties-of-reentrant-dynamics
#20
Lucas Campanari, Min Ju You, Peter Langfield, Leon Glass, Alvin Shrier
Experiments were carried out in monolayer tissue cultures of embryonic chick heart cells imaged using a calcium sensitive fluorescent dye. The cells were grown in annular geometries and in annular geometries with an isthmus connecting antipodal region of the annulus. We observed a large number of spatially different patterns of propagation consisting of one or more circulating waves. As well, we also observed rhythms in which rotors embedded in the annuli generated propagating pulses. These results demonstrate that many different patterns of excitation can be present in cardiac tissue with simple geometries...
April 2017: Chaos
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