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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721356/targeted-ischemic-stroke-induction-and-mesoscopic-imaging-assessment-of-blood-flow-and-ischemic-depolarization-in-awake-mice
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Matilde Balbi, Matthieu P Vanni, Gergely Silasi, Yuki Sekino, Luis Bolanos, Jeffrey M LeDue, Timothy H Murphy
Despite advances in experimental stroke models, confounding factors such as anesthetics used during stroke induction remain. Furthermore, imaging of blood flow during stroke is not routinely done. We take advantage of in vivo bihemispheric transcranial windows for longitudinal mesoscopic imaging of cortical function to establish a protocol for focal ischemic stroke induction in target brain regions using photothrombosis in awake head-fixed mice. Our protocol does not require any surgical steps at the time of stroke induction or anesthetics during either head fixation or photoactivation...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679474/a-comparison-of-micro-perc-and-retrograde-intrarenal-surgery-results-in-pediatric-patients-with-renal-stones
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Haluk Sen, Ilker Seckiner, Omer Bayrak, Kazim Dogan, Sakip Erturhan
INTRODUCTION: With advancements in endoscopic surgery, open surgical techniques for urinary system stones have paved the way for the application of less invasive treatment modalities in patients with pediatric kidney stone disease. These treatment options include extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), and retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of RIRS and micro-PCNL techniques in the surgical treatment of kidney stones in pediatric patients...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673592/bottom-up-gamma-and-stages-of-waking
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E Garcia-Rill
Gamma activity has been proposed to promote the feed forward or "bottom-up" flow of information from lower to higher regions of the brain during perception. The pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) modulates waking and REM sleep, and is part of the reticular activating system (RAS). The properties of PPN cells are unique in that all PPN neurons fire maximally at gamma band frequency regardless of electrophysiological or transmitter type, thus proposed as one origin of "bottom-up" gamma. This property is based on the presence of intrinsic membrane oscillations subserved by high threshold, voltage-dependent calcium channels...
July 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670363/verapamil-suppresses-cardiac-alternans-and-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-acute-myocardial-ischemia-via-ryanodine-receptor-inhibition
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Yu-Lei Deng, Jun-Yan Zhao, Ji-Hua Yao, Qiang Tang, Le Zhang, Hong-Lian Zhou, Cun-Tai Zhang, Jia-Gao Lv, Xiao-Qing Quan
T-wave alternans (TWA) is a potent arrhythmia substrate under the conditions of acute myocardial ischemia. Abnormal intracellular calcium cycling contributes to the genesis of cardiac alternans. Ryanodine receptor (RyR) is a pivotal Ca(2+) cycling protein central to Ca(2+) signaling in the heart. Here, we investigated the potential role of RyR in cardiac alternans and ventricular arrhythmias in acute myocardial ischemia. Transmembrane action potentials were simultaneously recorded from epicardium and endocardium together with a transmural ECG and isometric contraction force in the arterially perfused left ventricular wedge preparations...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666027/hyperuricemia-and-risk-of-increased-arterial-stiffness-in-healthy-women-based-on-health-screening-in-korean-population
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Hoon Young Choi, Seok-Hyung Kim, Ah Ran Choi, Seung Gyu Kim, Hyunwook Kim, Jung Eun Lee, Hyung Jong Kim, Hyeong Cheon Park
Hyperuricemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is associated with increased arterial stiffness in high-risk populations. However, given the possible sex-related differences in the prevalence of hyperuricemia, the association between elevated serum uric acid (SUA) level and increased arterial stiffness has yielded conflicting results. We investigated the relationship between SUA and arterial stiffness in asymptomatic healthy subjects who underwent a health examination. Subjects who underwent a comprehensive health examination were enrolled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652571/discovery-of-long-range-inhibitory-signaling-to-ensure-single-axon-formation
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Tetsuya Takano, Mengya Wu, Shinichi Nakamuta, Honda Naoki, Naruki Ishizawa, Takashi Namba, Takashi Watanabe, Chundi Xu, Tomonari Hamaguchi, Yoshimitsu Yura, Mutsuki Amano, Klaus M Hahn, Kozo Kaibuchi
A long-standing question in neurodevelopment is how neurons develop a single axon and multiple dendrites from common immature neurites. Long-range inhibitory signaling from the growing axon is hypothesized to prevent outgrowth of other immature neurites and to differentiate them into dendrites, but the existence and nature of this inhibitory signaling remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that axonal growth triggered by neurotrophin-3 remotely inhibits neurite outgrowth through long-range Ca(2+) waves, which are delivered from the growing axon to the cell body...
June 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647890/comparison-of-lercanidipine-plus-hydrochlorothiazide-vs-lercanidipine-plus-enalapril-on-micro-and-macrocirculation-in-patients-with-mild-essential-hypertension
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Carolina De Ciuceis, Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Rossini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Sarah Duse, Stefano Caletti, Maria Antonietta Coschignano, Francesco Semeraro, Valentina Trapletti, Fabio Bertacchini, Valeria Brami, Alina Petelca, Enrico Agabiti Rosei, Damiano Rizzoni, Claudia Agabiti Rosei
Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers may possess antioxidant properties, and might improve micro and macrovascular structure and function. Combination treatment with an ACE inhibitor may have additional advantages, compared with a thiazide diuretic. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of a short-term treatment with lercanidipine, and to compare two combination treatments: lercanidipine + enalapril vs. lercanidipine + hydrochlorothiazide on structural alterations in retinal arterioles, on skin capillary density and on large artery distensibility...
June 24, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643840/synchronization-of-excitable-cardiac-cultures-of-different-origin
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N N Agladze, O V Halaidych, V A Tsvelaya, T Bruegmann, C Kilgus, P Sasse, K I Agladze
In the present work, we investigated the synchronization of electrical activity in cultured cardiac cells of different origin put in direct contact. In the first set of experiments synchronization was studied in the primary culture cells of neonatal rats taken at different developmental ages, and in the second - in the neonatal rat cardiomyocytes and HL-1 cells. The electrical excitation of cells was recorded using the calcium transient marker Fluor-4. In the confluent cell layers created with the aid of a specially devised mask, the excitation waves and their propagation between areas occupied by cells of different origin were observed...
June 23, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642614/ultrasound-mediated-piezoelectric-differentiation-of-neuron-like-pc12-cells-on-pvdf-membranes
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Marcus Hoop, Xiang-Zhong Chen, Aldo Ferrari, Fajer Mushtaq, Gagik Ghazaryan, Theo Tervoort, Dimos Poulikakos, Bradley Nelson, Salvador Pané
Electrical and/or electromechanical stimulation has been shown to play a significant role in regenerating various functionalities in soft tissues, such as tendons, muscles, and nerves. In this work, we investigate the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a potential substrate for wireless neuronal differentiation. Piezoelectric PVDF enables generation of electrical charges on its surface upon acoustic stimulation, inducing neuritogenesis of PC12 cells. We demonstrate that the effect of pure piezoelectric stimulation on neurite generation in PC12 cells is comparable to the ones induced by neuronal growth factor (NGF)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619745/many-parts-make-a-whole-calcium-transients-sum-for-slow-waves
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Caitlin Sedwick
New JGP study shows how calcium events drive long intestinal slow wave plateaus.
July 3, 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
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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
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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
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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...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573491/p2x7-receptor-large-pore-signaling-in-avian-m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cells
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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
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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 out-patient 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)
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