Read by QxMD icon Read

Calcium wave

Satoshi Kuroki, Takamasa Yoshida, Hidekazu Tsutsui, Mizuho Iwama, Reiko Ando, Takayuki Michikawa, Atsushi Miyawaki, Toshio Ohshima, Shigeyoshi Itohara
Multisensory integration (MSI) is a fundamental emergent property of the mammalian brain. During MSI, perceptual information encoded in patterned activity is processed in multimodal association cortex. The systems-level neuronal dynamics that coordinate MSI, however, are unknown. Here, we demonstrate intrinsic hub-like network activity in the association cortex that regulates MSI. We engineered calcium reporter mouse lines based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer sensor yellow cameleon (YC2.60) expressed in excitatory or inhibitory neurons...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Ji-Yeon Lee, Su-Ja Oh
The retinal degeneration resulting from elevated intraocular pressure was evaluated through functional and morphological analyses, for better understanding of the pathophysiology of glaucoma. Ocular hypertension was induced via unilateral episcleral venous cauterization in rats. Experimental time was set at 1 and 3 days, and 1, 2, 4, and 8 weeks post-operation. Retinal function was analyzed using electroretinography. For morphological analysis, retinal tissues were processed for immunochemistry by using antibodies against the calcium-sensing receptor and calcium-binding proteins...
February 2018: Experimental Neurobiology
Sebastian Polak, Barbara Wiśniowska, Aleksander Mendyk, Adam Pacławski, Jakub Szlęk
Human heart electrophysiology is complex biological phenomenon, which is indirectly assessed by the measured ECG signal. ECG trace is further analyzed to derive interpretable surrogates including QT interval, QRS complex, PR interval, and T wave morphology. QT interval and its modification are the most commonly used surrogates of the drug triggered arrhythmia, but it is known that the QT interval itself is determined by other nondrug related parameters, physiological and pathological. In the current study, we used the computational intelligence algorithms to analyze correlations between various simulated physiological parameters and QT interval...
2018: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Evgeniy R Galimov, Rosina E Pryor, Sarah E Poole, Alexandre Benedetto, Zachary Pincus, David Gems
Organismal death is a process of systemic collapse whose mechanisms are less well understood than those of cell death. We previously reported that death in C. elegans is accompanied by a calcium-propagated wave of intestinal necrosis, marked by a wave of blue autofluorescence (death fluorescence). Here, we describe another feature of organismal death, a wave of body wall muscle contraction, or death contraction (DC). This phenomenon is accompanied by a wave of intramuscular Ca2+ release and, subsequently, of intestinal necrosis...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Minyoung Lee, Haeri Baek, Jong Suk Park, Sohee Kim, Chanhee Kyung, Su Jung Baik, Byoung Kwon Lee, Jie-Hyun Kim, Chul Woo Ahn, Kyung Rae Kim, Shinae Kang
Helicobacter pylori is a gastrointestinal pathogen known to be associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, most analyses about the effect of H. pylori infection have been done in patients with a history of CVD but not in healthy subjects. We evaluated the association between H. pylori infection and subclinical atherosclerosis by using cardiac multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in healthy subjects without previous CVD. From December 2007 to February 2014, 463 subjects who underwent the rapid urease test (CLO test), pulse-wave velocity (PWV) measurement, and MDCT for a self-referred health check-up were enrolled to this study...
2018: PloS One
V M Schäfer, C J Ballance, K Thirumalai, L J Stephenson, T G Ballance, A M Steane, D M Lucas
Quantum bits (qubits) based on individual trapped atomic ions are a promising technology for building a quantum computer. The elementary operations necessary to do so have been achieved with the required precision for some error-correction schemes. However, the essential two-qubit logic gate that is used to generate quantum entanglement has hitherto always been performed in an adiabatic regime (in which the gate is slow compared with the characteristic motional frequencies of the ions in the trap), resulting in logic speeds of the order of 10 kilohertz...
February 28, 2018: Nature
Kiyobumi Ota, Sayo Koseki, Kenji Ikegami, Iichiroh Onishi, Hiyoryuki Tomimitsu, Shuzo Shintani
75 years old woman presented with 6-month history of progressive dropped head syndrome. Neurological examination revealed moderate weakness of flexor and extensor of neck and mild weakness of proximal appendicular muscles with normal deep tendon reflexes. The needle electromyography showed short duration and low amplitude motor unit potential. No fibrillation potentials or positive sharp waves were seen. Biopsy of deltoid muscle was normal. Laboratory studies showed elevated levels of serum calcium (11.8 mg/dl, upper limit of normal 10...
February 28, 2018: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Joanna L Bowtell, Magni Mohr, Jonathan Fulford, Sarah R Jackman, Georgios Ermidis, Peter Krustrup, Katya N Mileva
Background: Caffeine has been shown to enhance exercise performance and capacity. The mechanisms remain unclear but are suggested to relate to adenosine receptor antagonism, resulting in increased central motor drive, reduced perception of effort, and altered peripheral processes such as enhanced calcium handling and extracellular potassium regulation. Our aims were to investigate how caffeine (i) affects knee extensor PCr kinetics and pH during repeated sets of single-leg knee extensor exercise to task failure and (ii) modulates the interplay between central and peripheral neural processes...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
D Hove, E Garrido, P Sarriguren, D V Fedorov, H O U Fynbo, A S Jensen, N T Zinner
We investigate the emergence of halos and Efimov states in nuclei by use of a newly designed model that combines self-consistent mean-field and three-body descriptions. Recent interest in neutron heavy calcium isotopes makes ^{72}Ca (^{70}Ca+n+n) an ideal realistic candidate on the neutron dripline, and we use it as a representative example that illustrates our broadly applicable conclusions. By smooth variation of the interactions we simulate the crossover from well-bound systems to structures beyond the threshold of binding, and find that halo configurations emerge from the mean-field structure for three-body binding energy less than ∼100  keV...
February 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Zedong Cheng, Yulou Ning, Rui Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on the expressions of CD36 gene and protein in peritoneal macrophages of atherosclerotic rabbits, and to explore the mechanism of acupuncture regulation of atherosclerosis. METHODS: A total of 26 male New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into a blank group (7 rabbits) and a model group (19 rabbits). The rabbits in the blank group were fed with common feedstuff, and those in the model group were applied with high fat diet and arteria carotis communis bullon injury...
February 12, 2018: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Dibyadeep Datta, Amy F T Arnsten
Schizophrenia is associated with core deficits in cognitive abilities and impaired functioning of the newly evolved prefrontal association cortex (PFC). In particular, neuropathological studies of schizophrenia have found selective atrophy of the pyramidal cell microcircuits in deep layer III of the dorsolateral PFC (dlPFC), and compensatory weakening of related GABAergic interneurons. Studies in monkeys have shown that recurrent excitation in these layer III microcircuits generates the precisely patterned, persistent firing needed for working memory and abstract thought...
February 22, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Stuart M Cain, John R Tyson, Hyun-Beom Choi, Rebecca Ko, Paulo J C Lin, Jeffrey M LeDue, Kim L Powell, Louis-Philippe Bernier, Ravi L Rungta, Yi Yang, Pieter R Cullis, Terence J O'Brien, Brian A MacVicar, Terrance P Snutch
OBJECTIVE: Genetic alterations have been identified in the CACNA1H gene, encoding the CaV 3.2 T-type calcium channel in patients with absence epilepsy, yet the precise mechanisms relating to seizure propagation and spike-wave-discharge (SWD) pacemaking remain unknown. Neurons of the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) express high levels of CaV 3.2 calcium channels, and we investigated whether a gain-of-function mutation in the Cacna1h gene in Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats from Strasbourg (GAERS) contributes to seizure propagation and pacemaking in the TRN...
February 21, 2018: Epilepsia
J Christoph, M Chebbok, C Richter, J Schröder-Schetelig, P Bittihn, S Stein, I Uzelac, F H Fenton, G Hasenfuß, R F Gilmour, S Luther
Self-organized dynamics of vortex-like rotating waves or scroll waves underlie complex spatial-temporal pattern formation in many excitable chemical and biological systems1-4 . In the heart, filament-like phase singularities5,6 associated with three-dimensional scroll waves8 are considered to be the organizing centers of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias7-13 . The mechanisms underlying the onset, perpetuation, and control14-16 of electromechanical turbulence in the heart are inherently three-dimensional phenomena...
February 21, 2018: Nature
R Flore, M A Zocco, M E Ainora, C Fonnesu, A Nesci, A Gasbarrini, F R Ponziani
OBJECTIVE: To quantify non-coronary vascular calcifications (VC) in asymptomatic patients at low-intermediate cardiovascular risk by a new color Doppler ultrasound (DUS)-based score (the carotid, aortic, lower limbs calcium score, CALCs), and to correlate this score with classical parameters associated with cardiovascular risk [carotid intima media thickness (IMT), and arterial stiffness (AS)]. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All consecutive asymptomatic patients who underwent a screening DUS of non-coronary circulation were evaluated and patients at low-intermediate cardiovascular risk were selected according to Framingham risk score (FRS)...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
C Pasqualin, A Yu, C O Malécot, F Gannier, C Cognard, D Godin-Ribuot, J Morand, P Bredeloux, V Maupoil
Mechanisms underlying ectopic activity in the pulmonary vein (PV) which triggers paroxysmal atrial fibrillation are unknown. Although several studies have suggested that calcium signalling might be involved in these arrhythmias, little is known about calcium cycling in PV cardiomyocytes (CM). We found that individual PV CM showed a wide range of transverse tubular incidence and organization, going from their virtual absence, as described in atrial CM, to well transversally organised tubular systems, like in ventricular CM...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Satoko Nozato, Koichi Yamamoto, Yoichi Nozato, Masao Takeda, Kazuhiro Hongyo, Miyuki Takeya, Hiroshi Akasaka, Yoichi Takami, Yasushi Takeya, Ken Sugimoto, Norihisa Ito, Hiromi Rakugi
Recent studies suggest that L-type calcium channel blockers (CCBs) contribute to reducing blood pressure (BP) variability. We investigated whether inhibition of the N-type calcium channel has an additional effect on BP variability by comparing the effect of L-type and L/N-type CCBs on home BP variability in elderly hypertensive patients. Twenty-six hypertensive patients (≥65 years) were subjected to repeated changes with the administration of amlodipine (L-type CCB) and cilnidipine (L/N-type CCB) every 2 months...
February 15, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Yoshie Narui, Marcos Sotomayor
Human hearing relies upon the tip-to-tip interaction of two non-classical cadherins, protocadherin-15 (PCDH15) and cadherin-23 (CDH23). Together, these proteins form a filament called the tip link that connects neighboring stereocilia of mechanosensitive hair cells. As sound waves enter the cochlea, the stereocilia deflect and tension is applied to the tip link opening nearby transduction channels. Disruption of the tip link by loud sound or calcium chelators eliminates transduction currents and illustrates that tip-link integrity is critical for mechanosensing...
February 14, 2018: Biochemistry
Theresa A Zwaschka, Justin S Ahn, Bryan W Cunitz, Michael R Bailey, Barbrina L Dunmire, Mathew D Sorensen, Jonathan D Harper, Adam D Maxwell
PURPOSE: Burst wave lithotripsy (BWL) is a new technology in development to fragment urinary stones. Ultrasonic propulsion is a separate technology under investigation for displacing stones. We measure the effect of propulsion pulses on stone fragmentation from BWL. MATERIAL/METHODS: Two artificial stone models (crystalline calcite, BegoStone plaster) and human calcium oxalate monohydrate stones measuring 5-8 mm were subjected to ultrasound exposures in a polyvinyl chloride tissue phantom within a water bath...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Endourology
Leila Fathyunes, Jafar Khalil-Allafi
In the present work, we investigated the effect of employing ultrasonic waves during pulse electrochemical deposition on surface topography, chemical composition and biocompatibility of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) coatings. The SEM and 3D AFM images showed that the anodized titanium surface was covered with the uniform and refined size of plate-like Ca-P crystals, when the ultrasonic treatment of the electrolyte with power of 60 W was carried out during deposition. In contrast, for the Ca-P; 0 W coating applied under only the magnetic stirring of the electrolyte, the microstructure was non-uniform and some Ca-P crystals with the larger size were randomly observed in different regions, causing a rougher surface...
April 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
L Chiva, J I Pagán, I López, A J Tenza-Abril, L Aragonés, I Sánchez
Actions taken to prevent or reduce coastal erosion often do not have the desired effect, leading to major problems instead of solving the original one. This research focuses on why a nourished beach- with borrowed sand and 0.05% of particles <0.063 mm- causes the presence of suspended particles that are observed by beach users as turbidity. This means that the colour of the water was not its characteristic blue, even with calm wave conditions. This research involved a shoreline evolution analysis and a sedimentological study of the sand from 1977 to 2017...
February 8, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"