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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087254/anti-diabetic-drug-metformin-dilates-retinal-blood-vessels-through-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-rats
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Asami Mori, Eriko Ishikawa, Tomoyo Amano, Kenji Sakamoto, Tsutomu Nakahara
The aim of this study was to examine whether metformin, a biguanide anti-hyperglycemic drug, dilates retinal blood vessels in rats. Ocular fundus images were captured with an original high-resolution digital fundus camera in vivo and diameters of retinal blood vessels were measured. Both systemic blood pressure and heart rate were continuously recorded. Metformin (0.01-0.3mg/kg/min) increased diameters of retinal blood vessels in a dose-dependent manner. This retinal vasodilator effect of metformin was abolished by compound C, an inhibitor of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081214/cold-pressor-stress-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-flow-reserve-is-not-useful-for-detection-of-coronary-endothelial-dysfunction-in-women-with-signs-and-symptoms-of-ischemia-and-no-obstructive-cad
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Sofy Landes, Sherwin Dela Cruz, Janet Wei, Ahmed AlBadri, Chrisandra Shufelt, Puja Mehta, Louise E Thomson, Marcio A Diniz, Xiao Zhang, John W Petersen, R David Anderson, Carl J Pepine, Daniel S Berman, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Coronary endothelial function testing using acetylcholine is not routinely available, while non-pharmacological cold pressor testing (CPT) is considered an endothelial stressor. Noninvasive cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) can detect coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD). We evaluated if CPT stress CMRI MPRI could detect invasive coronary endothelial dysfunction. METHODS: Coronary reactivity testing was performed in 189 women with symptoms and signs of ischemic but no obstructive coronary artery disease as previously described plus CPT stress...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070059/differences-in-cardiovascular-responses-to-alamandine-in-two-kidney-one-clip-hypertensive-and-normotensive-rats
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Ava Soltani Hekmat, Kazem Javanmardi, Amin Kouhpayeh, Ehsan Baharamali, Mojtaba Farjam
BACKGROUND: Alamandine is a newly discovered component of the renin-angiotensin system, which regulates blood pressure. In this study, the effect of alamandine on cardiovascular parameters in two-kidney, one clip (2K1C) hypertensive rats and normotensive rats, and the possible roles of the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) and the PD123319-sensitive receptors in mediating this effect was investigated.Methods and Results:The cardiovascular parameters were monitored for 10 min before the infusion of the drugs or saline, and for 30 min afterward...
January 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063968/lack-of-genetic-association-between-oct1-abcb1-and-ugt2b7-variants-and-morphine-pharmacokinetics
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L M Nielsen, E Sverrisdóttir, T B Stage, S Feddersen, K Brøsen, L L Christrup, A M Drewes, A E Olesen
AIM: A high inter-individual variation in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of morphine has been observed. Genetic polymorphisms in genes encoding the organic cation transporter isoform 1 (OCT1), the efflux transporter p-glycoprotein (ABCB1), and the UDP-glucuronosyltransferase-2B7 (UGT2B7) may influence morphine pharmacokinetics and thus, also pharmacodynamics. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between OCT1, ABCB1, and UGT2B7 variants, and morphine pharmacokinetics and -dynamics in healthy volunteers...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063396/cold-pressor-pain-in-skin-picking-disorder
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Jon E Grant, Sarah A Redden, Samuel R Chamberlain
Excoriation (skin-picking) disorder (SPD) is a disabling, under-recognized condition in which individuals repeatedly pick at their skin, leading to noticeable tissue damage. There has been no examination as to whether individuals with SPD have different pain thresholds or pain tolerances compared to healthy counterparts. Adults with SPD were examined on a variety of clinical measures including symptom severity and functioning. All participants underwent the cold pressor test. Heart rate, blood pressure, and self-reported pain were compared between SPD participants (n=14) and healthy controls (n=14)...
December 31, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063367/effects-of-high-fructose-intake-on-the-development-of-hypertension-in-the-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-the-role-of-at1r-gp91-phox-signaling-in-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla
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Kay L H Wu, Chih-Wei Wu, You-Lin Tain, Yung-Mei Chao, Chun-Ying Hung, Pei-Chia Tsai, Wei-Sing Wang, Cheng-Dean Shih
Both genetic and dietary factors determine the development of hypertension. Whether dietary factor impacts the development of hereditary hypertension is unknown. Here, we evaluated the effect of daily high-fructose diet (HFD) on the development of hypertension in adolescent spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Six-week-old SHR were randomly divided into two groups to receive HFD or normal diet (ND) for 3 weeks. The temporal profile of systolic blood pressure, alongside the sympathetic vasomotor activity, in the SHR-HFD showed significantly greater increases at 9-12 weeks of age compared with the age-matched SHR-ND group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062334/intensity-of-vasopressor-therapy-for-septic-shock-and-the-risk-of-in-hospital-death
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Donald A Brand, Patricia A Patrick, Jeffrey T Berger, Mediha Ibrahim, Ajsza Matela, Shweta Upadhyay, Peter Spiegler
CONTEXT: Given the high mortality of 30-60% associated with septic shock, distinguishing which patients do or do not have a reasonable chance of surviving with aggressive treatment could help clinicians and families make informed decisions. OBJECTIVES: To determine if intensity of vasopressor therapy accurately predicts in-hospital death. METHODS: This observational cohort study analyzed in-hospital mortality as a function of intensity of vasopressor therapy in a consecutive series of adults with septic shock treated over a 4-year period...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061378/assessment-of-pain-in-adolescents-influence-of-gender-smoking-status-and-tobacco-abstinence
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Kara S Bagot, Ran Wu, Dana Cavallo, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
PURPOSE: We examined sex differences between smokers and nonsmokers in pain threshold, tolerance, and intensity and the effect of pain on cardiovascular measures, withdrawal, and craving during acute smoking abstinence. METHODS: Ninety-six (53 smokers, 43 nonsmokers) adolescents completed the Cold Pressor Task (CPT) to assess pain responses after minimal (1h) and 42-hour smoking deprivation. Vital signs and craving were assessed before and after CPT completion. RESULTS: Smokers, compared to nonsmokers, had significantly lower pain tolerance (p<0...
December 26, 2016: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058213/face-transplantation-anesthetic-challenges
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Aparna Dalal
Face transplantation is a complex vascular composite allotransplantation (VCA) surgery. It involves multiple types of tissue, such as bone, muscles, blood vessels, nerves to be transferred from the donor to the recipient as one unit. VCAs were added to the definition of organs covered by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Final Rule and National Organ Transplant Act. Prior to harvest of the face from the donor, a tracheostomy is usually performed. The osteotomies and dissection of the midface bony skeleton may involve severe hemorrhagic blood loss often requiring transfusion of blood products...
December 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041984/exploring-the-possible-mechanisms-of-blunted-cardiac-reactivity-to-acute-psychological-stress
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Ryan C Brindle, Anna C Whittaker, Adam Bibbey, Douglas Carroll, Annie T Ginty
Blunted cardiovascular reactivity to acute psychological stress has been linked to a range of adverse health and behavioral outcomes. However, the origins of blunted reactivity remain unclear. The current study aimed to explore the following possibilities: different appraisals of task stressfulness and/or difficulty, diminished task effort, or reduced physiological capacity to respond. Individuals characterized, via pre-screening, as blunted (n=17) or exaggerated (n=16) heart rate (HR) reactors to acute psychological stress (socially evaluative mental arithmetic) were exposed to a psychological stress, cold pressor and exercise tasks during a follow-up testing session while HR and blood pressure (BP) were measured...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036148/altered-distribution-of-adrenergic-constrictor-responses-contributes-to-skeletal-muscle-perfusion-abnormalities-in-metabolic-syndrome
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Kent Lemaster, Dwayne Jackson, Donald G Welsh, Steven D Brooks, Paul D Chantler, Jefferson C Frisbee
PURPOSE: Although studies suggest elevated adrenergic activity paralleling metabolic syndrome in obese Zucker rats (OZR), the moderate hypertension and modest impact on organ perfusion questions the multi-scale validity of these data. METHODS: To understand how adrenergic function contributes to vascular reactivity in OZR, we utilized a multi-scale approach to investigate pressure responses, skeletal muscle blood flow and vascular reactivity following adrenergic challenge...
December 30, 2016: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035645/reflex-arc-of-the-teeth-clenching-induced-pressor-response-in-rats
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Ichiro Shoji, Takehito Kemuriyama, Megumi Tandai-Hiruma, Satoshi Maruyama, Akimasa Tashiro, Hidetaka Yokoe, Yasuhiro Nishida
Although "teeth clenching" induces pressor response, the reflex tracts of the response are unknown. In this study, dantrolene administration inhibited teeth clenching generated by electrical stimulation of the masseter muscles and completely abolished the pressor response. In addition, trigeminal ganglion block or hexamethonium administration completely abolished the pressor response. Local anesthesia of molar regions significantly reduced the pressor response to 27 ± 10%. Gadolinium (mechanoreceptor blocker of group III muscle afferents) entrapment in masticatory muscles also significantly reduced the pressor response to 62 ± 7%...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009705/positive-allosteric-modulation-of-gabaa-receptors-attenuates-high-blood-pressure-in-schlager-hypertensive-mice
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Emily R Stevenson, Esther M C Johns, Francine Z Marques, Kristy L Jackson, Pamela J Davern, Roger G Evans, Geoffrey A Head
OBJECTIVE: Blood pressure high Schlager (BPH/2J) mice have neurogenic hypertension associated with differences in hypothalamic GABAA receptors compared with their normotensive counterparts (BPN/3J). Allopregnanolone is an endogenous neurosteroid reduced in chronic stress, and when administered, decreases anxiety by positive allosteric modulation of GABAA receptors. METHODS: To determine if allopregnanolone could be a viable therapeutic for neurogenic hypertension, male BPH/2J (n = 6-7) and BPN/3J (n = 8-9) mice were equipped with radiotelemetry probes to compare cardiovascular variables before and after implantation of subcutaneous minipumps delivering allopregnanolone (5 mg/kg per day), or its vehicle, for a period of 2 weeks...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005700/morning-pressor-surge-blood-pressure-variability-and-arterial-stiffness-in-essential-hypertension
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Giacomo Pucci, Francesca Battista, Fabio Anastasio, Giuseppe Schillaci
OBJECTIVE: An excess morning blood pressure surge (MBPS) may portend an increased cardiovascular risk, but the mechanisms thereof have been little investigated. The link between MBPS, short-term blood pressure (BP) variability, and arterial stiffness has not been entirely defined. METHODS: In 602 consecutive untreated hypertensive patients (48 ± 12 years, 61% men, office BP 149/93 ± 17/10 mmHg), we measured carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV, SphygmoCor) and 24-h ambulatory BP...
February 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003255/pain-tolerance-in-persons-with-recognized-and-unrecognized-myocardial-infarction-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
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Andrea Milde Øhrn, Christopher Sivert Nielsen, Henrik Schirmer, Audun Stubhaug, Tom Wilsgaard, Haakon Lindekleiv
BACKGROUND: Unrecognized myocardial infarction (MI) is a prevalent condition associated with a similar risk of death as recognized MI. It is unknown why some persons experience MI with few or no symptoms; however, one possible explanation is attenuated pain sensitivity. To our knowledge, no previous study has examined the association between pain sensitivity and recognition of MI. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based cross-sectional study with 4849 included participants who underwent the cold pressor test (a common experimental pain assay) and ECG...
December 21, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002634/fkbp5-polymorphisms-influence-pre-learning-stress-induced-alterations-of-learning-and-memory
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Phillip R Zoladz, Alison M Dailey, Hannah E Nagle, Miranda K Fiely, Brianne E Mosley, Callie M Brown, Tessa J Duffy, Amanda R Scharf, McKenna B Earley, Boyd R Rorabaugh
FK506 binding protein 51(FKBP5) is a co-chaperone of heat shock protein 90 and significantly influences glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the FKBP5 gene are associated with altered hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function, changes in the structure and function of several cognitive brain areas, and increased susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal events. The mechanisms underlying these associations are largely unknown, but it has been speculated that the influence of these SNPs on emotional memory systems may play a role...
December 21, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996183/relationship-between-abcb1-polymorphisms-and-cold-pain-sensitivity-among-healthy-opioid-naive-malay-males
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Zalina Zahari, Chee Siong Lee, Muslih Abdulkarim Ibrahim, Nurfadhlina Musa, Mohd Azhar Mohd Yasin, Yeong Yeh Lee, Soo Choon Tan, Nasir Mohamad, Rusli Ismail
BACKGROUND: Endogenous and exogenous opioids are substrates of the permeability glycoprotein (P-gp) efflux transporter, which is encoded by the ABCB1 (MDR1) gene. Genetic polymorphisms of ABCB1 may contribute to interindividual differences in pain modulation and analgesic responses. We investigated the relationship between ABCB1 polymorphisms and cold pain sensitivity among healthy males. METHODS: Cold pain responses, including pain threshold and pain tolerance, were measured using the cold-pressor test (CPT)...
December 20, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989852/cortical-and-spinal-assessment-a-comparative-study-using-encephalography-and-the-nociceptive-withdrawal-reflex
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I W Fischer, M Gram, T M Hansen, A Brokjaer, C Graversen, L P Malver, C D Mørch, L L Christrup, A M Drewes, A E Olesen
BACKGROUND: Standardized objective methods to assess the analgesic effects of opioids, enable identification of underlying mechanisms of drug actions in the central nervous system. Opioids may exert their effect on both cortical and spinal levels. In this study actions of morphine at both levels were investigated, followed by analysis of a possible correlation between the cortical processing and spinal transmission. METHODS: The study was conducted after a double-blinded, two-way crossover design in thirty-nine healthy participants...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989579/plasma-palmitoylethanolamide-pea-as-a-potential-biomarker-for-impaired-coronary-function
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Alessandra Quercioli, Federico Carbone, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Zoltan Pataky, Aurélien Thomas, Sébastien Lenglet, Estelle Lauer, Alain Golay, Franco Dallegri, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Thomas H Schindler, Fabrizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: Among endocannabinoid (EC)-related mediators, Oleoyl-ethanolamide (OEA) and Palmitoyl-ethanolamide (PEA), two endogenous PPARα agonists with lipolytic and anti-inflammatory action, respectively, are being actively investigated. Here, we assessed the potential association between plasma levels of PEA and OEA and coronary function in a cohort including normal, overweight, obese, and morbidly obese (MOB) individuals. METHODS: Myocardial perfusion and endothelium-related myocardial blood flow (MBF) responses to cold pressor test (CPT) and during pharmacological vasodilation with dipyridamole were measured with (13)N-ammonia positron emission tomography/computed tomography...
December 13, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987228/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-intrathecally-administered-xen2174-a-synthetic-conopeptide-with-norepinephrine-reuptake-inhibitor-and-analgesic-properties
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Pieter Okkerse, Justin L Hay, Elske Sitsen, Albert Dahan, Erica Klaassen, William Houghton, Geert Jan Groeneveld
AIM: Xen2174 is a synthetic 13-amino acid peptide that binds specifically to the norepinephrine transporter, which results in inhibition of norepinephrine uptake. It is being developed as a possible treatment for moderate to severe pain and is delivered intrathecally. The current study was performed to assess the pharmacodynamics (PD) and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pharmacokinetics (PK) of Xen2174 in healthy subjects. METHODS: This was a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled study in healthy subjects...
November 2, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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