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Laís Manata Vanzella, Aline Fernanda Barbosa Bernardo, Tatiana Dias de Carvalho, Franciele Marques Vanderlei, Anne Kastelianne França da Silva, Luiz Carlos Marques Vanderlei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate autonomic modulation in individuals with COPD, compared with healthy controls, via recurrence plots (RPs) and linear heart rate variability (HRV) indices. METHODS: We analyzed data on 74 volunteers, who were divided into two groups: COPD (n = 43) and control (n = 31). For calculation of HRV indices, heart rate was measured beat-by-beat during 30 min of supine rest using a heart-rate meter. We analyzed linear indices in the time and frequency domains, as well as indices derived from the RPs...
January 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
Yeonsik Noh, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Yan Bai, Joseph White, John P Florian, Peter R Brink, Ki H Chon
Prolonged and high pressure diving may lead to various physiological changes including significant alterations of autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity that may be associated with altered physical performance, decompression sickness, or central nervous system oxygen toxicity. Ideally, researchers could elucidate ANS function before, during, and after dives that are most associated with altered function and adverse outcomes. However, we have a limited understanding of the activities of the ANS especially during deeper prolonged SCUBA diving because there has never been a convenient way to collect physiological data during deep dives...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Charlotte A Hall, Robert P Chilcott
The pupillary light reflex (PLR) describes the constriction and subsequent dilation of the pupil in response to light as a result of the antagonistic actions of the iris sphincter and dilator muscles. Since these muscles are innervated by the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, respectively, different parameters of the PLR can be used as indicators for either sympathetic or parasympathetic modulation. Thus, the PLR provides an important metric of autonomic nervous system function that has been exploited for a wide range of clinical applications...
March 13, 2018: Diagnostics
Naoko Yamaguchi, Kentaro Yamakawa, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tatsuo Takamiya, Marmar Vaseghi
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial modulation with cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) can potentially reduce burden of ventricular tachy-arryhthmias (VT). Despite catheter ablation and CSD, however, VT can recur in patients with cardiomyopathy and the role of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in this setting is unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate electrophysiological effects of VNS after CSD in normal and infarcted hearts. METHODS: In 10 normal and 6 infarcted pigs, electrophysiological and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated before and during intermittent VNS pre-CSD (bilateral stellectomy and T2-T4 thoracic ganglia removal) as well as post-CSD...
March 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Atsushi Kurabayashi, Chiharu Tanaka, Waka Matsumoto, Seiji Naganuma, Mutsuo Furihata, Keiji Inoue, Yoshihiko Kakinuma
AIMS: Our previous study revealed that cyclic hindlimb ischaemia-reperfusion (IR) activates cardiac acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis through the cholinergic nervous system and cell-derived ACh accelerates glucose uptake. However, the mechanisms regulating glucose metabolism in vivo remain unknown. We investigated the effects and mechanisms of IR in mice under pathophysiological conditions. METHODS: Using IR-subjected male C57BL/6J mice, the effects of IR on blood sugar (BS), glucose uptake, central parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activity, hepatic gluconeogenic enzyme expression and those of ACh on hepatocellular glucose uptake were assessed...
March 8, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
N J C Stapelberg, R Pratt, D L Neumann, D H K Shum, S Brandis, V Muthukkumarasamy, B Stantic, M Blumenstein, J P Headrick
BACKGROUND: Biological pathways underlying major depressive disorder (MDD) can be viewed as systems biology networks. The psycho-immune-neuroendocrine (PINE) network comprises central nervous, immune, endocrine and autonomic systems, integrating biological mechanisms of MDD. Such networks exhibit recurrent motifs with specific functions, including positive and negative feedback loops, and are subject to critical transitions, influenced by feedback loop transitions (FLTs). AIMS: We aim to identify critical feedback loops and their FLTs, as well sentinel network nodes (SNNs), key network nodes that drive FLTs, within the PINE network...
March 7, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Lars Edvinsson, János Tajti, Levente Szalárdy, László Vécsei
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide implicated in a wide range of functions, such as nociception and in primary headaches. Regarding its localization, PACAP has been observed in the sensory trigeminal ganglion (TG), in the parasympathetic sphenopalatine (SPG) and otic ganglia (OTG), and in the brainstem trigeminocervical complex. Immunohistochemistry has shown PACAP-38 in numerous cell bodies of SPG/OTG, co-stored with vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and, to a minor degree, with choline acetyltransferase...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Rachel Nicoll, Michael Y Henein
Essential hypertension, fast heart rate, low heart rate variability, sympathetic nervous system dominance over parasympathetic, arterial stiffness, endothelial dysfunction and poor flow-mediated arterial dilatation are all associated with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. This review of randomised controlled trials and other studies demonstrates that caloric restriction (CR) is capable of significantly improving all these parameters, normalising blood pressure (BP) and allowing patients to discontinue antihypertensive medication, while never becoming hypotensive...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
M А Boldyreva, I V Bondar, I S Stafeev, P I Makarevich, I B Beloglazova, E S Zubkova, E K Shevchenko, Y D Molokotina, M N Karagyaur, Е I Rаtner, Ye V Parfyonova
Peripheral nerve injury remains a common clinical problem with no satisfactory treatment options. Numerous studies have shown that hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) exerts neurotrophic effect in motor, sensory, and parasympathetic neurons in addition to mitogenic, morphogenic, angiogenic, antiapoptotic, antifibrotic, and anti-inflammatory effect on various tissues and cells. In our study we examined efficacy of gene therapy with HGF-bearing plasmid (pC4W-hHGF) to improve consequences of traumatic nerve injury in mice...
March 5, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Maria Salsone, Basilio Vescio, Andrea Quattrone, Ferdinando Roccia, Miriam Sturniolo, Francesco Bono, Umberto Aguglia, Antonio Gambardella, Aldo Quattrone
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate circadian fluctuations and night/day ratio of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) spectral components in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in comparison with controls. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: This is a simultaneous HRV-polysomnographic (PSG) study including 29 patients with OSA and 18 age-sex-matched controls. Four patients with OSA dropped out. All participants underwent PSG and HRV analysis. We measured the 24-hour fluctuations and the night/day ratio of low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) spectral components of HRV in all subjects and controls...
2018: PloS One
Daiji Kagawa, Akihiko Fujii, Mayumi Ohtsuka, Takatoshi Murase
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of consumption of coffee polyphenols (CPPs) on the autonomic nervous system activity and decreased skin barrier function caused by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) treatment. In this single-blind, placebo-controlled study, ten healthy male subjects consumed either a beverage containing CPPs or a placebo beverage for four weeks. CPPs significantly suppressed the deterioration in skin barrier function and skin moisture content induced by SDS treatment after the third week...
March 7, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Angela Briganti, Flavia Evangelista, Paola Centonze, Annaliso Rizzo, Francesco Bentivegna, Antonio Crovace, Francesco Staffieri
BACKGROUND: Haemodynamic variations normally occur in anaesthetized animals, in relation to the animal status, administered drugs, sympathetic and parasympathetic tone, fluid therapy and surgical stimulus. The possibility to measure some cardiovascular parameters, such as cardiac output (CO), during anaesthesia would be beneficial for both the anaesthesia management and its outcome. New techniques for the monitoring of CO are aimed at finding methods which are non invasive, accurate and with good trending ability, which can be used in a clinical setting...
March 6, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Metin Celiker, Yuksel Cicek, Suat Tezi, Abdulkadir Ozgur, Hatice Beyazal Polat, Engin Dursun
BACKGROUND: Nasal septum deformities (NSD) are one of the most common causes of upper airway obstruction. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a physiologic parameter that is affected by the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic tonus. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a septoplasty operation on HRV parameters as assessed by 24 hours ambulatory Holter recordings in patients with NSD. METHODS: The prospective study involved 54 consecutive patients (16 women and 38 men) who underwent septoplasty due to a marked C- or S-shaped NSD...
March 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Diana A Monteiro, Edwin W Taylor, Marina R Sartori, André L Cruz, Francisco T Rantin, Cleo A C Leite
The present study has revealed that the lungfish has both structural and functional features of its system for physiological control of heart rate, previously considered solely mammalian, that together generate variability (HRV). Ultrastructural and electrophysiological investigation revealed that the nerves connecting the brain to the heart are myelinated, conferring rapid conduction velocities, comparable to mammalian fibers that generate instantaneous changes in heart rate at the onset of each air breath...
February 2018: Science Advances
Kiavash R Koko, Brian D McCauley, John P Gaughan, Marc W Fromer, Ryan S Nolan, Ashleigh L Hagaman, Spencer A Brown, Joshua P Hazelton
BACKGROUND: Spectral analysis of continuous blood pressure and heart rate variability provides a quantitative assessment of autonomic response to hemorrhage. This may reveal markers of mortality as well as endpoints of resuscitation. METHODS: Fourteen male Yorkshire pigs, ranging in weight from 33 to 36 kg, were included in the analysis. All pigs underwent laparotomy and then sustained a standardized retrohepatic inferior vena cava injury. Animals were then allowed to progress to class 3 hemorrhagic shock and where then treated with abdominal sponge packing followed by 6 h of crystalloid resuscitation...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Lincoln M Tracy, Julian Koenig, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, Stephen J Gibson, Melita J Giummarra
Previous research has suggested that heart rate variability (HRV; the variability in the interval between successive heartbeats) can predict the perception of experimentally-induced pain (i.e., pain sensitivity). However, little research has sought to investigate sex-specific associations between HRV and pain sensitivity. This is an important consideration, given that sex differences in resting HRV have been observed, and there has been extensive debate about sex differences in sensitivity to experimentally-induced pain...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Anthony R Ward, Gabriela Alarcón, Joel T Nigg, Erica D Musser
The authors note two errors in this article. In the reference section, Musser et al. (2014) was mistakenly used whereas the following entry should have been used.
March 3, 2018: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Kotb Abbass Metwalley, Sherifa Ahmed Hamed, Hekma Saad Farghaly
Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is a major complication of type 1 diabetes (T1D). This study aimed to evaluate cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) function in children with T1D and its relation to different demographic, clinical and laboratory variable. This cross-sectional study included 60 children with T1D (mean age = 15.1 ± 3.3 years; duration of diabetes = 7.95 ± 3.83 years). The following 8 non-invasive autonomic testing were used for evaluation: heart rate at rest and in response to active standing (30:15 ratio), deep breathing and Valsalva maneuver (indicating parasympathetic function); blood pressure response to standing (orthostatic hypotension or OH), sustained handgrip and cold; and heart rate response to standing or positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTs (indicating sympathetic function)...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
Verônica Porto de Freitas, Rafael da Silva Passos, Alinne Alves Oliveira, Ícaro J S Ribeiro, Ivna Vidal Freire, Ludmila Schettino, Mauro Fernandes Teles, Cezar Augusto Casotti, Rafael Pereira
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to compare the autonomic heart control parameters from sarcopenic and non-sarcopenic community-dwelling elders. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study including 76 community-dwelling old adults, which was clinically stratified as sarcopenic or non-sarcopenic, according to the current recommendations. They were submitted to 5-min recordings of successive RR intervals. The analysis of the RR intervals variability was carried out in time (mean RR, RMSSD, pNN50, SDNN and triangular index) and frequency domains (LFnu, HFnu and LF/HF ratio), and with nonlinear methods (SD1, SD2, and D2 )...
February 2, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Arne May, Todd J Schwedt, Delphine Magis, Patricia Pozo-Rosich, Stefan Evers, Shuu-Jiun Wang
Cluster headache is an excruciating, strictly one-sided pain syndrome with attacks that last between 15 minutes and 180 minutes and that are accompanied by marked ipsilateral cranial autonomic symptoms, such as lacrimation and conjunctival injection. The pain is so severe that female patients describe each attack as worse than childbirth. The past decade has seen remarkable progress in the understanding of the pathophysiological background of cluster headache and has implicated the brain, particularly the hypothalamus, as the generator of both the pain and the autonomic symptoms...
March 1, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
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