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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098882/downregulation-of-microrna%C3%A2-34b-is-responsible-for-the-elevation-of-blood-pressure-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Fan Yang, Haiyu Li, Youyou Du, Qiangwei Shi, Luosha Zhao
The present study aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) responsible for the development of primary hypertension, and examine the downstream signaling pathway, which mediates the effect of the miRNA. Reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis was performed to identify which miRNA may be involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension. In silico analysis and a luciferase assay were used to validate the target of the selected miRNA, and miRNA mimics and small interfering (si)RNA of the target were transfected into smooth muscle cells to examine its effect on the biological activity of the cells...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098877/differentiation-of-osteoblast%C3%A2-like-cells-and-ectopic-bone-formation-induced-by-bone-marrow-stem-cells-transfected-with-chitosan-nanoparticles-containing-plasmid%C3%A2-bmp2-sequences
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Zhang Qing Hong, Liu Meng Tao, Zhang Xiao Bin
The present study investigated the efficiency of the use of chitosan nanoparticles containing plasmid‑bone morphogenetic protein 2 (pBMP2) sequences (CNPBs) to induce the differentiation of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) into osteoblast‑like cells that may be able to promote ectopic bone formation. pBMP2s were constructed, and chitosan nanoparticles were incubated with 50, 100 or 200 µg/ml pBMP2. BMSCs were collected from the tibiae and femurs of 6‑week old rats, cultured and treated with the CNPBs or 200 µg/ml pBMP2 as a positive control...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098836/association-of-school-environment-and-after-school-physical-activity-with-health-related-physical-fitness-among-junior-high-school-students-in-taiwan
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Kai-Yang Lo, Min-Chen Wu, Shu-Chin Tung, City C Hsieh, Hsueh-Hua Yao, Chien-Chang Ho
The relationship between students' school environment and exercise habits is complex, and is affected by numerous factors. However, the few studies that have been conducted on this relationship have reported inconsistent results, especially regarding Taiwanese students. We conducted this cross-sectional study to investigate the association of school environment and after-school physical activity with health-related physical fitness in Taiwanese adolescents. Data were drawn from a national survey conducted by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan in 2008 of health-related physical fitness measurements among junior high school students (649,442 total) in grades seven to nine...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098667/18f-naf-pet-ct-in-symptomatic-fabella-syndrome
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Sharjeel Usmani, Fahad Marafi, Najeeb Ahmed, Fareeda Al Kandari
Fabella is a sesamoid bone, located within the tendon of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle. It may be associated with posterolateral knee pain because of repetitive friction over the posterolateral femoral condyle. We report a case of a 64-year-old woman presenting with right posterolateral knee pain. F-NaF PET-CT demonstrated increased uptake posterior to the right knee joint localizing to a fabella. Standard examination and radiographic imaging excluded other causes for posterolateral knee pain, and the increased activity was considered to be secondary to fabella syndrome...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098577/mitochondria-initiate-and-regulate-sarcopenia
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Stephen E Alway, Junaith S Mohamed, Matthew J Myers
We present the hypothesis that an accumulation of dysfunctional mitochondria initiates a signaling cascade leading to motor neuron and muscle fiber death and culminating in sarcopenia. Interactions between neural and muscle cells that contain dysfunctional mitochondria exacerbate sarcopenia. Preventing sarcopenia will require identifying mitochondrial sources of dysfunction that are reversible.
January 16, 2017: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098413/dermatomal-spread-following-posterior-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-in-pediatric-patients-our-initial-experience
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Maria A Hernandez, Tricia Vecchione, Karen Boretsky
INTRODUCTION: Several techniques for the transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block have been described. The extent of sensory changes using an ultrasound-guided posterior TAP block (pTAP) remains unclear in pediatric patients. The primary aim of this study was to report the extent of sensory changes achieved with pTAP; specifically the highest thoracic dermatome anesthetized. Secondary outcomes were pain scores (PS), opioid consumption, and complications. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients less than 21 years of age undergoing abdominal surgery with a unilateral or bilateral pTAP(s) for postoperative analgesia...
January 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098320/versatile-tissue-lasers-based-on-high-q-fabry-p%C3%A3-rot-microcavities
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Yu-Cheng Chen, Qiushu Chen, Tingting Zhang, Wenjie Wang, Xudong Fan
Biolasers are an emerging technology for next generation biochemical detection and clinical applications. Progress has recently been made to achieve lasing from biomolecules and single living cells. Tissues, which consist of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix, mimic more closely the actual complex biological environment in a living body and therefore are of more practical significance. Here, we developed a highly versatile tissue laser platform, in which tissues stained with fluorophores are sandwiched in a high-Q Fabry-Pérot microcavity...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098199/optogenetic-modulation-of-urinary-bladder-contraction-for-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
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Jae Hong Park, Jin Ki Hong, Ja Yun Jang, Jieun An, Kyu-Sung Lee, Tong Mook Kang, Hyun Joon Shin, Jun-Kyo Francis Suh
As current clinical approaches for lower urinary tract (LUT) dysfunction such as pharmacological and electrical stimulation treatments lack target specificity, thus resulting in suboptimal outcomes with various side effects, a better treatment modality with spatial and temporal target-specificity is necessary. In this study, we delivered optogenetic membrane proteins, such as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) and halorhodopsin (NpHR), to bladder smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of mice using either the Cre-loxp transgenic system or a viral transfection method...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098058/repair-of-an-inguinoscrotal-hernia-in-a-patient-with-becker-muscular-dystrophy
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F Tatulli, A Caraglia, A Delcuratolo, S Cassano, G S Chetta
INTRODUCTION: Inguinal hernia repairs are routinely performed as outpatient procedures in most patients, whereas a few require admission due to clinical or social peculiarities. Muscular dystrophies are inherited disorders characterized by progressive muscle wasting and weakness. In case of surgery there is no definite recommendation for either general or regional anesthesia. CASE REPORT: This contribution regards a 48 y. o. male patient diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy by muscle biopsy 10 years earlier...
September 2017: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097810/physicochemical-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-cinnamamide-derivative-r-s-2e-1-3-hydroxypiperidin-1-yl-3-phenylprop-2-en-1-one-km-608-for-nervous-system-disorders
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Agnieszka Gunia-Krzyżak, Ewa Żesławska, Florence Bareyre, Wojciech Nitek, Anna M Waszkielewicz, Henryk Marona
A cinnamamide scaffold has been successfully incorporated in several compounds possessing desirable pharmacological activities in central and peripheral nervous system such as anticonvulsant, antidepressant, neuroprotective, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and sedative/hypnotic properties. R,S-(2E)-1-(3-hydroxypiperidin-1-yl)-3-phenylprop-2-en-1-one (KM-608), a cinnamamide derivative, was synthesized, its chemical structure was confirmed by means of spectroscopy and crystallography, additionally thermal analysis showed that it exists in one crystalline form...
January 18, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097776/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-deoxy-adp-pi-activation-of-pre-powerstroke-myosin
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Sarah G Nowakowski, Michael Regnier, Valerie Daggett
Myosin activation is a viable approach to treat systolic heart failure. We previously demonstrated that striated muscle myosin is a promiscuous ATPase that can use most nucleoside triphosphates as energy substrates for contraction. When 2-deoxy ATP (dATP) is used, it acts as a myosin activator, enhancing cross-bridge binding and cycling. In vivo, we have demonstrated that elevated dATP levels increase basal cardiac function and rescues function of infarcted rodent and pig hearts. Here we investigate the molecular mechanism underlying this physiological effect...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097749/positive-contrast-from-cells-labeled-with-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-quantitation-of-imaging-data
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Sergey Magnitsky, Jinjin Zhang, Djaudat Idiyatullin, Geetha Mohan, Michael Garwood, Nancy E Lane, Sharmila Majumdar
PURPOSE: Conventional T2 -weighted MRI produces a hypointense signal from iron-labeled cells, which renders quantification unfeasible. We tested a SWeep Imaging with Fourier Transformation (SWIFT) MRI pulse sequence to generate a quantifiable hyperintense signal from iron-labeled cells. METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were labeled with different concentrations of iron oxide particles and examined for cell viability, proliferation, and differentiation. The SWIFT sequence was optimized to detect and quantify the amount of iron in the muscle tissue after injection of iron oxide solution and iron-labeled MSCs...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097712/force-generation-by-titin-folding
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Zsolt Mártonfalvi, Pasquale Bianco, Katalin Naftz, György G Ferenczy, Miklós Kellermayer
Titin is a giant protein that provides elasticity to muscle. As the sarcomere is stretched, titin extends hierarchically according to the mechanics of its segments. Whether titin's globular domains unfold during this process and how such unfolded domains might contribute to muscle contractility are strongly debated. To explore the force-dependent folding mechanisms, here we manipulated skeletal-muscle titin molecules with high-resolution optical tweezers. In force-clamp mode, after quenching the force (<10 pN), extension fluctuated without resolvable discrete events...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097678/aberrant-tyrosinase-expression-in-an-atypical-fibroxanthoma-a-case-report
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Amy Weiss, Vijay Vanchinathan, Eun Ji Kwon
Atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX) is a histologic mimicker of a variety of spindle cell neoplasms and careful microscopic and immunohistochemical evaluation is critical in establishing the correct diagnosis. Here we report the histologic and immunohistochemical work-up of a 1 cm nodule involving the left dorsal hand of a 66-year-old patient. Light microscopy revealed fascicles of spindled and pleomorphic cells within the dermis demonstrating increased mitotic activity occurring in the background of sun-damaged skin...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097658/segmental-fibre-type-composition-of-the-rat-iliopsoas-muscle
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Hrvoje Vlahovic, Ksenija Bazdaric, Verner Marijancic, Tamara Soic-Vranic, Daniela Malnar, Juraj Arbanas
The iliopsoas of the rat is composed of two muscles - the psoas major muscle and the iliacus muscle. The psoas major muscle arises from all the lumbar vertebrae and the iliacus muscle from the fifth and sixth lumbar vertebrae and ilium. Their common insertion point is the lesser trochanter of the femur, and their common action is the lateral rotation of the femur and flexion of the hip joint. Unlike humans, the rat is a quadruped and only occasionally rises up on its hind legs. Therefore, it is expected that the fibre type composition of the rat iliopsoas muscle will be different than that of humans...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097532/medication-overuse-in-chronic-pain
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Eric S Hsu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic pain is usually managed by various pharmacotherapies after exhausting the conservative modalities such as over-the-counter choices. The goal of this review is to investigate current state of opioids and non-opioid medication overuse that includes NSAIDs, skeletal muscle relaxants, antidepressants, membrane stabilization agents, and benzodiazepine. How to minimize medication overuse and achieve better outcome in chronic pain management? RECENT FINDINGS: Although antidepressants and membrane stabilization agents contribute to the crucial components for neuromodulation, opioids were frequently designated as a rescue remedy in chronic pain since adjunct analgesics usually do not provide instantaneous relief...
January 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097524/pubovisceralis-muscle-fiber-architecture-determination-comparison-between-biomechanical-modeling-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Sofia Brandão, Marco Parente, Elisabete Silva, Thuane Da Roza, Teresa Mascarenhas, João Leitão, João Cunha, Renato Natal Jorge, Rita Gouveia Nunes
Biomechanical analysis of pelvic floor dysfunction requires knowledge of certain biomechanical parameters, such as muscle fiber direction, in order to adequately model function. Magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) provides an estimate of overall muscle fiber directionality based on the mathematical description of water diffusivity. This work aimed at evaluating the concurrence between pubovisceralis muscle fiber representations obtained from DTI, and the maximum principal stress lines obtained through the finite element method...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097512/deletion-of-nlrp3-protects-from-inflammation-induced-skeletal-muscle-atrophy
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Nora Huang, Melanie Kny, Fabian Riediger, Katharina Busch, Sibylle Schmidt, Friedrich C Luft, Hortense Slevogt, Jens Fielitz
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients develop atrophic muscle failure, which increases morbidity and mortality. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is activated early in sepsis. Whether IL-1β acts directly on muscle cells and whether its inhibition prevents atrophy is unknown. We aimed to investigate if IL-1β activation via the Nlrp3 inflammasome is involved in inflammation-induced atrophy. METHODS: We performed an experimental study and prospective animal trial. The effect of IL-1β on differentiated C2C12 muscle cells was investigated by analyzing gene-and-protein expression, and atrophy response...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097499/automating-perforator-flap-mra-and-cta-reporting
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Christopher J Lange, Nanda Deepa Thimmappa, Srikanth R Boddu, Silvina P Dutruel, Mengchao Pei, Zerwa Farooq, Ashkan Heshmatzadeh Behzadi, Yi Wang, Ramin Zabih, Martin R Prince
Surgical breast reconstruction after mastectomy requires precise perforator coordinates/dimensions, perforator course, and fat volume in a radiology report. Automatic perforator reporting software was implemented as an OsiriX Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) viewer plugin. For perforator analysis, the user identifies a reference point (e.g., umbilicus) and marks each perforating artery/vein bundle with multiple region of interest (ROI) points along its course beginning at the muscle-fat interface...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097449/open-retromuscular-large-mesh-reconstruction-of-lumbar-incisional-hernias-including-the-atrophic-muscular-area
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Y Renard, L de Mestier, A Cagniet, N Demichel, C Marchand, J-L Meffert, R Kianmanesh, J-P Palot
PURPOSE: Lumbar incisional hernias (LIH) are a rare wall defect, whose surgical management is challenging because no recommendation exists. Moreover, LIH are frequently associated with flank bulging which should be taken into account during LIH surgical repair. We aimed to describe a cohort of patients operated on for LIH using a homogeneous surgical technique and to report surgical outcomes. METHODS: The records of all consecutive patients operated on in a specialized surgical center between January 2009 and January 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
January 17, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
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