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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431099/effect-of-cold-water-induced-stress-on-immune-response-pathology-and-fertility-in-mice-during-chlamydia-muridarum-genital-infection
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Tesfaye Belay, Anthony Woart, Vincent Graffeo
Genital infection by Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is the most common bacterial sexually-transmitted disease worldwide. It causes serious reproductive health complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Stress is implicated as a risk factor for various infections; however, its effect on chlamydia genital infection is unknown. We previously showed that repeated exposure of mice to cold water results in increased severity of chlamydia genital infection. In the present study, cold water-induced stress resulted in: i) elevated levels of NE and EP in the spleen and genital tract of stressed mice; ii) elevated IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6 and NO production in macrophage-rich peritoneal cells of mice; iii) supplement of NE in vitro exerts an immunosuppressive effect on splenic T cell production of cytokines; iv) decreased C...
April 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430025/synthesis-of-dopamine-in-e-coli-using-plasmid-based-expression-system-and-its-marked-effect-on-host-growth-profiles
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Arunangshu Das, Anita Verma, Krishna J Mukherjee
L-Dopa and dopamine are important pathway intermediates towards the synthesis of catecholamine like epinephrine and norepinephrine from amino acid L-tyrosine. Dopamine, secreted from dopaminergic nerve cells, serves as an important neurotransmitter. We report the synthesis of dopamine by extending the aromatic amino acid pathway of E.coli DH5α by expression of 4-hydroxyphenylacetate-3-hydrolase (HpaBC) from E.coli and an engineered dopa decarboxylase (DDC) from pig kidney cell. The activity of HpaBC and DDC require 200 µM iron supplementation and 50 µM vitamin B6 respectively as additives to the growth media...
April 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429830/establishment-and-evaluation-of-a-novel-biomarker-based-nomogram-for-malignant-phaeochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
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Xu Zhong, Lei Ye, TingWei Su, Jing Xie, Weiwei Zhou, Yiran Jiang, Lei Jiang, Guang Ning, Weiqing Wang
OBJECTIVE: No single histological or molecular marker is diagnostic for malignant phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs). This study aimed to establish and evaluate a prognostic nomogram to improve the prediction of metastatic probability in individual PPGL patients. METHODS: Three hundred and forty-seven consecutive PPGL patients from January 2002 through December 2014 were randomly divided into a training set (n=208) and a validation set (n=139). A multivariate logistic regression analysis of selected prognostic features was performed, and a nomogram to predict metastasis was constructed...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429453/tolcapone-induces-oxidative-stress-leading-to-apoptosis-and-inhibition-of-tumor-growth-in-neuroblastoma
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Tyler Maser, Maria Rich, David Hayes, Ping Zhao, Abhinav B Nagulapally, Jeffrey Bond, Giselle Saulnier Sholler
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an enzyme that inactivates dopamine and other catecholamines by O-methylation. Tolcapone, a drug commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, is a potent inhibitor of COMT and previous studies indicate that Tolcapone increases the bioavailability of dopamine in cells. In this study, we demonstrate that Tolcapone kills neuroblastoma (NB) cells in preclinical models by inhibition of COMT. Treating four established NB cells lines (SMS-KCNR, SH-SY5Y, BE(2)-C, CHLA-90) and two primary NB cell lines with Tolcapone for 48 h decreased cell viability in a dose-dependent manner, with IncuCyte imaging and Western blotting indicating that cell death was due to caspase-3-mediated apoptosis...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429210/prenatal-hyperhomocysteinemia-impairs-hypothalamic-regulation-of-reproductive-cycles-in-rat-progeny
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A V Arutyunyan, I V Zaloznyaya, G O Kerkeshko, Yu P Milyutina, A V Korenevskii
Effects of prenatal hyperhomocysteinemia on hypothalamic regulation of estrous cycles were studied in female rats. In mature rats exposed to prenatal hyperhomocysteinemia, changes in the catecholamine content in hypothalamic areas responsible for the formation of the preovulatory surge of gonadotropin-releasing hormone were revealed: the level of norepinephrine in the medial preoptic area decreased and concentration of dopamine in the median eminence with arcuate nuclei increased. Administration of melatonin attenuated the observed changes, which can be related to neuroprotective effects of this hormone determined by its antioxidant properties...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428261/ebf2-transcriptionally-regulates-brown-adipogenesis-via-the-histone-reader-dpf3-and-the-baf-chromatin-remodeling-complex
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Suzanne N Shapira, Hee-Woong Lim, Sona Rajakumari, Alexander P Sakers, Jeff Ishibashi, Matthew J Harms, Kyoung-Jae Won, Patrick Seale
The transcription factor early B-cell factor 2 (EBF2) is an essential mediator of brown adipocyte commitment and terminal differentiation. However, the mechanisms by which EBF2 regulates chromatin to activate brown fat-specific genes in adipocytes were unknown. ChIP-seq (chromatin immunoprecipitation [ChIP] followed by deep sequencing) analyses in brown adipose tissue showed that EBF2 binds and regulates the activity of lineage-specific enhancers. Mechanistically, EBF2 physically interacts with the chromatin remodeler BRG1 and the BAF chromatin remodeling complex in brown adipocytes...
April 20, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428084/metabolomics-of-fescue-toxicosis-in-grazing-beef-steers
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Ryan S Mote, Nicholas S Hill, Karan Uppal, ViLinh T Tran, Dean P Jones, Nikolay M Filipov
Fescue toxicosis (FT) results from consumption of tall fescue (Lolium arundinaceum) infected with an endophyte (Epichloë coenophiala) that produces ergot alkaloids (EA), which are considered key etiological agents of FT. Decreased weight gains, hormonal imbalance, circulating cholesterol disruption, and decreased volatile fatty acid absorption suggest toxic (E+) fescue-induced metabolic perturbations. Employing untargeted high-resolution metabolomics (HRM) to analyze E+ grazing-induced plasma and urine metabolome changes, fescue-naïve Angus steers were placed on E+ or non-toxic (Max-Q) fescue pastures and plasma and urine were sampled before, 1, 2, 14, and 28 days after pasture assignment...
April 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427002/incidental-posterior-mediastinal-paraganglioma-the-safe-approach-to-management-case-report
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Juan A Muñoz-Largacha, Roan J Glocker, Jacob Moalem, Michael J Singh, Virginia R Litle
INTRODUCTION: Paragangliomas are neuroendocrine tumors arising from chromaffin cells located in sympathetic paraganglia. Mediastinal paragangliomas are extremely rare and can be classified as functional or non-functional according to their ability for secreting catecholamines. Patients can be asymptomatic and the diagnosis is usually incidental. Complete surgical resection remains the standard of care for paragangliomas. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a 44-year-old woman with a functional mediastinal paraganglioma incidentally found during the perioperative imaging workup for a diagnosed breast carcinoma...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424658/%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-control-of-vascular-tension-and-catecholamine-release-in-female-normotensive-and-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#9
Torill Berg
As in humans, young, female, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) have a lower blood pressure than male SHR. In male, normotensive rats (WKY), α2- and β1+2-adrenoceptors (AR) reciprocally controlled catecholamine release and vascular smooth muscle tension. This interaction was malfunctioning in male SHR. The present study analyzed if a favorable shift in the α2/β1+2AR interaction may represent an antihypertensive protection in females. Female SHR (early hypertension, 12-14 weeks) and age-matched WKY were infused with tyramine (15 min) to stimulate norepinephrine (NE) release through the reuptake transporter, consequently preventing reuptake...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420862/clinical-characteristics-treatment-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-acute-severe-heart-failure-of-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-etiology-analysis-from-the-commit-ahf-registry
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Mateusz Ostręga, Marek J Gierlotka, Grzegorz Słonka, Paweł Nadziakiewicz, Mariusz Gąsior
INTRODUCTION    There are limited data on the impact of ischemic etiology on clinical status and long-term prognosis among patients with acute severe heart failure (ASHF) not associated with acute coronary syndrome (ACS).  OBJECTIVES    To assess clinical characteristics, treatment and the 12-month mortality of patients with no-ACS ASHF according to etiology.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    The data from 112 patients with ASHF that was not associated with ACS were analyzed: 61 with ischemic (IASHF) and 51 with non-ischemic (NIASHF) etiology...
April 18, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420762/resting-heart-rate-variability-and-exercise-capacity-in-type-1-diabetes
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Luke C Wilson, Karen C Peebles, Neil A Hoye, Patrick Manning, Catherine Sheat, Michael J A Williams, Gerard T Wilkins, Genevieve A Wilson, James C Baldi
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have lower exercise capacity (V̇O2max) than their age-matched nondiabetic counterparts (CON), which might be related to cardiac autonomic dysfunction. We examined whether Heart Rate Variability (HRV; indicator of cardiac autonomic modulation) was associated with exercise capacity in those with and without T1D. Twenty-three participants with uncomplicated T1D and 17 matched CON were recruited. Heart rate (HR; ECG), blood pressure (BP; finger photo-plethysmography), and respiratory rate (respiratory belt) were measured during baseline, paced-breathing and clinical autonomic reflex tests (CARTs); deep breathing, lying-to-stand, and Valsalva maneuver...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420673/a-single-bout-of-high-intensity-interval-training-reduces-awareness-of-subsequent-hypoglycemia-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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Hanne M Rooijackers, Evita C Wiegers, Marinette van der Graaf, Dick H Thijssen, Roy P C Kessels, Cees J Tack, Bastiaan E de Galan
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) gains increasing popularity in patients with diabetes. HIIT acutely increases plasma lactate levels. This may be important, since administration of lactate during hypoglycemia suppresses symptoms and counterregulation, whilst preserving cognitive function. We tested the hypothesis that HIIT acutely reduces awareness of hypoglycemia and attenuates hypoglycemia-induced cognitive dysfunction. In a randomized crossover trial, patients with type 1 diabetes and normal awareness of hypoglycemia (NAH), patients with impaired awareness of hypoglycemia (IAH), and healthy participants (n=10 per group) underwent a hyperinsulinemic-hypoglycemic (2...
April 18, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419371/sleep-a-window-into-autonomic-control-in-children-born-preterm-and-growth-restricted
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Stephanie R Yiallourou, Euan M Wallace, Christie Whatley, Alexsandria Odoi, Samantha Hollis, Aidan J Weichard, Jayan Shivanandhan Muthusamy, Suraj Varma, James Cameron, Om Narayan, Rosemary Sc Horne
Study Objectives: Preterm birth and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are both associated with risk of hypertension in adulthood. Mechanisms leading to this pathology are unclear. In children aged 5-12 years, who were born preterm and FGR, we used sleep as a tool to assess autonomic control with assessment of cardiovascular structure and function. Methods: 18 children born preterm and FGR, 15 born preterm with appropriate birth weights (AGA) and 20 AGA term-born children were studied...
April 17, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418735/polymorphisms-of-comt-c-649g-a-mao-a-c-1460c-t-net-c-1287g-a-genes-and-the-level-of-catecholamines-serotonin-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Jolanta Florczak-Wyspianska, Agata Rozycka, Lukasz Wolny, Margarita Lianeri, Wojciech Kozubski, Jolanta Dorszewska
The purpose of this study was to determine the concentration of plasma norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (E), and serotonin (5-HT) in two collections, after a 30-min supine (I) and 5-min upright position (II), and polymorphisms of genes, COMT (c.649G>A), MAO-A (c.1460C>T), and NET (c.1287G>A), in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other degenerative parkinsonism and controls. The study was performed in 49 PD patients, 19 parkinsonism patients, and 48 controls. The level of NE, E, and 5-HT was determined by HPLC/EC...
April 18, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416039/pig-cognitive-bias-affects-the-conversion-of-muscle-into-meat-by-antioxidant-and-autophagy-mechanisms
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Y Potes, M Oliván, A Rubio-González, B de Luxán-Delgado, F Díaz, V Sierra, L Arroyo, R Peña, A Bassols, J González, R Carreras, A Velarde, M Muñoz-Torres, A Coto-Montes
Slaughter is a crucial step in the meat production chain that could induce psychological stress on each animal, resulting in a physiological response that can differ among individuals. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between an animal's emotional state, the subsequent psychological stress at slaughter and the cellular damage as an effect. In all, 36 entire male pigs were reared at an experimental farm and a cognitive bias test was used to classify them into positive bias (PB) or negative bias (NB) groups depending on their decision-making capabilities...
April 18, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414676/pheochromocytoma-of-the-organ-zuckerkandl
#16
C Lee, E Chang, J Gimenez, R McCarron
INTRODUCTION: Pheochromocytomas (PCCs);, or intra-adrenal paragangliomas (PGLs);, are neuroendocrine tumors arising within the adrenal medulla. Extra-adrenal paragangliomas may arise in the sympathetic or parasympathetic paraganglia and more rarely in other organs. One of the most common extra-adrenal sites is in the organ of Zuckerkandl, a collection of chromaffin cells near the origin of the inferior mesenteric artery or near the aortic bifurcation. The following is a case of a patient with resistant hypertension secondary to an extra-adrenal paraganglioma in the organ of Zuckerkandl...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414329/alternatively-activated-macrophages-do-not-synthesize-catecholamines-or-contribute-to-adipose-tissue-adaptive-thermogenesis
#17
Katrin Fischer, Henry H Ruiz, Kevin Jhun, Brian Finan, Douglas J Oberlin, Verena van der Heide, Anastasia V Kalinovich, Natasa Petrovic, Yochai Wolf, Christoffer Clemmensen, Andrew C Shin, Senad Divanovic, Frank Brombacher, Elke Glasmacher, Susanne Keipert, Martin Jastroch, Joachim Nagler, Karl-Werner Schramm, Dasa Medrikova, Gustav Collden, Stephen C Woods, Stephan Herzig, Dirk Homann, Steffen Jung, Jan Nedergaard, Barbara Cannon, Matthias H Tschöp, Timo D Müller, Christoph Buettner
Adaptive thermogenesis is the process of heat generation in response to cold stimulation. It is under the control of the sympathetic nervous system, whose chief effector is the catecholamine norepinephrine (NE). NE enhances thermogenesis through β3-adrenergic receptors to activate brown adipose tissue and by 'browning' white adipose tissue. Recent studies have reported that alternative activation of macrophages in response to interleukin (IL)-4 stimulation induces the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), a key enzyme in the catecholamine synthesis pathway, and that this activation provides an alternative source of locally produced catecholamines during the thermogenic process...
April 17, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412985/active-surveillance-management-of-head-and-neck-paragangliomas-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
L Harrison, R Corbridge
BACKGROUND: Head and neck paragangliomas are rare. They are usually slow-growing, benign, non-catecholamine secreting tumours, traditionally treated with surgical excision. Complications of surgical excision include lower cranial nerve palsies, stroke and death. METHOD: A retrospective case note analysis was conducted of patients with head and neck paragangliomas treated with a watch-and-scan policy from March 2003 to September 2015, and the relevant literature was reviewed...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409033/aborted-sudden-cardiac-death-in-a-female-patient-presenting-with-takotsubo-like-cardiomyopathy-due-to-epicardial-coronary-vasospasm
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Sorin Giusca, Tom Eisele, Peter Nunninger, Benedikt Münz, Grigorios Korosoglou
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is characterized by apical ballooning of the left ventricle (LV) in the absence of relevant coronary artery stenosis, which typically occurs in elderly women after emotional stress. Catecholamine cardiotoxicity, metabolic disturbance, and coronary microvascular impairment have previously been proposed as underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms of takotsubo cardiomyopathy, whereas myocardial stunning resulting from epicardial coronary artery vasospasm is not generally accepted as a cause of takotsubo cardiomyopathy...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406699/early-morphologic-alterations-in-renal-artery-wall-and-renal-nerves-in-response-to-catheter-based-renal-denervation-procedure-in-sheep-difference-between-single-point-and-multiple-point-ablation-catheters
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M Táborský, D Richter, Z Tonar, T Kubíková, A Herman, J Peregrin, L Červenková, Z Husková, L Kopkan
Renal sympathetic hyperactivity is critically involved in hypertension pathophysiology; renal denervation (RDN) presents a novel strategy for treatment of resistant hypertension cases. This study assessed effects of two RDN systems to detect acute intravascular, vascular and peri-vascular changes in the renal artery, and renal nerve alterations, in the sheep. The procedures using a single-point or multi-point ablation catheters, Symplicity Flex(TM), Medtronic versus EnligHTN(TM), St. Jude Medical were compared; the intact contralateral kidneys served as controls...
April 12, 2017: Physiological Research
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