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Émilie Petitclerc, Luc J Hébert, Jean Mathieu, Johanne Desrosiers, Cynthia Gagnon
INTRODUCTION: Lower limb strength has never been characterized separately for late-onset and adult Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1) phenotypes. METHODS: The purpose was to: 1) describe and compare lower limb strength between the 2 DM1 phenotypes, and 2) compare the impairment profiles obtained from 2 assessment methods [manual (MMT) and quantitative (QMT) muscle testing], among 107 patients. RESULTS: Both MMT and QMT showed more pronounced weakness in the adult phenotype...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Mary K McGahon, José A Fernández, Durga P Dash, Jon McKee, David A Simpson, Alex V Zholos, J Graham McGeown, Tim M Curtis
Purpose: Activation of the transient receptor potential channels, TRPC6, TRPM4, and TRPP1 (PKD2), has been shown to contribute to the myogenic constriction of cerebral arteries. In the present study we sought to determine the potential role of various mechanosensitive TRP channels to myogenic signaling in arterioles of the rat retina. Methods: Rat retinal arterioles were isolated for RT-PCR, Fura-2 Ca2+ microfluorimetry, patch-clamp electrophysiology, and pressure myography studies...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Peter Sandner, Peter Berger, Christoph Zenzmaier
Fibrotic diseases cause high rates of morbidity and mortality, and their incidence increases with age. Despite intense research and development efforts, effective and well-tolerated antifibrotic treatments are scarce. Transforming growth factor-β signaling, which is widely considered the most important profibrotic factor, causes a pro-oxidant shift in redox homeostasis and a concomitant decrease in nitric oxide (NO) signaling. The NO/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signaling cascade plays a pivotal role in the regulation of cell and organ function in whole-body hemostasis...
October 27, 2016: Gerontology
Hiroshi Kaji
Adipose tissue has recently been reevaluated as an endocrine organ, and adipose-tissue-derived endocrine factors are termed adipokines. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is the primary inhibitor of PAs, which convert plasminogen into plasmin, a critical protease involved in fibrinolysis. PAI-1 induces fibrinogenesis by suppressing intravascular and tissue fibrinolysis. Moreover, PAI-1 exerts various cellular effects independently of fibrinolysis. Although PAI-1 is expressed in various tissues, its expression is regulated by numerous growth factors, cytokines, and hormones in a paracrine and endocrine manner...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Leszek Kubin
Upper airway muscles subserve many essential for survival orofacial behaviors, including their important role as accessory respiratory muscles. In the face of certain predisposition of craniofacial anatomy, both tonic and phasic inspiratory activation of upper airway muscles is necessary to protect the upper airway against collapse. This protective action is adequate during wakefulness, but fails during sleep which results in recurrent episodes of hypopneas and apneas, a condition known as the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA)...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Ugo Ripamonti, Ruqayya Parak, Roland M Klar, Caroline Dickens, Therese Dix-Peek, Raquel Duarte
OBJECTIVES: To investigate cementogenesis and alveolar bone induction during in vivo periodontal tissue regeneration upon implantation of hTGF-β3 in furcation defects of Papio ursinus and to evaluate the feasibility of gene expression studies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Class II furcation defects (day 0) were prepared in mandibular first and second molars of three P. ursinus and on day 30 implanted with and without 75μg hTGF-β3 in Matrigel(®) matrix. On day 0, 30 and 90, cementum and alveolar bone were harvested for gene expression analyses...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
C D C Neves, A C R Lacerda, V K S Lage, L P Lima, R Tossige-Gomes, S F Fonseca, E Rocha-Vieira, M M Teixeira, V A Mendonça
Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke seems to be related to an increase of pro-inflammatory cytokines, oxidative stress and changes in muscular and physical performances of healthy smokers. However, these parameters have not yet been evaluated simultaneously in previous studies. The participants of this study were healthy males divided into two groups: smokers (n=20) and non-smokers (n=20). Inflammation was evaluated by measuring plasma levels of the cytokines IL-10, IL-6 e TNF-α, and of the soluble receptors sTNFR1 and sTNFR2...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
P Abreu, K F Vitzel, I C C R Monteiro, T I Lima, A N Queiroz, J H Leal-Cardoso, S M Hirabara, V M Ceccatto
The aim of this research was to investigate the effects of endurance training on reduction of plasma glucose during high intensity constant and incremental speed tests in Wistar rats. We hypothesized that plasma glucose might be decreased in the exercised group during heavy (more intense) exercise. Twenty-four 10-week-old male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to sedentary and exercised groups. The prescription of endurance exercise training intensity was determined as 60% of the maximum intensity reached at the incremental speed test...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Chunxiang Feng, Jinqian Hu, Chang Liu, Shiliang Liu, Guiying Liao, Linjie Song, Xiaoyong Zeng
The increased incidence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in postmenopausal women has been proposed to be associated with a reduction in the level of 17-β estradiol (E2). E2 has also been shown to enhance the multi-differentiation ability of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) in vitro. However, studies on the potential value of E2 for tissue engineering in SUI treatment are rare. In the present study, we successfully fabricated myogenically differentiated ASCs (MD-ASCs), which were seeded onto a Poly(l-lactide)/Poly(e-caprolactone) electrospinning nano-scaffold, and incorporated E2 into the system, with the aim of improving the proliferation and myogenic differentiation of ASCs...
2016: PloS One
Jean-Daniel Dubois, Vincent Cantin, Mathieu Piché, Martin Descarreaux
Despite an elusive pathophysiology, common characteristics are often observed in individuals with chronic low back pain (LBP). These include psychological symptoms, altered pain perception, altered pain modulation and altered muscle activation. These factors have been explored as possible determinants of disability, either separately or in cross-sectional studies, but were never assessed in a single longitudinal study. Therefore, the objective was to determine the relative contribution of psychological and neurophysiological factors to future disability in individuals with past LBP...
2016: PloS One
Denise F R Rawcliffe, Lennart Österman, Hans Lindsten, Monica Holmberg
Hereditary myopathy with lactic acidosis (HML) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by an intronic one-base mutation in the iron-sulfur cluster assembly (ISCU) gene, resulting in aberrant splicing. The incorrectly spliced transcripts contain a 100 or 86 bp intron sequence encoding a non-functional ISCU protein, which leads to defects in several Fe-S containing proteins in the respiratory chain and the TCA cycle. The symptoms in HML are restricted to skeletal muscle, and it has been proposed that this effect is due to higher levels of incorrectly spliced ISCU in skeletal muscle compared with other energy-demanding tissues...
2016: PloS One
Kuo An Liao, Nicanor González-Morales, Frieder Schöck
Z-discs are organizing centers that establish and maintain myofibril structure and function. Important Z-disc proteins are α-actinin, which cross-links actin thin filaments at the Z-disc and Zasp PDZ domain proteins, which directly interact with α-actinin. Here we investigate the biochemical and genetic nature of this interaction in more detail. Zasp52 is the major Drosophila Zasp PDZ domain protein, and is required for myofibril assembly and maintenance. We show by in vitro biochemistry that the PDZ domain plus a C-terminal extension is the only area of Zasp52 involved in the interaction with α-actinin...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Zhijun Li, Matthew D Muller, Jianli Wang, Christopher T Sica, Prasanna Karunanayaka, Lawrence I Sinoway, Qing X Yang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the dynamic characteristics of T2* -weighted signal change in exercising skeletal muscle of healthy subjects and peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients under a low-intensity exercise paradigm. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine PAD patients and nine age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers underwent a low-intensity exercise paradigm while magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3.0T) was obtained. T2*-weighted signal time-courses in lateral gastrocnemius, medial gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior were acquired and analyzed...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Loic Espeit, Sebastien Pavailler, Thomas Lapole
INTRODUCTION: Wearing compression stockings (CS) may improve postural stability through additional cutaneous feedback. The aim of this study was to further determine how wearing CS could influence spinal excitability by investigating ankle muscle H-reflexes. METHODS: Fifteen subjects were asked to stand barefoot on a rigid floor with their eyes open. H-reflex amplitude was measured on the soleus (SOL), fibularis longus (FL), and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles with and without CS...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Martin Skov, Frank V de Paoli, Ole B Nielsen, Thomas H Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: In myotonia congenita, loss of ClC-1 Cl(-) -channel function results in skeletal muscle hyperexcitability and myotonia. Anti-myotonic treatment has typically targeted the voltage gated sodium channel in skeletal muscle (Nav1.4). This study explored whether 3 sodium channel modulating anti-epileptics can reduce myotonia in isolated rat and human muscle. METHODS: Dissected muscles were rendered myotonic by ClC-1 channel inhibition. The ability of the drugs to suppress myotonia was then assessed from sub-clinical to maximal clinical concentrations...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Francis B Panosyan, Rabi Tawil, David N Herrmann
INTRODUCTION: Episodic muscle weakness is the hallmark of a heterogeneous group of disorders known as periodic paralysis. A majority are due to single nucleotide mutations causing membrane depolarization. METHODS: We report 2 family members with chronic, slowly progressive, distal axonal neuropathy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2) and episodic weakness resembling periodic paralysis. RESULTS: Next generation sequencing (NGS) identified a mitochondrial MT-ATP6 mutation m...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Ying Hu, Shihua Qi, Linxi Yuan, Hongxia Liu, Xinli Xing
Twenty-one organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were measured in the muscle of six predominant waterbird species from Jianghan Plain, Hubei Province, Central China. Among OCPs, DDTs were the most prevalent compounds, with average concentration ranging from 31.1 to 1445 ng/g lipid weight. Little egrets (Egretta garzetta) and Chinese pond herons (Ardeola bacchus) showed significantly higher concentrations of OCPs (p < 0.05) due to their dietary habits and migratory patterns. There were no statistically significant differences (p > 0...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Ge Jia, Li Zhang, Hongxiang Ren, Jun Xu, Xiaoli Xu, Yanbing Yu
BACKGROUND: Abnormal muscle response (AMR) has been considered as a predictor of the prognosis after microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm (HFS). However, its predictive value has not always been satisfactory. The objective of this work was to confirm an optimal range of stimulus intensities to elicit AMR in surgery. METHODS: Seventy-two consecutive patients with primary HFS treated by MVD were retrospectively included in this study. A wide range of stimulus intensities from 1 to 100 mA was applied in AMR monitoring...
October 25, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Andrew S Powers, Jeffrey Grizzaffi, Richard Ribchester, Gregory A Lnenicka
Studies of synaptic homeostasis during muscle fiber (MF) growth in Drosophila larvae have focused on the regulation of the quantal content of transmitter release. However, early studies in crayfish and frog suggested that regulation of quantal current size may be an integral mechanism in synaptic homeostasis. To examine this further in Drosophila, we compared the electrical properties, miniature excitatory postsynaptic potentials (minEPSPs) and miniature excitatory postsynaptic currents (minEPSCs) in different-sized MFs in third-instar larvae and for a single MF during larval growth...
October 25, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Erica I Hodgman, Mark J Watson
BACKGROUND: Surgeons continue to seek an incisional hernia repair technique which minimizes cost and morbidity while maximizing durability. We present a single surgeon's experience with a technique described by N.L. Browse and J.P. Chevrel in 1979. METHODS: The Chevrel/Browse repair consists of a bilateral anterior rectus sheath release, hernia sac imbrication, bilateral rectus complex medialization, and repair reinforcement with an anterior prosthetic mesh. Data were collected on all patients who underwent herniorrhaphy between April 2003 and April 2013...
October 25, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
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