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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648041/-effects-of-hypoxia-on-the-phenotype-transformation-of-human-dermal-fibroblasts-to-myofibroblasts-and-the-mechanism
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B Zhao, F Han, W Zhang, X J Wang, J Zhang, F F Yang, J H Shi, L L Su, D H Hu
Objective: To investigate the effects of hypoxia on the phenotype transformation of human dermal fibroblasts to myofibroblasts and the mechanism. Methods: The third passage of healthy adult human dermal fibroblasts in logarithmic phase were cultured in DMEM medium containing 10% fetal bovine serum for the following five experiments. (1) In experiments 1, 2, and 3, cells were divided into normoxia group and hypoxia group according to the random number table, with 10 dishes in each group. Cells of normoxia group were cultured in incubator containing 21% oxygen, while those of hypoxia group with 1% oxygen...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648030/-effect-and-mechanism-of-intermittent-alkaline-stimulation-on-high-phosphorus-induced-calcification-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-of-rats
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Y L Bai, J S Xu, T Tian, J X Zhang, L W Cui, H R Zhang, S L Zhang
Objective: To explore the effect and possible mechanisms of intermittent alkaline on rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) calcification induced by high phosphorus. Methods: VSMCs were isolated from rat thoracic aorta and cultured in vitro. The fourth generation VSMCs were randomly divided into control group, high phosphorus+ pH7.4, high phosphorus+ pH7.5, high phosphorus+ pH7.6 and high phosphorus+ pH7.7 group with random number table. The control group was cultured in DMEM with 10% fetal bovine serum. Other groups were cultured in DMEM with 10 mmol/L β-glycerophosphate and alkalized by 7...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648004/-effects-of-botulinum-toxin-type-a-injection-for-pathological-characteristic-of-calf-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injure
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X M Wei, Z L Dou, Y W Zhang, M Dai, F Yu, Q Y Wang, L Jiang
Objective: To explore the effect of BoTN-A on pathological characteristics of calf (GM) and motor function of ankle dorsiflexors in SCI model rats. Methods: Thirty-six SD male rats (weight 260-280 g) were randomly allocated into normal control group and 12w-control group, NS-injection group and BT-injection group in this study.NS/BT-injection groups were divided into two subgroups separately (2w-NS, 2w-BT, 8w-NS, 8w-BT). No injection was applied in normal control group or 12w-control group.Saline/BoTN-A was injected in right GM in NS/BT-injection group at two different time points(2w, 8w)...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647906/exogenous-gdf11-induces-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-and-wasting
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Teresa A Zimmers, Yanling Jiang, Meijing Wang, Tiffany W Liang, Joseph E Rupert, Ernie D Au, Francesco E Marino, Marion E Couch, Leonidas G Koniaris
Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), a TGF-beta superfamily member, is highly homologous to myostatin and essential for embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Reports of GDF11 effects on adult tissues are conflicting, with some describing anti-aging and pro-regenerative activities on the heart and skeletal muscle while others opposite or no effects. Herein, we sought to determine the in vivo cardiac and skeletal muscle effects of excess GDF11. Mice were injected with GDF11 secreting cells, an identical model to that used to initially identify the in vivo effects of myostatin...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647887/connexins-and-pannexins-in-bone-and-skeletal-muscle
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REVIEW
Lilian I Plotkin, Hannah M Davis, Bruno A Cisterna, Juan C Sáez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss current knowledge on the role of connexins and pannexins in the musculoskeletal system. RECENT FINDINGS: Connexins and pannexins are crucial for the development and maintenance of both bone and skeletal muscle. In bone, the presence of connexin and more recently of pannexin channels in osteoblasts, osteoclasts, and osteocytes has been described and shown to be essential for normal skeletal development and bone adaptation. In skeletal muscles, connexins and pannexins play important roles during development and regeneration through coordinated regulation of metabolic functions via cell-to-cell communication...
June 24, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647883/casper-computer-aided-segmentation-of-imperceptible-motion-a-learning-based-tracking-of-an-invisible-needle-in-ultrasound
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Parmida Beigi, Robert Rohling, Septimiu E Salcudean, Gary C Ng
PURPOSE: This paper presents a new micro-motion-based approach to track a needle in ultrasound images captured by a handheld transducer. METHODS: We propose a novel learning-based framework to track a handheld needle by detecting microscale variations of motion dynamics over time. The current state of the art on using motion analysis for needle detection uses absolute motion and hence work well only when the transducer is static. We have introduced and evaluated novel spatiotemporal and spectral features, obtained from the phase image, in a self-supervised tracking framework to improve the detection accuracy in the subsequent frames using incremental training...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647869/muscular-viscoelastic-characteristics-of-athletes-participating-in-the-european-master-indoor-athletics-championship
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Marco Gervasi, Davide Sisti, Stefano Amatori, Marco Andreazza, Piero Benelli, Piero Sestili, Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi, Anna Rita Calavalle
PURPOSE: To investigate how the viscoelastic characteristics of muscles (non-neural tone, elasticity and stiffness) vary as a function of age and gender in a sample of track and field master athletes. To compare these findings with data on related sedentary subjects in literature. METHODS: A total of 390 athletes (aged 35-99) were assessed during the European Master Athletics Indoor Championship 2016. A non-invasive measurement device called MyotonPro was used to measure tone, stiffness, and elasticity in the biceps brachii and rectus femoris muscles at rest...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647868/effects-of-high-altitude-exposure-on-supraspinal-fatigue-and-corticospinal-excitability-and-inhibition
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Mathieu Marillier, Pierrick J Arnal, Thibault Le Roux Mallouf, Thomas Rupp, Guillaume Y Millet, Samuel Verges
PURPOSE: While acute hypoxic exposure enhances exercise-induced central fatigue and can alter corticospinal excitability and inhibition, the effect of prolonged hypoxic exposure on these parameters remains to be clarified. We hypothesized that 5 days of altitude exposure would (i) normalize exercise-induced supraspinal fatigue during isolated muscle exercise to sea level (SL) values and (ii) increase corticospinal excitability and inhibition. METHODS: Eleven male subjects performed intermittent isometric elbow flexions at 50% of maximal voluntary contraction to task failure at SL and after 1 (D1) and 5 (D5) days at 4350 m...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647867/the-effects-of-4-weeks-stretching-training-to-the-point-of-pain-on-flexibility-and-muscle-tendon-unit-properties
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Pornpimol Muanjai, David A Jones, Mantas Mickevicius, Danguole Satkunskiene, Audrius Snieckus, Renata Rutkauskaite, Dalia Mickeviciene, Sigitas Kamandulis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the benefits and possible problems of 4 weeks stretching when taken to the point of pain (POP) and to the point of discomfort (POD). METHODS: Twenty-six physically active women (20 ± 1.1 years) took part in group-based stretching classes of the hamstring muscles, 4 times per week for 4 weeks, one group one stretching to POD, the other to POP. Passive stiffness, joint range of motion (ROM), maximal isometric torque and concentric knee flexion torque, were measured before training and 2 days after the last training session...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647810/distal-nerve-transfer-versus-supraclavicular-nerve-grafting-comparison-of-elbow-flexion-outcome-in-neonatal-brachial-plexus-palsy-with-c5-c7-involvement
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Carlos O Heise, Mario G Siqueira, Roberto S Martins, Luciano H Foroni, Hugo Sterman-Neto
PURPOSE: Ulnar and median nerve transfers to arm muscles have been used to recover elbow flexion in infants with neonatal brachial plexus palsy, but there is no direct outcome comparison with the classical supraclavicular nerve grafting approach. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed patients with C5-C7 neonatal brachial plexus palsy submitted to nerve surgery and recorded elbow flexion recovery using the active movement scale (0-7) at 12 and 24 months after surgery...
June 24, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647779/transcriptome-profiling-and-digital-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-skin-of-dybowski-s-frog-rana-dybowskii-exposed-to-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Yi-Gang Xu, Long-Hui Chai, Wen Shi, Dan-Dan Wang, Jing-Yu Zhang, Xiang-Hong Xiao
Recently, populations of Rana dybowskii, an important amphibian species in Northeast China, have decreased, mainly owing to the disease caused by Aeromonas hydrophila. However, effective control methods have not yet been developed. In order to explore the immune responses of R. dybowskii upon exposure to A. hydrophila infection, Illumina high-throughput transcriptome sequencing and digital gene expression (DGE) technology were employed to investigate transcriptomic changes in the skin of R. dybowskii exposed to A...
June 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647743/predictive-accuracy-of-calf-circumference-measurements-to-detect-decreased-skeletal-muscle-mass-and-european-society-for-clinical-nutrition-and-metabolism-defined-malnutrition-in-hospitalized-older-patients
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Keisuke Maeda, Takayuki Koga, Tomomi Nasu, Miki Takaki, Junji Akagi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The ability to readily diagnose sarcopenia and malnutrition in a clinical setting is essential. This study is aimed at clarifying the calf circumference (CC) cut-off values for decreased skeletal muscle mass (SMM), according to the Asian Work Group for Sarcopenia's criteria definition of sarcopenia, and those for European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism-defined malnutrition, in hospitalized Japanese patients. METHODS: The study involved 1,164 patients aged ≥65 years...
June 24, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647740/integrative-assessment-of-pretreatment-inflammation-nutrition-and-muscle-based-prognostic-markers-in-patients-with-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-undergoing-radical-cystectomy
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Makito Miyake, Yosuke Morizawa, Shunta Hori, Nagaaki Marugami, Kota Iida, Kenta Ohnishi, Daisuke Gotoh, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Yasushi Nakai, Takeshi Inoue, Satoshi Anai, Kazumasa Torimoto, Katsuya Aoki, Nobumichi Tanaka, Keiji Shimada, Noboru Konishi, Kiyohide Fujimoto
OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluated the clinical relevance of an integrative preoperative assessment of inflammation-, nutrition-, and muscle-based markers for patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) undergoing curative radical cystectomy (RC). METHODS: The analysis enrolled 117 patients and the variables included age, body mass index (BMI), neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio, platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio, modified Glasgow Prognostic Score (mGPS), prognostic nutritional index (PNI), Controlling Nutritional Status score, psoas muscle index (PMI), and peak expiratory flow (PEF)...
June 24, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647636/transcatheter-arterial-embolization-of-a-lumbar-artery-injury-with-traumatic-aortic-dissection
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Makoto Aoki, Hiroyuki Tokue, Kei Shibuya, Masato Murata, Shuichi Hagiwara, Kiyohiro Oshima
Whole-body enhanced computed tomography of a septuagenarian woman hit by a truck revealed a traumatic aortic dissection (Stanford B) and arterial bleeding from the right lumbar artery in the right iliopsoas muscle. Angiography revealed an active arterial extravasation from a false lumen of the left lumbar artery. We performed a transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) of the right lumbar artery. After fenestration of the intimal flap, the left lumbar artery was successfully selected and embolized; the patient's clinical condition subsequently stabilized...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647421/evaluation-of-respiratory-muscle-strength-in-the-acute-phase-of-stroke-the-role-of-aging-and-anthropometric-variables
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Gustavo José Luvizutto, Maria Regina Lopes Dos Santos, Lorena Cristina Alvarez Sartor, Josiela Cristina da Silva Rodrigues, Rafael Dalle Molle da Costa, Gabriel Pereira Braga, Letícia Cláudia de Oliveira Antunes, Juli Thomaz Souza, Hélio Rubens de Carvalho Nunes, Silméia Garcia Zanati Bazan, Rodrigo Bazan
BACKGROUND: During hospitalization, stroke patients are bedridden due to neurologic impairment, leading to loss of muscle mass, weakness, and functional limitation. There have been few studies examining respiratory muscle strength (RMS) in the acute phase of stroke. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the RMS of patients with acute stroke compared with predicted values and to relate this to anthropometric variables, risk factors, and neurologic severity. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study in the acute phase of stroke...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647408/identification-and-expression-characterization-of-wnta-during-intestinal-regeneration-in-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus
#16
Xiaoni Li, Lina Sun, Hongsheng Yang, Libin Zhang, Ting Miao, Lili Xing, Da Huo
Wnt genes encode secreted glycoproteins that act as signaling molecules; these molecules direct cell proliferation, migration, differentiation and survival during animal development, maintenance of homeostasis and regeneration. At present, although the regeneration mechanism in Apostichopus japonicus has been studied, there is a little research on the Wnt signaling pathway in A. japonicus. To understand the potential role of the Wnt signaling pathway in A. japonicus, we cloned and sequenced the WntA gene in A...
June 21, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647390/neural-synergies-for-controlling-reach-and-grasp-movement-in-macaques
#17
Yaoyao Hao, Shaomin Zhang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Guanglin Li, Weidong Chen, Xiaoxiang Zheng
It has been suggested that the brain adopts a simplified strategy to coordinate a large number of degrees of freedom in motor control. Synergies have been proposed as a strategy to produce movements by recruitment of a small number of fixed modular patterns. However, there is no direct support for a synergistic organization of that brain itself. In this study, we recorded neural activities from the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of monkeys trained to reach and grasp differently shaped objects (grasping task) or the same object in different positions (reaching task)...
June 21, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647359/mild-hypothermia-ameliorates-muscle-wasting-in-septic-rats-associated-with-hypothalamic-ampk-induced-autophagy-and-neuropeptides
#18
Chun Cao, Tao Gao, Minhua Cheng, Fengchan Xi, Chenyan Zhao, Wenkui Yu
Sepsis, always developing muscle wasting, contributes to serious complications and mortality. Mild hypothermia has been reported to have protective effects on the prognosis of septic patients. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We therefore hypothesized that mild hypothermia could ameliorate muscle wasting during sepsis and whether it was associated with hypothalamus AMPK-induced autophagy and neuropeptides. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were intraperitoneally injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (5 mg/kg) or saline...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647285/contrasting-patterns-of-energy-metabolism-in-northern-vs-southern-peripheral-european-flounder-populations-exposed-to-temperature-rising-and-hypoxia
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Nicolas Pédron, Jessy Le Du, Grégory Charrier, José-Luis Zambonino-Infante, Nicolas Le Bayon, Rita P Vasconcelos, Vanessa F Fonseca, Fabienne Le Grand, Jean Laroche
A two months common garden experiment was carried out to explore the potential differences of energy metabolism in northern core (France, 50°N and 47°N) vs southern peripheral (Portugal, 41°N) populations of European flounder Platichthys flesus, submitted to cold condition (CC: water temperature = 10 °C) and to warm and hypoxic condition (WHC: water temperature = 22 °C, and moderate hypoxia with O2 saturation = 40% during the last 6 days). Convergent growth rates (in length) were observed in the different populations and conditions, when the southern peripheral population of Portugal did not grow under cold conditions...
June 15, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647284/the-effects-of-high-intensity-interval-training-on-muscle-size-and-quality-in-overweight-and-obese-adults
#20
Malia N M Blue, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, Eric T Trexler, Katie R Hirsch
OBJECTIVES: Despite growing popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for improving health and fitness, limited data exist identifying the effects of HIIT on muscle characteristics. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of a 3-week HIIT intervention on muscle size and quality in overweight and obese men and women. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Forty-four overweight and obese men and women (mean±SD; age: 35...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
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