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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543538/clinical-and-histopathological-features-of-myofibrillar-myopathy-in-warmblood-horses
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S J Valberg, A M Nicholson, S S Lewis, R A Reardon, C J Finno
BACKGROUND: To report a novel exertional myopathy, myofibrillar myopathy (MFM), in Warmblood horses. OBJECTIVES: To 1) describe the distinctive clinical and myopathic features of MFM in Warmblood horses, 2) investigate the potential inheritance of MFM in a Warmblood family. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective selection of MFM cases and prospective evaluation of a Warmblood family. METHODS: Retrospectively, muscle biopsies were selected from Warmblood horses diagnosed with MFM and clinical histories obtained (n = 10)...
May 22, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539690/myotonometry-reliably-measures-muscle-stiffness-in-the-thenar-and-perineal-muscles
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Melissa J Davidson, Adam L Bryant, Wendy F Bower, Helena C Frawley
Purpose: The authors investigated the reliability of myotonometry-measured muscle tone in the thenar and perineal muscles. Methods: Participants were women aged 18-50 years who were asymptomatic for thumb and pelvic floor dysfunction (interrater study n=20; intrarater study n=43) or who were symptomatic for vulvodynia (interrater study n=14; intrarater study n=32). Mechanical properties (stiffness, frequency, decrement, relaxation time, and creep) of the muscles were measured using a myotonometer (MyotonPRO) while the muscles were in a relaxed state...
2017: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539306/sarcomere-mechanics-in-striated-muscles-from-molecules-to-sarcomeres-to-cells
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Dilson E Rassier
Muscle contraction is commonly associated with the cross-bridge and sliding filament theories, which have received strong support from experiments conducted over the years in different laboratories. However, there are studies that cannot be readily explained by the theories, showing (i) a plateau of the force-length relation extended beyond optimal filament overlap, and forces produced at long sarcomere lengths that are higher than those predicted by the sliding filament theory, (ii) passive forces at long sarcomere lengths that can be modulated by activation and Ca(2+), which changes the force-length relation, and (iii) an unexplained high force produced during and after stretch of activated muscle fibers...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538380/acute-effects-of-cinacalcet-on-arterial-stiffness-and-ventricular-function-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-double-blinded-crossover-study
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Aurélie Poulin, Pierre-Luc Bellemare, Catherine Fortier, Fabrice Mac-Way, Simon Desmeules, Karine Marquis, Valérie Gaudreault, Marcel Lebel, Mohsen Agharazii
BACKGROUND: Serum calcium concentration (Ca) plays an essential role in a vascular muscle tone and myocardial contractility. Previously, we showed that acutely lowering Ca by hemodialysis reduced arterial stiffness. Cinacalcet is a calcimimetic that lowers Ca and parathyroid hormone (PTH). The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute lowering of Ca by cinacalcet improves vascular stiffness and myocardial diastolic dysfunction. METHOD: This is a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled crossover study that included 21 adult patients with end-stage kidney disease undergoing chronic hemodialysis...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536424/a-microfluidic-chamber-based-approach-to-map-the-shear-moduli-of-vascular-cells-and-other-soft-materials
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Béla Suki, Yingying Hu, Naohiko Murata, Jasmin Imsirovic, Jarred R Mondoñedo, Claudio L N de Oliveira, Niccole Schaible, Philip G Allen, Ramaswamy Krishnan, Erzsébet Bartolák-Suki
There is growing interest in quantifying vascular cell and tissue stiffness. Most measurement approaches, however, are incapable of assessing stiffness in the presence of physiological flows. We developed a microfluidic approach which allows measurement of shear modulus (G) during flow. The design included a chamber with glass windows allowing imaging with upright or inverted microscopes. Flow was controlled gravitationally to push culture media through the chamber. Fluorescent beads were conjugated to the sample surface and imaged before and during flow...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529498/eyelid-retraction-in-isolated-unilateral-congenital-blepharoptosis
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Michael S Salman, Ian H Clark
Isolated unilateral congenital ptosis is encountered relatively infrequently in clinical practice. It typically consists of a unilateral droopy eyelid, weak levator palpebrae superioris muscle function, lid lag, and an absent upper lid crease with no other abnormalities on examination. We present a four-and-a-half-year-old girl with isolated and mild unilateral congenital ptosis who unexpectedly demonstrated a static upper eyelid on downgaze in conjunction with a well-formed upper lid skin crease. We attribute this uncommon sign in congenital ptosis to stiffness and presumed fibrosis of the levator muscle...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527302/aortic-adventitial-fibroblast-sensitivity-to-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-inhibitors-depends-on-substrate-stiffness
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Rebecca A Scott, Prathamesh M Kharkar, Kristi L Kiick, Robert E Akins
Adventitial fibroblasts (AFs) are key determinants of arterial function and critical mediators of arterial disease progression. The effects of altered stiffness, particularly those observed across individuals during normal vascular function, and the mechanisms by which AFs respond to altered stiffness, are not well understood. To study the effects of matrix stiffness on AF phenotype, cytokine production, and the regulatory pathways utilized to interpret basic cell-matrix interactions, human aortic AFs were grown in 5%, 7...
May 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526423/pseudoparalysis-a-systematic-review-of-term-definitions-treatment-approaches-and-outcomes-of-management-techniques
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John M Tokish, Thomas C Alexander, Michael J Kissenberth, Richard J Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Pseudoparalysis remains one of the most challenging conditions in shoulder surgery. Long thought of as an unsolvable problem, recent advances in surgical techniques offer potential return of overhead motion in the setting of massive irreparable rotator cuff tears. This article summarizes the available literature including existing definitions and the results of different treatment approaches regarding range of motion, outcome scores, and reversal. METHODS: In accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, a systematic review of the MEDLINE database, Cochrane database, Physiotherapy Evidence Database, and Google Scholar database was performed for studies that defined a preoperative shoulder group as having pseudoparalysis...
June 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523001/the-role-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-in-pulmonary-inflammatory-diseases
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Rachel G Scheraga, Brian D Southern, Lisa M Grove, Mitchell A Olman
Ion channels/pumps are essential regulators of organ homeostasis and disease. In the present review, we discuss the role of the mechanosensitive cation channel, transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4), in cytokine secretion and pulmonary inflammatory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF), and acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). TRPV4 has been shown to play a role in lung diseases associated with lung parenchymal stretch or stiffness. TRPV4 indirectly mediates hypotonicity-induced smooth muscle contraction and airway remodeling in asthma...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516252/chronic-eccentric-arm-cycling-improves-maximum-upper-body-strength-and-power
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Steven J Elmer, Dakota J Anderson, Travis R Wakeham, Matthew A Kilgas, John J Durocher, Stan L Lindstedt, Paul C LaStayo
INTRODUCTION: Eccentric leg cycling (cycle ergometry adapted to impose muscle lengthening contractions) offers an effective exercise for restoring lower-body muscular function, maintaining health, and improving performance in clinical and athletic populations. PURPOSE: We extended this model to the upper body and evaluated the effectiveness of a 7-week eccentric arm cycling (ECCarm) intervention to improve upper-body muscular function. We also explored whether ECCarm would alter arterial function...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513277/effect-of-gastrocnemius-kinesio-taping-on-countermovement-jump-performance-and-vertical-stiffness-following-muscle-fatigue
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Sahar Boozari, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Ali Amiri, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani
CONTEXT: Kinesio Tape (KT) is a widely used intervention in the fields of sports and rehabilitation. However, its effects on lower extremity behavior during functional activities are not entirely known. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that application of KT can change performance and vertical stiffness during the countermovement jump (CMJ) before and after a fatigue protocol. DESIGN: A pre and post design to study the effect of KT in two situations, pre- and post-fatigue...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511122/robotic-assessment-of-neuromuscular-characteristics-using-musculoskeletal-models-a-pilot-study
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V R Jayaneththi, J Viloria, L G Wiedemann, C Jarrett, A J McDaid
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive neuromuscular characterization aims to provide greater insight into the effectiveness of existing and emerging rehabilitation therapies by quantifying neuromuscular characteristics relating to force production, muscle viscoelasticity and voluntary neural activation. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to evaluate neuromuscular characteristics, such as muscle fiber stiffness and viscosity, by combining robotic and HD-sEMG measurements with computational musculoskeletal modeling...
May 10, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510118/tampering-with-springs-phosphorylation-of-titin-affecting-the-mechanical-function-of-cardiomyocytes
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REVIEW
Nazha Hamdani, Melissa Herwig, Wolfgang A Linke
Reversible post-translational modifications of various cardiac proteins regulate the mechanical properties of the cardiomyocytes and thus modulate the contractile performance of the heart. The giant protein titin forms a continuous filament network in the sarcomeres of striated muscle cells, where it determines passive tension development and modulates active contraction. These mechanical properties of titin are altered through post-translational modifications, particularly phosphorylation. Titin contains hundreds of potential phosphorylation sites, the functional relevance of which is only beginning to emerge...
April 10, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510117/novex-3-the-tiny-titin-of-muscle
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REVIEW
Dalma Kellermayer, John E Smith, Henk Granzier
The giant multi-functional striated muscle protein titin is the third most abundant muscle protein after myosin and actin. Titin plays a pivotal role in myocardial passive stiffness, structural integrity and stress-initiated signaling pathways. The complete sequence of the human titin gene contains three isoform-specific mutually exclusive exons [termed novel exons (novex)] coding for the I-band sequence, named novex-1 (exon 45), novex-2 (exon 46) and novex-3 (exon 48). Transcripts containing either the novex-1 or novex-2 exons code for the novex-1 and novex-2 titin isoforms...
April 7, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509432/feasibility-assessment-of-shear-wave-elastography-to-lumbar-back-muscles-a-radioanatomic-study
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Maud Creze, Krystel Nyangoh Timoh, Olivier Gagey, Laurence Rocher, Marie-France Bellin, Marc Soubeyrand
INTRODUCTION: Low back pain is often associated with tensional changes in the paraspinal muscles detected by palpatory procedures. Shear wave elastography (SWE), recently introduced, allows the stiffness of muscles to be assessed non-invasively. The aim of our work was to study the feasibility of using SWE on the three main lumbar back muscles (multifidus, longissimus and iliocostalis) in vivo after analyzing their muscular architecture ex vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined the orientation of fibers in the multifidus, longissimus and iliocotalis muscles in seven fresh cadavers using gross anatomy and B-Mode ultrasound imaging...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507166/matrix-stiffness-regulates-migration-of-human-lung-fibroblasts
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Shuichi Asano, Satoru Ito, Kota Takahashi, Kishio Furuya, Masashi Kondo, Masahiro Sokabe, Yoshinori Hasegawa
In patients with pulmonary diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, progressive pulmonary fibrosis is caused by dysregulated wound healing via activation of fibroblasts after lung inflammation or severe damage. Migration of fibroblasts toward the fibrotic lesions plays an important role in pulmonary fibrosis. Fibrotic tissue in the lung is much stiffer than normal lung tissue. Emerging evidence supports the hypothesis that the stiffness of the matrix is not only a consequence of fibrosis, but also can induce fibroblast activation...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506103/treatment-seeking-behaviors-of-persons-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Judith M Schlaeger, Keesha Roach, Mary Golas, Miho Takayama, Diana J Wilkie
PURPOSE: Describe perceptions of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) regarding disease-related pain, tendency to tell others about their pain, and treatments used since diagnosis. DESIGN: Cross sectional, exploratory. METHOD: A total of 63 participants responded to telephone interview about their treatments and tendency to tell others about their RA pain. They also responded to McGill Pain Questionnaire and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) items...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501420/manipulation-of-visual-information-affects-control-strategy-during-a-visuomotor-tracking-task
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Paulina J M Bank, Lucas R M Dobbe, Carel G M Meskers, Jurriaan H de Groot, Erwin de Vlugt
Proper understanding of motor control requires insight into the extent and manner in which task performance and control strategy are influenced by various aspects of visual information. We therefore systematically manipulated the visual presentation (i.e., scaling factor and optical flow density) of a visuomotor tracking task without changing the task itself, and investigated the effect on performance, effort, motor control strategy (i.e., anticipatory or corrective steering) and underlying neuromechanical parameters (i...
May 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498398/per2-is-downregulated-by-the-lps-induced-inflammatory-response-in-synoviocytes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-is-implicated-in-disease-susceptibility
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Hwayoung Lee, Seong-Su Nah, Sung-Hae Chang, Hyung-Ki Kim, Jun-Tack Kwon, Sanghyun Lee, Ik-Hyun Cho, Sang Won Lee, Young Ock Kim, Seung-Jae Hong, Hak-Jae Kim
The clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) present with circadian variation, with joint stiffness and pain more prominent in the early morning. The mammalian clock genes, which include circadian locomotor output cycles kaput, brain and muscle Arnt-like protein 1, period and cryptochrome, regulate circadian rhythms. In order to identify the association between genetic polymorphisms in the circadian clock gene period 2 (PER2) and RA, the present study genotyped three PER2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), rs934945, rs6754875, and rs2304674, using genetic information from 256 RA patients and 499 control subjects...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497386/oral-contraceptive-pill-use-and-the-susceptibility-to-markers-of-exercise-induced-muscle-damage
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K M Hicks, G Onambélé-Pearson, K Winwood, C I Morse
PURPOSE: Firstly, to establish whether oral contraceptive pill (OCP) users are more susceptible to muscle damage compared to non-users, and secondly, to establish whether differences can be attributed to differences in patella tendon properties. METHODS: Nine female OCP users and 9 female non-users participated in the investigation. Combining dynamometry, electromyography and ultrasonography, patella tendon properties and vastus lateralis architectural properties were measured pre and during the first of 6 sets of 12 maximal voluntary eccentric knee extensions...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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