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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322724/valosin-containing-protein-vcp-p97-inhibitors-relieve-mitofusin-dependent-mitochondrial-defects-due-to-vcp-disease-mutants
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Ting Zhang, Prashant Mishra, Bruce Hay, David Chan, Ming Guo
Missense mutations of valosin-containing protein (VCP) cause an autosomal dominant disease known as inclusion body myopathy, Paget disease with frontotemporal dementia (IBMPFD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. The pathological mechanism of IBMPFD is not clear and there is no treatment. We show that endogenous VCP negatively regulates Mitofusin, which is required for outer mitochondrial membrane fusion. Because 90% of IBMPFD patients have myopathy, we generated an in vivo IBMPFD model in adult Drosophila muscle, which recapitulates disease pathologies...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320172/neuropathological-findings-from-an-autopsied-case-showing-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-like-neuroradiological-findings-associated-with-premedication-including-tacrolimus-for-autologous-peripheral-blood-stem-cell-transplantation
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Yuichi Hayashi, Akio Kimura, Hiroshi Nakamura, Maya Mimuro, Yasushi Iwasaki, Akira Hara, Mari Yoshida, Takashi Inuzuka
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is diagnosed based on neuroradiological findings. Typically, PRES is reversible and presents with a good outcome; however, fatal outcomes have been reported. We report an autopsied case showing PRES-like neuroradiological findings associated with premedication including tacrolimus for autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in a 28-year-old woman with a 2-year history of acute myeloid sarcoma/acute myeloid leukemia. Neurological examination revealed disturbed consciousness, muscle weakness in all extremities, and bilaterally diminished tendon reflexes...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319329/extracellular-acidosis-and-very-low-na-inhibit-nbcn1-and-nhe1-mediated-net-acid-extrusion-from-mouse-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Lisbeth Bonde, Ebbe Boedtkjer
AIM: The electroneutral Na(+) ,HCO3(-) -cotransporter NBCn1 and Na(+) /H(+) -exchanger NHE1 regulate acid-base balance in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and modify artery function and structure. Pathological conditions-notably ischemia-can dramatically perturb intracellular (i) and extracellular (o) pH and [Na(+) ]. We examined effects of low [Na(+) ]o and pHo on NBCn1 and NHE1 activity in VSMCs of small arteries. METHODS: We measured pHi by 2',7'-bis-(2-carboxyethyl)-5-(and-6)-carboxyfluorescein-based fluorescence microscopy of mouse mesenteric arteries and induced intracellular acidification by NH4(+) -prepulse technique...
March 20, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319140/role-of-muscle-il-6-in-gender-specific-metabolism-in-mice
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Amalia Molinero, Antonio Fernandez-Perez, Aina Mogas, Mercedes Giralt, Gemma Comes, Olaya Fernandez-Gayol, Mario Vallejo, Juan Hidalgo
The aim of the present work was to further explore the physiological roles of muscle-derived IL-6. Adult-floxed and conditional skeletal muscle IL-6 knock out male and female mice were used to study energy expenditure (indirect calorimetry at rest and during treadmill exercise, and body temperature cycle during the light phase) and energy intake (response to fast/refeeding). We also evaluated the responses to leptin and the activity of the insulin signalling pathway in skeletal muscle and liver by phosphorylation of Akt at Ser 473...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318818/twitch-mouth-pressure-for-detecting-respiratory-muscle-weakness-in-suspicion-of-neuromuscular-disorder
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Dante Brasil Santos, Gilbert Desmarais, Line Falaize, Adam Ogna, Sandrine Cognet, Bruno Louis, David Orlikowski, Hélène Prigent, Frédéric Lofaso
Twitch mouth pressure using magnetic stimulation of the phrenic nerves and an automated inspiratory trigger is a noninvasive, non-volitional assessment of diaphragmatic strength. Our aims were to validate this method in patients with suspected neuromuscular disease, to determine the best inspiratory-trigger pressure threshold, and to evaluate whether twitch mouth pressure decreased the overdiagnosis of muscle weakness frequently observed with noninvasive volitional tests. Maximal inspiratory pressure, sniff nasal pressure, and twitch mouth pressure were measured in 112 patients with restrictive disease and suspected neuromuscular disorder...
February 2, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318817/clinical-and-mutational-characteristics-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-based-on-a-comprehensive-database-in-south-china
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Dan-Ni Wang, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Lei Yan, Jin He, Min-Ting Lin, Wan-Jin Chen, Ning Wang
The development of clinical trials for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in China faces many challenges due to limited information about epidemiological data, natural history and clinical management. To provide these detailed data, we developed a comprehensive database based on registered DMD patients from South China and analysed their clinical and mutational characteristics. The database included DMD registrants confirmed by clinical presentation, family history, genetic detection, prognostic outcome, and/or muscle biopsy...
February 21, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315350/irisin-acts-as-a-regulator-of-macrophages-host-defense
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Agnieszka Irena Mazur-Bialy
AIM: Irisin, the adipomyokine, released mainly by exercised muscles, participate in the browning of adipose tissue and contribute to the restriction of insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus 2 development. Because of the limited reports describing the effect of irisin on inflammation and immunocompetent cells activation, the present study attempted to assess the influence of various irisin concentrations on basic macrophage activity. MAIN METHODS: Studies were carried out on murine RAW 264...
March 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304003/a-huge-thornwaldt-s-cyst-causing-hearing-loss-in-an-adult-patient
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Nazim Bozan, Yunus Feyyat Sakin, Pinar Kundi, Muzaffer Ari, Ferhat Bozkus
Nasopharynx (NP) is anatomically difficult to explore adequately. The pharyngeal bursa (PB) is a recess lined with respiratory epithelium along the posterior wall of the nasopharynx between the longus capitis muscles. If the opening through which the bursa drains into the nasopharynx becomes obstructed, a Thornwaldt's cyst (TC) might develop. Small-sized cysts are mostly asymptomatic, whereas large-sized cysts may lead to various nasal and otologic symptoms depending on their localization. In this report, we present a 71-year-old case with a huge TC who presented to our clinic with the complaints of snoring, nasal obstruction, periodic halitosis, postnasal drip, headache, and hearing loss in the left ear and underwent total excision of the cyst through transnasal endoscopy...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302142/maximum-inspiratory-pressure-as-a-clinically-meaningful-trial-endpoint-for-neuromuscular-diseases-a-comprehensive-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Benedikt Schoser, Edward Fong, Tarekegn Geberhiwot, Derralynn Hughes, John T Kissel, Shyam C Madathil, David Orlikowski, Michael I Polkey, Mark Roberts, Harm A W M Tiddens, Peter Young
Respiratory muscle strength is a proven predictor of long-term outcome of neuromuscular disease (NMD), including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and spinal muscular atrophy. Maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP), a sensitive measure of respiratory muscle strength, one of several useful tests of respiratory muscle strength, is gaining interest as a therapeutic clinical trial endpoint for NMD. In this comprehensive review we investigate the use of MIP as a measure of respiratory muscle strength in clinical trials of therapeutics targeting respiratory muscle, examine the correlation of MIP with survival, quality of life, and other measures of pulmonary function, and outline the role of MIP as a clinically significantly meaningful outcome measure...
March 16, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298763/effect-of-switching-between-pressure-controlled-and-volume-controlled-ventilation-on-respiratory-mechanics-and-hemodynamics-in-obese-patients-during-abdominoplasty
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Medhat Mikhail Messeha
BACKGROUND: The ideal intraoperative ventilation strategy in obese patients remains obscure. This prospective, randomized study was designed to evaluate the effect of pressure-controlled ventilation (PCV) before or after volume-controlled ventilation (VCV) on lung mechanics and hemodynamics variables in obese patients subjected to abdominoplasty operation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included forty patients with body mass index 30-45 kg/m(2) subjected to abdominoplasty...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298466/respiratory-mechanics-of-eleven-avian-species-resident-at-high-and-low-altitude
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Julia M York, Beverly A Chua, Catherine M Ivy, Luis Alza, Rebecca Cheek, Graham R Scott, Kevin G McCracken, Peter B Frappell, Neal J Dawson, Sabine L Laguë, William K Milsom
The metabolic cost of breathing at rest has never been successfully measured in birds, but has been hypothesized to be higher than in mammals of a similar size because of the rocking motion of the avian sternum being encumbered by the pectoral flight muscles. To measure the cost and work of breathing, and to investigate whether species resident at high altitude exhibit morphological or mechanical changes that alter the work of breathing, we studied 11 species of waterfowl: five from high altitudes (>3000 m) in Perú, and six from low altitudes in Oregon, USA...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295036/a-novel-recessive-ttn-founder-variant-is-a-common-cause-of-distal-myopathy-in-the-serbian-population
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Stojan Perić, Jelena Nikodinović Glumac, Ana Töpf, Dušanka Savić-Pavićević, Lauren Phillips, Katherine Johnson, Marcus Cassop-Thompson, Liwen Xu, Marta Bertoli, Monkol Lek, Daniel MacArthur, Miloš Brkušanin, Sanja Milenković, Vedrana Milić Rašić, Bojan Banko, Ružica Maksimović, Hanns Lochmüller, Vidosava Rakočević Stojanović, Volker Straub
Variants in the TTN gene have been associated with distal myopathies and other distinctive phenotypes involving skeletal and cardiac muscle. Through whole-exome sequencing we identified a novel stop-gain variant (c.107635C>T, p.(Gln35879Ter)) in the TTN gene, coding a part of the M-line of titin, in 14 patients with autosomal recessive distal myopathy and Serbian ancestry. All patients share a common 1 Mb core haplotype associated with c.107635C>T, suggesting a founder variant. In compound heterozygotes, nine other TTN variants were identified: four stop-gain, three frameshift, one missense and one splice donor variant...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294957/regional-ventilation-redistribution-measured-by-electrical-impedance-tomography-during-spontaneous-breathing-trial-with-automatic-tube-compensation
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Yeong-Long Hsu, Ai-Jia Tien, Mei-Yun Chang, Hao-Tai Chang, Knut Moeller, Inez Frerichs, Zhanqi Zhao
Automatic tube compensation (ATC) was developed to overcome the flow resistance of endotracheal tube and decrease the imposed work of breathing. Although ATC is used as an evidence-based strategy to predict successful weaning from assisted ventilation, the changes in regional ventilation distribution induced by this technique are not known. We hypothesized that continuous positive airway pressure plus ATC (CPAP+100%ATC) could reactivate the respiratory muscles in patients with prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) more effectively than volume assist-control mandatory ventilation (ACMV)...
March 15, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294471/ultra-brief-behavioral-skills-trainings-for-blood-injection-injury-phobia
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Alicia E Meuret, Erica Simon, Lavanya Bhaskara, Thomas Ritz
BACKGROUND: Blood injection injury (BII) phobia is common, with debilitating consequences to the health and well being of many of its sufferers. BII phobia presents with a unique fear response that can involve drops in blood pressure and ultimately fainting. The aim of this study was to provide proof of concept for a line of brief, easy to implement, video-based interventions for reducing phobic avoidance and fears in BII sufferers. One of the interventions was a novel Hypoventilation Respiratory Training (HRT) aimed at reducing the exaggerated ventilation response (hyperventilation) seen in BII phobia...
March 15, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294390/combined-xil-6r-and-urocortin-2-treatment-restores-mdx-diaphragm-muscle-force
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Jennifer Manning, Maria M Buckley, Ken D O'Halloran, Dervla O'Malley
Introduction Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration leading to immobility, respiratory failure and premature death. As chronic inflammation and stress are implicated in DMD pathology, the efficacy of an anti-inflammatory and anti-stress intervention strategy in ameliorating diaphragm dysfunction was investigated. Methods Diaphragm muscle contractile function was compared in wild-type and dystrophin-deficient mdx mice treated with saline, anti-IL-6R antibodies (xIL-6R), the corticotrophin-releasing factor receptor 2 (CRFR2) agonist, urocortin 2 or both xIL-6R and urocortin 2...
March 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293876/changes-in-the-mitochondrial-function-and-in-the-efficiency-of-energy-transfer-pathways-during-cardiomyocyte-aging
#17
Kersti Tepp, Marju Puurand, Natalja Timohhina, Jasper Adamson, Aleksandr Klepinin, Laura Truu, Igor Shevchuk, Vladimir Chekulayev, Tuuli Kaambre
The role of mitochondria in alterations that take place in the muscle cell during healthy aging is a matter of debate during recent years. Most of the studies in bioenergetics have a focus on the model of isolated mitochondria, while changes in the crosstalk between working myofibrils and mitochondria in senescent cardiomyocytes have been less studied. The aim of our research was to investigate the modifications in the highly regulated ATP production and energy transfer systems in heart cells in old rat cardiomyocytes...
March 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291621/a-comparison-of-research-into-cachexia-wasting-and-related-skeletal-muscle-syndromes-in-three-chronic-disease-areas
#18
Andrew J Stewart Coats, Louise G Shewan
INTRODUCTION: We compared the frequency of cancer, heart and lung related cachexia and cachexia-related research articles in the specialist journal, Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (JCSM) to those seen in a leading European journal in each specialist area during 2015 and 2016 to assess whether work on cachexia and related fields is relatively over or under represented in each specialist area. RESULTS: In the dedicated journal, Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, there were 44 references related to cancer, 5 related to respiratory disease, 5 related to heart failure, and 21 related to more than one of these chronic diseases...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289812/the-icm-research-agenda-on-intensive-care-unit-acquired-weakness
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Nicola Latronico, Margaret Herridge, Ramona O Hopkins, Derek Angus, Nicholas Hart, Greet Hermans, Theodore Iwashyna, Yaseen Arabi, Giuseppe Citerio, E Wesley Ely, Jesse Hall, Sangeeta Mehta, Kathleen Puntillo, Johannes Van den Hoeven, Hannah Wunsch, Deborah Cook, Claudia Dos Santos, Gordon Rubenfeld, Jean-Louis Vincent, Greet Van den Berghe, Elie Azoulay, Dale M Needham
We present areas of uncertainty concerning intensive care unit-acquired weakness (ICUAW) and identify areas for future research. Age, pre-ICU functional and cognitive state, concurrent illness, frailty, and health trajectories impact outcomes and should be assessed to stratify patients. In the ICU, early assessment of limb and diaphragm muscle strength and function using nonvolitional tests may be useful, but comparison with established methods of global and specific muscle strength and physical function and determination of their reliability and normal values would be important to advance these techniques...
March 13, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288012/influence-of-upper-body-exercise-on-the-fatigability-of-human-respiratory-muscles
#20
Nicholas B Tiller, Ian G Campbell, Lee M Romer
PURPOSE: Diaphragm and abdominal muscles are susceptible to contractile fatigue in response to high-intensity, whole-body exercise. This study assessed whether the ventilatory and mechanical loads imposed by high-intensity, upper-body exercise would be sufficient to elicit respiratory muscle fatigue. METHODS: Seven healthy men (mean±SD: age 24±4 y; peak O2 uptake [V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak] 31.9±5.3 ml/kg/min) performed asynchronous arm-crank exercise to exhaustion at work rates equivalent to 30% (heavy) and 60% (severe) of the difference between gas-exchange threshold and V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak...
March 10, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
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