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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531801/ace-2-ang1-7-mas-cascade-mediates-ace-inhibitor-captopril-protective-effects-in-estrogen-deficient-osteoporotic-rats
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Hatem M Abuohashish, Mohammed M Ahmed, Dina Sabry, Mahmoud M Khattab, Salim S Al-Rejaie
The local role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) was documented recently beside its conventional systemic functions. Studies showed that the effector angiotensin II (AngII) alters bone health, while inhibition of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE-1) preserved these effects. The newly identified Ang1-7 exerts numerous beneficial effects opposing the AngII. Thus, the current study examines the role of Ang1-7 in mediating the osteo-preservative effects of ACEI (captopril) through the G-protein coupled Mas receptor using an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of osteoporosis...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498863/notch-ligands-regulate-the-muscle-stem-like-state-ex-vivo-but-are-not-sufficient-for-retaining-regenerative-capacity
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Hiroshi Sakai, Sumiaki Fukuda, Miki Nakamura, Akiyoshi Uezumi, Yu-Taro Noguchi, Takahiko Sato, Mitsuhiro Morita, Harumoto Yamada, Kunihiro Tsuchida, Shahragim Tajbakhsh, So-Ichiro Fukada
Myogenic stem cells are a promising avenue for the treatment of muscular disorders. Freshly isolated muscle stem cells have a remarkable engraftment ability in vivo, but their cell number is limited. Current conventional culture conditions do not allow muscle stem cells to expand in vitro with their bona fide engraftment efficiency, requiring the improvement of culture procedures for achieving successful cell-therapy for muscle disorders. Here we expanded mouse muscle stem cells and human myoblasts with Notch ligands, DLL1, DLL4, and JAG1 to activate Notch signaling in vitro and to investigate whether these cells could retain their engraftment efficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487742/serum-cytokine-profile-in-a-patient-diagnosed-with-dysferlinopathy
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Svetlana F Khaiboullina, Ekaterina V Martynova, Sergey N Bardakov, Mikhail O Mavlikeev, Ivan A Yakovlev, Arthur A Isaev, Roman V Deev, Albert A Rizvanov
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2 (LGMD2B) is a mild form of dysferlinopathy, characterized by limb weakness and wasting. It is an autosomal recessive disease, with currently 140 mutations in the LGMD2B gene identified. Lack of functional dysferlin inhibits muscle fiber regeneration in voluntary muscles, the main pathological finding in LGMD2B patients. However, the immune system has been suggested to contribute to muscle cell death and tissue regeneration. Serum levels of 27 cytokines were evaluated in a dysferlinopathy patient...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481536/discovery-of-a-small-molecule-probe-that-post-translationally-stabilizes-the-survival-motor-neuron-protein-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Anne Rietz, Hongxia Li, Kevin M Quist, Jonathan J Cherry, Christian L Lorson, Barrington G Burnett, Nicholas L Kern, Alyssa N Calder, Melanie Fritsche, Hrvoje Lusic, Patrick J Boaler, Sungwoon Choi, Xuechao Xing, Marcie A Glicksman, Gregory D Cuny, Elliot J Androphy, Kevin J Hodgetts
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of infant death. We previously developed a high-throughput assay that employs an SMN2-luciferase reporter allowing identification of compounds that act transcriptionally, enhance exon recognition, or stabilize the SMN protein. We describe optimization and characterization of an analog suitable for in vivo testing. Initially, we identified analog 4m that had good in vitro properties but low plasma and brain exposure in a mouse PK experiment due to short plasma stability; this was overcome by reversing the amide bond and changing the heterocycle...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463115/decreased-microrna-levels-lead-to-deleterious-increases-in-neuronal-m2-muscarinic-receptors-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-models
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Patrick J O'Hern, Inês do Carmo G Gonçalves, Johanna Brecht, Eduardo Javier López Soto, Jonah Simon, Natalie Chapkis, Diane Lipscombe, Min Jeong Kye, Anne C Hart
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is caused by diminished Survival of Motor Neuron (SMN) protein, leading to neuromuscular junction (NMJ) dysfunction and spinal motor neuron (MN) loss. Here, we report that reduced SMN function impacts the action of a pertinent microRNA and its mRNA target in MNs. Loss of the C. elegans SMN ortholog, SMN-1, causes NMJ defects. We found that increased levels of the C. elegans Gemin3 ortholog, MEL-46, ameliorates these defects. Increased MEL-46 levels also restored perturbed microRNA (miR-2) function in smn-1(lf) animals...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457998/whole-body-vibration-induces-distinct-reflex-patterns-in-human-soleus-muscle
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Ilhan Karacan, Muharrem Cidem, Mehmet Cidem, Kemal S Türker
The neuronal mechanisms underlying whole body vibration (WBV)-induced muscular reflex (WBV-IMR) are not well understood. To define a possible pathway for WBV-IMR, this study investigated the effects of WBV amplitude on WBV-IMR latency by surface electromyography analysis of the soleus muscle in human adult volunteers. The tendon (T) reflex was also induced to evaluate the level of presynaptic Ia inhibition during WBV. WBV-IMR latency was shorter when induced by low- as compared to medium- or high-amplitude WBV (33...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456577/evaluation-of-processed-borax-as-antidote-for-aconite-poisoning
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Prasanta Kumar Sarkar, Pradeep K Prajapati, Vinay J Shukla, Basavaiah Ravishankar
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aconite root is very poisonous; causes cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. There is no specific antidote for aconite poisoning. In Ayurveda, dehydrated borax is mentioned for management of aconite poisoning. AIM OF THE STUDY: The investigation evaluated antidotal effect of processed borax against acute and sub-acute toxicity, cardiac toxicity and neuro-muscular toxicity caused by raw aconite...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427101/tanshinol-alleviates-osteoporosis-and-myopathy-in-glucocorticoid-treated-rats
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Guanghua Chen, Xinle Zhang, Han Lin, Guizhi Huang, Yahui Chen, Liao Cui
Tanshinol is a major water-soluble active component of Salvia miltiorrhiza. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether tanshinol has potential therapeutic effects against glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and glucocorticoid-induced myopathy. Ninety-six female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to five groups: a control group, a model group, and three model groups treated with 25 or 50 mg/kg of tanshinol, or calcitriol. All model groups received prednisone acetate for 90 days to induce glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis...
April 20, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419939/the-5-ht4-receptor-agonist-prucalopride-does-not-facilitate-cholinergic-neurotransmission-in-circular-and-longitudinal-smooth-muscle-preparations-of-equine-mid-jejunum
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Romain Adelin Lefebvre, Chana Callens, Inge Van Colen, Catherine John Ghislaine Delesalle
BACKGROUND: Postoperative ileus (POI) remains an important cause of death in horses. The recently developed selective 5-HT4 receptor agonists such as prucalopride target 5-HT4 receptors on myenteric cholinergic neurons to enhance acetylcholine release and GI motility. No clearcut in vitro evaluation whether highly selective 5-HT4 receptor agonists enhance submaximal cholinergic neurotransmission towards the muscle layer has been performed in horses. OBJECTIVES: To identify functional 5-HT4 receptors in equine jejunum...
April 8, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417537/the-effects-and-mechanism-of-action-of-methane-on-ileal-motor-function
#10
Y M Park, Y J Lee, Z Hussain, Y H Lee, H Park
BACKGROUND: Methane has been associated with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, slowing intestinal transit time by augmenting contractile activity. However, the precise mechanism underlying this effect remains unclear. Therefore, we investigated the mechanisms underlying the effect of methane on contractile activity, and whether such effects are mediated by nerve impulses or muscular contraction. METHODS: We connected guinea pig ileal muscle strips to a force/tension transducer and measured amplitudes of contraction in response to electrical field stimulation (EFS; 1, 2, 8, 16 Hz) following methane infusion in the presence of tetradotoxin (TTX), atropine, guanethidine, or GR 113808...
April 18, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402699/inhibition-of-retrograde-transport-modulates-misfolded-protein-accumulation-and-clearance-in-motoneuron-diseases
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Riccardo Cristofani, Valeria Crippa, Paola Rusmini, Maria Elena Cicardi, Marco Meroni, Nausicaa V Licata, Gessica Sala, Elisa Giorgetti, Christopher Grunseich, Mariarita Galbiati, Margherita Piccolella, Elio Messi, Carlo Ferrarese, Serena Carra, Angelo Poletti
Motoneuron diseases, like spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are associated with proteins that because of gene mutation or peculiar structures, acquire aberrant (misfolded) conformations toxic to cells. To prevent misfolded protein toxicity, cells activate a protein quality control (PQC) system composed of chaperones and degradative pathways (proteasome and autophagy). Inefficient activation of the PQC system results in misfolded protein accumulation that ultimately leads to neuronal cell death, while efficient macroautophagy/autophagy-mediated degradation of aggregating proteins is beneficial...
April 12, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381556/poly-c-binding-protein-1-pcbp1-regulates-skeletal-muscle-differentiation-by-modulating-microrna-processing-in-myoblasts
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Ramon A Espinoza-Lewis, Qiumei Yang, Jianming Liu, Zhan-Peng Huang, Xiaoyun Hu, Daiwen Chen, Da-Zhi Wang
Control of muscle cell proliferation and differentiation is essential to proper muscle development, function, and regeneration, and numerous transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulators are key to these processes. For example, recent studies have linked microRNAs (miRNAs) to muscle gene expression, development, and disease. The poly(C)-binding protein1 (Pcbp1, hnRNP-E1, or αCP-1) has been reported to bind the 3'UTRs of target genes to regulate mRNA stability and protein translation. However, Pcbp1's biological function in skeletal muscle and general mechanism of action remain largely undetermined...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361925/follistatin-like-1-protects-against-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-hypertension-in-mice
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Wei Zhang, Wang Wang, Jie Liu, Jinna Li, Juan Wang, Yunxia Zhang, Zhifei Zhang, Yafei Liu, Yankun Jin, Jifeng Li, Jie Cao, Chen Wang, Wen Ning, Jun Wang
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) remains a life-limiting disease characterized by pulmonary vascular remodelling due to aberrant proliferation and migration of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), thus leading to raised pulmonary arterial pressure and right ventricular hypertrophy. Secreted glycoprotein follistatin-like 1 (FSTL1) has been reported to ameliorate tissue remodelling in cardiovascular injuries. However, the role of FSTL1 in deranged pulmonary arteries remains elusive. We found that there were higher serum levels of FSTL1 in patients with PH related to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and in mice model of hypoxia-induced PH (HPH)...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356443/a-microrna93-irf9-irg1-itaconic-acid-pathway-modulates-m2-like-macrophage-polarization-to-revascularize-ischemic-muscle
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Vijay Chaitanya Ganta, Min Hyub Choi, Anna Kutateladze, Todd E Fox, Charles R Farber, Brian H Annex
Background -Currently no therapies exist for treating, and improving outcomes in patients with severe peripheral arterial disease (PAD). MicroRNA93 (miR93) has been shown to favorably modulate angiogenesis and reduce tissue loss in genetic PAD models. However, the cell specific function, downstream mechanisms or signaling involved in miR93 mediated ischemic muscle neovascularization is not clear. Macrophages were best known to modulate arteriogenic response in PAD and the extent of arteriogenic response induced by macrophages is dependent on greater M2 to M1-activation/polarization state...
March 29, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344760/severe-pulmonary-hypertension-in-aging-female-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice-is-rescued-by-estrogen-replacement-therapy
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Soban Umar, Rod Partow-Navid, Gregoire Ruffenach, Andrea Iorga, Shayan Moazeni, Mansoureh Eghbali
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is a multifunctional protein, and its deficiency leads to the development of atherosclerosis in mice. Patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) have reduced expression of ApoE in lung tissue. ApoE is known to inhibit endothelial and smooth muscle cell proliferation and has anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet aggregation properties. Young ApoE-deficient mice have been shown to develop PH on high fat diet. The combined role of female sex and aging in the development of PH has not been investigated before...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325281/systemic-antisense-therapeutics-for-dystrophin-and-myostatin-exon-splice-modulation-improve-muscle-pathology-of-adult-mdx-mice
#16
Ngoc Lu-Nguyen, Alberto Malerba, Linda Popplewell, Fred Schnell, Gunnar Hanson, George Dickson
Antisense-mediated exon skipping is a promising approach for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare life-threatening genetic disease due to dystrophin deficiency. Such an approach can restore the disrupted reading frame of dystrophin pre-mRNA, generating a truncated form of the protein. Alternatively, antisense therapy can be used to induce destructive exon skipping of myostatin pre-mRNA, knocking down myostatin expression to enhance muscle strength and reduce fibrosis. We have reported previously that intramuscular or intraperitoneal antisense administration inducing dual exon skipping of dystrophin and myostatin pre-mRNAs was beneficial in mdx mice, a mouse model of DMD, although therapeutic effects were muscle type restricted, possibly due to the delivery routes used...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315675/low-intensity-training-and-the-c5a-complement-antagonist-nox-d21-rescue-the-mdx-phenotype-through-modulation-of-inflammation
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Janek Hyzewicz, Jun Tanihata, Mutsuki Kuraoka, Yuko Nitahara-Kasahara, Teiva Beylier, Urs T Ruegg, Axel Vater, Shin'ichi Takeda
Inflammatory events occurring in dystrophic muscles contribute to the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Low-intensity training (LIT) attenuates the phenotype of mdx mice, an animal model for DMD. Therefore, we postulated that LIT could have anti-inflammatory properties. We assessed levels of inflammatory cytokines and infiltrated immune cells in gastrocnemius muscle of mdx mice after LIT. We detected high levels of complement component C5a, chemokine ligand (CCL) 2, CD68(+) monocytes/macrophages, and proinflammatory M1 macrophages in muscles of mdx mice...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303574/functional-impact-of-an-oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy-mutation-in-pabpn1
#18
Maricela García-Castañeda, Ana Victoria Vega, Rocío Rodríguez, Maria Guadalupe Montiel-Jaen, Bulmaro Cisneros, Angel Zarain-Herzberg, Guillermo Avila
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) is linked to mutations in the gene encoding poly(A)-binding protein nuclear 1 (PABPN1). OPMD mutations consist in an expansion of a tract that contains 10 alanines (to 12-17). The disease courses with muscle weakness that begins in adulthood, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here we investigated functional effects of PABPN1 and an OPMD mutation (PABPN1-17A), using myotubes transfected with cDNAs encoding these proteins (GFP-tagged). PABPN1 stimulated myoblast fusion (100%), but PABPN1-17A failed to mimic this effect...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281577/potent-pro-inflammatory-and-pro-fibrotic-molecules-osteopontin-and-galectin-3-are-not-major-disease-modulators-of-laminin-%C3%AE-2-chain-deficient-muscular-dystrophy
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Kinga I Gawlik, Johan Holmberg, Martina Svensson, Mikaela Einerborg, Bernardo M S Oliveira, Tomas Deierborg, Madeleine Durbeej
A large number of human diseases are caused by chronic tissue injury with fibrosis potentially leading to organ failure. There is a need for more effective anti-fibrotic therapies. Congenital muscular dystrophy type 1A (MDC1A) is a devastating form of muscular dystrophy caused by laminin α2 chain-deficiency. It is characterized with early inflammation and build-up of fibrotic lesions, both in patients and MDC1A mouse models (e.g. dy(3K)/dy(3K)). Despite the enormous impact of inflammation on tissue remodelling in disease, the inflammatory response in MDC1A has been poorly described...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277983/l-arginine-supplementation-improves-rats-antioxidant-system-and-exercise-performance
#20
E P Silva, L S Borges, C Mendes-da-Silva, S M Hirabara, R H Lambertucci
Reactive species have great importance in sports performance, once they can directly regulate energy production, muscular contraction, inflammation, and fatigue. Therefore, the redox control is essential for athletes' performance. Studies demonstrated that l-arginine has an important role in the synthesis of urea, cell growth and production of nitric oxide, moreover, there are indications that it is also able to induce benefits to muscle antioxidant system through the upregulation of some antioxidant enzymes, and by inhibiting some pathways of reactive species production...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Research
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