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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339937/uterine-artery-leptin-receptors-during-the-ovarian-cycle-and-pregnancy-regulate-angiogenesis-in-ovine-uterine-artery-endothelial-cells
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Vladimir E Vargas, Rosalina Villalon Landeros, Gladys E Lopez, Jing Zheng, Ronald R Magness
Leptin regulates body weight, reproductive functions, blood pressure, endothelial function, and fetoplacental angiogenesis. Compared to the luteal phase, the follicular phase and pregnancy are physiological states of elevated estrogen, angiogenesis, and uterine blood flow (UBF). Little is known concerning leptin and its receptors (OB-R) for regulating uterine artery (UA) angiogenesis. We : 1) Ex vivo expression of OB-R in UA endothelium (UAendo) and UA vascular smooth muscle (UAvsm) is elevated in pregnant vs...
March 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330969/influence-of-the-coronary-circulation-on-thermal-tolerance-and-cardiac-performance-during-warming-in-rainbow-trout
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Andreas Ekström, Michael Axelsson, Albin Gräns, Jeroen Brijs, Erik Sandblom
Thermal tolerance in fish may be related to an oxygen limitation of cardiac function. While the hearts of some fish species receive oxygenated blood via a coronary circulation, the influence of this oxygen supply on thermal tolerance and cardiac performance during warming remain unexplored. Here, we analyzed the effect in vivo of acute warming on coronary blood flow in adult sexually mature rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss), and the consequences of chronic coronary ligation on cardiac function and thermal tolerance in juvenile trout...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324630/morphological-and-neurochemical-differences-in-peptidergic-nerve-fibres-of-the-mouse-vagina
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Christine Barry, Esther Ji, Harman Sharma, Lara Beukes, Pat Vilimas, Yvette DeGraaf, Dusan Matusica, Rainer V Haberberger
The vagina is innervated by a complex arrangement of sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres that contain classical transmitters plus an array of neuropeptides and enzymes known to regulate diverse processes including blood flow and nociception. The neurochemical characteristics and distributions of peptide-containing nerves in the mouse vagina are unknown. This study used multiple labelling immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and analysis to investigate the presence and colocalization of the peptides vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), neuropeptide tyrosine (NPY) and the nitric oxide synthesizing enzyme neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in nerve fibres of the murine vaginal wall...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324168/the-effect-of-eccentric-exercise-with-blood-flow-restriction-on-neuromuscular-activation-microvascular-oxygenation-and-the-repeated-bout-effect
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Jakob D Lauver, Trent E Cayot, Timothy Rotarius, Barry W Scheuermann
PURPOSE: To examine the effect of low-intensity eccentric contractions with and without blood flow restriction (BFR) on microvascular oxygenation, neuromuscular activation, and the repeated bout effect (RBE). METHODS: Participants were randomly assigned to either low-intensity (LI), low-intensity with BFR (LI-BFR), or a control (CON) group. Participants in LI and LI-BFR performed a preconditioning bout of low-intensity eccentric exercise prior to about of maximal eccentric exercise...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323995/renin-phenotypes-characterize-vascular-disease-autonomous-aldosteronism-and-mineralocorticoid-receptor-activity
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Gregory L Hundemer, Rene Baudrand, Jenifer M Brown, Gary Curhan, Gordon H Williams, Anand Vaidya
Context: Mild cases of autonomous aldosterone secretion may go unrecognized using current diagnostic criteria for primary aldosteronism (PA). Objective: To investigate whether the inability to stimulate renin serves as a biomarker for unrecognized autonomous aldosterone secretion and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) activation. Participants: 663 normotensive and mildly hypertensive participants, who were confirmed to not have PA using current guideline criteria and were on no antihypertensive medications...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323164/mapping-the-pharmacological-modulation-of-brain-oxygen-metabolism-the-effects-of-caffeine-on-absolute-cmro2-measured-using-dual-calibrated-fmri
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Alberto Merola, Michael A Germuska, Esther Ah Warnert, Lewys Richmond, Daniel Helme, Sharmila Khot, Kevin Murphy, Peter J Rogers, Judith E Hall, Richard G Wise
This study aims to map the acute effects of caffeine ingestion on grey matter oxygen metabolism and haemodynamics with a novel MRI method. Sixteen healthy caffeine consumers (8 males, age = 24.7±5.1) were recruited to this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Each participant was scanned on two days before and after the delivery of an oral caffeine (250mg) or placebo capsule. Our measurements were obtained with a newly proposed estimation approach applied to data from a dual calibration fMRI experiment that uses hypercapnia and hyperoxia to modulate brain blood flow and oxygenation...
March 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319093/human-haematopoietic-stem-cell-lineage-commitment-is-a-continuous-process
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Lars Velten, Simon F Haas, Simon Raffel, Sandra Blaszkiewicz, Saiful Islam, Bianca P Hennig, Christoph Hirche, Christoph Lutz, Eike C Buss, Daniel Nowak, Tobias Boch, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann, Anthony D Ho, Wolfgang Huber, Andreas Trumpp, Marieke A G Essers, Lars M Steinmetz
Blood formation is believed to occur through stepwise progression of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) following a tree-like hierarchy of oligo-, bi- and unipotent progenitors. However, this model is based on the analysis of predefined flow-sorted cell populations. Here we integrated flow cytometric, transcriptomic and functional data at single-cell resolution to quantitatively map early differentiation of human HSCs towards lineage commitment. During homeostasis, individual HSCs gradually acquire lineage biases along multiple directions without passing through discrete hierarchically organized progenitor populations...
March 20, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306539/three-dimensional-power-doppler-of-the-placenta-and-its-clinical-applications
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Kelly Yamasato, Ivica Zalud
The aim of this review is to discuss three dimensional (3D) power Doppler of the placenta and its clinical applications. There is a strong clinical need to develop noninvasive, simple and widely available methods of evaluating in vivo placental function to assess fetal wellbeing. While conventional ultrasound is a proven tool in the evaluation of fetal structural anomalies and health, its ability to assess placental function, especially prior to the onset of fetal compromise, is the subject of ongoing investigation...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303623/endothelial-signaling-and-the-dynamic-regulation-of-arterial-tone-a-surreptitious-relationship
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Donald G Welsh, Thomas A Longden
The endothelium is an integrated layer of cells whose dynamic regulation governs arterial tone development and the matching of blood flow delivery to tissue energetic demand. Investigating the structural and electrical properties of native endothelial cells has been a challenging prospect, with efforts often restricted to traditional myographic techniques. Concerted experimental attention, along with recent technical advances, has broadened the investigative tool kit, deepening mechanistic insights. This overview in part of a Special Topics Issue centered on the endothelium and how key structural/electrical properties guide arterial tone development and integrated network behavior...
March 16, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302957/relationship-between-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-in-umbilical-cord-plasma-and-birth-weight-follows-a-u-shaped-curve
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Junji Takaya, Yuko Tanabe, Yuichi Kuroyanagi, Kazunari Kaneko
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is a nonselective nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor associated with cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. NO regulates placental blood flow, which plays an important role in fetal growth. Many epidemiological studies have disclosed that restricted fetal growth is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance in adult life. We studied the relationship between ADMA in cord blood and birth size. Nine small for gestational age (SGA) and 32 appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants were studied...
March 7, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298706/an-assessment-of-fetal-cerebral-and-hepatic-perfusion-in-normal-pregnancy-and-pre-eclampsia-using-three-dimensional-ultrasound
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Susan Addley, Amanda Ali, Stephen Ong
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia and placental causes of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are part of the same spectrum of disorders. In IUGR, there is preferential shunting of blood to the fetal brain at the expense of other organs. We wanted to demonstrate that this also occurs in pre-eclampsia using three dimensional (3D) ultrasound. The 3D indices of perfusion are: flow index (FI), vascular index (VI) and vascularisation flow index (VFI) which reflect tissue vascularity and flow intensity...
January 2017: Ulster Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293753/cd16-positive-circulating-monocytes-and-fibrotic-manifestations-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Alain Lescoat, Valérie Lecureur, Mikael Roussel, Béatrice Ly Sunnaram, Alice Ballerie, Guillaume Coiffier, Stéphane Jouneau, Olivier Fardel, Thierry Fest, Patrick Jégo
The objective of this study is to assess the association of clinical manifestations of systemic sclerosis (SSc) with the absolute count of circulating blood monocyte subpopulations according to their membrane expression of CD16. Forty-eight consecutive patients fulfilling the 2013 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for SSc were included in this cross-sectional study. CD16+ monocyte absolute count was defined by flow cytometry and confronted to the clinical characteristics of SSc patients. Twenty-three healthy donors (HD) were randomly selected for comparison...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292884/vascular-conductance-and-muscle-blood-flow-during-exercise-are-altered-by-inspired-oxygen-fraction-and-arterial-perfusion-pressure
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Rodrigo Villar, Richard L Hughson
We tested the hypothesis during the combined challenges of altered inspired O2 fraction (FIO2) and posture changes at lower power output regardless of body position that the vascular conductance (VC) recruitment to the exercising muscle would not limit muscle perfusion and estimated O2 delivery (DO2est ). However, in head-down tilt at the higher power output exercise in hypoxia, the recruitment of VC would have a functional limitation which would restrict muscle blood flow (MBF) leading to a limitation in DO2est with consequent increases in metabolic stress...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288675/activation-status-of-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells-reflects-disease-activity-and-pathology-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Asako Chiba, Naoto Tamura, Kazunori Yoshikiyo, Goh Murayama, Mie Kitagaichi, Ken Yamaji, Yoshinari Takasaki, Sachiko Miyake
BACKGROUND: Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are innate-like lymphocytes constituting a large proportion of peripheral blood T cells expressing αβ T-cell receptor in humans. In this study, we aimed to investigate their involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Peripheral blood MAIT cells from patients with SLE were assessed for their frequency, activation markers, and cell death by flow cytometry. The correlation between plasma cytokine levels and CD69 expression on MAIT cells was analyzed...
March 14, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287584/a-microfluidic-flow-chamber-model-for-platelet-transfusion-and-hemostasis-measures-platelet-deposition-and-fibrin-formation-in-real-time
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Katrijn R Six, Rosalie Devloo, Britt Van Aelst, Philippe Vandekerckhove, Hendrik B Feys, Veerle Compernolle
Microfluidic models of hemostasis assess platelet function under conditions of hydrodynamic shear, but in the presence of anticoagulants, this analysis is restricted to platelet deposition only. The intricate relationship between Ca(2+)-dependent coagulation and platelet function requires careful and controlled recalcification of blood prior to analysis. Our setup uses a Y-shaped mixing channel, which supplies concentrated Ca(2+)/Mg(2+) buffer to flowing blood just prior to perfusion, enabling rapid recalcification without sample stasis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285985/cryopreservation-related-loss-of-antigen-specific-ifn%C3%AE-producing-cd4-t-cells-can-skew-immunogenicity-data-in-vaccine-trials-lessons-from-a-malaria-vaccine-trial-substudy
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Tom Ford, Claire Wenden, Alison Mbekeani, Len Dally, Josephine H Cox, Merribeth Morin, Nicola Winstone, Adrian V S Hill, Jill Gilmour, Katie J Ewer
Ex vivo functional immunoassays such as ELISpot and intracellular cytokine staining (ICS) by flow cytometry are crucial tools in vaccine development both in the identification of novel immunogenic targets and in the immunological assessment of samples from clinical trials. Cryopreservation and subsequent thawing of PBMCs via validated processes has become a mainstay of clinical trials due to processing restrictions inherent in the disparate location and capacity of trial centres, and also in the need to standardize biological assays at central testing facilities...
March 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277907/the-effect-of-maternal-hyperoxygenation-on-fetal-circulatory-system-in-normal-growth-and-iugr-fetuses-what-we-can-learn-from-this-impact
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Nizar Khatib, Israel Thaler, Ron Beloosesky, Hanin Dabaja, Nadir Ganem, Philippe Abecassis, Yuval Ginsberg, Zeev Weiner
PURPOSE: The study aims were to assess and compare the effects of maternal hyperoxygenation on fetal circulation, in fetuses with intra-uterine growth retardation and normal fetal growth. METHODS: Twelve singleton pregnant women with normal fetal growth and twelve singleton pregnant women with intrauterine growth restriction were recruited. Mean gestational age of 35.2±3.5 and 34.7±3.9 weeks respectively. Doppler blood flow velocity waveforms were obtained from the middle cerebral artery, umbilical, main and proximal right pulmonary arteries...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269146/motion-invariant-contrast-enhancement-of-optical-imaging-data-in-the-gradient-domain
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Philipp Flotho, Alejandro Romero-Santiago, Karsten Schwerdtfeger, Jacek Szczygielski, Matthias Hulser, Lars Haab, Daniel J Strauss
Functional optical imaging (OI) of intrinsic signals (like blood oxygenation coupled reflection changes) and of extrinsic properties of voltage sensitive probes (like voltage-sensitive dyes (VSD)) forms a group of neuroimaging techniques that possess up to date highest temporal and spatial resolution on a meso-to macroscopic scale. An inherent problem of OI is a very low signal to noise ratio (SNR), which restricts the recordings to be completely motionless and requires detailed knowledge of the properties of the different noise sources...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263836/optical-barcoding-of-plga-for-multispectral-analysis-of-nanoparticle-fate-in-vivo
#20
David X Medina, Kyle T Householder, Ricki Ceton, Tina Kovalik, John M Heffernan, Rohini V Shankar, Robert P Bowser, Robert J Wechsler-Reya, Rachael W Sirianni
Understanding of the mechanisms by which systemically administered nanoparticles achieve delivery across biological barriers remains incomplete, due in part to the challenge of tracking nanoparticle fate in the body. Here, we develop a new approach for "barcoding" nanoparticles (NPs) composed of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with bright, spectrally defined quantum dots (QDs) to enable direct, fluorescent detection of NP fate with subcellular resolution. We show that QD labeling does not affect major biophysical properties of NPs or their interaction with cells and tissues...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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