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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735764/bmp-2-7-heterodimer-strongly-induces-bone-regeneration-in-the-absence-of-increased-soft-tissue-inflammation
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Takashi Kaito, Tokimitsu Morimoto, Yuki Mori, Sadaaki Kanayama, Takahiro Makino, Shota Takenaka, Yusuke Sakai, Satoru Otsuru, Yoshichika Yoshioka, Hideki Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2/7 heterodimer is a stronger inducer of bone regeneration than individual homodimers. However, clinical application of its potent bone induction ability may be hampered if its use is accompanied by excessive inflammatory reactions. PURPOSE: We sought to quantitatively evaluate bone induction and inflammatory reactions by BMP heterodimer and corresponding BMP homodimers using ultra-high resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and micro-computed tomography...
July 20, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734932/a-pyridone-derivative-activates-serca2a-by-attenuating-the-inhibitory-effect-of-phospholamban
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Manami Kaneko, Hisato Yamamoto, Hiroki Sakai, Yusuke Kamada, Toshiki Tanaka, Shuji Fujiwara, Synsuke Yamamoto, Hiroki Takahagi, Hideyuki Igawa, Shizuo Kasai, Masakuni Noda, Makoto Inui, Tomoyuki Nishimoto
The cardiac sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) plays a central role in Ca(2+) handling within cardiomyocytes and is negatively regulated by phospholamban (PLN), a sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membrane protein. The activation of SERCA2a, which has been reported to improve cardiac dysfunction in heart failure, is a potential therapeutic approach for heart failure. Therefore, we developed a novel small molecule, compound A and characterized it both in vitro and in vivo. Compound A activated the Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase activity of cardiac SR vesicles but not that of skeletal muscle SR vesicles that lack PLN...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733841/analgosedation-of-adult-patients-with-elevated-intracranial-pressure-survey-of-current-clinical-practice-in-austria
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Guenther Herzer, Claudia Mirth, Udo M Illievich, Wolfgang G Voelckel, Helmut Trimmel
BACKGROUND: Analgesia and sedation are key items in intensive care. Recently published S3 guidelines specifically address treatment of patients with elevated intracranial pressure. METHODS: The Austrian Society of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine carried out an online survey of neurointensive care units in Austria in order to evaluate the current state of practice in the areas of analgosedation and delirium management in this high-risk patient group...
July 21, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733748/preoperative-botulinum-toxin-a-enabling-defect-closure-and-laparoscopic-repair-of-complex-ventral-hernia
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Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo, Kristen E Elstner, Anita S W Jacombs, John W Read, Rodrigo Tomazini Martins, Fernando Arduini, Michael Wehrhahm, Colette Craft, Peter H Cosman, Anthony N Dardano, Nabeel Ibrahim
INTRODUCTION: Operative management of complex ventral hernia still remains a significant challenge for surgeons. Closure of large defects in the unprepared abdomen has serious pathophysiological consequences due to chronic contraction and retraction of the lateral abdominal wall muscles. We report outcomes of 56 consecutive patients who had preoperative Botulinum toxin A (BTA) abdominal wall relaxation facilitating closure and repair. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of 56 patients who underwent ultrasound-guided BTA into the lateral abdominal oblique muscles prior to elective ventral hernia repair between November 2012 and January 2017...
July 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733534/low-dose-of-dexmedetomidine-as-an-adjuvant-to-bupivacaine-in-cesarean-surgery-provides-better-intraoperative-somato-visceral-sensory-block-characteristcs-and-postoperative-analgesia
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Yong-Hong Bi, Xiao-Guang Cui, Rui-Qin Zhang, Chun-Yu Song, Yan-Zhuo Zhang
OBJECT: In this study, we aimed to investigate the beneficial effects of dexmedetomidine on somato-visceral sensory block characteristcs, postoperative analgesia and stress response of intrathecal bupivacaine administration in women undergoing cesarean section, and to find out which dose is better. METHODS: Sixty parturients with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status I or II were anesthetized with intrathecal bupivacaine(10mg) alone or in combination with dexmedetomidine (3 μg and 5 μg) to undergo cesarean section...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733084/reciprocal-regulation-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-activated-camp-response-element-binding-protein-signalling-by-arrestin2-and-arrestin3
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Alexander Pearce, Lucy Sanders, Paul J Brighton, Shashi Rana, Justin C Konje, Jonathon M Willets
Activation of Gs coupled receptors (e.g. β2-adrenoreceptor (β2AR)) expressed within the uterine muscle layer (myometrium), promotes intracellular cAMP generation, inducing muscle relaxation through short-term inhibition of contractile proteins, and longer-term modulation of cellular phenotype to promote quiescence. In the myometrium cAMP-driven modulation of cell phenotype is facilitated by CREB activity, however despite the importance of CREB signalling in the promotion of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy, little is currently known regarding the molecular mechanisms involved...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731505/calcium-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-2-camkii-mediates-epac-induced-spontaneous-transient-outward-currents-stocs-in-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle
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Edward S A Humphries, Tomoko Kamishima, John M Quayle, Caroline Dart
Activation of the major cAMP effector, exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac), induces vascular smooth muscle relaxation by increasing the activity of ryanodine (RyR)-sensitive release channels on the peripheral sarcoplasmic reticulum. Resultant Ca(2+) sparks activate plasma membrane Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (BKCa ) channels, evoking spontaneous transient outward currents (STOCs) that hyperpolarize the cell and reduce voltage-dependent Ca(2+) entry. In this study we investigate the mechanism by which Epac increases STOC activity...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725529/recent-progress-on-piezoelectric-and-triboelectric-energy-harvesters-in-biomedical-systems
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Qiang Zheng, Bojing Shi, Zhou Li, Zhong Lin Wang
Implantable medical devices (IMDs) have become indispensable medical tools for improving the quality of life and prolonging the patient's lifespan. The minimization and extension of lifetime are main challenges for the development of IMDs. Current innovative research on this topic is focused on internal charging using the energy generated by the physiological environment or natural body activity. To harvest biomechanical energy efficiently, piezoelectric and triboelectric energy harvesters with sophisticated structural and material design have been developed...
July 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721578/preventive-chair-massage-with-algometry-to-maintain-psychosomatic-balance-in-white-collar-workers
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Anna Cabak, Mirosław Mikicin, Marek Łyp, Iwona Stanisławska, Ryszard Kaczor, Wiesław Tomaszewski
People working at computers often suffer from overload-related muscle pain, and physical and mental discomfort. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of chair massage, conducted in the workplace among white-collar workers, in relieving symptoms of musculoskeletal strain related to prolonged sitting posture. The study was conducted in 124 white-collar workers, 55 women and 69 men, aged 33.7 ± 7.6 years. Subjects were randomly assigned to three groups: chair massage program, relaxing music sessions, and a control group, each of four-week duration...
July 19, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720871/localization-of-damage-in-the-human-leg-muscles-induced-by-downhill-running
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Sumiaki Maeo, Yukino Ando, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Yasuo Kawakami
We investigated localization of damage within the knee extensors (KEs) and plantar flexors (PFs) induced by downhill running (DR) by using transverse relaxation time (T2)-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Fourteen young adults performed 45-min DR (-15% slope) at their maximal tolerable velocity. At pre- and 24, 48, and 72 h post-exercise, T2-MRI was scanned and T2 values for each muscle composing KEs and PFs at proximal, middle, and distal sites were calculated. Maximal isometric torque and rate of torque development (RTD: 0-30, 0-50, 0-100, 0-200 ms) were also measured...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719725/effects-of-eupatilin-on-the-contractility-of-corpus-cavernosal-smooth-muscle-through-nitric-oxide-independent-pathways
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S H Choo, S W Lee, M R Chae, S J Kang, H H Sung, D H Han, J N Chun, J K Park, C Y Kim, H K Kim, I So
Eupatilin (5,7-dihydroxy-3,4,6-trimethoxyflavone) is one of the main compounds present in Artemisia species. Eupatilin has both antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties and a relaxation effect on vascular contraction regardless of endothelial function. We evaluated the relaxant effects of eupatilin on the corpus cavernosum (CC) of rabbits and the underlying mechanisms of its activity in human corpus cavernosum smooth muscle (CCSM) cells. Isolated rabbit CC strips were mounted in an organ bath system. A conventional whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to measure activation of calcium-sensitive K(+) -channel currents in human CCSM cells...
July 18, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717293/utility-of-vaccum-pressed-silicon-sheet-as-a-bite-raising-appliance-in-the-management-of-tmj-dysfunction-syndrome
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Abhay Datarkar, Surendra Daware, Ravi Dande
INTRODUCTION: Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) represent a group of painful conditions involving the muscles of mastication and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that frequently encountered in general clinical practice. This study is designed to assess the utility of vacuum pressed silicon sheet as a bite raising appliance in the management of TMJ dysfunction syndrome. METHODOLOGY: The patients for this study were selected from those with the chief complaint of TMJ disorder...
September 2017: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714490/current-diagnostic-approach-and-initial-treatment-patterns-for-renal-colic-in-emergency-department
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R Shrestha, Y Bista, A Khan
BACKGROUND: Renal colic is a common clinical presentation in emergency. The goal of this study was to describe the epidemiology, current diagnostic and treatment strategies of ureteric colic in our emergency department. METHODS: This is a retrospective study performed over a six months period of patients with clinically suspected renal colic. Data collected included age, sex, urine analysis, ultrasound studies regarding size, site of the stone and presence of hydronephrosis...
January 2017: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714277/free-fatty-acid-receptor-3-activation-suppresses-neurogenic-motility-in-rat-proximal-colon
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I Kaji, Y Akiba, T Furuyama, D W Adelson, K Iwamoto, M Watanabe, A Kuwahara, J D Kaunitz
BACKGROUND: Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are microbial fermentation products absorbed by the colon. We recently reported that activation of the SCFA receptor termed free fatty acid receptor 3 (FFA3), expressed on cholinergic nerves, suppresses nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR)-mediated transepithelial anion secretion. This study aimed to clarify how activation of neurally expressed FFA3 affects colonic motor function. METHODS: FFA3-expressing myenteric neurons were identified by immunostaining; contractions of isolated circular muscle strips obtained from rat proximal colon were measured by isometric transducers...
July 17, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714118/body-wall-structure-in-the-starfish-asterias-rubens
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Liisa M Blowes, Michaela Egertová, Yankai Liu, Graham R Davis, Nick J Terrill, Himadri S Gupta, Maurice R Elphick
The body wall of starfish is composed of magnesium calcite ossicles connected by collagenous tissue and muscles and it exhibits remarkable variability in stiffness, which is attributed to the mechanical mutability of the collagenous component. Using the common European starfish Asterias rubens as an experimental animal, here we have employed a variety of techniques to gain new insights into the structure of the starfish body wall. The structure and organisation of muscular and collagenous components of the body wall were analysed using trichrome staining...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711117/mechanisms-of-change-during-attention-training-and-mindfulness-in-high-trait-anxious-individuals-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Peter M McEvoy, Rachel Graville, Sarra Hayes, Robert T Kane, Jonathan K Foster
The first aim of this study was to compare attention manipulation techniques deriving from metacognitive therapy (the Attention Training Technique; ATT) and mindfulness-based approaches (Mindfulness-Based Progressive Muscle Relaxation, MB-PMR) to a thought wandering control (TWC) condition, in terms of their impact on anxiety and four mechanisms: distancing, present-focused attention, uncontrollability and dangerousness, metacognitive beliefs, and cognitive flexibility (Stroop task). The second aim was to test indirect effects of the techniques on anxiety via the mechanism measures...
September 2017: Behavior Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706458/electrophysiological-characteristics-of-r47w-and-a298t-mutations-in-clc-1-of-myotonia-congenita-patients-and-evaluation-of-clinical-features
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Hyung Jin Chin, Chan Hyeong Kim, Kotdaji Ha, Jin Hong Shin, Dae-Seong Kim, Insuk So
Myotonia congenita (MC) is a genetic disease that displays impaired relaxation of skeletal muscle and muscle hypertrophy. This disease is mainly caused by mutations of CLCN1 that encodes human skeletal muscle chloride channel (CLC-1). CLC-1 is a voltage gated chloride channel that activates upon depolarizing potentials and play a major role in stabilization of resting membrane potentials in skeletal muscle. In this study, we report 4 unrelated Korean patients diagnosed with myotonia congenita and their clinical features...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706175/-characteristics-and-risk-factors-for-falls-in-tertiary-hospital-inpatients
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Eun Ju Choi, Young Shin Lee, Eun Jung Yang, Ji Hui Kim, Yeon Hee Kim, Hyeoun Ae Park
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore characteristics of and risk factors for accidental inpatient falls. METHODS: Participants were classified as fallers or non-fallers based on the fall history of inpatients in a tertiary hospital in Seoul between June 2014 and May 2015. Data on falls were obtained from the fall report forms and data on risk factors were obtained from the electronic nursing records. Characteristics of fallers and non-fallers were analyzed using descriptive statistics...
June 2017: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705908/importance-of-kynurenine-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bence M Nagy, Chandran Nagaraj, Andreas Meinitzer, Neha Sharma, Rita Papp, Vasile Foris, Bahil Ghanim, Grazyna Kwapiszewska, Gabor Kovacs, Walter Klepetko, Thomas R Pieber, Harald Mangge, Horst Olschewski, Andrea Oslchewski
The tryptophan metabolite kynurenine is significantly increased in pulmonary arterial hyper-tension (PAH) patients, and it is a potent vasodilator of systemic arteries. Our aim was to in-vestigate the role of kynurenine in the pulmonary circulation. Serum tryptophan, kynurenine and kynurenic-acid levels were measured in 20 idiopathic PAH (IPAH) patients, 20 healthy controls and 20 patients with chronic lung disease or meta-bolic syndrome without-PH. Laser-dissected pulmonary arteries from IPAH and control lungs were tested for the expression of IDO, the rate-limiting enzyme for the conversion from tryptophan to kynurenine...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705807/augmentation-of-cgmp-pkg-pathway-and-colonic-motility-by-hydrogen-sulfide
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Ancy D Nalli, Sayak Bhattacharya, Hongxia Wang, Derek M Kendig, John R Grider, Karnam S Murthy
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), like nitric oxide (NO), causes smooth muscle relaxation, but unlike NO, does not stimulate soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) activity and generate cGMP. The aim of this study was to investigate the interplay between NO and H2S in colonic smooth muscle. In colonic smooth muscle from rabbit, mouse and human, L-cysteine, substrate of cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE), or NaHS, an H2S donor, inhibited phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) activity and augmented the increase in cGMP levels, IP3 receptor phosphorylation at Ser(1756) (measured as a proxy for PKG activation), and muscle relaxation in response to NO donor, s-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), suggesting augmentation of cGMP/PKG pathway by H2S...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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