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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660948/the-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-system-response-to-different-daily-demands-among-patients-at-the-sub-acute-phase-post-ischemic-stroke-and-healthy-controls
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Noa Raphaely Beer, Nachum Soroker, Nathan M Bornstein, Michal Katz Leurer
BACKGROUND: Autonomic disturbances are a common phenomenon in patients' post-stroke, characterized by hypo function of the para-sympathetic and/or overactive sympathetic system. The impact of autonomic disturbances on physical therapy tasks during the rehabilitation period has not yet been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To describe the response of the cardiac autonomic nervous system during different tasks, among patients and age-matched healthy controls. METHODS: 19 patients in the subacute phase post first-ever ischemic stroke, and 16 controls...
April 7, 2018: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658939/simultaneous-recordings-of-cortical-local-field-potentials-electrocardiogram-electromyogram-and-breathing-rhythm-from-a-freely-moving-rat
#2
Yu Shikano, Takuya Sasaki, Yuji Ikegaya
Monitoring the physiological dynamics of the brain and peripheral tissues is necessary for addressing a number of questions about how the brain controls body functions and internal organ rhythms when animals are exposed to emotional challenges and changes in their living environments. In general experiments, signals from different organs, such as the brain and the heart, are recorded by independent recording systems that require multiple recording devices and different procedures for processing the data files...
April 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29616887/upper-limb-muscle-activation-during-sports-video-gaming-of-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Jeffrey P Jaramillo, M Elise Johanson, B Jenny Kiratli
OBJECTIVE: Video gaming as a therapeutic tool has largely been studied within the stroke population with some benefits reported in upper limb motor performance, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular status. To date, muscle activation of upper limb muscles in persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) has not been studied during video game play. In this paper, we provide descriptive and comparative data for muscle activation and strength during gaming for players with tetraplegia and paraplegia, as well as, compare these results with data from traditional arm exercises (ie, biceps curl and shoulder press) with light weights which are commonly prescribed for a home program...
April 4, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605429/dysfunction-of-nav1-4-a-skeletal-muscle-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-in-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-a-case-control-study
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Roope Männikkö, Leonie Wong, David J Tester, Michael G Thor, Richa Sud, Dimitri M Kullmann, Mary G Sweeney, Costin Leu, Sanjay M Sisodiya, David R FitzPatrick, Margaret J Evans, Iona J M Jeffrey, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Marta C Cohen, Peter J Fleming, Amie Jaye, Michael A Simpson, Michael J Ackerman, Michael G Hanna, Elijah R Behr, Emma Matthews
BACKGROUND: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of post-neonatal infant death in high-income countries. Central respiratory system dysfunction seems to contribute to these deaths. Excitation that drives contraction of skeletal respiratory muscles is controlled by the sodium channel NaV1.4, which is encoded by the gene SCN4A. Variants in NaV1.4 that directly alter skeletal muscle excitability can cause myotonia, periodic paralysis, congenital myopathy, and myasthenic syndrome...
March 28, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603461/metaboreceptor-activation-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-linking-cardiac-and-peripheral-vascular-hemodynamics
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Zachary Barrett-O'Keefe, Joshua F Lee, Amanda Berbert, Melissa A H Witman, Jose Nativi-Nicolau, Josef Stehlik, Russell S Richardson, D Walter Wray
This study sought to evaluate the muscle metaboreflex in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), with an emphasis on the interaction between cardiac and peripheral vascular hemodynamics across multiple levels of metaboreceptor activation. In 23 HFrEF patients (63 ± 2 yrs) and 15 healthy controls (64 ± 3 yrs), we examined changes in mean arterial pressure (MAP), cardiac output (CO), systemic vascular conductance (SVC), effective arterial elastance (Ea), stroke work (SW), and forearm deoxyhemoglobin concentration during metaboreceptor activation elicited by post-exercise circulatory occlusion (PECO) following three levels of static-intermittent handgrip exercise (15, 30, and 45% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC))...
March 30, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596928/cardiac-safety-evaluation-in-zebrafish-and-in-silico-adme-prediction-of-cephalosporins-with-an-aminothiazoyl-ring-at-the-c-7-position
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Ying Han, Bo Chen, Jingpu Zhang, Changqin Hu
Systems toxicology approaches have been used as important tools in the drug discovery and medicine quality control processes. The aim of this study was to assess the pharmacokinetic and toxicity properties of cephalosporins with an aminothiazoyl ring at the C-7 position (CATRs). Cardiac toxicity of the compounds was assessed in zebrafish embryos, and it was determined that CATRs disturbed the formation and development of the heart in a dose-dependent manner. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) related to the heart were also identified by transcriptome analysis, and co-DEGs were obtained in the protein-protein interaction (PPI) network...
March 26, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29593122/inhibition-of-at1-receptors-by-losartan-affects-myocardial-slow-force-response-in-healthy-but-not-in-monocrotaline-treated-young-rats
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Oleg Lookin, Alexandr Balakin, Yuri Protsenko
The slow force response (SFR) of a cardiac muscle to a sudden stretch is thought to be important in the regulatory adaptation of myocardial contraction. Autocrine-paracrine regulation pathways which involve angiotensin II are participating in this mechanism. On the other hand, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAS) is altered in hypertrophic or failing myocardium. We compared the effects of sudden stretch to SFR as well as to twitch and Ca2+ transient characteristics in rat myocardium with monocrotaline-induced heart failure with those in normal rat myocardium without and with inhibition of angiotensin II type-1 (AT1) receptors...
March 2018: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29593014/ryanodine-receptor-calcium-leak-in-circulating-b-lymphocytes-as-a-biomarker-in-heart-failure
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Alexander Kushnir, Gaetano Santulli, Steven R Reiken, Ellie Coromilas, Sarah J Godfrey, Danielle L Brunjes, Paolo C Colombo, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Seth I Sokol, Richard N Kitsis, Andrew R Marks
Background -Advances in congestive heart failure (CHF) management depend on biomarkers for monitoring disease progression and therapeutic response. During systole, intracellular Ca2+ is released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) into the cytoplasm through type 2 ryanodine receptor/Ca2+ release channels (RyR2). In CHF, chronically elevated circulating catecholamine levels cause pathologic remodeling of RyR2 resulting in diastolic SR Ca2+ leak, and decreased myocardial contractility. Similarly, skeletal muscle contraction requires SR Ca2+ release through type-1 ryanodine receptors (RyR1), and chronically elevated catecholamine levels in CHF cause RyR1 mediated SR Ca2+ leak, contributing to myopathy and weakness...
March 28, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29559321/or2h2-regulates-the-differentiation-of-human-myoblast-cells-by-its-ligand-aldehyde-13-13
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Benjamin Kalbe, Markus Osterloh, Viola M Schulz, Janine Altmüller, Christian Becker, Sabrina Osterloh, Hanns Hatt
Olfactory receptors (ORs) regulate various cellular processes in the human body. The receptors' participation in physiological and pathophysiological processes could be demonstrated in several studies. In addition to the regulation of sperm motility, respiratory physiology, and heart contraction, ORs play a crucial role in cancer cells. In murine myoblasts, mOR23 regulates the myogenesis and branching of skeletal muscle cells. To date, the expression and physiological role of ORs in human skeletal muscle cells have not been thoroughly elucidated...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29558109/the-reversible-covalent-reaction-of-levosimendan-with-cardiac-troponin-c-in-vitro-and-in-situ
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Brittney Ann Klein, Béla Reiz, Ian Michael Robertson, Malcolm Irving, Liang Li, Yin-Biao Sun, Brian D Sykes
The development of calcium sensitizers for the treatment of systolic heart failure presents difficulties including judging the optimal efficacy and the specificity to target cardiac muscle. The thin filament is an attractive target since cardiac troponin-C (cTnC) is the site of calcium binding and the trigger for subsequent contraction. One widely studied calcium sensitizer is levosimendan. We have recently shown that when a covalent cTnC-levosimendan analog is exchanged into cardiac muscle cells, they become constitutively active, demonstrating the potency of a covalent complex...
March 20, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29544373/mitochondria-regulate-cardiac-contraction-through-atp-dependent-and-atp-independent-mechanisms
#11
Kexin Wang, Yang Xu, Qiong Sun, Jiangang Long, Jiankang Liu, Jian Ding
The multipurpose organelle mitochondria play an essential role(s) in controlling cardiac muscle contraction. Mitochondria, not only function as the powerhouses and the energy source of myocytes, but also modulate intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis, the production of intermediary metabolites/reactive oxygen species (ROS), and other cellular processes. Those molecular events can substantially influence myocardial contraction. Mitochondrial dysfunction is usually associated with cardiac remodeling, and is the causal factor of heart contraction defects in many cases...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29528524/age-associated-impairments-in-contraction-induced-rapid-onset-vasodilatation-within-the-forearm-are-independent-of-mechanical-factors
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William E Hughes, Nicholas T Kruse, Darren P Casey
NEW FINDINGS: What is the central question of this study? We examined whether the mechanical contribution to contraction-induced rapid onset vasodilatation (ROV) differed with age, and whether ROV is associated with peripheral artery stiffness. Furthermore, we examined how manipulation of perfusion pressure modulates ROV in young and older adults. What is the main finding and its importance? The mechanical contribution to ROV is similar in young and older adults. Conversely, peripheral arterial stiffness is not associated with ROV...
March 12, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29528120/contractile-heterogeneity-in-ventricular-myocardium
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Wen Pan, Ziqi Yang, Jun Cheng, Cheng Qian, Yanggan Wang
The transmural heterogeneity of the contractility in ventricular muscle has not been well-studied. Here, we investigated the calcium transient and sarcomere contraction/relaxation in the endocardial (Endo) and epicardial (Epi) myocytes. Endo and Epi myocytes were isolated from C57/BL6 mice by Langendorff perfusion. Ca2+ transient and sarcomere contraction/relaxation were recorded simultaneously at different stimulation frequencies using a dual excitation fluorescence photomultiplier system. We found that the Endo myocytes have higher baseline diastolic calcium, significantly larger calcium transient and stronger sarcomere shortening than Epi myocytes...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526250/emotional-reaction-evaluation-provoked-by-the-vestibular-caloric-test-through-physiological-variables-monitoring
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Rafael Barona-de-Guzmán, Claudio Krstulovic-Roa, Elena Donderis-Malea, Luz Barona-Lleó
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The emotional evaluation of the causes of vertigo is made using the clinical records and several subjective questionnaires. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the emotional response objectively, in normal subjects, during an induced vertigo crisis. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A caloric vestibular test with cold water was performed on 30 healthy subjects. The following physiological parameters were monitored during the 60seconds prior to and the 60seconds after the stimulation: Skin Conductivity, Peripheral Pulse Volume, Body Temperature, Muscle Contraction, Heart Rate, and Respiratory Rate...
March 8, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29513687/generation-of-functional-cardiomyocytes-from-rat-embryonic-and-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-feeder-free-expansion-and-differentiation-in-suspension-culture
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Julia Dahlmann, George Awad, Carsten Dolny, Sönke Weinert, Karin Richter, Klaus-Dieter Fischer, Thomas Munsch, Volkmar Leßmann, Marianne Volleth, Martin Zenker, Yaoyao Chen, Claudia Merkl, Angelika Schnieke, Hassina Baraki, Ingo Kutschka, George Kensah
The possibility to generate cardiomyocytes from pluripotent stem cells in vitro has enormous significance for basic research, disease modeling, drug development and heart repair. The concept of heart muscle reconstruction has been studied and optimized in the rat model using rat primary cardiovascular cells or xenogeneic pluripotent stem cell derived-cardiomyocytes for years. However, the lack of rat pluripotent stem cells (rPSCs) and their cardiovascular derivatives prevented the establishment of an authentic clinically relevant syngeneic or allogeneic rat heart regeneration model...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29495422/a-genome-wide-association-study-of-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-african-americans
#16
Huichun Xu, Gerald W Dorn Ii, Amol Shetty, Ankita Parihar, Tushar Dave, Shawn W Robinson, Stephen S Gottlieb, Mark P Donahue, Gordon F Tomaselli, William E Kraus, Braxton D Mitchell, Stephen B Liggett
Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) is the most common form of non-ischemic chronic heart failure. Despite the higher prevalence of IDC in African Americans, the genetics of IDC have been relatively understudied in this ethnic group. We performed a genome-wide association study to identify susceptibility genes for IDC in African Americans recruited from five sites in the U.S. (662 unrelated cases and 1167 controls). The heritability of IDC was calculated to be 33% (95% confidence interval: 19-47%; p = 6...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29483630/first-profiling-of-lysine-crotonylation-of-myofilament-proteins-and-ribosomal-proteins-in-zebrafish-embryos
#17
Oh Kwang Kwon, Sun Joo Kim, Sangkyu Lee
Zebrafish embryos are translucent and develop rapidly in individual eggs ex utero; they are widely used as models for embryogenesis and organ development for human diseases and drug discovery. Lysine crotonylation (Kcr) is a type of histone post-translational modifications discovered in 2011. Kcr dynamics are involved in gene expression regulation and acute kidney injury; however, little is known about the effects of Kcr on non-histone proteins. In the present study, we conducted the first proteome-wide profiling of Kcr in zebrafish larvae and identified 557 Kcr sites on 218 proteins, representing the Kcr event in zebrafish...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452273/3d-bioprinted-functional-and-contractile-cardiac-tissue-constructs
#18
Zhan Wang, Sang Jin Lee, Heng-Jie Cheng, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala
Bioengineering of a functional cardiac tissue composed of primary cardiomyocytes has great potential for myocardial regeneration and in vitro tissue modeling. However, its applications remain limited because the cardiac tissue is a highly organized structure with unique physiologic, biomechanical, and electrical properties. In this study, we undertook a proof-of-concept study to develop a contractile cardiac tissue with cellular organization, uniformity, and scalability by using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategy...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451818/overexpression-of-heart-specific-small-subunit-of-myosin-light-chain-phosphatase-results-in-heart-failure-and-conduction-disturbance
#19
Takuro Arimura, Antoine Muchir, Masayoshi Kuwahara, Sachio Morimoto, Taisuke Ishikawa, Cheng-Kun Du, Dong-Yun Zhan, Shu Nakao, Noboru Machida, Ryo Tanaka, Yoshihisa Yamane, Takeharu Hayashi, Akinori Kimura
Mutations in genes encoding components of sarcomere cause cardiomyopathy, which is often associated with abnormal Ca 2+ sensitivity of muscle contraction. We previously showed that a heart-specific myosin light chain phosphatase small subunit, hHS-M 21 , increases the Ca 2+ -sensitivity of muscle contraction. The aim of this study was to investigate the function of hHS-M 21 in vivo and the causative role of abnormal Ca 2+ sensitivity in cardiomyopathy. We generated transgenic (Tg) mice with cardiac-specific overexpression of hHS-M 21 ...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439446/the-t2238c-human-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-molecular-variant-and-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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Speranza Rubattu, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Simona Marchitti, Franca Bianchi, Maurizio Forte, Massimo Volpe
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a cardiac hormone which plays important functions to maintain cardio-renal homeostasis. The peptide structure is highly conserved among species. However, a few gene variants are known to fall within the human ANP gene. The variant rs5065 (T2238C) exerts the most substantial effects. The T to C transition at the 2238 position of the gene (13-23% allele frequency in the general population) leads to the production of a 30-, instead of 28-, amino-acid-long α-carboxy-terminal peptide...
February 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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