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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338981/reproducibility-and-agreement-of-different-non-invasive-methods-of-endothelial-function-assessment
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Khatera Ibrahimi, Young De Graaf, Richard Draijer, A H Jan Danser, Antoinette Maassen VanDenBrink, Anton H van den Meiracker
Flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) is an established, but investigator-demanding method, used to non-invasively determine nitric oxide (NO)-dependent endothelial function in humans. Local thermal hyperemia (LTH) or post-occlusive reactive hyperemia (PORH) of the skin measured with a laser Doppler flow imager may be a less demanding alternative of FMD. We investigated the reproducibility of the different measures of vascular function, their interrelationship and the NO-dependency of LTH. Measurements were performed twice in 27 healthy men (8 smokers), one week apart...
January 12, 2018: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338387/quantifying-the-effects-of-different-neutral-proteases-on-human-islet-integrity
#2
Heide Brandhorst, Paul R V Johnson, Olle Korsgren, Daniel Brandhorst
Efficient islet release from the pancreas requires the combination of collagenase, neutral protease (cNP), or thermolysin (TL). Recently, it has been shown that clostripain (CP) may also contribute to efficient islet release from the human pancreas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of these proteases on human islet integrity in a prospective approach. Islets were isolated from the pancreas of 10 brain-dead human organ donors. Purified islets were precultured for 3 to 4 d at 37 °C to ensure that preparations were cleared of predamaged islets, and only integral islets were subjected to 90 min of incubation at 37 °C in Hank's balanced salt solution supplemented with cNP, TL, or CP...
November 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337988/l-arginine-supplementation-reduces-mortality-and-improves-disease-outcome-in-mice-infected-with-trypanosoma-cruzi
#3
Sofía Carbajosa, Héctor O Rodríguez-Angulo, Susana Gea, Carlos Chillón-Marinas, Cristina Poveda, María C Maza, Diana Colombet, Manuel Fresno, Núria Gironès
Chagas disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi is a neglected disease that affects about 7 million people in Latin America, recently emerging on other continents due to migration. As infection in mice is characterized by depletion of plasma L-arginine, the effect on infection outcome was tested in mice with or without L-arginine supplementation and treatment with 1400W, a specific inhibitor of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). We found that levels of L-arginine and citrulline were reduced in the heart and plasma of infected mice, whereas levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine, an endogenous iNOS inhibitor, were higher...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337259/mathematical-modeling-of-tumor-induced-immunosuppression-by-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-implications-for-therapeutic-targeting-strategies
#4
Seyed Peyman Shariatpanahi, Seyed Pooya Shariatpanahi, Keivan Madjidzadeh, Moustapha Hassan, Manuchehr Abedi-Valugerdi
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) belong to immature myeloid cells that are generated and accumulated during the tumor development. MDSCs strongly suppress the anti-tumor immunity and provide conditions for tumor progression and metastasis. In this study, we present a mathematical model based on ordinary differential equations (ODE) to describe tumor-induced immunosuppression caused by MDSCs. The model consists of four equations and incorporates tumor cells, cytotoxic T cells (CTLs), natural killer (NK) cells and MDSCs...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335865/beneficial-effect-of-berberis-amurensis-rupr-on-penile-erection
#5
Rui Tan, Yun Jung Lee, Kyung Woo Cho, Dae Gill Kang, Ho Sub Lee
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the methanol extract of Berberis amurensis Rupr. (BAR) augments penile erection using in vitro and in vivo experiments. METHODS: The ex vivo study used corpus cavernosum strips prepared from adult male New Zealand White rabbits. In in vivo studies for intracavernous pressure (ICP), blood pressure, mean arterial pressure (MAP), and increase of peak ICP were continuously monitored during electrical stimulation of Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 15, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334303/enteral-l-arginine-supplementation-for-prevention-of-necrotizing-enterocolitis-in-premature-infants
#6
Despina D Briana
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 15, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333618/age-associated-urethral-dysfunction-in-urethane-anesthetized-rats
#7
Ryu Kimura, Minoru Miyazato, Asuka Ashikari, Takuma Oshiro, Seiichi Saito
AIMS: We aimed to investigate the age-associated changes in movement coordination between the urinary bladder and the urethra in rats. METHODS: A total of 17 female Sprague-Dawley rats were used. The rats were divided into young (3 months old) and middle-aged (12-15 months old) groups. In both groups, isovolumetric cystometry and urethral perfusion pressure (UPP) measurements were performed under urethane anesthesia. After the rhythmic bladder contractions stabilized, L-arginine, a nitric oxide (NO) substrate (100 mg/kg), was administered intravenously in both groups...
January 15, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333377/dietary-l-arginine-intakes-and-the-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-a-6-year-follow-up-in-tehran-lipid-and-glucose-study
#8
Parvin Mirmiran, Sajjad Khalili Moghadam, Zahra Bahadoran, Asghar Ghasemi, Fereidoun Azizi
This study was conducted to investigate whether regular dietary intake of L-arginine could affect the occurrence of metabolic syndrome (MetS). Eligible adult men and women (n=1,237), who participated in the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study, were followed for a median of 6.3 years. Dietary intakes of L-arginine and serum nitrate and nitrite (NOx) concentration were assessed at baseline (2006~2008), and demographics, anthropometrics, and biochemical variables were evaluated at baseline and follow-up examinations...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333036/autonomic-receptors-and-nitric-oxide-involvements-in-mediating-vasorelaxation-effect-induced-by-syzygium-polyanthum-leaves-extract
#9
Azlini Ismail, Wan Amir Nizam Wan Ahmad
Context: Syzygium polyanthum (Wight) Walp leaves are traditionally used by Malays for treating hypertension. Our previous study showed that aqueous extract of S. polyanthum (AESP) and methanolic extract of S. polyanthum (MESP) extracts of S. polyanthum leaves significantly reduced blood pressure of normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Aims: This study aimed to investigate their vasorelaxation potential and the possible involvement of autonomic receptors and nitric oxide in mediating their effect...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329843/partial-substitution-of-nacl-by-kcl-and-addition-of-flavor-enhancers-on-probiotic-prato-cheese-a-study-covering-manufacturing-ripening-and-storage-time
#10
Hugo L A Silva, Celso F Balthazar, Erick A Esmerino, Roberto P C Neto, Ramon S Rocha, Jeremias Moraes, Rodrigo N Cavalcanti, Robson M Franco, Maria Inês B Tavares, Jânio S Santos, Daniel Granato, Renata G B Costa, Mônica Q Freitas, Márcia C Silva, Renata S L Raices, C Senaka Ranadheera, Filomena Nazzaro, Amir M Mortazavian, Adriano G Cruz
Cheese is a suitable matrix to deliver probiotic strains but it contains a high amount of sodium. The effect of partial substitution of NaCl by KCl and the addition of flavor enhancers (l-arginine, yeast and oregano extract) on probiotic Prato cheese was investigated after 1, 30, and 60 d of refrigerated storage (immediately after manufacturing, and during ripening and storage). Microbiological (lactic acid bacteria and probiotic Lactobacillus casei 01 counts and survival under gastrointestinal conditions), physicochemical (pH, proteolysis, fatty acids), bioactivity (antioxidant effect and angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory activity), rheological, and water mobility by means of time domain low-field nuclear magnetic resonance were investigated...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329462/silibinin-from-silybum-marianum-stimulates-embryonic-stem-cell-vascular-differentiation-via-the-stat3-pi3-k-akt-axis-and-nitric-oxide
#11
Enas Hussein Ali, Fatemeh Sharifpanah, Maria Wartenberg, Heinrich Sauer
Silibinin, the bioactive compound of milk thistle (Silybum marianum), exerts tissue protective and regenerative effects that may include stem cell differentiation toward vascular cells. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether silibinin stimulates blood vessel formation from mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells and to unravel the underlying signaling cascade. Vascular branching points were assessed by confocal laser scanning microscopy and computer-assisted image analysis of CD31-positive cell structures...
January 12, 2018: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320163/reaction-intermediates-of-nitric-oxide-synthase-from-deinococcus-radiodurans-as-revealed-by-pulse-radiolysis-evidence-for-intramo-lecular-electron-transfer-from-biopterin-to-feii-o2-complex
#12
Yuko Tsutsui, Kazuo Kobayashi, Fusako Takeuchi, Motonari Tsubaki, Takahiro Kozawa
Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is a cytochrome P450-type mono-oxygenase that catalyzes the oxidation of L-arginine (Arg) to nitric oxide (NO) through a reaction intermediate N-hydroxy-L-arginine (NHA). The mechanism underlying the reaction catalyzed by NOS from Deinococcus radiodurans was investigated using pulse radiolysis. Radiolytically-generated hydrated electrons reduced the heme iron of NOS within 2 μs. Subsequently, ferrous heme reacted with O2 to form a ferrous-dioxygen intermediated with a second-order rate constant of 2...
January 10, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316985/cognitive-enhancement-in-old-dogs-from-dietary-supplementation-with-a-nutrient-blend-containing-arginine-antioxidants-b-vitamins-and-fish-oil
#13
Yuanlong Pan, Adam D Kennedy, Thomas J Jönsson, Nortan W Milgram
This study focused on the hypothesis that cognitive decline in aged dogs could be attenuated by dietary supplementation with a nutrient blend consisting of antioxidants, B vitamins, fish oil and l-arginine, referred to hereafter as the Brain Protection Blend (BPB). Baseline cognitive assessment before the start of treatment was used to establish cognitively equivalent control (10·464+2·33 kg) and treatment (12·118+3·386 kg) groups of aged dogs between 9·1 and 11·5 years of age and with body condition score of 5...
January 10, 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315228/contribution-of-secondary-metabolites-to-the-gastroprotective-effect-of-aqueous-extract-of-ximenia-americana-l-olacaceae-stem-bark-in-rats
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Ticiana Parente Aragão, Lady Dayane Kalline Travassos Dos Prazeres, Samara Alves Brito, Pedro José Rolim Neto, Larissa Araújo Rolim, Jackson Roberto Guedes da Silva Almeida, Germana Freire Rocha Caldas, Almir Gonçalves Wanderley
Ximenia americana L. (Olacaceae) is used in ethnomedicine as cicatrizant and for the treatment of gastric disorders. This study identified the chemical constituents of the aqueous extract of X. americana (XaAE) and evaluated its antiulcerogenic activity. After lyophilization, XaAE was analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and its antiulcerogenic effect was evaluated in acute gastric lesions induced by ethanol, acidified ethanol, and indomethacin. Antisecretory action, mucus production and the participation of sulfhydryl groups (-SH) and nitric oxide (NO) were also investigated...
January 9, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313304/essential-hypertension-and-functional-microvascular-ageing
#15
REVIEW
Rosa Maria Bruno, Stefano Masi, Marco Taddei, Stefano Taddei, Agostino Virdis
In healthy conditions, the endothelium plays a pivotal role in maintaining vascular homeostasis, mainly by the production of the relaxing factor nitric oxide (NO), which protects the vessel wall from those mechanisms favouring the development of vascular atherosclerosis. Aging is a powerful cardiovascular risk factors associated with endothelial dysfunction. In details, an alteration in the NO substrate L-arginine is the major factor responsible for endothelial dysfunction with advancing age, while reactive oxygen species (ROS) excess generation, which in turn reduce NO availability, plays a role in oldest individuals only...
January 9, 2018: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313295/radiation-preparation-of-l-arginine-acrylic-acid-hydrogel-matrix-patch-for-transdermal-delivery-of-propranolol-hcl-in-hypertensive-rats
#16
Rasha R Radwan, Heba A Mohamed, H E Ali, Ghada A Mahmoud
In the present study, L-arginine/acrylic acid (Arg/AAc) batch hydrogel was successfully prepared by gamma irradiation for transdermal delivery of propranolol HCl in hypertensive rats. The resulted system has been characterized by FTIR to confirm the hydrogel formation. The swelling behavior of the prepared hydrogels was investigated as a function of time and pH. The kinetics of swelling has been investigated. In vivo pharmacokinetics evaluation, skin irritation test, and histopathological studies were investigated...
January 8, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309602/glucose-uptake-in-the-human-pathogen-schistosoma-mansoni-is-regulated-through-akt-pkb-signalling
#17
Maxine McKenzie, Ruth S Kirk, Anthony J Walker
In Schistosoma mansoni the facilitated glucose transporter SGTP4, expressed uniquely in the apical surface tegumental membranes of the parasite, imports glucose from host blood to support its growth, development and reproduction. However, the molecular mechanisms that underpin glucose uptake in this blood fluke are not understood. Here, through functional characterization/mapping of S. mansoni Akt, we discover a vital role for Akt signalling in this process. We find that Akt, which could be activated by host insulin and L-arginine, was active in the tegument layer of both schistosomules and adult worms...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301528/asymmetric-dimethylarginine-adma-symmetric-dimethylarginine-sdma-and-homoarginine-harg-the-adma-sdma-and-harg-paradoxes
#18
EDITORIAL
Dimitrios Tsikas, Alexander Bollenbach, Erik Hanff, Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi
NG-Methylation of L-arginine (Arg) residues in certain proteins by protein arginine methyltransferases and subsequent proteolysis yields NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (MMA), NG,NG-dimethyl-L-arginine (asymmetric dimethylarginine, ADMA) and NG,N'G-dimethyl-L-arginine (symmetric dimethylarginine, SDMA). Biological MMA, ADMA and SDMA occur as free acids in the nM-range and as residues of proteins of largely unknown quantity. Arginine:glycine amidinotransferase (AGAT) catalyzes the synthesis of L-homoarginine (hArg) from free Arg and L-lysine...
January 4, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301117/cooperative-effects-of-q10-vitamin-d3-and-l-arginine-on-cardiac-and-endothelial-cells
#19
Claudio Molinari, Vera Morsanuto, Simona Polli, Francesca Uberti
This work demonstrates the cooperative effect of Q10, vitamin D3, and L-arginine on both cardiac and endothelial cells. The effects of Q10, L-arginine, and vitamin D3 alone or combined on cell viability, nitric oxide, and reactive oxygen species productions in endothelial and cardiac cells were studied. Moreover, the involvement of PI3K/Akt and ERK/MAPK pathways leading to eNOS activation as well as the involvement of vitamin D receptor were also investigated. The same agents were tested in an animal model to verify vasodilation, nitric oxide, and reactive oxygen species production...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291484/impacts-of-design-configuration-and-plants-on-the-functionality-of-the-microbial-community-of-mesocosm-scale-constructed-wetlands-treating-ibuprofen
#20
Liang Zhang, Tao Lyu, Yang Zhang, Mark Button, Carlos A Arias, Kela P Weber, Hans Brix, Pedro N Carvalho
Microbial degradation is an important pathway during the removal of pharmaceuticals in constructed wetlands (CWs). However, the effects of CW design, plant presence, and different plant species on the microbial community in CWs have not been fully explored. This study aims to investigate the microbial community metabolic function of different types of CWs used to treat ibuprofen via community-level physiological profiling (CLPP) analysis. We studied the interactions between three CW designs (unsaturated, saturated and aerated) and six types of mesocosms (one unplanted and five planted, with Juncus, Typha, Berula, Phragmites and Iris) treating synthetic wastewater...
December 23, 2017: Water Research
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