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Ruhul Amin, Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Mudit Mishra, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
Epidemiological studies support an independent inverse association between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and heart failure incidence. The effect of selective HDL-raising adeno-associated viral serotype 8-human apolipoprotein (apo) A-I (AAV8-A-I) gene transfer on cardiac remodeling induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was evaluated in C57BL/6 low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice. Septal wall thickness and cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area were reduced by 16.5% (p < 0...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928629/proteomic-identification-of-an-upregulated-isoform-of-annexin-a3-in-the-spinal-cords-of-rats-in-a-neuropathic-pain-model
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Wangyuan Zou, Wei Xu, Zongbin Song, Tao Zhong, Yingqi Weng, Changsheng Huang, Maoyu Li, Chuanlei Zhang, Xianquan Zhan, Qulian Guo
Neuropathic pain (NP) is induced by nerve damage or a disturbance in the peripheral or central nervous systems. Nerve damage causes the activation of sensitizing mechanisms in the peripheral and central nervous systems, which induces transcriptional and post-transcriptional alterations in sensory nerves. However, the underlying mechanisms of NP remain elusive. In the study, Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE)-based comparative proteomics identified 38 differential gel spots, and 15 differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) between the sham and the chronic constriction injury (CCI)-induced neuropathic pain rats...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928616/chronic-antepartum-maternal-hyperoxygenation-in-a-case-of-severe-fetal-ebstein-s-anomaly-with-circular-shunt-physiology
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Alisa Arunamata, David M Axelrod, Katherine Bianco, Sowmya Balasubramanian, Amy Quirin, Theresa A Tacy
Perinatal mortality remains high among fetuses diagnosed with Ebstein's anomaly of the tricuspid valve. The subgroup of patients with pulmonary valve regurgitation is at particularly high risk. In the setting of pulmonary valve regurgitation, early constriction of the ductus arteriosus may be a novel perinatal management strategy to reduce systemic steal resulting from circular shunt physiology. We report the use of chronic antepartum maternal oxygen therapy for constriction of the fetal ductus arteriosus and modulation of fetal pulmonary vascular resistance in a late presentation of Ebstein's anomaly with severe tricuspid valve regurgitation, reversal of flow in the ductus arteriosus, and continuous pulmonary valve regurgitation...
September 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928386/flow-of-tunable-elastic-microcapsules-through-constrictions
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Débora F do Nascimento, Jorge A Avendaño, Ana Mehl, Maria J B Moura, Marcio S Carvalho, Wynter J Duncanson
We design and fabricate elastically tunable monodisperse microcapsules using microfluidics and cross-linkable polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The overall stiffness of the microcapsules is governed by both the thickness and cross-link ratio of the polymer shell. Flowing suspensions of microcapsules through constricted spaces leads to transient blockage of fluid flow, thus altering the flow behavior. The ability to tune microcapsule mechanical properties enables the design of elastic microcapsules that can be tailored for desired flow behavior in a broad range of applications such as oil recovery, reactor feeding, red blood cell flow and chemical targeted delivery...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928237/microtubule-structures-underlying-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-support-peripheral-coupling-sites-to-regulate-smooth-muscle-contractility
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Harry A T Pritchard, Albert L Gonzales, Paulo W Pires, Bernard T Drumm, Eun A Ko, Kenton M Sanders, Grant W Hennig, Scott Earley
Junctional membrane complexes facilitate excitation-contraction coupling in skeletal and cardiac muscle cells by forming subcellular invaginations that maintain close (≤20 nm) proximity of ryanodine receptors (RyRs) on the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) with voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels in the plasma membrane. In fully differentiated smooth muscle cells, junctional membrane complexes occur as distributed sites of peripheral coupling. We investigated the role of the cytoskeleton in maintaining peripheral coupling and associated Ca(2+) signaling networks within native smooth muscle cells of mouse and rat cerebral arteries...
September 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927648/hyperbaric-oxygenation-alleviates-chronic-constriction-injury-cci-induced-neuropathic-pain-and-inhibits-gabaergic-neuron-apoptosis-in-the-spinal-cord
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Huiqun Fu, Fenghua Li, Sebastian Thomas, Zhongjin Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dysfunction of GABAergic inhibitory controls contributes to the development of neuropathic pain. We examined our hypotheses that (1) chronic constriction injury (CCI)-induced neuropathic pain is associated with increased spinal GABAergic neuron apoptosis, and (2) hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) alleviates CCI-induced neuropathic pain by inhibiting GABAergic neuron apoptosis. METHODS: Male rats were randomized into 3 groups: CCI, CCI+HBO and the control group (SHAM)...
September 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922144/short-term-hypoxia-and-vasa-recta-function-in-kidney-slices
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D Braun, S Dietze, T M J Pahlitzsch, I C Wennysia, P B Persson, M Ludwig, A Patzak
BACKGROUND: Vasa recta (VR) supply the inner part of outer renal medulla an area at risk for hypoxic damages. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize increased vasoreactivity after hypoxia/re-oxygenation (H/R) in VR, which might contribute to the reduced medullary perfusion after an ischemic event. METHODS: Live kidney slices (200μm) from SD rats were used for functional experiments. TUNEL assay and H&E staining were used to estimate slice viability. Kidney slices were treated with carbogen or hypoxia (1% O2) for 60 or 90 min and vasoreactivity to Ang II (10-7 M) was recorded by DIC microscopy after re-oxygenation with carbogen...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919953/cytogenetic-studies-in-the-redtail-catfish-phractocephalus-hemioliopterus-bloch-schneider-1801-siluriformes-pimelodidae-a-giant-fish-from-amazon-basin
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Ana Claudia Swarça, Ana Lucia Dias, Alberto Sergio Fenocchio
The objective of this study was to cytogenetically analyze Phractocephalus hemioliopterus comparing the findings with other data to infer relationships among Pimelodidae species. The results revealed a diploid number of 2n = 56 and the karyotype composed of 16 metacentric, 20 submetacentric, 6 subtelocentric and 14 acrocentric chromosomes (FN = 98). The Ag-NORs, 18S rDNA and CMA3 signals were coincident in location occupying the short arm of an acrocentric chromosome pair (23(th)), in a secondary constriction...
2017: Comparative Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918605/food-or-threat-wild-capuchin-monkeys-sapajus-libidinosus-as-both-predators-and-prey-of-snakes
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Tiago Falótico, Michele P Verderane, Olívia Mendonça-Furtado, Noemi Spagnoletti, Eduardo B Ottoni, Elisabetta Visalberghi, Patrícia Izar
Snakes present a hazard to primates, both as active predators and by defensive envenomation. This risk might have been a selective pressure on the evolution of primate visual and cognitive systems, leading to several behavioral traits present in human and non-human primates, such as the ability to quickly learn to fear snakes. Primates seldom prey on snakes, and humans are one of the few primate species that do. We report here another case, the wild capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus), which preys on snakes...
September 16, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917680/effusive-constrictive-pericarditis-after-pericardiocentesis-incidence-associated-findings-and-natural-history
#10
Kye Hun Kim, William R Miranda, Larry J Sinak, Faisal F Syed, Rowlens M Melduni, Raul E Espinosa, Garvan C Kane, Jae K Oh
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate the incidence, associated findings, and natural history of effusive-constrictive pericarditis (ECP) after pericardiocentesis. BACKGROUND: ECP is characterized by the coexistence of tense pericardial effusion and constriction of the heart by the visceral pericardium. Echocardiography is currently the main diagnostic tool in the assessment of pericardial disease, but limited data have been published on the incidence and prognosis of ECP diagnosed by echo-Doppler...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917402/intracameral-mydriatics-versus-topical%C3%A2-mydriatics-in-pupil-dilation-for%C3%A2-phacoemulsification-cataract-surgery
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Amelia Lim Lay Suan, Jemaima Che Hamzah, Tan Soo Ken, Vanessa Naseem Mansurali
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intracameral mydriatics (lidocaine 1.0% and phenylephrine 1.5%) versus topical mydriatics (phenylephrine 2.5% and tropicamide 1.0%) in pupil dilation for phacoemulsification surgery in Malaysians. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Penang General Hospital, Georgetown Penang, Malaysia. DESIGN: Prospective comparative case series. METHOD: Patients with immature cataract were randomized to the topical mydriatic group (topical group) or intracameral mydriatic group (intracameral group)...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910549/upregulation-of-%C3%AE-enolase-protects-cardiomyocytes-from-phenylephrine-induced-hypertrophy
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Si Gao, Xueping Liu, Lihua Wei, Jing Lu, Peiqing Liu
Cardiac hypertrophy often refers to the abnormal growth of heart muscle through a variety of factors. The mechanisms of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy have been extensively investigated using neonatal rat cardiomyocytes treated with phenylephrine. α-Enolase is a glycolytic enzyme with "multifunctional jobs" beyond its catalytic activity. Its possible contribution to cardiac dysfunction remains to be determined. The present study aimed to investigate the change of α-enolase during cardiac hypertrophy and explore its role in this pathological process...
September 14, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904224/targeted-inhibition-of-gq-signaling-induces-airway-relaxation-in-mouse-models-of-asthma
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Michaela Matthey, Richard Roberts, Alexander Seidinger, Annika Simon, Ralf Schröder, Markus Kuschak, Suvi Annala, Gabriele M König, Christa E Müller, Ian P Hall, Evi Kostenis, Bernd K Fleischmann, Daniela Wenzel
Obstructive lung diseases are common causes of disability and death worldwide. A hallmark feature is aberrant activation of Gq protein-dependent signaling cascades. Currently, drugs targeting single G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein)-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are used to reduce airway tone. However, therapeutic efficacy is often limited, because various GPCRs contribute to bronchoconstriction, and chronic exposure to receptor-activating medications results in desensitization. We therefore hypothesized that pharmacological Gq inhibition could serve as a central mechanism to achieve efficient therapeutic bronchorelaxation...
September 13, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903379/extracorporeal-shock-wave-treatment-attenuated-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-remodeling-in-mini-pig-with-cardiorenal-syndrome
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Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Hani E E Ali, Ben-Chung Cheng, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Pei-Hsun Sung, Kuan-Hung Chen, Chih-Chao Yang, Yen-Ta Chen, John Y Chiang, Pao-Yuan Lin, Sarah Chua, Han-Tan Chai, Sheng-Ying Chung, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Hon-Kan Yip
This study tested the hypothesis that extracorporeal shock wave (ECSW) treatment can improve ischemia-induced left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in mini-pig with co-existing chronic kidney disease (CKD). LV ischemia in mini-pigs was induced by applying an ameroid constrictor over mid-left anterior descending artery (LAD), while model of CKD was established by right nephrectomy with partial ligation of left renal arterioles 2 weeks before LAD constriction. Thirty mini-pigs were randomly divided into group 1 (sham-control), group 2 (LV-ischemia), group 3 (LV-ischemia + CKD), Group 4 [LV-ischemia + ECSW (applied 1200 shots at 0...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902622/functional-interaction-between-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-and-ascorbic-acid-during-neuropathic-pain-induced-by-chronic-constriction-injury-of-the-sciatic-nerve
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Sepideh Saffarpour, Farinaz Nasirinezhad
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition, which is resistant to therapy. Ascorbate was released because of the activation of glutaminergic neurons. Due to the important role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain, this study investigated the analgesic efficacy of ascorbic acid (AA) in neuropathic pain condition and the role of NMDA receptors in this effect. METHODS: For this purpose, adult male rats were randomly allocated to experimental groups (n=8 in each group)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902412/interventions-for-treating-tuberculous-pericarditis
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Charles S Wiysonge, Mpiko Ntsekhe, Lehana Thabane, Jimmy Volmink, Dumisani Majombozi, Freedom Gumedze, Shaheen Pandie, Bongani M Mayosi
BACKGROUND: Tuberculous pericarditis can impair the heart's function and cause death; long term, it can cause the membrane to fibrose and constrict causing heart failure. In addition to antituberculous chemotherapy, treatments include corticosteroids, drainage, and surgery. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of treatments for tuberculous pericarditis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register (27 March 2017); the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), published in the Cochrane Library (2017, Issue 2); MEDLINE (1966 to 27 March 2017); Embase (1974 to 27 March 2017); and LILACS (1982 to 27 March 2017)...
September 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902251/skeletal-effects-of-rme-in-the-transverse-and-vertical-dimensions-of-the-nasal-cavity-in-mouth-breathing-growing-children
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Mario Cappellette, Lucia Hatsue Yamamoto Nagai, Raquel Mori Gonçalves, Aparecida Keiko Yuki, Shirley Shizue Nagata Pignatari, Reginaldo Raimundo Fujita
Introduction: Maxillary constriction is a dentoskeletal deformity characterized by discrepancy in maxilla/mandible relationship in the transverse plane, which may be associated with respiratory dysfunction. Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the skeletal effects of RME on maxillary and nasal transverse dimensions and compare the differences between males and females. Methods: Sixty-one mouth-breathers patients with skeletal maxillary constriction (35 males and 26 females, mean age 9...
July 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901668/dilatation-of-the-ductus-arteriosus-by-diazoxide-in-fetal-and-neonatal-rats
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Katsuaki Toyoshima, Kazuo Momma, Tetsuko Ishii, Toshio Nakanishi
BACKGROUND: Diazoxide, an ATP-sensitive potassium channel opener, is the main therapeutic agent for treating hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. We aimed to determine the in vivo ductus-dilating effects of diazoxide in fetal and neonatal rats. METHODS: Near-term rat pups delivered via a cesarean section were housed at 33°C. After rapid whole-body freezing, The ductus arteriosus (DA) diameter was measured using a microscope and a micrometer. Full-term pregnant rats (gestational day 21) were intraperitoneally injected with diazoxide (10 and 100 mg/kg) 4 h before delivery, and the neonatal DA diameter was measured at 0, 30, or 60 min after birth...
September 13, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900153/genetic-ablation-of-fgf23-or-klotho-does-not-modulate-experimental-heart-hypertrophy-induced-by-pressure-overload
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Svetlana Slavic, Kristopher Ford, Magalie Modert, Amarela Becirovic, Stephan Handschuh, Andreas Baierl, Nejla Katica, Ute Zeitz, Reinhold G Erben, Olena Andrukhova
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) ultimately leads to heart failure in conditions of increased cardiac pre- or afterload. The bone-derived phosphaturic and sodium-conserving hormone fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) and its co-receptor Klotho have been implicated in the development of uremic LVH. Using transverse aortic constriction (TAC) in gene-targeted mouse models, we examine the role of Fgf23 and Klotho in cardiac hypertrophy and dysfunction induced by pressure overload. TAC profoundly increases serum intact Fgf23 due to increased cardiac and bony Fgf23 transcription and downregulation of Fgf23 cleavage...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899427/activation-of-dorsal-horn-cannabinoid-cb2-receptor-suppresses-the-expression-of-p2y12-and-p2y13-receptors-in-neuropathic-pain-rats
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Juan Niu, Dujuan Huang, Rui Zhou, MingXia Yue, Tao Xu, Junna Yang, Li He, Hong Tian, XiaoHong Liu, Junwei Zeng
BACKGROUND: More evidence suggests that dorsal spinal cord microglia is an important site contributing to CB2 receptor-mediated analgesia. The upregulation of P2Y12 and P2Y13 purinoceptors in spinal dorsal horn microglia is involved in the development of pain behavior caused by peripheral nerve injury. However, it is not known whether the expression of P2Y12 and P2Y13 receptors at spinal dorsal horn will be influenced after CB2 receptor activation in neuropathic pain rats. METHODS: Chronic constriction injury (CCI) and intrathecal ADPbetaS injection were performed in rats to induce neuropathic pain...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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