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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814010/multi-modal-myocontrol-testing-combined-force-and-electromyography
#1
Markus Nowak, Thomas Eiband, Claudio Castellini
Myocontrol, that is control of prostheses using bodily signals, has proved in the decades to be a surprisingly hard problem for the scientific community of assistive and rehabilitation robotics. In particular, traditional surface electromyography (sEMG) seems to be no longer enough to guarantee dexterity (i.e., control over several degrees of freedom) and, most importantly, reliability. Multi-modal myocontrol is concerned with the idea of using novel signal gathering techniques as a replacement of, or alongside, sEMG, to provide high-density and diverse signals to improve dexterity and make the control more reliable...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810262/fetal-sheep-mesenteric-resistance-arteries-functional-and-structural-maturation
#2
Julia J Müller, Matthias Schwab, Charles R Rosenfeld, Iwa Antonow-Schlorke, Peter W Nathanielsz, Florian Rakers, Harald Schubert, Otto W Witte, Sven Rupprecht
BACKGROUND: Fetal blood pressure increases during late gestation; however, the underlying vascular mechanisms are unclear. Knowledge of the maturation of resistance arteries is important to identify the mechanisms and vulnerable periods for the development of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. METHODS: We determined the functional and structural development of fetal sheep mesenteric resistance arteries using wire myography and immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Media mass and distribution of myosin heavy-chain isoforms showed no changes between 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800253/targeting-pulmonary-endothelial-hemoglobin-%C3%AE-improves-nitric-oxide-signaling-and-reverses-pulmonary-artery-endothelial-dysfunction
#3
Roger A Alvarez, Megan P Miller, Scott A Hahn, Joseph C Galley, Eileen Bauer, Timothy Bachman, Jian Hu, John Sembrat, Dmitry Goncharov, Ana L Mora, Mauricio Rojas, Elena Goncharova, Adam C Straub
RATIONALE: Pulmonary hypertension is characterized by pulmonary endothelial dysfunction. Previous work showed that systemic artery endothelial cells express hemoglobin α to control nitric oxide diffusion, but the role of this system in the pulmonary circulation has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that up-regulation of hemoglobin α in pulmonary endothelial cells contributes to nitric oxide depletion and pulmonary vascular dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798912/force-myography-for-monitoring-grasping-in-individuals-with-stroke-with-mild-to-moderate-upper-extremity-impairments-a-preliminary-investigation-in-a-controlled-environment
#4
Gautam P Sadarangani, Xianta Jiang, Lisa A Simpson, Janice J Eng, Carlo Menon
There is increasing research interest in technologies that can detect grasping, to encourage functional use of the hand as part of daily living, and thus promote upper-extremity motor recovery in individuals with stroke. Force myography (FMG) has been shown to be effective for providing biofeedback to improve fine motor function in structured rehabilitation settings, involving isolated repetitions of a single grasp type, elicited at a predictable time, without upper-extremity movements. The use of FMG, with machine learning techniques, to detect and distinguish between grasping and no grasping, continues to be an active area of research, in healthy individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796998/microrna-dependent-control-of-serotonin-induced-pulmonary-arterial-contraction
#5
Diana Dahan, Tran Thi Hien, Philip Tannenberg, Mari Ekman, Catarina Rippe, Thomas Boettger, Thomas Braun, Karin Tran-Lundmark, Phan-Kiet Tran, Karl Swärd, Sebastian Albinsson
BACKGROUND: Serotonin (5-HT) is considered to play a role in pulmonary arterial hypertension by regulating vascular remodeling and smooth muscle contractility. Here, arteries from mice with inducible and smooth muscle-specific deletion of Dicer were used to address mechanisms by which microRNAs control 5-HT-induced contraction. METHODS: Mice were used 5 weeks after Dicer deletion, and pulmonary artery contractility was analyzed by wire myography. RESULTS: No change was seen in right ventricular systolic pressure following dicer deletion, but systemic blood pressure was reduced...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795531/reduced-expression-of-pmca1-is-associated-with-increased-blood-pressure-with-age-which-is-preceded-by-remodelling-of-resistance-arteries
#6
Robert Little, Min Zi, Sally K Hammad, Loan Nguyen, Alexandra Njegic, Sathishkumar Kurusamy, Sukhpal Prehar, Angel L Armesilla, Ludwig Neyses, Clare Austin, Elizabeth J Cartwright
Hypertension is a well-established risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events, and older age is a risk factor for the development of hypertension. Genomewide association studies have linked ATP2B1, the gene for the plasma membrane calcium ATPase 1 (PMCA1), to blood pressure (BP) and hypertension. Here, we present the effects of reduction in the expression of PMCA1 on BP and small artery structure and function when combined with advancing age. Heterozygous PMCA1 null mice (PMCA1(Ht) ) were generated and conscious BP was measured at 6 to 18 months of age...
August 9, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794003/antenatal-early-postnatal-hypothyroidism-alters-arterial-tone-regulation-in-2-week-old-rats
#7
Svetlana I Sofronova, Dina K Gaynullina, Anastasia A Shvetsova, Anna A Borzykh, Ekaterina K Selivanova, Anna P Sharova, Andrey A Martyanov, Olga S Tarasova
The mechanisms of vascular alterations resulting from early thyroid hormones deficiency are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that antenatal/early postnatal hypothyroidism would alter the activity of endothelial NO-pathway and Rho-kinase pathway, which are specific for developing vasculature. Dams were treated with propylthiouracil (PTU, 7 ppm) in drinking water during gestation and 2 weeks after delivery, their progeny had normal body weight but markedly reduced blood levels of thyroid hormones (ELISA)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769809/apixaban-enhances-vasodilatation-mediated-by-protease-activated-receptor-2-in-isolated-rat-arteries
#8
Ambra Villari, Giovanni Giurdanella, Claudio Bucolo, Filippo Drago, Salvatore Salomone
Apixaban (APX) is a direct inhibitor of factor X (FXa) approved for prophylaxis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis and atrial fibrillation. Because FXa activates protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR-2) in endothelium and vascular smooth muscle, inhibition of FXa by APX may affect vasomotor function. The effect of APX was assessed in vitro, by wire myography, in rat mesenteric resistance arteries (MRAs) and basilar arteries challenged with vasoconstrictors [phenylephrine (PE); 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)], vasodilators [acetylcholine (ACh); sodium nitroprusside (SNP)] or with the PAR-2 peptide agonist SLIGRL...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760938/vasorelaxation-to-the-nitroxyl-donor-isopropylamine-nonoate-in-resistance-arteries-does-not-require-perivascular-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide
#9
Alice M H Pinkney, Hamish A L Lemmey, Kim A Dora, Christopher J Garland
Nitroxyl (HNO) donors offer considerable therapeutic potential for the treatment of hypertension-related cardiovascular disorders, particularly heart failure, as they combine an inotropic action with peripheral vasodilation. Angeli's salt is the only HNO donor whose mechanism has been studied in depth, and recently, Angeli's salt vasodilation was suggested to be indirect and caused by calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) released from perivascular nerves after HNO activates TRPA1 (transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily A member 1) channels...
July 31, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724979/impairment-of-coronary-endothelial-function-by-hypoxia-reoxygenation-involves-trpc3-inhibition-mediated-kca-channel-dysfunction-implication-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#10
Xiang-Chong Wang, Wen-Tao Sun, Jie Fu, Jun-Hao Huang, Cheuk-Man Yu, Malcolm John Underwood, Guo-Wei He, Qin Yang
Despite increasing knowledge of the significance of calcium-activated potassium (KCa) and canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels in endothelial physiology, no studies so far have investigated the link between these two distinct types of channels in the control of vascular tone in pathological conditions. We previously demonstrated that hypoxia-reoxygenation (H-R) inhibits endothelial KCa and TRPC3 channels in porcine coronary arteries (PCAs). The present study further investigated whether modulation of TRPC3 is involved in H-R-induced KCa channel inhibition and associated vasodilatory dysfunction using approaches of wire myography, whole-cell voltage-clamp, and coimmunoprecipitation...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721951/recording-characteristics-of-electrical-impedance-myography-needle-electrodes
#11
Hyeuknam Kwon, Seward B Rutkove, Benjamin Sanchez
OBJECTIVE: The neurology and physiatry community need improved tools for the evaluation of skeletal muscle condition. Here, we evaluate needle electrical impedance myography (EIM), a new minimally invasive approach to determine muscle status that could ultimately become a bedside tool for the assessment of neuromuscular disorders. APPROACH: We design and study the recording characteristics of tetrapolar EIM needle electrodes combining theory and finite element model simulations...
July 19, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686356/relaxing-responses-to-hydrogen-peroxide-and-nitric-oxide-in-human-pericardial-resistance-arteries-stimulated-with-endothelin-1
#12
Thomas M Leurgans, Maria Bloksgaard, Akhmadjon Irmukhamedov, Lars P Riber, Jo G R De Mey
In human pericardial resistance arteries, effects of the endothelium-dependent vasodilator bradykinin are mediated by NO during contraction induced by K(+) or the TxA2 analogue U46619 and by H2 O2 during contraction by endothelin-1 (ET-1), respectively. We tested the hypotheses that ET-1 reduces relaxing effects of NO and increases those of H2 O2 in resistance artery smooth muscle of patients with cardiovascular disease. Arterial segments, dissected from the parietal pericardium of 39 cardiothoracic surgery patients, were studied by myography during amplitude-matched contractions induced by K(+) , the TXA2 analogue U46619 or ET-1...
July 7, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681979/trpv1-channels-in-human-skeletal-muscle-feed-arteries-implications-for-vascular-function
#13
Stephen J Ives, Song Young Park, Oh Sung Kwon, Jayson R Gifford, Robert H I Andtbacka, John R Hyngstrom, Russell S Richardson
To examine the role of transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1 ) ion channel in the vascular function of human skeletal muscle feed arteries (SMFAs) and if activation of this heat-sensitive receptor could be involved in modulating vascular function, SMFAs from 16 humans (63 ± 5, 41-89 yrs) were studied using wire myography with capsaicin (TRPV1 agonist) and without (control). Specifically, phenylephrine (PE, α1 -adrenergic receptor agonist), dexemedetomidine (DEX, α2 -adrenergic receptor agonist), acetylcholine (ACh), and sodium nitroprusside (SNP) concentration response curves (CRCs) were performed to assess the role of TRPV1 channels in α-receptor-mediated vasocontraction as well as endothelium-dependent and independent vasorelaxation, respectively...
July 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676786/alterations-in-localized-electrical-impedance-myography-of-biceps-brachii-muscles-paralyzed-by-spinal-cord-injury
#14
Le Li, Argyrios Stampas, Henry Shin, Xiaoyan Li, Ping Zhou
This study assessed electrical impedance myography (EIM) changes after spinal cord injury (SCI) with a localized multifrequency technology. The EIM measurement was performed on the biceps brachii muscle at rest condition of 17 cervical SCI subjects, and 23 neurologically intact subjects as control group. The results showed that there was a significant decrease in muscle reactance (X) and phase angle (θ) at selected frequencies (i.e., 50 and 100 kHz) in SCI compared to control. There was no significant difference in muscle resistance (R) between the two groups...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673382/rational-use-of-dopamine-in-hypotensive-newborns-improving-our-understanding-of-the-effect-on-cerebral-autoregulation
#15
Vibeke Ramsgaard Eriksen
Hypotension in critically ill newborn infants is associated with higher mortality and higher risk of cerebral injuries. Yet treating hypotension has never been shown to improve outcomes. In fact, some studies have found that hypotensive newborn infants who were treated with dopamine fared worse than a comparable group of newborn infants who were not. Therefore, a concern has been raised that dopamine might cause the observed adverse outcomes. Cerebral autoregulation is a protective mechanism that maintains a fairly constant cerebral blood flow despite fluctuations in blood pressure...
July 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672931/resveratrol-enhances-vascular-reactivity-in-mice-following-lipopolysaccharide-challenge-via-the-rhoa-rock-mlcp-pathway
#16
Xu-Qing Wang, Yu-Ping Zhang, Li-Min Zhang, Niu-Niu Feng, Ming-Zhu Zhang, Zi-Gang Zhao, Chun-Yu Niu
The aim of the present study was to identify whether sepsis-induced vascular hyporeactivity is associated with microcirculation disturbance and multiple organ injuries. The current study assessed the impact of resveratrol (Res) treatment on lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge mediated vascular hyporeactivity. Effects of Res treatment (30 mg/kg; i.m.) at 1 h following LPS stimulation (5 mg/kg; i.v.) on the survival time, mean arterial pressure (MAP), and maximal difference of MAP (ΔMAP) to norepinephrine (NE; 4...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672042/syncytiotrophoblast-extracellular-vesicles-impair-rat-uterine-vascular-function-via-the-lectin-like-oxidized-ldl-receptor-1
#17
Floor Spaans, Cindy K Kao, Jude S Morton, Anita L Quon, Tatsuya Sawamura, Dionne S Tannetta, Ian L Sargent, Sandra T Davidge
Syncytiotrophoblast extracellular vesicles (STBEVs) are placenta derived particles that are released into the maternal circulation during pregnancy. Abnormal levels of STBEVs have been proposed to affect maternal vascular function. The lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) is a multi-ligand scavenger receptor. Increased LOX-1 expression and activation has been proposed to contribute to endothelial dysfunction. As LOX-1 has various ligands, we hypothesized that, being essentially packages of lipoproteins, STBEVs are able to activate the LOX-1 receptor thereby impairing vascular function via the production of superoxide and decreased nitric oxide bioavailability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651648/the-risk-of-oxygen-during-cardiac-surgery-rocs-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#18
Marcos G Lopez, Mias Pretorius, Matthew S Shotwell, Robert Deegan, Susan S Eagle, Jeremy M Bennett, Bantayehu Sileshi, Yafen Liang, Brian J Gelfand, Adam J Kingeter, Kara K Siegrist, Frederick W Lombard, Tiffany M Richburg, Dane A Fornero, Andrew D Shaw, Antonio Hernandez, Frederic T Billings
BACKGROUND: Anesthesiologists administer excess supplemental oxygen (hyper-oxygenation) to patients during surgery to avoid hypoxia. Hyper-oxygenation, however, may increase the generation of reactive oxygen species and cause oxidative damage. In cardiac surgery, increased oxidative damage has been associated with postoperative kidney and brain injury. We hypothesize that maintenance of normoxia during cardiac surgery (physiologic oxygenation) decreases kidney injury and oxidative damage compared to hyper-oxygenation...
June 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603637/t-type-voltage-gated-ca-2-channels-do-not-contribute-to-the-negative-feedback-regulation-of-myogenic-tone-in-murine-superior-epigastric-arteries
#19
Brendan Mullan, Jessica Pettis, William F Jackson
T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (CaV3.2 VGCC) have been hypothesized to control spontaneous transient outward currents (STOCs) through large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (BKCa), and contribute to the negative-feedback regulation of myogenic tone. We tested this hypothesis in superior epigastric arteries (SEAs) isolated from male C57BL/6 mice. SEAs were isolated and enzymatically dissociated to obtain single smooth muscle cells (SMCs) for whole-cell recording of paxilline-sensitive (PAX, 1 μmol/L) STOCs at -30 mV, or cannulated and studied by pressure myography (80 cm H2O, 37°C)...
June 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596957/heterogeneous-vascular-bed-responses-to-pulmonary-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticle-exposure
#20
Alaeddin B Abukabda, Phoebe A Stapleton, Carroll R McBride, Jinghai Yi, Timothy R Nurkiewicz
A growing body of research links engineered nanomaterial (ENM) exposure to adverse cardiovascular endpoints. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of ENM exposure on vascular reactivity in discrete segments so that we may determine the most sensitive levels of the vasculature where these negative cardiovascular effects are manifest. We hypothesized that acute nano-TiO2 exposure differentially affects reactivity with a more robust impairment in the microcirculation. Sprague-Dawley rats (8-10 weeks) were exposed to nano-TiO2via intratracheal instillation (20, 100, or 200 µg suspended per 250 µL of vehicle) 24 h prior to vascular assessments...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
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