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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339573/augmented-h2s-production-via-cystathionine-beta-synthase-upregulation-plays-a-role-in-pregnancy-associated-uterine-vasodilation%C3%A2
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Lili Sheibani, Thomas J Lechuga, Honghai Zhang, Afshan Hameed, Deborah A Wing, Sathish Kumar, Charles R Rosenfeld, Dong-Bao Chen
Endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) synthesized via metabolizing L-cysteine by cystathionine-beta-synthase (CBS) and cystathionine-gamma-lyase (CSE) is a potent vasodilator and angiogenic factor. The objectives of this study were to determine if human uterine artery (UA) H2S production increases with augmented expression and/or activity of CBS and/or CSE during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy and whether exogenous H2S dilates UA. Uterine arteries from nonpregnant (NP) premenopausal proliferative (pPRM) and secretory (sPRM) phases of the menstrual cycle and pregnant (P) women were studied...
January 24, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339469/non-invasive-evaluation-of-muscle-disease-in-the-canine-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-by-electrical-impedance-myography
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Chady H Hakim, Alex Mijailovic, Thais B Lessa, Joan R Coates, Carmen Shin, Seward B Rutkove, Dongsheng Duan
Dystrophin-deficient dogs are by far the best available large animal models for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common lethal childhood muscle degenerative disease. The use of the canine DMD model in basic disease mechanism research and translational studies will be greatly enhanced with the development of reliable outcome measures. Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a non-invasive painless procedure that provides quantitative data relating to muscle composition and histology. EIM has been extensively used in neuromuscular disease research in both human patients and rodent models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336559/microvascular-endothelial-dysfunction-in-obesity-is-driven-by-macrophage-dependent-hydrogen-sulfide-depletion
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Joseph Candela, Rui Wang, Carl White
OBJECTIVE: The function of perivascular adipose tissue as an anticontractile mediator in the microvasculature is lost during obesity. Obesity results in inflammation and recruitment of proinflammatory macrophages to the perivascular adipose tissue that is paralleled by depletion of the vasorelaxant signaling molecule hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the vessel. The current objective was to assess the role of macrophages in determining vascular [H2S] and defining how this impinged on vasodilation...
March 23, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330983/gamma-delta-t-cells-mediate-angiotensin-ii-induced-hypertension-and-vascular-injury
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Antoine Caillon, Muhammad Oneeb Rehman Mian, Julio C Fraulob-Aquino, Ku-Geng Huo, Tlili Barhoumi, Sofiane Ouerd, Peter R Sinnaeve, Pierre Paradis, Ernesto L Schiffrin
Background -Innate antigen-presenting cells and adaptive immune T cells have been implicated in the development of hypertension. However, the T-lymphocyte subsets involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension remain unclear. A small subset of "innate-like" T cells expressing the γδ T cell receptor (TCR) rather than the αβ TCR could play a role in the initiation of the immune response in hypertension. We aimed to determine whether angiotensin (Ang) II caused kinetic changes in γδ T cells, whether deficiency in γδ T cells blunted Ang II-induced hypertension, vascular injury and T-cell activation, and whether γδ T cells are associated with human hypertension...
March 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323879/mir-181b-regulates-vascular-stiffness-age-dependently-in-part-by-regulating-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Daijiro Hori, Brittany Dunkerly-Eyring, Yohei Nomura, Debjit Biswas, Jochen Steppan, Jorge Henao-Mejia, Hideo Adachi, Lakshmi Santhanam, Dan E Berkowitz, Charles Steenbergen, Richard A Flavell, Samarjit Das
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffening play major roles in cardiovascular diseases. The critical role for the miR-181 family in vascular inflammation has been documented. Here we tested whether the miR-181 family can influence the pathogenesis of hypertension and vascular stiffening. METHODS AND RESULTS: qPCR data showed a significant decrease in miR-181b expression in the aorta of the older mice. Eight miR-181a1/b1-/- mice and wild types (C57BL6J:WT) were followed weekly for pulse wave velocity (PWV) and blood pressure measurements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323857/myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-enhances-transcriptional-expression-of-endothelin-1-and-vasoconstrictor-etb-receptors-via-the-protein-kinase-mek-erk1-2-signaling-pathway-in-rat
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Gry Freja Skovsted, Lars Schack Kruse, Lukas Adrian Berchtold, Anne-Sofie Grell, Karin Warfvinge, Lars Edvinsson
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery remodelling and vasospasm is a complication of acute myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. The underlying mechanisms are complex, but the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 is suggested to have an important role. This study aimed to determine whether the expression of endothelin-1 and its receptors are regulated in the myocardium and in coronary arteries after experimental ischemia-reperfusion. Furthermore, we evaluated whether treatment with a specific MEK1/2 inhibitor, U0126, modified the expression and function of these proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294531/tyrphostin-ag556-increases-the-activity-of-large-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-channels-by-inhibiting-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-tyrosine-kinase
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Yan Wang, Hai-Ying Sun, Ying-Guang Liu, Zheng Song, Gang She, Guo-Sheng Xiao, Yan Wang, Gui-Rong Li, Xiu-Ling Deng
The present study was designed to investigate whether large conductance Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (BK) channels were regulated by epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase. BK current and channel tyrosine phosphorylation level were measured in BK-HEK 293 cells expressing both functional α-subunits and the auxiliary β1-subunits using electrophysiology, immunoprecipitation and Western blotting approaches, respectively, and the function of rat cerebral basilar arteries was determined with a wire myography system...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259990/role-of-gap-junctions-in-the-contractile-response-to-agonists-in-the-mesenteric-resistance-artery-of-rats-with-acute-hypoxia
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Huan Liu, Xin-Zhi Li, Min Peng, Wei Ji, Lei Zhao, Li Li, Liang Zhang, Jun-Qiang Si, Ke-Tao Ma
Hypoxic exposure results in the vascular dysfunction and reduction of vasomotor responses and thus disrupts or reduces blood flow in the resistance arteries. Connexin (Cx)-mediated gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) serves a critical role in the regulation of vasomotor tone and the synchronized contraction of arteries, however whether the adverse effect of hypoxia on vasomotor responses in vascular smooth muscle layer of resistance arteries is involved in changes in the GJIC and the expression of Cx43 and Cx45 remains to be elucidated...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253885/the-nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-nrf2-activator-dh404-protects-against-diabetes-induced-endothelial-dysfunction
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Arpeeta Sharma, Luddwi Rizky, Nada Stefanovic, Mitchel Tate, Rebecca H Ritchie, Keith W Ward, Judy B de Haan
BACKGROUND: Vascular dysfunction is a pivotal event in the development of diabetes-associated vascular disease. Increased inflammation and oxidative stress are major contributors to vascular dysfunction. Nrf2, a master regulator of several anti-oxidant genes and a suppressor of inflammatory NF-κB, has potential as a target to combat oxidative stress and inflammation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a novel Nrf2 activator, the bardoxolone methyl derivative dh404, on endothelial function in vitro and in vivo...
March 3, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251802/a-more-precise-repeatable-and-diagnostic-alternative-to-surface-electromyography-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-utility-of-acoustic-myography
#10
Adrian P Harrison
Acoustic myography (AMG) enables a detailed and accurate measurement of those muscles involved in a particular movement and is independent of electrical signals between the nerve and muscle, measuring solely muscle contractions, unlike surface electromyography (sEMG). With modern amplifiers and digital sound recording systems, measurements during physical activity both inside and outside a laboratory setting are now possible and accurate. Muscle sound gives a representation of the work of each muscle group during a complex movement, and under certain forms of movement even reveals both concentric and eccentric activity, something that sEMG is incapable of...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228728/perivascular-adipose-tissue-s-impact-on-norepinephrine-induced-contraction-of-mesenteric-resistance-arteries
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Nadia Ayala-Lopez, Janice M Thompson, Stephanie W Watts
Background: Perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) can decrease vascular contraction to NE. We tested the hypothesis that metabolism and/or uptake of vasoactive amines by mesenteric PVAT (MPVAT) could affect NE-induced contraction of the mesenteric resistance arteries. Methods: Mesenteric resistance vessels (MRV) and MPVAT from male Sprague-Dawley rats were used. RT-PCR and Western blots were performed to detect amine metabolizing enzymes. The Amplex® Red Assay was used to quantify oxidase activity by detecting the oxidase reaction product H2O2 and the contribution of PVAT on the mesenteric arteries' contraction to NE was measured by myography...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224647/electrical-impedance-myography-eim-in-individuals-with-col6-and-lama2-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-a-cross-sectional-and-two-year-analysis
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Carmel Nichols, Minal S Jain, Katherine G Meilleur, Tianxia Wu, James Collins, Melissa R Waite, Jahannaz Dastgir, Anam Salman, Sandra Donkervoort, Tina Duong, Katherine Keller, Meganne E Leach, Donovan J Lott, Michelle N McGuire, Leslie Nelson, Anne Rutkowski, Carole Vuillerot, Carsten G Bönnemann, Tanya J Lehky
INTRODUCTION: Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a non-invasive electrophysiological technique that characterizes muscle properties through bioimpedance. We compared EIM measurements to function, strength, and disease severity in a population with congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD). METHODS: Forty-one patients with CMD, either collagen 6 related disorders (COL6-RD) (n = 21) or laminin alpha 2-related disorders (LAMA2-RD) (n = 20) and 21 healthy pediatric controls underwent 2 yearly EIM exams...
February 22, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211486/motor-phenotype-is-not-associated-with-vascular-dysfunction-in-symptomatic-huntington-s-disease-transgenic-r6-2-160-cag-mice
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A Di Pardo, A Carrizzo, A Damato, S Castaldo, E Amico, L Capocci, M Ambrosio, F Pompeo, C De Sanctis, C C Spinelli, A A Puca, P Remondelli, V Maglione, C Vecchione
Whereas Huntington's disease (HD) is unequivocally a neurological disorder, a critical mass of emerging studies highlights the occurrence of peripheral pathology like cardiovascular defects in both animal models and humans. The overt impairment in cardiac function is normally expected to be associated with peripheral vascular dysfunction, however whether this assumption is reasonable or not in HD is still unknown. In this study we functionally characterized the vascular system in R6/2 mouse model (line 160 CAG), which recapitulates several features of human pathology including cardiac disease...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183819/a-chronic-physical-activity-treatment-in-obese-rats-normalizes-the-contributions-of-et-1-and-no-to-insulin-mediated-posterior-cerebral-artery-vasodilation
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T Dylan Olver, Matthew W McDonald, Diana Klakotskaia, Rachel A Richardson, Jeffrey L Jasperse, C W James Melling, Todd R Schachtman, Hsiao T Yang, Craig A Emter, M Harold Laughlin
This study tested the hypotheses that obesity-induced decrements in insulin-stimulated cerebrovascular vasodilation would be normalized with acute endothelin-1a receptor antagonism, and treatment with a physical activity intervention restores vasoreactivity to insulin through augmented nitric oxide synthase (NOS)-dependent dilation. Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty rats were divided into the following groups; 20-wk old food-controlled (CON-20); 20-wk old free-food access (model of obesity, OB-20); 40-wk old food-controlled (CON-40); 40-wk old free-food access (OB-40); and 40-wk old free-food access+RUN (RUN-40; wheel-running access from 20-40 wk)...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169197/assessing-the-immediate-impact-of-botulinum-toxin-injection-on-impedance-of-spastic-muscle
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Xiaoyan Li, Henry Shin, Le Li, Elaine Magat, Sheng Li, Ping Zhou
This study aimed to investigate the immediate impacts of Botulinum Toxin A (BoNT-A) injections on the inherent electrical properties of spastic muscles using a newly developed electrical impedance myography (EIM) technique. Impedance measures were performed before and after a BoNT-A injection in biceps brachii muscles of 14 subjects with spasticity. Three major impedance variables, resistance (R), reactance (X) and phase angle (θ) were obtained from three different configurations, and were evaluated using the conventional EIM frequency at 50kHz as well as multiple frequency analysis...
February 3, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161107/exploration-of-force-myography-and-surface-electromyography-in-hand-gesture-classification
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Xianta Jiang, Lukas-Karim Merhi, Zhen Gang Xiao, Carlo Menon
Whereas pressure sensors increasingly have received attention as a non-invasive interface for hand gesture recognition, their performance has not been comprehensively evaluated. This work examined the performance of hand gesture classification using Force Myography (FMG) and surface Electromyography (sEMG) technologies by performing 3 sets of 48 hand gestures using a prototyped FMG band and an array of commercial sEMG sensors worn both on the wrist and forearm simultaneously. The results show that the FMG band achieved classification accuracies as good as the high quality, commercially available, sEMG system on both wrist and forearm positions; specifically, by only using 8 Force Sensitive Resisters (FSRs), the FMG band achieved accuracies of 91...
February 1, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159817/tissue-transglutaminase-modulates-vascular-stiffness-and-function-through-crosslinking-dependent-and-crosslinking-independent-functions
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Jochen Steppan, Yehudit Bergman, Kayla Viegas, Dinani Armstrong, Siqi Tan, Huilei Wang, Sean Melucci, Daijiro Hori, Sung Yong Park, Sebastian F Barreto, Abraham Isak, Sandeep Jandu, Nicholas Flavahan, Mark Butlin, Steven S An, Alberto Avolio, Dan E Berkowitz, Marc K Halushka, Lakshmi Santhanam
BACKGROUND: The structural elements of the vascular wall, namely, extracellular matrix and smooth muscle cells (SMCs), contribute to the overall stiffness of the vessel. In this study, we examined the crosslinking-dependent and crosslinking-independent roles of tissue transglutaminase (TG2) in vascular function and stiffness. METHODS AND RESULTS: SMCs were isolated from the aortae of TG2-/- and wild-type (WT) mice. Cell adhesion was examined by using electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing and PicoGreen assay...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128438/a-key-role-for-tetrahydrobiopterin-dependent-endothelial-nos-regulation-in-resistance-arteries-studies-in-endothelial-cell-tetrahydrobiopterin-deficient-mice
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Surawee Chuaiphichai, Mark J Crabtree, Eileen Mcneill, Ashley B Hale, Lucy Trelfa, Keith M Channon, Gillian Douglas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) is a critical regulator of endothelial NOS (eNOS) function, eNOS-derived NO and ROS signalling in vascular physiology. To determine the physiological requirement for de novo endothelial cell BH4 synthesis for the vasomotor function of resistance arteries, we have generated a mouse model with endothelial cell-specific deletion of Gch1, encoding GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GTPCH), an essential enzyme for BH4 biosynthesis, and evaluated BH4-dependent eNOS regulation, eNOS-derived NO and ROS generation...
April 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107707/uremia-modulates-the-phenotype-of-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
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Marie Madsen, Annemarie Aarup, Sebastian Albinsson, Karsten Hartvigsen, Charlotte M Sørensen, Karolina Turczynska, Lars B Nielsen, Tanja Xenia Pedersen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic kidney disease leads to uremia and markedly accelerates atherosclerosis. Phenotypic modulation of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the arterial media plays a key role in accelerating atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether uremia per se modulates the phenotype of aortic SMCs in vivo. METHODS: Moderate uremia was induced by 5/6 nephrectomy in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) and wildtype C57Bl/6 mice. Plasma analysis, gene expression, histology, and myography were used to determine uremia-mediated changes in the arterial wall...
February 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095606/endothelin-1-and-its-receptors-on-haemorrhoidal-tissue-a-potential-site-for-therapeutic-intervention
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Varut Lohsiriwat, John H Scholefield, Vincent G Wilson, Michael R Dashwood
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Haemorrhoids is a common anorectal condition affecting millions worldwide. We have studied the effect of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and the role of endothelin ETA and ETB receptors in haemorrhoid tissue. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Protein expression of ET-1, ETA and ETB receptors were compared between haemorrhoids and normal rectal submucosa using Western blot analysis, with the localization of proteins determined by autoradiography and immunohistochemistry...
April 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
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