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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513236/enhanced-gap-junctional-channel-activity-between-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-cerebral-artery-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Li-Jie Wang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wen-Yan Shi, Ying-Zi Wang, Lei Zhao, Xin-Yan Chen, Xin-Zhi Li, Xue-Wei Jiang, Zhong-Shuang Zhang, Li Li, Jun-Qiang Si
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of hypertension on the gap junctions between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the cerebral arteries (CAs) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). The functions of gap junctions in the CAs of VSMCs in SHRs and control normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were studied using whole-cell patch clamp recordings and pressure myography, and the expression levels of connexins were analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analyses...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511661/a-preliminary-investigation-on-the-utility-of-temporal-features-of-force-myography-in-the-two-class-problem-of-grasp-vs-no-grasp-in-the-presence-of-upper-extremity-movements
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Gautam P Sadarangani, Carlo Menon
BACKGROUND: In upper-extremity stroke rehabilitation applications, the potential use of Force Myography (FMG) for detecting grasping is especially relevant, as the presence of grasping may be indicative of functional activity, which is a key goal of rehabilitation. To date, most FMG research has focused on the classification of the raw FMG signal (i.e. instantaneous FMG samples) in order to determine the state of the hand. However, given the temporal nature of force generation during grasping, the use of temporal feature extraction techniques may yield increased accuracy...
May 16, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490016/backup-mechanisms-maintain-pacap-vip-induced-arterial-relaxations-in-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-deficient-mice
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Ivan Ivic, Balazs D Fulop, Tamas Juhasz, Dora Reglodi, Gabor Toth, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Andrea Tamas, Akos Koller
BACKGROUND: Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a multifunctional neuropeptide in the VIP/secretin/glucagon peptide superfamily. Two active forms, PACAP1-38 and PACAP1-27, act through G protein-coupled receptors, the PAC1 and VPAC1/2 receptors. Effects of PACAP include potent vasomotor activity. Vasomotor activity and organ-specific vasomotor effects of PACAP-deficient mice have not yet been investigated; thus, the assessment of its physiological importance in vasomotor functions is still missing...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432059/increased-amplitude-of-inward-rectifier-k-currents-with-advanced-age-in-smooth-muscle-cells-of-murine-superior-epigastric-arteries
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Sebastien Hayoz, Jessica Pettis, Vanessa Bradley, Steven S Segal, William F Jackson
Inward rectifier K(+) channels (KIR) may contribute to skeletal muscle blood flow regulation and adapt to advanced age. Using mouse abdominal wall superior epigastric arteries (SEAs) from either young (3-6 months) or old (24-26 months) male C57BL/6 mice, we investigated whether SEA smooth muscle cells (SMCs) express functional KIR, and how aging may affect KIR function. Freshly dissected SEAs were either enzymatically dissociated to isolate SMCs for electrophysiological recording (perforated patch) and mRNA expression, or used intact for pressure myography...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432057/imaging-and-modeling-of-acute-pressure-induced-changes-of-collagen-and-elastin-microarchitectures-in-pig-and-human-resistance-arteries
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Maria Bloksgaard, Thomas M Leurgans, Bart Spronck, Maarten Hg Heusinkveld, Bjarne Thorsted, Kristoffer Rosenstand, Inger Nissen, Ulla Melchior Hansen, Jonathan R Brewer, Luis A Bagatolli, Lars M Rasmussen, Akhmadjon Irmukhamedov, Koen D Reesink, Jo G R De Mey
The impact of disease related changes in the extracellular matrix (ECM) on the mechanical properties of human resistance arteries largely remains to be established. Resistance arteries from both pig and human parietal pericardium (PRA) display a different ECM microarchitecture compared to frequently used rodent mesenteric arteries. We hypothesized that the biaxial mechanics of PRA mirror pressure induced changes in the ECM microarchitecture. This was tested using isolated pig PRA as model system, integrating vital imaging, pressure myography and mathematical modeling...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400366/abnormal-remodeling-of-subcutaneous-small-arteries-is-associated-with-early-diastolic-impairment-in-metabolic-syndrome
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Kaivan Khavandi, Reza Aghamohammadzadeh, Matthew Luckie, Jack Brownrigg, Uazman Alam, Rajdeep Khattar, Rayaz A Malik, Anthony M Heagerty, Adam S Greenstein
BACKGROUND: Small artery pathophysiology is frequently invoked as a cause of obesity-related diastolic heart failure. However, evidence to support this hypothesis is scant, particularly in humans. METHODS AND RESULTS: To address this, we studied human small artery structure and function in obesity and looked for correlations between vascular parameters and diastolic function. Seventeen obese patients with metabolic syndrome and 5 control participants underwent echocardiography and subcutaneous gluteal fat biopsy...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396195/treatment-with-salvianolic-acid-b-restores-endothelial-function-in-angiotensin-ii-induced-hypertensive-mice
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Wei Chih Ling, Jian Liu, Chi Wai Lau, Dharmani Devi Murugan, Mohd Rais Mustafa, Yu Huang
Salvianolic acid B (Sal B) is one of the most abundant phenolic acids derived from the root of Danshen with potent anti-oxidative properties. The present study examined the vasoprotective effect of Sal B in hypertensive mice induced by angiotensin II (Ang II). Sal B (25mg/kg/day) was administered via oral gavage for 11days to Ang II (1.2mg/kg/day)-infused C57BL/6J mice (8-10weeks old). The vascular reactivity (both endothelium-dependent relaxations and contractions) in mouse arteries was examined by wire myography...
April 7, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392466/endothelium-independent-vasodilator-effect-of-2-nitro-1-phenyl-1-propanol-on-mesenteric-resistance-vessels-in-rats
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Teresinha S Brito, Francisco J Batista-Lima, Rodrigo J B de Siqueira, François Cosker, Saad Lahlou, Pedro J C Magalhães
2-Nitro-1-phenyl-1-propanol (NPP) is a nitro alcohol with vasodilator activity in the rat aorta. The present study investigated the vasodilator properties of NPP in small vessels of the mesenteric bed, which, contrary to the aorta, contains resistance vessels. Using myography, isometric contractions were recorded in rings of second- and third-order branches from the rat mesenteric artery. NPP relaxed mesenteric ring preparations that were contracted with phenylephrine, U-46619, and KCl (40mM), resulting in significantly different EC50 values (0...
April 7, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377719/serelaxin-treatment-reduces-oxidative-stress-and-increases-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-to-attenuate-nitrate-tolerance
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Chen Huei Leo, Dhanushke T Fernando, Lillie Tran, Hooi Hooi Ng, Sarah A Marshall, Laura J Parry
Background: Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) is a commonly prescribed treatment for acute heart failure patients. However, prolonged GTN treatment induces tolerance, largely due to increased oxidative stress and reduced aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH-2) expression. Serelaxin has several vasoprotective properties, which include reducing oxidative stress and augmenting endothelial function. We therefore tested the hypothesis in rodents that serelaxin treatment could attenuate low-dose GTN-induced tolerance. Methods and Results: Co-incubation of mouse aortic rings ex vivo with GTN (10 μM) and serelaxin (10 nM) for 1 h, restored GTN responses, suggesting that serelaxin prevented the development of GTN tolerance...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371926/sensory-innervation-of-perivascular-adipose-tissue-a-crucial-role-in-artery-vasodilatation-and-leptin-release
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Hamidah Abu Bakar, William Robert Dunn, Craig Daly, Vera Ralevic
Aims: Electrical field stimulation (EFS) elicits robust sensory neurogenic relaxation responses in the rat isolated mesenteric arterial bed but these responses are absent or difficult to demonstrate in isolated arteries. We believe that this mismatch is due to the absence of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) as it is conventionally removed in studies on isolated vessels. We aimed to determine whether sensory nerves are expressed in PVAT, their physiological roles and their possible interactions with PVAT-derived adipokines...
March 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370794/short-term-48-hours-intravenous-serelaxin-infusion-has-no-effect-on-myogenic-tone-or-vascular-remodeling-in-rat-mesenteric-arteries
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Maria Jelinic, Chen Huei Leo, Sarah A Marshall, Sevvandi N Senadheera, Laura J Parry, Marianne Tare
BACKGROUND: Short-term intravenous serelaxin (recombinant human relaxin-2) infusion enhances endothelium-dependent relaxation in mesenteric arteries. This is initially underpinned by increased nitric oxide (NO) followed by a transition to prostacyclin. The effects of short-term intravenous serelaxin treatment on pressure-induced myogenic tone and vascular remodeling in these arteries are unknown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of serelaxin infusion on pressure-induced myogenic tone and passive mechanical wall properties in mesenteric arteries...
March 31, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365690/changes-in-ip3-receptor-expression-and-function-in-aortic-smooth-muscle-of-atherosclerotic-mice
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Marie-Ann Ewart, Azizah Ugusman, Anisha Vishwanath, Tarek A M Almabrouk, Husam Alganga, Omar J Katwan, Pavlina Hubanova, Susan Currie, Simon Kennedy
Peroxynitrite is an endothelium-independent vasodilator that induces relaxation via membrane hyperpolarization. The activation of IP3 receptors triggers the opening of potassium channels and hyperpolarization. Previously we found that relaxation to peroxynitrite was maintained during the development of atherosclerosis due to changes in the expression of calcium-regulatory proteins. In this study we investigated: (1) the mechanism of peroxynitrite-induced relaxation in the mouse aorta, (2) the effect of atherosclerosis on relaxation to peroxynitrite and other vasodilators, and (3) the effect of atherosclerosis on the expression and function of the IP3 receptor...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362714/iloprost-prostaglandin-e1-and-papaverine-relax-human-mesenteric-arteries-with-similar-potency
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Christoph Mahlke, Jens-Peter Kühn, Birger Mensel, André Schreiber, Annett Juretzko, Antje Steinbach, Olaf Grisk
OBJECTIVE: Non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) is accompanied by mesenteric artery spasms that are at least in part due to endothelin system activation. Acute treatment includes intra-arterial infusion of vasodilators such as iloprost, prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) and papaverine. Their effectiveness is not well characterized in human mesenteric arteries. We directly compared their potency to relax isolated human mesenteric arteries. To explore the potential of Rock inhibition to treat mesenteric artery spasms, we tested if endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced mesenteric artery constrictions depend rho kinase (Rock)...
March 30, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361183/handheld-electrical-impedance-myography-probe-for-assessing-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
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Zhao Li, Lingfen Chen, Yu Zhu, Qingquan Wei, Wenwen Liu, Dong Tian, Yude Yu
Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a novel, noninvasive, and painless technique for quantitatively assessing muscle health as well as disease status and progression. The preparatory work for commercial adhesive electrodes used in previous EIM measurements is tedious, as the electrodes need to be cut, repeatedly applied, and removed. Moreover, the electrode distances need to be measured many times. To overcome these problems, we developed a convenient and practical handheld EIM probe for assessing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in the small hand muscles...
June 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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...
March 1, 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
#17
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
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