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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-vascular-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 reactive oxygen species (ROS) signalling in vascular physiology. To determine the physiological requirement for de-novo endothelial cell BH4 synthesis in vasomotor function in 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...
January 27, 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...
December 23, 2016: 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...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076894/electrical-impedance-myography-for-assessment-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Seward B Rutkove, Kush Kapur, Craig Zaidman, Jim S Wu, Amy Pasternak, Lavanya Madabusi, Sung Yim, Adam Pacheck, Heather Szelag, Tim Harrington, Basil T Darras
OBJECTIVE: Sensitive, objective and easily applied methods for evaluating disease progression and response to therapy are needed for clinical trials in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In this study, we evaluated whether electrical impedance myography (EIM) could serve this purpose. METHODS: In this non-blinded study, 36 boys with DMD and 29 age-similar healthy boys underwent multifrequency EIM measurements for up to 2 years on 6 muscles unilaterally along with functional assessments...
January 11, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074232/vasoactive-actions-of-nitroxyl-hno-are-preserved-in-resistance-arteries-in-diabetes
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Marianne Tare, Rushita S R Kalidindi, Kristen J Bubb, Helena C Parkington, Wee-Ming Boon, Xiang Li, Christopher G Sobey, Grant R Drummond, Rebecca H Ritchie, Barbara K Kemp-Harper
Endothelial dysfunction is a major risk factor for the vascular complications of diabetes. Increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, a hallmark of diabetes, reduces the bioavailability of endothelial vasodilators, including nitric oxide (NO·). The vascular endothelium also produces the one electron reduced and protonated form of NO·, nitroxyl (HNO). Unlike NO·, HNO is resistant to scavenging by superoxide anions (·O2(─)). The fate of HNO in resistance arteries in diabetes is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that the vasodilator actions of endogenous and exogenous HNO are preserved in resistance arteries in diabetes...
January 10, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062507/brown-adipose-tissue-regulates-small-artery-function-through-nadph-oxidase-4-derived-hydrogen-peroxide-and-redox-sensitive-protein-kinase-g-1%C3%AE
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Malou Friederich-Persson, Aurelie Nguyen Dinh Cat, Patrik Persson, Augusto C Montezano, Rhian M Touyz
OBJECTIVE: Biomedical interest in brown adipose tissue (BAT) has increased since the discovery of functionally active BAT in adult humans. Although white adipose tissue (WAT) influences vascular function, vascular effects of BAT are elusive. Thus, we investigated the regulatory role and putative vasoprotective effects of BAT, focusing on hydrogen peroxide, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase 4 (Nox4), and redox-sensitive signaling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Vascular reactivity was assessed in wild-type and Nox4-knockout mice (Nox4(-/-)) by wire myography in the absence and presence of perivascular adipose tissue of different phenotypes from various adipose depots: (1) mixed WAT/BAT (inguinal adipose tissue) and (2) WAT (epididymal visceral fat) and BAT (intrascapular fat)...
December 22, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056494/sensitivity-distribution-simulations-of-surface-electrode-configurations-for-electrical-impedance-myography
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Seward Rutkove, Adam Pacheck, Benjamin Sanchez
OBJECTIVE: Surface-based electrical impedance myography (EIM) is sensitive to muscle condition in neuromuscular disorders. However, the specific contribution of muscle to the obtained EIM values is unknown. METHODS: We combined theory and the finite element method to calculate the electrical current distribution in a three-dimensional model using different electrode array designs and subcutaneous fat thicknesses (SFT). Through a sensitivity analysis, we decoupled the contribution of muscle from other surrounding tissues in the measured surface impedance values...
January 5, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056487/non-invasive-assessment-of-muscle-injury-in-healthy-and-dystrophic-animals-with-electrical-impedance-myography
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Benjamin Sanchez, Shama R Iyer, Jia Li, Kush Kapur, Su Xu, Seward Rutkove, Richard M Lovering
INTRODUCTION: Dystrophic muscle is particularly susceptible to eccentric contraction-induced injury. We tested the hypothesis that electrical impedance myography (EIM) can detect injury induced by maximal-force lengthening contractions. METHODS: We induced injury in the quadriceps of wild type (WT) and dystrophic (mdx) mice with eccentric contractions using an established model. RESULTS: mdx quadriceps had significantly larger losses in peak twitch and tetany compared to losses in WT quadriceps...
January 5, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045780/cardiovascular-responsiveness-to-vasopressin-and-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptor-agonists-after-burn-injury
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Ann E Evans, P Geoff Vana, Heather M LaPorte, Richard H Kennedy, Richard L Gamelli, Matthias Majetschak
The effects of burn injury on cardiovascular responsiveness to vasoactive agents are not well understood. The aims of this study were to determine whether burn injury alters cardiovascular reactivity to vasoactive drugs in vivo and intrinsic function of isolated mesenteric resistance arteries. Anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to sham procedure or 30% TBSA dorsal scald burn, followed by crystalloid resuscitation (Parkland Formula). At 24, 72, 96, and 168 hours post burn, rats were reanesthetized, and the mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) responses to various doses of the α1-adrenergic receptor agonist phenylephrine and arginine vasopressin were tested...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028193/smooth-muscle-endothelin-b-receptors-regulate-blood-pressure-but-not-vascular-function-or-neointimal-remodeling
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Eileen Miller, Alicja Czopek, Karolina M Duthie, Nicholas S Kirkby, Elisabeth E Fransen van de Putte, Sibylle Christen, Robert A Kimmitt, Rebecca Moorhouse, Raphael F P Castellan, Yuri V Kotelevtsev, Rhoda E Kuc, Anthony P Davenport, Neeraj Dhaun, David J Webb, Patrick W F Hadoke
The role of smooth muscle endothelinB (ETB) receptors in regulating vascular function, blood pressure (BP), and neointimal remodeling has not been established. Selective knockout mice were generated to address the hypothesis that loss of smooth muscle ETB receptors would reduce BP, alter vascular contractility, and inhibit neointimal remodeling. ETB receptors were selectively deleted from smooth muscle by crossing floxed ETB mice with those expressing cre-recombinase controlled by the transgelin promoter. Functional consequences of ETB deletion were assessed using myography...
February 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998289/effects-of-low-doses-of-esmolol-on-cardiac-and-vascular-function-in-experimental-septic-shock
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Chaojie Wei, Huguette Louis, Margaux Schmitt, Eliane Albuisson, Sophie Orlowski, Bruno Levy, Antoine Kimmoun
BACKGROUND: Administration of a selective β1-blocker, such as esmolol, in human septic shock has demonstrated cardiovascular protective effects related to heart rate reduction. Certain experimental data also indicate that esmolol exerts systemic anti-inflammatory and beneficial effects on vascular tone. Thus, the present study aimed to determine whether a non-chronotropic dose of esmolol maintains its protective cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory effects in experimental septic shock...
December 21, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940046/electrical-impedance-myography-for-discriminating-traumatic-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-the-upper-extremity
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Zhao Li, Dong Tian, Lingfen Chen, Xiaoqing Wang, Lijuan Jiang, Yude Yu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential of electrical impedance myography (EIM), which is sensitive to the changes in muscle structure and physiology, in discriminating traumatic peripheral nerve injury (TPNI) in the upper extremity. To identify factors that primarily influence muscle atrophy secondary to nerve injury. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with TPNI underwent EIM measurement and standard electromyography tests for multiple muscles in the upper extremity. The side-to-side differences in EIM parameters were calculated for each subject and compared with the compound motor action potential (CMAP) amplitude, which is a measure of injury severity, and the time since injury...
February 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927648/renin-angiotensin-system-transgenic-mouse-model-recapitulates-pathophysiology-similar-to-human-preeclampsia-with-renal-injury-that-may-be-mediated-through-vegf
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J Morgan Denney, Cynthia E Bird, Annette Gendron-Fitzpatrick, Emmanuel Sampene, Ian M Bird, Dinesh M Shah
Using a transgenic cross, we evaluated features of preeclampsia, renal injury and the sFlt1/VEGF changes. Transgenic hAGT and hREN, or wild type (WT) C57Bl/6 mice were cross-bred: ♀hAGT x ♂hREN for preeclampsia (PRE) model and ♀WT x ♂WT for pregnant controls (WTP). Samples were collected for plasma VEGF, sFlt1 and urine albumin. Blood pressures (BP) were monitored by telemetry. Vascular reactivity was investigated by wire myography. Kidneys and placenta were immunostained for sFlt1 and VEGF. Eleven PRE and 9 WTP mice were compared...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909406/assessment-of-a-wearable-force-and-electromyography-device-and-comparison-of-the-related-signals-for-myocontrol
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Mathilde Connan, Eduardo Ruiz Ramírez, Bernhard Vodermayer, Claudio Castellini
In the frame of assistive robotics, multi-finger prosthetic hand/wrists have recently appeared, offering an increasing level of dexterity; however, in practice their control is limited to a few hand grips and still unreliable, with the effect that pattern recognition has not yet appeared in the clinical environment. According to the scientific community, one of the keys to improve the situation is multi-modal sensing, i.e., using diverse sensor modalities to interpret the subject's intent and improve the reliability and safety of the control system in daily life activities...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881387/intrauterine-growth-restriction-influences-vascular-remodeling-and-stiffening-in-the-weanling-rat-more-than-sex-or-diet
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R Blair Dodson, Thomas A Miller, Kyle N Powers, Yueqin Yang, Baifeng Yu, Kurt H Albertine, Erin K Zinkhan
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) increases the incidence of adult cardiovascular disease (CVD). The sex-specific developmental mechanisms for IUGR-induced and western high fat diet (HFD) modification of CVD remain poorly understood. We hypothesized a maternal HFD in the Sprague-Dawley rat would augment IUGR-induced CVD in the offspring through decreased cardiac function and increased extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and stiffness in a sex-specific manner. HFD or regular diet (Reg) was given from 5 weeks prior to mating through postnatal day 21 (PND21)...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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