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Marion Griton, Jan Pieter Konsman
Although the immune and nervous systems have long been considered independent biological systems, they turn out to mingle and interact extensively. The present review summarizes recent insights into the neural pathways activated by and involved in infection-induced inflammation and discusses potential clinical applications. The simplest activation concerns a reflex action within C-fibers leading to neurogenic inflammation. Low concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines or bacterial fragments may also act on these afferent nerve fibers to signal the central nervous system and bring about early fever, hyperalgesia and sickness behavior...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Pablo Garrido-Gil, Antonio Dominguez-Meijide, Rosario Moratalla, Maria J Guerra, Jose L Labandeira-Garcia
Gastrointestinal dysfunction is a common problem in the elderly. Aging-related changes in interactions between local dopaminergic and renin-angiotensin systems (RAS) have been observed in the brain, renal and vascular tissues. However, it is not known if these interactions also occur in the gut, and are dysregulated with aging. We showed a mutual regulation between the colonic dopaminergic system and RAS using young and aged mice deficient for major angiotensin and dopamine receptors. Aged rats showed a marked decrease in colonic dopamine D2 receptor expression, together with an increase in angiotensin type 1 (AT1) receptor expression, a decrease in angiotensin type 2 (AT2) receptor expression (i...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Daisuke Chino, Tomoyo Sone, Kumi Yamazaki, Yuri Tsuruoka, Risa Yamagishi, Shunsuke Shiina, Keisuke Obara, Fumiko Yamaki, Koji Higai, Yoshio Tanaka
Object We aimed to identify the β-adrenoceptor (β-AR) subtypes involved in isoprenaline-induced relaxation of guinea pig colonic longitudinal smooth muscle using pharmacological and biochemical approaches. Methods Longitudinal smooth muscle was prepared from the male guinea pig ascending colon and contracted with histamine prior to comparing the relaxant responses to three catecholamines (isoprenaline, adrenaline, and noradrenaline). The inhibitory effects of subtype-selective β-AR antagonists on isoprenaline-induced relaxation were then investigated...
2018: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
Shunsuke Shiina, Ayaka Kanemura, Chihiro Suzuki, Fumiko Yamaki, Keisuke Obara, Daisuke Chino, Yoshio Tanaka
Object We identified the β-adrenoceptor (β-AR) subtypes responsible for the relaxant responses to adrenaline (AD) and noradrenaline (NA) in the rat thoracic aorta and examined the role of cAMP which is involved in these relaxant responses. Methods The effects of β-AR antagonists or the adenylyl cyclase inhibitor SQ 22,536 on AD- and NA-induced relaxant responses in phenylephrine-induced contraction and increases in cAMP levels were examined in isolated, endothelium-denuded rat thoracic aorta segments. Results AD-induced relaxation was completely suppressed by propranolol (10-7  M) or by ICI-118,551 (10-8  M) plus atenolol (10-6 M), and was also very strongly inhibited by ICI-118,551 (10-8  M) alone...
2018: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
Maria M Buckley, Dervla O'Malley
Background and Objectives: Bidirectional signaling between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain is vital for maintaining whole-body homeostasis. Moreover, emerging evidence implicates vagal afferent signaling in the modulation of host physiology by microbes, which are most abundant in the colon. This study aims to optimize and advance dissection and recording techniques to facilitate real-time recordings of afferent neural signals originating in the distal colon. New Protocol: This paper describes a dissection technique, which facilitates extracellular electrophysiological recordings from visceral pelvic, spinal and vagal afferent neurons in response to stimulation of the distal colon...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Angela L Chiew, Daniel F B Wright, Nicola M Dobos, Kylie McArdle, Ahmed A Mostafa, Annemarie Newth, Michael S Roberts, Geoffrey K Isbister
Massive metformin overdose can cause metabolic acidosis with hyperlactatemia. A 55-year-old female presented 5h post multi-drug overdose, including 132 g extended-release metformin. Continuous venovenous haemodiafiltration (CVVHDF) and noradrenaline were commenced due to metabolic acidosis (pH 7.0, lactate 17 mmol/L) and shock. Despite 3 hours of CVVHDF, her acidosis worsened (pH 6.83, lactate 24 mmol/L). Intermittent haemodialysis(IHD) improved acidosis (pH 7.13, lactate 26 mmol/l), but again worsened (pH 6...
March 13, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Laure-Estelle Cassagnes, Monivan Chhour, Pierre Perio, Jan Sudor, Régis Gayon, Gilles Ferry, Jean A Boutin, Françoise Nepveu, Karine Reybier
There is increasing evidence that oxidative stress is involved in the etiology and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. Overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is due in part to the reactivity of catecholamines, such as dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These molecules are rapidly converted, chemically or enzymatically, into catechol-quinone and then into highly deleterious semiquinone radicals after 1-electron reduction in cells. Notably, the overexpression of dihydronicotinamide riboside:quinone oxidoreductase (QR2) in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells increases the production of ROS, mainly superoxide radicals, when it is exposed to exogenous catechol-quinones (e...
March 8, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Maira Rezende Formenton, Marco Aurélio Amador Pereira, Denise Tabacchi Fantoni
Massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular in human and animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Wider application of the technique led to research efforts aimed at providing scientific support to anecdotal beneficial effects, particularly pain relief. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy alters dopamine and serotonin levels, decreases noradrenaline levels, and modulates the immune system. Psychological effects such as reduction of stress and anxiety, with improvement of depressive patients, have been reported in humans...
December 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
Kathy Y Liu, Aisling E Stringer, Suzanne J Reeves, Robert J Howard
OBJECTIVE: To provide an up-to-date systematic review of the characteristics, methodology and findings of studies that have investigated the neurochemistry of agitation in Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for published peer-reviewed articles which provided data on any neurotransmitter system in relation to agitation in AD. Screening of titles and abstracts and data extraction from full texts were conducted in duplicate. RESULTS: Forty-five studies were included...
March 7, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
Marco Aurélio Vinhosa Bastos, Paulo Roberto Haidamus de Oliveira Bastos, Igraíne Helena Scholz Osório, Sérgio Augusto Monteiro Pinheiro, Décio Iandoli, Giancarlo Lucchetti
Mediumship and spirit possession are cultural phenomena found in many societies worldwide. In Brazil, Spiritism (a tradition in which mediumship is emphasized) is the third largest religious denomination. The present study aimed to investigate physiologic correlates of nonpathological dissociative experiences by comparing 20 female spiritist mediums with several years of socially sanctioned practice to 20 female nonmedium control subjects from the same religious context. We measured plasma levels of hormones and neuroactive substances, as well as vital signs and heart rate variability (HRV) parameters, before and immediately after spirit communication...
January 1, 2018: Transcultural Psychiatry
Camilla Calabrese, Assimo Maris, Luca Evangelisti, Anna Piras, Valentina Parravicini, Sonia Melandri
We describe an experimental and quantum chemical study for the accurate determination of the conformational space of small molecular systems governed by intramolecular non-covalent interactions. The model systems investigated belong to the biological relevant aminoalcohol's family, and include 2-amino-1-phenylethanol, 2-methylamino-1-phenylethanol, noradrenaline, adrenaline 2-aminoethanol, and N -methyl-2-aminoethanol. For the latter molecule, the rotational spectrum in the 6-18 and 59.6-74.4 GHz ranges was recorded in the isolated conditions of a free jet expansion...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
I Chaniotakis, E Antoniou, N Kostomitsopoulos, S Karapsias, P Mirilas, C Salakos
The aim of this study was to evaluate the neuroendocrine and inflammation response to laparoscopic total ovariohysterectomy (TOH) in rabbits, by comparing surgical stress markers of laparoscopic group with those of conventional open ovariohysterectomy and open ovariohysterectomy with pre-incisional local anaesthesia groups. Blood was sampled from 18 rabbits, of which six underwent laparoscopic TOH, six conventional open TOH and six conventional open TOH with pre-incisional local anaesthesia, 30 min before induction of anaesthesia (T0), immediately after skin incision (T1), 90 min postoperatively (T2), and 24 h postoperatively (T3)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Katharina Braun, Josef Oeckl, Julia Westermeier, Yongguo Li, Martin Klingenspor
The enormous plasticity of adipose tissues, to rapidly adapt to altered physiological states of energy demand, is under neuronal and endocrine control. In energy balance, lipolysis of triacylglycerols and re-esterification of free fatty acids are opposing processes operating in parallel at identical rates, thus allowing a more dynamic transition from anabolism to catabolism, and vice versa. In response to alterations in the state of energy balance, one of the two processes predominates, enabling the efficient mobilization or storage of energy in a negative or positive energy balance, respectively...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Jia Song, Xue Wang, Yu Huang, Yidi Qu, Guirong Zhang, Di Wang
Marasmius androsaceus is a medicinal fungus mainly used to treat various forms of pain in China. This study investigated the analgesic effects of an ethanol extract of M. androsaceus (MAE) and its potential molecular mechanisms. Oral administration of MAE (50, 200, and 1000 mg/kg) had significant analgesic effects in an acid-induced writhing test, a formalin test, and a hot-plate test, with effectiveness similar to tramadol (the positive control drug). The autonomic activity test showed that MAE had no harmful effects on the central nervous system in mice...
March 1, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
K-W Ren, N Shen, J-L Tang, L-M Nong, Y-Q Gu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of ulinastatin on inflammatory response and cognitive function after hip arthroplasty for the elderly patients with femoral neck fracture. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 80 patients with femoral neck fracture receiving hip arthroplasty in our hospital from August 2016 to February 2017 were selected and divided into observation group (n=40) and control group (n=40) using a random number table. The control group was treated with hip arthroplasty and symptomatic and supportive treatment after operation, while the observation group was treated with ulinastatin based on the treatment means of control group...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Luca Luzzi, Federico Franchi, Annarita Dapoto, Marco Ghisalberti, Roberto Corzani, Daniele Marrelli, Luca Marchetti, Piero Paladini, Sabino Scolletta
Background: In the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma the Hyperthermic Intra THOracic Chemotherapy (HITHOC) can improve the efficacy of pleurectomy and decortication with a local cytotoxic effect. However its biological impact in patient's hemodynamic and microcirculatory changes were rarely investigated. Aim of this study is to describe our experience with HITHOC after pleurectomy and decortication evaluating the role of sublingual video-microscopy in assessing the microcirculatory changes in the perioperative period...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Yosuke Sugiyama, Tomoya Kataoka, Yoshihiko Tasaki, Yuki Kondo, Noriko Sato, Taku Naiki, Nobuhiro Sakamoto, Tatsuo Akechi, Kazunori Kimura
Background: Cancer-related neuropathic pain is sometimes unresponsive to multidrug treatment. Novel drugs are required to treat such severe pain without necessitating the use of adjuvant analgesics. Tapentadol is a new drug that has a dual mechanism as both an opioid agonist and noradrenalin reuptake inhibitor. The study objective was to investigate the effectiveness of oral tapentadol for relieving cancer-related neuropathic pain. Methods: A retrospective, single-center, open, non-randomized study was conducted at the Nagoya City University Hospital...
March 1, 2018: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Masayuki Uchida, Orie Kobayashi
5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and noradrenaline have been thought to play important roles in the mechanism of hot flush. Then, to clarify the relation between serotonergic and adrenergic nervous systems on the mechanism of hot flush, the effect of paroxetine, 5-HT reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) was evaluated on the yohimbine-induced hot flush increase of tail skin temperature in ovariectomized female rats. Yohimbine (adrenaline α2 antagonist) significantly increased the tail skin temperature in course of time. Clonidine (adrenaline α2 agonist) significantly attenuated this effect...
March 5, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Hiraku Funakoshi, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideo Yasunaga
High-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) with hypotension, circulatory failure, or cardiac arrest is a rare, but life-threating condition. Many guidelines recommend that thrombolytic therapy is the first-line therapy for this condition and surgical embolectomy is an alternative treatment. However, nationwide data have been lacking on patient characteristics and practice patterns for high-risk PE in a real-world clinical setting.We defined high-risk PE patients as those who received noradrenaline and underwent surgical embolectomy or thrombolysis within one day after admission...
March 5, 2018: International Heart Journal
Madhuri Shelar, Sadhana Nanaware, S Arulmozhi, Sathiyanarayanan Lohidasan, Kakasaheb Mahadik
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Sarasvata ghrita (SG), a polyherbal formulation from ayurveda, an ancient medicinal system of India, has been used to improve intelligence and memory, treat speech delay, speaking difficulties and low digestion power in children. AIM OF THE STUDY: Study aimed to validate the ethno use of SG in memory enhancement through systematic scientific protocol. The effect of SG and modern extracts of ingredients of SG was compared on cognitive function and neuroprotection in amyloid-β peptide 25-35(Aβ25-35) induced memory impairment in wistar rats...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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