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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806736/unravelling-the-interplay-of-sphingolipids-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-the-human-corneal-stroma
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Sarah E Nicholas, Tyler G Rowsey, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Nawajes A Mandal, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To delineate the role of Sphingolipids (SPLs) in the human cornea and their cross-talks with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in order to develop novel, non-invasive therapies. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) were harvested from healthy donors, stimulated with Vitamin C to promote extracellular matrix assembly, treated with exogenous sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or sphingosine kinase inhibitor 2 (SPHK I2) and isolated after 4 weeks for further analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806290/-clinical-and-quantitative-isokinetic-comparison-of-abdominal-morbidity-and-dynamics-following-diep-versus-muscle-sparing-free-tram-flap-breast-reconstruction
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Hirokazu Uda, Hideaki Kamochi, Syunji Sarukawa, Ataru Sunaga, Yasusih Sugawara, Kotaro Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: The deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap, which is a modification of the muscle-sparing free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (msTRAM) flap, is being more frequently used in an effort to reduce postoperative abdominal morbidity. However, there is no consensus as to which of these flaps is superior. We aimed to compare quantitative measurements of abdominal function obtained with an isokinetic dynamometer after DIEP and msTRAM flap elevation. METHODS: Patients who underwent unilateral single-pedicled DIEP (n = 42) or msTRAM flap (n = 36) breast reconstruction performed by a single surgeon were included in this study...
August 3, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806250/recurrent-leiomyosarcoma-of-external-oblique-muscle-detected-on-99mtc-mdp-spect-ct
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Taisong Wang, Yan Xing, Wenli Qiao, Jinhua Zhao
A Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy was performed in an 88-year-old man with a history of right external oblique muscle leiomyosarcoma, which was resected 8 months ago. The static images showed abnormal tracer uptake in the region of resection bed. SPECT/CT images demonstrated that the increased activity was from a partially calcified soft tissue mass in external oblique muscle. Subsequent pathological examination confirmed recurrent tumor.
August 12, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805903/chronic-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-increases-monocarboxylate-transporter-2-and-4-expression-in-skeletal-muscle
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E M England, H Shi, S K Matarneh, E M Oliver, E T Helm, T L Scheffler, E Puolanne, D E Gerrard
Acute activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) increases monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) expression in skeletal muscle. However, the impact of chronic activation of AMPK on MCT expression in skeletal muscle is unknown. To investigate, MCT1, MCT2, and MCT4 mRNA expression and protein abundance were measured in the longissimus lumborum (glycolytic), masseter (oxidative), and heart from wild-type (control) and AMPK γ3 pigs. The AMPK γ3 gain in function mutation results in AMPK being constitutively active in glycolytic skeletal muscle and increases energy producing pathways...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805762/-a-study-of-combination-treatment-with-nacom-levodopa-carbodope-and-citicoline-in-the-model-of-parkinson-disease-in-rats
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V A Kashkin, E V Shekunova, M N Makarova, V G Makarov
AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of the combined use of citicoline (neipilept) and levodopa/carbidopa (nakom) in the rotenone model of Parkinson's disease in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Rotenone was administrated during 14 days in dose 2 mg/kg/day subcutaneously. The duration of treatment was 7 days, intragastrically. Alteration of locomotor behavior components, muscular rigidity in resistance to passive flexion in the ankle joint and signs of extrapyramidal disorders were assessed...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805180/diabetes-and-pregnancy-in-wistar-rats-renal-effects-for-mothers-in-the-postpartum-period
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N França-Silva, N G Reis, P F Santos, A P C Balbi
In this study, diabetes mellitus (DM) was induced in Wistar rats during pregnancy and maintained in the postpartum period (PP) and we evaluated systolic blood pressure (SBP), glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and renal immunohistochemical and morphometric studies from different groups: G1 (non-pregnant control rats), G2 (non-pregnant diabetic rats), G3 (control mothers) and G4 (diabetic mothers). We found that there were no differences in relation to SBP, but there was a tendency for reduction in GFR from G4 compared with the other groups (G)...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805016/microvascular-abnormalities-assessed-by-nailfold-capillaroscopy-in-juvenile-dermatomyositis-after-medium-to-long-term-follow-up
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Zoltan Barth, Birgit N Witczak, Berit Flatø, Akos Koller, Ivar Sjaastad, Helga Sanner
OBJECTIVE: In juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), microvascular abnormalities measured by nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC) are common early in disease course. We aimed to compare the presence of NFC abnormalities in patients with medium- to longstanding JDM with that of controls, and to explore associations between NFC abnormalities and disease activity and other disease characteristics. METHODS: Fifty-eight JDM patients clinically examined median 16.8 (2-38) years after disease onset were compared with matched controls...
August 13, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804474/a-longitudinal-electromyography-study-of-complex-movements-in-poststroke-therapy-1-heterogeneous-changes-despite-consistent-improvements-in-clinical-assessments
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Negin Hesam-Shariati, Terry Trinh, Angelica G Thompson-Butel, Christine T Shiner, Penelope A McNulty
Poststroke weakness on the more-affected side may arise from reduced corticospinal drive, disuse muscle atrophy, spasticity, and abnormal coordination. This study investigated changes in muscle activation patterns to understand therapy-induced improvements in motor-function in chronic stroke compared to clinical assessments and to identify the effect of motor-function level on muscle activation changes. Electromyography (EMG) was recorded from five upper limb muscles on the more-affected side of 24 patients during early and late therapy sessions of an intensive 14-day program of Wii-based Movement Therapy (WMT) and for a subset of 13 patients at 6-month follow-up...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803818/a-homozygous-dpm3-mutation-in-a-patient-with-alpha-dystroglycan-related-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy
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P Y K Van den Bergh, Y Sznajer, V Van Parys, W van Tol, R A Wevers, D J Lefeber, L Xu, M Lek, D G MacArthur, K Johnson, L Phillips, A Töpf, V Straub
Defects of O-linked glycosylation of alpha-dystroglycan cause a wide spectrum of muscular dystrophies ranging from severe congenital muscular dystrophy associated with abnormal brain and eye development to mild limb girdle muscular dystrophy. We report a female patient who developed isolated pelvic girdle muscle weakness and wasting, which became symptomatic at age 42. Exome sequencing uncovered a homozygous c.131T > G (p.Leu44Pro) substitution in DPM3, encoding dolichol-P-mannose (DPM) synthase subunit 3, leading to a 50% reduction of enzymatic activity...
July 17, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803798/radiosynthesis-and-preclinical-pet-evaluation-of-89-zr-nivolumab-bms-936558-in-healthy-non-human-primates
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Erin L Cole, Joonyoung Kim, David J Donnelly, R Adam Smith, Daniel Cohen, Virginie Lafont, Paul E Morin, Richard Y-C Huang, Patrick L Chow, Wendy Hayes, Samuel Bonacorsi
Cancer immunotherapy, unlike traditional cytotoxic chemotherapeutic treatments, engages the immune system to identify cancer cells and stimulate immune responses. The Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) protein is an immunoinhibitory receptor expressed by activated cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL) that seek out and destroy cancer cells. Multiple cancer types express and upregulate the Programmed Death-Ligand 1 (PD-L1) and 2 (PD-L2) which bind to PD-1 as an immune escape mechanism. Nivolumab is a fully human IgG4 anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) approved for treatment of multiple cancer types...
August 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803796/shoulder-muscle-activation-patterns-and-levels-differ-between-open-and-closed-chain-abduction
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Darren Reed, Ian Cathers, Mark Halaki, Karen A Ginn
OBJECTIVES: Open and closed-chain abduction of the shoulder are commonly used in rehabilitation and exercise programs to assess and/or improve shoulder muscle function. However, it is not known if shoulder muscle activation patterns differ between these two exercises. Therefore the purpose of this study was to compare muscle activation patterns during closed-chain shoulder abduction performed using a shoulder press machine with open-chain abduction using free weights. DESIGN: Experimental study...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803760/mechanism-of-action-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-unexpected-consequences
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Mark Hallett
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is a widely used therapeutic in part because its mechanism of action is much wider than initially expected. Since BoNT is taken up more avidly in active presynaptic terminals, there is some selectivity for weakening muscles involved in frequent involuntary movements. BoNT blocks gamma motoneurons as well as alpha motoneurons, hence reducing afferent spindle activity which appears to have a favorable effect. Some BoNT is retrogradely transported in the motor axons, leading at least to reduction in recurrent inhibition mediated by the Renshaw cell...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803758/association-between-body-weight-and-proximal-tibial-bone-mineral-density-after-bilateral-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Yoshinori Ishii, Hideo Noguchi, Junko Sato, Hana Ishii, Koji Todoroki, Shin-Ichi Toyabe
BACKGROUND: Proximal tibial bone mineral density (BMD) has been studied for its potential impact on subsidence and loosening of the tibial component after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, no known studies of proximal tibial BMD after TKA have evaluated the effect of major impact factors such as body weight (BW), muscle strength, and level of activity. We aim to determine whether factors such as level of activity, quadriceps strength, BW, gender, age, and prosthetic design affect proximal tibial BMD over the mid- to long-term following TKA...
August 10, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803683/immune-response-in-takayasu-arteritis
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Tristan Mirault, Henri Guillet, Emmanuel Messas
Takayasu arteritis (TAK) is a vasculitis of the large arteries. The arterial wall, target of the immune reaction, is composed of vascular dendritic cells, endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts, which engage in an interaction with T cells and macrophages to, ultimately, cause luminal stenosis or aneurysmal wall damage of the vessel. A multitude of cytokines have been identified to increase in case of TAK and to be linked to disease activity. A better understanding of the physiopathological pathways and mechanisms involved, might enable a more tailored therapeutic approach in TAK...
August 10, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803422/salidroside-improved-cerebrovascular-vasodilation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-through-restoring-the-function-of-bkca-channel-in-smooth-muscle-cells
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Yu-Guang Ma, Jun-Wei Wang, Yin-Bin Zhang, Bao-Feng Wang, Zhi-Jun Dai, Man-Jiang Xie, Hua-Feng Kang
Vessel disease is a kind of severe complication in diabetic patients. However, few pharmacologic agents can directly recover diabetic vascular function. Salidroside (SAL), a major ingredient from Rhodiola rosea, has been found to have an obvious hypoglycemic effect and a beneficial protection on vascular function in diabetes. However, whether SAL is a suitable treatment for diabetes has not so far been evaluated and the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The present work aims to (1) investigate the potential effects of SAL on cerebrovascular relaxation in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats or when exposed to acute hyperglycemia condition and (2) examine whether function of the BKCa channel is involved in SAL treatment for diabetic vascular relaxation...
August 12, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803367/the-role-of-agonist-and-antagonist-muscles-in-explaining-isometric-knee-extension-torque-variation-with-hip-joint-angle
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Theodoros M Bampouras, Neil D Reeves, Vasilios Baltzopoulos, Constantinos N Maganaris
PURPOSE: The biarticular rectus femoris (RF), operating on the ascending limb of the force-length curve, produces more force at longer lengths. However, experimental studies consistently report higher knee extension torque when supine (longer RF length) compared to seated (shorter RF length). Incomplete activation in the supine position has been proposed as the reason for this discrepancy, but differences in antagonistic co-activation could also be responsible due to altered hamstrings length...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802903/role-of-canonical-transient-receptor-potential-channel-3-in-acetylcholine-induced-mouse-airway-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation
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Xiao-Xu Chen, Jia-Hua Zhang, Bin-Hua Pan, Hui-Li Ren, Xiu-Ling Feng, Jia-Ling Wang, Jun-Hua Xiao
AIMS: Canonical transient receptor potential channel-3 (TRPC3)-encoded Ca(2+)-permeable nonselective cation channel (NSCC) has been proven to be an important native constitutively active channel in airway smooth muscle cell (ASMC), which plays significant roles in physiological and pathological conditions by controlling Ca(2+) homeostasis in ASMC. Acetylcholine (ACh) is generally accepted as a contractile parasympathetic neurotransmitter in the airway. Recently studies have revealed the pathological role of ACh in airway remodeling, however, the mechanisms remain unclear...
August 9, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802760/involvement-of-obliquus-capitis-inferior-muscle-in-dystonic-head-tremor
#18
A Schramm, D Huber, C Möbius, A Münchau, Z Kohl, T Bäumer
INTRODUCTION: Head tremor is a common feature in cervical dystonia (CD) and often less responsive to botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) treatment than dystonic posturing. Ultrasound allows accurate targeting of deeper neck muscles. METHODS: In 35 CD patients with dystonic head tremor the depth and thickness of the splenius capitis (SPL), semispinalis capitis and obliquus capitis inferior muscles (OCI) were assessed using ultrasound. Ultrasound guided EMG recordings were performed from the SPL and OCI...
August 1, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802637/blood-pressure-responses-to-dietary-sodium-association-with-autonomic-cardiovascular-function-in-normotensive-adults
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Evan L Matthews, Michael S Brian, David G Edwards, Sean D Stocker, Megan M Wenner, William B Farquhar
Blood pressure responses to dietary sodium vary widely person-to-person. Salt sensitive rodent models display altered autonomic function, a trait thought to contribute to poor cardiovascular health. Thus, we hypothesized that increased salt sensitivity (SS) in normotensive humans would be associated with increased muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), decreased high frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), and decreased baroreflex sensitivity. Healthy normotensive men and women completed 1week of high (300mmol·day(-1)) and 1week of low (20mmol·day(-1)) dietary sodium (random order) with 24h mean arterial pressure (MAP) assessed on the last day of each diet to assess SS...
August 6, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802563/metabolic-circuit-involving-free-fatty-acids-microrna-122-and-triglyceride-synthesis-in-liver-and-muscle-tissues
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Chofit Chai, Mila Rivkin, Liav Berkovits, Alina Simerzin, Elina Zorde-Khvalevsky, Nofar Rosenberg, Shiri Klein, Dayana Yaish, Ronen Durst, Shoshana Shpitzen, Shiran Udi, Joseph Tam, Joerg Heeren, Anna Worthmann, Christoph Schramm, Johannes Kluwe, Revital Ravid, Eran Hornstein, Hilla Giladi, Eithan Galun
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Effective treatments are needed for hepatic steatosis characterized by accumulation of triglycerides in hepatocytes, which leads to hepatocellular carcinoma. MicroRNA 122 (MIR122) is expressed only in the liver, where it regulates lipid metabolism. We investigated the mechanism by which free fatty acids (FFAs) regulate MIR122 expression and the effect of MIR122 on triglyceride synthesis. METHODS: We analyzed MIR122 promoter activity and validated its target mRNAs by transfection of luciferase reporter plasmids into Huh7, BNL-1ME, and HEK293 cultured cell lines...
August 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
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