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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431396/skeletal-muscle-measures-and-physical-function-in-older-adults-with-cancer-sarcopenia-or-myopenia
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Grant R Williams, Allison M Deal, Hyman B Muss, Marc S Weinberg, Hanna K Sanoff, Kirsten A Nyrop, Mackenzi Pergolotti, Shlomit Strulov Shachar
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle loss, commonly known as sarcopenia, is highly prevalent in older adults and linked with adverse outcomes in cancer, yet the definition and role of sarcopenia remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to examine the association of Computerized Tomography (CT) assessed skeletal muscle measures with physical function in older adults with cancer. RESULTS: CTs for 185 patients were available. Median age 73 (IQR 68-76) and 56.5% female. After controlling for sex and BMI, we found no evidence that SMI was associated with physical function impairments...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431322/xanthohumol-and-8-prenylnaringenin-ameliorate-diabetic-related-metabolic-dysfunctions-in-mice
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Raquel Costa, Ilda Rodrigues, Luísa Guardão, Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, Carolina Silva, José Magalhães, Manuel Ferreira-de-Almeida, Rita Negrão, Raquel Soares
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic disease characterized by metabolic disturbances in specific tissues. The present work aimed to analyze the effects of xanthohumol (XN) and 8-prenylnaringenin (8PN), two beer-derived polyphenols, in liver and skeletal muscle lipid and glycolytic metabolism in T2DM mice model. Thirty C57Bl/6 mice were randomly divided into five groups: standard diet (control), high-fat diet (DM), high-fat diet plus ethanol (DM-Ethanol), high-fat diet plus 10 mg/L XN (DM-XN) and high-fat diet plus 10 mg/L 8PN (DM-8PN) during 20 weeks...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431295/clove-and-rosemary-essential-oils-and-encapsuled-active-principles-eugenol-thymol-and-vanillin-blend-on-meat-quality-of-feedlot-finished-heifers
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Jéssica de Oliveira Monteschio, Kennyson Alves de Souza, Ana Carolina Pelaes Vital, Ana Guerrero, Maribel Velandia Valero, Emília Maria Barbosa Carvalho Kempinski, Vinícius Cunha Barcelos, Karina Favoreto Nascimento, Ivanor Nunes do Prado
Forty Nellore heifers were fed (73days) with different diets: with or without essential oils (clove and/or rosemary essential oil) and/or active principle blend (eugenol, thymol and vanillin). The pH, fat thickness, marbling, muscle area and water losses (thawing and drip) were evaluated 24h post mortem on the Longissimus thoracis, and the effects of aging (14days) was evaluated on the meat cooking losses, color, texture and lipid oxidation. Antioxidant activity was also evaluated. Treatments had no effect (P>0...
April 5, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431182/joint-positions-matter-for-ultrasound-examination-of-ra-patients-increased-power-doppler-signal-in-neutral-versus-flat-position-of-hands
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Rusmir Husic, Angelika Lackner, Martin H Stradner, Josef Hermann, Christian Dejaco
Objective.: Position of joints might influence the result of US examination in patients with RA. The purpose of this work was to compare grey-scale (GS) and power Doppler (PWD) findings obtained in neutral vs flat position of hands. Methods.: A cross-sectional study of 42 RA patients with active disease. Two dimensional and 3D sonography of wrists and MCP joints were conducted in two different joint positions: neutral position, which is a slight flexion of the fingers with relaxed extensor muscles; and flat position, where all palm and volar sides of fingers touch the Table...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431061/high-prevalence-of-arrhythmic-and-myocardial-complications-in-patients-with-cardiac-glycogenosis-due-to-prkag2-mutations
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Julien Thevenon, Gabriel Laurent, Flavie Ader, Pascal Laforêt, Didier Klug, Anju Duva Pentiah, Laurent Gouya, Claude Alain Maurage, Salem Kacet, Jean-Christophe Eicher, Juliette Albuisson, Michel Desnos, Eric Bieth, Denis Duboc, Laurent Martin, Patricia Réant, François Picard, Claire Bonithon-Kopp, Elodie Gautier, Christine Binquet, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Laurence Faivre, Patrice Bouvagnet, Philippe Charron, Pascale Richard
Aims: Mutations in PRKAG2, the gene encoding for the γ2 subunit of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), are responsible for an autosomal dominant glycogenosis with a cardiac presentation, associating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), ventricular pre-excitation (VPE), and progressive heart block. The aim of this study was to perform a retrospective time-to-event study of the clinical manifestations associated with PRKAG2 mutations. Methods and Results: A cohort of 34 patients from 9 families was recruited between 2001 and 2010...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430866/maternal-high-sucrose-diets-altered-vascular-large-conductance-ca2-activated-k-channels-via-reactive-oxygen-species-in-offspring-rats%C3%A2
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Xueqin Feng, Xiuwen Zhou, Wenna Zhang, Xiang Li, Axin He, Bailin Liu, Ruixiu Shi, Lei Wu, Jue Wu, Di Zhu, Na Li, Miao Sun, Zhice Xu
Overnutrition during pregnancy could increase risks of cardiovascular diseases in late life. This study investigated whether and how reactive oxygen species (ROS) may influence functions of large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (BKCa) in the offspring exposed to prenatal high-sucrose (HS). We found that prenatal high-sucrose diets significantly increased phenylephrine (PE)-induced vessel contractions in mesenteric arteries of the adult offspring. Pretreatment with iberiotoxin (BKCa blocker, IBTX) significantly increased PE-mediated vascular contractions in the control, not in the HS group...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430609/characterization-of-pressure-mediated-vascular-tone-in-resistance-arteries-from-bile-duct-ligated-rats
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Ravirajsinh N Jadeja, Menaka C Thounaojam, Sandeep Khurana
In cirrhosis, changes in pressure-mediated vascular tone, a key determinant of systemic vascular resistance (SVR), are unknown. To address this gap in knowledge, we assessed ex vivo dynamics of pressurized mesenteric resistance arteries (diameter ~ 260 μm) from bile duct-ligated (BDL) and sham-operated (SHAM) rats and determined the underlying mechanisms. At isobaric intraluminal pressure (70 mmHg) as well as with step-wise increase in pressure (10-110 mmHg), arteries from SHAM-rats constricted more than BDL-rats, and had reduced luminal area...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430433/-2r-3s-2-r-3-r-manniflavanone-protects-proliferating-skeletal-muscle-cells-against-oxidative-stress-and-stimulates-myotube-formation
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Suresh Acharya, Timo D Stark, Seung Tack Oh, Songhee Jeon, Sok Cheon Pak, Mina K Kim, Toshiaki Matsutomo, Jinyoung Hur, Thomas Hofmann, Rodney A Hill, Onesmo B Balemba
We investigated the antioxidative properties of (2R,3S,2''R,3''R)-Manniflavanone (MF) using in vitro assays, and examined its effects on myogenesis and lactate-induced oxidative stress in C2C12 cells. MF was purified from Garcinia buchananii stem bark. H2O2 and ORAC assay demonstrated that MF is a powerful antioxidant. This finding was supported by DPPH radical scavenging activity of MF. MF was less cytotoxic to C2C12 cells compared to ascorbic acid and myricetin. Moreover, MF accelerated myotube formation in the differentiated C2C12 cells by up-regulating myogenic proteins such as MyoG and MHC...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430357/reactive-oxygen-species-key-regulators-in-vascular-health-and-diseases
#9
REVIEW
Qishan Chen, Qiwen Wang, Jianhua Zhu, Qingzhong Xiao, Li Zhang
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a group of small reactive molecules that play critical roles in the regulation of various cell functions and biological processes. In the vascular system, physiological levels of ROS are essential for normal vascular functions including endothelial homeostasis and smooth muscle cell contraction. In contrast, uncontrolled overproduction of ROS resulted from imbalance of ROS generation and elimination, leads to the development of vascular diseases. Excessive ROS cause vascular cell damages, recruitment of inflammatory cells, lipid peroxidation, activation of metalloproteinases, and deposition of extracellular matrix, collectively leading to vascular remodeling...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429889/omentin-treatment-of-epicardial-fat-improves-its-anti-inflammatory-activity-and-paracrine-benefit-on-smooth-muscle-cells
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Ángel Fernández-Trasancos, Rosa María Agra, Jose María García-Acuña, Ángel Luis Fernández, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Sonia Eiras
OBJECTIVE: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) in coronary artery disease is insulin resistant and has a proinflammatory profile. This study examined the regulation of EAT by exogenous omentin and its consequence on vascular cells. METHODS: Stromal vascular cells (SC) of EAT and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) from patients who underwent heart surgery were cultured and exposed to adipogenic factors with or without omentin. Proinflammatory cytokine regulation by omentin was analyzed in SC and mature adipocytes...
April 21, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429777/interleukin-6-increases-the-expression-and-activity-of-insulin-degrading-enzyme
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Mirian A Kurauti, José M Costa-Júnior, Sandra M Ferreira, Gustavo J Santos, Carlos H G Sponton, Everardo M Carneiro, Guilherme D Telles, Mara P T Chacon-Mikahil, Cláudia R Cavaglieri, Luiz F Rezende, Antonio C Boschero
Impairment of the insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Here, we used 4-mo-old male C57BL/6 interleukin-6 (IL-6) knockout mice (KO) to investigate the role of this cytokine on IDE expression and activity. IL-6 KO mice displayed lower insulin clearance in the liver and skeletal muscle, compared with wild type (WT), due to reduced IDE expression and activity. We also observed that after 3-h incubation, IL-6, 50 and 100 ng ml(-1), increased the expression of IDE in HEPG2 and C2C12 cells, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429763/microrna-26a-targets-mapk6-to-inhibit-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-vein-graft-neointimal-hyperplasia
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Juanjuan Tan, Liguo Yang, Cuicui Liu, Zhiqiang Yan
Neointima formation is the major reason for vein graft failure. However, the underlying mechanism is unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the role of miR-26a in the development of neointimal hyperplasia of autogenous vein grafts. Using autologous jugular vein grafts in the rat carotid artery as a model, we found that miR-26a was significantly downregulated in grafted veins as well as proliferating vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) stimulated with platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB). Overexpression of miR-26a reduced the proliferation and migration of VSMCs...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429751/preclinical-study-of-raav2-strail-pharmaceutical-efficacy-biodistribution-and-safety-in-animals
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Q Ru, W Li, X Wang, S Zhang, L Chen, Y Zhang, Y Ge, Y Zu, Y Liu, D Zheng
The recombinant sTRAIL has been in clinical trial for various human malignancies. However, the half-life time of sTRAIL is very short, which might be an important factor influencing its clinical efficacy for cancer therapy. We previously reported the recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV)-encoding sTRAIL95-281-mediated sTRAIL expression in vivo up to 8 months and suppressed tumor growth markedly in mouse xenografts. In the present study, we further evaluated the clinical potency for cancer gene therapy and the safety in mouse and non-human primates...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429615/regulation-of-vascular-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-by-nrf2-signalling
#14
Yong Li, Xiao-Li Wang, Xiaojing Sun, Qiang Chai, Jingchao Li, Benjamin Thompson, Win-Kuang Shen, Tong Lu, Hon-Chi Lee
BK channels are major ionic determinants of vasodilation. BK channel function is impaired in diabetic vessels due to accelerated proteolysis of its beta-1 (BK-β1) subunits in response to increased oxidative stress. The nuclear factor E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) signalling pathway has emerged as a master regulator of cellular redox status, and we hypothesized that it plays a central role in regulating BK channel function in diabetic vessels. We found that Nrf2 expression was markedly reduced in db/db diabetic mouse aortas, and this was associated with significant downregulation of BK-β1...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429146/clinical-validity-of-biochemical-and-molecular-analysis-in-diagnosing-leigh-syndrome-a-study-of-106-japanese-patients
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Erika Ogawa, Masaru Shimura, Takuya Fushimi, Makiko Tajika, Keiko Ichimoto, Ayako Matsunaga, Tomoko Tsuruoka, Mika Ishige, Tatsuo Fuchigami, Taro Yamazaki, Masato Mori, Masakazu Kohda, Yoshihito Kishita, Yasushi Okazaki, Shori Takahashi, Akira Ohtake, Kei Murayama
Leigh syndrome (LS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of infancy and early childhood. It is clinically diagnosed by typical manifestations and characteristic computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. Unravelling mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) dysfunction behind LS is essential for deeper understanding of the disease, which may lead to the development of new therapies and cure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical validity of various diagnostic tools in confirming MRC disorder in LS and Leigh-like syndrome (LL)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429070/properties-of-synchronous-spontaneous-ca-2-transients-in-the-mural-cells-of-rat-rectal-arterioles
#16
Retsu Mitsui, Hikaru Hashitani
Synchrony of spontaneous Ca(2+) transients among venular mural cells (smooth muscle cells and pericytes) in visceral organs relies on the intercellular spread of L-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channel (LVDCC)-dependent depolarisations. However, the mechanisms underlying the synchrony of spontaneous Ca(2+) transients between arteriolar mural cells are less understood. The spontaneous intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics of arteriolar mural cells in the rat rectal submucosa were visualised by Cal-520 Ca(2+) imaging to analyse their synchrony...
April 21, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428963/quercetin-inhibits-pulmonary-arterial-endothelial-cell-transdifferentiation-possibly-by-akt-and-erk1-2-pathways
#17
Shian Huang, Xiulong Zhu, Wenjun Huang, Yuan He, Lingpin Pang, Xiaozhong Lan, Xiaorong Shui, Yanfang Chen, Can Chen, Wei Lei
This study aimed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of quercetin on pulmonary arterial endothelial cell (PAEC) transdifferentiation into smooth muscle-like cells. TGF-β1-induced PAEC transdifferentiation models were applied to evaluate the pharmacological actions of quercetin. PAEC proliferation was detected with CCK8 method and BurdU immunocytochemistry. Meanwhile, the identification and transdifferentiation of PAECs were determined by FVIII immunofluorescence staining and α-SMA protein expression...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428870/gene-expression-profiling-during-the-embryo-to-larva-transition-in-the-giant-red-sea-urchin-mesocentrotus-franciscanus
#18
Juan Diego Gaitán-Espitia, Gretchen E Hofmann
In echinoderms, major morphological transitions during early development are attributed to different genetic interactions and changes in global expression patterns that shape the regulatory program for the specification of embryonic territories. In order more thoroughly to understand these biological and molecular processes, we examined the transcriptome structure and expression profiles during the embryo-to-larva transition of a keystone species, the giant red sea urchin Mesocentrotus franciscanus. Using a de novo assembly approach, we obtained 176,885 transcripts from which 60,439 (34%) had significant alignments to known proteins...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428844/stable-isotope-analyses-a-method-to-distinguish-intensively-farmed-from-wild-frogs
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Carolin Dittrich, Ulrich Struck, Mark-Oliver Rödel
Consumption of frog legs is increasing worldwide, with potentially dramatic effects for ecosystems. More and more functioning frog farms are reported to exist. However, due to the lack of reliable methods to distinguish farmed from wild-caught individuals, the origin of frogs in the international trade is often uncertain. Here, we present a new methodological approach to this problem. We investigated the isotopic composition of legally traded frog legs from suppliers in Vietnam and Indonesia. Muscle and bone tissue samples were examined for δ(15)N, δ(13)C, and δ(18)O stable isotope compositions, to elucidate the conditions under which the frogs grew up...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428836/muscle-function-and-fatigability-of-trunk-flexors-in-males-and-females
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Rita E Deering, Jonathon W Senefeld, Tatyana Pashibin, Donald A Neumann, Sandra K Hunter
BACKGROUND: Optimal function of the abdominal muscles is necessary for several life functions including lifting and carrying tasks. Sex differences in strength and fatigability are established for many limb muscles and back extensor muscles, but it is unknown if sex differences exist for the abdominal muscles despite their functional importance. METHODS: Eighteen females (24.3 ± 4.8 years) and 15 males (24.1 ± 6.6 years) performed (1) isometric trunk flexion maximal voluntary contractions (MVCs) in a range of trunk positions to establish a torque-angle curve and (2) submaximal (50% MVC), intermittent isometric contraction (6 s on, 4 s off) until task failure to determine fatigability of the trunk flexor muscles...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
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