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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328100/smart-mechanosensing-machineries-enable-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-atherosclerosis-relevant-3d-matrices
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Qingjia Chi, Jieling Shan, Xiaorong Ding, Tieying Yin, Yazhou Wang, Dongyu Jia, Guixue Wang
At the early stage of atherosclerosis, neointima is formed due to the migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) from the media to the intima. VSMCs are surrounded by highly adhesive 3D matrices. They take specific strategies to cross various 3D matrices in the media, including heterogeneous collagen and mechanically-strong basement membrane. Migration of VSMCs is potentially caused by biomechanical mechanism. Most in vitro studies focus on cell migration on 2D substrates in response to biochemical factors...
March 22, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327588/pharmacological-inhibition-of-adipose-triglyceride-lipase-corrects-high-fat-diet-induced-insulin-resistance-and-hepatosteatosis-in-mice
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Martina Schweiger, Matthias Romauch, Renate Schreiber, Gernot F Grabner, Sabrina Hütter, Petra Kotzbeck, Pia Benedikt, Thomas O Eichmann, Sohsuke Yamada, Oskar Knittelfelder, Clemens Diwoky, Carina Doler, Nicole Mayer, Werner De Cecco, Rolf Breinbauer, Robert Zimmermann, Rudolf Zechner
Elevated circulating fatty acids (FAs) contribute to the development of obesity-associated metabolic complications such as insulin resistance (IR) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Hence, reducing adipose tissue lipolysis to diminish the mobilization of FAs and lower their respective plasma concentrations represents a potential treatment strategy to counteract obesity-associated disorders. Here we show that specific inhibition of adipose triglyceride lipase (Atgl) with the chemical inhibitor, Atglistatin, effectively reduces adipose tissue lipolysis, weight gain, IR and NAFLD in mice fed a high-fat diet...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326606/physical-activity-sedentary-time-and-bone-strength-from-childhood-to-early-adulthood-a-mixed-longitudinal-hr-pqct-study
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Leigh Gabel, Heather M Macdonald, Lindsay Nettlefold, Heather A McKay
Bone strength is influenced by bone geometry, density, and bone microarchitecture, which adapt to increased mechanical loads during growth. Physical activity (PA) is essential for optimal bone strength accrual; however, less is known about how sedentary time influences bone strength and its determinants. Thus, our aim was to investigate the prospective associations between PA, sedentary time, and bone strength and its determinants during adolescence. We used HR-pQCT at distal tibia (8% site) and radius (7% site) in 173 girls and 136 boys (aged 9 to 20 years at baseline)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326351/effects-of-low-dose-ibuprofen-supplementation-and-resistance-training-on-bone-and-muscle-in-postmenopausal-women-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Whitney R D Duff, Saija A Kontulainen, Darren G Candow, Julianne J Gordon, Riley S Mason, Regina Taylor-Gjevre, Bindu Nair, Michael Szafron, Adam D G Baxter-Jones, Gordon A Zello, Philip D Chilibeck
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of nine months of exercise training and ibuprofen supplementation (given immeditately after exercise sessions) on bone and muscle in postmenopausal women. METHODS: In a double-blind randomized trial, participants (females: n = 90, mean age 64.8, SD 4.3 years) were assigned (computer generated, double blind) to receive supervised resistance training or stretching 3 days/week, and ibuprofen (400 mg, post-exercise) or placebo (i...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325700/the-relationship-between-preoperative-needle-electromyography-findings-and-muscle-power-restoration-after-surgery-in-severe-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-patients
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Yuki Hara, Yasumasa Nishiura, Naoyuki Ochiai, Shinji Murai, Masashi Yamazaki
PURPOSE: Needle electromyography provides essential information about the functional aspects of the muscle. But little attention has been given in the literature to needle electromyography examinations in carpal tunnel syndrome. We examined the relationship between preoperative needle electromyography findings and functional recovery of the abductor pollicis brevis (APB) muscle in severe carpal tunnel syndrome patients. METHODS: The subjects of this study were 49 patients, 58 hands, who fit the following 5 criteria: (1) idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome; (2) pre-op MMT grade of the APB muscle was M0 or M1; (3) APB-CMAP (compound muscle action potential) was not evoked in a median nerve conduction study; (4) needle electromyography of the APB muscle had been done; (5) underwent carpal tunnel release only...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325123/effect-of-stimulation-of-cold-receptors-with-menthol-on-emg-activity-of-quadriceps-muscle-during-low-load-contraction
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Tadayuki Tokunaga, Hitoshi Sugawara, Chigaya Tadano, Masuo Muro
PURPOSE: Facilitatory and inhibitory responses of spinal motor neurons are influenced by somatosensory input from the skin. The purpose of this study, employing electromyography, was to examine the neuromuscular changes that occur with menthol applied to the skin over the quadriceps muscle. METHODS: Forty-two healthy volunteers performed isometric knee extensions at 35% maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) in three groups (Adult Placebo, Adult Menthol, Older Adult Menthol)...
March 21, 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324999/surface-electromyography-based-muscle-fatigue-analysis-for-stroke-patients-at-different-brunnstrom-stages
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Yinjun Tu, Zhe Zhang, Xudong Gu, Qiang Fang
Muscle fatigue analysis has been an important topic in sport and rehabilitation medicine due to its role in muscle performance evaluation and pathology investigation. This paper proposes a surface electromyography (sEMG) based muscle fatigue analysis approach which was specifically designed for stroke rehabilitation applications. 14 stroke patients from 5 different Brunnstrom recovery stage groups were involved in the experiment and features including median frequency and mean power frequency were extracted from the collected sEMG samples for investigation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324992/age-related-neuromuscular-changes-in-semg-of-m-tibialis-anterior-using-higher-order-statistics-gaussianity-linearity-test
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Ariba Siddiqi, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar
Age-associated changes in the surface electromyogram (sEMG) of Tibialis Anterior (TA) muscle can be attributable to neuromuscular alterations that precede strength loss. We have used our sEMG model of the Tibialis Anterior to interpret the age-related changes and compared with the experimental sEMG. Eighteen young (20-30 years) and 18 older (60-85 years) performed isometric dorsiflexion at 6 different percentage levels of maximum voluntary contractions (MVC), and their sEMG from the TA muscle was recorded. Six different age-related changes in the neuromuscular system were simulated using the sEMG model at the same MVCs as the experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324978/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
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Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324959/a-robotic-exoskeleton-to-treat-crouch-gait-from-cerebral-palsy-initial-kinematic-and-neuromuscular-evaluation
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Zachary F Lerner, Diane L Damiano, Thomas C Bulea
A robotic exoskeleton was designed for individuals with crouch gait caused by cerebral palsy with the intent to supplement existing muscle function during walking. The aim of this study was to evaluate how powered knee extension assistance provided during stance and swing phases of the gait cycle affect knee kinematics, and knee flexor and extensor muscle activity. Muscle activity and kinematic data were collected from four individuals with crouch gait from cerebral palsy during their normal walking condition and while walking with the exoskeleton under stance, swing, and stance & swing assistance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323013/electroencephalographic-sensorimotor-rhythms-are-modulated-in-the-acute-phase-following-focal-vibration-in-healthy-subjects
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Susanna Lopez, Fabiano Bini, Claudio Del Percio, Franco Marinozzi, Claudia Celletti, Antonio Suppa, Raffaele Ferri, Emanuela Staltari, Filippo Camerota, Claudio Babiloni
Few minutes of focal vibration (FV) on limb muscles can improve motor control in neurological (stroke, Parkinson) patients for unknown underlying neurophysiological mechanisms. Here we hypothesized that in healthy volunteers this FV would increase excitability in the primary sensorimotor cortex (S1-M1) during an isometric contraction of the stimulated muscle. The design included an initial control condition with no FV stimulation (Baseline) as well as three short experimental sessions of FV and a Sham (fake) session in a pseudo-random order...
March 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321780/isolation-culture-and-identification-of-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-from-rat-distal-pulmonary-arteries
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Gongyong Peng, Juan Xu, Rongmin Liu, Zhenli Fu, Shaoxing Li, Wei Hong, Jinglong Chen, Bing Li, Pixin Ran
The culture of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) is one of the most powerful tools for exploring the mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Both pulmonary vasoconstriction and remodeling occur predominantly in distal pulmonary arteries (PA). In this study, we provide our detailed and standardized protocol for easy isolation and culture of PASMCs from rat distal PA to supply every investigator with a simple, economical and useful method in studying PH. The protocol can be divided into four stages: isolation of distal PA, isolation of cells, growth in culture and passage of cells...
March 21, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320829/tissue-engineering-functional-gastrointestinal-regions-the-importance-of-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Andrew Trecartin, Tracy Grikscheit
The intestine shows extraordinary regenerative potential that might be harnessed to alleviate numerous morbid and lethal human diseases. The intestinal stem cells regenerate the epithelium every 5 days throughout an individual's lifetime. Understanding stem-cell signaling affords power to influence the niche environment for growing intestine. The manifold approaches to tissue engineering may be organized by variations of three basic components required for the transplantation and growth of stem/progenitor cells: (1) cell delivery materials or scaffolds; (2) donor cells including adult stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, and in vitro expansion of isolated or cocultured epithelial, smooth muscle, myofibroblasts, or nerve cells; and (3) environmental modulators or biopharmaceuticals...
March 20, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319585/increased-fatigue-response-to-augmented-deceptive-feedback-during-cycling-time-trial
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Guillaume P Ducrocq, Thomas J Hureau, Olivier Meste, Grégory M Blain
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of different magnitudes of deception on performance and exercise-induced fatigue during cycling time-trial. METHODS: Following three familiarization visits, three females and eight males performed three 5 km cycling time-trials while following a simulated dynamic avatar reproducing either 100% (5K100%), 102% (5K102%) or 105% (5K105%) of the subject's previous fastest trial. Quadriceps muscle activation was quantified with surface electromyography...
March 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319422/phototherapy-for-improvement-of-performance-and-exercise-recovery-comparison-of-3-commercially-available-devices
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Thiago De Marchi, Vinicius Mazzochi Schmitt, Carla Danúbia da Silva Fabro, Larissa Lopes da Silva, Juliane Sene, Olga Tairova, Mirian Salvador
CONTEXT:   Recent studies suggest the prophylactic use of low-powered laser/light has ergogenic effects on athletic performance and postactivity recovery. Manufacturers of high-powered lasers/light devices claim that these can produce the same clinical benefits with increased power and decreased irradiation time; however, research with high-powered lasers is lacking. OBJECTIVE:   To evaluate the magnitude of observed phototherapeutic effects with 3 commercially available devices...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316588/alterations-of-muscle-activation-pattern-in-stroke-survivors-during-obstacle-crossing
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Chenming Ma, Na Chen, Yurong Mao, Dongfeng Huang, Rong Song, Le Li
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates changes in the neuromuscular activation pattern of the lower limb muscles in stroke survivors when crossing obstacles of three different heights. METHODS: Eight stroke survivors and eight age-, height-, and gender-matched healthy controls were recruited and instructed to cross over obstacles with heights of 10, 20, and 30% leg length. Surface electromyography (EMG) signals were recorded from the rectus femoris (RF), biceps femoris (BF), tibialis anterior (TA), and medial gastrocnemius (MG) of both limbs...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315193/resistance-training-using-different-hypoxic-training-strategies-a-basis-for-hypertrophy-and-muscle-power-development
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REVIEW
Belén Feriche, Amador García-Ramos, Antonio J Morales-Artacho, Paulino Padial
The possible muscular strength, hypertrophy, and muscle power benefits of resistance training under environmental conditions of hypoxia are currently being investigated.Nowadays, resistance training in hypoxia constitutes a promising new training strategy for strength and muscle gains. The main mechanisms responsible for these effects seem to be related to increased metabolite accumulation due to hypoxia. However, no data are reported in the literature to describe and compare the efficacy of the different hypertrophic resistance training strategies in hypoxia...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314747/effects-of-temperature-and-force-requirements-on-muscle-work-and-power-output
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Jeffrey P Olberding, Stephen M Deban
Performance of muscle-powered movements depends on temperature through its effects on muscle contractile properties. In vitro stimulation of Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) plantaris muscles reveals that interactions between force and temperature affect the mechanical work of muscle. At low temperatures (9 - 17°C), muscle work depends on temperature when shortening at any force, and temperature effects are greater at higher forces. At warmer temperatures (13 - 21°C), muscle work depends on temperature when shortening with intermediate and high forces (≥ 30% P0)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314379/rejuvenation-by-partial-reprogramming-of-the-epigenome
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Andrew R Mendelsohn, James Larrick, Jennifer L Lei
Epigenetic variation with age is one of the most important hallmarks of aging. Resetting or repairing the epigenome of aging cells in intact animals may rejuvenate the cells and perhaps the entire organism. In fact, differentiated adult cells, which by definition have undergone some epigenetic changes, are capable of being rejuvenated and reprogrammed to create pluripotent stem cells and viable cloned animals. Apparently, such reprogramming is capable of completely resetting the epigenome. However, attempts to fully reprogram differentiated cells in adult animals have failed in part because reprogramming leads to formation of teratomas...
March 17, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306516/identification-and-classification-of-upper-limb-motions-using-pca
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Karan Veer, Renu Vig
This paper describes the utility of principal component analysis (PCA) in classifying upper limb signals. PCA is a powerful tool for analyzing data of high dimension. Here, two different input strategies were explored. The first method uses upper arm dual-position-based myoelectric signal acquisition and the other solely uses PCA for classifying surface electromyogram (SEMG) signals. SEMG data from the biceps and the triceps brachii muscles and four independent muscle activities of the upper arm were measured in seven subjects (total dataset=56)...
March 15, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
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