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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449366/moving-forward-with-the-neuromuscular-junction
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REVIEW
Claire Legay, Lin Mei
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is indispensable for survival. This synapse between motoneurons and skeletal muscle fibers allows posture, movement and respiration. Therefore, its dysfunction creates pathologies than can be lethal. The molecular mechanisms of NMJ development and maintenance are the subject of intensive studies. This mini-review focuses on some of the most recent discoveries. An unexpected role for a protein, rapsyn, which has been known for 40 years to aggregate acetylcholine receptors has emerged...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449327/skeletal-muscle-il-15-il-15r%C3%AE-and-myofibrillar-protein-synthesis-after-resistance-exercise
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Alberto Pérez-López, James McKendry, Marcos Martin-Rincon, David Morales-Alamo, Bárbara Pérez-Köhler, David Valadés, Julia Buján, Jose A L Calbet, Leigh Breen
In vitro and in vivo studies described the myokine IL-15 and its receptor IL-15Rα as anabolic/anti-atrophy agents, however the protein expression of IL-15Rα has not been measured in human skeletal muscle and data regarding IL-15 expression remain inconclusive. The purpose of the study was to determine serum and skeletal muscle IL-15 and IL-15Rα responses to resistance exercise session and to analyse their association with myofibrillar protein synthesis (MPS). Fourteen participants performed a bilateral leg resistance exercise composed of 4 sets of leg press and 4 sets of knee extension at 75% 1RM to task failure...
April 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448837/genetic-analysis-of-meat-quality-traits-in-maternal-lines-of-rabbit-and-their-diallel-cross
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C Mínguez, J P Sánchez, P Hernández, M Ragab, A G El Nagar, M Baselga
Young rabbits, the dams of which came from a full diallel cross among four maternal lines (A, V, H and LP) and the sires from a single paternal line (R), that produce sixteen genetic groups, was carried out to evaluate the genetic groups and to estimate the crossbreeding genetic parameters of meat quality. The meat quality traits were recorded by NIRS from a sample of 285 longissimus lumborum muscles. Crossbreeding parameters were estimated according to Dickerson model. No differences in protein were found...
April 10, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448691/clinical-characterization-and-genetic-analysis-of-korean-patients-with-x-linked-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-type-1
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Young Bin Hong, Jin-Mo Park, Jin Seok Yu, Da Hye Yoo, Da Eun Nam, Hyung Jun Park, Ji-Su Lee, Sun Hee Hwang, Ki Wha Chung, Byung-Ok Choi
Mutations in the gap junction protein beta 1 gene (GJB1) cause X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1 (CMTX1). CMTX1 is representative of the intermediate type of CMT, having both demyelinating and axonal neuropathic features. We analyzed the clinical and genetic characterization of 128 patients with CMTX1 from 63 unrelated families. Genetic analysis revealed a total of 43 mutations including 6 novel mutations. Ten mutations were found from two or more unrelated families. p.V95M was most frequently observed...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448670/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-filtration-bleb-maintaining-effects-of-suberoylanilide-hydroxamic-acid-saha
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Akiko Futakuchi, Toshihiro Inoue, Tomokazu Fujimoto, Utako Kuroda, Miyuki Inoue-Mochita, Eri Takahashi, Saori Ohira, Hidenobu Tanihara
Purpose: Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) has been shown to support the maintenance of experimental filtration blebs in animal models. This study was performed to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the bleb-maintaining effects of SAHA in modulating wound healing activities of conjunctival fibroblasts. Methods: Human conjunctival fibroblasts (HConFs) were pretreated with SAHA before treatment with TGF-β2. Microarray-based screening was used to investigate the gene expression profiles...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448584/sarcopenia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-not-yet-on-dialysis-analysis-of-the-prevalence-and-associated-factors
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Viviane Angelina de Souza, Dílmerson Oliveira, Sérgio Ribeiro Barbosa, José Otávio do Amaral Corrêa, Fernando Antônio Basile Colugnati, Henrique Novais Mansur, Natália Maria da Silva Fernandes, Marcus Gomes Bastos
INTRODUCTION: Sarcopenia is a chronic condition that is associated with aging and characterized by a reduction of muscle mass, strength, and function. Sarcopenia is prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as cardiovascular complications. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with CKD not yet on dialysis and its correlation with clinical and laboratory variables and inflammatory markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448522/nestin-expression-is-upregulated-in-the-fibrotic-rat-heart-and-is-localized-in-collagen-expressing-mesenchymal-cells-and-interstitial-cd31-cells
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Vanessa Hertig, Kim Tardif, Marc Andre Meus, Natacha Duquette, Louis Villeneuve, Fanny Toussaint, Jonathan Ledoux, Angelino Calderone
Renal and lung fibrosis was characterized by the accumulation of collagen-immunoreactive mesenchymal cells expressing the intermediate filament protein nestin. The present study tested the hypothesis that nestin expression was increased in the hypertrophied/fibrotic left ventricle of suprarenal abdominal aorta constricted adult male Sprague-Dawley rats and induced in ventricular fibroblasts by pro-fibrotic peptide growth factors. Nestin protein levels were upregulated in the pressure-overloaded left ventricle and expression positively correlated with the rise of mean arterial pressure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448447/factors-associated-with-decreased-lean-tissue-index-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Yi-Wen Wang, Ting-Yun Lin, Ching-Hsiu Peng, Jui-Lin Huang, Szu-Chun Hung
Muscle wasting is common and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, factors associated with decreased muscle mass in CKD patients are seldom reported. We performed a cross-sectional study of 326 patients (age 65.8 ± 13.3 years) with stage 3-5 CKD who were not yet on dialysis. Muscle mass was determined using the Body Composition Monitor (BCM), a multifrequency bioimpedance spectroscopy device, and was expressed as the lean tissue index (LTI, lean tissue mass/height²)...
April 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448446/renalase-protects-against-renal-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-the-erk-signaling-pathways
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Yiru Wu, Liyan Wang, Dai Deng, Qidong Zhang, Wenhu Liu
Renal interstitial fibrosis is a common pathway for the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage renal disease. Renalase, acting as a signaling molecule, has been reported to have cardiovascular and renal protective effects. However, its role in renal fibrosis remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of renalase in rats with complete unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and examined the inhibitory effects of renalase on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human proximal renal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448295/the-role-of-mitochondrial-stress-in-muscle-wasting-following-severe-burn-trauma
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John O Ogunbileje, David N Herndon, Andrew J Murton, Craig Porter
Increased resting metabolic rate (hypermetabolism) and skeletal muscle wasting are hallmarks of the pathophysiological stress response to severe burn trauma. However, whether these two responses occur independently in burn patients or are in fact related remains unclear. In light of recent evidence demonstrating that increased proteolysis in skeletal muscle of burned patients is accompanied by mitochondrial hypermetabolism, oxidative stress, and protein damage; in this article, we discuss the evidence for a role for the mitochondrion in skeletal muscle wasting following severe burn trauma...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448188/effects-of-indomethacin-on-prostanoid-synthesis-and-vasomotor-responsiveness-in-endothelium-denuded-abdominal-and-thoracic-aortas-of-wistar-rats
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Ruth M López, Janette E López, Jorge S López, María C Castillo, Gustavo Guevara, José A Morales, Oscar A López, Jair Lozano, Enrique F Castillo
In endothelium-denuded abdominal (but not thoracic) aortas of rats, the nonselective cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor, indomethacin, suppressed contractions evoked by α-adrenergic agonists hypothetically mediated by prostanoids. We aimed to identify these non-endothelial-derived contractile prostanoids released by α-adrenergic receptors activation. Endothelium-denuded abdominal and thoracic aortas of Wistar rats were used for biochemical and functional analyses. Western blot analysis showed that COX-1 and COX-2 protein levels were respectively equivalent in endothelium-denuded abdominal and thoracic aortas...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448086/effects-of-running-wheel-activity-and-dietary-hmb-and-%C3%AE-alanine-co-supplementation-on-muscle-quality-in-aged-male-rats
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D W Russ, C Acksel, K W McCorkle, N K Edens, S M Garvey
OBJECTIVE: Loss of skeletal muscle function is linked to increased risk for loss of health and independence in older adults. Dietary interventions that can enhance aging muscle function, alone or in combination with exercise, may offer an effective way to reduce these risks. The goal of this study was to evaluate the muscular effects of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) and beta-alanine (β-Ala) co-supplementation in aged Sprague-Dawley rats with voluntary access to running wheels (RW)...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448058/a-rapid-automated-protocol-for-muscle-fiber-population-analysis-in-rat-muscle-cross-sections-using-myosin-heavy-chain-immunohistochemistry
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Konstantin D Bergmeister, Marion Gröger, Martin Aman, Anna Willensdorfer, Krisztina Manzano-Szalai, Stefan Salminger, Oskar C Aszmann
Quantification of muscle fiber populations provides a deeper insight into the effects of disease, trauma, and various other influences on skeletal muscle composition. Various time-consuming methods have traditionally been used to study fiber populations in many fields of research. However, recently developed immunohistochemical methods based on myosin heavy chain protein expression provide a quick alternative to identify multiple fiber types in a single section. Here, we present a rapid, reliable and reproducible protocol for improved staining quality, allowing automatic acquisition of whole cross sections and automatic quantification of fiber populations with ImageJ...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447903/low-grade-sinonasal-sarcoma-with-neural-and-myogenic-features-a-recently-discovered-entity-with-unique-features-and-diagnostic-challenge
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Meriam Triki, Lobna Ayadi
Low-grade sinonasal sarcoma with neural and myogenic features is an entity recently described in the literature. Little is known about its etiopathogenesis, natural history, or optimal treatment. In fact, it has relatively unique findings: it has a distinctive cytogenetic signature, and it expresses both smooth muscle actin and S100 protein. However, its diagnosis is challenging on biopsies showing negative staining for these 2 markers. The differential diagnoses include fibrosarcoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and other benign and malignant lesions...
May 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447731/vatalanib-a-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-decreases-hepatic-fibrosis-and-sinusoidal-capillarization-in-ccl4-induced-fibrotic-mice
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Ling-Jian Kong, Hao Li, Ya-Ju Du, Feng-Hua Pei, Ying Hu, Liao-Liao Zhao, Jing Chen
Among the various consequence arising from lung injury, hepatic fibrosis is the most severe. Decreasing the effects of hepatic fibrosis remains one of the primary therapeutic challenges in hepatology. Dysfunction of hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells is considered to be one of the initial events that occur in liver injury. Vascular endothelial growth factor signaling is involved in the progression of genotype changes. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, vatalanib, on hepatic fibrosis and hepatic sinusoidal capillarization in a carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)‑induced mouse model of liver fibrosis...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447728/high-expression-of-ubiquitin-specific-peptidase-39-is-associated-with-the-development-of-vascular-remodeling
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Shuai He, Wei Zhong, Li Yin, Yifei Wang, Zhibing Qiu, Gang Song
Vascular remodeling is the primary cause underlying the failure of angioplasty surgeries, including vascular stenting, transplant vasculopathy and vein grafts. Multiple restenosis‑associated proteins and genes have been identified to account for this. In the present study, the functions of ubiquitin‑specific peptidase 39 (USP39) were investigated in the context of two vascular remodeling models (a mouse common carotid artery ligation and a pig bilateral saphenous vein‑carotid artery interposition graft)...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447722/novel-compound-heterozygous-plec-mutations-lead-to-early%C3%A2-onset-limb%C3%A2-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2q
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Jingzi Zhong, Gang Chen, Yiwu Dang, Haixia Liao, Jiapeng Zhang, Dan Lan
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2Q (LGMD2Q) is a specific mutation in the plectin (PLEC1) gene at chromosome 8q24.3. In the present study, targeted sequencing using a muscle disease gene panel was performed in a patient with muscular dystrophy. The family members were confirmed by Sanger sequencing. The PolyPhen‑2, SIFT and MutationTaster tools were used to predicted the possible effect of the mutations. Immunocytochemistry was used to visualize and localize the plectin protein within the gastrocnemius. Novel compound heterozygous mutations c...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447719/hepatocyte-growth-factor-inhibits-tubular-epithelial%C3%A2-myofibroblast-transdifferentiation-by-suppression-of-angiotensin-ii-via-the-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathway
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Hong-Yue Wang, Chen Zhang, Qing-Fei Xiao, Hai-Chuan Dou, Yan Chen, Chun-Mei Gu, Ming-Ji Cui
Tubular epithelial‑myofibroblast transdifferentiation (TEMT) is important in the development of chronic renal failure. The present study investigated whether hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) inhibits TEMT, and whether this function may be associated with the inhibition of angiotensin II (AngII) and the Janus kinase 2/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (JAK2/STAT3) signaling pathway. Human HK‑2 kidney proximal tubular cells were divided into 4 groups and treated with AngII (1x10‑6 M), HGF (8x10‑3 M), AngII plus HGF or control conditions, followed by an assessment of apoptosis induction and the expression levels of α‑smooth muscle actin (α‑SMA), which is a marker of TEMT...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447186/comparison-of-the-recovery-response-from-high-intensity-and-high-volume-resistance-exercise-in-trained-men
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Sandro Bartolomei, Eliahu Sadres, David D Church, Eliott Arroyo, Joseph A Gordon Iii, Alyssa N Varanoske, Ran Wang, Kyle S Beyer, Leonardo P Oliveira, Jeffrey R Stout, Jay R Hoffman
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the physiological responses of a high-volume (HV; 8 sets of 10 repetitions) versus high-intensity (HI; 8 sets of 3 repetitions) exercise protocol in resistance-trained men. METHODS: Twelve men (24.5 ± 4.2 years; 82.3 ± 8.4 kg; 175.2 ± 5.5 cm) with 6.3 ± 3.4 years of resistance training experience performed each protocol in a counterbalanced, randomized order. Performance [counter movement jump peak power (CMJP), isokinetic (ISOK) and isometric leg extension (MVIC), isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP), and isometric squat (ISQ)] and muscle morphological [cross-sectional area (CSA) of vastus lateralis] assessments were performed at baseline (BL), 30-min (P-30 min), 24-h (P-24 h), 48-h (P-48 h), and 72-h (P-72 h) post-exercise for each testing session...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446779/functional-neuronal-differentiation-of-injury-induced-muscle-derived-stem-cell-like-cells-with-therapeutic-implications
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Kinga Vojnits, Haiying Pan, Xiaojing Dai, Hao Sun, Qingchun Tong, Radbod Darabi, Johnny Huard, Yong Li
Mammalian skeletal muscles contain a number of heterogeneous cell populations. Our previous study characterized a unique population of myogenic lineage stem cells that can be isolated from adult mammalian skeletal muscles upon injury. These injury-induced muscle-derived stem cell-like cells (iMuSCs) displayed a multipotent state with sensitiveness and strong migration abilities. Here, we report that these iMuSCs have the capability to form neurospheres that represent multiple neural phenotypes. The induced neuronal cells expressed various neuron-specific proteins, their mRNA expression during neuronal differentiation recapitulated embryonic neurogenesis, they generated action potentials, and they formed functional synapses in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
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