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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072749/ultrasound-guided-pulsed-radiofrequency-treatment-of-the-cervical-sympathetic-chain-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Eung Don Kim, Woo Joo Yoo, Yoo Na Kim, Hue Jung Park
The stellate ganglion is a common target to manage neuropathic pain in the upper extremities. However, the effect duration of a single stellate ganglion block is often temporary. To overcome the short-term effects of a single sympathetic block, pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) can be applied. The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of PRF on the cervical sympathetic chain under ultrasound guidance for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).Twelve CRPS patients who underwent PRF on the cervical sympathetic chain were enrolled in this retrospective analysis...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054557/kilohertz-frequency-nerve-block-enhances-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation
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Yogi A Patel, Tarun Saxena, Ravi V Bellamkonda, Robert J Butera
Efferent activation of the cervical vagus nerve (cVN) dampens systemic inflammatory processes, potentially modulating a wide-range of inflammatory pathological conditions. In contrast, afferent cVN activation amplifies systemic inflammatory processes, leading to activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the sympathetic nervous system through the greater splanchnic nerve (GSN), and elevation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Ideally, to clinically implement anti-inflammatory therapy via cervical vagus nerve stimulation (cVNS) one should selectively activate the efferent pathway...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043809/physical-training-associated-with-enalapril-but-not-to-losartan-results-in-better-cardiovascular-autonomic-effects
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Karina Delgado Maida, Ada Clarice Gastaldi, Tabata de Paula Facioli, João Eduardo de Araújo, Hugo Celso Dutra de Souza
BACKGROUND: We investigated the cardiovascular autonomic effects of physical training associated with Enalapril or Losartan pharmacological treatments in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). METHODS: SHRs, 18weeks of age (N=48) was assigned to either sedentary (N=24) and trained (N=24; aerobic training by swimming for 10wk). Each group was subdivided in 3 subgroups (N=8) vehicle (control); Enalapril (10mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)); and Losartan (5mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)). All animals received a 10-week treatment in drinking water...
December 24, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039061/primary-angle-closure-glaucoma-what-we-know-and-what-we-don-t-know
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REVIEW
Xinghuai Sun, Yi Dai, Yuhong Chen, Dao-Yi Yu, Stephen J Cringle, Junyi Chen, Xiangmei Kong, Xiaolei Wang, Chunhui Jiang
Primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) is a common cause of blindness. Angle closure is a fundamental pathologic process in PAGC. With the development of imaging devices for the anterior segment of the eye, a better understanding of the pathogenesis of angle closure has been reached. Aside from pupillary block and plateau iris, multiple-mechanisms are more common contributors for closure of the angle such as choroidal thickness and uveal expansion, which may be responsible for the presenting features of PACG...
December 28, 2016: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035645/reflex-arc-of-the-teeth-clenching-induced-pressor-response-in-rats
#5
Ichiro Shoji, Takehito Kemuriyama, Megumi Tandai-Hiruma, Satoshi Maruyama, Akimasa Tashiro, Hidetaka Yokoe, Yasuhiro Nishida
Although "teeth clenching" induces pressor response, the reflex tracts of the response are unknown. In this study, dantrolene administration inhibited teeth clenching generated by electrical stimulation of the masseter muscles and completely abolished the pressor response. In addition, trigeminal ganglion block or hexamethonium administration completely abolished the pressor response. Local anesthesia of molar regions significantly reduced the pressor response to 27 ± 10%. Gadolinium (mechanoreceptor blocker of group III muscle afferents) entrapment in masticatory muscles also significantly reduced the pressor response to 62 ± 7%...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019045/autonomic-modulation-for-the-treatment-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-therapeutic-use-of-percutaneous-stellate-ganglion-blocks
#6
Marat Fudim, Richard Boortz-Marx, Chetan B Patel, Albert Y Sun, Jonathan P Piccini
Ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF) and electrical storm are commonly encountered emergency conditions in cardiac and surgical intensive care units. In most cases, recurrent ventricular arrhythmias or electrical storm are associated with a heightened sympathetic tone. These arrhythmias can be difficult to treat and may be refractory to beta-blockade, antiarrhythmic therapy, sedation, and mechanical hemodynamic support. While monomorphic ventricular tachycardia and PVC-triggered polymorphic ventricular tachycardia may sometimes be amenable to successful ablation, some patients may be too critically ill to make such an approach feasible...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996318/brain-natriuretic-peptide-as-a-biomarker-of-asymptomatic-clozapine-related-heart-dysfunction-a-criterion-for-a-more-cautious-administration
#7
Vincenzo Prisco, Petrosino Monica, Germano Fiore, Annamaria Tridente, Antonietta La Rocca, Francesco Catapano, Michele Fabrazzo
Clozapine-related pericarditis is a rare side effect of the drug. We reported the clinical cases of two women, aged 22 and 28 years, affected by schizophrenia with pericarditis symptoms related to clozapine treatment of 200 mg/day. Clozapine was discontinued in both patients, resulting in normalization of the ECG changes, and echocardiography confirmed the progressive disappearance of the pericardial effusion. Interestingly, while inflammatory indices and pro-brain natriuretic peptide (pro-BNP) plasma levels were high in both patients, only one of them showed tachycardia, subjective chest pain, shortness of breath and dyspnea, with a clinical symptomatology suggesting a cardiac involvement...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957682/dissociation-of-jnk-activation-from-elevated-levels-of-reactive-oxygen-species-cytochrome-c-release-and-cell-death-in-ngf-deprived-sympathetic-neurons
#8
Meagan J McManus, James L Franklin
Withdrawal of nerve growth factor (NGF) from sympathetic neurons causes their apoptotic death. Activation of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) may contribute to this death by the induction and phosphorylation of pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins, such as Bax, that are involved in cytochrome c release from mitochondria and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Induction of either JNK or ROS may stimulate the other, and both may regulate release of apoptogenic factors from the mitochondria. In order to discern the relationship between JNK and ROS in apoptosis, we treated NGF-deprived, mouse sympathetic neurons with a JNK inhibitor and examined the effect on several important apoptotic events...
December 12, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940965/high-aminopeptidase-a-activity-contributes-to-blood-pressure-control-in-ob-ob-mice-by-at2-receptor-dependent-mechanism
#9
Rafael Leite Morais, Aline M Hilzendeger, Bruna Visniauskas, Mihail Todiras, Natalia Alenina, Marcelo A Mori, Ronaldo C Araujo, Clovis R Nakaie, Jair Ribeiro Chagas, Adriana K Carmona, Michael Bader, João Bosco Pesquero
Obesity is assumed to be a major cause of human essential hypertension, however the mechanisms responsible for weight-related increase in blood pressure (BP) are not fully understood. The prevalence of hypertension induced by obesity has grown over the years and the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in this process continues to be elucidated. In this scenario, the ob/ob mice are a genetic obesity model generally used for metabolic disorders studies. These mice are normotensive even though they present several metabolic conditions that predispose them to hypertension...
December 9, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938934/medial-approach-of-ultrasound-guided-costoclavicular-plexus-block-and-its-effects-on-regional-perfussion
#10
D Nieuwveld, V Mojica, A E Herrera, J Pomés, A Prats, X Sala-Blanch
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound-guided infraclavicular block in the costoclavicular space located between the clavicle and the first rib, reaches the secondary trunks when they are clustered together and lateral to the axillary artery. This block is most often performed through a lateral approach, the difficulty being finding the coracoid process an obstacle and guiding the needle towards the vessels and pleura. A medial approach, meaning from inside to outside, will avoid these structures. Traditionally the assessment of a successful block is through motor or sensitive responses but a sympathetic fibre block can also be evaluated measuring the changes in humeral artery blood flow, skin temperature and/or perfusion index...
December 8, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892684/angiotensin-receptor-neprilysin-inhibitor-lcz696-pharmacology-pharmacokinetics-and-clinical-development
#11
Yue Hua, Ian Wang, Bin Liu, Darren J Kelly, Christopher Reid, Danny Liew, Yingchun Zhou, Bing H Wang
Heart failure still has a significant disease burden with poor outcomes worldwide despite advances in therapy. The standard therapies have been focused on blockade of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers and mineralocorticoid antagonists and the sympathetic nervous system with β-blockers. The natriuretic peptide system is a potential counter-regulatory system that promotes vasodilatation and natriuresis. Angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors are a new class drug capable of blocking the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and enhancing the natriuretic peptide system to improve neurohormonal balance...
November 28, 2016: Future Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876792/mtorc1-is-required-for-brown-adipose-tissue-recruitment-and-metabolic-adaptation-to-cold
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Sébastien M Labbé, Mathilde Mouchiroud, Alexandre Caron, Blandine Secco, Elizaveta Freinkman, Guillaume Lamoureux, Yves Gélinas, Roger Lecomte, Yohan Bossé, Patricia Chimin, William T Festuccia, Denis Richard, Mathieu Laplante
In response to cold, brown adipose tissue (BAT) increases its metabolic rate and expands its mass to produce heat required for survival, a process known as BAT recruitment. The mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) controls metabolism, cell growth and proliferation, but its role in regulating BAT recruitment in response to chronic cold stimulation is unknown. Here, we show that cold activates mTORC1 in BAT, an effect that depends on the sympathetic nervous system. Adipocyte-specific mTORC1 loss in mice completely blocks cold-induced BAT expansion and severely impairs mitochondrial biogenesis...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866303/anesthetic-technique-and-cancer-recurrence-in-oncologic-surgery-unraveling-the-puzzle
#13
Ryungsa Kim
Surgery/anesthetic technique-stimulated immunosuppression in the perioperative period might cause an increase in cancer-related mortality. Whether anesthetic technique can affect the outcomes of cancer patients remains inconclusive. This review discusses data from the available literature on anesthetic techniques applied in oncologic surgery, the long-term outcomes of anesthetic technique, and their relation to survival and cancer recurrence. Searches of the PubMed database up to June 30, 2016, were conducted to identify publications with the terms "anesthetic technique and cancer recurrence," "regional anesthesia and cancer recurrence," "local anesthesia and cancer recurrence," "anesthetic technique and immunosuppression," and "anesthetic technique and oncologic surgery...
November 19, 2016: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856318/sympathetic-nerve-repulsion-inhibited-by-designer-molecules-in-vitro-and-role-in-experimental-arthritis
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Julia Kunath, Nicolas Delaroque, Michael Szardenings, Ines Neundorf, Rainer H Straub
AIMS: In rheumatoid arthritis and collagen type II arthritis (CIA), sympathetic nerve fibers get lost in inflamed tissue. The process is probably induced by nerve repellent factors like semaphorin 3F (SEMA3F). Repulsion of sympathetic nerve fibers in inflamed tissue has proinflammatory effects due to the loss of anti-inflammatory neurotransmitters. We hypothesized that design molecules like antibodies and specific peptides that inhibit nerve fiber repulsion can ameliorate CIA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two blocking antibodies were used and four blocking peptides were generated using the phage display technique with the targets of SEMA3F and plexin-A2...
January 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823934/beta-adrenergic-signaling-affect-osteoclastogenesis-via-osteocytic-mlo-y4-cells-rankl-production
#15
Qianqian Yao, Hengxing Liang, Bo Huang, Lin Xiang, Tianlu Wang, Yi Xiong, Bo Yang, Yanjun Guo, Ping Gong
The sympathetic nervous system play a pivotal role in bone remodeling through β-adrenoceptor (β-AR). However, it is not well documented whether the β-adrenoceptor pathway has the potential to influence osteocytes. In this study, cell viability, the expression of β-AR subtypes, enzymes of catecholamine synthesis or degradation, bone-related gene and protein in osteocytic MLO-Y4 cells were investigated by β-adrenergic stimulation. Isoproterenol (ISO) promoted RANKL to OPG expression in osteocytes, as well as osteoclasts formation in osteocytes-RAW264...
November 4, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802416/src-kinases-regulate-glutamatergic-input-to-hypothalamic-presympathetic-neurons-and-sympathetic-outflow-in-hypertension
#16
Xin Qiao, Jing-Jing Zhou, De-Pei Li, Hui-Lin Pan
The elevated sympathetic outflow associated with hypertension is maintained by increased N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activity in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus. Synaptic NMDAR activity is tightly regulated by protein kinases, including the Src family of tyrosine kinases. We determined whether Src kinases play a role in increased NMDAR activity of PVN neurons projecting to the rostral ventrolateral medulla and in elevated sympathetic vasomotor tone in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
January 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797908/hematopoietic-stem-cell-mobilization-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient-for-tolerance-in-islet-transplantation
#17
Blair T Stocks, Analise B Thomas, Sydney K Elizer, Yuantee Zhu, Andrew F Marshall, Christopher S Wilson, Daniel J Moore
Overcoming the immune response to establish durable immune tolerance in type 1 diabetes remains a substantial challenge. The ongoing effector immune response involves numerous immune cell types but is ultimately orchestrated and sustained by the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) niche. We therefore hypothesized that tolerance induction also requires these pluripotent precursors. In this study, we determined that the tolerance-inducing agent anti-CD45RB induces HSC mobilization in nonautoimmune B6 mice but not in diabetes-prone NOD mice...
January 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796054/orexin-a-increases-the-firing-activity-of-hippocampal-ca1-neurons-through-orexin-1-receptors
#18
Xin-Yi Chen, Lei Chen, Yi-Feng Du
Orexins including two peptides, orexin-A and orexin-B, are produced in the posterior lateral hypothalamus. Much evidence has indicated that central orexinergic systems play numerous functions including energy metabolism, feeding behavior, sleep/wakefulness, and neuroendocrine and sympathetic activation. Morphological studies have shown that the hippocampal CA1 regions receive orexinergic innervation originating from the hypothalamus. Positive orexin-1 (OX1 ) receptors are detected in the CA1 regions. Previous behavioral studies have shown that microinjection of OX1 receptor antagonist into the hippocampus impairs acquisition and consolidation of spatial memory...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790765/acupuncture-does-not-ameliorate-metabolic-disturbances-in-the-p450-aromatase-inhibitor-induced-rat-model-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#19
Manuel Maliqueo, Anna Benrick, Rodrigo Rodrigues Marcondes, Julia Johansson, Miao Sun, Elisabet Stener-Victorin
What is the central question of this study? The effectiveness of low-frequency electroacupuncture in the treatment of metabolic disorders associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine-metabolic disorder characterized by an imbalance in sex steroid production, is controversial. What is the main finding and its importance? In a rat model of PCOS induced by the inhibition of P450 aromatase, low-frequency electroacupuncture increased low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol but did not improve the insulin resistance or the adipose tissue dysfunction, suggesting that a balance of sex steroids is needed to restore the metabolic function in this rat model of PCOS...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778056/-unilateral-spinal-anesthesia-literature-review-and-recommendations
#20
B Büttner, A Mansur, M Bauer, J Hinz, I Bergmann
Unilateral spinal anesthesia is a cost-effective and rapidly performed anesthetic technique. An exclusively unilateral block only affects the sensory, motor and sympathetic functions on one side of the body and offers the advantages of a spinal block without the typical adverse side effects seen with a bilateral block. The lack of hypotension, in particular, makes unilateral spinal anesthesia suitable for patients with cardiovascular risk factors e. g. aortic valve stenosis or coronary artery disease. Increasing numbers of surgical procedures are now being performed on an outpatient basis...
October 24, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
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