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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923834/is-chronic-dialysis-the-right-hard-renal-end-point-to-evaluate-renoprotective-drug-effects
#1
Misghina Weldegiorgis, Dick de Zeeuw, Jamie P Dwyer, Peter Mol, Hiddo J L Heerspink
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: RRT and doubling of serum creatinine are considered the objective hard end points in nephrology intervention trials. Because both are assumed to reflect changes in the filtration capacity of the kidney, drug effects, if present, are attributed to kidney protection. However, decisions to start RRT are not only on the basis of filtration capacity of the kidney, but also on other factors. We therefore compared the time to RRT with the time to a fixed eGFR threshold and assessed the effect of the renoprotective drug irbesartan on both components...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919307/a-journey-between-high-altitude-hypoxia-and-critical-patient-hypoxia-what-can-it-teach-us-about-compression-and-the-management-of-critical-disease
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M L Avellanas Chavala
High altitude sickness (hypobaric hypoxia) is a form of cellular hypoxia similar to that suffered by critically ill patients. The study of mountaineers exposed to extreme hypoxia offers the advantage of involving a relatively homogeneous and healthy population compared to those typically found in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), which are heterogeneous and generally less healthy. Knowledge of altitude physiology and pathology allows us to understanding how hypoxia affects critical patients. Comparable changes in mitochondrial biogenesis between both groups may reflect similar adaptive responses and suggest therapeutic interventions based on the protection or stimulation of such mitochondrial biogenesis...
September 14, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919108/the-renin-angiotensin-system-regulates-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-optic-neuritis
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Xiaoli Guo, Kazuhiko Namekata, Atsuko Kimura, Chikako Harada, Takayuki Harada
The major role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), including that of angiotensin II (Ang II), the principal effector molecule, in the cardiovascular system is well known. Increasing evidence suggests that the RAS also plays a role in the development of autoimmune diseases. Optic neuritis (ie, inflammation of the optic nerve, with retinal ganglion cell [RGC] loss) is strongly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Herein, we investigated the effects of candesartan, an Ang II receptor antagonist, on optic neuritis in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916337/angiotensin-ii-induces-calcium-mediated-autophagy-in-podocytes-through-enhancing-reactive-oxygen-species-levels
#4
Na Gao, Hui Wang, Hongqiang Yin, Zhuo Yang
As well known, abnormalities of Angiotensin II (Ang II) is closely related with glomerular damage. This study was to investigate whether Ang II could affect autophagy in podocytes via oxidative stress, and whether autophagy had a positive role in protecting podocytes impaired by Ang II. 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay showed that Ang II induced podocyte death. The measurements of malondialdehyde (MDA) and H2O2 levels, and flow cytometry assay revealed that Ang II considerably increased ROS generation in podocytes...
September 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915321/regulation-and-functions-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-in-white-and-brown-adipose-tissue
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Mandana Pahlavani, Nishan S Kalupahana, Latha Ramalingam, Naima Moustaid-Moussa
The renin angiotensin system (RAS) is a major regulator of blood pressure, fluid, and electrolyte homeostasis. RAS precursor angiotensinogen (Agt) is cleaved into angiotensin I (Ang I) and II (Ang II) by renin and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), respectively. Major effects of Ang II, the main bioactive peptide of this system, is mediated by G protein coupled receptors, Angiotensin Type 1 (AGTR1, AT1R) and Type 2 (AGTR2, AT2R) receptors. Further, the discovery of additional RAS peptides such as Ang 1-7 generated by the action of another enzyme ACE2 identified novel functions of this complex system...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912720/a-single-angiotensin-ii-hypertensive-stimulus-is-associated-with-prolonged-neuronal-and-immune-system-activation-in-wistar-kyoto-rats
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Jasenka Zubcevic, Monica M Santisteban, Pablo D Perez, Rebeca Arocha, Helmut Hiller, Wendi L Malphurs, Luis M Colon-Perez, Ravindra K Sharma, Annette de Kloet, Eric G Krause, Marcelo Febo, Mohan K Raizada
Activation of autonomic neural pathways by chronic hypertensive stimuli plays a significant role in pathogenesis of hypertension. Here, we proposed that even a single acute hypertensive stimulus will activate neural and immune pathways that may be important in initiation of memory imprinting seen in chronic hypertension. We investigated the effects of acute angiotensin II (Ang II) administration on blood pressure, neural activation in cardioregulatory brain regions, and central and systemic immune responses, at 1 and 24 h post-injection...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912715/anti-fibrotic-potential-of-at2-receptor-agonists
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Yan Wang, Mark Del Borgo, Huey W Lee, Dhaniel Baraldi, Baydaa Hirmiz, Tracey A Gaspari, Kate M Denton, Marie-Isabel Aguilar, Chrishan S Samuel, Robert E Widdop
There are a number of therapeutic targets to treat organ fibrosis that are under investigation in preclinical models. There is increasing evidence that stimulation of the angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) is a novel anti-fibrotic strategy and we have reviewed the published in vivo preclinical data relating to the effects of compound 21 (C21), which is the only nonpeptide AT2R agonist that is currently available for use in chronic preclinical studies. In particular, the differential influence of AT2R on extracellular matrix status in various preclinical fibrotic models is discussed...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910792/inflammation-a-key-contributor-to-the-genesis-and-progression-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#8
Qi Qian
It has become apparent that inflammation and inflammatory reactions can evoke renal injury and promote chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. Under physiological condition, intrarenal vascular distribution is heterogeneous, and medulla is hypoxic. To avoid energy deprivation in the low pO2 regions of the kidney, an array of hormones, autocoids, and vasoactive substances, including medullipin, prostaglandins, endothelins, nitric oxide, angiotensin II, kinins, and adenosine, tonically regulates the microvasculature to ensure a perfect match of the microcirculation (O2 supply) and renal tubules (O2 demand)...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910547/diurnal-opposite-variation-between-angiotensinase-activities-in-photo-neuro-endocrine-tissues-of-rats
#9
Germán Domínguez-Vías, Garbiñe Aretxaga-Maza, Isabel Prieto, Juan de Dios Luna, Marc De Gasparo, Manuel Ramírez-Sánchez
Central and peripheral renin-angiotensin systems (RASs) act in a coordinated manner for the physiologic functions regulated by neuroendocrine events. However, whereas the diurnal rhythm of peripheral circulatory and tissue RASs is well known, the circadian behaviour of their components in central photo-neuro-endocrine structures, key elements for the control of circadian rhythms, has been barely studied. In the present study, we analysed the aspartyl- (AspAP) and glutamyl-aminopeptidase (GluAP) (aminopeptidase A) activities, the angiotensinases responsible for the metabolism of Ang I to Ang 2-10 and Ang II to Ang III, respectively, in the retina, anterior hypothalamus and pituitary at different light and dark time-points of a 12:12 h light:dark cycle (7-19 h light), using arylamide derivatives as substrates...
September 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905299/use-of-antihypertensive-drugs-and-risk-of-malignant-melanoma-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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REVIEW
Huilin Tang, Shuangshuang Fu, Suodi Zhai, Yiqing Song, Jiali Han
INTRODUCTION: Several antihypertensive drugs are photosensitizing and may promote the development of malignant melanoma (MM), but evidence remains inconsistent. We sought to quantify the association between use of antihypertensive drugs and MM risk. METHODS: We systematically searched PubMed, Embase, and CENTRAL from inception to August 17, 2017 to identify observational studies that reported the MM risk associated with the use of antihypertensive drugs. A random-effects meta-analysis was used to estimate the odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI)...
September 13, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904363/calcitriol-reduces-kidney-development-disorders-in-rats-provoked-by-losartan-administration-during-lactation
#11
Lucas Ferreira de Almeida, Heloísa Della Coletta Francescato, Cleonice Giovanini Alves da Silva, Roberto Silva Costa, Terezila Machado Coimbra
Calcitriol has important effects on cellular differentiation and proliferation, as well as on the regulation of the renin gene. Disturbances in renal development can be observed in rats exposed to angiotensin II (AngII) antagonists during lactation period. The lack of tubular differentiation in losartan-treated rats can affect calcitriol uptake. This study evaluated the effect of calcitriol administration in renal development disturbances in rats provoked by losartan (AngII type 1 receptor antagonist) administration during lactation...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903744/renin-angiotensin-system-gene-polymorphisms-and-high-blood-pressure-in-lithuanian-children-and-adolescents
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Sandrita Simonyte, Renata Kuciene, Jurate Medzioniene, Virginija Dulskiene, Vaiva Lesauskaite
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have demonstrated the influence of environmental factors on HBP in the population of Lithuanian children, although the role of genetic factors in hypertension has not yet been studied. The aim of this study was to assess the distribution of AGTR1, AGT, and ACE genotypes in the Lithuanian child population and to determine whether these genotypes have an impact on HBP in childhood. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 709 participants aged 12-15 years...
September 13, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901410/depletion-of-ubia-prenyltransferase-domain-containing-1-expression-promotes-angiotensin-ii%C3%A2-induced-hypertrophic-response-in-ac16-human-myocardial-cells-via-modulating-the-expression-levels-of-coenzyme-q10-and-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase
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Bingju Yan, Yingxian Sun, Jun Wang
UbiA prenyltransferase domain containing 1 (UBIAD1) is closely associated with cardiovascular diseases. However, at the cellular level, little is known about how UBIAD1 is expressed and functions in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression and role of UBIAD1 in angiotensin II (Ang II)‑induced hypertrophy in AC16 cardiomyoblast cells. The loss‑of‑function approach was used to knock down UBIAD1 in vehicle‑ and Ang II‑stimulated AC16 cells. The levels of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) and caspase-3 were measured and compared between vehicle‑ and Ang II‑treated AC16 cells pretreated with control siRNA or siRNA against UBIAD1...
August 31, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900462/comparison-of-the-therapeutic-effects-of-acupuncture-at-pc6-and-st36-for-chronic-myocardial-ischemia
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Li Shi, Jiliang Fang, Jiping Zhao, Guiyong Liu, Qing Zhao, Jinling Zhang, Jinzhao Zhang, Bing Zhu, Fanrong Liang, Peijing Rong
We aimed to compare the differences of the effects on chronic myocardial ischemia (MI) of acupuncture at PC6 and ST36. The chronic MI model of minipigs was created by implanting an Ameroid constrictor on the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and then two weeks' acupuncture was stimulated at PC6 or ST36, respectively. The results showed that both acupoints' stimulation decreased the serous cardiac troponin T (cTnT) and ischemia modified albumin (IMA) significantly and improved the ischemic ECG changes...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899928/treatment-of-hypertension-by-increasing-impaired-endothelial-trpv4-kca2-3-interaction
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Dongxu He, Qiongxi Pan, Zhen Chen, Chunyuan Sun, Peng Zhang, Aiqin Mao, Yaodan Zhu, Hongjuan Li, Chunxiao Lu, Mingxu Xie, Yin Zhou, Daoming Shen, Chunlei Tang, Zhenyu Yang, Jian Jin, Xiaoqiang Yao, Bernd Nilius, Xin Ma
The currently available antihypertensive agents have undesirable adverse effects due to systemically altering target activity including receptors, channels, and enzymes. These effects, such as loss of potassium ions induced by diuretics, bronchospasm by beta-blockers, constipation by Ca(2+) channel blockers, and dry cough by ACEI, lead to non-compliance with therapies (Moser, 1990). Here, based on new hypertension mechanisms, we explored a new antihypertensive approach. We report that transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) interacts with Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel 3 (KCa2...
September 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898997/angiotensin-ii-infusion-into-apoe-mice-a-model-for-aortic-dissection-rather-than-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
#16
Bram Trachet, Lydia Aslanidou, Alessandra Piersigilli, Rodrigo A Fraga-Silva, Jessica Sordet-Dessimoz, Pablo Villanueva-Perez, Marco F M Stampanoni, Nikolaos Stergiopulos, Patrick Segers
Aims: Angiotensin II-infused ApoE-/- mice are a popular mouse model for preclinical aneurysm research. Here, we provide insight in the often-reported but seldom-explained variability in shape of dissecting aneurysms in these mice. Methods and results: N = 45 excised aortas were scanned ex vivo with phase-contrast X-ray tomographic microscopy. Micro-ruptures were detected near the ostium of celiac and mesenteric arteries in 8/11 mice that were sacrificed after 3 days of angiotensin II-infusion...
August 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898995/uncovering-the-arrhythmogenic-potential-of-trpm4-activation-in-atrial-derived-hl-1-cells-using-novel-recording-and-numerical-approaches
#17
Yaopeng Hu, Yubin Duan, Ayako Takeuchi, Lin Hai-Kurahara, Jun Ichikawa, Keizo Hiraishi, Tomohiro Numata, Hiroki Ohara, Gentaro Iribe, Michio Nakaya, Masayuki X Mori, Satoshi Matsuoka, Genshan Ma, Ryuji Inoue
Aims: Transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily melastatin member 4 (TRPM4), a Ca2+-activated nonselective cation channel abundantly expressed in the heart, has been implicated in conduction block and other arrhythmic propensities associated with cardiac remodelling and injury. The present study aimed to quantitatively evaluate the arrhythmogenic potential of TRPM4. Methods and results: Patch clamp and biochemical analyses were performed using expression system and an immortalized atrial cardiomyocyte cell line (HL-1), and numerical model simulation was employed...
August 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892640/beneficial-effects-of-rosiglitazone-and-losartan-combination-in-diabetic-rats
#18
Hayam Ateyya, Manar Nader, Nagla Ahmad El-Sherbeeny
Diabetes with vascular complication needs strict interventions to retard possible serious complications. This research estimated the possible interaction of rosiglitazone (RGN) with losartan (Los) in diabetic rats. Male Spraque Dawly rats were randomly divided into: non-diabetic rats, diabetic rats, and diabetic rats received RGN, Los or combination of RGN and Los. Measurement of serum glucose, vascular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor and (TNF)-α levels, and aortic lipid peroxide (MDA), glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and total nitrate/nitrite (NOx) levels were done...
September 11, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890045/the-renin-angiotensin-system-and-the-brain-new-developments
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REVIEW
Ehab Farag, Daniel I Sessler, Zeyd Ebrahim, Andrea Kurz, Joseph Morgan, Sanchit Ahuja, Kamal Maheshwari, D John Doyle
The traditional renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is indispensable system in adjusting sodium homeostasis, body fluid volume, and controlling arterial blood pressure. The key elements are renin splitting inactive angiotensinogen to yield angiotensin (Ang-I). Ang-1 is then changed by angiotensin-1 converting enzyme (ACE) into angiotensin II (Ang-II). Using PubMed, Google Scholar, and other means, we searched the peer-reviewed literature from 1990 to 2013 for articles on newly discovered findings related to the RAS, especially focusing on how the system influences the central nervous system (CNS)...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889965/losartan-counteracts-the-effects-of-cardiomyocyte-swelling-on-glucose-uptake-and-insulin-receptor-substrate-1-levels
#20
Yamil Gerena, Janice Griselle Lozada, Bryan Jael Collazo, Jarold Méndez-Álvarez, Jennifer Méndez-Estrada, Walmor C De Mello
A growing body of evidence demonstrates an association between Angiotensin II (Ang II) receptor blockers (ARBs) and enhanced glucose metabolism during ischemic heart disease. Despite these encouraging results, the mechanisms responsible for these effects during ischemia remain poorly understood. In this study we investigated the influence of losartan, an AT1 receptor blocker, and secreted Ang II (sAng II) on glucose uptake and insulin receptor substrate (IRS-1) levels during cardiomyocyte swelling. H9c2 cells were differentiated to cardiac muscle and the levels of myogenin, Myosin Light Chain (MLC), and membrane AT1 receptors were measured using flow cytometry...
September 7, 2017: Peptides
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