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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534100/dose-dependent-differential-effects-of-in-vivo-exposure-of-cadmium-on-myometrial-activity-in-rats-involvement-of-vdcc-and-ca-2-mimicking-pathways
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Vivek K Saroj, Udayraj P Nakade, Abhishek Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Sunil W Hajare, Satish K Garg
Present study was undertaken to study the effect of 28-days exposure of female adult rats to cadmium (Cd) in drinking water @ 3, 10 and 30 parts per million (ppm) on myometrial responsiveness to different spasmogens and unravel the possible mechanism of alterations in myometrial activity. Cadmium and Ca(2+) levels in blood and uterus were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy while isometric tension in myometrial strips was measured using data acquisition system-based physiograph. Dose-dependent increase in levels of cadmium was observed in both blood and uterus while calcium was increased only in the uterus as compared to those in control...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532683/the-essential-oil-from-the-twigs-of-cinnamomum-cassia-presl-inhibits-oxytocin-induced-uterine-contraction-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Lan Sun, Li-Na Liu, Jia-Chun Li, Yao-Zhong Lv, Shao-Bo Zong, Jun Zhou, Zheng-Zhong Wang, Jun-Ping Kou, Wei Xiao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The twigs and bark of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (Lauraceae) are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of tumor, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, digestive system disease and inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the inhibitory effect of the essential oil from the twigs of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (EOCC) on uterine contraction in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mouse uterine contraction was induced by oxytocin (OT) exposure following estradiol benzoate pretreatment...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527876/short-term-exposure-of-erythropoietin-impairs-endothelial-function-through-inhibition-of-nitric-oxide-production-and-enos-mrna-expression-in-the-rat-pulmonary-artery
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Faheem Sultan, Thakur Uttam Singh, Tarun Kumar, Soya Rungsung, Dipankar Jyoti Rabha, Anamika Vishwakarma, Susanth V Sukumaran, Arunvikram Kandasamy, Subhashree Parida
BACKGROUND: Administration of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO) is often associated with systemic and pulmonary arterial hypertension in animals and human. The present study was conducted to determine whether one-week rEPO-treatment can produce any effect on pulmonary vasomotor function. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were injected with rEPO (400IU/kg sc) or saline every other day for one week. Tension, biochemical and Real-Time PCR experiments were conducted on left and right branches of pulmonary artery and main pulmonary artery isolated from the rats...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525334/influence-of-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-3-adrenoceptor-agonists-on-contractile-activity-of-the-porcine-myometrium-in-the-luteal-phase-and-the-first-days-of-pregnancy
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W Markiewicz, J J Jaroszewski
This study analysed the relaxant properties of salbutamol (β2-adrenoceptors agonist) and BRL 37344 (β3-adrenoceptors agonist) regarding the contractility of porcine myometrium on days 10-14 of the oestrous cycle (cyclic group; n = 10) and on days 3-5 of pregnancy (early pregnant group; n = 6). The activity of myometrial strips (tension, frequency and amplitude) was recorded under isometric conditions using force transducers. The contractility was assessed further following the administration of increasing concentrations of the agonists (10-9-10-4 M), both with and without β-adrenoceptor antagonists (butaxamine - a selective β2- adrenoceptor antagonist, propranolol- a non-selective β1- and β2-adrenoceptor antagonist and bupranolol - a non-selective β1-, β2- and β3-adrenoceptor antagonist) at a concentration of 10-4 M...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523375/a-model-for-one-dimensional-morphoelasticity-and-its-application-to-fibroblast-populated-collagen-lattices
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Shakti N Menon, Cameron L Hall, Scott W McCue, D L Sean McElwain
The mechanical behaviour of solid biological tissues has long been described using models based on classical continuum mechanics. However, the classical continuum theories of elasticity and viscoelasticity cannot easily capture the continual remodelling and associated structural changes in biological tissues. Furthermore, models drawn from plasticity theory are difficult to apply and interpret in this context, where there is no equivalent of a yield stress or flow rule. In this work, we describe a novel one-dimensional mathematical model of tissue remodelling based on the multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient...
May 18, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520722/altered-detrusor-contractility-in-mptp-treated-common-marmosets-with-bladder-hyperreflexia
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Sara Pritchard, Michael J Jackson, Atsuko Hikima, Lisa Lione, Christopher D Benham, K Ray Chaudhuri, Sarah Rose, Peter Jenner, Mahmoud M Iravani
Bladder hyperreflexia is a common non-motor feature of Parkinson's disease. We now report on the contractility of the isolated primate detrusor strips devoid of nerve input and show that following MPTP, the amplitude and frequency of spontaneous contraction was increased. These responses were unaffected by dopamine D1 and D2 receptor agonists A77636 and ropinirole respectively. Contractions by exogenous carbachol, histamine or ATP were similar and no differences in the magnitude of noradrenaline-induced relaxation were seen in detrusor strip obtained from normal and MPTP-treated common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511120/stokes-flow-patterns-induced-by-a-single-cardiac-cell
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Yasser Aboelkassem
Stokes flow motions induced by a beating single cardiac cell (cardiomyocyte) are obtained numerically using the method of fundamental solutions (MFS). A two-dimensional meshfree-Stokeslets computational framework is used to solve the Stokes governing equations around an isolated cardiomyocyte. An approximate beating kinematical model is derived and used to approximate the cell-length shortening over a complete cardiac cycle. The induced flow patterns have been found to be characterized by the presence of counter-rotating vortices at both cell's edges...
May 4, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509762/beetroot-juice-increases-human-muscle-force-without-changing-ca2-handling-proteins
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Jamie Whitfield, Daniel Gamu, George J F Heigenhauser, Luc J C van Loon, Lawrence L Spriet, A Russell Tupling, Graham P Holloway
Dietary inorganic nitrate (NO3) supplementation improves skeletal muscle (SkM) contractile efficiency, and while rodent literature has suggested improvements in calcium handling or redox modifications as likely explanations, the direct mechanism-of-action in humans remains unknown. PURPOSE: To examine the effects of 7-d of beetroot juice (BRJ) supplementation on SkM contractile characteristics and function. METHODS: Recreationally active males (n=8) underwent transcutaneous electrical muscle stimulation of the vastus lateralis for evaluation of contractile characteristics before (pre) and after (post) 7-d of BRJ supplementation (280 mL/day, ~26 mmol NO3)...
May 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507519/vasorelaxing-action-of-the-kynurenine-metabolite-xanthurenic-acid-the-missing-link-in-endotoxin-induced-hypotension
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Francesco Fazio, Albino Carrizzo, Luana Lionetto, Antonio Damato, Luca Capocci, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Michele Madonna, Maurizio Simmaco, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Carmine Vecchione
The kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism is activated by pro-inflammatory cytokines. L-kynurenine, an upstream metabolite of the pathway, acts as a putative endothelium-derived relaxing factor, and has been hypothesized to play a causative role in the pathophysiology of inflammation-induced hypotension. Here, we show that xanthurenic acid (XA), the transamination product of 3-hydroxykynurenine, is more efficacious than L-kynurenine in causing relaxation of a resistance artery, but fails to relax pre-contracted aortic rings...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502777/peripheral-muscle-fatigue-in-hospitalised-geriatric-patients-is-associated-with-circulating-markers-of-inflammation
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Pauline Arnold, Rose Njemini, Stijn Vantieghem, Jacques Duchateau, Tony Mets, Ingo Beyer, Ivan Bautmans
Geriatric patients with acute infection show increased muscle weakness and fatigability but the relative contribution of central and peripheral factors is unclear. Hospitalised patients with acute infection (82±6years, N=10) and community-dwelling controls (76±6years, N=19) sustained a maximal voluntary isometric contraction of the M. Adductor Pollicis until strength dropped to 50% of its maximal value. Voluntary muscle activation (VA) was assessed before and at the end of the fatigue protocol using twitch interpolation method and muscle activity was monitored using surface electromyography...
May 10, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501682/the-role-of-arachidonic-acid-cyclooxygenase-cascade-phosphodiesterase-iv-and-rho-kinase-in-h2s-induced-relaxation-in-the-mouse-corpus-cavernosum
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Fatma Aydinoglu, Nuran Ogulener
BACKGROUND: Penile corpus cavernosum is an extremely vascularized tissue and cavernosal smooth muscle tone is regulated by the balance between contractile and relaxant factor. We investigated the possible role of arachidonic acid/cyclooxygenase cascade, phosphodiesterase IV (PDEIV) and Rho-kinase in exogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-induced relaxation in mouse corpus cavernosum. METHODS: The relaxant response to H2S (NaHS as exogenous H2S; 1-1000μM) were obtained in isolated mouse corpus cavernosum tissues which pre-contracted by phenylephrine (5μM)...
February 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497497/simultaneous-measurement-of-macro-and-microvascular-blood-flow-and-oxygen-saturation-for-quantification-of-muscle-oxygen-consumption
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Erin K Englund, Zachary B Rodgers, Michael C Langham, Emile R Mohler, Thomas F Floyd, Felix W Wehrli
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between blood flow and oxygen consumption in skeletal muscle, a technique called "Velocity and Perfusion, Intravascular Venous Oxygen saturation and T2*" (vPIVOT) is presented. vPIVOT allows the quantification of feeding artery blood flow velocity, perfusion, draining vein oxygen saturation, and muscle T2*, all at 4-s temporal resolution. Together, the measurement of blood flow and oxygen extraction can yield muscle oxygen consumption ( V˙O2) via the Fick principle...
May 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497431/effect-of-catheter-based-renal-denervation-on-left-ventricular-function-mass-and-un-twist-with-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Lida Feyz, Bas M van Dalen, Marcel L Geleijnse, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Ron T van Domburg, Joost Daemen
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is an echocardiography modality that is able to measure left ventricular (LV) characteristics, including rotation, strain and strain rate. Strain measures myocardial fibre contraction and relaxation. This study aims to assess the effect of renal sympathetic denervation (RDN) on functional myocardial parameters, including STE, and to identify potential differences between responders and non-responders. METHODS: The study population consisted of 31 consecutive patients undergoing RDN in the context of treatment for resistant hypertension...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495542/endothelial-function-is-preserved-in-veins-harvested-by-either-endoscopic-or-surgical-techniques
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Adam R Wheeler, Daniel E Kendrick, Matt T Allemang, Andre F Gosling, Ann H Kim, Alfred Hausladen, Vikram S Kashyap
OBJECTIVES: Endoscopic vein harvest for lower extremity arterial bypass grafting has been questioned due to concern for endothelial damage during procurement. We sought to compare Nitric Oxide (NO)-mediated endothelial dependent relaxation (EDR) in vein segments harvested using open surgical (OH) versus endoscopic (EH) techniques. METHODS: Saphenous vein segments were harvested for lower extremity bypass, and a single, minimally handled section of saphenous vein, free of branches, was taken from the end of the graft...
May 8, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489953/vascular-function-and-arginine-and-dimethylarginines-in-gentamicin-induced-renal-failure-a-possible-effect-of-heme-oxygenase-1-inducer-hemin
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Esra Aycan Ustyol, Merve Kabasakal, Seldag Bekpinar, Ilkay Alp Yıldırım, Ozge Tepe, Murat Giris, Yasemin Ozluk, Yesim Unlucerci, B Sonmez Uydes Dogan, Mujdat Uysal
Increased oxidative stress and disturbance in nitric oxide bioavailability lead to endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular complication in renal disease. Gentamicin (GM), a commonly used antibiotic exhibits a toxic effect on renal proximal tubules. Prevention of its nephrotoxicity is important. Therefore, we investigated whether heme oxygenase (HO)-1 induction influenced kidney and vascular function in GM-administered rats. GM (100 mg/kg/day; ip) was given to rats alone or together with hemin (20 mg/kg/alternate days; ip...
May 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489175/a-pictorial-presentation-of-esophageal-high-resolution-manometry-current-parameters
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Fernanda M Lafraia, Fernando A M Herbella, Julia R Kalluf, Marco G Patti
Introduction: High resolution manometry is the current technology used to the study of esophageal motility and is replacing conventional manometry in important centers for esophageal motility with parameters used on esophageal motility, following the Chicago Classification. This classification unifies high resolution manometry interpretation and classifies esophageal disorders. Objective: This review shows, in a pictorial presentation, the new parameters established by the Chicago Classification, version 3...
January 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487215/micturition-dysfunction-in-four-month-old-ovariectomized-rats-effects-of-testosterone-replacement
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Sandra M Bonilla-Becerra, Mariana G de Oliveira, Fabiano B Calmasini, Julio A Rojas-Moscoso, Angelina Zanesco, Edson Antunes
AIMS: Androgen deficiency has been implicated in urological complications of postmenopausal women. This study examined the effects of testosterone replacements on the lower urinary tract dysfunction in 4-month old ovariectomized (OVX) rats. MAIN METHODS: Sprague-Dawley female rats were OVX bilaterally. Three months later, rats received single intramuscular injections of testosterone undecanoate. Cystometric study, and bladder and urethra smooth muscle reactivities were evaluated...
May 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485811/the-effects-of-second-messenger-camp-and-its-relative-components-on-the-contraction-of-uterine-smooth-muscle-of-rat
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S-J Shu, X-G Lei, J-H Liang, Y-H Song, Q Xu, X-D Chen, L-G Mao, Z-G Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of second messenger pathways on the uterine smooth muscle contraction and their associated mechanisms, and compare the evaluation methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preparation of uterine smooth muscle strips from healthy pregnant 18-21 d SD and non-pregnant rats. When the contraction of muscle strips was stable, we conducted gradient administration: PDE4 inhibitors (Z90), prostaglandin PGE2, adenylate cyclase inhibitor (SQ 22,530), cAMP analogs (dbcAMP) and AMPK agonists (AICAR), solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as controlled...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483592/erectile-dysfunction-in-wistar-audiogenic-rats-war-is-associated-with-increased-cavernosal-contraction-and-decreased-nnos-protein-expression
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Fernanda Luciano Rodrigues, Rafael S Fais, Marília G A G Pereira, Norberto Garcia-Cairasco, Rita C Tostes, Fernando S Carneiro
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that naïve Wistar audiogenic rats (WAR) display ED, which is associated with increased sympathetic-mediated contractile tone and/or decreased NO-mediated relaxation responses of the cavernous tissue. METHODS: Changes in the ratio of the maximal intracavernosal pressure/mean arterial pressure (ICP/MAP) after electrical stimulation of the right major pelvic ganglion were determined in vivo. Cavernosal contractility was induced by electrical field stimulation (EFS) and phenylephrine...
May 5, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479515/phase-contrast-magnet-resonance-imaging-reveals-regional-transmural-and-base-to-apex-dispersion-of-mechanical-dysfunction-in-long-qt-syndrome-patients
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Johannes Brado, Markus J Dechant, Marius Menza, Adriana Komancsek, Corinna N Lang, Heiko Bugger, Daniela Foell, Bernd A Jung, Brigitte Stiller, Christoph Bode, Katja E Odening
BACKGROUND: Regional dispersion of prolonged repolarization is a hallmark of long QT syndrome (LQTS). We have revealed regional heterogeneities also in mechanical dysfunction in transgenic LQTS rabbit models. OBJECTIVE: In this clinical pilot study, we investigated whether LQTS patients exhibit dispersion of mechanical/diastolic dysfunction. METHODS: 9 pediatric patients with genotyped LQTS (12.2±3.3y) and 9 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (10...
May 4, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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