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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914563/differential-effects-of-testosterone-and-estradiol-on-clitoral-function-an-experimental-study-in-rats
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Paolo Comeglio, Ilaria Cellai, Sandra Filippi, Chiara Corno, Francesca Corcetto, Annamaria Morelli, Elena Maneschi, Elisa Maseroli, Edoardo Mannucci, Massimiliano Fambrini, Mario Maggi, Linda Vignozzi
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual response is a complex phenomenon in which psychological, neurologic, and vascular mechanisms and hormonal factors interact. During the arousal phase, they cooperate to increase genital blood flow, thus inducing engorgement of the clitoris and lubrication of the vagina. Regulation of vascular and non-vascular smooth muscle tone is the crucial event in the erectile process. Preclinical studies have suggested that nitric oxide (NO) is the main vasodilator neurotransmitter modulating, through the second messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), clitoral flow vessels...
December 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914476/lidocaine-relaxation-in-isolated-rat-aortic-rings-is-enhanced-by-endothelial-removal-possible-role-of-kv-katp-channels-and-a2a-receptor-crosstalk
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Aryadi Arsyad, Geoffrey P Dobson
BACKGROUND: Lidocaine is an approved local anesthetic and Class 1B antiarrhythmic with a number of ancillary properties. Our aim was to investigate lidocaine's vasoreactivity properties in intact versus denuded rat thoracic aortic rings, and the effect of inhibitors of nitric oxide (NO), prostenoids, voltage-dependent Kv and KATP channels, membrane Na(+)/K(+) pump, and A2a and A2b receptors. METHODS: Aortic rings were harvested from adult male Sprague Dawley rats and equilibrated in an organ bath containing oxygenated, modified Krebs-Henseleit solution, pH 7...
December 3, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908709/surgical-intervention-for-oromandibular-dystonia-related-limited-mouth-opening-long-term-follow-up
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Kazuya Yoshida
BACKGROUND: Oromandibular dystonia is a movement disorder that is characterized by involuntary masticatory and/or lingual muscle contracture. Jaw closing dystonia, the most common subtype of this condition, can cause trismus and is frequently misdiagnosed as temporomandibular joint disorder or masticatory muscle tendon-aponeurosis hyperplasia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This report describes the long-term results of 18 patients with limited mouth opening (mean maximal mouth opening: 12...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906545/temperature-dependent-inotropic-and-lusitropic-indices-based-on-half-logistic-time-constants-for-four-segmental-phases-in-isovolumic-left-ventricular-pressure-time-curve-in-excised-cross-circulated-canine-heart
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Ju Mizuno, Satoshi Mohri, Takeshi Yokoyama, Mikiya Otsuji, Hideko Arita, Kazuo Hanaoka
Varying temperature affects cardiac systolic and diastolic function and the left ventricular (LV) pressure-time curve (PTC) waveform that includes information about LV inotropism and lusitropism. Our proposed half-logistic (h-L) time constants obtained by fitting using h-L functions for four segmental phases (Phases I-IV) in the isovolumic LV PTC are more useful indices for estimating LV inotropism and lusitropism during contraction and relaxation periods than the mono-exponential (m-E) time constants at normal temperature...
September 5, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899300/role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-control-of-mouse-myometrium-contractility-during-the-menstrual-cycle
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Ester Pagano, Pierangelo Orlando, Stefania Finizio, Antonietta Rossi, Lorena Buono, Fabio Arturo Iannotti, Fabiana Piscitelli, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Francesca Borrelli
Cannabis and cannabinoids are known to affect female reproduction. However, the role of the endocannabinoid system in mouse uterine contractility in the dioestrus and oestrus phases has not been previously investigated. The present study aimed at filling this gap. Endocannabinoid (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol) levels were measured in mouse uterus at dioestrus and oestrus phases by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry; quantitative reverse transcription-PCR measured mRNA expression of cannabinoid receptors and enzymes involved in the metabolism of endocannabinoids...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898948/%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors-stimulation-relaxes-porcine-myometrium-in-the-peri-implantation-period
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W Markiewicz, J J Jaroszewski
These studies were to demonstrate whether the β-receptor is involved in regulating the contractility of the swine myometrium in the peri-implantation period and to compare a relaxing activity of selective β- and β-adrenergic agonists (salbutamol and BRL 37344, respectively). Myometrial strips were collected form the gilts ( = 8) on d 12 to 14 of pregnancy. Changes in the contractility of myometrial strips were assessed further to the administration of increasing concentrations of the agonists (10 to 10 ) with and without β-adrenergic receptor antagonists: butoxamine, propranolol, and bupranolol at 10 ...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894257/evidence-of-functional-divergence-in-msp7-paralogous-proteins-a-molecular-evolutionary-and-phylogenetic-analysis
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Diego Garzón-Ospina, Johanna Forero-Rodríguez, Manuel A Patarroyo
BACKGROUND: The merozoite surface protein 7 (MSP7) is a Plasmodium protein which is involved in parasite invasion; the gene encoding it belongs to a multigene family. It has been proposed that MSP7 paralogues seem to be functionally redundant; however, recent experiments have suggested that they could have different roles. RESULTS: The msp7 multigene family has been described in newly available Plasmodium genomes; phylogenetic relationships were established in 12 species by using different molecular evolutionary approaches for assessing functional divergence amongst MSP7 members...
November 28, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894177/variability-of-measurement-of-patellofemoral-indices-with-knee-flexion-and-quadriceps-contraction-an-mri-based-anatomical-study
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Edward Laugharne, Navi Bali, Sanjay Purushothamdas, Faris Almallah, Rik Kundra
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of varying knee flexion and quadriceps activity on patellofemoral indices measured on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and Methods: MRI of the knee was performed in 20 patients for indications other than patellar or patellofemoral pathology. Axial and sagittal sequences were performed in full extension of the knee with the quadriceps relaxed, full extension of the knee with the quadriceps contracted, 30° flexion of the knee with the quadriceps relaxed, and 30° flexion with the quadriceps contracted...
December 1, 2016: Knee Surgery & related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882916/spirometry-improvement-after-muscular-exercise-in-elite-swimmers
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Alessandro Rubini, Alex Rizzato, Simone Fava, Nicola Olivato, Devanand Mangar, Enrico M Camporesi, Gerardo Bosco
BACKGROUND: An increased sympathetic activity during muscular effort is a well established physiological response, whose intensity is known to increase with the muscular load. Spirometry was described to improve as an effect of swimming training in healthy and asthmatic subjects, suggesting a decrease in airway resistance The aim was to investigate the possible effect of muscular exercise (swimming) on spirometry, in particular searching for possible differences because of different swimming times...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881388/hyperglycemia-induces-defective-ca2-homeostasis-in-cardiomyocytes
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Andrea Sorrentino, Giulia Borghetti, Yu Zhou, Antonio Cannata, Marianna Meo, Sergio Signore, Piero Anversa, Annarosa Leri, Polina Goichberg, Khaled Qanud, Jason T Jacobson, Thomas H Hintze, Marcello Rota
Diabetes and other metabolic conditions characterized by elevated blood glucose constitute important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Hyperglycemia targets myocardial cells rendering ineffective mechanical properties of the heart, but cellular alterations dictating the progressive deterioration of cardiac function with metabolic disorders remain to be clarified. In the current study, we examined the effects of hyperglycemia on cardiac function and myocyte physiology by employing mice with high blood glucose induced by administration of streptozotocin, a compound toxic to insulin-producing β-cells...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879676/calcium-dyshomeostasis-in-tubular-aggregate-myopathy
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REVIEW
Jong-Mok Lee, Satoru Noguchi
Calcium is a crucial mediator of cell signaling in skeletal muscles for basic cellular functions and specific functions, including contraction, fiber-type differentiation and energy production. The sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) is an organelle that provides a large supply of intracellular Ca(2+) in myofibers. Upon excitation, it releases Ca(2+) into the cytosol, inducing contraction of myofibrils. During relaxation, it takes up cytosolic Ca(2+) to terminate the contraction. During exercise, Ca(2+) is cycled between the cytosol and the SR through a system by which the Ca(2+) pool in the SR is restored by uptake of extracellular Ca(2+) via a specific channel on the plasma membrane...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879251/altered-smooth-muscle-cell-force-generation-as-a-driver-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-dissections
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REVIEW
Dianna M Milewicz, Kathleen M Trybus, Dongchuan Guo, H Lee Sweeney, Ellen Regalado, Kristine Kamm, James T Stull
The importance of maintaining contractile function in aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is evident by the fact that heterozygous mutations in the major structural proteins or kinases controlling contraction lead to the formation of aneurysms of the ascending thoracic aorta that predispose to life-threatening aortic dissections. Force generation by SMC requires ATP-dependent cyclic interactions between filaments composed of SMC-specific isoforms of α-actin (encoded by ACTA2) and myosin heavy chain (MYH11). ACTA2 and MYH11 mutations shown to disrupt this cyclic interaction predispose to thoracic aortic disease...
November 22, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877910/identifying-dna-methylation-in-a-nanochannel
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Xiaoyin Sun, Takao Yasui, Takeshi Yanagida, Noritada Kaji, Sakon Rahong, Masaki Kanai, Kazuki Nagashima, Tomoji Kawai, Yoshinobu Baba
DNA methylation is a stable epigenetic modification, which is well known to be involved in gene expression regulation. In general, however, analyzing DNA methylation requires rather time consuming processes (24-96 h) via DNA replication and protein modification. Here we demonstrate a methodology to analyze DNA methylation at a single DNA molecule level without any protein modifications by measuring the contracted length and relaxation time of DNA within a nanochannel. Our methodology is based on the fact that methylation makes DNA molecules stiffer, resulting in a longer contracted length and a longer relaxation time (a slower contraction rate)...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864032/%C3%AE-1a-adrenergic-receptor-antagonism-improves-erectile-and-cavernosal-responses-in-rats-with-cavernous-nerve-injury-and-enhances-neurogenic-responses-in-human-corpus-cavernosum-from-patients-with%C3%A2-erectile-dysfunction-secondary-to-radical-prostatectomy
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Juan I Martínez-Salamanca, José M La Fuente, Eduardo Martínez-Salamanca, Argentina Fernández, Augusto J Pepe-Cardoso, Nuno Louro, Joaquín Carballido, Javier Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Cavernous nerve injury (CNI) in rats and radical prostatectomy (RP) in men result in loss of nitrergic function and increased adrenergic-neurogenic contractions of cavernosal tissue. AIM: To evaluate the modulation of the α-adrenergic system as a strategy to relieve erectile dysfunction (ED) and functional cavernosal alterations induced by CNI. METHODS: A non-selective α-blocker (phentolamine 1 mg/kg daily), a selective α1A-blocker (silodosin [SILOD] 0...
December 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862741/assessment-of-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-women-with-pregestational-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Cem Yasar Sanhal, Halil Korkut Daglar, Ozgur Kara, Dilek Uygur, Aykan Yucel
AIM: Fetal cardiac left ventricular function in pregnant women with pregestational or gestational diabetes mellitus was investigated by exploring fetal myocardial performance index (MPI) and E wave/A wave peak velocity (E/A) ratio. METHODS: Seventy pregnant women with either pregestational or gestational diabetes mellitus and with no other systemic or pregnancy related disorders were compared with 70 gestational age matched healthy controls by means of fetal left ventricular MPI and E/A ratio...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862163/the-effects-of-high-sodium-intake-on-systemic-blood-pressure-and-vascular-responses-in-spontaneously-diabetic-wbn-kob-lepr-fa-fa-rats
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Yoshiichi Takagi, Haruno Kadowaki, Ikumi Kobayashi, Kaoru Ito, Katsuaki Ito, Mitsuyuki Shirai, Fumitoshi Asai
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension has markedly increased worldwide. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of a high-salt intake on the systolic blood pressure (SBP) and vascular responses in WBN/Kob-Lepr(fa/fa) (WBKDF) rats, a new spontaneous animal model of T2DM. Male WBKDF rats and age-matched Wistar rats at 6 weeks of age were each divided into two groups and fed either a normal-sodium (0.26%, NS) diet or high-sodium (8%, HS) diet for 14 weeks: 1) Wistar rats on NS diet (Wistar-NS); 2) Wistar rats on HS diet (Wistar-HS); 3) WBKDF rats on NS diet (WBKDF-NS); 4) WBKDF rats on HS diets (WBKDF-HS)...
November 15, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852360/-changes-and-implications-of-esophageal-function-in-patients-with-chronic-cough-induced-by-gastroesophageal-reflux
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X H Xu, L Yu, Q Chen, Y Huang, H H Sun, L S Yi, S C Xu, H J Lyu, Z M Qiu
Objective: To explore the changes in the esophageal function and their association with the therapeutic outcome in patients with gastroesophageal reflux-induced chronic cough (GERC). Methods: One hundred thirty-five patients with definite GERC consecutively referred to our respiratory clinic were recruited into the study between January 2012 and August 2015.Cough was due to acid reflux in 81 patients and non-acid reflux in 54 patients, with the favorable response to the standard antireflux therapy in 88 patients and to the intensified antireflux treatment in 47 patients...
November 12, 2016: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851668/instability-resistance-training-improves-neuromuscular-outcome-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Carla Silva-Batista, Daniel Montie Corcos, Renato Barroso, Fabian J David, Hélcio Kanegusuku, Cláudia Forjaz, Marco Túlio de Mello, Hamilton Roschel, Valmor Tricoli, Carlos Ugrinowitsch
PURPOSE: This study compared the effects of resistance training (RT) and resistance training with instability (RTI) on neuromuscular and total training volume (TTV) outcomes obtained as part of the Instability Resistance Training Trial in Parkinson's disease (IRRT-PD). It also used a linear multiple regression (forward stepwise method) to identify the contribution of neuromuscular outcomes to previously published improvements in the timed-up-and-go-test and the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, motor subscale score (UPDRS-III)...
November 16, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842540/the-impact-of-low-frequency-low-force-cyclic-stretching-of-human-bronchi-on-airway-responsiveness
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Morgan Le Guen, Stanislas Grassin-Delyle, Emmanuel Naline, Amparo Buenestado, Marion Brollo, Elisabeth Longchampt, Philippe Kleinmann, Philippe Devillier, Christophe Faisy
BACKGROUND: In vivo, the airways are constantly subjected to oscillatory strain (due to tidal breathing during spontaneous respiration) and (in the event of mechanical ventilation) positive pressure. This exposure is especially problematic for the cartilage-free bronchial tree. The effects of cyclic stretching (other than high-force stretching) have not been extensively characterized. Hence, the objective of the present study was to investigate the functional and transcriptional response of human bronchi to repetitive mechanical stress caused by low-frequency, low-force cyclic stretching...
November 14, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834548/test-retest-reliability-and-reproducibility-of-laser-vs-contact-displacement-sensors-in-mechanomyography-implications-for-musculoskeletal-research
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Laura Seidl, Danijel Tosovic, J Mark Brown
Whole muscle mechanomyography (MMG) has gained considerable interest in recent years for its ability to non-invasively determine muscle contractile properties (i.e., contraction time [Tc], half-relaxation time [½Tr], and maximal displacement [Dmax)]). The aim of this study was to evaluate the test-retest reliability of two fairly novel MMG transducers; a laser-displacement sensor (LDS) and contact-displacement sensor (CDS). MMG was conducted on the rectus femoris muscle of 30 healthy individuals on four separate occasions...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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