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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912570/a-focus-on-extracellular-ca-2-entry-into-skeletal-muscle
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REVIEW
Chung-Hyun Cho, Jin Seok Woo, Claudio F Perez, Eun Hui Lee
The main task of skeletal muscle is contraction and relaxation for body movement and posture maintenance. During contraction and relaxation, Ca(2+) in the cytosol has a critical role in activating and deactivating a series of contractile proteins. In skeletal muscle, the cytosolic Ca(2+) level is mainly determined by Ca(2+) movements between the cytosol and the sarcoplasmic reticulum. The importance of Ca(2+) entry from extracellular spaces to the cytosol has gained significant attention over the past decade...
September 15, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912106/vascular-activation-of-k-channels-and-na-k-atpase-activity-of-estrogen-deficient-female-rats
#2
Rogério Faustino Ribeiro, Jonaina Fiorim, Vinicius Bermond Marques, Karoline de Sousa Ronconi, Tatiani Botelho, Marcella D Grando, Lusiane M Bendhack, Dalton Valentim Vassallo, Ivanita Stefanon
The goal of the present study was to evaluate vascular potassium channels and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity in estrogen deficient female rats. Female rats that underwent ovariectomy were assigned to receive daily treatment with placebo (OVX) or estrogen replacement (OVX+E2, 1mg/kg, once a week, i.m.). Aortic rings were used to examine the involvement of K(+) channels and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase in vascular reactivity. Acetylcholine (ACh)-induced relaxation was analyzed in the presence of L-NAME (100μM) and K(+) channels blockers: tetraethylammonium (TEA, 5mM), 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, 5mM), iberiotoxin (IbTX, 30nM), apamin (0...
September 11, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905003/an-immediate-effect-of-pnf-specific-mobilization-on-the-angle-of-trunk-rotation-and-the-trunk-pelvis-hip-angle-range-of-motion-in-adolescent-girls-with-double-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-pilot-study
#3
A Stępień, K Fabian, K Graff, M Podgurniak, A Wit
BACKGROUND: Impairment of spine rotation is a key concept in several theories explaining the pathogenesis and progression of scoliosis. In previous studies, a more limited range of motion in scoliotic girls compared to their non-scoliotic peers was noted. The Trunk-Pelvis-Hip Angle measurement is a test used to assess the range of motion in the trunk-pelvis-hip complex in the transverse plane. The aim of this study was to assess an immediate effect of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation specific mobilization (mPNF) on the angle of trunk rotation and Trunk-Pelvis-Hip Angle range of motion in adolescent girls with double scoliosis...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903042/distortion-of-the-actin-a-triad-results-in-contractile-disinhibition-and-cardiomyopathy
#4
Meera C Viswanathan, William Schmidt, Michael J Rynkiewicz, Karuna Agarwal, Jian Gao, Joseph Katz, William Lehman, Anthony Cammarato
Striated muscle contraction is regulated by the movement of tropomyosin over the thin filament surface, which blocks or exposes myosin binding sites on actin. Findings suggest that electrostatic contacts, particularly those between K326, K328, and R147 on actin and tropomyosin, establish an energetically favorable F-actin-tropomyosin configuration, with tropomyosin positioned in a location that impedes actomyosin associations and promotes relaxation. Here, we provide data that directly support a vital role for these actin residues, termed the A-triad, in tropomyosin positioning in intact functioning muscle...
September 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894180/the-contrasting-roles-of-creep-and-stress-relaxation-in-the-time-dependent-deformation-during-in-situ-cooling-of-a-nickel-base-single-crystal-superalloy
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Chinnapat Panwisawas, Neil D'Souza, David M Collins, Ayan Bhowmik
Time dependent plastic deformation in a single crystal nickel-base superalloy during cooling from casting relevant temperatures has been studied using a combination of in-situ neutron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and modelling. Visco-plastic deformation during cooling was found to be dependent on the stress and constraints imposed to component contraction during cooling, which mechanistically comprises creep and stress relaxation. Creep results in progressive work hardening with dislocations shearing the γ' precipitates, a high dislocation density in the γ channels and near the γ/γ' interface and precipitate shearing...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893295/a-brain-computer-interface-driven-by-imagining-different-force-loads-on-a-single-hand-an-online-feasibility-study
#6
Kun Wang, Zhongpeng Wang, Yi Guo, Feng He, Hongzhi Qi, Minpeng Xu, Dong Ming
BACKGROUND: Motor imagery (MI) induced EEG patterns are widely used as control signals for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). Kinetic and kinematic factors have been proved to be able to change EEG patterns during motor execution and motor imagery. However, to our knowledge, there is still no literature reporting an effective online MI-BCI using kinetic factor regulated EEG oscillations. This study proposed a novel MI-BCI paradigm in which users can online output multiple commands by imagining clenching their right hand with different force loads...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892640/beneficial-effects-of-rosiglitazone-and-losartan-combination-in-diabetic-rats
#7
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/28891254/fetal-isovolumetric-time-intervals-as-a-marker-of-abnormal-cardiac-function-in-fetal-anemia-from-homozygous-alpha-thalassemia-1-disease
#8
Fuanglada Tongprasert, Kasemsri Srisupundit, Suchaya Luewan, Kuntharee Traisrisilp, Phudit Jatavan, Theera Tongsong
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether fetal isovolumetric time intervals can be an early sonographic marker of fetal anemia in fetuses with homozygous alpha thalassemia-1. METHODS: Pregnancies at risk for fetal homozygous alpha thalassemia-1 disease at 18-22 weeks were recruited before cordocentesis for hemoglobin typing. Isovolumetric contraction time (ICT) and isovolumetric relaxation time (IRT) intervals were measured by placing pulsed wave Doppler sample volume within the left ventricle to obtain the mitral and aortic waveform...
August 11, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887765/heartbeat-detection-in-multimodal-physiological-signals-using-signal-quality-assessment-based-on-sample-entropy
#9
Omkar Singh, Ramesh Kumar Sunkaria
This paper presents a novel technique to identify heartbeats in multimodal data using electrocardiogram (ECG) and arterial blood pressure (ABP) signals. Multiple physiological signals such as ECG, ABP, and Respiration are often recorded in parallel from the activity of heart. These signals generally possess related information as they are generated by the same physical system. The ECG and ABP correspond to the same phenomenon of contraction and relaxation activity of heart. Multiple signals acquired from various sensors are generally processed independently, thus discarding the information from other measurements...
September 8, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887562/metformin-improves-endothelial-function-and-reduces-blood-pressure-in-diabetic-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-independent-from-glycemia-control-comparison-to-vildagliptin
#10
Mahdi Hamidi Shishavan, Robert H Henning, Azuwerus van Buiten, Maaike Goris, Leo E Deelman, Hendrik Buikema
Metformin confers vascular benefits beyond glycemia control, possibly via pleiotropic effects on endothelial function. In type-1-diabetes-mellitus (T1DM-)patients metformin improved flow-mediated dilation but also increased prostaglandin(PG)-F2α, a known endothelial-contracting factor. To explain this paradoxical finding we hypothesized that metformin increased endothelial-vasodilator mediators (e.g. NO and EDHF) to an even larger extent. Spontaneously-hypertensive-rats (SHR) display impaired endothelium-dependent relaxation (EDR) involving contractile PGs...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882814/opsin-3-and-4-mediate-light-induced-pulmonary-vasorelaxation-that-is-potentiated-by-g-protein-receptor-kinase-2-inhibition
#11
Sebastian Barreto Ortiz, Daijiro Hori, Yohei Nomura, Xin Yun, Haiyang Jiang, Hwanmee Yong, James Chen, Sam Paek, Deepesh Pandey, Gautam Sikka, Anil Bhatta, Andrew Gillard, Jochen Steppan, Jae Hyung Kim, Hideo Adachi, Viachaslau Barodka, Lewis Romer, Steven S An, Larissa A Shimoda, Lakshmi Santhanam, Dan E Berkowitz
We recently demonstrated that blue light induces vasorelaxation in the systemic mouse circulation, a phenomenon mediated by the non-visual G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) melanopsin (opsin 4; Opn4). Here we tested the hypothesis that non-visual opsins mediate photorelaxation in the pulmonary circulation. We discovered Opsin 3 (Opn3), Opn4, and G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) in rat pulmonary arteries (PAs) and in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), where the opsins interact directly with GRK2 as demonstrated with a proximity ligation assay...
September 7, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880711/curcumin-alleviates-the-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-of-mice-in-vivo
#12
Jing Yu, Wen-Hua Xu, Wei Sun, Yi Sun, Zhi-Li Guo, Xiao-Ling Yu
Curcumin is a natural polyphenol extracted from the turmeric rhizome, which has a wide range of biological activities, but until now the effects of curcumin on the gastrointestinal peristalsis have not been fully understood. In vivo study, we observed the effects of curcumin on gastric emptying and intestinal propulsion rates of mice in normal state and in delayed state by atropine (ATR) or nitric oxide precursor L-arginine (L-Arg). An in vitro study explored the direct effects of curcumin on the intestinal contractility, but were studied through measuring spontaneous contraction of isolated jejunum of mice...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878687/no-sgc-pathway-modulates-ca-2-release-and-muscle-contraction-in-zebrafish-skeletal-muscle
#13
Zhou Xiyuan, Rainer H A Fink, Matias Mosqueira
Vertebrate skeletal muscle contraction and relaxation is a complex process that depends on Ca(2+) ions to promote the interaction of actin and myosin. This process can be modulated by nitric oxide (NO), a gas molecule synthesized endogenously by (nitric oxide synthase) NOS isoforms. At nanomolar concentrations NO activates soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC), which in turn activates protein kinase G via conversion of GTP into cyclic GMP. Alternatively, NO post-translationally modifies proteins via S-nitrosylation of the thiol group of cysteine...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878465/patellar-movement-perception-related-to-a-backward-leaning-standing-position
#14
Hitoshi Asai, Yuito Odashiro, Pleiades Tiharu Inaoka
[Purpose] To investigate the patellar movement perception related to backward-leaning standing. [Subjects and Methods] Both the patellar range of motion during backward-leaning standing and perception related to patellar movement were analyzed using television-x irradiation images in 12 randomly selected healthy young individuals. [Results] Starting in a relaxed condition, two types of patellar movements were confirmed: those where the patella moves (patellar movement trials) and those where the patella does not move (patellar non-movement trials) during backward-leaning standing...
August 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877068/mc225-a-novel-probe-for-p-glycoprotein-pet-imaging-at-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-vitro-cardiovascular-safety-evaluation
#15
Fabio Fusi, Miriam Durante, Beatrice Gorelli, Maria Grazia Perrone, Colabufo Nicola Antonio, Simona Saponara
The P-glycoprotein (P-gp) substrate MC225, at concentrations ≤ 10 nM, is a valuable radiotracer for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of P-gp function in rats and mice.The aim of this study was to evaluate its potential toxic hazard towards the cardiovascular system through an in-depth analysis of its effects on rat aorta rings, on CaV1.2 channel current (ICa1.2) of A7r5 cells and on Langendorff perfused rat heart.In aortic rings, MC225 relaxed phenylephrine-induced contraction in a concentration-dependent and endothelium-independent manner, with an IC50 value of about 1 µM...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871556/lessons-from-a-tarantula-new-insights-into-muscle-thick-filament-and-myosin-interacting-heads-motif-structure-and-function
#16
REVIEW
Lorenzo Alamo, Natalia Koubassova, Antonio Pinto, Richard Gillilan, Andrey Tsaturyan, Raúl Padrón
The tarantula skeletal muscle X-ray diffraction pattern suggested that the myosin heads were helically arranged on the thick filaments. Electron microscopy (EM) of negatively stained relaxed tarantula thick filaments revealed four helices of heads allowing a helical 3D reconstruction. Due to its low resolution (5.0 nm), the unambiguous interpretation of densities of both heads was not possible. A resolution increase up to 2.5 nm, achieved by cryo-EM of frozen-hydrated relaxed thick filaments and an iterative helical real space reconstruction, allowed the resolving of both heads...
September 4, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867591/heteromeric-trpv4-trpc1-channels-mediate-calcium-sensing-receptor-induced-nitric-oxide-production-and-vasorelaxation-in-rabbit-mesenteric-arteries
#17
Harry Z E Greenberg, Simonette R E Carlton-Carew, Dhanak M Khan, Alexander K Zargaran, Kazi S Jahan, W-S Vanessa Ho, Anthony P Albert
Stimulation of calcium-sensing receptors (CaSR) by increasing the external calcium concentration (Ca(2+)]o) induces endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation through nitric oxide (NO) production and activation of intermediate Ca(2+)-activated K(+) currents (IKCa) channels in rabbit mesenteric arteries. The present study investigates the potential role of heteromeric TRPV4-TRPC1 channels in mediating these CaSR-induced vascular responses. Immunocytochemical and proximity ligation assays showed that TRPV4 and TRPC1 proteins were expressed and co-localised at the plasma membrane of freshly isolated endothelial cells (ECs)...
September 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866876/understanding-the-chicago-classification-from-tracings-to-patients
#18
REVIEW
Francisco Schlottmann, Fernando A Herbella, Marco G Patti
Current parameters of the Chicago classification include assessment of the esophageal body (contraction vigour and peristalsis), lower esophageal sphincter relaxation pressure, and intra-bolus pressure pattern. Esophageal disorders include achalasia, esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction, major disorders of peristalsis, and minor disorders of peristalsis. Sub-classification of achalasia in types I, II, and III seems to be useful to predict outcomes and choose the optimal treatment approach. The real clinical significance of other new parameters and disorders is still under investigation...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860353/histone-deacetylase-hdac-inhibitors-relax-mouse-aorta-partly-by-their-inhibitory-action-on-l-type-ca2-channels
#19
Changbo Zheng, Mingkui Zhong, Zenghua Qi, Fan Shen, Qiannan Zhao, Lulu Wu, Yu Huang, Suk-Ying Tsang, Xiaoqiang Yao
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors modulate acetylation/deacetylation of histone and non-histone proteins. They have been widely used for cancer treatment. However, there are only a few reports investigating the effect of HDAC inhibitors on vascular tone regulation, most of which involves chronic treatment with HDAC inhibitors. In the present study, we found that two hydroxamate-based pan-HDAC inhibitors suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) and trichostatin A (TSA) could partially but acutely relax the high extracellular K+-induced contraction of mouse aortas...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858038/liver-fibrosis-quantification-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#20
Léonie Petitclerc, Guillaume Gilbert, Bich N Nguyen, An Tang
Liver fibrosis is a hallmark of chronic liver disease characterized by the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins. Although liver biopsy is the reference standard for diagnosis and staging of liver fibrosis, it has some limitations, including potential pain, sampling variability, and low patient acceptance. Hence, there has been an effort to develop noninvasive imaging techniques for diagnosis, staging, and monitoring of liver fibrosis. Many quantitative techniques have been implemented on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for this indication...
August 28, 2017: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
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