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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937965/artemin-promotes-oncogenicity-metastasis-and-drug-resistance-in-cancer-cells
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Kamal Hezam, Jiahao Jiang, Fumou Sun, Xinrong Zhang, Juan Zhang
Artemin (ARTN) is a member of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family of ligands, and its signaling is mediated via a multi-component receptor complex including the glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored GDNF family receptors a (GFRa1, GFRa3) and RET receptor tyrosine kinase. The major mechanism of ARTN action is via binding to a non-signaling co-receptor. The major function of ARTN is to drive the molecule to induce migration and axonal projection from sympathetic neurons. It also promotes the survival, proliferation and neurite outgrowth of sympathetic neurons in vitro...
September 22, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937242/pupillary-light-reflex-is-altered-in-adolescent-depression
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A Mestanikova, I Ondrejka, M Mestanik, D Cesnekova, Z Visnovcova, I Bujnakova, M Oppa, A Calkovska, I Tonhajzerova
Major depressive disorder is associated with abnormal autonomic regulation which could be noninvasively studied using pupillometry. However, the studies in adolescent patients are rare. Therefore, we aimed to study the pupillary light reflex (PLR), which could provide novel important information about dynamic balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in adolescent patients suffering from major depression. We have examined 25 depressive adolescent girls (age 15.2+/-0.3 year) prior to pharmacotherapy and 25 age/gender-matched healthy subjects...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937241/preejection-period-as-a-sympathetic-activity-index-a-role-of-confounding-factors
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J Krohova, B Czippelova, Z Turianikova, Z Lazarova, I Tonhajzerova, M Javorka
In previous studies, one of the systolic time intervals - preejection period (PEP) - was used as an index of sympathetic activity reflecting the cardiac contractility. However, PEP could be also influenced by several other cardiovascular variables including preload, afterload and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). The aim of this study was to assess the behavior of the PEP together with other potentially confounding cardiovascular system characteristics in healthy humans during mental and orthostatic stress (head-up tilt test - HUT)...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937235/heart-rate-variability-in-newborns
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K Javorka, Z Lehotska, M Kozar, Z Uhrikova, B Kolarovszki, M Javorka, M Zibolen
Heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) in newborns is influenced by genetic determinants, gestational and postnatal age, and other variables. Premature infants have a reduced HRV. In neonatal HRV evaluated by spectral analysis, a dominant activity can be found in low frequency (LF) band (combined parasympathetic and sympathetic component). During the first postnatal days the activity in the high frequency (HF) band (parasympathetic component) rises, together with an increase in LF band and total HRV...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937230/vagal-immune-interactions-involved-in-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway
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I Zila, D Mokra, J Kopincova, M Kolomaznik, M Javorka, A Calkovska
Inflammation and other immune responses are involved in the variety of diseases and disorders. The acute response to endotoxemia includes activation of innate immune mechanisms as well as changes in autonomic nervous activity. The autonomic nervous system and the inflammatory response are intimately linked and sympathetic and vagal nerves are thought to have anti-inflammation functions. The basic functional circuit between vagus nerve and inflammatory response was identified and the neuroimmunomodulation loop was called cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936997/influence-of-age-and-gender-on-the-function-of-postganglionic-sympathetic-sudomotor-axons
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Kedar Mal, Hulegar A Abhishekh, Mahavir Prasad Chawla, Trichur R Raju, Talakad N Sathyaprabha
BACKGROUND: The quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART) is an autonomic function test to evaluate the function of postganglionic sympathetic sudomotor axons. The QSART is used for research and in clinical assessment of various neurological diseases, but few studies have assessed the influence of age, gender and reported a normative range. We assessed the influence of age and gender on QSART parameters. METHODS: We recruited 61 healthy volunteers (41 men and 20 women) after obtaining written informed consent...
May 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936781/coordinate-expression-of-pan-neuronal-and-functional-signature-genes-in-sympathetic-neurons
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U Ernsberger, M Kramer, K Tsarovina, T Deller, H Rohrer
Neuron subtypes of the mature nervous system differ in the expression of characteristic marker genes while they share the expression of generic neuronal genes. The regulatory logic that maintains subtype-specific and pan-neuronal genes is not well understood. To begin to address this issue, we analyze RNA sequencing results from whole sympathetic ganglia and single sympathetic neurons in the mouse. We focus on gene products involved in the neuronal cytoskeleton, neurotransmitter synthesis and storage, transmitter release and reception and electrical information processing...
September 21, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936748/quantity-and-quality-of-sweating-in-atopic-dermatitis
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Marlies Wruhs, Andreas Gleiß, Andreas Steiner, Paul Sator
Sweat may be an important factor in triggering an exacerbation of atopic dermatitis. It was the aim of this study to evaluate a possible correlation between atopic patients and hyperhidrosis-measured by a questionnaire-and to find out whether there are qualitative differences in sweat response-measured by sudomotor activity (sympathetic skin response test, SSR). Included were 100 study participants, of whom 50 were patients with atopic dermatitis and 50 were serving as control group. The frequency of hyperhidrosis is higher in atopic patients than in the control group (30 vs...
September 21, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936180/mouse-anaphylactic-hypotension-is-characterized-by-initial-baroreflex-independent-renal-sympathoinhibition-followed-by-sustained-renal-sympathoexcitation
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Tao Zhang, Mamoru Tanida, Kunitoshi Uchida, Yoshiro Suzuki, Wei Yang, Yuhichi Kuda, Yasutaka Kurata, Makoto Tominaga, Toshishige Shibamoto
Aim: The hemodynamic response to mouse systemic anaphylaxis is characterized by an initial hypertension followed by sustained hypotension. However, the defense mechanisms of the sympathetic nervous system against this circulatory disturbance is not known. Here, we investigated the renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) response to mouse systemic anaphylaxis, along with the roles of carotid sinus baroreceptor, vagal nerves and the transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channel (TRPV1). Methods: Male ovalbumin-sensitized C57BL/6N mice were used under pentobarbital anesthesia...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935882/clinical-and-radiological-diversity-in-genetically-confirmed-primary-familial-brain-calcification
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Shingo Koyama, Hidenori Sato, Ryota Kobayashi, Shinobu Kawakatsu, Masayuki Kurimura, Manabu Wada, Toru Kawanami, Takeo Kato
Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC) is a rare neuropsychiatric disorder with characteristic symmetrical brain calcifications. Patients with PFBC may have a variety of symptoms, although they also may be clinically asymptomatic. Parkinsonism is one of the most common movement disorders; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. This condition is typically transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion. To date, mutations in SLC20A2, PDGFRB, PDGFB, and XPR1 have been reported to cause PFBC. The aim of the study was to identify the genetic cause of brain calcification in probands from three PFBC families and in 8 sporadic patients and to perform clinical and radiological assessments focusing on parkinsonism in mutation carriers...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935680/cardiac-events-during-competitive-recreational-and-daily-activities-in-children-and-adolescents-with-long-qt-syndrome
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Kristina D Chambers, Virginie Beausejour Ladouceur, Mark E Alexander, Robyn J Hylind, Laura Bevilacqua, Douglas Y Mah, Vassilios Bezzerides, John K Triedman, Edward P Walsh, Dominic J Abrams
BACKGROUND: The 2005 Bethesda Conference Guidelines advise patients with long QT syndrome against competitive sports. We assessed cardiac event rates during competitive and recreational sports, and daily activities among treated long QT syndrome patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Long QT syndrome patients aged ≥4 years treated with anti-adrenergic therapy were included. Demographics included mechanism of presentation, corrected QT interval pretreatment, symptom history, medication compliance, and administration of QT-prolonging medications...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934788/repeated-ganglion-impar-block-in-a-cohort-of-83-patients-with-chronic-pelvic-and-perineal-pain
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Quentin-Come Le Clerc, Thibault Riant, Amelie Levesque, Jean-Jacques Labat, Stephane Ploteau, Roger Robert, Marie-Aimee Perrouin-Verbe, Jerome Rigaud
BACKGROUND: The ganglion impar is the first pelvic ganglion of the efferent sympathetic trunk that relays pelvic and perineal nociceptive messages and therefore constitutes a therapeutic target. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this single-center study was to evaluate the effectiveness of 3 repeated ganglion impar blocks in patients with chronic pelvic and perineal pain on intention-to-treat. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective single-center study. SETTING: We reviewed the medical records of 83 patients with chronic refractory pelvic and perineal pain...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934536/glomus-tumor-of-the-sciatic-nerve-an-extraspinal-cause-of-sciatica
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Basilia Onyinyechukwu Nwankwo, Robert M Henshaw, Dhruv Kumar
Glomus tumors are small, benign tumors that arise from glomus bodies, structures found normally within the dermis that assist in temperature regulation via their vasoconstrictive response to sympathetic stimuli. Glomus tumors are found typically in the hand and are classically a cause of focal pain and temperature sensitivity. They often present as a small blue lesion seen under the nail bed of a finger or a toe and cause point tenderness. Glomus tumors of peripheral nerves are exceedingly rare and can lead to disability akin to compressive neuropathy when present...
September 21, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931760/inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-glial-cell-activation-characterize-stellate-ganglia-from-humans-with-electrical-storm
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Olujimi A Ajijola, Donald B Hoover, Thomas M Simerly, T Christopher Brown, Jane Yanagawa, Reshma M Biniwale, Jay M Lee, Ali Sadeghi, Negar Khanlou, Jeffrey L Ardell, Kalyanam Shivkumar
BACKGROUND: Neuronal remodeling in human heart disease is not well understood. METHODS: Stellate ganglia from patients with cardiomyopathy (CMY) and refractory ventricular arrhythmias undergoing cardiac sympathetic denervation (n = 8), and from organ donors with normal hearts (n = 8) collected at the time of organ procurement were compared. Clinical data on all subjects were reviewed. Electron microscopy (EM), histologic, and immunohistochemical assessments of neurotransmitter profiles, glial activation and distribution, and lipofuscin deposition, a marker of oxidative stress, were quantified...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931752/l-dopa-sensitizes-vasomotor-tone-by-modulating-the-vascular-alpha1-adrenergic-receptor
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Daiki Masukawa, Motokazu Koga, Anna Sezaki, Yuka Nakao, Yuji Kamikubo, Tatsuo Hashimoto, Yuki Okuyama-Oki, Aderemi Caleb Aladeokin, Fumio Nakamura, Utako Yokoyama, Hiromichi Wakui, Hiroshi Ichinose, Takashi Sakurai, Satoshi Umemura, Koichi Tamura, Yoshihiro Ishikawa, Yoshio Goshima
Blood pressure is regulated by extrinsic factors including noradrenaline, the sympathetic neurotransmitter that controls cardiovascular functions through adrenergic receptors. However, the fine-tuning system of noradrenaline signaling is relatively unknown. We here show that l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), a precursor of catecholamines, sensitizes the vascular adrenergic receptor alpha1 (ADRA1) through activation of L-DOPA receptor GPR143. In WT mice, intravenous infusion of the ADRA1 agonist phenylephrine induced a transient elevation of blood pressure...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931527/sympathomimetic-effects-of-acute-e-cigarette-use-role-of-nicotine-and-non-nicotine-constituents
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Roya S Moheimani, May Bhetraratana, Kacey M Peters, Benjamin K Yang, Fen Yin, Jeffrey Gornbein, Jesus A Araujo, Holly R Middlekauff
BACKGROUND: Chronic electronic (e) cigarette users have increased resting cardiac sympathetic nerve activity and increased susceptibility to oxidative stress. The purpose of the present study is to determine the role of nicotine versus non-nicotine constituents in e-cigarette emissions in causing these pathologies in otherwise healthy humans. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-three healthy volunteers who were not current e-cigarette or tobacco cigarette smokers were studied...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931374/effects-of-dexmedetomidine-on-tnf-%C3%AE-and-interleukin-2-in-serum-of-rats-with-severe-craniocerebral-injury
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Wan-Wei Jiang, Qing-Hui Wang, Ya-Jing Liao, Pai Peng, Min Xu, Li-Xin Yin
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a highly selective adrenergic receptor agonist, which has a dose-dependent sedative hypnotic effect. Furthermore, it also has pharmacological properties, and the ability to inhibit sympathetic activity and improve cardiovascular stability during an operation. However, its protective effect on patients with severe craniocerebral injury in the perioperative period remains unclear. METHOD: Eighty adult male SD rats were used and divided into two groups (n = 40, each group): dexmedetomidine injury group (experimental group), and sodium chloride injury group (control group)...
September 20, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930705/how-we-become-who-we-are-ashley-carla-and-the-rest-of-us
#18
Jamie Lindemann Nelson
Lisa Freitag and Joan Liaschenko's thoughtful and important article goes directly to the under-examined heart of Ashley's case, namely to what sustains her in a habitable and intelligible identity. Though quite sympathetic with their conclusion and line of argument, I try to trouble their proceedings a bit, largely by wondering how having a specific such identity, out of several that may be in-principle available, matters to someone with Ashley's cognitive scope. I do this not simply to be contrary, but because their article also seems to me to raise issues in the ethics of bioethics-in particular, what I call the dilemma of ethical endeavor: How ought one publicly pursue deeply important and complex issues, the very raising of which may offend interlocutors who indeed have grounds for resentment...
2017: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930524/hypertension-and-cardiometabolic-disease
#19
Ivan Tasic, Dragan Lovic
Hypertension has  a central role in cardiometabolic disease and is usually associated with  metabolic disorders, such as insulin resistance, obesity, and dyslipidemia. Hyperinsulinemia may increase cardiovascular (CV) risk through its promotion of hypertension, which is possibly a result of chronic enhancement of sympathetic nervous system activity, stimulation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system leading to increased renal tubular sodium reabsorption, modulating cation transport, or inducing vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930169/comparison-of-physiological-and-psychological-relaxation-using-measurements-of-heart-rate-variability-prefrontal-cortex-activity-and-subjective-indexes-after-completing-tasks-with-and-without-foliage-plants
#20
Sin-Ae Park, Chorong Song, Yun-Ah Oh, Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Ki-Cheol Son
The objective of this study was to compare physiological and psychological relaxation by assessing heart rate variability (HRV), prefrontal cortex activity, and subjective indexes while subjects performed a task with and without foliage plants. In a crossover experimental design, 24 university students performed a task transferring pots with and without a foliage plant for 3 min. HRV and oxyhemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentration in the prefrontal cortex were continuously measured. Immediately thereafter, subjective evaluation of emotions was performed using a modified semantic differential (SD) method and a profile of mood state questionnaire (POMS)...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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