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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231563/hypoxia-pathway-mutations-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
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Diana Amorim-Pires, Joana Peixoto, Jorge Lima
Pheochromocytomas (PCC) and sympathetic paragangliomas (PGL) are rare neuroendocrine tumors, which derive from chromaffin cells occurring in the adrenal medulla and extra-adrenal sympathetic paraganglia. PCC and PGL are often benign, catecholamine-producing tumors, responsible for a myriad of symptoms that may be potentially hazardous to the patient. In contrast, nonsecreting parasympathetic PGL, derived from chief cells, develop mainly in the head and neck region. Although PCC/PGL are more commonly sporadic tumors, germline mutations are present in up to 40% of the patients, ranking these tumors among those with the highest degree of heritability...
February 24, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231274/early-skin-to-skin-contact-after-cesarean-section-a-randomized-clinical-pilot-study
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Martina Kollmann, Lisa Aldrian, Anna Scheuchenegger, Eva Mautner, Sereina A Herzog, Berndt Urlesberger, Reinhard B Raggam, Uwe Lang, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Philipp Klaritsch
OBJECTIVE: Early bonding by skin-to-skin contact (SSC) has been demonstrated to be beneficial for mothers and newborns following vaginal delivery. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of intraoperative bonding (early SSC) after cesarean section on neonatal adaptation, maternal pain and stress response. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective, randomized-controlled pilot study was performed at a single academic tertiary hospital (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Graz, Austria) between September 2013 and January 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230704/muscle-metaboreflex-control-of-sympathetic-activity-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Linda M Ueno-Pardi, Renan S Guerra, Thiago T Goya, Rosyvaldo F Silva, Elisangela M Gara, Marta F Lima, Thais S Nobre, Maria J N N Alves, Ivani C Trombetta, Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho
PURPOSE: Previous studies report abnormal muscle metaboreflex control of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in obesity, hypertension, and heart failure. We hypothesized that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with augmented metaboreflex control of MSNA. METHODS: Thirty-one sedentary individuals with no comorbidities (age = 52±1 y, body mass index = 28±1 kg/m) without (control, n = 14) and with OSA (n = 17) defined by polysomnography, underwent echocardiography...
February 22, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229021/the-preventive-effect-of-dexmedetomidine-on-paroxysmal-sympathetic-hyperactivity-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-who-have-undergone-surgery-a-retrospective-study
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Qilin Tang, Xiang Wu, Weiji Weng, Hongpeng Li, Junfeng Feng, Qing Mao, Guoyi Gao, Jiyao Jiang
BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (PSH) results and aggravates in secondary brain injury, which seriously affects the prognosis of severe traumatic brain injury patients. Although several studies have focused on the treatment of PSH, few have concentrated on its prevention. METHODS: Ninety post-operation (post-op) severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) patients admitted from October 2014 to April 2016 were chosen to participate in this study. Fifty of the post-op sTBI patients were sedated with dexmedetomidine and were referred as the "dexmedetomidine group" (admitted from May 2015 to April 2016)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228418/folic-acid-supplementation-increases-cutaneous-vasodilator-sensitivity-to-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-older-adults
#5
Anna E Stanhewicz, Jody L Greaney, Lacy M Alexander, W Larry Kenney
During heat stress, blunted increases in skin sympathetic nervous system activity (SSNA) and reductions in end-organ vascular responsiveness contribute to the age-related reduction in reflex cutaneous vasodilation. In older adults, folic acid supplementation improves the cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) response to passive heating; however, the influence of folic acid supplementation on SSNA:CVC transduction is unknown. Fourteen older adults (66±1yrs, 8M/6F) ingested folic acid (5mg·day(-1)) or placebo for 6 weeks in a randomized, double-blind, crossover design...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228335/alterations-in-cardiac-autonomic-control-in-spinal-cord-injury
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Fin Biering-Sørensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Nan Liu, Lasse Malmqvist, Jill Maria Wecht, Andrei Krassioukov
A spinal cord injury (SCI) interferes with the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The effect on the cardiovascular system will depend on the extent of damage to the spinal/central component of ANS. The cardiac changes are caused by loss of supraspinal sympathetic control and relatively increased parasympathetic cardiac control. Decreases in sympathetic activity result in heart rate and the arterial blood pressure changes, and may cause arrhythmias, in particular bradycardia, with the risk of cardiac arrest in those with cervical or high thoracic injuries...
February 15, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227818/detecting-divisions-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-using-wearables
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Annamalai Natarajan, Kevin S Xu, Brian Eriksson, Annamalai Natarajan, Kevin S Xu, Brian Eriksson, Kevin S Xu, Brian Eriksson, Annamalai Natarajan
The ability to assess a user's emotional reaction from biometrics has applications in personalization, recommendation, and enhancing user experiences, among other areas. Unfortunately, understanding the connection between biometric signals and user reactions has previously focused on black box techniques that are opaque to the underlying physiology of the user. In this paper, we explore a novel user study connecting biometric reaction to external stimuli and changes in the user's autonomic nervous system. Specifically, we focus on two competing responses, namely the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, and how differing activations are related to different user responses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227138/assessment-of-autonomic-neurodevelopment-in-the-mouse-fetuses-by-using-fetal-electrocardiography
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Ahsan H Khandoker, Thuraia Al Khoori, Takuya Ito, Rika Sugibayashi, Yoshitaka Kimura, Ahsan H Khandoker, Thuraia Al Khoori, Takuya Ito, Rika Sugibayashi, Yoshitaka Kimura, Thuraia Al Khoori, Yoshitaka Kimura, Rika Sugibayashi, Takuya Ito, Ahsan H Khandoker
Fetal Electrocardiography (FECG) offers unique capabilities for assessment of beat-to-beat fetal heart rate (FHR) and fetal heart rate variability (FHRV), which are indirect markers of autonomic nervous system, its development. In this study the fetal ECG signals, FHR and FHRV are successfully recorded to assess the neurodevelopment in fetal mice in the second and third trimester from days 12.5 to 18.5 by using direct insertion of fetal ECG electrodes in the uterine. FHR increases from day 12.5 till 15.5 reaching a plateau and then shows a sudden increase on the day 18...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226650/disentanglement-of-sympathetic-and-parasympathetic-activity-by-instantaneous-analysis-of-human-heartbeat-dynamics
#9
Gaetano Valenza, Luca Citi, Riccardo Barbieri, Gaetano Valenza, Luca Citi, Riccardo Barbieri, Luca Citi, Riccardo Barbieri, Gaetano Valenza
Spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) is one of the most effective techniques for the assessment of the influence of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) on the heartbeat. Despite its widespread use, it has been demonstrated that HRV subdivision in the low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) bands does not accurately reflect separate sympathetic and parasympathetic influences, respectively, mainly due to overlap of the two branches in the low frequencies. Here we propose two novel indices, namely the instantaneous sympathetic autonomic index (SAI) and parasympathetic autonomic index (PAI), that are able to separately assess the time-varying ANS synergic functions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226649/heart-rate-independent-qt-variability-component-can-detect-subclinical-cardiac-autonomic-neuropathy-in-diabetes
#10
Mohammad H Imam, Chandan K Karmakar, Ahsan H Khandoker, Herbert F Jelinek, M Palaniswami, Mohammad H Imam, Chandan K Karmakar, Ahsan H Khandoker, Herbert F Jelinek, M Palaniswami, Ahsan H Khandoker, Herbert F Jelinek, Chandan K Karmakar, Mohammad H Imam, M Palaniswami
Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) may lead to life threatening arrhythmia due to denervation of both the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches of autonomic nervous system innervating the heart. CAN is a frequently under diagnosed complication of diabetes, because a patient can have asymptomatic CAN for several years before it is clinically apparent. However, detection of CAN at the early or subclinical stage leads to more effective treatment outcomes. Cardiac autonomic reflex tests (CART) (i.e. Ewing test battery) are normally used for the detection and staging of CAN...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226648/a-multivariate-time-frequency-approach-for-tracking-qt-variability-changes-unrelated-to-heart-rate-variability
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Michele Orini, Peter Taggart, Pier D Lambiase, Michele Orini, Peter Taggart, Pier D Lambiase, Peter Taggart, Michele Orini, Pier D Lambiase
The beat-to-beat variability of the QT interval (QTV) is a marker of ventricular repolarization (VR) dynamics and it has been suggested as an index of sympathetic ventricular outflow and cardiac instability. However, QTV is also affected by RR (or heart rate) variability (RRV), and QTV due to RRV may reduce QTV specificity as a VR marker. Therefore, it would be desirable to separate QTV due to VR dynamics from QTV due to RRV. To do that, previous work has mainly focused on heart rate corrections or time-invariant autoregressive models...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224417/neuroanatomical-circuitry-between-kidney-and-rostral-elements-of-brain-a-virally-mediated-transsynaptic-tracing-study-in-mice
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Ye-Ting Zhou, Zhi-Gang He, Tao-Tao Liu, Mao-Hui Feng, Ding-Yu Zhang, Hong-Bing Xiang
The identity of higher-order neurons and circuits playing an associative role to control renal function is not well understood. We identified specific neural populations of rostral elements of brain regions that project multisynaptically to the kidneys in 3-6 days after injecting a retrograde tracer pseudorabies virus (PRV)-614 into kidney of 13 adult male C57BL/6J strain mice. PRV-614 infected neurons were detected in a number of mesencephalic (e.g. central amygdala nucleus), telencephalic regions and motor cortex...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223827/common-variations-within-hace1-gene-and-neuroblastoma-susceptibility-in-a-southern-chinese-population
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Zhuorong Zhang, Ruizhong Zhang, Jinhong Zhu, Fenghua Wang, Tianyou Yang, Yan Zou, Jing He, Huimin Xia
Neuroblastoma is a common fatal pediatric cancer of the developing sympathetic nervous system, which accounts for ~10% of all pediatric cancer deaths. To investigate genetic risk factors related to neuroblastoma, many genome-wide association studies have been performed, and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within HACE1 gene have been identified to associate with neuroblastoma risk. However, the association of the HACE1 SNPs with neuroblastoma needs to be validated in Southern Chinese children. We genotyped five SNPs located in the HACE1 gene (rs4336470 C>T, rs9404576 T>G, rs4079063 A>G, rs2499663 T>C, and rs2499667 A>G) in 256 Southern Chinese patients in comparison with 531 ethnically matched healthy controls...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223472/overexpression-of-sarcoendoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-2a-promotes-cardiac-sympathetic-neurotransmission-via-abnormal-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-ca-2-regulation
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Julia Shanks, Neil Herring, Errin Johnson, Kun Liu, Dan Li, David J Paterson
Reduced cardiomyocyte excitation-contraction coupling and downregulation of the SERCA2a (sarcoendoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a) is associated with heart failure. This has led to viral transgene upregulation of SERCA2a in cardiomyocytes as a treatment. We hypothesized that SERCA2a gene therapy expressed under a similar promiscuous cytomegalovirus promoter could also affect the cardiac sympathetic neural axis and promote sympathoexcitation. Stellate neurons were isolated from 90 to 120 g male, Sprague-Dawley, Wistar Kyoto, and spontaneously hypertensive rats...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223322/eta-receptors-blockade-by-activating-etb-receptors-increases-vascular-permeability-and-induces-exaggerated-fluid-retention
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Magali Vercauteren, Frederic Trensz, Anne Pasquali, Christophe Cattaneo, Daniel S Strasser, Patrick Hess, Marc Iglarz, Martine Clozel
Endothelin receptor antagonists have been associated with fluid retention. It has been suggested that, of the two endothelin receptor subtypes, ETB receptors should not be blocked, because of their involvement in natriuresis and diuresis. Surprisingly, clinical data suggest that ETA-selective antagonists pose a greater risk of fluid overload than dual antagonists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the contribution of each endothelin receptor to fluid retention and vascular permeability in rats. Sitaxentan and ambrisentan as ETA-selective antagonists, bosentan and macitentan as dual antagonists were used as representatives of each class, respectively...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223018/cerebral-ischemia-induced-elevation-of-hepatic-inflammatory-factors-accompanied-by-glucose-intolerance-suppresses-hypothalamic-orexin-a-mediated-vagus-nerve-activation
#16
Shinichi Harada, Yudai Nozaki, Wataru Matsuura, Yui Yamazaki, Shogo Tokuyama
Activation of vagus nerve exerts orexin-A (OXA)-mediated suppression of post-ischemic glucose intolerance and cerebral ischemic neuronal damage. Cerebral ischemia induces hepatic inflammatory factors and contributes to the development of hepatic insulin resistance by activating sympathetic nerves. However, it is not enough to understand whether OXA regulates these phenomena through activation of vagus nerve. In this study, we demonstrated that the involvement of OXA-induced activation of vagus nerve in the induction of hepatic inflammatory factors by cerebral ischemia...
February 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222636/change-in-pulse-transit-time-in-the-lower-extremity-after-lumbar-sympathetic-ganglion-block-an-early-indicator-of-successful-block
#17
Eun-Young Joo, Yu Gyeong Kong, Jonghyuk Lee, Hyun-Seok Cho, Sung-Hoon Kim, Jeong Hun Suh
Objective To investigate the change in pulse transit time (PTT)-time between the electrocardiographic R wave and the highest point of the corresponding plethysmographic wave-after lumbar sympathetic ganglion block (LSGB) and evaluate PTT as an indicator of successful LSGB. Methods Sixteen cases of sympathetically mediated lower extremity neuropathic pain treated with LSGB were studied. Correlations between the changes in PTT and temperature were used to identify the cutoff point indicating successful LSGB. Results PTT rate of change at 5 min relative to the baseline PTT (dPTT5/PTT0) significantly correlated positively with the temperature change at 20 min (correlation coefficient 0...
February 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220472/renal-denervation-for-resistant-hypertension
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Giuseppe Coppolino, Anna Pisano, Laura Rivoli, Davide Bolignano
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is highly prevalent among the general hypertensive population and the clinical management of this condition remains problematic. Different approaches, including a more intensified antihypertensive therapy, lifestyle modifications, or both, have largely failed to improve patients' outcomes and to reduce cardiovascular and renal risk. As renal sympathetic hyperactivity is a major driver of resistant hypertension, renal sympathetic ablation (renal denervation) has been recently proposed as a possible therapeutic alternative to treat this condition...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220244/resetting-of-renal-tissular-renin-angiotensin-and-bradykinin-kallikrein-systems-after-unilateral-kidney-denervation-in-rats
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Jürgen M Bohlender, Jürg Nussberger, Frédéric Birkhäuser, Eric Grouzmann, George N Thalmann, Hans Imboden
The renal tissular renin-angiotensin and bradykinin-kallikrein systems control kidney function together with the renal sympathetic innervation but their interaction is still unclear. To further elucidate this relationship, we investigated these systems in rats 6 days after left kidney denervation (DNX, n = 8) compared to sham-operated controls (CTR, n = 8). Plasma renin concentration was unchanged in DNX vs. CTR (p = NS). Kidney bradykinin (BK) and angiotensin (Ang) I and II concentrations decreased bilaterally in DNX vs...
February 20, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220146/horseback-riding-improves-the-ability-to-cause-the-appropriate-action-go-reaction-and-the-appropriate-self-control-no-go-reaction-in-children
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Nobuyo Ohtani, Kenji Kitagawa, Kinuyo Mikami, Kasumi Kitawaki, Junko Akiyama, Maho Fuchikami, Hidehiko Uchiyama, Mitsuaki Ohta
BACKGROUND: There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including developing a strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as increased confidence and introspection. Few studies have addressed the effects of horseback riding on children and the mechanisms underlying how riding affects humans. We examined the effects of horseback riding on the ability to distinguish Go/No-go tasks and solve arithmetic problems in children. METHODS: The subjects were 34 boys and 72 girls, aged 10-12 years old, which were divided into three groups (horse riding, walking, and resting)...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
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