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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448670/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-filtration-bleb-maintaining-effects-of-suberoylanilide-hydroxamic-acid-saha
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Akiko Futakuchi, Toshihiro Inoue, Tomokazu Fujimoto, Utako Kuroda, Miyuki Inoue-Mochita, Eri Takahashi, Saori Ohira, Hidenobu Tanihara
Purpose: Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) has been shown to support the maintenance of experimental filtration blebs in animal models. This study was performed to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the bleb-maintaining effects of SAHA in modulating wound healing activities of conjunctival fibroblasts. Methods: Human conjunctival fibroblasts (HConFs) were pretreated with SAHA before treatment with TGF-β2. Microarray-based screening was used to investigate the gene expression profiles...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448188/effects-of-indomethacin-on-prostanoid-synthesis-and-vasomotor-responsiveness-in-endothelium-denuded-abdominal-and-thoracic-aortas-of-wistar-rats
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Ruth M López, Janette E López, Jorge S López, María C Castillo, Gustavo Guevara, José A Morales, Oscar A López, Jair Lozano, Enrique F Castillo
In endothelium-denuded abdominal (but not thoracic) aortas of rats, the nonselective cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor, indomethacin, suppressed contractions evoked by α-adrenergic agonists hypothetically mediated by prostanoids. We aimed to identify these non-endothelial-derived contractile prostanoids released by α-adrenergic receptors activation. Endothelium-denuded abdominal and thoracic aortas of Wistar rats were used for biochemical and functional analyses. Western blot analysis showed that COX-1 and COX-2 protein levels were respectively equivalent in endothelium-denuded abdominal and thoracic aortas...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448053/automated-contraction-analysis-of-human-engineered-heart-tissue-for-cardiac-drug-safety-screening
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Ingra Mannhardt, Umber Saleem, Anika Benzin, Thomas Schulze, Birgit Klampe, Thomas Eschenhagen, Arne Hansen
Cardiac tissue engineering describes techniques to constitute three dimensional force-generating engineered tissues. For the implementation of these procedures in basic research and preclinical drug development, it is important to develop protocols for automated generation and analysis under standardized conditions. Here, we present a technique to generate engineered heart tissue (EHT) from cardiomyocytes of different species (rat, mouse, human). The technique relies on the assembly of a fibrin-gel containing dissociated cardiomyocytes between elastic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) posts in a 24-well format...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447824/correction-to-kuhn-et-al-2017
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Reports an error in "Similar Representations of Emotions Across Faces and Voices" by Lisa Katharina Kuhn, Taeko Wydell, Nadine Lavan, Carolyn McGettigan and Lúcia Garrido (Emotion, Advanced Online Publication, Mar 02, 2017, np). (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2017-09406-001.) Emotions are a vital component of social communication, carried across a range of modalities and via different perceptual signals such as specific muscle contractions in the face and in the upper respiratory system...
April 27, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447150/anatomical-status-of-the-human-palatopharyngeal-sphincter-and-its-functional-implications
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Kaori Sumida, Yoshinori Ando, Shinichiro Seki, Kikuji Yamashita, Akira Fujimura, Otto Baba, Seiichiro Kitamura
PURPOSE: The transition muscle between the palatopharyngeus (PP) and the superior constrictor of the pharynx (SCP) encircles the pharyngeal isthmus from behind and is designated as the palatopharyngeal sphincter (PPS). The PPS is inferred to play important roles for velopharyngeal closure, but its existence remains controversial and its roles have been regarded as being played by the SCP. The present study aimed to clarify the anatomical status and functional implications of the PPS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Macroscopic and microscopic examinations were performed on 39 and 4 cadavers, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446705/diverse-integrin-adhesion-stoichiometries-caused-by-varied-actomyosin-activity
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Natalia A Bulgakova, Jutta Wellmann, Nicholas H Brown
Cells in an organism are subjected to numerous sources of external and internal forces, and are able to sense and respond to these forces. Integrin-mediated adhesion links the extracellular matrix outside cells to the cytoskeleton inside, and participates in sensing, transmitting and responding to forces. While integrin adhesion rapidly adapts to changes in forces in isolated migrating cells, it is not known whether similar or more complex responses occur within intact, developing tissues. Here, we studied changes in integrin adhesion composition upon different contractility conditions in Drosophila embryonic muscles...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446181/a-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-nmes-and-robot-hybrid-system-for-multi-joint-coordinated-upper-limb-rehabilitation-after-stroke
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Wei Rong, Waiming Li, Mankit Pang, Junyan Hu, Xijun Wei, Bibo Yang, Honwah Wai, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Xiaoling Hu
BACKGROUND: It is a challenge to reduce the muscular discoordination in the paretic upper limb after stroke in the traditional rehabilitation programs. METHOD: In this study, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and robot hybrid system was developed for multi-joint coordinated upper limb physical training. The system could assist the elbow, wrist and fingers to conduct arm reaching out, hand opening/grasping and arm withdrawing by tracking an indicative moving cursor on the screen of a computer, with the support from the joint motors and electrical stimulations on target muscles, under the voluntary intention control by electromyography (EMG)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445778/the-impact-of-bilateral-vagotomy-on-the-physostigmine-induced-airway-constriction-in-ferrets
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Burim Neziri, Armond Daci, Shaip Krasniqi, Ramadan Sopi, Musa A Haxhiu
Vagal innervations have a great role in the respiratory function and are the main route of signal transmission from respiratory neural centers into the trachea and others conducting airways. We have investigated the role of central mechanisms related to vagal neural pathways and the cholinergic outflow in tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and lung mechanics parameters. Parameters of lung mechanics such as lung resistance (RL), dynamic compliance (Cdyn) and pressure in bypassed tracheal segment (Ptseg) were measured before and after vagotomy and asphyxia test...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445755/mapping-ryanodine-binding-sites-in-the-pore-cavity-of-ryanodine-receptors
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Van A Ngo, Laura L Perissinotti, Williams Miranda, S R Wayne Chen, Sergei Y Noskov
Ryanodine (Ryd) irreversibly targets ryanodine receptors (RyRs), a family of intracellular calcium release channels essential for many cellular processes ranging from muscle contraction to learning and memory. Little is known of the atomistic details about how Ryd binds to RyRs. In this study, we used all-atom molecular dynamics simulations with both enhanced and bidirectional sampling to gain direct insights into how Ryd interacts with major residues in RyRs that were experimentally determined to be critical for its binding...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444997/a-holistic-view-of-the-effects-of-episiotomy-on-pelvic-floor
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Dulce A Oliveira, Marco P L Parente, Begoña Calvo, Teresa Mascarenhas, Renato M Natal Jorge
Vaginal delivery is commonly accepted as a risk factor in pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), however, other obstetric procedures (episiotomy) are still controversial. In this work, to analyze the relationship between episiotomy and pelvic floor function, a finite element model (FEM) of the pelvic cavity is used considering the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) with damaged regions from spontaneous vaginal delivery, and from deliveries with episiotomy. Common features assessed at screening of PFD are evaluated during numerical simulations of both Valsalva maneuver and contraction...
April 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444866/new-insights-into-neurogenic-cyclic-motor-activity-in-the-isolated-guinea-pig-colon
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M Costa, L Wiklendt, L Keightley, S J H Brookes, P G Dinning, N J Spencer
BACKGROUND: The contents of the guinea pig distal colon consist of multiple pellets that move anally in a coordinated manner. This row of pellets results in continued distention of the colon. In this study, we have investigated quantitatively the features of the neurally dependent colonic motor patterns that are evoked by constant distension of the full length of guinea-pig colon. METHODS: Constant distension was applied to the excised guinea-pig by high-resolution manometry catheters or by a series of hooks...
April 26, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444807/rkip-lessons-of-a-better-way-for-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-activation-in-the-heart
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Kristina Lorenz, Marsha Rich Rosner, Theresa Brand, Joachim P Schmitt
Stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors (βAR) provides the most efficient physiological mechanism to enhance contraction and relaxation of the heart. Activation of βAR allows rapid enhancement of myocardial function in order to fuel the muscles for running and fighting in a fight-or-flight response. Likewise, βAR get activated during cardiovascular disease in an attempt to counteract the restrictions of cardiac output. However, long-term stimulation of βAR increases the likelihood of cardiac arrhythmias, adverse ventricular remodelling, decline of cardiac performance and premature death, thereby limiting the use of βAR agonists in the treatment of heart failure...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444548/post-effect-of-air-quality-improvement-on-biomarkers-for-systemic-inflammation-and-microparticles-in-asthma-patients-after-the-2008-beijing-olympic-games-a-pilot-study
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Jinming Gao, Xiaohua Xu, Zhekang Ying, Lei Jiang, Mianhua Zhong, Aixia Wang, Lung-Chi Chen, Bo Lu, Qinghua Sun
This study's aim was to investigate the post-effect of an air quality improvement on systemic inflammation and circulating microparticles in asthmatic patients during, and 2 months after, the Beijing Olympics 2008. We measured the levels of circulating inflammatory cytokines and microparticles in the peripheral blood from asthma patients and healthy controls during (phase 1), and 2 months after (phase 2) the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The concentrations of circulating cytokines (including TNFα, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10) were still seen reduced in phase 2 when compared with those in phase 1...
April 25, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443787/ultrasound-based-motor-control-training-for-the-pelvic-floor-pre-and-post-prostatectomy-scoring-reliability-and-skill-acquisition
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Stuart Doorbar-Baptist, Roger Adams, Trudy Rebbeck
AIM: This study documents a protocol designed to evaluate pelvic floor motor control in men with prostate cancer. It also aims to evaluate the reliability of therapists in rating motor control of pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) using real time ultrasound imaging (RUSI) video clips. We further determine predictors of acquiring motor control. METHODS: Ninety-one men diagnosed with prostate cancer attending a physiotherapy clinic for pelvic floor exercises were taught detailed pelvic floor motor control exercises by a physiotherapist using trans-abdominal RUSI for biofeedback...
April 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443786/characterization-of-volitional-electromyographic-signals-in-the-lower-extremity-after-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Elizabeth Heald, Ronald Hart, Kevin Kilgore, P Hunter Peckham
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated the presence of intact axons across a spinal cord lesion, even in those clinically diagnosed with complete spinal cord injury (SCI). These axons may allow volitional motor signals to be transmitted through the injury, even in the absence of visible muscle contraction. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the presence of volitional electromyographic (EMG) activity below the lesion in motor complete SCI and to characterize this activity to determine its value for potential use as a neuroprosthetic command source...
April 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443029/superior-effects-of-eccentric-to-concentric-knee-extensor-resistance-training-on-physical-fitness-insulin-sensitivity-and-lipid-profiles-of-elderly-men
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Trevor Chung-Ching Chen, Wei-Chin Tseng, Guan-Ling Huang, Hsin-Lian Chen, Kuo-Wei Tseng, Kazunori Nosaka
It has been reported that eccentric training of knee extensors is effective for improving blood insulin sensitivity and lipid profiles to a greater extent than concentric training in young women. However, it is not known whether this is also the case for elderly individuals. Thus, the present study tested the hypothesis that eccentric training of the knee extensors would improve physical function and health parameters (e.g., blood lipid profiles) of older adults better than concentric training. Healthy elderly men (60-76 years) were assigned to either eccentric training or concentric training group (n = 13/group), and performed 30-60 eccentric or concentric contractions of knee extensors once a week...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440659/alleviation-of-multiple-asthmatic-pathologic-features-with-orally-available-and-subtype-selective-gabaa-receptor-modulators
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Gloria S Forkuo, Amanda N Nieman, Nina Y Yuan, Revathi Kodali, Olivia B Yu, Nicolas M Zahn, Rajwana Jahan, Guanguan Li, Michael Rajesh Stephen, Margaret L Guthrie, Michael M Poe, Benjamin D Hartzler, Ted William Harris, Gene T Yocum, Charles W Emala, Douglas A Steeber, Douglas C Stafford, James M Cook, Leggy A Arnold
We describe pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of two novel oral drug candidates for asthma. Phenolic α4β3γ2 GABAAR selective compound 1 and acidic α5β3γ2 selective GABAAR positive allosteric modulator compound 2 relaxed airway smooth muscle ex vivo and attenuated airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in a murine model of asthma. Importantly, compound 2 relaxed acetylcholine contracted human tracheal airway smooth muscle strips. Oral treatment of compound 1 and 2 decreased eosinophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in ovalbumin sensitized and challenged mice, thus exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440464/proteomic-profiling-of-mdx-4cv-serum-reveals-highly-elevated-levels-of-the-inflammation-induced-plasma-marker-haptoglobin-in-muscular-dystrophy
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Sandra Murphy, Paul Dowling, Margit Zweyer, Michael Henry, Paula Meleady, Rustam R Mundegar, Dieter Swandulla, Kay Ohlendieck
X-linked muscular dystrophy is caused by primary abnormalities in the Dmd gene and is characterized by the almost complete loss of the membrane cytoskeletal protein dystrophin, which triggers sarcolemmal instability, abnormal calcium homeostasis, increased proteolysis and impaired excitation‑contraction coupling. In addition to progressive necrosis, crucial secondary pathologies are represented by myofibrosis and the invasion of immune cells in damaged muscle fibres. In order to determine whether these substantial changes within the skeletal musculature are reflected by an altered rate of protein release into the circulatory system or other plasma fluctuations, we used label‑free mass spectrometry to characterize serum from the mdx‑4cv model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439717/negligible-effect-of-enos-palmitoylation-on-fatty-acid-regulation-of-contraction-in-ventricular-myocytes-from-healthy-and-hypertensive-rats
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Chun Li Jin, Yu Na Wu, Ji Hyun Jang, Zai Hao Zhao, Goo Taeg Oh, Sung Joon Kim, Yin Hua Zhang
S-palmitoylation is an important post-translational modification that affects the translocation and the activity of target proteins in a variety of cell types including cardiomyocytes. Since endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is known to be palmitoylated and the activity of eNOS is essential in fatty acid-dependent β-oxidation in muscle, we aimed to test whether palmitoylation of eNOS is involved in palmitic acid (PA) regulation of left ventricular (LV) myocyte contraction from healthy (sham) and hypertensive (HTN) rats...
April 25, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438764/neurogenic-hypertension-and-the-secret-of-respiration
#20
Benedito H Machado, Daniel B Zoccal, Davi J A Moraes
In spite of recent advances on the knowledgement of the neural control of cardiovascular function, the cause of sympathetic overactivity in neurogenic hypertension remains unknown. Studies from our laboratory point out that rats submitted to chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), an experimental model of neurogenic hypertension, present changes in the central respiratory network that impact the pattern of sympathetic discharge and the levels of arterial pressure. In addition to the fine coordination of respiratory muscle contraction and relaxation, essential for O2 and CO2 pulmonary exchanges, neurons of the respiratory network are precisely connected to the neurons controlling the sympathetic activity in the brainstem...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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