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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453756/acute-effects-of-unilateral-static-stretching-on-handgrip-strength-of-the-stretched-and-non-stretched-limb
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Jacob D Jelmini, Andrew Cornwell, Nazareth Khodiguian, Jennifer Thayer, And John Araujo
PURPOSE: To determine the effects of an acute bout of unilateral static stretching on handgrip strength of both the stretched and non-stretched limb. It was reasoned that if the non-stretched limb experienced a decrease in force output, further evidence for a neural mechanism to explain a post-stretch force reduction would be obtained as no mechanical adaptation would have occurred. METHODS: Thirty participants performed maximum voluntary unilateral handgrip contractions of both limbs before and after stretching the finger flexors of the strength-dominant side only...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453416/homozygous-deletion-in-myl9-expands-the-molecular-basis-of-megacystis-microcolon-intestinal-hypoperistalsis-syndrome
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Carolina Araujo Moreno, Nara Sobreira, Elizabeth Pugh, Peng Zhang, Gary Steel, Fábio Rossi Torres, Denise Pontes Cavalcanti
Megacystis-microcolon-intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS) is a severe disease characterized by functional obstruction in the urinary and gastrointestinal tract. The molecular basis of this condition started to be defined recently, and the genes related to the syndrome (ACTG2-heterozygous variant in sporadic cases; and MYH11 (myosin heavy chain 11), LMOD1 (leiomodin 1) and MYLK (myosin light chain (MLC) kinase)-autosomal recessive inheritance), encode proteins involved in the smooth muscle contraction, supporting a myopathic basis for the disease...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452273/3d-bioprinted-functional-and-contractile-cardiac-tissue-constructs
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Zhan Wang, Sang Jin Lee, Heng-Jie Cheng, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala
Bioengineering of a functional cardiac tissue composed of primary cardiomyocytes has great potential for myocardial regeneration and in vitro tissue modeling. However, its applications remain limited because the cardiac tissue is a highly organized structure with unique physiologic, biomechanical, and electrical properties. In this study, we undertook a proof-of-concept study to develop a contractile cardiac tissue with cellular organization, uniformity, and scalability by using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategy...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452094/evolving-mechanisms-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-contraction-highlight-key-targets-in-vascular-disease
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Zhongwei Liu, Raouf A Khalil
Vascular smooth muscle (VSM) plays an important role in the regulation of vascular function. Identifying the mechanisms of VSM contraction has been a major research goal in order to determine the causes of vascular dysfunction and exaggerated vasoconstriction in vascular disease. Major discoveries over several decades have helped to better understand the mechanisms of VSM contraction. Ca 2+ has been established as a major regulator of VSM contraction, and its sources, cytosolic levels, homeostatic mechanisms and subcellular distribution have been defined...
February 13, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451885/repeated-stimulation-inter-stimulus-interval-and-inter-electrode-distance-alters-muscle-contractile-properties-as-measured-by-tensiomyography
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Hannah V Wilson, Mark I Johnson, Peter Francis
CONTEXT: The influence of methodological parameters on the measurement of muscle contractile properties using Tensiomyography (TMG) has not been published. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the; (1) reliability of stimulus amplitude needed to elicit maximum muscle displacement (Dm), (2) effect of changing inter-stimulus interval on Dm (using a fixed stimulus amplitude) and contraction time (Tc), (3) the effect of changing inter-electrode distance on Dm and Tc. DESIGN: Within subject, repeated measures...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451818/overexpression-of-heart-specific-small-subunit-of-myosin-light-chain-phosphatase-results-in-heart-failure-and-conduction-disturbance
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Takuro Arimura, Antoine Muchir, Masayoshi Kuwahara, Sachio Morimoto, Taisuke Ishikawa, Cheng-Kun Du, Dong-Yun Zhan, Shu Nakao, Noboru Machida, Ryo Tanaka, Yoshihisa Yamane, Takeharu Hayashi, Akinori Kimura
Mutations in genes encoding components of sarcomere cause cardiomyopathy, which is often associated with abnormal Ca 2+ sensitivity of muscle contraction. We previously showed that a heart-specific myosin light chain phosphatase small subunit, hHS-M 21 , increases the Ca 2+ -sensitivity of muscle contraction. The aim of this study was to investigate the function of hHS-M 21 in vivo and the causative role of abnormal Ca 2+ sensitivity in cardiomyopathy. We generated transgenic (Tg) mice with cardiac-specific overexpression of hHS-M 21 ...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451212/is-it-necessary-to-use-the-entire-root-as-a-donor-when-transferring-contralateral-c-7-nerve-to-repair-median-nerve
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Kai-Ming Gao, Jie Lao, Wen-Jie Guan, Jing-Jing Hu
If a partial contralateral C 7 nerve is transferred to a recipient injured nerve, results are not satisfactory. However, if an entire contralateral C 7 nerve is used to repair two nerves, both recipient nerves show good recovery. These findings seem contradictory, as the above two methods use the same donor nerve, only the cutting method of the contralateral C 7 nerve is different. To verify whether this can actually result in different repair effects, we divided rats with right total brachial plexus injury into three groups...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451065/shoulder-and-arm-muscle-activity-during-elastic-band-exercises-performed-in-a-hospital-bed
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Sebastian Skals, Jonas Vinstrup, Emil Sundstrup, Markus D Jakobsen, Christoffer H Andersen, Lars L Andersen
OBJECTIVE: Muscle atrophy is a common side-effect of bed rest during hospitalization. However, resistance training may minimize or even prevent these complications. Therefore, we evaluated the efficiency of four upper-body elastic resistance exercises that could be performed while lying or sitting in a hospital bed. METHODS: Twenty-two healthy subjects performed three repetitions of each exercise in a supine and seated position with a perceived intensity of 3 (low) and 8 (high) on the Borg CR10 Scale...
February 16, 2018: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449621/polygonum-aviculare-l-extract-and-quercetin-attenuate-contraction-in-airway-smooth-muscle
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Xi Luo, Lu Xue, Hao Xu, Qing-Yang Zhao, Qian Wang, Yu-Shan She, Dun-An Zang, Jinhua Shen, Yong-Bo Peng, Ping Zhao, Meng-Fei Yu, Weiwei Chen, Li-Qun Ma, Shu Chen, Shanshan Chen, Xiangning Fu, Sheng Hu, Xiaowei Nie, Chenyou Shen, Chunbin Zou, Gangjian Qin, Jiapei Dai, Guangju Ji, Yunchao Su, Shen Hu, Jingyu Chen, Qing-Hua Liu
Because of the serious side effects of the currently used bronchodilators, new compounds with similar functions must be developed. We screened several herbs and found that Polygonum aviculare L. contains ingredients that inhibit the precontraction of mouse and human airway smooth muscle (ASM). High K + -induced precontraction in ASM was completely inhibited by nifedipine, a selective blocker of L-type voltage-dependent Ca 2+ channels (LVDCCs). However, nifedipine only partially reduced the precontraction induced by acetylcholine chloride (ACH)...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448913/-express-role-of-medullary-astroglial-glutamine-synthesis-in-tooth-pulp-hypersensitivity-associated-with-frequent-masseter-muscle-contraction
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Tetsuro Watase, Kohei Shimizu, Kinuyo Ohara, Hiroki Komiya, Kohei Kanno, Keisuke Hatori, Noboru Noma, Kuniya Honda, Yoshiyuki Tsuboi, Ayano Katagiri, Masamichi Shinoda, Bunnai Ogiso, Koichi Iwata
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2018: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446620/polydopamine-coated-main-chain-liquid-crystal-elastomer-as-optically-driven-artificial-muscle
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Hongmiao Tian, Zhijian Wang, Yilong Chen, Jinyou Shao, Tong Gao, Shengqiang Cai
Optically-driven active materials have received much attention because their deformation and motion can be controlled remotely, instantly and precisely in a contactless way. In this article, we investigated an optically-actuated elastomer with rapid response: polydopamine (PDA)-coated liquid crystal elastomer (LCE). Due to the photothermal effect of PDA coating and thermal responsiveness of LCE, the elastomer film contracted significantly with near infrared (NIR) irradiation. With a fixed strain, light-induced actuating stress in the film could be as large as 1...
February 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446320/inhibition-of-mucin-secretion-via-glucocorticoid-induced-regulation-of-calcium-related-proteins-in-mouse-lung
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Jin Yong An, Changhwan Ahn, Hee Young Kang, Eui-Bae Jeung
Calcium is important for physiological functioning in many tissues and is essential in mucus secretion and muscle contraction. Intracellular concentrations of calcium are regulated by calcium-related proteins such as TRPV4, TRPV6, CaBP-9k, NCX1, and PMCA1. In this study, the relationship between secretion of pulmonary mucus and calcium regulation was investigated. To confirm the effect of steroid hormones, immature mice were injected with estrogen (E2) or progesterone (P4) and mature mice were injected with dexamethasone (DEX)...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446170/magnetic-resonance-elastography-of-the-lumbar-back-muscles-a-preliminary-study
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Maud Creze, Soubeyrand Marc, Jin Long Yue, Olivier Gagey, Xavier Maître, Bellin Marie-France
INTRODUCTION: Back pain is associated with increased lumbar paraspinal muscle (LPM) stiffness identified by manual palpation and strain elastography. Recently, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has allowed the stiffness of muscle to be characterized noninvasively in vivo, providing quantitative 3D stiffness maps (elastograms). The aim of this study was to characterize the stiffness (shear modulus, SM) of the LPM (multifidus and erector spinae) using MRE. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MRE of the lumbar region was performed on seven adults in supine position...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446045/effects-of-extracellular-orotic-acid-on-acute-contraction-induced-adaptation-patterns-in-c2c12-cells
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Thomas Beiter, Jens Hudemann, Christof Burgstahler, Andreas M Nieß, Barbara Munz
Dietary administration of orotic acid (OA), an intermediate in the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway, is considered to provide a wide range of beneficial effects, including cardioprotection and exercise adaptation. Its mechanisms of action, when applied extracellularly, however, are barely understood. In this study, we evaluated potential effects of OA on skeletal muscle using an in vitro contraction model of electrically pulse-stimulated (EPS) C2C12 myotubes. By analyzing a subset of genes representing inflammatory, metabolic, and structural adaptation pathways, we could show that OA supplementation diminishes the EPS-provoked expression of inflammatory transcripts (interleukin 6, Il6; chemokine (C-X-C Motif) ligand 5, Cxcl5), and attenuated transcript levels of nuclear receptor subfamily 4 group A member 3 (Nr4A3), early growth response 1 (Egr1), activating transcription factor 3 (Atf3), and fast-oxidative MyHC-IIA isoform (Myh2)...
February 14, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445332/motor-unit-action-potential-clustering-theoretical-consideration-for-muscle-activation-during-a-motor-task
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Michael J Asmussen, Vinzenz von Tscharner, Benno M Nigg
During dynamic or sustained isometric contractions, bursts of muscle activity appear in the electromyography (EMG) signal. Theoretically, these bursts of activity likely occur because motor units are constrained to fire temporally close to one another and thus the impulses are "clustered" with short delays to elicit bursts of muscle activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a sequence comprised of "clustered" motor unit action potentials (MUAP) can explain spectral and amplitude changes of the EMG during a simulated motor task...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445271/immune-cell-response-to-strenuous-resistive-breathing-comparison-with-whole-body-exercise-and-the-effects-of-antioxidants
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Andreas Asimakos, Dimitrios Toumpanakis, Maria-Helena Karatza, Spyridoula Vasileiou, Paraskevi Katsaounou, Zafeiria Mastora, Theodoros Vassilakopoulos
Background/hypothesis: Whole body exercise (WBE) changes lymphocyte subset percentages in peripheral blood. Resistive breathing, a hallmark of diseases of airway obstruction, is a form of exercise for the inspiratory muscles. Strenuous muscle contractions induce oxidative stress that may mediate immune alterations following exercise. We hypothesized that inspiratory resistive breathing (IRB) alters peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets and that oxidative stress mediates lymphocyte subpopulation alterations following both WBE and IRB...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444776/association-between-spectral-characteristics-of-paraspinal-muscles-and-functional-disability-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-a-cohort-study
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Shin-Yi Chiou, Ermis Koutsos, Pantelis Georgiou, Paul H Strutton
OBJECTIVES: Characteristics of muscle activity, represented by surface electromyography (EMG), have revealed differences between patients with low back pain (LBP) and healthy adults; how they relate to functional and clinical parameters remains unclear. The purpose of the current study was to examine the correlation between frequency characteristics of EMG (analysed using continuous wavelet transform (CWT) analysis) and patients' self-rated score of disability. DESIGN AND SETTING: This is a case-control study with 15 patients with mechanical LBP without radicular symptoms...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443077/contractility-measurements-of-human-uterine-smooth-muscle-to-aid-drug-development
#18
Sarah Arrowsmith, Peter Keov, Markus Muttenthaler, Christian W Gruber
Discovery and characterization of novel pharmaceutical compounds or biochemical probes rely on robust and physiologically relevant assay systems. We describe methods to measure ex vivo myometrium contractility. This assay can be used to investigate factors and molecules involved in the modulation of myometrial contraction and to determine their excitatory or inhibitory actions, and hence their therapeutic potential in vivo. Biopsies are obtained from women undergoing cesarean section delivery with informed consent...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443047/application-of-chronic-stimulation-to-study-contractile-activity-induced-rat-skeletal-muscle-phenotypic-adaptations
#19
Yuho Kim, Jonathan M Memme, David A Hood
Skeletal muscle is a highly adaptable tissue, as its biochemical and physiological properties are greatly altered in response to chronic exercise. To investigate the underlying mechanisms that bring about various muscle adaptations, a number of exercise protocols such as treadmill, wheel running, and swimming exercise have been used in the animal studies. However, these exercise models require a long period of time to achieve muscle adaptations, which may be also regulated by humoral or neurological factors, thus limiting their applications in studying the muscle-specific contraction-induced adaptations...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441450/photobiomodulation-improves-motor-response-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-submitted-to-electromyographic-evaluation-randomized-clinical-trial
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Fernanda Cordeiro da Silva, Andréa Oliver Gomes, Paulo Roberto da Costa Palácio, Fabiano Politti, Daniela de Fátima Teixeira da Silva, Raquel Agnelli Mesquita-Ferrari, Kristianne Porta Santos Fernandes, Sandra Kalil Bussadori
Photobiomodulation is a treatment that has been widely used in neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases. In the present study, low-level laser therapy was administered to patients with spinal cord injury. Twenty-five individuals were divided into two groups: placebo photobiomodulation plus physiotherapy and active photobiomodulation plus physiotherapy. Electromyographic evaluations were performed before and after 12 sessions of phototherapy as well as 30 days after the end of treatment. In the active phototherapy group, median frequency values of the brachial biceps and femoral quadriceps muscles were higher at rest and during isotonic contraction 30 days after photobiomodulation (p = 0...
February 13, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
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