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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098199/optogenetic-modulation-of-urinary-bladder-contraction-for-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
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Jae Hong Park, Jin Ki Hong, Ja Yun Jang, Jieun An, Kyu-Sung Lee, Tong Mook Kang, Hyun Joon Shin, Jun-Kyo Francis Suh
As current clinical approaches for lower urinary tract (LUT) dysfunction such as pharmacological and electrical stimulation treatments lack target specificity, thus resulting in suboptimal outcomes with various side effects, a better treatment modality with spatial and temporal target-specificity is necessary. In this study, we delivered optogenetic membrane proteins, such as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) and halorhodopsin (NpHR), to bladder smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of mice using either the Cre-loxp transgenic system or a viral transfection method...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096436/angiotensin-ii-induces-differential-insulin-action-in-rat-skeletal-muscle
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Juthamard Surapongchai, Mujalin Prasannarong, Tepmanas Bupha-Intr, Vitoon Saengsirisuwan
Angiotensin II (ANGII) is reportedly involved in the development of skeletal muscle insulin resistance. The present investigation evaluated the effects of two ANGII doses on the phenotypic characteristics of insulin resistance syndrome and insulin action and signaling in rat skeletal muscle. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were infused with either saline (SHAM) or ANGII at a commonly used pressor dose (100 ng/kg/min; ANGII-100) or a higher pressor dose (500 ng/kg/min; ANGII-500) via osmotic minipumps for 14 days. We demonstrated that ANGII-100-infused rats exhibited the phenotypic features of non-obese insulin resistance syndrome, including hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance of glucose uptake in the soleus muscle, whereas ANGII-500-treated rats exhibited diabetes-like symptoms, such as post-prandial hyperglycemia, impaired insulin secretion and hypertriglyceridemia...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096355/a-natural-product-inhibits-the-initiation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-and-suppresses-its-toxicity
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Michele Perni, Céline Galvagnion, Alexander Maltsev, Georg Meisl, Martin B D Müller, Pavan K Challa, Julius B Kirkegaard, Patrick Flagmeier, Samuel I A Cohen, Roberta Cascella, Serene W Chen, Ryan Limboker, Pietro Sormanni, Gabriella T Heller, Francesco A Aprile, Nunilo Cremades, Cristina Cecchi, Fabrizio Chiti, Ellen A A Nollen, Tuomas P J Knowles, Michele Vendruscolo, Adriaan Bax, Michael Zasloff, Christopher M Dobson
The self-assembly of α-synuclein is closely associated with Parkinson's disease and related syndromes. We show that squalamine, a natural product with known anticancer and antiviral activity, dramatically affects α-synuclein aggregation in vitro and in vivo. We elucidate the mechanism of action of squalamine by investigating its interaction with lipid vesicles, which are known to stimulate nucleation, and find that this compound displaces α-synuclein from the surfaces of such vesicles, thereby blocking the first steps in its aggregation process...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096335/myofibril-breakdown-during-atrophy-is-a-delayed-response-requiring-the-transcription-factor-pax4-and-desmin-depolymerization
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Alexandra Volodin, Idit Kosti, Alfred Lewis Goldberg, Shenhav Cohen
A hallmark of muscle atrophy is the excessive degradation of myofibrillar proteins primarily by the ubiquitin proteasome system. In mice, during the rapid muscle atrophy induced by fasting, the desmin cytoskeleton and the attached Z-band-bound thin filaments are degraded after ubiquitination by the ubiquitin ligase tripartite motif-containing protein 32 (Trim32). To study the order of events leading to myofibril destruction, we investigated the slower atrophy induced by denervation (disuse). We show that myofibril breakdown is a two-phase process involving the initial disassembly of desmin filaments by Trim32, which leads to the later myofibril breakdown by enzymes, whose expression is increased by the paired box 4 (PAX4) transcription factor...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095798/mir-27b-inhibits-fibroblast-activation-via-targeting-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Xiangming Zeng, Chaoqun Huang, Lakmini Senavirathna, Pengcheng Wang, Lin Liu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are a group of small RNAs that regulate gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. They regulate almost every aspect of cellular processes. In this study, we investigated whether miR-27b regulates pulmonary fibroblast activation. RESULTS: We found that miR-27b was down-regulated in fibrotic lungs and fibroblasts from an experimental mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis. The overexpression of miR-27b with a lentiviral vector inhibited TGFβ1-stimulated mRNA expression of collagens (COL1A1, COL3A1, and COL4A1) and alpha-smooth muscle actin, and protein expression of Col3A1 and alpha-smooth muscle actin in LL29 human pulmonary fibroblasts...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094417/evaluation-of-proximal-and-distal-motor-nerve-conduction-using-the-electrical-root-stimulation-technique-in-the-femoral-and-obturator-nerves
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Cengiz Ünsal, Erkut Turan, Ömer G Dilek, Seyyid S Sabancı, Murat Sarıerler
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the adaptability of the electrical root stimulation technique by achieving normative data from the obturator and femoral nerves of healthy dogs. METHODS: For this purpose, two stimulations and recordings were performed on both the obturator and femoral nerves in 40 dogs (22 males and 18 females). Electrical root stimulation was applied via monopolar needle electrodes between the sixth to seventh and fifth to sixth lumbar interarcuate spaces to the obturator and femoral nerves, respectively...
January 17, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093818/intraoperative-microstimulation-predicts-outcome-of-postoperative-macrostimulation-in-subthalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Raja Mehanna, Andre G Machado, John E Connett, Faisal Alsaloum, Scott E Cooper
BACKGROUND: In deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus for treatment of Parkinson's Disease, a commonly encountered stimulation side effect is involuntary muscle contractions from spread of electrical current to cortico-spinal and cortico-bulbar fibers in the internal capsule. During surgery, a variety of techniques, including microelectrode recording (MER), are used to avoid positioning the DBS electrode too close to the internal capsule. At some centers, MER includes stimulating through the microelectrode (microstimulation)...
January 17, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093306/establishing-between-session-reliability-of-tms-conditioned-soleus-h-reflexes
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W A Gray, M J Sabatier, T M Kesar, M R Borich
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the primary motor cortex (M1) can be used to evaluate descending corticomotor influences on spinal reflex excitability through modulation of the Hoffman reflex (H-reflex). The purpose of this study was to characterize between-session reliability of cortical, spinal, and cortical-conditioned spinal excitability measures collected from the soleus muscle. Thirteen able-bodied young adult participants were tested over four sessions. Intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated to quantify between-session reliability of active motor threshold (AMT), unconditioned H-reflexes (expressed as a percentage of Mmax), and conditioned H-reflexes using short-latency facilitation (SLF) and long-latency facilitation (LLF)...
January 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093194/effects-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-during-hemodialysis-on-peripheral-muscle-strength-and-exercise-capacity-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Ana Karla Vieira Brüggemann, Carolina Luana Mello, Tarcila Dal Pont, Deborah de Camargo Hizume Kunzler, Daniel Fernandes Martins, Franciane Bobinski, Wellington Pereira Yamaguti, Elaine Paulin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation of high and low frequency and intensity, performed during hemodialysis (HD), on physical function and inflammation markers in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial SETTING: Hemodialysis clinic. PARTICIPANTS: 51 CKD patients were randomized into blocks of four by means of opaque envelopes. They were divided into a group of high frequency and intensity neuromuscular electrical stimulation (HG) and a group of low frequency and intensity neuromuscular electrical stimulation (LG)...
January 13, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092365/cancer-cell-chemokines-direct-chemotaxis-of-activated-stellate-cells-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Ishan Roy, Kathleen A Boyle, Emily P Vonderhaar, Noah P Zimmerman, Egal Gorse, A Craig Mackinnon, Rosa F Hwang, Janusz Franco-Barraza, Edna Cukierman, Susan Tsai, Douglas B Evans, Michael B Dwinell
The mechanisms by which the extreme desmoplasia observed in pancreatic tumors develops remain unknown and its role in pancreatic cancer progression is unsettled. Chemokines have a key role in the recruitment of a wide variety of cell types in health and disease. Transcript and protein profile analyses of human and murine cell lines and human tissue specimens revealed a consistent elevation in the receptors CCR10 and CXCR6, as well as their respective ligands CCL28 and CXCL16. Elevated ligand expression was restricted to tumor cells, whereas receptors were in both epithelial and stromal cells...
January 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091823/skeletal-muscle-inflammation-and-atrophy-in-heart-failure
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Kory J Lavine, Oscar L Sierra
Heart failure represents a systemic disease with profound effects on multiple peripheral tissues including skeletal muscle. Within the context of heart failure, perturbations in skeletal muscle physiology, structure, and function strongly contribute to exercise intolerance and the morbidity of this devastating disease. There is growing evidence that chronic heart failure imparts specific pathological changes within skeletal muscle beds resulting in muscle dysfunction and tissue atrophy. Mechanistically, systemic and local inflammatory responses drive critical aspects of this pathology...
January 14, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091708/the-effect-of-motor-overflow-on-bimanual-asymmetric-force-coordination
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David A Cunningham, Sarah M Roelle, Didier Allexandre, Kelsey A Potter-Baker, Vishwanath Sankarasubramanian, Jayme S Knutson, Guang H Yue, Andre G Machado, Ela B Plow
Motor overflow, typically described in the context of unimanual movements, refers to the natural tendency for a 'resting' limb to move during movement of the opposite limb and is thought to be influenced by inter-hemispheric interactions and intra-cortical networks within the 'resting' hemisphere. It is currently unknown, however, how motor overflow contributes to asymmetric force coordination task accuracy, referred to as bimanual interference, as there is need to generate unequal forces and corticospinal output for each limb...
January 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089867/attenuation-of-obesity-induced-inflammation-in-mice-orally-administered-with-salmon-cartilage-proteoglycan-a-prophylactic-agent
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Shouhei Hirose, Krisana Asano, Akio Nakane
Obesity is associated with chronic inflammation of adipose tissue and causes development of type 2 diabetes. M1 macrophage population was increased in adipose tissue of obese mouse. M1 macrophages induce insulin resistance through the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines. Our previous studies demonstrated that salmon cartilage proteoglycan (PG) suppresses excess inflammation in various mouse inflammatory diseases. In this study, we examined the effect of PG on type 2 diabetes using high-fat-diet (HFD) induced obese mouse model...
January 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089828/nitrite-increases-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-and-islet-insulin-content-in-obese-type-2-diabetic-male-rats
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Sevda Gheibi, Fatemeh Bakhtiarzadeh, Sajad Jeddi, Khadijeh Farrokhfall, Homeira Zardooz, Asghar Ghasemi
PURPOSE: Reduced bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO) is associated with pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. Nitrite can act as a substrate for generation of systemic NO. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of nitrite administration on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) and islet insulin content in obese type 2 diabetic rats. METHODS: Male rats were divided into 4 groups: Control, control + nitrite, diabetes, and diabetes + nitrite. Sodium nitrite (50 mg/L in drinking water) was administered for 8 weeks...
January 9, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087906/-effect-and-its-molecular-mechanisms-of-curcumin-on-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-in-rat-model-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xiangang Lin, Yenong Chen, Zhuqing Liu
Objective: To investigate the effects and the underlying molecular mechanisms of curcumin on pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells in rat model with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: A total of 75 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group (group CN), model group (group M), low-dose curcumin group (group CL), medium-dose curcumin group (group CM) and high-dose curcumin group (group CH). HE staining was used to observe the morphology of pulmonary artery. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), apoptosis-related protein Bcl-2 and Bax were detected by immunohistochemical staining...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087488/cathepsin-k-targeted-sub-micron-particles-for-regenerative-repair-of-vascular-elastic-matrix
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Brenton Jennewine, Jonathan Fox, Anand Ramamurthi
: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079757/pathogenesis-of-abdominal-pain-in-bowel-obstruction-role-of-mechanical-stress-induced-upregulation-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-gut-smooth-muscle-cells
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You-Min Lin, Yu Fu, John Winston, Ravi Radhakrishnan, Sushil K Sarna, Li-Yen M Huang, Xuan-Zheng Shi
Abdominal pain is one of the major symptoms in bowel obstruction (BO); its cellular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. We tested the hypothesis that mechanical stress in obstruction upregulates expression of nociception mediator nerve growth factor (NGF) in gut smooth muscle cells (SMC), and NGF sensitizes primary sensory nerve to contribute to pain in BO. Partial colon obstruction was induced with a silicon band implanted in the distal bowel of Sprague-Dawley rats. Colon-projecting sensory neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG, T13 to L2) were identified for patch clamp and gene expression studies...
January 6, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079427/effect-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-on-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Nikolaos Pe Kadoglou, Christina Mandila, Apostolos Karavidas, Dimitrios Farmakis, Vasiliki Matzaraki, Christos Varounis, Sofia Arapi, Anastasia Perpinia, John Parissis
Background/design Functional electrical stimulation of lower limb muscles is an alternative method of training in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Although it improves exercise capacity in CHF, we performed a randomised, placebo-controlled study to investigate its effects on long-term clinical outcomes. Methods We randomly assigned 120 patients, aged 71 ± 8 years, with stable CHF (New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II/III (63%/37%), mean left ventricular ejection fraction 28 ± 5%), to either a 6-week functional electrical stimulation training programme or placebo...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078253/effects-of-eicosapentaenoic-acid-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-on-mitochondrial-dna-replication-and-pgc-1%C3%AE-gene-expression-in-c2c12-muscle-cells
#19
Mak-Soon Lee, Yoonjin Shin, Sohee Moon, Seunghae Kim, Yangha Kim
Mitochondrial biogenesis is a complex process requiring coordinated expression of nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma co-activator 1-alpha (PGC-1α) is a key regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis, and it controls mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication within diverse tissues, including muscle tissue. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on mtDNA copy number and PGC-1α promoter activity in C2C12 muscle cells...
December 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078074/fes-in-europe-and-beyond-current-translational-research
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Christine Azevedo Coste, Winfried Mayr, Manfred Bijak, Antonio Musarò, Ugo Carraro
Capacity of adult neural and muscle tissues to respond to external Electrical Stimulation (ES) is the biological basis for the development and implementation of mobility impairment physiotherapy protocols and of related assistive technologies, e.g, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). All body tissues, however, respond to electrical stimulation and, indeed, the most successful application of FES is electrical stimulation of the heart to revert or limit effects of arrhythmias (Pace-makers and Defibrillators)...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
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