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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735100/attention-modulates-specific-motor-cortical-circuits-recruited-by-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
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J L Mirdamadi, L Y Suzuki, S K Meehan
Skilled performance and acquisition is dependent upon afferent input to motor cortex. The present study used short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) to probe how manipulation of sensory afference by attention affects different circuits projecting to pyramidal tract neurons in motor cortex. SAI was assessed in the first dorsal interosseous muscle while participants performed a low or high attention demanding visual detection task. SAI was evoked by preceding a suprathreshold transcranial magnetic stimulus with electrical stimulation of the median nerve at the wrist...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734207/in-silico-designing-of-therapeutic-protein-enriched-with-branched-chain-amino-acids-for-the-dietary-treatment-of-chronic-liver-disease
#2
Sunil L, Prasanna Vasu
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are three essential branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) account for 40-45% of total essential amino acids. BCAA stimulates protein synthesis primarily in skeletal muscles, and it can directly transport to circulatory blood stream bypassing the liver. Hence, a protein enriched with BCAA is an important therapeutic target for the dietary treatment of chronic liver disease. The present study is to design a synthetic protein enriched with BCAA and the challenge is to maximize the BCAA content, keeping the balanced ratio of leucine, isoleucine, valine - 2: 1: 1...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733893/effects-of-new-generation-tmem16a-inhibitors-on-calcium-activated-chloride-currents-in-rabbit-urethral-interstitial-cells-of-cajal
#3
Stephen Fedigan, Eamonn Bradley, Timothy Webb, Roddy J Large, Mark A Hollywood, Keith D Thornbury, Noel G McHale, Gerard P Sergeant
Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) isolated from the rabbit urethra exhibit Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) currents (I ClCa) that are important for the development of urethral tone. Here, we examined if TMEM16A (ANO1) contributed to this activity by examining the effect of "new-generation" TMEM16A inhibitors, CACCinh-A01 and T16Ainh-A01, on I ClCa recorded from freshly isolated rabbit urethral ICC (RUICC) and on contractions of intact strips of rabbit urethra smooth muscle. Real-time quantitative PCR experiments demonstrated that TMEM16A was highly expressed in rabbit urethra smooth muscle, in comparison to TMEM16B and TMEM16F...
July 21, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733447/mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-attenuate-exaggerated-exercise-pressor-reflex-responses-in-hypertensive-rats
#4
Ryan M Downey, Masaki Mizuno, Jere Holloway Mitchell, Wanpen Vongpatanasin, Scott A Smith
Exaggerated heart rate (HR) and blood pressure responses to exercise in hypertension are mediated, in part, by overactivity of the exercise pressor reflex (EPR). The mechanisms underlying this EPR dysfunction have not been fully elucidated. Previous studies have shown that stimulation of mineralocorticoid receptors (MR) with exogenous administration of aldosterone in normal, healthy rats reproduces the EPR overactivity characteristic of hypertensive animals. Conversely, the purpose of this study was to examine whether antagonizing MR with spironolactone (SPIR) or eplerenone (EPL) in decerebrated hypertensive rats ameliorates abnormal EPR function...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733084/reciprocal-regulation-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-activated-camp-response-element-binding-protein-signalling-by-arrestin2-and-arrestin3
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Alexander Pearce, Lucy Sanders, Paul J Brighton, Shashi Rana, Justin C Konje, Jonathon M Willets
Activation of Gs coupled receptors (e.g. β2-adrenoreceptor (β2AR)) expressed within the uterine muscle layer (myometrium), promotes intracellular cAMP generation, inducing muscle relaxation through short-term inhibition of contractile proteins, and longer-term modulation of cellular phenotype to promote quiescence. In the myometrium cAMP-driven modulation of cell phenotype is facilitated by CREB activity, however despite the importance of CREB signalling in the promotion of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy, little is currently known regarding the molecular mechanisms involved...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733035/mir-18a-5p-inhibits-endothelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-cardiac-fibrosis-through-the-notch2-pathway
#6
Huazhi Geng, Jun Guan
Hyperglycemia plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications; however, the mechanisms underlying diabetic cardiac fibrosis remain unclear. Endothelial cells are known to contribute to cardiac fibrosis through endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) under high glucose stimulation. Here we investigated the expression of miR-18a-5p and examined its functional role in human aortic valvular endothelial cells (HAVECs). Using HAVECs, we revealed that miR-18a-5p regulated high glucose-induced EndMT...
July 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732069/saccharomyces-boulardii-cncm-i-745-supplementation-reduces-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-in-an-animal-model-of-ibs
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Paola Brun, Melania Scarpa, Chiara Marchiori, Gloria Sarasin, Valentina Caputi, Andrea Porzionato, Maria Cecilia Giron, Giorgio Palù, Ignazio Castagliuolo
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the effect of Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 on intestinal neuromuscular anomalies in an IBS-type mouse model of gastrointestinal motor dysfunctions elicited by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1) exposure. METHODS: Mice were inoculated intranasally with HSV-1 (102 PFU) or vehicle at time 0 and 4 weeks later by the intragastric (IG) route (108 PFU). Six weeks after IG inoculum, mice were randomly allocated to receive oral gavage with either S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731988/roles-of-mitogen-activating-protein-kinase-kinase-kinase-kinase-3-map4k3-in-preterm-skeletal-muscle-satellite-cell-myogenesis-and-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-complex-1-mtorc1-activation-regulation
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Chu-Yi Guo, Mu-Xue Yu, Jie-Min Dai, Si-Nian Pan, Zhen-Tong Lu, Xiao-Shan Qiu, Si-Qi Zhuang
BACKGROUND Preterm skeletal muscle genesis is a paradigm for myogenesis. The role of mitogen-activating protein kinase kinase kinase kinase-3 (MAP4K3) in preterm skeletal muscle satellite cells myogenesis or its relationship to mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activity have not been previously elaborated. MATERIAL AND METHODS Small interfering RNA (siRNA) interference technology was used to inhibit MAP4K3 expression. Leucine stimulation experiments were performed following MAP4K3-siRNA interference...
July 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731195/inhibition-of-arc-promoting-the-apoptosis-of-rat-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-after-serum-deprivation-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Jie Zhang, Zeyu Wu, Ming Guan, Hongyan Lu, Xuming Mo
Apoptosis has important pathophysiological consequences contributing to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the mechanism underlying apoptosis in PAH remains unknown. Apoptosis repressor with caspase recruitment domain (ARC) is an essential factor in cell apoptosis, and regulates intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis signaling pathways. It is hypothesized that ARC may be involved in the apoptotic responses of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) following mild chronic injury. In the present study, serum deprivation (SD) was used to induce apoptosis of PASMCs...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731188/hispidin-rescues-palmitate%C3%A2-induced-insulin-resistance-in-c2c12-myotubes
#10
Jong Seok Lee, Jun Myoung Park, Sarah Lee, Hye Jin Lee, Hee-Sun Yang, Joohong Yeo, Ki Rim Lee, Byung Hyun Choi, Eock Kee Hong
Skeletal muscle serves an important role in the utilization of glucose during insulin‑stimulated conditions. Excessive saturated fatty acids are considered to be a major contributing factor to insulin resistance in skeletal muscle cells. The present study investigated the effects of hispidin on palmitate‑induced insulin resistance in C2C12 skeletal muscle myotubes via an MTT assay, glucose uptake assay, Oil‑Red‑O staining and western blot analysis. Hispidin reversed the palmitate‑induced inhibition of glucose uptake, and inhibited palmitate‑induced intracellular lipid accumulation...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730908/electrical-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-a-review-of-the-evidence
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Valeria Bisogni, Martino F Pengo, Andrea De Vito, Giuseppe Maiolino, Gian Paolo Rossi, John Moxham, Joerg Steier
Obstructi ve sleep apnoea is an increasingly prevalent clinical condition with significant impact on individuals and public health. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the standard treatment, but adherence is limited and alternative treatments are needed. In this context, non-invasive and invasive methods for the electrical stimulation of upper airway dilator muscles have been demonstrated to be effective in selected patients. Areas covered: This review will cover investigations on the clinical effects, safety, and tolerability of non-invasive and invasive electrical stimulation of the upper airway for the management of obstructive sleep apnoea...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730380/acute-and-chronic-effects-of-oral-erdosteine-on-ciliary-beat-frequency-cough-sensitivity-and-airway-reactivity
#12
L Pappová, I Kazimierová, M Jošková, M Šutovská, S Fraňová
Erdosteine as a mucolytic agent that decreases mucus viscosity and facilitates mucus expulsion from the airways by cough or ciliary movement. Our objective was to determine whether erdosteine can directly contribute to mucus clearance. We addressed the issue by monitoring acute and chronic effects of erdosteine on ciliary beat frequency (CBF), cough sensitivity, and airway smooth muscle reactivity. The experiments were performed in healthy guinea pigs. Erdosteine (10 mg/kg) was administrated orally in a single dose or daily through 7 days...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729617/the-effect-of-electrical-stimulation-of-the-calf-muscle-on-leg-fluid-accumulation-over-a-long-period-of-sitting
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Daniel Vena, Jonathan Rubianto, Milos R Popovic, Geoff R Fernie, Azadeh Yadollahi
Leg fluid accumulation during sedentary behaviours such as sitting can lead to leg edema and associated adverse health consequences. This study investigates the use calf muscle electrical stimulation (ES) to reduce seated leg fluid accumulation. Thirteen non-obese, normotensive men (mean age 51 yr.) with sleep apnea were enrolled in the study. Participants first lay supine for 30 minutes to equalize fluid distribution and then sat for 150 minutes. While seated, participants received either active or sham ES of the calf muscles, according to random assignment...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729555/inhibition-of-phosphodiesterase-5-suppresses-calcineurin-nfat-mediated-trpc6-expression-in-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells
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Shaojun Li, Yilin Pan, Rui Ke, Xinming Xie, Cui Zhai, Wenhua Shi, Jian Wang, Xin Yan, Limin Chai, Qingting Wang, Qianqian Zhang, Xiaofan Su, Lan Yang, Li Gao, Manxiang Li
The up-regulation of transient receptor potential channel 6 (TRPC6) has been found to contribute to the proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), and inhibition of phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) has been shown to suppress TRPC6 expression in PASMCs. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the up-regulation of TRPC6 expression and PDE5 modulation of TRPC6 expression in PASMCs remain largely unclear. The aim of this study is to address these issues. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) dose and time-dependently up-regulated TRPC6 expression in primary cultured rat PASMCs, and this was accompanied with the activation of calcineurin and subsequent translocation of NFATc4 to the nucleus...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729395/relationship-between-exercise-volume-and-muscle-protein-synthesis-in-a-rat-model-of-resistance-exercise
#15
Riki Ogasawara, Yuki Arihara, Junya Takegaki, Koichi Nakazato, Naokata Ishii
Resistance exercise (RE) volume is recognized as an important factor that stimulates muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and is considered, at least in part, to be involved in the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)-associated signaling. However, the effects of relatively high doses of muscle contractions on mTORC1 and MPS remain unclear. In the present study, we used an animal model of RE to investigate the relationship between RE volume and MPS. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to RE, and muscle samples were obtained 6 h after performing 1, 3, 5, 10, or 20 sets of RE...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729387/leg-blood-flow-is-impaired-during-small-muscle-mass-exercise-in-copd-patients
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Ulrik Winning Iepsen, Gregers Druedal Wibe Munch, Mette Rugbjerg, Camilla Koch Ryrsø, Niels Secher, Ylva Hellsten, Peter Lange, Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Pia Thaning, Stefan P Mortensen
Skeletal muscle blood flow is regulated to match the oxygen demand and dysregulation could contribute to exercise intolerance in patients with COPD. We measured leg hemodynamics and metabolites from vasoactive compounds in muscle interstitial fluid and plasma at rest, during one-legged knee-extensor exercise, and during arterial infusions of sodium nitroprusside (SNP) and acetylcholine (ACh), respectively. Ten patients with moderate to severe COPD and eight age- and sex matched healthy controls were studied...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729349/fgf9-prevents-pleural-fibrosis-induced-by-intra-pleural-adenovirus-injection-in-mice
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Aurélien Justet, Audrey Joannes, Valérie Besnard, Joëlle Marchal-Sommé, Madeleine Jaillet, Phillippe Bonniaud, Jean-Michel Sallenave, Brigitte Solhonne, Yves Castier, Pierre Mordant, Hervé Mal, Aurélie Cazes, Raphael Borie, Arnaud A Mailleux, Bruno Crestani
Fibroblast Growth Factor 9 (FGF9) is necessary for fetal lung development and is expressed by epithelium and mesothelium. We evaluated the role of FGF9 overexpression on adenoviral-induced pleural injury in vivo and determined the biological effects of FGF9 on mesothelial cells in vitro. We assessed the expression of FGF9 and FGF receptors by mesothelial cells in both Human and mouse lungs. Intrapleural injection of an adenovirus expressing human FGF9 (AdFGF9) or a control adenovirus (Adcont) was performed...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729346/distinct-pka-regulatory-subunits-mediate-pge2-inhibition-of-tgf%C3%AE-1-stimulated-collagen-i-translation-and-myofibroblast-differentiation
#18
Scott H Wettlaufer, L Raghu Penke, Katsuhide Okunishi, Marc Peters-Golden
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), via cAMP signaling, inhibits a variety of fibroblast functions relevant to fibrogenesis. Among these are their translation of collagen I protein and their differentiation to myofibroblasts. PKA is central to these actions, with cAMP binding to regulatory (R) subunits leading to the release of catalytic subunits. Here we examined the role of specific PKAR subunit isoforms in these inhibitory actions in transforming growth factorβ-1 (TGFβ-1)-stimulated human lung fibroblasts (HLFs)...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729092/annexin-a2-modulated-proliferation-of-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-depends-on-caveolae-and-caveolin-1-in-hepatopulmonary-syndrome
#19
Lin Liao, Binwu Zheng, Bin Yi, Chang Liu, Lin Chen, Ziyang Zeng, Jing Gao
We have established that annexin A2 (ANXA2) is an important factor in the experimental hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) serum-induced proliferation of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). However, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. ANXA2 translocated to the caveolin-enriched microdomains (caveolae) in PASMCs upon HPS serum stimulation. The disruption of caveolae by Methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) alleviated the caveolae recruitment of ANXA2 and the ANXA2-mediated activation of ERK1/2 and NF-κB, so that ANXA2-modulated PASMC proliferation was suppressed...
July 17, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728939/autonomic-dysreflexia-somatosympathetic-and-viscerosympathetic-vasoconstrictor-responses-to-innocuous-and-noxious-sensory-stimulation-below-lesion-in-human-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Rachael Brown, Alexander R Burton, Vaughan G Macefield
Autonomic dysreflexia is a dangerous elevation in blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), produced by a spinally-mediated reflex activation of sympathetic vasoconstrictor neurones supplying skeletal muscle and the gut. Current dogma states that, apart from visceral inputs - such as those originating from a distended bladder or impacted colon - autonomic dysreflexia is triggered by noxious inputs below the lesion. However, while selective stimulation of small-diameter afferents in muscle or skin evokes a sustained increase in muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure, and a transient increase in skin sympathetic nerve activity and decrease in skin blood flow in able-bodied subjects, such noxious inputs have no effects on blood pressure and skin blood flow in SCI individuals...
July 13, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
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