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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921861/understanding-intra-vaginal-and-labia-minora-elongation-practices-among-women-heads-of-households-in-zamb%C3%A3-zia-province-mozambique
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Carolyn M Audet, Meridith Blevins, Charlotte Buehler Cherry, Lazaro González-Calvo, Ann F Green, Troy D Moon
Intra-vaginal drying and tightening and labia minora elongation are commonly practised in some parts of southern Africa. We sought to capture data on these practices among women living in Zambézia province, Mozambique. Information was gathered from 3543 female heads of household on > 500 variables, including vaginal practices, in 2014. Women who planned to use intra-vaginal tightening substances had 1.84 times higher odds of ever receiving an HIV test (p < 0.001) and 1.40 times higher odds of at least one antenatal care visit attended during last pregnancy (p = 0...
December 6, 2016: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912957/acupuncture-and-related-techniques-during-perioperative-period-a-literature-review
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H Volkan Acar
Acupuncture has been used in the Far East for more than 2000 years. Since the early 1970s, this technique has been gaining popularity among Western medical community. A number of studies suggest that its mechanism of effect can be explained in biomedical terms. In this context, a number of transmitters and modulators including beta-endorphin, serotonin, substance P, interleukins, and calcitonin gene-related peptide are released. For that reason, acupuncture can be used in a wide variety of clinical conditions...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910757/free-radical-scavenging-activities-of-cultured-mycelia-of-paecilomyces-hepiali-ascomycetes-extracts-and-structural-characterization-of-bioactive-components-by-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Lucia Ungvarska Mal'ucka, Jarmila Harvanova, Martin Pavlik, Martin Rajtar, Lukas Jarosciak
Current research is focused on testing the cultivation of Paecilomyces hepiali mycelia on various plant substrates and producing fungus or mycelial biomass with qualitatively interesting substances. P. hepiali mycelia was cultivated using solid-state fermentation of different substrates. Mycelial biomass was then analyzed, and antioxidant activity was evaluated using the DPPH radical scavenging method for different ethanolic extracts based on a millet substrate (extract 1) or a chickpea substrate (extract 2)...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909823/gelatin-microspheres-containing-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-or-substance-p-repair-bone-defects-in-osteoporotic-rabbits
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Jianghao Chen, Wei Liu, Jinxiu Zhao, Cong Sun, Jie Chen, Kaijin Hu, Linlin Zhang, Yuxiang Ding
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the therapeutic effect of gelatin microspheres containing different concentrations of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or substance P on repairing bone defects in a rabbit osteoporosis model. RESULTS: Gelatin microspheres containing different concentrations of CGRP or substance P promoted osteogenesis after 3 months in a rabbit osteoporotic bone defective model. From micro-computed tomography imaging results, 10 nM CGRP was optimal for increasing the trabecular number and decreasing the trabecular bone separation degree; similar effects were observed with the microspheres containing 1 µM substance P...
December 1, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908224/serum-substance-p-concentrations-to-predict-oocyte-maturation-index-and-clinical-pregnancy
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Yavuz Sahin, Enis Özkaya, Semra Kayatas Eser, Tayfun Kutlu, Ilhan Sanverdi, Gulden Tunali, Ates Karateke
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the predictive value of serum substance P (SP) concentrations on oocyte maturation and clinical pregnancy. METHODS: Ninety-three women with unexplained infertility underwent intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles. Antagonist protocol was started for each participant and at the day of oocyte pick up, serum samples were obtained from each participant to assess SP concentrations, and these concentrations were utilized to predict mature/total oocyte ratio and clinical pregnancy...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907187/substance-p-induces-ho-1-expression-in-raw-264-7-cells-promoting-switch-towards-m2-like-macrophages
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Giovanna Montana, Nadia Lampiasi
Substance P (SP) is a neuropeptide that mediates many physiological as well as inflammatory responses. Recently, SP has been implicated in the resolution of inflammation through induction of M2 macrophages phenotype. The shift between M1-like and M2-like, allowing the resolution of inflammatory processes, also takes place by means of hemeoxygenase-1 (HO-1). HO-1 is induced in response to oxidative stress and inflammatory stimuli and modulates the immune response through macrophages polarisation. SP induces HO-1 expression in human periodontal ligament (PDL), the latter potentially plays a role in cytoprotection...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904941/trpa1-substance-p-histamine-and-5-hydroxytryptamine-interact-in-an-interdependent-way-to-induce-nociception
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Luana Fischer, Maria Isabel Lavoranti, Mariana de Oliveira Borges, Alana Farias Miksza, Natalia Fantin Sardi, Bruno Jacson Martynhak, Claudia H Tambeli, Carlos Amílcar Parada
BACKGROUND: Although TRPA1, SP, histamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) have recognized contribution to nociceptive mechanisms, little is known about how they interact with each other to mediate inflammatory pain in vivo. In this study we evaluated whether TRPA1, SP, histamine and 5-HT interact, in an interdependent way, to induce nociception in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: The subcutaneous injection of the TRPA1 agonist allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) into the rat's hind paw induced a dose-dependent and short lasting behavioral nociceptive response that was blocked by the co-administration of the TRPA1 antagonist, HC030031, or by the pretreatment with antisense ODN against TRPA1...
November 30, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902570/preprotachykinin-a-ppta-is-expressed-by-a-distinct-population-of-excitatory-neurons-in-the-mouse-superficial-spinal-dorsal-horn-including-cells-that-respond-to-noxious-and-pruritic-stimuli
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Maria Gutierrez-Mecinas, Andrew M Bell, Alina Marin, Rebecca Taylor, Kieran A Boyle, Takahiro Furuta, Masahiko Watanabe, Erika Polgár, Andrew J Todd
The superficial dorsal horn, which is the main target for nociceptive and pruritoceptive primary afferents, contains a high density of excitatory interneurons. Our understanding of their roles in somatosensory processing has been restricted by the difficulty of distinguishing functional populations among these cells. We recently defined three non-overlapping populations among the excitatory neurons, based on the expression of neurotensin, neurokinin B (NKB) and gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP). Here we identify and characterise another population: neurons that express the tachykinin peptide substance P...
November 25, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894799/a-microcosm-experiment-to-determine-the-consequences-of-magnetic-microparticles-application-on-water-quality-and-sediment-phosphorus-pools
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A Funes, A Del Arco, I Álvarez-Manzaneda, J de Vicente, I de Vicente
This study used microcosms to evaluate the effects of adding iron (Fe) magnetic microparticles (MPs) on water quality, focusing on P concentrations in the water column and sediment. Two treatments were considered for a constant 85:1 MP:PMobile molar ratio: T-W, applying MPs on the surface water layer; and T-S, applying MPs on the sediment. MP addition reduced P concentrations in lake water and sediment, with both treatments producing a mean reduction of 68±6% in dissolved inorganic P concentration (DIP) over a 70-day oxic period and reductions of 80±8% (T-W) and 80±4% (T-S) over a 5-day anoxic period...
November 25, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888795/targeting-tachykinin-receptors-in-neuroblastoma
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Anton G Henssen, Andrea Odersky, Annabell Szymansky, Marleen Seiler, Kristina Althoff, Anneleen Beckers, Frank Speleman, Simon Schäfers, Katleen De Preter, Kathy Astrahanseff, Joachim Struck, Alexander Schramm, Angelika Eggert, Andreas Bergmann, Johannes H Schulte
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial tumor in children. Despite aggressive multimodal treatment, high-risk neuroblastoma remains a clinical challenge with survival rates below 50%. Adding targeted drugs to first-line therapy regimens is a promising approach to improve survival in these patients. TACR1 activation by substance P has been reported to be mitogenic in cancer cell lines. Tachykinin receptor (TACR1) antagonists are approved for clinical use as an antiemetic remedy since 2003. Tachykinin receptor inhibition has recently been shown to effectively reduce growth of several tumor types...
November 18, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880769/effects-of-treatment-of-treadmill-combined-with-electro-acupuncture-on-tibia-bone-mass-and-substance-pexpression-of-rabbits-with-sciatic-nerve-injury
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Yan Wang, Qiang Tang, Luwen Zhu, Ruyi Huang, Lei Huang, Melanie Koleini, Dequan Zou
The peripheral nervous system may play an important role in normal bone maintenance and remodeling. Substance P (SP) is a neuropeptide associated with bone loss and formation that may mediate the effects of the nervous system. The purpose of this study is to determine if treadmill running combined with electro-acupuncture at Jiaji acupoints (Jiaji-EA) affects tibial bone mass and SP expression in rabbits with sciatic nerve injury. Twenty-four juvenile male New Zealand white rabbits were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups: sham injury control (sham), sciatic never crush control (SNCr), treadmill running (treadmill), and Jiaji-EA combined with treadmill running (ET group)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876152/the-role-of-substance-p-in-pulmonary-clearance-of-bacteria-in-comparative-injury-models
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Terry Hsieh, Max H Vaickus, Thor D Stein, Bethany L Lussier, Jiyoun Kim, David M Stepien, Elizabeth R Duffy, Evan L Chiswick, Daniel G Remick
Neural input to the immune system can alter its ability to clear pathogens effectively. Patients suffering mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) have shown reduced rates of pneumonia and a murine model replicated these findings, with better overall survival of TBI mice compared with sham-injured mice. To further investigate the mechanism of improved host response in TBI mice, this study developed and characterized a mild tail trauma model of similar severity to mild TBI. Both mild tail trauma and TBI induced similar systemic changes that normalized within 48 hours, including release of substance P...
December 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866657/distribution-and-chemical-coding-of-sensory-neurons-innervating-the-skin-of-the-porcine-hindlimb
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Anna Kozłowska, Anita Mikołajczyk, Zbigniew Adamiak, Mariusz Majewski
The aim of the present study was to establish the origin and chemical phenotyping of neurons involved in skin innervation of the porcine hind leg. The dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) of the lumbar (L4-L6) and sacral (S1-S3) spinal nerves were visualized using the fluorescent tracer Fast Blue (FB). The morphometric analysis of FB-positive (FB+)neurons showed that in the L4, L5, S1 and S2 DRGs, the small-sized perikarya constituted the major population, whereas in the L6 and S3 DRGs the medium-sized cells made up the major population...
November 5, 2016: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865847/functional-characterisation-and-application-of-an-ex-vivo-perfusion-superfusion-system-in-murine-airways
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Esther Y Cheah, Tracy S Mann, Philip C Burcham, Peter J Henry
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to develop two dynamic ex vivo airway explant systems, a perfusion-superfusion system and a ventilation-superfusion system, for the study of toxic airborne substances, such as the prevalent smoke constituent acrolein. METHODS: Mouse isolated tracheal segments were perfused with physiological media or ventilated with humidified air at 37°C to mimic dynamic flow conditions, and superfused with media over the exterior surface...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835606/neurokinin-1-receptor-is-a-novel-positive-regulator-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-melanogenesis
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Jia Zhou, Jingjing Ling, Huizhu Song, Bei Lv, Lei Wang, Jing Shang, Yong Wang, Chunyan Chang, Fengfeng Ping, Jun Qian
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is essential for melanogenesis in melanocytes. Neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R) has recently been demonstrated to be involved in melanin production. However, the cross talk between NK-1R and Wnt/β-catenin is poorly understood. Here, [Sar9, Met(O2)11] substance P (SMSP) was used to activate NK-1R, while L-733060 was used to inhibit it. The effects of NK-1R activation and inhibition on Wnt and its inhibitors were analyzed using western blot and real-time quantitative PCR. The results showed that SMSP positively regulated Wnt/β-catenin signaling by increasing the expression of β-catenin and p-GSK3β protein, which resulted from the weakened expression of the Wnt inhibitor Dickkopf-1 (DKK1)...
November 8, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826550/lysosomal-cathepsin-a-plays-a-significant-role-in-the-processing-of-endogenous-bioactive-peptides
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Zehra Kevser Timur, Secil Akyildiz Demir, Volkan Seyrantepe
Lysosomal serine carboxypeptidase Cathepsin A (CTSA) is a multifunctional enzyme with distinct protective and catalytic function. CTSA present in the lysosomal multienzyme complex to facilitate the correct lysosomal routing, stability and activation of with beta-galactosidase and alpha-neuraminidase. Beside CTSA has role in inactivation of bioactive peptides including bradykinin, substances P, oxytocin, angiotensin I and endothelin-I by cleavage of 1 or 2 amino acid(s) from C-terminal ends. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the regulatory role of CTSA on bioactive peptides in knock-in mice model of CTSA(S190A) ...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820848/acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a-contributes-to-airway-hyperreactivity-in-mice
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Leah R Reznikov, David K Meyerholz, Ryan J Adam, Mahmoud Abou Alaiwa, Omar Jaffer, Andrew S Michalski, Linda S Powers, Margaret P Price, David A Stoltz, Michael J Welsh
Neurons innervating the airways contribute to airway hyperreactivity (AHR), a hallmark feature of asthma. Several observations suggested that acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs), neuronal cation channels activated by protons, might contribute to AHR. For example, ASICs are found in vagal sensory neurons that innervate airways, and asthmatic airways can become acidic. Moreover, airway acidification activates ASIC currents and depolarizes neurons innervating airways. We found ASIC1a protein in vagal ganglia neurons, but not airway epithelium or smooth muscle...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798158/loss-of-neurokinin-1-receptor-alters-ocular-surface-homeostasis-and-promotes-an-early-development-of-herpes-stromal-keratitis
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Subhash Gaddipati, Pushpa Rao, Andrew David Jerome, Bala Bharathi Burugula, Norma P Gerard, Susmit Suvas
Substance P neuropeptide and its receptor, neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R), are reported to present on the ocular surface. In this study, mice lacking functional NK1R exhibited an excessive desquamation of apical corneal epithelial cells in association with an increased epithelial cell proliferation and increased epithelial cell density, but decreased epithelial cell size. The lack of NK1R also resulted in decreased density of corneal nerves, corneal epithelial dendritic cells (DCs), and a reduced volume of basal tears...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788771/influence-of-rotary-instrumentation-with-continuous-irrigation-on-pain-and-neuropeptide-release-levels-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Hazal Bıçakcı, İsmail Davut Çapar, Selin Genç, Alperen İhtiyar, Recep Sütçü
INTRODUCTION: The first objective was to determine correlation among various experimental and clinical pain measurement procedures. The second objective was to evaluate the influence of rotary instrumentation with continuous irrigation on pain and neuropeptide release levels. METHODS: Forty patients who had preoperative pain at the levels of 3-8 on the visual analogue scale were included. Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) samples were collected. Patients were randomly assigned to 2 treatment groups, the standard preparation group and the preparation with continuous irrigation group...
November 2016: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780878/blocking-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-alleviates-bladder-hyperactivity-and-pain-in-rats-with-cystitis
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Simin Liang, Jie Li, Xin Gou, Daihui Chen
BACKGROUND: Bladder disorders associated with interstitial cystitis are frequently characterized by increased contractility and pain. The purposes of this study were to examine (1) the effects of blocking mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) on the exaggerated bladder activity and pain evoked by cystitis and (2) the underlying mechanisms responsible for the role of mTOR in regulating cystic sensory activity. RESULTS: The expression of p-mTOR, mTOR-mediated phosphorylation of p70 ribosomal S6 protein kinase 1 (p-S6K1), 4 E-binding protein 4 (p-4 E-BP1), as well as phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (p-PI3K) pathway were amplified in cyclophosphamide rats as compared with control rats...
2016: Molecular Pain
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