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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799255/synergy-between-5-ht4-receptor-stimulation-and-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibition-in-facilitating-acetylcholine-release-in-human-large-intestinal-circular-muscle
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V Pauwelyn, W Ceelen, R A Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Gastroprokinetic properties of 5-HT4 receptor agonists, such as prucalopride, are attributed to activation of 5-HT4 receptors on cholinergic nerves innervating smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal smooth muscle layer, increasing acetylcholine release and muscle contraction. In porcine stomach and colon, phosphodiesterase (PDE) 4 has been shown to control the signaling pathway of these 5-HT4 receptors. The aim of this study was to investigate the PDE-mediated control of these 5-HT4 receptors in human large intestine...
August 10, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753620/treatment-combining-aliskiren-with-paricalcitol-is-effective-against-progressive-renal-tubulointerstitial-fibrosis-via-dual-blockade-of-intrarenal-renin
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Sungjin Chung, Soojeong Kim, Minyoung Kim, Eun Sil Koh, Seok Joon Shin, Cheol Whee Park, Yoon Sik Chang, Ho-Shik Kim
The aim of this study was to assess any potential additive effects of a treatment combining aliskiren with paricalcitol on reducing renal fibrosis. C57BL/6J mice were treated individually with aliskiren and/or paricalcitol until 7 days after initiation of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO).In obstructed kidneys of UUO mice, monotherapy with aliskiren or paricalcitol significantly attenuated interstitial fibrosis, collagen IV accumulation, and α-smooth muscle actin- and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated biotin nick end-labeling-positive cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753160/-fat-grafting-in-the-hollow-upper-eyelids-and-volumetric-upper-blepharoplasty
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Mariano E Ramil
BACKGROUND: Periorbital volume loss creates a shadow frame, where traditional excisional blepharoplasties may aggravate the situation. Divergence in filling treatments establishes a demand for simple and reproducible techniques to achieve consistent results. Here, the author's hollow upper eyelid evaluation and treatment approach are presented. METHODS: A retrospective photographic analysis was conducted for 32 women who underwent fat grafting on the hollow upper eyelids between 2012 and 2016...
July 27, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751550/novel-targeted-therapies-for-cancer-cachexia
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REVIEW
Josep M Argilés, Francisco Javier López-Soriano, Britta Stemmler, Sílvia Busquets
Anorexia and metabolic alterations are the main components of the cachectic syndrome. Glucose intolerance, fat depletion, muscle protein catabolism and other alterations are involved in the development of cancer cachexia, a multi-organ syndrome. Nutritional approach strategies are not satisfactory in reversing the cachectic syndrome. The aim of the present review is to deal with the recent therapeutic targeted approaches that have been designed to fight and counteract wasting in cancer patients. Indeed, some promising targeted therapeutic approaches include ghrelin agonists, selective androgen receptor agonists, β-blockers and antimyostatin peptides...
July 27, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751255/modification-of-spastic-stretch-reflexes-at-the-elbow-by-flexion-synergy-expression-in-individuals-with-chronic-hemiparetic-stroke
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Jacob G McPherson, Arno H A Stienen, Justin M Drogos, Julius P A Dewald
OBJECTIVE: To systematically characterize the impact of flexion synergy expression on the manifestation of elbow flexor stretch reflexes post-stroke, and to relate these findings to elbow flexor stretch reflexes in individuals without neurological injury. DESIGN: Controlled cohort study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Ten individuals with chronic hemiparetic stroke and a convenience sample of 10 individuals without neurological or musculoskeletal injury...
July 24, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744056/comparison-of-muscle-synergies-before-and-after-10-minutes-of-running
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Naoto Matsunaga, Atsushi Imai, Koji Kaneoka
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the modular control of locomotor tasks and compared the modules before and after a running intervention. [Subjects and Methods] Electromyographic measurements were performed on eight young, healthy males engaged in a 60s run on a treadmill at 2.8 m/s before and immediately after the 600s of running intervention. Electromyographic data for 15 trunk and lower-limb muscles on the right side were recorded. Muscle synergies were extracted from the electromyography signals using non-negative matrix factorization...
July 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734700/predicting-muscle-forces-during-the-propulsion-phase-of-single-leg-triple-hop-test
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Felipe Costa Alvim, Paulo Roberto Garcia Lucareli, Luciano Luporini Menegaldo
Functional biomechanical tests allow the assessment of musculoskeletal system impairments in a simple way. Muscle force synergies associated with movement can provide additional information for diagnosis. However, such forces cannot be directly measured noninvasively. This study aims to estimate muscle activations and forces exerted during the preparation phase of the single leg triple hop test. Two different approaches were tested: static optimization (SO) and computed muscle control (CMC). As an indirect validation, model-estimated muscle activations were compared with surface electromyography (EMG) of selected hip and thigh muscles...
July 15, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734171/muscle-synergies-reveal-impaired-trunk-muscle-coordination-strategies-in-individuals-with-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Matija Milosevic, Hikaru Yokoyama, Murielle Grangeon, Kei Masani, Milos R Popovic, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Dany H Gagnon
Spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in paralysis of trunk muscles, which can affect sitting balance. The objective of this study was to analyze trunk muscle coordination of individuals with thoracic SCI and compare it to able-body individuals. A total of 27 individuals were recruited and subdivided into: (a) high thoracic SCI; (b) low thoracic SCI; and (c) able-body groups. Participants were seated and asked to lean their trunk in eight directions while trunk muscle activity was recorded. Muscle coordination was assessed using the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) method to extract muscle modules, which are the synergistic trunk muscle activations, and their directional activation patterns...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732761/the-use-of-intermuscular-coherence-analysis-as-a-novel-approach-to-detect-age-related-changes-on-postural-muscle-synergy
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Adriana M Degani, Charles T Leonard, Alessander Danna-Dos-Santos
The overall goal of this study was to investigate potential adaptations brought about by the natural processes of aging on the coordination of postural muscles. Considering the progressive and non-homogeneous deterioration of sensorimotor and neuromuscular systems as the individual grows older, it was hypothesized that aging is associated with a reorganization of synergistic mechanisms controlling postural muscles. Therefore, the presence, distribution, and strength of correlated neural inputs to three posterior postural muscles were measured by intermuscular coherence estimations at a low frequency band (0-55Hz)...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724779/chronic-pain-alters-spatiotemporal-activation-patterns-of-forearm-muscle-synergies-during-the-development-of-grip-force
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Nagarajan Manickaraj, Leanne M Bisset, Venkata S P T Devanaboyina, Justin J Kavanagh
It is largely unknown how the CNS regulates multiple muscle systems in the presence of pain. This study used muscle synergy analysis to investigate multiple forearm muscles in individuals with chronic elbow pain during the development of grip force. Eleven individuals with chronic elbow pain and 11 healthy age-matched controls developed grip force to 15% and 30% of MVC. Surface EMG was obtained from six forearm muscles during force development before non-negative matrix factorization was performed. The relationship between muscle synergies and standard clinical tests of elbow pain were examined using linear regression...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713811/reducing-the-impact-of-shoulder-abduction-loading-on-the-classification-of-hand-opening-and-grasping-in-individuals-with-poststroke-flexion-synergy
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Yiyun Lan, Jun Yao, Julius P A Dewald
Application of neural machine interface in individuals with chronic hemiparetic stroke is regarded as a great challenge, especially for classification of the hand opening and grasping during a functional upper extremity movement such as reach-to-grasp. The overall accuracy of classifying hand movements, while actively lifting the paretic arm, is subject to a significant reduction compared to the accuracy when the arm is fully supported. Such a reduction is believed to be due to the expression of flexion synergy, which couples shoulder abduction (SABD) with elbow/wrist and finger flexion, and is common in up to 60% of the stroke population...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705908/importance-of-kynurenine-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bence M Nagy, Chandran Nagaraj, Andreas Meinitzer, Neha Sharma, Rita Papp, Vasile Foris, Bahil Ghanim, Grazyna Kwapiszewska, Gabor Kovacs, Walter Klepetko, Thomas R Pieber, Harald Mangge, Horst Olschewski, Andrea Oslchewski
The tryptophan metabolite kynurenine is significantly increased in pulmonary arterial hyper-tension (PAH) patients, and it is a potent vasodilator of systemic arteries. Our aim was to in-vestigate the role of kynurenine in the pulmonary circulation. Serum tryptophan, kynurenine and kynurenic-acid levels were measured in 20 idiopathic PAH (IPAH) patients, 20 healthy controls and 20 patients with chronic lung disease or meta-bolic syndrome without-PH. Laser-dissected pulmonary arteries from IPAH and control lungs were tested for the expression of IDO, the rate-limiting enzyme for the conversion from tryptophan to kynurenine...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691192/bilirubin-coating-attenuates-the-inflammatory-response-to-everolimus-coated-stents
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In-Ho Bae, Dae Sung Park, So-Youn Lee, Eun-Jae Jang, Jae-Won Shim, Kyung-Seob Lim, Jun-Kyu Park, Ju Han Kim, Doo Sun Sim, Myung Ho Jeong
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of bilirubin- and/or everolimus (EVL)-coated stents to prevent arterial neointimal hyperplasia and inflammation in vitro and in vivo. The stents were prepared by spray coating bare metal stents (BMS) with bilirubin and/or EVL. Study groups were divided into (1) BMS, (2) bilirubin-coated stents (BES), (3) commercialized stents (Synergy™; EES), and (4) bilirubin/EVL-coated stents (B-EES). The coating thickness and drug release rates were comparable to previous reports (i...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677664/allergenic-proteases-cleave-the-chemokine-cx3cl1-directly-from-the-surface-of-airway-epithelium-and-augment-the-effect-of-rhinovirus
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M Loxham, D E Smart, N J Bedke, N P Smithers, I Filippi, C Blume, E J Swindle, K Tariq, P H Howarth, S T Holgate, D E Davies
CX3CL1 has been implicated in allergen-induced airway CD4(+) T-lymphocyte recruitment in asthma. As epidemiological evidence supports a viral infection-allergen synergy in asthma exacerbations, we postulated that rhinovirus (RV) infection in the presence of allergen augments epithelial CX3CL1 release. Fully differentiated primary bronchial epithelial cultures were pretreated apically with house dust mite (HDM) extract and infected with rhinovirus-16 (RV16). CX3CL1 was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and western blotting, and shedding mechanisms assessed using inhibitors, protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) agonist, and recombinant CX3CL1-expressing HEK293T cells...
July 5, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677652/relationship-between-handgrip-strength-and-muscle-mass-in-female-survivors-of-breast-cancer-a-mediation-analysis
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Lorena Benavides-Rodríguez, Antonio García-Hermoso, Diogo Rodrigues-Bezerra, Mikel Izquierdo, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez
This study explored the mediating factors of sarcopenia in a group of women survivors of breast cancer in Bogotá, Colombia. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study with 98 women survivors of breast cancer, who were registered with the SIMMON (Integrated Synergies to Improve Oncological Management in Colombia) Foundation. Body weight, height, and waist circumference (WC) were measured, and body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Body composition (percentage of fat and muscle mass) was evaluated via four-pole bioelectrical impedance analysis...
July 4, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675778/hip-abductor-muscle-activity-during-walking-in-individuals-with-gluteal-tendinopathy
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Kim Allison, Sauro E Salomoni, Kim L Bennell, Tim V Wrigley, Francois Hug, Bill Vicenzino, Alison Grimaldi, Paul W Hodges
The external hip adduction moment during walking is greater in individuals with gluteal tendinopathy (GT) than pain-free controls. Although this likely represents a greater demand on the hip abductor muscles implicated in GT, no study has investigated activation of these muscles in GT. For this purpose, fine wire electrodes were inserted into the segments of the gluteus minimus and medius muscles, and surface electrodes placed on the tensor fascia lata, upper gluteus maximus and vastus lateralis muscles of thirteen individuals with, and thirteen without, GT...
July 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674489/multi-finger-interaction-and-synergies-in-finger-flexion-and-extension-force-production
#17
Jaebum Park, Dayuan Xu
The aim of this study was to discover finger interaction indices during single-finger ramp tasks and multi-finger coordination during a steady state force production in two directions, flexion, and extension. Furthermore, the indices of anticipatory adjustment of elemental variables (i.e., finger forces) prior to a quick pulse force production were quantified. It is currently unknown whether the organization and anticipatory modulation of stability properties are affected by force directions and strengths of in multi-finger actions...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659855/upper-extremity-motor-impairments-and-microstructural-changes-in-bulbospinal-pathways-in-chronic-hemiparetic-stroke
#18
Meriel Owen, Carson Ingo, Julius P A Dewald
Following hemiparetic stroke, precise, individuated control of single joints is often replaced by highly stereotyped patterns of multi-joint movement, or abnormal limb synergies, which can negatively impact functional use of the paretic arm. One hypothesis for the expression of these synergies is an increased dependence on bulbospinal pathways such as the rubrospinal (RubST) tract and especially the reticulospinal (RetST) tracts, which co-activate multiple muscles of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659460/intermuscular-coherence-reflects-functional-coordination
#19
Christopher M Laine, Francisco J Valero-Cuevas
Coherence analysis has the ability to identify the presence of common descending drive shared by motor unit pools, and reveals its spectral properties. However, the link between spectral properties of shared neural drive and functional interactions among muscles remains unclear. We assessed shared neural drive between muscles of the thumb and index finger while participants executed two mechanically distinct precision pinch tasks, each requiring distinct functional coordination among muscles. We found that shared neural drive was systematically reduced or enhanced at specific frequencies of interest (~10 and ~40 Hz)...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647390/neural-synergies-for-controlling-reach-and-grasp-movement-in-macaques
#20
Yaoyao Hao, Shaomin Zhang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Guanglin Li, Weidong Chen, Xiaoxiang Zheng
It has been suggested that the brain adopts a simplified strategy to coordinate a large number of degrees of freedom in motor control. Synergies have been proposed as a strategy to produce movements by recruitment of a small number of fixed modular patterns. However, there is no direct support for a synergistic organization of the brain itself. In this study, we recorded neural activities from the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of monkeys trained to reach and grasp differently shaped objects (grasping task) or the same object in different positions (reaching task)...
June 22, 2017: Neuroscience
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