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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330080/use-of-a-pulsed-radiofrequency-energy-device-peak-plasmablade%C3%A2-in-neuromodulation-implant-revisions
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I Ughratdar, K A Kawsar, R Mitchell, R Selway, K Ashkan
BACKGROUND: Battery replacement or revision surgery for neuromodulation implants is conventionally performed using sharp dissection. Meticulous dissection within thick scar tissue is vital to avoid damage to surrounding lead(s) which could result in more extensive revision surgery. Traditional electrosurgery devices are contraindicated as the emitted energy can be transferred to the hardware resulting in implant or tissue damage with severe consequent complications. OBJECTIVE: We report our experience and potential applications of a novel, pulsed monopolar radiofrequency energy device (PEAK PlasmaBlade™, Medtronic plc) which facilitates dissection around implants without the risk of damaging or transmitting energy through the system...
January 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327400/a-vitamin-b12-conjugate-of-exendin-4-improves-glucose-tolerance-without-associated-nausea-or-hypophagia-in-rodents
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Elizabeth G Mietlicki-Baase, Claudia G Liberini, Jayme L Workinger, Ron L Bonaccorso, Tito Borner, David J Reiner, Kieran Koch-Laskowski, Lauren E McGrath, Rinzin Lhamo, Lauren M Stein, Bart C De Jonghe, George G Holz, Christian L Roth, Robert P Doyle, Matthew R Hayes
AIMS: While pharmacological glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists are FDA-approved for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity, a major side effect is nausea/malaise. We recently developed a conjugate of vitamin B12 bound to the GLP-1R agonist exendin-4 (Ex4), which displays enhanced proteolytic stability and retention of GLP-1R agonism. Here, we evaluate whether the conjugate (B12-Ex4) can improve glucose tolerance without producing anorexia and malaise. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated the effects of systemic B12-Ex4 and unconjugated Ex4 on food intake and body weight change, oral glucose tolerance, and nausea/malaise in male rats, and on intraperitoneal glucose tolerance in mice...
January 12, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326171/abdominal-vagal-afferents-modulate-the-brain-transcriptome-and-behaviors-relevant-to-schizophrenia
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Melanie Klarer, Jean-Philippe Krieger, Juliet Richetto, Ulrike Weber-Stadlbauer, Lydia Günther, Christine Winter, Myrtha Arnold, Wolfgang Langhans, Urs Meyer
Reduced activity of vagal efferents has long been implicated in schizophrenia and appears to be responsible for diminished parasympathetic activity and associated peripheral symptoms such as low heart rate variability and cardiovascular complications in affected individuals. In contrast, only little attention has been paid to the possibility that impaired afferent vagal signaling may be relevant for the disorder's pathophysiology as well. The present study explored this hypothesis using a model of subdiaphragmatic vagal deafferentation (SDA) in male rats...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315578/hcn4-pacemaker-channels-attenuate-the-parasympathetic-response-and-stabilize-the-spontaneous-firing-of-sinoatrial-node
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Yuko Kozasa, Noriyuki Nakashima, Masayuki Ito, Taisuke Ishikawa, Hiroki Kimoto, Kazuo Ushijima, Naomasa Makita, Makoto Takano
The heart rate is dynamically controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that regulate the sinoatrial node (SAN). HCN4 pacemaker channels are well-known causative molecule of congenital sick sinus syndrome. Although HCN4 channels are activated by cAMP, the sympathetic response of SAN was preserved in the patients carrying loss-of-function mutations of HCN4 gene. In order to clarify the contribution of HCN4 channels in the autonomic regulation of SAN, we developed novel gain-of-function mutant mice in which expression level of HCN4 channels could be reversibly changed from zero to ∼3 times of that in wild type mice, using tetracycline trans-activator and tetracycline responsive element...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275193/transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-tvns-enhances-recognition-of-emotions-in-faces-but-not-bodies
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Roberta Sellaro, Beatrice de Gelder, Alessandra Finisguerra, Lorenza S Colzato
The polyvagal theory suggests that the vagus nerve is the key phylogenetic substrate enabling optimal social interactions, a crucial aspect of which is emotion recognition. A previous study showed that the vagus nerve plays a causal role in mediating people's ability to recognize emotions based on images of the eye region. The aim of this study is to verify whether the previously reported causal link between vagal activity and emotion recognition can be generalized to situations in which emotions must be inferred from images of whole faces and bodies...
November 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242602/altered-heart-rate-regulation-by-the-autonomic-nervous-system-in-mice-lacking-natriuretic-peptide-receptor-c-npr-c
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Motahareh Moghtadaei, Ellen Langille, Sara A Rafferty, Oleg Bogachev, Robert A Rose
Natriuretic peptides (NPs) play essential roles in the regulation of cardiovascular function. NP effects are mediated by receptors known as NPR-A, NPR-B or NPR-C. NPs have potent effects on regulation of heart rate (HR) by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), but the role of NPR-C in these effects has not been investigated. Accordingly, we have used telemetric ECG recordings in awake, freely moving wildtype and NPR-C knockout (NPR-C-/-) mice and performed heart rate variability (HRV) analysis to assess alterations in sympatho-vagal balance on the heart following loss of NPR-C...
December 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219123/chronic-cuffing-of-cervical-vagus-nerve-inhibits-efferent-fiber-integrity-in-rat-model
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Jesse Paul Somann, Gabriel Albors, Kaitlyn Neihouser, Kun-Han Lu, Zhongming Liu, Matthew Peter Ward, Abigail Durkes, J Paul Robinson, Terry Powley, Pedro Irazoqui
Numerous studies of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) have been published showing it to be a potential treatment for chronic inflammation and other related diseases and disorders. Studies in recent years have shown that electrical stimulation of the vagal efferent fibers can artificially modulate cytokine levels and reduce systematic inflammation. Most VNS research in the treatment of inflammation have been acute studies on rodent subjects. Our study tested VNS on freely moving animals by stimulating and recording from the cervical vagus with nerve cuff electrodes over an extended period of time...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208957/neuronal-signals-regulate-obesity-induced-%C3%AE-cell-proliferation-by-foxm1-dependent-mechanism
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Junpei Yamamoto, Junta Imai, Tomohito Izumi, Hironori Takahashi, Yohei Kawana, Kei Takahashi, Shinjiro Kodama, Keizo Kaneko, Junhong Gao, Kenji Uno, Shojiro Sawada, Tomoichiro Asano, Vladimir V Kalinichenko, Etsuo A Susaki, Makoto Kanzaki, Hiroki R Ueda, Yasushi Ishigaki, Tetsuya Yamada, Hideki Katagiri
Under insulin-resistant conditions such as obesity, pancreatic β-cells proliferate to prevent blood glucose elevations. A liver-brain-pancreas neuronal relay plays an important role in this process. Here, we show the molecular mechanism underlying this compensatory β-cell proliferation. We identify FoxM1 activation in islets from neuronal relay-stimulated mice. Blockade of this relay, including vagotomy, inhibits obesity-induced activation of the β-cell FoxM1 pathway and suppresses β-cell expansion. Inducible β-cell-specific FoxM1 deficiency also blocks compensatory β-cell proliferation...
December 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195493/adiponectin-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-changes-in-cardiac-autonomic-function-whitehall-ii-study
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Christian Stevns Hansen, Dorte Vistisen, Marit Eika Jørgensen, Daniel R Witte, Eric J Brunner, Adam G Tabák, Mika Kivimäki, Michael Roden, Marek Malik, Christian Herder
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers of inflammation and adiponectin are associated with cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) in cross-sectional studies, but prospective data are scarce. This study aimed to assess the associations of biomarkers of subclinical inflammation and adiponectin with subsequent changes in heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) in non-diabetic and diabetic individuals. METHODS: Data are based on up to 25,050 person-examinations for 8469 study participants of the Whitehall II cohort study...
December 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168547/gastric-contractility-modulation-a-novel-method-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-obesity
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Jarosław Kozakowski, Harold E Lebovitz, Wojciech Zgliczyński, Wiesław Tarnowski
Because the majority of antidiabetic medications are of limited efficacy and patient compliance with treatment is usually poor, new therapies are still being searched for. In the review a newly developed system for treatment of subjects with type 2 diabetes and concomitant overweight/obesity is described. The system consists of an implantable pulse generator that delivers electrical stimuli through leads implanted in the sero-muscular layer of the stomach. The device recognises and automatically modulates natural electrical activity of the stomach during meals, strengthening gastric contractility...
2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163100/resting-heart-rate-variability-facets-of-rumination-and-trait-anxiety-implications-for-the-perseverative-cognition-hypothesis
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DeWayne P Williams, Nicole R Feeling, LaBarron K Hill, Derek P Spangler, Julian Koenig, Julian F Thayer
The perseverative cognition hypothesis (PCH) posits that perseveration, defined as the repetitive or sustained activation of cognitive representations of a real or imagined stressor, is a primary mechanism linking psychological (or stress) vulnerability with poor health and disease. Resting vagally mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) is an important indicator of self-regulatory abilities, stress vulnerability and overall health. Those with lower resting vmHRV are more vulnerable to stress, and thus more likely to engage in perseverative cognition and experience subsequent negative mental health outcomes such as anxiety...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128975/transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-tvns-modulates-flow-experience
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Lorenza S Colzato, Gina Wolters, Corinna Peifer
Flow has been defined as a pleasant psychological state that people experience when completely absorbed in an activity. Previous correlative evidence showed that the vagal tone (as indexed by heart rate variability) is a reliable marker of flow. So far, it has not yet been demonstrated that the vagus nerve plays a causal role in flow. To explore this we used transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS), a novel non-invasive brain stimulation technique that increases activation of the locus coeruleus (LC) and norepinephrine release...
November 11, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121716/risk-prediction-in-post-infarction-patients-with-moderately-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-by-combined-assessment-of-the-sympathetic-and-vagal-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-system
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W Hamm, L Stülpnagel, N Vdovin, G Schmidt, K D Rizas, A Bauer
AIM: Most deaths after myocardial infarction (MI) occur in patients with normal or moderately reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF >35%). Periodic repolarization dynamics (PRD) and deceleration capacity (DC) are novel ECG-based markers related to sympathetic and vagal cardiac autonomic nervous system activity. Here, we test the combination of PRD and DC to predict risk in post-infarction patients with LVEF >35%. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 823 survivors of acute MI with LVEF >35%, aged ≤80years and in sinus rhythm...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080228/morphology-of-subcortical-brain-nuclei-is-associated-with-autonomic-function-in-healthy-humans
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James K Ruffle, Steven J Coen, Vincent Giampietro, Steven C R Williams, A Vania Apkarian, Adam D Farmer, Qasim Aziz
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a brain body interface which serves to maintain homeostasis by influencing a plethora of physiological processes, including metabolism, cardiorespiratory regulation and nociception. Accumulating evidence suggests that ANS function is disturbed in numerous prevalent clinical disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia. While the brain is a central hub for regulating autonomic function, the association between resting autonomic activity and subcortical morphology has not been comprehensively studied and thus was our aim...
October 28, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074588/glp-1-elicits-an-intrinsic-gut-liver-metabolic-signal-to-ameliorate-diet-induced-vldl-overproduction-and-insulin-resistance
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Rituraj Khound, Jennifer Taher, Chris Baker, Khosrow Adeli, Qiaozhu Su
OBJECTIVE: Perturbations in hepatic lipid and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) metabolism are involved in the pathogenesis of obesity and hepatic insulin resistance. The objective of this study is to delineate the mechanism of subdiaphragmatic vagotomy in preventing obesity, hyperlipidemia, and insulin resistance. APPROACH AND RESULTS: By subjecting the complete subdiaphragmatic vagotomized mice to various nutritional conditions and investigating hepatic de novo lipogenesis pathway, we found that complete disruption of subdiaphragmatic vagal signaling resulted in a significant decrease of circulating VLDL-triglyceride compared with the mice obtained sham procedure...
October 26, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073513/the-socially-evaluated-handgrip-test-introduction-of-a-novel-time-efficient-stress-protocol
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Johannes B Finke, Grit I Kalinowski, Mauro F Larra, Hartmut Schächinger
Most widely-used stress-induction procedures (such as the TSST and the Cold Pressor Test) require considerable effort and overhead in terms of preparation, logistics, and staff recruitment. Moreover, while known to reliably induce HPA axis activation, especially when combined with social self-threat, most conventional laboratory stressors cannot be flexibly adapted to elicit either a mainly autonomic or an additional endocrine stress response. Being a promising alternative approach, a new version of the isometric handgrip test enriched by a social-evaluative component was evaluated in the present study...
October 18, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059589/high-frequency-burst-vagal-nerve-simulation-therapy-in-a-natural-primate-model-of-genetic-generalized-epilepsy
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C Á Szabó, F S Salinas, A M Papanastassiou, J Begnaud, M Ravan, K S Eggleston, R Shade, C Lutz, M De La Garza
PURPOSE: Since the approval of Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy for medically refractory focal epilepsies in 1997, it has been also reported to be effective for a wide range of generalized seizures types and epilepsy syndromes. Instead of conventional VNS Therapy delivered at 20-30Hz signal frequencies, this study evaluates efficacy and tolerability of high-frequency burst VNS in a natural animal model for genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), the epileptic baboon. METHODS: Two female baboons (B1 P...
October 12, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030236/long-term-aerobic-exercise-in-calsequestrin2-knockout-mice-accentuates-vagal-antagonism-during-%C3%AE-adrenergic-stimulation-which-restricts-heart-rate-acceleration-and-paradoxically-increases-abnormal-ryanodine-receptor-calcium-leak-in-ventricular-myocytes
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Hsiang-Ting Ho, Senthil Thambidorai, Björn C Knollmann, George E Billman, Sandor Györke, Anuradha Kalyanasundaram
BACKGROUND: Long-term aerobic exercise alters autonomic balance, which may not be favorable in heart rate (HR)-dependent arrhythmic diseases including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) because of preexisting bradycardia and increased sensitivity to parasympathetic stimulation. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether long-term exercise-induced autonomic adaptations modify CPVT susceptibility. METHODS: We determined exercise-induced parasympathetic effects on HR, arrhythmia incidence, and intracellular sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) leak in atrial (ACM) and ventricular (VCM) cardiomyocytes, in exercised (EX) calsequestrin knockout (CASQ2(-/-)) mice, a model of CPVT...
October 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023380/the-gut-microbiome-feelings-of-the-brain-a-perspective-for-non-microbiologists
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Aaron Lerner, Sandra Neidhöfer, Torsten Matthias
Objectives: To comprehensively review the scientific knowledge on the gut-brain axis. Methods: Various publications on the gut-brain axis, until 31 July 2017, were screened using the Medline, Google, and Cochrane Library databases. The search was performed using the following keywords: "gut-brain axis", "gut-microbiota-brain axis", "nutrition microbiome/microbiota", "enteric nervous system", "enteric glial cells/network", "gut-brain pathways", "microbiome immune system", "microbiome neuroendocrine system" and "intestinal/gut/enteric neuropeptides"...
October 12, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016169/the-microbiome-as-a-novel-paradigm-in-studying-stress-and-mental-health
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Richard T Liu
At the intersection between neuroscience, microbiology, and psychiatry, the enteric microbiome has potential to become a novel paradigm for studying the psychobiological underpinnings of mental illness. Several studies provide support for the view that the enteric microbiome influences behavior through the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Moreover, recent findings are suggestive of the possibility that dysregulation of the enteric microbiota (i.e., dysbiosis) and associated bacterial translocation across the intestinal epithelium may be involved in the pathophysiology of stress-related psychiatric disorders, particularly depression...
October 2017: American Psychologist
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