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Afroditi Despina Lalou, Marek Czosnyka, Joseph Donnelly, John D Pickard, FMedSci, Eva Nabbanja, Nicole C Keong, Matthew Garnett, Zofia H Czosnyka
OBJECTIVE Normal pressure hydrocephalus is not simply the result of a disturbance in CSF circulation, but often includes cardiovascular comorbidity and abnormalities within the cerebral mantle. In this study, the authors have examined the relationship between the global autoregulation pressure reactivity index (PRx), the profile of disturbed CSF circulation and pressure-volume compensation, and their possible effects on outcome after surgery. METHODS The authors studied a cohort of 131 patients in whom a clinical suspicion of normal pressure hydrocephalus was investigated...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Antonio G Cabrera, Kathleen K Kibler, R Blaine Easley, Michelle Goldsworthy, Lara S Shekerdemian, Dean B Andropoulos, Jeffrey Heinle, Erin A Gottlieb, Eric Vu, Ken M Brady
BACKGROUND: Elevated arterial blood pressure (ABP) is common after superior bidirectional cavo-pulmonary anastomosis (BCPA). The effects of elevated ABP after BCPA on cerebrovascular hemodynamics are unknown. We sought to determine the relationship between elevated ABP and cerebrovascular autoregulation after BCPA. METHODS: Prospective, observational study on infants with single-ventricle physiology after BCPA surgery. Continuous recordings of mean ABP, mean cavo-pulmonary pressure (PAP), near-infrared spectroscopy measures of cerebral oximetry (rSO2), and relative cerebral blood volume index (BVI) were obtained from admission to extubation...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Vatika Gupta, Kanika Jain, Rajni Garg, Anshu Malik, Pooja Gulati, Rakesh Bhatnagar
Microbial colonization is an outcome of appropriate sensing and regulation of its gene expression. Bacillus anthracis adapts and thrives in its environment through complex regulatory mechanisms, among them, the two component systems (TCS). Many bacteria respond to the oxygen fluctuations via TCS. In the present work, a previously uncharacterized TCS, Bas1213-1214, of B. anthracis with a probable role in oxygen sensing has been characterized as a functional TCS. A substantial increase in the expression of Bas1213 was observed during the stationary growth phase, in presence of bicarbonate ions, and under oxidative stress thereby speculating the role of Bas1213 in toxin production and adaptive responses...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Yuanyuan Tang, Joshua Berlind, Nirmala Mavila
BACKGROUND: The WNT-beta-catenin pathway is known to regulate cellular homeostasis during development and tissue regeneration. Activation of WNT signaling increases the stability of cytoplasmic beta-catenin and enhances its nuclear translocation. Nuclear beta-catenin function is regulated by transcriptional co-factors such as CREB binding protein (CBP) and p300. Hyper-activated WNT-beta-catenin signaling is associated with many cancers. However, its role in inducing stemness to liver cancer cells, its autoregulation and how it regulates tumor suppressor pathways are not well understood...
March 12, 2018: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Gaurav Mathur, Narottama Sindhu, Deependra Vikram Singh, Gurpreet Singh Garcha
PURPOSE: To present a unique case of decompression retinochoroidopathy presenting with intraretinal, subretinal and preretinal hemorrhages. METHODS: A 65-year-old hypertensive female presented with diminution of vision in right eye of 1-week duration. She had been a known case of primary open-angle glaucoma and had undergone trabeculectomy with mitomycin C in right eye 1 week back. Her day 1 postoperative intraocular pressure was 6 mmHg. Her left eye had undergone Ahmed glaucoma valve surgery for the same 2 years back...
March 10, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Edit Németh, Zoltán Nagy, Attila Pécsváradi
Glutamine synthetase (GS) is of central interest as the main route of ammonia assimilation in plants, and as a connection point between the organic and inorganic worlds. Even though GS activity is critical for producing high yields of crop plants, the autoregulation of substrate consumption of wheat GS remained unknown until now. Here we show kinetic evidence, that the chloroplast localized GS isoform (GS2) of wheat ( Triticum aestivum L. cv. Jubilejnaja-50) takes place at the carbon-nitrogen metabolic branch point, where it is a mediator, and its enzymatic activity is regulated in a negatively cooperative allosteric manner...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Andrew P Owens, David A Low, Hugo D Critchley, Christopher J Mathias
Cognitive and emotional processes are influenced by interoception (homeostatic somatic feedback), particularly when physiological arousal is unexpected and discrepancies between predicted and experienced interoceptive signals may engender anxiety. Due to the vulnerability for comorbid psychological symptoms in forms of orthostatic intolerance (OI), this study investigated psychophysiological contributions to emotional symptomatology in 20 healthy control participants (13 females, mean age 36 ± 8 years), 20 postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) patients (18 females, mean age 38 ± 13 years) and 20 vasovagal syncope (VVS) patients (15 females, mean age 39 ± 12 years)...
January 31, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Hannah G Hampton, Simon A Jackson, Robert D Fagerlund, Anne I M Vogel, Ron L Dy, Tim R Blower, Peter C Fineran
Bacteria resist phage infection using multiple strategies, including CRISPR-Cas and abortive infection (Abi) systems. Abi systems provide population-level protection from phage predation, via "altruistic" cell suicide. It has recently been shown that some Abi systems function via a toxin-antitoxin (TA) mechanism, such as the widespread AbiE family. The Streptococcus agalactiae AbiE system consists of a bicistronic operon encoding the AbiEi antitoxin and AbiEii toxin, which function as a Type IV TA system...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Tomchika Maoka, Tetsuya Kawata, Takao Koike, Toshio Mochizuki, Jurgen Schnermann, Seiji Hashimoto
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis of the liver is often associated with an impairment of renal function that is usually not associated with consistent structural abnormalities of the renal parenchyma, but is thought to be the functional consequence of arterial underfilling and reduced arterial blood pressure. METHOD: We have used the cirrhosis model of chronic bile duct ligation (BDL) to assess the response of renal blood flow to a change of blood pressure. We have measured renal haemodynamics in BDL rats...
March 7, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Sang-Woo Lee, Seung-Jae Lee
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a disorder of reversible vasogenic brain edema which mainly involves the parieto-occipital lobes in various clinical settings. The main mechanism is known to be cerebral autoregulation failure and endothelial dysfunction leading to the disruption of the blood-brain barrier. We report the case of a 47-year-old woman with PRES which involved the brain stem and thalami, sparing the cerebral hemispheres. She was admitted to the emergency room because of acute-onset confusion...
January 2018: Case Reports in Neurology
Dmitry Telyshev, Maxim Denisov, Alexander Pugovkin, Sergey Selishchev, Igor Nesterenko
In this work, the study results of an implantable pediatric rotary blood pump (PRBP) are presented. They show the results of the numerical simulation of fluid flow rates in the pump. The determination method of the backflows and stagnation regions is represented. The operating points corresponding to fluid flow rates of 1, 3, and 5 L/min for 75-80 mm Hg pressure head are investigated. The study results have shown that use of the pump in the 1 L/min operating point can potentially lead to the appearance of backflows and stagnation regions...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Masakazu Kotoda, Tadahiko Ishiyama, Kazuha Mitsui, Sohei Hishiyama, Takashi Matsukawa
PURPOSE: Nicorandil has dual properties and acts as a nitric oxide donor and an ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP ) channel opener. Considering its pharmacological profile, nicorandil might exert protective effects on the brain as well as on the heart. The purpose of this study was to directly evaluate the effect of nicorandil on cerebral blood flow (CBF) in mice using a transcranial Doppler method. METHODS: Under general anesthesia, the nicorandil groups received a single-bolus intraperitoneal injection of the respective doses of nicorandil (1, 5, or 10 mg/kg), while the control group received vehicle only...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Diego Butera, Freda Passam, Lining Ju, Kristina M Cook, Heng Woon, Camilo Aponte-Santamaría, Elizabeth Gardiner, Amanda K Davis, Deirdre A Murphy, Agnieszka Bronowska, Brenda M Luken, Carsten Baldauf, Shaun Jackson, Robert Andrews, Frauke Gräter, Philip J Hogg
Force-dependent binding of platelet glycoprotein Ib (GPIb) receptors to plasma von Willebrand factor (VWF) plays a key role in hemostasis and thrombosis. Previous studies have suggested that VWF activation requires force-induced exposure of the GPIb binding site in the A1 domain that is autoinhibited by the neighboring A2 domain. However, the biochemical basis of this "mechanopresentation" remains elusive. From a combination of protein chemical, biophysical, and functional studies, we find that the autoinhibition is controlled by the redox state of an unusual disulfide bond near the carboxyl terminus of the A2 domain that links adjacent cysteine residues to form an eight-membered ring...
February 2018: Science Advances
Nakul Katyal, Christopher R Newey
Cerebrovascular autoregulation may be dysfunctional after acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). This disruption in autoregulation can potentially result in secondary neurological damage that may present as an intracranial hemorrhage at locations distant from the primary site of hemorrhage. We discuss a case of 68-year-old female who presented with acute left hemiparesis from a spontaneous right frontal ICH. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was negative for any other blooming artifact. Her weakness was improving, but after 72 hours from admission, she had an acute change in her mental status and was found to have a new left frontal ICH distant from the primary hemorrhage...
December 29, 2017: Curēus
Ariele Viacava Follis, Fabien Llambi, Halime Kalkavan, Yong Yao, Aaron H Phillips, Cheon-Gil Park, Francesca M Marassi, Douglas R Green, Richard W Kriwacki
Intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) of proteins often regulate function upon post-translational modification (PTM) through interactions with folded domains. An IDR linking two α-helices (α1-α2) of the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-xL experiences several PTMs that reduce antiapoptotic activity. Here, we report that PTMs within the α1-α2 IDR promote its interaction with the folded core of Bcl-xL that inhibits the proapoptotic activity of two types of regulatory targets, BH3-only proteins and p53. This autoregulation utilizes an allosteric pathway whereby, in one direction, the IDR induces a direct displacement of p53 from Bcl-xL coupled to allosteric displacement of simultaneously bound BH3-only partners...
March 5, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Servane Le Guillouzer, Marie-Christine Groleau, Eric Déziel
The bacterium Burkholderia thailandensis possesses three N -acyl-L -homoserine lactone (AHL) quorum sensing (QS) systems designated BtaI1/BtaR1 (QS-1), BtaI2/BtaR2 (QS-2), and BtaI3/BtaR3 (QS-3). These QS systems are associated with the biosynthesis of N -octanoyl-homoserine lactone (C8 -HSL), N -3-hydroxy-decanoyl-homoserine lactone (3OHC10 -HSL), and N -3-hydroxy-octanoyl-homoserine lactone (3OHC8 -HSL), which are produced by the LuxI-type synthases BtaI1, BtaI2, and BtaI3, and modulated by the LuxR-type transcriptional regulators BtaR1, BtaR2, and BtaR3...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Guillaume Combes, Helena Barysz, Chantal Garand, Luciano Gama Braga, Ibrahim Alharbi, Philippe Thebault, Luc Murakami, Dominic P Bryne, Stasa Stankovic, Patrick A Eyers, Victor M Bolanos-Garcia, William C Earnshaw, John Maciejowski, Prasad V Jallepalli, Sabine Elowe
Monopolar spindle 1 (Mps1) is a conserved apical kinase in the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) that ensures accurate segregation of chromosomes during mitosis. Mps1 undergoes extensive auto- and transphosphorylation, but the regulatory and functional consequences of these modifications remain unclear. Recent findings highlight the importance of intermolecular interactions between the N-terminal extension (NTE) of Mps1 and the Hec1 subunit of the NDC80 complex, which control Mps1 localization at kinetochores and activation of the SAC...
February 20, 2018: Current Biology: CB
David Bargiela, Stephen P Burr, Patrick F Chinnery
Alterations in mitochondrial metabolism influence cell differentiation and growth. This process is regulated by the activity of 2-oxoglutarate (2OG)-dependent dioxygenases (2OGDDs) - a diverse superfamily of oxygen-consuming enzymes - through modulation of the epigenetic landscape and transcriptional responses. Recent reports have described the role of mitochondrial metabolites in directing 2OGDD-driven cell-fate switches in stem cells (SCs), immune cells, and cancer cells. An understanding of the metabolic mechanisms underlying 2OGDD autoregulation is required for therapeutic targeting of this system...
February 28, 2018: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
Thao Bich Nguyen, Shigeru Kitani, Shuichi Shimma, Takuya Nihira
In streptomycetes, autoregulators are important signaling compounds that trigger secondary metabolism, and they are regarded as Streptomyces hormones based on their extremely low effective concentrations (nM) and the involvement of specific receptor proteins. Our previous distribution study revealed that butenolide-type Streptomyces hormones, including avenolide, are a general class of signaling molecules in streptomycetes and that Streptomyces albus J1074 may produce butenolide-type Streptomyces hormones. Here, we describe metabolite profiling of a disruptant of the S...
March 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Pedro Castro, Elsa Azevedo, Isabel Rocha, Farzaneh Sorond, Jorge M Serrador
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease increases stroke incidence and severity but the mechanisms behind this cerebro-renal interaction are mostly unexplored. Since both vascular beds share similar features, microvascular dysfunction could be the possible missing link. Therefore, we examined the relationship between renal function and cerebral autoregulation in the early hours post ischemia and its impact on outcome. METHODS: We enrolled 46 ischemic strokes (middle cerebral artery)...
March 2, 2018: BMC Neurology
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