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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550175/chronic-hypoxia-attenuates-the-vasodilator-efficacy-of-protein-kinase-g-in-fetal-and-adult-ovine-cerebral-arteries
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Richard B Thorpe, Margaret C Hubbell, Jinjutha Silpanisong, James M Williams, William J Pearce
Long-term hypoxia (LTH) attenuates nitric oxide (NO) induced vasorelaxation in ovine middle cerebral arteries. Because cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) is an important mediator of NO signaling in vascular smooth muscle, we tested the hypothesis that LTH diminishes the ability of PKG to interact with target proteins and cause vasorelaxation. Prominent among proteins that regulate vascular tone is the large conductance calcium-sensitive potassium (BK) channel, which is a substrate for PKG and is responsive to phosphorylation on multiple serine/threonine residues...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549933/orexin-exerts-excitatory-effects-on-reticulospinal-neurons-in-the-rat-gigantocellular-reticular-nucleus-through-the-activation-of-postsynaptic-orexin-1-and-orexin-2-receptors
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Nian Yang, Guan-Zhong Wang, Si-Yi Wen, Qi-Cheng Qiao, Yu-Hui Liu, Jun Zhang
Previous studies have revealed that orexin may actively participate in central motor control. The gigantocellular reticular nucleus (Gi) is a key element of the brainstem motor inhibitory system. The descending orexinergic projections also reach Gi region, and microinjection of orexin into Gi causes robust muscle tone inhibition. However, the modulation effects of orexin on Gi neurons remain unclear. In the present study, using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings, we initially observed that orexin elicited an inward current in Gi neurons at a holding potential of -70mV in a concentration-dependent manner...
May 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546310/heterozygous-gnal-mice-are-a-novel-animal-model-to-study-dystonia-pathophysiology
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Assunta Pelosi, Fabien Menardy, Daniela Popa, Jean-Antoine Girault, Denis Hervé
Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by sustained or intermittent muscle contractions. Its pathophysiological mechanisms are still poorly understood. Dominant mutations of the GNAL gene are a cause of isolated dystonia (DYT25) in patients. Some mutations result in a complete loss of function of the encoded protein, Gαolf, an adenylyl-cyclase-stimulatory G protein highly enriched in striatal projection neurons, in which it mediates the actions of dopamine and adenosine. We used male and female heterozygous Gnal knockout mice (Gnal+/-) to study how GNAL haplodeficiency is implicated in dystonia...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545853/elevated-sympathetic-activity-endothelial-dysfunction-and-late-hypertension-after-repair-of-coarctation-of-the-aorta
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Melissa G Y Lee, Robyn A Hemmes, Jonathan Mynard, Elisabeth Lambert, Geoffrey A Head, Michael M H Cheung, Igor E Konstantinov, Christian P Brizard, Gavin Lambert, Yves d'Udekem
BACKGROUND: There is a high prevalence of late hypertension after coarctation repair. The relative contribution of elevated sympathetic tone and endothelial dysfunction to its development is unknown. This study aims to investigate the neural profile of coarctation patients including muscle sympathetic nerve activity testing to directly measure sympathetic nervous activity. METHODS: Twenty-three patients aged ≥18years with a coarctation repair underwent measurements of clinic and 24-h blood pressures, muscle sympathetic nerve activity, sympathetic and cardiac baroreflex functions, digital endothelial function, and ambulatory arterial stiffness index...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543284/in-utero-oxcarbazepine-exposure-and-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-case-report-and-brief-review-of-the-literature
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Chao-Yang Chen, Xing Li, Ling-Yue Ma, Peng-Hui Wu, Ying Zhou, Qi Feng, Yi-Min Cui
Oxcarbazepine is a second-generation antiepileptic drug that is used to treat partial seizures. Although it has been increasingly used in pregnant women, its fetal safety has not been fully validated. We describe a 12-hour-old neonate who developed neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) following intrauterine exposure to oxcarbazepine. The neonate was born by cesarean section to a mother who took oxcarbazepine 300 mg/day for treatment of seizures throughout her pregnancy. Approximately 12 hours after birth, the infant developed paroxysmal jitter, which mainly presented as increased excitability, irritability, limb shaking, and increased muscle tone...
May 20, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540536/effects-of-robot-assisted-upper-limb-rehabilitation-in-stroke-patients-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Rachele Bertani, Corrado Melegari, Maria C De Cola, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Technology-supported training is emerging as a solution to support therapists in their efforts providing high-intensity, repetitive, and task-specific treatment, in order to enhance the recovery process. The aim of this review is to assess the effectiveness of different robotic devices (end-effector and exoskeleton robots) in comparison with any other type of intervention. Furthermore, we aim to assess whether or not better improvements are obtained in the sub-acute phase after stroke onset than in the chronic phase...
May 24, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539690/myotonometry-reliably-measures-muscle-stiffness-in-the-thenar-and-perineal-muscles
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Melissa J Davidson, Adam L Bryant, Wendy F Bower, Helena C Frawley
Purpose: The authors investigated the reliability of myotonometry-measured muscle tone in the thenar and perineal muscles. Methods: Participants were women aged 18-50 years who were asymptomatic for thumb and pelvic floor dysfunction (interrater study n=20; intrarater study n=43) or who were symptomatic for vulvodynia (interrater study n=14; intrarater study n=32). Mechanical properties (stiffness, frequency, decrement, relaxation time, and creep) of the muscles were measured using a myotonometer (MyotonPRO) while the muscles were in a relaxed state...
2017: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538380/acute-effects-of-cinacalcet-on-arterial-stiffness-and-ventricular-function-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-double-blinded-crossover-study
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Aurélie Poulin, Pierre-Luc Bellemare, Catherine Fortier, Fabrice Mac-Way, Simon Desmeules, Karine Marquis, Valérie Gaudreault, Marcel Lebel, Mohsen Agharazii
BACKGROUND: Serum calcium concentration (Ca) plays an essential role in a vascular muscle tone and myocardial contractility. Previously, we showed that acutely lowering Ca by hemodialysis reduced arterial stiffness. Cinacalcet is a calcimimetic that lowers Ca and parathyroid hormone (PTH). The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute lowering of Ca by cinacalcet improves vascular stiffness and myocardial diastolic dysfunction. METHOD: This is a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled crossover study that included 21 adult patients with end-stage kidney disease undergoing chronic hemodialysis...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538312/skeletal-muscle-contraction-time-and-tone-decrease-after-8-weeks-of-plyometric-training
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Damir Zubac, Boštjan Šimunič
Zubac, D and Šimunič, B. Skeletal muscle contraction time and tone decrease after 8 weeks of plyometric training. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1610-1619, 2017-The aim of the study was to examine whether an improvement in jumping performance after 8 weeks of plyometric training (PT) runs in parallel with changes in lower-limb skeletal muscle contractile properties. Using noninvasive tensiomyography (TMG), we assessed contraction time (Tc) and the maximal amplitude of radial displacement (Dm) in 20 subjects (50% men; age 22...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534960/cellular-na-handling-mechanisms-involved-in-airway-smooth-muscle-contraction-review
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Bettina Sommer, Edgar Flores-Soto, Georgina Gonzalez-Avila
A decrease in bronchial diameter is designated as bronchoconstriction (BC) and impedes the flow of air through the airway. Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the airways, reversible BC and nonspecific hyperreactivity. These last two symptoms are dependent on airway smooth muscle. Stimuli that trigger contraction can be characterized as chemical (neurotransmitters, cytokines and terpenoids) and physical (volume inspired, air pressure). Both stimuli activate signaling pathways by acting on membrane proteins and facilitating the passage of ions through the membrane, generating a voltage change and a subsequent depolarization...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533595/interrelationship-between-the-general-characteristics-of-korean-stroke-patients-and-the-variables-of-the-sexual-functions-random-forest-and-boosting-algorithm
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Jung-Gyu Yoon, Neda Zarayeneh, Sang C Suh
[Purpose] The purpose of this study is to examine patient preferences for counseling related to sexuality post-stroke in Korea. [Subjects and Methods] A survey was conducted on 200 stroke patients. Among the 200 submitted questionnaires, 156 responded but 147 cases are available. The questionnaire is composed of 27 questions such as 8 independent variables related to the general characteristics of the patients, 7 dependent variables in conjunction with sexual intercourse and changed muscle tone, 6 questions regarding to changed sexual function, and 6 questions about a changed motor and a sensory function after stroke...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533379/learned-response-sequences-in-cerebellar-purkinje-cells
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Dan-Anders Jirenhed, Anders Rasmussen, Fredrik Johansson, Germund Hesslow
Associative learning in the cerebellum has previously focused on single movements. In eyeblink conditioning, for instance, a subject learns to blink at the right time in response to a conditional stimulus (CS), such as a tone that is repeatedly followed by an unconditional corneal stimulus (US). During conditioning, the CS and US are transmitted by mossy/parallel fibers and climbing fibers to cerebellar Purkinje cells that acquire a precisely timed pause response that drives the overt blink response. The timing of this conditional Purkinje cell response is determined by the CS-US interval and is independent of temporal patterns in the input signal...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533261/the-superoxide-dismutase-mimetic-tempol-does-not-alleviate-glucocorticoid-mediated-rarefaction-of-rat-skeletal-muscle-capillaries
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Erin R Mandel, Emily C Dunford, Ghoncheh Abdifarkosh, Patrick C Turnbull, Christopher G R Perry, Michael C Riddell, Tara L Haas
Sustained elevations in circulating glucocorticoids elicit reductions in skeletal muscle microvascular content, but little is known of the underlying mechanisms. We hypothesized that glucocorticoid-induced oxidative stress contributes to this phenomenon. In rats that were implanted with corticosterone (CORT) or control pellets, CORT caused a significant decrease in muscle glutathione levels and a corresponding increase in protein carbonylation, an irreversible oxidative modification of proteins. Decreased endothelial nitric oxide synthase and increased endothelin-1 mRNA levels were detected after 9 days of CORT, and blood flow to glycolytic muscles was diminished...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513054/is-there-a-common-motor-dysregulation-in-sleepwalking-and-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder
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Mehdi Haridi, Sebastian Weyn Banningh, Marion Clé, Smaranda Leu-Semenescu, Marie Vidailhet, Isabelle Arnulf
This study sought to determine if there is any overlap between the two major non-rapid eye movement and rapid eye movement parasomnias, i.e. sleepwalking/sleep terrors and rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder. We assessed adult patients with sleepwalking/sleep terrors using rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder screening questionnaires and determined if they had enhanced muscle tone during rapid eye movement sleep. Conversely, we assessed rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder patients using the Paris Arousal Disorders Severity Scale and determined if they had more N3 awakenings...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509693/microcirculatory-effects-of-botulinum-toxin-a-in-the-rat-acute-and-chronic-vasodilation
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Roberto Giorgio Aru, Somjade Jay Songcharoen, Samantha R Seals, Peter B Arnold, Robert L Hester
BACKGROUND: Botulinum toxin-A (BTX) has numerous cosmetic and therapeutic applications. Our previous studies have found that BTX augments pedicled flap survival through both vasodilatory effects and attenuation of the inflammatory response to ischemia in the rat. This study examines the effect of chronic BTX on microcirculatory vascular tone and its response to acute topical vasodilators in muscle flaps. METHODS: The spinotrapezius muscle of Sprague-Dawley rats underwent a single 2-week pretreatment of 0...
May 15, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506876/role-of-prostacyclin-synthase-in-carcinogenesis
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REVIEW
Yuka Sasaki, Tsubasa Ochiai, Masaya Takamura, Yukihiro Kondo, Chieko Yokoyama, Shuntaro Hara
Prostacyclin (PGI2) synthase (PGIS) and microsomal prostaglandin (PG) E synthase-1 (PGES-1) functionally couple with inducible cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) as their upstream enzymes to produce PGI2 and PGE2, respectively. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs exert their pharmacological effects including antitumor effects by the inhibition of COX-2 and thereby suppress this PG biosynthesis. PGIS is abundantly expressed in vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells and was shown to be critical for the regulation of platelet aggregation and vascular tone...
May 12, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506092/variants-of-the-adrb2-gene-in-copd-systematic-review-and-meta-analyses-of-disease-risk-and-treatment-response
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Anne Orholm Nielsen, Camilla Steen Jensen, Mohamed Simo Arredouani, Ronald Dahl, Morten Dahl
The β2-adrenergic receptor (ADRB2) is an important regulator of airway smooth muscle tone in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Variants that impair ADRB2 function could increase disease risk or reduce the response to endogenous and inhaled adrenergic agonists in COPD. We performed a systematic review and three meta-analyses to assess whether three functional variants (Thr164Ile, Arg16Gly, and Gln27Glu) in the ADRB2 gene are associated with elevated risk of disease or reduced therapeutic response to inhaled β2-agonists in COPD...
May 16, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501682/the-role-of-arachidonic-acid-cyclooxygenase-cascade-phosphodiesterase-iv-and-rho-kinase-in-h2s-induced-relaxation-in-the-mouse-corpus-cavernosum
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Fatma Aydinoglu, Nuran Ogulener
BACKGROUND: Penile corpus cavernosum is an extremely vascularized tissue and cavernosal smooth muscle tone is regulated by the balance between contractile and relaxant factor. We investigated the possible role of arachidonic acid/cyclooxygenase cascade, phosphodiesterase IV (PDEIV) and Rho-kinase in exogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-induced relaxation in mouse corpus cavernosum. METHODS: The relaxant response to H2S (NaHS as exogenous H2S; 1-1000μM) were obtained in isolated mouse corpus cavernosum tissues which pre-contracted by phenylephrine (5μM)...
February 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493508/apgar-score-components-at-5-minutes-risks-and-prediction-of-neonatal-mortality
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Sven Cnattingius, Mikael Norman, Fredrik Granath, Gunnar Petersson, Olof Stephansson, Thomas Frisell
BACKGROUND: The Apgar score consists of five components: heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and colour. Although the Apgar score has been used for 60 years, the specific contribution of the Apgar score components with respect to risks and prediction of neonatal mortality remains unknown. Likewise, the value of reduced scores (including less than five Apgar score components) has rarely been investigated. METHODS: In a population-based cohort study of 148 765 liveborn singleton infants in Sweden 2008-2013, we investigated components of Apgar score at 5 min with respect to relative risks and prediction (using ROC curves, sensitivity, and positive predictive values) of neonatal mortality...
May 11, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490912/update-on-the-treatment-of-narcolepsy-clinical-efficacy-of-pitolisant
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REVIEW
Michael W Calik
Narcolepsy is a neurological disease that affects 1 in 2,000 individuals and is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). In 60-70% of individuals with narcolepsy, it is also characterized by cataplexy or a sudden loss of muscle tone that is triggered by positive or negative emotions. Narcolepsy decreases the quality of life of the afflicted individuals. Currently used drugs treat EDS alone (modafinil/armodafinil, methylphenidate, and amphetamine), cataplexy alone ("off-label" use of antidepressants), or both EDS and cataplexy (sodium oxybate)...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
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