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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922361/impact-of-four-different-recumbencies-on-the-distribution-of-ventilation-in-conscious-or-anaesthetized-spontaneously-breathing-beagle-dogs-an-electrical-impedance-tomography-study
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Tamas D Ambrisko, Johannes P Schramel, Ulrike Auer, Yves P S Moens
The aim was to examine the effects of recumbency and anaesthesia on distribution of ventilation in beagle dogs using Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). Nine healthy beagle dogs, aging 3.7±1.7 (mean±SD) years and weighing 16.3±1.6 kg, received a series of treatments in a fixed order on a single occasion. Conscious dogs were positioned in right lateral recumbency (RLR) and equipped with 32 EIT electrodes around the thorax. Following five minutes of equilibration, two minutes of EIT recordings were made in each recumbency in the following order: RLR, dorsal (DR), left (LLR) and sternal (SR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916229/japanese-leigh-syndrome-case-treated-with-epi-743
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Takeshi Kouga, Mariko Takagi, Akihiko Miyauchi, Hiroko Shimbo, Mizue Iai, Sumimasa Yamashita, Kei Murayama, Matthew B Klein, Guy Miller, Tomohide Goto, Hitoshi Osaka
BACKGROUND: Leigh syndrome is a mitochondrial disease caused by respiratory chain deficiency, and there are no proven effective therapies. EPI-743 is a potent cellular oxidative stress protectant and results of clinical trials for mitochondrial diseases are accumulating. CASE: At 5months, a girl presented with the scarce eye movement and diminished muscle tone. She was diagnosed with Leigh encephalopathy from blood and cerebrospinal fluid lactate elevation and MRI findings...
September 12, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914131/safety-and-efficacy-of-repeat-open-label-abobotulinumtoxina-treatment-in-pediatric-cerebral-palsy
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Mauricio R Delgado, Marcin Bonikowski, Jorge Carranza, Edward Dabrowski, Dennis Matthews, Barry Russman, Ann Tilton, Juan Carlos Velez, Anne-Sophie Grandoulier, Philippe Picaut
This was a prospective, repeat-treatment, open-label study (NCT01251380) of abobotulinumtoxinA for the management of lower limb spasticity in children who had completed a double-blind study. Children (2-17 years) received injections into the gastrocnemius-soleus complex, and other distal and proximal muscles as required (maximum total dose per injection cycle: 30 U/kg or 1000U). A total of 216 of the 241 double-blind patients entered the extension study and 207 received ≥1 open label injection into the gastrocnemius-soleus; 17-24% of patients also had injections into the hamstrings...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912461/vimentin-knockout-results-in-increased-expression-of-sub-endothelial-basement-membrane-components-and-carotid-stiffness-in-mice
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Benoit Langlois, Ekaterina Belozertseva, Ara Parlakian, Mustapha Bourhim, Jacqueline Gao-Li, Jocelyne Blanc, Lei Tian, Dario Coletti, Carlos Labat, Zhor Ramdame-Cherif, Pascal Challande, Véronique Regnault, Patrick Lacolley, Li Zhenlin
Intermediate filaments are involved in stress-related cell mechanical properties and in plasticity via the regulation of focal adhesions (FAs) and the actomyosin network. We investigated whether vimentin regulates endothelial cells (ECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and thereby influences vasomotor tone and arterial stiffness. Vimentin knockout mice (Vim(-/-)) exhibited increased expression of laminin, fibronectin, perlecan, collagen IV and VE-cadherin as well as von Willebrand factor deposition in the subendothelial basement membrane...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910498/phosphodiesterase-1a-inhibition-elicits-cgmp-dependent-relaxation-of-rat-mesenteric-arteries
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Makhala Michell Khammy, Thomas Dalsgaard, Peter Hjørringgaard Larsen, Claus Tornby Christoffersen, Dorte Clausen, Lars Kyhn Rasmussen, Lasse Folkersen, Morten Grunnet, Jan Kehler, Christian Aalkjaer, Jacob Nielsen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Phosphodiesterase 1 (PDE1), a subfamily of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases consisting of three isoforms, PDE1A, PDE1B, and PDE1C, has been implicated in regulation of vascular tone. The PDE1 isoform(s) responsible for tone regulation is unknown. This study used isoform-preferring PDE1 inhibitors, Lu AF58027, Lu AF64196, Lu AF66896, and Lu AF67897, to investigate the relative contribution of PDE1 isoforms to regulation of vascular tone. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In rat mesenteric arteries, expression and localisation of Pde1 isoforms were determined by qPCR and in situ hybridisation, and physiological impact of PDE1 inhibition were evaluated by isometric tension recordings...
September 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905197/systemic-glyceryl-trinitrate-reduces-anal-sphincter-tone-is-there-a-therapeutic-indication
#6
C Connolly, S Tierney, P Grace
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) has diverse roles as a biological messenger. [1] Topically applied nitrate donors cause relaxation of the internal anal sphincter (IAS) and facilitate healing of anal fissures [2,3]. Systemic nitrates are commonly used for the treatment of ischaemic heart disease, yet the effects of systemically administered nitrates on the smooth muscle of the IAS are unknown. AIM: Our aim was to test the hypothesis that systemically administered nitrates at a normal dose, cause inhibition of anal sphincter activity...
September 13, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904224/targeted-inhibition-of-gq-signaling-induces-airway-relaxation-in-mouse-models-of-asthma
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Michaela Matthey, Richard Roberts, Alexander Seidinger, Annika Simon, Ralf Schröder, Markus Kuschak, Suvi Annala, Gabriele M König, Christa E Müller, Ian P Hall, Evi Kostenis, Bernd K Fleischmann, Daniela Wenzel
Obstructive lung diseases are common causes of disability and death worldwide. A hallmark feature is aberrant activation of Gq protein-dependent signaling cascades. Currently, drugs targeting single G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein)-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are used to reduce airway tone. However, therapeutic efficacy is often limited, because various GPCRs contribute to bronchoconstriction, and chronic exposure to receptor-activating medications results in desensitization. We therefore hypothesized that pharmacological Gq inhibition could serve as a central mechanism to achieve efficient therapeutic bronchorelaxation...
September 13, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901119/inter-and-intra-rater-reliability-of-the-modified-ashworth-scale-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ana-Belén Meseguer-Henarejos, Julio Sánchez-Meca, José-Antonio López-Pina, Ricardo Carles-Hernández
INTRODUCTION: The Modified Ashworth Scale is the most widely clinical scale used to measure the increase of muscle tone. Reliability is not an immutable property of a scale and can vary as a function of the variability and composition of the sample to which it is administered. The best method to examine how the reliability of a test scores varies is by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of the reliability coefficients obtained in different applications of the test with the data at hand...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893911/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-the-endothelial-atp-sensitive-potassium-channel
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Qadeer Aziz, Yiwen Li, Naomi Anderson, Leona Ojake, Elena Tsisanova, Andrew Tinker
ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels are widely expressed in the cardiovascular system where they regulate a range of biological activities by linking cellular metabolism with membrane excitability. KATP channels in vascular smooth muscle have a well-defined role in regulating vascular tone. KATP channels are also thought to be expressed in vascular endothelial cells (ECs), but their presence and function in this context is less clear. As a result, we aimed to investigate the molecular composition and physiological role of endothelial KATP channels...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887652/disruption-of-adenylyl-cyclase-type-5-mimics-exercise-training
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John J Guers, Jie Zhang, Sara C Campbell, Marko Oydanich, Dorothy E Vatner, Stephen F Vatner
Exercise training is key to healthful longevity. Since exercise training compliance is difficult, it would be useful to have a therapeutic substitute that mimicked exercise training. We compared the effects of exercise training in wild-type (WT) littermates with adenylyl cyclase type 5 knock out (AC5 KO) mice, a model of enhanced exercise performance. Exercise performance, measured by maximal distance and work to exhaustion, was increased in exercise-trained WT to levels already attained in untrained AC5 KO...
September 8, 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887333/rapid-estrogen-receptor-alpha-signaling-mediated-by-erk-activation-regulates-vascular-tone-in-male-and-ovary-intact-female-mice
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Seong Chul Kim, Austin C Boese, Matthew H Moore, Rea M Cleland, Lin Chang, Patrice Delafontaine, Ke-Jie Yin, Jean-Pyo Lee, Milton H Hamblin
Estrogen has been shown to affect vascular reactivity. Here, we assessed estrogen receptor-alpha (ERα) dependency of estrogenic effects on vasorelaxation via a rapid nongenomic pathway in both male and ovary-intact female mice. We compared the effect of a primary estrogen, 17 beta-estradiol (E2) or 4,4',4"-(4-propyl-[1H]pyrazole-1,3,5-triyl)tris-phenol (PPT) (selective ERα agonist). We found that E2 and PPT induced greater aortic relaxation in females than males, indicating ERα mediation, which is further validated by employing ERα antagonism...
September 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882814/opsin-3-and-4-mediate-light-induced-pulmonary-vasorelaxation-that-is-potentiated-by-g-protein-receptor-kinase-2-inhibition
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Sebastian Barreto Ortiz, Daijiro Hori, Yohei Nomura, Xin Yun, Haiyang Jiang, Hwanmee Yong, James Chen, Sam Paek, Deepesh Pandey, Gautam Sikka, Anil Bhatta, Andrew Gillard, Jochen Steppan, Jae Hyung Kim, Hideo Adachi, Viachaslau Barodka, Lewis Romer, Steven S An, Larissa A Shimoda, Lakshmi Santhanam, Dan E Berkowitz
We recently demonstrated that blue light induces vasorelaxation in the systemic mouse circulation, a phenomenon mediated by the non-visual G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) melanopsin (opsin 4; Opn4). Here we tested the hypothesis that non-visual opsins mediate photorelaxation in the pulmonary circulation. We discovered Opsin 3 (Opn3), Opn4, and G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) in rat pulmonary arteries (PAs) and in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), where the opsins interact directly with GRK2 as demonstrated with a proximity ligation assay...
September 7, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882559/enhancement-of-s1p-induced-contractile-response-in-detrusor-smooth-muscle-of-rats-having-cystitis
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Irfan Anjum, Merve Denizalti, Hilmi Burak Kandilci, Nezahat Tugba Durlu-Kandilci, Inci Sahin-Erdemli
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic disease characterized by lower abdominal pain and some nonspecific symptoms including an increase in urinary frequency and urgency. Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive sphingolipid that controls smooth muscle tone via G-protein coupled receptors (S1P1-3 receptors). S1P production is known to take place both in physiological states and some pathological situations, such as in overactive bladder syndrome. The intracellular mechanism of S1P-induced contractile response was investigated in β-escin permeabilized detrusor smooth muscle of rats having cyclophosphamide-induced cystitis...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878481/effects-of-high-intensity-pulse-irradiation-with-linear-polarized-near-infrared-rays-and-stretching-on-muscle-tone-in-patients-with-cerebrovascular-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Nobuhiro Takezako, Yuko Shimonishi, Shigeru Usuda
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to clarify the influence of high-intensity pulse irradiation with linear polarized near-infrared rays (HI-LPNR) and stretching on hypertonia in cerebrovascular disease patients. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 40 cerebrovascular disease patients with hypertonia of the ankle joint plantar flexor muscle. The subjects were randomly allocated to groups undergoing treatment with HI-LPNR irradiation (HI-LPNR group), stretching (stretching group), HI-LPNR irradiation followed by stretching (combination group), and control group (10 subjects each)...
August 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878137/cf-airway-smooth-muscle-transcriptome-reveals-a-role-for-pyk2
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Daniel P Cook, Ryan J Adam, Keyan Zarei, Benjamin Deonovic, Mallory R Stroik, Nicholas D Gansemer, David K Meyerholz, Kin Fai Au, David A Stoltz
Abnormal airway smooth muscle function can contribute to cystic fibrosis (CF) airway disease. We previously found that airway smooth muscle from newborn CF pigs had increased basal tone, an increased bronchodilator response, and abnormal calcium handling. Since CF pigs lack airway infection and inflammation at birth, these findings suggest intrinsic airway smooth muscle dysfunction in CF. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that CFTR loss in airway smooth muscle would produce a distinct set of changes in the airway smooth muscle transcriptome that we could use to develop novel therapeutic targets...
September 7, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870553/is-spasticity-always-the-same-an-observational-study-comparing-the-features-of-spastic-equinus-foot-in-patients-with-chronic-stroke-and-multiple-sclerosis
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Alessandro Picelli, Gabriella Vallies, Elena Chemello, Paola Castellazzi, Annalisa Brugnera, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Alessio Baricich, Carlo Cisari, Andrea Santamato, Leopold Saltuari, Andreas Waldner, Nicola Smania
Spasticity is common in stroke and multiple sclerosis. To treat spasticity we have a wide range of interventions, whose application may depend not only on the severity of spasticity but also on its etiology. Consequently, a better understanding of muscle spasticity in different neurological diseases may inform clinicians as to the more appropriate therapeutic approach. Our aim was to compare the clinical and ultrasonographic features of spastic equinus in patients with chronic stroke and multiple sclerosis...
September 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868764/the-role-of-increased-glucose-on-neurovascular-dysfunction-in-patients-with-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Sara Rodrigues, Felipe X Cepeda, Edgar Toschi-Dias, Akothirene C B Dutra-Marques, Jefferson C Carvalho, Valéria Costa-Hong, Maria Janieire N N Alves, Maria Urbana P B Rondon, Luiz A Bortolotto, Ivani C Trombetta
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) causes autonomic alteration and vascular dysfunction. The authors investigated whether impaired fasting glucose (IFG) is the main cause of vascular dysfunction via elevated sympathetic tone in nondiabetic patients with MetS. Pulse wave velocity, muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), and forearm vascular resistance was measured in patients with MetS divided according to fasting glucose levels: (1) MetS+IFG (blood glucose ≥100 mg/dL) and (2) MetS-IFG (<100 mg/dL) compared with healthy controls...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868271/prenatal-diagnosis-of-mosaic-tetrasomy-18p-in-a-case-without-sonographic-abnormalities
#18
Javad Karimzad Hagh, Thomas Liehr, Hamid Ghaedi, Mir Majid Mossalaeie, Shohreh Alimohammadi, Faegheh Inanloo Hajiloo, Zahra Moeini, Sadaf Sarabi, Davood Zare-Abdollahi
Small supernumerary marker chromosomes (sSMC) are still a major problem in clinical cytogenetics as they cannot be identified or characterized unambiguously by conventional cytogenetics alone. On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly in prenatal settings, there is a challenging situation for counseling how to predict the risk for an abnormal phenotype, especially in cases with a de novo sSMC. Here we report on the prenatal diagnosis of a mosaic tetrasomy 18p due to presence of an sSMC in a fetus without abnormal sonographic signs...
2017: International Journal of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860509/age-related-differences-in-responsiveness-to-sildenafil-and-tamsulosin-are-due-to-myogenic-smooth-muscle-tone-in-the-human-prostate
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Sophie N Lee, Basu Chakrabarty, Brad Wittmer, Melissa Papargiris, Andrew Ryan, Mark Frydenberg, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Ralf Middendorff, Gail P Risbridger, Stuart J Ellem, Betty Exintaris
Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) are highly prevalent in older men, having a profound impact on patient quality of life. Current therapeutics for BPH/LUTS target neurogenic smooth muscle tone, but response is unpredictable and many patients fail to respond. Spontaneous myogenic tone is another component of smooth muscle contractility that is uncharacterized in human prostate. To better understand and improve the predictability of patient response, we defined myogenic contractility using human prostate specimens and examined the effect of existing therapeutics...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855109/the-vasorelaxant-effect-of-mitiglinide-via-activation-of-voltage-dependent-k-channels-and-serca-pump-in-aortic-smooth-muscle
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Hongliang Li, Hye Won Kim, Sung Eun Shin, Mi Seon Seo, Jin Ryeol An, Kwon-Soo Ha, Eun-Taek Han, Seok-Ho Hong, Amy L Firth, Il-Whan Choi, Il Yong Han, Dae-Sung Lee, Mi-Jin Yim, Won Sun Park
AIMS: The vasorelaxant effects of the anti-diabetic drug, mitiglinide in phenylephrine (Phe)-pre-contracted aortic rings were examined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Arterial tone measurement was performed in aortic smooth muscle cells. KEY FINDINGS: Mitiglinide dose-dependently induced vasorelaxation. Application of the large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BKCa) channel blocker paxilline, inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channel blocker Ba(2+), and ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channel blocker glibenclamide did not affect the vasorelaxant effect of mitiglinide...
August 27, 2017: Life Sciences
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