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L Bourgoin, L Caeymaex, F Decobert, C Jung, C Danan, X Durrmeyer
AIM: Less invasive surfactant administration (LISA) can avoid tracheal intubation for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, but can be painful because it requires laryngoscopy. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerance of intravenous atropine plus ketamine administration before LISA. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of all premature infants hospitalised in our French neonatal intensive care unit treated with LISA between March 2015 and March 2016...
March 13, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
Li-Min Mao, Hunter J Faris, John Q Wang
The Src family kinase (SFK) is a subfamily of non-receptor tyrosine kinases. SFK members, Src and especially Fyn, are expressed in the striatum. These SFK members are involved in the regulation of neuronal and synaptic activities and are linked to the pathogenesis of a variety of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Given the fact that muscarinic acetylcholine (mACh) receptors are highly expressed in striatal neurons and are critical for the regulation of striatal function, we investigated the role of mACh receptors in the regulation of SFKs in the adult rat striatum in vivo...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Daniel Giglio, Lucie Podmolikova, Gunnar Tobin
Currently, we have assessed the neuronal control of the urinary bladder in radiation cystitis and whether interstitial cells contribute to the condition. Fourteen days following bladder irradiation (20 Gy) rats were sedated and the urinary bladder was cut in two sagittal halves where electrical field stimulation (EFS; 5-20 Hz) was applied on the pelvic nerve afferents or stretch (80 mN) on one half of the urinary bladder, while contractions were registered on the contralateral half of the urinary bladder in the absence and presence of increasing doses of imatinib (1-10 mg/kg; inhibitor of c-kit+ interstitial cells), atropine (1 mg/kg; to block muscarinic M3 receptors) or PPADS (2 mg/kg; to block P2X1 purinoceptors)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Yeming Xie, Koon Hee Han, Nathan Grainger, Wen Li, Robert D Corrigan, Brian A Perrino
Smooth muscle contraction involves regulating myosin light chain phosphorylation and dephosphorylation by myosin light chain kinase and myosin light chain phosphatase. CPI-17 and MYPT1 are crucial for regulating gastrointestinal smooth muscle contraction by inhibiting myosin light chain phosphatase. Integrin signalling involves the dynamic recruitment of several proteins, including FAK, to focal adhesions. FAK tyrosine kinase activation is involved in cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix via integrin signalling...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Nela Vanova, Jaroslav Pejchal, David Herman, Alzbeta Dlabkova, Daniel Jun
Despite the main mechanism of organophosphate (OP) toxicity through inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) being well known over the years, some chronic adverse health effects indicate the involvement of additional pathways. Oxidative stress is among the most intensively studied. Overstimulation of cholinergic and glutamatergic nervous system is followed by intensified generation of reactive species and oxidative damage in many tissues. In this review, the role of oxidative stress in pathophysiology of OP poisoning and the influence of commonly used medical interventions on its levels are discussed...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Bronagh M McDonnell, Paul J Buchanan, Kevin M Prise, Karen D McCloskey
Radiation-induced bladder toxicity is associated with radiation therapy for pelvic malignancies, arising from unavoidable irradiation of neighbouring normal bladder tissue. This study aimed to investigate the acute impact of ionizing radiation on the contractility of bladder strips and identify the radiation-sensitivity of the mucosa vs the detrusor. Guinea-pig bladder strips (intact or mucosa-free) received ex vivo sham or 20Gy irradiation and were studied with in vitro myography, electrical field stimulation and Ca2+-fluorescence imaging...
2018: PloS One
E N Lyukmanova, M L Bychkov, G V Sharonov, A V Efremenko, M A Shulepko, D S Kulbatskii, Z O Shenkarev, A V Feofanov, D A Dolgikh, M P Kirpichnikov
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are a promising target for development of new anticancer therapies. Our purpose is to study effects of human proteins SLURP-1 and SLURP-2, antagonists of nAChRs, on human epithelial cancer cells. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Growth of epithelial cancer cells (A431, SKBR3, MCF-7, A549, HT-29) exposed to SLURP-1, SLURP-2, mecamylamine, atropine, timolol and gefitinib was investigated by WST-1 test. Expression levels of SLURP-1, α7-nAChR and EGF receptors and their distribution in cancer cells were studied by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry...
March 5, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Xiaoyan Fan, Yanping Liu, Jinhong Xie, Yushan Chen, Yanyan Cao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect and clinical value of auricular point sticking for the diagnosis and treatment of vasospasm and vagus reflex during radial artery puncture, including radial artery spasm (RAS) and coronary artery spasm (CAS). METHODS: A total of 480 patients were randomized into an observation group (224 cases) and a control group (256 cases). Percutaneous coronary intervention and usual care in perioperative period were used in the control group...
February 12, 2018: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Songyan Wang, Lauren Z Oestricker, Michael J Wallendorf, Karin Sterl, Judit Dunai, C Rachel Kilpatrick, Bruce W Patterson, Dominic N Reeds, Burton M Wice
We previously demonstrated that infusion of an intestinal peptide called xenin-25 (Xen) amplifies the effects of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) on insulin secretion rates (ISRs) and plasma glucagon levels in humans. However, these effects of Xen, but not GIP, were blunted in humans with type 2 diabetes. Thus, Xen rather than GIP signaling to islets fails early during development of type 2 diabetes. The current crossover study determines if cholinergic signaling relays the effects of Xen on insulin and glucagon release in humans as in mice...
2018: PloS One
Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury, Md Mustafezur Rahman, Parash Ullah, Abdul Mumith Ruhan, Md Shafiqul Bari, M M Jahangir Alam, Md Moyeen Uddin, Shomik Maruf, Md Ismail Patwary, Michael Eddleston
BACKGROUND: Treatment of acute organophosphorus (OP) insecticide poisoning is difficult, with many patients dying despite best care. Pre-clinical studies have shown benefit from salbutamol, possibly due speeding alveolar fluid clearance or reducing bronchoconstriction. In this small pilot dose-response study, we aimed to explore whether addition of nebulized salbutamol to standard care might improve resuscitation. METHODS: We performed a single-blind phase II study comparing the effect of two different doses of nebulized salbutamol versus saline placebo, in addition to standard treatment...
February 20, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
Leyla Sahın, Ozge Selin Cevık, Dilan Deniz Koyuncu, Kansu Buyukafsar
AIMS: Rho/Rho-kinase (ROCK) signaling has extensively been shown to take part in mammalian smooth muscle contractions in response to diverse agents yet its role in the contraction of amphibian smooth muscle has not been investigated. Therefore, we aimed to explore any role of this pathway in the contractions of frog stomach smooth. MAIN METHODS: The strips were prepared and suspended in organ baths filled with Ringer solution. Changes in the circular strips of the frog stomach muscle length were recorded isotonically with a force transducer in organ baths...
February 15, 2018: Life Sciences
Sara L Bober, John Ciriello, Douglas L Jones
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which involves chronic, intermittent hypoxia (CIH), is a major risk factor for developing atrial fibrillation (AF). Whether or not CIH alone alters cardiac mechanisms to support AF is unknown. This study investigated the effects of CIH on atrial electrophysiology and arrhythmia vulnerability, and evaluated the role of autonomics in CIH promotion of AF. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 8h/day of CIH or normoxia for 7 days. Following exposure, rats were anesthetized for intracardiac electrophysiological studies...
February 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Qianwen Gong, Miroslaw Janowski, Longqian Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Mark A Bullimore, David A Berntsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
I Buß, A Hamacher, N Sarin, M U Kassack, G V Kalayda
Oxaliplatin is a routinely used drug in the treatment of colorectal cancer. However, development of resistance is a major hurdle of the chemotherapy success. Defects in cellular accumulation represent a frequently reported feature of cells with acquired resistance to platinum drugs. Nevertheless, the mechanisms of oxaliplatin uptake and their role in oxaliplatin resistance remain poorly elucidated. The aim of this study was to investigate the relevance of copper transporter 1 (CTR1) and organic cation transporters 1-3 (OCT1-3) for oxaliplatin uptake and resistance to the drug in sensitive and oxaliplatin-resistant ileocecal colorectal adenocarcinoma cells...
February 8, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Zahra Shakeran, Mehrnaz Keyhanfar, Mustafa Ghanadian
The (-)-hyoscyamine, atropine and scopolamine (hyoscine) are three valuable tropane alkaloids while scopolamine is the most important member of this group for the pharmaceutical industry due to its higher demand compared to hyoscyamine and atropine. Scopolamine is an anticholinergic reagent with several therapeutic applications. In the current study, the hairy roots culture of Daturametel was used as an advantageous method for production of scopolamine. The hairy roots are formed by Agrobacterium rhizogenes and have genetic stability, high growth rate and lateral branching...
December 2017: Molecular Biology Research Communications
L Podmolíková, M F Mukanyangezi, P Nieto-Marín, D Giglio
How the proliferation of the urothelium is regulated is known to a little degree. E. coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activates the innate immune response of the urinary bladder via the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) on the urothelium but induces also urothelial proliferation. We wanted to assess whether muscarinic receptors are involved in the regulation of urothelial proliferation triggered by LPS stimulation. Female Fischer 344 rats were instilled with LPS or saline (control) in the urinary bladder in the absence or presence of muscarinic receptor blockade with atropine and regeneration of the urothelium was assessed 4h and 24h later...
January 27, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Irene Chaves-Coira, Margarita L Rodrigo-Angulo, Angel Nuñez
Sensory processing in the cortex should integrate inputs arriving from receptive fields located on both sides of the body. This role could be played by the corpus callosum through precise projections between both hemispheres. However, different studies suggest that cholinergic projections from the basal forebrain (BF) could also contribute to the synchronization and integration of cortical activities. Using tracer injections and optogenetic techniques in transgenic mice, we investigated whether the BF cells project bilaterally to sensory cortical areas, and have provided anatomical evidence to support a modulatory role for the cholinergic projections in sensory integration...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Daisuke Inoue, Akiko Tanaka, Shunsuke Kimura, Akiko Kiriyama, Hidemasa Katsumi, Akira Yamamoto, Ken-Ichi Ogawara, Toshikiro Kimura, Kazutaka Higaki, Reiko Yutani, Toshiyasu Sakane, Tomoyuki Furubayashi
Drug absorption after nasal application is dependent on drug clearance from the nasal cavity, which is determined by nasal mucociliary clearance (MC). We previously developed an in vitro method to evaluate MC via the translocation velocity of fluorescent microspheres (VFMS) applied to excised rat nasal mucosa. In the present study, the relationship between in vivo nasal MC and in vitro VFMS was examined to optimize our PK model for the prediction of nasal drug absorption. Appropriate inhibitors (propranolol and atropine) and enhancers (terbutaline and acetylcholine chloride) of MC were utilized to modify MC...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kyle Ball, Thomas P Vacek
A rare cause of reflex syncope is metastatic cancers involving the head and neck. These can irritate the glossopharyngeal nerve and lead to glossopharyngeal neuralgia with associated syncope. This type of syncope is difficult to treat since it commonly involves both a vasodepressor and cardioinhibitory response, and typically requires removal of the irritative focus. We report a case of a 52-year-old male who presented from home with syncope. He endorsed a 5-week history of progressively worsened positional headaches and dramatic 40-pound weight loss with night sweats over 6 months...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
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