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Henry T Peng, Catherine Tenn, Oshin Vartanian, Shawn G Rhind, Jerzy Jarmasz, Homer Tien, Andrew Beckett
Introduction: Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training imposes psychophysiological stress on medics. It is unclear whether these stress levels vary with the training modalities selected. It is also unclear how stress levels could have an impact on medical performance and skill uptake. Materials and Methods: We conducted a pilot study to compare the effects of live tissue (LT) with a high-fidelity patient simulator (SIM) on the level of stress elicited, performance, and skill uptake during battlefield trauma training course in an operating room (OR) and in a simulated battlefield scenario (field)...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Yun Chai, Miaomiao Qu, Meng Jin
This study was designed to evaluate the application effect of single balloon catheters and dinoprostone on promoting cervical ripening of pregnant women in late-term pregnancy and their influences on stress and inflammatory responses. A total of 160 pregnant women with indications of labor induction were included and randomly divided into the control (n=80) and observation (n=80) groups. Patients in the control group received labor induction by administration of dinoprostone at the vaginal vault, while those in the observation group received labor induction by domestic single balloon catheters...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hannah Wunsch, May Hua, Allan J Walkey, Gordon Rubenfeld, Emily Vail, Hayley B Gershengorn
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March 14, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Kelvin J Yong, Tasneem M Vaid, Patrick J Shilling, Feng-Jie Wu, Lisa M Williams, Mattia Deluigi, Andreas Plückthun, Ross Ad Bathgate, Paul R Gooley, Daniel J Scott
α1A- and α1B-adrenoceptors (α1A-AR and α1B-AR) are closely related G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that modulate the cardiovascular and nervous systems in response to binding epinephrine and norepinephrine. The GPCR gene super-family is made up of numerous sub-families that, like α1A-AR and α1B-AR, are activated by the same endogenous agonists but may modulate different physiological processes. A major challenge in GPCR research and drug discovery is determining how compounds interact with receptors at the molecular level, especially to assist in the optimization of drug leads...
March 14, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
Zhaoqun Liu, Lingling Wang, Zhao Lv, Zhi Zhou, Weilin Wang, Meijia Li, Qilin Yi, Limei Qiu, Linsheng Song
It is becoming increasingly clear that neurotransmitters impose direct influence on regulation of the immune process. Recently, a simple but sophisticated neuroendocrine-immune (NEI) system was identified in oyster, which modulated neural immune response via a "nervous-hemocyte"-mediated neuroendocrine immunomodulatory axis (NIA)-like pathway. In the present study, the de novo synthesis of neurotransmitters and their immunomodulation in the hemocytes of oyster Crassostrea gigas were investigated to understand the autocrine/paracrine pathway independent of the nervous system...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jinkyung Park, Darryn S Willoughby, Joon Jin Song, Brian C Leutholtz, Yunsuk Koh
Purpose: The current study examined the relationship between exercise-induced changes in stress hormones (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol) and vascular inflammatory markers (soluble intracellular adhesion molecule-1 [sICAM-1], soluble endothelial selectin [sE-selectin], and soluble vascular adhesion molecule-1 [sVCAM-1]) in obese men over a 24-hour period following exercise at lower and higher intensity. Patients and methods: Fifteen physically inactive, obese, college-aged men performed a single bout of cycling exercise at lower and higher intensities (lower intensity: 50% of maximal heart rate, and higher intensity: 80% of maximal heart rate) in random order...
2018: Journal of Inflammation Research
Hussain N Alhamami, Md Main Uddin, A S M Hasan Mahmood, Karen P Briski
The hypothalamic energy sensor adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an important regulator of counter-regulatory responses to hypoglycemia, responds to pharmacological manipulation of hindbrain AMPK activity. Dorsomedial hindbrain A2 noradrenergic neurons express hypoglycemia-sensitive metabolo-sensory biomarkers, including AMPK. Here, adult male rats were pretreated by intra-caudal fourth ventricular administration of the selective neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) to determine if catecholamine signaling from the aforesaid site governs hypothalamic AMPK activation during insulin-induced hypoglycemia (IIH)...
March 10, 2018: Neuroscience
Katalin Szabó, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Nóra Lampé, Rita Kiss, Judit Remenyik, Georgina Pesti-Asbóth, Dániel Priksz, Zoltán Szilvássy, Béla Juhász
Fenugreek is a common herb possessing several bioactive components including diosgenin. Here, dietary fenugreek seed flour and diosgenin were evaluated on a model of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation by abdominal aortas isolated from rats receiving high-fat, high-sugar diet (HFHSD). 60 male Wistar rats were randomized into six groups: (i) negative control getting conventional rat feed regimen; (ii) positive control receiving HFHSD; (iii) a test group fed 2 g/kg bw/day fenugreek seed flour (containing 10 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin) + HFHSD; (iv) three test groups fed 1, 10 and 50 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin + HFHSD...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sherry L Grace, Jose R Medina-Inojosa, Randal J Thomas, Heather Krause, Kristin S Vickers-Douglas, Brian A Palmer, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: To assess use of antidepressants by class in relation to cardiology practice recommendations, and the association of antidepressant use with the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) including death. METHODS: This is a historical cohort study of all patients who completed cardiac rehabilitation (CR) between 2002 and 2012 in a major CR center. Participants completed the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) at the start and end of the program...
March 13, 2018: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Tetsuo Kiso, Ai Moriyama, Masako Furutani, Ritsuko Matsuda, Yukiko Funatsu
Dysfunction of the monoamine systems in the nervous system is associated with the clinical symptoms of fibromyalgia. Reserpine-induced myalgia (RIM) rats are a putative model of fibromyalgia in which muscle pressure thresholds and monoamine content is reduced in the brain and spinal cord. We examined the effects of pregabalin and duloxetine, drugs approved for fibromyalgia treatment, on the levels of extracellular neurotransmitters in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in RIM rats using microdialysis. Male SD rats were used for all experiments...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Erin M Purvis, Adam K Klein, Aaron Ettenberg
Recent research has identified the lateral habenula (LHb) as a brain region playing an important role in the production of stressful and anxiogenic states. Additionally, norepinephrine (NE) has long been known to be involved in arousal, stress and anxiety, and NE projections to the LHb have been identified emanating from the locus coeruleus (LC). The current research was devised to test the hypothesis that NE release within the LHb contributes to the occurrence of anxiogenic behaviors. Male rats were implanted with bilateral guide cannula aimed at the LHb and subsequently treated with intracranial (IC) infusions of the selective α2 adrenergic autoreceptor agonist, dexmedetomidine (DEX) (0, 0...
March 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Marco Herbsleb, Andy Schumann, Berend Malchow, Christian Puta, P Christian Schulze, Holger W Gabriel, Karl-Jürgen Bär
The elevated cardiovascular risk of patients with schizophrenia contributes to a reduced life expectancy of 15-20years. This study investigated whether cardiac autonomic dysfunction (CADF) in schizophrenia is related to chronotropic incompetence, an established cardiovascular risk marker. We investigated thirty-two patients suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and thirty-two control subjects matched for age, sex, body mass index and fat free mass. A cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) was performed to study heart rate responses to exercise as well as submaximal (ventilatory threshold 1, VT1 ) and maximal endurance capacities (peak oxygen consumption, VO2peak ; peak power output, Ppeak )...
March 8, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Allison A Feduccia, Michael C Mithoefer
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD has recently progressed to Phase 3 clinical trials and received Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA. MDMA used as an adjunct during psychotherapy sessions has demonstrated effectiveness and acceptable safety in reducing PTSD symptoms in Phase 2 trials, with durable remission of PTSD diagnosis in 68% of participants. The underlying psychological and neurological mechanisms for the robust effects in mitigating PTSD are being investigated in animal models and in studies of healthy volunteers...
March 7, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Christiane Linster
Norepinephrine (NE), a central neuromodulator, influences sensory processing at the behavioral and physiological levels, potentially by regulating signal-to-noise ratio in sensory neural networks. To understand neuromodulatory function at the perceptual level, one must understand the neural mechanisms underlying these effects. In this review, we illustrate this process using the olfactory system as a model system. We discuss basic computations in the olfactory system and their modulation by NE. We review known cellular effects of NE in the olfactory bulb and cortex and how these effects modulate olfactory computation...
March 7, 2018: Brain Research
Ahsan F Bairam, Mohammed I Rasool, Fatemah A Alherz, Maryam S Abunnaja, Amal A El Daibani, Saud A Gohal, Katsuhisa Kurogi, Yoichi Sakakibara, Masahito Suiko, Ming-Cheh Liu
Previous studies have demonstrated the involvement of sulfoconjugation in the metabolism of catecholamines and serotonin. The current study aimed to clarify the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of human SULT1A3 and SULT1A4 genes on the enzymatic characteristics of the sulfation of dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and serotonin by SULT1A3 allozymes. Following a comprehensive search of different SULT1A3 and SULT1A4 genotypes, twelve non-synonymous (missense) coding SNPs (cSNPs) of SULT1A3/SULT1A4 were identified...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Valentina Prando, Francesca Da Broi, Mauro Franzoso, Anna Pia Plazzo, Nicola Pianca, Maura Francolini, Cristina Basso, Matthew W Kay, Tania Zaglia, Marco Mongillo
AIM: Cardiac sympathetic neurons (SNs) finely tune the rate and strength of heart contractions to match the blood demand, both at rest and during acute stresses, through the release of norepinephrine (NE). Junctional sites at the interface between the two cell types have been observed, but whether direct neuro-cardiac coupling has a role in heart physiology has not thus far been clearly demonstrated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated the dynamics of SN/cardiomyocyte intercellular signalling, both by FRET-based imaging of cAMP in co-cultures, as a readout of cardiac β-AR activation, and in vivo, using optogenetics in transgenic mice with SN-specific expression of Channelrhodopsin-2...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Anita H Clayton, Sheryl A Kingsberg, Irwin Goldstein
INTRODUCTION: Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) often has a negative impact on the health and quality of life of women; however, many women do not mention-let alone discuss-this issue with their physicians. Providers of gynecologic services have the opportunity to address this subject with their patients. AIM: To review the diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of low sexual desire in women with a focus on strategies that can be used efficiently and effectively in the clinic...
March 6, 2018: Sexual Medicine
Bryan D Loy, Michelle H Cameron, Patrick J O'Connor
Persistent fatigue is a common problem (∼20-45% of U.S. population), with higher prevalence and severity in people with medical conditions such as cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, heart failure, sleep apnea and multiple sclerosis. There are few FDA-approved treatments for fatigue and great disagreement on how to measure fatigue, with over 250 instruments used in research. Many instruments define fatigue as "a lack of energy", thus viewing energy and fatigue states as opposites on a single bipolar continuum...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Felix Kork, Alexandra Rimek, Anne Andert, Niklas Jurek Becker, Christoph Heidenhain, Ulf P Neumann, Daniela Kroy, Anna B Roehl, Rolf Rossaint, Marc Hein
BACKGROUND: The discrepancy between demand and supply for liver transplants (LT) has led to an increased transplantation of organs from extended criteria donors (ECD). METHODS: In this single center retrospective analysis of 122 cadaveric LT recipients, we investigated predictors of postreperfusion syndrome (PRS) including transplant liver quality categorized by both histological assessment of steatosis and subjective visual assessment by the transplanting surgeon using multivariable regression analysis...
March 9, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
Jenny Skytte Larsson, Vitus Krumbholz, Anders Enskog, Gudrun Bragadottir, Bengt Redfors, Sven-Erik Ricksten
OBJECTIVE: Data on renal hemodynamics, function, and oxygenation in early clinical septic shock are lacking. We therefore measured renal blood flow, glomerular filtration rate, renal oxygen consumption, and oxygenation in patients with early septic shock. DESIGN: Prospective comparative study. SETTING: General and cardiothoracic ICUs. PATIENTS: Patients with norepinephrine-dependent early septic shock (n = 8) were studied within 24 hours after arrival in the ICU and compared with postcardiac surgery patients without acute kidney injury (comparator group, n = 58)...
March 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
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