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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097776/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-deoxy-adp-pi-activation-of-pre-powerstroke-myosin
#1
Sarah G Nowakowski, Michael Regnier, Valerie Daggett
Myosin activation is a viable approach to treat systolic heart failure. We previously demonstrated that striated muscle myosin is a promiscuous ATPase that can use most nucleoside triphosphates as energy substrates for contraction. When 2-deoxy ATP (dATP) is used, it acts as a myosin activator, enhancing cross-bridge binding and cycling. In vivo, we have demonstrated that elevated dATP levels increase basal cardiac function and rescues function of infarcted rodent and pig hearts. Here we investigate the molecular mechanism underlying this physiological effect...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093090/potential-involvement-of-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-impairment-of-skeletal-muscle-growth-and-muscle-contractile-function-in-mice
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Tatsuro Egawa, Satoshi Tsuda, Ayumi Goto, Yoshitaka Ohno, Shingo Yokoyama, Katsumasa Goto, Tatsuya Hayashi
Diets enriched with advanced glycation end products (AGE) have recently been related to muscle dysfunction processes. However, it remains unclear whether long-term exposure to an AGE-enriched diet impacts physiological characteristics of skeletal muscles. Therefore, we explored the differences in skeletal muscle mass, contractile function and molecular responses between mice receiving a diet high in AGE (H-AGE) and low in AGE (L-AGE) for 16 weeks. There were no significant differences between L-AGE and H-AGE mice with regard to body weight, food intake or epididymal fat pad weight...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091981/environmental-pollutants-limitations-in-physical-functioning-and-frailty-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
Esther García-Esquinas, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Frailty is an age-related syndrome characterized by reductions in strength, endurance, and physiologic function that increase an individual's vulnerability for developing dependence or death. Extensive research is currently being conducted to determine preventable risk factors and mechanistic pathways of frailty. This review summarizes the existing evidence on the potential associations between environmental pollutants, limitations in physical functioning, and frailty among older adults...
January 16, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089620/the-use-of-information-theory-for-the-evaluation-of-biomarkers-of-aging-and-physiological-age
#4
David Blokh, Ilia Stambler
The present work explores the application of information theoretical measures, such as entropy and normalized mutual information, for research of biomarkers of aging. The use of information theory affords unique methodological advantages for the study of aging processes, as it allows evaluating non-linear relations between biological parameters, providing the precise quantitative strength of those relations, both for individual and multiple parameters, showing cumulative or synergistic effect. Here we illustrate those capabilities utilizing a dataset on heart disease, including diagnostic parameters routinely available to physicians...
January 12, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088669/micro-mechanical-properties-of-the-tendon-to-bone-attachment
#5
Alix C Deymier, Yiran An, John J Boyle, Andrea G Schwartz, Victor Birman, Guy M Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos, Asa H Barber
: The tendon-to-bone attachment (enthesis) is a complex hierarchical tissue that connects stiff bone to compliant tendon. The attachment site at the micrometer scale exhibits gradients in mineral content and collagen orientation, which likely act to minimize stress concentrations. The physiological micromechanics of the attachment thus define resultant performance, but difficulties in sample preparation and mechanical testing at this scale have restricted understanding of structure-mechanical function...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088019/melatonin-and-resveratrol-reverse-the-toxic-effect-of-high-boron-b-and-modulate-biochemical-parameters-in-pepper-plants-capsicum-annuum-l
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Eleana Sarafi, Pavlos Tsouvaltzis, Christos Chatzissavvidis, Anastasios Siomos, Ioannis Therios
The objectives of this research were to test a possible involvement of melatonin (MEL) and resveratrol (RES) in restoring growth and to control boron (B) toxicity in peppers. The plants were subjected to four different nutrient solution treatments as following: 1) half-strength Hoagland's nutrient solution (Control), 2) half-strength Hoagland's nutrient solution+100 μM B (100 μMB), 3) half-strength Hoagland's nutrient solution+100 μM boron+100 μMresveratrol (100 μMRES), and 4) half-strength Hoagland's nutrient solution+100 μM B+1 μMmelatonin (1 μM MEL)...
December 23, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077934/serum-reference-value-of-two-potential-doping-candidates-myostatin-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-in-the-healthy-young-male
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Der-Sheng Han, Chi-Huang Huang, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Wei-Shiung Yang
BACKGROUND: Myostatin negatively regulates muscle growth, and its inhibition by suitable proteins can increase muscle bulk and exercise performance. However, the reference values of serum myostatin in athletes performing strength training are still lacking. METHODS: A cross-sectional study recruiting28 male collegiate athletes performing strength training and 29 age-matched normal controls was conducted. The serum concentration of myostatin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), grip strength, and body composition were the main outcome measures...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077727/asymmetries-of-dark-and-bright-negative-afterimages-are-paralleled-by-subcortical-on-and-off-post-stimulus-responses
#8
Hui Li, Xu Liu, Xiaohong Li, Yiliang Lu, Lothar Spillmann, Ian M Andolina, Wei Wang
: Humans are more sensitive to luminance decrements than increments, as evidenced by lower thresholds and shorter latencies for dark stimuli. This asymmetry is consistent with results of neurophysiological recordings in dorsal lateral-geniculate nucleus (dLGN) and primary visual cortex (V1) of cat and monkey. Specifically, V1 population responses demonstrate that darks elicit higher levels of activation than brights, and the latency of OFF responses in dLGN and V1 is shorter than that of ON responses...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077303/analysis-and-correction-of-field-fluctuations-in-fmri-data-using-field-monitoring
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Saskia Bollmann, Lars Kasper, S Johanna Vannesjo, Andreea O Diaconescu, Benjamin E Dietrich, Simon Gross, Klaas E Stephan, Klaas P Pruessmann
This work investigates the role of magnetic field fluctuations as a confound in fMRI. In standard fMRI experiments with single-shot EPI acquisition the uniform and gradient components of the magnetic field were recorded with NMR field sensors. By principal component analysis it is found that differences of field evolution between the EPI readouts are explainable by few components relating to slow and within-shot field dynamics of hardware and physiological origin. The impact of fluctuating field components is studied by selective data correction and assessment of its influence on image fluctuation and SFNR...
January 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076883/in-vivo-feasibility-test-using-transparent-carbon-nanotube-coated-polydimethylsiloxane-sheet-at-brain-tissue-and-sciatic-nerve
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Caifeng Wang, Sangjin Oh, Hyun Ah Lee, Jieun Kang, Ki-Jae Jeong, Seon Woo Kang, Dae Youn Hwang, Jaebeom Lee
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), with their unique and outstanding properties, such as strong mechanical strength and high electrical conductivity, have become very popular for the repair of tissues, particularly for those requiring electrical stimuli. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based elastomers have been used in a wide range of biomedical applications because of their optical transparency, physiological inertness, blood compatibility, non-toxicity, and gas permeability. In present study, most of artificial nerve guidance conduits (ANGCs) are not transparent...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075340/bioactive-nutrients-and-nutrigenomics-in-age-related-diseases
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REVIEW
Tania Rescigno, Luigina Micolucci, Mario F Tecce, Anna Capasso
The increased life expectancy and the expansion of the elderly population are stimulating research into aging. Aging may be viewed as a multifactorial process that results from the interaction of genetic and environmental factors, which include lifestyle. Human molecular processes are influenced by physiological pathways as well as exogenous factors, which include the diet. Dietary components have substantive effects on metabolic health; for instance, bioactive molecules capable of selectively modulating specific metabolic pathways affect the development/progression of cardiovascular and neoplastic disease...
January 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070330/the-approximated-cardiovascular-reserve-index-complies-with-haemorrhage-related-hemodynamic-deterioration-pattern-a-swine-exsanguination-model
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Roy Nadler, Elon Glassberg, Itay E Gabbay, Linn Wagnert-Avraham, Gal Yaniv, David Kushnir, Arik Eisenkraft, Ben-Zion Bobrovsky, Uri Gabbay
BACKGROUND: To estimate the cardiovascular reserve we formulated the Cardiovascular Reserve Index (CVRI) based on physiological measurements. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pattern of CVRI in haemorrhage-related haemodynamic deterioration in an animal model simulating combat injury. METHODS: Data were collected retrospectively from a research database of swine exsanguination model in which serial physiological measurements were made under anesthesia in 12 swine of haemorrhagic injury and 5 controls...
February 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069834/possible-physiological-role-for-bi-directional-motility-and-motor-clustering-of-the-mitotic-kinesin-5-cin8
#13
Ofer Shapira, Alina Goldstein, Jawdat Al-Bassam, Larisa Gheber
The bipolar kinesin-5 Cin8 switches from minus- to plus-end-directed motility under various conditions in vitro The mechanism and physiological significance of this switch remain unknown. Here we show that under high ionic strength conditions, Cin8 moves towards and concentrates in clusters at the minus ends of stable and dynamic microtubules. Clustering of Cin8 induces a switch from fast minus- to slow plus-end-directed motility and forms sites that capture antiparallel MTs and induces their sliding-apart by plus-end-directed motility...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063853/reaction-time-and-postural-sway-modify-the-effect-of-executive-function-on-risk-of-falls-in-older-people-with-mild-to-moderate-cognitive-impairment
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Morag E Taylor, Stephen R Lord, Kim Delbaere, Susan E Kurrle, A Stefanie Mikolaizak, Jacqueline C T Close
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between cognitive performance and falls in older people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment (CI) by investigating the mediational effects of medical, medication, neuropsychological, and physiological factors. DESIGN: Secondary analysis, prospective cohort study. SETTING: Community and low-level care. PARTICIPANTS: 177 older people (aged 82 ± 7 years) with mild to moderate CI (MMSE 11-23; ACE-R < 83)...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062220/sleep-lung-function-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-myasthenia-gravis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ezequiel Fernandes Oliveira, Sergio Roberto Nacif, Jessica Julioti Urbano, Anderson Soares Silva, Claudia Santos Oliveira, Eduardo Araujo Perez, Melissa Nunes Polaro, Berenice Cataldo Oliveira Valerio, Roberto Stirbulov, Giuseppe Insalaco, Acary Sousa Bulle Oliveira, Luis Vicente Franco Oliveira
The purpose of this study was to investigate the physiological variables of lung function, respiratory muscle strength, and sleep in clinically stable patients with myasthenia gravis. This was a prospective cross-sectional study conducted in accordance with the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement. Patients adhering to the eligibility criteria were consecutively recruited from the Research Department of Neuromuscular Diseases at the Federal University of Sao Paulo and the Department of Neurology at Santa Casa de Misericordia of Sao Paulo and were referred to the Nove de Julho University Sleep Laboratory (Sao Paulo, Brazil)...
November 25, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060303/an-in-vitro-model-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-using-impedance-spectroscopy-a-focus-on-t-cell-endothelial-cell-interaction
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Ivan Kuzmanov, Alexander M Herrmann, Hans-Joachim Galla, Sven G Meuth, Heinz Wiendl, Luisa Klotz
Breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a critical step in the development of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and its animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). This process is characterized by the transmigration of activated T cells across brain endothelial cells (ECs), the main constituents of the BBB. However, the consequences on brain EC function upon interaction with such T cells are largely unknown. Here we describe an assay that allows for the evaluation of primary mouse brain microvascular EC (MBMEC) function and barrier integrity during the interaction with T cells over time...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052570/effects-of-the-youth-fit-4-life-physical-activity-nutrition-protocol-on-body-mass-index-fitness-and-targeted-social-cognitive-theory-variables-in-9-to-12-year-olds-during-after-school-care
#17
James J Annesi, Stephanie M Walsh, Brittney L Greenwood, Nicole Mareno, Jennifer L Unruh-Rewkowski
AIM: Childhood overweight and obesity is unacceptably high in industrialised nations. School-based interventions have largely been atheoretical and ineffective. This study aimed to test a new theory-based protocol for its effects on measures of fitness and body mass index (BMI), and its proposed psychosocial mediators, during elementary after-school (out-of-school hours) care. METHODS: Nine- to 12-year-old participants of YMCA-based after-school care in the southeastern Unites States were randomised into either the experimental Youth Fit 4 Life (YF4L) treatment group (n = 86) or a typical care group (n = 55) for 45 min/day...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044281/the-effects-of-mental-fatigue-on-physical-performance-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jeroen Van Cutsem, Samuele Marcora, Kevin De Pauw, Stephen Bailey, Romain Meeusen, Bart Roelands
BACKGROUND: Mental fatigue is a psychobiological state caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity. It has recently been suggested that mental fatigue can affect physical performance. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate the literature on impairment of physical performance due to mental fatigue and to create an overview of the potential factors underlying this effect. METHODS: Two electronic databases, PubMed and Web of Science (until 28 April 2016), were searched for studies designed to test whether mental fatigue influenced performance of a physical task or influenced physiological and/or perceptual responses during the physical task...
January 2, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039778/spectroscopic-studies-on-the-interactions-between-novel-bisnaphthalimide-derivatives-and-calf-thymus-dna
#19
Dongye He, Lili Wang, Liping Wang, Xiaoyu Li, Yongping Xu
The types of interactions between six novel bisnaphthalimide derivatives (AITHN, BITHN, PITHN, PyITHN, DN6 and DNT6) and calf thymus DNA in a physiological buffer (Tris-HCl buffer solutions, pH=7.4) were investigated using UV-vis spectrophotometry, fluorescence spectroscopy, and a competition experiment, in order to explore the relationships between the linkers of bisnaphthalimide derivatives and their activity. The absorption spectra of the six bisnaphthalimide derivatives with DNA showed a slight red shift and hypochromic effect...
January 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039524/effects-of-cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterases-pdes-on-mitochondrial-skeletal-muscle-functions
#20
REVIEW
Liliane Tetsi, Anne-Laure Charles, Stéphanie Paradis, Anne Lejay, Samy Talha, Bernard Geny, Claire Lugnier
Mitochondria play a critical role in skeletal muscle metabolism and function, notably at the level of tissue respiration, which conduct muscle strength as well as muscle survival. Pathological conditions induce mitochondria dysfunctions notably characterized by free oxygen radical production disturbing intracellular signaling. In that way, the second messengers, cyclic AMP and cyclic GMP, control intracellular signaling at the physiological and transcription levels by governing phosphorylation cascades. Both nucleotides are specifically and selectively hydrolyzed in their respective 5'-nucleotide by cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs), which constitute a multi-genic family differently tissue distributed and subcellularly compartmentalized...
December 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
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