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Alexandre de Araujo, Augusto Mantovani, Carlos Thadeu Schmidt Cerski, Antonio Barros Lopes, Luiza Cristina Bortoncello, Marcelo Basso Gazzana, Hugo Cheinquer
A 41-year-old woman diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension presented symptoms despite the use of vasodilators, requiring treatment with bosentan. Previously, the patient had no signs of autoimmunity and had normal liver function. After three years of bosentan use, aminotransferase levels increased, without improvement after bosentan suspension, leading to complementary investigation. The diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis was confirmed by biopsy, already in the stage of cirrhosis. In conclusion, in case of aminotransferase levels that remain persistently elevated, despite the reduction in doses and/or suspension of bosentan, autoimmune hepatitis must be investigated and treated urgently due to possibly rapid progression to cirrhosis...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
M Yolanda Cobo-Nuñez, Mariam El Assar, Pedro Cuevas, Alberto Sánchez-Ferrer, Jennifer Martínez-González, Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas, Javier Angulo
Etamsylate is indicated for several anti-hemorrhagic indications in human and veterinary medicine. However, etamsylate has been shown to be effective only in specific haemorrhagic situations. Furthermore, mechanism of action of etamsylate is not known but recent research has shown its ability to inhibit heparin binding to several growth factors. We have evaluated the ability of etamsylate to interfere with the activities of heparin. Effects of etamsylate on vasodilatory activity of heparin were evaluated in rat aortic segments...
March 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Tadayoshi Miyashita, Ryosuke Koizumi, Yoshimasa Sagane, Koichi Niwa, Toshihiro Watanabe, Kazuhiro Minami
The data provided herein include flow-mediated vasodilation responses, represented by changes in arterial diameter, and blood pressure in young adults after a single oral dose of edible emu oil or placebo (cross-over design). Ten healthy men and 10 healthy women participated. Increased blood flow in the antebrachial region was induced by inflating a pressure cuff and subsequently releasing the pressure by deflating the cuff. After the release, the arterial diameter was continuously monitored for 110 sec using ultrasonic diagnostic equipment...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Concetta Irace, Salvatore De Rosa, Cesare Tripolino, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Caterina Covello, Ennio Abramo, Claudio Carallo, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Daniele Torella, Agostino Gnasso, Ciro Indolfi
Endothelial dysfunction, wall thickening and plaque are progressive manifestations of atherosclerosis. Delayed or absent brachial artery dilation after ischemic stimulus has been associated with severity of extracoronary and coronary atherosclerosis. In the current study, we aimed to verify if delayed or absent dilation associates with critical coronary stenosis. We also evaluated the association between coronary stenosis, carotid artery wall thickness and peripheral artery disease. Endothelial function was investigated by flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery up to 3 min after ischemia, and patients classified as early, late or no dilators...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
Emmanuel Weyne, Johanna L Hannan, Thomas Gevaert, Yodi Soebadi, Hotaka Matsui, Fabio Castiglione, Koenraad van Renterghem, Dirk De Ridder, Frank Van der Aa, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Maarten Albersen
BACKGROUND: Previously, we found that the neuropeptide galanin was strongly upregulated soon after bilateral cavernous nerve injury (BCNI) and that galanin and its receptors were expressed in nitrergic erectile innervation. Galanin has been observed to exert neuroregenerative effects in dorsal root ganglion neurons, but evidence for these effects in the major pelvic ganglion (MPG) after BCNI is lacking. AIM: To evaluate the neurotropic effects of galanin receptor agonists and antagonists in vitro in nitrergic neurons and MPG and in vivo in rats after BCNI...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Paula K Bautista-Niño, Marien van der Stel, Wendy W Batenburg, René de Vries, Anton J M Roks, A H Jan Danser
Protein kinase G (PKG) Iα mediates the cyclic guanosine monophosphate-mediated vasodilatory effects induced by NO. Endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors (EDHFs), like H2 O2 can activate PKGIα in a cyclic guanosine monophosphate-independent manner, but whether this is true for all EDHFs (e.g., S-nitrosothiols) is unknown. Here, we investigated the contribution of PKGIα to bradykinin-, H2 O2 -, L-S-nitrosocysteine-, and light-induced relaxation in porcine coronary arteries, making use of the fact that thioredoxin reductase inhibition with auranofin or 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene potentiates PKGIα...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Osama Abou-Arab, Lucie Martineau, Stéphane Bar, Pierre Huette, Amar Ben Amar, Thierry Caus, Hervé Dupont, Said Kamel, Pierre-Grégoire Guinot, Emmanuel Lorne
OBJECTIVES: Vasoplegic syndrome (VS) affects up to 30% of cardiac surgery patients. Onset of VS may be associated with overproduction of nitric oxide (NO). The response of the brachial artery to NO can be assessed using flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD). The aim of this study was to assess brachial artery diameter and FMD response immediately after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. SETTING: Single-center study in a tertiary teaching hospital...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jesse Lea Carlin, Shalini Jain, Romain Duroux, R Rama Suresh, Cuiying Xiao, John A Auchampach, Kenneth A Jacobson, Oksana Gavrilova, Marc L Reitman
Extracellular adenosine is a danger/injury signal that initiates protective physiology, such as hypothermia. Adenosine has been shown to trigger hypothermia via agonism at A1 and A3 adenosine receptors (A1 AR, A3 AR). Here, we find that adenosine continues to elicit hypothermia in mice null for A1 AR and A3 AR and investigated the effect of agonism at A2A AR or A2B AR. The poorly brain penetrant A2A AR agonists CGS-21680 and PSB-0777 caused hypothermia, which was not seen in mice lacking A2A AR. MRS7352, a likely non-brain penetrant A2A AR antagonist, inhibited PSB-0777 hypothermia...
March 13, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Aiko Ogawa, Yukari Takahashi, Hiromi Matsubara
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) and pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH) are rare causes of pulmonary hypertension. Although diagnosis is based on pathological findings, an early diagnosis is crucial because of poor prognosis compared to other types of pulmonary hypertension. Furthermore, vasodilators may cause fatal pulmonary edema in patients with PVOD/PCH. This study aimed to identify specific characteristics for patients with PVOD/PCH to clinically diagnose PVOD/PCH...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Flavio Pereira, Roger de Moraes, Diogo Van Bavel, Andrea De Lorenzo, Eduardo Tibirica
Introduction: The main aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of strenuous exercise, related to special military training for riot control, on systemic microvascular endothelial function and skin capillary density. Materials and Methods: Endothelium-dependent microvascular reactivity was evaluated in the forearm skin of healthy military trainees (age 23.4 ± 2.3 yr; n = 15) using laser speckle contrast imaging coupled with cutaneous acetylcholine (ACh) iontophoresis and post-occlusive reactive hyperemia (PORH)...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
D Valenzuela, F Moya, M Luco, J L Tapia
50 years ago, Northway described Broncopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants exposed to mechanical ventilation. Since then, their survival has increased, nevertheless a "new BPD" has appeared and its incidence has not diminished. One of the characteristics of this pathology is the the abnormal vascular remodeling, which in its most severe expression is known as Pulmonary Hyper tension (PH); with an incidence of 17% in patients with BPD, which is proportional to the severity of the disease (33% in severe BPD), and as mortality factor (up to 48% 2-year mortality in PH-BPD)...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Theodore W Kurtz, Stephen E DiCarlo, Michal Pravenec, R Curtis Morris
High salt intake is one of the major dietary determinants of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in Japan and throughout the world. Although dietary salt restriction may be of clinical benefit in salt-sensitive individuals, many individuals may not wish, or be able to, reduce their intake of salt. Thus, identification of functional foods that can help protect against mechanistic abnormalities mediating salt-induced hypertension is an issue of considerable medical and scientific interest. According to the "vasodysfunction" theory of salt-induced hypertension, the hemodynamic abnormality initiating salt-induced increases in blood pressure usually involves subnormal vasodilation and abnormally increased vascular resistance in response to increased salt intake...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Charles E Norton, Steven S Segal
The sensory neurotransmitter calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is associated with vasodilation of systemic arteries through activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) in smooth muscle cells (SMCs), however its effects on endothelial cell (EC) membrane potential (Vm) are unresolved. In pulmonary arteries (PAs) of C57BL/6J mice, we questioned whether CGRP would hyperpolarize ECs as well as SMCs. Intact PAs were isolated and immunostained for CGRP to confirm sensory innervation; vessel segments (length, 1-2 mm; diameter ∼150 µm) with intact or denuded endothelium were cannulated and pressurized to 16 cm H2O at 37{degree sign}C...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Ran Kornowski, Hana Vaknin-Assa, Abid Assali, Gabriel Greenberg, Orna Valtzer, Ifat Lavi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic performance of angiography-derived fractional flow reserve (FFRangio) measurements in patients with stable coronary artery disease when used online in the catheterization laboratory during routine coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: FFR, an index of the hemodynamic severity of coronary stenosis, is derived from invasive measurements using a pressure-monitoring guidewire and hyperemic stimulus. While FFR is the gold standard, it remains under-utilized...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Yuhui Yang, Xue Liu, Yunpeng Liu, Hui Fu, Ying Gao, Xing Liu, Xiaoliang Jiang
Background and objective: Chronic inflammatory is involved in the development of salt-sensitive hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. PSGL-1 plays an important role in the inflammatory response. Methods and results: In this study, we used PSGL-1-/- and PSGL-1+/+ mice fed with high salt diet to measure the blood pressure, inflammatory response and vascular injury. We found that, in PSGL-1+/+ mice, high salt diet resulted in high blood pressure with the increased expression of serum inflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-1β and TNFɑ, vascular injury markers MCP-1, ET-1, and VWF, and renal macrophages and T cells infiltration, and endothelium-dependent acetylcholine vasodilation dysfunction...
2018: Cell & Bioscience
Hideki Miwa, Nobuhiro Tanabe, Takayuki Jujo, Fumiaki Kato, Rie Anazawa, Keiko Yamamoto, Akira Naito, Hajime Kasai, Rintaro Nishimura, Rika Suda, Toshihiko Sugiura, Seiichiro Sakao, Keiichi Ishida, Masahisa Masuda, Koichiro Tatsumi
BACKGROUND: Several new treatments for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) have appeared in recent years, which have led to changes in the treatment algorithm. Changes in survival rates and prognostic factors, however, have not been estimated so far.Methods and Results:Two hundred and eighty patients were diagnosed with CTEPH at Chiba University Hospital between June 1986 and June 2016. Survival rate was investigated by date of treatment initiation (group 1, 1986-1998; group 2, 1999-2008; group 3, 2009-2016)...
March 13, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
A Augusto Peluso, Jesper Bork Bertelsen, Kenneth Andersen, Tenna Pavia Mortensen, Pernille B Hansen, Colin Sumners, Michael Bader, Robson A Santos, U Muscha Steckelings
The angiotensin AT2 receptor (AT2 R) promotes vasodilation by nitric oxide (NO) release from endothelial cells. However, the mechanisms underlying the AT2 R-induced stimulation of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) is still not completely understood. Therefore, we investigated whether in addition to the known AT2 R-mediated phosphorylation of eNOS at Ser1177, activation of phosphatases and dephosphorylation of eNOS at Tyr657 and Thr495 are also involved. Human Aortic Endothelial Cells (HAEC) were stimulated with the AT2 R-agonist C21 (1µM) in the presence or absence of either PD123319 (10µM; AT2 R-antagonist), L-NAME (10µM; eNOS inhibitor), MK-2206 (100nM; Akt-inhibitor) sodium fluoride (1nM; serine/threonine-phosphatase inhibitor) or sodium orthovanadate (10nM; tyrosine-phosphatase inhibitor)...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Thenappan Thenappan, Mark L Ormiston, John J Ryan, Stephen L Archer
Pulmonary hypertension is defined as a resting mean pulmonary artery pressure of 25 mm Hg or above. This review deals with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a type of pulmonary hypertension that primarily affects the pulmonary vasculature. In PAH, the pulmonary vasculature is dynamically obstructed by vasoconstriction, structurally obstructed by adverse vascular remodeling, and pathologically non-compliant as a result of vascular fibrosis and stiffening. Many cell types are abnormal in PAH, including vascular cells (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts) and inflammatory cells...
March 14, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Qiang Wang, Akram A Da'dara, Patrick J Skelly
BACKGROUND: Schistosomes are blood dwelling parasitic worms that cause the debilitating disease schistosomiasis. Here we examined the influence of the parasites on their external environment by monitoring the impact of adult Schistosoma mansoni worms on the murine plasma proteome in vitro and, in particular, on how the worms affect the blood coagulation protein high molecular weight kininogen (HK). METHODS: Following the incubation of adult schistosomes in murine plasma, two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) was conducted to look for changes in the plasma proteome compared with control plasma...
March 14, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Hashmat Ghanizada, Nanna Arngrim, Henrik Winther Schytz, Jes Olesen, Messoud Ashina
Introduction Carbon monoxide is an endogenously produced signaling gasotransmitter known to cause headache and vasodilation. We hypothesized that inhalation of carbon monoxide would induce migraine-like attacks in migraine without aura patients. Methods In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover design, 12 migraine patients were allocated to inhalation of carbon monoxide (carboxyhemoglobin 22%) or placebo on two separate days. Headache and migraine characteristics were recorded during hospital (0-2 hours) and post-hospital (2-13 hours) phases...
January 1, 2018: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
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