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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914563/differential-effects-of-testosterone-and-estradiol-on-clitoral-function-an-experimental-study-in-rats
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Paolo Comeglio, Ilaria Cellai, Sandra Filippi, Chiara Corno, Francesca Corcetto, Annamaria Morelli, Elena Maneschi, Elisa Maseroli, Edoardo Mannucci, Massimiliano Fambrini, Mario Maggi, Linda Vignozzi
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual response is a complex phenomenon in which psychological, neurologic, and vascular mechanisms and hormonal factors interact. During the arousal phase, they cooperate to increase genital blood flow, thus inducing engorgement of the clitoris and lubrication of the vagina. Regulation of vascular and non-vascular smooth muscle tone is the crucial event in the erectile process. Preclinical studies have suggested that nitric oxide (NO) is the main vasodilator neurotransmitter modulating, through the second messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), clitoral flow vessels...
December 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913935/regulation-of-contractile-responses-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-under-conditions-of-hypoxia-reoxygenation
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S V Gusakova, Yu G Birulina, L V Smagliy, I V Kovalev, I V Petrova, A V Nosarev, S N Orlov
We analyzed the effects of hypoxia and reoxygenation on changes in contractile activity in rat aortic smooth muscles. Both hypoxia and reoxygenation induced relaxation of smooth muscle cells precontracted with high-potassium Krebs solution (30 mM KCl) or α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine. Vasodilation resulted from enhancement of potassium permeability of smooth muscle cell membranes caused by activation of voltage-gated potassium channels (triggered by both precontracting agents) or by opening of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (phenylephrine)...
December 2, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912940/panax-ginseng-and-salvia-miltiorrhiza-supplementation-during-eccentric-resistance-training-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults-a-double-blind-randomized-control-trial
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Hsin-Fu Lin, Chun-Chung Chou, Hsiao-Han Chao, Hirofumi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Muscle damage induced by an acute bout of eccentric exercise results in transient arterial stiffening. In this study, we sought to determine the effects of progressive eccentric resistance exercise training on vascular functions, and whether herb supplementation would enhance training adaptation by ameliorating the arterial stiffening effects. METHODS: By using a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled design, older adults were randomly assigned to either the Panax ginseng and Salvia miltiorrhiza supplementation group (N=12) or the placebo group (N=11)...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912206/irisin-lowers-blood-pressure-by-improvement-of-endothelial-dysfunction-via-ampk-akt-enos-no-pathway-in-the-spontaneously-hypertensive-rat
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Jinjuan Fu, Yu Han, Jialiang Wang, Yukai Liu, Shuo Zheng, Lin Zhou, Pedro A Jose, Chunyu Zeng
BACKGROUND: Exercise is a major nonpharmacological treatment for hypertension, but its underlying mechanisms are still not completely elucidated. Irisin, a polypeptide containing 112 amino acids, which is secreted mainly by skeletal muscle cells during exercise, exerts a protective role in metabolic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus and obesity. Because of the close relationship between irisin and metabolic diseases, we hypothesized that irisin may play a role in the regulation of blood pressure...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910951/molecular-imaging-with-engineered-physiology
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Mitul Desai, Adrian L Slusarczyk, Ashley Chapin, Mariya Barch, Alan Jasanoff
In vivo imaging techniques are powerful tools for evaluating biological systems. Relating image signals to precise molecular phenomena can be challenging, however, due to limitations of the existing optical, magnetic and radioactive imaging probe mechanisms. Here we demonstrate a concept for molecular imaging which bypasses the need for conventional imaging agents by perturbing the endogenous multimodal contrast provided by the vasculature. Variants of the calcitonin gene-related peptide artificially activate vasodilation pathways in rat brain and induce contrast changes that are readily measured by optical and magnetic resonance imaging...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909839/biventricular-support-using-a-centrifugal-pump-in-a-6%C3%A2-year-old-with-fulminant-myocarditis
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Hiromu Kehara, Tamaki Takano, Takamitsu Terasaki, Kenji Okada
We experienced a case of ventricular assist with both a pulsatile-flow and a continuous-flow pump in a pediatric patient, and herein report the clinical course and characteristics of the pumps. A 6-year-old female was diagnosed with fulminant myocarditis and transferred to our hospital for mechanical support. After 12 days of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, we implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) using centrifugal Gyro pumps with a membrane oxygenator in a paracorporeal fashion...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909229/vascular-function-and-endothelin-1-tipping-the-balance-between-vasodilation-and-vasoconstriction
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Steven K Nishiyama, Jia Zhao, D Walter Wray, Russell S Richardson
Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a potent vasoconstrictor secreted by vascular endothelial cells, has been implicated in the pathophysiology of numerous cardiovascular diseases, yet the direct impact of ET-1 on vascular function remains unclear. Therefore, in seven young (23 ± 1 years) healthy subjects, we investigated the effect of an intra-arterial infusion of ET-1 on reactive hyperemia (RH) and flow-mediated dilation (FMD) in the popliteal artery following 5-min of suprasystolic cuff occlusion. ET-1 infusion significantly attenuated basal leg blood flow (Control: 62 ± 4 ml/min, ET-1: 47 ± 9 ml/min), RH (area-under-curve, AUC) (Control: 162 ± 15 ml, ET-1: 104 ± 16 ml), and peak RH (Control: 572 ± 51 ml/min, ET-1: 412 ± 32 ml/min) (P < 0...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906429/the-role-of-the-enos-g894t-and-t-786c-gene-polymorphism-in-the-development-of-ascites-in-cirrhosis
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O Yildirim, A Yigit, Y Seckin, E Yesilada, G Gulbay, Y F Cagin, Z Aksungur, Y Bilgic, Y Türkoz, S Yologlu
OBJECTIVE: Increased nitric oxide (NO) production in cirrhotic patients causes splanchnic vasodilation, leading to the development of the hyperdynamic circulatory syndrome. One factor that influences plasma NO concentration is eNOS gene polymorphism; consequently, the aim of this study was to investigate whether the eNOS gene G894T and T-786C polymorphisms play any role in the development of ascites in such patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three groups were created: 70 cirrhotic patients with ascites, 69 cirrhotic participants without ascites (stable cirrhosis), and 60 healthy controls...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905009/increased-serum-al-levels-in-hemodialysis-patients-kept-enhanced-during-a-2-year-prospective-study
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Maria L Reina de la Torre, Herminia Lopez García de la Serrana, Loreto Martí Del Moral, Magdalena Palomares Bayo, Miguel Navarro-Alarcón
The regulation of mineral homeostasis is altered in hemodialysis patients with renal insufficiency, producing increased risk for secondary diseases like cardiovascular ones. We hypothesized that risen serum aluminum (Al) concentration in hemodialysis patients kept enhanced during a 2-year longitudinal study is associated with enhanced cardiovascular risk and influenced by medical treatments. This study reports the prospective monitoring of serum Al levels in six-monthly samplings over 2 years in 116 hemodialysis patients and a control group of 50 healthy adults...
November 30, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904524/integration-of-medical-therapy-and-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-the-management-of-acute-heart-failure
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Patrick Horn, Malte Kelm, Ralf Westenfeld
Acute heart failure is still characterized by poor prognosis with high mortality. Diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms and hemodynamic measurements. Early coronary revascularization in cardiogenic shock complicating myocardial infarction improves outcome. The further contemporary therapeutic options in the management of acute heart failure are limited to a merely symptomatic effect with relief of dyspnea, reduction of volume overload and improvement of hemodynamic parameters by vasodilators (in hypertension) or inotropic and vasopressor agents (in hypotension)...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904035/reduced-production-of-hydrogen-sulfide-and-sulfane-sulfur-due-to-low-cystathionine-%C3%AE-synthase-levels-in-brain-astrocytes-of-stroke-prone-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Sachiko Juman, Yasuo Nara, Naomi Yasui, Hiroko Negishi, Hiroto Okuda, Nichika Takado, Tomohiro Miki
Stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP/Izm; SHRSP) develop severe hypertension and die of cerebral stroke. However, the genetic mechanisms underlying their stroke susceptibility have not been clarified yet. In this study, we used astrocytes from the newborn brain cortex of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR/Izm; SHR) and SHRSP to find the difference of genetic characteristics. Astrocytes are known to have functions of vasodilation and nutrient uptake for neurons in the brain. The continuous generation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) dose-dependently causes cell death in astrocytes, and SHRSP was more vulnerable than SHR...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904032/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction%C3%A3-epidemiology-pathogenesis-prognosis-diagnosis-risk-factors-and-therapy
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Cheng Chen, Janet Wei, Ahmed AlBadri, Parham Zarrini, C Noel Bairey Merz
Angina has traditionally been thought to be caused by obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). However, a substantial number of patients with angina are found to not have obstructive CAD when undergoing coronary angiography. A significant proportion of these patients have coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), characterized by heightened sensitivity to vasoconstrictor stimuli and limited microvascular vasodilator capacity. With the advent of non-invasive and invasive techniques, the coronary microvasculature has been more extensively studied in the past 2 decades...
November 29, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902617/efficacy-of-bosentan-in-patients-with-refractory-thromboangiitis-obliterans-buerger-disease-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Javier Narváez, Carmen García-Gómez, Lorenzo Álvarez, Pilar Santo, María Aparicio, María Pascual, Mercè López de Recalde, Helena Borrell, Joan M Nolla
The cornerstone of therapy in thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO) is complete abstinence from tobacco. In addition to discontinuation of cigarette smoking, very few pharmacological and surgical options of controversial efficacy are available to date. New therapeutic options with greater efficacy are clearly needed to properly manage these patients.In this preliminary study, we assessed the effectiveness and safety of bosentan in a case series of 8 adults with TAO and severe ischemic ulceronecrotic lesions who were treated with bosentan after inadequate response to platelet inhibitors, vasodilators, and intravenous alprostadil...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899298/mechanisms-and-time-course-of-menthol-induced-cutaneous-vasodilation
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Daniel H Craighead, Nathaniel B McCartney, James H Tumlinson, Lacy M Alexander
Menthol is a vasoactive compound that is widely used in topical analgesic agents. Menthol induces cutaneous vasodilation, however the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Determining the rates of appearance and clearance of menthol in the skin is important for optimizing topical treatment formulation and dosing. The purpose of this study was to determine the mechanisms contributing to menthol-mediated cutaneous vasodilation and to establish a time course for menthol appearance/clearance in the skin. Ten young (23±1years, 5 males 5 females) subjects participated in two protocols...
November 26, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898723/pth1r-mutants-found-in-patients-with-primary-failure-of-tooth-eruption-disrupt-g-protein-signaling
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Hariharan Subramanian, Frank Döring, Sina Kollert, Natalia Rukoyatkina, Julia Sturm, Stepan Gambaryan, Angelika Stellzig-Eisenhauer, Philipp Meyer-Marcotty, Martin Eigenthaler, Erhard Wischmeyer
AIM: Primary failure of tooth eruption (PFE) is causally linked to heterozygous mutations of the parathyroid hormone receptor (PTH1R) gene. The mutants described so far lead to exchange of amino acids or truncation of the protein that may result in structural changes of the expressed PTH1R. However, functional effects of these mutations have not been investigated yet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In HEK293 cells, PTH1R wild type was co-transfected with selected PTH1R mutants identified in patients with PFE...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898338/effect-of-pgd2-on-middle-meningeal-artery-and-mrna-expression-profile-of-l-pgd2-synthase-and-dp-receptors-in-trigeminovascular-system-and-other-pain-processing-structures-in-rat-brain
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Aysegül Sekeroglu, Julie Mie Jacobsen, Inger Jansen-Olesen, Saurabh Gupta, Majid Sheykhzade, Jes Olesen, Deepak K Bhatt
BACKGROUND: Prostaglandins (PGs), particularly prostaglandin D2 (PGD2), E2 (PGE2), and I2 (PGI2), are considered to play a role in migraine pain. In humans, infusion of PGD2 causes lesser headache as compared to infusion of PGE2 and PGI2. Follow-up studies in rats have shown that infusion of PGE2 and PGI2 dilate the middle meningeal artery (MMA), and mRNA for PGE2 and PGI2 receptors is present in rat trigeminovascular system (TVS) and in the brain structures associated with pain. In the present study, we have characterized the dilatory effect of PGD2 on rat MMA and studied the relative mRNA expression of PGD2 receptors and lipocalin-type of PGD2 synthase (L-PGDS)...
September 19, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897258/lack-of-fibronectin-extra-domain-a-alternative-splicing-exacerbates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-diabetes
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Gianluca Gortan Cappellari, Rocco Barazzoni, Luigi Cattin, Andrés F Muro, Michela Zanetti
Glucose-induced changes of artery anatomy and function account for diabetic vascular complications, which heavily impact disease morbidity and mortality. Since fibronectin containing extra domain A (EDA + FN) is increased in diabetic vessels and participates to vascular remodeling, we wanted to elucidate whether and how EDA + FN is implicated in diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction using isometric-tension recording in a murine model of diabetes. In thoracic aortas of EDA(-/-), EDA(+/+) (constitutively lacking and expressing EDA + FN respectively), and of wild-type mice (EDA(wt/wt)), streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes impaired endothelial vasodilation to acetylcholine, irrespective of genotype...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893989/drug-discovery-targeting-heme-based-sensors-and-their-coupled-activities
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Eduardo Henrique Silva Sousa, Luiz Gonzaga de França Lopes, Gonzalo Gonzalez, Marie-Alda Gilles-Gonzalez
Heme-based sensors have emerged during the last 20years as being a large family of proteins that occur in all kingdoms of life. A myriad of biological adaptations are associated with these sensors, which include vasodilation, bacterial virulence, dormancy, chemotaxis, biofilm formation, among others. Due to the key activities regulated by these proteins along with many other systems that use similar output domains, there is a growing interest in developing small molecules as their regulators. Here, we review the development of potential activators and inhibitors for many of these systems, including human soluble guanylate cyclase, c-di-GMP-related enzymes, Mycobacterium tuberculosis DevR/DevS/DosT (differentially expressed in virulent strain response regulator/sensor/dormancysurvival sensorT), the Rev-erb-α and β nuclear receptor, among others...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891769/exenatide-induces-an-increase-in-vasodilatory-and-a-decrease-in-vasoconstrictive-mediators
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Ajay Chaudhuri, Husam Ghanim, Antoine Makdissi, Kelly Green, Sanaa Abuaysheh, Manav Batra, Nitesh Kuhadiya, Paresh Dandona
In view of the known vasodilatory effects of GLP-1, and exenatide, we investigated the effects of exenatide on vasoactive factors. We analyzed blood samples and mononuclear cells (MNC) from a previous study collected after a single dose and following 12 weeks of exenatide or placebo treatment on a series of 24 patients with T2DM. Following exenatide, plasma concentrations of ANP, cGMP, cAMP increased significantly at 12 weeks. Plasma cGMP and adenylate cyclase expression in MNC increased significantly following single dose...
November 28, 2016: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891705/spinal-cord-stimulation-in-experimental-chronic-painful-diabetic-polyneuropathy-delayed-effect-of-high-frequency-stimulation
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M van Beek, M van Kleef, B Linderoth, S M J van Kuijk, W M Honig, E A Joosten
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to provide pain relief in painful diabetic polyneuropathy (PDPN). As the vasculature system plays a great role in the pathophysiology of PDPN, a potential beneficial side-effect of SCS is peripheral vasodilation, with high frequency (HF) SCS in particular. We hypothesize that HF-SCS (500 Hz), compared with conventional (CON) or low frequency (LF)-SCS will result in increased alleviation of mechanical hypersensitivity in chronic experimental PDPN...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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