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Ursula Castro de Oliveira, Milton Yutaka Nishiyama, Maria Beatriz Viana Dos Santos, Andria de Paula Santos-da-Silva, Hipócrates de Menezes Chalkidis, Andreia Souza-Imberg, Denise Maria Candido, Norma Yamanouye, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Inácio de Loiola Meirelles Junqueira-de-Azevedo
BACKGROUND: Except for the northern region, where the Amazonian black scorpion, T. obscurus, represents the predominant and most medically relevant scorpion species, Tityus serrulatus, the Brazilian yellow scorpion, is widely distributed throughout Brazil, causing most envenoming and fatalities due to scorpion sting. In order to evaluate and compare the diversity of venom components of Tityus obscurus and T. serrulatus, we performed a transcriptomic investigation of the telsons (venom glands) corroborated by a shotgun proteomic analysis of the venom from the two species...
2018: PloS One
Zhenhua Miao, Linda S Ertl, Dale Newland, Bin Zhao, Yu Wang, Xiaoping Zang, James J Campbell, Xiaoli Liu, Ton Dang, Shichang Miao, Antoni Krasinski, Sreenivas Punna, Yibin Zeng, Jeffrey McMahon, Penglie Zhang, Israel F Charo, Thomas J Schall, Rajinder Singh
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) comprises a group of uncommon disorders that present with marked proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, progressive renal failure and characteristic glomerular lesions on histopathology. The current standard of care for patients with FSGS include immunosuppressive drugs such as glucocorticoids followed by calcineurin inhibitors, if needed for intolerance or inadequate response to glucocorticoids. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) blockers are also used to control proteinuria, an important signature of FSGS...
2018: PloS One
Kai-Lun Liang, Ping Fang, Qiu-Qiu Shi, Jie Su, Bo Li, Su-Hong Chen, Gui-Yuan Lv
This study aimed to investigate the antihypertensive effect and possible mechanism of Dendrobium officinale flos on hypertensive rats induced by high glucose and high fat compound alcohol. The hypertensive models were successfully made by high-glucose and high-fat diet, with gradient drinking for 4 weeks, and then divided into model control group, valsartan (5.7 mg·kg⁻¹) positive control group and D. officinale flos groups (3,1 g·kg⁻¹). After 6 weeks of treatment, the blood pressure of rats was measured regularly...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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
Rong Wang, Lei Cao, Zhenxing Shen, Yongxiao Cao
Fine particle matters (PM2.5 ) is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. Vascular hyper-reactivity plays an important roles in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. The present study was designed to investigate a hypothesis that PM2.5 up-regulated endothelin receptors in mesenteric artery and the potential underlying mechanisms. Rat mesenteric arteries were cultured with PM2.5 . The artery contractile responses were recorded by a sensitive myograph...
March 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Raffaele Pesavento, Paolo Prandoni
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is an uncommon and late complication of pulmonary embolism resulting from misguided remodelling of residual pulmonary thromboembolic material and small-vessel arteriopathy. CTEPH is the only form of pulmonary hypertension (PH) potentially curable by pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). Unfortunately, several patients have either an unacceptable risk-benefit ratio for undergoing the surgical intervention or develop persistent PH after PEA. Novel medical and endovascular therapies can be considered for them...
March 2, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Caterina Matucci-Cerinic, Vivek Nagaraja, Francesca Prignano, Bashar Kahaleh, Silvia Bellando-Randone
Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a functional vascular disorder involving extremities. In his practice, the dermatologist may frequently encounter RP which affects mainly women and is categorized into a primary benign form and a secondary form associated with different diseases (infections, drugs, autoimmune and vascular conditions, hematologic, rheumatologic and endocrinologic disorders). Still today, the differential diagnosis is a clinical challenge. Therefore, a careful history and a physical examination, together with laboratory tests and nailfold capillaroscopy are mandatory...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Brice Ongali, Nektaria Nicolakakis, Xin-Kang Tong, Clotilde Lecrux, Hans Imboden, Edith Eh Hamel
Transgenic mice constitutively overexpressing the cytokine transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) (TGF mice) display cerebrovascular alterations as seen in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), but no or only subtle cognitive deficits. TGF-β1 may exert part of its deleterious effects through interactions with angiotensin II (AngII) type 1 receptor (AT1R) signaling pathways. We test such interactions in the brain and cerebral vessels of TGF mice by measuring cerebrovascular reactivity, levels of protein markers of vascular fibrosis, nitric oxide synthase activity, astrogliosis and mnemonic performance in mice treated (6 months) with the AT1R blocker, losartan (10 mg/kg/day), or the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor enalapril (ACEi,3 mg/kg/day)...
March 5, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Andreas Krause, Jochen Zisowsky, Jasper Dingemanse
BACKGROUND: Macitentan is the first endothelin receptor antagonist with demonstrated efficacy on morbidity and mortality in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in the pivotal study SERAPHIN. METHODS: The pharmacokinetics (PK) of macitentan and its active metabolite, ACT-132577, were characterized in a population model. Efficacy and hemodynamics (pharmacodynamics, PD) were related to PK based on PK/PD modeling. RESULTS: Sex, age, and body weight influenced the PK to a statistically significant extent...
February 28, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Xin Zhao, Peng Sun, Guijie Li, Ruokun Yi, Yu Qian, Kun-Young Park
We conducted the present study to determine the gastric injury preventive effects of polyphenols in Kuding tea (KTPs) in Kunming (KM) mice through the inhibition of gastric-acid secretion and the protection of the gastric mucosa. Mice treated with a high concentration of Kuding tea polyphenols (HKTP) had lower serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-12, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interferon-γ (IFN-γ), motilin (MOT), substance P (SP), and endothelin-1 (ET-1), and higher serum levels of somatostatin (SS) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) than did the mice in the control group...
February 27, 2018: Food & Function
William M Armstead, Hugh Hekierski, Philip Pastor, Serge Yarovoi, Abd Al-Roof Higazi, Douglas B Cines
The sole FDA-approved drug treatment for ischemic stroke is tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA). However, upregulation of JNK mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and endothelin 1 (ET-1) by tPA after stroke contributes to impaired cerebrovascular autoregulation. Wild-type (wt) tPA can bind to the lipoprotein-related receptor (LRP), which mediates vasodilation, or NMDA receptors (NMDA-Rs), exacerbating vasoconstriction. Elevations in IL-6, a marker of inflammation that accompanies stroke, are reported to be an adverse prognostic factor...
February 23, 2018: Translational Stroke Research
Francesca Polverino, Bartolome R Celli, Caroline A Owen
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by chronic expiratory airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible. COPD patients develop varying degrees of emphysema, small and large airway disease, and various co-morbidities. It has not been clear whether these co-morbidities share common underlying pathogenic processes with the pulmonary lesions. Early research into the pathogenesis of COPD focused on the contributions of injury to the extracellular matrix and pulmonary epithelial cells...
January 2018: Pulmonary Circulation
Sang-Ho Choi, Allison L Arai, Yongshan Mou, Byeongteck Kang, Cecil Chern-Chyi Yen, John Hallenbeck, Afonso C Silva
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: MAGL (monoacylglycerol lipase) is an enzyme that hydrolyzes the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol and regulates the production of arachidonic acid and prostaglandins-substances that mediate tissue inflammatory response. Here, we have studied the effects of the selective MAGL inhibitors JZL184 and MJN110 and their underlying molecular mechanisms on 3 different experimental models of focal cerebral ischemia. METHODS: SHR (spontaneously hypertensive rats) and normotensive WKY (Wistar Kyoto) rats were subject to an intracortical injection of the potent vasoconstrictor endothelin-1, permanent occlusion of a distal segment of the middle cerebral artery via craniectomy, or transient occlusion of the middle cerebral artery by the intraluminal suture method...
February 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Charles D Burger, A Burak Ozbay, Howard M Lazarus, Ellen Riehle, Leslie B Montejano, Gregory Lenhart, R James White
BACKGROUND: Despite multiple treatment options, the prognosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains poor. PAH patients experience a high economic burden due to comorbidities, hospitalizations, and medication costs. Although combination therapy has been shown to reduce hospitalizations, the relationship between treatment, health care utilization, and costs remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To provide a characterization of health care utilization and costs in real-world settings by comparing periods before and after initiating PAH-specific treatment...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Lodi C W Roksnoer, Estrellita Uijl, René de Vries, Ingrid M Garrelds, A H Jan Danser
Increasing the degree of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockade by combining ≥2 RAS blockers marginally increases efficacy, but results in more side effects. Hence, interference with other systems is currently being investigated, like potentiation of natriuretic peptides with neprilysin inhibitors. However, the neprilysin inhibitor thiorphan was recently found to increase endothelin-1 when administered to TGR(mREN2)27 (Ren2) rats on top of RAS blockade. Here we investigated whether this effect is thiorphan-specific, by comparing the neprilysin inhibitors thiorphan and sacubitril, administered by osmotic minipumps at a low or high dose for 7 days, in Ren2 rats...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Peter Afdal, Antoine F AbdelMassih
Severe angio-obliterative pulmonary vascular disease (PAH) remains a disease characterized by great morbidity and shortened survival. Unfortunately, the only currently available treatments for angio-obliterative changes are palliative in the form of pulmonary vasodilators evolving from the phosphodiesterase inhibitor sildenafil to endothelin receptor antagonist: Bosentan; while the only definitive treatment is lung transplantation which remains dependent on the availability of donors and the transplant policies which vary widely from a country to another...
February 12, 2018: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
Hiddo J L Heerspink, Dennis L Andress, George Bakris, John J Brennan, Ricardo Correa-Rotter, Jyotirmoy Dey, Fan Fan Hou, Dalane W Kitzman, Donald Kohan, Hirofumi Makino, John McMurray, Vlado Perkovic, Sheldon Tobe, Melissa Wigderson, Hans-Henrik Parving, Dick de Zeeuw
AIMS: Individuals with diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at high risk for renal events. Recent trials of novel treatments have been negative, possibly because of variability in response to treatment of the target risk factor. Atrasentan is a selective endothelin A receptor antagonist that reduces urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR), with a large variability between patients. We are assessing its effect on renal outcomes in the Study Of diabetic Nephropathy with AtRasentan (SONAR; NCT01858532) with an enrichment design (>30% lowering of albuminuria) to select patients most likely to benefit...
February 6, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Thiago Cabral, Luiz H Lima, Luiz Guilherme M Mello, Júlia Polido, Éverton P Correa, Akiyoshi Oshima, Jimmy Duong, Pedro Serracarbassa, Caio V Regatieri, Vinit B Mahajan, Rubens Belfort
Purpose: To evaluate the expression of 19 angiogenic biomarkers in the aqueous humor before and after intravitreal bevacizumab injection (IVB) in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Design: Prospective, noncomparative, interventional case series. Participants: Twenty-three eyes of 23 treatment-naïve patients with choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to neovascular AMD. Methods: Eyes were diagnosed with CNV secondary to neovascular AMD and were treated with 3 monthly IVBs...
January 2018: Ophthalmology Retina
Laura Weise-Cross, Michelle Sands, Joshua R Sheak, Brad R S Broughton, Jessica B Snow, Laura V Gonzalez Bosc, Nikki L Jernigan, Benjimen R Walker, Thomas C Resta
Chronic hypoxia (CH) augments basal and endothelin 1 (ET-1)-induced pulmonary vasoconstrictor reactivity through reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and RhoA/Rho kinase (ROCK)-dependent myofilament Ca2+ sensitization. Because ROCK promotes actin polymerization and the actin cytoskeleton regulates smooth muscle tension, we hypothesized that actin polymerization is required for enhanced basal and ET-1-dependent vasoconstriction following CH. To test this hypothesis, both endpoints were monitored in pressurized, endothelium-disrupted pulmonary arteries (4th-5th order) from control and CH (4 wk at 0...
January 26, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Shalini Jamwal, Saurabh Sharma
AIM: Vascular endothelium plays a role in capillary transport of nutrients and drugs and regulates angiogenesis, homeostasis, as well as vascular tone and permeability as a major regulator of local vascular homeostasis. The present study has been designed to investigate the role of endothelium in metabolic disorders. METHODS: The endothelium maintains the balance between vasodilatation and vasoconstriction, procoagulant and anticoagulant, prothrombotic and antithrombotic mechanisms...
January 25, 2018: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
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