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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049973/semi-analytical-representation-of-the-activation-level-in-stress-fibre-directions-as-alternative-to-the-angular-representation-in-the-bio-chemo-mechanical-model-for-cell-contractility
#1
Christian Rüdiger Bahls, Duy Truong, Ursula van Rienen
The bio-chemo-mechanical model has many applications in modelling cell contractility. In simulations this model usually is coupled to the continuum mechanics of the cell by defining a large number of directions for stress fibres at each point. In this paper, another representation for coupling the biochemical processes in the bio-chemo-mechanical model is introduced. Using a quadratic form to represent the angular dependency of the activation level, the model's number of degrees of freedom is significantly reduced...
October 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049386/reversible-differentiation-of-immortalized-human-bladder-smooth-muscle-cells-accompanied-by-actin-bundle-reorganization
#2
Naohiro Hashimoto, Tohru Kiyono, Fumihito Saitow, Minoru Asada, Masaki Yoshida
Previous studies have shown that phenotypic modulation of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) plays a pivotal role in human diseases. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the reversible differentiation of SMCs remain elusive particularly because cultured SMCs that reproducibly exhibit bidirectional phenotypic modulation have not been established. Here we established an immortalized human bladder SMC line designated as hBS11. Under differentiation-inducing conditions, hBS11 cells underwent smooth muscle differentiation accompanied by the robust expression of smooth muscle differentiation markers and isoform-dependent reorganization of actin bundles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049046/determination-of-death-in-donation-after-circulatory-death-an-ethical-propriety
#3
Andrew McGee, Dale Gardiner, Paul Murphy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The recently developed donation after circulatory death (DCD) heart transplant technique, pioneered by Papworth Hospital in the UK, involves the use of extracorporeal perfusion technologies to restart the donor heart in situ and thereby restore the donor's own circulation, after first isolating the donor's cerebral circulation. By restoring the circulation in the deceased donor, even if the cerebral circulation is excluded, the Papworth technique challenges the acceptability of death determination in DCD...
October 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046990/active-force-maintains-the-stability-of-a-contractile-ring
#4
Stanard Mebwe Pachong, Kristian K Müller-Nedebock
We investigate a system of sufficiently dense polar actin filaments considered rigid and cross-linked by dimer myosin II protein within the contractile ring. The Langevin dynamics of this system is cast in a functional integral formalism and then transformed into density variables. Using the dynamical Random Phase Approximation (RPA) along with the a one-dimensional Langevin dynamics simulation (LDS), we investigate the structural integrity of the actin bundle network. The active force and the networking force reveal a non-trivial diffusive behaviour of the filaments within the ring...
October 23, 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046769/factors-that-affect-the-onset-of-action-of-non-depolarizing-neuromuscular-blocking-agents
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REVIEW
Yong Byum Kim, Tae-Yun Sung, Hong Seuk Yang
Neuromuscular blockade plays an important role in the safe management of patient airways, surgical field improvement, and respiratory care. Rapid-sequence induction of anesthesia is indispensable to emergency surgery and obstetric anesthesia, and its purpose is to obtain a stable airway, adequate depth of anesthesia, and appropriate respiration within a short period of time without causing irritation or damage to the patient. There has been a continued search for new neuromuscular blocking drugs (NMBDs) with a rapid onset of action...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046390/novel-sarcopenia-related-alterations-in-sarcomeric-protein-post-translational-modifications-in-skeletal-muscles-identified-by-top-down-proteomics
#6
Liming Wei, Zachery R Gregorich, Ziqing Lin, Wenxuan Cai, Yutong Jin, Susan H McKiernan, Sean McIlwain, Judd M Aiken, Richard L Moss, Gary M Diffee, Ying Ge
Sarcopenia, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, is a significant cause of morbidity in the elderly and is a major burden on health care systems. Unfortunately, the underlying molecular mechanisms in sarcopenia remain poorly understood. Herein, we utilized top-down proteomics to elucidate sarcopenia-related changes in the fast- and slow-twitch skeletal muscles of aging rats with a focus on the sarcomeric proteome, which includes both myofilament and Z-disc proteins-the proteins that constitute the contractile apparatuses...
October 18, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046293/exercise-induces-tfeb-expression-and-activity-in-skeletal-muscle-in-a-pgc-1%C3%AE-dependent-manner
#7
Avigail T Erlich, Diane M Brownlee, Kaitlyn Beyfuss, David A Hood
The mitochondrial network in muscle is controlled by the opposing processes of mitochondrial biogenesis and mitophagy. The coactivator PGC-1α regulates biogenesis, while the transcription of mitophagy-related genes is controlled by transcription factor EB (TFEB). PGC-1α activation is induced with exercise, however the effect of exercise on TFEB is not fully known. We investigated the interplay between PGC-1α and TFEB on mitochondria in response to acute contractile activity in C2C12 myotubes, and following exercise in WT and PGC-1α KO mice...
October 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045568/loss-of-protein-kinase-novel-1-pkn1-is-associated-with-mild-systolic-and-diastolic-contractile-dysfunction-increased-phospholamban-thr17-phosphorylation-and-exacerbated-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury
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Asvi A Francois, Kofo Obasanjo-Blackshire, James E Clark, Andrii Boguslavskyi, Mark R Holt, Peter Parker, Michael S Marber, Richard J Heads
Aims: PKN1 is a stress-responsive protein kinase acting downstream of small GTP-binding proteins of the Rho/Rac family. The aim was to determine its role in endogenous cardioprotection. Methods and Results: Hearts from PKN1 knockout (KO) or wild type (WT) littermate control mice were perfused in Langendorff mode and subjected to global ischemia and reperfusion (I/R). Myocardial infarct size was doubled in PKN1 KO hearts compared to WT hearts. PKN1 was basally phosphorylated on the activation loop Thr778 PDK1 target site which was unchanged during I/R...
October 16, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045290/the-prognostic-implications-of-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-current-and-future-perspectives
#9
Thomas Zegkos, Despoina Parcharidou, Dimitrios Ntelios, Georgios Efthimiadis, Haralambos Karvounis
Two-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography represents a novel, simple and reproducible technique for the estimation of left ventricular myocardial deformation (strain) and the evaluation of left ventricular twist mechanics. During the last few years, its clinical and prognostic implications in cardiomyopathies and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in particular have been rapidly increasing. Reduced global longitudinal strain is associated with more severe disease and confers an increased risk for major cardiac events, independently of other clinical and echocardiographic risk factors...
October 17, 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044853/regulation-of-voltage-gated-potassium-channels-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-during-hypertension-and-metabolic-disorders
#10
Madeline Nieves-Cintrón, Arsalan U Syed, Matthew A Nystoriak, Manuel F Navedo
Voltage-gated potassium (KV ) channels are key regulators of vascular smooth muscle contractility and vascular tone, and thus have major influence on the microcirculation. KV channels are important determinants of vascular smooth muscle membrane potential (Em ). A number of KV subunits are expressed in the plasma membrane of smooth muscle cells. Each subunit confers distinct kinetics and regulatory properties that allow for fine control of Em to orchestrate vascular tone. Modifications in KV subunit expression and/or channel activity can contribute to changes in vascular smooth muscle contractility in response to different stimuli and in diverse pathological conditions...
October 16, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044850/mesenchymal-stem-cells-therapy-a-promising-cell-based-therapy-for-treatment-of-myocardial-infraction
#11
REVIEW
Ayman El Sayed Shafei, Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, Hazem G Ghanem, Ahmed I Shehata, Ahmed A Abdelgawad, Hossam R Handal, Kareem A Talaat, Ahmed E Ashaal, Amal S El-Shal
AIM: For decades, mesenchymal stem (MSCs) cells had been used for cardiovascular diseases as regenerative therapy. This review is an attempt to summarize the types of MSCs involved in MI therapy, its possible mechanisms effects especially paracrine one in MI focusing on the studies (human and animal) conducted in the last 10 years. DISCUSSION: Recently, reports showed that MSC therapy could have infarct-limiting effects after myocardial infarction (MI) in both experimental and clinical trials...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044613/effect-of-androgen-deprivation-therapy-on-the-contractile-properties-of-type-i-and-type-ii-skeletal-muscle-fibres-in-men-with-non-metastatic-prostate-cancer
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C R Lamboley, H Xu, T L Dutka, E D Hanson, A Hayes, J A Violet, R M Murphy, G D Lamb
The contractile properties of vastus lateralis muscle fibres were examined in prostate cancer (PrCa) patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and in age- and activity-matched healthy male subjects (Control). Mechanically-skinned muscle fibres were exposed to a sequence of heavily Ca(2+) -buffered solutions at progressively higher free [Ca(2+) ] to determine their force-Ca(2+) relationship. Ca(2+) -sensitivity was decreased in both type I and type II muscle fibres of ADT subjects relative to Controls (by -0...
October 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044498/emerging-therapies-for-congestive-heart-failure
#13
Thomas J Povsic
The treatment of atherosclerotic heart disease has improved remarkably over the last several decades; however, the outlook for patients with symptomatic congestive heart failure with reduced ejection fraction remains bleak. Current drug therapies target the neurohormonal activation that accompanies congestive heart failure, but do not address the fundamental pathology inherent in this condition-the loss of contractile capacity. Stem cell therapies offer the possibility of rectifying this deficiency and normalizing left ventricular dimensions and cardiac performance by regenerating novel contractile tissue thereby reversing the negative remodeling which portends progressive left ventricular dysfunction, worsening symptoms, and ultimately cardiogenic shock...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044161/apical-surface-supracellular-mechanical-properties-in-polarized-epithelium-using-noninvasive-acoustic-force-spectroscopy
#14
Alexander X Cartagena-Rivera, Christina M Van Itallie, James M Anderson, Richard S Chadwick
Maintenance of epithelial tissue integrity requires coordination between cell-cell adherens junctions, tight junctions (TJ), and the perijunctional actomyosin cytoskeleton. Here we addressed the hypothesis that alterations in TJ structure and remodeling of the actomyosin cytoskeleton modify epithelial mechanics. Current methods to measure supracellular mechanical properties disrupt intact monolayers, therefore, we developed a novel method using noncontact acoustic frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) and tested it on MDCK polarized monolayers...
October 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043078/a-gap-that-divides
#15
REVIEW
Angika Basant, Michael Glotzer
Cytokinesis in metazoan cells is mediated by an actomyosin-based contractile ring that assembles in response to activation of the small GTPase RhoA. The guanine nucleotide exchange factor that activates RhoA during cytokinesis, ECT-2, is highly regulated. In most metazoan cells, with the notable exception of the early Caenorhabditis elegans embryo, RhoA activation and furrow ingression require the centralspindlin complex. This exception is due to the existence of a parallel pathway for RhoA activation in C...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042424/angiotensin-ii-receptor-neprilysin-inhibitor-sacubitril-valsartan-improves-endothelial-dysfunction-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Takunori Seki, Kenichi Goto, Yasuo Kansui, Toshio Ohtsubo, Kiyoshi Matsumura, Takanari Kitazono
BACKGROUND: We have previously demonstrated that antihypertensive treatment with renin-angiotensin system inhibitors restores the impaired endothelium-dependent hyperpolarization (EDH)-mediated responses in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Herein, we investigated whether the angiotensin II receptor-neprilysin inhibitor sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) would improve reduced EDH-mediated responses and whether LCZ696 would exert additional effects on endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent vasorelaxation compared with an angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker alone during hypertension...
October 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041884/-syndrome-takotsubo-the-value-of-echocardiography
#17
N M Alekhin
Analysis of diagnostic and prognostic possibilities of echocardiography in patients with Takotsubo syndrome is given in this review. Special characteristics of local wall motion abnormalities of the left ventricle are presented and main variants of transitory derangements of local contractility are described. Changes of parameters of deformation of left and right ventricles in acute period and during follow-up are analyzed in detail. A spectrum of complications of the syndrome in detection of which echocardiography plays the leading role is outlined...
July 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041876/-stress-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-long-term-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-heart-disease
#18
A Y Karpov, M M Elkanova, N V Shitov, V U Botvina, V V Lopukhova, A M Saidova
AIM: To study the possibilities of stress echocardiography (EchoCG) in the assessment of clinical state of patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included into this study 80 patients with stable ischemic heart disease. After preliminary examination, all patients underwent PCI. Stress EchoCG was carried out in 6 and 12 months after PCI. RESULTS: Clinical effect assessed in 12 months after revascularization was good in 90% of patients...
July 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040462/both-cardiomyocyte-and-endothelial-cell-nox4-mediate-protection-against-hemodynamic-overload-induced-remodeling
#19
Min Zhang, Heloise Mongue-Din, Daniel Martin, Norman Catibog, Ioannis Smyrnias, Xiaohong Zhang, Bin Yu, Minshu Wang, Ralf P Brandes, Katrin Schröder, Ajay M Shah
Aims: NADPH oxidase-4 (Nox4) is an important reactive oxygen species (ROS) source that is upregulated in the hemodynamically overloaded heart. Our previous studies using global Nox4 knockout (Nox4KO) mice demonstrated a protective role of Nox4 during chronic abdominal aortic banding, involving a paracrine enhancement of myocardial capillary density. However, other authors who studied cardiac-specific Nox4KO mice reported detrimental effects of Nox4 in response to transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
October 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040313/premature-aortic-smooth-muscle-cell-differentiation-contributes-to-matrix-dysregulation-in-marfan-syndrome
#20
Matthew Dale, Matthew P Fitzgerald, Zhibo Liu, Trevor Meisinger, Andrew Karpisek, Laura N Purcell, Jeffrey S Carson, Paul Harding, Haili Lang, Panagiotis Koutakis, Rishi Batra, Constance J Mietus, George Casale, Iraklis Pipinos, B Timothy Baxter, Wanfen Xiong
Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection are life-threatening complications of Marfan syndrome (MFS). Studies of human and mouse aortic samples from late stage MFS demonstrate increased TGF-β activation/signaling and diffuse matrix changes. However, the role of the aortic smooth muscle cell (SMC) phenotype in early aneurysm formation in MFS has yet to be fully elucidated. As our objective, we investigated whether an altered aortic SMC phenotype plays a role in aneurysm formation in MFS. We describe previously unrecognized concordant findings in the aortas of a murine model of MFS, mgR, during a critical and dynamic phase of early development...
2017: PloS One
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