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Microvascular function

Anne Rübsam, Sonia Parikh, Patrice E Fort
Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes and remains the leading cause of blindness among the working-age population. For decades, diabetic retinopathy was considered only a microvascular complication, but the retinal microvasculature is intimately associated with and governed by neurons and glia, which are affected even prior to clinically detectable vascular lesions. While progress has been made to improve the vascular alterations, there is still no treatment to counteract the early neuro-glial perturbations in diabetic retinopathy...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Rachel L Becker, Jamila H Siamwala, Brandon R Macias, Alan R Hargens
BACKGROUND: We compared microvascular and macrovascular blood flows of the tibia and anterior tibial artery during graded whole-body tilt. We hypothesized equal responses for bone microvascular and macrovascular blood flows during varying angles of tilt. METHODS: There were 18 volunteers who were randomly positioned in the following postures: supine, 15° head-up tilt, 6° head-up tilt, 6° head-down tilt, and 15° head-down tilt using an inversion table with reference to seated posture (baseline control)...
April 1, 2018: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Daniel A Bizjak, Daniel Jacko, Philipp Zimmer, Sebastian Gehlert, Wilhelm Bloch, Marijke Grau
Depending on the exercise variables and training design, resistance exercise can be applied to gain muscle mass, prevent diseases like osteoporosis and sarcopenia or generally increase strength capacity. But the influence on blood flow parameters and possible consequences in health and disease are less understood. To examine the possible impact of resistance exercise of different duration on hemorheology, oxidative stress and microvascular function, participants (n = 6) performed lower-limb resistance exercise of the quadriceps femoris...
March 17, 2018: Microvascular Research
Antonio Lopalco, Annalisa Cutrignelli, Nunzio Denora, Angela Lopedota, Massimo Franco, Valentino Laquintana
The transport of dopamine across the blood brain barrier represents a challenge for the management of Parkinson's disease. The employment of central nervous system targeted ligands functionalized nanocarriers could be a valid tactic to overcome this obstacle and avoid undesirable side effects. In this work, transferrin functionalized dopamine-loaded liposomes were made by a modified dehydration-rehydration technique from hydrogenated soy phosphatidylcoline, cholesterol and 1,2-stearoyl- sn -glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine- N -[carboxy(poly(ethylene glycol)-2000)]...
March 20, 2018: Nanomaterials
Erdem Kucukal, Jane A Little, Umut A Gurkan
Non-adherence and deformability are the key intrinsic biomechanical features of the red blood cell (RBC), which allow it to tightly squeeze and pass through even the narrowest of microcirculatory networks. Blockage of microcirculatory flow, also known as vaso-occlusion, is a consequence of abnormal cellular adhesion to the vascular endothelium. In sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited anaemia, even though RBCs have been shown to be heterogeneous in adhesiveness and deformability, this has not been studied in the context of physiologically relevant dynamic shear gradients at the microscale...
March 20, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Mitchell L Worley, Evan M Graboyes, Julie Blair, Suhael Momin, Kent E Armeson, Terry A Day, Andrew T Huang
Objective To describe swallowing outcomes in elderly patients undergoing microvascular reconstruction of the upper aerodigestive tract and identify risk factors for poor postoperative swallowing function. Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting Academic medical center. Subjects and Methods Sixty-six patients aged ≥70 years underwent microvascular reconstruction of the upper aerodigestive tract. The primary outcome measure was the Functional Oral Intake Scale (FOIS); preoperative and postoperative scores were dichotomized to define "good swallowing" and "poor swallowing...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Joo Myung Lee, Joon Hyung Doh, Chang Wook Nam, Eun Seok Shin, Bon Kwon Koo
The presence of myocardial ischemia is the most important prognostic factor in patients with coronary artery disease, and ischemia-directed revascularization has been a standard of care. Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is an invasive method used to detect the functionally significant epicardial coronary stenosis, and FFR-guided revascularization strategy has been proven to be superior to angiography-guided strategy. Recently, a hyperemia-free index, instantaneous wave free ratio (iFR), was developed and showed its non-inferiority for clinical outcomes compared with FFR-guided strategy...
March 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
Sarah E Sartain, Nancy A Turner, Joel L Moake
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and bone marrow transplantation-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) are associated with excessive activation of the alternative complement pathway (AP) and with severe renal - and rarely, cerebral - microvascular damage. Here, we compared AP activation and regulation in human glomerular and brain microvascular endothelial cells (GMVECs and BMVECs, respectively) unstimulated or stimulated by the proinflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Compared with GMVECs and under both experimental conditions, BMVECs had increased gene expression of the AP-related genes C3 , CFB , and C5 , and decreased expression of CFD This was associated with increased expression in BMVECs (relative to GMVECs) of the genes for surface and soluble regulatory molecules ( CD46 , THBD , CD55 , CFI , and CFH ) suppressing formation of the AP C3 and C5 convertases...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Patrick Nasarre, Ingrid V Bonilla, John S Metcalf, Eleanor G Hilliard, Nancy Klauber-DeMore
TRAF3-interacting protein 3 (TRAF3IP3) is expressed in the immune system and participates in cell maturation, tissue development, and immune response. In a previous study, we reported that TRAF3IP3 levels were substantially increased in the vasculature of breast cancer tissues, suggesting a proangiogenic role. In this study, we investigated TRAF3IP3 tumorigenic function. TRAF3IP3 protein was present in several cancer cell lines, with highest levels in melanoma. In addition, tumor microarray analysis on 23 primary melanoma and nine positive lymph nodes revealed that 70% of human primary melanoma and 66% of lymph node metastases were positive for TRAF3IP3...
March 16, 2018: Melanoma Research
Ryan Rosenberry, Susie Chung, Michael D Nelson
Exercise represents a major hemodynamic stress that demands a highly coordinated neurovascular response in order to match oxygen delivery to metabolic demand. Reactive hyperemia (in response to a brief period of tissue ischemia) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and provides important insight into vascular health and vasodilatory capacity. Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity is equally important in health and disease, as it determines the energy supply for myocellular processes. Here, we describe a simple, non-invasive approach using near-infrared spectroscopy to assess each of these major clinical endpoints (reactive hyperemia, neurovascular coupling, and muscle oxidative capacity) during a single clinic or laboratory visit...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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
Fukashi Ishibashi, Mitra Tavakoli
Aims: Hyperglycemia is associated with an increased risk of microvascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the reduction of the levels of HbA1c by tight glycemic control (GC) decreases the rate of microvascular complications and improves the neurological measures in patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods: Detailed clinical and neurological examinations including corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) were performed in 141 Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes and 60 age-matched control subjects at baseline and follow-up with GC for 4 years...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Rasa Tamosiuniene, Olga Manouvakhova, Paul Mesange, Toshie Saito, Jin Qian, Mrinmoy Sanyal, Yu-Chun Lin, Linh P Nguyen, Amir Luria, Allen B Tu, Joshua M Sante, Marlene Rabinovitch, Desmond J Fitzgerald, Brian B Graham, Aida Habtezion, Norbert F Voelkel, Laure Aurelian, Mark R Nicolls
<u>Rationale:</u> Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening condition associated with immune dysregulation and abnormal regulatory T cell (Treg) activity, but it is currently unknown whether and how abnormal Treg function differentially affects males and females. <u>Objective:</u> To evaluate whether and how Treg-deficiency differentially affects male and female rats in experimental PH. <u>Methods and Results:</u> Male and female athymic rnu/rnu rats, lacking Tregs, were treated with the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) inhibitor SU5416 or chronic hypoxia and evaluated for PH; some animals underwent Treg immune reconstitution (IR) before SU5416 administration...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Anaïs Briot, Pauline Decaunes, Fanny Volat, Chloé Belles, Muriel Coupaye, Séverine Ledoux, Anne Bouloumié
OBJECTIVE: Adipose tissue (AT) dysfunction associated with obesity or aging is a major cause for lipid redistribution and the progression of cardiometabolic disorders. Our goal is to decipher the contribution of human AT microvascular endothelial cells (ECs) in the maintenance of fatty acid (FA) fluxes and the impact of senescence on their function. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We used freshly isolated primary microvascular ECs from human AT. Our data identified the endothelial FA handling machinery including FATPs (FA transport proteins) FATP1, FATP3, FATP4, and CD36 as well as FABP4 (FA binding protein 4)...
March 15, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
P A Stapleton, C R McBride, J Yi, A B Abukabda, T R Nurkiewicz
Preconceptive health encompasses male and female reproductive capability. In females, this takes into account each of the stages of the estrous cycle. Microvascular reactivity varies throughout the estrous cycle in response to hormonal changes and in preparation for pregnancy. Microvascular alterations in response to engineered nanomaterial (ENM) exposure have been described within 24-hours of inhalation; however, the impact upon the uterine vasculature at differing estrous stages and at late-stage pregnancy is unclear...
March 12, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Piotr Chudzik, Somshubra Majumdar, Francesco Calivá, Bashir Al-Diri, Andrew Hunter
BACKROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of diabetes that can lead to sight loss if treated not early enough. Microaneurysms are the earliest clinical signs of diabetic retinopathy. This paper presents an automatic method for detecting microaneurysms in fundus photographies. METHODS: A novel patch-based fully convolutional neural network with batch normalization layers and Dice loss function is proposed. Compared to other methods that require up to five processing stages, it requires only three...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Yingying Liu, Yudiao Huang, Yueyue Xu, Peng Qu, Minghua Wang
Increased transendothelial permeability and subsequent blood-brain barrier damage play a key role in the pathological progression of human brain ischemia and secondary reperfusion. Memantine is a licensed drug providing clinically relevant efficacy in patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, little information is known regarding its effects on brain endothelial permeability. In this study, we investigated the effects of memantine on endothelial permeability and the underlying mechanisms in an ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury model in primary human brain microvascular endothelial cells...
March 15, 2018: IUBMB Life
Aaron Strumwasser, Aditi Bhargava, Gregory P Victorino
INTRODUCTION: Translocation of phosphatidylserine from the inner leaflet to the outer leaflet of the endothelial membrane via phospholipid scramblase-1 (PLSCR1) is an apoptotic signal responsible for the loss of endothelial barrier integrity after ischemia-reperfusion injury. We hypothesized that inhibiting phosphatidylserine expression on endothelial cells would attenuate ischemia-reperfusion (IRI) induced increases in hydraulic permeability (Lp). METHODS: Mesenteric hydraulic permeability (Lp) was measured in rat post-capillary mesenteric venules subjected to IRI via superior mesenteric artery (SMA) occlusion (45 minutes) and release (300 minutes) in conjunction with several inhibitors of phosphatidylserine exposure as follows: 1) inhibition of PLSCR1 translocation (DTE - dithioerythritol, n=3), 2) inhibition of PLSCR1 membrane trafficking (2-BP - 2-bromopalmitate, n=3), and 3) inhibition of ion exchange necessary for PLSCR1 function (DIDS - 4,4'-Diisothiocyano-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid, n=3)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Manjula Karpurapu, Yong Gyu Lee, Ziqing Qian, Jin Wen, Megan N Ballinger, Luiza Rusu, Sangwoon Chung, Jing Deng, Feng Qian, Brenda F Reader, Teja Srinivas Nirujogi, Gye Young Park, Dehua Pei, John W Christman
Specific therapies targeting cellular and molecular events of sepsis induced Acute Lung Injury (ALI) pathogenesis are lacking. We have reported a pivotal role for Nuclear Factors of Activated T cells (NFATc3) in regulating macrophage phenotype during sepsis induced ALI and subsequent studies demonstrate that NFATc3 transcriptionally regulates macrophage CCR2 and TNFα gene expression. Mouse pulmonary microvascular endothelial cell monolayer maintained a tighter barrier function when co-cultured with LPS stimulated NFATc3 deficient macrophages whereas wild type macrophages caused leaky monolayer barrier...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Milton Packer
Three classes of anti-hyperglycaemic medications are distinguished by their urinary sodium excretion-enhancing and blood pressure-lowering actions: long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors and sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors. Yet, these drugs exert different effects on macrovascular risk. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists reduce atherosclerotic thromboembolic events, but have little effect on heart failure; sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors decrease the occurrence of heart failure, but have minimal effect on myocardial infarction and stroke; and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors do not ameliorate either atherosclerotic thromboembolic events or heart failure...
March 12, 2018: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
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