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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551793/mitochondria-in-structural-and-functional-cardiac-remodeling
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Natalia Torrealba, Pablo Aranguiz, Camila Alonso, Beverly A Rothermel, Sergio Lavandero
The heart must function continuously as it is responsible for both supplying oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire body, as well as for the transport of waste products to excretory organs. When facing either a physiological or pathological increase in cardiac demand, the heart undergoes structural and functional remodeling as a means of adapting to increased workload. These adaptive responses can include changes in gene expression, protein composition, and structure of sub-cellular organelles involved in energy production and metabolism...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549817/static-tensioning-promotes-hamstring-tendons-force-relaxation-more-reliably-than-cycling-tensioning
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Sérgio Rocha Piedade, Inácio Maria Dal Fabbro, Martha Maria Mischan, Cezar Piedade, Nicola Maffulli
BACKGROUND: Graft elongation might be a major reason for increased anterior laxity after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. This study analyzed the force relaxation values and their stabilization when single strands of the gracilis and semitendinosus tendons underwent cyclic and static tensioning at 2.5% strain level, and compared the efficiency of static and cyclic tensioning in promoting force relaxation. METHODS: Eighteen gracilis tendons and 18 semitendinosus tendons from nine male cadavers (mean age: 22...
May 23, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549064/chemomechanical-regulation-of-myosin-ic-cross-bridges-deducing-the-elastic-properties-of-an-ensemble-from-single-molecule-mechanisms
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Florian Berger, A J Hudspeth
Myosin Ic is thought to be the principal constituent of the motor that adjusts mechanical responsiveness during adaptation to prolonged stimuli by hair cells, the sensory receptors of the inner ear. In this context myosin molecules operate neither as filaments, as occurs in muscles, nor as single or few molecules, as characterizes intracellular transport. Instead, myosin Ic molecules occur in a complex cluster in which they may exhibit cooperative properties. To better understand the motor's remarkable function, we introduce a theoretical description of myosin Ic's chemomechanical cycle based on experimental data from recent single-molecule studies...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545679/selective-use-of-radioactive-iodine-rai-in-thyroid-cancer-no-longer-one-size-fits-all
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REVIEW
J L Marti, L G T Morris, A S Ho
A remarkable, evidence-based trend toward de-escalation has reformed the practice of radioactive iodine (RAI) administration for thyroid cancer patients. Updated guidelines have supported both decreased RAI doses for select populations, as well as expanded definitions of low-risk and intermediate-risk patients that may not require RAI. Correspondingly, there is now increased flexibility for hemithyroidectomy without need for RAI, and relaxed TSH suppression targets for low-risk thyroidectomy patients. Clinical judgment remains indispensable where multiple risk factors co-exist that individually are not indications for RAI...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542615/taking-dietary-habits-into-account-a-computational-method-for-modeling-food-choices-that-goes-beyond-price
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Rahmatollah Beheshti, Jessica C Jones-Smith, Takeru Igusa
Computational models have gained popularity as a predictive tool for assessing proposed policy changes affecting dietary choice. Specifically, they have been used for modeling dietary changes in response to economic interventions, such as price and income changes. Herein, we present a novel addition to this type of model by incorporating habitual behaviors that drive individuals to maintain or conform to prior eating patterns. We examine our method in a simulated case study of food choice behaviors of low-income adults in the US...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540967/voxel-resolution-in-the-directed-self-assembly-of-liquid-crystal-polymer-networks-and-elastomers
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Benjamin A Kowalski, Vincent P Tondiglia, Tyler Guin, Timothy J White
Monomeric mixtures formulated to prepare a liquid crystal polymer network (LCN) or elastomer (LCE) can be "programmed" by surface alignment to retain complex and arbitrary spatial distributions of the director orientation upon polymerization. The localized control of orientation in a given volume (voxel) within these materials is the subject of intense research, currently motivated by the prospect of distinctive mechanical responses (both active and passive). Here, we report on a rapid and scalable photopatterning method to prepare alignment surfaces with a throughput of 10 mm(2) s(-1), using a commercial spatial light modulator and projection optics...
May 25, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540569/altered-purinergic-signaling-in-uridine-adenosine-tetraphosphate-induced-coronary-relaxation-in-swine-with-metabolic-derangement
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Zhichao Zhou, Oana Sorop, Vincent J de Beer, Ilkka Heinonen, Caroline Cheng, A H Jan Danser, Dirk J Duncker, Daphne Merkus
We previously demonstrated that uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up4A) induces potent and partially endothelium-dependent relaxation in the healthy porcine coronary microvasculature. We subsequently showed that Up4A-induced porcine coronary relaxation was impaired via downregulation of P1 receptors after myocardial infarction. In view of the deleterious effect of metabolic derangement on vascular function, we hypothesized that the coronary vasodilator response to Up4A is impaired in metabolic derangement, and that the involvement of purinergic receptor subtypes and endothelium-derived vasoactive factors (EDVFs) is altered...
May 24, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540214/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-in-women-with-nonobstructive-ischemic-heart-disease-as-assessed-by-positron-emission-tomography
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REVIEW
Roxana Campisi, Fernando D Marengo
Traditional approaches for risk assessment of ischemic heart disease (IHD) are based on the physiological consequences of an epicardial coronary stenosis. Of note, normal coronary arteries or nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common finding in women with signs and symptoms of ischemia. Therefore, assessment of risk based on a coronary stenosis approach may fail in women. Positron emission tomography (PET) quantifies absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF) which may help to elucidate other mechanisms involved such as endothelial dysfunction and alterations in the smooth muscle cell relaxation responsible for IHD in women...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539820/bifidobacterium-pseudocatenulatum-cect-7765-supplementation-restores-altered-vascular-function-in-an-experimental-model-of-obese-mice
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María D Mauricio, Eva Serna, María Leonor Fernández-Murga, Jesica Portero, Martín Aldasoro, Soraya L Valles, Yolanda Sanz, José M Vila
Aims.Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 improves metabolic and immunological altered functions in high fat fed mice, however little is known about the effects of potential probiotics on vascular reactivity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of a potential probiotic strain, Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765, on vascular response in obese mice. Methods. Aorta samples were obtained from mice, which were divided into three groups: a control group, receiving a standard diet; an obese group, receiving a high-fat diet; and an obese group receiving high-fat diet and a daily dose of B...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539337/altered-expression-and-modulation-of-the-two-pore-domain-k2p-mechano-gated-potassium-channel-trek-1-in-overactive-human-detrusor
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Ricardo H Pineda, Balachandar Nedumaran, Joseph A Hypolite, Xiao-Qing Pan, Shandra Wilson, Randall B Meacham, Anna P Malykhina
Background Detrusor overactivity (DO) is the abnormal response of the urinary bladder to physiological stretch during the filling phase of the micturition cycle. The mechanisms of bladder smooth muscle compliance upon the wall stretch are poorly understood. We previously reported that the function of normal detrusor is regulated by TREK-1, a member of the mechano-gated subfamily of two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channels. In the present study, we aimed to identify the changes in expression and function of TREK-1 channels under pathological conditions associated with DO, evaluate the potential relationship between TREK-1 channels and cytoskeletal proteins in the human bladder, and test the possibility of modulation of TREK-1 channel expression by small RNAs...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538761/effects-of-continuous-and-accumulated-exercise-on-endothelial-function-in-rat-aorta
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Juliana Edwiges Martinez, Elane de Fátima Taipeiro, Agnaldo Bruno Chies
Background: The practice of exercise in short bouts repeated throughout the day may be an alternative strategy to lift people out of physical inactivity. Objective: to evaluate if accumulated exercise, as occurs in continuous exercise training, improve endothelial function in rat aorta. Methods: Wistar male rats were divided into three groups: continuous exercise (CEx, 1 hour on the treadmill) or accumulated exercise (AEx, 4 bouts of 15 minutes / day) for 5 days/week for 8 weeks, or sedentary (SED)...
April 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537705/hypoxia-responsive-19-f-mri-probes-with-improved-redox-properties-and-biocompatibility
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Da Xie, Seyong Kim, Vikraant Kohli, Arnab Banerjee, Meng Yu, José S Enriquez, Jeffrey J Luci, Emily L Que
(19)F magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an emerging modality in biomedical imaging, has shown promise for in vitro and in vivo preclinical studies. Here we present a series of fluorinated Cu(II)ATSM derivatives for potential use as (19)F magnetic resonance agents for sensing cellular hypoxia. The synthesized complexes feature a hypoxia-targeting Cu(2+) coordination core, nine equivalent fluorine atoms connected via a variable-length poly(ethylene glycol) linker. Introduction of the fluorine moiety maintains the planar coordination geometry of the Cu(2+) center, while the linker length modulates the Cu(2+/+) reduction potential, (19)F NMR relaxation properties, and lipophilicity...
May 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535764/in-smokers-sonic-hedgehog-modulates-pulmonary-endothelial-function-through-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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Priscilla Henno, Stanislas Grassin-Delyle, Emeline Belle, Marion Brollo, Emmanuel Naline, Edouard Sage, Philippe Devillier, Dominique Israël-Biet
BACKGROUND: Tobacco-induced pulmonary vascular disease is partly driven by endothelial dysfunction. The Sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway is involved in vascular physiology. We sought to establish whether the SHH pathway has a role in pulmonary endothelial dysfunction in smokers. METHODS: The ex vivo endothelium-dependent relaxation of pulmonary artery rings in response to acetylcholine (Ach) was compared in 34 current or ex-smokers and 8 never-smokers. The results were expressed as a percentage of the contraction with phenylephrine...
May 23, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535351/inherent-simple-cubic-lattice-being-responsible-for-ultrafast-solid-phase-change-of-ge2sb2te5
#14
Wen-Xiong Song, Zhi-Pan Liu, Limin Liu
Crystallization of solid is generally slow in kinetics for atom trapped in solid. Phase-change materials (PCMs) challenge current theory on its ultrafast reversible amorphous-to-crystal transition. Here by using stochastic surface walking global optimization method, we establish the first global potential energy surface (PES) for Ge2Sb2Te5. By analyzing all structures on global PES, we show that an inherent structural pattern of simple cubic lattice is present universally in low energy structures, either globally in a newly found metastable simple cubic crystal phase or locally in the amorphous structures...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534584/composition-dependent-electronic-energy-relaxation-dynamics-of-metal-domains-as-revealed-by-bimetallic-au144-xagx-sc8h9-60-monolayer-protected-clusters
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Hongjun Zheng, Marcus A Tofanelli, Christopher J Ackerson, Kenneth L Knappenberger
We examined the electronic relaxation dynamics for mono and bimetallic Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 monolayer-protected clusters (MPCs) using femtosecond time-resolved transient extinction spectroscopy. MPCs provide compositionally well-defined model systems for structure-specific determination of nanoscale electronic properties. Based on pulse-energy-dependent transient extinction data, we quantified electron-phonon coupling constants for three distinct Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 MPC samples, where x = 0, 0 < x < 30, and x ∼ 30, as Gx=0 = (1...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534100/dose-dependent-differential-effects-of-in-vivo-exposure-of-cadmium-on-myometrial-activity-in-rats-involvement-of-vdcc-and-ca-2-mimicking-pathways
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Vivek K Saroj, Udayraj P Nakade, Abhishek Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Sunil W Hajare, Satish K Garg
Present study was undertaken to study the effect of 28-days exposure of female adult rats to cadmium (Cd) in drinking water @ 3, 10 and 30 parts per million (ppm) on myometrial responsiveness to different spasmogens and unravel the possible mechanism of alterations in myometrial activity. Cadmium and Ca(2+) levels in blood and uterus were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy while isometric tension in myometrial strips was measured using data acquisition system-based physiograph. Dose-dependent increase in levels of cadmium was observed in both blood and uterus while calcium was increased only in the uterus as compared to those in control...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534049/bio-inspired-metal-coordinate-hydrogels-with-programmable-viscoelastic-material-functions-controlled-by-longwave-uv-light
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Scott C Grindy, Niels Holten-Andersen
Control over the viscoelastic mechanical properties of hydrogels intended for use as biomedical materials has long been a goal of soft matter scientists. Recent research has shown that materials made from polymers with reversibly associating transient crosslinks are a promising strategy for controlling viscoelasticity in hydrogels, for example leading to systems with precisely tunable mechanical energy-dissipation. We and others have shown that bio-inspired histidine:transition metal ion complexes allow highly precise and tunable control over the viscoelastic properties of transient network hydrogels...
May 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533932/metabolic-parameters-and-responsiveness-of-isolated-iliac-artery-in-ldlr-mice-role-of-aerobic-exercise-training
#18
Nádia F Garcia, Amanda Cs Sponton, Maria A Delbin, Juliana M Parente, Michele M Castro, Angelina Zanesco, Camila de Moraes
Physical inactivity and dyslipidemia are considered risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. There are few studies evaluating the effects of physical exercise in small-caliber artery in a model that mimics familial hypercholesterolemia. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of exercise training, at moderate intensity, on metabolic parameters and iliac artery responsiveness in LDL(-/-) mice. Sedentary (SD) and trained (TR) mice performed AET (5 days/week, 60 minutes/day at 60-70% of maximum speed) during 8 weeks...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533575/antihypertensive-effects-of-hydroalcoholic-extract-of-crataegus-azarolus-subspecies-aronia-fruit-in-rats-with-renovascular-hypertension-an-experimental-mechanistic-study
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Mohammad Reza Haydari, Mohammad Reza Panjeshahin, Elaheh Mashghoolozekr, Ali Akbar Nekooeian
BACKGROUND: Hawthorn species decreases blood pressure and relaxes precontracted vessels. This study aimed at examining the antihypertensive effect and related mechanisms of hydroalcoholic extract of Crataegus azarolus subspecies aronia fruit in rats with renovascular hypertension. METHODS: Six groups of male Sprague-Dawley rats, each containing 6 to 8 rats, were studied. The groups comprised of one sham group and 5 renal artery-clipped groups. The sham group received vehicle (distilled water 0...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532683/the-essential-oil-from-the-twigs-of-cinnamomum-cassia-presl-inhibits-oxytocin-induced-uterine-contraction-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Lan Sun, Li-Na Liu, Jia-Chun Li, Yao-Zhong Lv, Shao-Bo Zong, Jun Zhou, Zheng-Zhong Wang, Jun-Ping Kou, Wei Xiao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The twigs and bark of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (Lauraceae) are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of tumor, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, digestive system disease and inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the inhibitory effect of the essential oil from the twigs of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (EOCC) on uterine contraction in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mouse uterine contraction was induced by oxytocin (OT) exposure following estradiol benzoate pretreatment...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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