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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222221/elastase-2-an-angiotensin-ii-generating-enzyme-contributes-to-increased-ang-ii-in-resistance-arteries-of-mice-with-myocardial-infarction
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Christiane Becari, Marcondes A B Silva, Marina T Durand, Cibele M Prado, Eduardo B Oliveira, Mauricio S Ribeiro, Helio C Salgado, Maria Cristina O Salgado, Rita C Tostes
Angiotensin II (Ang II), whose generation largely depends on angiotensin-converting enzyme activity, mediates most of the renin-angiotensin-system effects. Elastase-2 (ELA-2), a chymotrypsin-serine protease elastase family member 2A, alternatively generates Ang II in rat arteries. Myocardial infarction (MI) leads to intense RAS activation, but mechanisms involved on Ang II-generation in resistance arteries are unknown. We hypothesized that ELA-2 contributes to vascular Ang II generation and to cardiac damage in mice submitted to MI...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220122/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-links-tlr2-and-par1-to-soluble-immunomodulator-factor-secretion-in-human-platelets
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Pauline Damien, Fabrice Cognasse, Bernard Payrastre, Sherry L Spinelli, Neil Blumberg, Charles-Antoine Arthaud, Marie-Ange Eyraud, Richard P Phipps, Archibald McNicol, Bruno Pozzetto, Olivier Garraud, Hind Hamzeh-Cognasse
The primary toll-like receptor (TLR)-mediated immune cell response pathway common for all TLRs is MyD88-dependent activation of NF-κB, a seminal transcription factor for many chemokines and cytokines. Remarkably, anucleate platelets express the NF-κB machinery, whose role in platelets remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated the contribution of NF-κB in the release of cytokines and serotonin by human platelets, following selective stimulation of TLR2 and protease activated receptor 1 (PAR1), a classical and non-classical pattern-recognition receptor, respectively, able to participate to the innate immune system...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218456/endothelial-cells-inhibit-the-angiotensin-ii-induced-phenotypic-modulation-of-rat-vascular-fibroblasts
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Xu Jia-Ying, Chang Nen-Bin, Li Tao, Jiang Rui, Sun Xiao-Lei, He Yan-Zheng, Jiang Jun
PURPOSE: The phenotypic modulation of vascular adventitial fibroblasts plays an important role in vascular remodeling. Evidence have shown that endothelial cells and adventitial fibroblasts interact under certain conditions. In this study, we investigated the influence of endothelial cells on the phenotypic modulation of adventitial fibroblasts. METHODS: Endothelial cells and adventitial fibroblasts from rat thoracic aorta were cultivated in a co-culture system and adventitial fibroblasts were induced with angiotensin II (Ang II)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218310/crispr-knockout-rat-cytochrome-p450-3a1-2-model-for-advancing-drug-metabolism-and-pharmacokinetics-research
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Jian Lu, Yanjiao Shao, Xuan Qin, Daozhi Liu, Ang Chen, Dali Li, Mingyao Liu, Xin Wang
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A accounts for nearly 30% of the total CYP enzymes in the human liver and participates in the metabolism of over 50% of clinical drugs. Moreover, CYP3A plays an important role in chemical metabolism, toxicity, and carcinogenicity. New animal models are needed to investigate CYP3A functions, especially for drug metabolism. In this report, Cyp3a1/2 double knockout (KO) rats were generated by CRISPR-Cas9 technology, and then were characterized for viability and physiological status. The Cyp3a1/2 double KO rats were viable and fertile, and had no obvious physiological abnormities...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216458/incidence-of-malignancy-and-fibroid-variants-at-surgery-for-presumed-benign-symptomatic-fibroids
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Monique Ramos Damasco, Pui-Wan Kiri Chan, Marnie Slonim, Woun-Eng Catarina Ang, Martin Graham Healey
STUDY OBJECTIVE: In women undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for benign gynecology indications, where fibroids were present, to estimate the incidence of (1) leiomyosarcoma (LMS), (2) other uterine pathology (3) the frequency of use of morcellation, both mechanical and manual in laparoscopic, vaginal and laparotomy operative routes. DESIGN: Retrospective study (Canadian Task Force classification II-3). SETTING: The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne Australia...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212603/effects-of-renal-denervation-on-cardiac-oxidative-stress-and-local-activity-of-the-sympathetic-nervous-system-and-renin-angiotensin-system-in-acute-myocardial-infracted-dogs
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Qiaoli Feng, Chengzhi Lu, Li Wang, Lijun Song, Chao Li, Ravi Chandra Uppada
BACKGROUND: This study sought to evaluate the therapeutic effects of renal denervation (RDN) on acute myocardial infarction (MI) in canines and explore its possible mechanisms of action. METHODS: Eighteen healthy mongrel dogs were randomly assigned to either the control group, the MI group or the MI + RDN group. To assess cardiac function, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD), left ventricular end-systolic dimension (LVESD) and fraction shortening (FS) were recorded...
February 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210225/increased-apoptosis-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-mediated-by-at1r-ras-erk1-2-signaling-results-in-sympathetic-hyperactivity-and-renovascular-hypertension-in-rats-after-kidney-injury
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Hongguo Zhu, Lishan Tan, Yumin Li, Jiawen Li, Minzi Qiu, Lanying Li, Mengbi Zhang, Min Liang, Aiqing Li
Background: The central nervous system plays a vital role in the development of hypertension, but the molecular regulatory mechanisms are not fully understood. This study aimed to explore signaling in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) which might contribute to renal hypertension. Methods: Renal hypertension model was established by five-sixth nephrectomy operation (5/6Nx) in male Sprague Dawley rats. Ten weeks afterwards, they were random assigned to no treatment, or intracerebroventricular injection (ICV) with artificial cerebrospinal fluid, losartan [angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1R) antagonist], farnesylthiosalicylic acid (Ras inhibitor), PD98059 (MEK inhibitor), or SB203580 (p38 inhibitor) and Z-DEVD-FMK (caspase-3 inhibitor)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196323/nearly-monodisperse-insulator-cs4pbx6-x-cl-br-i-nanocrystals-their-mixed-halide-compositions-and-their-transformation-into-cspbx3-nanocrystals
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Quinten A Akkerman, Sungwook Park, Eros Radicchi, Francesca Nunzi, Edoardo Mosconi, Filippo De Angelis, Rosaria Brescia, Prachi Rastogi, Mirko Prato, Liberato Manna
We have developed a colloidal synthesis of nearly monodisperse nanocrystals of pure Cs4PbX6 (X = Cl, Br, I) and their mixed halide compositions with sizes ranging from 9 to 37 nm. The optical absorption spectra of these nanocrystals display a sharp, high energy peak due to transitions between states localized in individual PbX6(4-) octahedra. These spectral features are insensitive to the size of the particles and in agreement with the features of the corresponding bulk materials. Samples with mixed halide composition exhibit absorption bands that are intermediate in spectral position between those of the pure halide compounds...
February 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168002/hepatitis-c-virus-seroprevalence-in-the-general-female-population-of-9-countries-in-europe-asia-and-africa
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Gary M Clifford, Tim Waterboer, Bolormaa Dondog, You Lin Qiao, Dimitri Kordzaia, Doudja Hammouda, Namory Keita, Nahid Khodakarami, Syed Ahsan Raza, Ang Tshering Sherpa, Witold Zatonski, Michael Pawlita, Martyn Plummer, Silvia Franceschi
BACKGROUND: New oral treatments with very high cure rates have the potential to revolutionize global management of hepatitis C virus (HCV), but population-based data on HCV infection are missing in many low and middle-income countries (LMIC). METHODS: Between 2004 and 2009, dried blood spots were collected from age-stratified female population samples of 9 countries: China, Mongolia, Poland, Guinea, Nepal, Pakistan, Algeria, Georgia and Iran. HCV antibodies were detected by a multiplex serology assay using bead-based technology...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165296/the-activation-of-the-kynurenine-pathway-in-a-rat-model-with-renovascular-hypertension
#10
Jacek Bartosiewicz, Tomasz Kaminski, Krystyna Pawlak, Malgorzata Karbowska, Anna Tankiewicz-Kwedlo, Dariusz Pawlak
Hypertension is a serious condition that can lead to many health problems. The mechanisms underlying this process are still not fully understood. The kynurenine pathway may be involved in the occurrence and progression of hypertension. The purpose of this study was to examine the activity of peripheral kynurenine pathway in rats with renovascular hypertension in Goldblatt 2K1C model. Hypertension was induced in the experimental groups by constricting the renal artery of the left kidney of the rats. Determination of tryptophan (Trp) and kynurenine pathway metabolites was assessed by high-performance liquid chromatography in plasma and tissues obtained at 4, 8, and 16 weeks after the surgical intervention or sham surgery...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164758/angiotensin-peptides-as-at2-receptor-agonists
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Mathias Hallberg, Jonas Sävmarker, Anders Hallberg
In 2004, the first nonpeptide selective angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) agonist was reported. This nonpeptide (C21), which, exerts anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic actions in vivo, has been extensively explored and is currently in clinical trials. Subsequently, a large number of related drug-like AT2R agonists have been disclosed. Reviews that summarize known structure-activity relationships (SAR) of nonpeptide AT2R agonists have recently appeared in the literature; however, very few reviews discuss the role of angiotensin peptides as AT2R agonists...
February 3, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161159/early-treatment-with-losartan-effectively-ameliorates-hypertension-and-improves-vascular-remodeling-and-function-in-a-prehypertensive-rat-model
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De-Hua He, Jin-Xiu Lin, Liang-Min Zhang, Chang-Sheng Xu, Qiang Xie
AIMS: Pharmacological treatment of prehypertension may ameliorate hypertension and improve vascular structure and function. This study investigated 1) whether early treatment with either losartan or amlodipine at the onset of prehypertension can prevent hypertension and 2) whether losartan and amlodipine equally improve vascular remodeling and function in a rat model of hypertension. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive (SHRSP) rats were administered losartan, amlodipine or saline for 6 or 16weeks at the onset of prehypertension...
February 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160390/angiotensin-ii-type-ii-receptors-and-colonic-dysmotility-in-2-4-dinitrofluorobenzenesulfonic-acid-induced-colitis-in-rats
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M G Zizzo, M Auteri, A Amato, G Caldara, D Nuzzo, M Di Carlo, R Serio
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II), the main peptide of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), has been suggested to be involved in inflammatory bowel diseases. Since RAS has emerged as gut motility regulator, and dysmotility is associated with intestinal inflammation, our objective was to investigate in rat 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (DNBS)-induced colitis the functionality of RAS and its contribution to colonic motor alterations. METHODS: The effects of Ang II on the longitudinal colonic muscular contractility of control and DNBS-treated rats were characterized in vitro...
February 3, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160049/prolylcarboxypeptidase-deficiency-is-associated-with-increased-blood-pressure-glomerular-lesions-and-cardiac-dysfunction-independent-of-altered-circulating-and-cardiac-angiotensin-ii
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Christoph Maier, Ines Schadock, Philipp K Haber, Jan Wysocki, Minghao Ye, Yashpal Kanwar, Christopher A Flask, Xin Yu, Brian D Hoit, Gregory N Adams, Alvin H Schmaier, Michael Bader, Daniel Batlle
: Prolylcarboxypeptidase (PRCP) is a carboxypeptidase that cleaves angiotensin II (AngII) forming Ang(1-7). The impact of genetic PRCP deficiency on AngII metabolism, blood pressure (BP), kidney histology, and cardiac phenotype was investigated in two lines of PRCP-deficient mice: KST302 derived in C57BL/6 background and GST090 derived in FVB/N background. The GST090 line had increased mean arterial pressure (MAP) (113.7 ± 2.07 vs. WT 105.0 ± 1.23 mmHg; p < 0.01) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) (ratio of diastolic left ventricular posterior wall dimension to left ventricular diameter 0...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157471/angiopoietins-as-biomarkers-of-disease-severity-and-bacterial-burden-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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N P Kumar, B Velayutham, D Nair, S Babu
BACKGROUND: Circulating angiogenic factors of the vascular endothelial growth factor family are important biomarkers of disease severity in pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). However, the role of angiopoietins, which are also involved in angiogenesis, in PTB is not known. OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: To examine the association of circulating angiopoietins with TB disease or latent tuberculous infection (LTBI), we examined the systemic levels of angiopoietin (Ang) 1, Ang 2 and Tie-2 receptor in individuals with PTB (n = 44), LTBI (n = 44) or no tuberculous infection (NTBI) (n = 44)...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156130/evaluation-of-various-cooling-systems-after-exercise-induced-hyperthermia
#16
Pearl M S Tan, Eunice Y N Two, Noreffendy B Ali, Bryan C H Ang, Iswady Iskandar, Lydia Y L Law, Jason K W Lee
CONTEXT:  Rapid diagnosis and expeditious cooling of individuals with exertional heat stroke is paramount for survival. OBJECTIVE:  To evaluate the efficacy of various cooling systems after exercise-induced hyperthermia. DESIGN:  Crossover study. SETTING:  Laboratory. PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:  Twenty-two men (age = 24 ± 2 years, height = 1.76 ± 0.07 m, mass = 70.7 ± 9.5 kg) participated...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131844/mas-receptor-is-involved-in-the-estrogen-receptor-induced-nitric-oxide-dependent-vasorelaxation
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Agua Sobrino, Susana Vallejo, Susana Novella, Macarena Lázaro-Franco, Ana Mompeón, Carlos Bueno-Betí, Thomas Walther, Carlos Sánchez-Ferrer, Concepción Peiró, Carlos Hermenegildo
The Mas receptor is involved in the angiotensin (Ang)-(1-7) vasodilatory actions by increasing nitric oxide production (NO). We have previously demonstrated an increased production of Ang-(1-7) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) exposed to estradiol (E2), suggesting a potential cross-talk between E2 and the Ang-(1-7)/Mas receptor axis. Here, we explored whether the vasoactive response and NO-related signalling exerted by E2 are influenced by Mas. HUVEC were exposed to 10 nM E2 for 24 h in the presence or absence of the selective Mas receptor antagonist A779, and the estrogen receptor (ER) antagonist ICI182780 (ICI)...
January 25, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131322/safety-tolerability-and-sensorimotor-effects-of-extended-release-dalfampridine-in-adults-with-cerebral-palsy-a-pilot-study
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Francois Bethoux, Ali Fatemi, Eileen Fowler, Christina Marciniak, Angeli Mayadev, Joel Waksman, Kathleen Zackowski, Gustavo Suarez, Andrew R Blight, Adrian L Rabinowicz, Enrique Carrazana
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of dalfampridine extended release (D-ER) in a pilot study of adults with cerebral palsy (CP) and limited ambulatory ability, and to explore drug effects on sensorimotor function. METHODS: An initial double-blind, single-dose crossover study was performed in 11 individuals randomized 1:1 to receive D-ER (10 mg) or placebo, followed by a 2-day washout period and the opposite treatment, with evaluation for safety and tolerability...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120052/vagal-nerve-stimulation-for-drug-resistant-epilepsy-adverse-events-and-outcome-in-a-series-of-patients-with-long-term-follow-up
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R Morace, G Di Gennaro, P P Quarato, A D'Aniello, A Mascia, L Grammaldo, M De Risi, A Sparano, F Di Cola, M De Angelis, V Esposito
BACKGROUND: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) is a palliative treatment option for drug-resistant epilepsy. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and demographic features of selected patients scheduled for VNS and to evaluate the long-term efficacy of VNS in seizure control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2006 and 2013, 32 consecutive epileptic patients (14 male and 18 female) were enrolled at our Institute for VNS implantation. In all cases resective surgery had previously been excluded by the use of a noninvasive presurgical study protocol...
2017: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109962/endothelial-permeability-and-hemostasis-in-septic-shock-results-from-the-process-trial
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Peter Hou, Michael Filbin, Henry Wang, Long Ngo, David T Huang, William C Aird, Donald M Yealy, Derek C Angus, John A Kellum, Nathan I Shapiro
BACKGROUND: We studied patients from the Protocolized Care in Early Septic Shock (ProCESS) trial to determine: the effects of alternative resuscitation strategies on circulating markers of endothelial cell permeability and hemostasis, and; the association between biomarkers and mortality. METHODS: Prospective study of biomarkers of endothelial cell permeability (vegf, sflt-1, ang-2) and hemostasis (vwf, thrombomodulin, tpa) in 605 of the 1341 ProCESS participants in a derivation cohort and 305 in validation...
January 18, 2017: Chest
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