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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635612/consequences-of-lipopolysaccharide-and-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-administration-on-aortic-function-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Barbara Kaprinay, Ruzena Sotnikova, Karel Frimmel, Jakub Krizak, Iveta Bernatova, Jana Navarova, Ludmila Okruhlicova
The aim of the work was to study the delayed effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration on endothelial function of the aorta of rats with genetic hypertension. Further, the possibility to ameliorate LPS-induced changes by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) was tested. Rats received a bolus of 1 mg/kg LPS i.p.; n-3 PUFA were administered in the dose of 30 mg/kg daily for 10 days p.o.. Ten days after receiving of LPS, the body weight gain of rats was statistically lower compared to control rats (p < 0...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633628/olfactory-testing-in-consecutive-patients-referred-with-suspected-dementia
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Ib Thrane Christensen, Elna-Marie Larsson, Ida E Holm, Ole B F Nielsen, Stig Andersen
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia and early and accurate diagnosis is important. Olfactory dysfunction is an early sign of AD. The contribution by test of olfactory function has been surveyed in AD vs a line of conditions but remains to be settled in the workup of unselected patients referred with suspected dementia. METHODS: We performed a two-step investigation: first, a comparative study of healthy controls and probable AD patients to test the applicability of the chosen scents (cuisine study); second, a study of consecutive patients referred to our geriatric outpatient clinic for suspected dementia with the investigating personnel blinded to the results of the Olfactory Test (blinded study)...
June 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629735/chronic-fluoxetine-treatment-enhances-sympathetic-activities-associated-with-abnormality-of-baroreflex-function-in-conscious-normal-rats
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Ling-Zong Hong, Keh-Feng Huang, Siu-Wan Hung, Li-Te Kuo
Data regarding the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are a common type of antidepressants, on cardiovascular autonomic function are inconsistent. The present study was conducted to determine the effects of chronic fluoxetine, an SSRI, on blood pressure, cardiac autonomic nervous activities and baroreflex control of heart rate. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with fluoxetine (10mg/kg·day, p.o.) or saline for 14 weeks. Baroreflex function was determined by the sigmoid logistic method based on the heart rate responses to changes in blood pressure elicited by phenylephrine or sodium nitroprusside infusions...
June 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627674/mir-200c-serves-an-important-role-in-h5v-endothelial-cells-in-high-glucose-by-targeting-notch1
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Yunfeng Zhang, Qiang Guan, Xing Jin
Diabetic vasculopathy is the leading cause of impairment and death in diabetic patients, a variety of factors are involved in its underlying pathological process, however, endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction serves a significant role in the process. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as potential therapeutic candidates, due to their ability to regulate multiple targets involved in ECs. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of miR‑200c in regulating ECs in high glucose condition. To investigate the role of miR‑200c in regulating hyperglycemia induced ECs by targeting Notch1, ECs H5V cells were cultured in high sugar conditions to initiate the inhibition of Notch1, the same cells in normal medium as the control...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625127/the-hippocampal-autophagic-machinery-is-depressed-in-the-absence-of-the-circadian-clock-protein-per1-that-may-lead-to-vulnerability-during-cerebral-ischemia
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Abdelhaq Rami, Oliver Rawashdeh
BACKGROUND: Autophagy is an intracellular bulk self-degrading process in which cytoplasmic contents of abnormal proteins and excess or damaged organelles are sequestered into autophagosomes, and degraded upon fusion with lysosomes. Although autophagy is generally considered to be pro-survival, it also functions in cell death processes. We recently reported on the hippocampal higher vulnerability to cerebral ischemia in mice lacking the circadian clock protein PERIOD1 (PER1), a phenomenon we found to be linked to a PER1-dependent modulation of the expression patterns of apoptotic/autophagic markers...
June 18, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623080/increased-constitutive-nitric-oxide-production-by-whole-body-periodic-acceleration-ameliorates-alterations-in-cardiomyocytes-associated-with-utrophin-dystrophin-deficiency
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Jose R Lopez, Juan Kolster, Rui Zhang, Jose Adams
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) cardiomyopathy is a progressive lethal disease caused by the lack of the dystrophin protein in the heart. The most widely used animal model of DMD is the dystrophin-deficient mdx mouse; however, these mice exhibit a mild dystrophic phenotype with heart failure only late in life. In contrast, mice deficient for both dystrophin and utrophin (mdx/utrn(-/-), or dKO) can be used to model severe DMD cardiomyopathy where pathophysiological indicators of heart failure are detectable by 8-10weeks of age...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621458/what-did-the-unossified-zone-of-the-non-mammalian-therapsid-braincase-house
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Michael Laaß, Burkhard Schillinger, Anders Kaestner
Most nonmammalian synapsids possess a mid-dorsal depression in the brain cavity known as the "unossified zone." It remains obscure which structures this zone contained, and, as candidates, the vermis of the cerebellum, the superior sagittal sinus, a junction of several blood vessels, the pineal gland or other midbrain structures were considered. Neutron tomography of a skull of Diictodon feliceps (Therapsida, Anomodontia) revealed some clear impressions of canals in this region of the brain cavity. Furthermore, the prootic sinus probably ran on the internal surface of the pila antotica and had a similar course in anomodonts as it has been proposed for cynodonts and Mesozoic mammals...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615081/clinical-variables-related-to-the-diagnostic-stability-of-demential-syndromes
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Fabiano Moulin de Moraes, Paulo Henrique Ferreira Bertolucci
BACKGROUND: Assigning a diagnosis to a patient with dementia is important for the present treatment of the patient and caregivers, and scientific research. Nowadays, the dementia diagnostic criteria are based on clinical information regarding medical, history, physical examination, neuropsychological tests, and supplementary exams and, therefore, subject to variability through time. METHODS: A retrospective observational study to evaluate variables related to clinical diagnostic stability in dementia syndromes in at least one year follow up...
June 15, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609387/long-term-sertraline-treatment-and-depression-effects-on-carotid-artery-atherosclerosis-in-premenopausal-female-primates
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Marnie G Silverstein-Metzler, Jamie N Justice, Susan E Appt, Leanne Groban, Dalane W Kitzman, John Jeffrey Carr, Thomas C Register, Carol A Shively
OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis developed during premenopausal years predicts postmenopausal atherosclerosis burden. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, recently approved for hot flushes, have been associated with increased ischemic stroke risk in several observational studies; however, effects on carotid artery atherosclerosis, a strong predictor of future vascular events, are unknown. METHODS: The effects of chronic administration of a commonly prescribed SSRI, sertraline HCl, on atherosclerosis in the carotid artery was assessed in a placebo-controlled, longitudinal, randomized study of premeonopausal depressed and nondepressed cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis; n = 42)...
June 12, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609248/using-statewide-data-on-health-care-quality-to-assess-the-effect-of-a-patient-centered-medical-home-initiative-on-quality-of-care
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Nathan D Shippee, Michael Finch, Douglas Wholey
Patient-centered medical homes comprise a large portion of modern health care redesign. However, most efforts have reflected rigid, limited models of transformation. In addition, evaluations of their impact on quality of care have relied on data designed for other purposes. Minnesota's Health Care Home (HCH) initiative is a statewide medical home model relying on state-run, adaptive certification and supportive data infrastructure. This longitudinal study leverages a unique statewide system of clinic-reported, patient-level quality data (2010-2013) to assess the effect of being in a HCH clinic on health care quality...
June 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600036/effects-of-liver-depression-and-psychological-stress-on-human-uterine-leiomyoma-cells-by-an-ar-camp-pka-signal-transduction-pathway
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Tian Xia, Shuang Li, Ruihong Ma, Sufen Guan, Jiacui Li, Hongqin Li, Hexin Zhang, Qiu Lin, Zhimei Zhao, Baojuan Wang
OBJECTIVE: Based on the emotional theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and combined with the modern medicine theory of psychological stress, a research model of human uterine leiomyoma cells (ULM) was cultured in vitro to determine the effectiveness of adrenergic receptor (AR) agonists in human ULM cell growth. In addition, we studied the functional influence of "liver depression and psychological stress theory" on fibroid formation by intervening in the AR-cAMP-PKA signaling pathway...
June 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594820/serum-proteins-mediate-depression-s-association-with-dementia
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Donald R Royall, Safa Al-Rubaye, Ram Bishnoi, Raymond F Palmer
The latent variable "δ" (for "dementia") uniquely explains dementia severity. Depressive symptoms are independent predictors of δ. We explored 115 serum proteins as potential causal mediators of the effect of depressive symptoms on δ in a large, ethnically diverse, longitudinal cohort. All models were adjusted for age, apolipoprotein E, education, ethnicity, gender, hemoglobin A1c, and homocysteine, and replicated in randomly selected 50% subsets. Alpha1-antitrypsin (A1AT), FAS, Heparin-binding EGF-like Growth Factor (HB-EGF), Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Macrophage Inflammatory Protein type 1 alpha (MIP-1α), Resitin, S100b, Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase type 1 (TIMP-1), and Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule type 1 (VCAM-1) each were partial mediators of depression's association with δ...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593192/intravenous-heroin-induces-rapid-brain-hypoxia-and-hyperglycemia-that-precede-brain-metabolic-response
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Ernesto Solis, Keaton T Cameron-Burr, Yavin Shaham, Eugene A Kiyatkin
Heroin use and overdose have increased in recent years as people transition from abusing prescription opiates to using the cheaper street drug. Despite a long history of research, many physiological effects of heroin and their underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we used high-speed amperometry to examine the effects of intravenous heroin on oxygen and glucose levels in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in freely-moving rats. Heroin within the dose range of human drug use and rat self-administration (100-200 μg/kg) induced a rapid, strong, but transient drop in NAc oxygen that was followed by a slower and more prolonged rise in glucose...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585568/brain-tissue-pulsatility-is-increased-in-mid-life-depression-a-comparative-study-using-ultrasound-tissue-pulsatility-imaging
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Thomas Desmidt, Bruno Brizard, Paul-Armand Dujardin, Redouane Ternifi, Jean-Pierre Réméniéras, Frédéric Patat, Frédéric Andersson, Jean-Philippe Cottier, Emilie Vierron, Valérie Gissot, Kang Kim, Howard Aizenstein, Wissam El-Hage, Vincent Camus
Cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is consistently associated with late-life depression but poorly documented in midlife depression. It can be hypothesized that the relatively low sensitivity of conventional neuroimaging techniques does not allow the detection of subtle CVD in midlife depression. We used Tissue Pulsatility Imaging (TPI), a novel ultrasound (US) neuroimaging technique that has demonstrated good sensitivity to detect changes in the pulsatility of small brain volumes, to identify early and subtle changes in brain vascular function in midlife depression...
June 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585214/the-interactions-between-kynurenine-folate-methionine-and-pteridine-pathways-in-obesity
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Ayse Basak Engin, Atilla Engin
Obesity activates both innate and adaptive immune responses in adipose tissue. Elevated levels of eosinophils with depression of monocyte and neutrophil indicate the deficiencies in the immune system of morbidly obese individuals. Actually, adipose tissue macrophages are functional antigen-presenting cells that promote the proliferation of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma)-producing CD4+ T cells in adipose tissue of obese subjects. Eventually, diet-induced obesity is associated with the loss of tissue homeostasis and development of type 1 inflammatory responses in visceral adipose tissue...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582857/identification-of-successful-cognitive-aging-in-the-alzheimer-s-disease-neuroimaging-initiative-study
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Feng V Lin, Xixi Wang, Rachel Wu, George W Rebok, Benjamin P Chapman
The present prospective observational study aimed to identify the existence of successful cognitive agers among a group of well-defined cognitively healthy older adults (n = 354, mean age = 75 years), and to examine baseline individual-level predictors and associated health outcomes over time. Episodic memory (EM) and executive function (EF) composite scores and multiple health outcomes were obtained annually over 5 years. Potential individual-level predictors that were related to Alzheimer's disease pathology or genetic risk, neurodegeneration, and vascular risks were collected at baseline...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577159/biventricular-thrombosis-in-biventricular-stress-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Luisa De Gennaro, Massimo Ruggiero, Sergio Musci, Francesco Tota, Domenica De Laura, Manuela Resta, Nicola Locuratolo, Francesco Santoro, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Pasquale Caldarola
Endo-ventricular thrombosis represents a possible clinical complication of stress(takotsubo)-cardiomyopathy (SC). Depressed ventricular systolic ventricular function, localized left ventricular (LV) dyskinesis, but also an increased pro-thrombotic state induced by catecholamine surge may facilitate the occurrence of endovascular thrombosis in SC. SC, however, may also present as right ventricular (RV) dysfunction or even as biventricular ballooning. Ventricular thrombosis may therefore theoretically occur in either ventricles or both...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575716/structural-network-connectivity-impairment-and-depressive-symptoms-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
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Xiaofeng Xie, Yulu Shi, Junjian Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) can disrupt mood regulation circuits and cause depressive symptoms which may occur prior to onset of other symptoms. However, the topological network alterations in SVD with depressive symptoms remained unclear. We aim to investigate how these changes in structural network were related to depressive symptoms in SVD. METHODS: We recruited 20 SVD with depressive symptoms (SVD+D), 20 SVD without depressive symptoms (SVD-D) and 16 healthy control (HC) individuals...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566491/chronic-hypoxia-alters-fetal-cerebrovascular-responses-to-endothelin%C3%A2-1
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Jinjutha Silpanisong, Dahlim Kim, James M Williams, Olayemi Adeoye, Richard Thorpe, William J Pearce
In utero hypoxia influences the structure and function of most fetal arteries, including those of the developing cerebral circulation. Whereas the signals that initiate this hypoxic remodeling remain uncertain, these appear to be distinct from the mechanisms that maintain the remodeled vascular state. The present study explores the hypothesis that chronic hypoxia elicits sustained changes in fetal cerebrovascular reactivity to endothelin‑1 (ET-1), a potent vascular contractant and mitogen. In fetal lambs, chronic hypoxia (3820 m altitude for the last 110 days of gestation) had no significant effect on plasma ET-1 levels or ETA receptor density in cerebral arteries but enhanced contractile responses to ET-1 in an ETA-dependent manner...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555276/suppression-of-phosphorylated-mapk-and-caspase-3-by-carbon-dioxide
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Yan-Jun Xu, Vijayan Elimban, Naranjan S Dhalla
Although CO2 is produced during the oxidation of different substrates in all types of cells, the role of this gas in the regulation of cellular function is not clearly understood. Since changes in several signal transduction as well as apoptotic, anti-apoptotic, and other proteins are known to modify cellular function, we investigated if some of these proteins are altered upon incubating the rat hind leg skeletal muscle in a medium enriched with CO2 (1000-1200 ppm) for 30 min. CO2 was observed to depress phosphorylated levels of ERK1 (P44) and ERK2 (P42) without affecting the unphosphorylated content of these MAPK proteins...
May 29, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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