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  1. Indomethacin induces rat uterine contractions in vitro and alters reactivity to calcium and acetylcholine

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    Hargrove, J.L.; Nesbitt, D.; Gaspar, M.J.; Ellis, L.C.

    1976-01-01

    The initial contractions of uteri in vitro from castrated, estrogen-treated rats were markedly diminished following replacement with fresh bathing medium. Indomethacin and aspirin (10/sup -5/ to 10/sup -4/M) strongly stimulated such quiescent preparations and reduced their subsequent responsiveness to Ca/sup + +/. Reintroducing the initial bathing medium (which contained prostaglandin-like material), or adding prostaglandin F/sub 2//sub alpha/ to the fresh medium, initiated uterine contractions and restored responsiveness to calcium ion. Injections of indomethacin into castrated, estrogen-treated rats reduced initial in vitro uterine motility, abolished production of prostaglandin-like compounds, and prevented either indomethacin, aspirin, or Ca/sup + +/ from stimulating uterine contractions. Uterine responsiveness to acetylcholine in vitro was significantly reduced in rats pretreated with indomethacin.

  2. Effects of adlay hull extracts on uterine contraction and Ca2+ mobilization in the rat.

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    Hsia, Shih-Min; Kuo, Yueh-Hsiung; Chiang, Wenchang; Wang, Paulus S

    2008-09-01

    Dysmenorrhea is directly related to elevated PGF(2alpha) levels. It is treated with nonsteroid antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in Western medicine. Since NSAIDs produce many side effects, Chinese medicinal therapy is considered as a feasible alternative medicine. Adlay (Coix lachryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf.) has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for treating dysmenorrhea. However, the relationship between smooth muscle contraction and adlay extracts remains veiled. Therefore, we investigated this relationship in the rat uterus by measuring uterine contraction activity and recording the intrauterine pressure. We studied the in vivo and in vitro effects of the methanolic extracts of adlay hull (AHM) on uterine smooth muscle contraction. The extracts were fractionated using four different solvents: water, 1-butanol, ethyl acetate, and n-hexane; the four respective fractions were AHM-Wa, AHM-Bu, AHM-EA, and AHM-Hex. AHM-EA and its subfractions (175 microg/ml) inhibited uterine contractions induced by PGF(2alpha), the Ca(2+) channel activator Bay K 8644, and high K(+) in a concentration-dependent manner in vitro. AHM-EA also inhibited PGF(2alpha)-induced uterine contractions in vivo; furthermore, 375 microg/ml of AHM-EA inhibited the Ca(2+)-dependent uterine contractions. Thus 375 microg/ml of AHM-EA consistently suppressed the increases in intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations induced by PGF(2alpha) and high K(+). We also demonstrated that naringenin and quercetin are the major pure chemical components of AHM-EA that inhibit PGF(2alpha)-induced uterine contractions. Thus AHM-EA probably inhibited uterine contraction by blocking external Ca(2+) influx, leading to a decrease in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. Thus adlay hull may be considered as a feasible alternative therapeutic agent for dysmenorrhea.

  3. Effect of nickel on uterine contraction and ultrastructure in the rat

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    Rubanyi, G.; Balogh, I.

    1982-04-15

    The in vitro effects of nickel chloride (NiCl/sub 2/) on uterine contractile activity and ultrastructure were studied in uterine strips isolated from 20-day-pregnant Wistar rats. Ni/sup 2 +/ had a dual action on uterine spontaneous contractions. In low concentrations (10/sup -7/M to 10/sup -5/M), NiCl/sub 2/ increased basal tone significantly but had no effect on the amplitude or frequency of development of isometric force. High concentrations of NiCl/sub 2/ (10/sup -4/M to 10/sup -3/M) inhibited spontaneous contractile activity and decreased basal tone, which was antagonized by elevation of the extracellular concentration of Ca/sup 2 +/. Electron microscopic localization of Ni by the dimethyl glyoxime cytochemical technique showed that, after incubation of uterine strips in a physiologic medium that contained 10/sup -6/M NiCl/sub 2/, electron-dense Ni-dimethyl glyoxime particles could be observed in the cytoplasm and in the mitochondria of uterine smooth muscle cells. Exposition of Ni caused mitochondrial structural damage and accumulation of glycogen. The experimental results indicate that, because of its oxytocic action, the increase in the serum level of Ni in the advanced stage of human labor (Rubanyi and associates, 1982) may support separation of the placenta and/or may contribute to the prevention of atonic bleeding in the postpartum period.

  4. Nociceptin inhibits uterine contractions in term-pregnant rats by signaling through multiple pathways.

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    Klukovits, A; Tekes, K; Gündüz Cinar, O; Benyhe, S; Borsodi, A; Deák, B H; Hajagos-Tóth, J; Verli, J; Falkay, G; Gáspár, R

    2010-07-01

    The actions of the endogenous peptide nociceptin (PNOC; previously abbreviated as N/OFQ) on the myometrium have not been investigated previously. Our aim was to study the presence and functional role of PNOC in the modulation of uterine contractility in pregnant rats at term. The presence of PNOC and its receptors (OPRL1; previously called NOP) in the uterus were detected by radioimmunoassay and radioligand-binding experiments. The PNOC-stimulated G protein activation was assessed by a [(35)S]GTPgammaS-binding technique. The effects of PNOC in uterine rings precontracted with KCl or oxytocin were also tested in vitro. Uterine levels of cAMP were measured by enzyme immunoassay. The K(+) channel blockers tetraethylammonium and paxilline were used to study the role of K(+) channels in mediating the uterine effects of PNOC. Both PNOC and OPRL1 were present in the uterus. PNOC revealed a maximum contraction inhibition of approximately 30%, which was increased to 40% by naloxone. Naloxone and pertussis toxin significantly attenuated the G protein-stimulating effect of PNOC. The uterine cAMP levels were elevated by PNOC and naloxone and after preincubation with pertussis toxin. Tetraethylammonium and paxilline reduced the contraction-inhibiting effect of PNOC and naloxone to approximately 10% and 15%, respectively. We presume that PNOC plays a role in regulating uterine contractility at term. Its effect is mediated partly by stimulatory heterotrimeric G (G(s)) proteins coupled to OPRL1 receptors and elevated cAMP levels, and also by Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) channels. Our results demonstrate a novel action and signaling pathway for PNOC that might be a potential drug target.

  5. Role of Non-receptor Protein Tyrosine Kinases During Phospholipase C-γ1 Related Uterine Contractions in the Rat

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    Phillippe, Mark; Sweet, Leigh M.; Bradley, Diana F.; Engle, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Activated phospholipase Cγ1 (PLC-γ1), produced in response to tyrosine phosphorylation, appears to play an important role during uterine contractions. These studies sought to determine which non-receptor protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs) are involved in the tyrosine phosphorylation and activation of PLC-γ1 in uterine tissue from the rat. In vitro uterine contraction studies were performed utilizing isoform specific PTK inhibitors. Western blots were performed utilizing antibodies to phosphotyrosine-PLC-γ1, total PLC-γ1, c-Src kinase and Lck kinase. Spontaneous, stretch-stimulated, and bpV(phen) (a tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor) enhanced uterine contractions were significantly suppressed in response to Damnacanthal (a Lck kinase inhibitor) and PP1 (a c-Src kinase inhibitor); whereas, several other PTK isoform inhibitors had no significant effect. Damnacanthal and PP1 also significantly suppressed bpV(phen)-enhanced tyrosine phosphorylation of PLC-γ1 compared to other PTK isoform inhibitors. Western blots confirmed expression of the Lck and c-Src kinases in uterine tissue. In conclusion, the Lck and c-Src kinases appear to play an important role in regulating tyrosine phosphorylation of PLC-γ1 and contractile activity in the rat uterus. PMID:19208792

  6. Role of nonreceptor protein tyrosine kinases during phospholipase C-gamma 1-related uterine contractions in the rat.

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    Phillippe, Mark; Sweet, Leigh M; Bradley, Diana F; Engle, Daniel

    2009-03-01

    Activated phospholipase C1, produced in response to tyrosine phosphorylation, appears to play an important role during uterine contractions. These studies sought to determine which non-receptor protein tyrosine kinases are involved in the activation of phospholipase C1 in rat uterine tissue. In vitro contraction studies were performed utilizing isoform specific protein tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Western blots were performed utilizing antibodies to phosphotyrosine-phospholipase C1, total phospholipase C1, c-Src kinase and Lck kinase. Spontaneous, stretch-stimulated, and bpV(phen) (tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor) enhanced uterine contractions were significantly suppressed in response to Damnacanthal (Lck kinase inhibitor) and PP1 (c-Src kinase inhibitor). Damnacanthal and PP1 also significantly suppressed bpV(phen)-enhanced tyrosine phosphorylation of phospholipase C1. Western blots confirmed expression of Lck kinase and c-Src kinase in uterine tissue. In conclusion, the Lck and c-Src kinases appear to play an important role in regulating tyrosine phosphorylation of phospholipase C1 and contractile activity in the rat uterus.

  7. Effects of resveratrol, a grape polyphenol, on uterine contraction and Ca²+ mobilization in rats in vivo and in vitro.

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    Hsia, Shih-Min; Wang, Kai-Lee; Wang, Paulus S

    2011-05-01

    Dysmenorrhea is directly related to elevate prostaglandin F (PGF)(₂α) levels. In Western medicine, this condition is treated using nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Because nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs produce many side effects, Chinese medicinal therapy is considered as a feasible alternative for treating dysmenorrhea. Many special physiological components used in Chinese medicine, such as resveratrol, have been isolated and identified. Resveratrol has many physiological functions, such as antioxidation and anticarcinogenic effects. However, the relationship between uterine smooth muscle contraction and resveratrol remains unknown. Here, we studied the in vitro and in vivo effects of resveratrol on uterine smooth muscle contraction. The uterus was separated from a female Sprague Dawley rat, and uterine smooth muscle contraction activity was measured and recorded. The results demonstrated that 1) resveratrol treatment inhibited PGF(₂α)-, oxytocin-, acetylcholine-, and carbachol-induced uterine contractions in rats; 2) resveratrol inhibited uterine contractions stimulated by the Ca²(+) channel activator (Bay K 8644) and depolarization in response to high K(+) (KCl); 3) resveratrol inhibited PGF(₂α)-induced increases in the [Ca²(+)]i in human uterine smooth muscle cells; 4) resveratrol could mimic Ca²(+) channel blockers to block Ca²(+) influx through voltage-operated Ca²(+) channels in the plasma membrane; and 5) resveratrol inhibited PGF(₂α)-induced uterine contractions in rats in vivo. Resveratrol inhibited uterine contractions induced by PGF(₂α) and high K(+) in a concentration-dependent manner in vitro; furthermore, it inhibited Ca²(+)-dependent uterine contractions. Thus, resveratrol consistently suppressed the increases in intracellular Ca²(+) concentrations ([Ca²(+)]i) induced by PGF(₂α) and high K(+) concentrations. It can be assumed that resveratrol probably inhibited uterine contraction by blocking external Ca

  8. Uterine Contraction Modeling and Simulation

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    Liu, Miao; Belfore, Lee A.; Shen, Yuzhong; Scerbo, Mark W.

    2010-01-01

    Building a training system for medical personnel to properly interpret fetal heart rate tracing requires developing accurate models that can relate various signal patterns to certain pathologies. In addition to modeling the fetal heart rate signal itself, the change of uterine pressure that bears strong relation to fetal heart rate and provides indications of maternal and fetal status should also be considered. In this work, we have developed a group of parametric models to simulate uterine contractions during labor and delivery. Through analysis of real patient records, we propose to model uterine contraction signals by three major components: regular contractions, impulsive noise caused by fetal movements, and low amplitude noise invoked by maternal breathing and measuring apparatus. The regular contractions are modeled by an asymmetric generalized Gaussian function and least squares estimation is used to compute the parameter values of the asymmetric generalized Gaussian function based on uterine contractions of real patients. Regular contractions are detected based on thresholding and derivative analysis of uterine contractions. Impulsive noise caused by fetal movements and low amplitude noise by maternal breathing and measuring apparatus are modeled by rational polynomial functions and Perlin noise, respectively. Experiment results show the synthesized uterine contractions can mimic the real uterine contractions realistically, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

  9. Bisphenol A, Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and Vinclozolin Affect ex-vivo Uterine Contraction in Rats via Uterotonin (Prostaglandin F2α, Acetylcholine and Oxytocin) Related Pathways.

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    Salleh, Naguib; Giribabu, Nelli; Feng, Angeline Oh Mei; Myint, Kyaimon

    2015-01-01

    Bisphenol-A (BPA), dichrolodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and vinclozolin were found able to induce abnormal uterine contraction. The mechanisms involved remains unclear. We hypothesized that the effect of these compounds were mediated via the uterotonin pathways. Therefore, in this study, effects of BPA, vinclozolin and DDT-only and in combination with uterotonins (PGF-2α, acetylcholine and oxytocin) on the force and pattern of uterine contraction were observed. Uteri were harvested from intact adult female rats 24 hours after a single injection (1 mg/kg/b.w) of estrogen to synchronize their oestrous cycle. The uterine horns were subjected for ex-vivo contraction studies in an organ bath connected to Powerlab data acquisition system. Different doses of BPA, vinclozolin and DDT were added into the bathing solution and changes in the pattern and strength of uterine contraction were recorded. Further, increasing doses of uterotonins were concomitantly administered with these compounds and changes in the force and pattern of contraction were observed. In the absence of uterotonins, uterine contractile force decreased with increasing doses of BPA and DDT. However, vinclozolin induced sharp increase in the contractile forces which then gradually decrease. Administration of BPA, DDT and vinclozolin alone reduced the force of uterine contraction following stimulation of contraction by uterotonins. However, BPA, vinclozolin or DDT effects were relieved upon co-administration with uterotonins at increasing doses. The antagonizing effect of uterotonins on BPA, vinclozolin and DDT actions could explain the mechanism underlying the adverse effect of these compounds on uterine contraction.

  10. The effects of wild ginger (Costus speciosus (Koen) Smith) rhizome extract and diosgenin on rat uterine contractions.

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    Lijuan, Wanwisa; Kupittayanant, Pakanit; Chudapongse, Nuannoi; Wray, Susan; Kupittayanant, Sajeera

    2011-06-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of wild ginger (Costus speciosus (Koen) Smith, Costaceae) rhizome extract on uterine contractility. We particularly examined the effects on spontaneous phasic contractions and the mechanisms whereby it exerts its effects. Wild ginger rhizomes were ethanolic extracted and their constituents analyzed. Isometric force was measured in strips of longitudinal myometrium and the effects of the extract studied. The extract (10 mg/100 mL) increased spontaneous contractions. The amplitude and frequency of the phasic contraction were significantly increased along with basal tension. Force produced in the presence of the extract was abolished by inhibition of l-type calcium channels or myosin light chain kinase (MLCK). The actions of the extract were not blocked by the estrogen receptor blocker, fulvestrant. Although significant amounts of diosgenin were present in the extract, we found that, depending upon its concentration, diosgenin had either no effect or was inhibitory on force. Interestingly, the extract induced significant amounts of force in the absence of extracellular calcium, which could be blocked by inhibition of the sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium-ATPase (SERCA), but not fulvestrant. We conclude that wild ginger rhizome extract stimulates phasic activity in rat uterus. Our data suggest that the uterotonic effect is due to nonestrogenic effects and not those of diosgenin. Wild ginger was able to increase contraction via calcium entry on l-type calcium channels and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium release. We suggest that wild ginger rhizome extract may be a useful uterine stimulant.

  11. In vivo pH and metabolite changes during a single contraction in rat uterine smooth muscle

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    Larcombe-McDouall, Jacky; Buttell, Naomi; Harrison, Norma; Wray, Susan

    1999-01-01

    We have used 31P NMR spectroscopy to measure metabolites and pHi at three periods during a phasic contraction of the uterus, in vivo, to determine whether they change as a consequence of contraction. The regular uterine contractions were recorded via a balloon catheter in the uterine lumen. Each phasic contraction was divided into three parts: the period between contractions (rest), the development of force (up) and the relaxation of force (down). The NMR data were summed separately from each of these three periods over 20-40 successive contractions.Significant changes in ATP, phosphocreatine (PCr) and inorganic phosphate (Pi) occurred during the contraction. [ATP] fell from 2.0 to 1.6 mM and [PCr] from 2.6 to 2.0 mM during the up period, while [Pi] increased from 2.2 to 2.8 mM. Recovery of ATP and PCr occurred during the relaxation part of the contraction, whereas Pi did not fully recover until the contraction was complete.Significant acidification from pH 7.28 ± 0.02 at rest to 7.16 ± 0.02, occurred with contraction. This acidification is greater than that previously reported for in vitro uterine preparations. Measurements of uterine blood flow show that it decreased with contraction. Therefore, ischaemia, in addition to the metabolic consequences of contraction, may account for the larger acidification observed in vivo.Lowering pHi in an in vitro uterine preparation by a similar level to that found in vivo produced a significant reduction of the phasic contractions. Thus we propose that these changes, especially the fall in pHi during force development, feed back negatively on the contraction to limit its strength, and may help prevent uterine ischaemia and fetal hypoxia during labour. PMID:10420014

  12. Clinical assessment of uterine contractions.

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    Cohen, Wayne R

    2017-11-01

    The assessment of uterine contractions is important in clinical decision-making, but the precise role for appraising contractions remains controversial. Four clinical approaches to assessing contractions are available: manual palpation; intrauterine pressure determination; external tocodynamometry; and electrohysterography. Palpation is inexpensive and harmless but requires the constant bedside presence of a trained observer. Intrauterine pressure measurement is considered the most sensitive and specific technique, and has become the standard by which other methods are judged; however, its quantitative measurements are not always precise or reproducible. Moreover, the availability of intrauterine pressure measurements does not seem to improve maternal or neonatal outcomes in most situations. External tocodynamometry is the most widely used technique. It is easy to apply and provides reasonably accurate information about the frequency and duration of contractions, but not their amplitude. It can require frequent adjustment during labor and might not work well in patients who are obese. Electrohysterography is a recently available noninvasive technology that detects uterine electrical activity using electrodes placed on the mother's abdominal wall. This approach is at least as reliable and accurate as tocodynamometry. © 2017 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

  13. Inhibition of oxytocin-induced but not angiotensin-induced rat uterine contractions following exposure to sodium sulfide

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    Hayden, L.J.; Franklin, K.J.; Roth, S.H.; Moore, G.J. (Univ. of Calgary, Alberta (Canada))

    1989-01-01

    Low concentrations of sodium sulfide reversibly attenuate the contractile response of the isolate rat uterus to oxytocin without affecting angiotensin II responsiveness. These findings suggest that functionally important disulfide bonds in the rat uterine oxytocin receptor, but not the angiotensin receptor, are sensitive to hydrosulfide ion. Reduction of oxytocin receptors by hydrosulfide ion may be a mechanism by which low level of H{sub 2}S delay parturition in rats.

  14. Uterine artery blood flow velocity waveforms during uterine contractions.

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    Li, H; Gudmundsson, S; Olofsson, P

    2003-12-01

    No quantitative or qualitative Doppler velocimetry classification of vascular flow resistance covering all stages of forward and reversed flows exists. The objective of this study was to characterize uterine artery (UtA) flow velocity waveforms (FVWs) obtained during an oxytocin challenge test (OCT) and compare them to FVWs in spontaneous normal labor. Uterine artery Doppler velocimetry was performed during and between uterine contractions in 61 high-risk pregnancies subjected to an OCT and in 20 normal pregnancies undergoing spontaneous labor. FVWs were classified relative to the presence of forward/absent/reversed flow during systole and diastole, and the time-averaged flow velocity over the heart cycle. Eleven different FVW classes were identified. No relationship between FVWs recorded during uterine inertia and contractions was found (P >/= 0.2). In both groups, only forward FVWs were recorded between contractions, whereas during contractions flow reversal was more common in the OCT group (P uterine contractions were not predicted by flow patterns recorded during uterine inertia. Reversal of flow direction was more common during oxytocin-induced uterine contractions than during spontaneous contractions. In cases of predominantly reversed flow, domains of the uterus may be supplied by blood from the contralateral UtA. These observations give new insights into the circulatory dynamics of the uterus during labor, and also point to a possible vasoconstrictory effect in the UtAs of oxytocin at high concentrations. Copyright 2003 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Nocistatin inhibits pregnant rat uterine contractions in vitro: roles of calcitonin gene-related peptide and calcium-dependent potassium channel.

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    Deák, Beáta H; Klukovits, Anna; Tekes, Kornélia; Ducza, Eszter; Falkay, George; Gáspár, Róbert

    2013-08-15

    The endogenous neuropeptide nociceptin/orphanin FQ, translated from the prepronociceptin gene, exerts a contraction-inhibitory effect on the rat uterus. As nocistatin has been reported to cause functional antagonism of the pro-nociceptive effects of nociceptin, we set out to investigate its effects on the pregnant rat uterus and to elucidate its signalling pathway. The expression of prepronociceptin mRNA in the uterus and nocistatin levels in the uterus and the plasma were confirmed by RT-PCR and radioimmunoassay. The uterine levels of prepronociceptin mRNA and nocistatin were significantly increased by the last day of pregnancy, while the plasma nocistatin levels remained unchanged. In the isolated organ bath studies nocistatin inhibited the prostaglandin- and the KCl-evoked contractions in the uterus dose-dependently. This latter effect was decreased by preincubation with capsaicin. Incubation with calcitonin gene-related peptide after capsaicin treatment caused an elevation in the contraction-inhibitory effect of nocistatin. The effect of nocistatin was also decreased by the Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) channel inhibitor paxilline, against spontaneous uterine contractions. Nociceptin potentiated the action of nocistatin. Naloxone decreased the effect of nocistatin administered either alone or in combination with nociceptin. In Ca(2+)-poor environment, this effect of naloxone was suspended. Enzyme immunoassay for the uterine intracellular cAMP levels partially confirmed the results of in vitro contractility studies. We conclude that nocistatin, generated locally in the uterus, exerts an inhibitory effect, the mechanism being mediated in part by Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) channels, the elevation of cAMP levels and sensory neuropeptides. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Does coupling ofuterine contractions reflect uterine dysfunction?

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    Oxytocin was administered when the uterine activity was less than 700 kPall5 min. Infusion was started at. 1 mU/min and doubled every 15 minutes until adequate contractions were obtained or an infusion rate of. 32 mU/min was reached; higher rates than this were not used because it has been demonstrated that they have ...

  17. Alteration in expressions of RhoA and Rho-kinases during pregnancy in rats: their roles in uterine contractions and onset of labour.

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    Domokos, D; Ducza, E; Falkay, G; Gaspar, R

    2017-06-01

    Activation of RhoA and Rho-associated kinases (ROCKs) is known to play a pivotal role in the regulation of smooth muscle contraction via phosphorylation of myosin-light chain and myosin phosphatase. There are few data on the RhoA and ROCKs expression levels in rat uteri. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the mRNA and protein concentration of RhoA and ROCKs in rat uterus during pregnancy, during parturition and post-partum using real time PCR and Western blot analysis. The other purpose was to evaluate the effects of the ROCK (Y-27632, fasudil and RKI 1441) and RhoA inhibitors (simvastatin) on uterine contractility in isolated organ bath experiments. The mRNA and protein levels of RhoA decreased on the 5th day of pregnancy to day 22, then a sharp increase was detected at term. The mRNA and protein concentration of ROCKs was down-regulated in the early stage of pregnancy, while it sharply increased during parturition. The RhoA-inhibitor simvastatin relaxed the uterus contractions, although its inhibitory effects were not followed by the alteration of RhoA. The strongest inhibitory effect of non-selective ROCK inhibitor fasudil was found on non-pregnant uterus, while it elicited milder relaxation on day 22, during parturition and postpartum day 1. The maximum relaxing effects of Y-27632 and RKI 1441 were altered in a proportional way with the target protein expressions. The RhoA/ROCK signalling pathway might be a potential target for the development of new tocolytic agents; however, high specificity to RhoA, ROCK I or ROCK II seems to be fundamental to the high efficacy of uterine relaxation.

  18. [Mechanical and electrical uterine activity. Part I. Contractions monitoring].

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    Zietek, Jerzy; Sikora, Jerzy; Horoba, Krzysztof; Matonia, Adam; Jezewski, Janusz; Magnucki, Jacek; Kobielska, Lucyna

    2008-11-01

    Correct uterine contraction activity during labour determines physiological fetal delivery and ensures its satisfactory outcome. Contraction activity monitoring may be accomplished by either recording of the mechanical properties of the uterine muscle and/or by measurement of the action potentials produced by the uterus during contraction. In the following paper, the current state of knowledge concerning the methods for assessment and monitoring of the uterine contraction activity was evaluated. The electrophysiological properties of the uterus were given. The mechanical methods of uterine activity monitoring: internal and external tocography were described. The development of the electrohysterography as the method providing the signal comprising complete information on bioelectrical properties of the uterine muscle was presented. The conclusion was that the analysis of the electrohysterogram enables a description of the source of the uterine contraction activity, whereas currently applied mechanical methods merely record the results of this activity.

  19. Effect of Aloe Barbadensis on Rat's Uterine Contractility | Iranloye ...

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    The present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of the aqueous extract of Aloe barbadensis on the contractility of the uterine stip of a rat. Aqueous extract at final bath concentrations (FBC)1x10-4 mg/ml to 3x101 mg/ml produced a progressive increase in frequency of contraction of the uterine strip. The force of ...

  20. Linking myometrial physiology to intrauterine pressure; how tissue-level contractions create uterine contractions of labor

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    Young, Roger C; Barendse, Peter

    2014-01-01

    The mechanisms used to coordinate uterine contractions are not known. We develop a new model based on the proposal that there is a maximum distance to which action potentials can propagate in the uterine wall...

  1. Transvaginal color Doppler imaging of uterine contractions in early pregnancies: Significance of uterine contractions in early pregnancy failure

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    Lee, Eun Ju; Han, Chang Jin; Suh, Jung Ho; Kwon, Hyuck Chan [Aju University SChool of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-06-15

    To assess uterine contractions in early pregnancies using transvaginal color Doppler sonography (TVCDS) and to determine the role of uterine contractions in the diagnosis of early pregnancy failure. 76 patients with abnormal pregnancy diagnosed by sonography or histopathology up to 10 weeks of gestation and 38 normal pregnant women as the control group were examines with TVCDS. The presence of uterine contractions was determined by complete or partial disappearance of the color flow signals of vessels within myometrium, and the direction, amplitude (grade 1-3), and interval of uterine contractions were also evaluated. Uterine contractions were identified in 42 (55.3%) of 76 patients with abnormal pregnancy, whereas they were detected only in 2 (5.3%) of 38 normal pregnant women who had initial grade 1 contraction but disappeared in the follow-up study. In 26 patients with blighted ovum or missed abortion, 15 patients (57.7%),showed uterine contraction of grade 1 in 3 cases, grade 2 in 8 cases, and grade 3 in 4 cases and interval from 45 seconds to 5 minutes. In 30 patients with inevitable or incomplete abortion, 23 patients (76.6%) showed uterine contraction of grade 1 in 2 cases, grade 2 in 9 cases, and grade 3 in 12 cases and interval from 1 to 5 minutes. 4 (20%) of 20 patients with threatened abortion had uterine contraction of grade 2 and interval from 2 to 4 minutes. The presence of uterine contractions was significantly different in abnormal pregnancies compared with that of normal and also among the tree different groups of abnormal pregnancies, but the amplitude did not differ.

  2. Phospholipase-Mediated Inhibition of Spontaneous Oscillatory Uterine Contractions by Lindane in Vitro1,2

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    Wang, Chwen-Ting; Loch-Caruso, Rita

    2010-01-01

    Although regulation of uterine contractility is fundamental for parturition, mechanisms by which toxicants modify uterine muscle contractions remain poorly understood. In a previous cumulative concentration-response study, 10 μM lindane (γ-hexachlorocyclohexane) reduced contraction force and 30 μM lindane abolished contractions in Gestation Day 10 rat uterine strips when lindane was added to muscle baths at 10-min intervals. Other studies showed that brief (uterine activity to investigate the hypothesis that activation of a specific phospholipase pathway provides a mechanistic link between inhibition of uterine contraction and inhibition of myometrial gap junctions. Uterine tissue and cells were pretreated with phospholipase pathway inhibitors to evaluate the role of phospholipase pathways in lindane’s actions in the uterus. Concentrations of inhibitors were selected based on previous reports of effective concentrations for the enzyme activity and on pilot toxicity studies of the inhibitors on uterine contraction and gap junction communication. To monitor uterine contractions, longitudinal uterine strips were excised from Gestation Day 10 rats and suspended in isometric muscle baths, consistent with previous experiments. Exposure in vitro for 60 min to 10–50 μM lindane, an effective concentration range for the uterine responses of interest, revealed that 30 μM lindane rapidly abolished contractions. Subsequently, uterine strips were pretreated with phospholipase pathway inhibitors and then challenged with 30 μM lindane, the lindane concentration that elicited maximal inhibition of uterine contraction. Pretreatment with 20–50 μM of the phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C inhibitor 1-O-octadecyl-2-O-methyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphorylcholine (ET-18-OCH3) reversed lindane-induced inhibition of spontaneous uterine contractions. Gap junction intercellular communication was monitored by injecting the fluorescent dye Lucifer yellow into rat myometrial

  3. Lignocaine augments the in-vitro uterine contractions involving NO-guanylyl cyclase dependent mechanisms.

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    Raheja, Rashmi; Gupta, Hemlata; Pandey, Uma; Deshpande, Shripad B

    2017-12-01

    Lignocaine is used during intrapartum and postpartum period but there are conflicting reports regarding the effect of lignocaine on uterine contractility. Therefore, this study was undertaken to delineate the effect of lignocaine on uterine contractility and the underlying mechanisms. The in vitro contractions were recorded from the uterine segments obtained from adult rats (in estrous phase) and also from human myometrial tissue. Effect of lignocaine on spontaneous uterine contractions was recorded in the absence or presence of antagonists. Effect of sodium nitroprusside (SNP, NO donor) on uterine contractility was assessed. The NO2- was assayed (indicator of NO activity) from the supernatant after exposing the myometrial tissue to lignocaine in the absence or the presence of L-NAME or hemoglobin. Lignocaine (100μM) increased the amplitude of uterine contractions by 75% with no alterations in frequency. Similar magnitude of increase was seen with human myometrial tissue also. The spontaneous activities were absent in Ca2+-free or in nifedipine (10μM) containing medium. Heparin (IP3 blocker, 10IU/ml), but not the indomethacin (10μM) blocked the lignocaine-induced augmentation. L-NAME (NOS inhibitor, 10μM) or methylene blue (guanylyl cyclase inhibitor, 100μM) partially blocked the lignocaine-induced augmentation. SNP (30μM) increased the amplitude of spontaneous uterine contractions. Lignocaine increased the NO2- content (indicator of NO activity) of uterine tissue and the increase was blocked by L-NAME or hemoglobin. Present observations indicate that lignocaine augments the amplitude of uterine contractions via Ca2+-dependent mechanisms involving NO-G cyclase-dependent mechanisms. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. The effect of cinnamon extract on isolated rat uterine strips.

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    Alotaibi, Mohammed

    2016-03-01

    Cinnamon is a spice used by some populations as a traditional remedy to control blood pressure and thus hypertension. Cinnamon extract decreases contractility in some smooth muscles, but its effect on uterine smooth muscle is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the physiological and pharmacological effects of cinnamon extract (CE) on the contractions of isolated rat uterine strips and to investigate its possible mechanism of action. Isolated longitudinal uterine strips were dissected from non-pregnant rats, mounted vertically in an organ bath chamber, and exposed to different concentrations of CE (10-20mg/mL). The effect of CE was investigated in the presence of each of the following solutions: 60mM KCl, 5nM oxytocin, and 1μM Bay K8644. CE significantly decreased the force of uterine contraction in a concentration-dependent manner and significantly attenuated the uterine contractions elicited by KCl and oxytocin. In addition, CE significantly decreased the contractile force elicited when L-type Ca(2+) channels were activated by Bay K8644. CE's major mechanism may be inhibition of L-type Ca(2+) channels, which limits calcium influx. These data demonstrate that CE can be a potent tocolytic that can decrease uterine activity regardless of how the force was produced, even when the uterus was stimulated by agonists. As a result, cinnamon may be used to alleviate menstrual pain associated with dysmenorrhoea or prevent unwanted uterine activity in early pregnancy. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  5. The Effect of Hydro-Alcoholic Extract of Rosa damascena on Uterine Constriction of Virgin Rats

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    Morteza IsaAbadi Bozcheloei

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Background Few studies have evaluated the effect of Rosa damascena (R. damascena on uterine smooth muscle contraction and dysmenorrhea; but, their ‎results were inconsistent. Objectives The aim of the study was to consider the effect of alcoholic extract of R. damascena flower on uterine smooth muscle contraction amplitude, duration, and frequency in virgin rats. Methods Thirty adult Wistar rats (180 - 220 g were randomly divided into 3 groups including control, extract, and oxytocin plus extract. After anesthesia, 1.5 cm of the uterine horn was cut and placed in an organ bath. The contractile responses of the uterine smooth muscle to a cumulative concentration of alcoholic extract of R. damascena flower (1, 2, and 4 mg/mL and to oxytocin (4 mU/mL plus alcoholic extract of R. damascena were recorded. The extract or oxytocin was diluted in 0.2 ml of De Jalon solution and added to the organ bath. The amplitude, duration, and interval of contractions were recorded. Results The alcoholic extract of R. damascena (4 mg/mL significantly reduced the basal contractions ‎of ‎uterine smooth muscle (P = 0.004. Rosa damascena (4 mg/mL significantly diminished oxytocin-induced uterine smooth muscle contractions (P = 0.026. The extract of R. damascena had no significant effect on the duration of normal or oxytocin-induced contractions in uterine smooth muscle. However, R. damascena (4 mg/mL significantly reduced the frequency of uterine contraction in normal (P = 0.006 and oxytocin-induced contractions (P = 0.014. Conclusions Rosa damascena extract reduced the amplitude and frequency of the basal and oxytocin-induced contractions in the uterine smooth muscle of virgin rats. The extract may relieve dysmenorrhea and premature labor, which needs further study for more clarification.

  6. The Hilbert Transform in Analysis of Uterine Contraction Activity

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    Borowska Marta

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Prevention and early diagnosis of forthcoming preterm labor is of vital importance in preventing child mortality. To date, our understanding of the coordination of uterine contractions is incomplete. Among the many methods of recording uterine contractility, electrohysterography (EHG – the recording of changes in electrical potential associated with contraction of the uterine muscle, seems to be the most important from a diagnostic point of view. There is some controversy regarding whether EHG may identify patients with a high risk of preterm delivery. There is a need to check various digital signal processing techniques to describe the recorded signals. The study of synchronization of multivariate signals is important from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. Application of the Hilbert transformation seems very promising.

  7. Uterine contraction induced by Ghanaian plants used to induce abortion

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    Larsen, Birgitte HV; Soelberg, Jens; Kristiansen, Uffe

    2016-01-01

    Ethnomedicinal observations from the time of the Atlantic slave trade show women in Ghana historically used plants as emmenagogues (menstruation stimulants) and to induce abortion. This study investigates the effect of four of these plants on uterine contraction. The historically used plants were...

  8. [Mechanical and electrical uterine activity. Part II. Contractions parameters].

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    Zietek, Jerzy; Sikora, Jerzy; Horoba, Krzysztof; Matonia, Adam; Jezewski, Janusz; Magnucki, Jacek; Kobielska, Lucyna

    2008-11-01

    Frequency and strength of the uterine contractions monitoring enables to control the labour progress and also, although in a restricted way, to determine the beginning of labour, as long as it is not preterm. Mechanical approach provides only the low frequency signal, which describes the contractions more or less accurately, depending on whether an intrauterine pressure measurement is used in the former case or whether an external stress measurement is applied in the latter case. This signal does not comprise information on contractions characteristics and enables only to estimate their basic timing parameters. Description of the electrophysiological properties may be obtained only by means of the uterine electrical signals measurement. In the following paper, the classical interpretation of the uterine contraction activity which relies upon its mechanical and electrical activity was presented. Additionally, the frequency parameters provided exclusively by the electrical signal were proposed. The possibility of the electrohysterogram analysis may provide more complete information on uterine muscle functioning. Results of the research studies show that further development of electrohysterography will enable its wider application in pregnancy and labour diagnostics.

  9. Linking Myometrial Physiology to Intrauterine Pressure; How Tissue-Level Contractions Create Uterine Contractions of Labor: e1003850

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    Roger C Young; Peter Barendse

    2014-01-01

      The mechanisms used to coordinate uterine contractions are not known. We develop a new model based on the proposal that there is a maximum distance to which action potentials can propagate in the uterine wall...

  10. Linking myometrial physiology to intrauterine pressure; how tissue-level contractions create uterine contractions of labor.

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    Roger C Young

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The mechanisms used to coordinate uterine contractions are not known. We develop a new model based on the proposal that there is a maximum distance to which action potentials can propagate in the uterine wall. This establishes "regions", where one action potential burst can rapidly recruit all the tissue. Regions are recruited into an organ-level contraction via a stretch-initiated contraction mechanism (myometrial myogenic response. Each uterine contraction begins with a regional contraction, which slightly increases intrauterine pressure. Higher pressure raises tension throughout the uterine wall, which initiates contractions of more regions and further increases pressure. The positive feedback synchronizes regional contractions into an organ-level contraction. Cellular automaton (CA simulations are performed with Mathematica. Each "cell" is a region that is assigned an action potential threshold. An anatomy sensitivity factor converts intrauterine pressure to regional tension through the Law of Laplace. A regional contraction occurs when regional tension exceeds regional threshold. Other input variables are: starting and minimum pressure, burst and refractory period durations, enhanced contractile activity during an electrical burst, and reduced activity during the refractory period. Complex patterns of pressure development are seen that mimic the contraction patterns observed in laboring women. Emergent behavior is observed, including global synchronization, multiple pace making regions, and system memory of prior conditions. The complex effects of nifedipine and oxytocin exposure are simulated. The force produced can vary as a nonlinear function of the number of regions. The simulation directly links tissue-level physiology to human labor. The concept of a uterine pacemaker is re-evaluated because pace making activity may occur well before expression of a contraction. We propose a new classification system for biological CAs that parallels

  11. Linking myometrial physiology to intrauterine pressure; how tissue-level contractions create uterine contractions of labor.

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    Young, Roger C; Barendse, Peter

    2014-10-01

    The mechanisms used to coordinate uterine contractions are not known. We develop a new model based on the proposal that there is a maximum distance to which action potentials can propagate in the uterine wall. This establishes "regions", where one action potential burst can rapidly recruit all the tissue. Regions are recruited into an organ-level contraction via a stretch-initiated contraction mechanism (myometrial myogenic response). Each uterine contraction begins with a regional contraction, which slightly increases intrauterine pressure. Higher pressure raises tension throughout the uterine wall, which initiates contractions of more regions and further increases pressure. The positive feedback synchronizes regional contractions into an organ-level contraction. Cellular automaton (CA) simulations are performed with Mathematica. Each "cell" is a region that is assigned an action potential threshold. An anatomy sensitivity factor converts intrauterine pressure to regional tension through the Law of Laplace. A regional contraction occurs when regional tension exceeds regional threshold. Other input variables are: starting and minimum pressure, burst and refractory period durations, enhanced contractile activity during an electrical burst, and reduced activity during the refractory period. Complex patterns of pressure development are seen that mimic the contraction patterns observed in laboring women. Emergent behavior is observed, including global synchronization, multiple pace making regions, and system memory of prior conditions. The complex effects of nifedipine and oxytocin exposure are simulated. The force produced can vary as a nonlinear function of the number of regions. The simulation directly links tissue-level physiology to human labor. The concept of a uterine pacemaker is re-evaluated because pace making activity may occur well before expression of a contraction. We propose a new classification system for biological CAs that parallels the 4-class system

  12. Multiscale forward electromagnetic model of uterine contractions during pregnancy.

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    La Rosa, Patricio S; Eswaran, Hari; Preissl, Hubert; Nehorai, Arye

    2012-11-05

    Analyzing and monitoring uterine contractions during pregnancy is relevant to the field of reproductive health assessment. Its clinical importance is grounded in the need to reliably predict the onset of labor at term and pre-term. Preterm births can cause health problems or even be fatal for the fetus. Currently, there are no objective methods for consistently predicting the onset of labor based on sensing of the mechanical or electrophysiological aspects of uterine contractions. Therefore, modeling uterine contractions could help to better interpret such measurements and to develop more accurate methods for predicting labor. In this work, we develop a multiscale forward electromagnetic model of myometrial contractions during pregnancy. In particular, we introduce a model of myometrial current source densities and compute its magnetic field and action potential at the abdominal surface, using Maxwell's equations and a four-compartment volume conductor geometry. To model the current source density at the myometrium we use a bidomain approach. We consider a modified version of the Fitzhugh-Nagumo (FHN) equation for modeling ionic currents in each myocyte, assuming a plateau-type transmembrane potential, and we incorporate the anisotropic nature of the uterus by designing conductivity-tensor fields. We illustrate our modeling approach considering a spherical uterus and one pacemaker located in the fundus. We obtained a travelling transmembrane potential depolarizing from -56 mV to -16 mV and an average potential in the plateau area of -25 mV with a duration, before hyperpolarization, of 35 s, which is a good approximation with respect to the average recorded transmembrane potentials at term reported in the technical literature. Similarly, the percentage of myometrial cells contracting as a function of time had the same symmetric properties and duration as the intrauterine pressure waveforms of a pregnant human myometrium at term. We introduced a multiscale modeling

  13. Synchronization analysis of the uterine magnetic activity during contractions

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    Wilson James D

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Our objective was to quantify and compare the extent of synchronization of the spatial-temporal myometrial activity over the human uterus before and during a contraction using transabdominal magnetomyographic (MMG recordings. Synchronization can be an important indicator for the quantification of uterine contractions. Methods The spatialtermporal myometrial activity recordings were performed using a 151-channel noninvasive magnetic sensor system called SARA. This device covers the entire pregnant abdomen and records the magnetic field corresponding to the electrical activity generated in the uterine myometrium. The data was collected at 250 samples/sec and was resampled with 25 samples/sec and then filtered in the band of 0.1–0.2 Hz to study the primary magnetic activity of the uterus related to contractions. The synchronization between a channel pair was computed. It was inferred from a statistical tendency to maintain a nearly constant phase difference over a given period of time even though the analytic phase of each channel may change markedly during that time frame. The analytic phase was computed after taking Hilbert transform of the magnetic field data. The process was applied on the pairs of magnetic field traces (240 sec length with a stepping window of 20 sec duration which is long enough to cover two cycle of the lowest frequency of interest (0.1 Hz. The analysis was repeated by stepping the window at 10 sec intervals. The spatial patterns of the synchronization indices covering the anterior transabdominal area were computed. For this, regional coil-pairs were used. For a given coil, the coil pairs were constructed with the surrounding six coils. The synchronization indices were computed for each coil pair, averaged over the 21 coil-pairs and then assigned as the synchronization index to that particular coil. This procedure was tested on six pregnant subjects at the gestational age between 29 and 40 weeks

  14. Spasmolytic effect of Psidium guajava Linn. (Myrtaceae) leaf aqueous extract on rat isolated uterine horns.

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    Chiwororo, Witness D H; Ojewole, John A O

    2009-02-01

    Globally, primary dysmenorrhoea is one of the most frequent gynaecological disorders in young women. It is associated with increased uterine tone, and exaggerated contractility of uterine smooth muscles. In many rural African communities, a number of medicinal plants, including Psidium guajava Linn. (family: Myrtaceae), are used traditionally for the management, control and/or treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea. The present study was, therefore, undertaken to examine the spasmolytic effect of Psidium guajava leaf aqueous extract (PGE) on isolated, spontaneously-contracting and oestrogen-dominated, quiescent uterine horns of healthy, young adult, female Wistar rats. Graded, escalated concentrations of PGE (0.5-4.0 mg/ml) produced concentration-dependent and significant inhibitions of the amplitude of spontaneous phasic contractions of the isolated rat uterine horn preparations. In a concentration-related manner, PGE also significantly inhibited or abolished contractions produced by acetylcholine (ACh, 0.5-8.0 microg/ml), oxytocin (0.5-4.0 microU), bradykinin (2.5-10 ng/ml), carbachol (CCh, 0.5-8.0 microg/ml) or potassium chloride (K+, 10-80 mM) in quiescent uterine horn preparations isolated from the oestrogen-dominated rats. The spasmolytic effect of PGE observed in the present study lends pharmacological support to the traditional use of ;guava' leaves in the management, control and/or treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea in some rural African communities.

  15. Mechanotransduction mechanisms for coordinating uterine contractions in human labor.

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    Young, Roger C

    2016-08-01

    This review presents evolving concepts of how the human uterus contracts in pregnancy, with emphasis on the mechanisms of long-distance signaling. Action potential propagation has historically been assumed to be the sole mechanism for signaling and tissue recruitment over both short and long distances. However, data in animals and humans indicate that a single action potential does not travel distances greater than a few centimeters. To address this enigma, a long-distance signaling mechanism based on hydraulic signaling and mechanotransduction is developed. By combining this mechanism for long-distance signaling with the action potential propagation mechanism for signaling over short distances, a comprehensive dual mechanism model (or 'dual model') of uterine function is formulated. Mechanotransduction is an accepted phenomenon of myometrium, but the dual model identifies mechanotransduction as relevant to normal labor. For hydraulic signaling, a local contraction slightly increases intrauterine pressure, which globally increases wall tension. Increased wall tension then mechanically induces additional local contractions that further raise pressure. This leads to robust, positive feedback recruitment that explains the emergence of consistently strong contractions of human labor. Three key components of the dual model - rapid long-distance signaling, mechanical triggering, and electrical activity - converge with the concept of mechanically sensitive electrogenic pacemakers distributed throughout the wall. The dual model retains excitation-contraction coupling and action potential propagation for signaling over short distances (<10cm) and hence is an extension of the action potential model rather than a replacement. © 2016 Society for Reproduction and Fertility.

  16. Uterine torsion in a Sprague Dawley rat (Rattus norvegicus

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    K. H. Erlwanger

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Uterine torsion is a twisting of the uterus or uterine horn perpendicular to its long axis.We report a case of uterine torsion in an adult breeding Sprague Dawley rat. The rat died a month after her last recorded delivery. Post mortem examination of the rat revealed 270° torsion of the right uterine horn. The uterus contained a single foetus. The liver was pale and enlarged. The rest of the viscera appeared normal. Histopathological examination showed acute hepatic necrosis and pulmonary congestion with mild lymphocytic infiltrates peribronchially. The acute hepatic necrosis may have been associated with septicaemia due to compromised blood vessels following the uterine torsion. The presence of a single foetus could have resulted in foeto-maternal disproportion with resultant uterine torsion. Torsion of the uterus can be accompanied by haemostatic and metabolic complications, which could have caused the death of the rat. Although uterine torsion is a rare condition in rats, it should be considered as a potential complication of gestation in animal breeding units.

  17. 3D power Doppler ultrasound assessment of placental perfusion during uterine contraction in labor.

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    Sato, Miki; Noguchi, Junko; Mashima, Masato; Tanaka, Hirokazu; Hata, Toshiyuki

    2016-09-01

    To assess placental perfusion during spontaneous or induced uterine contraction in labor at term using placental vascular sonobiopsy (PVS) by 3D power Doppler ultrasound with the VOCAL imaging analysis program. PVS was performed in 50 normal pregnancies (32 in spontaneous labor group [SLG], and 18 in induced labor group with oxytocin or prostaglandin F2α [ILG]) at 37-41 weeks of gestation to assess placental perfusion during uterine contraction in labor. Only pregnancies with an entirely visualized anterior placenta were included in the study. Data acquisition was performed before, during (at the peak of contraction), and after uterine contraction. 3D power Doppler indices such as the vascularization index (VI), flow index (FI), and vascularization flow index (VFI) were calculated in each placenta. There were no abnormal fetal heart rate tracings during contraction in either group. VI and VFI values were significantly reduced during uterine contraction in both groups (SLG, -33.4% [-97.0-15.2%], and ILG, -49.6% [-78.2--4.0%]), respectively (P reduction in placental perfusion. Reduced placental blood flow in induced uterine contraction has a tendency to be marked compared with that in spontaneous uterine contraction. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study on the non-invasive assessment of placental perfusion during uterine contraction in labor using 3D power Doppler ultrasound. However, the data and their interpretation in the present study should be taken with some degree of caution because of the small number of subjects studied. Further studies involving a larger sample size are needed to assess placental perfusion and vascularity using PVS during normal and abnormal uterine contractions in normal and high-risk pregnancies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Prenatal administration of vaginal progesterone and frequency of uterine contractions in asymptomatic twin pregnancies.

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    de Oliveira, Lília A M L; Brizot, Maria L; Liao, Adolfo W; Bittar, Roberto E; Francisco, Rossana P V; Zugaib, Marcelo

    2016-04-01

    A previous study indicated that progesterone reduces the mean uterine contraction frequency in singleton pregnancy at high risk for preterm birth. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of vaginal progesterone on the frequency of uterine contractions in twin pregnancies. This was a secondary analysis of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of twin pregnancies exposed to vaginal progesterone or placebo. Naturally conceived twin pregnancies with no prior history of preterm delivery, asymptomatic regarding preterm labor, who had undergone uterine contraction frequency monitoring from 24 to 34 weeks and 6 days were included in the study. Comparison of the mean frequency of uterine contractions between the treatment groups was performed. We also examined the influence of cervical length and chorionicity on the mean frequency of uterine contractions according to the group. The final analysis included 166 women in the progesterone and 170 in the placebo group. The baseline characteristics were similar in the two groups. Overall, no difference in the mean frequency of uterine contractions (p = 0.91) was observed between the progesterone (2.54 ± 3.19) and placebo (2.56 ± 3.59) groups. Also, no difference in the mean frequency of uterine contractions was observed between the groups in each week between 24 and 34 weeks and 6 days of gestation. Cervical length and chorionicity did not influence the frequency of contractions according to the progesterone or placebo treatment. Overall, progesterone does not influence the frequency of uterine contractions in twin pregnancies. © 2016 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  19. [Influence of naloxone on uterine contractions in patients with primary dysmenorrhea].

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    Mrugacz, Grzegorz; Grygoruk, Cezary; Sieczyński, Piotr; Grusza, Mirosław; Pietrewicz, Piotr; Pietrzycki, Bartosz

    2013-09-01

    Dysmenorrhea is a common condition among women in childbearing age. An increased uterine contractions, resulting among others from increased vasopressin and oxitocin secretion, is considered as a main cause of the primary dysmenorrhea. The endogenous opioids play the important role in the control of oxytocin and vasopressin release from the pituitary gland. Naloxone is a selective opioid receptor antagonis. So far, there is not much data on naloxone effect on uterine contractions. The aim of study was to determine the influence of naloxone on uterine contractions in patients with primary dysmenorrhea. There were 10 female patients with primary dysmenorrhea included into the study. The uterine contractions had been recorded for 30 minutes before and 2 hours after injection of naloxone at the first day of menstruation. The intrauterine pressure recordings revealed a severe spontaneous uterine contractions, with high frequency and amplitude, at the time of dysmenorrhea. An intravenous administration of naloxone decreased uterine contractile activity and pain intensity. Naloxone acting on central nervous system decreases the uterus contractions in the patients suffering from dysmenorrhea. Unexplained mechanisms and multiple factors involved in the pathogenesis of primary dysmenorrhea indicates a need for the further studies on this subject.

  20. Independent uterine contractions in simultaneous twin pregnancy in each horn of the uterus didelphys.

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    Maki, Yohei; Furukawa, Seishi; Sameshima, Hiroshi; Ikenoue, Tsuyomu

    2014-03-01

    The mechanism of synchronizing uterine contractions is not fully understood. We present a case of twin pregnancy in a uterus didelphys and objectively analyze the synchrony of bilateral uterine contractions. A 32-year-old woman, with a history of vaginal septal resection during her previous vaginal delivery, became pregnant with twins in a uterus didelphys in which each uterine horn had one fetus. At 37 weeks and 6 days, the first baby was delivered vaginally. The second baby was delivered by cesarean section due to recurrent late decelerations. Operative findings confirmed the didelphys uterus. We retrospectively reviewed the timing of contractions of both uteruses. The timing was determined by visual analysis as synchronous if both uteruses contracted within 5 s. Otherwise, contractions were considered solitary. Both uterine horns contracted independently in 90% of the incidence throughout labor and delivery. From this rare case of an 'experiment by nature', we speculated that the myometrium must be histologically connected in order to synchronize uterine contractions. © 2013 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2013 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  1. Reduced placental oxygenation during subclinical uterine contractions as assessed by BOLD MRI.

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    Sinding, Marianne; Peters, David A; Frøkjær, Jens B; Christiansen, Ole B; Uldbjerg, Niels; Sørensen, Anne

    2016-03-01

    During placental Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), we have observed spontaneous reductions in placental oxygenation lasting 2-4 min. We hypothesize, that these reductions in placental oxygenation are caused by subclinical uterine contractions. We evaluated placental oxygenation during a five-minute placental BOLD MRI in 56 normal pregnancies (gestational week 23-40) and observed a spontaneous reduction in eight cases. The 56 BOLD MRIs were systematically analyzed for signs of uterine contractions, i.e. visual changes in uterus shape and reductions in the number of pixels within Regions of interest (ROI) covering the outline of the entire uterus. The eight reductions in the BOLD signal lasted for 217 ± 51 (mean ± SD) seconds with an average signal loss of 17 ± 5%. They were all associated with a contraction, which started 43 ± 21 s prior to the start of the reduction and ended 71 ± 30 s prior to the end of the reduction. In the remaining 48 MRIs, we observed no contraction. We suggest that the observed spontaneous reductions in placental oxygenation are caused by uterine contractions. According to our data, subclinical uterine contractions occur regularly and have a markedly impact on placental oxygenation. Therefore, uterine contractions need to be considered in the interpretation of placental MRI as they may interfere with the MRI results. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Relaxant effect of tetrazepam on rat uterine smooth muscle: role of calcium movement.

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    Perez-Guerrero, C; Herrera, M D; Marhuenda, E

    1996-11-01

    Tetrazepam is a benzodiazepine derivative clinically used as a muscle relaxant. The aim of the present work was to examine its effect on uterine smooth muscle of the rat in estrus. Tetrazepam required micromolar concentrations to relax contractile responses induced by KCl and acetylcholine in Ca2+ solution, but not oxytocin-induced contraction. In Ca(2+)-free solution, tetrazepam inhibited Ca(2+)-induced contractions in depolarized uterus and vanadate-induced contractions. We suggest that tetrazepam relaxes contractile responses induced by activation of voltage-sensitive calcium channels and receptor-operated calcium channels with little selectivity or that it antagonizes the effect of calcium at subsequent steps, possibly intracellular stores sensitive to vanadate but not sensitive to oxytocin. The inhibition of contraction of rat uterus is not related to high-affinity peripheral benzodiazepine binding sites.

  3. Prostaglandin E2 receptor subtype EP-2 is not involved in the induction of non-pregnant guinea pig uterine contractions associated with terminal pregnancy.

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    Lebel, Wes; Riccardi, Keith; Grasser, W A; Terry, Ketti; Thompson, David; Paralkar, V M

    2004-12-01

    Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) exerts its biological effects through 4 different receptor subtypes, EP-1, EP-2, EP-3, and EP-4. Recently we have demonstrated the importance of the prostaglandin E2 receptor subtype EP-2 in the healing of bone defects and fractures. This discovery led to the identification of CP-533,536, an EP-2 selective agonist, a promising therapeutic alternative for the enhancement of bone healing and the treatment of fractures (J Bone Miner Res 18 (2003) 2033). PGE2 has a myriad of effects throughout the body including the induction of uterine contractions, which results in termination of pregnancies. Our objective in this study was to determine the role of the EP-2 receptor and specifically that of CP-533,536, an EP-2 specific agonist, to induce uterine contractions and terminate pregnancy in guinea pigs, an animal model of human pregnancy. Preliminary experiments confirmed earlier reports that the guinea pig uterus was more sensitive than that of the rat. The guinea pig uterus contains the four PGE2 receptor subtypes, and ex vivo treatment of the uterus with PGE2 as expected causes profound uterine contractions. However, using receptor selective prostaglandin agonists including CP-533,536 we showed that the EP-1 and 3 receptors not the EP-2 receptor is responsible for the induction of uterine contractions of PGE2. Further, CP-533,536 did not antagonize the ability of PGE2 to induce uterine contractions in this model.

  4. The effects of Ginseng Java root extract on uterine contractility in nonpregnant rats

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    Sukwan, Catthareeya; Wray, Susan; Kupittayanant, Sajeera

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Ginseng Java or Talinum paniculatum (Jacq.) Geartn has long been used in herbal recipes because of its various therapeutic properties. Ginseng Java is believed to be beneficial to the female reproductive system by inducing lactation and restoring uterine functions after the postpartum period. There are, however, no scientific data on verifying the effects on the uterus to support its therapeutic relevance. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Ginseng Java root extract and its possible mechanism(s) of action on uterine contractility. Female virgin rats were humanely killed by CO2 asphyxia and uteri removed. Isometric force was measured in strips of longitudinal myometrium. The effects of Ginseng Java root extract at its IC50 concentration (0.23 mg/mL) on spontaneous, oxytocin‐induced (10 nmol/L), and depolarized (KCl 40 mmol/L) contraction were investigated. After establishing regular phasic contractions, the application of Java root extract significantly inhibited spontaneous uterine contractility (n =5). The extract also significantly inhibited the contraction induced by high KCl solution (n =5) and oxytocin (n =5). The extract also inhibited oxytocin‐induced contraction in the absence of external Ca entry (n =7) and the tonic force induced by oxytocin in the presence of high KCl solution. Taken together, the data demonstrate a potent and consistent ability of extract from Ginseng Java root to reduce myometrial contractility. The tocolytic effects were demonstrated on both spontaneous and agonist‐induced contractions. The fact that force was inhibited in depolarized conditions suggests that the possible mechanisms may be blockade of Ca influx via L‐type Ca channels. The data in Ca‐free solutions suggest that the extract also reduces IP3‐induced Ca release from the internal store. These tocolytic effects do not support the use of ginseng to help with postpartum contractility, but instead suggest it may be

  5. Influence of follicle rupture and uterine contractions on intrauterine insemination outcome: a new predictive model.

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    Blasco, Víctor; Prados, Nicolás; Carranza, Francisco; González-Ravina, Cristina; Pellicer, Antonio; Fernández-Sánchez, Manuel

    2014-10-01

    To correlate the detection of follicle rupture and the number of uterine contractions per minute with the outcome of IUI and to build a predictive model for the outcome of IUI including these parameters. Retrospective cohort study. Fertility clinic. We analyzed data from 610 women who underwent homologous or donor double IUI from 2005 to 2010 and whose data of uterine contractions or follicle rupture were recorded. None. Live-birth rate. Nine hundred seventy-nine IUI cycles were included. The detection of follicle rupture (odds ratio [OR], 1.98; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.30-3.01) and the number of uterine contractions per minute (OR, 1.67; 95% CI, 1.02-2.74) assessed after the second insemination procedure of a double IUI were positively correlated with the live-birth rate. A multiple logistic regression model showed that sperm origin, maternal age, follicle count at hCG administration day, follicle rupture, and the number of uterine contractions observed after the second insemination procedure were significantly associated with the live-birth rate. Follicle rupture and uterine contractions are associated with the success of an IUI cycle. This may open new possibilities to improve the methodology of IUI. Copyright © 2014 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Sustained inhibition of rat myometrial gap junctions and contractions by lindane

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    Grindatti Carmen M

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gap junctions increase in size and abundance coincident with parturition, forming an intercellular communication network that permits the uterus to develop the forceful, coordinated contractions necessary for delivery of the fetus. Lindane, a pesticide used in the human and veterinary treatment of scabies and lice as well as in agricultural applications, inhibits uterine contractions in vitro, inhibits myometrial gap junctions, and has been associated with prolonged gestation length in rats. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether brief exposures to lindane would elicit sustained inhibition of rat uterine contractile activity and myometrial gap junction intercellular communication. Methods To examine effects on uterine contraction, longitudinal uterine strips isolated from late gestation (day 20 rats were exposed to lindane in muscle baths and monitored for changes in spontaneous phasic contractions during and after exposure to lindane. Lucifer yellow dye transfer between myometrial cells in culture was used to monitor gap junction intercellular communication. Results During a 1-h exposure, 10 micro M and 100 micro M lindane decreased peak force and frequency of uterine contraction but 1 micro M lindane did not. After removal of the exposure buffer, contraction force remained significantly depressed in uterine strips exposed to 100 micro M lindane, returning to less than 50% basal levels 5 h after cessation of lindane exposure. In cultured myometrial myocytes, significant sustained inhibition of Lucifer yellow dye transfer was observed 24 h after lindane exposures as brief as 10 min and as low as 0.1 micro M lindane. Conclusion Brief in vitro exposures to lindane have long-term effects on myometrial functions that are necessary for parturition, inhibiting spontaneous phasic contractions in late gestation rat uterus and gap junction intercellular communication in myometrial cell cultures.

  7. Uterine contractions depend on KIT-positive interstitial cells in the mouse: genetic and pharmacological evidence.

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    Allix, Sébastien; Reyes-Gomez, Edouard; Aubin-Houzelstein, Geneviève; Noël, Delphine; Tiret, Laurent; Panthier, Jean-Jacques; Bernex, Florence

    2008-09-01

    In the gastrointestinal tract, interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) generate a pacemaker activity. They produce electric slow waves that trigger and coordinate gut smooth muscle contractions. Interstitial cells of Cajal's slender shape is revealed by KIT immunostaining. Based on several features, including KIT expression and KIT dependence, ICC-like cells were identified in nongastrointestinal tissues. Here, we investigated in the mouse whether uterine contractions depend on ICC-like cells' activity. By labeling KIT-expressing cells, we found putative ICC-like cells in the uterus, observed as KIT-positive interstitial, long spindle-shaped cells with fine branched cytoplasm processes, distributed in muscular layers and in subepithelial connective tissue. We then checked the potential KIT dependence of ex vivo contractile activity of the uterus by combining genetic and pharmacological approaches, using the Kit W-v hypomorphic mutation, and imatinib as a KIT noncompetitive inhibitor. We found a significant reduction in frequency of longitudinal uterine contractions in Kit W-v/Kit W-v compared with Kit+/+ mice, whereas amplitude was unaffected. There was no difference in frequency or amplitude of circular uterine contractions between Kit W-v/Kit W-v and Kit+/+ mice. Ex vivo treatment of Kit+/+ uterine horns with imatinib resulted in a dose-dependent reduction of the frequency and amplitude of longitudinal myometrial contractions. Amplitude and frequency of circular contractions were unaffected in presence of imatinib. These concurrent results suggest that longitudinal contractions of the uterus depend on a KIT signaling pathway of ICC-like cells. The existence of ICC-like cells in the myometrium may enhance our understanding of uterine spontaneous contractile activity and suggest new approaches for treatment of uterine contractility disorders.

  8. Uterotonic effect of Harpagophytum procumbens DC (Pedaliaceae) secondary root aqueous extract on rat isolated uterine horns.

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    Mahomed, Ismail M; Ojewole, John A O

    2009-10-01

    Some traditional health practitioners of South Africa have claimed that Harpagophytum procumbens DC (family: Pedaliaceae) secondary root is a useful obstetric remedy for induction or acceleration of labour, as well as for expelling retained placentas in pregnant women. In the present study, therefore, we investigated the effect of H. procumbens secondary root aqueous extract (HPE) on longitudinal, tubular uterine horn muscle strips taken from non-pregnant and pregnant, young adult, female rats. HPE (10-800 microg/ml) induced concentration-related and significant (Phorn muscle strips taken from stilboesterol-pretreated, non-pregnant female rats. Relatively low to high concentrations of HPE (10-800 microg/ml) also provoked concentration-dependent and significant (Phorn muscle strips taken from female rats in the early, middle and late stages of pregnancy. Moderate to high concentrations of HPE (200-1,000 microg/ml) always provoked powerful contractions of isolated longitudinal, tubular uterine horn muscle preparations of non-pregnant and pregnant rats. The results of this in vitro study indicate that H. procumbens secondary root aqueous extract possesses spasmogenic, uterotonic action on mammalian uterine muscles. These findings lend pharmacological credence to the suggested folkloric obstetric uses of the plant's secondary root for induction and/or acceleration of labour, as well as for expelling retained placentas in pregnant women.

  9. Uterine contractions' pattern in active phase of labor as a predictor of failure to progress.

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    Galinimoghaddam, Tahereh; Moslemizadeh, Narges; Seifollahpour, Zahra; Shahhosseini, Zohreh; Danesh, Mahmonier

    2014-03-24

    Failure to progress remains a key indication for cesarean section which caused by different factors including uterine contractions. If it is diagnosed in the primary phase of labor, a better prognosis can thus be made. The purpose of this study was to find a possible correlation between pattern of uterine contraction and progression of labor. During this study, 120 women referred for delivery to an educational hospital's maternity ward in the North of Iran in 2010 were included. Uterine contractions of mothers were recorded in dilatation of 4 to7 cm for an hour. In this way, F/R ratio which means the time that a contraction needs to return from its peak to baseline (Fall) divided to the time for a contraction to rise to its peak (Rise) was calculated. All of the participants were followed until delivery, vaginal delivery or caesarean section. Mean and standard deviation of fall to raise ratio was 1.54±0.26 in mothers with vaginal delivery versus 1.74±0.21 for others underwent caesarean section (OR = 0.44, 95% CI: 0.005- 0.42, P uterine contractions' pattern in the active phase of labor, it could help to timely diagnosis of failure to progress and consequently suitable intervention which probably maintain better health of both mother and fetus.

  10. Effects of coitus and the artificial insemination of different volumes of fresh semen on uterine contractions in mares.

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    Campbell, M L H; England, G C W

    2006-12-16

    Uterine contractions may play an important role in the transportation of spermatozoa towards the site of fertilisation in the oviduct of mares. M-mode ultrasound was used to measure the number, amplitude and duration of uterine contractions in each uterine horn and the uterine body of oestrous mares for four minutes before and four minutes after either coitus, or the artificial insemination of either 80.0 ml of fresh semen or 10.0 ml of fresh semen. The direction of the uterine contractions in each uterine horn and the uterine body was measured before and after coitus. Coitus and the insemination of 80.0 ml semen significantly increased the total number, mean amplitude and mean duration of contractions in all parts of the uterus. The insemination of 10.0 ml of semen did not affect the total number or the mean duration of contractions in the uterine horns. Their mean amplitude was increased, but largely owing to the results from one mare; it also did not affect the contractions in the uterine body. There was no significant difference between the percentage of contractions moving in a cervicotubal or tubocervical direction after coitus in any part of the uterus examined.

  11. Spasmogenic effects of Sclerocarya birrea stem bark aqueous extract on rat isolated uterine horns.

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    Mawoza, Tariro; Tagwireyi, Dexter; Nhachi, Charles

    2015-04-22

    Sclerocarya birrea (Anacardiaceae), popularly known as "marula", is used as a traditional remedy for allegedly treating dysmenorrhoea and a host of other ailments such as malaria, fever, diarrhoea, dysentery, stomach disorders, headaches and to facilitate childbirth. This study investigated the pharmacological effects of S. birrea extract (SBE) on isolated, spontaneously-contracting uterine horns of healthy, young adult, female Wistar rats. One kilogramme of S. birrea fresh stem bark was identified and authenticated. The bark was air-dried at room temperature (26 ± 1°C) for two weeks. The dried stem bark was milled and macerated in 2.5l of distilled water for 48 h and filtered. A rotary evaporator was used to concentrate the aqueous extract by drying it at 60 ± 1°C. Freeze-drying gave 61.3g/kg (i.e., 6.13% yield) of a dark-brown, powdery, crude extract. Rat isolated uterine horns were mounted in 25-ml Iworx tissue organ-baths containing De Jalon׳s physiological solution, and exposed to graded concentrations of SBE (25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400mg/ml/kg). The effects of SBE and atropine, oxytocin, verapamil, indomethacin, acetylcholine, serotonin, cimetidine and histamine on the isolated uterine muscles, were recorded using LabScribe2 software. The aqueous stem bark extract of S. birrea produced significant (pcontractions of the uterine horn muscle preparation reaching a maximum at the 300 mg/ml dose. SBE mimicked and potentiated uterine muscle contractile effects of oxytocin (0.5-5 µU/ml) and acetylcholine (0.1-3 µg/ml). Pre-incubation of tissues with atropine (1-3 µg/ml), non-significantly (p>0.05) inhibited SBE-induced contractions on uterine muscles. Verapamil (2 µg/ml), indomethacin and -p-tosyl-l-phenylalanine-chloromethyl-ketone (TPCK) inhibited the contractile effects of SBE (25-400mg/ml/kg), suggesting possible calcium-mediated mechanism of action for SBE and possible COX-enzyme inhibition. Pre-incubating tissues with histamine (10(-8)-10(-5)M

  12. Do anticholinergic agents suppress uterine peristalsis and sporadic myometrial contractions at cine MR imaging?

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    Nakai, Asako; Togashi, Kaori; Kosaka, Kenzo; Kido, Aki; Kataoka, Masako; Koyama, Takashi; Fujii, Shingo

    2008-02-01

    To prospectively evaluate anticholinergic drug effects on uterine peristalsis and sporadic myometrial contractions, as well as on intestinal motion, with cine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board; informed consent was obtained from all participants. Twenty-one women (mean age, 29.3 years +/- 4.0 [standard deviation]) underwent MR imaging during the follicular through periovulatory phases (cycle days 5-26). Before and after injection of an anticholinergic agent, 60 serial half-Fourier rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement MR images were obtained within 2 minutes in the midsagittal uterine plane. Evaluations were performed independently and separately in random order by two radiologists who were blinded to whether an anticholingeric agent had been administered. Uterine peristalsis was evaluated for frequency (paired t test), predominant direction (McNemar test), degree of endometrial movement, wave conduction in the junctional zone (JZ), and wave conduction toward the outer myometrium (Wilcoxon signed rank test). Degree of sporadic contractions in the outer myometrium and intestinal motion were also evaluated (Wilcoxon signed rank test). On postinjection images, uterine peristalsis decreased in frequency from 4.57 waves per 2 minutes +/- 1.62 to 3.52 waves per 2 minutes +/- 1.59, which is a 23% (95% confidence interval: 8.7%, 37.2%) average reduction (P = .003). There was no significant difference in actual predominant uterine peristalsis direction between pre- and postinjection images (P > .99). Although there were trends toward reduction of the degree of endometrial movement and of wave conduction in the JZ and toward the outer myometrium, these were not significant. The degree of sporadic myometrial contractions (P = .001) and intestinal motion (P contractions and uterine peristalsis, in addition to intestinal motion, all of which may contribute to improved quality of conventional uterine MR

  13. Antenatal montelukast treatment reduces uterine activity associated with inflammation in a pregnant rat model.

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    Corriveau, Stéphanie; Blouin, Simon; Burt, Elyse; Rousseau, Eric; Pasquier, Jean-Charles

    2016-11-01

    The potency of acute montelukast treatment, a leukotriene receptor antagonist, has been demonstrated as tocolytic on in vitro myometrial contractility. This study assessed the ability of a 48h montelukast treatment to modify in vitro contractions under inflammatory conditions in a pregnant rat model. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were injected intraperitoneally (gestational days 20-22) with lipopolysaccharides (LPS) 200μg/kg (4 treatments at 12h intervals) alone or combined with montelukast 10mg/kg/day or a saline solution for a 48h period. Uterine rings (n=72) were obtained by median laparotomy at day 22. Spontaneous contractile activities were compared using pharmacological compounds (oxytocin, nifedipine) along with assessment of contractile parameters. Myometrial subcellular fractions were also analyzed by Western blot to quantify oxytocin, cysteinyl leukotriene receptors and inflammation markers. In in vitro experiments, the area under the curve, the amplitude and the duration of phasic contractions were significantly reduced following 48h of LPS+montelukast treatment comparatively to the LPS group. Moreover, in this same group, oxytocin (10(-9)-10(-7)M) largely decreased uterine sensitivity (p=0.04). Following LPS and montelukast treatment, the tocolytic effectiveness of nifedipine (10(-9)-10(-7)M) was increased (pmontelukast treatment restored TNF-α and COX-2 basal levels. Our results strongly suggest that montelukast treatment could facilitate a relative uterine quiescence by decreasing its sensitivity to uterotonic agent or by increasing tocolytic efficiency under proinflammatory conditions. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  14. Modeling Magnetomyograms of Uterine Contractions during Pregnancy Using a Multiscale Forward Electromagnetic Approach.

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    Full Text Available Understanding the mechanisms of uterine contractions during pregnancy is especially important in predicting the onset of labor and thus in forecasting preterm deliveries. Preterm birth can cause serious health problems in newborns, as well as large financial burdens to society. Various techniques such as electromyography (EMG and magnetomyography (MMG have been developed to quantify uterine contractions. However, no widely accepted method to predict labor based on electromagnetic measurement is available. Therefore, developing a biophysical model of EMG and MMG could help better understand uterine contractions, interpret real measurements, and detect labor. In this work, we propose a multiscale realistic model of uterine contractions during pregnancy. At the cellular level, building on bifurcation theory, we apply generalized FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN equations that produces both plateau-type and bursting-type action potentials. At the tissue level, we introduce a random fiber orientation model applicable to an arbitrary uterine shape. We also develop an analytical expression for the propagation speed of transmembrane potential. At the organ level, a realistic volume conductor geometry model is provided based on magnetic resonance images of a pregnant woman. To simulate the measurements from the SQUID Array for Reproductive Assessment (SARA device, we propose a sensor array model. Our model is able to reproduce the characteristics of action potentials. Additionally, we investigate the sensitivity of MMG to model configuration aspects such as volume geometry, fiber orientation, and pacemaker location. Our numerical results show that fiber orientation and pacemaker location are the key aspects that greatly affect the MMG as measured by the SARA device. We conclude that sphere is appropriate as an approximation of the volume geometry. The initial step towards validating the model against real MMG measurement is also presented. Our results show that the

  15. Modeling Magnetomyograms of Uterine Contractions during Pregnancy Using a Multiscale Forward Electromagnetic Approach.

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    Zhang, Mengxue; Tidwell, Vanessa; La Rosa, Patricio S; Wilson, James D; Eswaran, Hari; Nehorai, Arye

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the mechanisms of uterine contractions during pregnancy is especially important in predicting the onset of labor and thus in forecasting preterm deliveries. Preterm birth can cause serious health problems in newborns, as well as large financial burdens to society. Various techniques such as electromyography (EMG) and magnetomyography (MMG) have been developed to quantify uterine contractions. However, no widely accepted method to predict labor based on electromagnetic measurement is available. Therefore, developing a biophysical model of EMG and MMG could help better understand uterine contractions, interpret real measurements, and detect labor. In this work, we propose a multiscale realistic model of uterine contractions during pregnancy. At the cellular level, building on bifurcation theory, we apply generalized FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) equations that produces both plateau-type and bursting-type action potentials. At the tissue level, we introduce a random fiber orientation model applicable to an arbitrary uterine shape. We also develop an analytical expression for the propagation speed of transmembrane potential. At the organ level, a realistic volume conductor geometry model is provided based on magnetic resonance images of a pregnant woman. To simulate the measurements from the SQUID Array for Reproductive Assessment (SARA) device, we propose a sensor array model. Our model is able to reproduce the characteristics of action potentials. Additionally, we investigate the sensitivity of MMG to model configuration aspects such as volume geometry, fiber orientation, and pacemaker location. Our numerical results show that fiber orientation and pacemaker location are the key aspects that greatly affect the MMG as measured by the SARA device. We conclude that sphere is appropriate as an approximation of the volume geometry. The initial step towards validating the model against real MMG measurement is also presented. Our results show that the model is

  16. Regulation of alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions of uterine arteries by PKC: effect of pregnancy.

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    Zhang, Hongying; Xiao, Daliao; Longo, Lawrence D; Zhang, Lubo

    2006-11-01

    Protein kinase C (PKC) plays an important role in the regulation of uterine artery contractility and its adaptation to pregnancy. The present study tested the hypothesis that PKC differentially regulates alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions of uterine arteries isolated from nonpregnant (NPUA) and near-term pregnant (PUA) sheep. Phenylephrine-induced contractions of NPUA and PUA sheep were determined in the absence or presence of the PKC activator phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu). In NPUA sheep, PDBu produced a concentration-dependent potentiation of phenylephrine-induced contractions and shifted the dose-response curve to the left. In contrast, in PUA sheep, PDBu significantly inhibited phenylephrine-induced contractions and decreased their maximum response. Simultaneous measurement of contractions and intracellular free Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)](i)) in the same tissues revealed that PDBu inhibited phenylephrine-induced [Ca(2+)](i) and contractions in PUA sheep. In NPUA sheep, PDBu increased phenylephrine-induced contractions without changing [Ca(2+)](i). Western blot analysis showed six PKC isozymes, alpha, beta(I), beta(II), delta, epsilon, and zeta, in uterine arteries, among which beta(I), beta(II), and zeta isozymes were significantly increased in PUA sheep. In contrast, PKC-alpha was decreased in PUA sheep. In addition, analysis of subcellular distribution revealed a significant decrease in the particulate-to-cytosolic ratio of PKC-epsilon in PUA compared with that in NPUA sheep. The results suggest that pregnancy induces a reversal of PKC regulatory role on alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions from a potentiation in NPUA sheep to an inhibition in PUA sheep. The differential expression of PKC isozymes and their subcellular distribution in uterine arteries appears to play an important role in the regulation of Ca(2+) mobilization and Ca(2+) sensitivity in alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions and their adaptation to pregnancy.

  17. The Identification and Tracking of Uterine Contractions Using Template Based Cross-Correlation.

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    McDonald, Sarah C; Brooker, Graham; Phipps, Hala; Hyett, Jon

    2017-06-28

    The purpose of this paper is to outline a novel method of using template based cross-correlation to identify and track uterine contractions during labour. A purpose built six-channel Electromyography (EMG) device was used to collect data from consenting women during labour and birth. A range of templates were constructed for the purpose of identifying and tracking uterine activity when cross-correlated with the EMG signal. Peak finding techniques were applied on the cross-correlated result to simplify and automate the identification and tracking of contractions. The EMG data showed a unique pattern when a woman was contracting with key features of the contraction signal remaining consistent and identifiable across subjects. Contraction profiles across subjects were automatically identified using template based cross-correlation. Synthetic templates from a rectangular function with a duration of between 5 and 10 s performed best at identifying and tracking uterine activity across subjects. The successful application of this technique provides opportunity for both simple and accurate real-time analysis of contraction data while enabling investigations into the application of techniques such as machine learning which could enable automated learning from contraction data as part of real-time monitoring and post analysis.

  18. Shakuyaku-kanzo-to inhibits smooth muscle contractions of human pregnant uterine tissue in vitro.

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    Tsuji, Shoko; Yasuda, Katsuhiko; Sumi, Genichiro; Cho, Hisayuu; Tsuzuki, Tomoko; Okada, Hidetaka; Kanzaki, Hideharu

    2012-07-01

    Shakuyaku-kanzo-to (SK) is a herbal medicine and is known to possess an antispasmodic effect on skeletal muscle and intestinal smooth muscle. However, it is unclear whether SK is effective in antagonizing uterine smooth muscle contractions. Herein, we investigated the effects of SK on smooth muscle contractions of human pregnant uterine samples. We prepared myometrial strips from uterine tissues of pregnant women who underwent cesarean section for obstetrical indications, and examined the inhibitory effects of SK and its components, shakuyaku (S) and kanzo (K), on agonist-induced and spontaneous contractions in vitro. Oxytocin, prostaglandinF(2α) , and high KCl were utilized as agonists in this study. SK inhibited agonist-induced and spontaneous contractions in a dose-dependent manner. Inhibition of SK on oxytocin-induced contractions occurred at a concentration of 100 µg/mL and reached maximum effect at a concentration of more than 1000 µg/mL. The half max inhibitory concentration of SK was approximately 440 µg/mL in oxytocin-induced contractions. SK at 1000 µg/mL completely inhibited the oxytocin- and prostaglandinF(2α)-induced contractions but not the high KCl-induced contractions. The inhibitory effects on agonist-induced contractions of K, but not S, matched those of SK. These results suggest that the inhibitory effect of SK on smooth muscle contractions is due to K. The mechanism of the inhibitory effects of SK on oxytocin- and prostaglandinF(2α) -induced contractions may differ from that on KCl-induced contractions. © 2012 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2012 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  19. White and Black Uterine contraction labour in regularity during patIents

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    Apr 2, 1983 ... uterine contraction panerns3 have been neglected to a great extent. Since the introduction of fetal heart rate monitoring to the. Bloemfontein academic hospitals we have noticed an irregularity in the distance between successive contradictions as seen on cardiotocography. It also appeared that the maximal ...

  20. Level of C - reactive protein as an indicator for prognosis of premature uterine contractions.

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    Najat Nakishbandy, Bayar M; Barawi, Sabat A M

    2014-01-01

    high concentrations of maternal C-reactive protein have been associated with adverse pregnancy outcome, and premature uterine contraction may be predicted by elevated levels of C-reactive protein. This may ultimately be simple and cost-effective enough to introduce as a low-risk screening program. an observational case control study was performed from May 1st, 2010 to December 1st, 2010 at Maternity Teaching Hospital-Erbil/ Kurdistan Region/ Iraq. The sample size was (200) cases. Hundred of them were presented with premature uterine contractions at 24(+0)-36(+6) weeks. The other hundred were control group at same gestational ages. The level of C-reactive protein was determined in both groups and both groups were followed till delivery. (93) out of (100) women with premature uterine contractions had elevated level of C-Reactive protein and 91% delivered prematurely while in the control group only (9) out of (100) women had elevated level of C-reactive protein and only 8% of them delivered preterm. Differences were statistically highly significant. C-reactive protein can be used as a biomarker in prediction of premature delivery when it is associated with premature uterine contractions. As well it can be used as a screening test to detect cases that are at risk of premature delivery.

  1. The Shape of Uterine Contractions and Labor Progress in the Spontaneous Active Labor

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    Samira Ebrahimzadeh Zagami

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dystocia is the most common indication of primary cesarean section. The most common cause of dystocia is uterine dysfunction. In prolonged labor, more attention is usually paid to the fetus and pelvis rather than to the role of uterine contractions in a delivery. Therefore, we decided to determine the relationship between the labor progress and uterine contractions shapes. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 200 primiparous women participated having a single pregnancy and cephalic presentation. Uterus contractions were recorded using electronic fetal monitoring at the beginning of the active phase of labor (dilatation 3-5 cm for 30 min. Fall to rise (F:R ratio was calculated by determining the duration of returning from a contraction peak to its baseline (fall and the duration of the rise time from baseline to peak (rise in two groups. The data were analyzed using t-test and Chi-square test. Results: In this study, 162 women had a normal delivery and 38 women had a cesarean (CS delivery due to the lack of labor progress. The average F:R ratio was 1.13±0.193 seconds in the vaginal delivery group and 1.64±0.301 seconds in the CS group. This difference was statistically significant (P<0.001. The frequency of contractions in the vaginal delivery group was more than the CS group (P=0.008. Conclusion: Our findings demonstrated that uterine contractions shapes change; and F:R ratio was higher in the group that lacked labor progress. Therefore, contraction shapes can be used to predict the labor progress.

  2. BORZOUYEH, AN ANCIENT PERSIAN PHYSICIAN WHO FIRST REPORTED UTERINE CONTRACTIONS IN NORMAL VAGINAL DELIVERY.

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    Zargaran, Arman; Mehdizadeh, Alireza; Yarmohammadi, Hassan; Kiani, Hossein; Mohagheghzadehl, Abdolali

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    During the final hours of pregnancy, uterine contractions cause the foetus to move through the birth canal and leave the mother's body. Haly Abbas (died 982-994 CE), is believed to be the first writer to explain the role of these contractions. However, this concept had in fact been described in the text titled Bab-e-Borzouyeh, written four centuries earlier by the physician Borzouyeh (Perzoes in Latin) as a prologue to his translation of the Indian collection of fables known as the Panchatantra. Because Haly Abbas probably had access to ancient Persian medical texts, the earliest report of uterine contractions may need to be re-attributed to this earlier author.

  3. Uterine contractions evaluated on cine MR imaging in patients with uterine leiomyomas

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    Nishino, Mizuki E-mail: mizuki@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jpnishinomizuki@hotmail.com; Togashi, Kaori; Nakai, Asako; Hayakawa, Katsumi; Kanao, Shotarou; Iwasaku, Kazuhiro; Fujii, Shingo

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    Purpose: Submucosal leiomyoma is one of the most recognized causes of infertility and habitual abortion. The purpose of this study is to evaluate uterine peristalsis, a cycle-related inherent contractility of uterus probably responsible for sperm transport and conservation of pregnancy, in patients with uterine leiomyomas using cine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and methods: Study population consisted of 26 female patients (age range: 19-51 years, mean: 41 years), in which 16 patients had submucosal leiomyomas and 10 patients had intramural or subserosal leiomyomas. We prospectively performed MR imaging of the midsagittal plane of uterus using 1.5 T magnet (Symphony, Siemens Medical Systems) with a body array coil, and obtained 60 half-Fourier acquisition single shot turbo spin echo (HASTE) images (Echo time=80 ms, FOV=300 mm, slice thickness 5 mm, matrix 256x256) within 2 min, and displayed them on cine mode at 12x faster than real speed. Evaluated were peristaltic movements at the endometral-myometrial junction and focal myometrial movements, adjacent to leiomyomas, regarding presence, direction, frequency, and conduction. Results: The peristaltic movements were identified in 12/16 patients with submucosal lesions and 10/10 with other leiomyomas. The frequency and direction were cycle-related. Loss of peristalsis was noted adjacent to submucosal myomas in 4/12 patients, but was not in others. Focal myometrial movements were noted in 9/16 patients with submucosal myomas, but not in others. Conclusions: Uterine peristaltic movements were partly interrupted by submucosal leiomoymas, but not by myometrial or subserosal leiomyomas. Loss of peristalsis and focal myometrial movements was noted only adjacent to submucosal leiomyomas. These findings are considered to represent dysfunctional contractility, and may be related with pregnancy loss.

  4. The shape of uterine contractions and labor progress in the spontaneous active labor.

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    Ebrahimzadeh Zagami, Samira; Golmakani, Nahid; Saadatjoo, Seyyed Ali-Reza; Ghomian, Nayyereh; Baghbani, Behjat

    2015-03-01

    Dystocia is the most common indication of primary cesarean section. The most common cause of dystocia is uterine dysfunction. In prolonged labor, more attention is usually paid to the fetus and pelvis rather than to the role of uterine contractions in a delivery. Therefore, we decided to determine the relationship between the labor progress and uterine contractions shapes. In this cross-sectional study, 200 primiparous women participated having a single pregnancy and cephalic presentation. Uterus contractions were recorded using electronic fetal monitoring at the beginning of the active phase of labor (dilatation 3-5 cm) for 30 min. Fall to rise (F:R) ratio was calculated by determining the duration of returning from a contraction peak to its baseline (fall) and the duration of the rise time from baseline to peak (rise) in two groups. The data were analyzed using t-test and Chi-square test. In this study, 162 women had a normal delivery and 38 women had a cesarean (CS) delivery due to the lack of labor progress. The average F:R ratio was 1.13±0.193 seconds in the vaginal delivery group and 1.64±0.301 seconds in the CS group. This difference was statistically significant (Pcontractions in the vaginal delivery group was more than the CS group (P=0.008). Our findings demonstrated that uterine contractions shapes change; and F:R ratio was higher in the group that lacked labor progress. Therefore, contraction shapes can be used to predict the labor progress.

  5. Stimulation of mating-induced uterine contractions in the bitch and their modification and enhancement of fertility by prostatic fluid.

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    England, G C W; Moxon, R; Freeman, S L

    2012-12-01

    Little is known about the response of the bitch's reproductive tract to mating or of the role of male accessory gland secretions in the female. In this clinical study, the component stimuli causing mating-induced uterine contractions were investigated in 64 bitches. Basal uterine contractions were present during oestrus and a significant increase in the frequency of contractions was observed during natural mating. Neither teasing with a male nor stimulation of the vagina or cervix by vaginal or transcervical insemination (TCI) caused an increase in the frequency of uterine contractions. Increased contractions were however present after both vaginal and transcervical insemination when the vestibule was distended, and dorsal wall of the vaginal was manually stimulated. Interestingly, this increase in uterine contractions was partially ameliorated when prostatic fluid was used as a flushing component following transcervical insemination. Two further studies performed with 72 bitches of which 18 were each inseminated transcervically with fresh or frozen semen flushed into the uterus with either saline or prostatic fluid demonstrated that prostatic fluid significantly increased the pregnancy rate and litter size of both groups. There are important mechanisms regulating the transport and elimination of sperm from the bitch's reproductive tract. Whilst physical aspects of coitus are undoubtedly involved in initiating uterine contractions, prostatic fluid appears to have an important role in modulating uterine contractions and fertility. © 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  6. Accuracy and Reliability of Uterine Contraction Identification Using Abdominal Surface Electrodes

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective To compare the accuracy and reliability of uterine contraction identification from maternal abdominal electrohysterogram and tocodynamometer with an intrauterine pressure transducer. Methods Seventy-four term parturients had uterine contractions monitored simultaneously with electrohysterography, tocodynamometry, and intrauterine pressure measurement. Results Electrohysterography was more reliable than tocodynamometry when compared to the intrauterine method (97.1 versus 60.9 positive percent agreement; P < 0.001. The root mean square error was lower for electrohysterography than tocodynamometry in the first stage (0.88 versus 1.22 contractions/10 minutes; P < 0.001, and equivalent to tocodynamometry in the second. The positive predictive values for tocodynamometry and electrohysterography (84.1% versus 78.7% were not significantly different, nor were the false positive rates (21.3% versus 15.9%; P = 0.052. The sensitivity of electrohysterography was superior to that of tocodynamometry (86.0 versus 73.6%; P < 0.001. Conclusion The electrohysterographic technique was more reliable and similar in accuracy to tocodynamometry in detecting intrapartum uterine contractions.

  7. Relationship between contractions of the uterus and concentration of PGF2α in uterine venous blood after luteolysis in gilts.

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    Stefańczyk-Krzymowska, S; Wąsowska, B; Gilun, P; Muszak, J; Grzegorzewski, W

    2012-02-01

    The origin and physiological significance of high pulses of prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) in uterine venous blood that occur 2-3 days after luteolysis are not well understood. We studied the relationship between contractions of the uterus evoked by exogenous oxytocin (OT) and PGF2α concentration in uterine venous blood on day 17 of the porcine oestrous cycle. The infusion of OT into the uterine artery produced an immediate increase in the uterine intraluminal pressure (UIP) (p uterine venous blood (p uterine artery slightly decreased PGF2α concentration in uterine venous blood, but it did not suppress uterine contraction or the rapid increase in PGF2α concentration in uterine venous blood just after OT infusion (p uterine venous blood occurring after OT infusion on day 17 of the porcine oestrous cycle are mainly caused by the excretion with venous blood from the remodelled uterus and that PGF2α synthesis may contribute to this. These results suggest that the high spikes in PGF2α concentration that occur 2-3 days after luteolysis in pigs, sheep, cows and mares all have a similar origin. © 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  8. Ge-Gen Decoction attenuates oxytocin-induced uterine contraction and writhing response: potential application in primary dysmenorrhea therapy.

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    Yang, Lu; Chai, Cheng-Zhi; Yue, Xin-Yi; Yan, Yan; Kou, Jun-Ping; Cao, Zheng-Yu; Yu, Bo-Yang

    2016-02-01

    The uterine tetanic contraction and uterine artery blood flow reduction are possible reasons for primary dysmenorrhea (PD). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the uterine relaxant effect and the influence on uterine artery blood velocity of Ge-Gen Decoction (GGD), a well-known Chinese herbal formula. In female ICR mice, uterine contraction was induced by oxytocin exposure following estradiol benzoate pretreatment, and the uterine artery blood velocity was detected by Doppler ultrasound. Histopathological examination of the uterine tissue samples were performed by H&E staining. Ex vivo studies demonstrated that oxytocin, posterior pituitary, or acetylcholine induced contractions in isolated mouse uterus. GGD inhibited both spontaneous and stimulated contractions. In vivo study demonstrated that GGD significantly reduced oxytocin-induced writhing responses with a maximal inhibition of 87%. Further study demonstrated that GGD normalized oxytocin-induced abnormalities of prostaglandins F2 alpha (PGF2α) and Ca(2+) in mice. In addition, injection of oxytocin induced a decrease in uterine artery blood flow velocity. Pretreatment with GGD reversed the oxytocin response on blood flow velocity. Histopathological examination showed pretreatment with GGD alleviated inflammation and edema in the uterus when compared with the model group. Both ex vivo and in vivo results indicated that GGD possessed a significant spasmolytic effect on uterine tetanic contraction as well as improvement on uterine artery blood velocity which may involve PGF2α and Ca(2+) signaling, suggesting that GGD may have a clinic potential in PD therapy. Copyright © 2016 China Pharmaceutical University. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Dexamethasone or interleukin-10 blocks interleukin-1beta-induced uterine contractions in pregnant rhesus monkeys.

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    Sadowsky, Drew W; Novy, Miles J; Witkin, Steven S; Gravett, Michael G

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether treatment with the immune modulators dexamethasone or interleukin-10 prevents interleukin-1beta-induced uterine contractions in a nonhuman primate model. Thirteen chronically instrumented rhesus monkeys at 135 +/- 1 days of gestation (term, 167 days) received one of three interventions: (1) intra-amniotic interleukin-1beta (10 microg) infusion with maternal dexamethasone (1 mg/kg) intravenously every 6 hours for 1 day before interleukin-1beta and for 2 days thereafter (n = 4), (2) intra-amniotic interleukin-1beta infusion with maternal interleukin-10 (25 microg/kg) given intravenously and 100 microg interleukin-10 given intra-amniotically before the interleukin-1beta and continued every 8 hours for 3 days (n = 5), and (3) intra-amniotic interleukin-1beta administered alone (n = 5). Uterine activity was monitored continuously and quantified as the hourly contraction area (millimeters of mercury times seconds per hour) in all groups until delivery. Amniotic fluid was sampled for leukocyte counts and assayed for prostaglandins E(2) and F(2)alpha, cytokines interleukin-1beta, interleukin-6, interleukin-8, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-10, and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist by specific assays. Maternal and fetal blood were assayed for cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, and estradiol. Interleukin-1beta infusion in the absence of immune modulators resulted in an increase in uterine activity and amniotic fluid proinflammatory cytokines, prostaglandins, and leukocytes. Dexamethasone and interleukin-10 treatment significantly reduced interleukin-1beta-induced uterine contractility (P dexamethasone (P Dexamethasone and interleukin-10 exert similar inhibitory effects on interleukin-1beta-induced uterine activity, which appears to be mediated by a decrease in prostaglandin production. Reduced estrogen biosynthesis or suppression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and leukocyte migration may contribute to the

  10. Effects of ZD7288, a hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel blocker, on term-pregnant rat uterine contractility in vitro.

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    Alotaibi, Mohammed; Kahlat, Karima; Nedjadi, Taoufik; Djouhri, Laiche

    2017-03-01

    The uterus is a myogenic organ that is able to produce discrete spontaneous action potentials and contractions without any stimuli. Myometrial excitability is governed by ion channels including Ca+2 and K+ channels, but whether or not other channels such as hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels, which play an important role in regulating cellular excitability, are also involved has not been reported in uterine smooth muscles. The aim of the present study was to examine whether blocking HCN channels with a specific blocker ZD7288 would modulate the uterine contractility in a rat model. Using longitudinal uterine strips from term-pregnant rats, the effects of varying concentrations of ZD7288 (50 μM, 100 μM, and 200 μM) were examined on uterine contractions generated spontaneously or by oxytocin (5 nmol/L) and on uterine strips depolarized by high-KCl (60 mM/L), or activated by L-type Ca2+ channels agonist (Bay K8644; 1 μM). Application of ZD7288 at concentrations of 200 μM and 100 μM, but not 50 μM, significantly decreased the amplitude of spontaneous uterine contractions. In addition, 200 μM of ZD7288 significantly reduced the force of contractions induced by oxytocin with a pronounced reduction while the tissues were depolarized by high-KCl solution, or activated by Bay K8644. The present study provides pharmacological evidence suggesting that pregnant uterine contractility is modulated by HCN channels and that these channels might represent a therapeutic target for controlling premature activation of uterine activity associated with preterm labor. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Hemostasis and uterine contraction promoting effect of the extract from drugs in the Zi-Yin-Tiao-Jing granule, a traditional Chinese compound preparation.

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    Tang, Qing; Yang, Sheng; Tong, Jie; Li, Xu; Wu, Junjie; Wang, Senhong; Zhang, Jifen; Chen, Yi; Xu, Xiaoyu

    2018-01-30

    Zi-Yin-Tiao-Jing granule (ZG) is a traditional Chinese medicine compound preparation for perimenopausal dysfunctional uterine bleeding. It is made from 9 Chinese crude drugs based on a modified traditional Chinese prescription recorded in Fu Qingzhu Nvke as Guben Zhibeng Tang. This study aimed to investigate the hemostasis and uterine contraction promoting effect of quality controlled ZG extract on animals as a preclinical study. ZG extract was quality controlled by determining the contents of asperosaponin Ⅵ and tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside (TSG) with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and the contents of total tannins, total saponins and total flavonoids with ultraviolet spectrophotometry (UV). Bleeding time, clotting time, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and fibrinogen (FIB) content were assayed to test the hemostasis effect of ZG extract on sixty healthy female Kunming mice. In addition, ten healthy female Sprague-Dawley rats were used to test the effect of ZG extract on uterine contractions in vitro with the BL-420 Biological Function Experiment System. The ZG extract contained 0.81mgg-1 asperosaponin Ⅵ, 0.15mgg-1 TSG, 1.98mgg-1 total tannins, 1.83mgg-1 total saponins, and 4.09mgg-1 total flavonoids. Compared with placebo, the ZG extract shortened the bleeding time at a dosage of 1.2gkg-1 and 2.4gkg-1, and shortened the clotting time at 0.6gkg-1, 1.2gkg-1 and 2.4gkg-1 in mice (P extract (P > 0.05). In addition, ZG extract at the doses of 1.8mgmL-1, 3.6mgmL-1, and 5.4mgmL-1 increased the amplitude and motoricity of uterine contractions of rats (P extract was quality controllable by assaying for asperosaponin Ⅵ, TSG, total tannins, total saponins and total flavonoids. It could promote the hemostasis of mice in vivo, as well as the uterine contractions of rats in vitro. Therefore, it may be a promising preparation for clinical treatment of perimenopausal dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Copyright © 2017

  12. Pregnancy reduces RhoA/Rho kinase and protein kinase C signaling pathways downstream of thromboxane receptor activation in the rat uterine artery.

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    Goulopoulou, Styliani; Hannan, Johanna L; Matsumoto, Takayuki; Webb, R Clinton

    2012-06-15

    During pregnancy, reduced vascular responses to constrictors contribute to decreased uterine and total vascular resistance. Thromboxane A(2) (TxA(2)) is a potent vasoconstrictor that exerts its actions via diverse signaling pathways, and its biosynthesis increases in preeclampsia. In this study, we hypothesized that maternal vascular responses to TxA(2) will be attenuated via Rho kinase, PKC, p38 MAPK, and ERK1/2 signaling pathways. Isolated ring segments of uterine and small mesenteric arteries from late pregnant (19-21 days) and virgin rats were suspended in a myograph, and isometric force was measured. Pregnancy did not affect uterine and mesenteric artery responses to the TxA(2) analog U-46619 (10(-9)-10(-5) M), but transduction signals associated with these contractions were different between pregnant and nonpregnant rats. Inhibition of Rho kinase (10(-6) M Y-27632) reduced sensitivity to U-46619 in virgin uterine vessels but did not inhibit these contractions in pregnant uterine arteries and had no effect on mesenteric vessels. Treatment of arterial segments with a PKC inhibitor (10(-6) M bisindolylmaleimide I) reduced U-46619-induced contractions in virgin uterine and mesenteric arteries and in pregnant mesenteric arteries. Pregnant uterine arteries, however, were unresponsive to PKC inhibition. Inhibition of ERK1/2 (10(-5) M PD-98059) and p38 MAPK (10(-5) M SB-203580) reduced U46619-induced contractions in nonpregnant vessels and in pregnant uterine and mesenteric vessels. These data suggest that normal pregnancy does not affect uterine and mesenteric contractile responses to TxA(2) but reduces the contribution of Rho kinase and PKC signaling pathways to these contractions in the uterine vasculature. In contrast, the role of ERK1/2 and p38 MAPK in U-46619-induced uterine contractions remains unchanged with pregnancy. TxA(2)-associated transduction signals and its regulators might present potential targets for the development of new treatments for

  13. Interactions between Uterine EMG at Different Sites Investigated Using Wavelet Analysis: Comparison of Pregnancy and Labor Contractions

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    Terrien Jérémy

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the use of the Morlet wavelet transform to investigate the difference in the time-frequency plane between uterine EMG signals recorded simultaneously on two different sites on women's abdomen, both during pregnancy and in labor. The methods used are wavelet transform, cross wavelet transform, phase/amplitude correlation, and phase synchronization. We computed the linear relationship and phase synchronization between uterine signals measured during the same contractions at two different sites on data obtained from women during pregnancy and labor. The results show that the Morlet wavelet transform can successfully analyze and quantify the relationship between uterine electrical activities at different sites and could be employed to investigate the evolution of uterine contraction from pregnancy to labor.

  14. Interactions between Uterine EMG at Different Sites Investigated Using Wavelet Analysis: Comparison of Pregnancy and Labor Contractions

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    Hassan, Mahmoud; Terrien, Jérémy; Karlsson, Brynjar; Marque, Catherine

    2010-12-01

    This paper describes the use of the Morlet wavelet transform to investigate the difference in the time-frequency plane between uterine EMG signals recorded simultaneously on two different sites on women's abdomen, both during pregnancy and in labor. The methods used are wavelet transform, cross wavelet transform, phase/amplitude correlation, and phase synchronization. We computed the linear relationship and phase synchronization between uterine signals measured during the same contractions at two different sites on data obtained from women during pregnancy and labor. The results show that the Morlet wavelet transform can successfully analyze and quantify the relationship between uterine electrical activities at different sites and could be employed to investigate the evolution of uterine contraction from pregnancy to labor.

  15. The changing pattern of uterine contractions before and after fresh embryo transfer and its relation to clinical outcome.

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    Chung, Cathy Hoi Sze; Wong, Alice Wai Yee; Chan, Carol Pui Shan; Saravelos, Sotirios H; Kong, Grace Wing Shan; Cheung, Lai Ping; Chung, Jacqueline Pui Wah; Li, Tin Chiu

    2017-03-01

    In this prospective cohort study of 286 women undergoing fresh embryo transfer after IVF, uterine contraction frequency and direction were measured before (-5 min), 5 min after (+5 min) and 60 min after (+60 min) embryo transfer. Mean ± SD uterine contraction frequency at -5 min was 1.8 ± 1.1 contractions per min, increasing significantly (P contractions were 33%, 44%, 17% and 6%; at +5 min, 40%, 42%, 13% and 5%, and at +60 min, 42%, 38%, 14% and 6%. No significant change was observed in the proportion of direction at these three time points. Logistic regression analysis showed live birth rate was significantly reduced in older women (P = 0.035) and in those with higher uterine contraction frequency at +5 min (P = 0.006). Frequency of uterine contraction immediately after embryo transfer (+5 min) seemed to be a significant predictor of IVF outcome and may help to identify women who could benefit from the use of muscle relaxant therapy to improve outcome. Copyright © 2016 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Uterine phenotype of young adult rats exposed to dietary soy or genistein during development.

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    Eason, Renea R; Till, S Reneé; Velarde, Michael C; Geng, Yan; Chatman, Leon; Gu, Liwei; Badger, Thomas M; Simmen, Frank A; Simmen, Rosalia C M

    2005-10-01

    Dietary soy intake is associated with protection from breast cancer, but questions persist on the potential risks of the major soy isoflavone genistein (GEN) on female reproductive health. Here, we evaluated intermediate markers of cancer risk in uteri of cycling, young adult Sprague-Dawley rats lifetime exposed to one of three AIN-93G semipurified diets: casein (CAS), soy protein isolate (SPI+ with 276 mg GEN aglycone equivalents/kg) and CAS+GEN (GEN at 250 mg/kg). Postnatal day 50 (PND50) rats lifetime exposed to GEN or SPI+ had similar uterine luminal epithelium height, myometrial thickness, endometrial gland numbers, endometrial immunoreactive proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), and serum estrogen and progesterone, as CAS-fed rats. GEN-fed rats showed modestly increased apoptosis in uterine glandular epithelium, compared to those of CAS- or SPI+-fed groups. Diet had no effect on the uterine expression of genes for the tumor suppressors PTEN, p53 and p21, and the apoptotic-associated proteins Bcl2, Bax and progesterone receptor. Uterine tissue and serum concentrations of total GEN were higher in rats fed GEN than in those fed SPI+. Human Ishikawa endocarcinoma cells treated with GEN-fed rat serum tended to exhibit increased apoptotic status than those treated with CAS-fed rat serum. Exogenously added GEN (0.2 and 2 microM) increased, while estradiol-17beta (0.1 microM) decreased Ishikawa cell apoptosis, relative to untreated cells. Results suggest that lifetime dietary exposure to soy foods does not alter uterine cell phenotype in young adult rats, while GEN, by enhancing uterine endometrial glandular apoptosis in vivo and in vitro, may confer protection against uterine carcinoma. Given its limited influence on uterine phenotype of young adult females, GEN, when taken as part of soy foods or as supplement, should be favorably considered for other potential health benefits.

  17. Is there an association between subclinical hypothyroidism and preterm uterine contractions? A prospective observational study.

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    Nassie, Daniel I; Ashwal, Eran; Raban, Oded; Ben-Haroush, Avi; Wiznitzer, Arnon; Yogev, Yariv; Aviram, Amir

    2017-04-01

    To investigate the association between subclinical hypothyroidism and preterm contractions. Prospective observational study among women at 23 + 0/7 and 34 + 6/7 weeks of gestation, with no known thyroid function abnormality, and preterm uterine contractions (PTC). All patients underwent laboratory evaluation of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Free Thyroxin (FT4). Patients with and without PTC were compared. No association was found between PTC and subclinical hypothyroidism. Rate of spontaneous preterm delivery (PTD) was comparable between women with abnormal and normal thyroid function tests. Excluding indicated PTD, patients in the study group had a higher rate of spontaneous PTD (24.7% versus 9.6%, p = 0.03). Patients with past PTD and preterm contractions had higher rates of hypothyroxinemia compared with patients without past PTD (54.6% versus 19.0% and 31.2%, p = 0.001), and patients with past PTD (regardless of the presence or absence of PTC) had higher rate of subclinical hypothyroidism compared with patients with PTC and without PTD (59.1% and 66.7% versus 31.6%, p = 0.017). No association was found between PTC and subclinical hypothyroidism in the entire cohort, except for patients with preterm contractions and a history of past PTD. This specific group of patients might benefit from thyroid function evaluation.

  18. Chronic levothyroxine and acute T3 treatments enhance the amplitude and time course of uterine contractions in human.

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    Corriveau, Stéphanie; Pasquier, Jean-Charles; Blouin, Simon; Bellabarba, Diego; Rousseau, Éric

    2013-03-01

    This study compares the functional consequences of levothyroxine (T4) treatment during pregnancy as well as the acute affects of triiodothyronine (T3) on spontaneous uterine contractile activities observed in vitro. Uterine biopsies were obtained from consenting women undergoing elective caesarean at term (n = 28). Spontaneous contractile activities from T4-treated pregnant women (n = 8) were compared with control patients (n = 20) by isometric tension measurements. Effects of acute T3 and T4 on control tissues were also monitored. Area under the curve, amplitude, time to peak, duration, and frequency were quantified. In uterine strips from women treated for hypothyroidism, phasic uterine contractions of larger amplitude (+77%) were observed, with a prolonged duration at 90% relaxation (+138%) and reduced frequency (-55%) compared with values of the control group. The addition of exogenous T3 in vitro on control strips induced a significant increase in the duration of the contractions and a significant decrease in frequency (P uterine contractions' time course to ensure a tighter followup at the end of pregnancy to achieve safer delivery.

  19. Antiproliferative effect of adiponectin on rat uterine leiomyoma ELT-3 cells.

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    Wakabayashi, Atsuko; Takeda, Takashi; Tsuiji, Kenji; Li, Bin; Sakata, Masahiro; Morishige, Ken-ichirou; Yaegashi, Nobuo; Kimura, Tadashi

    2011-01-01

    Although fibroids greatly affect reproductive health, the pathophysiology and epidemiology are not well known. Recently, we have reported the relationship between uterine leiomyoma and metabolic syndrome. Many studies have indicated that reductions in plasma adiponectin levels play major roles in the development of metabolic syndrome. In this study, we investigated the significant repressive effect of adiponectin on rat uterine leiomyoma ELT-3 cells proliferation. Expression of adiponectin receptor 1 and receptor 2 was evaluated by RT-PCR and Western blot analysis. Cell proliferation was assessed by the MTS assay and cell counting. Apoptosis was evaluated by Hoechst staining and cleaved poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). Adiponectin receptor 1 and receptor 2 were expressed in ELT-3 cells. Adiponectin repressed rat uterine leiomyoma ELT-3 cells cell proliferation without inducing apoptosis. The repression of adiponectin on leiomyoma cell proliferation in the rat may explain a crucial role of adiponectin in the association of metabolic syndrome with uterine leiomyoma.

  20. Automatic Identification of Motion Artifacts in EHG Recording for Robust Analysis of Uterine Contractions

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    Yiyao Ye-Lin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Electrohysterography (EHG is a noninvasive technique for monitoring uterine electrical activity. However, the presence of artifacts in the EHG signal may give rise to erroneous interpretations and make it difficult to extract useful information from these recordings. The aim of this work was to develop an automatic system of segmenting EHG recordings that distinguishes between uterine contractions and artifacts. Firstly, the segmentation is performed using an algorithm that generates the TOCO-like signal derived from the EHG and detects windows with significant changes in amplitude. After that, these segments are classified in two groups: artifacted and nonartifacted signals. To develop a classifier, a total of eleven spectral, temporal, and nonlinear features were calculated from EHG signal windows from 12 women in the first stage of labor that had previously been classified by experts. The combination of characteristics that led to the highest degree of accuracy in detecting artifacts was then determined. The results showed that it is possible to obtain automatic detection of motion artifacts in segmented EHG recordings with a precision of 92.2% using only seven features. The proposed algorithm and classifier together compose a useful tool for analyzing EHG signals and would help to promote clinical applications of this technique.

  1. Automatic identification of motion artifacts in EHG recording for robust analysis of uterine contractions.

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    Ye-Lin, Yiyao; Garcia-Casado, Javier; Prats-Boluda, Gema; Alberola-Rubio, José; Perales, Alfredo

    2014-01-01

    Electrohysterography (EHG) is a noninvasive technique for monitoring uterine electrical activity. However, the presence of artifacts in the EHG signal may give rise to erroneous interpretations and make it difficult to extract useful information from these recordings. The aim of this work was to develop an automatic system of segmenting EHG recordings that distinguishes between uterine contractions and artifacts. Firstly, the segmentation is performed using an algorithm that generates the TOCO-like signal derived from the EHG and detects windows with significant changes in amplitude. After that, these segments are classified in two groups: artifacted and nonartifacted signals. To develop a classifier, a total of eleven spectral, temporal, and nonlinear features were calculated from EHG signal windows from 12 women in the first stage of labor that had previously been classified by experts. The combination of characteristics that led to the highest degree of accuracy in detecting artifacts was then determined. The results showed that it is possible to obtain automatic detection of motion artifacts in segmented EHG recordings with a precision of 92.2% using only seven features. The proposed algorithm and classifier together compose a useful tool for analyzing EHG signals and would help to promote clinical applications of this technique.

  2. A model for educational simulation of the effect of oxytocin on uterine contractions.

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    Lobo, Mariana Fernandes; Bastos, Luísa Ferreira; van Meurs, Willem L; Ayres-de-Campos, Diogo

    2013-04-01

    Fetal oxygenation is sometimes compromised due to hyperstimulation of uterine contractions (UC) following labor augmentation with oxytocin. We present a model for educational simulation that incorporates the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic properties of oxytocin, reproducing the effect of this drug on UC features. Six UC tracings were generated, reflecting different relevant situations. Three independent experts identified correctly the simulated situations in all tracings and attributed an average realism score of 9.4 (0-10). The model presented for simulation of the effect of oxytocin on UC provides sufficiently realistic results to be used in healthcare education and can easily be adapted to different patients and educational scenarios. Copyright © 2012 IPEM. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Role of Protein Kinase C Isozymes in the Regulation of alpha1-Adrenergic Receptor-Mediated Contractions in Ovine Uterine Arteries1

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    Zhang, Hongying; Zhang, Lubo

    2008-01-01

    Previously, we demonstrated that activation of protein kinase C (PRKC) enhanced alpha1-adrenergic receptor-induced contractions in nonpregnant ovine uterine arteries but inhibited the contractions in pregnant ovine uterine arteries. The present study tested the hypothesis that differential regulation of PRKC isozyme activities contributes to the different effects of phorbol 12, 13-dibutyrate (PDBu) on alpha1-adrenergic receptor-mediated contractions between the pregnant and nonpregnant ovine uterine arteries. Phenylephrine-induced contractions of ovine nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries were determined in the absence or presence of the PRKC activator PDBu and/or conventional and novel PRKC isozyme inhibitor GF109203X, PRKC isozyme-selective inhibitory peptides for conventional PRKC, PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE, respectively. GF109203X produced a concentration-dependent inhibition of phenylephrine-induced contractions in both nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries, and it reversed the PDBu-mediated potentiation and inhibition of phenylephrine-induced contractions in non-pregnant and pregnant uterine artieries, respectively. In addition, PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE inhibitory peptides blocked the PDBu-mediated responses in both nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries. Western blot analysis showed that PDBu induced a membrane translocation of PRKCA, PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE in pregnant uterine arteries, and PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE in nonpregnant uterine arteries. The results disprove the hypothesis that the dichotomy of PRKC mechanisms in the regulation of alpha1-adrenergic receptor-induced contractions in nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries is caused by the activation of different PRKC isozymes, and suggest downstream mechanisms of differential subcellular distributions for the distinct functional effects of PRKC isozymes in the adaptation of uterine arteries to pregnancy. PMID:17901075

  4. Role of protein kinase C isozymes in the regulation of alpha1-adrenergic receptor-mediated contractions in ovine uterine arteries.

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    Zhang, Hongying; Zhang, Lubo

    2008-01-01

    Previously, we demonstrated that activation of protein kinase C (PRKC) enhanced alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor-induced contractions in nonpregnant ovine uterine arteries but inhibited the contractions in pregnant ovine uterine arteries. The present study tested the hypothesis that differential regulation of PRKC isozyme activities contributes to the different effects of phorbol 12, 13-dibutyrate (PDBu) on alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor-mediated contractions between the pregnant and nonpregnant ovine uterine arteries. Phenylephrine-induced contractions of ovine nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries were determined in the absence or presence of the PRKC activator PDBu and/or in combination with conventional and novel PRKC isozyme inhibitor GF109203X, PRKC isozyme-selective inhibitory peptides for conventional PRKC, PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE. GF109203X produced a concentration-dependent inhibition of phenylephrine-induced contractions in both nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries, and it reversed the PDBu-mediated potentiation and inhibition of phenylephrine-induced contractions in nonpregnant and pregnant uterine artieries, respectively. In addition, PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE inhibitory peptides blocked the PDBu-mediated responses in both nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries. Western blot analysis showed that PDBu induced a membrane translocation of PRKCA, PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE in pregnant uterine arteries, and PRKCB1, PRKCB2, and PRKCE in nonpregnant uterine arteries. The results disprove the hypothesis that the dichotomy of PRKC mechanisms in the regulation of alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor-induced contractions in nonpregnant and pregnant uterine arteries is caused by the activation of different PRKC isozymes, and suggest downstream mechanisms of differential subcellular distributions for the distinct functional effects of PRKC isozymes in the adaptation of uterine arteries to pregnancy.

  5. Role of Protein Kinase C Isozymes in the Regulation of alpha1-Adrenergic Receptor-Mediated Contractions in Ovine Uterine Arteries1

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    ZHANG, HONGYING; Zhang, Lubo

    2007-01-01

    Previously, we demonstrated that activation of protein kinase C (PRKC) enhanced alpha1-adrenergic receptor-induced contractions in nonpregnant ovine uterine arteries but inhibited the contractions in pregnant ovine uterine arteries. The present study tested the hypothesis that differential regulation of PRKC isozyme activities contributes to the different effects of phorbol 12, 13-dibutyrate (PDBu) on alpha1-adrenergic receptor-mediated contractions between the pregnant and nonpregnant ovine ...

  6. Glucose uptake and transport in contracting, perfused rat muscle with different pre-contraction glycogen concentrations

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    Hespel, P; Richter, Erik

    1990-01-01

    1. Glucose uptake and transport, muscle glycogen, free glucose and glucose-6-phosphate concentrations were studied in perfused resting and contracting rat skeletal muscle with different pre-contraction glycogen concentrations. Rats were pre-conditioned by a combination of swimming exercise and diet......, resulting in either low (glycogen-depleted rats), normal (control rats) or high (supercompensated rats) muscle glycogen concentrations at the time their hindlimbs were perfused. 2. Compared with control rats, pre-contraction muscle glycogen concentration was approximately 40% lower in glycogen-depleted rats......, whereas it was 40% higher in supercompensated rats. Muscle glycogen break-down correlated positively (r = 0.76; P less than 0.001) with pre-contraction muscle glycogen concentration. 3. Glucose uptake during contractions was approximately 50% higher in glycogen-depleted hindquarters than in control...

  7. Endothelin induces two types of contractions of rat uterus: phasic contractions by way of voltage-dependent calcium channels and developing contractions through a second type of calcium channels

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    Kozuka, M.; Ito, T.; Hirose, S.; Takahashi, K.; Hagiwara, H.

    1989-02-28

    Effects of endothelin on nonvascular smooth muscle have been examined using rat uterine horns and two modes of endothelin action have been revealed. Endothelin (0.3 nM) caused rhythmic contractions of isolated uterus in the presence of extracellular calcium. The rhythmic contractions were completely inhibited by calcium channel antagonists. These characteristics of endothelin-induced contractions were very similar to those induced by oxytocin. Binding assays using /sup 125/I-endothelin showed that endothelin and the calcium channel blockers did not compete for the binding sites. However, endothelin was unique in that it caused, in addition to rhythmic contractions, a slowly developing monophasic contraction that was insensitive to calcium channel blockers. This developing contraction became dominant at higher concentrations of endothelin and was also calcium dependent.

  8. Metformin and atorvastatin reduce adhesion formation in a rat uterine horn model.

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    Yilmaz, Bulent; Aksakal, Orhan; Gungor, Tayfun; Sirvan, Levent; Sut, Necdet; Kelekci, Sefa; Soysal, Sunullah; Mollamahmutoglu, Leyla

    2009-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to determine whether atorvastatin and metformin are effective in preventing adhesions in a rat uterine horn model. A total of 40 non-pregnant, female Wistar albino rats, weighing 180-210 g, were used as a model for post-operative adhesion formation. The rats were randomized into four groups after seven standard lesions were inflicted in each uterine horn and lower abdominal sidewall using bipolar cauterization. The rats were given atorvastatin 2.5 mg/kg/day, p.o. (10 rats), atorvastatin 30 mg/kg/day, p.o. (10 rats), metformin 50 mg/kg/day, p.o. (10 rats) and no treatment was applied in the control group (10 rats). The animals were killed 2 weeks later and adhesions were scored both clinically and pathologically by authors blinded to groups. One rat in the control group died before the end of the 2 week period. Total clinical adhesion scores regarding extent, severity and degree of adhesions and histopathological findings including inflammation and fibrosis were significantly lower in the metformin (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively) and atorvastatin 30 mg/kg/day (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively) groups when compared with control group. Metformin and atorvastatin are both effective for prevention of adhesion formation in a rat uterine horn model.

  9. Slow contractions characterize failing rat hearts.

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    Bøkenes, Janny; Aronsen, Jan Magnus; Birkeland, Jon Arne; Henriksen, Unni Lie; Louch, William E; Sjaastad, Ivar; Sejersted, Ole M

    2008-07-01

    The reduced power of the failing heart can be ascribed to a combination of reduced force and slower contraction. We hypothesized that these two properties are due to different cellular mechanisms. We measured contraction parameters both in vivo and in isolated left ventricular (LV) cardiomyocytes from a rat model of post infarction congestive heart failure (CHF). ECG was measured simultaneously with echocardiography and LV pressure, respectively. Shortening and shortening velocity (SV) in isolated cardiomyocytes were measured during different stimulation protocols. LV end diastolic pressure (LVEDP) was 24.6 +/- 0.7 mmHg in CHF. LV systolic pressure was decreased by 20%, maximum rate of pressure development in the LV (+dP/dtmax) by 36% and time in systole increased by 20% in CHF compared to sham. Electrical remodelling occurred in CHF cells, which were depolarized and had prolonged action potentials (AP) compared to sham cells. Fractional shortening (FS) was increased in CHF compared to sham independent of stimulation protocol. Larger FS was accompanied by increased sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ load and depended on the electrical remodelling. Time to peak contraction (TTP) was increased in CHF compared to sham cells, but in contrast to FS, TTP was only slightly affected when the cells were stimulated with sham APs and sham diastolic membrane potential (DMP). Contraction duration (corresponding to systolic duration) was 25% longer in CHF than in sham independent on stimulation protocol. We conclude that electrical remodelling affecting DMP and AP duration (APD) significantly affects the size of contraction, whereas the mechanism for slowing of contraction in CHF is different.

  10. Chronic binge alcohol exposure during pregnancy impairs rat maternal uterine vascular function.

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    Subramanian, Kaviarasan; Naik, Vishal D; Sathishkumar, Kunju; Yallampalli, Chandrashekar; Saade, George R; Hankins, Gary D; Ramadoss, Jayanth

    2014-07-01

    Alcohol exposure during pregnancy results in an array of structural and functional abnormalities called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Alcohol dysregulates the exquisite coordination and regulation of gestational adaptations at the level of the uterine vasculature. We herein hypothesized that chronic binge-like alcohol results in uterine vascular dysfunction and impairs maternal uterine artery reactivity to vasoconstrictors and dilators. We utilized a once-daily binge alcohol (4.5 g/kg body weight) exposure paradigm (gestational day 7 to 17) in a pregnant rat model system and investigated primary uterine artery function in response to vasoconstrictors and vasodilators utilizing wire myography. Alcohol (peak blood alcohol concentration, 216 mg/dl) produced uterine vascular dysfunction. Alcohol did not produce altered uterine vascular reactivity to α1 adrenergic agonist phenylephrine or the prostanoid thromboxane. However, alcohol specifically impaired acetylcholine (ACh)-mediated uterine artery vasodilation but exogenous endothelium-independent vasodilators like sodium nitroprusside exhibited no alcohol effect; ACh significantly decreased vessel relaxation (p = 0.003; ↓pD2 [negative log molar ACh concentration producing the half maximum response], -7.004 ± 0.215 vs. -6.310 ± 0.208; EMax [maximal ACh response], 92% vs. 75%). We conclude that moderate alcohol exposure impairs uterine vascular function in pregnant mothers. Alcohol specifically impairs agonist-induced uterine artery vasodilation. In summary, the maternal uterine compartment may play a significant role in the pathogenesis of FASD. Thus, the mechanistic targets of alcohol at the level of both the mother and the fetus need to be considered in order to develop effective therapeutic treatment strategies for FASD. Copyright © 2014 by the Research Society on Alcoholism.

  11. Increased angiotensin II contraction of the uterine artery at early gestation in a transgenic model of hypertensive pregnancy is reduced by inhibition of endocannabinoid hydrolysis.

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    Pulgar, Victor M; Yamaleyeva, Liliya M; Varagic, Jasmina; McGee, Carolynne M; Bader, Michael; Dechend, Ralf; Howlett, Allyn C; Brosnihan, K Bridget

    2014-09-01

    Increased vascular sensitivity to angiotensin II (Ang II) is a marker of a hypertensive human pregnancy. Recent evidence of interactions between the renin-angiotensin system and the endocannabinoid system suggests that anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol may modulate Ang II contraction. We hypothesized that these interactions may contribute to the enhanced vascular responses in hypertensive pregnancy. We studied Ang II contraction in isolated uterine artery (UA) at early gestation in a rat model that mimics many features of preeclampsia, the transgenic human angiotensinogen×human renin (TgA), and control Sprague-Dawley rats. We determined the role of the cannabinoid receptor 1 by blockade with SR171416A, and the contribution of anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol degradation to Ang II contraction by inhibiting their hydrolyzing enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (with URB597) or monoacylglycerol lipase (with JZL184), respectively. TgA UA showed increased maximal contraction and sensitivity to Ang II that was inhibited by indomethacin. Fatty acid amide hydrolase blockade decreased Ang IIMAX in Sprague-Dawley UA, and decreased both Ang IIMAX and sensitivity in TgA UA. Monoacylglycerol lipase blockade had no effect on Sprague-Dawley UA and decreased Ang IIMAX and sensitivity in TgA UA. Blockade of the cannabinoid receptor 1 in TgA UA had no effect. Immunolocalization of fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol lipase showed a similar pattern between groups; fatty acid amide hydrolase predominantly localized in endothelium and monoacylglycerol lipase in smooth muscle cells. We demonstrated an increased Ang II contraction in TgA UA before initiation of the hypertensive phenotype. Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol reduced Ang II contraction in a cannabinoid receptor 1-independent manner. These renin-angiotensin system-endocannabinoid system interactions may contribute to the enhanced vascular reactivity in early stages of hypertensive pregnancy. © 2014

  12. Effects of local anesthetics on contractions of pregnant and non-pregnant rat myometrium in vitro.

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    Wei, Jin-Song; Jin, Zhe-Bin; Yin, Zhi-Qiang; Xie, Qiang-Min; Chen, Ji-Qiang; Li, Zi-Gang; Tang, Hui-Fang

    2014-06-01

    In order to determine whether local anesthetics directly affect the propagation and strength of myometrial contractions, we compared the effects of bupivacaine, ropivacaine, lidocaine and tetracaine on the contractions of myometrium isolated from pregnant and non-pregnant rats. Full-thickness myometrial strips were obtained from 18- to 21-day pregnant and non-pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats and incubated in an organ bath. When spontaneous contractions became regular, strips were exposed to cumulative concentrations of the four local anesthetics ranging from 0.01 to 300 μmol/L and the amplitude and frequency of contraction were recorded. All four compounds caused a concentration-dependent inhibition of the contractility of pregnant and non-pregnant uterine muscle. In pregnant myometrium, the concentration that caused 50% inhibition (IC(50)) was 100 μmol/L for bupivacaine, 157 μmol/L for ropivacaine, > 1000 μmol/L for lidocaine, and 26.3 μmol/L for tetracaine. In non-pregnant myometrium, the IC(50) was 26.9 μmol/L for bupivacaine, 40 μmol/L for ropivacaine, 384 μmol/L for lidocaine, and 7.4 μmol/L for tetracaine. These results suggested that local anesthetics do inhibit myometrial contractions in pregnant and non-pregnant rats in a concentration-dependent manner.

  13. The Effects of Ibogaine on Uterine Smooth Muscle Contractions: Relation to the Activity of Antioxidant Enzymes

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    Zorana Oreščanin-Dušić

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    Full Text Available Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid originally extracted from the root bark of the African rainforest shrub Tabernanthe iboga. It has been explored as a treatment for substance abuse because it interrupts drug addiction and relieves withdrawal symptoms. However, it has been shown that ibogaine treatment leads to a sharp and transient fall in cellular ATP level followed by an increase of cellular respiration and ROS production. Since contractile tissues are sensitive to changes in the levels of ATP and ROS, here we investigated an ibogaine-mediated link between altered redox homeostasis and uterine contractile activity. We found that low concentrations of ibogaine stimulated contractile activity in spontaneously active uteri, but incremental increase of doses inhibited it. Inhibitory concentrations of ibogaine led to decreased SOD1 and elevated GSH-Px activity, but doses that completely inhibited contractions increased CAT activity. Western blot analyses showed that changes in enzyme activities were not due to elevated enzyme protein concentrations but posttranslational modifications. Changes in antioxidant enzyme activities point to a vast concentration-dependent increase in H2O2 level. Knowing that extracellular ATP stimulates isolated uterus contractility, while H2O2 has an inhibitory effect, this concentration-dependent stimulation/inhibition could be linked to ibogaine-related alterations in ATP level and redox homeostasis.

  14. The effects of progesterone on the alpha2-adrenergic receptor subtypes in late-pregnant uterine contractions in vitro.

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    Hajagos-Tóth, Judit; Bóta, Judit; Ducza, Eszter; Samavati, Reza; Borsodi, Anna; Benyhe, Sándor; Gáspár, Róbert

    2016-06-14

    The adrenergic system and progesterone play major roles in the control of the uterine function. Our aims were to clarify the changes in function and expression of the α2-adrenergic receptor (AR) subtypes after progesterone pretreatment in late pregnancy. Sprague Dawley rats from pregnancy day 15 were treated with progesterone for 7 days. The myometrial expressions of the α2-AR subtypes were determined by RT-PCR and Western blot analysis. In vitro contractions were stimulated with (-)-noradrenaline, and its effect was modified with the selective antagonists BRL 44408 (α2A), ARC 239 (α2B/C) and spiroxatrine (α2A). The accumulation of myometrial cAMP was also measured. The activated G-protein level was investigated via GTPγS binding assays. Progesterone pretreatment decreased the contractile effect of (-)-noradrenaline through the α2-ARs. The most significant reduction was found through the α2B-ARs. The mRNA of all of the α2-AR subtypes was increased. Progesterone pretreatment increased the myometrial cAMP level in the presence of BRL 44408 (p < 0.001), spiroxatrine (p < 0.001) or the spiroxatrine + BRL 44408 combination (p < 0.05). Progesterone pretreatment increased the G-protein-activating effect of (-)-noradrenaline in the presence of the spiroxatrine + BRL 44408 combination. The expression of the α2-AR subtypes is progesterone-sensitive. It decreases the contractile response of (-)-noradrenaline through the α2B-AR subtype, blocks the function of α2A-AR subtype and alters the G protein coupling of these receptors, promoting a Gs-dependent pathway. A combination of α2C-AR agonists and α2B-AR antagonists with progesterone could be considered for the treatment or prevention of preterm birth.

  15. Pregnancy Augments G Protein Estrogen Receptor (GPER Induced Vasodilation in Rat Uterine Arteries via the Nitric Oxide - cGMP Signaling Pathway.

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    Teresa Tropea

    Full Text Available The regulation of vascular tone in the uterine circulation is a key determinant of appropriate uteroplacental blood perfusion and successful pregnancy outcome. Estrogens, which increase in the maternal circulation throughout pregnancy, can exert acute vasodilatory actions. Recently a third estrogen receptor named GPER (G protein-coupled estrogen receptor was identified and, although several studies have shown vasodilatory effects in several vascular beds, nothing is known about its role in the uterine vasculature.The aim of this study was to determine the function of GPER in uterine arteries mainly during pregnancy. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant and pregnant rats.Vessels were contracted with phenylephrine and then incubated with incremental doses (10-12-10-5 M of the selective GPER agonist G1.G1 induced a dose-dependent vasodilation which was: 1 significantly increased in pregnancy, 2 endothelium-dependent, 3 primarily mediated by NO/cGMP pathway and 4 unaffected by BKca channel inhibition.This is the first study to show the potential importance of GPER signaling in reducing uterine vascular tone during pregnancy. GPER may therefore play a previously unrecognized role in the regulation of uteroplacental blood flow and normal fetus growth.

  16. Local Versus Systemic Influences on Uterine Vascular Reactivity During Pregnancy in the Single-Horn Gravid Rat

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    Fuller, Robert; Colton, Ilsley; Gokina, Natalia; Mandala, Maurizio; Osol, George

    2011-01-01

    This study was conducted to determine whether gestational changes in maternal uterine artery reactivity are primarily driven by local vs. systemic factors. Rats underwent surgical ligation of one oviduct, thereby restricting implantation and pregnancy to one uterine horn while maintaining a gestational endocrine milieu. Uterine arcuate arteries were isolated and cannulated to evaluate reactivity. Vessels from the implanted horn were significantly more sensitive to phenylephrine and less sensi...

  17. Hydrogen sulfide prevents postoperative adhesion in a rat uterine horn model.

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    Xia, Ye; Zhu, Yi Zhun; Xu, Congjian

    2017-02-01

    Abdominal adhesions are primarily severe postoperative complications that can cause gynecological problems such as infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Inflammatory mediators are significantly related to adhesion formation, and hydrogen sulfide plays a significant anti-inflammatory role in multiple physiological processes. Therefore, the effect of NaHS, a hydrogen sulfide donor, on postoperative adhesion formation was examined in a rat uterine horn model. A rat uterine horn model was created to evaluate whether NaHS, a hydrogen sulfide donor, could decrease postoperative adhesion formation. Rats were randomly grouped and administrated with different doses of NaHS, where DL-propargylglycine and low-molecular-weight heparin acted as negative and positive controls, respectively. The extent and severity of adhesions were assessed on the 14th postoperative day. Serum of rats was sampled for the determination of 27 cytokines using a chip. The severity and total scores of adhesion in rats given 112μM/kg and 56μM/kg NaHS were significantly less compared with those of the control group (p0.05). At least six cytokines were involved in the procedures for the prevention of adhesion formation, as they varied significantly among different groups. Administration of NaHS could apparently reduce postoperative adhesion in the rat uterine horn model. This preventive effect may be associated with the variation of cytokine that is related to inflammatory. Copyright © 2017 Taiwan Association of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Preterm uterine contractions ultimately delivered at term: safe but not out of danger.

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    Ganer Herman, Hadas; Miremberg, Hadas; Dekalo, Ann; Barda, Giulia; Bar, Jacob; Kovo, Michal

    2016-04-01

    Patients with pregnancies complicated with premature uterine contractions (PMC), but delivered at term are considered as false preterm labor (PTL), and represent a common obstetric complication. We aimed to assess obstetric and neonatal outcomes of pregnancies complicated with PMC, but delivered at term, as compared to term normal pregnancies. Obstetric, maternal and neonatal outcomes of singleton pregnancies complicated with PMC between 24-33(6)/7 weeks (PMC group), necessitating hospitalization and treatment with tocolytics and/or steroids, during 2009-2014, were reviewed. The study group included only cases who eventually delivered ≥37 weeks, which were compared to a control group of subsequent term singleton deliveries who had not experienced PMC during pregnancy. Neonatal adverse composite outcome included: phototherapy, RDS, sepsis, blood transfusion, cerebral injury, NICU admission. The PMC group (n=497) was characterized by higher rates of nulliparity (p=0.002), infertility treatments (p=0.02), and polyhydramnios (p<0.001), as compared to controls (n=497). Labor was characterized by higher rates of instrumental deliveries (p=0.03), non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracings (p<0.001) prolonged third stage of labor (p=0.04), and increased rate of post-partum maternal anemia (Hb<8g/dL) p=0.004, in the PMC group as compared to controls. Neonates in the PMC groups had lower birth weights compared to controls, 3149g±429 vs. 3318g±1.1, p<0.001, respectively. By logistic regression analysis, PMC during pregnancy was independently associated with neonatal birth-weight <3rd percentile (adjusted OR 4.6, 95% CI 1.5-13.7). Pregnancies complicated with PMC, even-though delivered at term, entail adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes, and may warrant continued high risk follow up. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Metformin Ameliorates Uterine Defects in a Rat Model of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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    Yuehui Zhang

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Adult rats treated concomitantly with insulin and human chorionic gonadotropin exhibit endocrine, metabolic, and reproductive abnormalities that are very similar to those observed in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS patients. In this study, we used this rat model to assess the effects of metformin on PCOS-related uterine dysfunction. In addition to reducing androgen levels, improving insulin sensitivity, and correcting the reproductive cycle, metformin treatment induced morphological changes in the PCOS-like uterus. At the molecular and cellular levels, metformin normalized the androgen receptor-mediated transcriptional program and restored epithelial–stromal interactions. In contrast to glucose transport, uterine inflammatory gene expression was suppressed through the PI3K–Akt–NFκB network, but without affecting apoptosis. These effects appeared to be independent of AMPK subunit and autophagy-related protein regulation. We found that when metformin treatment partially restored implantation, several implantation-related genes were normalized in the PCOS-like rat uterus. These results improve our understanding of how metformin rescues the disruption of the implantation process due to the uterine defects that result from hyperandrogenism and insulin resistance. Our data provide insights into the molecular and functional clues that might help explain, at least in part, the potential therapeutic options of metformin in PCOS patients with uterine dysfunction.

  20. Estrous variations in behavioral responses to vaginal and uterine distention in the rat.

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    Bradshaw, H B; Temple, J L; Wood, E; Berkley, K J

    1999-08-01

    Response properties of peripheral afferent fibers supplying the vagina and uterus of the rat vary with estrous stage (Robbins A, Berkley KJ, Sato Y. Estrous cycle variation of afferent fibers supplying reproductive organs in the female rat. Brain Res 1992,596:353-356), suggesting that behavioral sensitivity to vaginal and uterine stimulation might similarly vary. To test this hypothesis, detection and escape responses of 12 rats to different volumes of distention of the vaginal canal or uterine horn (six rats each) were compared during each of the four estrous stages, proestrus (P), estrus (E), metestrus (M), and diestrus (D), using previously-published behavioral techniques (Berkley KJ, Wood E, Scofield SL, Little M. Behavioral responses to uterine or vaginal distention in the rat. Pain 1995;61:121-131). Estrous variations in vaginal or uterine tone (pressure-volume functions) were also measured in the same rats. Vaginal canal: escape response percentages increased significantly as vaginal distention volume increased, but neither escape nor detection responses varied with estrous stage. Vaginal tone, however, was greater in P and E than in M and D, with the greatest tone in E and the least in D. When escape responses to different pressures were analyzed, it was found that escape response percentages to the same vaginal pressure were lower during P and E than during M and D. One outcome of these estrous influences would be that a vaginal stimulus of a given volume (such as an erect penis) would exert higher pressures during P and E (i.e. the penis would be held within the vaginal canal more firmly) than during M and D, but would be less likely during P and E to provoke escape responses. This modification of nociceptive sensitivity has obvious reproductive advantages, because P and E constitute the rat's fertile period. Uterine horn: escape response percentages increased significantly as uterine distention volume increased only during M and D, with no differences

  1. Pennogenin tetraglycoside induces rat myometrial contraction and MLC20 phosphorylation via PLC-IP(3 and RhoA/Rho kinase signaling pathways.

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    Limei Wang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Total steroidal saponins extracted from the rhizome of Paris polyphylla Sm. var. yunnanensis (TSSPs have been widely used in China for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding. We previously studied the main active constituents of TSSPs and their structure-activity relationships with respect to rat myometrial contractions. Tg (pennogenin tetraglycoside was identified as one of the active ingredients in TSSPs able to induce rat myometrial contractions. However, the mechanisms underlying the pharmacological actions on uterine activity have not been described clearly. METHODS: Here Tg was screened for effects on contractile activity in isolated uterine strips from estrogen-primed rats and on MLC20 phosphorylation and related signaling pathways in cultured rat myometrial cells as determined by Western blot. Intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+](i was monitored under a confocal microscope using Fluo-4 AM-loaded myometrial cells. RESULTS: Tg dose-dependently stimulated rat myometrial contractions as well as MLC20 phosphorylation in vitro, which could be completely suppressed by an inhibitor of myosin light chain kinase (MLCK. Use of Ca(2+ channel blockers and kinase inhibitors demonstrated that Tg-induced myometrial contractions are mediated by activation of the phospholipase C (PLC-inositol triphosphate (IP3 signaling pathway, resulting in increased MLC20 phosphorylation. Furthermore, Y27632, a specific inhibitor of Rho kinase (ROK, notably suppressed Tg-stimulated myometrial contractions and decreased MLC20 phosphorylation. CONCLUSIONS: These data provide evidence that rat myometrial contractility induced by Tg results from enhanced MLC20 phosphorylation, while both PLC-IP3 and RhoA/ROK signaling pathways mediate the process. These mechanisms may be responsible for the therapeutic effects of TSSPs on abnormal uterine bleeding.

  2. Effect of pregnancy on the uterine vasoconstrictor response to exercise in rats

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    Lashley, Christopher J; Supik, David A; Atkinson, James T; Murphy, Robert J; O'Hagan, Kathleen P

    2015-01-01

    A major maternal adaptation in pregnancy is the large increase in uteroplacental blood flow that supplies the growing fetus with oxygen and nutrients. The impact of gestation on the dynamic uterine vasoconstrictor response to exercise in the rat, a common model for pathophysiological disorders in pregnancy remains unknown. We hypothesized that rats exhibit a robust uterine vasoconstrictor response to acute exercise that is attenuated in late pregnancy. Pregnant (P, N = 12) and nonpregnant (NP, N = 8) rats were instrumented chronically with a ultrasonic transit-time flowprobe and carotid arterial catheter to directly measure uterine artery blood flow (UtBF) and blood pressure (BP), respectively, at day 20 of gestation for 5 min of treadmill exercise (7 m/min; 6% grade). Preexercise UtBF [P, 2.1 (SD1.6) vs. NP, 0.5 (SD0.3) mL/min P Exercise initiated rapid and sustained decreases in UtBF [Δ−47% (SD12)] and UtC [Δ−49% (SD12)] that were attenuated in the pregnant rats [UtBF, Δ−25% (SD20) and UtC, Δ−30% (SD20), P = 0.02]. The BP and heart rate responses to exercise were unaffected in late pregnancy (interaction term, P = 0.3). In rats, dynamic exercise induces a uterine vasoconstrictor response that is blunted during late gestation, a response that we observed previously in pregnant rabbits. PMID:25804264

  3. The essential oil from the twigs of Cinnamomum cassia Presl inhibits oxytocin-induced uterine contraction in vitro and in vivo.

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    Sun, Lan; Liu, Li-Na; Li, Jia-Chun; Lv, Yao-Zhong; Zong, Shao-Bo; Zhou, Jun; Wang, Zheng-Zhong; Kou, Jun-Ping; Xiao, Wei

    2017-07-12

    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. The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mouse uterine contraction was induced by oxytocin (OT) exposure following estradiol benzoate pretreatment. Mice were given the EOCC (60, 30, and 15mg/kg) by gavage. The level of prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) in uterine tissue were determined according to specification of enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit. Uterine tissue was collected for histopathological analysis (H&E). Myosin light chain 20 (MLC20), phosphorylation of myosin light chain 20 (p-MLC20) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) proteins in uterine tissue were assessed by Western Blot. Mouse isolated uterus strips were mounted in tissue organ baths containing Locke's solution. The contractile responses were recorded with Power Lab recording system. The effect of the EOCC on uterine contraction induced by OT, PGF2α, and acetylcholine (Ach) was observed. Myometrial cells were exposed to OT (7μM) to induce Ca(2+) release, and the effect of the EOCC (100, 50, and 25μg/ml) on intracellular Ca(2+) was analysed with fluorometry imaging. In vivo study demonstrated that the EOCC significantly reduced OT-induced writhing responses with a maximal inhibition of 66.5%. It also decreased the level of PGF2α in OT-induced mice uterine tissue. Moreover, Western blot analysis showed that COX-2 and p-MLC20 expressions in uterine tissue of dysmenorrhea mice were significantly reduced. EOCC inhibited spontaneous uterus contractions in a dose-dependent manner, and the concentration of the EOCC giving 50% of maximal contraction (IC50) value was 61.3μg/ml. The IC50 values of the EOCC on OT, PGF2

  4. Glucose uptake and transport in contracting, perfused rat muscle with different pre-contraction glycogen concentrations

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    Hespel, P; Richter, Erik

    1990-01-01

    1. Glucose uptake and transport, muscle glycogen, free glucose and glucose-6-phosphate concentrations were studied in perfused resting and contracting rat skeletal muscle with different pre-contraction glycogen concentrations. Rats were pre-conditioned by a combination of swimming exercise and diet...... on the preceding day. 4. Muscle membrane glucose transport, as measured by the rate of accumulation of 14C-3-O-methylglucose in the contracting muscles, was 25% lower in supercompensated than in glycogen-depleted muscles at the onset as well as at the end of the 15 min contraction period. 5. Intracellular...... as with glucose-6-phosphate (r = -0.49; P less than 0.01) concentrations. 6. It is concluded that: (a) The rate of glucose uptake in contracting skeletal muscle is dependent on the pre-contraction muscle glycogen concentration. Regulating mechanisms include limitations of membrane glucose transport as well...

  5. Effect of uterine contractions on fetal heart rate in pregnancy: a prospective observational study.

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    Sletten, Julie; Kiserud, Torvid; Kessler, Jörg

    2016-10-01

    The new Holter monitoring technology enables long-term electrocardiographic recording of the fetal heart rate without discomfort for the mother. The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility of a fetal Holter monitor. This technology was further used to study fetal heart rate outside the hospital setting during normal daily activities and to test the hypothesis that uterine activity during pregnancy influences fetal heart rate. Prospective observational study including 12 healthy pregnant women at 20-40 weeks of gestation. Data were collected using the Monica AN24 system. Outcome measures were fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate, and uterine activity categorized according to the strength of the electrohysterographic signal. The recordings had a median length of 18.8 h, and fetal heart rate and maternal heart rate were obtained with success rates of 73.1 and 99.9%, respectively. Uterine activity was found to affect fetal heart rate in all participants. Compared with the basal tone and mild levels of uterine activity, moderate and strong levels of uterine activity were associated with increases in fetal heart rate of 4.0 and 5.7 beats/min, respectively. At night, the corresponding increases were 4.9 and 7.6 beats/min. Linear correlations were found between maternal heart rate and fetal heart rate in 11 of the 12 cases, with a mean coefficient beta of 0.189. Both maternal heart rate and fetal heart rate exhibited a diurnal pattern, with lower heart rates being recorded at night. Uterine activity during pregnancy is associated with a graded response in fetal heart rate and may represent a physiological challenge for the development and adaptation of the fetal cardiovascular system. © 2016 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  6. A computational model of the ionic currents, Ca2+ dynamics and action potentials underlying contraction of isolated uterine smooth muscle.

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    Wing-Chiu Tong

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Uterine contractions during labor are discretely regulated by rhythmic action potentials (AP of varying duration and form that serve to determine calcium-dependent force production. We have employed a computational biology approach to develop a fuller understanding of the complexity of excitation-contraction (E-C coupling of uterine smooth muscle cells (USMC. Our overall aim is to establish a mathematical platform of sufficient biophysical detail to quantitatively describe known uterine E-C coupling parameters and thereby inform future empirical investigations of physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms governing normal and dysfunctional labors. From published and unpublished data we construct mathematical models for fourteen ionic currents of USMCs: Ca2+ currents (L- and T-type, Na+ current, an hyperpolarization-activated current, three voltage-gated K+ currents, two Ca2+-activated K+ current, Ca2+-activated Cl current, non-specific cation current, Na+-Ca2+ exchanger, Na+-K+ pump and background current. The magnitudes and kinetics of each current system in a spindle shaped single cell with a specified surface area:volume ratio is described by differential equations, in terms of maximal conductances, electrochemical gradient, voltage-dependent activation/inactivation gating variables and temporal changes in intracellular Ca2+ computed from known Ca2+ fluxes. These quantifications are validated by the reconstruction of the individual experimental ionic currents obtained under voltage-clamp. Phasic contraction is modeled in relation to the time constant of changing [Ca2+]i. This integrated model is validated by its reconstruction of the different USMC AP configurations (spikes, plateau and bursts of spikes, the change from bursting to plateau type AP produced by estradiol and of simultaneous experimental recordings of spontaneous AP, [Ca2+]i and phasic force. In summary, our advanced mathematical model provides a powerful tool to

  7. Chronic binge alcohol consumption during pregnancy alters rat maternal uterine artery pressure response.

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    Naik, Vishal D; Lunde-Young, Emilie R; Davis-Anderson, Katie L; Orzabal, Marcus; Ivanov, Ivan; Ramadoss, Jayanth

    2016-11-01

    We aimed to investigate pressure-dependent maternal uterine artery responses and vessel remodeling following gestational binge alcohol exposure. Two groups of pregnant rats were used: the alcohol group (28.5% wt/v, 6.0 g/kg, once-daily orogastric gavage in a binge paradigm between gestational day (GD) 5-19) and pair-fed controls (isocalorically matched). On GD20, excised, pressurized primary uterine arteries were studied following equilibration (60 mm Hg) using dual chamber arteriograph. The uterine artery diameter stabilized at 20 mm Hg, showed passive distension at 40 mm Hg, and redeveloped tone at 60 mm Hg. An alcohol effect (P = 0.0025) was observed on the percent constriction of vessel diameter with greater pressure-dependent myogenic constriction. Similar alcohol effect was noted with lumen diameter response (P = 0.0020). The percent change in media:lumen ratio was higher in the alcohol group (P alcohol affects pressure-induced uterine artery reactivity, inward-hypotrophic remodeling, and adaptations critical for nutrient delivery to the fetus. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. ICAM1 and fibrinogen-γ are increased in uterine epithelial cells at the time of implantation in rats.

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    Lecce, Laura; Kaneko, Yui; Madawala, Romanthi J; Murphy, Christopher R

    2011-05-01

    Uterine epithelial cells transform into a receptive state to adhere to an implanting blastocyst. Part of this transformation includes the apical concentration of cell adhesion molecules at the time of implantation. This study, for the first time, investigates the expression of ICAM1 and fibrinogen-γ (FGG) in uterine epithelial cells during normal pregnancy, pseudopregnancy and in hormone-treated rats. An increase (P FGG dimerization increased (P FGG in the uterine epithelium at the time of implantation in the rat is similar to that seen in lymphocyte-endothelium adhesion, and we suggest a similar mechanism in embryo-uterine epithelium adhesion is utilized. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  9. Prenatal uterine environment and sexual differentiation of rats

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    E.J. Houtsmuller (Elisabeth Judith)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractprenatal factors relevant to hormonal environment on the sexual differentiation of behavior, morphology and central nervous system in rats. The effects of such factors as prenatal sex composition of the litter and position in utero on the sexual differentiation of normally developed

  10. PKC regulates alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions and baseline Ca(2+) sensitivity in the uterine arteries of nonpregnant and pregnant sheep acclimatized to high altitude hypoxia.

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    Xiao, Daliao; Huang, Xiaohui; Longo, Lawrence D; Zhang, Lubo

    2010-01-01

    Chronic hypoxia has a profound effect on uterine artery adaptation to pregnancy. The present studies tested the hypothesis that pregnant kinase C (PKC) differentially regulates alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions and Ca(2+) sensitivity in the uterine arteries of nonpregnant and pregnant sheep acclimatized to high altitude hypoxia. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant (NPUA) and near-term pregnant (PUA) ewes maintained at high altitude (3801 m, Pao(2) approximately 60 torr) for 110 days. Phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) decreased phenylephrine-induced contractions in PUA but not in NPUA, which was partly inhibited by the PKC inhibitor GF109203X. Additionally, GF109203X shifted the concentration-response curve of phenylephrine-induced contractions to the right in PUA. In beta-escin-permeabilized arteries, Ca(2+)-induced increases in 20-kDa myosin light chain phosphorylation (MLC(20)-P) were similar in NPUA and PUA. However, Ca(2+) produced a concentration-dependent increase in the ratio of tension to MLC(20)-P in PUA, as compared with NPUA. PKC inhibition decreased Ca(2+)-induced contractions in both NPUA and PUA. PDBu induced contractions of PUA in the absence of changes in MLC(20)-P, which was not affected by PD098059. There was a significant increase in the basal activity of PKCvarepsilon in PUA, but not in NPUA, in hypoxic sheep, as compared with normoxic animals. The results demonstrate that the inhibitory effect of PKC on alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions of uterine arteries is preserved in pregnant sheep at high altitude. However, the PKC-mediated thin-filament regulatory pathway is upregulated, resulting in increased baseline Ca(2+) sensitivity in the uterine artery during pregnancy at high altitude.

  11. Effect of mifepristone and antiestrogens on uterine PGF2 alpha and PGE2 concentrations in ovariectomized and pregnant rats.

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    Li, X J; Yu, H; Koide, S S

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    Four antiestrogens (anordiol, tamoxifen, RU 39411, ICI 182780) and the antiprogestin, mifepristone (RU 486), were administered to the following three animal models: (1) ovariectomized rats, (2) mated rats treated post-coitally; and (3) pregnant rats treated post-implantation. The antiestrogens were administered alone or in combination with mifepristone at doses effective in preventing and/or terminating pregnancy in rats. The objective of the study was to determine whether these drugs influenced uterine concentrations of prostaglandins (PGF2 alpha and PGE2). Antiestrogens administered alone to ovariectomized rats did not effect uterine PGE2 or PGF2 alpha concentrations; whereas the combination of anordiol/mifepristone increased uterine PGF2 alpha concentration, resulting in an increase in the PGF2 alpha/PGE2 ratio. Mated rats were treated post-coitally for three consecutive days with anordiol, tamoxifen, estradiol and mifepristone alone and with the combination of anordiol/mifepristone and tamoxifen/mifepristone. An increase in uterine PGF2 alpha concentrations and in the PGF2 alpha/PGF2 ratio occurred only in anordiol/mifepristone treated group. A decrease in uterine PGE2 concentrations occurred in animals treated with anordiol, tamoxifen and estradiol, resulting in an increase in the PGF2 alpha/PGE2 ratio. Anordiol (5.0 mg/kg/day) and mifepristone (4.0 mg/kg/day) alone and the combination of anordiol/mifepristone (2.5/1.0 mg/kg/day) administered to pregnant rats on day 7, 8 and 9 of pregnancy induced an increase in PGF2 alpha levels without affecting uterine PGE2 concentration. The changes in PGF2 alpha concentrations induced by anordiol and the combination of anordiol/mifepristone resulted in an increase in the PGF2 alpha/PGE2 ratio. The antiestrogens tested except for ICI 182780 possessed agonist activity when assayed by measuring their capacity to increase the uterine weights in ovariectomized rats. Also, ICI 182789 was the only antiestrogen that did not

  12. Chronic Hypoxia Differentially Up-Regulates Protein Kinase C-Mediated Ovine Uterine Arterial Contraction via Actin Polymerization Signaling in Pregnancy1

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    Xiao, DaLiao; Huang, Xiaohui; Zhang, Lubo

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Chronic hypoxia (CH) during pregnancy is associated with increased uterine vascular tone. The present study tested the hypothesis that CH up-regulates protein kinase C (PKC)-mediated actin polymerization, resulting in enhanced uterine vascular contraction in pregnancy. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant (NPUA) and near-term (∼140 days of gestation) pregnant (PUA) sheep that had been maintained at sea level (∼300 m) or exposed to high altitude (3801 m) hypoxia for 110 days. In normoxic animals, the induced contractions by the PKC activator phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) were greater in NPUA than in PUA, which was abrogated by an actin polymerization inhibitor cytochalasin B (Cyto B). In hypoxic animals, PDBu-induced contractions were significantly increased in PUA but not in NPUA, which was inhibited by Cyto B. In contrast, neither pregnancy nor hypoxia affected Cyto B-mediated inhibition of norepinephrine (NE)-induced contractions. Prolonged ex vivo treatment of NPUA with 17beta-estradiol and progesterone significantly attenuated PDBu-induced actin polymerization and contractions, and the hormonal treatment did not alter the inhibitory effect of Cyto B on PDBu- or NE-induced contractions in either normoxic or hypoxic animals. 2-(2-Amino-3-methoxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one potentiated PDBu-mediated actin polymerization and enhanced PDBu-induced contractions of PUA in normoxic but not hypoxic animals, which was abrogated by Cyto B. The results suggest that chronic hypoxia during pregnancy causes attenuation of steroid hormone-mediated ERK1/2 signaling and results in increased actin polymerization and uterine vascular tone, linking gestational hypoxia to aberrant uteroplacental circulation. PMID:23136295

  13. Wine polyphenol resveratrol inhibits contractions of isolated rat uterus by activation of smooth muscle inwardly rectifying potassium channels

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    Full Text Available Resveratrol is a phytoalexin produced in a number of plant species including grapes. The benefit of resveratrol to health is widely reported. Resveratrol has been found to promote relaxation of non-pregnant and pregnant uterus, but its mechanism of action is unclear. The aims of our study were to investigate the involvement of inwardly rectifying potassium channels (Kir in inhibitory effects of resveratrol on three models of contractions of non-pregnant rat uterus: the spontaneous rhythmic contractions (SRC, oxytocin-elicited phasic contractions and tonic oxytocin-elicited contractions.Uterine strips were obtained from virgin female Wistar rats in oestrus. Strips were mounted into organ bath for recording isometric tension in Krebs-Ringer solution. Experiments followed a multiple curve design. In order to test the involvement of Kirchannels in a mechanism of action of resveratrol(1-100 μM,BaCl2 (1 mM,a antagonist of inwardly rectifying pota­ssium channels was used. Resveratrol induced a concentration-dependent relaxation of all models of contractions. BaCl2 antagonized the response to resveratrolon SRC and oxytocin-elicited phasic contractions. Relaxation achieved by resveratrolon tonic oxytocin-elicited concentrations was insensitive to BaCl2.The antagonism of resveratrol effects by inwardly rectifying potassium channels antagonist suggests that Kir channels are involved in resveratrol action on phasic contractions of rat uterus. Inhibitory effect of resveratrol on tonic contractions did not include Kir channels. [Projekat Ministartsva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR31020

  14. 21 CFR 884.2720 - External uterine contraction monitor and accessories.

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    ... contractions with a transducer strapped to the maternal abdomen. This generic type of device may include an external pressure transducer, support straps, and other patient and equipment supports. (b) Classification...

  15. PKC Regulates α1-Adrenoceptor-Mediated Contractions and Baseline Ca2+ Sensitivity in the Uterine Arteries of Nonpregnant and Pregnant Sheep Acclimatized to High Altitude Hypoxia

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    Huang, Xiaohui; Longo, Lawrence D.; Zhang, Lubo

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    Abstract Xiao, Daliao, Xiaohui Huang, Lawrence D. Longo, and Lubo Zhang. PKC regulates α1-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions and baseline Ca2+ sensitivity in the uterine arteries of nonpregnant and pregnant sheep acclimatized to high alttude hypoxia. High Alt. Med. Biol. 11:153–162, 2010.—Chronic hypoxia has a profound effect on uterine artery adaptation to pregnancy. The present studies tested the hypothesis that pregnant kinase C (PKC) differentially regulates α1-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions and Ca2+ sensitivity in the uterine arteries of nonpregnant and pregnant sheep acclimatized to high altitude hypoxia. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant (NPUA) and near-term pregnant (PUA) ewes maintained at high altitude (3801 m, Pao2 ∼60 torr) for 110 days. Phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) decreased phenylephrine-induced contractions in PUA but not in NPUA, which was partly inhibited by the PKC inhibitor GF109203X. Additionally, GF109203X shifted the concentration–response curve of phenylephrine-induced contractions to the right in PUA. In β-escin-permeabilized arteries, Ca2+-induced increases in 20-kDa myosin light chain phosphorylation (MLC20-P) were similar in NPUA and PUA. However, Ca2+ produced a concentration-dependent increase in the ratio of tension to MLC20-P in PUA, as compared with NPUA. PKC inhibition decreased Ca2+-induced contractions in both NPUA and PUA. PDBu induced contractions of PUA in the absence of changes in MLC20-P, which was not affected by PD098059. There was a significant increase in the basal activity of PKCɛ in PUA, but not in NPUA, in hypoxic sheep, as compared with normoxic animals. The results demonstrate that the inhibitory effect of PKC on α1-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions of uterine arteries is preserved in pregnant sheep at high altitude. However, the PKC-mediated thin-filament regulatory pathway is upregulated, resulting in increased baseline Ca2+ sensitivity in the uterine artery during pregnancy at

  16. A randomised controlled trial on melatonin and rosiglitazone for prevention of adhesion formation in a rat uterine horn model.

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    Aksakal, Orhan; Yilmaz, Bulent; Gungor, Tayfun; Sirvan, Levent; Sut, Necdet; Inan, Ismet; Kalyoncu, Senol; Mollamahmutoglu, Leyla

    2010-07-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of melatonin and rosiglitazone in reducing postoperative adhesion formation in a rat uterine horn model. Thirty non-pregnant female Wistar albino rats, weighing 180-220 g, were used as a model for postoperative adhesion formation. The rats were randomised into three groups after seven standard lesions were inflicted in a 2-cm segment of each uterine horn and lower abdominal sidewall using bipolar cauterisation. The rats were treated with 10 mg/kg, intraperitoneal melatonin, and 1 mg/kg per day peroral rosiglitazone. No medication was given to the control group. As much as 20 uterine horns of 10 rats were evaluated in each group. Extent, severity, and degree of the adhesions to the uterine horns and, inflammation and fibrosis scores (histopathologically) were evaluated after 2 weeks of the treatment. There was no mortality in the groups and all of the rats recovered without incident after operation. Rosiglitazone group had lower adhesion scores [median (min-max ranges)] regarding extent, severity, and degree of the adhesions [0 (0-3), 0 (0-3) and 0 (0-3), respectively], which were significantly different (P < 0.001, P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively) from those of the controls [1 (0-3), 2 (0-2) and 2 (0-3), respectively]; however, there were no statistically significant differences between rosiglitazone versus melatonin groups [1 (0-4), 2 (0-3) and 1 (0-3), respectively] and melatonin versus control groups. Moreover, no significant differences were determined between groups regarding histopathologic findings. Rosiglitazone, but not melatonin, is effective in prevention of adhesion formation in a rat uterine horn model.

  17. Drotaverine interacts with the L-type Ca(2+) channel in pregnant rat uterine membranes.

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    Tömösközi, Zsuzsanna; Finance, Olivier; Arányi, Péter

    2002-08-02

    The effect of the isoquinoline derivative, drotaverine on the specific binding of [(3)H]nitrendipine and [(3)H]diltiazem to pregnant rat uterine membranes was examined. Drotaverine inhibited the specific [(3)H]nitrendipine and [(3)H]diltiazem bindings with IC(50) values of 5.6 and 2.6 microM, respectively. Saturation studies showed that diltiazem caused a significant increase in the maximum binding density without changing the K(D) of [(3)H]nitrendipine while drotaverine increased both the K(D) and the B(max) of [3H]nitrendipine. The dissociation kinetics of both [3H]nitrendipine and [(3)H]diltiazem were accelerated by drotaverine. These results suggest that drotaverine has a negative allosteric interaction with the binding sites for 1,4-dihydropyridines and 1,5-benzothiazepines on the L-type Ca(2+) channel in pregnant rat uterine membranes, which may have implications as to the potential usefulness of this drug in aiding child delivery.

  18. CyPPA, a positive modulator of small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels, inhibits phasic uterine contractions and delays preterm birth in mice.

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    Skarra, Dana V; Cornwell, Trudy; Solodushko, Viktoriya; Brown, Amber; Taylor, Mark S

    2011-11-01

    Organized uterine contractions, including those necessary for parturition, are dependent on calcium entry through voltage-gated calcium channels in myometrial smooth muscle cells. Recent evidence suggests that small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated potassium channels (K(Ca)2), specifically isoforms K(Ca)2.2 and 2.3, may control these contractions through negative feedback regulation of Ca(2+) entry. We tested whether selective pharmacologic activation of K(Ca)2.2/2.3 channels might depress uterine contractions, providing a new strategy for preterm labor intervention. Western blot analysis and immunofluorescence microscopy revealed expression of both K(Ca)2.2 and K(Ca)2.3 in the myometrium of nonpregnant (NP) and pregnant (gestation day 10 and 16; D10 and D16, respectively) mice. Spontaneous phasic contractions of isolated NP, D10, and D16 uterine strips were all suppressed by the K(Ca)2.2/2.3-selective activator CyPPA in a concentration-dependent manner. This effect was antagonized by the selective K(Ca)2 inhibitor apamin. Whereas CyPPA sensitivity was reduced in D10 and D16 versus NP strips (pIC(50) 5.33 ± 0.09, 4.64 ± 0.03, 4.72 ± 0.10, respectively), all contractions were abolished between 30 and 60 μM. Blunted contractions were associated with CyPPA depression of spontaneous Ca(2+) events in myometrial smooth muscle bundles. Augmentation of uterine contractions with oxytocin or prostaglandin F(2α) did not reduce CyPPA sensitivity or efficacy. Finally, in an RU486-induced preterm labor model, CyPPA significantly delayed time to delivery by 3.4 h and caused a 2.5-fold increase in pup retention. These data indicate that pharmacologic stimulation of myometrial K(Ca)2.2/2.3 channels effectively suppresses Ca(2+)-mediated uterine contractions and delays preterm birth in mice, supporting the potential utility of this approach in tocolytic therapies.

  19. Regulation of alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions of the uterine artery by protein kinase C: role of the thick- and thin-filament regulatory pathways.

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    Zhang, Hongying; Zhang, Lubo

    2007-09-01

    Previously we demonstrated that activation of protein kinase C (PKC) enhanced alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-induced contractions in nonpregnant uterine arteries (NPUA) by increasing the Ca(2+) sensitivity but that it inhibited the contractions in pregnant uterine arteries (PUA) by decreasing intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization. The present study tested the hypothesis that PKC activation differentially regulated the thick- and thin-filament regulatory pathways in alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-induced contractions of NPUA and PUA in sheep. Simultaneous measurements of contractions and phosphorylation levels of 20-kDa regulatory myosin light chain (LC(20)) in the same tissue revealed that the PKC activator phorbol-12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) inhibited phenylephrine-induced phosphorylation of LC(20) and contractions in PUA. In NPUA, PDBu significantly potentiated phenylephrine-induced contractions without significantly changing phosphorylation levels of LC(20). Further studies in NPUA demonstrated that PDBu-mediated potentiation of phenylephrine-induced contractions was associated with a significant increase in phosphorylation levels of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK(42/44)) and caldesmon-Ser(789), measured simultaneously with the tension in the same tissue. In addition, the ERK(42/44) inhibitor PD98059 [2-(2-amino-3-methoxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one] and the actin polymerization inhibitor cytochalasin B produced a concentration-dependent inhibition of PDBu-mediated potentiation of phenylephrine-induced contractions in NPUA. The results suggest that activation of PKC inhibits alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-mediated contractions in PUA through down-regulation of the thick-filament pathway and decreased myosin light chain phosphorylation, but that it enhances the contractions in NPUA through its effect on the thin-filament regulatory pathway and activation of ERK/caldesmon and actin polymerization.

  20. Effects of pregnancy, hypertension and nitric oxide inhibition on rat uterine artery myogenic reactivity.

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    Barron, Carolyn; Mandala, Maurizio; Osol, George

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of hypertension and nitric oxide (NO) inhibition on myogenic tone in uterine arteries during pregnancy. Premyometrial radial uterine arteries from nonpregnant and late pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were evaluated for myogenic reactivity from the following groups: control, hypertensive/NO-inhibited (L-NAME treatment) and normotensive/NO-inhibited (L-NAME plus hydralazine). In both nonpregnant and pregnant animals, L-NAME treatment significantly elevated blood pressures, while the addition of hydralazine made the animals normotensive. In nonpregnant animals, little myogenic tone was seen in controls; tone increased significantly in the L-NAME group, and was attenuated in those treated with L-NAME plus hydralazine. In pregnant animals, controls developed significant tone; this was reduced in the L-NAME group, and returned to control levels in the L-NAME plus hydralazine group. Dimensional measurements showed that arteries from the pregnant hypertensive group did not undergo expansive remodeling, suggesting that tone development is related to phenotypic alterations in vascular smooth muscle and/or altered physical forces secondary to adaptive changes in arterial diameter. These differences implicate pregnancy-specific pathways in the development and inhibition of myogenic tone, and point to potentially opposing roles of NO and hypertension. Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  1. Contribution of nonendothelial nitric oxide to altered rat uterine resistance artery serotonin reactivity during pregnancy.

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    Mandalà, Maurizio; Gokina, Natalia; Osol, George

    2002-08-01

    The aims of this study were to evaluate the effects of pregnancy on the serotonin reactivity of the mesometrial arteries and to assess the relative contribution of endothelial and smooth muscle cells to the overall effect. Arteries were obtained from nonpregnant (n = 20) and late pregnant (n = 28) Sprague-Dawley rats and were cannulated in the chamber of an arteriograph. Changes in lumen diameter were measured by a video dimension analyzer. Statistical analysis used 2-way analysis of variance, followed by Bonferroni test. Intact vessels from late pregnant versus nonpregnant animals were significantly less sensitive to the constrictor effects of serotonin at concentrations Pregnancy significantly decreases uterine resistance artery sensitivity to serotonin. This difference in sensitivity is due to the enhanced production of nitric oxide by endothelial cells and, most likely, by vascular smooth muscle.

  2. Local versus systemic influences on uterine vascular reactivity during pregnancy in the single-horn gravid rat.

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    Fuller, Robert; Colton, Ilsley; Gokina, Natalia; Mandala, Maurizio; Osol, George

    2011-08-01

    This study was conducted to determine whether gestational changes in maternal uterine artery reactivity are primarily driven by local vs. systemic factors. Rats underwent surgical ligation of one oviduct, thereby restricting implantation and pregnancy to one uterine horn while maintaining a gestational endocrine milieu. Uterine arcuate arteries were isolated and cannulated to evaluate reactivity. Vessels from the implanted horn were significantly more sensitive to phenylephrine and less sensitive to sodium nitroprusside than those from the non-implanted horn; endothelial basal calcium levels were only increased in the implanted horn. Conversely, there were no differences in sensitivity to acetylcholine, or its effects on endothelial cell calcium, although efficacy was greater in vessels from the implanted vs. non-implanted horn. These findings demonstrate that local factors are predominant in inducing changes in vascular smooth muscle function, while endothelial adaptations result from an interplay between local and systemic factors, with distinct effects attributable to each.

  3. Inhaled nicotine equivalent to cigarette smoking disrupts systemic and uterine hemodynamics and induces cardiac arrhythmia in pregnant rats.

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    Shao, Xuesi M; López-Valdés, Héctor E; Liang, Jing; Feldman, Jack L

    2017-12-05

    Maternal smoking with obligatory nicotine inhalation is associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, fetal growth retardation and developmental defects. We tested the hypothesis that cigarette smoking-relevant nicotine inhalation during pregnancy impairs cardiovascular function and uterine hemodynamics with consequential fetal ischemia. Pregnant rats exposed to episodic inhaled nicotine via a novel lung alveolar region-targeted aerosol method produced nicotine pharmacokinetics resembling cigarette smoking in humans. This clinically relevant nicotine aerosol inhalation (NAI) induced transient reduction and irregular fluctuations in uterine artery blood flow associated with cardiac arrhythmia and high magnitude irregular fluctuations of systemic blood pressure. The arrhythmia included sinoatrial (SA) block, sinus arrest, 2° and 3° atrioventricular (A-V) block and supraventricular escape rhythm. These effects were blocked by the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) antagonist mecamylamine. Resection of the ovarian nerve, which innervates uterine blood vessels, counteracted the NAI-induced reduction in uterine blood flow. We suggest that the rapid rise pattern of arterial blood nicotine concentration stimulates and then desensitizes autonomic nAChRs leading to disruptions of cardiac function as well as systemic and uterine hemodynamics that reduces uteroplacental blood flow, a mechanism underlying maternal smoking-associated pregnancy complications and developmental disorders. These findings challenge the safety of pure nicotine inhalation, i.e., E-cigarettes.

  4. The Impact of Maternal Body Mass Index and Gestational Age on the Detection of Uterine Contractions by Tocodynamometry: A Retrospective Study.

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    Aina-Mumuney, A; Hwang, K; Sunwoo, N; Burd, I; Blakemore, K

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    To examine the impact of maternal body mass index (BMI) and gestational age (GA) on uterine contraction detection by tocodynamometry. Gravidas with preterm labor (PTL) complaints who were evaluated by tocodynamometry, discharged from Labor and Delivery triage, and subsequently readmitted for preterm delivery were studied. Forty-six patients in whom contractions were detected (group 1) were compared to 49 women in whom contractions were not detected (group 2) with respect to BMI and GA at both evaluation and delivery. Multivariable logistic regression was used to adjust for confounders. Group 2 had a higher mean BMI (31.7 vs 26.1, P contractions were obesity (odds ratio [OR] 0.18, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.07-0.46) and evaluation in the mid-trimester (OR 0.33, 95% CI 0.13-0.84). Our study provides evidence that the effectiveness of tocodynamometry diminishes with increasing maternal BMI. Efficacy of tocodynamometry is also decreased at earlier GA, most pronounced below 25 weeks. To evaluate women with PTL symptoms in the mid-trimester or symptomatic obese women at any GA, a modality other than tocodynamometry could be valuable to more accurately assess uterine activity. © The Author(s) 2015.

  5. The effect of sorafenib in postoperative adhesion formation in a rat uterine horn model.

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    Boztosun, A; Ozer, H; Altun, A; Kiliçkap, S; Gulturk, S; Müderris, I I; Yanik, A

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    Postoperative adhesions are a serious problem. In this study, we aimed to observe the effects of sorafenib in postoperative adhesions and, to examine the effects of sorafenib on tissue levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF). Twenty female Wistar albino rats were randomized into two equal groups; sorafenib group (sorafenib treated) and control group; then all rats underwent laparotomy. Adhesions were developed by scalping on the anti-mesenteric surfaces of the right uterine horns. After 14 days, adhesions were investigated by using macroscopic, histopathological and immunohistochemical (for VEGF and PDGF) methods. The sorafenib group had lower scores of total adhesions [1 (0-2.5) vs 1.5 (1-4); p: 0.037], staining of VEGF [1 (0-1) vs 1 (1-3); p: 0.029] and PDGF [1 (0-2) vs 2 (1-3); p: 0.006], and vascular proliferation [1 (0-2) vs 2 (1-3); p: 0.038] than the control group. The findings of the present study show that sorafenib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, significantly reduced postoperative adhesion formation. This effect may be explained by inhibition of VEGF, PDGF, and thus vascular proliferation.

  6. Phosphorylation of h1 Calponin by PKC epsilon may contribute to facilitate the contraction of uterine myometrium in mice during pregnancy and labor

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The timely onset of powerful uterine contractions during parturition occurs through thick and thin filament interactions, similar to other smooth muscle tissues. Calponin is one of the thin filament proteins. Phosphorylation of calponin induced by PKC-epsilon can promote the contraction of vascular smooth muscle. While the mechanism by which calponin regulates the contraction of pregnant myometrium has rarely been explored. Here, we explore whether PKC-epsilon/h1 calponin pathway contribute to regulation of myometrial contractility and development of parturition. Methods We detected the expression of h1 calponin, phosphorylated h1 calponin, PKC-epsilon and phosphorylated PKC-epsilon in the different stages of mice during pregnancy and in labor by the method of western blot and recorded the contraction activity of myometrium strips at the 19th day during pregnancy with different treatments by the organ bath experiments. Results The level of the four proteins including h1 calponin, phosphorylated h1 calponin, PKC-epsilon and phosphorylated PKC-epsilon was significantly increased in pregnant mice myometrium as compared with that in nonpregnant mice. The ratios of phosphorylated h1 calponin/h1 calponin and phosphorylated PKC-epsilon/PKC-epsilon were reached the peak after the onset of labor in myometrium in the mice. After the treatment of more than 10(9- mol/L Psi-RACK (PKC-epsilon activator, the contractility of myometrium strips from mice was reinforced and the level of phosphorylated h1 calponin increased at the same time which could be interrupted by the specific inhibitor of PKC-epsilon. Meanwhile, the change of the ratio of phosphorylated h1 calponin/h1 calponin was consistent with that of contraction force of mice myometrium strips. Conclusions These data suggest that in mice myometrium, phosphorylation of h1 calponin induced by the PKC-epsilon might facilitate the contraction of uterine in labor and regulate pregnant

  7. Antispasmodic effects of Pycnocycla spinosa seed and aerial part extracts on rat ileum and uterus smooth muscle contractions

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    Full Text Available Background and the purpose of study: Hydroalcoholic extract of Pycnocycla spinosa has a relaxant effect on ileum and inhibits castor oil induced diarrhoea in mice. However, effects of P. spinosa seed extracts on ileum and uterus hasn't been investigated.  The aim of this study was to investigate effect of P. spinosa seed and extracts of the aerial part on rat ileum and uterus smooth muscle contraction. Methods: A 70% ethanol extract of seed and aerial parts of P. spinosa was prepared by a percolation method. Uterine horns or ileum were dissected from non-pregnant female Wistar rats (200-230g and cut into longitudinal strips and mounted for isotonic recording under 1g tension in Tyrode's solution. Effects of the extracts were examined on tonic contractions induced by KCl (80mM on both tissues and on phasic spasm induced by oxytocin (0.002iu/ml on the uterus. Results: The aerial part extract inhibited rat ileum contractions induced by 80mM KCl (IC50=42±3.4mg/ml in a concentration dependent manner and it also inhibited rat uterus contraction induced by 80 mM KCl. However, its inhibitory effects were observed with higher concentration of the extract (IC50=420±90mg/ml and at concentration of 1.28mg/ml of the extract in the bath the response was 19±7%.  The aerial part extract (40-640mg/ml also reduced the evoked phasic response of uterus by oxytocin (IC50=71±17.3mg/ml. The seed extract reduced the uterus response to oxytocin in a concentration-dependent manner, and inhibited tissue response completely at 160mg/ml (IC50=27±4mg/ml.  Major conclusion: From this study it was concluded that the seed extract of P. spinosa have similar inhibitory properties on rat isolated uterus and ileum contractions, while the extract of the aerial part of P. spinosa is more selective inhibitor of ileum contraction, and at higher concentrations it also inhibits uterus spasm.

  8. Effects of drugs and ionic variations on contractions of rat smooth ...

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    ... Rat Stomach Strip (RSS), and Rat Vas Deferens (RVD) using known Ca2+ channel and specific receptor blockers. Atropine and Phentolamine respectively blocked Ach and NA competitively. While effect on K+- induced contraction was unaffected. The Rat ileum and Rat Stomach Strip has more pool of intracellular Ca2+ ...

  9. [Histochemical changes of the glycosaminoglycans in the uterine cervix of pregnant rats after local injection of hyaluronidase].

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    Lopes, Viviane Almeida de Alcântara; Luz, Mônica Regina Lourenço; Souza, Guilherme Negrão de; Fernandes Júnior, João Antão; Simões, Manuel de Jesus; Camano, Luiz; Souza, Eduardo de

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    to study the histochemical changes related to the uterine cervix glycosaminoglycan of the albino female rat, after local administration of hyaluronidases at the end of pregnancy. ten female rats with positive pregnancy tests were randomly distributed in two numerically equal groups. The control group (Cg) was built up with rats that received a single dose of 1 mL of distilled water in the uterine cervix, under anesthesia, at the 18th pregnancy day. In the experimental group (Exg), the rats received 0.02 mL of hyaluronidase, diluted in 0.98 mL of distilled water (1 mL as a total), under the same conditions as the Cg. At the 20th pregnancy day, the rats were anesthetized once again and submitted to dissection, and the cervix prepared for histochemical study with alcian blue dye and its blockades (pH=0.5, pH=2.5, methylation and saponification). strongly positive reaction in the lamina propria (+3) has been seen in the Cg, and negative reaction in the Exg, with pH=0.5 alcian blue staining. With pH=2.5, staining has also been strongly positive (+4) in the Cg, and weakly positive (+1) in the Exg slide. After methylation, both groups have shown negative reaction, with pH=2.5 alcian blue staining. The lamina propria staining became negative after methylation in both groups, followed by saponification and enzymatic digestion on slide. there is clear predominance of sulphated glycosaminoglycans in the Cg as compared to the Exg and a small amount of identified carboxylated glycosaminoglycans in the Exg. The changes evidenced in the extracellular matrix have suggested that the hyaluronidase injected in the uterine cervix has promoted biochemical changes compatible with cervix maturation.

  10. All-trans retinoic acid protects against arsenic-induced uterine toxicity in female Sprague-Dawley rats

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    Chatterjee, A.; Chatterji, U., E-mail: urmichatterji@gmail.com

    2011-12-15

    Background and purpose: Arsenic exposure frequently leads to reproductive failures by disrupting the rat uterine histology, hormonal integrity and estrogen signaling components of the rat uterus, possibly by generating reactive oxygen species. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) was assessed as a prospective therapeutic agent for reversing reproductive disorders. Experimental approach: Rats exposed to arsenic for 28 days were allowed to either recover naturally or were treated simultaneously with ATRA for 28 days or treatment continued up to 56 days. Hematoxylin-eosin double staining was used to evaluate changes in the uterine histology. Serum gonadotropins and estradiol were assayed by ELISA. Expression of the estrogen receptor (ER{alpha}), an estrogen responsive gene vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and cell cycle regulatory proteins, cyclin D1 and CDK4, was assessed by RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis. Key results: ATRA ameliorated sodium arsenite-induced decrease in circulating estradiol and gonadotropin levels in a dose- and time-dependent manner, along with recovery of luminal epithelial cells and endometrial glands. Concomitant up regulation of ER{alpha}, VEGF, cyclin D1, CDK4 and Ki-67 was also observed to be more prominent for ATRA-treated rats as compared to the rats that were allowed to recover naturally for 56 days. Conclusions and implications: Collectively, the results reveal that ATRA reverses arsenic-induced disruption of the circulating levels of gonadotropins and estradiol, and degeneration of luminal epithelial cells and endometrial glands of the rat uterus, indicating resumption of their functional status. Since structural and functional maintenance of the pubertal uterus is under the influence of estradiol, ATRA consequently up regulated the estrogen receptor and resumed cellular proliferation, possibly by an antioxidant therapeutic approach against arsenic toxicity. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Arsenic

  11. Two-step inhibitory effect of kanzo on oxytocin-induced and prostaglandin F2α-induced uterine myometrial contractions.

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    Sumi, Genichiro; Yasuda, Katsuhiko; Kanamori, Chiharu; Kajimoto, Megumi; Nishigaki, Akemi; Tsuzuki, Tomoko; Cho, Hisayuu; Okada, Hidetaka; Kanzaki, Hideharu

    2014-07-01

    We previously reported that shakuyaku-kanzo-to, a kampo medicine consisting of shakuyaku and kanzo, has an inhibitory effect on myometrial contractions in pregnant women. In this study, we evaluated the effects of kanzo, glycyrrhizin (a major component of kanzo), glycyrrhetinic acid (GA; a major metabolite of glycyrrhizin), shakuyaku, and paeoniflorin (a major component of shakuyaku) on agonist-induced contractions of the uterus of pregnant humans and rats. We prepared myometrial strips from the uterus of pregnant humans and rats and induced contractions with oxytocin (50 μU/mL) or prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) (10(-7) or 10(-6) M). Kanzo (250 μg/mL) and GA (5 × 10(-6) M) inhibited the oxytocin-induced and PGF2α-induced contractions in pregnant human and rat myometrium, but shakuyaku (250 μg/mL), paeoniflorin (10(-5) M), and glycyrrhizin (10(-5) M) did not inhibit contractions in either. Interestingly, kanzo and GA showed an inhibitory effect after temporarily enhancing the PGF2α-induced contractions in the rat myometrium, but not in the human myometrium. These results suggest that kanzo has at least a two-step inhibitory effect on the myometrial contractions that originate from the kanzo itself and a metabolite of glycyrrhizin in kanzo. Furthermore, kanzo was found to be safe for inhibiting PGF2α-induced contractions in humans because it did not temporarily enhance PGF2α-induced contractions.

  12. Effect of insemination volume on uterine contractions and inflammatory response and on elimination of semen in the mare uterus-scintigraphic and ultrasonographic studies.

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    Sinnemaa, L; Järvimaa, T; Lehmonen, N; Mäkelä, O; Reilas, T; Sankari, S; Katila, T

    2005-11-01

    The effect of artificial insemination (AI) volume on uterine contractility and inflammation and on elimination of semen in the reproductive tract of mares was examined for 4 h after AI using two methods, scintigraphy and ultrasonography. The same doses were used in both methods: 2 and 100 ml of skim milk-extended frozen semen. In the scintigraphic study, the number of reproductively normal mares was four per group and in the ultrasonographic study five per group. For scintigraphy, the semen was radiolabelled with technetium-99m. The static scintigrams were acquired immediately before and 30, 60, 120, 180 and 240 min after AI. The activities in the vagina and uterus were calculated and the values for sperm that had been discharged from the mare were obtained by subtracting the counts for the uterus and vagina from the total radioactivity. The dynamic scintigrams were taken continuously for the first 30 min after AI and in 5-min periods immediately after having acquired the static scintigrams. The uterine contractions were counted. In the ultrasonographic study, the mares were scanned before AI and at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 60, 120, 150, 180, and 240 min after AI, for at least 1 min each time. The examinations were videotaped and contractions counted per minute. More contractions were observed with the ultrasonographic method than with the scintigraphic method. No difference was present in the number of contractions between the groups, except in the ultrasonographic study at 4 h, when the mares inseminated with 100 ml showed more contractions than did the mares inseminated with 2 ml. The intraluminal fluid was sampled with a tampon and by uterine lavage 4 h after AI in the ultrasonographic study. The numbers of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and spermatozoa were counted, but the differences between the groups were not significant. Under our experimental conditions and with the number of mares examined, the volume of the AI dose had an insignificant effect on

  13. Contractions

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    ... body for labor and delivery. Labor contractions signal the beginning of childbirth. What causes contractions? Braxton-Hicks (false ... of your last menstrual period.) Labor contractions signal the beginning of childbirth. These contractions come at regular intervals, ...

  14. Effect of vaginal progesterone suppository (200 mg on preventing preterm labor after the inhibition of uterine contractions: A randomized clinical trial

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Preterm labor implies a childbirth before the completion of 37 weeks, and accounts for the majority of infant mortalities. Finding proper medications is essential in the treatment procedure. The present research aimed to investigate the effect of vaginal progesterone suppository (200 mg on the prevention of preterm labor after inhibiting uterine contractions. Participants were patients hospitalized in Shariati Hospital of Bandar Abbas in 2014-15. As a randomized clinical trial, the present research focused on all pregnant women who referred to Shariati Hospital in Bandar Abbas due to preterm uterine contractions in 2014-15. The inclusion criteria were: pregnancy with a singleton and passing one’s 26th-34th week of pregnancy. Through convenient sampling method, 200 women were selected to enter the study. According to the table obtained from Random Allocation software, they were randomly divided into two groups, each comprised of 100 subjects. They were monitored for 48 hours in terms of uterine contractions and then if there were no contractions and change of dilatation or cervical effacement, they were discharged. They were asked to return for a revisit one week later in their 34th week of pregnancy. SPSS (version 17 was used to analyze the data through Man-Whitney U-test, Fisher’s exact test, t-test and chi-squared test. P-value of significance was set at ≤.05. A statistically significant difference was found between the two groups in terms of the frequency of term and preterm labors (P<0.05. The Apgar score of infants in the intervention group was higher than the control (P<0.05. The rate of respiratory problems in the intervention group was significantly lower than the control (P<0.001. The rate of septicemia in the infants of the intervention group was 8% as compared to the control group 20%. The weight of infants in the intervention group was significantly higher than the control (P<0.05. Prescribing vaginal progesterone suppository

  15. Changes in the distribution of ZO-1, occludin, and claudins in the rat uterine epithelium during the estrous cycle.

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    Mendoza-Rodríguez, C Adriana; González-Mariscal, Lorenza; Cerbón, Marco

    2005-02-01

    During the estrous cycle, the endometrium epithelium experiences marked cellular structural changes. For fertilization to proceed, maintenance of an adequate uterine environment by ovarian hormones is essential. Epithelial cells lining the uterine lumen are associated with each other by tight junctions (TJs), which regulate the passage of ions and molecules through the paracellular pathway. The aim of the present study was to assess by confocal immunofluorescence the distribution pattern of the TJ proteins ZO-1, occludin, and claudins 1-7 in the rat uterus during the estrous cycle. Our results reveal that on proestrus, the day when mating takes place, ZO-1, occludin, and claudins 1 and 5 are located in the TJs, while claudins 3 and 7 display a basolateral distribution. In contrast, on metestrus day, when no sexual mating occurs and the uterine lumen is devoid of secretions, none of these proteins were detected in the TJ region, and only a diffuse cytosolic staining was observed for some of the proteins. On estrus and diestrus days, an intermediate situation was encountered, since ZO-1 localized in the TJs, whereas occludin was no longer detectable in the TJs. The distribution of claudins during these stages varied from the lowermost portion of the basolateral membrane to its apex. In conclusion, the results show that the protein composition of TJs present in the luminal epithelial cells of the uterus changes during the different days of the estrous cycle, and suggest that the expression of TJ proteins participates in providing an adequate environment for a successful fertilization.

  16. The expression of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans in the uterine cervix of albino rats after local hyaluronidase infusion.

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    Souza, Guilherme Negrão; Camano, Luiz; Araujo Júnior, Edward; Nader, Helena Bonciani; Medeiros, Valquíria; Martins, João Roberto Maciel; Souza, Eduardo

    2014-06-01

    To assess the local effect of hyaluronidase injection on the expression of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and proteoglycans (PGs) in the extracellular matrix of the uterine cervix from pregnant albino rats. Ten pregnant rats were divided into two groups on day 18 of pregnancy. The experimental group (Gexp) of rats received an intracervical infusion of 0.02 mL of hyaluronidase diluted to 1 mL with distilled water, whereas the control group (Gc) received 1 mL of distilled water. On day 20 of pregnancy, the pregnant rats were sacrificed and the uterine cervixes from all rats were then dissected. The qualitative expression of hyaluronic acid (HA) was assessed by immunohistochemistry and quantified by sandwich ELISA. To compare the quantitative GAG values between groups, a Student's t-test for independent samples was performed. PGs were also assessed by immunohistochemical analysis. The electrophoretic profile of newly synthesized radioactively labeled GAGs degraded by specific enzymes showed that there were two predominant GAGs in both Gc and Gexp, i.e. heparan sulfate (HS) and a mixture of hondroitin sulfate (CS) and dermatan sulfate (DS). The concentrations of GAGs showed a significant reduction of CS/DS (p < 0.004) and HS (p < 0.005) relative to Gc. HA staining was less intense in the lamina propria and area surrounding the blood vessels in Gexp compared to Gc. The HA contents were also significantly reduced (p < 0.012). Intracervical hyaluronidase infusion promoted a significant reduction in the concentration of sulfated GAGs as assessed by both qualitative (histochemical) and quantitative (fluorometric) measurements of HA.

  17. Efficacy of melatonin and hyaluronate/carboxymethylcellulose membrane in preventing adhesion reformation following adhesiolysis in a rat uterine model.

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    Attar, Rukset; Yildirim, Gazi; Kumbak, Banu; Ficicioglu, Cem; Demirbag, Suzi; Yesildaglar, Narter

    2011-02-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of hyaluronate/carboxymethylcellulose (HA/CMC) membrane and melatonin separately and in combination in reducing adhesion reformation following adhesiolysis of surgically induced adhesions in a rat uterine horn adhesion model. A randomized, prospective study was carried out in a university animal laboratory. Ninety-eight female Sprague-Dawley albino rats were operated on. Following infliction of standard lesions, all the animals underwent second operations after one week. In all the animals, there were dense and vascular adhesions only between the uterine horns. These adhesions were lysed. Following the completion of adhesiolysis, the animals were randomized before closure of the abdomen to one of four groups (melatonin, HA/CMC membrane, combination of melatonin and HA/CMC membrane, control group). Seven days after the second surgery, the third operations were carried out and adhesions were scored. The main outcome measures were type, tenacity, and extent of adhesions. Total adhesion scores were determined. Adhesion scores in the melatonin and HA/CMC membrane groups were similar, and significantly lower than those in the control group (P CMC membrane are both effective separately in preventing adhesion reformation following adhesiolysis, but in combination they are significantly more beneficial. © 2010 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2010 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  18. Effect of calmodulin antagonists on contraction and45Ca movements in rat aorta

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    Wermelskirchen, D.; Koch, P.; Wilhelm, D.; Nebel, U.; Leidig, A.; Wilffert, B.; Peters, Thies

    1989-01-01

    To study the selectivity of calmodulin antagonists it was assumed that they should inhibit noradrenaline (NA)- and K+-induced contractions similarly without an accompanying inhibition of45Ca uptake. Therefore, in isolated rat aorta the effects of W-7, calmidazolium and trifluoperazine on contraction

  19. Contractions but not AICAR increase FABPpm content in rat muscle sarcolemma

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    Jeppesen, Jacob; Albers, Peter; Luiken, Joost J.

    2009-01-01

    In the present study, it was investigated whether acute muscle contractions in rat skeletal muscle increased the protein content of FABPpm in the plasma membrane. Furthermore, the effect of AICAR stimulation on FAT/CD36 and FABPpm protein content in sarcolemma of rat skeletal muscle was evaluated...

  20. Uterine activity monitoring during labor.

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    Bakker, P.C.A.M.; van Rijswijk, S.; van Geijn, H.P.

    2007-01-01

    Aim: To summarize the currently available knowledge on (1) the methods to monitor uterine activity (UA); (2) the units to quantify UA; and (3) to assess the importance of abnormal contraction patterns on the condition of the fetus. The need for correct assessment and interpretation of the uterine

  1. Spasmolytic Mechanism of Aqueous Licorice Extract on Oxytocin-Induced Uterine Contraction through Inhibiting the Phosphorylation of Heat Shock Protein 27

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Licorice derived from the roots and rhizomes of Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. (Fabaceae, is one of the most widely-used traditional herbal medicines in China. It has been reported to possess significant analgesic activity for treating spastic pain. The aim of this study is to investigate the spasmolytic molecular mechanism of licorice on oxytocin-induced uterine contractions and predict the relevant bioactive constituents in the aqueous extract. The aqueous extraction from licorice inhibited the amplitude and frequency of uterine contraction in a concentration-dependent manner. A morphological examination showed that myometrial smooth muscle cells of oxytocin-stimulated group were oval-shaped and arranged irregularly, while those with a single centrally located nucleus of control and licorice-treated groups were fusiform and arranged orderly. The percentage of phosphorylation of HSP27 at Ser-15 residue increased up to 50.33% at 60 min after oxytocin stimulation. Furthermore, this increase was significantly suppressed by licorice treatment at the concentration of 0.2 and 0.4 mg/mL. Colocalization between HSP27 and α-SMA was observed in the myometrial tissues, especially along the actin bundles in the oxytocin-stimulated group. On the contrary, the colocalization was no longer shown after treatment with licorice. Additionally, employing ChemGPS-NP provided support for a preliminary assignment of liquiritigenin and isoliquiritigenin as protein kinase C (PKC inhibitors in addition to liquiritigenin, isoliquiritigenin, liquiritin and isoliquiritin as MAPK-activated protein kinase 2 (MK2 inhibitors. These assigned compounds were docked with corresponding crystal structures of respective proteins with negative and low binding energy, which indicated a high affinity and tight binding capacity for the active site of the kinases. These results suggest that licorice exerts its spasmolytic effect through inhibiting the phosphorylation of HSP27 to alter the

  2. Potassium Currents in Freshly Dissociated Uterine Myocytes from Nonpregnant and Late-Pregnant Rats

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    Wang, S. Y.; Yoshino, M; Sui, J.L.; Wakui, M; Kao, P.N.; Kao, C. Y.

    1998-01-01

    In freshly dissociated uterine myocytes, the outward current is carried by K+ through channels highly selective for K+. Typically, nonpregnant myocytes have rather noisy K+ currents; half of them also have a fast-inactivating transient outward current (ITO). In contrast, the current records are not noisy in late pregnant myocytes, and ITO densities are low. The whole-cell IK of nonpregnant myocytes respond strongly to changes in [Ca2+]o or changes in [Ca2+]i caused by photolysis of caged Ca2+...

  3. Uterine Cancer

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    ... is pregnant. There are different types of uterine cancer. The most common type starts in the endometrium, ... the uterus. This type is also called endometrial cancer. The symptoms of uterine cancer include Abnormal vaginal ...

  4. Uterine factors.

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    Jaslow, Carolyn R

    2014-03-01

    Uterine anomalies are one of the most common parental causes of recurrent pregnancy loss, occurring in about 19% of patients. Congenital uterine anomalies are most likely caused by HOX gene mutations, although the mechanism is probably polygenic. There are no known environmental causes other than estrogenic endocrine disruptors such as diethylstilbestrol. Acquired uterine anomalies may result from uterine trauma (adhesions) or benign growths of the myometrium (fibroids) or endometrium (polyps). Although randomized controlled trials are lacking, surgical treatment is recommended for repair of uterine septa, and for removal of severe adhesions and submucosal fibroids, especially if no other causes are identified. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Intermedin inhibits norepinephrine-induced contraction of rat seminal vesicle

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    2014-09-01

    Conclusion: The results demonstrated that the inhibitory action of IMD on NE-induced seminal vesicle contraction was mediated via the ADM receptor(s and the nitric oxide production pathway, partially by the IMD receptor, but not by the CGRP receptor and the cAMP-PKA pathway.

  6. Formation of hydrogen peroxide and nitric oxide in rat skeletal muscle cells during contractions

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    Silveira, Leonardo R.; Pereira-Da-Silva, Lucia; Juel, Carsten

    2003-01-01

    We examined intra- and extracellular H(2)O(2) and NO formation during contractions in primary rat skeletal muscle cell culture. The fluorescent probes DCFH-DA/DCFH (2,7-dichlorofluorescein-diacetate/2,7-dichlorofluorescein) and DAF-2-DA/DAF-2 (4,5-diaminofluorescein-diacetate/4,5-diaminofluoresce...

  7. Sub-sarcolemmal swelling of sarcoplasmic reticulum after isometric contractions in rat semimembranosus lateralis muscle

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    Willems, M.E.T.; Huijing, P.A.J.B.M.; Friden, J.

    1999-01-01

    The decline in isometric force, swelling of sarcoplasmic reticulum and loss of desmin was measured in semimembranosus lateralis muscle of male Wistar rats immediately after a short series of brief (500 ms) maximal isometric contractions. For the active muscle, the series ended below (protocol A) and

  8. Signal transduction underlying carbachol-induced contraction of rat urinary bladder. II. Protein kinases

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    Fleichman, Marina; Schneider, Tim; Fetscher, Charlotte; Michel, Martin C.

    2004-01-01

    We have investigated the role of several protein kinases in carbachol-stimulated, M-3 muscarinic receptor-mediated contraction of rat urinary bladder. Concentration-response curves for the muscarinic receptor agonist carbachol were generated in the presence of multiple concentrations of inhibitors

  9. Decreased insulin action on muscle glucose transport after eccentric contractions in rats

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    Asp, S; Richter, Erik

    1996-01-01

    We have recently shown that eccentric contractions (Ecc) of rat calf muscles cause muscle damage and decreased glycogen and glucose transporter GLUT-4 protein content in the white (WG) and red gastrocnemius (RG) but not in the soleus (S) (S. Asp, S. Kristiansen, and E. A. Richter. J. Appl. Physio...

  10. Muscle pain induced by static contraction in rats is modulated by peripheral inflammatory mechanisms.

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    Santos, Diogo Francisco da Silva Dos; Melo Aquino, Bruna de; Jorge, Carolina Ocanha; Azambuja, Graciana de; Schiavuzzo, Jalile Garcia; Krimon, Suzy; Neves, Juliana Dos Santos; Parada, Carlos Amilcar; Oliveira-Fusaro, Maria Claudia Gonçalves

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    Muscle pain is an important health issue and frequently related to static force exertion. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether peripheral inflammatory mechanisms are involved with static contraction-induced muscle pain in rats. To this end, we developed a model of muscle pain induced by static contraction performed by applying electrical pulses through electrodes inserted into muscle. We also evaluated the involvement of neutrophil migration, bradykinin, sympathetic amines and prostanoids. A single session of sustained static contraction of gastrocnemius muscle induced acute mechanical muscle hyperalgesia without affecting locomotor activity and with no evidence of structural damage in muscle tissue. Static contraction increased levels of creatine kinase but not lactate dehydrogenase, and induced neutrophil migration. Dexamethasone (glucocorticoid anti-inflammatory agent), DALBK (bradykinin B1 antagonist), Atenolol (β1 adrenoceptor antagonist), ICI 118,551 (β2 adrenoceptor antagonist), indomethacin (cyclooxygenase inhibitor), and fucoidan (non-specific selectin inhibitor) all reduced static contraction-induced muscle hyperalgesia; however, the bradykinin B2 antagonist, bradyzide, did not have an effect on static contraction-induced muscle hyperalgesia. Furthermore, an increased hyperalgesic response was observed when the selective bradykinin B1 agonist des-Arg9-bradykinin was injected into the previously stimulated muscle. Together, these findings demonstrate that static contraction induced mechanical muscle hyperalgesia in gastrocnemius muscle of rats is modulated through peripheral inflammatory mechanisms that are dependent on neutrophil migration, bradykinin, sympathetic amines and prostanoids. Considering the clinical relevance of muscle pain, we propose the present model of static contraction-induced mechanical muscle hyperalgesia as a useful tool for the study of mechanisms underlying static contraction-induced muscle pain. Copyright © 2017 IBRO

  11. Postpartum uterine response to oxytocin and carbetocin.

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    Amsalem, Hagai; Aldrich, Clive J; Oskamp, Marilynne; Windrim, Rory; Farine, Dan

    2014-01-01

    To obtain quantitative data on uterine contractility postpartum and compare the response of intramuscular oxytocin to carbetocin. A prospective study using an intrauterine pressure transducer (IUPT) to measure frequency, amplitude, and duration of contractions following the administration of either oxytocin (10 U) or carbetocin (30 microg). The IUPT was tolerated by all subjects and generated useful data 90% of the time in most subjects (12/16). Both drugs generated hypertonic uterine activity with contractions of similar duration. However, carbetocin resulted in contractions of sustained higher amplitude and frequency and therefore higher uterine performance as expressed by Montevideo units. This uterotonic effect of carbetocin lasted for 3 hours. IUPT monitoring generated quantitative data on postpartum uterine activity. When compared to high-dose oxytocin, a low dose of carbetocin has a more prolonged effect on uterine activity both in terms of a higher amplitude and frequency of contractions.

  12. Triclosan enhances the uterine response to ethynyl estradiol: A dose response evaluation in the weanling rat

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    Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial agent found in personal care products, such as soaps and toothpaste. TCS has been detected in human breast milk, blood and urine and has been reported to decrease thyroxine and testosterone in rats; thus, rising concerns that this endocrine dis...

  13. Adenosine formation in contracting primary rat skeletal muscle cells and endothelial cells in culture

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    Hellsten, Ylva; Frandsen, Ulrik

    1997-01-01

    1. The present study examined the capacity for adenosine formation, uptake and metabolism in contracting primary rat muscle cells and in microvascular endothelial cells in culture. 2. Strong and moderate electrical simulation of skeletal muscle cells led to a significantly greater increase...... in the extracellular adenosine concentration (421 +/- 91 and 235 +/- 30 nmol (g protein)-1, respectively; P muscle cells (161 +/- 20 nmol (g protein)-1). The ATP concentration was lower (18%; P muscle cells....... 3. Addition of microvascular endothelial cells to the cultured skeletal muscle cells enhanced the contraction-induced accumulation of extracellular adenosine (P cells in culture alone did not cause extracellular accumulation of adenosine. 4. Skeletal muscle cells were...

  14. Long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices decreases plasma prolactin, progesterone, and estrogen levels but increases uterine oxidative stress in pregnant rats and their offspring.

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    Yüksel, Murat; Nazıroğlu, Mustafa; Özkaya, Mehmet Okan

    2016-05-01

    We investigated the effects of mobile phone (900 and 1800 MHz)- and Wi-Fi (2450 MHz)-induced electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure on uterine oxidative stress and plasma hormone levels in pregnant rats and their offspring. Thirty-two rats and their forty newborn offspring were divided into the following four groups according to the type of EMR exposure they were subjected to: the control, 900, 1800, and 2450 MHz groups. Each experimental group was exposed to EMR for 60 min/day during the pregnancy and growth periods. The pregnant rats were allowed to stand for four generations (total 52 weeks) before, plasma and uterine samples were obtained. During the 4th, 5th, and 6th weeks of the experiment, plasma and uterine samples were also obtained from the developing rats. Although uterine lipid peroxidation increased in the EMR groups, uterine glutathione peroxidase activity (4th and 5th weeks) and plasma prolactin levels (6th week) in developing rats decreased in these groups. In the maternal rats, the plasma prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone levels decreased in the EMR groups, while the plasma total oxidant status, and body temperatures increased. There were no changes in the levels of reduced glutathione, total antioxidants, or vitamins A, C, and E in the uterine and plasma samples of maternal rats. In conclusion, although EMR exposure decreased the prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone levels in the plasma of maternal rats and their offspring, EMR-induced oxidative stress in the uteri of maternal rats increased during the development of offspring. Mobile phone- and Wi-Fi-induced EMR may be one cause of increased oxidative uterine injury in growing rats and decreased hormone levels in maternal rats. TRPV1 cation channels are the possible molecular pathways responsible for changes in the hormone, oxidative stress, and body temperature levels in the uterus of maternal rats following a year-long exposure to electromagnetic radiation exposure from mobile phones and

  15. Molecular hydrogen ameliorates several characteristics of preeclampsia in the Reduced Uterine Perfusion Pressure (RUPP) rat model.

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    Ushida, Takafumi; Kotani, Tomomi; Tsuda, Hiroyuki; Imai, Kenji; Nakano, Tomoko; Hirako, Shima; Ito, Yumiko; Li, Hua; Mano, Yukio; Wang, Jingwen; Miki, Rika; Yamamoto, Eiko; Iwase, Akira; Bando, Yasuko K; Hirayama, Masaaki; Ohno, Kinji; Toyokuni, Shinya; Kikkawa, Fumitaka

    2016-12-01

    Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. Recently, molecular hydrogen (H 2 ) has been shown to have therapeutic potential in various oxidative stress-related diseases. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of H 2 on preeclampsia. We used the reduced utero-placental perfusion pressure (RUPP) rat model, which has been widely used as a model of preeclampsia. H 2 water (HW) was administered orally ad libitum in RUPP rats from gestational day (GD) 12-19, starting 2 days before RUPP procedure. On GD19, mean arterial pressure (MAP) was measured, and samples were collected. Maternal administration of HW significantly decreased MAP, and increased fetal and placental weight in RUPP rats. The increased levels of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and diacron reactive oxygen metabolites as a biomarker of reactive oxygen species in maternal blood were decreased by HW administration. However, vascular endothelial growth factor level in maternal blood was increased by HW administration. Proteinuria, and histological findings in kidney were improved by HW administration. In addition, the effects of H 2 on placental villi were examined by using a trophoblast cell line (BeWo) and villous explants from the placental tissue of women with or without preeclampsia. H 2 significantly attenuated hydrogen peroxide-induced sFlt-1 expression, but could not reduce the expression induced by hypoxia in BeWo cells. H 2 significantly attenuated sFlt-1 expression in villous explants from women with preeclampsia, but not affected them from normotensive pregnancy. The prophylactic administration of H 2 attenuated placental ischemia-induced hypertension, angiogenic imbalance, and oxidative stress. These results support the theory that H 2 has a potential benefit in the prevention of preeclampsia. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Eccentric contractions affect muscle membrane phospholipid fatty acid composition in rats

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    Helge, Jørn Wulff; Therkildsen, K J; Jørgensen, T B

    2001-01-01

    This study investigated if prior eccentric contractions, and thus mechanical strain and muscle damage, exert an effect on the muscle membrane phospholipid fatty acid composition in rats, and whether a possible effect could be attenuated by dietary supplements. Twenty-three rats were randomised...... muscle, was excised from both legs. In the muscles stimulated to contract eccentrically, compared to the control muscles, the proportion of arachidonic acid, C20:4,n-6 (17.7 +/- 0.6; 16.4 +/- 0.4% of total fatty acids, respectively) and docosapentanoeic acid, C22:5,n-3 (2.9 +/- 0.1 and 2.7 +/- 0.......1% of total fatty acids, respectively) was uniformly higher across groups (P acids) compared to the control leg (38.2 +/- 0...

  17. Indigo carmine enhances phenylephrine-induced contractions in an isolated rat aorta

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    Choi, Yun Suk; Ok, Seong-Ho; Lee, Seung Min; Park, Sang-Seung; Ha, Yu Mi; Chang, Ki Churl; Kim, Hye Jung; Shin, Il-Woo; Sohn, Ju-Tae

    2011-01-01

    Background The intravenous administration of indigo carmine has been reported to produce transiently increased blood pressure in patients. The goal of this in vitro study was to examine the effect of indigo carmine on phenylephrine-induced contractions in an isolated rat aorta and to determine the associated cellular mechanism with particular focus on the endothelium-derived vasodilators. Methods The concentration-response curves for phenylephrine were generated in the presence or absence of ...

  18. Fructose 2,6-bisphosphate in rat skeletal muscle during contraction.

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    Minatogawa, Y; Hue, Louis

    1984-01-01

    Fructose 2,6-bisphosphate and several glycolytic intermediates were measured in two rat muscles, extensor digitorum longus and gastrocnemius, which were electrically stimulated in situ. Both the duration and the frequency of stimulation were varied to obtain different rates of glycolysis. There was no relationship between fructose 2,6-bisphosphate content and the increase in tissue lactate in contracting muscle. However, in gastrocnemius stimulated at low frequencies (less than or equal to 5 ...

  19. Changes in glucose 1,6-bisphosphate content in rat skeletal muscle during contraction.

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    Bassols, A M; Carreras, J; Cussó, R

    1986-01-01

    Glucose 1,6-bisphosphate, fructose 2,6-bisphosphate, glycogen, lactate and other glycolytic metabolites were measured in rat gastrocnemius muscle, which was electrically stimulated in situ via the sciatic nerve. Both the frequency and the duration of stimulation were varied to obtain different rates of glycolysis. There was no apparent relationship between fructose 2,6-bisphosphate content and lactate accumulation in contracting muscle. In contrast, glucose 1,6-bisphosphate content increased ...

  20. Eccentric contractions affect muscle membrane phospholipid fatty acid composition in rats.

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    Helge, J W; Therkildsen, K J; Jørgensen, T B; Wu, B J; Storlien, L H; Asp, S

    2001-09-01

    This study investigated if prior eccentric contractions, and thus mechanical strain and muscle damage, exert an effect on the muscle membrane phospholipid fatty acid composition in rats, and whether a possible effect could be attenuated by dietary supplements. Twenty-three rats were randomised to three groups who received chow with added fish oil (n = 8), vitamin C (n = 8) or no supplement (n = 7). After 3 weeks of feeding, calf muscles on one side were stimulated electrically during anaesthesia causing eccentric contractions. Two days later the white gastrocnemius, a part of the stimulated calf muscle, was excised from both legs. In the muscles stimulated to contract eccentrically, compared to the control muscles, the proportion of arachidonic acid, C20:4,n-6 (17.7 +/- 0.6; 16.4 +/- 0.4% of total fatty acids, respectively) and docosapentanoeic acid, C22:5,n-3 (2.9 +/- 0.1 and 2.7 +/- 0.1% of total fatty acids, respectively) was uniformly higher across groups (P muscle. Thus one severe bout of eccentric contractions modulates the fatty acid composition of the muscle membrane phospholipids when compared to a control leg, and supplemental intake of fish oil or vitamin C did not attenuate this effect.

  1. The role of muscarinic receptors in contractions of adult male Rat\\'s isolated ileum

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    Raedeh Tavalaee

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    Conclusion: This study showed that different concentrations of carbachol enhance induced contraction by potassium chloride in a concentration-dependent manner and has a synergistic effect with potassium chloride. Also, different concentrations of scopolamine decrease induced contraction by potassium chloride in a concentration-dependent manner.

  2. Role of Tumor Necrosis Factor-α and Natural Killer Cells in Uterine Artery Function and Pregnancy Outcome in the Stroke-Prone Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat.

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    Small, Heather Yvonne; Nosalski, Ryszard; Morgan, Hannah; Beattie, Elisabeth; Guzik, Tomasz J; Graham, Delyth; Delles, Christian

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    Women with chronic hypertension are at increased risk of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. We have previously characterized the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHRSP) as a model of deficient uterine artery function and adverse pregnancy outcome compared with the control Wistar-Kyoto. The activation of the immune system plays a role in hypertension and adverse pregnancy outcome. Therefore, we investigated the role of tumor necrosis factor-α in the SHRSP phenotype in an intervention study using etanercept (0.8 mg/kg SC) at gestational days 0, 6, 12, and 18 in pregnant SHRSP compared with vehicle-treated controls (n=6). Etanercept treatment significantly lowered systolic blood pressure after gestational day 12 and increased litter size in SHRSP. At gestational day 18, etanercept improved the function of uterine arteries from pregnant SHRSP normalizing the contractile response and increasing endothelium-dependent relaxation, resulting in increased pregnancy-dependent diastolic blood flow in the uterine arteries. We identified that the source of excess tumor necrosis factor-α in the SHRSP was a pregnancy-dependent increase in peripheral and placental CD3- CD161+ natural killer cells. Etanercept treatment also had effects on placental CD161+ cells by reducing the expression of CD161 receptor, which was associated with a decrease in cytotoxic granzyme B expression. Etanercept treatment improves maternal blood pressure, pregnancy outcome, and uterine artery function in SHRSP by antagonizing signaling from excess tumor necrosis factor-α production and the reduction of granzyme B expression in CD161+ natural killer cells in SHRSP. © 2016 The Authors.

  3. Effects of calcium antagonists on K(+)-induced contraction in isolated aorta from diabetic and age-matched control rats

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    Heijnis, J. B.; van Zwieten, P. A.

    1993-01-01

    The effects of nifedipine, verapamil and diltiazem on K(+)-induced contraction were investigated in isolated aortic rings from diabetic and age-matched control rats. Six weeks after streptozotocin injection there was no significant difference between the maximum isometric contraction to KCl (80

  4. Noninvasive Cu-64-ATSM and PET/CT Assessment of Hypoxia in Rat Skeletal Muscles and Tendons During Muscle Contractions

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    Skovgaard, D.; Kjaer, M.; Madsen, J.

    2009-01-01

    expression of 2 hypoxia-related genes, hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF1 alpha) and carbonic anhydrase III (CAIII). Methods: Two groups of Wistar rats performed 1-leg contractions of the calf muscle by electrostimulation of the sciatic nerve. After 10 min of muscle contractions, Cu-64-ATSM was injected...

  5. Uterine activity: Implications for the condition of the fetus

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    Bakker, P.C.A.M.; van Geijn, H.P.

    2008-01-01

    Aim: The aim of this review is to provide more insight in the fetal mechanisms as a response to uterine contractions and to emphasize the importance of correct assessment of uterine activity (UA) patterns during labor. Study results: UA causes a decreased flow through the uterine artery. In the

  6. Uterine prolapse

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    Tightening the pelvic floor muscles using Kegel exercises helps to strengthen the muscles and reduces the risk of developing uterine prolapse. Estrogen therapy after menopause may help with vaginal ...

  7. Uterine Cancer

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    ... it starts, even if it spreads to other body parts later. When cancer starts in the uterus, it is called uterine cancer. The uterus is the pear-shaped organ in a woman’s pelvis (the area below ...

  8. Contractions activate hormone-sensitive lipase in rat muscle by protein kinase C and mitogen-activated protein kinase

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    Donsmark, Morten; Langfort, Jozef; Holm, Cecilia

    2003-01-01

    and contractions. Adrenaline acts via cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA). The signalling mediating the effect of contractions is unknown and was explored in this study. Incubated soleus muscles from 70 g male rats were electrically stimulated to perform repeated tetanic contractions for 5 min. The contraction...... of the inhibitors reduced adrenaline-induced HSL activation in soleus muscle. Both phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA), which activates PKC and, in turn, ERK, and caffeine, which increases intracellular Ca2+ without eliciting contraction, increased HSL activity. Activated ERK increased HSL activity in supernatant...... from basal but not from electrically stimulated muscle. In conclusion, in muscle, PKC can stimulate HSL through ERK. Contractions and adrenaline enhance muscle HSL activity by different signalling mechanisms. The effect of contractions is mediated by PKC, at least partly via the ERK pathway....

  9. Neurogenic contraction induced by the antiarrhythmic compound, AVE 0118, in rat small mesenteric arteries.

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    Kun, Attila; Seprényi, György; Varró, András; Papp, Julius Gy; Pataricza, János

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the vasoactivity of two inhibitors of potassium ion (K(+) ) channels, a potential antiarrhythmic compound, AVE 0118, and 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). Basal and stimulated tones of rat small mesenteric arteries as well as the possible involvement of KV 1.5 ion channel in the mechanism of vascular effect induced by the compounds were analysed. The standard organ bath technique for vascular tone and immunohistochemistry for the localization of ion channels in the arterial tissue were performed. Third- or fourth-order branch of arterial segments was mounted in myographs for recording the isometric tension. AVE 0118 (10(-5) M) and 4-AP (10(-5) M) modulated neither the basal tone nor the contraction induced by noradrenaline but increased the contraction evoked by electrical field stimulation, sensitive to the block of alpha-1 adrenergic receptors. KV 1.5 ion channel-specific immunostaining demonstrated the presence of immunoreactive nerves, and Schwann-cell-specific (S100) immunostaining confirmed the presence of myelin sheath in rat small mesenteric arteries. The study supports an indirect, sympathetic effect of AVE 0118 similar to that of 4-AP, which is mediated, at least in part, by blocking neuronal KV 1.5 type potassium ion channels in the medio-adventitial layer of rat small mesenteric artery. © 2014 Nordic Association for the Publication of BCPT (former Nordic Pharmacological Society).

  10. Effects of chloride channel blockers on hypotonicity-induced contractions of the rat trachea

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    Coelho, Roberta R; Souza, Emmanuel P; Soares, Pedro M G; Meireles, Ana Vaneska P; Santos, Geam C M; Scarparo, Henrique C; Assreuy, Ana Maria S; Criddle, David N

    2003-01-01

    We have investigated the inhibitory effects of blockers of volume-activated (Clvol) and calcium-activated (ClCa) chloride channels on hypotonic solution (HS)-induced contractions of rat trachea, comparing their effects with those of the voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blocker nifedpine. HS elicited large, stable contractions that were partially dependent on the cellular chloride gradient; a reduction to 41.45±7.71% of the control response was obtained when extracellular chloride was removed. In addition, HS-induced responses were reduced to 26.8±5.6% of the control by 1 μM nifedipine, and abolished under calcium-free conditions, indicating a substantial requirement for extracellular calcium entry, principally via VDCCs. The established Clvol blockers tamoxifen (⩽10 μM) and 4,4′-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2′-disulphonic acid (1–100 μM), at concentrations previously reported to inhibit Clvol in smooth muscle, did not significantly inhibit HS-induced contractions. In contrast, the recognized ClCa blocker niflumic acid (NFA; 1–100 μM) produced a reversible, concentration-dependent inhibition of HS responses, with a reduction to 36.6±6.4% of control contractions at the highest concentration. The mixed Clvol and ClCa blocker, 5-nitro 2-(3-phenylpropylamine) benzoic acid (NPPB; 10–100 μM) also elicited concentration-related inhibition of HS-induced contractions, producing a decrease to 35.9±11.3% of the control at 100 μM. Our results show that HS induces reversible, chloride-dependent contractions of rat isolated trachea that were inhibited by NFA and NPPB, while exhibiting little sensitivity to recognized blockers of Clvol. The data support the possibility that opening of calcium-activated chloride channels under hypotonic conditions in respiratory smooth muscle may ultimately lead to VDCC-mediated calcium entry and contraction. PMID:14691057

  11. Wortmannin inhibits both insulin- and contraction-stimulated glucose uptake and transport in rat skeletal muscle

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    Wojtaszewski, Jørgen; Hansen, B F; Ursø, Birgitte

    1996-01-01

    stimulation but was unaffected by contractions. In addition, the insulin-stimulated PI 3-kinase activity and muscle glucose uptake and transport in individual muscles were dose-dependently inhibited by wortmannin with one-half maximal inhibition values of approximately 10 nM and total inhibition at 1 micro......The role of phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase for insulin- and contraction-stimulated muscle glucose transport was investigated in rat skeletal muscle perfused with a cell-free perfusate. The insulin receptor substrate-1-associated PI 3-kinase activity was increased sixfold upon insulin......-stimulated glucose uptake but also decreased the contractility. In conclusion, inhibition of PI 3-kinase with wortmannin in skeletal muscle coincides with inhibition of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake and transport. Furthermore, in contrast to recent findings in incubated muscle, wortmannin also inhibited...

  12. Multiple causes of fatigue during shortening contractions in rat slow twitch skeletal muscle.

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    Kristin Halvorsen Hortemo

    Full Text Available Fatigue in muscles that shorten might have other causes than fatigue during isometric contractions, since both cross-bridge cycling and energy demand are different in the two exercise modes. While isometric contractions are extensively studied, the causes of fatigue in shortening contractions are poorly mapped. Here, we investigate fatigue mechanisms during shortening contractions in slow twitch skeletal muscle in near physiological conditions. Fatigue was induced in rat soleus muscles with maintained blood supply by in situ shortening contractions at 37°C. Muscles were stimulated repeatedly (1 s on/off at 30 Hz for 15 min against a constant load, allowing the muscle to shorten and perform work. Fatigue and subsequent recovery was examined at 20 s, 100 s and 15 min exercise. The effects of prior exercise were investigated in a second exercise bout. Fatigue developed in three distinct phases. During the first 20 s the regulatory protein Myosin Light Chain-2 (slow isoform, MLC-2s was rapidly dephosphorylated in parallel with reduced rate of force development and reduced shortening. In the second phase there was degradation of high-energy phosphates and accumulation of lactate, and these changes were related to slowing of muscle relengthening and relaxation, culminating at 100 s exercise. Slowing of relaxation was also associated with increased leak of calcium from the SR. During the third phase of exercise there was restoration of high-energy phosphates and elimination of lactate, and the slowing of relaxation disappeared, whereas dephosphorylation of MLC-2s and reduced shortening prevailed. Prior exercise improved relaxation parameters in a subsequent exercise bout, and we propose that this effect is a result of less accumulation of lactate due to more rapid onset of oxidative metabolism. The correlation between dephosphorylation of MLC-2s and reduced shortening was confirmed in various experimental settings, and we suggest MLC-2s as an

  13. Clonal derivation of a rat muscle cell strain that forms contraction-competent myotubes.

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    Merrill, G F

    1989-05-01

    A muscle cell strain capable of forming contracting myotubes was isolated from an established rat embryo cell line. The myogenic cells, termed rat myoblast omega or RMo cells, have a diploid complement of chromosomes (n = 42). In the presence of mitogen-containing growth medium, RMo cells proliferated with a cell generation time of about 12 hours. In mitogen-depleted medium, RMo cells withdrew from the cell cycle and formed myotubes that spontaneously contracted. Differentiated RMo cells produced creatine kinase isozymes in a ratio characteristic of skeletal muscle cells. RMo cells were easy to cultivate. Cells proliferated and differentiated equally well on gelatin-coated or noncoated culture dishes, at clonal or mass culture densities, and in all basal media tested. In most experiments, growth medium consisted of horse serum-containing medium supplemented with either chicken embryo extract or FGF activity; cells proliferated equally well in medium containing unsupplemented calf serum. RMo cells differentiated if growth medium was not replenished regularly. Alternatively, differentiation was induceable by incubation in mitogen-depleted medium consisting of basal medium supplemented either with 10(-6) M insulin, 0.5% serum, or 50% conditioned growth medium. RMo cells were competently transformed with cloned exogenous genes. Because it forms functional myofibrils, the RMo cell line constitutes a useful model system for studying the cell biology and biochemistry of proteins involved in contractile apparatus assembly and muscle disease.

  14. Sources of calcium in agonist-induced contraction of rat distal colon smooth muscle in vitro.

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    Zhou, Hua; Kong, De-Hu; Pan, Qun-Wan; Wang, Hai-Hua

    2008-02-21

    To study the origin of calcium necessary for agonist-induced contraction of the distal colon in rats. The change in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) evoked by elevating external Ca2+ was detected by fura 2/AM fluorescence. Contractile activity was measured with a force displacement transducer. Tension was continuously monitored and recorded using a Powerlab 4/25T data acquisition system with an ML110 bridge bioelectric physiographic amplifier. Store depletion induced Ca2+ influx had an effect on [Ca2+]i. In nominally Ca2+-free medium, the sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase inhibitor thapsigargin (1 mumol/L) increased [Ca2+]i from 68 to 241 nmol/L, and to 458 (P source of activator Ca2+ for the contractile response to agonist is extracellular Ca2+, and intracellular Ca2+ has little role to play in mediating excitation-contraction coupling by agonists in rat distal colon smooth muscle in vitro. The influx of extracellular Ca2+ is mainly mediated through voltage-, receptor- and store-operated Ca2+ channels, which can be used as an alternative to develop new drugs targeted on the dysfunction of digestive tract motility.

  15. Indigo carmine enhances phenylephrine-induced contractions in an isolated rat aorta.

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    Choi, Yun Suk; Ok, Seong-Ho; Lee, Seung Min; Park, Sang-Seung; Ha, Yu Mi; Chang, Ki Churl; Kim, Hye Jung; Shin, Il-Woo; Sohn, Ju-Tae

    2011-07-01

    The intravenous administration of indigo carmine has been reported to produce transiently increased blood pressure in patients. The goal of this in vitro study was to examine the effect of indigo carmine on phenylephrine-induced contractions in an isolated rat aorta and to determine the associated cellular mechanism with particular focus on the endothelium-derived vasodilators. The concentration-response curves for phenylephrine were generated in the presence or absence of indigo carmine. Phenylephrine concentration-response curves were generated for the endothelium-intact rings pretreated independently with a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), a cyclooxygenase inhibitor, indomethacin, and a low-molecular-weight superoxide anion scavenger, tiron, in the presence or absence of indigo carmine. The fluorescence of oxidized dichlorofluorescein was measured in rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells cultured in the control, indigo carmine alone and tiron plus indigo carmine. Indigo carmine (10(-5) M) increased the phenylephrine-induced maximum contraction in the endothelium-intact rings with or without indomethacin, whereas indigo carmine produced a slight leftward shift in the phenylephrine concentration-response curves in the endothelium-denuded rings and L-NAME-pretreated endothelium-intact rings. In the endothelium-intact rings pretreated with tiron (10(-2) M), indigo carmine did not alter phenylephrine concentration-response curves significantly. Indigo carmine (10(-5) M) increased the fluorescence of oxidized dichlorofluorescein in the vascular smooth muscle cells, whereas tiron abolished the indigo carmine-induced increase in oxidized dichlorofluorescein fluorescence. Indigo carmine increases the phenylephrine-induced contraction mainly through an endothelium-dependent mechanism involving the inactivation of nitric oxide caused by the increased production of reactive oxygen species.

  16. Oxytocin inhibiting effect of the aqueous leaf extract of Ficus exasperata (Moraceae) on the isolated rat uterus.

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    Bafor, Enitome E; Omogbai, Eric K I; Ozolua, Ray I

    2011-01-01

    The leaves of Ficus exasperata Vahl Enum. Pl. vahl (Moraceae) are used by traditional healers in Southern Nigeria and some parts of Africa to avoid preterm births. However, previous reports showed that the plant also exhibited uterine contractions at specific concentrations. This study is therefore aimed at investigating the purported uterine inhibitory aspect of the plant on the isolated rat uterus. The aqueous extract (AET) was tested on rhythmic spontaneous uterine contractions. Concentration-response relationships were obtained for oxytocin (OT), acetylcholine (ACh) and ergometrine (EGM), in the presence or absence of fixed concentrations of AET. Salbutamol (SBL) and verapamil (VER) were used as positive controls. AET, at 1.0 x 10(-2) mg/mL, significantly increased (p contractions but had no significant effect on ACh, EGM and spontaneous uterine contractions. However, SBL and VER significantly increased (p uterine contractions. The aqueous leaf extract of F. exasperata inhibits oxytocin-induced uterine contractions at the concentration shown in this study. This observation may explain its folkloric use in counteracting preterm contractions and alleviating dysmenorrhoea.

  17. Characteristics of myogenic response and ankle torque recovery after lengthening contraction-induced rat gastrocnemius injury

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    Song Hongsun

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although muscle dysfunction caused by unfamiliar lengthening contraction is one of most important issues in sports medicine, there is little known about the molecular events on regeneration process. The purpose of this study was to investigate the temporal and spatial expression patterns of myogenin, myoD, pax7, and myostatin after acute lengthening contraction (LC-induced injury in the rat hindlimb. Methods We employed our originally developed device with LC in rat gastrocnemius muscle (n = 24. Male Wistar rats were anesthetized with isoflurane (aspiration rate, 450 ml/min, concentration, 2.0%. The triceps surae muscle of the right hindlimb was then electrically stimulated with forced isokinetic dorsi-flexion (180°/sec and from 0 to 45°. Tissue contents of myoD, myogenin, pax7, myostatin were measured by western blotting and localizations of myoD and pax7 was measured by immunohistochemistry. After measuring isometric tetanic torque, a single bout of LC was performed in vivo. Results The torque was significantly decreased on days 2 and 5 as compared to the pre-treatment value, and recovered by day 7. The content of myoD and pax7 showed significant increases on day 2. Myogenin showed an increase from day 2 to 5. Myostatin on days 5 and 7 were significantly increased. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that myoD-positive/pax7-positive cells increased on day 2, suggesting that activated satellite cells play a role in the destruction and the early recovery phases. Conclusion We, thus, conclude that myogenic events associate with torque recovery after LC-induced injury.

  18. Inhibitory effect of Rosa damascena Mill flower essential oil, geraniol and citronellol on rat ileum contraction.

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    Sadraei, H; Asghari, G; Emami, S

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    Flower of Rosa damascena Mill is widely used in Iran for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. However, its pharmacological action on ileum contraction has not been studied. In this research we have investigated ileum motility effect of essential oil of flower petals of R. damascena growing in Kashan, Iran, and two of its constituents. The essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation were investigated by a combination of GC and GC/MS. More than 34 compounds have been identified. The main constituents of the essential oil were β-citronellol (23%), nonadecane (16%), geraniol (16%) and heneicosane (5%). A portion of rat isolated ileum was suspended under 1g tension in Tyrode's solution at 37°C and gassed with O2. Effect of the R. damascena essential oil (2.5-160 μg/ml), geraniol (0.2-3.2 μg/ml) and citronellol (0.8-6.4 μg/ml) were studied on ileum contractions induced by KCl, acetylcholine (ACh) and electrical field stimulation (EFS) and compared with standard drugs atropine and loperamide. The contractile response of EFS was mediated mainly through the intramural nerve plexuses, because its response was inhibited by loperamide and partially reduced by atropine. The essential oil concentration dependently inhibited the response to KCl (IC50=67 ± 8.4μg/ml) and EFS (IC50=47 ± 10.6 μg/ml). Geraniol (IC50=1.7 ± 0.15 μg/ml for KCl) and citronellol (IC50=2.9 ± 0.3 μg/ml for KCl) also had inhibitory effect of ileum contraction and both were more potent than the essential oil. It was concluded that R. damascena essential oil mainly had an inhibitory effect on ileum contractions and geraniol and citronellol had a major role in inhibitory effect of the essential.

  19. Impaired contraction and decreased detrusor innervation in a female rat model of pelvic neuropraxia.

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    Hannan, Johanna L; Powers, Shelby A; Wang, Vinson M; Castiglione, Fabio; Hedlund, Petter; Bivalacqua, Trinity J

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    Bilateral pelvic nerve injury (BPNI) is a model of post-radical hysterectomy neuropraxia, a common sequela. This study assessed the time course of changes to detrusor autonomic innervation, smooth muscle (SM) content and cholinergic-mediated contraction post-BPNI. Female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent BPNI or sham surgery and were evaluated 3, 7, 14, and 30 days post-BPNI (n = 8/group). Electrical field-stimulated (EFS) and carbachol-induced contractions were measured. Gene expression was assessed by qPCR for muscarinic receptor types 2 (M2) and 3 (M3), collagen type 1α1 and 3α1, and SM actin. Western blots measured M2 and M3 protein expression. Bladder sections were stained with Masson's trichrome for SM content and immunofluorescence staining for nerve terminals expressing vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). Bilateral pelvic nerve injury caused larger bladders with less SM content and increased collagen type 1α1 and 3α1 gene expression. At early time points, cholinergic-mediated contraction increased, whereas EFS-mediated contraction decreased and returned to baseline by 30 days. Protein and gene expression of M3 was decreased 3 and 7 days post-BPNI, whereas M2 was unchanged. TH nerve terminals surrounding the detrusor decreased in all BPNI groups, whereas VAChT and nNOS terminals decreased 14 and 30 days post-BPNI. Bilateral pelvic nerve injury increased bladder size, impaired contractility, and decreased SM and autonomic innervation. Therapeutic strategies preventing nerve injury-mediated decline in neuronal input and SM content may prevent the development of a neurogenic bladder and improve quality of life after invasive pelvic surgery.

  20. Prevenção do Nascimento Prematuro: Importância da Monitorização das Contrações Uterinas Prevention of Preterm Birth: Role of Uterine Contraction Monitoring

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    Eduardo Sérgio Borges da Fonseca

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: avaliar a relação entre alterações das contrações uterinas e parto prematuro. Metodologia: entre fevereiro de 1996 e junho de 1998, 73 gestantes com risco para o parto prematuro foram submetidas à monitorização externa das contrações uterinas, da 24ª à 34ª semana de gestação, duas vezes por semana, durante 60 minutos. O teste foi considerado positivo quando as contrações uterinas apresentavam freqüência maior ou igual a 4 contrações/hora antes da 30ª semana e a 6 contrações/hora após esta data. Resultado: foram excluídas da análise 17 pacientes (23,28% por apresentarem patologias obstétricas ou evolução desfavorável para os resultados finais. Das 56 gestantes restantes, a incidência de partos prematuros espontâneos foi de 23,21% (13/56. A freqüência média das contrações uterinas foi significativamente maior no grupo que evoluiu para o parto prematuro. O método revelou uma sensibilidade de 69,23%, uma especificidade de 86,04% e valores preditivos positivo e negativo de 60% e 90,24%, respectivamente. Conclusão: o teste negativo está associado a baixo risco de nascimento prematuro. Contudo, diante do teste positivo, torna-se necessária a associação com outros marcadores do parto prematuro para melhor identificar pacientes com risco elevado.Purpose: to evaluate the relationship between uterine contractions and premature delivery. Methods: between February 1996 and July 1998, 73 high risk pregnant women for preterm delivery, between the 24th and 34th weeks of gestation, were submitted to uterine contraction monitoring with tokodynamometers for 1 hour twice a week. The positive test was the presence of 4 contractions/h before the 30th week of gestation, and after this time, 6 contractions/h. Result: of 73 women, 17 patients (23.28% were excluded from the final analysis because they presented obstetric problems or unfavorable development for the final result. The rate of preterm delivery was 21

  1. The effect of temperature on eccentric contraction-induced isometric force loss in isolated perfused rat medial gastrocnemius muscle

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    Vasaghi Gharamaleki B

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: The typical features of eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage are delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS and prolonged loss of muscle strength. It has been shown that passive warmth is effective in reducing muscle injury. Due to the interaction of different systems in vivo, we used isolated perfused medial gastrocnemius skeletal muscle to study the direct effect of temperature on the eccentric contraction-induced force loss. "nMethods: After femoral artery cannulation of a rat, the left medial gastrocnemius muscle was separated and then the entire lower limb was transferred into a prewarmed (35oC chamber. With the chamber temperature at 31, 35 and 39oC before and during eccentric contraction. Isometric force loss was measured after 15 eccentric contractions (N=7-9. "nResults: Maximum contraction force reduction has been used as an index for eccentric contraction-induced force loss. In this study eccentric contraction caused a significant reduction in maximum isometric tension (p<0.01, but no significant difference was seen in isometric force loss at 31oC and 39oC compared with that at 35oC. "nConclusions: Our results suggest that temperature changes before or during eccentric contractions have no effect on eccentric contraction-induced force loss. "nKeywords: Isolated perfused muscle, skeletal muscle, eccentric contractions, isometric force, gastrocnemius muscle, temperature.

  2. Delayed uterine fluid clearance and reduced uterine perfusion in bitches with endometrial hyperplasia and clinical management with postmating antibiotic.

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    England, G C W; Moxon, R; Freeman, S L

    2012-10-15

    In many species a transient uterine inflammatory response follows mating and is proposed to remove excess spermatozoa, bacteria, and other contaminants from the uterus. Similar events have been documented in the bitch involving increased uterine contractions, polymorphonuclear neutrophil influx and uterine artery vasodilation. Some healthy bitches with endometrial hyperplasia have increased numbers of uterine luminal polymorphonuclear neutrophils after mating and reduced fertility; it is purported that this represents a presumed postmating endometritis. This study used B-mode and Doppler ultrasonography at the time of mating to measure uterine contractions, clearance of ejaculated fluid, and uterine artery velocity in normal bitches and those with endometrial hyperplasia. Mating resulted in an increase in the number of uterine contractions, although fewer mating-induced contractions were noted in bitches with endometrial hyperplasia. Interestingly, uterine fluid cleared significantly more slowly after mating from the bitches with endometrial hyperplasia than the normal bitches (P = 0.01). In a further study, Doppler ultrasonography showed that in normal bitches there was a significant increase in uterine artery blood velocity (P = 0.04) and a decrease in the resistance index after mating (P = 0.04), indicating vasodilation. In bitches with endometrial hyperplasia the baseline resistance index was significantly higher than normal bitches (P = 0.05), and furthermore, although there was a significant decrease in resistance index after mating, in the bitches with endometrial hyperplasia this was of a smaller magnitude that in normal bitches. These findings indicate lower baseline uterine perfusion, and a blunted vasodilation response to mating in bitches with endometrial hyperplasia. Short-duration postmating administration of systemic antibiotic increased pregnancy rates in bitches with endometrial hyperplasia (P uterine vasodilatory response to mating and delaying

  3. [Uterine activity in late pregnancy (author's transl)].

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    Warkentin, B

    1976-06-01

    In late pregnancy three different dinks of uterine activity can be observed by external tocography: Alvarez-waves, Braxton-Hicks-contractions and phases of inactivity equivalent to the intervals of labour. Contractions and phases of inactivity increases on to delivery, while the portion of Alvarez-waves decreases. Braxton-Hicks-contractions and phases of inactivity are opposed to the uncoordinated Alvarex-waves as coordinated activity. Accordingly these changes are explained as a process of increasing coordination of uterine activity, which finally ends in delivery.

  4. Selective and potent inhibitory effect of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on U46619-induced contraction in rat aorta

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    Sato, Kyosuke; Chino, Daisuke; Kobayashi, Tomoya; Obara, Keisuke; Miyauchi, Seiji; Tanaka, Yoshio

    2013-01-01

    Inhibitory effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on blood vessel contractions induced by various constrictor stimulants were investigated in the rat thoracic aorta. The inhibitory effects of DHA were also compared with those of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and linoleic acid (LA). DHA exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on the sustained contractions induced by U46619, a TXA2 mimetic. This inhibitory effect of DHA was not affected by removal of the endothelium or by treatment with either indomethacin or Nω-nitro-l-arginine. DHA also significantly diminished PGF2α-induced contraction but did not show any appreciable inhibitory effects on the contractions to both phenylephrine (PE) and high-KCl. Similarly, EPA exhibited significant inhibitory effects against the contractions induced by both U46619 and PGF2α without substantially affecting either PE- or high-KCl-induced contractions. However, both DHA and EPA generated more potent inhibitions against contractions induced by U46619 than those by PGF2α. In contrast, LA did not show significant inhibitory effects against any contractions, including those induced by U46619. The present findings suggest that DHA and EPA elicit more selective inhibition against blood vessel contractions that are mediated through stimulation of prostanoid receptors than those through α-adrenoceptor stimulation or membrane depolarization. Although DHA and EPA have similar inhibitory potencies against prostanoid receptor-mediated contractions, they had a more potent inhibition against TXA2 receptor (TP receptor)-mediated contractions than against PGF2α receptor (FP receptor)-mediated responses. Selective inhibition by either DHA or EPA of prostanoid receptor-mediated blood vessel contractions may partly underlie the mechanisms by which these ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids exert their circulatory-protective effects. PMID:24304639

  5. Cholera toxin but not pertussis toxin inhibits angiotensin II-enhanced contractions in the rat portal vein

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    Zhang, J.; van Meel, J. C.; Pfaffendorf, M.; van Zwieten, P. A.

    1993-01-01

    Angiotensin II (Ang II)-enhanced phasic contractions in the rat portal vein were concentration dependently inhibited by cholera toxin (0.1-10 micrograms/ml) and dibutyryl cyclic AMP (0.1-1 mM), but not by pertussis toxin (1 micrograms/ml), which suggests that Gi is not involved in the Ang II signal

  6. Leucine-Enriched Essential Amino Acids Augment Muscle Glycogen Content in Rats Seven Days after Eccentric Contraction

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    Hiroyuki Kato

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Eccentric contractions induce muscle damage, which impairs recovery of glycogen and adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP content over several days. Leucine-enriched essential amino acids (LEAAs enhance the recovery in muscles that are damaged after eccentric contractions. However, the role of LEAAs in this process remains unclear. We evaluated the content in glycogen and high energy phosphates molecules (phosphocreatine (PCr, adenosine di-phosphate (ADP and ATP in rats that were following electrically stimulated eccentric contractions. Muscle glycogen content decreased immediately after the contraction and remained low for the first three days after the stimulation, but increased seven days after the eccentric contraction. LEAAs administration did not change muscle glycogen content during the first three days after the contraction. Interestingly, however, it induced a further increase in muscle glycogen seven days after the stimulation. Contrarily, ATP content decreased immediately after the eccentric contraction, and remained lower for up to seven days after. Additionally, LEAAs administration did not affect the ATP content over the experimental period. Finally, ADP and PCr levels did not significantly change after the contractions or LEAA administration. LEAAs modulate the recovery of glycogen content in muscle after damage-inducing exercise.

  7. Effect of atrophy and contractions on myogenin mRNA concentration in chick and rat myoblast omega muscle cells

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    Krebs, J. M.; Denney, R. M.

    1997-01-01

    The skeletal rat myoblast omega (RMo) cell line forms myotubes that exhibit spontaneous contractions under appropriate conditions in culture. We examined if the RMo cells would provide a model for studying atrophy and muscle contraction. To better understand how to obtain contractile cultures, we examined levels of contraction under different growing conditions. The proliferation medium and density of plating affected the subsequent proportion of spontaneously contracting myotubes. Using a ribonuclease protection assay, we found that exponentially growing RMo myoblasts contained no detectable myogenin or herculin mRNA, while differentiating myoblasts contained high levels of myogenin mRNA but no herculin mRNA. There was no increase in myogenin mRNA concentration in either primary chick or RMo myotubes whose contractions were inhibited by depolarizing concentrations of potassium (K+). Thus, altered myogenin mRNA concentrations are not involved in atrophy of chick myotubes. Depolarizing concentrations of potassium inhibited spontaneous contractions in both RMo cultures and primary chick myotube cultures. However, we found that the myosin concentration of 6-d-old contracting RMo cells fed medium plus AraC was 11 +/- 3 micrograms myosin/microgram DNA, not significantly different from 12 +/- 4 micrograms myosin/microgram DNA (n = 3), the myosin concentration of noncontracting RMo cells (treated with 12 mM K+ for 6 d). Resolving how RMo cells maintained their myosin content when contraction is inhibited may be important for understanding atrophy.

  8. The inhibition of myometrial contractions by chlorinated herbicides (atrazine and linuron), and their disruptive effect on the secretory functions of uterine and ovarian cells in cow, in vitro.

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    Wrobel, Michał H; Mlynarczuk, Jaroslaw

    2017-10-01

    The effect of atrazine and linuron, the popular and widely used chlorinated herbicides, on both myometrial contractions and secretory functions of bovine uterus and ovaries in vitro, was investigated. The pesticides inhibited (Pcontractions, as well as the effect of OT on secretion of prostaglandins (PGs: PGF2α and PGE2) from endometrium. But only linuron inhibits the effect of OT on myometrial contractions. Neither of herbicides affected PGs secretion from myometrium and PGF2α from endometrium. Only the lowest dose of both tested compounds decreased PGE2 secretion from endometrium. The pesticides increased (Pcontractions in vitro. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. The response of rat and human uterus to oxytocin from different gestational stages in vitro.

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    Alotaibi, Mohammed F

    2017-01-01

    Oxytocin (OT) and oxytocin receptors (OTRs) play essential roles in parturition and the effect of OT on uterine contractility is greatly influenced by the expression of OTRs in myometrium. We investigated the effect of OT on uterine strips isolated from non-pregnant, late-pregnant, term-pregnant, and labouring rats and from labouring and non-labouring women. Longitudinal uterine strips (from each gestational stage) were dissected and mounted vertically in an organ bath setup system and challenged with 5 nM OT and the effect was investigated on uterine contractility. In other experiments, phospholipase C (PLC), prostaglandin H synthase-2 (PGHS-2), and calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCCs) were blocked and the effect of OT was tested in labouring rats. OT stimulated the labouring uterus with greater force compared to other gestations in rats and also augmented the uterine force in labouring women compared to the non-labouring. However, blocking the PLC, PGHS-2, and CaCCs significantly reduced the OT-induced force increase in labouring rats. These data suggest that as labour approaches, the sensitivity of the uterine tissues to OT is greatly enhanced concomitant with the increased expression of OTR to ensure strong and adequate uterine contractions essential for the normal delivery and to prevent the postpartum haemorrhage.

  10. Raloxifene and/or estradiol decrease anxiety-like and depressive-like behavior, whereas only estradiol increases carcinogen-induced tumorigenesis and uterine proliferation among ovariectomized rats

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    Walf, Alicia A.; Frye, Cheryl A.

    2010-01-01

    Controversy surrounds the efficacy and safety of 17β-estradiol (E2)-mimetic therapies to women for treatment of menopausal symptoms. An important question is the nature of the trophic actions of E2-mimetics in the brain for behavioral processes versus in the periphery for beneficial effects related to osteoporosis, or unwanted proliferative effects in reproductive tissues, such as mammary glands and uterus. Of recent interest are the effects of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), which can have tissue specific actions, for these processes. In the present study, the effects was determined of E2 alone, or co-administered with a SERM, raloxifene, for anxiety-like, depression-like and trophic peripheral effects in ovariectomized rats that were exposed to a chemical carcinogen (7, 12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene; DMBA), or not. Once per week, rats were administered vehicle, E2 (0.09 mg/kg) and/or raloxifene (1 mg/kg) s.c. 44–48 hours before testing in a positive control, E2-dependent behavior (lordosis), depression (forced swim test), and anxiety (elevated plus maze) behavioral assays. In addition to behavioral endpoints, incidence and number of tumors, and tumor, pituitary gland, and uterine weight 14 weeks after carcinogen-exposure, and weekly hormone treatments, were analyzed. Rats administered DMBA had increased number and size of tumors, compared to vehicle treatment. E2+raloxifene increased the number of tumors. Administration of E2 or E2+raloxifene, but not raloxifene alone, increased pituitary and uterine weight, compared to vehicle administration. E2 or E2+raloxifene, but not raloxifene alone, also increased incidence of lordosis and reduced depression-like behavior in the forced swim test (i.e. decreased time spent immobile) compared to vehicle administration. However, administration of E2 or raloxifene reduced anxiety behavior in the elevated plus maze (i.e. increased time spent on the open arms of the maze), compared to vehicle. Together these

  11. [Partial uterine rupture--case report].

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    Sikora, Wacław; Michalak, Zenon; Sikora-Szcześniak, Dobrosława

    2010-04-01

    We have presented a case of partial rupture of the uterus along the left margin with both lamina of the broad uterine ligament torn off and tear of the left ovarian proper ligament in a 32-year-old patient in 36 weeks gestation. The patient, with no history of either surgery on the uterine muscles or incidents of abdominal trauma, presented with no contractions. She was qualified for an emergency laparotomy, underwent Caesarean section and the rupture of the uterine muscle was sutured. 14 days after surgery the mother and her baby were discharged from hospital in overall good condition.

  12. Modulation of nerve-evoked contractions by β3-adrenoceptor agonism in human and rat isolated urinary bladder.

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    Rouget, Céline; Rekik, Moèz; Camparo, Philippe; Botto, Henry; Rischmann, Pascal; Lluel, Philippe; Palea, Stefano; Westfall, Timothy D

    2014-02-01

    Activation of β3-adrenoceptors has been shown to have a direct relaxant effect on urinary bladder smooth muscle from both rats and humans, however there are very few studies investigating the effects of β3-adrenoceptor agonists on nerve-evoked bladder contractions. Therefore in the current study, the role of β3-adrenoceptors in modulating efferent neurotransmission was evaluated. The effects of β3-adrenoceptor agonism on neurogenic contractions induced by electrical field stimulation (EFS) were compared with effects on contractions induced by exogenous acetylcholine (Ach) and αβ-methylene adenosine triphosphate (αβ-meATP) in order to determine the site of action. Isoproterenol inhibited EFS-induced neurogenic contractions of human bladder (pD2=6.79; Emax=65%). The effect of isoproterenol was selectively inhibited by the β3-adrenoceptor antagonist L-748,337 (pKB=7.34). Contractions induced by exogenous Ach (0.5-1μM) were inhibited 25% by isoproterenol (3μM) while contractions to 10Hz in the same strip were inhibited 67%. The selective β3-adrenoceptor agonist CL-316,243 inhibited EFS-induced neurogenic contractions of rat bladder (pD2=7.83; Emax=65%). The effects of CL-316,243 were inhibited in a concentration dependent manner by L-748,337 (pA2=6.42). Contractions induced by exogenous Ach and αβ-meATP were significantly inhibited by CL-316,243, 29% and 40%, respectively. These results demonstrate that the activation of β3-adrenoceptors inhibits neurogenic contractions of both rat and human urinary bladder. Contractions induced by exogenously applied parasympathetic neurotransmitters are also inhibited by β3-agonism however the effect is clearly less than on neurogenic contractions (particularly in human), suggesting that in addition to a direct effect on smooth muscle, activation of prejunctional β3-adrenoceptors may inhibit neurotransmitter release. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Effect of fiber type and nutritional state on AICAR- and contraction-stimulated glucose transport in rat muscle

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    Ai, Hua; Ihlemann, Jacob; Hellsten, Ylva

    2002-01-01

    AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) may mediate the stimulatory effect of contraction and 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleoside (AICAR) on glucose transport in skeletal muscle. In muscles with different fiber type composition from fasted rats, AICAR increased 2-deoxyglucose transport......)- and alpha(2)-isoforms of AMPK. Expression of both isoforms varied with fiber types, and alpha(2) was highly expressed in nuclei. In conclusion, AICAR-stimulated glucose transport varies with muscle fiber type and nutritional state. AMPK is unlikely to be the sole mediator of contraction-stimulated glucose...... and total AMPK activity approximately twofold in epitrochlearis (EPI), less in flexor digitorum brevis, and not at all in soleus muscles. Contraction increased both transport and AMPK activity more than AICAR did. In EPI muscles, the effects of AICAR and contractions on glucose transport were partially...

  14. Effects of uterine cervix constriction on Wistar rats Efeitos da constrição do cérvix uterino em ratos Wistar

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    Cassio Eduardo Raposo-Amaral

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To verify if uterine cerclage can induce craniosynostosis or any cranial deformity in new born Wistar rats. METHODS: One pregnant female Wistar rat underwent laparotomy on day 18 of gestation and the uterus cervix was closed with a 3-0 nylon suture to avoid delivery, that occurs normally on the 21 day. The suture was released after 48 hours beyond the normal gestation period. The female rat delivered 11 pups. Six surviving rats from the delivery (group A - constrained group. Two rats were born from another mother and in the same age were used as control group (group B - 2 nonconstrained controls were allowed to grow. They were sacrificed 1.2 years after their birth all the eight animals. Linear measurement, routine histology and computed tomography of the skull were performed at the time of their death to evaluate the cranial asymmetries by mesurements of the anatomical landmarks of the craniofacial skeleton of the rats on the two groups and compared then. RESULTS: We did not observe statistically significant differences in any of the compared measurements (p>0.05 obtained through the morphologic and radiologic methods. Histologic examinations did not reveal any sign of premature fusion or suture imbrications. Critical decrease in longitudinal body size was noticed as the limbs too in all the animals of group A. CONCLUSION: Constriction of uterine cervix leads to fetus suffering, even death for a few animals, associated to small body size, but not to craniosynostosis.OBJETIVO: Verificar se a cerclagem intra-uterina pode induzir, ao nascimento de ratos Wistar, craniossinostose ou qualquer outra deformidade craniana. MÉTODOS: Uma rata Wistar prenhe foi submetida à laparotomia no 18º dia de gestação e o cérvix uterino foi suturado com 3-0 nylon, impedindo o parto normal que normalmente ocorre no 21º dia de gestação. A sutura foi liberada 48 horas após o período gestacional normal. A rata gestante deu à luz 11 animais. Seis

  15. In Vitro Impact of Hydro-alcoholic Extract of Rosa damascena Mill. on Rat Ileum Contractions and the Mechanisms Involved.

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    Sedighi, Mehrnoosh; Rafieian-Kopaei, Mahmoud; Noori-Ahmadabadi, Mosayeb; Godarzi, Iraj; Baradaran, Azar

    2014-06-01

    The petal's hydro-alcoholic extract of Rosa damascena Mill. on ileum contractions of Wistar rats and its possible mechanism were investigated. Forty-eight male Wistar rats were divided into six groups. Ileum was placed adjacent to propranolol (1 μM), naloxone (1 μM) and L-NAME (100 μM) and also under the influence of different doses (2-8 mM) of calcium chloride. Cumulative extract of R. damascena Mill. (100, 500, and 1000 mg/L) decreased ileum contractions induced by KCl (60 mM) in a dose-dependent manner (P < 0.0001). Propranolol and naloxone significantly decreased the inhibitory effect of the extract on contractions induced by KCl (P < 0.001), but L-NAME was ineffective. Furthermore, calcium led to the contraction of depolarized tissue through KCI and this contractile effect decreased significantly induced by the cumulative concentrations of the extract (P < 0.001). The results indicate that R. damascena Mill. dose-dependently (100, 500, and 1000 mg/L) decreases ileum movements of the rat probably through stimulating the β-adrenergic and opioid receptors and voltage-dependent calcium channels, and it may be used to treat digestive disorders.

  16. A Skin Fixation Method for Decreasing the Influence of Wound Contraction on Wound Healing in a Rat Model

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    Seong Hwan Bae

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundThe elasticity of the back skin of the rat reduced the tension around wounds during the wound healing process in that region, and thus activates wound contraction. The authors proposed two skin fixation methods using readily available materials to decrease the influence of wound contraction on wound healing and designed an experiment to determine their effects.MethodsThe authors made 36 skin wounds on the backs of 18 rats, and they divided them into three groups. Each group was treated with three different kinds of dressing materials, each with different skin fixing characteristics. Group A was a control group. Group B and group C were dressed by the first and the second skin fixation method. We measured the areas of the wounds post-surgically and calculated the wound area reduction rates.ResultsThe two skin fixation methods both reduced the effect of wound contraction compared to the control group. Each of the two methods had different outcomes in reducing wound contraction.ConclusionsThe experiment demonstrated significant differences among the wound areas and the wound area reduction rates of the three groups as a result of differences in the degree of wound contraction. To obtain accurate results from wound healing experiments, appropriate skin fixation methods must be adopted.

  17. The cellular stress response of rat skeletal muscle following lengthening contractions.

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    Pollock-Tahiri, Evan; Locke, Marius

    2017-07-01

    The cellular stress response of the rat tibialis anterior (TA) muscle was investigated following 20, 40, or 60 lengthening contractions (LCs) using an in vivo model of electrical stimulation. Muscles were removed at 0, 1, 3, or 24 h after LCs and assessed for heat shock transcription factor (HSF) activation, heat shock protein (HSP) content, and/or morphological evidence of muscle fibre damage. When compared with the first muscle contraction, peak muscle torque was reduced by 26% (p < 0.05) after 20 LCs and further reduced to 56% and 60% (p < 0.001) after 40 and 60 LCs, respectively. Following 60 LCs, HSF activation was detected at 0, 1, and 3 h but was undetectable at 24 h. Hsp72 content was elevated at 24 h after 20 LCs (2.34 ± 0.37 fold, p < 0.05), 40 LCs (3.02 ± 0.31 fold, p < 0.01), and 60 LCs (3.37 ± 0.21 fold, p < 0.001). Hsp25 content increased after 40 (2.36 ± 0.24 fold, p < 0.01) and 60 LCs (2.80 ± 0.37 fold, p < 0.01). Morphological assessment of TA morphology revealed that very few fibres were damaged following 20 LCs while multiple sets of LCs (40 and 60) caused greater amounts of fibre damage. Electron microscopy showed disrupted Z-lines and sarcomeres were detectable in some muscles fibres following 20 LCs but were more prevalent and severe in muscles subjected to 40 or 60 LCs. These results suggest LCs elevate HSP content by an HSF-mediated mechanism (60 LC) and a single set of 20 LCs is capable of increasing muscle HSP content without causing significant muscle fibre damage.

  18. Vagally mediated effects of brain stem dopamine on gastric tone and phasic contractions of the rat.

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    Anselmi, L; Toti, L; Bove, C; Travagli, R A

    2017-11-01

    Dopamine (DA)-containing fibers and neurons are embedded within the brain stem dorsal vagal complex (DVC); we have shown previously that DA modulates the membrane properties of neurons of the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMV) via DA1 and DA2 receptors. The vagally dependent modulation of gastric tone and phasic contractions, i.e., motility, by DA, however, has not been characterized. With the use of microinjections of DA in the DVC while recording gastric tone and motility, the aims of the present study were 1) assess the gastric effects of brain stem DA application, 2) identify the DA receptor subtype, and, 3) identify the postganglionic pathway(s) activated. Dopamine microinjection in the DVC decreased gastric tone and motility in both corpus and antrum in 29 of 34 rats, and the effects were abolished by ipsilateral vagotomy and fourth ventricular treatment with the selective DA2 receptor antagonist L741,626 but not by application of the selective DA1 receptor antagonist SCH 23390. Systemic administration of the cholinergic antagonist atropine attenuated the inhibition of corpus and antrum tone in response to DA microinjection in the DVC. Conversely, systemic administration of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor nitro-l-arginine methyl ester did not alter the DA-induced decrease in gastric tone and motility. Our data provide evidence of a dopaminergic modulation of a brain stem vagal neurocircuit that controls gastric tone and motility.NEW & NOTEWORTHY Dopamine administration in the brain stem decreases gastric tone and phasic contractions. The gastric effects of dopamine are mediated via dopamine 2 receptors on neurons of the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus. The inhibitory effects of dopamine are mediated via inhibition of the postganglionic cholinergic pathway. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  19. Effect of St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) on obesity, lipid metabolism and uterine epithelial proliferation in ovariectomized rats

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    You, Mi-Kyoung; Rhuy, Jin; Jeong, Kyu Shik; Bang, Mi-Ae; Kim, Myung-Seok; Kim, Hyeon-A

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to assess the potential of St. John's Wort ( ) to prevent obesity and abnormalities in lipid metabolism induced by ovariectomy in a rat model without stimulatory activity on uterus. Ovariectomized (OVX...

  20. Methanol fractionations of Catha edulis Frosk (Celastraceae) contracted Lewis rat aorta in vitro: a comparison between crimson and green leaves.

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    Mahmood, Samira Abdulla; Pavlovic, Dragan; Hoffmann, Ulrich

    2009-05-07

    The study investigated the effect of methanol extract and its fractionations obtained from Yemeni khat on the smooth muscle isometric tension in Lewis rat aortal ring preparations and compared the effects of the crimson and green leaves. Khat leaves were sorted into green (khat Light; KL) and crimson (khat Dark; KD) leaves, extracted with methanol, followed with solvent-solvent extraction (benzene, chloroform and ethylacetate). The contractile activity of the fractions was tested using aortal ring preparations. The control (phenylepherine contraction) methanol extracts contracted aortas at concentrations 250, 125 and 67.5 microg/ml buffer by 80.2%, 57.3%, 26.4% and 81.5%, 65.6%, 24.6% for KL and KD, respectively. Fractions of benzene (BF) and ethylacetate (EaF) contracted the aorta with 2 microgm, whereas, chloroform (ChF) with 1 microgm/1 ml buffer was less potent. The shape of contraction curve produced by EaF differed from that of ChF and BF of both (KL and KD). The EaF induced-contraction peaked after 3.3 +/- 0.94 mins, whereas those of BF and CHF peaked after 18.0 +/- 2.2, 19.7 +/- 0.94 mins, respectively. Pre-incubation with nifedipine (10(-6) M) insignificantly reduced the contraction induced by all fractionations, but prazosin (10(-6) M) reduced the contraction by 81.9%, 63.1%, 71.8% with p = 0.23, 0.09, 0.15 for BF, ChF and EaF of KL, respectively. It significantly reduced contraction of ChF, 64.1%; p = 0.02, and of EaF, 73.5%; p = 0.04 of KD, while the reduction in contraction of BF was 63.1%; p = 0.06. In conclusion, fractions of green and crimson Yemeni khat leaves contracted aortas of Lewis rats. Both leaves behave almost similarly. Contraction induced by chloroform fraction produced alpha-sympathetic activity.

  1. Tocolytic and toxic activity of papaya seed extract on isolated rat uterus.

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    Adebiyi, Adebowale; Ganesan Adaikan, P; Prasad, R N V

    2003-12-19

    Carica papaya L. seeds extracted with 80% ethanol (EEPS) caused concentration-dependent tocolysis of uterine strips isolated from gravid and non-gravid rats. Prostaglandin F2alpha and oxytocin-induced contractions of the isolated rat uterus were also inhibited in a concentration-dependent fashion by EEPS. Recoveries of the uterine activity after EEPS-induced uterine quiescence were very weak. Higher concentration of EEPS caused prompt uterine quiescence, which was also significantly irreversible. Pre-incubation of the rat uterus in Ringer Locke solution containing 10 mg/ml of EEPS for 1 hour prior to suspension in tissue baths led to significant depression of the spontaneous and KCl (60 mM)-induced uterine contractions relative to the solvent control (Ppapaya seeds. Using electron impact ionization methods, the presence of BITC in EEPS was also shown in this study. Mass spectra of both EEPS and standard BITC showed a base peak of benzyl/tropylium ion at m/z 91 (indicative of an aromatic compound) and the molecular ion peak of BITC (m/z 149). Our earlier studies have demonstrated BITC-induced functional and morphological derangement of isolated uterus. We thus conclude that at high concentration, EEPS is capable of causing irreversible uterine tocolysis probably due to the damaging effect of BITC (its chief phytochemical) on the myometrium.

  2. L-arginine and Arginase Products Potentiate Dexmedetomidine-induced Contractions in the Rat Aorta.

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    Wong, Emily S W; Man, Ricky Y K; Ng, Kwok F J; Leung, Susan W S; Vanhoutte, Paul M

    2018-03-01

    The α2-adrenergic sedative/anesthetic agent dexmedetomidine exerts biphasic effects on isolated arteries, causing endothelium-dependent relaxations at concentrations at or below 30 nM, followed by contractions at higher concentrations. L-arginine is a common substrate of endothelial nitric oxide synthase and arginases. This study was designed to investigate the role of L-arginine in modulating the overall vascular response to dexmedetomidine. Isometric tension was measured in isolated aortic rings of Sprague Dawley rats. Cumulative concentrations of dexmedetomidine (10 nM to 10 μM) were added to quiescent rings (with and without endothelium) after previous incubation with vehicle, N-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME; nitric oxide synthase inhibitor), prazosin (α1-adrenergic antagonist), rauwolscine (α2-adrenergic antagonist), L-arginine, (S)-(2-boronethyl)-L-cysteine hydrochloride (arginase inhibitor), N-hydroxy-L-arginine (arginase inhibitor), urea and/or ornithine. In some preparations, immunofluorescent staining, immunoblotting, or measurement of urea content were performed. Dexmedetomidine did not contract control rings with endothelium but evoked concentration-dependent increases in tension in such rings treated with L-NAME (Emax 50 ± 4%) or after endothelium-removal (Emax 74 ± 5%; N = 7 to 12). Exogenous L-arginine augmented the dexmedetomidine-induced contractions in the presence of L-NAME (Emax 75 ± 3%). This potentiation was abolished by (S)-(2-boronethyl)-L-cysteine hydrochloride (Emax 16 ± 4%) and N-hydroxy-L-arginine (Emax 18 ± 4%). Either urea or ornithine, the downstream arginase products, had a similar potentiating effect as L-arginine. Immunoassay measurements demonstrated an upregulation of arginase I by L-arginine treatment in the presence of L-NAME (N = 4). These results suggest that when vascular nitric oxide homeostasis is impaired, the potentiation of the vasoconstrictor effect of

  3. Fiber type effects on contraction-stimulated glucose uptake and GLUT4 abundance in single fibers from rat skeletal muscle.

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    Castorena, Carlos M; Arias, Edward B; Sharma, Naveen; Bogan, Jonathan S; Cartee, Gregory D

    2015-02-01

    To fully understand skeletal muscle at the cellular level, it is essential to evaluate single muscle fibers. Accordingly, the major goals of this study were to determine if there are fiber type-related differences in single fibers from rat skeletal muscle for: 1) contraction-stimulated glucose uptake and/or 2) the abundance of GLUT4 and other metabolically relevant proteins. Paired epitrochlearis muscles isolated from Wistar rats were either electrically stimulated to contract (E-Stim) or remained resting (No E-Stim). Single fibers isolated from muscles incubated with 2-deoxy-d-[(3)H]glucose (2-DG) were used to determine fiber type [myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform protein expression], 2-DG uptake, and abundance of metabolically relevant proteins, including the GLUT4 glucose transporter. E-Stim, relative to No E-Stim, fibers had greater (P glucose uptake. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  4. Corticosteroids and redox potential modulate spontaneous contractions in isolated rat ventricular cardiomyocytes.

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    Rossier, Michel F; Lenglet, Sébastien; Vetterli, Laurène; Python, Magaly; Maturana, Andrés

    2008-10-01

    The mineralocorticoid receptor has been implicated in the development of several cardiac pathologies and could participate in the high incidence of lethal ventricular arrhythmias associated with hyperaldosteronism. We have observed previously that aldosterone markedly increases in vitro the rate of spontaneous contractions of isolated neonate rat ventricular myocytes, a putative proarrhythmogenic condition if occurring in vivo. In the present study, we investigated the effect of glucocorticoids, the involvement of the glucocorticoid receptor, and the modulation of their action by redox agents. Aldosterone and glucocorticoids exerted in vitro a similar, concentration-dependent chronotropic action on cardiomyocytes, which was mediated by both the mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid receptors. However, the relative contribution of each receptor was different for each agonist, at each concentration. Angiotensin II induced a similar response that was entirely dependent on the activity of the glucocorticoid receptor. Corticosteroid action was modulated by the redox state of the cells, with oxidation increasing the response while reducing conditions partially preventing it. When only the mineralocorticoid receptor was functionally present in the cells, oxidation was necessary to reveal glucocorticoid action, but no obvious competition with mineralocorticoids was observed when both agonists where simultaneously present. In conclusion, corticosteroids exert a strong chronotropic action in ventricular cardiomyocytes, mediated by both the mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid receptors and modulated by the redox state of the cell. This phenomenon is believed to be because of cell electric remodeling and could contribute in vivo to the deleterious consequence of inappropriate receptor activation, leading to increased susceptibility of patients to arrhythmias.

  5. Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM)-like Activities of Diarylheptanoid, a Phytoestrogen from Curcuma comosa, in Breast Cancer Cells, Pre-osteoblast Cells, and Rat Uterine Tissues.

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    Thongon, Natthakan; Boonmuen, Nittaya; Suksen, Kanoknetr; Wichit, Patsorn; Chairoungdua, Arthit; Tuchinda, Patoomratana; Suksamrarn, Apichart; Winuthayanon, Wipawee; Piyachaturawat, Pawinee

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    Diarylheptanoids from Curcuma comosa, of the Zingiberaceae family, exhibit diverse estrogenic activities. In this study we investigated the estrogenic activity of a major hydroxyl diarylheptanoid, 7-(3,4 -dihydroxyphenyl)-5-hydroxy-1-phenyl-(1E)-1-heptene (compound 092) isolated from C. comosa. The compound elicited different transcriptional activities of estrogen agonist at low concentrations (0.1-1 μM) and antagonist at high concentrations (10-50 μM) using luciferase reporter gene assay in HEK-293T cells. In human breast cancer (MCF-7) cells, compound 092 showed an anti-estrogenic activity by down-regulating ERα-signaling and suppressing estrogen-responsive genes, whereas it attenuated the uterotrophic effect of estrogen in immature ovariectomized rats. Of note, compound 092 promoted mouse pre-osteoblastic (MC3T3-E1) cell differentiation and the related bone markers, indicating its positive osteogenic effect. Our findings highlight a new, nonsteroidal, estrogen agonist/antagonist of catechol diarylheptanoid from C. comosa, which is scientific evidence supporting its potential as a dietary supplement to prevent bone loss with low risk of breast and uterine cancers in postmenopausal women.

  6. Simultaneous Recording and Analysis of Uterine and Abdominal Muscle Electromyographic Activity in Nulliparous Women During Labor.

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    Qian, Xueya; Li, Pin; Shi, Shao-Qing; Garfield, Robert E; Liu, Huishu

    2017-03-01

    To record and characterize electromyography (EMG) from the uterus and abdominal muscles during the nonlabor to first and second stages of labor and to define relationships to contractions. Nulliparous patients without any treatments were used (n = 12 nonlabor stage, 48 during first stage and 33 during second stage). Electromyography of both uterine and abdominal muscles was simultaneously recorded from electrodes placed on patients' abdominal surface using filters to separate uterine and abdominal EMG. Contractions of muscles were also recorded using tocodynamometry. Electromyography was characterized by analysis of various parameters. During the first stage of labor, when abdominal EMG is absent, uterine EMG bursts temporally correspond to contractions. In the second stage, uterine EMG bursts usually occur at same frequency as groups of abdominal bursts and precede abdominal bursts, whereas abdominal EMG bursts correspond to contractions and are accompanied by feelings of "urge to push." Uterine EMG increases progressively from nonlabor to second stage of labor. (1) Uterine EMG activity can be separated from abdominal EMG events by filtering. (2) Uterine EMG gradually evolves from the antepartum stage to the first and second stages of labor. (3) Uterine and abdominal EMG reflect electrical activity of the muscles during labor and are valuable to assess uterine and abdominal muscle events that control labor. (4) During the first stage of labor uterine, EMG is responsible for contractions, and during the second stage, both uterine and abdominal muscle participate in labor.

  7. NS309 decreases rat detrusor smooth muscle membrane potential and phasic contractions by activating SK3 channels

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    Parajuli, Shankar P; Hristov, Kiril L; Soder, Rupal P; Kellett, Whitney F; Petkov, Georgi V

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose Overactive bladder (OAB) is often associated with abnormally increased detrusor smooth muscle (DSM) contractions. We used NS309, a selective and potent opener of the small or intermediate conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK or IK, respectively) channels, to evaluate how SK/IK channel activation modulates DSM function. Experimental Approach We employed single-cell RT-PCR, immunocytochemistry, whole cell patch-clamp in freshly isolated rat DSM cells and isometric tension recordings of isolated DSM strips to explore how the pharmacological activation of SK/IK channels with NS309 modulates DSM function. Key Results We detected SK3 but not SK1, SK2 or IK channels expression at both mRNA and protein levels by RT-PCR and immunocytochemistry in DSM single cells. NS309 (10 μM) significantly increased the whole cell SK currents and hyperpolarized DSM cell resting membrane potential. The NS309 hyperpolarizing effect was blocked by apamin, a selective SK channel inhibitor. NS309 inhibited the spontaneous phasic contraction amplitude, force, frequency, duration and tone of isolated DSM strips in a concentration-dependent manner. The inhibitory effect of NS309 on spontaneous phasic contractions was blocked by apamin but not by TRAM-34, indicating no functional role of the IK channels in rat DSM. NS309 also significantly inhibited the pharmacologically and electrical field stimulation-induced DSM contractions. Conclusions and Implications Our data reveal that SK3 channel is the main SK/IK subtype in rat DSM. Pharmacological activation of SK3 channels with NS309 decreases rat DSM cell excitability and contractility, suggesting that SK3 channels might be potential therapeutic targets to control OAB associated with detrusor overactivity. PMID:23145946

  8. First-line antituberculosis drugs disrupt endocrine balance and induce ovarian and uterine oxidative stress in rats.

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    Adebayo, Olayinka A; Adesanoye, Omolola A; Abolaji, Olalekan A; Kehinde, Aderemi O; Adaramoye, Oluwatosin A

    2017-11-08

    The first-line antituberculosis (anti-TB) drugs, isoniazid (INH), rifampicin (RIF), ethambutol (EMB), and pyrazinamide (PZA), are effective in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. However, the toxicity of these drugs in the clinical setting limits their use. Here, we evaluated the effects of anti-TB drugs on the reproductive system in female rats. Thirty-five female Wistar rats were assigned into five groups of seven animals each. The control group received normal saline, whereas others received INH (5 mg/kg), RIF (10 mg/kg), EMB (15 mg/kg), and PZA (15 mg/kg) through gavage thrice a week for 8 consecutive weeks. Administration of anti-TB drugs significantly (pline anti-TB drugs elicited reproductive toxicity in the uterus and ovaries of rats through mechanisms that involved oxidative stress.

  9. Disruption of microtubules in rat skeletal muscle does not inhibit insulin- or contraction-stimulated glucose transport

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    Ai, Hua; Ralston, Evelyn; Lauritzen, Hans P M M

    2003-01-01

    found in all muscle fibers. Here, we test whether microtubules are required mediators of the effect of insulin and contractions. In three different incubated rat muscles with distinct fiber type composition, depolymerization of microtubules with colchicine for ...- or contraction-stimulated 2-deoxyglucose transport or force production. On the contrary, colchicine at least partially prevented the approximately 30% decrease in insulin-stimulated transport that specifically developed during 8 h of incubation in soleus muscle but not in flexor digitorum brevis...... or epitrochlearis muscles. In contrast, nocodazole, another microtubule-disrupting drug, rapidly and dose dependently blocked insulin- and contraction-stimulated glucose transport. A similar discrepancy between colchicine and nocodazole was also found in their ability to block glucose transport in muscle giant...

  10. Spasmolytic Activity of the Ethanol Extract of Sideritis raeseri spp. raeseri Boiss. & Heldr. on the Isolated Rat Ileum Contractions

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    Kitic, Dusanka; Radenkovic, Mirjana; Veljkovic, Slavimir; Jankovic, Teodora; Savikin, Katarina; Zdunic, Gordana

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Sideritis raeseri spp. raeseri Boiss. & Heldr., known as “mountain tea,” has been widely used in the Mediterranean region as a spice and in folk medicine as a very popular decoction because of its anti-inflammatory, carminative, analgesic, antitussive, stomachic, and antimicrobial properties. The study was aimed to investigate the effects of an ethanol extract of S. raeseri on intestinal activity. Air-dried and powdered aerial parts were extracted with 96% ethanol. The rat ileum preparations were incubated in Tyrode's solution gassed (95% O2/5% CO2) at 37°C. The ethanol extract of S. raeseri (0.03–0.3 mg/mL) relaxed spontaneous contractions in isolated rat ileum, similar to that produced by papaverine. The plant extract in a concentration-dependent manner (0.015–0.15 mg/mL) significantly inhibited the contractile response to acetylcholine (Pbarium chloride. Plant extract (0.03–0.3 mg/mL) significantly shifted the histamine concentration–response curve to the right and down (Pbarium chloride (P<.01). The results show that the ethanol extract of S. raeseri can produce inhibition of the the spontaneous rat ileum contractions and contractions induced by different spasmogens. These data indicate that S. raeseri acts as a spasmolytic on intestinal smooth muscle, which justifies its use in gastrointestinal disorders. PMID:21480795

  11. Salvia miltiorrhiza Induces Tonic Contraction of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter in Rats via Activation of Extracellular Ca2+ Influx

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    Ching-Chung Tsai

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Up to 40% of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD suffer from proton pump inhibitor refractory GERD but clinically the medications to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES to avoid irritating reflux are few in number. This study aimed to examine whether Salvia miltiorrhiza (SM extracts induce tonic contraction of rat LES ex vivo and elucidate the underlying mechanisms. To investigate the mechanism underlying the SM extract-induced contractile effects, rats were pretreated with atropine (a muscarinic receptor antagonist, tetrodotoxin (a sodium channel blocker, nifedipine (a calcium channel blocker, and Ca2+-free Krebs-Henseleit solution with ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid (EGTA, followed by administration of cumulative dosages of SM extracts. SM extracts induced dose-related tonic contraction of the LES, which was unaffected by tetrodotoxin, atropine, or nifedipine. However, the SM extract-induced LES contraction was significantly inhibited by Ca2+-free Krebs-Henseleit solution with EGTA. Next, SM extracts significantly induce extracellular Ca2+ entry into primary LES cells in addition to intracellular Ca2+ release and in a dose-response manner. Confocal fluorescence microscopy showed that the SM extracts consistently induced significant extracellular Ca2+ influx into primary LES cells in a time-dependent manner. In conclusion, SM extracts could induce tonic contraction of LES mainly through the extracellular Ca2+ influx pathway.

  12. Muscle Fatigue Affects the Interpolated Twitch Technique When Assessed Using Electrically-Induced Contractions in Human and Rat Muscles.

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    Neyroud, Daria; Cheng, Arthur J; Bourdillon, Nicolas; Kayser, Bengt; Place, Nicolas; Westerblad, Håkan

    2016-01-01

    The interpolated twitch technique (ITT) is the gold standard to assess voluntary activation and central fatigue. Yet, its validity has been questioned. Here we studied how peripheral fatigue can affect the ITT. Repeated contractions at submaximal frequencies were produced by supramaximal electrical stimulations of the human adductor pollicis muscle in vivo and of isolated rat soleus fiber bundles; an extra stimulation pulse was given during contractions to induce a superimposed twitch. Human muscles fatigued by repeated 30-Hz stimulation trains (3 s on-1 s off) showed an ~80% reduction in the superimposed twitch force accompanied by a severely reduced EMG response (M-wave amplitude), which implies action potential failure. Subsequent experiments combined a less intense stimulation protocol (1.5 s on-3 s off) with ischemia to cause muscle fatigue, but which preserved M-wave amplitude. However, the superimposed twitch force still decreased markedly more than the potentiated twitch force; with ITT this would reflect increased "voluntary activation." In contrast, the superimposed twitch force was relatively spared when a similar protocol was performed in rat soleus bundles. Force relaxation was slowed by >150% in fatigued human muscles, whereas it was unchanged in rat soleus bundles. Accordingly, results similar to those in the human muscle were obtained when relaxation was slowed by cooling the rat soleus muscles. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that muscle fatigue can confound the quantification of central fatigue using the ITT.

  13. Immature uterine teratoma associated with uterine inversion

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    Karla Teixeira Souza

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Teratomas are the most commonly diagnosed germ cell tumors and occur primarily in testes and ovaries. Platinum-based therapy followed by surgical resection of the residual lesion is generally the recommended treatment. In contrast, immature uterine teratomas are rare, with few cases reported in the literature. Moreover, there is no standard treatment for these tumors. Non-puerperal uterine inversion is also rare in women younger than 45 years of age, and neoplastic lesions are responsible for this condition. Here, we report a case of an immature uterine teratoma associated with uterine inversion. The patient underwent surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy and continues to be monitored.

  14. Human adipose tissue-derived stem cells exhibit proliferation potential and spontaneous rhythmic contraction after fusion with neonatal rat cardiomyocytes

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    Metzele, Roxana; Alt, Christopher; Bai, Xiaowen; Yan, Yasheng; Zhang, Zhi; Pan, Zhizhong; Coleman, Michael; Vykoukal, Jody; Song, Yao-Hua; Alt, Eckhard

    2011-01-01

    Various types of stem cells have been shown to have beneficial effects on cardiac function. It is still debated whether fusion of injected stem cells with local resident cardiomyocytes is one of the mechanisms. To better understand the role of fusion in stem cell-based myocardial regeneration, the present study was designed to investigate the fate of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASCs) fused with neonatal rat cardiomyocytes in vitro. hASCs labeled with the green fluorescent probe Vybrant DiO were cocultured with neonatal rat cardiomyocytes labeled with the red fluorescent probe Vybrant DiI and then treated with fusion-inducing hemagglutinating virus of Japan (HVJ). Cells that incorporated both red and green fluorescent signals were considered to be hASCs that had fused with rat cardiomyocytes. Fusion efficiency was 19.86 ± 4.84% at 5 d after treatment with HVJ. Most fused cells displayed cardiomyocyte-like morphology and exhibited spontaneous rhythmic contraction. Both immunofluorescence staining and lentiviral vector labeling showed that fused cells contained separate rat cardiomyocyte and hASC nuclei. Immunofluorescence staining assays demonstrated that human nuclei in fused cells still expressed the proliferation marker Ki67. In addition, hASCs fused with rat cardiomyocytes were positive for troponin I. Whole-cell voltage-clamp analysis demonstrated action potentials in beating fused cells. RT-PCR analysis using rat- or human-specific myosin heavy chain primers revealed that the myosin heavy-chain expression in fused cells was derived from rat cardiomyocytes. Real-time PCR identified expression of human troponin T in fused cells and the presence of rat cardiomyocytes induced a cardiomyogenic protein expression of troponin T in human ASCs. This study illustrates that hASCs exhibit both stem cell (proliferation) and cardiomyocyte properties (action potential and spontaneous rhythmic beating) after fusion with rat cardiomyocytes, supporting the theory

  15. Changes in tetrodotoxin-resistant C-fibre activity during fatiguing isometric contractions in the rat.

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    Ivana Kalezic

    Full Text Available It is by now well established that tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R afferent fibres from muscle in the rat exhibit a multisensitive profile, including nociception. TTX-R afferent fibres play an important role in motor control, via spinal and supraspinal loops, but their activation and function during muscle exercise and fatigue are still unknown. Therefore, the specific effect of isometric fatiguing muscle contraction on the responsiveness of TTX-R C-fibres has been investigated in this study. To quantify the TTX-R afferent input we recorded the cord dorsum potential (CDP, which is the result of the electrical fields set up within the spinal cord by the depolarisation of the interneurons located in the dorsal horn, activated by an incoming volley of TTX-R muscle afferents. The changes in TTX-R CDP size before, during and after fatiguing electrical stimulation of the gastrocnemius-soleus (GS muscle have been taken as a measure of TTX-R C-unit activation. At the end of the fatiguing protocol, following an exponential drop in force, TTX-R CDP area decreased in the majority of trials (9/14 to 0.75 ± 0.03% (mean ± SEM of the pre-fatigue value. Recovery to the control size of the TTX-R CDP was incomplete after 10 min. Furthermore, fatiguing trials could sensitise a fraction of the TTX-R C-fibres responding to muscle pinch. The results suggest a long-lasting activation of the TTX-R muscle afferents after fatiguing stimulation. The role of this behaviour in chronic muscle fatigue in connection with pain development is discussed. Accumulation of metabolites released into the interstitium during fatiguing stimulation might be one of the reasons underlying the C-fibres' long-lasting activation.

  16. [Human uterine contractility during normal puerperium (author's transl)].

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    Romero-Salinas, G; Vera-Cázares, R; La Torre-Rasguido, F; Escalera-Villarreal, G; Bandera-González, B

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    In order to determine the morphology and the normal values of uterine contractility during the puerperium, 26 patients with the following characteristics were studied: multiparous during puerperium, without recent episiotomy, with healthy cervix, absence of genital septic focus, uterine tumours or malformations; all of them breast feeding. In the hypothesis it was considered that the endogenous oxytocin increases and stimulates the mammary myoepithelium and uterine contractility. For recording uterine contractility, the technique of Jaumandreu and Hendricks was used. The recordings were made during the 24 hours postpartum, at 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 days with a duration of 2 to 3 hours. All the studies were longitudinal. The change of human uterine contractility during normal puerperium were estimated. The range of the tonus was 22--41 mmHg, the intensity 5--18 mmHg, the frequency 17--23 contractions in 10 minutes, and the uterine activity 102--223 Montevideo Units.

  17. Lipid-soluble fraction of Shakuyaku-kanzo-to inhibits myometrial contraction in pregnant women.

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    Sumi, Genichiro; Yasuda, Katsuhiko; Tsuji, Shoko; Kanamori, Chiharu; Tsuzuki, Tomoko; Cho, Hisayuu; Nishigaki, Akemi; Okada, Hidetaka; Kanzaki, Hideharu

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    Shakuyaku-kanzo-to, a Kampo medicine composed equally of shakuyaku and kanzo, is an antispasmodic drug that can inhibit contraction of uterine smooth muscles in pregnant women and rats. We aimed to test the inhibitory effects of water- and lipid-soluble extracts of shakuyaku-kanzo-to, shakuyaku, and kanzo in order to identify the fraction responsible for inhibiting uterine smooth muscle contraction in pregnancy. Myometrial tissues were obtained from pregnant women and rats. The water- and lipid-soluble fractions of shakuyaku-kanzo-to, shakuyaku, and kanzo were obtained using the method of Bligh and Dyer. Lipid-soluble fractions were also partially purified using thin-layer chromatography (TLC) with a chloroform : methanol : water (65:25:4 by volume) solvent system to yield four TLC fractions. The effect of each fraction on oxytocin-induced myometrial contraction was examined in vitro. Lipid-soluble fractions obtained from shakuyaku-kanzo-to and kanzo inhibited myometrial contraction; water-soluble fractions had no effect. Of the four TLC fractions, the inhibitory effect was greatest with TLC fraction 1 (0.75 soluble nor the lipid-soluble fraction from shakuyaku inhibited myometrial contraction. These results suggest that lipid-soluble substances with low polarity derived from kanzo are responsible for the inhibitory effect of shakuyaku-kanzo-to on myometrial contraction. © 2014 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2014 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  18. High-intensity stretch-shortening contraction training modifies responsivity of skeletal muscle in old male rats.

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    Rader, Erik P; Naimo, Marshall A; Ensey, James; Baker, Brent A

    2018-02-10

    Utilization of high-intensity resistance training to counter age-related sarcopenia is currently debated because of the potential for maladaptation when training design is inappropriate. Training design is problematic because the influence of various loading variables (e.g. contraction mode, repetition number, and training frequency) is still not well characterized at old age. To address this in a precisely controlled manner, we developed a rodent model of high-intensity training consisting of maximally-activated stretch-shortening contractions (SSCs), contractions typical during resistance training. With this model, we determined that at old age, high-repetition SSC training (80 SSCs: 8 sets of 10 repetitions) performed frequently (i.e. 3 days per week) for 4.5 weeks induced strength deficits with no muscle mass gain while decreasing frequency to 2 days per week promoted increases in muscle mass and muscle quality (i.e. performance normalized to muscle mass). This finding confirmed the popular notion that decreasing training frequency has a robust effect with age. Meanwhile, the influence of other loading variables remains contentious. The aim of the present study was to assess muscle adaptation following modulation of contraction mode and repetition number during high-intensity SSC training. Muscles of young (3 month old) and old (30 month old) male rats were exposed to 4.5 weeks of low-repetition static training of 4 (i.e. 4 sets of one repetition) isometric (ISO) contractions 3 days per week or a more moderate-repetition dynamic training of 40 SSCs (i.e. 4 sets of 10 repetitions) 3 days per week. For young rats, performance and muscle mass increased regardless of training protocol. For old rats, no muscle mass adaptation was observed for 4 ISO training while 40 SSC training induced muscle mass gain without improvement in muscle quality, an outcome distinct from modulating training frequency. Muscle mass gain for old rats was accompanied by

  19. Effect of interleukin-6 (IL-6) on the vascular smooth muscle contraction in abdominal aorta of rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes.

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    Tang, Wen-Bo; Zhou, Yu-Qin; Zhao, Ting; Shan, Jing-Li; Sun, Peng; Yang, Ting-Ting; Chang, Xin-Wen; Li, Sen; Wang, Paulus S; Xie, Dong-Ping

    2011-10-31

    Patients with type 1 diabetes are at a risk of hypertension. However, the mechanisms behind the findings are not completely known. The aim of the present study was to investigate involvement of interleukin-6 (IL-6) on the contraction of abdominal aorta in rats with type 1 diabetes. IL-6 levels in the plasma of rats with streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes were determined by ELISA. The abdominal aorta was dissected free of fat and connective tissues and then cut into spiral rings. The endothelium-denuded strip was vertically suspended in tissue chambers containing 5 ml Krebs solution at 37 degrees C and bubbled continuously with 95% O2-5% CO2. The effects of phenylephrine (Phe) on the contractile responses of abdominal aorta were recorded. The effects of IL-6 and anti-rat IL-6 antibody on the Phe-induced response were also examined. Plasma levels of IL-6 increased time-dependently in rats with STZ-induced diabetes. Phe caused concentration-dependent contraction in aortic rings. Phe-induced contractions were higher in vascular strips of STZ-induced diabetic rats than that of control rats. Pretreatment of vascular strips with IL-6 for 1 h did not cause contraction but enhanced the contraction in response to Phe. Treatment of the vascular strips with an anti-IL-6 antibody for 1 h decreased the Phe-induced contractions. These results suggest that IL-6 causes vascular smooth muscle contraction in abdominal aorta of rats with type 1 diabetes.

  20. Protective role of acidic pH-activated chloride channel in severe acidosis-induced contraction from the aorta of spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Zhiyong Ma

    Full Text Available Severe acidic pH-activated chloride channel (ICl,acid has been found in various mammalian cells. In the present study, we investigate whether this channel participates in reactions of the thoracic aorta to severe acidosis and whether it plays a role in hypertension. We measured isometric contraction in thoracic aorta rings from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs and normotensive Wistar rats. Severe acidosis induced contractions of both endothelium-intact and -denuded thoracic aorta rings. In Wistar rats, contractions did not differ at pH 6.4, 5.4 and 4.4. However, in SHRs, contractions were higher at pH 5.4 or 4.4 than pH 6.4, with no difference between contractions at pH 5.4 and 4.4. Nifedipine, ICl,acid blockers 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino benzoic acid (NPPB and 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2, 2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS inhibited severe acidosis-induced contraction of aortas at different pH levels. When blocking ICl,acid, the remnant contraction was greater at pH 4.4 than pH 5.4 and 6.4 for both SHRs and Wistar rats. With nifedipine, the remnant contraction was greatly reduced at pH 4.4 as compared with at pH 6.4 and 5.4. With NPPB or DIDS, the ratio of remnant contractions at pH 4.4 and 5.4 (R4.4/5.4 was lower for SHRs than Wistar rats (all 1. Furthermore, patch clamp recordings of ICl,acid and intracellular Ca(2+ measurements in smooth muscle cells confirmed these findings. ICl,acid may protect arteries against excess vasoconstriction under extremely acidic extracellular conditions. This protective effect may be decreased in hypertension.

  1. A comparison between electrical uterine monitor, tocodynamometer and intra uterine pressure catheter for uterine activity in labor.

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    Hadar, Eran; Biron-Shental, Tal; Gavish, Oz; Raban, Oded; Yogev, Yariv

    2015-08-01

    We aimed to evaluate the performance of a non-invasive EMG electrical uterine monitor (EUM) versus tocodynamometry (TOCO) by comparing both to internal uterine pressure catheter (IUPC). Prospective observational trial. Uterine activity was recorded continuously and simultaneously, in women during active term labor, with TOCO, EUM and IUPC. Uterine activity tracings were analyzed by three blinded physicians. Overall, 385 tracings from 43 women were analyzed. A similar rate of interpretable tracings between physicians was demonstrated for EUM (87%; 95% CI 80.9-92.7%) and IUPC (94.8%; 95% CI 83.4-96.3%), with a significantly lower rate for TOCO (67.5%; 95% CI 59.4-76.8%, p contraction frequency for EUM versus IUPC (0.77 ± 2.3) compared to TOCO versus IUPC (-3.34 ± 4.97). There is a high variability between the timing of TOCO contractions as compared to IUPC (4.74 ± 10.03 seconds), while a gap of 8.46 ± 4.24 seconds was detected for EUM. The sensitivity, positive predictive value and false positive rate for individual contraction identification by TOCO and EUM are 54.0%, 84.4%, 15.6% and 94.2%, 87.6%, 12.4%, respectively. EUM is efficient as IUPC for uterine activity assessment and both techniques are superior in comparison to external tocodynamometry. Our results support the use of non-invasive EMG technology to monitor uterine activity.

  2. UTEROPLACENTAL DOPPLER VELOCIMETRY DURING BRAXTON-HICKS CONTRACTIONS

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    DIJKSTRA, K; AARNOUDSE, JG; Oosterhof, H.

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    Pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound was used to evaluate the influence of Braxton Hicks' contractions on flow velocity waveforms in the uterine arteries. Flow velocity waveforms were obtained from a standardized site, at the crossing of the uterine artery with the external iliac artery near the uterine

  3. Polytocus focus: Uterine position effect is dependent upon horn size.

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    McLaurin, Kristen A; Mactutus, Charles F

    2015-02-01

    Understanding the variability caused by uterine position effects in polytocus species, such as rats, may enhance prenatal animal models for the study of drug and environmental agents. The primiparous litters of 42 intact female Sprague-Dawley rats were studied. Uterine position, fetal body weight, and fetal brain (wet) weight were recorded on gestation day (GD) 20 (GD 0=sperm positive). Uterine position effect for brain and body weight varied depending upon horn size. Furthermore, an inverse relationship between horn size (and, to a lesser extent, litter size) and fetal weight applied to both body and brain weight measures. There were no statistical differences in brain and body weights between the left and right uterine horns. The position of the uterine horn (left vs. right) and litter size did not influence the uterine position effect in the rat. Collectively, the present data suggest the presence of a significant uterine position effect. Prenatal differences based on uterine position provide an untapped opportunity to increase our understanding of developmental neurotoxicological and teratological studies that employ a polytocus species as an animal model. Copyright © 2014 ISDN. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Uterine artery embolization to treat uterine fibroids

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    Machan, L.; Martin, M. [Univ. of British Columbia Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    2001-06-01

    The first reported application of uterine artery embolization, in 1979, was to treat life-threatening hemorrhage after a failed hysterectomy. Since then, uterine artery embolization has been used very successfully to control acute or delayed post-partum hemorrhage, post-surgical hemorrhage and hemorrhage from ectopic pregnancy, to treat uterine arteriovenous malformations and as prophylaxis before high-risk surgery, such as cesarean delivery in women with placenta previa. In contrast to these proven but underutilized applications, uterine embolization for fibroids has, in a short time, achieved significant notice in the lay press and is being widely offered. Ravina and colleagues, first reported uterine fibroid shrinkage after embolization for the treatment of acute bleeding. Since then, his group has performed over 100 procedures with up to a 6-year follow-up. The cumulative clinical success rate for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding due to fibroids is reported to be approximately 85% and for treatment of pain or pressure symptoms, about 75%. Six-month follow-up sonography reveals an average reduction of fibroid size of approximately 40%. However, to date, no studies have compared patients who undergo embolization with a nontreatment cohort or with surgical intervention. (author)

  5. Imaging mass spectrometry reveals fiber-specific distribution of acetylcarnitine and contraction-induced carnitine dynamics in rat skeletal muscles.

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    Furuichi, Yasuro; Goto-Inoue, Naoko; Manabe, Yasuko; Setou, Mitsutoshi; Masuda, Kazumi; Fujii, Nobuharu L

    2014-10-01

    Carnitine is well recognized as a key regulator of long-chain fatty acyl group translocation into the mitochondria. In addition, carnitine, as acetylcarnitine, acts as an acceptor of excess acetyl-CoA, a potent inhibitor of pyruvate dehydrogenase. Here, we provide a new methodology for accurate quantification of acetylcarnitine content and determination of its localization in skeletal muscles. We used matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) to visualize acetylcarnitine distribution in rat skeletal muscles. MALDI-IMS and immunohistochemistry of serial cross-sections showed that acetylcarnitine was enriched in the slow-type muscle fibers. The concentration of ATP was lower in muscle regions with abundant acetylcarnitine, suggesting a relationship between acetylcarnitine and metabolic activity. Using our novel method, we detected an increase in acetylcarnitine content after muscle contraction. Importantly, this increase was not detected using traditional biochemical assays of homogenized muscles. We also demonstrated that acetylation of carnitine during muscle contraction was concomitant with glycogen depletion. Our methodology would be useful for the quantification of acetylcarnitine and its contraction-induced kinetics in skeletal muscles. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. PTHrP is endogenous relaxant for spontaneous smooth muscle contraction in urinary bladder of female rat.

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    Nishikawa, Nobuyuki; Kanematsu, Akihiro; Negoro, Hiromitsu; Imamura, Masaaki; Sugino, Yoshio; Okinami, Takeshi; Yoshimura, Koji; Hashitani, Hikaru; Ogawa, Osamu

    2013-06-01

    Acute bladder distension causes various morphologic and functional changes, in part through altered gene expression. We aimed to investigate the physiologic role of PTHrP, which is up-regulated in an acute bladder distension model in female rats. In the control Empty group, bladders were kept empty for 6 hours, and in the Distension group, bladders were kept distended for 3 hours after an artificial storing-voiding cycle for 3 hours. In the Distention group bladder, up-regulation of transcripts was noted for 3 genes reported to be up-regulated by stretch in the cultured bladder smooth muscle cells in vitro. Further transcriptome analysis by microarray identified PTHrP as the 22nd highest gene up-regulated in Distension group bladder, among more than 27,000 genes. Localization of PTHrP and its functional receptor, PTH/PTHrP receptor 1 (PTH1R), were analyzed in the untreated rat bladders and cultured bladder cells using real-time RT-PCR and immunoblotting, which revealed that PTH1R and PTHrP were more predominantly expressed in smooth muscle than in urothelium. Exogenous PTHrP peptide (1-34) increased intracellular cAMP level in cultured bladder smooth muscle cells. In organ bath study using bladder strips, the PTHrP peptide caused a marked reduction in the amplitude of spontaneous contraction but caused only modest suppression for carbachol-induced contraction. In in vivo functional study by cystometrogram, the PTHrP peptide decreased voiding pressure and increased bladder compliance. Thus, PTHrP is a potent endogenous relaxant of bladder contraction, and autocrine or paracrine mechanism of the PTHrP-PTH1R axis is a physiologically relevant pathway functioning in the bladder.

  7. Correlation between slow-wave myoelectric signals and mechanical contractions in the gastrointestinal tract: Advanced electromyographic method in rats.

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    Szucs, Kalman F; Nagy, Aniko; Grosz, Gyorgy; Tiszai, Zita; Gaspar, Robert

    Gastrointestinal motility disorders are presumed to be associated with abnormalities of the generation of slow-wave electric impulses. A requirement for the development of non-invasive clinical methods for the diagnosis of motility disorders is the identification of these signals. We set out to separate and characterize the signals from the various sections of the gastrointestinal tract and to detect changes in the smooth muscle electromyography (SEMG) signals. Partially resected (stomach-small intestine, stomach-large intestine or small and large intestine) or non-resected male SPRD rats were measured under deep anaesthesia. Bipolar thread and disk electrodes and strain gauge sensors were used for SEMG and the detection of mechanical contractions, respectively. The electric activity was characterized by cycle per minute (cpm) and power spectrum density maximum (PsDmax) W by fast Fourier transformation analysis. Contractions were evaluated by area under the curve analysis. The myoelectric signals of the stomach, ileum and caecum were at 3-5, 20-25 and 1-3cpm, respectively. Neostigmine increased (40-60%), while atropine decreased (30-50%) the PsDmax values. However, the cpm values remained unchanged. Linear regression revealed a good correlation between the PsDmax values and the smooth muscle contractions. Electric signals of the same character were recorded from the organ and from the abdominal surface. The change in PsDmax perfectly reflects the change in the contractions of the smooth muscle. These results may serve as the basis for non-invasive gastrointestinal measurements in experimental animals, which can be translated into clinical practice for motility studies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Rat Whisker Movement after Facial Nerve Lesion: Evidence for Autonomic Contraction of Skeletal Muscle

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    Heaton, James T.; Sheu, Shu-Hsien; Hohman, Marc H.; Knox, Christopher J.; Weinberg, Julie S.; Kleiss, Ingrid J.; Hadlock, Tessa A.

    2014-01-01

    Vibrissal whisking is often employed to track facial nerve regeneration in rats; however, we have observed similar degrees of whisking recovery after facial nerve transection with or without repair. We hypothesized that the source of non-facial nerve-mediated whisker movement after chronic denervation was from autonomic, cholinergic axons traveling within the infraorbital branch of the trigeminal nerve (ION). Rats underwent unilateral facial nerve transection with repair (N=7) or resection wi...

  9. Injectable Polyurethane Composite Scaffolds Delay Wound Contraction and Support Cellular Infiltration and Remodeling in Rat Excisional Wounds

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    Adolph, Elizabeth J.; Hafeman, Andrea E.; Davidson, Jeffrey M.; Nanney, Lillian B.; Guelcher, Scott A.

    2011-01-01

    Injectable scaffolds present compelling opportunities for wound repair and regeneration due to their ability to fill irregularly shaped defects and deliver biologics such as growth factors. In this study, we investigated the properties of injectable polyurethane biocomposite scaffolds and their application in cutaneous wound repair using a rat excisional model. The scaffolds have a minimal reaction exotherm and clinically relevant working and setting times. Moreover, the biocomposites have mechanical and thermal properties consistent with rubbery elastomers. In the rat excisional wound model, injection of settable biocomposite scaffolds stented the wounds at early time points, resulting in a regenerative rather than a scarring phenotype at later time points. Measurements of wound width and thickness revealed that the treated wounds were less contracted at day 7 compared to blank wounds. Analysis of cell proliferation and apoptosis showed that the scaffolds were biocompatible and supported tissue ingrowth. Myofibroblast formation and collagen fiber organization provided evidence that the scaffolds have a positive effect on extracellular matrix remodeling by disrupting the formation of an aligned matrix under elevated tension. In summary, we have developed an injectable biodegradable polyurethane biocomposite scaffold that enhances cutaneous wound healing in a rat model. PMID:22105887

  10. Deceased donor uterine transplantation.

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    Flyckt, Rebecca; Kotlyar, Alexander; Arian, Sara; Eghtesad, Bijan; Falcone, Tommaso; Tzakis, Andreas

    2017-03-01

    To share our experience in performing the first-ever deceased-donor uterine transplant in the United States. This video uses an animation and footage from a uterine transplantation procedure to review the steps and techniques involved in performing a uterine transplant. Academic, multisite medical center. A reproductive-age patient with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. Transplantation of a viable uterus from a deceased donor. Assessment of posttransplantation uterine graft viability. This video article describes the essential steps in the uterine transplant process, including selecting an appropriate donor with no history of infertility or uterine malformations. Furthermore, a deceased donor should exhibit brain death but not cardiac death. We also review our inclusion criteria for suitable recipients. In this video we outline the key steps in a uterine transplantation procedure and demonstrate footage from an actual transplant procedure. These steps include establishing bilateral end-to-side vascular anastomoses between the donor uterine artery and vein and the recipient's external iliac vessels. Once this has been completed and reperfusion noted of the donor uterus, connection to the recipient vaginal cuff is then performed. Uterine transplantation, although currently experimental, has gained the potential to become the first true treatment for uterine factor infertility. This procedure can become a promising option for the approximately 1.5 million women worldwide for whom pregnancy is not possible because of the absence of the uterus or presence of a nonfunctional uterus. Deceased donor uterine transplantation will further serve to broaden accessibility for this procedure. Copyright © 2016 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Modified cytoplasmic Ca2+ sequestration contributes to spinal cord injury-induced augmentation of nerve-evoked contractions in the rat tail artery.

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    Hussain Al Dera

    Full Text Available In rat tail artery (RTA, spinal cord injury (SCI increases nerve-evoked contractions and the contribution of L-type Ca2+ channels to these responses. In RTAs from unoperated rats, these channels play a minor role in contractions and Bay K8644 (L-type channel agonist mimics the effects of SCI. Here we investigated the mechanisms underlying the facilitatory actions of SCI and Bay K8644 on nerve-evoked contractions of RTAs and the hypothesis that Ca2+ entering via L-type Ca2+ channels is rapidly sequestered by the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR limiting its role in contraction. In situ electrochemical detection of noradrenaline was used to assess if Bay K8644 increased noradrenaline release. Perforated patch recordings were used to assess if SCI changed the Ca2+ current recorded in RTA myocytes. Wire myography was used to assess if SCI modified the effects of Bay K8644 and of interrupting SR Ca2+ uptake on nerve-evoked contractions. Bay K8644 did not change noradrenaline-induced oxidation currents. Neither the size nor gating of Ca2+ currents differed between myocytes from sham-operated (control and SCI rats. Bay K8644 increased nerve-evoked contractions in RTAs from both control and SCI rats, but the magnitude of this effect was reduced by SCI. By contrast, depleting SR Ca2+ stores with ryanodine or cyclopiazonic acid selectively increased nerve-evoked contractions in control RTAs. Cyclopiazonic acid also selectively increased the blockade of these responses by nifedipine (L-type channel blocker in control RTAs, whereas ryanodine increased the blockade produced by nifedipine in both groups of RTAs. These findings suggest that Ca2+ entering via L-type channels is normally rapidly sequestered limiting its access to the contractile mechanism. Furthermore, the findings suggest SCI reduces the role of this mechanism.

  12. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

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    ... hysterectomy , which is the operation to remove the uterus. top of page What are some common uses of the UAE procedure? Uterine artery embolization has been used for decades to stop severe pelvic bleeding caused by: trauma malignant gynecological tumors hemorrhage after childbirth Uterine fibroid ...

  13. Rats bred for low aerobic capacity become promptly fatigued and have slow metabolic recovery after stimulated, maximal muscle contractions.

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    Full Text Available Muscular fatigue is a complex phenomenon affected by muscle fiber type and several metabolic and ionic changes within myocytes. Mitochondria are the main determinants of muscle oxidative capacity which is also one determinant of muscle fatigability. By measuring the concentrations of intracellular stores of high-energy phosphates it is possible to estimate the energy production efficiency and metabolic recovery of the muscle. Low intrinsic aerobic capacity is known to be associated with reduced mitochondrial function. Whether low intrinsic aerobic capacity also results in slower metabolic recovery of skeletal muscle is not known. Here we studied the influence of intrinsic aerobic capacity on in vivo muscle metabolism during maximal, fatiguing electrical stimulation.Animal subjects were genetically heterogeneous rats selectively bred to differ for non-trained treadmill running endurance, low capacity runners (LCRs and high capacity runners (HCRs (n = 15-19. We measured the concentrations of major phosphorus compounds and force parameters in a contracting triceps surae muscle complex using (31P-Magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31P-MRS combined with muscle force measurement from repeated isometric twitches.Our results demonstrated that phosphocreatine re-synthesis after maximal muscle stimulation was significantly slower in LCRs (p<0.05. LCR rats also became promptly fatigued and maintained the intramuscular pH poorly compared to HCRs. Half relaxation time (HRT of the triceps surae was significantly longer in LCRs throughout the stimulation protocol (p≤0.05 and maximal rate of torque development (MRTD was significantly lower in LCRs compared to HCRs from 2 min 30 s onwards (p≤0.05.We observed that LCRs are more sensitive to fatigue and have slower metabolic recovery compared to HCRs after maximal muscle contractions. These new findings are associated with reduced running capacity and with previously found lower mitochondrial content, increased

  14. Controlled intermittent shortening contractions of a muscle-tendon complex: muscle fibre damage and effects on force transmission from a single head of rat EDL

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    Maas, H.; Lehti, T.M.; Tiihonen, V.; Komulainen, J.; Huijing, P.A.J.B.M.

    2005-01-01

    This study was performed to examine effects of prolonged (3 h) intermittent shortening (amplitude 2 mm) contractions (muscles were excited maximally) of head III of rat extensor digitorum longus muscle (EDL III) on indices of muscle damage and on force transmission within the intact anterior crural

  15. Rat whisker movement after facial nerve lesion: Evidence for autonomic contraction of skeletal muscle.

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    Heaton, J.T.; Sheu, S.H.; Hohman, M.H.; Knox, C.J.; Weinberg, J.S.; Kleiss, I.J.; Hadlock, T.A.

    2014-01-01

    Vibrissal whisking is often employed to track facial nerve regeneration in rats; however, we have observed similar degrees of whisking recovery after facial nerve transection with or without repair. We hypothesized that the source of non-facial nerve-mediated whisker movement after chronic

  16. Thin anterior uterine wall with incomplete uterine rupture in a primigravida detected by palpation and ultrasound: a case report

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    Usui Rie

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Uterine rupture is an obstetric complication associated with significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. This disorder usually occurs with a scarred uterus, especially in a uterus with prior Cesarean section. Uterine sacculation or diverticulum may also lead to a thin uterine wall during pregnancy. Case presentation A 27-year-old Japanese primigravid woman was admitted to our hospital due to weak, irregular uterine contractions in her 38th week of gestation. She had no past history of uterine surgery or known diseases. A hard mass was palpable in her abdomen. An ultrasound revealed that the anterior uterine wall was thin and bulging, with a fetal minor part beneath it which corresponded to the palpated mass. A Cesarean section was performed which revealed a thin anterior uterine wall with incomplete uterine rupture. The woman and baby were healthy. Conclusions Although extremely rare, an unscarred primigravid uterus can undergo incomplete rupture even without discernable risk factors or labor pains. Abdominal palpation and ultrasound may be useful in detecting this condition.

  17. Fullerenol C60(OH)24 nanoparticles decrease relaxing effects of dimethyl sulfoxide on rat uterus spontaneous contraction

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    Slavic, Marija; Djordjevic, Aleksandar; Radojicic, Ratko; Milovanovic, Slobodan; Orescanin-Dusic, Zorana; Rakocevic, Zlatko; Spasic, Mihajlo B.; Blagojevic, Dusko

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    Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a widely used solvent and cryoprotectant that can cause impaired blood flow, reduction in intracranial pressure, tissue edema, inflammatory reactions, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, processes which can lead to atherosclerosis of the coronary, peripheral and cerebral circulation. Although the adverse effects are rare when DMSO is administered in clinically established concentrations, there is no safe antagonist for an overdose. In this work, we treated isolated spontaneous and calcium-induced contractile active rat uteri (Wistar, virgo intacta), with DMSO and fullerenol C60(OH)24 nanoparticle (FNP) in DMSO. FNP is a water-soluble derivative of fullerene C60. Its size is a 1.1 nm in diameter and is a very promising candidate for a drug carrier in nanomedicine. FNP also displays free radical scavenging activity. DMSO decreased both spontaneous and calcium-induced contractions. In contrast, FNP only decreased spontaneous contraction. FNP decreased copper-zinc superoxide dismutase activity and prevented the DMSO-induced increase in glutathione reductase activity. Atomic force microscopy detected that FNP aggregated with calcium ions. Our results indicate that FNP has properties that make it a good candidate to be a modulator of DMSO activity which could minimize side effects of the latter.

  18. Use of uterine electromyography to diagnose term and preterm labor

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    LUCOVNIK, MIHA; KUON, RUBEN J.; CHAMBLISS, LINDA R.; MANER, WILLIAM L.; SHI, SHAO-QING; SHI, LEILI; BALDUCCI, JAMES; GARFIELD, ROBERT E.

    2011-01-01

    Current methodologies to assess the process of labor, such as tocodynamometry or intrauterine pressure catheters, fetal fibronectin, cervical length measurement and digital cervical examination, have several major drawbacks. They only measure the onset of labor indirectly and do not detect cellular changes characteristic of true labor. Consequently, their predictive values for term or preterm delivery are poor. Uterine contractions are a result of the electrical activity within the myometrium. Measurement of uterine electromyography (EMG) has been shown to detect contractions as accurately as the currently used methods. In addition, changes in cell excitability and coupling required for effective contractions that lead to delivery are reflected in changes of several EMG parameters. Use of uterine EMG can help to identify patients in true labor better than any other method presently employed in the clinic. PMID:21241260

  19. The oophorectomy effect on Walker 256 tumor inoculated into the vagina and uterine cervix of female rats Efeito da ooforectomia no tumor de Walker 256 inoculado em vagina e colo de útero de ratos fêmeas

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    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Verify the effect of oophorectomy on the evolution of the Walker 256 tumor inoculated into the vagina and cervix of female rats. METHODS: Ten Wistar, female rats were used, distributed into two groups with 05 animals each: Tumor group (TG: Rats inoculated with Walker 256 tumor; Oophorectomy group (OG: oophorectomized rats inoculated with Walker 256 tumor. The day before the tumor vaginal inoculation, acetic acid was inoculated into the vaginas of both groups of rats; the following day, the vaginal walls were scarified with an endocervix brush, and then Walker 256 tumor was inoculated. After 12 days, the tumor was removed together with the vagina and uterine horns for macro and microscopic analyses. The data were submitted to statistical analyses. RESULTS: There was no statistical difference between the two groups; however it was observed that the behavior of tumor growth on the OG group presented greater invasion, compromising the uterine horns. CONCLUSION: The results of the study on the GO group presented a macroscopic behavior different from the TG group, however, both of them presented similar development in terms of tumor mass.OBJETIVO: Verificar o efeito da ooforectomia à inoculação do tumor de Walker 256 em vagina e colo de útero de ratas. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizadas 10 ratas Wistar, fêmeas, virgens, adultas, distribuídas em dois grupos de estudo com 05 animais cada: grupo tumor (GT: ratas inoculadas com tumor de Walker 256, e grupo Ooforectomia (GO: ratas ooforectomizadas e inoculadas com tumor de Walker 256. No dia anterior à inoculação vaginal do tumor, foram inoculados 0,3ml de ácido acético na vagina das ratas de ambos os grupos; no dia seguinte, foi realizada a escarificação da parede vaginal com uma escova de endocérvice e inoculado tumor de Walker 256. Após 12 dias, foi removido o tumor em bloco com vagina e cornos uterinos para análise macro e microscópica. Os dados foram submetidos à análise estat

  20. Relaxant and anti-inflammatory effect of two thalidomide analogs as PDE-4 inhibitors in pregnant rat uterus

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    Muñoz-Pérez, Víctor Manuel; Ponce-Monter, Héctor; Ortiz, Mario I.

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects of two thalidomide analogs as phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitors in pregnant rat uterus. Uteri from Wistar female rats were isolated at 19 day of pregnancy. Uterine samples were used in functional studies to evaluate the inhibitory effects of the thalidomide analogs, methyl 3-(4-nitrophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4NO2PDPMe) and methyl 3-(4-aminophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4APDPMe), on prostaglandin-F2α (PGF2α)-induced phasic, K+-induced tonic, and Ca2+-induced contractions. Accumulation of cAMP was quantified in uterine homogenates by ELISA. Anti-inflammatory effect was assessed by using ELISA for determination of the pro-inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) and interleukin (IL)-1β, and anti-inflammatory IL-10, from uterine explants stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Nifedipine, forskolin and rolipram were used as positive controls where required. Both thalidomide analogs induced a significant inhibition of the uterine contractions induced by the pharmaco- and electro-mechanic stimuli. Nifedipine and forskolin were more potent than the analogs to inhibit the uterine contractility, but these were more potent than rolipram, and 4APDPMe was equieffective to nifedipine. Thalidomide analogs increased uterine cAMP-levels in a concentration-dependent manner. The LPS-induced TNFα and IL-1β uterine secretion was diminished in a concentration-dependent fashion by both analogs, whereas IL-10 secretion was increased significantly. The thalidomide analogs induced utero-relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects, which were associated with the increased cAMP levels as PDE-4 inhibitors in the pregnant rat uterus. Such properties place these thalidomide analogs as potentially safe and effective tocolytic agents in a field that urgently needs improved pharmacological treatments, as in cases of preterm labor. PMID:28706457

  1. Rat whisker movement after facial nerve lesion: evidence for autonomic contraction of skeletal muscle.

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    Heaton, James T; Sheu, Shu Hsien; Hohman, Marc H; Knox, Christopher J; Weinberg, Julie S; Kleiss, Ingrid J; Hadlock, Tessa A

    2014-04-18

    Vibrissal whisking is often employed to track facial nerve regeneration in rats; however, we have observed similar degrees of whisking recovery after facial nerve transection with or without repair. We hypothesized that the source of non-facial nerve-mediated whisker movement after chronic denervation was from autonomic, cholinergic axons traveling within the infraorbital branch of the trigeminal nerve (ION). Rats underwent unilateral facial nerve transection with repair (N=7) or resection without repair (N=11). Post-operative whisking amplitude was measured weekly across 10weeks, and during intraoperative stimulation of the ION and facial nerves at ⩾18weeks. Whisking was also measured after subsequent ION transection (N=6) or pharmacologic blocking of the autonomic ganglia using hexamethonium (N=3), and after snout cooling intended to elicit a vasodilation reflex (N=3). Whisking recovered more quickly and with greater amplitude in rats that underwent facial nerve repair compared to resection (Pnerve-mediated whisking was elicited by electrical stimulation of the ION, temporarily diminished following hexamethonium injection, abolished by transection of the ION, and rapidly and significantly (Precovery period (indicative of reinnervation), but re-appeared in the resected rats after undergoing ION transection (indicative of motor denervation). Cholinergic, parasympathetic axons traveling within the ION innervate whisker pad vasculature, and immunohistochemistry for vasoactive intestinal peptide revealed these axons branching extensively over whisker pad muscles and contacting neuromuscular junctions after facial nerve resection. This study provides the first behavioral and anatomical evidence of spontaneous autonomic innervation of skeletal muscle after motor nerve lesion, which not only has implications for interpreting facial nerve reinnervation results, but also calls into question whether autonomic-mediated innervation of striated muscle occurs naturally in

  2. Uterine artery embolisation for uterine leiomyomas

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    The presenting symptoms were menorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, pressure symptoms and intermenstrual bleeding. Three women were treated for primary infertility. Uterine artery sub-selection and embolisation was successful in all patients. Complications included low-grade pyrexia (3/36, 8.3%) and readmission (1/36, 2.8%).

  3. Fatigue and contraction of slow and fast muscles in hypokinetic/hypodynamic rats

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    Fell, R. D.; Gladden, L. B.; Steffen, J. M.; Musacchia, X. J.

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    The effects of hypokinesia/hypodynamia (H/H) on the fatigability and contractile properties of the rat soleus (S) and gastrocnemius (G) muscles have been investigated experimentally. Whole body suspension for one week was used to induce H/H, and fatigue was brought on by train stimulation for periods of 45 and 16 minutes. Following stimulation, rapid rates of fatigue were observed in the G-muscles of the suspended rats, while minimal fatigue was observed in the S-muscles. The twitch and tetanic contractile properties of the muscles were measured before and after train stimulation. It is found that H/H suspension increased twitch tension in the G-muscles, but did not change any contractile properties in the S-muscles. The peak twitch, train, tetanic tensions and time to peak were unchanged in the S-muscles of the suspended rats. On the basis of the experimental results, it is concluded that 1 wk of muscle atropy induced by H/H significantly increases fatigability in G-muscles, but does not affect the contractile properties of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles.

  4. The Effects of Barrier Agents in Postoperative Pelvic Adhesion Formation: A Comparative Study of a Temperature-Sensitive Poloxamer-Based Solution/Gel and a Hyaluronic Acid-Based Solution in a Rat Uterine Horn Model.

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    Kim, Hyeon-Ji; Kang, Hyun; Kim, Mi-Kyung; Han, Seung-Su

    2018-02-01

    The aim is to evaluate the efficacy of poloxamer/alginate/CaCl 2 mixture (PACM) solution/gel and hyaluronic acid/carboxymethylcellulose (HA-CMC) solution for reducing pelvic adhesion in a rat uterine horn model. A total of 48 females, Sprague Dawley rats, were divided into three groups according to the applied materials. A uterine horn adhesion model was created. The control group (group CO; n = 16) received no special materials except saline infusion. The experimental groups were treated with 1.0 mL HA-CMC solution (group HA-CMC; n = 16) or 1.0 mL PACM solution/gel (group PACM; n = 16). Adhesion scores were evaluated with macroscopic, microscopic, and immunohistochemistry grading 14 days postoperatively. Macroscopic adhesion scores, including extent, severity, and total scores in group HA-CMC and group PACM, were significantly lower than those in group CO (P < .001). Among these three categories of scoring, group PACM had a significantly lower score than did group HA-CMC in adhesion severity (P = .025). In the microscopic adhesion score analysis, the fibrosis scores in group HA-CMC and group PACM were also significantly lower than that of group CO. In group PACM, the fibrosis score was significantly lower than that of group HA-CMC. There were no statistical differences across all three groups in the microscopic inflammation and immunohistochemistry staining. Both HA-CMC solution and PACM solution/gel effectively reduced adhesion formation. PACM solution/gel was superior to HA-CMC solution in preventing pelvic adhesion, especially in adhesion severity and microscopic fibrosis.

  5. Uterine vascular lesions.

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    Vijayakumar, Abhishek; Srinivas, Amruthashree; Chandrashekar, Babitha Moogali; Vijayakumar, Avinash

    2013-01-01

    Vascular lesions of the uterus are rare; most reported in the literature are arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Uterine AVMs can be congenital or acquired. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of reports of acquired vascular lesions of the uterus following pregnancy, abortion, cesarean delivery, and curettage. It can be seen from these reports that there is confusion concerning the terminology of uterine vascular lesions. There is also a lack of diagnostic criteria and management guidelines, which has led to an increased number of unnecessary invasive procedures (eg, angiography, uterine artery embolization, hysterectomy for abnormal vaginal bleeding). This article familiarizes readers with various vascular lesions of the uterus and their management.

  6. Uterine Leiomyoma: Hysterosalpingographic Appearances

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    Firoozeh Ahmadi

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine leiomyoma is the most common benign tumor of genital tract. The etiology of myomasis unknown. Leiomyoma shows a broad spectrum of radiographic appearances depending on thenumber, size, and location of the tumor. The diagnostic method for uterine leiomyomas is basedprimarily on the clinical situation. Despite of the varied diagnostic options such as; transvaginalsonography, sonohysterography, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and MRI; hysterosalpingography isstill one of the valuable imaging methods for identification of uterine leiomyoma.The various features of the proved leiomyoma are illustrated in this pictorial review. The incidence,risk factors and clinical features will also be discussed briefly.

  7. Combining Sprague-Dawley rat uterus cell membrane chromatography with HPLC/MS to screen active components from Leonurus artemisia.

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    Fan, Jiangbo; Wei, Fen; Zhang, Yu; Su, Hongli; Ji, Zongzheng; He, Jianyu; Han, Shengli

    2016-01-01

    Leonurus artemisia (Lour.) S.Y.Hu (Lamiaceae) (YiMuCao in Chinese) is a traditional Chinese medicine. Leonurus artemisia has been shown to have many pharmacological effects such as increasing uterine contraction amplitude, and tension, but the active components are still unknown. The objective of this study is to determine active components of L. Artemisia that are responsible for the biological activity using HPLC and cell membrane-based system. The whole L. artemisia ethanol extract and its eight fractions were screened using Sprague-Dawley rat uterus cell membrane chromatography (CMC) combined with the HPLC/MS system. Oxytocin was used to investigate the activity of CMC column. The effect of active components screened from L. artemisia was studied by tension measurement of isolated rat uterine strips in vitro at a dose of 10(-7)-10(-4 )mol/L with oxytocin as a control. The acetone extract showed obvious activity when compared with the eight extracts of L. artemisia. From the acetone extract, in the negative ionization mode, the active compound was identified as genkwanin, with a molecular weight of 283. In vitro pharmacological experiments proved that genkwanin promoted uterine contractions at a dose from 10(-7) to 10(-4 )mol/L. The EC50 value was 4.86 ± 4.21 μmol/L for genkwanin and 4.30 ± 3.65 μmol/L for oxytocin on the contractile amplitude of uterine strips isolated from rats. Genkwanin was identified as the active compound in L. artemisia by this method. In vitro pharmacological experiments proved that genkwanin promoted uterine contractions. Genkwanin may be used to uterine inertia and may have an effect on postpartum hemorrhage.

  8. The effects of chronic AC magnetic field on contraction and relaxation of isolated thoracic aorta rings of healthy and diabetic rats

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    Isil Öcal

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of in this study was to determine the effect of chronic alternating current (AC magnetic field on the contraction and relaxation parameters of isolated thoracic aorta rings in healthy and diabetic rats. Sixty rats (Wistar albino spp weighing between 250-300 g were used. The rats were divided into four groups: 1-Control (C, 2- control + magnetic field (C+MA, 3- experimental diabetic (DIA, 4- experimental diabetic and magnetic field (DIA+MA. Magnetic fields of 5 mT intensity and 50 Hz frequency oriented in the north-south direction was applied to the C+MA and DIA+MA groups for 2 hours each day for one month, after which rats were killed by decapitation and the thoracic aorta dissected. This showed attenuated contraction responses to phenylephrine (PE and elevated relaxation responses to acetylcholine (ACh of the thoracic aorta rings of rats in the C+MA and DIA+MA groups compared to group C but no changes in the relaxation responses to sodium nitroprruside (SNP of thoracic aorta rings relative to group C and DIA. The weights of rats in DIA+MA or C+MA groups compared to the DIA and C groups decreased.

  9. [Acquired uterine arteriovenous malformations].

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    Vandenbroucke, L; Morcel, K; Bruneau, B; Moquet, P-Y; Bauville, E; Levêque, J; Lavoue, V

    2011-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformations (AVM) may be responsible for vaginal bleeding potentially life-threatening. They are most often acquired following uterine trauma (curettage, cesarean section, artificial delivery/uterus examination) in association with pregnancy or gestational trophoblastic disease. We report three cases of patients having uterine AVM after curettage. The diagnostic management is important to avoid differential diagnoses (intra-uterine retention, hemangioma, gestational trophoblastic disease). It is based on serum hCG measurement and Doppler ultrasound, then confirmed on dynamic angio-MRI, which tends to replace angiography as first-line. The therapeutic management in cases of symptomatic AVMs is mostly embolization which offers the possibility for childbearing. Current data on subsequent pregnancies is reassuring even if they remain limited. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  10. Stages of Uterine Sarcoma

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    ... are abnormal. This procedure is also called a Pap smear. Because uterine sarcoma begins inside the uterus, this cancer may not show up on the Pap test. Enlarge Pap test. A speculum is inserted ...

  11. Glycolysis in contracting rat skeletal muscle is controlled by factors related to energy state

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    Ørtenblad, Niels; Macdonald, Will A; Sahlin, Kent

    2009-01-01

    The control of glycolysis in contracting muscle is not fully understood. The aim of the present study was to examine whether activation of glycolysis is mediated by factors related to the energy state or by a direct effect of Ca2+ on the regulating enzymes. Extensor digitorum longus muscles from...... and 58% of those in Con respectively. Glycolytic rate in BTS was only 51% of that in Con but the relative contribution of ATP derived from PCr (phosphocreatine) and glycolysis and the relation between muscle contents of PCr and Lac (lactate) were not different. Prolonged cyanide incubation of quiescent...... contribution of energy delivered from PCr and glycolysis during both conditions suggests that the glycolytic rate is controlled by factors related to energy state....

  12. Using Physiome standards to couple cellular functions for rat cardiac excitation-contraction.

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    Terkildsen, Jonna R; Niederer, Steven; Crampin, Edmund J; Hunter, Peter; Smith, Nicolas P

    2008-07-01

    Scientific endeavour is reliant upon the extension and reuse of previous knowledge. The formalization of this process for computational modelling is facilitated by the use of accepted standards with which to describe and simulate models, ensuring consistency between the models and thus reducing the development and propagation of errors. CellML 1.1, an XML-based programming language, has been designed as a modelling standard which, by virtue of its import and grouping functions, facilitates model combination and reuse. Using CellML 1.1, we demonstrate the process of formalized model reuse by combining three separate models of rat cardiomyocyte function (an electrophysiology model, a model of cellular calcium dynamics and a mechanics model) which together make up the Pandit-Hinch-Niederer et al. cell model. Not only is this integrative model of rat electromechanics a useful tool for cardiac modelling but it is also an ideal framework with which to demonstrate both the power of model reuse and the challenges associated with this process. We highlight and classify a number of these issues associated with combining models and provide some suggested solutions.

  13. Uterine arteriovenous malformation

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    Alessandrino, F.; Di Silverio, E.; Moramarco, L. P.

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    Uterine arteriovenous vascular malformations (UAVM) are uncommon vascular diseases, occurring during reproductive age. Patients affected by UAMVs usually present with recurrent pregnancy loss or menorrhagia. Initial evaluation of UAVMs is made with ultrasonography (US) and US-Doppler. Magnetic resonance is used when a UAMV is suspected at US. Treatment can be surgical (hysterectomy or surgical removal of AVM), or with selective uterine arterial embolization. We report a case of UAMV, from its...

  14. Uterine arteriovenous malformation.

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    Alessandrino, F; Di Silverio, E; Moramarco, L P

    2013-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous vascular malformations (UAVM) are uncommon vascular diseases, occurring during reproductive age. Patients affected by UAMVs usually present with recurrent pregnancy loss or menorrhagia. Initial evaluation of UAVMs is made with ultrasonography (US) and US-Doppler. Magnetic resonance is used when a UAMV is suspected at US. Treatment can be surgical (hysterectomy or surgical removal of AVM), or with selective uterine arterial embolization. We report a case of UAMV, from its clinical signs to diagnostic confirmation and subsequent treatment.

  15. Uterine sarcoma ? current perspectives

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    Benson C; Miah AB

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    Charlotte Benson,1 Aisha B Miah1,2 1Sarcoma Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital, 2Department of Radiotherapy and Imaging, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK Abstract: Uterine sarcomas comprise a group of rare tumors with differing tumor biology, natural history and response to treatment. Diagnosis is often made following surgery for presumed benign disease. Currently, preoperative imaging does not reliably distinguish between benign leiomyomas and other malignant pathology. Uterine leiom...

  16. Cervical incompetence associated with congenital uterine malformations.

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    Chifan, Maria; Tîrnovanu, Mihaela; Grigore, Mihaela; Zanoschi, C

    2012-01-01

    Cervical incompetence is basically a cervix that is too weak to stay closed during a pregnancy. It is generally categorized as premature opening of the cervix without labor or contractions. To estimate the incidence of incompetence of the uterine cervix at patients with congenital uterine malformations. Our study was a retrospective and prospective one between 2002 and 2009. We evaluate the length of the cervix by transvaginal ultrasonography during the second trimester of pregnancy. We had 316 cases with congenital uterine malformations. From these we found 49 (15.3%) women with incompetence of the cervix: 8 (2.5%) with unicornuate uterus, 11 (3.4%) with bicornuate uterus and 30 (9.5%) cases uterus with septum. For all these wad made cerclage when we found funneling of the cervix or the cervix was open less than 4 cm. The use of ultrasonography has been very helpful with the diagnosis, and is made when the cervical os (opening) is greater than 2.5 cm, or the length has shortened to less than 20 mm. All patients had preterm delivery. When we have cases with congenital uterine malformations we must think that incompetence of the cervix could be associated, so we must assess the status of the cervix for these patients by serial ultrasound examinations starting between 16 and 20 weeks of gestation. Our patients had preterm delivery caused not only the incompetent cervix, but the malformation of the uterus is implicated also.

  17. Involvement of interleukin-6-regulated nitric oxide synthase in hemorrhagic cystitis and impaired bladder contractions in young rats induced by acrolein, a urinary metabolite of cyclophosphamide.

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    Wang, Ching-Chia; Weng, Te-I; Wu, En-Ting; Wu, Mei-Hwan; Yang, Rong-Sen; Liu, Shing-Hwa

    2013-01-01

    Hemorrhagic cystitis is a common complication in children receiving cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapeutic alkylating agent. Acrolein is a urinary metabolite from cyclophosphamide and can induce hemorrhagic cystitis. Here, we investigated the effects and mechanisms of acrolein by intravesical instillation on urinary bladder muscle contractions and pathological alterations in rats. Acrolein instillation significantly increased the muscle contractions of rat bladder detrusor after 1 and 6 h but markedly decreased detrusor contractions after 24 h. Acrolein increased phosphorylated protein kinase C (pan-PKC) expressions in bladders after 1 and 6 h but inhibited it after 24 h. Inducible nitric oxide (NO) synthase (iNOS) protein expressions were markedly induced in bladders 24 h after acrolein treatment. Twenty-four-hour acrolein instillation increased the levels of nitrite/nitrate and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the urinary bladder. The iNOS inhibitors significantly inhibited the acrolein-increased nitrite/nitrate levels, but not IL-6 levels. IL-6-neutralizing antibodies effectively inhibited the acrolein-increased NOx levels. The increased detrusor contractions by 1-h acrolein treatment were significantly reversed by the PKC inhibitor RO32-0432, and the decreased detrusor contractions by 24-h acrolein treatment were significantly reversed by the iNOS inhibitor and IL-6-neutralizing antibody. Both the iNOS inhibitor and IL-6-neutralizing antibody effectively reversed the increased iNOS expression, decreased PKC phosphorylation, increased bladder weight, and hemorrhagic cystitis in rats 24 h after acrolein treatment. Taken together, these results suggest that an IL-6-regulated iNOS/NO signaling pathway participates in the acrolein-triggered detrusor contraction inhibition and hemorrhagic cystitis. These findings may help us to find a new strategy to treat cyclophosphamide-induced hemorrhagic cystitis.

  18. Uterine activity, sperm transport, and the role of boar stimuli around insemination in sows

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    Langendijk, P.; Soede, N.M.; Kemp, B.

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes changes in spontaneous myometrial activity around estrus, factors that affect myometrial activity, and the possible role of uterine contractions in the process of (artificial) insemination, sperm transport and fertilization. Myometrial activity in the sow increases during

  19. Physiological Uptake of 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose in Uterine Endometrium and Myometrium: Correlation with Uterine Motility Evaluated by Cine Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Kido, A.; Nishizawa, S.; Okada, H. (Hamamatsu Medical Imaging Center, Hamamatsu Medical Photonics Foundation, Hamakita City, Shizuoka (Japan)); Nakamoto, Y.; Yamamoto, A.; Fujimoto, K.; Togashi, K. Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Kyoto Univ. Hospital, Kyoto City, Kyoto (Japan))

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    Background: Accumulation of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in the uterine endometrium and uterine motility are dependent on menstrual cycle. However, the relationship between them remains unknown. Purpose: To investigate the relationship between radiometabolic activity of 18F-FDG in the uterus and uterine motility observed by cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Material and Methods: The study population consisted of 65 healthy, fertile women, selected from 229 women who underwent positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), and MRI for cancer screening at our facility. They were divided into three groups according to their menstrual cycle phases: menstrual, follicular-periovulatory, and luteal. Regions of interest (ROIs) were placed over the endometrium and myometrium to calculate the standardized uptake value (SUV). Uterine peristalsis and contraction shown by cine MR imaging were evaluated visually, and the correlation between FDG uptake and uterine movements was assessed. Results: After excluding nine patients due to inadequate images, 56 patients (19 follicular-periovulatory, 27 luteal, and 10 menstrual) were analyzed. FDG uptake of the endometrium, frequency of peristalsis, and the presence of sustained contraction varied according to the menstruation cycle, with a tendency toward greater uptake in the menstrual phase, but there was little relationship between the frequency of uterine peristalsis and FDG accumulation in the uterus. Significantly higher FDG accumulation in the endometrium was observed in patients with sustained contractions (3.32+-1.47) than in those without contractions (2.45+-0.66). Conclusion: Our preliminary data suggest that FDG accumulation in the endometrium tends to be higher in patients with uterine contraction, although there was no significant correlation between uterine peristalsis and FDG uptake in the uterine myometrium or endometrium

  20. Espinha bífida aberta: achados ultra-sonográficos e presença de contrações uterinas na predição da evolução motora neonatal Open spina bifida: antenatal ultrasound findings and uterine contractions as predictors of the neonatal neuromotor outcome

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    Wagner Jou Hisaba

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a influência das alterações ultra-sonográficas pré-natais e das contrações uterinas de trabalho de parto na evolução motora neonatal em fetos portadores de espinha bífida aberta. MÉTODOS: foram analisados fetos portadores de espinha bífida aberta. Estes fetos foram acompanhados nos serviços de Medicina Fetal do Hospital São Paulo (Universidade Federal de São Paulo e do Hospital e Maternidade Santa Joana. Todos os partos foram realizados nestes serviços e a avaliação neonatal foi realizada pela equipe de Neurocirurgia comum a ambas as instituições Foi observada a influência das alterações ultra-sonográficas (macrocrania, microcrania, nível da falha de fechamento da coluna, pé torto e tipo de apresentação fetal na força muscular de membros inferiores no período neonatal. Foi analisada, também, a influência das contrações uterinas sobre a movimentação dos membros inferiores. Todos os partos foram realizados por cesárea. Foram utilizados os testes de c² e Fisher para comparações categóricas, com pPURPOSE: to determine whether prenatal sonographic findings and uterine contractions can predict neonatal motor outcome in fetuses with open spina bifida. METHODS: we evaluated retrospectively 53 fetuses with open spina bifida from 1993 to 2001. These fetuses were born and followed-up at the fetal medicine units of the Hospital São Paulo ("Universidade Federal de São Paulo" and the "Hospital Santa Joana". The influence of the alterations observed through ultrasound scan on neonatal muscular strength (macrocrania, microcrania, level of the spinal column opening, clubfoot and type of fetus position was evaluated. The influence of uterine contractions on neonatal motor outcome was also evaluated. All deliveries were made through cesarian section. c² and Fisher tests were used for categorical comparisons. A p<0.05 was considered significant. RESULTS: Fifty-three cases of isolated open spina bifida

  1. [Inhibition of menstrual uterine motility with four beta-adrenergic drugs (author's transl)].

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    Cifuentes, R; Cobo, E

    1981-01-01

    Effects of the sublingual administration of four beta-adrenoceptor drugs on the uterine motility in 40 normal menstruating women were studied. The drugs and total doses tested were: orciprenaline (40 mg), Partusisten (10 mg), salbutamol (8 mg) and isoxsuprine (40 mg). The uterine and antidiuretic activities were studied before and after administration of each one. All those drugs employed reduced greatly the uterine contractions in all the patients. The cardiovascular side-effects were minimal and well tolerated. It suggested that the adrenergic system has an important role in the control of uterine motility during human menstruation.

  2. Uterine artery pseudoaneurysm caused by a uterine manipulator

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    Toshiyuki Seki

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available A uterine artery pseudoaneurysm (UAP can occur after a traumatic event to the uterus, and cause massive bleeding. A uterine manipulator has been widely used for gynecologic laparoscopic surgery as basically an atraumatic instrument. We describe here a woman with a UAP caused by a uterine manipulator. She underwent laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy with a uterine manipulator due to torsion of a left ovarian cyst. Eleven days later, she came to our hospital with massive vaginal bleeding. Transvaginal Color Doppler ultrasound showed an intrauterine cystic mass with swirling blood flow, and three-dimensional arterial imaging from computed tomography revealed a UAP on the left side. Selective uterine artery angiography demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm in the distal portion of the left uterine artery, and embolization was performed successfully. A UAP should be taken into consideration in uterine bleeding after the use of a uterine manipulator.

  3. Puerperal uterine inversion managed by the uterine balloon ...

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    Puerperal uterine inversion managed by the uterine balloon tamponade. Mariétou Thiam, Mouhamadou Mansour Niang, Lamine Gueye, Fatou Rachel Sarr, Marie Edouard Faye Diémé, Mamadou Lamine Cissé ...

  4. ERα inhibited myocardin-induced differentiation in uterine fibroids

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    Liao, Xing-Hua, E-mail: xinghualiao@hotmail.com [Institute of Biology and Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430065 (China); Key Laboratory of Industrial Fermentation Microbiology, Ministry of Education and Tianjin, College of Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin 300457 (China); Li, Jun-Yan [Henan Vocational College of Applied Technology, Zhengzhou 450042 (China); Dong, Xiu-Mei [Institute of Biology and Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430065 (China); Yuncheng County People' s Hospital, Shandong 274700 (China); Wang, Xiuhong [Xianning Central Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Xianning, Hubei 437100 (China); Xiang, Yuan; Li, Hui; Yu, Cheng-Xi; Li, Jia-Peng; Yuan, Bai-Yin [Institute of Biology and Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430065 (China); Zhou, Jun, E-mail: zhoujun@wust.edu.cn [Institute of Biology and Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430065 (China); School of Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430065 (China); Zhang, Tong-Cun, E-mail: zhangtongcun@wust.edu.cn [Institute of Biology and Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430065 (China); Key Laboratory of Industrial Fermentation Microbiology, Ministry of Education and Tianjin, College of Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin 300457 (China)

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    Uterine fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas, are a benign tumor of the human uterus and the commonest estrogen-dependent benign tumor found in women. Myocardin is an important transcriptional regulator in smooth and cardiac muscle development. The role of myocardin and its relationship with ERα in uterine fibroids have barely been addressed. We noticed that the expression of myocardin was markedly reduced in human uterine fibroid tissue compared with corresponding normal or adjacent myometrium tissue. Here we reported that myocardin induced the transcription and expression of differentiation markers SM22α and alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) in rat primary uterine smooth muscle cells (USMCs) and this effect was inhibited by ERα. Notably, we showed that, ERα induced expression of proliferation markers PCNA and ki-67 in rat primary USMCs. We also found ERα interacted with myocardin and formed complex to bind to CArG box and inhibit the SM22α promoter activity. Furthermore, ERα inhibited the transcription and expression of myocardin, and reduced the levels of transcription and expression of downstream target SM22α, a SMC differentiation marker. Our data thus provided important and novel insights into how ERα and myocardin interact to control the cell differentiation and proliferation of USMCs. Thus, it may provide potential therapeutic target for uterine fibroids.

  5. Investigation of in vitro effects of ethephon and chlorpyrifos, either alone or in combination, on rat intestinal muscle contraction

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    Çetinkaya, Mustafa Alp; Baydan, Emine

    2010-01-01

    A range of pesticides is widely used in pest management and the chances of exposure to multiple organophosphorus (OP) compounds simultaneously are high, especially from dietary and other sources. Although health hazards of individual OP insecticides have been relatively well characterized, there is lesser information on the interactive toxicity of multiple OP insecticides. The aim of this study is to elicit the possible interactions in case combined exposure of an OP pesticide chlorpyrifos (CPF) and a plant growth regulator ethephon (ETF) which are used worldwide. The ileum segments of 3 months old Wistar Albino male rats were used in isolated organ bath containing Tyrode solution. ETF and CPF were incubated (10−7 M concentration) separately or in combination with each other to ileum and their effects on acetylcholine-induced contractions were studied. The data obtained from this study show that, single and combined exposure to the agents caused agonistic interactions with regard to potency of ACh whereas they caused a decrease on Emax value of ACh. These findings suggest that exposure to these agents which have direct and indirect cholinergic effects, may cause developing clinical responses with small doses and earlier but the extent of toxicity will be lower. PMID:21217869

  6. Interventricular comparison of the energetics of contraction of trabeculae carneae isolated from the rat heart.

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    Han, June-Chiew; Taberner, Andrew J; Nielsen, Poul M F; Loiselle, Denis S

    2013-02-01

    We compare the energetics of right ventricular and left ventricular trabeculae carneae isolated from rat hearts. Using our work-loop calorimeter, we subjected trabeculae to stress-length work (W), designed to mimic the pressure-volume work of the heart. Simultaneous measurement of heat production (Q) allowed calculation of the accompanying change of enthalpy (H = W + Q). From the mechanical measurements (i.e. stress and change of length), we calculated work, shortening velocity and power. In combination with heat measurements, we calculated activation heat (Q(A)), crossbridge heat (Q(xb)) and two measures of cardiac efficiency: 'mechanical efficiency' ((mech) = W/H) and 'crossbridge efficiency' ((xb) = W/(H - Q(A))). With respect to their left ventricular counterparts, right venticular trabeculae have higher peak shortening velocity, and higher peak mechanical efficiency, but with no difference of stress development, twitch duration, work performance, shortening power or crossbridge efficiency. That is, the 35% greater maximum mechanical efficiency of right venticular than left ventricular trabeculae (13.6 vs. 10.2%) is offset by the greater metabolic cost of activation (Q(A)) in the latter. When corrected for this difference, crossbridge efficiency does not differ between the ventricles.

  7. Investigating the effects of the Rho-kinase enzyme inhibitors AS1892802 and fasudil hydrochloride on the contractions of isolated pregnant rat myometrium.

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    Ergul, Merve; Turgut, Nergiz H; Sarac, Bülent; Altun, Ahmet; Yildirim, Şahin; Bagcivan, Ihsan

    2016-07-01

    Rho-kinases (ROCKs), are one of the dynamic structures of the actin cytoskeleton and they mediate different biological processes, including regulation of calcium sensitivity of smooth muscle contraction. The activation of Rho A/ROCK system is thought to be effective on the termination time of the pregnancy process. The aim of this study, was to investigate in vitro effects of the ROCK enzyme inhibitors, clinically available fasudil hydrochloride, and a new promising inhibitor AS1892802, on the contractions of isolated pregnant rat myometrium. Term pregnant Wistar albino rats (n=12), weighing 200-220g, were used in this study. Myometrial tissues obtained from rats were dissected into four full-thickness longitudinal muscle strips and then myometrial tension was recorded isometrically. The inhibitory effects of cumulative concentrations of AS1892802 and of fasudil hydrochloride in the presence and absence of ODQ (guanylate cyclase inhibitor), l-NAME (nitric oxide synthase inhibitor) and l-NNA (endothelial nitric oxide synthase inhibitor) on oxytocin-induced myometrial contractions were measured, and values for -log10EC50 (pD2) and mean maximal inhibition (Emax) were compared. Both ROCK inhibitors, AS1892802 and fasudil hydrochloride starting from the concentrations of 10(-6)M reached statistical significance on contraction amplitude and frequency of myometrial strips (p<0.05). The inhibition of the amplitude and frequency of myometrial contractions was antagonized with ODQ (10(-5)M; only amplitude), l-NAME (3×10(-5)M) and l-NNA (10(-5)M) (p<0.05). These results suggest that fasudil hydrochloride and AS1892802 may contribute to the development of new tocolytic drugs. We conclude that AS1892802 and fasudil hydrochloride perform this inhibitory effect partially through ROCK inhibition and the NO/cGMP pathway. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Ablating the protein TBC1D1 impairs contraction-induced sarcolemmal glucose transporter 4 redistribution but not insulin-mediated responses in rats.

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    Whitfield, Jamie; Paglialunga, Sabina; Smith, Brennan K; Miotto, Paula M; Simnett, Genevieve; Robson, Holly L; Jain, Swati S; Herbst, Eric A F; Desjardins, Eric M; Dyck, David J; Spriet, Lawrence L; Steinberg, Gregory R; Holloway, Graham P

    2017-10-06

    TBC1 domain family member 1 (TBC1D1), a Rab GTPase-activating protein and paralogue of Akt substrate of 160 kDa (AS160), has been implicated in both insulin- and 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide formyltransferase/IMP cyclohydrolase-mediated glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT4) translocation. However, the role of TBC1D1 in contracting muscle remains ambiguous. We therefore explored the metabolic consequence of ablating TBC1D1 in both resting and contracting skeletal muscles, utilizing a rat TBC1D1 KO model. Although insulin administration rapidly increased (p muscles, the TBC1D1 ablation did not alter this response nor did it affect whole-body insulin tolerance, suggesting that TBC1D1 is not required for insulin-induced GLUT4 trafficking events. Consistent with findings in other models of altered TBC1D1 protein levels, whole-animal and ex vivo skeletal muscle fat oxidation was increased in the TBC1D1 KO rats. Although there was no change in mitochondrial content in the KO rats, maximal ADP-stimulated respiration was higher in permeabilized muscle fibers, which may contribute to the increased reliance on fatty acids in resting KO animals. Despite this increase in mitochondrial oxidative capacity, run time to exhaustion at various intensities was impaired in the KO rats. Moreover, contraction-induced increases in sarcolemmal GLUT4 content and glucose uptake were lower in the white gastrocnemius of the KO animals. Altogether, our results highlight a critical role for TBC1D1 in exercise tolerance and contraction-mediated translocation of GLUT4 to the plasma membrane in skeletal muscle. © 2017 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  9. Treatment Option Overview (Uterine Sarcoma)

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    ... Cancer Prevention Endometrial Cancer Screening Research Uterine Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Uterine Sarcoma ... Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis (chance of recovery ) and treatment ...

  10. Evidence that 17alpha-estradiol is biologically active in the uterine tissue: Antiuterotonic and antiuterotrophic action

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    Navarrete Erika

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background 17alpha-Estradiol has been considered as the hormonally inactive isomer of 17beta-estradiol. Recently, nongenomic (smooth muscle relaxation and genomic (light estrogenic activity effects of 17alpha-estradiol have been reported, but no reports have yet determined its possible antiestrogenic activity. Therefore, this study investigated: the nongenomic action of 17alpha-estradiol on uterine contractile activity and its potential agonist-antagonist activity on uterine growth. Methods Uterine rings from rats were isometrically recorded. Different concentrations (0.2–200 microM of 17alpha-estradiol were tested on spontaneous contraction and equimolarly compared with 17beta-estradiol. To examine the mechanism of 17alpha-estradiol action, its effect was studied in presence of beta2-antagonist (propranolol, antiestrogens (tamoxifen and ICI 182,780 or inhibitors of protein synthesis (cycloheximide and transcription (actinomycin D. Moreover, contractions induced by high potassium (KCl solution or calcium in depolarized tissues by KCl-calcium free solution were exposed to 17alpha-estradiol. Collaterally, we performed an uterotrophic assay in adult ovariectomized rats measuring the uterine wet weight. The administration for three days of 0.3 microM/day/Kg 17beta-estradiol was equimolarly compared with the response produced by 17alpha-estradiol. Antiuterotrophic activity was assayed by administration of 0.3 microM/day/Kg 17beta-estradiol and various doses ratios (1:1, 1:3, 1:5, and 1:100 of 17alpha-estradiol. Results The estradiol isomers elicited an immediate relaxation, concentration-dependent and reversible on spontaneous contraction. 17alpha-Estradiol presented lower potency than 17beta-estradiol although it did not antagonize 17beta-estradiol-induced relaxation. Relaxation to 17alpha-estradiol was not inhibited by propranolol, tamoxifen, ICI 182,780, cycloheximide or actinomycin D. The KCl contractions were also sensitive to 17alpha

  11. Endovascular uterine artery interventions

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    Chandan J Das

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    Full Text Available Percutaneous vascular embolization plays an important role in the management of various gynecologic and obstetric abnormalities. Transcatheter embolization is a minimally invasive alternative procedure to surgery with reduced morbidity and mortality, and preserves the patient's future fertility potential. The clinical indications for transcatheter embolization are much broader and include many benign gynecologic conditions, such as fibroid, adenomyosis, and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs, as well as intractable bleeding due to inoperable advanced-stage malignancies. The most well-known and well-studied indication is uterine fibroid embolization. Uterine artery embolization (UAE may be performed to prevent or treat bleeding associated with various obstetric conditions, including postpartum hemorrhage (PPH, placental implantation abnormality, and ectopic pregnancy. Embolization of the uterine artery or the internal iliac artery also may be performed to control pelvic bleeding due to coagulopathy or iatrogenic injury. This article discusses these gynecologic and obstetric indications for transcatheter embolization and reviews procedural techniques and outcomes.

  12. Endovascular uterine artery interventions

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    Das, Chandan J; Rathinam, Deepak; Manchanda, Smita; Srivastava, D N

    2017-01-01

    Percutaneous vascular embolization plays an important role in the management of various gynecologic and obstetric abnormalities. Transcatheter embolization is a minimally invasive alternative procedure to surgery with reduced morbidity and mortality, and preserves the patient's future fertility potential. The clinical indications for transcatheter embolization are much broader and include many benign gynecologic conditions, such as fibroid, adenomyosis, and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), as well as intractable bleeding due to inoperable advanced-stage malignancies. The most well-known and well-studied indication is uterine fibroid embolization. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) may be performed to prevent or treat bleeding associated with various obstetric conditions, including postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), placental implantation abnormality, and ectopic pregnancy. Embolization of the uterine artery or the internal iliac artery also may be performed to control pelvic bleeding due to coagulopathy or iatrogenic injury. This article discusses these gynecologic and obstetric indications for transcatheter embolization and reviews procedural techniques and outcomes. PMID:29379246

  13. The leaves of Ficus exasperata Vahl (Moraceae) generates uterine active chemical constituents.

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    Bafor, Enitome E; Lim, Chiew V; Rowan, Edward G; Edrada-Ebel, Ruangelie

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    In the search for new, safe and efficacious uterine active agents, the plant Ficus exasperata was subjected to phytochemical screening and pharmacological analysis. Ethyl acetate and methanolic leaf extracts of Ficus exasperata were fractionated and purified by a series of chromatographic techniques. The isolation process was guided by in vitro functional uterine assays involving the use of C57Bl/6 female mice. Identification of the active chemical constituents was performed by several spectroscopic techniques which included 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The uterine effects of these compounds were investigated on spontaneous, oxytocin-induced and high KCl-induced contractions using isolated uterine segments of non-pregnant female mice. The activity of different compounds on the amplitude (maximum tension above basal force) and frequency of uterine contractions were simultaneously measured and then statistically analysed. The structure-activity relationships were also examined where possible. These studies led to the identification of some new phytochemical derivatives. Pharmacological assay revealed the presence of both uterine stimulatory and inhibitory constituents. The new pheophytin/pheophorbide derivatives, flavonoids, fatty acids and glycerol derivatives significantly reduced the frequency and amplitude of uterine contraction, while KCl salt, pyrimidine and pheophorbide-b derivatives significantly augmented both spontaneous and agonist-induced contractions. This study has demonstrated that Ficus exasperata generates secondary metabolites which have proven effective in the significant inhibition of uterine contractions and thus a potential source of new tocolytic agents. Additionally, uterine stimulatory constituents were also generated some of which may be potential drugs for contraception and/or labour facilitation. Lead compounds generated from this study are the pheophytin/pheophorbide derivatives

  14. Inhibitory effects of the volatile oils of Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels and Eucalyptus citriodora Hook (Myrtaceae) on the acetylcholine induced contraction of isolated rat ileum.

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    Adesina, Ayinde Buniyamin; Josephine, Owolabi Omonkhelin

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    Using steam distillation method, the volatile oils of Eucalyptus citriodora and Callistemon citrinus were obtained and their chromatographic profiles examined in hexane: ethylacetate (4:1; 7:3) and hexane-chloroform (7:3). The effects of the volatile oils on acetylcholine (Ach) induced contraction of the rat isolated ileum were investigated based on the ethnomedicinal use of the volatile oil of E. citriodora in treating diarrhoea. Relative to the weight of the fresh leaves (200g in each case), E. citriodora produced 0.75% of the volatile oil while the C. citrinus yielded 0.5%. Combination of hexane-ethylacetate (4:1) gave the best resolution of the constituents as E. citriodora produced six major spots while Callistemon citrinus produced three. The concentration-dependent contractions of the ileum produced by the increasing concentration of the Ach were observed to be remarkably attenuated in the presence of the volatile oils at 5 and 10 mg/ml. At 5mg/ ml, the volatile oils of E. citriodora and C. citrinus independently reduced the Ach maximum contraction to 74.11 ± 12.4 and 19.05 ± 5.17% respectively. At 10mg/ml, the volatile oils further significantly (P<0.05) inhibited the contraction induced by the Ach. The results obtained validated the ethnomedicinal use of the volatile oils particularly that of E. citriodora in reducing ilea contractions occasioned by diarrhoea. However, C. citrinus volatile oil seems to be more effective.

  15. Cine MR imaging of uterine peristalsis in patients with endometriosis

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    Kido, Aki; Togashi, Kaori; Koyama, Takashi; Fujimoto, Ryota [Kyoto University, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto (Japan); Nishino, Mizuki [Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Kyoto (Japan); Miyake, Kanae; Hayakawa, Katsumi [Kyoto City Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kyoto (Japan); Iwasaku, Kazuhiro [Kyoto City Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kyoto (Japan); Fujii, Shingo [Kyoto University, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Kyoto (Japan)

    2007-07-15

    Endometriosis is one of the most important causes of infertility; however the precise mechanism by which it affects female fertility is unclear. The objective of this study was to study the functional aspects of the uterus by evaluating uterine contractility in patients with endometrial cysts of the ovary. The study population was recruited from two institutes and consisted of 26 women (periovulatory (10), luteal (13), and menstrual phase (3); age range: 19-51 years) with untreated endometriosis; the control group consisted of 12 healthy women (age range: 22-41 years). Cine MR imaging obtained by a 1.5T magnet was visually evaluated at 12 x faster than real speed, focusing on the presence of uterine peristalsis, the direction and frequency of peristalsis, and the presence of sustained uterine contractions. Uterine peristalsis was identifiable in 3/10, 3/13, and 3/3 of the endometriosis patients in each menstrual cycle, respectively, and in 11/12, 3/12, and 5/12 of their control subjects. Peristaltic detection rate and frequency were significantly less for the endometriosis group than for the controls in the periovulatory phase only (p<0.05). Sustained contractions were recognized in 19/36 control subjects and in 13/26 endometriosis patients, but the difference was not significant. Uterine peristalsis appears to be suppressed during the periovulatory phase in patients with endometriosis, which may have an adverse effect on sperm transport. (orig.)

  16. Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and Docetaxel With or Without Bevacizumab in Treating Patients With Advanced or Recurrent Uterine Leiomyosarcoma

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    Recurrent Uterine Corpus Sarcoma; Stage IIIA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIC Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVB Uterine Sarcoma; Uterine Corpus Leiomyosarcoma

  17. Uterine peristalsis exerts control over fluid migration after mock embryo transfer.

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    Zhu, L; Xiao, L; Che, H S; Li, Y P; Liao, J T

    2014-02-01

    What is the effect of uterine peristalsis on fluid migration after mock embryo transfer? Uterine peristaltic wave frequency was positively correlated with the distance that fluid moved after it was deposited in the uterine cavity. Embryos have been found outside the uterine cavity after embryo transfer. It has been suggested that uterine contractions expelled these embryos. A prospective cohort study of a total of 112 infertile women was conducted between March 2013 and May 2013. Uterine peristaltic activity was assessed before and after a mock embryo transfer, in which 20 µl of ultrasound contrast agent was placed in the uterine lumen 3 days after ovulation in a natural cycle. The movement of this fluid was measured by ultrasound at 0, 15 and 30 min after placement. The uterine peristaltic wave frequency was significantly higher after than before mock transfer (3.06 ± 0.99 versus 2.24 ± 0.74, P uterine peristaltic wave frequencies before (r = 0.518, P uterine peristaltic wave frequency was significantly higher both before and after embryo transfer in cases where the fluid was extruded. Mock embryo transfer was performed in the luteal phase of a natural cycle instead of a controlled ovarian stimulation cycle. The endometrial environment and uterine peristalsis may be different in a stimulated cycle. Uterine peristalsis exerts control over embryo migration and could adversely affect the chances of pregnancy if the wave frequency is too high. It could be used as a predictor of uterine irritability before embryo transfer. The authors declare that they have not received any particular study funding and do not have competing interests in this study.

  18. Spontaneous uterine rupture

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    had had hysteroscopy and repeated curettage7, but it happened during labor and not before labor as in our case. Diagnosis of spontaneous uterine rupture during pregnancy occuring on a scarred uterus can be made by ultrasound scan in which case there can be protrusion of membranes at the site of the scar8. If possible ...

  19. Ultrasound analysis of the uterine wall movement for improved electrohysterographic measurement and modeling.

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    Rabotti, Chiara; de Lau, Hinke; Haazen, Nicole; Oei, Guid; Mischi, Massimo

    2013-01-01

    During pregnancy, analysis of the electrohysterogram (EHG), which measures the uterine electrical activity, can provide a fundamental contribution for the assessment of uterine contractions and the diagnosis of preterm labor. However, several aspects concerning uterine physiology and its link with EHG measurements are still unclear. As a consequence, the EHG is not yet part of the clinical practice. There is general consensus that modeling and analysis of the EHG can be improved only by understanding and integrating the main properties of the uterine physiology at different levels, e:g:, cellular, tissue, and organ, and of different nature, e:g:, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In this study, we use transabdominal ultrasound (US) measurements to investigate the mechanical changes that the uterus undergoes during pregnancy under the effect of contractions. We refer to this measurement as mechanohysterogram. Analysis of the mechanohysterogram highlights, for the first time, two phenomena that can influence EHG signal interpretation, namely, changes in uterine wall thickness during contractions and respiration-induced uterine wall movements. Our results suggest that these phenomena can affect the interpretation of the EHG and should therefore be taken into account for accurate modeling and assessment of the uterine electrical activity.

  20. Cell bodies of the trigeminal proprioceptive neurons that transmit reflex contraction of the levator muscle are located in the mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus in rats.

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    Fujita, Kenya; Matsuo, Kiyoshi; Yuzuriha, Shunsuke; Kawagishi, Kyutaro; Moriizumi, Tetsuji

    2012-12-01

    Since the levator and frontalis muscles lack interior muscle spindles despite being antigravity mixed muscles to involuntarily sustain eyelid opening and eyebrow lifting, this study has proposed a hypothetical mechanism to compensate for this anatomical defect. The voluntary contraction of fast-twitch fibres of the levator muscle stretches the mechanoreceptors in Müller's muscle to evoke proprioception, which continuously induces reflex contraction of slow-twitch fibres of the levator and frontalis muscles. This study confirmed the presence of cell bodies of the trigeminal proprioceptive neurons that transmit reflex contraction of the levator and frontalis muscles. After confirming that severing the trigeminal proprioceptive fibres that innervate the mechanoreceptors in Müller's muscle induced ipsilateral eyelid ptosis, Fluorogold was applied as a tracer to the proximal stump of the trigeminal proprioceptive nerve in rats. Fluorogold labelled the cell bodies of the trigeminal proprioceptive neurons, not in any regions of the rat brain including the trigeminal ganglion, but in the ipsilateral mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus neighbouring the locus ceruleus. Some Fluorogold particles accumulated in the area of the locus ceruleus. The trigeminal proprioceptive neurons could be considered centrally displaced ganglion cells to transmit afferent signal from the mechanoreceptors in Müller's muscle to the mesencephalon, where they may be able to make excitatory synaptic connections with both the oculomotor neurons and the frontalis muscle motoneurons for the involuntary coordination of the eyelid and eyebrow activities, and potentially to the locus ceruleus.

  1. ENDOVASCULAR HEMOSTASIS IN UTERINE BLEEDING IN PATIENTS WITH UTERINE LEIOMYOMA

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    M. M. Damirov

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    Full Text Available We report results of treatment for 72 patients with uterine leiomyoma (LM of various sizes and location, who had arrived with excessive uterine bleeding. All patients underwent urgent or urgently-delayed endovascular hemostasis by performing uterine arteries embolization (UAE. We analyzed clinical features of the disease after UAE in various sizes of tumors and studied immediate and long-term results of UAE in patients with LM.

  2. Successful Treatment of Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation due to Uterine Trauma

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    Karadag, Burak; Erol, Onur; Ozdemir, Ozgur; Uysal, Aysel; Alparslan, Ahmet Sukru; Gurses, Cemil; Koroglu, Mert

    2016-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is defined as abnormal and nonfunctional connections between the uterine arteries and veins. Although the patients typically present with vaginal bleeding, some patients may experience life-threatening massive bleeding in some circumstances. The treatment of choice depends on the symptoms, age, desire for future fertility, and localization and size of the lesion; however, embolization of the uterine artery is the first choice in symptomatic AVM in pati...

  3. Uterine physiological responses and global gene expression in ovariectomized (ovx) rats treated with soy protein isolate (spi) or 17Beta-estradiol

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    Concerns regarding increased endometrial cancer risk have been raised in women who consume soy products as the result of the estrogenicity of phytochemical components such as the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. Female Sprague-Dawley rats (N = 20/group) were fed AIN-93G diets with casein or SPI a...

  4. Successful Treatment of Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation due to Uterine Trauma

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM is defined as abnormal and nonfunctional connections between the uterine arteries and veins. Although the patients typically present with vaginal bleeding, some patients may experience life-threatening massive bleeding in some circumstances. The treatment of choice depends on the symptoms, age, desire for future fertility, and localization and size of the lesion; however, embolization of the uterine artery is the first choice in symptomatic AVM in patients at reproductive age with expectations of future fertility. We report a case of acquired AVM (after D/C with an extensive lesion, which was successfully treated with bilateral uterine artery embolization (UAE.

  5. Successful Treatment of Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation due to Uterine Trauma.

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    Karadag, Burak; Erol, Onur; Ozdemir, Ozgur; Uysal, Aysel; Alparslan, Ahmet Sukru; Gurses, Cemil; Koroglu, Mert

    2016-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is defined as abnormal and nonfunctional connections between the uterine arteries and veins. Although the patients typically present with vaginal bleeding, some patients may experience life-threatening massive bleeding in some circumstances. The treatment of choice depends on the symptoms, age, desire for future fertility, and localization and size of the lesion; however, embolization of the uterine artery is the first choice in symptomatic AVM in patients at reproductive age with expectations of future fertility. We report a case of acquired AVM (after D/C) with an extensive lesion, which was successfully treated with bilateral uterine artery embolization (UAE).

  6. Uterine fibroid vascularization and clinical relevance to uterine fibroid embolization.

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    Pelage, Jean-Pierre; Cazejust, Julien; Pluot, Etienne; Le Dref, Olivier; Laurent, Alexandre; Spies, James B; Chagnon, Sophie; Lacombe, Pascal

    2005-10-01

    Embolization has become a first-line treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroid tumors. Selective catheterization and embolization of both uterine arteries, which are the predominant source of blood flow to fibroid tumors in most cases, is the cornerstone of treatment. Although embolization for treatment of uterine fibroid tumors is widely accepted, great familiarity with the normal and variant pelvic arterial anatomy is needed to ensure the safety and success of the procedure. The uterine artery classically arises as a first or second branch of the anterior division of the internal iliac artery and is usually dilated in the presence of a uterine fibroid tumor. Angiography is used for comprehensive pretreatment assessment of the pelvic arterial anatomy; for noninvasive evaluation, Doppler ultrasonography, contrast material-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and MR angiography also may be used. After the uterine artery is identified, selective catheterization should be performed distal to its cervicovaginal branch. For targeted embolization of the perifibroid arterial plexus, injection of particles with diameters larger than 500 mum is generally recommended. Excessive embolization may injure normal myometrium, ovaries, or fallopian tubes and lead to uterine necrosis or infection or to ovarian failure. Incomplete treatment or additional blood supply to the tumor (eg, via an ovarian artery) may result in clinical failure. The common postembolization angiographic end point is occlusion of the uterine arterial branches to the fibroid tumor while antegrade flow is maintained in the main uterine artery. Copyright RSNA, 2005.

  7. Uterine arteriovenous malformation formed in a large uterine cervical myoma.

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    Soeda, Shu; Ushijima, Junko; Furukawa, Shigenori; Miyajima, Masayuki; Sakuma, Kotaro; Watanabe, Takafumi; Miyazaki, Makoto; Hashimoto, Yuko; Nishiyama, Hiroshi; Fujimori, Keiya

    2012-11-01

    Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) can arise in various organs, particularly the brain, but it is rare in the uterus. Uterine AVM is potentially lethal and is generally associated with uterine trauma, such as dilatation and curettage, therapeutic abortion or uterine surgery. On the other hand, uterine myoma is the most common benign gynecological tumor, but uterine cervical myoma is rare and grows in the extraperitoneal space, with development of complex capillary networks within the tumor. Cervical myoma surgery is therefore a difficult operation with a risk of massive bleeding. We report herein a patient with uterine AVM formed within a large cervical myoma in a postmenopausal woman. The patient was a 55-year-old Japanese woman who complained of lower abdominal distension. Ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed an 18 × 20-cm uterine cervical tumor with dilatation of numerous vessels. Pelvic angiography was scheduled to provide accurate diagnosis and to minimize intraoperative blood loss. In fact, preoperative pelvic angiography allowed us to identify the true feeding artery and drainage veins. Occlusion of the feeding artery with a balloon device is effective in decreasing intraoperative bleeding. Abdominal total hysterectomy was performed as the surgical management of this uterine AVM. Prophylactic endovascular balloon occlusion of the ipsilateral internal iliac artery reduced the amount of hemorrhage during surgery, although blood transfusion was needed in our patient. In conclusion, preoperative embolosclerotherapy should be considered as a treatment option in patients with AVM present in a large uterine cervical myoma.

  8. Reduction of Uterine Perfusion Pressure Induced Redistribution of Endothelin Receptor Type-B Between the Intima and Media Contributes to the Pathogenesis of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension.

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    Sun, Yuan; Zhang, Xicheng; Chen, Zhaolei; Xu, Miao; Ou, Minghui

    2017-12-06

    Studies have shown that a change in endothelin receptor expression in the artery is related to pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). However, the mechanism underlying this change remains unclear. To test whether the distribution of endothelin receptor type-A (ETAR) and type-B (ETBR) plays an important role in PIH, a reduction of uterine perfusion pressure (RUPP) rat model was used to mimic some of the features of PIH; the resulting variable endothelin receptor expression was investigated in the media and intima of the aorta. Single vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were isolated from RUPP and normal pregnant (NP) rats to study the effect of ETAR and ETBR in smooth muscle cells. Compared with NP rats, RUPP rats had a significant redistribution of ETBR expression in the intima and media, while there was no significant difference in ETAR expression between the two groups. ETBR upregulation in VSMCs enhanced cellular contraction and contributed to PIH. The TNF-α plasma levels in RUPP rats were two-fold higher than those of NP rats, which upregulated the expression of ETBR in VSMCS through the NF-κB pathways in RUPP rats. Redistribution of ETBR between the media and intima played an important role in the pathogenesis of PIH. © 2017 The Author(s). Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.

  9. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

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    Benetti-Pinto, Cristina Laguna; Rosa-e-Silva, Ana Carolina Japur de Sá; Yela, Daniela Angerame; Soares Júnior,José Maria

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Abnormal uterine bleeding is a frequent condition in Gynecology. It may impact physical, emotional sexual and professional aspects of the lives of women, impairing their quality of life. In cases of acute and severe bleeding, women may need urgent treatment with volumetric replacement and prescription of hemostatic substances. In some specific cases with more intense and prolonged bleeding, surgical treatment may be necessary. The objective of this chapter is to describe the main evi...

  10. Tubo-uterine implantation.

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    Green-armytage, V G

    1957-02-01

    After characterizing 2 types of patients presenting with tubal infertility (1 that is "as a rule overweight (the uterus is fixed (and there is easily palpable tubo-uterine pathology," and 1 that is "slim, young, intelligent and often beautiful", 12 1-sentence suggestions are made to increase the success of tubo-uterine implantations in the second type of presenting patient (because the first group has, in the author's mind, disappointing prognosis). Figures are the bulk of the document, with 3 figures demonstrating the type of operation, 3 showing the scheme of the operation, 1 figure showing a posterior view of the implanted tube in utero with a polyethylene prosthesis in situ down to the cervix, and 1 figure showing the instruments used in the operation. A few points of experience the author shares are: 1) operate immediately after a menstrual period; 2) give antibiotics prophylactically and after the procedure; 3) use a Bonney Myomectomy Clamp to elevate the uterus; 4) never use a knife or bistoury at the cornua; 5) use polyethylene rods, when available; and 6) caesarean section is the indicated delivery route after tubo-uterine implantation. Out of 38 patients with the requisite history and findings who have been operated on by this author, 14 have gone to full-term, i.e., 36.1%; 2 have aborted, giving a pregnancy rate of 42.2%, and there was 1 ectopic pregnancy.

  11. Uterine Cancer: Cancer of the Uterus

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    ... receive Publications email updates Enter email Submit Uterine cancer Cancer of the uterus (uterine cancer) is cancer ... Institute . Expand all | Collapse all What is uterine cancer? Cancer is a disease in which certain body ...

  12. Ropivacaine-Induced Contraction Is Attenuated by Both Endothelial Nitric Oxide and Voltage-Dependent Potassium Channels in Isolated Rat Aortae

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    Full Text Available This study investigated endothelium-derived vasodilators and potassium channels involved in the modulation of ropivacaine-induced contraction. In endothelium-intact rat aortae, ropivacaine concentration-response curves were generated in the presence or absence of the following inhibitors: the nonspecific nitric oxide synthase (NOS inhibitor Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, the neuronal NOS inhibitor Nω-propyl-L-arginine hydrochloride, the inducible NOS inhibitor 1400W dihydrochloride, the nitric oxide-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (GC inhibitor ODQ, the NOS and GC inhibitor methylene blue, the phosphoinositide-3 kinase inhibitor wortmannin, the cytochrome p450 epoxygenase inhibitor fluconazole, the voltage-dependent potassium channel inhibitor 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, the calcium-activated potassium channel inhibitor tetraethylammonium (TEA, the inward-rectifying potassium channel inhibitor barium chloride, and the ATP-sensitive potassium channel inhibitor glibenclamide. The effect of ropivacaine on endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS phosphorylation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells was examined by western blotting. Ropivacaine-induced contraction was weaker in endothelium-intact aortae than in endothelium-denuded aortae. L-NAME, ODQ, and methylene blue enhanced ropivacaine-induced contraction, whereas wortmannin, Nω-propyl-L-arginine hydrochloride, 1400W dihydrochloride, and fluconazole had no effect. 4-AP and TEA enhanced ropivacaine-induced contraction; however, barium chloride and glibenclamide had no effect. eNOS phosphorylation was induced by ropivacaine. These results suggest that ropivacaine-induced contraction is attenuated primarily by both endothelial nitric oxide and voltage-dependent potassium channels.

  13. Effect of an oxytocin receptor antagonist (atosiban) on uterine electrical activity.

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    Hadar, Eran; Melamed, Nir; Aviram, Amir; Raban, Oded; Saltzer, Liat; Hiersch, Liran; Yogev, Yariv

    2013-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of atosiban (Tractocile; Ferring, Limhamn, Sweden), an oxytocin receptor antagonist, on uterine electrical activity in women with preterm labor and to determine whether this information can assist in the prediction of preterm delivery. Uterine electrical activity was recorded prospectively in 21 women with preterm labor before and during treatment with Tractocile and, for purpose of comparison, in 4 pregnant women without uterine contractions to set the baseline of uterine electrical activity in a quiescent uterus. Uterine activity was recorded with a noninvasive, 9-channel recorder with an electromyography amplifier and a 3-dimensional position sensor with an automatic data analyzer. Uterine electrical activity was quantified by an electrical uterine monitor (EUM) and measured in microwatts per second (μW/s). The overall pre-Tractocile EUM index was 3.43 ± 0.58 μW/s, which was significantly higher than baseline uterine activity in women without preterm contractions (2.3 ± 0.11 μW/s; P = .001). During the administration of Tractocile, the EUM index gradually decreased in a relatively constant rate from 3.43 ± 0.58 μW/s to 2.56 ± 0.88 μW/s after 330 minutes of continuous therapy (P uterine electrical activity in women with preterm labor. This information can provide more insight into the effects of tocolytic agents and to aid in the risk stratification of preterm delivery in women with preterm contractions. Copyright © 2013 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Effects of contraction on localization of GLUT4 and v-SNARE isoforms in rat skeletal muscle

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    Rose, Adam John; Jeppesen, Jacob; Kiens, Bente

    2009-01-01

    In skeletal muscle, contractions increase glucose uptake due to a translocation of GLUT4 glucose transporters from intracellular storage sites to the surface membrane. Vesicle associated membrane proteins (VAMPs) are believed to play an important role in docking and fusion of the GLUT4 transporters...... at the surface membrane. However, knowledge about which VAMP isoforms in fact co-localize with GLUT4 vesicles in mature skeletal muscle and whether they translocate during muscle contractions is incomplete. The aim of the present study was to further identify VAMP isoforms which are associated with GLUT4...... vesicles and examine which VAMP isoforms translocate to surface membranes in skeletal muscles undergoing contractions. VAMP2, VAMP3, VAMP5 and VAMP7 were enriched in immuno-precipitated GLUT4 vesicles. In response to 20 min of in situ contractions, there was a redistribution of GLUT4 (+64 +/- 13...

  15. Temporary Anorgasmia Following Uterine Artery Embolization for Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids.

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    Speir, Ethan; Shekhani, Haris; Peters, Gail

    2017-11-01

    We report a rare case of temporary anorgasmia following uterine artery embolization (UAE) performed for symptomatic uterine fibroids. To our knowledge, this is only the second time that this complication has been reported in the literature. We briefly explore the possible pathophysiologic explanations for this complication and review the effects of UAE compared to hysterectomy on sexual functioning in women.

  16. Uterine arteriovenous malformation--a rare cause of uterine haemorrhage.

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    Manolitsas, T; Hurley, V; Gilford, E

    1994-05-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare cause of massive uterine bleeding, with 70 cases reported in the English literature. Although uterine AVM is a rare cause of menorrhagia or postmenopausal bleeding, it is important to consider in the assessment of a patient with abnormal (especially heavy) uterine bleeding because accurate diagnosis can allow appropriate treatment to be planned and avoid hysterectomy in women who wish to retain their reproductive capacity. Until relatively recently this condition was difficult to diagnose and management almost always required hysterectomy. Special investigations (hysteroscopy, Doppler flow ultrasound and pelvic angiography) are important for diagnosis and assessment. Transcatheter embolization has replaced hysterectomy as the treatment of choice in women who wish to retain their fertility. Curettage may precipitate life-threatening haemorrhage and is therefore contraindicated when uterine AVM is suspected.

  17. [Effect of D-(-)-norgestrel on uterine contractility in the puerperium (author's transl)].

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    Romero-Salinas, G; La Torre-Rasguido, F; Vera-Cáceres, R; Escalera-Villarreal, G; Bandera-Gonzalez, B

    1981-01-01

    It is usual for women to ask for temporary control of fertility during the puerperium. When hormonal therapy is administered, the selection of the adequate pill is very important. The effect of D-(-)-norgestrel 300mg was studied on uterine contractility values during puerperium is seven patients breast feeding and was compared with a control group of 26. The 33 patients had the following characteristics: multiparous during puerperium without recent episiotomy, with healthy cervix, absence of genital septic focus, uterine tumours or malformations; all of them breast feeding. In the hypothesis, it was considered that the endogenous oxytocin increases and stimulates the mammary mioepithelium and uterine contractilities. For recording uterine contractility, the technique of Jaumandreu and Hendricks was used. The recordings were made during 24 hours postpartum, and at 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40 days with a duration 2 to 3 hours. All the studies were longitudinal. The changes of the human uterine contractility during normal puerperium were estimated. The range of the tonus was 22--41 mm Hg, the intensity 5--18 mm Hg, the frequency 17--23 contractions in 10 minutes, and the uterine activity 102--223 Montevideo Units. In the control group the following results were obtained: The range of the tonus was 24--34 mm Hg, the intensity 9--16 mm Hg, the frequency 17--37 contractions in 10 minutes, and the uterine contractility 137--524 Montevideo Units. In the comparative study Student's t test was used and p estimated.

  18. Mechanisms underlying a decrease in KCl-induced contraction after long-term serum-free organ culture of rat isolated mesenteric artery.

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    Morita, Tomoka; Okada, Muneyoshi; Yamawaki, Hideyuki

    2014-07-01

    Organ culture of blood vessel is a better technique to investigate the long-term effects of drugs. However, some functional changes may occur from freshly isolated vessel (Fresh). Mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) regulates smooth muscle differentiation and Ca(2+) mobilization. We thus investigated mechanisms of alteration in smooth muscle contractility after serum-free organ culture focusing on mTOR. Rat isolated mesenteric arteries were cultured for 5 days without (0% serum) or with rapamycin. In 0% serum, absolute contraction by KCl significantly decreased from Fresh, which was significantly rescued by rapamycin. In 0% serum, mTOR expression significantly increased from Fresh, which was significantly rescued by rapamycin. In 0% serum, expression of myocardin, a key regulator of smooth muscle differentiation markers, significantly decreased from Fresh, which was significantly rescued by rapamycin. However, the decrease in expression of contractile proteins, including SM22α and calponin, was not changed by rapamycin. Basal phosphorylation of calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II significantly increased in 0% serum, which was significantly rescued by rapamycin. In 0% serum, absolute contraction by caffeine significantly decreased from Fresh, which was significantly rescued by rapamycin. In conclusion, expression of mTOR increased during serum-free organ culture of rat isolated mesenteric artery for 5 days, which may be at least partly responsible for the decreased smooth muscle contractility perhaps due to the decrease in the stored Ca(2+) in smooth muscle.

  19. Uterine fibroid: a review.

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    Akinyemi, B O; Adewoye, B R; Fakoya, T A

    2004-01-01

    Uterine fibroid is a benign tumour of uterine smooth muscle. The purpose of this review is to bring to light the current spectra of presentation and management status of this benign and very important cause of menstrual and fertility disturbance in African women and the Black race in general. This is especially so with the trivialization of its aetological factors and treatment by claims from alternative medical practitioners. This review, therefore sought to document what is currently known about the condition and what could possibly be done to achieve better results in its management. Literature on the subject above was reviewed using manual library search, electronic books such as CD-ROMS and journals articles published by various local and international authors on the subject; it also included internet search on relevant aspects of the topic. Fibroid is the commonest benign tumour of the female genital tract, it contributes about 70 to 80% of new growths in the female genital tracts, it is a cause of significant morbidity in women of reproductive age group and when complicated could be a significant cause of mortality. Spectrum of presentation mainly involves disturbance of menstruation, reduction in fertility, pressure and obstructive symptoms and rarely malignant presentations. When recognized early effective conservative and definitive therapies are available to offer relief for women and to make their menstrual and reproductive life more meaningful. From the literature reviewed, it was obvious that the subject of uterine fibroid is still not fully exhausted and there were a lot of research questions waiting to be answered on the aetiopathogenesis of the disease. There is also the need to fashion out better treatment alternatives that will reduce morbidity in the process of managing the patient as well as those that will further enhance reproductive potentials after treatment.

  20. Determination of the functional size of oxytocin receptors in plasma membranes from mammary gland and uterine myometrium of the rat by radiation inactivation

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    Soloff, M.S.; Beauregard, G.; Potier, M.

    1988-05-01

    Gel filtration of detergent-solubilized oxytocin (OT) receptors in plasma membrane fractions from both regressed mammary gland and labor myometrium of the rat, showed that specific (/sup 3/H)OT binding was associated with a heterogeneously sized population of macromolecules. As radiation inactivation is the only method available to measure the apparent molecular weights of membrane proteins in situ, we used this approach to define the functional sizes of OT receptors. The results indicate that both mammary and myometrial receptors are uniform in size and of similar molecular mass. Mammary and myometrial receptors were estimated to be 57.5 +/- 3.8 (SD) and 58.8 +/- 1.6 kilodaltons, respectively. Knowledge of the functional size of OT receptors will be useful in studies involving the purification and characterization of the receptor and associated membrane components.

  1. Propagation of electrical activity in uterine muscle during pregnancy: a review.

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    Rabotti, C; Mischi, M

    2015-02-01

    The uterine muscle (the myometrium) plays its most evident role during pregnancy, when quiescence is required for adequate nourishment and development of the foetus, and during labour, when forceful contractions are needed to expel the foetus and the other products of conception. The myometrium is composed of smooth muscle cells. Contraction is initiated by the spontaneous generation of electrical activity at the cell level in the form of action potentials. The mechanisms underlying uterine quiescence during pregnancy and electrical activation during labour remain largely unknown; as a consequence, the clinical management of preterm contractions during pregnancy and inefficient uterine contractility during labour remains suboptimal. In an effort to improve clinical management of uterine contractions, research has focused on understanding the propagation properties of the electrical activity of the uterus. Different perspectives have been undertaken, from animal and in vitro experiments up to clinical studies and dedicated methods for non-invasive parameter estimation. A comparison of the results is not straightforward due to the wide range of different approaches reported in the literature. However, previous studies unanimously reveal a unique complexity as compared to other organs in the pattern of uterine electrical activity propagation, which necessarily needs to be taken into consideration for future studies to be conclusive. The aim of this review is to structure current variegated knowledge on the properties of the uterus in terms of pacemaker position, pattern, direction and speed of the electrical activity during pregnancy and labour. © 2014 Scandinavian Physiological Society. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Premature Contractions

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    ... Peripheral Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Premature Contractions - PACs and PVCs Updated:Dec 15,2016 ... You felt this more-forceful beat. Types of premature contractions Premature atrial contractions (PACs) start in the ...

  3. C60 Exposure Augments Cardiac Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury and Coronary Artery Contraction in Sprague Dawley Rats

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    Holland, Nathan A.; Vidanapathirana, Achini K.; Pitzer, Joshua E.; Han, Li; Sumner, Susan J.; Lewin, Anita H.; Fennell, Timothy R.; Lust, Robert M.; Brown, Jared M.; Wingard, Christopher J.

    2014-01-01

    The potential uses of engineered C60 fullerene (C60) have expanded in recent decades to include industrial and biomedical applications. Based on clinical findings associated with particulate matter exposure and our data with multi-walled carbon nanotubes, we hypothesized that ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and pharmacological responses in isolated coronary arteries would depend upon the route of exposure and gender in rats instilled with C60. Male and female Sprague Dawley rats were used to test this hypothesis by surgical induction of cardiac I/R injury in situ 24 h after intratracheal (IT) or intravenous (IV) instillation of 28 μg of C60 formulated in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or PVP vehicle. Serum was collected for quantification of various cytokines. Coronary artery segments were isolated for assessment of vasoactive pharmacology via wire myography. Both IV and IT exposure to C60 resulted in expansion of myocardial infarction in male and female rats following I/R injury. Serum-collected post-I/R showed elevated concentrations of interleukin-6 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 in male rats exposed to IV C60. Coronary arteries isolated from male rats exposed to IT C60 demonstrated augmented vasocontraction in response to endothelin-1 that was attenuated with Indomethacin. IV C60 exposure resulted in impaired acetylcholine relaxation in male rats and IT C60 exposure resulted in depressed vasorelaxation in response to sodium nitroprusside in female rats. Based on these data, we conclude that IT and IV exposure to C60 results in unique cardiovascular consequences that may favor heightened coronary resistance and myocardial susceptibility to I/R injury. PMID:24431213

  4. Anti-spasmodic assessment of hydroalcoholic extract and essential oil of aerial part of Pycnocycla caespitosa Boiss. & Hausskn on rat ileum contractions

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    Sadraei, Hassan; Asghari, Gholamreza; Alipour, Mahdi

    2016-01-01

    Pycnocycla caespitosa is an essential oil-containing plant naturally growing in southwest of Iran. The extract of this plant has been used as remedy in traditional medicine. Another species of Pycnocyla (P. spinosa) possessed antispasmodic activity. The pharmacological objective of this study was to look for relaxant effect of hydroalcoholic extract and essential oil of P. caespitosa on rat isolated ileum contractions for comparison with loperamide. The essential oil and the hydroalcoholic extract were prepared by hydrodistillation and percolation techniques, respectively. For antispasmodic studies a section of rat ileum was suspended in an organ bath containing Tyrode's solution. The tissue was stimulated with electrical field stimulation (EFS), KCl (80 mM) and acetylcholine (ACh 0.5 μM). The tissue was kept under 1 g tension at 37°C and continuously gassed with O2. The essential oil content in the aerial parts of P. caespitosa was found to be 0.16 % ml/g. The essential oil was analyzed by gas chromatography and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Seventy constituents, representing 97 % of the oil were identified. The major components of the oil were carvacrol (7.1%), β-eudesmol (6.4 %), ρ-cymene (5.7%), caryophyllene oxide (3.6%), α-pinine (1.4%) and α-phelandrene (1.1%). The hydroalcoholic extract of P. caespitosa inhibited the response to KCl (IC50 = 48 ± 3 μg/ml), ACh (IC50 = 61 ± 14.7 μg/ml) and EFS (IC50 = 77 ± 17 μg/ml) in a concentration-dependent manner. The essential oil of P. caespitosa also inhibited rat ileum contractions. The IC50 values for KCl, ACh and EFS were 9.2 ± 1.2 μg/ml, 7.6 ± 0.8 μg/ml and 6.4 ± 0.8 μg/ml, respectively. The inhibitory effect of both the essential oil and the extract were reversible. This research confirms the anti-spasmodic activity of both the essential oil and the extract of P. caespitosa on smooth muscle contraction of ileum. PMID:27051430

  5. Short-term administration of melatonin or ghrelin on diabetic rats: effects on angiotensin II and vasopressin-induced uterine contractility.

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    Sugár, D; Agócs, R; Tatár, E; Tóth, G; Horváth, P; Sulyok, E; Szabó, A J

    2017-07-18

    The glycosaminoglycan (GAG) molecules are a group of high molecular weight, negatively charged polysaccharides present abundantly in the mammalian organism. By their virtue of ion and water binding capacity, they may affect the redistribution of body fluids and ultimately the blood pressure. Data from the literature suggests that the mitogens Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)-A and VEGF-C are able to regulate the amount and charge density of GAGs and their detachment from the cell surface. Based on these findings we investigated the relationship between the level of dietary sodium intake, the expression levels of VEGF-A and VEGF-C, and the amount of the skin GAGs hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate in an in vivo rat model. Significant correlation between dietary sodium intake, skin sodium levels and GAG content was found. We confirmed the GAG synthesizing role of VEGF-C but failed to prove that GAGs are degraded by VEGF-A. No significant difference in blood pressure was registered between the different dietary groups. A quotient calculated form the ion and water content of the skin tissue samples suggests that - in contrast to previous findings - the osmotically inactive ions and bound water fractions are proportional.

  6. Uterus-relaxing effect of β2-agonists in combination with phosphodiesterase inhibitors: studies on pregnant rat in vivo and on pregnant human myometrium in vitro.

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    Verli, Judit; Klukovits, Anna; Kormányos, Zsolt; Hajagos-Tóth, Judit; Ducza, Eszter; Seres, Adrienn B; Falkay, George; Gáspár, Róbert

    2013-01-01

    Our aims were to examine the effects of a simultaneous stimulation of β(2) -adrenergic receptors and inhibition of uterine phosphodiesterases (PDE), in the pregnant rat uterus in vivo and on human uterine tissue in vitro. We also set out to measure cAMP levels and detect the expressions of the isoenzymes PDE4B and PDE4D in human uterine tissue samples. Preterm birth was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats with bacterial lipopolysaccharide. The uterine effects of terbutaline alone or in combination with rolipram were tested in vivo. Human myometrial strips from cesarean sections at full-term pregnancy and at preterm labor were stimulated with oxytocin, and the inhibitory effects of theophylline, rolipram and terbutaline were studied. The myometrial accumulation of cAMP in the presence of rolipram and terbutaline was determined by enzyme immunoassay. The expressions of PDE4B and PDE4D proteins were detected by Western blotting. The selective PDE4 inhibitor rolipram was more effective than the non-selective PDE inhibitor theophylline in inhibiting the oxytocin-induced contractions in the human uterus. The uterus-relaxing effects of low doses of terbutaline were markedly potentiated by rolipram, both in rats and in human tissues. The changes in uterine cAMP levels correlated with these results. At preterm labor, PDE4B was the predominant form of PDE4 expressed; at full term, PDE4D was expressed more strongly. A combination of selective PDE4 inhibitors and β(2) -agonists should be considered for the treatment of preterm contractions. © 2012 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2012 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  7. Study of bioenergetics of mouse pregnant uterine muscle by magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)

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    Negami, Akira; Tominaga, Toshiro

    1989-06-01

    To investigate the bioenergetics of uterine muscles in vivo, we examined the energy state of mouse preterm uterus by means of magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Full-term mouse uterus contained ATP, PCr, phospho-di and mono ester (PDE and PME) and inorganic phosphate (Pi). The oxytocin-induced uterine muscle contraction peaks level and positions changed. Multiple peak analysis indicated a muscle contraction induced increase in the Pi concentration and decrease in the PCr concentration. The peak position of Pi was shifted in the contractive state also, indicating that the intracellular pH was lower than in the non-contractive state and this low pH level was recovered within several minutes. There was no change in the AMP peak neight in the contractive and non-contractive states. These data indicated that the energetics of mouse uterine muscle was maintained by the ATP-PCr system and acidosis of muscle was recovered within several minutes at rest. The constant AMP peak levels may indicate that phosphorylase is not regulated by AMP, but the phosphorylated phosphorylase kinase and pH levels in the contractive and non-contractive states also may indicate that phosphorylase kinase is not regulated by proteolysis or by the intracellular pH level but by the elevated intracellular calcium ion and calmodulin system. (author).

  8. Uterine arterial embolization for uterine leiomyoma: efficacy and clinical outcome

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    Park, Jeong Seon; Lee, Do Yon; Kim, Yong Tae; Park, Ki Hyun; Park, Yong Won; Cho, Jae Sung; Kim, Myung Jun [Yonsei Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Won, Je Hwan [Ajou Univ. College of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Byung Chul [Ewha Womans Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-09-01

    To determine the efficacy and clinical outcome of uterine arterial embolization as a new approach to the management of uterine leiomyomas. Uterine arterial embolization was performed in 21 patients aged 26-62(mean, 42) years. Twenty of these had menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, and mass-related symptoms (low abdominal discomfort, backache, urinary frequency, etc.) and one was diagnosed incidentally. Bilateral uterine arteries were selected individually and polyvinyl alcohol and/or gelfoam was used as an embolic material. Nineteen patients were followed up after embolization. Seventeen (89.5 %)reported satisfactory improvement of symptoms and follow-up sonography three months later showed a 58.5 % reduction in mean myoma volume. In 17 patients (89.5 %), the menstrual cycle returned to normal. All patients experienced pain after the procedure and other complications were vaginal bleeding (26.3 %) and fever (23.8 %). Uterine arterial embolization represents a new approach to the management of uterine leiomyoma-related symptoms. Further investigations and long-term follow-up are, however, enquired.

  9. Contraction-induced muscle fiber damage is increased in soleus muscle of streptozotocin-diabetic rats and is associated with elevated expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor mRNA in muscle fibers and activated satellite cells

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    Copray, S; Liem, R; Brouwer, N; Greenhaff, P; Habens, F; Fernyhough, P

    The expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is elevated in the soleus muscle of streptozotocin-diabetic rats. To determine whether this diabetes-induced elevation was associated with or enhanced by muscle activity we have induced high-intensity muscle contraction by electrically

  10. Acute Ozone (O3) Exposure Enhances Aortic Contraction in Healthy Rats while Exacerbating Pulmonary Injury in Diabetics

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    Air pollution exposure affects health adversely in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and diet induced obesity (DIO). We hypothesized that T2D and DIO would exacerbate O3 induced pulmonary responses and alter arterial reactivity. Male Wistar and Goto Kakizaki (GK) rats, a l...

  11. In Vitro Impact of Hydro-alcoholic Extract of Rosa damascena Mill. on Rat Ileum Contractions and the Mechanisms Involved

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    Conclusions: The results indicate that R. damascena Mill. dose-dependently (100, 500, and 1000 mg/L decreases ileum movements of the rat probably through stimulating the β-adrenergic and opioid receptors and voltage-dependent calcium channels, and it may be used to treat digestive disorders.

  12. Na+-K+ pump location and translocation during muscle contraction  in rat skeletal muscle

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    Kristensen, Michael; Rasmussen, Martin Krøyer; Juel, Carsten

    2008-01-01

    the translocation. Electrical stimulation and biotin labeling of rat muscle revealed a 40% and 18% increase in the amounts of the Na+-K+ pump a2 subunit and caveolin-3 (Cav-3), respectively, in the sarcolemma. Exercise induced a 36% and 19% increase in the relative amounts of the a2 subunit and Cav-3, respectively...

  13. Fullerenol C{sub 60}(OH){sub 24} nanoparticles decrease relaxing effects of dimethyl sulfoxide on rat uterus spontaneous contraction

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    Slavic, Marija, E-mail: marija17@ibiss.bg.ac.rs [University of Belgrade, Department for Physiology, Institute for Biological Research ' Sinisa Stankovic' (IBISS) (Serbia); Djordjevic, Aleksandar [University of Novi Sad, Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and the Environment, Faculty of Sciences (Serbia); Radojicic, Ratko [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology (Serbia); Milovanovic, Slobodan [University of East Sarajevo, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine at Foca (Bosnia and Herzegowina); Orescanin-Dusic, Zorana [University of Belgrade, Department for Physiology, Institute for Biological Research ' Sinisa Stankovic' (IBISS) (Serbia); Rakocevic, Zlatko [University of Belgrade, Institute for Nuclear Sciences ' Vinca' (Serbia); Spasic, Mihajlo B.; Blagojevic, Dusko [University of Belgrade, Department for Physiology, Institute for Biological Research ' Sinisa Stankovic' (IBISS) (Serbia)

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    Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a widely used solvent and cryoprotectant that can cause impaired blood flow, reduction in intracranial pressure, tissue edema, inflammatory reactions, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, processes which can lead to atherosclerosis of the coronary, peripheral and cerebral circulation. Although the adverse effects are rare when DMSO is administered in clinically established concentrations, there is no safe antagonist for an overdose. In this work, we treated isolated spontaneous and calcium-induced contractile active rat uteri (Wistar, virgo intacta), with DMSO and fullerenol C{sub 60}(OH){sub 24} nanoparticle (FNP) in DMSO. FNP is a water-soluble derivative of fullerene C{sub 60}. Its size is a 1.1 nm in diameter and is a very promising candidate for a drug carrier in nanomedicine. FNP also displays free radical scavenging activity. DMSO decreased both spontaneous and calcium-induced contractions. In contrast, FNP only decreased spontaneous contraction. FNP decreased copper-zinc superoxide dismutase activity and prevented the DMSO-induced increase in glutathione reductase activity. Atomic force microscopy detected that FNP aggregated with calcium ions. Our results indicate that FNP has properties that make it a good candidate to be a modulator of DMSO activity which could minimize side effects of the latter.

  14. Expression of the Small Conductance Ca(2+)-Activated Potassium Channel Subtype 3 (SK3) in Rat Uterus after Stimulation with 17β-Estradiol

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    Rahbek, Mette; Nazemi, Sasan; Odum, Lars

    2014-01-01

    Preterm births accounts for roughly 9% of all births worldwide and can have detrimental or even lethal consequences for the infant. However to develop new treatment that will lower the rate of preterm births, more knowledge is required on the factors contributing to the contraction and relaxation...... the expression of SK3 in the uterus of rats stimulated with 17β-estradiol and progesterone in order to get an in depth understanding of the rat uterine SK3. Using immunohistochemistry SK3 was localized to the glandular and luminal endometrial lamina epitheliali. Furthermore, a weak signal was observed...

  15. Ulipristal acetate: in uterine fibroids.

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    Croxtall, Jamie D

    2012-05-28

    Ulipristal acetate, a selective progesterone-receptor modulator, inhibits the proliferation and induces apoptosis of leiomyoma cells in vitro. It also modulates the expression of vascular endothelial growth factors and hormone receptors and modulates extracellular matrix breakdown in leiomyoma cells but not in myometrial cells. In two randomized, double-blind, multinational phase III trials of 13 weeks' duration in women aged 18-50 years with uterine fibroids, a once-daily regimen of oral ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day controlled excessive uterine bleeding (primary endpoint) in ≥90% of patients. Ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day was more effective than placebo and was shown to be noninferior to intramuscular leuprolide acetate 3.75 mg once monthly in controlling uterine bleeding. Uterine bleeding was rapidly controlled by ulipristal acetate. Approximately half of recipients of ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day became amenorrhoeic within the first 10 days of treatment. Furthermore, uterine bleeding was controlled significantly more rapidly for recipients of ulipristal acetate than recipients of leuprolide acetate. A significantly greater median reduction from baseline in total fibroid volume was observed for recipients of ulipristal acetate 5 mg once daily than recipients of placebo following 13 weeks' treatment (coprimary endpoint). For patients who did not undergo surgery, the volume reduction was maintained for at least 6 months after discontinuing treatment. Ulipristal acetate was generally well tolerated in women with uterine fibroids. The incidence of hot flush occurred with a significantly lower frequency for recipients of ulipristal acetate than for recipients of leuprolide acetate.

  16. Noninvasive Uterine Electromyography For Prediction of Preterm Delivery*

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    UCOVNIK, Miha L; MANER, William L.; CHAMBLISS, Linda R.; BLUMRICK, Richard; BALDUCCI, James; NOVAK-ANTOLIC, Ziva; GARFIELD, Robert E.

    2011-01-01

    Objective Power spectrum (PS) of uterine electromyography (EMG) can identify true labor. EMG propagation velocity (PV) to diagnose labor has not been reported. The objective was to compare uterine EMG against current methods to predict preterm delivery. Study design EMG was recorded in 116 patients (preterm labor, n=20; preterm non-labor, n=68; term labor, n=22; term non-labor, n=6). Student’s t-test was used to compare EMG values for labor vs. non-labor (P<0.05 significant). Predictive values of EMG, Bishop-score, contractions on tocogram, and transvaginal cervical length were calculated using receiver-operator-characteristics analysis. Results PV was higher in preterm and term labor compared with non-labor (P<0.001). Combined PV and PS peak frequency predicted preterm delivery within 7 days with area-under-the-curve (AUC) = 0.96. Bishop score, contractions, and cervical length had AUC of 0.72, 0.67, and 0.54. Conclusions Uterine EMG PV and PS peak frequency more accurately identify true preterm labor than clinical methods. PMID:21145033

  17. Abnormal uterine bleeding.

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    Whitaker, Lucy; Critchley, Hilary O D

    2016-07-01

    Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is a common and debilitating condition with high direct and indirect costs. AUB frequently co-exists with fibroids, but the relationship between the two remains incompletely understood and in many women the identification of fibroids may be incidental to a menstrual bleeding complaint. A structured approach for establishing the cause using the Fédération International de Gynécologie et d'Obstétrique (FIGO) PALM-COEIN (Polyp, Adenomyosis, Leiomyoma, Malignancy (and hyperplasia), Coagulopathy, Ovulatory disorders, Endometrial, Iatrogenic and Not otherwise classified) classification system will facilitate accurate diagnosis and inform treatment options. Office hysteroscopy and increasing sophisticated imaging will assist provision of robust evidence for the underlying cause. Increased availability of medical options has expanded the choice for women and many will no longer need to recourse to potentially complicated surgery. Treatment must remain individualised and encompass the impact of pressure symptoms, desire for retention of fertility and contraceptive needs, as well as address the management of AUB in order to achieve improved quality of life. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  18. Smoking particles enhance endothelin A and endothelin B receptor-mediated contractions by enhancing translation in rat bronchi

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    Vikman Petter

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Smoking is known to cause chronic inflammatory changes in the bronchi and to contribute to airway hyper-reactivity, such as in bronchial asthma. To study the effect of smoking on the endothelin system in rat airways, bronchial segments were exposed to DMSO-soluble smoking particles (DSP from cigarette smoke, to nicotine and to DMSO, respectively. Methods Isolated rat bronchial segments were cultured for 24 hours in the presence or absence of DSP, nicotine or DMSO alone. Contractile responses to sarafotoxin 6c (a selective agonist for ETB receptors and endothelin-1 (an ETA and ETB receptor agonist were studied by use of a sensitive myograph. Before ET-1 was introduced, the ETB receptors were desensitized by use of S6c. The remaining contractility observed was considered to be the result of selective activation of the ETA receptors. ETA and ETB receptor mRNA expression was analyzed using real-time quantitative PCR. The location and concentration of ETA and ETB receptors were studied by means of immunohistochemistry together with confocal microscopy after overnight incubation with selective antibodies. Results After being cultured together with DSP for 24 hours the bronchial segments showed an increased contractility mediated by ETA and ETB receptors, whereas culturing them together with nicotine did not affect their contractility. The up-regulation of their contractility was blunted by cycloheximide treatment, a translational inhibitor. No significant change in the expression of ETA and ETB receptor mRNA through exposure to DMSO or to nicotine exposure alone occurred, although immunohistochemistry revealed a clear increase in ETA and ETB receptors in the smooth muscle after incubation in the presence of DSP. Taken as a whole, this is seen as the presence of a translation mechanism. Conclusion The increased contractility of rat bronchi when exposed to DSP appears to be due to a translation mechanism.

  19. Morinda lucida reduces contractility of isolated uterine smooth muscle of pregnant and non-pregnant mice.

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    Elias, S O; Ladipo, C O; Oduwole, B P; Emeka, P M; Ojobor, P D; Sofola, O A

    2007-01-01

    The present work investigated the effect of Morinda lucida (M. lucida) extract on isolated uterine smooth muscle of pregnant and non-pregnant mice. Pregnant and non-pregnant mice were pretreated with oral stilboesterol (0.1 mg/kg body weight) and killed by cervical dislocation. Thin strips of the uterus were cut and mounted in a 20 ml organ bath containing De Jalon solution bubbled with 95%O2-5% CO2 gas mixture. The strips were connected to a force transducer coupled to a Grass 7D Polygraph for the recording of isometric tension. Effects of graded concentrations of oxytocin (OXY; 10-5-10-2 mol/L), acetylcholine (ACh; 10-9-10-5 mol/L) and M. lucida extract (0.015-1.5 mg/ml) were recorded. Fresh uterine strips were then incubated with M. lucida extract for 5 mins and cumulative response to OXY was repeated. Another set of fresh strips was incubated in L-NAME for 15 mins and the cumulative responses to M.lucida extract were repeated. OXY resulted in increased contractile responses in both pregnant and non-pregnant uterine muscles. M. lucida resulted in relaxation of the uterine smooth muscle in both pregnant and non-pregnant mice at all doses. However, at 1.5mg/ml, M. lucida completely blocked spontaneous uterine contractions. Following incubation with L-NAME, M. lucida extract led to a slightly greater relaxation of the uterine strips. In conclusion, M. lucida reduced contractility of uterine smooth muscle in both pregnant and non-pregnant mice as well as blocking contractile responses to OXY and Ach in uterine smooth muscle of pregnant and non-pregnant mice. There was no significant alteration of M. lucida activity by L-NAME suggesting that the action of the compound on uterine muscle is not associated with impaired nitric oxide synthase.

  20. Do rats have orgasms?

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    James G. Pfaus

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Although humans experience orgasms with a degree of statistical regularity, they remain among the most enigmatic of sexual responses; difficult to define and even more difficult to study empirically. The question of whether animals experience orgasms is hampered by similar lack of definition and the additional necessity of making inferences from behavioral responses. Method: Here we define three behavioral criteria, based on dimensions of the subjective experience of human orgasms described by Mah and Binik, to infer orgasm-like responses (OLRs in other species: 1 physiological criteria that include pelvic floor and anal muscle contractions that stimulate seminal emission and/or ejaculation in the male, or that stimulate uterine and cervical contractions in the female; 2 short-term behavioral changes that reflect immediate awareness of a pleasurable hedonic reward state during copulation; and 3 long-term behavioral changes that depend on the reward state induced by the OLR, including sexual satiety, the strengthening of patterns of sexual arousal and desire in subsequent copulations, and the generation of conditioned place and partner preferences for contextual and partner-related cues associated with the reward state. We then examine whether physiological and behavioral data from observations of male and female rats during copulation, and in sexually-conditioned place- and partner-preference paradigms, are consistent with these criteria. Results: Both male and female rats display behavioral patterns consistent with OLRs. Conclusions: The ability to infer OLRs in rats offers new possibilities to study the phenomenon in neurobiological and molecular detail, and to provide both comparative and translational perspectives that would be useful for both basic and clinical research.

  1. Do rats have orgasms?

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    Pfaus, James G; Scardochio, Tina; Parada, Mayte; Gerson, Christine; Quintana, Gonzalo R; Coria-Avila, Genaro A

    2016-01-01

    Although humans experience orgasms with a degree of statistical regularity, they remain among the most enigmatic of sexual responses; difficult to define and even more difficult to study empirically. The question of whether animals experience orgasms is hampered by similar lack of definition and the additional necessity of making inferences from behavioral responses. Here we define three behavioral criteria, based on dimensions of the subjective experience of human orgasms described by Mah and Binik, to infer orgasm-like responses (OLRs) in other species: 1) physiological criteria that include pelvic floor and anal muscle contractions that stimulate seminal emission and/or ejaculation in the male, or that stimulate uterine and cervical contractions in the female; 2) short-term behavioral changes that reflect immediate awareness of a pleasurable hedonic reward state during copulation; and 3) long-term behavioral changes that depend on the reward state induced by the OLR, including sexual satiety, the strengthening of patterns of sexual arousal and desire in subsequent copulations, and the generation of conditioned place and partner preferences for contextual and partner-related cues associated with the reward state. We then examine whether physiological and behavioral data from observations of male and female rats during copulation, and in sexually-conditioned place- and partner-preference paradigms, are consistent with these criteria. Both male and female rats display behavioral patterns consistent with OLRs. The ability to infer OLRs in rats offers new possibilities to study the phenomenon in neurobiological and molecular detail, and to provide both comparative and translational perspectives that would be useful for both basic and clinical research.

  2. Do rats have orgasms?

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    Pfaus, James G.; Scardochio, Tina; Parada, Mayte; Gerson, Christine; Quintana, Gonzalo R.; Coria-Avila, Genaro A.

    2016-01-01

    Background Although humans experience orgasms with a degree of statistical regularity, they remain among the most enigmatic of sexual responses; difficult to define and even more difficult to study empirically. The question of whether animals experience orgasms is hampered by similar lack of definition and the additional necessity of making inferences from behavioral responses. Method Here we define three behavioral criteria, based on dimensions of the subjective experience of human orgasms described by Mah and Binik, to infer orgasm-like responses (OLRs) in other species: 1) physiological criteria that include pelvic floor and anal muscle contractions that stimulate seminal emission and/or ejaculation in the male, or that stimulate uterine and cervical contractions in the female; 2) short-term behavioral changes that reflect immediate awareness of a pleasurable hedonic reward state during copulation; and 3) long-term behavioral changes that depend on the reward state induced by the OLR, including sexual satiety, the strengthening of patterns of sexual arousal and desire in subsequent copulations, and the generation of conditioned place and partner preferences for contextual and partner-related cues associated with the reward state. We then examine whether physiological and behavioral data from observations of male and female rats during copulation, and in sexually-conditioned place- and partner-preference paradigms, are consistent with these criteria. Results Both male and female rats display behavioral patterns consistent with OLRs. Conclusions The ability to infer OLRs in rats offers new possibilities to study the phenomenon in neurobiological and molecular detail, and to provide both comparative and translational perspectives that would be useful for both basic and clinical research. PMID:27799081

  3. Pregnancy after uterine arterial embolization

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    Cláudio E. Bonduki

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pregnancy outcomes, complications and neonatal outcomes in women who had previously undergone uterine arterial embolization. METHODS: A retrospective study of 187 patients treated with uterine arterial embolization for symptomatic uterine fibroids between 2005-2008 was performed. Uterine arterial embolization was performed using polyvinyl alcohol particles (500-900 mm in diameter. Pregnancies were identified using screening questionnaires and the study database. RESULTS: There were 15 spontaneous pregnancies. Of these, 12.5% were miscarriages (n = 2, and 87.5% were successful live births (n = 14. The gestation time for the pregnancies with successful live births ranged from 36 to 39.2 weeks. The mean time between embolization and conception was 23.8 months (range, 5-54. One of the pregnancies resulted in twins. The newborn weights (n = 14 ranged from 2.260 to 3.605 kg (mean, 3.072 kg. One (7.1% was considered to have a low birth weight (2.260 kg. There were two cases of placenta accreta (12.5%, treated with hysterectomy in one case [6.3%], one case of premature rupture of the membranes (PRM (6.3%, and one case of preeclampsia (6.3%. All of the patients were delivered via Cesarean section. CONCLUSION: In this study, there was an increased risk of Cesarean delivery. There were no other major obstetric risks, suggesting that pregnancy after uterine arterial embolization is possible without significant morbidity or mortality.

  4. Effects of deoxycholylglycine, a conjugated secondary bile acid, on myogenic tone and agonist-induced contraction in rat resistance arteries.

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    Sandeep Khurana

    Full Text Available Bile acids (BAs regulate cardiovascular function via diverse mechanisms. Although in both health and disease serum glycine-conjugated BAs are more abundant than taurine-conjugated BAs, their effects on myogenic tone (MT, a key determinant of systemic vascular resistance (SVR, have not been examined.Fourth-order mesenteric arteries (170-250 µm isolated from Sprague-Dawley rats were pressurized at 70 mmHg and allowed to develop spontaneous constriction, i.e., MT. Deoxycholylglycine (DCG; 0.1-100 µM, a glycine-conjugated major secondary BA, induced reversible, concentration-dependent reduction of MT that was similar in endothelium-intact and -denuded arteries. DCG reduced the myogenic response to stepwise increase in pressure (20 to 100 mmHg. Neither atropine nor the combination of L-NAME (a NOS inhibitor plus indomethacin altered DCG-mediated reduction of MT. K(+ channel blockade with glibenclamide (K(ATP, 4-aminopyradine (K(V, BaCl(2 (K(IR or tetraethylammonium (TEA, K(Ca were also ineffective. In Fluo-2-loaded arteries, DCG markedly reduced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSM Ca(2+ fluorescence (∼50%. In arteries incubated with DCG, physiological salt solution (PSS with high Ca(2+ (4 mM restored myogenic response. DCG reduced vascular tone and VSM cytoplasmic Ca(2+ responses (∼50% of phenylephrine (PE- and Ang II-treated arteries, but did not affect KCl-induced vasoconstriction.In rat mesenteric resistance arteries DCG reduces pressure- and agonist-induced vasoconstriction and VSM cytoplasmic Ca(2+ responses, independent of muscarinic receptor, NO or K(+ channel activation. We conclude that BAs alter vasomotor responses, an effect favoring reduced SVR. These findings are likely pertinent to vascular dysfunction in cirrhosis and other conditions associated with elevated serum BAs.

  5. Secondary postpartum haemorrhage with uterine artery ...

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    a left uterine artery PA, which measured 4 cm in diameter, with extravasation of contrast into a pocket that connected to the uterine cavity. After obtaining the patient's consent, selective left uterine artery embolisation was performed with a mixture of Gelfoam and contrast media, followed by one stainless steel coil insertion.

  6. Ovarian function after uterine artery embolisation

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    Aug 5, 2009 ... Spies JB, Scialli AR, Jha RC, Lage JM, Nicolic B. Initial results from uterine fibroid embolization for symptomatic leiomyomata. J Vasc Interv Radiol 1999; 10: 1149-. 1157. 5. Goodwin SC, Walker WJ. Uterine artery embolization for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 1998; 10: 315-320.

  7. Minimally invasive treatments of uterine fibroids

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    Voogt, M.J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/341736341

    2012-01-01

    This thesis assesses clinical results and technical developments of two minimally invasive treatments for symptomatic uterine fibroids: uterine artery embolization (UAE) and magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU). Part I: Uterine artery embolization The results of a

  8. Fertility after uterine artery embolization of fibroids

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    Karlsen, K; Hrobjartsson, A; Korsholm, M

    2018-01-01

    PURPOSE: The impact of uterine artery embolization (UAE) for the purpose of diminishing the effect of uterine fibroids on fertility is unclear. We have investigated the reported rates of pregnancy and miscarriage after treatment of uterine fibroids with UAE. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched...

  9. Degenerated Cystic Uterine Myoma Mimicking Postpartum Haemoperitonium

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    Servet Gençdal

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Haemoperitoneum due to spontaneous haemorrhage of intraleiomyoma is a very rare complication of uterine myoma. Acute complications of uterine myoma are seldom seen, but it may be fatal. We hereby report case of a female, who presented with abdominal pain and distension, postpratum, found to have degenerated cystic uterine myoma, mimicking postpartum haemoperitonium.

  10. Uterine contraction induced by Tanzanian plants used to induce abortion

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    Nikolajsen, Tine; Nielsen, Frank; Rasch, Vibeke

    2011-01-01

    Women in Tanzania use plants to induce abortion. It is not known whether the plants have an effect.......Women in Tanzania use plants to induce abortion. It is not known whether the plants have an effect....

  11. Herbal preparations for uterine fibroids

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    Liu, Jian Ping; Yang, Hong; Xia, Yun; Cardini, Francesco

    2011-01-01

    Background Uterine fibroids are the most common non-malignant growths in women of childbearing age. They are associated with heavy menstrual bleeding and subfertility. Herbal preparations are commonly used as alternatives to surgical procedures. Objectives To assess the benefits and risks of herbal preparations for uterine fibroids. Search strategy Authors searched following electronic databases: the Trials Registers of the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group and the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2008, Issue 3), MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Chinese Biomedical Database, the Traditional Chinese Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (TCMLARS), AMED, and LILACS. The searches ended on 31st December 2008. Selection criteria Randomised controlled trials comparing herbal preparations with no intervention, placebo, medical treatment or surgical procedures in women with uterine fibroids. We also included trials of herbal preparations with or without conventional therapy. Data collection and analysis Two review authors collected data independently. We assessed trial risk of bias according to our methodological criteria. We presented dichotomous data as risk ratios (RR) and continuous outcomes as mean difference (MD), both with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Main results We included two randomised trials (involved 150 women) with clear description of randomisation methods. The methodological risk of bias of the trials varied. There were variations in the tested herbal preparations, and the treatment duration was six months. The outcomes available were not the primary outcomes selected for this review, such as symptom relief or the need for surgical treatment; trials mainly reported outcomes in terms of shrinkage of the fibroids. Compared with mifepristone, Huoxue Sanjie decoction showed no significant difference in the disappearance of uterine fibroids, number of

  12. Sterility of the uterine cavity

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    Møller, Birger R.; Kristiansen, Frank V.; Thorsen, Poul

    1995-01-01

    In a prospective open study the sterility of the uterine cavity was evaluated in 99 women admitted for hysterectomy. The indications for hysterectomy were in most cases persistent irregular vaginal bleeding and fibromyomas of the uterus. Samples for both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, Chlamydia...... trachomatis, yeasts and viruses were taken preoperatively from the apex of the vagina and cervical os. Immediately after hysterectomy the uterus was opened under sterile conditions and samples obtained from the isthmus and fundus of the uterine cavity for microbiological examination. Wet smears were taken...

  13. Physiological remodelling of the maternal uterine circulation during pregnancy.

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    Mandala, Maurizio; Osol, George

    2012-01-01

    Sufficient uteroplacental blood flow is essential for normal pregnancy outcome and is accomplished by the coordinated growth and remodelling of the entire maternal uterine vasculature. The main focus of this MiniReview is to provide information on upstream (pre-placental) maternal uterine vascular remodelling that facilitates gestational increases in uterine blood flow. Consideration of the three-dimensional pattern of remodelling (circumferential enlargement versus axial elongation), changes in vessel biomechanical properties, and underlying mechanisms [shear stress, nitric oxide, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)/placental growth factor (PlGF), the renin-angiotensin system] and pathways (local versus systemic; venoarterial exchange) are provided using the rat as the principal animal model, although findings from other species are incorporated wherever possible to provide a comparative perspective. The process of maternal gestational uterine vascular remodelling involves a number of cellular processes and mechanisms, including trophoblast invasion, hyperplasia and hypertrophy, and changes in extracellular matrix composition. In addition, changes in cellular function, e.g. the secretory and contractile properties of smooth muscle and an up-regulation of endothelial vasodilatory influences may contribute to uteroplacental blood flow increases through changes in tone as well as in structure. Future studies aimed at better understanding the inter-relationship between changes in vessel structure (remodelling) and function (reactivity) would likely generate new mechanistic insights into the fascinating process of maternal gestational uterine vascular adaptation and provide a more physiological perspective of the underlying cellular processes involved in its regulation. © 2011 The Authors. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology © 2011 Nordic Pharmacological Society.

  14. Endothelin-dependent vasoconstriction in human uterine artery: application to preeclampsia.

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    Clotilde Dechanet

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Reduced uteroplacental perfusion, the initiating event in preeclampsia, is associated with enhanced endothelin-1 (ET-1 production which feeds the vasoconstriction of uterine artery. Whether the treatments of preeclampsia were effective on ET-1 induced contraction and could reverse placental ischemia is the question addressed in this study. We investigated the effect of antihypertensive drugs used in preeclampsia and of ET receptor antagonists on the contractile response to ET-1 on human uterine arteries. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Experiments were performed, ex vivo, on human uterine artery samples obtained after hysterectomy. We studied variations in isometric tension of arterial rings in response to the vasoconstrictor ET-1 and evaluated the effects of various vasodilators and ET-receptor antagonists on this response. Among antihypertensive drugs, only dihydropyridines were effective in blocking and reversing the ET-1 contractile response. Their efficiency, independent of the concentration of ET-1, was only partial. Hydralazine, alpha-methyldopa and labetalol had no effect on ET-1 induced contraction which is mediated by both ET(A and ET(B receptors in uterine artery. ET receptors antagonists, BQ-123 and BQ-788, slightly reduced the amplitude of the response to ET-1. Combination of both antagonists was more efficient, but it was not possible to reverse the maximal ET-1-induced contraction with antagonists used alone or in combination. CONCLUSION: Pharmacological drugs currently used in the context of preeclampsia, do not reverse ET-1 induced contraction. Only dihydropyridines, which partially relax uterine artery previously contracted with ET-1, might offer interesting perspectives to improve placental perfusion.

  15. The linear synchronization measures of uterine EMG signals: Evidence of synchronized action potentials during propagation.

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    Domino, Malgorzata; Pawlinski, Bartosz; Gajewski, Zdzislaw

    2016-11-01

    Evaluation of synchronization between myoelectric signals can give new insights into the functioning of the complex system of porcine myometrium. We propose a model of uterine contractions according to the hypothesis of action potentials similarity which is possible to detect during propagation in the uterine wall. We introduce similarity measures based on the concept of synchronization as used in matching linear signals such as electromyographic (EMG) time series data. The aim was to present linear measures to assess synchronization between contractions in different topographic regions of the uterus. We use the cross-correlation function (ƒx,y[l], ƒy,z[l]) and the cross-coherence function (Cxy[ƒ], Cyz[ƒ]) to assess synchronization between three data series of a diestral uterine EMG bundles in porcine reproductive tract. Spontaneous uterine activity was recorded using telemetry method directly by three-channel transmitter and three silver bipolar needle electrodes sutured on different topographic regions of the reproductive tract in the sow. The results show the usefulness of the cross-coherence function in that synchronization between uterine horn and corpus uteri for multiple action potentials (bundles) could be observed. The EMG bundles synchronization may be used to investigate the direction and velocity of EMG signals propagation in porcine reproductive tract. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. [Uterine contractile activity at embryo transfer--as a new pharmacotherapeutic target in assisted reproduction].

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    Pierzyński, Piotr; Zbucka-Kretowska, Monika

    2014-08-01

    Uterine contractile activity plays an important role in the reproduction of mammals, influencing sperm transport in the genital tract and positioning of the implanting embryo within the uterine cavity In humans, apart from the time of menses, the activity of a non-pregnant uterus is usually not perceived, and it is also not a subject of any routine clinical testing. Major contractile factors in non-gravid uteri are oxytocin and prostaglandins, locally produced within the endometrium. Oxytocin synthesis and expression of its receptors is gradually increasing in the follicular phase, following an increase in estrogen levels, and reaches its peak in the periovulatory period. In stimulated cycles, where supraphysiological estradiol concentrations are present, uterine contractile activity can be elevated. Exaggerated uterine contractions before embryo transfer are observed in one third of women undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation. Detection of such patients could enable their qualification for pharmacologic treatment. Evaluation of uterine contractions in such cases should be done non-invasively in order to avoid any endometrial trauma. Ultrasound evaluation of the movements of endometrial interface can be applied. Pharmacologic treatment of elevated uterine contractility before embryo transfer could improve the success rates of fertility treatments. So far application of beta mimetics or non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs has not been associated with any progress. Oxytocin receptor system in the myometrium and the endometrium is a potential target for new class of medications aiming to improve implantation rates. This review summarizes up-to-date knowledge on the significance of uterine contractile activity in embryo implantation and describes the emerging new treatment targets in assisted reproduction.

  17. Polymorphic Contracts

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    Belo, João Filipe; Greenberg, Michael; Igarashi, Atsushi; Pierce, Benjamin C.

    Manifest contracts track precise properties by refining types with predicates - e.g., {x : Int |x > 0 } denotes the positive integers. Contracts and polymorphism make a natural combination: programmers can give strong contracts to abstract types, precisely stating pre- and post-conditions while hiding implementation details - for example, an abstract type of stacks might specify that the pop operation has input type {x :α Stack |not ( empty x )} . We formalize this combination by defining FH, a polymorphic calculus with manifest contracts, and establishing fundamental properties including type soundness and relational parametricity. Our development relies on a significant technical improvement over earlier presentations of contracts: instead of introducing a denotational model to break a problematic circularity between typing, subtyping, and evaluation, we develop the metatheory of contracts in a completely syntactic fashion, omitting subtyping from the core system and recovering it post facto as a derived property.

  18. Dendritic cell immunotherapy in uterine cancer.

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    Coosemans, An; Tuyaerts, Sandra; Vanderstraeten, Anke; Vergote, Ignace; Amant, Frédéric; Van Gool, Stefaan W

    2014-01-01

    Uterine cancer is the most common pelvic gynecological malignancy. Uterine sarcomas and relapsed uterine carcinomas have limited treatment options. The search for new therapies is urgent. Dendritic cell (DC) immunotherapy holds much promise, though has been poorly explored in uterine cancer. This commentary gives an insight in existing DC immunotherapy studies in uterine cancer and summarizes the possibilities and the importance of the loading of tumor antigens onto DC and their subsequent maturation. However, the sole application of DC immunotherapy to target uterine cancer will be insufficient because of tumor-induced immunosuppression, which will hamper the establishment of an effective anti-tumor immune response. The authors give an overview on the limited existing immunosuppressive data and propose a novel approach on DC immunotherapy in uterine cancer.

  19. Uterine sarcoma – current perspectives

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Charlotte Benson,1 Aisha B Miah1,2 1Sarcoma Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital, 2Department of Radiotherapy and Imaging, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK Abstract: Uterine sarcomas comprise a group of rare tumors with differing tumor biology, natural history and response to treatment. Diagnosis is often made following surgery for presumed benign disease. Currently, preoperative imaging does not reliably distinguish between benign leiomyomas and other malignant pathology. Uterine leiomyosarcoma is the most common sarcoma, but other subtypes include endometrial stromal sarcoma (low grade and high grade, undifferentiated uterine sarcoma and adenosarcoma. Clinical trials have shown no definite survival benefit of adjuvant radiotherapy or chemotherapy and have been hampered by the rarity and heterogeneity of these disease types. There is a role of adjuvant treatment in carefully selected cases following multidisciplinary discussion at sarcoma reference centers. In patients with metastatic disease, systemic chemotherapy can then be considered. There is activity of a number of agents, including doxorubicin, trabectedin, gemcitabine-based chemotherapy, eribulin and pazopanib. Patients should be considered for clinical trial entry where possible. Close international collaboration is important to allow progress in this group of diseases. Keywords: sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma, undifferentiated uterine sarcoma, leiomyoma

  20. Electrical contracting

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    Neidle, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Electrical Contracting, Second Edition is a nine-chapter text guide for the greater efficiency in planning and completing installations for the design, installation and control of electrical contracts. This book starts with a general overview of the efficient cabling and techniques that must be employed for safe wiring design, as well as the cost estimation of the complete electrical contract. The subsequent chapters are devoted to other electrical contracting requirements, including electronic motor control, lighting, and electricity tariffs. A chapter focuses on the IEE Wiring Regulations an

  1. Chronic Hypoxia Inhibits Pregnancy-Induced Upregulation of SKCa Channel Expression and Function in Uterine Arteries

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    Zhu, Ronghui; Hu, Xiang-Qun; Xiao, Daliao; Yang, Shumei; Wilson, Sean M.; Longo, Lawrence D.; Zhang, Lubo

    2013-01-01

    Summary Small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SKCa) channels are crucial in regulating vascular tone and blood pressure. The present study tested the hypothesis that SKCa channels play an important role in uterine vascular adaptation in pregnancy, which is inhibited by chronic hypoxia during gestation. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant and near-term pregnant sheep maintained at sea level (~300 m) or exposed to high-altitude (3801 m) hypoxia for 110 days. Immunohistochemistry revealed the presence of SKCa channels type 2 (SK2) and type 3 (SK3) in both smooth muscle and endothelium of uterine arteries. The expression of SK2 and SK3 channels was significantly increased during pregnancy, which was inhibited by chronic hypoxia. In normoxic animals, both SKCa channel opener NS309 and a large-conductance (BKCa) channel opener NS1619 relaxed norepinephrine-contracted uterine arteries in pregnant but not nonpregnant sheep. These relaxations were inhibited by selective SKCa and BKCa channel blockers, respectively. NS309-induced relaxation was largely endothelium-independent. In high altitude hypoxic animals, neither NS1691 nor NS309 produced significant relaxation of uterine arteries in either nonpregnant or pregnant sheep. Similarly, the role of SKCa channels in regulating myogenic reactivity of uterine arteries in pregnant animals was abrogated by chronic hypoxia. Accordingly, the enhanced SKCa channel activity in uterine arterial myocytes of pregnant animals was ablated by chronic hypoxia. The findings suggest a novel mechanism of SKCa channels in regulating myogenic adaptation of uterine arteries in pregnancy, and in the maladaptation of uteroplacental circulation caused by chronic hypoxia during gestation. PMID:23716582

  2. Uterine artery embolization for uterine arteriovenous malformation is associated with placental abnormalities in the subsequent pregnancy: two cases report

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    Soeda, Shu; Kyozuka, Hyo; Suzuki, Satoshi; Yasuda, Shun; Nomura, Yasuhisa; Fujimori, Keiya

    2014-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is generally associated with uterine trauma such as dilatation and curettage, therapeutic abortion, uterine surgery and uterine malignant tumors^{1)}. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is performed on patients with uterine AVM who have desire for future pregnancy^{2)}. Some successful pregnancies were reported after UAE for uterine AVM^{5,6)}, however complication during pregnancy has not been described clearly. We herein for the first time report two ...

  3. Uterine arteriovenous malformation with positive serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin: Embolization of both uterine arteries and extra-uterine feeding arteries

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    Kim, Su Mi; Ahn, Hee Young; Choi, Min Jeong; Kang, Yun Dan; Park, Jin Wan; Park, Choong Hak; Kim, Jong Soo

    2016-01-01

    The incidence of uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is rare. However, it is clinically significant in that it can cause life-threatening vaginal bleeding. We report a case of a large uterine AVM with positive serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin. A presumptive diagnosis was made; a uterine AVM accompanied by, early pregnancy or retained product of conception. Because this uterine AVM was extensive, transcatheter arterial embolization of both uterine arteries and extra-uterine feeding...

  4. The management of uterine leiomyomas.

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    Vilos, George A; Allaire, Catherine; Laberge, Philippe-Yves; Leyland, Nicholas

    2015-02-01

    The aim of this guideline is to provide clinicians with an understanding of the pathophysiology, prevalence, and clinical significance of myomata and the best evidence available on treatment modalities. The areas of clinical practice considered in formulating this guideline were assessment, medical treatments, conservative treatments of myolysis, selective uterine artery occlusion, and surgical alternatives including myomectomy and hysterectomy. The risk-to-benefit ratio must be examined individually by the woman and her health care provider. Implementation of this guideline should optimize the decision-making process of women and their health care providers in proceeding with further investigation or therapy for uterine leiomyomas, having considered the disease process and available treatment options, and reviewed the risks and anticipated benefits. Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane Systematic Reviews in February 2013, using appropriate controlled vocabulary (uterine fibroids, myoma, leiomyoma, myomectomy, myolysis, heavy menstrual bleeding, and menorrhagia) and key words (myoma, leiomyoma, fibroid, myomectomy, uterine artery embolization, hysterectomy, heavy menstrual bleeding, menorrhagia). The reference lists of articles identified were also searched for other relevant publications. Results were restricted to systematic reviews, randomized control trials/controlled clinical trials, and observational studies. There were no date limits but results were limited to English or French language materials. Searches were updated on a regular basis and incorporated in the guideline to January 2014. Grey (unpublished) literature was identified through searching the websites of health technology assessment and health technology-related agencies, clinical practice guideline collections, and national and international medical specialty societies. The majority of fibroids are asymptomatic and require no intervention or further

  5. Contract out

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    Walker, S. (Independent Editorial and Technical Services, Oxford (United Kingdom))

    1999-05-01

    Mining companies opt to offer all or part of their operations out to contract mainly to reduce risk. Contract mining has been most popular in the Southern Hemisphere over the last 15 years, with some exceptions - contractors were often employed in the UK's opencast coal sector and some US coal operators have made extensive use of contract mining. The article discusses the pros and cons of outsourcing, giving examples of contracted out work in Australia (by Thiess Contractors) the USA (Morrison Knudsen), and the UK (Kie Mining). The author comments that successful contracting can only be achieved where both parties know where they stand and have a good working relationship. 2 photos.

  6. The effect of puerperal uterine disease on uterine involution in cows assessed by Doppler sonography of the uterine arteries.

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    Heppelmann, M; Weinert, M; Brömmling, A; Piechotta, M; Hoedemaker, M; Bollwein, H

    2013-12-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of puerperal uterine disease on uterine blood flow using trans-rectal Doppler sonography. Lactating Holstein Friesian cows (n=44) were divided into two groups based on whether they were healthy (UD-; n=23) or had uterine disease (UD+; n=21) defined as retained fetal membranes and/or metritis. General clinical examination, vaginoscopy, trans-rectal palpation, and trans-rectal B-Mode sonography were conducted on Days 8, 11, 18, 25 and then every 10 days until Day 65 after calving. Doppler sonography of the uterine arteries was conducted on Day 8, during diestrus after the second ovulation (Days 40-60 after calving) and during diestrus before breeding (Days 63-75 after calving). Cows with uterine disease had greater (PDoppler sonography are affected by puerperal uterine disease. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Quantitative light microscopic autoradiographic study on (/sup 3/H)leukotriene C4 binding to nonpregnant bovine uterine tissue

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    Chegini, N.; Rao, C.V.

    1988-05-01

    Mammalian uteri contain both lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase pathways of arachidonic acid metabolism. Sulfidopeptidyl leukotrienes formed by the lipoxygenase pathway can stimulate uterine contractions and play a role in uterine preparation for implantation. These actions of leukotrienes are perhaps mediated by binding to specific receptors. To understand the cellular basis of leukotriene C4 action, the present quantitative light microscopic autoradiographic study was undertaken on nonpregnant bovine uterine tissue. The results demonstrated that the circular and elongated myometrial smooth muscle, uterine vascular smooth muscle, stromal cells of endometrium, and fibroblasts of perimetrium, but not the endometrial glands, vascular endothelium, and erythrocytes in lumen of arterioles, contained specific silver grains after incubation with (/sup 3/H)leukotriene C4. The number of grains per 100-micron2 areas were similar in circular and elongated myometrial smooth muscle (P greater than 0.05), which was higher than in other uterine cells (P less than 0.05-0.01). The grains in all cells were greatly reduced after coincubation with excess unlabeled leukotriene C4, but not with leukotriene A4, leukotriene B4, leukotriene D4, leukotriene E4, prostaglandin E2, prostaglandin F2 alpha, or prostacyclin. In conclusion, leukotriene C4 may regulate both uterine cells and uterine vasculature and exert contractile and noncontractile actions via the specific leukotriene C4-binding sites present in different cell types.

  8. Laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids

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    Weihong Yang, M.D.

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available With the development of gynecologic laparoscopy technology in recent years, uterine artery occlusion by laparoscopy (UAOL has become a primary treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids. Uterine artery occlusion by laparoscopy to treat uterine fibroids has favorable clinical outcomes such as relieving menometrorrhagia, decreasing uterine volume, and reducing the recurrence rate of fibroids. However, the therapeutic mechanism of UAOL remains unclear. It may be that the mechanism of UAOL is mostly associated with the uterine blood supply and uterine intramural arterial paths and with the difference between the uterine myometrium and fibroid tissues in the coagulation–fibrinolysis system. Therefore, this study reviewed and generalized many documents on the clinical effects and therapeutic mechanism of UAOL.

  9. Uterine adenocarcinoma with feline leukemia virus infection.

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    Cho, Sung-Jin; Lee, Hyun-A; Hong, Sunhwa; Kim, Okjin

    2011-12-01

    Feline endometrial adenocarcinomas are uncommon malignant neoplasms that have been poorly characterized to date. In this study, we describe a uterine adenocarcinoma in a Persian cat with feline leukemia virus infection. At the time of presentation, the cat, a female Persian chinchilla, was 2 years old. The cat underwent surgical ovariohystectomy. A cross-section of the uterine wall revealed a thickened uterine horn. The cat tested positive for feline leukemia virus as detected by polymerase chain reaction. Histopathological examination revealed uterine adenocarcinoma that had metastasized to the omentum, resulting in thickening and the formation of inflammatory lesions. Based on the histopathological findings, this case was diagnosed as a uterine adenocarcinoma with abdominal metastasis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a uterine adenocarcinoma with feline leukemia virus infection.

  10. Innovative Oral Treatments of Uterine Leiomyoma

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    Mohamed Sabry

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine fibroids (leiomyoma, the benign tumors of the uterine wall, are very common cause of morbidity in reproductive age women usually in the form of excessive vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, miscarriage and infertility. These tumors are the leading indication for hysterectomy in the United States. Uterine fibroids are about 4 times higher in blacks compared to whites and constitute a major health disparity challenge. The estimated cost of uterine fibroids is up to $34.4 billion annually. Additionally, women who suffer from this disease and desire to maintain their future fertility have very limited treatment choices. Currently, there is no effective long-term medicinal treatment for uterine fibroids. While surgery has traditionally been the gold standard for the treatment of uterine fibroids, there is growing interest towards orally administered medications for the management of leiomyoma-related symptoms. In this paper, we will discuss these promising innovative oral medical treatments in detail.

  11. Anthropometric characteristics and risk of uterine leiomyoma.

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    Terry, Kathryn L; De Vivo, Immaculata; Hankinson, Susan E; Spiegelman, Donna; Wise, Lauren A; Missmer, Stacey A

    2007-11-01

    The etiology of uterine leiomyoma (or fibroids) is poorly understood. Sex steroid hormones and growth factors have been hypothesized to play a role in their development, and anthropometric characteristics may influence uterine leiomyoma risk. We analyzed prospectively-collected data from the Nurses' Health Study II, a cohort of 116,609 female registered nurses age 25 to 42 years at baseline. Incidence of uterine leiomyoma and anthropometric characteristics were assessed every 2 years. We calculated hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals adjusted for known and suspected risk factors for uterine leiomyoma. Uterine leiomyomas were associated with current body mass index, change in weight since age 18, and waist-to-hip ratio. However, there was little evidence of their association with body mass index at age 18, childhood or adolescent body size, or adult height. Body mass and weight gain in adulthood may increase the risk of uterine leiomyoma, but body mass in early life does not.

  12. An Integrative Model of Excitation Driven Fluid Flow in a 2D Uterine Channel

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    Maggio, Charles; Fauci, Lisa; Chrispell, John

    2009-11-01

    We present a model of intra-uterine fluid flow in a sagittal cross-section of the uterus by inducing peristalsis in a 2D channel. This is an integrative multiscale computational model that takes as input fluid viscosity, passive tissue properties of the uterine channel and a prescribed wave of membrane depolarization. This voltage pulse is coupled to a model of calcium dynamics inside a uterine smooth muscle cell, which in turn drives a kinetic model of myosin phosphorylation governing contractile muscle forces. Using the immersed boundary method, these muscle forces are communicated to a fluid domain to simulate the contractions which occur in a human uterus. An analysis of the effects of model parameters on the flow properties and emergent geometry of the peristaltic channel will be presented.

  13. Altered uterine contractility in women with chronic endometritis.

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    Pinto, Vincenzo; Matteo, Maria; Tinelli, Raffaele; Mitola, Paola C; De Ziegler, Dominique; Cicinelli, Ettore

    2015-04-01

    To evaluate the alterations in endometrial waves (EW) originating from the contraction of the subendometrial myometrial layer in the periovulatory and midluteal phases in women diagnosed with chronic endometritis (CE). Case-control study. University hospital. Forty-five women referred for hysteroscopy and diagnosed with CE. Three-minute recording of transvaginal ultrasound scanning on sagittal uterine plane at periovulatory (cycle days 11-14) and midluteal phase (cycle days 19-22). Direction and frequency of EW measured by transvaginal ultrasound scan. The direction and frequency of EW were analyzed offline as accelerated (four to eight times normal speed) image sequences using video editing software, and the results were compared with 45 cycling women without CE. The EW pattern was significantly different when comparing the women with CE and controls at both the periovulatory and midluteal phases. During the periovulatory phase, we observed retrograde contractions in 26.7% versus 88%, anterograde in 24% versus 0, opposing in 22.7% versus 12%, not propagated in 13.3% versus 0, and absent in 13.3% versus 0, respectively, in the CE cases versus the control group. During the midluteal phase, we observed not propagated (41.3% vs. 61.3%), opposing (24% vs. 25.4%), absent (16.1% vs. 13.3%), anterograde (13.3% vs. 0), and retrograde (5.3% vs. 0), respectively, in the CE cases versus the control group. Women with CE show altered EW patterns in both the periovulatory and midluteal phases. Altered uterine contractility may aid in explaining the symptoms related to CE such as pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, and possibly endometriosis. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Increased muscle glucose uptake during contractions

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    Ploug, Thorkil; Galbo, Henrik; Richter, Erik

    1984-01-01

    We reinvestigated the prevailing concept that muscle contractions only elicit increased muscle glucose uptake in the presence of a so-called "permissive" concentration of insulin (Berger et al., Biochem. J. 146: 231-238, 1975; Vranic and Berger, Diabetes 28: 147-163, 1979). Hindquarters from rats...... in severe ketoacidosis were perfused with a perfusate containing insulin antiserum. After 60 min perfusion, electrical stimulation increased glucose uptake of the contracting muscles fivefold. Also, subsequent contractions increased glucose uptake in hindquarters from nondiabetic rats perfused for 1.5 h......-methylglucose uptake increased during contractions and glucose uptake was negative at rest and zero during contractions. An increase in muscle transport and uptake of glucose during contractions does not require the presence of insulin. Furthermore, glucose transport in contracting muscle may only increase if glycogen...

  15. Microvessels Density in Uterine Leiomyosarcoma

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    Marcin Bobiński

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine leiomyosarcomas (LMS are rare tumors typically presenting rapid growth and unfavorable outcome. Nowadays the results of uterine LMS treatment do not meet expectations. Angiogenesis is one of processes investigated to be target for future treatment. The aim of the research was to assess microvessels density (MVD in tumor samples collected from 50 patients with histological confirmed uterine leiomyosarcoma and to investigate statistical relations between MVD, patients survival, and FIGO stage of tumor. The assessment was carried out using immunohistochemistry methods with anti-CD34 antibody. No significant difference in MVD between FIGO stages was observed. Furthermore, contrary to many other malignancies, we found no significant relation between MVD and patients overall and 2-year survival. Results obtained in the study suggest that processes on vascular mimicry and mesenchymal to epithelial transition (MET may play important role in development of LMS. No statistical relation between MVD and survival leads to conclusion that not only angiogenesis but other mechanisms as well should be taken into consideration in planning future research.

  16. Spontaneous uterine rupture with receding of the visible fetal head.

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    Esen, U I

    1990-10-01

    A case study of a 32 year old multiparous (para 6) female is presented. Spontaneous labor occurred at 39 weeks gestation. Upon admission her vital signs were normal, and contractions were 3 minutes apart. The fetal heartbeat was normal and the estimated weight was 3.1 kg. The patient's cervix was 80% effaced. After 3 hours of labor, the fetal head was visible at the vulva. Instructions were given to push with uterine contractions. However, the head retracted and was no longer visible. Examination indicated slight vaginal bleeding, increasing pulse rate, and decreasing blood pressure. No fetal heart rate could be detected. Surgery was performed, and 2.5 liters of hemoperitoneum was collected. The uterus had ruptured anteriorly from the fundus to the lower segment and laterally toward the left broad ligament. The male fetus was dead; its weight was 3.25 kg. A hysterectomy was performed. The patient received a blood transfusion of 3 units. 10 days later, the patient was in satisfactory condition and was discharged. The cause of spontaneous uterine rupture in this case study was attributed to grandmultiparity.

  17. Uterine adenocarcinoma with feline leukemia virus infection

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    Cho, Sung-Jin; Lee, Hyun-A; Hong, SunHwa; Kim, Okjin

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    Feline endometrial adenocarcinomas are uncommon malignant neoplasms that have been poorly characterized to date. In this study, we describe a uterine adenocarcinoma in a Persian cat with feline leukemia virus infection. At the time of presentation, the cat, a female Persian chinchilla, was 2 years old. The cat underwent surgical ovariohystectomy. A cross-section of the uterine wall revealed a thickened uterine horn. The cat tested positive for feline leukemia virus as detected by polymerase c...

  18. Maternal uterine vascular remodeling during pregnancy.

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    Osol, George; Mandala, Maurizio

    2009-02-01

    Sufficient uteroplacental blood flow is essential for normal pregnancy outcome and is accomplished by the coordinated growth and remodeling of the entire uterine circulation, as well as the creation of a new fetal vascular organ: the placenta. The process of remodeling involves a number of cellular processes, including hyperplasia and hypertrophy, rearrangement of existing elements, and changes in extracellular matrix. In this review, we provide information on uterine blood flow increases during pregnancy, the influence of placentation type on the distribution of uterine vascular resistance, consideration of the patterns, nature, and extent of maternal uterine vascular remodeling during pregnancy, and what is known about the underlying cellular mechanisms.

  19. [Chronic renal failure secondary to uterine prolapse].

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    Peces, R; Canora, J; Venegas, J L

    2005-01-01

    Acute and chronic renal failure secondary to bilateral severe hydroureteronephrosis is a rare sequela of uterine prolapse. We report a case of neglected complete uterine prolapse in a 72-year-old patient resulting in bilateral hydroureter, hydronephrosis, and chronic renal failure. In an attempt to diminish the ureteral obstruction a vaginal pessary was used to reduce the uterine prolapse. Finally, surgical repair of prolapse by means of a vaginal hysterectomy was performed. In conclusion, all patients presenting with complete uterine prolapse should be screened to exclude urinary tract obstruction. If present, obstructive uropathy should be relieved by the reduction or repair of the prolapse before irreversible renal damage occurs.

  20. Direct Chronic Effect of Steroid Hormones in Attenuating Uterine Arterial Myogenic Tone: Role of PKC/ERK1/2

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    Xiao, Daliao; Huang, Xiaohui; Yang, Shumei; Zhang, Lubo

    2009-01-01

    Pregnancy is associated with a significant decrease in uterine vascular tone and an increase in uterine blood flow. The present study tested the hypothesis that estrogen and progesterone differentially regulate the ERK1/2 and PKC signaling pathways in vascular smooth muscle resulting in a decrease in uterine vascular myogenic tone in pregnancy. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant (NPUA) and near-term pregnant (PUA) sheep. Chronic treatment (48 h) of NPUA with 17β-estradiol and progesterone caused a significant decrease in PKC-mediated contractions and pressure-induced myogenic tone. In accordance, treatment of PUA for 48 h with ICI 182,780 and RU 486 significantly increased PKC-induced contractions and myogenic tone. In contrast, acute treatment for 30 min had no effects on uterine artery contractility. An ERK1/2 inhibitor PD098059 restored the chronic effect of steroids on PKC-mediated contractions in NPUA. ERK1/2 protein and mRNA levels were greater in PUA as compared with NPUA. 17β-Estradiol and progesterone increased ERK1/2 protein in NPUA. In agreement, ICI 182,780 and RU 486 caused a significant decrease in ERK1/2 protein in PUA. Western blot showed six PKC isozymes, α, βI, βII, δ, ε and ζ in the uterine arteries. 17β-Estradiol and progesterone decreased the particulate-to-cytosolic ratio of PKCα, ε, and ζ, respectively, in NPUA. ICI 182,780 and RU 486 increased them in PUA. The results indicate a direct chronic effect of the steroid hormones in the up-regulation of ERK1/2 expression and down-regulation of PKC signaling pathway, resulting in attenuated myogenic tone of uterine artery in pregnancy. PMID:19528364

  1. Learning contracts

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    Nena Mijoč

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available There are four different expressions to describe the method of learning, which increases the efficiency of adult learning. The article explains the translation of »learning contract« into Slovene as a method in adult learning area, which came in use in USA in 1970, also in organizations offering formal education. In the period of lifelong learning, when everyone is supposed to be able to learn efficiently from different sources it is even more important to have the skills to plan our learning. Learning contract develops these competencies and has already become established in organizations, which support learning processes. Learning contract is slowly gaining ground also to the area of formal education. Learning contract is an agreement in writing between two people, where one of them offers advice, the other undertakes the learning process. How do we prepare the agreement, who is responsible for its preparation and execution? Learning contract in writing explains objectives, techniques, strategies and how the learning process will be assessed. At the same time, learning is also limited in time. It is a strong motivational took, since it comprises needs of an individual and is adapted to the interests and learning style of a particular individual. This is especially suitable method for acquiring competencies, for field work and experiential learning at work. Learning contract is very suitable and efficient also for independent academical studies, especially when combined with the method of discussion.

  2. Uterine arteriovenous malformation with positive serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin: Embolization of both uterine arteries and extra-uterine feeding arteries.

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    Kim, Su Mi; Ahn, Hee Young; Choi, Min Jeong; Kang, Yun Dan; Park, Jin Wan; Park, Choong Hak; Kim, Jong Soo

    2016-11-01

    The incidence of uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is rare. However, it is clinically significant in that it can cause life-threatening vaginal bleeding. We report a case of a large uterine AVM with positive serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin. A presumptive diagnosis was made; a uterine AVM accompanied by, early pregnancy or retained product of conception. Because this uterine AVM was extensive, transcatheter arterial embolization of both uterine arteries and extra-uterine feeding arteries was performed. Three months after undergoing transcatheter arterial embolization, complete resolution of the uterine AVM was confirmed without major complication.

  3. Contract Renewal Information - all Contracts

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    Department of Housing and Urban Development — Multifamily Portfolio datasets (section 8 contracts) - The information has been compiled from multiple data sources within FHA or its contractors. HUD oversees more...

  4. Relaxative effect of core licorice aqueous extract on mouse isolated uterine horns.

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    Jia, Jianwei; Li, Yuxiang; Lei, Zhen; Hao, Yinju; Wu, Yang; Zhao, Qipeng; Wang, Hao; Ma, Lin; Liu, Juan; Zhao, Chengjun; Jiang, Yuanxu; Wang, Yanrong; Tan, Hanran; Dai, Xiuying; Zhang, Wannian; Sun, Tao; Yu, Jianqiang

    2013-06-01

    Primary dysmenorrhea is one of the most frequent gynecological disorders in young women. Chinese herbal medicine has the advantage in terms of multi-targeting efficacy, lower toxicity, as well as lower cost. Core licorice is the hard and atropurpureus heart part in root and rootstock of Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch (Leguminosae), having a therapeutic effect on dysmenorrhea. This experiment indicated the spasmolytic effect of core licorice aqueous extract (CLE) on spontaneous rhythmic contractions and spasmogen-provoked contractions of stilbestrol primed, estrogen-dominated, non-pregnant mouse isolated uterine horns and its spasmolytic mechanism. We investigated the spasmolytic effect of CLE (0.025-0.1 mg/mL) on spontaneous contractions and potassium chloride (KCl, 40 mM), acetylcholine (ACh, 5 μg/mL), carbachol (CCh, 5 μg/mL), oxytocin (OT, 2 U/L) or bradykinin (5 ng/mL)-provoked contractions of mouse isolated uterine horns. Contractions were recorded by tension force transducers using Biolap 420F software on a PC. Our present study showed that graded, escalated concentrations of CLE (0.025-0.1 mg/mL) significantly inhibited the amplitude of spontaneous phasic contractions (15.03-55.10%), as well as the contractions produced by KCl (40 mM; 20.16-53.99%), ACh (5 μg/mL; 14.65-48.32%), CCh (5 μg/mL; 38.40-76.70%), OT (2 U/L; 21.53-58.49%) or bradykinin (5 ng/mL; 58.01-79.44%) of the estrogen-dominated isolated mice uterine horn preparations in a concentration-related manner. The spasmolytic effect of CLE observed in the present study lends pharmacological support to the traditional use of core licorice in the management, control and treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.

  5. Uterine artery embolization for uterine arteriovenous malformation is associated with placental abnormalities in the subsequent pregnancy: two cases report.

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    Soeda, Shu; Kyozuka, Hyo; Suzuki, Satoshi; Yasuda, Shun; Nomura, Yasuhisa; Fujimori, Keiya

    2014-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is generally associated with uterine trauma such as dilatation and curettage, therapeutic abortion, uterine surgery and uterine malignant tumors(1)). Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is performed on patients with uterine AVM who have desire for future pregnancy(2)). Some successful pregnancies were reported after UAE for uterine AVM(5,6)), however complication during pregnancy has not been described clearly. We herein for the first time report two cases of successful pregnancy and spontaneous delivery after UAE for uterine AVM who had placenta accreta and placental abruption respectively. Although successful pregnancy is possible after UAE for AVM, placenta abnormalities have to be considered during pregnancy and after delivery.

  6. Secondary postpartum haemorrhage with uterine artery ...

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    Uterine artery pseudoaneurysm (PA) is a rare but serious complication of caesarean section (C/S). If inadequately treated, it can lead to life-threatening postpartum haemorrhage. We report the case of a 28-year-old woman who developed secondary postpartum haemorrhage resulting from uterine artery PA after C/S.

  7. Prostaglandin F2 alpha-induced response of the bovine ovary, oviduct (uterine tube), and uterus.

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    Singh, L P; Sadiku, A; Verma, O P

    1979-12-01

    Tissue strips from the ovary, (uterine tube), and oviduct, and uterus of pregnant and nonpregnant cows were tested for their contractile response to prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha). When 2.1 x 10(-6)M PGF2 alpha was added to the uterine strips, tension of tissues from pregnant cows increased sharply; however, tension in tissues from nonpregnant cows only increased moderately. Similar concentrations failed to elicit any response from oviductal tissues of either group. Unlike the uterus and the oviduct, the ovaries contracted slowly and irregularly. They responded with varying degrees of stimulation; ovaries from pregnant cows with brief and mild stimulation and ovaries from nonpregnant cows with slower and relatively stronger stimulation. Results indicate that the bovine ovary contracts rhythmically and that its sensitivity to PGF2 alpha decreases during pregnancy in contrast to the bovine uterus which becomes increasingly sensitive during pregnancy.

  8. Decreased muscle GLUT-4 and contraction-induced glucose transport after eccentric contractions

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    Kristiansen, S; Asp, Svend; Richter, Erik

    1996-01-01

    Eccentric exercise causes muscle damage and decreased muscle glycogen and glucose transporter isoform (GLUT-4) protein content. We investigated whether the contraction-induced increase in skeletal muscle glucose transport and muscle performance is affected by prior eccentric contractions. The calf...... contractions. EC rats had a significantly lower total GLUT-4 protein content in the white gastrocnemius (GW) muscle (55%) and red gastrocnemius (GR) muscle (34%) compared with muscle from the CT, ST, and CC rats. In contrast, GLUT-1 protein content was approximately twofold higher in the GW muscle in EC rats...... than in CT rats. In the GW and GR muscle, prior eccentric exercise decreased contraction-induced stimulation of glucose transport compared with CT, ST, and CC rats despite no difference in tension development and oxygen uptake among the groups. There was no change in total GLUT-4 content and glucose...

  9. Embolization of a traumatic uterine arteriovenous malformation.

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    Castillo, Monette S; Borge, Marc A; Pierce, Kenneth L

    2007-09-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare but potentially life-threatening source of bleeding. A high index of suspicion and accurate diagnosis of the condition in a timely manor are essential because instrumentation that is often used for other sources of uterine bleeding can lead to massive hemorrhage. Although angiography remains the gold standard for diagnosis, ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the modalities of choice for the evaluation of a suspected AVM. US and MRI cannot only accurately define a uterine AVM, but they also have the ability to assess the extent of pelvic involvement noninvasively. The definitive treatment of uterine AVM is hysterectomy. However, most women diagnosed with the condition are of childbearing age. Transcatheter uterine artery embolization offers a safe and effective alternative to surgery, with the major advantage of retaining childbearing capacity.

  10. Agile Contracts

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    Pries-Heje, Jan; Pries-Heje, Lene

    2014-01-01

    with “endless” re-negotiation of the requirements; you need a more flexible way to develop IS. A new way of coping with many changes is to use an agile development approach and a fixed budget and resources contract. This paper presents an example case. We analyse the case and design a guideline for how...

  11. Contract theory and EU Contract Law

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    Hesselink, M.W.; Twigg-Flesner, C.

    2016-01-01

    This paper explores the relationship between contract theory and European contract law. In particular, it confronts the leading contract law theories with the main characteristics of EU contract law. The conclusion is that the two do not match well. In particular, monist normative contract theories

  12. Analysis of uterine activity in nonpregnant women by electrohysterography: A feasibility study.

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    Rabotti, Chiara; Sammali, Federica; Kuijsters, Nienke; Schoot, Benedictus; Kortenhorst, Mady; Mischi, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    With an overall effectiveness below 30%, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is in urgent need for improvements, especially in view of the increasing trend in postponing childbirth in developed societies. Abnormal contraction of the uterus may underlie impaired fertility and unsuccessful IVF. However, currently, there is no method for quantitative assessment of uterine activity and guidance of dedicated intervention. Analysis of the electrohysterogram (EHG) has been extensively used in pregnancy for quantifying uterine contractions. In this paper, we evaluate, for the first time, the use of EHG analysis for characterizing contractions in women in two different phases of the menstrual cycle, when the uterus is expected to be active and quiescent. In this preliminary study, by estimating the time evolution of the EHG signal energy, we derive the contraction frequency, fC, as a possible marker for quantifying the activity of the uterus and discriminate between active and quiescent status. Ultrasound (US) image sequences are simultaneously recorded and visually analyzed for a qualitative validation of the results. The high correlation (0.91) between fC obtained by EHG and US analysis and the measured different values of fC in the two phases motivate further research to confirm the value of EHG analysis for contraction quantification in nonpregnant women.

  13. Diffuse uterine leiomyomatosis in a child

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    Pai, Deepa; Coletti, Monette C.; Ladino-Torres, Maria; Caoili, Elaine [University of Michigan Health System, Department of Radiology, Section of Pediatric Radiology, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Elkins, Matthew [University of Michigan Health System, Department of Pathology, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2012-01-15

    Leiomyomas are the most common benign uterine tumor; however, this entity is relatively uncommon in the pediatric population. Although leiomyomas most commonly present as solitary uterine masses, unusual patterns of growth have been described including diffuse leiomyomatosis. In this condition, the myometrium of the uterus is symmetrically expanded by innumerable confluent leiomyomas; this pattern of growth is quite uncommon and has never been reported in a pediatric patient. This case report illustrates the imaging appearance of diffuse uterine leiomyomatosis in an otherwise healthy 16-year-old girl. (orig.)

  14. Cavernous lymphangioma arising from uterine corpus.

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    Furui, Tatsuro; Imai, Atsushi; Yokoyama, Yasuhiro; Sato, Eriko; Tamaya, Teruhiko

    2003-07-01

    A rare case of giant uterine lymphangioma was experienced. A 44-year-old female noted a rapidly grown abdominal tumor and its accompanied symptoms, progressive abdominal distension, lumbago, and developed leg edema. Ultrasonography made a possible diagnosis of a huge ovarian tumor; postoperative diagnosis was cavernous lymphangioma arising from the uterus. According to the literature, lymphangioma itself is a rare tumor, and giant lymphangioma arising from uterine corpus is extremely rare. We experienced an extremely rare case of uterine lymphangioma and ultrasound tomography better imaged the tumor inside.

  15. Measurement of the relative binding affinity of zearalenone, alpha-zearalenol and beta-zearalenol for uterine and oviduct estrogen receptors in swine, rats and chickens: an indicator of estrogenic potencies.

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    Fitzpatrick, D W; Picken, C A; Murphy, L C; Buhr, M M

    1989-01-01

    1. The relative binding affinity of zearalenone, alpha-zearalenol, and beta-zearalenol for estrogen receptors was determined in the pig, rat and chicken. 2. Similar relative binding patterns were observed, with alpha-zearalenol exhibiting greater affinity than zearalenone and beta-zearalenol the least binding affinity in all species. 3. The relative binding affinity of alpha-zearalenol was greater in pig, than in rat and significantly greater than in chicken. 4. Interspecies differences in zearalenone sensitivity may be due to the binding affinity of alpha-zearalenol for estrogen receptors and differences in zearalenone metabolites formed.

  16. Influence of time at which oxytocin is administered during labor on uterine activity and perinatal death in pigs

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    DANIEL MOTA-ROJAS

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Oxytocin is extensively used to induce or augment uterine contractions, especially to facilitate the third stage of labor in humans. Administration of oxytocin to parturient sows reduces duration of labor whereas mortality of the offspring may remain unchanged. This study aimed to evaluate whether time of administration of oxytocin during parturition may alter the uterine response and fetal outcomes. Two hundred parturient sows were randomly assigned to intramuscularly receive either saline solution (control group or oxytocin 0.083 IU/kg immediately after the delivery of the 1st, 4th or 8th piglet (groups O-1, 0-4 and 0-8, respectively. Uterine effects and fetal outcomes were registered in all groups. The duration of labor was 20-40 min shorter (P < 0.0001 and time interval between babies was reduced by 3-5 min (P < 0.0001 in the three groups receiving oxytocin. The duration and intensity of contractions, meconium-stained piglets and intrapartum deaths decreased as time at which oxytocin administered during labor was increased. In group 0-8, we observed approximately 70% less meconium-stained piglets and intrapartum deaths than in the control group. In conclusion, oxytocin administered at early phases of parturition to sows may increase duration and intensity of uterine contractions as well as adverse fetal outcomes

  17. Management of Bleeding Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation with Bilateral Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Kim, Taehwan; Shin, Ji Hoon; Kim, Jinoo; Yoon, Hyun-Ki; Ko, Gi-Young; Gwon, Dong-Il; Yang, Heechul; Sung, Kyu-Bo

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the technical feasibility and clinical outcome of bilateral uterine artery embolization (UAE) as a first-line therapeutic option for bleeding uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Materials and Methods Between 2002 and 2012, 19 patients were diagnosed with acquired uterine AVM clinically and through imaging studies. The clinical characteristics, angiographic features, technical success rate of embolization, procedure-related complications, imaging, and clinical follow-...

  18. B-Lynch uterine compression sutures in the conservative surgical management of uterine atony.

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    Kaya, Baris; Tuten, Abdullah; Daglar, Korkut; Onkun, Murat; Sucu, Seyhun; Dogan, Askin; Unal, Orhan; Guralp, Onur

    2015-05-01

    To evaluate the success rate and possible complications of the B-Lynch uterine compression sutures in women who suffered from postpartum uterine atony unresponsive to medical treatment. A total of 36 women who were managed with the B-Lynch suture, with or without additional surgical procedures following uterine atony unresponsive to medical treatment, were evaluated retrospectively. Sixteen women were primarily managed with the B-Lynch compression sutures, and 11 women had the B-Lynch compression sutures following failure of achievement of hemostasis by ligation of uterine artery alone (n = 4), or uterine artery plus uterine branch of ovarian artery (n = 7). Eight women had bilateral internal iliac artery ligation (BIIAL) following failure of achievement of hemostasis by the B-Lynch compression sutures. Two women (5.5%) underwent post-cesarean hysterectomy. The overall success rate of B-Lynch was 75% (27/36), and the overall success rate of B-Lynch plus BIIAL was 94.4% (34/36). Three women were admitted to the intensive care unit. There was no death related to the hemorrhage in our series. No short-term complications such as uterine necrosis, hematometra, pyometra, or uterine erosion related to the uterine compression suture were observed. Overall success rate of the B-Lynch sutures and B-Lynch sutures plus BIIAL was 75 and 94.4%, respectively. The B-Lynch technique does not necessarily require specific suture material. Uterine devascularization or BIIAL did not increase the risk of the possible short-term complications such as uterine necrosis. In case of failure of the B-Lynch uterine compression sutures, BIIAL may be beneficial to save the uterus.

  19. Successful management of uterine arteriovenous malformation by ligation of feeding artery after unsuccessful uterine artery embolization.

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    Yokomine, Daisaku; Yoshinaga, Mitsuhiro; Baba, Yasutaka; Matsuo, Takashi; Iguro, Yoshifumi; Nakajo, Masayuki; Douchi, Tsutomu

    2009-02-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare and potentially life-threatening disease. The present report describes a postmenopausal patient with uterine AVM manifesting recurrent, massive genital bleeding. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) was scheduled before hysterectomy, but UAE was unsuccessful due to the dilated, tortuous internal iliac arteries, and extremely rapid arterial blood flow. Hysterectomy appeared to carry a potential risk of massive blood loss due to multiple dilated vessels around the uterine corpus and cervix. Therefore, six arteries feeding the uterus were surgically ligated. At 10 months after the operation there have been no episodes of atypical genital bleeding.

  20. Intra-uterine programming of the endocrine pancreas.

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    Fowden, A L; Hill, D J

    2001-01-01

    In altricial species such as the rat and mouse, there is good evidence for the intra-uterine programming of the endocrine pancreas. Changes in the intra-uterine nutritional environment cause alterations in the structure and function of the islets which have life-long effects and predispose the animal to glucose intolerance and diabetes in later life. In rodents, the islets develop relatively late in gestation and undergo substantial remodelling in the period immediately after birth. Hence, the critical window for islet development in these animals is short and readily accessible for experimental manipulation. The short life-span of these species also means that elderly animals can be studied within a reasonable time frame. In precocious species, such as guinea pigs and farm animals, intra-uterine programming of the endocrine pancreas is less well established. In part, this may be due to difficulties in identifying the critical window for development as islet formation and remodelling begin at an earlier stage of gestation and continue for longer after birth. The long life-span of these animals and the relative insulin resistance of adult ruminants compared to other species also make it difficult to establish whether fetal changes in islet development have long-term consequences. In the human, the main phase of islet development occurs during the second trimester, although remodelling occurs throughout late gestation and early childhood. There is, therefore, a relatively long period in which early changes in islet development could be reversed or ameliorated in the human. Although the human epidemiological observations suggest that the fetal origin of adult glucose intolerance is due primarily to changes in insulin sensitivity rather than to defective insulin secretion, subtle changes in islet morphology and function sustained in utero may well contribute to the increased susceptibility to type 2 diabetes observed in adults who were growth-retarded in utero.

  1. Distinct expression profile in fumarate-hydratase-deficient uterine fibroids

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    Vanharanta, S; Pollard, PJ; Lehtonen, HJ

    2006-01-01

    leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer; yet the connection between disruption of mitochondrial metabolic pathways and neoplasia remains to be discovered. We have used an expression microarray approach for studying differences in global gene expression pattern caused by mutations in FH. Seven uterine fibroids...... carrying FH mutations were compared with 15 fibroids with wild-type FH. The two groups showed markedly different expression profiles, and multiple differentially expressed genes were detected. The most significant increase in FH mutants was seen in the expression of carbohydrate metabolism- and glycolysis......-related genes. Other significantly up-regulated gene categories in FH mutants were, for example, iron ion homeostasis and oxidoreduction. Genes with lower expression in FH-mutant fibroids belonged to groups such as extracellular matrix, cell adhesion, muscle development and cell contraction. We show that FH...

  2. [Obstructive anuria secondary to uterine prolapse].

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    Rodríguez Alonso, A; González Blanco, A; Cachay Ayala, M E; Bonelli Martín, C i; Porta Vila, A; Lorenzo Franco, J; Cuerpo Pérez, M A; Nieto García, J

    2002-10-01

    The prevalence of obstructive uropathy linked to uterine prolapse ranges between 4% and 80%, depending on the series, probably due to the varying degree of severity of the prolapses under consideration. Renal failure or anuria is an unusual complication. Several etiopathogenic theories regarding obstructive uropathy secondary to prolapse have been put forward: ureteral compression by the uterine vessels, severe urethral angulation, ureteral compression against levator ani muscles and the elongation and narrowing of the distal ureter. The major radiological exploration used in studying the urinary tract of these patients is intravenous urography in bipedestation. Emergency treatment for obstructive anuria resulting from a uterine prolapse consists of manually replacement of the prolapse. Surgery is considered to be the definitive ideal treatment, although in the case of surgical or anaesthetic high risk patients, inserting a permanent pessary may constitute a satisfactory solution. We present a case of obstructive anuria resulting from uterine prolapse, which was successfully treated with the insertion of a ring pessary.

  3. Uterine arteriovenous malformation, images, and management.

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    Ore, Robert M; Lynch, David; Rumsey, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an infrequently described cause of severe genital tract bleeding. This is an important diagnostic consideration as therapeutic options differ significantly from those utilized with alternate etiologies of genital tract bleeding. A 30-year-old multiparous female presented initially with vaginal bleeding, and subsequently with intra-abdominal hemorrhage. She was diagnosed with uterine AVM, and was managed with uterine artery embolization followed by eventual hysterectomy. AVMs, both congenital and acquired, are diagnosed utilizing a range of radiographic tools. Management modalities include embolization and hysterectomy. Our patient presented uniquely with intra-abdominal hemorrhage. Previously managed with uterine artery embolization, hysterectomy became necessary because of her clinical presentation. Reprint & Copyright © 2015 Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

  4. Retrograde transvenous obliteration for uterine arteriovenous malformation.

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    Kishino, Mitsuhiro; Miyasaka, Naoyuki; Takeguchi, Yuko; Ohashi, Isamu

    2014-02-01

    Transarterial embolization is an established treatment for uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM); however, in some cases, transarterial embolization is difficult. We present balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration as an alternative endovascular treatment for uterine AVM. A 24-year-old woman was diagnosed with uterine AVM. Her medical treatments were ineffective, and selective embolization was abandoned because of the extremely tortuous feeders. We used balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration, in which balloon catheters were inserted into the draining vein to stop the outflow. Then, a sclerosant was retrogradely injected through the catheter into the nidus. The abnormal vessels were fully obliterated, and there was no recurrence after the treatment. Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration may be an alternative treatment for uterine AVMs with adequate vascular structures.

  5. Endogenous opioid peptides in uterine fluid.

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    Petraglia, F; Facchinetti, F; M'Futa, K; Ruspa, M; Bonavera, J J; Gandolfi, F; Genazzani, A R

    1986-08-01

    The present study demonstrates the presence of the endogenous opioid peptides beta-endorphin (beta-EP) and methionine-enkephalin (MET-ENK), in the uterine fluid of fertile women and normally cycling and superovulated cows. The two peptides are undetectable in the uterine fluid of untreated postmenopausal women, whereas they are present following estrogen-progesterone treatment. Immunoreactive (IR) MET-ENK concentrations were higher in the secretory than in the proliferative phase of the menstrual cycle. IR beta-EP and IR MET-ENK are present also in the follicular, oviductal, and uterine fluid of cows, and in the uterine fluid, concentrations of IR MET-ENK are higher in the superovulated than in the control animals. Because opioids play important roles on endocrine and immune functions, the present data support the potential physiologic role of endometrial secretions.

  6. Focused Ultrasound Surgery for Uterine Fibroids

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    Focused ultrasound surgery for uterine fibroids Overview By Mayo Clinic Staff Focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) is a noninvasive treatment option for ... whether you're a good candidate for focused ultrasound surgery, your doctor may perform a pelvic magnetic ...

  7. Focused Ultrasound Surgery for Uterine Fibroids

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    Focused ultrasound surgery for uterine fibroids Overview By Mayo Clinic Staff Focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) is a noninvasive treatment option for ... determine whether you're a good candidate for focused ultrasound surgery, your doctor may perform a pelvic magnetic ...

  8. The changing specter of uterine rupture.

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    Porreco, Richard P; Clark, Steven L; Belfort, Michael A; Dildy, Gary A; Meyers, Janet A

    2009-03-01

    The objective of the study was to review all patient records discharged with codes for uterine rupture in 2006 in Hospital Corporation of America hospitals. All patient charts were distributed to a committee of perinatologists and general obstetricians. Case report forms were analyzed for variables of interest to determine validity of coding and quality of care. Of 69 cases identified, only 41 were true ruptures. Twenty patients had previous cesareans, and in 9 of these patients, concurrent use of oxytocics was documented. Among the 21 patients without previous cesareans, 7 had previous uterine surgery, and oxytocics were documented in 12 of the remaining 14 patients. Standard of care violations were identified in 10 of 41 true rupture cases. Epidemiological data on uterine rupture based on hospital discharge codes without concurrent chart review may be invalid. Patients with previous cesareans represent only half of true uterine ruptures in contemporary practice.

  9. Alterações histoquímicas das glicosaminoglicanas na cérvice uterina no final da prenhez da rata albina após ministração local de hialuronidase Histochemical changes of the glycosaminoglycans in the uterine cervix of pregnant rats after local injection of hyaluronidase

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    Viviane Almeida de Alcântara Lopes

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: estudar as alterações histoquímicas relacionadas às glicosaminoglicanas da cérvice uterina da rata albina, após ministração local de hialuronidase no final da prenhez. MÉTODOS: dez ratas com teste de prenhez positivo foram distribuídas aleatoriamente em dois grupos, numericamente iguais. O Grupo Controle (Gc foi constituído pelas ratas que receberam 1 mL de água destilada, dose única, no 18º dia da prenhez, sob anestesia, ministrado na cérvice uterina. O Grupo Experimental (Gex constou de ratas que receberam, sob as mesmas condições do Gc, 0,02 mL de hialuronidase, diluído em 0,98 mL de água destilada (total de 1 mL. No 20º dia de prenhez, as ratas foram novamente anestesiadas e submetidas à dissecção, preparando-se a cérvice uterina para estudo histoquímico com coloração de alcian blue e seus bloqueios (pH=0,5, pH=2,5, metilação e saponificação. RESULTADOS: verificou-se na lâmina própria no Gc, reação fortemente positiva (+3 e, no Gex, reação negativa, na coloração de alcian blue no pH=0,5. Em pH=2,5 a coloração também se apresentou fortemente positiva (+4 no Gc e fracamente positiva (+1 no Gex. Após metilação, tanto o Gc quanto o Gex mostraram reação negativa após coloração de alcian blue no pH=2,5. Com a reação de metilação seguida de saponificação e na digestão enzimática em lâmina, a coloração da lâmina própria se mostrou negativa em ambos os grupos. CONCLUSÕES: há uma nítida predominância de glicosaminoglicanas sulfatadas no Gc em relação ao Gex e uma tênue quantidade de glicosaminoglicanas carboxiladas identificadas no Gex. As modificações evidenciadas na matriz extracelular sugerem que a hialuronidase injetada localmente na cérvix uterina promoveu alterações bioquímicas compatíveis com maturação cervical.PURPOSE: to study the histochemical changes related to the uterine cervix glycosaminoglycan of the albino female rat, after local ministration of

  10. Embolization of a Traumatic Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation

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    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare but potentially life-threatening source of bleeding. A high index of suspicion and accurate diagnosis of the condition in a timely manor are essential because instrumentation that is often used for other sources of uterine bleeding can lead to massive hemorrhage. Although angiography remains the gold standard for diagnosis, ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the modalities of choice for the evaluation of a suspected AVM....

  11. A clinicopathological study of dysfunctional uterine bleeding

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    Full Text Available Background: Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is a form of abnormal uterine bleeding when there is absence of organic disease of the genital tract. The objective of this study was to find out the clinical and pathological aspect of women presenting with dysfunctional uterine bleeding.Materials and Methods: A descriptive study was conducted over a period of one year from April 14th 2010 to April 13th 2011 in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Department of Pathology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. A complete history, clinical examination, pelvic scan, hormonal status if required and endometrial biopsy were done to diagnose dysfunctional uterine bleeding.Results: A total of 120 cases were included. The age of the patients diagnosed dysfunctional uterine bleeding were ranging from 24 -63 years. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding was most common in the age group 40-44 yrs (30% followed by 45-49 yrs (27.5%. Menorrhagia (41.7% was the most common presenting sign. Majority histopathology of endometrium revealed anovulatory pattern (61.7% followed by ovulatory (38.3%. Of the cases with an anovulatory pattern 48.6% was proliferative endometrium, 33.8% disordered proliferative endometrium, 6.8%atrophic, 5.4% weakly proliferative and 2.7% each of simple hyperplasia without atypia and complex hyperplasia with atypia. All cases with ovulatory pattern showed secretory endometrium.Conclusion: Dysfunctional uterine bleeding was the most common in the perimenopausal age group and chiefly in the form of an anovulatory endometrium. . Histopathological evaluation of endometrium helps exclude the local causes and establishes the diagnosis of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, its types, and clinical correlation to histopathological findings and finally helps to determine the mode of management.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jpn.v4i8.11500 Journal of Pathology of Nepal; Vol.4,No. 8 (2014 635-638

  12. Uterine Prolapse: From Antiquity to Today

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    Keith T. Downing

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine prolapse is a condition that has likely affected women for all of time as it is documented in the oldest medical literature. By looking at the watershed moments in its recorded history we are able to appreciate the evolution of urogynecology and to gain perspective on the challenges faced by today's female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons in their attempts to treat uterine and vaginal vault prolapse.

  13. Retractable Contracts

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    Franco Barbanera

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In calculi for modelling communication protocols, internal and external choices play dual roles. Two external choices can be viewed naturally as dual too, as they represent an agreement between the communicating parties. If the interaction fails, the past agreements are good candidates as points where to roll back, in order to take a different agreement. We propose a variant of contracts with synchronous rollbacks to agreement points in case of deadlock. The new calculus is equipped with a compliance relation which is shown to be decidable.

  14. Papaya (Carica papaya) consumption is unsafe in pregnancy: fact or fable? Scientific evaluation of a common belief in some parts of Asia using a rat model.

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    Adebiyi, Adebowale; Adaikan, P Ganesan; Prasad, R N V

    2002-08-01

    Using controlled in vivo and in vitro pharmacological methods, we evaluated the safety of papaya (Carica papaya) consumption in pregnancy with reference to its common avoidance during pregnancy in some parts of Asia. Ripe papaya (Carica papaya L. (Caricaecae) blend (500 ml/l water) was freely given to four groups of Sprague-Dawley rats at different stages of gestation (days 1-5, 6-11, 12-17 and 1-20). The control group received water. The effect of ripe papaya juice and crude papaya latex on pregnant and non-pregnant rats' uteri was also evaluated using standard isolated-organ-bath methods. The daily volumes (ml) of ripe papaya blend consumed by the treated group were significantly (Ppapaya relative to the control. No sign of fetal or maternal toxicity was observed in all the groups. In the in vitro study, ripe papaya juice (0.1-0.8 ml) did not show any significant contractile effect on uterine smooth muscles isolated from pregnant and non-pregnant rats; conversely, crude papaya latex (0.1-3.2 mg/ml) induced spasmodic contraction of the uterine muscles similar to oxytocin (1-64 mU/ml) and prostaglandin F(2 alpha) (0.028-1.81 microm). The response of the isolated rat uterine smooth muscles to 0.2 mg crude papaya latex/ml was comparable to 0.23 microm prostaglandin F(2 alpha) and 32 mU oxytocin/ml. In the 18-19 d pregnant rat uterus, the contractile effect of crude papaya latex was characterized by tetanic spasms. The results of the present study suggest that normal consumption of ripe papaya during pregnancy may not pose any significant danger. However, the unripe or semi-ripe papaya (which contains high concentration of the latex that produces marked uterine contractions) could be unsafe in pregnancy. Though evaluation of potentially toxic agents often relies on animal experimental results to predict risk in man, further studies will be necessary to ascertain the ultimate risk of unripe papaya-semi-ripe papaya consumption during pregnancy in man.

  15. Uterine disorders in 50 pet rabbits.

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    Künzel, Frank; Grinninger, Petra; Shibly, Sarina; Hassan, Jasmin; Tichy, Alexander; Berghold, Petra; Fuchs-Baumgartinger, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Although the incidence of uterine disorders in pet rabbits is high there are only a few retrospective studies and case reports on genital tract disease in female rabbits. Uterine disorders were assessed in 50 pet rabbits. In 31 pet rabbits with suspected clinical uterine disease, medical records were further reviewed regarding clinical signs, diagnostic workup, treatment as well as the outcome itself. Uterine adenocarcinoma (54%) was most frequently diagnosed, followed by endometrial hyperplasia (26%). Serosanguineous vaginal discharge was the predominant clinical sign observed by the rabbit owners. In approximately 50% of the rabbits with suspected uterine disorders, abdominal palpation revealed enlarged and/or irregular masses in the caudoventral abdomen indicating uterine lesions. Out of 23 rabbits undergoing ovariohysterectomy, four were either euthanized or died shortly after surgery because they were clinically unstable. Overall, 80% of the ovariohysterectomized animals were still alive 6 mo after surgery. In female pet rabbits that are not breeding, either ovariohysterectomy should be performed at an early age or routine checks including ultrasonography of the abdomen are recommended on a regular basis.

  16. Noninvasive 64Cu-ATSM and PET/CT Assessment of Hypoxia in Rat Skeletal Muscles and Tendons During Muscle Contractions

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    Skovgaard, Dorthe; Kjaer, Michael; Madsen, Jacob

    2009-01-01

    the first PET/CT scan. Standardized uptake values (SUVs) were calculated for the Achilles tendons and triceps surae muscles and were correlated to gene expression of HIF1alpha and CAIII using real-time polymerase chain reaction. RESULTS: Immediately after the contractions, uptake of (64)Cu...

  17. Correlation between Echo-Tracking Parameters and In Vitro Measurements of Arterial Contraction and Relaxation in Rats Fed a High-Cholesterol Diet.

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    Zhang, Yi; Zhan, Wei-Wei; Wu, Yong-Jie; Zhao, Bo; Zhou, Wu-Gang; Chen, Dong-Rui; Zhou, Wei; Liu, Zhen-Hua; Jiang, Wei-Min; Zheng, Lin

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    Echo-tracking (ET) is a new technique that allows the assessment of arterial function and stiffness. This study aimed to ascertain the utility of the echo-tracking (ET) technique to assess vascular stiffness in rats with hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis. ET was used to measure the arterial stiffness of the aorta in cholesterol-fed Sprague-Dawley rats (group T1, n=10, for 4 weeks; group T2, n=10, for 12 weeks) and normal control rats (group C1, n=10; group C2, n=10). In vitro isometric tension experiments were used to measure the maximum contractile tension (MCT) and maximum relaxation percentage (MRR%) of aortic rings. Indicators of arterial stiffness and aortic MCT and MRR% were compared between groups using linear regression analysis. Light microscopic evaluation was used to demonstrate atherosclerotic changes in the aorta. The rat models were successfully induced; pathological examination of the aortas showed significant atherosclerosis in group T2, but not in groups C1, C2, or T1. The arterial stiffness parameters obtained using ET and aortic rings in vitro showed significant impairments in T1 and T2 rats compared with C1 and C2 controls (all Pparameter b (r=-0.406, P=0.009) and one-point pulse wave β (r=-0.434, P=0.005). These results suggest that ET could be used to evaluate the changes in arterial wall elasticity associated with atherosclerosis and hypercholesterolemia.

  18. Amenorrhea due to partial uterine necrosis after uterine artery embolization for control of refractory postpartum hemorrhage.

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    Chitrit, Yvon; Zafy, Sylvie; Pelage, Jean P; Ledref, Olivier; Khoury, Rames; Caubel, Patrick

    2006-07-01

    We report a case of a woman in whom selective embolization of both uterine arteries was performed using gelatin sponge for control of refractory postpartum hemorrhage. Ten months after delivery, the women had not resumed noticeable menstruation. Examination and investigation were consistent with partial uterine necrosis and complete obliteration of the cavity.

  19. Effects of interactions between progesterone and prostaglandin on uterine contractility in a perfused swine uterus model.

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    Künzel, Julian; Geisler, Klaudija; Maltaris, Theodoros; Müller, Andreas; Hoffmann, Inge; Schneider, Heike; Beckmann, Matthias W; Dittrich, Ralf; Oppelt, Patricia G

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    Uterine quiescence at the time of embryo transfer is a prerequisite for successful in vitro fertilization (IVF). This study assessed whether prostaglandin-induced contractions in the perfused swine uterus can be reduced by progesterone. Fifty-eight non-pregnant swine uteri were perfused using an established extracorporeal perfusion model. Intrauterine pressure changes during perfusion with prostaglandin (PG) administration (PGE1, PGE2, PGF2α) and progesterone (1 pg/ml, 10 pg/ml, 25 pg/ml, 50 pg/ml) were assessed using an intrauterine double-chip microcatheter. The contraction-stimulating effect of PGs was clearly reduced by progesterone. Only PGE1 still triggered relevant contractions during continuous perfusion with progesterone solution, up to a concentration of 10 pg/ml. With PGE2 and PGF2α, a clear reduction of uterine contractility was observed even at at a progesterone concentration of 1 pg/ml. The extracorporal perfusion model of swine uteri shows that PG-induced contractions can be reduced in a dose-dependent manner by progesterone. Copyright © 2014 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  20. Intrapartum uterine rupture with coincidental uterine adenomyosis in an African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).

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    Newell-Fugate, Annie; Lane, Emily

    2009-12-01

    A 7-yr-old African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) multiparous bitch experienced severe dystocia and death one day after the onset of parturition. Necropsy revealed three placental attachments in the right uterine horn and one in the left. A full-thickness rupture of the right horn at the middle placental attachment and an autolysed fetus free in the abdomen were present. Death was attributed to hypovolemic and endotoxemic shock after uterine rupture. Myometrium adjacent to the rupture and in the left uterine horn was subdivided into irregular pseudolobules by fibrous connective tissue tracts containing small endometrial glandular acini suggestive of adenomyosis, which may have facilitated uterine rupture. This is the first reported case of dystocia-induced uterine rupture and of adenomyosis in a wild dog.

  1. Uterine sarcoma Part I—Uterine leiomyosarcoma: The Topic Advisory Group systematic review

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    Kuo-Chang Wen

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    Full Text Available Uterine sarcomas account for 3–7% of all uterine cancers. Because of their rarity, unknown etiology, and highly divergent genetic aberration, there is a lack of consensus on risk factors for occurrence and predictive poor outcomes as well as optimal therapeutic choices. Tumor types according to the World Health Organization classification include leiomyosarcoma, endometrial stroma sarcoma, and undifferentiated sarcoma. Staging is done using the 2014 Federation International Gynecology and Obstetrics and 2010 American Joint Committee on Cancer tumor, lymph node, and metastases systems. Tumor grade can be classified based on the French Federation of Cancer Centers Sarcoma Group system or the Broder’s system that incorporates tumor differentiation, mitotic count, and tumor necrosis. This review is a series of articles discussing uterine sarcoma, and this is Part I, which focuses on one of the subtypes of uterine sarcomas—uterine leiomyosarcoma. The clinical characteristics, diagnosis, outcome, and recent advances are summarized in this article.

  2. [Uterine sarcoma. Analytic study of 37 cases].

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    Cabra Zurita, R; Ruiz Moreno, J A; Kably Ambe, A

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    The lack of uniformity in the nomenclature of the uterine sarcomas, it have contributed to a variety and variability of classifications. Fortunately the sarcomas of uterus are rare. The incidence of this tumor is of 3-5% of all the uterine cancers or of 1.7/100,000 women of 20 years or more. The clinical presentation of these tumors is diverse could come bleed uterine abnormal, abdominal pain, pelvic mass, discharge or cervix prominent mass. Clinical discoveries associated with exist the sarcomas how they are the obesity and high blood pressure in a 30% of the patients it are also observed antecedents of pelvic radiation in a 5-10% of the cases. The genomic alterations that is reported the chromosomes in the literature is associated with 1, 7 11 playing an important paper in the initiation or progression of the sarcomas. We was carried out a retrospective analysis of 37 cases of uterine sarcoma managed in the National Institute of Cancerology at one time of 5 years. Being that the leiomiosarcomas comes in the 51.3% of the cases, followed by the stromal sarcoma, bleed uterine abnormal it was the clinical fact of high importance, detecting these patients in Ia and IIa stadiums predominantly. We observed an increment in the incidence of the uterine sarcoma in patients of 40 years or more. 17 patients were managed exclusively with surgery, 17 patients with surgery and radiotherapy and 5 patients with surgery and chemotherapy (2 patients were managed with surgery + radiotherapy + chemotherapy). The index of failure was from the 45.1% to two years in general form, coming metastasic illness in lung, liver and breast mainly. In conclusion, the adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy to the hysterectomy doesn't increase the index of survivor in the several subtype of uterine sarcomas.

  3. EFFECT OF COMBINATION OF OXYTOCIN MASSAGE AND HYPNOBREASTFEEDING ON UTERINE INVOLUTION AND PROLACTIN LEVELS IN POSTPARTUM MOTHERS

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    Yuni Nor Aini

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: The absence of contractions after childbirth can lead to a slow-running uterine involution process. Thus, the effort to maintain and accelerate the process is needed. Oxytocin massage and hypnobreastfeeding are considered as an alternative treatment, but the effect of the combination of the two treatments have not yet been examined. Objective: To examine the effect of combination of oxytocin massage and hypnobreastfeeding on uterine involution and prolactin levels in post partum. Methods: A Quasy experimental study with pretest posttest control group design. a total of 40 respondents were recruited using simple random sampling, with 20 respondents assigned in the treatment and control group. Metline and ELISA methods were used to measure uterine involution prolactin levels. Paired t-test and independent t-test were used to analyze the data. Results: There was a significant decrease of uterine involution in the experiment group and control group after intervention with p-value 0.000 (<0.05, and it can be seen that the uterine involution in the experiment group (6.05 was faster than uterin involution in the control group (7.00. Findings also showed that the prolactin level in the experiment group (273.53 was higher than the prolactin level in the control group (209.37. Conclusion: There was statistically significant effect of the combination of oxytocin massage and hypnobreastfeeding on the uterine involution and prolactin level in postpartum mothers in the General Hospital of Semarang. It is expected that the combination of oxytocin massage and hypnobreastfeeding can be used as consideration and references in providing postpartum midwifery care.

  4. Hypercholesterolemia impairs oxytocin-induced uterine contractility in late pregnant mouse.

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    Padol, Amol R; Sukumaran, Susanth V; Sadam, Abdul; Kesavan, Manickam; Arunvikram, Kandasamy; Verma, Ankita D; Srivastava, Vivek; Panigrahi, Manjit; Singh, Thakur Uttam; Telang, Avinash G; Mishra, Santosh K; Parida, Subhashree

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    High cholesterol is known to negatively affect uterine contractility in ex vivo conditions. The aim of the present study was to reveal the effect of in vivo hypercholesterolemia on spontaneous and oxytocin-induced uterine contractility in late pregnant mouse uterus. Female Swiss albino mice were fed with high cholesterol (HC) diet (0.5% sodium cholate, 1.25% cholesterol and 15% fat) for 6 weeks and then throughout the gestation period after mating. On day 19 of gestation, serum cholesterol level was increased more than 3-fold while triglycerides level was reduced in HC diet-fed animals as compared to control animals fed with a standard diet. In tension experiments, neither the mean integral tension of spontaneous contractility nor the response to CaCl 2 in high K + -depolarized tissues was altered, but the oxytocin-induced concentration-dependent contractile response in uterine strips was attenuated in hypercholesterolemic mice as compared to control. Similarly, hypercholesterolemia dampened concentration-dependent uterine contractions elicited by a GNAQ protein activator, Pasteurella multocida toxin. However, it had no effect on endogenous oxytocin level either in plasma or in uterine tissue. It also did not affect the prostaglandin release in oxytocin-stimulated tissues. Western blot data showed a significant increase in caveolin-1 and GRK6 proteins but decline in oxytocin receptor, GNAQ and RHOA protein expressions in hypercholesterolemic mouse uterus. The results of the present study suggest that hypercholesterolemia may attenuate the uterotonic action of oxytocin in late pregnancy by causing downregulation of oxytocin receptors and suppressing the signaling efficacy through GNAQ and RHOA proteins. © 2017 Society for Reproduction and Fertility.

  5. Uterine arteriovenous malformations: from diagnosis to treatment.

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    O'Brien, Padraig; Neyastani, Amir; Buckley, Anne R; Chang, Silvia D; Legiehn, Gerald M

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    The purpose of this study was to describe the sonographic features of uterine arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and to describe the role and clinical outcome after transcatheter arterial embolization of symptomatic uterine AVMs. In our institution, over a 4-year period, symptomatic uterine AVMs were diagnosed in 21 women. Endovaginal sonography with gray scale, color, and spectral Doppler imaging was performed on all patients. Fourteen patients required therapeutic angiography/embolization to control bleeding. These 14 patients had follow-up endovaginal sonography 24 hours after the procedure. The sonographic gray scale findings of uterine AVMs were nonspecific. The most common finding was subtle myometrial heterogeneity (n = 14), whereas other patients had small anechoic spaces in the myometrium (n = 7). Color Doppler sonography showed a tangle of vessels with multidirectional high-velocity flow that produced a "color mosaic" pattern. Spectral Doppler analysis showed arteriovenous shunting with high-velocity, low-resistance flow. Fourteen patients required transcatheter arterial embolization to control bleeding. Thirteen of 14 patients had no sonographic evidence of a residual AVM 24 hours after the procedure. One of 14 patients had a residual AVM requiring additional embolization. One patient had recurrent bleeding at 4 months and required further embolization. The remaining 7 patients were treated conservatively. Endovaginal sonography is the imaging modality of choice in patients with abnormal uterine bleeding. Routine use of color and spectral Doppler sonography allows one to confidently make the correct diagnosis. Transcatheter arterial embolization is an excellent treatment option. Endovaginal sonography should be used to monitor postembolization outcomes.

  6. Uterine biology in pigs and sheep

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract There is a dialogue between the developing conceptus (embryo-fetus and associated placental membranes and maternal uterus which must be established during the peri-implantation period for pregnancy recognition signaling, implantation, regulation of gene expression by uterine epithelial and stromal cells, placentation and exchange of nutrients and gases. The uterus provide a microenvironment in which molecules secreted by uterine epithelia or transported into the uterine lumen represent histotroph required for growth and development of the conceptus and receptivity of the uterus to implantation. Pregnancy recognition signaling mechanisms sustain the functional lifespan of the corpora lutea (CL which produce progesterone, the hormone of pregnancy essential for uterine functions that support implantation and placentation required for a successful outcome of pregnancy. It is within the peri-implantation period that most embryonic deaths occur due to deficiencies attributed to uterine functions or failure of the conceptus to develop appropriately, signal pregnancy recognition and/or undergo implantation and placentation. With proper placentation, the fetal fluids and fetal membranes each have unique functions to ensure hematotrophic and histotrophic nutrition in support of growth and development of the fetus. The endocrine status of the pregnant female and her nutritional status are critical for successful establishment and maintenance of pregnancy. This review addresses the complexity of key mechanisms that are characteristic of successful reproduction in sheep and pigs and gaps in knowledge that must be the subject of research in order to enhance fertility and reproductive health of livestock species.

  7. Uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis without fibroids

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    Kim, M.D. E-mail: mdkim@cha.ac.kr; Won, J.W.; Lee, D.Y.; Ahn, C.-S

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    AIM: To evaluate the potential usefulness of transcatheter uterine artery embolization as a treatment for symptomatic adenomyosis in patients without uterine fibroids. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Uterine artery embolization using polyvinyl alcohol particles sized 250-710 mm was performed in 43 patients (mean; 40.3 years, range; 31-52 years) with dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia, or bulk-related symptoms (pelvic heaviness, urinary frequency) due to adenomyosis without fibroids. All patients underwent pre-procedural and 3.5 months (range 1-8 months) follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast enhancement. Clinical symptoms were also assessed at the time of MRI before and after embolization. RESULTS: Significant improvement of dysmenorrhoea (95.2%) and menorrhagia (95.0%) was reported in most patients. Contrast-enhanced MRI revealed non-enhancing areas suggesting coagulation necrosis of adenomyosis in 31 patients (72.1%), decreased size without necrosis in 11 patients (25.6%), and no change in one patient (2.3%). The mean volume reduction of the uteri after uterine artery embolization was 32.5% (from 321.7{+-}142.9 to 216.7{+-}130.1 cm{sup 3}). CONCLUSION: Transcatheter uterine artery embolization is an effective therapy for the treatment of symptomatic pure adenomyosis, and may be a valuable alternative to hysterectomy.

  8. Postpartum Prolapsed Leiomyoma with Uterine Inversion Managed by Vaginal Hysterectomy

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    Full Text Available Background. Uterine inversion is a rare, but life threatening, obstetrical emergency which occurs when the uterine fundus collapses into the endometrial cavity. Various conservative and surgical therapies have been outlined in the literature for the management of uterine inversions. Case. We present a case of a chronic, recurrent uterine inversion, which was diagnosed following spontaneous vaginal delivery and recurred seven weeks later. The uterine inversion was likely due to a leiomyoma. This late-presenting, chronic, recurring uterine inversion was treated with a vaginal hysterectomy. Conclusion. Uterine inversions can occur in both acute and chronic phases. Persistent vaginal bleeding with the appearance of a prolapsing fibroid should prompt further investigation for uterine inversion and may require surgical therapy. A vaginal hysterectomy may be an appropriate management option in select populations and may be considered in women who do not desire to maintain reproductive function.

  9. Uterine electromyography during active phase compared with latent phase of labor at term.

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    Trojner Bregar, Andreja; Lucovnik, Miha; Verdenik, Ivan; Jager, Franc; Gersak, Ksenija; Garfield, Robert E

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    In a prospective study in a tertiary university hospital we wanted to determine whether uterine electromyography (EMG) can differentiate between the active and latent phase of labor. Thirty women presenting at ≥37(0/7) weeks of gestation with regular uterine contractions, intact membranes, and a Bishop score <6. EMG was recorded from the abdominal surface for 30 min. Latent phase was defined as no cervical change within at least 4 h. Student's t-test was used for statistical analysis (p ≤ 0.05 significant). Diagnostic accuracy of EMG was determined by receiver operator characteristics (ROC) analysis. The integral of the amplitudes of the power density spectrum (PDS) corresponding to the PDS energy within the "bursts" of uterine EMG activity was compared between the active and latent labor groups. Seventeen (57%) women were found to be in the active phase of labor and 13 (43%) were in the latent phase. The EMG PDS integral was significantly higher (p = 0.02) in the active (mean 3.40 ± 0.82 μV) compared with the latent (mean 1.17 ± 0.33 μV) phase of labor. The PDS integral had an area under the ROC curve (AUC) of 0.80 to distinguish between active and latent phases of labor, compared with number of contractions on tocodynamometry (AUC = 0.79), and Bishop score (AUC = 0.78). The combination (sum) of PDS integral, tocodynamometry, and Bishop score predicted active phase of labor with an AUC of 0.90. Adding uterine EMG measurements to the methods currently used in the clinics could improve the accuracy of diagnosing active labor. © 2015 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  10. Degenerated uterine leiomyomas mimicking malignant bilateral ovarian surface epithelial tumors

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    Hwang, Yi Boem Ha; Lee, Hae Kyung; Lee, Min Hee; Choi, Seo Youn; Chung, Soo Ho [Bucheon Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-07-15

    Uterine leiomyomas are the most common benign uterine neoplasms. Undegenerated uterine leiomyomas are easily recognizable by the typical imaging findings on radiologic studies. However, degenerated fibroids can have unusual and variable appearances. The atypical appearances due to degenerative changes may cause confusion in diagnosis of leiomyomas. In this article, we report a case of a patient with extensive cystic and myxoid degeneration of uterine leiomyoma, mimicking malignant bilateral ovarian surface epithelial tumors.

  11. Epidemiology of Uterine Leiomyomata at the Lagos University ...

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    A Prevalence of 31% of uterine leiomyomata was found. The significant risk factors for uterine fibroid were age, diabetes mellitus (OR 2.2, 95% CI 0.6-5.2, p= 0.011), family history of uterine leiomyoma (OR 3.0, 95% CI 1.9-4.8, p= 0.026), and history of infertility (OR 5.0, 95% CI 0.9-25.9, p= 0.001). The risk factors for uterine ...

  12. Inhibition of nitric oxide synthases abrogates pregnancy-induced uterine vascular expansive remodeling.

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    Osol, George; Barron, Carolyn; Gokina, Natalia; Mandala, Maurizio

    2009-01-01

    It was the aim of this study to test the hypothesis that hypertension and/or inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) synthases alters uterine vascular remodeling during pregnancy. Using a model of hypertension (NO synthase inhibition with L-NAME) in nonpregnant and pregnant rats, comparisons were made with age-matched controls, as well as with animals receiving hydralazine along with L-NAME to maintain normotension in the presence of NO synthase inhibition. Circumferential and axial remodeling of large (main uterine, MUA) and small (premyometrial radial) arteries were quantified and compared. L-NAME treatment prevented expansive circumferential remodeling of the MUA; cotreatment with hydralazine was without effect. Circumferential remodeling of smaller premyometrial radial arteries was also significantly attenuated in hypertensive pregnant animals, while premyometrial radial arteries from rats receiving hydralazine with L-NAME were of intermediate diameter. Neither hypertension nor NO synthase inhibition had any effect on the substantial (200-300%) axial growth of MUA or premyometrial radial arteries. NO plays a major role in facilitating pregnancy-induced expansive remodeling in the uterine circulation, particularly in larger arteries. Some beneficial effects of hydralazine on expansive circumferential remodeling were noted in smaller radial vessels, and these may be linked to its prevention of systemic hypertension and/or to local effects on the arterial wall. Neither NO synthase inhibition nor hypertension had any effect on arterial longitudinal growth.

  13. Contrast enhancement versus vasculature of uterine tumors

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    Kormano, M.; Kiilholma, P.; Groenroos, M.

    1984-05-01

    The relative contrast enhancement of normal myometrium and small or medium size uterine fibroids and clinical stage I endometrial carcinomas were correlated to their microangiographically demonstrable vascularity. In four cases small uterine fibroids showed contrast enhancement equal to normal myometrium, independent of their vascularity in microangiography. In five, endometrial carcinomas contrast enhancement was always below that of the surrounding myometrium in CT. Intratumour vasculature showed great variability in microangiography. No correlation between the topographic variations in the arrangement or density of tumour blood vessels and the degree of contrast enhancement was found. Contrast enhancement of small uterine fibroids was greater than that of small adenocarcinomas. More contrast material accumulates into the extravascular space of the smooth muscle tissue of the fibroid than into the extravascular space of endometrial carcinoma.

  14. Uterine artery embolization vs hysterectomy in the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids : 10-year outcomes from the randomized EMMY trial

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    de Bruijn, Annefleur M.; Ankum, Willem M.; Reekers, Jim A.; Birnie, Erwin; van der Kooij, Sanne M.; Volkers, Nicole A.; Hehenkamp, Wouter J. K.

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Since 1995 uterine artery embolization has been described as an alternative for hysterectomy in patients with symptomatic fibroids. Many studies including several randomized controlled trials established uterine artery embolization as a valuable treatment. These randomized controlled

  15. Contracting as a Science

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    neoclassical theory to be classified as financial, physical, legal, human, organizational, informational, and relational. Each firm will have some...social science theories applicable to contracting research, identify a contracting paradigm (or paradigms) and potential contracting theories and...principles, examine the nature of contracting research and practice, and present thoughts and ideas toward a general theory of contracting which, hopefully

  16. Uterine Rupture due to Traumatic Assisted Fundal Pressure

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    Shen-Chuan Wei

    2006-06-01

    Conclusion: Assisted fundal pressure during painful delivery can be traumatic and results in uterine rupture. In this article, we suggest that uterine rupture should be considered whenever a pregnant woman experiences a sudden onset of abdominal pain during the course of assisted uterine fundal pressure.

  17. Uterine artery Doppler study in second trimester of pregnancy ...

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    Introduction: The uterine artery Doppler has potentials for screening for complications of impaired placentation. This study examines the indices of uterine artery impedance at 22-23 weeks gestation and their relationship with maternal age and parity. Methods: Uterine artery colour imaging and pulsed wave Doppler ...

  18. Possible role of DaVinci Robot in uterine transplantation

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    Iavazzo, Christos; Gkegkes, Ioannis D

    2015-01-01

    ... surgery in uterine transplantation. (J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc 2015; 16: 179-80) Keywords: Uterine transplantation, da Vinci® Robot, ethics, robotics Received: 13 March, 2015 Accepted: 05 May, 2015 Available Online Date: 14 July, 2015 Introduction The first human uterine transplantation was attempted in Saudi Arabia in 2002. However, necrosis of the graf...

  19. An analysis of uterine rupture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University ...

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    Jul 31, 2011 ... Objective: Uterine rupture is a preventable condition which has persistently remained in our environment. The aim of this study therefore is to ascertain the incidence of uterine rupture, examine the predisposing factors and maternal and fetal outcome of patients managed of uterine rupture in a tertiary ...

  20. 21 CFR 884.2730 - Home uterine activity monitor.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Home uterine activity monitor. 884.2730 Section... Devices § 884.2730 Home uterine activity monitor. (a) Identification. A home uterine activity monitor... and monitor that receive, process, and display data. This device is intended for use in women with a...

  1. Ischemic uterine rupture and hysterectomy 3 months after uterine artery embolization.

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    Shashoua, Abraham R; Stringer, Nelson H; Pearlman, Julie B; Behmaram, Behnaz; Stringer, Erica A

    2002-05-01

    The exact frequency and extent of complications after uterine artery embolization (UAE) have yet to be documented in the literature. Ischemic necrosis and rupture of the uterus is a theoretical concern of this procedure. Rupture of the uterus from any cause is a very serious gynecologic complication requiring immediate surgical intervention to prevent death. Ischemic necrosis and rupture of the uterus can occur months after UAE. In our patient they occurred 3 months after UAE for treatment of symptomatic uterine myomas, and required hysterectomy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of ischemic uterine rupture after UAE in the United States.

  2. Rats

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    Alexey Kondrashov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We aimed to perform a chemical analysis of both Alibernet red wine and an alcohol-free Alibernet red wine extract (AWE and to investigate the effects of AWE on nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species production as well as blood pressure development in normotensive Wistar Kyoto (WKY and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs. Total antioxidant capacity together with total phenolic and selected mineral content was measured in wine and AWE. Young 6-week-old male WKY and SHR were treated with AWE (24,2 mg/kg/day for 3 weeks. Total NOS and SOD activities, eNOS and SOD1 protein expressions, and superoxide production were determined in the tissues. Both antioxidant capacity and phenolic content were significantly higher in AWE compared to wine. The AWE increased NOS activity in the left ventricle, aorta, and kidney of SHR, while it did not change NOS activity in WKY rats. Similarly, increased SOD activity in the plasma and left ventricle was observed in SHR only. There were no changes in eNOS and SOD1 expressions. In conclusion, phenolics and minerals included in AWE may contribute directly to increased NOS and SOD activities of SHR. Nevertheless, 3 weeks of AWE treatment failed to affect blood pressure of SHR.

  3. Uterine and placental expression of TRPV6 gene is regulated via progesterone receptor- or estrogen receptor-mediated pathways during pregnancy in rodents

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    Choi Kyung-Chul

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily V, member 6 (TRPV6 is an epithelial Ca2+ channel protein expressed in calcium absorbing organs. In the present study, we investigated the expression and regulation of uterine and placental TRPV6 during gestation in rodents. Uterine TRPV6 peaked at pregnancy day (P 0.5, P5.5 and, P13.5 and was detected in uterine epithelium and glands of rats, while placental TRPV6 mRNA levels increased in mid-gestation. Uterine and placental TRPV6 mRNA levels in rats appear to cyclically change during pregnancy, suggesting that TRPV6 may participate in the implantation process. In addition, uterine TRPV6 mRNA is only expressed in placenta-unattached areas of the uterus, and uterine TRPV6 immunoreactivity was observed in luminal and glandular epithelial cells. In the placenta, TRPV6 was detected in the labyrinth and spongy zone. These results may indicate that TRPV6 has at least two functions: implantation of the embryo and maintenance of pregnancy. To investigate the pathway(s mediating TRPV6 expression in rodents, anti-steroid hormone antagonists were injected prior to maximal TRPV6 expression. In rats, TRPV6 expression was reduced by RU486 (an anti-progesterone through progesterone receptors, and ICI 182,780 (an anti-estrogen blocked TRPV6 expression via estrogen receptors in mice. The juxtaposition of uterine and placental TRPV6 expressed in these tissues supports the notion that TRPV6 participates in transferring calcium ions between the maternal and fetal compartments. Taken together, TRPV6 gene may function as a key element in controlling calcium transport in the uterus between the embryo and the placenta during pregnancy.

  4. The teratogenic effects of imatinib mesylate on rat fetuses

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    M.M. El Gendy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Imatinib mesylate, a selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is the first line treatment against chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of imatinib mesylate on the pregnant rats and their fetuses. Pregnant rats were divided into three groups; the first group served as a control group. The second and third groups were orally administered imatinib at doses of 36 mg/kg body weight or 54 mg/kg b.wt. on gestation days (SDs 6 through 13 or SDs 13 through 19, respectively. All animals were sacrificed on the 20th day of gestation. Treatment with imatinib caused a reduction of maternal body weight gain, uterine and placental weights, increased rate of abortion and fetal resorptions. High dose of imatinib caused fetal congenital deformities represented in harelip, contraction of the fore limbs, and paralysis of the hind limbs, exencephaly, encephalocoele and distended abdominal wall, besides occurrence of wavy ribs and absence of other ribs in addition to skeletal growth retardation and lack of ossification of the most skeletal elements. The present work concluded that imatinib is teratogenic when given orally to pregnant rats at 54 mg/kg b.wt. and causes direct maternal or developmental toxicity.

  5. Uterine action after induction of labour with oral prostaglandin E2 tablets compared with intravenous oxytocin.

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    Elder, M G

    1975-08-01

    Uterine action throughout the whole of labour induced by low amniotomy and either oral prostaglandin E2 tablets or intravenous ocytocin was studied in 10 randomly matched pairs of patients. Oral prostaglandin E2 tablets induced fewer contractions per hour, and these contractions were longer and more variable in length than those induced by intravenous oxytocin. There was no difference in basal uterine tone or in the amplitude of contractions. A comparison was made between the outcome of labour induced by low amniotomy and either oral prostaglandin E2 tablets 0-5 mg. hourly in 65 patients, or intravenous ocytocin in 41 patients. This dose of prostaglandin E2 tablets was an inadequate adjunct to low amniotomy in nulliparous patients. Despite this, the induction-delivery interval for the whole prostaglandin group was not significantly greater than that for the oxytocin group. There were no significant differences in fetal heart rate pattern, or in the incidence of gastro-intestinal side-effects between the two groups.

  6. Impact of spontaneous fibroid expulsion of uterine leiomyoma on pregnancy outcome after uterine arteries embolization

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    Medvediev M.V.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Uterine leiomyoma (UL is common benign tumor of female genitals. Uterine artery embolization (UAE is widely used method of organ-sparing UL treatment. Safe ty of this procedure for future fertility and labor is controversial. We present a case of pregnancy in woman who previously underwent uterine artery embolization. During 12-months’ follow-up period patient periodically noted vaginal di¬scharge. No signs of UL have been found on ultrasound in 12 months of follow-up. Normal pregnancy occurred 1.5 years after UAE procedure which ended in normal labor without complications. Most authors report increased risk of pregnancy complications such as postpartum hemorrhage, preterm delivery, malpresentation after UAE. Our point of view is that a lot of pregnancy complications are possibly associated with persistence of necrotic leiomyoma tissue in uterine wall after UAE. Presented case allowed to draw preliminary conclusions that complete disappearance of UL nodule after UAE could improve pregnancy outcomes.

  7. Computational modeling reveals key contributions of KCNQ and hERG currents to the malleability of uterine action potentials underpinning labor.

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    Wing-Chiu Tong

    Full Text Available The electrical excitability of uterine smooth muscle cells is a key determinant of the contraction of the organ during labor and is manifested by spontaneous, periodic action potentials (APs. Near the end of term, APs vary in shape and size reflecting an ability to change the frequency, duration and amplitude of uterine contractions. A recent mathematical model quantified several ionic features of the electrical excitability in uterine smooth muscle cells. It replicated many of the experimentally recorded uterine AP configurations but its limitations were evident when trying to simulate the long-duration bursting APs characteristic of labor. A computational parameter search suggested that delayed rectifying K(+ currents could be a key model component requiring improvement to produce the longer-lasting bursting APs. Of the delayed rectifying K(+ currents family it is of interest that KCNQ and hERG channels have been reported to be gestationally regulated in the uterus. These currents exhibit features similar to the broadly defined uterine IK1 of the original mathematical model. We thus formulated new quantitative descriptions for several I(KCNQ and I(hERG. Incorporation of these currents into the uterine cell model enabled simulations of the long-lasting bursting APs. Moreover, we used this modified model to simulate the effects of different contributions of I(KCNQ and I(hERG on AP form. Our findings suggest that the alterations in expression of hERG and KCNQ channels can potentially provide a mechanism for fine tuning of AP forms that lends a malleability for changing between plateau-like and long-lasting bursting-type APs as uterine cells prepare for parturition.

  8. Computational modeling reveals key contributions of KCNQ and hERG currents to the malleability of uterine action potentials underpinning labor.

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    Tong, Wing-Chiu; Tribe, Rachel M; Smith, Roger; Taggart, Michael J

    2014-01-01

    The electrical excitability of uterine smooth muscle cells is a key determinant of the contraction of the organ during labor and is manifested by spontaneous, periodic action potentials (APs). Near the end of term, APs vary in shape and size reflecting an ability to change the frequency, duration and amplitude of uterine contractions. A recent mathematical model quantified several ionic features of the electrical excitability in uterine smooth muscle cells. It replicated many of the experimentally recorded uterine AP configurations but its limitations were evident when trying to simulate the long-duration bursting APs characteristic of labor. A computational parameter search suggested that delayed rectifying K(+) currents could be a key model component requiring improvement to produce the longer-lasting bursting APs. Of the delayed rectifying K(+) currents family it is of interest that KCNQ and hERG channels have been reported to be gestationally regulated in the uterus. These currents exhibit features similar to the broadly defined uterine IK1 of the original mathematical model. We thus formulated new quantitative descriptions for several I(KCNQ) and I(hERG). Incorporation of these currents into the uterine cell model enabled simulations of the long-lasting bursting APs. Moreover, we used this modified model to simulate the effects of different contributions of I(KCNQ) and I(hERG) on AP form. Our findings suggest that the alterations in expression of hERG and KCNQ channels can potentially provide a mechanism for fine tuning of AP forms that lends a malleability for changing between plateau-like and long-lasting bursting-type APs as uterine cells prepare for parturition.

  9. Management of bleeding uterine arteriovenous malformation with bilateral uterine artery embolization.

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    Kim, Taehwan; Shin, Ji Hoon; Kim, Jinoo; Yoon, Hyun-Ki; Ko, Gi-Young; Gwon, Dong-Il; Yang, Heechul; Sung, Kyu-Bo

    2014-03-01

    To evaluate the technical feasibility and clinical outcome of bilateral uterine artery embolization (UAE) as a first-line therapeutic option for bleeding uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Between 2002 and 2012, 19 patients were diagnosed with acquired uterine AVM clinically and through imaging studies. The clinical characteristics, angiographic features, technical success rate of embolization, procedure-related complications, imaging, and clinical follow-up data were assessed. Clinical success was defined as immediate symptomatic resolution with disappearance of vascular abnormality on subsequent imaging studies. A total of 20 bilateral UAE, with or without embolization of extra-uterine feeders, were performed as the first-line treatment. Technical and clinical success rate was 90.0% (18/20) and 89.5% (17/19), respectively. Embolization was incomplete in two patients who had residual extra-uterine fine feeders to the AVM or a procedure- related complication (ruptured uterine artery); the former showed slow regression of the vascular malformation during the observation period, while the latter underwent a successful second bilateral UAE. Immediate clinical success was achieved in the remaining 17 patients after a single session and no recurrence of bleeding was found. Recovery to normal menstrual cycle was seen in all 17 patients with clinical success within one or two months, two of whom subsequently had uneventful intrauterine pregnancies carried to term. Bilateral UAE is a safe and effective first-line therapeutic option for the management of bleeding uterine AVMs. However, incomplete embolization due to unembolizable feeders or difficult access into the uterine artery may lead to suboptimal treatment.

  10. MRI Assessment of Uterine Artery Patency and Fibroid Infarction Rates 6 Months after Uterine Artery Embolization with Nonspherical Polyvinyl Alcohol

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    Das, Raj, E-mail: rajdas@nhs.net; Gonsalves, Michael; Vlahos, Ioannis [St George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Manyonda, Issac [St George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Gynaecology (United Kingdom); Belli, Anna-Maria [St George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)

    2013-10-15

    Purpose: We have observed significant rates of uterine artery patency after uterine artery embolization (UAE) with nonspherical polyvinyl alcohol (nsPVA) on 6 month follow-up MR scanning. The study aim was to quantitatively assess uterine artery patency after UAE with nsPVA and to assess the effect of continued uterine artery patency on outcomes. Methods: A single centre, retrospective study of 50 patients undergoing bilateral UAE for uterine leiomyomata was undertaken. Pelvic MRI was performed before and 6 months after UAE. All embolizations were performed with nsPVA. Outcome measures included uterine artery patency, uterine and dominant fibroid volume, dominant fibroid percentage infarction, presence of ovarian arterial collaterals, and symptom scores assessed by the Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Quality of Life questionnaire (UFS-QOL). Results: Magnetic resonance angiographic evidence of uterine artery recanalization was demonstrated in 90 % of the patients (64 % bilateral, 26 % unilateral) at 6 months. Eighty percent of all dominant fibroids demonstrated >90 % infarction. The mean percentage reduction in dominant fibroid volume was 35 %. No significant difference was identified between nonpatent, unilateral, and bilateral recanalization of the uterine arteries with regard to percentage dominant fibroid infarction or dominant fibroid volume reduction. The presence of bilaterally or unilaterally patent uterine arteries was not associated with inferior clinical outcomes (symptom score or UFS-QOL scores) at 6 months. Conclusion: The high rates of uterine artery patency challenge the current paradigm that nsPVA is a permanent embolic agent and that permanent uterine artery occlusion is necessary to optimally treat uterine fibroids. Despite high rates of uterine artery recanalization in this cohort, satisfactory fibroid infarction rates and UFS-QOL scores were achieved.

  11. Successful management of the recurrent uterine rupture after the uterine septum resection

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    Taner Kasapoglu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Uterine septum is associated with an increased rate of recurrent miscarriages which can be reduced significantly by performing endoscopic resection. Perinatal outcome improvement due to resection is favorable but still remains controversial. Uterine rupture is a late complication of hysteroscopic surgery that may be a life-threatening condition in terms of perinatal and maternal morbidity–mortality. This article presents the first case of the related literature dealing with the successful management of the third recurrent uterine rupture in the 31st week of pregnancy subsequent to the hysteroscopic resection of uterine septum. The patient observed in this article had experienced uterine rupture twice; firstly, in the 27th week of pregnancy resulted with postpartum exitus and secondly, in the 29th week of pregnancy that ended with stillbirth while her last pregnancy eventuated in a live healthy birth. Surgeons who accomplish these hysteroscopic procedures must weigh out pros and cons; and must also acquaint their patients with the probable risk of recurrent and multiple uterine ruptures during the subsequent pregnancy.

  12. Uterine NK cells and macrophages in pregnancy

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    Faas, Marijke M.; de Vos, Paul

    The presence of immune cells in the placental bed is important for both mother and child. Although various immune cells can be found in the placental bed, such as regulatory T cells and dendritic cells, uterine NK cells and macrophages are the most prominent immune cells in the placental bed in

  13. Uterine inversion complicating traditional termination of pregnancy ...

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    Abortion services remain cladenstine and unsafe in most parts of Africa. This is a case of a mid-trimester abortion induced by traditional methods which resulted in uterine inversion, a previously unreported complication of induced abortion. Until abortion services are accessible and safe on the continent, morbidity and ...

  14. Krukenberg Tumour Simulating Uterine Fibroids and Pelvic ...

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    To report a case of cancer of the colonwhich presented as secondaries to the ovaries. Case report. The case presented is that of a 39 year old female who presented with lower abdominal pain and a multinodular pelvic mass which led to an initial diagnosis of multiple uterine fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.

  15. Intra-uterine hematoma in pregnancy

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    Glavind, K; Nøhr, S; Nielsen, P H

    1991-01-01

    In 60 patients with a live fetus and an intra-uterine hematoma (IUH) proven by ultrasonic scanning the outcome of pregnancy was spontaneous abortion in 12% and premature delivery in 10%. No correlation between the outcome of the pregnancy and the maximum size of the hematoma or the week...

  16. Uterine cornual cauterization as a sterilization method.

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    Ishikawa, M; Ishikawa, F

    1981-01-01

    From January 1977 to December 1978, 33 cases of uterine cornual cauterization for sterilization were performed using an ultrasound scanner to locate the uterus immediately after an induced abortion at 6-8 weeks' gestation. Hysterosalpingography was performed 16 weeks postoperatively for each patient. In every case, the Fallopian tubes had been occluded.

  17. Prognostic Factors for Niche Development in the Uterine Caesarean Section Scar.

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    Voet, Lucy Lucet F van der; Vaate, A Marjolein J Bij de; Heymans, Martijn W; Brölmann, Hans A M; Veersema, Sebastiaan; Huirne, Judith A F

    2017-06-01

    In a prospective study on 134 women after their first cesarean section prognostic factors for developing an uterine niche (scar defect) measured with sonohysterography were evaluated. With multivariable logistic regression anlaysis the following prognostic factors were identified; enlarged cervical dilatation and induction of labour. Contractions before labour reduced the risk for niche development. The predictive value of the model made with this prognostic factors was low. The development of a niche is a multifactorial proces and more studies are needed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. A differential pattern of gene expression in skeletal muscle of tumor-bearing rats reveals dysregulation of excitation–contraction coupling together with additional muscle alterations.

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    Fontes-Oliveira, Cibely Cristine; Busquets, Sílvia; Fuster, Gemma; Ametller, Elisabet; Figueras, Maite; Olivan, Mireia; Toledo, Míriam; López-Soriano, Francisco J; Qu, Xiaoyan; Demuth, Jeffrey; Stevens, Paula; Varbanov, Alex; Wang, Feng; Isfort, Robert J; Argilés, Josep M

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    Cachexia is a wasting condition that manifests in several types of cancer. The main characteristic of this condition is a profound loss of muscle mass. By using a microarray system, expression of several hundred genes was screened in skeletal muscle of rats bearing a cachexia-inducing tumor, the AH-130 Yoshida ascites hepatoma. This model induced a strong decrease in muscle mass in the tumor-bearing animals, as compared with their healthy counterparts. The results show important differences in gene expression in EDL skeletal muscle between tumor-bearing animals with cachexia and control animals. The differences observed pertain to genes related to intracellular calcium homeostasis and genes involved in the control of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and protein turnover, both at the level of protein synthesis and proteolysis. Assessment of these differences may be a useful tool for the design of novel therapeutic strategies to fight this devastating syndrome.

  19. Evaluation the effect of hydro-alcoholic extract of GlycyrrhizaGlabra rhizome on the isolated colon contractions of male rats

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction:The licorice (Glycyrrhizaglabra rhizome has been widely used in traditional medicine for treatment of gastrointestinal diseases such as gastric ulcer and relieve intestinal spasms. In the present study, the effect of hydro-alcoholic extract of licoricerhizome on mechanical activity of isolated colon of male rats has been studied. Methods: Adult male rats were anesthetized by ethyl ether, their abdomen opened, and colon tissues were removed and divided into 1 cm segments. The segments were connected to a force transducer longitudinally and inserted to an organ bathe contained oxygenated Tyrode solution (37 °C, pH=7.4. Their mechanical activity of ileum was recorded by power lab AD instrument in basal condition, and after administration of L-NAME (10-4M, acetylcholine (4×10-5M and Atropine (10-5M drugs in the presence and absence of licorice rhizome extract were recorded (0.036mg/ml. Also, the mechanical activity of control group segments were recorded at the same condition with extract solvent (ethanol %70. Results: A significant decrease in mechanical activity of the isolated colon occurred after administration of hydro-alcoholic extract of licorice rhizome compared to the control group (p≤0.05. Also, a significant decrease was seen in mechanical activity occurredin the co-administration of extract and acetylcholine compared to the control group. The mechanical activity of tissue was not significantly changed in the presence of Atropine and extract between experimental and control groups. The mechanical activity of ileum tissue was not significantly changed in the co-administration of L-NAME and extract between experimental and control groups. Conclusion: We can conclude that hydro-alcoholic extract of licorice has modifying effect on colon motility, and this activity may be occurred independently in the nitrergic and cholinergic systems.

  20. Aspectos Morfológicos e Morfométricos do Colo Uterino de Ratas Ooforectomizadas após Aplicação de Óleo de Copaíba Morphological and Morphometric Aspects of the Uterine Cervix in Oophorectomized Rats after Copaíba Oil Application

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    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: verificar o efeito do óleo de copaíba no colo uterino de ratas ooforectomizadas. Métodos: foram utilizadas 120 ratas adultas distribuídas em 4 grupos: as que receberam aplicação de óleo de copaíba, óleo de milho, água e um grupo sem tratamento. Todos os animais foram submetidos a ooforectomia bilateral e posteriormente mantidos em gaiolas por um período de 20 dias antes de iniciar a aplicação das substâncias. Estas foram administradas via vaginal na dose de 0,3 ml, diariamente, uma vez ao dia até os dias determinados para o sacrifício (7º, 14º e 21º, sendo sacrificados de cada grupo 5 animais por dia. Resultados: todos os animais do grupo copaíba apresentaram epitélio exuberante, estratificado pavimentoso queratinizado, em torno de 10 fileiras de células epiteliais, e lâmina própria com tecido conjuntivo denso, rico em fibroblastos, fibras colágenas, inúmeros vasos sanguíneos e alguns leucócitos. Conclusões: o óleo de copaíba utilizado neste modelo experimental promoveu espessamento do epitélio do colo uterino, que se apresentava pavimentoso estratificado com queratinização, além do espessamento progressivo deste epitélio no decorrer dos dias de estudo.Purpose: to study the effect of copaíba oil on the uterine cervix of oophorectomized rats. Method: 120 female adults were used, divided into four groups: control, water, corn oil and copaíba oil. All animals were submitted to bilateral oophorectomy, and kept in cages for twenty days before applying the substances. These substances were applied by vaginal route at a dose of 0.3 ml, once a day until the predetermined day of sacrifice (7, 14 e 21 days. Results: the animals from the copaíba oil group showed on all days of the study exuberant, keratinous stratified squamous epithelium with about 10 epithelial cell layers and the chorion with conjunctive tissue, fibroblasts, collagen fibers, blood vessels and some leukocytes. Conclusions: The copa

  1. Calcium-sensitivity of smooth muscle contraction in the isolated ...

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    sensitivity of smooth muscle contraction were studied in the isolated perfused rat tail artery, employing the activators noradrenaline (NA) (3ìM) sand potassium chloride (KC1) (100mM). Experiments were conduced in Ca2+ - buffered saline.

  2. Uterine and chorioallantoic angiogenesis and changes in the uterine epithelium during gestation in the viviparous lizard, niveoscincus conventryi (Squamata: Scincidae).

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    Ramírez-Pinilla, Martha Patricia; Parker, Scott L; Murphy, Christopher R; Thompson, Michael B

    2012-01-01

    We used immunofluorescent confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy to quantify uterine vascularity and to describe uterine surface morphology during gestation in pregnant females of the lecithotrophic lizard Niveoscincus coventryi. As uterine angiogenesis and epithelial cell morphology are thought to be under progesterone control, we studied the effect of a progesterone receptor antagonist (mifepristone) on uterine and chorioallantoic microvasculature and features of the uterine epithelial surfaces. Although intussuceptive angiogenesis was observed in both, uterine and chorioallantoic, vascular beds during gestation, the only significant increases were in the diameters of the uterine vessels. An ellipsoid vessel-dense area grows in the mesometrial hemisphere of the developing conceptus, which parallels the expansion of the allantois to form the chorioallantoic placenta. Uterine surface topography changed during gestation. In particular, uterine blood vessels bulge over the luminal surface to form marked ridges on the uterine embryonic hemisphere, especially during the last stage of pregnancy, and ciliated cells are maintained in the embryonic and abembryonic hemispheres but disappear in both the mesometrial and antimesometrial poles. This distinct regionalization of uterine ridges and ciliated cells in the uterine surface and in the shape of the epithelial component of the chorion might be related to the function of both chorioallantoic and yolk sac placentae during gestation. There was no significant difference between females treated with or without mifepristone, which may be related to the partial function of mifepristone as a progestin antagonist and/or with the function and time of action of progesterone in the uterus during gestation in N. coventryi. Differences in the pattern of angiogenesis and uterine surface morphology during gestation among squamates may be related to the functional diversity of the uterine component of the different

  3. DNA microarray data integration by ortholog gene analysis reveals potential molecular mechanisms of estrogen-dependent growth of human uterine fibroids

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    Shou Jianyong

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Uterine fibroids or leiomyoma are a common benign smooth muscle tumor. The tumor growth is well known to be estrogen-dependent. However, the molecular mechanisms of its estrogen-dependency is not well understood. Methods Differentially expressed genes in human uterine fibroids were either retrieved from published papers or from our own statistical analysis of downloaded array data. Probes for the same genes on different Affymetrix chips were mapped based on probe comparison information provided by Affymetrix. Genes identified by two or three array studies were submitted for ortholog analysis. Human and rat ortholog genes were identified by using ortholog gene databases, HomoloGene and TOGA and were confirmed by synteny analysis with MultiContigView tool in the Ensembl genome browser. Results By integrated analysis of three recently published DNA microarray studies with human tissue, thirty-eight genes were found to be differentially expressed in the same direction in fibroid compared to adjacent uterine myometrium by at least two research groups. Among these genes, twelve with rat orthologs were identified as estrogen-regulated from our array study investigating uterine expression in ovariectomized rats treated with estrogen. Functional and pathway analyses of the twelve genes suggested multiple molecular mechanisms for estrogen-dependent cell survival and tumor growth. Firstly, estrogen increased expression of the anti-apoptotic PCP4 gene and suppressed the expression of growth inhibitory receptors PTGER3 and TGFBR2. Secondly, estrogen may antagonize PPARγ signaling, thought to inhibit fibroid growth and survival, at two points in the PPAR pathway: 1 through increased ANXA1 gene expression which can inhibit phospholipase A2 activity and in turn decrease arachidonic acid synthesis, and 2 by decreasing L-PGDS expression which would reduce synthesis of PGJ2, an endogenous ligand for PPARγ. Lastly, estrogen affects retinoic

  4. Multi-scale and multi-physics model of the uterine smooth muscle with mechanotransduction.

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    Yochum, Maxime; Laforêt, Jérémy; Marque, Catherine

    2017-12-09

    results also permit us to evidence the effect on IUP of this enhanced synchronization induced by the presence of SACs. This proposed simplified model will be further improved in order to permit a better understanding of the global uterine synchronization occurring during efficient labor contractions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. EFFECTS OF COMMERCIAL CONTRACT

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    Ana-Maria Florea; Constantin Giurca

    2014-01-01

    The contract is a legal instrument used to organize economic and social life. International trade agreement has certain features in order to ensure the international exchange of goods and services between the Contracting Parties. In terms of commercial contract, there is a foreign origin element, that gives the parties the right to determine the law to govern the contract. A fundamental aspect of commercial contract, in addition to that of determining the law applicable to judicial report est...

  6. Presenting features of women with uterine arteriovenous malformations.

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    Kim, Tae-Hee; Lee, Hae-Hyeog

    2010-11-01

    To describe the outcome of patients with uterine arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) after uterine artery embolization (UAE). Retrospective case series. Tertiary center of a university hospital. Thirteen patients were referred to a tertiary medical center from primary care facilities with profuse uterine bleeding. Uterine artery embolization. Thirteen patients underwent UAE. Eleven patients had no additional vaginal bleeding, whereas two patients underwent hysterectomy after embolization. Twelve patients developed AVMs after induced abortions. One patient had a congenital uterine AVM. Based on the transfer notes, eight cases had incomplete abortions, three cases had dysfunctional uterine bleeding, one case had a molar pregnancy, and one case had a uterine AVM. Two cases underwent hysterectomy after UAE. One patient delivered a healthy baby after bilateral UAE. Uterine AVMs should be suspected in patients with abrupt, profuse vaginal bleeding and a medical history of an induced abortion. Primary physicians should consider uterine AVMs with such a medical history. A prompt diagnosis and therapy are essential for favorable outcomes in patients with uterine AVMs. Crown Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Plasma-mediated vascular dysfunction in the reduced uterine perfusion pressure model of preeclampsia: a microvascular characterization.

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    Walsh, Sarah K; English, Fred A; Johns, Edward J; Kenny, Louise C

    2009-08-01

    Preeclampsia is associated with widespread maternal vascular dysfunction, which is thought to be mediated by circulating factor(s). The aim of the study was to characterize vascular function in the reduced uterine perfusion pressure (RUPP) rat model of preeclampsia and to investigate the role of plasma factors in mediating any observed changes in vascular reactivity. Mean arterial blood pressure and vascular function were measured in RUPP and control rats. Mesenteric vessels from both virgin and pregnant rats were exposed for 1 hour or overnight to plasma from both RUPP and control rats and their vascular function assessed. RUPP rats were characterized by severe hypertension, restricted fetal growth, and reduced placental weight (Ppregnancy-dependent effect. Furthermore, nitric oxide-mediated vasorelaxation appears to be absent in RUPP plasma-treated vessels.

  8. Uterine compression suture technique in the management of severe postpartum haemorrhage as an alternative to hysterectomy

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    Stanojević Dušan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. One of the most dramatic conditions in obstetrics is definitely bleeding from the uterus which fails to compress. This condition is known as postpartum atony. When such a condition is diagnosed, the obstetrician has a choice of several conservative methods to stimulate the uterus to contract and several surgical methods to stop the bleeding. The most extreme measure used to save the patient's life and stop the bleeding is hysterectomy. This surgery is characterized by high morbidity, primarily by the loss of woman's fertility. In order to avoid hysterectomy, several authors have introduced the compressive uterine suture technique into gynaecological practice. Objective. The aim of the paper is to demonstrate the technique of applying compressive uterine suture after delivery to stop excessive bleeding, and to present results obtained by this technique. Methods. The paper explains the technique of applying compressive suture to the atonic uterus in cases when all other procedures to stop excessive bleeding after delivery fail. Since uterine atony is the main reason for excessive and uncontrollable bleeding after childbirth, the need to perform such surgery is rather common. Authors demonstrate the technique of applying four compressive sutures which prevent uterus dilation and thus stop the bleeding. Results. Compressive suture technique was used by the authors eight times, seven of which during caesarean section and one after spontaneous delivery. All patients had normal postpartum period and normal involution of the uterus. Conclusion. Although this surgery requires a skilful and experienced obstetrician, the authors find it rather easy to perform and it is suggested to be applied in all cases of uterine atony when excessive bleeding cannot be stopped by other any other method except hysterectomy. This surgical procedure saves the uterus and facilitates quick and easy patient's recovery.

  9. Uterine sarcoma Part II—Uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma: The TAG systematic review

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    Huann-Cheng Horng

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Endometrial stromal tumors are rare uterine tumors (<1%. Four main categories include endometrial stromal nodule, low-grade endometrial stromal sarcoma (LG-ESS, high-grade endometrial stromal sarcoma (HG-ESS, and uterine undifferentiated sarcoma (UUS. This review is a series of articles discussing the uterine sarcomas. LG-ESS, a hormone-dependent tumor harboring chromosomal rearrangement, is an indolent tumor with a favorable prognosis, but characterized by late recurrences even in patients with Stage I disease, suggesting the requirement of a long-term follow-up. Patients with HG-ESS, based on the identification of YWHAE-NUTM2A/B (YWHAE-FAM22A/B gene fusion, typically present with advanced stage diseases and frequently have recurrences, usually within a few years after initial surgery. UUS is, a high-grade sarcoma, extremely rare, lacking a specific line of differentiation, which is a diagnosis of exclusion (the wastebasket category, which fails to fulfill the morphological and immunohistochemical criteria of translocation-positive ESS. Surgery is the main strategy in the management of uterine sarcoma. Due to rarity, complex biological characteristics, and unknown etiology and risk factors of uterine sarcomas, the role of adjuvant therapy is not clear. Only LG-ESS might respond to progestins or aromatase inhibitors.

  10. Effect of uterine arterial embolization on symptomatic uterine fibroids and ovarian function

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    Li Zhang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate the effect of uterine artery embolization (UAE in the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids and the effect on ovarian function. Methods: Clinical data of 20 UAE cases admitted from August 2014 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. They had uterine leiomyoma, and received UAE after menstruation 3-7 d. Seldinger technology was used to puncture the right femoral artery, microspheres was alginated or polyvinyl alcohol particles were injected into the target vessel embolism vascular leiomyoma. Broken Gelfoam embolization of uterine artery was used to stop fibroids blood supply; imaging examination of symptomatic uterine fibroids was performed before and 3 months, 6 months, 12 months after UAE. The volume of uterus myoma volume changes was observed; luteinizing hormone (LH, prolactin (PRL, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH, progesterone (PROG, estradiol (E2 changes were detected before and 3 months, 6 months, 12 months after UAE. Results: Three months, 6 months, 12 months after UAE surgery, all patients were followed up for 3 months. The volume of uterus and tumor volume were significantly reduced, and the degree of reduction was moresignificant (P0.05. Conclusions: UAE has definite efficacy, and it has little effect on ovarian function.

  11. Integrated Molecular Characterization of Uterine Carcinosarcoma.

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    Cherniack, Andrew D; Shen, Hui; Walter, Vonn; Stewart, Chip; Murray, Bradley A; Bowlby, Reanne; Hu, Xin; Ling, Shiyun; Soslow, Robert A; Broaddus, Russell R; Zuna, Rosemary E; Robertson, Gordon; Laird, Peter W; Kucherlapati, Raju; Mills, Gordon B; Weinstein, John N; Zhang, Jiashan; Akbani, Rehan; Levine, Douglas A

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    We performed genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic characterizations of uterine carcinosarcomas (UCSs). Cohort samples had extensive copy-number alterations and highly recurrent somatic mutations. Frequent mutations were found in TP53, PTEN, PIK3CA, PPP2R1A, FBXW7, and KRAS, similar to endometrioid and serous uterine carcinomas. Transcriptome sequencing identified a strong epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) gene signature in a subset of cases that was attributable to epigenetic alterations at microRNA promoters. The range of EMT scores in UCS was the largest among all tumor types studied via The Cancer Genome Atlas. UCSs shared proteomic features with gynecologic carcinomas and sarcomas with intermediate EMT features. Multiple somatic mutations and copy-number alterations in genes that are therapeutic targets were identified. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Uterine artery embolization for cervical ectopic pregnancy

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    Qiao Zhou, MD

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A 36-year-old woman with 3 prior C-sections is diagnosed with a caesarean scar ectopic pregnancy. Despite receiving intramuscular and transvaginal methotrexate injection 2 months before presentation, the beta human chorionic gonadotropin was recorded to be 73 mIU/mL at the time of encounter. The patient complained of vaginal bleeding with a significant drop in hematocrit from 40% to 33%. Transvaginal ultrasound confirmed retroplacental hemorrhage and because of the patient's desire to retain fertility, interventional radiology was consulted to perform an uterine artery embolization. The uterine artery embolization was successful in achieving hemostasis and resulted in a decrease of betaHCG to 46 on postprocedure day 1 to <1 mIU/mL by postoperative week 3.

  13. Microinvasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix

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    Špela Srkolj

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women in the world, and is one of the leading causes of death among cancer deaths in developing countries. The incidence rate of cervical cancer for Slovenia in 2009 was 12.5 per 100,000 females; by frequency it takes the eighth place among female cancers. Microinvasive carcinoma of the cervix is carcinoma with maximum depth of stromal invasion of 5 mm and maximum horizontal spread of 7 mm. The objective of this review is to present the definition of microinvasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix, to define the diagnostic protocol and treatment of patients with microinvasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix.

  14. Bilateral uterine vessel ligation as a model of intrauterine growth restriction in mice

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    Background Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) occurs in up to 10% of pregnancies and is considered as a major risk to develop various diseases in adulthood, such as cardiovascular diseases, insulin resistance, hypertension or end stage kidney disease. Several IUGR models have been developed in order to understand the biological processes linked to fetal growth retardation, most of them being rat or mouse models and nutritional models. In order to reproduce altered placental flow, surgical models have also been developed, and among them bilateral uterine ligation has been frequently used. Nevertheless, this model has never been developed in the mouse, although murine tools display multiple advantages for biological research. The aim of this work was therefore to develop a mouse model of bilateral uterine ligation as a surgical model of IUGR. Results In this report, we describe the set up and experimental data obtained from three different protocols (P1, P2, P3) of bilateral uterine vessel ligation in the mouse. Ligation was either performed at the cervical end of each uterine horn (P1) or at the central part of each uterine horn (P2 and P3). Time of surgery was E16 (P1), E17 (P2) or E16.5 (P3). Mortality, maternal weight and abortion parameters were recorded, as well as placentas weights, fetal resorption, viability, fetal weight and size. Results showed that P1 in test animals led to IUGR but was also accompanied with high mortality rate of mothers (50%), low viability of fetuses (8%) and high resorption rate (25%). P2 and P3 improved most of these parameters (decreased mortality and improved pregnancy outcomes; improved fetal viability to 90% and 27%, respectively) nevertheless P2 was not associated to IUGR contrary to P3. Thus P3 experimental conditions enable IUGR with better pregnancy and fetuses outcomes parameters that allow its use in experimental studies. Conclusions Our results show that bilateral uterine artery ligation according to the protocol we

  15. Pregnant noncommunicating rudimentary uterine horn with placenta percreta.

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    Henriet, Emmanuelle; Roman, Horace; Zanati, Joel; Lebreton, Bernard; Sabourin, Jean-Christophe; Loic, Marpeau

    2008-01-01

    To report a placenta percreta in a 7-week gestational rudimentary noncommunicating uterine horn pregnancy. A 28-year-old woman with no complaints presented with a rudimentary uterine horn pregnancy at 7-weeks gestation. The diagnosis was suspected by ultrasonography and diagnosed by laparoscopy. Laparoscopic excision of the rudimentary uterine horn and ipsilateral salpingectomy were performed, as well as biopsy of several peritoneal endometriosis lesions. A 7-week gestation pregnancy with placenta percreta was identified in the rudimentary uterine horn. No communication was found with the right unicornuate uterus. Endometriosis was confirmed. Clinical outcome was favorable. Placenta percreta may occur in rudimentary uterine horn pregnancies, but accidents may be avoided by an early diagnosis and surgical management. However, in young women who desire pregnancy, planned laparoscopic resection of a rudimentary uterine horn revealed accidentally should be discussed.

  16. Authors' response to the comment on "Antepartum hemorrhage from previous-cesarean-sectioned uterus as a potential sign of uterine artery pseudoaneurysm".

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    Zhang, Ning; Di, Wen

    Thanks for the good comment by Matsubara et al. (2017) on our case of "Antepartum hemorrhage from previous-cesarean-sectioned uterus as a potential sign of uterine artery pseudoaneurysm" (Zhang et al., 2017), published in the Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology). In the comment, the authors clarified two possibilities of our scenario: the uterine artery pseudoaneurysm (UAP) could be newly formed in the present delivery as a result of vulnerability of uterine artery and/or its branches at the site of previous cesarean section (CS) scar to exogeneous stimuli during labor contractions; the other possibility is that previous CS caused UAP formation but remained unruptured, and UAP continued to be intrauterine, a hyper-dynamic state during labor causing UAP-sac rupture and resultant antepartum hemorrhage, as well as postpartum hemorrhage.

  17. High-Throughput Screening of Myometrial Calcium-Mobilization to Identify Modulators of Uterine Contractility

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    Herington, Jennifer L.; Swale, Daniel R.; Brown, Naoko; Shelton, Elaine L.; Choi, Hyehun; Williams, Charles H.; Hong, Charles C.; Paria, Bibhash C.; Denton, Jerod S.; Reese, Jeff

    2015-01-01

    The uterine myometrium (UT-myo) is a therapeutic target for preterm labor, labor induction, and postpartum hemorrhage. Stimulation of intracellular Ca2+-release in UT-myo cells by oxytocin is a final pathway controlling myometrial contractions. The goal of this study was to develop a dual-addition assay for high-throughput screening of small molecular compounds, which could regulate Ca2+-mobilization in UT-myo cells, and hence, myometrial contractions. Primary murine UT-myo cells in 384-well plates were loaded with a Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent probe, and then screened for inducers of Ca2+-mobilization and inhibitors of oxytocin-induced Ca2+-mobilization. The assay exhibited robust screening statistics (Z´ = 0.73), DMSO-tolerance, and was validated for high-throughput screening against 2,727 small molecules from the Spectrum, NIH Clinical I and II collections of well-annotated compounds. The screen revealed a hit-rate of 1.80% for agonist and 1.39% for antagonist compounds. Concentration-dependent responses of hit-compounds demonstrated an EC50 less than 10μM for 21 hit-antagonist compounds, compared to only 7 hit-agonist compounds. Subsequent studies focused on hit-antagonist compounds. Based on the percent inhibition and functional annotation analyses, we selected 4 confirmed hit-antagonist compounds (benzbromarone, dipyridamole, fenoterol hydrobromide and nisoldipine) for further analysis. Using an ex vivo isometric contractility assay, each compound significantly inhibited uterine contractility, at different potencies (IC50). Overall, these results demonstrate for the first time that high-throughput small-molecules screening of myometrial Ca2+-mobilization is an ideal primary approach for discovering modulators of uterine contractility. PMID:26600013

  18. The monoamine reuptake inhibitor milnacipran does not affect nociception to acute visceral distension in rats.

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    Shin, Sang-Wook; Eisenach, James C; Rao, Srinias G; Tong, Chuanyao

    2004-05-01

    The role of antidepressants in the treatment of visceral pain has not been extensively examined. Milnacipran, an antidepressant that inhibits monoamine reuptake, is widely used in the treatment of depression and fibromyalgia. In this study, we sought to determine the activity of milnacipran against acute visceral nociception. Female virgin rats were studied 7 days after bilateral ovariectomy. For uterine cervical distension (UCD), two metal rods were inserted into the cervical osses under general anesthesia for manual distension. Colorectal distension (CRD) was performed by insertion of a balloon catheter into the descending colon and rectum, followed by manual inflation. Two electrodes were inserted into the rectus abdominus muscle for recording UCD- or CRD-induced reflex contraction, which was quantified by electromyography (EMG). A dose response for milnacipran, administered intrathecally or i.v., was obtained for UCD and CRD stimulation. Milnacipran failed to inhibit the UCD-induced EMG response, whether administered i.v. or intrathecally. Similarly, i.v. milnacipran, administered either acutely or chronically, failed to inhibit the CRD-induced EMG response. CRD and UCD are well established animal models for the study of acute visceral pain. Milnacipran, although it provides some unique advantages compared with other antidepressants, is unlikely to produce analgesia after acute administration in the setting of acute visceral pain. Neither intrathecal nor i.v. milnacipran, a monoamine reuptake inhibitor, inhibits an acute visceral pain response induced by colorectal or uterine cervical distension.

  19. ADMINISTRATIVE CONTRACTS. DELIMITATIONS

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    Liana Teodora PASCARIU

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    Full Text Available Article examines whether all contracts of public persons are administrative contracts; in other words, if the administration may conclude contracts that, according to their legal nature, are not administrative. If we start from the definition of administrative contracts as it appears in Law no. 554/2004, these include contracts by public authorities which concern the enhancement of public property execution of works of public interest, public services, public procurement and other administrative contracts provided by special laws and subject to the jurisdiction of the administrative courts.

  20. Hysteroscopic Management of Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation.

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    Calzolari, Stefano; Cozzolino, Mauro; Castellacci, Eleonora; Dubini, Valeria; Farruggia, Alfonso; Sisti, Giovanni

    2017-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is characterized by shunts between the myometrial arteries and veins. Treatment is based on the severity of uterine bleeding and ranges from conservative medical approaches to embolization of affected arteries. The aim of study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of hysteroscopy for management of uterine AVM. This was a retrospective study of a cohort of 11 cases occurring between March 2012 and December 2015 in our Regional Center of Excellence in Hysteroscopy, University of Florence. The diagnosis of AVM was made by transvaginal ultrasonography with high-definition flow in patients with mild to moderate symptoms. In all cases, we used the hysteroscopic platform Gynecare VersaPoint II (Ethicon, Somerville, New Jersey, USA), equipped with a 4-mm electrosurgical loop and associated with the SPIES (Storz Professional Image Enhancement System) system (Karl Storz, Tuttlingen, Germany). All patients were successfully treated with operative hysteroscopy with no reported complications. No patient had residual disease detected by ultrasonography performed after a month. At this writing, of the 11 patients treated with operative hysteroscopy, 4 had achieved a pregnancy that carried to term, 1 was pregnant at 20 wk, and 1 had a miscarriage in the first trimester. Hysteroscopy is a feasible and safe alternative treatment modality for AVM. Patients treated with surgical hysteroscopy have high fertility outcomes, a 100% success rate after the first treatment, no complications related to the surgical procedure, and a short hospital stay.

  1. Uterine cancer in the writings of ancient Greek physicians.

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    Tsoucalas, Gregory; Karamanou, Marianna; Sgantzos, Markos; Deligeoroglou, Efthimios; Androutsos, George

    2015-01-01

    In this article, we present the views on uterine cancer of the ancient Greek physicians. We emphasize on uterine's cancer aetiology according to the dominant in antiquity humoural theory, on its surgical treatment suggested by Soranus of Ephesus, and in the vivid description provided by Aretaeus of Cappadocia. During that period, uterine cancer was considered as an incurable and painful malignancy and its approach was mainly palliative.

  2. Severe uterine hemorrhage as first manifestation of acute leukemia

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    Bodur, Serkan; Ayaz, Yurdakadim; Topallar, Faruk; Erdem, Galip; GÜN, İsmet

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    Abstract. Abnormal uterine bleeding is one of the most common presentations in gynecology practice with too many causes. Acute promyelocytic leukemia is one of the serious causes of uterine hemorrhage. Frequency and severity of hemorrage seen in acute promyelocytic leukemia is often associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation which can be life-threatening. A 37-year-old women was admitted to the emergency room with acute severe uterine bleeding, increasing weakness and weight loss....

  3. Uterine disorders and pregnancy complications: insights from mouse models

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    Lim, Hyunjung Jade; Wang, Haibin

    2010-01-01

    Much of our knowledge of human uterine physiology and pathology has been extrapolated from the study of diverse animal models, as there is no ideal system for studying human uterine biology in vitro. Although it remains debatable whether mouse models are the most suitable system for investigating human uterine function(s), gene-manipulated mice are considered by many the most useful tool for mechanistic analysis, and numerous studies have identified many similarities in female reproduction be...

  4. Uterine Rupture and Fetal Maceration in an Indian Mongrel Bitch

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    Deepti Bodh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine rupture and fetal maceration in an 11 year old mongrel bitch was diagnosed via lateral abdominal radiography and ventral midline laparotomy. The treatment of choice in cases of uterine rupture and fetal maceration is bilateral ovariohysterectomy along with plenty of intravenous fluid therapy and broad spectrum antibiotics. Incidences of uterine rupture and fetal maceration can be prevented by timely recognition of early signs of obstetrical-related complications and use of proper obstetrical techniques.

  5. Metastatic breast cancer to uterine leiomyoma: case report

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    Hayedeh Haeri

    2015-08-01

    Conclusion: Although metastasis of breast cancer to the genital organs is an uncommon event, breast carcinoma is still considered the second source of extragenital malignant metastasis to the uterus. Overall, the most popular sites for metastasis of breast carcinoma to the female reproductive system include the ovaries and the uterine cervix. The uterine corpus is the least common site involved. In this regard metastasis to a uterine leiomyoma is a rare event.

  6. Synchronization of regional contractions of human labor; direct effects of region size and tissue excitability.

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    Young, Roger C

    2015-06-25

    The mechanisms used to coordinate organ-level contractions of human labor are not universally accepted. We previously proposed a dual mechanism, where electrical activity coordinates cellular contractions into tissue-level regional contractions, and mechanotransduction synchronizes the regional contractions into organ-level contractions. The simulation of this model successfully recapitulates the phasic pressure rises typical of human labor. In this work we extend the simulation to probe the effects of three critical parameters: electrical coupling (which defines functional regions within the uterine wall), enhancement of contractile responses during action potential bursts (action potential multiplier), and the threshold for mechanical recruitment of regional myometrial contractions (threshold). We test how changing the values of these parameters modulates the ability of the uterus to generate synchronized organ-level contractions. Simulations are performed using Mathematica and a non-classical cellular automaton program we recently published. At least 15 regions are necessary to generate physiologically relevant, synchronized contractions. Organ-level synchronization was improved using higher values for the action potential multiplier. At lower values of the action potential multiplier, synchronized contractions were inhibited when the number of regions was between 32 and 44, suggesting a critical level of electrical coupling is necessary at the onset of labor. Large numbers of low threshold regions resulted in contraction patterns suggestive of hyperstimulation. This work furthers support for the electrical-mechanotransduction mechanism for organ-level synchronization of uterine contractions. The mathematical simulation provides insight regarding how cellular- and tissue-level physiology converge to express synchronized contractions of human labor. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Enhanced wound contraction in fresh wounds dressed with honey in ...

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    Background: Due to reports that honey accelerates wound healing, an investigation on its role in wound contraction in fresh wounds inflicted on wistar rats was carried out. Method: Twenty adult male wistar rats had 2cm by 2cm square wound inflicted on their right dorsolateral trunk. They were divided into two groups.

  8. Effects of oxytocin and PGF2α on uterine contractility in cows with and without metritis-An in-vitro study.

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    Heppelmann, M; Volland, J; Pfarrer, C; Kietzmann, M; Bäumer, W; Merbach, S; Schoon, H-A; Wellnitz, O; Schmicke, M; Hoedemaker, M; Bollwein, H

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of PGF2α and oxytocin in vitro on myometrial contractility in puerperal uteri. Thirteen puerperal uteri were removed and perfused after euthanasia of cows with (n=7) and without metritis (n=6). Measurement of uterine contractility was done using four piezoelectric crystals, which were implanted into the myometrium along the greater curvature of the uterine horn where fetal implantation occurred during the previous pregnancy. After 30min of equilibration, oxytocin (5 IU) or PGF2α (2.5mg Dinoprost) was administered randomly into both uterine arteries, and 30min later, the second administration of either oxytocin or PGF2α occurred. Treatment with oxytocin induced contractions in uteri with metritis and uteri without metritis (Pmetritis, greater uterine contractions occurred after stimulation with oxytocin than in uteri without metritis (P0.05) result in increased contractions in the uteri without metrtitis, however, induced an initial decrease in contractions followed by an increase (Pmetritis. Myometrial and endometrial gene expression of PGF2α (FPR) and oxytocin receptor (OTR) was greater (Pmetritis than in uteri without metritis. The results suggest that oxytocin, but not PGF2α, is an effective uterotonic drug in puerperal cows. Uteri in which metritis was diagnosed contracted more strongly after treatment with oxytocin than uteri in which metritis was not diagnosed. This effect was paralleled by greater gene expression of OTR as well as FPR in uteri with metritis compared with uteri in which metritis was not diagnosed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Uterine restoration after repeated sloughing of fibroids or vaginal expulsion following uterine artery embolization

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    Park, Hye Ri; Kim, Nack Keun; Lee, Mee Hwa [Pochon CHA University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bundang CHA General Hospital, Sungnam-si, Kyonggi-do (Korea); Kim, Man Deuk; Kim, Hee Jin; Yoon, Sang-Wook [Pochon CHA University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Bundang CHA General Hospital, Sungnam-si, Kyonggi-do (Korea); Park, Won Kyu [Yeungnam University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kyongson, Dyongbuk (Korea)

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    The aim of our study is to present our experience with uterine restoration after repeated sloughing of uterine fibroids or transvaginal expulsion following uterine artery embolization (UAE) and to determine its safety and outcome. One hundred and twenty-four women (mean age, 40.3 years; age range, 29-52 years) with symptomatic uterine fibroids were included in this retrospective study. We performed arterial embolization with poly(vinyl alcohol) particles (250-710 {mu}m). Clinical symptoms and follow-up information for each patient were obtained through medical records. At an average of 3.5 months (range, 1-8 months) after embolization, magnetic resonance imaging examinations with T1- and T2-weighted and gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted images were obtained for all patients. The mean follow-up duration was 120 days (90-240 days). Eight (6.5%) patients experienced uterine restoration after repeated sloughing of uterine fibroids or spontaneous transvaginal expulsion. The locations of the leiomyomas were submucosal (n=5), intramural (n=2) and transmural (n=1). The maximum diameter of the fibroids ranged from 3.5 to 18.0 cm, with a mean of 8.4 cm. The time interval from embolization to the uterine restoration was 7-150 days (mean 70.5 days). The clinical symptoms before and during vaginal sloughing or expulsion were lower abdominal pain (n=4), vaginal discharges (n=3), infection of necrotic myomas (n=2) and cramping abdominal pain (n=1). Gentle abdominal compression (n=1) and hysteroscopic assistance (n=1) were required to remove the whole fibroid. No other clinical sequelae, either early or delayed, were documented. Magnetic resonance images revealed the disappearance of leiomyomas, intracavitary rupture resulting in transformation of intramural or transmural myomas into submucosal myomas and localized uterine wall defects. Although the small size of this study precludes a strict conclusion, there appear to be few serious complications directly related to vaginal

  10. Contingency Contracting Customer Guide

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    1996-12-01

    deployed contracting officer to train individual customers on the process, the customer support guide provides the necessary explanations without...straining valuable manpower resources. The Contracting Deployment Customer Guide aids the customer in contingency situations and addresses purchase requests

  11. Contractibility of curves

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    Janusz Charatonik

    1991-11-01

    Full Text Available Results concerning contractibility of curves (equivalently: of dendroids are collected and discussed in the paper. Interrelations tetween various conditions which are either sufficient or necessary for a curve to be contractible are studied.

  12. Phytoestrogens and mycoestrogens bind to the rat uterine estrogen receptor

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    Branham, William S; Dial, Stacey L; Moland, Carrie L; Hass, Bruce S; Blair, Robert M; Fang, Hong; Shi, Leming; Tong, Weida; Perkins, Roger G; Sheehan, Daniel M

    2002-01-01

    Consumption of phytoestrogens and mycoestrogens in food products or as dietary supplements is of interest because of both the potential beneficial and adverse effects of these compounds in estrogen...

  13. Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate Reduces Myometrial Infiltration, Uterine Hyperactivity, and Stress Levels and Alleviates Generalized Hyperalgesia in Mice Induced With Adenomyosis

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    Chen, Yumei; Zhu, Bo; Zhang, Hongping; Liu, Xishi

    2013-01-01

    In an effort to search for novel therapeutics for adenomyosis, we sought to determine whether treatment with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) would suppress the myometrial infiltration, improve pain behavior, lower stress level, and reduce uterine contractility in a mice model of adenomyosis. Adenomyosis was induced in 28 female ICR mice neonatally dosed with tamoxifen, while another 12 (group C) were dosed with solvent only, which served as a blank control. Starting from 4 weeks after birth, hot plate test was administrated to all mice every 4 weeks. At the 16th week, all mice induced with adenomyosis were randomly divided into 3 groups: low-dose EGCG (5 mg/kg), high-dose EGCG (50 mg/kg), and untreated. Group C received no treatment. After 3 weeks of treatment, the hot plate test was administered again, a blood sample was taken to measure the plasma corticosterone level by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and then all mice were sacrificed. The depth of myometrial infiltration and uterine contractility were also evaluated. We found that the induction of adenomyosis resulted in progressive generalized hyperalgesia, along with elevated amplitude and frequency of uterine contractions as well as elevated plasma corticosterone levels. The EGCG treatment dose dependently suppressed myometrial infiltration, improved generalized hyperalgesia, reduced uterine contractility, and lowered plasma corticosterone levels. These results suggest that induced adenomyosis causes pain and elevates stress levels in mice. Uterine hyperactivity may contribute to dysmenorrhea in women with adenomyosis who might also have elevated stress level due to pain. The EGCG appears to be a promising compound for treating adenomyosis. PMID:23703534

  14. Contracting for Public Services

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    strategic purchasing understanding markets communicating the contracting decision designing and drafting the contract the role of the consumer the regulation of service provision Illustrated throughout with practitioner case-studies from a range of OECD countries, this book presents an important new...... theoretical ‘contract management model' and a ‘mature contract model', and explores the mechanisms, formal rules and informal norms that influence the way governments contract for public services. This book is essential reading for all students of public management and all public service managers....

  15. Uterine fibroid embolisation for symptomatic uterine fibroids: a survey of clinical practice in Europe

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    Voogt, M.J.; Arntz, M.; Lohle, P.N.; Mali, W.P.Th.; Lampmann, L.E.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To assess current uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) practice in European countries and determine the clinical environment for UFE in different hospitals. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In May 2009, an invitation for an online survey was sent by e-mail to all members of the Cardiovascular and

  16. Uterine artery embolisation for uterine fibroids using a 4F Rosch inferior mesenteric catheter

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    Ho, Simon S.M. [Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Organ Imaging, Hong Kong (China); Cowan, Nigel C. [Churchill Hospital, Department of Radiology, Oxford (United Kingdom)

    2005-06-01

    Purpose:To evaluate in a prospective study the use of a 4F Rosch inferior mesenteric (RIM) catheter for uterine artery embolisation (UAE). UAE was performed in 72 women over a 37-month period. A 4F RIM braided J-curve 65-cm catheter was used in combination with an angled hydrophilic 150 cm, 0.035'' flexible tip guide-wire to catheterise the horizontal portion of both uterine arteries (UA) from a right common femoral artery (CFA) approach. Technical success was defined as successful catheterisation and embolisation of both uterine arteries. Fluoroscopic and procedure times were recorded. Mean subject age=43.7 years (range=25-57 years). Technical success was 98.6% (n=71/72). A single approach via the right CFA was used in 88.9% (n=64/72) and a bilateral CFA approach in 11.1% (n=8/72). Bilateral uterine artery catheterisation using a single 4F RIM catheter via the right CFA approach was successful in 79.2% (n=57/72). Microcatheters were used in 2.8% of patients (n=2/72). Mean fluoroscopic time=13.6{+-}5.3 min (mean{+-}SD). Mean procedure time=44.2{+-}16.5 min. High technical success rate for UAE is possible using a single 4F RIM catheter via a unilateral right CFA approach, which obviates the need for Waltman loop formation, reversed curve catheters and complex suture-catheter arrangements. (orig.)

  17. Modulation of human uterine smooth muscle cell collagen contractility by thrombin, Y-27632, TNF alpha and indomethacin

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    Smith Terry J

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Preterm labour occurs in approximately 10% of pregnancies and is a major cause of infant morbidity and mortality. However, the pathways involved in regulating contractility in normal and preterm labour are not fully elucidated. Our aim was to utilise a human myometrial contractility model to investigate the effect of a number of uterine specific contractility agents in this system. Therefore, we investigated the contractile response of human primary uterine smooth muscle cells or immortalised myometrial smooth muscle cells cultured within collagen lattices, to known mediators of uterine contractility, which included thrombin, the ROCK-1 inhibitor Y-27632, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory indomethacin. Methods Cell contractility was calculated over time, with the collagen gel contraction assay, utilising human primary uterine smooth muscle cells (hUtSMCs and immortalised myometrial smooth muscle cells (hTERT-HM: a decrease in collagen gel area equated to an increase in contractility. RNA was isolated from collagen embedded cells and gene expression changes were analysed by real time fluorescence reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Scanning electron and fluorescence microscopy were employed to observe cell morphology and cell collagen gel interactions. Statistical analysis was performed using ANOVA followed by Tukey's post hoc tests. Results TNF alpha increased collagen contractility in comparison to the un-stimulated collagen embedded hUtSMC cells, which was inhibited by indomethacin, while indomethacin alone significantly inhibited contraction. Thrombin augmented the contractility of uterine smooth muscle cell and hTERT-HM collagen gels, this effect was inhibited by the thrombin specific inhibitor, hirudin. Y-27632 decreased both basal and thrombin-induced collagen contractility in the hTERT-HM embedded gels. mRNA expression of the thrombin receptor, F2R was up

  18. Contracts in distributed systems

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available We present a parametric calculus for contract-based computing in distributed systems. By abstracting from the actual contract language, our calculus generalises both the contracts-as-processes and contracts-as-formulae paradigms. The calculus features primitives for advertising contracts, for reaching agreements, and for querying the fulfilment of contracts. Coordination among principals happens via multi-party sessions, which are created once agreements are reached. We present two instances of our calculus, by modelling contracts as (i processes in a variant of CCS, and (ii as formulae in a logic. With the help of a few examples, we discuss the primitives of our calculus, as well as some possible variants.

  19. Symptomatic Uterine Leiomyoma in a 65-year old Postmenopausal ...

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    A case of symptomatic uterine leiomyoma coexisting with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) III in a 65-year old postmenopausal virgin is reported. She presented with constipation suggestive of intestinal obstruction with no history of previous surgery, and investigations confirmed a calcified uterine leiomyoma. She had ...

  20. Volumetric MR-HIFU ablation of uterine fibroids

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    Ikink, M.E.

    2014-01-01

    Over the past two decades, magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) has increasingly been used as a non-invasive treatment option for symptomatic uterine fibroids. In this thesis, a volumetric MR-HIFU ablation technique of uterine fibroids is investigated. The first part

  1. Diagnosis and nonsurgical management of uterine arteriovenous malformation.

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    Rangarajan, R D; Moloney, J C; Anderson, H J

    2007-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an uncommon problem and traditional treatment by hysterectomy excludes the possibility of future pregnancy. Developments in interventional techniques make transcatheter embolization of the feeding vessel(s) a therapeutic alternative, potentially preserving the patient's fertility. We present a case of successful endovascular treatment of uterine AVM.

  2. Failed transarterial embolization of subserosal uterine arteriovenous malformation.

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    Seo, Kyung Jin; Kim, Jin; Sohn, In Sook; Kwon, Han Sung; Park, Sang Woo; Hwang, Han Sung

    2013-09-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is rare but potentially life-threatening from excessive vaginal bleeding. All uterine AVMs reported to date have been found in the endometrial or myometrial layers. Here we present a patient with a subserosal type AVM on the fundus of uterus, which spontaneously ruptured.

  3. Uterine Leiomyoma – An Appraisal Of Presentation And ...

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    The clinical presentation and management outcome of 262 cases of uterine fibroids managed in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital