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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230606/secretions-of-bifidobacterium-infantis-and-lactobacillus-acidophilus-protect-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-function
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Shuangshuang Guo, Tyler Gillingham, Yuming Guo, Di Meng, Weishu Zhu, W Allen Walker, Kriston Ganguli
OBJECTIVES: The secreted metabolites of probiotics are cytoprotective to intestinal epithelium and have been shown to attenuate inflammation and reduce gut permeability. The present study was designed to determine the protective effects of probiotic conditioned media (PCM) from Bifidobacterium infantis (BCM) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (LCM) on interleukin (IL)-1β-induced intestinal barrier compromise. METHODS: The epithelial barrier was determined by measuring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) across a Caco-2 cell monolayer using a Transwell model...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229639/muscle-plasticity-related-to-changes-in-tubulin-and-%C3%AE-b-crystallin-levels-induced-by-eccentric-contraction-in-rat-skeletal-muscles
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H Jee, E Ochi, T Sakurai, J-Y Lim, K Nakazato, H Hatta
We used the model of eccentric contraction of the hindlimb muscle by Ochi et al. to examine the role of eccentric contraction in muscle plasticity. This model aims to focus on stimulated skeletal muscle responses by measuring tissue weights and tracing the quantities of αB-crystallin and tubulin. The medial gastrocnemius muscle (GCM) responded to electrically induced eccentric contraction (EIEC) with significant increases in tissue weight (p < 0.01) and the ratio of tissue weight to body weight (p < 0...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229450/endogenous-nitric-oxide-formation-in-cardiac-myocytes-does-not-control-respiration-during-%C3%AE-adrenergic-stimulation
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Michael Kohlhaas, Alexander G Nickel, Stefanie Bergem, Barbara Casadei, Ulrich Laufs, Christoph Maack
Endothelial nitric oxide (NO) controls cardiac oxygen (O2 ) consumption in a paracrine way by slowing respiration at the mitochondrial electron transport chain. While NO synthases (NOS) are also expressed in cardiac myocytes, it is unclear whether they control respiration in an intracrine way. Furthermore, the existence of a mitochondrial NOS is controversial. Here, by combining fluorescence imaging with electrical field stimulation, the patch-clamp method and knock-out technology, we determined the sources and consequences of intracellular NO formation during workload transitions in isolated murine and guinea pig cardiac myocytes and mitochondria...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229237/different-recoveries-of-the-first-and-second-phases-of-the-m-wave-after-intermittent-maximal-voluntary-contractions
#4
Javier Rodriguez-Falces, Nicolas Place
PURPOSE: We investigated the recovery of muscle electrical properties after intermittent intense exercise by examining separately the first and second phases of the muscle compound action potential (M-wave). METHODS: M-waves and mechanical twitches were obtained using femoral nerve stimulation throughout the 30-min recovery period following 48 successive intermittent 3-s MVCs. The amplitude, duration, and area of the M-wave first and second phases, and the peak twitch force were measured from the knee extensors...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228586/modeling-the-diversity-of-spontaneous-and-agonist-induced-electrical-activity-in-anterior-pituitary-corticotrophs
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Patrick Allen Fletcher, Hana Zemkova, Stanko S Stojilkovic, Arthur Sherman
Pituitary corticotrophs fire action potentials spontaneously and in response to stimulation with corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine vaspressin (AVP), and such electrical activity is critical for calcium signaling and calcium-dependent adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion. These cells typically fire tall sharp action potentials when spontaneously active, but a variety of other spontaneous patterns have also been reported, including various modes of bursting. There is variability in reports of the fraction of corticotrophs that are electrically active, as well as their patterns of activity, and the sources of this variation are not well understood...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227989/computational-models-of-non-invasive-brain-and-spinal-cord-stimulation
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Pedro C Miranda, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Pedro C Miranda, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Sofia R Fernandes, Pedro C Miranda, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador
Non-invasive brain and spinal cord stimulation techniques are increasingly used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Knowledge of the spatial distribution of the induced electric field is necessary to interpret experimental results and to optimize field delivery. Since the induced electric field cannot be measured in vivo in humans, computational models play a fundamental role in determining the characteristics of the electric field. We produced computational models of the head and trunk to calculate the electric field induced in the brain and spinal cord by transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation and transcutaneous spinal cord direct current stimulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227970/combining-a-hybrid-robotic-system-with-a-bain-machine-interface-for-the-rehabilitation-of-reaching-movements-a-case-study-with-a-stroke-patient
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F Resquin, J Ibanez, J Gonzalez-Vargas, F Brunetti, I Dimbwadyo, S Alves, L Carrasco, L Torres, Jose Luis Pons, F Resquin, J Ibañez, J Gonzalez-Vargas, F Brunetti, I Dimbwadyo, S Alves, L Carrasco, L Torres, Jose Luis Pons, S Alves, Jose Luis Pons, F Brunetti, J Gonzalez-Vargas, F Resquin, I Dimbwadyo, L Carrasco, L Torres, J Ibanez
Reaching and grasping are two of the most affected functions after stroke. Hybrid rehabilitation systems combining Functional Electrical Stimulation with Robotic devices have been proposed in the literature to improve rehabilitation outcomes. In this work, we present the combined use of a hybrid robotic system with an EEG-based Brain-Machine Interface to detect the user's movement intentions to trigger the assistance. The platform has been tested in a single session with a stroke patient. The results show how the patient could successfully interact with the BMI and command the assistance of the hybrid system with low latencies...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227969/effects-of-lower-limb-electrical-stimulation-on-trunk-stability-in-persons-with-sci-during-walking-a-case-series
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Kamyar Momeni, Stephen Canton, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Kamyar Momeni, Stephen Canton, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Arvind Ramanujam, Gail F Forrest, Kamyar Momeni, Stephen Canton, Erica Garbarini
The purpose of the present case series was to investigate whether three lower limb rehabilitation training approaches have any effects on trunk stability of persons with motor complete SCI during a 10-minute assisted walk. These trainings included electrical stimulation (ES), standing retraining (SRT), and a novel multi-modality approach that combined ES with SRT. We observed that multi-muscle ES directed at the lower limbs had a prominent, indirect effect on the upper and lower muscles of the trunk. More specifically, trunk muscle activations of the ES+SRT subject increased after training for the more distal muscles of the trunk...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227963/predicting-seizures-from-local-field-potentials-recorded-via-intracortical-microelectrode-arrays
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Mehdi Aghagolzadeh, Leigh R Hochberg, Sydney S Cash, Wilson Truccolo, Mehdi Aghagolzadeh, Leigh R Hochberg, Sydney S Cash, Wilson Truccolo, Sydney S Cash, Wilson Truccolo, Mehdi Aghagolzadeh, Leigh R Hochberg
The need for new therapeutic interventions to treat pharmacologically resistant focal epileptic seizures has led recently to the development of closed-loop systems for seizure control. Once a seizure is predicted/detected by the system, electrical stimulation is delivered to prevent seizure initiation or spread. So far, seizure prediction/detection has been limited to tracking non-invasive electroencephalogram (EEG) or intracranial EEG (iEEG) signals. Here, we examine seizure prediction based on local field potentials (LFPs) from a small neocortical patch recorded via a 10×10 microelectrode array implanted in a patient with focal seizures...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227922/evaluation-of-effects-of-electrical-stimulation-in-the-retina-with-optical-coherence-tomography
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A Gonzalez-Calle, J D Weiland, A Gonzalez-Calle, J D Weiland, A Gonzalez-Calle, J D Weiland
Retinal prostheses provide the capability to blind patients to detect motion and locate large objects. To avoid activating axons of passage, which can create streak-like perceptions, long pulse stimulation can be used to bypass axons and achieve focal retinal activation. Safety is a concern because long pulses require more charge than short pulses to elicit a response from neural tissue. Future implants will require smaller electrodes to improve resolution, but increased charge density may result, which is another safety concern...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227920/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-long-term-stability-of-pedot-pss-coated-microelectrodes-for-chronic-recording-and-electrical-stimulation-of-neurons
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A Schander, T Tesmann, S Strokov, H Stemmann, A K Kreiter, W Lang, A Schander, T Tesmann, S Strokov, H Stemmann, A K Kreiter, W Lang, A K Kreiter, W Lang, A Schander, H Stemmann, S Strokov
For the chronic application of neural prostheses long-term stable microelectrodes for electrical stimulation are essential. In recent years many developments were done to investigate different appropriate materials for these electrodes. One of these materials is the electrical conductive polymer PEDOT, which has low impedance and high charge injection capacity. However, the long-term stability of this polymer is still unclear. Thus this paper reports on the in-vitro evaluation of the long-term stability of PEDOT coated gold microelectrodes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227902/impairment-of-muscle-force-transmission-in-spastic-paretic-muscles-of-stroke-survivors
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Xiaogang Hu, Babak Afsharipour, William Zev Rymer, Nina L Suresh, Xiaogang Hu, Babak Afsharipour, William Zev Rymer, Nina L Suresh, Xiaogang Hu, Babak Afsharipour, William Zev Rymer, Nina L Suresh
Hemispheric stroke survivors tend to have persistent motor impairments, with muscle weakness and muscle spasticity observed concurrently in the affected muscles. The objective of this preliminary study was to identify whether impairment of muscle force transmission could contribute to weakness in spastic-paretic muscles of chronic stroke survivors. To characterize the efficiency of the transmission of muscle forces to the tendon, we activated biceps brachii muscle electrically by stimulating the musculocutaneous nerve with maximum current...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227809/feature-domain-specific-movement-intention-detection-for-stroke-rehabilitation-with-brain-computer-interfaces
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J T Hadsund, M B Sorensen, A C Royo, I K Niazi, H Rovsing, C Rovsing, M Jochumsen, J T Hadsund, M B Sorensen, A C Royo, I K Niazi, H Rovsing, C Rovsing, M Jochumsen, H Rovsing, M Jochumsen, M B Sorensen, C Rovsing, A C Royo, I K Niazi, J T Hadsund
Brain-computer interface (BCI) driven electrical stimulation has been proposed for neuromodulation for stroke rehabilitation by pairing intentions to move with somatosensory feedback from electrical stimulation. Movement intentions have been detected in several studies using different techniques, with temporal and spectral features being the most common. A few studies have compared temporal and spectral features, but conflicting results have been reported. In this study, the aim was to investigate if complexity measures can be used for movement intention detection and to compare the detection performance based on features extracted from three different domains (time, frequency and complexity) from single-trial EEG...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227745/numerical-simulation-of-multipolar-configuration-and-prepulse-technique-to-obtain-spatially-reverse-recruitment-order
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Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud, Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud, Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud
In the context of functional electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, the control of a specific motor or sensory functions may need selective stimulation to target the desired effect without others. In implanted stimulation, spatial selectivity is obtained using multipolar CUFF electrodes with specific spread of the current over each contact. Furthermore, electrical stimulation recruits large fibers before small ones, whereas the targeted function could be elicited by a specific fiber type i.e. fiber diameter...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227742/a-computational-model-of-orientation-dependent-activation-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Timothy Esler, Anthony N Burkitt, David B Grayden, Robert R Kerr, Bahman Tahayori, Hamish Meffin, Timothy Esler, Anthony N Burkitt, David B Grayden, Robert R Kerr, Bahman Tahayori, Hamish Meffin, Anthony N Burkitt, Timothy Esler, Hamish Meffin, David B Grayden, Robert R Kerr, Bahman Tahayori
Currently, a challenge in electrical stimulation for epiretinal prostheses is the avoidance of stimulation of axons of passage in the nerve fiber layer that originate from distant regions of the ganglion cell layer. A computational model of extracellular stimulation that captures the effect of neurite orientation in anisotropic tissue is developed using a modified version of the standard volume conductor model, known as the cellular composite model, embedded in a four layer model of the retina. Simulations are conducted to investigate the interaction of neural tissue orientation, electrode placement, and stimulation pulse duration and amplitude...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227741/eye-movements-as-a-marker-for-visual-prosthesis-spatial-mapping-a-feasibility-study-using-a-blind-patient-implanted-with-the-argus-ii-retinal-prosthesis
#16
Avi Caspi, Jessy Dorn, John B Helder, Kapil D Katyal, Arup Roy, Avi Caspi, Jessy Dorn, John B Helder, Kapil D Katyal, Arup Roy, John B Helder, Kapil D Katyal, Jessy Dorn, Arup Roy, Avi Caspi
Spatial mapping, the location in space of a perceived location due to an implanted electrode's electrical stimulation is important in the design of visual prostheses. Generally, a visual prosthesis system consists of an implanted electrode array, an external camera that acquires the image, and a transmitter that sends the information to the implanted electrodes. In cortical visual implant, the layout of the implanted array in most cases does not match the retinotopic map and it is necessary to find the location of the percept of each electrode in world coordinates...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227738/tuning-electrical-stimulation-for-thalamic-visual-prosthesis-an-autoencoder-based-approach
#17
Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hani M K Mahdi, Bassem Abdullah, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh
Visual prosthesis holds hope of vision restoration for millions with retinal degenerative diseases. Machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks could help in improving prosthetic devices as they could learn how the brain encodes information and imitate that code. This paper introduces an autoencoder-based approach for tuning thalamic visual prostheses. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate electrical stimuli that are equivalent to a given natural visual stimulus, in a way such that they both elicit responses that are as similar as possible when introduced to a Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) population...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227695/implantable-gastric-electric-stimulator-with-automatic-daily-activity-compliance-reporting
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Eri Takami, Javier J Sanchez, Rose Province, Antonio J Torres, Eri Takami, Javier J Sanchez, Rose Province, Antonio J Torres, Eri Takami, Javier J Sanchez, Antonio J Torres, Rose Province
In order for any obesity therapy to be successful real behavior change by the individual is required. We present an implantable obesity therapy that combines gastric electrical stimulation for satiety with onboard sensors that provide self-monitoring for the patient and compliance reporting to the clinician. An algorithm for processing data from the onboard three axis accelerometer for use in physical activity monitoring was developed and validated. Four obese patients participated in a study where self-reported sleep and exercise was compared with the events detected by the implanted system, and two commercially available, wearable activity monitors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227693/using-bioimpedance-spectroscopy-parameters-as-real-time-feedback-during-tdcs
#19
Isar Nejadgholi, Herschel Caytak, Miodrag Bolic, Isar Nejadgholi, Herschel Caytak, Miodrag Bolic, Isar Nejadgholi, Miodrag Bolic, Herschel Caytak
An exploratory analysis is carried out to investigate the feasibility of using BioImpedance Spectroscopy (BIS) parameters, measured on scalp, as real-time feedback during Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). TDCS is shown to be a potential treatment for neurological disorders. However, this technique is not considered as a reliable clinical treatment, due to the lack of a measurable indicator of treatment efficacy. Although the voltage that is applied on the head is very simple to measure during a tDCS session, changes of voltage are difficult to interpret in terms of variables that affect clinical outcome...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227645/myoelectric-intuitive-control-and-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-of-the-forearm-for-vibrotactile-sensation-feedback-applied-to-a-3d-printed-prosthetic-hand
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Enrique I Germany, Esteban J Pino, Pablo E Aqueveque, Enrique I Germany, Esteban J Pino, Pablo E Aqueveque, Enrique I Germany, Pablo E Aqueveque, Esteban J Pino
This paper presents the development of a myoelectric prosthetic hand based on a 3D printed model. A myoelectric control strategy based on artificial neural networks is implemented on a microcontroller for online position estimation. Position estimation performance achieves a correlation index of 0.78. Also a study involving transcutaneous electrical stimulation was performed to provide tactile feedback. A series of stimulations with controlled parameters were tested on five able-body subjects. A single channel stimulator was used, positioning the electrodes 8 cm on the wrist over the ulnar and median nerve...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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