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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655149/neuromodulation-of-axon-terminals
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Darpan Chakraborty, Dennis Q Truong, Marom Bikson, Hanoch Kaphzan
Understanding which cellular compartments are influenced during neuromodulation underpins any rational effort to explain and optimize outcomes. Axon terminals have long been speculated to be sensitive to polarization, but experimentally informed models for CNS stimulation are lacking. We conducted simultaneous intracellular recording from the neuron soma and axon terminal (blebs) during extracellular stimulation with weak sustained (DC) uniform electric fields in mouse cortical slices. Use of weak direct current stimulation (DCS) allowed isolation and quantification of changes in axon terminal biophysics, relevant to both suprathreshold (e...
June 24, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655015/effect-of-acupuncture-and-clomiphene-in-chinese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Xiao-Ke Wu, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Hong-Ying Kuang, Hong-Li Ma, Jing-Shu Gao, Liang-Zhen Xie, Li-Hui Hou, Zhen-Xing Hu, Xiao-Guang Shao, Jun Ge, Jin-Feng Zhang, Hui-Ying Xue, Xiao-Feng Xu, Rui-Ning Liang, Hong-Xia Ma, Hong-Wei Yang, Wei-Li Li, Dong-Mei Huang, Yun Sun, Cui-Fang Hao, Shao-Min Du, Zheng-Wang Yang, Xin Wang, Ying Yan, Xiu-Hua Chen, Ping Fu, Cai-Fei Ding, Ya-Qin Gao, Zhong-Ming Zhou, Chi Chiu Wang, Tai-Xiang Wu, Jian-Ping Liu, Ernest H Y Ng, Richard S Legro, Heping Zhang
Importance: Acupuncture is used to induce ovulation in some women with polycystic ovary syndrome, without supporting clinical evidence. Objective: To assess whether active acupuncture, either alone or combined with clomiphene, increases the likelihood of live births among women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Design, Setting, and Participants: A double-blind (clomiphene vs placebo), single-blind (active vs control acupuncture) factorial trial was conducted at 21 sites (27 hospitals) in mainland China between July 6, 2012, and November 18, 2014, with 10 months of pregnancy follow-up until October 7, 2015...
June 27, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653674/effects-of-orthotic-therapeutic-electrical-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-paresis-associated-with-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-a-randomized-control-trial
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K Iwahashi, T Hayashi, R Watanabe, A Nishimura, T Ueta, T Maeda, K Shiba
STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of orthotic therapeutic electrical stimulation (TES) on the hand in patients with paresis associated with acute cervical spinal cord injury. SETTING: Spinal Injuries Center, Fukuoka, Japan. METHODS: The study included patients treated for spinal cord injuries (Frankel classification, grades B and C) at our institution within 1 week post injury between May 2011 and December 2014...
June 27, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653164/should-dbs-for-psychiatric-disorders-be-considered-a-form-of-psychosurgery-ethical-and-legal-considerations
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Devan Stahl, Laura Cabrera, Tyler Gibb
Deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical procedure involving the implantation of electrodes in the brain, has rekindled the medical community's interest in psychosurgery. Whereas many researchers argue DBS is substantially different from psychosurgery, we argue psychiatric DBS-though a much more precise and refined treatment than its predecessors-is nevertheless a form of psychosurgery, which raises both old and new ethical and legal concerns that have not been given proper attention. Learning from the ethical and regulatory failures of older forms of psychosurgery can help shed light on how to address the regulatory gaps that exist currently in DBS research...
June 26, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653073/electro-mechano-responsive-properties-of-gelatin-methacrylate-gelma-hydrogel-on-conducting-polymer-electrodes-quantified-using-atomic-force-microscopy
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Christina Puckert, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Sanjeev Gambhir, Gordon G Wallace, Jeremy M Crook, Michael J Higgins
Electrical stimulation of hydrogels has been performed to enable micro-actuation or controlled movement of ions and biomolecules such as in drug release applications. Hydrogels are also increasingly used as low modulus, biocompatible coatings on electrode devices and thus are exposed to the effects of electrical stimulation. As such, there is growing interest in the latter, especially on the dynamic and nanoscale physical properties of hydrogels. Here, we report on the electro-mechano properties of photocrosslinkable gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel applied as coatings on conducting polymer polypyrrole-dodecylbenze sulfonate (PPy-DBSA) electrodes...
June 27, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652625/dendritic-mitoflash-as-a-putative-signal-for-stabilizing-long-term-synaptic-plasticity
#6
Zhong-Xiao Fu, Xiao Tan, Huaqiang Fang, Pak-Ming Lau, Xianhua Wang, Heping Cheng, Guo-Qiang Bi
Mitochondrial flashes (mitoflashes) are recently discovered excitable mitochondrial events in many cell types. Here we investigate their occurrence in the context of structural long-term potentiation (sLTP) at hippocampal synapses. At dendritic spines stimulated by electric pulses, glycine, or targeted glutamate uncaging, induction of sLTP is associated with a phasic occurrence of local, quantized mitochondrial activity in the form of one or a few mitoflashes, over a 30-min window. Low-dose nigericin or photoactivation that elicits mitoflashes stabilizes otherwise short-term spine enlargement into sLTP...
June 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652623/automatic-inhibitory-function-in-the-human-somatosensory-and-motor-cortices-an-meg-mrs-study
#7
Chia-Hsiung Cheng, Shang-Yueh Tsai, Chia-Yih Liu, David M Niddam
While the automatic inhibitory function of the human cerebral cortex has been extensively investigated by means of electrophysiological recordings, the corresponding modulating neurochemical mechanisms remain unclear. We aimed to examine whether the primary somatosensory (SI) and primary motor cortical (MI) inhibitory function is associated with endogenous GABA levels. Eighteen young participants received paired-pulse and single-pulse electrical stimulation to the median nerve during magnetoencephalographic recordings...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652411/-saturation-in-phosphene-size-with-increasing-current-levels-delivered-to-human-visual-cortex
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William H Bosking, Ping Sun, Müge Özker, Xiaomei Pei, Brett L Foster, Michael S Beauchamp, Daniel Yoshor
Electrically stimulating early visual cortex results in a visual percept known as a phosphene. While phosphenes can be evoked by a wide range of electrode sizes and current amplitudes, they are invariably described as small. To better understand this observation, we electrically stimulated 93 electrodes implanted in the visual cortex of 13 human subjects who reported phosphene size while stimulation current was varied. Phosphene size increased as the stimulation current was initially raised above threshold, but then rapidly reached saturation...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651156/alterations-in-aspergillus-brasiliensis-niger-atcc-9642-membranes-associated-to-metabolism-modifications-during-application-of-low-intensity-electric-current
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Nancy Velasco-Alvarez, Mariano Gutiérrez-Rojas, Ignacio González
The effects of electric current on membranes associated with metabolism modifications in Aspergillus brasiliensis (niger) ATCC 9642 were studied. A 450-mL electrochemical cell with titanium ruthenium-oxide coated electrodes and packed with 15g of perlite, as inert support, was inoculated with A. brasiliensis spores and incubated in a solid inert-substrate culture (12 d; 30°C). Then, 4.5days after starting the culture, a current of 0.42mAcm(-2) was applied for 24h. The application of low-intensity electric current increased the molecular oxygen consumption rate in the mitochondrial respiratory chain, resulting in high concentrations of reactive oxygen species, promoting high lipoperoxidation levels, according to measured malondialdehyde, and consequent alterations in membrane permeability explained the high n-hexadecane (HXD) degradation rates observed here (4...
June 19, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650461/a-light-and-calcium-gated-transcription-factor-for-imaging-and-manipulating-activated-neurons
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Wenjing Wang, Craig P Wildes, Tanyaporn Pattarabanjird, Mateo I Sanchez, Gordon F Glober, Gillian A Matthews, Kay M Tye, Alice Y Ting
Activity remodels neurons, altering their molecular, structural, and electrical characteristics. To enable the selective characterization and manipulation of these neurons, we present FLARE, an engineered transcription factor that drives expression of fluorescent proteins, opsins, and other genetically encoded tools only in the subset of neurons that experienced activity during a user-defined time window. FLARE senses the coincidence of elevated cytosolic calcium and externally applied blue light, which together produce translocation of a membrane-anchored transcription factor to the nucleus to drive expression of any transgene...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649011/comparison-of-techniques-to-determine-human-skeletal-muscle-voluntary-activation
#11
Anastasia Zarkou, Scott Stackhouse, Stuart A Binder-Macleod, Samuel C K Lee
Determining volitional activation (VA) can provide insights on the cause of muscle weakness in orthopedic and neurological populations. Two electrical stimulation techniques are traditionally used to quantify VA: interpolation (IT) and superimposition (CAR). IT allows for a more accurate VA estimation, however it requires individuals to be stimulated twice, compared to once for CAR, and thus increases stimulation associated discomfort. To date, there is no agreement on what is the best practical technique for calculating quadriceps VA...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648715/midbrain-stimulation-evoked-lumbar-spinal-activity-and-fictive-locomotion-in-the-adult-decerebrate-mouse
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Katinka Stecina
BACKGROUND: Genetic techniques rendering murine models a popular choice for neuroscience research has led to important insights on neural networks controlling locomotor function. Using genetically altered mouse models for in vivo, electrophysiological studies in the adult state could validate key principles of locomotor network organization that have been described in neonatal, in vitro preparations. NEW METHOD: The experimental model presented here describes a decerebrate, in vivo adult mouse preparation in which focal, electrical midbrain stimulation was combined with monitoring lumbar neural activity and motor output after pre-collicular decerebration and neuromuscular blockade...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648058/effect-of-exogenous-nitro-oxide-on-chilling-tolerance-polyamine-proline-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-and-in-bamboo-shoots-phyllostachys-praecox-f-prevernalis
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Di Wang, Li Li, Yanqun Xu, Jarukitt Limwachiranon, Dong Li, Zhaojun Ban, Zisheng Luo
The effect of exogenous nitro oxide (NO) on chilling resistance and the metabolism of polyamine, proline and gamma-aminobutyric acid of bamboo shoots were investigated. Bamboo shoots were dipped in 0.07 mM sodium nitroprusside and stored at 1 °C for 56 d. During the storage, the development of chilling injury of SNP treated bamboo shoots was inhibited with decreased accumulation of malonaldehyde and electrical leakage. At the end of storage, the chilling injury incidence of treated bamboo shoots were decreased by 37...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647959/-re-treatments-of-recurrence-after-pelvic-floor-repair-surgery
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S X Fan, F M Wang, L S Lin, Y F Song
Objective: To analyze re-treatments of recurrence after the pelvic floor repair surgery. Methods: The protocol and the effect of re-treatments were investigated by reviewing and analyzing the clinical data of 81 recurrent patients (grade Ⅱ and above), who had received the pelvic floor repair surgery from January 2011 to January 2016. Pelvic organ prolapse quantitation system (POP-Q) and two questionnaires about quality of life [pelvic floor distress inventory-short form 20 (PFDI-20) and pelvic floor impact questionnaire short form (PFIQ-7)] were used to evaluate objective and subjective efficacy, respectively...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647868/effects-of-high-altitude-exposure-on-supraspinal-fatigue-and-corticospinal-excitability-and-inhibition
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Mathieu Marillier, Pierrick J Arnal, Thibault Le Roux Mallouf, Thomas Rupp, Guillaume Y Millet, Samuel Verges
PURPOSE: While acute hypoxic exposure enhances exercise-induced central fatigue and can alter corticospinal excitability and inhibition, the effect of prolonged hypoxic exposure on these parameters remains to be clarified. We hypothesized that 5 days of altitude exposure would (i) normalize exercise-induced supraspinal fatigue during isolated muscle exercise to sea level (SL) values and (ii) increase corticospinal excitability and inhibition. METHODS: Eleven male subjects performed intermittent isometric elbow flexions at 50% of maximal voluntary contraction to task failure at SL and after 1 (D1) and 5 (D5) days at 4350 m...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647657/distribution-and-network-of-basal-temporal-language-areas-a-study-of-the-combination-of-electric-cortical-stimulation-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Rei Enatsu, Aya Kanno, Satoshi Ookawa, Satoko Ochi, Sumio Ishiai, Takashi Nagamine, Nobuhiro Mikuni
OBJECTIVE: The basal temporal language area (BTLA) is considered to have several functions in language processing; however, its brain network is still unknown. This study investigated the distribution and networks of the BTLA using a combination of electric cortical stimulation and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). METHOD: Ten patients with intractable focal epilepsy who underwent presurgical evaluation with subdural electrodes were enrolled in this study (language dominant side: six patients, language non-dominant side: four patients)...
June 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645929/biophysical-stimulation-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-engineering-of-functional-cardiac-tissues
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REVIEW
Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Robert A Civitarese, Milica Radisic
Engineering functional cardiac tissues remains an ongoing significant challenge due to the complexity of the native environment. However, our growing understanding of key parameters of the in vivo cardiac microenvironment and our ability to replicate those parameters in vitro are resulting in the development of increasingly sophisticated models of engineered cardiac tissues (ECT). This review examines some of the most relevant parameters that may be applied in culture leading to higher fidelity cardiac tissue models...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645867/psychophysical-and-electrophysiological-evidence-for-enhanced-pain-facilitation-and-unaltered-pain-inhibition-in-acute-low-back-pain-patients
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Pascal Henri Vuilleumier, Federico Gabriel Arguissain, José Alberto Biurrun Manresa, Alban Ymer Neziri, Arto Christian Nirkko, Ole Kæseler Andersen, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Michele Curatolo
The aim of this case-control study was to examine differences in neural correlates of pain facilitatory and inhibitory mechanisms between acute low back pain patients and healthy individuals. Pressure pain tolerance (PPT), electrical pain detection thresholds (EDT), pain ratings to repetitive suprathreshold electrical stimulation (SES) and conditioned pain modulation (CPM) were assessed in 18 patients with acute low back pain (LBP) and 18 healthy controls (CTRL). Furthermore, event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to repetitive SES were obtained from high-density electroencephalography...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645584/effects-of-intranasal-treatment-with-slow-gyy4137-and-rapid-nahs-donors-of-hydrogen-sulfide-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-airway-inflammation-in-mice
#19
Yesim Kaya-Yasar, Yasemin Karaman, Turgut Emrah Bozkurt, Sevgen Celik Onder, Inci Sahin-Erdemli
We have investigated the effects of slow (GYY4137) and rapid (NaHS) hydrogen sulfide (H2S) releasing donors in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced airway inflammation in mice. LPS (0.1 mg/ml) in 60 μl PBS was administered by the intranasal (i.n.) route and control group received vehicle, whereas the subgroups of mice were treated with i.n. GYY4137 or NaHS. The tracheal reactivity, inflammatory cell count in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and lung histopathology were evaluated in all groups 48 h after LPS/PBS applications...
June 20, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644539/effortful-swallow-with-resistive-electrical-stimulation-training-improves-pharyngeal-constriction-in-patients-post-stroke-with-dysphagia
#20
Hyojun Kim, Jin-Woo Park, Kiyeon Nam
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of effortful swallow combined with surface electrical stimulation as a form of resistance training on pharyngeal constriction function in post-stroke patients with dysphagia. Nineteen patients post-stroke with dysphagia received 20 minutes effortful swallow training with resistive electrical stimulation for 5 days per week for 4 weeks. Electrical stimulation was applied on the infrahyoid area as resistance against hyoid elevation. Stimulation intensity was adjusted daily up to the maximum tolerable level of the participant...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
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