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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446012/differentiation-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-related-to-their-intrinsic-mechanical-properties
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Ihn Han, Byung-Su Kwon, Hun-Kuk Park, Kyung Sook Kim
PURPOSE: The differentiation properties of stem cells are not yet fully understood due to their close association with multiple environmental and extrinsic factors. This study investigates the differentiation properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and correlates them with their intrinsic mechanical properties. METHODS: A total of 3 different types of MSCs, namely bone marrow-derived MSCs (BMSCs), umbilical cord-derived MSCs (UCSCs), and adipose-derived MSCs (ADSCs) were evaluated...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446005/cardioprotective-effects-of-wharton-jelly-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-rodent-model-of-myocardial-injury
#2
Taghrid Gaafar, Wael Attia, Shereen Mahmoud, Dina Sabry, Osama Abdel Aziz, Dina Rasheed, Hala Hamza
Background: Whartons jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells are a valuable alternative source that possess multipotent properties, easy to obtain and available in large scale compared to BMMSCs. We investigated the possibility of cardiac function improvement post isoproterenol induced cardiac injury in a rat model following human WJMSCs transplantation. Materials and Methods: MSCs were extracted and cultured from cord WJ, characterized by morphology, Immunophenotyping and differentiation to osteoblast and adipocytes...
April 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445828/targeting-the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-nuclear-translocator-complex-with-dmog-and-stemregenin-1-improves-primitive-hematopoietic-stem-cell-expansion
#3
Carlo Stephan Jackson, Chrisna Durandt, Ilse Janse van Rensburg, Vincent Praloran, Philippe Brunet de la Grange, Michael Sean Pepper
Culture conditions used for the expansion of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSCs and HPCs, collectively HSPCs) should ideally favor the self renewal of long-term HSCs. At 20% O2, the synthesis of HIF-1α is balanced by its hydroxylation and proteasomal degradation. This favors HSPC differentiation, but can be prevented by culturing CD34+ cord blood cells in the presence of dimethyloxaloylglycine (DMOG). This differentiation may also be reduced by culturing the cells in the presence of Stemregenin 1, an antagonist of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445714/the-toll-like-receptor-2-agonist-pam3csk4-is-neuroprotective-after-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Nicole S Stivers, Nicolas Pelisch, Ben C Orem, Joshua Williams, Jacqueline M Nally, David P Stirling
Microglia/macrophage activation and recruitment following spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with both detrimental and reparative functions. Stimulation of the innate immune receptor Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) has shown to be beneficial following SCI, and it increases axonal regeneration following optic nerve crush. However, the mechanism(s) remain unclear. As microglia express high levels of TLR2, we hypothesized that modulating the microglial response to injury using a specific TLR2 agonist, Pam3CSK4, would prevent secondary-mediated white matter degeneration following SCI...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445692/perspectives-on-testicular-sex-cord-stromal-tumors-and-those-composed-of-both-germ-cells-and-sex-cord-stromal-derivatives-with-a-comparison-to-corresponding-ovarian-neoplasms
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Lawrence M Roth, Bingjian Lyu, Liang Cheng
Sex cord-stromal tumors (SCSTs) are the second most frequent category of testicular neoplasms, accounting for approximately 2-5% of cases. Both genetic and epigenetic factors account for the differences in frequency and histologic composition between testicular and ovarian SCSTs. For example, large cell calcifying Sertoli cell tumor and intratubular large cell hyalinizing Sertoli cell neoplasia occur in the testis but have not been described in the ovary. In this article, we discuss recently described diagnostic entities as well as inconsistencies in nomenclature used in the recent World Health Organization classifications of SCSTs in the testis and ovary...
April 23, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445465/assembly-of-functionally-integrated-human-forebrain-spheroids
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Fikri Birey, Jimena Andersen, Christopher D Makinson, Saiful Islam, Wu Wei, Nina Huber, H Christina Fan, Kimberly R Cordes Metzler, Georgia Panagiotakos, Nicholas Thom, Nancy A O'Rourke, Lars M Steinmetz, Jonathan A Bernstein, Joachim Hallmayer, John R Huguenard, Sergiu P Paşca
The development of the nervous system involves a coordinated succession of events including the migration of GABAergic (γ-aminobutyric-acid-releasing) neurons from ventral to dorsal forebrain and their integration into cortical circuits. However, these interregional interactions have not yet been modelled with human cells. Here we generate three-dimensional spheroids from human pluripotent stem cells that resemble either the dorsal or ventral forebrain and contain cortical glutamatergic or GABAergic neurons...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445456/floor-plate-derived-netrin-1-is-dispensable-for-commissural-axon-guidance
#7
Chloé Dominici, Juan Antonio Moreno-Bravo, Sergi Roig Puiggros, Quentin Rappeneau, Nicolas Rama, Pauline Vieugue, Agns Bernet, Patrick Mehlen, Alain Chédotal
Netrin-1 is an evolutionarily conserved, secreted extracellular matrix protein involved in axon guidance at the central nervous system midline. Netrin-1 is expressed by cells localized at the central nervous system midline, such as those of the floor plate in vertebrate embryos. Growth cone turning assays and three-dimensional gel diffusion assays have shown that netrin-1 can attract commissural axons. Loss-of-function experiments further demonstrated that commissural axon extension to the midline is severely impaired in the absence of netrin-1 (refs 3, 7, 8, 9)...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445364/n-acetylcysteine-prevents-retrograde-motor-neuron-death-after-neonatal-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Joseph Catapano, Jennifer Zhang, David Scholl, Cameron Chiang, Tessa Gordon, Gregory H Borschel
BACKGROUND: Neuronal death may be an overlooked and unaddressed component of disability following neonatal nerve injuries, such as obstetric brachial plexus injury. N-acetylcysteine and acetyl-L-carnitine improve survival of neurons after adult nerve injury, but it is unknown whether they improve survival after neonatal injury, when neurons are most susceptible to retrograde neuronal death. The authors' objective was to examine whether N-acetylcysteine or acetyl-L-carnitine treatment improves survival of neonatal motor or sensory neurons in a rat model of neonatal nerve injury...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445266/recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury-after-thyroid-and-parathyroid-surgery-incidence-and-postoperative-evolution-assessment
#9
Gaëtan-Romain Joliat, Valentine Guarnero, Nicolas Demartines, Valérie Schweizer, Maurice Matter
Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury is a feared complication after thyroid and parathyroid surgery. It induces important postoperative morbidity. The present study aimed to assess the incidence of transient/permanent postoperative RLN injuries after thyroid and parathyroid surgery in the present cohort, to observe the timing of recovery, and to identify risk factors for permanent RLN injury after thyroidectomy.All consecutive patients operated on at our institution for thyroid and parathyroid pathologies from 2005 to 2013 were reviewed for vocal cord paresis...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444833/chronic-stress-induced-mechanical-hyperalgesia-is-controlled-by-capsaicin-sensitive-neurones-in-the-mouse
#10
B Scheich, P Vincze, É Szőke, É Borbély, Á Hunyady, J Szolcsányi, Á Dénes, Zs Környei, B Gaszner, Zs Helyes
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies demonstrated peripheral nociceptor deficit in stress-related chronic pain states, such as fibromyalgia. The interactions of stress and nociceptive systems have special relevance in chronic pain, but the underlying mechanisms including the role of specific nociceptor populations remain unknown. We investigated the role of capsaicin-sensitive neurones in chronic stress-related nociceptive changes. METHOD: Capsaicin-sensitive neurones were desensitized by the capsaicin analogue resiniferatoxin (RTX) in CD1 mice...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444817/microtubule-stabilization-promoted-axonal-regeneration-and-functional-recovery-after-spinal-root-avulsion
#11
Heng Li, Wutian Wu
A spinal root avulsion injury disconnects spinal roots with the spinal cord. The rampant motoneuron death, inhibitory CNS/PNS transitional zone (TZ) for axonal regrowth and limited regeneration speed together lead to motor dysfunction. Microtubules rearrange to assemble a new growth cone and disorganized microtubules underline regeneration failure. It's been shown that microtubule-stabilizing drug, Epothilone B, enhanced axonal regeneration and attenuated fibrotic scaring after spinal cord injury. Here, we are reporting that after spinal root avulsion+ re-implantation in adult rats, EpoB treatment improved motor functional recovery and potentiated electrical responses of motor units...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444756/e7-1057%C3%AE-ta-mutation-of-the-acidic-%C3%AE-glucosidase-gene-causes-pompe-s-disease-in-droughtmaster-cattle
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R E Lyons, D J Johnston, M R McGowan, A Laing, B Robinson, H Owen, B D Hill, B M Burns
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether known loss-of-function alleles of the acidic α-glucosidase gene (GAA) are present in the Droughtmaster breed and, if so, whether the clinical signs and pathology of generalised glycogenosis (Pompe's disease) previously reported in other affected cattle are also seen in homozygous Droughtmasters. DESIGN: Existing genomic and other diagnostic tests developed for generalised glycogenosis in cattle were used to test for the presence of the three known loss-of-function alleles of GAA in a herd of Droughtmaster cattle...
May 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444679/membranes-derived-from-human-umbilical-cord-wharton-s-jelly-stem-cells-as-novel-bioengineered-tissue-like-constructs
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B D Jaimes-Parra, I Garzón, V Carriel, D Durand-Herrera, M A Martín-Piedra, J M García, M C Sánchez-Quevedo, M Alaminos, A Campos
Cell-derived matrices were recently described as novel biomaterials generated by human cells allowed to grow and synthetize their own extracellular matrix in culture. In the present work, we generated and evaluated a novel tissue-like substitute (WDM) consisting of a membrane derived from cultured human Wharton's jelly stem cells. WDM were evaluated ex vivo and in vivo by histochemistry and immunohistochemistry for several mesenchymal cell markers and fibrillar and non-fibrillar extracellular matrix components...
April 26, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444647/-partial-fasciectomy-and-options-of-reconstruction-using-local-flaps-in-cases-of-dupuytren-s-disease
#14
N Spindler, C Josten, S Langer
Aim: Partial fasciectomy in cases of grade III-IV Dupuytren's contracture and coverage of the defect with local flaps. Indication: Dupuytren's contracture is a progressive disease of the hand associated with the formation of fascial cords, which may result in flexion and adduction contractures of the fingers leading up to complete dysfunction of the hands. Method: If several fingers are affected, partial fasciectomy is the gold standard in the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture. Ideally, the fingers reach the neutral position after the fibres causing the contracture are resected and arthrolysis is performed as needed...
April 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444635/the-leukocentric-theory-of-neurological-disorder-a-manifesto
#15
Robert Fern
Approximately half of the human brain is composed of white matter (WM), a specialized tissue housing the axonal projection of neurons and their necessary supporting glial cells. Axons course long distances from their parent soma, have a delicate structure, large surface area and in many cases are dependent upon a uniquely close morphological arrangement with myelinating oligodendrocyte partners; all factors that may predispose them to injury and disease. WM damage is central to a range of well-characterized disorders including multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury and is also makes a significant contribution to disorders often considered to be largely focused in gray matter; for example, in stroke where ~49% of injury by volume is located in WM...
April 25, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444554/relationships-between-environmental-factors-and-participation-in-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injury-stroke-and-spinal-cord-injury-a-cross-sectional-multi-center-study
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Alex W K Wong, Sheryl Ng, Jessica Dashner, M Carolyn Baum, Joy Hammel, Susan Magasi, Jin-Shei Lai, Noelle E Carlozzi, David S Tulsky, Ana Miskovic, Arielle Goldsmith, Allen W Heinemann
PURPOSE: To develop and evaluate a model of environmental factors-participation relationships for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, and spinal cord injury (SCI), and test whether this model differed across three diagnostic groups, as well as other demographic and clinical characteristics. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study included 545 community-dwelling adults with neurological disorders (TBI = 166; stroke = 189; SCI = 190) recruited at three academic medical centers...
April 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444429/hypopharyngeal-and-upper-esophageal-ulceration-after-cervical-spine-radiotherapy-concurrent-with-crizotinib
#17
Marcus H Zimmermann, Gabriele Beckmann, Pius Jung, Michael Flentje
Herein, the authors describe the case of a 31-year-old female patient with primary metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung referred for radiation therapy of newly diagnosed intramedullary spinal cord metastasis at C4/5 and an adjacent osteolytic lesion. Radiotherapy of the cervical spine level C3 to C5, including the whole vertebra, was performed with 30 Gy in 10 fractions. The patient's systemic therapy with crizotinib 250 mg twice daily was continued. After 8 fractions of radiation the patient developed increasing dysphagia...
April 25, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444311/expression-of-als-ftd-linked-mutant-ccnf-in-zebrafish-leads-to-increased-cell-death-in-the-spinal-cord-and-an-aberrant-motor-phenotype
#18
Alison L Hogan, Emily K Don, Stephanie L Rayner, Albert Lee, Angela S Laird, Maxinne Watchon, Claire Winnick, Ingrid S Tarr, Marco Morsch, Jennifer A Fifita, Serene Gwee, Isabel Formella, Elinor Hortle, Kristy Yuan, Mark P Molloy, Kelly L Williams, Garth A Nicholson, Roger S Chung, Ian P Blair, Nicholas J Cole
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised by the death of upper and lower motor neurons. Approximately 10% of cases have a known family history of ALS and disease-linked mutations in multiple genes have been identified. ALS-linked mutations in CCNF were recently reported, however the pathogenic mechanisms associated with these mutations are yet to be established. To investigate possible disease mechanisms, we developed in vitro and in vivo models based on an ALS-linked missense mutation in CCNF...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444144/congenital-zika-virus-infection-induces-severe-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Fernando S Ramalho, Aparecida Y Yamamoto, Luis L da Silva, Luiz Tm Figueiredo, Lenaldo B Rocha, Luciano Neder, Sara R Teixeira, Letícia A Apolinário, Leandra Nz Ramalho, Deisy M Silva, Conrado M Coutinho, Patrícia P Melli, Marlei J Augusto, Ligia B Santoro, Geraldo Duarte, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata
We reported two fatal cases of congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. Brain anomalies including atrophy of the cerebral cortex and brainstem, and cerebellar aplasia were observed. The spinal cord showed architectural distortion, severe neuronal loss and microcalcifications. The ZIKV proteins and flavivirus-like particles were detected in cytoplasm of spinal neurons, and spinal cord samples were positive for the ZIKV RNA.
April 21, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443786/characterization-of-volitional-electromyographic-signals-in-the-lower-extremity-after-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Elizabeth Heald, Ronald Hart, Kevin Kilgore, P Hunter Peckham
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated the presence of intact axons across a spinal cord lesion, even in those clinically diagnosed with complete spinal cord injury (SCI). These axons may allow volitional motor signals to be transmitted through the injury, even in the absence of visible muscle contraction. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the presence of volitional electromyographic (EMG) activity below the lesion in motor complete SCI and to characterize this activity to determine its value for potential use as a neuroprosthetic command source...
April 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
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