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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921418/coping-with-phantom-limb-pain
#1
Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain is a chronic neuropathic pain that develops in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities and appears predominantly during two time frames following an amputation: the first month and later about 1 year. Although in most patients the frequency and intensity of pain diminish over time, severe pain persists in about 5-10%. It has been proposed that factors in both the peripheral and central nervous systems play major roles in triggering the development and maintenance of pain associated with extremity amputations...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919816/cxcr4-antagonist-amd3100-elicits-analgesic-effect-and-restores-the-glyr%C3%AE-3-expression-against-neuropathic-pain
#2
Xiaoming Liu, Hongjun Liu, Lihua Dai, Bingjie Ma, Ke Ma
OBJECTIVE: Chemokine CXCL12 and its receptor CXCR4 have been reported to play a critical role in neurogenesis and neuronal differentiation. Recently, some reports have implicated this chemokine signaling in the pathogenesis of many kinds of pain. However, its role in neuropathic pain (NP) is still largely unclear. This study explored the distribution and function of CXCR4 in spinal cord (SC) dorsal horn (DH) in a rat L5 spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model. METHODS: Rats received repeated intrathecal injection of CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919363/thoracic-spinal-cord-and-cervical-vagosympathetic-neuromodulation-obtund-nodose-sensory-transduction-of-myocardial-ischemia
#3
Siamak Salavatian, Eric Beaumont, David Gibbons, Matthew Hammer, Donald B Hoover, J Andrew Armour, Jeffrey L Ardell
BACKGROUND: Autonomic regulation therapy involving either vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) or spinal cord stimulation (SCS) represents emerging bioelectronic therapies for heart disease. The objective of this study was to determine if VNS and/or SCS modulate primary cardiac afferent sensory transduction of the ischemic myocardium. METHODS: Using extracellular recordings in 19 anesthetized canines, of 88 neurons evaluated, 36 ventricular-related nodose ganglia sensory neurons were identified by their functional activity responses to epicardial touch, chemical activation of their sensory neurites (epicardial veratridine) and great vessel (descending aorta or inferior vena cava) occlusion...
August 18, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919185/epidemiology-of-cervical-spine-injuries-in-high-school-athletes-over-a-ten-year-period
#4
Adele Meron, Christopher McMullen, Scott R Laker, Dustin Currie, R Dawn Comstock
BACKGROUND: Over 7 million athletes participate in high school (HS) sports annually, with both the benefits of physical activity and risks of injury. While catastrophic cervical spine injuries have been studied, limited data are available characterizing less severe cervical spine injuries in HS athletes. OBJECTIVE: To describe and compare cervical spine injury rates and patterns among United States (US) HS athletes across 24 sports over a ten-year period. DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study SETTING: National sample of high schools participating in the High School Reporting Information Online (High School RIO) injury surveillance system...
September 12, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919108/the-renin-angiotensin-system-regulates-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-optic-neuritis
#5
Xiaoli Guo, Kazuhiko Namekata, Atsuko Kimura, Chikako Harada, Takayuki Harada
The major role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), including that of angiotensin II (Ang II), the principal effector molecule, in the cardiovascular system is well known. Increasing evidence suggests that the RAS also plays a role in the development of autoimmune diseases. Optic neuritis (ie, inflammation of the optic nerve, with retinal ganglion cell [RGC] loss) is strongly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Herein, we investigated the effects of candesartan, an Ang II receptor antagonist, on optic neuritis in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918684/differential-induction-of-c-fos-and-phosphorylated-erk-by-a-noxious-stimulus-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
#6
Mitsuyasu Tabata, Ryuji Terayama, Kotaro Maruhama, Seiji Iida, Tomosada Sugimoto
Induction of c-Fos and phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase (p-ERK) has been demonstrated in spinal dorsal horn neurons by noxious stimuli. In this study, we compared induction of c-Fos and p-ERK in the spinal dorsal horn after peripheral nerve injury. We examined the spinal dorsal horn for noxious heat-induced c-Fos and p-ERK protein-like immunoreactive (c-Fos- and p-ERK-IR) neuron profiles after tibial nerve injury. A large number of c-Fos- and p-ERK-IR neuron profiles were induced by noxious heat stimulation to the hindpaw in sham-operated animals...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915149/bulleyaconitine-a-preferably-reduces-tetrodotoxin-sensitive-sodium-current-in-uninjured-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-of-neuropathic-rats-probably-via-inhibition-of-protein-kinase-c
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Man-Xiu Xie, Rui-Ping Pang, Jie Yang, Kai-Feng Shen, Jing Xu, Xiong-Xiong Zhong, Shao-Kun Wang, Xiao-Long Zhang, Yan-Qing Liu, Xian-Guo Liu
Oral Bulleyaconitine A (BLA) is effective for treating neuropathic pain in human patients, but the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we tested whether BLA blocked voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Compelling evidence shows that voltage-gated sodium channels are upregulated in uninjured DRG neurons but downregulated in injured ones following peripheral nerve injury. We found that BLA preferably inhibited Na currents in uninjured DRG neurons in neuropathic rats...
July 17, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914655/percutaneous-nucleoplasty-for-the-treatment-of-a-contained-cervical-disk-herniation
#8
Judith D de Rooij, Pravesh S Gadjradj, John S Soria van Hoeve, Frank J Huygen, Hans A Aukes, Biswadjiet S Harhangi
Cervical radiculopathy is characterized by compression of the roots of the nerve. When conservative treatment fails and symptoms persist or increase in severity, surgical treatment is considered. Anterior cervical discectomy with or without fusion is regarded as the standard treatment for cervical disk herniation. Recently, there is an evolving trend in spinal surgery towards less invasive techniques. Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive technique in which radiofrequency technology is used for percutaneous decompression...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912689/monoamine-release-in-the-cat-lumbar-spinal-cord-during-fictive-locomotion-evoked-by-the-mesencephalic-locomotor-region
#9
Brian R Noga, Riza P Turkson, Songtao Xie, Annette Taberner, Alberto Pinzon, Ian D Hentall
Spinal cord neurons active during locomotion are innervated by descending axons that release the monoamines serotonin (5-HT) and norepinephrine (NE) and these neurons express monoaminergic receptor subtypes implicated in the control of locomotion. The timing, level and spinal locations of release of these two substances during centrally-generated locomotor activity should therefore be critical to this control. These variables were measured in real time by fast-cyclic voltammetry in the decerebrate cat's lumbar spinal cord during fictive locomotion, which was evoked by electrical stimulation of the mesencephalic locomotor region (MLR) and registered as integrated activity in bilateral peripheral nerves to hindlimb muscles...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911868/central-and-peripheral-expression-sites-of-phoenixin-14-immunoreactivity-in-rats
#10
Philip Prinz, Sophie Scharner, Tiemo Friedrich, Martha Schalla, Miriam Goebel-Stengel, Matthias Rose, Andreas Stengel
Phoenixin is a pleiotropic peptide involved in reproduction, anxiety and recently also implicated in the control of food intake. Besides the 20-amino acid phoenixin, the 14-amino acid phoenixin-14 also shows bioactive properties. However, the expression sites of phoenixin-14 in the brain and peripheral tissues are not yet described in detail. Therefore, a mapping of the brain and peripheral tissues from male and female Sprague-Dawley rats with a specific phoenixin-14 antibody was performed using western blot and immunohistochemistry...
September 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910888/-endoscopic-salvage-treatment-for-optic-neuropathy-caused-by-sinonasal-fibro-osseous-lesions
#11
J Deng, F H Chen, Y Y Lai, J B Shi
Objective: To summarize the surgical techniques, benefits and limitations of transnasal endoscopic resection and optic nerve decompression for patients with optic neuropathy caused by fibro-osseous lesions. Methods: Eight patients with optic neuropathy caused by fibro-osseous lesions who accepted endoscopic surgery of either resection of the lesion or decompression of optic nerve in Otorhinolaryngology Hospital, First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from 2007 to 2016 were retrospectively reviewed and followed until April, 2017...
September 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906368/traumatic-fractures-as-a-result-of-falls-in-children-and-adolescents-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Hongwei Wang, Hailong Yu, Yue Zhou, Changqing Li, Jun Liu, Lan Ou, Yiwen Zhao, Guoli Song, Jianda Han, Yu Chen, Liangbi Xiang
The aim of this study is to investigate the incidence and pattern of traumatic fractures (TFs) as a result of falls in a population of children and adolescents (≤18 years old) in China.This was a cross-sectional study. We retrospectively reviewed 1412 patients who were children and adolescents with TFs as a result of falls admitted to our university-affiliated hospitals in China from 2001 to 2010. Etiologies included high fall (height ≥2) and low fall (height <2 m). The incidence and pattern were summarized with respect to different age groups, year of admission, etiologies, genders, and the neurological function...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906149/a-rare-cause-of-sciatica-discovered-during-digital-rectal-examination-case-report-of-an-intrapelvic-sciatic-notch-schwannoma
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Peter Y M Woo, Jason M K Ho, Joanna W K Ho, Calvin H K Mak, Alain K S Wong, Hoi-Tung Wong, Kwong-Yau Chan
Intrapelvic sciatic nerve schwannomas are rare causes for non-discogenic sciatica. We describe a 44-year-old female who had a palpable mass on digital rectal examination that exhibited a positive Tinel's sign. The schwannoma was excised by a posterior transgluteal approach. Patients with negative spinal imaging should undergo pelvic scanning to rule out these tumors.
September 14, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905370/neuromodulation-and-devices-in-trigeminal-neuralgia
#14
Kevin Weber
PREMISE: Trigeminal neuralgia is a severe facial pain disorder that has been studied for decades. Classical trigeminal neuralgia (CTN) is either idiopathic or caused by neurovascular compression. The related painful trigeminal neuropathies are often secondary to other causes, such as multiple sclerosis or trauma. PROBLEM: Therapies for trigeminal neuralgia and neuropathy have often been pharmacologic or surgical. Pharmacologic therapies are not effective in some cases and often cause side effects, some substantial...
September 14, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903493/editor-s-highlight-formulation-and-toxicology-evaluation-of-the-intrathecal-ayx1-dna-decoy-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#15
Julien Mamet, David C Yeomans, Tony L Yaksh, Donald C Manning, Scott Harris
The longevity of pain after surgery is debilitating and limits the recovery of patients. AYX1 is a double-stranded, unprotected, 23 base-pair oligonucleotide designed to reduce acute post-surgical pain and prevent its chronification with a single intrathecal perioperative dose. AYX1 mimics the DNA sequence normally bound by EGR1 on chromosomes, a transcription factor transiently induced in the dorsal root ganglia-spinal cord network following a noxious input. AYX1 binds to EGR1 and prevents it from launching waves of gene regulation that are necessary to maintain pain over time...
September 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902127/altered-gene-expression-of-rnf34-and-pacap-possibly-involved-in-mechanism-of-exercise-induced-analgesia-for-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
#16
Shintaro Yamaoka, Yusuke Oshima, Hideki Horiuchi, Tadao Morino, Masayuki Hino, Hiromasa Miura, Tadanori Ogata
Despite the availability of several modalities of treatment, including surgery, pharmacological agents, and nerve blocks, neuropathic pain is often unresponsive and sometimes progresses to intractable chronic pain. Although exercise therapy is a candidate for treatment of neuropathic pain, the mechanism underlying its efficacy has not been elucidated. To clarify the molecular mechanism for pain relief induced by exercise, we measured Rnf34 and Pacap mRNA levels in the spinal cord dorsal horn of SNL rats, a model of neuropathic pain...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901946/design-of-semg-assembly-to-detect-external-anal-sphincter-activity-a-proof-of-concept
#17
Arsam Shiraz, Brian Leaker, Charles Alexander Mosse, Eskinder Solomon, Michael Craggs, Andreas Demosthenous
Conditional trans-rectal stimulation of the pudendal nerve could provide a viable solution to treat hyperreflexive bladder in spinal cord injury. A set threshold of the amplitude estimate of the external anal sphincter surface electromyography (sEMG) may be used as the trigger signal. The efficacy of such a device should be tested in a large scale clinical trial. As such a probe should remain in situ for several hours while patients attend to their daily routine, the recording electrodes should be designed to be large enough to maintain good contact while observing design constraints...
September 13, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901688/poly-glycerol-sebacate-combined-with-chondroitinase-abc-promotes-spinal-cord-repair-in-rats
#18
Qi Pan, Yan Guo, Fanyong Kong
This study was to investigate the feasibility of PGS combined with ChABC for repairing the transection of spinal cords (TSC) in rats. A thoracic 10 (T10) TSC model of rats was employed. The effects of PGS with ChABC on the morphology and histological structure of the spinal cords, Basso, Beattie, Bresnahan (BBB) scores, and the expression of GAP-43 and NF-200 were comparatively studied. The BBB scores indicated that all rats with TSC were paralyzed immediately after surgery and then recovered hind limb movement gradually, but did not fully recover until the end of week 12...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901548/primary-congenital-neuroaxonal-dystrophy-with-peripheral-nerve-demyelination-in-merino-border-leicester-%C3%A3-polled-dorset-lambs
#19
M C Hawes, J W Finnie, I V Jerrett, R Badman, M Scott
CASE REPORT: Clinicopathological features of neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD) in newborn, Merino-Border Leicester × Polled Dorset lambs are described. The affected lambs were unable to walk at birth and microscopic examination of brainstem and spinal cord sections revealed bilaterally symmetrical accumulations of axonal swellings (spheroids), the histological hallmark of primary NAD. The neurological deficit was also exacerbated by myelin loss and secondary axonal degeneration, particularly in the spinal cord and sciatic nerves, but also, to a more limited extent, in brainstem and spinal nerves...
September 13, 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899825/long-term-performance-and-user-satisfaction-with-implanted-neuroprostheses-for-upright-mobility-after-paraplegia-two-to-14-year-follow-up
#20
Ronald J Triolo, Stephanie Nogan Bailey, Kevin M Foglyano, Rudi Kobetic, Lisa M Lombardo, Michael E Miller, Gilles Pinault
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the long-term (LT) (>2 years) effects of lower extremity (LE) neuroprostheses (NPs) for standing, transfers, stepping and seated stability after spinal cord injury. DESIGN: Single-subject design case series with participants acting as their own concurrent controls, including retrospective data review. SETTING: Hospital-based clinical biomechanics laboratory with experienced (>20 years in the field) research biomedical engineers, physical therapist and medical monitoring review...
September 9, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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