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Bo Chen, Wen-Ta Li, Fun-In Wang
Nephroblastomas are uncommon embryonal tumors in dogs. We report herein a blastema-predominant nephroblastoma with gingival metastasis in an 8-y-old Miniature Pinscher dog. Histologically, the mass was composed mainly of blastemal elements with minor epithelial and mesenchymal differentiation. Metastatic masses in the gingiva had histologic and immunohistochemical features similar to those of the primary renal nephroblastoma. Neoplastic cells were extensively positive for both vimentin and PAX8, and scattered positive for cytokeratin...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Wen Yin, Xing Li, Yannan Zhao, Jun Tan, Shuyu Wu, Yudong Cao, Juan Li, Hecheng Zhu, Weidong Liu, Guihua Tang, Li Meng, Lei Wang, Bin Zhu, Gousiyi Wang, Meizuo Zhong, Xingdong Liu, Dan Xie, Bing Chen, Caiping Ren, Zhifeng Xiao, Xingjun Jiang, Jianwu Dai
Treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a clinical challenge worldwide because of the complicated inhibitory microenvironment formed post-injury, reduced axonal regenerative ability of spinal cord neurons, and scarcity of endogenous neurogenesis within the lesion center. Taxol, in addition to stabilizing microtubules, has shown potential for decreasing axonal degeneration and reducing scar formation after SCI in rodents. In this study, we further verified the therapeutic effects and clinical potential of Taxol on restriction of scar formation and promotion of neuronal regeneration and functional recovery after severe spinal cord transection in a large animal (canine) model...
March 12, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Nick Jeffery, C Elizabeth Boudreau, Megan Konarik, Travis Mays, Virginia Fajt
Background: Glyburide (also known as glibenclamide) is effective in reducing the severity of tissue destruction and improving functional outcome after experimental spinal cord injury in rodents and so has promise as a therapy in humans. There are many important differences between spinal cord injury in experimental animals and in human clinical cases, making it difficult to introduce new therapies into clinical practice. Spinal cord injury is also common in pet dogs and requires new effective therapies, meaning that they can act as a translational model for the human condition while also deriving direct benefits from such research...
2018: PeerJ
Changbin Liu, Degang Yang, Jianjun Li, Dapeng Li, Mingliang Yang, Wei Sun, Qianru Meng, Wenhao Zhang, Chang Cai, Liangjie Du, Jun Li, Feng Gao, Rui Gu, Yutong Feng, Xuechao Dong, Qi Miao, Xinghua Yang, Zhentao Zuo
This study aimed to explore the dynamic diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of changes in spinal cord contusion using a canine model of injury involving rostral and caudal levels. In this study, a spinal cord contusion model was established in female dogs using a custom-made weight-drop lesion device. DTI was performed on dogs with injured spinal cords (n=7) using a Siemens 3.0T MRI scanner at pre-contusion and at 3 h, 24 h, 6 weeks and 12 weeks post-injury. The tissue sections were stained for immunohistochemical analysis...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Da Bao, Dawei Li
Artificial disc replacement alone is unable to completely cure cervical degenerative diseases; thus, a stabilization device markedly improves patient recovery. In order to meet this requirement, an anterior spinal instrumentation combining a prosthetic disc nucleus with a flexible stabilization device (ASI combining PDN/FD) was developed. An artificial disc was designed and manufactured using polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel (PVA-H) with a repeated freeze-melting technique, and subsequently the dehydration and swelling properties of the PVA-H were investigated...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hilary Z Hu, Nicolas Granger, S Balakrishna Pai, Ravi V Bellamkonda, Nick D Jeffery
Many hundreds of thousands of people around the world are living with the long-term consequences of spinal cord injury and they need effective new therapies. Laboratory research in experimental animals has identified a large number of potentially translatable interventions but transition to the clinic is not straightforward. Further evidence of efficacy in more clinically-relevant lesions is required to gain sufficient confidence to commence human clinical trials. Of the many therapeutic candidates currently available, intraspinally applied chondroitinase ABC has particularly well documented efficacy in experimental animals...
February 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Marília de Albuquerque Bonelli, Anoli Shah, Vijay Goel, Fabiano Séllos Costa, Ronaldo Casimiro da Costa
Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM), also known as wobbler syndrome, affects mainly large and giant-breed dogs, causing compression of the cervical spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Structural and dynamic components seem to play a role in the development of CSM; however, pathogenesis is not yet fully understood. Finite element models have been used for years in human medicine to study the dynamic behavior of structures, but it has been mostly overlooked in veterinary studies. To our knowledge, no specific ligamentous spine models have been developed to investigate naturally occurring canine myelopathies and possible surgical treatments...
January 29, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Jessica Freundt-Revilla, Franciska Heinrich, Alexander Zoerner, Felix Gesell, Martin Beyerbach, Merav Shamir, Anna Oevermann, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Andrea Tipold
Endocannabinoids (ECs) are involved in immunomodulation, neuroprotection and control of inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS). Activation of cannabinoid type 2 receptors (CB2) is known to diminish the release of pro-inflammatory factors and enhance the secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Furthermore, the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) has been proved to induce the migration of eosinophils in a CB2 receptor-dependent manner in peripheral blood and activate neutrophils independent of CB activation in humans...
2018: PloS One
Matthew R Sapio, John K Neubert, Danielle M LaPaglia, Dragan Maric, Jason M Keller, Stephen J Raithel, Eric L Rohrs, Ethan M Anderson, John A Butman, Robert M Caudle, Dorothy C Brown, John D Heiss, Andrew J Mannes, Michael J Iadarola
Transient vanilloid potential 1 (TRPV1) agonists are emerging as highly efficacious non-opioid analgesics in preclinical studies. These drugs selectively lesion TRPV1+ primary sensory afferents, which are responsible for the transmission of many noxious stimulus modalities. Resiniferatoxin (RTX) is a very potent and selective TRPV1 agonist and is a promising candidate for treating many types of pain. Recent work establishing intrathecal application of RTX for the treatment of pain resulting from advanced cancer has demonstrated profound analgesia in client-owned dogs with osteosarcoma...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Christine M Toedebusch, John C Snyder, Maria R Jones, Virginia B Garcia, Gayle C Johnson, Eric L Villalón, Joan R Coates, Michael L Garcia
Toxicity within superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1)-associated familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is non-cell autonomous with direct contribution from microglia. Microglia exhibit variable expression of neuroprotective and neurotoxic molecules throughout disease progression. The mechanisms regulating microglial phenotype within ALS are not well understood. This work presents a first study to examine the specific microglial phenotypic response in close association to motor neurons in a naturally occurring disease model of ALS, canine degenerative myelopathy (DM)...
February 2, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Paolo Monticelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Jaime Viscasillas
OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel in-plane ultrasound (US)-guided approach to the sixth (C6), seventh (C7), eighth (C8) cervical and to the first thoracic (T1) spinal nerves. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, descriptive, experimental anatomic study. ANIMALS: A total of seven canine Beagle cadavers. METHODS: Phase 1: One cadaver was used to define bony landmarks for the C6-T1 spinal nerves using computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Mario Dolera, Luca Malfassi, Simone Pavesi, Silvia Marcarini, Massimo Sala, Giovanni Mazza, Nancy Carrara, Sara Finesso, Gaetano Urso
A prospective study to assess high-dose hypofractionated volume modulated arc radiotherapy feasibility and efficacy in canine meningiomas was conducted. Thirty-nine patients with encephalic and spinal meningiomas assumed from MRI findings were recruited and received high-dose hypofractionated volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy by a linear accelerator equipped with an external beam modulator micro-multileaf collimator and an XVI cone beam computed tomography system. The prescribed mean dose was 33 Gy in five fractions...
January 26, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Kazuya Shinmura, Hideki Murakami, Satoru Demura, Satoshi Kato, Katsuhito Yoshioka, Hiroyuki Hayashi, Kei Inoue, Takashi Ota, Noriaki Yokogawa, Takayoshi Ishii, Takashi Igarashi, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
Our aim was to compare the process of bone formation after reconstruction of the vertebral body using a titanium cage with either a liquid nitrogen-treated (frozen) bone autograft or non-treated fresh bone autograft. Twelve canine beagles underwent anterior reconstruction of the 5th lumbar vertebrae using a titanium cage and bone autograft. Bone formation was compared across four experimental groups: fresh bone autograft groups, with animals sacrificed at either 8 or 16 weeks post-reconstruction, and liquid nitrogen-treated (frozen) bone autograft groups, with animals again sacrificed at either 8 or 16 weeks post-reconstruction...
2018: PloS One
K Lacassagne, K Hearon, J Berg, B Séguin, L Hoyt, B Byer, L E Selmic
The purpose of this retrospective, multicentre case series was to describe the outcome following surgery and/or radiation of spinal meningiomas and nerve sheath tumours (NSTs) based upon treatment modality, with a specific aim to evaluate the survival times and time to recurrence following treatment for each histopathological diagnosis. Our hypothesis was that the addition of radiation therapy modalities to treatment will yield longer time to recurrence of clinical signs and survival time. Thirty-four dogs met the inclusion criteria of histopathologically diagnosed extramedullary spinal meningioma or NST...
January 23, 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
Elham A Hassan, Khaled M Ali, Faisal A Torad
Spinal ultrasonography is a safe, rapid, and non-invasive diagnostic tool that allows visualization of the spinal cord and its surrounding meninges. The non-ossified spinous processes were used as an acoustic window for imaging the spinal cord in human and canine neonates. No available literatures have been published describing the ultrasonographic appearance of caprine neonatal spinal cord. The present study was performed on 20 one day-old goat kids. Sagittal and transverse ultrasound scans were obtained using 8MHz linear transducer...
December 9, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Darren Carwardine, Jonathan Prager, Jacob Neeves, Elizabeth M Muir, James Uney, Nicolas Granger, Liang-Fong Wong
Olfactory ensheathing cell (OEC) transplantation is a promising strategy for treating spinal cord injury (SCI), as has been demonstrated in experimental SCI models and naturally occurring SCI in dogs. However, the presence of chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans within the extracellular matrix of the glial scar can inhibit efficient axonal repair and limit the therapeutic potential of OECs. Here we have used lentiviral vectors to genetically modify canine OECs to continuously deliver mammalian chondroitinase ABC at the lesion site in order to degrade the inhibitory chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans in a rodent model of spinal cord injury...
2017: PloS One
Zehan Liu, Shuai Ren, Kuang Fu, Qiong Wu, Jun Wu, Liting Hou, Hong Pan, Linlin Sun, Jian Zhang, Bingjian Wang, Qing Miao, Guiyin Sun, Vincenzo Bonicalzi, Sergio Canavero, Xiaoping Ren
BACKGROUND: Cephalosomatic anastomosis or what has been called a "head transplantation" requires full reconnection of the respective transected ends of the spinal cords. The GEMINI spinal cord fusion protocol has been developed for this reason. Here, we report the first randomized, controlled study of the GEMINI protocol in large animals. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, controlled study of a complete transection of the spinal cord at the level of T10 in dogs at Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China...
December 6, 2017: Surgery
Nadja Bösch, Martin Hofstetter, Alexander Bürki, Beatriz Vidondo, Fenella Davies, Franck Forterre
Objective  To study the biomechanical effect of facetectomy in 10 large breed dogs (>24 kg body weight) on the fourth canine cervical functional spinal unit. Methods  Canine cervical spines were freed from all muscles. Spines were mounted on a six-degrees-of-freedom spine testing machine for three-dimensional motion analysis. Data were recorded with an optoelectronic motion analysis system. The range of motion was determined in all three primary motions as well as range of motion of coupled motions on the intact specimen, after unilateral and after bilateral facetectomy...
November 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Neringa Alisauskaite, Ingo Spitzbarth, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Peter Dziallas, Sabine Kramer, Ricarda Dening, Veronika Maria Stein, Andrea Tipold
OBJECTIVES: Post-traumatic intramedullary myelopathies and cavitations are well described lesions following spinal cord injury (SCI) in humans and have been described in histopathological evaluations in dogs. Human intramedullary myelopathies/cavitations are associated with severe initial SCI and deterioration of clinical signs. Canine intervertebral disc extrusions share similarities with SCI in humans. In this descriptive study, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in spinal cords of dogs suffering from chronic post-traumatic myelopathies, including cavitations, are elucidated...
2017: PloS One
Zoe R Nalborczyk, Angus K McFadyen, Jelena Jovanovik, Anna Tauro, Colin J Driver, Noel Fitzpatrick, Susan P Knower, Clare Rusbridge
BACKGROUND: A classic sign of canine syringomyelia (SM) is scratching towards one shoulder. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) we investigate the spinal cord lesion relating to this phenomenon which has characteristics similar to fictive scratch secondary to spinal cord transection. Medical records were searched for Cavalier King Charles spaniels with a clinical and MRI diagnosis of symptomatic SM associated with Chiari-like malformation (CM). The cohort was divided into SM with phantom scratching (19 dogs) and SM but no phantom scratching (18 dogs)...
November 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
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