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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634552/inherited-paediatric-motor-neuron-disorders-beyond-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Hooi Ling Teoh, Kate Carey, Hugo Sampaio, David Mowat, Tony Roscioli, Michelle Farrar
Paediatric motor neuron diseases encompass a group of neurodegenerative diseases characterised by the onset of muscle weakness and atrophy before the age of 18 years, attributable to motor neuron loss across various neuronal networks in the brain and spinal cord. While the genetic underpinnings are diverse, advances in next generation sequencing have transformed diagnostic paradigms. This has reinforced the clinical phenotyping and molecular genetic expertise required to navigate the complexities of such diagnoses...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622442/muscular-basis-of-whisker-torsion-in-mice-and-rats
#2
Sebastian Haidarliu, Knarik Bagdasarian, Namrata Shinde, Ehud Ahissar
Whisking mammals move their whiskers in the rostrocaudal and dorsoventral directions with simultaneous rolling about their long axes (torsion). Whereas muscular control of the first two types of whisker movement was already established, the anatomic muscular substrate of the whisker torsion remains unclear. Specifically, it was not clear whether torsion is induced by asymmetrical operation of known muscles or by other largely unknown muscles. Here we report that mystacial pads of newborn and adult rats and mice contain oblique intrinsic muscles (OMs) that connect diagonally adjacent vibrissa follicles...
June 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621488/effects-of-intradialytic-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-on-strength-and-muscle-architecture-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-failure-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jociane Schardong, Thiago Dipp, Camila Bassani Bozzeto, Marília Godoy da Silva, Gabriela Leivas Baldissera, Raíssa de Castro Ribeiro, Bruna Pan Valdemarca, Alexandre Severo do Pinho, Graciele Sbruzzi, Rodrigo Della Méa Plentz
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on muscle strength and architecture, functional capacity, and endothelial function in patients with chronic kidney failure (CKF) on hemodialysis (HD). Twenty-one patients with CKF on HD were randomized into a control group (CG; n = 10) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation group (NMESG; n = 11) who received NMES in the quadriceps muscle for 8 weeks, 3 times/week (20-34 min) during HD sessions. The muscle strength of the lower limbs was evaluated by dynamometry and sit-and-stand test (SST); muscle architecture through ultrasonography; functional capacity by the distance covered in a 6-min walk test and the endothelial function by flow-mediated dilatation technique of the brachial artery...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620549/lamination-of-microfibrous-plga-fabric-by-electrospinning-a-layer-of-collagen-hydroxyapatite-composite-nanofibers-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#4
Gi-Wan Kwon, Kailash Chandra Gupta, Kyung-Hye Jung, Inn-Kyu Kang
BACKGROUND: To mimic the muscle inspired cells adhesion through proteins secretion, the lamination of collagen-hydroxyapatite nanorod (nHA) composite nanofibers has been carried out successfully on polydopamine (PDA)-coated microfibrous polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) fabrics. The lamination of collagen-hydroxyapatite composite nanofibers on polydopamine-coated microfibrous PLGA fabrics was carried through electrospinning the solution of collagen containing L-glutamic acid-grafted hydroxyapatite nanorods (nHA-GA) at a flow rate of 1...
2017: Biomaterials Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606862/pathogenicity-profile-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-in-farmed-pacific-white-shrimp-penaeus-vannamei
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R Ananda Raja, R Sridhar, C Balachandran, A Palanisammi, S Ramesh, K Nagarajan
A pathobiological study was conducted using Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP) strain isolated from vibriosis affected shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farms in Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu during August 2014 to February 2015. The isolate was identified based on the morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular characters. LD50 value with intramuscular injection was determined as 2.6 × 10(4) cfu/shrimp and sequential pathology was studied giving 6.1 × 10(3) cfu/shrimp (LD25). Total plate count (TPC) and total Vibrio count (TVC) in water, pond sediment, haemolymph, muscle, HP and gut were found significantly (P < 0...
June 9, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590829/aging-and-sexual-health-getting-to-the-problem
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Ecem Kaya, Suresh C Sikka, Philip J Kadowitz, Serap Gur
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common disorders in male and is often associated with other age-related comorbidities. The aging process affects the structural organization and function of penile erectile components such as smooth muscle cell and vascular architecture. These modifications affect penile hemodynamics by impairing cavernosal smooth muscle cell relaxation, reducing penile elasticity, compliance and promoting fibrosis. This review aims to identify the mechanisms of ED in the penile aging process in experimental and clinical data...
June 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585258/masticatory-muscle-architecture-in-a-water-rat-from-australasia-murinae-hydromys-and-its-implication-for-the-evolution-of-carnivory-in-rodents
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P-H Fabre, A Herrel, Y Fitriana, L Meslin, L Hautier
Murines are well known for their generalist diet, but several of them display specializations towards a carnivorous diet such as the amphibious Indo-Pacific water-rats. Despite the fact that carnivory evolved repeatedly in this group, few studies have investigated associated changes in jaw muscle anatomy and biomechanics. Here, we describe the jaw muscles and cranial anatomy of a carnivorous water-rat, Hydromys chrysogaster. The architecture of the jaw musculature of six specimens captured both on Obi and Papua were studied and described using dissections...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584973/from-single-muscle-fiber-to-whole-muscle-mechanics-a-finite-element-model-of-a-muscle-bundle-with-fast-and-slow-fibers
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Lorenzo Marcucci, Carlo Reggiani, Arturo N Natali, Piero G Pavan
Muscles exhibit highly complex, multi-scale architecture with thousands of muscle fibers, each with different properties, interacting with each other and surrounding connective structures. Consequently, the results of single-fiber experiments are scarcely linked to the macroscopic or whole muscle behavior. This is especially true for human muscles where it would be important to understand of how skeletal muscles disorders affect patients' life. In this work, we developed a mathematical model to study how fast and slow muscle fibers, well characterized in single-fiber experiments, work and generate together force and displacement in muscle bundles...
June 5, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577041/determining-skeletal-muscle-architecture-with-laplacian-simulations-a-comparison-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging
#9
Geoffrey G Handsfield, Bart Bolsterlee, Joshua M Inouye, Robert D Herbert, Thor F Besier, Justin W Fernandez
Determination of skeletal muscle architecture is important for accurately modeling muscle behavior. Current methods for 3D muscle architecture determination can be costly and time-consuming, making them prohibitive for clinical or modeling applications. Computational approaches such as Laplacian flow simulations can estimate muscle fascicle orientation based on muscle shape and aponeurosis location. The accuracy of this approach is unknown, however, since it has not been validated against other standards for muscle architecture determination...
June 2, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573481/copper-pyrithione-a-booster-biocide-induces-abnormal-muscle-and-notochord-architecture-in-zebrafish-embryogenesis
#10
Kelly M Almond, Louis D Trombetta
The metal pyrithiones, principally zinc (ZnPT) and copper (CuPT), are replacing tributyltin (TBT) as antifouling agents. Zebrafish embryos were exposed within the first hour after fertilization to 12 and 64 µg/L of CuPT for 24 h. Morphological abnormalities in notochord and muscle architecture were observed at 96 h post fertilization (hpf). TEM revealed abnormal electron dense deposits in the notochord sheath and muscle fiber degeneration in animals treated with 12 µg/L of CuPT. Embryos that were exposed to 64 µg/L of CuPT displayed severe muscle fiber degeneration including abnormal A and I band patterning and altered z disk arrangement...
June 1, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569670/construction-of-cell-containing-anisotropic-three-dimensional-collagen-fibril-scaffolds-using-external-vibration-and-their-influence-on-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotype-modulation
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Yao-Nan Zeng, Yi-Lin Kang, Lih-Rou Rau, Fu-Yin Hsu, Shiao-Wen Tsai
Numerous methods have developed for the preparation of guiding channels/tracks to promote the alignment of highly oriented cell types. However, these manufactured methods cannot fabricate interconnected guiding channels within three-dimensional scaffolds. Providing a suitable architectural scaffold for cell attachment could lead cells to more rapidly display a desired phenotype and perform their unique functions. Previously, we developed a simple device composed of a pneumatic membrane that can generate a tunable vibration frequency to apply physical stimulation to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) aligned collagen fibril matrix with the characteristic D-period structure in one step...
June 1, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559853/proteogenomics-reveals-enriched-ribosome-assembly-and-protein-translation-in-pectoralis-major-of-high-feed-efficiency-pedigree-broiler-males
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Walter G Bottje, Kentu Lassiter, Alissa Piekarski-Welsher, Sami Dridi, Antonio Reverter, Nicholas J Hudson, Byung-Whi Kong
Background: In production animal agriculture, the cost of feed represents 60-70% of the total cost of raising an animal to market weight. Thus, development of viable biomarkers for feed efficiency (FE, g gain/g feed) to assist in genetic selection of breeding stock remains an important goal in commercial breeding programs. Methods: Global gene (cDNA microarray, RNAseq) and protein expression (shotgun proteomics) analyses have been conducted on breast muscle samples obtained from pedigree broiler males (PedM) exhibiting high and low FE phenotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556547/a-systematic-review-on-cell-seeded-tissue-engineering-of-penile-corpora
#13
REVIEW
Dorien E C M de Vocht, Vincent de Kemp, J D Iljas, J L H Ruud Bosch, Laetitia M O de Kort, Petra de Graaf
INTRODUCTION: Tissue engineering of corporal tissue is a new development in otherwise untreatable erectile dysfunction and in urethral reconstructions to treat hypospadias or severe urethral stricture disease. Multiple complications can arise with the current treatments, whereas engineered tissue, if well vascularized and existing of autologous cells, may lead to better results. The aim of this review was to provide an overview of literature on cell seeded based tissue engineering of corporal penile tissue...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552497/muscle-structure-sarcomere-length-and-influences-on-meat-quality-a-review
#14
REVIEW
Per Ertbjerg, Eero Puolanne
The basic contractile unit of muscle, the sarcomere, will contract as the muscle goes into rigor post-mortem. Depending on the conditions, such as the rate of pH decline, the cooling rate and the mechanical restraints on the muscles, this longitudinal shortening will result in various post-mortem sarcomere lengths as well as lateral differences in the distances between the myosin and actin filaments. This shortening is underlying the phenomena described as rigor contraction, thaw rigor, cold shortening and heat shortening...
May 19, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549038/use-of-smooth-muscle-myosin-heavy-chain-as-an-effective-marker-of-follicular-dendritic-cells
#15
Ioannis Ioannidis, Javier A Laurini
Smooth muscle myosin heavy chain (SMMHC) is a major structural component of the contractile apparatus in smooth muscle cells. Even though it is considered a relatively specific marker for terminal smooth muscle cell differentiation, expression in other cell types such as follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) has rarely been reported. To determine whether SMMHC represents an effective FDC marker in lymphoid tissues, we compared the immunohistochemical results for SMMHC with those of the traditional FDC markers podoplanin (D2-40) and CD21...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544170/hamstring-injury-prevention-in-soccer-before-or-after-training
#16
Ric Lovell, Michael Knox, Matthew Weston, Jason C Siegler, Scott Brennan, Paul W M Marshall
We examined the effects of a 12-week program of Nordic hamstring exercises (NHE), administered before or after football training, upon eccentric hamstring strength, muscle activity, and architectural adaptations. Amateur soccer players were randomized into 3 groups. The control group (CON; n=11) undertook core stability exercises, whereas a periodized NHE program was delivered either before (NHEBEF ; n=10) or after (NHEAFT ; n=14) bi-weekly training sessions. Outcome measures included peak torque and concomitant normalized peak surface electromyography signals (sEMG) of the biceps femoris (BF) and medial hamstring (MH) muscles during knee flexor maximal eccentric contractions, performed at 30°·s(-1) ...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540725/bioinspired-3d-multilayered-shape-memory-scaffold-with-a-hierarchically-changeable-micropatterned-surface-for-efficient-vascularization
#17
Dian Liu, Tao Xiang, Tao Gong, Tian Tian, Xian Liu, Shaobing Zhou
How to achieve three-dimensional (3D) cell alignment and subsequent prompt tissue regeneration remains a great challenge. Here, inspired by the interior 3D architecture of native arteries, we develop a new 3D multilayered shape memory vascular scaffold with a hierarchically changeable micropatterned surface for vascularization. The shape memory function renders the implantation of the scaffold safe and convenient via minimally invasive surgery. By co-culturing endothelial cells (ECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) on the 3D multilayered structure, the inner monolayer, which has a square micropatterned surface, can promote EC adhesion and migration, resulting in a rapid endothelialization, and the outer multilayers, which have rectangular micropatterned surfaces, can induce a circumferential alignment of VSMCs...
June 2, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536534/a-bio-realistic-finite-element-model-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-masticatory-loadings-on-mouse-mandible-related-tissues
#18
Alexander Tsouknidas, Lucia Jimenez-Rojo, Evangelos Karatsis, Nikolaos Michailidis, Thimios A Mitsiadis
Mice are arguably the dominant model organisms for studies investigating the effect of genetic traits on the pathways to mammalian skull and teeth development, thus being integral in exploring craniofacial and dental evolution. The aim of this study is to analyse the functional significance of masticatory loads on the mouse mandible and identify critical stress accumulations that could trigger phenotypic and/or growth alterations in mandible-related structures. To achieve this, a 3D model of mouse skulls was reconstructed based on Micro Computed Tomography measurements...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528004/potential-contributions-of-skeletal-muscle-contractile-dysfunction-to-altered-biomechanics-in-obesity
#19
REVIEW
Lance M Bollinger
Obesity alters whole body kinematics and joint kinetics during activities of daily living which are thought to contribute to increased risk of musculoskeletal injury, development of lower extremity joint osteoarthritis (OA), and physical disability. To date, it has widely been accepted that excess adipose tissue mass is the major driver of biomechanical alterations in obesity. However, it is well established that obesity is a systemic disease affecting numerous, if not all, organ systems of the body. Indeed, obesity elicits numerous adaptations within skeletal muscle, including alterations in muscle structure (ex...
July 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525628/modulation-of-the-muscle-activity-during-sleep-in-cervical-dystonia
#20
E Antelmi, R Ferri, F Provini, C Scaglione, F Mignani, F Rundo, S Vandi, M Fabbri, F Pizza, G Plazzi, P Martinelli, R Liguori
Introduction: Impaired sleep has been reported as an important non-motor feature in dystonia, but so far, subjective complaints have never been compared with nocturnal video-polysomnographic recording, which is the gold standard to assess sleep-related disorders. Methods: Twenty patients with idiopathic isolated cervical dystonia and 22 healthy controls underwent extensive clinical investigations, neurological examination and questionnaires screening for excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep-related disorders...
May 19, 2017: Sleep
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