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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211795/a-murine-model-of-a-novel-surgical-architecture-for-proprioceptive-muscle-feedback-and-its-potential-application-to-control-of-advanced-limb-prostheses
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Tyler R Clites, Matthew Carty, Shriya Srinivasan, Anthony Zorzos, Hugh Herr
<i>Objective:</i> Proprioceptive mechanisms play a critical role in both reflexive and volitional lower extremity control. Significant strides have been made in the development of bionic limbs that are capable of bi-directional communication with the peripheral nervous system, but none of these systems have been capable of providing physiologically-relevant muscle-based proprioceptive feedback through natural neural pathways. In this study, we present the Agonist-antagonist Myoplastic Interface (AMI), a surgical approach with the capacity to provide graded kinesthetic feedback from a prosthesis through mechanical activation of native mechanoreceptors within residual agonist-antagonist muscle pairs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210075/pancreatic-stellate-cell-pandora-s-box-for-pancreatic-disease-biology
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REVIEW
Ratnakar R Bynigeri, Aparna Jakkampudi, Ramaiah Jangala, Chivukula Subramanyam, Mitnala Sasikala, G Venkat Rao, D Nageshwar Reddy, Rupjyoti Talukdar
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) were identified in the early 1980s, but received much attention after 1998 when the methods to isolate and culture them from murine and human sources were developed. PSCs contribute to a small proportion of all pancreatic cells under physiological condition, but are essential for maintaining the normal pancreatic architecture. Quiescent PSCs are characterized by the presence of vitamin A laden lipid droplets. Upon PSC activation, these perinuclear lipid droplets disappear from the cytosol, attain a myofibroblast like phenotype and expresses the activation marker, alpha smooth muscle actin...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202999/-changes-of-productions-of-energy-metabolism-in-masseter-of-rats-induced-by-occlusal-interference
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X X Xu, Y Cao, K Y Fu, Q F Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of occlusal interference on the energy metabolism of masticatory muscle by studying the changes of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), adenosine diphosphate (ADP), inosine monophosphate (IMP), phosphocreatine, creatine, lactate and pH level in masseter muscles of rats after occlusal interference. METHODS: Fifty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned into experimental group (n=40) and control group (n=10). In experimental group, 0...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202349/muscle-ultrasound-and-sarcopenia-in-older-individuals-a-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Andrea Ticinesi, Tiziana Meschi, Marco V Narici, Fulvio Lauretani, Marcello Maggio
INTRODUCTION: A precise quantitative measurement of skeletal muscle mass is fundamental for diagnosing sarcopenia in older individuals. The current techniques of assessment, including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are either difficult to perform in everyday clinical practice or biased by concurrent clinical confounders. B-mode muscle ultrasound can be helpful in assessing muscle mass and architecture, and thus possibly useful for diagnosing or screening sarcopenia...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198659/intra-and-inter-rater-reliabilities-of-measurement-of-ultrasound-imaging-for-muscle-thickness-and-pennation-angle-of-tibialis-anterior-muscle-in-stroke-patients
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Ki Hun Cho, Hwang Jae Lee, Wan Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction of skeletal muscle has been commonly reported in stroke patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the intra- and inter-rater reliabilities of measurement of ultrasound imaging (USI) for pennation angle (PA) and muscle thickness (MT) of tibialis anterior muscle in stroke patients. METHODS: Thirty-four stroke patients (19 men) participated in this study. USI was used for measurement of PA and MT of the tibialis anterior muscles at rest and during maximum voluntary contraction (MVC)...
February 15, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166121/neural-and-muscular-contributions-to-the-age-related-reductions-in-rapid-strength
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Gena R Gerstner, Brennan J Thompson, Joseph G Rosenberg, Eric J Sobolewski, Michael J Scharville, Eric D Ryan
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to investigate the age-related differences in absolute and normalized plantarflexion rate of torque development (RTD) at early (0-50 ms) and late (100-200 ms) time intervals, and to examine specific neural and muscular mechanisms contributing to these differences. METHODS: Thirty-two young (20.0±2.1 yrs) and 20 older (69.5±3.3 yrs) recreationally active men performed rapid plantarflexion isometric muscle actions to examine absolute and normalized RTD and muscle activation using electromyography (EMG) at early and late time intervals...
February 4, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161870/acute-effect-of-static-stretching-on-passive-stiffness-of-the-human-gastrocnemius-fascicle-measured-by-ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography
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Kosuke Hirata, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Naokazu Miyamoto
PURPOSE: Passive muscle stiffness and muscle architecture at a given joint angle, as well as slack angle of the muscle have been shown to change after an acute bout of stretching. However, it remains unclear whether passive muscle stiffness at a given fascicle length is reduced after stretching. We aimed to elucidate the acute effect of static stretching on the passive fascicle stiffness using ultrasound shear wave elastography. METHODS: Shear modulus, fascicle length, and slack angle of the medial gastrocnemius (MG) as well as passive plantar flexion torque during passive dorsiflexion were measured before and after a 5-min static stretching in 14 healthy males...
February 4, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160082/periodization-effects-during-short-term-resistance-training-with-equated-exercise-variables-in-females
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Thiemo Pelzer, Boris Ullrich, Mark Pfeiffer
PURPOSE: During resistance training, volume and load can be altered either gradually (traditional periodization: TP) or with frequent changes between subsequent sessions (daily undulating periodization: DUP). We hypothesized that the periodization model employed would not impact upon training-induced adaptations when exercise variables are equated. METHODS: Nineteen females (22.0 years, moderate resistance training experience of 27.9 months) performed 6 weeks of knee extensor training with 3 weekly sessions exercising one leg using TP and the contralateral leg using DUP...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141512/sonomyography-analysis-on-thickness-of-skeletal-muscle-during-dynamic-contraction-induced-by-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-a-pilot-study
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Shuang Qiu, Jing Feng, Jiapeng Xu, Rui Xu, Xin Zhao, Peng Zhou, Hongzhi Qi, Lixin Zhang, Dong Ming
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) that stimulates skeletal muscles to induce contractions has been widely applied to restore functions of paralyzed muscles. However, the architectural changes of stimulated muscles induced by NMES are still not well understood. The present study applies sonomyography (SMG) to evaluate muscle architecture under NMES-induced and voluntary movements. The quadriceps muscles of seven healthy subjects were tested for eight cycles during an extension exercise of the knee joint with/without NMES, and SMG and the knee joint angle were recorded during the process of knee extension...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139019/from-single-cells-single-columns-to-cortical-networks-dendritic-excitability-coincidence-detection-and-synaptic-transmission-in-brain-slices-and-brains
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Bert Sakmann
While patch pipettes were initially designed to record extracellularly elementary current events from muscle and neuron membrane, the whole-cell (eg Sakmann, 1992) and loose cell-attached recording configurations proved to be useful tools for examining signaling within and between nerve cells. In this Paton Lecture I will summarize first work on electrical signaling within single neurons, describing communication between its dendritic compartments, soma and nerve terminals via forward and backward propagating action potentials...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138986/stretch-training-induces-unequal-adaptation-in-muscle-fascicles-and-thickness-in-medial-and-lateral-gastrocnemii
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C L Simpson, B D H Kim, M R Bourcet, G R Jones, J M Jakobi
This study compared adaptations in fascicle lengths, pennation angles, and muscle thickness of the lateral and medial gastrocnemii in response to 6 weeks of stretch training. The nondominant plantar flexors of 11 males were stretched five times per week for 6 weeks and compared with the contralateral leg and a nonstretched control group of 10 males. During stretch training, instantaneous electromyography was utilized to ensure passive muscle stretch. At baseline, week three, week six and 1 week after the conclusion of stretch training, ultrasound was used to measure fascicle lengths, pennation angles, muscle thickness of the lateral gastrocnemius and medial gastrocnemius, and Achilles tendon thickness and length...
January 30, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132643/comparative-transcriptomics-of-elasmobranchs-and-teleosts-highlight-important-processes-in-adaptive-immunity-and-regional-endothermy
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Nicholas J Marra, Vincent P Richards, Angela Early, Steve M Bogdanowicz, Paulina D Pavinski Bitar, Michael J Stanhope, Mahmood S Shivji
BACKGROUND: Comparative genomic and/or transcriptomic analyses involving elasmobranchs remain limited, with genome level comparisons of the elasmobranch immune system to that of higher vertebrates, non-existent. This paper reports a comparative RNA-seq analysis of heart tissue from seven species, including four elasmobranchs and three teleosts, focusing on immunity, but concomitantly seeking to identify genetic similarities shared by the two lamnid sharks and the single billfish in our study, which could be linked to convergent evolution of regional endothermy...
January 30, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131694/neer-award-2016-reduced-muscle-degeneration-and-decreased-fatty-infiltration-after-rotator-cuff-tear-in-a-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-1-parp-1-knock-out-mouse-model
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Michael B Kuenzler, Katja Nuss, Agnieszka Karol, Michael O Schär, Michael Hottiger, Sumit Raniga, David Kenkel, Brigitte von Rechenberg, Matthias A Zumstein
BACKGROUND: Disturbed muscular architecture, atrophy, and fatty infiltration remain irreversible in chronic rotator cuff tears even after repair. Poly (adenosine 5'-diphosphate-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1) is a key regulator of inflammation, apoptosis, muscle atrophy, muscle regeneration, and adipocyte development. We hypothesized that the absence of PARP-1 would lead to a reduction in damage to the muscle subsequent to combined tenotomy and neurectomy in a PARP-1 knockout (KO) mouse model...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130627/crescent-pyramid-and-drop-set-systems-do-not-promote-greater-strength-gains-muscle-hypertrophy-and-changes-on-muscle-architecture-compared-with-traditional-resistance-training-in-well-trained-men
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Vitor Angleri, Carlos Ugrinowitsch, Cleiton Augusto Libardi
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of crescent pyramid (CP) and drop-set (DS) systems with traditional resistance training (TRAD) with equalized total training volume (TTV) on maximum dynamic strength (1-RM), muscle cross-sectional area (CSA), pennation angle (PA), and fascicle length (FL). METHODS: Thirty-two volunteers had their legs randomized in a within-subject design in TRAD (3-5 sets of 6-12 repetitions at 75% 1-RM), CP (3-5 sets of 6-15 repetitions at 65-85% 1-RM), and DS (3-5 sets of ~50-75% 1-RM to muscle failure) protocols...
January 27, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126336/modular-neuromuscular-control-of-human-locomotion-by-central-pattern-generator
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Seyyed Arash Haghpanah, Farzam Farahmand, Hassan Zohoor
The central pattern generators (CPG) in the spinal cord are thought to be responsible for producing the rhythmic motor patterns during rhythmic activities. For locomotor tasks, this involves much complexity, due to a redundant system of muscle actuators with a large number of highly nonlinear muscles. This study proposes a reduced neural control strategy for the CPG, based on modular organization of the co-active muscles, i.e., muscle synergies. Four synergies were extracted from the EMG data of the major leg muscles of two subjects, during two gait trials each, using non-negative matrix factorization algorithm...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124107/the-interaction-between-the-vastus-medialis-and-vastus-intermedius-and-its-influence-on-the-extensor-apparatus-of-the-knee-joint
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Karl Grob, Mirjana Manestar, Luis Filgueira, Markus S Kuster, Helen Gilbey, Timothy Ackland
PURPOSE: Although the vastus medialis (VM) is closely associated with the vastus intermedius (VI), there is a lack of data regarding their functional relationship. The purpose of this study was to investigate the anatomical interaction between the VM and VI with regard to their origins, insertions, innervation and function within the extensor apparatus of the knee joint. METHODS: Eighteen human cadaveric lower limbs were investigated using macro-dissection techniques...
January 25, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120807/the-speed-curvature-power-law-in-drosophila-larval-locomotion
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Myrka Zago, Francesco Lacquaniti, Alex Gomez-Marin
We report the discovery that the locomotor trajectories of Drosophila larvae follow the power-law relationship between speed and curvature previously found in the movements of human and non-human primates. Using high-resolution behavioural tracking in controlled but naturalistic sensory environments, we tested the law in maggots tracing different trajectory types, from reaching-like movements to scribbles. For most but not all flies, we found that the law holds robustly, with an exponent close to three-quarters rather than to the usual two-thirds found in almost all human situations, suggesting dynamic effects adding on purely kinematic constraints...
October 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119285/aortopathy-in-a-mouse-model-of-marfan-syndrome-is-not-mediated-by-altered-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
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Hao Wei, Jie Hong Hu, Stoyan N Angelov, Kate Fox, James Yan, Rachel Enstrom, Alexandra Smith, David A Dichek
BACKGROUND: Marfan syndrome (MFS) is caused by mutations in the gene encoding fibrillin-1 (FBN1); however, the mechanisms through which fibrillin-1 deficiency causes MFS-associated aortopathy are uncertain. Recently, attention was focused on the hypothesis that MFS-associated aortopathy is caused by increased transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling in aortic medial smooth muscle cells (SMC). However, there are many reasons to doubt that TGF-β signaling drives MFS-associated aortopathy...
January 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110833/a-pilot-study-of-vela-laser-for-en-bloc-resection-of-papillary-bladder-cancer
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Zhensheng Zhang, Shuxiong Zeng, Junjie Zhao, Xin Lu, Weidong Xu, Chong Ma, Yang Wang, Xin Chen, Gaozhen Jia, Tie Zhou, Yinghao Sun, Chuanliang Xu
INTRODUCTION: The present study evaluated the safety and efficacy of the Vela laser for en bloc resection of papillary bladder tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2013 to August 2014, 38 patients underwent en bloc resection with the Vela laser and a 26F continuous flow resectoscope or 18F flexible cystoscope. Random cold forceps biopsy samples were also taken. The total operation time, pathologic result, and intraoperative and postoperative complications were recorded...
June 23, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108555/immune-dysregulation-may-contribute-to-disease-pathogenesis-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-mice
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Marc-Olivier Deguise, Yves De Repentigny, Emily McFall, Nicole Auclair, Subash Sad, Rashmi Kothary
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has long been solely considered a neurodegenerative disorder. However, recent work has highlighted defects in many other cell types that could contribute to disease aetiology. Interestingly, the immune system has never been extensively studied in SMA. Defects in lymphoid organs could exacerbate disease progression by neuroinflammation or immunodeficiency. Smn depletion led to severe alterations in the thymus and spleen of two different mouse models of SMA. The spleen from Smn depleted mice was dramatically smaller at a very young age and its histological architecture was marked by mislocalization of immune cells in the Smn(2B/-) model mice...
January 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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