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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328634/bridging-the-gap-engineered-porcine-derived-urinary-bladder-matrix-conduits-as-a-novel-scaffold-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
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Lyly Nguyen, Ashkan Afshari, Nathaniel D Kelm, Alonda C Pollins, R Bruce Shack, Mark D Does, Wesley P Thayer
PURPOSE: This study aims to compare engineered nerve conduits constructed from porcine-derived urinary bladder matrix (UBM) with the criterion-standard nerve autografts, for segmental loss peripheral nerve repairs. METHODS: Forty-eight Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 2 groups. All underwent a 10-mm sciatic nerve gap injury. This was repaired using either (1) reverse autograft-the 10-mm cut segment was oriented 180 degrees and used to coapt the proximal and distal stumps or (2) UBM conduit-the 10-mm nerve gap was bridged with UBM conduit...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326790/nerve-cells-decide-to-orient-inside-an-injectable-hydrogel-with-minimal-structural-guidance
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Jonas Christopher Rose, Maria Camara Torres, Khosrow Rahimi, Jens Köhler, Martin Moeller, Laura De Laporte
Injectable biomaterials provide the advantage of a minimally invasive application but mostly lack the required structural complexity to regenerate aligned tissues. Here, we report a new class of tissue regenerative materials that can be injected and form an anisotropic matrix with controlled dimensions using rod-shaped, magnetoceptive microgel objects. Microgels are doped with small quantities of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (0.0046 vol%), allowing alignment by external magnetic fields in the millitesla order...
March 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326543/animal-models-for-studying-motor-axon-terminal-paralysis-and-recovery
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REVIEW
Michela Rigoni, Cesare Montecucco
An extraordinary property of the peripheral nervous system is that nerve terminals can regenerate after damage caused by different physical, chemical, or biological pathogens. Regeneration is the result of a complex and ill-known interplay among the nerve, the glia, the muscle, the basal lamina and, in some cases, the immune system. This phenomenon has been studied using different injury models mainly in rodents, particularly in mice, where a lesion can be produced in a chosen anatomical area. These approaches differ significantly among them for the nature of the lesion and the final outcomes...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325428/complete-section-of-proper-palmar-digital-pedicles-correlation-between-arterial-patency-and-sensory-recovery
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G Pomares, F Dap, G Dautel
Wounds to proper palmar digital (PPD) pedicles are frequent surgical emergencies. A correlation between arterial patency and nerve regeneration, however, has never been demonstrated. Forty-seven patients presenting complete section of a PPD pedicle and having undergone surgical repair of both elements were followed-up at a minimum of one year postoperatively. Doppler ultrasound examination studied arterial patency as well as the degree of stenosis. Neurological examination determined the BMRC score and the existence of cold intolerance, symptomatic neuroma and neurogenic pain...
April 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324629/electrospun-nerve-guide-scaffold-of-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-collagen-nano-bioglass-an-in-vitro-study-in-peripheral-nerve-tissue-engineering
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Forouzan Mohamadi, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Mohammad Reza Nourani, Mohammad Ali Derakhshan, Vahabodin Goodarzi, Mohammad Sadegh Nazockdast, Mehdi Farokhi, Roksana Tajerian, Reza Faridi Majidi, Jafar Ai
In among of various methods, nerve tissue engineering (NTE) is one of the applicable methods to reconstruct damaged nerve tissues. Electrospinning technique and biomaterials are often considered to fabricate fibrous tissue engineered conduits which have great similarity to the extracellular matrix on fiber structure. Polymer blending is one of the most effective methods for production of new materials with outstanding features. In this research, conduit structures as main part of the peripheral nerve regeneration based on polymer blend nanocomposites PCL/Collagen/NBG (poly (ε-caprolactone)/Collagen/nano bioglass) were manufactured by electrospinning technique...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324191/planarian-homolog-of-puromycin-sensitive-aminopeptidase-djpsa-is-required-for-brain-regeneration
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Suge Wu, Bin Liu, Zuoqing Yuan, Xiufang Zhang, Hong Liu, Qiuxiang Pang, Bosheng Zhao
Puromycin-sensitive aminopeptidase (PSA) belongs to the M1 zinc metallopeptidase family. PSA is the most abundant aminopeptidase in the brain and plays a role in the metabolism of neuropeptides including those involved in neurodegeneration. A cDNA DjPsa was identified from the planarian Dugesia japonica cDNA library. It contains a 639-bp open reading frame corresponding to a deduced protein of 212 amino acids. Whole mount in situ hybridization revealed that DjPsa is expressed in the brain and ventral nerve cords of intact and regenerating animals and demonstrates a tissue and stage-specific expression pattern of DjPsa in developing embryos and larvae...
June 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324115/regenerative-responses-and-axon-pathfinding-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-chronically-injured-mice
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Benjamin J Yungher, Márcio Ribeiro, Kevin K Park
Purpose: Enhanced regeneration of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons can be achieved by modification of numerous neuronal-intrinsic factors. However, axon growth initiation and the pathfinding behavior of these axons after traumatic injury remain poorly understood outside of acute injury paradigms, despite the clinical relevance of more chronic settings. We therefore examined RGC axon regeneration following therapeutic delivery that is postponed until 2 months after optic nerve crush injury...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323869/tyrosine-mutated-aav2-mediated-shrna-silencing-of-pten-promotes-axon-regeneration-of-adult-optic-nerve
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ZhengRu Huang, ZiZhong Hu, Ping Xie, QingHuai Liu
Activating PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway via deleting phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) has been confirmed to enhance intrinsic growth capacity of neurons to facilitate the axons regeneration of central nervous system after injury. Considering conditional gene deletion is currently not available in clinical practice, we exploited capsid residue tyrosine 444 to phenylalanine mutated single-stranded adeno-associated virus serotype 2 (AAV2) as a vector delivering short hairpin RNA to silence PTEN to promote retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) survival and axons regeneration in adult rat optic nerve axotomy paradigm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320842/stat3-controls-the-long-term-survival-and-phenotype-of-repair-schwann-cells-during-nerve-regeneration
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Cristina Benito, Catherine M Davis, Jose A Gomez-Sanchez, Mark Turmaine, Dies Meijer, Valeria Poli, Rhona Mirsky, Kristjan R Jessen
After nerve injury, Schwann cells convert to a phenotype specialised to promote repair. But during the slow process of axonal regrowth, these repair Schwann cells gradually lose their regeneration-supportive features and eventually die. Although this is a key reason for the frequent regeneration failures in humans, the transcriptional mechanisms that control long-term survival and phenotype of repair cells have not been studied, and the molecular signalling underlying their decline is obscure. We show, in mice, that Schwann cell STAT3 has a dual role...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320829/tissue-engineering-functional-gastrointestinal-regions-the-importance-of-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Andrew Trecartin, Tracy Grikscheit
The intestine shows extraordinary regenerative potential that might be harnessed to alleviate numerous morbid and lethal human diseases. The intestinal stem cells regenerate the epithelium every 5 days throughout an individual's lifetime. Understanding stem-cell signaling affords power to influence the niche environment for growing intestine. The manifold approaches to tissue engineering may be organized by variations of three basic components required for the transplantation and growth of stem/progenitor cells: (1) cell delivery materials or scaffolds; (2) donor cells including adult stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, and in vitro expansion of isolated or cocultured epithelial, smooth muscle, myofibroblasts, or nerve cells; and (3) environmental modulators or biopharmaceuticals...
March 20, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318721/-physiology-of-the-visual-retinal-signal-from-phototransduction-to-the-visual-cycle
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REVIEW
C Salesse
The retinal photoreceptors (rods and cones) are responsible for light absorption and transduction of the signal, which is transmitted to the other retinal nerve cells and then to the brain. The chromophore of visual pigments of rods and cones is a particular isomer of a vitamin A derivative. Light absorption by this chromophore leads to its isomerization and to a phototransduction cascade, which results in photoreceptor hyperpolarization and cessation of glutamate secretion at their synaptic terminals. Phototransduction of cones and rods differs in their signal amplification and inactivation, which is consistent with their respective functions...
March 17, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317655/determining-the-functional-sensibility-of-the-hand-in-patients-with-peripheral-nerve-repair-feasibility-of-using-a-novel-manual-tactile-test-for-monitoring-the-progression-of-nerve-regeneration
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Hsiu-Yun Hsu, Li-Chieh Kuo, Ta-Shen Kuan, Hsiu-Ching Yang, Fong-Chin Su, Haw-Yen Chiu, Shyh-Jou Shieh
STUDY DESIGN: Case-controlled cohort study. INTRODUCTION: Sensory function is difficult to observe during nerve regeneration processes. Traditional sensory tests are limited to identifying the level of functioning hand sensation for sensory stimulus is given passively to the cutaneous surface of the hand. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To examine the outcome changes in the manual tactile test (MTT), Semmes-Weinstein monofilament (SWM) and 2-point discrimination (2PD) tests for patients with nerve repair and to investigate the concurrent validity of MTT by comparing it with the results of traditional tests...
January 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316590/rehabilitation-using-guided-cerebral-plasticity-of-a-brachial-plexus-injury-treated-with-intercostal-and-phrenic-nerve-transfers
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Lars B Dahlin, Gert Andersson, Clas Backman, Hampus Svensson, Anders Björkman
Recovery after surgical reconstruction of a brachial plexus injury using nerve grafting and nerve transfer procedures is a function of peripheral nerve regeneration and cerebral reorganization. A 15-year-old boy, with traumatic avulsion of nerve roots C5-C7 and a non-rupture of C8-T1, was operated 3 weeks after the injury with nerve transfers: (a) terminal part of the accessory nerve to the suprascapular nerve, (b) the second and third intercostal nerves to the axillary nerve, and (c) the fourth to sixth intercostal nerves to the musculocutaneous nerve...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316120/synergistic-effects-of-g-csf-and-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-on-nerve-regeneration-with-acellular-nerve-xenografts
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Hua Jia, Ying Wang, Tao Wang, Yi Dong, Wei-Li Li, Jun-Ping Li, Wen-Zhi Ma, Xiao-Jie Tong, Zhong-Yi He
Peripheral nerve defects result in severe denervation presenting sensory and motor functional incapacitation. Currently, a satisfactory therapeutic treatment promoting the repair of injured nerves is not available. As shown in our previous study, acellular nerve xenografts (ANX) implanted with bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) replaced allografts and promoted nerve regeneration. Additionally, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been proven to mobilize supplemental cells and enhance vascularization in the niche...
March 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303795/neuregulin-1-functionalization-of-organic-fibers-for-schwann-cell-guidance
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Ilaria Tonazzini, Maria Moffa, Dario Pisignano, Marco Cecchini
The repair of peripheral nerve lesions is a clinical problem where the functional recovery is often far from being satisfactory, although peripheral nerves generally retain good potential for regeneration. Here, we develop a novel scaffold approach based on bioactive fibers of poly(ε-caprolactone) where nanotopographical guidance and neuregulin 1 (NRG1) cues are combined. We interface them with rat primary Schwann cells (SCs), the peripheral glial cells that drive initial regeneration of injured nerves, and found that the combination of NRG1 with parallel nano-fibrous topographies is effective in improving SC growth up to 72 h, alignment to fiber topography, and bipolar differentiation, opening original perspectives for nerve repair applications...
April 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298044/a-novel-method-of-lengthening-the-accessory-nerve-for-direct-coaptation-during-nerve-repair-and-nerve-transfer-procedures
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R Shane Tubbs, Andrés A Maldonado, Yolanda Stoves, Fabian N Fries, Rong Li, Marios Loukas, Rod J Oskouian, Robert J Spinner
OBJECTIVE The accessory nerve is frequently repaired or used for nerve transfer. The length of accessory nerve available is often insufficient or marginal (under tension) for allowing direct coaptation during nerve repair or nerve transfer (neurotization), necessitating an interpositional graft. An attractive maneuver would facilitate lengthening of the accessory nerve for direct coaptation. The aim of the present study was to identify an anatomical method for such lengthening. METHODS In 20 adult cadavers, the C-2 or C-3 connections to the accessory nerve were identified medial to the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle and the anatomy of the accessory nerve/cervical nerve fibers within the SCM was documented...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298014/effect-of-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-on-the-cochlear-nuclei-after-creation-of-a-partial-nerve-lesion-an-experimental-study-in-rats
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Guilherme Ramina Montibeller, Benjamin Schackmann, Steffi Urbschat, Joachim M K Oertel
OBJECTIVE The risk of injury of the cochlear nerve during angle (CPA) surgery is high. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been found in various experimental models of peripheral and CNS injury to have a neuroprotective effect by inhibiting apoptosis and inflammation. However, to the authors' knowledge, the influence of G-CSF on cochlear nerve regeneration has not been reported. This study investigated the neuroprotective effect of G-CSF after a partial cochlear nerve lesion in rats. METHODS A lesion of the right cochlear nerve in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats was created using a water-jet dissector with a pressure of 8 bar...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293917/increasing-calcium-level-limits-schwann-cell-numbers-in-vitro-following-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Kai J Yang, Yuhui Yan, Lin-Ling Zhang, Michael A Agresti, Hani S Matloub, John A LoGiudice, Robert Havlik, Ji-Geng Yan
Background After peripheral nerve injury, there is an increase in calcium concentration in the injured nerves. Our previous publications have shown that increase in calcium concentration correlated well with degree of nerve injury and that local infusion of calcitonin has a beneficial effect on nerve recovery. Schwann cells play a pivotal role in regeneration and recovery. We aim to examine cultured Schwann cell survivals in various concentrations of calcium-containing growth media and the effect of calcitonin in such media...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293524/effect-of-axonal-trauma-on-nerve-regeneration-in-side-to-side-neurorrhaphy-an-experimental-study
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Henrikki Rönkkö, Harry Göransson, Hanna-Stiina Taskinen, Pasi Paavilainen, Tero Vahlberg, Matias Röyttä
BACKGROUND: Side-to-side (STS) neurorrhaphy can be performed distally to ensure timely end-organ innervation. It leaves the distal end of the injured nerve intact for further reconstruction. Despite encouraging clinical results, only few experimental studies have been published to enhance the regeneration results of the procedure. We examined the influence of different size epineural windows and degree of axonal injury of STS repair on nerve regeneration and donor nerve morbidity. METHODS: Three clinically relevant repair techniques of the transected common peroneal nerve (CPN) were compared...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
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