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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049521/can-measured-muscle-synergies-construct-unmeasured-muscle-excitations
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Nicholas A Bianco, Carolynn Patten, Benjamin J Fregly
Accurate prediction of muscle and joint contact forces during human movement could improve treatment planning for disorders such as osteoarthritis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy. Recent studies suggest that muscle synergies, a low-dimensional representation of a large set of muscle electromyographic (EMG) signals (henceforth called "muscle excitations"), may increase the uniqueness of muscle excitations predicted by optimization methods. This study explores the feasibility of using muscle synergy information extracted from eight muscle EMG signals (henceforth called "included" muscle excitations) to accurately construct muscle excitations from up to 16 additional EMG signals (henceforth called "excluded" muscle excitations)...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046640/antiparkinsonian-efficacy-of-guanosine-in-rodent-models-of-movement-disorder
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Caio M Massari, Marc López-Cano, Fabiana Núñez, Víctor Fernández-Dueñas, Carla I Tasca, Francisco Ciruela
Guanosine (GUO) is a guanine-based purine nucleoside with important trophic functions and promising neuroprotective properties. Although the neuroprotective effects of GUO have been corroborated in cellular models of Parkinson's disease (PD), its efficacy as an antiparkinsonian agent has not been fully explored in PD animal models. Accordingly, we evaluated the effectiveness of GUO in reversing motor impairments in several rodent movement disorder models, including catalepsy, tremor, and hemiparkinsonism. Our results showed that orally administered GUO antagonized reserpine-mediated catalepsy, reduced reserpine-induced tremulous jaw movements, and potentiated the number of contralateral rotations induced by L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine in unilaterally 6-hydroxidopamine-lesioned rats...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046639/neonatal-colonic-inflammation-increases-spinal-transmission-and-cystathionine-%C3%AE-synthetase-expression-in-spinal-dorsal-horn-of-rats-with-visceral-hypersensitivity
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Liting Zhao, Ying Xiao, Rui-Xia Weng, Xuelian Liu, Ping-An Zhang, Chuang-Ying Hu, Shan P Yu, Guang-Yin Xu
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain and alteration of bowel movements. The pathogenesis of visceral hypersensitivity in IBS patients remains largely unknown. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is reported to play an important role in development of visceral hyperalgesia. However, the role of H2S at spinal dorsal horn level remains elusive in visceral hypersensitivity. The aim of this study is designed to investigate how H2S takes part in visceral hypersensitivity of adult rats with neonatal colonic inflammation (NCI)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046509/full-shift-assessment-of-back-and-head-postures-in-overhead-crane-operators-with-and-without-symptoms
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Maryam Nourollahi Darabad, Adel Mazloumi, Gabraeil Nasl Saraji, Davood Afshari, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani
OBJECTIVES: Prolonged sitting with a flexed back and neck is recognized as being associated with an increased risk of neck and back pain disorders among overhead crane operators. The aim of this study was to compare back and head postures over a full shift of work between operators who experience back and neck pain, and healthy operators. METHODS: In a first phase, the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms was assessed using the Nordic questionnaire among 120 crane operators...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045877/self-organization-of-ftsz-polymers-in-solution-reveals-spacer-role-of-the-disordered-c-terminal-tail
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Sonia Huecas, Erney Ramírez-Aportela, Albert Vergoñós, Rafael Núñez-Ramírez, Oscar Llorca, J Fernando Díaz, David Juan-Rodríguez, María A Oliva, Patricia Castellen, José M Andreu
FtsZ is a self-assembling GTPase that forms, below the inner membrane, the mid-cell Z-ring guiding bacterial division. FtsZ monomers polymerize head to tail forming tubulin-like dynamic protofilaments, whose organization in the Z-ring is an unresolved problem. Rather than forming a well-defined structure, FtsZ protofilaments laterally associate in vitro into polymorphic condensates typically imaged on surfaces. We describe here nanoscale self-organizing properties of FtsZ assemblies in solution that underlie Z-ring assembly, employing time-resolved x-ray scattering and cryo-electron microscopy...
October 17, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043906/parkinson-s-disease-and-the-quest-for-preclinical-diagnosis-an-interview-with-professor-werner-poewe
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Werner Poewe
Werner Poewe speaks to Laura Dormer, Editorial Director: Professor Werner Poewe is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Department of Neurology at Innsbruck Medical University in Innsbruck, Austria. He held a Residency in Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from 1977 to 1984. From 1984 to 1985 he teamed up with Gerald Stern and Andrew Lees as a British Council Research Fellow at University College and Middlesex Hospital's Medical School in London to perform clinical studies into levodopa-induced dystonia and pharmacokinetics of levodopa in naive versus L-Dopa treated Parkinson's disease...
October 18, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043102/the-distribution-of-calbindin-d28k-parvalbumin-and-calretinin-immunoreactivity-in-the-inferior-colliculus-of-circling-mouse
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Jin-Koo Lee, Myeung Ju Kim
The circling mice with tmie gene mutation are known as an animal deafness model, which showed hyperactive circling movement. Recently, the reinvestigation of circling mouse was performed to check the inner ear pathology as a main lesion of early hearing loss. In this trial, the inner ear organs were not so damaged to cause the hearing deficit of circling (cir/cir) mouse at 18 postnatal day (P18) though auditory brainstem response data indicated hearing loss of cir/cir mice at P18. Thus, another mechanism may be correlated with the early hearing loss of cir/cir mice at P18...
September 2017: Anatomy & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042641/unconscious-avoidance-of-eye-contact-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Apoorva Rajiv Madipakkam, Marcus Rothkirch, Isabel Dziobek, Philipp Sterzer
Atypical responses to direct gaze are one of the most characteristic hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The cause and mechanism underlying this phenomenon, however, have remained unknown. Here we investigated whether the atypical responses to eye gaze in autism spectrum disorder is dependent on the conscious perception of others' faces. Face stimuli with direct and averted gaze were rendered invisible by interocular suppression and eye movements were recorded from participants with ASD and an age and sex matched control group...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042444/development-of-novel-biosensors-to-study-receptor-mediated-activation-of-gs-and-golf
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Hideaki Yano, Davide Provasi, Ning Sheng Cai, Marta Filizola, Sergi Ferre, Jonathan A Javitch
Gαs (Gs) and Gαolf (Golf) are highly homologous G protein α; subunits that activate adenylate cyclase, thereby serving as crucial mediators of intracellular signaling. Owing to their dramatically different brain expression patterns, we studied similarities and differences between their activation processes with the aim of comparing their receptor coupling mechanisms. We engineered novel luciferase- and Venus-fused Gα constructs that can be used in bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) assays...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042180/idiopathic-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder-in-the-elderly-spanish-community-a-primary-care-center-study-with-a-two-stage-design-using-video-polysomnography
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Montserrat Pujol, Jesús Pujol, Tomás Alonso, Araceli Fuentes, Mercè Pallerola, Jovita Freixenet, Ferran Barbé, Manel Salamero, Joan Santamaría, Alex Iranzo
OBJECTIVE: To examine the presence and characteristics of idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (IRBD) in a representative Caucasian sample from the elderly community of Lleida, Spain, attending primary care centers. METHODS: Participants were individuals aged 60 years or older who underwent routine visits in two primary care centers. They underwent a two-stage study; a validated screening single question for IRBD diagnosis (RBD1Q) followed by, in those who endorsed positive answer, clinical assessment by a neurologist plus video-polysomnography (V-PSG)...
August 24, 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039141/does-parkinson-s-disease-start-in-the-gut
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Arthur Lionnet, Laurène Leclair-Visonneau, Michel Neunlist, Shigeo Murayama, Masaki Takao, Charles H Adler, Pascal Derkinderen, Thomas G Beach
Parkinson's disease (PD) is pathologically characterized by the presence of intraneuronal inclusions, termed Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites, whose main component is alpha-synuclein. Based on the topographic distribution of Lewy bodies and neurites established after autopsy from PD patients, Braak and coworkers hypothesized that PD pathology may start in the gastrointestinal tract then spread through the vagus nerve to the brain. This hypothesis has been reinforced by the discovery that alpha-synuclein may be capable of spreading transcellularly, thereby providing a mechanistic basis for Braak's hypothesis...
October 16, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039022/metformin-inhibits-the-development-of-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia-in-a-murine-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Young-Kyoung Ryu, Hye-Yeon Park, Jun Go, Dong-Hee Choi, Yong-Hoon Kim, Jung Hwan Hwang, Jung-Ran Noh, Tae Geol Lee, Chul-Ho Lee, Kyoung-Shim Kim
Metformin is a medication that is widely prescribed for the management of type 2 diabetes. In addition to its anti-diabetic uses, metformin has been proposed as a therapeutically effective drug candidate in various central nervous system disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is characterized by severe movement defects and is commonly treated with the dopamine (DA) precursor 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-l-alanine (L-DOPA). However, prolonged use of L-DOPA can lead to the development of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID)...
October 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038950/firing-a-loaded-gun-during-sleep-in-an-elderly-man-with-a-perfect-storm-of-risk-factors-including-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Francesca Ingravallo, Carlos H Schenck, Ernesto D'Aloja, Monica Puligheddu
PURPOSE: We report a case of firing a loaded gun during sleep in a geriatric patient with undiagnosed major sleep disorders and multiple risk factors for sleep violence. Polysomnographic findings, diagnostic challenges, and forensic implications in this unprecedented geriatric case are discussed. METHODS: A 75-year-old employed man, married for 32 years, presented to a sleep center reporting to having fired a shot in his bedroom during sleep while his wife was away, without memory of hearing the gunshot...
October 16, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038946/cognitive-and-behavioral-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-update-ii-behavioral-disorders
#14
Luigi Trojano, Costanza Papagno
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) can experience several behavioral symptoms, such as apathy, agitation, hypersexuality, stereotypic movements, pathological gambling, abuse of antiparkinsonian drugs, and REM sleep behavioral disorders. Psychoses and hallucinations, depression and anxiety disorders, and difficulties in recognizing and experiencing emotions also impair behavior and can cause severe psychosocial problems in patients with PD. Symptoms can be present since early stages of the disease, sometimes even before the appearance of classical motor symptoms, likely in relation to dopamine depletion in basal ganglia and/or to dysfunctions of other neurotrasmitter systems, and others can develop later, in some cases in relation to dopaminergic treatment...
October 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038685/exploring-expectation-effects-in-emdr-does-prior-treatment-knowledge-affect-the-degrading-effects-of-eye-movements-on-memories
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Marianne Littel, Kevin van Schie, Marcel A van den Hout
Background: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective psychological treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Recalling a memory while simultaneously making eye movements (EM) decreases a memory's vividness and/or emotionality. It has been argued that non-specific factors, such as treatment expectancy and experimental demand, may contribute to the EMDR's effectiveness. Objective: The present study was designed to test whether expectations about the working mechanism of EMDR would alter the memory attenuating effects of EM...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038631/efficacy-of-temporomandibular-joint-arthrocentesis-with-sodium-hyaluronate-in-the-management-of-temporomandibular-joint-disorders-a-prospective-randomized-control-trial
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Harsha Gorrela, J Prameela, G Srinivas, B Vijay Baskar Reddy, Mvs Sudhir, Gururaj Arakeri
PURPOSE: This study was designed to investigate the efficacy of the temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis with and without injection of sodium hyaluronate (SH) in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of sixty two TMJs in 34 males and 28 females aged 20-65 years comprised the study material. The patients' complaints were limited mouth opening, TMJ pain, and joint noises during function. Patients were randomly divided into 2 groups in which arthrocentesis plus intra-articular injection of sodium hyaluronate was performed in 1 group and only arthrocentesis was performed in the other group...
December 2017: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038516/eeg-topographies-provide-subject-specific-correlates-of-motor-control
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Elvira Pirondini, Martina Coscia, Jesus Minguillon, José Del R Millán, Dimitri Van De Ville, Silvestro Micera
Electroencephalography (EEG) of brain activity can be represented in terms of dynamically changing topographies (microstates). Notably, spontaneous brain activity recorded at rest can be characterized by four distinctive topographies. Despite their well-established role during resting state, their implication in the generation of motor behavior is debated. Evidence of such a functional role of spontaneous brain activity would provide support for the design of novel and sensitive biomarkers in neurological disorders...
October 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037661/antisense-oligonucleotide-therapy-rescues-disruptions-in-organization-of-exploratory-movements-associated-with-usher-syndrome-type-1c-in-mice
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Tia N Donaldson, Kelsey T Jennings, Lucia A Cherep, Adam M McNeela, Frederic F Depreux, Francine M Jodelka, Michelle L Hastings, Douglas G Wallace
Usher syndrome, Type 1C (USH1C) is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder in which a mutation in the gene encoding harmonin is associated with multi-sensory deficits (i.e., auditory, vestibular, and visual). USH1C (Usher) mice, engineered with a human USH1C mutation, exhibit these multi-sensory deficits by circling behavior and lack of response to sound. Administration of an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapeutic that corrects expression of the mutated USH1C gene, has been shown to increase harmonin levels, reduce circling behavior, and improve vestibular and auditory function...
October 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037498/levodopa-carbidopa-intestinal-gel-in-advanced-parkinson-s-final-results-of-the-gloria-registry
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Angelo Antonini, Werner Poewe, K Ray Chaudhuri, Robert Jech, Barbara Pickut, Zvezdan Pirtošek, Jozsef Szasz, Francesc Valldeoriola, Christian Winkler, Lars Bergmann, Ashley Yegin, Koray Onuk, David Barch, Per Odin
INTRODUCTION: This registry evaluated the 24-month safety and efficacy of levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) treatment in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) patients under routine clinical care. METHODS: Motor fluctuations, dyskinesia, non-motor symptoms, quality of life, and safety were evaluated. Observations were fully prospective for treatment-naïve patients (60% of patients) and partially retrospective for patients with ≤12 months of pre-treatment with LCIG (40% of patients)...
September 22, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037340/-neuropsychiatry-of-movement-disorders
#20
Juan Manuel Orjuela-Rojas, Gustavo Adolfo Barrios Vincos, Melisa Alejandra Martínez Gallego
Movement disorders can be defined as neurological syndromes presenting with excessive or diminished automatic or voluntary movements not related to weakness or spasticity. Both Parkinson's disease (PD) and Huntington's disease (HD) are well-known examples of these syndromes. The high prevalence of comorbid psychiatric symptoms like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, hallucinations, delusions, impulsivity, sleep disorders, apathy and cognitive impairment mean that these conditions must be regarded as neuropsychiatric diseases...
October 2017: Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
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