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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922840/sevoflurane-exposure-during-the-critical-period-affects-synaptic-transmission-and-mitochondrial-respiration-but-not-long-term-behavior-in-mice
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Woosuk Chung, Min Jeong Ryu, Jun Young Heo, Soomin Lee, Seunghwan Yoon, Haram Park, Sangil Park, Yangsik Kim, Yoon Hee Kim, Seok Hwa Yoon, Yong Sup Shin, Won Hyung Lee, Xianshu Ju, Gi Ryang Kweon, Youngkwon Ko
BACKGROUND: Anesthesia during the synaptogenic period induces dendritic spine formation, which may affect neurodevelopment. The authors, therefore, evaluated whether changes in synaptic transmission after dendritic spine formation induced by sevoflurane were associated with long-term behavioral changes. The effects of sevoflurane on mitochondrial function were also assessed to further understand the mechanism behind spinogenesis. METHODS: Postnatal day 16 to 17 mice were exposed to sevoflurane (2...
December 6, 2016: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921020/epidemiology-of-cervical-spine-fractures
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Mahnaz Yadollahi, Shahram Paydar, Haleh Ghaem, Mohammad Ghorbani, Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, Ali Taheri Akerdi, Eimen Jalili, Mohammad Hadi Niakan, Hossein Ali Khalili, Ali Haghnegahdar, Shahram Bolandparvaz
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology of cervical spine fractures (CSfx) in trauma patients of general population is not yet exclusively known. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology of CSfx in trauma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from trauma patients admitted in the emergency room (ER) of Shiraz Shahid Rajaei hospital during the 3.5 years period from September 22, 2009 to March 21, 2013, were gathered. All trauma patients with CSfx and/or spinal cord injuries were included in the study...
July 2016: Trauma Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918892/the-effects-of-muscle-weakness-on-degenerative-spondylolisthesis-a-finite-element-study
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Rui Zhu, Wen-Xin Niu, Zhi-Li Zeng, Jian-Hua Tong, Zhi-Wei Zhen, Shuang Zhou, Yan Yu, Li-Ming Cheng
BACKGROUND: Whether muscle weakness is a cause, or result, of degenerative spondylolisthesis is not currently well understood. Little biomechanical evidence is available to offer an explanation for the mechanism behind exercise therapy. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the effects of back muscle weakness on degenerative spondylolisthesis and to tease out the biomechanical mechanism of exercise therapy. METHODS: A nonlinear 3-D finite element model of L3-L5 was constructed...
November 26, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916891/comparison-of-site-specific-bone-mineral-densities-between-endurance-runners-and-sprinters-in-adolescent-women
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Aoi Ikedo, Aya Ishibashi, Saori Matsumiya, Aya Kaizaki, Kumiko Ebi, Satoshi Fujita
We aimed to compare site-specific bone mineral densities (BMDs) between adolescent endurance runners and sprinters and examine the relationship of fat-free mass (FFM) and nutrient intake on BMD. In this cross-sectional study, 37 adolescent female endurance runners and sprinters (16.1 ± 0.8 years) were recruited. BMD and FFM were assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Nutrient intake and menstrual state were evaluated by questionnaires. After adjusting for covariates, spine and total bone less head (TBLH) BMDs were significantly higher in sprinters than endurance runners (TBLH, 1...
November 30, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916727/posttraumatic-administration-of-a-sub-anesthestic-dose-of-ketamine-exerts-neuroprotection-via-attenuating-inflammation-and-autophagy
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C-Q Wang, Y Ye, F Chen, W-C Han, J-M Sun, X Lu, R Guo, K Cao, M-J Zheng, L-C Liao
As a complex disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in long-term psychiatric changes and sensorimotor and cognitive impairments. The TBI-induced loss of memory and long-term cognitive dysfunction are related to mechanistic factors including an increased inflammatory response, autophagy, edema, and ischemia. Many published studies have offered evidence for the neuroprotective effects and anti-inflammatory properties of ketamine for TBI patients. Nonetheless, there is a limited understanding of the accurate mechanism that underlies the potential neuroprotective effects of ketamine...
December 1, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915066/the-impact-of-hospital-teaching-status-on-timing-of-intervention-inpatient-morbidity-and-mortality-after-surgery-for-vertebral-column-fractures-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Rafael De la Garza Ramos, Jonathan Nakhla, Rani Nasser, Ajit Jada, Daniel M Sciubba, Merritt D Kinon, Reza Yassari
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of hospital teaching status on the timing of intervention and inpatient morbidity and mortality after surgery for acute spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2002 - 2011) were reviewed. Patients were included if they had a diagnosis of closed vertebral column fracture with SCI, underwent spine surgery, and were admitted urgently or emergently. Early intervention (the day of or the day after admission), inpatient morbidity and mortality rates were compared between patients admitted to teaching versus nonteaching hospitals...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913248/no-evidence-of-local-adaptation-of-immune-responses-to-gyrodactylus-in-three-spined-stickleback-gasterosteus-aculeatus
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Shaun Robertson, Janette E Bradley, Andrew D C MacColl
Parasitism represents one of the most widespread lifestyles in the animal kingdom, with the potential to drive coevolutionary dynamics with their host population. Where hosts and parasites evolve together, we may find local adaptation. As one of the main host defences against infection, there is the potential for the immune response to be adapted to local parasites. In this study, we used the three-spined stickleback and its Gyrodactylus parasites to examine the extent of local adaptation of parasite infection dynamics and the immune response to infection...
November 29, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911743/synaptic-actin-dysregulation-a-convergent-mechanism-of-mental-disorders
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Zhen Yan, Eunjoon Kim, Dibyadeep Datta, David A Lewis, Scott H Soderling
Actin polymerization governs activity-dependent modulation of excitatory synapses, including their morphology and functionality. It is clear from human genetics that neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disturbances are multigenetic in nature, highlighting the need to better understand the critical neural pathways associated with these disorders and how they are altered by genetic risk alleles. One such signaling pathway that is heavily implicated by candidate genes for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders are regulators of signaling to the actin cytoskeleton, suggesting that its disruption and the ensuring abnormalities of spine structures and postsynaptic complexes is a commonly affected pathway in brain disorders...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909399/a-subset-of-autism-associated-genes-regulate-the-structural-stability-of-neurons
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Yu-Chih Lin, Jeannine A Frei, Michaela B C Kilander, Wenjuan Shen, Gene J Blatt
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a range of neurological conditions that affect individuals' ability to communicate and interact with others. People with ASD often exhibit marked qualitative difficulties in social interaction, communication, and behavior. Alterations in neurite arborization and dendritic spine morphology, including size, shape, and number, are hallmarks of almost all neurological conditions, including ASD. As experimental evidence emerges in recent years, it becomes clear that although there is broad heterogeneity of identified autism risk genes, many of them converge into similar cellular pathways, including those regulating neurite outgrowth, synapse formation and spine stability, and synaptic plasticity...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908784/cisplatin-induced-mitochondrial-dysfunction-is-associated-with-impaired-cognitive-function-in-rats
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Naomi Lomeli, Kaijun Di, Jennifer Czerniawski, John F Guzowski, Daniela A Bota
PURPOSE: Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) is commonly reported following the administration of chemotherapeutic agents and comprises a wide variety of neurological problems. No effective treatments for CRCI are currently available. Here we examined the mechanisms involving cisplatin-induced hippocampal damage following cisplatin administration in a rat model and in cultured rat hippocampal neurons and neural stem/progenitor cells (NSC). We also assessed the protective effects of the antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine in mitigating these damages...
November 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907000/whole-body-vibration-treatments-in-postmenopausal-women-can-improve-bone-mineral-density-results-of-a-stimulus-focussed-meta-analysis
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Antonio Fratini, Tecla Bonci, Anthony M J Bull
Whole body vibration treatment is a non-pharmacological intervention intended to stimulate muscular response and increase bone mineral density, particularly for postmenopausal women. The literature related to this topic is controversial, heterogeneous, and unclear despite the prospect of a major clinical effect.The aim of this study was to identify and systematically review the literature to assess the effect of whole body vibration treatments on bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women with a specific focus on the experimental factors that influence the stimulus...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905881/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-mediated-pain-and-inflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-posterolateral-arthrodesis
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Kendall Mitchell, Jill P Shah, Clifton L Dalgard, Lyubov V Tsytsikova, Ashley C Tipton, Anton E Dmitriev, Aviva J Symes
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is a pleiotropic, secreted molecule with diverse effects. The potent ability of BMP-2 to stimulate bone growth prompted its widespread clinical use for arthrodesis (spine fusion). However, elevated post-operative pain in patients treated with BMP-2 has been increasingly reported. Determining whether BMP-2 induces pain directly or whether it induces neuroinflammation, which could lower the threshold for pain, is important for developing therapeutic interventions...
December 1, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904493/beta-2-adrenergic-receptor-activation-enhances-neurogenesis-in-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
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Gao-Shang Chai, Yang-Yang Wang, Amina Yasheng, Peng Zhao
Impaired hippocampal neurogenesis is one of the early pathological features of Alzheimer's disease. Enhancing adult hippocampal neurogenesis has been pursued as a potential therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease. Recent studies have demonstrated that environmental novelty activates β2-adrenergic signaling and prevents the memory impairment induced by amyloid-β oligomers. Here, we hypothesized that β2-adrenoceptor activation would enhance neurogenesis and ameliorate memory deficits in Alzheimer's disease...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902690/decoding-the-interactions-regulating-the-active-state-mechanics-of-eukaryotic-protein-kinases
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Hiruy S Meharena, Xiaorui Fan, Lalima G Ahuja, Malik M Keshwani, Christopher L McClendon, Angela M Chen, Joseph A Adams, Susan S Taylor
Eukaryotic protein kinases regulate most cellular functions by phosphorylating targeted protein substrates through a highly conserved catalytic core. In the active state, the catalytic core oscillates between open, intermediate, and closed conformations. Currently, the intramolecular interactions that regulate the active state mechanics are not well understood. Here, using cAMP-dependent protein kinase as a representative model coupled with biochemical, biophysical, and computational techniques, we define a set of highly conserved electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions working harmoniously to regulate these mechanics...
November 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898076/growth-hormone-biases-amygdala-network-activation-after-fear-learning
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B Gisabella, S Farah, X Peng, A Burgos-Robles, S H Lim, K A Goosens
Prolonged stress exposure is a risk factor for developing posttraumatic stress disorder, a disorder characterized by the 'over-encoding' of a traumatic experience. A potential mechanism by which this occurs is through upregulation of growth hormone (GH) in the amygdala. Here we test the hypotheses that GH promotes the over-encoding of fearful memories by increasing the number of neurons activated during memory encoding and biasing the allocation of neuronal activation, one aspect of the process by which neurons compete to encode memories, to favor neurons that have stronger inputs...
November 29, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896457/the-value-of-quantitative-sensory-testing-in-spine-research
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Anja Tschugg, Wolfgang N Löscher, Sara Lener, Sebastian Hartmann, Matthias Wildauer, Sabrina Neururer, Claudius Thomé
The improvement of pain and functionality is the major goal of a surgical intervention. Thus, the purpose of the present prospective study was to evaluate whether subjective sensory deficits in patients with lumbar radiculopathy caused by a lumbar disc herniation are related to clinical status, using several outcome scores and the quantitative sensory testing (QST) pre- and 12 months postoperatively. We applied the QST in 52 patients with a single lumbar disc herniation treated by lumbar sequestrectomy pre- and 12 months postoperatively...
November 28, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895569/influence-of-lumbar-muscle-fatigue-on-trunk-adaptations-during-sudden-external-perturbations
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Jacques Abboud, François Nougarou, Arnaud Lardon, Claude Dugas, Martin Descarreaux
Introduction: When the spine is subjected to perturbations, neuromuscular responses such as reflex muscle contractions contribute to the overall balance control and spinal stabilization mechanisms. These responses are influenced by muscle fatigue, which has been shown to trigger changes in muscle recruitment patterns. Neuromuscular adaptations, e.g., attenuation of reflex activation and/or postural oscillations following repeated unexpected external perturbations, have also been described. However, the characterization of these adaptations still remains unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895200/demographics-mechanisms-of-injury-and-concurrent-injuries-associated-with-calcaneus-fractures-a-study-of-14-516-patients-in-the-american-college-of-surgeons-national-trauma-data-bank
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Daniel D Bohl, Nathaniel T Ondeck, Andre M Samuel, Pablo J Diaz-Collado, Stephen J Nelson, Bryce A Basques, Michael P Leslie, Jonathan N Grauer
: Background This study uses the American College of Surgeons National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) to update the field on the demographics, injury mechanisms, and concurrent injuries among a national sample of patients admitted to the hospital department with calcaneus fractures. Methods Patients with calcaneus fractures in the NTDB during 2011-2012 were identified and assessed. Results A total of 14 516 patients with calcaneus fractures were included. The most common comorbidity was hypertension (18%), and more than 90% of fractures occurred via traffic accident (49%) or fall (43%)...
November 28, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894252/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-the-genetic-basis-underlying-the-seasonal-development-of-keratinized-nuptial-spines-in-leptobrachium-boringii
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Wei Zhang, Yue Guo, Jun Li, Li Huang, Eric Gilbert Kazitsa, Hua Wu
BACKGROUND: The expression of sexually selected traits often varies with populations' breeding cycles in many animals. The elucidation of mechanisms underlying the expression of such traits is a research topic in evolutionary biology; however, the genetic basis of the seasonal development of their expression remains unknown. Male Leptobrachium boringii develop keratinized nuptial spines on their upper jaw during the breeding season that fall off when the breeding season ends. To illuminate the genetic basis for the expression of this trait and its seasonal development, we assessed the de novo transcriptome for L...
November 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886876/complications-in-the-management-of-patients-with-spine-trauma
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Stricsek, George Ghobrial, Jefferson Wilson, Thana Theofanis, James S Harrop
More than 50% of patients diagnosed with acute, traumatic spinal cord injury will experience at least 1 complication during their hospitalization. Age, severity of neurological injury, concurrent traumatic brain injury, comorbid illness, and mechanism of injury are all associated with increasing risk of complication. More than 75% of complications will occur within 2 weeks of injury. The complications associated with SCI carry a significant risk of morbidity and mortality; their early identification and management is critical in the care of the SCI patient...
January 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
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