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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748319/diverse-action-of-repeated-corticosterone-treatment-on-synaptic-transmission-neuronal-plasticity-and-morphology-in-superficial-and-deep-layers-of-the-rat-motor-cortex
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Joanna Kula, Anna Gugula, Anna Blasiak, Bartosz Bobula, Joanna Danielewicz, Alan Kania, Grzegorz Tylko, Grzegorz Hess
One of the adverse effects of prolonged stress in rats is impaired performance of skilled reaching and walking tasks. The mechanisms that lead to these abnormalities are incompletely understood. Therefore, we compared the effects of twice daily repeated corticosterone injections for 7 days on miniature excitatory postsynaptic currents (mEPSCs), as well as on synaptic plasticity and morphology of layers II/III and V pyramidal neurons of the primary motor cortex (M1) of male Wistar rats. Corticosterone treatment resulted in increased frequency, but not amplitude, of mEPSCs in layer II/III neurons accompanied by increased complexity of the apical part of their dendritic tree, with no changes in the density of dendritic spines...
July 27, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744839/methodology-to-produce-specimen-specific-models-of-vertebrae-application-to-different-species
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Fernando Y Zapata-Cornelio, Gavin A Day, Ruth H Coe, Sebastien N F Sikora, Vithanage N Wijayathunga, Sami M Tarsuslugil, Marlène Mengoni, Ruth K Wilcox
Image-based continuum-level finite element models have been used for bones to evaluate fracture risk and the biomechanical effects of diseases and therapies, capturing both the geometry and tissue mechanical properties. Although models of vertebrae of various species have been developed, an inter-species comparison has not yet been investigated. The purpose of this study was to derive species-specific modelling methods and compare the accuracy of image-based finite element models of vertebrae across species...
July 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742159/%C3%AE-adrenergic-signaling-broadly-contributes-to-ltp-induction
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Joanna Jȩdrzejewska-Szmek, Vincent Luczak, Ted Abel, Kim T Blackwell
Long-lasting forms of long-term potentiation (LTP) represent one of the major cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. One of the fundamental questions in the field of LTP is why different molecules are critical for long-lasting forms of LTP induced by diverse experimental protocols. Further complexity stems from spatial aspects of signaling networks, such that some molecules function in the dendrite and some are critical in the spine. We investigated whether the diverse experimental evidence can be unified by creating a spatial, mechanistic model of multiple signaling pathways in hippocampal CA1 neurons...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739045/filamin-b-the-next-hotspot-in-skeletal-research
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REVIEW
Qiming Xu, Nan Wu, Lijia Cui, Zhihong Wu, Guixing Qiu
Filamin B (FLNB) is a large dimeric actin-binding protein which crosslinks actin cytoskeleton filaments into a dynamic structure. Up to present, pathogenic mutations in FLNB are solely found to cause skeletal deformities, indicating the important role of FLNB in skeletal development. FLNB-related disorders are classified as spondylocarpotarsal synostosis (SCT), Larsen syndrome (LS), atelosteogenesis (AO), boomerang dysplasia (BD), and isolated congenital talipes equinovarus, presenting with scoliosis, short-limbed dwarfism, clubfoot, joint dislocation and other unique skeletal abnormalities...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738168/role-of-age-and-injury-mechanism-in-cervical-spine-injury-tolerance-under-head-contact-loading
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Narayan Yoganandan, Sajal Chirvi, Liming Voo, Frank A Pintar, Anjishnu Banerjee
OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of age on cervical spine tolerance to injury from head contact loading using survival analysis. METHODS: This study analyzed data from previously conducted experiments using Post Mortem Human Subject specimens (PMHS). Group A tests used the upright intact head-cervical column experimental model. The inferior end of the specimen was fixed, head was balanced by a mechanical system, and natural lordosis was removed. Specimens were placed on a testing device via a load cell...
July 24, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735442/mechanisms-regulating-dendritic-arbor-patterning
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REVIEW
Fernanda Ledda, Gustavo Paratcha
The nervous system is populated by diverse types of neurons, each of which has dendritic trees with strikingly different morphologies. These neuron-specific morphologies determine how dendritic trees integrate thousands of synaptic inputs to generate different firing properties. To ensure proper neuronal function and connectivity, it is necessary that dendrite patterns are precisely controlled and coordinated with synaptic activity. Here, we summarize the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate the formation of cell type-specific dendrite patterns during development...
July 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734458/rett-like-severe-encephalopathy-caused-by-a-de%C3%A2-novo-grin2b-mutation-is-attenuated-by-d-serine-dietary-supplement
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David Soto, Mireia Olivella, Cristina Grau, Judith Armstrong, Clara Alcon, Xavier Gasull, Macarena Gómez de Salazar, Esther Gratacòs-Batlle, David Ramos-Vicente, Víctor Fernández-Dueñas, Francisco Ciruela, Àlex Bayés, Carlos Sindreu, Anna López-Sala, Àngels García-Cazorla, Xavier Altafaj
BACKGROUND: N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play pivotal roles in synaptic development, plasticity, neural survival, and cognition. Despite recent reports describing the genetic association between de novo mutations of NMDAR subunits and severe psychiatric diseases, little is known about their pathogenic mechanisms and potential therapeutic interventions. Here we report a case study of a 4-year-old Rett-like patient with severe encephalopathy carrying a missense de novo mutation in GRIN2B(p...
June 16, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733898/d-cycloserine-ameliorates-autism-like-deficits-by-removing-glua2-containing-ampa-receptors-in-a-valproic-acid-induced-rat-model
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Han-Fang Wu, Po See Chen, Ya-Ting Hsu, Chi-Wei Lee, Tzu-Feng Wang, Yi-Ju Chen, Hui-Ching Lin
Valproic acid (VPA)-exposed rat offspring have demonstrated autism spectrum disorder (ASD) phenotypes and impaired N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent long-term depression (LTD) in the lateral nucleus of the amygdala. NMDAR partial agonist D-cycloserine (DCS) has been reported to act as a cognitive enhancer by increasing the NMDAR response to improve autistic-like phenotypes in animals. However, the mechanism of DCS in alleviating the ASD is still unknown. Using combined behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular approaches, we found that DCS administration rescued social interaction deficits and anxiety/repetitive-like behaviors observed in VPA-exposed offspring...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733722/non-specific-chronic-low-back-pain-differences-in-spinal-kinematics-in-subgroups-during-functional-tasks
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Rebecca Hemming, Liba Sheeran, Robert van Deursen, Valerie Sparkes
PURPOSE: A multidimensional classification approach suggests that motor control impairment subgroups exist in non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP). Differences in sitting lumbar posture have been identified between two such subgroups [flexion pattern (FP) and active extension pattern (AEP)] and healthy individuals; however, functional spinal movement has not been explored. This study will evaluate whether NSCLBP subgroups exhibit regional spinal kinematic differences, compared to healthy individuals, during functional tasks...
July 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733037/efficient-probabilistic-finite-element-analysis-of-a-lumbar-motion-segment
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Dana J Coombs, Paul J Rullkoetter, Peter J Laz
Finite element models of the lumbar spine are useful in assessing biomechanics and performance of implants. Models are often developed using the anatomy of an individual subject. Average mechanical property values for the annulus and other soft tissue structures are typically utilized from the literature, as data for the same subject are not available. However, these properties can have significant variability. While probabilistic methods enable the impact of soft tissue property variability on spine mechanics to be assessed, they often require lengthy computation times...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729535/pld1-promotes-dendritic-spine-development-by-inhibiting-adam10-mediated-n-cadherin-cleavage
#11
Li-Da Luo, Gang Li, Yun Wang
Synapses are the basic units of information transmission, processing and integration in the nervous system. Dysfunction of the synaptic development has been recognized as one of the main reasons for mental dementia and psychiatric diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and autism. However, the underlying mechanisms of the synapse formation are far from clear. Here we report that phospholipase D1 (PLD1) promotes the development of dendritic spines in hippocampal neurons. We found that overexpressing PLD1 increases both the density and the area of dendritic spines...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728206/-subaxial-cervical-spine-injuries-treatment-recommendations-of-the-german-orthopedic-and-trauma-society
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Philipp Schleicher, Matti Scholz, Frank Kandziora, Andreas Badke, Florian Hans Brakopp, Helmut Klaus Friedrich Ekkerlein, Erol Gercek, Rene Hartensuer, Philipp Hartung, Jan-Sven Gilbert Jarvers, Philipp Kobbe, Stefan Matschke, Robert Morrison, Christian W Müller, Miguel Pishnamaz, Maximilian Reinhold, Klaus John Schnake, Gregor Schmeiser, Gregor Stein, Bernhard Ullrich, Thomas Weiß, Volker Zimmermann
In a consensus process during four sessions in 2016, the working group "lower cervical spine" of the German Society for Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery (DGOU), formulated "Therapeutic Recommendations for the Lower Cervical Spine", taking into consideration the current literature. Therapeutic goals are a permanently stable, painless cervical spine and the protection against secondary neurologic damage while retaining the greatest possible amount of motion and spinal profile. Due to its ease of use and its proven good reliability, the AOSpine classification for subaxial cervical injuries should be used...
July 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725032/remora-cranial-vein-morphology-and-its-functional-implications-for-attachment
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Brooke E Flammang
Remora fishes adhere to, and maintain long-term, reversible attachment with, surfaces of varying roughness and compliance under wetted high-shear conditions using an adhesive disc that evolved from the dorsal fin spines typical of other fishes. Evolution of this complex hierarchical structure required extensive reorganization of the skull and fin spines, but the functional role of the soft tissues of the disc are poorly understood. Here I show that remora cranial veins are highly-modified in comparison to those of other vertebrates; they are transposed anteriorly and enlarged, and lie directly ventral to the disc on the dorsum of the cranium...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723545/spineless-behavior-of-cx3cr1-monocytes-in-response-to-infection
#14
Paul A Muller, Daniel Mucida
Sickness in mammals can lead to cognition deficits, although the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. In a recent Nature Medicine article, Garré et al. (2017) report that sickness-induced cortical dendritic spine loss and impaired memory formation is mediated by CX3CR1(+) monocyte-derived TNF-α.
July 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721134/osteoporosis-in-men
#15
REVIEW
Waldemar Misiorowski
Osteoporotic fractures are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among aging men. 30% of all hip fractures occur in men, and mortality resulting from not only the hip fracture, but also the spine and other major osteoporotic fractures, is significantly higher in men than in women. As in women, hypogonadism is the best documented risk factor for developing osteoporosis in men. In older men, testosterone levels are negatively correlated with the risk of fractures, and it seems that this age-related testosterone deficiency should not be considered as one of the many causes of secondary osteoporosis, rather one of the major and most important mechanisms of senile osteoporosis...
June 2017: Przeglad Menopauzalny, Menopause Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720987/management-of-post-traumatic-neglected-cervical-facet-dislocation
#16
Vinay Prabhat, Tankeshwar Boruah, Hitesh Lal, Ramesh Kumar, Ashish Dagar, Harekrushna Sahu
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic unilateral or bilateral sub-axial cervical spine dislocations with locked facets are quite common. In developing countries like India, many patients with cervical injuries report late due to many reasons like rural backgrounds, lack of infrastructures and skilled surgeons, unawareness, poor socioeconomic status, lack of transportation to the specialized center with proper facility, etc. Early management is essential to maximize better neurological outcome. Delayed or neglected presentation makes treatment more challenging...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720522/patients-with-non-ambulatory-cerebral-palsy-have-higher-sclerostin-levels-and-lower-bone-mineral-density-than-patients-with-ambulatory-cerebral-palsy
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Yoon-Kyum Shin, Young Kwon Yoon, Kyung Bae Chung, Yumie Rhee, Sung-Rae Cho
Bone loss is a serious clinical issue in patients with cerebral palsy (CP). Sclerostin has garnered interest as a key mechanosensor in osteocytes, leading to considerations of the therapeutic utilization of anti-sclerostin medications. This study was undertaken to determine associations among mechanical unloading, sclerostin levels, and bone imbalance in patients with CP. A total of 28 patients with CP participated in this cross-sectional study. The following measurements were taken: anthropometrics, clinical diagnosis of CP subtype and ambulatory status, bone mineral density (BMD) z-scores at the lumbar spine and hip, and blood biochemical markers, including sclerostin, parathyroid hormone (PTH), osteocalcin, C-terminal telopeptide, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, creatinine, calcium, and phosphorus...
July 15, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719878/the-effects-of-fluoride-on-neuronal-function-occurs-via-cytoskeleton-damage-and-decreased-signal-transmission
#18
Lingli Chen, Hongmei Ning, Zhihong Yin, Xiaochao Song, Yongchao Feng, Hao Qin, Yi Li, Jundong Wang, Yaming Ge, Wenkui Wang
It has been reported that fluoride exposure may cause serious public health problems, particularly neurotoxicity. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study used Neuro-2A cells to investigate the effects of fluoride on the cytoskeleton. The Neuro-2A cells were exposed to 0, 1, 2, 4 and 6 mM sodium fluoride (NaF) for 24 h. Cell viability and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release were examined. It was observed that exposure to NaF reduced cell viability, disrupted cellular membrane integrity, and high levels of LDH were released...
June 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718323/modern-approaches-to-the-management-of-metastatic-epidural-spinal-cord-compression
#19
Zain A Husain, Arjun Sahgal, Eric L Chang, Pejman Jabehdar Maralani, Charlotte D Kubicky, Kristin J Redmond, Charles Fisher, Ilya Laufer, Simon S Lo
Metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) is an oncologic emergency requiring prompt treatment to maximize neurologic function, ambulatory function and local control. Traditionally, options for MESCC included external beam radiation therapy with or without surgery. Surgery has usually been reserved for the patient with optimal performance status, single level MESCC or mechanical instability. Advances in external beam radiation therapy such as the development of stereotactic body radiation therapy have allowed for the delivery of high-dose radiation, allowing for both long-term pain and local control...
July 18, 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717391/transcriptional-mechanisms-underlying-life-history-responses-to-climate-change-in-the-three-spined-stickleback
#20
Sin-Yeon Kim, Maria M Costa, Anna Esteve-Codina, Alberto Velando
Phenotypic plasticity, the ability of an organism to express different phenotypes depending on the environment, provides an important mechanism by which an animal population can persist under rapid climate change. We experimentally tested both life-history and transcriptional responses of an ecological model species, the three-spined stickleback, to warm acclimation at the southern edge of its European range. We explored cross-environment genetic correlations of key life-history traits in male sticklebacks exposed to long-term temperature changes to examine whether the plasticity pattern was variable among genotypes by using a character-state approach...
August 2017: Evolutionary Applications
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