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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149204/evaluation-of-osseous-integration-of-titanium-orthopedic-screws-with-novel-sla-treatment-in-porcine-model
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Tzu-Hsiang Lin, Hsin-Tai Hu, Hsueh-Chun Wang, Meng-Chian Wu, Shu-Wei Wu, Ming-Long Yeh
The success of many endosseous implants in orthopaedic and dental applications depends on the surface characteristics, as they affect osseous integration. Previous investigations indicated that a novel large-grit sand-blasted and acid-etched (SLA) titanium (denoted as SLAffinity-Ti) implant had better bone integration than that of a comparably shaped implant with a plasma-sprayed titanium surface. The purpose of the present investigation was to create a SLAffinity surface on pedicle screws and trauma screws and to compare it with the surfaces of a sand-blasted-only implant and commercial implants in terms of bone integration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145877/trajectory-of-instantaneous-axis-of-rotation-in-fixed-lumbar-spine-with-instrumentation
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Masataka Inoue, Tetsutaro Mizuno, Toshihiko Sakakibara, Takaya Kato, Takamasa Yoshikawa, Tadashi Inaba, Yuichi Kasai
BACKGROUND: Several studies showed instantaneous axis of rotation (IAR) in the intact spine. However, there has been no report on the trajectory of the IAR of a damaged spine or that of a fixed spine with instrumentation. It is the aim of this study to investigate the trajectory of the IAR of the lumbar spine using the vertebra of deer. METHODS: Functional spinal units (L5-6) from five deer were evaluated with six-axis material testing machine. As specimen models, we prepared a normal model, a damaged model, and a pedicle screw (PS) model...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145437/assessment-of-the-suitability-of-biodegradable-rods-for-use-in-posterior-lumbar-fusion-an-in-vitro-biomechanical-evaluation-and-finite-element-analysis
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Fon-Yih Tsuang, Yueh-Ying Hsieh, Yi-Jie Kuo, Chia-Hsien Chen, Feng-Huei Lin, Chen-Sheng Chen, Chang-Jung Chiang
Interbody fusion with posterior instrumentation is a common method for treating lumbar degenerative disc diseases. However, the high rigidity of the fusion construct may produce abnormal stresses at the adjacent segment and lead to adjacent segment degeneration (ASD). As such, biodegradable implants are becoming more popular for use in orthopaedic surgery. These implants offer sufficient stability for fusion but at a reduced stiffness. Tailored to degrade over a specific timeframe, biodegradable implants could potentially mitigate the drawbacks of conventional stiff constructs and reduce the loading on adjacent segments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143901/combined-vertebral-augmentation-and-radiofrequency-ablation-in-the-management-of-spinal-metastases-an-update
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REVIEW
Ning Mao Kam, Julian Maingard, Hong Kuan Kok, Dinesh Ranatunga, Duncan Brooks, William C Torreggiani, Peter L Munk, Michael J Lee, Ronil V Chandra, Hamed Asadi
Spinal metastases are the most commonly encountered tumour of the spine, occurring in up to 40% of patients with cancer. Each year, approximately 5% of cancer patients will develop spinal metastases. This number is expected to increase as the life expectancy of cancer patients increases. Patients with spinal metastases experience severe and frequently debilitating pain, which often decreases their remaining quality of life. With a median survival of less than 1 year, the goals of treatment in spinal metastases are reducing pain, improving or maintaining level of function and providing mechanical stability...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142637/lateral-lumbar-interbody-fusion-and-in-situ-screw-fixation-for-rostral-adjacent-segment-stenosis-of-the-lumbar-spine
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Young Hoon Choi, Shin Won Kwon, Jung Hyeon Moon, Chi Heon Kim, Chun Kee Chung, Sung Bae Park, Won Heo
Objective: The purpose of this study is to describe the detailed surgical technique and short-term clinical and radiological outcomes of lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) and in situ lateral screw fixation using a conventional minimally invasive screw fixation system (MISF) for revision surgery to treat rostral lumbar adjacent segment disease. Methods: The medical and radiological records were retrospectively reviewed. The surgery was indicated in 10 consecutive patients with rostral adjacent segment stenosis and instability...
November 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137928/camkii%C3%AE-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-nmdar-hypofunction-schizophrenia-putative-roles-for-igf-1r-and-tlr4
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O M Ogundele, C C Lee
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that is linked to social behavioral deficits and other negative symptoms associated with hippocampal synaptic dysfunction. Synaptic mechanism of schizophrenia is characterized by loss of hippocampal N-Methyl-d-Aspartate Receptor (NMDAR) activity (NMDAR hypofunction) and dendritic spines. Previous studies show that genetic deletion of hippocampal synaptic regulatory calcium-calmodulin dependent kinase II alpha (CaMKIIα) cause synaptic and behavioral defects associated with schizophrenia in mice...
November 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137651/abnormal-dendritic-calcium-activity-and-synaptic-depotentiation-occur-early-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yang Bai, Miao Li, Yanmei Zhou, Lei Ma, Qian Qiao, Wanling Hu, Wei Li, Zachary Patrick Wills, Wen-Biao Gan
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by amyloid deposition, tangle formation as well as synapse loss. Synaptic abnormalities occur early in the pathogenesis of AD. Identifying early synaptic abnormalities and their underlying mechanisms is likely important for the prevention and treatment of AD. METHODS: We performed in vivo two-photon calcium imaging to examine the activities of somas, dendrites and dendritic spines of layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons in the primary motor cortex in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mouse model of AD and age-matched wild type control mice...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133434/pkd1-promotes-functional-synapse-formation-coordinated-with-n-cadherin-in-hippocampus
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Cheng Cen, Li-Da Luo, Wen-Qi Li, Gang Li, Na-Xi Tian, Ge Zheng, Dong-Min Yin, Yimin Zou, Yun Wang
Functional synapse formation is critical for the wiring of neural circuits in the developing brain. The cell adhesion molecule N-cadherin plays important roles in target recognition and synaptogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the localization of N-cadherin and the subsequent effects remain poorly understood. Here, we show that protein kinase D1 (PKD1) directly binds to N-cadherin at amino acid residues 836-871 and phosphorylates it at Ser 869, 871, 872, thereby increasing the surface localization of N-cadherin and promoting functional synapse formation in primary cultured hippocampal neurons obtained from embryonic day 18 rat embryos of either sex...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133321/can-physical-assessment-techniques-aid-diagnosis-in-people-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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Lucy Hives, Alice Bradley, Jim Richards, Chris Sutton, James Selfe, Bhaskar Basu, Kerry Maguire, Gail Sumner, Tarek Gaber, Annice Mukherjee, Raymond N Perrin
OBJECTIVE: To assess five physical signs to see whether they can assist in the screening of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and potentially lead to quicker treatment. METHODS: This was a diagnostic accuracy study with inter-rater agreement assessment. Participants recruited from two National Health Service hospitals, local CFS/ME support groups and the community were examined by three practitioners on the same day in a randomised order...
November 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133001/effects-of-low-bone-mineral-status-on-biomechanical-characteristics-in-idiopathic-scoliotic-spinal-deformity
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Xiao-Xing Song, Lin-Yu Jin, Xin-Feng Li, Lie Qian, Hong-Xing Shen, Zu-De Liu, Bu-Wei Yu
BACKGROUND: Low bone mass in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients has been well reported. Poor bone quality was regarded as a new and unique prognostic factor in aggravating the curve progression. However, the potential biomechanical correlation between them remains unclear. METHODS: Three-dimensional finite element models of idiopathic scoliotic spine with different bone mineral status were created for axial loading simulation. Axial load of three different body weights were applied on different bone mineral mass models...
November 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130656/-design-of-minimal-invasive-screw-on-posterior-pelvis-ring-and-pelvic-finite-element-analysis
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Fan Tang, Li Min, Yan-Ling Wang, Bo Qu, Yong Zhou, Yi Luo, Wen-Li Zhang, Rui Shi, Hong Duan, Chong-Qi Tu
OBJECTIVE: To design minimal invasive screw on posterior pelvic ring and perform threedimensional finite element analysis based on a pelvis finite element model. METHODS: We measured the pelvic anatomical data of 20 healthy volunteers and identified potential designs for minimal invasive screw on posterior pelvic ring. A finite element model of pelvis was then established. Threedimensional finite element analyses were performed under static and dynamic mechanical loading,respectively...
September 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126979/ropivacaine-and-bupivacaine-prevent-increased-pain-sensitivity-without-altering-neuroimmune-activation-following-repeated-social-defeat-stress
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Caroline M Sawicki, January K Kim, Michael D Weber, Brant L Jarrett, Jonathan P Godbout, John F Sheridan, Michelle Humeidan
Mounting evidence indicates that stress influences the experience of pain. Exposure to psychosocial stress disrupts bi-directional communication pathways between the central nervous system and peripheral immune system, and can exacerbate the frequency and severity of pain experienced by stressed subjects. Repeated social defeat (RSD) is a murine model of psychosocial stress that recapitulates the immune and behavioral responses to stress observed in humans, including activation of stress-reactive neurocircuitry and increased pro-inflammatory cytokine production...
November 7, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126411/thermal-conditions-during-early-life-influence-seasonal-maternal-strategies-in-the-three-spined-stickleback
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Sin-Yeon Kim, Neil B Metcalfe, Alberto da Silva, Alberto Velando
BACKGROUND: Conditions experienced by a female during early life may affect her reproductive strategies and maternal investment later in life. This effect of early environmental conditions is a potentially important mechanism by which animals can compensate for the negative impacts of climate change. In this study, we experimentally tested whether three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) change their maternal strategy according to environmental temperatures experienced earlier in life...
November 10, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124353/oligomer-prone-e57k-mutant-alpha-synuclein-exacerbates-integration-deficit-of-adult-hippocampal-newborn-neurons-in-transgenic-mice
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Martin Regensburger, Sebastian R Schreglmann, Svenja Stoll, Edward Rockenstein, Sandra Loskarn, Wei Xiang, Eliezer Masliah, Beate Winner
In the adult mammalian hippocampus, new neurons are constantly added to the dentate gyrus. Adult neurogenesis is impaired in several neurodegenerative mouse models including α-synuclein (a-syn) transgenic mice. Among different a-syn species, a-syn oligomers were reported to be the most toxic species for neurons. Here, we studied the impact of wild-type vs. oligomer-prone a-syn on neurogenesis. We compared the wild-type a-syn transgenic mouse model (Thy1-WTS) to its equivalent transgenic for oligomer-prone E57K-mutant a-syn (Thy1-E57K)...
November 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124300/xanthoceraside-modulates-nr2b-containing-nmda-receptors-at-synapses-and-rescues-learning-memory-deficits-in-app-ps1-transgenic-mice
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Lin Zhu, Lei Yang, Xuemei Zhao, Danyang Liu, Xiaoli Guo, Peng Liu, Tianyan Chi, Xuefei Ji, Libo Zou
RATIONALE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by memory loss and synaptic damage. Previous studies suggested that xanthoceraside decreases glutamate-induced PC12 cell death, ameliorates memory deficits, and increases the number of dendritic spines in AD mice. These results indicated that xanthoceraside might have activities that protect synaptic plasticity. Herein, we detected the effect of xanthoceraside on synaptic function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three-month-old APP/PS1 transgenic mice were orally treated with xanthoceraside (0...
November 9, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123477/the-effects-of-medium-spiny-neuron-morphologcial-changes-on-basal-ganglia-network-under-external-electric-field-a-computational-modeling-study
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Xiaohan Zhang, Shenquan Liu, Feibiao Zhan, Jing Wang, Xiaofang Jiang
The damage of dopaminergic neurons that innervate the striatum has been considered to be the proximate cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). In the dopamine-denervated state, the loss of dendritic spines and the decrease of dendritic length may prevent medium spiny neuron (MSN) from receiving too much excitatory stimuli from the cortex, thereby reducing the symptom of Parkinson's disease. However, the reduction in dendritic spine density obtained by different experiments is significantly different. We developed a biological-based network computational model to quantify the effect of dendritic spine loss and dendrites tree degeneration on basal ganglia (BG) signal regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122191/identifying-interactive-effects-of-task-demands-in-lifting-on-estimates-of-in-vivo-low-back-joint-loads
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Chad E Gooyers, Tyson A C Beach, David M Frost, Samuel J Howarth, Jack P Callaghan
This investigation examined interactions between the magnitude of external load, movement speed and (a)symmetry of load placement on estimates of in vivo joint loading in the lumbar spine during simulated occupational lifting. Thirty-two participants with manual materials handling experience were included in the study. Three-dimensional motion data, ground reaction forces, and activation of six bilateral trunk muscle groups were captured while participants performed lifts with two loads at two movement speeds and using two load locations...
February 2018: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121894/frequency-of-acute-cervical-and-lumbar-pathology-in-common-types-of-motor-vehicle-collisions-a-retrospective-record-review
#18
Rami Hashish, Hasan Badday
BACKGROUND: There are more than 5 million motor vehicle collisions annually in the United States, resulting in more than 2 million injured occupants. The most common types of collisions are head-on impacts, rear-ends, side-swipes, and t-bones, whilst the most common injury sites are the cervical and lumbar spine. The purpose of this retrospective record review was to examine the differences in frequency of cervical and lumbar pathology across and between these common collision types. METHODS: Nine-hundred and three patients were included in this analysis, 88 of whom described being in a head-on collision, 546 in a rear-end, 123 in a side-swipe, and 146 in a t-bone...
November 9, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118695/synapse-innervation-and-associative-memory-cell-are-recruited-for-integrative-storage-of-whisker-and-odor-signals-in-the-barrel-cortex-through-mirna-mediated-processes
#19
Zhuofan Lei, Dangui Wang, Na Chen, Ke Ma, Wei Lu, Zhenhua Song, Shan Cui, Jin-Hui Wang
Associative learning is a common way for information acquisition, and the integrative storage of multiple associated signals is essential for associative thinking and logical reasoning. In terms of the cellular mechanism for associative memory, our studies by behavioral task and cellular imaging demonstrate that paired whisker and odor stimulations lead to odorant-induced whisker motion and associative memory cell recruitment in the barrel cortex (BC), which is driven presumably by synapse innervation from co-activated sensory cortices...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118110/cellular-functions-of-the-autism-risk-factor-ptchd1-in-mice
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David Tora, Andrea M Gomez, Jean-Francois Michaud, Patricia T Yam, Frédéric Charron, Peter Scheiffele
The gene PTCHD1 is mutated in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) and has been hypothesized to contribute to Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling and synapse formation. We identify a panel of Ptchd1 interacting proteins that include postsynaptic density proteins and the retromer complex, revealing a link to critical regulators of dendritic and postsynaptic trafficking. Ptchd1 knock-out male mice exhibit cognitive alterations, including defects in a novel object recognition task...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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