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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107810/hierarchically-ordered-porous-and-high-volume-poly-caprolactone-pcl-microchannel-scaffolds-enhanced-axon-growth-in-transected-spinal-cords
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Dena Shahriari, Jacob Y Koffler, Mark H Tuszynski, Wendy M Campana, Jeff S Sakamoto
The goal of this work was to design nerve guidance scaffolds with a unique architecture to maximize the open volume available for nerve growth. Poly caprolactone (PCL) was selected as the scaffold material based on its biocompatibility and month-long degradation. Yet, dense PCL does not exhibit suitable properties such as porosity, stiffness, strength and cell adhesion to function as an effective nerve guidance scaffold. To address these shortcomings, PCL was processed using a modified salt-leaching technique to create uniquely controlled interconnected porosity...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105123/effect-of-anti-vegf-drugs-combined-with-photodynamic-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
#2
Yi Dong, Guangming Wan, Panshi Yan, Yue Chen, Wenzhan Wang, Guanghua Peng
We analyzed the effects of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ninety-six cases (192 eyes) of AMD were included in this study and randomly divided into the observation group and control group (n=48 cases per group). The control group was administered the treatment of Lucentis intravitreal injection alone and the observation group was administered Lucentis combined with PDT. The therapeutic effects were compared...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104683/panin-neuroendocrine-cells-promote-tumorigenesis-via-neuronal-crosstalk
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Smrita Sinha, Ya-Yuan Fu, Adrien Grimont, Maren Ketcham, Kelly J Lafaro, Joseph A Saglimbeni, Gokce Askan, Jennifer M Bailey, Jerry P Melchor, Yi Zhong, Min Geol Joo, Olivera Grbovic-Huezo, In-Hong Yang, Olca Basturk, Lindsey Baker, Youngkyu Park, Robert C Kurtz, David A Tuveson, Steven D Leach, Pankaj Pasricha
Nerves are a notable feature of the tumor microenvironment in some epithelial tumors, but their role in the malignant progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is uncertain. Here we identify dense innervation in the microenvironment of precancerous pancreatic lesions, known as pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasms (PanIN), and describe a unique subpopulation of neuroendocrine PanIN cells that express the neuropeptide substance P (SP) receptor Neurokinin 1-R (NK1-R). Using organoid culture, we demonstrated that sensory neurons promoted the proliferation of PanIN organoids via SP-NK1-R signaling and Stat3 activation...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102552/could-urinary-nerve-growth-factor-be-a-biomarker-for-overactive-bladder%C3%A2-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Wei Sheng, Hongwei Zhang, Kirschner-Hermanns Ruth
OBJECTIVE: The previously reported association between urinary nerve growth factor (NGF) and overactive bladder (OAB) was controversial. We performed this meta-analysis based on current available studies to sum up all evidence on this association. METHODS: Studies were identified by searching PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane library from inception to September 2016. Pooled standardized mean difference (SMD) with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using a random-effects model...
January 19, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101121/embryology-of-the-vno-and-associated-structures-in-the-grass-snake-natrix-natrix-squamata-naticinae-a-3d-perspective
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Paweł Kaczmarek, Mateusz Hermyt, Weronika Rupik
BACKGROUND: Snakes are considered to be vomerolfaction specialists. They are members of one of the most diverse groups of vertebrates, Squamata. The vomeronasal organ and the associated structures (such as the lacrimal duct, choanal groove, lamina transversalis anterior and cupola Jacobsoni) of adult lizards and snakes have received much anatomical, histological, physiological and behavioural attention. However, only limited embryological investigation into these structures, constrained to some anatomical or cellular studies and brief surveys, has been carried out thus far...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099630/the-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-gene-val66met-polymorphism-affects-memory-performance-in-older-adults
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Lucas A de Azeredo, Tatiana De Nardi, Mateus L Levandowski, Saulo G Tractenberg, Julia Kommers-Molina, Andrea Wieck, Tatiana Q Irigaray, Irênio G da Silva, Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira
Objective: Memory impairment is an important contributor to the reduction in quality of life experienced by older adults, and genetic risk factors seem to contribute to variance in age-related cognitive decline. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is an important nerve growth factor linked with development and neural plasticity. The Val66Met polymorphism in the BDNF gene has been associated with impaired episodic memory in adults, but whether this functional variant plays a role in cognitive aging remains unclear...
January 12, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099269/bilateral-leg-replantation-in-a-3-month-old-baby-after-a-knee-level-crush-amputation-a-2-year-follow-up
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Kresimir Bulic, Anko Antabak, Anto Dujmovic, Hrvoje Kisic, Mia Lorencin
We present a case of a successful bilateral leg replantation in a 3-month-old baby after a knee-level crush amputation with the loss of both knee joints. The legs were replanted after 4 hours of warm and an additional 2.5 and 3.5 hours of cold ischemia time. Both legs show motor and sensory reinnervation, without additional procedures performed on the right leg, and after a nerve reconstruction with cadaveric allografts on the left leg. Both replanted legs exhibit excellent bony and soft tissue growth. Two years after the injury, the patient is progressing well with rehabilitation, with favourable odds of having knee reconstructions performed at a later age...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099131/turner-syndrome-and-pituitary-adenomas-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Tiffany Yeh, Angela Ganan Soto, Jose Bernardo Quintos, Lisa Swartz Topor
BACKGROUND: Turner syndrome (TS) is the most common sex chromosome abnormality in females, typically associated with primary amenorrhea and premature ovarian failure due to gonadal dysgenesis. The association of TS with hypopituitarism is an uncommon finding. The objective of the study was to describe an adolescent with TS with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism and subsequent hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. CASE PRESENTATION: A 16-year-old female with primary amenorrhea was diagnosed with TS based on karyotype 45,XO...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098758/neurotrophin-promotes-neurite-outgrowth-by-inhibiting-rif-gtpase-activation-downstream-of-mapks-and-pi3k-signaling
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Xiaoxia Tian, Huijuan Yan, Jiayi Li, Shuang Wu, Junyu Wang, Lifei Fan
Members of the well-known semaphorin family of proteins can induce both repulsive and attractive signaling in neural network formation and their cytoskeletal effects are mediated in part by small guanosine 5'-triphosphatase (GTPases). The aim of this study was to investigate the cellular role of Rif GTPase in the neurotrophin-induced neurite outgrowth. By using PC12 cells which are known to cease dividing and begin to show neurite outgrowth responding to nerve growth factor (NGF), we found that semaphorin 6A was as effective as nerve growth factor at stimulating neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells, and that its neurotrophic effect was transmitted through signaling by mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096474/junb-regulates-angiogenesis-and-neurovascular-parallel-alignment-in-mouse-embryonic-skin
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Yasuo Yoshitomi, Takayuki Ikeda, Hidehito Saito, Yoshino Yoshitake, Yasuhito Ishigaki, Toshihisa Hatta, Nobuo Kato, Hideto Yonekura
Blood vessels and nerve fibers are often closely arranged in parallel throughout the body. Therefore, neurovascular interactions have been suggested to be important for the development of vascular networks. However, the molecular mechanisms and genes regulating this process remain unclear. In the present study, we investigated the genes that are activated in endothelial cells (ECs) following interactions with neurons during vascular development. Microarray analyses of human primary microvascular ECs co-cultured with mouse primary dorsal root ganglion cells showed that JunB is strongly upregulated in ECs by neurovascular interactions...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091556/vegf-b-promotes-recovery-of-corneal-innervations-and-trophic-functions-in-diabetic-mice
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Guohu Di, Xiaowen Zhao, Xia Qi, Songmei Zhang, Lu Feng, Weiyun Shi, Qingjun Zhou
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-B possesses the capacity of promoting injured peripheral nerve regeneration and restore their sensory and trophic functions. However, the contribution and mechanism of VEGF-B in diabetic peripheral neuropathy remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the expression and role of VEGF-B in diabetic corneal neuropathy by using type 1 diabetic mice and cultured trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons. Hyperglycemia attenuated the endogenous expression of VEGF-B in regenerated diabetic corneal epithelium, but not that of VEGF receptors in diabetic TG neurons and axons...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090659/the-effect-of-intradetrusor-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-a-on-urinary-ngf-tgf-beta-1-timp-2-levels-in-children-with-neurogenic-detrusor-overactivity-due-to-myelodysplasia
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Tuncay Top, Cagri Akin Sekerci, Banu Isbilen-Basok, Yiloren Tanidir, Ilker Tinay, Ferruh Kemal Isman, Cem Akbal, Ferruh Simsek, Tufan Tarcan
AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the value of urine nerve growth factor (NGF), transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-Beta-1), tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP-2) levels to predict the urodynamic profile before and after botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) treatment in children with myelodysplasia. METHODS: This prospective study included 15 children with myelodysplasia who underwent intradetrusor BoNT-A injections due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDOA)...
January 16, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090348/changes-in-hba1c-and-circulating-and-adipose-tissue-androgen-levels-in-overweight-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-in-response-to-electroacupuncture
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E Stener-Victorin, M Maliqueo, M Soligo, V Protto, L Manni, E Jerlhag, M Kokosar, A Sazonova, C J Behre, M Lind, C Ohlsson, K Højlund, A Benrick
AIM: Insulin sensitivity is ~40% lower in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than in controls. We tested the hypothesis that 5 weeks of electroacupuncture treatment improves glucose regulation and androgen levels in overweight/obese women with PCOS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventeen women with PCOS, aged 18 to 38 years, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥25 kg/m(2) and diagnosed with PCOS were included in this experimental and feasibility study and subjected to five weeks of electroacupuncture treatments three times/week...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089729/urinary-biomarkers-in-women-with-refractory-urgency-urinary-incontinence-randomized-to-sacral-neuromodulation-versus-onabotulinumtoxina-compared-to-controls
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Holly E Richter, Pamela Moalli, Cindy L Amundsen, Anna P Malykhina, Dennis Wallace, Rebecca Rogers, Deborah Myers, Maria Paraiso, Michael Albo, Haolin Shi, Tracy Nolen, Susie Meikle, R Ann Word
PURPOSE: To measure urinary biomarker levels in women with refractory urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) and controls at baseline and 6 months post treatment from sacral neuromodulation (SNM) or intradetrusor injection onabotulinumtoxinA and to assess association of baseline biomarkers to post treatment UUI episodes (UUIE) and overactive bladder (OAB) symptom bother outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: First morning urines were collected from consented trial participants and age-matched women without UUI...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081461/bdnf-gene-delivery-mediated-by-neuron-targeted-nanoparticles-is-neuroprotective-in-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Cátia D F Lopes, Nádia P Gonçalves, Carla P Gomes, Maria J Saraiva, Ana P Pêgo
Neuron-targeted gene delivery is a promising strategy to treat peripheral neuropathies. Here we propose the use of polymeric nanoparticles based on thiolated trimethyl chitosan (TMCSH) to mediate targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons upon a peripheral and minimally invasive intramuscular administration. Nanoparticles were grafted with the non-toxic carboxylic fragment of the tetanus neurotoxin (HC) to allow neuron targeting and were explored to deliver a plasmid DNA encoding for the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in a peripheral nerve injury model...
March 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079757/pathogenesis-of-abdominal-pain-in-bowel-obstruction-role-of-mechanical-stress-induced-upregulation-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-gut-smooth-muscle-cells
#16
You-Min Lin, Yu Fu, John Winston, Ravi Radhakrishnan, Sushil K Sarna, Li-Yen M Huang, Xuan-Zheng Shi
Abdominal pain is one of the major symptoms in bowel obstruction (BO); its cellular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. We tested the hypothesis that mechanical stress in obstruction upregulates expression of nociception mediator nerve growth factor (NGF) in gut smooth muscle cells (SMC), and NGF sensitizes primary sensory nerve to contribute to pain in BO. Partial colon obstruction was induced with a silicon band implanted in the distal bowel of Sprague-Dawley rats. Colon-projecting sensory neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG, T13 to L2) were identified for patch clamp and gene expression studies...
January 6, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076568/immunohistochemical-analysis-of-retinoblastoma-cell-phenotype-using-neuronal-and-glial-cell-markers
#17
María Eugenia Orellana, Rubens Belfort, Emilia Antecka, Miguel Noel Burnier
Purpose: The cellular origin of retinoblastoma is uncertain as constituent tumor cells heterogeneously express markers of both immature and mature retinal cells. An immunohistochemical analysis of cellular origin may yield valuable insights into disease progression and treatment options. This study aimed to determine the cellular origin of retinoblastoma in a large case series and correlate these findings with histopathological prognostic factors. Methods: Thirty-nine retinoblastoma cases were histopathologically diagnosed and analyzed by immunohistochemistry using monoclonal antibodies against the immature neural cell marker SRY-box containing gene 2 (SOX-2), the mature neuronal cell marker microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2), and the mature glial cell marker glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076410/role-for-egr1-in-the-transcriptional-program-associated-with-neuronal-differentiation-of-pc12-cells
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Kenneth W Adams, Sergey Kletsov, Ryan J Lamm, Jessica S Elman, Steven Mullenbrock, Geoffrey M Cooper
PC12 cells are a well-established model to study how differences in signal transduction duration can elicit distinct cell behaviors. Epidermal growth factor (EGF) activates transient ERK signaling in PC12 cells that lasts 30-60 min, which in turn promotes proliferation; nerve growth factor (NGF) activates more sustained ERK signaling that lasts 4-6 h, which in turns induces neuronal differentiation. Data presented here extend a previous study by Mullenbrock et al. (2011) that demonstrated that sustained ERK signaling in response to NGF induces preferential expression of a 69-member gene set compared to transient ERK signaling in response to EGF and that the transcription factors AP-1 and CREB play a major role in the preferential expression of several genes within the set...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074518/editorial-increased-expression-of-nerve-growth-factor-correlates-with-visceral-hypersensitivity-and-impaired-gut-barrier-function-in-diarrhoea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome-authors-reply
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EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074514/editorial-increased-expression-of-nerve-growth-factor-correlates-with-visceral-hypersensitivity-and-impaired-gut-barrier-function-in-diarrhoea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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EDITORIAL
S M P Bennet, H Törnblom
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February 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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