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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453855/nerve-reinnervation-and-itch-behaviour-in-a-rat-burn-wound-model
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Tiam M Saffari, Barthold N Schüttenhelm, Johan W van Neck, Jan C Holstege
In this study, we investigated whether post-burn itch in rats, after a full thickness burn, is correlated to the nervous reinnervation of the burn wound area. For this purpose, we determined scratching duration (expressed as sec/hr) at 24 hours, 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks post-burn and combined this with immunohistochemistry for protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5) to identify all nerve fibers, calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) to identify peptidergic fibers, tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) for sympathetic fibers and growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43) for regrowing fibers...
February 17, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451456/clival-meningocele-causing-bilateral-hearing-loss-in-a-child-due-to-superficial-siderosis-of-the-central-nervous-system-case-report
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Stephen J Johans, Kevin N Swong, Daniel J Burkett, Michael P Wemhoff, Sean M Lew, Chirag R Patel, Anand V Germanwala
Superficial siderosis (SS) of the CNS is a rare and often unrecognized condition. Caused by hemosiderin deposition from chronic, repetitive hemorrhage in the subarachnoid space, it results in parenchymal damage in the subpial layers of the brain and spinal cord. T2-weighted MRI shows the characteristic hypointensity of hemosiderin deposition, classically occurring around the cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord. Patients present with progressive gait ataxia and sensorineural hearing impairment. Although there have been several studies, case reports, and review articles over the years, the clear pathophysiology of subarachnoid space hemorrhage remains to be elucidated...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451448/donor-nerve-axotomy-and-axonal-regeneration-after-end-to-side-neurorrhaphy-in-a-rodent-model
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Shiwei Wang, Diya Su, Jing Li, Dezhi Li, Hong Wan, Michael Schumacher, Song Liu
OBJECTIVE In this study, the authors used a surgical model of end-to-side neurorrhaphy between a nerve graft and a donor tibial nerve in adult rats to investigate the optimal conditions for axonal regeneration induced by the donor nerve. They also assessed the importance of a more favorable pathway using a predegenerated nerve graft to attract regenerating axons to regrow into the graft and then directing and improving their growth toward the target in comparison with results obtained with a fresh nerve graft...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451275/cenegermin-for-the-treatment-of-neurotrophic-keratitis
#4
M Sacchetti, A Bruscolini, A Lambiase
The trigeminal nerve provides corneal sensitivity and trophic supply to corneal tissues. The impairment of corneal innervation leads to development of neurotrophic keratitis (NK). NK is a rare, degenerative corneal disease characterized by corneal hypo/anesthesia and development of nonhealing corneal epithelial defects and ulcers. NK is a challenging condition with high medical need due to the lack of approved treatments that can restore corneal integrity. Current treatment of NK aims at stimulating corneal healing and preventing disease progression...
November 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451219/low-frequency-pulsed-electromagnetic-field-pretreated-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promote-the-regeneration-of-crush-injured-rat-mental-nerve
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NaRi Seo, Sung-Ho Lee, Kyung Won Ju, JaeMan Woo, BongJu Kim, SoungMin Kim, Jeong Won Jahng, Jong-Ho Lee
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have been shown to promote the regeneration of injured peripheral nerves. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) reportedly promotes the proliferation and neuronal differentiation of BMSCs. Low-frequency PEMF can induce the neuronal differentiation of BMSCs in the absence of nerve growth factors. This study was designed to investigate the effects of low-frequency PEMF pretreatment on the proliferation and function of BMSCs and the effects of low-frequency PEMF pre-treated BMSCs on the regeneration of injured peripheral nerve using in vitro and in vivo experiments...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451218/pten-knockdown-with-the-y444f-mutant-aav2-vector-promotes-axonal-regeneration-in-the-adult-optic-nerve
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Zheng-Ru Huang, Hai-Ying Chen, Zi-Zhong Hu, Ping Xie, Qing-Huai Liu
The lack of axonal regeneration is the major cause of vision loss after optic nerve injury in adult mammals. Activating the PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway has been shown to enhance the intrinsic growth capacity of neurons and to facilitate axonal regeneration in the central nervous system after injury. The deletion of the mTOR negative regulator phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) enhances regeneration of adult corticospinal neurons and ganglion cells. In the present study, we used a tyrosine-mutated (Y444F) AAV2 vector to efficiently express a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) for silencing PTEN expression in retinal ganglion cells...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451214/optimization-of-micropatterned-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-films-for-enhancing-dorsal-root-ganglion-cell-orientation-and-extension
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Ching-Wen Li, Brett Davis, Jill Shea, Himanshu Sant, Bruce Kent Gale, Jayant Agarwal
Nerve conduits have been a viable alternative to the 'gold standard' autograft for treating small peripheral nerve gap injuries. However, they often produce inadequate functional recovery outcomes and are ineffective in large gap injuries. Ridge/groove surface micropatterning has been shown to promote neural cell orientation and guide growth. However, optimization of the ratio of ridge/groove parameters to promote orientation and extension for dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cells on poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) films has not been previously conducted...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451203/a-growing-field-the-regulation-of-axonal-regeneration-by-wnt-signaling
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Armando L Garcia, Adanna Udeh, Karthik Kalahasty, Abigail S Hackam
The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway is a highly conserved signaling cascade that plays critical roles during embryogenesis. Wnt ligands regulate axonal extension, growth cone guidance and synaptogenesis throughout the developing central nervous system (CNS). Recently, studies in mammalian and fish model systems have demonstrated that Wnt/β-catenin signaling also promotes axonal regeneration in the adult optic nerve and spinal cord after injury, raising the possibility that Wnt could be developed as a therapeutic strategy...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450621/ngf-protects-corneal-retinal-and-cutaneous-tissues-cells-from-phototoxic-effect-of-uv-exposure
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Maria Luisa Rocco, Bijorn Omar Balzamino, Luigi Aloe, Alessandra Micera
PURPOSE: Based on evidence that nerve growth factor (NGF) exerts healing action on damaged corneal, retinal, and cutaneous tissues, the present study sought to assess whether topical NGF application can prevent and/or protect epithelial cells from deleterious effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. METHODS: Eyes from 40 young-adult Sprague Dawley rats and cutaneous tissues from 36 adult nude mice were exposed to UVA/B lamp for 60 min, either alone or in the presence of murine NGF...
February 15, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449010/a-brief-report-of-plexiform-neurofibroma
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Mahdi Khajavi Md, Shahrokh Khoshsirat Md, Lida Ahangarnazari Md, Niloofar Majdinasab Md
Plexiform neurofibroma (PNF) is a rare variant of neurofibromatosis type1 (NF-1), which histopathologically, is a subtype of benign nerve sheath tumors, neurofibromas (NF). It develops as a result of proliferation in all parts of peripheral nervous system and can cause the functional damage, deformities, pain, considerable mortality, and morbidity and even the increasing risk of malignant transformation in some critical cases. Currently, the surgical intervention is the treatment of choice for PNF patients, which due to the tumor invasion, massive growth, and the chance of postoperative regrowth is not possible...
January 10, 2018: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447826/impact-of-age-on-the-anatomy-of-the-pediatric-pterygopalatine-fossa-and-its-relationship-to-the-suprazygomatic-maxillary-nerve-block
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Alexander P Marston, Glenn Merritt, Jonathan M Morris, Shelagh A Cofer
OBJECTIVES: The suprazygomatic maxillary nerve block is associated with improved post-operative pain management after select craniofacial surgical procedures. This study's objective is to better define the impact of pediatric facial skeletal growth on techniques for accessing the pterygopalatine fossa (PPF). METHODS: Pediatric patients with prior thin-slice maxillofacial computed tomography imaging were identified in an institutional radiology database. Aquarius image-processing software (Ver...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444116/field-evaluation-of-the-safety-acceptability-and-feasibility-of-early-infant-male-circumcision-using-the-accucirc-device
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Robert C Bailey, Irene Nyaboke, Mary Ellen Mackesy-Amiti, Erick Okello, Valentine Pengo, Betha Ochomo, Mary Emmaculate Auma, Simon Were, Stella Ojuok, Evelyne Adoyo, Mildred Adhiambo, Marisa R Young, Rebeca M Plank, Fredrick O Otieno
BACKGROUND: As countries scale up adult voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention, they are looking ahead to long term sustainable strategies, including introduction of early infant male circumcision (EIMC). Although a number of devices for EIMC are prequalified by the World Health Organization, evaluation of additional devices can provide policy-makers and clinicians the information required to make informed decisions. We undertook a field evaluation of the safety and acceptability of the AccuCirc device in Kisumu County, Kenya...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443798/clinical-features-imaging-and-natural-history-of-myelinated-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer
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Raksha Rao, Elif B Turkoglu, Emil A T Say, Carol L Shields
PURPOSE: To evaluate the natural history of myelinated retinal nerve fiber layer (MRNFL) through clinical features and enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography. METHODS: This is a retrospective, noncomparative, case series of patients who underwent thorough clinical examination to document associated ocular and systemic features. Enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography was performed when MRNFL was located posteriorly and accessible to imaging...
February 13, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442452/the-neuroprotective-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-in-spinal-cord-injured-rats
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Edyta Olakowska, Wiesław Marcol, Adam Właszczuk, Izabella Woszczycka-Korczyńska, Joanna Lewin-Kowalik
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important cause of impairment of sensory and motor nerve function. It has been shown that free-radical species play an important role in the pathogenesis of acute tissue trauma after SCI. There are no proven pharmacological therapies that provide neuroprotection and stimulate axonal growth after trauma. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effect of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on the regeneration of spinal cord injuries in rats...
December 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442204/relationship-between-retinal-artery-trajectory-and-axial-length-in-japanese-school-students
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Takehiro Yamashita, Hiroto Terasaki, Naoya Yoshihara, Yuya Kii, Eisuke Uchino, Taiji Sakamoto
PURPOSE: The trajectories of the supratemporal and infratemporal retinal arteries are associated with the position of the nerve fiber layer defects of glaucomatous eyes. However, no reports have thus far been published on changes in the retinal artery trajectory (RA trajectory) along with growth. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in the RA trajectories of elementary and junior high school students and the associations with axial length (AL). STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional observational study...
February 13, 2018: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440680/an-allogeneic-off-the-shelf-therapeutic-strategy-for-peripheral-nerve-tissue-engineering-using-clinical-grade-human-neural-stem-cells
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C O'Rourke, A G E Day, C Murray-Dunning, L Thanabalasundaram, J Cowan, L Stevanato, N Grace, G Cameron, R A L Drake, J Sinden, J B Phillips
Artificial tissues constructed from therapeutic cells offer a promising approach for improving the treatment of severe peripheral nerve injuries. In this study the effectiveness of using CTX0E03, a conditionally immortalised human neural stem cell line, as a source of allogeneic cells for constructing living artificial nerve repair tissue was tested. CTX0E03 cells were differentiated then combined with collagen to form engineered neural tissue (EngNT-CTX), stable aligned sheets of cellular hydrogel. EngNT-CTX sheets were delivered within collagen tubes to repair a 12 mm sciatic nerve injury model in athymic nude rats...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440379/targeting-the-cmet-pathway-augments-radiation-response-without-adverse-effect-on-hearing-in-nf2-schwannoma-models
#17
Yingchao Zhao, Pinan Liu, Na Zhang, Jie Chen, Lukas D Landegger, Limeng Wu, Fu Zhao, Yanxia Zhao, Yanling Zhang, Jing Zhang, Takeshi Fujita, Anat Stemmer-Rachamimov, Gino B Ferraro, Hao Liu, Alona Muzikansky, Scott R Plotkin, Konstantina M Stankovic, Rakesh K Jain, Lei Xu
Neurofibromatosis type II (NF2) is a disease that needs new solutions. Vestibular schwannoma (VS) growth causes progressive hearing loss, and the standard treatment, including surgery and radiotherapy, can further damage the nerve. There is an urgent need to identify an adjunct therapy that, by enhancing the efficacy of radiation, can help lower the radiation dose and preserve hearing. The mechanisms underlying deafness in NF2 are still unclear. One of the major limitations in studying tumor-induced hearing loss is the lack of mouse models that allow hearing testing...
February 9, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439367/snrpn-controls-the-ability-of-neurons-to-regenerate-axons
#18
Sonja Mertsch, Katrin Schlicht, Harutyun Melkonyan, Stefan Schlatt, Solon Thanos
BACKGROUND: Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) of mammals lose the ability to regenerate injured axons during postnatal maturation, but little is known about the underlying molecular mechanisms. OBJECTIVE: It remains of particular importance to understand the mechanisms of axonal regeneration to develop new therapeutic approaches for nerve injuries. METHODS: Retinas from newborn to adult monkeys (Callithrix jacchus)1 were obtained immediately after death and cultured in vitro...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438698/programming-of-schwann-cells-by-lats1-2-taz-yap-signaling-drives-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumorigenesis
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Lai Man Natalie Wu, Yaqi Deng, Jincheng Wang, Chuntao Zhao, Jiajia Wang, Rohit Rao, Lingli Xu, Wenhao Zhou, Kwangmin Choi, Tilat A Rizvi, Marc Remke, Joshua B Rubin, Randy L Johnson, Thomas J Carroll, Anat O Stemmer-Rachamimov, Jianqiang Wu, Yi Zheng, Mei Xin, Nancy Ratner, Q Richard Lu
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are highly aggressive Schwann cell (SC)-lineage-derived sarcomas. Molecular events driving SC-to-MPNST transformation are incompletely understood. Here, we show that human MPNSTs exhibit elevated HIPPO-TAZ/YAP expression, and that TAZ/YAP hyperactivity in SCs caused by Lats1/2 loss potently induces high-grade nerve-associated tumors with full penetrance. Lats1/2 deficiency reprograms SCs to a cancerous, progenitor-like phenotype and promotes hyperproliferation...
February 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438691/hippo-stampede-in-nerve-sheath-tumors
#20
M Laura Feltri, Yannick Poitelon
Current therapies for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are ineffective. The study by Wu et al. in this issue of Cancer Cell provides evidence that the HIPPO pathway is overactive in human MPNSTs and that combined modulation of LATS1/2-YAP/TAZ and PDGFR signaling in Schwann cells reduces MPNST growth.
February 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
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