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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730695/concurrent-electrical-cervicomedullary-stimulation-and-cervical-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-results-in-a-stimulus-interaction
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Siobhan C Dongés, Siwei Bai, Janet L Taylor
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) can modulate neuronal excitability within the human spinal cord; however few studies have used tsDCS at a cervical level. This study aimed to further characterise cervical tsDCS by observing its acute effects on motor responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and cervicomedullary stimulation. In both Study 1 and 2, participants (Study 1: n = 8, 4F; Study 2: n = 8, 3F) received two periods of 10 min, 3 mA cervical tsDCS on the same day through electrodes placed in an anterior-posterior configuration over the neck; one period with the cathode posterior (c-tsDCS) and the other with the anode posterior (a-tsDCS)...
July 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729125/comparative-effects-of-vitamin-d-and-methylprednisolone-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-of-rabbit-spinal-cords
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Bora Gürer, Abdullah Karakoç, Pınar Kuru Bektaşoğlu, Hayri Kertmen, Mehmet Ali Kanat, Ata Türker Arıkök, Berrin İmge Ergüder, Mustafa Fevzi Sargon, Özden Çağlar Öztürk, Erhan Çelikoğlu
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have demonstrated the neuroprotective and immunomodulatory effects of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (calcitriol), but no previous study has examined these effects on spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate whether calcitriol protects the spinal cord from I/R injury. METHODS: Rabbits were randomized into four groups of eight animals: group 1 (laparotomy control), group 2 (ischemia control), group 3 (30mg/kg intraperitoneal methylprednisolone at surgery), and group 4 (0...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728911/effects-of-riluzole-on-spinal-seizure-like-activity-in-the-brainstem-spinal-cord-preparation-of-newborn-rat
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Shih Tien Lin, Masayuki Ohbayashi, Toshinori Yamamoto, Hiroshi Onimaru, Mari Kogo
Riluzole blocks persistent Na(+) current, inhibits generation of neuronal bursts and decreases glutamate-induced excitotoxicity. In previous studies of respiratory activity, riluzole suppressed inspiratory-related burst generation activity in rat slice or en bloc preparations. We examined riluzole's effects on inspiratory burst generation and drug-induced seizure-like activity in newborn rat en bloc preparations. Medulla-spinal cord preparations from postnatal day 0-3 Wistar rats were isolated under deep isoflurane anesthesia and were superfused with artificial cerebrospinal fluid equilibrated with 95% O2 and 5% CO2, pH 7...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726274/resilience-and-the-rehabilitation-of-adult-spinal-cord-injury-survivors-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Rachel Kornhaber, Loyola Mclean, Vasiliki Betihavas, Michelle Cleary
AIM: To synthesise the qualitative research evidence that explored how survivors of adult spinal cord injury experience and make sense of resilience. BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury is often a sudden and unexpected life-changing event requiring complex and long-term rehabilitation. The development of resilience is essential in determining how spinal cord injury survivors negotiate this injury and rehabilitation. DESIGN: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of the research evidence...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725185/reticular-formation-and-pain-the-past-and-the-future
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REVIEW
Isabel Martins, Isaura Tavares
The involvement of the reticular formation (RF) in the transmission and modulation of nociceptive information has been extensively studied. The brainstem RF contains several areas which are targeted by spinal cord afferents conveying nociceptive input. The arrival of nociceptive input to the RF may trigger alert reactions which generate a protective/defense reaction to pain. RF neurons located at the medulla oblongata and targeted by ascending nociceptive information are also involved in the control of vital functions that can be affected by pain, namely cardiovascular control...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719042/serotonergic-paraneurons-in-the-female-mouse-urethral-epithelium-and-their-potential-role-in-peripheral-sensory-information-processing
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F Aura Kullmann, Huiyi H Chang, Christian Gauthier, Bronagh M McDonnell, Jih-Chao Yeh, Dennis R Clayton, Anthony J Kanai, William C de Groat, Gerard L Apodaca, Lori A Birder
AIM: The mechanisms underlying detection and transmission of sensory signals arising from visceral organs, such as the urethra, are poorly understood. Recently, specialized ACh-expressing cells embedded in the urethral epithelium have been proposed as chemosensory sentinels for detection of bacterial infection. Here we examined the morphology and potential role in sensory signaling of a different class of specialized cells that express serotonin (5-HT), termed paraneurons. METHODS: Urethrae, dorsal root ganglia neurons and spinal cords were isolated from adult female mice and used for immunohistochemistry and calcium imaging...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718500/neurofilament-light-as-an-immune-target-for-pathogenic-antibodies
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Fabiola Puentes, Baukje J van der Star, Stephanie D Boomkamp, Markus Kipp, Louis Boon, Isabel Bosca, Joel Raffel, Sharmilee Gnanapavan, Paul van der Valk, Jodie Stephenson, Susan C Barnett, David Baker, Sandra Amor
Antibodies to neuronal antigens are associated with many neurological diseases including paraneoplastic neurological disorders, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. Immunisation with neuronal antigens such as neurofilament light NF-L, a neuronal intermediate filament in axons, has been shown to induce neurological disease and spasticity in mice. Also, while antibodies to NF-L are widely used as surrogate biomarkers of axonal injury in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis, it remains to be elucidated if antibodies to NF-L contribute to neurodegeneration and neurological disease...
July 17, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715117/differential-activation-of-neuronal-and-glial-stat3-in-the-spinal-cord-of-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Tomohiro Ohgomori, Ryo Yamasaki, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Kenji Kadomatsu, Jun-Ichi Kira, Shozo Jinno
Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) proteins are activated by phosphorylation in the spinal cord of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The major scope of our study is a comprehensive histological characterization of the mechanisms underlying neuronal and glial STAT3 activation in the pathogenesis of ALS using SOD1(G93A) mice. We calculated the fold changes (FCs, ratios vs. appropriate controls) of the numerical densities of the following phosphorylated STAT3-positive (pSTAT3)(+) cells: choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)(+) α-motoneurons, ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1)(+) microglia, and S100β(+) astrocytes in SOD1(G93A) mice...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710888/chronic-spinal-cord-injury-causes-up-regulation-of-serotonin-5-ht-2a-and-2c-receptors-in-lumbosacral-cord-motoneurons
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Nailong Cao, Jianshu Ni, Xiaohu Wang, Hongjian Tu, Baojun Gu, Jiemin Si, Gang Wu, Karl-Erik Andersson
OBJECTIVES: To explore if the mechanism of the voiding dysfunction caused by spinal cord injury in rats can be improved by intravenous administration of the 5-HT2A/2C receptor agonist, DOI, and discuss whether it can be ascribed to serotonin 2A and 2C receptor up-regulation in lumbosacral cord motoneurons. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female Sprague-Dawley rats were used, which were divided into two groups (Spinal cord injury group VS Normal control group). Under urethane anesthesia, cystometry was performed to examine the variation of urodynamic parameters before and after successive intrathecal administration of various doses of DOI into the lumbosacral cord...
July 15, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707354/additive-neurogenesis-supported-by-multiple-stem-cell-populations-mediates-adult-spinal-cord-development-a-spatio-temporal-statistical-mapping-analysis-in-a-teleost-model-of-indeterminate-growth
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Ruxandra F Sîrbulescu, Iulian Ilieş, Annette Meyer, Günther K H Zupanc
The knifefish Apteronotus leptorhynchus exhibits indeterminate growth throughout adulthood. This phenomenon extends to the spinal cord, presumably through the continuous addition of new neurons and glial cells. However, little is known about the developmental dynamics of cells added during adult growth. The present work characterizes the structural and functional development of the adult spinal cord in this model organism through a comprehensive quantitative analysis of the spatial and temporal dynamics of new cells at various developmental stages...
July 13, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700081/spinal-nociceptive-circuit-analysis-with-recombinant-adeno-associated-viruses-the-impact-of-serotypes-and-promoters
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Karen Haenraets, Edmund Foster, Helge Johannssen, Vinnie Kandra, Noemie Frezel, Timothy Steffen, Valeria Jaramillo, Jean-Charles Paterna, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Hendrik Wildner
Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector-mediated gene transfer into genetically defined neuron subtypes has become a powerful tool to study the neuroanatomy of neuronal circuits in the brain and to unravel their functions. More recently this methodology has also become popular for the analysis of spinal cord circuits. To date a variety of naturally occurring AAV serotypes and genetically modified capsid variants are available but transduction efficiency in spinal neurons, target selectivity and the ability for retrograde tracing are only incompletely characterized...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699677/metformin-ameliorates-bscb-disruption-by-inhibiting-neutrophil-infiltration-and-mmp-9-expression-but-not-direct-tj-proteins-expression-regulation
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Di Zhang, Qian Tang, Gang Zheng, Chenggui Wang, Yifei Zhou, Yaosen Wu, Jun Xuan, Naifeng Tian, Xiangyang Wang, Yan Wu, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB) disruption is a major process for the secondary injury of spinal cord injury (SCI) and is considered to be a therapeutic target for SCI. Previously, we demonstrated that metformin could improve functional recovery after SCI; however, the effect of metformin on BSCB is still unknown. In this study, we found that metformin could prevent the loss of tight junction (TJ) proteins at day 3 after SCI in vivo, but in vitro there was no significant difference of these proteins between control and metformin treatment in endothelial cells...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699218/impaired-corticomuscular-coherence-during-isometric-elbow-flexion-contractions-in-human-with-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Sylvain Cremoux, Jessica Tallet, Fabien Dal Maso, Eric Berton, David Amarantini
After spinal cord injury (SCI), the reorganization of the neuromuscular system leads to increased antagonist muscles' co-activation - i.e., increased antagonist vs. agonist muscles activation ratio - during voluntary contractions. Increased muscle co-activation is supposed to result from reduced cortical influences on spinal mechanisms inhibiting antagonist muscles. The assessment of the residual interactions between cortical and muscles activity with corticomuscular coherence (CMC) in participants with SCI producing different force levels may shed new lights on the regulation of muscle co-activation...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696300/acetylcholine-producing-nk-cells-attenuate-cns-inflammation-via-modulation-of-infiltrating-monocytes-macrophages
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Wei Jiang, Daojing Li, Ranran Han, Chao Zhang, Wei-Na Jin, Kristofer Wood, Qiang Liu, Fu-Dong Shi, Junwei Hao
The nonneural cholinergic system of immune cells is pivotal for the maintenance of immunological homeostasis. Here we demonstrate the expression of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) and cholinergic enzymes in murine natural killer (NK) cells. The capacity for acetylcholine synthesis by NK cells increased markedly under inflammatory conditions such as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), in which ChAT expression escalated along with the maturation of NK cells. ChAT(+) and ChAT(-) NK cells displayed distinctive features in terms of cytotoxicity and chemokine/cytokine production...
July 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691197/loss-of-dcc-in-the-spinal-cord-is-sufficient-to-cause-a-deficit-in-lateralized-motor-control-and-the-switch-to-a-hopping-gait
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Jimmy Peng, Julien Ferent, Qingyu Li, Mingwei Liu, Ronan Vinicius da Silva, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Artur Kania, Ying Zhang, Frédéric Charron
BACKGROUND: Humans with heterozygous mutations in the axon guidance receptor DCC display congenital mirror movements (MMs), which are involuntary movements of body parts, such as fingers, on one side of the body that mirror voluntary movement of the opposite side. In mice, the homozygous Dcc(kanga) mutant allele causes synchronous MM-like hindlimb movements during locomotion, resulting in hopping. In both human and mice, the neuroanatomical defect responsible for the deficit in lateralized motor control remains to be elucidated...
July 10, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689297/estrogen-protects-both-sexes-against-eae-by-promoting-common-regulatory-cell-subtypes-independent-of-endogenous-estrogen
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Hilary A Seifert, Gil Benedek, Ha Nguyen, Gail Kent, Arthur A Vandenbark, Halina Offner
Autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis predominantly affect females. Although high levels of sex hormones, particularly estrogen (E2), can reduce proinflammatory immune responses, it remains unclear if a lack of endogenous sex hormones might affect treatment with exogenous sex hormones. Pretreatment with E2 almost completely prevents intact female and male mice from developing clinical and histological signs of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) by promoting various regulatory immune cell phenotypes...
July 8, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687604/calpain-inhibition-is-protective-in-machado-joseph-disease-zebrafish-due-to-induction-of-autophagy
#17
Maxinne Watchon, Kristy C Yuan, Nick Mackovski, Adam J Svahn, Nicholas J Cole, Claire Goldsbury, Silke Rinkwitz, Thomas S Becker, Garth A Nicholson, Angela S Laird
The neurodegenerative disease Machado-Joseph disease (MJD), also known as spinocerebellar ataxin-3, affects neurons of the brain and spinal cord, disrupting control of the movement of muscles. We have successfully established the first transgenic zebrafish (Danio rerio) model of MJD, which express human ataxin-3 protein containing either 23 glutamines (23Q, wild-type) or 84Q (MJD-causing), within neurons. Phenotypic characterization of the zebrafish (male and female) revealed that the ataxin-3-84Q zebrafish have decreased survival compared to ataxin-3-23Q and develop ataxin-3 neuropathology, ataxin-3 cleavage fragments and motor impairment...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683908/aortic-arch-pathology-surgical-options-for-the-aortic-arch-replacement
#18
REVIEW
Giorgio Zanotti, Thomas Brett Reece, Muhammad Aftab
Aortic arch surgery remains one of the most technically challenging procedures in cardiac surgery. It demands consideration of myocardial, brain, spinal cord, and lower body protection and rigorous surgical technique. Novel surgical approaches and refinements in brain and end organ protection strategies, liberal use of antegrade cerebral perfusion and moderate hypothermia have made arch repair safer. As endovascular technology and open surgical techniques evolve, aortic surgeons will need to continue to learn and incorporate these methods into practice in order to improve outcomes...
August 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679106/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-a-multifaceted-cytokine-implicated-in-multiple-neurological-diseases
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REVIEW
Marcel F Leyton-Jaimes, Joy Kahn, Adrian Israelson
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a conserved cytokine found as a homotrimer protein. It is found in a wide spectrum of cell types in the body including neuronal and non-neuronal cells. MIF is implicated in several biological processes; chemo-attraction, cytokine activity, and receptor binding, among other functions. More recently, a chaperone-like activity has been added to its repertoire. In this review, we focus on the implication of MIF in the central nervous system and peripheries, its role in neurological disorders, and the mechanisms by which MIF is regulated...
July 2, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678209/nanofiber-scaffolds-as-drug-delivery-systems-to-bridge-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Angela Faccendini, Barbara Vigani, Silvia Rossi, Giuseppina Sandri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Carla Marcella Caramella, Franca Ferrari
The complex pathophysiology of spinal cord injury (SCI) may explain the current lack of an effective therapeutic approach for the regeneration of damaged neuronal cells and the recovery of motor functions. A primary mechanical injury in the spinal cord triggers a cascade of secondary events, which are involved in SCI instauration and progression. The aim of the present review is to provide an overview of the therapeutic neuro-protective and neuro-regenerative approaches, which involve the use of nanofibers as local drug delivery systems...
July 5, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
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