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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340519/barrington-s-nucleus-neuroanatomic-landscape-of-the-mouse-pontine-micturition-center
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Anne M J Verstegen, Veronique Vanderhorst, Paul A Gray, Mark L Zeidel, Joel C Geerling
Barrington's nucleus (Bar) is thought to contain neurons that trigger voiding and thereby function as the "pontine micturition center." Lacking detailed information on this region in mice, we examined gene and protein markers to characterize Bar and the neurons surrounding it. Like rats and cats, mice have an ovoid core of medium-sized Bar neurons located medial to the locus coeruleus (LC). Bar neurons express a GFP reporter for Vglut2, develop from a Math1/Atoh1 lineage, and exhibit immunoreactivity for NeuN...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339108/very-high-energy-electron-vhee-beams-in-radiation-therapy-treatment-plan-comparison-between-vhee-vmat-and-ppbs
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Emil Schüler, Kjell Eriksson, Elin Hynning, Steven L Hancock, Susan M Hiniker, Magdalena Bazalova-Carter, Tony Wong, Quynh-Thu Le, Billy W Loo, Peter G Maxim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of very high energy electron beams (VHEE) beams in comparison to clinically derived treatment plans generated with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and proton pencil beam scanning (PPBS) technology. We developed a custom optimization script that could be applied automatically across modalities to eliminate operator bias during IMRT optimization. METHODS: Four clinical cases were selected (prostate cancer, lung cancer, pediatric brain tumor, and head and neck cancer (HNC))...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329046/spinal-cord-protection-during-thoracoabdominal-aortic-replacement-spinal-cord-perfusion-maintenance
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Gaku Uchino, Keiji Yunoki, Naoya Sakoda, Shigeru Hattori, Takuya Kawabata, Munehiro Saiki, Yasufumi Fujita, Kunikazu Hisamochi, Hideo Yoshida
OBJECTIVES: Spinal cord protection during thoracoabdominal aortic surgery is challenging for surgeons. We performed thoracoabdominal replacement using a strategy for maintaining spinal cord perfusion pressure. Here, we report our experience with this procedure and the surgical outcomes. METHODS: Between January 2000 and December 2014, 130 patients [male: 91 (74.6%), female: 39 (25.4%); mean age: 66.6 ± 12.8 years] underwent thoracoabdominal replacement using cardiopulmonary bypass at Hiroshima Shimin Hospital, Japan...
February 6, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322752/neuroprotector-effect-of-stem-cells-from-human-exfoliated-deciduous-teeth-transplanted-after-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-involves-inhibition-of-early-neuronal-apoptosis
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Fabrício do Couto Nicola, Marília Rossato Marques, Felipe Odorcyk, Danusa Mar Arcego, Letícia Petenuzzo, Dirceu Aristimunha, Adriana Vizuete, Eduardo Farias Sanches, Daniela Pavulack Pereira, Natasha Maurmann, Carla Dalmaz, Patricia Pranke, Carlos A Netto
Stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED) transplants have been investigated as a possible treatment strategy for spinal cord injuries (SCI) due to their potential for promoting functional recovery. The aim of present study was to investigate the effects of SHED on neuronal death after an experimental model of SCI. METHODS: Wistar rats were spinalized using NYU impactor®. Animals were randomly distributed into 4 groups: Control (Naive) or Surgical control, Sham (laminectomy with no SCI); SCI (laminectomy followed by SCI, treated with vehicle); SHED (SCI treated with intraspinal transplantation of 3×10(5) SHED, 1 h after SCI)...
March 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317557/the-role-of-allometry-and-posture-in-the-evolution-of-the-hominin-subaxial-cervical-spine
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Mikel Arlegi, Asier Gómez-Olivencia, Lou Albessard, Ignacio Martínez, Antoine Balzeau, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Ella Been
Cervical vertebrae not only protect the spinal cord but also are the insertion and origin points for muscles related to the movement of the head, upper limb, and trunk, among others, and are thus important elements in primate evolution. While previous work has been undertaken on the first two cervical vertebrae, there is a dearth of studies on the subaxial cervical spine in hominines. In this paper, we provide detailed morphological information on two important aspects of the subaxial cervical vertebrae (C3 - C7): mid-sagittal morphology and superior facet orientation...
March 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302538/protective-effects-of-garcinol-against-neuropathic-pain-evidence-from-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies
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Yi-Wei Wang, Xiang Zhang, Chun-Long Chen, Qing-Zhen Liu, Jia-Wen Xu, Qing-Qing Qian, Wei-Yan Li, Yan-Ning Qian
Neuroinflammatory processes have a vital role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. Garcinol, harvested from Garcinia indica, is known to exert potent anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies have indicated that Garcinol may inhibit activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) by inhibiting NF-κB/p65 acetylation. These findings prompted us to evaluate the protective effects of Garcinol in the lumbar fifth spinal nerve ligation (SNL)-induced rat model of neuropathic pain and Lipopolysaccharide(LPS)-stimulated primary cultured microglia...
March 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301040/dimercaprol-is-an-acrolein-scavenger-that-mitigates-acrolein-mediated-pc-12-cells-toxicity-and-reduces-acrolein-in-rat-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Ran Tian, Riyi Shi
Acrolein is one of the most toxic byproducts of lipid peroxidation, and it has been shown to be associated with multiple pathological processes in trauma and diseases, including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, suppressing acrolein using acrolein scavengers has been suggested as a novel strategy of neuroprotection. In an effort to identify effective acrolein scavengers, we have confirmed that dimercaprol, which possesses thiol functional groups, could bind and trap acrolein...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284347/novel-feedback-loop-between-m2-macrophages-microglia-and-regulatory-b-cells-in-estrogen-protected-eae-mice
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Gil Benedek, Jun Zhang, Ha Nguyen, Gail Kent, Hilary Seifert, Arthur A Vandenbark, Halina Offner
Immunoregulatory sex hormones, including estrogen and estriol, may prevent relapses in multiple sclerosis during pregnancy. Our previous studies have demonstrated that regulatory B cells are crucial for estrogen-mediated protection against experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Herein, we demonstrate an estrogen-dependent induction of alternatively activated (M2) macrophages/microglia that results in an increased frequency of regulatory B cells in the spinal cord of estrogen treated mice with EAE...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284238/applying-current-concepts-in-pain-related-brain-science-to-dance-rehabilitation
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Sarah B Wallwork, Valeria Bellan, G Lorimer Moseley
Dance involves exemplary sensory-motor control, which is subserved by sophisticated neural processing at the spinal cord and brain level. Such neural processing is altered in the presence of nociception and pain, and the adaptations within the central nervous system that are known to occur with persistent nociception or pain have clear implications for movement and, indeed, risk of further injury. Recent rapid advances in our understanding of the brain's representation of the body and the role of cortical representations, or "neurotags," in bodily protection and regulation have given rise to new strategies that are gaining traction in sports medicine...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Dance Medicine & Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278355/functional-and-structural-plasticity-in-the-primary-somatosensory-cortex-associated-with-chronic-pain
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Woojin Kim, Sun Kwang Kim, Junichi Nabekura
Tissue or nerve injury induces widespread plastic changes from the periphery and spinal cord up to the cortex, resulting in chronic pain. Although many clinicians and researchers have extensively studied altered nociceptive signaling and neural circuit plasticity at the spinal cord level, effective treatments to ameliorate chronic pain are still insufficient. For about the last two decades, the rapid development in macroscopic brain imaging studies on humans and animal models have revealed maladaptive plastic changes in the 'pain matrix' brain regions, which may subsequently contribute to chronic pain...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275164/plasminogen-deficiency-delays-the-onset-and-protects-from-demyelination-and-paralysis-in-autoimmune-neuroinflammatory-disease
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Maureen A Shaw, Zhen Gao, Kathryn E McElhinney, Sherry Thornton, Matthew J Flick, Adam Lane, Jay L Degen, Jae Kyu Ryu, Katerina Akassoglou, Eric S Mullins
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neuroinflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Fibrin(ogen) deposition at sites of blood brain barrier breakdown is a prominent feature of neuroinflammatory disease and contributes to disease severity. Plasminogen, the primary fibrinolytic enzyme, also modifies inflammatory processes. We used a murine model of MS, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), to evaluate the hypothesis that the loss of plasminogen would exacerbate neuroinflammatory disease...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263454/neuroplasticity-of-supraspinal-structures-associated-with-pathological-pain
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Pere Boadas-Vaello, Judit Homs, Francisco Reina, Anna Carrera, Enrique Verdú
Peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries, along with other painful syndromes such as fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapeutic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and/or irritable bowel syndrome, cause several neuroplasticity changes in the nervous system along its entire axis affecting the different neuronal nuclei. This paper reviews these changes, focusing on the supraspinal structures that are involved in the modulation and processing of pain, including the periaqueductal gray matter, red nucleus, locus coeruleus, rostral ventromedial medulla, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, cerebellum, habenula, primary and secondary somatosensory cortex, motor cortex, mammillary bodies, hippocampus, septum, amygdala, cingulated and prefrontal cortex...
March 6, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259912/role-of-hypoxia%C3%A2-inducible-factor%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-in-autophagic-cell-death-in-microglial-cells-induced-by-hypoxia
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Xintao Wang, Jun Ma, Qiang Fu, Lei Zhu, Zhiling Zhang, Fan Zhang, Nan Lu, Aimin Chen
Microglial cells are phagocytic cells of the central nervous system (CNS) and have been proposed to be a primary component of the innate immune response and maintain efficient CNS homeostasis. Microglial cells are activated during various phases of tissue repair and participate in various pathological conditions in the CNS. Following spinal cord injury (SCI), anoxemia is a key problem that results in tissue destruction. Hypoxia‑inducible factor 1‑α (HIF‑1α) may protect hypoxic cells from apoptosis or necrosis under ischemic and anoxic conditions...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250758/propofol-protects-against-blood-spinal-cord-barrier-disruption-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Li-Jie Xie, Jin-Xiu Huang, Jian Yang, Fen Yuan, Shuang-Shuang Zhang, Qi-Jing Yu, Ji Hu
Propofol has been shown to exert neuroprotective effects on the injured spinal cord. However, the effect of propofol on the blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB) after ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) is poorly understood. Therefore, we investigated whether propofol could maintain the integrity of the BSCB. Spinal cord IRI (SCIRI) was induced in rabbits by infrarenal aortic occlusion for 30 minutes. Propofol, 30 mg/kg, was intravenously infused 10 minutes before aortic clamping as well as at the onset of reperfusion...
January 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245521/interleaved-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Austin J Bergquist, Matheus J Wiest, Yoshino Okuma, David F Collins
INTRODUCTION: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) over a muscle belly (mNMES) recruits superficial motor units (MUs) preferentially, while NMES over a nerve trunk (nNMES) recruits MUs evenly throughout the muscle. We tested whether "interleaving" pulses between the mNMES and nNMES sites (iNMES) reduces the fatigability of contractions for people experiencing paralysis due to chronic spinal cord injury. METHODS: Plantarflexion torque and soleus electromyography (M-waves) were recorded from 8 participants...
February 28, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241838/simvastatin-protects-ischemic-spinal-cord-injury-from-cell-death-and-cytotoxicity-through-decreasing-oxidative-stress-in-vitro-primary-cultured-rat-spinal-cord-model-under-oxygen-and-glucose-deprivation-reoxygenation-conditions
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Hye-Min Sohn, Jin-Young Hwang, Jung-Hee Ryu, Jinhee Kim, Seongjoo Park, Jin-Woo Park, Sung-Hee Han
BACKGROUND: Ischemia and the following reperfusion damage are critical mechanisms of spinal cord injury. Statins have been reported to decrease ischemia-reperfusion injury in many organs including the spinal cord. Anti-oxidative effect is one of the main protective mechanisms of statin against neuronal death and cytotoxicity. We hypothesized that statins' anti-oxidative property would yield neuroprotective effects on spinal cord ischemia-reperfusion injury METHODS: Primary cultured spinal cord motor neurons were isolated from Sprague-Dawley rat fetuses...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238848/resveratrol-protects-against-spinal-cord-injury-by-activating-autophagy-and-inhibiting-apoptosis-mediated-by-the-sirt1-ampk-signaling-pathway
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Haosen Zhao, Shurui Chen, Kai Gao, Zipeng Zhou, Chen Wang, Zhaoliang Shen, Yue Guo, Zhuo Li, Zhanghui Wan, Chang Liu, Xifan Mei
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with few effective treatments. Resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound, has exhibited neuroprotective effects in many neurodegenerative diseases. However, the explicit effect and mechanism of resveratrol on SCI is still unclear. Adenosine 5' monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), the downstream protein, play key roles in metabolizing of energy, resisting of resistance, and cellular protein homeostasis. In this study, we determined the effects of resveratrol on SCI and their potential relationship with SIRT1/AMPK signaling pathway, autophagy and apoptosis...
February 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231269/a-mouse-model-of-paralytic-myelitis-caused-by-enterovirus-d68
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Alison M Hixon, Guixia Yu, J Smith Leser, Shigeo Yagi, Penny Clarke, Charles Y Chiu, Kenneth L Tyler
In 2014, the United States experienced an epidemic of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) cases in children coincident with a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory disease. Up to half of the 2014 AFM patients had EV-D68 RNA detected by RT-PCR in their respiratory secretions, although EV-D68 was only detected in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from one 2014 AFM patient. Given previously described molecular and epidemiologic associations between EV-D68 and AFM, we sought to develop an animal model by screening seven EV-D68 strains for the ability to induce neurological disease in neonatal mice...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228044/withaferin-a-protects-against-spinal-cord-injury-by-inhibiting-apoptosis-and-inflammation-in-mice
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Xianlei Yan, Guangxiang Huang, Quan Liu, Jiemin Zheng, Hongmou Chen, Qidan Huang, Jiakang Chen, Heqing Huang
CONTEXT: Withaferin A (WFA) exhibits diverse pharmaceutical applications on human diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancers and microbial infection. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the neuroprotective role of WFA using a mouse model of spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: BALB/c mice were administrated 10 mg/kg of WFA. Gene expression was measured by real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry. Cell morphology and apoptosis were determined by H&E staining and TUNEL assay...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
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