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dorsal root ganglion stimulation

V Dimova, F Birklein
The acute phase of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is pathophysiologically characterized by an activation of the immune system and its associated inflammatory response. During the course of CRPS, central nervous symptoms like mechanical hyperalgesia, loss of sensation, and body perception disorders develop. Psychological factors such as pain-related anxiety and traumatic events might have a negative effect on the treatment outcome. While the visible inflammatory symptoms improve, the pain often persists...
April 17, 2018: Der Schmerz
Daniel Michael Ventre, Marissa Puzan, Emily Ashbolt, Abigail Koppes
OBJECTIVE: Despite the prevalence of peripheral nerve injuries (PNI), challenges remain in restoring full functionality to those afflicted. For recovery to occur, axons must extend across the injury site to connect with distal targets, where injury gap size is a critical factor in the probability of restoration of function. Current clinical therapies often achieve limited neural regeneration, motivating the development of new therapeutic interventions such as biophysical stimulation. APPROACH: To investigate the potential for low intensity, pulsed ultrasonic simulation (LIPUS) to impact peripheral nerve regeneration, primary neonatal rat dorsal root ganglion neurons were examined in vitro in response to ultrasound (US)...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Hyeok Jun Yun, Eun-Hye Kim, Byung Gon Kim
There is strong evidence that macrophages can participate in the regeneration or repair of injured nervous system. Here, we describe a protocol in which macrophages are induced to produce conditioned medium (CM) that promotes neurite outgrowth. Adult dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons are acutely dissociated and plated. After the neurons are stably attached, peritoneal macrophages are co-cultured on a cell culture insert overlaid on the same well. Dibutyryl cyclic AMP (db-cAMP) is applied to the co-cultures for 24 h, after which the cell culture insert containing the macrophages is moved to another well to collect CM for 72 h...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Vinod Tiwari, Michael Anderson, Fei Yang, Vineeta Tiwari, Qin Zheng, Shao-Qiu He, Tong Zhang, Bin Shu, Xueming Chen, Shaness A Grenald, Kimberly E Stephens, Zhiyong Chen, Xinzhong Dong, Srinivasa N Raja, Yun Guan
BACKGROUND: Ongoing neuropathic pain is difficult to treat. The authors examined whether dermorphin [D-Arg2, Lys4] (1-4) amide, a peripherally acting μ-opioid receptor agonist, attenuates ongoing pain-associated manifestations after nerve injury in rats and mice. METHODS: Using conditioned place preference assay, the authors tested whether animals show a preference to the environment associated with drug treatment. Wide-dynamic range and dorsal root ganglion neuronal activities were measured by electrophysiology recording and calcium imaging...
March 30, 2018: Anesthesiology
Sungmin Han, Inchan Youn
Afferent signals recorded from the dorsal root ganglion can be used to extract sensory information to provide feedback signals in a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system. The goal of this study was to propose an efficient feature projection method for detecting sensory events from multiunit activity-based feature vectors of tactile afferent activity. Tactile afferent signals were recorded from the L4 dorsal root ganglion using a multichannel microelectrode for three types of sensory events generated by mechanical stimulation on the rat hind paw...
March 28, 2018: Sensors
Shunsuke Yamakita, Yasuhiko Horii, Hitomi Takemura, Yutaka Matsuoka, Ayahiro Yamashita, Yosuke Yamaguchi, Megumi Matsuda, Teiji Sawa, Fumimasa Amaya
Background Intense nociceptive signaling arising from ongoing injury activates primary afferent nociceptive systems to generate peripheral sensitization. ERK1/2 phosphorylation in dorsal root ganglion can be used to visualize intracellular signal activity immediately after noxious stimulation. The aim of this study was to investigate spatiotemporal characteristics of ERK1/2 phosphorylation against tissue injury in the primary afferent neurons. Methods Plantar incisions were made in the hind paws of Sprague-Dawley rats (n =150)...
January 2018: Molecular Pain
Frederique M U Mol, Rudi M Roumen, Marc R Scheltinga
BACKGROUND: A significant number of patients who undergo a standard inguinal hernia repair or a Pfannenstiel incision develop chronic (> 3 months) post-surgical inguinal pain (PSIP) due to nerve entrapment. If medication or peripheral nerve blocks fail, surgery including neurectomies may offer relief. However, some patients do not respond to any of the currently available remedial treatment modalities. Targeted spinal cord stimulation (SCS) of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is a relatively new type of therapy that has a potential to significantly reduce chronic PSIP...
March 27, 2018: BMC Surgery
Sam Eldabe, Anthony Espinet, Anders Wahlstedt, Porhan Kang, Liong Liem, Nikunj K Patel, Jan Vesper, Alicia Kimber, William Cusack, Jeffery Kramer
BACKGROUND: The dorsal root ganglion (DRG) has been identified as an important neural structure in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. We present a retrospective case series of patients with refractory painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN) that underwent electrical stimulation of the DRG and report on changes in their overall perceived pain and complication rates. METHODS: Ten diabetic males (mean age 65.2 [SD 8.8] years) with painful symptoms of the lower limbs were enrolled and trialed with up to four quadripolar percutaneous DRG stimulation leads between L2 and L5 spinal levels...
March 25, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Dong Gyu Lee, Yun Woo Cho, Sang Ho Ahn, Min Cheol Chang
BACKGROUND: Patients with lumbosacral radicular pain may complain of persisting pain after monopolar pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effect of bipolar PRF stimulation of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in patients with chronic lumbosacral radicular pain who were unresponsive to both monopolar PRF stimulation of the DRG and transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI). STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective observational study...
March 2018: Pain Physician
Kevin C Kemp, Kelly Hares, Juliana Redondo, Amelia J Cook, Harry R Haynes, Bronwen R Burton, Mark A Pook, Claire M Rice, Neil J Scolding, Alastair Wilkins
OBJECTIVES: Friedreich's ataxia is an incurable inherited neurological disease caused by frataxin deficiency. Here we report the neuro-reparative effects of myeloablative allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in a humanised murine model of the disease. METHODS: Mice received a transplant of fluorescently-tagged sex mis-matched bone marrow cells expressing wild-type frataxin and were assessed at monthly intervals using a range of behavioural motor performance tests...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Zachariah J Sperry, Kyounghwan Na, Saman S Parizi, Hillel J Chiel, John Seymour, Euisik Yoon, Tim M Bruns
The dorsal root ganglia (DRG) are promising nerve structures for sensory neural interfaces because they provide centralized access to primary afferent cell bodies and spinal reflex circuitry. In order to harness this potential, new electrode technologies are needed which take advantage of the unique properties of DRG, specifically the high density of neural cell bodies at the dorsal surface. Here we report initial <i>in vivo</i> results from the development of a flexible non-penetrating polyimide electrode array interfacing with the surface of ganglia...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Silvia Duong, Daniela Bravo, Keith J Todd, Roderick J Finlayson, De Q Tran
PURPOSE: Although multiple treatments have been advocated for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), the levels of supportive evidence are variable and sometimes limited. The purpose of this updated review is to provide a critical analysis of the evidence pertaining to the treatment of CRPS derived from recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs). SOURCE: The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Psychinfo, and CINAHL databases were searched to identify relevant RCTs conducted on human subjects and published in English between 1 May 2009 and 24 August 2017...
February 28, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Jennifer J DeBerry, Vijay K Samineni, Bryan A Copits, Christopher J Sullivan, Sherri K Vogt, Kathryn M Albers, Brian M Davis, Robert W Gereau Iv
Bladder-innervating primary sensory neurons mediate reflex-driven bladder function under normal conditions, and contribute to debilitating bladder pain and/or overactivity in pathological states. The goal of this study was to examine the respective roles of defined subtypes of afferent neurons in bladder sensation and function in vivo via direct optogenetic activation. To accomplish this goal, we generated transgenic lines that express a Channelrhodopsin-2-eYFP fusion protein (ChR2-eYFP) in two distinct populations of sensory neurons: TRPV1-lineage neurons ( Trpv1 Cre ;Ai32, the majority of nociceptors) and Nav 1...
2018: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
Linda S Sorkin, Kelly A Eddinger, Sarah A Woller, Tony L Yaksh
Neurogenic inflammation results from the release of biologically active agents from the peripheral primary afferent terminal. This release reflects the presence of releasable pools of active product and depolarization-exocytotic coupling mechanisms in the distal afferent terminal and serves to alter the physiologic function of innervated organ systems ranging from the skin and meninges to muscle, bone, and viscera. Aside from direct stimulation, this biologically important release from the peripheral afferent terminal can be initiated by antidromic activity arising from five anatomically distinct points of origin: (i) afferent collaterals at the peripheral-target organ level, (ii) afferent collaterals arising proximal to the target organ, (iii) from mid-axon where afferents lacking myelin sheaths (C fibers and others following demyelinating injuries) may display crosstalk and respond to local irritation, (iv) the dorsal root ganglion itself, and (v) the central terminals of the afferent in the dorsal horn where local circuits and bulbospinal projections can initiate the so-called dorsal root reflexes, i...
February 8, 2018: Seminars in Immunopathology
Xiaolei Wang, Chang Feng, Yong Qiao, Xin Zhao
No study has been conducted to examine the interactions of sigma-1 receptor (Sigma-1R) and high mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) in the development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Thus, we examined the effects of streptozotocin (STZ) treatment on expression of HMGB1 in subcellular levels in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in both wild-type and Sigma-1R-/- mice and evaluated the effects of repeated intrathecal administrations of selective Sigma-1R antagonists BD1047, agonist PRE-084, or HMGB1 inhibitor glycyrrhizin on peripheral neuropathy in wild-type mice...
February 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Hai-Yu Hu, Jia-Wei Ding, Ye-Qi Wu, Ya-Nan Xiang, Jian-Qiao Fang, Li-Hua Xuan, Jun-Ying Du, Jun-Fan Fang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on mechanical hyperalgesia threshold (MHTs) and thermal hyperalgesia threshold (THTs) and content of proteinase-activated receptors 2 (PAR 2) in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) in rats with inflammatory pain, so as to explore its peripheral mechanism underlying improvement of inflammatory pain. METHODS: The present study contains two parts. 1) In the first part, 27 male SD rats were randomized into sham hyperalgesic priming (sham-HP) group and real hyperalgesic priming (HP) group (n=5 in the sham-HP group and n=6 in the HP group for the test of MHTs, n=8 in the two groups for the test of THTs)...
January 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Weibing Si, Yuan Zhang, Kun Chen, Dan Hu, Zhiyuan Qian, Shan Gong, Hua Li, Yuefeng Hao, Jin Tao
Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) secreted by osteocytes is known as a circulating factor that is essential for phosphate homeostasis. Recent studies have implicated FGF-23 in the nociceptive signalling of peripheral sensory neurons. However, the relevant mechanisms underlying this effect are not known. In this study, we determine the role of FGF-23 in regulating T-type Ca2+ channels (T-type channels) in small-diameter dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in mice. Our results show that FGF-23 increases T-type channel currents in a concentration-dependent manner...
January 27, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Alexander R Kent, Xiaoyi Min, Quinn H Hogan, Jeffery M Kramer
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation for chronic pain remain unclear. The objective of this work was to explore the neurophysiological effects of DRG stimulation using computational modeling. METHODS: Electrical fields produced during DRG stimulation were calculated with finite element models, and were coupled to a validated biophysical model of a C-type primary sensory neuron. Intrinsic neuronal activity was introduced as a 4 Hz afferent signal or somatic ectopic firing...
January 29, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Zhaoxia Wang, Limin Liao, Han Deng, Xing Li, Guoqing Chen
PURPOSE: To investigate the inhibitory effects of electrical stimulation of sacral dorsal root ganglion (DRG) on bladder activity under non-nociceptive and nociceptive bladder conditions in cats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 12 cats were divided into non-nociceptive and nociceptive groups. Saline was used to distend the bladder and induce non-nociceptive bladder activity, while acetic acid (AA, 0.25%) was used to induce nociceptive bladder overactivity, S1 or S2 DRG stimulation was applied via a pair of hook electrodes placed in the right S1 and S2 DRG...
January 27, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Wei-Hsin Chen, Ya-Ting Chang, Yong-Cyuan Chen, Sin-Jhong Cheng, Chien-Chang Chen
Chronic pain can be initiated by one or more acute stimulations to sensitize neurons into the primed state. In the primed state, the basal nociceptive thresholds of the animal are normal, but in response to another hyperalgesic stimulus, the animal develops enhanced and prolonged hyperalgesia. The exact mechanism of how primed state is formed is not completely understood. Here we showed that spinal PKC/ERK signal pathway is required for neuronal plasticity change, hyperalgesic priming formation and the development of chronic hyperalgesia using acid-induced muscle pain (AIMP) model in mice...
January 18, 2018: Pain
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