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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219984/motor-neurons-tune-premotor-activity-in-a-vertebrate-central-pattern-generator
#1
Kristy J Lawton, Wick M Perry, Ayako Yamaguchi, Erik Zornik
Central patterns generators (CPGs) are neural circuits that drive rhythmic motor output without sensory feedback. Vertebrate CPGs are generally believed to operate in a top-down manner in which premotor interneurons activate motor neurons that in turn drive muscles. In contrast, the frog (Xenopus laevis) vocal CPG contains a functionally unexplored neuronal projection from the motor nucleus to the premotor nucleus, indicating a recurrent pathway that may contribute to rhythm generation. In this study we characterized the function of this bottom-up connection...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217051/comparison-of-intrathecal-clonidine-and-fentanyl-in-hyperbaric-bupivacaine-for-spinal-anesthesia-and-postoperative-analgesia-in-patients-undergoing-lower-abdominal-surgeries
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Baljit Singh Bajwa, Arwinder Pal Singh, Angelina K Rekhi
BACKGROUND: There are many adjuvant used along with bupivacaine for subarachnoid block, but fentanyl and clonidine are commonly used as adjuvant to intrathecal bupivacaine for prolonging both sensory and motor blockade as well as postoperative analgesia in patients undergoing lower abdominal surgeries. OBJECTIVE: There is a paucity of studies comparing the efficacy of fentanyl and clonidine as adjuvant to intrathecal bupivacaine for improving intraoperative effect and postoperative analgesia in lower abdominal surgeries instigated us compare the effect of these drugs...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216705/comparison-of-fractionated-dose-versus-bolus-dose-injection-in-spinal-anaesthesia-for-patients-undergoing-elective-caesarean-section-a-randomised-double-blind-study
#3
Jigisha Prahaladray Badheka, Vrinda Pravinbhai Oza, Ashutosh Vyas, Deepika Baria, Poonam Nehra, Thomas Babu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Spinal anaesthesia (SA) with bolus dose has rapid onset but may precipitate hypotension. When we inject local anaesthetic in fractions with a time gap, it provides a dense block with haemodynamic stability and also prolongs the duration of analgesia. We aimed to compare fractionated dose with bolus dose in SA for haemodynamic stability and duration of analgesia in patients undergoing elective lower segment caesarean section (LSCS). METHODS: After clearance from the Institutional Ethics Committee, the study was carried out in sixty patients undergoing elective LSCS...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215570/the-cardiac-electrophysiology-of-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Michael Manogue, David S Hirsh, Michael Lloyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a clinical syndrome encountered frequently in trauma centers and is accompanied by both acute and chronic heart rhythm abnormalities. The injury is characterized by sympathetic nervous system (SNS) impairment with preservation of parasympathetic output via the vagus nerve. Severe bradycardia in the form of life-threatening sinus arrest or complete heart block may be observed in the acute recovery phase. Therapy for arrhythmias in the acute phase includes atropine, intravenous chronotropes, methylxanthines for prevention of episodic bradycardia, and pacemaker implantation in severe cases...
February 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214515/igg-degrading-enzyme-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-ides-prevents-disease-progression-and-facilitates-improvement-in-a-rabbit-model-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
#5
Yuzhong Wang, Qiguang Shi, Hui Lv, Ming Hu, Weifang Wang, Quanquan Wang, Baojun Qiao, Guorong Zhang, Zhanyun Lv, Christian Kjellman, Sofia Järnum, Lena Winstedt, Yong Zhang, Jiao Wen, Yanlei Hao, Nobuhiro Yuki
Autoantibodies binding to peripheral nerves followed by complement deposition and membrane attack complex formation results in nerve damage in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Strategies to remove the pathogenic autoantibodies or block the complement deposition benefit most patients with GBS. Immunoglobulin G-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus pyogenes (IdeS) is a cysteine protease which cleaves IgG antibodies into F(ab')2 and Fc fragments. In this study, using a rabbit model of axonal GBS, acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN), we demonstrated that IdeS treatment significantly reduced the disruption of Nav channels as well as activated C3 deposition at the anterior spinal root nodes of Ranvier in AMAN rabbits...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213588/a-differential-autophagy-dependent-response-to-dna-double-strand-brakes-in-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-sporadic-als-patients
#6
Shane Wald-Altman, Edward Pichinuk, Or Kakhlon, Miguel Weil
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable motor neurodegenerative disease caused by a diversity of genetic and environmental factors leading to neuromuscular degeneration and pathophysiological implications in non-neural systems. Our previous work showed abnormal transcriptional expression levels of biomarker genes in non-neuronal cell samples from ALS patients. The same genes proved to be differentially expressed in brain, spinal cord and muscle of the SOD1(G93A) ALS mouse model. These observations support the pathophysiological relevance of the ALS biomarkers discovered in human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) isolated from bone marrow samples of ALS patients (ALS-hMSC)...
February 16, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211895/electroacupuncture-attenuates-cfa-induced-inflammatory-pain-by-suppressing-nav1-8-through-s100b-trpv1-opioid-and-adenosine-pathways-in-mice
#7
Hsien-Yin Liao, Ching-Liang Hsieh, Chun-Ping Huang, Yi-Wen Lin
Pain is associated with several conditions, such as inflammation, that result from altered peripheral nerve properties. Electroacupuncture (EA) is a common Chinese clinical medical technology used for pain management. Using an inflammatory pain mouse model, we investigated the effects of EA on the regulation of neurons, microglia, and related molecules. Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) injections produced a significant mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia that was reversed by EA or a transient receptor potential V1 (TRPV1) gene deletion...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207588/relationship-between-central-obesity-and-spread-of-spinal-anesthesia-in-female-patients
#8
Jee-Eun Chang, Hyerim Kim, Jung-Hee Ryu, Jung-Man Lee, Jin-Young Hwang
Central obesity may be related to the spread of spinal anesthesia in female patients. Fifty-seven female patients undergoing spinal anesthesia were allocated to either the central obesity or noncentral obesity group. After induction of spinal anesthesia, maximal sensory blockade (primary outcome), time for maximal sensory block, maximum motor block, time to maximum motor block, time to L2 regression, and time to Bromage scale 0 were evaluated. Multiple linear regression analyses showed that maximal sensory blockade was related to central obesity (P = ...
February 15, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207536/cervical-plexus-anesthesia-versus-general-anesthesia-for-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-surgery-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#9
Hui Wang, Lei Ma, Dalong Yang, Tao Wang, Qian Wang, Lijun Zhang, Wenyuan Ding
Both general anesthesia (GA) and cervical plexus anesthesia (CPA) can be used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of anesthetic techniques on perioperative mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing cervical surgery.From January 2008 to December 2015, 356 patients who underwent 1-level ACDF for cervical spinal myelopathy were prospectively reviewed. They were assigned to receive GA (group A) and CPA (group B). The analgesic efficacy of the block was assessed by anesthesia preparation time, the maximum heart rate, and mean arterial blood pressure changes compared with the baseline, time of postoperative revival, and duration of recovery stay...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204825/morroniside-protects-sk-n-sh-human-neuroblastoma-cells-against-h2o2-induced-damage
#10
Jing-Xing Zhang, Rui Wang, Jin Xi, Lin Shen, An-You Zhu, Qi Qi, Qi-Yi Wang, Lun-Jun Zhang, Feng-Chao Wang, He-Zuo Lü, Jian-Guo Hu
Oxidative stress-induced cell injury has been linked to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. Morroniside is an antioxidant derived from the Chinese herb Shan-Zhu-Yu. The present study investigated the neuroprotective effect of morroniside against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell death in SK-N-SH human neuroblastoma cells. H2O2 increased cell apoptosis, as determined by flow cytometry and Hoechst 33342 staining. This effect was reversed by pretreatment with morroniside at concentrations of 1-100 µM...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203020/-effect-of-continuous-femoral-nerve-block-combined-with-periarticular-local-infiltration-analgesia-on-early-operative-functional-recovery-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-study
#11
Y Deng, T L Jiang, X X Yang, M Li, J Wang, X Y Guo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of early rehabilitation training after total knee arthroplasty surgery by continuous femoral nerve block (CFNB) with or without periarticular local infiltration analgesia (PLIA). METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, controlled study, 100 patients under-going primary unilateral total knee arthroplasty in patients with knee osteoarthritis were enrolled. All the patients received CFNB for postoperative analgesia before combined spinal epidural anesthesia...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202578/p38%C3%AE-mapk-signaling-mediates-exenatide-stimulated-microglial-%C3%AE-endorphin-expression
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Hai-Yun Wu, Xiao-Fang Mao, Hui Fan, Yong-Xiang Wang
Upon recent discovery, it has been established that activation of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors (GLP-1Rs) exhibits neuroprotection and antinociception through microglial β-endorphin expression. This study aims to explore its underlying signaling mechanisms. GLP-1Rs and β-endorphin were co-expressed in primary cultures of microglia. Treatment with the GLP-1R agonist exenatide concentration-dependently stimulated microglial expression of the β-endorphin precursor gene POMC and peptide, with EC50 values of 4...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197542/the-proline-arginine-dipeptide-from-hexanucleotide-repeat-expanded-c9orf72-inhibits-the-proteasome
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Rahul Gupta, Matthews Lan, Jelena Mojsilovic-Petrovic, Won Hoon Choi, Nathaniel Safren, Sami Barmada, Min Jae Lee, Robert Kalb
An intronic hexanucleotide repeat expansion (HRE) mutation in the C9ORF72 gene is the most common cause of familial ALS and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and is found in ∼7% of individuals with apparently sporadic disease. Several different diamino acid peptides can be generated from the HRE by noncanonical translation (repeat-associated non-ATG translation, or RAN translation), and some of these peptides can be toxic. Here, we studied the effects of two arginine containing RAN translation products [proline/arginine repeated 20 times (PR20) and glycine/arginine repeated 20 times (GR20)] in primary rat spinal cord neuron cultures grown on an astrocyte feeder layer...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181190/distribution-of-alox15-in-the-rat-brain-and-its-role-in-prefrontal-cortical-resolvin-d1-formation-and-spatial-working-memory
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Suku-Maran Shalini, Christabel Fung-Yih Ho, Yee-Kong Ng, Jie-Xin Tong, Eng-Shi Ong, Deron R Herr, Gavin S Dawe, Wei-Yi Ong
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is enriched in membrane phospholipids of the central nervous system (CNS) and has a role in aging and neuropsychiatric disorders. DHA is metabolized by the enzyme Alox15 to 17S-hydroxy-DHA, which is then converted to 7S-hydroperoxy,17S-hydroxy-DHA by a 5-lipoxygenase, and thence via epoxy intermediates to the anti-inflammatory molecule, resolvin D1 (RvD1 or 7S,8R,17S-trihydroxy-docosa-Z,9E,11E,13Z,15E,19Z-hexaenoic acid). In this study, we investigated the distribution and function of Alox15 in the CNS...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179153/activation-of-npffr2-leads-to-hyperalgesia-through-the-spinal-inflammatory-mediator-cgrp-in-mice
#15
Ya-Tin Lin, Ho-Ling Liu, Yuan-Ji Day, Che-Chien Chang, Po-Hung Hsu, Jin-Chung Chen
Neuropeptide FF (NPFF) is recognized as an opioid modulating peptide that regulates morphine-induced analgesia. The aim of this study was to delineate the role of NPFFR2 in pain transmission. We found the expression levels of NPFF and NPFFR2 were increased in the lumbar dorsal horn of animals with CFA- and carrageenan-induced inflammation and both NPFFR2 over-expressing transgenic (NPFFR2-Tg) and NPFFR2 agonist-treated mice displayed hyperalgesia. BOLD signals from functional MRI showed that NPFFR2-Tg mice exhibited increased activation of pain-related brain regions after painful stimulation when compared to WT mice...
February 5, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167648/natalizumab-for-multiple-sclerosis-a-case-in-point-for-the-impact-of-translational-neuroimmunology
#16
Afsaneh Shirani, Olaf Stüve
Advances in translational neuroimmunology over the last two decades have revolutionized the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. A pathological hallmark of multiple sclerosis is the presence of leukocytes in the areas of disease activity in the CNS. Natalizumab inhibits the trafficking of lymphocytes from the blood into the brain and spinal cord by blocking the adhesion molecule α4-integrin. Representing the enormous success of a molecular targeted approach, natalizumab was the first mAb approved for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167393/biodegradable-scaffolds-promote-tissue-remodeling-and-functional-improvement-in-non-human-primates-with-acute-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Jonathan R Slotkin, Christopher D Pritchard, Brian Luque, Janice Ye, Richard T Layer, Mathew S Lawrence, Timothy M O'Shea, Roland R Roy, Hui Zhong, Isabel Vollenweider, V Reggie Edgerton, Grégoire Courtine, Eric J Woodard, Robert Langer
Tissue loss significantly reduces the potential for functional recovery after spinal cord injury. We previously showed that implantation of porous scaffolds composed of a biodegradable and biocompatible block copolymer of Poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid and Poly-l-lysine improves functional recovery and reduces spinal cord tissue injury after spinal cord hemisection injury in rats. Here, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of porous scaffolds in non-human Old-World primates (Chlorocebus sabaeus) after a partial and complete lateral hemisection of the thoracic spinal cord...
January 25, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166067/ultrasound-guided-femoral-nerve-block-to-provide-analgesia-for-positioning-patients-with-femur-fracture-before-subarachnoid-block-comparison-with-intravenous-fentanyl
#18
S Ranjit, B B Pradhan
Background Positioning patients with fractured femur for subarachnoid block is painful. Intravenous analgesics or peripheral nerve block like femoral nerve block or fascia iliaca compartment block are some of the available techniques to reduce pain. We compared the efficacy of femoral nerve block and intravenous fentanyl in providing effective analgesia before positioning for subarachnoid block. Objective This study was designed to compare between ultrasound guided femoral nerve block with lignocaine and intravenous fentanyl in providing effective analgesia before positioning patient with femur fracture in sitting position for subarachnoid block...
April 2016: Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161890/homology-guided-mutational-analysis-reveals-the-functional-requirements-for-antinociceptive-specificity-of-crmp2-derived-peptides
#19
Aubin Moutal, Wennan Li, Yue Wang, Weina Ju, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Samantha Perez-Miller, Jackie Hu, Erik T Dustrude, Todd W Vanderah, Vijay Gokhale, May Khanna, Rajesh Khanna
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: N-type voltage-gated calcium (CaV2.2) channels are critical determinants of increased neuronal excitability and neurotransmission accompanying persistent neuropathic pain. Despite CaV2.2 antagonism being recommended as first-line treatment for neuropathic pain, calcium-current blocking gabapentinoids inadequately alleviate chronic pain symptoms and are often mired by numerous side-effects. Collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2) targets CaV2.2 to the sensory neuron membrane, and allosterically modulates Cav2...
February 5, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143506/utilization-of-ct-scanning-associated-with-complex-spine-surgery
#20
Vikas V Patel, Gunnar B J Andersson, Steven R Garfin, Donald L Resnick, Jon E Block
BACKGROUND: Due to the risk associated with exposure to ionizing radiation, there is an urgent need to identify areas of CT scanning overutilization. While increased use of diagnostic spinal imaging has been documented, no previous research has estimated the magnitude of follow-up imaging used to evaluate the postoperative spine. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study quantifies the association between spinal surgery and CT utilization. An insurance database (Humana, Inc...
January 31, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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