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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526745/identification-and-characterisation-of-nanobodies-targeting-the-epha4-receptor
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Lies Schoonaert, Laura Ru Eacute, Bart Roucourt, Mieke Timmers, Susan Little, Luc Iacutea Ch Aacutevez Guti Eacuterrez, Maarten Dewilde, Peter Joyce, Adam Curnock, Peter Weber, Jurgen Haustraete, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh-Ghassabeh, Bart De Strooper, Ludo Van Den Bosch, Philip Van Damme, Robin Lemmens, Wim Robberecht
The ephrin receptor A4 (EphA4) is one of the receptors in the ephrin system that plays a pivotal role in a variety of cell-cell interactions, mostly studied during development. In addition, EphA4 has been found to play a role in cancer biology as well as in the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Pharmacological blocking of EphA4 has been suggested to be a therapeutic strategy for these disorders...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526487/ultrasound-guided-thoracic-paravertebral-injection-in-dogs-a-cadaveric-study
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Diego A Portela, Luis Campoy, Pablo E Otero, Manuel Martin-Flores, Robin D Gleed
OBJECTIVE: To describe ultrasound-visualized anatomy and the spread characteristics of a dye injected in the thoracic paravertebral (TPV) space under ultrasound guidance. STUDY DESIGN: Anatomic cadaver study. ANIMALS: Seven dog cadavers. METHODS: One cadaver was used to observe, identify, and describe the relevant TPV anatomy. In the remaining six, the left fifth TPV space was randomly assigned to be injected with either a low volume (LV; 0...
February 16, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522736/myelin-associated-glycoprotein-mag-inhibits-schwann-cell-migration-and-induces-their-death
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Nagarathnamma Chaudhry, Corinne Bachelin, Violetta Zujovic, Melissa Hilaire, Katherine T Baldwin, Rose M Follis, Roman Giger, Bruce D Carter, Anne Baron-Van Evercooren, Marie T Filbin
Remyelination of central nervous system (CNS) axons by Schwann cells (SC) is not efficient, in part due to their poor migration into the adult CNS. Although it is known that migrating SC avoid white matter tracts, the molecular mechanisms underlying this exclusion has never been elucidated. We now demonstrate that myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), a well-known inhibitor of neurite outgrowth, inhibits rat SC migration and induces their death via γ secretase-dependent regulated intramembrane proteolysis (RIP) of the p75 neurotrophin receptor (also known as p75 cleavage)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514232/ppar%C3%AE-agonists-attenuate-trigeminal-neuropathic-pain
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Danielle N Lyons, Liping Zhang, Robert J Danaher, Craig S Miller, Karin N Westlund
The aim of this study is to investigate the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma isoform (PPARγ), in trigeminal neuropathic pain utilizing a novel mouse trigeminal inflammatory compression (TIC) injury model. The study determined that the PPARγ nuclear receptor plays a significant role in trigeminal nociception transmission, evidenced by: (1) Intense PPARγ immunoreactivity is expressed 3 weeks after TIC nerve injury in the spinal trigeminal caudalis, the termination site of trigeminal nociceptive nerve fibers...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508761/posterior-branches-of-lumbar-spinal-nerves-part-ii-lumbar-facet-syndrome-pathomechanism-symptomatology-and-diagnostic-work-up
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Katarzyna Kozera, Bogdan Ciszek, Paweł Szaro
Posterior branches of the lumbar spinal nerves are the anatomic substrate of pain in the lower back, sacrum and the gluteal area. Such pain may be associated with various pathologies which cause pain in the posterior branches of the lumbar spinal nerves due to entrapment, mechanical irritation or inflammatory reaction and/or degeneration. The posterior branches are of significant functional importance, which is related to the function of the structures they supply, including facet joints, which are the basic biomechanical units of the spine...
April 12, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505987/improved-grasp-function-with-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Mar Cortes, Ana Heloisa Medeiros, Aasta Gandhi, Peter Lee, Hermano Igo Krebs, Gary Thickbroom, Dylan Edwards
BACKGROUND: Recovering hand function has important implications for improving independence of patients with tetraplegia after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive rehabilitation technique that has potential to improve motor function. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of one session of 1 mA, 2 mA, and sham anodal tDCS (a-tDCS) in the upper extremity (hand) motor performance (grasp and lease) in patients with chronic cervical SCI...
May 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499552/puerperal-ventral-epidural-hematoma-after-epidural-labor-analgesia
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I Gruzman, I Shelef, A Y Weintraub, A Zlotnik, O Erez
Serious complications in obstetric anesthesia are a rare occurrence. High neuraxial block, respiratory arrest in labor and delivery, and an unrecognized spinal catheter are among the most frequently reported serious complications. A serious complication occurs in approximately 1:3000 obstetric patients. Neuraxial hematoma after obstetric epidural analgesia or anesthesia is extremely rare. We present a case of a puerperal spinal epidural hematoma following epidural labor analgesia. The patient presented with foot drop, which resolved after conservative treatment...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499420/continuous-femoral-nerve-blockade-and-single-shot-sciatic-nerve-block-promotes-better-analgesia-and-lower-bleeding-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-compared-to-intrathecal-morphine-a-randomized-trial
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Nora Elizabeth Rojas Álvarez, Rosemberg Jairo Gomez Ledesma, Adilson Hamaji, Marcelo Waldir Mian Hamaji, Joaquim Edson Vieira
BACKGROUND: Knee arthroplasty leads to postoperative pain. This study compares analgesia and postoperative bleeding achieved by intrathecal morphine with a continuous femoral plus single-shot sciatic nerve block. METHODS: A randomized non-blinded clinical trial enrolled patients aged over 18 years old, ASA I to III who underwent total knee arthroplasty. All patients underwent spinal anesthesia with isobaric bupivacaine, 20 mg. One group received 100 mcg of intrathecal morphine (M group), and the other received a femoral nerve block by continuous infusion plus a "single shot" block of the sciatic nerve at the end of the surgery (FI group)...
May 12, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489932/camkii%C3%AE-may-modulate-fentanyl-induced-hyperalgesia-via-a-celc-pag-rvm-spinal-cord-descending-facilitative-pain-pathway-in-rats
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Zhen Li, Pingping Yin, Jian Chen, Shenglan Jin, Jieqiong Liu, Fang Luo
Each of the lateral capsular division of central nucleus of amygdala(CeLC), periaqueductal gray (PAG), rostral ventromedial medulla(RVM) and spinal cord has been proved to contribute to the development of opioid-induced hyperalgesia(OIH). Especially, Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIα (CaMKIIα) in CeLC and spinal cord seems to play a key role in OIH modulation. However, the pain pathway through which CaMKIIα modulates OIH is not clear. The pathway from CeLC to spinal cord for this modulation was explored in the present study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487221/neurophysiological-insights-on-flexibility-improvements-through-motor-imagery
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Thiago Ferreira Dias Kanthack, Aymeric Guillot, Charalambos Papaxanthis, Théophile Guizard, Christian Collet, Franck Di Rienzo
The efficacy of motor imagery (MI) practice to facilitate muscle stretching remains controversial and the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms unexplored. We evaluated the effects of MI practice during a sit-and-reach task. Healthy participants were randomly assigned to a MI practice (n=15) or Control (n=15) group and completed 2 blocks of 5 sit-and-reach trials. During the first block (B1), participants performed 5 maximal stretching trials of 10s. During the second block (B2), trials were divided into two consecutive parts: i) reproducing the maximum performance of B1 (10s, B2 part 1), and ii) attempting to outperform the maximum performance of B1 (10s, B2 part 2)...
May 6, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485802/nogo-a-antibody-treatment-enhances-neuron-recovery-after-sciatic-nerve-transection-in-rats
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Z-W Zhang, J-J Jiang, M-C Luan, Z-J Ma, F Gao, S-J Yu
OBJECTIVE: The use of an antibody to block the neurite outgrowth inhibitor Nogo-A has been of great interest for promoting axonal recovery as a treatment for peripheral nerve injuries. The present study aimed to investigate the signaling pathway of p75 neurotrophin receptor (NTR) and Nogo receptor (NgR) in a sciatic nerve transection (SNT) rat model and evaluate the underlining mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-five Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into 3 groups (n=25), namely the sham group, sciatic nerve transection (model) group and Nogo-A-pAb group...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485386/monitoring-rate-and-predictability-of-intraoperative-monitoring-in-patients-with-intradural-extramedullary-and-epidural-metastatic-spinal-tumors
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H Kang, H S Gwak, S H Shin, M K Woo, I H Jeong, H Yoo, J W Kwon, S H Lee
STUDY DESIGN: Single-center retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the monitoring rate, sensitivity and specificity of intraoperative monitoring (IOM) during removal of intradural extramedullary (IDEM) or epidural metastatic spinal tumors. Also, to assess the efficacy of monitoring somatosensory-evoked potentials (SSEP) when motor-evoked potentials (MEP) are not measurable. SETTING: The Neuro-Oncology Clinic, National Cancer Center, Korea...
May 9, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483977/uncoupling-of-unc5c-with-polymerized-tubb3-in-microtubules-mediates-netrin-1-repulsion
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Qiangqiang Shao, Tao Yang, Huai Huang, Farrah Alarmanazi, Guofa Liu
Modulation of microtubule (MT) dynamics is a key event of cytoskeleton remodeling in the growth cone (GC) during axon outgrowth and pathfinding. Our previous studies have shown that the direct interaction of netrin receptor DCC and DSCAM with polymerized TUBB3, a neuron-specific MT subunit in the brain, is required for netrin-1-mediated axon outgrowth, branching and attraction. Here, we show that uncoupling of polymerized TUBB3 with netrin-1 repulsive receptor UNC5C is involved in netrin-1-mediated axonal repulsion...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482124/collagen-scaffold-combined-with-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promote-functional-recovery-after-scar-resection-in-rats-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Nuo Wang, Zhifeng Xiao, Yannan Zhao, Bin Wang, Xing Li, Jing Li, Jianwu Dai
Effective therapeutic strategies for treating chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) are currently unavailable. Scar tissue in the lesion area is a main inhibitory factor for axonal regeneration and repair of chronic SCI. In this study, scar tissue was surgically resected from adult rats with 12-week chronic SCI, and then collagen scaffold (named NeuroRegen Scaffold [NRS]) and human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) were implanted into the resected cavity to repair chronic SCI. The results demonstrated that the locomotor function of rats was not affected by surgical scar resection, indicating its safety in treating chronic SCI...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479526/superion%C3%A2-interspinous-spacer-treatment-of-moderate-spinal-stenosis-4-year-results
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Pierce D Nunley, Vikas V Patel, Douglas G Orndorff, William F Lavelle, Jon E Block, Fred H Geisler
OBJECTIVE: To determine the 4-year clinical outcomes in patients with moderate lumbar spinal stenosis treated with minimally-invasive stand-alone interspinous process decompression using the Superion® device. METHODS: The 4-year Superion® data were extracted from a randomized, controlled FDA Investigational Device Exemption trial. Patients with intermittent neurogenic claudication relieved with back flexion who failed at least 6 months of nonsurgical management were enrolled...
May 4, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476070/peripheral-inflammation-alters-n-arachidonoylphosphatidylethanolamine-20-4-nape-induced-modulation-of-nociceptive-spinal-cord-synaptic-transmission
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Vladimir Nerandzic, Petra Mrozkova, Pavel Adamek, Diana Spicarova, Istvan Nagy, Jiri Palecek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endocannabinoids play an important role in modulating spinal nociceptive signalling, crucial for the development of pain. The cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) are both activated by the endocannabinoid anandamide that is a product of biosynthesis from the endogenous lipid precursor N-arachidonoylphosphatidylethanolamine (20:4-NAPE). Here we are first to report CB1 receptor- and TRPV1-mediated effects of 20:4-NAPE application on spinal synaptic transmission in control and inflammatory conditions...
May 5, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474276/sphingosine-toxicity-in-eae-and-ms-evidence-for-ceramide-generation-via-serine-palmitoyltransferase-activation
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Lawrence G Miller, Jennifer A Young, Swapan K Ray, Guanghu Wang, Sharad Purohit, Naren L Banik, Somsankar Dasgupta
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disorder characterized by massive neurodegeneration and profound axonal loss. Since myelin is enriched with sphingolipids and some of them display toxicity, biological function of sphingolipids in demyelination has been investigated in MS brain tissues. An elevation of sphingosine with a decrease in monoglycosylceramide and psychosine (myelin markers) was observed in MS white matter and plaque compared to normal brain tissue. This indicated that sphingosine toxicity might mediate oligodendrocyte degeneration...
May 5, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469663/estrogen-affects-neuropathic-pain-through-upregulating-n-methyl-d-aspartate-acid-receptor-1-expression-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-of-rats
#18
Chao Deng, Ya-Juan Gu, Hong Zhang, Jun Zhang
Estrogen affects the generation and transmission of neuropathic pain, but the specific regulatory mechanism is still unclear. Activation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate acid receptor 1 (NMDAR1) plays an important role in the production and maintenance of hyperalgesia and allodynia. The present study was conducted to determine whether a relationship exists between estrogen and NMDAR1 in peripheral nerve pain. A chronic sciatic nerve constriction injury model of chronic neuropathic pain was established in rats. These rats were then subcutaneously injected with 17β-estradiol, the NMDAR1 antagonist D(-)-2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid (AP-5), or both once daily for 15 days...
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469003/regulation-of-axonal-regeneration-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-the-lamrpey
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Jessica A Benes, Kylie N House, Frank N Burks, Kris P Conaway, Donald P Julien, Jeffrey P Donley, Michael A Iyamu, Andrew D McClellan
Following rostral spinal cord injury (SCI) in larval lampreys, injured descending brain neurons, particularly reticulospinal (RS) neurons, regenerate their axons, and locomotor behavior recovers in a few weeks. However, axonal regeneration of descending brain neurons is mostly limited to relatively short distances, but the mechanisms for incomplete axonal regeneration are unclear. First, lampreys with rostral SCI exhibited greater axonal regeneration of descending brain neurons, including RS neurons, as well as more rapid recovery of locomotor muscle activity right below the lesion site compared to animals with caudal SCI...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468993/trpv3-modulates-nociceptive-signaling-through-peripheral-and-supraspinal-sites-in-rats
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Steve McGaraughty, Katharine L Chu, Jun Xu, Laura Leys, Rich J Radek, Michael J Dart, Arthur Gomtsyan, Robert G Schmidt, Philip R Kym, Jill-Desiree Brederson
TRPV3 is a non-selective cation channel activated by temperatures above 33oC, and is reported localized in keratinocytes and nervous tissue. In order to investigate a role for TRPV3 in pain modulation, we conducted a series of in vivo electrophysiological studies on spinal and brain nociceptive neurons. Structurally diverse TRPV3 receptor antagonists reduced responses of spinal WDR neurons to low-intensity mechanical stimulation in neuropathic rats, but only CNS penetrant antagonists decreased elevated spontaneous firing...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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