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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051870/an-unusual-case-report-of-bertolotti-s-syndrome-extraforaminal-stenosis-and-l5-unilateral-root-compression-castellvi-type-iii-an-lstv
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Stylianos Kapetanakis, Constantinos Chaniotakis, Constantinos Paraskevopoulos, Pavlos Pavlidis
INTRODUCTION: Castellvi Type III lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTV) is an unusual case of Bertolotti's syndrome (BS) due to extraforaminal stenosis, especially manifesting in elderly patients. CASE REPORT: We report a case of BS in a 62 years old Greek female. The signs of the clinical examination are low back pain, sciatica, hypoesthesia, and pain to the contribution of L5 nerve. Imaging techniques revealed an LSTV Type III a (complete sacralization between LSTV and sacrum)...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051083/lysophosphatidic-acid-propagates-post-injury-schwann-cell-dedifferentiation-through-lpa1-signaling
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Fabian Szepanowski, Leon-Phillip Szepanowski, Anne K Mausberg, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Bernd C Kieseier, Mark Stettner
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a pleiotropic signaling lipid that acts as ligand for at least six specific G-protein coupled receptors. Schwann cells (SC) are known to mainly express the LPA1 receptor subtype. An emerging body of evidence has linked LPA with injury-induced peripheral nerve demyelination as well as neuropathic pain. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying its demyelinating effect have not been conclusively elucidated. We aimed to decipher the demyelinating effect in vitro as well as in vivo by studying markers of SC differentiation and dedifferentiation: Myelinated dorsal root ganglia (DRG) cultures were treated either with LPA, LPA plus AM095 (LPA1 antagonist) or vehicle...
October 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048431/hspb1-facilitates-erk-mediated-phosphorylation-and-degradation-of-bim-to-attenuate-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-apoptosis
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Donna Kennedy, Katarzyna Mnich, Deepu Oommen, Reka Chakravarthy, Leonardo Almeida-Souza, Michiel Krols, Svetlana Saveljeva, Karen Doyle, Sanjeev Gupta, Vincent Timmerman, Sophie Janssens, Adrienne M Gorman, Afshin Samali
BIM, a pro-apoptotic BH3-only protein, is a key regulator of the intrinsic (or mitochondrial) apoptosis pathway. Here, we show that BIM induction by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is suppressed in rat PC12 cells overexpressing heat shock protein B1 (HSPB1 or HSP27) and that this is due to enhanced proteasomal degradation of BIM. HSPB1 and BIM form a complex that immunoprecipitates with p-ERK1/2. We found that HSPB1-mediated proteasomal degradation of BIM is dependent on MEK-ERK signaling. Other studies have shown that several missense mutations in HSPB1 cause the peripheral neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which is associated with nerve degeneration...
August 31, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043378/-neurogenic-myopathies-and-imaging-of-muscle-denervation
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REVIEW
M Wolf, C Wolf, M-A Weber
CLINICAL ISSUE: Neurogenic myopathies are primary diseases of the nervous system, which secondarily result in denervation of the target musculature. The spectrum of potential causes is manifold ranging from acute traumatic injuries and chronic compression to neurodegenerative, inflammatory, metabolic and neoplastic processes. STANDARD DIAGNOSTIC METHODS: The medical history, clinical neurological examination, and electrophysiological tests including electromyography and nerve conduction studies are crucial in diagnosing neuropathic myopathies...
October 17, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042528/-a-case-of-ruptured-anterior-communicating-artery-aneurysm-with-visual-field-defects-and-deteriorating-to-severe-vision-loss
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Kazuki Sakakura, Go Ikeda, Yasunobu Nakai, Noriyuki Watanabe, Masanari Shiigai, Kazuya Uemura, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Akira Matsumura
Although Terson's syndrome is a well-known cause of vision loss due to intracerebral aneurysm rupture, optic nerve neuropathy can also occur because of other causes. Here, we report such a case, i.e., a ruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm accompanied by vision loss and visual field disturbances due to a cause other than Terson's syndrome. A 47-year-old man presented with right superior altitudinal hemianopia. Computed tomography (CT) showed subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), and three-dimensional CT angiography revealed an anterior communicating artery aneurysm...
October 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042416/nicotine-prevents-and-reverses-paclitaxel-induced-mechanical-allodynia-in-a-mouse-model-of-cipn
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S Lauren Kyte, Wisam Toma, Deniz Bagdas, Julie A Meade, Lesley D Schurman, Aron H Lichtman, Zhi-Jian Chen, Egidio Del Fabbro, Xianjun Fang, John W Bigbee, M Imad Damaj, David A Gewirtz
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a consequence of peripheral nerve fiber dysfunction or degeneration, continues to be a dose-limiting and debilitating side effect during and/or after cancer chemotherapy. Paclitaxel, a taxane commonly used to treat breast, lung, and ovarian cancers, causes CIPN in 59-78% of cancer patients. Novel interventions are needed due to the current lack of effective CIPN treatments. Our studies were designed to investigate if nicotine can prevent and/or reverse paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in a mouse model of CIPN, while ensuring that nicotine will not stimulate lung tumor cell proliferation or interfere with the anti-tumor properties of paclitaxel...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038133/did-jules-dejerine-describe-aman-at-the-end-of-the-19th-century
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Stéphane Mathis, Laurent Magy, Gwendal Le Masson, Jean-Michel Vallat
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a heterogeneous group of acute immune-mediated neuropathies, including acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) and acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN). AMAN is an axonal subtype of GBS that has been known since the 1990s; this term was first used to describe a summer epidemic of acute ascending paralysis observed in children in northern China (and Mexico). It is pathologically characterized by noninflammatory axonal degeneration of the motor nerves (with little or no demyelination)...
October 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038003/hemin-supports-the-survival-of-photoreceptors-injured-by-n-methyl-n-nitrosourea-the-contributory-role-of-neuroglobin-in-photoreceptor-degeneration
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Ye Tao, Zhao Ma, Bei Liu, Wei Fang, Limin Qin, Yi Fei Huang, Lu Wang, Yanling Gao
Retina is a critical component of the central nerve system that is responsible for the conversion of light stimulus into electrical spikes. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) comprises a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal dystrophies leading to blindness. We examined retinal neuroglobin (Ngb) expression in a pharmacologically induced RP animal model, the N-Methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) administered mice. The retinal Ngb expression in MNU administered mice attenuated following a time dependent manner, suggesting Ngb was involved in the photoreceptor degeneration...
October 13, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032189/laser-evoked-potentials-in-painful-radiculopathy
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P Hüllemann, C von der Brelie, G Manthey, J Düsterhöft, A K Helmers, M Synowitz, J Gierthmühlen, R Baron
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this exploratory study were (1) to develop a standardized objective electrophysiological technique with laser-evoked potentials to assess dorsal root damage quantitatively and (2) to correlate these LEP measures with clinical parameters and sensory abnormalities (QST) in the affected dermatome. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients with painful radiculopathy and 20 healthy subjects were investigated with LEP recorded from the affected dermatome and control areas as well as with quantitative sensory testing...
September 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032027/peripheral-neuropathy-and-hindlimb-paralysis-in-a-mouse-model-of-adipocyte-specific-knockout-of-lkb1
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Yan Xiong, Jessica C Page, Naagarajan Narayanan, Chao Wang, Zhihao Jia, Feng Yue, Xine Shi, Wen Jin, Keping Hu, Meng Deng, Riyi Shi, Tizhong Shan, Gongshe Yang, Shihuan Kuang
Brown adipose tissues (BAT) burn lipids to generate heat through uncoupled respiration, thus representing a powerful target to counteract lipid accumulation and obesity. The tumor suppressor liver kinase b1 (Lkb1) is a key regulator of cellular energy metabolism; and adipocyte-specific knockout of Lkb1 (Ad-Lkb1 KO) leads to the expansion of BAT, improvements in systemic metabolism and resistance to obesity in young mice. Here we report the unexpected finding that the Ad-Lkb1 KO mice develop hindlimb paralysis at mid-age...
September 21, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029847/the-diagnostic-challenge-of-small-fibre-neuropathy-clinical-presentations-evaluations-and-causes
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REVIEW
Astrid J Terkelsen, Páll Karlsson, Giuseppe Lauria, Roy Freeman, Nanna B Finnerup, Troels S Jensen
Small fibre neuropathies are a heterogeneous group of disorders affecting thinly myelinated Aδ-fibres and unmyelinated C-fibres. Although multiple causes of small nerve fibre degeneration have been reported, including via genetic mutations, the cause of small fibre neuropathy remains unknown in up to 50% of cases. The typical clinical presentation of small fibre neuropathy is that of a symmetrical, length-dependent polyneuropathy associated with sensory or autonomic symptoms. More rarely, the clinical presentation is characterised by non-length-dependent, focal, or multifocal symptoms...
November 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029362/altered-tdp-43-dependent-splicing-in-hspb8-related-distal-hereditary-motor-neuropathy-and-myofibrillar-myopathy
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Andrea Cortese, Matilde Laurà, Carlo Casali, Ichizo Nishino, Yukiko K Hayashi, Stefania Magri, Franco Taroni, Cristiana Stuani, Paola Saveri, Maurizio Moggio, Michela Ripolone, A Prelle, C Pisciotta, A Sagnelli, Anna Pichiecchio, Mary M Reilly, Emanuele Buratti, Davide Pareyson
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the small heat shock protein 22 gene (HSPB8) have been associated with Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2L, distal hereditary motor neuropathy (dHMN) type IIa and, more recently, distal myopathy/myofibrillar myopathy (MFM) with protein aggregates and TDP-43 inclusions. OBJECTIVE: To report a novel family with HSPB8 (K141E) -related dHMN/MFM and to investigate, in a patient muscle biopsy, whether the presence of protein aggregates was paralleled by altered TDP-43 function...
October 13, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026613/a-case-of-generalized-argyria-presenting-with-muscle-weakness
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Inha Jung, Eun-Jeong Joo, Byung Seong Suh, Cheol-Bae Ham, Ji-Min Han, You-Gyung Kim, Joon-Sup Yeom, Ju-Yeon Choi, Ji-Hye Park
BACKGROUND: Argyria is a rare irreversible cutaneous pigmentation disorder caused by prolonged exposure to silver. Herein, we report a case of generalized argyria that developed after chronic ingestion of soluble silver-nano particles and presented with muscle weakness. CASE PRESENTATION: A 74-year-old woman visited our emergency room, complaining of fever and mental deterioration. She was diagnosed with acute pyelonephritis and recovered after antibiotic therapy...
2017: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026263/effects-of-recreational-noise-on-threshold-and-suprathreshold-measures-of-auditory-function
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REVIEW
Angela N C Fulbright, Colleen G Le Prell, Scott K Griffiths, Edward Lobarinas
Noise exposure that causes a temporary threshold shift but no permanent threshold shift can cause degeneration of synaptic ribbons and afferent nerve fibers, with a corresponding reduction in wave I amplitude of the auditory brainstem response (ABR) in animals. This form of underlying damage, hypothesized to also occur in humans, has been termed synaptopathy , and it has been hypothesized that there will be a hidden hearing loss consisting of functional deficits at suprathreshold stimulus levels. This study assessed whether recreational noise exposure history was associated with smaller ABR wave I amplitude and poorer performance on suprathreshold auditory test measures...
November 2017: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022183/in-search-of-a-comprehensible-set-of-endpoints-for-the-routine-monitoring-of-neurotoxicity-in-vertebrates-sensory-perception-and-nerve-transmission-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos
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Daniel Stengel, Sarah Wahby, Thomas Braunbeck
In order to develop a test battery based on a variety of neurological systems in fish, three sensory systems (vision, olfaction, and lateral line) as well as nerve transmission (acetylcholine esterase) were analyzed in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos with respect to their suitability as a model for the screening of neurotoxic trace substances in aquatic ecosystems. As a selection of known or putative neurotoxic compounds, amidotrizoic acid, caffeine, cypermethrin, dichlorvos, 2,4-dinitrotoluene, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 4-nonylphenol, perfluorooctanoic acid, and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid were tested in the fish embryo test (OECD test guideline 236) to determine EC10 values, which were then used as maximum test concentration in subsequent neurotoxicity tests...
October 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020717/ulnar-nerve-injury-on-removal-of-a-contraceptive-implant
#16
Eva E O'Grady, Dominic M Power
The close proximity of contraceptive implant placement to the course of the ulnar nerve can result in injury. Several factors have been implicated in this complication including: low BMI, erroneous placement of the implant, implantation over the brachial groove, and migration of the implant from its original insertion. Clinicians should familiarise themselves with the vulnerable neurovascular structures in the area and refer promptly to a specialist if any neurological symptoms develop during placement or removal of these devices...
December 2016: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018654/double-crush-of-l5-spinal-nerve-root-due-to-l4-5-lateral-recess-stenosis-and-bony-spur-formation-of-lumbosacral-transitional-vertebra-pseudoarticulation-a-case-report-and-review
#17
Motoyuki Iwasaki, Masahiko Akiyama, Izumi Koyanagi, Yoshimasa Niiya, Tatsuo Ihara, Kiyohiro Houkin
We present a case of double-crushed L5 nerve root symptoms caused by inside and outside of the spinal canal with spur formation of the lumbosacral transitional vertebra (LSTV). A 78-year-old man presented with 7-year history of moderate paresis of his toe and left leg pain when walking. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed spinal stenosis at the L3/4 and 4/5 spinal levels and he underwent wide fenestration of both levels. Leg pain disappeared and 6-min walk distance (6MWD) improved after surgery, however, the numbness in his toes increased and 6MWD decreased 9 months after surgery...
October 2017: NMC Case Rep J
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986311/glaucoma-and-the-brain-trans-synaptic-degeneration-structural-change-and-implications-for-neuroprotection
#18
REVIEW
Mitchell Lawlor, Helen Danesh-Meyer, Leonard A Levin, Indran Davagnanam, Enrico De Vita, Gordon T Plant
A recent hypothesis to enter the literature suggests that glaucoma is a neuro-degenerative disease. The basis for this has been the finding of central nervous system (CNS) changes in glaucoma patients on histology and neuro-imaging. It is known that retinal ganglion cell (RGC) pathology of any cause leads to anterograde and retrograde RGC degeneration, as well as trans-synaptic (trans-neuronal) anterograde degeneration. Trans-synaptic degeneration has been demonstrated in a range of optic neuropathies including optic nerve transection, optic neuritis, and hereditary optic neuropathies...
October 3, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980562/-structural-retinal-and-optic-nerve-changes-in-patients-with-post-geniculate-visual-pathway-damage
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N M Eliseeva, N K Serova, V P Erichev, L A Panyushkina
AIM: To establish the possibility of retrograde trans-synaptic neural degeneration following acquired post-geniculate visual pathway damage. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-two patients with homonymous hemianopia caused by acquired post-geniculate visual pathway damage were examined. Peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness and ganglion cell complex (GCC) measurements were assessed with RTVue-100 Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). RESULTS: In 12 out of 22 patients we detected binocular GCC thinning that was ipsilateral to post-geniculate involvement...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980003/axonal-protection-by-ripasudil-a-rho-kinase-inhibitor-via-modulating-autophagy-in-tnf-induced-optic-nerve-degeneration
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Yasushi Kitaoka, Kana Sase, Chihiro Tsukahara, Kaori Kojima, Akira Shiono, Jiro Kogo, Naoto Tokuda, Hitoshi Takagi
Purpose: The Rho kinase inhibitor ripasudil decreases intraocular pressure, although its role in optic nerve axonal damage should be clarified. We therefore investigated whether ripasudil modulates TNF-induced axonal loss and affects autophagy machinery after the induction of optic nerve degeneration. Methods: Rats were given intravitreal injection of TNF, concomitant injection of ripasudil hydrochloride hydrate and TNF, or ripasudil alone. Axon numbers were counted to evaluate the effects of ripasudil against axon loss...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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