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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777961/non-viral-delivery-of-an-optogenetic-tool-into-cells-with-self-healing-hydrogel
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Fu-Yu Hsieh, Hao-Wei Han, Xiao-Ru Chen, Chii-Shen Yang, Yen Wei, Shan-Hui Hsu
Optogenetics offers unique, temporally precise control of neural activity in genetically targeted specific neurons that express light-sensitive opsin molecules. Three-dimensional (3D) delivery of optogenetics can be realized by co-injection of bacteriorhodopsin (HEBR) plasmid with a chitosan-based self-healing hydrogel with strong shear-thinning properties. The HEBR protein shows photoelectrical properties and can be used as an optical switch for cell activation. We optimize the shear force generated during the process of injection (∼100 Pa), which is transient because of the self-healing nature of the hydrogel...
May 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777894/endoscopic-transnasal-resection-of-solitary-fibrous-tumor-in-the-optic-canal
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Seiei Torazawa, Masahiro Shin, Hirotaka Hasegawa, Ryohei Otani, Keisuke Ueki, Nobuhito Saito
BACKGROUND: Tumors extending into the optic canal can cause progressive visual impairment due to optic nerve compression, and prompt surgical resection is often necessary. When the tumor is located medially in the optic canal, endoscopic transnasal surgery provides a safer, less invasive alternative to trans-cranial approach. CASE DESCRIPTION: We recently encountered a case of small solitary fibrous tumor in the optic canal causing rapid visual deterioration. The radiographic findings of pre-operative imaging studies were compatible with those of meningioma; however, unlike meningioma, bleeding from the tumor was very profuse during the operation...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777885/posttraumatic-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-associated-with-an-upper-cervical-meningeal-diverticulum
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Noriya Enomoto, Hideo Mure, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Mai Azumi, Shinya Okita, Shinji Nagahiro, Yasushi Takagi
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) has been increasingly recognized as a phenomenon caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks; however, its pathogenesis is still unclear. Here, we report two cases of SIH as a result of CSF leak from a meningeal diverticulum at the C2 nerve root sleeve. The first case is that of a 46-year-old man who had suffered from orthostatic headache after a bicycle accident at age 45. Computed tomography (CT) myelography revealed CSF leaks at the C1/2 level. He underwent epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy, but it was unsuccessful...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777714/efficiency-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-transcutaneous-nerve-stimulation-on-hemiplegic-shoulder-pain-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Meimei Zhou, Fang Li, Weibo Lu, Junfa Wu, Song Pei
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) on hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP). DESIGN: This is a prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT). SETTING: A total of 184 HSP patients, aged 18-80 years, were recruited in the Rehabilitation Hospital from February 2014 to July 2016. The Ethics approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the Hospital...
May 16, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777675/brain-derived-microparticles-activate-microglia-macrophages-and-induce-neuroinflammation
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Hongtao Rong, Yueshan Fan, Mengchen Yang, Baoliang Zhang, Dongdong Sun, Zilong Zhao, Dong Wang, Weidong Fan, Jianhao Wang, Gang Gu, Fanjian Li, Xilei Liu, Chenxu Rao, Huijiao Chen, Yi Wang, Ye Tian, Jianning Zhang
Microparticles are cell fragments derived from damaged cells that are able to present an antigen from the parent cells to other cells to activate intracellular signaling pathways. Microparticles are closely related to the inflammatory response. Brain-derived microparticles (BDMPs) play an important role in brain injury. However, the inflammatory effect of BDMPs on microglia/macrophages remains unclear. The BDMPs were consumed by microglia/macrophages in vivo and in vitro. The BDMPs activated microglia/macrophages and changed their morphology in vitro...
May 16, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777493/transgenic-mice-carrying-glud2-as-a-tool-for-studying-the-expressional-and-the-functional-adaptation-of-this-positive-selected-gene-in-human-brain-evolution
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Andreas Plaitakis, Dimitra Kotzamani, Zoe Petraki, Maria Delidaki, Vagelis Rinotas, Ioannis Zaganas, Eleni Douni, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Cleanthe Spanaki
Human evolution is characterized by brain expansion and up-regulation of genes involved in energy metabolism and synaptic transmission, including the glutamate signaling pathway. Glutamate is the excitatory transmitter of neural circuits sub-serving cognitive functions, with glutamate-modulation of synaptic plasticity being central to learning and memory. GLUD2 is a novel positively-selected human gene involved in glutamatergic transmission and energy metabolism that underwent rapid evolutionary adaptation concomitantly with prefrontal cortex enlargement...
May 18, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777305/the-distribution-of-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-and-associations-with-age-refraction-and-axial-length-the-gutenberg-health-study
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Esther M Hoffmann, Irene Schmidtmann, Angeliki Siouli, Alexander K Schuster, Manfred E Beutel, Norbert Pfeiffer, Julia Lamparter
PURPOSE: To evaluate the distribution of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness as measured by optical coherence tomography and its associations with ocular parameters in a population-based setting. METHODS: In the population-based Gutenberg Health Study, 1974 subjects from the Mainz-Bingen region were scheduled for ophthalmologic examinations, including visual acuity, refraction, tonometry, biometry, and measurements of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (pRNFL) by optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT, Spectralis®, Heidelberg Engineering, Germany)...
May 18, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777271/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-obstetric-brachial-plexus-palsy-in-a-single-saudi-centre-king-faisal-specialists-hospital-and-research-centre-an-experience-of-ten-years
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Omar A Al-Mohrej, Nehal A Mahabbat, Asad F Khesheaim, Nezar B Hamdi
BACKGROUND: Obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP) is considered a rare, unpredictable, and unavoidable injury of the upper limb. In this study, we presented a retrospective cohort study over a period of ten years in King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to assess the characteristics and functional outcomes of OBPP. METHODS: Between January 2005 and December 2015, we carried out 125 repairs of OBPP in KFSH&RC...
May 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777207/clinical-progression-and-metachronous-paragangliomas-in-a-large-cohort-of-sdhd-germline-variant-carriers
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Berdine L Heesterman, Lisa M H de Pont, Andel Gl van der Mey, Jean-Pierre Bayley, Eleonora Pm Corssmit, Frederik J Hes, Berit M Verbist, Peter Paul G van Benthem, Jeroen C Jansen
Although it is well established that paternally transmitted germline variants in SDHD are associated with multifocal paragangliomas and lifelong follow-up is generally advised, the risk of metachronous lesions is presently unknown. In a large Dutch cohort of SDHD variant carriers, we studied the development of new paragangliomas, and the evolution of symptoms and cranial nerve impairment. Recurrent event analysis and the Kaplan-Meier product limit estimator were used to study the risk of new lesions. The relation between several predictors and development of new symptoms was assessed using logistic regression...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777144/benefits-in-radical-mastectomy-protocol-a-randomized-trial-evaluating-the-use-of-regional-anesthesia
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Marcio Matsumoto, Eva M Flores, Pedro P Kimachi, Flavia V Gouveia, Mayra A Kuroki, Alfredo C S D Barros, Marcelo M C Sampaio, Felipe E M Andrade, João Valverde, Eduardo F Abrantes, Claudia M Simões, Rosana L Pagano, Raquel C R Martinez
Surgery is the first-line treatment for early, localized, or operable breast cancer. Regional anesthesia during mastectomy may offer the prevention of postoperative pain. One potential protocol is the combination of serratus anterior plane block (SAM block) with pectoral nerve block I (PECS I), but the results and potential benefits are limited. Our study compared general anesthesia with or without SAM block + PECS I during radical mastectomy with axillary node dissection and breast reconstruction using evaluations of pain, opioid consumption, side effects and serum levels of interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-6 and IL-10...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777135/n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-subtype-2b-antagonist-ro-25-6981-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-by-inhibiting-postsynaptic-density-95-expression
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Ling-Er Huang, Shao-Hui Guo, Lalita Thitiseranee, Yan Yang, Yan-Feng Zhou, Yong-Xing Yao
Postsynaptic density-95 (PSD-95) is a synaptic scaffolding protein that plays a crucial role in the development of neuropathic pain. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. To address the role of PSD-95 in N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subtype 2B (NR2B) -mediated chronic pain, we investigated the relationship between PSD-95 activation and NR2B function in the spinal cord, by using a rat model of sciatic nerve chronic constriction injury (CCI). We demonstrate that the expression levels of total PSD-95 and cAMP response element binding protein (CREB), as well as phosphorylated NR2B, PSD-95, and CREB, in the spinal dorsal horn, and the interaction of NR2B with PSD-95 were increased in the CCI animals...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777047/in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-indicates-an-inverse-relationship-between-the-sub-basal-corneal-plexus-and-the-conjunctivalisation-in-patients-with-limbal-stem-cell-deficiency
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Manuel Caro-Magdaleno, Asunción Alfaro-Juárez, Jesús Montero-Iruzubieta, Ana Fernández-Palacín, Ana Muñoz-Morales, Manuel Alberto Castilla-Martino, Consuelo Spínola-Muñoz, Enrique Rodríguez-de-la-Rúa
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) is characterised by a marked decrease in limbal stem cells. It is classified primarily using subjective slit-lamp observations. In vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) can non-invasively provide objective information on the condition of the limbal niche, the corneal epithelial basal cell density and the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus density (SND). We here used IVCM to evaluate changes in SND to improve LSCD classification. METHODS: We evaluated and classified 38 patients (76 eyes, 44 with LSC and 32 control eyes) using the Rama, López-García and Deng (clinical and confocal) classifications and evaluated the concordance of the confocal and clinical classifications...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776999/stumbling-corrective-reaction-elicited-by-mechanical-and-electrical-stimulation-of-the-saphenous-nerve-in-walking-mice
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William Paganini Mayer, Turgay Akay
The ability to walk around in a natural environment requires the capacity to cope with unexpected obstacles that may disrupt locomotion. One such mechanism is called the stumbling corrective reaction (SCR) that enables animals to step over obstacles that would otherwise disturb the progression of swing movement. Here we use in vivo motion analysis and physiological recording techniques to describe the SCR in mice. We show that SCR can be elicited consistently in mice during locomotion by inserting an obstacle along the path of leg movement during swing phase...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776846/moderators-of-angiogenesis-in-muscle-flaps-a-non-randomised-animal-study
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Kimberley Bradshaw, Michael Wagels
INTRODUCTION: A muscle flap can survive a pedicle injury under favourable conditions. In the reconstruction of compound limb injuries, the wound milieu is variable and may affect the rate and manner of neovascularisation. Our aim is to determine the effect of some key clinical variables on neovascularisation in muscle flaps in an animal model. METHODOLOGY: The pectoralis profundus was raised in 60 rats and covered with a skin graft. Fifteen rats were allocated to each of the following groups: separation of the flap from the skin inset (S), inflammation by inoculation with Staphylococcus aureus (I), flap elevation with harmonic scalpel (H) and preservation of the motor nerve (N) as well as compared to controls (C)...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776771/association-between-pain-severity-and-clinicohistopathologic-findings-in-the-mandibular-canal-and-inferior-alveolar-nerve-of-patients-with-advanced-mandibular-osteoradionecrosis
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Yujiro Hiraoka, Masaya Akashi, Satoshi Wanifuchi, Junya Kusumoto, Manabu Shigeoka, Takumi Hasegawa, Kazunobu Hashikawa, Hiroto Terashi, Takahide Komori
OBJECTIVE: Pain is one of the most problematic symptoms in patients with osteoradionecrosis of the jaws. This study investigated the associations between pain severity and morphologic alterations of the mandibular canal and inferior alveolar nerve, in respective computerized tomography images and resected specimens of mandibular osteoradionecrosis. STUDY DESIGN: We assessed 14 lesions in 13 patients who underwent segmental mandibulectomy for surgical debridement and simultaneous reconstruction with free fibula flap (1 patient exhibited bilateral lesions)...
April 16, 2018: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776684/a-hybrid-technique-to-address-exposure-keratopathy-secondary-to-facial-nerve-paresis-a-combination-of-a-lateral-tarsorrhaphy-and-lateral-wedge-resection
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Roxana Fu, Nicholas Moore, Taha Z Shipchandler, Jonathan Y Ting, Travis Tollefson, Cyrus Rabbani, Meena Moorthy, William R Nunery, H B Harold Lee
PURPOSE: To present the results of treating combined lower eyelid laxity, retraction and midface descent secondary to facial nerve weakness with a hybrid surgical procedure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients from January 2015 to January 2017 who underwent a hybrid surgical technique for the treatment of corneal exposure secondary to facial nerve paresis with a single surgeon was performed. Age, gender, and presence of exposure symptoms were recorded pre-operatively...
May 9, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775955/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-chronic-pain-are-associated-with-opioid-use-disorder-results-from-a-2012-2013-american-nationally-representative-survey
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Elena Bilevicius, Jordana L Sommer, Gordon J G Asmundson, Renée El-Gabalawy
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain conditions and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) commonly co-occur and are associated with opioid use disorder (OUD). The aims of this paper were to identify prevalence estimates of OUD among individuals with and without PTSD and assess independent and combined contributions of PTSD and chronic pain conditions on OUD in a nationally representative sample. METHODS: Data were extracted from 36,309 individuals from the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions...
May 7, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775942/toxicological-effects-on-earthworms-eisenia-fetida-exposed-to-sub-lethal-concentrations-of-bde-47-and-bde-209-from-a-metabolic-point
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Ruoyu Liang, Juan Chen, Yajuan Shi, Yonglong Lu, Suriyanarayanan Sarvajayakesavalu, Xiangbo Xu, Xiaoqi Zheng, Kifayatullah Khan, Chao Su
Earthworms improve the soil fertility and they are also sensitive to soil contaminants. Earthworms (Eisenia fetida), standard reference species, were usually chosen to culture and handle for toxicity tests. Metabolic responses in earthworms exposed to 2, 2', 4, 4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) and decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) were inhibitory and interfered with basal metabolism. In this study, 1 H-NMR based metabolomics was used to identify sensitive biomarkers and explore metabolic responses of earthworms under sub-lethal BDE-47 and BDE-209 concentrations for 14 days...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775879/catalytic-degradation-of-organophosphorous-nerve-agent-simulants-by-polymer-beads-graphene-oxide-with-organophosphorus-hydrolase-like-activity-based-on-rational-design-of-functional-bimetallic-nuclear-ligand
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Xuejuan Ma, Lin Zhang, Mengfan Xia, Xiaohong Zhang, Yaodong Zhang
The degradation of organophosphorous nerve agents is of primary concern due to the severe toxicity of these agents. Based on the active center of organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH), a bimetallic nuclear ligand, (5-vinyl-1,3-phenylene)bis(di(1H-imidazol-2-yl) methanol) (VPIM), was designed and synthesized, which contains four imidazole groups to mimic the four histidines at OPH active center. By grafting VPIM on graphene oxide (GO) surface via polymerization, the VPIM-polymer beads@GO was produced. The obtained OPH mimics has an impressive activity in dephosphorylation reactions (turnover frequency (TOF) towards paraoxon: 2...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775216/neuroimmflammation-and-microglia-in-glaucoma-time-for-a-paradigm-shift
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Xin Wei, Kin-Sang Cho, Eric F Thee, Martine J Jager, Dong Feng Chen
Glaucoma is a complex neurodegenerative disease with many clinical subtypes. Some of its rare forms include pigmentary glaucoma, uveitic glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. While they all share common features of progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve damage and corresponding visual field loss, the exact mechanisms underlying glaucomatous neuron loss are not clear. This has largely hindered the development of a real cure for this disease. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a known major risk factor of glaucoma; however, progressive degeneration of RGCs and axons can also be found in patients with a normal IOP, i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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