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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
#1
Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813867/therapeutic-effects-of-anti-gravity-treadmill-alterg-training-on-reflex-hyper-excitability-corticospinal-tract-activities-and-muscle-stiffness-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#2
Sh Parvin, A Taghiloo, A Irani, M Mehdi Mirbagheri
We aimed to study therapeutic effects of antigravity treadmill (AlterG) training on reflex hyper-excitability, muscle stiffness, and corticospinal tract (CST) function in children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). Three children received AlterG training 3 days per week for 8 weeks as experimental group. Each session lasted 45 minutes. One child as control group received typical occupational therapy for the same amount of time. We evaluated hyper-excitability of lower limb muscles by H-reflex response...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813795/electromechanical-delay-in-the-tibialis-anterior-muscle-during-time-varying-ankle-dorsiflexion
#3
A Ubeda, A Del Vecchio, M Sartori, S T Puente, F Torres, J M Azorin, D Farina
We evaluated the electromechanical delay (EMD) for the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle during the performance of time-varying ankle dorsiflexions. Subjects were asked to track a sinusoidal trajectory, for a range of amplitudes and frequencies. Motor unit (MU) action potential trains were identified from surface electromyography (EMG) decomposition and summed to generate the cumulative spike train (CST). CST and the exerted force were cross-correlated to identify the delay between the CST and force, which was considered as an estimate of the EMD...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812201/effectiveness-of-navigation-guided-cyst-aspiration-before-resection-of-large-cystic-brain-tumors-a-proof-of-concept-for-more-radical-surgery
#4
Tae Hoon Roh, Kyoung Su Sung, Seok-Gu Kang, Ju Hyung Moon, Eui Hyun Kim, Sun Ho Kim, Jong Hee Chang
BACKGROUND: Resection of tumors close to the corticospinal tract (CST) carries a high risk of damage to the CST. For cystic tumors, aspirating the cyst before resection may reduce the risk of damage to vital structures. This study evaluated the effectiveness of cyst aspiration, by comparing the results before and after aspiration of diffusion tensor image (DTI) tractography. METHODS: This study enrolled 23 patients with large cystic brain tumors (>20 cm(3)) between 2012 and 2016...
August 16, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811004/component-separation-technique-for-giant-incisional-hernia-a-systematic-review
#5
REVIEW
Bram Cornette, Dirk De Bacquer, Frederik Berrevoet
The component separation technique (CST) has gained popularity among general surgeons in the management of giant abdominal hernia. A systematic review of the MedLine and EMBASE databases was performed. 36 observational cohort studies were included for data-analysis and divided in 4 main groups: Open Anterior Approach (OAA), Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR), Laparoscopic Anterior Approach (LAA) and Perforator Preserving Approach (PPA). Surgical Site Occurrences (SSO) occurred in 21.4%, 23.7%, 20.3% and 16...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808662/the-status-of-maculopathy-in-diabetes-and-prediabetes-patients-in-a-population-based-study-detected-by-optical-coherence-tomography-the-2011-health-examination-survey-in-beijing
#6
Xi Cao, Zhong Xin, Shiming Li, Yue Qi, Mingxia Yuan, Xiaorong Zhu, Jin-Kui Yang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence and the risk factors of maculopathy detected by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in a Chinese population with diabetes or prediabetes. Methods. 8,155 people were randomly selected to participate in the 2011 annual Health Examination Survey in Beijing. A 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was tested in 3760 subjects with fasting plasma glucose (FPG) ≥ 5.6 mmol/L. Of 3,760 subjects, 583 were also randomly selected to take OCT...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803750/motor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-neuromodulation-promote-corticospinal-tract-axonal-outgrowth-and-motor-recovery-after-cervical-contusion-spinal-cord-injury
#7
N Zareen, M Shinozaki, D Ryan, H Alexander, A Amer, D Truong, N Khadka, A Sarkar, S Naeem, M Bikson, J Martin
Cervical injuries are the most common form of SCI. In this study, we used a neuromodulatory approach to promote skilled movement recovery and repair of the corticospinal tract (CST) after a moderately severe C4 midline contusion in adult rats. We used bilateral epidural intermittent theta burst (iTBS) electrical stimulation of motor cortex to promote CST axonal sprouting and cathodal trans-spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) to enhance spinal cord activation to motor cortex stimulation after injury. We used Finite Element Method (FEM) modeling to direct tsDCS to the cervical enlargement...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799651/thermal-mapping-on-male-genital-and-skin-tissues-of-laptop-thermal-sources-and-electromagnetic-interaction
#8
Mahdi Safari, Navid Mosleminiya, Ali Abdolali
Since the development of communication devices and expansion of their applications, there have been concerns about their harmful health effects. The main aim of this study was to investigate laptop thermal effects caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields and thermal sources simultaneously; propose a nondestructive, replicable process that is less expensive than clinical measurements; and to study the effects of positioning any new device near the human body in steady state conditions to ensure safety by U...
August 11, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799603/the-culture-of-hacat-cells-on-liquid-substrates-is-mediated-by-a-mechanically-strong-liquid-liquid-interface
#9
D Kong, K D Q Nguyen, W Megone, L Peng, J E Gautrot
The mechanical properties of naturally-derived matrices and biomaterials are thought to play an important role in directing cell adhesion, spreading, motility, proliferation and differentiation. However, recent reports have indicated that cells may respond to local nanoscale physical cues, rather than bulk mechanical properties. We had previously reported that primary keratinocytes and mesenchymal stem cells did not seem to respond to the bulk mechanical properties of poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) substrates...
August 11, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792430/component-separation-technique-for-repair-of-massive-abdominal-wall-defects-at-a-pediatric-hospital
#10
James D Vargo, Michael T Larsen, Gregory D Pearson
BACKGROUND: Massive defects of the abdominal wall are commonly repaired with the component separation technique (CST) when insufficient tissue exists to close the defect primarily. Although the utility of CST has been documented in cases of large ventral hernias in adults, its application to congenital and acquired defects in pediatric patients has been largely unreported. This study is a retrospective case series discussing the success of CST at a large pediatric hospital. METHODS: Seven patients with massive abdominal wall defects, including ventral hernia and omphalocele, repaired with CST at a pediatric hospital were identified as candidates...
November 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789985/interleukin-8-levels-in-rat-models-of-nerve-damage-and-neuropathic-pain
#11
Junad Khan, Humza Hassun, Tali Zusman, Olga Korczeniewska, Eli Eliav
Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that has been shown to play a role in inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. The objective of the present study was to assess the levels of IL-8 in rat serum, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and the sciatic nerve following four different forms of sciatic nerve injury. The models used to induce the injury included partial sciatic ligation (PSL), chronic constriction injury (CCI), perineural inflammation (neuritis) and complete sciatic transection (CST). Mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia were detected by measuring withdrawal responses from a mechanical stimulus and withdrawal latency from thermal stimulation...
August 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773951/a-new-compact-double-negative-miniaturized-metamaterial-for-wideband-operation
#12
Md Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal Faruque, Sikder Sunbeam Islam, Mohammad Tariqul Islam
The aim of this paper is to introduce a compact double-negative (DNG) metamaterial that exhibits a negative refractive index (NRI) bandwidth of more than 3.6 GHz considering the frequency from 2 to 14 GHz. In this framework, two arms of the designed unit cell are split in a way that forms a Modified-Z-shape structure of the FR-4 substrate material. The finite integration technique (FIT)-based Computer Simulation Technology (CST) Microwave Studio is applied for computation, and the experimental setup for measuring the performance is performed inside two waveguide ports...
October 13, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764997/effects-of-clostridium-perfringens-iota-toxin-in-the-small-intestine-of-mice
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Leandro M Redondo, Enzo A Redondo, Gabriela C Dailoff, Carlos L Leiva, Juan M Díaz-Carrasco, Octavio A Bruzzone, Adriana Cangelosi, Patricia Geoghegan, Mariano E Fernandez-Miyakawa
Iota toxin is a binary toxin solely produced by Clostridium perfringens type E strains, and is structurally related to CDT from C. difficile and CST from C. spiroforme. As type E causes hemorrhagic enteritis in cattle, it is usually assumed that associated diseases are mediated by iota toxin, although evidence in this regard has not been provided. In the present report, iota toxin intestinal effects were evaluated in vivo using a mouse model. Histological damage was observed in ileal loops treated with purified iota toxin after 4 h of incubation...
July 29, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764888/baseline-factors-affecting-changes-in-diabetic-retinopathy-severity-scale-score-after-intravitreal-aflibercept-or-laser-for-diabetic-macular-edema-post-hoc-analyses-from-vista-and-vivid
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Dilsher S Dhoot, Keith Baker, Namrata Saroj, Robert Vitti, Alyson J Berliner, Carola Metzig, Desmond Thompson, Rishi P Singh
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether select baseline systemic and ocular factors influence ≥2-step improvement in the Diabetic Retinopathy Severity Scale (DRSS) score at week 100 in VISTA and VIVID. DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of 2 similarly designed phase 3 trials, VISTA and VIVID. PARTICIPANTS: Total of 456 patients with center-involved diabetic macular edema (DME). METHODS: VISTA and VIVID randomized 872 DME patients to receive intravitreal aflibercept injection (IAI) 2 mg every 4 weeks (2q4), IAI 2 mg every 8 weeks after 5 monthly doses (2q8), or macular laser photocoagulation...
July 29, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760509/pulmonary-mechanic-and-lung-histology-induced-by-crotalus-durissus-cascavella-snake-venom
#15
Joselito de Oliveira Neto, João Alison de Moraes Silveira, Daniel Silveira Serra, Daniel de Araújo Viana, Diva Maria Borges-Nojosa, Célia Maria Souza Sampaio, Helena Serra Azul Monteiro, Francisco Sales Ávila Cavalcante, Janaina Serra Azul Monteiro Evangelista
This study have analyzed the pulmonary function in an experimental model of acute lung injury, induced by the Crotalus durissus cascavella venom (C. d. cascavella) (3.0 μg/kg - i.p), in pulmonary mechanic and histology at 1 h, 3 h, 6 h, 12 h and 24 h after inoculation. The C. d. cascavella venom led to an increase in Newtonian Resistance (RN), Tissue Resistance (G) and Tissue Elastance (H) in all groups when compared to the control, particularly at 12 h and 24 h. The Histeresivity (η) increased 6 h, 12 h and 24 h after inoculation...
July 28, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748397/activity-of-the-novel-siderophore-cephalosporin-cefiderocol-against-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-pathogens
#16
J Dobias, V Dénervaud-Tendon, L Poirel, P Nordmann
The novel siderophore cephalosporin cefiderocol (S-649266) with potent activity against Gram-negative pathogens was recently developed (Shionogi & Co., Ltd.). Here, we evaluated the activity of this new molecule and comparators against a collection of previously characterized Gram-negative isolates using broth microdilution panels. A total of 753 clinical multidrug-resistant Gram-negative isolates collected from hospitals worldwide were tested against cefiderocol and antibiotic comparators (ceftolozane-tazobactam [CT], meropenem [MEM], ceftazidime [CAZ], ceftazidime-avibactam [CZA], colistin [CST], aztreonam [ATM], amikacin [AMK], ciprofloxacin [CIP], cefepime [FEP], and tigecycline [TGC]) for their susceptibility...
July 26, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747385/spinal-racgap-%C3%AE-chimaerin-is-required-to-establish-the-midline-barrier-for-proper-corticospinal-axon-guidance
#17
Shota Katori, Yukiko Noguchi-Katori, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Takuji Iwasato
In the developing central nervous system, the midline barrier, which comprises guidance molecule-expressing midline glial somata and processes, plays a pivotal role in midline axon guidance. Accumulating evidence has revealed the molecular mechanisms by which the midline barrier ensures proper midline guidance for axons. In contrast, the mechanisms for establishing the midline barrier remain obscure. Here we report that RacGAP α-chimaerin (α-chimerin) is required for both axonal repulsion at and establishment of the midline barrier in the spinal cord...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740773/botulinum-toxin-a-as-an-adjunct-to-abdominal-wall-reconstruction-for-incisional-hernia
#18
Sinor Soltanizadeh, Frederik Helgstrand, Lars N Jorgensen
BACKGROUND: Repair of large incisional hernias remains a surgical and costly challenge. Temporary paralysis of the lateral abdominal wall muscles with topical administration of botulinum toxin A (BTA) is a new therapeutic concept, which may obviate the need for component separation technique (CST) for repair of large incisional hernias. Current literature on the administration of BTA as adjunct to surgical repair of abdominal incisional hernias was investigated. METHODS: The electronic databases PubMed and Embase were searched for eligible studies...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729326/associations-between-physical-function-and-depression-in-nursing-home-residents-with-mild-and-moderate-dementia-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Linda Aimée Hartford Kvæl, Astrid Bergland, Elisabeth Wiken Telenius
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study is to describe depression and physical function in nursing home residents with dementia, as well as to examine the associations between depression and balance function, lower limb muscle strength, mobility and activities of daily living. The secondary aim is to examine the differences in physical function between the groups classified as depressed and not depressed. DESIGN: The study has a cross-sectional design. SETTING: A convenience sample of 18 nursing homes in, and around, Oslo, Norway, participated...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726394/human-cst-prefers-g-rich-but-not-necessarily-telomeric-sequences
#20
Robert A Hom, Deborah S Wuttke
The human CST (CTC1-STN1-TEN1) heterotrimeric complex plays roles in both telomere maintenance and DNA replication through its ability to interact with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) of a variety of sequences. The precise sequence specificity required to execute these functions is unknown. Telomere-binding proteins have been shown to specifically recognize key telomeric sequence motifs within ssDNA while accommodating nonspecifically recognized sequences through conformationally plastic interfaces. To better understand the role CST plays in these processes, we have produced a highly purified heterotrimer and elucidated the sequence requirements for CST recognition of ssDNA in vitro...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
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