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Xing Chen, Detlef Wolf, Juliane Siebourg-Polster, Christian Czech, Ulrike Bonati, Dirk Fischer, Omar Khwaja, Martin Strahm
Progressive and irreversible muscle atrophy characterizes Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and other similar muscle disorder diseases. Objective assessment of muscle functions is an essential and important, although challenging, prerequisite for successful clinical trials. Current clinical rating scales restrain the movement abnormalities to certain predefined coarse-grained individual items. The Kinect 3-D sensor has emerged as a low-cost and portable motion sensing technology used to capture and track people's movement in many medical and research fields...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Oscar Gutierrez-Sanz, Enrico Forbrig, Ana P Batista, Manuela M Pereira, Johannes Salewski, Maria Andrea Mroginski, Robert Goetz, Antonio L De Lacey, Jacek Kozuch, Ingo Zebger
Respiratory Complex I (CpI) is a key player in the way organisms obtain energy, being an energy transducer, which couples NADH:quinone oxidoreduction with proton translocation by a mechanism that remains elusive so far. In this work, we monitored the function of CpI in a biomimetic supported lipid membrane (SLM) system assembled on a 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) by surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (SEIRAS). 4-ATP serves not only as linker molecule to a nanostructured gold-surface but also as pH sensor, as indicated by concomitant density functional theory (DFT) calculations...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Pauline M Christmas, Catherine Sackley, Max G Feltham, Carole Cummins
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility and short-term efficacy of caregiver-directed constraint-induced movement therapy to improve upper limb function in young children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial with masked assessment. SETTING: Community paediatric therapy services. SUBJECTS: Pre-school children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. INTERVENTIONS: Caregiver-directed constraint-induced movement therapy administered using either 24-hour short-arm restraint device (prolonged) or intermittent holding restraint during therapy (manual)...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Rehabilitation
Raj Chawla, Sumit Sharma
Styrene-butadiene rubber is a copolymer widely used in making car tires and has excellent abrasion resistance. The Young's modulus and tribology of pure styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) polymer and carbon nanotube reinforced polymer composites have been investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. The mechanism of enhanced tribology properties using carbon nanotube has been studied and discussed. The obtained Young's modulus shows the enhancement in mechanical properties of SBR polymer when carbon nanotubes are used as reinforcement...
March 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Netra P Meena, Alan R Kimmel
Initial immunological defense mechanisms to pathogen invasion rely on innate pathways of chemotaxis and phagocytosis, original to ancient phagocytes. Although chemotaxis has been well-studied in mammalian and model systems using purified chemoattractants in defined conditions, directed movement toward live bacteria has been more difficult to assess. Dictyostelium discoideum is a professional phagocyte that chemotaxes toward bacteria during growth-phase in a process to locate nutrient sources. Using Dictyostelium as a model, we have developed a system that is able to quantify chemotaxis to very high sensitivity...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Muhammad Sohail Umerani, Hira Burhan, Salman Sharif, Tauqir Ul Islam, Mehak Hafiz Ghaziani
Orbital roof defects are rare congenital osseous abnormalities that cause protrusion of intracranial contents into the orbit, resulting in a condition known as the orbital meningoencephalocele, a rare cause of pulsatile proptosis. We present a case of a 25-year-old lady, presented to us with complaints of left frontal headache, left eye protrusion and double vision from the left eye for the past three months. Her higher mental functions were intact. Local examination revealed non-axial pulsatile proptosis and an outward depression of the left eyeball along with diplopia...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Damiano Zanini, Diego Giraldo, Ben Warren, Radoslaw Katana, Marta Andrés, Suneel Reddy, Stephanie Pauls, Nicola Schwedhelm-Domeyer, Bart R H Geurten, Martin C Göpfert
Animals rely on mechanosensory feedback from proprioceptors to control locomotory body movements. Unexpectedly, we found that this movement control requires visual opsins. Disrupting the Drosophila opsins NINAE or Rh6 impaired larval locomotion and body contractions, independently of light and vision. Opsins were detected in chordotonal proprioceptors along the larval body, localizing to their ciliated dendrites. Loss of opsins impaired mechanically evoked proprioceptor spiking and cilium ultrastructure. Without NINAE or Rh6, NOMPC mechanotransduction channels leaked from proprioceptor cilia and ciliary Inactive (Iav) channels partly disappeared...
March 8, 2018: Neuron
David J Schwebs, Miao Pan, Nirakar Adhikari, Nick A Kuburich, Tian Jin, Jeffrey A Hadwiger
The Dictyostelium genome encodes only two MAPKs, Erk1 and Erk2, and both are expressed during growth and development. Reduced levels of Erk2 expression have been shown previously to restrict cAMP production during development but still allow for chemotactic movement. In this study the erk2 gene was disrupted to eliminate Erk2 function. The absence of Erk2 resulted in a complete loss of folate and cAMP chemotaxis suggesting that this MAPK plays an integral role in the signaling mechanisms involved with this cellular response...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Signalling
D J Miller
Millions or billions of sperm are deposited by artificial insemination or natural mating into the cow reproductive tract but only a few arrive at the site of fertilization and only one fertilizes an oocyte. The remarkable journey that successful sperm take to reach an oocyte is long and tortuous, and includes movement through viscous fluid, avoiding dead ends and hostile immune cells. The privileged collection of sperm that complete this journey must pass selection steps in the vagina, cervix, uterus, utero-tubal junction and oviduct...
March 19, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Navneet Ammal Kaidery, Bobby Thomas
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder characterized by preferential loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence of Lewy bodies containing α-synuclein. Although the cause of PD remains elusive, remarkable advances have been made in understanding the possible causative mechanisms of PD pathogenesis. An explosion of discoveries during the past two decades has led to the identification of several autosomal dominant and recessive genes that cause familial forms of PD...
March 14, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Antonella Macerollo, Matt J N Brown, James M Kilner, Robert Chen
Measurements of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs), recorded using electroencephalography during different phases of movement, have been fundamental in understanding the neurophysiological changes related to motor control. SEP recordings have also been used to investigate adaptive plasticity changes in somatosensory processing related to active and observational motor learning tasks. Combining noninvasive brain stimulation with SEP recordings and intracranial SEP depth recordings, including recordings from deep brain stimulation electrodes, has been critical in identifying neural areas involved in specific temporal stages of somatosensory processing...
March 14, 2018: Trends in Neurosciences
Maurício de Maio
Consideration of facial muscle dynamics is underappreciated among clinicians who provide injectable filler treatment. Injectable fillers are customarily used to fill static wrinkles, folds, and localized areas of volume loss, whereas neuromodulators are used to address excessive muscle movement. However, a more comprehensive understanding of the role of muscle function in facial appearance, taking into account biomechanical concepts such as the balance of activity among synergistic and antagonistic muscle groups, is critical to restoring facial appearance to that of a typical youthful individual with facial esthetic treatments...
March 16, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Benjamin D Wissel, Alok K Dwivedi, Aristide Merola, Danielle Chin, Cara Jacob, Andrew P Duker, Jennifer E Vaughan, Lilia Lovera, Kathrin LaFaver, Ariel Levy, Anthony E Lang, Francesca Morgante, Melissa Jill Nirenberg, Christopher Stephen, Nutan Sharma, Alberto Romagnolo, Leonardo Lopiano, Bettina Balint, Xin X Yu, Kailash P Bhatia, Alberto J Espay
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain demographic and clinical features of Parkinson disease (PD) associated with functional neurological features. METHODS: A standardised form was used to extract data from electronic records of 53 PD patients with associated functional neurological disorders (PD-FND) across eight movement disorders centres in the USA, Canada and Europe. These subjects were matched for age, gender and disease duration to PD patients without functional features (PD-only)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Sankar Basu, Parbati Biswas
Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) are enriched in charged and polar residues; and, therefore, electrostatic interactions play a predominant role in their dynamics. In order to remain multi-functional and exhibit their characteristic binding promiscuity, they need to retain considerable dynamic flexibility. At the same time, they also need to accommodate a large number of oppositely charged residues, which eventually lead to the formation of salt-bridges, imparting local rigidity. The formation of salt-bridges therefore opposes the desired dynamic flexibility...
March 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Louis F Dell'Osso, Richard W Hertle, Jonathan B Jacobs
PURPOSE: To describe the effects of extraocular muscle extirpation performed after previous eye muscle surgery in a 20-year-old woman with infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS) for whom we have 19 years of follow-up data. METHODS: Clinical examinations were performed. Eye movement data analysis was carried out using the eXpanded Nystagmus Acuity Function (NAFX) and longest foveation domain (LFD). RESULTS: The patient re-presented to the authors at age 20, 2 years after bilateral anterior myectomy of the horizontal rectus muscles, bilateral anterior nasal transposition of the inferior oblique muscle, and bilateral superior oblique recessions...
March 13, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
A Fauconnier, B Borghese, C Huchon, I Thomassin-Naggara, C-A Philip, T Gauthier, N Bourdel, A Denouel, A Torre, P Collinet, M Canis, X Fritel
Based on the best evidence available, we have provided guidelines for clinical practice to target the nature of endometriosis as a disease, the consequences of its natural history on management, and the clinical and imaging evaluation of the disease according to the level of care (primary care, specialized or referral). The frequency of endometriosis is unknown in the general population; endometriosis requires management when it causes symptoms (pain, infertility) or when it affect the function of an organ...
March 13, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Nicola C Casartelli, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Romana Brunner, Marcel Büchi, Reto Sutter, Christian W Pfirrmann, Florian D Naal, Michael Leunig, Mario Bizzini
Study Design Cross-sectional study. Background Visual rating of movement pattern in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome is of interest because poor control of dynamic hip motion is frequently noted. Objectives To evaluate intra- and inter-rater agreement among physical therapists with different clinical experience, in performing visual rating of movement pattern quality of patients with FAI syndrome using a semiquantitative scale. Methods A video camera was used to record the performance of 34 patients with FAI syndrome performing single-limb standing, squat, frontal lunge, hop lunge, bridge and plank...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Marcie Harris-Hayes, Karen Steger-May, Linda R Van Dillen, Mario Schootman, Gretchen B Salsich, Sylvia Czuppon, John C Clohisy, Paul K Commean, Travis J Hillen, Shirley A Sahrmann, Michael J Mueller
Study Design Ancillary analysis, time-controlled randomized clinical trial. Background Movement pattern training (MPT) has been shown to improve function among patients with chronic hip joint pain (CHJP). Objective Determine the association among treatment outcomes and mechanical factors associated with CHJP. Methods Twenty-eight patients with CHJP, 18-40 years, participated in MPT, either immediately after assessment or after a wait-list period. MPT included task-specific training to reduce hip adduction motion during functional tasks and hip muscle strengthening...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Ugo Tricoli, Callum M Macdonald, Turgut Durduran, Anabela Da Silva, Vadim A Markel
Diffuse correlation tomography (DCT) uses the electric-field temporal autocorrelation function to measure the mean-square displacement of light-scattering particles in a turbid medium over a given exposure time. The movement of blood particles is here estimated through a Brownian-motion-like model in contrast to ordered motion as in blood flow. The sensitivity kernel relating the measurable field correlation function to the mean-square displacement of the particles can be derived by applying a perturbative analysis to the correlation transport equation (CTE)...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Ayman Ebied, Ahmed Zayda, Sameh Marei, Hany Elsayed
INTRODUCTION: Successful treatment of knee comminuted periarticular fractures associated with osteoporosis and pre-existing arthritis is a challenging task. METHODS: This is a prospective study on 27 patients who had comminuted intra and periarticular knee fractures and pre-existing arthritis. Fractures were classified according to Muller's AO classification. Primary knee arthroplasty was performed ± internal fixation following 4 weeks of splinting. A stem was added to the tibial tray and Legacy Constrained Condylar Knee (LCCK) or Rotating Hinge (RH) prosthesis were used depending on the level of ligament damage and bone defects...
2018: SICOT-J
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