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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786639/chemogenetic-enhancement-of-axon-regeneration-following-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-the-slick-a-mouse
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Poonam B Jaiswal, Olivia C Mistretta, Patricia J Ward, Arthur W English
The effects of chemogenetics on axon regeneration following peripheral nerve transection and repair were studied in mice expressing a Cre-dependent excitatory designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD) and Cre-recombinase/yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) in a subset of motor and sensory neurons and cortical motoneurons (SLICK-A). Sciatic nerves were cut and repaired and mice were treated either once, at the time of injury, or five days per week for two weeks with clozapine N-oxide (CNO) (1 mg/kg, i...
May 22, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785739/in-vitro-formation-of-the-merkel-cell-neurite-complex-in-embryonic-mouse-whiskers-using-organotypic-co-cultures
#2
Kentaro Ishida, Tetsuichiro Saito, Toshiyuki Mitsui
A Merkel cell-neurite complex is a touch receptor composed of specialized epithelial cells named Merkel cells and peripheral sensory nerves in the skin. Merkel cells are found in touch-sensitive skin components including whisker follicles. The nerve fibers that innervate Merkel cells of a whisker follicle extend from the maxillary branch of the trigeminal ganglion. Whiskers as a sensory organ attribute to the complicated architecture of the Merkel cell-neurite complex, and therefore it is intriguing how the structure is formed...
May 22, 2018: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784557/case-series-investigating-the-cortical-silent-period-after-burns-using-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#3
Tessa Garside, Fiona M Wood, Ann-Maree Vallence
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate intracortical inhibition following a burn injury, and to establish transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a useful and sensitive tool to investigate the cortical response to a burn injury. METHODS: Thirteen burn injured patients and 12 uninjured subjects underwent TMS to measure the cortical silent period (cSP), a marker of intracortical inhibition. RESULTS: In burn injury patients, cSP was similar in the burn-injured and less-injured arm (133 and 132ms respectively; p=0...
May 18, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781959/involvement-of-the-vgf-derived-peptide-tlqp-62-in-nerve-injury-induced-hypersensitivity-and-spinal-neuroplasticity
#4
Alexander G J Skorput, Xijing Zhang, Jonathan J Waataja, Cristina D Peterson, Maureen S Riedl, Kelley F Kitto, Hai Truong, Cecilia Huffman, Stephen R Salton, Carolyn A Fairbanks, Christopher N Honda, Lucy Vulchanova
Neuroplasticity in the dorsal horn following peripheral nerve damage contributes critically to the establishment of chronic pain. The neurosecretory protein VGF (non-acronymic) is rapidly and robustly upregulated following nerve injury, and therefore peptides generated from it are positioned to serve as signals for peripheral damage. The goal of this project was to understand the spinal modulatory effects of the C-terminal VGF derived peptide TLQP-62 at the cellular level and gain insight into the function of the peptide in the development of neuropathic pain...
May 16, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781850/comparing-processed-nerve-allografts-and-assessing-their-capacity-to-retain-and-release-nerve-growth-factor
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Alonda C Pollins, Richard B Boyer, Marlieke Nussenbaum, Wesley P Thayer
Peripheral nerve gap injuries continue to present a clinical challenge to today's surgeons. One method of surgical repair, implantation of acellular allografts, has been developed with the aim of bridging the gap with a cadaveric graft after removal of its cellular components, thereby accelerating axonal regeneration and eliminating the need for immunosuppression in recipient patients. Although decellularizing allografts reduces rates of graft rejection, the same chemical processing modifies the neural microenvironment, removing neutrotrophic factors and modifying the complex extracellular matrix...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781817/intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-refractory-autoimmune-dysautonomias-a-retrospective-analysis-of-38-patients
#6
Jill R Schofield, Kamal R Chemali
BACKGROUND: Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has recognized efficacy in autoimmune peripheral nerve disorders, but there has been limited study of the use of IVIG in autoimmune dysautonomias. STUDY QUESTION: To determine the efficacy and safety of IVIG in patients with disabling, refractory autoimmune dysautonomias, including patients with postural tachycardia syndrome and gastrointestinal dysmotility. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with one or more autonomic disorder(s) and persistent serological evidence for autoimmunity who were unable to work or attend school despite usual treatments for dysautonomia were treated with IVIG for at least 3 months at a dose of at least 1 gm/kg monthly...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781154/neuroglial-ectopia-of-the-vestibular-nerve-masquerading-as-a-vestibular-schwannoma-a-case-report
#7
John P Sheppard, Carlito Lagman, Thien Nguyen, Négar Khanlou, Quinton Gopen, Isaac Yang
Neuroglial ectopia is a rare entity of undetermined clinical significance. Here, we report a unique case of neuroglial ectopia of the vestibular nerve. A 27-year-old pharmacy student with a previous radiological diagnosis of vestibular schwannoma presented to our clinic for surgical evaluation. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed a 17-mm T1 hypo- to isointense, T2 iso- to hyperintense, poorly enhancing left cerebellopontine angle mass extending into the left internal auditory canal compatible by imaging with a vestibular schwannoma...
May 20, 2018: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780962/challenging-aspects-of-contemporary-cochlear-implant-electrode-array-design
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Pavel Mistrík, Claude Jolly, Daniel Sieber, Ingeborg Hochmair
Objective: A design comparison of current perimodiolar and lateral wall electrode arrays of the cochlear implant (CI) is provided. The focus is on functional features such as acoustic frequency coverage and tonotopic mapping, battery consumption and dynamic range. A traumacity of their insertion is also evaluated. Methods: Review of up-to-date literature. Results: Perimodiolar electrode arrays are positioned in the basal turn of the cochlea near the modiolus...
December 2017: World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780613/schwann-cell-durotaxis-can-be-guided-by-physiologically-relevant-stiffness-gradients
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Elisabeth B Evans, Samantha W Brady, Anubhav Tripathi, Diane Hoffman-Kim
Background: Successful nerve regeneration depends upon directed migration of morphologically specialized repair state Schwann cells across a nerve defect. Although several groups have studied directed migration of Schwann cells in response to chemical or topographic cues, the current understanding of how the mechanical environment influences migration remains largely understudied and incomplete. Therefore, the focus of this study was to evaluate Schwann cell migration and morphodynamics in the presence of stiffness gradients, which revealed that Schwann cells can follow extracellular gradients of increasing stiffness, in a form of directed migration termed durotaxis...
2018: Biomaterials Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780422/cochlear-implantation-in-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
C Lane Anzalone, Sarah Nuhanovic, Amy P Olund, Matthew L Carlson
Introduction: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a peripheral hereditary neuropathy associated with motor and sensory impairment and can result in profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Currently, the role of cochlear implantation in the setting of CMT and other progressive peripheral neurodegenerative disorders is not well established. Methods: Case report and review of the English literature. Results: A 70-year-old male with CMT was referred for evaluation of progressive asymmetric SNHL and reported a 15-year duration of deafness involving the left ear...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780224/correlative-study-between-c-reactive-protein-clinical-severity-and-nerve-conduction-studies-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
#11
Yosria A Altaweel, Sawsan Abdelaziz, Hala A Fathy, Shimaa AbdelBadea
Background: Guillain-Barre' syndrome (GBS) is a serious autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells of the peripheral nervous system causing polyradiculoneuropathy which leads to weakness, numbness, and tingling, and can eventually cause paralysis. Autoimmune conditions like GBS can induce a high level of inflammation resulting in an increase in the C-reactive protein( CRP) production. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between CRP level and the clinical severity as well as the electrophysiological findings of nerve conduction studies in patients with GBS...
2018: The Egyptian journal of neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779243/co-occurrence-of-schwannomatosis-and-rhabdoid-tumor-predisposition-syndrome-1
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Hildegard Kehrer-Sawatzki, Uwe Kordes, Simone Seiffert, Anna Summerer, Christian Hagel, Ulrich Schüller, Said Farschtschi, Reinhard Schneppenheim, Martin Bendszus, Tim Godel, Victor-Felix Mautner
BACKGROUND: The clinical phenotype associated with germline SMARCB1 mutations has as yet not been fully documented. It is known that germline SMARCB1 mutations may cause rhabdoid tumor predisposition syndrome (RTPS1) or schwannomatosis. However, the co-occurrence of rhabdoid tumor and schwannomas in the same patient has not so far been reported. METHODS: We investigated a family with members harboring a germline SMARCB1 deletion by means of whole-body MRI as well as high-resolution microstructural magnetic resonance neurography (MRN)...
May 20, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779092/neurodynamic-evaluation-and-nerve-conduction-studies-in-patients-with-forward-head-posture
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Tugba Ozudogru Celik, Burcu Duyur Cakit, Baris Nacir, Hakan Genc, Mehmet Onat Cakit, Aynur Karagoz
Forward head posture (FHP) is one of the most frequently seen problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the neurodynamic tests and peripheral nerve conductions of upper extremity in patients with FHP. The study population included 100 patients with upper extremity and neck problems and 34 healthy individuals as a control group. Craniovertebral angle measurement was used to determine forward head posture. Stretch tests for radial, ulnar and median nerves were performed. Nerve conductions of bilateral median, radial, ulnar and medial antebrachial cutaneous (MAC) nerves were examined in all patients included in the study...
May 19, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778900/hereditary-sensory-neuropathy-type-1-associated-deoxysphingolipids-cause-neurotoxicity-acute-calcium-handling-abnormalities-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-vitro
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Emma R Wilson, Umaiyal Kugathasan, Andrey Y Abramov, Alex J Clark, David L H Bennett, Mary M Reilly, Linda Greensmith, Bernadett Kalmar
Hereditary sensory neuropathy type 1 (HSN-1) is a peripheral neuropathy most frequently caused by mutations in the SPTLC1 or SPTLC2 genes, which code for two subunits of the enzyme serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT). SPT catalyzes the first step of de novo sphingolipid synthesis. Mutations in SPT result in a change in enzyme substrate specificity, which causes the production of atypical deoxysphinganine and deoxymethylsphinganine, rather than the normal enzyme product, sphinganine. Levels of these abnormal compounds are elevated in blood of HSN-1 patients and this is thought to cause the peripheral motor and sensory nerve damage that is characteristic of the disease, by a largely unresolved mechanism...
May 17, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775120/successful-improvement-of-pain-symptomatology-in-a-suspected-case-of-cramp-fasciculation-syndrome-via-interventional-pain-treatment
#15
Anita Gupta, Lucas First, Celeste A Swain
Peripheral nerve hyperexcitability (PNH) syndromes are a rare set of neuromuscular disorders that include cramp-fasciculation syndrome (CFS) and Isaacs syndrome (IS). Successful treatment of these diseases has been achieved with antiepileptic medications; however, chronic pain symptoms can persist. We provide a case report of a 25-year-old female who has suffered from painful severe muscle spasms and fasciculations since childhood. With CFS as our working diagnosis, a treatment regimen using interventional pain techniques, including sympathetic chain blocks, ketamine infusions, and trigger point injections, resulted in a significant decrease in the patient's chronic pain symptoms...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775115/immunofluorescent-localization-of-non-myelinating-schwann-cells-and-their-interactions-with-immune-cells-in-mouse-thymus
#16
Dailun Hu, Philip K Nicholls, Changfu Yin, Khama Kelman, Qionglan Yuan, Wayne K Greene, Zhongli Shi, Bin Ma
The thymus is innervated by sympathetic/parasympathetic nerve fibers from the peripheral nervous system (PNS), suggesting a neural regulation of thymic function including T-cell development. Despite some published studies, data on the innervation and nerve-immune interaction inside the thymus remain limited. In the present study, we used immunofluorescent staining of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) coupled with confocal microscopy/three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction to reveal the distribution of non-myelinating Schwann cells (NMSC) and their interactions with immune cells inside mouse thymus...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774960/alteration-of-nociceptive-integration-in-the-spinal-cord-of-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Keri-Ann Charles, Frédéric Naudet, Rabia Bouali-Benazzouz, Marc Landry, Philippe De Deurwaerdère, Pascal Fossat, Abdelhamid Benazzouz
BACKGROUND: Pain is a major non motor symptom that contributes to impaired quality of life in PD. However, its mechanism is unknown. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: We sought to identify the pain phenotypes and parallel changes in spinal integration of peripheral stimuli in a rat model of PD induced by lesions of SN dopamine neurons, using behavioral plantar and von Frey tests as well as electrophysiology of the dorsal horn. RESULTS: We show that dopamine depletion by 6-OHDA induced hypersensitivity to mechanical and thermal stimuli...
May 18, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774626/analysis-of-intra-tumor-heterogeneity-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-plexiform-neurofibromas-and-neurofibromas-with-atypical-features-correlating-histological-and-genomic-findings
#18
Meritxell Carrió, Bernat Gel, Ernest Terribas, Adriana Carolina Zucchiatti, Teresa Moliné, Inma Rosas, Álex Teulé, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Juan Carlos López-Gutiérrez, Ignacio Blanco, Elisabeth Castellanos, Conxi Lázaro, Anat Stemmer-Rachamimov, Cleofé Romagosa, Eduard Serra
Plexiform neurofibromas (PNFs) are benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors involving large nerves present in 30-50% Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients. Atypical neurofibromas (ANF) are distinct nodular lesions with atypical features on histology that arise from PNFs. The risk and timeline of malignant transformation in ANF is difficult to assess. A recent NIH workshop has stratified ANFs and separated a subgroup with multiple atypical features and higher risk of malignant transformation termed atypical neurofibromatous neoplasms with uncertain biological potential (ANNUBP)...
May 17, 2018: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773868/coexistence-of-nerve-enlargement-and-neuratrophy-detected-by-ultrasonography-in-leprosy-patients
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Xiaohua Chen, Liangfu Zhang, Meiying Huang, Xiuli Zhai, Yan Wen, Chunzhi Pan
The purpose of this study was to evaluate peripheral neural impairment in leprosy patients by ultrasonography (US). The cross-sectional areas (CSAs) of the median (M), ulnar (U) and common fibular (CF) nerves were compared in 71 leprosy patients and 29 healthy controls, and the data were analyzed between the leprosy, multibacillary (MB)/paucibacillary (PB), reaction (R)/no reaction (NR), disability (D)/no disability (ND), and longer/shorter duration groups after treatment. We found that for the nerves located in upper limbs, the CSAs were significantly increased in the leprosy patients vs the controls; the PB group vs the MB group; the R group vs the NR group; the ND group vs the D group; and the longer duration group vs the shorter duration group at some positions of the M nerve and U nerve...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773299/diffusion-mri-in-acute-nervous-system-injury
#20
Matthew D Budde, Nathan P Skinner
Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) and related techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) are uniquely sensitive to the microstructure of the brain and spinal cord. In the acute aftermath of nervous system injury, for example, DWI reveals changes caused by injury that remains invisible on other MRI contrasts such as T2 -weighted imaging. This ability has led to a demonstrated clinical utility in cerebral ischemia. However, despite strong promise in preclinical models and research settings, DWI has not been as readily adopted for other acute injuries such as traumatic spinal cord, brain, or peripheral nerve injury...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
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