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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168703/erythropoietin-accelerates-functional-recovery-after-moderate-sciatic-nerve-crush-injury
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Michael B Geary, Haiyan Li, Alissa Zingman, John Ketz, Michael Zuscik, Karen L De Mesy Bentley, Mark Noble, John C Elfar
INTRODUCTION: Erythropoietin (EPO) has been identified as a neuroregenerative agent. We hypothesize that it may accelerate recovery after crush injury and may vary with crush severity. METHODS: Mice were randomized to mild, moderate, or severe crush of the sciatic nerve and were treated with EPO or vehicle control after injury. The sciatic function index (SFI) was monitored over the first week. Microstructural changes were analyzed by immunofluorescence for neurofilament (NF) and myelin (P0 ), and electron microscopy was used to assess ultrastructural changes...
November 7, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149661/biomechanical-podiatric-evaluation-in-an-italian-cohort-of-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-a-pilot-study
#2
Susanna Maddali Bongi, Giovanni Ravenni, Benedetta Ciampi, Angela Del Rosso, Khadija El Aoufy
OBJECTIVE: Foot problems are often present in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) patients, however studies regarding podiatric problems related to SSc are lacking and there are no data evaluating the foot biomechanical changes. The aim of the present pilot study was to evaluate podiatric problems in an Italian cohort of SSc patients by assessing received podiatric services, foot pain and disability and biomechanical foot deformity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 25 consecutive SSc patients were enrolled from the Division of Rheumatology, University of Florence...
December 2016: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095109/test-retest-reliability-and-practice-effects-of-the-stability-evaluation-test
#3
Richelle M Williams, Matthew A Corvo, Kenneth C Lam, Travis A Williams, Lesley K Gilmer, Tamara C Valovich McLeod
CONTEXT: Postural control plays an essential role in concussion evaluation. The Stability Evaluation Test (SET) aims to objectively analyze postural control by measuring sway velocity on the NeuroCom's VSR portable force platform (Natus, San Carlos, CA). OBJECTIVE: To assess the test-retest reliability and practice effects of the SET protocol. DESIGN: Cohort. SETTING: Research Laboratory. PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Fifty healthy adults (males=20, females=30, age=25...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091514/novel-strain-properties-distinguishing-sporadic-prion-diseases-sharing-prion-protein-genotype-and-prion-type
#4
Laura Cracco, Silvio Notari, Ignazio Cali, Man-Sun Sy, Shu G Chen, Mark L Cohen, Bernardino Ghetti, Brian S Appleby, Wen-Quan Zou, Byron Caughey, Jiri G Safar, Pierluigi Gambetti
In most human sporadic prion diseases the phenotype is consistently associated with specific pairings of the genotype at codon 129 of the prion protein gene and conformational properties of the scrapie PrP (PrP(Sc)) grossly identified types 1 and 2. This association suggests that the 129 genotype favours the selection of a distinct strain that in turn determines the phenotype. However, this mechanism cannot play a role in the phenotype determination of sporadic fatal insomnia (sFI) and a subtype of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) identified as sCJDMM2, which share 129 MM genotype and PrP(Sc) type 2 but are associated with quite distinct phenotypes...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069562/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-the-expression-of-agrin-and-acetylcholine-receptor-subtypes-in-rats-with-tibialis-anterior-muscular-atrophy-induced-by-sciatic-nerve-injection-injury
#5
Jianqi Yu, Meng Wang, Junying Liu, Xiaoming Zhang, Shengbo Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on mRNA and protein expression of agrin, acetylcholine receptor (AChR)-ε and AChR-γ in a rat model of tibialis anterior muscle atrophy induced by sciatic nerve injection injury, and to examine the underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: Fifty-four adult Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: healthy control group (CON, n=6); sciatic nerve injury group (SNI, n=24), comprising rats euthanased at 1, 2, 4 and 6 weeks, respectively, after penicillin injection-induced SNI (n=6 each); CON+EA group (n=12), comprising healthy rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA at GB30 and ST36); and SNI+EA group, comprising rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA)...
January 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047351/su-f-j-13-choosing-an-imrt-technique-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-cancer-with-daily-localization-uncertainties
#6
T Lin, L Wang, T Galloway, C Ma
PURPOSE: Head and Neck cancer treatment with IMRT/VMAT has two choices: split-filed IMRT(SFI), in which the LAN is treated with a separate anterior field and the extended whole-field IMRT(WFI) in which LAN is included with the IMRT/VMAT field. This study shows that under the same dose limit criteria, choosing the technique becomes a critical issue if daily localization and immobilization altered the dose distribution. METHODS: Nine common head-and-neck cancer cases were chosen to illustrate how the daily localization and immobilization uncertainties affect to choose between SFI and WFI...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029485/shenfu-injection-for-improving-cellular-immunity-and-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-sepsis-or-septic-shock
#7
Ning Zhang, Jianhua Liu, Zeliang Qiu, Yiping Ye, Jian Zhang, Tianzheng Lou
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of Shenfu injection (SFI) for enhancing cellular immunity and improving the clinical outcomes of patients with septic shock. METHODS: Patients with sepsis were randomly assigned to receive either SFI at a dose of 100mL every 24hours for 7 consecutive days or a placebo in addition to conventional therapy. The immunologic parameters were collected on days 1, 3, and 7 after the above treatments, and the clinical outcomes were updated for 28days...
September 7, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028723/shenfu-injection-inhibits-inflammation-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-complicated-by-cardiac-shock
#8
Yan-Yan Jin, Hai Gao, Xin-Yong Zhang, Hui Ai, Xiao-Lin Zhu, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of Shenfu Injection (, SFI) on inflammatory factors in patients with acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock (CS) treated with and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP). METHODS: This study enrolled 60 patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) complicated by CS. Patients underwent IABP and emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were randomly divided into two groups by random number table with 30 cases in each group, one given SFI treatment (100 mL/24 h), one not...
December 27, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984099/recovery-of-sensorimotor-function-following-sciatic-nerve-injury-across-multiple-rat-strains
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Anindita Ganguly, Corissa McEwen, Erika L Troy, Raymond W Colburn, Anthony O Caggiano, Timothy J Schallert, Tom J Parry
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) can result in neurodegenerative changes leading to motor, sensory and autonomic dysfunction. Injury to the rat sciatic nerve is used to model pathophysiologic processes following PNI and assess the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. Frequently, temporal changes in the sciatic functional index (SFI), a measure of sensorimotor integration are measured in rats to assess functional recovery following sciatic nerve injury. However, multiple rat strains and behavioral endpoints have been employed to investigate pathophysiology of PNI and impact of therapeutic intervention on recovery, raising the possibility that rat strain may influence the outcome of such studies...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982519/microbiome-precision-editing-using-peg-as-a-selective-fermentation-initiator-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#10
Ming-Shan Kao, Stephen Huang, Wei-Lin Chang, Ming-Fa Hsieh, Chun-Jen Huang, Richard L Gallo, Chun-Ming Huang
Recent creation of a Unified Microbiome Initiative (UMI) has the aim of understanding how microbes interact with each other and with us. When pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) infects the skin, the interplay between S. aureus and skin commensal bacteria occurs. Our previous data revealed that skin commensal bacteria can mediate fermentation against the growth of USA300, a community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus MRSA (CA-MRSA). By using a fermentation process with solid media on a small scale, we define poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (PEG-DMA) as a selective fermentation initiator (SFI) which can specifically intensify the probiotic ability of skin commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis (S...
December 16, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898935/estimation-of-genetic-parameters-for-traits-associated-with-reproduction-lactation-and-efficiency-in-sows
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D M Thekkoot, R A Kemp, M F Rothschild, G S Plastow, J C M Dekkers
Increased milk production due to high litter size, coupled with low feed intake, results in excessive mobilization of sow body reserves during lactation, which can have detrimental effects on future reproductive performance. A possibility to prevent this is to improve sow lactation performance genetically, along with other traits of interest. The aim of this study was to estimate breed-specific genetic parameters (by parity, between parities, and across parities) for traits associated with lactation and reproduction in Yorkshire and Landrace sows...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888086/effects-of-smoking-on-subjective-and-objective-measures-of-pain-intensity-functional-impairment-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease
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Holger Joswig, Martin N Stienen, Nicolas R Smoll, Marco V Corniola, Ivan Chau, Karl Schaller, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Oliver P Gautschi
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies assessed the effects of smoking on lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD); they focused on patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) and yielded conflicting results. METHODS: In this two-center study on consecutive patients receiving surgical treatment for lumbar DDD, subjective functional impairment (SFI) in terms of PROMs including visual analog scale back and leg pain, Roland-Morris, Oswestry Disability Index, Euro-Qol, Short Form-12 physical component summary was determined at baseline, three days, six weeks, six months and one year postoperatively...
November 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876000/comparison-of-repair-of-peripheral-nerve-transection-in-predegenerated-muscle-with-and-without-a-vein-graft
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Jamshid Mohammadi, Hamdollah Delaviz, Bahram Mohammadi, Hamoun Delaviz, Parastou Rad
BACKGROUND: Despite substantial research into the topic and valiant surgical efforts, reconstruction of peripheral nerve injury remains a challenging surgery. This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of axonal regeneration of a transected sciatic nerve through a vein conduit containing degenerated skeletal muscle compared with axonal regeneration in a transected sciatic nerve through degenerated skeletal muscle alone. METHODS: In two of the three experimental rat groups, 10 mm of the left sciatic nerve was transected and removed...
November 22, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862486/characterisation-of-maternal-human-leukocyte-antigen-class-i-antibodies-in-suspected-foetal-and-neonatal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia
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E Refsum, A Mörtberg, J Dahl, S Meinke, M-K Auvinen, M Westgren, M Reilly, P Höglund, A Wikman
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the specificities and level of HLA class I antibodies in selected cases referred for suspected foetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). BACKGROUND: FNAIT occurs in 1 : 1-2000 live births, whereas maternal immunisation against human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I is common. Whether HLA class I antibodies alone can cause FNAIT is debatable. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 260 patient samples were referred between 2007 and 2012...
November 9, 2016: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834859/a-precision-microbiome-approach-using-sucrose-for-selective-augmentation-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-fermentation-against-propionibacterium-acnes
#15
Yanhan Wang, Ming-Shan Kao, Jinghua Yu, Stephen Huang, Shinta Marito, Richard L Gallo, Chun-Ming Huang
Acne dysbiosis happens when there is a microbial imbalance of the over-growth of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) in the acne microbiome. In our previous study, we demonstrated that Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis, a probiotic skin bacterium) can exploit glycerol fermentation to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which have antimicrobial activities to suppress the growth of P. acnes. Unlike glycerol, sucrose is chosen here as a selective fermentation initiator (SFI) that can specifically intensify the fermentation activity of S...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818926/pharmacokinetic-evaluation-of-shenfu-injection-in-beagle-dogs-after-intravenous-drip-administration
#16
Yuqiao Zhang, Dali Tian, Yuyou Huang, Ling Li, Juan Mao, Juan Tian, Jinsong Ding
Shenfu Injection (SFI) is a well-defined Chinese herbal formulation that is obtained from red ginseng and processed aconite root. The main active constituents in SFI are ginsenosides and aconitum alkaloids. In this work, ginsenosides (ginsenoside Rg1, ginsenoside Rb1 and ginsenoside Rc) and aconitum alkaloids (benzoylmesaconine and fuziline) were used as the index components to explore the pharmacokinetic behavior of SFI. A selective and sensitive HPLC-MS/MS method was developed for the quantification of ginsenosides and aconitum alkaloids in dog plasma and was used to characterize the pharmacokinetics of the five index components after intravenous drip of three different dosages of SFI in beagle dogs...
November 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807516/the-morphological-and-functional-effects-of-exercise-in-the-aquatic-environment-performed-before-and-or-after-sciatic-nerve-compression-in-wistar-rats
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Camila Mayumi Martin Kakihata, Jéssica Aline Malanotte, Jhenifer Karvat, Rose Meire Costa Brancalhão, Lucinéia de Fátima Chasko Ribeiro, Gladson Ricardo Flor Bertolini
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of exercise in the aquatic environment, performed before and/or after sciatic nerve compression in Wistar rats on morphological and functional parameters. Twenty-five Wistar rats were divided into the following groups: control (C), lesion (L), trained+lesion (TL), lesion+exercise (LE), and training+lesion+exercise (TLE), who underwent right sciatic nerve compression on day 21 of the experiment. The TL and TLE groups were submitted to a jumping exercise in a water environment for 20 days prior to injury and the LE and TLE groups after injury...
October 2016: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780372/sweep-frequency-impedance-measures-in-young-infants-developmental-characteristics-from-birth-to-6-months
#18
Venkatesh Aithal, Joseph Kei, Carlie Driscoll, Michio Murakoshi, Hiroshi Wada
OBJECTIVE: International Journal of Audiology To study the developmental characteristics of sweep frequency impedance (SFI) measures in healthy infants from birth to 6 months. DESIGN: All infants were assessed using high-frequency tympanometry (HFT), distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) and SFI tests. SFI measures consisted of measurement of resonance frequency (RF) and mobility (ΔSPL) of the outer and middle ear. A mixed model analysis of variance was applied to the SFI data to examine the effect of age on RF and ΔSPL...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771457/identification-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitors-following-shenfu-injection-and-bioactivity-integrated-uplc-q-tof-ms-and-screening-for-related-anti-inflammatory-targets-in-vitro-and-in-silico
#19
Pan Li, Bin Lv, Xiaoqing Jiang, Ting Wang, Xianghui Ma, Nianwei Chang, Xiaoying Wang, Xiumei Gao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Shenfu injection (SFI) is a commercial medicinal product approved by the China Food and Drug Administration that is widely used in the treatment of stroke and coronary heart disease. However, the material basis and the mechanism of SFI are not fully understood. AIM OF THE STUDY: With network pharmacology analysis, our research committed to identify the anti-inflammatory ingredients and mechanism of SFI by combining high-throughput screening...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703860/influence-of-age-and-sex-on-winter-site-fidelity-of-sanderlings-calidris-alba
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Pedro M Lourenço, José A Alves, Jeroen Reneerkens, Ah Jelle Loonstra, Peter M Potts, José P Granadeiro, Teresa Catry
Many migratory bird species show high levels of site fidelity to their wintering sites, which confers advantages due to prior knowledge, but may also limit the ability of the individual to move away from degrading sites or to detect alternative foraging opportunities. Winter site fidelity often varies among age groups, but sexual differences have seldom been recorded in birds. We studied a population of individually colour-marked sanderlings wintering in and around the Tejo estuary, a large estuarine wetland on the western coast of Portugal...
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