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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544556/electrophysiological-analysis-of-synaptic-transmission-in-drosophila
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Maria Bykhovskaia, Alexander Vasin
Synaptic transmission is dynamic, plastic, and highly regulated. Drosophila is an advantageous model system for genetic and molecular studies of presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms and plasticity. Electrical recordings of synaptic responses represent a wide-spread approach to study neuronal signaling and synaptic transmission. We discuss experimental techniques that allow monitoring synaptic transmission in Drosophila neuromuscular and central systems. Recordings of synaptic potentials or currents at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are most common and provide numerous technical advantages due to robustness of the preparation, large and identifiable muscles, and synaptic boutons which can be readily visualized...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544275/recessive-mutations-in-msto1-cause-mitochondrial-dynamics-impairment-leading-to-myopathy-and-ataxia
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Alessia Nasca, Chiara Scotton, Irina Zaharieva, Marcella Neri, Rita Selvatici, Olafur Thor Magnusson, Aniko Gal, David Weaver, Rachele Rossi, Annarita Armaroli, Marika Pane, Rahul Phadke, Anna Sarkozy, Francesco Muntoni, Imelda Hughes, Antonella Cecconi, György Hajnóczky, Alice Donati, Eugenio Mercuri, Massimo Zeviani, Alessandra Ferlini, Daniele Ghezzi
We report here the first families carrying recessive variants in the MSTO1 gene: compound heterozygous mutations were identified in two sisters and in an unrelated singleton case, who presented a multisystem complex phenotype mainly characterized by myopathy and cerebellar ataxia. Human MSTO1 is a poorly studied protein, suggested to have mitochondrial localization and to regulate morphology and distribution of mitochondria. As for other mutations affecting genes involved in mitochondrial dynamics, no biochemical defects typical of mitochondrial disorders were reported...
May 23, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538314/do-neuromuscular-dentistry-designed-mouthguards-enhance-dynamic-movement-ability-in-competitive-athletes
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Joshua A Cotter, Steve T Jamison, Sarah A Schloemer, Ajit M W Chaudhari
Cotter, JA, Jamison, ST, Schloemer, SA, and Chaudhari, AMW. Do neuromuscular dentistry-designed mouthguards enhance dynamic movement ability in competitive athletes? J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1627-1635, 2017-The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a neuromuscular dentistry-designed mouthguard (NMDD) on dynamic movement ability. Forty-two competitive athletes (8 women, 21.9 ± 2.9 years, 66.8 ± 18.8 kg, 1.68 ± 0.11 m; 34 men, 22.8 ± 4.8 years, 77.4 ± 12.7 kg, 1.78 ± 0.08 m) with greater than 2 years' experience in their designated sport were enrolled in the study...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538303/examining-fundamental-movement-competency-and-closed-chain-upper-extremity-dynamic-balance-in-swimmers
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Garrett S Bullock, Nate Brookreson, Amy M Knab, Robert J Butler
Bullock, GS, Brookreson, N, Knab, AM, and Butler, RJ. Examining fundamental movement competency and closed-chain upper-extremity dynamic balance in swimmers. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1544-1551, 2017-Abnormal fundamental movement patterns and upper-quarter dynamic balance are proposed mechanisms affecting athletic performance and injury risk. There are few studies investigating functional movement and closed-chain upper-extremity dynamic stability in swimmers. The purpose of this study was to determine differences in fundamental movement competency and closed-chain upper-extremity dynamic balance, using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Upper-Quarter Y Balance Test (YBT-UQ), of high school (HS; n = 70) and collegiate (COL; n = 70) swimmers...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538294/effects-of-different-combinations-of-strength-power-and-plyometric-training-on-the-physical-performance-of-elite-young-soccer-players
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Ronaldo Kobal, Irineu Loturco, Renato Barroso, Saulo Gil, Rogério Cuniyochi, Carlos Ugrinowitsch, Hamilton Roschel, Valmor Tricoli
Kobal, R, Loturco, I, Barroso, R, Gil, S, Cuniyochi, R, Ugrinowitsch, C, Roschel, H, and Tricoli, V. Effects of different combinations of strength, power, and plyometric training on the physical performance of elite young soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1468-1476, 2017-The combination of strength (ST) and plyometric training (PT) has been shown to be effective for improving sport-specific performance. However, there is no consensus about the most effective way to combine these methods in the same training session to produce greater improvements in neuromuscular performance of soccer players...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528447/a-single-bout-of-endurance-exercise-modulates-eeg-microstates-temporal-features
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Jérôme N Spring, Miralena I Tomescu, Jérôme Barral
Electrical neuroimaging is a promising method to explore the spontaneous brain function after physical exercise. The present study aims to investigate the effect of acute physical exercise on the temporal dynamic of the resting brain activity captured by the four conventional map topographies (microstates) described in the literature, and to associate these brain changes with the post-exercise neuromuscular function. Twenty endurance-trained subjects performed a 30-min biking task at 60% of their maximal aerobic power followed by a 10 km all-out time trial...
May 20, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515833/time-course-of-changes-in-neuromuscular-responses-at-30-versus-70-1-repetition-maximum-during-dynamic-constant-external-resistance-leg-extensions-to-failure
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Cory M Smith, Terry J Housh, Ethan C Hill, Richard J Schmidt, Glen O Johnson
The purpose of the current study was to examine the time course of changes in neuromuscular responses from the vastus medialis (VM) during low versus high intensity dynamic constant external resistance (DCER) leg extension muscle actions to failure. Thirteen men performed DCER leg extensions to failure at 30% and 70% 1-repetition maximum (1-RM) as well as 1-RM measurements pretest and posttest. Electromyogaphy and mechanomyographic signals were measured from the VM. There were no differences in neuromuscular responses pretest versus posttest 1-RM...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511122/robotic-assessment-of-neuromuscular-characteristics-using-musculoskeletal-models-a-pilot-study
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V R Jayaneththi, J Viloria, L G Wiedemann, C Jarrett, A J McDaid
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive neuromuscular characterization aims to provide greater insight into the effectiveness of existing and emerging rehabilitation therapies by quantifying neuromuscular characteristics relating to force production, muscle viscoelasticity and voluntary neural activation. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to evaluate neuromuscular characteristics, such as muscle fiber stiffness and viscosity, by combining robotic and HD-sEMG measurements with computational musculoskeletal modeling...
May 10, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500909/development-and-testing-of-a-moment-based-coactivation-index-to-assess-complex-dynamic-tasks-for-the-lumbar-spine
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Peter Le, Alexander Aurand, Jonathan S Dufour, Gregory G Knapik, Thomas M Best, Safdar N Khan, Ehud Mendel, William S Marras
BACKGROUND: Many methods exist to describe coactivation between muscles. However, most methods have limited capability in the assessment of coactivation during complex dynamic tasks for multi-muscle systems such as the lumbar spine. The ability to assess coactivation is important for the understanding of neuromuscular inefficiency. In the context of this manuscript, inefficiency is defined as the effort or level of coactivation beyond what may be necessary to accomplish a task (e.g., muscle guarding during postural stabilization)...
May 5, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489955/isometric-and-dynamic-strength-and-neuromuscular-attributes-as-predictors-of-vertical-jump-performance-in-11%C3%A2-13-year-old-male-athletes
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Brandon John McKinlay, Phillip J Wallace, Raffy Dotan, Devon Long, Craig Tokuno, David A Gabriel, Bareket Falk
In explosive contractions, neural activation is a major factor in determining the rate of torque development, while the latter is an important determinant of jump performance. However, the contribution of neuromuscular activation and rate of torque development to jump performance in children and youth is unclear. PURPOSE: To examine the relationships between the rate of neuromuscular activation, peak torque, rate of torque development, and jump performance in young male athletes. METHODS: Forty-one 12...
May 10, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482203/transition-from-shod-to-barefoot-alters-dynamic-stability-during-running
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Antonis Ekizos, Alessandro Santuz, Adamantios Arampatzis
INTRODUCTION: Barefoot running recently received increased attention, with controversial results regarding its effects on injury risk and performance. Numerous studies examined the kinetic and kinematic changes between the shod and the barefoot condition. Intrinsic parameters such as the local dynamic stability could provide new insight regarding neuromuscular control when immediately transitioning from one running condition to the other. We investigated the local dynamic stability during the change from shod to barefoot running...
April 27, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450833/optimal-control-based-stiffness-identification-of-an-ankle-foot-orthosis-using-a-predictive-walking-model
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Manish Sreenivasa, Matthew Millard, Martin Felis, Katja Mombaur, Sebastian I Wolf
Predicting the movements, ground reaction forces and neuromuscular activity during gait can be a valuable asset to the clinical rehabilitation community, both to understand pathology, as well as to plan effective intervention. In this work we use an optimal control method to generate predictive simulations of pathological gait in the sagittal plane. We construct a patient-specific model corresponding to a 7-year old child with gait abnormalities and identify the optimal spring characteristics of an ankle-foot orthosis that minimizes muscle effort...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427544/what-s-the-secret-behind-the-benefits-of-whole-body-vibration-training-in-patients-with-copd-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Rainer Gloeckl, Inga Jarosch, Ulrike Bengsch, Magdalena Claus, Tessa Schneeberger, Vasileios Andrianopoulos, Jeffrey W Christle, Wolfgang Hitzl, Klaus Kenn
BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that whole-body vibration training (WBVT) improves exercise capacity in patients with severe COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the determinants of improved exercise capacity following WBVT. METHODS: Seventy-four COPD patients (FEV1: 34 ± 9%predicted) were recruited during a 3-week inpatient pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program. Conventional endurance and strength exercises were supplemented with self-paced dynamic squat training sessions (4bouts*2min, 3times/wk)...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424583/a-rodent-model-of-dynamic-facial-reanimation-using-functional-electrical-stimulation
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Mark A Attiah, Julius de Vries, Andrew G Richardson, Timothy H Lucas
Facial paralysis can be a devastating condition, causing disfiguring facial droop, slurred speech, eye dryness, scarring and blindness. This study investigated the utility of closed-loop functional electric stimulation (FES) for reanimating paralyzed facial muscles in a quantitative rodent model. The right buccal and marginal mandibular branches of the rat facial nerve were transected for selective, unilateral paralysis of whisker muscles. Microwire electrodes were implanted bilaterally into the facial musculature for FES and electromyographic (EMG) recording...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424375/mitochondria-a-central-target-for-sex-differences-in-pathologies
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REVIEW
Renée Ventura-Clapier, Maryline Moulin, Jérôme Piquereau, Christophe Lemaire, Mathias Mericskay, Vladimir Veksler, Anne Garnier
It is increasingly acknowledged that a sex and gender specificity affects the occurrence, development, and consequence of a plethora of pathologies. Mitochondria are considered as the powerhouse of the cell because they produce the majority of energy-rich phosphate bonds in the form of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) but they also participate in many other functions like steroid hormone synthesis, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, ionic regulation, and cell death. Adequate cellular energy supply and survival depend on mitochondrial life cycle, a process involving mitochondrial biogenesis, dynamics, and quality control via mitophagy...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396416/proteolytic-control-of-the-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-complex
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Chen-Wei Tsai, Yujiao Wu, Ping-Chieh Pao, Charles B Phillips, Carole Williams, Christopher Miller, Matthew Ranaghan, Ming-Feng Tsai
The mitochondrial calcium uniporter is a Ca(2+)-activated Ca(2+) channel complex mediating mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake, a process crucial for Ca(2+) signaling, bioenergetics, and cell death. The uniporter is composed of the pore-forming MCU protein, the gatekeeping MICU1 and MICU2 subunits, and EMRE, a single-pass membrane protein that links MCU and MICU1 together. As a bridging subunit required for channel function, EMRE could paradoxically inhibit uniporter complex formation if expressed in excess. Here, we show that mitochondrial mAAA proteases AFG3L2 and SPG7 rapidly degrade unassembled EMRE using the energy of ATP hydrolysis...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376086/novel-insights-into-slc25a46-related-pathologies-in-a-genetic-mouse-model
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Maria Eirini Terzenidou, Aikaterini Segklia, Toshimi Kano, Florentia Papastefanaki, Alexandros Karakostas, Maria Charalambous, Fotis Ioakeimidis, Maria Papadaki, Ismini Kloukina, Margarita Chrysanthou-Piterou, Martina Samiotaki, George Panayotou, Rebecca Matsas, Eleni Douni
The mitochondrial protein SLC25A46 has been recently identified as a novel pathogenic cause in a wide spectrum of neurological diseases, including inherited optic atrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2, Leigh syndrome, progressive myoclonic ataxia and lethal congenital pontocerebellar hypoplasia. SLC25A46 is an outer membrane protein, member of the Solute Carrier 25 (SLC25) family of nuclear genes encoding mitochondrial carriers, with a role in mitochondrial dynamics and cristae maintenance. Here we identified a loss-of-function mutation in the Slc25a46 gene that causes lethal neuropathology in mice...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370538/shoulder-position-sense-in-volleyball-players-with-infraspinatus-atrophy-secondary-to-suprascapular-nerve-neuropathy
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S Contemori, A Biscarini
Isolated infraspinatus atrophy (IIA) is a common condition among overhead-activity athletes, which affects the hitting shoulder and is caused by suprascapular nerve injury. As the suprascapular nerve is a mixed nerve, such damage could lead to reduced afferent proprioceptive information and impaired shoulder sensorimotor control. This study aimed to evaluate the proprioception of the shoulder with IIA, through the assessment of shoulder position sense. The shoulder position sense was assessed in 24 professional volleyball players (12 players with IIA and 12 healthy players) with a blind dynamic shoulder repositioning test (all participants were blindfolded during the test)...
March 29, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364093/spatial-distribution-and-molecular-dynamics-of-dystrophin-glycoprotein-components-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-in-vivo
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Mohamed Aittaleb, Isabel Martinez-Pena Y Valenzuela, Mohammed Akaaboune
Bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) approach was used to study the molecular interactions between different components of the postsynaptic protein complex at the neuromuscular junction of living mice. Here, we showed that rapsyn forms complex with both α-dystrobrevin and α-syntrophin at the crests of junctional folds. The linkage of rapsyn to α-syntrophin and/or α-dystrobrevin is mediated by utrophin, a protein localized at AChR-rich domain. In mice deficient in α-syntrophin, in which utrophin is no longer present at the synapse, rapsyn interaction with α- dystrobrevin was completely abolished...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349768/effect-of-body-weight-support-variation-on-muscle-activities-during-robot-assisted-gait-a-dynamic-simulation-study
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Shahid Hussain, Prashant K Jamwal, Mergen H Ghayesh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: While body weight support (BWS) intonation is vital during conventional gait training of neurologically challenged subjects, it is important to evaluate its effect during robot assisted gait training. In the present research we have studied the effect of BWS intonation on muscle activities during robotic gait training using dynamic simulations. METHODS: Two dimensional (2-D) musculoskeletal model of human gait was developed conjointly with another 2-D model of a robotic orthosis capable of actuating hip, knee and ankle joints simultaneously...
May 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
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