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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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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 10, 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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Samuele Contemori, Andrea 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. Since the suprascapular nerve is a mixed nerve, such damage could lead to reduced afferent proprioceptive information and impaired shoulder sensorimotor control. This study aims 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349042/effects-of-strength-and-neuromuscular-training-on-functional-performance-in-athletes-after-partial-medial-meniscectomy
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Xiaohui Zhang, Min Hu, Zhen Lou, Bagen Liao
The aims of this study were to determine an effective knee function rehabilitation program for athletes undergoing partial medial meniscectomy. Participants were randomly assigned to neuromuscular training (NT) or strength training (ST) group and subjected to functional assessments before surgery and again at 4, and 8 weeks post hoc. Functional knee assessment, such as Lysholm knee scoring, star excursion balance, and BTE PrimusRS isokinetic performance tests were evaluated in each group. All postoperational symptoms were significantly improved after 4 and 8 weeks of NT and ST...
February 2017: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329750/optoelectronic-plethysmography-in-clinical-practice-and-research-a-review
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Carlo Massaroni, Elena Carraro, Andrea Vianello, Sandra Miccinilli, Michelangelo Morrone, Irisz K Levai, Emiliano Schena, Paola Saccomandi, Silvia Sterzi, John W Dickinson, Samantha Winter, Sergio Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) is a non-invasive motion capture method to measure chest wall movements and estimate lung volumes. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the clinical findings and research applications of OEP in the assessment of breathing mechanics across populations of healthy and diseased individuals. METHODS: A bibliographic research was performed with the terms "opto-electronic plethysmography," "optoelectronic plethysmography," and "optoelectronic plethysmograph" in 50 digital library and bibliographic search databases resulting in the selection of 170 studies...
2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320127/measurement-properties-of-a-new-wireless-electrogoniometer-for-quantifying-spasticity-during-the-pendulum-test-in-arsacs-patients
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Hung Tien Bui, Cynthia Gagnon, Olivier Audet, Jean Mathieu, Mario Leone
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix/Saguenay (ARSACS) is a neuromuscular disorder that induces spasticity in lower limbs. The Wartenberg pendulum test is a classical method of assessing lower limb spasticity based on the dynamics of the pendular leg motion. However, in its original form, this test only provides subjective results and do not allow accurate assessment of spasticity. METHODS: Thirteen ARSACS patients were assessed using a new wireless electrogoniometer to measure spasticity by quantifying oscillation amplitudes and relaxation indices during the Wartenburg pendulum test...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284391/neuromuscular-manifestations-in-mitochondrial-diseases-in-children
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Andrés Nascimento, Carlos Ortez, Cristina Jou, Mar O'Callaghan, Federico Ramos, Àngels Garcia-Cazorla
Mitochondrial diseases exhibit significant clinical and genetic heterogeneity. Mitochondria are highly dynamic organelles that are the major contributor of adenosine triphosphate, through oxidative phosphorylation. These disorders may be developed at any age, with isolated or multiple system involvement, and in any pattern of inheritance. Defects in the mitochondrial respiratory chain impair energy production and almost invariably involve skeletal muscle and peripheral nerves, causing exercise intolerance, cramps, recurrent myoglobinuria, or fixed weakness, which often affects extraocular muscles and results in droopy eyelids (ptosis), progressive external ophthalmoplegia, peripheral ataxia, and peripheral polyneuropathy...
November 2016: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281681/chemogenetic-stimulation-of-the-hypoglossal-neurons-improves-upper-airway-patency
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Thomaz Fleury Curado, Kenneth Fishbein, Huy Pho, Michael Brennick, Olga Dergacheva, Luiz U Sennes, Luu V Pham, Ellen E Ladenheim, Richard Spencer, David Mendelowitz, Alan R Schwartz, Vsevolod Y Polotsky
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent upper airway obstruction during sleep. OSA leads to high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of OSA has been linked to a defect in neuromuscular control of the pharynx. There is no effective pharmacotherapy for OSA. The objective of this study was to determine whether upper airway patency can be improved using chemogenetic approach by deploying designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drug (DREADD) in the hypoglossal motorneurons...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269087/analyzing-the-influence-of-curl-speed-in-fatiguing-biceps-brachii-muscles-using-semg-signals-and-multifractal-detrended-moving-average-algorithm
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Kiran Marri, Ramakrishnan Swaminathan
In this work, an attempt has been made to analyze surface electromyography (sEMG) signals of fatiguing biceps brachii muscles at different curl speeds using multifractal detrended moving average (MFDMA) algorithm. For this purpose, signals are recorded from fifty eight healthy subjects while performing curl exercise at their comfortable speed until fatigue. The signals of first and last curls are considered as nonfatigue and fatigue conditions, respectively. Further, the number of curls performed by each subject and the endurance time is used for computing the normalized curl speed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253561/the-neurology-of-acutely-failing-respiratory-mechanics
#15
Eelco F M Wijdicks
Forces involved in breathing-which effectively pull in air-are the diaphragmatic, intercostal, spine, and neck muscles. Equally important is the bulbar musculature maintaining the architecture of a patent airway conduit and abdominal wall and internal intercostal muscles providing cough. Acute injury along a neural trajectory from brainstem to muscle will impair the coordinated interaction between these muscle groups. Acutely failing respiratory mechanics can be caused by central and peripheral lesions. In central lesions, the key lesion is in the nucleus ambiguus innervating the dilator muscles of the soft palate, pharynx, and larynx, but abnormal respiratory mechanics rarely coincide with abnormalities of the respiratory pattern generator...
April 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252410/a-density-based-clustering-approach-to-motor-unit-potential-characterizations-to-support-diagnosis-of-neuromuscular-disorders
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Tahereh Kamali, Daniel Stashuk
Electrophysiological muscle classification involves characterization of extracted motor unit potentials (MUPs) followed by the aggregation of these MUP characterizations. Existing techniques consider three classes (i.e., myopathic, neurogenic, and normal) for both MUP characterization and electrophysiological muscle classification. However, diseased induced MUP changes are continuous in nature, which make it difficult to find distinct boundaries between normal, myopathic and neurogenic MUPs. Hence, MUP characterization based on more than three classes is better able to represent the various effects of disease...
February 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243195/part-2-adaptation-of-gait-kinematics-in-unilateral-cerebral-palsy-demonstrates-preserved-independent-neural-control-of-each-limb
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Thomas C Bulea, Christopher J Stanley, Diane L Damiano
Motor adaptation, or alteration of neural control in response to a perturbation, is a potential mechanism to facilitate motor learning for rehabilitation. Central nervous system deficits are known to affect locomotor adaptation; yet we demonstrated that similar to adults following stroke, children with unilateral brain injuries can adapt step length in response to unilateral leg weighting. Here, we extend our analysis to explore kinematic strategies underlying step length adaptation and utilize dynamical systems approaches to elucidate how neural control may differ in those with hemiplegic CP across legs and compared to typically developing controls...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227308/analyzing-the-influence-of-curl-speed-in-fatiguing-biceps-brachii-muscles-using-semg-signals-and-multifractal-detrended-moving-average-algorithm
#18
Kiran Marri, Ramakrishnan Swaminathan, Kiran Marri, Ramakrishnan Swaminathan, Kiuuwncran Marri, Ramakrishnan Swaminathan
In this work, an attempt has been made to analyze surface electromyography (sEMG) signals of fatiguing biceps brachii muscles at different curl speeds using multifractal detrended moving average (MFDMA) algorithm. For this purpose, signals are recorded from fifty eight healthy subjects while performing curl exercise at their comfortable speed until fatigue. The signals of first and last curls are considered as nonfatigue and fatigue conditions, respectively. Further, the number of curls performed by each subject and the endurance time is used for computing the normalized curl speed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222578/the-effects-of-prevent-injury-and-enhance-performance-program-in-a-female-soccer-team
#19
Cristina Rodríguez, Soledad Echegoyen, Takeshi Aoyama
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the changes of muscle strength in lower limbs and knee valgus alignment using the Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance Program (PEP program) to prevent ACL injuries in female soccer players during an entire season. METHODS: A longitudinal and prospective study was done in twenty female soccer players at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, from a senior team. During 24 weeks the training program was applied three times a week as a part of the team workouts...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208060/rna-toxicity-and-foci-formation-in-microsatellite-expansion-diseases
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REVIEW
Nan Zhang, Tetsuo Ashizawa
More than 30 incurable neurological and neuromuscular diseases are caused by simple microsatellite expansions consisted of 3-6 nucleotides. These repeats can occur in non-coding regions and often result in a dominantly inherited disease phenotype that is characteristic of a toxic RNA gain-of-function. The expanded RNA adopts unusual secondary structures, sequesters various RNA binding proteins to form insoluble nuclear foci, and causes cellular defects at a multisystem level. Nuclear foci are dynamic in size, shape and colocalization of RNA binding proteins in different expansion diseases and tissue types...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
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