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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326869/design-and-evaluation-of-vibratory-shoe-on-balance-control-for-elderly-subjects-technical-note
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Atefeh Aboutorabi, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mahmood Bahramizadeh, Reza Fadayevatan, Ehsan Abdollahi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Aging often results in a decline in somatosensory function, and such changes are associated with diminished motor performance. Input noise can enhance sensory and motor function through a mechanism known as stochastic resonance (SR). This paper describes the development and testing of a new vibrating shoe to possibly assist the elderly patients in controlling their balance and decreasing their falling risks. TECHNIQUE: The new vibrating shoe was evaluated to ascertain its ability to generate appropriate random and nonlinear vibrations...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326639/mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-adriamycin-induced-nephropathy-by-diminishing-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-via-downregulation-of-the-nf-kb
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In-Hwan Song, Kyong-Jin Jung, Tae-Jin Lee, Joo-Young Kim, Eon-Gi Sung, Young Chul Bae, Young Hoon Park
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the molecular mechanism mitigating progress of chronic nephropathy by mesenchymal stem cells. METHODS: Rats were divided into normal control (Normal), ADR + vehicle (CON), and ADR + MSC (MSC) groups. Nephropathy was induced by ADR (4 mg/kg) and MSCs (2 × 10(6) ) were injected. Rats were sacrificed 1 or 6 weeks after ADR injection. NF-kB, MAPKs, inflammation, oxidative stress, profibrotic molecules, and nephrin expression were evaluated...
March 21, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324176/bhlha9-regulates-apical-ectodermal-ridge-formation-during-limb-development
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Kensuke Kataoka, Takahide Matsushima, Yoshiaki Ito, Tempei Sato, Shigetoshi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Asahara
Split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) and SHFM combined with long-bone deficiency (SHFLD) are congenital dysgeneses of the limb. Although six different loci/mutations (SHFM1-SHFM6) have been found from studies on families with SHFM, the causes and associated pathogenic mechanisms for a large number of patients remain unidentified. On the basis of the identification of a duplicated gene region involving BHLHA9 in some affected families, BHLHA9 was identified as a novel SHFM/SHFLD-related gene. Although Bhlha9 is predicted to participate in limb development as a transcription factor, its precise function is unclear...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322918/favipiravir-can-evoke-lethal-mutagenesis-and-extinction-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
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Ana Isabel de Avila, Elena Moreno, Celia Perales, Esteban Domingo
Antiviral agents are increasingly considered an option for veterinary medicine. An understanding of their mechanism of activity is important to plan their administration either as monotherapy or in combination with other agents. Previous studies have shown that the broad spectrum antiviral agent favipiravir (T-705) and its derivatives T-1105 and T-1106 are efficient inhibitors of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) replication in cell culture and in vivo. However, no mechanism for their activity against FMDV has been proposed...
March 17, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321186/brain-activity-during-mental-imagery-of-gait-versus-gait-like-plantar-stimulation-a-novel-combined-functional-mri-paradigm-to-better-understand-cerebral-gait-control
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Matthieu Labriffe, Cédric Annweiler, Liubov E Amirova, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Aram Ter Minassian, Louis-Marie Leiber, Olivier Beauchet, Marc-Antoine Custaud, Mickaël Dinomais
Human locomotion is a complex sensorimotor behavior whose central control remains difficult to explore using neuroimaging method due to technical constraints, notably the impossibility to walk with a scanner on the head and/or to walk for real inside current scanners. The aim of this functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study was to analyze interactions between two paradigms to investigate the brain gait control network: (1) mental imagery of gait, and (2) passive mechanical stimulation of the plantar surface of the foot with the Korvit boots...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320425/patient-compliance-with-touchdown-weight-bearing-after-microfracture-treatment-of-talar-osteochondral-lesions
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Gökhan Polat, Gökhan Karademir, Ekin Akalan, Mehmet Aşık, Mehmet Erdil
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the compliance of our patients with a touchdown weight bearing (without supporting any weight on the affected side by only touching the plantar aspect of the foot to the ground to maintain balance to protect the affected side from mechanical loading) postoperative rehabilitation protocol after treatment of talar osteochondral lesion (TOL). METHODS: Fourteen patients, who had been treated with arthroscopic debridement and microfracture, were followed prospectively...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319527/hydrocodone-but-neither-morphine-nor-oxycodone-is-effective-in-suppressing-burn-induced-mechanical-allodynia-in-the-uninjured-foot-contralateral-to-the-burn
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Michael A Emery, M L Shawn Bates, Paul J Wellman, Shoshana Eitan
Opioids are commonly used to treat severe, burn-induced pain. However, there is a lack of rodent studies that examine the differential effects of various opioids on burn pain. The authors recently demonstrated that hydrocodone was superior to other opioids in suppressing the development of burn-induced mechanical allodynia in the burned limb. This study monitored the development of mechanical allodynia and compared the abilities of morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone to reduce burn-induced mechanical allodynia in the limb contralateral to the burn...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318394/effect-of-foot-and-ankle-immobilization-on-able-bodied-gait-as-a-model-to-increase-understanding-about-bilateral-transtibial-amputee-gait
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Antonia Nepomuceno, Matthew J Major, Rebecca Stine, Steven Gard
BACKGROUND: The anatomical foot-ankle complex facilitates advancement of the stance limb through foot rockers and late-stance power generation during walking, but this mechanism is altered for persons with bilateral transtibial amputation when using passive prostheses. OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of bilateral foot and ankle immobilization on able-bodied gait to serve as a model for understanding gait of persons with bilateral transtibial amputation and associated compensatory mechanisms...
March 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317554/chimpanzee-and-human-midfoot-motion-during-bipedal-walking-and-the-evolution-of-the-longitudinal-arch-of-the-foot
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Nicholas B Holowka, Matthew C O'Neill, Nathan E Thompson, Brigitte Demes
The longitudinal arch of the human foot is commonly thought to reduce midfoot joint motion to convert the foot into a rigid lever during push off in bipedal walking. In contrast, African apes have been observed to exhibit midfoot dorsiflexion following heel lift during terrestrial locomotion, presumably due to their possession of highly mobile midfoot joints. This assumed dichotomy between human and African ape midfoot mobility has recently been questioned based on indirect assessments of in vivo midfoot motion, such as plantar pressure and cadaver studies; however, direct quantitative analyses of African ape midfoot kinematics during locomotion remain scarce...
March 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314214/gait-biomechanics-following-lower-extremity-trauma-amputation-vs-reconstruction
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Elizabeth Russell Esposito, Daniel J Stinner, John R Fergason, Jason M Wilken
BACKGROUND: Surgical advances have substantially improved outcomes for individuals sustaining traumatic lower extremity injury. Injuries once requiring lower limb amputation are now routinely managed with limb reconstruction surgery. However, comparisons of functional outcomes between the procedures are inconclusive. PURPOSE: To compare gait biomechanics after lower limb reconstruction and transtibial amputation. METHODS: Twenty-four individuals with unilateral lower limb reconstruction wearing a custom ankle-foot orthosis (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis), 24 with unilateral, transtibial amputation, and 24 able-bodied control subjects underwent gait analysis at a standardized Froude speed based on leg length...
February 21, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303920/the-golgi-protein-acbd3-facilitates-enterovirus-71-replication-by-interacting-with-3a
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Xiaobo Lei, Xia Xiao, Zhenzhen Zhang, Yijie Ma, Jianli Qi, Chao Wu, Yan Xiao, Zhuo Zhou, Bin He, Jianwei Wang
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a human pathogen that causes hand, foot, mouth disease and neurological complications. Although EV71, as well as other enteroviruses, initiates a remodeling of intracellular membrane for genomic replication, the regulatory mechanism remains elusive. By screening human cDNA library, we uncover that the Golgi resident protein acyl-coenzyme A binding domain-containing 3 (ACBD3) serves as a target of the 3A protein of EV71. This interaction occurs in cells expressing 3A or infected with EV71...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302669/propulsive-efficiency-of-frog-swimming-with-different-feet-and-swimming-patterns
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Fan Jizhuang, Zhang Wei, Yuan Bowen, Liu Gangfeng
Aquatic and terrestrial animals have different swimming performances and mechanical efficiencies based on their different swimming methods. To explore propulsion in swimming frogs, this paper calculated mechanical efficiencies based on data describing aquatic and terrestrial webbed foot shapes and swimming patterns. First, a simplified frog model and dynamic equation were established, and hydrodynamic forces on the foot were computed according to computational fluid dynamic calculations. Then, a two-link mechanism was used to stand in for the diverse and complicated hind legs found in different frog species, in order to simplify the input work calculation...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301477/fragility-of-foot-process-morphology-in-kidney-podocytes-arises-from-chaotic-spatial-propagation-of-cytoskeletal-instability
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Cibele V Falkenberg, Evren U Azeloglu, Mark Stothers, Thomas J Deerinck, Yibang Chen, John C He, Mark H Ellisman, James C Hone, Ravi Iyengar, Leslie M Loew
Kidney podocytes' function depends on finger-like projections (foot processes) that interdigitate with those from neighboring cells to form the glomerular filtration barrier. The integrity of the barrier depends on spatial control of dynamics of actin cytoskeleton in the foot processes. We determined how imbalances in regulation of actin cytoskeletal dynamics could result in pathological morphology. We obtained 3-D electron microscopy images of podocytes and used quantitative features to build dynamical models to investigate how regulation of actin dynamics within foot processes controls local morphology...
March 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301356/local-heating-test-for-detection-of-microcirculation-abnormalities-in-patients-with-diabetes-related-foot-complications
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Aleksey Parshakov, Nadezhda Zubareva, Sergey Podtaev, Peter Frick
OBJECTIVE: In this study, authors used a wavelet analysis of skin temperature (WAST) to assess the mechanisms of microvascular tone regulation during the local heating test in patients with diabetic foot syndrome (DFS). PARTICIPANTS: The participants included control subjects and 36 hospitalized patients with DFS between 52 and 79 years old (68 ± 8 years old). They were distributed among 5 groups: 15 control subjects, 8 patients with DFS who did not develop ulcerative or necrotic disorders, 10 patients who developed the neuroischemic form of DFS complicated by foot ulceration, 12 patients with DFS complicated by toe necrosis, and 6 patients with DFS and foot gangrene...
April 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292829/non-linear-modulation-of-cutaneous-reflexes-with-increasing-speed-of-locomotion-in-spinal-cats
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Marie-France Hurteau, Yann Thibaudier, Charline Dambreville, Anass Chraibi, Etienne Desrochers, Alessandro Telonio, Alain Frigon
Cutaneous reflexes are important for rapidly responding to perturbations, correcting limb trajectory and strengthening support. During locomotion, they are modulated by phase to generate functionally appropriate responses. The goal of the present study was to determine if cutaneous reflexes and their phase-dependent modulation are altered with increasing speed and whether this is accomplished at a spinal level. Four adult cats that recovered stable hindlimb locomotion following spinal transection were implanted with electrodes to chronically record hindlimb muscle activity and to electrically stimulate the superficial peroneal nerve to evoke cutaneous reflexes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292715/footwear-characteristics-are-related-to-running-mechanics-in-runners-with-patellofemoral-pain
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Jean-Francois Esculier, Blaise Dubois, Laurent J Bouyer, Bradford J McFadyen, Jean-Sébastien Roy
Running footwear is known to influence step rate, foot inclination at foot strike, average vertical loading rate (VLR) and peak patellofemoral joint (PFJ) force. However, the association between the level of minimalism of running shoes and running mechanics, especially with regards to these relevant variables for runners with patellofemoral pain (PFP), has yet to be investigated. The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between the level of minimalism of running shoes and habitual running kinematics and kinetics in runners with PFP...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287168/asymmetry-of-short-term-control-of-spatio-temporal-gait-parameters-during-treadmill-walking
#17
Klaudia Kozlowska, Miroslaw Latka, Bruce J West
Optimization of energy cost determines average values of spatio-temporal gait parameters such as step duration, step length or step speed. However, during walking, humans need to adapt these parameters at every step to respond to exogenous and/or endogenic perturbations. While some neurological mechanisms that trigger these responses are known, our understanding of the fundamental principles governing step-by-step adaptation remains elusive. We determined the gait parameters of 20 healthy subjects with right-foot preference during treadmill walking at speeds of 1...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286117/carvedilol-prevents-functional-deficits-in-peripheral-nerve-mitochondria-of-rats-with-oxaliplatin-evoked-painful-peripheral-neuropathy
#18
Aparna Areti, Prashanth Komirishetty, Ashutosh Kumar
Oxaliplatin use as chemotherapeutic agent is frequently limited by cumulative neurotoxicity which may compromise quality of life. Reports relate this neurotoxic effect to oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in peripheral nerves and dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Carvedilol is an antihypertensive drug, has also been appreciated for its antioxidant and mitoprotective properties. Carvedilol co-treatment did not reduce the anti-tumor effects of oxaliplatin in human colon cancer cells (HT-29), but exhibited free radical scavenging activity against oxaliplatin-induced oxidative stress in neuronal cells (Neuro-2a)...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285142/effects-of-hip-abduction-and-adduction-accuracy-on-post-stroke-gait
#19
Jesse C Dean, Aaron E Embry, Katy H Stimpson, Lindsay A Perry, Steven A Kautz
BACKGROUND: Gait instability often limits post-stroke function, although the mechanisms underlying this instability are not entirely clear. Our recent work has suggested that one possible factor contributing to post-stroke gait instability is a reduced ability to accurately control foot placement. The purpose of the present experiments was to investigate whether post-stroke gait function is related to the ability to accurately abduct and adduct the hip, as required for accurate foot placement...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284572/an-articulated-ankle-foot-orthosis-with-adjustable-plantarflexion-resistance-dorsiflexion-resistance-and-alignment-a-pilot-study-on-mechanical-properties-and-effects-on-stroke-hemiparetic-gait
#20
Toshiki Kobayashi, Michael S Orendurff, Grace Hunt, Lucas S Lincoln, Fan Gao, Nicholas LeCursi, K Bo Foreman
Mechanical properties of an articulated ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) are closely related to gait performance in individuals post-stroke. This paper presents a pilot study on the mechanical properties of a novel articulated AFO with adjustable plantarflexion resistance, dorsiflexion resistance and alignment, and its effect on ankle and knee joint kinematics and kinetics in an individual post-stroke during gait. The mechanical properties of the AFO were quantified. Gait analysis was performed using a 3D motion capture system with a split-belt instrumented treadmill under 12 different settings of the mechanical properties of the AFO [i...
March 8, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
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