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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240833/vagal-nerve-stimulation-triggers-widespread-responses-and-alters-large-scale-functional-connectivity-in-the-rat-brain
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Jiayue Cao, Kun-Han Lu, Terry L Powley, Zhongming Liu
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a therapy for epilepsy and depression. However, its efficacy varies and its mechanism remains unclear. Prior studies have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map brain activations with VNS in human brains, but have reported inconsistent findings. The source of inconsistency is likely attributable to the complex temporal characteristics of VNS-evoked fMRI responses that cannot be fully explained by simplified response models in the conventional model-based analysis for activation mapping...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239940/prolonged-duration-local-anesthesia-using-liposomal-bupivacaine-combined-with-liposomal-dexamethasone-and-dexmedetomidine
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Alina Y Rwei, Robert T Sherburne, David Zurakowski, Bruce Wang, Daniel S Kohane
BACKGROUND: The relatively short duration of effect of local anesthetics has been addressed by encapsulation in drug delivery systems. Codelivery with a single compound that produces an adjuvant effect on nerve block but without intrinsic local anesthetic properties can further prolong the nerve block effect. Here, we investigated whether codelivery of more than 1 encapsulated adjuvant compound can further enhance nerve blockade. METHODS: Liposomes loaded with bupivacaine (Bup), dexamethasone phosphate (DexP), or dexmedetomidine (DMED) were synthesized and its in vitro drug release profiles were determined...
December 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239825/palpebral-portion-of-the-orbicularis-oculi-muscle-to-repetitive-nerve-stimulation-testing-a-potential-assessment-indicator-in-patients-with-generalized-myasthenia-gravis
#3
Chong Yan, Jie Song, Song Pang, Fangfang Yi, Jianying Xi, Lei Zhou, Ding Ding, Weifeng Wang, Kai Qiao, Chongbo Zhao
Repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) is a valuable diagnostic method for myasthenia gravis (MG). However, its association with clinical severity was scarcely studied. We reviewed medical records and retrospectively enrolled 121 generalized MG patients. Sensitivity of different muscles to RNS and clinical scoring systems was evaluated. RNS testing revealed facial muscles have the highest positive rate, followed by proximal muscles and distal muscles, with the palpebral portion of the orbicularis oculi muscle most sensitive...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239338/effects-of-neuregulin-1-on-autonomic-nervous-system-remodeling-post-myocardial-infarction-in-a-rat-model
#4
Xin Lai, Liang Zhong, Hai-Xia Fu, Song Dang, Xin Wang, Ning Zhang, Gao-Ke Feng, Zi-Qiang Liu, Xi Wang, Long Wang
Sympathetic nerve and vagus nerve remodeling play an important part in cardiac function post-myocardial infarction (MI). Increasing evidence indicates that neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) improves cardiac function following heart failure. Since its impact on cardiac function and neural remodeling post-MI is poorly understood, we aimed to investigate the role of NRG-1 in autonomic nervous system remodeling post-MI. Forty-five Sprague-Dawley rats were equally randomized into three groups: sham (with the left anterior descending coronary artery exposed but without ligation), MI (left anterior descending coronary artery ligation), and MI plus NRG-1 (left anterior descending coronary artery ligation followed by intraperitoneal injection of NRG-1 (10 μg/kg, once daily for 7 days))...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239312/endogenous-retinal-neural-stem-cell-reprogramming-for-neuronal-regeneration
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Romain Madelaine, Philippe Mourrain
In humans, optic nerve injuries and associated neurodegenerative diseases are often followed by permanent vision loss. Consequently, an important challenge is to develop safe and effective methods to replace retinal neurons and thereby restore neuronal functions and vision. Identifying cellular and molecular mechanisms allowing to replace damaged neurons is a major goal for basic and translational research in regenerative medicine. Contrary to mammals, the zebrafish has the capacity to fully regenerate entire parts of the nervous system, including retina...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238976/a-spontaneously-immortalized-schwann-cell-line-from-aldose-reductase-deficient-mice-as-a-useful-tool-for-studying-polyol-pathway-and-aldehyde-metabolism
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Naoko Niimi, Hideji Yako, Shizuka Takaku, Hiroshi Kato, Takafumi Matsumoto, Yasumasa Nishito, Kazuhiko Watabe, Saori Ogasawara, Hiroki Mizukami, Soroku Yagihashi, Sookja K Chung, Kazunori Sango
The increased glucose flux into the polyol pathway via aldose reductase (AR) is recognized as a major contributing factor for the pathogenesis of diabetic neuropathy, whereas little is known about the functional significance of AR in the peripheral nervous system. Spontaneously immortalized Schwann cell lines established from long-term cultures of AR-deficient and normal C57BL/6 mouse dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and peripheral nerves can be useful tools for studying the physiological and pathological roles of AR...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238215/electrical-stimulation-of-the-posterior-tibial-nerve-reduces-neuropathic-pain-in-patients-with-polyneuropathy
#7
Ron Dabby, Menachem Sadeh, Ilan Goldberg, Vitaly Finkelshtein
Peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP) is caused by neuronal damage to the peripheral nervous system and usually affects the distal extremities. This open-label study examined the effect of short-term peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) on individuals with PNP due to polyneuropathy. A total of 12 patients (mean age, 63.0 ± 10.0 years, 41.7% male) with daily bilateral PNP for at least 6 months (mean duration, 7.4 ± 7.8 years) received a total of six direct electrical stimulation therapies to the posterior tibial nerve at 3-4-day intervals...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238211/interdependency-between-mechanical-parameters-and-afferent-nerve-discharge-in-remodeled-diabetic-goto-kakizaki-rat-intestine
#8
Jingbo Zhao, Jian Yang, Donghua Liao, Hans Gregersen
Background: Gastrointestinal disorders are very common in diabetic patients, but the pathogenesis is still not well understood. Peripheral afferent nerves may be involved due to the complex regulation of gastrointestinal function by the enteric nervous system. Objective: We aimed to characterize the stimulus-response function of afferent fibers innervating the jejunum in the Goto-Kakizaki (GK) type 2 diabetic rat model. A key question is whether changes in afferent firing arise from remodeled tissue or from adaptive afferent processes...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238079/dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-regulate-the-transcriptional-and-translational-programs-of-osteoblast-differentiation-in-a-microfluidic-platform
#9
Diana Isabel Silva, Bruno Paiva Dos Santos, Jacques Leng, Hugo Oliveira, Joëlle Amédée
Innervation by the sensory nervous system plays a key role in skeletal development and in orchestration of bone remodeling and regeneration. However, it is unclear how and in which bone cells can sensory nerves act to control these processes. Here, we show a microfluidic coculture system comprising dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that more faithfully represents the in vivo scenario of bone sensory innervation. We report that DRG neurons promote the osteogenic differentiation capacity of MSCs, by mediating the increase of alkaline phosphatase activity and the upregulation of osteoblast-specific genes...
December 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238071/app-upregulation-contributes-to-retinal-ganglion-cell-degeneration-via-jnk3
#10
Chao Liu, Cheng-Wu Zhang, Yi Zhou, Wan Qing Wong, Liying Corinne Lee, Wei Yi Ong, Sung Ok Yoon, Wanjin Hong, Xin-Yuan Fu, Tuck Wah Soong, Edward H Koo, Lawrence W Stanton, Kah-Leong Lim, Zhi-Cheng Xiao, Gavin S Dawe
Axonal injury is a common feature of central nervous system insults. Upregulation of amyloid precursor protein (APP) is observed following central nervous system neurotrauma and is regarded as a marker of central nervous system axonal injury. However, the underlying mechanism by which APP mediates neuronal death remains to be elucidated. Here, we used mouse optic nerve axotomy (ONA) to model central nervous system axonal injury replicating aspects of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death in optic neuropathies. APP and APP intracellular domain (AICD) were upregulated in retina after ONA and APP knockout reduced Tuj1+ RGC loss...
December 13, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238017/-the-interface-between-the-immune-system-and-autonomic-nervous-system
#11
Shunya Nakane, Akihiro Mukaino, Yukio Ando
  The nervous system and the immune system are two major systems in human body. Although it was revealed these two systems correlated, the control of immune cell dynamics by the nervous system has come to draw a lot of attention at the present time. Recent advances in basic and preclinical science reveal that reflex neural circuits inhibit the production of cytokines and inflammation in several animal models. One well-characterized cytokine-inhibiting mechanism, termed the "inflammatory reflex", is dependent upon vagus nerve stimulation that inhibits cytokine production and attenuates the inflammation...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238004/frailty-in-elderly-diabetes-patients
#12
Toshihiko Yanase, Ikumi Yanagita, Kazuo Muta, Hajime Nawata
Frailty is a state of vulnerability and a consequence of cumulative decline in multiple physiological systems over a lifespan. The occurrence of frailty depends on deterioration in muscle and nerve function, declining cardiopulmonary reserve and loss of executive function. Diabetes mellitus (DM) often causes functional impairment in each of the above systems, thus leading to a loss of whole body homeostasis and deterioration in physical function. Inability of self-management in DM patients may also have considerable impact on the development of sarcopenia/frailty...
December 14, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237924/glaucoma-in-patients-with-eyes-close-to-areas-affected-by-port-wine-stain-has-lateral-and-gender-predilection
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Yue Wu, Ru-Jing Yu, Di Chen, Li Xu, Mao Li, Li Zhu, Chun-Yu Guo, Wen-Yi Guo
BACKGROUND: The location of facial port-wine stain (PWS) may be helpful for predicting some associated anomalies; high glaucoma incidence is found in patients with eyes close to PWS-affected areas (V1, ophthalmic branch area of the trigeminal nerve). This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of glaucoma in V1-affected PWS. METHODS: A total of 569 patients with V1 area-affected PWS were reviewed in the study. The large series was based on the referral system between the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Department of Ophthalmology...
December 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237532/-research-progresses-in-the-pathogenesis-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-infantile-hemangioma-with-phace-syndrome
#14
Su-Hua Peng, Kai-Ying Yang, Si-Yuan Chen, Yi Ji
Infant hemangioma, the most common benign tumor in children, is characterized by rapid proliferation, followed by slower spontaneous involution. However, some patients with facial segmental hemangioma are associated with PHACE syndrome. PHACE syndrome is characterized by vascular nerve and vascular cutaneous lesions of multiple systemic systems, often resulting in structural and functional impairments. Recent studies have demonstrated that the possible pathogeneses of PHACE syndrome mainly include hypoxia, abnormality of mesodermal vascular endothelial cells, genetic abnormality, and abnormality of interstitial mesenchymal stem cells...
December 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236959/aging-decreases-chorda-tympani-nerve-responses-to-nacl-and-alters-morphology-of-fungiform-taste-pores-in-rats
#15
Zachary D Whiddon, Spencer T Rynberg, Thomas G Mast, Joseph M Breza
Sensory processing is susceptible to decline with age. The sense of taste is, however, generally thought to be resistant to aging. We investigated how chorda-tympani nerve responses and fungiform-taste pores are affected by aging in the Sprague-Dawley rat, a model system for salt taste. First, we measured chorda-tympani nerve responses to NH4Cl and NaCl solutions in young (3-5 months old) and aged (14-15 months old) rats. Aged rats had significantly attenuated chorda-tympani responses to 0.01, 0.03, 0.1, and 0...
December 9, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236865/microscopic-aspects-of-electrosensory-system-on-the-partially-euryhaline-lesser-guitarfish
#16
Bianca S Rangel, Natascha Wosnick, Alberto F Amorim, José Roberto K, Rose E G Rici
The electrosensory system on elasmobranchs consists of subcutaneous electroreceptor organs known as ampullae of Lorenzini. The present study investigated the ampullae of Lorenzini morphology of the lesser guitarfish Zapteryx brevirostris, using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The pore number found in the ventral skin surface is much higher than that found in the dorsal portion, characteristic of species that inhabit the euphotic zone. Under light microscopy it was possible to observe that the wall canal consists of a single layer of squamous epithelial cells...
December 7, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236686/convergent-evolution-of-bilaterian-nerve-cords
#17
José M Martín-Durán, Kevin Pang, Aina Børve, Henrike Semmler Lê, Anlaug Furu, Johanna Taylor Cannon, Ulf Jondelius, Andreas Hejnol
It has been hypothesized that a condensed nervous system with a medial ventral nerve cord is an ancestral character of Bilateria. The presence of similar dorsoventral molecular patterns along the nerve cords of vertebrates, flies, and an annelid has been interpreted as support for this scenario. Whether these similarities are generally found across the diversity of bilaterian neuroanatomies is unclear, and thus the evolutionary history of the nervous system is still contentious. Here we study representatives of Xenacoelomorpha, Rotifera, Nemertea, Brachiopoda, and Annelida to assess the conservation of the dorsoventral nerve cord patterning...
December 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235497/pharmacological-modulation-of-kv3-1-mitigates-auditory-midbrain-temporal-processing-deficits-following-auditory-nerve-damage
#18
Anna R Chambers, Nadia Pilati, Pooja Balaram, Charles H Large, Leonard K Kaczmarek, Daniel B Polley
Higher stages of central auditory processing compensate for a loss of cochlear nerve synapses by increasing the gain on remaining afferent inputs, thereby restoring firing rate codes for rudimentary sound features. The benefits of this compensatory plasticity are limited, as the recovery of precise temporal coding is comparatively modest. We reasoned that persistent temporal coding deficits could be ameliorated through modulation of voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels that regulate temporal firing patterns...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235275/-identification-and-function-analysis-of-neuroprotective-targets-group-of-modified-wuzi-yanzong-pill
#19
Ke-Wu Zeng, Yan-Jun Wan, Li-Xi Liao, Kun Jiang, Xue-Mei Wang, Lian-Ying Liu, Peng-Fei Tu
Targets group identification in complex Chinese medicine system is a key step for revealing the potential mechanism of Chinese medicine. The solid beads with magnetic core and benzophenone-modified surface were made in our study, and then benzophenone was activated and cross-linked with the C-H bonds of chemical compositions in Chinese medicines under UV excitation. Thus the chemical compositions of modified Wuzi Yanzong pill(MWP) were linked to the solid bead surface, and enriched the neuroprotective targets group of MWP after being co-incubated with nerve cell lysate...
October 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234527/sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-1-modulates-cntf-induced-axonal-growth-and-neuroprotection-in-the-mouse-visual-system
#20
Sandrine Joly, Deniz Dalkara, Vincent Pernet
The lack of axonal regeneration and neuronal cell death causes permanent neurological deficits in the injured CNS. Using the classical CNS injury model of optic nerve crush in mice, ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) was found to stimulate retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival and axonal growth, but in an incomplete fashion. The elucidation of molecular mechanisms impairing CNTF-induced axonal regeneration is paramount to promote visual recovery. In the present study, we sought to evaluate the contribution of sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1PR1) to the neuroprotective and regenerative effects of CNTF...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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