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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087418/degeneration-of-auditory-nerve-fibers-in-guinea-pigs-with-severe-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven Kroon, Dyan Ramekers, Emma M Smeets, Ferry G J Hendriksen, Sjaak F L Klis, Huib Versnel
Damage to and loss of the organ of Corti leads to secondary degeneration of the spiral ganglion cell (SGC) somata of the auditory nerve. Extensively examined in animal models, this degeneration process of SGC somata following deafening is well known. However, degeneration of auditory nerve axons, which conduct auditory information towards the brainstem, and its relation to SGC soma degeneration are largely unknown. The consequences of degeneration of the axons are relevant for cochlear implantation, which is applied to a deafened system but depends on the condition of the auditory nerve...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087338/auditory-hindbrain-atrophy-and-anomalous-calcium-binding-protein-expression-after-neonatal-exposure-to-monosodium-glutamate
#2
Lindsey Foran, Kaitlyn Blackburn, Randy J Kulesza
Glutamate is the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and is stored and released by both neurons and astrocytes. Despite the important role of glutamate as a neurotransmitter, elevated extracellular glutamate can result in excitotoxicity and apoptosis. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a naturally occurring sodium salt of glutamic acid that is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. Previous studies have shown that MSG administration during the early postnatal period results in neurodegenerative changes in several forebrain regions, characterized by neuronal loss and neuroendocrine abnormalities...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079462/establishing-the-standard-method-of-cochlear-implant-in-rongchang-pig
#3
Wei Chen, Haijin Yi, Liang Zhang, Fei Ji, Shuolong Yuan, Yue Zhang, Lili Ren, Jianan Li, Lei Chen, Weiwei Guo, Shiming Yang
CONCLUSIONS: In this investigation, a large mammal, Rongchang pigs were used to successfully establish a research platform for cochlear implant study on the routine use of it in clinic. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish a standard method of cochlear implant in a large mammal-pig. METHODS: Rongchang pigs were selected, then divided into two groups: normal-hearing group (Mitf +/+) and mutation group with hearing loss (Mitf -/-)...
January 12, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077706/connexin-mediated-signaling-in-nonsensory-cells-is-crucial-for-the-development-of-sensory-inner-hair-cells-in-the-mouse-cochlea
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Stuart L Johnson, Federico Ceriani, Oliver Houston, Roman Polishchuk, Elena Polishchuk, Giulia Crispino, Veronica Zorzi, Fabio Mammano, Walter Marcotti
: Mutations in the genes encoding for gap junction proteins connexin 26 (Cx26) and connexin 30 (Cx30) have been linked to syndromic and nonsyndromic hearing loss in mice and humans. The release of ATP from connexin hemichannels in cochlear nonsensory cells has been proposed to be the main trigger for action potential activity in immature sensory inner hair cells (IHCs), which is crucial for the refinement of the developing auditory circuitry. Using connexin knock-out mice, we show that IHCs fire spontaneous action potentials even in the absence of ATP-dependent intercellular Ca(2+) signaling in the nonsensory cells...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074389/cochlear-epithelial-of-dog-fetuses-a-new-source-of-multipotent-stem-cells
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Ana Carolina M Santos, Jéssica Borghesi, Lara Carolina Mario, Adriana Raquel A Anunciação, Andrea Maria Mess, Ana Claudia O Carreira, Phelipe O Favaron, Maria Angélica Miglino
Hearing loss caused by the damage of cochlea sensory cells or neurons is a common human disease, but also affects dogs and other animals. To test their progenitor nature as potential value for future therapies, we characterized cells derived from the cochlear epithelium in dog fetuses. In total, 8 fetuses of 35-40 days of gestation, derived from castration campaigns, were investigated. Cells were analysed by the MTT colorimetric assay and in regard to cell cycle, differentiation capacities, immunophenotypes and qPCR analysis...
January 10, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072881/reciprocal-symbiont-sharing-in-the-lodging-mutualism-between-walking-corals-and-sipunculans
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Momoko Igawa, Hiroki Hata, Makoto Kato
Solitary scleractinian corals of the genera Heterocyathus and Heteropsammia inhabit soft marine bottoms without attaching to hard substrata. The corallums of these genera contain a coiled cavity inhabited by a sipunculan that roams the seafloor, carrying the host coral with it. The coral serves as a sturdy shelter that protects the sipunculan from possible predators. At the same time, the sipunculan maintains the coral in an upright position on the soft bottom. This coral-sipunculan association is unique because two phylogenetically distant coral genera have developed convergent associations with sipunculans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072657/assessment-of-cochlea-endolymphatic-hydrops-using-3-d-flair-and-3-d-real-ir-sequence-in-guinea-pigs-via-3t-mri-after-intratympanic-gadolinium-a-histopathological-comparison
#7
Feng Wang, Huiying Lyu, Menglong Zhao, Yan Sha, Fang Zhang, Yushu Cheng, Wenhu Huang, Wenlin Tang, Youzhou Xie, Ping Lu
OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether the three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (3-D FLAIR) and three-dimensional inversion-recovery with real reconstruction (3-D real IR) sequences can be used to detect cochlea endolymphatic hydrops (EHs) in guinea pigs using 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (3T MRI). The results of 3-D real IR imaging were compared with histopathological outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen healthy men and women albino guinea pigs were used in this study...
January 9, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072656/isosorbide-induced-decompression-effect-on-the-scala-media-participation-of-plasma-osmolality-and-plasma-arginine-vasopressin
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Taizo Takeda, Setsuko Takeda, Natsumi Uehara, Shungaku Yanagisawa, Tatsuya Furukawa, Ken-Ichi Nibu, Akinobu Kakigi
OBJECTIVE: The correlation between the isosorbide-induced decompression effect on the endolymphatic space and plasma osmolality (p-OSM) or plasma arginine vasopressin (p-AVP) was investigated on comparing two different dosages of isosorbide (2.8 and 1.4 g/kg) to elucidate why the decompression effect is delayed with a large dose of isosorbide. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two experiments were performed using 80 guinea pigs. Experiment 1 was designed to morphologically investigate the sequential influence of the oral intake of 1...
January 9, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068659/hearing-loss-after-round-window-surgery-in-mice-is-due-to-middle-ear-effusion
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Bovey Z Zhu, Jasmine Saleh, Kevin T Isgrig, Lisa L Cunningham, Wade W Chien
BACKGROUND: Delivery of therapeutic agents directly through the round window (RW) offers promise for treating sensorineural hearing loss. However, hearing loss can result from the surgical approach itself, and the reasons for this are poorly understood. We examined the hearing loss following the 3 major steps involved with the RW approach to access the mouse cochlea: bullostomy, RW puncture, and RW injection. METHODS: Twenty-one adult CBA/J mice underwent bullostomy alone, 10 underwent RW puncture, and 8 underwent RW injection with PBS with 5% glycerol...
January 10, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063006/therapeutic-value-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-promoting-neural-stem-cell-survival-and-differentiation-and-protecting-against-neuronal-hearing-loss
#10
Zhao Han, Cong-Pin Wang, Ning Cong, Yu-Yan Gu, Rui Ma, Fang-Lu Chi
Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a neurotrophic factor that modulates survival and differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs). We investigated the function of NGF in promoting growth and neuronal differentiation of NSCs isolated from mouse cochlear tissue, as well as its protective properties against gentamicin (GMC) ototoxicity. NSCs were isolated from the cochlea of mice and cultured in vitro. Effect of NGF on survival, neurosphere formation, and differentiation of the NSCs, as well as neurite outgrowth and neural excitability in the subsequent in vitro neuronal network, was examined...
January 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062185/allicin-protects-auditory-hair-cells-and-spiral-ganglion-neurons-from-cisplatin-induced-apoptosis
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Xianmin Wu, Xiaofei Li, Yongdong Song, He Li, Xiaohui Bai, Wenwen Liu, Yuechen Han, Lei Xu, Jianfeng Li, Daogong Zhang, Haibo Wang, Zhaomin Fan
Cisplatin is a broad-spectrum anticancer drug that is commonly used in the clinic. Ototoxicity is one of the major side effects of this drug, which caused irreversible sensorineural hearing loss. Allicin, the main biologically active compound derived from garlic, has been shown to exert various anti-apoptotic and anti-oxidative activities in vitro and in vivo studies. We took advantage of C57 mice intraperitoneally injected with cisplatin alone or with cisplatin and allicin combined, to investigate whether allicin plays a protective role in vivo against cisplatin ototoxicity...
January 3, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057349/flow-patterns-in-the-jugular-veins-of-pulsatile-tinnitus-patients
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Evan Kao, Sarah Kefayati, Matthew R Amans, Farshid Faraji, Megan Ballweber, Van Halbach, David Saloner
Pulsatile Tinnitus (PT) is a pulse-synchronous sound heard in the absence of an external source. PT is often related to abnormal flow in vascular structures near the cochlea. One vascular territory implicated in PT is the internal jugular vein (IJV). Using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based on patient-specific Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), we investigated the flow within the IJV of seven subjects, four symptomatic and three asymptomatic of PT. We found that there were two extreme anatomic types classified by the shape and position of the jugular bulbs: elevated and rounded...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050646/gentamicin-applied-to-the-oval-window-suppresses-vestibular-function-in-guinea-pigs
#13
E B King, R K Shepherd, D J Brown, J B Fallon
Intratympanic gentamicin therapy is widely used clinically to treat the debilitating symptoms of Ménière's disease. Cochleotoxicity is an undesirable potential side effect of the treatment and the risk of hearing loss increases proportionately with gentamicin concentration in the cochlea. It has recently been shown that gentamicin is readily absorbed through the oval window in guinea pigs. The present study uses quantitative functional measures of vestibular and cochlea function to investigate the efficacy of treating the vestibule by applying a small volume of gentamicin onto the stapes footplate in guinea pigs...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050216/cochlear-implantation-through-the-middle-fossa-approach-a-review-of-related-temporal-bone-studies-and-reported-cases
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REVIEW
Juan Carlos Cisneros Lesser, Rubens Vuono de Brito Neto, Graziela de Souza Queiroz Martins, Ricardo Ferreira Bento
Introduction Middle fossa approach has been suggested as an alternative for patients in whom other routes of electrode insertion are contraindicated. Even though there are temporal bone studies about the feasibility of introducing the cochlear implant through the middle fossa, until now, very few studies have described results when cochlear implant surgery is done through this approach. Objective The objective of this study is to review a series of temporal bone studies related to cochlear implantation through the middle fossa and the results obtained by different surgical groups after cochlear implantation through this approach...
January 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048583/su-f-t-503-trajectory-modulated-arc-therapy-of-intracranial-lesions-development-of-a-standardized-path-based-technique-for-fully-dynamic-couch-gantry-modulated-treatments
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S Khan, E Chin, K Otto, L Xing, D Hristov, B Fahimian
PURPOSE: The integration of couch motion during arc delivery is necessitated to enable irradiation trajectories such as coronal arcs, and to enhance the geometrical sampling for dynamic deliveries to the highest extent. To enable such capability, a platform of Trajectory Modulated Arc Therapy (TMAT) is developed in conjunction with standardized noncollisional dynamic path-set for irradiation of intracranial lesions. METHODS: A generalized path-set was constructed through the combination of sagittal arcs (45 degrees from the CAX), axial arcs, and coronal arcs produced through modulation of the dynamic rotation of couch...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048479/we-ab-207b-01-dose-tolerance-for-sbrt-sabr
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J Grimm
PURPOSE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) / stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) is gaining popularity, but quantitative dose tolerance has still been lacking. To improve this, the April 2016 issue of Seminars in Radiation Oncology will have normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) models for 10 critical structures: optic pathway, cochlea, oral mucosa, esophagus, chestwall, aorta, bronchi, duodenum, small bowel, and spinal cord. METHODS: The project included more than 1500 treatments in 1-5 fractions using CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, or LINAC, with 60 authors from 15 institutions...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048225/th-cd-209-09-quickly-identifying-good-candidates-for-proton-therapy-from-geometric-considerations
#17
D Hall, A Trofimov, B Winey, N Liebsch, H Paganetti
PURPOSE: We developed a knowledge-based model that can predict the patient-specific benefits of proton therapy based upon geometric considerations. The model could also aid patient selection in model-based clinical trials or help justify clinical decisions to insurance companies. METHODS: The knowledge-based method trains a model upon existing proton treatment plans, exploiting correlations between dose and distance-to-target. Each OAR is split into concentric subvolumes surrounding the target volume, and a skew-normal PDF is fit to the dose distribution found within each shell...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048063/su-f-j-85-evaluation-of-the-velocity-deformable-image-registration-algorithm
#18
D Polan, J Kamp, J Y Lee, C Chapman, M Green, S Payal, M Kessler, K Brock
PURPOSE: To perform validation and commissioning of a commercial deformable image registration (DIR) algorithm (Velocity, Varian Medical Systems) for numerous clinical sites using single and multi-modality images. METHODS: In this retrospective study, the DIR algorithm was evaluated for 10 patients in each of the following body sites: head and neck (HN), prostate, liver, and gynecological (GYN). HN DIRs were evaluated from planning (p)CT to re-pCT and pCTs to daily CBCTs using dice similarity coefficients (DSC) of corresponding anatomical structures...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048024/su-f-t-116-predicting-iq-and-the-risk-of-hearing-loss-following-proton-versus-photon-radiotherapy-for-pediatric-brain-tumor-patients
#19
D Fortin, A Ng, D Tsang, M Sharpe, N Laperriere, D Hodgson
PURPOSE: The increased sparing of normal tissues in intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) compared to photon intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in brain tumor treatments should translate into improved neurocognitive outcomes. Models were used to estimate the intelligence quotient (IQ) and the risk of hearing loss 5 years post radiotherapy and to compare outcomes of proton against photon in pediatric brain tumors. METHODS: Patients who had received radical IMRT were randomly selected from our retrospective database: 10 cases each of craniopharyngioma, ependymoma and medulloblastoma, and 20 cases of glioma...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047619/su-g-brc-04-collimator-angle-optimization-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy
#20
A Andersen, C Johnson, G Bartlett, I Das
PURPOSE: Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) has revolutionized radiation treatment by decreasing treatment time and monitor units, thus reducing scattered and whole body radiation dose. As the collimator angle changes the apparent leaf gap becomes larger which can impact plan quality, organ at risk (OAR) sparing as well as IMRT QA passing rate which is investigated. METHODS: Two sites (prostate and head and neck) that have maximum utilization of VMAT were investigated...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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