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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731378/experimental-infection-of-cattle-with-a-novel-prion-derived-from-atypical-h-type-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy
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Hiroyuki Okada, Kentaro Masujin, Kohtaro Miyazawa, Yoshihumi Iwamaru, Morikazu Imamura, Yuichi Matsuura, Shozo Arai, Shigeo Fukuda, Yuichi Murayama, Takashi Yokoyama
H-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy (H-BSE) is an atypical form of BSE in cattle. During passaging of H-BSE in transgenic bovinized (TgBoPrP) mice, a novel phenotype of BSE, termed BSE-SW emerged and was characterized by a short incubation time and host weight loss. To investigate the biological and biochemical properties of the BSE-SW prion, a transmission study was conducted in cattle, which were inoculated intracerebrally with brain homogenate from BSE-SW-infected TgBoPrP mice. The disease incubation period was approximately 15 months...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730837/molecular-basis-of-trpa1-regulation-in-nociceptive-neurons-a-review
#2
A Kádková, V Synytsya, J Krusek, L Zímová, V Vlachová
Transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1) is an excitatory ion channel that functions as a cellular sensor, detecting a wide range of proalgesic agents such as environmental irritants and endogenous products of inflammation and oxidative stress. Topical application of TRPA1 agonists produces an acute nociceptive response through peripheral release of neuropeptides, purines and other transmitters from activated sensory nerve endings. This, in turn, further regulates TRPA1 activity downstream of G-protein and phospholipase C-coupled signaling cascades...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729624/taxanes-and-platinum-derivatives-impair-schwann-cells-via-distinct-mechanisms
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Satoshi Imai, Madoka Koyanagi, Ziauddin Azimi, Yui Nakazato, Mayuna Matsumoto, Takashi Ogihara, Atsushi Yonezawa, Tomohiro Omura, Shunsaku Nakagawa, Shuji Wakatsuki, Toshiyuki Araki, Shuji Kaneko, Takayuki Nakagawa, Kazuo Matsubara
Impairment of peripheral neurons by anti-cancer agents, including taxanes and platinum derivatives, has been considered to be a major cause of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), however, the precise underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Here, we examined the direct effects of anti-cancer agents on Schwann cells. Exposure of primary cultured rat Schwann cells to paclitaxel (0.01 μM), cisplatin (1 μM), or oxaliplatin (3 μM) for 48 h induced cytotoxicity and reduced myelin basic protein expression at concentrations lower than those required to induce neurotoxicity in cultured rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729224/robotic-placement-of-fenix-continence-restoration-system-in-a-patient-with-previous-radiation-to-the-pelvis-a-case-report
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Mariana Espinal, Christopher C DeStephano, Paulami Guha, Shilpa P Gajarawala, Anita H Chen, Paul D Pettit
Fecal incontinence (FI) is a disabling problem affecting women. Conservative treatment includes dietary modification, antimotility agents, and pelvic floor physical therapy. If conservative medical management is unsuccessful, surgical intervention may be required. Surgical options include rectal sphincteroplasty, bulking agent injection, radiofrequency anal sphincter remodeling procedure and sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) therapy. Recently, a new therapy for FI, the FENIX Continence Restoration System has become available...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727704/evaluating-the-adjuvant-effect-of-dexamethasone-to-ropivacaine-in-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-for-inguinal-hernia-repair-and-spermatocelectomy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Robert Wegner, Duane Akwar, Sarah Guzman-Reyes, Greesha Pednekar, Rabail Chaudhry, Navneet Grewal, Naveen Kukreja, Omar L Mancillas, George W Williams, Omonele Nwokolo
BACKGROUND: The transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is a relatively straightforward regional technique used for postoperative analgesia in patients undergoing abdominal surgeries. Various adjuvants have been used in past to prolong the duration of action of analgesia in peripheral nerve blocks. Several studies investigating the analgesic efficacy of dexamethasone added to local anesthetic agents, such as bupivacaine, have shown promising results. However, there are few studies comparing the efficacy of dexamethasone with ropivacaine...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727374/dipyridamole-reduces-penile-apoptosis-in-a-rat-model-of-post-prostatectomy-erectile-dysfunction
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Omer Kutlu, Ersagun Karaguzel, Ali Ertan Okatan, Ahmet Mentese, Esin Yulug, Ilke Onur Kazaz, Selcuk Kutlu, Eyup Dil, Huseyin Eren, Ahmet Alver
PURPOSE: Despite the nerve-sparing technique, many patients suffer from erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy (RP) due to cavernous nerve injury. The aim of this study was to evaluate dipyridamole as a potential treatment agent of post-radical prostatectomy erectile dysfunction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 18 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into three experimental Groups (SHAM+DMSO, BCNI+DMSO and BCNI+DIP). An animal model of bilateral cavernous nerve crush injury (BCNI) was established to mimic the partial nerve damage during nerve-sparing RP...
June 14, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723187/wearable-flexible-and-stretchable-glove-biosensor-for-on-site-detection-of-organophosphorus-chemical-threats
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Rupesh K Mishra, Lee J Hubble, Aida Martín, Rajan Kumar, Abbas Barfidokht, Jayoung Kim, Mustafa M Musameh, Ilias L Kyratzis, Joseph Wang
A flexible glove-based electrochemical biosensor with highly stretchable printed electrode system has been developed as a wearable point-of-use screening tool for defense and food security applications. This disposable-mechanically robust "lab-on-a-glove" integrates a stretchable printable enzyme-based biosensing system and active surface for swipe sampling on different fingers, and is coupled with a compact electronic interface for electrochemical detection and real-time wireless data transmission to a smartphone device...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723127/fluorescent-chemosensors-with-varying-degrees-of-intramolecular-charge-transfer-for-detection-of-a-nerve-agent-mimic-in-solutions-and-in-vapor
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Yuan-Chao Cai, Chen Li, Qin-Hua Song
Nerve agents are highly toxic organophosphorus compounds, and their possible use in terrorist attacks has led to increasing interest in the development of reliable and accurate methods to detect these lethal chemicals. In this paper, we have prepared six 6-aminoquinolines with various N-substituents as chemosensors for a nerve-agent mimic diethylchlorophosphate (DCP). The chemosensors with the nucleophilic pyridine-N atom as the active site detect DCP via a catalytic hydrolysis approach to form the protonated sensor...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722162/cyanidin-suppresses-autophagic-activity-regulating-chondrocyte-hypertrophic-differentiation
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Zhen Cao, Song Huang, Ce Dou, Qiang Xiang, Shiwu Dong
Cartilage is a kind of special connective tissue which does not contain neither blood vessels nor lymphatics and nerves. Therefore, the damage in cartilage is difficult to be repaired spontaneously. Constructing tissue engineered cartilage provides a new technique for cartilage repairing. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess a unique capability of self-renew and can differentiate into pre-chondrocytes which are frequently applied as seed cells in tissue engineering. However, in regenerated cartilage the chondrocytes derived from MSCs can hardly maintain homeostasis and preferentially present hypertrophic like phenotype...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720990/selective-nerve-root-blocks-vs-caudal-epidural-injection-for-single-level-prolapsed-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Sudhir Singh, Sanjiv Kumar, Gaurav Chahal, Reetu Verma
BACKGROUND: Chronic lumbar radiculopathy has a lifetime prevalence of 5.3% in men and 3.7% in women. It usually resolves spontaneously, but up to 30% cases will have pronounced symptoms even after one year. AIMS: A prospective randomized single-blind study was conducted to compare the efficacy of caudal epidural steroid injection and selective nerve root block in management of pain and disability in cases of lumbar disc herniation. METHODS: Eighty patients with confirmed single-level lumbar disc herniation were equally divided in two groups: (a) caudal epidural and (b) selective nerve root block group, by a computer-generated random allocation method...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720509/the-neuropeptide-galanin-promotes-an-anti-thrombotic-phenotype-on-endocardial-endothelial-cells-from-heart-failure-patients
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Christina Tyrrell, Amanda Toyooka, Faiza Khan, Kent L Thornburg, James O Mudd, Wohaib Hasan
Thromboembolic complications are a significant cause of mortality and re-hospitalization in heart failure (HF) patients. One source of thrombi is the ventricular endocardial surface that becomes increasingly pro-thrombotic as HF progresses. Anticoagulation comes with bleeding risks so identifying therapeutic agents for improving cardiac endothelial health are of critical clinical importance. Endocardial endothelial cells are closely apposed to cardiac sympathetic nerves. In HF, cardiac sympathetic nerves are dysregulated and promote disease progression...
July 12, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718822/a-bacterial-toxin-with-analgesic-properties-hyperpolarization-of-drg-neurons-by-mycolactone
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Ok-Ryul Song, Han-Byul Kim, Samuel Jouny, Isabelle Ricard, Alexandre Vandeputte, Nathalie Deboosere, Estelle Marion, Christophe J Queval, Pierre Lesport, Emmanuel Bourinet, Daniel Henrion, Seog Bae Oh, Guillaume Lebon, Guillaume Sandoz, Edouard Yeramian, Laurent Marsollier, Priscille Brodin
Mycolactone, a polyketide molecule produced by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is the etiological agent of Buruli ulcer. This lipid toxin is endowed with pleiotropic effects, presents cytotoxic effects at high doses, and notably plays a pivotal role in host response upon colonization by the bacillus. Most remarkably, mycolactone displays intriguing analgesic capabilities: the toxin suppresses or alleviates the pain of the skin lesions it inflicts. We demonstrated that the analgesic capability of mycolactone was not attributable to nerve damage, but instead resulted from the triggering of a cellular pathway targeting AT₂ receptors (angiotensin II type 2 receptors; AT₂R), and leading to potassium-dependent hyperpolarization...
July 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714503/protective-effects-of-fisetin-and-other-berry-flavonoids-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Pamela Maher
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-associated degenerative disease of the midbrain that results from the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. It initially presents as a movement disorder with cognitive and other behavioral problems appearing later in the progression of the disease. Current therapies for PD only delay the onset or reduce the motor symptoms. There are no treatments to stop the nerve cell death or to cure the disease. It is becoming increasingly clear that neurological diseases such as PD are multi-factorial involving disruptions in multiple cellular systems...
July 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712549/determination-of-trace-amounts-of-g-type-nerve-agents-in-aqueous-samples-utilizing-in-vial-instantaneous-derivatization-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Avi Weissberg, Moran Madmon, Maor Elgarisi, Shai Dagan
A methodology for sensitive determination of sarin (GB), soman (GD) and cyclosarin (GF) chemical warfare agents in aqueous media was developed. The method incorporates direct derivatization with 2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]phenol (2-DMAMP), a commercially available, water-soluble reagent, followed by LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis in the positive ion mode. Five derivatization agents were characterized for their MS/MS fragmentation pattern, and their reaction time, temperature and derivatization-reagent amount were optimized...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704051/a-combined-theoretical-and-experimental-study-of-sarin-gb-decomposition-at-high-temperatures
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Xiao Shan, Jack C Vincent, Sue Kirkpatrick, Maurice D Walker, Mark R Sambrook, David C Clary
Theoretical and experimental results are presented for the pyrolytic decomposition of the nerve agent sarin (GB) in the gas phase. High level quantum chemistry calculations are performed together with a semiclassical transition state theory for describing quantum mechanical tunneling. The experimental and theoretical results for the temperature dependence of the survival times show very good agreement, as does the calculated and measured activation energy for thermal decomposition. The combined results suggest that the thermal decomposition of GB, for temperature ranging from 350 °C to 500 °C, goes through a pericyclic reaction mechanism with a transition state consisting of a six-membered ring structure...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703891/duration-of-action-of-mepivacaine-and-lidocaine-in-equine-palmar-digital-perineural-blocks-in-an-experimental-lameness-model
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Mona Hoerdemann, Rachael L Smith, Giselle Hosgood
OBJECTIVE: To establish and compare the onset and duration of action of 2 local anesthetics based on objective lameness and skin sensitivity assessment. STUDY DESIGN: Interventional crossover experimental trial with balanced randomization. ANIMALS: Eight horses. METHODS: Reversible forelimb lameness was induced in 8 horses. A palmar digital nerve block (PDNB) was applied with mepivacaine or lidocaine (both 2%). Quantitative lameness and skin sensitivity data were collected with an inertial sensor system and a force gauge, respectively...
July 13, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702747/management-of-supine-hypertension-complicating-neurogenic-orthostatic-hypotension
#17
Jacquie Baker, Kurt Kimpinski
Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH) can be present in a number of disorders, including synucleinopathies, autoimmune disorders, and various genetic disorders. All are characterized by defective norepinephrine release from sympathetic terminals upon standing, resulting in impaired vasoconstriction. NOH is defined as a drop in systolic blood pressure ≥20 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥10 mmHg, or both, within 3 minutes of standing or head up-tilt at a minimum of 60°. However, approximately 50% of patients have associated supine hypertension, which greatly complicates treatment...
July 12, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697282/exploring-the-potential-of-natural-and-synthetic-neuroprotective-steroids-against-neurodegenerative-disorders-a-literature-review
#18
REVIEW
Ranju Bansal, Ranjit Singh
Neurodegeneration is a complex process, which leads to progressive brain damage due to loss of neurons. Despite exhaustive research, the cause of neuronal loss in various degenerative disorders is not entirely understood. Neuroprotective steroids constitute an important line of attack, which could play a major role against the common mechanisms associated with various neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Natural endogenous steroids induce the neuroprotection by protecting the nerve cells from neuronal injury through multiple mechanisms, therefore the structural modifications of the endogenous steroids could be helpful in the generation of new therapeutically useful neuroprotective agents...
July 11, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696161/comparison-of-normal-facial-nerve-enhancement-at-3t-mri-using-gadobutrol-and-gadopentetate-dimeglumine
#19
Rupa Radhakrishnan, Shamima Ahmed, Joshua Cole Tilden, Humberto Morales
Background and purpose The facial nerve is unique among cranial nerves in demonstrating normal enhancement of particular segments. The effect of varying T1 relaxivities of gadolinium-based contrast agents on facial nerve enhancement is unclear. In this study, we assess differences in normal facial nerve enhancement with two different gadolinium-based contrast agents, gadobutrol and gadopentetate dimeglumine. In addition, we evaluate differences in facial nerve enhancement with spin-echo (SE) T1 versus 3D inversion recovery prepared fast spoiled gradient-echo (FSPGR) post-contrast sequences...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694213/a-general-protocol-of-ultra-high-resolution-mr-angiography-to-image-the-cerebro-vasculature-in-6-different-rats-strains-at-high-field
#20
Géraldine Pastor, María Jiménez-González, Sandra Plaza-García, Marta Beraza, Daniel Padro, Pedro Ramos-Cabrer, Torsten Reese
BACKGROUND: Differences in the cerebro-vasculature among strains as well as individual animals might explain variability in animal models and thus, a non-invasive method tailored to image cerebral vessel of interest with high signal to noise ratio is required. NEW METHOD: Experimentally, we describe a new general protocol of three-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography to visualize non-invasively the cerebral vasculature in 6 different rat strains...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
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