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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327161/rehabilitation-of-hand-function-after-spinal-cord-injury-using-a-novel-handgrip-device-a-pilot-study
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Haydn Hoffman, Tiffany Sierro, Tianyi Niu, Melanie E Sarino, Majid Sarrafzadeh, David McArthur, V Reggie Edgerton, Daniel C Lu
BACKGROUND: Activity-based therapy (ABT) for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), which consists of repetitive use of muscles above and below the spinal lesion, improves locomotion and arm strength. Less data has been published regarding its effects on hand function. We sought to evaluate the effects of a weekly hand-focused therapy program using a novel handgrip device on grip strength and hand function in a SCI cohort. METHODS: Patients with SCI were enrolled in a weekly program that involved activities with the MediSens (Los Angeles, CA) handgrip...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326790/nerve-cells-decide-to-orient-inside-an-injectable-hydrogel-with-minimal-structural-guidance
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Jonas Christopher Rose, Maria Camara Torres, Khosrow Rahimi, Jens Köhler, Martin Moeller, Laura De Laporte
Injectable biomaterials provide the advantage of a minimally invasive application but mostly lack the required structural complexity to regenerate aligned tissues. Here, we report a new class of tissue regenerative materials that can be injected and form an anisotropic matrix with controlled dimensions using rod-shaped, magnetoceptive microgel objects. Microgels are doped with small quantities of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (0.0046 vol%), allowing alignment by external magnetic fields in the millitesla order...
March 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323088/localization-of-the-corticospinal-tract-within-the-porcine-spinal-cord-implications-for-experimental-modeling-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Anna Victoria Leonard, Joshua York Menendez, Betty Maki Pat, Mark N Hadley, Candace Lorraine Floyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers have predominately utilized rodents for SCI modeling and experimentation. Unfortunately, a large number of novel therapies developed in rodent models have failed to demonstrate efficacy in human clinical trials which suggests that improved animal models are an important translational tool. Recently, porcine models of SCI have been identified as a valuable intermediary model for preclinical evaluation of promising therapies to aid clinical translation. However, the localization of the major spinal tracts in pigs has not yet been described...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319547/methylprednisolone-therapy-in-acute-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-analysis-of-a-regional-spinal-cord-model-systems-database
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Jacob E Sunshine, Armagan Dagal, Stephen P Burns, Richard J Bransford, Fangyi Zhang, Shu-Fang Newman, Bala G Nair, Sam R Sharar
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between exposure to methylprednisolone (MP) and improvements in motor function among patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). MP therapy for patients with TSCI is controversial because of the current conflicting evidence documenting its benefits and risks. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study from September 2007 to November 2014 of 311 patients with acute TSCI who were enrolled into a model systems database of a regional, level I trauma center...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316922/miracle-cells-for-natural-dentistry-a-review
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Rani Somani, Shipra Jaidka, Neeti Bajaj, Sameksha Arora
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into specialized cells. Recently, enormous growth has been seen in the recognition of stem cell-based therapies, which have the potential to ameliorate the life of patients with conditions that span from Parkinson's disease to cardiac ischemia to bone or tooth loss. This research has produced new but unexplored possibilities in the regeneration of different organs and tissues. Presently, research is focused on the proficiency of stem cells and their utilization in dentistry, which is gaining interest...
January 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315267/pharmacological-modulation-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-and-the-treatment-of-pain
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Manuel Merlos, Javier Burgueño, Enrique Portillo-Salido, Carlos Ramón Plata-Salamán, José Miguel Vela
There is a critical need for new analgesics acting through new mechanisms of action, which could increase the efficacy with respect to existing therapies and reduce their unwanted effects. Current preclinical evidence supports the modulatory role of sigma-1 receptors (σ1R) in nociception, mainly based on the pain-attenuated phenotype of σ1R knockout mice and on the antinociceptive effect exerted by σ1R antagonists on pains of different etiologies. σ1R is highly expressed in different pain areas of the CNS and the periphery (particularly dorsal root ganglia), and interacts and modulates the functionality of different receptors and ion channels ...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314966/-neuro-urological-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-speaking-medical-society-of-paraplegia-dmgp-awmf-register-no-179-001
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R Böthig, B Domurath, A Kaufmann, J Bremer, W Vance, I Kurze
BACKGROUND: Most patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) suffer from neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD), bowel dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. If these remain untreated, severe medical complications and serious limitations (restrictions) in quality of life are imminent. OBJECTIVES: In the long term, there are considerable differences in the treatment results of highly specialized centers versus other treatment facilities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Against this background, a consensus-based guideline, according to the AWMF (Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany) criteria (S2k), was developed by the neuro-urology working group of the DMPG (German-Speaking Medical Society of Paraplegia)...
March 17, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306628/pediatric-spinal-cord-injury-without-radiographic-abnormality-in-the-era-of-advanced-imaging
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Caitlin A Farrell, Megan Hannon, Lois K Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review describes the current evidence on pediatric spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) with attention to the definition, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of the condition, as well as common MRI findings, management strategies, and outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature demonstrates that with more widespread MRI use, our understanding of SCIWORA has improved. The new literature, although still limited, provides a more granular conceptualization of patterns of injury as well as potential prognostic stratification of patients based on MRI findings...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306581/spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-for-persistent-pain-after-a-burn-injury-a-case-report
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Takeshi Kubota, Yuuhei Ishikawa, Rie Ishikawa
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used to treat neuropathic pain, but there are no published studies on its use to treat burn pain. We used SCS to treat a 67-year-old man suffering from burn pain that could not be managed with high-dose opioids or adjuvant neuropathic analgesics. A trial of SCS markedly reduced the visual analog scale score for pain in the left lateral abdominal and gluteal regions. He underwent permanent implantation of a SCS and achieved an opioid-free state. This case suggests that SCS treatment is a therapeutic option for burn pain refractory to conventional therapy...
March 16, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306359/spinal-cord-injuries-how-could-cell-therapy-help
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Anna Badner, Ahad M Siddiqui, Michael G Fehlings
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition, where regenerative failure and cell loss lead to paralysis. The heterogeneous and time-sensitive pathophysiology has made it difficult to target tissue repair. Despite many medical advances, there are no effective regenerative therapies. As stem cells offer multi-targeted and environmentally responsive benefits, cell therapy is a promising treatment approach. Areas covered: This review highlights the cell therapies being investigated for SCI, including Schwann cells, olfactory ensheathing cells, mensenchymal stem/stromal cells, neural precursors, oligodendrocyte progenitors, embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells...
March 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300871/glial-scar-modulation-as-therapeutic-tool-in-spinal-cord-injury-in-animal-models
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Jéssica Rodrigues Orlandin, Carlos Eduardo Ambrósio, Valéria Maria Lara
PURPOSE: Spinal Cord injury represents, in veterinary medicine, most of the neurological attendances and may result in permanent disability, death or euthanasia. Due to inflammation resulting from trauma, it originates the glial scar, which is a cell interaction complex system. Its function is to preserve the healthy circuits, however, it creates a physical and molecular barrier that prevents cell migration and restricts the neuroregeneration ability. METHODS: This review aims to present innovations in the scene of treatment of spinal cord injury, approaching cell therapy, administration of enzyme, anti-inflammatory, and other active principles capable of modulating the inflammatory response, resulting in glial scar reduction and subsequent functional improvement of animals...
February 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298927/therapeutic-potential-of-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-spinal-cord-injuries
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REVIEW
Zadroga Anna, Jezierska-Woźniak Katarzyna, Czarzasta Joanna, Monika Barczewska, Wojtkiewicz Joanna, Maksymowicz Wojciech
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating neurological condition that affects individuals worldwide, significantly reducing quality of life, for both patients and their families. In recent years there has been a growing interest in cell therapy potential in the context of spinal cord injuries. The present review aims to discuss and compare the restorative approaches based on the current knowledge, available spinal cord restorative cell therapies, and use of selected cell types. However, treatment options for spinal cord injury are limited, but rehabilitation and experimental technologies have been found to help maintain or improve remaining nerve function in some cases...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298073/electro-acupuncture-modulated-mir-214-prevents-neuronal-apoptosis-by-targeting-bax-and-inhibits-sodium-channel-nav1-3-expression-in-rats-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jing Liu, Yaochi Wu
Electro-acupuncture (EA) has been proven to contribute towards neurologic and functional recoveries in spinal cord injury (SCI), but the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown especially regarding the effects of preventing neuronal apoptosis and alleviating neuropathic pain involved in the development of EA. In this study, we evaluated the effect of EA treatment in an animal model of SCI using the Basso, Beattie, and Bresnahan (BBB) score method, lesion volume by cresyl violet staining and neuronal apoptosis by TUNEL staining...
March 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291798/implantable-porous-gelatin-microspheres-sustained-release-of-bfgf-and-improved-its-neuroprotective-effect-on-rats-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Li Lan, Fu-Rong Tian, De-Li ZhuGe, Qi-Chuan ZhuGe, Bi-Xin Shen, Bing-Hui Jin, Jian-Ping Huang, Ming-Ze Wu, Lu-Xin Fan, Ying-Zheng Zhao, He-Lin Xu
In this study, porous gelatin microspheres (GMSs) were constructed to improve the neuroprotective effect of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) on spinal cord injury. GMSs were prepared by a W/O emulsion template, followed by cross-linking, washing and drying. The particle sizes and surface porosity of the blank GMSs were carefully characterized by scan electronic microscopy. The blank GMSs have a mean particle size of 35μm and theirs surface was coarse and porous. bFGF was easily encapsulated inside the bulk GMSs through diffusion along the porous channel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291470/comparative-efficacy-of-multiple-variables-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
#15
LiPing Liu, Zhen Hua, Jun Shen, Yan Yin, Jing Yang, Kathleen Cheng, Aijun Liu, Lina Wang, Jianguo Cheng
OBJECTIVES: The current treatment options for neuropathic pain due to nerve injuries are limited and largely unsatisfactory. Mesenchymal stem cell transplantation (MSC) has shown promise as an emerging therapy for neuropathic pain. However, a number of critical parameters, including the sources of cells, the number of cells, and routes of transplantation, need to be elucidated before it can be tested clinically. METHODS: MSCs were isolated from rat bone marrow (rBM-MSCs) and adipose tissue (rAD-MSCs) and characterized by flow cytometry and functional differentiation...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290190/disruption-in-bone-marrow-fat-may-attenuate-testosterone-action-on-muscle-size-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Ashraf S Gorgey, Pamela D Moore, Rodney C Wade, Ranjodh S Gill, Timothy Lavis, Robert A Adler
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells can be differentiated into muscle satellite cells. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) promotes the differentiation of satellite cells into muscle cells. CASE REPORT: A 31 year old male with a T4 complete chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) had fixation for a mid-shaft fracture of the left femur. The participant received transdermal testosterone patches (4mg/day) daily for 16 weeks. Skeletal muscle and yellow bone marrow adiposity cross-sectional areas (CSAs) of both thighs were measured using magnetic resonance imaging...
March 13, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290147/temporal-profile-and-severity-correlation-of-a-panel-of-rat-spinal-cord-injury-protein-biomarkers
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Zhihui Yang, Helen M Bramlett, Ahmed Moghieb, Dongnan Yu, Ping Wang, Fan Lin, Carl Bauer, Tyler M Selig, Emily Jaalouk, Amanda S Weissman, Disa S Rathore, Pammela Romo, Zhiqun Zhang, Ronald L Hayes, Michael Y Wang, W Dalton Dietrich, Kevin K W Wang
In the USA, there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) each year and some 1.2 million people living with paralysis due to SCI. Seven percent of them are paralyzed due to an accident or injury occurring while serving in the military. Here, we report a systematic study on protein biomarker candidates in a rat SCI model with either moderate or severe injury. Tissue, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and serum samples were obtained at 4 h, 24 h, and 7 days post-injury. The candidate biomarkers included axonal injury markers αII-spectrin breakdown products (SBDP150/145/120), neuronal cell body injury marker ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1), astrogliosis/astroglial injury markers S100 calcium-binding protein-β (S100β), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and GFAP breakdown products (GBDPs), demyelination marker myelin basic protein (MBP), axonal injury marker phosphorylated neurofilament-H (pNF-H), and neuroinflammation marker interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288544/dynamic-range-of-motion-hindlimb-stretching-disrupts-locomotor-function-in-rats-with-moderate-subacute-spinal-cord-injuries
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Anastasia Valerievna Keller, Kathlene Marie Rees, Daniella Christina Prince, Johnny R Morehouse, Alice Shum-Siu, David Sk Magnuson
Joint contractures and spasticity are two common secondary complications of a severe spinal cord injury (SCI) that can significantly reduce quality of life and stretching is one of the top strategies for rehabilitation of these complications. We have previously shown that a daily static stretching protocol administered to rats at either acute or chronic time points after a moderate or moderate-severe T10 SCI significantly disrupts their hindlimb locomotor function. The objective of the current study was to examine the effects of dynamic range of motion stretching on the locomotor function of rats with SCI as an alternative to static stretching...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280337/nerve-growth-factor-delivery-by-ultrasound-mediated-nanobubble-destruction-as-a-treatment-for-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Zhaojun Song, Zhigang Wang, Jieliang Shen, Shengxi Xu, Zhenming Hu
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can cause severe disability or death. Treatment options include surgical intervention, drug therapy, and stem cell transplantation. However, the efficacy of these methods for functional recovery remains unsatisfactory. PURPOSE: This study was conducted to explore the effect of ultrasound (US)-mediated destruction of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanobubbles (NBs) expressing nerve growth factor (NGF) (NGF/PLGA NBs) on nerve regeneration in rats following SCI...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278758/chondrotinase-abc-i-thermal-stability-is-enhanced-by-site-directed-mutagenesis-a-molecular-dynamic-simulations-approach
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Kowsar Bagherzadeh, Monireh Maleki, Abolfazl Golestani, Khosro Khajeh, Massoud Amanlou
Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) are potent inhibitors of growth in the adult central nervous system. Use of the enzyme chondroitinase ABC I (ChABC I) as a strategy to reduce CSPG inhibition in experimental models of spinal cord injury has led to observations of its remarkable capacity for repair. More importantly, ChABC therapy has been demonstrated to promote significant recovery of function to spinal injured animals. Despite this incomparable function of ChABC I, its clinical application has been limited because of its thermal instability as reported in the literature...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
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