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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150945/development-of-an-in-vivo-mouse-model-of-discogenic-low-back-pain
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Changgui Shi, Vaskar Das, Xin Li, Ranjan Kc, Sujun Qiu, InSug O-Sullivan, Richard L Ripper, Jeffrey S Kroin, Fackson Mwale, Atiyayein A Wallace, Bingqian Zhu, Lan Zhao, Andre J van Wijnen, Mingliang Ji, Jun Lu, Gina Votta-Velis, Wen Yuan, Hee-Jeong Im
Discogenic Low back pain (DLBP) is extremely common and costly. Effective treatments are lacking due to DLBP's unknown pathogenesis. Currently, there are no in vivo mouse models of DLBP, which restricts research in this field. The aim of this study was to establish a reliable DLBP model in mouse that captures the pathological changes in the disc and allows longitudinal pain testing. The model was generated by puncturing the mouse lumbar discs (L4/5, L5/6, and L6/S1) and removing the nucleus pulposus using a microscalpel under the microscope...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149884/predictors-of-early-onset-post-ischemic-stroke-depression-a-cross-sectional-study
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Guilin Meng, Xiaoye Ma, Lei Li, Yan Tan, Xiaohui Liu, Xueyuan Liu, Yanxin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Post-stroke depression (PSD) seriously affects the rehabilitation of nerve function and quality of life. However, the pathogenesis of PSD is still not clear. This study aimed to investigate the demographic, clinical, and biochemical factors in patients with PSD. METHODS: Patients with an acute ischemic stroke, who met the inclusion criteria at Shanghai Tenth People's Hospital from April 2016 to September 2016, were recruited for this study. The stroke severity was assessed using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), and the mental state was assessed using Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD), and Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) at 1 week of admission...
November 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147666/sympathetic-denervation-accelerates-wound-contraction-but-inhibits-reepithelialization-and-pericyte-proliferation-in-diabetic-mice
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Zhifang Zheng, Yu Wan, Yishu Liu, Yu Yang, Jianbing Tang, Wenhua Huang, Biao Cheng
Previous studies focused on the effects of sympathetic denervation with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) on nondiabetic wounds, but the effects of 6-OHDA on diabetic wounds have not been previously reported. In this study, treated mice received intraperitoneal 6-OHDA, and control mice received intraperitoneal injections of normal saline. Full-thickness wounds were established on the backs of mice. The wounds were sectioned (four mice per group) for analysis at 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 17, and 21 days after injury. The wound areas in the control group were larger than those in the treatment group...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147602/gdnf-secreted-by-nerves-enhances-pd-l1-expression-via-jak2-stat1-signaling-activation-in-hnscc
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Chengzhong Lin, Wei Cao, Zhenhu Ren, Yu Tang, Chunye Zhang, Rong Yang, Yiming Chen, Zheqi Liu, Canbang Peng, Lizhen Wang, Xu Wang, Tong Ji
Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) functions as a key immune inhibitory factor by binding with its receptor, programmed death 1 (PD-1), to induce immune cell dysfunction and escape of the immune system. However, the mechanisms of PD-L1 expression under growth factor stimulation are not well characterized. Here, we demonstrate a novel role for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in upregulating PD-L1 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The expression and correlation of PD-L1, GDNF and perineural invasion (PNI) status were evaluated by bioinformatics analysis of TCGA database and IHC assays from 145 HNSCC patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145495/regulatory-mechanism-of-ccn2-production-by-serotonin-5-ht-via-5-ht2a-and-5-ht2b-receptors-in-chondrocytes
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Ayaka Hori, Takashi Nishida, Shogo Takashiba, Satoshi Kubota, Masaharu Takigawa
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine: 5-HT) is recognized as a neurotransmitter in the central nerve system and as a regulator of systemic blood pressure in the peripheral tissues. Recently, it was reported that 5-HT2 receptors (5-HT2Rs) were expressed in cartilage tissues lacking both vessels and neurons, suggesting possible novel functions of 5-HT during cartilage development and regeneration. Our previous data indicated that CCN family protein 2/connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) plays a central role in cartilage development and regeneration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140928/ngf-locally-sensitizes-nociceptors-in-human-skin
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Otilia Obreja, Roman Rukwied, Lorenz Nagler, Martha Schmidt, Martin Schmelz, Barbara Namer
Nerve growth factor (NGF) injected into human skin causes local hyperalgesia to mechanical and electrical stimuli lasting for weeks. Pig data suggested axonal sensitization of C-nociceptors as contributing mechanism. Here, we recorded single C- nociceptors in eleven human subjects 3 weeks after intracutaneous injection of 1 µg NGF into the foot dorsum. For each identified unit, the receptive field was mapped and, whenever possible, we recorded two terminal branches of the same unit, one from the hyperalgesic NGF-site ("inside") and the other from the non-sensitized skin ("outside")...
November 13, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140156/conditioned-medium-from-human-gingival-mesenchymal-stem-cells-protects-motor-neuron-like-nsc-34-cells-against-scratch-injury-induced-cell-death
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Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Francesca Diomede, Placido Bramanti, Oriana Trubiani, Emanuela Mazzon
Neuronal cell death is a normal process during central nervous system (CNS) development and is also involved in the death of motor neurons in diverse spinal motor neuron degenerative diseases. Here, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of secretory factors released from human gingival mesenchymal stem cells (hGMSCs) in mechanically injured murine motor-neuron-like NSC-34 cells. The cells were exposed to scratch injury and the markers for apoptosis and oxidative stress were examined. Immunocytochemistry results showed that proapoptotic markers cleaved caspase-3 and Bax were elevated while anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 was suppressed in scratch-injured NSC-34 cells...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138838/effects-of-scn9a-gene-modification-on-na-channel-and-the-expression-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-a-rat-model-of-diarrhea%C3%A2-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Yong-Yan Cai, Chen Li, Zhi-Xin Yan, Na Ma, Fang-Fang Li
The aim of the present study was to identify whether the sodium voltage-gated channel alpha subunit 9 (SCN9A) gene modification is a potential treatment for diarrhea‑predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D‑IBS), via regulating the Na+ channel and the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF). The recombinant adenovirus vector of the SCN9A gene was established, and rat colon cells were isolated for SCN9A gene modification. All subjects were divided into four groups: i) The SCN9A‑modified (D‑IBS rat model implanted with SCN9A‑modified colon cells), ii) negative control (NC; D‑IBS rat model implanted with colon cells without SCN9A gene modification), iii) blank (D‑IBS rat model without any treatment) and iv) normal (normal rats without any treatment)...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136257/risk-factors-for-pathological-fracture-and-metastatic-epidural-spinal-cord-compression-in-patients-with-spinal-metastases
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Catherine S Hibberd, Gerald M Y Quan
Vertebral pathological fracture and metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) due to metastatic cancer inevitably cause pain, neurological deficit, impaired function, and decreased quality of life and are indications for surgery. In such cases, earlier surgical intervention has the potential to prevent permanent neurological deficit and disability and to maintain function and quality of life. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify and evaluate risk factors for pathological fracture and MESCC in patients with spinal metastases...
November 11, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131068/maternal-cannabinoid-use-alters-cannabinoid-cb1-and-endothelin-etb-receptor-expression-in-the-brains-of-dams-but-not-their-offspring
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Aarti Amlani, Mary G Hornick, Kevin Cooper, Preetha Prazad, Ramona Donovan, Anil Gulati
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, cannabis (marijuana) is the most commonly used recreational drug in the US. Among pregnant women aged 14-55 years, 3.4% were cannabis users. Presently, little is known about the neurodevelopmental effect of cannabis use during pregnancy and/or nursing on neonates. Endothelin (ET) is essential for normal development of the central nervous system (CNS). Decreases in ETB receptor expression correlate with a decline in nerve growth factor (NGF) and an increase in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in postnatal brain...
November 4, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123982/decreased-grip-strength-muscle-pain-and-atrophy-occur-in-rats-following-long-term-exposure-to-excessive-repetitive-motion
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Mitsuhiro Fujiwara, Masahiro Iwata, Takayuki Inoue, Yosuke Aizawa, Natsumi Yoshito, Kazuhiro Hayashi, Shigeyuki Suzuki
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) are caused by the overuse of muscles in the workplace. Performing repetitive tasks is a primary risk factor for the development of WMSD. Many workers in highly repetitive jobs exhibit muscle pain and decline in handgrip strength, yet the mechanisms underlying these dysfunctions are poorly understood. In our study, rats performed voluntary repetitive reaching and grasping tasks (Task group), while Control group rats did not perform these activities. In the Task group, grip strength and forearm flexor withdrawal threshold declined significantly from week 2 to week 6, compared with these values at week 0 (P < 0...
November 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119332/therapeutic-effect-of-vinorine-on-sciatic-nerve-injured-rat
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Dongdong Guo, Xingang Lu, Xiaoli Xu, Haixin Gou, Zhiqian Wang, Yi Cao, Xingjing Luo
Vinorine is a monoterpenoid indole alkaloid, a type of natural alkaloids. Growing reports exhibited the numerous pharmacology activities of vinorine such as anti-inflammation, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor. In this study, the effect of vinorine injection (7.5, 15 and 30 mg/kg) on motor function, sensation and nerve regeneration in sciatic nerve crush injury rat was investigated. The results of behavioral analysis, electrophysiological analysis and muscle histological analysis suggested that vinorine promoted the motor function recovery after sciatic nerve injury...
November 8, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118440/native-joint-resident-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-cartilage-repair-in-osteoarthritis
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Dennis McGonagle, Thomas G Baboolal, Elena Jones
The role of native (not culture-expanded) joint-resident mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the repair of joint damage in osteoarthritis (OA) is poorly understood. MSCs differ from bone marrow-residing haematopoietic stem cells in that they are present in multiple niches in the joint, including subchondral bone, cartilage, synovial fluid, synovium and adipose tissue. Research in experimental models suggests that the migration of MSCs adjacent to the joint cavity is crucial for chonodrogenesis during embryogenesis, and also shows that synovium-derived MSCs might be the primary drivers of cartilage repair in adulthood...
November 9, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117739/cardiac-autonomic-denervation-and-expression-of-neurotrophins-ngf-and-bdnf-and-their-receptors-during-experimental-chagas-disease
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Natália Katley Oliveira, Rodrigo Novaes Ferreira, Sara Delaine Nogueira Lopes, Egler Chiari, Elizabeth Ribeiro da Silva Camargos, Patricia Massara Martinelli
Although cardiac dysautonomia is a distinctive feature of Chagas disease, its clinical and functional significance is still being speculated. Neurotrophic factors are potentially involved; however, studies of their effect in this infection are rare. Ultrastructural abnormalities in autonomic varicosities, levels of both nerve growth factor (NGF), and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), as well as the expression of their receptors, were analysed in the heart of a rat model of Trypanosoma infection. Predominantly, at the early stage of the infection, cardiac autonomic varicosities displayed several signs of degeneration parallel to the elevation of cardiac levels of NGF, as well as expression of the receptors TrkA and p75NTR...
November 8, 2017: Growth Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115454/mycoleptodonoides%C3%A2-aitchisonii-suppresses-asthma-via-th2-and-th1-cell-regulation-in-an-ovalbumin%C3%A2-induced-asthma-mouse-model
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Soon-Young Lee, Chun-Sik Bae, Ji-Hye Seo, Seung Sik Cho, Min-Suk Bae, Deuk-Sil Oh, Dae-Hun Park
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease related to hyper‑responsiveness. The majority of patients suffer mild symptoms, however, some cases, especially in the young and the elderly, can lead to death by apnea. Mycoleptodonoides atichisonii (M. atichisonii) is an edible mushroom that has previously been reported to possess several bioactive properties, such as the synthesis of nerve growth factors, anti‑obesity effects and the ability to prevent cell death. In the current study, the authors evaluated the anti‑asthmatic effects of M...
October 26, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115371/a-novel-method-of-neural-differentiation-of-pc12-cells-by-using-opti-mem-as-a-basic-induction-medium
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Rendong Hu, Qiaoyu Cao, Zhongqing Sun, Jinying Chen, Qing Zheng, Fei Xiao
The PC12 cell line is a classical neuronal cell model due to its ability to acquire the sympathetic neurons features when deal with nerve growth factor (NGF). In the present study, the authors used a variety of different methods to induce PC12 cells, such as Opti-MEM medium containing different concentrations of fetal bovine serum (FBS) and horse serum compared with RPMI-1640 medium, and then observed the neurite length, differentiation, adhesion, cell proliferation and action potential, as well as the protein levels of axonal growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43) and synaptic protein synapsin-1, among other differences...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114922/regulation-and-effects-of-neurotrophic-factors-after-neural-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-disease
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Bo Li, Yun Gao, Wei Zhang, Jian-Rong Xu
According to much research, neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in Alzheimer disease (AD) are correlated with alternations of neurotrophic factors such as nerve growth factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, and glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor. The experimental illumination of neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation to eliminate AD symptoms is being explored frequently, and we have acknowledged that neurotrophic factors may play a pivotal role in cognitive improvement. However, the relation between the reversal of cognitive deficits after NSC transplantation and directed alternations of neurotrophic factors is not clearly expounded...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113341/knockout-of-toll-like-receptor-impairs-nerve-regeneration-after-a-crush-injury
#18
Ching-Hua Hsieh, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Pao-Jen Kuo, Shu-Hsuan Liu, Chia-Jung Wu, Tsu-Hsiang Lu, Yi-Chan Wu, Chia-Wei Lin
Background: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are involved in the initiation of Schwann cell activation and subsequent recruitment of macrophages for clearance of degenerated myelin and neuronal debris after nerve injury. The present study was designed to investigate the regenerative outcome and expression of myelination-related factors in Tlr-knockout mice following a sciatic nerve crush injury. Materials and methods: A standard sciatic nerve crush injury, induced by applying constant pressure to the nerve with a No...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111336/regenerative-effects-of-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-on-restoration-of-thyroarytenoid-muscle-atrophy-caused-by-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-transection
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Mami Kaneko, Takuya Tsuji, Yo Kishimoto, Yoichiro Sugiyama, Tatsuo Nakamura, Shigeru Hirano
OBJECTIVES: Vocal fold atrophy following unilateral vocal fold paralysis is caused by atrophy of the thyroarytenoid (TA) muscle and remains a challenge. Medialization procedures are popular treatment options; however, hoarseness often remains due to the reduction in mass or tension of the TA muscle. Therefore, in addition to medialization procedures, TA muscle reinnervation is desirable. In vivo studies have shown the potential for basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) to affect muscular and nerve regeneration...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109319/histological-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-platelet-rich-plasma-on-pulp-regeneration-in-nonvital-open-apex-teeth-an-animal-study
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Jamileh Ghoddusi, Amir Maghsudlu, Hamid Jafarzadeh, Amirhossein Jafarian, Maryam Forghani
AIM: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is a concentration of growth factors found in platelets, may be a suitable material for pulp regeneration. The aim of this animal study was a histological evaluation of PRP on pulp regeneration in nonvital teeth with immature apices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 40 premolar dogs' teeth were chosen for this study. After general anesthesia, the teeth were exposed, and subsequently, pulps were removed and the cavities were opened to the oral cavity...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
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