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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820842/-upper-extremity-innervation-patterns-and-clinical-implications-for-nerve-and-tendon-transfer
#1
Ellen Y Lee, Sandeep J Sebastin, Andre Cheah, V P Kumar, Aymeric Y T Lim
BACKGROUND: We previously studied the intramuscular innervation of 150 upper limb muscles and demonstrated that certain patterns of intramuscular innervation allowed muscles to be split into compartments with independent function. This study aims to determine the location, extra-muscular course, and number of motor nerve branches of upper limb peripheral nerves. We want to combine this information with our previous work to create a blueprint of upper limb neuromuscular anatomy that would be useful in reconstructive surgery...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819053/novel-neurobiological-properties-of-elements-in-the-escape-circuitry-of-the-shrimp
#2
De Forest Mellon
Escape behaviors in peneid shrimp are mediated by large myelinated medial giant fibers which course from the brain to the last abdominal ganglion in the ventral nerve cord. In each abdominal segment the medial giant axons make synaptic connections with paired myelinated giant motor axons that excite the abdominal deep flexor muscles and drive the tailflips that constitute the escape behavior. I examined 1) anatomical features of the abdominal motor giant fibers and 2) electrical properties of both the medial giants and motor giants in the pink shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duoarum...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818390/three-novel-recessive-mutations-in-lama2-syne1-and-ttn-are-identified-in-a-single-case-with-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
#3
Liang Wu, Bingwu Xiang, Huan Zhang, Xiaoxiao He, Celina Shih, Xiang Chen, Tao Cai
Congenital muscular dystrophies (CMD) are a group of heterogeneous disorders. Here, targeted next generation sequencing of 168 CMD-associated genes was performed on collected clinic samples to identify potential mutations. A loss-of-function mutation (c.4676-4682delGCTGCAA; p.Cys1560Thrfs*33) of the LAMA2 gene in a consanguineous family was identified and confirmed by Sanger sequencing. The second recessive mutation in SYNE1 (c.2881C>T; p.Arg961Trp) was found in the SAP motif, which was predicted to be involved in chromosomal organization...
July 6, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817961/evaluating-the-ergonomics-of-flexible-ureteroscopy
#4
Wesley Ludwig, Gyusung I Lee, Justin Bradley Ziemba, Joan S Ko, Brian Matlaga
INTRODUCTION: To date, the ergonomics of flexible ureteroscopy (URS) have not been well described. We performed a study to assess the biomechanical stresses on urologists performing URS and to investigate the effect of ureteroscope type on these parameters. METHODS: Electromyography (EMG) was used to quantify the activation level of muscle groups involved in URS. Surface EMG electrodes (Delsys, Boston, MA) were placed on the right and left thenar, flexor carpi ulnaris (FCU), extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU), biceps, triceps and deltoid...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814297/genotyping-and-comparative-pathology-of-spirocerca-in-black-backed-jackals-canis-mesomelas-in-south-africa
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M M Bumby, M C Williams, J C A Steyl, R Harrison-White, H Lutermann, G T Fosgate, P J de Waal, J Mitha, S J Clift
BACKGROUND: The pathology of spirocercosis, a disease caused by the infestation of carnivores with the nematode Spirocerca lupi, has been extensively described in domestic dogs and coyotes. However, it has not been described in wild carnivores in South Africa. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether black-backed jackals are a host for Spirocerca species and to provide a detailed description of the associated pathology. Jackals were also stratified according to age and the Spirocerca species recovered were characterized using molecular techniques...
August 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795588/feasibility-of-peripheral-nerve-mr-neurography-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-adapted-to-skeletal-muscle-disease
#6
Sarah Keller, Zhiyue J Wang, Amir Golsari, Anne Catherine Kim, Hendrik Kooijman, Gerhard Adam, Jin Yamamura
Background Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of peripheral nerves may provide additional information about nerve involvement in muscular disorders, but is considered difficult due to different optimal scan parameters tailored to magnetic resonance (MR) signal properties of muscle and neural tissues. Purpose To assess the feasibility of sciatic nerve DTI using two different approaches of region of interest (ROI)-localization in DTI scans with b-values 500 s/mm(2), in participants with muscular disorders and in controls...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790199/in-vivo-genome-editing-restores-dystrophin-expression-and-cardiac-function-in-dystrophic-mice
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Mona El Refaey, Li Xu, Yandi Gao, Benjamin D Canan, Tm A Adesanya, Sarah C Warner, Keiko Akagi, David E Symer, Peter J Mohler, Jianjie Ma, Paul M Janssen, Renzhi Han
Rationale: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe inherited form of muscular dystrophy caused by mutations in the reading frame of the dystrophin gene disrupting its protein expression. Dystrophic cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of death in DMD patients and currently no effective treatment exists to halt its progression. Recent advancement in genome editing technologies offers a promising therapeutic approach in restoring dystrophin protein expression. However, the impact of this approach on DMD cardiac function has yet to be evaluated...
August 8, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771790/motoneuron-activity-is-required-for-enhancements-in-functional-recovery-after-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-exercised-female-mice
#8
Poonam B Jaiswal, Jack K Tung, Robert E Gross, Arthur W English
Inhibitory luminopsins (iLMO2) integrate opto- and chemo-genetic approaches and allow for cell-type specific inhibition of neuronal activity. When exposed to a Renilla luciferase substrate, Coelenterazine (CTZ), iLMO2 generates bioluminescence-mediated activation of its amino-terminal halorhodopsin, resulting in neuronal inhibition. Moderate daily exercise in the form of interval treadmill-training (IT) applied following a peripheral nerve injury results in enhanced motor axon regeneration and muscle fiber reinnervation in female mice...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771237/mechanical-isolation-and-measurement-of-force-and-myoplasmic-free-ca-2-in-fully-intact-single-skeletal-muscle-fibers
#9
Arthur J Cheng, Håkan Westerblad
Mechanical dissection of single intact mammalian skeletal muscle fibers permits real-time measurement of intracellular properties and contractile function of living fibers. A major advantage of mechanical over enzymatic fiber dissociation is that single fibers can be isolated with their tendons remaining attached, which allows contractile forces (in the normal expected range of 300-450 kN/m(2)) to be measured during electrical stimulation. Furthermore, the sarcolemma of single fibers remains fully intact after mechanical dissection, and hence the living fibers can be studied with intact intracellular milieu and normal function and metabolic properties, as well as ionic control...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763156/distribution-of-muscle-fiber-conduction-velocity-for-representative-samples-of-motor-units-in-the-full-recruitment-range-of-the-tibialis-anterior-muscle
#10
Alessandro Del Vecchio, Francesco Negro, Francesco Felici, Dario Farina
AIM: Motor units are recruited in an orderly manner according to the size of motor neurons. Moreover, because larger motor neurons innervate fibers with larger diameters than smaller motor neurons, motor units should be recruited orderly according to their conduction velocity (MUCV). Because of technical limitations, these relations have been previously tested either indirectly or in small motor unit samples that revealed weak associations between motor unit recruitment threshold (RT) and MUCV...
August 1, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743820/the-effects-of-suramin-on-ca-2-activated-force-and-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-release-in-skinned-fast-twitch-skeletal-muscle-fibers-of-the-rat
#11
Dane W Williams, Dimitrie George Stephenson, Giuseppe S Posterino
Suramin has long been used in the treatment of various human diseases. Intravenous infusions of Suramin are commonly administered to patients over extended periods of time but there are a number of significant contraindications with peripheral muscle weakness being one of the most frequently reported. Previous work has shown that even after a single infusion (300 mg kg(-1)) Suramin remains in skeletal muscle in effective concentrations (11.6 μg mL(-1); 84 days) for prolonged periods. These observations provide a strong rationale for investigation of the specific effects of Suramin on skeletal muscle function...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723717/localized-muscle-vibration-reverses-quadriceps-muscle-hypotrophy-and-improves-physical-function-a-clinical-and-electrophysiological-study
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Maria Grazia Benedetti, Gennaro Boccia, Lorenzo Cavazzuti, Elena Magnani, Elisabetta Mariani, Alberto Rainoldi, Roberto Casale
Quadriceps weakness has been associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA). High-frequency localized muscle vibration (LMV) has been proposed recently for quadriceps strengthening in patients with knee OA. The purpose of this study was (a) to investigate the clinical effectiveness of high-frequency LMV on quadriceps muscle in patients with knee OA and (b) to disentangle, by means of surface electromyography (sEMG), the underlying mechanism. Thirty patients, aged between 40 and 65 years, and clinically diagnosed with knee OA were included in this randomized, controlled, single-blinded pilot study...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716227/mitochondrial-trna-genes-are-hotspots-for-mutations-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-exercise-intolerance-and-mitochondrial-myopathy
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Yuanyuan Lu, Danhua Zhao, Sheng Yao, Shiwen Wu, Daojun Hong, Qingqing Wang, Jing Liu, Jan A M Smeitink, Yun Yuan, Zhaoxia Wang
OBJECTIVE: Mitochondrial myopathy (MM) is a relatively rare type of mitochondrial disorder characterized by predominant skeletal muscle involvement. Both mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and nuclear DNA (nDNA) mutations have been reported as the genetic causes of this disease. Here, we described the clinical and genetic features of a cohort of patients with MM. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, single center study enrolling 22 patients with clinically and myopathologically diagnosed MM...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715662/preaged-remodeling-of-myofibrillar-cytoarchitecture-in-skeletal-muscle-expressing-r349p-mutant-desmin
#14
Stefanie Diermeier, Andreas Buttgereit, Sebastian Schürmann, Lilli Winter, Hongyang Xu, Robyn M Murphy, Christoph S Clemen, Rolf Schröder, Oliver Friedrich
The majority of hereditary and acquired myopathies are clinically characterized by progressive muscle weakness. We hypothesized that ongoing derangement of skeletal muscle cytoarchitecture at the single fiber level may precede and be responsible for the progressive muscle weakness. Here, we analyzed the effects of aging in wild-type (wt) and heterozygous (het) and homozygous (hom) R349P desmin knock-in mice. The latter harbor the ortholog of the most frequently encountered human R350P desmin missense mutation...
June 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693603/differential-requirement-for-satellite-cells-during-overload-induced-muscle-hypertrophy-in-growing-versus-mature-mice
#15
Kevin A Murach, Sarah H White, Yuan Wen, Angel Ho, Esther E Dupont-Versteegden, John J McCarthy, Charlotte A Peterson
BACKGROUND: Pax7+ satellite cells are required for skeletal muscle fiber growth during post-natal development in mice. Satellite cell-mediated myonuclear accretion also appears to persist into early adulthood. Given the important role of satellite cells during muscle development, we hypothesized that the necessity of satellite cells for adaptation to an imposed hypertrophic stimulus depends on maturational age. METHODS: Pax7(CreER)-R26R(DTA) mice were treated for 5 days with vehicle (satellite cell-replete, SC+) or tamoxifen (satellite cell-depleted, SC-) at 2 months (young) and 4 months (mature) of age...
July 10, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680370/effects-of-a-combined-protein-and-antioxidant-supplement-on-recovery-of-muscle-function-and-soreness-following-eccentric-exercise
#16
Stephen J Ives, Samuel Bloom, Alexs Matias, Noelle Morrow, Natalya Martins, Yookee Roh, Daniel Ebenstein, Gabriel O'Brien, Daniela Escudero, Kevin Brito, Leah Glickman, Scott Connelly, Paul J Arciero
BACKGROUND: An acute bout of eccentric contractions (ECC) cause muscle fiber damage, inflammation, impaired muscle function (MF) and muscle soreness (MS). Individually, protein (PRO) and antioxidant (AO) supplementation may improve some aspects of recovery from ECC, though have yet to be combined. We sought to determine if combined PRO and AO supplementation (PRO + AO) improves MS and MF following damaging ECC over PRO alone. METHODS: Sixty sedentary college-aged males participated in a randomized, single-blind, parallel design study of peak isometric torque (PIMT), peak isokinetic torque (PIKT), thigh circumference (TC), and muscle soreness (MS) of knee extensor muscles measured at baseline, immediately after and 1, 2, 6, and 24 h after completion of 100 maximal ECC...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652350/chimpanzee-super-strength-and-human-skeletal-muscle-evolution
#17
Matthew C O'Neill, Brian R Umberger, Nicholas B Holowka, Susan G Larson, Peter J Reiser
Since at least the 1920s, it has been reported that common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) differ from humans in being capable of exceptional feats of "super strength," both in the wild and in captive environments. A mix of anecdotal and more controlled studies provides some support for this view; however, a critical review of available data suggests that chimpanzee mass-specific muscular performance is a more modest 1.5 times greater than humans on average. Hypotheses for the muscular basis of this performance differential have included greater isometric force-generating capabilities, faster maximum shortening velocities, and/or a difference in myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform content in chimpanzee relative to human skeletal muscle...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637823/titin-force-enhancement-following-active-stretch-of-skinned-skeletal-muscle-fibres
#18
Krysta Powers, Venus Joumaa, Azim Jinha, Eng Kuan Moo, Ian Curtis Smith, Kiisa Nishikawa, Walter Herzog
In actively stretched skeletal muscle sarcomeres, titin-based force is enhanced, increasing the stiffness of active sarcomeres. Titin force enhancement in sarcomeres is vastly reduced in mdm, a genetic mutation with a deletion in titin. Whether loss of titin force enhancement is associated with compensatory mechanisms at higher structural levels of organization, such as single fibres or entire muscles, is unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether mechanical deficiencies in titin force enhancement are also observed at the fibre level, and whether mechanisms compensate for the loss of titin force enhancement...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629822/structure-based-designed-nano-dysferlin-significantly-improves-dysferlinopathy-in-bla-j-mice
#19
Telmo Llanga, Nadia Nagy, Laura Conatser, Catherine Dial, R Bryan Sutton, Matthew L Hirsch
Dysferlinopathy is an autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy characterized by the progressive loss of motility that is caused by mutations throughout the DYSF gene. There are currently no approved therapies that ameliorate or reverse dysferlinopathy. Gene delivery using adeno-associated vectors (AAVs) is a leading therapeutic strategy for genetic diseases; however, the large size of dysferlin cDNA (6.2 kB) precludes packaging into a single AAV capsid. Therefore, using 3D structural modeling and hypothesizing dysferlin C2 domain redundancy, a 30% smaller, dysferlin-like molecule amenable to single AAV vector packaging was engineered (termed Nano-Dysferlin)...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616638/piriformis-muscle-syndrome-with-assessment-of-sciatic-nerve-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-tractography-a-case-report
#20
Keizo Wada, Tomohiro Goto, Tomoya Takasago, Daisuke Hamada, Koichi Sairyo
Piriformis muscle syndrome (PMS) is difficult to diagnose by objective evaluation of sciatic nerve injury. Here we report a case of PMS diagnosed by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tractography of the sciatic nerve, which can assess and visualize the extent of nerve injury. The patient was a 53-year-old man with a 2-year history of continuous pain and numbness in the left leg. His symptoms worsened when sitting. Physical examination, including sensorimotor neurologic tests, the deep tendon reflex test, and the straight leg raise test, revealed no specific findings...
June 14, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
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