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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220192/fluidic-microactuation-of-flexible-electrodes-for-neural-recording
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Flavia Vitale, Daniel Vercosa, Alexander V Rodriguez, Sushma Sri Pamulapati, Frederik Seibt, Eric Lewis, Jiaxi Stephen Yan, Krishna Badhiwala, Mohammed Adnan, Gianni Royer-Carfagni, Michael Beierlein, Caleb Kemere, Matteo Pasquali, Jacob Robinson
Soft and conductive nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes, graphene, and nanowire scaffolds have expanded the family of ultra-flexible microelectrodes that can bend and flex with the natural movement of the brain, reduce the inflammatory response and improve the stability of long-term neural recordings. However, current methods to implant these highly flexible electrodes rely on temporary stiffening agents that temporarily increase the electrode size and stiffness thus aggravating neural damage during implantation, which can lead to cell loss and glial activation that persists even after the stiffening agents are removed or dissolve...
December 8, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219118/adaptive-quantization-of-local-field-potentials-for-wireless-implants-in-freely-moving-animals-an-open-source-neural-recording-device
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Dominique Martinez, Maxime Clement, Belkacem Messaoudi, Damien Gervasoni, Philippe Litaudon, Nathalie Buonviso
OBJECTIVE: Modern neuroscience research asks for electrophysiological recording of local field potentials (LFPs) in moving animals. Wireless transmission has the advantage of removing the wires between the animal and the recording equipment but is hampered by the large amount of data to be sent at a relatively high rate. APPROACH: To reduce transmission bandwidth, we propose an encoder/decoder scheme based on adaptive non-uniform quantization. Our algorithm uses the current transmitted codeword to adapt the quantization intervals to changing statistics in LFP signals...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215787/miniaturized-battery-free-optofluidic-systems-with-potential-for-wireless-pharmacology-and-optogenetics
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Kyung Nim Noh, Sung Il Park, Raza Qazi, Zhanan Zou, Aaron D Mickle, Jose G Grajales-Reyes, Kyung-In Jang, Robert W Gereau, Jianliang Xiao, John A Rogers, Jae-Woong Jeong
Combination of optogenetics and pharmacology represents a unique approach to dissect neural circuitry with high specificity and versatility. However, conventional tools available to perform these experiments, such as optical fibers and metal cannula, are limited due to their tethered operation and lack of biomechanical compatibility. To address these issues, a miniaturized, battery-free, soft optofluidic system that can provide wireless drug delivery and optical stimulation for spatiotemporal control of the targeted neural circuit in freely behaving animals is reported...
December 7, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214379/dual-contribution-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-employed-for-tissue-engineering-of-peripheral-nerves-trophic-activity-and-differentiation-into-connective-tissue-cells
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F Evaristo-Mendonça, A Carrier-Ruiz, R de Siqueira-Santos, R M P Campos, B Rangel, T H Kasai-Brunswick, V T Ribeiro-Resende
Adult peripheral nerves in vertebrates can regrow their axons and re-establish function after crush lesion. However, when there is extensive loss of a nerve segment, due to an accident or compressive damage caused by tumors, regeneration is strongly impaired. In order to overcome this problem, bioengineering strategies have been employed, using biomaterials formed by key cell types combined with biodegradable polymers. Many of these strategies are successful, and regenerated nerve tissue can be observed 12 weeks after the implantation...
December 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212273/repositioning-cep-1347-a-chemical-agent-originally-developed-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-as-an-anti-cancer-stem-cell-drug
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Masashi Okada, Hiroyuki Takeda, Hirotsugu Sakaki, Kenta Kuramoto, Shuhei Suzuki, Tomomi Sanomachi, Keita Togashi, Shizuka Seino, Chifumi Kitanaka
CEP-1347 is a mixed lineage kinase inhibitor tested in a large-scale phase 2/3 clinical trial in early Parkinson's disease, in which its safety and tolerability, but nevertheless not efficacy, was demonstrated. Here we identify by drug repositioning CEP-1347 as a potential anti-cancer stem cell drug. In vitro, CEP-1347 efficiently induced differentiation and inhibited the self-renewal and tumor-initiating capacities of human cancer stem cells from glioblastoma as well as from pancreatic and ovarian cancers at clinically-relevant concentrations, without impairing the viability of normal fibroblasts and neural stem cells...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209540/deglutition-syncope-two-case-reports-attributed-to-vagal-hyperactivity
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Sukhdeep Bhogal, Pooja Sethi, Yasir Taha, Muralidhar Papireddy, Akhilesh Mahajan, Syed Imran M Zaidi, Vijay Ramu, Timir Paul
Deglutition syncope is a relatively rare cause of syncope that belongs to the category of neurally mediated reflex syncopal syndromes. The phenomenon is related to vagal reflex in context to deglutition causing atrioventricular block and acute reduction in cardiac output leading to dizziness or syncope. We present case series of two cases of deglutition syncope, of which first was managed medically and second with pacemaker implantation.
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209162/characterization-of-cochlear-vestibular-and-cochlear-vestibular-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potentials-in-patients-with-a-vestibulo-cochlear-implant
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T A K Nguyen, Samuel Cavuscens, Maurizio Ranieri, Konrad Schwarz, Nils Guinand, Raymond van de Berg, Thomas van den Boogert, Floor Lucieer, Marc van Hoof, Jean-Philippe Guyot, Herman Kingma, Silvestro Micera, Angelica Perez Fornos
The peripheral vestibular system is critical for the execution of activities of daily life as it provides movement and orientation information to motor and sensory systems. Patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction experience a significant decrease in quality of life and have currently no viable treatment option. Vestibular implants could eventually restore vestibular function. Most vestibular implant prototypes to date are modified cochlear implants to fast-track development. These use various objective measurements, such as the electrically evoked compound action potential (eCAP), to supplement behavioral information...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205933/a-highly-selective-3d-spiked-ultraflexible-neural-sun-interface-for-decoding-peripheral-nerve-sensory-information
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Jiahui Wang, Xin Yuan Thow, Hao Wang, Sanghoon Lee, Kai Voges, Nitish V Thakor, Shih-Cheng Yen, Chengkuo Lee
Artificial sensors on the skin are proposed as a way to capture information that can be used in intracortical microstimulation or peripheral intraneural stimulation to restore sensory feedback to persons with tetraplegia. However, the ability of these artificial sensors to replicate the density and complexity of the natural mechanoreceptors is limited. One relatively unexplored approach is to make use of the signals from surviving tactile and proprioceptive receptors in existing limbs by recording from their transmitting axons within the primary sensory nerves...
December 4, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204424/3-d-bioprinting-of-neural-tissue-for-applications-in-cell-therapy-and-drug-screening
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REVIEW
Michaela Thomas, Stephanie M Willerth
Neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of individuals in North America and cost the health-care industry billions of dollars for treatment. Current treatment options for degenerative diseases focus on physical rehabilitation or drug therapies, which temporarily mask the effects of cell damage, but quickly lose their efficacy. Cell therapies for the central nervous system remain an untapped market due to the complexity involved in growing neural tissues, controlling their differentiation, and protecting them from the hostile environment they meet upon implantation...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203409/nanoelectronics-enabled-chronic-multimodal-neural-platform-in-a-mouse-ischemic-model
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Lan Luan, Colin T Sullender, Xue Li, Zhengtuo Zhao, Hanlin Zhu, Xiaoling Wei, Chong Xie, Andrew K Dunn
BACKGROUND: Despite significant advancements of optical imaging techniques for mapping hemodynamics in small animal models, it remains challenging to combine imaging with spatially resolved electrical recording of individual neurons especially for longitudinal studies. This is largely due to the strong invasiveness to the living brain from the penetrating electrodes and their limited compatibility with longitudinal imaging. NEW METHOD: We implant arrays of ultraflexible nanoelectronic threads (NETs) in mice for neural recording both at the brain surface and intracortically, which maintain great tissue compatibility chronically...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202647/swallow-presyncope-in-an-athletic-patient-caused-by-third-degree-atrioventricular-block
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Axel Van Damme, Tine De Backer, Philippe Vanderheeren
Introduction Swallow syncope is a neurally mediated syncope. Multiple causes have been described in literature. A rare cause is arrhythmias. Only a limited amount of cases present the association of swallow syncope and third degree AV-block. Case presentation A 39-year-old man presented with episodes of presyncope while eating. Further medical history, physical examination, resting 12-lead ECG, cyclo-ergometry, transthoracic echocardiography and MRI of the heart were normal. 24 h Holter monitoring demonstrated high-grade third-degree atrioventricular (AV) block...
December 5, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202327/mesh-electronics-a-new-paradigm-for-tissue-like-brain-probes
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REVIEW
Guosong Hong, Xiao Yang, Tao Zhou, Charles M Lieber
Existing implantable neurotechnologies for understanding the brain and treating neurological diseases have intrinsic properties that have limited their capability to achieve chronically-stable brain interfaces with single-neuron spatiotemporal resolution. These limitations reflect what has been dichotomy between the structure and mechanical properties of living brain tissue and non-living neural probes. To bridge the gap between neural and electronic networks, we have introduced the new concept of mesh electronics probes designed with structural and mechanical properties such that the implant begins to 'look and behave' like neural tissue...
December 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202131/multifunctional-system-for-observing-measuring-and-analyzing-stimulation-evoked-neurochemical-signaling
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Christopher J Kimble, Joshua B Boesche, Diane R Eaker, Kenneth R Kressin, James K Trevathan, Seungleal Paek, Anders J Asp, Malcolm B McIntosh, J Luis Lujan
The ability to measure neurotransmitter activity using implanted electrochemical sensors offers researchers a potent technique for analyzing neural activity across specific neural circuitry. We have developed a wirelessly controlled device, WINCS Harmoni, to observe and measure neurotransmitter dynamics at up to four separate sensors, with high temporal and spatial resolution. WINCS Harmoni also incorporates a versatile neurostimulator that can be synchronized with electrochemical recording. The WINCS Harmoni platform is thus optimally suited for probing the neurochemical effects of neurostimulation, and may in turn enable the development of personalized therapies for multiple brain disorders...
May 2017: IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201041/decoding-of-human-movements-based-on-deep-brain-local-field-potentials-using-ensemble-neural-networks
#14
Mohammad S Islam, Khondaker A Mamun, Hai Deng
Decoding neural activities related to voluntary and involuntary movements is fundamental to understanding human brain motor circuits and neuromotor disorders and can lead to the development of neuromotor prosthetic devices for neurorehabilitation. This study explores using recorded deep brain local field potentials (LFPs) for robust movement decoding of Parkinson's disease (PD) and Dystonia patients. The LFP data from voluntary movement activities such as left and right hand index finger clicking were recorded from patients who underwent surgeries for implantation of deep brain stimulation electrodes...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198041/ethical-considerations-on-novel-neuronal-interfaces
#15
Kadircan H Keskinbora, Kader Keskinbora
Wireless powered implants, each smaller than a grain of rice, have the potential to scan and stimulate brain cells. Further research may lead to next-generation brain-machine interfaces for controlling prosthetics, exoskeletons, and robots, as well as "electroceuticals" to treat disorders of the brain and body. In conditions that can be particularly alleviated with brain stimulation, the use of such mini devices may pose certain challenges. Health professionals are becoming increasingly more accountable in decision-making processes that have impacts on the life quality of individuals...
December 2, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192591/torsades-de-pointes-associated-with-qt-prolongation-after-catheter-ablation-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Yae Min Park, Mi Suk Cha, Woong Chol Kang, Mi-Seung Shin, Young-Hoon Kim, In Suck Choi, Eak Kyun Shin
A 79-year-old woman who underwent catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation presented with Torsades de Pointes (TdP). Aggravation of prolonged QT interval which is most likely due to neural modulation by catheter ablation, played major role in the initiation of TdP. The patient was successfully treated with isoproterenol during acute stage and discharged after stabilization without implantation of permanent pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
September 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191772/gap-induced-reductions-of-evoked-potentials-in-the-auditory-cortex-a-possible-objective-marker-for-the-presence-of-tinnitus
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Joel I Berger, William Owen, Caroline A Wilson, Adam Hockley, Ben Coomber, Alan R Palmer, Mark N Wallace
Animal models of tinnitus are essential for determining the underlying mechanisms and testing pharmacotherapies. However, there is doubt over the validity of current behavioural methods for detecting tinnitus. Here, we applied a stimulus paradigm widely used in a behavioural test (gap-induced inhibition of the acoustic startle reflex GPIAS) while recording from the auditory cortex, and showed neural response changes that mirror those found in the behavioural tests. We implanted guinea pigs (GPs) with electrocorticographic (ECoG) arrays and recorded baseline auditory cortical responses to a startling stimulus...
November 27, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187808/toward-a-cognitive-neural-prosthesis-using-focused-ultrasound
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Matthew E Downs, Tobias Teichert, Amanda Buch, Maria E Karakatsani, Carlos Sierra, Shangshang Chen, Elisa E Konofagou, Vincent P Ferrera
Non-invasive brain stimulation using focused ultrasound has many potential applications as a research and clinical tool, including its incorporation as either an extracorporeal or implantable neural prosthetic. To this end, we investigated the effect of focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with systemically administered microbubbles on visual-motor decision-making behavior in monkeys. We applied FUS to the putamen in one hemisphere to open the blood-brain barrier (BBB), and then tested behavioral performance 3-4 h later...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187552/implantable-computer-controlled-adaptive-multi-electrode-positioning-system-amep
#19
Enrico Ferrea, Lalitta Suriya-Arunroj, Dirk Hoehl, Uwe Thomas, Alexander Gail
Acute neuronal recordings performed with metal microelectrodes in non-human primates allow investigating the neural substrate of complex cognitive behaviors. Yet, the daily re-insertion and positioning of the electrodes prevents recording from many neurons simultaneously, limiting the suitability of these types of recordings for brain-computer-interface applications or for large-scale population statistical methods on a trial-by-trial basis. In contrast, chronically implanted multi-electrode arrays offer the opportunity to record from many neurons simultaneously, but immovable electrodes prevent optimization of the signal during and after implantation and cause the tissue response to progressively impair the transduced signal quality, thereby limiting the number of different neurons that can be recorded over the lifetime of the implant...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187247/improvement-of-renal-function-after-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cell-treatment-on-chronic-renal-failure-and-thoracic-spinal-cord-entrapment-a-case-report
#20
Ahmad Jabir Rahyussalim, Ifran Saleh, Tri Kurniawati, Andi Praja Wira Yudha Lutfi
BACKGROUND: Chronic renal failure is an important clinical problem with significant socioeconomic impact worldwide. Thoracic spinal cord entrapment induced by a metabolic yield deposit in patients with renal failure results in intrusion of nervous tissue and consequently loss of motor and sensory function. Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells are immune naïve and they are able to differentiate into other phenotypes, including the neural lineage. Over the past decade, advances in the field of regenerative medicine allowed development of cell therapies suitable for kidney repair...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
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