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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526871/electro-tactile-stimulation-enhances-cochlear-implant-speech-recognition-in-noise
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Juan Huang, Benjamin Sheffield, Payton Lin, Fan-Gang Zeng
For cochlear implant users, combined electro-acoustic stimulation (EAS) significantly improves the performance. However, there are many more users who do not have any functional residual acoustic hearing at low frequencies. Because tactile sensation also operates in the same low frequencies (<500 Hz) as the acoustic hearing in EAS, we propose electro-tactile stimulation (ETS) to improve cochlear implant performance. In ten cochlear implant users, a tactile aid was applied to the index finger that converted voice fundamental frequency into tactile vibrations...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525604/decomposing-tool-action-observation-a-stereo-eeg-study
#2
F Caruana, P Avanzini, R Mai, V Pelliccia, G LoRusso, G Rizzolatti, G A Orban
A description of the spatiotemporal dynamics of human cortical activity during cognitive tasks is a fundamental goal of neuroscience. In the present study, we employed stereo-EEG in order to assess the neural activity during tool-action observation. We recorded from 49 epileptic patients (5502 leads) implanted with intracerebral electrodes, while they observed tool and hand actions. We deconstructed actions into 3 events-video onset, action onset, and tool-object contact-and assessed how different brain regions respond to these events...
May 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522397/cellulose-acetate-poly-lactic-acid-coaxial-wet-electrospun-scaffold-containing-citalopram-loaded-gelatin-nanocarriers-for-neural-tissue-engineering-applications
#3
Mahdi Naseri-Nosar, Majid Salehi, Shahriar Hojjati-Emami
The current study aimed to develop a biodegradable three-dimensional drug-loaded scaffold with the core-shell structured fibrils using coaxial wet-electrospinning for neural tissue engineering application. Poly lactic acid was wet-electrospun as the core, whereas cellulose acetate was fabricated into the fibril's shell. The scaffold then was coated with citalopram-loaded gelatin nanocarriers (CGNs) produced by nanoprecipitation. Scanning electron microscope observation revealed that the fibrils formed a nonwoven structure with the average diameter of ∼950nm...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518115/analysis-of-retinoic-acid-induced-neural-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-in-two-and-three-dimensional-embryoid-bodies
#4
Junning Yang, Chuanshen Wu, Ioana Stefanescu, Arie Horowitz
Mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) isolated from the inner mass of the blastocyst (typically at day E3.5), can be used as in vitro model system for studying early embryonic development. In the absence of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), ESCs differentiate by default into neural precursor cells. They can be amassed into a three dimensional (3D) spherical aggregate termed embryoid body (EB) due to its similarity to the early stage embryo. EBs can be seeded on fibronectin-coated coverslips, where they expand by growing two dimensional (2D) extensions, or implanted in 3D collagen matrices where they continue growing as spheroids, and differentiate into the three germ layers: endodermal, mesodermal, and ectodermal...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512358/delayed-epidural-transplantation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neural-progenitors-enhances-functional-recovery-after-stroke
#5
I-Hui Lee, Shiang-Suo Huang, Ching-Yu Chuang, Ko-Hsun Liao, Li-Hsin Chang, Chia-Chi Chuang, Yu-Shih Su, Hung-Jui Lin, Jui-Yu Hsieh, Shu-Han Su, Oscar Kuang-Sheng Lee, Hung-Chih Kuo
Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells (iPSC-NPCs) are a promising source of tailor-made cell therapy for neurological diseases. However, major obstacles to clinical use still exist. To circumvent complications related to intracerebral administration, we implanted human iPSC-NPCs epidurally over the peri-infarct cortex 7 days after permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion in adult rats. Compared to controls, cell-treated rats showed significant improvements in paretic forelimb usage and grip strength from 10 days post-transplantation (dpt) onwards, as well as reductions in lesion volumes, inflammatory infiltration and astrogliosis at 21 dpt...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512291/characterization-of-mechanically-matched-hydrogel-coatings-to-improve-the-biocompatibility-of-neural-implants
#6
Kevin C Spencer, Jay C Sy, Khalil B Ramadi, Ann M Graybiel, Robert Langer, Michael J Cima
Glial scar is a significant barrier to neural implant function. Micromotion between the implant and tissue is suspected to be a key driver of glial scar formation around neural implants. This study explores the ability of soft hydrogel coatings to modulate glial scar formation by reducing local strain. PEG hydrogels with controllable thickness and elastic moduli were formed on the surface of neural probes. These coatings significantly reduced the local strain resulting from micromotion around the implants. Coated implants were found to significantly reduce scarring in vivo, compared to hard implants of identical diameter...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508994/disease-modifying-effects-of-neural-regeneration-peptide-2945-in-the-gaers-model-of-absence-epilepsy
#7
Gabi Dezsi, Frank Sieg, Mark Thomas, Terence J O'Brien, Marieke van der Hart, Nigel C Jones
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition characterised by spontaneous recurrent seizures. Current anti-epileptic drugs are only effective and tolerated in ~70% of patients, leaving a substantial proportion of patients untreated. As such, there is a pressing need to develop new therapies. We assessed the anti-seizure activity of Neural Regeneration Peptide 2945 (NRP 2945) in the GAERS model of absence epilepsy. Drug effects on seizures were assessed using two study designs. Male adult GAERS were implanted with EEG electrodes to measure seizure frequency...
May 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505596/engineered-hydrogels-increase-the-post-transplantation-survival-of-encapsulated-hesc-derived-midbrain-dopaminergic-neurons
#8
Maroof M Adil, Tandis Vazin, Badriprasad Ananthanarayanan, Gonçalo M C Rodrigues, Antara T Rao, Rishikesh U Kulkarni, Evan W Miller, Sanjay Kumar, David V Schaffer
Cell replacement therapies have broad biomedical potential; however, low cell survival and poor functional integration post-transplantation are major hurdles that hamper clinical benefit. For example, following striatal transplantation of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), only 1-5% of the neurons typically survive in preclinical models and in clinical trials. In general, resource-intensive generation and implantation of larger numbers of cells are used to compensate for the low post-transplantation cell-survival...
May 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504947/robust-wireless-power-transmission-to-mm-sized-free-floating-distributed-implants
#9
S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Pyungwoo Yeon, Maysam Ghovanloo
This paper presents an inductive link for wireless power transmission (WPT) to mm-sized free-floating implants (FFIs) distributed in a large three-dimensional space in the neural tissue that is insensitive to the exact location of the receiver (Rx). The proposed structure utilizes a high-Q resonator on the target wirelessly powered plane that encompasses randomly positioned multiple FFIs, all powered by a large external transmitter (Tx). Based on resonant WPT fundamentals, we have devised a detailed method for optimization of the FFIs and explored design strategies and safety concerns, such as coil segmentation and specific absorption rate limits using realistic finite element simulation models in HFSS including head tissue layers, respectively...
May 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503731/a-microfluidic-ion-pump-for-in-vivo-drug-delivery
#10
Ilke Uguz, Christopher M Proctor, Vincenzo F Curto, Anna-Maria Pappa, Mary J Donahue, Magali Ferro, Róisín M Owens, Dion Khodagholy, Sahika Inal, George G Malliaras
Implantable devices offer an alternative to systemic delivery of drugs for the treatment of neurological disorders. A microfluidic ion pump (µFIP), capable of delivering a drug without the solvent through electrophoresis, is developed. The device is characterized in vitro by delivering γ-amino butyric acid to a target solution, and demonstrates low-voltage operation, high drug-delivery capacity, and high ON/OFF ratio. It is also demonstrated that the device is suitable for cortical delivery in vivo by manipulating the local ion concentration in an animal model and altering neural behavior...
May 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499799/mouse%C3%A2-rat-aggregation-chimaeras-can-develop-to-adulthood
#11
Katarzyna Bożyk, Katarzyna Gilecka, Monika Humięcka, Marcin Szpila, Aneta Suwińska, Andrzej K Tarkowski
In order to examine interactions between cells originating from different species during embryonic development we constructed interspecific mouse↔rat chimaeras by aggregation of 8-cell embryos. Embryos of both species expressed different fluorescent markers (eGFP and DsRed), which enabled us to follow the fate of both components from the moment of aggregation until adulthood. We revealed that in majority of embryos the blastocyst cavity appeared inside the group of rat cells, while the mouse component was allocated to the deeper layer of the inner cell mass and to the polar trophectoderm...
May 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498269/real-time-intracochlear-electrocochleography-obtained-directly-through-a-cochlear-implant
#12
Michael S Harris, William Jason Riggs, Kanthaiah Koka, Leonid M Litvak, Prashant Malhotra, Aaron C Moberly, Brendan P O'Connell, Jourdan Holder, Federico Alberto Di Lella, Carlos Mario Boccio, George B Wanna, Robert F Labadie, Oliver F Adunka
HYPOTHESIS: Utilizing the cochlear implant to record electrophysiologic responses during device placement is a feasible and efficacious technique for monitoring near real-time cochlear physiology during and following electrode insertion. BACKGROUND: Minimizing intracochlear trauma during cochlear implantation has emerged as a highly researched area to help improve patient performance. Currently, conventional cochlear implant technology allows for the recording of electrically evoked compound action potentials (eCAPs)...
May 11, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498076/cochlear-implantation-in-mondini-s-deformity-could-the-straight-electrode-array-with-length-of-31%C3%A2-mm-be-fully-inserted
#13
Jia-Qiang Sun, Jing-Wu Sun, Xiao-Yan Hou
CONCLUSIONS: The straight electrode array with length of 31 mm can be fully inserted using round window insertion in cochlear implantation with Mondini's deformity. It is a safe and effective process, but also a challenging task of the full implantation in children with Mondini's deformity. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to discuss whether the straight electrode array with a length of 31 mm could be fully inserted in cochlear implantation with Mondini's deformity...
February 22, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495609/acute-low-level-alcohol-consumption-reduces-phase-locking-of-event-related-oscillations-in-rodents
#14
Leslie R Amodeo, Derek N Wills, Cindy L Ehlers
Event-related oscillations (EROs) are rhythmic changes that are evoked by a sensory and/or cognitive stimulus that can influence the dynamics of the EEG. EROs are defined by the decomposition of the EEG signal into magnitude (energy) and phase information and can be elicited in both humans and animals. EROs have been linked to several relevant genes associated with ethanol dependence phenotypes in humans and are altered in selectively bred alcohol-preferring rats. However, pharmacological studies are only beginning to emerge investigating the impact low intoxicating doses of ethanol can have on event-related neural oscillations...
May 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493386/a-ferroelectric-ceramic-polymer-composite-based-capacitive-electrode-array-for-in-vivo-recordings
#15
Changyong Chen, Miaomiao Xue, Yige Wen, Guang Yao, Yan Cui, Feiyi Liao, Zhuocheng Yan, Long Huang, Saeed Ahmed Khan, Min Gao, Taisong Pan, Hulin Zhang, Wei Jing, Daqing Guo, Sanfeng Zhang, Hailiang Yao, Xiong Zhou, Qiang Li, Yang Xia, Yuan Lin
A new implantable capacitive electrode array for electrocorticography signal recording is developed with ferroelectric ceramic/polymer composite. This ultrathin and electrically safe capacitive electrode array is capable of attaching to the biological tissue conformably. The barium titanate/polyimide (BaTiO3 /PI) nanocomposite with high dielectric constant is successfully synthesized and employed as the ultrathin dielectric layer of the capacitive BaTiO3 /PI electrode array. The performance of the capacitive BaTiO3 /PI electrode array is evaluated by electrical characterization and 3D finite-element modeling...
May 11, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490738/model-guided-control-of-hippocampal-discharges-by-local-direct-current-stimulation
#16
Faten Mina, Julien Modolo, Fanny Recher, Gabriel Dieuset, Arnaud Biraben, Pascal Benquet, Fabrice Wendling
Neurostimulation is an emerging treatment for drug-resistant epilepsies when surgery is contraindicated. Recent clinical results demonstrate significant seizure frequency reduction in epileptic patients, however the mechanisms underlying this therapeutic effect are largely unknown. This study aimed at gaining insights into local direct current stimulation (LDCS) effects on hyperexcitable tissue, by i) analyzing the impact of electrical currents locally applied on epileptogenic brain regions, and ii) characterizing currents achieving an "anti-epileptic" effect (excitability reduction)...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490645/evidence-of-adaptations-of-locomotor-neural-drive-in-response-to-enhanced-intermuscular-connectivity-between-the-triceps-surae-muscles-of-the-rat
#17
Michel Bernabei, Jaap H van Dieën, Huub Maas
The aims of this study were to investigate changes (i) in the coordination of activation of the triceps surae muscle group and (ii) in muscle belly length of soleus (SO) and lateral gastrocnemius (LG) during locomotion (trotting) in response to increased stiffness of intermuscular connective tissues in the rat. We measured muscle activation and muscle belly lengths, as well as hindlimb kinematics, before and after an artificial enhancement of the connectivity between SO and LG muscles obtained by implanting a tissue-integrating surgical mesh at the muscles' interface...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486758/stimulation-of-the-l2-l3-dorsal-root-ganglia-induces-effective-pain-relief-in-the-low-back
#18
Frank Huygen, Liong Liem, William Cusack, Jeffery Kramer
INTRODUCTION: Chronic low back pain affects millions of people worldwide and can arise through a variety of clinical origins. In the case of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), previous surgical procedures can contribute to low back pain that is often unresponsive to intervention. Although spinal cord stimulation can be an effective treatment modality, it does not provide sufficient pain relief for some intractable cases. Recently, alternative neuromodulation options have been developed, including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation...
May 9, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482124/collagen-scaffold-combined-with-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promote-functional-recovery-after-scar-resection-in-rats-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Nuo Wang, Zhifeng Xiao, Yannan Zhao, Bin Wang, Xing Li, Jing Li, Jianwu Dai
Effective therapeutic strategies for treating chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) are currently unavailable. Scar tissue in the lesion area is a main inhibitory factor for axonal regeneration and repair of chronic SCI. In this study, scar tissue was surgically resected from adult rats with 12-week chronic SCI, and then collagen scaffold (named NeuroRegen Scaffold [NRS]) and human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) were implanted into the resected cavity to repair chronic SCI. The results demonstrated that the locomotor function of rats was not affected by surgical scar resection, indicating its safety in treating chronic SCI...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480646/amplitude-modulation-based-electrical-stimulation-for-encoding-multipixel-spatiotemporal-visual-information-in-retinal-neural-activities
#20
Sang Baek Ryu, Jeong Woo Choi, Kun No Ahn, Yong Sook Goo, Kyung Hwan Kim
Retinal implants have been developed as a promising way to restore partial vision for the blind. The observation and analysis of neural activities can offer valuable insights for successful prosthetic electrical stimulation. Retinal ganglion cell (RGC) activities have been investigated to provide knowledge on the requirements for electrical stimulation, such as threshold current and the effect of stimulation waveforms. To develop a detailed 'stimulation strategy' for faithful delivery of spatiotemporal visual information to the brain, it is essential to examine both the temporal and spatial characteristics of RGC responses, whereas previous studies were mainly focused on one or the other...
June 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
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