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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804998/peripheral-nerve-growth-within-a-hydrogel-microchannel-scaffold-supported-by-a-kink-resistant-conduit
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Dena Shahriari, Masataka Shibayama, Daniel Lynam, Kayla Wolf, Go Kubota, Jacob Koffler, Mark Tuszynski, Wendy Campana, Jeff Sakamoto
Nerve repair in several mm-long nerve gaps often requires an interventional technology. Microchannel scaffolds have proven effective for bridging nerve gaps and guiding axons in the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Nonetheless, fabricating microchannel scaffolds at this length scale remains a challenge and/or is time consuming and cumbersome. In this work, a simple computer-aided microdrilling technique was used to fabricate 10 mm-long agarose scaffolds consisting of 300 µm-microchannels and 85 µm-thick walls in less than an hour...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804736/urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-upa-and-its-receptor-upar-promote-neurorepair-in-the-ischemic-brain
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Paola Merino, Ariel Diaz, Manuel Yepes
Despite the fact that ischemic stroke has been considered a leading cause of mortality in the world, recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the ischemic injury and the treatment of acute ischemic stroke patients have led to a sharp decrease in the number of stroke deaths. However, this decrease in stroke mortality has also led to an increase in the number of patients that survive the acute ischemic injury with different degrees of disability. Unfortunately, to this date we do not have an effective therapeutic strategy to promote neurological recovery in these growing population of stroke survivors...
2017: Receptors & Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803750/motor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-neuromodulation-promote-corticospinal-tract-axonal-outgrowth-and-motor-recovery-after-cervical-contusion-spinal-cord-injury
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N Zareen, M Shinozaki, D Ryan, H Alexander, A Amer, D Truong, N Khadka, A Sarkar, S Naeem, M Bikson, J Martin
Cervical injuries are the most common form of SCI. In this study, we used a neuromodulatory approach to promote skilled movement recovery and repair of the corticospinal tract (CST) after a moderately severe C4 midline contusion in adult rats. We used bilateral epidural intermittent theta burst (iTBS) electrical stimulation of motor cortex to promote CST axonal sprouting and cathodal trans-spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) to enhance spinal cord activation to motor cortex stimulation after injury. We used Finite Element Method (FEM) modeling to direct tsDCS to the cervical enlargement...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791751/the-gene-network-underlying-the-glial-regenerative-response-to-central-nervous-system-injury
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REVIEW
Kentaro Kato, Maria Losada-Perez, Alicia Hidalgo
Although the central nervous system does not regenerate, injury induces repair and regenerative responses in glial cells. In mammals, activated microglia clear up apoptotic cells and debris resulting from the injury, astrocytes form a scar that contains the lesion, and NG2-glia elicit a prominent regenerative response. NG2-glia regenerate themselves and differentiate into oligodendrocytes, which remyelinate axons leading to some recovery of locomotion. The regenerative response of glial cells is evolutionarily conserved across the animals and Drosophila genetics revealed an underlying gene network...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782192/the-effect-of-four-types-of-artificial-nerve-graft-structures-on-the-repair-of-10-mm-rat-sciatic-nerve-gap
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Chan Zhou, Bin Liu, Yong Huang, Xiu Zeng, Huajian You, Jin Li, Yaoguang Zhang
Investigating the effect of four types of artificial nerve graft (ANG) structures on rat sciatic nerve defect repair will aid future ANG designs. In this study, fibroin fibres and polylactic acid were used to prepare four ANGs with differing structures: nerve conduit with micron-sized pores (Conduit with pore group), nerve conduit without micron-sized pores (Conduit group), nerve scaffold comprising Conduit with pore group material plus silk fibres (Scaffold with pore group), and nerve scaffold comprising Conduit group material plus silk fibres (Scaffold group)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782170/short-and-long-gap-peripheral-nerve-repair-with-magnesium-metal-filaments
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Tracy M Hopkins, Kevin J Little, John J Vennemeyer, Jefferson L Triozzi, Michael T Turgeon, Alexander M Heilman, D Minteer, K Marra, David B Hom, Sarah K Pixley
A current clinical challenge is to replace autografts for repair of injury gaps in peripheral nerves, which can occur due to trauma or surgical interruption. Biodegradable metallic magnesium filaments, placed inside hollow nerve conduits, could support nerve repair by providing contact guidance support for axonal regeneration. This was tested by repairing sciatic nerves of adult rats with single magnesium filaments placed inside poly(caprolactone) nerve conduits. Controls were empty conduits, conduits containing titanium filaments and/or isografts from donor rats...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780695/quantitative-multimodal-evaluation-of-passaging-human-neural-crest-stem-cells-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#7
Jian Du, Huanwen Chen, Kailiang Zhou, Xiaofeng Jia
Peripheral nerve injury is a major burden to societies worldwide, however, current therapy options (e.g. autologous nerve grafts) are unable to produce satisfactory outcomes. Many studies have shown that stem cell transplantation holds great potential for peripheral nerve repair, and human neural crest stem cells (hNCSCs), which give rise to a variety of tissues in the peripheral nervous system, are particularly promising. NCSCs are one of the best candidates for clinical translation, however, to ensure the viability and quality of NCSCs for research and clinical use, the effect of in vitro cell passaging on therapeutic effects needs be evaluated given that passaging is required to expand NCSCs to meet the demands of transplantation in preclinical research and clinical trials...
August 5, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780535/clinical-physiological-and-pathological-characterisation-of-the-sensory-predominant-peripheral-neuropathy-in-copper-deficiency
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Sean W Taylor, Ruple S Laughlin, Neeraj Kumar, Brent Goodman, Christopher J Klein, Peter J Dyck, P James B Dyck
INTRODUCTION: Myelopathy is considered the most common neurological complication of copper deficiency. Concurrent peripheral neuropathy has been recognised in association with copper deficiency but has not been well characterised. OBJECTIVES: To characterise the clinical, physiological and pathological features of copper-deficient peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: Patients with simultaneous copper deficiency (<0.78 μg/mL) and peripheral neuropathy seen at the Mayo Clinic from 1985 to 2005 were identified...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771790/motoneuron-activity-is-required-for-enhancements-in-functional-recovery-after-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-exercised-female-mice
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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/28770439/crocetin-potentiates-neurite-growth-in-hippocampal-neurons-and-facilitates-functional-recovery-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
#10
Xiqian Wang, Xiejia Jiao, Zhonghao Liu, Yixin Li
Crocetin is an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine and has therapeutic potential in various diseases due to its pharmacological properties, such as neuroprotection, anti-oxidative stress, and anti-inflammation. These properties might benefit the treatment of spinal cord injury. In the present study, we tested the effect of crocetin on neurite growth and sensorimotor dysfunction in a rat model of spinal cord injury. We evaluated the viability of cultured hippocampal neurons with tetrazolium dye and lactate dehydrogenase assays, visualized neurites and axons with antibody staining, and monitored motor and sensorimotor functions in rats with spinal cord injury using the Basso, Beattie, and Bresnahan assay and the contact plantar placement test, respectively, and measured cytokine expression using enzyme-linked immuno-absorbent assays...
August 2, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765330/genome-stability-by-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-in-neural-progenitors-contributes-to-neuronal-differentiation-in-cortical-development
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Kohei Onishi, Akiko Uyeda, Mitsuhiro Shida, Teruyoshi Hirayama, Takeshi Yagi, Nobuhiko Yamamoto, Noriyuki Sugo
DNA repair is crucial for genome stability in the developing cortex, as somatic de novo mutations cause neurological disorders. However, how DNA repair contributes to neuronal development is largely unknown. To address this issue, we studied the spatiotemporal roles of DNA polymerase β (Polβ), a key enzyme in DNA base excision repair (BER) pathway, in the developing cortex using distinct forebrain-specific conditional knockout mice, Emx1-Cre/Polβ(fl/fl) and Nex-Cre/Polβ(fl/fl) mice. Polβ expression was absent in both neural progenitors and postmitotic neurons in Emx1-Cre/Polβ(fl/fl) mice, while only postmitotic neurons lacked Polβ expression in Nex-Cre/Polβ(fl/fl) mice...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761436/polyethylene-glycol-as-a-promising-synthetic-material-for-repair-of-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Xian-Bin Kong, Qiu-Yan Tang, Xu-Yi Chen, Yue Tu, Shi-Zhong Sun, Zhong-Lei Sun
Polyethylene glycol is a synthetic, biodegradable, and water-soluble polyether. Owing to its good biological and material properties, polyethylene glycol shows promise in spinal cord tissue engineering applications. Although studies have examined repairing spinal cord injury with polyethylene glycol, these compelling findings have not been recently reviewed or evaluated as a whole. Thus, we herein review and summarize the findings of studies conducted both within and beyond China that have examined the repair of spinal cord injury using polyethylene glycol...
June 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760862/myelinogenic-plasticity-of-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-following-spinal-cord-contusion-injury
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P Assinck, G J Duncan, J R Plemel, M J Lee, J S Stratton, S B Manesh, J Liu, L M Ramer, S H Kang, D E Bergles, J Biernaskie, W Tetzlaff
Spontaneous remyelination occurs after spinal cord injury (SCI), but the extent of myelin repair and identity of the cells responsible remain incompletely understood and contentious. We assessed the cellular origin of new myelin by fate mapping PDGFRα+, Olig2+, and P0+ cells following contusion SCI in mice. Oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs; PDGFRα+) produced oligodendrocytes responsible for de novo ensheathment of ∼30% of myelinated spinal axons at injury epicenter three months after SCI, demonstrating that these resident cells are a major contributor to oligodendrocyte regeneration...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751457/2-arachidonoylglycerol-reduces-proteoglycans-and-enhances-remyelination-in-a-progressive-model-of-demyelination
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A Feliu, Bonilla I Del Río, F J Carrillo-Salinas, G Hernández-Torres, L Mestre, N Puente, S Ortega-Gutiérrez, M L López-Rodríguez, P Grandes, M Mecha, C Guaza
The failure to undergo remyelination is a critical impediment to recovery in multiple sclerosis (MS). Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) accumulate at demyelinating lesions creating a non-permissive environment that impairs axon regeneration and remyelination. Here, we reveal a new role for 2-arachinonoylglycerol (2-AG), the major CNS endocannabinoid, in the modulation of CSPG deposition in a progressive model of MS, the Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus induced demyelinating disease (TMEV-IDD)...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746726/cauda-equina-repair-in-the-rat-part-3-axonal-regeneration-across-schwann-cell-seeded-collagen-foam
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Samuel J Mackenzie, Juneyoung L Yi, Amit Singla, Thomas M Russell, Donna J Osterhout, Blair Calancie
INTRODUCTION: Treatments for patients with cauda equina injury are limited. METHODS: In this study, we first used retrograde labeling to determine the relative contributions of cauda equina motor neurons to intrinsic and extrinsic rat tail muscles. Next, we transected cauda equina ventral roots and proceeded to bridge the proximal and distal stumps with either a type I collagen scaffold coated in laminin (CL) or a collagen-laminin scaffold that was also seeded with Schwann cells (CLSC)...
July 26, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743796/sox2-expression-in-schwann-cells-inhibits-myelination-in-vivo-and-induces-influx-of-macrophages-to-the-nerve
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Sheridan L Roberts, Xin-Peng Dun, Robin D S Doddrell, Thomas Mindos, Louisa K Drake, Mark W Onaitis, Francesca Florio, Angelo Quattrini, Maurizio D'Antonio, David B Parkinson
Correct myelination is crucial for the function of the peripheral nervous system. Both positive and negative regulators within the axon and Schwann cell function to ensure the correct onset and progression of myelination during both development and following peripheral nerve injury and repair. The Sox2 transcription factor is well known for its roles in the development and maintenance of progenitor and stem cell populations, but has also been proposed in vitro as a negative regulator of myelination in Schwann cells...
July 25, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739605/genetic-variation-in-the-gene-lrp2-increases-relapse-risk-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Yuan Zhou, Jennifer S Graves, Steve Simpson, Jac C Charlesworth, Ingrid van der Mei, Emmanuelle Waubant, Lisa F Barcellos, Anita Belman, Lauren Krupp, Robyn Lucas, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Bruce V Taylor
BACKGROUND: Due to the lack of prospective studies with longitudinal data on relapse, past genetic studies have not attempted to identify genetic factors that predict relapse risk (the primary endpoint of many pivotal clinical trials testing the efficacy of multiple sclerosis (MS) disease-modifying drugs) at a genome-wide scale. METHODS: We conducted a genome-wide association analysis (GWAS) to identify genetic variants that predict MS relapse risk, using a three-stage approach...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737515/cell-biology-of-spinal-cord-injury-and-repair
#18
Timothy M O'Shea, Joshua E Burda, Michael V Sofroniew
Spinal cord injury (SCI) lesions present diverse challenges for repair strategies. Anatomically complete injuries require restoration of neural connectivity across lesions. Anatomically incomplete injuries may benefit from augmentation of spontaneous circuit reorganization. Here, we review SCI cell biology, which varies considerably across three different lesion-related tissue compartments: (a) non-neural lesion core, (b) astrocyte scar border, and (c) surrounding spared but reactive neural tissue. After SCI, axon growth and circuit reorganization are determined by neuron-cell-autonomous mechanisms and by interactions among neurons, glia, and immune and other cells...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735706/amniotic-fluid-transcriptomics-reflects-novel-disease-mechanisms-in-fetuses-with-myelomeningocele
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Tomo Tarui, Aimee Kim, Alan Flake, Lauren McClain, John Stratigis, Inbar Fried, Rebecca Newman, Donna K Slonim, Diana W Bianchi
BACKGROUND: Cell-free RNA in amniotic fluid supernatant reflects developmental changes in gene expression in the living fetus, which includes genes that are specific to the central nervous system. Although it has been previously shown that central nervous system-specific transcripts are present in amniotic fluid supernatant, it is not known whether changes in the amniotic fluid supernatant transcriptome reflect the specific pathophysiologic condition of fetal central nervous system disorders...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729931/validity-and-reliability-of-the-catwalk-system-as-a-static-and-dynamic-gait-analysis-tool-for-the-assessment-of-functional-nerve-recovery-in-small-animal-models
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Elisabeth A Kappos, Patricia K Sieber, Patricia E Engels, Alessio V Mariolo, Salvatore D'Arpa, Dirk J Schaefer, Daniel F Kalbermatten
INTRODUCTION: A range of behavioral testing paradigms have been developed for the research of central and peripheral nerve injuries with the help of small animal models. Following any nerve repair strategy, improved functional outcome may be the most important evidence of axon regeneration. A novel automated gait analysis system, the CatWalk(™), can measure dynamic as well as static gait patterns of small animals. Of most interest in detecting functional recovery are in particular dynamic gait parameters, coordination measures, and the intensity of the animals paw prints...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
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