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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777890/cortical-activation-changes-in-hirayama-disease-following-anterior-cervical-decompression-and-fusion
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Hongli Wang, Yiwei Wu, Jian Song, Jianyuan Jiang, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury may cause cortical reconstruction. We, therefore, explored thechanges in cortical activation before and after anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery in patients with Hirayama disease (HD). METHODS: 17 HD cases were performed anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery. BOLD-fMRI scan was performed preoperatively, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after surgery. Activated voxels were compared between both hands after adjusting for head motion, slice timing, spatial normalization and image smoothing...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777277/impact-of-muscle-atrophy-on-bone-metabolism-and-bone-strength-implications-for-muscle-bone-crosstalk-with-aging-and-disuse
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REVIEW
T Bettis, B-J Kim, M W Hamrick
Bone fractures in older adults are often preceded by a loss of muscle mass and strength. Likewise, bone loss with prolonged bed rest, spinal cord injury, or with exposure to microgravity is also preceded by a rapid loss of muscle mass. Recent studies using animal models in the setting of hindlimb unloading or botulinum toxin (Botox) injection also reveal that muscle loss can induce bone loss. Moreover, muscle-derived factors such as irisin and leptin can inhibit bone loss with unloading, and knockout of catabolic factors in muscle such as the ubiquitin ligase Murf1 or the myokine myostatin can reduce osteoclastogenesis...
May 18, 2018: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776736/trabecular-bone-score-at-the-distal-femur-and-proximal-tibia-in-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Stacey Lobos, Anne Cooke, Gillian Simonett, Chester Ho, Steven K Boyd, W Brent Edwards
Rapid declines in bone mineral density (BMD) at the knee after spinal cord injury (SCI) are associated with an increased risk of fracture. Evaluation of bone quality using the trabecular bone score (TBS) may provide a complimentary measure to BMD assessment to examine bone health and fracture risk after SCI. The purpose of this study was to assess bone mineral density (BMD) and trabecular bone score (TBS) at the knee in individuals with and without SCI. Nine individuals with complete SCI (mean time since SCI 2...
April 24, 2018: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776446/valproic-acid-attenuates-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-induced-inflammation-via-stat1-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-dependent-of-hdac3
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Shoubo Chen, Jingfang Ye, Xiangrong Chen, Jinnan Shi, Wenhua Wu, Wenping Lin, Weibin Lin, Yasong Li, Huangde Fu, Shun Li
BACKGROUND: Microglial polarization with M1/M2 phenotype shifts and the subsequent neuroinflammatory responses are vital contributing factors for spinal cord injury (SCI)-induced secondary injury. Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) is considered the central transcription factor of inflammatory mediators, which plays a crucial role in microglial activation. Lysine acetylation of STAT1 seems necessary for NF-kB pathway activity, as it is regulated by histone deacetylases (HDACs). There have been no studies that have explained if HDAC inhibition by valproic acid (VPA) affects the NF-κB pathway via acetylation of STAT1 dependent of HDAC activity in the microglia-mediated central inflammation following SCI...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776424/impaired-cd8-t-cell-antiviral-immunity-following-acute-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Diana M Norden, John R Bethea, Jiu Jiang
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts essential neuroimmune communication, leading to severe immune depression. Previous studies confirmed immune dysfunction in mice with chronic SCI and following high thoracic level injury where sympathetic innervation of the spleen is disrupted. Here, we induced a mid-thoracic injury where integrity of the sympathetic response is maintained and investigated the antiviral T cell response to influenza virus after acute SCI. METHODS: One week following a contusion SCI at thoracic level T9, mice were infected intranasally with influenza virus...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775479/acute-intermittent-hypoxia-and-rehabilitative-training-following-cervical-spinal-injury-alters-neuronal-hypoxia-and-plasticity-associated-protein-expression
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Atiq Hassan, Breanna M Arnold, Sally Caine, Behzad M Toosi, Valerie M K Verge, Gillian D Muir
One of the most promising approaches to improve recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI) is the augmentation of spontaneously occurring plasticity in uninjured neural pathways. Acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH, brief exposures to reduced O2 levels alternating with normal O2 levels) initiates plasticity in respiratory systems and has been shown to improve recovery in respiratory and non-respiratory spinal systems after SCI in experimental animals and humans. Although the mechanism by which AIH elicits its effects after SCI are not well understood, AIH is known to alter protein expression in spinal neurons in uninjured animals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775163/methylprednisolone-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-endogenous-neural-stem-cells-in-nonhuman-primates-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Jichao Ye, Yi Qin, Yong Tang, Mengjun Ma, Peng Wang, Lin Huang, Rui Yang, Keng Chen, Chaopeng Chai, Yanfeng Wu, Huiyong Shen
OBJECTIVE The aim of this work was to investigate the effects of methylprednisolone on the proliferation of endogenous neural stem cells (ENSCs) in nonhuman primates with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS A total of 14 healthy cynomolgus monkeys ( Macaca fascicularis) (4-5 years of age) were randomly divided into 3 groups: the control group (n = 6), SCI group (n = 6), and methylprednisolone therapy group (n = 2). Only laminectomy was performed in the control animals at T-10. SCI was induced in monkeys using Allen's weight-drop method (50 mm × 50 g) to injure the posterior portion of the spinal cord at T-10...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774780/increased-levels-of-circulating-gfap-and-crmp2-autoantibodies-in-the-acute-stage-of-spinal-cord-injury-predict-the-subsequent-development-of-neuropathic-pain
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Georgene W Hergenroeder, John B Redell, Huimahn Alex Choi, Lisa Hollan Schmitt, William Donovan, Gerard E Francisco, Karl M Schmitt, Anthony N Moore, Pramod K Dash
Neuropathic pain develops in 40-70% of spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and markedly compromises quality of life. We examined plasma from SCI patients for autoantibodies to glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and collapsin response mediator protein-2 (CRMP2) and evaluated their relationship to the development of neuropathic pain. In study 1, plasma samples and clinical data from 80 chronic SCI patients (1-41 years post-SCI) were collected and screened for GFAP autoantibodies (GFAPab). Results from study 1 indicated that GFAPab were present in 34 of 80 (42...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774436/management-of-erectile-dysfunction-and-infertility-in-the-male-spinal-cord-injury-patient
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REVIEW
Michael Fenstermaker, James M Dupree, Miriam Hadj-Moussa, Dana A Ohl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Men with spinal cord injury (SCI) commonly suffer from erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory dysfunction. The literature regarding the causes and treatment of these two important problems was reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Many of the erectile dysfunction treatments applied to able bodied individuals are also useful in the SCI population, although there are differences in the goals and results of treatment. Ejaculatory dysfunction can be treated with either penile vibratory stimulation or electroejaculation with high success rates...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774197/paraplegia-following-spinal-cord-contusion-from-an-indirect-gunshot-injury
#10
Khuram Khan, Beatrice Dieudonne, Saqib Saeed, Sara Alothman, Yasir Saeed, Sanjiv Gray
Spinal cord injuries are debilitating and life threatening. Paraplegia due to direct traumatic gunshot injury to the spinal cord is common. The most common cause of spinal cord injury is road traffic accidents. This is followed by spinal cord injury due to a fall from a height. Most of the spinal cord injuries due to gunshot wounds occur as a result of direct traumatic effects. We present a rare case of a 49-year-old male with trauma. He developed paraplegia after a gunshot wound injury to the neck and contusion to the spinal cord, with no direct trauma...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773299/diffusion-mri-in-acute-nervous-system-injury
#11
Matthew D Budde, Nathan P Skinner
Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) and related techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) are uniquely sensitive to the microstructure of the brain and spinal cord. In the acute aftermath of nervous system injury, for example, DWI reveals changes caused by injury that remains invisible on other MRI contrasts such as T2 -weighted imaging. This ability has led to a demonstrated clinical utility in cerebral ischemia. However, despite strong promise in preclinical models and research settings, DWI has not been as readily adopted for other acute injuries such as traumatic spinal cord, brain, or peripheral nerve injury...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772957/brain-machine-interfaces-powerful-tools-for-clinical-treatment-and-neuroscientific-investigations
#12
Marc W Slutzky
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) have exploded in popularity in the past decade. BMIs, also called brain-computer interfaces, provide a direct link between the brain and a computer, usually to control an external device. BMIs have a wide array of potential clinical applications, ranging from restoring communication to people unable to speak due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or a stroke, to restoring movement to people with paralysis from spinal cord injury or motor neuron disease, to restoring memory to people with cognitive impairment...
May 1, 2018: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772867/-depressant-effect-of-lithium-on-apoptosis-of-nerve-cells-of-adult-rats-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Fang Wang, Chao Zhou, Zheng-Chao Gao, Yu-Huan Li, Wen-Long Yang, Dong Wang, Hao-Peng Li, Xi-Jing He
OBJECTIVE: To study whether lithium agent produces neuroprotective effect by inhibiting the nerve cell apoptosis of rats after spinal cord injury. METHODS: Forty-two male SD rats weighing 200 to 250 g were randomly divided into 3 groups: blank control group( n =6) without surgery, normal saline(NS) group( n =18) with intraperitoneal injection of NS (40 mg/kg); and Lithium chloride (Licl) group ( n =18) with intraperitoneal injection of Licl (40 mg/kg). After Allen method modeling, Licl group started intraperitoneal injection of Licl solution (40 mg·kg⁻¹·d⁻¹) within 15 min after operation to the second week...
April 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772862/-effect-of-surgical-intervention-time-on-the-recovery-of-nerve-function-in-acute-spinal-cord-injury-a-meta-analysis
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Wen-Tao Zhao, Guang-Dong Chen, Dong-Chang Xia, Pan-Pan Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of different operation time for acute spinal cord injury(SCI) based on systematic review. METHODS: PubMed database, EMBASE database, Cochrane Library, ISI Web of knowledge, CBM database, VIP database, CNKI database and Wanfang database were searched from their start year up to February 2017 for relevant randomized clinical trials on the treatment of acute spinal cord injury with different intervention times. RESULTS: Four randomized clinical trials of total 156 cases were included...
April 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772854/-observation-of-early-clinical-effect-of-percutaneous-transforaminal-endoscopic-technology-in-treating-cervical-spondylotic-radiculopathy
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Ying-Chun Zhang, Tai-Sheng Chen, Hua Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the early clinical effect and safety of percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic technology for cervical spondylotic radiculopathy. METHODS: From August 2016 to September 2017, 14 patients with cervical spondylotic radiculopathy who responded poorly to non-surgical treatment for at least 6 weeks underwent percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy via posterior approach. There were 6 males and 8 females, aging from 32 to 68 years old with an average of (40...
April 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772841/the-effect-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-wharton-s-jelly-in-spinal-cord-injury-treatment-is-dose-dependent-and-can-be-facilitated-by-repeated-application
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Petr Krupa, Irena Vackova, Jiri Ruzicka, Kristyna Zaviskova, Jana Dubisova, Zuzana Koci, Karolina Turnovcova, Lucia Machova Urdzikova, Sarka Kubinova, Svatopluk Rehak, Pavla Jendelova
Human mesenchymal stem cells derived from Wharton's jelly (WJ-MSCs) were used for the treatment of the ischemic-compression model of spinal cord injury in rats. To assess the effectivity of the treatment, different dosages (0.5 or 1.5 million cells) and repeated applications were compared. Cells or saline were applied intrathecally by lumbar puncture for one week only, or in three consecutive weeks after injury. Rats were assessed for locomotor skills (BBB, rotarod, flat beam) for 9 weeks. Spinal cord tissue was morphometrically analyzed for axonal sprouting, sparing of gray and white matter and astrogliosis...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771898/symptoms-of-bowel-dysfunction-and-their-management-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-a-new-zealand-centre
#17
Edwin P Arnold, Giovanni Losco, Sharon English, Frank Frizelle, Angelo Anthony
AIM: To document the symptoms of bowel dysfunction, and how the bowels are managed, in a cohort of patients following a spinal cord injury. To relate these to the level of the spinal injury and to examine the relationship between bowel symptoms and bladder dysfunction. METHOD: Participants were identified from the discharge data from the Burwood Spinal Unit, one of two national Spinal Units in New Zealand, in two two-year sets from 1-3 years post-injury and from 20-21 years post-injury...
May 18, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771608/paced-breathing-and-phrenic-nerve-responses-evoked-by-epidural-stimulation-following-complete-high-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
#18
Tatiana Bezdudnaya, Michael A Lane, Vitaliy Marchenko
Spinal cord injury (SCI) at the level of cervical segments often results in life-threatening respiratory complications and requires long-term mechanical ventilator assistance. Thus, restoring diaphragm activity and regaining voluntary control of breathing are the primary clinical goals for patients with respiratory dysfunction following cervical SCI. Epidural stimulation (EDS) is a promising strategy that has been explored extensively for non-respiratory functions, and to a limited extent within the respiratory system...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771606/improved-motor-unit-number-estimate-when-motor-unit-alternation-is-addressed
#19
Bradley A DeForest, Jeffrey Winslow, Christine K Thomas
Motor unit number estimation (MUNE) is important for determining motoneuron survival with age or in conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or spinal cord injury. The original incremental method, or approaches introduced to minimize alternation (e.g. multiple point stimulation), are most commonly used but accept the limitation that alternation of motor units may still inflate the estimate. Alternation occurs because axon thresholds are probabilistic and overlap for different axons, therefore different combination of motor units may respond at a given stimulus intensity...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771441/combinatory-effect-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-transplantation-and-quercetin-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-rat
#20
X Wang, Y-Y Wang, L-L Zhang, G-T Li, H-T Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the synergistic effects of quercetin (Qu) administration and transplantation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stromal cells (HUMSCs) following spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: HUMSCs were isolated, cultured and certificated via flow cytometry. Sixty Sprague-Dawley (SD) female rats were used and SCI models were made. All rats were divided into five experimental groups: culture medium treated group (n=28); HUSMCs + quercetin-treated group (n = 28); HUMSCs treated group (n=28); quercetin-treated group (n = 28); sham group (n = 20)...
May 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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