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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427422/differences-in-muscle-activity-and-temporal-step-parameters-between-lokomat-guided-walking-and-treadmill-walking-in-post-stroke-hemiparetic-patients-and-healthy-walkers
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Klaske van Kammen, Anne M Boonstra, Lucas H V van der Woude, Heleen A Reinders-Messelink, Rob den Otter
BACKGROUND: The Lokomat is a robotic exoskeleton that can be used to train gait function in hemiparetic stroke. To purposefully employ the Lokomat for training, it is important to understand (1) how Lokomat guided walking affects muscle activity following stroke and how these effects differ between patients and healthy walkers, (2) how abnormalities in the muscle activity of patients are modulated through Lokomat guided gait, and (3) how temporal step characteristics of patients were modulated during Lokomat guided walking...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427290/a-real-time-method-for-decoding-the-neural-drive-to-muscles-using-single-channel-intra-muscular-emg-recordings
#2
Saeed Karimimehr, Hamid Reza Marateb, Silvia Muceli, Marjan Mansourian, Miguel Angel Mañanas, Dario Farina
The neural command from motor neurons to muscles - sometimes referred to as the neural drive to muscle - can be identified by decomposition of electromyographic (EMG) signals. This approach can be used for inferring the voluntary commands in neural interfaces in patients with limb amputations. This paper proposes for the first time an innovative method for fully automatic and real-time intramuscular EMG (iEMG) decomposition. The method is based on online single-pass density-based clustering and adaptive classification of bivariate features, using the concept of potential measure...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426701/exploratory-study-on-the-effect-of-osteoactivin-on-muscle-regeneration-in-a-rat-volumetric-muscle-loss-model
#3
Jinjin Ma, Andrew R Baker, Anthony Calabro, Kathleen A Derwin
Wounds causing extensive injury loss of muscle, also known as volumetric muscle loss (VML), are frequently associated with high-energy civilian trauma and combat-related extremity injuries. Currently, no effective clinical therapy is available for promoting de novo muscle tissue regeneration to restore muscle function following VML. Recent studies have shown evidence that osteoactivin (OA), a transmembrane glycoprotein, has the ability to prevent skeletal muscle atrophy in response to denervation. Therefore the objective of this study is to investigate the potential regenerative effect of OA embedded and delivered via a cross-linked gelatin hydrogel within a volumetric tibialis anterior muscle defect in a rat model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426667/bioenergetic-status-modulates-motor-neuron-vulnerability-and-pathogenesis-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#4
Penelope J Boyd, Wen-Yo Tu, Hannah K Shorrock, Ewout J N Groen, Roderick N Carter, Rachael A Powis, Sophie R Thomson, Derek Thomson, Laura C Graham, Anna A L Motyl, Thomas M Wishart, J Robin Highley, Nicholas M Morton, Thomas Becker, Catherina G Becker, Paul R Heath, Thomas H Gillingwater
Degeneration and loss of lower motor neurons is the major pathological hallmark of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), resulting from low levels of ubiquitously-expressed survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. One remarkable, yet unresolved, feature of SMA is that not all motor neurons are equally affected, with some populations displaying a robust resistance to the disease. Here, we demonstrate that selective vulnerability of distinct motor neuron pools arises from fundamental modifications to their basal molecular profiles...
April 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420971/dynamic-increase-in-corticomuscular-coherence-during-bilateral-cyclical-ankle-movements
#5
Takashi Yoshida, Kei Masani, Karl Zabjek, Robert Chen, Milos R Popovic
In humans, the midline primary motor cortex is active during walking. However, the exact role of such cortical participation is unknown. To delineate the role of the primary motor cortex in walking, we examined whether the primary motor cortex would activate leg muscles during movements that retained specific requirements of walking (i.e., locomotive actions). We recorded electroencephalographic and electromyographic signals from 15 healthy, young men while they sat and performed bilateral, cyclical ankle movements...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420761/in-situ-measurements-of-tensile-forces-in-the-tibialis-anterior-tendon-of-the-rat-in-concentric-isometric-and-resisted-co-contractions
#6
Martin Schmoll, Ewald Unger, Hazel Sutherland, Michael Haller, Manfred Bijak, Hermann Lanmüller, Jonathan C Jarvis
Tensile-force transmitted by the tibialis anterior (TA) tendon of 11 anesthetized adult male Wistar rats (body-mass: 360.6 ± 66.3 g) was measured in-situ within the intact biomechanical system of the hind-limb using a novel miniature in-line load-cell. The aim was to demonstrate the dependence of the loading-profile experienced by the muscle, on stimulation-frequency and the resistance to shortening in a group of control-animals. Data from these acute-experiments shows the type of loading achievable by means of implantable electrical stimulators activating agonists or agonist/antagonist groups of muscles during programmed resistance-training in freely moving healthy subjects...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418751/influence-of-exergaming-on-the-perception-of-cancer-related-fatigue
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Ricardo da Silva Alves, Denise Hollanda Iunes, Isabela Carvalho Pereira, Juliana Bassalobre Carvalho Borges, Denismar Alves Nogueira, Andreia Maria Silva, Daniel Ferreira Moreira Lobato, Leonardo Cesar Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: Exercise is recommended for cancer patients to reduce fatigue and improve quality of life. This study's aim is to evaluate the influence of an exergaming protocol on cancer-related fatigue, muscle fatigue, and muscle strength in cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a quasi-experimental control study using exergaming in all groups through an Xbox360 Kinect™ console, two to three times per week, for 20 sessions. Three groups were created: cancer patients in chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy group (CRG; n:15), cancer patients after chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy (CAG; n:15), and a control group (CG; n:15)...
April 2017: Games for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411442/ankle-muscle-co-contractions-during-quiet-standing-are-associated-with-decreased-postural-steadiness-in-the-elderly
#8
Albert H Vette, Dimitry G Sayenko, Michael Jones, Masaki O Abe, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Kei Masani
It has been reported that the elderly use co-contraction of the tibialis anterior (TA) and plantarflexor muscles for longer duration during quiet standing than the young. However, the particular role of ankle muscle co-contractions in the elderly during quiet standing remains unclear. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the association between ankle muscle co-contractions and postural steadiness during standing in the elderly. Twenty-seven young (27.2±4.5yrs) and twenty-three elderly (66...
April 5, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404597/altered-mirna-29-expression-in-type-2-diabetes-influences-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism-in-skeletal-muscle
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Julie Massart, Rasmus J O Sjögren, Leonidas S Lundell, Jonathan M Mudry, Niclas Franck, Donal J O'Gorman, Brendan Egan, Juleen R Zierath, Anna Krook
MicroRNAs have emerged as important regulators of glucose and lipid metabolism in several tissues, however, their role in skeletal muscle remains poorly characterized. We determined the effects of the miR-29 family on glucose and lipid metabolism, and insulin responsiveness in skeletal muscle. We provide evidence that miR-29a and miR-29c are increased in skeletal muscle from type 2 diabetic patients and decreased following endurance training in healthy young men and in rats. In primary human skeletal muscle cells, inhibition and overexpression strategies demonstrate that miR-29a and miR-29c regulate glucose uptake and insulin-stimulated glucose metabolism...
April 12, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401498/identification-of-subgroups-of-patients-with-tension-type-headache-with-higher-widespread-pressure-pain-hyperalgesia
#10
César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, Elena Benito-González, María Palacios-Ceña, Kelun Wang, Matteo Castaldo, Lars Arendt-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Identification of subgroups of patients with different levels of sensitization and clinical features can help to identify groups at risk and the development of better therapeutic strategies. The aim of this study was to identify subgroups of patients with tension type headache (TTH) with different levels of sensitization, clinical pain features, and psychological outcomes. METHODS: A total of 197 individuals with TTH participated. Headache intensity, frequency, and duration and medication intake were collected with a 4-weeks diary...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400501/contribution-of-minced-muscle-graft-progenitor-cells-to-muscle-fiber-formation-after-volumetric-muscle-loss-injury-in-wild-type-and-immune-deficient-mice
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Benjamin T Corona, Beth E P Henderson, Catherine L Ward, Sarah M Greising
Volumetric muscle injury (VML) causes an irrecoverable loss of muscle fibers, persistent strength deficits, and chronic disability. A crucial challenge to VML injury and possible regeneration is the removal of all of the in situ native elements necessary for skeletal muscle regeneration. Our first goal was to establish a reliable VML model in the mouse tibialis anterior (TA) muscle. In adult male wild-type and nude mice, a non-repaired ≈20% VML injury to the TA muscle resulted in an ≈59% loss in nerve evoked muscle strength, ≈33% loss in muscle mass, and ≈29% loss of muscle fibers at 28 day post-injury...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400445/microrna-23a-and-microrna-27a-mimic-exercise-by-ameliorating-ckd-induced-muscle-atrophy
#12
Bin Wang, Cong Zhang, Aiqing Zhang, Hui Cai, S Russ Price, Xiaonan H Wang
Muscle atrophy is a frequent complication of CKD, and exercise can attenuate the process. This study investigated the role of microRNA-23a (miR-23a) and miR-27a in the regulation of muscle mass in mice with CKD. These miRs are located in a gene cluster that is regulated by the transcription factor NFAT. CKD mice expressed less miR-23a in muscle than controls, and resistance exercise (muscle overload) increased the levels of miR-23a and miR-27a in CKD mice. Injection of an adeno-associated virus encoding the miR-23a/27a/24-2 precursor RNA into the tibialis anterior muscles of normal and CKD mice led to increases in mature miR-23a and miR-27a but not miR-24-2 in the muscles of both cohorts...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398968/treadmill-walking-combined-with-anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-parkinson-disease-a-pilot-study-of-kinematic-and-neurophysiological-effects
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Helena Fernández-Lago, Olalla Bello, Francina Mora-Cerdá, Jorge Montero-Cámara, Miguel Ángel Fernández-Del-Olmo
OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that combining treadmill walking with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) enhances the gait improvements associated with treadmill walking in Parkinson disease. We explored the effects of these combined methodologies on corticospinal parameters. DESIGN: Eighteen participants with Parkinson disease were evaluated under the following three conditions: treadmill walking alone (treadmill), treadmill walking combined with anodal tDCS (AtDCS+treadmill) delivered over the motor cortex, and treadmill walking combined with sham stimulation (StDCS+treadmill)...
April 8, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396046/minocycline-prevents-muscular-pain-hypersensitivity-and-cutaneous-allodynia-produced-by-repeated-intramuscular-injections-of-hypertonic-saline-in-healthy-human-participants
#14
Mohamad Samir Samour, Saad Saulat Nagi, Peter John Shortland, David Anthony Mahns
Minocycline, a glial suppressor, prevents behavioural hypersensitivities in animal models of peripheral nerve injury. However clinical trials of minocycline in human studies have produced mixed results. This study addressed two questions: can repeated injections of hypertonic saline (HS) in humans induce persistent hypersensitivity? Can pre-treatment with minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic with microglial inhibitory effects, prevent the onset of hypersensitivity? Twenty seven healthy participants took part in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, consisting of six test sessions across 2 weeks...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395965/muscular-echovariation-a-new-biomarker-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#15
Jacinto J Martínez-Payá, María Elena Del Baño-Aledo, José Ríos-Díaz, José I Tembl-Ferrairó, Juan F Vázquez-Costa, Francesc Medina-Mirapeix
The purpose of the work described here was to assess the characteristics of echovariation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) compared with other muscle ultrasonography parameters. Twenty-six ALS patients (8 women, mean age 58.9 y, standard deviation 12.02 y) and 26 healthy controls (17 women, mean age 59.6 y, standard deviation 6.41 y) were included in this observational study. They underwent bilateral and transverse ultrasound of the biceps/brachialis, forearm flexor group, quadriceps femoris and tibialis anterior...
April 7, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393668/evaluation-of-functional-mobility-outcomes-following-electrical-stimulation-in-children-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy
#16
Rupsha Mukhopadhyay, Prasanna K Lenka, Abhishek Biswas, Manjunatha Mahadevappa
This study investigated the clinical feasibility of electrical stimulation in enhancing ankle dorsiflexion of the tibialis anterior muscle to improve mobility in children with spastic cerebral palsy. The intervention group received electrical stimulation therapy for 30 minutes and physiotherapy for another 30 minutes for 5 days a week, up to 12 weeks. Gait parameters, Gross Motor Function Measure, Physiological Cost Index, surface electromyogram, and electroencephalogram (EEG) data were recorded pre- and posttreatment...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390293/comparison-of-foot-muscle-morphology-and-foot-kinematics-between-recreational-runners-with-normal-feet-and-with-asymptomatic-over-pronated-feet
#17
Xianyi Zhang, Jeroen Aeles, Benedicte Vanwanseele
Over-pronated feet are common in adults and are associated with lower limb injuries. Studying the foot muscle morphology and foot kinematic patterns is important for understanding the mechanism of over-pronation related injuries. The aim of this study is to compare the foot muscle morphology and foot inter-segmental kinematics between recreational runners with normal feet and those with asymptomatic over-pronated feet. A total of 26 recreational runners (17 had normal feet and 9 had over-pronated feet) participated in this study and their foot type was assessed using the 6-item Foot Posture Index...
March 31, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389905/fibrin-glue-as-a-stabilization-strategy-in-peripheral-nerve-repair-when-using-porous-nerve-guidance-conduits
#18
Divya Bhatnagar, Jared S Bushman, N Sanjeeva Murthy, Antonio Merolli, Hilton M Kaplan, Joachim Kohn
Porous conduits provide a protected pathway for nerve regeneration, while still allowing exchange of nutrients and wastes. However, pore sizes >30 µm may permit fibrous tissue infiltration into the conduit, which may impede axonal regeneration. Coating the conduit with Fibrin Glue (FG) is one option for controlling the conduit's porosity. FG is extensively used in clinical peripheral nerve repair, as a tissue sealant, filler and drug-delivery matrix. Here, we compared the performance of FG to an alternative, hyaluronic acid (HA) as a coating for porous conduits, using uncoated porous conduits and reverse autografts as control groups...
May 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387834/pain-extent-is-associated-with-the-emotional-and-physical-burdens-of-chronic-tension-type-headache-but-not-with-depression-or-anxiety
#19
María Palacios-Ceña, Marco Barbero, Deborah Falla, Filippo Ghirlanda, Lars Arend-Nielsen, César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas
Objective.:  Earlier studies suggest that pain extent, extracted from the patients' pain drawings, can help clinicians to identify people with central sensitization or worse clinical features. Our aim was to investigate possible associations between perceived pain extent and clinical pain features, burden of headache, psychological outcomes, and pressure sensitivity in people with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH). Methods.:  Ninety-nine people (27% men) with CTTH reported their pain on four different body charts representing the head and neck...
April 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385918/eight-weeks-of-local-vibration-training-increases-dorsiflexor-muscles-cortical-voluntary-activation
#20
Robin Souron, Adrien Farabet, Leonard Féasson, Alain Belli, Guillaume Y Millet, Thomas Lapole
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an 8-week local vibration training (LVT) program on functional and corticospinal properties of dorsiflexor muscles. Forty-four young subjects were allocated to a training (VIB, n = 22) or control (CON, n = 22) group. The VIB group performed twenty-four 1-h sessions (3 sessions/week) of 100-Hz vibration applied to the right tibialis anterior (TA). Both legs were tested in each group before training (PRE), after 4 (MID) and 8 (POST) weeks of training, and two weeks after training (POST2W)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
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