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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324978/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
#1
Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324764/enhancing-mitofusin-marf-ameliorates-neuromuscular-dysfunction-in-drosophila-models-of-tdp-43-proteinopathies
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Bilal Khalil, Marie-Jeanne Cabirol-Pol, Laetitia Miguel, Alexander J Whitworth, Magalie Lecourtois, Jean-Charles Liévens
Transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 kDa (TDP-43) is considered a major pathological protein in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. The precise mechanisms by which TDP-43 dysregulation leads to toxicity in neurons are not fully understood. Using TDP-43-expressing Drosophila, we examined whether mitochondrial dysfunction is a central determinant in TDP-43 pathogenesis. Expression of human wild-type TDP-43 in Drosophila neurons results in abnormally small mitochondria...
February 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324754/effects-of-sit-to-stand-training-combined-with-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-spasticity-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-patients-with-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-study
#3
Kyoung-Sim Jung, Tae-Sung In, Hwi-Young Cho
Sit-to-stand is a fundamental movement of human being for performing mobility and independent activity. However, Stroke people symptoms experience difficulty in conducting the sit-to-stand due to paralysis and especially ankle spasticity. Recently, transcutaneouselectrical- stimulation (TENS) is used to reduce pain but also to manage spasticity. The purpose of this study was to determine (1) whether TENS would lead to ankle spasticity reduction and (2) whether sit-to-stand training combined with TENS would improve spasticity, muscle strength and balance ability in stroke patients...
March 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
#4
Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324067/gestational-protein-restriction-impairs-glucose-disposal-in-the-gastrocnemius-muscles-of-female-rats
#5
C S Blesson, V Chinnathambi, S Kumar, C Yallampalli
Gestational low protein (LP) diet causes hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in adult offspring but the mechanism is not clearly understood. In this study, we explored the role of insulin signaling in gastrocnemius muscles of gestational LP exposed female offspring. Pregnant rats were fed control (20% protein) or isocaloric LP (6%) diet from gestational day 4 until delivery. Normal diet was given to mothers after delivery and to pups after weaning until necropsy. Offspring were euthanized at 4 months and gastrocnemius muscles were treated with insulin ex vivo for 30 min...
January 30, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324055/substrate-metabolism-and-insulin-sensitivity-during-fasting-in-obese-human-subjects-impact-of-gh-blockade
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Morten Høgild Pedersen, Mads Vandsted Svart, Janne Lebeck, Martin Bidlingmaier, Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen, Steen Bønløkke Pedersen, Niels Møller, Niels Jessen, Jens O L Jørgensen
Context: Insulin resistance and metabolic inflexibility are features of obesity and are amplified by fasting. GH secretion increases during fasting and GH causes insulin resistance. Objective: To study the metabolic effects of GH blockade during fasting in obese subjects. Subjects and Methods: Nine obese males were studied thrice in a randomized design: 1) After an overnight fast (Control), 2) After 72 h fasting (Fasting) and 3) After 72 h fasting with GH blockade (pegvisomant) (Fasting + GHA)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323978/assisted-reproductive-technologies-predispose-to-insulin-resistance-and-obesity-in-male-mice-challenged-with-a-high-fat-diet
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David Cerny, Claudio Sartori, Stefano F Rimoldi, Théo Meister, Rodrigo Soria, Elisa Bouillet, Urs Scherrer, Emrush Rexhaj
ART alters glucose homeostasis in mice and humans, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. ART induces endothelial dysfunction and arterial hypertension by epigenetic alteration of the eNOS gene. In eNOS deficient mice, insulin resistance is related to impaired insulin stimulation of muscle blood flow and substrate delivery and defective intrinsic skeletal muscle glucose uptake. We, therefore, assessed glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity (euglycemic clamp), insulin stimulation of muscle blood flow in vivo and muscle glucose uptake in vitro in male ART and control mice fed a normal chow (NC) or challenged with a high fat diet (HFD) during 8 weeks...
February 8, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323848/7%C3%AE-hydroxycholesterol-induces-monocyte-macrophage-cell-expression-of-interleukin-8-via-c5a-receptor
#8
Hyok-Rae Cho, Yonghae Son, Sun-Mi Kim, Bo-Young Kim, Seong-Kug Eo, Young Chul Park, Koanhoi Kim
We investigated effects of 7-oxygenated cholesterol derivatives present in atherosclerotic lesions, 7α-hydroxycholesterol (7αOHChol), 7β-hydroxycholesterol (7βOHChol), and 7-ketocholesterol (7K), on IL-8 expression. Transcript levels of IL-8 and secretion of its corresponding gene product by monocytes/macrophages were enhanced by treatment with 7αOHChol and, to a lesser extent, 7K, but not by 7βOHChol. The 7-oxygenated cholesterol derivatives, however, did not change transcription of the IL-8 gene in vascular smooth muscle cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320184/reliability-of-single-and-paired-pulse-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-the-assessment-of-knee-extensor-muscle-function
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John Temesi, Sandy N Ly, Guillaume Y Millet
This study examined inter-session and intra-session transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) reliability at two test stimulus intensities in the knee extensors. Strong and weak TMS was delivered via single- and paired- (3-ms and 100-ms inter-stimulus interval) pulses on the same day and different days. All stimuli were delivered during isometric contractions of the knee extensors at 20% of maximal voluntary force. Motor-evoked potentials (MEP) were assessed in quadriceps femoris muscles. Relative (intra-class correlation coefficient, ICC) and absolute (standard error of measurement, SEM) reliability and variability (coefficient of variation) were assessed...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320166/the-duration-of-the-cortical-silent-period-is-not-abnormal-in-restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-disease
#10
Joselisa Péres Queiroz de Paiva, Samir Câmara Magalhães, Gilmar Fernandes do Prado, Alan Luiz Eckeli, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Adriana Bastos Conforto
OBJECTIVE: To compare the duration of the cortical silent period (CSP) measured in a hand muscle in subjects with primary Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS/WED) and controls, using four different methods of analysis. METHODS: The CSP to transcranial magnetic stimulation of the dominant motor cortex was assessed in the abductor digiti minimi of 33 subjects with RLS/WED and 24 controls. CSP duration was measured by an automated and three visually-guided methods. RESULTS: There were significant differences between absolute values of CSP duration according to the method of analysis...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319877/modulating-motor-cortical-neuroplasticity-with-priming-paired-associative-stimulation-in-young-and-old-adults
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George M Opie, Aylin K Post, Michael C Ridding, Ulf Ziemann, John G Semmler
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of priming paired associative stimulation (PAS) on the modulation of motor cortex (M1) plasticity in young and old adults. METHODS: Fifteen young (20-27yrs) and 15 old (61-79yrs) subjects participated in 3 experimental sessions, with each session involving two consecutive PAS protocols separated by 10mins. The first (priming) protocol was either PASLTP (ISI=N20 latency+2ms), PASLTD (ISI=N20 latency-10ms), or PASControl (ISI=100ms), whereas the second (test) protocol was always PASLTP...
February 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319585/increased-fatigue-response-to-augmented-deceptive-feedback-during-cycling-time-trial
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Guillaume P Ducrocq, Thomas J Hureau, Olivier Meste, Grégory M Blain
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of different magnitudes of deception on performance and exercise-induced fatigue during cycling time-trial. METHODS: Following three familiarization visits, three females and eight males performed three 5 km cycling time-trials while following a simulated dynamic avatar reproducing either 100% (5K100%), 102% (5K102%) or 105% (5K105%) of the subject's previous fastest trial. Quadriceps muscle activation was quantified with surface electromyography...
March 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318818/twitch-mouth-pressure-for-detecting-respiratory-muscle-weakness-in-suspicion-of-neuromuscular-disorder
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Dante Brasil Santos, Gilbert Desmarais, Line Falaize, Adam Ogna, Sandrine Cognet, Bruno Louis, David Orlikowski, Hélène Prigent, Frédéric Lofaso
Twitch mouth pressure using magnetic stimulation of the phrenic nerves and an automated inspiratory trigger is a noninvasive, non-volitional assessment of diaphragmatic strength. Our aims were to validate this method in patients with suspected neuromuscular disease, to determine the best inspiratory-trigger pressure threshold, and to evaluate whether twitch mouth pressure decreased the overdiagnosis of muscle weakness frequently observed with noninvasive volitional tests. Maximal inspiratory pressure, sniff nasal pressure, and twitch mouth pressure were measured in 112 patients with restrictive disease and suspected neuromuscular disorder...
February 2, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318098/decreased-insulin-stimulated-brown-adipose-tissue-glucose-uptake-after-short-term-exercise-training-in-healthy-middle-aged-men
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Piryanka Motiani, Kirsi A Virtanen, Kumail K Motiani, Joonas J Eskelinen, Roeland J Middelbeek, Laurie J Goodyear, Anna M Savolainen, Jukka Kemppainen, Jørgen Jensen, Mueez U Din, Virva Saunavaara, Riitta Parkkola, Eliisa Löyttyniemi, Juhani Knuuti, Pirjo Nuutila, Kari K Kalliokoski, Jarna C Hannukainen
AIMS: Little is known about the effects of exercise training on brown adipose tissue (BAT) metabolism in humans. We tested the hypothesis that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) improve BAT insulin sensitivity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthy middle-aged men (n = 18, age 47 [CI: 49, 43] years, BMI 25.3 [CI: 24.1-26.3] kg · m(-2) , VO2peak 34.8[CI: 32.1, 37.4] ml · kg(-1)  · min(-1) ) were recruited and randomized into six HIIT or MICT sessions within two weeks...
March 20, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317837/inhibitory-responses-mediated-by-vagal-nerve-stimulation-are-diminished-in-stomachs-of-mice-with-reduced-intramuscular-interstitial-cells-of-cajal
#15
Elizabeth A H Beckett, Kenton M Sanders, Sean M Ward
Intramuscular interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC-IM) are closely associated with enteric motor nerve terminals and electrically coupled to smooth muscle cells within the gastric musculature. Previous studies investigating the role of ICC-IM in motor neurotransmission have used indiscriminate electric field stimulation of neural elements within the gastric wall. To determine the role of ICC-IM in transduction of vagally-mediated motor input to gastric muscles electrical and mechanical responses to selective electrical vagal stimulation (EVS) were recorded from gastric fundus and antral regions of wild type and W/W(V) mice, which lack most ICC-IM...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317338/release-of-calcium-into-the-myofibrillar-space-in-response-to-active-shortening-of-striated-muscle
#16
K A P Edman, C Caputo
AIM: The study was undertaken to explore whether shortening of striated muscle during activity is associated with release of bound Ca(2+) into the myofibrillar space as has previously been proposed in order to explain the depressant effect of active shortening. METHODS: The experiments were carried out on single muscle fibres isolated from the anterior tibialis muscle of Rana temporaria. The fibres were loaded with the calcium sensitive indicator Fluo-3. The fibres, stimulated to produce a partially fused isometric tetanus, were subjected to a shortening ramp or, alternatively, to a stretch ramp during activity while force, fibre length, sarcomere length and the Fluo-3 signal were recorded...
March 19, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316120/synergistic-effects-of-g-csf-and-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-on-nerve-regeneration-with-acellular-nerve-xenografts
#17
Hua Jia, Ying Wang, Tao Wang, Yi Dong, Wei-Li Li, Jun-Ping Li, Wen-Zhi Ma, Xiao-Jie Tong, Zhong-Yi He
Peripheral nerve defects result in severe denervation presenting sensory and motor functional incapacitation. Currently, a satisfactory therapeutic treatment promoting the repair of injured nerves is not available. As shown in our previous study, acellular nerve xenografts (ANX) implanted with bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) replaced allografts and promoted nerve regeneration. Additionally, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been proven to mobilize supplemental cells and enhance vascularization in the niche...
March 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316063/endothelial-long-non-coding-rnas-regulated-by-oxidized-ldl
#18
Krishna K Singh, Pratiek N Matkar, Yi Pan, Adrian Quan, Vijay Gupta, Hwee Teoh, Mohammed Al-Omran, Subodh Verma
Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, in part via an effect to promote endothelial dysfunction. In the present study, we evaluated the expression profiles of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and protein-coding mRNAs in endothelial cells following oxLDL stimulation. LncRNAs and mRNAs from human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were profiled with the Arraystar Human lncRNA Expression Microarray V3.0 following 24 h of oxLDL treatment (100 µg/mL)...
March 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315343/inhibition-of-agonist-induced-smooth-muscle-contraction-by-picotamide-in-the-male-human-lower-urinary-tract-outflow-region
#19
Martin Hennenberg, Alexander Tamalunas, Yiming Wang, Patrick Keller, Melanie Schott, Frank Strittmatter, Annika Herlemann, Qingfeng Yu, Beata Rutz, Anna Ciotkowska, Christian G Stief, Christian Gratzke
Male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to bladder outlet obstruction are characterized by abnormal smooth muscle contractions in the lower urinary tract. Alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists may induce smooth muscle relaxation in the outflow region and represent the current goldstandard of medical treatment. However, results may be unsatisfactory or inadequate. Apart from α1-adrenoceptor agonists, smooth muscle contraction in the outflow region may be induced by thromboxane A2 (TXA2), endothelins, or muscarinic receptor agonists...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315335/microrna-99a-inhibits-insulin-induced-proliferation-migration-dedifferentiation-and-rapamycin-resistance-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-by-inhibiting-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-receptor-and-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin
#20
Zi-Wei Zhang, Rui-Wei Guo, Jin-Lin Lv, Xian-Mei Wang, Jin-Shan Ye, Ni-Hong Lu, Xing Liang, Li-Xia Yang
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are characterized by insulin resistance and are subsequently at high risk for atherosclerosis. Hyperinsulinemia has been associated with proliferation, migration, and dedifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) during the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Moreover, insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) have been demonstrated to be the underlying signaling pathways. Recently, microRNA-99a (miR-99a) has been suggested to regulate the phenotypic changes of VSMCs in cancer cells...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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