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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330471/robot-assisted-gait-training-lokomat-improves-walking-function-and-activity-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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Ki Yeun Nam, Hyun Jung Kim, Bum Sun Kwon, Jin-Woo Park, Ho Jun Lee, Aeri Yoo
Robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) after spinal cord injury (SCI) induces several different neurophysiological mechanisms to restore walking ability, including the activation of central pattern generators, task-specific stepping practice and massed exercise. However, there is no clear evidence for the optimal timing and efficacy of RAGT in people with SCI. The aim of our study was to assess the effects of RAGT on improvement in walking-related functional outcomes in patients with incomplete SCI compared with other rehabilitation modalities according to time elapsed since injury...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292829/non-linear-modulation-of-cutaneous-reflexes-with-increasing-speed-of-locomotion-in-spinal-cats
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Marie-France Hurteau, Yann Thibaudier, Charline Dambreville, Anass Chraibi, Etienne Desrochers, Alessandro Telonio, Alain Frigon
Cutaneous reflexes are important for rapidly responding to perturbations, correcting limb trajectory and strengthening support. During locomotion, they are modulated by phase to generate functionally appropriate responses. The goal of the present study was to determine if cutaneous reflexes and their phase-dependent modulation are altered with increasing speed and whether this is accomplished at a spinal level. Four adult cats that recovered stable hindlimb locomotion following spinal transection were implanted with electrodes to chronically record hindlimb muscle activity and to electrically stimulate the superficial peroneal nerve to evoke cutaneous reflexes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271912/provider-identified-barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementing-a-supported-employment-program-in-spinal-cord-injury
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Bridget A Cotner, Lisa Ottomanelli, Danielle R O'Connor, John K Trainor
PURPOSE: In a 5-year study, individual placement and support (IPS) significantly increased employment rate of United States Veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI), a historically underemployed population. In a follow-up study, data on barriers and facilitators to IPS implementation were identified. METHODS: Over 24 months of implementation, 82 key medical and vocational staff underwent semi-structured interviews (n = 130). Interviews were digitally recorded and qualitatively analyzed (ATLAS...
March 8, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271408/moving-or-being-moved-that-makes-a-difference
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Hans Straka, Boris P Chagnaud
During head/body movements, gaze stability is ensured by transformation of motion-related sensory signals into respective motor commands. Passively induced motion in all vertebrates including amphibians evokes a robust vestibulo-ocular reflex, suggesting an equally important role of this motor reaction during actively induced motion. However, during self-induced movements including locomotion, motor efference copies offer a convenient additional substrate for counteracting retinal image displacements. During such locomotor activity in Xenopus laevis tadpoles, spinal central pattern generator-derived efference copies elicit spatio-temporally specific eye movements, which are functionally appropriate to offset swimming-related retinal image displacements...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269706/a-stimulation-driven-exoskeleton-for-walking-after-paraplegia
#5
Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo
An untethered version of a stimulation-driven exoskeleton was evaluated for its ability to restore walking after paralysis from spinal cord injury. The hybrid neuroprosthesis (HNP) combined a passive variable-constraint exoskeleton for stability and support with functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) to contract the paralyzed muscles to drive limb movement. This self-contained HNP was operated by an onboard controller that sampled sensor signals, generated appropriate commands to both the exoskeletal constraints and integrated stimulator, and transmitted data wirelessly via Bluetooth to an off-board computer for real-time monitoring and recording for offline analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268375/directing-the-spatial-patterning-of-motor-neuron-differentiation-in-engineered-microenvironments
#6
Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith
Embryonic development of the spinal cord proceeds through a carefully orchestrated temporal and spatial sequence of chemical cues to provide precise patterning of adult cell types. Recreating this complex microenvironment in a standard cell culture dish is difficult, if not impossible. In this paper, a microfluidic device is used to recapitulate, in vitro, the graded patterning events which occur during early spinal cord development. The microdevice design is developed using COMSOL modeling, with which the spatiotemporal profiles of multiple, diffusible morphogens are simulated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268271/a-model-based-exploration-of-the-role-of-pattern-generating-circuits-during-locomotor-adaptation
#7
Ali Marjaninejad, James M Finley
In this study, we used a model-based approach to explore the potential contributions of central pattern generating circuits (CPGs) during adaptation to external perturbations during locomotion. We constructed a neuromechanical modeled of locomotion using a reduced-phase CPG controller and an inverted pendulum mechanical model. Two different forms of locomotor adaptation were examined in this study: split-belt treadmill adaptation and adaptation to a unilateral, elastic force field. For each simulation, we first examined the effects of phase resetting and varying the model's initial conditions on the resulting adaptation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254104/effect-of-laser-acupuncture-on-heart-rate-variability-of-nonpatients-and-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#8
Yiu Ming Wong
Sensory loss in a complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can be described as an injury that removes the ability of the brain to receive electrical afferent signals generated below the site of the injury. The sensory nervous system appears to be the same as the meridians in the concept of Oriental medicine, thus, we assumed that a complete SCI would lead to discontinuation of the meridians in humans. In this case series report with a cross-sectional view, we observed quantitative changes in heart rate variability induced by laser acupuncture at bilateral GB34 and ST36 points for 15 minutes in eight patients with complete SCIs between the levels of T8 and T12, and eight healthy individuals as a control group...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238778/fixed-spaced-stimulation-restores-adaptive-plasticity-within-the-spinal-cord-identifying-the-eliciting-conditions
#9
Kyle M Baumbauer, Joel D Turtle, James W Grau
Prior work has shown that neurons within the spinal cord are sensitive to temporal relations and that stimulus regularity impacts nociceptive processing and adaptive plasticity. Application of brief (80ms) shocks (180-900) in a variable manner induces a form of maladaptive plasticity that inhibits spinally-mediated learning and enhances nociceptive reactivity. In contrast, an extended exposure (720-900) to stimuli given at regular (fixed spaced) intervals has a restorative effect that counters nociceptive sensitization and enables learning...
February 24, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227967/a-stimulation-driven-exoskeleton-for-walking-after-paraplegia
#10
Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo, Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo, Mark J Nandor, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, John R Schnellenberger, Sarah R Chang, Kevin M Foglyano, Lu Li, Ronald J Triolo
An untethered version of a stimulation-driven exoskeleton was evaluated for its ability to restore walking after paralysis from spinal cord injury. The hybrid neuroprosthesis (HNP) combined a passive variable-constraint exoskeleton for stability and support with functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) to contract the paralyzed muscles to drive limb movement. This self-contained HNP was operated by an onboard controller that sampled sensor signals, generated appropriate commands to both the exoskeletal constraints and integrated stimulator, and transmitted data wirelessly via Bluetooth to an off-board computer for real-time monitoring and recording for offline analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226539/directing-the-spatial-patterning-of-motor-neuron-differentiation-in-engineered-microenvironments
#11
Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith, Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith, Greg Cox, Christopher J Demers, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith
Embryonic development of the spinal cord proceeds through a carefully orchestrated temporal and spatial sequence of chemical cues to provide precise patterning of adult cell types. Recreating this complex microenvironment in a standard cell culture dish is difficult, if not impossible. In this paper, a microfluidic device is used to recapitulate, in vitro, the graded patterning events which occur during early spinal cord development. The microdevice design is developed using COMSOL modeling, with which the spatiotemporal profiles of multiple, diffusible morphogens are simulated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226428/a-model-based-exploration-of-the-role-of-pattern-generating-circuits-during-locomotor-adaptation
#12
Ali Marjaninejad, James M Finley, Ali Marjaninejad, James M Finley, Ali Marjaninejad, James M Finley
In this study, we used a model-based approach to explore the potential contributions of central pattern generating circuits (CPGs) during adaptation to external perturbations during locomotion. We constructed a neuromechanical modeled of locomotion using a reduced-phase CPG controller and an inverted pendulum mechanical model. Two different forms of locomotor adaptation were examined in this study: split-belt treadmill adaptation and adaptation to a unilateral, elastic force field. For each simulation, we first examined the effects of phase resetting and varying the model's initial conditions on the resulting adaptation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222972/the-neurologic-control-of-arousal-and-orgasm-with-specific-attention-to-spinal-cord-lesions-integrating-preclinical-and-clinical-sciences
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Marcalee Sipski Alexander, Lesley Marson
Preclinical research in animal models is important for understanding the neural pathways and pathophysiology underlying changes in sexual function after SCI. In vivo animal models, primarily rodents, have provided valuable information on the central pathways regulating sexual arousal and orgasm; however, further research is required in females and preclinical modeling of SCI that can be better translated to men and women. Translation of the autonomic and somatic regulation of sexual responses from preclinical models through clinical research correlates well with respect to the peripheral-spinal systems involved...
January 25, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219984/motor-neurons-tune-premotor-activity-in-a-vertebrate-central-pattern-generator
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Kristy J Lawton, Wick M Perry, Ayako Yamaguchi, Erik Zornik
Central patterns generators (CPGs) are neural circuits that drive rhythmic motor output without sensory feedback. Vertebrate CPGs are generally believed to operate in a top-down manner in which premotor interneurons activate motor neurons that in turn drive muscles. In contrast, the frog (Xenopus laevis) vocal CPG contains a functionally unexplored neuronal projection from the motor nucleus to the premotor nucleus, indicating a recurrent pathway that may contribute to rhythm generation. In this study we characterized the function of this bottom-up connection...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215990/neural-mechanisms-of-single-corrective-steps-evoked-in-the-standing-rabbit
#15
L-J Hsu, P V Zelenin, V F Lyalka, M G Vemula, G N Orlovsky, T G Deliagina
Single steps in different directions are often used for postural corrections. However, our knowledge about the neural mechanisms underlying their generation is scarce. This study was aimed to characterize the corrective steps generated in response to disturbances of the basic body configuration caused by forward, backward or outward displacement of the hindlimb, as well as to reveal location in the CNS of the corrective step generating mechanisms. Video recording of the motor response to translation of the supporting surface under the hindlimb along with contact forces and activity of back and limb muscles was performed in freely standing intact and in fixed postmammillary rabbits...
April 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199003/applications-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-technologies-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Narihito Nagoshi, Hideyuki Okano
Numerous basic research studies have suggested the potential efficacy of neural precursor cell (NPC) transplantation in spinal cord injury (SCI). However, in most such studies the origin of the cells used was mainly fetal tissue or embryonic stem cells, both of which carry potential ethical concerns with respect to clinical use. The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) opened a new path toward regenerative medicine for SCI. iPSCs can be generated from somatic cells by induction of transcription factors, and induced to differentiate into NPCs with characteristics of cells of the central nervous system...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195039/speed-and-segmentation-control-mechanisms-characterized-in-rhythmically-active-circuits-created-from-spinal-neurons-produced-from-genetically-tagged-embryonic-stem-cells
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Matthew J Sternfeld, Christopher A Hinckley, Niall J Moore, Matthew T Pankratz, Kathryn L Hilde, Shawn P Driscoll, Marito Hayashi, Neal D Amin, Dario Bonanomi, Wesley D Gifford, Kamal Sharma, Martyn Goulding, Samuel L Pfaff
Flexible neural networks, such as the interconnected spinal neurons that control distinct motor actions, can switch their activity to produce different behaviors. Both excitatory (E) and inhibitory (I) spinal neurons are necessary for motor behavior, but the influence of recruiting different ratios of E-to-I cells remains unclear. We constructed synthetic microphysical neural networks, called circuitoids, using precise combinations of spinal neuron subtypes derived from mouse stem cells. Circuitoids of purified excitatory interneurons were sufficient to generate oscillatory bursts with properties similar to in vivo central pattern generators...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192080/evo-engineering-and-the-cellular-and-molecular-origins-of-the-vertebrate-spinal-cord
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REVIEW
Ben Steventon, Alfonso Martinez Arias
The formation of the spinal cord during early embryonic development in vertebrate embryos is a continuous process that begins at gastrulation and continues through to the completion of somitogenesis. Despite the conserved usage of patterning mechanisms and gene regulatory networks that act to generate specific spinal cord progenitors, there now exists two seemingly disparate models to account for their action. In the first, a posteriorly localized signalling source transforms previously anterior-specified neural plate into the spinal cord...
February 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153036/biomechanical-comparison-of-multilevel-lateral-interbody-fusion-with-and-without-supplementary-instrumentation-a-three-dimensional-finite-element-study
#19
Xilin Liu, Jun Ma, Paul Park, Xiaodong Huang, Ning Xie, Xiaojian Ye
BACKGROUND: Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is a popular, minimally invasive technique that is used to address challenging multilevel degenerative spinal diseases. It remains controversial whether supplemental instrumentation should be added for multilevel LLIF. In this study, we compared the kinematic stability afforded by stand-alone lateral cages with those supplemented by bilateral pedicle screws and rods (PSR), unilateral PSR, or lateral plate (LP) fixation using a finite-element (FE) model of a multi-level LLIF construct with simulated osteoporosis...
February 2, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148646/microcircuit-formation-following-transplantation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-neurons-into-peripheral-nerve
#20
Philippe Magown, Victor F Rafuse, Robert M Brownstone
Motoneurons derived from embryonic stem cells can be transplanted into the tibial nerve, where they extend axons to functionally innervate target muscle. Here, we studied spontaneous muscle contractions in these grafts three months following transplantation. One-half of the transplanted grafts generated rhythmic muscle contractions of variable patterns, either spontaneously or in response to brief electrical stimulation. Activity generated by transplanted embryonic stem cell-derived neurons was driven by glutamate and was modulated by muscarinic and GABAergic/glycinergic transmission...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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