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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532887/the-influence-of-walking-aids-on-the-plasticity-of-spinal-interneuronal-networks-central-pattern-generators-and-the-recovery-of-gait-post-stroke-a-literature-review-and-scholarly-discussion
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Clare C Maguire, Judith M Sieben, Robert A de Bie
BACKGROUND: Many aspects of post-stroke gait-rehabilitation are based on low-level evidence or expert opinion. Neuroscientific principles are often not considered when evaluating the impact of interventions. The use of walking-aids including canes and rollators, although widely used for long periods, has primarily been investigated to assess the immediate kinetic, kinematic or physiological effects. The long-term impact on neural structures und functions remains unclear. METHODS: A literature review of the function of and factors affecting plasticity of spinal interneuronal-networks and central-pattern-generators (CPG) in healthy and post-stroke patients...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507514/markovian-analysis-of-the-sequential-behavior-of-the-spontaneous-spinal-cord-dorsum-potentials-induced-by-acute-nociceptive-stimulation-in-the-anesthetized-cat
#2
Mario Martin, Javier Béjar, Gennaro Esposito, Diógenes Chávez, Enrique Contreras-Hernández, Silvio Glusman, Ulises Cortés, Pablo Rudomín
In a previous study we developed a Machine Learning procedure for the automatic identification and classification of spontaneous cord dorsum potentials (CDPs). This study further supported the proposal that in the anesthetized cat, the spontaneous CDPs recorded from different lumbar spinal segments are generated by a distributed network of dorsal horn neurons with structured (non-random) patterns of functional connectivity and that these configurations can be changed to other non-random and stable configurations after the noceptive stimulation produced by the intradermic injection of capsaicin in the anesthetized cat...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502615/reduce-reuse-recycle-developmental-signals-in-spinal-cord-regeneration
#3
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Marcos Julian Cardozo, Karolina S Mysiak, Thomas Becker, Catherina G Becker
Anamniotes, fishes and amphibians, have the capacity to regenerate spinal cord tissue after injury, generating new neurons that mature and integrate into the spinal circuitry. Elucidating the molecular signals that promote this regeneration is a fundamental question in regeneration research. Model systems, such as salamanders and larval and adult zebrafish are used to analyse successful regeneration. This shows that many developmental signals, such as Notch, Hedgehog (Hh), Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), Wnt, Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Retinoic Acid (RA) and neurotransmitters are redeployed during regeneration and activate resident spinal progenitor cells...
May 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490013/sulfatase-2-modulates-fate-change-from-motor-neurons-to-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-through-coordinated-regulation-of-shh-signaling-with-sulfatase-1
#4
Wen Jiang, Yugo Ishino, Hirokazu Hashimoto, Kazuko Keino-Masu, Masayuki Masu, Kenji Uchimura, Kenji Kadomatsu, Takeshi Yoshimura, Kazuhiro Ikenaka
Sulfatases (Sulfs) are a group of endosulfatases consisting of Sulf1 and Sulf2, which specifically remove sulfate from heparan sulfate proteoglycans. Although several studies have shown that Sulf1 acts as a regulator of sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling during embryonic ventral spinal cord development, the detailed expression pattern and function of Sulf2 in the spinal cord remains to be determined. In this study, we found that Sulf2 also modulates the cell fate change from motor neurons (MNs) to oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) by regulating Shh signaling in the mouse ventral spinal cord in coordination with Sulf1...
May 11, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487834/effect-of-treadmill-training-protocols-on-locomotion-recovery-in-spinalized-rats
#5
Hamid R Kobravi, Ali Moghimi, Zahra Khodadadi
Both treadmill training and epidural stimulation can help to reactivate the central pattern generator (CPG) in the spinal cord after a spinal cord injury. However, designing an appropriate training approach and a stimulation profile is still a controversial issue. Since the spinal afferent signals are the input signals of CPG in the spinal cord, it can be concluded that the number of input afferent signals can affect the quality of movement recovery, such a phenomenon is in accordance with Hebbian theory. Therefore, at first in this paper, through some simulation studies on a model of CPGs, the effective influence of increasing the afferent input weight on activating CPG model was certified...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484370/clustered-protocadherins-are-required-for-building-functional-neural-circuits
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Sonoko Hasegawa, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Makiko Kumagai, Hiroshi Nishimaru, Etsuko Tarusawa, Hiro Kanda, Makoto Sanbo, Yumiko Yoshimura, Masumi Hirabayashi, Takahiro Hirabayashi, Takeshi Yagi
Neuronal identity is generated by the cell-surface expression of clustered protocadherin (Pcdh) isoforms. In mice, 58 isoforms from three gene clusters, Pcdhα, Pcdhβ, and Pcdhγ, are differentially expressed in neurons. Since cis-heteromeric Pcdh oligomers on the cell surface interact homophilically with that in other neurons in trans, it has been thought that the Pcdh isoform repertoire determines the binding specificity of synapses. We previously described the cooperative functions of isoforms from all three Pcdh gene clusters in neuronal survival and synapse formation in the spinal cord...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475063/training-an-actor-critic-reinforcement-learning-controller-for-arm-movement-using-human-generated-rewards
#7
Kathleen Jagodnik, Philip Thomas, Antonie van den Bogert, Michael Branicky, Robert Kirsch
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) employs neuroprostheses to apply electrical current to the nerves and muscles of individuals paralyzed by spinal cord injury (SCI) to restore voluntary movement. Neuroprosthesis controllers calculate stimulation patterns to produce desired actions. To date, no existing controller is able to efficiently adapt its control strategy to the wide range of possible physiological arm characteristics, reaching movements, and user preferences that vary over time. Reinforcement learning (RL) is a control strategy that can incorporate human reward signals as inputs to allow human users to shape controller behavior...
May 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467736/spinal-transection-alters-external-urethral-sphincter-activity-during-spontaneous-voiding-in-freely-moving-rats
#8
Brandon K LaPallo, Jonathan R Wolpaw, Xiang Yang Chen, Jonathan Carp
The rat is a commonly used model for the study of lower urinary tract function before and after spinal cord injury. We have previously reported that in unanesthetized, freely-moving rats, although phasic external urethral sphincter (EUS) activity (bursting) is most common during micturition, productive voiding can occur in the absence of bursting, which differs from results seen in anesthetized or unanesthetized restrained animals. The purpose of the present study was to characterize EUS behavior in unanesthetized, freely-moving rats before and after mid-thoracic (T8) or thoraco-lumbar (T13-L1) spinal transection to determine how EUS behavior after spinal cord injury differs from that seen in anesthetized or unanesthetized restrained rats...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447895/compensatory-function-of-the-diaphragm-following-high-cervical-hemisection-in-the-rat
#9
Kun-Ze Lee, Shih-Hui Hsu
Unilateral high cervical spinal hemisection (i.e., C2Hx) interrupts the respiratory bulbospinal pathway and results in paralysis of the hemidiaphragm. The ipsilateral diaphragmatic activity can partially recover over weeks to months; however, its contribution to the tidal volume generation is less than 20 %. Accordingly, we hypothesized that the contralateral diaphragm exert a compensatory function to maintain the essential ventilation following cervical spinal cord hemisection. The cardiorespiratory pattern and bilateral diaphragm electromyogram (EMG) were measured in urethane-anesthetized and spontaneously breathing adult rats at 1 day, 2 or 8 weeks post-C2Hx or C2 laminectomy...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438991/differentiation-of-v2a-interneurons-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#10
Jessica C Butts, Dylan A McCreedy, Jorge Alexis Martinez-Vargas, Frederico N Mendoza-Camacho, Tracy A Hookway, Casey A Gifford, Praveen Taneja, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Todd C McDevitt
The spinal cord consists of multiple neuronal cell types that are critical to motor control and arise from distinct progenitor domains in the developing neural tube. Excitatory V2a interneurons in particular are an integral component of central pattern generators that control respiration and locomotion; however, the lack of a robust source of human V2a interneurons limits the ability to molecularly profile these cells and examine their therapeutic potential to treat spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we report the directed differentiation of CHX10(+) V2a interneurons from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs)...
May 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409281/spinal-poly-ga-inclusions-in-a-c9orf72-mouse-model-trigger-motor-deficits-and-inflammation-without-neuron-loss
#11
Martin H Schludi, Lore Becker, Lillian Garrett, Tania F Gendron, Qihui Zhou, Franziska Schreiber, Bastian Popper, Leda Dimou, Tim M Strom, Juliane Winkelmann, Anne von Thaden, Kristin Rentzsch, Stephanie May, Meike Michaelsen, Benjamin M Schwenk, Jing Tan, Benedikt Schoser, Marianne Dieterich, Leonard Petrucelli, Sabine M Hölter, Wolfgang Wurst, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Thomas Klopstock, Thomas Arzberger, Dieter Edbauer
Translation of the expanded (ggggcc)n repeat in C9orf72 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) causes abundant poly-GA inclusions. To elucidate their role in pathogenesis, we generated transgenic mice expressing codon-modified (GA)149 conjugated with cyan fluorescent protein (CFP). Transgenic mice progressively developed poly-GA inclusions predominantly in motoneurons and interneurons of the spinal cord and brain stem and in deep cerebellar nuclei. Poly-GA co-aggregated with p62, Rad23b and the newly identified Mlf2, in both mouse and patient samples...
April 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405011/plasticity-within-excitatory-and-inhibitory-pathways-of-the-vestibulo-spinal-circuitry-guides-changes-in-motor-performance
#12
Diana E Mitchell, Charles C Della Santina, Kathleen E Cullen
Investigations of behaviors with well-characterized circuitry are required to understand how the brain learns new motor skills and ensures existing behaviors remain appropriately calibrated over time. Accordingly, here we recorded from neurons within different sites of the vestibulo-spinal circuitry of behaving macaque monkeys during temporally precise activation of vestibular afferents. Behaviorally relevant patterns of vestibular nerve activation generated a rapid and substantial decrease in the monosynaptic responses recorded at the first central stage of processing from neurons receiving direct input from vestibular afferents within minutes, as well as a decrease in the compensatory reflex response that lasted up to 8 hours...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396410/spinal-motor-neuron-protein-supersaturation-patterns-are-associated-with-inclusion-body-formation-in-als
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Prajwal Ciryam, Isabella A Lambert-Smith, Daniel M Bean, Rosie Freer, Fernando Cid, Gian Gaetano Tartaglia, Darren N Saunders, Mark R Wilson, Stephen G Oliver, Richard I Morimoto, Christopher M Dobson, Michele Vendruscolo, Giorgio Favrin, Justin J Yerbury
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a heterogeneous degenerative motor neuron disease linked to numerous genetic mutations in apparently unrelated proteins. These proteins, including SOD1, TDP-43, and FUS, are highly aggregation-prone and form a variety of intracellular inclusion bodies that are characteristic of different neuropathological subtypes of the disease. Contained within these inclusions are a variety of proteins that do not share obvious characteristics other than coaggregation. However, recent evidence from other neurodegenerative disorders suggests that disease-affected biochemical pathways can be characterized by the presence of proteins that are supersaturated, with cellular concentrations significantly greater than their solubilities...
May 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396282/serotonergic-projections-to-lumbar-levels-and-its-plasticity-following-spinal-cord-injury
#14
Yongzhi Xia, Dan Chen, Haijian Xia, Zhengbu Liao, Wenyuan Tang, Yi Yan
The descending serotonergic pathway, which originates in various populations of brainstem neurons, plays an important role in generating the rhythmic motor pattern associated with locomotor movement. Although the development of its innervation has been studied in rodent spinal cord, it has not been clearly identified how the projection of serotonergic pathway is related to its function. Here, we evaluated the pattern of serotonergic innervation on the lumbar spinal cord from embryonic day 14.5 (E14.5) to adulthood...
April 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356457/speed-dependency-in-%C3%AE-motoneuron-activity-and-locomotor-modules-in-human-locomotion-indirect-evidence-for-phylogenetically-conserved-spinal-circuits
#15
Hikaru Yokoyama, Tetsuya Ogawa, Masahiro Shinya, Noritaka Kawashima, Kimitaka Nakazawa
Coordinated locomotor muscle activity is generated by the spinal central pattern generators (CPGs). Vertebrate studies have demonstrated the following two characteristics of the speed control mechanisms of the spinal CPGs: (i) rostral segment activation is indispensable for achieving high-speed locomotion; and (ii) specific combinations between spinal interneuronal modules and motoneuron (MN) pools are sequentially activated with increasing speed. Here, to investigate whether similar control mechanisms exist in humans, we examined spinal neural activity during varied-speed locomotion by mapping the distribution of MN activity in the spinal cord and extracting locomotor modules, which generate basic MN activation patterns...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351197/the-human-central-pattern-generator-for-locomotion
#16
Karen Minassian, Ursula S Hofstoetter, Florin Dzeladini, Pierre A Guertin, Auke Ijspeert
The ability of dedicated spinal circuits, referred to as central pattern generators (CPGs), to produce the basic rhythm and neural activation patterns underlying locomotion can be demonstrated under specific experimental conditions in reduced animal preparations. The existence of CPGs in humans is a matter of debate. Equally elusive is the contribution of CPGs to normal bipedal locomotion. To address these points, we focus on human studies that utilized spinal cord stimulation or pharmacological neuromodulation to generate rhythmic activity in individuals with spinal cord injury, and on neuromechanical modeling of human locomotion...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
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
#17
REVIEW
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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