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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088107/gaas-laser-therapy-reestablishes-the-morphology-of-the-nmj-and-nachrs-after-injury-due-to-bupivacaine
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Cristiane Neves Alessi Pissulin, Paula Aiello Tomé de Souza Castro, Flávio Codina, Carina Guidi Pinto, Ivan Jose Vechetti-Junior, Selma Maria Michelin Matheus
BACKGROUND: Local anesthetics are used to relieve pre- and postoperative pain, acting on both sodium channels and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Bupivacaine acts as a non-competitive antagonist and has limitations, such as myotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and inflammation. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and analgesic effects. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of a gallium arsenide laser (GaAs) on the morphology of the NMJ and nAChRs after application of bupivacaine in the sternomastoid muscle...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088014/reduced-complexity-of-force-and-muscle-activity-during-low-level-isometric-contractions-of-the-ankle-in-diabetic-individuals
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E Y Suda, P Madeleine, R P Hirata, A Samani, T T Kawamura, I C N Sacco
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the structure and amount of variability of surface electromyography (sEMG) patterns and ankle force data during low-level isometric contractions in diabetic subjects with different degrees of neuropathy. METHODS: We assessed 10 control subjects and 38 diabetic patients, classified as absent, mild, moderate, or severe neuropathy, by a fuzzy system based on clinical variables. Multichannel sEMG (64-electrode matrix) of tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius medialis muscles were acquired during isometric contractions at 10%, 20%, and 30% of the maximum voluntary contraction, and force levels during dorsi- and plantarflexion were recorded...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087734/increased-mitophagy-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-spinal-and-bulbar-muscular-atrophy-patients
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Doriana Borgia, Adriana Malena, Marco Spinazzi, Maria Andrea Desbats, Leonardo Salviati, Aaron P Russell, Giovanni Miotto, Laura Tosatto, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù, Maria Pennuto, Lodovica Vergani
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by polyglutamine expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) and characterized by the loss of lower motor neurons. Here we investigated pathological processes occurring in muscle biopsy specimens derived from SBMA patients and, as controls, age-matched healthy subjects and patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and neurogenic atrophy. We detected atrophic fibers in the muscle of SBMA, ALS and neurogenic atrophy patients...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087062/timing-and-magnitude-of-lumbar-spine-contribution-to-trunk-forward-bending-and-backward-return-in-patients-with-acute-low-back-pain
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Iman Shojaei, Milad Vazirian, Elizabeth G Salt, Linda R Van Dillen, Babak Bazrgari
Alterations in the lumbo-pelvic coordination denote changes in neuromuscular control of trunk motion as well as load sharing between passive and active tissues in the lower back. Differences in timing and magnitude aspects of lumbo-pelvic coordination between patients with chronic low back pain (LBP) and asymptomatic individuals have been reported; yet, the literature on lumbo-pelvic coordination in patients with acute LBP is scant. A case-control study was conducted to explore the differences in timing and magnitude aspects of lumbo-pelvic coordination between females with (n=19) and without (n=19) acute LBP...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078451/slower-but-not-faster-unilateral-fatiguing-knee-extensions-alter-contralateral-limb-performance-without-impairment-of-maximal-torque-output
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Olaf Prieske, Saied J Aboodarda, José A Benitez Sierra, David G Behm, Urs Granacher
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of unilateral fatigue of the knee extensors at different movement velocities on neuromuscular performance in the fatigued and non-fatigued leg. METHODS: Unilateral fatigue of the knee extensors was induced in 11 healthy young men (23.7 ± 3.8 years) at slower (60°/s; FAT60) and faster movement velocities (240°/s; FAT240) using an isokinetic dynamometer. A resting control (CON) condition was included...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077491/sphingosine-1-phosphate-lyase-deficiency-causes-charcot-marie-tooth-neuropathy
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Derek Atkinson, Jelena Nikodinovic Glumac, Bob Asselbergh, Biljana Ermanoska, David Blocquel, Regula Steiner, Alejandro Estrada-Cuzcano, Kristien Peeters, Tinne Ooms, Els De Vriendt, Xiang-Lei Yang, Thorsten Hornemann, Vedrana Milic Rasic, Albena Jordanova
OBJECTIVE: To identify the unknown genetic cause in a nuclear family with an axonal form of peripheral neuropathy and atypical disease course. METHODS: Detailed neurologic, electrophysiologic, and neuropathologic examinations of the patients were performed. Whole exome sequencing of both affected individuals was done. The effect of the identified sequence variations was investigated at cDNA and protein level in patient-derived lymphoblasts. The plasma sphingoid base profile was analyzed...
January 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074267/reduced-serum-myostatin-concentrations-associated-with-genetic-muscle-disease-progression
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Peter M Burch, Oksana Pogoryelova, Joe Palandra, Richard Goldstein, Donald Bennett, Lori Fitz, Michela Guglieri, Chiara Marini Bettolo, Volker Straub, Teresinha Evangelista, Hendrik Neubert, Hanns Lochmüller, Carl Morris
Myostatin is a highly conserved protein secreted primarily from skeletal muscle that can potently suppress muscle growth. This ability to regulate skeletal muscle mass has sparked intense interest in the development of anti-myostatin therapies for a wide array of muscle disorders including sarcopenia, cachexia and genetic neuromuscular diseases. While a number of studies have examined the circulating myostatin concentrations in healthy and sarcopenic populations, very little data are available from inherited muscle disease patients...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069867/the-carboxyl-terminal-region-of-dok-7-plays-a-key-but-not-essential-role-in-activation-of-muscle-specific-receptor-kinase-musk-and-neuromuscular-synapse-formation
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Ryo Ueta, Tohru Tezuka, Yosuke Izawa, Sadanori Miyoshi, Satoru Nagatoishi, Kouhei Tsumoto, Yuji Yamanashi
As the synapse between a motor neuron and skeletal muscle, the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is required for muscle contraction. The formation and maintenance of NMJs are controlled by the muscle-specific receptor kinase MuSK. Dok-7 is the essential cytoplasmic activator of MuSK, and indeed mice lacking Dok-7 form no NMJs. Moreover, DOK7 gene mutations underlie DOK7 myasthenia, an NMJ synaptopathy. Previously, we failed to detect MuSK activation in myotubes by Dok-7 mutated in the N-terminal pleckstrin homology (PH) or phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain or that lacked the C-terminal region (Dok-7-ΔC)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068520/impact-loading-following-quadriceps-strength-training-in-individuals-with-medial-knee-osteoarthritis-and-varus-alignment
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Crystal O Kean, Rana S Hinman, Tim V Wrigley, Boon-Whatt Lim, Kim L Bennell
BACKGROUND: Greater impact loading at initial contact is postulated to play a role in the progression of osteoarthritis. Quadriceps weakness is common in individuals with knee osteoarthritis and may contribute to high impact loading. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of quadriceps strengthening on impact loading parameters. METHODS: Data from 97 individuals with knee osteoarthritis who participated in a randomized clinical trial examining effects of a 12-week quadriceps strengthening program was used to conduct this secondary exploratory analysis...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068376/an-objective-functional-characterisation-of-head-movement-impairment-in-individuals-with-neck-muscle-weakness-due-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Silvia Pancani, Wendy Tindale, Pamela J Shaw, Christopher J McDermott, Claudia Mazzà
BACKGROUND: Neck muscle weakness and head drop are well recognised in patients with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but an objective characterisation of the consequent head movement impairment is lacking. The aim of this study was to quantitatively characterise head movements in ALS compared to aged matched controls. METHODS: We evaluated two groups, one of thirteen patients with ALS and one of thirteen age-matched controls, during the execution of a series of controlled head movements, performed while wearing two inertial sensors attached on the forehead and sternum, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067943/gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-modulators-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-motor-neuron-disease
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REVIEW
Andrea Diana, Rita Pillai, Paolo Bongioanni, Aidan G O'Keeffe, Robert G Miller, Dan H Moore
BACKGROUND: Imbalance of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and related modulators has been implicated as an important factor in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as motor neuron disease (MND). In this context, the role and mechanism of action of gabapentin and baclofen have been extensively investigated, although with conflicting results. This is the first systematic review to assess clinical trials of GABA modulators for the treatment of ALS. OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of gabapentin, baclofen, or other GABA modulators in delaying the progression of ALS, and to evaluate adverse effects of these interventions...
January 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065847/a-drosophila-model-of-gdap1-function-reveals-the-involvement-of-insulin-signalling-in-the-mitochondria-dependent-neuromuscular-degeneration
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Víctor López Del Amo, Martina Palomino-Schätzlein, Marta Seco-Cervera, José Luis García-Giménez, Federico Vicente Pallardó, Antonio Pineda-Lucena, Máximo Ibo Galindo
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a rare peripheral neuropathy for which there is no specific treatment. Some forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth are due to mutations in the GDAP1 gene. A striking feature of mutations in GDAP1 is that they have a variable clinical manifestation, according to disease onset and progression, histology and mode of inheritance. Studies in cellular and animal models have revealed a role of GDAP1 in mitochondrial morphology and distribution, calcium homeostasis and oxidative stress. To get a better understanding of the disease mechanism we have generated models of over-expression and RNA interference of the Drosophila Gdap1 gene...
January 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062917/the-enteric-nervous-system-and-the-musculature-of-the-colon-are-altered-in-patients-with-spina-bifida-and-spinal-cord-injury
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Marjanne den Braber-Ymker, Martin Lammens, Michel J A M van Putten, Iris D Nagtegaal
Neurogenic bowel dysfunction occurs in a large percentage of adult patients with spina bifida (SB) and spinal cord injury (SCI), significantly affecting their quality of life. Although bowel motility is autonomously regulated by the enteric nervous system (ENS), disruption of the modulation of the ENS by extrinsic innervation as present in many patients with SB and SCI might lead to motility disorders. In order to gain insight in the pathophysiology, we studied histological changes of the neuromuscular structures in the colon of SB and SCI patients...
January 6, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061919/myasthenia-gravis-and-its-aeromedical-implications
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Tania Jagathesan, Michael D O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune condition where antibodies form against the acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction, eventually causing damage to the motor end plate. The clinical features include muscle fatigability as well as ocular, bulbar, and limb weakness, which can have implications on the role of a pilot or air traffic controller. This retrospective study reviewed the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) experience of myasthenia gravis...
January 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061841/supervised-neuromuscular-exercise-prior-to-hip-and-knee-replacement-12-month-clinical-effect-and-cost-utility-analysis-alongside-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Linda Fernandes, Ewa M Roos, Søren Overgaard, Allan Villadsen, Rikke Søgaard
BACKGROUND: There are indications of beneficial short-term effect of pre-operative exercise in reducing pain and improving activity of daily living after total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Though, information from studies conducting longer follow-ups and economic evaluations of exercise prior to THR and TKR is needed. The aim of the study was to analyse 12-month clinical effect and cost-utility of supervised neuromuscular exercise prior to THR and TKR surgery...
January 6, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060927/acute-effects-of-three-neuromuscular-warm-up-strategies-on-several-physical-performance-measures-in-football-players
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Francisco Ayala, Ana Calderón-López, Juan Carlos Delgado-Gosálbez, Sergio Parra-Sánchez, Carlos Pomares-Noguera, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez, Alejandro López-Valenciano, Mark De Ste Croix
No studies have analysed the acute effects of the FIFA 11+ and Harmoknee warm-up programmes on major physical performance measures. The aim of this study was to analyse the acute (post-exercise) effects of the FIFA 11+, Harmoknee and dynamic warm-up routines on several physical performance measures in amateur football players. A randomized, crossover and counterbalanced study design was used to address the purpose of this study. A total of sixteen amateur football players completed the following protocols in a randomized order on separate days: a) FIFA 11+; b) Harmoknee; and c) dynamic warm-up (DWU)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060254/quantitative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-skeletal-muscle-disease
#18
Bruce M Damon, Ke Li, Richard D Dortch, E Brian Welch, Jane H Park, Amanda K W Buck, Theodore F Towse, Mark D Does, Daniel F Gochberg, Nathan D Bryant
Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI) describes the development and use of MRI to quantify physical, chemical, and/or biological properties of living systems. Neuromuscular diseases often exhibit a temporally varying, spatially heterogeneous, and multi-faceted pathology. The goal of this protocol is to characterize this pathology using qMRI methods. The MRI acquisition protocol begins with localizer images (used to locate the position of the body and tissue of interest within the MRI system), quality control measurements of relevant magnetic field distributions, and structural imaging for general anatomical characterization...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058956/neuromuscular-blockade-and-inspiratory-breath-hold-during-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-treatment-of-heart-base-tumors-in-four-dogs
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Krista L Kelsey, Lyndsay N Kubicek, Nicholas J Bacon, Terry Torres, Sheilah A Robertson
CASE DESCRIPTION 4 dogs were examined because of pleural effusion and ventricular tachycardia, coughing and supraventricular tachycardia, appendicular osteosarcoma, and syncopal episodes. CLINICAL FINDINGS In all 4 dogs, a heart base tumor was identified by means of thoracic CT. TREATMENT AND OUTCOME In all 4 dogs, the heart base tumors were treated by means of stereotactic body radiation therapy. Dogs were anesthetized, and neuromuscular blockade was achieved with atracurium or vecuronium. A circle rebreathing system with 15 m (50 feet) of anesthetic tubing coursing through the vault wall was used to connect the patient to the anesthesia machine, which was located in the control room...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049716/sideroflexin-3-is-a-%C3%AE-synuclein-dependent-mitochondrial-protein-that-regulates-synaptic-morphology
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Inês S Amorim, Laura C Graham, Roderick N Carter, Nicholas M Morton, Fella Hammachi, Tilo Kunath, Giuseppa Pennetta, Sarah M Carpanini, Jean C Manson, Douglas J Lamont, Thomas M Wishart, Thomas H Gillingwater
α-synuclein plays a central role in Parkinson's disease, where it contributes to the vulnerability of synapses to degeneration. However, the downstream mechanisms through which α-synuclein controls synaptic stability and degeneration are not fully understood. Here, comparative proteomics on synapses isolated from α-synuclein(-/-) mouse brain identified mitochondrial proteins as primary targets of α-synuclein, revealing 37 mitochondrial proteins not previously linked to α-synuclein or neurodegeneration pathways...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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