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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435858/flexible-and-stretchable-nanowire-coated-fibers-for-optoelectronic-probing-of-spinal-cord-circuits
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Chi Lu, Seongjun Park, Thomas J Richner, Alexander Derry, Imogen Brown, Chong Hou, Siyuan Rao, Jeewoo Kang, Chet T Mortiz, Yoel Fink, Polina Anikeeva
Studies of neural pathways that contribute to loss and recovery of function following paralyzing spinal cord injury require devices for modulating and recording electrophysiological activity in specific neurons. These devices must be sufficiently flexible to match the low elastic modulus of neural tissue and to withstand repeated strains experienced by the spinal cord during normal movement. We report flexible, stretchable probes consisting of thermally drawn polymer fibers coated with micrometer-thick conductive meshes of silver nanowires...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435743/effects-of-overground-locomotor-training-on-the-ventilatory-response-to-volitional-treadmill-walking-in-individuals-with-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-a-pilot-study
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Gino S Panza, Andrew A Guccione, Lisa M Chin, Jared M Gollie, Jeffery E Herrick, John P Collins
INTRODUCTION: Although there has been substantial emphasis on the neuromuscular and cardiovascular adaptations following rehabilitation, pulmonary adaptations in individuals with incomplete SCI (iSCI) in response to locomotor training have been less frequently studied. In healthy individuals, effective transition from rest to work is accomplished by a hyperpneic response, which exhibits an exponential curve with three phases. However, the degree to which our current understanding of exercise hyperpnea can be applied to individuals with iSCI is unknown...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434993/effect-of-rat-spinal-cord-injury-hemisection-on-the-ex-vivo-uptake-and-release-of-3-h-noradrenaline-from-a-slice-preparation
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Zoltán Borbély, Benedek Krisztián Csomó, Ágnes Kittel, Gábor Gerber, Gábor Varga, E Sylvester Vizi
We measured the ex vivo uptake and release of [(3)H]noradrenaline ([(3)H]NA) from perfused rat spinal cord slice preparations at 1, 3 and 14 days after unilateral hemisection-induced spinal cord injury (SCI) compared with control slice preparations. After surgical hemisection under anaesthesia, the rats showed characteristic signs of hemiplegia, with no movement of the ipsilateral hindlimb. After 3 days, the electron microscopy images showed overall degeneration of neuronal organelles and the myelin sheath, but the synapses seemed to be intact...
April 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433438/analgesic-effects-of-transcutaneous-ultrasound-nerve-stimulation-in-a-rat-model-of-oxaliplatin-induced-mechanical-hyperalgesia-and-cold-allodynia
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Yueh-Ling Hsieh, Han-Yu Chen, Ching-Hsiang Yang, Chen-Chia Yang
This study investigated the effects and underlying mechanisms of therapeutic ultrasound (TUS) in a rat model of oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy. Animals received a total of eight injections with oxaliplatin (4 mg/kg), administered at 3-d intervals. TUS intervention (1 MHz, 0.5 W/cm(2)) started on the fifth oxaliplatin administration and continued for 10 consecutive d. Sensory behavioral examinations, protein levels of transient receptor potential channels (TRPM8 and TRPV1) in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and substance P (SP) in spinal dorsal horn were examined...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428749/deep-brain-stimulation-improves-the-symptoms-and-sensory-signs-of-persistent-central-neuropathic-pain-from-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Walter J Jermakowicz, Ian D Hentall, Jonathan R Jagid, Corneliu C Luca, James Adcock, Alberto Martinez-Arizala, Eva Widerström-Noga
Central neuropathic pain (CNP) is a significant problem after spinal cord injury (SCI). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches may reduce the severity, but relief is rarely substantial. While deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat various chronic pain types, the technique has rarely been used to attenuate CNP after SCI. Here we present the case of a 54-year-old female with incomplete paraplegia who had severe CNP in the lower limbs and buttock areas since her injury 30 years prior. She was treated with bilateral DBS of the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425137/three-dimensional-printing-an-aid-to-epidural-access-for-neuromodulation
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Murray G Taverner, John P Monagle
OBJECTIVE: The case report details to use of three-dimensional (3D) printing as an aid to neuromodulation. METHODS: A patient is described in whom previous attempts at spinal neuromodulation had failed due to lack of epidural or intrathecal access, and the use of a 3D printed model allowed for improved planning and ultimately, success. RESULTS: Successful spinal cord stimulation was achieved with the plan developed by access to a 3D model of the patient's spine...
April 20, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422795/trial-design-and-endpoint-evaluation-in-clinical-studies-addressing-chronic-back-pain
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Peter Staats
STUDY DESIGN: A review of the literature evaluating clinical trials of chronic back pain. OBJECTIVE: To assist physicians in assessing the quality of clinical trial data to make the most informed treatment decisions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chronic pain is a tremendous public health issue, affecting close to 100 million adults in the United States, and costs the American people billions of dollars. One traditional treatment approach, the long-term use of opiate medications, has recently come under intense scrutiny for problems with complications, diversion, abuse, addiction and lack of efficacy...
April 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422399/dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-crps-recurrence-after-amputation-for-crps-and-failure-of-conventional-spinal-cord-stimulation
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Andreas Goebel, Sarah Lewis, Rhodri Phillip, Manohar Sharma
Limb amputation is sometimes being performed in long-standing complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), although little evidence is available guiding management decisions, including how CRPS recurrence should be managed. This report details the management of a young soldier with CRPS recurrence 2 years after midtibial amputation for CRPS. Conventional spinal cord stimulation did not achieve paraesthetic coverage, or pain relief in the stump, whereas L4 dorsal root ganglion stimulation achieved both coverage and initially modest pain relief, and over time, substantial pain relief...
April 18, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422349/effects-of-extrinsic-cardiac-nerve-stimulation-on-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility-the-regulatory-role-of-the-spinal-cord
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Zixuan Dai, Congxin Huang, Qingyan Zhao, Shujuan Zhang, Hongyi Zhao, Youjing Zhang, Yongsheng Qian, Yanhong Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of the mutual regulation of the extrinsic cardiac nerves on atrial electrophysiology and atrial fibrillation (AF) vulnerability. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fourteen dogs were randomly divided into 2 groups: spinal cord stimulation (SCS) group (n = 7) and spinal cord block (SCB) group (n = 7). SCS was performed with 90% of the threshold voltage stimulating the T1 -T2 spinal level, while SCB was performed by injecting 2% lidocaine into the epidural space at the T2-3 level...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419784/four-extremity-neurostimulation-using-two-cervical-octapolar-leads-and-high-frequency-of-10-khz
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Shervin Harandi, Leonardo Kapural
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: A few published reports describe successful clinical use of low-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in the cervical spine resulting in bilateral upper and lower extremity pain relief. Major side-effect when using this modality of SCS is the uneven intensity of paresthesias which are frequently excessive in upper extremities while attempting to achieve optimal paresthesia coverage in all four extremities. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Here we describe a successful case of high frequency SCS at 10 kHz where profound control of neuropathic pain of all four extremities was achieved without the complication of paresthesias...
April 18, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419410/selective-and-state-dependent-activation-of-tresk-background-potassium-channel-by-cloxyquin
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Miklós Lengyel, Alice Dobolyi, Gábor Czirják, Péter Enyedi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cloxyquin (5-cloroquinolin-8-ol) has been previously described as an activator of TRESK (K2P 18.1, TWIK-related spinal cord K(+) channel) background potassium channel. We have examined the specificity of the drug by testing several K2P channels. We have investigated the mechanism of cloxyquin-mediated TRESK activation, focusing on the differences between the physiologically relevant regulatory states of the channel. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Potassium currents were measured by two-electrode voltage clamp in Xenopus oocytes and by whole-cell patch clamp in mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons...
April 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411102/zl006-protects-spinal-cord-neurons-against-ischemia-induced-oxidative-stress-through-ampk-pgc-1%C3%AE-sirt3-pathway
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Shu-Guang Liu, Yun-Mei Wang, Yan-Jun Zhang, Xi-Jing He, Tao Ma, Wei Song, Yu-Min Zhang
Spinal cord ischemia (SCI) induces a range of cellular and molecular cascades, including activation of glutamate receptors and downstream signaling. Post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95) links neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) with the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors to form a ternary complex in the CNS. This molecular complex-mediated cytotoxicity has been implicated in brain ischemia, but its role in SCI has not been determined. The goal of the study was to investigate the potential protective effects of ZL006, a small-molecule inhibitor of the PSD-95/nNOS interaction, in an in vitro SCI model induced by oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in cultured spinal cord neurons...
April 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405624/gm-csf-is-not-essential-for-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-but-promotes-brain-targeted-disease
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Emily R Pierson, Joan M Goverman
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) has been used as an animal model of multiple sclerosis to identify pathogenic cytokines that could be therapeutic targets. Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is the only cytokine reported to be essential for EAE. We investigated the role of GM-CSF in EAE in C3HeB/FeJ mice that uniquely exhibit extensive brain and spinal cord inflammation. Unexpectedly, GM-CSF-deficient C3HeB/FeJ mice were fully susceptible to EAE because IL-17 activity compensated for the loss of GM-CSF during induction of spinal cord-targeted disease...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405184/optical-imaging-of-the-motor-cortex-following-antidromic-activation-of-the-corticospinal-tract-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Kyung H Lee, Un J Kim, Se W Park, Yong G Park, Bae H Lee
Spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts neuronal networks of ascending and descending tracts at the site of injury, leading to a loss of motor function. Restoration and new circuit formation are important components of the recovery process, which involves collateral sprouting of injured and uninjured fibers. The present study was conducted to determine cortical responses to antidromic stimulation of the corticospinal tracts, to compare changes in the reorganization of neural pathways within normal and spinal cord-injured rats, and to elucidate differences in spatiotemporal activity patterns of the natural progression and reorganization of neural pathways in normal and SCI animals using optical imaging...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403681/atrophy-ultra-structural-disorders-severe-atrophy-and-degeneration-of-denervated-human-muscle-in-sci-and-aging-implications-for-their-recovery-by-functional-electrical-stimulation-updated-2017
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Helmut Kern, Cristian Hofer, Stefan Loefler, Sandra Zampieri, Paolo Gargiulo, Alfonc Baba, Andrea Marcante, Francesco Piccione, Amber Pond, Ugo Carraro
OBJECTIVES: Long-term lower motor neuron denervation of skeletal muscle is known to result in degeneration of muscle with replacement by adipose and fibrotic tissues. However, long-term survival of a subset of skeletal myofibers also occurs. METHODS: We performed transverse and longitudinal studies of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), patients specifically complete Conus and Cauda Equina Syndrome and also of active and sedentary seniors which included analyses of muscle biopsies from the quadriceps m...
April 13, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402524/the-effectiveness-of-an-intensive-interdisciplinary-pain-rehabilitation-program-in-the-treatment-of-post-laminectomy-syndrome-in-patients-who-have-failed-spinal-cord-stimulation
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Joshua C Bailey, Svetlana Kurklinsky, Christopher D Sletten, Michael D Osborne
Introduction.:  Post-laminectomy syndrome (PLS) patients who have previously undergone spinal cord stimulation and failed to have significant improvement create a unique challenge for ongoing pain management. We hypothesize that, following successful completion of intensive, interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation (IPR), this patient population can achieve a significant reduction in pain, improvement in mood, functional levels, and self-efficacy. Materials and methods...
April 11, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400726/review-of-epidural-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-augmenting-cough-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jan T Hachmann, Jonathan S Calvert, Peter J Grahn, Dina I Drubach, Kendall H Lee, Igor A Lavrov
Spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a debilitating condition for which there is no cure. In addition to loss of somatic sensorimotor functions, SCI is also commonly associated with impairment of autonomic function. Importantly, cough dysfunction due to paralysis of expiratory muscles in combination with respiratory insufficiency can render affected individuals vulnerable to respiratory morbidity. Failure to clear sputum can aggravate both risk for and severity of respiratory infections, accounting for frequent hospitalizations and even mortality...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400720/superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-mediated-forces-enhance-the-migration-of-schwann-cells-across-the-astrocyte-schwann-cell-boundary-in-vitro
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Liangliang Huang, Bing Xia, Zhongyang Liu, Quanliang Cao, Jinghui Huang, Zhuojing Luo
Schwann cells (SCs) are one of the most promising cellular candidates for the treatment of spinal cord injury. However, SCs show poor migratory ability within the astrocyte-rich central nervous system (CNS) environment and exhibit only limited integration with host astrocytes. Our strategy for improving the therapeutic potential of SCs was to magnetically drive SCs to migrate across the astrocyte-SC boundary to intermingle with astrocytes. SCs were firstly magnetized with poly-L-lysine-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399549/cost-effectiveness-data-regarding-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-low-back-pain
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Christian Hoelscher, Jonathan Riley, Chengyuan Wu, Ashwini Sharan
STUDY DESIGN: Review of published literature pertaining to spinal cord stimulation cost data analysis. OBJECTIVE: To acquire, organize, and succinctly summarize the available literature regarding the costs associated with, and the cost-effectiveness of, spinal cord stimulation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chronic back and limb pain is a pervasive complaint in modern society, with estimated annual costs of medical care greater than $100 billion...
April 10, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396201/pharmacological-but-not-genetic-alteration-of-neural-epo-modifies-the-co2-h-central-chemosensitivity-in-postnatal-mice
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Sofien Laouafa, Anne-Sophie Perrin-Terrin, Florine Jeton, Elizabeth Elliot-Portal, Rose Tam, Laurence Bodineau, Nicolas Voituron, Jorge Soliz
Cerebral erythropoietin (Epo) plays a crucial role for respiratory control in newborn rodents. We showed previously that soluble Epo receptor (sEpoR: an Epo antagonist) reduces basal ventilation and hypoxic hyperventilation at postnatal day 10 (P10) and in adult mice. However, at these ages (P10 and adulthood), Epo had no effect on central chemosensitivity. Nevertheless, it is known that the sensitivity to CO2/H(+) during the mammalian respiratory network maturation process is age-dependent. Accordingly, in this study we wanted to test the hypothesis that cerebral Epo is involved in the breathing stimulation induced by the activation of central CO2/H(+) chemoreceptors at earlier postnatal ages...
April 8, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
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