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Ross W Paterson, Catherine F Slattery, Teresa Poole, Jennifer M Nicholas, Nadia K Magdalinou, Jamie Toombs, Miles D Chapman, Michael P Lunn, Amanda J Heslegrave, Martha S Foiani, Philip S J Weston, Ashvini Keshavan, Jonathan D Rohrer, Martin N Rossor, Jason D Warren, Catherine J Mummery, Kaj Blennow, Nick C Fox, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan M Schott
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers are increasingly being used to support a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Their clinical utility for differentiating AD from non-AD neurodegenerative dementias, such as dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) or frontotemporal dementia (FTD), is less well established. We aimed to determine the diagnostic utility of an extended panel of CSF biomarkers to differentiate AD from a range of other neurodegenerative dementias. METHODS: We used immunoassays to measure conventional CSF markers of amyloid and tau pathology (amyloid beta (Aβ)1-42, total tau (T-tau), and phosphorylated tau (P-tau)) as well as amyloid processing (AβX-38, AβX-40, AβX-42, soluble amyloid precursor protein (sAPP)α, and sAPPβ), large fibre axonal degeneration (neurofilament light chain (NFL)), and neuroinflammation (YKL-40) in 245 patients with a variety of dementias and 30 controls...
March 20, 2018: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
Yin Yuan, Xiu-Yue Xu, Jie Lao, Xin Zhao
Nerve transfer is the most common treatment for total brachial plexus avulsion injury. After nerve transfer, the movement of the injured limb may be activated by certain movements of the healthy limb at the early stage of recovery, i.e., trans-hemispheric reorganization. Previous studies have focused on functional magnetic resonance imaging and changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and growth associated protein 43, but there have been no proteomics studies. In this study, we designed a rat model of total brachial plexus avulsion injury involving contralateral C7 nerve transfer...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Divyen K Shah, Vennila Ponnusamy, Jane Evanson, Olga Kapellou, Georgia Ekitzidou, Neelam Gupta, Paul Clarke, Adina T Michael-Titus, Ping K Yip
Aims and hypothesis: Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) remains an important cause of death and disability in newborns. Mild therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is safe and effective; however, there are no tissue biomarkers available at the bedside to select babies for treatment. The aim of this study was to show that it is feasible to study plasma neurofilament light (NfL) levels from newborns and to evaluate their temporal course. Hypothesis: Raised plasma NFL protein levels from newborns who undergo TH after HIE are associated with abnormal MRI outcomes...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Richard G Ellenbogen, Hunt Batjer, Javier Cardenas, Mitchel Berger, Julian Bailes, Elizabeth Pieroth, Robert Heyer, Nicholas Theodore, Wellington Hsu, Elizabeth Nabel, Joe Maroon, Robert Cantu, Ronnie Barnes, James Collins, Margot Putukian, Russell Lonser, Gary Solomon, Allen Sills
One of the National Football League's (NFL) Head, Neck and Spine Committee's principal goals is to create a 'best practice' protocol for concussion diagnosis and management for its players. The science related to concussion diagnosis and management continues to evolve, thus the protocol has evolved contemporaneously. The Fifth International Conference on Concussion in Sport was held in Berlin in 2016, and guidelines for sports concussion diagnosis and management were revised and refined. The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee has synthesised the most recent empirical evidence for sports concussion diagnosis and management including the Berlin consensus statement and tailored it to the game played in the NFL...
March 16, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Rosa de Hoz, Ana I Ramírez, Rosa González-Martín, Daniel Ajoy, Blanca Rojas, Elena Salobrar-Garcia, Francisco J Valiente-Soriano, Marcelino Avilés-Trigueros, Maria P Villegas-Pérez, Manuel Vidal-Sanz, Alberto Triviño, José M Ramírez, Juan J Salazar
The immune system plays an important role in glaucomatous neurodegeneration. Retinal microglial reactivation associated with ganglion cell loss could reportedly contribute to the glaucoma progression. Recently we have described signs of microglia activation both in contralateral and ocular hypertension (OHT) eyes involving all retinal layers 15 days after OHT laser induction in mice. However, no works available have analyzed the microglial activation at earliest time points after OHT induction (24 h) in this experimental model...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Lieke H H Meeter, Everard G Vijverberg, Marta Del Campo, Annemieke J M Rozemuller, Laura Donker Kaat, Frank Jan de Jong, Wiesje M van der Flier, Charlotte E Teunissen, John C van Swieten, Yolande A L Pijnenburg
OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical value of neurofilament light chain (NfL) and the phospho-tau/total tau ratio (p/t-tau) across the entire frontotemporal dementia (FTD) spectrum in a large, well-defined cohort. METHODS: CSF NfL and p/t-tau levels were studied in 361 patients with FTD: 179 behavioral variant FTD, 17 FTD with motor neuron disease (FTD-MND), 36 semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA), 19 nonfluent variant PPA, 4 logopenic variant PPA (lvPPA), 42 corticobasal syndrome, and 64 progressive supranuclear palsy...
March 7, 2018: Neurology
Bianca A Trombetta, Becky C Carlyle, Aaron M Koenig, Leslie M Shaw, John Q Trojanowski, David A Wolk, Joseph J Locascio, Steven E Arnold
OBJECTIVE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex neurodegenerative disease driven by multiple interacting pathophysiological processes that ultimately results in synaptic loss, neuronal death, and dementia. We implemented a fit-for-purpose modeled approach to qualify a broad selection of commercially available immunoassays and evaluate the biotemporal stability of analytes across five pathophysiological domains of interest in AD, including core amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau AD biomarkers, neurodegeneration, inflammation/immune modulation, neurovascular injury, and metabolism/oxidative stress...
2018: PloS One
Edward S Chang, Meghan E Bishop, Christopher C Dodson, Peter F Deluca, Michael G Ciccotti, Steven B Cohen, Matthew L Ramsey
Background: Although much literature exists regarding the treatment and management of elbow dislocations in the general population, little information is available regarding management in the athletic population. Furthermore, no literature is available regarding the postinjury treatment and timing of return to play in the contact or professional athlete. Purpose: To review the clinical course of elbow dislocations in professional football players and determine the timing of return to full participation...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Brian E Pike, Gavin J Kilduff, Adam D Galinsky
Research has established that competing head to head against a rival boosts motivation and performance. The present research investigated whether rivalry can affect performance over time and in contests without rivals. We examined the long-term effects of rivalry through archival analyses of postseason performance in multiple high-stakes sports contexts: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Basketball and the major U.S. professional sports leagues: National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL)...
February 1, 2018: Psychological Science
Andrew Geoffrey Bourne Thompson, Connie Luk, Amanda J Heslegrave, Henrik Zetterberg, Simon H Mead, John Collinge, Graham S Jackson
OBJECTIVES: A blood-based biomarker of neuronal damage in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) will be extremely valuable for both clinical practice and research aiming to develop effective therapies. METHODS: We used an ultrasensitive immunoassay to measure two candidate biomarkers, tau and neurofilament light (NfL), in serum from patients with sCJD and healthy controls. We tested longitudinal sample sets from six patients to investigate changes over time, and examined correlations with rate of disease progression and associations with known phenotype modifiers...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Zhe Qu, Santosh R D'Mello
A defining feature of neurodegenerative diseases is the abnormal and excessive loss of neurons. One molecule that is particularly important in promoting neuronal death in a variety of cell culture and in vivo models of neurodegeneration is histone deacetylase-3 (HDAC3), a member of the histone deacetylase family of proteins. As a step towards understanding how HDAC3 promotes neuronal death, we conducted a proteomic screen aimed at identifying proteins that were regulated by HDAC3. HDAC3 was overexpressed in cultured rat cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs) and protein lysates were analyzed by mass spectrometry...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Kyle R Sochacki, Robert A Jack, Richard Nauert, Shari R Liberman, Patrick C McCulloch, David M Lintner, Joshua D Harris
BACKGROUND: Acute ruptures of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb are common injuries in sports. Surgical repair of complete tears has yielded excellent results in elite athletes. METHODS: National Football League (NFL) players who underwent thumb UCL surgery and matched controls were identified. Demographic and performance data were collected. Performance scores were calculated using a standardized scoring system. Return to sport (RTS) in the NFL was defined as playing in at least 1 NFL game after thumb UCL surgery...
February 1, 2018: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Valter Niemelä, Joachim Burman, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, Anders Larsson, Jimmy Sundblom
INTRODUCTION: Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, but evidence also suggests neuroinflammation in the pathogenesis. The immune mechanisms involved and the timing of their activation need further clarification. METHODS: A clinically well-characterized HD cohort and gene negative controls were enrolled. YKL-40 reflecting innate immunity and sCD27, a marker of adaptive immunity, were measured across disease stages. Comparisons were made with markers of neurodegeneration: neurofilament light (NFL), total-tau (T-tau), and phospho-tau (P-tau)...
2018: PloS One
John B Schrock, Trevor J Carver, Matthew J Kraeutler, Eric C McCarty
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have analyzed the treatment patterns used to manage injuries in National Football League (NFL) players. HYPOTHESIS: Treatment patterns for injuries in NFL players will have changed over the study period. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level 5. METHODS: The head orthopaedic team physicians for all 32 NFL teams were asked to complete a survey containing questions regarding experience as team physician, medical coverage of the team, and treatment preferences for some of the most common injuries occurring in football players...
February 1, 2018: Sports Health
Jeffrey T Johnston, Bert R Mandelbaum, David Schub, Scott A Rodeo, Matthew J Matava, Holly J Silvers, Brian J Cole, Neil S ElAttrache, Tim R McAdams, Robert H Brophy
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are prevalent in contact sports that feature cutting and pivoting, such as American football. These injuries typically require surgical treatment, can result in significant missed time from competition, and may have deleterious long-term effects on an athlete's playing career and health. While the majority of ACL tears in other sports have been shown to occur from a noncontact mechanism, it stands to reason that a significant number of ACL tears in American football would occur after contact, given the nature of the sport...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Christopher L McCrum, Justin W Arner, Bryson Lesniak, James P Bradley
Anterior ankle impingement is a frequent cause of pain and disability in athletes with impingement of soft-tissue or osseous structures along the anterior margin of the tibiotalar joint during dorsiflexion. In this study, we hypothesized that arthroscopic decompression of anterior ankle impingement would result in significant, reliable, and durable improvement in pain and range of motion (ROM), and would allow National Football League (NFL) players to return to their preoperative level of play. We reviewed 29 arthroscopic ankle débridements performed by a single surgeon...
January 2018: American Journal of Orthopedics
Derrick M Knapik, Joe Sheehan, Shane J Nho, James E Voos, Michael J Salata
Background: Intra-articular injuries to the hip in elite athletes represent a source of significant pain and disability. Hip arthroscopic surgery has become the gold standard for the treatment of disorders involving the hip joint. Purpose: To examine the incidence of and abnormalities treated with hip arthroscopic surgery as well as the impact on future participation in American football athletes invited to the National Football League (NFL) Scouting Combine with a history of hip arthroscopic surgery...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Ou Tan, Liang Liu, Li Liu, David Huang
Purpose: To devise a method to quantify nerve fibers over their arcuate courses over an extended peripapillary area using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods: Participants were imaged with 8 × 8-mm volumetric OCT scans centered at the optic disc. A new quantity, nerve fiber flux (NFF), represents the cross-sectional area transected perpendicular to the nerve fibers. The peripapillary area was divided into 64 tracks with equal flux. An iterative algorithm traced the trajectory of the tracks assuming that the relative distribution of the NFF was conserved with compensation for fiber connections to ganglion cells on the macular side...
February 2018: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Raymond Colello, Ian Alexander Colello, Duaa AbdelHameid, Kellen G Cresswell, Randall Merchant, Ethan Beckett
In an effort to reduce concussions in football, a helmet safety-rating system was developed in 2011 that rated helmets based on their ability to reduce g-forces experienced by the head across a range of impact forces measured on the playing field. Although this was considered a major step in making the game safer, the NFL continues to allow players the right to choose what helmet to wear during play. This prompted us to ask: what helmets do NFL players wear and does this helmet policy make the game safer? Accordingly, we identified the helmets worn by nearly 1000 players on Weeks 13 and 1 of the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons, respectively...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Eleonora M Lad, Dibyendu Mukherjee, Sandra S Stinnett, Scott W Cousins, Guy G Potter, James R Burke, Sina Farsiu, Heather E Whitson
Inner retina in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) may experience neuroinflammation resulting in atrophy. The objective of our study was to determine whether retinal GCIPL (ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer) or nerve fiber layer (NFL) thickness may serve as noninvasive biomarkers to diagnose AD. This cross-sectional case-control study enrolled 15 mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients, 15 mild-moderate AD patients, and 18 cognitively normal adults. NFL and GCIPL thicknesses on optical coherence tomography (OCT) were measured using Duke Optical Coherence Tomography Retinal Analysis Program (DOCTRAP) and Spectralis software...
2018: PloS One
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