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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527630/diagnostic-accuracy-of-csf-neurofilament-light-chain-protein-in-the-biomarker-guided-classification-system-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Simone Lista, Nicola Toschi, Filippo Baldacci, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Ingo Kilimann, Stefan J Teipel, Enrica Cavedo, Antonio Melo Dos Santos, Stéphane Epelbaum, Foudil Lamari, Bruno Dubois, Roberto Floris, Francesco Garaci, Harald Hampel
We assessed the diagnostic accuracy of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) neurofilament light chain (NFL) protein in the classification of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cognitively healthy control individuals (HCs) and patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) as comparisons. Particularly, we tested the performance of CSF NFL concentration in differentiating patient groups stratified by fluid biomarker profiles, independently of the severity of cognitive impairment (mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD dementia individuals), using a biomarker-guided descriptive classification system for AD...
May 17, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525592/neurosyphilis-increases-hiv-associated-central-nervous-system-inflammation-but-does-not-explain-cognitive-impairment-in-hiv-infected-individuals-with-syphilis
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Emily L Ho, Clare L Maxwell, Shelia B Dunaway, Sharon K Sahi, Lauren C Tantalo, Sheila A Lukehart, Christina M Marra
Background: HIV-infected individuals with previous syphilis have cognitive impairment. We tested the hypothesis that neurosyphilis causes cognitive impairment in HIV by amplifying HIV-related CNS inflammation. Methods: 132 HIV-infected participants enrolled in a study of CSF abnormalities in syphilis underwent the mental alternation test (MAT), venipuncture and lumbar puncture. CSF concentrations of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10), chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) and neurofilament light (NFL) were determined by commercial assays...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522263/serum-concentrations-of-the-axonal-injury-marker-neurofilament-light-protein-are-not-influenced-by-blood-brain-barrier-permeability
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Marie Kalm, Martina Boström, Åsa Sandelius, Yohanna Eriksson, C Joakim Ek, Kaj Blennow, Thomas Björk-Eriksson, Henrik Zetterberg
A blood biomarker to monitor individual susceptibility to neuronal injury from cranial radiotherapy could potentially help to individualize radiation treatment and thereby reduce the incidence and severity of late effects. An important feature of such a blood biomarker is that its concentration is not confounded by varying degrees of release from the brain into the blood across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In this study, we investigated serum neurofilament light protein (NFL) concentrations in 21-day old mice following a single dose of cranial irradiation (8 Gy)...
May 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514687/particulate-array-of-well-ordered-hiv-clade-c-env-trimers-elicits-neutralizing-antibodies-that-display-a-unique-v2-cap-approach
#4
Paola Martinez-Murillo, Karen Tran, Javier Guenaga, Gustaf Lindgren, Monika Àdori, Yu Feng, Ganesh E Phad, Néstor Vázquez Bernat, Shridhar Bale, Jidnyasa Ingale, Viktoriya Dubrovskaya, Sijy O'Dell, Lotta Pramanik, Mats Spångberg, Martin Corcoran, Karin Loré, John R Mascola, Richard T Wyatt, Gunilla B Karlsson Hedestam
The development of soluble envelope glycoprotein (Env) mimetics displaying ordered trimeric symmetry has ushered in a new era in HIV-1 vaccination. The recently reported native, flexibly linked (NFL) design allows the generation of native-like trimers from clinical isolates at high yields and homogeneity. As the majority of infections world-wide are of the clade C subtype, we examined responses in non-human primates to well-ordered subtype C 16055 trimers administered in soluble or high-density liposomal formats...
May 16, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514686/glycine-substitution-at-helix-to-coil-transitions-facilitates-the-structural-determination-of-a-stabilized-subtype-c-hiv-envelope-glycoprotein
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Javier Guenaga, Fernando Garces, Natalia de Val, Robyn L Stanfield, Viktoriya Dubrovskaya, Brett Higgins, Barbara Carrette, Andrew B Ward, Ian A Wilson, Richard T Wyatt
Advances in HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) design generate native-like trimers and high-resolution clade A, B, and G structures and elicit neutralizing antibodies. However, a high-resolution clade C structure is critical, as this subtype accounts for the majority of HIV infections worldwide, but well-ordered clade C Env trimers are more challenging to produce due to their instability. Based on targeted glycine substitutions in the Env fusion machinery, we defined a general approach that disfavors helical transitions leading to post-fusion conformations, thereby favoring the pre-fusion state...
May 16, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512753/serum-neurofilament-light-a-biomarker-of-neuronal-damage-in-multiple-sclerosis
#6
Giulio Disanto, Christian Barro, Pascal Benkert, Yvonne Naegelin, Sabine Schädelin, Antonella Giardiello, Chiara Zecca, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, David Leppert, Ludwig Kappos, Claudio Gobbi, Jens Kuhle
OBJECTIVE: Neurofilament light chains (NfL) are unique to neuronal cells, are shed to the CSF and are detectable at low concentrations in peripheral blood. Various diseases causing neuronal damage have resulted in elevated CSF concentrations. We explored the value of an ultrasensitive single-molecule array (Simoa) serum NfL (sNfL) assay in MS. METHODS: sNfL levels were measured in healthy controls (HC, n=254) and two independent MS cohorts: (1) cross-sectional with paired serum and CSF samples (n=142); (2) longitudinal with repeated serum sampling (n=246, median (IQR) follow-up 3...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510477/performance-based-outcomes-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-in-professional-athletes-differ-between-sports
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Harry T Mai, Danielle S Chun, Andrew D Schneider, Brandon J Erickson, Ryan D Freshman, Benjamin Kester, Nikhil N Verma, Wellington K Hsu
BACKGROUND: Excellent outcomes have been reported for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction (ACLR) in professional athletes in a number of different sports. However, no study has directly compared these outcomes between sports. PURPOSE: To determine if differences in performance-based outcomes exist after ACLR between professional athletes of each sport. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB) athletes undergoing primary ACLR for an acute rupture were identified through an established protocol of injury reports and public archives...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500227/neurofilament-markers-for-als-correlate-with-extent-of-upper-and-lower-motor-neuron-disease
#8
Koen Poesen, Maxim De Schaepdryver, Beatrice Stubendorff, Benjamin Gille, Petra Muckova, Sindy Wendler, Tino Prell, Thomas M Ringer, Heidrun Rhode, Olivier Stevens, Kristl G Claeys, Goedele Couwelier, Ann D'Hondt, Nikita Lamaire, Petra Tilkin, Dimphna Van Reijen, Sarah Gourmaud, Nadin Fedtke, Bianka Heiling, Matthias Rumpel, Annekathrin Rödiger, Anne Gunkel, Otto W Witte, Claire Paquet, Rik Vandenberghe, Julian Grosskreutz, Philip Van Damme
OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic performance and prognostic value of phosphorylated neurofilament heavy chain (pNfH) and neurofilament light chain (NfL) in CSF as possible biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the diagnostic phase. METHODS: We measured CSF pNfH and NfL concentrations in 220 patients with ALS, 316 neurologic disease controls (DC), and 50 genuine disease mimics (DM) to determine and assess the accuracy of the diagnostic cutoff value for pNfH and NfL and to correlate with other clinical parameters...
May 12, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491886/the-effect-of-the-number-of-carries-among-college-running-backs-on-future-injury-risk-and-performance-in-the-national-football-league
#9
Matthew J Kraeutler, John W Belk, Eric C McCarty
BACKGROUND: There has been speculation that running backs with an excessive number of carries in college are less likely to be successful in the National Football League (NFL). PURPOSE: To determine whether there is a correlation between number of carries by college running backs and future performance and injury risk in the NFL. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Using the ESPN archives of National Collegiate Athletic Association and NFL running backs, the following inclusion criteria were used: running backs who played their last college season from 1999 through 2012 and who were drafted in the first 4 rounds of the NFL draft following their college career...
April 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476362/editorial-commentary-core-muscle-injuries-or-athletic-pubalgia-finally-the-real-sausage-not-just-the-same-ole-baloney
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EDITORIAL
William C Meyers
In their paper "Prevalence of Surgical Repair for Athletic Pubalgia and Impact on Performance in Football Athletes Participating in the National Football League Combine," Knapik et al. cut through the baloney in the literature on "sports hernia" and apply new eyes to the impact of the results of core muscle surgery on young elite athletes trying out for the National Football League (NFL). They found that the players who had surgery did just as well as all the others in and following NFL Combines. Even the players with presumptively residual, MRI findings did well...
May 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471243/utility-of-providing-a-concussion-definition-in-the-assessment-of-concussion-history-in-former-nfl-players
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Michael L Alosco, Johnny Jarnagin, Yorghos Tripodis, Brett Martin, Christine Chaisson, Christine M Baugh, Alcy Torres, Christopher J Nowinski, Robert C Cantu, Robert A Stern
OBJECTIVE: Former National Football League (NFL) players' working knowledge of concussion has not yet been evaluated, despite this population being a major clinical research target due to the association between repetitive head impacts (RHI) and long-term clinical impairments. This study examined former NFL players' understanding of the current concussion definition, and the association between number of concussions with clinical function. METHODS: 95 former NFL players (mean age = 55...
May 4, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471222/pigeon-ncl-and-nfl-neuronal-activity-represents-neural-correlates-of-the-sample
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Melissa Johnston, Catrona Anderson, Michael Colombo
Four birds were trained on a delayed matching-to-sample task with common outcomes where correct responses during both red and green trials yielded reward. We recorded neuronal activity from the avian nidopallium caudolaterale, the avian equivalent of the mammalian prefrontal cortex, and the avian nidopallium frontolaterale, a higher-order visual processing region. In both regions we found sustained activity during the delay period of both red and green trials. These findings provide the first evidence that delay activity in the pigeon's nidopallium caudolaterale and nidopallium frontolaterale represent a neural correlate for the to-be-remembered sample stimulus...
May 4, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467122/return-to-play-and-decreased-performance-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-in-national-football-league-defensive-players
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Connor R Read, Kyle T Aune, E Lyle Cain, Glenn S Fleisig
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur commonly in football. Recent work has reported ACL reconstruction (ACLR) as one of several orthopaedic procedures with unfavorable outcomes for professional athletes. The performance impact to defensive players after surgery has not been quantified. PURPOSE: To quantify the effect of ACLR on the performance of defensive players by comparing them to a cohort of matched controls as well as to measure the effect of ACLR on athletes' career length in the National Football League (NFL)...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466273/tdp-43-and-cytoskeletal-proteins-in-als
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REVIEW
Moritz Oberstadt, Joseph Claßen, Thomas Arendt, Max Holzer
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) represents a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease and is characterized by a degeneration of motor neurons. Motor neurons are particularly susceptible to selective and early degeneration because of their extended axon length and their dependency on the cytoskeleton for its stability, signaling, and axonal transport. The motor neuron cytoskeleton comprises actin filaments, neurofilaments like peripherin, and microtubules. The Transactivating Response Region (TAR) DNA Binding Protein (TDP-43) forms characteristic cytoplasmic aggregates in motor neurons of ALS patients, and at least in part, the pathogenesis of ALS seems to be driven by toxic pTDP-43 aggregates in cytoplasm, which lead to a diminished axon formation and reduced axon length...
May 2, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451612/performance-and-return-to-sport-after-sports-hernia-surgery-in-nfl-players
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Robert A Jack, David C Evans, Anthony Echo, Patrick C McCulloch, David M Lintner, Kevin E Varner, Joshua D Harris
BACKGROUND: Recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of athletic pubalgia (AP), also known as sports hernia, once underrecognized and undertreated in professional football, are becoming more common. Surgery as the final treatment for sports hernia when nonsurgical treatment fails remains controversial. Given the money involved and popularity of the National Football League (NFL), it is important to understand surgical outcomes in this patient population. HYPOTHESIS: After AP surgery, players would: (1) return to sport (RTS) at a greater than 90% rate, (2) play fewer games for fewer years than matched controls, (3) have no difference in performance compared with before AP surgery, and (4) have no difference in performance versus matched controls...
April 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451611/return-to-play-after-revision-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-in-national-football-league-players
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Kelechi R Okoroha, Omar Kadri, Robert A Keller, Nathan Marshall, Zlatan Cizmic, Vasilios Moutzouros
BACKGROUND: National Football League (NFL) players who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction have been shown to have a lower return to play (RTP) than previously expected. However, RTP in the NFL after revision ACL reconstruction (RACLR) is not well defined. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study is to determine the RTP of NFL players after RACLR and evaluate factors that predict RTP. Our hypothesis was that more experienced and established players would be more likely to RTP after RACLR...
April 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428015/plasma-neurofilament-light-chain-levels-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
Wenjun Zhou, Jie Zhang, Fanlong Ye, Guangzheng Xu, Hang Su, Yindan Su, Xiangyang Zhang
Plasma neurofilament light (NFL) levels may be a marker of neuronal injury. We examined whether plasma NFL might be a potential biomarker for the prodromal and dementia stages of AD. Participants included 193 cognitively normal (CN), 198 amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and 187 Alzheimer's disease (AD) individuals enrolled in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Plasma NFL levels were examined by the Single Molecule array (Simoa) technique. Our results showed significantly increased plasma NFL levels in both AD (50...
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422531/femoroacetabular-impingement-in-professional-football-players-return-to-play-and-predictors-of-career-length-after-hip-arthroscopy
#18
Travis J Menge, Sanjeev Bhatia, Shannen C McNamara, Karen K Briggs, Marc J Philippon
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown hip arthroscopy to be a highly effective treatment for symptomatic femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in a wide range of athletes; however, the rate of return to play and length of career after hip arthroscopy in professional football players are unknown. PURPOSE: To determine how many athletes returned to professional football and the number of seasons they played after surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Case series; Level of evidence, 4...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404801/serum-neurofilament-light-as-a-biomarker-for-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-contact-sports
#19
Pashtun Shahim, Henrik Zetterberg, Yelverton Tegner, Kaj Blennow
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the axonal protein neurofilament light (NFL) in serum is a sensitive biomarker to detect subtle brain injury or concussion in contact sports athletes. METHODS: Two prospective cohort studies involving (1) 14 Swedish amateur boxers who underwent fluid biomarker assessments at 7-10 days after bout and after 3 months of rest from boxing and (2) 35 Swedish professional hockey players who underwent blood biomarker assessment at 1, 12, 36, and 144 hours after concussion and when the players returned to play were performed...
May 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399127/ultrastructural-and-histopathologic-findings-after-pars-plana-vitrectomy-with-a-new-hypersonic-vitrector-system-qualitative-preliminary-assessment
#20
Salvador Pastor-Idoate, Richard Bonshek, Luciane Irion, Isaac Zambrano, Paul Carlin, Aleksandr Mironov, Paul Bishop, David McLeod, Paulo Eduardo Stanga
PURPOSE: Preliminary assessment of a new prototype ultrasound-based hypersonic vitrector (HV) by qualitatively examining the histopathological changes in the retina and vitreous body after pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) and its ability to fragment vitreous collagen. METHODS: Fourteen porcine cadaveric eyes, 20 eyes in live swine and six human cadaveric eyes underwent PPV using the HV or a pneumatic guillotine vitrector (GV). An additional 4 porcine crystalline lenses were touched with either the HV or GV for 1 minute...
2017: PloS One
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