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Jerôme Montfort, Aurelie Le Cam, Jean-Charles Gabillard, Pierre-Yves Rescan
BACKGROUND: Muscle fibre hyperplasia stops in most fish when they reach approximately 50 % of their maximum body length. However, new small-diameter muscle fibres can be produced de novo in aged fish after muscle injury. Given that virtually nothing is known regarding the transcriptional mechanisms that regulate regenerative myogenesis in adult fish, we explored the temporal changes in gene expression during trout muscle regeneration following mechanical crushing. Then, we compared the gene transcription profiles of regenerating muscle with the previously reported gene expression signature associated with muscle fibre hyperplasia...
October 18, 2016: BMC Genomics
Valerio Vitale, Ferdinando Caranci, Chiara Pisciotta, Fiore Manganelli, Francesco Briganti, Lucio Santoro, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Hirayama's disease (HD), is a benign, self-limited, motor neuron disease, characterized by asymmetric weakness and atrophy of one or both distal upper extremities. In the present study we report the clinical, electrophysiological and MRI features of a group of Italian patients, with review of the literature. Moreover we propose an optimized MRI protocol for patients with suspected or diagnosed HD in order to make an early diagnosis and a standardized follow up. METHODS: Eight patients with clinical suspicion of Hirayama disease underwent evaluation between January 2007 and November 2013...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Feng Lv, Chenwen Zhu, Xinghong Yan, Xin Wang, Dong Liu
Transgenesis is an important tool for exploring gene expression and function. The myocyte enhancer factor 2a (mef2a) gene encodes a member of the Mef2 protein family that is involved in vertebrate skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle development and differentiation during myogenesis. According to studies on human and animal models, mef2a is highly expressed in the heart and somites. To explore the potential of mef2a as a tool for selective labeling of muscle cells in living zebrafish embryos, we constructed a transgene mef2aa:EGFP to induce the expression of green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of mef2a promoter...
September 8, 2016: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Lizzy Ward, Susan E Evans, Claudio D Stern
Segmentation of the vertebrate body axis is established in the embryo by formation of somites, which give rise to the axial muscles (myotome) and vertebrae (sclerotome). To allow a muscle to attach to two successive vertebrae, the myotome and sclerotome must be repositioned by half a segment with respect to each other. Two main models have been put forward: 'resegmentation' proposes that each half-sclerotome joins with the half-sclerotome from the next adjacent somite to form a vertebra containing cells from two successive somites on each side of the midline...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
Hayelom K Mekonen, Jill P J M Hikspoors, Greet Mommen, S Eleonore Köhler, Wouter H Lamers
Although the intrinsic muscles of the back are defined by their embryological origin and innervation pattern, no detailed study on their development is available. Human embryos (5-10 weeks development) were studied, using Amira3D® reconstruction and Cinema4D® remodelling software for visualization. At Carnegie Stage (CS)15, the epaxial portions of the myotomes became identifiable laterally to the developing vertebrae. At CS16, these portions fused starting cranially to form a longitudinal muscle column, which became innervated by the dorsal branches of the spinal nerves...
August 29, 2016: Clinical Anatomy
Daisy Bourassa, Sophie-Charlotte Gleber, Stefan Vogt, Chong Hyun Shin, Christoph J Fahrni
Transition metals such as zinc, copper, and iron play key roles in cellular proliferation, cell differentiation, growth, and development. Over the past decade, advances in synchrotron X-ray fluorescence instrumentation presented new opportunities for the three-dimensional mapping of trace metal distributions within intact specimens. Taking advantage of microXRF tomography, we visualized the 3D distribution of zinc and iron in a zebrafish embryo at the onset of the hatching period. The reconstructed volumetric data revealed distinct differences in the elemental distributions, with zinc predominantly localized to the yolk and yolk extension, and iron to various regions of the brain as well as the myotome extending along the dorsal side of the embryo...
October 1, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Jennifer Robblee, Hans Katzberg
Identifying "where is the lesion" is particularly important in the approach to the patient with focal dysfunction where a peripheral localization is suspected. This article outlines a methodical approach to the neuromuscular patient in distinguishing focal neuropathies versus radiculopathies, both of which are common presentations to the neurology clinic. This approach begins with evaluation of the sensory examination to determine whether there are irritative or negative sensory signs in a peripheral nerve or dermatomal distribution...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Ping Wu, Yulong Li, Jia Cheng, Lin Chen, Ming Zeng, Yuanan Wu, Jianhua Wang, Jianshe Zhang, Wuying Chu
The characterization of the expression and regulation of growth-related genes in the muscles of Chinese perch is of great interest to aquaculturists because of the commercial value of the species. The transcriptome annotation of the skeletal muscles is a crucial step in muscle growth-related gene analysis. In this study, we generated 52 504 230 reads of mRNA sequence data from the fast muscles of the Chinese perch by using Solexa/Illumina RNA-seq. Twenty-one amino acid transporter genes were annotated by searching protein and gene ontology databases, and postprandial changes in their transcript abundance were assayed after administering a single satiating meal to Chinese perch juveniles (body mass, approximately 100 g), following fasting for 1 week...
2016: PloS One
Joshua P Klein
Weakness and numbness occur in a variety of patterns that reflect injury to different parts of the central and peripheral nervous system. Progressive symptoms most often signify an underlying structural or degenerative problem. Familiarity with the major descending motor and ascending sensory tracts of the central nervous system, as well as radicular (dermatome and myotome) and peripheral nerve anatomy, is essential. Damage to these tracts and nerve fibers produces characteristic clinical symptoms and signs...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Anja Maschner, Stefanie Krück, Margarethe Draga, Felicitas Pröls, Martin Scaal
Development of somites leading to somite compartments, sclerotome, dermomyotome and myotome, has been intensely investigated. Most knowledge on somite development, including the commonly used somite maturation stages, is based on data from somites at thoracic and lumbar levels. Potential regional differences in somite maturation dynamics have been indicated by a number of studies, but have not yet been comprehensively examined. Here, we present an overview on the developmental dynamics of somites at occipital and cervical levels in the chicken embryo...
July 6, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
Christian Schuld, Steffen Franz, Karin Brüggemann, Laura Heutehaus, Norbert Weidner, Steven C Kirshblum, Rüdiger Rupp
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVES: Comparison of the classification performance between the worksheet revisions of 2011 and 2013 of the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI). SETTINGS: Ongoing ISNCSCI instructional courses of the European Multicenter Study on Human Spinal Cord Injury (EMSCI). For quality control all participants were requested to classify five ISNCSCI cases directly before (pre-test) and after (post-test) the workshop...
September 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Molly H Jenkins, Sarah S Alrowaished, Michelle F Goody, Bryan D Crawford, Clarissa A Henry
BACKGROUND: Remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates cell adhesion as well as signaling between cells and their microenvironment. Despite the importance of tightly regulated ECM remodeling for normal muscle development and function, mechanisms underlying ECM remodeling in vivo remain elusive. One excellent paradigm in which to study ECM remodeling in vivo is morphogenesis of the myotendinous junction (MTJ) during zebrafish skeletal muscle development. During MTJ development, there are dramatic shifts in the primary components comprising the MTJ matrix...
2016: Skeletal Muscle
Jun Nakajima
A new species of spined loach, Cobitis takenoi sp. n., is described based on the holotype and ten paratypes collected from Tango District, Honshu Island, Japan. The new species is distinguished by a combination of the following character states: 1) the lamina circularis at the base of the pectoral fin in adult male having a simple roundish plate form; 2) a narrowing of the upper segments of the first branched ray of the pectoral fin; 3) a short maxillary barbel whose length equals diameter of the eye; 4) 14 prepelvic myotomes, and 5) L3 and L5 well developed, forming longitudinal obvious stripes in males during the spawning season...
2016: ZooKeys
Vanessa Martins Pereira Silva Moreira, Saulo Delfino Barboza, Juliana Borges Oliveira, Janser Moura Pereira, Valdeci Carlos Dionisio
BACKGROUND: Secondary hyperalgesia in individuals with less severe levels of knee osteoarthritis remains unclear. The objective of this study was to measure the pressure pain threshold (PPT) of individuals with mild or moderate knee osteoarthritis (KOA) and compare with no osteoarthritis. METHODS: Ten healthy controls and 30 individuals with mild or moderate KOA divided into two groups (unilateral and bilateral involvement) were included. Dermatomes (L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, S1, and S2), myotomes (vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, rectus femoris, adductor longus, tibialis anterior, peroneus longus, iliacus, quadratus lumborum, and popliteus muscles), and sclerotomes (L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 supraspinous ligaments), over the L5-S1 and S1-S2 sacral areas, pes anserinus bursae, and at the patellar tendon) PPT were assessed and compared between individuals with and without KOA...
March 24, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Donald A Ross, Miner N Ross
STUDY DESIGN: Clinical case series. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to clarify symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of C4 radiculopathy, and the role of diagnostic C4 root block in this entity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: While well understood cervical dermatomal/myotomal syndromes have been described for symptoms originating from impingement on the C2, C3, C5, C6, C7, and C8 roots, less has been written about the syndrome(s) associated with the C4 root...
April 6, 2016: Spine
Eman Al-Ghawi, Talal Al-Harbi, Adnan Al-Sarawi, Mohamed Binfalah
BACKGROUND: Monomelic amyotrophy is an uncommon, benign, unilateral disorder of the lower motor neurons, affecting predominantly the hand and forearm muscles. Proximal involvement of the arm and shoulder muscles is an unusual presentation that has been rarely reported in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A 28-year-old white man presented with insidious-onset, slowly progressive, unilateral weakness and atrophy of his left shoulder girdle and deltoid muscles. A neurological examination revealed weakness and atrophy in his left deltoid, infraspinatus and supraspinatus muscles...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Pedro Miguel Sá, Filipa Raposo, Manuel Santos Carvalho, Nuno Alegrete, Jorge Coutinho, Gilberto Costa
Congenital patellar dislocation is a rare condition in which the patella is permanently dislocated and cannot be reduced manually. The patella develops normally as a sesamoid bone of the femur. This congenital dislocation results from failure of the internal rotation of the myotome that forms the femur, quadriceps muscle and extensor apparatus. It usually manifests immediately after birth, although in some rare cases, the diagnosis may be delayed until adolescence or adulthood. Early diagnosis is important, thereby allowing surgical correction and avoiding late sequelae, including early degenerative changes in the knee...
January 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Emilie Guillon, Sandrine Bretaud, Florence Ruggiero
UNLABELLED: The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides local positional information to guide motoneuron axons toward their muscle target. Collagen XV is a basement membrane component mainly expressed in skeletal muscle. We have identified two zebrafish paralogs of the human COL15A1 gene, col15a1a and col15a1b, which display distinct expression patterns. Here we show that col15a1b is expressed and deposited in the motor path ECM by slow muscle precursors also called adaxial cells. We further demonstrate that collagen XV-B deposition is both temporally and spatially regulated before motor axon extension from the spinal cord in such a way that it remains in this region after the adaxial cells have migrated toward the periphery of the myotome...
March 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Aisha Abduelmula, Ruijin Huang, Qin Pu, Hirokazu Tamamura, Gabriela Morosan-Puopolo, Beate Brand-Saberi
Stromal-cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1), the only ligand of the chemokine receptor CXCR4, is involved in skeletal muscle development. However, its role in the proliferation, differentiation and migration of somite cells is not well understood. Here, we investigated its function during somite development in chicken embryos by using gain-of-function and loss-of-function experiments. Overexpression of SDF-1 was performed by electroporating SDF-1 constructs into the ventrolateral part of the somite, or by injecting SDF-1-expressing cells into the somites of stages HH14-16 chicken embryos...
2016: International Journal of Developmental Biology
Ellen Knierim, Hiromi Hirata, Nicole I Wolf, Susanne Morales-Gonzalez, Gudrun Schottmann, Yu Tanaka, Sabine Rudnik-Schöneborn, Mickael Orgeur, Klaus Zerres, Stefanie Vogt, Anne van Riesen, Esther Gill, Franziska Seifert, Angelika Zwirner, Janbernd Kirschner, Hans Hilmar Goebel, Christoph Hübner, Sigmar Stricker, David Meierhofer, Werner Stenzel, Markus Schuelke
Transcriptional signal cointegrators associate with transcription factors or nuclear receptors and coregulate tissue-specific gene transcription. We report on recessive loss-of-function mutations in two genes (TRIP4 and ASCC1) that encode subunits of the nuclear activating signal cointegrator 1 (ASC-1) complex. We used autozygosity mapping and whole-exome sequencing to search for pathogenic mutations in four families. Affected individuals presented with prenatal-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), multiple congenital contractures (arthrogryposis multiplex congenita), respiratory distress, and congenital bone fractures...
March 3, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
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