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D K Boruah, A Prakash, B B Gogoi, R R Yadav, D D Dhingani, B Sarma
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hirayama disease is a benign focal amyotrophy of the distal upper limbs involving C7, C8, and T1 segmental myotomes with sparing of the brachioradialis and proximal muscles of the upper limb innervated by C5-6 myotomes. The objective of the present study was to study the utility of MR imaging in young patients presenting with weakness and wasting of the distal upper extremity and to evaluate the importance of the laminodural space during flexion cervical MR imaging...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Pooja Parikh, Justin Cheongsiatmoy, Parastou Shilian, Andres A Gonzalez
PURPOSE: Transcranial motor evoked potentials (TcMEPs) are the preferred modality to monitor the integrity of motor pathways during surgery. Recently, it has also been used as a method to help with detection of nerve roots injuries. Adequate baseline muscle responses are vital to detect nerve injury. We have observed that TcMEP responses are not homogeneous across multiple myotomes, but this has not been studied systematically. Our objective is to determine whether there are any relative differences in amplitude or morphology of TcMEPs across various lower extremity muscles...
March 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Julio D Montejo, Joaquin Q Camara-Quintana, Daniel Duran, Jeannine M Rockefeller, Sierra B Conine, Alyssa M Blaise, Kristopher T Kahle, Michael L DiLuna
OBJECTIVE Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) in the pediatric population is rare and exhibits unique characteristics compared with adult LDH. There are limited data regarding the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) using tubular retractors in pediatric patients with LDH. Here, the outcomes of MIS tubular microdiscectomy for the treatment of pediatric LDH are evaluated. METHODS Twelve consecutive pediatric patients with LDH were treated with MIS tubular microdiscectomy at the authors' institution between July 2011 and October 2015...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Charmaine Baxter, Thomas A Miller, Douglas C Ross, Christopher Doherty
Cervical spondylotic amyotrophy is characterized by severe, proximal upper extremity weakness including an inability to abduct the shoulder and flex the elbow. Treatment using both medical and surgical decompression approaches has produced variable results. This paper reports the use of nerve transfers (spinal accessory to suprascapular, flexor carpi ulnaris fascicle of ulnar to biceps motor branch, radial nerve branch to triceps to axillary) to restore shoulder and elbow function in a case of unilateral cervical spondylotic amyotrophy involving C5 and C6 myotomes...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Maria Anna Hulens, Wim Dankaerts, Ricky Rasschaert, Frans Bruyninckx, Marie-Laure Willaert, Charlotte Vereecke, Greet Vansant
BACKGROUND: Tarlov cysts (TCs) are expanded nerve root sheaths that occur near the dorsal root ganglion and result from increased intraspinal hydrostatic pressure. TCs most frequently affect the lumbosacral plexus and therefore may cause specific symptoms such as perineal pain and neurogenic bladder, bowel, and sphincter problems. It has been estimated that 1% of the population has symptomatic Tarlov cysts (STCs). However, STCs appear to be underdiagnosed, with the pain reported by patients commonly attributed to degenerative alterations seen on MRI...
February 17, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Jennifer Chu, Frans Bruyninckx, Duncan V Neuhauser
Introduction: Favourable pain relief results on evoking autonomous twitches at myofascial trigger points with Electrical Twitch Obtaining Intramuscular Stimulation (ETOIMS). Aim: To document autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) from blood pressure (BP) and pulse/heart rate changes with ETOIMS. Methods and materials: A patient with persistent pain regularly received serial ETOIMS sessions of 60, 90, 120 or ≥150 min over 24 months...
July 2017: BMJ Innovations
Nadège Gouignard, Tanja Schön, Christian Holmgren, Ina Strate, Emirhan Taşöz, Franziska Wetzel, Marco Maccarana, Edgar M Pera
Chondroitin sulfate (CS)/dermatan sulfate (DS) proteoglycans are abundant on the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix and have important functions in matrix structure, cell-matrix interaction and signaling. The DS epimerases 1 and 2, encoded by Dse and Dsel, respectively, convert CS to a CS/DS hybrid chain, which is structurally and conformationally richer than CS, favouring interaction with matrix proteins and growth factors. We recently showed that Xenopus Dse is essential for the migration of neural crest cells by allowing cell surface CS/DS proteoglycans to adhere to fibronectin...
2018: PloS One
Emma J Jeffrey, Bryan D Crawford
Matrix remodeling is a consequence of tightly regulated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity. MMPs are synthesized as inactive precursors with auto-inhibitory N-terminal propeptides, the proteolytic removal of which exposes the catalytic zinc ion, rendering the protease active. The regulation of MMP activation has been investigated primarily in tissue culture and biochemical assays that lack important biological context. Here we present the epitope-mediated MMP activation (EMMA) assay and use it to observe the activation of Mmp2 (gelatinase A) by endogenous mechanisms in the intact zebrafish embryo...
January 19, 2018: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
David J Ellerby, Shauna Cyr, Angela X Han, Mika Lin, Lloyd A Trueblood
Skeletal muscle has diverse mechanical roles during locomotion. In swimming fish, power-producing muscles work in concert with the accessory muscles of the fins which augment and control power transfer to the water. Although fin muscles represent a significant proportion of the locomotor muscle mass, their physiological properties are poorly characterized. To examine the relationship between muscle metabolism and the differing mechanical demands placed on distinct muscle groups, we quantified the aerobic and glycolytic capacities of the myotomal, pectoral and caudal muscles of bluegill sunfish...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
Shigeharu Kinoshita, Saltuk Bugrahan Ceyhun, Asaduzzamann Md, Bhuiyan Sharmin Siddique, Dadasaheb B Akolkar, Shuichi Asakawa, Shugo Watabe
Vertebrate skeletal muscles consist of heterogeneous tissues containing various types of muscle fibers, where specification of the fiber type is crucial for muscle development. Fish are an attractive experimental model to study the mechanisms of such fiber type specification because of the separated localization of slow and fast muscles in the trunk myotome. We examined regulation of expression of the torafugu gene of slow/cardiac-type myosin heavy chain, MYH M5 , and isolated an operational promoter in order to force its tissue-specific expression across different fish species via the transgenic approach in zebrafish and medaka...
January 18, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Mehmet Güney Şenol, Cengiz Kaplan, Fatih Ozdağ, Mehmet Saraçoğlu
Background and Objective: This study aims to determine the period of reinnervation in patients with poliomyelitis. This research was conducted to identify the appearance of denervation potentials in patients with poliomyelitis as indicators for reinnervation. Materials and Methods: A total of 246 male patients with poliomyelitis were assessed electrophysiologically between 1988 and 2007. The mean age was 22.8 (18-42). It has been an average of 19.9 ± 4.9 years since the beginning of complaints from the patients...
October 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Helen Razmjou, Dragana Boljanovic, Amr Elmaraghy, Iona Macritchie, Carolyn Roknic, Danielle Medeiros, Robin R Richards
Background: The role of psychosocial factors has been established in patients with shoulder abnormalities. However, the prevalence of exaggerated pain behaviors and their association with the characteristics of injured workers have not been well studied. Purpose: To examine the prevalence of abnormal pain responses (APRs) in workers with active workers' compensation claims for a shoulder injury and to examine the differences between workers with APRs versus workers without APRs...
November 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
WuYing Chu, FangLiang Zhang, Rui Song, YuLong Li, Ping Wu, Lin Chen, Jia Cheng, ShaoJun Du, JianShe Zhang
Fish myotomes are comprised of anatomically segregated fast and slow muscle fibers that possess different metabolic and contractile properties. Although the expression profile properties in fast and slow muscle fibers had been investigated at the mRNA levels, a comprehensive analysis at proteomic and microRNA transcriptomic levels is limited. In the present study, we first systematically compared the proteomic and microRNA transcriptome of the slow and fast muscles of Chinese perch (Siniperca chuatsi). Total of 2102 proteins were identified in muscle tissues...
November 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hikaru Yokoyama, Kohtaroh Hagio, Tetsuya Ogawa, Kimitaka Nakazawa
Coordinated locomotor muscle activity is generated by the spinal central pattern generators (CPGs), which are modulated by peripheral and supraspinal inputs. The CPGs would consist of multiple motor modules generating basic muscle activity, which are distributed rostrocaudally along the spinal cord. To activate the motor modules in proper sequence, rostrocaudally traveling waves of activation in the spinal cord are important mechanisms in the CPGs. The traveling waves of activation have been observed in nonhuman vertebrates...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
So Kato, Michael G Fehlings, Stephen J Lewis, Lawrence G Lenke, Christopher I Shaffrey, Kenneth M C Cheung, Leah Carreon, Mark B Dekutoski, Frank J Schwab, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Khaled M Kebaish, Christopher P Ames, Yong Qiu, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Benny T Dahl, Hossein Mehdian, Ferran Pellisé, Sigurd H Berven
STUDY DESIGN: A sub-analysis from a prospective, multicenter, international cohort study in 15 sites (Scoli-RISK-1). OBJECTIVE: To report detailed information regarding the severity of neurological decline related to complex adult spine deformity (ASD) surgery and to examine outcomes based on severity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The basis of post-operative neurological decline after ASD surgeries can occur due to nerve root(s) or spinal cord dysfunction...
November 10, 2017: Spine
Arata Murakami, Masami Hasegawa, Takeo Kuriyama
The developmental mechanisms of color patterns formation and its evolution remain unclear in reptilian sauropsids. We, therefore, studied the pigment cell mechanisms of stripe pattern formation during embryonic development of the snake Elaphe quadrivirgata. We identified 10 post-ovipositional embryonic developmental stages based on external morphological characteristics. Examination for the temporal changes in differentiation, distribution, and density of pigment cells during embryonic development revealed that melanophores first appeared in myotome and body cavity but not in skin surface at Stage 5...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
Shukolpa D Roy, Victoria C Williams, Tapan G Pipalia, Kuoyu Li, Christina L Hammond, Stefanie Knappe, Robert D Knight, Simon M Hughes
Balancing the number of stem cells and their progeny is crucial for tissue development and repair. Here we examine how cell numbers and overall muscle size are tightly regulated during zebrafish somitic muscle development. Muscle stem/precursor cell (MPCs) expressing Pax7 are initially located in the dermomyotome (DM) external cell layer, adopt a highly stereotypical distribution and thereafter a proportion of MPCs migrate into the myotome. Regional variations in the proliferation and terminal differentiation of MPCs contribute to growth of the myotome...
November 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
Phong Dang Nguyen, David Baruch Gurevich, Carmen Sonntag, Lucy Hersey, Sara Alaei, Hieu Tri Nim, Ashley Siegel, Thomas Edward Hall, Fernando Jaime Rossello, Sarah Elizabeth Boyd, Jose Maria Polo, Peter David Currie
Organ growth requires a careful balance between stem cell self-renewal and lineage commitment to ensure proper tissue expansion. The cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate this balance are unresolved in most organs, including skeletal muscle. Here we identify a long-lived stem cell pool that mediates growth of the zebrafish myotome. This population exhibits extensive clonal drift, shifting from random deployment of stem cells during development to reliance on a small number of dominant clones to fuel the vast majority of muscle growth...
July 6, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
A J Armstrong, J M Clark, D T Ho, C J Payne, S Nolan, L M Goodes, L A Harvey, R Marshall, M P Galea, S A Dunlop
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective audit of assessor accuracy using the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) in three multicentre randomised controlled trials (SCIPA: Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity) spanning 2010-2014 with standards revised in 2011. OBJECTIVES: To investigate assessor accuracy of neurological classification after spinal cord injury. SETTING: Australia and New Zealand...
November 2017: Spinal Cord
Tsui-Fen Yang, Jan-Wei Chiu, Chi-Kuang Feng, Ying-Chou Hsieh, Chen-Ya Yang, Jia-Chi Wang, Kwong-Kum Liao
The precise placement of recording electrodes at the relevant myotome is mandatory while performing pedicle screw stimulation (PSS) during spine surgery; however, their placement at trunk muscles is challenging. This study aimed to determine whether ultrasound guidance is useful for trunk muscle localization for PSS during spine surgery. A retrospective clinical study was conducted from a prospective database. Eighty-four patients eligible for spine surgery were recruited. Ultrasound was used to localize the intercostal, rectus abdominis, and internal oblique and psoas muscles if pedicle screw placement was performed at T3 to L1...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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