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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672276/blocking-p62-sqstm1-dependent-smn-degradation-ameliorates-spinal-muscular-atrophy-disease-phenotypes
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Natalia Rodriguez-Muela, Andrey Parkhitko, Tobias Grass, Rebecca M Gibbs, Erika M Norabuena, Norbert Perrimon, Rajat Singh, Lee L Rubin
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a degenerative motor neuron (MN) disease caused by loss of functional SMN protein due to SMN1 gene mutations, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Increasing SMN levels ameliorates the disease phenotype and is unanimously accepted as a therapeutic approach for SMA patients. The ubiquitin/proteasome system is known to regulate SMN protein levels; however whether autophagy controls SMN levels remains poorly explored. Here we show that SMN protein is degraded by autophagy. Pharmacological and genetic inhibition of autophagy increase SMN levels, while induction of autophagy decreases SMN...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656576/repurposing-carbamazepine-for-the-treatment-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-sod1-g93a-mouse-model
#2
Jing-Jing Zhang, Qin-Ming Zhou, Sheng Chen, Wei-Dong Le
AIMS: To investigate the effect and mechanisms of carbamazepine (CBZ) on the onset and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in SOD1-G93A mouse model. METHODS: Starting from 64 days of age, SOD1-G93A mice were orally administered with CBZ at 200 mg/kg once daily until death. The disease onset and life span of SOD1-G93A mice were recorded. Motor neurons (MNs) in anterior horn of spinal cord were quantified by Nissl staining and SMI-32 immunostaining...
April 14, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651626/current-topics-in-the-management-of-acute-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Christopher D Shank, Beverly C Walters, Mark N Hadley
Acute traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) affects more than 250,000 people in the USA, with approximately 17,000 new cases each year. It continues to be one of the most significant causes of trauma-related morbidity and mortality. Despite the introduction of primary injury prevention education and vehicle safety devices, such as airbags and passive restraint systems, traumatic SCI continues to have a substantial impact on the healthcare system. Over the last three decades, there have been considerable advancements in the management of patients with traumatic SCI...
April 12, 2018: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628827/a-prospective-randomized-study-on-the-impact-of-low-dose-dexamethasone-on-perioperative-blood-glucose-concentrations-in-diabetics-and-nondiabetics
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Athul M Purushothaman, Vinayak Seenappa Pujari, Nalini B Kadirehally, Yatish Bevinaguddaiah, Pratheek R Reddy
Background: Dexamethasone is a potent corticosteroid when administered alone or in combination alone has proven efficacious in preventing nausea and vomiting (PONV) perioperatively. However, the administration of even a single dose has been associated with hyperglycemia. This is the first study that evaluates the effect of two low-doses of dexamethasone (4 and 8 mg) on blood glucose concentrations among diabetics and nondiabetics in patients who have received spinal anesthesia. Materials and Methods: After obtaining ethical clearance and patient consent, 180 American Society of Anesthesiologists 1-3 patients undergoing the elective infraumbilical surgeries under spinal anesthesia aged between 18 and 70 years were included in this study...
April 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29613899/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Alejandro A Rabinstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an update on the acute and subacute management and prognostication of patients with traumatic spinal cord injury. RECENT FINDINGS: Immobilization of the spine and spine clearance should be individualized depending on the ability to perform a reliable neurologic examination, the presence of neck pain, and the imaging findings. Early surgery (within 24 hours) to achieve definitive cord decompression and spine stabilization may be beneficial...
April 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29545043/outcomes-of-ureteroscopic-stone-treatment-in-spinal-cord-injury-patients
#6
Duncan R Morhardt, Miriam Hadj-Moussa, He Chang, J Stuart Wolf, William W Roberts, John T Stoffel, Gary J Faerber, Anne P Cameron
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of clinical factors on outcomes in SCI patients undergoing ureteroscopy. Immobility, recurrent urinary tract infection, and lower urinary tract dysfunction contribute to renal stone formation in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Ureteroscopy is a commonly utilized treatment modality, however, surgical complication rates and outcomes have been poorly defined. Evidence guiding safe and effective treatment of stones in this cohort remains scarce. METHODS: Records were retrospectively reviewed for SCI patients who underwent ureteroscopy for kidney stones from 1996-2014 at a single institution...
March 12, 2018: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29541757/cost-effectiveness-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-cervical-clearance-of-obtunded-blunt-trauma-after-a-normal-computed-tomographic-finding
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Xiao Wu, Ajay Malhotra, Bertie Geng, Vivek B Kalra, Khalid Abbed, Howard P Forman, Pina Sanelli
Importance: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to be performed for cervical clearance of obtunded blunt trauma, despite poor evidence regarding its utility after a normal computed tomographic (CT) finding. Objective: To evaluate the utility and cost-effectiveness of MRI vs no follow-up after a normal cervical CT finding in patients with obtunded blunt trauma. Design, Setting and Participants: This cost-effectiveness analysis evaluated an average patient aged 40 years with blunt trauma from an institutional practice...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29533040/-effects-of-decompression-combined-with-electro-acupuncture-on-rat-with-acute-severe-upper-cervical-spinal-cord-compression-injury
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Ming-Sheng Tan, Yan-Lei Wang, Ying-Na Qi, Chun-Ke Dong, Wei Wang, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Xiang-Sheng Tang, Qing-Ying Hao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect and underlying mechanism of decompression(DE)combined with Governor Vessel(GV)electro-acupuncture(EA) on rats with acute severe upper cervical spinal cord compression injury. METHODS: Thirty SPF rats were randomly divided into 5 groups(control group A, B and experiment group C, D, E), 6 rats in each group. The model of acute severe upper cervical spinal cord compression injury were made by forcing a balloon catheter put in atlas pillow clearance...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29529903/design-and-analysis-of-an-original-powered-foot-clearance-creator-mechanism-for-walking-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Maryam Maleki, Samaneh Badri, Hamed Shayestehepour, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mohamad Ebrahim Mousavi, Ehsan Abdolahi, Hasan Farkhondeh, John S Head, Navid Golchin, Mohammad Ali Mardani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the performance of an original powered foot clearance creator (PFCC) mechanism worn in conjunction with an isocentric reciprocal gait orthosis (IRGO) and evaluate its effect on trunk compensatory movements and spatiotemporal parameters in nine healthy subjects. METHOD: A PFCC motorized mechanism was designed that incorporated twin sole plates, the movements of which enabled increased toe to floor clearance during swing phase...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445946/paravertebral-tumours-of-the-cervicothoracic-junction-extending-into-the-mediastinum-surgical-strategies-in-a-no-man-s-land
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Georgios K Prezerakos, Parag Sayal, Antonios Kourliouros, Periclis Pericleous, George Ladas, Adrian Casey
PURPOSE: Cervicothoracic paravertebral neoplasms extending into the mediastinum pose a surgical challenge due the complex regional anatomy, their biological nature, rarity and surgeon's unfamiliarity with the region. We aim to define a surgical access framework addressing the aforementioned complexities whilst achieving oncological clearance. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective review of 28 consecutive patients operated in two tertiary referral centres between 1998 and 2015...
February 14, 2018: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434457/role-and-significance-of-trunk-and-upper-extremity-muscles-in-walker-assisted-paraplegic-gait-a-case-study
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Mina Baniasad, Farzam Farahmand, Mokhtar Arazpour, Hassan Zohoor
Background and Purpose: Understanding the role and significance of trunk and upper extremity muscles in paraplegic gait can help in designing more effective assistive devices for these patients and also provides valuable information for improving muscle strengthening programs. Methods: In a patient with a spinal cord injury (SCI) who could walk independently (rating scale of ambulatory capacity, 9) with the aid of bilateral ankle-foot orthosis and a walker, the kinematics, kinetics and electromyographic (EMG) activities of 16 muscles from the trunk and upper and lower extremities were recorded during gait...
2018: Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425965/the-small-heat-shock-proteins-especially-hspb4-and-hspb5-are-promising-protectants-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Zhihui Zhu, Georg Reiser
Small heat shock proteins (sHsps) are a group of proteins with molecular mass between 12 and 43 kDa. Currently, 11 members of this family have been classified, namely HspB1 to HspB11. HspB1, HspB2, HspB5, HspB6, HspB7, and HspB8, which are expressed in brain have been observed to be related to the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Alexander's disease, multiple sclerosis, and human immunodeficiency virus-associated dementia. Specifically, sHsps interact with misfolding and damaging protein aggregates, like Glial fibrillary acidic protein in AxD, β-amyloid peptides aggregates in Alzheimer's disease, Superoxide dismutase 1 in Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cytosine-adenine-guanine/polyglutamine (CAG/PolyQ) in Huntington's disease, Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, Spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy, to reduce the toxicity or increase the clearance of these protein aggregates...
February 6, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380947/photodynamic-opening-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-and-pathways-of-brain-clearing
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Oxana Semyachkina-Glushkovskaya, Vladimir Chehonin, Ekaterina Borisova, Ivan Fedosov, Anton Namykin, Arkady Abdurashitov, Alexander Shirokov, Boris Khlebtsov, Yelena Lyubun, Nikita Navolokin, Mariya Ulanova, Natalia Shushunova, Alexander Khorovodov, Ilana Agranovich, Anastasia Bodrova, Madina Sagatova, Ali Esmat Shareef, Elena Saranceva, Tatyana Iskra, Mariya Dvoryatkina, Ekaterina Zhinchenko, Olga Sindeeva, Valery Tuchin, Jurgen Kurths
A new application of the photodynamic treatment (PDT) is presented for the opening of blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the brain clearing activation that is associated with it, including the use of gold nanoparticles as emerging photosensitizer carriers in PDT. The obtained results clearly demonstrate two pathways for the brain clearing: 1) using PDT-opening of BBB and intravenous injection of FITC-dextran we showed a clearance of this tracer via the meningeal lymphatic system in the subdural space; 2) using optical coherence tomography and intra-parenchymal injection of gold nanorods we observed their clearance through the exit gate of cerebral spinal fluid from the brain into the deep cervical lymph node, where the gold nanorods were accumulated...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378991/postoperative-analgesia-using-bupivacaine-wound-infiltration-with-intravenous-tramadol-or-dexamethasone-following-obstetric-spinal-anaesthesia
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N P Edomwonyi, M O Osazuwa, O I Iribhogbe, S E Esangbedo
CONTEXT: Effective management of postcesarean section (CS) pain is important for the well-being of mother and child; even in limited-resource areas, there are drug options which can be explored to achieve this. AIM: This study aimed to compare the analgesic effects of a combination of bupivacaine wound infiltration with either intravenous (IV) dexamethasone or tramadol after CS. SETTING AND DESIGN: This study was a randomized, double-blind, comparative study in a tertiary hospital...
December 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371591/mif-inhibits-the-formation-and-toxicity-of-misfolded-sod1-amyloid-aggregates-implications-for-familial-als
#15
Neta Shvil, Victor Banerjee, Guy Zoltsman, Tom Shani, Joy Kahn, Salah Abu-Hamad, Niv Papo, Stanislav Engel, Jurgen Bernhagen, Adrian Israelson
Mutations in superoxide dismutase (SOD1) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease caused by the progressive loss of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. It has been suggested that toxicity of mutant SOD1 results from its misfolding, however, it is yet unclear why misfolded SOD1 accumulates specifically within motor neurons. We recently demonstrated that macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF)-a multifunctional protein with cytokine/chemokine activity and cytosolic chaperone-like properties-inhibits the accumulation of misfolded SOD1...
January 25, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352743/cotransplantation-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells-and-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-for-spinal-cord-injury-repair
#16
Eduardo D Gomes, Sofia S Mendes, Rita C Assunção-Silva, Fábio G Teixeira, Ana O Pires, Sandra I Anjo, Bruno Manadas, Hugo Leite-Almeida, Jeffrey M Gimble, Nuno Sousa, Angelo C Lepore, Nuno A Silva, António J Salgado
Patients suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI) still have a dismal prognosis. Despite all the efforts developed in this area, currently there are no effective treatments. Therefore, cell therapies have been proposed as a viable alternative to the current treatments used. Adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs) and olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) have been used with promising results in different models of SCI, namely due to the regenerative properties of the secretome of the first, and the guidance capability of the second...
January 20, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321331/germ-line-igm-is-sufficient-but-not-required-for-antibody-mediated-alphavirus-clearance-from-the-central-nervous-system
#17
Voraphoj Nilaratanakul, Jie Chen, Oanh Tran, Victoria K Baxter, Elizabeth M Troisi, Jane X Yeh, Diane E Griffin
Sindbis virus (SINV) infection of neurons in the brain and spinal cord in mice provides a model system for investigating recovery from encephalomyelitis and antibody-mediated clearance of virus from the central nervous system (CNS). To determine the roles of IgM and IgG in recovery, we compared the responses of immunoglobulin-deficient activation-induced adenosine deaminase-deficient (AID-/- ), secretory IgM-deficient (sIgM-/- ), and AID-/- sIgM-/- double-knockout (DKO) mice with those of wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice for disease, clearance of infectious virus and viral RNA from brain and spinal cord, antibody responses, and B cell infiltration into the CNS...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298785/secondary-stone-formation-over-a-suture-material-after-partial-nephrectomy
#18
Kumar Prem, Somesh Janoria, Pankaj Kumar
We hereby present the treatment of renal pelvic and lower pole stones of sizes 2.74×1 cm and 1.38×0.92 cm, respectively, forming over a nidus of non-absorbable suture, in a 50-year-old female patient with a history of open partial nephrectomy done for renal angiomyolipoma around 10 years back. She was successfully treated with percutaneous nephrolithotomy technique under spinal anaesthesia. There was complete stone clearance, and she was discharged in stable condition within 40 hours of surgery without any stent...
January 3, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290748/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-prolonged-infusion-aztreonam-for-multi-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-a-case-report
#19
Jeffrey J Cies, Richard J LaCoursiere, Wayne S Moore, Arun Chopra
Aztreonam, a broad-spectrum monobactam, is typically reserved for multidrug resistant (MDR) infections. Pharmacokinetic (PK) data to guide dosing in children, however, are limited to healthy volunteers or nonintensive care unit (ICU) patients. Impaired antibiotic delivery into tissue remains a major concern and may explain the high morbidity and mortality associated with MDR infections. Therefore, evaluating the PK changes in pediatric ICU patients is necessary to elucidate the most appropriate antimicrobial regimen...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229178/cervical-spine-clearance-in-adults-following-blunt-trauma-a-national-survey-across-major-trauma-centres-in-england
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G Chilvers, K Porter, S Choudhary
AIM: To assess current practice in cervical spine clearance across major trauma centres in England and review current guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic survey was sent to lead trauma clinicians at 22 major trauma centres in England. This assessed the clinical decision tools used, the choice of initial imaging technique, and the methods used to clear the cervical spine in alert and obtunded patients without focal neurology, and where initial imaging was normal...
April 2018: Clinical Radiology
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