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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031401/segmental-specificity-in-belly-dance-mimics-primal-trunk-locomotor-patterns
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Marilee Margaret Nugent, Theodore E Milner
Belly dance was used to investigate control of rhythmic undulating trunk movements in humans. Activation patterns in lumbar erector spinae muscles were recorded using surface electromyography at four segmental levels spanning T10 to L4. Muscle activation patterns for movement tempos of 2 Hz, 3 Hz and as fast as possible (up to 6 Hz) were compared to test the hypothesis that frequency modulates muscle timing, causing pattern changes analogous to gait transitions. Groups of trained and untrained female subjects were compared to test the hypothesis that experience modifies muscle coordination patterns and the capacity for selective motion of spinal segments...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026778/proactive-selective-inhibition-targeted-at-the-neck-muscles-this-proximal-constraint-facilitates-learning-and-regulates-global-control
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Ian Loram, Brian Bate, Peter Harding, Ryan Cunningham, Alison Loram
While individual muscle function is known, the sensory and motor value of muscles within the whole-body sensorimotor network is complicated. Specifically, the relationship between neck muscle action and distal muscle synergies is unknown. This work demonstrates a causal relationship between regulation of the neck muscles and global motor control. Studying violinists performing unskilled and skilled manual tasks, we provided ultrasound feedback of the neck muscles with instruction to minimize neck muscle change during task performance and observed the indirect effect on whole-body movement...
December 21, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018193/are-modular-activations-altered-in-lower-limb-muscles-of-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-during-walking-evidence-from-muscle-synergies-and-biomechanical-analysis
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Tiziana Lencioni, Johanna Jonsdottir, Davide Cattaneo, Alessandro Crippa, Elisa Gervasoni, Marco Rovaris, Emilio Bizzi, Maurizio Ferrarin
Background: Persons with Multiple Sclerosis frequently have gait deficits that lead to diminished activities of daily living. Identification of motoneuron activity patterns may elucidate new insight into impaired locomotor coordination and underlying neural systems. The aim of the present study was to investigate muscle synergies, identified by motor modules and their activation profiles, in persons with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS) during walking compared to those of healthy subjects (HS), as well as, exploring relationship of muscle synergies with walking ability of PwMS...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004203/aging-effect-on-muscle-synergies-in-stepping-forth-during-a-forward-perturbation
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Yun Wang, Kazuhiko Watanabe, Tadayoshi Asaka
PURPOSE: We explored changes in muscle interactions during healthy aging as a window into neural control strategies of postural preparation to action/perturbation. In particular, we quantified the strength of multi-muscle synergies stabilizing the center of pressure (COP) displacement during the preparation for making a step associated with support surface translations. METHODS: Young and elderly subjects were required to make a step in response to support surface perturbations...
December 21, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980122/modular-control-during-incline-and-level-walking-in-humans
#5
Lars Janshen, Alessandro Santuz, Antonis Ekizos, Adamantios Arampatzis
The neuromuscular control of human movement can be described by a set of muscle synergies factorized from myoelectric signals. There is some evidence that the selection, activation and flexible combination of these basic activation patterns are of a neural origin. We investigated the muscle synergies during incline and level walking to evaluate changes in the modular organization of neuromuscular control related to changes in the mechanical demands.Our results revealed five fundamental (not further factorizable) synergies for both walking conditions but with different frequencies of appearance of the respective synergies during incline compared to level walking...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889272/can-muscle-coordination-explain-the-advantage-of-using-the-standing-position-during-intense-cycling
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Nicolas A Turpin, Antony Costes, Pierre Moretto, Bruno Watier
OBJECTIVES: When compared to seated, the standing position allows the production of higher power outputs during intense cycling. We hypothesized that muscle coordination could explain this advantage. To test this hypothesis, we assessed muscle activity over a wide range of power outputs for both seated and standing cycling positions. DESIGN: Nine lower limb muscle activities from seventeen untrained volunteers were recorded during cycling sequences performed in the seated and the standing positions at power outputs ranging from ∼100 to 700W at 90±5 revolutions-per-minute (RPM)...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886145/role-of-endogenous-and-exogenous-tocopherols-in-the-lipid-stability-of-marine-oil-systems-a-review
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Guadalupe Miroslava Suárez-Jiménez, Carmen María López-Saiz, Hugo Enrique Ramírez-Guerra, Josafat Marina Ezquerra-Brauer, Saul Ruiz-Cruz, Wilfrido Torres-Arreola
In marine organisms primarily intended for human consumption, the quality of the muscle and the extracted oils may be affected by lipid oxidation during storage, even at low temperatures. This has led to a search for alternatives to maintain quality. In this sense, antioxidant compounds have been used to prevent such lipid deterioration. Among the most used compounds are tocopherols, which, due to their natural origin, have become an excellent alternative to prevent or retard lipid oxidation and maintain the quality of marine products...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873551/on-the-methodological-implications-of-extracting-muscle-synergies-from-human-locomotion
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Alessandro Santuz, Antonis Ekizos, Lars Janshen, Vasilios Baltzopoulos, Adamantios Arampatzis
We investigated the influence of three different high-pass (HP) and low-pass (LP) filtering conditions and a Gaussian (GNMF) and inverse-Gaussian (IGNMF) non-negative matrix factorization algorithm on the extraction of muscle synergies from myoelectric signals during human walking and running. To evaluate the effects of signal recording and processing on the outcomes, we analyzed the intraday and interday computation reliability. Results show that the IGNMF achieved a significantly higher reconstruction quality and on average needs one less synergy to sufficiently reconstruct the original signals compared to the GNMF...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852733/on-identifying-kinematic-and-muscle-synergies-a-comparison-of-matrix-factorization-methods-using-experimental-data-from-the-healthy-population
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Navid Lambert-Shirzad, H F Machiel Van der Loos
Human motor behaviour is highly goal-directed, requiring the central nervous system to coordinate different aspects of motion generation in order to achieve the motion goals. The concept of motor synergies provides an approach to quantify the covariation of joint motions and of muscle activations, i.e., elemental variables, during a task. To analyse goal-directed movements, factorization methods can be used reduce the high dimensionality of these variables while accounting for much of the variance in large datasets...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832608/neuromuscular-responses-differ-between-slip-induced-falls-and-recoveries-in-older-adults
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Andrew Sawers, Yi-Chung Clive Pai, Tanvi Bhatt, Lena H Ting
How does the robust control of walking and balance break down during a fall? As a first step in identifying the neuromuscular determinants of falls, we tested the hypothesis that falls and recoveries are characterized by differences in neuromuscular responses. Using muscle synergy analysis, conventional onset latencies, and peak activity, we identified differences in muscle coordination between older adults who fell and those who recovered from a laboratory-induced slip. We found that subjects who fell recruited fewer muscle synergies than those who recovered, suggesting a smaller motor repertoire...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825146/regenerative-and-rehabilitative-medicine-a-necessary-synergy-for-functional-recovery-from-volumetric-muscle-loss-injury
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Sarah M Greising, Christopher L Dearth, Benjamin T Corona
Volumetric muscle loss (VML) is a complex and heterogeneous problem due to significant traumatic or surgical loss of skeletal muscle tissue. The consequences of VML are substantial functional deficits in joint range of motion and skeletal muscle strength, resulting in life-long dysfunction and disability. Traditional physical medicine and rehabilitation paradigms do not address the magnitude of force loss due to VML and related musculoskeletal comorbidities. Recent advancements in regenerative medicine have set forth encouraging and emerging therapeutic options for VML injuries...
2016: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815651/skeletal-muscle-bioenergetics-in-aging-and-heart-failure
#12
Sophia Z Liu, David J Marcinek
Changes in mitochondrial capacity and quality play a critical role in skeletal and cardiac muscle dysfunction. In vivo measurements of mitochondrial capacity provide a clear link between physical activity and mitochondrial function in aging and heart failure, although the cause and effect relationship remains unclear. Age-related decline in mitochondrial quality leads to mitochondrial defects that affect redox, calcium, and energy-sensitive signaling by altering the cellular environment that can result in skeletal muscle dysfunction independent of reduced mitochondrial capacity...
November 5, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799908/assessment-of-myoelectric-controller-performance-and-kinematic-behavior-of-a-novel-soft-synergy-inspired-robotic-hand-for-prosthetic-applications
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Simone Fani, Matteo Bianchi, Sonal Jain, José Simões Pimenta Neto, Scott Boege, Giorgio Grioli, Antonio Bicchi, Marco Santello
Myoelectric artificial limbs can significantly advance the state of the art in prosthetics, since they can be used to control mechatronic devices through muscular activity in a way that mimics how the subjects used to activate their muscles before limb loss. However, surveys indicate that dissatisfaction with the functionality of terminal devices underlies the widespread abandonment of prostheses. We believe that one key factor to improve acceptability of prosthetic devices is to attain human likeness of prosthesis movements, a goal which is being pursued by research on social and human-robot interactions...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794362/robotic-quantification-of-upper-extremity-loss-of-independent-joint-control-or-flexion-synergy-in-individuals-with-hemiparetic-stroke-a-review-of-paradigms-addressing-the-effects-of-shoulder-abduction-loading
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REVIEW
Michael D Ellis, Yiyun Lan, Jun Yao, Julius P A Dewald
Unsupported or "against-gravity" reaching and hand opening movements are greatly impaired in individuals with hemiparetic stroke. The reduction in reaching excursion and hand opening is thought to be primarily limited by abnormal muscle co-activation of shoulder abductors with distal limb flexors, known as flexion synergy, that results in a loss of independent joint control or joint individuation. Our laboratory employs several methods for quantifying this movement impairment, however the most documented techniques are sophisticated and laboratory-based...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790612/muscle-synergies-facilitate-computational-prediction-of-subject-specific-walking-motions
#15
Andrew J Meyer, Ilan Eskinazi, Jennifer N Jackson, Anil V Rao, Carolynn Patten, Benjamin J Fregly
Researchers have explored a variety of neurorehabilitation approaches to restore normal walking function following a stroke. However, there is currently no objective means for prescribing and implementing treatments that are likely to maximize recovery of walking function for any particular patient. As a first step toward optimizing neurorehabilitation effectiveness, this study develops and evaluates a patient-specific synergy-controlled neuromusculoskeletal simulation framework that can predict walking motions for an individual post-stroke...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783415/the-anti-convulsants-lacosamide-lamotrigine-and-rufinamide-reduce-myotonia-in-isolated-human-and-rat-skeletal-muscle
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Martin Skov, Frank V de Paoli, Ole B Nielsen, Thomas H Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: In myotonia congenita, loss of ClC-1 Cl(-) -channel function results in skeletal muscle hyperexcitability and myotonia. Anti-myotonic treatment has typically targeted the voltage gated sodium channel in skeletal muscle (Nav1.4). This study explored whether 3 sodium channel modulating anti-epileptics can reduce myotonia in isolated rat and human muscle. METHODS: Dissected muscles were rendered myotonic by ClC-1 channel inhibition. The ability of the drugs to suppress myotonia was then assessed from sub-clinical to maximal clinical concentrations...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765008/sglt2-inhibitors-in-diabetes-mellitus-treatment
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Juan Rosas-Guzmán, Juan Rosas-Saucedo, Alma R J Romero-García
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic illness with high prevalence in Mexico, Latin-America, and the world and is associated to high morbidity, disability, and mortality rate, especially in developing countries. T2DM physiopathology is very complex; insulin resistance in the muscle, liver, and adipose tissue, a reduction in the production of incretins (mainly GLP-1) in the intestine, increased glucagon synthesis, an insufficient response of insulin generation, and increased glucose reabsorption in the kidney lead all together to an hyperglycemic state, which has been closely associated with the development of micro and macrovascular complications...
August 29, 2016: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733623/nebulette-is-a-powerful-cytolinker-organizing-desmin-and-actin-in-mouse-hearts
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Daniel A Hernandez, Christina M Bennett, Lyubov Dunina-Barkovskaya, Tatjana Wedig, Yassemi Capetanaki, Harald Herrmann, Gloria M Conover
In the hearts of patients bearing nebulette mutations, a severe general disorganization in cardiomyocytes of the extrasarcomeric desmin intermediate filament system is frequently observed. However, the molecular and functional relationship between the desmin cytoskeleton and nebulette-containing sarcomeres is still unclear. Here we report a high-affinity in vitro interaction between nebulette and desmin filaments. A major interaction site has been mapped to the desmin α-helical rod domain, indicating that the filament core is directly involved in the binding of nebulette...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707977/engagement-of-the-rat-hindlimb-motor-cortex-across-natural-locomotor-behaviors
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Jack DiGiovanna, Nadia Dominici, Lucia Friedli, Jacopo Rigosa, Simone Duis, Julie Kreider, Janine Beauparlant, Rubia van den Brand, Marco Schieppati, Silvestro Micera, Grégoire Courtine
: Contrary to cats and primates, cortical contribution to hindlimb locomotor movements is not critical in rats. However, the importance of the motor cortex to regain locomotion after neurological disorders in rats suggests that cortical engagement in hindlimb motor control may depend on the behavioral context. To investigate this possibility, we recorded whole-body kinematics, muscle synergies, and hindlimb motor cortex modulation in freely moving rats performing a range of natural locomotor procedures...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695403/novel-methods-to-enhance-precision-and-reliability-in-muscle-synergy-identification-during-walking
#20
Yushin Kim, Thomas C Bulea, Diane L Damiano
Muscle synergies are hypothesized to reflect modular control of muscle groups via descending commands sent through multiple neural pathways. Recently, the number of synergies has been reported as a functionally relevant indicator of motor control complexity in individuals with neurological movement disorders. Yet the number of synergies extracted during a given activity, e.g., gait, varies within and across studies, even for unimpaired individuals. With no standardized methods for precise determination, this variability remains unexplained making comparisons across studies and cohorts difficult...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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