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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229240/microglia-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-plays-a-potential-role-in-both-suicide-facilitation-and-prevention-in-affective-disorders
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Ralf Brisch, Johann Steiner, Christian Mawrin, Marta Krzyżanowska, Zbigniew Jankowski, Tomasz Gos
An involvement of the central serotonergic system has constantly been reported in the pathogenesis of suicide. The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) is the main source of serotonergic innervation of forebrain limbic structures disturbed in suicidal behaviour, in which an abnormal microglia reaction seems to play a role. In our present study, the density of microglia immunostained for the HLA-DR antigen was evaluated in the DRN. These analyses were carried out on paraffin-embedded brains from 24 suicidal and 21 non-suicidal patients; among them, 27 depressed (15 major depressive disorder and 12 bipolar disorder) and 18 schizophrenia (9 residual and 9 paranoid) patients and 22 matched controls without mental disorders...
February 22, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228933/vascularization-and-innervation-of-slits-within-polydimethylsiloxane-sheets-in-the-subcutaneous-space-of-athymic-nude-mice
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Rachel E Gurlin, Mark T Keating, Shiri Li, Jonathan Rt Lakey, Sébastien de Feraudy, Bhupinder S Shergill, Elliot L Botvinick
Success of cell therapy in avascular sites will depend on providing sufficient blood supply to transplanted tissues. A popular strategy of providing blood supply is to embed cells within a functionalized hydrogel implanted within the host to stimulate neovascularization. However, hydrogel systems are not always amenable for removal post-transplantation; thus, it may be advantageous to implant a device that contains cells while also providing access to the circulation so retrieval is possible. Here we investigate one instance of providing access to a vessel network, a thin sheet with through-cut slits, and determine if it can be vascularized from autologous materials...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228723/presynaptic-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-trkb-receptor-cooperate-in-the-elimination-of-redundant-motor-nerve-terminals-during-development
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Laura Nadal, Neus Garcia, Erica Hurtado, Anna Simó, Marta Tomàs, Maria A Lanuza, Victor Cilleros, Josep Tomàs
The development of the nervous system involves the overproduction of synapses but connectivity is refined by Hebbian activity-dependent axonal competition. The newborn skeletal muscle fibers are polyinnervated but, at the end of the competition process, some days later, become innervated by a single axon. We used quantitative confocal imaging of the autofluorescent axons from transgenic B6.Cg-Tg (Thy1-YFP)16 Jrs/J mice to investigate the possible cooperation of the muscarinic autoreceptors (mAChR, M1-, M2- and M4-subtypes) and the tyrosine kinase B (TrkB) receptor in the control of axonal elimination after the mice Levator auris longus (LAL) muscle had been exposed to several selective antagonist of the corresponding receptor pathways in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228560/expression-of-il-22-in-the-skin-causes-th2-biased-immunity-epidermal-barrier-dysfunction-and-pruritus-via-stimulating-epithelial-th2-cytokines-and-the-grp-pathway
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Hongfei Lou, Jingning Lu, Eun Byul Choi, Min Hee Oh, Mingeum Jeong, Sara Barmettler, Zhou Zhu, Tao Zheng
Increased expression of Th22 cytokine IL-22 is a characteristic finding in atopic dermatitis (AD). However, the specific role of IL-22 in the pathogenesis of AD in vivo has yet to be elucidated. Consistent with observations in human AD, IL-22 was significantly increased in the AD skin of mice after epicutaneous sensitization to house dust mite allergen. Utilizing a skin-specific inducible transgenic system, we show in the present study that expression of IL-22 in the skin of mice caused an AD-like phenotype characterized by chronic pruritic dermatitis associated with Th2-biased local and systemic immune responses, downregulation of epidermal differentiation complex genes, and enhanced dermatitis upon epicutaneous allergen exposure...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228418/folic-acid-supplementation-increases-cutaneous-vasodilator-sensitivity-to-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-older-adults
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Anna E Stanhewicz, Jody L Greaney, Lacy M Alexander, W Larry Kenney
During heat stress, blunted increases in skin sympathetic nervous system activity (SSNA) and reductions in end-organ vascular responsiveness contribute to the age-related reduction in reflex cutaneous vasodilation. In older adults, folic acid supplementation improves the cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) response to passive heating; however, the influence of folic acid supplementation on SSNA:CVC transduction is unknown. Fourteen older adults (66±1yrs, 8M/6F) ingested folic acid (5mg·day(-1)) or placebo for 6 weeks in a randomized, double-blind, crossover design...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227957/bidirectional-peripheral-nerve-interface-and-applications
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Nitish V Thakor, Qihong Wang, Elliot Greenwald, Nitish V Thakor, Qihong Wang, Elliot Greenwald, Elliot Greenwald, Nitish V Thakor, Qihong Wang
Peripheral nerves, due to their small size and complex innervation to organs and complex physiology, pose particularly significant challenges towards interfacing electrodes and electronics to enable neuromodulation. Here, we present a review of the technology for building such interface, including recording and stimulating electrodes and low power electronics, as well as powering. Of particular advantage to building a miniature implanted device is a "bidirectional" system that both senses from the nerves or surrogate organs and stimulates the nerves to affect the organ function...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227343/application-of-a-new-robust-ecg-t-wave-delineation-algorithm-for-the-evaluation-of-the-autonomic-innervation-of-the-myocardium
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Matteo Cesari, Jesper Mehlsen, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Matteo Cesari, Jesper Mehlsen, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Jesper Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Matteo Cesari, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen
T-wave amplitude (TWA) is a well know index of the autonomic innervation of the myocardium. However, until now it has been evaluated only manually or with simple and inefficient algorithms. In this paper, we developed a new robust single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) T-wave delineation algorithm that is able to detect the T-wave with a wavelet based method and automatically calculate the TWA. We evaluated the algorithm on the QT database, achieving a sensitivity of 99.92% for the T wave peak and 99.38% for the T wave end...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227332/using-surface-electromyography-to-detect-changes-in-innervation-zones-pattern-after-human-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Babak Afsharipour, Milap S Sandhu, Ghulam Rasool, Nina L Suresh, William Z Rymer, Babak Afsharipour, Milap S Sandhu, Ghulam Rasool, Nina L Suresh, William Z Rymer, Milap S Sandhu, Babak Afsharipour, William Z Rymer, Nina L Suresh, Ghulam Rasool
Human spinal cord injuries (SCI) disrupt the pathways between brain and spinal cord, resulting in substantial impairment and loss of function. Currently, we do not have the ability to precisely quantify the "functional" level of motor injury. The aim of this study is to determine if high-density surface electromyography imaging (SEI) can be used to characterize the location and extent of the spinal lesion. SEI is a safe and non-invasive technique, which uses several electrodes to provide a map of muscle activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227179/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
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Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda, Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda, Sofia R Fernandes, Pedro C Miranda, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Mamede A de Carvalho
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227096/prediction-of-forelimb-muscle-emgs-from-the-corticospinal-signals-in-rats
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Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin, Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin, Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin
To generate voluntary forearm movements, the information that is encoded in the activity of the cortical neurons has to travel through the spinal cord and activate the skeletal muscles. The axons carrying these signals are tightly bundled together in the descending tracts that control the spinal circuitry innervating the forearm muscles. In this paper, we show that corticospinal tract (CST) signals can be used to predict forearm electromyographic (EMG) activities that are recorded during an isometric-pull task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226857/development-of-a-closed-loop-system-for-tremor-suppression-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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F L Xu, M Z Hao, S Q Xu, Z X Hu, Q Xiao, N Lan, F L Xu, M Z Hao, S Q Xu, Z X Hu, Q Xiao, N Lan, S Q Xu, Z X Hu, Q Xiao, M Z Hao, N Lan, F L Xu
More than 70% of patients suffering Parkinson's disease (PD) exhibit resting tremor in their extremities, hampering their ability to perform daily activities. Based on our earlier studies on corticospinal transmission of tremor signals [10,11], we hypothesize that cutaneous afferents evoked by surface stimulation can produce an inhibitory effect on propriospinal neurons (PN), which in turn will suppress tremor signals passing through the PN. This paper presents the development of a closed-loop system for tremor suppression by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) of sensory fibers beneath the skin...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226649/heart-rate-independent-qt-variability-component-can-detect-subclinical-cardiac-autonomic-neuropathy-in-diabetes
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Mohammad H Imam, Chandan K Karmakar, Ahsan H Khandoker, Herbert F Jelinek, M Palaniswami, Mohammad H Imam, Chandan K Karmakar, Ahsan H Khandoker, Herbert F Jelinek, M Palaniswami, Ahsan H Khandoker, Herbert F Jelinek, Chandan K Karmakar, Mohammad H Imam, M Palaniswami
Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) may lead to life threatening arrhythmia due to denervation of both the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches of autonomic nervous system innervating the heart. CAN is a frequently under diagnosed complication of diabetes, because a patient can have asymptomatic CAN for several years before it is clinically apparent. However, detection of CAN at the early or subclinical stage leads to more effective treatment outcomes. Cardiac autonomic reflex tests (CART) (i.e. Ewing test battery) are normally used for the detection and staging of CAN...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226453/spatial-characterization-of-innervation-zones-under-electrically-elicited-m-wave
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C Zhang, Y Peng, S Li, P Zhou, A Munoz, D Tang, Y Zhang, C Zhang, Y Peng, S Li, P Zhou, A Munoz, D Tang, Y Zhang, C Zhang, P Zhou, D Tang, Y Zhang, S Li, A Munoz, Y Peng
The three dimensional (3D) innervation zone (IZ) imaging approach (3DIZI) has been developed in our group to localize the IZ of a particular motor unit (MU) from its motor unit action potentials decomposed from high-density surface electromyography (EMG) recordings. In this study, the developed 3DIZI approach was combined with electrical stimulation to investigate global distributions of IZs in muscles from electrically elicited M-wave recordings. Electrical stimulations were applied to the musculocutaneous nerve to activate supramaximal muscle response of the biceps brachii in one healthy subject, and high-density (128 channels) surface EMG signals of the biceps brachii muscles were recorded...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226411/the-control-of-eye-movements-by-the-cerebellar-nuclei-polysynaptic-projections-from-the-fastigial-interpositus-posterior-and-dentate-nuclei-to-lateral-rectus-motoneurons-in-primates
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Vincent Prevosto, Werner Graf, Gabriella Ugolini
Premotor circuits driving extraocular motoneurons and downstream motor outputs of cerebellar nuclei are well known. However, there is, as yet, no unequivocal account of cerebellar output pathways controlling eye movements in primates. Using retrograde transneuronal transfer of rabies virus from the lateral rectus (LR) eye muscle, we studied polysynaptic pathways to LR motoneurons in primates. Injections were placed either into the central or distal muscle portion, to identify innervation differences of LR motoneurons supplying singly innervated (SIFs) or multiply innervated muscle fibers (MIFs)...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225852/tryptophan-overloading-activates-brain-regions-involved-with-cognition-mood-and-anxiety
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Luana C A Silva, Milena B Viana, José S Andrade, Melyssa A Souza, Isabel C Céspedes, Vânia D'Almeida
Tryptophan is the only precursor of serotonin and mediates serotonergic activity in the brain. Previous studies have shown that the administration of tryptophan or tryptophan depletion significantly alters cognition, mood and anxiety. Nevertheless, the neurobiological alterations that follow these changes have not yet been fully investigated. The aim of this study was to verify the effects of a tryptophan-enriched diet on immunoreactivity to Fos-protein in the rat brain. Sixteen male Wistar rats were distributed into two groups that either received standard chow diet or a tryptophan-enriched diet for a period of thirty days...
February 16, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225752/prefrontal-cortex-output-circuits-guide-reward-seeking-through-divergent-cue-encoding
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James M Otis, Vijay M K Namboodiri, Ana M Matan, Elisa S Voets, Emily P Mohorn, Oksana Kosyk, Jenna A McHenry, J Elliott Robinson, Shanna L Resendez, Mark A Rossi, Garret D Stuber
The prefrontal cortex is a critical neuroanatomical hub for controlling motivated behaviours across mammalian species. In addition to intra-cortical connectivity, prefrontal projection neurons innervate subcortical structures that contribute to reward-seeking behaviours, such as the ventral striatum and midline thalamus. While connectivity among these structures contributes to appetitive behaviours, how projection-specific prefrontal neurons encode reward-relevant information to guide reward seeking is unknown...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224637/compound-motor-action-potential-duration-and-latency-are-markers-of-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury
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Neel K Bhatt, Andrea M Park, Mohammad T Al-Lozi, Derrick C Gale, Randal C Paniello
OBJECTIVE: Compound motor action potential (CMAP) can quantitatively evaluate innervation following injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) in canines. CMAP duration (the total time of CMAP) and latency (the time between the nerve impulse and the onset of action potentials) have not been assessed following RLN injury. STUDY DESIGN: Animal study. METHODS: Twelve canine hemilaryngeal preparations were investigated. Baseline CMAP duration and latency were derived...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224417/neuroanatomical-circuitry-between-kidney-and-rostral-elements-of-brain-a-virally-mediated-transsynaptic-tracing-study-in-mice
#18
Ye-Ting Zhou, Zhi-Gang He, Tao-Tao Liu, Mao-Hui Feng, Ding-Yu Zhang, Hong-Bing Xiang
The identity of higher-order neurons and circuits playing an associative role to control renal function is not well understood. We identified specific neural populations of rostral elements of brain regions that project multisynaptically to the kidneys in 3-6 days after injecting a retrograde tracer pseudorabies virus (PRV)-614 into kidney of 13 adult male C57BL/6J strain mice. PRV-614 infected neurons were detected in a number of mesencephalic (e.g. central amygdala nucleus), telencephalic regions and motor cortex...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224126/antioxidant-effects-of-the-quercetin-in-the-jejunal-myenteric-innervation-of-diabetic-rats
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Sara R Garcia de Souza, Marcílio Hubner de Miranda Neto, Juliana Vanessa Colombo Martins Perles, Flávia Cristina Vieira Frez, Isabela Zignani, Francielle Veiga Ramalho, Catchia Hermes-Uliana, Gleison Daion Piovezana Bossolani, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni
PURPOSE: Enteric glial cells (EGCs) exert a critical role in the structural integrity, defense, and metabolic function of enteric neurons. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease characterized by metabolic disorders and chronic autonomic neuropathy. Quercetin supplementation, which is a potent antioxidant, has been used in order to reduce the effects of diabetes-induced oxidative stress. The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of quercetin supplementation in the drinking water at a daily dose of 40 mg on the glial cells and neurons in the jejunum of diabetic rats...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223914/decoding-lower-limb-muscle-activity-and-kinematics-from-cortical-neural-spike-trains-during-monkey-performing-stand-and-squat-movements
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Xuan Ma, Chaolin Ma, Jian Huang, Peng Zhang, Jiang Xu, Jiping He
Extensive literatures have shown approaches for decoding upper limb kinematics or muscle activity using multichannel cortical spike recordings toward brain machine interface (BMI) applications. However, similar topics regarding lower limb remain relatively scarce. We previously reported a system for training monkeys to perform visually guided stand and squat tasks. The current study, as a follow-up extension, investigates whether lower limb kinematics and muscle activity characterized by electromyography (EMG) signals during monkey performing stand/squat movements can be accurately decoded from neural spike trains in primary motor cortex (M1)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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