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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718780/biarticular-elements-as-a-contributor-to-energy-efficiency-biomechanical-review-and-application-in-bio-inspired-robotics
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Karen Junius, Marta Moltedo, Pierre Cherelle, Carlos David Rodriguez-Guerrero, Bram Vanderborght, Dirk Lefeber
Despite the increased interest in exoskeleton research in the last decades, not much progress has been made on the successful reduction of user effort. In humans, biarticular elements have been identied as one of the reasons for the energy economy of locomotion. This document gives an extensive literature overview concerning the function of biarticular mus- cles in human beings. The exact role of these muscles in the efficiency of human locomotion is reduced to three elementary functions: energy transfer towards distal joints, efficient control of output force direction and double joint actuation...
July 18, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718217/a-3d-musculoskeletal-model-of-the-western-lowland-gorilla-hind-limb-moment-arms-and-torque-of-the-hip-knee-and-ankle
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Colleen Goh, Mary L Blanchard, Robin H Crompton, Michael M Gunther, Sophie Macaulay, Karl T Bates
Three-dimensional musculoskeletal models have become increasingly common for investigating muscle moment arms in studies of vertebrate locomotion. In this study we present the first musculoskeletal model of a western lowland gorilla hind limb. Moment arms of individual muscles around the hip, knee and ankle were compared with previously published data derived from the experimental tendon travel method. Considerable differences were found which we attribute to the different methodologies in this specific case...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716590/lumbar-muscle-inflammation-alters-spinally-mediated-locomotor-recovery-induced-by-training-in-a-mouse-model-of-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#3
Renaud Jeffrey-Gauthier, Mathieu Piché, Hugues Leblond
Locomotor networks after spinal cord injury (SCI) are shaped by training-activated proprioceptive and cutaneous inputs. Nociception from injured tissues may alter these changes but has largely been overlooked. The objective of the present study was to ascertain whether lumbar muscle inflammation hinders locomotion recovery in a mouse model of complete SCI. Lower limb kinematics during treadmill training was assessed before and after complete SCI at T8 (2, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days post-injury). Locomotor recovery was compared in 4 groups of CD1 mice: control spinal mice; spinal mice with daily locomotor training; spinal mice with lumbar muscle inflammation (Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) injection); and spinal mice with locomotor training and CFA...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714852/the-small-molecule-mimetic-agonist-trimebutine-of-adhesion-molecule-l1-contributes-to-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
#4
Junping Xu, Chengliang Hu, Qiong Jiang, Hongchao Pan, Huifan Shen, Melitta Schachner
Curing spinal cord injury (SCI) in mammals is a daunting task because of the lack of permissive mechanisms and strong inhibitory responses at and around the lesion. The neural cell adhesion molecule L1CAM (L1) has been shown to favor axonal regrowth and enhance neuronal survival and synaptic plasticity, and thus constitutes a viable target to promote regeneration after SCI. Since delivery of full-length L1 or its extracellular domain could encounter difficulties in translation to therapy in humans, we have identified several small organic compounds that bind to L1 and stimulate neuronal survival, neuronal migration, and neurite outgrowth in an L1-dependent manner...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714746/age-related-changes-in-endurance-performance-vary-between-modes-of-locomotion-in-men-an-analysis-of-master-world-records
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Romuald Lepers, Paul J Stapley, Thomas Cattagni
BACKGROUND: Age-related declines in sport performance are characteristic of all endurance and sprinting disciplines. However, it is not known if the mode of locomotion (i.e. swimming, cycling or running) influences the age-related decline in sport performance in sprinting and endurance events. METHODS: To examine the age-related decline in three different modes of locomotion (i.e. swimming, cycling and running) for endurance and sprint events, the world best performances achieved for males in the age-groups 18-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years and 80-84 years, were compared in swimming (1500-m and 50-m), cycling (1-h and 200-m) and running (10-km and 100-m)...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714062/splitting-the-difference-new-insights-into-distinguishing-features-of-human-versus-feline-models-of-adaptive-locomotor-control
#6
James M Finley
If you open most any neuroscience textbook and begin reading about the neural control of locomotion, you are almost guaranteed to find information gleaned from experimental studies of cats with spinal transections. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711711/three-dimensional-kinematic-and-kinetic-analysis-of-quadrupedal-walking-in-the-common-marmoset-callithrix-jacchus
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Hikaru Shimada, Ryogo Kanai, Takahiro Kondo, Kimika Yoshino-Saito, Akito Uchida, Masaya Nakamura, Junichi Ushiba, Hideyuki Okano, Naomichi Ogihara
The common marmoset has recently gained a great deal of attention as an experimental primate model for biological science and medical research. To use the common marmoset for development of novel treatments and rehabilitation for locomotor disorders, it is crucial to understand fundamental baseline characteristics of locomotion in this species. Therefore, in the present study we performed kinematic and kinetic analyses of quadrupedal locomotion in this animal. A total of 14 common marmosets walking quadrupedally along a walkway were analyzed using synchronized high-speed cameras, with two force platforms set in the walkway...
July 12, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709329/empirical-resistive-force-theory-for-slender-biological-filaments-in-shear-thinning-fluids
#8
Emily E Riley, Eric Lauga
Many cells exploit the bending or rotation of flagellar filaments in order to self-propel in viscous fluids. While appropriate theoretical modeling is available to capture flagella locomotion in simple, Newtonian fluids, formidable computations are required to address theoretically their locomotion in complex, nonlinear fluids, e.g., mucus. Based on experimental measurements for the motion of rigid rods in non-Newtonian fluids and on the classical Carreau fluid model, we propose empirical extensions of the classical Newtonian resistive-force theory to model the waving of slender filaments in non-Newtonian fluids...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709253/publisher-s-note-general-scaling-relations-for-locomotion-in-granular-media-phys-rev-e-95-052901-2017
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James Slonaker, D Carrington Motley, Qiong Zhang, Stephen Townsend, Carmine Senatore, Karl Iagnemma, Ken Kamrin
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.95.052901.
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709004/mapping-the-neural-substrates-of-behavior
#10
Alice A Robie, Jonathan Hirokawa, Austin W Edwards, Lowell A Umayam, Allen Lee, Mary L Phillips, Gwyneth M Card, Wyatt Korff, Gerald M Rubin, Julie H Simpson, Michael B Reiser, Kristin Branson
Assigning behavioral functions to neural structures has long been a central goal in neuroscience and is a necessary first step toward a circuit-level understanding of how the brain generates behavior. Here, we map the neural substrates of locomotion and social behaviors for Drosophila melanogaster using automated machine-vision and machine-learning techniques. From videos of 400,000 flies, we quantified the behavioral effects of activating 2,204 genetically targeted populations of neurons. We combined a novel quantification of anatomy with our behavioral analysis to create brain-behavior correlation maps, which are shared as browsable web pages and interactive software...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708562/non-model-based-control-of-a-wheeled-vehicle-pulling-two-trailers-to-provide-early-powered-mobility-and-driving-experiences
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David A Sanders Td Vr
Non-model-based control of a wheeled vehicle pulling two trailers is presented. It is a fun train for disabled children consisting of a locomotive and two carriages. The fun train has afforded opportunities for both disabled and able bodied young people to share an activity and has provided early driving experiences for disabled children; it has introduced them to assistive and powered mobility. The train is a nonlinear system and subject to nonholonomic kinematic constraints so that position and state depend on the path taken to get there...
July 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707347/interspecific-variation-in-the-tetradactyl-manus-of-modern-tapirs-perissodactyla-tapirus-exposed-using-geometric-morphometrics
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Jamie A MacLaren, Sandra Nauwelaerts
The distal forelimb (autopodium) of quadrupedal mammals is a key morphological unit involved in locomotion, body support, and interaction with the substrate. The manus of the tapir (Perissodactyla: Tapirus) is unique within modern perissodactyls, as it retains the plesiomorphic tetradactyl (four-toed) condition also exhibited by basal equids and rhinoceroses. Tapirs are known to exhibit anatomical mesaxonic symmetry in the manus, although interspecific differences and biomechanical mesaxony have yet to be rigorously tested...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707062/when-an-object-appears-unexpectedly-foot-placement-during-obstacle-circumvention-in-children-and-adults-with-developmental-coordination-disorder
#13
K Wilmut, A L Barnett
Adjustments to locomotion to avoid an obstacle require a change to the usual pattern of foot placement, i.e. changes to step length and/or step width. Previous studies have demonstrated a difficulty in individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) in controlling stability while both stepping over and while circumventing an obstacle. In a previous study, we have considered the way in which individuals with DCD prepare for the possibility of an obstacle appearing (Wilmut and Barnett in Exp Brain Res 235:1531-1340, 2017)...
July 13, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706288/spinal-pathways-involved-in-somatosensory-inhibition-of-the-psychomotor-actions-of-cocaine
#14
Suchan Chang, Yeonhee Ryu, Young Seob Gwak, Nam Jun Kim, Jin Mook Kim, Jun Yeon Lee, Seol Ah Kim, Bong Hyo Lee, Scott C Steffensen, Eun Young Jang, Chae Ha Yang, Hee Young Kim
Previous studies have demonstrated that somatosensory stimuli influence dopamine transmission in the mesolimbic reward system and can reduce drug-induced motor behaviors, craving and dependence. Until now, the central links between somatosensory and brain reward systems are not known. Here, we show that the dorsal column (DC) somatosensory pathway contains projections that convey an inhibitory input from the periphery to mesolimbic reward circuits. Stimulation of the ulnar nerve under HT7 acupoint suppressed psychomotor response to cocaine, which was abolished by disruption of the DC pathway, but not the spinothalamic tract (STT)...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705487/amputee-locomotion-frequency-content-of-prosthetic-vs-intact-limb-vertical-ground-reaction-forces-during-running-and-the-effects-of-filter-cut-off-frequency
#15
Dovin Kiernan, Ross H Miller, Brian S Baum, Hyun Joon Kwon, Jae Kun Shim
Compared to intact limbs, running-specific prostheses have high resonance non-biologic materials and lack active tissues to damp high frequencies. These differences may lead to ground reaction forces (GRFs) with high frequency content. If so, ubiquitously applying low-pass filters to prosthetic and intact limb GRFs may attenuate veridical high frequency content and mask important and ecologically valid data from prostheses. To explore differences in frequency content between prosthetic and intact limbs we divided signal power from transtibial unilateral amputees and controls running at 2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705472/adolescent-social-isolation-affects-schizophrenia-like-behavior-and-astrocyte-biomarkers-in-the-pfc-of-adult-rats
#16
Lan Sun, Li Min, Hao Zhou, Man Li, Feng Shao, Weiwen Wang
Social isolation is regarded as a cause of schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Animal models of schizophrenia are constructed by repeated early environment deprivation as an important paradigm to reveal its pathological mechanism. Male Sprague Dawley rats were assigned to either social-rearing (SR) or isolated-rearing (IR) groups during postnatal days (PNDs) 21-34. On PND 56, all rats underwent behavioral testing including locomotor activity, anxiety-related behaviors in an open field and prepulse inhibition (PPI)...
July 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704464/simulated-impacts-of-ankle-foot-orthoses-on-muscle-demand-and-recruitment-in-typically-developing-children-and-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-crouch-gait
#17
Michael Rosenberg, Katherine M Steele
Passive ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are often prescribed for children with cerebral palsy (CP) to assist locomotion, but predicting how specific device designs will impact energetic demand during gait remains challenging. Powered AFOs have been shown to reduce energy costs of walking in unimpaired adults more than passive AFOs, but have not been tested in children with CP. The goal of this study was to investigate the potential impact of powered and passive AFOs on muscle demand and recruitment in children with CP and crouch gait...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704145/adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-an-alternative-behavioral-model-of-formalin-induced-nociception
#18
Francisco Ernani Alves Magalhães, Caio Átila Prata Bezerra de Sousa, Sacha Aubrey Alves Rodrigues Santos, Renata Barbosa Menezes, Francisco Lucas Alves Batista, Ângela Oliveira Abreu, Messias Vital de Oliveira, Luiz Francisco Wemmenson Gonçalves Moura, Ramon da Silva Raposo, Adriana Rolim Campos
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) has been proposed as a low-cost and simple alternative to the use of higher vertebrates in laboratory research on novel compounds with antinociceptive potential. In this study, we tested adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) as an alternative behavioral model of formalin-induced nociception. We evaluated the nociceptive effect of 0.1% formalin (3 or 5 μL; intramuscularly [i.m.]), applied into the tail or lips, on locomotor activity, using as parameter the number of times the fish crossed the lines between the quadrants of a glass Petri dish during the neurogenic stage (0-5 min) and the inflammatory stage (15-30 min)...
July 13, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702846/characterization-of-the-encoding-properties-of-intraspinal-mechanosensory-neurons-in-the-lamprey
#19
Nicole Massarelli, Allan L Yau, Kathleen A Hoffman, Tim Kiemel, Eric D Tytell
Proprioceptive sensory inputs are an integral part of the closed-loop system of locomotion. In the lamprey, a model organism for vertebrate locomotion, such sensory inputs come from intraspinal mechanosensory cells called "edge cells". These edge cells synapse directly onto interneurons in the spinal central pattern generator (CPG) circuit and allow the CPG to adjust the motor output according to how the body is bending. However, the encoding properties of the edge cells have never been fully characterized...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701922/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-promotes-functional-improvement-associated-with-cntf-stat3-activation-after-hemi-sectioned-spinal-cord-injury-in-tree-shrews
#20
Liu-Lin Xiong, Fei Liu, Bing-Tuan Lu, Wen-Ling Zhao, Xiu-Juan Dong, Jia Liu, Rong-Ping Zhang, Piao Zhang, Ting-Hua Wang
Hemi-sectioned spinal cord injury (hSCI) can lead to spastic paralysis on the injured side, as well as flaccid paralysis on the contralateral side, which can negatively affect a patient's daily life. Stem-cell therapy may offer an effective treatment option for individuals with hSCI. To examine the role of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) transplantation on hSCI and explore related mechanisms in the tree shrews, here, we created a model of hSCI by inducing injury at the tenth thoracic vertebra (T10)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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