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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
#1
Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315725/vibration-training-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-evidence-for-persistent-segmental-plasticity
#2
Chu-Ling Yen, Colleen L McHenry, Michael A Petrie, Shauna Dudley-Javoroski, Richard K Shields
H-reflex paired-pulse depression is gradually lost within the first year post-SCI, a process believed to reflect reorganization of segmental interneurons after the loss of normal descending (cortical) inhibition. This reorganization co-varies in time with the development of involuntary spasms and spasticity. The purpose of this study is to determine whether long-term vibration training may initiate the return of H-reflex paired-pulse depression in individuals with chronic, complete SCI. Five men with SCI received twice-weekly vibration training (30Hz, 0...
March 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303096/what-is-the-contribution-of-ia-afference-for-regulating-motor-output-variability-during-standing
#3
Niklas König, Matteo G Ferraro, Heiner Baur, William R Taylor, Navrag B Singh
Motor variability is an inherent feature of all human movements, and describes the system's stability and rigidity during the performance of functional motor tasks such as balancing. In order to ensure successful task execution, the nervous system is thought to be able to flexibly select the appropriate level of variability. However, it remains unknown which neurophysiological pathways are utilized for the control of motor output variability. In responding to natural variability (in this example sway), it is plausible that the neuro-physiological response to muscular elongation contributes to restoring a balanced upright posture...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291023/central-contribution-to-electrically-induced-fatigue-depends-on-stimulation-frequency
#4
Sidney Grosprêtre, Nicolas Gueugneau, Alain Martin, Romuald Lepers
PURPOSE: This study analyzed the impact of several protocols of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), matched with a similar total torque-time integral, on muscle activation pathways and neuromuscular fatigue. METHODS: Ten young healthy participants (age: 24.6 ± 4.2) performed 3 randomized NMES sessions on the triceps surae muscles with 20 Hz, 60 Hz or 100 Hz stimulation frequencies (pulse duration: 1 ms), with pulse amplitude (IES) set at 20 % of isometric maximal voluntary contraction (MVC)...
March 13, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290507/inhibitory-interneuron-circuits-at-cortical-and-spinal-levels-are-associated-with-individual-differences-in-corticomuscular-coherence-during-isometric-voluntary-contraction
#5
Ryosuke Matsuya, Junichi Ushiyama, Junichi Ushiba
Corticomuscular coherence (CMC) is an oscillatory synchronization of 15-35 Hz (β-band) between electroencephalogram (EEG) of the sensorimotor cortex and electromyogram of contracting muscles. Although we reported that the magnitude of CMC varies among individuals, the physiological mechanisms underlying this variation are still unclear. Here, we aimed to investigate the associations between CMC and intracortical inhibition (ICI) in the primary motor cortex (M1)/recurrent inhibition (RI) in the spinal cord, which probably affect oscillatory neural activities...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277422/neuromuscular-adaptations-to-short-term-high-intensity-interval-training-in-female-ice-hockey-players
#6
Juho-Ville Kinnunen, Harri Piitulainen, Jarmo M Piirainen
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) related neuromuscular adaptations, changes in force production and on-ice performance were investigated in female ice-hockey players during pre-season. Fourteen Finnish championship level ice hockey players (average age 22 ± 3 years) participated in 2½-week HIIT. Both spinal (H-reflex) and supraspinal (V-wave) neuromuscular responses of the soleus muscle were recorded before and after the training period. Static jump (SJ) and countermovement jump (CMJ) heights, plantar flexor maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and rate of force development (RFD) were measured...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274815/electroacupuncture-improves-gait-locomotion-h-reflex-and-ventral-root-potentials-of-spinal-compression-injured-rats
#7
Carlos Escobar-Corona, Sergio Torres-Castillo, Erika Elizabeth Rodríguez-Torres, Bertha Segura-Alegría, Ismael Jiménez-Estrada, Salvador Quiroz-González
This study explored the effect of electroacupuncture stimulation (EA) on alterations in the Hoffman reflex (H-reflex) response and gait locomotion provoked by spinal cord injury (SCI) in the rat. A compression lesion of the spinal cord was evoked by insufflating a Fogarty balloon located in the epidural space at the T8-9 spinal level of adult Wistar male rats (200-250 gr; n=60). In different groups of SCI rats, EA (frequencies: 2, 50 and 100Hz) was applied simultaneously to Huantiao (GB30), Yinmen (BL37), Jizhong (GV6) and Zhiyang (GV9) acupoints from the third post-injury day until the experimental session...
March 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269496/the-correlation-between-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-parameters-and-neuromuscular-properties-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#8
H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri
We studied the correlation between corticospinal signaling and neuromuscular properties in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Corticospinal signaling was evaluated using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Neuromuscular properties were quantified using Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), sonoelastography, clinical measurements, and isokinetic measures. In particular, we determined the relationship between the TMS parameters of the ankle joint and the neuromuscular features of ankle extensors and flexors as well as popular clinical measures of gait speed, endurance, balance and mobility...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268269/physiological-mechanisms-for-stabilizing-the-limb-when-acting-against-physical-constraints
#9
P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre
Smooth physical interaction with our environment, such as when working with tools, requires adaptability to unpredictable perturbations that can be achieved through impedance control of multi-joint limbs. Modulation of arm stiffness can be achieved either increasing co-contraction of antagonistic muscles or by increasing the gain of spinal reflex loops. According to the "automatic gain scaling" principle, the spinal reflex gain, as measured via the H-reflex, scales with muscle activation. A previous experiment from our labs suggested, however, that reflex gains might instead be scaled to the force exerted by the limb, perhaps as a means to counteract destabilizing external forces...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258435/convergence-of-ipsi-and-contralateral-muscle-afferents-on-common-interneurons-mediating-reciprocal-inhibition-of-ankle-plantarflexors-in-humans
#10
Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, S S Geertsen, A J T Stevenson, J B Nielsen
Recent studies have shown that afferents arising from muscle receptors located on one side can affect the activity of muscles on the contralateral side. In animal preparations, evidence supports that afferent pathways originating from one limb converge onto interneurons mediating disynaptic reciprocal Ia inhibition of the opposite limb. This study was designed to investigate whether this pathway is similar in humans to that described in animals. Thirteen healthy volunteers participated in one of two experiments...
March 3, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244163/chemogenetic-enhancement-of-functional-recovery-after-a-sciatic-nerve-injury
#11
Poonam B Jaiswal, Arthur W English
Designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) are chemogenetic tools used to modulate neuronal excitability. We hypothesized that activation of excitatory (Gq) DREADD by its designer ligand, clozapine-N-oxide (CNO), would increase the excitability of neurons whose axons have been transected following peripheral nerve injury, and that this increase will lead to an enhanced functional recovery. The lateral gastrocnemius (LG) muscle of adult female Lewis rats was injected unilaterally with AAV9- hsyn- hM3Dq-mCherry (7...
February 28, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237919/the-relation-between-the-frequency-of-short-pulse-electrical-stimulation-of-afferent-nerve-fibers-and-evoked-muscle-force
#12
Jakob L Dideriksen, Kasper Leerskov, Magdalena Czyzewska, Rune Rasmussen
OBJECTIVE: Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is conventionally performed by the stimulation of motor axons causing the muscle fibers innervated by these axons to contract. An alternative strategy that may evoke contractions with more natural motor unit behavior is to stimulate afferent fibers (primarily type Ia) to excite the motor neurons at the spinal level. The aim of the study was to investigate the range of forces that can be evoked in this way and the degree to which the torque can be controlled...
February 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227748/the-correlation-between-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-parameters-and-neuromuscular-properties-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#13
H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri, H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M Lotfian, M M Mirbagheri, S Amiri, Sh Parvin, H Marzbani
We studied the correlation between corticospinal signaling and neuromuscular properties in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Corticospinal signaling was evaluated using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Neuromuscular properties were quantified using Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), sonoelastography, clinical measurements, and isokinetic measures. In particular, we determined the relationship between the TMS parameters of the ankle joint and the neuromuscular features of ankle extensors and flexors as well as popular clinical measures of gait speed, endurance, balance and mobility...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226426/physiological-mechanisms-for-stabilizing-the-limb-when-acting-against-physical-constraints
#14
P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre, P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre, P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre
Smooth physical interaction with our environment, such as when working with tools, requires adaptability to unpredictable perturbations that can be achieved through impedance control of multi-joint limbs. Modulation of arm stiffness can be achieved either increasing co-contraction of antagonistic muscles or by increasing the gain of spinal reflex loops. According to the "automatic gain scaling" principle, the spinal reflex gain, as measured via the H-reflex, scales with muscle activation. A previous experiment from our labs suggested, however, that reflex gains might instead be scaled to the force exerted by the limb, perhaps as a means to counteract destabilizing external forces...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225813/the-effects-of-cervical-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-on-motor-pathways-supplying-the-upper-limb-in-humans
#15
Siobhan C Dongés, Jessica M D'Amico, Jane E Butler, Janet L Taylor
Non-invasive, weak direct current stimulation can induce changes in excitability of underlying neural tissue. Many studies have used transcranial direct current stimulation to induce changes in the brain, however more recently a number of studies have used transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation to induce changes in the spinal cord. This study further characterises the effects following cervical transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation on motor pathways supplying the upper limb. In Study 1, on two separate days, participants (n = 12, 5 F) received 20 minutes of either real or sham direct current stimulation at 3 mA through electrodes placed in an anterior-posterior configuration over the neck (anode anterior)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223941/enhanced-corticospinal-excitability-and-volitional-drive-in-response-to-shortening-and-lengthening-strength-training-and-changes-following-detraining
#16
Jamie Tallent, Stuart Goodall, Karl C Gibbon, Tibor Hortobágyi, Glyn Howatson
There is a limited understanding of the neurological adaptations responsible for changes in strength following shortening and lengthening resistance training and subsequent detraining. The aim of the study was to investigate differences in corticospinal and spinal responses to resistance training of the tibialis anterior muscle between shortening or lengthening muscle contractions for 4 weeks and after 2 weeks of detraining. Thirty-one untrained individuals were assigned to either shortening or lengthening isokinetic resistance training (4 weeks, 3 days/weeks) or a non-training control group...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222563/afferent-electrical-stimulation-during-cycling-improves-spinal-processing-of-sensorimotor-function-after-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Stefano Piazza, Diego Serrano-Muñoz, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Diego Torricelli, Antonio Segura-Fragosa, José Luis Pons, Julian Taylor
OBJECTIVE: Appropriate afferent feedback delivery during the execution of motor tasks is important for rehabilitation after incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI). However, during leg-cycling therapy, the plantar afferent feedback is minimal. We hypothesize that the augmentation of sensory input by combining cycling with a locomotor-like stimulation of plantar cutaneous innervations (ES-cycling), might help to restore proper spinal processing of sensorimotor function. METHODS: 13 non-injured subjects and 10 subjects with iSCI performed 10 minutes of cycling and, on another session, of ES-cycling...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222554/a-single-group-pretest-posttest-clinical-trial-for-the-effects-of-dry-needling-on-wrist-flexors-spasticity-after-stroke
#18
Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common complication after stroke. Dry needling (DN) is suggested as a novel method for treatment of muscle spasticity. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of DN on wrist flexors spasticity poststroke. METHODS: A single group, pretest-posttest clinical trial was used. Twenty nine patients with stroke (16 male; mean age 54.3 years) were tested at baseline (T0), immediately after DN (T1), and one hour after DN (T2). DN was applied for flexor carpi radialis (FCR) and flexor carpi ulnaris on the affected arm for single session, one minute per muscle...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222553/dual-afferent-sensory-input-training-for-voluntary-movement-after-stroke-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-study
#19
Seahyun Bae, Kyung-Yoon Kim
BACKGROUND: Stimulation through afferent sensory input is necessary to improve voluntary functional movement in stroke patients. OBJECTIVES: Dual-afferent sensory input, which combines electromyography-triggered functional electric stimulation (ETFES) and action observation, was investigated to determine its effects on voluntary movements in stroke patients. METHODS: This study was conducted on 18 patients with left hemiplegia diagnosed between 6 and 24 months prior...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182676/the-swimming-test-is-effective-for-evaluating-spasticity-after-contusive-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Youngjae Ryu, Toru Ogata, Motoshi Nagao, Taku Kitamura, Kazuhito Morioka, Yoshinori Ichihara, Toru Doi, Yasuhiro Sawada, Masami Akai, Ryohei Nishimura, Naoki Fujita
Spasticity is a frequent chronic complication in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, the severity of spasticity varies in patients with SCI. Therefore, an evaluation method is needed to determine the severity of spasticity. We used a contusive SCI model that is suitable for clinical translation. In this study, we examined the feasibility of the swimming test and an EMG for evaluating spasticity in a contusive SCI rat model. Sprague-Dawley rats received an injury at the 8th thoracic vertebra...
2017: PloS One
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