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Christine Altmann, Verica Vasic, Stefanie Hardt, Juliana Heidler, Annett Häussler, Ilka Wittig, Mirko H H Schmidt, Irmgard Tegeder
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury is a frequent cause of lasting motor deficits and chronic pain. Although peripheral nerves are capable of regrowth they often fail to re-innervate target tissues. RESULTS: Using newly generated transgenic mice with inducible neuronal progranulin overexpression we show that progranulin accelerates axonal regrowth, restoration of neuromuscular synapses and recovery of sensory and motor functions after injury of the sciatic nerve...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
Seok-Youl Choi, Jong Woong Park, Dong Hwee Kim
Ultrasonographic study is useful for decision making of treatment for focal neuropathy with unusual electrodiagnostic findings. We present a patient with severe acute radial neuropathy with sensory sparing around the distal arm secondary to twisting of the radial nerve following blunt trauma. A 24-year-old man with a 2-week history of left wrist drop and severe pain around the left elbow presented after hitting the left distal arm on the doorknob. The left wrist and finger extensions were grade 0, but elbow extension could not be tested because of severe pain during this action...
November 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Stanislaw Sobotka, Jingming Chen, Themba Nyirenda, Liancai Mu
Background Our recent work has demonstrated that the native motor zone (NMZ) within a given skeletal muscle is the best site for muscle reinnervation. This study was designed to explore the outcomes of direct nerve implantation (DNI) into the NMZ of denervated sternomastoid (SM) muscle in a rat model. Methods The right SM muscle was experimentally denervated by transecting its innervating nerve. The proximal stump of the severed SM nerve was immediately implanted into a small muscle slit made in the NMZ of the muscle where denervated motor endplates were concentrated...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Thomas Westphal, Stephan Woischnik, Daniela Adolf, Helmut Feistner, Stefan Piatek
BACKGROUND: Axillary nerve injuries after shoulder surgery are rare. In most studies, the frequency of injury is usually determined using clinical examinations, but results from intraoperative neuromonitoring studies have revealed higher than expected rates. Few studies have investigated this topic. Our aim was to determine the frequency of axillary nerve lesions after open reduction and internal fixation of proximal humeral fractures by using electrophysiological assessments and to provide a review of the relevant literature...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
A Focquet, Y Péréon, S Ségura, C Ferron, O Malard, F Espitalier
OBJECTIVES: To study the diagnostic and prognostic contribution of laryngeal electromyography in unilateral vocal-fold immobility in adults. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective study included patients with unilateral vocal-fold immobility undergoing laryngeal electromyography between 2007 and 2015. Neurogenic, normal or myogenic findings were compared to the clinical aspect. Prognosis for recovery was assessed from motor unit potentials on laryngeal electromyography, and compared to subsequent progress on laryngoscopy...
October 5, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Jean-Bastien Bott, Céline Héraud, Brigitte Cosquer, Karine Herbeaux, Julien Aubert, Maxime Sartori, Romain Goutagny, Chantal Mathis
: Brain mechanisms compensating for cerebral lesions may mitigate the progression of chronic neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often precedes AD, is characterized by neuronal loss in the entorhinal cortex (EC). This loss leads to a hippocampal disconnection syndrome that drives clinical progression. The concomitant sprouting of cholinergic terminals in the hippocampus has been proposed to compensate for reduced EC glutamatergic input...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Peter H Chipman
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October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Michael C Nicoson, Michael J Franco, Thomas H Tung
BACKGROUND: With complete plexus injuries or late presentation, free functional muscle transfer (FFMT) becomes the primary option of functional restoration. Our purpose is to review cases over a 10-year period of free functioning gracilis muscle transfer after brachial plexus injury to evaluate the effect of different donor nerves used to reinnervate the FFMT on functional outcome. METHODS: A retrospective study from April 2001 to January 2011 of a single surgeon's practice was undertaken...
October 5, 2016: Microsurgery
Patricia Silveira, Camila Texidor-Frugoni, Gaby F Martínez, M Mónica Brauer
Endometriosis is a benign estrogen-dependent chronic gynecological disease characterized by the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterine cavity. In both women and experimental endometriotic rats, endometriosis lesions endow autonomic and sensory nerves, which are thought to contribute to the disease-associated pain. Some evidence indicates that the reinnervation of lesions is regulated by factors produced by the endometrial tissue as well as by environmental factors from the peritoneum. In this study, we examined the reinnervation of the rat endometrial tissue in an ectopic environment different from the peritoneum employing the anterior eye chamber model of experimental endometriosis...
September 23, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Krista J Spiller, Clark R Restrepo, Tahiyana Khan, Anna M Stieber, Linda K Kwong, John Q Trojanowski, Virginia M-Y Lee
In order to treat progressive paralysis in ALS patients, it is critical to develop a mouse that closely models human ALS in both pathology and also in the timing of these events. We have recently generated new TDP-43 bigenic mice (called rNLS8) with doxycycline (Dox)-suppressible expression of human TDP-43 (hTDP-43) harboring a defective nuclear localization signal (hTDP-43∆NLS) under the control of the NEFH promoter. Our previous studies characterized the pathology and disease course in young rNLS8 mice following induction of neuronal hTDP-43ΔNLS...
September 29, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Scott M Tintle, Christopher LeBrun, James R Ficke, Benjamin K Potter
Traumatic and trauma-related amputations represent unfortunate sequelae of severe injury, but should not be viewed as a treatment failure and may represent the best reconstructive option for some patients. Lessons from recent military conflicts have guided the evolution of modern surgical techniques and rehabilitation management of this challenging patient population, and treatment at a specialty center may improve patient outcomes. Despite appropriate management, however, surgical complications remain common and revision surgery is often necessary...
October 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
T Biedermann, A S Klar, S Böttcher-Haberzeth, E Reichmann, M Meuli
PURPOSE: The clinical application of autologous tissue-engineered skin analogs is an important strategy to cover large skin defects. Investigating biological dynamics, such as reinnervation after transplantation, is essential to improve the quality of such skin analogs. Previously, we have examined that our skin substitutes are reinnervated by host peripheral nerve fibers as early as 8 weeks after transplantation. Here, we wanted to investigate the presence and possible differences regarding myelinated and unmyelinated host nerve fibers 15 weeks after the transplantation of light and dark human tissue-engineered skin analogs...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Mamede de Carvalho, Michael Swash
We set out to study whether in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) fasciculation potentials (FPs) arise from the most excitable motor units (MUs). We studied 70 patients with ALS and 18 subjects with benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS). Of the 56 eligible ALS patients, 31 had signs of reinnervation in the right first dorsal interosseous muscle selected for study, and 25 did not. Two needle electrodes were placed in different MUs in each studied muscle. We defined the most excitable MU as that first activated by minimal voluntary contraction...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Dorothée Girard, Betty Laverdet, Virginie Buhé, Marina Trouillas, Kamélia Ghazi, Maïa M Alexaline, Christophe Egles, Laurent Misery, Bernard Coulomb, Jean-Jacques Lataillade, François Berthod, Alexis Desmoulière
Many wound management protocols have been developed to improve wound healing after burn with the primordial aim to restore the barrier function of the skin and also provide a better esthetic outcome. Autologous skin grafts remain the gold standard in the treatment of skin burn, but this treatment has its limitation especially for patients presenting limited donor sites due to extensive burn areas. Deep burn injuries also alter the integrity of skin-sensitive innervation and have an impact on patient's quality of life by compromising perceptions of touch, temperature, and pain...
October 7, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
Vanina Usach, Mariana Malet, Margarita López, Lucía Lavalle, Gonzalo Piñero, María Saccoliti, Alicia Cueto, Pablo Brumovsky, Alicia Brusco, Patricia Setton-Avruj
BACKGROUND: Reinnervation timing after nerve injury is critical for favorable axonal regeneration, remyelination and clinical improvement. Considering bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC) are easily obtained and readily available for transplant, this work analyzed the effect of BMMC systemic administration on nerve repair and pain behavior. METHODS: Adult rats with sciatic nerve crush were immediately and systemically injected BMMC through the caudal artery. Nontreated, sham and naïve rats were also included...
September 8, 2016: Transplantation
Philippe Magown, Robert M Brownstone, Victor F Rafuse
OBJECTIVE: Nerve injuries resulting in prolonged periods of denervation result in poor recovery of motor function. We have previously shown that embryonic stem cell-derived motoneurons transplanted at the time of transection into a peripheral nerve can functionally reinnervate muscle. For clinical relevance, we now focused on delaying transplantation to assess reinnervation after prolonged denervation. METHODS: Embryonic stem cell-derived motoneurons were transplanted into the distal segments of transected tibial nerves in adult mice after prolonged denervation of 1-8 weeks...
August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Alissa A Frame, Casey Y Carmichael, Richard D Wainford
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The etiology of hypertension, a critical public health issue affecting one in three US adults, involves the integration of the actions of multiple organ systems, including the renal sympathetic nerves. The renal sympathetic nerves, which are comprised of both afferent (sensory input) and efferent (sympathetic outflow) arms, have emerged as a major potential therapeutic target to treat hypertension and disease states exhibiting excess renal sympathetic activity. RECENT FINDINGS: This review highlights recent advances in both clinical and basic science that have provided new insight into the distribution, function, and reinnervation of the renal sympathetic nerves, with a focus on the renal afferent nerves, in hypertension and hypertension-evoked disease states including salt-sensitive hypertension, obesity-induced hypertension, and chronic kidney disease...
September 2016: Current Hypertension Reports
Tessa Gordon, Joanne E Totosy de Zepetnek
Muscle unit (MU) fibers innervated by one motoneuron and corresponding muscle fiber types are normally distributed in a mosaic. We asked whether, 4-8months after common peroneal nerve transection and random surgical alignment of nerve stumps in rat tibialis anterior muscles 1) reinnervated MU muscle and muscle fiber type clumping is invariant and 2) slow and fast motoneurons regenerate their nerve fibers within original endoneurial pathways. MU contractile forces were recorded in vivo, the MUs classified into types according to their contractile speed and fatigability, and one MU subjected to alternate exhaustive stimulation-recovery cycles to deplete glycogen for histochemical MU fiber recognition and enumeration, and muscle fiber typing...
November 2016: Experimental Neurology
Jayme Augusto Bertelli, Marcos Flávio Ghizoni
PURPOSE: With spinal cord injuries, muscles below the level of the lesion remain innervated despite the absence of volitional control. This persistent innervation protects against denervation atrophy and may allow for nerve transfers to treat long-standing lesions within the spinal cord. We tested the hypothesis that in chronic spinal cord lesions, muscles remained viable for reinnervation. METHODS: To test this hypothesis, we operated on 7 patients with tetraplegia to reconstruct thumb and finger extension after a mean interval of 5 years since injury...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Ugo Carraro, Helmut Kern, Paolo Gava, Christian Hofer, Stefan Loefler, Paolo Gargiulo, Kyle Edmunds, Íris Dröfn Árnadóttir, Sandra Zampieri, Barbara Ravara, Francesco Gava, Alessandra Nori, Valerio Gobbo, Stefano Masiero, Andrea Marcante, Alfonc Baba, Francesco Piccione, Sheila Schils, Amber Pond, Simone Mosole
Many factors contribute to the decline of skeletal muscle that occurs as we age. This is a reality that we may combat, but not prevent because it is written into our genome. The series of records from World Master Athletes reveals that skeletal muscle power begins to decline at the age of 30 years and continues, almost linearly, to zero at the age of 110 years. Here we discuss evidence that denervation contributes to the atrophy and slowness of aged muscle. We compared muscle from lifelong active seniors to that of sedentary elderly people and found that the sportsmen have more muscle bulk and slow fiber type groupings, providing evidence that physical activity maintains slow motoneurons which reinnervate muscle fibers...
September 3, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
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