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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140616/comparisons-of-agricultural-seating-for-paraplegia
#1
Carla Sue Wilhite, William E Field, Mark Jaramillo, Kevin Sullivan
People with spinal cord injury/paraplegia are operating agricultural machinery despite the lack of research evidence to support seating interventions. These operators represent a vulnerable population in the agricultural workforce, and information to support their health in the workplace is urgently warranted. This research compared a group of subjects with paraplegia on different intervention cushion conditions during a simulated tractor driving task. Numerical data acquired from a pressure-mapping instrument were explored for statistical relationships within a small cohort of people with paraplegia participating in a feasibility study that was previously reported for clinical results...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138697/following-spinal-cord-injury-transected-reticulospinal-tract-axons-develop-new-collateral-inputs-to-spinal-interneurons-in-parallel-with-locomotor-recovery
#2
Zacnicte May, Keith K Fenrich, Julia Dahlby, Nicholas J Batty, Abel Torres-Espín, Karim Fouad
The reticulospinal tract (RtST) descends from the reticular formation and terminates in the spinal cord. The RtST drives the initiation of locomotion and postural control. RtST axons form new contacts with propriospinal interneurons (PrINs) after incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI); however, it is unclear if injured or uninjured axons make these connections. We completely transected all traced RtST axons in rats using a staggered model, where a hemisection SCI at vertebra T10 is followed by a contralateral hemisection at vertebra T7...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102670/and-yet-it-moves-recovery-of-volitional-control-after-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
G Taccola, D Sayenko, P Gad, Y Gerasimenko, V R Edgerton
Preclinical and clinical neurophysiological and neurorehabilitation research has generated rather surprising levels of recovery of volitional sensory-motor function in persons with chronic motor paralysis following a spinal cord injury. The key factor in this recovery is largely activity-dependent plasticity of spinal and supraspinal networks. This key factor can be triggered by neuromodulation of these networks with electrical and pharmacological interventions. This review addresses some of the systems-level physiological mechanisms that might explain the effects of electrical modulation and how repetitive training facilitates the recovery of volitional motor control...
November 2, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081392/hybrid-assistive-limb-exoskeleton-hal%C3%A2-in-the-rehabilitation-of-chronic-sci-proof-of-concept-the-results-of-21-patients
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Oliver Jansen, Dennis Grasmuecke, Renate C Meindl, Martin Tegenthoff, Peter Schwenkreis, Matthias Sczesny-Kaiser, Martin Wessling, Thomas A Schildhauer, Christian Fisahn, Mirko Aach
INTRODUCTION: The use of mobile exoskeletons is becoming more and more common in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The hybrid assistive limb exoskeleton (HAL) provides a tailored support depending on the patient's voluntary drive. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After a pilot study which included 8 chronic SCI patients (2014), this study of 21 chronic SCI patients serves as a proof of concept. It was conducted to provide further evidence regarding the efficacy of exoskeletal-based rehabilitation...
October 25, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072545/comparison-of-seating-powered-characteristics-and-functions-and-costs-of-electrically-powered-wheelchairs-in-a-general-population-of-users
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Michael John Dolan, Megan Jennifer Bolton, Graham Iain Henderson
PURPOSE: To profile and compare the seating and powered characteristics and functions of electrically powered wheelchairs (EPWs) in a general user population including equipment costs. METHOD: Case notes of adult EPW users of a regional NHS service were reviewed retrospectively. Seating equipment complexity and type were categorized using the Edinburgh classification. Powered characteristics and functions, including control device type, were recorded. RESULTS: 482 cases were included; 53...
October 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060280/an-ic-based-controllable-stimulator-for-respiratory-muscle-stimulation-investigations
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Jonathan Castelli, Florian Kolbl, Ricardo Siu, Gilles N'Kaoua, Yannick Bornat, Ashwin Mangalore, Brian Hillen, James J Abbas, Sylvie Renaud, Ranu Jung, Noelle Lewis
Functional Electrical Stimulation can be used to restore motor functions loss consecutive to spinal cord injury, such as respiratory deficiency due to paralysis of ventilatory muscles. This paper presents a fully configurable IC-centered stimulator designed to investigate muscle stimulation paradigms. It provides 8 current stimulation channels with high-voltage compliance and real-time operation capabilities, to enable a wide range of FES applications. The stimulator can be used in a standalone mode, or within a closed-loop setup...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985200/cellular-therapy-for-traumatic-neurological-injury
#7
REVIEW
Charles S Cox
Neurological injury is the primary lethal mechanism of injury in children, and the primary etiology of long-term disability after trauma. Laboratories and clinical/translational teams have sought to develop stem/progenitor cell therapies to improve recovery in a clinical setting in which there is no significant reparative option. While none of these treatments are currently standard therapeutics, Phase 2b clinical trials are underway in both adults and children in severe traumatic brain injury and Phase 1/2a trials in spinal cord injury...
October 6, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973941/granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-g-csf-signaling-in-spinal-microglia-drives-visceral-sensitization-following-colitis
#8
Lilian Basso, Tamia K Lapointe, Mircea Iftinca, Candace Marsters, Morley D Hollenberg, Deborah M Kurrasch, Christophe Altier
Pain is a main symptom of inflammatory diseases and often persists beyond clinical remission. Although we have a good understanding of the mechanisms of sensitization at the periphery during inflammation, little is known about the mediators that drive central sensitization. Recent reports have identified hematopoietic colony-stimulating factors as important regulators of tumor- and nerve injury-associated pain. Using a mouse model of colitis, we identify the proinflammatory cytokine granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF or Csf-3) as a key mediator of visceral sensitization...
October 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899787/differential-expression-of-ryanodine-receptor-isoforms-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Nicolas Pelisch, Cynthia Gomes, Jacqueline M Nally, Jeffrey C Petruska, David P Stirling
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are highly conductive intracellular Ca(2+) release channels and are widely expressed in many tissues, including the central nervous system. RyRs have been implicated in intracellular Ca(2+) overload which can drive secondary damage following traumatic injury to the spinal cord (SCI), but the spatiotemporal expression of the three isoforms of RyRs (RyR1-3) after SCI remains unknown. Here, we analyzed the gene and protein expression of RyR isoforms in the murine lumbar dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and the spinal cord lesion site at 1, 2 and 7 d after a mild contusion SCI...
November 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852380/spinal-cord-injury-drives-chronic-brain-changes
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REVIEW
Ignacio Jure, Florencia Labombarda
Only a few studies have considered changes in brain structures other than sensory and motor cortex after spinal cord injury, although cognitive impairments have been reported in these patients. Spinal cord injury results in chronic brain neuroinflammation with consequent neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in rodents. Regarding the hippocampus, neurogenesis is reduced and reactive gliosis increased. These long-term abnormalities could explain behavioral impairments exhibited in humans patients suffering from spinal cord trauma...
July 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814632/intermittent-apnea-elicits-inactivity-induced-phrenic-motor-facilitation-via-a-retinoic-acid-and-protein-synthesis-dependent-pathway
#11
Nathan A Baertsch, Tracy L Baker
Respiratory motoneuron pools must provide rhythmic inspiratory drive that is robust and reliable, yet dynamic enough to respond to respiratory challenges. One form of plasticity that is hypothesized to contribute to motor output stability by sensing and responding to inadequate respiratory neural activity is inactivity-induced phrenic motor facilitation (iPMF), an increase in inspiratory output triggered by a reduction in phrenic synaptic inputs. Evidence suggests that mechanisms giving rise to iPMF differ depending on the pattern of reduced respiratory neural activity (i...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813843/addition-of-forelimb-training-reduces-gains-from-robotic-gait-training-in-a-rat-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
#12
Nathan D Neckel, Haining Dai, Olga C Rodriguez
To restore locomotor function following spinal cord injury the disrupted descending supraspinal drive needs to be re-connected to regions caudal to the injury. Robotic gait training aims to facilitate recovery by stimulating the proprioceptive networks of the legs in a coordinated walking pattern while the descending supraspinal connections are re-established. In incomplete injuries, it is believed that the interneuronal networks near the injury site form relay circuits to reroute the supraspinal signals through the spared tissue...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737113/micrornas-roles-in-regulating-neuroinflammation
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Andrew D Gaudet, Laura K Fonken, Linda R Watkins, Randy J Nelson, Phillip G Popovich
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that broadly affect cellular and physiological function in all multicellular organisms. Here, the role of miRNAs in neuroinflammation is considered. miRNAs are 21- to 23-oligonucleotide RNAs that regulate translation of specific RNAs by binding to complementary regulatory RNA sequences, thereby causing mRNA degradation or sequestration. More than 5000 miRNAs likely exist in humans, and each miRNA binds an average of 200 RNAs. Specific immunomodulatory miRNAs can regulate a set of RNAs in a coordinated manner, suggesting that effective miRNA-based therapeutic manipulations for neuroinflammatory conditions may be revealed...
July 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728939/autonomic-dysreflexia-somatosympathetic-and-viscerosympathetic-vasoconstrictor-responses-to-innocuous-and-noxious-sensory-stimulation-below-lesion-in-human-spinal-cord-injury
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Rachael Brown, Alexander R Burton, Vaughan G Macefield
Autonomic dysreflexia is a dangerous elevation in blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), produced by a spinally-mediated reflex activation of sympathetic vasoconstrictor neurones supplying skeletal muscle and the gut. Current dogma states that, apart from visceral inputs - such as those originating from a distended bladder or impacted colon - autonomic dysreflexia is triggered by noxious inputs below the lesion. However, while selective stimulation of small-diameter afferents in muscle or skin evokes a sustained increase in muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure, and a transient increase in skin sympathetic nerve activity and decrease in skin blood flow in able-bodied subjects, such noxious inputs have no effects on blood pressure and skin blood flow in SCI individuals...
July 13, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724992/opposite-bidirectional-shifts-in-excitation-and-inhibition-in-specific-types-of-dorsal-horn-interneurons-are-associated-with-spasticity-and-pain-post-sci
#15
Olga Kopach, Volodymyr Medvediev, Volodymyr Krotov, Anya Borisyuk, Vitaliy Tsymbaliuk, Nana Voitenko
Spasticity, a common complication after spinal cord injury (SCI), is frequently accompanied by chronic pain. The physiological origin of this pain (critical to its treatment) remains unknown, although spastic motor dysfunction has been related to the hyperexcitability of motoneurons and to changes in spinal sensory processing. Here we show that the pain mechanism involves changes in sensory circuits of the dorsal horn (DH) where nociceptive inputs integrate for pain processing. Spasticity is associated with the DH hyperexcitability resulting from an increase in excitation and disinhibition occurring in two respective types of sensory interneurons...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701544/modulation-of-corticospinal-input-to-the-legs-by-arm-and-leg-cycling-in-people-with-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
#16
R Zhou, L Alvarado, S Kim, S L Chong, V K Mushahwar
The spinal cervico-lumbar interaction during rhythmic movements in humans has recently been studied; however, the role of arm movements in modulating the corticospinal drive to the legs is not well understood. The goals of this study were to investigate the effect of active rhythmic arm movements on the corticospinal drive to the legs (study 1) and assess the effect of simultaneous arm and leg training on the corticospinal pathway after incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI) (study 2). In study 1, neurologically intact (NI) participants or participants with iSCI performed combinations of stationary and rhythmic cycling of the arms and legs while motor evoked potentials (MEPs) were recorded from the vastus lateralis (VL) muscle...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696010/myelin-as-an-inflammatory-mediator-myelin-interactions-with-complement-macrophages-and-microglia-in-spinal-cord-injury
#17
REVIEW
Timothy J Kopper, John C Gensel
Spinal cord injury (SCI) triggers chronic intraspinal inflammation consisting of activated resident and infiltrating immune cells (especially microglia/macrophages). The environmental factors contributing to this protracted inflammation are not well understood; however, myelin lipid debris is a hallmark of SCI. Myelin is also a potent macrophage stimulus and target of complement-mediated clearance and inflammation. The downstream effects of these neuroimmune interactions have the potential to contribute to ongoing pathology or facilitate repair...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659464/impact-of-glutamatergic-and-serotonergic-neurotransmission-on-diaphragm-muscle-activity-after-cervical-spinal-hemisection
#18
Carlos B Mantilla, Heather M Gransee, Wen-Zhi Zhan, Gary C Sieck
Incomplete cervical spinal cord hemisection at C2 (SH) disrupts descending excitatory drive to phrenic motoneurons, paralyzing the ipsilateral diaphragm muscle. Spontaneous recovery over time is associated with increased phrenic motoneuron expression of glutamatergic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) and serotonergic 5-HT2A receptors. We hypothesized that NMDA and 5-HT2A receptor-mediated neurotransmission play a role in ipsilateral diaphragm muscle activity post-SH. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were implanted with bilateral diaphragm EMG electrodes for chronic EMG recordings up to 28 days post-SH (SH 28D)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629465/natural-igm-antibodies-that-bind-neoepitopes-exposed-as-a-result-of-spinal-cord-injury-drive-secondary-injury-by-activating-complement
#19
Aarti Narang, Fei Qiao, Carl Atkinson, Hong Zhu, Xiaofeng Yang, Liudmila Kulik, V Michael Holers, Stephen Tomlinson
BACKGROUND: Natural IgM antibodies (Abs) function as innate immune sensors of injury via recognition of neoepitopes expressed on damaged cells, although how this recognition systems function following spinal cord injury (SCI) exposes various neoepitopes and their precise nature remains largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of two natural IgM monoclonal Abs (mAbs), B4 and C2, that recognize post-ischemic neoepitopes following ischemia and reperfusion in other tissues. METHODS: Identification of post-SCI expressed neoepitopes was examined using previously characterized monoclonal Abs (B4 and C2 mAbs)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627589/effect-of-the-spinal-apelin%C3%A2-apj-system-on-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-constriction-injury%C3%A2-induced-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
#20
Qingming Xiong, Wanyou He, Hanbing Wang, Jun Zhou, Yajun Zhang, Jian He, Chengxiang Yang, Bin Zhang
Apelin is hypothesized to serve a dual function in pain processing. Spinal administration of apelin induces hyperalgesia, while opioid receptors are implicated in the antinociceptive effects of apelin in acute nociceptive models. However, whether the apelin‑apelin receptor (APJ) system is involved in neuropathic pain remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to evaluate the impact and mechanism of the spinal apelin‑APJ system in neuropathic pain. Chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve produced sustained spinal apelin and APJ upregulation, which was associated with mechanical allodynia and heat hyperalgesia development in the hind‑paw plantar surface...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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