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Restorative neurology

Min-Qing Wang, Xu Zhao, Xiao-Fei Wang, Chao Han, De-Guang Xing, Cheng-Wei Wang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the outcomes in aggressively treated patients with aneurysmal intracerebral hematoma (ICH) and signs of brain herniation, and to investigate possible predictive factors. METHODS: This retrospective study included 43 patients with aneurysmal ICH who presented with brain herniation at emergency department (ED) admission and received aggressive surgical treatment between 2008 and 2016. Emergency surgical clipping, removal of hematoma, and external decompression were combined as an aggressive surgical treatment...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
I Yu Lisitskiy, A M Kiselev, S E Kiselev
Pathological processes in the craniovertebral region (CVR) are usually accompanied by dislocation complications leading to gross neurological disorders. One of the diseases that affect the CVR and lead to atlanto-axial dislocation (AAD) is rheumatoid arthritis. Errors in the diagnosis of rheumatoid disease and in the choice of a treatment approach may cause adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To define the approach for surgical treatment of AAD associated with rheumatoid disease of the CVR, with allowance for the rigidity of deformity...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Brian C Goh, Amit Jain, Paul D Sponseller
CASE: A 12-year-old girl with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) underwent posterior spinal arthrodesis (from T2 to the sacrum) for double major-curve scoliosis. She developed complete paralysis of all of the extremities 24 hours after surgery, without evidence of ischemia or infarction. The rods were removed, and the neurologic status improved; there was full restoration of strength within 1 week. She then underwent in situ fixation. At the 2-year follow-up, there had been no lapse in neurologic function...
March 14, 2018: JBJS Case Connector
Liv Weichien Chen, Feng-Cheng Liu, Li-Feng Hung, Chuan-Yueh Huang, Shiu-Bii Lien, Leou-Chyr Lin, Jenn-Haung Lai, Ling-Jun Ho
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and primarily affects older people. The ideal anti-OA drug should have a modest anti-inflammatory effect and only limited or no toxicity for long-term use. Because the antitussive medication dextromethorphan (DXM) is protective in atherosclerosis and neurological diseases, two common disorders in aged people, we examined whether DXM can be protective in pro-inflammatory cytokine-stimulated chondrocytes and in a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) animal model in this study...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Patrick D Ganzer, Michael J Darrow, Eric C Meyers, Bleyda R Solorzano, Andrea D Ruiz, Nicole M Robertson, Katherine S Adcock, Justin T James, Han S Jeong, April M Becker, Mark P Goldberg, David T Pruitt, Seth A Hays, Michael P Kilgard, Robert L Rennaker
Recovery from serious neurological injury requires substantial rewiring of neural circuits. Precisely-timed electrical stimulation could be used to restore corrective feedback mechanisms and promote adaptive plasticity after neurological insult, such as spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke. This study provides the first evidence that closed-loop vagus nerve stimulation (CLV) based on the synaptic eligibility trace leads to dramatic recovery from the most common forms of SCI. The addition of CLV to rehabilitation promoted substantially more recovery of forelimb function compared to rehabilitation alone following chronic unilateral or bilateral cervical SCI in a rat model...
March 13, 2018: ELife
Hideki Sudo, Yuichiro Abe, Terufumi Kokabu, Kei Kuroki, Akira Iwata, Norimasa Iwasaki
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, non-randomized study. OBJECTIVE: To assess surgical outcomes of multilevel facetectomy and rod curvature with simultaneous double-rod rotation technique for anatomical spinal reconstruction in thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although some surgical techniques maintain or restore thoracic kyphosis (TK), next-generation strategies for thoracic AIS should include corrections in three anatomical planes...
March 9, 2018: Spine
Juliana Harumi Arita, Mário H Barros, Felipe Gustavo Ravagnani, Marcello Ziosi, Lívia Rentas Sanches, Fabíola Rosa Picosse, Tania Oliveira Lopes, Patrícia de Carvalho Aguiar, Carolina Habermann Macabelli, Marcos Chiaratti, José Luiz Pedroso, Catarina M Quinzi, Orlando Graziani Póvoas Barsottini, Claudia Cristina Ferreiro-Barros
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) regulates many different metabolic pathways in eukaryote cells including mitochondria biogenesis and energy homeostasis. Here we identify a patient with hypotonia, weakness, delayed milestones and neurological impairment since birth harbouring a novel homozygous mutation in the AMPK catalytic α-subunit 1, encoded by the PRKAA1 gene. The homozygous mutation p.S487 L in isoform 1 present in the patient is in a cryptic residue for AMPK activity. In the present study, we performed the characterization of mitochondrial respiratory properties of the patient, in comparison to healthy controls, through the culture of skin fibroblasts in order to understand some of the cellular consequences of the PRKAA1 mutation...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yayuan Liu, Li Chen, Jinseng Zeng, Wenmei Li, Sudan Zeng, Bin Ye, Zhijian Liang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the reorganization in ipsilesional and contralesional thalamic radiation fibers after unilateral focal thalamic stroke in sensory disturbance patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS We recruited 12 patients with acute unilateral thalamic infarction and sensory disturbance and 12 healthy age- and sex-matched controls. All patients underwent diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and were assessed with National Institutes of Health stroke scale (NIHSS), Barthel index (BI), and paragraph 8 of NIHSS (NIHSS8) at 1 week (W1), 4 weeks (W4), 3 months (M3), and 6 months (M6) after thalamic infraction...
March 11, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Maria Fuller, Anthony H Futerman
Cholesterol, sphingolipids and glycerophospholipids are critical constituents of the brain, subserving neuronal membrane architecture and providing a platform for biochemical processes essential for proper neurodevelopment and function. When lysosomal defects arise in a lipid metabolic pathway, it is therefore easy to imagine that neurological decline will transpire, however for deficits in non-lipid pathways, this becomes harder to envisage. Here we suggest the working hypothesis that neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorders might manifest as primary and/or secondary disorders of lipid metabolism...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Csaba Fekete, Csaba Vastagh, Ádám Dénes, Erik Hrabovszky, Gábor Nyiri, Imre Kalló, Zsolt Liposits, Miklós Sárvári
Microglia are instrumental for recognition and elimination of amyloid β1-42 oligomers (AβO), but the long-term consequences of AβO-induced inflammatory changes in the brain are unclear. Here, we explored microglial responses and transciptome-level inflammatory signatures in the rat hippocampus after chronic AβO challenge. Middle-aged Long Evans rats received intracerebroventricular infusion of AβO or vehicle for 4 weeks, followed by treatment with artificial CSF or MCC950 for the subsequent 4 weeks. AβO infusion evoked a sustained inflammatory response including activation of NF-κB, triggered microglia activation and increased the expression of pattern recognition and phagocytic receptors...
March 6, 2018: Neuroscience
Sang Wook Lee, Billy C Vermillion, Shashwati Geed, Alexander W Dromerick, Derek G Kamper
Neurological injuries often cause degraded motor control. While rehabilitation efforts typically focus on movement kinematics, abnormal muscle activation patterns are often the primary source of impairment. Muscle-based therapies are likely more effective than joint-based therapy. In this paper, we examined the feasibility of biomimetic input mimicking the action of human musculotendons in altering hand muscle coordination. Twelve healthy subjects produced a submaximal isometric dorsal fingertip force, while a custom actuator provided assistance mirroring the actions of either the extrinsic extensor or the intrinsic muscles of the index finger...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
M Elizabeth Wilcox, Andrew S Lim, Ruxandra Pinto, Sandra E Black, Mary Pat McAndrews, Gordon D Rubenfeld
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated sleep in patients after intensive care despite the possibility that inadequate sleep might further complicate an acute illness impeding recovery. AIMS: Our objectives were to assess the quality and quantity of a patients' sleep on the ward by polysomnography (PSG) within a week of intensive care unit (ICU) discharge and to explore the prevalence of key in-ICU risk factors for persistent sleep fragmentation. METHODS: We enrolled twenty patients after they have been mechanically ventilated for at least 3 days and survived to ICU discharge...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
Tomoyuki Yamanaka, Nobuyuki Nukina
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a morphologically dynamic organelle containing different membrane subdomains with distinct cellular functions. Numerous observations have revealed that ER stress response induced by disturbed ER homeostasis is linked to various neurological/neurodegenerative disorders. In contrast, recent findings unveil that ER structural derangements are linked to the progression of several neurological diseases. The derangements involve two distinct, and likely opposing pathways. One is dysfunction of ER dynamics machinery, leading to disruption of ER network organization...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Johannes Erhardt, Erwin Fuhrer, Oliver G Gruschke, Jochen Leupold, Matthias C Wapler, Jurgen Hennig, Thomas Stieglitz, Jan G Korvink
Patients suffering from neuronal degenerative diseases are increasingly being equipped with neural implants to treat symptoms or restore functions and increase their quality of life. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) would be the modality of choice for diagnosis and compulsory post-operative monitoring of such patients. However, interactions between the MR environment and implants pose severe health risks to the patient. Nevertheless, neural implant recipients regularly underwent MRI examinations, and adverse events were reported rarely...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Xuemei Zhang, Yinglian Zhou, Hulun Li, Rui Wang, Dan Yang, Bing Li, Jin Fu
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) are considered as an ideal stem cell source for the treatment of neurological diseases. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic potency of DPSCs and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in focal cerebral ischemia using animal models. Following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), rats were randomized into four groups: the BDNF, DPSCs, DPSCs+BDNF and the controls injected with saline. DPSCs were transplanted and BDNF was injected into the DPSCs+BDNF group via the tail vein...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Rita Schüler, Nicole Seebeck, Martin A Osterhoff, Veronica Witte, Agnes Flöel, Andreas Busjahn, Alexander Jais, Jens C Brüning, Turid Frahnow, Stefan Kabisch, Olga Pivovarova, Silke Hornemann, Michael Kruse, Andreas F H Pfeiffer
OBJECTIVE: Reduction of brain glucose transporter GLUT1 results in severe neurological dysfunction. VEGF is required to restore and maintain brain glucose uptake across the blood brain barrier via GLUT1, which was shown to be acutely diminished in response to a high fat diet (HFD) in mice. The genetic and HFD-related regulation and association of VEGF and GLUT1 (SLC2A1) in humans was investigated in the NUtriGenomic Analysis in Twins (NUGAT) study. METHODS: 92 healthy and non-obese twins were standardized to a high-carbohydrate low-fat diet for 6 weeks before switched to a 6-week HFD under isocaloric conditions...
February 12, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
Y Zheng, T Song, Ll Zhang, N Wei
The aim of the present study was to analyze the relationship between cerebral ischemia and immune effects. A total of 70 Kunming mice were randomly divided into two groups: a model group (60 mice) and a sham group (10 mice). The model group was divided into six subgroups (10 mice per group) which were categorized according to the following time periods of treatment: 6 h, 12 h, 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 5 days. The temporary middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) mouse model was established using intracavitary suture...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Ying Yu, Peicai Fu, Zhiyuan Yu, Minjie Xie, Wei Wang, Xiang Luo
Cerebral white matter is vulnerable to ischemic condition. However, no effective treatment to alleviate or restore the myelin damage caused by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion has been found. Na+ -K+ -Cl- cotransporter 1 (NKCC1), a Na+ -K+ -Cl- cotransporter widely expressed in the central nervous system (CNS), involves in regulation of cell swelling, EAA release, cell apoptosis, and proliferation. Nevertheless, the role of NKCC1 in chronic hypoperfusion-induced white matter lesions (WMLs) has not been explored...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Victor S C Wong, Cristina Picci, Michelle Swift, Max Levinson, Dianna Willis, Brett Langley
Damage to the CNS results in neuronal and axonal degeneration, and subsequent neurological dysfunction. Endogenous repair in the CNS is impeded by inhibitory chemical and physical barriers, such as chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) and myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), which prevent axon regeneration. Previously, it has been demonstrated that the inhibition of axonal histone deacetylase-6 (HDAC6) can promote microtubule α-tubulin acetylation and restore the growth of CSPGs- and MAG-inhibited axons...
January 2018: ENeuro
Dong-Ho Lee, Jae Hwan Cho, Choon Sung Lee, Chang Ju Hwang, Sung Hoon Choi, Chul Gie Hong
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Conventional anterior decompression surgery for cervical myelopathy, including anterior corpectomy and fusion, is technically demanding and known to be associated with a higher incidence of surgery-related complications, including cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage, neurologic deterioration, and graft failure compared with posterior surgery. PURPOSE: We introduce a novel anterior decompression technique (vertebral body sliding osteotomy; VBSO) for cervical myelopathy caused by ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) and evaluate the efficacy and safety of this procedure...
February 26, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
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