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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110181/dynamic-measurement-of-surface-strain-distribution-on-the-foot-during-walking
#1
Kohta Ito, Kosuke Maeda, Ikumi Fujiwara, Koh Hosoda, Takeo Nagura, Taeyong Lee, Naomichi Ogihara
To clarify the mechanism underlying the development of foot disorders such as diabetic ulcers and deformities, it is important to understand how the foot surface elongates and contracts during gait. Such information is also helpful for improving the prevention and treatment of foot disorders. We therefore measured temporal changes in the strain distribution on the foot surface during human walking. Five adult male participants walked across a glass platform placed over an angled mirror set in a wooden walkway at a self-selected speed and the dorsolateral and plantar surfaces of the foot were filmed using two pairs of synchronized high-speed cameras...
December 18, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110088/regional-and-source-based-patterns-of-11-c-phno-binding-potential-reveal-concurrent-alterations-in-dopamine-d2-and-d3-receptor-availability-in-cocaine-use-disorder
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Patrick D Worhunsky, David Matuskey, Jean-Dominique Gallezot, Edward C Gaiser, Nabeel Nabulsi, Gustavo A Angarita, Vince D Calhoun, Robert T Malison, Marc N Potenza, Richard E Carson
Dopamine type 2 and type 3 receptors (D2R/D3R) appear critical to addictive disorders. Cocaine-use disorder (CUD) is associated with lower D2R availability and greater D3R availability in regions primarily expressing D2R or D3R concentrations, respectively. However, these CUD-related alterations in D2R and D3R have not been concurrently detected using available dopaminergic radioligands. Furthermore, receptor availability in regions of mixed D2R/D3R concentration in CUD remains unclear. The current study aimed to extend investigations of CUD-related alterations in D2R and D3R availability using regional and source-based analyses of [(11)C]-(+)-PHNO positron emission tomography (PET) of 26 individuals with CUD and 26 matched healthy comparison (HC) participants...
January 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109977/c-fos-expression-in-the-parabrachial-nucleus-following-intraoral-bitter-stimulation-in-the-rat-with-dietary-induced-zinc-deficiency
#3
Akiyo Kawano, Shiho Honma, Chizuko Inui-Yamamoto, Akira Ito, Hitoshi Niwa, Satoshi Wakisaka
Zinc deficiency causes various symptoms including taste disorders. In the present study, changes in expression of c-Fos immunoreactivity in neurons of the parabrachial nucleus (PBN), one of the relay nuclei for transmission of gustatory information, after bitter stimulation to the dorsal surface of the tongue were examined in zinc-deficient rats. Experimental zinc-deficient animals were created by feeding a low-zinc diet for 4 weeks, and showed the following symptoms of zinc deficiency: low body weight, low serum zinc content and behavioral changes to avoid bitter stimulation...
January 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109903/an-apposition-compound-eye-adapted-for-nocturnal-vision-in-the-moth-midge-clogmia-albipunctata-williston-diptera-psychodidae
#4
Lei-Po Jia, Ai-Ping Liang
Morphology and anatomy, dark/light adaptational changes and optics of the compound eyes of the nocturnal moth midge Clogmia albipunctata (Williston) are studied. Its apposition type of eye consists of approximately 260 well-separated ommatidia. Each ommatidium features a biconvex corneal lens covered by corneal nipples measuring around 17 nm in height; a crystalline cone of the acone type; and an open (laterally fused) rhabdom formed by eight retinular cells (R1-R8). The corneal lens, whose biological significance is addressed, is composed of a thick yellow-coloured inner lens unit (ILU) surrounded by a thin, colourless outer lens unit (OLU)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109859/microsurgical-anatomy-of-the-hypoglossal-and-c1-nerves-description-of-a-previously-undescribed-branch-to-the-atlanto-occipital-joint
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Joe Iwanaga, Christian Fisahn, Fernando Alonso, Daniel DiLorenzo, Peter Grunert, Matthew T Kline, Koichi Watanabe, Rod J Oskouian, Robert J Spinner, R Shane Tubbs
OBJECTIVE: Distal branches of the C1 nerve that travel with the hypoglossal nerve have been well investigated but relationships of C1 and the hypoglossal nerve near the skull base have not been described in detail. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate these small branches of the hypoglossal and first cervical nerves by anatomical dissection. METHODS: Twelve sides from six cadaveric specimens were used in this study. To elucidate the relationship among the hypoglossal, vagus, and first and cervical nerve, the mandible was removed and these nerves were dissected under the surgical microscope...
January 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109678/paclitaxel-induced-increase-in-mitochondrial-volume-mediates-dysregulation-of-intracellular-ca-2-in-putative-nociceptive-glabrous-skin-neurons-from-the-rat
#6
Eser Yilmaz, Simon C Watkins, Michael S Gold
We have recently demonstrated that in a rat model of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), there is a significant decrease in the duration of the depolarization-evoked Ca(2+) transient in small diameter, IB4+, and capsaicin-responsive neurons innervating the glabrous skin of the hindpaw. This change was specific to the transient duration and significantly smaller if not undetectable in neurons innervating the dorsal skin of the hindpaw or the skin of the inner thigh. Given the importance of mitochondria in intracellular Ca(2+) regulation and the findings of chemotherapy-associated increase in mitotoxicity along the sensory neuron axons, we hypothesized that CIPN is due to both increases and decreases in mitochondria function, with changes manifest in distinct subpopulations of afferents...
January 16, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109295/a-randomised-active-and-placebo-controlled-three-period-crossover-trial-to-investigate-short-term-effects-of-the-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-linagliptin-on-macro-and-microvascular-endothelial-function-in-type-2-diabetes
#7
Thomas Jax, Alin Stirban, Arne Terjung, Habib Esmaeili, Andreas Berk, Sandra Thiemann, Robert Chilton, Maximilian von Eynatten, Nikolaus Marx
BACKGROUND: Studies of dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitors report heterogeneous effects on endothelial function in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). This study assessed the effects of the DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin versus the sulphonylurea glimepiride and placebo on measures of macro- and microvascular endothelial function in patients with T2D who represented a primary cardiovascular disease prevention population. METHODS: This crossover study randomised T2D patients (n = 42) with glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) ≤7...
January 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109039/nkx2-5-regulates-endothelin-converting-enzyme-1-during-pharyngeal-arch-patterning
#8
Jennifer M Iklé, Andre L P Tavares, Marisol King, Hailei Ding, Sophie Colombo, Beth A Firulli, Anthony B Fiulli, Kimara L Targoff, Deborah Yelon, David E Clouthier
In gnathostomes, dorsoventral (D-V) patterning of neural crest cells (NCC) within the pharyngeal arches is crucial for the development of hinged jaws. One of the key signals that mediates this process is Endothelin-1 (EDN1). Loss of EDN1 binding to the Endothelin-A receptor (EDNRA) results in loss of EDNRA signaling and subsequent facial birth defects in humans, mice and zebrafish. A rate-limiting step in this crucial signaling pathway is the conversion of immature EDN1 into a mature active form by Endothelin converting enzyme-1 (ECE1)...
January 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108956/post-implantation-fate-of-adipogenic-induced-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-type-i-collagen-scaffold-in-a-rat-model
#9
Balu Venugopal, Francis B Fernandez, V S Harikrishnan, Annie John
Regenerative medicine via its application in soft tissue reconstruction through novel methods in adipose tissue engineering (ATE) has gained remarkable attention and investment despite simultaneous reports on clinical incidence of graft resorption and impaired vascularization. The underlying malaise here once identified may play a critical role in optimizing implant function. Our work attempts to determine the fate of donor cells and the implant in recipient micro environment using adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) on a type I collagen sponge, an established scaffold for ATE...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108798/augmented-perineal-urethrostomy-using-a-dorsal-buccal-mucosal-graft-bi-institutional-study
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Jessica DeLong, Kurt McCammon, Leandro Capiel, Augustín Rovegno, Jeremy B Tonkin, Gerald Jordan, Ramón Virasoro
PURPOSE: To present our technique and outcomes for perineal urethrostomy augmented with a dorsal onlay buccal mucosa graft (BMG). Results from initial series and collaboration from an international center are included. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of all adult patients who underwent urethral reconstruction with perineal urethrostomy utilizing a buccal mucosal graft between January 1, 2002 and January 1, 2013 was performed. All surgeries were performed by three surgeons using the same technique (GHJ, KAM, and RV)...
January 20, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108780/cement-augmented-screws-in-a-cervical-two-level-corpectomy-with-anterior-titanium-mesh-cage-reconstruction-a-biomechanical-study
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Sebastian Hartmann, Claudius Thomé, Anja Tschugg, Johannes Paesold, Pujan Kavakebi, Werner Schmölz
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical investigation. PURPOSE: Cervical two-level corpectomies with anterior-only instrumentation are associated with a high rate of implant-related complications. These procedures, therefore, often require an additional dorsal instrumentation to prevent screw loosening. Cement augmentation of the anterior screws in two-level corpectomies might stabilize the construct, so that a second dorsal procedure could be avoided. To evaluate the screw anchorage in cervical anterior-only procedures, an ex vivo evaluation of the range of motion (ROM) in two-level corpectomies (C4 and C5), with and without cement augmentation of the anterior screws, was carried out in this study...
January 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108492/task-context-overrules-object-and-category-related-representational-content-in-the-human-parietal-cortex
#12
Stefania Bracci, Nicky Daniels, Hans Op de Beeck
The dorsal, parietal visual stream is activated when seeing objects, but the exact nature of parietal object representations is still under discussion. Here we test 2 specific hypotheses. First, parietal cortex is biased to host some representations more than others, with a different bias compared with ventral areas. A prime example would be object action representations. Second, parietal cortex forms a general multiple-demand network with frontal areas, showing similar task effects and representational content compared with frontal areas...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108489/processing-of-egomotion-consistent-optic-flow-in-the-rhesus-macaque-cortex
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Benoit R Cottereau, Andrew T Smith, Samy Rima, Denis Fize, Yseult Héjja-Brichard, Luc Renaud, Camille Lejards, Nathalie Vayssière, Yves Trotter, Jean-Baptiste Durand
The cortical network that processes visual cues to self-motion was characterized with functional magnetic resonance imaging in 3 awake behaving macaques. The experimental protocol was similar to previous human studies in which the responses to a single large optic flow patch were contrasted with responses to an array of 9 similar flow patches. This distinguishes cortical regions where neurons respond to flow in their receptive fields regardless of surrounding motion from those that are sensitive to whether the overall image arises from self-motion...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108396/serotonin-5-ht4-receptors-modulate-the-development-of-glutamatergic-input-to-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
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Angela Chen, Katherine D Hubbert, Pasha F Foroudi, Vivian F Lu, Skirmantas Janušonis
The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) is a major serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT)-producing region in the central nervous system. It receives glutamatergic inputs from several brain regions, which are reciprocally modulated by serotonergic signals. We investigated whether serotonin 5-HT4 receptors (5-HT4Rs) play a role in the development of glutamatergic control of the DRN, with an emphasis on cortical inputs. Double-label immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy were used to quantify vesicular glutamate transporter 1 (vGluT1)-immunoreactive terminals in the DRN of mice with a null-mutation in the 5-HT4R gene...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108332/sex-dependent-effects-of-early-life-inflammatory-pain-on-sucrose-intake-and-sucrose-associated-hippocampal-arc-expression-in-adult-rats
#15
Yoko O Henderson, Rebecca Nalloor, Almira Vazdarjanova, Anne Z Murphy, Marise B Parent
We hypothesize that dorsal hippocampal (dHC) neurons, which are critical for episodic memory, form a memory of a meal and inhibit the initiation of the next meal and the amount ingested during that meal. In support, we showed previously that (1) consuming a sucrose meal induces expression of the synaptic plasticity marker activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) in dHC neurons and (2) reversible inactivation of these neurons immediately following a sucrose meal accelerates the onset of the next meal and increases the size of that meal...
January 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107865/adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells-ameliorates-dermal-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-scleroderma
#16
Wei Chen, Zhi-Kuan Xia, Man-Hui Zhang, Gui-Chun Ding, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Zheng-Xu Wang, Rong-Ya Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic potential of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) for limited cutaneous scleroderma (LS) in mouse models. METHODS: ADSCs were isolated from pathogen-free female C57BL/6 mice and LS was induced in wild type (WT) C57BL/6 mice via daily injection of bleomycin (0.1 mL × 300 μg/mL) for 4 weeks; then the ADSCs were subcutaneously injected into the dorsal area in the model treatment group, and 100 μL of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution was injected into the same site in the model control group...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107804/clinically-relevant-levels-of-4-aminopyridine-strengthen-physiological-responses-in-intact-motor-circuits-in-rats-especially-after-pyramidal-tract-injury
#17
Anil Sindhurakar, Asht M Mishra, Disha Gupta, Jennifer F Iaci, Tom J Parry, Jason B Carmel
BACKGROUND: 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) is a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug to improve motor function in people with multiple sclerosis. Preliminary results suggest the drug may act on intact neural circuits and not just on demyelinated ones. OBJECTIVE: To determine if 4-AP at clinically relevant levels alters the excitability of intact motor circuits. METHODS: In anesthetized rats, electrodes were placed over motor cortex and the dorsal cervical spinal cord for electrical stimulation, and electromyogram electrodes were inserted into biceps muscle to measure responses...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107590/endocannabinoid-activation-of-cb1-receptors-contributes-to-long-lasting-reversal-of-neuropathic-pain-by-repetitive-spinal-cord-stimulation
#18
L Sun, L Tai, Q Qiu, R Mitchell, S Fleetwood-Walker, E A Joosten, C W Cheung
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to be effective in the management of certain neuropathic pain conditions, however, the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated repetitive SCS in a rodent neuropathic pain model, revealing long-lasting and incremental attenuation of hyperalgesia and a mechanism of action involving endocannabinoids. METHOD: Animals were implanted with monopolar electrodes at the time of partial sciatic nerve injury...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107383/effects-of-forced-swimming-stress-on-erk-and-histone-h3-phosphorylation-in-limbic-areas-of-roman-high-and-low-avoidance-rats
#19
Noemi Morello, Ornella Plicato, Maria Antonietta Piludu, Laura Poddighe, Maria Pina Serra, Marina Quartu, Maria Giuseppa Corda, Osvaldo Giorgi, Maurizio Giustetto
Stressful events evoke molecular adaptations of neural circuits through chromatin remodeling and regulation of gene expression. However, the identity of the molecular pathways activated by stress in experimental models of depression is not fully understood. We investigated the effect of acute forced swimming (FS) on the phosphorylation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 (pERK) and histone H3 (pH3) in limbic brain areas of genetic models of vulnerability (RLA, Roman low-avoidance rats) and resistance (RHA, Roman high-avoidance rats) to stress-induced depression-like behavior...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107097/comparison-of-systemic-and-topical-hypericum-perforatum-on-diabetic-surgical-wounds
#20
Mehmet Altıparmak, Teoman Eskitaşçıoğlu
BACKGROUND: Surgical wounds in diabetic patients still remain a problem till the present day. As a common plant found around the world, Hypericum perforatum L. (Hypericaceae) is traditionally prepared as an oily extract and used as a folk remedy for various diseases such as wounds, burns, cuts, etc. This study aims to evaluate the effect of St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) on problematic wounds while comparing oral and topical applications. METHODS: Incisional and excisional wound models were made on the dorsal regions of 54 diabetic Spraque-Dawley rats...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
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