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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054466/astrocyte-reactivity-and-astrogliosis-after-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Seiji Okada, Masamitsu Hara, Kazu Kobayakawa, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Yasuharu Nakashima
After traumatic injuries of the central nervous system (CNS), including spinal cord injury (SCI), astrocytes surrounding the lesion become reactive and typically undergo hypertrophy and process extension. These reactive astrocytes migrate centripetally to the lesion epicenter and aid in the tissue repair process, however, they eventually become scar-forming astrocytes and form a glial scar which produces axonal growth inhibitors and prevents axonal regeneration. This sequential phenotypic change has long been considered to be unidirectional and irreversible; thus glial scarring is one of the main causes of the limited regenerative capability of the CNS...
October 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045569/altered-expression-of-reorganized-inputs-as-they-ascend-from-the-cuneate-nucleus-to-cortical-area-3b-in-monkeys-with-long-term-spinal-cord-injuries
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Priyabrata Halder, Niranjan Kambi, Prem Chand, Neeraj Jain
Chronic deafferentations in adult mammals result in reorganization of the brain. Lesions of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord at cervical levels in monkeys result in expansion of the intact chin inputs into the deafferented hand representation in area 3b, second somatosensory (S2) and parietal ventral (PV) areas of the somatosensory cortex, ventroposterior lateral nucleus (VPL) of the thalamus, and cuneate nucleus of the brainstem. Here, we describe the extent and nature of reorganization of the cuneate and gracile nuclei of adult macaque monkeys with chronic unilateral lesions of the dorsal columns, and compare it with the reorganization of area 3b in the same monkeys...
October 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044770/effects-of-forced-passive-and-voluntary-exercise-on-spinal-motoneurons-changes-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Ariadna Arbat-Plana, Xavier Navarro, Esther Udina
After peripheral nerve injury, there are important changes at the spinal level that can lead to disorganization of the central circuitry and thus, compromise functional recovery even if axons are able to successfully regenerate and reinnervate their target organs. Physical rehabilitation is a promising strategy to modulate these plastic changes and thus, to improve functional recovery after damage of the nervous system. Forced exercise in a treadmill is able to partially reverse the synaptic stripping and the loss of perineuronal nets that motoneurons suffer after peripheral nerve injury in animal models...
October 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030051/determinants-of-axon-growth-plasticity-and-regeneration-in-the-context-of-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Angela R Filous, Jan M Schwab
The mechanisms that underlie recovery after injury of the central nervous system have rarely been definitively established. Axon re-growth remains the major prerequisite for plasticity, regeneration, circuit formation, and eventually functional recovery. The attributed functional relevance of axon regrowth however will depend on a number of subsequent conditional neurobiological modifications, including myelination and synapse formation but also pruning of aberrant connectivity. Despite the ability to revamp axon outgrowth by altering an increasing number of extracellular and intracellular targets, disentangling which axons are responsible for the recovery of function from those that are functionally silent, or even contributing to aberrant functions, remains a crucial link between enhancing axonal growth profiles to functional improvement...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026942/the-effects-of-subclinical-neck-pain-on-sensorimotor-integration-following-a-complex-motor-pursuit-task
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Danielle Andrew, Paul Yielder, Heidi Haavik, Bernadette Murphy
Recurrent subclinical neck pain (SCNP) may be associated with neural plastic changes in sensory processing and sensorimotor integration (SMI); however, its impact on motor learning has not been investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate whether SCNP alters neural markers of SMI during a complex motor acquisition task as compared to a healthy control group. Peripheral N9, spinal N13, brainstem N18, and cortical N20, P25, N24 and N30 early somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) were recorded following median nerve stimulation for 24 participants (12 control and 12 SCNP) before and after a 10-min tracing motor task intervention...
October 12, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025926/enhancing-spinal-plasticity-amplifies-the-benefits-of-rehabilitative-training-and-improves-recovery-from-stroke
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Anna M Wiersma, Karim Fouad, Ian R Winship
The limited recovery that occurs following stroke happens almost entirely in the first weeks post injury. Moreover, the efficacy of rehabilitative training is limited beyond this narrow time frame. Sprouting of spared corticospinal tract axons in the contralesional spinal cord makes a significant contribution to sensorimotor recovery, but this structural plasticity is also limited to the first few weeks after stroke. Here, we tested the hypothesis that inducing plasticity in the spinal cord during chronic stroke could improve recovery from persistent sensorimotor impairment...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025923/plasticity-of-signaling-by-spinal-estrogen-receptor-alpha-kappa-opioid-receptor-and-mglurs-over-the-rat-reproductive-cycle-regulates-spinal-endomorphin-2-antinociception-relevance-of-endogenous-biased-agonism
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Nai-Jiang Liu, Vijaya Murugaiyan, Emiliya M Storman, Stephen A Schnell, Arjun Kumar, Martin W Wessendorf, Alan R Gintzler
We previously showed that intrathecal application of endomorphin 2 [EM2; the highly specific endogenous mu-opioid receptor (MOR) ligand] induces antinociception that varies with stage of the rat estrous cycle -- minimal during diestrus and prominent during proestrus. Earlier studies, however, did not identify proestrus-activated signaling strategies that enable spinal EM2 antinociception. We now report that in female rats, increased spinal dynorphin release and kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) signaling, as well as the emergence of glutamate-activated mGluR1 signaling, are critical to the transition from an EM2 non-responsive (during diestrus) to an analgesically responsive state (during proestrus)...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021191/enhancement-of-phrenic-long-term-facilitation-following-repetitive-acute-intermittent-hypoxia-is-blocked-by-the-glycolytic-inhibitor-2-deoxyglucose
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Peter M MacFarlane, Stephane Vinit, Gordon S Mitchell
Moderate acute intermittent hypoxia (mAIH) elicits a form of respiratory motor plasticity known as phrenic long-term facilitation (pLTF). Preconditioning with modest protocols of chronic intermittent hypoxia enhances pLTF, demonstrating pLTF metaplasticity. Since "low dose" protocols of repetitive acute intermittent hypoxia show promise as a therapeutic modality to restore respiratory (and non-respiratory) motor function in clinical disorders with compromised breathing, we tested the hypothesis that preconditioning with a mild repetitive AIH (rAIH) protocol enhances pLTF and hypoglossal (XII) LTF, and whether the enhancement is regulated by glycolytic flux...
October 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020860/-express-group-i-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-plasticity-after-peripheral-inflammation-alters-nociceptive-transmission-in-the-dorsal-of-the-spinal-cord-in-adult-rats
#9
Houda Radwani, Olivier Roca-Lapirot, Franck Aby, Maria José Lopez-Gonzalez, Rabia Benazzouz, Mohammed Errami, Alexandre Favereaux, Marc Landry, Pascal Fossat
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018896/hypericum-perforatum-extract-modulates-cortical-plasticity-in-humans
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Carmen Concerto, Hyunji Boo, Charles Hu, Priam Sandilya, Anita Krish, Eileen Chusid, Diego Coira, Eugenio Aguglia, Fortunato Battaglia
BACKGROUND: Hypericum perforatum (HYP) extract is one of the most commonly used complementary alternative medicines (CAMs) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. Non-invasive brain stimulation protocols can be used to investigate the effect of psychoactive substances on the human brain. In this study, we explored the effect of a single dose of HYP extract (WS 5570) intake on corticospinal excitability and plasticity in humans. METHODS: Twenty-eight healthy subjects were required to intake 900 mg of either HYP extract or placebo...
October 10, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016128/acute-toxicity-teratogenic-and-estrogenic-effects-of-bisphenol-a-and-its-alternative-replacements-bisphenol-s-bisphenol-f-and-bisphenol-af-in-zebrafish-embryo-larvae
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John Moreman, Okhyun Lee, Maciej Trznadel, Arthur David, Tetsuhiro Kudoh, Charles R Tyler
Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical incorporated into plastics and resins, has estrogenic activity and is associated with adverse health effects in humans and wildlife. Similarly-structured BPA analogues are widely used but far less is known about their potential toxicity or estrogenic activity in vivo. We undertook the first comprehensive analysis on the toxicity and teratogenic effects of the bisphenols BPA, BPS, BPF and BPAF in zebrafish embryo-larvae and an assessment on their estrogenic mechanisms in an estrogen-responsive transgenic fish Tg(ERE:Gal4ff)(UAS:GFP)...
October 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987766/nervous-system-excitability-and-joint-stiffness-following-short-term-dynamic-ankle-immobilization
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Alyssa M Stirling, Jeffrey M McBride, Edward K Merritt, Alan R Needle
Joint immobilization has been demonstrated to modify neural excitability in subsets of healthy populations, leading to disinhibition of cortical and reflexive pathways. However, these findings may have limited clinical application as most models have investigated casting and rigid immobilization, while many musculoskeletal injuries often utilize dynamic immobilization devices such as boot immobilizers and pneumatic splints that allow for modified ambulation. We therefore aimed to determine the short-term effects of ambulation in ankle immobilization devices on nervous system excitability and stiffness in able-bodied individuals...
September 23, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987564/roles-of-csgalnact1-a-key-enzyme-in-regulation-of-cs-synthesis-in-neuronal-regeneration-and-plasticity
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REVIEW
Michihiro Igarashi, Kosei Takeuchi, Sayaka Sugiyama
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is a sulfated glycosaminoglycan composed of a long chain of repeating disaccharide units that are attached to core proteins, resulting in CS proteoglycans (CSPGs). In the mature brain, CS is concentrated in perineuronal nets (PNNs), which are extracellular structures that surround synapses and regulate synaptic plasticity. In addition, CS is rapidly synthesized after CNS injury to create a physical and chemical barrier that inhibits axon growth. Most previous studies used a bacterial CS-degrading enzyme to investigate the physiological roles of CS...
October 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981978/homeostatic-synaptic-plasticity-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-in-myasthenia-gravis
#14
Xueyong Wang, Mark M Rich
A number of studies in the past 20 years have shown that perturbation of activity of the nervous system leads to compensatory changes in synaptic strength that serve to return network activity to its original level. This response has been termed homeostatic synaptic plasticity. Despite the intense interest in homeostatic synaptic plasticity, little attention has been paid to its role in the prototypic synaptic disease, myasthenia gravis. In this review, we discuss mechanisms that have been shown to mediate homeostatic synaptic plasticity at the mammalian neuromuscular junction...
October 5, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975565/inhibition-of-%C3%AE-ark1-ameliorates-morphine-induced-tolerance-and-hyperalgesia-via-modulating-the-activity-of-spinal-nmda-receptors
#15
Xue Zhang, Shaorui Chen, Hong Chen, Huilin Pan, Yilin Zhao
Our previous study has proposed that increased presynaptic NMDARs activities play pivotal roles in the development of opioid tolerance and hyperalgesia, and blocking spinal NMDARs attenuates chronic morphine-induced synaptic plasticity and behavior. However, the cellular signaling mechanisms remain to be investigated. The aim of this research was to address the role of β-ARK1 in opioid analgesia. Opioid tolerance and hyperalgesia was induced by daily systemic morphine injections in rats for eight consecutive days...
October 3, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972274/motor-system-plasticity-after-unilateral-injury-in-the-developing-brain
#16
REVIEW
Preston T J A Williams, Yu-Qiu Jiang, John H Martin
In maturity, motor skills depend on the corticospinal tract (CST) and brainstem pathways that together synapse on interneurons and motoneurons in the spinal cord. Descending signals to spinal neurons that mediate voluntary control can be distinguished from peripheral sensory signals, primarily for feedback control. These motor system circuits depend initially on developmental genetic mechanisms to establish their connections and neural activity- and use-dependent synaptic refinement during the early postnatal period to enable motor skills to develop...
October 3, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972191/effects-of-acute-intermittent-hypoxia-on-hand-use-after-spinal-cord-trauma-a-preliminary-study
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Randy D Trumbower, Heather B Hayes, Gordon S Mitchell, Steven L Wolf, Victoria A Stahl
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that daily acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH) combined with hand opening practice improves hand dexterity, function, and maximum hand opening in persons with chronic, motor-incomplete, cervical spinal cord injury. METHODS: Six participants completed the double-blind, crossover study. Participants received daily (5 consecutive days) AIH (15 episodes per day: 1.5 minutes of fraction of inspired oxygen [FIo2] = 0.09, 1-minute normoxic intervals) followed by 20 repetitions of hand opening practice and normoxia (sham, FIo2 = 0...
September 29, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972129/camkii-regulates-synaptic-nmda-receptor-activity-of-hypothalamic-presympathetic-neurons-and-sympathetic-outflow-in-hypertension
#18
De-Pei Li, Jing-Jing Zhou, Jixiang Zhang, Hui-Lin Pan
N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activity in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) is increased and critically involved in heightened sympathetic vasomotor tone in hypertension. Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) binds to and modulates NMDAR activity. In this study, we determined the role of CaMKII in regulating NMDAR activity of PVN presympathetic neurons in male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). NMDAR-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) and puff NMDA-elicited currents were recorded in spinally projecting PVN neurons in SHRs and male Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964752/inhibition-of-nkcc1-promotes-axonal-growth-and-motor-recovery-in-ischemic-rats
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X P Mu, H B Wang, X Cheng, L Yang, X Y Sun, H L Qu, S S Zhao, Z K Zhou, T T Liu, T Xiao, B Song, J Jolkkonen, C S Zhao
Bumetanide is a selective inhibitor of the Na(+)-K(+)-Cl(-)-co-transporter 1(NKCC1). We studied whether bumetanide could affect axonal growth and behavioral outcome in stroke rats. Adult male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to four groups: sham-operated rats treated with vehicle or bumetanide, and ischemic rats treated with vehicle or bumetanide. Endothelin-1 was used to induce focal cerebral ischemia. Bumetanide administration (i.c.v.) started on postoperative day 7 and continued for 3 weeks. Biotinylated dextran amine (BDA) was injected into the right imotor cortex on postoperative day 14 to trace corticospinal tract (CST) fibers sprouting into the denervated cervical spinal cord...
September 28, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951789/neuronal-glial-interactions-maintain-chronic-neuropathic-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury
#20
REVIEW
Young S Gwak, Claire E Hulsebosch, Joong Woo Leem
The hyperactive state of sensory neurons in the spinal cord enhances pain transmission. Spinal glial cells have also been implicated in enhanced excitability of spinal dorsal horn neurons, resulting in pain amplification and distortions. Traumatic injuries of the neural system such as spinal cord injury (SCI) induce neuronal hyperactivity and glial activation, causing maladaptive synaptic plasticity in the spinal cord. Recent studies demonstrate that SCI causes persistent glial activation with concomitant neuronal hyperactivity, thus providing the substrate for central neuropathic pain...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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