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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226803/closed-loop-afferent-electrical-stimulation-for-recovery-of-hand-function-in-individuals-with-motor-incomplete-spinal-injury-early-clinical-results
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Christopher J Schildt, Sarah H Thomas, Elizabeth S Powell, Lumy Sawaki, Sridhar Sunderam, Christopher J Schildt, Sarah H Thomas, Elizabeth S Powell, Lumy Sawaki, Sridhar Sunderam, Lumy Sawaki, Christopher J Schildt, Elizabeth S Powell, Sarah H Thomas, Sridhar Sunderam
Afferent electrical stimulation is known to augment the effect of rehabilitative therapy through use-dependent cortical plasticity. Experiments pairing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) have shown a timing-dependent effect on motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude suggesting that PNS applied in closed-loop (CL) mode could augment this effect through positive reinforcement. We present early results from a clinical trial in which an EEG brain-machine interface (BMI) was used to apply PNS to two subjects in response to motor intent detected from sensorimotor cortex in a cue-driven hand grip task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225648/safety-of-autologous-human-schwann-cell-transplantation-in-subacute-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Kimberly D Anderson, James Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary B Bunge, Rosie Curiel, Marine Dididze, Barth A Green, Aisha Khan, Damien D Pearse, Efrat Saraf-Lavi, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Pat Wood, Allan D Levi
The rationale for implantation of autologous human Schwann cells (SCs) in people with subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) is based on evidence that transplanted SCs are neuroprotective, support local axonal plasticity, and are capable of myelinating axons. A Phase I clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of autologous human SC transplantation into the injury epicenter of six subjects with subacute SCI. The trial was an open-label, unblinded, non-randomized, non-placebo controlled study with a dose escalation design and standard medical rehabilitation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210045/a-kinematic-analysis-of-the-lower-limb-with-regard-to-restricted-spinal-motion-during-gait
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Hyeon-Nam Song, Young Mi Kim, Kyoung Kim
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of restricted spinal motion on kinematic changes in the lower extremities using a rigid thoracolumbosacral orthosis. [Subjects and Methods] Forty healthy males in their 20s were selected as the sample, which was randomly and evenly divided into two groups: (1) the WT group (with a thoracolumbosacral orthosis) and (2) the WOT group (without a thoracolumbosacral orthosis). The spinal orthosis used in this study was a thoracolumbosacral orthosis called a plastic body jacket...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197549/activation-dependent-rapid-postsynaptic-clustering-of-glycine-receptors-in-mature-spinal-cord-neurons
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Yoshihisa Nakahata, Kei Eto, Hideji Murakoshi, Miho Watanabe, Toshihiko Kuriu, Hiromi Hirata, Andrew J Moorhouse, Hitoshi Ishibashi, Junichi Nabekura
Inhibitory synapses are established during development but continue to be generated and modulated in strength in the mature nervous system. In the spinal cord and brainstem, presynaptically released inhibitory neurotransmitter dominantly switches from GABA to glycine during normal development in vivo. While presynaptic mechanisms of the shift of inhibitory neurotransmission are well investigated, the contribution of postsynaptic neurotransmitter receptors to this shift is not fully elucidated. Synaptic clustering of glycine receptors (GlyRs) is regulated by activation-dependent depolarization in early development...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197197/fine-motor-skill-training-enhances-functional-plasticity-of-the-corticospinal-tract-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jian Liu, Xiao-Yu Yang, Wei-Wei Xia, Jian Dong, Mao-Guang Yang, Jian-Hang Jiao
Following central nervous system injury, axonal sprouts form distal to the injury site and extend into the denervated area, reconstructing neural circuits through neural plasticity. How to facilitate this plasticity has become the key to the success of central nervous system repair. It remains controversial whether fine motor skill training contributes to the recovery of neurological function after spinal cord injury. Therefore, we established a rat model of unilateral corticospinal tract injury using a pyramidal tract cutting method...
December 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186470/image-guidance-based-on-mri-for-spinal-interstitial-laser-thermotherapy-technical-aspects-and-accuracy
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Claudio E Tatsui, Clarissa N G Nascimento, Dima Suki, Behrang Amini, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Jonathan G Thomas, R Jason Stafford, Laurence D Rhines, Juan P Cata, Ashok J Kumar, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE Image guidance for spinal procedures is based on 3D-fluoroscopy or CT, which provide poor visualization of soft tissues, including the spinal cord. To overcome this limitation, the authors developed a method to register intraoperative MRI (iMRI) of the spine into a neuronavigation system, allowing excellent visualization of the spinal cord. This novel technique improved the accuracy in the deployment of laser interstitial thermal therapy probes for the treatment of metastatic spinal cord compression...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176337/how-fish-color-their-skin-a-paradigm-for-development-and-evolution-of-adult-patterns-multipotency-plasticity-and-cell-competition-regulate-proliferation-and-spreading-of-pigment-cells-in-zebrafish-coloration
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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Ajeet Pratap Singh
Pigment cells in zebrafish - melanophores, iridophores, and xanthophores - originate from neural crest-derived stem cells associated with the dorsal root ganglia of the peripheral nervous system. Clonal analysis indicates that these progenitors remain multipotent and plastic beyond embryogenesis well into metamorphosis, when the adult color pattern develops. Pigment cells share a lineage with neuronal cells of the peripheral nervous system; progenitors propagate along the spinal nerves. The proliferation of pigment cells is regulated by competitive interactions among cells of the same type...
February 3, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163066/development-of-a-simple-rapid-and-robust-intrathecal-catheterization-method-in-the-rat
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Curt Mazur, Bethany Fitzsimmons, Fredrik Kamme, Brandon Nichols, Berit Powers, Ed Wancewicz
BACKGROUND: The blood brain barrier (BBB) is an impediment to the development of large and highly charged molecules as therapeutics for diseases and injuries of the central nervous system (CNS). Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) are large (6000-8000MW) and highly charged and therefore do not cross the BBB. A method of circumventing the blood brain barrier to test ASOs, and other non-BBB penetrant molecules, as CNS therapeutics is the direct administration of these molecules to the CNS tissue or cerebral spinal fluid...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159637/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-responses-elicited-in-hindlimb-muscles-as-an-assessment-of-synaptic-plasticity-in-spino-muscular-circuitry-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Hayk A Petrosyan, Valentina Alessi, Sue A Sisto, Mark Kaufman, Victor L Arvanian
Electromagnetic stimulation applied at the cranial level, i.e. transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), is a technique for stimulation and neuromodulation used for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in clinical and research settings. Although recordings of TMS elicited motor-evoked potentials (MEP) are an essential diagnostic tool for spinal cord injured (SCI) patients, they are reliably recorded from arm, and not leg muscles. Mid-thoracic contusion is a common SCI that results in locomotor impairments predominantly in legs...
January 31, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146318/inhibition-of-%C3%AE-5-subunit-containing-gabaa-receptors-facilitated-spinal-nociceptive-transmission-and-plasticity
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M Xue, J P Liu, Y H Yang, Z W Suo, X Yang, X D Hu
BACKGROUND: γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) type A receptors (GABAA Rs) locate at both synaptic and extrasynaptic membrane, which generate phasic and tonic inhibition, respectively. In spinal cord dorsal horn, the phasic inhibition produced by transient activation of synaptic GABAA Rs plays an important role in the gating control over nociceptive conveyance. Although extrasynaptic GABAA Rs that contain α5 subunits (α5-GABAA Rs) are also detectable in spinal dorsal horn, much less is known about the function of these receptors...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145995/dynamic-alterations-of-the-levels-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-during-transhemispheric-functional-reorganization-after-contralateral-seventh-cervical-spinal-nerve-root-transfer-following-brachial-plexus
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Ming-Jie Yang, Shuang Li, Chen-Song Yang, Xu-Jia Wang, Shi-Min Chang, Gui-Xin Sun
The transfer of a contralateral healthy seventh cervical spinal nerve root (cC7) to the recipient nerve in the injured side is considered a reliable and effective procedure for restoration of the physiological functions of an injured hand after brachial plexus root avulsion injury (BPAI). Growing evidence shows that the transhemispheric cortical reorganization is induced after cC7 nerve transfer surgery. However, little is known about the underlying molecular mechanism. Proinflammatory cytokines reportedly play an important role in the neural plasticity...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123022/tnf-%C3%AE-differentially-regulates-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus-and-spinal-cord-by-microglia-dependent-mechanisms-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Yong Liu, Li-Jun Zhou, Jun Wang, Dai Li, Wen-Jie Ren, Jiyun Peng, Xiao Wei, Ting Xu, Wen-Jun Xin, Rui-Ping Pang, Yong-Yong Li, Zhi-Hai Qin, Madhuvika Murugan, Mark P Mattson, Long-Jun Wu, Xian-Guo Liu
: Clinical studies show that chronic pain is accompanied by memory deficits and reduction in hippocampal volume. Experimental studies show that spared nerve injury (SNI) of the sciatic nerve induces long-term potentiation (LTP) at C-fiber synapses in spinal dorsal horn, but impairs LTP in the hippocampus. The opposite changes may contribute to neuropathic pain and memory deficits, respectively. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the functional synaptic changes are unclear...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111148/a-gradient-in-synaptic-strength-and-plasticity-among-motoneurons-provides-a-peripheral-mechanism-for-locomotor-control
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Wei-Chun Wang, Paul Brehm
The recruitment of motoneurons during force generation follows a general pattern that has been confirmed across diverse species [1-3]. Motoneurons are recruited systematically according to synaptic inputs and intrinsic cellular properties and corresponding to movements of different intensities. However, much less is known about the output properties of individual motoneurons and how they affect the translation of motoneuron recruitment to the strength of muscle contractions. In larval zebrafish, spinal motoneurons are recruited in a topographic gradient according to their input resistance (Rin) at different swimming strengths and speeds...
February 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108322/effect-of-zbd-2-on-chronic-pain-depressive-like-behaviors-and-recovery-of-motor-function-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
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Xiao-Ming Li, Jia Meng, Lin Tao Li, Ting Guo, Liu-Kun Yang, Qi-Xin Shi, Xu-Bo Li, Yong Chen, Qi Yang, Jian-Ning Zhao
In addition to debilitating sensory and motor deficits, patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) may experience chronic hyperpathic pain (SCI-pain). Recent studies have revealed that translocator protein (TSPO) is involved in repairing neural cells as well as reducing anxiety and depression. However, the role of TSPO in SCI-pain and pain-induced depression remains unknown. The present study aimed to determine the effects of a new TSPO ligand, ZBD-2, on SCI-pain and consequent pain-induced depressive-like behaviors in mice...
March 30, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100407/pressure-ulcer-reconstruction-in-patients-with-heterotopic-ossification-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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Kai Yang, Alexander Graf, James Sanger
Heterotopic ossification (HO) is widely recognized as a common occurrence among patients suffering from traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI). The exact etiology of HO formation remains unknown. Published medical and surgical management strategies are often plagued with questionable effectiveness and frequent complications. There are minimal publications regarding the management strategies of HO in SCI patients as it pertains to plastic surgery. We present a case series of patients treated at our institution who underwent treatment for pressure ulcers with underlying HO to highlight the vast spectrum of clinical phenotypes present in this population...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088670/fibrin-hydrogels-induce-mixed-dorsal-ventral-spinal-neuron-identities-during-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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John M Edgar, Meghan Robinson, Stephanie M Willerth
: We hypothesized that generating spinal motor neurons (sMNs) from human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neural aggregates (NAs) using a chemically-defined differentiation protocol would be more effective inside of 3D fibrin hydrogels compared to 2D poly-L-ornithine(PLO)/laminin-coated tissue culture plastic surfaces. We performed targeted RNA-Seq using next generation sequencing to determine the substrate-specific differences in gene expression that regulate cell phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088077/rhoa-knockdown-by-cationic-amphiphilic-copolymer-sirhoa-polyplexes-enhances-axonal-regeneration-in-rat-spinal-cord-injury-model
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So-Jung Gwak, Christian Macks, Da Un Jeong, Mark Kindy, Michael Lynn, Ken Webb, Jeoung Soo Lee
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in permanent loss of motor and sensory function due to developmentally-related and injured-induced changes in the extrinsic microenvironment and intrinsic neuronal biochemistry that limit plasticity and axonal regeneration. Our long term goal is to develop cationic, amphiphilic copolymers (poly (lactide-co-glycolide)-g-polyethylenimine, PgP) for combinatorial delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids (TNAs) and drugs targeting these different barriers. In this study, we evaluated the ability of PgP to deliver siRNA targeting RhoA, a critical signaling pathway activated by multiple extracellular inhibitors of axonal regeneration...
March 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071687/bacterial-load-of-conditioned-pressure-ulcers-is-not-a-predictor-for-early-flap-failure-in-spinal-cord-injury
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T Kamradt, S Klein, S Zimmermann, J Schröder-Braunstein, C H Fürstenberg, C Hensel, N Weidner, A Hug
OBJECTIVES: Pressure ulcers impose a major lifetime medical problem to patients with high-grade spinal cord injury (SCI). For patients with stages 3-4 pressure ulcers, plastic surgery is often the only remaining treatment option. Despite considerable flap failure rates of around 30%, only sparse knowledge exists on predictors for flap failure. Hence, identification of predictors for flap failures is needed. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 38 SCI patients with stages 3-4 pressure ulcers scheduled for plastic surgery...
January 10, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069928/functional-organization-of-cutaneous-and-muscle-afferent-synapses-onto-immature-spinal-lamina-i-projection-neurons
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Jie Li, Mark L Baccei
It is well established that sensory afferents innervating muscle are more effective at inducing hyperexcitability within spinal cord circuits compared with skin afferents, which likely contributes to the higher prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal pain compared with pain of cutaneous origin. However, the mechanisms underlying these differences in central nociceptive signaling remain incompletely understood, as nothing is known about how superficial dorsal horn neurons process sensory input from muscle versus skin at the synaptic level...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062253/spinal-neuropeptide-expression-and-neuropathic-behavior-in-the-acute-and-chronic-phases-after-spinal-cord-injury-effects-of-progesterone-administration
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María F Coronel, Marcelo J Villar, Pablo R Brumovsky, Susana L González
Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) develop chronic pain that severely compromises their quality of life. We have previously reported that progesterone (PG), a neuroprotective steroid, could offer a promising therapeutic strategy for neuropathic pain. In the present study, we explored temporal changes in the expression of the neuropeptides galanin and tyrosine (NPY) and their receptors (GalR1 and GalR2; Y1R and Y2R, respectively) in the injured spinal cord and evaluated the impact of PG administration on both neuropeptide systems and neuropathic behavior...
February 2017: Peptides
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