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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...
January 3, 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 to skin afferents, which likely contributes to the higher prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal pain compared to 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 (SDH) neurons process sensory input from muscle vs...
January 9, 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...
January 3, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059803/whole-body-vibration-wbv-following-spinal-cord-injury-sci-in-rats-timing-of-intervention
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Marilena Manthou, Diana Saad Yousif Abdulla, Stoyan Pavlov Pavlov, Ramona Jansen, Habib Bendella, Klaus Nohroudi, Gregor Stein, Carolin Mmeyer, Ozlem Ozsoy, Umut Ozsoy, Yasemin Behram Kandemir, Levent Sarikcioglu, Oliver Semler, Eckhard Schoenau, Sarah Dunlop, Doychin Nikolov Angelov
BACKGROUND: Following spinal cord injury (SCI), exercise training provides a wide range of benefits and promotes activity-dependent synaptic plasticity. Whole body vibration (WBV) in SCI patients improves walking and spasticity as well as bone and muscle mass. However, little is known about the effects of timing or frequency of intervention. OBJECTIVE: To determine which WBV-onset improves locomotor and bladder functions and influences synaptic plasticity beneficially...
January 4, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011743/5-ht2c-receptor-knockdown-in-the-amygdala-inhibits-neuropathic-pain-related-plasticity-and-behaviors
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Guangchen Ji, Wei Zhang, Lenin Mahimainathan, Madhusudhanan Narasimhan, Takaki Kiritoshi, Xiuzhen Fan, Jigong Wang, Thomas A Green, Volker Neugebauer
: Neuroplasticity in the amygdala drives pain-related behaviors. The central nucleus (CeA) serves major amygdala output functions and can generate emotional-affective behaviors and modulate nocifensive responses. The CeA receives excitatory and inhibitory inputs from the basolateral nucleus (BLA), and serotonin receptor subtype 5-HT2CR in the BLA, but not CeA, has been implicated anxiogenic behaviors and anxiety disorders. Here we tested the hypothesis that 5-HT2CR in the BLA plays a critical role in CeA plasticity and neuropathic pain behaviors in the rat spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009439/sudan-black-a-fast-easy-and-non-toxic-method-to-assess-myelin-repair-in-demyelinating-diseases
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Benjamin V Ineichen, Oliver Weinmann, Nicolas Good, Patricia Plattner, Carla Wicki, Elisabeth J Rushing, Michael Linnebank, Martin E Schwab
AIMS: The search for novel drugs that enhance myelin repair in entities such as multiple sclerosis has top priority in neurological research, not least because remyelination can hinder further neurodegeneration in neuro-inflammatory conditions. Recently, several new compounds with the potential to boost remyelination have been identified using high-throughput in vitro screening methods. However, assessing their potential to enhance remyelination in vivo using plastic embedded semi-thin sections or electron microscopy, even though being the gold standard for assessing remyelination, is toxic, extremely time-consuming, and expensive...
December 23, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007646/assessments-of-sensory-plasticity-after-spinal-cord-injury-across-species
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REVIEW
Jenny Haefeli, J Russell Huie, Kazuhito Morioka, Adam R Ferguson
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a multifaceted phenomenon associated with alterations in both motor function and sensory function. A majority of patients with SCI report sensory disturbances, including not only loss of sensation, but in many cases enhanced abnormal sensation, dysesthesia and pain. Development of therapeutics to treat these abnormal sensory changes require common measurement tools that can enable cross-species translation from animal models to human patients. We review the current literature on translational nociception/pain measurement in SCI and discuss areas for further development...
December 19, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999362/body-machine-interfaces-after-spinal-cord-injury-rehabilitation-and-brain-plasticity
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Ismael Seáñez-González, Camilla Pierella, Ali Farshchiansadegh, Elias B Thorp, Xue Wang, Todd Parrish, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi
The purpose of this study was to identify rehabilitative effects and changes in white matter microstructure in people with high-level spinal cord injury following bilateral upper-extremity motor skill training. Five subjects with high-level (C5-C6) spinal cord injury (SCI) performed five visuo-spatial motor training tasks over 12 sessions (2-3 sessions per week). Subjects controlled a two-dimensional cursor with bilateral simultaneous movements of the shoulders using a non-invasive inertial measurement unit-based body-machine interface...
December 19, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998892/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 sciatic nerve induces long-term potentiation (LTP) at C-fiber synapses in spinal dorsal horn but impairs LTP in 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...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995566/glial-activation-a-common-mechanism-underlying-spinal-synaptic-plasticity
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Li-Jun Zhou, Xian-Guo Liu
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December 19, 2016: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989984/anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-comparison-of-fusion-dysphagia-and-complication-rates-between-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-and-beta-tricalcium-phosphate
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Brendan P Lovasik, Christopher M Holland, Brian M Howard, Griffin R Baum, Gerald E Rodts, Daniel Refai
INTRODUCTION: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is one of the most common spinal procedures performed. A direct comparison of the fusion and complication rates between recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP2) and beta-tricalcium phosphate (bTCP) has not been reported. METHODS: A retrospective study of 191 consecutive patients who underwent ACDF with PEEK (poly-ether-ether ketone plastic) fusion spacers over a 2-year period with either rhBMP2 (n=84, 46%) or bTCP (n=107, 56) was performed...
October 27, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977000/spinal-microcircuits-comprising-di3-interneurons-are-necessary-for-motor-functional-recovery-following-spinal-cord-transection
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Tuan V Bui, Nicolas Stifani, Turgay Akay, Robert M Brownstone
The spinal cord has the capacity to coordinate motor activities such as locomotion. Following spinal transection, functional activity can be regained, to a degree, following motor training. To identify microcircuits involved in this recovery, we studied a population of mouse spinal interneurons known to receive direct afferent inputs and project to intermediate and ventral regions of the spinal cord. We demonstrate that while dI3 interneurons are not necessary for normal locomotor activity, locomotor circuits rhythmically inhibit them and dI3 interneurons can activate these circuits...
December 15, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974205/trpv1-nociceptor-activity-initiates-usp5-t-type-channel-mediated-plasticity
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Patrick Stemkowski, Agustin García-Caballero, Vinicius De Maria Gadotti, Said M'Dahoma, Shuo Huang, Stefanie Alice Gertrud Black, Lina Chen, Ivana Assis Souza, Zizhen Zhang, Gerald Werner Zamponi
Peripheral nerve injury and tissue inflammation result in upregulation of the deubiquitinase USP5, thus causing a dysregulation of T-type calcium channel activity and increased pain sensitivity. Here, we have explored the role of afferent fiber activity in this process. Conditioning stimulation of optogenetically targeted cutaneous TRPV1 expressing nociceptors, but not that of non-nociceptive fibers, resulted in enhanced expression of USP5 in mouse dorsal root ganglia and spinal dorsal horn, along with decreased withdrawal thresholds for thermal and mechanical stimuli that abated after 24 hr...
December 13, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939980/corticospinal-circuit-plasticity-in-motor-rehabilitation-from-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Najet Serradj, Sydney F Agger, Edmund R Hollis
Restoring corticospinal function after spinal cord injury is a significant challenge as the corticospinal tract elicits no substantive, spontaneous regeneration, and its interruption leaves a permanent deficit. The corticospinal circuit serves multiple motor and sensory functions within the mammalian nervous system as the direct link between isocortex and spinal cord. Maturation of the corticospinal circuit involves the refinement of projections within the spinal cord and a subsequent refinement of motor maps within the cortex...
December 6, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932310/loss-of-dopamine-d1-receptors-and-diminished-d1-5-receptor-mediated-erk-phosphorylation-in-the-periaqueductal-gray-after-spinal-cord-lesion
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Pamela J Voulalas, Yadong Ji, Li Jiang, Jamila Asgar, Jin Y Ro, Radi Masri
Neuropathic pain resulting from spinal cord injury is often accompanied by maladaptive plasticity of the central nervous system, including the opioid receptor-rich periaqueductal gray (PAG). Evidence suggests that sensory signaling via the PAG is robustly modulated by dopamine D1- and D2-like receptors, but the effect of damage to the spinal cord on D1 and D2 receptor protein expression and function in the PAG has not been examined. Here we show that 21days after a T10 or C6 spinothalamic tract lesion, both mice and rats display a remarkable decline in the expression of D1 receptors in the PAG, revealed by western blot analysis...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927784/adenosine-dependent-phrenic-motor-facilitation-is-inflammation-resistant
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Ibis M Agosto-Marlin, Nicole L Nichols, Gordon S Mitchell
Phrenic motor facilitation (pMF) can be elicited by acute intermittent hypoxia (ie. phrenic long-term facilitation, or pLTF), or direct application of pharmacological agonists to the cervical spinal cord. Moderate acute intermittent hypoxia (mAIH, 3X5 min episodes of 35-50 mmHg arterial PO2, 5 min normoxic intervals) induces pLTF by a serotonin-dependent mechanism; mAIH-induced pLTF is abolished by even low levels of systemic inflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 100ug/kg i.p.). In contrast, severe AIH (sAIH, 3X5 min episodes of 25-30mmHg arterial PO2, 5 min intervals) elicits pLTF by a distinct, adenosine-dependent mechanism...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927508/kyphectomy-in-children-with-severe-myelomeningocele-related-kyphosis
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R N Dunn, L N Bomela
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of prospectively maintained database. OBJECTIVES: To review myelomeningocele patients with severe kyphosis undergoing kyphectomy surgery in terms of complications and clinical and radiographic outcomes. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Because of posterior element abnormality in myelomeningocele, the extensor muscles act as perverted flexors, driving progressive kyphosis that resulted in sitting, respiratory, and skin breakdown problems...
May 2016: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913797/promoting-gait-recovery-and-limiting-neuropathic-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
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Catherine Mercier, Meyke Roosink, Jason Bouffard, Laurent J Bouyer
Most persons living with a spinal cord injury experience neuropathic pain in the months following their lesion, at the moment where they receive intensive gait rehabilitation. Based on studies using animal models, it has been proposed that central sensitization in nociceptive pathways (maladaptive plasticity) and plasticity related to motor learning (adaptive plasticity) share common neural mechanisms and compete with each other. This article aims to address the discrepancy between the growing body of basic science literature supporting this hypothesis and the general belief in rehabilitation research that pain and gait rehabilitation represent two independent problems...
December 2, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
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