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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433644/supraspinal-respiratory-plasticity-following-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Tatiana Bezdudnaya, Vitaliy Marchenko, Lyandysha V Zholudeva, Victoria M Spruance, Michael A Lane
Impaired breathing is a devastating result of high cervical spinal cord injuries (SCI) due to partial or full denervation of phrenic motoneurons, which innervate the diaphragm - a primary muscle of respiration. Consequently, people with cervical level injuries often become dependent on assisted ventilation and are susceptible to secondary complications. However, there is mounting evidence for limited spontaneous recovery of respiratory function following injury, demonstrating the neuroplastic potential of respiratory networks...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432027/introduction-to-neuroscience-letters-special-issue-plasticity-and-regeneration-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Paul Lu, Mark H Tuszynski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420963/rna-seq-analysis-of-microglia-reveals-time-dependent-activation-of-specific-genetic-programs-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Harun N Noristani, Yannick N Gerber, Jean-Charles Sabourin, Marine Le Corre, Nicolas Lonjon, Nadine Mestre-Frances, Hélène E Hirbec, Florence E Perrin
Neurons have inherent competence to regrow following injury, although not spontaneously. Spinal cord injury (SCI) induces a pronounced neuroinflammation driven by resident microglia and infiltrating peripheral macrophages. Microglia are the first reactive glial population after SCI and participate in recruitment of monocyte-derived macrophages to the lesion site. Both positive and negative influence of microglia and macrophages on axonal regeneration had been reported after SCI, raising the issue whether their response depends on time post-lesion or different lesion severity...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420954/multiple-kernel-based-region-importance-learning-for-neural-classification-of-gait-states-from-eeg-signals
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Yuhang Zhang, Saurabh Prasad, Atilla Kilicarslan, Jose L Contreras-Vidal
With the development of Brain Machine Interface (BMI) systems, people with motor disabilities are able to control external devices to help them restore movement abilities. Longitudinal validation of these systems is critical not only to assess long-term performance reliability but also to investigate adaptations in electrocortical patterns due to learning to use the BMI system. In this paper, we decode the patterns of user's intended gait states (e.g., stop, walk, turn left, and turn right) from scalp electroencephalography (EEG) signals and simultaneously learn the relative importance of different brain areas by using the multiple kernel learning (MKL) algorithm...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405011/plasticity-within-excitatory-and-inhibitory-pathways-of-the-vestibulo-spinal-circuitry-guides-changes-in-motor-performance
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Diana E Mitchell, Charles C Della Santina, Kathleen E Cullen
Investigations of behaviors with well-characterized circuitry are required to understand how the brain learns new motor skills and ensures existing behaviors remain appropriately calibrated over time. Accordingly, here we recorded from neurons within different sites of the vestibulo-spinal circuitry of behaving macaque monkeys during temporally precise activation of vestibular afferents. Behaviorally relevant patterns of vestibular nerve activation generated a rapid and substantial decrease in the monosynaptic responses recorded at the first central stage of processing from neurons receiving direct input from vestibular afferents within minutes, as well as a decrease in the compensatory reflex response that lasted up to 8 hours...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396282/serotonergic-projections-to-lumbar-levels-and-its-plasticity-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Yongzhi Xia, Dan Chen, Haijian Xia, Zhengbu Liao, Wenyuan Tang, Yi Yan
The descending serotonergic pathway, which originates in various populations of brainstem neurons, plays an important role in generating the rhythmic motor pattern associated with locomotor movement. Although the development of its innervation has been studied in rodent spinal cord, it has not been clearly identified how the projection of serotonergic pathway is related to its function. Here, we evaluated the pattern of serotonergic innervation on the lumbar spinal cord from embryonic day 14.5 (E14.5) to adulthood...
April 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394853/targeting-bdnf-in-the-medial-thalamus-for-the-treatment-of-central-poststroke-pain-in-a-rodent-model
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Hsi-Chien Shih, Yung-Hui Kuan, Bai-Chung Shyu
Approximately 7-10% of patients develop a chronic pain syndrome after stroke. This chronic pain condition is called central poststroke pain (CPSP). Recent studies have observed an abnormal increase in the secretion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in spinal cord tissue after spinal cord injury. An animal model of CPSP was established by an intra-thalamus injection of collagenase. Mechanical and thermal allodynia was induced after lesions of the thalamic ventral basal complex in rats. Four weeks after the injection, the number of neurons decreased, the number of astrocytes, microglia, and P2X4 receptors increased, and BDNF mRNA expression increased in the brain lesion area...
April 5, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389474/perineurial-glial-plasticity-and-the-role-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-the-development-of-the-blood-nerve-barrier
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Angela D Morris, Gwendolyn M Lewis, Sarah Kucenas
Precisely orchestrated interactions between spinal motor axons and their ensheathing glia are vital for forming and maintaining functional spinal motor nerves. Following perturbations to peripheral myelinating glial cells, centrally-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) ectopically exit the spinal cord and myelinate peripheral nerves in myelin with central nervous system (CNS) characteristics. However, whether remaining peripheral ensheathing glia, such as perineurial glia, properly encase the motor nerve despite this change in glial cell and myelin composition, remains unknown...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389375/striatal-enriched-phosphatase-61-inhibited-the-nociceptive-plasticity-in-spinal-cord-dorsal-horn-of-rats
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Zhan-Wei Suo, Jiang-Ping Liu, Man Xue, Yun-Hui Yang, Xian Yang, Jun Xie, Xiao-Dong Hu
Striatal-enriched phosphatase 61 (STEP61) is a member of intracellular protein tyrosine phosphatases, which is involved in the regulation of synaptic plasticity and a line of neuropsychiatric disorders. This protein tyrosine phosphatase is also abundant in pain-related spinal cord dorsal horn neurons. However, whether and how this tyrosine phosphatase modulates the nociceptive plasticity and behavioral hypersensitivity remain largely unknown. The present study recorded the long-term potentiation (LTP) of primary afferent C fiber-evoked field potentials in vivo in superficial dorsal horn of rats, and tested the possible role of STEP61 in spinal LTP...
April 5, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387936/the-plasticity-of-descending-controls-in-pain-translational-probing
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Kirsty Bannister, A H Dickenson
Descending controls, comprising pathways that originate in midbrain and brainstem regions and project onto the spinal cord, have long been recognized as key links in the multiple neural networks that interact to produce the overall pain experience. There is clear evidence from preclinical and clinical studies that both peripheral and central sensitisation play important roles in determining the level of pain perceived. Much emphasis has been put on spinal cord mechanisms in central excitability, but it now becoming clear that spinal hyperexcitability can be regulated by descending pathways from the brain that originate from predominantly noradrenergic and serotonergic systems...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383320/the-effects-of-patterned-electrical-stimulation-combined-with-voluntary-contraction-on-spinal-reciprocal-inhibition-in-healthy-individuals
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Yoko Takahashi, Toshiyuki Fujiwara, Tomofumi Yamaguchi, Michiyuki Kawakami, Katsuhiro Mizuno, Meigen Liu
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of voluntary contraction (VC) on the modulation of reciprocal inhibition induced by patterned electrical stimulation (PES) in healthy individuals. Twelve healthy volunteers participated in this study. PES was applied to the common peroneal nerve with a train of 10 pulses at 100 Hz every 2 s for 20 min. VC comprised repetitive ankle dorsiflexion at a frequency of 0.5 Hz for 20 min. All participants performed the following three tasks: (i) VC alone, (ii) PES alone, and (iii) PES combined with VC (PES+VC)...
April 5, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377693/inhibition-of-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-mtor-signaling-in-the-insular-cortex-alleviates-neuropathic-pain-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Minjee Kwon, Jeongsoo Han, Un Jeng Kim, Myeounghoon Cha, Sun Woo Um, Sun Joon Bai, Seong-Karp Hong, Bae Hwan Lee
Injury of peripheral nerves can trigger neuropathic pain, producing allodynia and hyperalgesia via peripheral and central sensitization. Recent studies have focused on the role of the insular cortex (IC) in neuropathic pain. Because the IC is thought to store pain-related memories, translational regulation in this structure may reveal novel targets for controlling chronic pain. Signaling via mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), which is known to control mRNA translation and influence synaptic plasticity, has been studied at the spinal level in neuropathic pain, but its role in the IC under these conditions remains elusive...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370664/an-acute-bout-of-exercise-modulates-both-intracortical-and-interhemispheric-excitability
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J L Neva, K E Brown, C S Mang, B A Francisco, L A Boyd
Primary motor cortex (M1) excitability is modulated following a single session of cycling exercise. Specifically, short-interval intracortical inhibition and intracortical facilitation are altered following a session of cycling, suggesting that exercise affects the excitability of varied cortical circuits. Yet we do not know whether a session of exercise also impacts the excitability of interhemispheric circuits between, and other intracortical circuits within, M1. Here we present two experiments designed to address this gap in knowledge...
March 30, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346321/growth-arrest-and-dna-damage-inducible-protein-45%C3%AE-mediated-dna-demethylation-of-voltage-dependent-t-type-calcium-channel-3-2-subunit-enhances-neuropathic-allodynia-after-nerve-injury-in-rats
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Cheng-Yuan Lai, Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, An-Sheng Lee, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Jen-Kun Cheng, Yat-Pang Chau, Hsien-Yu Peng
BACKGROUND: Growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β reactivates methylation-silenced neural plasticity-associated genes through DNA demethylation. However, growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β-dependent demethylation contributes to neuropathic allodynia-associated spinal plasticity remains unclear. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (654 out of 659) received a spinal nerve ligation or a sham operation with or without intrathecal application of one of the following: growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β messenger RNA-targeted small interfering RNA, lentiviral vector expressing growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β, Ro 25-6981 (an NR2B-bearing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist), or KN-93 (a calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II antagonist) were used for behavioral measurements, Western blotting, immunofluorescence, dot blots, detection of unmodified cytosine enrichment at cytosine-phosphate-guanine site, chromatin immunoprecipitation quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis, and slice recordings...
March 27, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341478/importance-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-of-class-i-mhc-i-expression-for-astroglial-reactivity-and-stability-of-neural-circuits-in-vitro
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André Luis Bombeiro, Rafaela Chitarra Rodrigues Hell, Gustavo Ferreira Simões, Mateus Vidigal de Castro, Alexandre Leite Rodrigues de Oliveira
MHC-I molecules are involved in the antigenic presentation of cytosol-derived peptides to CD8T lymphocytes. In the nervous system, MHC-I expression is low to absent, occurring only during certain phases of development and aging or after injuries. The involvement of MHC-I in synaptic plasticity has been reported and, following lesion, astrocytes become reactive, limiting tissue damage. Such cells also attempt to restore homeostasis by secreting cytokines and neurotrophic factors. Moreover, astrocytes modulate synapse function, by taking up and releasing neurotransmitters and by limiting the synaptic cleft...
March 21, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341461/sequential-therapy-of-anti-nogo-a-antibody-treatment-and-treadmill-training-leads-to-cumulative-improvements-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Kinon Chen, Barnaby C Marsh, Matthew Cowan, Yazi D Al'Joboori, Sylvain Gigout, Calvin C Smith, Neil Messenger, Nikita Gamper, Martin E Schwab, Ronaldo M Ichiyama
Intense training is the most clinically successful treatment modality following incomplete spinal cord injuries (SCIs). With the advent of plasticity enhancing treatments, understanding how treatments might interact when delivered in combination becomes critical. Here, we investigated a rational approach to sequentially combine treadmill locomotor training with antibody mediated suppression of the fiber growth inhibitory protein Nogo-A. Following a large but incomplete thoracic lesion, rats were immediately treated with either anti-Nogo-A or control antibody (2weeks) and then either left untrained or step-trained starting 3weeks after injury for 8weeks...
March 21, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332435/mild-acute-intermittent-hypoxia-improves-respiratory-function-in-unanesthetized-rats-with-midcervical-contusion
#17
Kun-Ze Lee, Shu-Chi Chiang, Yu-Jie Li
BACKGROUND: Mild intermittent hypoxia has been considered a potential approach to induce respiratory neuroplasticity. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether mild acute intermittent hypoxia can improve breathing function in a clinically relevant spinal cord injury animal model. METHODS: Adult male rats received laminectomy or unilateral contusion at the C3-C4 spinal cord using a MASCIS Impactor (height: 6.25 or 12...
April 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324211/comparison-of-in-vitro-osteogenic-potential-of-iliac-crest-and-degenerative-facet-joint-bone-autografts-for-intervertebral-fusion-in-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Jeroen Geurts, Daniela Ramp, Stefan Schären, Cordula Netzer
PURPOSE: The promotion of spinal fusion using bone autografts is largely mediated by the osteoinductive potential of progenitors/mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) that reside in the marrow spaces of cancellous bone. Iliac crest is the common autograft donor site, but its use presents an increased risk for donor site pain, morbidity and infection. Degenerative bone samples harvested during facetectomy might provide an alternative viable source of osteoinductive autografts. In this study, we conducted an intra-individual comparison of the osteogenic potential of isolated low passage MSC from both sources...
March 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315725/vibration-training-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-evidence-for-persistent-segmental-plasticity
#19
Chu-Ling Yen, Colleen L McHenry, Michael A Petrie, Shauna Dudley-Javoroski, Richard K Shields
H-reflex paired-pulse depression is gradually lost within the first year post-SCI, a process believed to reflect reorganization of segmental interneurons after the loss of normal descending (cortical) inhibition. This reorganization co-varies in time with the development of involuntary spasms and spasticity. The purpose of this study is to determine whether long-term vibration training may initiate the return of H-reflex paired-pulse depression in individuals with chronic, complete SCI. Five men with SCI received twice-weekly vibration training (30Hz, 0...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306698/oral-application-of-magnesium-l-threonate-attenuates-vincristine-induced-allodynia-and-hyperalgesia-by-normalization-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Ting Xu, Dai Li, Xin Zhou, Han-Dong Ouyang, Li-Jun Zhou, Hang Zhou, Hong-Mei Zhang, Xu-Hong Wei, Guosong Liu, Xian-Guo Liu
BACKGROUND: Antineoplastic agents, including vincristine, often induce neuropathic pain and magnesium deficiency clinically, but the causal link between them has not been determined. No drug is available for treating this form of neuropathic pain. METHODS: Injection of vincristine (0.1 mg · kg · day, intraperitoneally, for 10 days) was used to induce nociceptive sensitization, which was accessed with von Frey hairs and the plantar tester in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesiology
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