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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730682/structure-and-development-of-the-subesophageal-zone-of-the-drosophila-brain-i-segmental-architecture-compartmentalization-and-lineage-anatomy
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Volker Hartenstein, Jaison J Omoto, Kathy T Ngo, Darren Wong, Philipp A Kuert, Heinrich Reichert, Jennifer K Lovick, Amelia Younossi-Hartenstein
The subesophageal zone (SEZ) of the Drosophila brain houses the circuitry underlying feeding behavior and is involved in many other aspects of sensory processing and locomotor control. Formed by the merging of four neuromeres, the internal architecture of the SEZ can be best understood by identifying segmentally reiterated landmarks emerging in the embryo and larva, and following the gradual changes by which these landmarks become integrated into the mature SEZ during metamorphosis. In previous works, the system of longitudinal fibers (connectives) and transverse axons (commissures) has been utilized as a scaffold that provides internal landmarks for the neuromeres of the larval ventral nerve cord...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728791/the-effects-of-achilles-tendon-compliance-on-triceps-surae-mechanics-and-energetics-in-walking
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Maria Isabel V Orselli, Jason R Franz, Darryl G Thelen
Achilles tendon (AT) compliance can affect the generation and transmission of triceps surae muscle forces, and thus has important biomechanical consequences for walking performance. However, the uniarticular soleus (SOL) and the biarticular (GAS) function differently during walking, with in vivo evidence suggesting that their associated fascicles and tendinous structures exhibit unique kinematics during walking. Given the strong association between muscle fiber length, velocity and force production, we conjectured that SOL and GAS mechanics and energetic behavior would respond differently to altered AT compliance...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725550/dti-measures-identify-mild-and-moderate-tbi-cases-among-patients-with-complex-health-problems-a-receiver-operating-characteristic-analysis-of-u-s-veterans
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Keith L Main, Salil Soman, Franco Pestilli, Ansgar Furst, Art Noda, Beatriz Hernandez, Jennifer Kong, Jauhtai Cheng, Jennifer K Fairchild, Joy Taylor, Jerome Yesavage, J Wesson Ashford, Helena Kraemer, Maheen M Adamson
Standard MRI methods are often inadequate for identifying mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Advances in diffusion tensor imaging now provide potential biomarkers of TBI among white matter fascicles (tracts). However, it is still unclear which tracts are most pertinent to TBI diagnosis. This study ranked fiber tracts on their ability to discriminate patients with and without TBI. We acquired diffusion tensor imaging data from military veterans admitted to a polytrauma clinic (Overall n = 109; Age: M = 47...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723790/relationship-of-medial-gastrocnemius-relative-fascicle-excursion-and-ankle-joint-power-and-work-performance-during-gait-in-typically-developing-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Teresa Martín Lorenzo, Gustavo Albi Rodríguez, Eduardo Rocon, Ignacio Martínez Caballero, Sergio Lerma Lara
Muscle fascicles lengthen in response to chronic passive stretch through in-series sarcomere addition in order to maintain an optimum sarcomere length. In turn, the muscles' force generating capacity, maximum excursion, and contraction velocity is enhanced. Thus, longer fascicles suggest a greater capacity to develop joint power and work. However, static fascicle length measurements may not be taking sarcomere length differences into account. Thus, we considered relative fascicle excursions through passive ankle dorsiflexion may better correlate with the capacity to generate joint power and work than fascicle length...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721443/a-diffusion-spectrum-imaging-based-tractographic-study-into-the-anatomical-subdivision-and-cortical-connectivity-of-the-ventral-external-capsule-uncinate-and-inferior-fronto-occipital-fascicles
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Sandip S Panesar, Fang-Cheng Yeh, Christopher P Deibert, David Fernandes-Cabral, Vijayakrishna Rowthu, Pinar Celtikci, Emrah Celtikci, William D Hula, Sudhir Pathak, Juan C Fernández-Miranda
PURPOSE: The inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF) and uncinate fasciculus (UF) are major fronto-capsular white matter pathways. IFOF connects frontal areas of the brain to parieto-occipital areas. UF connects ventral frontal areas to anterior temporal areas. Both fascicles are thought to subserve higher language and emotion roles. Controversy pertaining to their connectivity and subdivision persists in the literature, however. METHODS: High-definition fiber tractography (HDFT) is a non-tensor tractographic method using diffusion spectrum imaging data...
July 18, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720201/exposure-to-buffer-solution-alters-tendon-hydration-and-mechanics
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Babak N Safa, Kyle D Meadows, Spencer E Szczesny, Dawn M Elliott
A buffer solution is often used to maintain tissue hydration during mechanical testing. The most commonly used buffer solution is a physiological concentration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS); however, PBS increases the tissue's water content and decreases its tensile stiffness. In addition, solutes from the buffer can diffuse into the tissue and interact with its structure and mechanics. These bathing solution effects can confound the outcome and interpretation of mechanical tests. Potential bathing solution artifacts, including solute diffusion, and their effect on mechanical properties, are not well understood...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714064/assessing-the-validity-of-the-approximation-of-diffusion-weighted-mri-signals-from-crossing-fascicles-by-sums-of-signals-from-single-fascicles
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Gaëtan Rensonnet, Benoît Scherrer, Simon K Warfield, Benoît Macq, Maxime Taquet
PURPOSE: To assess the validity of the superposition approximation for crossing fascicles, i.e., the assumption that the total diffusion-weighted MRI signal is the sum of the signals arising from each fascicle independently, even when the fascicles intermingle in a voxel. METHODS: Monte Carlo simulations were used to study the impact of the approximation on the diffusion-weighted MRI signal and to assess whether this approximate model allows microstructural features of interwoven fascicles to be accurately estimated, despite signal differences...
July 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702400/sarcomatous-transformation-of-a-hemosiderotic-fibrohistiocytic-lipomatous-tumor-a-case-report
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Renata Margarida Etchebehere, Elia Cláudia Souza Almeida, Carlos David Teixeira Santos, Adilha Misson Rua Micheletti, Antônio Sebastião Leitão
Hemosiderotic fibrohistiocytic lipomatous tumors are rare neoplasms that were first described in 2000. Initially considered a benign lipotamous lesion of the soft tissues, nowadays they are considered to be a locally aggressive tumor. They occur mainly in the foot and ankle of women in their fifth and sixth decades, although they may be found in any place in the lower limbs and, more rarely, in other parts of the body. Histologically, hemosiderotic fibrohistiocytic lipomatous tumors consist of a mixture of mature adipose tissue, fusiform cell fascicles, macrophages that often contain cytoplasmic hemosiderin, mononuclear inflammatory infiltrate, and stroma that may be focally myxoid...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702389/correlation-between-the-elbow-flexion-and-the-hand-and-wrist-flexion-after-neurotization-of-the-fascicles-of-the-ulnar-nerve-to-the-motor-branch-to-the-biceps
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Ricardo Boso Escudero, Marcelo Rosa de Rezende, Erick Yoshio Wataya, Fernando Vicente de Pontes, Álvaro Baik Cho, Marina Justi Pisani
OBJECTIVE: Gain in elbow flexion in patients with brachial plexus injury is extremely important. The transfer of a fascicle from the ulnar nerve to the motor branch of the musculocutaneous nerve (Oberlin surgery) is a treatment option. However, in some patients, gain in elbow flexion is associated with wrist and finger flexion. This study aimed to assess the frequency of this association and the functional behavior of the limb. METHODS: Case-control study of 18 patients who underwent the Oberlin surgery...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681489/nerve-ultrasound-as-follow-up-tool-in-treated-multifocal-motor-neuropathy
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T W Rattay, N Winter, B F Décard, N M Dammeier, F Härtig, M Ceanga, H Axer, A Grimm
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: High-resolution ultrasound is a valuable tool in supporting the diagnosis of multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) but longitudinal data under therapy are lacking. METHODS: The change in peripheral nerve ultrasound pattern in patients with MMN was assessed over time. Patients with MMN received a thorough initial examination and follow-up over a period of 6-12 months using high-resolution ultrasound of the cervical roots and the nerves of the arms and legs, nerve conduction studies, Medical Research Council Sum Score (MRCSS) and Rotterdam Inflammatory Neuropathy Cause and Treatment Group (INCAT) score to evaluate changes under treatment...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676915/characterization-of-the-new-human-pleomorphic-undifferentiated-sarcoma-tp53-null-cell-line-mfh-val2
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Rosario Gil-Benso, Javier Megías, Teresa San-Miguel, Sandra Pinto, Robert C Callaghan, Concha López-Ginés, Miguel Cerdá-Nicolás
Pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma (PUS), also called malignant fibrous histiocytoma, is a soft tissue sarcoma which occurs predominantly in the extremities. Its origin is a poorly defined mesenchymal cell, which derives to histiocytic and fibroblastic cells. The patient, a 58 year-old man, presented a lesion located in the forearm composed by spindle cells and multinucleated giant cells, which expressed vimentin and adopted a histological pattern formed by irregular-swirling fascicles. Cells were cultured in vitro and a new cell line was established...
July 4, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675376/model-based-bayesian-signal-extraction-algorithm-for-peripheral-nerves
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Thomas Eggers, Yazan M Dweiri, Grant McCallum, Dominique M Durand
Multi-channel cuff electrodes have recently been investigated for extracting fascicular-level motor commands from mixed neural recordings. Such signals could provide volitional, intuitive control over a robotic prosthesis for amputee patients. Recent work has demonstrated success in extracting these signals in acute and chronic preparations using spatial filtering techniques. These extracted signals, however, had low signal-to-noise ratios and thus limited their utility to binary classification. In this work a new algorithm is proposed which combines previous source localization approaches to create a model based method which operates in real time...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671955/it-s-positive-to-be-negative-achilles-tendon-work-loops-during-human-locomotion
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Karl E Zelik, Jason R Franz
Ultrasound imaging is increasingly used with motion and force data to quantify tendon dynamics during human movement. Frequently, tendon dynamics are estimated indirectly from muscle fascicle kinematics (by subtracting muscle from muscle-tendon unit length), but there is mounting evidence that this Indirect approach yields implausible tendon work loops. Since tendons are passive viscoelastic structures, when they undergo a loading-unloading cycle they must exhibit a negative work loop (i.e., perform net negative work)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670285/muscle-and-tendon-adaptation-in-adolescence-elite-volleyball-athletes-compared-to-untrained-boys-and-girls
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Falk Mersmann, Georgios Charcharis, Sebastian Bohm, Adamantios Arampatzis
Though the plasticity of human tendons is well explored in adults, it is still unknown how superimposed mechanical loading by means of athletic training affects the properties of tendons during maturation. Due to the increased responsiveness of muscle to mechanical loading, adolescence is an important phase to investigate the effects of training on the mechanical properties of tendons. Hence, in the present study we compared vastus lateralis (VL) architecture, muscle strength of the knee extensor muscles and patellar tendon mechanical properties of male and female adolescent elite athletes to untrained boys and girls...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669295/nerve-transfer-versus-muscle-transfer-to-restore-elbow-flexion-after-pan-brachial-plexus-injury-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Arvin R Wali, David R Santiago-Dieppa, Justin M Brown, Ross Mandeville
OBJECTIVE Pan-brachial plexus injury (PBPI), involving C5-T1, disproportionately affects young males, causing lifelong disability and decreased quality of life. The restoration of elbow flexion remains a surgical priority for these patients. Within the first 6 months of injury, transfer of spinal accessory nerve (SAN) fascicles via a sural nerve graft or intercostal nerve (ICN) fascicles to the musculocutaneous nerve can restore elbow flexion. Beyond 1 year, free-functioning muscle transplantation (FFMT) of the gracilis muscle can be used to restore elbow flexion...
July 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663378/factors-contributing-to-lower-metabolic-demand-of-eccentric-than-concentric-cycling
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Luis Penailillo, Anthony John Blazevich, Kazunori Nosaka
This study compared muscle-tendon behavior, muscle oxygenation and muscle activity between eccentric and concentric cycling exercise at the same work output to investigate why metabolic demand is lower during eccentric than concentric cycling. Eleven untrained men (27.1 ± 7.0 y) performed concentric cycling (CONC) and eccentric cycling (ECC) for 10 min (60 rpm) at 65% of the maximal concentric cycling power output (191 ± 45 W) four weeks apart. During cycling, oxygen consumption (VO2), heart rate (HR), vastus lateralis (VL) tissue total hemoglobin (tHb) and oxygenation index (TOI) were recorded, and muscle-tendon behavior was assessed using ultrasonography...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660813/monophasic-synovial-sarcoma-of-the-greater-omentum-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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F J Alcalá Serrano, J R Hernández Hernández, T Montenegro Dámaso, E López-Tomassetti Fernández
Synovial sarcoma is a malignant spindle cell neoplasm normally arising from tissues around joints, bursa and tendon sheaths. Several reports involving the gastrointestinal tract, mainly the oesophagus and stomach, have been documented; however, the omentum remains an extremely unusual location. Monophasic type is composed exclusively of spindle cells arranged in fascicles. Establishing the correct diagnosis of these tumours could be challenging because of the similarities with gastrointestinal stromal tumours and other mesenchymal tumours with similar histology...
July 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634148/iodine-and-freeze-drying-enhanced-high-resolution-microct-imaging-for-reconstructing-3d-intraneural-topography-of-human-peripheral-nerve-fascicles
#18
Liwei Yan, Yongze Guo, Jian Qi, Qingtang Zhu, Liqiang Gu, Canbin Zheng, Tao Lin, Yutong Lu, Zitao Zeng, Sha Yu, Shuang Zhu, Xiang Zhou, Xi Zhang, Yunfei Du, Zhi Yao, Yao Lu, Xiaolin Liu
BACKGROUND: The precise annotation and accurate identification of the topography of fascicles to the end organs are prerequisites for studying human peripheral nerves. NEW METHOD: In this study, we present a feasible imaging method that acquires 3D high-resolution (HR) topography of peripheral nerve fascicles using an iodine and freeze-drying (IFD) micro-computed tomography (microCT) method to greatly increase the contrast of fascicle images. RESULTS: The enhanced microCT imaging method can facilitate the reconstruction of high-contrast HR fascicle images, fascicle segmentation and extraction, feature analysis, and the tracing of fascicle topography to end organs, which define fascicle functions...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632950/fibroblastic-connective-tissue-nevus-clinicopathological-and-immunohistochemical-study-of-14-cases
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Ilaria Pennacchia, Heinz Kutzner, Dmitry V Kazakov, Thomas Mentzel
BACKGROUND: We present herein a series of 14 lesions showing overlapping features with the newly defined benign cutaneous mesenchymal neoplasm labelled as fibroblastic connective tissue nevus (FCTN). METHODS AND RESULTS: Eight patients were male and five were female, ranging in age from 1 to 56 years. Lesions appeared as isolated nodules or plaques on the trunk (7 cases), the limbs (4 cases) and the neck (2 cases). Histologically, all cases were composed of bundles of bland spindle cells of fibroblastic/myofibroblastic lineage irregularly branching within the reticular dermis and along fibrous septa in the subcutis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630171/distinctive-left-ventricular-activations-associated-with-ecg-pattern-in-heart-failure-patients
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Nicolas Derval, Josselin Duchateau, Saagar Mahida, Romain Eschalier, Frederic Sacher, Joost Lumens, Hubert Cochet, Arnaud Denis, Xavier Pillois, Seigo Yamashita, Yuki Komatsu, Sylvain Ploux, Sana Amraoui, Adlane Zemmoura, Philippe Ritter, Mélèze Hocini, Michel Haissaguerre, Pierre Jaïs, Pierre Bordachar
BACKGROUND: In contrast to patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB), heart failure patients with narrow QRS and nonspecific intraventricular conduction delay (NICD) display a relatively limited response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. We sought to compare left ventricular (LV) activation patterns in heart failure patients with narrow QRS and NICD to patients with LBBB using high-density electroanatomic activation maps. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty-two heart failure patients (narrow QRS [n=18], LBBB [n=11], NICD [n=23]) underwent 3-dimensional electroanatomic mapping with a high density of mapping points (387±349 LV)...
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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