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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214267/a-japanese-male-with-a-novel-ano5-mutation-with-minimal-muscle-weakness-and-muscle-pain-till-his-late-fifties
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Masato Kadoya, Katsuhisa Ogata, Mikiya Suzuki, Yutaka Honma, Kazunari Momma, Kana Yatabe, Takuhisa Tamura, Kenichi Kaida, Naomasa Miyata, Ichizo Nishino, Ikuya Nonaka, Mitsuru Kawai
Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2L (LGMD2L) is an adult-onset slowly progressive muscular dystrophy associated with anoctamin 5 (ANO5) gene mutation, mainly reported from Northern and Central Europe. We report the case of a Japanese male patient with a novel homozygous mutation of c.2394dup, p.Arg799Thrfs in ANO5 gene, the second patient in the Asian population. He had had marked elevation of creatine kinase (CK) level for more than 10 years with minimal muscular symptoms consisting of muscle stiffness and occasional cramps, preceding the onset of proximal limb weakness...
January 18, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211795/a-murine-model-of-a-novel-surgical-architecture-for-proprioceptive-muscle-feedback-and-its-potential-application-to-control-of-advanced-limb-prostheses
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Tyler R Clites, Matthew Carty, Shriya Srinivasan, Anthony Zorzos, Hugh Herr
<i>Objective:</i> Proprioceptive mechanisms play a critical role in both reflexive and volitional lower extremity control. Significant strides have been made in the development of bionic limbs that are capable of bi-directional communication with the peripheral nervous system, but none of these systems have been capable of providing physiologically-relevant muscle-based proprioceptive feedback through natural neural pathways. In this study, we present the Agonist-antagonist Myoplastic Interface (AMI), a surgical approach with the capacity to provide graded kinesthetic feedback from a prosthesis through mechanical activation of native mechanoreceptors within residual agonist-antagonist muscle pairs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210061/therapeutic-effects-of-massage-and-electrotherapy-on-muscle-tone-stiffness-and-muscle-contraction-following-gastrocnemius-muscle-fatigue
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Joong-San Wang
[Purpose] This study aimed to examine the effects of a combined intervention consisting of massage therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on gastrocnemius muscle fatigue, assessing whether the intervention improved muscle tone, stiffness, and muscle contraction. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 20 healthy males in their 20s who were equally divided into a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation group and a combined therapy group that received a combination of massage therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210047/the-effect-of-visual-field-condition-on-kinetic-in-upper-extremities-and-e-m-g-in-lower-extremities-while-performing-reaching-in-normal-adults
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Hyekang Park, Youngeun Kang, Minah Yoo, Bomjin Lee, Jeongok Yang, Joongsook Lee, Dongwook Han, Taeyoung Oh
[Purpose] The aims of this study was to investigate mean velocity and angle of shoulder joint, activation of tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius according to both eyes, dominant eye and non-dominant eye condition during reaching task in normal adults. [Subjects and Methods] Our research recruited 24 participants (male 11, female 13) in Silla University. Participants were performed reaching out movement by conditions of both eye, dominants eye, non-dominants eye. The target was placed at 45 degree diagonal direction and distance far away 130% of their arm length...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210030/changes-in-postural-strategy-during-exercise-against-perturbation-using-the-balance-exercise-assist-robot-a-pilot-study
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Norihide Itoh, Shigeo Tanabe, Satoshi Hirano, Eiichi Saitoh, Jumpei Kawabata, Daisuke Imoto, Yasuo Mikami, Toshikazu Kubo
[Purpose] To clarify the changes in postural strategy by evaluating leg joint motion and muscle activity before and after continuous exercise against perturbation using the Balance Exercise Assist Robot (BEAR). [Subjects and Methods] Nine healthy subjects (male 7, female 2; mean age 23 ± 1 years) performed a postural perturbation coping exercise only. In the task, the robot leaned and moved automatically. Participants were instructed to maintain their default upright position and they performed the exercise five times in a row (1 minute/trial)...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209505/botulinum-toxin-treatment-for-nocturnal-calf-cramps-in-patients-with-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Sang Jun Park, Kyung Bong Yoon, Duck Mi Yoon, Shin Hyung Kim
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness of botulinum toxin (BTX) injection into the gastrocnemius muscles in lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients with frequent nocturnal calf cramps (NCCs) DESIGN: Prospective randomized clinical trial SETTING: Outpatient department for interventional pain management. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty LSS patients with a frequency of NCCs ≥ once per week were enrolled. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly allocated to receive either conservative treatments plus gabapentin (Group GPN) or BTX injection (Group BTX)...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209385/a-comparison-of-the-pro-angiogenic-potential-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-cells-and-induced-endothelial-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-peripheral-arterial-disease
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Zoe E Clayton, Gloria S C Yuen, Sara Sadeghipour, Jack D Hywood, Jack W T Wong, Ngan F Huang, Martin K C Ng, John P Cooke, Sanjay Patel
BACKGROUND: Endothelial cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC-ECs) promote angiogenesis, and more recently induced endothelial cells (iECs) have been generated via fibroblast trans-differentiation. These cell types have potential as treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). However, it is unknown whether different reprogramming methods produce cells that are equivalent in terms of their pro-angiogenic capabilities. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to directly compare iPSC-ECs and iECs in an animal model of PAD, in order to identify which cell type, if any, displays superior therapeutic potential...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209124/rna-seq-and-metabolomic-analyses-of-akt1-mediated-muscle-growth-reveals-regulation-of-regenerative-pathways-and-changes-in-the-muscle-secretome
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Chia-Ling Wu, Yoshinori Satomi, Kenneth Walsh
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle is a major regulator of systemic metabolism as it serves as the major site for glucose disposal and the main reservoir for amino acids. With aging, cachexia, starvation, and myositis, there is a preferential loss of fast glycolytic muscle fibers. We previously reported a mouse model in which a constitutively-active Akt transgene is induced to express in a subset of muscle groups leading to the hypertrophy of type IIb myofibers with an accompanying increase in strength...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
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Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207961/muscle-stiffness-of-posterior-lower-leg-in-runners-with-a-history-of-medial-tibial-stress-syndrome
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Junya Saeki, Masatoshi Nakamura, Sayaka Nakao, Kosuke Fujita, Ko Yanase, Noriaki Ichihashi
Previous history of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is a risk factor for MTSS relapse, which suggests that there might be some physical factors that are related to MTSS development in runners with a history of MTSS. The relationship between MTSS and muscle stiffness can be assessed in a cross-sectional study that measures muscle stiffness in subjects with a history of MTSS, who do not have pain at the time of measurement, and in those without a history of MTSS. The purpose of this study was to compare the shear elastic modulus, which is an index of muscle stiffness, of all posterior lower leg muscles of subjects with a history of MTSS and those with no history and investigate which muscles could be related to MTSS...
February 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207880/skeletal-muscle-metabolic-adaptations-to-endurance-exercise-training-are-attainable-in-mice-with-simvastatin-treatment
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William M Southern, Anna S Nichenko, Daniel D Shill, Corey C Spencer, Nathan T Jenkins, Kevin K McCully, Jarrod A Call
We tested the hypothesis that a 6-week regimen of simvastatin would attenuate skeletal muscle adaptation to low-intensity exercise. Male C57BL/6J wildtype mice were subjected to 6-weeks of voluntary wheel running or normal cage activities with or without simvastatin treatment (20 mg/kg/d, n = 7-8 per group). Adaptations in in vivo fatigue resistance were determined by a treadmill running test, and by ankle plantarflexor contractile assessment. The tibialis anterior, gastrocnemius, and plantaris muscles were evaluated for exercised-induced mitochondrial adaptations (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207840/using-the-hephaistos-orthotic-device-to-study-countermeasure-effectiveness-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-dietary-lupin-protein-supplementation-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jochen Zange, Kathrin Schopen, Kirsten Albracht, Darius A Gerlach, Petra Frings-Meuthen, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Wilhelm Bloch, Jörn Rittweger
PURPOSE: The present study investigated whether neuromuscular electrical stimulation for 20 min twice a day with an electrode placed over the soleus muscle and nutritional supplementation with 19 g of protein rich lupin seeds can reduce the loss in volume and strength of the human calf musculature during long term unloading by wearing an orthotic unloading device. METHODS: Thirteen healthy male subjects (age of 26.4 ± 3.7 years) wore a Hephaistos orthosis one leg for 60 days during all habitual activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205540/anatomical-characteristics-and-biomechanical-properties-of-the-oblique-popliteal-ligament
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Xiang-Dong Wu, Jin-Hui Yu, Tao Zou, Wei Wang, Robert F LaPrade, Wei Huang, Shan-Quan Sun
This anatomical study sought to investigate the morphological characteristics and biomechanical properties of the oblique popliteal ligament (OPL). Embalmed cadaveric knees were used for the study. The OPL and its surrounding structures were dissected; its morphology was carefully observed, analyzed and measured; its biomechanical properties were investigated. The origins and insertions of the OPL were relatively similar, but its overall shape was variable. The OPL had two origins: one originated from the posterior surface of the posteromedial tibia condyle, merged with fibers from the semimembranosus tendon, the other originated from the posteromedial part of the capsule...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203595/acute-gastrocnemius-soleus-complex-injuries-in-national-football-league-athletes
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Brian C Werner, Nicole S Belkin, Steve Kennelly, Leigh Weiss, Ronnie P Barnes, Hollis G Potter, Russell F Warren, Scott A Rodeo
BACKGROUND: Lower extremity muscle injuries are common in professional football. Although less common than hamstring or quadriceps injuries in National Football League (NFL) athletes, calf injuries occur with relative frequency and have not previously been studied. PURPOSE: To evaluate gastrocnemius-soleus complex muscle injuries over the past 13 years from a single NFL team to determine the incidence of such injuries, their imaging characteristics, and return to play after such injuries and any correlation between imaging findings and prolonged return to play...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202647/longitudinal-and-transversal-displacements-between-triceps-surae-muscles-during-locomotion-of-the-rat
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Michel Bernabei, Jaap H van Dieën, Huub Maas
The functional consequences of differential muscle activation and contractile behavior between mechanically coupled synergists are still poorly understood. Even though synergistic muscles exert similar mechanical effects at the joint they span, differences in the anatomy, morphology and neural drive may lead to non-uniform contractile conditions. This study aimed to investigate the patterns of activation and contractile behavior of triceps surae muscles, to understand how these contribute to the relative displacement between the one-joint soleus (SO) and two-joint lateral gastrocnemius (LG) muscle bellies and their distal tendons during locomotion in the rat...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202585/is-human-achilles-tendon-deformation-greater-in-regions-where-cross-sectional-area-is-smaller
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Neil D Reeves, Glen Cooper
The Achilles is a long tendon varying in cross-sectional area (CSA) considerably along its length. For the same force, a smaller CSA would experience higher tendon stress and we hypothesised that these areas would therefore undergo larger transverse deformations. A novel magnetic resonance imaging-based approach was implemented to quantify changes in tendon CSA from rest along the length of the Achilles tendon under load conditions corresponding to 10, 20 and 30% of isometric plantar flexor maximum voluntary contraction (MVC)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202584/comparison-of-human-gastrocnemius-forces-predicted-by-hill-type-muscle-models-and-estimated-from-ultrasound-images
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Taylor J M Dick, Andrew A Biewener, James M Wakeling
Hill-type models are ubiquitous in the field of biomechanics, providing estimates of a muscle's force as a function of its activation state and its assumed force-length and force-velocity properties. However, despite their routine use, the accuracy with which Hill-type models predict the forces generated by muscles during submaximal, dynamic tasks remains largely unknown. This study compared human gastrocnemii forces predicted by Hill-type models to the forces estimated from ultrasound-based measures of tendon length changes and stiffness during cycling, over a range of loads and cadences...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202349/muscle-ultrasound-and-sarcopenia-in-older-individuals-a-clinical-perspective
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Andrea Ticinesi, Tiziana Meschi, Marco V Narici, Fulvio Lauretani, Marcello Maggio
INTRODUCTION: A precise quantitative measurement of skeletal muscle mass is fundamental for diagnosing sarcopenia in older individuals. The current techniques of assessment, including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are either difficult to perform in everyday clinical practice or biased by concurrent clinical confounders. B-mode muscle ultrasound can be helpful in assessing muscle mass and architecture, and thus possibly useful for diagnosing or screening sarcopenia...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199417/physical-activity-prevents-alterations-in-mitochondrial-ultrastructure-and-glucometabolic-parameters-in-a-high-sugar-diet-model
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Karina Barbosa de Queiroz, Kinulpe Honorato-Sampaio, Joamyr Victor Rossoni Júnior, Diego Andrade Leal, Angélica Barbosa G Pinto, Lenice Kappes-Becker, Elisio Alberto Evangelista, Renata Guerra-Sá
Endurance exercise is a remarkable intervention for the treatment of many diseases. Mitochondrial changes on skeletal muscle are likely important for many of the benefits provided by exercise. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effects that a regular physical activity (swimming without workload) has on mitochondrial morphological alterations and glucometabolic parameters induced by a high-sugar diet (HSD). Weaned male Wistar rats fed with a standard diet or a HSD (68% carbohydrate) were subjected to 60 minutes of regular physical activity by swimming (without workload) for four- (20 sessions) or eight-week (40 sessions) periods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197674/role-of-vision-in-sighted-and-blind-soccer-players-in-adapting-to-an-unstable-balance-task
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María Campayo-Piernas, Carla Caballero, David Barbado, Raúl Reina
This study tested whether a compensatory hypothesis exists on postural control during standing unstable balance tasks comparing blind soccer players (n = 7) to sighted soccer players (n = 15) and sighted sedentary individuals (n = 6). All subjects performed a pre-test, a training of ten practice trials on a single day, and a post-test balance test. All tests were performed on an unstable surface placed on a force platform and under closed-eyes conditions, and a final test was performed with open eyes...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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