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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454297/association-between-hyperpolarization-activated-channel-in-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-and-gastrointestinal-dysmotility-induced-by-malignant-ascites
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Tieyun Guo, Jiade Li, Jing Li, Dan Kong, Chunli Bi, Zheng He, Dai Tang, Xiaoming Jin, Lianhong Jin
Advanced malignant ascites is accompanied by gastrointestinal dysmotility, and patients often feel abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea and constipation. Gastrointestinal dysmotility is not only painful for the patients, but it reduces the absorption of nutrients and affects the physical recovery of patients with malignant ascites. It is reported that changes in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are responsible for the gastrointestinal dysmotility induced by malignant ascites, but the mechanism is not completely understood...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453899/blood-flow-after-contraction-and-cuff-occlusion-is-reduced-in-subjects-with-muscle-soreness-after-eccentric-exercise
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Eduardo Souza-Silva, Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Rogerio Pessoto Hirata, Ryan Godsk Larsen, Thomas Graven-Nielsen
PURPOSE: Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occur within 1-2 days after eccentric exercise but the mechanism mediating hypersensitivity is unclear. This study hypothesized that eccentric exercise reduces the blood flow response following muscle contractions and cuff occlusion, which may result in accumulated algesic substances being a part of the sensitization in DOMS. METHODS: Twelve healthy subjects (5 women) performed dorsiflexion exercise (5 sets of 10 repeated eccentric contractions) in one leg, while the contralateral leg was the control...
April 28, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453543/altered-resting-state-intra-and-inter-network-functional-connectivity-in-patients-with-persistent-somatoform-pain-disorder
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Zhiyong Zhao, Tianming Huang, Chaozheng Tang, Kaiji Ni, Xiandi Pan, Chao Yan, Xiaoduo Fan, Dongrong Xu, Yanli Luo
Patients with persistent somatoform pain disorder (PSPD) usually experience various functional impairments in pain, emotion, and cognition, which cannot be fully explained by a physiological process or a physical disorder. However, it is still not clear for the mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of PSPD. The present study aimed to explore the intra- and inter-network functional connectivity (FC) differences between PSPD patients and healthy controls (HCs). Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was performed in 13 PSPD patients and 23 age- and gender-matched HCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453452/the-efficacy-of-a-huber-exercise-system-mediated-sensorimotor-training-protocol-on-proprioceptive-system-lumbar-movement-control-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-chronic-non-specific-low-back-pain
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Amir Letafatkar, Maryam Nazarzadeh, Malihe Hadadnezhad, Niloufar Farivar
BACKGROUND: There is a relation between deficits of the proprioceptive system and movement control dysfunction in patients with chronic low back pain (LBP) but, the exact mechanism of this relation is unknown. Exercise therapy has been recognized as an effective method for low back pain treatment. In spite of this, it is not clear which of the various exercise therapy programs lead to better results. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, the present analyze the efficacy of a HUBER study aims to exercise system mediated sensorimotor training protocol on proprioceptive system, lumbar movement control (LMC) and quality of life (QOL) in patients with chronic non-specific LBP...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449262/predictive-mechanisms-linking-brain-opioids-to-chronic-pain-vulnerability-and-resilience
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Anthony Kenneth Peter Jones, Christopher Andrew Brown
Chronic pain is a major global healthcare problem that is currently inadequately treated. In addition, the current use of opioids for treatment has reached far beyond the paucity of evidence for long-term benefits relative to risks. Benefit-risk models for opioid and non-opioid treatments would benefit from a rational, mechanism-based understanding of neuroplastic and neurochemical contributions to chronic pain. Here we evaluate the findings and limitations of representative research investigating brain neuroplasticity and neurochemistry in chronic pain...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448052/an-in-vitro-organ-culture-model-of-the-murine-intervertebral-disc
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Jennifer W Liu, Kevin H Lin, Christian Weber, Sameer Bhalla, Sean Kelso, Kaixi Wang, Simon Y Tang
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is a significant contributor to low back pain. The IVD is a fibrocartilaginous joint that serves to transmit and dampen loads in the spine. The IVD consists of a proteoglycan-rich nucleus pulposus (NP) and a collagen-rich annulus fibrosis (AF) sandwiched by cartilaginous end-plates. Together with the adjacent vertebrae, the vertebrae-IVD structure forms a functional spine unit (FSU). These microstructures contain unique cell types as well as unique extracellular matrices...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448025/novel-assay-for-cold-nociception-in-drosophila-larvae
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Heather N Turner, Christian Landry, Michael J Galko
How organisms sense and respond to noxious temperatures is still poorly understood. Further, the mechanisms underlying sensitization of the sensory machinery, such as in patients experiencing peripheral neuropathy or injury-induced sensitization, are not well characterized. The genetically tractable Drosophila model has been used to study the cells and genes required for noxious heat detection, which has yielded multiple conserved genes of interest. Little is known however about the cells and receptors important for noxious cold sensing...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447732/icariin-inhibits-mmp%C3%A2-1-mmp%C3%A2-3-and-mmp%C3%A2-13-expression-through-mapk-pathways-in-il%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-%C3%A2-stimulated-sw1353-chondrosarcoma-cells
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Li Zeng, Xiao-Feng Rong, Rong-Heng Li, Xing-Ye Wu
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and is a leading cause of disability worldwide, resulting in pain, reduced quality of life and socioeconomic burden. Current therapies for OA focus on mitigating the symptoms of advanced disease, but novel therapeutic agents are needed to inhibit the processes leading to OA. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of Icariin on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)‑1, MMP‑3 and MMP‑13 expression in interleukin (IL)‑1β‑stimulated human SW1353 chondrosarcoma cells, and to investigate the possible mechanism underlying the chondroprotective effects of Icariin...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447608/common-variants-in-zmiz1-and-near-ngf-confer-risk-for-primary-dysmenorrhoea
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Zhiqiang Li, Jianhua Chen, Ying Zhao, Yujiong Wang, Jinrui Xu, Jue Ji, Jingyi Shen, Weiping Zhang, Zuosong Chen, Qilin Sun, Lijuan Mao, Shulin Cheng, Bo Yang, Dongtao Zhang, Yufeng Xu, Yingying Zhao, Danping Liu, Yinhuan Shen, Weijie Zhang, Changgui Li, Jiawei Shen, Yongyong Shi
Primary dysmenorrhoea, defined as painful menstrual cramps in the absence of pelvic pathology, is a common problem in women of reproductive age. Its aetiology and pathophysiology remain largely unknown. Here we performed a two-stage genome-wide association study and subsequent replication study to identify genetic factors associated with primary dysmenorrhoea in a total of 6,770 Chinese individuals. Our analysis provided evidence of a significant (P<5 × 10(-8)) association at rs76518691 in the gene ZMIZ1 and at rs7523831 near NGF...
April 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447501/imaging-acute-and-chronic-pain-in-the-human-brainstem-and-spinal-cord
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Luke A Henderson, Kevin A Keay
While acute pain serves as a protective mechanism designed to warn an individual of potential or actual damaging stimuli, chronic pain provides no benefit and is now considered a disease in its own right. Since the advent of human brain imaging techniques, many investigations that have explored the central representation of acute and chronic pain have focused on changes in higher order brain regions. In contrast, far fewer have explored brainstem and spinal cord function, mainly due to significant technical difficulties...
April 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446645/hypothalamus-as-a-mediator-of-chronic-migraine-evidence-from-high-resolution-fmri
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Laura H Schulte, Angie Allers, Arne May
OBJECTIVE: To identify pathophysiologic mechanisms of migraine chronification using a recently standardized protocol for high-resolution brainstem imaging of trigeminal nociceptive stimulation. METHODS: Eighteen episodic migraineurs (EMs), 17 chronic migraineurs (CMs), and 19 healthy controls (HCs) underwent painful ammonia stimulation of the left nostril in a 3T MRI scanner. Functional images were acquired with a brainstem-optimized protocol for high-resolution echo-planar imaging...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446160/hydro-ethanolic-leaf-extract-of-ziziphus-abyssinica-hochst-ex-a-rich-rhamnaceae-exhibits-anti-nociceptive-effects-in-murine-models
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Eric Boakye-Gyasi, Isaac Tabiri Henneh, Wonder Kofi Mensah Abotsi, Elvis Ofori Ameyaw, Eric Woode
BACKGROUND: Despite substantial advances in pain research and treatment, millions of people continue to suffer from pain and this has been attributed mainly to the unavailability of effective and safer analgesics. The use of plants as medicines is still widespread and plants constitute a large source of novel phytocompounds that might become leads for the discovery of newer, effective and safer alternatives. Various parts of Ziziphus abyssinica have been used in folk medicine in several African countries as painkillers...
April 26, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446051/sleep-deprivation-sensitizes-human-craniofacial-muscles
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Eva Szuchy Kristiansen, Louise Skou Nielsen, Siv Sofie Christensen, Sofia Hedvig Christina Botvid, Jeppe Nørgaard Poulsen, Parisa Gazerani
It is unknown whether and how sleep deprivation influences craniofacial muscle sensitivity in healthy humans. We investigated whether total sleep deprivation (TSD) and one night of recovery sleep (RS) can alter mechanical pain sensitivity in temporal and masseter muscles. Fifteen healthy volunteers participated in three consecutive sessions. Pressure pain thresholds were measured on the temporal and masseter muscles. Both temporal and masseter muscles became sensitized after 24 h of TSD. RS reversed the muscle sensitization...
April 26, 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445930/opioids-modulators-of-angiogenesis-in-wound-healing-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Martina Ondrovics, Andrea Hoelbl-Kovacic, Daniela Alexandra Fux
Opioids are potent drugs that are widely used to control wound or cancer pain. Increasing evidence suggest that opioids mediate clinically relevant effects that go beyond their classical role as analgesics. Of note, opioids appear to modulate angiogenesis - a process that is critical in wound healing and cancer progression. In this review, we focus on pro- and anti-angiogenic facets of opioids that arise from the activation of individual opioid receptors and the usage of individual concentrations or application routes...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445862/treatments-of-traumatic-neuropathic-pain-a-systematic-review
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Chenglun Yao, Xijie Zhou, Bin Zhao, Chao Sun, Keshav Poonit, Hede Yan
Traumatic neuropathic pain caused by traumatic neuroma has long been bothering both doctors and patients, the mechanisms of traumatic neuropathic pain are widely discussed by researchers and the treatment is challenging. Clinical treatment of painful neuroma is unclear. Numerous treatment modalities have been introduced by experts in this field. However, there is still no single standard recognized treatment.Different forms of treatments have been tested in animals and humans, but pharmacotherapies (antidepressants, antiepileptics) remain the basis of traumatic neuropathic pain management...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445853/cannabidiol-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-interactions-on-acute-pain-and-locomotor-activity
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Stevie C Britch, Jenny L Wiley, Zhihao Yu, Brian H Clowers, Rebecca M Craft
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) may potentiate or antagonize Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol's (THC) effects. The current study examined sex differences in CBD modulation of THC-induced antinociception, hypolocomotion, and metabolism. METHODS: In Experiment 1, CBD (0, 10 or 30mg/kg) was administered 15min before THC (0, 1.8, 3.2, 5.6 or 10mg/kg), and rats were tested for antinociception and locomotion 15-360min post-THC injection. In Experiments 2 and 3, CBD (30mg/kg) was administered 13h or 15min before THC (1...
April 15, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445756/membrane-mechanics-of-primary-afferent-neurons-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-of-rats
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Hirosato Kanda, Jianguo G Gu
Membrane mechanics is an important biological factor regulating many cellular functions including cell motility, intercellular and intracellular signaling, gene expression, and membrane ion channel activity. Primary afferent neurons transduce sensory information about temperature, touch, and pain. These sensory functions may be profoundly affected by the states of primary afferent neuron mechanics. However, membrane mechanics of primary afferent neurons is largely unknown. In this study, we established the optical trapping technique for determining membrane mechanics of cultured primary afferent neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445709/gait-analysis-and-weight-bearing-in-pre-clinical-joint-pain-research
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Kristina Ängeby Möller, Heta Svärd, Anni Suominen, Jarmo Immonen, Johanna Holappa, Carina Stenfors
BACKGROUND: There is a need for better joint pain treatment, but development of new medication has not been successful. Pre-clinical models with readouts that better reflect the clinical situation are needed. In patients with joint pain, pain at rest and pain at walking are two major complaints. NEW METHOD: We describe a new way of calculating results from gait analysis using the CatWalk™ setup. Rats with monoarthritis induced by injection of Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) intra-articularly into the ankle joint of one hind limb were used to assess gait and dynamic weight bearing...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445708/flow-cytometry-analysis-of-inflammatory-cells-isolated-from-the-sciatic-nerve-and-drg-after-chronic-constriction-injury-in-mice
#19
Liping Liu, Yan Yin, Fei Li, Charvi Malhotra, Jianguo Cheng
BACKGROUND: Cellular responses to nerve injury play a central role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. However, the analysis of site specific cellular responses to nerve injury and neuropathic pain is limited to immunohistochemistry staining with numerous limitations. NEW METHODS: We proposed to apply flow cytometry to overcome some of the limitations and developed two protocols for isolation of cells from small specimens of the sciatic nerve and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in mice...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445695/neural-correlates-of-evoked-phantom-limb-sensations
#20
J Andoh, M Diers, C Milde, C Köppe, D Kleinböhl, H Flor
Previous work showed the existence of changes in the topographic organization within the somatosensory cortex (SI) in amputees with phantom limb pain, however, the link between nonpainful phantom sensations such as cramping or tingling or the percept of the limb and cortical changes is less clear. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in a highly selective group of limb amputees who experienced inducible and reproducible nonpainful phantom sensations. A standardized procedure was used to locate body sites eliciting phantom sensations in each amputee...
April 23, 2017: Biological Psychology
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