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Development of the Peripheral Nervous System

The peripheral nervous system develops into somatic and autonomic divisions. The somatic division is sensorimotor, carrying conscious sensory inputs to the brain, which replies with motor output to the striated (voluntary) musculature. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is almost entirely motor, carrying impulses from the CNS to the involuntary effector organs such as heart and sweat glands. The ANS develops into two main divisions, sympathetic and parasympathetic.

Myelinated Peripheral Nerve

Cross-section of a small peripheral nerve from the adventitia of the trachea. Apart from myelinated individual nerve fibers, there are also a few small bundles of unmyelinated axons 2, which have nestled into the cell bodies of Schwann cells 3. In the axoplasm of myelinated nerve fibers 1 are neurotu-bules and neurofilaments. The loose connective tissue between individual nerve fibers is called endoneurium H (cf. Figs. 261, 263, 266, 267). Perineural epithelium (perineurium) O covers the entire fascicle (cf. Figs. 262-264, 266, 268).

Intracranial hemorrhage or vascular occlusion 10 Mononeuropathy singlemultiplex

Disturbed function of one or more peripheral nerve(s) resulting in weakness paralysis or sensory dysfunction because of either conduction block in motor nerve fibers or axonal loss. a. Clinical demonstration of motor sensory disturbances in the distribution of a peripheral nerve and or

Unmyelinated Peripheral Nerve

Collagen Fibrils Membrane

Small unmyelinated nerve from the uterine myometrium of a sexually mature woman. Among other structures, the neuropil contains only unmyelinated axons of the central nervous system. In the peripheral nervous system, each individual unmyelinated axon is cradled in Schwann cells (peripheral glial cells) (cf. Figs. 270, 271). The axons of peripheral unmyelinated nerve fibers have diameters between 0.2 and 2.5 m. They are bedded in Schwann cell invaginations, which look like trenches, grooves or channels. These are open grooves, at the open side only the basal membrane covers the axon. The axons are embedded in invaginations, which are completely lined by the Schwann cell plasmalemma. Mesaxons form connections between the plasmalemma of the large bay-like invaginations and the plasmalemma of the Schwann cell body. Between the outer Schwann cell membrane and the axo-lemma is a circa 10-20-nm wide intracellular cleft. One Schwann cell is recruited for a maximum of 1.5 im of axon, then...

Development of Gabapentin for Neuropathic Pain

Lakhbir Singh and Mark Field performed initial studies of gabapentin for use as an analgesic in animal models in 1992-1993 at the Parke-Davis Cambridge (UK) Research Centre. They found that gabapentin was active in several rat models of antihyperalgesic action (formalin test, carrageenan test),37,38 although at rather high dosages. Gary Bennett obtained a sample of gabapentin in 1993, and tested it in his model of neuropathic pain from sciatic nerve ligation in rats.39 These results from animal models were presented by Bennett at a national meeting in 1994, and at about the same time, the first case reports of gabapentin use for neuropathic pain appeared in the literature.40,41 Subsequently, a large number of investigators found gabapentin to be active in animal models of pain states14,38,42-61 and also in several clinical studies.62-65 In 1995 and 1996, Parke-Davis began two large placebo-controlled parallel group studies of gabapentin for treating neuropathic pain. Clinical trials...

Peripheral Nerve Injury Produces an Increased Expression of Clusterin in CNS Neuronal Perikarya

From these observations we conclude that peripheral nerve injury produces an increased expression of clusterin in neurons situated in the central, but not in the peripheral nervous system. Furthermore, our findings show that there is no distinct relationship between clusterin upregulation and neuronal death or survival after axotomy.

Peripheral Nerve Injury Produces an Increased Expression of Clusterin in Perineuronal Astrocytes

Immunohistochemical preparations demonstrate a distinct increase in clusterin staining intensity in astrocytes in the vicinity of axotomized motoneurons2 and mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus neurons (Pfaller, Liu, Aldskogius, unpublished observations). Similarly, in the spinal cord dorsal horn where primary sensory fibers terminate, astrocytes increase their expression of clusterin and clusterin mRNA following peripheral nerve injury.4 In all these situations the increased immunoreactivity appears to reasonably well match the as-trocytic hypertrophy following peripheral nerve injury. With in situ hybridization for clusterin mRNA, the neuropil labeling is typically relatively weak compared to that of the

Diabetic Neuropathy

About half of all people with diabetes experience some degree of diabetic neuropathy, which can present either as polyneuropathy or mononeuropathy (109). Diabetic neuropathy can also affect the central and the autonomic nervous systems. Level of hyperglycemia seems to determine the onset and progression of diabetic neuropathy (110,111). Diabetic rats show reduction in sensory motor conduction velocities and nerve action potentials and reduction in peripheral nerve blood flow and all these abnormalities can be prevented by pretreatment with anti-AGE agents such as aminoguanidine (114,115). Pentosidine content was increased in cytoskeletal proteins of the sciatic nerve of streptozotocin induced diabetic rats and decreased after islet transplantation (111). Pentosidine content was found elevated in cytoskeletal and myelin protein extracts of sural nerve from human subjects (116). The sural and peroneal nerves of human diabetic subjects contain AGEs in the perineurium, endothelial cells,...

Peripheral Nerve

Several myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers of the peripheral nerve from the vomeronasal organ (VNO). Every one of the individual unmyelinated axons is nestled in Schwann cells (peripheral glial cells). Schwann cells provide bay-like infolds or grooves at their surfaces as open containments for axons. At their surface, the axons are covered only by the basal membrane E. Axons may also be completely covered by plasmalemma folds of the Schwann cells 3. In this case, the folded part of the Schwann cell plasmalemma is connected to other parts of the plasmalemma via mesaxons 13. The plasmalemma of an axon is called axolemma. In contrast to the cytoplasm of the perikaryon and larger dendrites, there are no Golgi complexes or ergasto-plasm in an axon. However, axons do contain smooth endoplasmic reticulum membranes, mitochondria, neurotubules and neurofilaments. The myelin sheath of nerve fibers 1 is covered by the outer Schwann cell cytoplasm 2. The myelin sheath consists of layers of...

Autoimmuneneuromuscular disorders

A number of autoimmune neuroinflammatory disorders (see 6.09 Neuromuscular Autoimmune Disorders) affect either the central or peripheral nervous system. Many of these disorders are exceptionally rare such as Moersch-Woltman syndrome (stiff-man), Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, and myasthenia gravis (MG). While uncommon, these disorders tend to be highly debilitating as they directly alter neuromuscular transmission. The most common of these disorders is MG which affects an estimated 60 000 people in the USA. The primary pathology underlying MG appears to be the production of autoantibodies directed against the alpha subunit of the neuromuscular nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Through direct interference and complement-mediated lysis of the postsynaptic muscle membrane, the autoantibodies cause disruption in the motor endplate that leads to a weakness in skeletal muscle throughout the body. The autoimmune disorder systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the neuroinflammatory...

Purpose of the handbook

Replaces nerve function lost as a result of disease or injury. The neuroprosthetic commonly acts as a bridge between functional elements of the nervous system and nerves or muscles over which control has been lost. Examples include the peripheral nerve bridges implanted into the spinal cord, lumbar anterior-root stimulator implants to allow standing in paraplegics, and systems to restore hand and upper limb movement in tetraplegics. The neuroprosthetic may also act as a bridge between the nervous system and a physical prosthesis, as is the case in upper limb replacement.

Historical Conceptualizations

Although there is only a smattering of accounts of the psychological sequelae of natural and technological disasters during the late 19th century, it is known that civilian traumas were also attributed to organic causes. For example, Railway spine was considered to be the result of railroad accidents that produced theoretical, but usually unobservable, physical lesions or insults to the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system. This condition is representative of the tendency to attribute otherwise unexplainable physical disabilities to abnormal central nervous system mechanisms. Indeed, an English surgeon, John Erichsen (1882), cautioned against confusing (what he assumed to be) the organically caused symptoms of railway spine with hysteria, the prevailing diagnosis of the times (van der Kolk, Weisaeth, & van der Hart, 1996). When physical injuries could not be found in these patients, their symptoms were attributed to subtle forms of neurological damage and a general...

Intermediary Filamentsthe Tonofilament System

In addition to actin filaments and microtubules, intermediary filaments (to-nofilaments) are the third system making up the intracellular cytoskeleton of eukaryotic cells. Their diameter is 7-11 nm. This makes them thicker than microfilaments (5-7 nm) and thinner than microtubules (20-25 nm). Currently, five subclasses of intermediary filaments are defined the cytokeratin filaments in epithelial cells (see Figs. 51, 52) desmin filaments, the characteristic structures in smooth cells and striated muscle fibers glia filaments,glia acidic fibrillary protein (GAFP) in astrocytes neurofilaments in neurons from the central and peripheral nervous system and vimentin filaments, which are characteristic of cells of mesenchymal origin (fibroblasts, chondrocytes, macrophages, endothelial cells, etc.).

Sensory nerves somaticvisceral is not a particularly useful distinction

Somatic sensation is sensation from body wall structures (soma body) in cranial nerves, it includes that from the skin and oral cavity (except taste). Visceral sensation includes that from the alimentary canal (except the mouth) and taste. The somatic visceral distinction is based not upon the nature of the peripheral nerve or neuron, but upon how the information is handled once inside the CNS brain stem connections of somatic sensation are different from those of visceral sensation (Section 4.2).

Activation of the Dagpkc Pathway

One major advance in the understanding of diabetic vascular disease is the unraveling of changes in signal transduction pathways in diabetic states. One of the best-characterized signaling changes is the activation of DAG-PKC pathway. Such activation appears to be related to elevation of DAG, a physiological activator of PKC. Increases in total DAG contents have been demonstrated in a variety of tissues associated with diabetic vascular complications, including retina (78), aorta, heart (79), renal glomeruli (80), and nonvascular tissues as in the liver (81), but not in the brain and peripheral nerves of diabetic animals and patients (Table 4). Increasing glucose levels from 5 to 22 mol L in the media elevated the cellular DAG contents in aortic endothelial cells and SMCs (79), retinal endothelial cells (78), and renal mesangial cells (82,83). The increase in DAG-PKC reaches maximum in 3-5 days after elevating glucose levels and remain chronically elevated for many years. In fact, we...

Vascular Contractility and Blood Flow

Hemodynamic abnormalities such as blood flow and vascular contractility have been reported in many organs of diabetic animals or patients, including the kidney, retina, peripheral arteries, and microvessels of peripheral nerves. In the retina of diabetic patients and animals with a short duration and without clinical retinopathy, blood flow has been shown to be decreased (119-123). One possible explanation for the decreased retinal blood flow in early stage of diabetes is as a result of an increase in vascular resistance at the microcirculatory level induced by PKC activation. We have reported that the decreased retinal blood flow can be mimicked by intravitreous injection of phorbol esters, which are PKC activators (78). Furthermore, decreases in retinal blood flow in diabetic rats have been reported to be normalized by PKC inhibitors (90). In addition to the retina, decreases in blood flow have also been reported in the peripheral nerves of diabetic animals by most investigators...

Serotonin and the Gastrointestinal Tract

Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) functions as both a neurotransmitter as well as a paracrine chemical in the bowel. Serotonin is found throughout the gastrointestinal tract and resides within enterochromafin cells. It is also found within nerve fibers in the enteric nervous system. Enterochromafin cells within the gut are responsible for the production of more than 95 of the body stores of serotonin.27 The remainder of serotonin is located within the brain and spinal cord. There are three subtypes of serotonin receptors found within the gastrointestinal tract 5-HT1,5-HT3, and 5-HT4. Increased serotonin concentration in the serum and mucosa has been demonstrated in women with diarrhea-predominant IBS.28 The direct affect of the application of serotonin to the intestine increases intestinal motility and secretion therefore, this neurotransmitter has attracted a great deal of attention as a putative mediator of the symptoms of IBS. Additionally, laboratory studies and clinical...

Conservation Of Neural Induction

Chordin Noggin Follistatin

FIGURE 1.23 The current model of neural induction in amphibian embryos. As the involuting mesodermal cells of the IMZ release several molecules that interfere with the BMP signals between ectodermal cells. Ceberus, chordin, noggin, and follistatin all interfere with the activation of the BMP receptor by the BMPs in the ectoderm and thereby block the anti-neuralizing effects of BMP4. In other words, they induce this region of the embryo to develop as neural tissue, ultimately generating the brain, spinal cord, and most of the peripheral nervous system. FIGURE 1.23 The current model of neural induction in amphibian embryos. As the involuting mesodermal cells of the IMZ release several molecules that interfere with the BMP signals between ectodermal cells. Ceberus, chordin, noggin, and follistatin all interfere with the activation of the BMP receptor by the BMPs in the ectoderm and thereby block the anti-neuralizing effects of BMP4. In other words, they induce this region of the embryo...

Ganglion and nucleus beware of confusion

Thus, in a nerve, ganglion means a swelling on the nerve. It is used to mean the swelling caused by a collection of nerve cell bodies on a peripheral nerve cell bodies take up more space than fibres, so a collection of cell bodies will cause a swelling.

The Neural Plate and Neural Tube

Ganglion White Matter

As the tube is closing, neural crest cells migrate from their origin at the lateral lips of the folds, and move in both lateral and medial paths. Those moving in a medial direction pass in between the neural tube and the somites and form the peripheral autonomic nervous system, dorsal root ganglia and the Schwann cells of spinal nerves. Those moving in a lateral direction form melanoblasts in the skin. The neural crest also gives rise to the ganglia of the peripheral nervous system. The neural tube itself moves and sinks deeper into the embryo as it differentiates into the brain and the spinal cord. cells develop processes centrally and peripherally. Centrally-directed processes may either enter the dorsal horn of the spinal cord or ascend the marginal layer headed for a higher one. Peripherally-directed processes join paths with fibers from the ventral horn to form the spinal nerve trunk. Neural crest cells also form Schwann cells, which myelinate peripheral nerves by forming a...

Essential Blepharospasm

Upper Eyelid Myectomy For Blepharospasm

TREATMENT The most affective treatment currently available is chemodenervation with botulinum toxin. The latter blocks neuromuscular transmission by inhibiting release of acetyl choline at peripheral nerve endings. Onset is usually within three to five days, and the duration of effect is typically about three months. For the 4 to 5 of patients who do not respond to botulinum toxin type A (Botox ) or who develop resistance to it, botulinum toxin type B (Myobloc ) is also available, and generally works well in most cases. When chemodenervation fails to give adequate results pharmacological agents such as benzodiazepines or anticholinergic agents can be added. For those who do not obtain satisfactory control of spasms on these regimens, surgical myectomy with removal of orbicularis muscle from the upper eyelids combined with brow fixation, will usually produce acceptable results.

Types of Pain See Table 9 p363

Neuropathic pain is that which is caused by damage to nerve tissue. It is always referred to the sensory distribution of the affected neural structure e. g., calf pain in S1 radiculopathy, frontal headache in tentorial meningioma, unilateral bandlike abdominal pain in schwannoma of a thoracic spinal nerve root. (Note that neuropathic pain is not necessarily due to neuropathy. The less misleading synonym neuro-genic pain is not as widely used.) Neuropathic pain

Axes of the Nervous System

The vertebrate nervous system is initially induced as an apparently homogeneous epithelial sheet of ectoderm adjacent to its organizer (see Chapter 1). This neural plate has contact ventrally with the underlying dorsal mesoderm, and laterally with the epidermal ectoderm, and these two neighboring tissues assist the neural plate to form a neural tube in a generally rostral to caudal sequence. Subsequently, a number of broad, discrete regions will form, both anteroposteriorly and dorsoventrally, beginning the cascade of specialization that will ultimately give rise to the complex vertebrate CNS (Fig. 5). Traditionally we identify the prominent AP regions as forebrain, midbrain, hind-brain, and spinal cord, whereas in the DV plane (at least in the trunk) we recognize the dorsal sensory neurons and ventral motor neurons. In addition, from the lateral margins of the early neu-roectoderm, the sensory placodes and neural crest form and generate the cranial nerves and the peripheral nervous...

Uses for Engineered Animals in Drug Discovery and Development

A second purpose for using GEM and GER models in basic research is to probe the impact of pharmacologic intervention. Engineered models are used in this setting to address two basic needs will chronic therapy elicit undesirable side effects' and what will be the nature of such effects An instance in which GEM have been used in DDD to evaluate the impact of long-term treatment is provided by mice engineered to lack the beta-secretase' the brain enzyme proposed as the primary molecule responsible for the generation of neurotoxic amyloid beta (A beta) fibrils in patients with Alzheimer's disease.199 Ablation of beta-secretase has been shown to effectively halt A beta production in knockout mice 72 but the extensive distribution of this enzyme in extraneural tissues200 raises the possibility that chronic beta-secretase inhibition will lead to undesirable systemic side effects. This concern was eased by determining that older knockout animals did not develop clinical or anatomic...

Specification And Differentiation Through Cellular Interactions And Interactions With The Local Environment

The vertebrate neural crest is a transient stem cell population that arises along the lateral edges of the neural plate induced by the convergence of secreted signals (notably Wnts, BMPs, and FGFs), at the juxtaposition of neural plate, lateral epidermis, and subjacent paraxial mesoderm (see Chapters 1 and 2 for details of crest induction). As described in Chapter 3, these cells migrate from their site of origin at the dorsal-most part of the neural tube, along stereotypic pathways through the rest of the embryo. In this section, we discuss how the neural crest cells become specified toward different fates as they migrate through different environments. The neural crest progenitors continue to divide as they migrate until they coalesce at their destinations. Crest cells generate a variety of cell types. Not only does the crest produce the entire peripheral nervous system, including the autonomic and sensory ganglia, and the peripheral glia (Schwann cells), but it also produces...

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors nAChRs

NAChRs are homo- or heteropentameric ligand-gated ion channels present in the CNS, peripheral nervous system, and neuromuscular junction. Various subunits can combine to provide a diversity of receptor subtypes with unique brain and neuron-specific distributions.37 Activation of nAChRs mediates calcium influx and neurotransmitter release, again specific to the neuronal subtype (i.e., cortical, hippocampal). Interest in nAChRs comes from observations that they are reduced in AD and that nicotine improves attention in AD patients. Also A 42 can bind to a7 nAChRs and antagonists of this receptor promote neuron survival. Several nAChR agonists have entered the clinic (e.g., ABT-418 14, SIB-1553A 15, GTS-21 16, TC-1734 17). The progress of these agents has been slow due to efficacy issues and side effects, including emesis, motor dysfunction, and hallucinations, although these are reduced in comparison to nicotine due to improved receptor subtype selectivity. The first a4b2 agonist to...

Description Medical Diabetes

Long-term complications such as disease of the large and small blood vessels lead to cardiovascular disease (coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension), retinopa-thy, and renal failure. Diabetic patients also have nerve damage (neuropathy) that can affect the peripheral nerves, resulting in numbness and pain of the hands or feet.

Pharmacologic Highlights

Explain that all cuts and blisters need to be cleaned and treated with an antiseptic preparation. If a cut or blister begins to appear infected (warmth, pain, swelling) or has drainage, encourage the patient to notify the primary healthcare provider immediately. Teach the patient to avoid constricting clothing such as constricting stockings, garters, girdles, or elastic slippers. If the patient needs to be on bedrest, encourage her or him to keep bed linens loose over the feet and legs. Instruct the patient to avoid very hot baths if peripheral neuropathy causes decreased temperature sensation.

Guillain Barre syndrome

Clinical data support the hypothesis that autoantibodies are involved in GBS pathogenesis the efficacy of plasma exchange (PE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapies and the case of flaccid paralysis in a newborn of a mother with GBS. There is also strong support for a specific role for ganglioside antibodies the identification of GBS-like symptoms in some patients treated with gangliosides approximately 40 of GBS patients have anti-ganglioside antibodies in their plasma disease subtypes or symptoms correlate with the ganglioside antibody subtype, as well as with the differential expression of those subtypes in the PNS and rabbits sensitized with C. jejuni lipooligosaccharide developed anti-GMl IgG antibody, flaccid limb weakness, and peripheral nerve pathology identical to GBS.11 The last study provides the strongest and most direct evidence that at least some types of GBS are the result of carbohydrate mimicry between an infectious agent and peripheral nerve ganglioside...

Cell Adhesion And Labeled Pathways

Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), the earliest identified of the CAMs, appears to be expressed on all vertebrate neurons and glia (Edelman, 1984). NCAM exists in many different forms, some with an intracel-lular domain that may interact with the cytoskeleton and some without. The extracellular portion of NCAM can be highly modified by the addition of carbohydrates, particularly sialic acid residues. Nonsialylated forms are very adhesive compared to the sialylated forms. In the course of a neuron's development, there may be changes in the sialylation state of its NCAM, thus adjusting its adhesion (Walsh and Doherty, 1997). For example, developing motor neurons of the chick grow out of the spinal cord and enter a complicated plexus region, where they cross in many directions and eventually segregate into distinct nerve roots leading to their appropriate muscles. During the time when these axons are growing in the plexus, the NCAM they express is highly sialylated. This keeps the...

Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

In 1992, the ACR published a committee report on classification and case definitions of NPSLE. These case definitions were published in an appendix to the main article and are presented here in complete form. The committee recommended a basic demographic form for case-reporting purposes that is not included here. The syndromes can be subdivided into 19 syndromes encompassing both peripheral nervous system manifestations and CNS syndromes. Each of the guidelines is based on criteria with

Design considerations

Figure 7.6 A sharp probe tip formed using a combination of shallow and deep boron diffusions. Probes with these sharp tips have been used to penetrate tough structures such as peripheral nerve and spinal cord. Figure 7.6 A sharp probe tip formed using a combination of shallow and deep boron diffusions. Probes with these sharp tips have been used to penetrate tough structures such as peripheral nerve and spinal cord.

Generation of Muscle Founder Cells by Asymmetric Division

Clearly, however, asymmetric division by muscle progenitors is a crucial step in the generation of muscle founder cells with distinct identities. In each of the progenitor cell divisions, daughter cells acquire a different cell fate as a consequence of asymmetric distribution of molecules. Insights into the identity of these molecules and possible functions in the somatic musculature came from studies on neurogenesis. Asymmetric division during development of the peripheral nervous system involves the cytoplasmic proteins Numb, Inscutable (Insc), and Prospero (Pros). In neuronal cells, Numb and Pros are provided to only one daughter cell in a mechanism that is dependent on insc (Rhyu et al., 1994 Hirata et al., 1995 Knoblich et al., 1995 Spana and Doe, 1995 Kraut and Campos-Ortega, 1996 Kraut et al., 1996 Spana and Doe, 1996 Chapters 1.10, 1.11, and 2.3). Embryos lacking either numb or insc exhibit defects in muscle development, implicating them in the asymmetric division of muscle...

VCR Mechanisms Indications and Toxicities

CNS ascending peripheral neuropathy (axo-nopathy), seizures, encephalopathy, autonomic dysfunction paralytic ileus, atonic bladder hypothalamic stimulation fever and syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) with hyponatre-mia and intravascular volume overloading. Bone marrow Myelosuppression, VB > VCR.

[KLOHnihdeen Pregnancy Category C

Epidural With opiates for severe pain in cancer clients not relieved by opiate analgesics alone. Most effective for neuropathic pain. Contraindications Hypersensitiv-ity to the drug or its components. Special Concerns Use with caution in presence of severe coronary insufficiency, recent MI, cerebrovascu-lar disease, or chronic renal failure. Use with caution during lactation. Safe use in children not established. Geriatric clients may be more sensitive to the hypotensive effects a decreased dosage may also be necessary in these clients due to age-related decreases in renal function. For children, restrict epidural use to severe intractable pain from malignancy that is not responsive to epidural or

General Overview And Chapter Layout

The entire peripheral nervous system (PNS) of vertebrates is derived from two transient embryonic cell populations the neural crest (Hall, 1999 Le Douarin and Kalcheim, 1999) and cranial ectodermal placodes (Webb and Noden, 1993 Baker and Bronner-Fraser, 2001 Begbie and Graham, 2001a). Both originate from ectoderm at the border between the prospective neural plate and epidermis. Neural crest cells delaminate in a rostrocau-dal wave and migrate through the embryo along specific migration pathways. They give rise to all peripheral glia, all peripheral autonomic neurons (postganglionic sympathetic and parasympa-thetic neurons enteric neurons), all sensory neurons in the trunk, and some cranial sensory neurons, together with many nonneural derivatives such as pigment cells, endocrine cells, facial cartilage and bone, teeth, and smooth muscle. Cranial ectodermal placodes are paired, discrete regions of thickened cranial ectoderm that give rise to the paired peripheral sense organs...

Newer Anticonvulsant Drugs

Becampanel (Figure 3) is an aminomethylquinoxalinedione AMPA receptor antagonist (IC50 11 nM). It is under development for the potential treatment of status epilepticus and other types of seizures. It is also being evaluated for use in the treatment of neuropathic pain and cerebrovascular ischemia.

Unmet Medical Needs

An alternative to this somewhat pessimistic situation is the considerable potential, discovered in the clinic by serendipity, for the use of AEDs in neuropathic pain (see 6.14 Acute and Neuropathic Pain) and BAPD (see 6.03 Affective Disorders Depression and Bipolar Disorders), which has increased interest in advancing AEDs to the clinic as multifactorial therapeutic agents and a renewed focus on understanding the mechanism(s) of action of these agents as anticonvulsants in order to understand the role of aberrant and spontaneous neuronal firing via epileptogenic-like foci in neuropathic pain (neuromas) and BAPD. Like chronic convulsive episodes, outcomes from chronic pain states include cell death, aberrant neuronal sprouting, and neuronal pathway remodeling (see 6.14 Acute and Neuropathic Pain).

Adenosine Producing Stem Cell Therapy

Adenosine (Figure 4) is an endogenous neuromodulatory agent that has anticonvulsant activity in a variety of animal models.45 Using hippocampal microdialysis probes, adenosine levels were found to be increased 6-31-fold in patients with intractable complex partial epilepsy during seizures,46 suggesting that compounds that mimic adenosine effects, e.g., synthetic adenosine analogs, or facilitate its actions, e.g., adenosine kinase (AK) inhibitors, may be potent and effect AEDs.47 However, as in many other therapeutic areas where modulation of adenosine function has been viewed as a therapeutic option, e.g., neuropathic pain, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep promotion (see 6.06 Sleep), etc., the efficacy of adenosine and its analogs have been accompanied by unmanageable side effects including sedation and hypotension.48 A novel approach to circumventing the side effects of adenosine has been an 'ex vivo gene therapy' approach, tailoring the local...

Clinical Trial Issues

Traditionally, the assessment of novel analgesics has been based on methods and models based on the clinical utility of opioid analgesics.14 Many of the endpoints measured involve the use of self-report methodologies including the classical visual analog scale (VAS) with which patients rate their pain from a score of 0 (no noticeable pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable). For the specific assessment of neuropathic pain, clinical studies have used tools like the McGill Pain Questionnaire, Neuropathic Pain Scale, and the Neuropathic Pain Symptoms Inventory. While the use of many of these analgesic endpoints has been validated in the clinical setting, the use of specific combinations of these scales may be useful to enhance the sensitivity of clinical outcomes for new analgesic compounds.

Functions of Lipoproteins and Their Receptors in the CNS

These two functions of apoE-containing lipoproteins may explain the up-regulation of apoE seen in models of peripheral nerve damage67-69 and CNS damage.2,18 Apolipoprotein E is synthesized by non-neuronal cells around the site of injury, and delivers cholesterol to the damaged axons, a process necessary for regeneration. Apolipoprotein A-I is also found

Alcohol and Sedatives

Alcohol is rapidly absorbed from the duodenum with blood alcohol concentrations of 100-200 mg , causing impaired motor function and judgment concentrations of200-400 mg lead to stupor and coma. Alcohol activates GABA receptors, inhibits NMDA receptors, and has additional effects on 5-HT3, nico-tinic, and opioid receptors. It is metabolized by alcohol dehyrogenase at a constant rate of 100 mg kg hour. Medical complications of alcohol dependence are listed in Table 8.3. Problems such as anemia, peripheral neuropathy, and dementia are of particular concern in HIV patients, who are already predisposed to these complications. More importantly, alcohol-induced liver disease may be worse in those coinfected Peripheral neuropathy

Creation Of Receptor Antagonists By Modifying Cytokines

Several of the gp130 cytokines also share LIF-R as a common signal-transducing subunit. LIF, CNTF, CT-1, and human OSM all activate gp130 in conjunction with LIF-R. CNTF must first bind a ligand-specific receptor, CNTFRa, before heterodimerizing LIF-R and gp130. CNTFRa is normally tethered to the membrane by a glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI) linkage, but it can be released, for example, in peripheral nerve injury (13). Unlike CNTF, the soluble CNTF receptor CNTF complex will potently stimulate cells that express LIF-R and gp130 even if they lack CNTFRa (13). A ligand-specific receptor for CT-1 has also been proposed (14,15). In addition to LIF-R, a third signal-transducing subunit, OSM-R, can also heterodimerize with gp130 (16). Human OSM activates either human LIF-R gp130 receptors or human 0SM-R gp130 receptors, whereas, murine OSM only activates murine 0SM-R gp130 (17,18). The cross reactivity of human OSM has implications for the application of receptor antagonists (see...

Cell Death Following Receptor Elimination

FIGURE 7.14 The pattern of NT-3 expression is revealed by a lacZ reporter gene, and nerves are coun-terstained with a neurofilament antibody. A. A transverse section through the thoracic region of an E11 mouse embryo shows DRGs (drg), and peripheral nerves (n). NT-3 expression (blue) is prominently around the DRG and sensory-motor projection. B. Peripheral axons within the forelimb growing through mesenchyme (ms) are surrounded by NT-3 expression. There is almost no NT-3 expression at the end of the limb (asterisk), which is not yet innervated. Lmc lateral motor column, s skin. (Reprinted from Farinas et al., 1996). FIGURE 7.14 The pattern of NT-3 expression is revealed by a lacZ reporter gene, and nerves are coun-terstained with a neurofilament antibody. A. A transverse section through the thoracic region of an E11 mouse embryo shows DRGs (drg), and peripheral nerves (n). NT-3 expression (blue) is prominently around the DRG and sensory-motor projection. B. Peripheral axons within the...

Radiculopathy of the Lower Extremities

Peripheral neuropathies Spinal mononeuropathies that can be confused with radiculopathies (e.g., diabetic neuropathy, sarcoid spinal mononeuropathy, paraneoplastic sensory neuropathy, combined system disease-vitamin B12 deficiency, pharmaceutical and industrial toxin neuropathy, ischemic neuropathy)

Pics Of Spinal Sclerosis

Posterior Column Lesion

Localized sensory disturbance (not in a dermatomal or peripheral nerve distribution)2 Distal peripheral nerve Mononeuropathy (compression, tumor), mononeuritis multiplex (involvement of multiple peripheral nerves by vasculitis, diabetes mellitus, etc.) Distal peripheral nerves Peripheral nerves, lumbar plexus

Nerve and Muscle Physical Work

Nerve Cell

Along the axon, the plasma membrane of the soma continues as the axolemma ( A1,2). The axolemma is surrounded by oligodendrocytes ( p. 338) in the central nervous system (CNS), and by Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system ( A1,2). A nerve fiber consists of an axon plus its sheath. In some neurons, Schwann cells form multiple concentric double phospholipid layers around an axon, comprising the myelin sheath ( A1,2) that insulates the axon from ion currents. The sheath is interrupted every 1.5 mm or so at the nodes of Ranvier ( A1). The conduction velocity of myelinated nerve fibers is much higher than that of unmyelinated nerve fibers and increases with the diameter of the nerve fiber ( p. 49C).

Clinical manifestation

Reactional state lepra type I reaction usually affects patients with borderline disease downgrading reaction represents shift toward the lepromatous pole before the initiation of therapy reversal reaction disease shift toward tuberculoid pole after the initiation of therapy lepra type II reactions (erythema nodosum leprosum) immune complex-mediated reaction occurring in patients with borderline lepromatous or polar lepromatous disease crops of painful red papules, usually manifesting after a few years of therapy and resolving spontaneously after about 5 years associated fever, malaise, joint pain, nerve pain, iridocycli-tis, dactylitis, and orchitis Lucio phenomenon common in Mexico and Central America cutaneous hemorrhagic infarcts in patients with diffuse lepromatous leprosy

Activating function for long fibers

In 1976, McNeal introduced the first efficient model for computing peripheral nerve fiber responses in functional electrical nerve stimulation. Many authors followed his simplification of an ideal internode membrane, where both membrane conductance and membrane capacity are assumed to be 0. In this case, the main equation, Eq. (3.44), reduces to 4,12

Neuronal Regeneration And Local Repair

Indeed, cutting of the optic nerve and instillation of either human or rat IL-4 into the vitreous results in a remarkable delay of RGC death, similar to that seen with injection of MIF (Thanos, S. et al., in preparation). Simultaneous grafting of a piece of peripheral nerve to facilitate regrowth of axons was accompanied by vigorous growth of nearly half of the neurons axotomised at time of grafting. It now becomes apparent that cytokine-mediated communication with the circulating immune system plays a key role in both the mechanisms of microglial activation and in the mode of cell destruction.

Dorsal Neural Tube And Neural Crest

Neural Tube Tion

After extensive migration, the neural crest gives rise to an array of different tissues. In the trunk, the neural crest gives rise to the cells of the peripheral nervous system, including the neurons and glia of the sensory and autonomic ganglia, the Schwann cells surrounding all peripheral nerves, and the neurons of the gastric mucosal plexus. Several other cell types, including pigment cells, chromatophores, and smooth muscle cells, arise from the trunk neural crest. Neural crest also forms in the cranial regions, and here it contributes to most of the structures in the head. Most of the mes-

New Research Areas

Activation of neuronal nicotinic receptors (NNRs) represents a novel approach to pain management supported by the observation that epibatidine (isolated from Epipedobates tricolor) had significantly greater analgesic potency than morphine in assays of acute thermal pain.61,62 While the mechanism of action of epibatidine was unknown, it was subsequently found to be a picomolar agonists at NNRs. NNR agonists with higher affinity for the a4b2 subunit (the predominant subtype in the CNS) relative to the aipiSy nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit (located at the neuromuscular junction) had analgesic efficacy with a larger therapeutic window from severe side effects than did epibatidine.63-67 These observations facilitated the discovery of ABT-594 (Figure 7), an a4b2-preferring NNR agonist that was synthesized independently of the identification of the mechanism of action of epibatidine. ABT-594 has broad-spectrum analgesic activity in both acute (hot plate, tail flick, formalin)...

Antitubercular Drugs

Isoniazid is bactericidal against growing M. tuberculosis. Its mechanism of action remains unclear. (In the bacterium it is converted to isonicotinic acid, which is membrane impermeable, hence likely to accumulate intracellu-larly.) Isoniazid is rapidly absorbed after oral administration. In the liver, it is inactivated by acetylation, the rate of which is genetically controlled and shows a characteristic distribution in different ethnic groups (fast vs. slow acetylators). Notable adverse effects are peripheral neuropathy, optic neuritis preventable by administration of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) hepatitis, jaundice.

Lidocaine hydrochloride

Metabolites may contribute to toxicity in a single dose. Uses Local dental anesthesia, peripheral nerve block, caudal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, surgical anesthesia. Contraindications See also Amide Local Anesthetic Agents. Special Concerns Elderly, large doses of lidocaine in patients with myasthenia gravis.

Classification Amide local anesthetic agents

Action Kinetics Blocks nerve action potential by inhibiting ion fluxes across the cell membrane. Onset 417 mins, Duration 4-12 hr, Renally excreted, metabolized by the liver. Uses Local dental anesthesia, caudal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, peripheral nerve anesthesia. Contraindications Hypersensitivi-ty, 0.75 solution in dentistry. Special Concerns See also Amide Local Anesthetic Agents. Side Effects See also Amide Local Anesthetic Agents.

Clinical Uses Of Electrical Stimulation

Diagnostic stimulation of nerves and muscles. Nerve conduction studies are performed routinely to assess peripheral nerve function. Electrical stimulation is applied to a nerve and the nearby EMG signal is measured. This is done to determine the speed of transmission along the nerve. It also helps to determine if there is a blockage in the nerve or where the nerve connects to the muscle. In a similar way, electrical stimuli delivered at the wrist or behind the knee are used to evoke brain responses to sensory inputs. The somatosensory-evoked potentials are detected by coherent averaging of the EEG. From this information, the evaluator may determine whether there is a delay in conduction to the brain, a blockage at any point, or abnormally low or high activity in the brain. Another common diagnostic use of nerve stimulation is monitoring the depth of neurological blocks present in a patient following the administration of muscle relaxant drugs (e.g., prior to surgery, and after surgery...

Hormones and Reproduction

Nerve fibers are specifically adapted for rapid transmission of finely graded signals. The nervous system consists of the central nervous system (CNS p.310ff.) and peripheral nervous system . The latter consists of The somatic nervous system, which conducts impulses from non-visceral sensors to a center (afferent neurons) and controls the skeletal musculature (efferent neurons). The peripheral autonomic nervous system ( p. 78ff.), which consists of efferent neurons and mainly functions to control the circulatory system, inner organs and sexual functions. It is supplemented by

Optic nerve neuroprosthetic approach

A group of researchers from the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels has seriously entertained this as a candidate intervention site for a visual prosthesis.49,50 They have tested the concept in a series of experiments conducted over the past 4 years in a single human volunteer with retinitis pigmentosa. The team has implanted a self-sizing spiral cuff electrode array around the right optic nerve of this volunteer. The electrode array consists of four surface electrodes on the inner surface of the cuff. When implanted around the optic nerve, currents can be passed in a bipolar fashion between groups of these surface electrodes in order to achieve some degree of stimulation selectivity in the population of nerve fibers. The use of cuff electrodes to stimulate peripheral nerves has a long history.51 In many cases, such electrodes can provide long-term stimulation, with little biological compli-cations.52 Recent improvements in the implanted system involve wireless telemetry of...

The Pathological Developing Brain

At the time of birth the CNS contains large numbers of microglial cells, most of which are of the intermediate type with stout cellular processes (Figures 5.1 to 5.3). These young microglia, like their adult ramified counterparts, are exquisitely sensitive to neuronal death and are quickly activated following CNS injury. In fact, most microglia in the developing CNS are in an activated state as judged by their morphology and phagocytic activity. Intermediate microglia are active in the phagocytic removal of apoptotic cells throughout the developing CNS (Figure 5.3). When in addition to naturally occurring cell death there is experimentally induced neurodegeneration, such as after peripheral nerve lesions, activation of immature microglia involves changes in cell immunophenotype. These phenotypic changes, which reflect altered expression of cell surface receptors, are similar to those seen during activation of adult microglia after a CNS lesion. When activated by neonatal sciatic nerve...

Urge Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

In August 2004, duloxetine was given marketing authorization for SUI in Europe (Table 1). It will be marketed under the trade names Yentreve and Aricept. The FDA issued an approvable letter for Yentreve in September 2003. However, Eli Lilly and Co. withdrew its application from the FDA in January 2005 but did not stop clinical trials. Duloxetine is already approved for neuropathic pain and depression in the USA and for incontinence (as well as depression and neuropathic pain) in Europe and Mexico.

Differences in the Sensitivity of Different Neural Crest Stem Cells to Gliogenic Cues

The sensitivity to Notch activation, require neural crest cell-cell interactions. These are probably mediated, at least in part, by Delta (or other Notch ligand) expression on differentiating neurons and peripheral nerves (Bixby et al., 2002 Kubu et al., 2002). Similar intrinsic differences in the sensitivity of different neural crest stem cell populations to gliogenic signals have been observed in neural crest stem cells isolated from the rat gut (Bixby et al., 2002 Kruger et al., 2002). Fetal gut neural crest stem cells are highly resistant to gliogenic signals and form neurons, rather than glia, on chick peripheral nerves (probably in response to local BMPs see the section BMPs Induce Both Mashl and Phox2b in Sympathetic Precursors) (Bixby et al., 2002). Conversely, postnatal gut neural crest stem cells are much more sensitive to gliogenic factors (including both NRG1 and Delta) than to neurogenic factors like BMPs and form glia on chick peripheral nerves (Kruger et al., 2002). It...

Platinoid Mechanism and toxicityPlatinoid Overdose Management

CNS Seizures, encephalopathy, heavy-metal induced sensory peripheral neuropathy-axonopathy, retinal toxicity, reduced color vision, ototoxicity (high-frequency). Renal Distal tubular necrosis with subsequent acute renal failure (ARF). Bone marrow Myelosuppression anemia, thrombocytopenia.

Are Allodynia And Multiple Sclerosis Related

Spinal Cord Modules

Disturbances of the peripheral nervous system may be subdivided into those affecting neuronal cell bodies (neuronopathy) and those affecting peripheral nerve processes (peripheral neuropathy). Neuronopathies include anterior horn cell syndromes (motor neuron lesions p. 50) and sensory neuron syndromes (sensory neuronopathy, ganglionopathy pp.2, 107, 390). Motor neuron diseases are described on p. 304. Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by damage to myelin sheaths (myelinopathy) and or axons (axonopathy). Neuropathies may affect a single nerve (mononeuropathy), multiple isolated nerves (mononeuropathy multiplex), all peripheral nerves generally (polyneuropathy), or all peripheral nerves generally with accentuation of one or a few (focal polyneuropathy). Polyneuropathy may be accompanied by autonomic dysfunction (p. 140). The terms poly-neuropathy (PNP) and peripheral neuropathy are often used synonymously. Radiculopathies (nerve root lesions) are classified as either...

Neurologic System Basic Care Plan Introduction

The neurologic system includes the central nervous system (CNS) consisting of the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem, and the spinal cord the peripheral nervous system consisting of the motor (efferent) and sensory (afferent) nerves and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) consisting of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems that provide control of vital body functions. Alterations in the neurologic system affect the process of receiving, integrating, and responding to stimuli that enter the system. This results in disturbances with signs and symptoms dependent on the type and site of the impairment and the normal functioning of the system. The disturbances may be manifested by alterations in consciousness, sensation, or muscle function. Changes in the system also occur as the child develops neurologically and completes the growth and development requirements for adulthood this system is one of the last to complete development after birth.

Description Medical Red Blood Cell Disorders

Complications caused by pernicious anemia include macrocytic anemia and gastrointestinal disorders. Pernicious anemia impairs myelin formation and thus alters the structure and disrupts the function of the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain. Patients have a high incidence of benign gastric polyps, peptic ulcers, and gastric carcinoma. Low hemoglobin levels and consequent hypoxemia of long duration can result in congestive heart failure and angina pectoris in the elderly. If it is left untreated, pernicious anemia can cause psychotic behavior or even death.

Symptoms of SCBI Poisoning in Insects Pseudoparalysis

Figure 5 SCBI poisoning inhibits all spike activity in the nervous system. Representative extracellular recordings from the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nerves of paralyzed insects and untreated DMSO-injected controls. Adult male cockroaches were treated by injection of 5mgg1 RH-3421 and fifth instar Spodoptera larvae weighing 500 mg were treated with 5 mg g1 DCJW or indoxacarb, 3-4 h before dissection of and recording from the paralyzed insects. (Cockroach data reproduced with permission from Salgado, V.L., 1990. Mode of action of insecticidal dihydropyrazoles selective block of impulse generation in sensory nerves. Pestic. Sci. 28, 389-411 Society of Chemical Industry, permission is granted by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. on behalf of the SCI. Spodoptera data previously unpublished.) Figure 5 SCBI poisoning inhibits all spike activity in the nervous system. Representative extracellular recordings from the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nerves of paralyzed...

The Clinically and Histologically Atypical Melanocytic Nevi The SoCalled Dysplastic Nevus

Melanocytic neoplasms originate from melanocytes neural crest-derived cells defined by their unique property of synthesis of melanin pigments. The melanins are synthesized in unique organelles the melanosomes, which are also transferred to keratinocytes. Melanocytes seem to originate from pluripotential cells that migrate from the neural crest to the skin via the paraspinal ganglia and their peripheral nerves and become terminally differentiated after migration to the local microenvironment of the dermis and basal layer of the epidermis.

As Sources Of Distress

From neuropathic pain to chronic pain of malignancy, and all types of pain are associated with increased suicidal risk. Pain is undertreated particularly in patients with HIV and AIDS, in part because of the common prevalence of substance abuse disorder. Pain is especially common in this setting and ranges from 28 to 97 across various studies (Schoefferman, 1988 Lebovits et al., 1989 McCormack et al., 1993 Reiterand Kudler, 1996). Abdominal pain and neuropathic pain were the most common pain complaints in one study at a pain consultation service other causes included odyno-phagia, dysphagia, headache, cutaneous pain, mus-culoskeletal pain, and postherpetic neuralgia (Newshan and Wainapel, 1993). Inadequate pain assessment is a major factor in the undertreatment of pain, and use of standardized pain assessment measures may assist in both assessment and treatment. Practitioners need to be educated to address myths such as (a) people overestimate their pain (b) minority groups exaggerate...

Heterosynaptic Depression

The activity of a neighboring synapse can be harmful to an inactive one. This mechanism was tested at an unusual muscle in the rat foot, called the lum-brical muscle, which receives its innervation via two separate peripheral nerves (Figure 9.24). It is possible to electrically stimulate one group of motor axons during the normal period of synapse elimination, and find out what happens to the synapses of unstimulated axons. The strength of the nerve-muscle connection was determined indirectly by measuring the size of nerve-evoked muscle contractions, where a larger contraction signifies a stronger connection. When one nerve is stimulated for about six days, the unstimulated axons are much less effective at producing a muscle contraction (Ridge and Betz, 1984). That is, the unstim-ulated axons are either eliminated from the muscle in disproportionate numbers, or their synapses become weaker.

Wallerian Degeneration of Nerve Fibers in the CNS Is Accompanied by Increased Expression of Clusterin in Astrocytes and

In peripheral nerves Wallerian degeneration is associated with proliferation and changes in Schwann cell phenotype as well as recruitment and activation of macrophages. In combination with the extracellular matrix of the peripheral nerve, these reactions create favorable conditions for axon regeneration. We have not observed clusterin expression along the degenerating nerve at any time point after injury. In the zone of degenerating white matter these responses are accompanied by increased levels of clusterin and clusterin mRNA in astrocytes.5 The regulation of clusterin levels in terminal areas appears to be variable. Degeneration of hippocampal afferents,6,7 primary sensory afferents to the spinal cord5 and cortical afferents to the striatum8-10 is associated with an increase in clusterin, while nigrostriatal degeneration lacks this.10 These upregulations appear to match the general elevation of astrocytic activity. We hypothesize that clusterin plays a similar role in this injury...

Surgical Other Kidney and Urinary Tract Operating Room Procedures

All individuals with CRF experience similar physiological changes, regardless of the initial cause of the disease. The kidneys are unable to perform their normal functions of excretion of wastes, concentration of urine, regulation of blood pressure, regulation of acid-base balance, and production of erythropoietin (the hormone needed for red blood cell production and survival). Complications of CRF include uremia (accumulation of metabolic waste products in the blood and body tissues), anemia, peripheral neuropathy, sexual dysfunction, osteopenia (reduction of bone tissue), pathological fractures, fluid overload, congestive heart failure, hypertension, pericarditis, electrolyte imbalances (hypocalcemia, hyperkalemia, hyperphosphatemia), metabolic acidosis, esophagitis, and gastritis.

MEMS neuroprosthetic system outlines

From the literature, it is possible to generalize three different situations for MEMS-based neuroprosthetic systems and to identify similarities and differences between them that affect the circuit design. These are systems located in the central nervous system (CNS), systems located in the peripheral nervous system (PNS), and those located in the eye (retinal prostheses). With this in mind, it is possible to outline generic systems, and use these as a basis for discussion of the individual circuit elements involved. Many of these circuit elements will overlap from one system to another, but there are some unique problems to be solved for the different applications particularly when one considers the retinal prosthesis.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) features nocturnal involuntary limb movements that can cause insomnia because of frequent sleep disruption, and often affects bed partners because of frequent myoclonic-type jerking. It generally begins in early adulthood and affects from 2 to 5 of the population. RLS may run in families, with susceptibility genes identified on chromosomes 12q and 14q. RLS has also been associated with Parkinson's disease, pregnancy, end-stage renal disease, iron deficiency anemia, peripheral neuropathy, and diabetes.

Sprouting and Neurotropism

One of the earliest observations on NGF was the discovery of its effect in promoting neurite and axonal outgrowth.1 NGF has tropic (directional guidance) activities for developing peripheral neurons, i.e., their neurites sprout and grow toward the source of NGF.1 139 140 In the adult basal forebrain, NGF induces sprouting of lesioned cholinergic fibers toward the infusion site and can induce axons to grow into brain regions that they did not occupy before (Figure 9.3, B).7689 91 141 Compared to NGF, BDNF has very little enhancing effects on the sprouting of the cholinergic axons,7995-97 whereas GDNF has moderate effects.97 In an attempt to combine the survival-promoting with the regeneration-promoting effects of NGF, we infused NGF into the lateral ventricle for 2 weeks in adult rats implanted with a septohippocampal peripheral nerve graft into which many of the cholinergic fibers would normally grow (see Section However, such fibers remained in the region of the NGF...

Gap Junction Proteins

One of the most dramatic discoveries in the field of hereditary hearing loss in recent years has been the large number of connexin mutations. Gap junction proteins encode the connexins, a component of connexons that allow molecules to pass from cell to cell. Two networks of gap junctions, the epithelial cell system and the connective tissue cell system, are functional in the cochlea (Kumar and Gilula 1996). Three connexins have been implicated in deafness connexin 26 (GJB2), accountable for approximately 30 of childhood deafness (Denoyelle et al. 1997 Cohn et al. 1999) connexin 30 (GJB6) in NSHL (Lerer et al. 2001 del Castillo et al. 2002) and connexin 31 (GJB3) both in NSHL (Xia et al. 1998 Liu et al. 2000) and peripheral neuropathy and HL (Lopez-Bigas et al. 2001).

Figure 2 Proposed solution conformations of gabapentin

Further studies using gabapentin and either (1S,3R) 3-methyl-gabapentin (22) or (1R,3R) 3-methyl-gabapentin (23) as chemical probes were instrumental in elucidating the influence of stereochemistry and affinity for the a2-S protein on in vivo activity as well as providing a strong correlation between affinity for a2-S and in vivo activity. (1S,3R) 3-Methyl-gabapentin blocked the maintenance of static allodynia in the rat streptozocin and Chung models of neuropathic pain in a dose-dependent manner.14 (1R,3R) 3-Methyl gabapentin however, failed to prevent either static or dynamic allodynia in the streptozocin model. These differences in in vivo activity were attributed to the different affinities for displacing 3H -gabapentin from a2-S. Other studies showed that both gabapentin and (1S,3R) 3-methyl-gabapentin inhibited tactile allodynia in the spinal nerve ligation (SNL) assay as well as in the second phase of the formalin model.15 Interestingly, in the SNL model, this publication15...

Central Sensory Axons

Recent advances in research on spinal cord degeneration and regeneration have been extensively reviewed elsewhere.168 The primary peripheral sensory neurons project one of their fibers peripherally through the nerve and one through the dorsal root to the cord, where they terminate and or form the ascending sensory tract of the dorsal column system (Figure 9.2, A). This tract lies in the dorsal funiculus making it very accessible for experimental manipulations. After injury of either or both of their processes, adult sensory neurons do not die and their axons can regenerate very well in the peripheral nerve and the dorsal root and to a lesser extent into peripheral nerve and fetal grafts placed into the lesioned spinal cord. However, such adult regenerating fibers fail to reenter the cord more than 1 mm, again emphasizing the nonpermissive nature of the CNS.168-170 Of particular interest to sensory regeneration (as well as for other neurons) is the finding that regeneration of the...

Corticospinal Motor Axons

Corticospinal upper motor neurons in the motor cortex project to the lower motor neurons in the brainstem and spinal cord and are critically involved in voluntary movement (Figure 9.2, A). When transected at the spinal cord or brainstem level, these neurons do not die but also do not or rarely regenerate into peripheral nerve grafts. Attempts at inducing their regeneration have until recently failed and this failure may be related to the lack of induction of proteins associated with regeneration.100 It is not known if these neurons can be conditioned, a requirement that was clearly shown for sensory axons to enter nerve grafts (Section However, in a recent study where acidic fibroblast growth factor was used in combination with multiple nerve grafts, corticospinal axons crossed the grafts and grew back into the spinal gray matter.201 The first clear-cut success in inducing corticospinal regeneration in mammals in vivo was achieved in neonate rats where neutralization of the...

Prevention Strategies

Physical symptoms compound psychological distress and can precipitate death by suicide. Providing symptomatic relief and palliation of nociceptive and neuropathic pain, pruritus, diarrhea, nausea, emesis, and anorexia can avert a suicidal crisis in persons with HIV infection.

Postherpetic Neuralgia

This is a common and severe form of neuropathic pain in the elderly, caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, usually a childhood infection. The incidence of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) after herpes zoster varies between 9 and 15 , with 35-55 of patients continuing to have pain three months later, and 30 having intractable pain for one year. The dermatomal distribution and frequencies of PHN are as follows.

Development of Gabapentin for Epilepsy

After the gabapentin product launch, gabapentin was used extensively by physicians for treating epilepsy. Because of a relatively benign adverse event profile and few drug-drug interactions, it was also prescribed for off-label indications, including neuropathic pain, anxiety, and other psychiatric indications, essential tremor, spasticity, postsurgical pain, and prevention of postmenopausal hot flashes. None of these additional indications were supported in the gabapentin product labeling or approved by regulatory agencies until the FDA approved a supplemental NDA for gabapentin to treat postherpetic neuralgia in July 2001 (see Section, below).

FGFs And The Treatment Of Cns Injuries

FGF-2, the most promising candidate of the FGF family, occurs in different isoforms. However, all of the effects of FGF-2 reported so far have been achieved by application of the 18-kDa isoform. It is therefore not clear whether all isoforms display similar activities or whether they differentially regulate cell metabolism. A correlation between expression of a certain isoform and cell morphology has been demonstrated, for example, in cardiac myocytes.69 In the peripheral nervous system, FGF-2 isoforms were found to be differentially regulated in spinal ganglia and at the lesion site after sciatic nerve injury.167 This differential regulation might be evidence for an isoform-specific function. Analysis of the FGF-2 isoform effects may therefore lead to therapeutic tools with increased efficiency and specificity and, possibly, less side effects. The same is true for the recently identified FHFs, which are also present in the nervous system.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Reflex Sympathetic Nerve Dystrophy

Es then spread through the interconnecting pool of neurons to stimulate the lateral and anterior tracts, provoking the efferent pathways that travel to the peripheral nerves and finally causing neurovascular and bone-periosteal alterations of RSD. The identification of sympathetic vasoactive intestinal peptide-containing nerve fibers innervated at the cortical bone and bone-periosteal junction has provided a biochemical basis for the theory (Hohmann et al. 1986). Va-soactive intestinal peptide released from such sympathetic nerve fibers has been shown to cause hyperemia and dramatic bone resorption as in RSD. As described below, our recent pinhole SPECT study demonstrated that the spotty uptake in RSD is peculiarly localized to the peripheries of the tarsal bones. The areas appear to correspond to patchy bone erosions shown ra-diographically in the corticoperiosteal junctions (Bahk et al. 1998).

Plexiform Neurofibroma

Plexiform Neurofibroma

INTRODUCTION Plexiform neurofibromas are the most common benign peripheral nerve tumor occurring in the eyelid and are considered pathognomonic for type 1 neurofibromatosis (NF-1). The lesion arises from and grows along any peripheral nerve. Plexiform neurofibromas typically present in children during the first decade of life. Mechanical ptosis can be profound, and in younger children may cause deprivation amblyopia. Associated systemic and ocular findings in patients with neurofibromas are related to underlying neurofibromatosis. Systemic findings may include hamartomas of the CNS, and cranial and peripheral nerves. Patients are at increased risk of developing pheochromocytoma, breast carcinoma, medulllary thyroid carcinoma, and gastrointestinal tumors. Ocular findings may include iris nodules (Lisch nodules), glaucoma, retinal astrocytic hamartoma, optic nerve glioma or meningioma, pulsating exophthalmos due to defects of the sphenoid wing, and orbital schwannoma. Rarely an eyelid...

Intradermal Nevus Fibrosis

There Is maturation from epithelioid-type cells at the top of the nevus to lymphocytoid cells and finally to cells with schwannian differentiation at the base. (B) Epithelioid (or type A) nevus cells. The melanocytes are present in rounded nests in the superficial dermis. The cells demonstrate abundant eosinophilic cytoplasms, often with syncytial appearances. The nuclei are round or oval and display fairly uniform chromatin. (C) Lymphocytoid (or type B) nevus cells. These nevus cells have little or no demonstrable cytoplasm and contain uniform nuclei that are often slightly smaller than those present in type A cells. (D) Spindle (or type C) nevus cells. These melanocytes commonly have not only spindle-shaped morphologies but also often display neural or schwannian differentiation (neurotization) in patterns often indistinguishable from a peripheral nerve sheath tumor. These nevus cells are usually sparsely scattered in a delicate fibrous matrix and may form...

Function During Development And Natural Apoptosis

The particular emphasis given to microglia in relation to PCD has enhanced the view of an association between microglia and the immune system. Expression of markers which are typical for immunocompetent cells, including the MHC I and II antigens,2641 Fc receptors, and CR3,42 suggest a close association with immune functions. However, despite microglia being obvious candidates for an immune capability in the retina, such a conclusion is difficult to retrieve from experimental data. Microglia have been shown to express MHC antigens even when an immune response does not overtly occur, such as in peripheral nerve lesions. Furthermore, some other glial cells, such as astrocytes and the intramural pericytes, are reported to induce immune-like responses in vitro.

Neurotrophic Factors And Receptors 921 General Aspects of Neurotrophic Factors

The low-affinity p75 NGF receptor (p75NGFR)21-24 is a product of a different gene family and is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily. In contrast to the above-mentioned Trk receptor specificities, p75NGFR can bind all the neurotrophins. The p75NGFR provides ligand-binding specificity for NGF to TrkA, can enhance Trk phosphorylation in the presence of ligand, but can decrease TrkA autophospho-rylation in the absence of NGF. In the peripheral nervous system p75NGFR facilitates retrograde transport of selected neurotrophins.26 The p75NGFR also has TrkA-inde-pendent signaling abilities through activation of sphingomyelin hydrolysis, which produces the lipid second messenger ceramide.27 28 Ceramide can induce apoptosis29 30 and recent in vitro and in vivo findings have revealed that p75NGFR can mediate neuronal apoptosis.31-33 Interestingly, activation of p75NGFR by all neurotrophins can produce ceramide, but in Schwann cells (which lack Trks), NGF, but not BDNF or...

Subconscious Incubation

To directly test the hypothesis that norepinephrine modulates cognitive flexibility, we performed a study in our laboratories where we (Beversdorf, Hughes, Steinberg, Lewis, & Heilman, 1999) tested normal participants' ability to solve problems when treated with placebo, ephedrine, or propranolol. Ephedrine increases the levels of norepinephrine and propranolol a beta-noradrenergic blocker interferes with norepinephrine's influence on the brain. We used a test that relies heavily on cognitive flexibility solving anagrams. In this task, normal participants are presented with a series of words in which the letter order has been scrambled and their task in each trial is to recognize the word that uses these letters. We found that this anagram task was performed better after participants took propranolol than after they took ephedrine. To learn if the increase in cognitive flexibility induced by propranolol was produced by central or peripheral nervous system blockade, Broome, Cheever,...

Adenosine Ai Receptor Agonists

There has been considerable interest in the adenosine A1 receptor as a potential target for therapeutic intervention for a variety of indications, such as cardiac arrhythmias, metabolic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathic pain, and renal disorders.51'52 Stimulation of the A1 receptors in the heart produces negative dromo-, chrono-, and inotropic effects and adenosine itself is used clinically to terminate paroxysmal supraventricular arrhythmias and for myocardial perfusion imaging.51,52 In addition, an N6-substituted derivative of adenosine, tecadenoson (CVT-510) is a selective A1 receptor agonist in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia.138 On the other hand, the pronounced cardiodepressant effects induced by stimulating the A1 receptor have been a major impediment to the research into the development of selective A1 receptor ligands for other potential indications. One potential strategy to overcome this issue is based on the...

Definition of Terms

Melanocyte Melanocytes are the clear cells in the basal layer of the epidermis owing to retraction of their cytoplasms. They have dendritic cellular processes and uniform intensely basophilic nuclei slightly smaller than those of nearby keratinocytes. The melanocyte has the unique property of synthesizing the complex molecules, the melanins, in specific organelles, the melanosomes, and transferring them to kera-tinocytes. Melanocytes seem to originate from pluripotential cells that travel from the neural crest to the skin via the paraspinal ganglia and their peripheral nerves and become terminally differentiated after migration to the local microenvironment of the dermis and basal layer of the epidermis.

Substantia Nigra Neurons

Although Dale offered a very good lead in the peripheral nervous system to search for putative transmitters released from dendritic processes, it was the central nervous system which offered us the first unequivocal example of such a phenomenon. A great deal of this is due to the cytoarchitecture of the substantia nigra (SN) dopaminergic cell neurons. The majority of their cell bodies are neatly packed in the SN pars compacta, and their axonal processes project dorsally and rostrally toward the neostriatum (caudate and putamen, Ungerstedt, 1971), while their long, branched dendrites radiate profusely through the pars reticulata. This description of the SN dopaminergic neurons corresponds well with Ramon y Cajal's (1904) description The Golgi method shows these neurons to have different shapes, predominantly triangular and provided with very long, shaggy and discretely divided dendrites, which expand throughout almost all the nucleus (meaning the area). The identification of dopamine...

Therapies of the Future

Opioid receptors are widely distributed in the central and peripheral nervous system, the intestinal musculature, and other tissues. They are found in high concentrations in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord where they process and relay afferent nociceptive signals to the central nervous system. In the brain, they are mainly in areas involved in pain transmission. -Receptors are the principal mediators of the analgesic action of endogenous and exogenous opioids, as well as the major side effects of sedation, bowel dysfunction, respiratory depression, and dependence. Localization studies of the human gut have shown that i-receptor activity is localized to myenteric and submucosal neurons and to immune cells of the lamina propria.45

Historical Note

In the 19th century, Rathke studied the development of the pituitary (hypophysis) and showed that it consisted of two parts, the anterior pituitary (or adenohypophysis) and the posterior pituitary (or neurohypophysis). The importance of the hypothalamic-pituitary region influenced the work of some of the most famous Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Luigi Galvani described that the peripheral nerves

The Drugs

The most commonly used antibiotics (anthracyclines) are doxorubicin (Adriamycin), bleomycin (B), and mitomycin C (Mito). These agents act by producing intracellular free radicals (requiring a well-oxygenated tumor), damaging the DNA chain in association with topoisomerase. Cardiac and pulmonary side effects predominate, particularly pulmonary fibrosis and arrhythmias and, with larger doses, congestive heart failure.1,2 Vincristine, vinblastine, and the newer agent, vinorelbine, are plant alkaloids that bind to tubulin, interrupting the mitotic spindle and preventing the cell from completing meiosis. Partially irreversible peripheral neuropathy, gastrointestinal cramping, and mild myelosuppression are side effects noted with these agents.1,2 The newest group is the taxoid family, consisting of pacli-taxel (Taxol) and docetaxol (Taxotere). In contrast with the vinca alkaloids, these drugs stabilize the microtubules, eventually causing the cells to accumulate arrays of disorganized...


Reuptake of NE via the norepinephrine transporter (NET) is a major means of inactivation of the released transmitter in the brain and peripheral nervous system.29 Deletion of the NET gene results in a sixfold decrease in the clearance rate for NET and a twofold increase in the extracellular NE levels.30 NET-deficient mice exhibited reduced anxiety-like behavior in the open field test, but this is difficult to interpret given the overall difference in basal activity levels in the mutant versus wild-type mice.30


Diabetic microangiopathy is a broad term that describes changes in microvascular beds in which endothelium and associated mural cells function are progressively disrupted, resulting in occlusion, ischemia, and organ damage. Although kidney and retina are most commonly affected, diabetic microangiopathy can occur in a wide range of tissues such as peripheral nerves and skin (4). A large number of studies have supported the pathogenic role of AGE in diabetic microangiopathy (4-6,41), even as their exact role is still under investigation.

Menetrier Disease

Annular Pancreas Ugi

Dilatation in hollow peristaltic organs occurs either because of distal obstruction or because of intrinsic neural, or muscular, abnormality. Excluding a mechanical obstruction, the most common cause of dilatation is adynamic ileus. The precise mechanism is often unclear. It can result from local irritation, apparently involving the autonomic nerve plexi in the bowel wall. Dilatation caused by intrinsic structural changes in the bowel is relatively uncommon. Achalasia is a classic prototype in which deficiency of ganglion cells in Auerbach's plexus of the esophagus results in hypotonia and progressive dilatation. Gastroparesis from diabetic neuropathy and smooth muscle atony and atrophy in scleroderma (progressive systemic sclerosis) due to collagen vascular disease are other examples.

Lumbar Myotomes

Biceps Longus Syndrom

The precise region of impaired sensation to light touch and noxious stimuli is an important clue for the clinical localization of spinal cord and peripheral nerve lesions. Reflex abnormalities and autonomic dysfunction are further ones, as discussed below (p. 40, p. 110). A dermatome is defined as the cutaneous area whose sensory innervation is derived from a single spinal nerve (i.e., dorsal root). The division of the skin into dermatomes reflects the segmental organization of the spinal cord and its associated nerves. Pain dermatomes are narrower, and overlap with each other less, than touch dermatomes (p. 104) thus, the level of a spinal cord lesion causing sensory impairment is easier to determine by pinprick testing than by light touch. (The opposite is true of peripheral nerve lesions.) Radicular pain is pain in the distribution of a spinal nerve root, i.e., in a der-matome pseudoradicular pain may occupy a bandlike area but cannot be assigned to any particular dermatome....


Programmed cell death is a phenomenon that has been observed in almost all parts of the developing nervous system. The reduction of neuronal number by cell death is necessary because neurons are generated in great excess. Early work focused on the peripheral nervous system (sensory and sympathetic ganglia and the motoneurons), leading to the idea that programmed cell death functions to match the size of a given neuronal population with its target. Only those neurons survived that made appropriate and functional connections with their target. This occurred as a result of competition for trophic factors produced (in limiting amounts) by the target and for potential synaptic sites on the target. In addition to the preeminent trophic factor, NGF, numerous other trophic factors have been discovered, and their mechanisms of action characterized. In addition to target-derived and afferent-derived trophic signals, there may be other factors that promote neuronal survival, such as...

CNS neurons

Neurons of the central and peripheral nervous system are morphologically polarized cells, being highly specialized for the reception and transmission of (synaptic) information at the axon and dendrites, respectively. We have found that B-CK and mitochondrial creatine kinase are co-expressed in the same Golgi Type I (large) neurons, and not by the vast majority of central nervous system (CNS) interneurons and glia (Friedman and Roberts, 1994). Furthermore, these two isoforms of CK are expressed at morphologically distinct parts of the cell. The mitochondrial isoform of CK is localized primarily in the cell body of all Golgi Type I neurons. In contrast, B-CK mainly localizes within the cell processes, and to a lesser extent within the cell body. The distinct spatial arrangement of CK isoforms occurs throughout the brain including cerebral cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum and brainstem. Thus, the creatine phosphate shuttle of brain neurons serves to transfer metabolic energy from...

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