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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Developing peripheral nerves ; Myelination ; Hypomyelination ; Axon ; Conduction velocity
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Previous studies on sural nerves were extended to human femoral, ulnar, facial and trochlear nerves. An asynchronous development of axon diameter and myelin sheath thickness was noted in all nerves studied. Whereas axons reach their maximal diameter by or before 5 years of age, maximal myelin sheath thickness is not attained before 16–17 years of age, i.e., more than 10 years later. The slope of the regression lines for the ratio between axon diameter and myelin thickness is significantly steeper in older than in younger individuals; it also differs if small and large fibers with more or less than 50 myelin lamellae are evaluated separately. The number of Schmidt-Lanterman incisures during later stages of development is related to myelin thickness, but the length of the spiral of the myelin lamella, thought to unrolled, in relation to its width, i.e., internodal length, varies considerably during development. The changes of the relationship between axons and myelin sheath thickness during normal human development have to be taken into account if hypomyelination is considered as a significant pathological phenomenon in peripheral neuropathies, especially in children. The implications of the present findings concerning conduction velocity of peripheral nerve fibers and other electrophysiologic parameters are discussed.
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  • 2
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    Acta neuropathologica 43 (1978), S. 169-178 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Peripheral nerve ; Myelin ; Axon ; Development ; Interrelationship
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Axon caliber and myelin sheath thickness of individual nerve fibers were evaluated in the developing human sural nerve using three different methods of measurement: 1. ocular micrometer evaluation of large fibers, 2. photographic enlargements for evaluating large numbers of nerve fibers of all sizes, and 3. electron microscopic enlargements for more precise measurements in selected nerves. the average axonal diameter doubles from 5 months gestation to about 5 years of age. Large fiber group axons increase, during the same period, by a factor of 3–3.5 with a slight decrease thereafter. The myelin thickness increases more slowly, but continuously, between 5 months gestation until the age of 14. This asynchronous development of axons and myelin sheaths results in a statistically significant change of the ratio between axonal caliber and myelin thickness. The slope of the regression line is steeper in older than in younger individuals, and the correlation coefficient increases during development of the nerve.
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  • 3
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    Springer
    Acta neuropathologica 15 (1970), S. 156-175 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Peripheral Nerve ; Nerve Degeneration ; Axon ; Mitochondria ; Isoniazid
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Description / Table of Contents: Zusammenfassung Im N. ischiadicus der Ratte kommen etwa doppelt so viele marklose als markhaltige Nervenfasern vor. Das normale zahlenmäßige Verhältnis dieser beiden Fasertypen schwankt in weiten Grenzen. Schon im ungeschädigten Nerven lassen sich bereits an einzelnen marklosen Nervenfasern verschiedenartige regressive Veränderungen wie Strukturverlust und perlschnurförmige Auftreibungen nachweisen; sie sind in der Regel von akuten, toxisch bedingten Veränderungen durch das Fehlen charakteristischer Schwann-Zellreaktionen zu differenzieren. Bei der INH-Neuropathie degenerieren anfangs im Verhältnis zu den markhaltigen nur wenige marklose Nervenfasern. Einige marklose Axone können unregelmäßig konturiert, geschwollen oder geschrumpft erscheinen; dabei lösen sich die Tubuli und Filamente auf; in manchen Fällen verdichtet sich ausch das Axolemm. Die Axonveränderungen werden von Störungen der normalen Axon-Schwann-Zellrelation begleitet. In den Anfangsstadien können manche Schwann-Zellen hochgradig deformiert sein; später verlieren sie ihre Oberflächendifferenzierung und runden sich (auf dem Querschnitt) ab. In der Regel zeigen die marklosen Nervenfasern bei der INH-Neuropathie die gleichen Veränderungen und Störungen der Axon-Schwann-Zellrelation wie bei der Wallerschen Degeneration. Extreme prolapsartige Verformungen von Axonen und Schwann-Zellen sowie mitochondriale Granula haben wir jedoch nur bei der INH-Neuropathie, nicht aber bei der Wallerschen Degeneration beobachtet.
    Notes: Summary In sciatic nerves of rats, there are more than twice as much unmyelinated than myelinated axons. Their ratio varies in a wide range from one area to the other. Some regressive changes are seen already in unmyelinated axons of normal controls (loss of structural components, axonal beading). Usually, these alterations can be distinguished from early experimental lesions by the lack of characteristic Schwann cell reactions. In the beginning of INH-neuropathy, fewer unmyelinated than myelinated nerve fibers are degenerating. Some of the unmyelinated axons may become irregularily folded, swollen, or shrunken while there is a progressive loss of tubules, filaments, normal mitochondria, and sometimes an increase in the thickness of the axolemma. The axonal changes are accompanied by a disturbance of the normal axon-Schwann cell relation. Initially, some Schwann cells may become extremely irregular; later they lose their surface differentiation while their cross sectional contour becomes rather rounded. In general, unmyelinated axons in INH-neuropathy show similar alterations and disturbances of the axon-Schwann cell relation as seen in Wallerian degeneration. Yet extremely deformed unmyelinated nerve fibers, axons as well as Schwann cells, and mitochondrial granules were only observed in INH-neuropathy.
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    Cell & tissue research 273 (1993), S. 499-509 
    ISSN: 1432-0878
    Keywords: Ranvier's node ; Development ; Sural nerve ; Axon ; Myelin sheath ; Paranodal junctions ; Human
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Developmental alterations of paranodal fiber segments have not been investigated systematically in human nerve fibers at the light- and electron-microscopic level. We have therefore analyzed developmental changes in the fine structure of the paranode in 43 human sural nerves during the axonal growth period up to 5 years of age, and during the subsequent myelin development up to 20 years and thereafter. The nodal, internodal, and paranodal axon diameters reach their adult values at 4–5 years of age. The ratio between internodal and paranodal axon diameters remains constant at 1.8–2.0. Despite a considerable increase in myelin sheath thickness, the length of the paranodal myelin sheath attachment zone at the axon does not increase correspondingly, because of attenuation, separation from the axolemma, and piling up of myelin loops in the paranode. Separation of variable numbers of terminal myelin loops from the underlying axolemma results in the formation of bracelets of Nageotte, whereas the transverse bands of these loops disappear. The adaptation of the paranodal myelin sheath to axonal expansion during development probably occurs by uneven gliding of the paranodal myelin loops simultaneously with internodal slippage of myelin lamellae. Since mechanically stabilizing structures (tight junctions and desmosomes between adjacent paranodal myelin processes; transverse bands between myelin loops and paranodal axolemma) are unevenly arranged, especially during rapid axonal growth, paranodal axonal growth with simultaneous adaptation of the myelin sheath is probably discontinuous with time.
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  • 5
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    Bognor Regis [u.a.] : Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 29 (1991), S. 1607-1612 
    ISSN: 0887-6266
    Keywords: neutron scattering (SANS) from hot stretched polystyrene ; polystyrene, hot stretched, SANS study of ; chain deformation in hot stretched polystyrene, SANS study of ; Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been used to investigate macromolecular orientation of uniaxially hot-stretched partially deuterated polystyrene. Principle radii of gyration and degree of eccentricity were measured over a range of hot-stretch temperatures, strain rates, and external draw ratios (EDR). Results show affine deformation for EDR 〈4 and an increase in the degree of local molecular orientation with increasing rate of strain and decreasing stretching temperature. It also is found that although the macromolecules follow the external stretching affinely on average, they do not deform uniformly.
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  • 6
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    Weinheim : Wiley-Blackwell
    Chemie Ingenieur Technik - CIT 60 (1988), S. 152-153 
    ISSN: 0009-286X
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
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  • 7
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    Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal of Biomedical Materials Research 39 (1998), S. 539-548 
    ISSN: 0021-9304
    Keywords: cytokine delivery via covalent binding ; tissue repair ; biomaterials ; collagen ; transforming growth factor β ; polyethylene glycol ; Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Medicine , Technology
    Notes: To overcome rapid diffusion and clearance from the implant site and to increase stability, recombinant transforming growth factor β2 (TGF-β2) was covalently bound to injectable bovine dermal fibrillar collagen (FC) and its activity compared to admixed TGF-β2. Covalent binding was achieved in a two-step procedure: First, TGF-β2 was reacted with the difunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG) linker, and then the PEG-attached TGF-β2 (PEG-TGF-β2) was bound to the fibrillar collagen (FC-PEG-TGF-β2). Initial binding of TGF-β2 to difunctional succinimidyl glutarate (D-SG-PEG) or succinimidyl propionate polyethylene glycol (D-SE-PEG) linkers was completed after reacting for 8 or 10 min as monitored by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. After reaction with injectable fibrillar collagen, extraction of unbound PEG-TGF-β2 and Western blot analysis, using a TGF-β specific antibody, demonstrated that at least 85% of the TGF-β2 was bound to the fibrillar collagen. The activity of PEG-TGF-β2 was fully stable in phosphate-buffered saline at 4°C and 37°C for at least up to 4 weeks. Unmodified TGF-β2 mixed with fibrillar collagen was completely inactivated after 1 week of incubation, as measured by the mink lung epithelial cell (Mv1Lu) growth inhibition assay. Formulations of FC-PEG-TGF-β2 containing 40 μg/mL TGF-β2 were implanted subcutaneously into rats and analyzed after days 7, 21, and 42. All TGF-β2-containing formulations showed the TGF-β typical fibroblastic response at the day 7 time point. Covalent binding of TGF-β2 to collagen with both difunctional PEG crosslinkers resulted in a significantly stronger and longer-lasting TGF-β2 response than that observed with admixed formulations of collagen and TGF-β. The TGF-β response with FC-PEG-TGF-β2 lasted up to day 42 but was not seen after day 7 for TGF-β2 admixed to FC. These findings clearly demonstrate that TGF-β2 remains fully active after being covalently bound to collagen via difunctional PEG. In addition, covalent binding potentiates and prolongs in vivo TGF-β responses and stabilizes the TGF-β in vitro. Results suggest that this method of formulation could be useful to stabilize and deliver similar peptide growth factors or biologically active agents. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res, 39, 539-548, 1998.
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    Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal of Polymer Science 47 (1960), S. 417-433 
    ISSN: 0022-3832
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Phosphorus trichloride and oxygen react readily with polyethylene to introduce phosphonic dichloride ( - POCl2) groups into the polymer (chlorophosphonation). Treatment of the resulting intermediate with water, alcohols, and amines yields polymeric alkylphosphonic acids, esters and amides, respectively. Derivatives containing as much as 16% phosphorus have been prepared. With increasing degree of phosphonation, polyethylene crystallinity is reduced, the acid and amide derivatives become stiffer, less extensible, and less soluble in nonpolar solvents, and internal plasticization is observed in the ester derivatives. No significant decrease in flammability is effected by phosphonation unless chlorine is introduced also. The ester and amide derivatives crosslink under mild conditions by an unknown mechanism, the acid derivative will crosslink on heating with litharge. The chlorophosphonation reaction is sensitive to inhibitors and no highly active catalyst was found. The rate appears to be governed by the rate at which oxygen dissolves in the mixture. Substitution of air or chlorine for oxygen, phenyldichlorophosphine or diphenylchlorophosphine for phosphorus trichloride results in introduction of phosphorus-containing groups into polyethylene, also, but at reduced rates. In sharp contrast to polyethylene's apparent stability toward the phosphonation conditions, polystyrene, poly(methyl methacrylate), and polyisobutylene undergo a rapid decrease in molecular weight on treatment with phosphorus trichloride and oxygen. The fact that these four polymers exhibit the same relative behavior, i.e., polyethylene is stable whereas the other three polymers are unstable, in various free radical processes argues for a free radical mechanism in the chlorophosphonation reaction.
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    Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal of Polymer Science 46 (1960), S. 547-550 
    ISSN: 0022-3832
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
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  • 10
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    New York : Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Letters Edition 13 (1975), S. 215-219 
    ISSN: 0360-6384
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
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