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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-2307
    Keywords: Muscle spindle ; Elastic fibres ; Elaunin fibres ; Oxytalan fibres ; Denervation ; Reinnervation
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Muscle spindles in the lower lumbrical muscles of rats were studied by transmission electron microscopy following denervation with or without reinnervation. The number and total area of elastic fibres per muscle spindle increased at 3–12 months following various experimental procedures: (1) denervation and reinnervation after a single crush lesion to the sciatic nerve; (2) reinnervation after four-fold repeated crush injuries; and (3) transection and suture of the nerve. The increased number of oxytalan and elaunin fibres, the precursors of mature elastic fibres, within these muscle spindles provided further evidence for their numerical and dimensional increase. An attachment site of elastic fibres at the spindle pole was identified at the inner cells of the outer spindle capsule. The processes of these cells embraced terminating elastic fibres tightly. Attachment of elastic fibres to intrafusal muscle fibres was less conspicuous since they were not similarly embraced but were rather indistinctly, though closely, associated with the basal lamina along longitudinal surface indentations of intrafusal muscle fibres. It is concluded from this series of experiments that muscle spindles, as dynamic mechanoreceptors, maintain their elastic properties even under pathological conditions. The increase of elastic fibres following denervation and reinnervation represents an obviously meaningful reaction that may compensate for loss of tonic properties of muscle spindles without causing stiffness.
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  • 2
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    Acta neuropathologica 80 (1990), S. 163-171 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Neuromuscular spindle ; Reinnervation ; Nerve endings ; Autonomic innervation ; Scanning electron microscopy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Muscle spindles from the lower lumbrical muscles of rats were studied by transmission and scanning electron microscopy following reinnervation (i) after a single sciatic nerve crush lesion and (ii) after transection and immediate epineurial suture of the sciatic nerve. In all muscle spindles, regenerated sensory or motor nerve endings were encountered 3 months after making the lesions although in the nerve-transection group, regenerated nerve endings were seen less frequently before 6 months of recovery. Abnormalities in reinnervated spindles following neurotomy comprised: (1) multiplicity of axonal sprouts (hyperinnervation), sometimes irregularly related to, although never in direct contact with, regenerated sensory nerve endings; (2) altered contact relationships between sensory nerve endings and intrafusal muscle fibers; (3) abnormal structure of nerve endings; and (4) irregular association of Schwann cell processes to regenerated sensory nerve endings. These findings indicate that reinnervation of muscle spindles following transection and suture of a peripheral nerve, i.e., after complete interruption of its continuity, in fact, occurs although the fine structural abnormalities observed are supposed to interfere with adequate functional restoration.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words B-50(GAP-43) ; Spinal cord ; Human
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract B-50(GAP-43) is a phosphoprotein mainly found in the nervous system which plays a major role in neurite growth during development and regeneration as well as in synaptic remodelling. In the mature intact central nervous system, intense B-50 immunoreactivity (B-50-IR) can still be detected in regions which maintain residual capacity for structural re-organization. B-50 expression has been studied extensively in laboratory animals; however, its distribution and regulation in the human spinal cord is largely unknown. As a first step to analyze lesion-induced structural alterations, we investigated the distribution of B-50 protein and mRNA in the normal adult human spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia. Intense B-50-IR was localized to the superficial laminae of the dorsal horn at all segmental levels, the intermediolateral nucleus at thoracic levels and Onuf’s nucleus at sacral levels. Scattered neurons, particularly in the ventral horn of lumbar and sacral segmental levels (and occasionally also in Clarke’s nucleus) displayed intense B-50-IR in close apposition to the perikaryal and proximal dendritic surfaces. Nonradioactive in situ hybridization indicated that B-50 mRNA could also be detected in neurons of the ventral horn and also in the intermediolateral nucleus. The distribution of B-50 mRNA and protein in the normal human spinal cord shows a marked similarity to that reported in experimental animals, including the selective labelling of Onuf’s nucleus. However, the strong B-50-IR on the surface of some large anterior horn motor neurons has not been observed in other mammals. This finding might reflect a particular state of readiness for synaptic plasticity.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Muscle spindle ; Denervation ; Reinnervation ; Muscle fiber atrophy ; Mitochondria
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary The fine structure of normal, denervated, and reinnervated muscle spindles in lower lumbrical muscles of rats was studied morphometrically at time intervals ranging from 3–14 months. In control spindles, the mean transverse area of mitochondria was estimated to be more than twice as large in nuclear chain than in typical nuclear bag fibers. Following denervation, there was a severe decrease of the mean number and transverse area of mitochondria, and a moderate, but statistically significant decrease of the mean transverse area of intrafusal muscle fibers (IMFs) despite an increase of the number of IMFs. At 12–14 months of reinnervation, changes of the transverse areas of IMFs were statistically insignificant, but the mean values for the mitochondria were incompletely restored. At 4×3 months, after fourfold repeated crush injuries to the nerve, most of the values estimated (transverse area of mitochondria; number, shape, and transverse area of IMFs and nuclei) tended to approach those in denervated rather than in reinnervated IMFs. The differences of the reactions of intra- and extrafusal muscle fibers following complete motor and sensory denervation appeared to be in accordance with their normal dimensional dissimilarities.
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    Cell & tissue research 290 (1997), S. 31-37 
    ISSN: 1432-0878
    Keywords: Key words: Sural nerve ; Blood vessels ; Angiopathic neuropathy ; Vasculitis ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Human
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract. The number and dimensions of epineurial blood vessels in normal human sural nerves have, thus far, not been determined using systematic, reproducible morphometric methods, although this nerve is most frequently used for diagnostic biopsies. Quantitative changes in epineurial blood vessels appear to be major parameters for identifying angiopathy and angiopathic peripheral neuropathy. Therefore, we examined the epineurial blood-vessel number in relation to the age of the patients and to the number and size of the nerve fascicles in each of 51 human sural nerve biopsies. The data from a control group were compared with pathological cases. We found that the number of epineurial blood vessels (normal mean: 57.7) increased significantly (up to 196) in biopsies where there were signs of angiopathy (P≤0.01) or vasculitis (P≤0.05). The increase in the number of epineurial blood vessels usually resulted from a proliferation of capillaries. The fascicular cross-sectional area did not appear to be related to the number of epineurial blood vessels, although it increased significantly in cases with vasculitis (P≤0.05) or an axonal type of neuropathy (P≤0.05). Thus, this study shows that the number of epineurial blood vessels is a helpful parameter in verifying angiopathy and angiopathic peripheral 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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