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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by episodically exuberant heterotopic ossification (HO), whereby skeletal muscle is abnormally converted into misplaced, but histologically normal bone. This HO leads to progressive immobility with catastrophic consequences, including death by asphyxiation. FOP results from(More)
Causes of disuse atrophy include loss of upper motor neurons, which occurs in spinal cord injury (SCI) or lower motor neurons (denervation). Whereas denervation quickly results in muscle fibrillations, SCI causes delayed onset of muscle spasticity. To compare the influence of denervation or SCI on muscle atrophy and atrophy-related gene expression, male(More)
OBJECTIVE Currently, because of the precision of stereotactic radiosurgery, radiation can now be delivered by techniques that shape the radiation beam to the tissue target for a variety of clinical applications. This avoids unnecessary and potentially damaging irradiation of surrounding tissues inherent in conventional irradiation, so that irradiation of(More)
At present, only the corticosteroid, methylprednisolone, is used for acute spinal cord injury to improve function. However, improvements are modest, and are associated with myopathy and immunosuppression so that alternative treatments are needed. Oxandrolone is an androgenic steroid with potential neuroprotective properties that is used to prevent muscle(More)
Orthostatic hypotension commonly occurs in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), limiting rehabilitation and independence. Findings of increased production of nitric oxide (NO) by inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) after exposure to simulated microgravity suggest that increased iNOS expression contributes to OH in persons with SCI. To test this(More)
Non-bone in vivo micro-CT imaging has many potential applications for preclinical evaluation. Specifically, the in vivo quantification of changes in the vascular network and organ morphology in small animals, associated with the emergence and progression of diseases like bone fracture, inflammation and cancer, would be critical to the development and(More)
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder that is characterized by episodic yet cumulative heterotopic ossification (HO) in skeletal muscles, tendons, and ligaments over a patient's lifetime. FOP is caused by missense mutations in the type I bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) receptor ACVR1. We have determined that the(More)
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