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Metabolic Brain Disease

Hai Yan Huang, Shao Jian Lin, Wei Guo Zhao, Zhe Bao Wu
The aim of this study is to compare the efficacy of bromocriptine (BRC) versus cabergoline (CAB) in patients with giant prolactinomas. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and Clinical for studies dated before March 1st, 2016, that used BRC or CAB for the treatment of patients with giant prolactinomas. Specific eligibility criteria were set to identify articles and cases. The selected articles were reviewed, and the data were extracted for analysis. The compared outcomes included tumor shrinkage, tumor response, normalization of prolactin (PRL) level, and visual field defect (VFD) improvement...
March 15, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Varinder Singh, Pawan Krishan, Richa Shri
Oxidative stress is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of stroke. Strategies using antioxidants to improve neurological functions after stroke have, thus, gained significant attention. Ocimum basilicum L. is used traditionally to treat CNS disorders. Its antioxidant capacity is well established. Our laboratory has reported protective effects of pre-treatment with O. basilicum in experimental stroke, but its curative (post-treatment) effects in ischemic stroke have not been documented. Hence, the present study was aimed to evaluate the effect of O...
March 15, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Anna King, Anna Brain, Kelsey Hanson, Justin Dittmann, James Vickers, Carmen Fernandez-Martos
Disruption of leptin signalling has been implicated as playing a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Leptin has previously been shown to be affected by amyloid-beta (Aβ)-related signalling; however, pathways that link leptin to the disease pathogenesis have not been determined. To characterize the association between increasing age-dependent Aβ levels with leptin signalling and the vulnerable brain regions in AD, we assessed the mRNA and protein expression profile of leptin and leptin receptor (Ob-Rb) at 9 and 18-month-age in APP/PS1 mice...
March 15, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Juliana Brum Moraes, Michael Maes, Chutima Roomruangwong, Kamila Landucci Bonifacio, Decio Sabbatini Barbosa, Heber Odebrecht Vargas, George Anderson, Marta Kubera, Andre F Carvalho, Sandra Odebrecht Vargas Nunes
Early life trauma (ELT) may increase the risk towards bipolar disorder (BD) and major depression (MDD), disorders associated with activated neuro-oxidative and neuro-nitrosative stress (O&NS) pathways. It has remained elusive whether ELTs are associated with O&NS and which ELTs are associated with distinct affective disorder phenotypes. This case-control study examined patients with BD (n = 68) and MDD (n = 37) and healthy controls (n = 66). The Child Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) was used to assess specific ELT...
March 14, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Yuanyuan Wang, Qinwen Wang, Xiaoming Bao, Yanfei Ding, Jieyi Shentu, Wei Cui, Xiaowei Chen, Xiaofei Wei, Shujun Xu
Taxifolin is a potent flavonoid with anti-inflammatory activity. Taxifolin has been reported to decrease the accumulation of β-amyloid (Aβ), and reduce Aβ-induced neurotoxicity. However, the detail molecular mechanism of taxifolin against Aβ-induced neurotoxicity is largely unknown. In this study, we revealed the protective effects and the underlying mechanisms of taxifolin on the impairments of cognitive function and synapse formation induced by soluble Aβ oligomers. Our results showed that taxifolin prevented neuronal cell death in a concentration-dependent manner...
March 14, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Karolina Pierzynowska, Lidia Gaffke, Zuzanna Cyske, Michał Puchalski, Estera Rintz, Michał Bartkowski, Marta Osiadły, Michał Pierzynowski, Jagoda Mantej, Ewa Piotrowska, Grzegorz Węgrzyn
Autophagy is a process of degradation of macromolecules in the cytoplasm, particularly proteins of a long half-life, as well as whole organelles, in eukaryotic cells. Lysosomes play crucial roles during this degradation. Autophagy is a phylogenetically old, and evolutionarily conserved phenomenon which occurs in all eukaryotic cells. It can be found in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, insect Drosophila melanogaster, and mammals, including humans. Its high importance for cell physiology has been recognized, and in fact, dysfunctions causing impaired autophagy are associated with many severe disorders, including cancer and metabolic brain diseases...
March 14, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Buranee Kanchanatawan, Sira Sriswasdi, Supaksorn Thika, Sunee Sirivichayakul, André F Carvalho, Michel Geffard, Marta Kubera, Michael Maes
Deficit schizophrenia is characterized by neurocognitive impairments and changes in the patterning of IgA/IgM responses to plasma tryptophan catabolites (TRYCATs). In the current study, supervised pattern recognition methods, including logistic regression analysis (LRA), Support Vector Machine (SVM), and Soft Independent Modeling of Class Analogy (SIMCA), were used to examine whether deficit schizophrenia is a discrete diagnostic class with respect to Consortium To Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's disease (CERAD) and Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) tests and IgA/IgM responses to noxious (NOX) and generally more protective (PRO) TRYCATs...
March 11, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Fleur M Howells, Jacqueline S Womersley
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March 9, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Devinder Arora, Jayesh Mudgal, Madhavan Nampoothiri, Sanchari Basu Mallik, Manas Kinra, Susan Hall, Shailendra Anoopkumar-Dukie, Gary D Grant, Chamallamudi Mallikarjuna Rao
Antipsychotic drugs are the mainstay of psychotic disorders. The 'typical' antipsychotic agents are commonly employed for the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, though at an expense of extrapyramidal side effects (EPS). In the present study, we employed haloperidol (HP)-induced catalepsy model in mice to evaluate the role of adenosine receptor antagonist and cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme inhibitor in the amelioration of EPS. HP produced a full blown catalepsy, akinesia and a significant impairment in locomotion and antioxidant status...
March 7, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Alexandra Kovalčíková, Marianna Gyurászová, Diana Vavrincová-Yaghi, Peter Vavrinec, Ľubomíra Tóthová, Peter Boor, Katarína Šebeková, Peter Celec
Uremic encephalopathy is a severe complication of renal failure. The underlying pathogenesis is unknown although several mechanisms have been suggested. Renal failure causes oxidative stress leading to cardiovascular complications. It has been suggested as the potential mediator of uremic encephalopathy as well, but it is largely unknown whether brain tissue itself undergoes oxidative damage in uremia. The aim of our experiment was to analyze oxidative stress markers in different brain regions in an animal model of acute kidney injury (AKI)...
March 7, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
David A Geier, Janet K Kern, Lisa K Sykes, Mark R Geier
Nelson and Bauman (Pediatrics 111:674-679, 2003) previously hypothesized that pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) was not associated with mercury (Hg) exposure because the medical conditions associated with Hg exposure were not associated with PDD. A hypothesis-testing longitudinal case-control study evaluated the frequency of medically diagnosed conditions previously associated with Hg poisoning, including: epilepsy, dysarthria, failure to thrive, cerebral palsy, or contact dermatitis and other eczema among children preceding their eventual PDD diagnosis (cases) compared to controls...
March 6, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Parisa Zareie, Mehdi Sadegh, Mohammad Reza Palizvan, Homeira Moradi-Chameh
2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and anandamide are two major endocannabinoids produced, released and eliminated by metabolic pathways. Anticonvulsive effect of 2-AG and CB1 receptor is well-established. Herein, we designed to investigate the anticonvulsive influence of key components of the 2-AG and anandamide metabolism. Tonic-clonic seizures were induced by an injection of Pentylenetetrazol (80 mg/kg, i.p.) in adult male Wistar rats. Delay and duration for the seizure stages were considered for analysis. Monoacylglycerol lipase blocker (JJKK048; 1 mg/kg) or alpha/beta hydroxylase domain 6 blocker (WWL70; 5 mg/kg) were administrated alone or with 2-AG to evaluate the anticonvulsive potential of these enzymes...
March 4, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Nafiseh Nafisi-Far, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Akram Sadat Tabatabaei Panah, Arezou Sayad, Mohammad Taheri
Schizophrenia has long been considered as a devastating brain disorder in which both genetic and environmental factors are involved. The BACE1 gene is one of the most important susceptibility genes for this disorder. However, the changes in BACE1 expression in schizophrenic patients compared with healthy subjects have not been evaluated yet. In this case-control study, we examined BACE1 expression in a group of 50 patients with schizophrenia and 50 healthy controls. The level of BACE1 gene expression was measured using Real-Time PCR...
March 3, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Afaf El-Ansary, John J Cannell, Geir Bjørklund, Ramesa Shafi Bhat, Abeer M Al Dbass, Hanan A Alfawaz, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Laila Al-Ayadhi
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1% of the world's population. Vitamin D is thought to be essential for normal brain development and modulation of the immune system. Worldwide about 1 billion people are affected by vitamin D deficiency. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG) are biomarkers related to inflammation and oxidative stress. In the present study, these biomarkers were together with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D3 ) analyzed in 28 (mean age seven years) Saudi male patients with ASD...
March 1, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Farideh Baghishani, Abbas Mohammadipour, Hossain Hosseinzadeh, Mahmoud Hosseini, Alireza Ebrahimzadeh-Bideskan
Tramadol, a frequently used pain reliever drug, present neurotoxic effects associated to cognitive dysfunction. Moreover, crocin has been reported to have neuroprotective effects. The aim of this study was to assess crocin's capacity to protect learning, and memory abilities on tramadol-treated rats. A total of 35 rats were divided into five groups: Control, Saline, tramadol (50 mg/kg), tramadol + crocin(30 mg/kg), crocin groups and treated orally for 28 consecutive days. Morris water maze (MWM) and passive avoidance (PA) tests were done, followed by dissection of the rat's brains for toluidine blue and TUNEL staining...
February 22, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Nausheen Alam, Kulsoom Choudhary
Previous studies have demonstrated that repeated psychostimulant administration produces behavioural sensitization and cognitive tolerance. Brain dopaminergic system and the involvement of dopamine D2 -receptors are considered to be important in psychostimulant-induced sensitization. Study designed to compared the motor activity by using familiar and novel enviroments and cognitive effects by water maze and passive avoidance test after long term administration of methylphenidate(at the dose 0.6 mg/kg/day, 2...
February 22, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Jun-Ming Wang, Li-Xin Pei, Yue-Yue Zhang, Yong-Xian Cheng, Chun-Ling Niu, Ying Cui, Wei-Sheng Feng, Gui-Fang Wang
The dried roots of Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch. (Scrophulariaceae) are of both medicinal and nutritional importance. Our previous study has found that the 80% ethanol extract of R. glutinosa (RGEE) produced antidepressant-like activities in mouse behavioral despair depression models. However, its mechanisms are still unclear. The present study aimed to observe the antidepressant-like mechanisms of RGEE on a rat chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model by involving monoaminergic neurotransmitters and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)...
February 22, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Ganiyu Oboh, Sunday I Oyeleye, Omoyemi A Akintemi, Tosin A Olasehinde
There are strong correlations between diabetes mellitus and cognitive dysfunction. This study sought to investigate the modulatory effects of Moringa oleifera leaf (ML) and seed (MS) inclusive diets on biomolecules [acetylcholinesterase (AChE), butyrylcholinesterase (BChE)] angiotensin-I converting enzyme (ACE), arginase, catalase, glutathione transferase (GST) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities, glutathione (GSH) and nitric oxide (NO) levels] associated with cognitive function in the brain of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats treated with acarbose (ACA)...
February 12, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Theodora U J Bruun, Sarah Sidky, Anabela O Bandeira, Francoise-Guillaume Debray, Can Ficicioglu, Jennifer Goldstein, Kairit Joost, Dwight D Koeberl, Diogo Luísa, Marie-Cecile Nassogne, Siobhan O'Sullivan, Katrin Õunap, Andreas Schulze, Lionel van Maldergem, Gajja S Salomons, Saadet Mercimek-Andrews
To evaluate the outcome of current treatment for creatine transporter (CRTR) deficiency, we developed a clinical severity score and initiated an international treatment registry. An online questionnaire was completed by physicians following patients with CRTR deficiency on a treatment, including creatine and/or arginine, and/or glycine. Clinical severity score included 1) global developmental delay/intellectual disability; 2) seizures; 3) behavioural disorder. Phenotype scored 1-3 = mild; 4-6 = moderate; and 7-9 = severe...
February 12, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Tasneem Obeid, Abdul Rezzak Hamzeh, Fatima Saif, Pratibha Nair, Madiha Mohamed, Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, Fatma Bastaki
The UNC80 gene encodes for a large component of the NALCN sodium-leak channel complex that regulates the basal excitability of the nervous system. In this study, we report on a novel homozygous mutation in UNC80 in a Palestinian-Emirati patient suffering infantile hypotonia with psychomotor retardation and characteristic facies. This mutation was detected by whole exome sequencing and confirmed using Sanger sequencing in the patient-parents trio. Numerous elements in the patient's phenotype were in agreement with the few reported cases of UNC80 mutations; however there are some notable differences...
February 11, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
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