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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
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David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035716/integrated-molecular-landscape-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-provides-insights-into-disease-etiology
#2
C J H M Klemann, J E Visser, L Van Den Bosch, G J M Martens, G Poelmans
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a severe, progressive and ultimately fatal motor neuron disease caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but its underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In order to gain insight into the etiology of ALS, we here conducted genetic network and literature analyses of the top-ranked findings from six genome-wide association studies of sporadic ALS (involving 3589 cases and 8577 controls) as well as genes implicated in ALS etiology through other evidence, including familial ALS candidate gene association studies...
December 30, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032389/bithalamic-gliomas-may-be-molecularly-distinct-from-their-unilateral-high-grade-counterparts
#3
Alberto Broniscer, Scott N Hwang, Omar Chamdine, Tong Lin, Stanley Pounds, Arzu Onar-Thomas, Lei Chi, Sheila Shurtleff, Sariah Allen, Amar Gajjar, Paul Northcott, Brent A Orr
Bithalamic gliomas are rare cancers diagnosed based on poorly defined radiologic criteria. Infiltrative astrocytomas account for most cases. While some previous studies reported dismal outcomes for patients with bithalamic gliomas irrespective of therapy and histologic grade, others described better prognoses even without anticancer therapy. Little is known about their molecular characteristics. We reviewed clinical, radiologic, and histologic features of patients with bithalamic gliomas treated at our institution over 15 years...
December 28, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019685/tauopathy-with-hippocampal-4-repeat-tau-immunoreactive-spherical-inclusions-a-report-of-three-cases
#4
Gabor G Kovacs, Linda K Kwong, Murray Grossman, David J Irwin, Edward B Lee, John L Robinson, Eunran Suh, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Virginia M Lee, John Q Trojanowski
Tauopathies are a major group of neurodegenerative proteinopathies characterized by the accumulation of abnormal and hyperphosphorylated tau proteins in the brain. Tau pathology is characterized as 3R (repeat) or 4R predominant or mixed 3R and 4R type. Here we report three cases lacking mutations in the microtubule associated protein tau (MAPT) gene with unusual tau pathology. The age at onset and duration of illness, respectively, were 63 and 20 years (male), 67 and 5 years (female) and 72 and 20 years (female)...
December 26, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019679/inflammasome-activation-and-innate-immunity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#5
Michael T Heneka
Activation of innate immunity and the assembly of microglial cells at sites of Alzheimer disease pathology has long been regarded as bystander phenomenon, which does not actively contribute to disease pathogenesis and progression. Recent data emerging from genetics, clinical imaging and animal experimentation point to an intimate and mutual interaction of innate immune mechanisms and neurodegenerative processes. NOD-like receptor (NLR) family, pyrin domain containing 3 and 1 inflammasomes, present in myeloid cells and neurons, respectively, represent key components of the innate immune reaction observed in Alzheimer patient brains...
December 26, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009081/role-of-the-inflammasome-in-brain-pathogenesis-a-potential-therapeutic-target
#6
Delphine Boche, David Brough
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 23, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009077/inflammasomes-as-therapeutic-targets-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Claire S White, Catherine B Lawrence, David Brough, Jack Rivers-Auty
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of progressive dementia, typified initially by short term memory deficits which develop into a dramatic global cognitive decline. The classical hall marks of Alzheimer's disease include the accumulation of amyloid oligomers and fibrils, and the intracellular formation of neurofibrillary tangles of hyperphosphorylated tau. It is now clear that inflammation also plays a central role in the pathogenesis of the disease through a number of neurotoxic mechanisms. Microglia are the key immune regulators of the CNS which detect amyloidopathy through cell surface and cytosolic pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and respond by initiating inflammation through the secretion of cytokines such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β)...
December 23, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997995/cimpact-now-the-consortium-to-inform-molecular-and-practical-approaches-to-cns-tumor-taxonomy-a-new-initiative-in-advancing-nervous-system-tumor-classification
#8
David N Louis, Ken Aldape, Daniel J Brat, David Capper, David W Ellison, Cynthia Hawkins, Werner Paulus, Arie Perry, Guido Reifenberger, Dominique Figarella-Branger, Pieter Wesseling, Tracy T Batchelor, J Gregory Cairncross, Stefan M Pfister, Stefan Rutkowski, Michael Weller, Wolfgang Wick, Andreas von Deimling
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997711/alzheimer-neuropathology-without-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-hallmarks-tar-dna-binding-protein-43-inclusions-in-missense-progranulin-mutation-cys139arg
#9
Veronica Redaelli, Giacomina Rossi, Emanuela Maderna, Gabor G Kovacs, Elena Piccoli, Paola Caroppo, Francesca Cacciatore, Sonia Spinello, Marina Grisoli, Giuliano Sozzi, Andrea Salmaggi, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Giorgio Giaccone
Null mutations in progranulin gene (GRN) reduce the progranulin production resulting in haploinsufficiency and are tightly associated with tau-negative frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TAR DNA-binding protein 43-positive inclusions (FTLD-TDP). Missense mutations of GRN were also identified, but their effects are not completely clear, in particular unanswered is the question of what neuropathology they elicit, also considering that their occurrence has been reported in patients with typical clinical features of Alzheimer disease...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997059/a-brain-in-flame-do-inflammasomes-and-pyroptosis-influence-stroke-pathology
#10
Jack Barrington, Eloise Lemarchand, Stuart M Allan
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Inflammation plays a key role across the time course of stroke, from onset to the post-injury reparative phase days to months later. Several regulatory molecules are implicated in inflammation, but the most established inflammatory mediator of acute brain injury is the cytokine interleukin-1. Interleukin-1 is regulated by large, macromolecular complexes called inflammasomes, which play a central role in cytokine release and cell death. In this review we highlight recent advances in inflammasome research and propose key roles for inflammasome components in the progression of stroke damage...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997058/inflammasome-activation-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-eae
#11
William Barclay, Mari L Shinohara
The aptly-named inflammasomes are powerful signaling complexes that sense inflammatory signals under a myriad of conditions, including those from infections and endogenous sources. The inflammasomes promote inflammation by maturation and release of the pro-inflammatory cytokines, IL-1β and IL-18. Several inflammasomes have been identified so far, but this review focuses mainly on the NLRP3 inflammasome. By still ill-defined activation mechanisms, a sensor molecule, NLRP3 (NACHT, LRR and PYD domains-containing protein 3), responds to danger signals and rapidly recruits ASC (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD) and pro-caspase-1 to form a large oligomeric signaling platform - the inflammasome...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997051/association-of-adipocyte-enhancer-binding-protein-1-with-alzheimer-s-disease-pathology-in-human-hippocampi
#12
Masahiro Shijo, Hiroyuki Honda, Satoshi O Suzuki, Hideomi Hamasaki, Masaaki Hokama, Nona Abolhassani, Yusaku Nakabeppu, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Takanari Kitazono, Toru Iwaki
Adipocyte enhancer binding protein 1 (AEBP1) activates inflammatory responses via the NF-κB pathway in macrophages and regulates adipogenesis in preadipocytes. Up-regulation of AEBP1 in the hippocampi of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been revealed by microarray analyses of autopsied brains from the Japanese general population (the Hisayama study). In this study, we compared the expression patterns of AEBP1 in normal and AD brains, including in the hippocampus, using immunohistochemistry. The subjects were 24 AD cases and 52 non-AD cases...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997042/what-do-we-know-about-the-inflammasome-in-humans
#13
Jay Amin, Delphine Boche, Sonja Rakic
The inflammasome complex is part of the innate immune system, which serves to protect the host against harm from pathogens and damaged cells. It is a term first proposed by Tschopp's group in 2002, with numerous original research articles and reviews published on the topic since. There have been many types of inflammasome identified, but all result in the common pathway of activation of caspases and interleukin 1β along with possible cell death due to pyroptosis. Despite a growing body of research investigating the structure and function of the inflammasome in animal models, there is still limited evidence identifying inflammasome components in human physiology and disease...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984680/mitochondrial-activity-in-the-frontal-cortex-area-8-and-angular-gyrus-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-parkinson-s-disease-with-dementia
#14
Paula Garcia-Esparcia, Anusha Koneti, M Cruz Rodríguez-Oroz, Belen Lago, José Antonio Del Rio, Isidro Ferrer
Altered mitochondrial function is characteristic in the substantia nigra in Parkinson's disease (PD). Information about mitochondria in other brain regions such as the cerebral cortex is conflicting mainly because most studies have not contemplated the possibility of variable involvement depending on the region, stage of disease progression, and clinical symptoms such as the presence or absence of dementia. RT-qPCR of 18 nuclear mRNAs encoding subunits of mitochondrial complexes and 12 mRNAs encoding energy metabolism-related enzymes; western blotting of mitochondrial proteins; and analysis of enzymatic activities of complexes I, II, II, IV and V of the respiratory chain were assessed in frontal cortex area 8 and the angular gyrus of middle-aged individuals (MA), and those with incidental PD (iPD), long-lasting PD with parkinsonism without dementia (PD) and long-lasting PD with dementia (PDD)...
December 16, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984673/co-occurrence-of-histone-h3-k27m-and-braf-v600e-mutations-in-paediatric-midline-grade-i-ganglioglioma
#15
Mélanie Pagès, Kevin Beccaria, Nathalie Boddaert, Raphaël Saffroy, Aurore Besnard, David Castel, Frédéric Fina, Doriane Barets, Emilie Barret, Ludovic Lacroix, Franck Bielle, Felipe Andreiuolo, Arnault Tauziède-Espariat, Dominique Figarella-Branger, Stéphanie Puget, Jacques Grill, Fabrice Chrétien, Pascale Varlet
Ganglioglioma (GG) is a grade I tumour characterized by alterations in the MAPK pathway, including BRAF V600E mutation. Recently, diffuse midline glioma with an H3 K27M mutation was added to the WHO 2016 classification as a new grade IV entity. As co-occurrence of H3 K27M and BRAF V600E mutations has been reported in midline tumours and anaplastic GG, we searched for BRAF V600E and H3 K27M mutations in a series of 54 paediatric midline grade I GG (midline GG) to determine the frequency of double mutations and its relevance for prognosis...
December 16, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936516/neuroprotection-of-hypoxic-postconditioning-against-global-cerebral-ischemia-through-influencing-posttranslational-regulations-of-heat-shock-protein-27-in-adult-rats
#16
Lixuan Zhan, Liu Liu, Kongping Li, Baoxing Wu, Dandan Liu, Donghai Liang, Haixia Wen, Yanmei Wang, Weiwen Sun, Weiping Liao, En Xu
We previously reported that hypoxic postconditioning (HPC) ameliorated hippocampal neuronal death induced by transient global cerebral ischemia (tGCI) in adult rats. However, the mechanism of HPC-induced neuroprotection is still elusive. Notably, heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27) has recently emerged as a potent neuroprotectant in cerebral ischemia. Although its robust protective effect on stroke has been recognized, the mechanism of Hsp27-mediated neuroprotection is largely unknown. Here, we investigated the potential molecular mechanism by which HPC modulates the posttranslational regulations of Hsp27 after tGCI...
December 9, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935156/casp9-germline-mutation-in-a-family-with-multiple-brain-tumors
#17
Michael W Ronellenfitsch, Oh Ji Eun, Kaishi Satomi, Koichiro Sumi, Patrick N Harter, Joachim P Steinbach, Jörg Felsberg, David Capper, Catherine Voegele, Geoffroy Durand, James McKay, Florence Le Calvez-Kelm, Jens Schittenhelm, Barbara Klink, Michel Mittelbronn, Hiroko Ohgaki
We report a novel CASP9 germline mutation that may increase susceptibility to the development of brain tumors. We identified this mutation in a family in which three brain tumors had developed within three generations, including two anaplastic astrocytomas occurring in cousins. The cousins were diagnosed at similar ages (29 and 31 years), and their tumors showed similar histological features. Genetic analysis revealed somatic IDH1 and TP53 mutations in both tumors. However, no germline TP53 mutations were detected, despite the fact that this family fulfills the criteria of Li-Fraumeni-like syndrome...
December 9, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893178/comprehensive-genetic-characterization-of-rosette-forming-glioneuronal-tumors-independent-component-analysis-by-tissue-microdissection
#18
Yohei Kitamura, Takashi Komori, Makoto Shibuya, Kentaro Ohara, Yuko Saito, Saeko Hayashi, Aya Sasaki, Eiji Nakagawa, Ryosuke Tomio, Akiyoshi Kakita, Masashi Nakatsukasa, Kazunari Yoshida, Hikaru Sasaki
A rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor (RGNT) is a rare, mixed neuronal-glial tumor characterized by biphasic architecture of glial and neurocytic components. The number of reports of genetic analyses of RGNTs is few. Additionally, the genetic background of the unique biphasic pathological characteristics of such mixed neuronal-glial tumors remains unclear. To clarify the genetic background of RGNTs, we performed separate comprehensive genetic analyses of glial and neurocytic components of five RGNTs, by tissue microdissection...
November 28, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880990/neurodegeneration-and-nlrp3-inflammasome-expression-in-the-anterior-thalamus-of-sod1-g93a-als-mice
#19
Berthold Debye, Lena Schmülling, Lepu Zhou, Gabriele Rune, Cordian Beyer, Sonja Johann
Nowadays, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is considered as a multisystem disorder, characterized by a primary degeneration of motor neurons as well as neuropathological changes in non-motor regions. Neurodegeneration in subcortical areas, such as the thalamus, are believed to contribute to cognitive and behavioural abnormalities in ALS patients. In the present study, we investigated neurodegenerative changes including neuronal loss and glia pathology in the anterodorsal thalamic nucleus (AD) of SOD1(G93A) mice, a widely used animal model for ALS...
November 23, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879019/screening-for-alk-abnormalities-in-central-nervous-system-metastases-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-alk-abnormalities-in-cns-metastases-of-nsclc
#20
Marcin Nicoś, Bożena Jarosz, Paweł Krawczyk, Kamila Wojas-Krawczyk, Tomasz Kucharczyk, Marek Sawicki, Juliusz Pankowski, Tomasz Trojanowski, Janusz Milanowski
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangement was reported in 3-7% of primary non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its presence is commonly associated with adenocarcinoma (AD) type and non-smoking history. ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) such as crizotinib, alectinib and ceritinib showed efficiency in patients with primary NSCLC harboring ALK gene rearrangement. Moreover, response to ALK TKIs was observed in central nervous system (CNS) metastatic lesions of NSCLC. However, there are no reports concerning the frequency of ALK rearrangement in CNS metastases...
November 23, 2016: Brain Pathology
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