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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326445/the-role-of-nonhuman-primate-models-in-the-development-of-cell-based-therapies-for-parkinson-s-disease
#1
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Scott C Vermilyea, Marina E Emborg
Through the course of over three decades, nonhuman primate (NHP) studies on cell-based therapies (CBTs) for Parkinson's disease (PD) have provided insight into the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the approach, methods of cell collection and preparation, cell viability, as well as potential brain targets. Today, NHP research continues to be a vital source of information for improving cell grafts and analyzing how the host affects graft survival, integration and function. Overall, this article aims to discuss the role that NHP models of PD have played in CBT development and highlights specific issues that need to be considered to maximize the value of NHP studies for the successful clinical translation of CBTs...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324169/roles-of-centromedian-parafascicular-nuclei-of-thalamus-and-cholinergic-interneurons-in-the-dorsal-striatum-in-associative-learning-of-environmental-events
#2
REVIEW
Ko Yamanaka, Yukiko Hori, Takafumi Minamimoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Naoyuki Matsumoto, Kazuki Enomoto, Toshihiko Aosaki, Ann M Graybiel, Minoru Kimura
The thalamus provides a massive input to the striatum, but despite accumulating evidence, the functions of this system remain unclear. It is known, however, that the centromedian (CM) and parafascicular (Pf) nuclei of the thalamus can strongly influence particular striatal neuron subtypes, notably including the cholinergic interneurons of the striatum (CINs), key regulators of striatal function. Here, we highlight the thalamostriatal system through the CM-Pf to striatal CINs. We consider how, by virtue of the direct synaptic connections of the CM and PF, their neural activity contributes to the activity of CINs and striatal projection neurons (SPNs)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321566/differential-effects-of-bifrontal-and-occipital-nerve-stimulation-on-pain-and-fatigue-using-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-fibromyalgia-patients
#3
Wing Ting To, Evan James, Jan Ost, John Hart, Dirk De Ridder, Sven Vanneste
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain frequently accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue. Moderate improvement from pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments have proposed non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to the occipital nerve (more specifically the C2 area) or to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) as potential treatments. We aimed to explore the effectiveness of repeated sessions of tDCS (eight sessions) targeting the C2 area and DLPFC in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms, more specifically pain and fatigue...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315978/the-hallucinogen-2-5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine-hydrochloride-activates-neurotrophin-receptors-in-a-neuronal-cell-line-and-promotes-neurites-extension
#4
Zoya Marinova, Susanne Walitza, Edna Grünblatt
Decreased neurotrophic factors expression and neurotrophin receptors signalling have repeatedly been reported in association with stress, depression, and neurodegenerative disorders. We have previously identified the hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine hydrochloride (DOI) as protective against trophic deprivation-induced cytotoxicity in human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells and established the dependence of this effect on the 5-HT2A receptor, tyrosine kinases activity, and the extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314948/motor-and-non-motor-symptoms-in-old-age-onset-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#5
Marcelo D Mendonça, Tania Lampreia, Rita Miguel, André Caetano, Raquel Barbosa, Paulo Bugalho
Advancing age is a well-known risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). With population ageing it is expected that the total number of patients with PD onset at oldage increases. Information on the motor but particularly on non-motor phenotype of this late-onset population is lacking. We recruited 24 patients with PD onset at or over 75 years. Each patient was matched with 1 control patient with PD onset between the ages of 40 and 65 and matched for disease duration. Both groups were assessed with the UPDRS, the Non-motor symptoms scale (NMSS) and other scales to assess non-motor symptoms...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299453/simultaneous-determination-of-mao-a-and-b-activity-following-first-time-intake-of-an-irreversible-mao-b-inhibitor-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Thomas Müller, Peter Riederer, Edna Grünblatt
We determined monoamine oxidase-A (plasma) and -B (platelets) enzyme activity in chronic levodopa treated patients with Parkinson's disease after first time intake of an irreversible monoamine oxidase-B inhibitor. One patient received 10 mg selegiline and eleven patients took 1 mg rasagiline. A significant decrease of monoamine oxidase-B activity appeared 2 and 4 h following monoamine oxidase-B inhibitor intake in comparison to baseline. We confirm with this design, that rasagiline and selegiline inhibit monoamine oxidase-B but not monoamine oxidase-A after single dosing...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293733/type-a-monoamine-oxidase-and-serotonin-are-coordinately-involved-in-depressive-disorders-from-neurotransmitter-imbalance-to-impaired-neurogenesis
#7
REVIEW
Makoto Naoi, Wakako Maruyama, Masayo Shamoto-Nagai
Type A monoamine oxidase (MAOA) catabolizes monoamine transmitters, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, and plays a major role in the onset, progression and therapy of neuropsychiatric disorders. In depressive disorders, increase in MAOA expression and decrease in brain levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are proposed as the major pathogenic factors. The functional polymorphism of MAOA gene and genes in serotonin signal pathway are associated with depression. This review presents recent advance in studies on the role of MAOA in major depressive disorder and related emotional disorders...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283756/dopamine-t-cells-and-multiple-sclerosis-ms
#8
REVIEW
Mia Levite, Franca Marino, Marco Cosentino
Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that induces critical effects in the nervous system and in many peripheral organs, via 5 dopamine receptors (DRs): D1R-D5R. Dopamine also induces many direct and very potent effects on many DR-expressing immune cells, primarily T cells and dendritic cells. In this review, we focus only on dopamine receptors, effects and production in T cells. Dopamine by itself (at an optimal concentration of~0.1 nM) induces multiple function of resting normal human T cells, among them: T cell adhesion, chemotactic migration, homing, cytokine secretion and others...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275863/post-reexposure-administration-of-d-cycloserine-facilitates-reconsolidation-of-contextual-conditioned-fear-memory-in-rats
#9
Akiyoshi Saitoh, Kie Akagi, Jun-Ichiro Oka, Mitsuhiko Yamada
The effect of D-cycloserine, a N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor partial agonist, on the reconsolidation of conditioned fear memory is not precisely understood. In this study, we clarified the effects of D-cycloserine on the reconsolidation in rats, by performing contextual fear conditioning with a mild fear-conditioning procedure and with post-reexposure administration of the drug. The D-cycloserine (15 mg/kg subcutaneously)-treated rats showed a persistent and greater fear response during the test session compared with the control group...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271290/arterial-spin-labelling-detects-posterior-cortical-hypoperfusion-in-non-demented-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Zoe Joanna Syrimi, Lubomir Vojtisek, Ilona Eliasova, Jana Viskova, Alena Svatkova, Jiri Vanicek, Irena Rektorova
While previous studies suggested that perfusion abnormalities in Parkinson's disease (PD) are driven by dementia, our study aimed to identify perfusion underpinning of cognitive alteration in non-demented PD patients. Cerebral blood flow was measured using arterial spin labelling (ASL) in 28 PD patients (age 65 years ± 9.9 SD) and 16 age-matched healthy controls (HC) (age 65 years ± 7.8 SD), who also underwent neurological and cognitive testing. The 3D pseudocontinuous ASL and T2-weighted scans from 22 PD patients and 16 HC were analysed in a voxel-wise manner using SPM8 software...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265813/quantitative-neuropathology-an-update-on-automated-methodologies-and-implications-for-large-scale-cohorts
#11
Lauren Walker, Kirsty E McAleese, Mary Johnson, Ahmad A Khundakar, Daniel Erskine, Alan J Thomas, Ian G McKeith, Johannes Attems
A tissue microarray (TMA) has previously been developed for use in assessment of neurodegenerative diseases. We investigated the variation of pathology loads in semi-quantitative score categories and how pathology load related to disease progression. Post-mortem tissue from 146 cases were used; Alzheimer's disease (AD) (n = 36), Lewy body disease (LBD) (n = 56), mixed AD/dementia with Lewy bodies (n = 14) and controls (n = 40). TMA blocks (one per case) were constructed using tissue cores from 15 brain regions including cortical and subcortical regions...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247031/benefit-on-motor-and-non-motor-behavior-in-a-specialized-unit-for-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Thomas Müller, Gabi Öhm, Kathrin Eilert, Katharina Möhr, Stephanie Rotter, Thomas Haas, Matthias Küchler, Sven Lütge, Marion Marg, Hartmut Rothe
Treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease in specialized units is quite common in Germany. Data on the benefit of this hospitalization of patients with Parkinson's disease on motor and non-motor symptoms in conjunction with standardized tests are rare. Objective was to determine the efficacy of this therapeutic setting. We scored disease severity and performed clinical tests, respectively, instrumental procedures under standardized conditions in consecutively referred in-patients initially and at the end of their hospital stay...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243755/differential-diagnosis-between-patients-with-probable-alzheimer-s-disease-parkinson-s-disease-dementia-or-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-and-frontotemporal-dementia-behavioral-variant-using-quantitative-electroencephalographic-features
#13
Heinrich Garn, Carmina Coronel, Markus Waser, Georg Caravias, Gerhard Ransmayr
The objective of this work was to develop and evaluate a classifier for differentiating probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) from Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and from frontotemporal dementia, behavioral variant (bvFTD) based on quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG). We compared 25 QEEG features in 61 dementia patients (20 patients with probable AD, 20 patients with PDD or probable DLB (DLBPD), and 21 patients with bvFTD). Support vector machine classifiers were trained to distinguish among the three groups...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243754/differentiation-of-atypical-parkinson-syndromes
#14
REVIEW
Günter U Höglinger, Jan Kassubek, Ilona Csoti, Reinhard Ehret, Heinz Herbst, Ingmar Wellach, Jürgen Winkler, Wolfgang H Jost
In distinction to idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), the diagnosis of atypical Parkinson syndromes comprises dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD). We set out to write a state-of-the-art guideline as to which investigations and examinations help to differentiate PD vs. atypical Parkinson syndromes in clinical routine.
February 27, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238201/advances-in-optogenetic-and-chemogenetic-methods-to-study-brain-circuits-in-non-human-primates
#15
REVIEW
Adriana Galvan, Michael J Caiola, Daniel L Albaugh
Over the last 10 years, the use of opto- and chemogenetics to modulate neuronal activity in research applications has increased exponentially. Both techniques involve the genetic delivery of artificial proteins (opsins or engineered receptors) that are expressed on a selective population of neurons. The firing of these neurons can then be manipulated using light sources (for opsins) or by systemic administration of exogenous compounds (for chemogenetic receptors). Opto- and chemogenetic tools have enabled many important advances in basal ganglia research in rodent models, yet these techniques have faced a slow progress in non-human primate (NHP) research...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236206/glutamate-t-cells-and-multiple-sclerosis
#16
REVIEW
Mia Levite
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the nervous system, where it induces multiple beneficial and essential effects. Yet, excess glutamate, evident in a kaleidoscope of acute and chronic pathologies, is absolutely catastrophic, since it induces excitotoxicity and massive loss of brain function. Both the beneficial and the detrimental effects of glutamate are mediated by a large family of glutamate receptors (GluRs): the ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) and the metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs), expressed by most/all cells of the nervous system, and also by many non-neural cells in various peripheral organs and tissues...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229223/levodopa-carbidopa-intestinal-gel-lcig-infusion-as-mono-or-combination-therapy
#17
Carsten Buhmann, R Hilker, P Lingor, C Schrader, J Schwarz, M Wolz, H Reichmann
Levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) infusion is an effective escalating therapy in patients with Parkinson disease (PD) suffering from motor fluctuations and dyskinesia. Levodopa/carbidopa given continuously as infusion provides an optimized application of the most effective and best tolerable antiparkinsonian drug. It has been proven to have a superior motor effect compared with oral levodopa and to improve also non-motor symptoms. However, invasiveness, discomfort resulting from carrying an external device, and side effects associated with the way of administration limit its application in PD patients...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213762/association-between-cognitive-impairment-and-urinary-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Zuzanna Tkaczynska, Andrea Pilotto, Sara Becker, Susanne Gräber-Sultan, Daniela Berg, Inga Liepelt-Scarfone
Urinary dysfunction (UD) is a common non-motor feature of Parkinson's disease (PD), and might be secondary to neurodegeneration involving cortical and subcortical brain areas. The possible link between UD and cognitive deficits has never been examined in frontal cortex impairment, and is still not completely understood in PD. In the present study, 94 PD patients underwent a comprehensive motor, cognitive and non-motor assessment. It was shown that 55.3% of patients reported UD, of which 17% needed specific urological treatment...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213761/psychomotor-effect-differences-between-l-methamphetamine-and-d-methamphetamine-are-independent-of-murine-plasma-and-brain-pharmacokinetics-profiles
#19
Tetsuya Nishimura, Kazue Takahata, Yuri Kosugi, Takaaki Tanabe, Shizuko Muraoka
l-Methamphetamine has been occasionally referred to as a stimulant similar to d-methamphetamine, probably owing to insufficient comparative studies. Here, we directly compared psychomotor efficacies and pharmacokinetics of methamphetamine enantiomers in mice. Only d-methamphetamine, but not l-methamphetamine, induced stereotypy and sensitization at 1-10 mg/kg. However, plasma pharmacokinetic parameters of 10 mg/kg l-methamphetamine were ≥tenfold those of 1 mg/kg d-methamphetamine. These results clearly indicate that differential psychomotor efficacies of methamphetamine enantiomers are independent of their pharmacokinetic profiles...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188439/the-missing-link-between-sleep-disorders-and-age-related-dementia-recent-evidence-and-plausible-mechanisms
#20
REVIEW
Feng Zhang, Rujia Zhong, Song Li, Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang, Weidong Le
Sleep disorders are among the most common clinical problems and possess a significant concern for the geriatric population. More importantly, while around 40% of elderly adults have sleep-related complaints, sleep disorders are more frequently associated with co-morbidities including age-related neurodegenerative diseases and mild cognitive impairment. Recently, increasing evidence has indicated that disturbed sleep may not only serve as the consequence of brain atrophy, but also contribute to the pathogenesis of dementia and, therefore, significantly increase dementia risk...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
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