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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098526/elevated-plasma-level-of-soluble-form-of-rage-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-with-dementia
#1
Sung-Chun Tang, Kai-Chien Yang, Chaur-Jong Hu, Hung-Yi Chiou, Chau Chung Wu, Jiann-Shing Jeng
The receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and its downstream pathways are involved in various inflammatory and immune responses. Importantly, there is soluble RAGE (sRAGE) that forms either by alternative splicing of RAGE messenger ribonucleic acid as the endogenous soluble form of RAGE (esRAGE) or by proteolytic cleavage of full-length RAGE protein. This study aimed to investigate the associations of the plasma levels of sRAGE and esRAGE in ischemic stroke (IS) patients with and without dementia...
November 2, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052076/-e-2-methoxy-4-3-4-methoxyphenyl-prop-1-en-1-yl-phenol-ameliorates-lps-mediated-memory-impairment-by-inhibition-of-stat3-pathway
#2
Ji Yeon Choi, Chul Ju Hwang, Do Yeon Lee, Sun Mi Gu, Hee Pom Lee, Dong Young Choi, Ki Wan Oh, Sang-Bae Han, Jin Tae Hong
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is pathologically characterized by an excessive accumulation of amyloid-beta (Aβ) fibrils within the brain. We tested the anti-inflammatory and anti-amyloidogenic effects of (E)-2-methoxy-4-(3-(4-methoxyphenyl) prop-1-en-1-yl) phenol (MMPP), a selective signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) inhibitor. We examined whether MMPP (5 mg/kg in drinking water for 1 month) prevents amyloidogenesis and cognitive impairment on AD model mice induced by intraperitoneal LPS (250 μg/kg daily 7 times) injections...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043564/the-ucp2-866g-a-polymorphism-could-be-considered-as-a-genetic-marker-of-different-functional-prognosis-in-ischemic-stroke-after-recanalization
#3
I Díaz-Maroto Cicuéndez, E Fernández-Díaz, J García-García, J Jordán, I Fernández-Cadenas, J Montaner, G Serrano-Heras, T Segura
Recent studies based on experimental animal models of stroke have suggested that uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2), an inner mitochondrial membrane protein that is thought to regulate energy metabolism and reduce reactive oxygen species generation, provides protection against reperfusion damage. We aimed to investigate whether -866G/A polymorphism in the promoter of the UCP2 gene, which enhances its transcriptional activity, is associated with functional prognosis in patients with embolic ischemic stroke after early recanalization...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918499/the-levels-of-circulating-proangiogenic-factors-in-migraineurs
#4
Slawomir Michalak, Alicja Kalinowska-Lyszczarz, Danuta Wegrzyn, Anna Thielemann, Krystyna Osztynowicz, Wojciech Kozubski
Migraine has been reported as a risk factor for ischemic stroke or cardiovascular events, and dysfunction of endothelial cells has been evidenced in migraine patients. Proangiogenic factors are potential endothelial stimulators, and their disturbances can link abnormalities of endothelium with increased risk of vascular disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the levels of circulating proangiogenic factors in sera of migraineurs during interictal period. Fifty-two patients aged 37.9 ± 9.6 years, fulfilling International Headache Society criteria for migraine, were included in this observational case-control study...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916896/involvement-of-il-17-in-secondary-brain-injury-after-a-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#5
Tan Li, Yong-Mei Zhang, Dong Han, Rong Hua, Bing-Nan Guo, Shu-Qun Hu, Xian-Liang Yan, Tie Xu
The pro-inflammatory activity of interleukin 17, which is produced by the IL-23/IL-17 axis, has been associated with the pathogenesis of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study investigated the potential role of IL-17 in secondary brain injury of TBI in a rat model. Our data showed that the levels of IL-17 increased from 6 h to 7 days and peaked at 3 days, in both the CNS and serum, which were consistent with the severity of secondary brain injury. The IL-23 inhibitor suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) treatment markedly decreased the expressions of IL-17 and apoptosis-associated proteins cleaved caspase-3 and increased the protein ratio of Bcl-2 (B cell lymphoma/leukemia-2)/Bax (Bcl-2-associated X protein)...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905220/haplotype-study-in-sca10-families-provides-further-evidence-for-a-common-ancestral-origin-of-the-mutation
#6
Giovana B Bampi, Rafael Bisso-Machado, Tábita Hünemeier, Tailise C Gheno, Gabriel V Furtado, Diego Veliz-Otani, Mario Cornejo-Olivas, Pillar Mazzeti, Maria Cátira Bortolini, Laura B Jardim, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive cerebellar ataxia and epilepsy. The disease is caused by a pentanucleotide ATTCT expansion in intron 9 of the ATXN10 gene on chromosome 22q13.3. SCA10 has shown a geographical distribution throughout America with a likely degree of Amerindian ancestry from different countries so far. Currently available data suggest that SCA10 mutation might have spread out early during the peopling of the Americas...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895049/mutation-in-gne-downregulates-peroxiredoxin-iv-altering-er-redox-homeostasis
#7
Pratibha Chanana, Gayatri Padhy, Kalpana Bhargava, Ranjana Arya
GNE myopathy is a rare neuromuscular genetic disorder characterized by early adult onset and muscle weakness due to mutation in sialic acid biosynthetic enzyme, UDP-N-acetylglucosamine 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase (GNE). More than 180 different GNE mutations are known all over the world with unclear pathomechanism. Although hyposialylation of glycoproteins is speculated to be the major cause, but cellular mechanism leading to loss of muscle mass has not yet been deciphered. Besides sialic acid biosynthesis, GNE affects other cellular functions such as cell adhesion and apoptosis...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866774/purine-biosynthesis-enzymes-in-hippocampal-neurons
#8
Julie Williamson, Ronald S Petralia, Ya-Xian Wang, Mark P Mattson, Pamela J Yao
Despite reports implicating disrupted purine metabolism in causing a wide spectrum of neurological defects, the mechanistic details of purine biosynthesis in neurons are largely unknown. As an initial step in filling that gap, we examined the expression and subcellular distribution of three purine biosynthesis enzymes (PFAS, PAICS and ATIC) in rat hippocampal neurons. Using immunoblotting and high-resolution light and electron microscopic analysis, we find that all three enzymes are broadly distributed in hippocampal neurons with pools of these enzymes associated with mitochondria...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852993/stat4-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
#9
Ziyan Shi, Qin Zhang, Hongxi Chen, Zhiyun Lian, Ju Liu, Huiru Feng, Xiaohui Miao, Qin Du, Hongyu Zhou
STAT4 plays a crucial role in the functioning of the innate and adaptive immune cells and has been identified as a susceptibility gene in numerous autoimmune disorders. However, its association with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) remains uncertain. Here, we performed a case-control study to determine whether STAT4 contributed to the risk of NMOSD. We tested five STAT4 SNPs in 233 patients with established NMOSD and 492 healthy controls. Chi-square tests and logistic regression analyses were performed with four genetic models, including allelic, additive, dominant, and recessive models, to identify associations with NMOSD...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828577/scavenger-receptor-a-mediates-the-clearance-and-immunological-screening-of-mda-modified-antigen-by-m2-type-macrophages
#10
Andreas Warnecke, Sonja Abele, Sravani Musunuri, Jonas Bergquist, Robert A Harris
In this study, we investigated the uptake of malondialdehyde (MDA)-modified myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) in the context of lipid peroxidation and its implications in CNS autoimmunity. The use of custom-produced fluorescently labeled versions of MOG or MDA-modified MOG enabled us to study and quantify the uptake by different macrophage populations and to identify the responsible receptor, namely SRA. The SRA-mediated uptake of MDA-modified MOG is roughly tenfold more efficient compared to that of the native form...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822073/isorhynchophylline-attenuates-mpp-induced-apoptosis-through-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-mitochondria-dependent-pathways-in-pc12-cells-involvement-of-antioxidant-activity
#11
Xiao-Ming Li, Xiao-Jie Zhang, Miao-Xian Dong
Endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) and mitochondrial dysfunctions are thought to be involved in the dopaminergic neuronal death in Parkinson's disease (PD). In this study, we found that isorhynchophylline (IRN) significantly attenuated 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+))-induced apoptotic cell death and oxidative stress in PC12 cells. IRN markedly reduced MPP(+)-induced-ERS responses, indicative of inositol-requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1) phosphorylation and caspase-12 activation. Furthermore, IRN inhibits MPP(+)-triggered apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1)/c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling-mediated mitochondria-dependent apoptosis pathway...
December 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795310/association-between-nos1-gene-polymorphisms-and-schizophrenia-in-asian-and-caucasian-populations-a-meta-analysis
#12
Shiek S S J Ahmed, R S Akram Husain, Suresh Kumar, V Ramakrishnan
Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder characterized by memory impairments with delusions and hallucinations. Several investigations have focused on determining the association between NOS1 (nitric oxide synthase-1) polymorphisms and risk of schizophrenia (SZ). However, the association of rs2682826, rs3782206, rs499776, rs3782219, rs41279104, rs3782221, rs1879417, rs4767540, rs561712, and rs6490121 polymorphisms with schizophrenia remains inconclusive. We performed a systematic meta-analysis for each polymorphism to determine its association with SZ by calculating their pooled odds ratio and 95% confidence intervals...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779377/combination-of-epa-with-carotenoids-and-polyphenol-synergistically-attenuated-the-transformation-of-microglia-to-m1-phenotype-via-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#13
Nurit Hadad, Rachel Levy
Microglia activation toward the M1 phenotype has been reported to contribute to the neurodegenerative processes and cognition alterations due to the release of pro-inflammatory mediators and cytokines. The aim of the present research was to assess the effectiveness of free fatty acids omega-3 preparations: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or/and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), carotenoids and phenolics combinations, in inhibiting the release of inflammatory mediators from activated microglia. Preincubation of BV-2 microglia cells with each of the FFAs omega-3 preparations in a range of 0...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766254/vegf-mediated-cognitive-and-synaptic-improvement-in-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-rats-involves-autophagy-process
#14
Ling Wang, Jingyu Wang, Faqi Wang, Chunhua Liu, Xuening Yang, Jiajia Yang, Dong Ming
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) is associated with various neurodegenerative diseases characterized by cognitive impairment. Dozens of studies including ours have indicated that exogenous administration of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) could exert effective cognitive protection during ischemia. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism has not been well clarified. To address this issue, we explored the synaptic mechanisms in vivo since hippocampal synaptic function is essential to the learning and memory process...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755038/experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-ameliorated-by-passive-transfer-of-polymerase-1-silenced-mog35-55-lymphatic-node-cells-verification-of-a-novel-therapeutic-approach-in-multiple-sclerosis
#15
R Zilkha-Falb, M Gurevich, A Achiron
In the current study, we present an innovative concept based on the knowledge that enhancing naturally occurring biological mechanisms is effective in preventing neuronal damage and maintaining low disease activity in about 15% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients presenting the benign type of MS. Recently, we have demonstrated that low disease activity in benign MS is associated with suppression of RNA polymerase 1 (POL1) pathway; therefore, targeting POL1 transcription machinery as a strategy for suppressing active forms of MS is suggested...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755037/novel-cd137-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-ischemic-stroke-in-the-northern-chinese-han-population
#16
Shuang Zhang, Zongmin Li, Ruyou Zhang, Xiaoying Li, Hewei Zheng, Qi Ma, Hui Zhang, Wenying Hou, Feng Zhang, Yingnan Wu, Litao Sun, Jiawei Tian
Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide, and atherosclerosis is one of the major risk factors for this neurologic deficit. Recent studies have revealed the important role of CD137 in human atherosclerosis. Here, we analyzed the association of CD137 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with ischemic stroke. We assessed three SNPs (rs161827, rs161818, and rs161810) of the CD137 gene and their association with ischemic stroke in a northern Chinese Han population. A total of 496 ischemic stroke patients and 486 gender-matched control subjects were genotyped...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748347/molecular-basis-of-pediatric-brain-tumors
#17
REVIEW
Alexia Klonou, Christina Piperi, Antonios N Gargalionis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou
Brain tumors emerge as the second commonest type of pediatric solid tumors following hematologic malignancies. Genomic profiling of low- and high-grade gliomas, ependymomas and medulloblastomas has revealed chromosomal abnormalities and specific gene mutations which have been associated with aberrant activation of crucial signal transduction pathways, including mitogen-activated protein kinase, mammalian target of rapamycin and retinoblastoma tumor suppressor signaling. Furthermore, pediatric high-grade gliomas are associated with chromatin remodeling defects and somatic histone gene mutations that affect prognosis...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721669/mimicking-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-dish-merits-and-pitfalls-of-the-most-commonly-used-dopaminergic-in-vitro-models
#18
REVIEW
Fernanda Martins Lopes, Ivi Juliana Bristot, Leonardo Lisbôa da Motta, Richard B Parsons, Fabio Klamt
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and has both unknown etiology and non-curative therapeutic options. Patients begin to present the classic motor symptoms of PD-tremor at rest, bradykinesia and rigidity-once 50-70% of the dopaminergic neurons of the nigrostriatal pathway have degenerated. As a consequence of this, it is difficult to investigate the early-stage events of disease pathogenesis. In vitro experimental models are used extensively in PD research because they present a controlled environment that enables the direct investigation of the early molecular mechanisms that are potentially involved with dopaminergic degeneration, as well as for the screening of potential therapeutic drugs...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718048/joint-effects-of-gwas-snps-in-coagulation-system-confer-risk-to-hypertensive-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#19
Yanyan Cao, Min Tian, Qin Fang, Zheng Wen, Wei Wang, Hu Ding, Dao Wen Wang
Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified numerous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with coagulation system, including hemostatic factors and hematological phenotypes. However, few articles described the relationships between these SNPs and the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. The aim of our study was to evaluate the roles of these SNPs as risk factors and survival predictors for hemorrhagic stroke. Thirteen SNPs from GWAS in coagulation system were genotyped in a Chinese Han population including 1000 patients with hemorrhagic stroke (intracerebral hemorrhage, ICH = 743; subarachnoid hemorrhage, SAH = 257) and 1044 population-based controls...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712006/an-inframe-trinucleotide-deletion-in-mtrr-exon-1-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-spina-bifida
#20
Jun Zhang, Xiao-Lu Dai, Gui-Cen Liu, Juan Wang, Xue-Yi Ren, Mu-Hua Jin, Nan-Nan Mi, Shu-Qin Wang
Maternal genetic variants of enzymes in folate-homocysteine metabolic network are significantly correlative with the risk of spina bifida. To survey the genetic causality, the genotypes of three women having spina bifida fetuses from two unrelated Chinese families were screened in candidate alleles. Polymerase chain reaction, capillary electrophoresis and Sanger sequencing were employed to recognize the allelic variation. A trinucleotide deletion (c.4_6delAGG) was identified in the first exon of MTRR. All the three women showed the novel clinical variation including one heterozygous and two homozygous...
September 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
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