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Current Alzheimer Research

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318971/-phenserine-and-inhibiting-pre-programmed-cell-death-in-pursuit-of-a-novel-intervention-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Robert E Becker, Nigel H Greig, Debomoy K Lahiri, Joseph Bledsoe, Sarah Majercik, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland, Lon S Schneiderh, Douglas Flanagan, Ramprakash Govindarajani, Mary Sano, Luigi Ferrucci, Dimitrios Kapogiannisk
BACKGROUND: Concussion (mild) and other moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) share overlapping neuropathologies, including neuronal pre-programmed cell death (PPCD), and clinical impairments and disabilities. Multiple clinical trials targeting mechanisms based on the Amyloid Hypothesis of AD have so far failed, indicating that it is prudent for new drug developments to also pursue mechanisms independent of the Amyloid Hypothesis. To address these issue, we have proposed the use of an animal model of concussion/TBI as a supplement to AD transgenic mice to provide an indication of an AD drug candidate's potential for preventing PPCD and resulting progression towards dementia in AD...
January 10, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332578/amyloid-%C3%AE-inhibits-pdgf%C3%AE-receptor-activation-and-prevents-pdgf-bb-induced-neuroprotection
#2
Hui Liu, Golam T Saffi, Maryam S Vasefi, Youngjik Choi, Jeff S Kruk, Nawaz Ahmed, Nyasha Gondora, John Mielke, Zoya Leonenko, Michael A Beazely
PDGFβ receptors and their ligand, PDGF-BB, are upregulated in vivo after neuronal insults such as ischemia. When applied exogenously, PDGF-BB is neuroprotective against excitotoxicity and HIV proteins. METHODS: Given this growth factor's neuroprotective ability, we sought to determine if PDGF-BB would be neuroprotective against amyloid-β (1-42), one of the pathological agents associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). In both primary hippocampal neurons and the human-derived neuroblastoma cell line, SH-SY5Y, amyloid- treatment for 24 h decreased surviving cell number in a concentration-dependent manner...
January 9, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318973/relevance-of-follow-up-in-patients-with-core-clinical-criteria-for-alzheimer-disease-and-normal-csf-biomarkers
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Olivier Vercruysse, Claire Paquet, Audrey Gabelle, Xavier Delbeuck, Frederic Blanc, David Wallon, Julien Dumurgier, Eloi Magnin, Olivier Martinaud, Barbara Jung, Olivier Bousiges, Sylvain Lehmann, Constance Delaby, Muriel Quillard-Murain, Katell Peoc'h, Jean-Louis Laplanche, Elodie Bouaziz-Amar, Didier Hannequin, Bernard Sablonniere, Luc Buee, Jacques Hugon, Susanna Schraen, Florence Pasquier, Stephanie Bombois
BACKGROUND: Few patients with a normal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker profile fulfill the clinical criteria for Alzheimer disease (AD). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis of misdiagnoses for these patients. METHOD: Patients from the e-PLM centers fulfilling the core clinical criteria for probable AD dementia or mild cognitive impairment due to AD (AD-MCI), with normal CSF A1-42, T-tau and P-tau biomarkers and clinical follow-up, were included...
January 9, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318972/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-reverses-a%C3%AE-1-42-induced-dysfunction-in-gamma-oscillation-during-working-memory
#4
Wenwen Bai, Tiaotiao Liu, Mengmeng Dou, Mi Xia, Jun Lu, Xin Tian
INTRODUCTION: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease that gradually induces cognitive deficits in the elderly and working memory impairment is typically observed in AD. Amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) is a causative factor for the cognitive impairments in AD. Gamma oscillations have been recognized to play important roles in various cognitive functions including working memory. Previous study reported that Aβ induces gamma oscillation dysfunction in working memory. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) represents a technique for noninvasive stimulation to induce cortical activity and excitability changes and has been accepted for increasing brain excitability and regulating cognitive behavior...
January 9, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298649/an-inflammation-related-nutrient-pattern-is-associated-with-both-brain-and-cognitive-measures-in-a-multiethnic-elderly-population
#5
Yian Gu, Jennifer J Manly, Richard P Mayeux, Adam M Brickman
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggest that dietary factors are associated with Alzheimer's disease, and brain and cognitive health. It is unclear whether inflammation explains this association. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether an inflammation-related nutrient pattern (INP) was associated with neuroimaging and cognitive measures of brain health. METHOD: The current cross-sectional study included 330 non-demented elderly (mean age 79 years at MRI scan) participants in a multi-ethnic, community-based cohort study who had information on nutritional intakes (estimated from food frequency questionnaire), circulating C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (measured by ELISA), MRI scans, and cognition...
January 1, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298650/potential-application-of-centrifuges-to-protect-the-cns-in-space-and-on-earth
#6
Yoshiki Takamatsu, Gilbert Ho, Yuki Shimizu, Shuei Sugama, Takato Takenouchi, Masaaki Waragai, Jianshe Wei, Makoto Hashimoto
BACKGROUND: Centrifuges are the principal means of generating physiological hypergravity and have been used for many medical purposes, including the therapy of psychiatric diseases and evaluation of vestibular system in the pilots. In particular, modern centrifuges have evolved into mechanically sophisticated precision instruments compared to primitive ones in old times, indicating that centrifuges might possess great potential in modern medicine. Indeed, studies are in progress to apply centrifuges to musculoskeletal degenerative diseases, such as osteoporosis and sarcopenia...
December 29, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283048/compensatory-shift-of-subcallosal-area-and-paraterminal-gyrus-white-matter-parameters-on-dti-in-patients-with-alzheimer-disease
#7
Barbora Kuchtova, Zdenek Wurst, Jana Mrzílkova, Ibrahim Ibrahim, Jaroslav Tintera, Ales Bartos, Vladimir Musil, Karel Kieslich, Petr Zach
OBJECTIVE: Alzheimer disease is traditionally conceptualized as a disease of brain gray matter, however, studies with diffusion tensor imaging have demonstrated that Alzheimer disease also involves alterations in white matter integrity. We measured number of tracts, tracts length, tract volume, quantitative anisotropy and general fractional anisotropy of neuronal tracts in subcallosal area, paraterminal gyrus and fornix in patients with Alzheimer disease and healthy age-matched controls...
December 27, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283047/is-it-all-said-for-nsaids-in-alzheimer-s-disease-role-of-mitochondrial-calcium-uptake
#8
Sara Sanz-Blasco, Maria Calvo-Rodríguez, Erica Caballero, Monica Garcia-Durillo, Lucía Nunez, Carlos Villalobos
Epidemiological data suggest that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may protect against Alzheimer's disease (AD). Unfortunately, recent trials have failed in providing compelling evidence of neuroprotection. Discussion as to why NSAIDs effectivity is uncertain is ongoing. Possible explanations include the view that NSAIDs and other possible disease-modifying drugs should be provided before the patients develop symptoms of AD or cognitive decline. In addition, NSAID targets for neuroprotection are unclear...
December 27, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283046/vitamin-d-increases-a%C3%AE-140-plasma-levels-and-protects-lymphocytes-from-oxidative-death-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-patients
#9
Carol D San Martín, Mauricio Henriquez, Carlos Chacon, Daniela P Ponce, Felipe Salech, Nicole Rogers, María Isabel Behrens
BACKGROUND: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has an increased rate of progression to dementia. Alterations of some metabolic factors, such as deficiency of vitamin D, are a risk factor for cognitive deterioration. Vitamin D is involved in the clearance of β-amyloid (Aβ) from the brain. We have reported that lymphocytes from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients have an increased susceptibility to oxidative death by H2O2 exposure, but currently it is unknown if this characteristic is modifiable in vivo...
December 27, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231140/up-regulation-of-dmn-connectivity-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-via-network-based-cognitive-training
#10
Matteo De Marco, Francesca Meneghello, Cristina Pilosio, Jessica Rigon, Annalena Venneri
BACKGROUND: Previous work designed a network-based protocol of cognitive training. This programme exploits a mechanism of induced task-oriented co-activation of multiple regions that are part of the default mode network (DMN), to induce functional rewiring and increased functional connectivity within this network. OBJECTIVE: In this study, the programme was administered to patients with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment to test its effects in a clinical sample...
December 11, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231139/catechol-o-methyltransferase-cognition-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Matea Nikolac Perkovic, Dubravka Svob Strac, Lucija Tudor, Marcela Konjevod, Gordana Nedic Erjavec, Nela Pivac
OBJECTIVE: Cognition is a complex trait representing a set of all mental abilities and processes related to knowledge. Although diverse brain regions are involved, most cognitive processes appear to engage cortical regions. The activity of dopaminergic neurons in prefrontal cortex represents a biological substrate underlying cognitive functions. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most frequent dementia associated with cognitive impairments. Cognitive impairment in AD starts slow with discrete deterioration in memory, language, thinking and reasoning, but it progresses into more severe and debilitating cognitive dysfunction...
December 11, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231138/cholinesterase-inhibitor-6-chlorotacrine-in-vivo-toxicological-profile-and-behavioural-effects
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Jan Misik, Eugenie Nepovimova, Jaroslav Pejchal, Jiri Kassa, Jan Korabecny, Ondrej Soukup
BACKGROUND: 6-chlorotacrine is a cholinesterase inhibitor showing good inhibitory potential, even better than parent compound tacrine, in vitro. Despite tacrine scaffold is broadly used for design and synthesis of novel compounds with anti-Alzheimer's potential, no in vivo effects have been investigated so far. Thus, basic toxicological and behavioural evaluation has been carried out throughout this study. METHODS: Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and median lethal dose (LD50) were assessed in BALB/c mice and Wistar rats...
December 11, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189157/phenolic-acids-exert-anticholinesterase-and-cognition-improving-effects
#13
Dominik Szwajgier, Ewa Baranowska-Wojcik, Kamila Borowiec
Numerous authors have provided evidence regarding the beneficial effects of phenolic acids and their derivatives against Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this review, the role of phenolic acids as inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) is discussed, including the structure-activity relationship. In addition, the inhibitory effect of phenolic acids on the formation of amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) fibrils is presented. We also cover the in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo studies concerning the prevention and treatment of the cognitive enhancement...
November 27, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165085/a-speech-recognition-based-solution-for-the-automatic-detection-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-from-spontaneous-speech
#14
Laszlo Toth, Ildiko Hoffmann, Gabor Gosztolya, Veronika Vincze, Greta Szatloczki, Zoltan Banreti, Magdolna Pakaski, Janos Kalman
BACKGROUND: Even today the reliable diagnosis of the prodromal stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains a great challenge. Our research focuses on the earliest detectable indicators of cognitive decline in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Since the presence of language impairment has been reported even in the mild stage of AD, the aim of this study is to develop a sensitive neuropsychological screening method which is based on the analysis of spontaneous speech production during performing a memory task...
November 20, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165083/subjective-spatial-navigation-complaints-a-frequent-symptom-reported-by-patients-with-subjective-cognitive-decline-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Jiri Cerman, Ross Andel, Jan Laczo, Martin Vyhnalek, Zuzana Nedelska, Ivana Mokrisova, Katerina Sheardova, Jakub Hort
BACKGROUND: Great effort has been put into developing simple and feasible tools capable to detect Alzheimer's disease (AD) in its early clinical stage. Spatial navigation impairment occurs very early in AD and is detectable even in the stage of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). OBJECTIVE: The aim was to describe the frequency of self-reported spatial navigation complaints in patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD), amnestic and non-amnestic MCI (aMCI, naMCI) and AD dementia and to assess whether a simple questionnaire based on these complaints may be used to detect early AD...
November 20, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165082/easy-screening-for-mild-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-from-elderly-speech
#16
Shohei Kato, Akira Homma, Takuto Sakuma
OBJECTIVE: This study presents a novel approach for early detection of cognitive impairment in the elderly. The approach incorporates the use of speech sound analysis, multivariate statistics, and data-mining techniques. We have developed a speech prosody-based cognitive impairment rating (SPCIR) that can distinguish between cognitively normal controls and elderly people with mild Alzheimer's disease (mAD) or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) using prosodic signals extracted from elderly speech while administering a questionnaire...
November 20, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141548/cognitive-training-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-findings-of-a-12-month-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Alessandro Trebbastoni, Letizia Imbriano, Livia Podda, Lidia Rendace, Maria Luisa Sacchetti, Alessandra Campanelli, Fabrizia D Antonio, Carlo de Lena
BACKGROUND: Cognitive training (CT) is a non-pharmacological intervention based on a set of tasks that reflect specific cognitive functions. CT is aimed at improving cognition in patients with cognitive impairment, though no definitive conclusions have yet been drawn on its efficacy in Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of a CT program designed to improve cognition in AD patients. METHOD: This is a randomized, controlled, single-blind, longitudinal trial with a no-treatment control condition in mild-to-moderate AD...
November 12, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125073/erythrocyte-associated-amyloid-%C3%AE-as-potential-biomarker-to-diagnose-dementia
#18
Michele Lauriola, Giulia Paroni, Filomena Ciccone, Grazia D Onofrio, Leandro Cascavilla, Francesco Paris, Carolina Gravina, Maria Urbano, Davide Seripa, Antonio Greco
BACKGROUND: Although it is well known that Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with the progressive accumulation of amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) in the human brain, its pathogenic role has yet to be completely clarified. Aβ moves from the blood-brain barrier to the plasma and an increased Aβ production in brain could be associated with higher Aβ concentrations in blood. A recent study has evaluated Aβ-40 and Aβ-42 levels in human red blood cells (RBCs) with evidence of age-dependent higher Aβ concentration in RBCs...
November 10, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110615/effects-of-molecular-hydrogen-assessed-by-an-animal-model-and-a-randomized-clinical-study-on-mild-cognitive-impairment
#19
Kiyomi Nishimaki, Takashi Asada, Ikuroh Ohsawa, Etsuko Nakajima, Chiaki Ikejima, Takashi Yokota, Naomi Kamimura, Shigeo Ohta
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress is one of the causative factors in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. We previously reported that molecular hydrogen (H2) acts as a therapeutic and preventive antioxidant. OBJECTIVE: We assess the effects of drinking H2-water (water infused with H2) on oxidative stress model mice and subjects with MCI. METHODS: Transgenic mice expressing a dominant-negative form of aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 were used as a dementia model...
November 6, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110614/the-correlations-between-postmortem-brain-pathologies-and-cognitive-dysfunction-in-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Wen-Ying Qiu, Qian Yang, Wanying Zhang, Naili Wang, Di Zhang, Yue Huang, Chao Ma
Background The pathological diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease (AD) updated by National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer's Association (NIA-AA) in 2012 has been widely adopted, but the clinicopathological relevance remained obscure in Chinese population. Objective This study aims to investigate the correlations between the antemortem clinical cognitive performances and the postmortem neuropathological changes in the aging and AD brains collected in a human brain bank in China. Method A total of 52 human brains with antemortem cognitive status information [Everyday Cognition (ECog)] were collected through the willed donation program by CAMS/PUMC Human Brain Bank...
November 6, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
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