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Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424614/relationship-between-cognitive-and-sleep-wake-variables-in-asymptomatic-offspring-of-patients-with-late-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
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Carolina Abulafia, Bárbara Duarte-Abritta, Mirta F Villarreal, María S Ladrón-de-Guevara, Celeste García, Geraldine Sequeyra, Gustavo Sevlever, Leticia Fiorentini, Karl-Jürgen Bär, Deborah R Gustafson, Daniel E Vigo, Salvador M Guinjoan
Early neuropathological changes characteristic of late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) involve brain stem and limbic structures that regulate neurovegetative functions, including sleep-wake rhythm. Indeed, sleep pattern is an emerging biomarker and a potential pathophysiological mechanism in LOAD. We hypothesized that cognitively asymptomatic, middle-aged offspring of patients with LOAD (O-LOAD) would display a series of circadian rhythm abnormalities prior to the onset of objective cognitive alterations. We tested 31 children of patients with LOAD (O-LOAD) and 19 healthy individuals without family history of Alzheimer's disease (control subjects, CS) with basic tests of cognitive function, as well as actigraphy measures of sleep-wake rhythm, cardiac autonomic function, and bodily temperature...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424613/the-relationship-between-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-hippocampal-volume-and-cognitive-functioning-in-patients-with-copd-an-mri-study
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Fiona A H M Cleutjens, Rudolf W H M Ponds, Martijn A Spruit, Saartje Burgmans, Heidi I L Jacobs, Ed H B M Gronenschild, Julie Staals, Frits M E Franssen, Jeanette B Dijkstra, Lowie E G W Vanfleteren, Paul A Hofman, Emiel F M Wouters, Daisy J A Janssen
The neural correlates of cognitive impairment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not yet understood. Structural brain abnormalities could possibly be associated with the presence of cognitive impairment through cigarette smoke, inflammation, vascular disease, or hypoxemia in these patients. This study aimed to investigate whether macrostructural brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) and hippocampal volume (HCV) are related to cognitive performance in patients with COPD...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424612/an-examination-of-brain-abnormalities-and-mobility-in-individuals-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Barbara L Fischer, Rhonda Bacher, Barbara B Bendlin, Alex C Birdsill, Martina Ly, Siobhan M Hoscheidt, Richard J Chappell, Jane E Mahoney, Carey E Gleason
Background: Mobility changes are concerning for elderly patients with cognitive decline. Given frail older individuals' vulnerability to injury, it is critical to identify contributors to limited mobility. Objective: To examine whether structural brain abnormalities, including reduced gray matter volume and white matter hyperintensities, would be associated with limited mobility among individuals with cognitive impairment, and to determine whether cognitive impairment would mediate this relationship. Methods: Thirty-four elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease underwent neuropsychological evaluation, mobility assessment, and structural brain neuroimaging...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424611/modafinil-induced-changes-in-functional-connectivity-in-the-cortex-and-cerebellum-of-healthy-elderly-subjects
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Miriam Punzi, Tommaso Gili, Laura Petrosini, Carlo Caltagirone, Gianfranco Spalletta, Stefano L Sensi
In the past few years, cognitive enhancing drugs (CEDs) have gained growing interest and the focus of investigations aimed at exploring their use to potentiate the cognitive performances of healthy individuals. Most of this exploratory CED-related research has been performed on young adults. However, CEDs may also help to maintain optimal brain functioning or compensate for subtle and or subclinical deficits associated with brain aging or early-stage dementia. In this study, we assessed effects on resting state brain activity in a group of healthy elderly subjects undergoing acute administration of modafinil, a wakefulness-promoting agent...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424610/characterizing-brain-iron-deposition-in-patients-with-subcortical-vascular-mild-cognitive-impairment-using-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-a-potential-biomarker
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Yawen Sun, Xin Ge, Xu Han, Wenwei Cao, Yao Wang, Weina Ding, Mengqiu Cao, Yong Zhang, Qun Xu, Yan Zhou, Jianrong Xu
The presence and pattern of iron accumulation in subcortical vascular mild cognitive impairment (svMCI) and their effects on cognition have rarely been investigated. We aimed to examine brain iron deposition in svMCI subjects using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). Moreover, we aimed to investigate the correlation between brain iron deposition and the severity of cognitive impairment as indicated by z-scores. We recruited 20 subcortical ischemic vascular disease (SIVD) patients who fulfilled the criteria for svMCI...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424609/a-neurochemical-basis-for-phenotypic-differentiation-in-alzheimer-s-disease-turing-s-morphogens-revisited
#6
Heather T Whittaker, Jason D Warren
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424608/blood-transcriptomic-meta-analysis-identifies-dysregulation-of-hemoglobin-and-iron-metabolism-in-parkinson-disease
#7
Jose A Santiago, Judith A Potashkin
Disrupted iron metabolism has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that severely affects movement and coordination, yet the molecular mechanisms underlying this association remain unknown. To this end, we performed a transcriptomic meta-analysis of four blood microarrays in PD. We observed a significant downregulation of genes related to hemoglobin including, hemoglobin delta (HBD), alpha hemoglobin stabilizing protein (ASHP), genes implicated in iron metabolism including, solute carrier family 11 member 2 (SLC11A2), ferrochelatase (FECH), and erythrocyte-specific genes including erythrocyte membrane protein (EPB42), and 5'-aminolevulinate synthase 2 (ALAS2)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420986/modulation-of-microglial-activity-by-rho-kinase-rock-inhibition-as-therapeutic-strategy-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#8
REVIEW
Anna-Elisa Roser, Lars Tönges, Paul Lingor
Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the progressive degeneration of neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system (CNS, PNS), resulting in a reduced innervation of target structures and a loss of function. A shared characteristic of many neurodegenerative diseases is the infiltration of microglial cells into affected brain regions. During early disease stages microglial cells often display a rather neuroprotective phenotype, but switch to a more pro-inflammatory neurotoxic phenotype in later stages of the disease, contributing to the neurodegeneration...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420985/mapping-dorsal-and-ventral-caudate-in-older-adults-method-and-validation
#9
Haiqing Huang, Peter T Nguyen, Nadine A Schwab, Jared J Tanner, Catherine C Price, Mingzhou Ding
The caudate nucleus plays important roles in cognition and affect. Depending on associated connectivity and function, the caudate can be further divided into dorsal and ventral aspects. Dorsal caudate, highly connected to dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), is implicated in executive function and working memory; ventral caudate, more interconnected with the limbic system, is implicated in affective functions such as pain processing. Clinically, certain brain disorders are known to differentially impact dorsal and ventral caudate...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420984/potential-roles-of-serum-caveolin-3-levels-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#10
Ling-Yue Sun, Xiang Qu, Ling-Zhi Chen, Gao-Shu Zheng, Xin-Lei Wu, Xing-Xing Chen, Wei-Jian Huang, Hao Zhou
Objective: To explore serum caveolin-3 (Cav-3) levels in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and to evaluate the role of Cav-3 as a biomarker for AF and incident heart failure (HF). Methods: Three hundred and five patients were enrolled in the study and divided into three groups: sinus rhythm (Group SR), paroxysmal AF (Group paAF), and persistent AF (Group peAF). Serum Cav-3 concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay at baseline. Clinical characteristics, and laboratory data were collected during hospitalization, and a follow-up of 12-months was carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420983/increased-oxidative-stress-markers-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-from-healthy-subjects-with-parkinson-s-disease-associated-lrrk2-gene-mutations
#11
David A Loeffler, Andrea C Klaver, Mary P Coffey, Jan O Aasly, Peter A LeWitt
Mutations in the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene are the most frequent cause of inherited Parkinson's disease (PD). The most common PD-associated LRRK2 mutation, G2019S, induces increased production of reactive oxygen species in vitro. We therefore hypothesized that individuals with PD-associated LRRK2 mutations might have increased concentrations of oxidative stress markers and/or decreased total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). We measured two oxidative stress markers, namely 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and 8-isoprostane (8-ISO), and TAC in CSF from LRRK2 mutation-bearing PD patients (LRRK2 PD = 19), sporadic PD patients (sPD = 31), and healthy control subjects with or without these mutations (LRRK2 CTL = 30, CTL = 27)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420982/tau-oligomers-cytotoxicity-propagation-and-mitochondrial-damage
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REVIEW
Scott S Shafiei, Marcos J Guerrero-Muñoz, Diana L Castillo-Carranza
Aging has long been considered as the main risk factor for several neurodegenerative disorders including a large group of diseases known as tauopathies. Even though neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) have been examined as the main histopathological hallmark, they do not seem to play a role as the toxic entities leading to disease. Recent studies suggest that an intermediate form of tau, prior to NFT formation, the tau oligomer, is the true toxic species. However, the mechanisms by which tau oligomers trigger neurodegeneration remain unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420981/age-related-difference-in-functional-brain-connectivity-of-mastication
#13
Chia-Shu Lin, Ching-Yi Wu, Shih-Yun Wu, Hsiao-Han Lin, Dong-Hui Cheng, Wen-Liang Lo
The age-related decline in motor function is associated with changes in intrinsic brain signatures. Here, we investigated the functional connectivity (FC) associated with masticatory performance, a clinical index evaluating general masticatory function. Twenty-six older adults (OA) and 26 younger (YA) healthy adults were recruited and assessed using the masticatory performance index (MPI) and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). We analyzed the rs-fMRI FC network related to mastication, which was constructed based on 12 bilateral mastication-related brain regions according to the literature...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420980/loss-of-melanopsin-expressing-ganglion-cell-subtypes-and-dendritic-degeneration-in-the-aging-human-retina
#14
Gema Esquiva, Pedro Lax, Juan J Pérez-Santonja, José M García-Fernández, Nicolás Cuenca
In mammals, melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells (mRGCs) are, among other things, involved in several non-image-forming visual functions, including light entrainment of circadian rhythms. Considering the profound impact of aging on visual function and ophthalmic diseases, here we evaluate changes in mRGCs throughout the life span in humans. In 24 post-mortem retinas from anonymous human donors aged 10-81 years, we assessed the distribution, number and morphology of mRGCs by immunostaining vertical retinal sections and whole-mount retinas with antibodies against melanopsin...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420979/evidence-for-a-selectively-regulated-prioritization-shift-depending-on-walking-situations-in-older-adults
#15
Dina Salkovic, Markus A Hobert, Carolin Bellut, Florian Funer, Sarah Renno, Linda Haertner, Sandra E Hasmann, Jana Staebler, Johanna Geritz, Ulrike Suenkel, Andreas J Fallgatter, Gerhard W Eschweiler, Daniela Berg, Walter Maetzler
Background: Older adults have increased risks of balance issues and falls when walking and performing turns in daily situations. Changes of prioritization during different walking situations associated with dual tasking may contribute to these deficits. The objective of this study was therefore to investigate whether older adults demonstrate changes of prioritization during different walking paths. Methods: In total, 1,054 subjects with an age range from 50 to 83 years were selected from the first follow-up visit of the TREND (Tuebinger evaluation of Risk factors for Early detection of Neurodegenerative Disorders) study...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420978/resting-state-fmri-reveals-increased-subthalamic-nucleus-and-sensorimotor-cortex-connectivity-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-under-medication
#16
Bo Shen, Yang Gao, Wenbin Zhang, Liyu Lu, Jun Zhu, Yang Pan, Wenya Lan, Chaoyong Xiao, Li Zhang
Functional connectivity (FC) between the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the sensorimotor cortex is increased in off-medication patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the status of FC between STN and sensorimotor cortex in on-medication PD patients remains unclear. In this study, resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging was employed on 31 patients with PD under medication and 31 healthy controls. Two-sample t-test was used to study the change in FC pattern of the STN, the FC strength of the bilateral STN was correlated with overall motor symptoms, while unilateral STN was correlated with offside motor symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408881/commentary-preconditioning-tdcs-facilitates-subsequent-tdcs-effect-on-skill-acquisition-in-older-adults
#17
COMMENT
George M Opie, John Cirillo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408880/a-bayesian-model-for-the-prediction-and-early-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Athanasios Alexiou, Vasileios D Mantzavinos, Nigel H Greig, Mohammad A Kamal
Alzheimer's disease treatment is still an open problem. The diversity of symptoms, the alterations in common pathophysiology, the existence of asymptomatic cases, the different types of sporadic and familial Alzheimer's and their relevance with other types of dementia and comorbidities, have already created a myth-fear against the leading disease of the twenty first century. Many failed latest clinical trials and novel medications have revealed the early diagnosis as the most critical treatment solution, even though scientists tested the amyloid hypothesis and few related drugs...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405187/identification-of-cerebral-metal-ion-imbalance-in-the-brain-of-aging-octodon-degus
#19
Nady Braidy, Anne Poljak, Chris Marjo, Helen Rutlidge, Anne Rich, Bat-Erdene Jugder, Tharusha Jayasena, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Perminder S Sachdev
The accumulation of redox-active transition metals in the brain and metal dyshomeostasis are thought to be associated with the etiology and pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in particular. As well, distinct biometal imaging and role of metal uptake transporters are central to understanding AD pathogenesis and aging but remain elusive, due inappropriate detection methods. We therefore hypothesized that Octodon degus develop neuropathological abnormalities in the distribution of redox active biometals, and this effect may be due to alterations in the expression of lysosomal protein, major Fe/Cu transporters, and selected Zn transporters (ZnTs and ZIPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400727/effects-of-aging-in-multisensory-integration-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Alix L de Dieuleveult, Petra C Siemonsma, Jan B F van Erp, Anne-Marie Brouwer
Multisensory integration (MSI) is the integration by the brain of environmental information acquired through more than one sense. Accurate MSI has been shown to be a key component of successful aging and to be crucial for processes underlying activities of daily living (ADLs). Problems in MSI could prevent older adults (OA) to age in place and live independently. However, there is a need to know how to assess changes in MSI in individuals. This systematic review provides an overview of tests assessing the effect of age on MSI in the healthy elderly population (aged 60 years and older)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
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