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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806189/the-use-of-optical-coherence-tomography-in-neuro-ophthalmology
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Noel C Y Chan, Carmen K M Chan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In the last decade, with the advances of optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, different imaging protocols and analysis algorithms have been introduced to maximize the potential of this diagnostic tool in the evaluation of different eye diseases. This review aims to provide an update on these additional features, with respect to the management of a diverse range of neuro-ophthalmologic conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: Macular ganglion cell complex (mGCC) analysis has been shown to be superior to peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (pRNFL) analysis in certain settings, such as differentiating Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy from functional visual loss; monitoring neurodegenerative diseases or multiple sclerosis; and predicting visual loss in nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772121/cell-type-specific-translation-profiling-reveals-a-novel-strategy-for-treating-fragile-x-syndrome
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Sophie R Thomson, Sang S Seo, Stephanie A Barnes, Susana R Louros, Melania Muscas, Owen Dando, Caoimhe Kirby, David J A Wyllie, Giles E Hardingham, Peter C Kind, Emily K Osterweil
Excessive mRNA translation downstream of group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlu1/5) is a core pathophysiology of fragile X syndrome (FX); however, the differentially translating mRNAs that contribute to altered neural function are not known. We used translating ribosome affinity purification (TRAP) and RNA-seq to identify mistranslating mRNAs in CA1 pyramidal neurons of the FX mouse model (Fmr1(-/y)) hippocampus, which exhibit exaggerated mGlu1/5-induced long-term synaptic depression (LTD). In these neurons, we find that the Chrm4 transcript encoding muscarinic acetylcholine receptor 4 (M4) is excessively translated, and synthesis of M4 downstream of mGlu5 activation is mimicked and occluded...
August 2, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762133/origins-and-neurochemical-characteristics-of-porcine-intervertebral-disc-sympathetic-innervation-a-preliminary-report
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Monika Barczewska, Judyta Juranek, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Intervertebral disc diseases (IVDDs) form a group of a vertebral column disorders affecting a large number of people worldwide. It is estimated that approximately 30% of individuals at the age of 35 and approximately 90% of individuals at the age of 60 and above will have some form of disc-affecting pathological changes leading to disc herniation, prolapse and degeneration as well as discogenic pain. Here, we aimed to establish the origins and neurochemical characteristics of porcine intervertebral disc sympathetic innervation involved in pain signalling in IVDD patients...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751020/nuclear-deterrents-intrinsic-regulators-of-il-1%C3%AE-induced-effects-on-hippocampal-neurogenesis
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REVIEW
C S O'Léime, J F Cryan, Y M Nolan
Hippocampal neurogenesis, the process by which new neurons are born and develop into the host circuitry, begins during embryonic development and persists throughout adulthood. Over the last decade considerable insights have been made into the role of hippocampal neurogenesis in cognitive function and the cellular mechanisms behind this process. Additionally, an increasing amount of evidence exists on the impact of environmental factors, such as stress and neuroinflammation on hippocampal neurogenesis and subsequent impairments in cognition...
July 24, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743168/calorie-restriction-reverses-age-related-alteration-of-cavernous-neurovascular-structure-in-the-rat
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A Limanjaya, K-M Song, M-J Choi, K Ghatak, N N Minh, D H Kang, J Ock, G N Yin, H Y Chung, J-K Ryu, J-K Suh
Calorie restriction (CR) refers to a reduction of calorie intake without compromising essential nutrients to avoid malnutrition. CR has been established as a non-genetic method of altering longevity and attenuating biological changes associated with aging. Aging is also an important risk factor for erectile dysfunction. The aim of this study was to examine whether CR diet can reverse the age-related alterations of erectile tissue in the aged rat. Four groups of rats were used: young rats (7 months) + ad libitum, aged rats (22 months) + ad libitum, young rats + CR diet, and aged rats + CR diet...
July 25, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739640/egcg-ameliorates-high-fat-and-high-fructose-induced-cognitive-defects-by-regulating-the-irs-akt-and-erk-creb-bdnf
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Yashi Mi, Guoyuan Qi, Rong Fan, Qinglian Qiao, Yali Sun, Yuqi Gao, Xuebo Liu
Obesity, which is caused by an energy imbalance between calorie intake and consumption, has become a major international health burden. Obesity increases the risk of insulin resistance and age-related cognitive decline, accompanied by peripheral inflammation. (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the major polyphenol in green tea, possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cardioprotective activities; however, few reports have focused on its potential effect on cognitive disorders. In this study, our goal was to investigate the protective effects of EGCG treatment on insulin resistance and memory impairment induced by a high-fat and high-fructose diet (HFFD)...
July 24, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733362/loss-of-cln5-causes-altered-neurogenesis-in-a-childhood-neurodegenerative-disorder
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E Savchenko, Y Singh, H Konttinen, K Lejavova, L Mediavilla Santos, A Grubman, V Kärkkäinen, V Keksa-Goldsteine, N Naumenko, P Tavi, A R White, T M Malm, J Koistinaho, K M Kanninen
Neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) generate new neurons in the brain throughout the lifetime in an intricate process called neurogenesis. Neurogenic alterations are a common feature of several adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases. The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs) are the most common group of inherited neurodegenerative diseases that mainly affect children. Pathological features of the NCLs include accumulation of lysosomal storage material, neuroinflammation, and neuronal degeneration, yet the exact cause of this group of diseases remains poorly understood...
July 21, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714277/free-fatty-acid-receptor-3-activation-suppresses-neurogenic-motility-in-rat-proximal-colon
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I Kaji, Y Akiba, T Furuyama, D W Adelson, K Iwamoto, M Watanabe, A Kuwahara, J D Kaunitz
BACKGROUND: Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are microbial fermentation products absorbed by the colon. We recently reported that activation of the SCFA receptor termed free fatty acid receptor 3 (FFA3), expressed on cholinergic nerves, suppresses nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR)-mediated transepithelial anion secretion. This study aimed to clarify how activation of neurally expressed FFA3 affects colonic motor function. METHODS: FFA3-expressing myenteric neurons were identified by immunostaining; contractions of isolated circular muscle strips obtained from rat proximal colon were measured by isometric transducers...
July 17, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711564/role-of-estrogen-and-levodopa-in-1-methyl-4-pheny-l-1-2-3-6-tetrahydropyridine-mptp-induced-cognitive-deficit-in-parkinsonian-ovariectomized-mice-model-a-comparative-study
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Satyndra Kumar Yadav, Shivani Pandey, Babita Singh
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disease found in the aging population. Currently, many studies are being conducted to find a suitable and effective cure for PD, with an emphasis on the use of herbal plants. In this study, the neuroprotective effects of estrogen was evaluated in the 1-methyl-4-phe-nyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of PD with cognitive deficit and compared to Levodopa (LD), a well reported neuroprotective agent used for treating PD. Twenty-four Swiss albino mice were randomly divided into four groups: Control, MPTP, MPTP+LD and MPTP+estrogen...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701322/functional-and-neurochemical-characterization-of-angiotensin-type-1a-receptor-expressing-neurons-in-the-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract-of-the-mouse
#10
David A Carter, Yan-Ting Choong, Angela A Connelly, Jaspreet K Bassi, Nicole O Hunter, Nattaya Thongsepee, Ida J Llewellyn-Smith, Angelina Y Fong, Stuart James McDougall, Andrew Mark Allen
Angiotensin II acts via two main receptors within the CNS, with the type 1A receptor (AT1AR) most widely expressed in adult neurons. Activation of the AT1R in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS), the principal nucleus receiving central synapses of viscerosensory afferents, modulates cardiovascular reflexes. Expression of the AT1R occurs in high density within the NTS of most mammals, including humans, but the fundamental electrophysiological and neurochemical characteristics of the AT1AR-expressing NTS neurons are not known...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694468/interactome-and-reciprocal-activation-of-pathways-in-topical-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-the-recipient-cerebral-cortex-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ping K Lam, Kevin K W Wang, Anthony W I Lo, Cindy S W Tong, Don W C Ching, Kenneth Wong, Zhihui Yang, Themis Kong, Kin K Y Lo, Richard K W Choy, Paul B S Lai, George K C Wong, Wai S Poon
In this study, GFP-MSCs were topically applied to the surface of cerebral cortex within 1 hour of experimental TBI. No treatment was given to the control group. Three days after topical application, the MSCs homed to the injured parenchyma and improved the neurological function. Topical MSCs triggered earlier astrocytosis and reactive microglia. TBI penumbra and hippocampus had higher cellular proliferation. Apoptosis was suppressed at hippocampus at 1 week and reduced neuronal damaged was found in the penumbral at day 14 apoptosis...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646017/ror%C3%AE-modulates-semaphorin-3e-transcription-and-neurovascular-interaction-in-pathological-retinal-angiogenesis
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Ye Sun, Chi-Hsiu Liu, Zhongxiao Wang, Steven S Meng, Samuel B Burnim, John Paul SanGiovanni, Theodore M Kamenecka, Laura A Solt, Jing Chen
Pathological proliferation of retinal blood vessels commonly causes vision impairment in proliferative retinopathies, including retinopathy of prematurity. Dysregulated crosstalk between the vasculature and retinal neurons is increasingly recognized as a major factor contributing to the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. Class 3 semaphorins (SEMA3s), a group of neuron-secreted axonal and vascular guidance factors, suppress pathological vascular growth in retinopathy. However, the upstream transcriptional regulators that mediate the function of SEMA3s in vascular growth are poorly understood...
June 23, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641402/ec-tagging-allows-cell-type-specific-rna-analysis
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Naoki Hida, Mohamed Y Aboukilila, Dana A Burow, Rakesh Paul, Marc M Greenberg, Michael Fazio, Samantha Beasley, Robert C Spitale, Michael D Cleary
Purification of cell type-specific RNAs remains a significant challenge. One solution involves biosynthetic tagging of target RNAs. RNA tagging via incorporation of 4-thiouracil (TU) in cells expressing transgenic uracil phosphoribosyltransferase (UPRT), a method known as TU-tagging, has been used in multiple systems but can have limited specificity due to endogenous pathways of TU incorporation. Here, we describe an alternative method that requires the activity of two enzymes: cytosine deaminase (CD) and UPRT...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607524/development-of-a-modified-model-of-spinal-cord-ischemia-injury-by-selective-ligation-of-lumbar-arteries-in-rabbits
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W Xiao, J Wen, Y-C Huang, B-S Yu
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop a modified model of spinal cord ischemia in rabbits. SETTINGS: Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spine Surgery, Shenzhen, China. METHODS: In total, 20 New Zealand rabbits were divided into the following four groups according to the level of ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries: (1) group A, sham group, no ligation, n=5; (2) group B, ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries at three levels (L2-L4, n=5); (3) group C, ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries at four levels (L2-L5, n=5); and (4) group D, ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries at five levels (L1-L5, n=5)...
June 13, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599876/effects-of-different-musical-frequencies-on-npy-and-ghrelin-secretion-in-the-rat-hypothalamus
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Cristina Russo, Antonella Russo, Rosario Gulino, Rosalia Pellitteri, Stefania Stanzani
It is known that exists a relationship between listening to music and food intake. Hypothalamus appears to integrate the orexigenic properties of a novel peptide, ghrelin (Ghre) that induces food intake through neuropeptide Y (NPY). Ghre stimulates appetite by acting on the ventral hypothalamus, which controls food intake. Ghre is secreted from the stomach and circulates in the bloodstream under fasting conditions, sending a hunger signal from the periphery to the Central Nervous System. The aim of this study was to evaluate, in the rat, the effects of different musical frequencies (432 and 440Hz) on the Ghre and NPY expression in the hypothalamic neurons through immunohistochemistry; in addition, we investigated on the different production of Ghre in the serum through Western blot assay (Wb), in relation to the body weight of animals...
June 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597690/dna-methylation-and-copy-number-variation-analyses-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-neuroprogenitors-after-low-dose-decabromodiphenyl-ether-and-or-bisphenol-a-exposure
#16
L Du, W Sun, X M Li, X Y Li, W Liu, D Chen
The polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) and bisphenol A (BPA) are environmental contaminants that can cross the placenta and exert toxicity in the developing fetal nervous system. Copy number variants (CNVs) play a role in a number of genetic disorders and may be implicated in BDE-209/BPA teratogenicity. In this study, we found that BDE-209 and/or BPA exposure decreased neural differentiation efficiency of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), although there was a >90% induction of neuronal progenitor cells (NPCs) from exposed hESCs...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588361/caffeine-and-cannabis-effects-on-vital-neurotransmitters-and-enzymes-in-the-brain-tissue-of-juvenile-experimental-rats
#17
J O Owolabi, S Y Olatunji, A J Olanrewaju
BACKGROUND: Caffeine and cannabis are globally consumed and abused psychoactive substances. While caffeine is legally used in various forms, including in tea and coffee as beverages, it is also consumed in soda and energy drinks as additives. Cannabis, on the other hand, is considered illegal in most countries; albeit, it is being consumed globally particularly by adolescents. PURPOSE: The adolescent stage marks a critical stage of brain development and maturation...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582450/spontaneous-low-frequency-bold-signal-variations-from-resting-state-fmri-are-decreased-in-alzheimer-disease
#18
Samaneh Kazemifar, Kathryn Y Manning, Nagalingam Rajakumar, Francisco A Gómez, Andrea Soddu, Michael J Borrie, Ravi S Menon, Robert Bartha
Previous studies have demonstrated altered brain activity in Alzheimer's disease using task based functional MRI (fMRI), network based resting-state fMRI, and glucose metabolism from 18F fluorodeoxyglucose-PET (FDG-PET). Our goal was to define a novel indicator of neuronal activity based on a first-order textural feature of the resting state functional MRI (RS-fMRI) signal. Furthermore, we examined the association between this neuronal activity metric and glucose metabolism from 18F FDG-PET. We studied 15 normal elderly controls (NEC) and 15 probable Alzheimer disease (AD) subjects from the AD Neuroimaging Initiative...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579251/perinatal-exposure-to-organohalogen-pollutants-decreases-vasopressin-content-and-its-mrna-expression-in-magnocellular-neuroendocrine-cells-activated-by-osmotic-stress-in-adult-rats
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Samuel Mucio-Ramírez, Eduardo Sánchez-Islas, Edith Sánchez-Jaramillo, Margarita Currás-Collazo, Victor R Juárez-González, Mhar Y Álvarez-González, L E Orser, Borin Hou, Francisco Pellicer, Prasada Rao S Kodavanti, Martha León-Olea
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are environmental pollutants that produce neurotoxicity and neuroendocrine disruption. They affect the vasopressinergic system but their disruptive mechanisms are not well understood. Our group reported that rats perinatally exposed to Aroclor-1254 (A1254) and DE-71 (commercial mixtures of PCBs and PBDEs) decrease somatodendritic vasopressin (AVP) release while increasing plasma AVP responses to osmotic activation, potentially emptying AVP reserves required for body-water balance...
August 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578486/angelica-tenuissima-nakai-ameliorates-cognitive-impairment-and-promotes-neurogenesis-in-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Minji Choi, Younghyurk Lee, Seung-Hun Cho
OBJECTIVE: To research Angelica tenuissima Nakai (ATN) for use in novel Alzheimer's disease (AD) therapeutics. METHODS: The effect of a 30% ethanol extract of ATN (KH032) on AD-like cognitive impairment and neuropathological and neuroinflammatory changes induced by bilateral intracerebroventricular injections of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide (Aβ1-42) was investigated. Male C57Bl/6 mice were randomly divided into 4 groups, 10 in each group. KH032-treated groups were administrated with a low or high dose of KH032 (50 and 200 mg/kg, respectively), intragastrically for 16 days; distilled water was applied in the sham and negative groups...
June 3, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
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