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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110146/enhanced-arm-swing-alters-interlimb-coordination-during-overground-walking-in-individuals-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ksenia I Ustinova, Joseph E Langenderfer, Nilanthy Balendra
The current study investigated interlimb coordination in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) during overground walking. The study involved 10 participants with coordination, balance, and gait abnormalities post-TBI, as well as 10 sex- and age-matched healthy control individuals. Participants walked 12m under two experimental conditions: 1) at self-selected comfortable walking speeds; and 2) with instructions to increase the amplitude and out-of-phase coordination of arm swinging. The gait was assessed with a set of spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters including the gait velocity, step length and width, double support time, lateral displacement of the center of mass, the amplitude of horizontal trunk rotation, and angular motions at shoulder and hip joints in sagittal plane...
January 19, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109792/bisacodyl-and-its-cytotoxic-activity-on-human-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-implication-of-inositol-1-4-5-triphosphate-receptor-dependent-calcium-signaling
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Jihu Dong, Francisco Aulestia, Suzana Assad Kahn, Maria Zeniou, Luiz Gustavo Dubois, Elias A El-Habr, François Daubeuf, Nassera Tounsi, Samuel H Cheshier, Nelly Frossard, Marie-Pierre Junier, Hervé Chneiweiss, Isabelle Néant, Marc Moreau, Catherine Leclerc, Jacques Haiech, Marie-Claude Kilhoffer
Glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor. The heterogeneity at the cellular level, metabolic specificities and plasticity of the cancer cells are a challenge for glioblastoma treatment. Identification of cancer cells endowed with stem properties and able to propagate the tumor in animal xenografts has opened a new paradigm in cancer therapy. Thus, to increase efficacy and avoid tumor recurrence, therapies need to target not only the differentiated cells of the tumor mass, but also the cancer stem-like cells...
January 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108572/use-of-ldl-receptor-targeting-peptide-vectors-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cargo-transport-across-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Yves Molino, Marion David, Karine Varini, Françoise Jabès, Nicolas Gaudin, Aude Fortoul, Karima Bakloul, Maxime Masse, Anne Bernard, Lucile Drobecq, Pascaline Lécorché, Jamal Temsamani, Guillaume Jacquot, Michel Khrestchatisky
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) prevents the entry of many drugs into the brain and, thus, is a major obstacle in the treatment of CNS diseases. There is some evidence that the LDL receptor (LDLR) is expressed at the BBB and may participate in the transport of endogenous ligands from blood to brain, a process referred to as receptor-mediated transcytosis. We previously described a family of peptide vectors that were developed to target the LDLR. In the present study, in vitro BBB models that were derived from either wild-type and LDLR knockout animals (ldlr(-/-)) were used to validate the specific LDLR-dependent transcytosis of LDL via a nondegradative route...
January 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108330/pleiotropic-responses-to-methionine-restriction
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Gene Ables, Jay Johnson
Methionine restriction (MR) extends lifespan across different species. The main responses of rodent models to MR are well-documented in adipose tissue (AT) and liver, which have reduced mass and improved insulin sensitivity, respectively. Recently, molecular mechanisms that improve healthspan have been identified in both organs during MR. In fat, MR induced a futile lipid cycle concomitant with beige AT accumulation, producing elevated energy expenditure. In liver, MR upregulated fibroblast growth factor 21 and improved glucose metabolism in aged mice and in response to a high-fat diet...
January 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108058/serum-trace-elements-are-interrelated-with-hormonal-imbalance-in-men-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Anatoly V Skalny, Lydmila L Klimenko, Aliya A Turna, Maria N Budanova, Ivan S Baskakov, Marina S Savostina, Aksana N Mazilina, Anatoly I Deyev, Margarita G Skalnaya, Alexey A Tinkov
: The objective of the present study was to assess hormonal and trace element status in men suffering from acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: 21 acute ischemic stroke patients and 21 age- and body mass index-matched healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study. Serum trace elements were assessed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Serum hormones and brain damage markers were estimated using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS: Ischemic stroke patients are characterized by significantly higher levels of total and free triiodothyronine (T3), anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (Anti-TPO-Ab), prolactin, and cortisol, whereas the level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was decreased...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106990/bioconcentration-and-biotransformation-of-amitriptyline-in-gilt-head-bream
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Haizea Ziarrusta, Leire Mijangos, Urtzi Izagirre, Merle M Plassmann, Jonathan P Benskin, Eneritz Anakabe, Maitane Olivares, Olatz Zuloaga
Extensive global use of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor Amitriptyline (AMI) for treatment of depression has led to its ubiquitous occurrence in the aquatic environment. To assess AMI bioconcentration factors, tissue distribution, and metabolite formation in fish, we exposed gilt-head bream (Spaurus aurata) to AMI in seawater for 7 days at two concentrations (0.2 µg/L and 10 µg/L). Day 7 proportional bioconcentration factors (BCFs) ranged from 6 (10 µg/L dose, muscle) to 127 (0.2 µg/L dose, brain) and were consistently larger at the low dose level...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106097/lancl-proteins-are-not-involved-in-lanthionine-synthesis-in-mammals
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Chang He, Min Zeng, Debapriya Dutta, Tong Hee Koh, Jie Chen, Wilfred A van der Donk
LanC-like (LanCL) proteins are mammalian homologs of bacterial LanC enzymes, which catalyze the addition of the thiol of Cys to dehydrated Ser residues during the biosynthesis of lanthipeptides, a class of natural products formed by post-translational modification of precursor peptides. The functions of LanCL proteins are currently unclear. A recent proposal suggested that LanCL1 catalyzes the addition of the Cys of glutathione to protein- or peptide-bound dehydroalanine (Dha) to form lanthionine, analogous to the reaction catalyzed by LanC in bacteria...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105861/a-novel-benzimidazole-and-other-constituents-with-antiproliferative-and-antioxidant-properties-from-thymelaea-microphylla-coss-et-dur
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Labib Noman, Feyza Oke-Altuntas, Amar Zellagui, Ayse Sahin Yaglioglu, Ibrahim Demirtas, Susana M Cardoso, Salah Akkal, Noureddine Gherraf, Salah Rhouati
A new compound (microphybenzimidazole, 7) along with the six known compounds matairesinol (1), prestegane B (2), umbelliferone (3), daphnoretin (4), microphynolide A (5) and microphynolide B (6) were isolated from Thymelaea microphylla. The structures of the pure compounds were elucidated by spectroscopic and mass-spectrometric analyses, including 1D-, 2D-NMR, and HPLC-TOF/MS. Compounds 2 and 4, as well as three fractions (F6, F6-C5, and F6-W42) obtained from a 50% (v:v) CH2Cl2:MeOH extract exhibited a selective activity against rat brain glioma cells (C6)...
January 20, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105349/subcutaneous-metastasis-after-three-surgeries-for-brain-metastasis-from-lung-cancer-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Ji-Qing Qiu, Yu Cui, Li-Chao Sun, Zhan-Peng Zhu
Lung cancer is a common malignancy that is frequently associated with distant subcutaneous metastasis. However, reports of subcutaneous metastasis of lung cancer after three surgeries for recurrent brain metastasis are scarce. The present study describes the case of a 49-year-old female patient who was admitted to our hospital with a cutaneous mass. The patient had a history of lung cancer and had undergone three surgeries for brain metastases. The subcutaneous mass was considered to be an implantation metastasis from the previous brain metastases...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103941/involvement-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-physiological-response-to-transient-common-carotid-artery-occlusion-and-reperfusion
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Marina Quartu, Laura Poddighe, Tiziana Melis, Maria Pina Serra, Marianna Boi, Sara Lisai, Gianfranca Carta, Elisabetta Murru, Laura Muredda, Maria Collu, Sebastiano Banni
BACKGROUND: The transient global cerebral hypoperfusion/reperfusion achieved by induction of Bilateral Common Carotid Artery Occlusion followed by Reperfusion (BCCAO/R) may trigger a physiological response in an attempt to preserve tissue and function integrity. There are several candidate molecules among which the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and/or peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-alpha) may play a role in modulating oxidative stress and inflammation. The aims of the present study are to evaluate whether the ECS, the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and PPAR-alpha are involved during BCCAO/R in rat brain, and to identify possible markers of the ongoing BCCAO/R-induced challenge in plasma...
January 19, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103595/identification-of-small-peptides-in-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-upon-amyloid-%C3%AE-degradation
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Naoki Mizuta, Kanta Yanagida, Takashi Kodama, Takeshi Tomonaga, Mako Takami, Hiroshi Oyama, Takashi Kudo, Manabu Ikeda, Masatoshi Takeda, Shinji Tagami, Masayasu Okochi
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-β (Aβ) degradation in brains of Alzheimer disease patients is a crucial focus for the clarification of disease pathogenesis. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying Aβ degradation in the human brain remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to quantify the levels of small C-terminal Aβ fragments generated upon Aβ degradation in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: A fraction containing small peptides was isolated and purified from human CSF by high-pressure liquid chromatography...
January 20, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102850/japanese-encephalitis-virus-induces-human-neural-stem-progenitor-cell-death-by-elevating-grp78-phb-and-hnrnpc-through-er-stress
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Sriparna Mukherjee, Noopur Singh, Nabonita Sengupta, Mahar Fatima, Pankaj Seth, Anita Mahadevan, Susarla Krishna Shankar, Arindam Bhattacharyya, Anirban Basu
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), which is a causative agent of sporadic encephalitis, harbours itself inside the neural stem/progenitor cells. It is a well-known fact that JEV infects neural stem/progenitor cells and decreases their proliferation capacity. With mass spectrometry-based quantitative proteomic study, it is possible to reveal the impact of virus on the stem cells at protein level. Our aim was to perceive the stem cell proteomic response upon viral challenge. We performed a two-dimensional gel electrophoresis-based proteomic study of the human neural stem cells (hNS1 cell line) post JEV infection and found that 13 proteins were differentially expressed...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102460/neural-mass-models-as-a-tool-to-investigate-neural-dynamics-during-seizures
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Tatiana Kameneva, Tianlin Ying, Ben Guo, Dean R Freestone
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders and is characterized by recurrent seizures. We use theoretical neuroscience tools to study brain dynamics during seizures. We derive and simulate a computational model of a network of hippocampal neuronal populations. Each population within the network is based on a model that has been shown to replicate the electrophysiological dynamics observed during seizures. The results provide insights into possible mechanisms for seizure spread. We observe that epileptiform activity remains localized to a pathological region when a global connectivity parameter is less than a critical value...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101531/osteopontin-is-a-blood-biomarker-for-microglial-activation-and-brain-injury-in-experimental-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Yikun Li, Eric B Dammer, Xiaohui Zhang-Brotzge, Scott Chen, Duc M Duong, Nicholas T Seyfried, Chia-Yi Kuan, Yu-Yo Sun
Clinical management of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) suffers from the lack of reliable surrogate marker tests. Proteomic analysis may identify such biomarkers in blood, but there has been no proof-of-principle evidence to support this approach. Here we performed in-gel trypsin digestion of plasma proteins from four groups of 10-d-old mice [untouched and 24 h after low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exposure, hypoxia-ischemia (HI), or LPS/HI injury; n = 3 in each group) followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and bioinformatics analysis to search for HI- and LPS/HI-associated brain injury biomarkers...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101177/analysis-on-mechanism-of-atp-sensitive-k-channel-opener-natakalim-improving-congestive-heart-failure-after-myocardial-infarction
#15
Feng Jin
The action mechanism of natakalim, a novel ATP-sensitive potassium channel opener, was studied in ameliorating the congestive heart failure (CHF) after myocardial infarction. A total of 25 healthy Wistar male rats (age, 10 weeks; average weight, 300 g) were selected, and the CHF models after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) were prepared by ligation of left anterior descending branch. They were randomly divided into the sham operation group, the model group and the groups of 1, 3 and 9 mg/kg/day natakalims...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100915/whole-exome-sequencing-study-reveals-common-copy-number-variants-in-protocadherin-genes-associated-with-childhood-obesity-in-koreans
#16
S Moon, M Y Hwang, H B Jang, S Han, Y J Kim, J-Y Hwang, H-J Lee, S I Park, J Song, B-J Kim
Recently, the prevalence of childhood obesity has significantly increased in industrialized countries, including Korea, and now controlling obesity is becoming an economic burden. However, knowledge of the risk factors associated with obesity is still limited. In this study, we aimed to discover additional obesity-associated loci in children. To achieve this, we conducted an exome-wide association analysis of copy number variation (CNV) using whole-exome sequencing (WES) data from a total of 102 cases and 86 controls...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098992/mechanistic-insights-into-tunable-metal-mediated-hydrolysis-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptides
#17
Jeffrey S Derrick, Jiwan Lee, Shin Jung C Lee, Yujeong Kim, Eunju Nam, Hyeonwoo Tak, Juhye Kang, Misun Lee, Sun Hee Kim, Kiyoung Park, Jaeheung Cho, Mi Hee Lim
An amyloidogenic peptide, amyloid-β (Aβ), has been implicated as a contributor to the neurotoxicity of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that continues to present a major socioeconomic burden for our society. Recently, the use of metal complexes capable of cleaving peptides has arisen as an efficient tactic for amyloid management; unfortunately, little has been reported to pursue this strategy. Herein, we report a novel approach to validate the hydrolytic cleavage of divalent metal complexes toward two major isoforms of Aβ (Aβ40 and Aβ42) and tune their proteolytic activity based on the choice of metal centers (M = Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn) which could be correlated to their anti-amyloidogenic properties...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098958/perilesional-hyperintensity-on-t1-weighted-images-in-intra-axial-brain-masses-other-than-cavernous-malformations
#18
S Ali Nabavizadeh, Dasha Pechersky, J Eric Schmitt, MacLean Nasrallah, Ronald Wolf, Laurie Loevner, Alexander C Mamourian
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hyperintensity on T1-weighted imaging in perilesional vasogenic edema has been reported as a useful sign for differentiating cavernous malformation from other hemorrhagic intra-axial masses. In this study, we investigated the frequency of perilesional hyperintensity on T1-weighted imaging in patients with intra-axial hemorrhagic and nonhemorrhagic brain masses. METHODS: The study was performed with the approval of the institutional review board...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098800/characterization-of-the-transcriptome-and-gene-expression-of-brain-tissue-in-sevenband-grouper-hyporthodus-septemfasciatus-in-response-to-nnv-infection
#19
Jong-Oh Kim, Jae-Ok Kim, Wi-Sik Kim, Myung-Joo Oh
Grouper is one of the favorite sea food resources in Southeast Asia. However, the outbreaks of the viral nervous necrosis (VNN) disease due to nervous necrosis virus (NNV) infection have caused mass mortality of grouper larvae. Many aqua-farms have suffered substantial financial loss due to the occurrence of VNN. To better understand the infection mechanism of NNV, we performed the transcriptome analysis of sevenband grouper brain tissue, the main target of NNV infection. After artificial NNV challenge, transcriptome of brain tissues of sevenband grouper was subjected to next generation sequencing (NGS) using an Illumina Hi-seq 2500 system...
January 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098178/lithium-accumulates-in-neurogenic-brain-regions-as-revealed-by-high-resolution-ion-imaging
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Giulia Zanni, Wojciech Michno, Elena Di Martino, Anna Tjärnlund-Wolf, Jean Pettersson, Charlotte Elizabeth Mason, Gustaf Hellspong, Klas Blomgren, Jörg Hanrieder
Lithium (Li) is a potent mood stabilizer and displays neuroprotective and neurogenic properties. Despite extensive investigations, the mechanisms of action have not been fully elucidated, especially in the juvenile, developing brain. Here we characterized lithium distribution in the juvenile mouse brain during 28 days of continuous treatment that result in clinically relevant serum concentrations. By using Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry- (ToF-SIMS) based imaging we were able to delineate temporospatial lithium profile throughout the brain and concurrent distribution of endogenous lipids with high chemical specificity and spatial resolution...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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