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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346885/plasma-and-brain-pharmacokinetics-of-ganoderic-acid-a-in-rats-determined-by-a-developed-uflc-ms-ms-method
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Fang-Rui Cao, Bing-Xin Xiao, Li-Sha Wang, Xue Tao, Ming-Zhu Yan, Rui-Le Pan, Yong-Hong Liao, Xin-Min Liu, Qi Chang
Ganoderic acid A (GAA), an active triterpenoid of the traditional Chinese herbal medicine Lingzhi, has been reported to exhibit antinociceptive, antioxidative, and anti-cancer activities. The present study aims to establish a sensitive and rapid UPLC-MS/MS method for studying the plasma and brain pharmacokinetics of GAA in rats. The analytes were separated on a C18 column eluted with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% aqueous formic acid at 0.3mL/min. The eluate was monitored by a mass detector using an MRM (m/z, 515...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346005/plasma-coenzyme-q10-concentration-antioxidant-status-and-serum-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-dogs-with-various-cardiovascular-diseases-and-the-effect-of-cardiac-treatment-on-measured-variables
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Alenka Nemec Svete, Barbara Verk, Alenka Seliškar, Katerina Tomsič, Petra Jazbec Križman, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič
OBJECTIVE To determine the plasma total antioxidant capacity, erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activity, whole blood glutathione peroxidase activity, and plasma coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) concentration in dogs with various stages of cardiovascular diseases and in healthy dogs; assess the influence of cardiac treatment on the levels of antioxidant variables, plasma CoQ10 concentration, and serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration, and determine any correlation between the disease severity (NT-proBNP concentration) and antioxidant variables or CoQ10 concentration...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345376/lessons-from-metabonomics-on-the-neurobiology-of-stroke
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Mahim I Qureshi, Panagiotis A Vorkas, Alexander P Coupland, I Harri Jenkins, Elaine Holmes, Alun H Davies
The application of metabonomic science to interrogate stroke permits the study of metabolite entities, small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, that provide insight into neuronal dysfunction, and may serve as reservoirs of biomarker discovery. This systematic review examines the applicability of metabolic profiling in ischemic stroke research. Six human studies utilizing metabolic profiling to analyze biofluids from ischemic stroke patients have been included, employing (1)H-NMR and/or mass spectrometry to analyze plasma, serum, and/or urine in a targeted or untargeted fashion...
October 1, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344178/systemic-and-cerebral-concentration-of-nimodipine-during-established-and-experimental-vasospasm-treatment
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Walid Albanna, Miriam Weiss, Catharina Conzen, Hans Clusmann, Toni Schneider, Martin Reinsch, Marguerite Müller, Martin Wiesmann, Anke Höllig, Gerrit Alexander Schubert
BACKGROUND: Oral nimodipine is an established prophylactic agent for cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In highly selected cases, intraarterial or intravenous application of nimodipine may be considered; optimum dosage and modality of application, however, remain a matter of debate. Analysis of nimodipine concentration in serum, CSF and cerebral microdialysate in context of currently effective dose and route of application (oral, IA, IV) is the purpose of this investigation...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343918/primary-lung-metastasis-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-with-epidural-spinal-metastasis-case-report
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Haydn A Hoffman, Charles H Li, Richard G Everson, Jennifer L Strunck, William H Yong, Daniel C Lu
Extracranial metastasis of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is rare, but has recently been reported with increasing frequency. GBM metastases typically present after a biopsy or resection of the primary tumor. An otherwise healthy 54year-old woman presented with recurring pleural effusions originally believed to be from a primary lung malignancy. The patient subsequently experienced a generalized tonic clonic seizure and a right temporal brain mass was discovered. The patient later developed weakness and radiculopathy, and an extramedullary extradural mass spreading from C7 to T6 was discovered...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343228/focal-brain-injury-associated-with-a-model-of-severe-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-in-nonhuman-primates
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Ryan M McAdams, Ronald J McPherson, Raj P Kapur, Sandra E Juul
Worldwide, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. To better understand the mechanisms contributing to brain injury and improve outcomes in neonates with HIE, better preclinical animal models that mimic the clinical situation following birth asphyxia in term newborns are needed. In an effort to achieve this goal, we modified our nonhuman primate model of HIE induced by in utero umbilical cord occlusion (UCO) to include postnatal hypoxic episodes, in order to simulate apneic events in human neonates with HIE...
March 25, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342444/acid-ceramidase-deficiency-in-mice-results-in-a-broad-range-of-central-nervous-system-abnormalities
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Jakub Sikora, Shaalee Dworski, E Ellen Jones, Mustafa A Kamani, Matthew C Micsenyi, Tomo Sawada, Pauline Le Faouder, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Aude Dupuy, Christopher K Dunn, Ingrid Cong Yang Xuan, Josefina Casas, Gemma Fabrias, David R Hampson, Thierry Levade, Richard R Drake, Jeffrey A Medin, Steven U Walkley
Farber disease is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by acid ceramidase deficiency that usually presents as early-onset progressive visceral and neurologic disease. To understand the neurologic abnormality, we investigated behavioral, biochemical, and cellular abnormalities in the central nervous system of Asah1(P361R/P361R) mice, which serve as a model of Farber disease. Behaviorally, the mutant mice had reduced voluntary locomotion and exploration, increased thigmotaxis, abnormal spectra of basic behavioral activities, impaired muscle grip strength, and defects in motor coordination...
April 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340835/can-patients-who-develop-cerebral-death-in-fulminant-liver-failure-despite-liver-transplantation-be-previously-forseen
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K B Sarici, S Karakas, E Otan, V Ince, C Koc, S Koc, H Bayraktar, C Aydin, C Kayaalp, S Gungor, Y Kablan, S Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: The outcome of medical treatment is worse in fulminant liver failure (FLF) developing on acute or chronic ground. Recently, liver transplantations with the use of living and cadaveric donors have been performed in these diseases and good results obtained. In this study, we aimed to present the factors affecting the recovery of cerebral functions after liver transplantation in hepatic encephalopathy (HE) developing in FLF, to identify irreversible patient groups and to prevent unnecessary liver transplantation...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340406/a-local-adjustment-strategy-for-the-initialization-of-dynamic-causal-modelling-to-infer-effective-connectivity-in-brain-epileptic-structures
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Wentao Xiang, Ahmad Karfoul, Huazhong Shu, Régine Le Bouquin Jeannès
This paper addresses the question of effective connectivity in the human cerebral cortex in the context of epilepsy. Among model based approaches to infer brain connectivity, spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling is a conventional technique for which we propose an alternative to estimate cross spectral density. The proposed strategy we investigated tackles the sub-estimation of the free energy using the well-known variational Expectation-Maximization algorithm highly sensitive to the initialization of the parameters vector by a permanent local adjustment of the initialization process...
March 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338897/specialized-information-processing-deficits-and-distinct-metabolomic-profiles-following-tm-domain-disruption-of-nrg1
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Colm M P O'Tuathaigh, Naina Mathur, Matthew J O'Callaghan, Lynsey MacIntyre, Richard Harvey, Donna Lai, John L Waddington, Benjamin S Pickard, David G Watson, Paula M Moran
Although there is considerable genetic and pathologic evidence for an association between neuregulin 1 (NRG1) dysregulation and schizophrenia, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms remain unclear. Mutant mice containing disruption of the transmembrane (TM) domain of the NRG1 gene constitute a heuristic model for dysregulation of NRG1-ErbB4 signaling in schizophrenia. The present study focused on hitherto uncharacterized information processing phenotypes in this mutant line. Using a mass spectrometry-based metabolomics approach, we also quantified levels of unique metabolites in brain...
March 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337562/bace2-suppression-promotes-%C3%AE-cell-survival-and-function-in-a-model-of-type-2-diabetes-induced-by-human-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-overexpression
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Gema Alcarraz-Vizán, Carlos Castaño, Montse Visa, Joel Montane, Joan-Marc Servitja, Anna Novials
BACE2 (β-site APP-cleaving enzyme 2) is a protease expressed in the brain, but also in the pancreas, where it seems to play a physiological role. Amyloidogenic diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes (T2D), share the accumulation of abnormally folded and insoluble proteins that interfere with cell function. In T2D, islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) deposits have been shown to be a pathogenic key feature of the disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of BACE2 modulation on β-cell alterations in a mouse model of T2D induced by IAPP overexpression...
March 23, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335978/systematic-assessment-of-surfactants-for-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry-imaging
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Bijay Banstola, Eulalie T Grodner, Fan Cao, Fabrizio Donnarumma, Kermit K Murray
A systematic method for evaluation of MALDI profiling and imaging was developed and applied to the use of three surfactants, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), Triton X-100, and Tween 20, on rat brain tissue. For profiling studies, mass spectra were acquired from regular arrays of spots with manually deposited surfactant and matrix. The studies recorded the total number of peaks in the mass spectra from 2 to 20 kDa and compared the number of peaks and peak intensities with and without surfactant. It was found that SDS decreases the total number of peaks at all concentrations but does lead to an increase in the number of peaks below 5 kDa...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334907/a-combinatorial-approach-to-identify-calpain-cleavage-sites-in-the-machado-joseph-disease-protein-ataxin-3
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Jonasz J Weber, Matthias Golla, Giambattista Guaitoli, Pimthanya Wanichawan, Stefanie N Hayer, Stefan Hauser, Ann-Christin Krahl, Maike Nagel, Sebastian Samer, Eleonora Aronica, Cathrine R Carlson, Ludger Schöls, Olaf Riess, Christian J Gloeckner, Huu P Nguyen, Jeannette Hübener-Schmid
Ataxin-3, the disease protein in Machado-Joseph disease, is known to be proteolytically modified by various enzymes including two major families of proteases, caspases and calpains. This processing results in the generation of toxic fragments of the polyglutamine-expanded protein. Although various approaches were undertaken to identify cleavage sites within ataxin-3 and to evaluate the impact of fragments on the molecular pathogenesis of Machado-Joseph disease, calpain-mediated cleavage of the disease protein and the localization of cleavage sites remained unclear...
March 8, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334553/a-multi-matrix-hilic-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-endogenous-small-molecule-neurological-biomarker-n-acetyl-aspartic-acid-naa
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Dewakar Sangaraju, Sheerin K Shahidi-Latham, Braydon L Burgess, Brian Dean, Xiao Ding
A multi-matrix hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantitation of N-Acetyl Aspartic acid (NAA) using stable isotope labeled internal standard, D3-NAA in various biological matrices such as human plasma, human CSF, mouse plasma, brain and spinal cord. A high throughput 96-well plate format supported liquid extraction (SLE) procedure was developed and used for sample preparation. Mass spectrometric analysis of NAA was performed using selected reaction monitoring transitions in positive electrospray ionization mode...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334444/the-partial-dopamine-d2-receptor-agonist-aripiprazole-is-associated-with-weight-gain-in-adolescent-anorexia-nervosa
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Guido K W Frank, Megan E Shott, Jennifer O Hagman, Marissa A Schiel, Marisa C DeGuzman, Brogan Rossi
OBJECTIVE: Finding medication to support treatment of anorexia nervosa has been difficult. Neuroscience-based approaches may help in this effort. Recent brain imaging studies in adults and adolescents with anorexia nervosa suggest that dopamine-related reward circuits are hypersensitive and could provide a treatment target. METHODS: Here, we present a retrospective chart review of 106 adolescents with anorexia nervosa some of whom were treated with the dopamine D2 receptor partial agonist aripiprazole during treatment in a specialized eating disorder program...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333235/ovarian-hormones-and-obesity
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Brigitte Leeners, Nori Geary, Philippe N Tobler, Lori Asarian
BACKGROUND: Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake, i.e. eating and energy expenditure (EE). Severe obesity is more prevalent in women than men worldwide, and obesity pathophysiology and the resultant obesity-related disease risks differ in women and men. The underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Pre-clinical and clinical research indicate that ovarian hormones may play a major role. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We systematically reviewed the clinical and pre-clinical literature on the effects of ovarian hormones on the physiology of adipose tissue (AT) and the regulation of AT mass by energy intake and EE...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332626/decreased-16-0-20-4-phosphatidylinositol-level-in-the-post-mortem-prefrontal-cortex-of-elderly-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Junya Matsumoto, Hiroki Nakanishi, Yasuto Kunii, Yuki Sugiura, Dai Yuki, Akira Wada, Mizuki Hino, Shin-Ichi Niwa, Takeshi Kondo, Michihiko Waki, Takahiro Hayasaka, Noritaka Masaki, Hiroyasu Akatsu, Yoshio Hashizume, Sakon Yamamoto, Shinji Sato, Takehiko Sasaki, Mitsutoshi Setou, Hirooki Yabe
The etiology of schizophrenia includes phospholipid abnormalities. Phospholipids are bioactive substances essential for brain function. To analyze differences in the quantity and types of phospholipids present in the brain tissue of patients with schizophrenia, we performed a global analysis of phospholipids in multiple brain samples using liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass/mass spectrometry (LC-ESI/MS/MS) and imaging mass spectrometry (IMS). We found significantly decreased 16:0/20:4-phosphatidylinositol (PI) levels in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in the brains from patients with schizophrenia in the LC-ESI/MS/MS, and that the 16:0/20:4-PI in grey matter was most prominently diminished according to the IMS experiments...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332095/identification-of-t-cell-target-antigens-in-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-using-an-integrated-proteomics-based-approach-in-patient-specimens
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Carmen Rapp, Rolf Warta, Slava Stamova, Ali Nowrouzi, Christoph Geisenberger, Zoltan Gal, Saskia Roesch, Steffen Dettling, Simone Juenger, Mariana Bucur, Christine Jungk, Philip DaoTrong, Rezvan Ahmadi, Felix Sahm, David Reuss, Valentina Fermi, Esther Herpel, Volker Eckstein, Niels Grabe, Christoph Schramm, Markus A Weigand, Juergen Debus, Andreas von Deimling, Andreas Unterberg, Amir Abdollahi, Philipp Beckhove, Christel Herold-Mende
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive brain tumor and still remains incurable. Among others, an immature subpopulation of self-renewing and therapy-resistant tumor cells-often referred to as glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs)-has been shown to contribute to disease recurrence. To target these cells personalized immunotherapy has gained a lot of interest, e.g. by reactivating pre-existing anti-tumor immune responses against GSC antigens. To identify T cell targets commonly presented by GSCs and their differentiated counterpart, we used a proteomics-based separation of GSC proteins in combination with a T cell activation assay...
March 22, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331148/optimized-acquisition-time-for-dopamine-transporter-imaging
#19
Naoya Hayashi, Naoki Akagi, Masataka Sawada, Akiko Hirota, Kenji Ito
Excess acquisition counts were often obtained by the current image acquisition of 30 minutes after (123)I-ioflupane administration in a dopamine transporter study. The purpose of this study was to calculate the minimum acquisition time while retaining sufficient image quality, which could be adjusted for individual characteristics. Fifty patients who underwent dopamine transporter imaging were included in this retrospective study. The brain count density, determined by a striatum phantom, was compared to the participant's characteristics...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331021/aspergillus-niger-infection-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-confined-solely-to-the-brain
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Lucy Simmonds, Sian Mitchell, Barrie White, Shanika A Crusz, David Denning
A 68-year-old woman with a background of hypertension, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis presented to her local hospital after a 4-week history of gradual deterioration and increasing confusion with new onset right-sided weakness. Her initial CT scan revealed a rim enhancing mass lesion with surrounding oedema in the left parietal lobe for which she underwent CT stealth-guided biopsy. Microbiology culture of the 2 biopsy samples yielded Aspergillus niger and she was started on the antifungal agent voriconazole...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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