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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944976/obesity-and-frontal-striatal-brain-structures-in-offspring-of-individuals-with-bipolar-disorder-results-from-the-global-mood-and-brain-science-initiative
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Rodrigo B Mansur, Roger S McIntyre, Bo Cao, Yena Lee, Letícia Japiassú, Kun Chen, Rui Lu, Weicong Lu, Xiaodong Chen, Ting Li, Guiyun Xu, Kangguang Lin
OBJECTIVES: To compare frontal-striatal brain volumes between offspring of individuals with bipolar disorder (BD) and healthy controls; to investigate the associations of body mass index (BMI) and age with brain volumes; and to assess the moderating effects of BMI and age on the relationship between risk status and structural brain differences. METHODS: We cross-sectionally assessed structural regional and global brain volumes using magnetic resonance imaging and BMI among 53 BD offspring subjects, stratified by risk status, and 23 non-BD offspring controls (aged 8-28 years)...
September 25, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943558/the-serum-level-of-kl-6-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-insulin-resistance-and-new-onset-diabetes-mellitus-the-tanno-sobetsu-study
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Hiroshi Akasaka, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Yoshifumi Narita, Masami Kameda, Takayuki Miki, Hiroki Takahashi, Wari Yamamoto, Hitoshi Sohma, Naoya Masumori, Tetsuji Miura
Objective Inflammatory cytokines generated in visceral fat have been shown to contribute to the development of insulin resistance. The involvement of pulmonary inflammation in insulin resistance remains unclear, but smoking is known to be a risk factor for diabetes as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We herein examined the hypothesis that increased serum levels of lung interstitial injury biomarkers (SP-A, SP-D and KL-6) are associated with the risk of diabetes development. Methods For cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses, we enrolled 750 apparently healthy non-diabetic subjects who received annual examinations in 2011 or 2012 in the Tanno-Sobetsu cohort...
September 25, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942688/proteomic-studies-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-alzheimer-s-disease-an-update
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Erik Portelius, Gunnar Brinkmalm, Josef Pannee, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Rahil Dahlén, Ann Westman-Brinkmalm, Johan Gobom
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease affecting the brain. Today there are three cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers, amyloid-β consisting of 42 amino acids (Aβ42), total-tau (t-tau) and phosphorylated-tau (p-tau), which combined have sensitivity and specificity figures around 80%. However, pathological studies have shown that comorbidity is a common feature in AD and that the three currently used CSF biomarkers do not optimally reflect the activity of the disease process. Thus, additional markers are needed...
September 25, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942049/purification-of-native-m-vogae-and-h-contortus-tubulin-by-tog-affinity-chromatography
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Beatriz Munguía, Ramiro Teixeira, Victoria Veroli, Elisa Melian, Jenny Saldaña, Mahia Minteguiaga, Mario Señorale, Mónica Marín, Laura Domínguez
Microtubules are non-covalent cylindrical polymers formed by alpha- and beta-tubulin heterodimer units, crucial for cell division, intracellular transport, motility and differentiation. This makes them very attractive pharmacological targets exploited to develop different drugs such as anthelmintics, antifungals, and antineoplastics. In this work, in order to establish an in vitro target-based screen to integrate to the search for new anthelmintics, we explored the extraction of native assembly-competent tubulin from two helminth parasites: Mesocestoides vogae tetrathyridia (syn...
September 20, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941624/the-biodistribution-and-pharmacokinetics-of-the-oxime-acetylcholinesterase-reactivator-rs194b-in-guinea-pigs
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Michael A Malfatti, Heather A Enright, Nicholas A Be, Edward A Kuhn, Saphon Hok, M Windy McNerney, Victoria Lao, Tuan H Nguyen, Felice C Lightstone, Timothy S Carpenter, Brian J Bennion, Carlos A Valdez
Organophosphorus-based (OP) nerve agents represent some of the most toxic substances known to mankind. The current standard of care for exposure has changed very little in the past decades, and relies on a combination of atropine to block receptor activity and oxime-type acetylcholinesterase (AChE) reactivators to reverse the OP binding to AChE. Although these oximes can block the effects of nerve agents, their overall efficacy is reduced by their limited capacity to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). RS194B, a new oxime developed by Radic et al...
September 20, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940799/in-vitro-study-of-iron-deposition-in-normal-human-brains-an-indian-scenario
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Shallu Jaggi, Niranjan Khandelwal, Daisy Sahni, Rakesh K Vasishta
BACKGROUND: An increase in brain iron is a normal physiological process during brain development but excess accumulation is a risk factor for various neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, knowledge of the normal range of brain iron content is mandatory. The present study was planned to collect normative data on iron deposition in human brains by in vitro analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Iron deposition in basal ganglia was determined by Perl's staining in 31 (18 males, 13 females) non-pathological postmortem brains aged from 18 to 80 years and by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in 13 of them (seven males, six females)...
September 22, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938337/pulse-pressure-is-associated-with-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-transport-dysfunction
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Yu Jiang, Suhang Shang, Pei Li, Chen Chen, Liangjun Dang, Jin Wang, Kang Huo, Meiying Deng, Jingyi Wang, Qiumin Qu
OBJECTIVE: Increased pulse pressure (PP) has been implicated in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease in middle-aged and elderly adults. Considering the close relationship between peripheral amyloid-β clearance and brain amyloid-β deposition, we investigated the potential association between PP and plasma amyloid-β transport function. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 1118 participants underwent a health assessment and quantification of plasma amyloid-β and amyloid-β transporter expression...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938009/altering-neuronal-excitability-to-preserve-network-connectivity-in-a-computational-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Willem de Haan, Elisabeth C W van Straaten, Alida A Gouw, Cornelis J Stam
Neuronal hyperactivity and hyperexcitability of the cerebral cortex and hippocampal region is an increasingly observed phenomenon in preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD). In later stages, oscillatory slowing and loss of functional connectivity are ubiquitous. Recent evidence suggests that neuronal dynamics have a prominent role in AD pathophysiology, making it a potentially interesting therapeutic target. However, although neuronal activity can be manipulated by various (non-)pharmacological means, intervening in a highly integrated system that depends on complex dynamics can produce counterintuitive and adverse effects...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937488/the-significance-of-arachnoid-granulation-in-patients-with-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension
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Gaurav Vishwasrao Watane, Bhumi Patel, Derek Brown, M Reza Taheri
PURPOSE: The aim of this article was to study the significance of arachnoid granulations (AGs) in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). METHODS: In an institutional review board-approved retrospective chart review study, 79 patients with clinical diagnosis of idiopathic increased intracranial pressure were compared with 63 patients with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Inclusion criteria also included available magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, older than 18 years, and female sex...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936585/understanding-intestinal-glucose-transporter-expression-in-obese-compared-to-non-obese-subjects
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Rebecca A Deal, Yueming Tang, Reid Fletcher, Alfonso Torquati, Philip Omotosho
INTRODUCTION: The impact of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) on weight loss and co-morbid disease resolution is well established. However, the mechanisms underlying the procedure remain incompletely understood. Intestinal remodeling involving glucose transporters (GLUTs) may play a crucial role. Rat studies have demonstrated morphological adaptation of GLUTs within adipose and intestinal cells in association with the reprogramming of glucose metabolism. There is a limited understanding of the variations in expression amongst GLUT family receptors in the human intestine...
September 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936280/enhancing-diffusion-mri-measures-by-integrating-grey-and-white-matter-morphometry-with-hyperbolic-wasserstein-distance
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Wen Zhang, Jie Shi, Jun Yu, Liang Zhan, Paul M Thompson, Yalin Wang
In order to improve the preclinical diagnose of Alzheimer's disease (AD), there is a great deal of interest in analyzing the AD related brain structural changes with magnetic resonance image (MRI) analyses. As the major features, variation of the structural connectivity and the cortical surface morphometry provide different views of structural changes to determine whether AD is present on presymptomatic patients. However, the large scale tensor-valued information and relatively low imaging resolution in diffusion MRI (dMRI) have created huge challenges for analysis...
2017: Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: from Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936084/primary-central-nervous-system-fibrosarcoma
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V P Vinodh, Rahmat Harun, Pulivendhan Sellamuthu, Regunath Kandasamy
We report a rare case of a young female with primary brain fibrosarcoma, and to the best of our knowledge, we believe that only <50 cases have been reported or described worldwide so far. Fibrosarcoma is a malignant neoplasm, in which histologically the predominant cells are fibroblasts that divide excessively without cellular control and they can invade local tissues or metastasize. Primary central nervous system fibrosarcomas are very aggressive neoplasms and generally have a poor prognosis. This tumor is either from sarcomatous transformation of a meningioma or arises de novo within the brain parenchyma...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936074/syndromes-of-rapidly-progressive-cognitive-decline-our-experience
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Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Lakshminarayanapuram Gopal Viswanathan, Anupama Ramakanth Pai, Rahul Wahatule, Suvarna Alladi
BACKGROUND: Dementias are fairly slowly progressive degenerative diseases of brain for which treatment options are very less and carry a lot of burden on family and society. A small percentage of them are rapidly progressive and mostly carry a different course outcome. However, there are no definite criteria other than the time line for these patients. AIMS: The aim of this was to identify and categorize the causes and course of rapidly progressive dementias seen in our center...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935829/contribution-of-structural-brain-phenotypes-to-the-variance-in-resting-energy-expenditure-in-healthy-caucasian-subjects
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Corinna Geisler, Mark Hübers, Oliver Granert, Manfred James Muller
BACKGROUND: Brain gray (GM) and white matter (WM) volumes are related to weight changes. The impact of structural variations in GM and WM on the variance in resting energy expenditure (REE) and the REE on fat free mass (FFM) association is unknown. The aim of this study was to address this in healthy Caucasian subjects. METHODS: Cross-sectional data analysis of 493 healthy Caucasian subjects (age range 6 to 80 years; three age groups) with comprehensive information on FFM, organ and tissue masses and detailed brain composition as assessed by whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and REE (assessed by indirect calorimetry)...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935195/the-dimensionalities-of-lesion-deficit-mapping
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Tianbo Xu, Ashwani Jha, Parashkev Nachev
Lesion-deficit mapping remains the most powerful method for localising function in the human brain. As the highest court of appeal where competing theories of cerebral function conflict, it ought to be held to the most stringent inferential standards. Though at first sight elegantly transferable, the mass-univariate statistical framework popularized by functional imaging is demonstrably ill-suited to the task, both theoretically and empirically. The critical difficulty lies with the handling of the data's intrinsically high dimensionality...
September 18, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935172/a-pediatric-case-with-peripheral-facial-nerve-palsy-caused-by-a-granulomatous-lesion-associated-with-cat-scratch-disease
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Chizuko Nakamura, Yuji Inaba, Keiko Tsukahara, Mie Mochizuki, Emi Sawanobori, Yozo Nakazawa, Kouki Aoyama
BACKGROUND: Cat scratch disease is a common infectious disorder caused by Bartonella henselae that is transmitted primarily by kittens. It typically exhibits a benign and self-limiting course of subacute regional lymphadenopathy and fever lasting two to eight weeks. The most severe complication of cat scratch disease is involvement of the nervous system, such as encephalitis, meningitis, and polyneuritis. Peripheral facial nerve palsy associated with Bartonella infection is rare; few reported pediatric and adult cases exist and the precise pathogenesis is unknown...
September 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934963/metabolic-status-of-csf-distinguishes-rats-with-tauopathy-from-controls
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Radana Karlíková, Kateřina Mičová, Lukáš Najdekr, Alžběta Gardlo, Tomáš Adam, Petra Majerová, David Friedecký, Andrej Kováč
BACKGROUND: Tauopathies represent heterogeneous groups of neurodegenerative diseases that are characterised by abnormal deposition of the microtubule-associated protein tau. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent tauopathy, affecting more than 35 million people worldwide. In this study we investigated changes in metabolic pathways associated with tau-induced neurodegeneration. METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), plasma and brain tissue were collected from a transgenic rat model for tauopathies and from age-matched control animals...
September 21, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934139/phyllodulcin-a-natural-sweetener-regulates-obesity-related-metabolic-changes-and-fat-browning-related-genes-of-subcutaneous-white-adipose-tissue-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Eunju Kim, Soo-Min Lim, Min-Soo Kim, Sang-Ho Yoo, Yuri Kim
Phyllodulcin is a natural sweetener found in Hydrangea macrophylla var. thunbergii. This study investigated whether phyllodulcin could improve metabolic abnormalities in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice. Animals were fed a 60% HFD for 6 weeks to induce obesity, followed by 7 weeks of supplementation with phyllodulcin (20 or 40 mg/kg body weight (b.w.)/day). Stevioside (40 mg/kg b.w./day) was used as a positive control. Phyllodulcin supplementation reduced subcutaneous fat mass, levels of plasma lipids, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and improved the levels of leptin, adiponectin, and fasting blood glucose...
September 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931297/-intracranial-pressure-evaluation-by-ophthalmologist
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J Čmelo, R Illéš, J Šteňo
The value of ICT is important in diagnosis of the diseases of the eye and orbit Methods for direct measurement of intracranial pressure (ICT) are exact, but they are invasive and there is some risk of infection and damage of the tissue. Currently there are 2 valid indirect methods of mesurement of IKT. Digital Ophthalmodynamometry (D-ODM) and Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TDU). D-ODM is a non-invasive method for measuring of the Pulsating Venous Pressure (VPT). We can measure VPT by the pulse phenomena...
2017: Ceská a Slovenská Oftalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930747/quantification-of-bisoprolol-and-metoprolol-in-simultaneous-human-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-samples
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Ali Sigaroudi, Martina Kinzig, Oliver Wahl, Christoph Stelzer, Michael Schroeter, Uwe Fuhr, Ulrike Holzgrabe, Fritz Sörgel
BACKGROUND: Bisoprolol and metoprolol are moderately lipophilic, beta(1)-selective betablockers reported to cause adverse effects in the central nervous system (CNS), such as sleep disturbance, suggesting that both drugs may reach relevant concentrations in the brain. CNS beta(2)-receptor blockade has been suspected to be related to such effects. The higher molecular size of bisoprolol (325 Dalton) and the higher beta(1)-selectivity compared to metoprolol (267 Dalton) would suggest a lower rate of CNS effects...
September 21, 2017: Pharmacology
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