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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226875/vegfr1-and-vegfr2-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Rachel Harris, James Scott Miners, Shelley Allen, Seth Love
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent angiogenic factor. Despite upregulation of VEGF in the brain in Alzheimer's disease (AD), probably in response to amyloid-β, vasoconstriction, and tissue hypoxia, there is no consequent increase in microvessel density. VEGF binds to and activates VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2), but also binds to VEGF receptor 1 (VEGFR1), which exists in less-active membrane-bound and inactive soluble (sVEGFR1) forms and inhibits pro-angiogenic signaling. We have investigated whether altered expression of VEGF receptors might account for the lack of angiogenic response to VEGF in AD...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222909/an-emerging-role-of-astrocytes-in-vascular-contributions-to-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-vcid
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Brittani R Price, Christopher M Norris, Pradoldej Sompol, Donna M Wilcock
Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) is understood to be the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease (AD), and is also a frequent co-morbidity with AD. While VCID is widely acknowledged as a key contributor to dementia, the mechanistic underpinnings of VCID remain poorly understood. In this review, we address the potential role of astrocytes in the pathophysiology of VCID. The vast majority of the blood vessels in the brain are surrounded by astrocytic end-feet...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221321/living-related-lung-transplantation
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Date
Living-donor lobar lung transplantation (LDLLT) was developed to deal with the severe shortage of brain dead door for patients who would not survive the long waiting period. In standard LDLLT, right and left lower lobes removed from two healthy donors are implanted into a recipient after right and left pneumonectomies using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The number of LDLLT has decreased in the USA due to the recent change in allocation system for cadaveric donor lungs. For the past several years, most of the reports on LDLLT have been from Japan, where the average waiting time for a cadaveric lung is exceeding 800 days...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216459/pushing-the-boundaries-of-neuroimaging-with-optoacoustics
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REVIEW
Saak V Ovsepian, Ivan Olefir, Gil Westmeyer, Daniel Razansky, Vasilis Ntziachristos
With the central ability to visualize a variety of endogenous chromophores and biomarkers or exogenous contrast agents, optoacoustic (photoacoustic) imaging empowers new experimental capabilities for investigating brain mechanisms and functions. Here, the operational principles of optoacoustic neuroimaging are reviewed in conjunction with recent advances enabling high-resolution and real-time observation, which extend beyond the reach of optical imaging methods. Multiple implementations of optoacoustics for monitoring hemodynamics and neuro-vascular responses in the brain are showcased...
December 6, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210074/white-matter-degeneration-in-vascular-and-other-ageing-related-dementias
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REVIEW
Yoshika Hase, Karen Horsburgh, Masafumi Ihara, Raj N Kalaria
Advances in neuroimaging have enabled greater understanding of the progression of cerebral degenerative processes associated with ageing-related dementias. Leukoaraiosis or rarefied white matter (WM) originally described on computed tomography is one of the most prominent changes which occurs in older age. White matter hyperintensities (WMH) evident on magnetic resonance imaging have become commonplace to describe WM changes in relation to cognitive dysfunction, types of stroke injury, cerebral small vessel disease and neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209856/accelerated-whole-brain-intracranial-vessel-wall-imaging-using-black-blood-fast-spin-echo-with-compressed-sensing-cs-space
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Chengcheng Zhu, Bing Tian, Luguang Chen, Laura Eisenmenger, Esther Raithel, Christoph Forman, Sinyeob Ahn, Gerhard Laub, Qi Liu, Jianping Lu, Jing Liu, Christopher Hess, David Saloner
OBJECTIVE: Develop and optimize an accelerated, high-resolution (0.5 mm isotropic) 3D black blood MRI technique to reduce scan time for whole-brain intracranial vessel wall imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3D accelerated T1-weighted fast-spin-echo prototype sequence using compressed sensing (CS-SPACE) was developed at 3T. Both the acquisition [echo train length (ETL), under-sampling factor] and reconstruction parameters (regularization parameter, number of iterations) were first optimized in 5 healthy volunteers...
December 5, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205570/brain-angiogenic-gene-expression-in-congenital-heart-disease
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Olga Sánchez, Aina Ruiz-Romero, Carmen Domínguez, Queralt Ferrer, Irene Ribera, Víctor Rodríguez-Sureda, Jaume Alijotas, Sílvia Arévalo, Elena Carreras, Lluís Cabero, Elisa Llurba
OBJECTIVES: To analyze potential differences in the expression of antiangiogenic and angiogenic factors and of genes associated with chronic hypoxia in cerebral tissue from euploid fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD) and control fetuses. METHODS: Cerebral tissue was obtained from 15 fetuses with CHD and 12 control fetuses undergoing termination of pregnancy. Expression profiles of the antiangiogenic soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), the angiogenic vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) and placental growth factor (PlGF), and genes associated with chronic hypoxia were determined by real-time PCR in tissue from the frontal cortex and from basal ganglia-hypothalamus...
December 5, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205020/-genetic-code-of-brain-ageing
#8
Pentti Tienari, Liisa Myllykangas
Neurons are more susceptible than other cells to the effects of ageing, since most of them are not capable of dividing, and they consume plenty of energy. In the "genetic code of brain ageing", central role is played by the genes that regulate the risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular diseases. Genes have been recognized underlying memory disorders and longevity. Genetic studies have revealed metabolic routes, including fat and energy metabolism, that can be influenced by an individual through living habits, and also through structures maintaining social activity...
2017: Duodecim; Lääketieteellinen Aikakauskirja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204268/role-of-metastasis-induced-protein-s100a4-in-human-non-tumor-pathophysiologies
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REVIEW
Fei Fei, Jie Qu, Chunyuan Li, Xinlu Wang, Yuwei Li, Shiwu Zhang
S100A4, an important member of the S100 family of proteins, is best known for its significant role in promoting cancer progression and metastasis. In addition to its expression in tumors, upregulation of S100A4 expression has been associated with various non-tumor pathophysiology processes. However, the mechanisms underlying the role of S100A4 remain unclear. Activated "host" cells (fibroblasts, immunocytes, vascular cells, among others) secrete S100A4 into the extracellular space in various non-tumor human disorders, where it executes its biological functions by interacting with intracellular target proteins...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203753/-definition-and-treatment-of-stroke-over-the-centuries
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Anna Starostka-Tatar, Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Michał Skrzypek, Mariusz Gąsior, Marek Gierlotka
Stroke was already diagnosed in the ancient times. For hundreds of years the treatment of this disease has changed radically. According to the current WHO definition, stroke is a clinical syndrome caused by focal or generalized brain injury that lasts more than 24 hours or leads to death and has no other cause than vascular. Stroke constitutes a big social and economic problem, as it can lead to death or disability. In the highly developed countries stroke is the third most common cause of adult deaths, the second leading cause of dementia, and the most common cause of disability...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203738/mathematical-model-of-diabetic-encephalopathy
#11
Alla A Popruha, Lyudmyla E Bobyreva, Larisa A Samarchenko, Tatyana E Mykhaylychenko
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the leading risk factors for cerebrovascular disorders. The risk of stroke is 3-4 times higher in this population. In 10% of cases of vascular accidents in diabetic patients leads to fatal. The mortality rate for ischemic stroke is undergoing 50-60% and 70-95% of hemorrhagic form. It is known that diabetes increases the course of acute disorders of cerebral circulation. At the same time, there are data that about 415 million of the inhabitants of the planet suffer from diabetes, in 95% of cases they have type 2 diabetes, which is the second risk factor for the development of ischemic stroke after an arterial hypertension...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200907/chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-and-plasticity-of-the-posterior-cerebral-artery-following-permanent-bilateral-common-carotid-artery-occlusion
#12
Kyung-Ok Cho, Seul-Ki Kim, Seong Yun Kim
Vascular dementia (VaD) is a group of heterogeneous diseases with the common feature of cerebral hypoperfusion. To identify key factors contributing to VaD pathophysiology, we performed a detailed comparison of Wistar and Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats subjected to permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAo). Eight-week old male Wistar and SD rats underwent BCCAo, followed by a reference memory test using a five-radial arm maze with tactile cues. Continuous monitoring of cerebral blood flow (CBF) was performed with a laser Doppler perfusion imaging (LDPI) system...
November 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198136/hyperhomocysteinemia-induced-gene-expression-changes-in-the-cell-types-of-the-brain
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Erica M Weekman, Abigail E Woolums, Tiffany L Sudduth, Donna M Wilcock
High plasma levels of homocysteine, termed hyperhomocysteinemia, are a risk factor for vascular cognitive impairment and dementia, which is the second leading cause of dementia. While hyperhomocysteinemia induces microhemorrhages and cognitive decline in mice, the specific effect of hyperhomocysteinemia on each cell type remains unknown. We took separate cultures of astrocytes, microglia, endothelial cells, and neuronal cells and treated each with moderate levels of homocysteine for 24, 48, 72, and 96 hr...
November 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198043/the-diagnosis-of-dementias-a-practical-tool-not-to-miss-rare-causes
#14
Camilla Ferrari, Benedetta Nacmias, Sandro Sorbi
Dementia represents one of the most diffuse disorders of our Era. Alzheimer's disease is the principle cause of dementia worldwide. Metabolic, infectious, autoimmune, inflammatory, and genetic dementias represent a not negligible number of disorders, with increasing numbers in younger subjects. Due to the heterogeneity of patients and disorders, the diagnosis of dementia is challenging. In the present article, we propose a practical diagnostic approach following the two-step investigation procedure. The first step includes basic blood tests and brain neuroimaging, performed on all patients...
December 2, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196581/increased-midlife-triglycerides-predict-brain-%C3%AE-amyloid-and-tau-pathology-20-years-later
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Katarina Nägga, Anna-Märta Gustavsson, Erik Stomrud, Daniel Lindqvist, Danielle van Westen, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, Olle Melander, Oskar Hansson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of midlife lipid levels on Alzheimer brain pathology 20 years later in cognitively normal elderly individuals. METHODS: This is a longitudinal cohort study of 318 cognitively normal individuals with data on fasting lipid levels at midlife (mean age 54 years). Presence of β-amyloid (Aβ) and tau pathologies 20 years later (mean age 73 years) were detected by quantifying Alzheimer disease (AD) biomarkers in CSF. In a subset (n = 134), Aβ (18F-flutemetamol) PET was also performed...
December 1, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195510/cerebrovascular-pathology-in-down-syndrome-and-alzheimer-disease
#16
Elizabeth Head, Michael J Phelan, Eric Doran, Ronald C Kim, Wayne W Poon, Frederick A Schmitt, Ira T Lott
People with Down syndrome (DS) are at high risk for developing Alzheimer disease (AD) with age. Typically, by age 40 years, most people with DS have sufficient neuropathology for an AD diagnosis. Interestingly, atherosclerosis and hypertension are atypical in DS with age, suggesting the lack of these vascular risk factors may be associated with reduced cerebrovascular pathology. However, because the extra copy of APP leads to increased beta-amyloid peptide (Aβ) accumulation in DS, we hypothesized that there would be more extensive and widespread cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) with age in DS relative to sporadic AD...
December 1, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193609/endogenous-hormone-2-methoxyestradiol-suppresses-venous-hypertension-induced-angiogenesis-through-up-and-down-regulating-p53-and-id-1
#17
Xiang Zou, Li Zhang, Jie Yuan, Chunjie Yang, Zehan Wu, Jianping Song, Wei Zhu, Ying Mao, Liang Chen
Brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) which associate with angiogenesis due to local hypertension, chronic cerebral ischaemia and tissue hypoxia usually lead to haemorrhage, however, the therapeutic medicine for the disease is still lacking. 2-methoxyestradiol (2-ME) has been shown effective in the anti-angiogenic treatment. This study was conducted to examine whether and how 2-ME could improve the vascular malformations. Intracranial venous hypertension (VH) model produced in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats and culture of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) at the anoxia condition were used to induce in vivo and in vitro angiogenesis, respectively...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191439/effects-of-cerebellar-neuromodulation-in-movement-disorders-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Carina França, Daniel Ciampi de Andrade, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira, Ricardo Galhardoni, Valquiria Silva, Egberto Reis Barbosa, Rubens Gisbert Cury
BACKGROUND: The cerebellum is involved in the pathophysiology of many movement disorders and its importance in the field of neuromodulation is growing. OBJECTIVES: To review the current evidence for cerebellar modulation in movement disorders and its safety profile. METHODS: Eligible studies were identified after a systematic literature review of the effects of cerebellar modulation in cerebellar ataxia, Parkinson's disease (PD), essential tremor (ET), dystonia and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)...
November 23, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191087/neuroprotective-effect-of-formononetin-in-ameliorating-learning-and-memory-impairment-in-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Hong-Xin Fei, Ying-Bo Zhang, Ting Liu, Xiao-Jie Zhang, Shu-Liang Wu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia among elderly population. Deranged β-amyloid (Aβ) trafficking across the blood-brain barrier is known to be a critical element in the pathogenesis of AD. In the vascular endothelial cells of hippocampus, Aβ transport is mainly mediated by low-density lipoprotein-associated protein 1 (LRP1) and the receptor for advanced glycation end (RAGE) products; therefore, LRP1 and RAGE endothelial cells are potential therapeutic targets for AD. In this study, we explored the effects of Formononetin (FMN) on learning and memory improvement in APP/PS1 mice and the related mechanisms...
December 1, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183303/link-between-neurodegeneration-and-trabecular-meshwork-injury-in-glaucomatous-patients
#20
Yong Zhang, Qinmei Yang, Feng Guo, Xia Chen, Lin Xie
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is classified as a neurodegenerative disease. However, the biomarkers of neurodegeneration in the aqueous humour of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) eyes have not been quantitatively examined yet. In this study, levels of neurodegeneration-related cytokines in the aqueous humour of POAG eyes were measured and compared with those of non-glaucoma (senile cataract) control eyes. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 24 patients (24 eyes) with POAG and 22 patients (22 eyes) with cataract...
November 28, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
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