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cerebral vasculature

Gregory M Weiner, Rafey Feroze, David M Panczykowski, Amin Aghaebrahim, William Ares, Nitin Agarwal, John Enis, Xiao Zhu, Andrew F Ducruet
INTRODUCTION: Tandem occlusion resulting in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is associated with high morbidity and mortality and a poor response to thrombolytic therapy. The use of endovascular strategies for tandem stroke cases results in an improved outcome for this subgroup of patients. We present two cases with a pattern of tandem occlusion consisting of proximal obstruction at the origin of the common carotid artery (CCA) with concomitant intracranial occlusion treated by endovascular techniques...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
N H Sperna Weiland, D Breevoord, D A Jöbsis, E M F H de Beaumont, V Evers, B Preckel, M W Hollmann, S van Dieren, B A J M de Mol, R V Immink
Despite a rise in blood pressure, cerebral oxygenation decreases following phenylephrine administration, and we hypothesised that phenylephrine reduces cerebral oxygenation by activating cerebral α1 receptors. We studied patients on cardiopulmonary bypass during constant flow. Phenylephrine raised mean arterial pressure (α1 -mediated) from mean (SD) 69 (8) mmHg to 79 (8) mmHg; p = 0.001, and vasopressin raised mean arterial pressure (V1 mediated) from 69 (8) mmHg to 83 (6) mmHg; p = 0.001. Both drugs elicited a comparable decrease in cerebral oxygenation from 61 (7)% to 60 (7)%; p = 0...
October 17, 2016: Anaesthesia
Josef Anrather, Costantino Iadecola
The immune response to acute cerebral ischemia is a major factor in stroke pathobiology and outcome. While the immune response starts locally in occluded and hypoperfused vessels and the ischemic brain parenchyma, inflammatory mediators generated in situ propagate through the organism as a whole. This "spillover" leads to a systemic inflammatory response first, followed by immunosuppression aimed at dampening the potentially harmful proinflammatory milieu. In this overview we will outline the inflammatory cascade from its starting point in the vasculature of the ischemic brain to the systemic immune response elicited by brain ischemia...
October 11, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Bryan Howell, Cameron C McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Bioelectric field models of deep brain stimulation (DBS) are commonly utilized in research and industrial applications. However, the wide range of different representations used for the human head in these models may be responsible for substantial variance in the stimulation predictions. OBJECTIVE: Determine the relative error of ignoring cerebral vasculature and soft-tissue heterogeneity outside of the brain in computational models of DBS. METHODS: We used a detailed atlas of the human head, coupled to magnetic resonance imaging data, to construct a range of subthalamic DBS volume conductor models...
September 8, 2016: Brain Stimulation
Jiang Xie, Bin Wang, Lian Wang, Fang Dong, Gang Bai, Yongjun Liu
BACKGROUND Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is one severe subtype of stroke, with a very complex pathology. Stem cell-based therapy holds promising potential in the treatment of neurological disorders. Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) have a therapeutic effect in recovery from brain damage following ICH. The aim of this study was to identify an effective and convenient way of using UC-MSCs in the ICH rat model. MATERIAL AND METHODS CM-DiI-labeled human UC-MSCs were transplanted intracerebrally or intravenously into collagenase VII-induced ICH rat models...
October 5, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
B K Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Kevin O Lillehei
Radiation-induced vascular "malformations", designated cavernous hemangiomas/cavernomas ("RICHs"), are seldom biopsied and are usually diagnosed based on neuroimaging features. They are an increasingly recognized complication of both CNS external beam radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. We identified 13 patients with radiation-induced vascular "malformations" in our surgical neuropathology databases searched from 2000 to 2016; 4 had received their therapy during childhood; 5 had received radiosurgery...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Shimpei Iikuni, Masahiro Ono, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Masashi Yoshimura, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Masafumi Ihara, Hideo Saji
Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is characterized by the deposition of amyloid aggregates in the walls of the cerebral vasculature. Recently, the development of molecular imaging probes targeting CAA has been attracting much attention. We previously reported the 99mTc-hydroxamamide (99mTc-Ham) complex with a bivalent benzothiazole scaffold as a binding moiety for amyloid aggregates ([99mTc]BT2) and its utility for CAA-specific imaging. However, the simultaneous generation of two radiolabeled complexes derived from the geometric isomers was observed in the 99mTc-labeling reaction...
2016: PloS One
Martin Krueger, Wolfgang Härtig, Clara Frydrychowicz, Wolf C Mueller, Andreas Reichenbach, Ingo Bechmann, Dominik Michalski
Stroke-induced blood-brain barrier breakdown promotes complications like cerebral edema and hemorrhagic transformation, especially in association with therapeutical recanalization of occluded vessels. As arteries, capillaries and veins display distinct functional and morphological characteristics, we here investigated patterns of blood-brain barrier breakdown for each segment of the vascular tree in rodent models of embolic, permanent, and transient middle cerebral artery occlusion, added by analyses of human stroke tissue...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Swati Mishra, Youngshik Choe, Samuel J Pleasure, Julie A Siegenthaler
Growth and maturation of the cerebrovasculature is a vital event in neocortical development however mechanisms that control cerebrovascular development remain poorly understood. Mutations in or deletions that include the FOXC1 gene are associated with congenital cerebrovascular anomalies and increased stroke risk in patients. Foxc1 mutant mice display severe cerebrovascular hemorrhage at late gestational ages. While these data demonstrate Foxc1 is required for cerebrovascular development, its broad expression in the brain vasculature combined with Foxc1 mutant's complex developmental defects have made it difficult to pinpoint its function(s)...
September 23, 2016: Developmental Biology
Shauna L Houlihan, Alison A Lanctot, Yan Guo, Yuanyi Feng
Neuronal fate-restricted intermediate progenitors (IPs) are derived from the multipotent radial glia (RGs) and serve as the direct precursors for cerebral cortical neurons, but factors that control their neurogenic plasticity remain elusive. Here we report that IPs' neuron production is enhanced by abrogating filamin function, leading to the generation of periventricular neurons independent of normal neocortical neurogenesis and neuronal migration. Loss of Flna in neural progenitor cells (NPCs) led RGs to undergo changes resembling epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) along with exuberant angiogenesis that together changed the microenvironment and increased neurogenesis of IPs...
September 24, 2016: ELife
Nienke M de Wit, Hripsime Snkhchyan, Sandra den Hoedt, Darcos Wattimena, Rob de Vos, Monique T Mulder, Jochen Walter, Pilar Martinez-Martinez, Jeroen J Hoozemans, Annemieke J Rozemuller, Helga E de Vries
BACKGROUND: The majority of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) exhibit amyloid-β (Aβ) deposits at the brain vasculature, a process referred to as cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). In over 51% of AD cases, Aβ also accumulates in cortical capillaries, which is termed capillary CAA (capCAA). It has been postulated that the presence of capCAA in AD is a specific subtype of AD, although underlying mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Sphingolipids (SLs) are implicated in neurodegenerative disorders, including AD...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Karima Ait-Aissa, Joseph Hockenberry, David Gutterman, Aron Geurts, Andreas Beyer
OBJECTIVE: Flow mediated dilation (FMD) is the most physiological relevant form of endothelial-mediated vasodilation. Our laboratory has previously shown that telomerase, a ribo-nucleoprotein that counteracts telomere shortening, has a protective effect on endothelial function under conditions of oxidative stress in the human microcirculation. In the presence of coronary artery disease, decreased telomerase activity contributes to a shift in the mediator of FMD from atheroprotective nitric oxide (NO) to pro-inflammatory and atherogenic hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tien Wong
The vasculature in the retina can be viewed directly and non-invasively in vivo, offers a unique perspective of the human microvasculature, and therefore the ability to understand early changes, processes, pathways and consequences of hypertension. In the past 15 years, advances in high resolution digital retinal photography and automated or semi-automated computer image software have been applied to measure and quantify a variety of retinal microvascular parameter, including retinal arteriolar and venular caliber, tortuosity, branching patterns and fractal dimensions...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Shinji Ito, Masaki Takao, Toshio Fukutake, Hiroyuki Hatsuta, Sayaka Funabe, Nobuo Ito, Yutaka Shimoe, Toshiro Niki, Imaharu Nakano, Masashi Fukayama, Shigeo Murayama
Cerebral autosomal recessive arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CARASIL) is a nonhypertensive hereditary cerebral small vessel disease that is caused by mutations in a single gene, HTRA1 The HTRA1 protein normally represses transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling and its mutations result in vascular changes. Ten homozygous, 1 compound heterozygous, and 1 homozygous frameshift mutation have been identified in the HTRA1 gene of patients with genetically confirmed CARASIL...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Anusha Mishra
Astrocytes are the most common glial cells in the brain with fine processes and endfeet that intimately contact both neuronal synapses and the cerebral vasculature. They play an important role in mediating neurovascular coupling (NVC) via several astrocytic Ca(2+) -dependent signalling pathways such as K(+) release through BK channels, and the production and release of arachidonic acid metabolites. They are also involved in maintaining the resting tone of the cerebral vessels by releasing ATP and COX-1 derivatives...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Marc Lepeltier, Florence Appaix, Yuan Yuan Liao, Frédéric Dumur, Jérôme Marrot, Tangui Le Bahers, Chantal Andraud, Cyrille Monnereau
A tris-cyclometalated iridium complex that bears two ligands functionalized by peripheral carbazole groups combines an intense solid state emission and a significant two-photon absorption cross section in the near-infrared. After incorporation into a physiological micellar suspension, it can be used for the intravital two-photon fluorescence microscopy of cerebral vasculature.
October 3, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Bo Ryung Kim, Yun Jin Lee, Sang Ook Nam, Kyung Hee Park
PURPOSE: Venous angioma (VA) is the most common congenital abnormality of the intracranial vasculature. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between VA and epilepsy and to identify the characteristics of children with VA and epilepsy. METHODS: The records of all patients aged less than 18 years who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Pusan National University Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with isolated VA and patients with normal MRI were compared in terms of the prevalence of epilepsy...
August 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Bowen Jiang, Xiaoquan Yang, Qingming Luo
A reflection-mode Bessel-beam photoacoustic microscope (BB-PAM) is developed for the in vivo imaging of cerebral capillaries with extended depth of field (DoF). The non-diffraction characteristic of Bessel beams means that a larger DoF can be expected in the PAM compared to that using a Gaussian beam (GB). In our system, we generate the Bessel beam using an axicon and an annular mask. The lateral resolution of the system is estimated to be 1.6 μm. The DoF is measured to be 483 μm, and this is verified by imaging a carbon fiber network...
September 5, 2016: Optics Express
Mohammad A Anwar, Ali H Eid
Stroke and other neurovascular derangements are main causes of global death. They, along with spinal cord injuries, are responsible for being the principal cause of disability due to neurological and cognitive problems. These problems then lead to a burden on scarce financial resources and societal care facilities as well as have a profound effect on patients' families. The mechanism of action in these debilitating diseases is complex and unclear. An important component of these problems arises from derangement of blood vessels, such as blockage due to clotting/embolism, endothelial dysfunction, and overreactivity to contractile agents, as well as alteration in endothelial permeability...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Utku Baran, Woo June Choi, Yuandong Li, Ruikang K Wang
Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a surging non-invasive, label-free, in vivo volumetric imaging method, currently being translated to clinical ophthalmology and becoming popular in neuroscience. Despite its attractiveness, there is an inherent issue of using OCT angiograms for quantitative cerebrovascular studies: The dynamic scattering of moving erythrocytes within pial vasculature creates tail-like artifacts that shadow the capillary vessels in the deeper layers of cortex. This false flow effect is relatively benign for qualitative visualization purposes, but it might have a significant impact on quantitative interpretation of angiographic results...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
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