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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449558/in-silicomodel-driven-assessment-of-the-effects-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-deficiency-on-glutamate-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-implications-for-understanding-schizophrenia-pathophysiology
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Rimjhim Agrawal, Sunil Vasu Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Objective: Deficient brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the important mechanisms underlying the neuroplasticity abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aberration in BDNF signaling pathways directly or circuitously influences neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). For the first time, this study attempts to construct and simulate the BDNF-neurotransmitter network in order to assess the effects of BDNF deficiency on glutamate and GABA. Methods: Using CellDesigner, we modeled BDNF interactions with calcium influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)- Calmodulin activation; synthesis of GABA via cell cycle regulators protein kinase B, glycogen synthase kinase and β-catenin; transportation of glutamate and GABA...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449392/osmotic-stress-decreases-complexity-underlying-the-electrophysiological-dynamic-in-soybean
#2
G F R Saraiva, A S Ferreira, G M Souza
Research rationale: Studies on plant electrophysiology are mostly focused on specific traits of single cells. Inspired by the complexity of the signaling network in plants and by analogies with neurons in human brains, we have sought for evidences of high complexity in the electrical dynamics of plant signaling and a likely relation with environmental cues. Central methods: An EEG-like standard protocol was adopted for high-resolution measurements of the electrical signal in Glycine max seedlings. The signals were continuously recorded in the same plants before and after the osmotic stimuli with a -2 MPa mannitol solution...
April 27, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449277/expertise-shapes-domain-specific-functional-cerebral-asymmetry-during-mental-imagery-the-case-of-culinary-arts-and-music
#3
Moustafa Bensafi, Arnaud Fournel, Pauline Joussain, Johan Poncelet, Lauranne Przybylski
Mental imagery in experts has been documented in visual arts, music and dance. Here, we examined this issue in an understudied art domain, namely culinary arts. Previous research investigating mental imagery in experts has reported either a stronger involvement of the right hemisphere or bilateral brain activation. The first aim of our study was to examine whether culinary arts also recruit such a hemispheric pattern specifically during odor mental imagery. In a second aim, we investigated whether expertise effects observed in a given sensory domain transfer to another modality...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449086/a-coordinated-action-of-blood-borne-and-brain-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-in-the-response-to-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
A Santi, L Genis, I Torres Aleman
In response to injury, the brain produces different neuroprotective molecules, such as insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I). However, IGF-I is also taken up by the brain from the circulation in response to physiological stimuli. Herein, we analyzed in mice the relative contribution of circulating and locally produced IGF-I to increased brain IGF-I levels after insult. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) induced by a controlled impact resulted in increased IGF-I levels in the vicinity of the lesion, but mice with low serum IGF-I showed significantly lower increases...
April 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448968/changing-epidemiological-patterns-in-traumatic-brain-injury-a-longitudinal-hospital-based-study-in-belgium
#5
Wouter Peeters, Marek Majdan, Alexandra Brazinova, Daan Nieboer, Andrew I R Maas
BACKGROUND: Various reports have suggested that epidemiological patterns of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are changing in high-income countries, but the evidence to support this is often indirect and only a few longitudinal studies exist. We aimed to explore epidemiological patterns of TBI in Belgium over a 10-year period. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of Minimum Hospital Data provided by Statistics Belgium was performed for the period 2003-2012. ICD-9 classification was used to identify TBI and to differentiate subtypes...
April 28, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448685/adult-neurobehavioral-alterations-in-male-and-female-mice-following-developmental-exposure-to-paracetamol-acetaminophen-characterization-of-a-critical-period
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Gaëtan Philippot, Torsten Gordh, Anders Fredriksson, Henrik Viberg
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is a widely used non-prescription drug with analgesic and antipyretic properties. Among pregnant women and young children, paracetamol is one of the most frequently used drugs and is considered the first-choice treatment for pain and/or fever. Recent findings in both human and animal studies have shown associations between paracetamol intake during brain development and adverse behavioral outcomes later in life. The present study was undertaken to investigate if the induction of these effects depend on when the exposure occurs during a critical period of brain development and if male and female mice are equally affected...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448641/detecting-glaucoma-with-a-portable-brain-computer-interface-for-objective-assessment-of-visual-function-loss
#7
Masaki Nakanishi, Yu-Te Wang, Tzyy-Ping Jung, John K Zao, Yu-Yi Chien, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Fabio B Daga, Yuan-Pin Lin, Yijun Wang, Felipe A Medeiros
Importance: The current assessment of visual field loss in diseases such as glaucoma is affected by the subjectivity of patient responses and the lack of portability of standard perimeters. Objective: To describe the development and initial validation of a portable brain-computer interface (BCI) for objectively assessing visual function loss. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case-control study involved 62 eyes of 33 patients with glaucoma and 30 eyes of 17 healthy participants...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448272/automated-network-analysis-to-measure-brain-effective-connectivity-estimated-from-eeg-data-of-patients-with-alcoholism
#8
Youngoh Bae, Byeong Wook Yoo, Jung Chan Lee, Hee Chan Kim
OBJECTIVE: Detection and diagnosis based on extracting features and classification using electroencephalography (EEG) signals are being studied vigorously. A network analysis of time series EEG signal data is one of many techniques that could help study brain functions. In this study, we analyze EEG to diagnose alcoholism. APPROACH: We propose a novel methodology to estimate the differences in the status of the brain based on EEG data of normal subjects and data from alcoholics by computing many parameters stemming from effective network using Granger causality...
April 27, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448038/preparation-of-non-human-primate-brain-tissue-for-pre-embedding-immunohistochemistry-and-electron-microscopy
#9
Lara Eid, Martin Parent
Despite all the technological advances at the light microscopy level, electron microscopy remains the only tool in neuroscience to examine and characterize ultrastructural and morphological details of neurons, such as synaptic contacts. Good preservation of brain tissue for electron microscopy can be obtained by rigorous cryo-fixation methods, but these techniques are rather costly and limit the use of immunolabeling, which is crucial to understand the connectivity of identified neuronal systems. Freeze-substitution methods have been developed to allow the combination of cryo-fixation with immunolabeling...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448035/bioluminescence-imaging-of-neuroinflammation-in-transgenic-mice-after-peripheral-inoculation-of-alpha-synuclein-fibrils
#10
Sara Breid, Maria E Bernis, Julius B Tachu, Maria C Garza, Holger Wille, Gültekin Tamgüney
To study the prion-like behavior of misfolded alpha-synuclein, mouse models are needed that allow fast and simple transmission of alpha-synuclein prionoids, which cause neuropathology within the central nervous system (CNS). Here we describe that intraglossal or intraperitoneal injection of alpha-synuclein fibrils into bigenic Tg(M83(+/-):Gfap-luc(+/-)) mice, which overexpress human alpha-synuclein with the A53T mutation from the prion protein promoter and firefly luciferase from the promoter for glial fibrillary acidic protein (Gfap), is sufficient to induce neuropathologic disease...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448012/protocols-for-visualizing-steroidogenic-organs-and-their-interactive-organs-with-immunostaining-in-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
#11
Eisuke Imura, Yuto Yoshinari, Yuko Shimada-Niwa, Ryusuke Niwa
In multicellular organisms, a small group of cells is endowed with a specialized function in their biogenic activity, inducing a systemic response to growth and reproduction. In insects, the larval prothoracic gland (PG) and the adult female ovary play essential roles in biosynthesizing the principal steroid hormones called ecdysteroids. These ecdysteroidogenic organs are innervated from the nervous system, through which the timing of biosynthesis is affected by environmental cues. Here we describe a protocol for visualizing ecdysteroidogenic organs and their interactive organs in larvae and adults of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which provides a suitable model system for studying steroid hormone biosynthesis and its regulatory mechanism...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447873/employment-outcome-ten-years-after-moderate-to-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-a-prospective-cohort-study
#12
Erik Grauwmeijer, Majanka Heijenbrok-Kal, Iain Haitsma, Gerard Ribbers
The objective of this prospective cohort study was to evaluate the probability of employment and predictors of employment in patients with moderate to severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) over 10 years follow-up. 113 patients (18-67 years) were included with follow-up measurements 3, 6, 12, 18, 24, 36 months and ten years after TBI. Potential predictors of employment probability included patient characteristics, injury severity factors, functional outcome measured at discharge from the hospital with the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS), Barthel Index (BI), Functional Independence Measure (FIM), and the Functional Assessment Measure (FAM)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447767/biopsy-versus-resection-for-the-management-of-low-grade-gliomas
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Bowen Jiang, Kaisorn Chaichana, Anand Veeravagu, Steven D Chang, Keith L Black, Chirag G Patil
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in 2013, Issue 4.Low-grade gliomas (LGG) constitute a class of slow-growing primary brain neoplasms. Patients with clinically and radiographically suspected LGG have two initial surgical options, biopsy or resection. Biopsy can provide a histological diagnosis with minimal risk but does not offer a direct treatment. Resection may have additional benefits such as increasing survival and delaying recurrence, but is associated with a higher risk for surgical morbidity...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447333/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-lithium-in-treating-acute-mania-in-youth-with-bipolar-disorder-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
#14
A Duffy, S Patten, S Goodday, A Weir, N Heffer, A Cipriani
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological, clinical, and high-risk studies have provided evidence that the peak period for onset of diagnosable episodes of mania and hypomania starts in mid-to-late adolescence. Moreover, clinically significant manic symptoms may occur even earlier, especially in children at familial risk. Lithium is the gold standard treatment for acute mania in adults, yet to our knowledge, there is no published systematic review assessing lithium treatment of mania in children or adolescents...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447313/stereotactic-ablative-radiation-therapy-for-brain-metastases-with-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-and-flattening-filter-free-delivery-feasibility-and-early-clinical-results
#15
Alba Fiorentino, Niccolò Giaj-Levra, Umberto Tebano, Rosario Mazzola, Francesco Ricchetti, Sergio Fersino, Gioacchino Di Paola, Dario Aiello, Ruggero Ruggieri, Filippo Alongi
AIM: For selected patients with brain metastases (BMs), the role of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (SFRT) is well recognized. The recent introduction of flattening filter free (FFF) delivery during linac-based SRS or SFRT allows shorter beam-on-time, improving patients' comfort and facility workflow. Nevertheless, limited experiences evaluated the impact of FFF linac-based SRS and SFRT in BMs treatment. Aim of the current study was to analyze SRS/SFRT linac-based FFF delivery for BMs in terms of dosimetric and early clinical results...
April 26, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447250/parent-reported-cognitive-function-is-associated-with-leukoencephalopathy-in-children-with-brain-tumors
#16
Jin-Shei Lai, Corey Bregman, Frank Zelko, Cindy Nowinski, David Cella, Jennifer J Beaumont, Stewart Goldman
PURPOSE: Cognitive dysfunction is a major concern for children with brain tumors. A valid, user-friendly screening tool could facilitate prompt referral for comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and therefore early intervention. Applications of the pediatric perceived cognitive function item bank (pedsPCF) such as computerized adaptive testing can potentially serve as such a tool given its brevity and user-friendly nature. This study aimed to evaluate whether pedsPCF was a valid indicator of cerebral compromise using the criterion of structural brain changes indicated by leukoencephalopathy grades...
April 26, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447245/neuroanatomical-variations-as-a-function-of-experience-in-a-complex-daily-task-a-vbm-and-dti-study-on-driving-experience
#17
Alberto Megías, D Petrova, J F Navas, A Cándido, A Maldonado, A Catena
Complex tasks require the learning and integration of multiple cognitive, sensory, and psychomotor skills for correct execution. Driving-related skills are developed step by step through the increase of mileage driven and the accumulation of practice in different traffic situations. The acquisition of these skills should be reflected in the brain structure. However, no previous studies have explored brain structural variations associated with driving experience. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether driving frequency, defined as average annual driving mileage, is related to neuroanatomical variations in gray matter (GM) volume and white matter (WM) integrity using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and DTI-based fractional anisotropy (FA), respectively...
April 26, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447220/track-weighted-dynamic-functional-connectivity-tw-dfc-a-new-method-to-study-time-resolved-functional-connectivity
#18
Fernando Calamante, Robert E Smith, Xiaoyun Liang, Andrew Zalesky, Alan Connelly
Interest in the study of brain connectivity is growing, particularly in understanding the dynamics of the structural/functional connectivity relation. Structural and functional connectivity are most often analysed independently of each other. Track-weighted functional connectivity (TW-FC) was recently proposed as a means to combine structural/functional connectivity information into a single image. We extend here TW-FC in two important ways: first, all the functional data are used without having to define a prior functional network (cf...
April 26, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446949/reliability-of-motor-evoked-potentials-induced-by-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-the-effects-of-initial-motor-evoked-potentials-removal
#19
Fahimeh Hashemirad, Maryam Zoghi, Paul B Fitzgerald, Shapour Jaberzadeh
INTRODUCTION: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a useful tool for assessment of corticospinal excitability (CSE) changes in both healthy individuals and patients with brain disorders. The usefulness of TMS-elicited motor evoked potentials (MEPs) for the assessment of CSE in a clinical context depends on their intra-and inter-session reliability. This study aimed to evaluate if removal of initial MEPs elicited by using two types of TMS techniques influences the reliability scores and whether this effect is different in blocks with variable number of MEPs...
January 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446807/increased-blood-pressure-in-nesfatin-nuclebindin-2-transgenic-mice
#20
Yusaku Mori, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Hideki Kushima, Munenori Hiromura, Michishige Terasaki, Michitaka Tanaka, Aya Osaki, Tsutomu Hirano
Nesfatin/nucleobindin-2 (nesf/NUCB2), a precursor of the anorexigenic protein nesfatin-1, is selectively expressed in the hypothalamic nuclei, which are central to the regulation of the autonomic nervous system. The present study sought to investigate the involvement of nesf/NUCB2 in the regulation of blood pressure and ingestive behavior, by using nesf/NUCB2-transgenic (Tg) mice. Blood pressure and heart rates were measured under conscious and unconscious conditions. Twenty-four-hour water intake and urine volume of male nesf/NUCB2-Tg mice and their littermates in metabolic cages were measured...
April 27, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
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