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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100738/mir-142-3p-is-a-key-regulator-of-il-1%C3%AE-dependent-synaptopathy-in-neuroinflammation
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Georgia Mandolesi, Francesca De Vito, Alessandra Musella, Antonietta Gentile, Silvia Bullitta, Diego Fresegna, Helena Sepman, Claudio Di Sanza, Nabila Haji, Francesco Mori, Fabio Buttari, Emerald Perlas, Maria Teresa Ciotti, Eran Hornstein, Irene Bozzoni, Carlo Presutti, Diego Centonze
: MicroRNAs (miRNA) play an important role in post-transcriptional gene regulation of several physiological and pathological processes. In multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory and degenerative disease of the CNS, and in its mouse model, the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), miRNA dysregulation has been mainly related to immune system dysfunction and white matter (WM) pathology. However, little is known about their role in gray matter pathology. Here, we explored miRNA involvement in the inflammation-driven alterations of synaptic structure and function, collectively known as synaptopathy, a neuropathological process contributing to excitotoxic neurodegeneration in MS/EAE...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100092/sample-size-requirements-for-one-year-treatment-effects-using-deep-gray-matter-volume-from-3t-mri-in-progressive-forms-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Gloria Kim, Renxin Chu, Fawad Yousuf, Shahamat Tauhid, Lynn Stazzone, Maria K Houtchens, James M Stankiewicz, Christopher Severson, Dorlan Kimbrough, Francisco Quintana, Tanuja Chitnis, Howard L Weiner, Brian C Healy, Rohit Bakshi
OBJECTIVE: The subcortical deep gray matter (DGM) develops selective, progressive, and clinically-relevant atrophy in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (PMS). This patient population is the target of active neurotherapeutic development, requiring the availability of outcome measures. We tested a fully automated MRI analysis pipeline to assess DGM atrophy in PMS. DESIGN/METHODS: Consistent 3D T1-weighted high-resolution 3T brain MRI was obtained over one year in 19 consecutive patients with PMS [15 secondary progressive, 4 primary progressive, 53% women, age (mean±SD) 50...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099564/guideline-for-multiple-sclerosis-treatment-in-brazil-consensus-from-the-neuroimmunology-scientific-department-of-the-brazilian-academy-of-neurology
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Elizabeth Regina Comini-Frota, Cláudia C F Vasconcelos, Maria Fernanda Mendes
Multiple sclerosis has become an ever-increasing challenge to neurologists. With the release of the latest medications on the market, Brazilian neurologists feel divided between following their patients' evolution in accordance with the strict rules established by the Brazilian Ministry of Health regarding drug distribution, or following disease progression and worsening in accordance with the evidence in the literature. Therefore, a systematic review of the main published treatment guidelines was conducted and an escalating therapy proposed for guiding multiple sclerosis patient treatment in Brazil...
January 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099169/a-comparison-of-stimulus-presentation-methods-in-temporal-discrimination-testing
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Eavan M Mc Govern, John S Butler, Ines Beiser, Laura Williams, Brendan Quinlivan, Shruti Narasiham, Rebecca Beck, Sean O'Riordan, Richard B Reilly, Michael Hutchinson
The temporal discrimination threshold (TDT) is the shortest time interval at which an individual detects two stimuli to be asynchronous (normal  =  30-50 ms). It has been shown to be abnormal in patients with disorders affecting the basal ganglia including adult onset idiopathic focal dystonia (AOIFD). Up to 97% of patients have an abnormal TDT with age- and sex-related penetrance in unaffected relatives, demonstrating an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern. These findings support the use of the TDT as a pre-clinical biomarker for AOIFD...
January 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097529/sleep-knowledge-and-behaviors-in-medical-students-results-of-a-single-center-survey
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Navid Ahmed, Mohammad Sadat, Daniel Cukor
OBJECTIVE: There is little known about the demands of medical school on students' sleep behavior. The study's main goal was to examine the interplay between medical students' sleep knowledge, personal attitudes towards sleep, and their sleep habits. METHODS: An anonymous online survey was created and emailed to all students enrolled at a large metropolitan medical school. Data on demographics, sleep perception, and habits in addition to self-reported measures of students' sleep knowledge, beliefs, and sleepiness were collected...
January 17, 2017: Academic Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097047/quantifying-the-on-and-off-contributions-to-the-flash-erg-with-the-discrete-wavelet-transform
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Mathieu Gauvin, Maja Sustar, John M Little, Jelka Brecelj, Jean-Marc Lina, Pierre Lachapelle
PURPOSE: Discrete wavelet transform (DWT) analyses suggest that the 20- and 40-Hz components of the short-flash photopic electroretinogram (ERG) are closely related to the ON and OFF pathways, respectively. With the DWT, we examined how the ERG ON and OFF components are modulated by the stimulus intensity and/or duration. METHODS: Discrete wavelet transform descriptors (20, 40 Hz and 40:20-Hz ratio) were extracted from ERGs evoked to 25 combinations of flash durations (150-5 ms) and strengths (0...
January 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095889/evolution-of-gut-microbiota-composition-from-birth-to-24-weeks-in-the-infantmet-cohort
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Cian J Hill, Denise B Lynch, Kiera Murphy, Marynka Ulaszewska, Ian B Jeffery, Carol Anne O'Shea, Claire Watkins, Eugene Dempsey, Fulvio Mattivi, Kieran Touhy, R Paul Ross, C Anthony Ryan, Paul W O' Toole, Catherine Stanton
BACKGROUND: The gut is the most extensively studied niche of the human microbiome. The aim of this study was to characterise the initial gut microbiota development of a cohort of breastfed infants (n = 192) from 1 to 24 weeks of age. METHODS: V4-V5 region 16S rRNA amplicon Illumina sequencing and, in parallel, bacteriological culture. The metabolomic profile of infant urine at 4 weeks of age was also examined by LC-MS. RESULTS: Full-term (FT), spontaneous vaginally delivered (SVD) infants' microbiota remained stable at both phylum and genus levels during the 24-week period examined...
January 17, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095729/impact-of-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-on-helicobacter-pylori-related-extragastric-diseases-a-hypothesis
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Jannis Kountouras, Marina Boziki, Stergios A Polyzos, Panagiotis Katsinelos, Emmanouel Gavalas, Christos Zeglinas, Dimitri Tzivras, Iordanis Romiopoulos, Nikolaos Giorgakis, Kyriaki Anastasiadou, Elizabeth Vardaka, Constantinos Kountouras, Evangelos Kazakos, Georgia Xiromerisiou, Efthimios Dardiotis, Georgia Deretzi
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) production that contribute to pathogenesis of a variety of H. pylori-related gastric diseases, as shown in animal and human studies. Helicobacter pylori infection is also associated with variety of systemic extragastric diseases in which H. pylori-related ROS production might also be involved in the pathogenesis of these systemic conditions. We proposed that Hp-related ROS may play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of Hp-related systemic diseases including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and other relative neurodegenerative diseases, thereby suggesting introduction of relative ROS scavengers as therapeutic strategies against these diseases which are among the leading causes of disability and are associated with a large public health global burden...
January 17, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094337/glatiramer-acetate-attenuates-the-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-by-modulating-stat1-and-3-signaling-in-glia
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Ye-Hyeon Ahn, Sae-Bom Jeon, Chi Young Chang, Eun-Ah Goh, Sang Soo Kim, Ho Jin Kim, Jaewhan Song, Eun Jung Park
Interactions between immune effector cells of the central nervous system appear to directly or indirectly influence the progress/regression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Here, we report that glial STAT1 and -3 are distinctively phosphorylated following the interaction of activated lymphocytes and glia, and this effect is significantly inhibited by glatiramer acetate (GA), a disease-modifying drug for MS. GA also reduces the activations of STAT1 and -3 by MS-associated stimuli such as IFNγ or LPS in primary glia, but not neurons...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093714/neuroplasticity-based-technologies-and-interventions-for-restoring-motor-functions-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Sofia Straudi, Nino Basaglia
Motor impairments are very common in multiple sclerosis (MS), leading to a reduced Quality of Life and active participation. In the past decades, new insights into the functional reorganization processes that occur after a brain injury have been introduced. Specifically, the motor practice seems to be determinant to induce neuroplastic changes and motor recovery. More recently, these findings have been extended to multiple sclerosis, in particular, it has been hypothesized that disease progression, functional reorganization and disability are mutually related...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093713/timing-of-future-remyelination-therapies-and-their-potential-to-stop-multiple-sclerosis-progression
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Burcu Zeydan, Moses Rodriguez, Orhun H Kantarci
Prior to the onset of demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS), early oligodendrocyte injury, axonal degeneration and astroglial scarring occur. The irreversible progressive phase of MS begins when the axonal loss threshold is reached. Progressive disease onset has the highest impact on a poor prognosis in MS. Conversion to progressive disease is essentially an age-dependent process independent of disease duration and initial disease course. Although prevention of relapses has been the primary approach in the disease management, incomplete recovery from even the first relapse correlates with the long-term neurodegenerative phenotype of progressive MS onset...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093639/the-effectiveness-of-radiotherapy-for-leukemia-cutis
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Khaled Elsayad, Michael Oertel, Uwe Haverkamp, Hans Theodor Eich
BACKGROUND: Leukemia cutis (LC) is a rare clinical presentation of leukemia that is associated with poor prognosisabs. To date, the value of radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of LC remains controversial. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyse the effectiveness of various RT doses for LC. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between January 2000 and January 2016, 13 patients underwent RT at our institution after exhibiting progressive disease following other treatment modalities...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092209/executive-function-is-an-important-consideration-for-coping-strategy-use-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Lisa B Grech, Litza A Kiropoulos, Katherine M Kirby, Ernest Butler, Mark Paine, Robert Hester
INTRODUCTION: Executive function deficits are prevalent in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS), and PwMS use less adaptive coping than healthy controls. This cross-sectional study assessed whether there is a relationship between executive function and coping in PwMS. METHOD: One hundred and seven participants with relapsing remitting or secondary progressive MS (n = 83 and 24, respectively; age M = 48.8 ± 11.1 years) completed measures of coping and executive function...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091618/chemical-isotope-labeling-lc-ms-for-monitoring-disease-progression-and-treatment-in-animal-models-plasma-metabolomics-study-of-osteoarthritis-rat-model
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Deying Chen, Xiaoling Su, Nan Wang, Yunong Li, Hua Yin, Liang Li, Lanjuan Li
We report a chemical isotope labeling (CIL) liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method generally applicable for tracking metabolomic changes from samples collected in an animal model for studying disease development and treatment. A rat model of surgically induced osteoarthritis (OA) was used as an example to illustrate the workflow and technical performance. Experimental duplicate analyses of 234 plasma samples were carried out using dansylation labeling LC-MS targeting the amine/phenol submetabolome...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091409/effect-of-shensong-yangxin-on-the-progression-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-is-correlated-with-regulation-of-autonomic-nerve-activity
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Hong-Yi Zhao, Shu-Di Zhang, Kai Zhang, Xi Wang, Qing-Yan Zhao, Shu-Juan Zhang, Zi-Xuan Dai, Yong-Sheng Qian, You-Jing Zhang, Hao-Tian Wei, Yan-Hong Tang, Cong-Xin Huang
BACKGROUND: Shensong Yangxin (SSYX), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has long been used clinically to treat arrhythmias in China. However, the mechanism of SSYX on atrial fibrillation (AF) is unknown. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the effect of SSYX on the progression of paroxysmal AF is correlated with the regulation of autonomic nerve activity. METHODS: Eighteen mongrel dogs were randomly divided into control group (n = 6), pacing group (n = 6), and pacing + SSYX group (n = 6)...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090375/autologous-bone-marrow-transplantation-in-multiple-sclerosis-biomarker-relevance-for-patient-recruitment-and-follow-up
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Ana C Londoño, Carlos A Mora
BACKGROUND: Despite the current availability of disease modifying therapies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, there are still patients who suffer from severe neurological dysfunction in the relapsing-remitting or early progressive forms of the disease. For these patients autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant offers an important therapeutic solution to prevent progression to irreversible disability. In spite of multiple studies in the last two decades, patient inclusion criteria, protocols for peripheral blood stem cell mobilization and bone marrow cell conditioning and methodology of follow up for autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant in multiple sclerosis have not been strictly unified...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089473/box-or-virtual-reality-trainer-which-tool-results-in-better-transfer-of-laparoscopic-basic-skills-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Christian Brinkmann, Mathias Fritz, Ulrich Pankratius, Ralf Bahde, Philipp Neumann, Steffen Schlueter, Norbert Senninger, Emile Rijcken
OBJECTIVE: Simulation training improves laparoscopic performance. Laparoscopic basic skills can be learned in simulators as box- or virtual-reality (VR) trainers. However, there is no clear recommendation for either box or VR trainers as the most appropriate tool for the transfer of acquired laparoscopic basic skills into a surgical procedure. DESIGN: Both training tools were compared, using validated and well-established curricula in the acquirement of basic skills, in a prospective randomized trial in a 5-day structured laparoscopic training course...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088103/chemically-enzymatic-synthesis-of-photosensitive-dna
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Kinga Westphal, Magdalena Zdrowowicz, Agnieszka Zylicz-Stachula, Janusz Rak
The sensitizing propensity of radio-/photosensitizing nucleoside depends on DNA sequence surrounding a sensitizer. Therefore, in order to compare sensitizers with regard to their ability to induce a DNA damage one has to study the sequence dependence of damage yield. However, chemical synthesis of oligonucleotides labeled with sensitizing nucleosides is hindered due to the fact that a limited number of such nucleoside phosphoramidites are accessible. Here, we report on a chemically-enzymatic method, employing a DNA polymerase and ligase, that enables a modified nucleoside, in the form of its 5'-triphosphate, to be incorporated into DNA fragment in a pre-determined site...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087821/selection-of-first-line-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis-using-risk-benefit-decision-analysis
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David Bargiela, Matthew T Bianchi, M Brandon Westover, Lori B Chibnik, Brian C Healy, Philip L De Jager, Zongqi Xia
OBJECTIVE: To integrate long-term measures of disease-modifying drug efficacy and risk to guide selection of first-line treatment of multiple sclerosis. METHODS: We created a Markov decision model to evaluate disability worsening and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) risk in patients receiving natalizumab (NTZ), fingolimod (FGL), or glatiramer acetate (GA) over 30 years. Leveraging publicly available data, we integrated treatment utility, disability worsening, and risk of PML into quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs)...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087077/alteration-of-cd39-foxp3-cd4-t-cell-and-cytokine-levels-in-eae-ms-following-anti-cd52-treatment
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Anudeep B Pant, Yan Wang, Daniel W Mielcarz, Eli J Kasper, Kiel M Telesford, Megan Mishra, Azizul Haque, Jacqueline Smith, Lloyd H Kasper, Sakhina Begum-Haque
While examining the therapeutic value of anti-CD52 antibody against EAE/MS, we identified a unique subset of CD39+ Tregs in repopulating GALT tissues, a major lymphoid reservoir, which was accompanied by amelioration of disease. Furthermore, anti-CD52 treatment leads to increased expression of BDNF, IL-10, and SMAD3 in the brains of EAE mice. This condition is associated with suppression of IL-17, a critical inflammatory factor in EAE/MS progression. Additionally, we found elevated levels of CD4+CD39+ Tregs in PBMCs of RRMS patients treated with humanized anti-CD52 mAb...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
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