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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711405/a-unique-glycan-isoform-of-transferrin-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-a-potential-diagnostic-marker-for-neurological-diseases
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Kyoka Hoshi, Hiromi Ito, Yuka Matsumoto, Kiyoshi Saito, Takashi Honda, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Hashimoto
BACKGROUND: cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is sequestered from blood by the blood-brain barrier and directly communicates with brain parenchymal interstitial fluid, leading to contain specific biomarkers of neurological diseases. SCOPE OF REVIEW: CSF contains glycan isoforms of transferrin (Tf): one appears to be derived from the brain and the other from blood. MAJOR CONCLUSIONS: CSF contains two glycan-isoforms; brain-type Tf and serum-type Tf...
July 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703353/inhibition-of-glial-hemichannels-by-boldine-treatment-reduces-neuronal-suffering-in-a-murine-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Chenju Yi, Pascal Ezan, Paola Fernández, Julien Schmitt, Juan C Sáez, Christian Giaume, Annette Koulakoff
The contribution of reactive gliosis to the pathological phenotype of Alzheimer's disease (AD) opened the way for therapeutic strategies targeting glial cells instead of neurons. In such context, connexin hemichannels were proposed recently as potential targets since neuronal suffering is alleviated when connexin expression is genetically suppressed in astrocytes of a murine model of AD. Here, we show that boldine, an alkaloid from the boldo tree, inhibited hemichannel activity in astrocytes and microglia without affecting gap junctional communication in culture and acute hippocampal slices...
July 13, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687876/chromosome-21-encoded-micrornas-mrnas-impact-on-down-s-syndrome-and-trisomy-21-linked-disease
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P N Alexandrov, M E Percy, Walter J Lukiw
Down's syndrome (DS; also known as trisomy 21; T21) is caused by a triplication of all or part of human chromosome 21 (chr21). DS is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability attributable to a naturally-occurring imbalance in gene dosage. DS incurs huge medical, healthcare, and socioeconomic costs, and there are as yet no effective treatments for this incapacitating human neurogenetic disorder. There is a remarkably wide variability in the 'phenotypic spectrum' associated with DS; the progression of symptoms and the age of DS onset fluctuate, and there is further variability in the biophysical nature of the chr21 duplication...
July 7, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665546/astroglial-vesicular-network-evolutionary-trends-physiology-and-pathophysiology
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REVIEW
Robert Zorec, Vladimir Parpura, Alexei Verkhratsky
Intracellular organelles, including secretory vesicles, emerged when eukaryotic cells evolved some 3 billion years ago. The primordial organelles that evolved in Archaea were similar to endolysosomes, which developed, arguably, for specific metabolic tasks, including uptake, metabolic processing, storage and disposal of molecules. In comparison to prokaryotes, cell volume of eukaryotes increased by several orders of magnitude and vesicle traffic emerged to allow for communication between distant intracellular locations...
June 30, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652929/tnf-%C3%AE-and-beyond-rapid-mitochondrial-dysfunction-mediates-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-neurotoxicity
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Ashley E Russell, Danielle N Doll, Saumyendra N Sarkar, James W Simpkins
This short communication describes our research which demonstrates that TNF-α causes a rapid decline in mitochondrial function, leading to neuronal cell death. As such, this neurotoxic proinflammatory cytokine may play a role in brain damage from stroke and neurodegeneration in chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease. We have extended this initial observation by demonstrating that TNF-α stimulates a microRNA (miR-34a) which we have shown reduces five key proteins in the mitochondrial electron transport chain through base-pair complementarity...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643167/microbiome-probiotics-and-neurodegenerative-diseases-deciphering-the-gut-brain-axis
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Susan Westfall, Nikita Lomis, Imen Kahouli, Si Yuan Dia, Surya Pratap Singh, Satya Prakash
The gut microbiota is essential to health and has recently become a target for live bacterial cell biotherapies for various chronic diseases including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity and neurodegenerative disease. Probiotic biotherapies are known to create a healthy gut environment by balancing bacterial populations and promoting their favorable metabolic action. The microbiota and its respective metabolites communicate to the host through a series of biochemical and functional links thereby affecting host homeostasis and health...
June 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640632/gut-microbiota-nitric-oxide-and-microglia-as-prerequisites-for-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Joyce K Y Tse
Regulating fluctuating endogenous nitric oxide (NO) levels is necessary for proper physiological functions. Aberrant NO pathways are implicated in a number of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease. The mechanism of NO in oxidative and nitrosative stress with pathological consequences involves reactions with reactive oxygen species (e.g., superoxide) to form the highly reactive peroxynitrite, hydrogen peroxide, hypochloride ions and hydroxyl radical. NO levels are typically regulated by endogenous nitric oxide synthases (NOS), and inflammatory iNOS is implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, in which elevated NO mediates axonal degeneration and activates cyclooxygenases to provoke neuroinflammation...
July 7, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628736/-it-s-definitely-not-alzheimer-s-perceived-benefits-and-drawbacks-of-a-mild-cognitive-impairment-diagnosis
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Tim Gomersall, Sarah Kate Smith, Charlotte Blewett, Arlene Astell
OBJECTIVES: To understand the perceived benefits and drawbacks of a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) diagnosis from the perspective of those living with the label. METHODS: Participants were included if they had recently (within 6 months) received a MCI diagnosis. We also recruited close family members to gain their perspectives. Each was interviewed separately with a semi-structured topic guide covering three areas: (1) experience of cognitive impairments and changes in the individual; (2) impact of cognitive impairment(s) on daily activities and social relationships; and (3) experience of the diagnosis process and living with the label...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625939/promoting-the-maintenance-of-satisfactory-communication-strategies-used-by-caregivers-and-medical-staff-with-people-suffering-from-alzheimer-s-disease
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Marie Vachon, Marie-Christine Veilleux, Joël Macoir
The goal of this literature review was to determine communication strategies that foster interactions between individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and caregivers or medical staff. A search of PubMed and PsycINFO databases was conducted using combinations of the following terms: Alzheimer, family, caregiver, communication, language, treatment, intervention, therapy, communication strategies, functional communication and daily living activities. Studies were chosen based on the original language of the text, year of publication, peer-review status and specificity of the results regarding communication strategies in AD...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604627/the-role-of-affect-and-cognition-in-processing-messages-about-early-diagnosis-for-alzheimer-s-disease-by-older-people
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Patrick De Pelsmacker, Martine Lewi, Veroline Cauberghe
Through early diagnosis of symptoms, the Alzheimer's disease process can be decelerated. The main concern is to encourage the population at risk to take responsible actions at the earliest stage of the onset of the disease. Persuasive communication is essential to achieve this. In an experimental study, the evaluation of awareness messages for early diagnosis containing weak and strong arguments and negative and positive images was performed on a sample of older Belgians. The mediating role of affective responses and message thoughts was explored...
June 12, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598839/functional-disintegration-of-the-default-mode-network-in-prodromal-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kim N H Dillen, Heidi I L Jacobs, Juraj Kukolja, Nils Richter, Boris von Reutern, Özgür A Onur, Karl-Josef Langen, Gereon R Fink
Neurodegenerative brain changes can affect the functional connectivity strength between nodes of the default-mode network (DMN), which may underlie changes in cognitive performance. It remains unclear how the functional connectivity strength of DMN nodes differs from healthy to pathological aging and whether these changes are cognitively relevant. We used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the functional connectivity strength across five DMN nodes in 25 healthy controls (HC), 28 subjective cognitive decline (SCD) participants, and 25 prodromal Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593829/communication-behaviors-associated-with-successful-conversation-in-semantic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Cathleen Taylor-Rubin, Karen Croot, Emma Power, Sharon A Savage, John R Hodges, Leanne Togher
BACKGROUND: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) affects a range of language and cognitive domains that impact on conversation. Little is known about conversation breakdown in the semantic variant of PPA (svPPA, also known as semantic dementia). This study investigates conversation of people with svPPA. METHODS: Dyadic conversations about everyday activities between seven individuals with svPPA and their partners, and seven control pairs were video recorded and transcribed...
June 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588474/a-life-long-approach-to-physical-activity-for-brain-health
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Helen Macpherson, Wei-P Teo, Luke A Schneider, Ashleigh E Smith
It is well established that engaging in lifelong Physical activity (PA) can help delay the onset of many chronic lifestyle related and non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. Additionally, growing evidence also documents the importance of PA for brain health, with numerous studies indicating regular engagement in physical activities may be protective against cognitive decline and dementia in late life. Indeed, the link between PA and brain health may be different at each stage of life from childhood, mid-life and late life...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566449/the-role-of-perivascular-innervation-and-neurally-mediated-vasoreactivity-in-the-pathophysiology-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Shereen Nizari, Ignacio A Romero, Cheryl A Hawkes
Neuronal death is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and considerable work has been done to understand how the loss of interconnectivity between neurons contributes to the associated dementia. Often overlooked however, is how the loss of neuronal innervation of blood vessels, termed perivascular innervation, may also contribute to the pathogenesis of AD. There is now considerable evidence supporting a crucial role for the neurovascular unit (NVU) in mediating the clearance of the β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide, one of the main pathological constituents of AD, from the brain...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548940/microbiota-gut-brain-axis-and-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Xiqun Zhu, Yong Han, Jing Du, Renzhong Liu, Ketao Jin, Wei Yi
The gut and brain form the gut-brain axis through bidirectional nervous, endocrine, and immune communications. Changes in one of the organs will affect the other organs. Disorders in the composition and quantity of gut microorganisms can affect both the enteric nervous system and the central nervous system (CNS), thereby indicating the existence of a microbiota-gut-brain axis. Due to the intricate interactions between the gut and the brain, gut symbiotic microorganisms are closely associated with various CNS diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534735/the-use-of-the-gaps-in-noise-test-as-an-index-of-the-enhanced-left-temporal-cortical-thinning-associated-with-the-transition-between-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Vasiliki Vivian Iliadou, Doris-Eva Bamiou, Christos Sidiras, Nikolaos P Moschopoulos, Magda Tsolaki, Ioannis Nimatoudis, Gail D Chermak
BACKGROUND: The known link between auditory perception and cognition is often overlooked when testing for cognition. PURPOSE: To evaluate auditory perception in a group of older adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). RESEARCH DESIGN: A cross-sectional study of auditory perception. STUDY SAMPLE: Adults with MCI and adults with no documented cognitive issues and matched hearing sensitivity and age. DATA COLLECTION: Auditory perception was evaluated in both groups, assessing for hearing sensitivity, speech in babble (SinB), and temporal resolution...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533046/-are-language-disorders-in-alzheimer-s-disease-simply-aphasia
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REVIEW
Cyril Hazif-Thomas, Philippe Thomas
Alzheimer's disease is accompanied by gradual aphasia, becoming more severe when the cognitive disorders are more marked. However, the quality of care provided to the patient can modulate the evolution of these language difficulties. Aphasia is linked to a human communication deficiency and can be limited by taking into account the phatic function of language to keep the channels of communication open.
May 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532225/pneumonia-in-nursing-home-patients-with-advanced-dementia-decisions-intravenous-rehydration-therapy-and-discomfort
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Jenny T van der Steen, Paola Di Giulio, Fabrizio Giunco, Massimo Monti, Simona Gentile, Daniele Villani, Silvia Finetti, Francesca Pettenati, Lorena Charrier, Franco Toscani
BACKGROUND: Comfort may be an appropriate goal in advanced dementia. Longitudinal studies on physician decision-making and discomfort assessed by direct observation are rare, and intravenous rehydration therapy is controversial. METHODS: To assess treatment decisions and discomfort in patients with advanced dementia and pneumonia and to compare by intravenous rehydration therapy, we used data from the observational multicenter Italian End of Life Observatory-Prospective Study On DEmentia patients Care...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527957/streptozotocin-alters-glucose-transport-connexin-expression-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-functions-in-neurons-and-astrocytes
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Joyshree Biswas, Sonam Gupta, Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sarika Singh
The study was undertaken to explore the cell-specific streptozotocin (STZ)-induced mechanistic alterations. STZ-induced rodent model is a well-established experimental model of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and in our previous studies we have established it as an in vitro screening model of AD by employing N2A neuronal cells. Therefore, STZ was selected in the present study to understand the STZ-induced cell-specific alterations by utilizing neuronal N2A and astrocytes C6 cells. Both neuronal and astrocyte cells were treated with STZ at 10, 50, 100 and 1000μM concentrations for 48h...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510506/signaling-at-the-crossroads-matrix-derived-proteoglycan-and-reactive-oxygen-species-signaling
#20
Madalina-Viviana Nastase, Andrea Janicova, Malgorzata Wygrecka, Liliana Schaefer
SIGNIFICANCE: Proteoglycans (PGs), besides their structural contribution, have emerged as dynamic components that mediate a multitude of cellular events. The various roles of PGs are attributed to their structure, spatial localization, and ability to act as ligands and receptors. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are small mediators, which are generated in physiological and pathological conditions. Besides their reactivity and ability to induce oxidative stress, a growing body of data suggests that ROS signaling is more relevant than direct radical damage in development of human pathologies...
May 16, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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