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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705167/inhibition-of-parkinsonian-tremor-with-cutaneous-afferent-evoked-by-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation
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Man-Zhao Hao, Shao-Qin Xu, Zi-Xiang Hu, Fu-Liang Xu, Chuan-Xin M Niu, Qin Xiao, Ning Lan
BACKGROUND: Recent study suggests that tremor signals are transmitted by way of multi-synaptic corticospinal pathway. Neurophysiological studies have also demonstrated that cutaneous afferents exert potent inhibition to descending motor commands by way of spinal interneurons. We hypothesize in this study that cutaneous afferents could also affect the transmission of tremor signals, thus, inhibit tremor in patients with PD. METHODS: We tested this hypothesis by activating cutaneous afferents in the dorsal hand skin innervated by superficial radial nerve using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696429/glud1-linked-to-schizophrenia-controls-the-burst-firing-of-dopamine-neurons
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N Benamer, F Marti, R Lujan, R Hepp, T G Aubier, A A M Dupin, G Frébourg, S Pons, U Maskos, P Faure, Y A Hay, B Lambolez, L Tricoire
Human mutations of the GRID1 gene encoding the orphan delta1 glutamate receptor-channel (GluD1) are associated with schizophrenia but the explicit role of GluD1 in brain circuits is unknown. Based on the known function of its paralog GluD2 in cerebellum, we searched for a role of GluD1 in slow glutamatergic transmission mediated by metabotropic receptor mGlu1 in midbrain dopamine neurons, whose dysfunction is a hallmark of schizophrenia. We found that an mGlu1 agonist elicits a slow depolarizing current in HEK cells co-expressing mGlu1 and GluD1, but not in cells expressing mGlu1 or GluD1 alone...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687180/a-patient-with-early-myoclonic-encephalopathy-eme-with-a-de-novo-kcnq2-mutation
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Karin Kojima, Kentaro Shirai, Mizuki Kobayashi, Akihiko Miyauchi, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hitoshi Osaka, Takanori Yamagata
BACKGROUND: The potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily Q member 2 (KCNQ2) gene has been reported to be associated with various types of epilepsy, including benign familial neonatal seizure (BFNS), early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), and unclassified early onset encephalopathies. We herein report a patient with early myoclonic encephalopathy (EME) caused by a KCNQ2 mutation. CASE REPORT: A male infant started to exhibit erratic myoclonus several days after birth and apnea attacks lasting for seconds with desaturation...
July 4, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686966/pectolinarigenin-from-the-leaves-of-clerodendrum-volubile-shows-potent-immunomodulatory-activity-by-inhibiting-t-cell-proliferation-and-modulating-respiratory-oxidative-burst-in-phagocytes
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Ochuko L Erukainure, M Ahmed Mesaik, Olubunmi Atolani, Aliyu Muhammad, Chika I Chukwuma, Md Shahidul Islam
There have been increasing interest in the use of plant-derived substance as immunomodulators for the treatment and management of inflammatory ailments. Clerodendrum volubile, a leafy vegetable is known for its folkloric applications in the treatments of several inflammatory related ailments, but with little scientific evidence. This study reports the isolation, structure elucidation and in vitro immunomodulatory potentials of pectolinarigenin from C. volubile leaves. The immunomodulatory potentials of the crude methanolic extract and fractions [n-hexane (Hex), dichloromethane (DCM), ethyl acetate (EtOAc) and n - butanol (BuOH)] were investigated on whole blood, neutrophil and macrophage phagocytic respiratory burst using luminol-amplified chemiluminescence technique...
July 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683401/role-of-fusaric-acid-in-the-development-of-fusarium-wilt-symptoms-in-tomato-physiological-biochemical-and-proteomic-perspectives
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Vivek Kumar Singh, Harikesh Bahadur Singh, Ram Sanmukh Upadhyay
Fusarium wilt is one of the most prevalent and damaging diseases of tomato. Among various toxins secreted by the Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (causal agent of Fusarium wilt of tomato), fusaric acid (FA) is suspected to be a potent pathogenicity factor in tomato wilt disease development. With this rationale the present study was carried out with physiological, biochemical and proteomic perspectives. Treatment of FA was given to the leaves of tomato directly through infiltration to show the characteristic features of Fusarium wilt of tomato...
June 28, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671900/phenotyping-the-immune-response-to-trauma-a-multiparametric-systems-immunology-approach
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Anupamaa Seshadri, Gabriel A Brat, Brian K Yorkgitis, Joshua Keegan, James Dolan, Ali Salim, Reza Askari, James A Lederer
OBJECTIVE: Trauma induces a complex immune response that requires a systems biology research approach. Here, we used a novel technology, mass cytometry by time-of-flight, to comprehensively characterize the multicellular response to trauma. DESIGN: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells samples were stained with a 38-marker immunophenotyping cytometry by time-of-flight panel. Separately, matched peripheral blood mononuclear cells were stimulated in vitro with heat-killed Streptococcus pneumoniae or CD3/CD28 antibodies and stained with a 38-marker cytokine panel...
June 30, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666936/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-hipsc-derived-neurons-respond-to-convulsant-drugs-when-co-cultured-with-hipsc-derived-astrocytes
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Misawa Niki Ishii, Koji Yamamoto, Masanobu Shoji, Asano Asami, Yuji Kawamata
Accurate risk assessment for drug-induced seizure is expected to be performed before entering clinical studies because of its severity and fatal damage to drug development. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology has allowed the use of human neurons and glial cells in toxicology studies. Recently, several studies showed the advantage of co-culture system of human iPSC (hiPSC)-derived neurons with rodent/human primary astrocytes regarding neuronal functions. However, the application of hiPSC-derived neurons for seizure risk assessment has not yet been fully addressed, and not at all when co-cultured with hiPSC-derived astrocytes...
June 27, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666726/redox-sensitive-and-hyaluronic-acid-functionalized-liposomes-for-cytoplasmic-drug-delivery-to-osteosarcoma-in-animal-models
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Yingying Chi, Xuelei Yin, Kaoxiang Sun, Shuaishuai Feng, Jinhu Liu, Daquan Chen, Chuanyou Guo, Zimei Wu
This study aimed to develop redox-sensitive and CD44-targeted liposomes to improve chemotherapy of osteosarcoma. Cationic liposomes were prepared and stabilized with a novel detachable polyethylene glycol (PEG2000) conjugated with cholesterol through a bio-reducible disulfide linker (Chol-SS-mPEG). Hyaluronic acid (HA, MW 20-40kDa), a ligand to CD44, was non-covalently coated on the cationic liposomes. Doxorubicin (DOX) was actively loaded in the liposomes as a model drug. The roles of HA and Chol-SS-mPEG on intracellular drug delivery efficiency, and antitumor efficacy were studied...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642282/kappa-opioid-receptors-mediate-heterosynaptic-suppression-of-hippocampal-inputs-in-the-rat-ventral-striatum
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Julie Brooks, Patricio O'Donnell
Kappa opioid receptors (KOR) are highly enriched within the ventral striatum (VS) and are thought to modulate striatal neurotransmission. This includes presynaptic inhibition of local glutamatergic release from excitatory inputs to the VS. However, it is not known which inputs drive this modulation and what impact they have on the local circuit dynamics within the VS. Individual medium spiny neurons (MSNs) within the VS serve as a site of convergence for glutamatergic inputs arising from the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and limbic regions, such as the hippocampus (HP)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635324/gliptins-suppress-inflammatory-macrophage-activation-to-mitigate-inflammation-fibrosis-oxidative-stress-and-vascular-dysfunction-in-models-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-liver-fibrosis
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Xiaoyu Wang, Michael Hausding, Shih-Yen Weng, Yong Ook Kim, Sebastian Steven, Thomas Klein, Andreas Daiber, Detlef Schuppan
AIMS: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by steatosis, panlobular inflammation, liver fibrosis and increased cardiovascular mortality. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) are indirect glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists with antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activity, used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Their potential and underlying mechanisms to treat metabolic liver inflammation and fibrosis as well as the associated vascular dysfunction remain to be explored...
June 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628666/the-effector-avrrxo1-phosphorylates-nad-in-planta
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Teja Shidore, Corey D Broeckling, Jay S Kirkwood, John J Long, Jiamin Miao, Bingyu Zhao, Jan E Leach, Lindsay R Triplett
Gram-negative bacterial pathogens of plants and animals employ type III secreted effectors to suppress innate immunity. Most characterized effectors work through modification of host proteins or transcriptional regulators, although a few are known to modify small molecule targets. The Xanthomonas type III secreted avirulence factor AvrRxo1 is a structural homolog of the zeta toxin family of sugar-nucleotide kinases that suppresses bacterial growth. AvrRxo1 was recently reported to phosphorylate the central metabolite and signaling molecule NAD in vitro, suggesting that the effector might enhance bacterial virulence on plants through manipulation of primary metabolic pathways...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627809/ivabradine-reduces-digitalis-induced-ventricular-arrhythmias
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Gerrit Frommeyer, Jan Weller, Christian Ellermann, Nils Bögeholz, Patrick Leitz, Dirk G Dechering, Simon Kochhäuser, Kristina Wasmer, Lars Eckardt
The I(f) channel inhibitor ivabradine is recommended for treatment of heart failure but also affects potassium currents and thereby prolongs ventricular repolarization. The aim of this study was to examine the electrophysiological effects of ivabradine on digitalis-induced ventricular arrhythmias. Thirteen rabbit hearts were isolated and Langendorff-perfused. After obtaining baseline data, the digitalis glycoside ouabain was infused (0.2 μM). Monophasic action potentials and ECG showed a significant abbreviation of QT interval (-34 ms, p < 0...
June 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617431/nicotine-protects-rat-hypoglossal-motoneurons-from-excitotoxic-death-via-downregulation-of-connexin-36
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Silvia Corsini, Maria Tortora, Rossana Rauti, Andrea Nistri
Motoneuron disease including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may be due, at an early stage, to deficit in the extracellular clearance of the excitatory transmitter glutamate. A model of glutamate-mediated excitotoxic cell death based on pharmacological inhibition of its uptake was used to investigate how activation of neuronal nicotinic receptors by nicotine may protect motoneurons. Hypoglossal motoneurons (HMs) in neonatal rat brainstem slices were exposed to the glutamate uptake blocker DL-threo-β-benzyloxyaspartate (TBOA) that evoked large Ca(2+) transients time locked among nearby HMs, whose number fell by about 30% 4 h later...
June 15, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615335/wakefulness-suppresses-retinal-wave-related-neural-activity-in-visual-cortex
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Didhiti Mukherjee, Alex J Yonk, Greta Sokoloff, Mark S Blumberg
In the developing visual system before eye opening, spontaneous retinal waves trigger bursts of neural activity in downstream structures, including visual cortex. At the same ages when retinal waves provide the predominant input to the visual system, sleep is the predominant behavioral state. However, the interactions between behavioral state and retinal-wave-driven activity have never been explicitly examined. Here, we characterized unit activity in visual cortex during spontaneous sleep-wake cycles in 9- and 12-day-old rats...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580823/ethanol-and-the-developing-brain-inhibition-of-neuronal-activity-and-neuroapoptosis
#15
Nailya Lotfullina, Roustem Khazipov
Ethanol induces massive neuroapoptosis in the developing brain. One of the main hypotheses that has been put forward to explain the deleterious actions of ethanol in the immature brain involves an inhibition of neuronal activity. Here, we review recent evidence for this hypothesis obtained in the somatosensory cortex and hippocampus of neonatal rodents. In both structures, ethanol strongly inhibits brain activity. At the doses inducing massive neuroapoptosis, ethanol completely suppresses the early activity patterns of spindle-bursts and gamma oscillations in the neocortex and the early sharp-waves in the hippocampus...
June 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566714/the-role-of-flavin-containing-enzymes-in-mitochondrial-membrane-hyperpolarization-and-ros-production-in-respiring-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-cells-under-heat-shock-conditions
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Irina V Fedoseeva, Darya V Pyatrikas, Alexei V Stepanov, Anna V Fedyaeva, Nina N Varakina, Tatyana M Rusaleva, Gennadii B Borovskii, Eugene G Rikhvanov
Heat shock is known to accelerate mitochondrial ROS production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells. But how yeast mitochondria produce ROS under heat-shock condition is not completely clear. Previously, it was shown that ROS production in heat-stressed fermenting yeast cells was accompanied by mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) increase. In the current investigation the relationship between ROS production and MMP was studied in respiring yeast cells in stationary phase, using diphenyleneiodonium chloride (DPI), an inhibitor of flavin-containing proteins, as well as the mutants deleted for NDE1, NDE2 and NDI1 genes, encoding flavin-containing external and internal NADH dehydrogenases...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556923/antiarrhythmic-properties-of-ivabradine-in-an-experimental-model-of-short-qt-syndrome
#17
Gerrit Frommeyer, Jan Weller, Christian Ellermann, Sven Kaese, Simon Kochhäuser, Philipp S Lange, Dirk G Dechering, Lars Eckardt
The If channel inhibitor ivabradine is recommended for treatment of chronic heart failure. However, ivabradine also inhibits human ether-a-go-go (hERG) mediated potassium currents. The aim of the present study was to assess the electrophysiologic effects of ivabradine in an experimental model of short-QT-syndrome. 12 rabbit hearts were isolated and Langendorff-perfused. After obtaining baseline data, pinacidil, an IK-ATP channel opener, was infused (1μM). Eight endo- and epicardial monophasic action potentials and a 12-lead ECG showed a significant abbreviation of QT interval (-32ms,p<0...
May 29, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555777/early-ictal-and-interictal-patterns-in-fires-the-sparks-before-the-blaze
#18
Raquel Farias-Moeller, Luca Bartolini, Katelyn Staso, John M Schreiber, Jessica L Carpenter
OBJECTIVE: Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is a catastrophic epileptic encephalopathy described as explosive onset of super refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) in previously healthy children. We describe electroencephalography (EEG) abnormalities in the hyperacute phase of FIRES, with the aim of contributing to the diagnostic characterization of a syndrome otherwise lacking specific biomarkers. METHODS: This is a retrospective single-center, case series of seven children with FIRES...
May 26, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551079/adhesion-attenuates-respiratory-burst-induced-by-different-modes-of-triggering-in-resting-or-lps-primed-neutrophils
#19
Terukazu Sanui, Masaaki Takeshita, Takao Fukuda, Urara Tanaka, Rehab Alshargabi, Yoshitomi Aida, Fusanori Nishimura
The effects of adherence on neutrophil superoxide anion (O2(-)) generation triggered by surface, soluble ligand, or adherence were studied. Resting-neutrophils adhered to the uncoated tubes resulting in O2(-) generation, but not on plasma-, fibrinogen-, vitronectin-, fibronectin-, laminin-, collagen-, or poly HEMA-coated surfaces. Enhanced N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP)-stimulated O2(-) generation by LPS-primed-neutrophils was induced by the incubation on plasma, fibrinogen, vitronectin, fibronectin, or laminin in the absence of Mg(2+)...
August 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545673/burst-suppression-pattern-on-electroencephalogram-secondary-to-valproic-acid-induced-hyperammonemic-encephalopathy
#20
Koshi A Cherian, Alan D Legatt
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid may induce hyperammonemic encephalopathy. Various electroencephalogram (EEG) abnormalities have been documented in association with this condition, but not burst suppression, an abnormal EEG pattern that is associated with severe encephalopathy. METHODS: Serial EEGs, clinical observations, and laboratory findings were analyzed. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: This 13-year-old girl with autism and intractable epilepsy experienced increased seizures; her valproic acid dose was increased and other antiepileptic drugs were administered...
January 4, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
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