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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918174/14-3-3-adaptor-protein-protein-interactions-as-therapeutic-targets-for-cns-diseases
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Andrew Kaplan, Christian Ottmann, Alyson E Fournier
14-3-3sare a family of ubiquitously expressed adaptor proteins that regulate hundreds of functionally diverse 'client proteins.' In humans, there are seven isoforms with conserved structure and function. 14-3-3s typically bind to client proteins at phosphorylated serine/threonine motifs via a linear binding groove. Binding can have a variety of effects on the stability, activity and/or localization of the client protein. 14-3-3s are generating significant interest as potential drug targets for their involvement in cellular homeostasis and disease...
September 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918051/lrrk2-antisense-oligonucleotides-ameliorate-%C3%AE-synuclein-inclusion-formation-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model
#2
Hien Tran Zhao, Neena John, Vedad Delic, Karli Ikeda-Lee, Aneeza Kim, Andreas Weihofen, Eric E Swayze, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Andrew B West, Laura A Volpicelli-Daley
No treatments exist to slow or halt Parkinson's disease (PD) progression; however, inhibition of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) activity represents one of the most promising therapeutic strategies. Genetic ablation and pharmacological LRRK2 inhibition have demonstrated promise in blocking α-synuclein (α-syn) pathology. However, LRRK2 kinase inhibitors may reduce LRRK2 activity in several tissues and induce systemic phenotypes in the kidney and lung that are undesirable. Here, we test whether antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) provide an alternative therapeutic strategy, as they can be restricted to the CNS and provide a stable, long-lasting reduction of protein throughout the brain...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917978/sen1500-a-novel-oral-amyloid-%C3%AE-aggregation-inhibitor-attenuates-brain-pathology-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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D Brunner, S Flunkert, J Neddens, S Duller, D I C Scopes, J M Treherne, B Hutter-Paier
INTRODUCTION: Amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation is thought to be a major pathogenic event underlying the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The development of new drugs inhibiting the Aβ aggregation process is, therefore, important. SEN1500, an orally bioavailable and CNS-penetrant Aβ aggregation inhibitor, has previously been shown to reduce spatial learning and memory deficits in an APP transgenic mouse model. To verify that the pharmacological properties of SEN1500 are not unique to this model, we investigated brain Aβ pathology, neuroinflammation, as well as memory in a different mouse model of AD expressing the human amyloid precursor protein with Swedish and London mutations (APPSL)...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917942/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-testing-of-native-%C3%AE-conotoxins-from-the-injected-venom-of-conus-purpurascens
#4
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Mickelene F Hoggard, Alena M Rodriguez, Herminsul Cano, Evan Clark, Han-Shen Tae, David J Adams, Tanja A Godenschwege, Frank Marí
α-Conotoxins inhibit nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and are used as probes to study cholinergic pathways in vertebrates. Model organisms, such as Drosophila melanogaster, express nAChRs in their CNS that are suitable to investigate the neuropharmacology of α-conotoxins in vivo. Here we report the paired nanoinjection of native α-conotoxin PIA and two novel α-conotoxins, PIC and PIC[O7], from the injected venom of Conus purpurascens and electrophysiological recordings of their effects on the giant fiber system (GFS) of D...
September 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917708/type-2-diabetes-mellitus-balb-c-mice-are-more-susceptible-to-granulomatous-amoebic-encephalitis-immunohistochemical-study
#5
Maritza Omaña-Molina, Raquel Sanchez-Rocha, Dolores Hernandez-Martinez, Miriam Romero Grijalva, Citlaltepetl Salinas-Lara, Miriam Rodriguez-Sosa, Imelda Juarez-Avelar, Lizbeth Salazar-Villatoro, Arturo Gonzalez-Robles, Adolfo Rene Mendez-Cruz, Patricia Aley-Medina, Jesus Espinosa-Villanueva, Ismael Castelan-Ramirez, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE) is a chronic, difficult to resolve infection caused by amphizoic amoebae of the genus Acanthamoeba, which in most cases occurs in immunosuppressed persons or with chronic diseases such as diabetes. In this study, we describe the early events of A. culbertsoni infection of GAE in diabetic mice model. Diabetes was induced in male BALB/c mice, with a dose of streptozotocin (130 mg/kg). Healthy and diabetic mice were inoculated via intranasal with 1 × 10(6) trophozoites of A...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917696/brain-mapping-in-multiple-sclerosis-lessons-learned-about-the-human-brain
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REVIEW
Massimo Filippi, Paolo Preziosa, Maria A Rocca
The application of structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has certainly helped to improve our understanding of the mechanisms responsible for clinical disability and cognitive impairment in this condition. The numerous studies performed in MS patients have also provided many lessons on the structure-function relationships in the human brain, which could be applied to healthy subjects and to patients affected by other neurological conditions...
September 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917662/successful-optic-nerve-regeneration-in-the-senescent-zebrafish-despite-age-related-decline-of-cell-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-response-processes
#7
Jessie Van Houcke, Ilse Bollaerts, Emiel Geeraerts, Benjamin Davis, An Beckers, Inge Van Hove, Kim Lemmens, Lies De Groef, Lieve Moons
Dysfunction of the central nervous system (CNS) in neurodegenerative diseases or after brain lesions seriously affects life quality of a growing number of elderly, since the adult CNS lacks the capacity to replace or repair damaged neurons. Despite intensive research efforts, full functional recovery after CNS disease and/or injury remains challenging, especially in an aging environment. As such, there is a rising need for an aging model in which the impact of aging on successful regeneration can be studied...
August 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915328/cns-targets-of-adipokines
#8
Craig Beall, Lydia Hanna, Kate L J Ellacott
Our understanding of adipose tissue as an endocrine organ has been transformed over the last 20 years. During this time, a number of adipocyte-derived factors or adipokines have been identified. This article will review evidence for how adipokines acting via the central nervous system (CNS) regulate normal physiology and disease pathology. The reported CNS-mediated effects of adipokines are varied and include the regulation of energy homeostasis, autonomic nervous system activity, the reproductive axis, neurodevelopment, cardiovascular function, and cognition...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914804/the-role-of-erk-signaling-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#9
Katharina Birkner, Beatrice Wasser, Julia Loos, Alexander Plotnikov, Rony Seger, Frauke Zipp, Esther Witsch, Stefan Bittner
Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling plays a crucial role in regulating immune cell function and has been implicated in autoimmune disorders. To date, all commercially available inhibitors of ERK target upstream components, such as mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase/ERK kinase (MEKs), but not ERK itself. Here, we directly inhibit nuclear ERK translocation by a novel pharmacological approach (Glu-Pro-Glu (EPE) peptide), leading to an increase in cytosolic ERK phosphorylation during T helper (Th)17 cell differentiation...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914375/central-nervous-system-involvement-in-patients-with-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-single-center-retrospective-study
#10
George E Fragoulis, Sophia Lionaki, Aliki Venetsanopoulou, Panayiotis G Vlachoyiannopoulos, Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Athanasios G Tzioufas
The aims of this study were to estimate the frequency of central nervous system (CNS) involvement in Greek patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and describe the related clinical characteristics and long-term outcomes of these patients. Medical charts of all ANCA-associated vasculitis patients were retrospectively reviewed, and GPA patients with CNS involvement were identified. Demographics, serological, and clinical features throughout the disease course were recorded. Comparisons of disease characteristics and long-term outcomes were performed between GPA patients with and without CNS involvement...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914201/the-transport-mechanism-of-extracellular-vesicles-at-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Junichi Matsumoto, Tessandra Stewart, William A Banks, Jing Zhang
Recently, extracellular vesicles (EVs), like exosomes and microvesicles, have attracted attention as potent carriers of intercellular communication throughout the body, including the brain. They transmit biological signals from donor cells to recipient cells, and recent evidence suggests they may even carry such signals to distant destinations through peripheral circulation. In the central nervous system (CNS), EVs contribute to maintaining normal neuronal function, as well as to the pathological development of neurodegenerative diseases...
September 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913765/treatment-of-theiler-s-virus-induced-demyelinating-disease-with-teriflunomide
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Francesca Gilli, Libin Li, Darlene B Royce, Krista D DiSano, Andrew R Pachner
Teriflunomide is an oral therapy approved for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), showing both anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Currently, it is uncertain whether one or both of these properties may explain teriflunomide's beneficial effect in MS. Thus, to learn more about its mechanisms of action, we evaluated the effect of teriflunomide in the Theiler's encephalomyelitis virus-induced demyelinating disease (TMEV-IDD) model, which is both a viral infection and an excellent model of the progressive disability of MS...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913566/adar-rna-editing-in-human-disease-more-to-it-than-meets-the-i
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REVIEW
Angela Gallo, Dragana Vukic, David Michalík, Mary A O'Connell, Liam P Keegan
We review the structures and functions of ADARs and their involvements in human diseases. ADAR1 is widely expressed, particularly in the myeloid component of the blood system, and plays a prominent role in promiscuous editing of long dsRNA. Missense mutations that change ADAR1 residues and reduce RNA editing activity cause Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, a childhood encephalitis and interferonopathy that mimics viral infection and resembles an extreme form of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (SLE). In Adar1 mouse mutant models aberrant interferon expression is prevented by eliminating interferon activation signaling from cytoplasmic dsRNA sensors, indicating that unedited cytoplasmic dsRNA drives the immune induction...
September 14, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912821/thyrotoxicosis-and-choledocholithiasis-masquerading-as-thyroid-storm
#14
Christian L Horn, Patricia A Short
A 26-year-old female, thirteen months postpartum, presented to the emergency department for four weeks of epigastric abdominal pain, pruritus, new onset jaundice, and 11.3 kgs (25 lbs) unintentional weight loss. On examination, she was afebrile, tachycardic, alert, and oriented and had jaundice with scleral icterus. Labs were significant for undetectable TSH, FT4 that was too high to measure, and elevated total bilirubin, direct bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, and transaminases. Abdominal ultrasound revealed cholelithiasis without biliary ductal dilation...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911965/physiological-roles-of-cns-muscarinic-receptors-gained-from-knockout-mice
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REVIEW
Morgane Thomsen, Gunnar Sørensen, Ditte Dencker
Because the five muscarinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes have overlapping distributions in many CNS tissues, and because ligands with a high degree of selectivity for a given subtype long remained elusive, it has been difficult to determine the physiological functions of each receptor. Genetically engineered knockout mice, in which one or more muscarinic acetylcholine receptor subtype has been inactivated, have been instrumental in identifying muscarinic receptor functions in the CNS, at the neuronal, circuit, and behavioral level...
September 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911820/regulation-of-pannexin-channels-in-the-cns-by-src-family-kinases
#16
REVIEW
Alexander W Lohman, Nicholas L Weilinger, Silva Mf Santos, Jennifer Bialecki, Allison C Werner, Connor L Anderson, Roger J Thompson
Pannexins form single membrane channels that regulate the passage of ions, small molecules and metabolites between the intra- and extracellular compartments. In the central nervous system, these channels are integrated into numerous signaling cascades that shape brain physiology and pathology. Post-translational modification of pannexins is complex, with phosphorylation emerging as a prominent form of functional regulation. While much is still not known regarding the specific kinases and modified amino acids, recent reports support a role for Src family tyrosine kinases (SFK) in regulating pannexin channel activity...
September 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911205/a-zebrafish-model-of-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-recapitulates-key-disease-features-and-demonstrates-a-developmental-requirement-for-abcd1-in-oligodendrocyte-patterning-and-myelination
#17
Lauren R Strachan, Tamara J Stevenson, Briana Freshner, Matthew D Keefe, D Miranda Bowles, Joshua L Bonkowsky
X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a devastating inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by defects in the ABCD1 gene and affecting peripheral and central nervous system myelin. ABCD1 encodes a peroxisomal transmembrane protein required for very long chain fatty acid (VLCFA) metabolism. We show that zebrafish (Danio rerio) Abcd1 is highly conserved at the amino acid level with human ABCD1, and during development is expressed in homologous regions including the central nervous system and adrenal glands...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910697/in-vitro-assessment-of-neurotoxicity-and-neuroinflammation-of-homemade-mwcnts
#18
Giuseppa Visalli, Monica Currò, Daniela Iannazzo, Alessandro Pistone, Marianna Pruiti Ciarello, Giuseppe Acri, Barbara Testagrossa, Maria Paola Bertuccio, Raffaele Squeri, Angela Di Pietro
Multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) activate pathways involved in cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and inflammation. Inhaled MWCNTs are translocated to extra pulmonary organs and their hydrophobicity allows them to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Further exposure of central nervous system (CNS) occurs via olfactory neurons. Using differentiated SH-SY5Y, we studied the neurotoxicity and neuroinflammation of pristine and functionalised MWCNTs. ROS overproduction was dose- and time-dependent (P<0.01) and was related to mitochondrial impairment, DNA damage and decreased viability (P<0...
September 7, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905508/tandem-thiotepa-with-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-rescue-in-patients-with-recurrent-refractory-or-poor-prognosis-solid-tumor-malignancies
#19
Diana S Osorio, Ira J Dunkel, Kelly Ann Cervone, Rakesh K Goyal, K M Steve Lo, Jonathan L Finlay, Sharon L Gardner
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and tolerability of tandem courses of high-dose thiotepa with autologous hematopoietic cell rescue (AHCR) in patients with recurrent, refractory solid tumors who were ineligible for a single course of high-dose therapy due to greater than minimal residual disease. Patients with decreased hearing or poor renal function were eligible. PROCEDURE: Thiotepa was administered intravenously at a dose of 200 mg/m(2) /day (6...
September 14, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904584/central-nervous-system-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-masquerading-as-chronic-suppurative-otitis-media
#20
Namit Singhal, Vinay Agarwal, Anu Chawla, Rajiv Tangri
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a rare tumor in the central nervous system (CNS), mostly being extracranial. Approximately 100 sporadic cases have been reported in the literature. The rarity of the tumor, its various histopathological characteristics, and its variable aggressive course render it difficult to diagnose and treat. IMT is generally a histological diagnosis which is rarely suspected preoperatively. It mimics other intracranial tumors such as giant cell tumor, hemangiopericytoma, anaplastic meningioma, plasmacytoma, and lymphoma...
April 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
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