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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548710/measurement-of-glycine-in-healthy-and-tumorous-brain-by-triple-refocusing-mrs-at-3%C3%A2-t-in-vivo
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Vivek Tiwari, Zhongxu An, Sandeep K Ganji, Jeannie Baxter, Toral R Patel, Edward Pan, Bruce E Mickey, Elizabeth A Maher, Marco C Pinho, Changho Choi
Glycine (Gly) has been implicated in several neurological disorders, including malignant brain tumors. The precise measurement of Gly is challenging largely as a result of the spectral overlap with myo-inositol (mI). We report a new triple-refocusing sequence for the reliable co-detection of Gly and mI at 3 T and for the evaluation of Gly in healthy and tumorous brain. The sequence parameters were optimized with density-matrix simulations and phantom validation. With a total TE of 134 ms, the sequence gave complete suppression of the mI signal between 3...
May 26, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527566/abnormalities-in-high-energy-phosphate-metabolism-in-first-episode-bipolar-disorder-measured-using-31-p-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#2
Fei Du, Cagri Yuksel, Virginie-Anne Chouinard, Polly Huynh, Kyle Ryan, Bruce M Cohen, Dost Öngür
BACKGROUND: Brain energy metabolism is critical for supporting synaptic function and information processing. A growing body of evidence suggests abnormalities in brain bioenergetics in psychiatric disorders, including both bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia. (31)P magnetic resonance spectroscopy provides a noninvasive window into these processes in vivo. Using this approach, we previously showed that patients with BD show normal adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and phosphocreatine levels at rest but cannot maintain normal ATP levels in the visual cortex during times of high energy demand (photic stimulation)...
April 7, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509906/therapeutic-efficacy-of-atypical-antipsychotic-drugs-by-targeting-multiple-stress-related-metabolic-pathways
#3
H L Cai, P Jiang, Q Y Tan, R L Dang, M M Tang, Y Xue, Y Deng, B K Zhang, P F Fang, P Xu, D X Xiang, H D Li, J K Yao
Schizophrenia (SZ) is considered to be a multifactorial brain disorder with defects involving many biochemical pathways. Patients with SZ show variable responses to current pharmacological treatments of SZ because of the heterogeneity of this disorder. Stress has a significant role in the pathophysiological pathways and therapeutic responses of SZ. Atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs) can modulate the stress response of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and exert therapeutic effects on stress by targeting the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus...
May 16, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508091/-mr-spectroscopy-in-metabolic-disorders-of-the-brain
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REVIEW
U Yilmaz
CLINICAL ISSUE: Metabolic disorders of the brain often present a particular challenge for the neuroradiologist, since the disorders are rare, changes on conventional MR are often non-specific and there are numerous differential diagnoses for the white substance lesions. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: As a complementary method to conventional brain MRI, MR spectroscopy may help to reduce the scope of the differential diagnosis. Entities with specific MR spectroscopy patterns are Canavan disease, maple syrup urine disease, nonketotic hyperglycinemia and creatine deficiency...
May 15, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497358/predictive-value-of-selected-biomarkers-related-to-metabolism-and-oxidative-stress-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#5
Afaf El-Ansary, Geir Bjørklund, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Osima M Alnakhli
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a neurodevelopmental disorder is characterized by impairments in social interaction, communication, and restricted, repetitive behavior. Several and reproducible studies have suggested that oxidative stress may represent one of the primary etiological mechanism of ASD that can be targeted for therapeutic intervention. In the present study, multiple regression and combined receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis were used to search for a relationship between impaired energy and oxidative metabolic pathways in the etiology of ASD and to find the linear combination that maximizes the partial area under a ROC curve for a pre-identified set of markers related to energy metabolism and oxidative stress...
May 11, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488446/plasma-protein-hematologic-and-blood-chemistry-changes-in-african-grey-parrots-psittacus-erithacus-experimentally-infected-with-bornavirus
#6
Charlotte Högemann, Rüdiger Richter, Rüdiger Korbel, Monika Rinder
Bornaviruses are considered to be the causative agent of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) in psittacine birds. In order to detect hematological and blood chemistry changes during the development of PDD and a possible correlation with clinical symptoms and the virological status, six African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) were experimentally infected with parrot bornavirus genotype 4 (PaBV-4) by subcutaneous route. All six parrots developed clinical signs of varying extent and successful infection was confirmed in all the birds by seroconversion or detection of RNA of the PaBV-4 infection strain...
May 10, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473041/diagnosis-and-management-of-immune-mediated-myopathies
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REVIEW
Margherita Milone
Immune-mediated myopathies (IMMs) are a heterogeneous group of acquired muscle disorders characterized by muscle weakness, elevated creatine kinase levels, and myopathic electromyographic findings. Most IMMs feature the presence of inflammatory infiltrates in muscle. However, the inflammatory exudate may be absent. Indeed, necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM), also called immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy, is characterized by a necrotizing pathologic process with no or minimal inflammation in muscle. The recent discovery of antibodies associated with specific subtypes of autoimmune myopathies has played a major role in characterizing these diseases...
May 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454234/gemcitabine-associated-thrombotic-microangiopathy-in-a-patient-with-lung-cancer-a-case-report
#8
Florence Lai-Tiong, Yann Duval, Francois Krabansky
Gemcitabine is frequently used for the treatment of a number of different cancer types. Gemcitabine-related thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) has rarely been described, but it is a life-threatening complication. The incidence of the complication varies between 0.015 and 1.4%. The present study reports the case of a 63-year-old Caucasian male who was treated with 3 cycles of carboplatin plus gemcitabine, followed by 7 cycles of gemcitabine only, and developed clinical symptoms that, together with laboratory findings, were compatible with a diagnosis of hemolytic uremic syndrome TMA...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439062/a-rare-case-of-necrotizing-myopathy-and-fibrinous-and-organizing-pneumonia-with-anti-ej-antisynthetase-syndrome-and-ssa-antibodies
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Muhammad Kashif, Divya Arya, Masooma Niazi, Misbahuddin Khaja
BACKGROUND Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are autoimmune disorders that can involve the skin, joints, muscles, and lungs. The most common of these disorders are dermatomyositis, polymyositis, overlap syndrome, and inclusion body myositis. Necrotizing autoimmune myopathy is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy that is rarely associated with Sjögren's syndrome. The most common lung findings associated with anti-EJ antisynthetase syndrome are nonspecific interstitial pneumonia and usual interstitial pneumonia; this condition is rarely associated with fibrinous and organizing pneumonia...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438604/first-reported-chinese-case-of-guanidinoacetate-methyltransferase-deficiency-in-a-4-year-old-child
#10
Weihua Sun, Yi Wang, Zhen Zu, Yi Jiang, Wei Lu, Huijun Wang, Bingbing Wu, Ping Zhang, Xiaomin Peng, Hao Zhou
Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase (GAMT) deficiency is a rare inherited disorder characterized by creatine (Cr) depletion and guanidinoacetate (GAA) accumulation in body fluids. We report the first identified Chinese case, diagnosed in a 4-year-old girl with onset of global developmental. Low Cr and high GAA levels were detected in her serum and urine, and low Cr level in her brain. Compound heterozygous variants in GAMT gene were found, including a previously reported variant at c.491dupG which was inherited from her mother and a novel variant at c...
April 22, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422845/response-to-benzodiazepines-and-the-clinical-course-in-malignant-catatonia-associated-with-schizophrenia-a-case-report
#11
Kazutaka Ohi, Aki Kuwata, Takamitsu Shimada, Toshiki Yasuyama, Yusuke Nitta, Takashi Uehara, Yasuhiro Kawasaki
BACKGROUND: Malignant catatonia (MC) is a disorder consisting of catatonic symptoms, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, and altered mental status. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) caused by antipsychotics is considered a variant of MC. Benzodiazepine (BZD) medications are safe and effective treatments providing rapid relief from MC. This case study reports a detailed clinical course of a case of MC associated with schizophrenia initially diagnosed as NMS that responded successfully to BZDs but not to dantrolene...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420309/a-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-study-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-using-a-3-tesla-clinical-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-system-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-and-the-left-cerebellum
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Hiromichi Ito, Kenji Mori, Masafumi Harada, Sonoka Hisaoka, Yoshihiro Toda, Tatsuo Mori, Aya Goji, Yoko Abe, Masahito Miyazaki, Shoji Kagami
The pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not fully understood. We used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate metabolite concentration ratios in the anterior cingulate cortex and left cerebellum in ASD. In the ACC and left cerebellum studies, the ASD group and intelligence quotient- and age-matched control group consisted of 112 and 114 subjects and 65 and 45 subjects, respectively. In the ASD group, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)+/ creatine/phosphocreatine (Cr) was significantly decreased in the anterior cingulate cortex, and glutamate (Glu)/Cr was significantly increased and GABA+/Cr was significantly decreased in the left cerebellum compared to those in the control group...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413485/therapeutic-efficacy-of-phentolamine-in-the-management-of-severe-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-combined-with-pulmonary-edema
#13
Zhixin Yan, Yaokai Shang, Fengxian Li, Fei Xie, Huili Qian, Youqi Zhang, Bin Yue
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of phentolamine on severe hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) combined with pulmonary edema (PE). From May 2008 to December 2012, 53 children with severe HFMD plus PE were enrolled in the treatment group, receiving phentolamine intravenously at a loading dose of 5 µg/kg/min. The control group comprised 52 children with the same disease who did not receive phentolamine infusion. Data concerning creatine kinase (CK), CK-MB, cardiac troponin I (cTnI), heart rate, systolic blood pressure (SBP) and the duration of ventilation dependence and hospitalization were collected...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397310/creatine-supplementation-reduces-sleep-need-and-homeostatic-sleep-pressure-in-rats
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Markus Dworak, Tae Kim, Robert W Mccarley, Radhika Basheer
Sleep has been postulated to promote brain energy restoration. It is as yet unknown if increasing the energy availability within the brain reduces sleep need. The guanidine amino acid creatine (Cr) is a well-known energy booster in cellular energy homeostasis. Oral Cr-monohydrate supplementation (CS) increases exercise performance and has been shown to have substantial effects on cognitive performance, neuroprotection and circadian rhythms. The effect of CS on cellular high-energy molecules and sleep-wake behaviour is unclear...
June 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373007/avelumab-for-metastatic-or-locally-advanced-previously-treated-solid-tumours-javelin-solid-tumor-a-phase-1a-multicohort-dose-escalation-trial
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Christopher R Heery, Geraldine O'Sullivan-Coyne, Ravi A Madan, Lisa Cordes, Arun Rajan, Myrna Rauckhorst, Elizabeth Lamping, Israel Oyelakin, Jennifer L Marté, Lauren M Lepone, Renee N Donahue, Italia Grenga, Jean-Marie Cuillerot, Berend Neuteboom, Anja von Heydebreck, Kevin Chin, Jeffrey Schlom, James L Gulley
BACKGROUND: Avelumab (MSB0010718C) is a human IgG1 monoclonal antibody that binds to PD-L1, inhibiting its binding to PD-1, which inactivates T cells. We aimed to establish the safety and pharmacokinetics of avelumab in patients with solid tumours while assessing biological correlatives for future development. METHODS: This open-label, single-centre, phase 1a, dose-escalation trial (part of the JAVELIN Solid Tumor trial) assessed four doses of avelumab (1 mg/kg, 3 mg/kg, 10 mg/kg, and 20 mg/kg), with dose-level cohort expansions to provide additional safety, pharmacokinetics, and target occupancy data...
May 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369467/muscle-specific-expression-of-the-rna-binding-protein-staufen1-induces-progressive-skeletal-muscle-atrophy-via-regulation-of-phosphatase-tensin-homolog
#16
Tara E Crawford Parks, Aymeric Ravel-Chapuis, Emma Bondy-Chorney, Jean-Marc Renaud, Jocelyn Côté, Bernard J Jasmin
Converging lines of evidence have now highlighted the key role for post-transcriptional regulation in the neuromuscular system. In particular, several RNA-binding proteins are known to be misregulated in neuromuscular disorders including myotonic dystrophy type 1, spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In this study, we focused on the RNA-binding protein Staufen1, which assumes multiple functions in both skeletal muscle and neurons. Given our previous work that showed a marked increase in Staufen1 expression in various physiological and pathological conditions including denervated muscle, in embryonic and undifferentiated skeletal muscle, in rhabdomyosarcomas as well as in myotonic dystrophy type 1 muscle samples from both mouse models and humans, we investigated the impact of sustained Staufen1 expression in postnatal skeletal muscle...
May 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352055/progressive-encephalomyelitis-with-rigidity-and-myoclonus-in-an-intellectually-disabled-patient-mimicking-neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome
#17
Zheyu Xu, Kalpana Prasad, Tianrong Yeo
We present a case of 32-year-old male with profound mental retardation and autism spectrum disorder who had presented with seizures, rigidity and elevated creatine kinase and was initially diagnosed as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). The patient subsequently had a complicated clinical course, developing refractory status epilepticus, which lead to the eventual diagnosis of progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus (PERM). We discuss the clinical similarities and differences between NMS and PERM, and highlight the need to consider alternative diagnoses when the clinical picture of NMS is atypical, particularly in this patient group where the history and clinical examination may be challenging...
May 2017: Journal of Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350397/diagnosis-and-body-mass-index-effects-on-hippocampal-volumes-and-neurochemistry-in-bipolar-disorder
#18
D J Bond, L E Silveira, E L MacMillan, I J Torres, D J Lang, W Su, W G Honer, R W Lam, L N Yatham
We previously reported that higher body mass index (BMI) was associated with greater hippocampal glutamate+glutamine in people with bipolar disorder (BD), but not in non-BD healthy comparator subjects (HSs). In the current report, we extend these findings by examining the impact of BD diagnosis and BMI on hippocampal volumes and the concentrations of several additional neurochemicals in 57 early-stage BD patients and 31 HSs. Using 3-T magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, we measured bilateral hippocampal volumes and the hippocampal concentrations of four neurochemicals relevant to BD: N-acetylaspartate+N-acteylaspartylglutamate (tNAA), creatine+phosphocreatine (Cre), myoinositol (Ins) and glycerophosphocholine+phosphatidylcholine (Cho)...
March 28, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349360/decreased-glutamatergic-activity-in-the-frontal-cortex-of-single-prolonged-stress-model-in-vivo-and-ex-vivo-proton-mr-spectroscopy
#19
Song-I Lim, Kyu-Ho Song, Chi-Hyeon Yoo, Dong-Cheol Woo, Bo-Young Choe
Single prolonged stress (SPS) is one of the preclinical models of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humans. Not every traumatized person develops PTSD and the onset of the disease varies from months to many years after exposure to life-threatening events. The pathogenetic neurometabolites in PTSD have not been investigated to date, and could provide a means for therapeutic interventions. Therefore the present study aimed to evaluate neurochemical changes in the frontal cortex in the SPS model during time-dependent sensitization using in vivo and ex vivo proton magnetic spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS)...
March 27, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337245/multifarious-beneficial-effect-of-nonessential-amino-acid-glycine-a-review
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REVIEW
Meerza Abdul Razak, Pathan Shajahan Begum, Buddolla Viswanath, Senthilkumar Rajagopal
Glycine is most important and simple, nonessential amino acid in humans, animals, and many mammals. Generally, glycine is synthesized from choline, serine, hydroxyproline, and threonine through interorgan metabolism in which kidneys and liver are the primarily involved. Generally in common feeding conditions, glycine is not sufficiently synthesized in humans, animals, and birds. Glycine acts as precursor for several key metabolites of low molecular weight such as creatine, glutathione, haem, purines, and porphyrins...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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