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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522414/therapeutic-potential-of-agmatine-for-cns-disorders
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REVIEW
Vivian B Neis, Priscila B Rosa, Gislaine Olescowicz, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
Agmatine is a neuromodulator that regulates multiple neurotransmitters and signaling pathways. Several studies have focused on elucidating the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of this molecule, which seems to be mediated by a reduction in oxidative damage, neuroinflammation, and proapoptotic signaling. Since these events are implicated in acute and chronic excitotoxicity-related disorders (ischemia, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders) as well as in nociception, agmatine has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders...
May 15, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516343/therapeutic-dormancy-to-delay-postsurgical-glioma-recurrence-the-past-present-and-promise-of-focal-hypothermia
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REVIEW
Didier Wion
Surgery precedes both radiotherapy and chemotherapy as the first-line therapy for glioma. However, despite multimodal treatment, most glioma patients die from local recurrence in the resection margin. Glioma surgery is inherently lesional, and the response of brain tissue to surgery includes hemostasis, angiogenesis, reactive gliosis and inflammation. Unfortunately, these processes are also associated with tumorigenic side-effects. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that the response to a surgery-related brain injury is hijacked by residual glioma cells and participates in the local regeneration of tumor tissues at the resection margin...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495374/metyrapone-prevents-brain-damage-induced-by-status-epilepticus-in-the-rat-lithium-pilocarpine-model
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Luis García-García, Ahmed A Shiha, Rubén Fernández de la Rosa, Mercedes Delgado, Ágata Silván, Pablo Bascuñana, Jens P Bankstahl, Francisca Gomez, Miguel A Pozo
The status epilepticus (SE) induced by lithium-pilocarpine is a well characterized rodent model of the human temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) which is accompanied by severe brain damage. Stress and glucocorticoids markedly contribute to exacerbate neuronal damage induced by seizures but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Herein we sought to investigate whether a single administration of metyrapone (150 mg/kg, i.p.), an 11β-hydroxylase inhibitor, enzyme involved in the peripheral and central synthesis of corticosteroids, had neuroprotective properties in this model...
May 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486943/kb-r7943-reduces-4-aminopyridine-induced-epileptiform-activity-in-adult-rats-after-neuronal-damage-induced-by-neonatal-monosodium-glutamate-treatment
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Mariana Hernandez-Ojeda, Monica E Ureña-Guerrero, Paola E Gutierrez-Barajas, Jazmin A Cardenas-Castillo, Antoni Camins, Carlos Beas-Zarate
BACKGROUND: Neonatal monosodium glutamate (MSG) treatment triggers excitotoxicity and induces a degenerative process that affects several brain regions in a way that could lead to epileptogenesis. Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers (NCX1-3) are implicated in Ca(2+) brain homeostasis; normally, they extrude Ca(2+) to control cell inflammation, but after damage and in epilepsy, they introduce Ca(2+) by acting in the reverse mode, amplifying the damage. Changes in NCX3 expression in the hippocampus have been reported immediately after neonatal MSG treatment...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482744/accelerated-long-term-forgetting-is-not-epilepsy-specific-evidence-from-childhood-traumatic-brain-injury
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Suncica Lah, Carly Black, Michael Gascoigne, Chloe Gott, Adrienne Epps, Louise Parry
Accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF) is characterised by adequate recall after short, but not long delays. ALF is not detected by standardised neuropsychological memory tests. Currently, the prevailing conceptualisation of ALF is of a temporal-lobe seizure related phenomenon. Nevertheless, Mayes and colleagues (2003) proposed that ALF may arise when any of the components of the brain network involved in long-term memory formation, or their interaction is disrupted. This disruption does not have to be caused by temporal lobe seizures for ALF to occur...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467996/increased-risk-of-bullous-pemphigoid-after-first-ever-stroke-a-population-based-study
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Ai-Ling Shen, Hsiu-Li Lin, Hsiu-Chen Lin, Yuan-Fu Tseng, Chien-Yeh Hsu, Che-Yi Chou
BACKGROUND: We hypothesize that autoantibodies are induced after the blood-brain barrier is damaged by stroke and the risk of bullous pemphigoid (BP) is increased after stroke. We assess the risk of BP after first-ever stroke in a nationwide population-based cohort of first-ever stroke patients. METHODS: We extracted data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005 and identified patients with first-ever stroke as well as control patients matched for age, gender, and year of enrollment...
May 4, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446773/therapeutic-effects-of-anti-hmgb1-monoclonal-antibody-on-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus-in-mice
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Li Fu, Keyue Liu, Hidenori Wake, Kiyoshi Teshigawara, Tadashi Yoshino, Hideo Takahashi, Shuji Mori, Masahiro Nishibori
Inflammatory processes in brain tissue have been described in human epilepsy of various etiologies and in experimental models of seizures. High mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is now recognized as representative of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). In the present study, we focused on whether anti-HMGB1 antibody treatment could relieve status epilepticus- triggered BBB breakdown and inflammation response in addition to the seizure behavior itself. Pilocarpine and methyl-scopolamine were used to establish the acute seizure model...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446201/anticonvulsant-effects-of-antiaris-toxicaria-aqueous-extract-investigation-using-animal-models-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Priscilla Kolibea Mante, Donatus Wewura Adongo, Eric Woode
BACKGROUND: Antiaris toxicaria has previously shown anticonvulsant activity in acute animal models of epilepsy. The aqueous extract (AAE) was further investigated for activity in kindling with pentylenetetrazole and administration of pilocarpine and kainic acid which mimic temporal lobe epilepsy in various animal species. RESULTS: ICR mice and Sprague-Dawley rats were pre-treated with AAE (200-800 mg kg(-1)) and convulsive episodes induced using pentylenetetrazole, pilocarpine and kainic acid...
April 26, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438504/agomelatine-protects-against-neuronal-damage-without-preventing-epileptogenesis-in-the-kainate-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Jana Tchekalarova, Dimitrinka Atanasova, Zlatina Nenchovska, Milena Atanasova, Lidia Kortenska, Rumyana Gesheva, Nikolai Lazarov
Recent studies about the novel antidepressant agomelatine, which is a mixed MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptor agonist and 5HT2C serotonin receptor antagonist possessing an anticonvulsant and neuroprotective action, suggest that it may have potential to contribute against epileptogenesis and epilepsy-induced memory impairment. In order to ascertain whether protection of some brain structures could suppress epileptogenesis, in the present study, we evaluated the effect of chronic post-status treatment with agomelatine on epileptogenesis, behavioral and neuronal damage induced by kainate acid (KA) status epilepticus (SE)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434495/dysfunction-of-the-cerebral-glucose-transporter-slc45a1-in-individuals-with-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy
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Myriam Srour, Noriaki Shimokawa, Fadi F Hamdan, Christina Nassif, Chantal Poulin, Lihadh Al Gazali, Jill A Rosenfeld, Noriyuki Koibuchi, Guy A Rouleau, Aisha Al Shamsi, Jacques L Michaud
Glucose transport across the blood brain barrier and into neural cells is critical for normal cerebral physiologic function. Dysfunction of the cerebral glucose transporter GLUT1 (encoded by SLC2A1) is known to result in epilepsy, intellectual disability (ID), and movement disorder. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified rare homozygous missense variants (c.526C>T [p.Arg176Trp] and c.629C>T [p.Ala210Val]) in SLC45A1, encoding another cerebral glucose transporter, in two consanguineous multiplex families with moderate to severe ID, epilepsy, and variable neuropsychiatric features...
May 4, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425097/seizure-frequency-correlates-with-loss-of-dentate-gyrus-gabaergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Paul S Buckmaster, Emily Abrams, Xiling Wen
Epilepsy occurs in one of 26 people. Temporal lobe epilepsy is common and can be difficult to treat effectively. It can develop after brain injuries that damage the hippocampus. Multiple pathophysiological mechanisms involving the hippocampal dentate gyrus have been proposed. This study evaluated a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy to test which pathological changes in the dentate gyrus correlate with seizure frequency and help prioritize potential mechanisms for further study. FVB mice (n = 127) that had experienced status epilepticus after systemic treatment with pilocarpine 31-61 days earlier were video-monitored for spontaneous, convulsive seizures 9 hr/day every day for 24-36 days...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419590/cracking-the-neural-code-treating-paralysis-and-the-future-of-bioelectronic-medicine
#12
C Bouton
The human nervous system is a vast network carrying not only sensory and movement information, but also information to and from our organs, intimately linking it to our overall health. Scientists and engineers have been working for decades to tap into this network and 'crack the neural code' by decoding neural signals and learning how to 'speak' the language of the nervous system. Progress has been made in developing neural decoding methods to decipher brain activity and bioelectronic technologies to treat rheumatoid arthritis, paralysis, epilepsy and for diagnosing brain-related diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414105/functional-reorganization-after-hemispherectomy-in-humans-and-animal-models-what-can-we-learn-about-the-brain-s-resilience-to-extensive-unilateral-lesions
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REVIEW
Luca Sebastianelli, Viviana Versace, Alexandra Taylor, Francesco Brigo, Wolfgang Nothdurfter, Leopold Saltuari, Eugen Trinka, Raffaele Nardone
Hemispherectomy (HS) is an effective surgical procedure aimed at managing otherwise intractable epilepsy in cases of diffuse unihemispheric pathologies. Neurological recovery in subjects treated with HS is not limited to seizure reduction, rather, sensory-motor and behavioral improvement is often observed. This outcome highlights the considerable capability of the brain to react to such an extensive lesion, by functionally reorganizing and rewiring the cerebral cortex, especially early in life. In this narrative review, we summarize the animal studies as well as the human neurophysiological and neuroimaging studies dealing with the reorganizational processes that occur after HS...
April 13, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390940/ginkgo-biloba-l-attenuates-spontaneous-recurrent-seizures-and-associated-neurological-conditions-in-lithium-pilocarpine-rat-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-through-inhibition-of-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-pathway-hyperactivation
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Arindam Ghosh Mazumder, Pallavi Sharma, Vikram Patial, Damanpreet Singh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ginkgo biloba L. (Ginkgoaceae) has been widely used in traditional medicine for variety of neurological conditions particularly behavioral and memory impairments. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present study was envisaged to explore the effect of a standardized fraction of Ginkgo biloba leaves (GBbf) in rat model of lithium-pilocarpine induced spontaneous recurrent seizures, and associated behavioral impairments and cognitive deficit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats showing appearance of spontaneous recurrent seizures following lithium pilocarpine (LiPc)-induced status epilepticus (SE) were treated with different doses of GBbf or vehicle for subsequent 4 weeks...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386848/identification-of-de-novo-dnmt3a-mutations-that-cause-west-syndrome-by-using-whole-exome-sequencing
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Zhenwei Liu, Zhongshan Li, Xiao Zhi, Yaoqiang Du, Zhongdong Lin, Jinyu Wu
Epileptic encephalopathies (EEs) are a group of severe neurodevelopmental disorders with extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent trio-based whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies have demonstrated that de novo mutations (DNMs) play prominent roles in severe EE. In this study, we searched for potential causal DNMs by using high-coverage WES of four unrelated Chinese parent-offspring trios affected by West syndrome. Through extensive bioinformatic analysis, we identified three novel DNMs in DNMT3A, CDKL5, and MAMDC2 in three trios and two compound heterozygous mutations in KMT2A in one trio...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386293/long-term-intake-of-uncaria-rhynchophylla-reduces-s100b-and-rage-protein-levels-in-kainic-acid-induced-epileptic-seizures-rats
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Nou-Ying Tang, Yi-Wen Lin, Tin-Yun Ho, Chin-Yi Cheng, Chao-Hsiang Chen, Ching-Liang Hsieh
Epileptic seizures are crucial clinical manifestations of recurrent neuronal discharges in the brain. An imbalance between the excitatory and inhibitory neuronal discharges causes brain damage and cell loss. Herbal medicines offer alternative treatment options for epilepsy because of their low cost and few side effects. We established a rat epilepsy model by injecting kainic acid (KA, 12 mg/kg, i.p.) and subsequently investigated the effect of Uncaria rhynchophylla (UR) and its underlying mechanisms. Electroencephalogram and epileptic behaviors revealed that the KA injection induced epileptic seizures...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376388/voxel-based-analysis-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-patients-with-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Patrícia Sanches, Elaine Keiko Fujisao, Aline M S Braga, Nathalia Raquel Cristaldo, Roberto Dos Reis, Seizo Yamashita, Luiz Eduardo Betting
PURPOSE: Quantitative techniques of diffusion analysis allow for an in-vivo investigation of the physiopathology of epilepsies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the variation of the main diffusion parameters and explore differences between two methodologies of voxel-wise analysis comparing a group of patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) with controls. METHODS: 24 patients with a diagnosis of MTLE were selected. All patients and a control group of 36 individuals were submitted to 3T magnetic resonance imaging...
March 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330972/fatal-cerebral-edema-with-status-epilepticus-in-children-with-dravet-syndrome-report-of-5-cases
#18
Kenneth A Myers, Jacinta M McMahon, Simone A Mandelstam, Mark T Mackay, Renate M Kalnins, Richard J Leventer, Ingrid E Scheffer
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a well-recognized developmental and epileptic encephalopathy associated with SCN1A mutations and 15% mortality by 20 years. Although over half of cases succumb to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, the cause of death in the remainder is poorly defined. We describe the clinical, radiologic, and pathologic characteristics of a cohort of children with DS and SCN1A mutations who developed fatal cerebral edema causing mass effect after fever-associated status epilepticus. Cases were identified from a review of children with DS enrolled in the Epilepsy Genetics Research Program at The University of Melbourne, Austin Health, who died after fever-associated status epilepticus...
March 22, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284559/epilepsy-and-cognition-a-bidirectional-relationship
#19
REVIEW
Christoph Helmstaedter, Juri-Alexander Witt
Cognitive comorbidities are very common in epilepsy and often seen as secondary to epilepsy or caused by epilepsy. The implicit and sometimes explicit assumption is that epilepsy (i.e. having seizures) damages the brain and thus leads to functional deterioration and behavioral alterations. This article highlights the historical background surrounding this viewpoint which is characterized by old reports on 'epileptic dementia' and the fact that most cognitive research in chronic epilepsies is done retrospectively...
March 1, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281034/synergistic-anticonvulsant-effects-of-pregabalin-and-amlodipine-on-acute-seizure-model-of-epilepsy-in-mice
#20
Itefaq Hussain Qureshi, Azra Riaz, Rafeeq Alam Khan, Afaq Ahmed Siddiqui
Status epilepticus is a life threatening neurological medical emergency. It may cause serious damage to the brain and even death in many cases if not treated properly. There is limited choice of drugs for the short term and long term management of status epilepticus and the dugs recommended for status epilepticus possess various side effects. The present study was designed to investigate synergistic anticonvulsant effects of pregabalin with amlodipine on acute seizure model of epilepsy in mice. Pentylenetetrazole was used to induce acute seizures which mimic status epilepticus...
March 9, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
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