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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088365/stem-cells-for-als-an-overview-of-possible-therapeutic-approaches
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Joanna Czarzasta, Aleksandra Habich, Tomasz Siwek, Adam Czapliński, Wojciech Maksymowicz, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an unusual, fatal, neurodegenerative disorder leading to the loss of motor neurons. After diagnosis, the average lifespan ranges from 3 to 5 years, and death usually results from respiratory failure. Although the pathogenesis of ALS remains unclear, multiple factors are thought to contribute to the progression of ALS, such as network interactions between genes, environmental exposure, impaired molecular pathways and many others. The neuroprotective properties of neural stem cells (NSCs) and the paracrine signaling of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been examined in multiple pre-clinical trials of ALS with promising results...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069137/mitochondria-in-multiple-sclerosis-molecular-mechanisms-of-pathogenesis
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S Patergnani, V Fossati, M Bonora, C Giorgi, S Marchi, S Missiroli, T Rusielewicz, M R Wieckowski, P Pinton
Mitochondria, the organelles that function as the powerhouse of the cell, have been increasingly linked to the pathogenesis of many neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) and a leading cause of neurological disability in young adults in the western world. Its etiology remains unknown, and while the inflammatory component of MS has been heavily investigated and targeted for therapeutic intervention, the failure of remyelination and the process of axonal degeneration are still poorly understood...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049829/glucocorticoid-receptor-in-t-cells-mediates-protection-from-autoimmunity-in-pregnancy
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Jan Broder Engler, Nina Kursawe, María Emilia Solano, Kostas Patas, Sabine Wehrmann, Nina Heckmann, Fred Lühder, Holger M Reichardt, Petra Clara Arck, Stefan M Gold, Manuel A Friese
Pregnancy is one of the strongest inducers of immunological tolerance. Disease activity of many autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS) is temporarily suppressed by pregnancy, but little is known about the underlying molecular mechanisms. Here, we investigated the endocrine regulation of conventional and regulatory T cells (Tregs) during reproduction. In vitro, we found the pregnancy hormone progesterone to robustly increase Treg frequencies via promiscuous binding to the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in T cells...
January 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035920/using-drugs-as-molecular-probes-a%C3%A2-computational-chemical-biology-approach-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Mohammad Asif Emran Khan Emon, Alpha Tom Kodamullil, Reagon Karki, Erfan Younesi, Martin Hofmann-Apitius
Neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease are complex to tackle because of the complexity of the brain, both in structure and function. Such complexity is reflected by the involvement of various brain regions and multiple pathways in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases that render single drug target approaches ineffective. Particularly in the area of neurodegeneration, attention has been drawn to repurposing existing drugs with proven efficacy and safety profiles. However, there is a lack of systematic analysis of the brain chemical space to predict the feasibility of repurposing strategies...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011145/a-functional-genomic-meta-analysis-of-clinical-trials-in-systemic-sclerosis-towards-precision-medicine-and-combination-therapy
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Jaclyn N Taroni, Viktor Martyanov, J Matthew Mahoney, Michael L Whitfield
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an orphan, systemic autoimmune disease with no FDA-approved treatments. Its heterogeneity and rarity often result in underpowered clinical trials making the analysis and interpretation of associated molecular data challenging. We performed a meta-analysis of gene expression data from skin biopsies of SSc patients treated with five therapies: mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), rituximab, abatacept, nilotinib, and fresolimumab. A common clinical improvement criterion of -20% OR -5 modified Rodnan Skin Score was applied to each study...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007423/rgms-structural-insights-molecular-regulation-and-downstream-signaling
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Christian Siebold, Toshihide Yamashita, Philippe P Monnier, Bernhard K Mueller, R Jeroen Pasterkamp
Although originally discovered as neuronal growth cone-collapsing factors, repulsive guidance molecules (RGMs) are now known as key players in many fundamental processes, such as cell migration, differentiation, iron homeostasis, and apoptosis, during the development and homeostasis of many tissues and organs, including the nervous, skeletal, and immune systems. Furthermore, three RGMs (RGMa, RGMb/DRAGON, and RGMc/hemojuvelin) have been linked to the pathogenesis of various disorders ranging from multiple sclerosis (MS) to cancer and juvenile hemochromatosis (JHH)...
December 19, 2016: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003278/clinical-spectrum-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als
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Leslie I Grad, Guy A Rouleau, John Ravits, Neil R Cashman
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is primarily characterized by progressive loss of motor neurons, although there is marked phenotypic heterogeneity between cases. Typical, or "classical," ALS is associated with simultaneous upper motor neuron (UMN) and lower motor neuron (LMN) involvement at disease onset, whereas atypical forms, such as primary lateral sclerosis and progressive muscular atrophy, have early and predominant involvement in the UMN and LMN, respectively. The varying phenotypes can be so distinctive that they would seem to have differing biology...
December 21, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989323/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-27-loci-influencing-concentrations-of-circulating-cytokines-and-growth-factors
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Ari V Ahola-Olli, Peter Würtz, Aki S Havulinna, Kristiina Aalto, Niina Pitkänen, Terho Lehtimäki, Mika Kähönen, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Emma Raitoharju, Ilkka Seppälä, Antti-Pekka Sarin, Samuli Ripatti, Aarne Palotie, Markus Perola, Jorma S Viikari, Sirpa Jalkanen, Mikael Maksimow, Veikko Salomaa, Marko Salmi, Johannes Kettunen, Olli T Raitakari
Circulating cytokines and growth factors are regulators of inflammation and have been implicated in autoimmune and metabolic diseases. In this genome-wide association study (GWAS) of up to 8,293 Finns we identified 27 genome-widely significant loci (p < 1.2 × 10(-9)) for one or more cytokines. Fifteen of the associated variants had expression quantitative trait loci in whole blood. We provide genetic instruments to clarify the causal roles of cytokine signaling and upstream inflammation in immune-related and other chronic diseases...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983596/estrogenic-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-influencing-nrf1-regulated-gene-networks-in-the-development-of-complex-human-brain-diseases
#9
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Mark Preciados, Changwon Yoo, Deodutta Roy
During the development of an individual from a single cell to prenatal stages to adolescence to adulthood and through the complete life span, humans are exposed to countless environmental and stochastic factors, including estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals. Brain cells and neural circuits are likely to be influenced by estrogenic endocrine disruptors (EEDs) because they strongly dependent on estrogens. In this review, we discuss both environmental, epidemiological, and experimental evidence on brain health with exposure to oral contraceptives, hormonal therapy, and EEDs such as bisphenol-A (BPA), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, and metalloestrogens, such as, arsenic, cadmium, and manganese...
December 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978789/heat-shock-proteins-therapeutic-perspectives-in-inflammatory-disorders
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Rekha Khandia, Ashok K Munjal, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Kuldeep Dhama
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are highly conserved proteins present in all kingdoms of organisms. These are expressed under stress conditions in order to protect the cells from injuries. The stress induced protein denaturation is rectified by refolding and remodelling. These are intracellular proteins but can be present in extracellular fluid like serum of the patients suffering from trauma, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Virtually in most inflammatory diseases, immune response towards HSPs is developed...
December 13, 2016: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974549/tsc1-2-mutations-define-a-molecular-subset-of-hcc-with-aggressive-behaviour-and-treatment-implication
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Daniel W H Ho, Lo K Chan, Yung T Chiu, Iris M J Xu, Ronnie T P Poon, Tan T Cheung, Chung N Tang, Victor W L Tang, Irene L O Lo, Polly W Y Lam, Derek T W Yau, Miao X Li, Chun M Wong, Irene O L Ng
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the mutational landscape of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling cascade in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) with chronic HBV background, aiming to evaluate and delineate mutation-dependent mechanism of mTOR hyperactivation in hepatocarcinogenesis. DESIGN: We performed next-generation sequencing on human HCC samples and cell line panel. Systematic mutational screening of mTOR pathway-related genes was undertaken and mutant genes were evaluated based on their recurrence...
December 14, 2016: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923201/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-class-of-benzothiazines-as-neuroprotective-agents
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Alessandra Mancini, Alessia Chelini, Angela Di Capua, Loretta Castelli, Simone Brogi, Marco Paolino, Germano Giuliani, Andrea Cappelli, Maria Frosini, Lorenzo Ricci, Erminia Leonelli, Gianluca Giorgi, Antonio Giordani, Jacopo Magistretti, Maurizio Anzini
Neurodegenerative diseases are disorders related to the degeneration of central neurons that gradually lead to various, severe alterations of cognitive and/or motor functions. Currently, for no such diseases does any pharmacological treatment exist able to arrest its progression. Riluzole (1) is a small molecule able to interfere with multiple cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and is the only approved treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progression of which proved to significantly slow, thus increasing somewhat average survival...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920149/mir-142-3p-is-a-key-regulator-of-il-1%C3%AE-dependent-synaptopathy-in-neuroinflammation
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Georgia Mandolesi, Francesca De Vito, Alessandra Musella, Antonietta Gentile, Silvia Bullitta, Diego Fresegna, Helena Sepman, Claudio Di Sanza, Nabila Haji, Francesco Mori, Fabio Buttari, Emerald Perlas, Maria Teresa Ciotti, Eran Hornstein, Irene Bozzoni, Carlo Presutti, Diego Centonze
: MicroRNAs (miRNA) play an important role in posttranscriptional gene regulation of several physiological and pathological processes. In multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory and degenerative disease of the CNS, and in its mouse model, the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), miRNA dysregulation has been mainly related to immune system dysfunction and white matter pathology. However, little is known about their role in grey matter pathology. Here, we explored miRNA involvement in the inflammation-driven alterations of synaptic structure and function, collectively known as synaptopathy, a neuropathological process contributing to excitotoxic neurodegeneration in MS/EAE...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918305/tuberous-sclerosis-complex-inactivation-disrupts-melanogenesis-via-mtorc1-activation
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Juxiang Cao, Magdalena E Tyburczy, Joel Moss, Thomas N Darling, Hans R Widlund, David J Kwiatkowski
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant tumor-suppressor gene syndrome caused by inactivating mutations in either TSC1 or TSC2, and the TSC protein complex is an essential regulator of mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1). Patients with TSC develop hypomelanotic macules (white spots), but the molecular mechanisms underlying their formation are not fully characterized. Using human primary melanocytes and a highly pigmented melanoma cell line, we demonstrate that reduced expression of either TSC1 or TSC2 causes reduced pigmentation through mTORC1 activation, which results in hyperactivation of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β), followed by phosphorylation of and loss of β-catenin from the nucleus, thereby reducing expression of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), and subsequent reductions in tyrosinase and other genes required for melanogenesis...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912911/hesperidin-ameliorates-immunological-outcome-and-reduces-neuroinflammation-in-the-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Dariush Haghmorad, Mohammad Bagher Mahmoudi, Zohreh Salehipour, Zoleikha Jalayer, Amir Abbas Momtazi Brojeni, Maryam Rastin, Parviz Kokhaei, Mahmoud Mahmoudi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most abundant central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory disease, which is due to the reaction of auto reactive T cells with own myelin proteins, leading to physical disorder and paralysis among people suffering the disease. Hesperidin, a flavanone glycoside found abundantly in citrus fruits possesses a wide range of pharmacological properties including potential anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. This study was designed to reveal the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the effect of hesperidin on MS alleviation...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908754/cyclic-citrullinated-mbp87-99-peptide-stimulates-t-cell-responses-implications-in-triggering-disease
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Vasso Apostolopoulos, George Deraos, Minos-Timotheos Matsoukas, Stephanie Day, Lily Stojanovska, Theodore Tselios, Maria-Eleni Androutsou, John Matsoukas
Amino acid mutations to agonist peptide epitopes of myelin proteins have been used to modulate immune responses and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE, animal model of multiple sclerosis). Such amino acid alteration are termed, altered peptide ligands (APL). We have shown that the agonist myelin basic protein (MBP) 87-99 epitope (MBP87-99) with crucial T cell receptor (TCR) substitutions at positions 91 and 96 (K(91),P(96) (TCR contact residues) to R(91),A(96); [R(91),A(96)]MBP87-99) results in altered T cell responses and inhibits EAE symptoms...
January 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903442/are-micrornas-true-sensors-of-ageing-and-cellular-senescence
#17
REVIEW
Justin Williams, Flint Smith, Subodh Kumar, Murali Vijayan, P Hemachandra Reddy
All living beings are programmed to death due to aging and age-related processes. Aging is a normal process of every living species. While all cells are inevitably progressing towards death, many disease processes accelerate the aging process, leading to senescence. Pathologies such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and skin diseases have been associated with deregulated aging. Healthy aging can delay onset of all age-related diseases...
November 27, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892518/brain-microbiota-disruption-within-inflammatory-demyelinating-lesions-in-multiple-sclerosis
#18
W G Branton, J Q Lu, M G Surette, R A Holt, J Lind, J D Laman, C Power
Microbial communities reside in healthy tissues but are often disrupted during disease. Bacterial genomes and proteins are detected in brains from humans, nonhuman primates, rodents and other species in the absence of neurological disease. We investigated the composition and abundance of microbiota in frozen and fixed autopsied brain samples from patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and age- and sex-matched nonMS patients as controls, using neuropathological, molecular and bioinformatics tools. 16s rRNA sequencing revealed Proteobacteria to be the dominant phylum with restricted diversity in cerebral white matter (WM) from MS compared to nonMS patients...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883356/a-human-brain-microphysiological-system-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-study-neurological-diseases-and-toxicity
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David Pamies, Paula Barreras, Katharina Block, Georgia Makri, Anupama Kumar, Daphne Wiersma, Lenna Smirnova, Ce Zhang, Joseph Bressler, Kimberly M Christian, Georgina Harris, Guo-Li Ming, Cindy J Berlinicke, Kelly Kyro, Hongjun Song, Carlos A Pardo, Thomas Hartung, Helena T Hogberg
Human in-vitro models of brain neurophysiology are needed to investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms associated with neurological disorders and neurotoxicity. We have developed a reproducible iPSC-derived human 3D brain microphysiological system (BMPS), comprised of differentiated mature neurons and glial cells (astrocytes and oligodendrocytes) that reproduce neuronal-glial interactions and connectivity. BMPS mature over eight weeks and show the critical elements of neuronal function: synaptogenesis and neuron-to-neuron (e...
November 24, 2016: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849576/two-familial-als-proteins-function-in-prevention-repair-of-transcription-associated-dna-damage
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Sarah J Hill, Daniel A Mordes, Lisa A Cameron, Donna S Neuberg, Serena Landini, Kevin Eggan, David M Livingston
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive motor neuron dysfunction disease that leads to paralysis and death. There is currently no established molecular pathogenesis pathway. Multiple proteins involved in RNA processing are linked to ALS, including FUS and TDP43, and we propose a disease mechanism in which loss of function of at least one of these proteins leads to an accumulation of transcription-associated DNA damage contributing to motor neuron cell death and progressive neurological symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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