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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315275/sigma-1-receptor-in-motoneuron-disease
#1
Renzo Mancuso, Xavier Navarro
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS ) is a neurodegenerative disease affecting spinal cord and brain motoneurons , leading to paralysis and early death. Multiple etiopathogenic mechanisms appear to contribute in the development of ALS , including glutamate excitotoxicity, oxidative stress , protein misfolding, mitochondrial defects, impaired axonal transport, inflammation and glial cell alterations. The Sigma-1 receptor is highly expressed in motoneurons of the spinal cord, particularly enriched in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) at postsynaptic cisternae of cholinergic C-terminals...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285547/objective-physical-activity-measurement-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-review-of-the-literature
#2
Blathin Casey, Susan Coote, Alan Donnelly
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to identify the objective physical activity (PA) measurement tools and outputs that are used within Multiple Sclerosis (MS) literature. METHODS: A systematic search strategy on eight databases (2000-2016) using keywords associated with MS and PA. RESULTS: This review includes 32 papers. Uni-axial accelerometers were the most popular objective PA tool in this review (68%). Pedometers (14%) and multi-sensor systems (3%) were the second and third most common...
March 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274258/the-performance-scales-disability-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis-use-and-sensitivity-to-clinically-important-differences
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Carolyn E Schwartz, Victoria E Powell
BACKGROUND: In 1993, the Performance Scales© was created to assess multi-dimensional disability in multiple sclerosis (MS). This tool has been used in a variety of settings and study designs internationally. The present work provides an overview of the history and psychometric characteristics of the Performance Scales©, reviews its use over the past two decades, and summarizes its responsiveness to subgroup differences. METHODS: A Google Scholar and Ovid search yielded 230 articles citing the Performance Scales©, of which 82 studies used the tool in empirical research...
March 9, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273762/natural-killer-cell-subpopulations-are-associated-with-mri-activity-in-a-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patient-cohort-from-australia
#4
P Caruana, K Lemmert, K Ribbons, R Lea, J Lechner-Scott
BACKGROUND: The importance of the innate immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS) is increasingly recognized and the role of natural killer (NK) cells in controlling autoimmunity may be an important modulator of disease activity. OBJECTIVE: To examine NK subsets in MS patients on different treatments and to evaluate the role of NK subsets as indicators for disease activity. METHODS: We measured NK subset levels in blood obtained from 110 relapsing-remitting MS patients...
November 1, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250648/the-influence-of-pluronic-f68-and-f127-nanocarrier-on-physicochemical-properties-in-vitro-release-and-antiproliferative-activity-of-thymoquinone-drug
#5
Salwa Shaarani, Shahrul Sahul Hamid, Noor Haida Mohd Kaus
BACKGROUND: This study reports on hydrophobic drug thymoquinone (TQ), an active compound found in the volatile oil of Nigella sativa that exhibits anticancer activities. Nanoformulation of this drug could potentially increase its bioavailability to specific target cells. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to formulate TQ into polymer micelle, Pluronic F127 (5.0 wt %) and Pluronic F68 (0.1 wt %), as a drug carrier to enhance its solubility and instability in aqueous media...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247771/poems-syndrome-and-idiopathic-portal-hypertension-a-possible-association
#6
Sara Campos, Cláudia Agostinho, Maria Augusta Cipriano
A 48-year old female patient was admitted to the emergency department with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Endoscopy showed large esophageal varices that were treated with band ligation. She had been treated with cyclophosphamide, melphalan, lenalidomide and corticosteroids for POEMS syndrome (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy or edema, M protein, skin changes). She had no other risk factors for chronic liver disease. Laboratory and radiological examinations could not confirm the etiology of portal hypertension...
March 1, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245815/fast-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-imaging-techniques-in-human-brain-applications-in-multiple-sclerosis
#7
REVIEW
Oun Al-Iedani, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Karen Ribbons, Saadallah Ramadan
Multi voxel magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) is an important imaging tool that combines imaging and spectroscopic techniques. MRSI of the human brain has been beneficially applied to different clinical applications in neurology, particularly in neurooncology but also in multiple sclerosis, stroke and epilepsy. However, a major challenge in conventional MRSI is the longer acquisition time required for adequate signal to be collected. Fast MRSI of the brain in vivo is an alternative approach to reduce scanning time and make MRSI more clinically suitable...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244188/model-based-denoising-in-diffusion-weighted-imaging-using-generalized-spherical-deconvolution
#8
Jonathan I Sperl, Tim Sprenger, Ek T Tan, Marion I Menzel, Christopher J Hardy, Luca Marinelli
PURPOSE: Diffusion MRI often suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio, especially for high b-values. This work proposes a model-based denoising technique to address this limitation. METHODS: A generalization of the multi-shell spherical deconvolution model using a Richardson-Lucy algorithm is applied to noisy data. The reconstructed coefficients are then used in the forward model to compute denoised diffusion-weighted images (DWIs). The proposed method operates in the diffusion space and thus is complementary to image-based denoising methods...
February 28, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239545/new-rapid-accurate-t2-quantification-detects-pathology-in-normal-appearing-brain-regions-of-relapsing-remitting-ms-patients
#9
Timothy M Shepherd, Ivan I Kirov, Erik Charlson, Mary Bruno, James Babb, Daniel K Sodickson, Noam Ben-Eliezer
INTRODUCTION: Quantitative T2 mapping may provide an objective biomarker for occult nervous tissue pathology in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). We applied a novel echo modulation curve (EMC) algorithm to identify T2 changes in normal-appearing brain regions of subjects with RRMS (N = 27) compared to age-matched controls (N = 38). METHODS: The EMC algorithm uses Bloch simulations to model T2 decay curves in multi-spin-echo MRI sequences, independent of scanner, and scan-settings...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220542/the-gut-microbiome-in-human-neurological-disease-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Helen Tremlett, Kylynda C Bauer, Silke Appel-Cresswell, Brett B Finlay, Emmanuelle Waubant
Almost half the cells and 1% of the unique genes found in our bodies are human, the rest are from microbes, predominantly bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. These microorganisms collectively form the human microbiota, with most colonizing the gut. Recent technological advances, open access data libraries, and application of high-throughput sequencing have allowed these microbes to be identified and their contribution to neurological health to be examined. Emerging evidence links perturbations in the gut microbiota to neurological disease, including disease risk, activity, and progression...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210983/multi-view-ensemble-classification-of-brain-connectivity-images-for-neurodegeneration-type-discrimination
#11
Michele Fratello, Giuseppina Caiazzo, Francesca Trojsi, Antonio Russo, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Roberto Tagliaferri, Fabrizio Esposito
Brain connectivity analyses using voxels as features are not robust enough for single-patient classification because of the inter-subject anatomical and functional variability. To construct more robust features, voxels can be aggregated into clusters that are maximally coherent across subjects. Moreover, combining multi-modal neuroimaging and multi-view data integration techniques allows generating multiple independent connectivity features for the same patient. Structural and functional connectivity features were extracted from multi-modal MRI images with a clustering technique, and used for the multi-view classification of different phenotypes of neurodegeneration by an ensemble learning method (random forest)...
February 16, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191734/integrative-proteomics-genomics-and-translational-immunology-approaches-reveal-mutated-forms-of-proteolipid-protein-1-plp1-and-mutant-specific-immune-response-in-multiple-sclerosis
#12
Veneta Qendro, Grace A Bugos, Debbie H Lundgren, John Glynn, May H Han, David K Han
In order to gain mechanistic insights into multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis, we utilized a multi-dimensional approach to test the hypothesis that mutations in myelin proteins lead to immune activation and central nervous system autoimmunity in MS. Mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis of human MS brain lesions revealed seven unique mutations of PLP1; a key myelin protein that is known to be destroyed in MS. Surprisingly, in-depth genomic analysis of two MS patients at the genomic DNA and mRNA confirmed mutated PLP1 in RNA, but not in the genomic DNA...
February 12, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164765/commonalities-in-biological-pathways-genetics-and-cellular-mechanism-between-alzheimer-disease-and-other-neurodegenerative-diseases-an-in-silico-updated-overview
#13
Khurshid Ahmad, Mohammad Hassan Baig, Gohar Mushtaq, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Nigel H Greig, Inho Choi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common and well-studied neurodegenerative disease (ND). Biological pathways, pathophysiology and genetics of AD show commonalities with other NDs viz. Parkinson's disease (PD), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's disease (HD), Prion Disease and Dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA). Many of the NDs, sharing the common features and molecular mechanisms suggests that pathology may be directly comparable and be implicated in disease prevention and development of highly effective therapies...
February 3, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139194/phenotypical-and-functional-characteristics-of-in-vitro-expanded-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#14
C Capelli, E Zaccara, P Cipriani, P Di Benedetto, W Maglione, R Andracco, G Di Luca, F Pignataro, R Giacomelli, M Introna, C Vitali, N Del Papa
<p>Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have received attention as an ideal source of regenerative cells because of their multi-potential abilities. Adipose tissue (AT) is an attractive source of MSCs. Recent studies have shown that autologous fat grafting may be effective in the treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc), but no specific study exists aimed at investigating whether AT-MSCs from SSc patients maintain normal phenotypic and functional characteristics.</p><p>To investigate whether AT-MSCs from patients with SSc (SSc-AT-MSCs) are phenotypically and functionally identical to those from healthy controls (HC-AT-MSCs)...
January 31, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137480/systemic-sclerosis-and-exposure-to-heavy-metals-a-case-control-study-of-100-patients-and-300-controls
#15
REVIEW
I Marie, J-F Gehanno, M Bubenheim, A-B Duval-Modeste, P Joly, S Dominique, P Bravard, D Noël, A-F Cailleux, J Benichou, H Levesque, J-P Goullé
OBJECTIVE: This case control study assessed: 1) the relationship of systemic sclerosis (SSc) related to exposure to heavy metals; and 2) the risk of SSc related to occupational exposure in male and female patients. METHODS: From 2005 to 2008, 100 patients with a definite diagnosis of SSc were included in the study; 3 age, gender, and smoking habit matched controls were selected for each patient. All SSc patients and controls underwent detection and quantification of heavy metal traces in hair samples, using multi-element inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
January 27, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130644/clinical-applications-of-multi-parametric-cmr-in-myocarditis-and-systemic-inflammatory-diseases
#16
Jakub Lagan, Matthias Schmitt, Christopher A Miller
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has changed the management of suspected viral myocarditis by providing a 'positive' diagnostic test and has lead to new insights into myocardial involvement in systemic inflammatory conditions. In this review we analyse the use of CMR tissue characterisation techniques across the available studies including T2 weighted imaging, early gadolinium enhancement, late gadolinium enhancement, Lake Louise Criteria, T2 mapping, T1 mapping and extracellular volume assessment. We also discuss the use of multiparametric CMR in acute cardiac transplant rejection and a variety of inflammatory conditions such as sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythrematous, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic sclerosis...
January 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115314/discriminating-sample-groups-with-multi-way-data
#17
Tianmeng Lyu, Eric F Lock, Lynn E Eberly
High-dimensional linear classifiers, such as distance weighted discrimination (DWD) and versions of the support vector machine (SVM), are commonly used in biomedical research to distinguish groups of subjects based on a large number of features. However, their use is limited to applications where a single vector of features is measured for each subject. In practice, data are often multi-way, or measured over multiple dimensions. For example, metabolite abundance may be measured over multiple regions or tissues, or gene expression may be measured over multiple time points, for the same subjects...
January 23, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114839/detecting-neuronal-dysfunction-of-hand-motor-cortex-in-als-a-mrsi-study
#18
Yuzhou Wang, Xiaodi Li, Wenming Chen, Zhanhang Wang, Yan Xu, Jingpan Luo, Hanbo Lin, Guijun Sun
BACKGROUND: Although hand motor cortex (HMC) has been constantly used for identification of primary motor cortex in magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) studies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), neurochemical profiles of HMC have never been assessed independently. As HMC has a constant location and the clinic-anatomic correlation between hand motor function and HMC has been established, we hypothesize that HMC may serve as a promising region of interest in diagnosing ALS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fourteen ALS patients and 14 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (HC) were recruited in this study...
January 23, 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100104/theoretical-predication-of-temperature-effects-on-accommodative-processes-in-simulated-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-during-hypothermia-and-hyperthermia
#19
D I Stephanova, A Kossev
Electrotonic potentials allow the accommodative processes to long-lasting subthreshold polarizing stimuli to be assessed. The present study investigates such potentials in previously simulated cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, termed as ALS1, ALS2 and ALS3, respectively, when the temperature is changed during hypothermia ([Formula: see text]C) and hyperthermia ([Formula: see text]C). The ALS cases are modeled as three progressively severe uniform axonal dysfunctions along the human motor nerve fiber which is simulated by our temperature-dependent multi-layered numerical model...
December 2016: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093823/sleep-and-its-associations-with-perceived-and-objective-cognitive-impairment-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Abbey J Hughes, Brett A Parmenter, Jodie K Haselkorn, Jesus F Lovera, Dennis Bourdette, Eilis Boudreau, Michelle H Cameron, Aaron P Turner
Problems with sleep and cognitive impairment are common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The present study examined the relationship between self-reported sleep and both objective and perceived cognitive impairment in MS. Data were obtained from the baseline assessment of a multi-centre intervention trial (NCT00841321). Participants were 121 individuals with MS. Nearly half (49%) of participants met the criteria for objective cognitive impairment; however, cognitively impaired and unimpaired participants did not differ on any self-reported sleep measures...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
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