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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710685/pericytes-extend-survival-of-als-sod1-mice-and-induce-the-expression-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-the-murine-model-and-in-ipscs-derived-neuronal-cells-from-an-als-patient
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Giuliana Castello Coatti, Miriam Frangini, Marcos C Valadares, Juliana Plat Gomes, Natalia O Lima, Natale Cavaçana, Amanda F Assoni, Mayra V Pelatti, Alexander Birbrair, Antonio Carlos Pedroso de Lima, Julio M Singer, Francisco Marcelo M Rocha, Giovani Loiola Da Silva, Mario Sergio Mantovani, Lucia Inês Macedo-Souza, Merari F R Ferrari, Mayana Zatz
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is one of the most common adult-onset motor neuron disease causing a progressive, rapid and irreversible degeneration of motor neurons in the cortex, brain stem and spinal cord. No effective treatment is available and cell therapy clinical trials are currently being tested in ALS affected patients. It is well known that in ALS patients, approximately 50% of pericytes from the spinal cord barrier are lost. In the central nervous system, pericytes act in the formation and maintenance of the blood-brain barrier, a natural defense that slows the progression of symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases...
July 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707358/suppressed-oligodendrocyte-steroidogenesis-in-multiple-sclerosis-implications-for-regulation-of-neuroinflammation
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Roobina Boghozian, Brienne A McKenzie, Leina B Saito, Ninad Mehta, William G Branton, JianQiang Lu, Glen B Baker, Farshid Noorbakhsh, Christopher Power
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Neurosteroids are reported to exert anti-inflammatory effects in several neurological disorders. We investigated the expression and actions of the neurosteroid, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and its more stable 3β-sulphated ester, DHEA-S, in MS and associated experimental models. CNS tissues from patients with MS and animals with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) displayed reduced DHEA concentrations, accompanied by diminished expression of the DHEA-synthesizing enzyme CYP17A1 in oligodendrocytes (ODCs), in association with increased expression of inflammatory genes including interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-1β...
July 14, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701795/terahertz-spectroscopic-diagnosis-of-myelin-deficit-brain-in-mice-and-rhesus-monkey-with-chemometric-techniques
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Yi Zou, Jiang Li, Yiyuan Cui, Peiren Tang, Lianghui Du, Tunan Chen, Kun Meng, Qiao Liu, Hua Feng, Jianheng Zhao, Mina Chen, Li-Guo Zhu
While myelin deficit of the central nervous system leads to several severe diseases, the definitive diagnostic means are lacking. We proposed and performed terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) combined with chemometric techniques to discriminate and evaluate the severity of myelin deficit in mouse and rhesus monkey brains. The THz refractive index and absorption coefficient of paraffin-embedded brain tissues from both normal and mutant dysmyelinating mice are shown. Principal component analysis of time-domain THz signal (PCA-tdTHz) and absorption-refractive index relation of THz spectrum identified myelin deficit without exogenous labeling or any pretreatment...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686480/caerulomycin-a-suppresses-the-differentiation-of-na%C3%A3-ve-t-cells-and-alleviates-the-symptoms-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Weshely Kujur, Rama Krishna Gurram, Sudeep K Maurya, Sajid Nadeem, Sathi Babu Chodisetti, Nargis Khan, Javed Naim Agrewala
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a highly detrimental autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. There is no cure for it but the treatment typically focuses on subsiding severity and recurrence of the disease. Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an animal model of MS. It is characterized by frequent relapses due to the generation of memory T cells. Caerulomycin A (CaeA) is known to suppress the Th1 cells, Th2 cells, and Th17 cells. Interestingly, it enhances the generation of regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
July 7, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685761/remyelination-therapies-a-new-direction-and-challenge-in-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Jason R Plemel, Wei-Qiao Liu, V Wee Yong
Multiple sclerosis is characterized by inflammatory activity that results in destruction of the myelin sheaths that enwrap axons. The currently available medications for multiple sclerosis are predominantly immune-modulating and do not directly promote repair. White matter regeneration, or remyelination, is a new and exciting potential approach to treating multiple sclerosis, as remyelination repairs the damaged regions of the central nervous system. A wealth of new strategies in animal models that promote remyelination, including the repopulation of oligodendrocytes that produce myelin, has led to several clinical trials to test new reparative therapies...
July 7, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667575/animal-and-cellular-models-of-familial-dysautonomia
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Frances Lefcort, Marc Mergy, Sarah B Ohlen, Yumi Ueki, Lynn George
Since Riley and Day first described the clinical phenotype of patients with familial dysautonomia (FD) over 60 years ago, the field has made considerable progress clinically, scientifically, and translationally in treating and understanding the etiology of FD. FD is classified as a hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN type III) and is both a developmental and a progressive neurodegenerative condition that results from an autosomal recessive mutation in the gene IKBKAP, also known as ELP1. FD primarily impacts the peripheral nervous system but also manifests in central nervous system disruption, especially in the retina and optic nerve...
June 30, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652101/salt-inflammatory-joint-disease-and-autoimmunity
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Johanna Sigaux, Luca Semerano, Guillaume Favre, Natacha Bessis, Marie-Christophe Boissier
Salt is a vital nutrient. Excess salt intake, however, has recently been blamed for triggering and/or worsening certain autoimmune diseases. In vitro, the cells involved in innate and adaptive immune responses exhibit an inflammatory profile when placed in hypertonic saline. More specifically, macrophages release increased amounts of proinflammatory cytokines, produce reactive oxygen species, and become capable of activating the inflammasome. T helper cells, via activation of serum and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1), overexpress IL-17A and IL-23R and differentiate into Th17 cells; whereas regulatory T cells lose the inhibitory capabilities needed to preserve self-tolerance...
June 23, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619000/astrocytes-pathology-in-als-a-potential-therapeutic-target
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Sonja Johann
The mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are multifactorial and include genetic and environmental factors. Nowadays, it is well accepted that neuronal loss is driven by non-cell autonomous toxicity. Non-neuronal cells, such as astrocytes, have been described to significantly contribute to motoneuron cell death and disease progression in cell culture experiments and animal models of ALS. Astrocytes are essential for neuronal survival and function by regulating neurotransmitter and ion homeostasis, immune response, blood flow and glucose uptake, antioxidant defence and growth factor release...
June 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618115/iron-sulfur-glutaredoxin-2-protects-oligodendrocytes-against-damage-induced-by-nitric-oxide-release-from-activated-microglia
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Klaudia Lepka, Katrin Volbracht, Eckhard Bill, Reiner Schneider, Natalia Rios, Thomas Hildebrandt, Jens Ingwersen, Timur Prozorovski, Christopher Horst Lillig, Jack van Horssen, Lawrence Steinman, Hans-Peter Hartung, Rafael Radi, Arne Holmgren, Orhan Aktas, Carsten Berndt
Demyelinated brain lesions, a hallmark of autoimmune neuroinflammatory diseases like multiple sclerosis, result from oligodendroglial cell damage. Activated microglia are considered a major source of nitric oxide and subsequent peroxynitrite-mediated damage of myelin. Here, we provide biochemical and biophysical evidence that the oxidoreductase glutaredoxin 2 inhibits peroxynitrite formation by transforming nitric oxide into dinitrosyl-diglutathionyl-iron-complexes. Glutaredoxin 2 levels influence both survival rates of primary oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and preservation of myelin structure in cerebellar organotypic slice cultures challenged with activated microglia or nitric oxide donors...
September 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617951/altered-expression-of-igf-i-system-in-neurons-of-the-inflamed-spinal-cord-during-acute-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Azita Parvaneh Tafreshi, Farideh Talebi, Samira Ghorbani, Claude Bernard, Farshid Noorbakhsh
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that the impaired IGF-I system contributes to neurodegeneration. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we examined the spinal cords of the EAE, the animal model of multiple sclerosis, to see if the expression of the IGF-I system is altered. METHODS: To induce EAE, C57/BL6 mice were immunized with the Hooke lab MOG kit, sacrificed at the peak of the disease and their spinal cords were examined for the immunoreactivities (ir) of the IGF-I, IGF binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) and glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β), as one major downstream molecule in the IGF-I signaling...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607752/enhanced-disease-reduction-using-clozapine-an-atypical-antipsychotic-agent-and-glatiramer-acetate-combination-therapy-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Laura K Green, Pirooz Zareie, Nikki Templeton, Robert A Keyzers, Bronwen Connor, Anne Camille La Flamme
BACKGROUND: Atypical antipsychotic agents (AAP) alleviate the symptoms of severe mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, by antagonizing dopamine and serotonin receptors. Recently, AAP have also been shown to exhibit immunomodulatory properties in the central nervous system (CNS). OBJECTIVE: Building on research which demonstrated the ability of the AAP risperidone and clozapine to modify the disease course of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS), we aimed to more fully investigate the potential of clozapine as a possible treatment for MS...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604632/experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-eae-induced-elevated-expression-of-the-e1-isoform-of-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2e1-implications-in-multiple-sclerosis-ms-induced-neurological-disability-and-associated-myelin-damage
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Tina Khorshid Ahmad, Ting Zhou, Khaled AlTaweel, Claudia Cortes, Ryan Lillico, Ted Martin Lakowski, Kiana Gozda, Michael Peter Namaka
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease characterized by the destruction of central nervous system (CNS) myelin. At present, there is no cure for MS due to the inability to repair damaged myelin. Although the neurotrophin brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has a beneficial role in myelin repair, these effects may be hampered by the over-expression of a transcriptional repressor isoform of methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) called MeCP2E1. We hypothesize that following experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)-induced myelin damage, the immune system induction of the pathogenic MeCP2E1 isoform hampers the myelin repair process by repressing BDNF expression...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602360/the-role-of-platelets-in-autoimmunity-vasculopathy-and-fibrosis-implications-for-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Ntelis, Elena E Solomou, Lazaros Sakkas, Stamatis-Nick Liossis, Dimitrios Daoussis
INTRODUCTION: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by vasculopathy, autoimmunity, and widespread dermal and visceral fibrosis. This article summarizes the current knowledge about the potential contribution of platelets in the disease process and the rationale of targeting platelets as an adjunct treatment for SSc. METHODS: We performed an electronic search (Medline) using the keywords platelets, systemic sclerosis, autoimmunity, fibrosis, Raynaud, and pulmonary arterial hypertension...
May 23, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601278/laquinimod-has-no-effects-on-brain-volume-or-cellular-cns-composition-in-the-f1-3xtg-ad-c3h-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Rehana Z Hussain, William A Miller-Little, Doris Lambracht-Washington, Tom C Jaramillo, Masaya Takahashi, Shanrong Zhang, Min Fu, Gary R Cutter, Liat Hayardeny, Craig M Powell, Roger N Rosenberg, Olaf Stüve
BACKGROUND: Laquinimod is an anti-inflammatory agent with good central nervous system (CNS) bioavailability, and neuroprotective and myelorestorative properties. A clinical trial in patients with multiple sclerosis demonstrated that laquinimod significantly reduced loss of brain volume. The cellular substrate or molecular events underlying that treatment effect are unknown. In this study, we aimed to explore laquinimod's potential effects on brain volume, animal behavior, cellular numbers and composition of CNS-intrinsic cells and mononuclear cells within the CNS, amyloid beta (Aβ) accumulation and tau phosphorylation in the F1 3xTg-AD/C3H mouse model of Alzheimer's disease...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600752/rapamycin-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-suppressing-the-mtor-stat3-pathway
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Huiqing Hou, Jun Miao, Runjing Cao, Mei Han, Yafei Sun, Xiaoqian Liu, Li Guo
Rapamycin is a new immunosuppressant that has a primarily anti-inflammatory effect and selectively inhibits the activation of T helper (Th)-cell subsets. It is widely used to treat autoimmune disease. We studied the mechanism of rapamycin action against experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in C57BL/6 mice, a classic animal model of multiple sclerosis. Rapamycin significantly inhibited the development of EAE by decreasing both clinical scores and inflammatory cell infiltration into the spinal cord...
May 30, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599652/regulatory-t-cells-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-myasthenia-gravis
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REVIEW
K M Danikowski, S Jayaraman, B S Prabhakar
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic debilitating disease of the central nervous system primarily mediated by T lymphocytes with specificity to neuronal antigens in genetically susceptible individuals. On the other hand, myasthenia gravis (MG) primarily involves destruction of the neuromuscular junction by antibodies specific to the acetylcholine receptor. Both autoimmune diseases are thought to result from loss of self-tolerance, which allows for the development and function of autoreactive lymphocytes. Although the mechanisms underlying compromised self-tolerance in these and other autoimmune diseases have not been fully elucidated, one possibility is numerical, functional, and/or migratory deficits in T regulatory cells (Tregs)...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583039/experimental-models-of-autoimmune-demyelinating-diseases-in-nonhuman-primates
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Lev Stimmer, Claire-Maëlle Fovet, Ché Serguera
Human idiopathic inflammatory demyelinating diseases (IIDD) are a heterogeneous group of autoimmune inflammatory and demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). These include multiple sclerosis (MS), the most common chronic IIDD, but also rarer disorders such as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Great efforts have been made to understand the pathophysiology of MS, leading to the development of a few effective treatments. Nonetheless, IIDD still require a better understanding of the causes and underlying mechanisms to implement more effective therapies and diagnostic methods...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576706/rhigm22-enhances-remyelination-in-the-brain-of-the-cuprizone-mouse-model-of-demyelination
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Ariana P Mullin, Charlene Cui, Yu Wang, Jing Wang, Erika Troy, Anthony O Caggiano, Tom J Parry, Raymond W Colburn, Elias Pavlopoulos
Failure of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) to differentiate and remyelinate axons is thought to be a major cause of the limited ability of the central nervous system to repair plaques of immune-mediated demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS). Current therapies for MS aim to lessen the immune response in order to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks, but these existing therapies do not target remyelination or stimulate repair of the damaged tissue. Thus, the promotion of OPC differentiation and remyelination is potentially an important therapeutic goal...
May 30, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557239/the-neuroprotective-effect-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-an-experimentally-induced-model-for-multiple-sclerosis-in-mice
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Marwa M Mahfouz, Rania M Abdelsalam, Marwa A Masoud, Hanaa A Mansour, Omar A Ahmed-Farid, Sanaa A Kenawy
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune demyelinating neurodegenerative central nervous system disorder. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prophylactic effect exerted by the one-time intraperitoneal injection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) 1 × 10(6) and 14-day intraperitoneal injection of methylprednisolone (MP) 40 mg/kg in an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). EAE was induced by intradermal injection of rat spinal cord homogenate with complete Freund's adjuvant in Swiss mice...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556916/intestinal-dysbiosis-and-probiotic-applications-in-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Gislane Lelis Vilela de Oliveira, Aline Zazeri Leite, Bruna Stevanato Higuchi, Marina Ignácio Gonzaga, Vânia Sammartino Mariano
In humans, a complex interaction between the host immune system and commensal microbiota is required to maintain gut homeostasis. In this symbiotic relationship, the microbiota provides carbohydrate fermentation and digestion, vitamin synthesis, and gut-associated lymphoid tissue development, as well as prevents colonization by pathobionts, whereas the host offers a niche and nutrients for the survival of the microbiota. However, when this mutualistic relationship is compromised and an altered interaction between immune cells and microorganisms occurs, the gut microbiota may cause or contribute to the establishment of infectious diseases and trigger autoimmune diseases...
May 29, 2017: Immunology
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