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Takashi Hashido, Shigeyoshi Saito
PURPOSE: Neuromelanin is a dark pigment granule present within certain catecholamine neurons of the human brain. Here, we aimed to clarify the relationship between contrast of neuromelanin-sensitive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR relaxation times using T1, T2, and T2* mapping of the lower midbrain. METHODS: The subjects were 14 healthy volunteers (11 men and 3 women, mean age 29.9 ± 6.9 years). Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI was acquired using an optimized T1-weighted two-dimensional (2D)-turbo spin-echo sequence...
2016: PloS One
Thomas Viereckel, Sylvie Dumas, Casey J A Smith-Anttila, Bianca Vlcek, Zisis Bimpisidis, Malin C Lagerström, Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, Åsa Wallén-Mackenzie
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) of the midbrain are associated with Parkinson's disease (PD), schizophrenia, mood disorders and addiction. Based on the recently unraveled heterogeneity within the VTA and SNc, where glutamate, GABA and co-releasing neurons have been found to co-exist with the classical dopamine neurons, there is a compelling need for identification of gene expression patterns that represent this heterogeneity and that are of value for development of human therapies...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Linde Boekhoudt, Elisa S Voets, Jacques P Flores-Dourojeanni, Mieneke Cm Luijendijk, Louk Jmj Vanderschuren, Roger Ah Adan
Attentional impairments and exaggerated impulsivity are key features of psychiatric disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. These deficits in attentional performance and impulsive behaviours have been associated with aberrant dopamine (DA) signalling, but it remains unknown whether these deficits result from enhanced DA neuronal activity in the midbrain. Here, we took a novel approach by testing the impact of chemogenetically activating DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) or substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) on attention and impulsivity in the five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) in rats...
October 17, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ben Zhao, Syed Tahir Ata-Ui-Karim, Xia Yao, YongChao Tian, WeiXing Cao, Yan Zhu, XiaoJun Liu
Diagnosing the status of crop nitrogen (N) helps to optimize crop yield, improve N use efficiency, and reduce the risk of environmental pollution. The objectives of the present study were to develop a critical N (Nc) dilution curve for winter wheat (based on spike dry matter [SDM] during the reproductive growth period), to compare this curve with the existing Nc dilution curve (based on plant dry matter [DM] of winter wheat), and to explore its ability to reliably estimate the N status of winter wheat. Four field experiments, using varied N fertilizer rates (0-375 kg ha-1) and six cultivars (Yangmai16, Ningmai13, Ningmai9, Aikang58, Yangmai12, Huaimai 17), were conducted in the Jiangsu province of eastern China...
2016: PloS One
S M Dieter, C Heining, A Agaimy, D Huebschmann, D Bonekamp, B Hutter, K R Ehrenberg, M Fröhlich, M Schlesner, C Scholl, H-P Schlemmer, S Wolf, A Mavratzas, C S Jung, S Gröschel, C V Kalle, R Eils, B Brors, R Penzel, M Kriegsmann, D E Reuss, P Schirmacher, A Stenzinger, P A Federspil, W Weichert, H Glimm, S Fröhling
BACKGROUND: Sinonasal carcinomas (SNCs) comprise various rare tumor types that are characterized by marked histologic diversity and largely unknown molecular profiles, yet share an overall poor prognosis owing to an aggressive clinical course and frequent late-stage diagnosis. The lack of effective systemic therapies for locally advanced or metastatic SNC poses a major challenge to therapeutic decision making for individual patients. We here aimed to identify actionable genetic alterations in a patient with metastatic SNC whose tumor, despite all diagnostic efforts, could not be assigned to any known SNC category and was refractory to multimodal therapy...
September 29, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Mette Slot Nielsen, Andreas Nørgaard Glud, Arne Møller, Poul Mogensen, Dirk Bender, Jens Christian Sørensen, Doris Doudet, Carsten Reidies Bjarkam
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder, resulting from progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). Neuroprotective therapies in PD are still not available, perhaps because animal models do not imitate the chronic and progressive nature of the clinical state of PD. To address this, we performed a feasibility study aimed at establishing a chronic non-primate large animal PD model in Göttingen minipigs based on continuous infusion of the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl‑1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
2016: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
Tianjun Ma, Matthew B Podgorsak, Lalith K Kumaraswamy
Detection and accurate quantification of treatment delivery errors is important in radiation therapy. This study aims to evaluate the accuracy of DVH based QA in quantifying delivery errors. Eighteen previously treated VMAT plans (prostate, H&N, and brain) were randomly chosen for this study. Conventional IMRT delivery QA was done with the ArcCHECK diode detector for error-free plans and plans with the following modifications: 1) induced monitor unit differences up to ± 3.0%, 2) control point deletion (3, 5, and 8 control points were deleted for each arc), and 3) gantry angle shift (2° uniform shift clockwise and counterclockwise)...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Fábio G Teixeira, Miguel M Carvalho, Krishna M Panchalingam, Ana J Rodrigues, Bárbara Mendes-Pinheiro, Sandra Anjo, Bruno Manadas, Leo A Behie, Nuno Sousa, António J Salgado
: : Research in the last decade strongly suggests that mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-mediated therapeutic benefits are mainly due to their secretome, which has been proposed as a possible therapeutic tool for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Indeed, it has been shown that the MSC secretome increases neurogenesis and cell survival, and has numerous neuroprotective actions under different conditions. Additionally, using dynamic culturing conditions (through computer-controlled bioreactors) can further modulate the MSC secretome, thereby generating a more potent neurotrophic factor cocktail (i...
September 22, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Javad Hami, Mehran Hosseini, Saeed Vafaei Nezhad, Sekineh Shahi, Nassim Lotfi, Hossein Ehsani, Akram Sadeghi
BACKGROUND: L-arginine has been recently investigated and proposed to reduce neurological damage after various experimental models of neuronal cellular damage. In this study, we aim to evaluate the beneficial effects of L-arginine administration on the numerical density of dark neurons (DNs) in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) of Balb/c mice subjected to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Balb/c mice were randomly divided into 4 groups (n = 7 each): MPTP only; saline only (control); MPTP + L-arginine; and L-arginine only...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
Mariana Psyrdellis, Ricardo Marcos Pautassi, Nadia Justel
Successive negative contrast (SNC) is an incentive relativity procedure that has been widely used to model emotional reactivity in rodents. The reward downshift experienced during SNC is thought to result in frustration. The exploration of a novel open field (OF), a complex situation involving stress induction and novelty detection, can enhance or block the acquisition of associative and non-associative memories. Previous experiments found a modulatory effect of OF, applied before downshift trials, on SNC. This schedule, however, can affect retention performance by influencing attentional, motivational, motor or sensory-perceptual mechanisms at training or retention testing...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Keita Matsuura, Masayuki Maeda, Ken-Ichi Tabei, Maki Umino, Hiroyuki Kajikawa, Masayuki Satoh, Hirotaka Kida, Hidekazu Tomimoto
PURPOSE: Neuromelanin-sensitive MR imaging (NMI) is an increasingly powerful tool for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD). This study was undertaken to evaluate longitudinal changes on NMI in PD patients. METHODS: We examined longitudinal changes on NMI in 14 PD patients. The area and contrast ratio (CR) of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) were comparatively analyzed. RESULTS: The total area and CR of the SNc upon follow-up NMI were significantly smaller than those on initial NMI (from 33...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Parisa Farzanehfar
The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) are caused by degeneration of dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) of midbrain. Given the fact that current treatment options are mostly symptomatic and based on increasing DA level in the nigrostriatal system, it is generally believed the most effective and long-lasting treatment for PD motor symptoms will be replacing SNc DA cells, either by endogenous repair (i.e. neurogenesis) or cell transplantation. While cell transplantation is hindered by failure of acquisition and maintenance of the DA phenotype by transplanted cells, hope rests upon non-invasive cell replacement therapy (CRT) with endogenous neural stem cells, which have the potential to give rise to new neurons including DA neurons...
September 10, 2016: Neurochemical Research
D James Surmeier, Paul T Schumacker, Jaime D Guzman, Ema Ilijic, Ben Yang, Enrico Zampese
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. Its causes are poorly understood and there is no proven therapeutic strategy for slowing disease progression. The core motor symptoms of PD are caused by the death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). In these neurons, Ca(2+)entry through plasma membrane Cav1 channels drives a sustained feed-forward stimulation of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Although this design helps prevent bioenergetic failure when activity needs to be sustained, it leads to basal mitochondrial oxidant stress...
August 30, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jared B Smith, Jason R Klug, Danica L Ross, Christopher D Howard, Nick G Hollon, Vivian I Ko, Hilary Hoffman, Edward M Callaway, Charles R Gerfen, Xin Jin
The striatum contains neurochemically defined compartments termed patches and matrix. Previous studies suggest patches preferentially receive limbic inputs and project to dopamine neurons in substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc), whereas matrix neurons receive sensorimotor inputs and do not innervate SNc. Using BAC-Cre transgenic mice with viral tracing techniques, we mapped brain-wide differences in the input-output organization of the patch/matrix. Findings reveal a displaced population of striatal patch neurons termed "exo-patch," which reside in matrix zones but have neurochemistry, connectivity, and electrophysiological characteristics resembling patch neurons...
September 7, 2016: Neuron
J Martí-Clúa
Natural cell death by apoptosis was studied in two neuronal populations of BALB/c, C57BL/6 and B6CBA-Aw-j/A hybrid stock mice: (I) dopaminergic (DA) neurons in choosing coronal levels throughout the anteroposterior extent of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc), and (II) Purkinje cells (PCs) in each vermal lobe of the cerebellar cortex. Mice were collected at postnatal day (P) 2 and P14 for the midbrain study, and at P4 and P7 for the analysis of the cerebellum. No DA cells with morphologic criteria for apoptosis were found...
2016: Folia Neuropathologica
Weijie Wu, Qingqing Liu, Yuxi Liu, Zhaohui Yu, Youhua Wang
Dixdc1 (DIX domain containing-1), the mammalian homolog of Ccd1 (Coiled-coil-Dishevelled-Axin1), is a protein containing a coiled-coil domain and a Dishevelled-Axin (DIX) domain. As a novel component of the Wnt pathway, Dixdc1 has been reported to be able to promote neural progenitor proliferation and neuronal differentiation via Wnt/β-catenin signaling. But there still remains something unknown about Dixdc1 distribution and functions in the lesion and regeneration of the peripheral nervous system (PNS), so we tried to investigate dynamic changes of Dixdc1 expression in a rat sciatic nerve crush (SNC) model in this study...
September 16, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Panojot Bifsha, Aurelio Balsalobre, Jacques Drouin
Dysfunction of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons is involved in Parkinson's disease (PD) and neuropsychiatric disorders. Pitx3 is expressed in mDA neuron subsets of the substantia nigra compacta (SNc) and of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) that are degeneration-sensitive in PD. The genetic network(s) and mode(s) of action of Pitx3 in these mDA neurons remain poorly characterized. We hypothesized that, given their distinct neuronal identities, Pitx3-expressing neurons of SNc and VTA should differ in their Pitx3-controlled gene expression networks and this may involve subset-specific co-regulators...
August 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Manuel Cappellari, Mariachiara Bosco, Stefano Forlivesi, Giampaolo Tomelleri, Nicola Micheletti, Monica Carletti, Paolo Bovi
Intravenous (IV) thrombolysis is the treatment in ischemic stroke, but only the minority of patients receive this medication. The primary objective of this study was to explore the reasons associated with the decision not to offer IV thrombolysis to stroke patients admitted to the Stroke Unit (SU). We conducted a retrospective analysis based on data collected from 876 consecutive stroke patients admitted to the SU <12 h of symptoms onset, treated or not with IV thrombolysis at the discretion of the treating neurologist...
November 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
David H Root, Hui-Ling Wang, Bing Liu, David J Barker, László Mód, Péter Szocsics, Afonso C Silva, Zsófia Maglóczky, Marisela Morales
The rodent ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNC) contain dopamine neurons intermixed with glutamate neurons (expressing vesicular glutamate transporter 2; VGluT2), which play roles in reward and aversion. However, identifying the neuronal compositions of the VTA and SNC in higher mammals has remained challenging. Here, we revealed VGluT2 neurons within the VTA and SNC of nonhuman primates and humans by simultaneous detection of VGluT2 mRNA and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH; for identification of dopamine neurons)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Bei Gong, Wenxia Liu, Hua Tan, Dehai Yu, Zhaoping Song, Lucian A Lucia
Starch nanocrystals (SNC) are aptly described as the insoluble degradation byproducts of starch granules that purportedly display morphologies that are platelet-like, round, square, and oval-like. In this work, we reported the preparation of SNC with unprecedented tubular structures through sulfuric acid hydrolysis of normal maize starch, subsequent exposure to ammonia and relaxation at 4°C. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy observation clearly proved that the SNCs possess tubular nanostructures with polygonal cross-section...
October 20, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
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