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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223929/the-effects-of-age-from-young-to-middle-adulthood-and-gender-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-dopaminergic-midbrain
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Andrew C Peterson, Sheng Zhang, Sien Hu, Herta H Chao, Chiang-Shan R Li
Dysfunction of the dopaminergic ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) is implicated in psychiatric disorders including attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addiction, schizophrenia and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Although the prevalence of these disorders varies by age and sex, the underlying neural mechanism is not well understood. The objective of this study was to delineate the distinct resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) of the VTA and SNc and examine the effects of age, from young to middle-adulthood, and sex on the rsFC of these two dopaminergic structures in a data set of 250 healthy adults (18-49 years of age, 104 men)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219982/enhanced-sensitivity-to-hyperpolarizing-inhibition-in-mesoaccumbal-relative-to-nigrostriatal-dopamine-neuron-subpopulations
#2
Rahilla A Tarfa, Rebekah C Evans, Zayd M Khaliq
Midbrain dopamine neurons recorded in vivo pause their firing in response to reward omission and aversive stimuli. While the initiation of pauses typically involves synaptic or modulatory input, intrinsic membrane properties may also enhance or limit hyperpolarization raising the question of how intrinsic conductances shape pauses in dopamine neurons. Using retrograde labeling and electrophysiological techniques combined with computational modeling, we examined the intrinsic conductances that shape pauses evoked by current injections and synaptic stimulation in subpopulations of dopamine neurons grouped according to their axonal projections to the nucleus accumbens or dorsal striatum in mice...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203148/dopamine-d1-receptor-immunoreactivity-on-fine-processes-of-gfap-positive-astrocytes-in-the-substantia-nigra-pars-reticulata-of-adult-mouse
#3
Katsuhiro Nagatomo, Sechiko Suga, Masato Saitoh, Masahito Kogawa, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshio Yamamoto, Katsuya Yamada
Substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr), the major output nucleus of the basal ganglia, receives dopamine from dendrites extending from dopaminergic neurons of the adjacent nucleus pars compacta (SNc), which is known for its selective degeneration in Parkinson's disease. As a recipient for dendritically released dopamine, the dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) is a primary candidate due to its very dense immunoreactivity in the SNr. However, the precise location of D1R remains unclear at the cellular level in the SNr except for that reported on axons/axon terminals of presumably striatal GABAergic neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199883/acetyl-l-carnitine-protects-dopaminergic-nigrostriatal-pathway-in-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-the-rat
#4
Siamak Afshin-Majd, Keyhan Bashiri, Zahra Kiasalari, Tourandokht Baluchnejadmojarad, Reza Sedaghat, Mehrdad Roghani
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a movement disorder and the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide in which nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons within substantia nigra pars compacta (SNC) are lost, with clinical motor and non-motor symptoms including bradykinesia, resting tremor, rigidity, stooping posture and cognitive deficits. This study was undertaken to evaluate the neuroprotective potential of acetyl-l-carnitine (ALC) against unilateral striatal 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced model of PD and to explore some involved mechanisms...
February 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195715/interfacial-interaction-of-titania-nanoparticles-and-ligated-uranyl-species-a-relativistic-dft-investigation
#5
Hong-Bo Zhao, Ming Zheng, Georg Schreckenbach, Qing-Jiang Pan
To understand interfacial behavior of actinides adsorbed onto mineral surfaces and unravel their structure-property relationship, the structures, electronic properties, and energetics of various ligated uranyl species adsorbed onto TiO2 surface nanoparticle clusters (SNCs) were examined using relativistic density functional theory. Rutile (110) and anatase (101) titania surfaces, experimentally known to be stable, were fully optimized. For the former, models studied include clean and water-free Ti27O64H20 (dry), partially hydrated (Ti27O64H20)(H2O)8 (sol) and proton-saturated [(Ti27O64H20)(H2O)8(H)2](2+) (sat), while defect-free and defected anatase SNCs involving more than 38 TiO2 units were considered...
February 14, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191785/impact-of-the-secretome-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-brain-structure-and-animal-behavior-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
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...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190508/navigating-the-clinical-trial-pathway-conception-design-execution-and-results-dissemination
#7
John S Sampalis, Joanne Watson, Stella Boukas, Marianna Boukas, Natalie Harvey, Sanjay Machado, Michel Bordeleau, Emmanouil Rampakakis
Dr Sampalis is founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer of JSS Medical Research Inc, founded in 1997. He is a tenured professor of Surgery and Epidemiology & Biostatistics of McGill University, the University of Montreal and University of Laval. Recognized as a leading clinical epidemiologist and one of the top trauma researchers in Canada, he possesses extensive expertise in health services research, clinical trials, and offers services as a Research and Epidemiological Consultant for numerous pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and government organizations and agencies...
March 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177164/midbrain-dopaminergic-neuron-activity-across-alternating-brain-states-of-urethane-anaesthetised-rat
#8
Magdalena Walczak, Tomasz Błasiak
Midbrain dopaminergic neurons are implicated in the control of motor functions and reward-driven behaviours. The function of this neuronal population is strongly connected with distinct patterns of firing - irregular or bursting, which either maintains basal levels of dopamine or leads to phasic release, respectively. Heterogeneity of dopaminergic neurons, observed on both structural and functional levels, is also reflected in different responses of DA neurons to changes in global brain states. Preparation of urethane anaesthetised animal is a broadly used model to study brain state dependent activity of neurons...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160151/neuromelanin-mri-is-useful-for-monitoring-motor-complications-in-parkinson-s-and-park2-disease
#9
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Taku Hatano, Ayami Okuzumi, Koji Kamagata, Kensuke Daida, Daisuke Taniguchi, Masaaki Hori, Hiroyo Yoshino, Shigeki Aoki, Nobutaka Hattori
Parkinson's disease (PD) is caused by the loss of dopaminergic neurons. Recently, specific T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3 Tesla was reported to visualize neuromelanin (NM)-related contrast of dopaminergic neurons. Using NM-MRI, we analyzed whether disease severity and motor complications (MC) are associated with the degree of dopaminergic neuronal degeneration in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) in patients with idiopathic PD (PD) and PARK2. We examined 27 individuals with PD, 11 with PARK2, and a control group of 18...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153913/an-anatomically-resolved-mouse-brain-proteome-reveals-parkinson-disease-relevant-pathways
#10
Sung Yun Jung, Jong Min Choi, Maxime W C Rousseaux, Anna Malovannaya, Jean J Kim, Joachim Kutzera, Yi Wang, Yin Huang, Weimin Zhu, Suman Maity, Huda Yahya Zoghbi, Jun Qin
Here we present a mouse brain protein atlas that covers 17 surgically distinct neuroanatomical regions of the adult mouse brain, each less than 1mm3 in size. The protein expression levels are determined for 6,500 to 7,500 gene protein products from each region and over 12,000 gene protein products for the entire brain, documenting the physiological repertoire of mouse brain proteins in an anatomically resolved and comprehensive manner. We explored the utility of our spatially-defined protein profiling methods in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD)...
February 2, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146406/humulus-japonicus-prevents-dopaminergic-neuron-death-in-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
#11
Young-Kyoung Ryu, Young Kang, Jun Go, Hye-Yeon Park, Jung-Ran Noh, Yong-Hoon Kim, Jung Hwan Hwang, Dong-Hee Choi, Sang-Seop Han, Won-Keun Oh, Chul-Ho Lee, Kyoung-Shim Kim
Humulus japonicus (HJ), popularly known as Japanese hops, is a traditional herbal medicine widely used for the treatment of pulmonary disease, skin disease, and hypertension in Korea. HJ exerts scavenging effects against reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as superoxide radical, hydroxyl radical, and hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, dysfunction and damage of mitochondria elicited by ROS are of critical importance in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). The present study aimed to examine neuroprotective potential of extracts of HJ using in vitro and in vivo 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) models...
February 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134302/implication-of-dorsostriatal-d3-receptors-in-motivational-processes-a-potential-target-for-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Mathieu Favier, Carole Carcenac, Guillaume Drui, Yvan Vachez, Sabrina Boulet, Marc Savasta, Sebastien Carnicella
Beyond classical motor symptoms, motivational and affective deficits are frequently observed in Parkinson's disease (PD), dramatically impairing the quality of life of patients. Using bilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesions of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) in rats, we have been able to reproduce these neuropsychiatric/non-motor impairments. The present study describes how bilateral 6-OHDA SNc lesions affect the function of the main striatal dopaminergic (DA) receptor subtypes. Autoradiography was used to measure the levels of striatal DA receptors, and operant sucrose self-administration and neuropharmacological approaches were combined to investigate the causal implication of specific DA receptors subtypes in the motivational deficits induced by a dorsostriatal DA denervation...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122945/reduction-of-neonatal-mortality-requires-strengthening-of-the-health-system-a-situational-analysis-of-neonatal-care-services-in-ballabgarh
#13
Mudita Gosain, Akhil D Goel, Pradeep Kharya, Ramesh Agarwal, Ritvik Amarchand, Sanjay K Rai, Suresh Kapoor, Vinod K Paul, Anand Krishnan
BACKGROUND: Planning a comprehensive program addressing neonatal mortality will require a detailed situational analysis of available neonatal-specific health infrastructure. METHODS: We identified facilities providing essential and sick neonatal care (ENC, SNC) by a snowballing technique in Ballabgarh Block. These were assessed for infrastructure, human resource and equipment along with self-rated competency of the staff and compared with facility-based or population-based norms...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095499/treatment-with-riluzole-restores-normal-control-of-soleus-and-extensor-digitorum-longus-muscles-during-locomotion-in-adult-rats-after-sciatic-nerve-crush-at-birth
#14
Wojciech Zmysłowski, Anna M Cabaj, Urszula Sławińska
The effects of sciatic nerve crush (SNC) and treatment with Riluzole on muscle activity during unrestrained locomotion were identified in an animal model by analysis of the EMG activity recorded from soleus (Sol) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles of both hindlimbs; in intact rats (IN) and in groups of rats treated for 14 days with saline (S) or Riluzole (R) after right limb nerve crush at the 1st (1S and 1R) or 2nd (2S and 2R) day after birth. Changes in the locomotor pattern of EMG activity were correlated with the numbers of survived motor units (MUs) identified in investigated muscles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088038/evidence-of-functional-duplicity-of-nestin-expression-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
#15
Parisa Farzanehfar, Shi Sheng Lu, Anupa Dey, Dharshani Musiienko, Hamzah Baagil, Malcolm K Horne, Tim D Aumann
Whether or not neurogenesis occurs in the adult substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) is an important question relevant for developing better treatments for the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although controversial, it is generally believed that dividing cells here remain undifferentiated or differentiate into glia, not neurons. However, there is a suggestion that Nestin-expressing neural precursor cells (NPCs) in the adult SNc have a propensity to differentiate into neurons, which we sought to confirm in the present study...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070736/genome-wide-analysis-of-mirnas-and-tasi-rnas-in-zea-mays-in-response-to-phosphate-deficiency
#16
Saurabh Gupta, Manju Kumari, Himansu Kumar, Pritish Kumar Varadwaj
Globally important cereal crop maize provides important nutritions and starch in dietary foods. Low phosphate (LPi) availability in the soil frequently limits the maize quality and yield across the world. Small non-coding RNAs (Snc-RNAs) play crucial roles in growth and adaptation of plants to the environment. Snc-RNAs like microRNAs (miRs) and trans-acting small interfering RNAs (Tasi-Rs) play important functions in posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression, which controls plant development, reproduction, and biotic/abiotic stress responses...
January 9, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048656/su-f-t-301-planar-dose-pass-rate-inflation-due-to-the-mapcheck-measurement-uncertainty-function
#17
D Bailey, J Spaans, L Kumaraswamy, M Podgorsak
PURPOSE: To quantify the effect of the Measurement Uncertainty function on planar dosimetry pass rates, as analyzed with Sun Nuclear Corporation analytic software ("MapCHECK" or "SNC Patient"). This optional function is toggled on by default upon software installation, and automatically increases the user-defined dose percent difference (%Diff) tolerance for each planar dose comparison. METHODS: Dose planes from 109 IMRT fields and 40 VMAT arcs were measured with the MapCHECK 2 diode array, and compared to calculated planes from a commercial treatment planning system...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047288/su-f-t-310-does-a-head-mounted-ionization-chamber-detect-imrt-errors
#18
S Wegener, B Herzog, O Sauer
PURPOSE: The conventional plan verification strategy is delivering a plan to a QA-phantom before the first treatment. Monitoring each fraction of the patient treatment in real-time would improve patient safety. We evaluated how well a new detector, the IQM (iRT Systems, Germany), is capable of detecting errors we induced into IMRT plans of three different treatment regions. Results were compared to an established phantom. METHODS: Clinical plans of a brain, prostate and head-and-neck patient were modified in the Pinnacle planning system, such that they resulted in either several percent lower prescribed doses to the target volume or several percent higher doses to relevant organs at risk...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047219/su-f-t-443-quantification-of-dosimetric-effects-of-dental-metallic-implant-on-vmat-plans
#19
C Lin, Y Feng, Z Huang, W Jiang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the dosimetric impact of metallic implant that correlates with the size of targets and metallic implants and distance in between on volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans for head and neck (H&N) cancer patients with dental metallic implant. METHODS: CT images of H&N cancer patients with dental metallic implant were used. Target volumes with different sizes and locations were contoured. Metal artifact regions excluding surrounding critical organs were outlined and assigned with CT numbers close to water (0HU)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047174/su-f-t-490-separating-effects-influencing-detector-response-in-small-mv-photon-fields
#20
S Wegener, O Sauer
PURPOSE: Different detector properties influence their responses especially in field sizes below the lateral electron range. Due to the finite active volume, the detector density and electron perturbation at other structural parts, the response factor is in general field size dependent. We aimed to visualize and separate the main effects contributing to detector behavior for a variety of detector types. This was achieved in an experimental setup, shielding the field center. Thus, effects caused by scattered radiation could be examined separately...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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