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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439348/evolvability-of-amyloidogenic-proteins-in-human-brain
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Makoto Hashimoto, Gilbert Ho, Shuei Sugama, Yoshiki Takamatsu, Yuka Shimizu, Takato Takenouchi, Masaaki Waragai, Eliezer Masliah
 Currently, the physiological roles of amyloidogenic proteins (APs) in human brain, such as amyloid-β and α-synuclein, are elusive. Given that many APs arose by gene duplication and have been resistant against the pressures of natural selection, APs may be associated with some functions that are advantageous for survival of offspring. Nonetheless, evolvability is the sole physiological quality of APs that has been characterized in microorganisms such as yeast. Since yeast and human brain may share similar strategies in coping with diverse range of critical environmental stresses, the objective of this paper was to discuss the potential role of evolvability of APs in aging-associated neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438843/probing-the-reproducibility-of-quantitative-estimates-of-structural-connectivity-derived-from-global-tractography
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Lena V Schumacher, Marco Reisert, Kai Nitschke, Karl Egger, Horst Urbach, Jürgen Hennig, Cornelius Weiller, Christoph P Kaller
As quantitative measures derived from fiber tractography are increasingly being used to characterize the structural connectivity of the brain, it is important to establish their reproducibility. However, no such information is as yet available for global tractography. Here we provide the first comprehensive analysis of the reproducibility of streamline counts derived from global tractography as quantitative estimates of structural connectivity. In a sample of healthy young adults scanned twice within one week, within-session and between-session test-retest reproducibility was estimated for streamline counts of connections based on regions of the AAL atlas using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) for absolute agreement...
February 10, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417441/glycotoxins-dietary-and-metabolic-origins-possible-amelioration-of-neurotoxicity-by-carnosine-with-special-reference-to-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Alan R Hipkiss
There is a strong association between neurodegeneration and protein glycation; possible origins of neurotoxic glycated protein, also called glycotoxins, include (i) diet (i.e., proteins cooked at high temperatures), (ii) protein glycation in the gut, and (iii) intracellular reaction of proteins with deleterious aldehydes, especially methylglyoxal (MG). It is likely that excessive glycolysis provokes increased generation of dihydroxyacetone phosphate which decomposes into MG due to activity-induced deamidation of certain asparagine residues in the glycolytic enzyme triose-phosphate isomerase (TPI)...
February 7, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404703/the-role-of-computed-tomography-in-the-screening-of-patients-presenting-with-symptoms-of-an-intracranial-tumour
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Sharri Junadi Mortensen, Shima Naebi Bjerrum, Stine Frost Hedegaard, Anna Tietze, Hanne Gottrup, Gorm von Oettingen
BACKGROUND: To improve the quality of care for brain cancer patients, the Danish Ministry of Health has set standards for the diagnosis and treatment. When a patient is suspected of having a malignant tumour involving the brain, it is required that a magnetic resonance imaging of the cerebrum (MRI-C) be obtained within seven calendar days of referral from a primary care provider. This standard has the potential to consume MR imaging time that might otherwise be used for evaluation or treatment monitoring of other patients...
February 5, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364220/studying-the-hypothalamic-insulin-signal-to-peripheral-glucose-intolerance-with-a-continuous-drug-infusion-system-into-the-mouse-brain
#5
Reni Ajoy, Szu-Yi Chou
Insulin regulates systematic metabolism in the hypothalamus and the peripheral insulin response. An inflammatory reaction in peripheral adipose tissues contributes to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) development and appetite regulation in the hypothalamus. Chemokine CCL5 and C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5) levels have been suggested to mediate arteriosclerosis and glucose intolerance in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In addition, CCL5 plays a neuroendocrine role in the hypothalamus by regulating food intake and body temperature, thus, prompting us to investigate its function in hypothalamic insulin signaling and the regulation of peripheral glucose metabolism...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29360467/parkinson-s-disease-from-the-gut
#6
Rodger A Liddle
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative condition associated with tremor, rigidity, dementia, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, nausea and vomiting. The pathological hallmarks of PD are Lewy bodies and neurites in the brain and peripheral nerves. The major constituent of Lewy bodies is the neuronal protein α-synuclein. Misfolding of α-synuclein confers prion-like properties enabling its spread from cell to cell. Misfolded α-synuclein also serves as a template and induces misfolding of endogenous α-synuclein in recipient cells leading to the formation of oligomers that progress to fibrils and eventually Lewy bodies...
January 31, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351906/edc-impact-molecular-effects-of-developmental-fm-550-exposure-in-wistar-rat-placenta-and-fetal-forebrain
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Kylie R Baldwin, Brian Horman, Allison L Phillips, Susan L McRitchie, Scott Watson, Jocelin Deese-Spruill, Dereje Jima, Susan Sumner, Heather Stapleton, Heather Patisaul
Firemaster 550 (FM 550) is a flame retardant (FR) mixture that has become one of the most commonly used FRs in foam-based furniture and baby products. Human exposure to this commercial mixture, comprised of brominated and organophosphate components, is widespread. We have repeatedly shown that developmental exposure can lead to sex-specific behavioral effects in rats. Accruing evidence of endocrine disruption and potential neurotoxicity have raised concerns regarding the neurodevelopmental effects of FM 550 exposure, but the specific mechanisms of action remains unclear...
January 19, 2018: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342911/effects-of-acanthopanax-senticosus-on-brain-injury-induced-by-simulated-spatial-radiation-in-mouse-model-based-on-pharmacokinetics-and-comparative-proteomics
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Yingyu Zhou, Cuilin Cheng, Denis Baranenko, Jiaping Wang, Yongzhi Li, Weihong Lu
The active compounds in Acanthopanax senticosus (AS) have different pharmacokinetic characteristics in mouse models. Cmax and AUC of Acanthopanax senticosus polysaccharides (ASPS) were significantly reduced in radiation-injured mice, suggesting that the blood flow of mouse was blocked or slowed, due to the pathological state of ischemia and hypoxia, which are caused by radiation. In contrast, the ability of various metabolizing enzymes to inactivate, capacity of biofilm transport decrease, and lessening of renal blood flow accounts for radiation, resulting in the accumulation of syringin and eleutheroside E in the irradiated mouse...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341271/review-shows-that-early-fetal-alcohol-exposure-may-cause-adverse-effects-even-when-the-mother-consumes-low-levels
#9
Ihsan Sarman
AIM: Studies are increasingly focusing on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on child health. The aim of this review was to provide paediatricians with new insights to help them communicate key messages about avoiding alcohol during pregnancy. METHODS: Inspired by the 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which focused on integrating research, policy and practice, we studied English language papers published since 2010 on how early PAE triggered epigenetic mechanisms that had an impact on the development of some chronic diseases...
January 17, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325757/the-role-of-fatty-acids-and-their-endocannabinoid-like-derivatives-in-the-molecular-regulation-of-appetite
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REVIEW
Renger F Witkamp
Intake, absorption and synthesis of fatty acids, including those produced by the intestinal microbiota are tightly monitored via specific receptors and, indirectly through their conversion into a variety of signalling molecules. The resulting information is integrated and translated to different physiological processes, including the regulation of appetite and satiation. Direct chemosensing of fatty acids takes place via interaction with free fatty acid (FFA) and other receptors. These are present in the oronasal cavity and along the entire gastrointestinal tract, in various other tissues, and, for some receptors also in brain...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324924/mobile-phone-use-for-5-minutes-can-cause-significant-memory-impairment-in-humans
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F Kalafatakis, D Bekiaridis-Moschou, Eirini Gkioka, Magda Tsolaki
INTRODUCTION: Concerns about the possible adverse health effects of mobile phones (MP) have increased along with the expansion of their use. A number of research papers have tried to address this issue. Although many investigations concluded that MP use does have negative consequences, in terms of cognitive function of the human brain, the results so far have been divisive. A number of studies reported impairment of cognitive function after exposure to mobile phone electromagnetic field (MP EMF), while others observed no effect or improved performance...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324522/how-does-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-influence-the-brain-in-depressive-disorders-a-review-of-neuroimaging-magnetic-resonance-imaging-studies
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Simon Taïb, Christophe Arbus, Anne Sauvaget, Marie Sporer, Laurent Schmitt, Antoine Yrondi
OBJECTIVE: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a nonpharmacological technique used to stimulate the brain. It is a safe and proven alternative tool to treat resistant major depressive disorders (MDDs). Neuroimaging studies suggest a wide corticolimbic network is involved in MDDs. We researched observable changes in magnetic resonance imaging induced by rTMS to clarify the operational mechanism. METHODS: A systematic search of the international literature was performed using PubMed and Embase, using papers published up to January 1, 2017...
January 11, 2018: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321952/fasciculation-and-elongation-zeta-1-protein-fez1-interacts-with-the-retinoic-acid-receptor-and-participates-in-transcriptional-regulation-of-the-hoxb4-gene
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Mariana Bertini Teixeira, Ana Carolina M Figueira, Ariane S Furlan, Bruno Aquino, Marcos R Alborghetti, Adriana F Paes Leme, Li-Na Wei, Jörg Kobarg
Fasciculation and elongation zeta-1 (FEZ1) protein is involved in axon outgrowth and is highly expressed in the brain. It has multiple interaction partners, with functions varying from the regulation of neuronal development and intracellular transport mechanisms to transcription regulation. One of its interactors is retinoic acid receptor (RAR), which is activated by retinoic acid and controls many target genes and physiological process. Based on previous evidence suggesting a possible nuclear role for FEZ1, we wanted to deepen our understanding of this function by addressing the FEZ1-RAR interaction...
January 2018: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277311/targeting-gut-microbiome-a-novel-and-potential-therapy-for-autism
#14
REVIEW
Yongshou Yang, Jinhu Tian, Bo Yang
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a severely neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. Children with neurodevelopmental disorder, including ASD, are regularly affected by gastrointestinal problems and dysbiosis of gut microbiota. On the other hand, humans live in a co-evolutionary association with plenty of microorganisms that resident on the exposed and internal surfaces of our bodies. The microbiome, refers to the collection of microbes and their genetic material, confers a variety of physiologic benefits to the host in many key aspects of life as well as being responsible for some diseases...
December 22, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261115/using-human-ipsc-derived-neurons-to-uncover-activity-dependent-non-coding-rnas
#15
Mainá Bitar, Stefanie Kuiper, Elizabeth O'Brien, Guy Barry
Humans are arguably the most complex organisms present on Earth with their ability to imagine, create, and problem solve. As underlying mechanisms enabling these capacities reside in the brain, it is not surprising that the brain has undergone an extraordinary increase in size and complexity within the last few million years. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can be differentiated into many cell types that were virtually inaccessible historically, such as neurons. Here, we used hiPSC-derived neurons to investigate the cellular response to activation at the transcript level...
December 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260735/focused-ultrasound-facilitated-brain-drug-delivery-using-optimized-nanodroplets-vaporization-efficiency-dictates-large-molecular-delivery
#16
Shih-Ying Wu, Samantha M Fix, Christopher B Arena, Cherry C Chen, Wenlan Zheng, Oluyemi O Olumolade, Virginie Papadopoulou, Anthony Novell, Paul A Dayton, Elisa E Konofagou
Focused ultrasound with nanodroplets could facilitate localized drug delivery after vaporization with potentially improved in vivo stability, drug payload, and minimal interference outside of the focal zone compared with microbubbles. While the feasibility of blood-brain barrier (BBB) opening using nanodroplets has been previously reported, characterization of the associated delivery has not been achieved. It was hypothesized that the outcome of drug delivery was associated with the droplet's sensitivity to acoustic energy, and can be modulated with the boiling point of the liquid core...
December 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237809/the-role-of-astrocytes-in-amyloid-production-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
REVIEW
Georgia R Frost, Yue-Ming Li
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is marked by the presence of extracellular amyloid beta (Aβ) plaques, intracellular neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and gliosis, activated glial cells, in the brain. It is thought that Aβ plaques trigger NFT formation, neuronal cell death, neuroinflammation and gliosis and, ultimately, cognitive impairment. There are increased numbers of reactive astrocytes in AD, which surround amyloid plaques and secrete proinflammatory factors and can phagocytize and break down Aβ. It was thought that neuronal cells were the major source of Aβ...
December 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237528/-effect-of-leptin-on-long-term-spatial-memory-of-rats-with-white-matter-damage-in-developing-brain
#18
Er-Cui Feng, Li Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the neuroprotective effect of leptin by observing its effect on spatial memory of rats with white matter damage in developing brain. METHODS: A total of 80 neonatal rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: sham-operation (n=27), model (n=27) and leptin intervention (n=27). The rats in the model and leptin intervention groups were used to prepare a model of white matter damage in developing brain, and the rats in the leptin intervention group were given leptin (100 μg/kg) diluted with normal saline immediately after modelling for 4 consecutive days...
December 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232823/improving-cerebral-blood-flow-after-arterial-recanalization-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-in-stroke
#19
REVIEW
Mohamad El Amki, Susanne Wegener
Ischemic stroke is caused by a disruption in blood supply to a region of the brain. It induces dysfunction of brain cells and networks, resulting in sudden neurological deficits. The cause of stroke is vascular, but the consequences are neurological. Decades of research have focused on finding new strategies to reduce the neural damage after cerebral ischemia. However, despite the incredibly huge investment, all strategies targeting neuroprotection have failed to demonstrate clinical efficacy. Today, treatment for stroke consists of dealing with the cause, attempting to remove the occluding blood clot and recanalize the vessel...
December 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232670/some-galeomorph-sharks-express-a-mammalian-microglia-specific-protein-in-radial-ependymoglia-of-the-telencephalon
#20
Skirmantas Janušonis
Ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1), also known as allograft inflammatory factor 1 (AIF-1), is a highly conserved cytoplasmic scaffold protein. Studies strongly suggest that Iba1 is associated with immune-like reactions in all Metazoa. In the mammalian brain, it is abundantly expressed in microglial cells and is used as a reliable marker for this cell type. The present study used multiple-label microscopy and Western blotting to examine Iba1 expression in the telencephalon of 2 galeomorph shark species, the swellshark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) and the horn shark (Heterodontus francisci), a member of an ancient extant order...
December 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
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