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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909396/the-eye-as-a-biomarker-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jeremiah K H Lim, Qiao-Xin Li, Zheng He, Algis J Vingrys, Vickie H Y Wong, Nicolas Currier, Jamie Mullen, Bang V Bui, Christine T O Nguyen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder resulting in dementia and eventual death. It is the leading cause of dementia and the number of cases are projected to rise in the next few decades. Pathological hallmarks of AD include the presence of hyperphosphorylated tau and amyloid protein deposition. Currently, these pathological biomarkers are detected either through cerebrospinal fluid analysis, brain imaging or post-mortem. Though effective, these methods are not widely available due to issues such as the difficulty in acquiring samples, lack of infrastructure or high cost...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903134/o-glcnac-glycosylation-stoichiometry-of-the-fet-protein-family-only-ews-is-glycosylated-with-a-high-stoichiometry
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Kazuo Kamemura
Of the FET (fused in sarcoma [FUS]/Ewing sarcoma protein [EWS]/TATA binding protein-associated factor 15 [TAF15]) family of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle proteins, FUS and TAF15 are consistently and EWS variably found in inclusion bodies in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal lobar degeneration associated with FUS. It is speculated that dysregulation of FET proteins at the post-translational level is involved in their cytoplasmic deposition. Here, the O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) glycosylation stoichiometry of the FET proteins was chemoenzymatically analyzed, and it was found that only EWS is dynamically glycosylated with a high stoichiometry in the neural cell lines tested and in mouse brain...
December 1, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892534/improving-estimation-of-fiber-orientations-in-diffusion-mri-using-inter-subject-information-sharing
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Geng Chen, Pei Zhang, Ke Li, Chong-Yaw Wee, Yafeng Wu, Dinggang Shen, Pew-Thian Yap
Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging is widely used to investigate diffusion patterns of water molecules in the human brain. It provides information that is useful for tracing axonal bundles and inferring brain connectivity. Diffusion axonal tracing, namely tractography, relies on local directional information provided by the orientation distribution functions (ODFs) estimated at each voxel. To accurately estimate ODFs, data of good signal-to-noise ratio and sufficient angular samples are desired. This is however not always available in practice...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886714/classification-of-ct-brain-images-based-on-deep-learning-networks
#4
Xiaohong W Gao, Rui Hui, Zengmin Tian
While computerised tomography (CT) may have been the first imaging tool to study human brain, it has not yet been implemented into clinical decision making process for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). On the other hand, with the nature of being prevalent, inexpensive and non-invasive, CT does present diagnostic features of AD to a great extent. This study explores the significance and impact on the application of the burgeoning deep learning techniques to the task of classification of CT brain images, in particular utilising convolutional neural network (CNN), aiming at providing supplementary information for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease...
January 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884623/relationship-between-toxoplasma-gondii-seropositivity-and-acoustic-startle-response-in-an-inner-city-population
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Nick M Massa, Erica Duncan, Tanja Jovanovic, Kimberly Kerley, Lei Weng, Lauren Gensler, Samuel S Lee, Seth Norrholm, Abigail Powers, Lynn M Almli, Charles F Gillespie, Kerry Ressler, Bradley D Pearce
Toxoplasma gondii (TOXO) is a neuroinvasive protozoan parasite that induces the formation of persistent cysts in mammalian brains. It infects approximately 1.1 million people in the United States annually. Latent TOXO infection is implicated in the etiology of psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia (Scz), and has been correlated with modestly impaired cognition. The acoustic startle response (ASR) is a reflex seen in all mammals. It is mediated by a simple subcortical circuit, and provides an indicator of neural function...
November 21, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875923/age-of-onset-of-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis-the-effect-of-apolipoprotein-e-and-febrile-seizures
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Bárbara Leal, João Chaves, Cláudia Carvalho, Andreia Bettencourt, Joel Freitas, João Lopes, João Ramalheira, Paulo P Costa, Denisa Mendonça, António M Silva, Berta M Silva
PURPOSE: Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy with Hippocampal Sclerosis (MTLE-HS) is the most frequent pharmaco-resistant epilepsy. It has been associated with febrile seizures (FS) in childhood. Its aetiology remains unclear but genetic factors are involved. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is the main lipoprotein secreted in brain. It has a critical immunomodulatory function, influences neurotransmission and it is involved in repairing damaged neurons. ApoEϵ4 is an isoform of ApoE with altered protein function, previously associated with refractoriness and early onset epilepsy...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870866/investigating-the-predictive-value-of-functional-mri-to-appetitive-and-aversive-stimuli-a-pattern-classification-approach
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Ciara McCabe, Vanessa Rocha-Rego
BACKGROUND: Dysfunctional neural responses to appetitive and aversive stimuli have been investigated as possible biomarkers for psychiatric disorders. However it is not clear to what degree these are separate processes across the brain or in fact overlapping systems. To help clarify this issue we used Gaussian process classifier (GPC) analysis to examine appetitive and aversive processing in the brain. METHOD: 25 healthy controls underwent functional MRI whilst seeing pictures and receiving tastes of pleasant and unpleasant food...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870447/sex-on-the-brain-are-gender-dependent-structural-and-functional-differences-associated-with-behavior
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Anna Grabowska
A substantial number of studies provide evidence documenting a variety of sex differences in the brain. It remains unclear whether sexual differentiation at the neural level is related to that observed in daily behavior, cognitive function, and the risk of developing certain psychiatric and neurological disorders. Some investigators have questioned whether the brain is truly sexually differentiated and support this view with several arguments including the following: (1) brain structural or functional differences are not necessarily reflected in appropriate differences at the behavioral level, which might suggest that these two phenomena are not linked to each other; and (2) sex-related differences in the brain are rather small and concern features that significantly overlap between males and females...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862327/an-order-in-lewy-body-disorders-retrograde-degeneration-in-hyperbranching-axons-as-a-fundamental-structural-template-accounting-for-focal-multifocal-lewy-body-disease
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Toshiki Uchihara 内原 俊記
Initial clinical recognition of "paralysis agitans" by James Parkinson was expanded by Jean-Martin Charcot, who recognized additional clinical findings of his own, such as slowness (distinct from paralysis), rigidity (distinct from spasticity) and characteristic countenance. Charcot assembled these findings under the umbrella of "Parkinson disease (PD)". This purely clinical concept was so prescient and penetrating that subsequent neuropathological and biochemical evidences were ordered along this axis to establish the nigra-central trinity of PD (dopamine depletion, nigral lesion with Lewy bodies: LBs)...
November 14, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854097/optimizing-the-delivery-of-antineoplastic-therapies-to-the-central-nervous-system
#10
REVIEW
Jarushka Naidoo, Hardik Panday, Sadhana Jackson, Stuart A Grossman
Despite significant advances in the treatment of systemic cancers, progress in the treatment of primary brain tumors has been quite modest. In addition, an increasing proportion of patients with systemic cancers are presenting with brain-only metastases. These observations highlight the critical role that the blood-brain barrier plays in preventing antineoplastic therapies from reaching the central nervous system in therapeutic concentrations. This review describes the anatomy of the blood-brain barrier and currently available methods to quantify the entry of therapeutic compounds into the brain...
November 15, 2016: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843334/targeting-neuroinflammation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Maria Rosanna Bronzuoli, Aniello Iacomino, Luca Steardo, Caterina Scuderi
Almost 47 million people suffer from dementia worldwide, with an estimated new case diagnosed every 3.2 seconds. Alzheimer's disease (AD) accounts for approximately 60%-80% of all dementia cases. Given this evidence, it is clear dementia represents one of the greatest global public health challenges. Currently used drugs alleviate the symptoms of AD but do not treat the underlying causes of dementia. Hence, a worldwide quest is under way to find new treatments to stop, slow, or even prevent AD. Besides the classic targets of the oldest therapies, represented by cholinergic and glutamatergic systems, β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques, and tau tangles, new therapeutic approaches have other targets...
2016: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832416/slow-continuous-enzyme-replacement-via-spinal-csf-in-dogs-with-the-paediatric-onset-neurodegenerative-disease-mps-iiia
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Barbara King, Neil R Marshall, Sofia Hassiotis, Paul J Trim, Justin Tucker, Kathryn Hattersley, Marten F Snel, Robert D Jolly, John J Hopwood, Kim M Hemsley
Intra-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) injection of recombinant human lysosomal enzyme is a potential treatment strategy for several neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorders including Sanfilippo syndrome (Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA; MPS IIIA). Here we have utilised the MPS IIIA Huntaway dog model to compare the effectiveness of the repeated intermittent bolus injection strategy being used in the trials with an alternate approach; slow, continual infusion of replacement enzyme (recombinant human sulphamidase; rhSGSH) into the spinal CSF using a SynchroMed II® pump attached to a spinal infusion cannula...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830683/-expression-of-apoptosis-genes-in-the-brain-of-rats-with-genetically-defined-fear-induced-aggression
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T V Ilchibaeva, A S Tsybko, R V Kozhemyakina, V S Naumenko
The programmed cell death (or apoptosis) plays an important role both in developing and mature brains. Multiple data indicate the involvement of processes of apoptosis in mechanisms of different psychopathologies. At the same time, nothing is known about the role of apoptosis in the regulation of genetically defined aggression. In the present work, the expression of the genes that encode main pro- and antiapoptotic BAX and BCL-XL proteins, as well as caspase 3 (the main effector of apoptosis), in different brain structures of rats that were selected on a high aggression towards human (or its absence) was studied...
September 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827366/evolutionary-origins-of-non-adjacent-sequence-processing-in-primate-brain-potentials
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Alice E Milne, Jutta L Mueller, Claudia Männel, Adam Attaheri, Angela D Friederici, Christopher I Petkov
There is considerable interest in understanding the ontogeny and phylogeny of the human language system, yet, neurobiological work at the interface of both fields is absent. Syntactic processes in language build on sensory processing and sequencing capabilities on the side of the receiver. While we better understand language-related ontogenetic changes in the human brain, it remains a mystery how neurobiological processes at specific human development stages compare with those in phylogenetically closely related species...
November 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823623/the-water-extract-of-veratrilla-baillonii-could-attenuate-the-subacute-toxicity-induced-by-aconitum-brachypodum
#15
You Yu, Xue-Jia Yi, Zhi-Yi Mei, Jun Li, Xian-Ju Huang, Guang-Zhong Yang, Li-Qun Ma, Yue Gao
BACKGROUND: Aconitum brachypodum Diels (Family Ranunculaceae) is a Chinese ethnodrug and is well known for both its therapeutic application and high toxicity. However, no detoxication strategy is available for the complete elimination of the toxicity of Aconitum plants. Veratrilla baillonii Franch is believed to possess antitoxic effects on the toxicity induced by Aconitum plants and has been clinically used for hundreds of time by Naxi and Lisu nationalities in Yunnan Province of China...
December 1, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822498/the-x-linked-autism-protein-kiaa2022-kidlia-regulates-neurite-outgrowth-via-n-cadherin-and-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#16
James Gilbert, Heng-Ye Man
Our previous work showed that loss of the KIAA2022 gene protein results in intellectual disability with language impairment and autistic behavior (KIDLIA, also referred to as XPN). However, the cellular and molecular alterations resulting from a loss of function of KIDLIA and its role in autism with severe intellectual disability remain unknown. Here, we show that KIDLIA plays a key role in neuron migration and morphogenesis. We found that KIDLIA is distributed exclusively in the nucleus. In the developing rat brain, it is expressed only in the cortical plate and subplate region but not in the intermediate or ventricular zone...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815898/synchronization-of-mammalian-cell-cultures-by-serum-deprivation
#17
Thomas J Langan, Kyla R Rodgers, Richard C Chou
Mammalian cells are amenable to the study of regulatory mechanisms dictating cell cycle progression in vitro by shifting them into the same phase of the cycle. Procedures to arrest cultured cells in specific phases of the cell cycle may be termed in vitro synchronization. The procedure described here was developed for the study of primary astrocytes and a glioma cell line, but is broadly applicable to other mammalian cells. Its application allows astrocytes to re-enter the cell cycle from a state of quiescence (G0) under carefully defined experimental conditions to move together into subsequent phases such as the G1 and S phases...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814824/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-stage-i-breast-carcinoma
#18
Phan Tuong Huynh, Sergy V Lemeshko, Mary C Mahoney, Mary S Newell, Lisa Bailey, Lora D Barke, Carl D'Orsi, Jennifer A Harvey, Mary K Hayes, Peter M Jokich, Su-Ju Lee, Constance D Lehman, Martha B Mainiero, David A Mankoff, Samir B Patel, Handel E Reynolds, M Linda Sutherland, Bruce G Haffty
Stage I breast carcinoma is classified when an invasive breast carcinoma is ≤2 cm in diameter (T1), with no regional (axillary) lymph node metastases (N0) and no distant metastases (M0). The most common sites for metastases from breast cancer are the skeleton, lung, liver, and brain. In general, women and health care professionals prefer intensive screening and surveillance after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Screening protocols include conventional imaging such as chest radiography, bone scan, ultrasound of the liver, and MRI of brain...
November 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812316/common-genetic-variants-found-in-hla-and-kir-immune-genes-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
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Anthony R Torres, Thayne L Sweeten, Randall C Johnson, Dennis Odell, Jonna B Westover, Patricia Bray-Ward, David C Ward, Christopher J Davies, Aaron J Thomas, Lisa A Croen, Michael Benson
The "common variant-common disease" hypothesis was proposed to explain diseases with strong inheritance. This model suggests that a genetic disease is the result of the combination of several common genetic variants. Common genetic variants are described as a 5% frequency differential between diseased vs. matched control populations. This theory was recently supported by an epidemiology paper stating that about 50% of genetic risk for autism resides in common variants. However, rare variants, rather than common variants, have been found in numerous genome wide genetic studies and many have concluded that the "common variant-common disease" hypothesis is incorrect...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810365/treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-rats-by-nrf2-transfection-using-mri-guided-focused-ultrasound-delivery-of-nanomicrobubbles
#20
Ling Long, Xiaodong Cai, Ruomi Guo, Ping Wang, Lili Wu, Tinghui Yin, Siyuan Liao, Zhengqi Lu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a very common neurological disorder. However, effective therapy is lacking. Although the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) protects the brain, it prevents the delivery of about 90% of drugs and nucleotides into the brain, thereby hindering the development of gene therapy for PD. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound delivery of microbubbles enhances the delivery of gene therapy vectors across the BBB and improves transfection efficiency. In the present study, we delivered nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2, NFE2L2) contained in nanomicrobubbles into the substantia nigra of PD rats by MRI-guided focused ultrasound, and we examined the effect of Nrf2 over-expression in this animal model of PD...
October 31, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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