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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214729/finasteride-inhibited-brain-dopaminergic-system-and-open-field-behaviors-in-adolescent-male-rats
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Li Li, Yun-Xiao Kang, Xiao-Ming Ji, Ying-Kun Li, Shuang-Cheng Li, Xiang-Jian Zhang, Hui-Xian Cui, Ge-Ming Shi
AIMS: Finasteride inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Because androgen regulates dopaminergic system in the brain, it could be hypothesized that finasteride may inhibit dopaminergic system. The present study therefore investigates the effects of finasteride in adolescent and early developmental rats on dopaminergic system, including contents of dopamine and its metabolites (dihydroxy phenyl acetic acid and homovanillic acid) and tyrosine hydroxylase expressions both at gene and protein levels...
December 6, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214509/a-three-dimensional-stereotaxic-atlas-of-the-gray-short-tailed-opossum-monodelphis-domestica-brain
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Piotr Majka, Natalia Chlodzinska, Krzysztof Turlejski, Tomasz Banasik, Ruzanna L Djavadian, Władysław P Węglarz, Daniel K Wójcik
The gray short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica) is a small marsupial gaining recognition as a laboratory animal in biomedical research. Despite numerous studies on opossum neuroanatomy, a consistent and comprehensive neuroanatomical reference for this species is still missing. Here we present the first three-dimensional, multimodal atlas of the Monodelphis opossum brain. It is based on four complementary imaging modalities: high resolution ex vivo magnetic resonance images, micro-computed tomography scans of the cranium, images of the face of the cutting block, and series of sections stained with the Nissl method and for myelinated fibers...
December 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203452/a-spatio-temporal-reference-model-of-the-aging-brain
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W Huizinga, D H J Poot, M W Vernooij, G V Roshchupkin, E E Bron, M A Ikram, D Rueckert, W J Niessen, S Klein
Both normal aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) cause morphological changes of the brain. It is generally difficult to distinguish these two causes of morphological change by visual inspection of magnetic resonance (MR) images. To facilitate making this distinction and thus aid the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders, we propose a method for developing a spatio-temporal model of morphological differences in the brain due to normal aging. The method utilizes groupwise image registration to characterize morphological variation across brain scans of people with different ages...
December 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171353/the-neuro-control-of-the-ovarain-cycle-a-hypothesis
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Bruno Lunenfeld, Klaus Bühler
Since more than 100 years, it is known that pituitary function depends upon the function of higher centers in the brain. It was already assumed at this time that pituitary extracts could influence the gonads and postulated that their use could have practical applications. In 1926, the 'gonadal principle' was discovered revealing the regulation of ovarian function by the pituitary. The two pituitary hormones were called 'Prolan A' and 'Prolan B' which are responsible for ovarian function especially secretion of the hormones: 'lutein' and 'foliculin'...
November 24, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170817/postmortem-1h-mrs-detection-of-ketone-bodies-and-glucose-in-diabetic-ketoacidosis
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Jakob Heimer, Dominic Gascho, Vasiliki Chatzaraki, Damaris Fröhlich Knaute, Vera Sterzik, Rosa Maria Martinez, Michael J Thali, Niklaus Zoelch
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a metabolic complication of diabetes mellitus that takes a lethal course if untreated. In this way relevant to forensic medicine, secure diagnosis of DKA usually involves the evidence of elevated levels of glucose and the ketone bodies acetone, acetoacetate, and β-hydroxybutyrate in corpse fluids. We conducted a postmortem hydrogen proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) in a case of lethal DKA. Distinctive resonances of all three ketone bodies as well as glucose were visible in spectra of cerebrospinal fluid, vitreous humor, and white matter...
November 23, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154155/the-dynamic-characteristics-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-resting-state-fmri-of-patients-with-depression
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Hongna Zheng, Feng Li, Qijing Bo, Xianbin Li, Li Yao, Zhijun Yao, Chuanyue Wang, Xia Wu
BACKGROUND: The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is part of the limbic system of the brain. It is a bridge between attentional and emotional processing, which is responsible for the integration of visceral, attentional, and affective information. Lesioning of the ACC, which produces striking changes, is used to treat major depression disorder (MDD). Moreover, the brain dynamically integrates and coordinates functions of its different subparts to realize its cognitive capability. Hence, the spatio-temporal community distribution of the ACC is necessary to completely understand MDD...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151151/long-term-treatment-of-diabetic-rats-with-vanadyl-sulfate-or-insulin-attenuate-acute-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-their-antiglycemic-effect
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Hossein Ahmadi-Eslamloo, Gholam Abbas Dehghani, Seyed Mostafa Shid Moosavi
It is well-known that patients with diabetes mellitus have worse clinical outcomes following acute ischemic stroke. The intensifying effects of diabetes on ischemic brain injury have been shown to be mostly due to hyperglycemia, rather than the lack of insulin direct effects on brain. It is also well-approved that vanadium compounds have insulin-like and anti-diabetic effects, and the present study was designed to compare the protective effects of diabetes treatment with vanadium or insulin on ischemic/reperfused brain injury...
November 19, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150293/a-unique-and-promising-combination-of-medications-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#8
James D Weinstein
At present there is no therapy for Alzheimer's Disease which completely stops the progressive dementia effecting late onset Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients. It is felt that the main reason for this failure is that AD appears to be a disease caused by four major pathological processes. To date, efforts to develop treatments have addressed only one or another of these four etiologies. However, even a partially effective therapy against one cause allows the others, untreated, to continue their inexorable destruction of the neurons of the brain...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147901/expression-of-dj-1-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Daria Antipova, Rina Bandopadhyay
In 2003, autosomal recessive loss-of-function mutations were identified in PARK7 gene that caused early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). The PARK7 gene encodes a conserved protein termed DJ-1. DJ-1 is a ubiquitous protein, and within the brain, it is present in the nucleus and cytoplasm of both neuronal and glial cells. DJ-1 is a multifunctional protein, and numerous studies have ascribed various roles, including antioxidative properties, chaperone function, protease activities, mitochondrial functions and regulation of transcription to the protein...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114500/analysis-of-energy-restriction-and-physical-activity-on-brain-function-the-role-of-ketone-body-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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REVIEW
Chan Ho Park, Yi-Sub Kwak
Brain development is a complex process, and stimuli during this development period may modulate the functional maturation of the brain. It has been shown that environmental stimuli, such as physical activity habits, have a beneficial effect on brain development. Endurance exercise and prolonged fasting state are known to improve brain function including cognition. The exact mechanisms of exercise improving brain function are still unknown. However, it can be considered that energy restriction and stressful challenge induced by long-lasting physical exercise might cause direct effect on brain function...
August 2017: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104678/influence-of-gender-and-age-on-average-dimensions-of-arteries-forming-the-circle-of-willis-study-by-magnetic-resonance-angiography-on-kosovo-s-population
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Jeton Shatri, Dorentina Bexheti, Sadi Bexheti, Serbeze Kabashi, Shaip Krasniqi, Ilir Ahmetgjekaj, Valbona Zhjeqi
BACKGROUND: Circulus arteriosus cerebri is the main source of blood supply to the brain; it connects the left and right hemispheres with anterior and posterior parts. Located at the interpenducular fossa at the base of the brain the circle of Willis is the most important source of collateral circulation in the presence of the disease in the carotid or vertebral artery. AIM: The purpose of the research is to study the diameter and length of arteries and provide an important source of reference on Kosovo's population...
October 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101079/graph-theoretical-framework-of-brain-networks-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-review-of-concepts
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Vinzenz Fleischer, Angela Radetz, Dumitru Ciolac, Muthuraman Muthuraman, Gabriel Gonzalez-Escamilla, Frauke Zipp, Sergiu Groppa
Network science provides powerful access to essential organizational principles of the human brain. It has been applied in combination with graph theory to characterize brain connectivity patterns. In multiple sclerosis (MS), analysis of the brain networks derived from either structural or functional imaging provides new insights into pathological processes within the gray and white matter. Beyond focal lesions and diffuse tissue damage, network connectivity patterns could be important for closely tracking and predicting the disease course...
November 1, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065406/midsagittal-brain-variation-among-non-human-primates-insights-into-evolutionary-expansion-of-the-human-precuneus
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Ana Sofia Pereira-Pedro, James K Rilling, Xu Chen, Todd M Preuss, Emiliano Bruner
The precuneus is a major element of the superior parietal lobule, positioned on the medial side of the hemisphere and reaching the dorsal surface of the brain. It is a crucial functional region for visuospatial integration, visual imagery, and body coordination. Previously, we argued that the precuneus expanded in recent human evolution, based on a combination of paleontological, comparative, and intraspecific evidence from fossil and modern human endocasts as well as from human and chimpanzee brains. The longitudinal proportions of this region are a major source of anatomical variation among adult humans and, being much larger in Homo sapiens, is the main characteristic differentiating human midsagittal brain morphology from that of our closest living primate relative, the chimpanzee...
2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060545/stroke-lesion-location-influences-the-decoding-of-movement-intention-from-eeg
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Eduardo Lopez-Larraz, Andreas M Ray, Thiago C Figueiredo, Carlos Bibian, Niels Birbaumer, Ander Ramos-Murguialday
Recent studies have demonstrated the efficacy of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) for motor rehabilitation after stroke, especially for those patients with severe paralysis. However, a cerebro-vascular accident can affect the brain in many different manners, and lesions in diverse areas, even from significantly different volumes, can lead to similar or equal motor deficits. The location of the insult influences the way the brain activates when moving or attempting to move a paralyzed limb. Since the essence of a rehabilitative BMI is to precisely decode motor commands from the brain, it is crucial to characterize how lesion location affects the measured signals and if and how it influences BMI performance...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049379/mathematical-model-of-early-reelin-induced-src-family-kinase-mediated-signaling
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Helge Hass, Friederike Kipkeew, Aziz Gauhar, Elisabeth Bouché, Petra May, Jens Timmer, Hans H Bock
Reelin is a large glycoprotein with a dual role in the mammalian brain. It regulates the positioning and differentiation of postmitotic neurons during brain development and modulates neurotransmission and memory formation in the adult brain. Alterations in the Reelin signaling pathway have been described in different psychiatric disorders. Reelin mainly signals by binding to the lipoprotein receptors Vldlr and ApoER2, which induces tyrosine phosphorylation of the adaptor protein Dab1 mediated by Src family kinases (SFKs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049003/-tau-immunotherapy-hopes-and-hindrances
#16
Koorosh Shahpasand, Alireza Sepehri Shamloo, Seyed Massood Nabavi, Xiao Zhen Zhou, Kun Ping Lu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurological disorder having two major pathological hallmarks: the extracellular senile plaques and intracellular neurofibrillary tangles composed of amyloid beta protein and hyperphosphorylated tau respectively. Removal of protein deposits from AD brains are the newer attempts for treating AD. The major developments in this direction have been the amyloid and tau based therapeutics. While senile plaque removal employing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) restore brain function in mouse models of AD, tau has been recently introduced as the major neurodegenerative factor mediating neural cell death...
October 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047261/deciphering-the-genes-for-taste-receptors-for-fructose-in-drosophila
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Shun Uchizono, Taichi Q Itoh, Haein Kim, Naoki Hamada, Jae Young Kwon, Teiichi Tanimura
Taste sensitivity to sugars plays an essential role in the initiation of feeding behavior. In Drosophila melanogaster, recent studies have identified several gustatory receptor (Gr) genes required for sensing sweet compounds. However, it is as yet undetermined how these GRs function as taste receptors tuned to a wide range of sugars. Among sugars, fructose has been suggested to be detected by a distinct receptor from other sugars. While GR43A has been reported to sense fructose in the brain, it is not expressed in labellar gustatory receptor neurons that show taste response to fructose...
October 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031577/structural-biology-of-gabab-receptor
#18
REVIEW
Aurel Frangaj, Qing R Fan
Metabotropic GABAB receptor is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that mediates slow and prolonged inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain. It functions as a constitutive heterodimer composed of the GABAB1 and GABAB2 subunits. Each subunit contains three domains; the extracellular Venus flytrap module, seven-helix transmembrane region and cytoplasmic tail. In recent years, the three-dimensional structures of GABAB receptor extracellular and intracellular domains have been elucidated. These structures reveal the molecular basis of ligand recognition, receptor heterodimerization and receptor activation...
October 12, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021994/stereotaxic-adeno-associated-virus-injection-and-cannula-implantation-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-of-mice
#19
Patrícia A Correia, Sara Matias, Zachary F Mainen
Optogenetic methods are now widespread in neuroscience research. Here we present a detailed surgical procedure to inject adeno-associated viruses and implant optic fiber cannulas in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) of living mice. Combined with transgenic mouse lines, this protocol allows specific targeting of serotonin-producing neurons in the brain. It includes fixing a mouse in a stereotaxic frame, performing a craniotomy, virus injection and fiber implantation. Animals can be later used in behavioral experiments, combined with optogenetic manipulations (Dugué et al...
September 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979238/n-acetylaspartate-metabolism-outside-the-brain-lipogenesis-histone-acetylation-and-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Juliane G Bogner-Strauss
N-acetylaspartate (NAA) is a highly abundant brain metabolite. Aberrant NAA concentrations have been detected in many pathological conditions and although the function of NAA has been extensively investigated in the brain it is still controversial. Only recently, a role of NAA has been reported outside the brain. In brown adipocytes, which show high expression of the NAA-producing and the NAA-cleaving enzyme, the metabolism of NAA has been implicated in lipid synthesis and histone acetylation. Increased expression of N-acetyltransferase 8-like (Nat8l, the gene encoding the NAA synthesizing enzyme) induces de novo lipogenesis and the brown adipocyte phenotype...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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