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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211008/injected-amyloid-beta-in-the-olfactory-bulb-transfers-to-other-brain-regions-via-neural-connections-in-mice
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Baixuan He, Minying Zheng, Qiang Liu, Zhe Shi, Simei Long, Xilin Lu, Zhong Pei, Ti-Fei Yuan, Huanxing Su, Xiaoli Yao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive neuronal degeneration and pathological accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain. It has been proposed that the prion-like spreading of amyloid beta (Aβ) protein could contribute to the progression of the disease. Olfactory bulb (OB) is one of the earliest brain regions affected in AD and olfaction is easily impaired prior to cognitive symptoms. However, it remains unclear whether Aβ accumulation in the OB would spread along olfactory projections to other connected brain regions and trigger further neurodegeneration...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209646/rete-mirabile-associated-with-pial-arteriovenous-fistula-imaging-features-with-literature-review
#2
Prabath Kumar Mondel, Rashmi Saraf, Uday S Limaye
A rete mirabile is a vascular network of intercommunicating small arteries or arterioles that replace the definitive adult artery supplying the brain. It supplies the brain in lower mammals but is not seen in normal human embryological development. A 26-year-old man presented with worsening tinnitus that was interfering with his sleep. On CT and digital subtraction angiography he was found to have a temporal lobe pial arteriovenous fistula with bilateral carotid and vertebral rete mirabile. The patient was offered open surgical and endovascular treatment options for pial arteriovenous fistula but he refused both and opted for conservative medical management...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208656/primetime-for-learning-genes
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REVIEW
Joyce Keifer
Learning genes in mature neurons are uniquely suited to respond rapidly to specific environmental stimuli. Expression of individual learning genes, therefore, requires regulatory mechanisms that have the flexibility to respond with transcriptional activation or repression to select appropriate physiological and behavioral responses. Among the mechanisms that equip genes to respond adaptively are bivalent domains. These are specific histone modifications localized to gene promoters that are characteristic of both gene activation and repression, and have been studied primarily for developmental genes in embryonic stem cells...
February 11, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203607/epigallocatechin-gallate-a-useful-therapy-for-cognitive-disability-in-down-syndrome
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Fiorenza Stagni, Andrea Giacomini, Marco Emili, Sandra Guidi, Elisabetta Ciani, Renata Bartesaghi
Neurodevelopmental alterations and cognitive disability are constant features of Down syndrome (DS), a genetic condition due to triplication of chromosome 21. DYRK1A is one of the triplicated genes that is thought to be strongly involved in brain alterations. Treatment of Dyrk1A transgenic mice with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an inhibitor of DYRK1A, improves cognitive performance, suggesting that EGCG may represent a suitable treatment of DS. Evidence in the Ts65Dn mouse model of DS shows that EGCG restores hippocampal development, although this effect is ephemeral...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195417/toward-the-automatic-quantification-of-in-utero-brain-development-in-3d-structural-mri-a-review
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REVIEW
Oualid M Benkarim, Gerard Sanroma, Veronika A Zimmer, Emma Muñoz-Moreno, Nadine Hahner, Elisenda Eixarch, Oscar Camara, Miguel Angel González Ballester, Gemma Piella
Investigating the human brain in utero is important for researchers and clinicians seeking to understand early neurodevelopmental processes. With the advent of fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and the development of motion correction algorithms to obtain high-quality 3D images of the fetal brain, it is now possible to gain more insight into the ongoing maturational processes in the brain. In this article, we present a review of the major building blocks of the pipeline toward performing quantitative analysis of in vivo MRI of the developing brain and its potential applications in clinical settings...
February 14, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192130/ielvis-an-open-source-matlab-toolbox-for-localizing-and-visualizing-human-intracranial-electrode-data
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David M Groppe, Stephan Bickel, Andrew R Dykstra, Xiuyuan Wang, Pierre Mégevand, Manuel R Mercier, Fred A Lado, Ashesh D Mehta, Christopher J Honey
BACKGROUND: Intracranial electrical recordings (iEEG) and brain stimulation (iEBS) are invaluable human neuroscience methodologies. However, the value of such data is often unrealized as many laboratories lack tools for localizing electrodes relative to anatomy. To remedy this, we have developed a MATLAB toolbox for intracranial electrode localization and visualization, iELVis. NEW METHOD: iELVis uses existing tools (BioImage Suite, FSL, and FreeSurfer) for preimplant magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) segmentation, neuroimaging coregistration, and manual identification of electrodes in postimplant neuroimaging...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185952/region-specific-vulnerability-to-lipid-peroxidation-and-evidence-of-neuronal-mechanisms-for-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-biosynthesis-in-the-healthy-adult-human-central-nervous-system
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Alba Naudí, Rosanna Cabré, Mayelin Dominguez-Gonzalez, Victoria Ayala, Mariona Jové, Natalia Mota-Martorell, Gerard Piñol-Ripoll, Maria Pilar Gil-Villar, Montserrat Rué, Manuel Portero-Otín, Isidre Ferrer, Reinald Pamplona
Lipids played a determinant role in the evolution of the brain. It is postulated that the morphological and functional diversity among neural cells of the human central nervous system (CNS) is projected and achieved through the expression of particular lipid profiles. The present study was designed to evaluate the differential vulnerability to oxidative stress mediated by lipids through a cross-regional comparative approach. To this end, we compared 12 different regions of CNS of healthy adult subjects, and the fatty acid profile and vulnerability to lipid peroxidation, were determined by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), respectively...
February 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180072/the-diminishing-dominance-of-the-dominant-hemisphere-language-fmri-in-focal-epilepsy
#8
Chris Tailby, David F Abbott, Graeme D Jackson
"Which is the dominant hemisphere?" is a question that arises frequently in patients considered for neurosurgery. The concept of the dominant hemisphere implies uniformity of language lateralisation throughout the brain. It is increasingly recognised that this is not the case in the healthy control brain, and it is especially not so in neurological diseases such as epilepsy. In the present work we adapt our published objective lateralisation method (based on the construction of laterality curves) for use with sub-lobar cortical, subcortical and cerebellar regions of interest (ROIs)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154332/a-new-pain-regulatory-system-via-the-brain-long-chain-fatty-acid-receptor-gpr40-ffa1-signal
#9
Kazuo Nakamoto
 An increasingly large number of pharmacological and physiological works on fatty acids have shown that the functional properties of fatty acids are regulated by the amount of individual fatty acid intake and the distribution of fatty acids among organs. Recently, it has been determined that G-protein-coupled receptor 40/free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40/FFA1) is activated by long-chain fatty acids, such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). GPR40/FFA1 is mainly expressed in the β cell of the pancreas, spinal cord and brain...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150130/three-year-follow-up-of-high-dose-ubiquinol-supplementation-in-a-case-of-familial-multiple-system-atrophy-with-compound-heterozygous-coq2-mutations
#10
Jun Mitsui, Ken Koguchi, Toshimitsu Momose, Miwako Takahashi, Takashi Matsukawa, Tsutomu Yasuda, Shin-Ichi Tokushige, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Goto, Shigeaki Nakazaki, Tomoyoshi Kondo, Hidefumi Ito, Yorihiro Yamamoto, Shoji Tsuji
We report a 3-year follow-up of high-dose ubiquinol supplementation in a case of familial multiple system atrophy (MSA) with compound heterozygous nonsense (R387X) and missense (V393A) mutations in COQ2. A high-dose ubiquinol supplementation substantially increased total coenzyme Q10 levels in cerebrospinal fluid as well as in plasma. The patient was at the advanced stage of MSA, and the various scores of clinical rating scales remained stable without changes during the 3 years. The cerebral metabolic ratio of oxygen measured by (15)O2 PET, however, increased by approximately 30% after administration of ubiquinol, suggesting that ubiquinol can improve mitochondrial oxidative metabolism in the brain...
February 1, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150125/empirical-approaches-to-the-study-of-language-evolution
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EDITORIAL
W Tecumseh Fitch
The study of language evolution, and human cognitive evolution more generally, has often been ridiculed as unscientific, but in fact it differs little from many other disciplines that investigate past events, such as geology or cosmology. Well-crafted models of language evolution make numerous testable hypotheses, and if the principles of strong inference (simultaneous testing of multiple plausible hypotheses) are adopted, there is an increasing amount of relevant data allowing empirical evaluation of such models...
February 1, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148775/microrna-132-a-key-noncoding-rna-operating-in-the-cellular-phase-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Evgenia Salta, Bart De Strooper
With the consideration of the broad involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulation of molecular networks in the brain, it is not surprising that miRNA dysregulation causes neurodegeneration in animal models. miRNA profiling in the human brain has revealed miR-132 as one of the most severely down-regulated miRNAs at the intermediate and late Braak stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD), as well as in other neurodegenerative disorders. Suppression of miR-132 aggravates multiple layers of pathology at the molecular and functional level...
February 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123348/inhibition-of-mirna-210-reverses-nicotine-induced-brain-hypoxic-ischemic-injury-in-neonatal-rats
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Lei Wang, Jun Ke, Yong Li, Qinyi Ma, Chiranjib Dasgupta, Xiaohui Huang, Lubo Zhang, DaLiao Xiao
Maternal tobacco use in pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurobehavioral deficits in postnatal life. The present study tested the hypothesis that perinatal nicotine exposure exacerbated brain vulnerability to hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury in neonatal rats through up-regulation of miR-210 expression in the developing brain. Nicotine was administered to pregnant rats via subcutaneous osmotic minipumps. Experiments of HI brain injury were performed in 10-day-old pups. Perinatal nicotine treatment significantly decreased neonatal body and brain weights, but increased the brain to body weight ratio...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093969/traumatic-brain-injury-preclinical-imaging-diagnostic-s-and-therapeutic-approaches
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Eric L Kaijzel, Ermond R van Beek, Marieke A Stammes, Ivo Que, Alan B Chan, Clemens W G M Löwik, Luis J Cruz
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a result of an external physical force to the head that traumatically injures the brain. It is a major public health problem worldwide and mainly results from falls, vehicle accidents and violence. Clinical problem: The management of TBI, causing a wide spectrum of possible health outcomes, has barely changed over the years as encouraging outcomes from many pre-clinical therapeutic and pharmacological studies have only rarely been translated to the clinical situation...
January 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074911/further-evidence-for-microtubule-independent-dimerization-of-tppp-p25
#15
J Oláh, T Szénási, S Szunyogh, A Szabó, A Lehotzky, J Ovádi
Tubulin Polymerization Promoting Protein (TPPP/p25) is a brain-specific disordered protein that modulates the dynamics and stability of the microtubule network by its assembly promoting, cross-linking and acetylation enhancing activities. In normal brain it is expressed primarily in differentiated oligodendrocytes; however, at pathological conditions it is enriched in inclusions of both neurons and oligodendrocytes characteristic for Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy, respectively. The objective of this paper is to highlight a critical point of a recently published Skoufias's paper in which the crucial role of the microtubules in TPPP/p25 dimerization leading to microtubule bundling was suggested...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049146/dissecting-bacterial-cell-wall-entry-and-signaling-in-eukaryotic-cells-an-actin-dependent-pathway-parallels-platelet-activating-factor-receptor-mediated-endocytosis
#16
Lip Nam Loh, Geli Gao, Elaine I Tuomanen
: The Gram-positive bacterial cell wall (CW) peptidoglycan-teichoic acid complex is released into the host environment during bacterial metabolism or death. It is a highly inflammatory Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) ligand, and previous in vivo studies have demonstrated its ability to recapitulate pathological features of pneumonia and meningitis. We report that an actin-dependent pathway is involved in the internalization of the CW by epithelial and endothelial cells, in addition to the previously described platelet-activating factor receptor (PAFr)-dependent uptake pathway...
January 3, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040643/adult-neurogenesis-beyond-the-niche-its-potential-for-driving-brain-plasticity
#17
REVIEW
Kurt A Sailor, Alejandro F Schinder, Pierre-Marie Lledo
Adult neurogenesis emerges as a tremendous form of plasticity with the continuous addition and loss of neurons in the adult brain. It is unclear how preexisting adult circuits generated during development are capable of modifying existing connections to accommodate the thousands of new synapses formed and exchanged each day. Here we first make parallels with sensory deprivation studies and its ability to induce preexisting non-neurogenic adult circuits to undergo massive reorganization. We then review recent studies that show high structural and synaptic plasticity in circuits directly connected to adult-born neurons...
December 29, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039850/therapeutic-potential-of-quercetin-against-acrylamide-induced-toxicity-in-rats
#18
Chhavi Uthra, Sadhana Shrivastava, Amita Jaswal, Neelu Sinha, Mohd Salim Reshi, Sangeeta Shukla
Acrylamide (AA) is found in foods containing carbohydrates and proteins, where it is formed during the heating process. It is classified as neurotoxic and probably carcinogenic to humans. The present investigation was aimed to determine the lethal Dose (LD50) of AA and to evaluate the protective effects of quercetin (QE) against AA induced adverse effects in rats. For the determination of LD50, AA was administered orally at four different doses (46.4mg/kg, 100mg/kg, 215mg/kg and 464mg/kg) to experimental animals for seven days...
February 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035779/reduction-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage-by-rivaroxaban-after-tpa-thrombolysis-is-associated-with-downregulation-of-par-1-and-par-2
#19
Ryuta Morihara, Toru Yamashita, Syoichiro Kono, Jingwei Shang, Yumiko Nakano, Kota Sato, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Stefan Heitmeier, Elisabeth Perzborn, Koji Abe
This study aimed to assess the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) after tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment in rivaroxaban compared with warfarin-pretreated male Wistar rat brain after ischemia in relation to activation profiles of protease-activated receptor-1, -2, -3, and -4 (PAR-1, -2, -3, and -4). After pretreatment with warfarin (0.2 mg/kg/day), low-dose rivaroxaban (60 mg/kg/day), high-dose rivaroxaban (120 mg/kg/day), or vehicle for 14 days, transient middle cerebral artery occlusion was induced for 90 min, followed by reperfusion with tPA (10 mg/kg/10 ml)...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027915/developmental-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-autism-putative-pathogenic-mechanisms
#20
REVIEW
Asad Ali, Xiaoying Cui, Darryl Eyles
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disease that presents in early life. Despite a considerable amount of studies, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying autism remain obscure. Both genetic and environmental factors are involved in the development of autism. Vitamin D deficiency is emerging as a consistently reported risk factor in children. One reason for the prominence now being given to this risk factor is that it would appear to interact with several other epidemiological risk factors for autism. Vitamin D is an active neurosteroid and plays crucial neuroprotective roles in the developing brain...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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